The Warmech, also known as the Death Machine, is an infamous foe from the original Final Fantasy. Located in the Flying Fortress on the bridge leading to Tiamat, it has a 3 in 64 chance of appearing each time the Warriors of Light enter a battle there, making it an extremely rare enemy.
Despite its return in Dawn of Souls, Warmech is no longer the most powerful enemy in the game. It is still quite a formidable foe—its power rivaling that of bosses. Because of this, it could be considered the first superboss of the series.
The Warmech is extremely powerful, rivaling the final boss in some versions of the game, and has the powerful ability Atomize that can devastate the party. It regenerates 5% of its HP every round in all remakes (this was meant to be 2 HP per round on the NES—a parallel to Poison, but regeneration is bugged and does not work in that version).
Warmech often gets a preemptive strike, which can make the battle even harder, especially if it kills any party members before the player even gets a turn.
Whether the player kills Warmech or not depends on what level the characters are, how well equipped the party is, what condition the party is in before the fight begins, and how lucky the player is. Most often Warmech battles quickly turn into pure desperation as the party dies one by one.
Players should start by casting Blink or Invisira, and then use Haste on the fighters if the party's Black Mage/Red Mage lives long enough to do it. The party's White Mage should be saved for exclusive healing.
This fight is somewhat easier in the NES version due to the Warmech only having 1,000 HP and non-functional regeneration, as opposed to future releases where it has 2,000 HP and recovers 100 every round.
- The Warmech appears in The Final Fantasy Legend and Final Fantasy Legend II (otherwise known as SaGa and SaGa II in Japan) with the same design, though his name was localized to English as "Machine" in the first game and "WarMach" in the second.
- A Ghost Card in Dissidia Final Fantasy bears the name "DeathMachine". It is a Level 52 Garland, and has a Warp Cube and Cyan Gem to be won via Battlegen.
- A Warmech appears in the web comic 8-Bit Theater. His debut comic is titled 1/64, referencing the chances of encountering a Warmech on the bridge in Final Fantasy.
- Nintendo once held a "Get your name in a video game" contest involving photographing the Warmech. It was won by Chris Houlihan who was added as a character to the English version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in a secret room. In all later ports any mention of him is removed, though his secret room remains.