Phantom Trains (まれっしゃ, Ma Ressha?, lit. Magic Train), also known as Ghost Trains, are a recurring feature in the Final Fantasy series. The Phantom Train first appeared in Final Fantasy VI as a location and as a boss, which has returned in the remake of the original Final Fantasy and in the sequel to Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Other phantom trains have also appeared in the series.
The Phantom Train is a boss called the Ghost Train as a reference to the Final Fantasy VI Phantom Train.
Phantom Train was originally translated as Ghost Train on the US SNES release. It is the carrier of dead souls over to the afterlife and is alive and talks. It takes off from the Phantom Forest, and when Sabin's party treks through the woods, they accidentally get stuck onboard the Phantom Train and must to fight to find a way out.
Phantom Train is a dungeon. The party's objective is to make its way to the front where they fight Phantom Train's locomotive as a boss.
Phantom Train makes an appearance as the boss of Sigmascape V1.0. The boss fight takes place on a platform being chased by the Phantom Train, recreated by Omega via its ability to manipulate the aether, to fight the Warrior of Light as part of its experiment.
The Phantom Train is mentioned as one of the wonders in Final Fantasy Tactics.
It bears the following description:
The Phantom Train became so known for its primary purpose during an ancient war—the transport of battalions of the ghastly Enthralled. It is also called the Chariot of the Damned.
The Phantom Train from Final Fantasy VI appears as a location. It is a small and closed-in arena with a low ceiling and narrow walls. The seats can be stood on or destroyed, and the camera swings through the walls and ceilings turning them transparent to allow the player to view the fight from all angles.
In a scene in the Reports, the Onion Knight and Vaan rest here. The Onion Knight, having had Vaan appoint himself his "brother" to watch out for him, tries to tell Vaan his protectiveness isn't needed, but Vaan doesn't listen.
The Final Fantasy VI Phantom Train appears in the background of the Field Music Sequence for Terra's Theme.
The Phantom Train from Final Fantasy VI appears on a Triple Triad card.
The Interdimensional Train, also called the Ghost Train, is the transportation used by the main characters during the first half of the series to go to different locations in Wonderland. Unlike other Phantom Trains in the series, this is not a living entity, but rather a mechanical creation of Cid.
Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit
Phantom Train appears in Itadaki Street Portable both as an area and as a card, with its original Final Fantasy VI appearance. As a chance card, the card's ability: Can warp back to the bank.
Ghost train refers to a phantom vehicle in the form of a locomotive or train.
- The Phantom train is possibly inspired by the song "Spanish Train". Both trains are a gateway to the afterlife.