--> '''Nyarko:''' ''If we had a vehicle like this at the beginning of the story, [[StoryBreakerPower we would be too mobile]]. Seafaring vehicles belong in the middle. Flying vehicles - at the end. It's common practice.''
--> '''Mahiro:''' *Slaps Nyarko vigorously* ''I hate it more than anything when people are [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum holding back like that]].''
-->-- ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan''

Mode of transport late in the game that allows you to travel to nearly any location on the world map fairly quickly. This is almost always [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld something that flies]]. Often, [[SchizoTech it's far beyond]] the {{Technology Level|s}} of the rest of the world, having been created by the resident MadScientist, or taken from an [[LostTechnology ancient civilization]]. Not to be confused with [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]] found in RealLife.

This is usually awarded after you've visited every part of the map in the course of the plot except one, where you will face the FinalBoss. It allows the player to quickly access unfinished {{sidequest}}s while avoiding the tedium of RandomEncounters and the maze-like terrain of the map. Airship acquisition may also [[OpeningTheSandbox open up]] [[TakeYourTime many hours]] worth of sidequests.

May fall under CoolAirship.

Rarely does media present this trope with the logical conclusion of just letting you fly a simple airplane, possibly because they may not be [[RuleOfCool cool]] enough.

An {{RPG}} trope, especially console [=RPGs=]. See also WarpWhistle, HubLevel and MagicMap.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' gave you a fairly mundane airplane... if it wasn't for the fact that it's the world's first, and the Wrights built it with your direct assistance. In a nod to reality, you have to touch down at airports (which you also must help create.)
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'' starts you off with a boat, then a hovercraft that can travel across rocks, then jet ski which may travel up rapids. The ultimate craft, however, is a helicopter which lets you travel anywhere in the entire map. While unlocking it requires enough coins that it can be considered strictly a BraggingRightsReward, it is the only way to reach the secret ending.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' starts you off with one (the Asmodeus), as the game is set on an archipelago of {{Floating Continent}}s. However, you can't go to various towns [[YouShouldntKnowThisAlready until the game says you can]].

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* About halfway through ''VideoGame/LittleBigAdventure'', you get to purchase your own catamaran which allows you to sail the entire southern hemisphere for free. Once reaching the northern hemisphere, you meet a flying dinosaur which will take you nearly anywhere in the northern hemisphere.
* In a late chapter of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'', Valanice gets a magic flute that can summon lord Tsepish's horse Necromancer, which can take her from anywhere in the game to Etheria, from where she can travel to any of the game's major locations.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', you start with a GlobalAirship (you have ''a dragon'', after all), but due to ConvenientQuesting it paradoxically doesn't matter if you can go everywhere.

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* ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero'' pays homage to this by giving you a dragon late in the game, complete with a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mode_7 Mode 7]] [[{{Retraux}} imitation effect]] while you're riding it.
* The Gyrocopter in VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3, which opens up a few areas and allows you to obtain the complete ending.
* ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2'' has three examples. In the approximate order you find them:
** A helicopter, which becomes usable if you can find and recruit a particular NPC. Costs a stupid amount of cash to run and can't approach a large chunk of the map unless you can capture a particular objective.
** An ice-cream van you can acquire in a RandomEncounter, which is a hilarious BrickJoke if you read some of the in-game fluff. [[spoiler:(Hamous, a recruitable character from the first game, stole it in Paris and was last seen headed for Istanbul. How he ended up in Central America along with the same vehicle is left to the player's imagination.)]] It's restricted to proper roads and needs refueling, but petrol is incredibly hard to find.
** A Humvee, which can be acquired by talking to another NPC in a specific area of the map. Has the same limitations as the ice-cream van but the same NPC will provide free refuels. Unfortunately, by the time you get that far you probably only have [[VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon the capital city]] left to attack.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has flying mounts that players at level 60 or above can purchase. Recently they have become a correct example of that trope, as now you can fly across the whole explorable world, not only Northrend and Outland.

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* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series [[ThematicSeries don't share a world]] for the most part, but one of the recurring parallels is a character named Cid, who provides an airship in the late game. Some games in the series actually provide you with an airship early in the game, but impose limitations on it (such as being unable to land in most terrain or unable to fly over mountains).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' actually goes through several models, ending up with a veritable behemoth of an airship complete with shop and inn, but which ''still'' can't fly over most mountains. Another type doubles as submarine and is faster, but can't pass over mountains. It's one of the few games in the series where random encounters can happen while flying the airship. The dock serves as the battleground.
** The airships in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' were acquired through party member Setzer. VI's Cid was a completely different, non-playable character. It's one of the few airships to suffer from a random encounter, if only one.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' gives you [[spoiler:Balamb Garden]] halfway through Disc 2, which functions more like a hovercraft; towards the end of Disc 3 you get the Ragnarok, which plays the trope straight.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' has the Celsius, which is manned by Rikku's brother... Brother. Her rival Leblanc most likely also has one, but it is never shown.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has Balthier's airship which was a prototype model scheduled to be scrapped, but he obtained it before Archades could do so. But the building of the ship itself was probably on Cid's orders. [[spoiler:Seeing as Balthier is ''related'' to Cid, this is probably close enough.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings'' starts you off with an absolutely massive airship. The player can custom name this airship, and it is gradually added onto throughout the game, eventually containing the "Sky Saloon" a massive market/eatery area. On top of this, as the game goes on, [[spoiler:people gradually move in, and you have what amounts to an entire community on your hands by the end of it]].
** Played with in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', where by the time you get the second airship, [[spoiler: the world has been flooded by Mist and there are only two accessible locations left in the world]]. The first airship, however, does allow you to explore the world at your own leisure.
** Also played with in ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', which gives you an airship at the end of the first chapter, which seems to be OpeningTheSandbox except that you can only disembark at seaports, and only a handful of those are still operational at the moment. Soon after, the crystal that allows airflight is destroyed and you've basically just got a [[GetOnTheBoat boat]] for the next long stretch of the game.
* Not a ship so much, but ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' allows you access to the "Fast Travel Network" moderately late in the game, after you "fix" it. You can only use it to visit places you've already been (and DLC, presumably to prevent "I BOUGHT IT AND IT DOESN'T WORK" complaints), and there's a bit of FridgeHorror when you realize that, since it uses the New-U stations to teleport you around, it's really just killing you in one place and recreating you in another.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has the Epoch ([[HelloInsertNameHere which may be called something else]]), which not only can fly you to any part of the map, but can allow you to travel to any of the game's preset time periods. It doesn't start out as an airship until Dalton puts wings on it. Before that, it's a time machine that's rooted in place; it's still known as the "Wings of Time" because it can fly across time but not space.
* The car from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' allows you to cross the map quickly, but it still leaves you vulnerable to RandomEncounters and terrain.
* Exception: ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'' ditches the standard Global Airship of the series for a series of teleporters throughout the land. It cuts down on travel time, but not by much...
** The first ''VideoGame/{{Breath of Fire|I}}'' had Nina's giant bird transformation instead of an airship.
** ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' had Nina's sister in giant bird form, or a small floating continent.
* Common in the Franchise/TalesSeries. ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' had the Rheiards, and ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' had the Albiore. In both cases, they are important parts of the storyline and are acquired around the third of the way, far before you reach TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon -- although in the Albiore's case, it had to be powered up through late-game {{Side Quest}}s before it was truly able to go everywhere.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' also had this, with a normal sea-going ship hooked up to a flying whale.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has an unnamed shuttle which functions as a global airship. And yeah, [[spoiler: that's shuttle as in space shuttle. Awesome.]]
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'' had a cannon-based travel agency in the early parts, but later the heroes acquired a flying white dragon as their Global Airship.
** The sequel, ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'', included ships, a limited cannon-travel system, and a giant sea-turtle before procuring the use of the flying white dragon which appeared in ''Secret of Mana''.
* The Fly HM move in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series.
** As many fans will affectionately point out, this move can be used by many creatures far too small to easily carry the protagonist's backpack, let alone the protagonist, or across a region of a country. Typically, Flying-type ComMons are capable of doing so despite their initial forms being tiny (to the point that some actually have the world "tiny" in their species descriptions in the Pokédex, such as Pidgey being a Tiny Bird Pokémon and Pidove being a Tiny Pigeon Pokémon).
* In the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games, the player has a literal global ''space''ship, the ''Ebon Hawk'', which can instantly transport the party between planets. However, there is usually no quick transportation between locations on the same planet (except for the "Return to Ebon Hawk/Transit Back" instant travel function in the first game). Also, in the first game, interplanetary travel was prone to [[RandomEncounters random enemy starfighter encounters]] with a [[UnexpectedGameplayChange mandatory arcade sequence.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', which takes place on a collection of [[WorldInTheSky islands floating in the sky]], airships are a standard method of transportation, and you literally can't go anywhere without one. The "airship effect" of avoiding random battles and getting to places quickly is achieved by obtaining an improved engine which allows travel in the upper atmosphere. Your airship doesn't start out as "global", but various upgrades allow you to reach progressively more areas of the game until you can go everywhere.
* ''VideoGame/SaGa3'' has a special airship: a time-and-dimension-travelling stealth jet of sorts called "the Talon". Repairing the Talon is the major focus of most of the game, and after the midpoint the Talon is finally back in the air, heavily equipped with Cannons, Missiles, shops, a free Inn and whatever other weapons and clever doohickeys the player can find scattered throughout the worlds. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it breaks down when you use it to enter the world which serves as TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', the party eventually gains the ability to transform into a magic bird ([[PartyInMyPocket collectively]], it would seem) and fly about. Before this, a certain sidequest lets you obtain a bell you can use to summon a Great Sabercat to ride, enabling faster ground travel. As part of the story before obtaining the bird power, you find a magic ship that's stuck on the shoreline. After a tiresomely long series of events, the ship is finally brought onto the water, and can be used to travel across the sea. As a nice touch, all three modes of transportation (Sabercat, ship, bird) have a unique music track.
** Same goes for ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'', although this is explicitly the party riding a magical bird, and you can't use it for [[spoiler: the World of Darkness.]]
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' lets you obtain a hot air balloon.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' has first a magic carpet, then a flying castle, and eventually a dragon.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' the plot will eventually upgrade [[spoiler:the horse that has been traveling with you since the beginning of the game into a flying Pegasus]] that will carry you around the world. Before that we get both a flying bed and a flying carpet which will also avoid any random encounters but are impeded by mountains, forests and small hills.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' has a ship you get early on in the game to explore the world (and which is upgraded late in the game), which is sufficient to get almost anywhere. For the remaining 1% of the world, you eventually get a flying rock that will take you there.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' starts with the ship, but later in the game you get to fly [[spoiler:the [[CoolTrain Starflight Express]]]].
* ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' had first a boat, then a ''submarine'' -- which, while slower and underwater, did fulfill many of the same functions as an airship, namely the ability to avoid encounters and access the next areas of the game. Eventually, of course, the sub got another upgrade and was an airship as well.
* The Gummi Ship in ''KingdomHearts'' starts off needing to go through a rail-shooter sequence everytime you move a space on the world map. You later get a part that lets you skip this in spaces you've already visited. The second game makes this instantly available, but also makes the Gummi sequences much more fun to play.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' has the protagonists transforming their Keyblades into their transport (Although it's not an actual, ship, per se). Gameplay-wise, it functions similarly to ''II'''s.
* In ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'', when Zola rejoins the party shortly after you defeat the Rockwind Wolf Ghost, she arrives in a [[GlobalAirship Mechat]] that you can then use to go anywhere you want.
* ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSun Golden Sun: The Lost Age]]'' gives you a ship at about the one-third point, but it's a normal sea vessel, and you still have to deal with random encounters (just mermen and scallops). It's not until about two-thirds through the game that you get an airship, which is essentially the same ship you've been using with wings arbitrarily attached. You now get the option to choose to sail or fly, but while flying gets rid of random encounters, it also drains your ManaMeter constantly (and the ship is incapable of flying over mountains or even ''trees'').
** Even with the wings on the ship, travel across the world takes a long time. However, in the last segment of the game, travel becomes much easier with the [[WarpWhistle Teleport Psynergy]]; conveniently, when using it to travel to a town, the ship ends up docked at the nearest beach outside said town.
* Somewhat subverted in a rather humorous scene in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', where the party acquires a massive, high-tech flying machine, only for it to be shot down by an oblivious friend. The party gets a more permanent airship later in the game.
* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad'' has an airship in every game.
** In the fourth game, you can call your airship for fire support during battles.
* The ''VideoGame/WildArms'' games (the first three, at least) usually have some form of airship or flying mechanical dragon that serves the function of a GlobalAirship. The second game also had a flying castle at one point.
** The first game just gave you a biplane, which fit the theme of the series much better than flying dragons.
* ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory'' has the Ark in Chapter 5, however due to the incredibly linear nature of the game, you can't really use it for anything besides advancing the plot (being in the past, there isn't really anything interesting at the places you went to in the previous chapters.)
* You can find a balloon late in the game in ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'', tho you typically have to wait for the wind to shift to a favorable direction.
** ''VideoGame/UltimaV'' has a magic carpet that can travel to nearly anywhere on the map, but can't pass mountains or tall buildings. It returns in ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'', where it can be obtained [[DiscOneNuke shortly after the third town]]. [[GameBreakingBug Unfortunately]], using it to travel over certain areas can cause the game to become UnwinnableByMistake.
* ''[[VideoGame/BatenKaitos Baten Kaitos Origins]]'' has the Sfida, acquired shortly after the Hassaleh chapter of the game, which can travel wherever it wants so long as 1) you've been there before or 2) the plot demands.
** Doesn't apply to the past world, however.
** In the first ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', you are given Diadem's best ship for transportation. However, you can't leave the [[FloatingContinent continent that you are on]] once you land on it until you finish your business there, and even then you are only allowed to wrap up your questing in that continent at your leisure, as the game automatically directs your travelling towards the next continent once you do choose to leave. However, after doing a short puzzle, later the game plays this trope straight by giving you [[spoiler: The White Dragon]] to use as you see fit.
*** And it should be noted that in both games, transportation is limited to between the {{Floating Continent}}s, and since there are no [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant flying menaces]] anywhere in the sky between the continents, the use of your GlobalAirship is indeed limited to doing every SideQuest there is once you have it, and accessing TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* Common in the ''PhantasyStar'' series.
** In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'', your [[TransformingMecha cyborg party member Wren]] becomes this when you find the right parts. You also need this to [[spoiler: access TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' At the halfway point in the game the party will set to tame a wild Synard. After taming it, it will act as a flying transport that can quickly take you to any location on Nede (except [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon one]], which is conveniently blocked off by a force field), and will avoid all random encounters.
* Ember the dragon in ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld'' lets Cthulhu and his companions fly anywhere in the world, allowing access to two final dungeons [[OpeningTheSandbox and a few optional ones]].
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' has the Ameno Torifune, the barge of the Shinto gods. You are given the right to use it by gathering the Three Imperial Treasures and using them to restore Amaterasu. Using it opens several otherwise inaccessible locations, such as Tokyo's southernmost harbor area and certain parts of Ikebukuro.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarControl 2'', [[SubspaceOrHyperspace hyperspace]] travel between planets is equivalent to a normal [=RPG=]'s wilderness travel between towns, complete with RandomEncounters. One particular alien race, if befriended, gives the player character advanced technology allowing access to a different type of hyperspace (called "[=QuasiSpace=]") where travel is faster, more fuel-efficient, and Random Encounter-free; the catch is that although you can enter [=QuasiSpace=] from anywhere, you can only leave in one of about 20 pre-defined locations, and must continue from there the normal way. One of the pre-defined locations is, naturally, right near TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Tradewinds}}: Legends'' has several inland 'ports' which can only be visited by the flying dragon-ships acquired late in story mode, and are necessary to complete the plot. Unfortunately, since you are a pirate/trader captain whose entire fleet travels together, it's necessary to spend a while saving up to replace ''all'' your sailing ships with airships. And that's without even mentioning the expensive upgrades they need so they don't get instantly [[strike:sunk]] shot down.

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* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', Brucie's friendship bonus is a helicopter airlift to anywhere on the map. However, the game has several other public transport options including trains and taxis, so while the chopper is a fair bit faster it's not revolutionary.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' takes this to new levels with the taxis: while the previous game had taxis that could near-instantly transport the player anywhere in Liberty City, GTA V allows the player to call up a cab from any road in the entire game world (countryside included) for the instant transport.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' gives you stagecoaches at towns and campsites that can be set up anywhere in the wilderness. While both ostensibly only let you travel to previously located destinations (like a WarpWhistle), they don't fit fully into the trope as they can be set to drop you off at any custom destination.

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* Explicitly denied in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0966.html this]] OrderOfTheStick strip.
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