Ultima Buster's field sprite.

I am the one known as Ultima... Forged an eternity ago and left here... Forgotten in the mists of time... Long have I pondered what I should do... Long, long have I pondered... But now it seems I have an answer...

Ultima Buster, GBA

Attacks with fire and ice. Also uses Quake. It has no weaknesses, so you might as well fight it out hand-to-hand.

Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

Ultima Buster, originally translated as Atma, is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is found in Kefka's Tower and is a stronger version of the Ultima Weapon. Unlike most of the other bosses in the tower, Ultima Buster is optional and can be avoided. The boss appears in a prison cell room originally in Vector, standing in the spot Kefka stood in when he was arrested.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Battle[edit | edit source]

Ultima Buster attacks with level three spells like Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga, and Southern Cross. When its HP falls to 32,640, it incorporates Flare Star, Tsunami, Quake, and Meteor into its attack patterns. When damaged in any way twelve times, it will glow and begin storing energy; after three turns it unleashes Ultima.

When killed, the Ultima Buster vanishes to reveal a save point.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

It may be wise to bring Celes along to Runic Ultima and absorb it. Besides Ultima, many of Ultima Buster's attacks are elemental and can be absorbed or nullified with the proper equipment set-up. It should not be too difficult to defeat though the player may be unable to kill it in twelve attacks, unless they spam powerful spells like Flare and Ultima. Once it begins charging Ultima, it wastes two turns doing nothing, giving the player free rein to go all-out and destroy it before it casts the spell.

Formations[edit | edit source]

Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Normal Back Surrounded Side
482 Ultima Buster Y N N N Sides, individual The Decisive Battle 8
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511 Ultima Buster Y N N N Sides, individual Battle 0
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AI script[edit | edit source]

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Firaga (33%) or Blizzaga (33%) or Southern Cross (33%)
2nd Turn: Thundaga (33%) or Blizzaga (33%) or Firaga (33%)
3rd Turn: Thundaga (66%) or Southern Cross (33%)
4th Turn: Firaga (33%) or Northern Cross (66%)

If HP <= 32640:

1st Turn: Firaga (33%) or Tsunami (33%) or Quake (33%)
2nd Turn: Firaga (33%) or Meteor (33%) or Flare Star (33%)
3rd Turn: Meteor (33%) or Quake (33%) or Tsunami (33%)
4th Turn: Firaga (66%) or Flare Star (33%)

If attacked by anything:

If Var36 is not set:
Attack (33%)
Increase Var3 by 1
If Var3 >= 12:
Set Var36
Set Var3 = 0

If Var36 is set:

1st Turn: Display message: A strange light surrounds Ultima
Monster flashes
Nothing (100%)
2nd Turn: Monster flashes
Nothing (100%)
3rd Turn: Monster flashes (for a longer time)
Ultima (100%)
Unset Var36

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

PFF Ultima Buster FFVI.png
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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

FFRK Ultima Buster FFVI.png
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Gallery[edit | edit source]

FF6 Ultima Field.png

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Ultima means "the last" in Latin and many Latin-based languages. In the Spanish versions of many Final Fantasy games, it is written as "Artema," a close transliteration of the Japanese katakana.

The word "buster" means a person who breaks up something, e.g. crime busters, or something big or unusual for its kind. It derives from the verb "bust".

Atma or Atman, in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions is a word that means self. It is the word that Buddhist monks use to refer to themselves as the first-person singular.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Saint Weapon in Bahamut Lagoon.

  • The sprite that is shared between Ultima Buster, Omega Weapon, and Ultima Weapon was used and modified for some of the Icedrake class dragons in Bahamut Lagoon, namely the Saint Weapon and Black Buster.

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