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Temple of the Ancients
The Temple on the World Map
Temple of the Ancients after its destruction

The Temple of the Ancients is a location in Final Fantasy VII. It was built by the Cetra thousands of years before the start of the game to house the most destructive Materia, 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 houses a large maze-like cavern of staircases, a passage when the party must avoid falling boulders, and finally a large room where the party must input a time on a clock, then walk across the clock's hands to access the different rooms its hands can point to.

A Key Item called the Keystone is required in order to be able 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, then is replaced by a crater on the World Map when the Temple is destroyed.



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Sephiroth appearing before the party

In a sense, the Temple of the Ancients does not house the Black Materia, it is 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. However, the only way to shrink the Temple is from the inside, so anybody shrinking the Temple would be crushed. This was designed so that nobody would ever be able to obtain the Black Materia.

During the events of Final Fantasy VII, Cloud Strife and his party obtain the Keystone from Dio. However, a party member, Cait Sith turns out to be a double-agent for Shinra and betrays the group. The Turks are given the Keystone to grab the Black Materia before Sephiroth can.

Cid Highwind cursing the complex interior of the Temple of the Ancients

Tseng, the leader of the Turks, enters the Temple, only to be surprised by Sephiroth. Sephiroth badly wounds Tseng, and leaves him for dead. Cloud and his party arrive on the scene to find the Temple surrounded by Sephiroth Clones, and they find Tseng on the ground, seemingly dead. The party then fights their way through the confusing layout of the Temple until finally coming upon the room where the Black Materia is housed.

Sephiroth then appears in a ghostly form, telling the party about his plans to use Meteor to conquer the Planet. Then he explains about the true nature of the Temple - a party member will have to be sacrificed in order for Cloud and his party to keep the Black Materia away from Sephiroth. Since Sephiroth is followed by his fanatical Sephiroth Clones, any of them could easily get the Black Materia for him. Somebody will have to be left behind. Cait Sith ultimately volunteers to be the one left behind. As he goes to return the Temple to its Materia form, he says goodbye to the party.

Cloud and his party escape from the Temple, and it turns into the Black Materia. Another Cait Sith, exactly the same as the last with the same stats and Materia, then comes up to rejoin the party. Cloud grabs the Black Materia, now glad that the Planet is now safe from Sephiroth's plan. Then Sephiroth takes control of Cloud's mind, forcing Cloud to give the Materia to him, and almost hurt Aeris. Cloud then collapses.

After the events of the Temple of the Ancients, Aeris leaves the party permanently. The party then follows her onto the Northern Continent where she waits at the Forgotten Capital.

Items Found

  • Keystone - recovered from Tseng at the beginning of the Temple.
  • Trident
  • Turbo Ether
  • Mind Source
  • Silver Rifle
  • Rocket Punch
  • Luck Plus Materia - when first found, the game calls this "Lucky Plus", but from then on the Materia is called "Luck Plus".
  • Morph Materia
  • Princess Guard
  • Ribbon
  • Trumpet Shell
  • Nail Bat
  • Work Glove
  • Bahamut Materia


About half-way through the Temple, there is a room with a little man who can help the party out by restoring their health, and serving as a Save Point. He also can teleport them out of the Temple, and has a small Item Shop.

Item Shop

Name Cost
Potion 50 gil
Hi-Potion 300 gil
Phoenix Down 300 gil
Ether 1500 gil
Hyper 100 gil
Tranquilizer 100 gil
Maiden's Kiss 150 gil
Tent 500 gil

Monster Formations


Main Area

Mural Room

Under the Clock

Room I

Room III

Room VI

Room XII

Woodlands Area





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Up to date as of February 04, 2010

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The Temple of the Ancients

The Temple of the Ancients, also called the Temple of the Elders, was a temple on Lehon that was said to hold the secrets of the Star Forge. The temple's doors were blocked by a mysterious force field that only Rakata could bring down by performing a special ritual or by using an ancient tome, and even then, the force field would not stay down for long.

The structure itself was twenty meters tall. Located on the top of the Temple of the Ancients was the summit. It contained an elevator to the main floor, as well as a disruptor field that forced starships to land, either controlled or not, on the planet.



The Temple of the Ancients Exterior was directly in front the Temple of the Ancients. When several Mandalorians were stranded on Lehon, they built a camp there until they were killed by Revan. When Revan helped the Elder Rakata free a prisoner from the Black Rakata, the Elders performed a ritual allowing Revan into the temple. Shortly after, when the Star Forge was destroyed in the Battle of Rakata Prime, a celebration was held at the Temple Exterior, where Revan and his companions were personally awarded the Cross of Glory by Admiral Forn Dodonna.


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Jedi Civil War

Rakata outside the temple.

During the Jedi Civil War, Revan and his crew (Zaalbar, Mission Vao, Carth Onasi, Jolee Bindo, Juhani, HK-47, T3-M4, and Canderous Ordo), crash-landed on Lehon while on their way to infiltrate the Star Forge. Their crash-landing was caused by the disruptor field installed within the temple. With their ship damaged and in need of repair, Revan set out with his companions to scout out the area for possible replacement parts from the other crashed ships which littered the area and to find a way to shut down the disruptor field.

Revan met with The One, a leader of the Rakata (the race inhabiting Lehon), who made him a deal. The One would help him enter the Temple of the Ancients if Revan brought back an ancient tome from the Elders, another tribe living on Rakata Prime. Revan, however, sided with the Elders, who then allowed Revan access to the Temple.

The priests had only started their ritual when Juhani and Bindo rushed up to them and told them they had sensed great danger in the temple, and they couldn't let Revan face it alone. At first the priests refused, but Revan used the Force to persuade the priests, and they let the three in.

In addition to battle droids and a number of Dark Jedi and Sith who had been sent to the temple by Darth Malak, they discovered an ancient computer terminal which gave them the secrets to the Star Forge and the way to disable the tractor beam that brought them down to Rakata Prime in the first place. But they encountered what they least expected: a former Jedi named Bastila Shan, corrupted by the dark side. When the redeemed Jedi Revan came to the summit to deactivate the shield, which prevented the Ebon Hawk from taking off, along with Jolee Bindo and Juhani, they encountered Shan, who was their companion before being captured by Darth Malak and tortured into submitting to the dark side. After a lightsaber duel, Bastila tried to convince Revan to reclaim his title as the Dark Lord of the Sith, but Revan refused. Bastila fled, and Revan deactivated the disruptor field generated from the summit.

Darth Revan's Legacy

Thousands of years later, Darth Bane would arrive at the Temple to seek its secrets. In the lowest sublevel, he finally found Darth Revan's holocron. Bane studied from it extensively until it lost power and died. He would use the information in the holocron to form the Order of the Sith Lords, which eventually brought down the Old Republic and nearly destroyed the Jedi. Inside the Temple, he was confronted by the Sith Lord Kas'im. Bane and Kas'im engaged in a protracted duel that eventually moved to the steps of the Temple. Bane was then able to kill Kas'im by striking him with a powerful wave of Force energy that brought down the Temple entranceway around him. Bane then departed, and the further history of the Temple is unknown.

Behind the scenes

In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic the player is given the choice of killing the Elders as he was told by the One instead of siding with them. Doing this allows the player to recover an ancient tome, which Revan could then present to the One, and Rakata priests disable the shields.

Later, inside the temple itself, if Revan chooses to follow the dark side, he reclaims his title as Darth Revan, and kills companions Jolee and Juhani. Revan and Bastila return to the Ebon Hawk and tell the crew of Revan's return to the dark side.


  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (First appearance)
  • Darth Bane: Path of Destruction


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