"Matoya's Cave" (Famicom)

One of the dungeon themes from the original FF. The surprisingly cheerful melody thrills with the promise of great adventure. It is still a fan favorite today.

"Matoya's Cave" (マトーヤの洞窟, Matōya no Dōkutsu?) is a prominent background theme from the original Final Fantasy. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu and has received several arrangements.

Game appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" is used as the background theme for its eponymous location and various caverns of the game, including Mount Duergar, the Sage's Cave, the Cavern of Ice, the Dragon Caves, and the Waterfall Cavern. It is the seventh track of the All Sounds of Final Fantasy I & II album.

"Matoya's Cave" was arranged by Nobuo Uematsu for the Wonderswan Color release, and this version has been used in all subsequent ports and remakes. It is the seventeenth track of the original soundtrack.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

"The Mushroomery"

A rearrangement of "Matoya's Cave" by Yukiko Takada and Masayoshi Soken, called "The Mushroomery", appears in the expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. It plays in the cave where Matoya lives.

It is the 39th track in Heavensward: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack.

Another rearrangement, called "Freshly Glazed Porxies", appears in the expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, as the theme of the dungeon Matoya's Relict.

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

The theme is included in the music player. The original version is available since the beginning as part of the Memories of FF album. The Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy arrangement is available on the Memories of Dissidia 012 FF album purchasable from Old Lestallum for 500 gil.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY I"

An arrangement of "Matoya's Cave" by Tsuyoshi Sekito appears as "Matoya's Cave -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY I". It is the representative location theme for Final Fantasy, and plays in select gateways of Confessions of the Creator. It also serves as the Warrior of Light's dungeon theme. It is the second track of the original soundtrack's first disc.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" arrangement from Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

A new arrangement can be bought for 3,600 gil from the shop.

The arranged version from Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival appears as a battle music available from a Theatrhythm Final Fantasy event (October 2017).

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" is a bonus Field Music Sequence available as downloadable content.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" reappears as a Field Music Sequence and is available is the base game.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star Carnival[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" is a Field Music Sequence that is available to the player by default.

Beginner Basic Expert Ultimate Transcendent
N/A 3 6 10 N/A

It also appears as a song, "Matoya's Cave -TFFAC Arrange-".

Arrangement album appearances[edit | edit source]

Symphonic Suite Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" is part of "SCENE III", performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Katsuhisa Hattori on the 20th of May of 1994.

Final Fantasy: Pray[edit | edit source]

"Au palais de verre"

"Au palais de verre" ("At the Glass Palace") is a vocal arrangement of "Matoya's Cave", featured in the music album and performed by Risa Ohki. It is sung in French and is the eighth track of the album.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

French[edit | edit source]
Le prince de Marano s'est envolé.
A bord de son vaisseau il s'est en allé
A travers la galaxie
Pour retrouver dans la nuit
Son ami, le chevalier bleu
Que le roi Gand a fait prisonnier.
Le prince et son armée sont partis le délivrer.
La nuit est tombée sur la planète Lerre.
La belle princesse dans son palais de verre, oh
Rêve qu'elle vole dans l'interplanetaire,
Et qu'elle accompagne son prince charmant.
Quand il reviendra,
Toute son peuple l'acclamera.
Plus jamais, oh non jamais il ne partira
Sans l'emmener, car
La belle princesse et le prince vont se marier.
English translation[edit | edit source]
The prince of Marano has flown away.
He went away aboard his ship
Across the galaxy,
To find in the night
His friend, the blue knight,
Whom the king of Gand has imprisoned.
The prince and his army have left to save him.
Night has fallen on the planet Lerre.
The beautiful princess in her palace of glass
Dreams that she's flying among the planets,
And that's she's with her charming prince.
When he returns,
All his people shall praise him.
Never again, no, never shall he leave
Without bringing her, for
The beautiful princess and the prince are going to be wed.

The Black Mages II: The Skies Above[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" was recorded as an instrumental rock tune (featuring a peculiar blues interlude performed by Kenichiro Fukui) for The Black Mages' second studio album. It is the sixth track of the album.

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" is the third track on the album, which consists entirely of solo classical guitar arrangements of tracks from the Final Fantasy main series, performed by Yuji Sekiguchi.

Piano Opera Final Fantasy I/II/III[edit | edit source]

A piano arranged version of the theme by Hiroyuki Nakayama appears on this album. It is the fifth track of the album.

SQ Chips[edit | edit source]

The song appears in the SQ Chips VILLAGE/VANGUARD Customer Bonus CD of the 8-bit arrangement album featuring tracks from several Square Enix games. It is the sixth track in the bonus CD.

Cafe SQ[edit | edit source]

"Cafe SQ: FINAL FANTASY "Matoya's Cave" / Deadball P" appears on this arrangement album, with music arranged to the theme of music that would play in a cafe.

Live performances[edit | edit source]

"THE BLACK MAGES" LIVE[edit | edit source]

The Black Mages's arrangement of "Matoya's Cave" from their second album was introduced on these 2003 live concerts that took place at Shibuya-AX and Kanagawa University. It was the sixth song of the line-up.

20020220 music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" was one of the themes included in the Final Fantasy - Final Fantasy III medley, performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo International Forum on February 20th, 2002. The medley is the fifth song of the line-up and the fifth track of the concerts' recording.

Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy-[edit | edit source]

The orchestral medley of Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy III music from 20020220 was part of the performances of this concert tour throughout the USA in 2005. It was the eleventh song of the line-up.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

The 2002 medley of Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy III music, which included "Matoya's Cave", was included in the first Distant Worlds concert tour.

It is the seventh song of the concert's line-up and the seventh track of the concert's recording at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 4th, 2007.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning Home[edit | edit source]

An adaptation of 20020220's medley titled "FINAL FANTASY I-III Medley 2010" was included in this concert conducted by Arnie Roth and performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra is present on the third Distant Worlds album. It was originally performed in Tokyo in November 2010.

The difference between the medleys is the removal of "Chocobo Theme" and inclusion of the "Opening Theme" in its place.

Compilation album appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy V 5+1[edit | edit source]

An unreleased version of "Matoya's Cave" is included on this mini album as its last track.

Final Fantasy 1987-1994[edit | edit source]

"Scene III" from Symphonic Suite Final Fantasy was included in this album of remixes of themes from Final Fantasy titles as its first track.

Final Fantasy Mix[edit | edit source]

The aforementioned unreleased version of "Matoya's Cave" is included in this album as its ninth track.

Dear Friends: Music From Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" was released as the thirteenth track of this collection of themes present on the Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy- concert tour.

Final Fantasy Vinyls[edit | edit source]

"Matoya's Cave" is included on the second disc of this collector's edition set.

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