Weapons are creatures that appear in several of the Final Fantasy games. Monstrously powerful, they are usually some of the toughest bosses in their respective games. Common variants include the Ultima Weapon and the usually more powerful Omega Weapon.
Weapons are generally extremely powerful bio-weapons, created usually by science or magic. For example, in Final Fantasy VI, the Ultima Weapon is an embodiment of powerful magic created during the War of the Magi, while in Final Fantasy VII, Ultimate Weapon is one of the Weapons, a group of colossal, extremely powerful beasts created by the Planet with the purpose of protecting it against great threats to its existence.
The GBA/PSP/iOS remakes include Ultima Weapon as an optional boss. It is a palette swap of a Behemoth sprite and proves to be a difficult boss. It can be found in the Soul of Rebirth dungeon, in an area that consists in a replica of the last floors of the Mysidian Tower. Defeating it grants the player the Ultima spell.
The Weapon's look follows the trend set by Final Fantasy VI's version.
The Ultima Weapon was created as a weapon of mass destruction during the War of the Magi. It is fought on the Floating Continent. There also exists a monster called Ultima Buster, who resides in Kefka's Tower.
Final Fantasy VI introduced Ultima Weapon for the first time in the series. Both weapons resemble massive monsters rather than machines.
The Game Boy Advance remake includes the Omega Weapon as an additional optional boss.
- Main article: Weapon (Final Fantasy VII)
The Weapons play a vital role in the storyline. There are also many more, a total of seven, each named after a precious stone, except for Ultimate and Omega.
The Weapons evolve from robots or quadruped monsters into a variety of different designs, including the first upright Weapons.
Both the Weapons are simple palette swaps of each other, apart from Ultima Weapon's sword. It follows both the quadruped and upright trends set by Final Fantasy VI and VII by making the Weapon resemble a centaur-like monster.
Both the Ultima Weapon and the Omega Weapon can be fought in the Omega Ruins. Nemesis is one of the toughest battles in the game and is an original creation from the Monster Arena. Ultima Buster also exists in the original creation from the Monster Arena, and while not named a weapon, it shares its name from Ultima Weapon.
The "Twin Weapons" trend set by Final Fantasy VIII returns along with its six-limbed style.
- "Whatever you do, don't call it Atma."
- —Bestiary entry
The Omega and Ultima Weapons return for Final Fantasy X-2 as randomly encountered battles on the Farplane and within the Via Infinito. While nowhere near as formidable as their former incarnations of the Omega Ruins, they still present quite a challenge to the party. A tougher version, Paragon, can be fought as the penultimate boss of the Via Infinito.
Ultima and Omega also appear in Final Fantasy XI as bosses in the Chains of Promathia expansion, classified as Biotechnological Weapons. While Omega is reminiscent of the robot Omega from Final Fantasy V, Ultima looks completely different than any other incarnation, appearing as floating, almost insectoid machine.
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Two Magick Weapons can be fought in the game. They are named Upsilon which, like Omega, is a letter of the Greek alphabet. The first is fought near Goug as part of the Heritor quest sequence, and the second subsequently appears in the Aldanna Range during the quest "Wanted: Magick Weapon". After defeating the second Upsilon, the player can read three pub notices, which are "Research Notes". These reveal that the Upsilons were actually based on the design schematics for the infamous Omega Mark XII (see above).
The unnamed creator was possibly a moogle, since the Upsilons are strongly implied to have been built in Goug. In a possible reference to the game itself, the notes state that the creator called the two later models "Upsilon A2" and "Upsilon A3". It also transpires that while Omega Mark XII was powered by Mist, the three Upsilons were built to utilize lava, snow and seawater respectively (with a substantial degree of success).
While the second set of notes suggests that the player can fight the third Upsilon, it would seem that Upsilon A3's intake system was rather too efficient, as the final set of notes reveals that it went wild and exploded due to taking in too much water.
The weapons take their appearance from Final Fantasy XII, except for with two more legs.