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I don't think any of the guides go into that much detail. I mean I mostly know, but not the exact cutoff points. It's hard to find Youtube videos of the PS1 version, too (the ones I found don't last long...)
From what I remember, the times when new equipment become available in normal shops are:
Also each chapter up to Chapter 3, a new rank of Cure and Magi healing items becomes available in normal shops. I think I remember the equipment updates and restorative item updates being timed differently in Chapter 2.
There is also a Special Shop, but that's in the FAQs.
It's possible I'm separating the first two upgrades when there's only one, but I doubt it.
The stuff that eventually gets sold in normal shops and when I remember them being available:
Mini (Dagger)--Start Short--Start Balder (Dagger)--Chapter 3 Balder (Sword)--Chapter 3
Very kind of you! A few months too late to assist me, but it's good to know the information is around for whoever needs it. And who knows, I often find myself googling questions only to find posts of mine from years back, of me asking the question the last time I played the game lol. It's possible I'll see this in 2-3 years when I replay the game next. Who knows? Anywho, I do appreciate the time. Thank you kindly!