The Northern Crater (大空洞—Daikūdō, "Great Cave") is the Final Dungeon of Final Fantasy VII. It is a massive crater that takes up much of the Northern Continent. Because the Crater is such an enormous wound to the Planet, huge amounts of Mako are brought here to heal it. This, in tandem with the Continent's titular proximity to the North Pole of the Planet, makes most of the Northern Continent a frozen desert. The cliffs that make up the Northern Crater's sides are the location, Gaea's Cliff, and on its top is the Whirlwind Maze. The inside is filled with a large cave system where the game's most powerful monsters reside. Sephiroth waits here as the Final Boss.
The Northern Crater was created by the original impact of an asteroid or meteorite containing Jenova thousands of years before the start of Final Fantasy VII. From here, Jenova began to destroy the Planet's lifeforms, until the Cetra sealed her there with the power of the Holy. The Planet placed its guardians, the WEAPON to lie here until another threat as great as Jenova appeared. Jenova was left dormant in the Crater until Gast Faremis working for Shinra unearthed her, thinking Jenova to be an Ancient.
Later when Sephiroth was defeated by Cloud Strife at the Nibelheim Mako Reactor, he traveled through the Lifestream to the Northern Crater to recuperate. Controlling Jenova and making her use his form, he leads the Sephiroth Clones there along with Cloud and his party to the Northern Crater for the Reunion. They bring with them the Black Materia, which is used to summon Meteor. The WEAPONs awaken, sensing the cataclysm above the Planet's skies, and rampage across the world. Sephiroth seals off entry to the Crater with a massive forcefield, and begins to remake his body to prepare for his ascension into a God.
With their very existence threatened, Shinra uses the Sister Ray Cannon to destroy the Diamond WEAPON and blast through Sephiroth's shield. With the defense down, Cloud Strife and his party storm deep into the Northern Crater to defeat Sephiroth and release the trapped Holy, summoned by the fallen Aerith Gainsborough. There they find Sephiroth's new forms, Bizarro∙Sephiroth and Safer∙Sephiroth. Despite the power of these bodies, both are defeated. Though the battle is over, Cloud fights a metaphysical form of Sephiroth in his own mind and defeats that too. With Sephiroth completely defeated, Holy is released in a massive burst. The party escapes on the Highwind before they could be caught in the uproar of magical energy.
Though Sephiroth and Jenova are defeated, Jenova's head still remained inside the Northern Crater. The Turks manage to steal the head out of the Crater before the Remnants of Sephiroth can grab it to resurrect the would-be God. Hunting for any other remaining piece of Jenova, Elena and Tseng enter the crater. But they are ambushed at the beginning of the movie. What occurs is left off-camera, so that the audience does not know if they lived or were killed. The two Turks do manage to survive, as Vincent states to Cloud, the two Turks were brought half dead to the Forgotten Capital and reappear briefly later in the movie, after being rescued by Vincent.
The Northern Crater has significantly more items than any other location in the game.
The Planet's Core, where Jenova SYNTHESIS is fought, appears as Final Fantasy VII's representative arena in Dissidia. It is here that Cloud battles and defeats Sephiroth once again at the climax of his part of the storyline. Shortly after that, Terra also comes here to look for her ally, the Onion Knight, and loses control of her Esper powers, and Cloud steps in to "battle" her, although afterwards he explains that he was merely providing an outlet for her strength, allowing her to unleash her powers on him so that she could regain control. The Warrior of Light also fights Sephiroth on this arena to rescue Firion, and Cecil faces off against Exdeath here to defend Golbez.
The arena consists of a large circular platform at the bottom of the arena, with floating rocks and platforms surrounding it. Tendrils of the Lifestream connect the platforms and can be slid on. In the alternate version of the stage, after time has passed during a match, the various platforms and bases in the stage will start floating upwards (reminiscent of what happens after the battle with Jenova∙SYNTHESIS in the original Final Fantasy VII) and more strands of Lifestream will appear on the stage, EX Cores will teleport if the platform they are on is destroyed, and the Brave Pool will immediately and continually rise.
|Cloud Strife - Barret Wallace - Tifa Lockhart - Aeris Gainsborough - Red XIII - Cait Sith - Cid Highwind - Vincent Valentine - Yuffie Kisaragi|
|Temporary Playable Characters|
|Rufus Shinra - President Shinra - Professor Hojo - Tseng - Reno - Rude - Elena - Heidegger - Scarlet - Palmer - Reeve Tuesti - Gast Faremis - Lucrecia Crescent - Mayor Domino - Zack Fair|
|Elder Bugah - Bugenhagen - Big Bro - Biggs - Chole - Choco Billy - Chocobo Sage - Cloud's Mother - Mr. Coates - Dio - Don Corneo - Dyne - Eleanor - Elmyra Gainsborough - Ester - Godo Kisaragi - Elder Hargo - Deputy Mayor Hart - Mr. Holzoff - Ifalna - Jenova - Jessie - Joe - Johnny - Kalm Traveler - Marlene Wallace - Mukki - Myrna - Priscilla - Seto - Shera - Teioh - Wedge - Zangan|
|Locations on the Planet|
|Midgar - Sector 1 Reactor - Sector 8 - Sector 7 - 7th Heaven - Sector 5 - Sector 5 Reactor - Sector 5 Church - Sector 6 - Wall Market - Train Graveyard - Shinra Headquarters - Kalm - Chocobo Farm - Mythril Mines - Fort Condor - Junon - Junon Underwater Reactor|
|Costa del Sol - Mt. Corel - North Corel - Gold Saucer - Wonder Square - Battle Square - Corel Prison - Gongaga - Cosmo Canyon - Cave of the Gi - Nibelheim - Mt. Nibel - Rocket Town - Ancient Forest - Crystal Cave|
|Bone Village - Sleeping Forest - Forgotten Capital - Icicle Inn - Great Glacier - Gaea's Cliff - Whirlwind Maze - Northern Crater - Chocobo Sage's House|
|Cargo Ship - Wutai - Temple of the Ancients - Mideel - Cloud's Subconscious - Materia Caves - Goblin Island - Cactus Island - Round Island - Sunken Gelnika|
|Humans - Red XIII's Species - Cetra|
|AVALANCHE - Black Materia - Buster Sword - Chaos - Condor - Date Mechanics - Gi Tribe - Hardy-Daytona - Holy - Huge Materia - Jenova Project - Keystone - Leviathan Scales - Lifestream - Lunar Harp - Mako - Mako Reactors - Makonoid - Materia - Meteor - Nibelheim Incident - PHS - Promised Land - Shinra Electric Power Company - Siege of Fort Condor - Sister Ray - SOLDIER - Sephiroth Clones - Turks - Weapon - Wutai War - White Materia|
|Highwind - Buggy - Cargo Ship - Chocobo - Motorcycle - Submarine - Tiny Bronco - Shinra No. 26|
|Original Soundtrack - Reunion Tracks - Piano Collections
|Accessories - Armor - Demo - Enemies - Enemy Abilities - Items - Materia - Timeline - Walkthroughs - Wallpapers - Weapons|
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
|Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete|
|Cloud Strife - Tifa Lockhart - Marlene Wallace - Denzel|
|Kadaj - Yazoo - Loz - Sephiroth - Jenova|
|Aerith Gainsborough - Barret Wallace - Cait Sith - Cid Highwind - Elena - Moogle Girl - Red XIII - Reno - Rude - Rufus Shinra - Tseng - Vincent Valentine - Yuffie Kisaragi - Zack Fair|
|Edge - 7th Heaven - Healin Lodge - Forgotten Capital - Midgar - Northern Crater - Sector 5 Church - Shinra Headquarters|
|Cellphone - Fenrir - Fusion Swords - Geostigma - Lifestream - Meteor - Motorcycle - Remnants of Sephiroth - Shadow Creeper - The Shera - Strife Delivery Service - World Regenesis Organization|
|On the Way to a Smile - Hoshi wo Meguru Otome|
|Original Soundtrack - Complete Reunion Tracks
|Warrior of Light - Firion - Onion Knight - Cecil - Bartz - Terra - Cloud - Squall - Zidane - Tidus|
|Garland - The Emperor - Cloud of Darkness - Golbez - Exdeath - Kefka - Sephiroth - Ultimecia - Kuja - Jecht|
|Shantotto - Gabranth|
|Chaos - Cid of the Lufaine - Cosmos - Shinryu|
|Old Chaos Shrine - Pandaemonium - World of Darkness - Lunar Subterrane - The Rift - Kefka's Tower - Planet's Core - Ultimecia's Castle - Crystal World - Dream's End - Order's Sanctuary - Edge of Madness|
|Prologue - Destiny Odyssey - Shade Impulse - Distant Glory - Inward Chaos|
|Other Gameplay Modes|
|Arcade Mode - Duel Colosseum|
|Accomplishments - Battle Piece - Battlegen - Bravery - Chaos Reports - Chase Sequence - Combinations - Command Mode - Cosmos Reports - Crystal - Data Install - Destiny Points - EX Mode - Friend Card - Skills - Play Plan - PP Catalog - Passwords - Quickmove|
|"Cosmos" - "Chaos" - "The Messenger"|
|Abilities - Accessories - Armor - Enemies - Merchandise - Museum - Player Icons - Shop - Summons - Translations - Version Differences - Wallpapers - Weapons|