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Blue glowing meteorite at the Disc of Cauthess.

Gladiolus: Barring delays, she should've arrived by now. Maybe even had herself a look at the Meteor.
Noctis: The Meteor of the Six?
Ignis: The same. Its heat is harnessed to power Lestallum.
—Party dialogue when heading to meet with Iris in Lestallum

Meteor of the Six, also known simply as the Meteor or Astral shard, is a meteorite that fell to Eos during the "age of the gods" in Final Fantasy XV. It remains a notable landmark in the Duscae region. The meteorite is blue glowing crystal whose spires reach out toward the sky. It emanates heat and the area around it is volcanic. Its shards act as an inexhaustible energy source.

Fragments of the meteorite are known as meteorshards. In Final Fantasy XV: Comrades, the player must collect them to power Lestallum.

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According to pre-release information the meteorite is as old as Eos and has been there since the "beginning of time".[1] However, sources on the final game offer no timeline for its arrival. Duscae's stone arcs and the lakes and ponds formed in craters may be remnants of the meteorite impact.

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Artwork of Titan holding the Meteor.

The Meteor's impact site is now known as the Disc of Cauthess. According to legend, the Astral god Titan caught the meteorite as it fell to Eos and is still holding it in his slumber. Whenever tremors emanate from the cauthess, people of Lestallum call it Titan's snoring. NPCs in Comrades posit that the gods themselves called down the Meteor. Lestallum and its EXINERIS Industries draw power from the still-active crystals to provide energy.

In the German localization of Final Fantasy XV Ardyn Izunia says Starscourge originated from the Meteor during his soliloquy at the end of Chapter 13.[2] This is not stated outright in other versions, the Japanese version simply stating "a plague without remedy became widespread".

The Meteor disappears from the Disc of Cauthess after Prince Noctis forges a covenant with Titan. The energy plant in Lestallum is powered by meteorshards, and thus the populace has a favorable view of the meteorite, although the main crystal is rarely approached for the inhospitable area it is located in.

The meteorite is an allusion to Final Fantasy VII, from it being called the "Meteor", to the Meteor Publishing logo depicting it in a similar manner to the Meteor in the Final Fantasy VII logoFF7 Logo, to the Meteor possibly having brought an alien parasite to the planet millennia ago that infects the local lifeforms.

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Astral shard in a trailer.

The Meteor was called "Astral shard" in 2014 trailers, in which the party was shown driving close by it with the Regalia.

The Meteor being a crystal likens it to other magical crystals from the series, the crystal being the series's main motif. While the Crystal of Lucis hearkens to the more modern manifestation of a Final Fantasy crystal as the representation of souls and life-force, the meteorite crystal could be seen as representing to the elemental crystals from the early series, whose effect on the land was more literal.

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The player is tasked with salvaging meteorshards in Final Fantasy XV: Comrades. Magic Pots appear randomly in missions, and giving them an ingredient will cause the Magic Pot to gift meteorshards to the player.

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EtymologyEdit

A meteor or "shooting star" is the visible streak of light from a meteoroid or micrometeoroid, heated and glowing from entering the Earth's atmosphere, as it sheds glowing material in its wake. Meteors rarely explode in the Earth's atmosphere. The term has become associated with quickness with the adjective "meteoric." In the context of myth and superstition, meteors and comets sighted in Ancient and Medieval Europe were once held as ill omen, said to be the message of the heavens' displeasure of man's affairs to herald grave catastrophes.

Pieces that withstand atmospheric ablation are known as meteorites, but the name of the spell in the series refers to the overall phenomenon.

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