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Kalm is a village in Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth located outside of Midgar. In contrast to the bustling metropolis nearby, Kalm is a quiet town with only a few shops, a bar, and an inn. It is home to many miners who work in the Mythril Mine, but during the time of Final Fantasy VII due to recent activities of monsters outside the mines, work has stopped.

Cloud Strife and his party visited Kalm as their first stop after leaving Midgar, and in an inn, Cloud told the group of his story of when Sephiroth destroyed his and Tifa's hometown.


Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-[]


Kalm's destruction.

During Shinra Electric Power Company's military bombing operation, the target of which was supposed to be 50 kilometers north of Kalm, due to equipment malfunction, the target was thought to be Kalm itself. The resulting destruction led to an incident similar to Nibelheim Incident where the entire township was destroyed.

Survivors were shipped to the Shinra Mansion in the town of Nibelheim, where they were thought to have died. The town was rebuilt, and the incident covered up. It was thought the survivors were executed to support the cover-up, but as many of them were test subjects to Professor Hojo's experiments in fusing Materia into human beings, it is more likely they were either mutated or killed due to the experimentation.

Verdot, the leader of the Turks, Shinra's intelligence agency, was within the township during the attack. He lost his arm, receiving a materia-augmented prosthetic so he could continue working for the Turks.

Original continuity[]

Final Fantasy VII[]

Kalm FMV

Kalm in the ending FMV.

During the chapter "The Tragedy of Five Years Ago", the sleepy village became the first town Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aerith, and Red XIII visited after leaving Midgar. When the party stayed at the inn, Cloud told the tale of the incident with Sephiroth destroying Cloud and Tifa's home town of Nibelheim several years ago. Once the story ended, with a mix of confusion and amazement,[1] the party left.

Later on, Barret's daughter Marlene was sent to Kalm to escape the Shinra Electric Power Company. Despite the town's proximity to Midgar, it was not destroyed when Meteor fell. Marlene viewed the destruction and saving of the planet by the lifestream and Holy from Kalm.

On the Way to a Smile[]

Following Meteorfall and the destruction of Midgar, there were many people who traveled to the town to take refuge. Residential houses became emergency shelters and the inn offered free rooms to refugees but the sheer volume of them forced some people to live on the streets. The near-immediate introduction of a new disease that began to plague the populace did not help matters.

Under the threat of death from an unhappy public blaming the Shinra Electric Power Company for Meteorfall, Rufus Shinra, now residing in Kalm, concocted a plan to redirect the populace's energies toward rebuilding their homes, using the wreckage from Midgar and build a new town on the eastern-side of Midgar.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-[]


Kalm in Dirge of Cerberus.

One year after the events surrounding Kadaj and Sephiroth's return, and three weeks after the disappearance of an investigative team of more than 38 people into a previously sealed section of the Midgar ruins, Kalm came under attack by an unknown military force during a night-time festival celebrating the recovery from Meteorfall.

Targeting individuals who had not been infected by Geostigma for capture, Vincent Valentine, who was residing in the town at the time of the festival to meet with Reeve Tuesti, disrupted the raid and supported the World Regenesis Organization in pushing the mysterious army out of Kalm, but not before he encountered the Tsviets Azul the Cerulean and Shelke the Transparent.

Cait Sith later came upon some citizens from Kalm within Sector 0 underneath Midgar, captured during Deepground's raid and still contained within the Dragonfly equipment containers. He watched helplessly as they were sacrificed en mass to awaken Omega.

Remake continuity[]

The party in Kalm inn from FFVII Rebirth

Cloud Strife tells the others what happened in Nibelheim five years ago.

Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aerith, and Red XIII have escaped Midgar and gathered in the Kalm inn. In "Fall of a Hero", Cloud told about the events in Nibelheim five years ago from his point of view, focusing on how Sephiroth turned from a respected SOLDIER First Class into a mass murderer. Afterward, Tifa confided to Aerith that Cloud had not been in Nibelheim five years ago. She invited him to a private talk, but the innkeeper Broden appeared to Cloud as Sephiroth who planted seeds of doubt to Cloud's mind on how Tifa could not have survived the Nibelheim incident. When Cloud brought it up, Tifa showed him her scar and explained she had been rescued by her martial arts instructor Zangan and taken to a hospital. She was offended Cloud would doubt her and regretted inviting him for a talk.

Shinra forces arrive in Kalm from FFVII Rebirth

Shinra forces arrive in Kalm.

Cloud awoke the next day to find his friends had already left to explore the town. He received a deck of cards for Queen's Blood from an unknown benefactor and decided to try it out with the locals. Cloud climbed the Kalm clock tower with Aerith, but while they gazed out toward Midgar they saw the Shinra army approach. As Shinra forces flooded into Kalm, everyone retreated back to the inn where the innkeeper helped them to a secret tunnel leading out of town. Broden revealed that was an Ex-SOLDIER with a grudge against Shinra, feeling his recent health issues were due to the procedures Shinra had made him go through while in their service.

After Shinra left Kalm in chapter 2, "A New Journey Begins", the party had a chance to return. They found Broden in increasingly poor health, and help his friend fix some windmills in the Grasslands Region. They help the local mayor who has unwittingly hired an unprofessional mercenary to solve a monster problem that affects the town's mako supply.


Kalm on the World Map.

Kalm is located to the North on Gaia's Eastern continent to the East of the Midgar Wasteland. The town is comprised of buildings with European timber-frame architecture, and is fortified by stone walls with crenelations.

The town is centered around a village square in the middle, with a fountain and a water wall at the center. The rest of the buildings, which include an inn, tavern, shops, and various residences, surround the village square, which is overlooked by a tall watch tower built into the stone walls. Although the town is powered by mako energy,[2] minimal technology can be seen used in the town, aside from the electric lights in place of candle lights. In Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, the tank in the middle of town is explicitly a mako tank, and it is said that the town's supply of mako comes from Midgar via a pipeline.[3] Rebirth also includes a secret passage under the inn that leads out of the town.

Kalm does not have its own mako reactor, instead drawing energy from Midgar to store in a mako tank.[4]


The presence of Shinra dominates Kalm, with its residents being completely divided on if they have benefited from mako energy. Though many of the residents express loyalty to Shinra and great gratitude at how mako energy has made their lives more convenient, others are either skeptical of Shinra or upset to see plants and animals die as a result of them. Many of the residents of the town are former coal miners who worked at the Mythril Mine, but were put out of work when the monsters appearing as a result of mako reactors made it unsafe to mine.[2]

The Weapon Shop at Kalm sells mythril weapons, likely a remnant of its residents' history mining mythril.


Final Fantasy VII[]

Kalm is visited by the party for the chapter "The Tragedy of Five Years Ago", when the party arrive straight after leaving Midgar. In the quest, little of the town itself is visited, as most of the time is spent in Cloud's flashback within Nibelheim. However, the town has several non-player characters to interact with for dialogue about the world.

Kalm's main attraction later on is the Kalm traveler, a non-player character who trades various items from around the world. Trading these items grants the player extremely rare rewards, including the Underwater Materia, Master Materia (Master Magic, Master Command, and Master Summon), and a Gold Chocobo.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth[]

Kalm from FFVII Rebirth

Kalm is playable from chapter 2, "A New Journey Begins", onward. The player receives a Queen's Blood deck and explores the town with Cloud alone, while his friends can be found and interacted with in various parts of the settlement. The player can play Queen's Blood, visit shops, and meet Snaps. The mandatory storyline events at Kalm end after meeting with Aerith at the top of the Kalm clock tower, after which the player leaves Kalm via a secret passage, but they can return after events at the chocobo farm in the Grasslands Region when new odd jobs become available.

Musical themes[]

Like in many towns, "On Our Way" (旅の途中で, Tabi no Tochū De?) plays in Kalm in Final Fantasy VII. When visited on disc two after Meteor is summoned, the music changes to "Anxiety".

A jazzy arrangement of "On Our Way" is a music disc playable in jukeboxes in Final Fantasy VII Remake, bought from the Sector 6 slums item shop for 50 gil.

Behind the scenes[]

During development of Final Fantasy VII, the town was at one point called Elm (エルム, Erumu?). This can be seen in concept art of the World Map FFVII World Map Concept Art and in the game files where Kalm locations are prefixed "elm".[5][6] Early artwork of Kalm also has standout vegetation and bright colors, making it more idyllic than the final design.[4]

The Wall Market singer Akira from Final Fantasy VII Remake appears in Kalm in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth; because characters Motomu Toriyama made for the original game, like Johnny and the Shinra Middle Manager are involved with the main story and quests, he was not able to use them freely. He wanted at least one character to play around with in the remake project, and that was Akira. Toriyama plans on having him do "something even more impressive" in the third game.[7]


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  1. Final Fantasy VII script § "The Tragedy of Five Years Ago"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Final Fantasy VII script § "Kalm optional dialogue"
  3. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, NPC dialogue in chapter 2, "A New Journey Begins": "Our supply of mako comes to us all the way from the great city of Midgar, through a giant pipe that travels both above- and belowground."
  4. 4.0 4.1 Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 2, p. 74
  5. Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania Vol.2, p. 113
  6. Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive Volume 2, p. 113
  7. (n.d.) . Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Post-Release Interview (Part 2) – Devs Discuss Side Characters, Dialogue, and Sequel. Frontline Gaming Japan. Archived from the original on April 18, 2024.