Cyan, Sabin, and Shadow pass through the forest after fleeing from the Imperial Camp. They come across a train platform for the Phantom Train and board to inspect it when it pulls out of the station. After defeating the train, it stops at the southern edge of the forest and lets them off while picking up the spirits of those killed at Doma Castle, including Cyan's wife and son, Elayne and Owain.
In the World of Ruin, the Phantom Forest no longer exists, apparently destroyed in the cataclysm.
The Phantom Forest is explored unusually compared to other locations in the game, with the forest being displayed in a sideways perspective and players moving between screens through exits in the background and foreground. The first area leads to a recovery spring, and then leads deeper into the forest. Here, the path down takes the party back to the first area, and the path up goes yet deeper into the forest where the Phantom Train is visible through the trees. The exit here takes the party to the train platform. On subsequent visits this final area with the Phantom Train in the background is ommited, and the path that led to it instead exits to the world map at southern end of the Phantom Forest.
Journey to the Veldt
One thing to be aware of is that, once the siege of Doma has concluded, Shadow may randomly leave the party after any random battle, as long as they are not aboard the Phantom Train. The player may wish to flee from random encounters to ensure Shadow does not leave until they are aboard the Phantom Train.
The Phantom Forest makes a cameo appearance as part of the terrain that is passed through during Final Fantasy VI Field Music Sequence events. The Phantom Train can be seen in the background.
The Phantom Forest has its eponymous theme as a background theme. Known as "The Mystic Forest," the theme is also found on the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VI: Grand Finale and Final Fantasy Orchestra Albums. An orchestrated version is included on the Distant Worlds IV: more music from FINAL FANTASY album performed by Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.
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