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FFIV iOS Lunar Subterrane

The Lunar Subterrane in the DS version of Final Fantasy IV.

FFIV iOS Lunar Core

The Lunar Core in the iOS version.

The Lunar Subterrane (月の渓谷, Tsuki no Keikoku?, lit. Moon Ravine) is the final dungeon in Final Fantasy IV. It's a massive cave complex, filled with strong monsters. It can only be accessed from Crystal Palace once the Giant of Babil has been destroyed.

The caverns contain a great deal of hidden passages and strong monsters, including dragons. Crystal equipment, the game's strongest, exist here for Cecil in the SNES and PlayStation versions. There are also many monsters hidden in treasure chests, and at the bottom of the cavern lay several sealed relics guarded by minions of Zemus. Eventually, the caverns lead to an area where the floor consists mainly of shiny tiles.

The walls are still made of rock. This area is titled the Lunar Core in the game's Advance version, but is part of the Lunar Subterrane in all other versions. In the Easytype version that was only released in Japan, there's a Save Point on one of the last floors in the subterrane. In reference to this, The After Years brings it back, but has replaced it with a healing tile.

The area is infested with semi-boss monsters as Random Encounters, such as Behemoths and Red Dragons. Lower levels also contain Zemus's Malice, Zemus's Breath, and Deathmasks, enemies unique to this area. The boss Ogopogo also lurks here guarding the strongest weapon for Edge.

The upper areas of the core are connected via stairways, but lower areas are connected via teleporters. In the deepest area, the party can find Zemus. Beyond this lie the deepest areas of the core where the Lunarians are sleeping.

StoryEdit

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Final Fantasy IVEdit

Lunar core 2

The heroes confront Zemus in the Lunar Core.

Victorious Final battle FFIV IOS

The party stands victorious.

Cecil and his friends descend the Lunar Subterrane after destroying the Giant of Babil, following Fusoya and Golbez, who head for the core in order to defeat Zemus.

After going through several battles in the subterrane, the heroes finally meet Zemus, Golbez, and Fusoya, who are battling. Golbez and Fusoya are able to defeat the evil Lunarian, but his hatred is revived as Zeromus, who easily knocks down the heroes and defeats Golbez and Fusoya. With the help of the prayers of his friends, Cecil gets back on foot and uses the Crystal Golbez gave him, which in turn gives Zeromus a physical body, allowing it to be defeated. With Zeromus' death, Golbez and Fusoya head to the sleeping room deep within the Moon, while Cecil and his friends return to their planet.

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

The Lunar Subterrane reappears in the Lunarian's Tale in The After Years. Golbez awakens in the Chamber of Sleep, sensing something wrong with the Crystals, and goes through the subterrane to the surface, meeting with Fusoya along the way. After investigating the Crystals and the Impact Crater of a meteor, the two defeat a Mysterious Girl they find there. Returning to the Crystal Palace the girl seems to return, and summons Leviathan.

The two defeat her again, and pray for the Lunar Whale to come to them from the Blue Planet. Suddenly, one of the Crystals shatters, and a new girl appears and tells them she does not need them. Fearing for the other Lunarians, Golbez and Fusoya race back to the Chamber of Sleep, but before they reach it, all the Crystals shatter, reviving Zeromus as Zeromus's Malice. In the ensuing battle, Zeromus Malice uses Big Bang and Fusoya teleports Golbez away to the Lunar Whale.

LocationsEdit

B3Edit

Murasame encounter ffiv ios lunar sub

Murasame's pedestal.

A pedestal that holds Murasame is found in a corner of B3. Like all other corners and rooms that lead to weapons in this dungeon, it is not accessible by the main path, but by going through a series of detours or secret passages. This pedestal is found by the west secret passage from the dungeon's entrance (B1), then taking the teleporter that leads to B2. The player should head west to find another teleporter that will take him to B3. The pedestal is found in the far-left corner of the room. Murasame is guarded by a White Dragon, which must be defeated to obtain the katana.

B5Edit

Princess Flans room ffiv ios

The room is the exit nearest to the indicator.

Flan Princess Room

The room in B5 where a Red Fang is found is the only room in the whole game where the extremely rare Flan Princesses can be fought - running into them as random encounters is nearly impossible. By using a Siren, they will attack in pairs of three.

Ragnarok Pedestal
Ragnarok encounter lunar sub ffiv ios

Ragnarok's pedestal.

Secret passage lunar subterrane ffiv ios

The secret passage in B6.

The pedestal that holds Ragnarok, Cecil's ultimate weapon, is found in B5, but is accessible from B6. To reach the specific room, the player must go down the set of stairs in B6, then go through the secret passage to the west (hard to spot at first because the character floats, as there's no ground). From here, there is a secret passage into the wall, to the east, then down the set of stairs, which completes B6's map. Heading south then east will lead to a teleporter which will warp the player back to B5. The South exit leads out of the room, and by heading east, Ragnarok's pedestal is found. It is guarded by Dark Bahamut.


B7Edit

Two of the B7's three inner rooms hold optional boss encounters guarding two relics and an ultimate weapon. It is also the last room of the Subterrane - the last room of this floor is the exit that leads to B8, the first room of the Lunar Core.

Holy lance encounter lunar sub ffiv ios

The Holy Lance's pedestal.

Holy Lance Pedestal

The pedestal is the second room in the map, the one after the room with the dungeon's second save point. The Holy Lance, Kain's ultimate weapon, is guarded by a Plague Horror, and must be defeated to obtain the lance.

Ribbons encounter lunar sub ffiv ios

The room holding the two treasure chests.

Third Exit

The next room from the previous one holds two treasure chests, which contain one Ribbon each. If the player goes for them, a Lunasaur will attack them, and it must be defeated to obtain the two relics. After defeating the Lunasaur, the player will be free to open the two treasure chests.

Lunar CoreEdit

Masamune encounter lunar core ffiv ios

Masamune's pedestal.

B8

The pedestal holding Masamune, the last of Edge's ultimate weapons, is found in B8. If the player doesn't bother filling out the map, it will be easily missed - it is found on the south-east corner of the map. Masamune is guarded by Ogopogo, a dark Leviathan. To obtain the katana, it must be defeated.

B11

It is the second-to-the-last floor of the dungeon. If the player has filled out all dungeon maps in the entire game, the Treasure Hunter augment will be obtained as soon as this floor's map is completely filled out.

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The group in the last floor of the core, as Zemus transforms.

B12

B12 is the last floor of the dungeon, and where Golbez and Fusoya defeat Zemus. The party arrives just in time as Zemus transforms into Zeromus. Golbez hands over the crystal to Cecil, and using it, the party is able to defeat him. From here, Golbez and Fusoya head for the chamber of sleep, and the party goes back home to earth.

TreasuresEdit

Final Crystal Room FFIV

The Crystal Room portal to the Lunar Subterrane.

Final Fantasy IVEdit

SubterraneEdit

CoreEdit

Final Fantasy IV: The After YearsEdit

  • Hi-Potion x3
  • Tent x3
  • Ether x2
  • X-Potion x3
  • Phoenix Down x3
  • Cottage x2
  • Bronze Hourglass
  • Mythril Gloves
  • Unicorn Horn
  • White Fang
  • Mythril Helm
  • Mythril Shield
  • Dry Ether x2
  • Decoy
  • Icebrand
  • Elixir
  • Ice Armor
  • Remedy x2
  • Luminous Robe
  • Soma Drop

Enemy formationsEdit

  • Enemies/formations in bold are boss battles
  • Enemies/formations in italics are scripted battles

Final Fantasy IVEdit

Lunar Subterrane / Underground / SubterraneEdit

SNES J2e PS GBA DS
Warlock Dark Wizard Warlock Dark Sage
Warlock x3 Dark Wizard x3 Warlock x3 Dark Sage x3
Warlock
Kary
Dark Wizard
MoonGodess
Warlock
Kary
Dark Sage
Selene Guardian
Dark Sage
Moonmaiden
Warlock
Kary x2
Dark Wizard
MoonGodess x2
Warlock
Kary x2
Dark Sage
Selene Guardian x2
Dark Sage
Moonmaiden x2
RedGiant DemonSoldr RedGiant Giant Warrior Armored Fiend
RedGiant x2 DemonSoldr x2 RedGiant x2 Giant Warrior x2 Armored Fiend x2
Warlock
Kary
RedGiant
Dark Wizard
MoonGodess
DemonSoldr
Warlock
Kary
RedGiant
Dark Sage
Selene Guardian
Giant Warrior
Dark Sage
Moonmaiden
Armored Fiend
Warlock x2
Red Giant
Dark Wizard x2
DemonSoldr
Warlock x2
RedGiant
Dark Sage x2
Giant Warrior
Dark Sage x2
Armored Fiend
D. Bone SkullDragn D. Bone Bone Dragon
Warlock
D. Bone
Dark Wizard
SkullDragn
Warlock
D. Bone
Dark Sage
Bone Dragon
Ging-Ryu SilverDrag Ging-Ryu Silver Dragon
King-Ryu GoldDragon King-Ryu Gold Dragon
Blue D. BlueDragon Blue D. Blue Dragon
Blue D. x2 BlueDragon x2 Blue D. x2 Blue Dragon x2
Ging-Ryu
RedGiant
SilverDrag
DemonSoldr
Ging-Ryu
RedGiant
Silver Dragon
Giant Warrior
Silver Dragon
Armored Fiend
Fatal Eye Allemagne Veteran Ahriman
King-Ryu
Ging-Ryu
GoldDragon
SilverDrag
King-Ryu
Ging-Ryu
Gold Dragon
Silver Dragon
Tricker Rilmarder Tricker Li'l Murderer
D. Fossil Zombiesaur D. Fossil Dinozombie
Pink Puff x5 Flan Princess x5
Pale Dim WhiteDragon White D. White Dragon
Wyvern Dk.Bahamut Wyvern Dark Bahamut
Plague Plague Horror
D. Lunar x2 Lunasaurus x2 Lunasaur

Lunar CoreEdit

Floor 1Edit
SNES J2e PS GBA DS
Behemoth
Red D. Red Dragon Red D. Red Dragon
EvilMask Phase EvilMask Wicked Mask Deathmask
Ogopogo Tidarithian Ogopogo
Floor 2Edit
Lunar core

The Lunar Core.

SNES J2e PS GBA DS
Red D.
Behemoth
Red Dragon
Behemoth
Red D.
Behemoth
Red Dragon
Behemoth
Red D. x2 Red Dragon x2 Red D. x2 Red Dragon x2
Behemoth x2
Red D. x3 Red Dragon x3 Red D. x3 Red Dragon x3
EvilMask x2 Phase x2 EvilMask x2 Wicked Mask x2 Deathmask x2
Floor 3Edit
SNES J2e PS GBA DS
Mind Zemus Mind Mind Zemus's Mind Zemus's Malice
Breath ZemusBreth Breath Zemus's Breath
Floor 4Edit
SNES J2e PS GBA DS
Zemus
Zeromus
Zeromus

The After YearsEdit

Note: all listed enemy formations, except for those marked "Event", are only encountered on the second trip through the area

B1F

B2F

B3F

B4F

B5F

B6F

B7F

B8F

B9F

B10F

B11F

MusicEdit

The background music that plays inside the subterranean areas (B1-B7) is "The Red Wings". The background music that plays inside the moon's core (B8-B12) is called "Giant's Dungeon", the same as the Giant of Babil's.

Other AppearancesEdit

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

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The Lunar Subterrane.

The Lunar Subterrane is the representative arena of Final Fantasy IV. Firion battles Jecht here, and this is also where Terra and Zidane begin their storylines. Cecil and Bartz fight Golbez here in their respective storylines. While being named The Lunar Subterrane, the stage is clearly the Lunar Surface. The Japanese version of Dissidia names the stage "Moon Canyon", a clearer reflection of its appearance.

The Subterrane is a large arena with a multi-leveled landscape full of cliffs and pits. Quickmove bars extend from the center of the arena outward in three directions, allowing characters to cross the arena quickly. The Crystal Palace and Lunar Whale can be seen on the stage's background, as well as the Earth. The arena's Ω form features more destroyable cliffs than the default stage, and some sections of ground can be destroyed as well. The Bravery pool rises when the landscape is destroyed.

The Moon Stone is the battlegen item obtained through stage destruction in this area.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

The Lunar Subterrane returns as an arena in Dissidia 012. In the 12th cycle, this is where Lightning fought and defeated Kuja.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

The Lunar Core appears as the FMS for Within the Giant.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

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Lunar Core.

The Lunar Core returns as the FMS for several final dungeon themes throughout the series:

  • Crystal Tower*from Final Fantasy III
  • Within the Giant*from Final Fantasy IV
  • In Search of Light*from Final Fantasy V


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