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"Battle at the Big Bridge" (ビッグブリッジの死闘, Biggu Burijji no Shitō?, lit. "Battle to the Death on the Big Bridge"), also known as "Clash on the Big Bridge" or "Battle with Gilgamesh" is a theme from Final Fantasy V. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu in 1992.

"Battle at the Big Bridge" is a popular theme due to being the leitmotif of the recurring character Gilgamesh, an installment-traveling mascot of the series, and has been remade into different versions for several of his cameo appearances. As such, it is a theme with many arrangements and remixes, only surpassed in number by prominent motifs of the series itself, such as the "Prelude", the "Opening Theme", the "Chocobo Theme" or the "Victory Fanfare".

Game appearancesEdit

Final FantasyEdit

"Battle at the Big Bridge" was remixed for the 20th Anniversary edition of the original Final Fantasy. It plays when fighting Gilgamesh in the Lifespring Grotto bonus dungeon.

Final Fantasy VEdit

In Final Fantasy V, the original appearance of the "Battle at the Big Bridge", the theme plays as the background theme for the eponymous location and during the battles taking place there. This makes "Battle at the Big Bridge" one of the few themes to play seamlessly in early installments of the series, other than the recurring "Hurry!" themes. The theme further returns for every encounter with Gilgamesh.

"Battle at the Big Bridge" was released as the third track of the second disc of the Final Fantasy V: Original Sound Version. Its arrange by TOSE for Final Fantasy V Advance is the third track of the Final Fantasy Finest Box collection's third disc.

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

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An arrangement by Hitoshi Sakimoto titled "Battle on the Big Bridge [FFXII Version]" is the background theme for the two encounters with Gilgamesh and Enkidu at the Lhusu Mines.

The theme was released as the thirteenth track of Final Fantasy XII: Original Soundtracks third disc.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

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A rearranged version by the trio Yui titled "Clash on the Big Bridge - Oriental MIX -" plays during the downloadable content Coliseum battle Clash on the Big Bridge featuring Gilgamesh. It is performed on Japanese native instruments combined with traditional Japanese music with a rock and roll beat.

The track is included in the Final Fantasy XIII-2: Original Soundtrack PLUS as its fifteenth track.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

The man in Yusnaan who sells the player the ticket to the show in the Augur's Quarter can be seen playing this song.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornEdit

A rearranged version of the theme plays during the battle against Gilgamesh. It has similar beat to the original theme from Final Fantasy V with hard rock drums added.

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Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

"Battle at the Big Bridge -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY V" from Dissidia Final Fantasy is reused in Final Fantasy Type-0, and is heard during all battles against Gilgamesh. It was not included in the game's original soundtrack release.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

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An arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" by Takeharu Ishimoto is included in Dissidia as "Battle at the Big Bridge -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY V". It is the twenty-third track of the original soundtrack's first disc.

The track can be selected automatically for battles including Bartz Klauser or Exdeath, or any battle with the Interdimensional Castle as the arena.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Like all of Dissidia's battle themes, "Battle at the Big Bridge -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY V", returns in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. In-game it is used in the same circumstances as in the original game, but can also be selected automatically for battles including Gilgamesh.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

For the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, "Battle at the Big Bridge" was selected as the theme for the Final Fantasy V series play's respective Battle Music Sequence. The game's director, Ichiro Hazama, has noted that "Battle at the Big Bridge" was one of the two main songs the team was told to include when the development on the game was started. The other song was "One-Winged Angel".[1]

For the iOS version "Battle at the Big Bridge" is included in the Final Fantasy V Battle Music Basic Bundle along with the game's "Battle 1".

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo TalesEdit

An arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" by Yuzo Takahashi, plays during the minigame of Legend of the Crystals, the game's final storybook. It is the twenty-seventh track of the game's original soundtrack, the first disc of Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon Series Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's DungeonEdit

This theme was arranged by Yuzo Takahashi and titled "Raffaello Battle" to serve as the final battle theme for Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon. It was released as the twenty-seventh track of the game's original soundtrack.

Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon: Majo to Shoujo to Go-nin no YuushaEdit

Another arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" by Yuzo Takahashi appears in the sequel to Chocobo Tales. Was included in the game's original soundtrack, the second disc of Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon Series Original Soundtrack, as the twelfth track.

Arrangement Album appearancesEdit

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VEdit

The track was included in the Final Fantasy V Piano Collections album as "Battle with Gilgamesh". The track was rearranged on piano by Shirou Satou and performed by Toshiyuki Mori.

The Black MagesEdit

"Clash on the Big Bridge" received a hard-rock arrangement by The Black Mages, and was included in their first, eponymous album as the second track.

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best CollectionEdit

"Clash on the Big Bridge" is the eleventh track on the Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection album, which consists entirely of solo classical guitar arrangements of tracks from the Final Fantasy main series, performed and arranged by Yuji Sekiguchi.

Piano Opera Final Fantasy IV/V/VIEdit

Another piano arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge", by Hiroyuki Nakayama, is included in this album. It is the tenth track.

SQ Chips2Edit

The track appears in the 8-bit arrangement album as its second track.

Final Fantasy Tribute ~Thanks~Edit

A Japanese folk arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" by Sekizima Takeo is included on this tribute album to Final Fantasy music as the second track of its second disc.

Live performancesEdit

"THE BLACK MAGES" LIVEEdit

The Black Mages' arranged "Clash on the Big Bridge" from their debut album was performed live at this 2003 concert that took place at Shibuya-AX and Kanagawa University. It was the ninth song of the line-up.

LIVE "Above The Sky"Edit

The Black Mages' "Clash on the Big Bridge" was again performed at their 2005 concerts at Club Citta in Kawasaki City, Japan and Namba Hatch in Osaka City, Japan. It was the tenth song of the concert.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning HomeEdit

"Clash on the Big Bridge (Battle at the Big Bridge)" is included on this orchestral concert tour. It is the sixteenth and final song of the live recording of the concert by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010.

Compilation Album appearancesEdit

Square Enix Battle Tracks V.1Edit

The theme was included in this compilation of Square Enix battle themes from Nintendo-console titles released between 1985 and 1996. It is the eleventh track of the album.

Final Fantasy VinylsEdit

"Clash on the Big Bridge" is included on the fifth disc of this collector's edition set.

Appearances outside Final Fantasy MediaEdit

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street SpecialEdit

An arrangement of "Battle at the Big Bridge" plays as the background theme for the "Battle Colosseum" mini game.

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