Game music of the day: Battle With the Four Fiends

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Above: Final Fantasy IV's "Battle With the Four Fiends" hits all the right notes

Last week, we discussed the importance of battle music in JRPGs. This track may be enough to get you through everyday encounters with Behemoths or Marlboros as you work your way from town to town. But a boss encounter requires something special. It needs a song that sounds big and booming, a track that feels just as important and epic as the evil beasts you’re about to face.

Today’s game music of the day covers all that and more, because this isn’t a track for just any old boss fight, it’s the track that plays when you face off against the Four Elemental Fiends, one of the most memorable and difficult special boss fights in the history of the Final Fantasy series.

Game: Final Fantasy IV
Song: Battle With the Four Fiends
Composer: Nobuo Uematsu

Above: Final Fantasy IV’s most epic boss battle track

Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, “Battle With the Four Fiends” hits all the right notes. Like the battle itself, the track instills an unrelenting sense of urgency, which is perfect for the four-part battle that pits your team against Scarmiglione of Earth, Cagnazzo of Water, Barbariccia of Wind, and Rubicante of Fire.

Above: An amazing cover on an Electone organ. Check out the organist’s feet and head here if you want to find out what he/she’s wearing

Above: See Uematsu rock out on the keyboard in his band, The Black Mages

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  • Xplosive59 - April 21, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    this reminds me of a horrible time where after fighting the twins before recuing rosa in some tower thingy and then saving with one helth left and no potions because i thought the dungeon was over... boy was i wrong, after a cutscene i had to fight barbacia and got overly screwed. i tried to get down the tower without getting into a random battle but after trying fifty times i had no choice but to restart the game. the moral of the story is to make multiple saves
  • Modroneman - April 21, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    great stuff!
  • KickmanX - April 21, 2010 2:48 a.m.

    I've loved (that's right, loved) this song ever since the first time I heard it while playing the SNES version almost twenty years ago. I never get tired of listening to it.
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - April 21, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    I still love you Paragon
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - April 21, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    I forgot how good this music was. but sure enough, I was punctuating the first several beats of the song with succesive fist pumps and air punches.
  • FalconMbuster - April 20, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    Love this theme. Surprise you didn't point out that NicoNicoDouga video.

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