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The Antlion's Den, also known as Antlion's Cave, Antlion Cave, and Antlion, is a location in Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It is the cave that contains the nest of the Antlion, which lays the Sand Pearl, the only known cure for Desert Fever, among its eggs.

Story[]

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Final Fantasy IV[]

Cecil, Rydia, and Edward travel to the den to find a cure for Rosa's Desert Fever. They reach the Antlion's nest, and Edward tries to take the Sand Pearl from the usually tame Antlion. However, the Antlion suddenly attacks Edward, and the party battles it. They succeed, and return to Kaipo to heal Rosa.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Edward comes here to retrieve a Sand Pearl to heal Harley of her desert fever. After obtaining the Sand Pearl (with little effort), Edward returns to Kaipo to save Harley.

Spoilers end here.

Items[]

Final Fantasy IV[]


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

Enemies[]

Final Fantasy IV[]


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years[]

B1
B2
B2 (Small Room)
Antlion's Nest

Musical themes[]

"Dungeon"
Music

The background music that plays inside the Antlion's Den is the Final Fantasy IV "Dungeon" theme.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

Painting image.

Edward lends the party his hovercraft so that they may cross the desert and enter the Antlion's Den in search of the Sand Pearl in hopes it will be the cure they seek.

Description

Antlion's Den is unlocked by completing Underground Waterway in the Final Fantasy IV realm. Completion of this dungeon unlocks Mount Hobs in the Final Fantasy IV realm.

Classic Rewards
Completion Type Item Quantity
Completion Reward Gil 700
Mastery Reward Minor Fire Orb 5
Stamina Shard 1
First Time Completion Minor Earth Orb 5
Mythril 1
Elite Rewards
Completion Type Item Quantity
Completion Reward Gil 3,500
Mastery Reward Greater Black Orb 3
Stamina Shard 1
First Time Completion Mythril 1
Stamina Shard 1


Gallery[]

Etymology[]

Antlions are a family of insects, known by the scientific name Myrmeleontidae. "Antlion" usually refers to the larval form of the insect, and they are so named because the larva's typical food is ants, though they will eat other insects as well. Antlions will dig pits in sand inches deep and lurk in the bottom waiting for prey to come close. When the prey falls into the pit, the loose sand on the sides of the pit prevents them from escaping and causes them to fall further down towards the antlion. The antlion's jaws are hollow, and upon biting its prey it will suck out its juices rather than actually eat it. When the antlion is finished, it flicks the husk out of its sandpit and fixes any damage done to the walls, then waits for its next meal to pass by.

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