How Octopath Traveler Hypes its Boss Battles

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Octopath Traveler is a game full of good ideas. One you may not have noticed though is how it uses music to build excitement going into the boss battles. Let's explore Octopath's clever trick that made its boss battles so hype.
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"Octopath Traveler & Reimagining Game Music" by Game Score Fanfare
Game footage used in this video, in order of appearance:
0:00 - Dark Souls 3
0:05 - Hollow Knight
0:09 - Final Fantasy VI
0:14 - Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver
0:18 - Shadow of the Colossus (2018 Remake)
0:22 - Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
0:25 - Metroid Prime
1:07 - Octopath Traveler
3:08 - Super Mario 64
3:11 - Bravely Default
All music used in this video is from the Octopath Traveler OST and was composed by Yasunori Nishiki, unless otherwise stated. Tracks in order of appearance:
0:00 - Koopa (Bowser) - Yoshi's Island (composed by Koji Kondo)
1:06 - Battle 3
1:25 - Cyrus' Theme
2:10 - Olberic's Theme
2:50 - For Redemption
3:08 - For Master
3:32 - For Redemption
4:30 - For Revenge
5:05 - Decisive Battle II
7:02 - For Truth
7:18 - For Freedom
7:36 - For Treasure
8:02 - Decisive Battle I
8:21 - The Battle At Journey's End
8:36 - They Who Govern Reason
9:17 - Decisive Battle I
Game Score Fanfare is a show that celebrates music in video games, an aspect so overlooked as that's often the point: to work without you even realising it's there. I look at games through the lens of its score, discovering the unique perspective and roles that music can bring.


  1. AwesomeRaptor21
    15 dögum síðan

    @4:50 "...that will continuously loop forever, or until you press the A button and enter the battle. Whichever comes first." Not gonna lie, that made me laugh.

  2. butthemeatwasbad
    Mánuði síðan

    Over a year later, I think this deserves more credit. It was amazing then and has aged well.

  3. Prohibited Jingoism
    Prohibited Jingoism
    Mánuði síðan

    Decisive Battle is soooo good! You can hear all the string instruments, drums, trumpet and trombone, and a guitar rocking throughout the theme!

  4. Heck_n_Degenerate
    Mánuði síðan

    I uhh, notice you have octopath in english voice acting. I’m not judging, just pointing out a fact

    1. Prairie Té
      Prairie Té
      Mánuði síðan

      Haha...! For my part, to be honest, I need to stay away from japanese voice acting for a moment. But the truth is, some of the secondary characters are... not well dubbed... (Happy new year)

  5. Fall Never
    Fall Never
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Is this voice of the guy at Low Spec Gamer ?

  6. kaizorro03
    3 mánuðum síðan

    It's an eye opening video ! thanks for that !

  7. Vitor Paes
    Vitor Paes
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Videos like this one makes me want more. Would love to see one similar to this about FE3H

  8. mincontrol
    3 mánuðum síðan


  9. mincontrol
    3 mánuðum síðan


    1. Fanfare
      3 mánuðum síðan

      We're best friends now.

  10. Ricardo Lara Campos
    Ricardo Lara Campos
    4 mánuðum síðan

    Excellent video! How to get in touch with indie video game developers?

  11. corentin laplace
    corentin laplace
    4 mánuðum síðan

    I know it's not the same composer, but I figure that octopath traveler work on instrument for each character remind me the work they do for Bravely Default... this team of square enix makes 3 of my favorites jrpg and ost at the same time

  12. Yonk
    4 mánuðum síðan

    This excites me as a studying VG composer

  13. Madeline Bernal
    Madeline Bernal
    5 mánuðum síðan

    0:07 for those who like hollow knight

  14. S. Raetz
    S. Raetz
    5 mánuðum síðan

    Haven't played this but have enjoyed the OST for months now. The artist's love and devotion for the soundtrack was evident in the Main Theme as well as the tra ks that followed. I'm so glad you mentioned that aspect.

  15. JohrnyReport
    6 mánuðum síðan

    Helgenish. I appreciated this boss for doing something I rarely get from a boss: An absolute urge to kick his fucking ass.

  16. I am probably sitting on the toilet right now
    I am probably sitting on the toilet right now
    6 mánuðum síðan

    1:19 hmmm HMMMMMM *HMMMMMMMM*

  17. mariobricks
    6 mánuðum síðan

    bro the chapter 2 and 3 track is the same, chapter 4 is different

    1. mariobricks
      6 mánuðum síðan

      @Fanfare oof >.< I do that all the time for school presentations and stuff (also the first comment sounds like a hate one but I actually really liked the video good job :D )

    2. Fanfare
      6 mánuðum síðan

      I know. I even wrote it in the script correctly, I just said it wrong and didn't realise until too late. 😩

  18. vicente Schultz Solano
    vicente Schultz Solano
    6 mánuðum síðan

    I remember watching this video 6 months ago and couldn't remember the name. Had to watch it again when I found it. Amazing video! 10/10 would watch again.

  19. bodenking
    6 mánuðum síðan

    I didn’t pick up on the cool transitions, all I knew was that the music was awesome. Thanks for pointing it out, next time I play I should use headphones to really enjoy it

  20. Wardian Dust
    Wardian Dust
    6 mánuðum síðan

    take my Australian $90.

  21. Koe Lee
    Koe Lee
    6 mánuðum síðan

    Man, Octopath's soundtrack pops off. It's incredible how, despite never completely focusing on the music in the background, whenever any song comes on it's so easy to hum along to it because of how well it's ingrained into my memory. And the best part is: for whatever reason, I wouldn't consider any of these songs annoyingly repetitive, despite listening to them constantly throughout my 40 hours of playthrough.

  22. Vinicius Andrade
    Vinicius Andrade
    6 mánuðum síðan

    I know that you are talking about specifically of the music... But I think that there is no construction of spectations on a fight that is hinted by a save point and a weird merchant right before the big battles. I'm seriously disappointed by this game on that building point, it automatically breaks the immersion, don't you agree?

  23. Radiatif
    7 mánuðum síðan

    i on't know why youtube put this in my recommendation but im happy he did

  24. Roll For Rupees
    Roll For Rupees
    7 mánuðum síðan

    Oh I KNOW you didn’t just diss Bravely Default

  25. Lucas Cardoso
    Lucas Cardoso
    7 mánuðum síðan

    Can someone tell me the name of the game at 0:05, please!

    1. Fanfare
      7 mánuðum síðan

      It's Hollow Knight, and it's amazing you should definitely play it!

  26. eligamerman
    7 mánuðum síðan

    This game is amazing!

  27. Faidou
    7 mánuðum síðan

    *"highly acclaimed JRPG's score in a niche genre didn't get the award! WAAAAAAAAAH!!!"*

  28. Yashiro Nanakase
    Yashiro Nanakase
    7 mánuðum síðan

    Transition is always my favorite part. :D

  29. Eshtion
    7 mánuðum síðan

    1:28 You said what about Dark Souls?

  30. Marco Wong
    Marco Wong
    7 mánuðum síðan

    What game is it in 03:17?

    1. Fanfare
      7 mánuðum síðan

      Uhhh... It's Octopath Traveler? But if you're talking about the game shown before, it's Bravely Default.

  31. Anáil Mhín
    Anáil Mhín
    7 mánuðum síðan

    The game is good in general. But i will not play it a second time

  32. Mikel Grenlou
    Mikel Grenlou
    7 mánuðum síðan


  33. shiredai
    7 mánuðum síðan

    ThIs GaMe IsN‘t WoRtH 60 bUcKs Little did they know

  34. Joshua Forgey
    Joshua Forgey
    7 mánuðum síðan

    So that's why it feels so amazing to listen to the tracks. Thanks.

  35. Chief Beef
    Chief Beef
    7 mánuðum síðan

    0:46 track's name?

    1. Fanfare
      7 mánuðum síðan

      I am always ready, waiting to share Fishmans for anyone who asks.

    2. Chief Beef
      Chief Beef
      7 mánuðum síðan

      Wow that was fast! Thx so much!

    3. Fanfare
      7 mánuðum síðan

      It's called "頼りない天使" (Tayorinai Tenshi) by Fishmans. Specifically it's the version on their live album "98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare." They're my favourite band, definitely check them out.

  36. Max Callisto
    Max Callisto
    7 mánuðum síðan

    This playlist features all the characters themes added before all the Decisive Battle themes, and it actually fits perfectly ! That's crazy

  37. Qasim Al Khuzaie
    Qasim Al Khuzaie
    8 mánuðum síðan

    The composer did a damn good job in Octopath Traveler!

  38. Kantoa
    8 mánuðum síðan

    This blow my mind, i didn't even notice.

  39. Raul Munwalker
    Raul Munwalker
    9 mánuðum síðan


  40. SL Chi
    SL Chi
    9 mánuðum síðan

    I keep coming back to Octopath because of its soundtrack. The very first song I heard was in Haanit's village, and that blew my way. That alone kept me excited to continue through this diverse game.

  41. Homura Akemi
    Homura Akemi
    9 mánuðum síðan

    Orchestras make me a very happy demon, and Octopath really, really shows that...

  42. Strategistmaster
    9 mánuðum síðan

    You forgot one boss theme: The one they call the witch.

  43. TheAsvarduilProject
    10 mánuðum síðan

    Hears "Those who Govern Reason"... PTSD Flashback: _LUX CONGERERE!_ I'm scared. Hold me.

  44. Kekoapono
    10 mánuðum síðan

    SO. COOL! This game always continues to amaze and impress as one dives deeper and deeper into it.

  45. Natedas
    10 mánuðum síðan

    i tried hear the transition to the final boss and it also sounded very good

  46. zhi zhang
    zhi zhang
    10 mánuðum síðan


  47. Mike Anderson
    Mike Anderson
    10 mánuðum síðan

    Bunch of fucking weebs... Look, I adore Octopath Traveler's soundtrack. It's absolutely sublime, and the boss themes are especially exhilerating. That being said, Red Dead Redemption 2 also has a fantastic soundtrack. This generation's gamers will remember Arthur's final ride to "That's the Way It Is" for decades. They'll remember charging into battle with "My Last Son" in the background. They'll remember the painful farewell with John to "You're My Brother." RDR2 was a masterpiece in terms of its storytelling and music, and the soundtrack deserves all of its accolades. Octopath was not "robbed" at the VGAs. It went up against a game with similarly astounding musical pieces to its name and simply lost. It doesn't mean the Octopath soundtrack isn't great in its own right. Get over it, and enjoy both.

  48. The Organ Thief
    The Organ Thief
    10 mánuðum síðan

    My favorite has to be during primroses final chapter. That music that plays during the fight and during the dialogue really got to me

  49. Tundra
    11 mánuðum síðan

    I finished Octopath Traveler just two weeks ago and it even manages to have an incredible buildup before the true final boss. By God the soundtrack never fails to astound me.

  50. SPiTFirE
    11 mánuðum síðan

    Ooh I didn't notice this. I mean I heard the music and it was amazing but the subtle transition was lost on me the first time. Hearing it now that's actually amazing.

  51. Javi B
    Javi B
    11 mánuðum síðan

    You should really do a video on Ape Out and it's diverse, procedural/reactive music system.

  52. MetalSmasherGaming
    11 mánuðum síðan

    8:50 - My favorite transition theme leading into my favorite boss theme!

  53. Martin Luther King K. Rool
    Martin Luther King K. Rool
    11 mánuðum síðan

    you should really talk about FEZ and its soundtrack

  54. SuperWhygee
    11 mánuðum síðan

    Octopath Traveler could easily be a contender for best OST of the decade. Whoever taught RDR2 was better needs to have his ears examined.

  55. starflame34
    11 mánuðum síðan

    I just finished the last chapter for my last character and I gotta say, I really enjoyed this game! Don't know if I'll go fight the "true" final boss given how optional it is...and I'm a little worn out with this game. Lots of grinding, going from dungeon to dungeon to complete chapters and all. I've had enough of my RPG fill for a while.

  56. Rhythm Fever
    Rhythm Fever
    Ári síðan

    where's the next vid?

  57. Strange Alchemy
    Strange Alchemy
    Ári síðan

    I know I’m not a patron (wish I could be) so my suggestion might go unnoticed, but could you look into the game soundtrack of Klonoa door to Phantomile and Lunatea’s Veil? Their soundtracks are beautiful and really set the game’s mood. The series is SO SMALL, so it would be amazing to see your opinion/review. The second game in particular is my favorite, and I think both games have a lot of music and enunciation for their age. Please check these out!! The stories are absolutely amazing and mature for kids’ games. Thank you!

  58. SuperRitz44
    Ári síðan

    Would you make a video on the Sexy Brutale tracks? It's a great game and the music plays a HUGE part on the "game feel" and puzzles, especially how it ramps up gradually and pratically puts a countdown in your head

  59. Lucifer Biscuit
    Lucifer Biscuit
    Ári síðan

    Tressa mrgrgr'd!

  60. Negromancer •.
    Negromancer •.
    Ári síðan

    You should make a video on time-themed game music with Sigma Harmonics and Zelda as the focus.