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Tales of Phantasia
- Fighting of the Spirit.
- The version used in Tales of Symphonia also kicks ass.
- Also both Sakuraba's arranged version and S.S.H.'s remix version of it.
- Also the version by Sixto Sounds included in the Tales remix album Summoning of Spirits.
- And of course, the original SNES version.
- Then there's the Radiant Mythology 2 version. And the Narikiri Dungeon 3 version.
- Decisive, the Dhaos battle music and the remix from Eternia. It's awesome enough to make you say INDIGNAYSHUN! The other three Dhaos themes are pretty much equally as awesome: Conclusion Who Is Good Or Evil?, and I Miss You.
- There's also Threatening Sky, which was used for Cless and Arche's aerial battle to save Midgard.
- Be Absentminded.
- Even the regular battle music, Take Up the Cross, deserves mention here. Same with the regular boss music, Overcome Difficulties.
- The opening theme, "Yume wa Owaranai" ("The Dream Will Never Die"). Awesome Music indeed because it's not only catchy, but it makes Tales of Phantasia the first game ever on the SNES to have a title theme with vocals!, making it double as the SNES' Moment of Awesome!
- Premonition deserves a nod too. It is both serene and epic.
Tales of Destiny
- Leon's battle theme and the final boss theme. Both of the songs received awesome remixes in the enhanced remake.
- Bare Its Fangs, the battle theme, and its remix. Even that song got two awesome remixes in Ambush and Surprise Attack. The boss music is also awesome. Nightmare and its TODR version.
- Unfinished World, the first overworld music, gives the vibe of adventure while the second overworld music Utopia is ominous; fitting for that part of the game. Utopia gets a great remix in the second game called Crooked Sight.
- The themes you hear in the Aeropolis (Aerial City, Concrete, Hidden Sorrow, Scholar, Botanical Garden, Attack! and Dead or Alive) are fitting for their respective areas.
- The main theme of the game.
- Common Destiny.
- And yet another great theme: Decent Into Vice is underrated. Same goes with Betrayal and Perfidious Act.
- The game's' Final Battle theme, Rebel Against Destiny, is one of the best final boss themes in the series.
- While it never appeared in a game, this remix of "Lion - Irony of Fate" from the pre-order bonus DVD for the remake of Destiny is pretty damn epic.
- Mysteries Night. Mysterious, calming, and beautiful. The remix in the second game is even more lovely, as is the Premium Remix.
Tales of Eternia
- Mintche. So calm and scerene...
- Celestia Battle and Midboss 2.
- While less awesome than the above two, Midboss 1 and Inferia Battle are still rather nice. But there's also the very awesome Ability Test, notably used in the cameo battle, and Eternal Mind, which also played during the cameo battle of Abyss.
- The main theme of the game: flying by GARNET CROW.
- Ras' Theme. A badass theme for a badass character.
- Rem's Theme, a mysterious theme fitting for your first battle against a Governing Craymel. There's also Crisis which doubles as the song for OSHI-moments and Shadow's Theme.
- Since we're mentioning Oh, Crap! moments, let's go ahead and add Hurry! which basically plays whenever Crisis isn't playing.
- Encounter basically just says, "Hey this guy is important, prepare for a boss battle."
- Regulus Dojo, and its evil remix in Heroic Shadow.
- The Battle Arrange version of Inferia Battle takes the awesome in a whole different direction...
Tales Of Destiny 2
- Tales of Destiny 2's first battle theme, aptly named Theme of Battle, another great piece by Motoi Sakuraba. Then... there's also Barbatos' Leitmotif Coup de Grace, as another proof that he's just that damn awesome for a villain. The Tales of Versus version cranks it way up. The Narikiri Dungeon 3 version is also really catchy.
- Dona Nobis Pacem, the last standard battle theme of the game, definitely deserves a mention here.
- The boss theme Zealot is very good.
- Really, any piece with a religious name/motif in this game is excellent, such as Holy Judgment, Fortuna, Fortuna's Shrine, and Holy Place, provided you like organ music.
- The final battle themes of the sequel. Wheel Of Fortune ~Last Judgment~.
- For something that's not boss music for a change, how about Whisper Of Silence?
- How about Timeline?
- Or Lion ~ Fate Repeated? or Water's Memory? Any piece of music associated with Leon tends to be good.
- The Bonus Boss, Magnadeus, comes with his own awesome music, Vive Memor Mortis.
Tales of Symphonia
- When Mithos saves everyone from Rodyle's ranch.
- The music that plays when Botta sacrifices themself to allow the players to escape.
- The Decision version of "The Last Battle". And the arranged version.
- The final boss song Final Destination is epic, especially given the main villain's backstory.
- It Can Waver and Fight, a remix of the villain's theme, which plays on the penultimate battle with him and is just as epic.
- The songs played at the end of the game, namely Harmony, Revival, and of course Ending Staff Roll.
- Fatalize. Radiant Mythology 2 has this awesome version of it. Heck, even SoulCalibur Legends has an epic remix of it.
- Beat the Angel, which is just perfect for epic battles against angelic beings.
- Dry Trail. It gives you the feeling that you are on a epic journey with friends.
- The Sylvarant Dungeon Theme is decent, but is turned on its head when you hear the remixed version from Tethe'alla.
- It is only played twice in the entire game and is never heard from again, but you have to love Moonlight.
- Keep Your Guard Up, which may or may not be the first boss music in the game. High-energy rock in complex meter: something for everyone!
- The End of a Thought, and its arranged version.
- Symphonia had an amazing Leitmotif for pretty much every major character. Presea and Sheena in particular had awesome themes. Presea's theme also has a reprise, which plays as Ozette burns down. Zelos' theme is also great, but only if you're into that sort of thing. "Fatalize" incorporates bits of Sheena's leitmotif as well - it plays when you're fighting her as an enemy.
- Kratos's theme is really catchy. There's also the alternate version of Zelos's' theme.
- Like A Glint of Light, the Tethe'alla battle theme.
- Starry Heavens (Heroic Mix) from the Japanese release of Tales of Symphonia. Not present in the American release
- The Law of the Battle always works for those pesky Grand Cardinals, but Yggdrasil's It Can Waver and Fight is the right amount of overbearing for such a foe - you can't let him off easy.
- Shining Dew. This song requires no words.
- Ymir Forest. Simultaneously conveys "magical place of wonder" and "prelude to an epic fight" in the same track.
- The serious version of Raine's Theme doesn't get nearly enough love.
- Full Force.
- Fighting of the Spirit.
Tales of Rebirth
- Every battle theme. Here's a specific example: The Trial which plays whenever you fight one of the Sacred Beasts.
- The Edge Of An Oath, the theme that plays when you battle Milhaust.
- Scutum Fang and Scutum Decisive Battle. The battle themes of the Four Stars.
- All three normal battle themes are really catchy. Battle Organization, Dogfight, and The Die Is Cast.
- The boss theme, Desperate Battle, is such an Ear Worm.
- The main theme song of the game, good night by Every Little Thing.
Tales of Legendia
- Tales of Legendia, despite being the red-headed stepchild of the series, had some pretty damn fine tracks in its own right. Such tracks include the hauntingly beautiful Legendary Sourceror, the super awesome military theme March, The Birds Chirp I Sing, To Deliver the Feelings, Walter's theme, the theme for important boss fights, the theme of the final dungeon, and the theme of the last boss, which qualifies as an infinity plus one remix.
- Seeking Victory was already an awesome song. But the version in VS cracks it way Up to Eleven.
- The main theme song of the game, TAO by Do As Infinity is pretty freaking sweet.
- Battle Artist, the normal battle theme, is really good and catchy.
- Vaclav is a pretty generic villain, but he has an awesome battle theme. Why the hell was this not included on the soundtrack?!
- Short Circuit is one of the best tracks in the game.
Tales of the Abyss
- Meaning of Birth, which is an orchestral remix of their already awesome opening theme Karma. And along with those two versions there's Mirrors. Same tune with the Tear Jerker taken up to infinity.
- Finish the Promise, an epic final boss theme that actually works in the Grand Fonic Hymn (a tune you'll hear frequently in battles if you use Tear, and an important storyline thing as well), making it all kinds of awesome. Also the theme for the first part of the final battle, Time To Raise The Cross.
- The Edge of a Decision, the second normal battle theme of the game, which has a pretty dang awesome remix/arrangement.
- Awkward Justice, the boss music used when fighting the Six God-Generals.
- At the time of Farewell.
- And then even some more ambient non-battle themes, like Mt. Roneal.
- Sheaf of Soul, which also has a piano version here.
- Happiness in my Hand, which has TWO other versions, one an arrangement with a bit more background to it, and the other a piano version.
- The Look of That Day, the credits music. You must feel something when you watch it. If there is no pulling at the heartstrings; if the pictures don't get to you, and if the piano doesn't get to you, and if the events that happened don't get to you, there is something wrong with you. Or maybe you're just Jade. (Who still felt something after all was said and done.)
- Crimson Pride!
- Fangs Which Want Blood, bitches! Work them shreds!
- Everlasting Fight, the cameo battle theme. "Bare its Fangs", "Inferia Battle", "Dona Nobis Pacem", and "Take Up the Cross". Four of the best battle themes mentioned on this page. Combined into one. And remixed for maximum awesome.
- The Arrow Was Shot. It's only the first battle theme of the game. Heck, there's even an 8-bit version in VS. And then Motoi Sakuraba got a cameo in the Tales of Destiny remake, performing an epic piano version.
- Oracle - Coercion which plays the first time you fight Asch.
- Although it's played fairly often, the track Wish and Sadness is very beautiful and also very fitting in the scenes it plays in.
- As for the obligatory Theme Song, we get Karma by BUMP OF CHICKEN.
- Time For Farewell is a song fitting for the major Boss Battle it plays in.
Tales of the Tempest
Tales of Innocence
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
- The truly amazing final battle theme "The Wilderness of Sadness".
- With Courage, the standard boss battle theme. An incredible piece.
- I'll Go, the battle music for the Colosseum and the Ginnungagap. It's certainly good enough to rival Keen-Edged Blade.
- The suitably ominous Person Who Conceives Frenzy, used as Alice, Decus, and Brute's battle theme.
- Richter's theme.
- The regular battle music The More That I Try. It could easily pass for boss music in any other RPG. Hervest in Sanctuary is also a great song.
- "Eternal Promise", used during a certain scene in Altimira in chapter eight is a beautiful piece as well.
- The Theme Song of the sequel, Ninin Sankyaku is so freaking awesome it's not even funny.
Tales of Vesperia
- For the obligatory Duel Boss battle, we have "Fury Sparks."
- Then there's the final boss theme, "When Determination Strikes", which is remixed a couple of times for each of the final boss's new forms.
- On the non-battle side, there's "Chance for a Big Reversal," which plays during many a Moment of Awesome.
- The game's obligatory Anime Theme Song, Kane wo Narashite for Japan and "Ring a Bell" for everyone else, both by BONNIE PINK.
- Some dedicated fans have made some awesome arrangements: "Fury Sparks Arranged", A Formidable Foe Stands in The Way Arrangement, and Ring a Bell Battle Theme.
- The PS3 adds various awesome new boss battles such as Lost Memories, the Wandering Skeleton Theme, the Sword Dancer Theme, and the Spiral Draco Theme.
- Encounter With The Unknown, which plays when fighting any of the cameo bosses.
- Tenacity similar to Indomitable Fighting Spirit is a good battle theme that really gets the feeling you're really about to whip some ass.
- A Vow of Unity and The Villain's Conspiracy and the Mechanical Tower deserve a mention.
- A Formidable Foe Stands in the Way is so well-liked that it makes a return in Tales of Xillia 2 and has a remixed version in Tales of Zestiria!
Tales of Graces
- The amazing Windor-region battle theme, "Whet the Sheath", and the adorably awesome kids' version, "Never Let Go", which is played during the prologue.
- Later in the game, we have "Emergence at Eternity's End", the Celtic-sounding battle music for Fodra.
- "Mamoritai ~White Wishes~" gets a special mention for not only being beautiful, but for being one of the few Tales games where the lyrics really suit the theme of the game, and not just pure promotion's sake. It gets a depressing remix titled, "Unspoken Feelings", which plays at some of the most touching moments of the game.
- Sophie's Leitmotif titled, erm, "Sophie", captures the protagonist's mysterious yet innocent atmosphere perfectly.
- "Refreshing Atmosphere" is pretty much the Graces version of Vesperia's "Serenade of the Morning Star", in terms of beauty and tranquility.
- "Dance of Madness", the theme that plays when you fight Emeraude.
- "Defender of Life" is the beautiful and mysterious theme of Arcadia Forest.
- "Risk Everything" is a solid, blood-pumping theme that plays for the battles in the final dungeon of the Future Arc.
- The Final Boss theme, "Life's Cry", is not only kick-ass, but really haunting, which the haunting holy music in the background.
- "Pomp and Majesty" is pretty awesome for a town theme. That opening fanfare, man....
Tales of Xillia/Tales of Xillia 2
- The final boss theme, Battle for a Future to Believe In, is just pure orchestral awesomeness.
- Believe in Me deserves special mention here. It's put to good use in the Hammerzamm boss fight when Milla regains her ability to walk after being stuck in a wheelchair and joins the battle.
- Jude's threebattlethemes makes excellent of a rock guitar, while Milla's three battle themes uses the violin in a way that rivals "Blinded by Light" from Final Fantasy XIII.
- The battle theme against Gaius and Muzet (when by themselves), Indomitable Will.
- After a somewhat disappointing absence in the first Xillia, the cameo fights return in Tales of Xillia 2, and the music that plays in the background, Feast with Those Who Transcend Dimensions, combines "Common Destiny" and "Unfinished World" from Tales of Destiny with the second overworld theme and "Decisive Battle" from Tales of Phantasia to create a battle theme fit for duking it out with the main hero and heroine from the respective games.
- The final boss theme, Following One's Own Purpose, definitely gives off a vibe that pushes you to fight at your absolute best. Then, it transitions over to the Theme Music Power-Up, If It's For You ~Song 4 U~, and it's AWESOME.
- Splendid Dance Performance of a Spirit. Everything from that amazing orchestral intro to the fast-paced battle theme is simply fitting for the return of Milla Maxwell.
- Victor's battle theme, Betting on the Last Guide. Just when you thought combining metal with a choir couldn't get any more intense, this song happens. It definitely fits its corresponding battle since you're fighting a future version of Ludger, complete with his own Chromatus form. What further makes this song awesome is how different it is from the rest of the games soundtrack. You'd think fighting what likely is the final obstacle to saving the world so far would warrant a heroic theme? Not when you have to kill a evil version of yourself, whose also the father of the games heroine. Some people actually were upset that it didn't play in the games bad ending.
- The Proof Discovered in the End of Sadness, for taking that recurring musical theme that plays throughout the game and making it absolutely heartbreaking.
- The music for the obligatory Duel Boss, For the Sake of Mutual Proof.
- The theme for battles with divergence catalysts, Break the Time Factor, really amps up the tension.
Tales of Zestiria
- White Light by Superfly certainly qualifies.
- Anything composed by Go Shiina, really, but of special note are Competing with the Honor of the Land, Existence to be Feared, and New Power Awakens.
- All four of the trial themes are really, really good and more than worth an individual mention. Brilliantly, the game knows it, and replaces the battle themes in each trial with the normal dungeon music, allowing Go Shiina's music to really shine.
- The incredible battle theme Rising Up deserves a mention.
- And speaking of battle themes, here are the game's three battle themes. What makes this batch of themes unique is that they all share the same melody and tune but are different in tempo. Compare the first theme, which plays when Sorey first starts his adventure light-heartedly, to the third theme, which plays when Sorey is near the end of his adventure and the stakes couldn't have been higher.
- Alisha gets her own battle theme for her DLC scenario.
- Zaveid's own Leitmotif, Zaveid the Exile, because a badass hellion hunter deserves a badass theme. In fact, it's so iconic it returns in Berseria along with Zaveid himself.
- The Cameo Battle theme, Finale Where Melodies and Flashing Fists Intersect. It combines "The Arrow Was Shot" and "Never Surrender" from Tales of the Abyss and "Risk Everything" and "Sword-Drawing! Grind!" from Tales of Graces to form a song fit for fighting against Jade and Sophie of Abyss and Graces, respectively.
- A few noteworthy themes include: Blooming Flowers Of Confusion which plays against Maltran and Symmone, Beyond the Ultimate, aka, Heldalf's boss theme, the final boss theme, Chaotic Calamity That's One with a God ~Awakening~, and Bet Everything on the Lion's Roar which plays when Sorey engages a Duel Boss against Heldalf to finish everything.
- The Very Definite Final Dungeon theme, Throne Of the God That Caused Everything, deserves a mention for being one of the most ominous final dungeon themes in the series. It's also followed by a unique final dungeon battle theme, Take Up Your Bow and Shoot Out the Truth.
- Journey's End is a beautiful twelve minute piece that plays during a certain cutscene near the end of the game with a couple of variations like the unreleased instrumental version.
Tales of Berseria
- The opening theme is confirmed to be "BURN" by FLOW. In heavy contrast to the epic rock of Zestiria's "White Light", "BURN" seems to take a much darker tone fitting of the new protagonist, evoking a more post-hardcore style, and providing us with the most aggressive mothership opening to date.
- The Main Theme of the game, which has also been rearranged to be the leitmotif of our protagonist Velvet.
- The Cameo Battle Theme, Clenched Fist and the Sword Dances, is a medley of songs from the first Tales of Xillia all rearranged to be in-line with the instruments of Berseria and to herald the return of Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell. The songs used are (in order): "Clenched Fist," "Daring Sword," "Believe in Me," and "Life or Death."
- Rokurou's theme, which notably plays in the first encounter with him and in later bits of the story where he gets to show off his stuff. A fast-paced guitar piece accompanied by a Japanese flute that perfectly represents the Daemon samurai who lives for the thrill of the battlefield. In a similar vein, there's the battle theme of his older brother Shigure. The guitar riffs and Japanese instruments are made a lot more menacing to portray the bigger threat that Shigure poses to the party.
- Justice of the Knight, when you finally get a serious battle against Oscar. Complete with Ominous Latin Chanting perfectly blended with One-Woman Wail, this song is meant to bring chills to the player when you realize the Oscar you're fighting is armatized.
- The Will that Opposes Reason, otherwise known as the theme that plays in battles against the Abbey.
- The theme that plays in the final dungeon, The Way of the Embodied Dragon.
- Radiant Mythology isn't really noted for its music. However, there is at least one song that stands above the rest. And that song is the Battle With Widdershin.
- Sad Memory, used during the Kannono battle.
- Its opening theme, Hikari to Kage.
- Radiant Mythology 2 has A Desperate Battle, which is just as epic as the near-identically named Desperate Battle from Tales of Rebirth.
- The secret final boss theme Final Damnation is merely a taste of Go Shiina's capability as a composer. See God Eater Burst for more evidence.
- The theme songs, flyaway and where is the future? are oh-so-epic.
- Radiant Mythology 3's theme song, with you feat. Me is nothing short of badass.
- Impronta -vague3.rm-, a remix of the TALES EXPO 2003 theme by Zts (of DJ Max fame).
- Those wacky OC Remix fellows have also got their hands on the Tales series: Behold, Summoning of Spirits.
- Sakuraba came back for Tales of Hearts, and of course the results rock. A kind GameFAQser has archived the battle themes.
- Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave got some awesome theme songs in the form of SHINE and NEW DAYS.
- Tales of Versus gives us the catchy Be your wings as its theme song.
- Tales of the World: Dice Adventure has a kickass theme in Chizu no Arika.
- There's also the incredible orchestral remixes made for the 20th anniversary.
- Tales of Zestiria the X, the anime adaptation of the Zestiria game, combines the game's BGM with some awesome new vocal music, the foremost being FLOW's "Kaze no Uta" and "Innosense", which serve as the first opening theme and second ending theme respectively.