My name is Ultima... I am power both ancient and unrivaled... I do not bleed, for I am but strength given form... Feeble creatures of flesh... Your time is nigh!
Ultima Weapon, also known as Atma Weapon, is a boss in Final Fantasy VI. It is the strongest boss in the World of Balance and guards the Warring Triad at the summit of the Floating Continent. It was created 1000 years ago during the War of the Magi and was bred for mass destruction.
Uses Flare, Quake, and Blaze. Is Wounded once MP reach 0. Attack with Rasp and Osmose to lower its MP. Also try to steal its Ribbon relic that removes all status changes.
The Ultima Weapon attacks in three stages. The first stage has it using its physical attacks and casting Flare and Blaze. Once Ultima Weapon reaches 12,800 HP, it starts out its next stage by casting Quake, Bio, or Meteor. Its next move is either a physical attack or its special attack, Full Power, which deals heavy damage to one target.
Following this, it always casts Fira on the entire party. Then it uses Mind Blast, which chooses four random party members (meaning the same party member may get targeted twice) and inflicts a random status ailment on each. It then gives itself Protect, Shell, and Haste and begins charging energy for its ultimate attack, Flare Star.
Flare Star deals unblockable, defense-ignoring Fire-elemental damage to all party members equal to eighty times a random party member's level divided by the number of party members. After Flare Star, the pattern repeats with Quake/Bio/Meteor.
Ultima Weapon is immune to status ailments, except for Slow, which can buy valuable time for healing and/or attacking. When it prepares to use Mind Blast, it grants itself Haste, which will negate the Slow status.
Once Ultima Weapon drops below 6,144 HP, it enters its third phase, in which it uses its physical attack, Tornado, Graviga, Rasp, and Blaze. It also has a 1/3 chance of countering any attack with Flare. This pattern repeats until Ultima Weapon is killed.
It is recommended to equip Gaia Gears, which allows Quake to heal the party and negates one of Ultima Weapon's strongest attacks. Edgar and Cyan cannot equip Gaia Gear, so the player should leave them behind on the Blackjack; conversely, Locke should be considered, as he can steal a rare Ribbon. Mage-type characters, like Terra and Celes, are good, and Mog should Dance the Earth Blues, as it has strong attacks and can heal the party with Sun Bath. Physical characters should use their best attacks — Sabin should use Blitzes, Cyan use Bushido, Shadow can throw weapons, and Edgar can use the Chainsaw.
Since the Ultima Weapon only uses its more dangerous attacks in the later stages of the battle, the player may wish to take a few turns to cast spells like Haste and Shell while Ultima Weapon is still using its weaker attacks. Summoning espers to strengthen the party can also be helpful, particularly Zona Seeker, since most of Ultima Weapon's attacks are magic.
In its third battle phase, Tornado and Graviga greatly diminish the party's health, so the player should heal immediately after as Ultima may use Blaze and wipe out the entire party.
A convenient strategy is to use Rasp and Osmose to deplete Ultima Weapon's MP, as it will die when its MP reaches 0. Although this can take a long time, it leaves the beast's HP at its maximum value, and thus the party does not need to worry about the more dangerous attacks it uses when low on HP. It may be useful to equip Reflect Rings to all of the party members for this strategy, as this will reflect Ultima Weapon's Flare attacks, leaving only its normal attacks and Blaze to contend with.
The music used for the battle with the Ultima Weapon is "Battle to the Death". The battle is the first time in the game the theme is used, and is reserved for particularly powerful boss-type enemies.
Ultima Weapon appears in Final Fantasy Record Keeper as an enemy.
- The sprite that is shared between Ultima Weapon, Ultima Buster, and Omega 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.