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"Battle 2" from the Nintendo DS version of Final Fantasy III
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Boss Themes are recurring pieces of music in the Final Fantasy series. They play during the majority of the boss fights in a game.

Boss themes do not play in every boss battle of a game. Final bosses have had their dedicated theme since Final Fantasy III, and normally, special themes accompany series of bosses fought in sequence before the final battle. Certain bosses may have their respective battle motif: Gilgamesh, a recurring boss in Final Fantasy V, is faced with his leitmotif, "Clash on the Big Bridge", playing in four out of five encounters; and Jenova another recurring boss, but from Final Fantasy VII, is fought while her eponymous theme plays, and "Jenova Absolute" plays solely during the last battle against her.

Some groups of antagonists share a single theme: Golbez and his Archfiends, from Final Fantasy IV are fought to the sound of "Battle With the Four Fiends". Finally, some bosses are fought while an ongoing background theme plays, such as in Final Fantasy VII's initial sequence, and in Final Fantasy XIII's Chapter 12, where "Opening - Bombing Mission" and "Eden under Siege" play continuously, respectively.

For more specific information regarding boss themes not explored on this page, see List of Battle Themes.

AppearancesEdit

Final FantasyEdit

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"Inside the Boss Battle" from the Dawn of Souls version of Final Fantasy
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Originally, there was no distinction between the boss battle theme and the main battle theme, but in later remakes three normal boss themes and a final boss theme were created for the game. The first, "Inside the Boss Battle", plays during minor boss battles such as Garland or the Vampire.

Final Fantasy IIEdit

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"Boss Battle B" from Final Fantasy II
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In the original Famicom version, both "Battle Theme 1" and "Battle Theme 2" played during boss battles, with the latter also playing during random encounters and the former playing at the final battle.

However, in the remakes, like in Final Fantasy, a remastered soundtrack included two new remixed battle tracks by Tsuyoshi Sekito. "Battle Scene B" is a remix of "Battle Theme 2" plays during easier boss fights, while "Battle Scene A", a remix of "Battle Theme 1", plays during more difficult ones.

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

"Battle 2" plays during all normal boss fights. This makes Final Fantasy III the only game in the main series to have one single theme that plays during every boss fight, with the clear exception of the final boss.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

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"Battle 2" from the SNES version of Final Fantasy IV
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"Battle 2" is the boss battle music that plays for normal boss battles (it begins with the intro to a traditional normal battle theme). Additionally, "Battle With the Four Fiends" plays during fights with the Archfiends, Golbez, and some bosses in the final dungeon.


Final Fantasy IV -Interlude-Edit

Final Fantasy IV -Interlude- is an exclusive part of the PSP release of Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection, it uses the same boss theme from Final Fantasy IV.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

The boss themes from the original Final Fantasy IV return. However, a new battle theme called "The Dispossessed Eidolons ~Minudes~" plays during all battles with Maenads and Eidolons at the end of each episode.

Final Fantasy VEdit

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"Battle 2" from Final Fantasy V
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"Battle 2" plays during most boss battles, with exception of the battles against Gilgamesh and Exdeath.

Final Fantasy VIEdit

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"Decisive Battle" from Final Fantasy VI
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"The Decisive Battle" plays during most boss fights, while "Battle to the Death" plays during even more challenging boss battles, such as Ultima Weapon and the Warring Triad.

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

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"Fight On!" from Final Fantasy VII
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"Fight On!" is the normal boss battle theme in Final Fantasy VII. It plays on almost every boss battle after the Guard Scorpion, with rare exceptions.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

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"Force Your Way" from Final Fantasy VIII
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"Force Your Way" is the normal boss battle theme in Final Fantasy VIII, and it plays for almost all boss battles, with the exception of battles against Sorceresses, Bahamut, Diablos, and Ultima Weapon.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

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"Battle 2" from Final Fantasy IX
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"Battle 2" is the normal boss battle theme in Final Fantasy IX.

Final Fantasy XEdit

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"Enemy Assault" from Final Fantasy X
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"Enemy Assault" plays during almost every boss battle, but it is replaced with "Challenge" in some instances, particularly in the end-game.

Final Fantasy X-2Edit

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"YRP Battle 2"
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"YRP Battle 2" is used during most boss battles in the game with exception of Leblanc Syndicate, aeons, and optional bosses.

Final Fantasy XIEdit

The original game and its expansions have boss themes that play during boss battles and other battlefield events. "Tough Battle" plays in the original games' boss battles/battlefields (including most add-on expansion bosses). "Tough Battle #2" plays during Rise of the Zilart boss battles/battlefields.

"Turmoil" plays during Chains of Promathia boss battles/battlefields, as well as during Limbus. "Hellriders" plays during Treasures of Aht Urhgan boss battles/battlefields, as well as during Einherjar. Wings of the Goddess has three different themes that play during various boss battles/battlefields: "Kindred Cry," "Under a Clouded Moon," and "Run Maggot, Run!".

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

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"Boss Battle" from Final Fantasy XII
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"Boss Battle" plays during fights with the normal bosses, with a shortened version played during minor boss fights.

Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

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"Saber's Edge" from Final Fantasy XIII
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"Saber's Edge" is the main boss theme of the first nine chapters of the game, as well as the background theme during part of the party's assault on Eden.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

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"Limit Break!"
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"Limit Break!" serves as the boss theme for the majority boss battles in the game.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

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"The Showdown"
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"The Showdown" is the boss theme of regular boss battles.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit


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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornEdit

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"Torn from the Heavens" from Final Fantasy XIV
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"Final Fantasy XIV" has three boss themes "A Fine Death", "Nemesis" and "Torn From the Heavens" which vary depending on the difficulty of the boss. In addition, each of the Primals have their own unique boss themes, with "Fallen Angel" playing for the battle against Garuda, "Primal Judgement" playing for the battle against Ifrit, "Under the Weight" playing for the battle against Titan and both "Seven Jesters" and "Good King Moggle Mog XII" playing for the battle against Good King Moggle Mog.

"Imperium" serves as the boss theme for the battle against the Lunar Transmitter, and the machine-like monsters defending it and "Steel Reason" plays when fighting Gaius's Tribunes while Gaius himself is fought to the song "Bite Of The Black Wolf".

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

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"The Pervert" from Final Fantasy Tactics
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"The Pervert", also translated as "Helldance", plays during battles with the Lucavi in Final Fantasy Tactics. "Decisive Battle" and "Under the Stars" are also used in single major battles: the battle against the Corpse Brigade's troops at the Merchant City of Dorter and the battle against Isilud Tengille, respectively.

Final Fantasy Tactics AdvanceEdit

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"The Road We Both Aim For" from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
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"The Road We Both Aim For" plays during battles that involve Totema in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

Final Fantasy Crystal ChroniclesEdit

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"Monster Dance ~Rondo~" from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
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"Monster Dance ~Rondo~" is the boss theme in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of FatesEdit

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"One-On-One Battle!" from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate
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One of this game's boss themes is titled "One-On-One Battle!".

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeEdit

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"Boss Theme 1" from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
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"Boss Theme 1" is used for most bosses, but "Boss Theme 2" is used in fights in bosses near the end of the game.

The Final Fantasy LegendEdit

The boss theme in Final Fantasy Legend is "Fierce Battle", which plays during battle with the Four Fiends, Machine, Ashura and also during tense, pre-battle sequences against these same bosses, transitioning without cut into the battle itself. The games' lesser bosses are all simply variations of minor enemies and so are fought against the standard battle theme.

Final Fantasy Legend IIEdit

The boss theme in Final Fantasy Legend II is "Decisive Battle", plays against the New Gods and several other unique foes, including, once again, WarMach.

Final Fantasy Legend IIIEdit

The boss theme in Final Fantasy Legend III is "Gods of Another Dimension", which plays against all major Purelander bosses.

Final Fantasy Mystic QuestEdit

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"Battle 2" from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
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The boss theme in Final Fantasy Mystic Quest is "Battle 2", and plays during every boss battle except the battle with Dark King.

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of LightEdit

"A Strong Enemy" is the normal battle theme for most bosses, and plays during the first part of the battle with Chaos. "The Demon King's Servants" play against stronger bosses, and also plays during the second round of the Chaos battle.

Bravely DefaultEdit

Bravely Default has two themes for most boss battles: "That Person's Name is" plays during battles against Asterisk holders and the Adventurer, while "Fighting to the End" plays during most event battles and boss battles against monsters.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit

"Against the Threat", known in Japan as "Face the Threat", is the normal boss theme for Final Fantasy Dimensions. Its opening sounds similar to "Force Your Way" from Final Fantasy VIII.

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