Before I was born, Wutai was a lot more crowded and more important... You saw what it looks like now, right? ...JUST a resort town... After we lost the war, we got peace, but with that, we lost something else.Yuffie
Wutai is a nation and an optional location in Final Fantasy VII, labeled as Wutai Area (ウータイエリア, Ūtai Eria?) on the World Map. It is also a location in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- and Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. It is mentioned as the enemy nation of Shinra Electric Power Company in Final Fantasy VII Remake.
The name refers to the nation occupying the western-most continent on the planet, although the name is also primarily used to refer to the nation's major settlement, Wutai Village. The country's people are also referred to as "Wutai".
Once a proud, powerful and independent nation state known for its people's honor and mystique, after the Wutai War against the Shinra Electric Power Company it fell to serving as a tourist resort. Some individual pockets of rebellion still seek to regain the country's old glory and rebel factions use Wutai as a base of operations.
The nation's guardian deity is Leviathan, and the god's likeness appears throughout the nation's architecture through banners, flags, and statues. Wutai soldiers wear samurai-like uniforms of green and orange, the color of which dictate rank, and wield varieties of halberds with gun attachments. Another notable Wutai weapon is the oversized shuriken.
Wutai is currently ruled by Godo Kisaragi.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Story
- 3 Quests
- 4 Locations
- 5 Enemies
- 6 Other appearances
- 7 Behind the scenes
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Etymology
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
The nation of Wutai occupies the western-most continent on the Planet. While comparable in size to the other continents the majority of Wutai's landmass is occupied by mountainous terrain and forests. The only way to access the continent via the ocean is via a beach head along the southern tip. The rest of the landmass is skirted by cliffs. The town of Wutai is located to the north of the continent at a forest and river junction at the foot of the Da-chao Statue.
In addition to Wutai's main island, there are small landmasses at its southeastern end, only one of them large enough to access, that are included in Wutai's border.
Around 1992 the Shinra Electric Power Company sought to control the Wutai area as an ideal area for a mako reactor. Wutai defended its independence but although initially putting up a good fight, could not stand against the might of SOLDIER and was forced into submission. The Wutai War ended with the capture of Fort Tamblin by Shinra forces. Many Wutai forces continued to rebel and joined other rebellion groups in making repeated attempts against Shinra, but time and again they were thwarted by SOLDIER and Turk operatives until their suppression around 0001.
Some time after the capture of Fort Tamblin the first Avalanche resistance group set up their headquarters in a Wutai Village Pagoda. During Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- the Turks discover the base and attack, but Avalanche is warned by their financier and protector in Shinra, Rufus Shinra, and the group's lieutenants escape. Shinra defeats the Avalanche forces at the base and destroys the Pagoda, thinking they have defeated Avalanche. The surviving leaders regroup on the Da-chao Statue and prepare for more attacks on the corporation.
In Final Fantasy VII Remake, Shinra purports that Avalanche is working with Wutai, and such rumors begin to circulate, the populace fearing a new war is about to start. Barret Wallace, the leader of a shunned cell of the eco-terrorist organization, does not care for Wutai, however, and shuns the idea of aligning with any political group or nation.
During Final Fantasy VII, Cloud Strife's party can visit Wutai after obtaining the Tiny Bronco. They run into Shinra soldiers and Yuffie steals their Materia during the battle. Cloud and his team set out to reclaim their Materia and run into Reno, Rude, and Elena of the Turks who are on vacation in Wutai.
Don Corneo, who is in Wutai to avoid capture by Shinra, kidnaps both Yuffie and Elena, and he takes them up to the Da-chao Statue. Don Corneo summons his pet Rapps to battle the party but is defeated. Don Corneo threatens to kill Yuffie and Elena in a last-ditch escape attempt. Reno appears as Rude shoots Corneo with a silencer, causing the Don to hang on the edge. Reno asks him a multiple-choice question he that cannot answer before stepping on his fingers so Corneo loses his grip and he falls off the cliff. The company contacts Reno, telling him to capture the party but Reno ignores the order because he is still on his day off. Yuffie thanks the party for rescuing her so she returns the party's Materia. Afterward, Yuffie can challenge her father and his four guards in the Pagoda.
After the near collision course of Meteor, it is shown in the novella On the Way to a Smile that the Lifestream had ravaged Wutai during Meteorfall, and many had contracted Geostigma. At the end of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, the epidemic is cured.
During Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, when talking to Yuffie while aboard the Shera, she briefly mentions that Deepground had attacked Wutai, though the attack was halted by her father and the Wusheng. Wutai plays no further role in the Deepground War.
Retrieving stolen Materia
Arriving in Wutai continent triggers an event where the party loses their Materia if the player has recruited Yuffie Kisaragi into the party. The sidequest can be started after obtaining the Tiny Bronco. With the Tiny Bronco the player can only enter Wutai from the beach, and will have to travel from the south entrance of the Wutai Area to the north with their top 48 Materia missing. If the player has the Highwind this can be avoided. However, as the Wutai area houses the Enemy Skill Magic Hammer, taking on this sidequest can be more rewarding if done sooner rather than later. Tents can be used to heal everyone on the world map, so the player can stock up on them while in Rocket Town.
- Enemy formations
- Chocobo (LV30), Tail Vault x2 [Battle diagonal mode] (Poor)
- Razor Weed x3, Chocobo (LV30) (Poor)
- Chocobo (LV30), Tail Vault x3[note 1] (Average)
- Chocobo (LV30), Tail Vault x2 [Battle front mode] (Average)
If the player kills the enemies accompanying the chocobo before the latter flees, they capture the bird and can ride it around Wutai Area. During the battle the party can give the bird some greens to prevent it from fleeing. If the player has rented stables at the Chocobo Farm they can send the chocobo there and have Choco Billy evaluate it. The chocobos from Wutai Area are either "Poor" or "Average" and thus not worth breeding.
If the party has a green, black or gold chocobo they can reach a Materia Cave with a Mime Materia inside. The Materia Cave is on the world map in the Wutai Area, blocked by mountainous terrain so it cannot be accessed on foot or by Highwind. The Mime Materia that can be collected inside gives the Mimic command that copies the last ability the party performed.
There are two enemy skills to be learned for the Enemy Skill Materia from the Wutai Area. Razor Weeds are fought on the grassy areas and have Magic Hammer, a useful Enemy Skill that absorbs MP from opponents. Since Razor Weed will not use Magic Hammer by itself, one must first manipulate it and then have it cast Magic Hammer on the party member with the Enemy Skill Materia.
Adamantaimai are fought on the beaches. Adamantaimai has access to the Death Force Enemy Skill, but it will never cast it in battle. To learn the spell, one must manipulate the Adamantaimai and then force it to cast the spell on the character with the Enemy Skill Materia. Death Force makes one target immune to Instant Death until the end of battle.
Wutai Village is an optional location in Final Fantasy VII located on the north of the Wutai Area. It can also be visited in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-. In Final Fantasy VII, once the party has accessed the area after recruiting Yuffie, they cannot leave until they finish the side quest and reclaim their Materia. The village has a path leading to Da-chao Mountain. The Pagoda is the tallest building of the village where the player can partake in another side quest if they have Yuffie in the party, and fight the five gods of Wutai. A reward can be collected in the bar if the player has read all the Turtle's Paradise flyers.
There is a Materia Cave on the world map accessed in Final Fantasy VII via a green, black or gold chocobo. Materia Caves are places where natural Materia sometimes coalesce from the Lifestream, making for unique Materia that cannot be purchased from shops.
Fort Tamblin and Mount Tamblin
Fort Tamblin is a location in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. It serves as Wutai's last stronghold against the Shinra Army. It is located on a mountain.
Da-chao Statue is a mountain visited in Final Fantasy VII and Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-. It is a monolithic statue sculpted into the mountain overlooking Wutai Village. In Final Fantasy VII there is a cave on the mountain covered in flames. The flames can be quelled with Leviathan Scales.
Final Fantasy VII
The Wutai Area on the world map has various random encounters. Random encounters do not trigger on the bridges.
- [16/64] Tail Vault, Razor Weed x2
- [16/64] Razor Weed x4[note 2]
- [16/64] Edgehead, Tail Vault x2
- [16/64] Tail Vault x2
- [6/22] Chocobo (LV30), Tail Vault x2 [Battle diagonal mode]
- [6/22] Razor Weed x3, Chocobo (LV30)
- [5/22] Chocobo (LV30), Tail Vault x3[note 3]
- [5/22] Chocobo (LV30), Tail Vault x2 [Battle front mode]
- [16/64] Thunderbird x4
- [16/64] Bizarre Bug x2, Thunderbird x3[note 4]
- [16/64] Tail Vault x3
- [16/64] Tail Vault, Bizarre Bug x2
- [2/64] Thunderbird x3 (Back attack)
- [2/64] Tail Vault x2 (Back attack)
- [10/64] Bizarre Bug x3 (Side attack)
- [4/64] Tail Vault, Thunderbird, Bizarre Bug x2 (Ambush)
- Attack Squad x2 (Boss) [This battle can take place in Dirt area if the player enters Wutai via the Tiny Bronco, or it can occur in Grass area if the player uses the Highwind and lands on near to Wutai Village]
- [64/64] Adamantaimai
Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-
- Crescent Unit
- Wutai Captain
- Wutai Colonel
- Wutai Corporal
- Wutai Imperial Guard
- Wutai Private
- Wutai Sergeant
- Wutai Sergeant Major
- Wutai Soldier Bing
- Wutai Soldier Ding
- Wutai Soldier Geng
- Wutai Soldier Ji
- Wutai Soldier Jia
- Wutai Soldier Wu
- Wutai Soldier Xin
- Wutai Soldier Yi
- Wutai Staff Sergeant
- Wutai War Chief
- Vajradhara Asura
- Vajradhara Wu
- Vajradhara Tai
- Vajradhara Yaksha
- Vajradhara Cala
- Vajradhara Rakshasa
- Vajradhara Indra
- Vajradhara Karura
- Vajradhara Kumbhira
- Vajradhara Kinnara
One of the original servers was named Wutai. It was merged with the Gysahl server into the Masamune server.
Wutai is mentioned in a letter sent DJ Mog in a promotional offer in a form of quiz. According to him, Wutai would be the trip prize for the winner who answered the question right. Mail content:
- Win! Win! Win!
- "The Mognet program is brought to you by the Shinra Company! And today is Celebrate Your Sponsor Day, KUPO! Answer the quiz and you might win a trip to Wutai, KUPO! Woot!
Fill in the blank S_____ C_____"
Behind the scenes
According to the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega, during early plans for Final Fantasy VII, Wutai was much different from how it appears in the final product: Wutai was to be a town built around the temple for the "Wutaia faith", a religion dominated by female hierarchy that worshiped a female deity. The current hierarch was to be the young Sasame-no-Himemiko, the 89th in line. Due to Sasame being only 15 years old, the real leader would be the high priestess, Izayoi. Godo would not have been the leader, but rather the head of the Kisaragi family, the servants to the Wutaia leader.
Shinra's goal in the town would have been to build a Reactor to harvest the rich Mako below "Ten Faced Mountain", as Da-chao was originally called. Presumably the Wutai War would not have occurred, but the leaders of the Wutaia faith and the townspeople would have opposed to Shinra's plans of building the Reactor, and in turn, Shinra would have imposed high custom charges on goods entering Wutai, to make the people of Wutai suffer.
Sera, a spy for Shinra, would have tried to lure the leaders of Wutaia faith to Shinra's side and corrupt Sasame against Yuffie, who was trying to help out the town by stealing the party's money. However, with Izayoi's assistance, Sera is found out and defeated. She runs off to Ten Faced Mountain to try to blow it up, thus freeing room for the mako reactor. The party would then rush off and presumably stop her.
The bridges on the world map have no battles, and the player can't open the menu when standing on a bridge. It appears this was not originally intended; the game has a set of formations assigned to that area with the bridge background. The likely reason is because the bridges swing when walked on, and the variable for their position isn't saved when the game changes from one module to another, so opening the menu or entering a battle and then returning to the world map, there's no way for the bridge to know what position it was in previously, and the player character thus might no longer be standing on the bridge.
The Wutai people, much like the culture and settlement, are based primarily on China and Japan. However, some of Wutaian people have Russian names: Gorkii (who is named after Maxim Gorky), Chekhov (Anton Chekhov), Staniv (possibly short for Constantin Stanislavski) and Yuri (a common Russian name). The Pagoda bosses may be named after famous dramatists: Shake may be a reference to William Shakespeare, and Godo may be an allusion to the play Waiting for Godot.
Some aspects of the Wutai storyline may allude to wars fought by the United States in Asia throughout the 20th Century. Shinra can be seen as a metaphor for the United States (and in particular, its military-industrial complex). The reduction of relevance, demilitarization, and occupation points to the unconditional surrender, occupation, and subsequent restructuring of Japan under General MacArthur and the American military in the days of World War II. How the Wutai War is mainly centered around maintaining Shinra's influence throughout the globe, and is also fought in an era most similar to the end years of the 20th century, may refer to the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Wutai is the name of a famous holy mountain in China. Its name means "Five Plateaus", referring to the five peaks that make up the mountain. This is similar to the five-terraced pagoda where the party fights Godo and his four warriors as well as the "five sacred gods" mentioned by Godo.
- Tail Vault B is covered by Chocobo
- Razor Weed D is covered by Razor Weed A
- Tail Vault B is covered by Chocobo
- Thunderbird A is covered by Bizarre Bug A; Thunderbird B is covered by Bizarre Bug A, B; Thunderbird C is covered by Bizarre Bug B