Mountains (山, Yama?) are a recurring type of location found throughout the Final Fantasy series, starting with Final Fantasy III. They usually appear as Dungeons that serve as passages between areas, normally stalled by a Boss Battle. Caves are almost always found at mountain ranges.
Castle Palamecia is located atop a mountain range, rendering it inaccessible by anything other than a flying airship. It is later replaced by the infernal palace of Pandaemonium, which can't be reached by an airship. A special passage must be crossed instead.
In Final Fantasy III, however, airships cannot fly over mountains, and the Invincible can only fly over smaller mountains such as the ones found in the mountain range near the Cave of Shadows, which no other airship can.
In the underworld, some mountain ranges can be found, and notoriously, airships can land on some of them (however, characters may not find a passage to the base levels). However, in the Red Moon, due to the rough terrain filled with craters, the Lunar Whale must normally land atop mountain ranges and the party must walk to other locations.
Mt. Hobs is the only accessible mountain in this game.
Two mountains appear in Final Fantasy V: At the North Mountain, appearing in Bartz's World, grows Dragon Grass, a plant poisonous to humans that has medical properties when ingested by wind drakes. Likewise, in Galuf's World, the Drakenvale contains many Dragon Grass.
Again, in the overworld, Airships can fly over mountains, but flying fauna such as Black Chocobos and Wind Drakes cannot.
- Mt. Kolts is located near South Figaro.
- Sabre Mountains are located beyond Mt. Kolts and serve as an hideout for the Returners.
- Narshe's mountain range is explored early in the game and is filled with mines and caves.
- The Baren Falls are located beyond the Phantom Forest and flow into the Veldt.
- The Crescent Mountain is located at the southern Veldt and is an entrance to the Serpent Trench.
- The Esper Caves are located in a mountain range at the Crescent Island.
- Mt. Zozo is explored in the World of Ruin. Like its name implies, it is located in the mountain range surrounding Zozo.
- Phoenix Cave is located in the center of the mountain range north of Tzen.
- The mountain range between Figaro and Kohlingen is home to the Ancient Castle.
Several mountains and mountain ranges of the Planet are explored in Final Fantasy VII.
List of Mountains:
- Fort Condor is located atop a mountain in the Junon area.
- Mt. Corel is located on the western continent and is home to a Mako Reactor. It is located near Barret's hometown.
- Cosmo Canyon is a center of study of the Lifestream. It is Red XIII's homeland and AVALANCHE was founded there.
- Mt. Nibel is located at the mountain range surrounding Nibelheim.
- The harsh Gaea's Cliff is actually a side of the monstrous North Crater.
- The Da-chao Statue is located in the mountain ranges of Wutai.
In Gaia, the Mist Continent is the most hilly area; it has several areas of high altitude, which are where the greatest settlements can be found. This is due to the nefarious Mist that overruns the lower areas of the Mist Continent. In Disc 3, Gaia is purged of Mist, but in Disc 4, Mist returns, this time to cover the entire planet.
However, three mountains appear as locations in this game:
- The Aerbs Mountains are a long chain of peaks in the Mist Continent. It splits the kingdoms of Alexandria, Lindblum and Burmecia. Only the border between Alexandria and Lindblum, the South Gate, is crossed.
- The Conde Petie Mountain Path at the Outer Continent is a route between Conde Petie, Madain Sari and the Iifa Tree.
- Mount Gulug is a prominent volcano at the Lost Continent. Esto Gaza is located on its slope.
Mt. Gagazet is a sacred mountain range, and homeland of the Ronso. It also features a series of caverns and springs, along with ferocious fiends. It is the final test of a summoner's pilgrimage before reaching Zanarkand Ruins.
The Mosphoran Highwaste is located in the region of Nabradia, annexed by Archadia in the beginning of the game. It is a mountain pass between Nalbina Fortress and the Salikawood. It is also home to the Esper Exodus.
Arda, Heaven's Pillar is an enormous landmass of the Purvama of Lemurés where a mountain range can be found. Throughout the other islands of Lemurés, several temples and underfanes can be found at mountain ranges.
The Vile Peaks and Yaschas Massif returns in the sequel and a new area of the Archylte Steppe which is surrounded from three sides appears. New Bodhum is built upon a shore and surrounded by mountains and the Dying World is a mountainous area.
Several passes and mountains are found in Final Fantasy Tactics.
List of Mountains:
- The Lenalian Plateau is found at northwestern Gallionne.
- The Balias Tor is a hilly region found in Lionel.
- Mount Bervenia is a volcano located at the center of the Ivalice region, in Lesalia.
- Grogh Heights are filled with crop fields.
- Dugeura Pass is a pass at Mount Landria in Lesalia.
- Mount Germinas is a mountain located in far east Ivalice.
As Dissidia 012 Final Fantasys world is based on that of the original Final Fantasy, the iconic Mount Gulug can be found, but this time as a tall mountain with an icy summit. A volcano also marks Chaos's throne, and is located on the floating landmasses near the ruins of Onrac.
A mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak.