When I was a child, I once asked my mother, "Where did I come from?" She replied, "Why, we all sprouted in the Mushroom Forest, of course." Nightmares soon haunted my sleep. I dreamt I was lost among the toadstools. I awoke in tears, but felt the warmth of my mother's embrace as she comforted me. It is something I still remember to this day.
The Mushroom Forest, or Fungi Forest (キノコの森, Kinokonomori?), is a dungeon from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. It is in the Ironmine Downs, due west of the Miasma Stream that separates the area from the Tipa Peninsula.
As I approach the Mushroom Forest, I somehow feel like I'm shrinking. Each toadstool I pass seems taller than the last.
Now I know I'm inside the forest. I'm walking along a rooftop of mushrooms.
Although a Malboro blocked my path, I prevailed and collected a drop of myrrh.
The path through the dungeon is spread over a number of levels. Higher levels can only be accessed by bouncing from springy fungal platforms. Certain areas of the forest can only be accessed in later cycles.
Wildlife in the forest include carnivorous plants, ahriman, and other small creatures. At first the way to the Myrrh Tree looks clear, with a tiny Malboro being the only thing that could be construed as a guardian. However, it does not stay tiny for long, absorbing strange spores given off by the surrounding toadstools to grow into a rather large problem.
The Mushroom Forest is the second dungeon a player will come across, and it is recommended that it be explored before the Mines of Cathuriges due to its simpler difficulty and treasures, including designs for new equipment as well as the materials and money needed to create them.
- Malboro (Boss)
- Hell Plant
- Stone Plant (later cycles)
- Carrion Worm (later cycles)