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The Temple of the Ancients (古代種の神殿, Kodai-shu no Shinden?) is a location in Final Fantasy VII, built by the Cetra thousands of years before the start of the game to house the Black Materia. The outside of the Temple is similar in architecture to Mayan and Aztec pyramids of the real world Central America. The interior is a large maze-like cavern of staircases, and includes a passage where the party must avoid falling boulders, and a large clock the party must operate, walking across the clock's hands to access the different rooms its hands can point to.
A key item called the Keystone is required to open the temple's door. The temple lies on an island, and can only be reached via the Tiny Bronco. It can only be visited once, and is replaced by a crater on the world map when the temple is destroyed.
Temple of the Ancients is itself the Black Materia; the Cetra twisted the Black Materia into the size and shape of the temple, so the only way to return the temple to its Materia form is to shrink it. The only way to shrink the temple is from the inside, so anybody shrinking the temple would be crushed. This was designed so nobody would be able to obtain the Black Materia.
Cloud Strife and his party obtain the Keystone from Dio. Cait Sith turns out to be a double-agent for Shinra Electric Power Company and betrays the group and hands the Keystone to the Turks to grab the Black Materia before Sephiroth can.
Tseng, the leader of the Turks, enters the temple, but is attacked by Sephiroth who badly wounds Tseng, and leaves him for dead. Cloud and his party arrive on the scene to find the temple surrounded by Sephiroth Clones. The party fights their way through the temple until coming upon the room where the device to turn the temple into the Black Materia is kept.
Sephiroth appears in a ghostly form, telling the party about his plans to use Meteor to destroy the Planet. He explains the temple's true nature - someone will have to be sacrificed for Cloud to keep the Black Materia away from Sephiroth. Since Sephiroth is followed by his fanatical clones, any of them could get the Black Materia for him. Cait Sith volunteers to do it; as he goes to turn the temple to its Materia form, he says goodbye to the party.
Cloud and his party escape the temple and it turns into the Black Materia. Another Cait Sith, calling himself Cait Sith Number 2, comes up to rejoin the party. Cloud grabs the Black Materia, but Sephiroth takes control of him, forcing Cloud to give up the Materia and to almost kill Aeris. Cloud is knocked unconscious by the remaining party member before this can happen.
After the events, Aeris leaves the party permanently.
The Temple of the Ancients is located to the South on Gaia's Eastern continent.
- Keystone - recovered from Tseng at the beginning of the Temple.
- Turbo Ether
- Mind Source
- Silver Rifle
- Rocket Punch
- Luck Plus Materia - when first found in the Playstation version, the game calls this "Lucky Plus".
- Morph Materia
- Princess Guard
- Trumpet Shell
- Nail Bat
- Work Glove
- Bahamut Materia
|Phoenix Down||300 gil|
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- Kelzmelzer x2
- Kelzmelzer, Toxic Frog x2 (Back attack)
- Kelzmelzer x2, Toxic Frog x2
- Under Lizard
- Under Lizard, Toxic Frog x2
Under the ClockEdit
- 2x Ancient Dragon (Appears every time you are pushed off the clock)
- 2x 8 eye (boss)
- Red Dragon (boss)
- Demons Gate (boss)
|"Forested Temple" from Final Fantasy VII|
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The theme of the Temple of the Ancients is the "Forested Temple".
"Forested Temple" is included on the third disc of Final Fantasy VII Vinyl Limited Edition compilation album.
- The riddle of the Temple of the Ancients clock is harder in the original Japanese version, because the player can't initially wind the clock. After being knocked off the clock three times, a flag is turned on which changes it to the version of the puzzle the player can control. This flag is always on in other versions of the game, so if the flag was turned off via hacking, the original version of the puzzle can be played on other versions of the game.