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Cosmo Canyon (コスモキャニオン, Kosumo Kyanion?) is a location in Final Fantasy VII. It is also known as the "Valley of the Fallen Star". It is a pilgrimage site for those who wish to pursue the study of Planet life, and home to an observatory from which the Planet and its surroundings can be studied. The eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE was founded in Cosmo Canyon by an unspecified person at an unknown time. The members of Red XIII's Tribe are the guardians of this land. Every fifty years a male and female of the species perform a rite to appease the Planet.
Cosmo Canyon has several notable features: there is an observatory created by Bugenhagen; the Cosmo Candle, the guardian fire which always burns; and the Shildra Inn, where they serve a popular drink named after the Cosmo Candle.
The Huge Materia are stored in the observatory. If the correct conditions are met, the player can obtain Master Materia, and if the player presents the Bahamut and Neo Bahamut Summon Materia to the blue Huge Materia, they will acquire a third Bahamut Materia, called Bahamut ZERO. There are two Turtle's Paradise flyers in the village: one at the inn and one at the weapon shop.
Cosmo Canyon is Red XIII's birthplace. For years, Cosmo Canyon was protected by a tribe of warriors of Red XIII's species. Nanaki (Red XIII) is the current guardian. Cosmo Canyon was once at war with the Gi Tribe, but they were defeated by Nanaki's father, Seto. Seto secretly sacrificed himself to save his home and family but continues to watch over Cosmo Canyon as a stone statue.
The organization of AVALANCHE is founded in Cosmo Canyon by a man who realizes the danger posed by the Mako Reactors after learning the Study of Planet Life. Despite this, Cosmo Canyon never turned into a main battlefield between AVALANCHE and the Shinra, as the movement placed their base of operations in Wutai.
The Turks are sent to Cosmo Canyon to find a specimen of Red XIII's species for Professor Hojo's research in Chapter 18. At the same time, Nanaki and the female Deneh are to perform the fifty-year ritual. Nanaki is frightened to take part in the ceremony, and tells this to his adoptive grandfather, Bugenhagen. Nanaki's fear makes Deneh consider him a coward. While Fuhito of AVALANCHE travels to confront his old master, Bugenhagen, the Turks fight through AVALANCHE forces to try to steal Deneh, but Nanaki jumps ahead to save her. Though Nanaki is taken into Shinra hands, Deneh escapes unharmed.
Final Fantasy VIIEdit
While traveling across the continent on a buggy, the vehicle breaks down and the party is forced to take refugee in Cosmo Canyon. Red XIII, who hails from Cosmo Canyon, goes with them. Bugenhagen tells Cloud and his companions about the Planet and the Lifestream. Aeris learns about Cetra and the Promised Land, and the townspeople will also tell Cloud about Professor Gast and how he visited the town thirty years prior talking of having made a grave mistake.
Bugenhagen senses Red XIII resents his father, thinking he ran off when fighting the Gi Tribe. In order to let Red XIII see the truth for himself, Bugenhagen opens the sealed door to the Cave of the Gi, filled with ghosts of the Gi Tribe. At the end of the cave they find a petrified Seto. Red XIII learns that his father defended the cave with his life and that his body turned to stone due to the Gi Tribe's poisonous arrows, but his petrified body still looks over the cave entrance. Red XIII forgives his father and howls at his memory, which sends tears falling from the stone Seto's eyes.
Later, Cloud and his allies bring the Huge Materia they've retrieved in Bugenhagen's planetarium. If the player has the Bahamut and Neo Bahamut Materia, they can receive the Bahamut ZERO Materia by examining the blue Huge Materia. The player can also receive Master Magic, Master Summon and Master Command Materia, but it requires the player to have mastered Materia for all the Materia of those three types (apart from Command Materia, which doesn't include the skills of all the Command Materia in the game). Examining one of the remaining three Huge Materia pieces will reward the player with the appropriate Master Materia once the requirements are met.
Nearing the end of the game, the greatest elder of Cosmo Canyon, Bugenhagen, dies at the age of 129. The two other elders are Elder Hargo and Elder Bughe. Both Elders continue to study the history of Planet life.
Cosmo Canyon is located to the South-West on Gaia's Western continent.
- Elixir (in the couch in the inn)
- Guard Source
- Elixir (disc 2 in the Item Shop back room)
- Magic Source (disc 2 in the Item Shop back room)
- Full Cure Materia (disc 2 in the Item Shop back room)
- Limited Moon - Red XIII's ultimate weapon. Given after bringing him to Bugenhagen on disc 3.
- Bahamut ZERO Materia - only can be found if the Huge Materia was saved from the rocket in Rocket Town and the party holds both the Bahamut and Neo Bahamut Materia.
There are two Turtle's Paradise flyers in Cosmo Canyon; one next to the weapon shop, and one in the inn. If the player finds all flyers scattered around the game they can win a prize in Turtle's Paradise bar in Wutai.
If the player talks to a man near the bonfire, they will find out he is the one who will fix the player's broken buggy. If the player insists on paying him some gil, he will tell that there is a treasure in the couch in the inn, which turns out to be an Elixir. The player can get the Elixir without getting the hint, however.
- Main article: Date Mechanics
Before the party's second storyline visit to Gold Saucer, various player choices in the game play toward choosing who will be Cloud's date that night.
Whenever the player enters for the first time, the party will split up. If the player had Barret in the party during this time, they can exchange dialogue about the formation of AVALANCHE in the room behind the weapon shop. Asking Barret to go on (+3 affection points) and tell more (+3 affection points) will give points toward getting Barret in Gold Saucer as a date.
The first question's affection points can be received an unlimited amount of times. After giving the first answer, respond with "Yeah, whatever..." and, due to a script error, the dialogue will reset when the player exits and reenters the room.
Hidden Items in the Item ShopEdit
Red XIII's Ultimate WeaponEdit
- Skeeskee x3
- Griffin x1
- Golem x1
- Skeeskee x2, Griffin x1
- Desert Sahagin x3
- Desert Sahagin x2
- Desert Sahagin x2 [Back Attack]
- Skeeskee x3 [Back Attack]
- Skeeskee x3 [Side Attack]
- Desert Sahagin x2 [Pincer Attack]
- Crown Lance x2
- Crown Lance x3
- Crown Lance x1
- Crown Lance x2 [Ambush]
- Main article: Cosmo Canyon (Theme)
According to the Ultimania Omega guide, Jenova, or a form of her, rather, was originally supposed to be fought in Cosmo Canyon. Barret also mentions he had promised Jessie, Biggs and Wedge they would go to Cosmo Canyon to celebrate one day. The original script for Final Fantasy VII in fact did include a scene where Barret and the other members of AVALANCHE would talk about going to Cosmo Canyon. This scene, however, was cut from the game's final version.
In the original game manual for the first Japanese release of Final Fantasy VII, there is an "early" screenshot of Cosmo Canyon that differs from the finalized version seen in the retail game. Curiously, this early Cosmo Canyon scene exists as part of dummied content from the Honey Bee Inn, where TV screens would have displayed different locations from the game, the early Cosmo Canyon included. The differences between the two versions range from the presence of more rock formations in the foreground, to lamps, which were replaced with torches in the final game.
Cosmo Canyon appears in a Field Music Sequence.
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- During the party's first visit to Cosmo Canyon, Bugenhagen will show Cloud and two other party members (excluding Red XIII, who has already seen it) his Planetarium. During the Planetarium show, one of the non-Cloud members of the party will comment on it just before having a shooting star encircle him or her. This character depends on which members are in the party and who has priority over whom, and it can be Barret, Tifa, Aeris, or Yuffie, with only Cait Sith guaranteed not to be the one.
- The shooting star will fly around Aeris regardless of who else is in the party with her.
- The shooting star will fly around Tifa only if Aeris is not in the party with her.
- The shooting star will fly around Yuffie only if neither Aeris nor Tifa is in the party with her.
- The shooting star will fly around Barret only if none of the female characters are in the party with him, meaning only Cait Sith can be there with him.
- When the party returns to Cosmo Canyon in Part 3 to get Limited Moon, all party members sit on the other side of the fire to Cloud, while Tifa sits directly next to Cloud.