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This article focuses on the Enchanted Forest location.
For Maleficent's underground prison in Storybrooke, see Storybrooke Mines and Storybrooke Free Public Library.

The beast made her nest in a cave. She scorched all the earth around it, marking her territory... everyone fled, including yours truly.
Isaac to Snow White and Prince Charming src

Maleficent's Cave is an Enchanted Forest location on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It appears in the sixteenth episode of the fourth season.


Before First Curse

A dragon named Maleficent makes herself a nest in a cave, where she gives birth by laying an egg. She scorches all the earth around the cave to mark her territory, and fills the cave with silver treasures, which she hordes. At some point during this, she collects a baby rattle and places it into the cave. She intends to give the rattle to her daughter after she's hatched. As an extra precaution, Maleficent has Cruella and Ursula stand guard outside while she herself remains in dragon form in the den and protectively curls her tail around the egg.

A homebound couple, Snow White and Prince Charming, help a peddler free his wagon. Having escaped from the west, where Maleficent has claimed territory, the peddler advises them to go east through Infinite Forest until they reach a cottage. Following his instructions, they meet the Apprentice and ask him for a way to keep their unborn child from becoming evil. The Apprentice can help, but warns them that by banishing darkness from their child, he must infuse another vessel with darkness. Snow White convinces Prince Charming that they'll use Maleficent's egg since she believes a child of a dragoness will be evil by nature. Knocking out Cruella and Ursula with poppy dust, the pair then venture in to steal the egg. Upset, Maleficent retaliates in dragon form before reverting to human and begging them for mercy. Snow White vows to return the egg after things are settled, and then she and Prince Charming flee as a devastated Maleficent makes a failed attempt to stop them. Snow White steps on the baby rattle in the process, breaking it in two. ("Best Laid Plans")


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