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The Lifespring Grotto is one of the four bonus dungeons in the Dawn of Souls version of the original Final Fantasy, and one of the five in the 20th Anniversary Edition and iOS/Windows Phone versions. It does not appear in the Android or Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster versions.

The grotto is accessible after defeating Kraken. The Lifespring Grotto was originally the place where men and mermaids could live together in peace, according to the mermaid who resides by the entrance. It is located within a whirlpool off the coast of Mount Duergar and south of Melmond, and reached via boat. Bosses from Final Fantasy V appear here.

The Lifespring Grotto has 20 floors, and its 20th-floor bosses are the toughest in the game. Floor 5 involves a mini-quest that results in the party discovering and fighting Gilgamesh, who has been skulking around a mermaid community. Floor 10 holds the gaping Atomos, who knows the dreaded Wormhole attack.

The final floor offers a choice, much like the Earthgift Shrine and Hellfire Chasm. Either Shinryu or Omega can be fought at Floor 20, but not both during the same run through the Lifespring Grotto. Both are superbosses, so the player will have a difficult fight no matter which entity they select. There is also the option of bypassing either boss and exiting the Lifespring Grotto through a teleporter (only possible at 5th and 10th floors).


Treasure lists are static on each floor, the number of chests each floor has varies, and these are randomly sorted for each run.

There is one map where ten treasure chests appear. It is a castle with narrow walkways of invisible tiles (the tiles will occasionally flicker so players can see where they are).

If the player chooses to fight Shinryu, apart from getting Shinryu's treasure, there is a treasure chest on the right. If the player chooses Omega, there is no treasure chest.

Floor Treasure Castle Treasure
1 200 gil, Dry Ether, Echo Grass, Hi-Potion, Phoenix Down Dry Ether, Feathered Cap, Hermes' Shoes, Mind Plus, Red Curtain
2 400 gil, Ether, Eyedrops, Giant's Tonic, X-Potion Genji Shield, Golden Apple, Lunar Curtain, Mind Plus, White Fang
3 3000 gil, Potion, Speed Plus, Spider's Silk, Tiger Mask Elixir, Light Curtain, Remedy, Soma Drop, White Curtain
4 Ether, Hi-Potion, Red Fang, Speed Drink, Strength Tonic Dry Ether, Emergency Exit, Hermes' Shoes, Phoenix Down, Power Plus
6 123 gil, Blue Fang, Cockatrice Claw, Emergency Exit, Faerie Tonic Crystal Ring, Elixir, Giant's Tonic, Luck Plus, Silver Apple
7 Golden Apple, Phoenix Down, Protect Drink, Spider's Silk, Vampire Fang 32000 gil, Megalixir, Speed Plus, Strength Tonic, X-Potion
8 300 gil, Hermes' Shoes, Light Curtain, Speed Drink, Turbo Ether 4464 gil, Mind Plus, Remedy, Silver Apple, Stamina Plus
9 Blue Curtain, Faerie Tonic, Hermes' Shoes, Silver Apple, X-Potion Deathbringer, Elixir, Eyedrops, Power Plus, Protect Drink
11 Cockatrice Claw, Orichalcum, Protect Drink, Silver Apple, White Fang Elixir, Lunar Curtain, Soma Drop, Speed Plus, Strength Tonic
12 5000 gil, Ether, Light Curtain, Mind Plus, Remedy Giant's Tonic, Hermes' Shoes, Megalixir, Power Vest, X-Potion
13 Blue Fang, Power Plus, Red Curtain, Strength Tonic, Vampire Fang Elixir, Megalixir, Stamina Plus, Turbo Ether, White Curtain, Power Plus
14 Faerie Tonic, Hermes' Shoes, Hi-Potion, Phoenix Down, Silver Apple Emergency Exit, Gaia Gear, Mind Plus, Luck Plus, Soma Drop
15 Asura, Blue Curtain, Echo Grass, Potion, Spider's Silk Golden Apple, Power Plus, Speed Drink, Stamina Plus, X-Potion
16 800 gil, Elixir, Giant's Tonic, Protect Drink, Turbo Ether 40000 gil, Hermes' Shoes, Kenpogi, Light Curtain, Speed Plus
17 Hermes' Shoes, Phoenix Down, Sage's Mitre, Spider's Silk, X-Potion Crystal Shield, Dry Ether, Elixir, Gigantaxe, Mind Plus
18 Feathered Cap, Hi-Potion, Lunar Curtain, Remedy, Strength Tonic 14464 gil, Crystal Ring, Faerie Tonic, Luck Plus, Soma Drop
19 Ether, Hermes' Shoes, Phoenix Down, Sage's Surplice, Speed Plus Elixir, Golden Apple, Light Curtain, Power Plus, Stamina Plus
20 Hero's Shield


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Musical themes[]

In the 20th Anniversary and its subsequent remakes, a remix of the Final Fantasy V boss theme plays while fighting the bosses in this dungeon.

A remix of "Clash on the Big Bridge" from Final Fantasy V plays during the battle against Gilgamesh.