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The military uses this place for bioweapons research. Lots of angry teeth and claws.

The Gapra Whitewood, the Proto-ecology Belt is a location on Cocoon in Final Fantasy XIII somewhere in the Proto-ecology Belt. Lightning and Hope travel through it after leaving the Vile Peaks.

The trees are a mixture of crystals and machinery, and various monsters are held behind barriers. The main purpose of the area is to house monsters the Sanctum is to experiment on, and turn into bioweapons. It serves as a border zone, separating the Vile Peaks from Palumpolum.

Gapra Whitewood is an unrevisitable location that comprises the game's fifth chapter.


The Gapra Whitewood is the border zone that separates the wilderness of the Vile Peaks from the civilization of Palumpolum. Under the jurisdiction of the Sanctum military, the Whitewood serves as an experimental facility for conducting research into bioweapons.

The security of this classified area is built in the design—the paths winding through the trees are deliberately confusing, causing intruders to become hopelessly lost.


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Hope blames Snow

Hope reveals his hatred for Snow to Lightning.

Lightning and Hope arrive to the Gapra Whitewood from the Vile Peaks, planning to travel to Palumpolum where they will find transport to Eden and attack the Sanctum. With Lightning's approval, Hope takes point while she watches the rear. As she shows him the ropes and teaches him how to fight, Lightning gives Hope the survival knife she received as a birthday present from her sister Serah to boost his confidence. Hope reveals his reason for following Lightning: to toughen up and get his revenge on Snow for the death of his mother Nora.

Lightning&hope strategy

Lightning advises Hope to form a strategy to survive.

When they find fallen soldiers Hope tries to help them but Lightning pulls him away, warning him that it's kill or be killed and the Sanctum's armies will not show them mercy. She tells Hope to focus on a single goal and keeps his emotions in check. Her attempt to help Hope backfires and he creates 'Operation Nora,' his plan to attack both Snow and the Sanctum.

After Lightning and Hope travel through the woods and defeat the Aster Protoflorian, they reach a coast and see the city of Palumpolum in the distance. Lightning suggests they drop in on Hope's father, assuming it may persuade Hope to abandon his vendetta against Snow and the Sanctum.

Spoilers end here.


  • Ecological Research
  • Canopy Wardwalks
  • Research Corridor
  • Bulkhead fal'Cie
  • Bioweapon Research Site D
  • Bioweapon Research Site K
  • Field Trial Range S
  • Field Trial Range N
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Bioweapons Maintenance


Item Location
Antidote x3 Canopy Wardwalks
Hawkeye Research Corridor
Antidote x6 Bioweapon Research Site D
Star Pendant Field Trial Range S
Edged Carbine Field Trial Range N
1,500 gil Environmental Regulation
Fragrant Oil x8 Environmental Regulation
Watchman's Amulet Environmental Regulation
Ethersol Bioweapons Maintenance


Ecological Research
Canopy Wardwalks
Research Corridor
Bulkhead Fal'Cie
Bioweapon Research Site D
Bioweapon Research Site K
Field Trial Range S

Other appearancesEdit

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain CallEdit

Gapra Whitewood

Gapra Whitewood

The Gapra Whitewood appears as the FMS for its eponymous theme.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

FFAB Gapra Whitewood FFXIII Special
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Final Fantasy Record KeeperEdit

FFRK Gapra Whitewood FFXIII
As they make their way through the military's Ecological Research Zone, Lightning helps her companion Hope navigate his conflicted emotions.
—Stage description.
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Musical themesEdit

"The Gapra Whitewood" is the background music in the upper segments of the area. It is an ambient theme, with female vocals and a relaxed piano and percussion background.

In the lower areas, "Tension in the Air" is played. It has a ominous, despairing and low melody, fitting for the dull and misty under-layer of the Gapra Whitewood.


Map grapa whitewood



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