Lucrecia's Cave (ルクレツィアのほこら, Rukuretsia no Hokora?) is a location in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. It is located behind a waterfall in the center of the Western Continent on the borders of both the Gold Saucer Area and the Nibel Area, although the cave is only accessible from the latter. The cave holds a lot of importance to Vincent Valentine.
The cave is never referred to by a proper name in-game, known only as ??? (？？？, ????) in the menu in Final Fantasy VII. The location is referred to as "Lucrecia's Cave" in the BradyGames guide for Final Fantasy VII, while it is also referred to by a similar name in the Ultimania guides for both Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-. The location is also commonly known as "Crystal Cave" by fans.
Lucrecia Crescent stayed in the cave after the birth of her child, Sephiroth. By entering the cave with Vincent in the party, the player can view a series of flashbacks that show the tale of Sephiroth's conception.
The cave and Lucrecia play an important role in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-. In a flashback, Lucrecia's Cave is revealed to be the place where Chaos is supposed to emerge at the appointed time. After Sephiroth's death Vincent visits Lucrecia.
It is later revealed Lucrecia encased herself in the crystal because she felt guilty for Vincent's "death" and transformation, and also for bearing the sin of having given birth to Sephiroth. In the epilogue, Vincent speaks to Lucrecia one last time, thanking her for giving him a new lease on life. A tear can be seen rolling down Lucrecia's cheek as Vincent leaves the cave.
Lucrecia's Cave is located at the center of Gaia's Western continent. The stream it is found behind divides the Gold Saucer area and the Nibel area.
Lucrecia's Cave is a one-room location entered from the World Map. The cave can only be accessed by green, black, or gold chocobo, or by going through an underwater tunnel located on the north-east of the continent beneath the North Corel area by submarine.
There is nothing to interact with in this area unless certain requirements are met for the sidequest.
Death Penalty and ChaosEdit
After Cloud has returned to the party after the Mideel events in Part 2, the player can start a sidequest here. The player must have acquired Vincent and have a means of getting to the location. If Vincent is in the player's party and accesses the cave Lucrecia will appear and tell a flashback of the experiments involving herself, Sephiroth, and Vincent in Shinra Mansion.
After this the player must leave the cave and fight ten random encounters. Returning here after this, again with Vincent in the party, Vincent's Limit Break manual and his ultimate weapon, Chaos and Death Penalty respectively, can be found at the back of the cave.