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Mt. Itoi

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Mt. Itoi
ホーリー•ローリー•マウンテン Holy Loly Mountain

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Mt. Itoi as it appears in EarthBound Beginnings.

Region
America
Connected areas
Cave of Mt. Itoi

Mt. Itoi, (Japanese: ホーリー•ローリー•マウンテン Holy Loly Mountain) also written as Mount Itoi, is the final area in EarthBound Beginnings. It is the tallest mountain in America and is located directly in the center of the region. The Japanese Manual states that it is considered a sacred place, and that few people ever travel up it. The seventh and eighth melodies are both located here, and the summit of the mountain is where Giegue is found in his mother ship and fought.

Mt. Itoi is notorious for its brutal difficulty spike, to the point where Shigesato Itoi acknowledged the difficulty in an interview. He clarified that the scheduled release date for the game was approaching quickly, and as a result the team didn't have time to properly test the difficulty.[1]

Geography

The mountain consists of 3 different sections: the base, a large cave at its base, and a plateau at the end of the cave which contains a small rest house. Higher up on the mountain is a large lake with a central whirlpool. Eve is found in the central lake, in a lab located underneath the whirlpool. Lloyd is required to fix a boat on the eastern dock in order to navigate the lake. Higher up on the mountain, Eve dies at the hands of R7038XX, bearing the seventh melody. In the English release and Mother 1+2 versions of the game, the XX Stone at the mountain's peak bears the 8th melody, while in the original Japanese version, Queen Mary instead remembers the final melody on her own. Nearing the peak, Ninten's party is required to climb an increasing number of vines, as the mountain transitions from a mostly-flat section to a rocky outcropping.

Base

The base
Main article: Mt. Itoi Base

The base is accessed from heading out of Ellay from the north east, then heading south. The path is mostly linear and is bordered by two rivers. After going south a bridge can be found, and upon crossing it will lead to a forest with a small rest house where the player can either sleep for a full heal, or by Life Up Creams for free. The path continues east then turns north, and ends at a cave that leads to the cave of Mt. Itoi.

The forest path was altered during localization to being a linear path to the cave: in Mother the path was more of a maze with many misleading paths between the trees, whereas in EarthBound Beginnings the misleading paths were blocked by trees. Interestingly in Mother a group of trees form the shape of a question mark (?).

Cave of Mt. Itoi

The caves
Main article: Cave of Mt. Itoi

The cave is accessible from the base. The cave is a vast maze with many winding paths, and there are many powerful enemies in the cave. The player can find the most powerful weapons for each character (with the exeption of Lloyd) in here. At the end of the caves, the player will exit and be on the mountain itself.

Mt. Itoi

After leaving the caves, the player will find themselves on the mountain itself. The mountain consists of 3 sections: the plateau, the lake, and the peak of the mountain.

Plateau

The plateau is where the player exits the caves. The plateau appears to be somewhat dry and grassy. The player can climb ropes to advance to higher levels. The player will come across a small rest house where they can heal for free. With Teddy in the party Ninten and Ana can enter the back room and then a cutscene begins. Afterward they will engage an un-winnable battle which sends them back to the base.

Lake

Past the rest house on the plateau is a large lake. Here, the only enemies to encounter are OhMooks. On the eastern side of the lake is a dock where a broken-down boat is parked, however if Lloyd is in the party, he will fix the boat and they all ride in it on the lake. There is a whirlpool in the middle where the player will get sucked in, and find themselves inside an underwater lab. After going through several empty rooms the player will find a robot named EVE, who was created by George with the purpose of protecting Ninten and his friends.

Peak

As the player advances higher, they'll reach the peak portion. The ground starts to appear more rocky, and new more powerful enemies fill the area. There are many more ropes that either take the player up higher, downward, or even to dead-ends. The Sea Pendant, which protects against all PSI attacks except PK Beam, can be found on a narrow cliff. Near the end is one final battle against the R7038, now upgraded to the even more powerful R7038XX. It attacks only EVE, who then saves the team by exploding. Examining the wrecked EVE will result in the 7th melody.

At the end is George's grave stone. In EarthBound Beginnings and Mother 1+2, checking it will cause a crystal to appear and give the player the 8th and final melody. There are rocks which block the cave leading to the summit, which will be destroyed after they sing the eight melodies to Queen Mary.

Summit

The room where people are being held captive

Before reaching the summit, the player must travel through a small cave system (that was added during the game's localization). Along the way, they will find a room where the people are being held captive in tubes. This is similar to the containment tubes in Earthbound's Stonehenge Base and Mother 3's Nice Person Hot Spring. Here they can speak to one person who recognizes Ana, telling her that her mother is located at the back of the room, and that the mothership must be destroyed to free them In the original Famicom release, this room is located much lower on the mountain, between two clusters of rocks shortly before the cliff where the Sea Pendant is located (where EVE is able to access it).[2]

The summit is where Giegue's mothership is located, he then comes and fights the team. Giegue can only be defeated by singing the eight melodies.

Role in EarthBound Beginnings

Ninten, Ana, and Teddy first arrive here for Teddy avenge his parents who were killed by the creatures on the mountain. Along the way they reach a small rest house, and with Teddy in the party they can go into the room in the back. After a cutscene where Ninten and Ana dance, the two confess their feelings to each other. However, Teddy interrupts the moment because he hears strange noises outside. The noise was caused by the R7038, and then they engage in a battle. The fight could not be won and the entire party collapses, then Lloyd arrives in a tank and tries to rescue them, but accidentally misses and shoots the party, though he also destroyed the R7038 as well (In the Japanese version, Lloyd didn't arrive in time and the R7038 escaped. When Lloyd arrives he says "Oh no! I'm too late!).

Lloyd takes them to the rest house at the base, but Teddy's injuries were more severe than the others', forcing him to stay behind, while Lloyd rejoins the team and the three travel through the caves once more and return to the mountain.

They come to a lake where Lloyd fixes a broken boat and they ride on the lake. The team get sucked into a whirlpool which leads into an underwater lab. Here, Ninten and his friends friends will find a robot named EVE, who was created by Ninten's great grandfather George. She explains how George was taken away from earth, but then returned, and that he created EVE to protect Ninten and his friends. Suddenly, the glass keeping the water out breaks, but EVE rescuse the team and takes them back outside.

After climbing higher they encounter the R7038XX. The fight is unwinnable, but EVE destroys it by exploding. Ninten examines the wrecked EVE and the 7th melody plays.

They return to Magicant and sing the Eight Melodies to Queen Mary. She then remembers that she raised Giegue when he was a child, and that she is George's wife Maria (in the original Mother the player will instead be warped to Magicant upon collecting the 7th melody, then they will sing the melodies to Queen Mary, who then remembers the final melody on her own). She then disappears and goes to heaven, and Magicant vanishes. The player is returned to George's grave and the rocks blocking the path are moved away, allowing them to enter the cave that leads to the summit.

On the summit Giegue arrives in his mothership to fight. He expresses his gratitude to Ninten's family for raising him, but then explains that George stole the PSI information, and how Giegue now must retrieve it. He offers to save Ninten alone, but Ninten declines. Giegue can not be defeated by normal means. Instead, the player sings the Eight Melodies to him, which then causes him to feel remorseful and grieve over the loss of Maria, thus forcing him to retreat.

Items

Item Location
Sea pendant.jpg Sea Pendant On a cliff accessed from entering a cave found in the upper-eastern most section of the peak


Enemies

Plateau

Sprite Enemy name Notes
Cerebrum.gif Cerebrum None
Gargoyle.gif Gargoyle None
GrizzlyBear.gif GrizzlyBear None
Megaborg.gif Megaborg None
Rockoyle.gif Rockoyle None
SuperEnergy.gif SuperEnergy None
M1 Titanian sprite.png Titanian None
R7038.gif R7038 Boss - can't be defeated

Lake

Sprite Enemy name Notes
OhMook.gif Oh-Mook None

Peak

Sprite Enemy name Notes
GigaBorg.gif Giga Borg May drop a Laser Beam
Juana.gif Juana May drop a PSI Stone
LastStarman.gif LastStarman May drop a PSI Stone
OmegaBorg.gif Omega Borg None
StarMiner.gif Star Miner May drop a Super Bomb
SuperEnergy.gif SuperEnergy None
R7038XX.gif R7038XX Boss - will result in the party losing Eve

Final Boss

Sprite Enemy name Notes
Giegue.png Giegue Can only be defeated by singing the Eight Melodies that have been collected throughout the course of the game...

Gallery

Gallery
EBB Mt. Itoi Diorama.png
A diorama of Mt. Itoi from Encyclopedia Mother
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Mt. Itoi in the Japanese commercial for Mother
EBB Mt. Itoi BTS.jpg
A behind-the-scenes photo for the Mother commercial of Mt. Itoi
EBB Mt.Itoi1.jpg
Ninten, Ana, and Lloyd looking upon a Gargoyle at the base of Mt. Itoi from the MOTHER Strategy Guidebook
EBB Mt.Itoi2.jpg
Ninten, Lloyd, and Ana at the base of Mt. Itoi from the MOTHER Strategy Guidebook

References

  1. "What I get most is, "I'm at Mt. Itoi now, help!" That place is just crazy. When we got to fine-tuning there, I was like, "Whatever!"" --Shigesato Itoi (footage)
  2. Backlog Game Reviews (August 10, 2021). "Mother Playthrough Final Episode・ マザープレイ動画最終回 (Famicom)". YouTube. Retrieved May 4, 2024.
Locations in EarthBound Beginnings
America

Cities and towns
PodunkMerrysvilleReindeerSpookaneSnowmanYoungtownEllay
Areas of interest
Ninten's houseSouth CemeteryCanary VillageChoucream ZooTwinkle Elementary SchoolSweet's Little FactoryDuncan's FactoryUnion StationMislay TriangleRosemary's houseSnowman ChateauYucca DesertRuins of DesertSwampLook-Out TowerHarborIslandLive HouseMt. Itoi BaseCave of Mt. ItoiMt. Itoi
Special locations
MagicantMagicant UndergroundQueen Mary's Castle