Artwork of a Healing Spring for Final Fantasy IX.

Healing springs (回復の泉, Kaifuku no Izumi?), also known as recovery spring and wellspring, are a recurring feature of the Final Fantasy series. Along with inns and save points, it is a small location that allows the party to be fully restored. It appears in few games, and it often appears only in the first dungeons visited by the player.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy III[edit | edit source]

A healing spring at Altar Cave.

In Final Fantasy III there are three types of healing springs: HP/MP recovery wellsprings, status removal wellsprings and revivification wellsprings. At the beginning of the game, Luneth finds an HP/MP wellspring in the Altar Cave. Several wellsprings can be found throughout the game, though revivification wellsprings are the most common, as they can be found in almost every town or village.

Final Fantasy V[edit | edit source]

A healing spring in the Pirates' Hideout.

Upon entering the Pirates' Hideout, Bartz refreshes himself at a healing spring. One also exists in the Great Forest of Moore. There is a healing spring in the back room of the first floor in Castle Exdeath, but it will only heal the party before the castle's transformation since it becomes lava afterward.

Final Fantasy VI[edit | edit source]

A Recovery Spring at South Figaro Cave.

Locke and Celes notice a healing spring in South Figaro Cave when escaping from South Figaro. The said healing spring however, loses its healing abilities when the player can jump on the turtle to access the new section of the cave. There is also a healing spring in the Phantom Forest. The Beginner's Hall has a bucket that contains water from a healing spring.

Final Fantasy VII[edit | edit source]

A Recovery Spring at Gaea's Cliff.

There is a healing spring at Gaea's Cliff next to the save point just before the battle with Schizo. It fully heals HP and MP.

Final Fantasy VIII[edit | edit source]

Owl's Tear in Timber.

While not a conventional healing spring, the player can drink healing spring water in a house in Timber, known as Owl's Tears, which heals the party's HP to full. The old man of the house will not let the party drink, however, if they steal the money from his cupboard.

Final Fantasy IX[edit | edit source]

Healing spring in the Evil Forest.

Final Fantasy IX has three healing springs: one in the Evil Forest, one at the bottom of Quan's Dwelling and one in the entrance to Aerbs Mountains near Chocobo's Forest. An Active Time Event shows Tantalus Theater Troupe at this location earlier, with Cinna drinking from the spring.

Final Fantasy Adventure[edit | edit source]

The healing spring inside the Cave of Marsh.

A healing spring can be found in the Cave of Marsh, Old Mine, Cave of Medusa, two in Cara Mountain Range, Undersea Volcano, and Temple of Mana. Upon approaching it, it will completely restores Sumo's HP and MP.

Final Fantasy Legend II[edit | edit source]

The healing spring inside the Undersea Volcano.

A healing spring can be found midway inside the Undersea Volcano, it will heal 100 HP to all party members each time they're used. A player will be able to use them multiple times to restore everyone to their maximum. Two more of them can be found inside the volcano.

Final Fantasy Legend III[edit | edit source]

A Healing Spring in Mt. Goht.

Healing springs appears in the game in a few places, its first appearance is in the Mountain, appearing later in the Mushrooms, and finally in Mt. Goht. Upon stepping on them, the party is fully healed.

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Etymology[edit | edit source]

A holy well or sacred spring is a spring or other small body of water revered either in a Pagan or Christian context, often both. Holy wells were frequently pagan sacred sites that later became Christianized. The term holy well is commonly employed to refer to any water source of limited size (i.e. not a lake or river, but including pools and natural springs and seeps), which has some significance in the folklore of the area where it is located, whether in the form of a particular name, an associated legend, the attribution of healing qualities to the water through the numinous presence of its guardian spirit or Christian saint, or a ceremony or ritual centred on the well site.

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