Vegnagun (ヴェグナガン, Vegunagan?) is a powerful and fearsome machina created by the machina city of Bevelle during the Machina War, 1000 years before Final Fantasy X. The weapon is massive and powerful enough to potentially destroy all of Spira. It can sense emotion, and thus knows whether a certain person means to do it harm. To the disappointment of its creators, however, Vegnagun was not put in use due to its inability to tell friend from foe. Vegnagun was considered to be used against Sin, but due to its flaws it was never used.
Vegnagun is controlled by playing an organ-like instrument atop its head, each key emitting a colored glow when pressed. Its main weapon, a gargantuan cannon, fires concentrated energy to cause untold amounts of destruction.
During the Machina War between Zanarkand and Bevelle, Shuyin, in an attempt to save his beloved, Lenne, a summoner sent to the front lines, infiltrated Bevelle's headquarters to hijack Vegnagun and decimate Bevelle's troops. Lenne discovered Shuyin's scheme and rushed to stop him from activating the weapon. Both were caught before Shuyin's plan could be put into action, and the lovers were shot dead by Bevelle's guards. While Lenne's memories coalesced into the Songstress dressphere, Shuyin's anger and grief along with his despair lived on past his death.
A thousand years later Vegnagun still resided as a forgotten secret among the lower caverns of Bevelle Underground. Shuyin's lingering hatred residing in the Den of Woe possessed the Crimson Squad when they entered the den. The squad members killed each other all but for four who escaped the den, but unbeknown to them, one of them – Nooj – carried Shuyin's spirit inside of him. Via Nooj's body Shuyin again attempted to activate Vegnagun but when the conflicted Nooj tried to approach the weapon it fled to the Farplane.
With Vegnagun situated at the heart of the Farplane the machina could absorb ungodly amounts of energy, the same energy that Shinra describes that if tapped into, would power countless cities of light. Vegnagun would thus be able to absorb enough power to become capable of omnicide. Shuyin abandons Nooj's body for Baralai's who is easier for him to control, and takes Baralai to the Farplane to activate Vegnagun. With the combined teamwork of the Gullwings, Leblanc Syndicate, Nooj, and Gippal Vegnagun is dismantled piece by piece, before they confront Shuyin himself who falls to Yuna, Rikku and Paine and fades once being reunited with Lenne's spirit.
As revealed in Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania, after he left the Gullwings to work for Rin, Shinra received financial support from his new employer to prove his hypothesis on an untapped energy source by modifying Vegnagun to harness the Farplane's energy.
The battle against Vegnagun is a multi-stage affair, with YRP fighting their way towards the control center where Shuyin commands the titanic machina. The party must disable Vegnagun's tail, leg, core, and main cannon before Shuyin will confront them personally.
Battles against Vegnagun's parts have a different battle opening than the rest of the game; instead of the screen shattering and the view switching to battle mode, Vegnagun's battles open with a black hole sucking in the screen.
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The theme of Vegnagun is "Great Existence" (大いなる存在, Oori Naru Sonzai?) called "The Colossus" in Luca sphere theater and iTunes. It plays when viewing the spheres of Vegnagun.
Vegnagun's body in the Farplane appears in a Battle Music Sequence.
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Both aspects of Vegnagun's name may be Scandinavian in origin: Vegna translates to "because of" from Icelandic and the common word gun is thought to be derived from Old Norse from either the names Gunnr or Gunnhilde, names of Valkyries, both meaning "war". Therefore, Vegnagun's name directly translates into "because of the War" of which the Machina War is also the origin of its creation.
- The names of many of Vegnagun's attacks are in Latin; Its most powerful attack, Nemo Ante Mortem Beatus translating to "no one is happy before death".
- Vegnagun debatably ties for biggest machina in the Final Fantasy X universe as it is roughly the size of, if not bigger than, the two airships featured in the series.
- Vegnagun is implied to have been at Lake Macalania in the mission "Secure the Agency!", as one of the near-dead Al Bhed inside the travel agency says Fryd fyc ed? Dryd rika cryba, taab fedreh dra myga. E fiend... machina? which translates to What was it? That huge shape, deep within the lake. A fiend... machina?
- Vegnagun's design, particularly its moth-like wings on a locust body, is a reference to a popular design of the Judeo-Christian demon Beelzebub (one name also used for the Devil) referred to as Lord of Flies, taking the form of a demonic fly or locust.