Ultimecia Castle becomes accessible when Sorceress Ultimecia compresses time into a world where only she can live. However, Time Compression never fully occurs—it is temporarily halted by Ellone—and the party is able to counteract it simply by believing each others' existence. Transport to and from Ultimecia's world and the normal world can be done via five portals which appear in various locations.
The Castle is constructed as a maze-like structure to try and confuse the player. Ultimecia's Chamber, where the final battle is staged, can be accessed right from the beginning; however, there is a catch. When the party first enters, they can only select the Attack command, as all their other abilities have been sealed. In order to get the abilities back, they must locate and defeat Ultimecia's minions. After each defeat, the player can select one ability to unlock. It becomes a puzzle of sorts to decide which abilities to unlock first and which can be left until last.
The following powers are sealed until the player unlocks them:
If the player exits the castle, a message will say that the seal has been temporarily broken. The seal is only in effect inside the castle.
There are eight minions in total, including the oft-recurring boss Tiamat. From each of these a Guardian Force which may have been missed previously can be drawn. Tiamat, for instance, holds Eden and is a slightly easier way to get it than from the Ultima Weapon. This feature was not included in the original Japanese version of the game.
The optional superboss, Omega Weapon, is located within this castle and is labeled the strongest monster in the game. This particular Omega Weapon is among the strongest of its kind in all of the Final Fantasy series.
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Ultimecia Castle is the representative arena of Final Fantasy VIII in Dissidia Final Fantasy. The cogs and gears in the background and the spiral staircase could mean that the arena is the Clock Tower area of the castle. The arena features a large open central area with tall pillars and a spiral wooden platform with railings, which break when a character is knocked into them, but they reform over time. The sides also feature small areas with large gears. It is here Squall and the Warrior of Light fight Ultimecia in their storylines and Zidane battles Garland. It is also where the Warrior talks with Cosmos and where Cloud departs from Firion, Cecil, and Tidus.
In the alternate version of the stage, the wooden planks on the staircase can break from a character just standing on them. Also during a match, "Time Compression" occurs. The gears will start moving at a rapid speed which can damage the player. During this time, the screen will become blurry and the Brave pool will be randomized. Parts of the environment that had been destroyed will also reform. This effect is only temporary and the gears will return to normal speed after a short amount of time.
The layout of the stage board of Destiny Odyssey VIII is based on this location as well. The tiles are represented by cogs, and a rearranged version of the soundtrack Blue Fields, the Main Theme of Final Fantasy VIII is played.
|Squall Leonhart - Quistis Trepe - Zell Dincht - Selphie Tilmitt - Rinoa Heartilly - Irvine Kinneas|
|Seifer Almasy - Laguna Loire - Kiros Seagill - Ward Zabac - Edea Kramer|
|Sorceress Adel - Instructor Aki - Angelo - Biggs - Boko - Cactuar - Chocoboy - Headmaster Cid Kramer - President Deling - Demon King - Mayor Dobe - Ellone - Flo - MiniMog - Fujin - Garden Faculty - Fury Caraway - Julia Heartilly - Dr. Kadowaki - Koko - Library Girl with a Pigtail - Ma Dincht - Martine - Master Fisherman - Mr. Monkey - Moomba - Nida - NORG - Dr. Odine - Piet - PuPu - Queen of Cards- Raijin - Raine Loire - Ultimecia - Watts - Wedge - Xu - Zone|
|Balamb - Dollet - Timber - Galbadia - Fisherman's Horizon - Esthar - Centra - Trabia|
|Balamb Garden - Fire Cavern - Balamb Town - Centra Excavation Site - Galbadia Garden - Deling City - Tomb of the Unknown King - Winhill - D-District Prison - Missile Base - Trabia Garden - Edea's Orphanage - White SeeD Ship - Vienne Mountains - Great Salt Lake - Esthar City - Lunatic Pandora Laboratory - Lunar Gate - Lunar Base - Sorceress Memorial - Lunatic Pandora - Ultimecia Castle - Art Gallery - Tears' Point - Centra Ruins - Obel Lake - Islands Closest to Heaven and Hell - Scary Mountain - Shumi Village - Cactuar Island - Deep Sea Research Center|
|Centra - Human - Moomba - Shumi|
|Ammo - Anarchist Monthly - Angel Wing - Battle of the Gardens - Blue Magic - Card Club - Chocobo - Chocobo Forest - Chocobo World - Combine - Crystal Pillar - Devour - Draw Point - Duel - Fan Club - Forest Owls - Game Over - Garden - Garden Festival - Gil - Great Hyne - Griever - Guardian Force - Gunblade - Hotel - Junction System - Junk Shop - Limit Break - Lion Heart - Lunar Cry - Moon - Motorcycle - Occult Fan Magazine - Para-Magic - Piano - Ragnarok - Rail Transportation - Refine - Revolver - Renzokuken - Road Transportation - Save Point - SeeD - Shop - Shot - Siege of Dollet - Siege of Esthar - Slot - Sorceress - Sorceress Power - Sorceress War - Study Panel - Tempest - The End - The Waltz - Timber Maniacs - Time Compression - Trepies - Triple Triad - Weapons Monthly Magazine - White SeeD - World Map|
|Original Soundtrack - FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC - Piano Collections
|Abilities/Command/Support - Chronology - Enemies - Enemy Abilities - Guardian Forces - Items - Magic - Merchandise - Walkthrough - Wallpapers - Weapons - Translations|
|Warrior of Light - Firion - Onion Knight - Cecil - Bartz - Terra - Cloud - Squall - Zidane - Tidus|
|Garland - The Emperor - Cloud of Darkness - Golbez - Exdeath - Kefka - Sephiroth - Ultimecia - Kuja - Jecht|
|Shantotto - Gabranth|
|Chaos - Cid of the Lufaine - Cosmos - Shinryu|
|Old Chaos Shrine - Pandaemonium - World of Darkness - Lunar Subterrane - The Rift - Kefka's Tower - Planet's Core - Ultimecia's Castle - Crystal World - Dream's End - Order's Sanctuary - Edge of Madness|
|Prologue - Destiny Odyssey - Shade Impulse - Distant Glory - Inward Chaos|
|Other Gameplay Modes|
|Arcade Mode - Duel Colosseum|
|Accomplishments - Battle Piece - Battlegen - Bravery - Chaos Reports - Chase Sequence - Combinations - Command Mode - Cosmos Reports - Crystal - Data Install - Destiny Points - EX Mode - Friend Card - Skills - Play Plan - PP Catalog - Passwords - Quickmove|
|"Cosmos" - "Chaos" - "The Messenger"|
|Abilities - Accessories - Armor - Enemies - Merchandise - Museum - Player Icons - Shop - Summons - Translations - Version Differences - Wallpapers - Weapons|