The (Catapult, カタパルト?, lit. "Kataparuto"), also known as Ancient Base, is a location in Final Fantasy V. It is an ancient hangar of the Ronkan civilization and holds within chambers, a library and a laboratory. It acts as an unofficial "base" for the Light Warriors, as there are no random encounters, there are beds to heal for free, and the party's various ships (namely the fire-powered ship and the airship) are stored here.
After chasing King Tycoon around Gohn, the party falls into ancient ruins and finds a teleport leading to the Catapult, an ancient Ronkan base in the island of Crescent. The constant activity of this base has been the cause of recent earthquakes, which caused the loss of the fire-powered ship. Upon reaching the base, the party makes use of the chambers and the hangar, finding both the lost ship and a stranger ship. Cid and Mid fall into pitfalls on the Chocobo Forest in Crescent Island, and join the party in the newly found ship, soon to be identified as an ancient airship. Cid and Mid make it fly and a monster residing in the Hangar attacks the party. The party docks the airship again, leaving it to Cid and Mid to fix it.
After the airship is in top shape, the party leaves the Catapult, only to return when they find the need to ask Cid and Mid for information or in case the airship requires maintenance.
After the worlds are merged by Exdeath, the Catapult is buried by the Fork Tower. The party will have to destroy it in order to rescue Cid, who was beneath it by the time of the merging. This time, Cid will give the airship the ability to submerge.
In the quarters, there is a separate room containing treasure chests, that can be obtained as soon as the party discovers the Catapult, by pulling a switch in the left chamber of the quarters, which will open a passage to the treasure room. If the party tries to access the treasure room after the Earth Crystal shattered, the party will be lead to follow a series of clues, presumably left behind by Mid, before having access to the room.
- Cray Claw (Boss)
|"Musica Machina" from Final Fantasy V|
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"Musica Machina" (ムジカ・マキーナ Mujika Makīna), like in Ronka Ruins, plays as the background theme to the Catapult.