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The Sunken Shrine is a location in the original Final Fantasy situated undersea just off Onrac, and is accessible by a barrel found on Onrac's dock. The Water Crystal lies here.

The Sunken Shrine is a more difficult dungeon to navigate than the other abodes of the previous Fiends of Element. Several floors have multiple staircases, some of which may lead to dead ends. One chain of staircases leads to a floor that is enemy-free and inhabited by mermaids whom the player must visit to proceed. The player can talk to them to learn of the Kraken's siege on their home, and many of their rooms contain treasure chests with valuable equipment.

Nearly all of the monsters in the Sunken Shrine are Water-based, so the Coral Sword, the Gauntlets and Thunder magic are valuable.

Despite the dungeon's late appearance it is considered one of the easier dungeons; the only enemies who present a threat are the Cockatrices and Pyrolisks. None of the enemies beyond them are threatening, especially compared to how powerful the party is likely to be when they get here; the only threat is the sheer size of the dungeon, which can strain the party's resources if the player attempts to do the entire dungeon in one go (which is unnecessary, as Onrac is available for resupply).


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After obtaining the Oxyale from the fairy at the spring in Gaia, the Warriors of Light meet again with the woman at the docks of Onrac. She shows her true from, one of a mermaid, and jumps to the water, leaving a submersible barrel on the port. The Warriors of Light use the barrel to descend to the Sunken Shrine and search for the Kraken. They defeat it, and restore the Water Crystal.

Later, when searching for the Wind Crystal, the Warriors of Light find the Rosetta Stone on the upper floors of the shrine inhabited by Mermaids.


Item Location
9900 Gil Third Floor
2000 Gil Third Floor
110 Gil Third Floor
450 Gil Third Floor
7690 Gil Second Floor
8135 Gil Second Floor
5450 Gil Second Floor
385 Gil Second Floor
Giant's Gloves Second Floor
Light Axe Second Floor
Ribbon Second Floor
9900 Gil Second Floor
7340 Gil Second Floor
2750 Gil Second Floor
Mage's Staff Fourth Floor
12350 Gil Fourth Floor
Light Axe Fourth Floor
Diamond Armor Fourth Floor
Antidote Fifth Floor
Diamond Shield Fifth Floor
9000 Gil Fifth Floor
1760 Gil Fifth Floor
Diamond Armlet Fifth Floor
4150 Gil Fifth Floor
5000 Gil Fifth Floor
Diamond Gloves Fifth Floor
Diamond Helm Fifth Floor
10 Gil Fifth Floor
10000 Gil Fifth Floor
2750 Gil Fifth Floor
Rosetta Stone Fifth Floor


Battle Background.

Kraken's Battle Background.

Other appearances[]

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

Chaos's seat of power, the Edge of Madness, exists on a floating island with a volcano off the coast of Onrac, above the approximate location where the Sunken Shrine would be. The "Edge of Discord" gateway is here and it is the final destination of the Light to All and Confessions of the Creator storylines, where the player faces Chaos and Feral Chaos, respectively.

Report 12 is titled "Hill with View of the Water Temple", implying that the floating island is where Garland met Chaos, Cosmos, and Cid after being summoned to World B.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

In the Dragon Caves, the party faces Bahamut, the Dragon King, who tells them they must bring proof of their courage from the Citadel of Trials.


The Sunken Shrine is a Realm Dungeon, unlocked by completing Cavern of Ice. Completing it unlocks the Sunken Shrine.

Musical themes[]

"Chaos Shrine" is the background music of this area.