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"The Altar Cave" from Final Fantasy III (DS)
FFIII - Into the Crystal Cave
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Anticipation and anxiety battle in this mysterious song that plays in the caves home to the five Crystals of FFIII: Wind, Fire, Water, Metal, and Earth.

"The Altar Cave" (クリスタルのある洞窟, Kurisutaru no aru Dōkutsu?, lit. Cave Where the Crystal Is), also widely known as "Crystal Cave", is a background theme from Final Fantasy III. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

Game appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy IIIEdit

III "The Altar Cave" is the second theme heard and the second track of the game's Original Sound Version, right after the introduction. As its name implies, it is the background theme for the dungeons where the Crystals can be found: Altar Cave, Molten Cave, Cave of Tides, Goldor Manor and the Ancients' Maze.

As with the rest of the soundtrack, "The Altar Cave" was remastered by Nobuo Uematsu for the Nintendo DS release. It was released as part of the Final Fantasy III Original Soundtrack, of which it is the fourth track.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit


"Ever Upwards"
XIV Crystal Tower Battle Theme
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A remix of this song, titled "Hubris," is featured in Patch 2.1 A Realm Awoken and it plays in the Crystal Tower dungeon. A more aggressive remix version, titled "Ever Upwards," plays during battles in the dungeon. Both themes were composed by Masayoshi Soken.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia012 An arrangement of "The Altar Cave" by Tsuyoshi Sekito named "Crystal Cave -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY III" was released as the tenth track of its soundtrack.

It is the representative location theme for Final Fantasy III, and plays in select gateways of Confessions of the Creator and all gateways of the Onion Knight's chapter from Light to All.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

TFF "Crystal Cave" is a bonus Field Music Sequence available as downloadable content.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain CallEdit

TFFCC "Crystal Cave" is again available for play as a Field Music Sequence track, but this time it is available in the base game and does not need to be downloaded.

Chocobo RacingEdit

ChocoRacing An arrangement of "The Altar Cave" by Kenji Ito serves as "Behemoth's Theme", the character theme for the Behemoth. It is the fourteenth track of the game's Original Soundtrack.

Arrangement album appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy III: Eternal Legend of the WindEdit

"The Altar Cave" is part of the "The Evil Power of the Underworld" track, the first in the album. It was arranged by Nobuo Uematsu and the narration was performed by Jeff Levy.

Piano Opera Final Fantasy I/II/IIIEdit

An arrangement of "The Altar Cave" by Hiroyuki Nakayama is included in this album of piano arrangements. It is the eleventh track of the album.

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