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Version: 1.0 | Updated: 08/16/2016

NoWorries presents:

the "Most expansive Card FAQ for SF ROTDD" ever

Game: Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon
System: Game Boy Advance
FAQ: Card Faq
Written By: NoWorries
Allowed Website: www.gamefaqs.com
*If you have a website you would like to post this at just shoot me an email*
**As always, the most up-to-date guide will always be found at gamefaqs**

Version History: 1.0 Submitted 08 of August of 2016
                    -Major questions that need answering:
                        1) strength of Lowe's Effect
                        2) what do the Robot cards effect
                        3) how random is the "extreme" random damage


        Table of Contents
    I. Introduction                                                     [1000]
    II. A (brief) explanation of Cards                                  [2000]
    III. Cards and their locations                                      [3000]
    IV. Card Mechanics                                                  [4000]
    V. Additional Tips related to Cards and Mawlock                     [5000]
    VI. Contact, Copyright, and Conclusion                              [6000]

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-Who should be reading this FAQ?- #The NoWorries Contract to Greatness

    I put this in every faq I've ever written, and it goes something along the
lines like this. By writing this, I commit to you the reader that I will bring
to you not only my vastness of knowledge but do it with a sense of humour. I
understand it's easy to get bogged down in detail as well as a mush of opinion
but I strive to bring you something more than just a guide to greatness.
    So who should be reading this? I've recently been playing SF GBA as I like
to call it quite a bit on my stream as I play through the higher stars for the
NG+ (new game+). The basic premise being that each time you beat the game,
your file gains a star and the enemies gain +10% HP/MP. In addition to making
the game harder, it gives you opportunities to collect anything you might have
missed including cards. As I've played through into the 5+ range (where the
difficulty really begins to ramp up) I've noticed how some of the cards are
quite a bit more useful than others. There is some knowledge out there
regarding the cards, but there really isn't a comprehensive guide. I hope to
solve that in this one document, ranging all information you might want to
ever know regarding cards, including location, costs, effects, and extra hints
that could help you out. So who should be reading this faq? Anyone interested


SF GBA is an interesting game. A "remake" of the classic Genesis version, it
really is a new entry in the series as opposed to a "remake" as SO much was
changed from the original SF title. There's new characters, new items, new
rewards, a new EXP/leveling/promotion system... it's basically a new game.
Some people don't like it, others love it. I feel the game is really
interesting; there are a number of mechanics that make the game very
different especially for speed running, and one of them, is Mawlock, the
Card Master.

                             A (brief) explanation of Cards

    Without diving into the aspects of the other characters (all 3 new ones
are vastly broken), we'll focus on just Mawlock. He's the Card Master, one who
has mastered "Splitting" so that he can help young Princess Narsha and Max
together to defeat Dark Dragon time and time again. So first, let's briefly
talk about Mawlock.

    In a regular game (new file) Mawlock will first become available to your
party in 3-3*, the last battle with Narsha. As you have no access to cards at
this point, your first true moment with Mawlock is post 4-1 when your 3 new
characters all join together. He joins at level 8 (he's pre-promoted) and has
decent stats (20+ HP/MP, decently tanky). He never seems to get poisoned or
slept, but he never counters or doubles either it feels. What's interesting
about Mawlock, is that for NG+ (continuing a save file) he joins before 1-1
so you get him for the entire game (hence, completely changing the dynamic
of the game at this point). Mawlock is a caster that lacks any real direct
damage unless you have one of those cards. As such, it's important to try and
secure him EXP to get his MP up. Many of his most powerful cards cost 20 MP,
so getting up higher to at least 40 is crucial. I'll detail more of these
specifics later.

    So how do we get these cards? Luckily for us, the cards are extremely easy
to come by in 95% of cases and most of them are easy to grab on your very
first run through; making our first "1 star" playthrough much easier. Cards
can be roughly categorized as Objective or Friendship, but due to Enemy
Cards being slightly different; we have the 3 following types: Friendship,
Objective, and Easy.

    A Friendship card is much harder to get on your first runthrough. I
recently acquired all the stars during my 5 star runthrough as nearly every
single Friendship card was given to me immediately. Basically, a friendship
card is given to you by talking to said individual in the HQ before and
after battles. The individual needs to be in your party (like Pokemon
friendship) as well as the individual can never die. If they die, they won't
give you their card during that run (don't fret! Just beat the game and
continue your file). All characters will share details with you as you talk to
them, which is really cool, but only the Friendship folks will eventually
give you cards. Luckily, most friendship cards repeat amongst themselves so
unless you want a full collection, you don't have to get them all.

    Skipping ahead, the Easy card is one that you really cannot miss. And by
cannot miss, I mean if you grabbed that character, you get their card. For
instance, Max's card is granted to you after beating the game for the first
time, you CANNOT miss it, hence, Easy. Arthur and Amon give you their cards
when they join, making it impossible to miss them. Some objective cards are
SO easy to find as well, that they really warrant being in the Easy category
as well; though, I will footnote them when those arrive.

    The last category, which can be harder in some cases and easier in others,
Objective cards are thusly named as you must perform some objective to find
them. You might need to kill the Rune Knight in 1-1 with Max to get the Rune
Knight card (objective) or get turned into a chicken in Manarina (chapter 2)
to sneak in the Wizard VIP lounge to find Tao's card in a chest (quest based).
The next section is the entire list of the cards and where they're at.

                             Cards and their locations

*The comprehensive list will be broken down in numerical order, with a follow
up list to follow that groups cards by type.

    01. Max
        Rewarded for beating the game for the first time
    02. Mae
        Friendship Card
    03. Pelle
        Friendship Card
    04. Ken
        Friendship Card
    05. Vankar
        Friendship Card
    06. Earnest
        After beating 4-2 (the Hellhound battle) search the bookshelves in the
        barracks. There is only one bookshelf and it's in the room that is in
        goes through the stairs left from the stairs that lead to the HQ
    07. Arthur
        Talk to him after beating 2-2 (Cave of Darkness) and he joins and he
        gives you his card as well!
    08. Gort
        After Guardiana has been ransacked, go to the house on the far left
        of town (separated by the bridge) and head to the basement. Gort's
        granddaughter will give you his card (after Mae has joined)
    09. Luke
        Friendship Card
    10. Guntz
        Friendship Card
    11. Anri
        Anri's card is in her room in Manarina. From the spot where she joins
        in the cutscene, go to the left stairs. Now you're in a room with two
        other stairs (up or down) and going down is Anri's room. Check the
    12. Alef
        In chapter 7, there's a seemingly random treasure chest just outside
        of town before leaving and entering battle. Her card is in it
    13. Tao
        In Manarina (chapter 2) talk to the Wizard on the second floor to get
        turned into a chicken. Go through the town and find the guy who turns
        you back (this is the VIP lounge). Her card is in the chest there
    14. Domingo
        In Pao 2 (after 4-1, Elliot) Guntz has misplaced the Pigs/Sheep and
        luckily, one of them has Domingo's card
    15. Lowe
        Friendship Card
    16. Khris
        After Khris joins and you've beaten the Alterone battle (1-4) Max is
        displaced after battle right in front of the castle. The guy standing
        near there is a "huge fan of Khris" and gives you her card
    17. Torasu
        Underground in Prompt Castle (chapter 7) the room on the left has his
        card (the path leading towards the Shining Path)
    18. Gong
        After Gong joins, go inside the hut and talk to the lady
    19. Diane
        In Pao 1, her card is in a chest in the Pig/Sheep Pen
    20. Hans
        Friendship Card
    21. Lyle
        His card is in a chest in the topleft of town. Now that you know where
        it is, let's explain how to get there. Similar to Alef, as you are
        leaving town, you can hug the wall on the left. If you do this
        correctly, you can sneak up to the treeline where you are allowed to
        walk all the way left to the literal top/left part of town and find it
    22. Amon
        Like Arthur, she gives it to you when she joins
    23. Balbaroy
        In Shade Abbey, his card is in the third bookshelf
    24. Kokichi
        After watching Kokichi's demonstration, talk to the assistant twice to
        get his card. I guess it's good to note that sometimes you have to
        talk twice to people to trigger things. Kokichi's card is one of them,
        also finding the Domingo Egg is just one other example
    25. Bleu
        Good news! You don't have to talk to Karin to leave Rudo and head into
        battle in 6-3. After talking to Krin though, you can go talk to Karin
        and she'll hand over Bleu's card
    26. Adam
        His card is available in chapter 8 hidden in the wall on the right
        side of the castle (opposite the stairs on the left side)
    27. Zylo
        The wolf's card is hidden in the church sign in Bustoke (chapter 3)
    28. Musashi
        The spot where you normally recruit Musashi in chapter 7; that's his
        card location. There's no card on the wall this time, but search the
        wall after being thrown in jail
    29. Hanzou
        Same thing for Hanzou, search the bush in chapter 8 immediately after
        entering Runefaust to find his card
    30. Jogurt/Yogurt
        No point in his card. Either way, his card is in Pao in the control
    31. Narsha
        Friendship Card
    32. Zuika
        Friendship Card
    33. Mawlock
        Friendship Card
The next section are all "Enemy" cards. I tried to mix up the description to
make it more interesting, but the basic version is this: You have a leader
and a Hero, IE Rune Knight and Max. The Hero must defeat (IE land the final
hit/blow/attack) on said Enemy to get their card. It's not as hard as it
sounds except in some cases like Narsha and Ramladu or Adam and Chaos as you
probably have to bring the boss down to 1 HP.
    34. Rune Knight
        In 1-1, Max must deliver the final blow to the Rune Knight
    35. Skeleton
        In 2-2, Anri must deliver the final blow to the Skeleton
    36. Marionette
        In 2-3, Gort must deliver the final blow to Marionette
    37. Ghoul
        In 2-4, Max must deliver the final blow to the Ghoul
    38. Gobgovitch
        In 2-4*, Narsha must deliver the final blow to Gobgovitch
    39. Pegasus Knight
        In 3-2, Zylo must deliver the final blow to the Pegasus Knight near
        the bridge (it's level 14 and obviously stronger)
    40. Laser Eye
        In 3-3, Anri must deliver the final blow to this machine
    41. Silver Knight
        In 3-3, have Tao or Anri finish off the Silver Knight
    42. Soul Eater
        In 3-3*, Zuika must finish off the Soul Eater
    43. Elliot
        In 4-1, Max must finish off the dragon
    44. Hellhound
        In 4-2, Guntz must make it to the top of the map and finish the dog
    45. Balbazak
        In 4-3, Earnest must finish off Balbz
    46. Master Mage
        In 5-2, Mae (of all people) must finish off the Master Mage
    47. Dullahan
        In 6-1, Domingo needs to defeat the Dullahan
    48. Kane
        Obviously, Max must defeat his (spoilers!) brother in 6-2
    49. Mishaela
        Unsuprisingly, Max must burn the witch in 6-4
    50. Demon Master
        In 7-2, Narsha must finish the Demon Master (yes, it's long and
        difficult and she doesn't do a whole lot of damage)
    51. Chaos
        Guess who?! Adam must defeat Chaos
    52. Ramladu
        Sadly, Narsha must poke him for 1 damage and finish him off
    53. Colossus
        I don't know why, but Luke has to defeat the head (unsure if it must
        be the center one, but I don't think it has to be)
    54. Dark Sol
        You get 10 guesses! Who am I kidding, it's Max. It's always Max
    55. Dark Dragon
        The last card and one you'll likely never use, Mawlock must finish
        off at least one Dark Dragon head. This is one I suggest you pick up
        in a NG+ or 1 star file as Mawlock can "Copy" Max's card to make this
        a whole lot easier.
    The following are all the Friendship Cards
    The following are all the Easy Cards
    Max (simply beat the game)
    Arthur (simply recruit him)
    Alef (hidden in a visible chest in Prompt)
    Khris (after beating 1-4, her "fan" is literally right there next to you)
    Amon (simply recruit her)
    Kokichi (after watching his demonstration, talk to his assistant twice)
    All the rest of Objective Cards
                             Card Mechanics

    Alright, before we can get into the exact mechanics of cards, let's talk
about what you can do with these cards.

        Arguably the most useful of all Mawlock's abilities, this first one
        that we're looking at is the aptly named "Move". What does it do?
        Simply put, it lets the character take an additional turn.
        Some extra details:
            -only affects HEROs, not ENEMYs (can't use Dark Sol card Move)
            -the first turn is taken at the END of the turn
            -all other turns then happen immediately afterwards*
                *sometimes the double turn is interrupted by similar speeds
            -"refreshing" Mawlock's cards can allow for another use of MOVE
            -this means you could take 3 turns each round of battle
        Imitate is just that; it creates a non-perfect copy of the HERO of the
        card used. Enemy cards cannot be used for this. The Imitate is a copy
        of the hero down to the smallest detail.
        Some extra details:
            -you can only have one (1) Imitate summoned at a time
            -the Imitate cannot have more than 10 HP
            -the Imitate has the MP of the Hero UNLESS the Hero has more than
             25 MP. In that case, the Imitate has 25 MP
            -the other stats of the Imitate are that of the hero
                *if you don't have the hero yet, they join with their starting
                 stats that they would have
            -Imitates cannot use/give/accept/ITEM
        Why use Imitate?
            -NG+, you can summon Musashi early for OHKOing everything
            -in general for NG+, summon later heroes earlier for reasons
            -against Dark Dragon for standing on Armed Skeleton squares
            -in the event of a hero dying and you can't/don't want to revive
             them (eg Dark Dragon) and they still can fight
            -extra bodies for cluster battles (eg Balbazak)
        Copy is interesting but rarely used. The reason behind this is largely
        due to cards having a single use property about them (right, One Use
        per battle since I've not brought it up) and the other uses of Cards
        are largely more useful. That being said, Copy does have a use in that
        some affects can be very useful. In general, Copy turns Mawlock into
        that hero. Some examples, Copying a caster (Tao, Anri, etc) makes
        Mawlock attack with Blaze/Freeze/Bolt etc instead of physically
        attacking which is interesting. Similarly, Torasu let's Mawlock
        "attack" allies with Heal 1; so there's lots of potential uses.
        As for stats, Copy changes Mawlock's stats by an amount; it's
        different for each card and I'll try to detail those below
        The other "most powerful affect" Effect is for lack of a better word,
        a magic spell which then grants Mawlock up to 4 unique spells each
        battle depending on your selection of cards. The Effects range from
        simple (Gort, boosting an allies attack by 8, or, the Power Ring) to
        INSANELY BROKEN (Kokichi, changing an ally into a FLYING UNIT, Blue,
        hitting up to 5 enemies for 30ish damage from ANYWHERE ON THE MAP)
        Ahem... Effect is very powerful if you know what you are up against
        and how best to approach the battle. While the other 3 abilities
        require no magic to use, each Effect costs magic from Mawlock's
        relatively small magic pool.
    Due to the size and scope of this next section, I'm going to split it up
into 2 sections, the Copy and the Effect section. Also, because some abilities
are so similar (eg EVERY KNIGHT CARD...) I'm going to try and group them by
the WHAT as opposed to the WHO. You'll see what I mean soon enough.

    The Big COPY Moveset
      Section 1, Cards that "change" Mawlock's attack
A quick note regarding the stat changes for Mawlock. During my testing, there
were some obvious trends and those are reflected in the percent changes as
those were very easily calculated. In others, there was no clear patten in
which case I simply noted the change of his stats. I think it works regardless
of his level but I have not bothered to test through each level. Regardless,
the stat changes shuold give you a good understanding of what to expect and
more importantly, does his move change from his normal 5 move
        Max, attacks with Supernova
            +50% ATT, +11 DEF, +5 AGI
        Anri, attacks with Freeze
            -14 ATT, -22 DEF, 4 MOVE
        Alef, attacks with Bolt
            -14 ATT, -22 DEF, 4 MOVE
        Tao, attacks with Blaze
            -14 ATT, -22 DEF, 4 MOVE
        Domingo, attacks with Freeze
            -11 ATT, +11 DEF, -5 AGI, 9 MOVE
        Lowe, Khris, Torasu, "attacks" allies with Heal 1
            -11 ATT, -11 DEF, -11 AGI, 4 MOVE
        Narsha, "attacks" allies with Boost 1 (+8 attack)
            -11 ATT, -11 DEF, +50% AGI, 6 MOVE

        Marionette, attacks with Blaze
            -6 ATT, -6 DEF, -5 AGI, 4 MOVE
        Laser Eye, attacks with Bolt
            +100% ATT, -50% DEF, 5 AGI, 1 MOVE
        Hellhound, attacks with Flame
            +10 ATT, -11 DEF, 6 MOVE
        Master Mage, attacks with Blaze
            -17 ATT, -22 DEF, 4 MOVE
        Kane, attacks with Desoul
            +5 ATT, +6 DEF, +5 AGI, 6 MOVE
        Mishaela, attacks with Bolt
            -17 ATT, -22 DEF, 4 MOVE
        Demon Master, attacks with Freeze
            -17 ATT, -22 DEF, 4 MOVE
        Colossus, attacks with Bolt
            +100% DEF, -14 AGI, 4 MOVE
*These are changes to his attack. These are not "spells" in the traditional
sense IE Bolt only hits 1 target here. This is because it is an attack, not
a physically casting of the spell. The damage dealt is however what you would
expect from the spell. What's interesting though is that some of your BEST
stat increases come from this section. Highlights... Max +50% ATT, Narsha
offers +50% AGI, and Colossus gives +100% DEF and Laser Eye gives +100% ATT!
What's really interesting though is that any attack gain doesn't help Mawlock
UNLESS you do something of a mild exploit. Try copying Laser Eye (if Mawlock
has 35+ attack, this works great) and then Effect with any "attack from any
range" card. See what happens. I'm sure you won't be sad

      Section 2, Cards that "copy" the character
        Mae, Pelle, Ken, Vankar, Earnest, and Arthur
            +5 AGI, 7 MOVE
        Gort and Luke
            +21 ATT, +22 DEF, -14 AGI, 4 MOVE
            +16 ATT, +50% DEF, -50% AGI, 3 MOVE
            +10 ATT, -6 DEF, +14 AGI
        Amon and Balbaroy
            -11 DEF, +9 AGI, 8 MOVE
            +10 ATT, 8 MOVE
        Zylo, increase movement in forests
            +14 ATT, -11 DEF, +50% AGI, 6 MOVE
            +21 ATT, +22 DEF, -50% AGI, 3 MOVE
            +16 ATT, +11 DEF, -9 AGI
            +21 ATT, +11 DEF, +5 AGI
            +16 ATT, +6 DEF, +100% AGI, 6 MOVE
            +5 ATT, -11 DEF, +100% AGI, 6 MOVE
        Rune and Silver Knight
            +12 ATT, +5 AGI, 7 MOVE
        Pegasus Knight
            +12 ATT, 7 MOVE
        Skeleton, Ghoul, Soul Eater, and Dullahan
            +5 ATT, -11 DEF, -5 AGI
            +21 ATT, +22 DEF, -11 AGI, 4 MOVE
        Elliot and Balbazak
            +21 ATT, +22 DEF, -14 AGI
            +16 ATT, +11 DEF, -9 AGI
            +10 ATT, +11 DEF, +9 AGI, 6 MOVE
        Dark Sol
            +50% ATT, +50% DEF, +50% AGI
         Dark Dragon
            +21 ATT, +22 DEF, -50% AGI, 2 MOVE
*This section is largely those that "copy" the hero more literally. The stats
do not change as much in general. The biggest thing here is to pay attention
to that MOVE stat, as copying certain characters will wreck Mawlock's ability
to participate in battle. Also, Hanzou and Zuika offer +100% AGI which is
just hilarious. Also, Dark Sol is a great copy as it's a +50% increase in
all of Mawlock's stats
      Section 3, Cards that "alter" Mawlock's attack
        Diane, +1 range to Mawlock's attack
            -11 ATT, -17 DEF, +5 AGI
        Hans, +1 range to Mawlock's attack
            -11 ATT, -17 DEF, +5 AGI
        Lyle, +2 range to Mawlock's attack
            +10 ATT, +17 DEF, -14 AGI, 3 MOVE
            1 ATT, 1 DEF, 1 AGI
*Obviously Jogurt is a joke, but I pulled the Archers out as they are
quite different from Section 2 because of the range change. As in, Lyle
forces Mawlock to attack at 3 range; 2 range attacks do not count

    The Big EFFECT Moveset
      Section 1, Attack from any range/distance
        Mae, 8 MP
        Pelle, 10 MP
        Ken, 10 MP
        Vankar, 10 MP
        Earnest, 9 MP
        Arthur, 10 MP
        Rune Knight, 5 MP
        Pegasus Knight, 7 MP
        Silver Knight, 7 MP
        Elliot, 3 MP
      Section 2, Magic attacks from any range/distance
        Alef, Bolt 2, costs 15 MP
        Anri, Freeze 2 , costs 30 MP
        Tao, Blaze 1, costs 6 MP
        Domingo, Freeze 4, costs 30 MP
        Bleu, deals about 30 damage in an A2 (cross), costs 30 MP
        Laser Eye, Bolt 4, costs 30 MP
        Master Mage, Blaze 2, costs 20 MP
        Marionette, Blaze 1, costs 2 MP
        Hellhound, Flame, 20 MP
        Mishaela, Bolt 2 on ALL enemies, costs 40 MP
        Demon Master, Freeze 4, costs 25 MP
        Dark Sol, Demon Breath I on ALL enemies, costs 50! MP
        Dark Dragon, Demon Breath II on ALL enemies, costs 50! MP
      Section 3, Random Physical
        Musashi, next ally attack is guaranteed critical, costs 20 MP
        Guntz, one time use reduce damage to 1, costs 20 MP
        Gobgovitch, extreme random damage*, costs 20 MP
Used it 10 times on a Zombie for testing. The results were
14, 20, 9, 19, 25, 1, 17, 14, 6, 12
Thus, the average damage was 13.7 with the range from [1, 25]
I don't know if it does more than 25
      Section 4, Offensive Status
        Zuika, casts Desoul, costs 25 MP
        Gong, cancel one enemy turn, costs 20 MP
        Skeleton, puts one enemy to sleep, costs 20 MP
        Ghoul, poisons one enemy, costs 20 MP
        Dullahan, casts Desoul, costs 25 MP
        Ramladu, cancel one enemy turn, costs 20 MP
      Section 5, Defensive Status

        Diane, +2 to ally's attack range, costs 24 MP
        Hans, +1 to ally's attack range, costs 12 MP
        Lyle, +2 to ally's attack range, costs 18 MP		
        Luke, +15 defense to an ally, costs 7 MP
        Gort, +8 attack to an ally, costs 11 MP
        Hanzou, +15 speed to an ally, costs 8 MP
        Balbazak, +5 attack +15 DEF and AGI to one ally, costs 40 MP
        Colossus, +15 defense to all allies, costs 30 MP
        Amon, +3 MOVE to an ally, costs 10 MP
        Balbaroy, changes ally MOVE-TYPE to Flying, costs 20 MP
        Kokichi, changes ally MOVE-TYPE to Flying, costs 20 MP
        Zylo, changes ally MOVE-TYPE to Beast, costs 15 MP
      Section 6, Everything Else
        Max, Egress, costs 20 MP
        Kane, Egress, costs 8 MP
        Lowe, casts Heal 3/4? from any distance, costs 10 MP
        Khris, casts Aura 4 on your entire team, costs 25 MP
        Torasu, casts Shield on your entire team, costs 25 MP
        Soul Eater, an ally will regen health for 5 turns , costs 30 MP
        Narsha, restores 20 MP to an ally, costs 30 MP
        Mawlock, refreshes used cards, costs 30 MP
        Jogurt/Yogurt, makes an ally's attack 1, costs 1 MP
        Adam, attack with enemy's own ATT power, 20 MP
        Chaos, attack with enemy's own ATT power, 15 MP
*I have literally no idea what Adam/Chaos does. I've used the card on both
Mawlock and other heroes; been attacked and attacked, it doesn't seem to do
anything. There may be something else there that I'm missing, but as of now,
I have no idea

*I also am unsure of the strength of Lowe's card as I haven't had the
opportunity to heal for enough health to determine if it is heal 3 or 4.
Seeing as it costs 10 MP and Khris's costs 25, I'm inclined to think that it
is heal 3 but whichever, all you need to know is that it is a big heal spell
which you'll probably never use because there are better cards

                Additional Tips related to Cards and Mawlock

    As Mawlock and the cards are confusing the first time you've ever picked
up this game; this section will hopefully deal with everything else yet to be

        First time playing the game?
    If this is your first time ever playing the game, the best bet is to try
everything. As I said earlier, all 3 of the new characters are very powerful.
Narsha learns super strong spells including Aura 4 (mega heals), Step (a spell
that increases movement, something you'll love), Boost (a spell that increases
magic potency), and Attack, a proper 4 rank spell now in this GBA remake.
Zuika on the other hand is a melee fighter with no weapon (which seems bad)
but besides having a much higher critical chance, Zuika also gains super stats
when near-death(ish), most of which I've never bothered to test but I have
been told results in a character stronger than all others.

    Which of course, leads to Mawlock. The difference here is that Mawlock
requires the finding of Cards whereas Narsha and Zuika can easily be leveled.
So my suggestion for your first time would be, find as many cards as possible!
Use the above list as your guide for finding them, and mix and match. As I've
said before, I enjoy the Move ability more since having characters take two or
three turns is super strong; but you may find that Effect is your jam. The
best way to learn is through trial and error.

        Your actual first file
    What's neat about the GBA file is that if you missed something, you can
beat the game and then continue it. There is then literally no fear about not
having a complete collection or anything being missed. The only downside is
that things do get harder, especially if you aren't a SF pro like myself. So,
let's talk a bit then about your first file in terms of building into a multi
star file for bragging rights.

    The first thing to note is Zuika and Narsha. This is the absolute best
time to get their cards (and Mawlocks) but Zuika and Narsha get special notice
here because their special battles become stupidly harder later in the game
and to get Friendship cards, the individuals must not die (which, for everyone
else, it's generally easier to pick up their friendship card on later runs as
they give them to you much faster and in many cases, without ever needing to
fight with them). It then makes much more sense to get Narsha and Zuika's
cards on the first playthrough. With Mawlock, you need to talk to him after
each battle basically and he should give it to you in Chapter 8.

    Do I want their cards? This question can be asked of anyone, but with
regards to the 3 characters at hand, YES! Narsha's card is really cool, the
most obvious being the Effect of giving 20 MP to someone (very handy!) and
Mawlock's card is essential to "restore" used cards to then allow for the
super broken triple movement. Zuika's is less useful, but if you are planning
on using him, having his card is an obvious "go".

    Other really important cards to collect are the Enemy Cards that require
not-stellar-characters to KO them. Some that come to mind are Colossus, Chaos,
Ramladu, and the Demon Master as Luke, Adam, and Narsha have to last hit these
and well, obviously it's better to do sooner rather than later. In terms of
Chaos, his card is not so good, so unless you want it specifically for a full
collection, I'd say skip it since Adam is bad and Chaos's card is bad. The
others are definitely worth it, in particular, Colossus is the single most
useful card through the entire game, for every run. More on that later. Some
other really important Enemy cards to pick up due to their usefulness are
Rune Knight and Elliot (attack from anywhere), Torch Eye (100% attack increase
on Mawlock), Gobgovitch and Soul Eater (because grabbing them on later runs
is really hard).

    Lastly, any of the non-friendship ally cards (the objective based ones)
are good to pick up on your first run through as you can have a greater
selection with Mawlock for your NG+ file. There are obvious stand outs, but
any magic user allows Mawlock to end battles quickly, as well as Musashi is a
great Imitate through Chapter 1 to help beat battles faster.

    The only cards you can absolutely NOT get are Max and Dark Dragon (on your
first playthrough). Obviously you have to beat the game to get Max's card. The
reason I say Dark Dragon, is for Mawlock. Your first playthrough is much
harder to get Mawlock to level up and become powerful due to him not really
having the necessary stats that we are looking for (hence, the first play
looking more at practicing and getting used to him). Later, on your 1 star
run, you can have Mawlock "Copy" Max to hit Dark Dragon with Supernova, which
makes it much easier to kill a head for the card. Alternatively, you can level
Mawlock super high and "Copy" Dark Sol and Mawlock fights like a boss.

        NG+ Files
    This section could be its own guide, so I'll try to focus on the more
important pieces here.

        Leveling Mawlock
    To take advantage of all that he offers, we really want to level him up.
Many of the Effect cards cost more magic than Mawlock will ever have in a
regular run, unless you specifically overlevel him. There are two things that
we can really take advantage of to level Mawlock up. First, any healing in
this game follows similarly to SF2 in that you always gain 10 EXP at a minimum
for healing. As such, using Medical Herbs to gain EXP is great. Second, 2-2 or
the Cave of Darkness. This battle is significant really because of the fast
reset. You could do this on other battles, but the idea is this: Mawlock can
Effect Colossus, giving everyone Defense and him gaining 48 EXP (if your party
is at least 5 people) and then Max goes right after and leaves the battle so
that you can then re-enter it. This can go on until Mawlock is level 99 if you
wish. More important, is the MP value of Mawlock. The biggest is 30, allowing
to Effect with Mawlock to restore his cards. Later, is 40 to use Mishaela, and
then 50 to use Dark Dragon (in a 1, 2, or 3 star run, this is particularly
helpful as the enemies will die or be nearly defeated from these effects). We
then have 52 (double use of Gort's +8 attack) and 66 so that you can double
use Lyle's card to give +2 range to two different people (multiple range
effects do not stack). That's probably the highest amount you'll need, as
that's a 4 card set up and you perfectly get triple moves and two characters
with +2 range (using this on Knights allow for 4 ranged attacks making them
safe from ANYTHING). You could level to 90 MP to Mishaela and Dark Dragon, but
I leveled Mawlock to 99 once and he capped at about 80ish Magic so it's not
very likely for that to happen.

    Now, Mawlock doesn't have 30 MP for this to start, so you have a couple of
options to get him to 30 MP so that you can then use Colossus. I used to use
Alef's card as it costs 15 and you can Bolt 2 the Skeleton across the map. But
if Mawlock has 25 MP, you can then use Torasu's card to cast Shield for the
same effect of gaining 48 EXP. Colossus is faster which is why we switch to it
but Torasu can get us there assuming you have enough MP.

    The other reason why 2-2 is important is because Max will likely be fast
enough (with Speed Ring if you need it) so that the turns go Mawlock-->Max.

        Chapter 1
    For your NG+ files, we have Mawlock from the start now! I'm going to go
ahead and tell you how I do it (feel free to experiment!) My quest is to get
to 10 stars (or however high the game will go) so I generally plan my route
from the beginning on who I will use. For instance, casters aren't very good
in NG+ files as enemies gain more and more life and casters don't deal more
and more damage. As such, I immediately drop everyone except Max and Mawlock
and set Mawlock up with Max-Musashi-Kokichi-Alef. I mix up the cards, but for
1-1, the easiest way is to Imitate Musashi and let him just defeat the Rune
Knight quickly (I begin leveling Max in 1-4). You can also blast the Knight
down with Alef-Tao but that only works in the 1-2 star range and not higher
which is why using Musashi is good practice. For 1-2, you can Effect Kokichi
to make Max flying and then Move Max to quickly beat the battle. This gets us
the Demibuster, essential to 1-4. For 1-3, you can use Mae or Gort, but I
wouldn't. Instead, you can Effect Kokichi or Amon (the battle speed is about
the same) and you get Max to Alterone very quickly.

    It's important to note that I sell everyone else's weapons here and use
the money to buy 2 more Steel Rings (1000) and many Herbs (about 20 or so at
least). The Rings are important to protect Max in 1-4 and the Herbs are for
EXP on Mawlock for when he has nothing else to do. As we go into 1-4, my
set up is Max-Gort-Musashi-Amon, and I have Max with Demibuster/Rousing Ring/
two Steel Rings. I send Max right to fight the Dark Dwarves (hence, the
importance of the Demibuster) but first I Effect Gort and Amon onto him to
give him more damage and extra movement (this is very important on later Star
runs when Max takes multiple points of damage from enemies). I send Mawlock
and Musashi up (right, Imitate Musashi) and yeah. Max generally gets to 5 or 6
this way which is why I don't worry about skipping 1-1, 1-2, or 1-3.

        Chapter 2
    There isn't much here. I like to buy 1 Charm Ring for Max in the Circus
Tent and don't forget the Speed Ring. To get through the Desert, I usually
just Kokichi-Max to let Max fly and take double turns. You can also use Amon,
again, the battle ends about the same. In 2-2, I level the heck out of Mawlock
and later he can beat the Skeleton from across the map using any number of

    The Circus Tent poses an interesting challenge as Mishaela is magic immune
and the dolls hit hard. The easiest thing to do is double turn Max, he can
Power Ring himself, and Mawlock can give Max triple turns and raise his range
as well. There are a number of set ups, but on later difficulties, you have to
use Luke or Colossus if you are planning on using more than just Max (I used
just Max and Mawlock until Kokichi and then that was it, all the way through
5 Stars just for reference). The dolls hit really hard hence why raising Max's
defence by 15 is essential. Shade Abbey is not hard at all and can be done
many ways.

        Chapter 3
    You can use the birdmen, but on NG+, it's a little harder as the Mage
rapidly gains too much health. I would opt to just use Mawlock. Until the
Mage gains a ton of health, it's usually easiest to Copy Dark Sol (or Torch
Eye) and then Effect an attack card (Knight or Elliot etc) to OHKO the Mage.
As this puts Mawlock up to a ton of attack (potentially 99) this works for a
while. Moving into 3-2, it's generally faster to fly Max to the bridge with
triple turns. In 3-3, you can blast the knight with magic most of the time,
though copying and attack works fairly well as well. Though, if you haven't
gotten the Laser Eye and Silver Knight cards, this is the best time to do so,
using Anri in combination with Mawlock. Getting the Laser Eye card is VERY
helpful as it can put Mawlock to 99 attack which allows you to Effect with
a Knight card to OHKO most enemies for most of the runs. Also, set up to
recruit Kokichi.

        Chapter 4
    Because Kokichi naturally flies, he's my option, though I'm starting to
experiment with bringing Arthur as well for later 5+ star runs to hopefully
speed things up. Chapter 4 is where we can greatly level Max and Kokichi with
giving them triple turns. Mawlock is generally set up with Max-Kokichi-Mawlock
and Colossus or Gort depending on the battle as the Power Ring could crack.
Generally, we want to delay promotions as long as possible, although 15 is not
a bad option, although getting Max to Supernova level 2 at 16 is pretty solid.

    You also get Narsha and Zuika after Elliot. While Zuika isn't always the
easiest to use on later runs, even a level 1 Narsha is helpful to bring along
as you don't have to use Gort's card then. Later, leveling Narsha is strong as
like I said, Step can speed things up and in some battles, make them way
easier as you can engage from 10+ squares away.

    Balbazak is always tough because the enemies swarm you, but Effecting
Colossus pretty much sets you up for safety.

        Chapter 5
    We're promoting here and continuing to farm. Really, Max-Kokichi-Mawlock
is our standard set up on Mawlock, with that last card being whatever. Most
of the time, Narsha works pretty well to get her extra EXP, but feel free to
mix things up.

        Chapter 6
    You can defeat Dullahan until he gets tons of HP, and once that happens
I'd just fly Max across. One thing you'll start to notice is that even boosted
your heroes won't do all that much. Because you can't get above 99 attack,
which, you'll never even get close to that unless Mawlock copies Laser Eye,
you have to chip down enemies later in life and later in multiple star files.

    Cane/Kain isn't too bad. You'll likely need to Effect Colossus, but using
Lyle is often better as Kane counters a lot though Effecting Colossus makes
that less scary. Getting to Mishaela is a breeze, just fly Max.

    Mishaela isn't that bad, but she becomes harder as her life total gets
over 100 pretty quickly, so running through and killing works pretty well.

        Chapter 7
    It's almost always faster to just fly Max (safer too) in 7-1. For the
Tower, Mawlock can usually take it out but we want the Valkyrie so Kokichi
needs to be the hero. Multiple turns, extra movement, bonus attack, and yeah,
Kokichi can zap things up.

    Chaos is pretty tough, again, because you get swarmed. Similar set up to
Kane works well with Colossus to protect everyone. Max and Kokichi are
probably capping hard on EXP, it happens.

    To end 7-4, Kokichi is the best option, again, just beefing him up like
you did for 7-2. Also, it's essential to get the 7-4 battle reward of the
Dragon Slayer here as it allows Kokichi to OHKO dragons until the 5 star
range as he'll do 80-90 damage on a non-crit. It's important to note that
these strategies work through the 5 star file and beyond.They're pretty solid.

        Chapter 8
    This is where things get tricky especially for later files which is why
I'm looking into someone else to bring. For 8-1, raising both Kokichi and
Max's movement is essential as we don't want to get hit, ever. Triple turns
and moving super far is how we can beat these enemies safely.

    For Ramladu, the Robots bumrush us. I find that for the first few Stars,
you can rush down Ramladu with Kokichi and Max. Later on, it takes time
especially since Ramladu heals himself with Aura 4. To beat the Robots, Effect
with Colossus is pretty essential, as is sometimes bringing in extra fodder
to delay the damage as the Robots don't go down in one hit from Max and
Kokichi. It's a pretty tough battle and hence why I'm looking into bringing
new people along at this point. Also, I guess it's fair to point out that this
was my suggestion for quickly beating the game, but I always encourage you to
play around and see what you like/discover.

    Colossus, like Ramladu, is easy for a few stars, as Kokichi can just
sprint up there and defeat the boss without too much trouble. Later on,
you have to defend from the immediate threats. Strats similar to Ramladu are
pretty helpful here as well as Chimaera hit hard even when you have +15

    Dark Sol is only a problem if you don't double Lyle to let Max and
Kokichi safely attack from a distance as Dark Sol almost always counters and
he gets 99 attack pretty quickly. It hurts pretty gosh-darn bad.

    For Dark Dragon, it's super easy and there are a number of ways to beat
him. You really want to prevent the Armed Skeletons from spawning, and again,
you can use Lyle to raise the ranges of your guys (Kokichi literally is safe
from 4 spaces away) but the biggest thing is triple turns let you move in,
hit, hit, then retreat safely back. Really, as long as you set Mawlock up with
enough MP to restore his cards, that's all that's needed to beat Dark Dragon.

        Helpful Card Combinations
    Mawlock+Fighters for mega double/triple turn movements
    Laser Eye+Knight cards for attacking with 99 attack from any distance
    Marionette, Tao, and Alef costs 23 magic and deals Blaze 1 twice and Bolt
2 from across the map (on average, 30ish damage)

    Bleu+Alef is 45ish damage for 45 magic from across the map
    Feel free to be creative!
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