Era: 12000 B.C., 600 A.D., 1000 A.D., 2300 A.D.
Music: Black Dream
Items: 30000g, 2 Elixirs, 1 Haste Helm, 1 Magic Seal, 6 MegaElixirs, 1 Nova Armor, 1 Power Seal, 4 Speed Tabs, 1 Vigil Hat, 1 White Rock, 1 ZodiacCape
Enemies: Alien, Blob, Boss Orb, Cybot, Flyclops, Goon, Incognito, Laser Guards, Martello, Metal Mute, Panel, PeepngDoom, Ruminator, Side Kick, Synchrite, Tubster
Bosses: Giga Mutant, Lavos Spawn, Mammon Machine, Mega Mutant, TerraMutant, Zeal
The Black Omen is a floating perversion of the Ocean Palace raised by Queen Zeal in 12000 B.C., and the most difficult and well-guarded area in the world of Chrono Trigger. Once it appears, it is present in every future era unless defeated. Fashioned from the ruins of the Ocean Palace with the use of Lavos energy and the most arcane magic, it sails the sky as a dark presence and shrine to Lavos. The Omen is filled with powerful guardians and monsters; automated defenses and robotic enemies dot its halls, and other organic and Mutant monstrosities lurk inside. A Lavos spawn deploys in defense as well; like many other enemies, it is summoned through the use of magic. These obstacles and the sheer length of the Black Omen make it a test of the heroes' endurance and stamina. At the end lies the Mammon Machine, torn and battered from its previous incident in the Ocean Palace (though its dream figment equivalent in Lavos Space is operational and combative). Upon the throne of the Omen is Zeal, fully corrupted by the power of Lavos and the Queen over this nightmare. She reigns atop the Black Omen, whose top deck provides a stunning vista of the planet below and the moon. Upon her defeat, the Black Omen seems to de-materialize, and the party is taken to fight Lavos.
The Omen offers a wide range of treasure which shouldn't be missed (especially the Haste Helm and White Rock). The endless Ruminators in the blue corridors yield unlimited MegaElixirs when charmed. A rest point exists midway, occupied by two Nu. One offers a trip out in case the player can't make it to the end; the second runs a small shop that includes HyperEthers. The Bullfrogs from the Sewer Access appear to help them out.
Translation: Black Dream
Theory and Analysis
- Black Omen (What's with the monsters there who appear only once, and the strong Lavos spawn?)
- Black Omen (What are the mysterious doppelgangers in the final room?)
- Black Omen (Why wasn't it present in the Lavos timeline?)
Note: Due to the large nature of the Black Omen, individual areas have been grouped. Navigate by starting left and moving right in each image. Credit to Geiger for the cool 'Celestial Gate' name for the final area.