Anticipation and anxiety battle in this mysterious song that plays in the caves home to the five Crystals of FFIII: Wind, Fire, Water, Metal, and Earth.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy description
"The Altar Cave" (クリスタルのある洞窟, Kurisutaru no aru Dōkutsu?, lit. Cave Where the Crystal Is), also known as "The Cave Where the Crystal Lies", and "Crystal Cave", is a background theme from Final Fantasy III. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu.
- 1 Game appearances
- 2 Arrangement album appearances
Game appearances[edit | edit source]
"Crystal Cave" is the second theme heard and the second track of the game's Original Sound Version, right after the introduction. As its name implies, it is the background theme for the dungeons where the Crystals can be found: Altar Cave, Molten Cave, Cave of Tides, Goldor Manor and the Ancients' Maze.
As with the rest of the soundtrack, "The Altar Cave" (known as "The Cave Where the Crystal Lies" in the game's Gallery) was arranged by Tsuyoshi Sekito and Keiji Kawamori for the Nintendo DS release. It was released as part of the Final Fantasy III Original Soundtrack, of which it is the fourth track.
A remix of this song, titled "Hubris," is featured in Patch 2.1 A Realm Awoken and it plays in the Crystal Tower dungeon, Labyrinth of the Ancients. A more aggressive remix version, titled "Ever Upwards," plays during battles in the dungeon. Along with this, a more faithful recreation of the song, named Out of the Labyrinth, is used in Syrcus Tower (Final Fantasy XIV). Another remix of this, named Shattered, is used in battles within the same dungeon. Eacj pf these themes were composed by Masayoshi Soken. Part of this theme was also remixed with eScape into "A Long Fall", the theme of The Twinning.
The original version and the Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy arrangement appear in the music player. The original is the tenth track of Memories of FFIII purchased from Coernix Station - Alstor for 100 gil. The Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy arrangement is available on the Memories of Dissidia 012 FF album purchasable from Old Lestallum for 500 gil.
"Crystal Cave" is again available for play as a Field Music Sequence track, but this time it is available in the base game and does not need to be downloaded.
Arrangement album appearances[edit | edit source]
"The Altar Cave" is part of the "The Evil Power of the Underworld" track, the first in the album. It was arranged by Nobuo Uematsu and the narration was performed by Jeff Levy.
An arrangement of "The Altar Cave" by Hiroyuki Nakayama is included in this album of piano arrangements. It is the eleventh track of the album.