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- “The higher the user's HP, the sharper the weapon's blade.”
- —Dissidia Final Fantasy
The Ultima Weapon (アルテマウェポン, Arutema Wepon?), also known as Atma Weapon or Caladbolg, is a weapon that appears in many games in the Final Fantasy series. Like the spell, the Ultima Weapon is usually one of the strongest in the game and usually serves as the ultimate weapon of the main protagonist. It generally takes the form of a two-tone blue sword with gold hilt, but has also appeared as a dual blade, gun, or gunblade. Since its debut in Final Fantasy VI, the Ultima Weapon has appeared in almost every game in the main series, including remakes of earlier games.
The Ultima Weapon draws its power from the wielder—the weapon grows in strength as the user gains HP, making it powerful in the hands of higher-level characters. Acquiring the Ultima Weapon usually requires the player to defeat a powerful optional boss or acquire rare items.
- “A sword bound to its wielder's HP.”
The Ultima Weapon only appears in the Dawn of Souls and subsequent remakes. Besides the Masamune, it is the only weapon that can be equipped by all upgraded classes. Its damage is based on the user's HP, having a maximum Attack power of 100 (rounded up from 99.9). It is obtained in a treasure chest after defeating Death Gaze in Whisperwind Cove.
The Ultima Weapon can be obtained in the 3D remake versions. It is a reward from the Mognet sidequests "Fix Sara's Pendant" and "Find Orichalcum". The party obtains the Orichalcum after they defeat Aeon in Cid's basement and give it to the Legendary Smith in Falgabard.
The Ultima Weapon can be equipped by the Freelancer, Warrior, Knight, Dark Knight, Red Mage, and Onion Knight classes. When equipped, it boosts all stats by 15, rivaling the stat boost of the Celestial Gloves, and has an Attack bonus of 155, making it the second-most powerful weapon in the game after the Onion Sword.
In the Windows Phone version of the game, an achievement can be gained for obtaining the Ultima Weapon, named "One Sword to Slay Them All".
The Ultima Weapon is dropped by the boss of the same name. Unlike other incarnations of the weapon, it takes the form of a modest, dark blue iron sword. It has an Attack power of 180, and gives +10 to Strength, Speed, and Stamina. Cecil, Golbez, Ceodore, and Kain can equip it.
- “Sword with the power of destruction. Can be used two-handed. Can be used with Spellblade.”
In the Game Boy Advance and mobile versions, the Ultima Weapon is found in the monster-in-a-box containing Neo Shinryu. It is the strongest weapon in the game, with an Attack power of 177, a Hit Rate of 180, and it increases Strength, Speed, and Stamina by 2. It can be equipped by any class that can equip swords, such as Knight, Mystic Knight, Cannoneer and Blue Mage.
- “Sword whose attack power is bound to its wielder's HP.”
The original appearance of the weapon, the Ultima Weapon (originally translated as Atma Weapon in the SNES and PlayStation releases) is found in the Cave to the Sealed Gate. A second Ultima Weapon can be stolen from Rest during the final battle. Ultima Weapon is incompatible with Bushido, Runic, or the Gauntlet, and it cannot be thrown.
Terra, Locke, Edgar, and Celes can equip it. Unlike most incarnations of the weapon, the Ultima Weapon is given a backstory: The Ultima Weapon was created during the War of the Magi as a magical weapon for use in battle, which was said to reflect the power of who wields it. It is said to have been created around the same time as the magical beast that shares its name.
Although it has an attack power of 255, its damage is calculated differently than most weapons: the damage the Ultima Weapon does is based on the level of the character who is equipping it, and his or her current HP level compared to his or her max HP. When HP is high, the Ultima Weapon deals a large amount of damage. When HP is low, it deals a small amount of damage. The sprite used for the Ultima Weapon in battle is a glowing blue sword of varying length. The higher the damage dealt is, the longer the sword is. At its max power, the blade is longer than the user, and leaves multiple images when swung. The weapon ignores the target's defense when calculating damage.
The damage for Ultima Weapon is calculated as follows:
- Strength2 = Strength * 2
- If Strength >= 128 then Strength2 = 255 instead
- Attack = Attack Power + Strength2
- Damage = Attack Power + ((Level * Level * Attack) / 256) * 3 / 2
- Random Variance
- Damage = (Damage * [224..255] / 256) + 1
- Damage = damage * level
- Damage = damage * ((current HP / 256) + 1) / ((max HP / 256) + 1)
- Damage = (damage / 64) + 1
The length of Ultima Weapon length is determined by the damage dealt:
- 0 - 500 shortest
- 501 - 1000 medium
- 1001 - 9999 longest
The Ultima Weapon is Cloud's ultimate weapon, and is received after defeating the Ultimate Weapon. It is the strongest weapon in the game with an Attack power of 100, a Hit Rate of 110, and it grants +24 Spirit and +51 Magic. It has eight Materia slots in four linked pairs, but has zero Materia growth.
The damage the Ultima Weapon deals depends on Cloud's current HP in relation to his maximum HP; the higher it is, the greater the damage dealt. The sword's graphic changes depending on Cloud's HP, from a dark blue and purple when weak, to a bright blue and white when he is at full health.
The Ultima Weapon is a handgun, visually indistinguishable from Cerberus, Vincent Valentine's weapon of choice. It is a modified version of the Model Gun, a gag weapon found in Edge, however, it requires 200,000 gil to modify into the ultimate form.
This particular weapon fires standard handgun bullets, but deals more damage the more hits the player lands, similar to the way the machine gun does increased damage. It is considered Vincent's best gun.
The optional boss Ultima Weapon carries a sword similar to Cloud Strife's Ultima Weapon in Final Fantasy VII. Squall Leonhart's strongest weapon, the Lion Heart, also possesses similar traits to the traditional Ultima Weapon blade such as a bright blue blade.
- “Considered the most powerful weapon in the world.”
- —Description for Ultima Weapon.
The Ultima Weapon is a thief sword and is Zidane's ultimate weapon acquired during the Chocobo Hot and Cold side quest, on the ruins of the Shimmering Island in Disc 4. It is the second strongest weapon in the game after the Excalibur II. The Ultima Weapon has an Attack power of 100 and has the Sleep status to inflict on enemies with Soul Blade. It teaches the Flee command.
Location: Treno, Card Stadium
- Main article: Celestial Weapon#Caladbolg
Ultima Weapon is the original Japanese name for Tidus's Celestial Weapon, also used for the Italian, French, Spanish and German versions; however, it was renamed to "Caladbolg" in the the English localization. It deals more damage the more HP Tidus has in comparison to his maximum HP. After upgrading it with the Sun Crest and Sun Sigil items, it contains the abilities Break Damage Limit, Triple Overdrive, Evade & Counter, and Magic Counter. Like the other Celestial Weapons, the Caladbolg will ignore the target's Defense when calculating damage.
- “Sword capable of returning all to naught.”
- —In-game description
The Ultima Weapon is Vaan's weapon obtained by defeating Zodiark in the Well of Whispered Oaths. Though it is his second-strongest weapon under normal circumstances, other weapons can exceed its power if they are forged with the highest quality materials, as well as by Anastasia, which can be charged by defeating Yiazmat at the end of Midlight's Deep. It has Attack power of 100, Magic Attack of 50, and Speed of 60. It uses a generic sword sprite during battle.
- “Used to strike down weakened foes, this gunblade allows instant staggering of enemies near the stagger threshold.”
The weapon isn't among the ones with the highest of stats, but it has the passive ability Quick Stagger, which allows Lightning to immediately stagger an enemy when the Stagger Gauge is at least 90% full. Unlike other Final Fantasy titles, the Ultima Weapon in Final Fantasy XIII is not the ultimate form of the weapon, as it can still be upgraded into the more powerful Omega Weapon.
The Ultima Weapon is obtained by Lightning if she completes all four trials before facing Bhunivelze, which also gives her four powerful elemental spells. It is a restored and upgraded version of her initial weapon, Crimson Blitz, which was damaged by Lumina in the opening. It provides +2500 to strength and magic, +15 ATB speed, and has the Arsenal of One auto-ability, which boosts damage for Army of One. The Night Lotus shield is also upgraded to the Ultima Shield in the same event.
While most equipment carries over into New Game Plus, the Ultima Weapon and Shield revert to their basic forms on starting another playthrough.
The Ultima Sword, Ultima Lance, Ultima Hammer, and Ultima Maul are each the second-strongest weapon for their respective characters, all created by finding the Greatest Weapon scroll, and then obtaining Ultamite and Orichalcum so they can be forged. All the "Ultima" weapons have an Attack power of 35.
Though each character has a weapon stronger than their "Ultima" weapon, its true strength lies in its ability to make enemies flinch with every strike. Ordinarily, one would have to pull off a three-hit attack combo to make the foe flinch, or use a charge attack. With the Ultima Weapons though, the player could use simple combo strikes and the enemy would flinch with every hit, leaving the player free from being struck back. The Ultima Sword, Hammer, and Maul posses the same Focus Attack skill as the weapons born from the novice weapon scroll, but the Ultima Lance has the same Focus attack as the Dragon Lance.
- “A sword carried by one who saved the world. For Clavats only.”
- —Ultima Weapon's description
The Ultima Weapon is a Clavat exclusive weapon, and the strongest sword in the game. It has an Attack power of 127 at level 1 and 157 attack at level 30, and has one empty slot. It can be obtained by winning it from Larkeicus in the final battle on Hard and Very Hard mode, and then created for 1,800 gil by using up three Abyssian, three Adamantite, and two Wandering Soul. When turned into a jewel, a level 3-9 Ultima Weapon makes a Spirit Moonstone, level 10-19 makes an Extreme Mania, and level 20-30 makes a Gigas Eye.
The Ultima Weapon can be obtained by defeating Ω Weapon in the Gladiators' Hall, and selecting the Ultima Weapon from the various weapons and items in the room that Ω Weapon guards. The Ultima Weapon can be equipped by the Jobless, Warrior, Red Mage, Dragoon, Dark Knight, Paladin, and Memorist jobs. It has and ATK stat of 117, and allows the wielder to break the damage limit.
The Ultima Weapon is a level 99 weapon that can be equipped by all characters. It increases Attack by 68, and when the character's HP is at its max, it increases all stats by 2. It can be traded for with 31,920 gil, the Pisces Recipe, Noah's Lute, and Whisperweed.
Cloud and Tidus equip their respective Ultima Weapons in their EX Modes, but in keeping with Final Fantasy X's translation, Tidus's weapon is called the Caladbolg. As an effect of the weapons, in their EX Modes Cloud and Tidus do more Brave damage the higher their HP is. Cloud also gains the ability to pierce blocks with his melee attacks, while Tidus gains an increase in duration of invincibility during his dodges.
The Ultima Weapon returns as the EX Mode weapon used by Cloud and Tidus. It is also available as an equippable Level 100 weapon with the same effects and trade accessories needed to acquire it, though the trade price has gone up to 182,800 gil.
- “A blade with power bound to your remaining life. Avoid using it when knackered.”
- —Description, FFVI version.
Ultima Weapon (Final Fantasy VI version) grants +8 to Attack. It can be equipped by Knight, Mystic Knight, Cecil, Bartz, Cloud, Squall, Seifer, Steiner, and Vaan. Ultima Weapon (Final Fantasy VII version) grants +10 to Attack. It can be equipped by Knight, Mystic Knight, Cecil, Bartz, Cloud, Squall, Seifer, Steiner, and Vaan.
Kingdom Hearts seriesEdit
- For more information, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki: Ultima Weapon
In the Kingdom Hearts series, the Ultima Weapon Keychain is usually the strongest Keyblade usable by the protagonists. It is typically a gold, white, and blue Keyblade with swirl designs along its length, but unlike other recurring Keyblades in the series, the Ultima Weapon changes appearances in each game, its original design only being reused in Chain of Memories and Re:coded.
The Ultima Weapon is usable in all games in the series except for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. However, one of Roxas's strongest weapons is the Omega Weapon, alluding to the connection between the enemies Omega Weapon and Ultima Weapon, and it bears three abilities that increase Roxas's power when he is at full HP, alluding to the Ultima Weapon. There is also an ability called "Ultima Weapon" that grants the player an additional 15 strength to any weapon they wield.
In the DotA-based game League of Legends, one of the items the champions can buy is Atma's Impaler. The item grants the champion 1.5% of his or her maximum HP as extra attack damage.
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 more close translation of the original Japanese katakana.
- The Ultima Weapon's original Atma name in Final Fantasy VI, is referenced in League of Legends in an item called Atma's Impaler. Similar to its appearance in Final Fantasy VI (and most of its other appearances), it gains damage based on the wielding champion's HP.