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Great Glacier

The Great Glacier.

The Great Glacier (大氷河, Daihyōga?) is a large frozen waste north of Icicle Inn in Final Fantasy VII. It is a maze of wilderness trails going around several landmarks, such as trees, icy water, and caves. Crossing the glacier is required to reach Gaea's Cliff and later the Whirlwind Maze of the North Crater. Cloud Strife and his party pass through the glacier in the last leg of their world-wide journey chasing after Sephiroth.

Depending upon which way was taken on in the snowboarding minigame, the party will land in different locations in the glacier (see below). They collapse after wandering through the snow and are saved by Mr. Holzoff. The party can find the Alexander Summon Materia in the glacier by touching a hot springs and then finding a snow woman in a cave. Due to the cold temperature, Cloud passes out after every 544 steps taken, and will wake up in Holzoff's hut.

The Great Glacier is temporarily unavailable during the times where Tifa and Cid are party leaders. The player cannot snowboard as these characters (despite being able to play as them in the Gold Saucer version of the minigame) and cannot enter it from the World Map. Entering Icicle Inn from the back is also not possible during this time.


Traversing Great GlacierEdit


The Glacier Map is a Key Item found at a house in Icicle Inn. The map helps the party navigate but it does not show their current location. If Cloud walks around too long, he collapses and is transported to Holzoff's cabin. To get through Great Glacier one merely needs to walk around, although it does contain many treasures if the player knows where to look.

The items available according to letters on the map are A: Elixir (found in a cave, and can be exploited for infinite Elixirs), B: Mind Source, C: Potion, D: Safety Bit (in a cave, also), E: Added Cut Materia (to find the player must head down from Snow's cave, and then immediately back up, a different path will be discovered. The Materia will be found in the second section of the path between numbered areas), F: All Materia (in a cave in the middle of the snowfield south of Mr. Holzoff's place), and lastly, the Alexander Materia, be found in Snow's cave, after defeating her. The hot spring must be touched prior to this encounter.


Map of Great Glacier with screenshots for easy referencing.

A solution to figuring out this maze can be found here:

The different courses the player can take in the snowboarding game, can take the player to four different areas of Great Glacier upon arrival.

  • Taking left twice leads to the forest.
  • Taking left then right leads to the middle entrance to the glacier that has a sign.
  • Taking right then left leads to the lone tree.
  • Taking right twice leads to a rocky path near the ice cave in bottom right of the map.

Platforming MinigameEdit

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Navigating the Snow FieldEdit

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Acquiring AlexanderEdit

The easiest way to get Alexander is to first make the way to the hot springs and touch it, then explore around the glacier collecting treasures until Cloud will pass out and wake up in Mr. Holzoff's hut. From the hut the player should head south to find themselves on a large open area with no landmarks.

They should head directly down from the starting place, until they come across a cave with an All Materia inside. Once they come out of the cave they should head directly to the right of where they start, and keep on going right till they arrive in a screen with a cave. Snow will be inside and fight the party, and drop the Alexander Materia.

Items FoundEdit

Enemy formationsEdit


Battle background.

Plain snow and ice areasEdit

Narrows, diagonals and forest areasEdit


Battle background.

Southern ice caveEdit

Central areas and cavesEdit

Northwestern areas and cavesEdit

Easternmost caveEdit

Musical ThemesEdit

"Buried in the Snow"
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"Buried in the Snow" is the theme that plays in the Great Glacier.



Great glacier

Great Glacier sign.

  • When leaving Mr. Holzoff's hut for the first time and when the party gathers. Cait Sith and Red XIII are the only party members who don't shiver from the cold.
  • The Stone Face Easter egg is used in the Great Glacier in the snow area.
  • The sign in the first area reads:
Top of the
Elevation 717FT.
62°05 N. 12°25 W
  • Aeris has lines in the scene where the party arrives at the Great Glacier for the first time, but to view the lines the player must obtain Aeris into the party via hacking or via a glitch, such as the "Yuffie Warping Glitch". Aeris's field model exists in all Great Glacier fields, but disappears once the player reaches Holzoff's cabin and proceeds onward to Gaea's Cliff.
  • In Holzoff's cabin the game forces the party to sleep which will restore everyone's HP and MP. An unused option for this event is found in the game data, giving the player the option to choose whether to rest or not. But if this event is activated the option outcomes are reversed: choosing "Rest" will lead the party not resting and vice versa.[1]


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