"Awakening" serves as the background theme for the final battle against the Shadow Lord at the Castle Zvahl Keep's throne room. It also plays during several other later encounters in the Throne Room, as well as the area theme for Dynamis - Xarcabard.
This track's tune is dark and gloomy at start, but soon it rises into a fast-paced theme, giving the impression that the battle is elapsing. After this, the battle cycles between its main tune and a smooth, eerie tune, resembling the track's introduction. The track can be found in the original soundtrack as the 28th track of disc 2.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)Edit
"Awakening" is a bonus track bought from the PP Catalog for 150 PP, and is available from the start of the game. It is now also randomly selected by default for battles taking place at the Empyreal Paradox or including Prishe.
A new techno arrangement is a default theme, while the original PlayStation 2 version can be bought from the shop for 3,600 gil.
"Awakening" returns as a Battle Music Sequence for Final Fantasy XI. "Guardian of the Dark II" from Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon appears as a new BMS.
"Awakening" appears as a playable Battle Music Sequence. It can be bought in the song store for 5 sound medals.
"Guardian of Darkness 2" is a remix of "Awakening" appears. It was arranged by Yuzo Takahashi, and is the 21st track in the original soundtrack.
Arrangement album appearancesEdit
A remix of "Awakening" appears in this album of arrangements of Final Fantasy XI music by The Star Onions.
A chiptune version of "Awakening" appears as the ninth track. It is mixed in with "Shadow Lord".
"Awakening" is the eleventh song of the final track, "Battle Medley 2012 (Final Fantasy I – XIV)", arranged by Hiroyuki Nakayama.
Compilation album appearancesEdit
"Awakening" appears as the eighth track on this album celebrating the 8th year since the conception of Final Fantasy XI.
"Awakening" appears as the second track on this collection of battle themes.
A festive arrangement of "Awakening" appears as the eighth track on this festive-themed album under the name "Shadow Lord's Christmas".
Appearances outside Final Fantasy mediaEdit
Lord of Vermilion Re:2 FAN KITEdit
A remix of "Awakening" plays as the conclusion of the Final Fantasy XI medley, arranged by Ryo Hamazaki.
- "Final boss theme"
- "Battle Theme 2"
- "Battle to the Death"
- "Neo Exdeath"
- "Dancing Mad"
- "One-Winged Angel"
- "The Extreme"
- "The Final Battle" (Final Fantasy IX)
- "Final Battle" (Final Fantasy X)
- "Their Resting Place"
- "Struggle for Freedom"
- "Nascent Requiem"
- "Unseen Abyss"
- "Almighty Bhunivelze"
- "Rise of the White Raven"