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I'm Atma... ... Left here since the birth... Forgotten in the river of time... I've had eternity to... Ponder the meaning of things... And now I have an answer...
—Atma, SNES
I am the one known as Ultima... Forged an eternity ago and left here... Forgotten in the mists of time... Long have I pondered what I should do... Long, long have I pondered... But now it seems I have an answer...
—Ultima Buster, GBA
Attacks with fire and ice. Also uses Quake. It has no weaknesses, so you might as well fight it out hand-to-hand.
Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

Ultima Buster, originally translated as Atma, is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is found in Kefka's Tower and is a stronger version of the Ultima Weapon. Unlike most of the other bosses in the tower, Ultima Buster is optional and can be avoided if the player wishes. The boss appears in a prison cell room originally in Vector, standing in the exact same spot Kefka stood in when he was arrested.


Final Fantasy VI enemy stats
#350#351 (GBA) #352
☆078☆079 (iOS) ☆080
Names Location Type Other information
SNES: Atma
PS: Atma
GBA: Ultima Buster
iOS: Ultima Buster
Kefka's Tower (GBA)
Kefka's Tower (SNES)
None First Strike. Falls into Death status when has 0 MP. Harder to run from. The party cannot escape.
Level HP MP Attack Magic
67 55,000 19,000 20 10
Defense Magic Defense Magic Evasion Speed Hit Rate
0 70 0 63 100
Evasion EXP Gil
0 0 0
Elemental affinities
Fire-icon-ffvi Ice-icon-ffvi Lightning-icon-ffvi Poison-icon-ffvi Holy-icon-ffvi
100% 100% 100% -100%Absorbs -100%Absorbs
Earth-icon-ffvi Wind-icon-ffvi Water-icon-ffvi Restorative Instant Death
-100%Absorbs -100%Absorbs -100%Absorbs -100%Absorbs 100%
Statuses and immunities
Blind Zombie Poison Magitek Invisible Imp Petrify Death Doom Critical
- Immune Immune - - Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Image Silence Berserk Confuse Sap Sleep Float Regen Slow Haste
- Immune Immune Immune - Immune - - - -
Stop Shell Protect Reflect Meteor Strike Libra Sketch Control Fractional Invincible
Immune - - - Immune - - Immune Immune -
Steal Item dropped Metamorphose
(Miss rate: 100%)
[87.5%Applies when successful; success based on users' level, doubles with Thief's Bracer.] Blood Sword
[12.5%Applies when successful; success based on users' level, doubles with Thief's Bracer.] Crystal Orb
None [Slot 1 (25%)]Antidote
[Slot 2 (25%)]Green Cherry
[Slot 3 (25%)]Eyedrops
[Slot 4 (25%)]Gold Needle
Morph ID: 0
Attack Abilities Rage Sketch Control(Immune) & Confuse (Immune)
Normal Attack: Unarmed
Special Attack: Hit (Level 1 Attack x 1.5)
Firaga, Blizzaga, Southern Cross, Thundaga, Northern Cross, Tsunami, Quake, Meteor, Flare Star, Ultima None Attack, Hit Attack, Hit


Ultima Buster attacks with level three spells like Firaga, Blizzaga, Thundaga, and Southern Cross. When its HP falls to 32,640, it incorporates Flare Star, Tsunami, Quake, and Meteor into its attack patterns. When damaged in any way twelve times, it will glow and begin storing energy; after three turns it unleashes Ultima. For this reason it may be wise to bring Celes along to Runic Ultima and absorb it.

Besides Ultima, many of Ultima Buster's attacks are elemental and can be absorbed or nullified with the proper equipment set-up. It should not be too difficult to defeat - though there is the likely chance the player will be unable to kill it in twelve attacks. Once it begins charging Ultima, however, it wastes two turns doing nothing, giving the player free reign to go all-out and destroy it before it casts the spell.

When killed, the Ultima Buster vanishes to reveal a Save point.

AI scriptEdit

Attack Turns:

1st Turn: Firaga (33%) or Blizzaga (33%) or Southern Cross (33%)
2nd Turn: Thundaga (33%) or Blizzaga (33%) or Firaga (33%)
3rd Turn: Thundaga (66%) or Southern Cross (33%)
4th Turn: Firaga (33%) or Northern Cross (66%)

If HP <= 32640:

1st Turn: Firaga (33%) or Tsunami (33%) or Quake (33%)
2nd Turn: Firaga (33%) or Meteor (33%) or Flare Star (33%)
3rd Turn: Meteor (33%) or Quake (33%) or Tsunami (33%)
4th Turn: Firaga (66%) or Flare Star (33%)

If attacked by anything:

If Var36 is not set:
Attack (33%)
Increase Var3 by 1
If Var3 >= 12:
Set Var36
Set Var3 = 0

If Var36 is set:

1st Turn: Display message: A strange light surrounds Ultima
Monster flashes
Nothing (100%)
2nd Turn: Monster flashes
Nothing (100%)
3rd Turn: Monster flashes (for a longer time)
Ultima (100%)
Unset Var36

Other appearancesEdit

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Bahamut Lagoon - Saint Weapon

Saint Weapon in Bahamut Lagoon.

  • The sprite that is shared between Ultima Buster, Omega Weapon, and Ultima Weapon was used and modified for some of the Icedrake class dragons in Bahamut Lagoon, namely the Saint Weapon and Black Buster.


Ultima is Latin, and in many of today's Latin-based languages, for "The Last", in its feminine sense. However in the Spanish versions of many Final Fantasy games the spell name is "Artema", a closer transliteration of the original Japanese katakana.

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