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Skill Tree FAQ by SteveO_528

Version: 0.85 | Updated: 03/09/06


                          SKILL TREE FAQ
                               for
                      STAR OCEAN: BLUE SPHERE
                          By: SteveO 528





This FAQ outlines each character's Skill Tree. As you level up skills in one
family, new skills will be unlocked. However, skills from the opposing family
will be lost. Since each character excels in two types of skills, you should
stick to those two skill families to maximize your character's effectiveness.

I've listed the Romaji names in parenthesis next to each skill. In my next
update, I'll replace these with SJIS Encoding, so you'll be able to see the
actual Japanese characters. For now, you might want to pick up a few Kana
charts.


REVISION  DATE         NOTES
0.85      03/09/2006   Initial release.


INDEX                 SEARCH TOPIC
Skill Explanation     [EXPL]
Skill List            [SKIL]
Dias Flac             [DIAS]
Bowman Jean           [BOWM]
Celine Jules          [CELI]
Chisato Madison       [CHIS]
Ernest Raviede        [ERNE]
Legal Stuff           [LEGA]




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SKILL EXPLANATION                                                        [EXPL]
===============================================================================

Skills are divided into four main groups: Combat, Knowledge, Sensibility, and
Technical. Combat opposes Knowledge, and Sensibility opposes Technical. Each
character is skilled in two of the four families. In order to reach their full
potential, characters must stick to their majors.

Unfortunately, it's impossible for a character to master every skill. As you
learn skills from one family, you lose the ability to learn certain skills from
the opposing family. For each family, there is a special skill. These skills
have a difficulty level of 4, and are usually near the end of a character's
skill tree. Therefore, it's best to master all the skills from the character's
two major skill families, then pick up the minor skills later. Characters will
only be able to learn the high-level skills from the two families that they
favor.

Skills also come at varying levels of difficulty. The more difficult a skill
is, the more SP you'll have to spend to level it up. However, difficult skills
are well worth the additional SP cost. Here's a simple chart that lists the SP
costs for the various skill difficulties at each level.



========================================================
DIFFICULTY   Lv1  Lv2  Lv3  Lv4  Lv5  Lv6  Lv7  Lv8  Lv9
========================================================
*             10   15   20   27   35   44   54   66   80
**            12   20   30   43   60   80  105  135  180
***           16   24   38   58   88  130  180  255  355
****          20   30   55   86  120  180  250  380  500
========================================================

Here are the stat boost ranges.

HP/MP                   STR/CON/DEX/AGL/INT/RES/GUT
*     +5  to +10        *     +1 to +2
**    +10 to +15        **    +2 to +3
***   +15 to +20        ***   +3 to +5
****  +20 to +30        ****  +5 to +7


Families that say [MASTER!] beside them are the best skill trees to follow for
the character. The high-level skills in these families will be marked with (!).




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SKILL LIST                                                               [SKIL]
===============================================================================

=============
COMBAT SKILLS
=============
PARRY (Ukenagashi)
Lv1
CON 1 / AGL 1
Increases your chances of performing an Auto Guard during battle.


BASIC COMBAT ARTS
Lv1
STR 2 / CON 2 / HP 2
Slightly increases the attack power of your normal attacks. There's not really
an actual name for this skill, as it differs from character to character.

Bowman    Hand-to-Hand Combat (Kakutougi)
Ashton    Heraldic Blade (Monshouken)
Dias      Self-Taught Blade (Garyuken)
Chisato   Shinguuryuu
Ernest    Raider Whip (Reidaa Uippu)
Precis    Taijutsu
Celine    Taijutsu
Noel      Taijutsu
Rena      Taijutsu
Leon      Taijutsu


SPIRIT FORCE (Kikou)
Lv1
STR 1 / CON 2 / RES 1
Reduces your MP and Stamina consumption by 20%.

MENTAL TRAINING (Renki)
Lv1
STR 2 / HP 1 / MP 1
Significantly increases your Stamina recovery rate during battle.

CONCENTRATION (Shuuchuu)
Lv1
RES 2 / GUT 1 / MP 2
Has a chance of reducing the charge time for Heraldry in battle.

GALE (Hayate)
Lv1
AGL 3
Significantly increases your movement speed in battle.

ENEMY PERCEPTION (Tekikanchi)
Lv2
AGL 2 / GUT 1
Prevents rear attacks by enemies. If an enemy attacks you from behind, you'll
spin around and combat will begin normally. While it prevents ambushes, enemies
can still surprise you with long-range attacks.

BOOST (Buusuto)
Lv2
INT 1 / RES 2 / MP 3
Increases the power of Heraldry.

*HAKKEI (Hakkei)
Lv2
STR 3 / HP 1 / MP 1
Has a chance of damaging the enemy's entire body.

STRONG BLOW (Kyouda)
Lv2
STR 3 / CON 1 / HP 2
Knocks the enemy further away with each attack.

BELOW THE BELT (Kyuushonerai)
Lv3
DEX 3 / AGL 1
Has a chance of ignoring the enemy's Defense power.

CANCEL (Renda)
Lv3
STR 2 / AGL 2 / GUT 2
Reduces the wait time between attacks.

COMBINATION (Conbineeshon)
Lv4
STR 2 / AGL 1 / HP 1
Increases your chances of using varied attacks when executing combos.




================
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS
================
HERBAL KNOWLEDGE (Yakusouchishiki)
Lv1
INT 1
The healing effect of herbs and berries increases by 3% for each level.

MONSTER KNOWLEDGE (Monsutaa Chishiki)
Lv1
INT 1

PIETY (Shuukyougaku)
Lv1
INT 1 / RES 1

RECIPE (Reshipi)
Lv1
DEX 1 / INT 1

TOOL KNOWLEDGE (Douguchishiki)
Lv1
DEX 1 / INT 1

SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE (Kagakuchishiki)
Lv1
STR 1 / INT 1

MINERALOGY (Koubutsugaku)
Lv2
INT 1

MECH KNOWLEDGE (Kikaichishiki)
Lv2
CON 1 / INT 1

MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE (Iryouchishiki)
Lv2
INT 1 / RES 1 / MP 1

BIOLOGY (Seibutsugaku)
Lv2
INT 2 / HP 1

ARCHAEOLOGY (Koukogaku)
Lv3
INT 2 / GUT 1

MENTAL SCIENCE (Seishingaku)
Lv3
INT 3 / MP 1

FAIRYOLOGY (Youseiron)
Lv3
INT 1 / RES 3 / MP 3

LOST MAGIC (Rosuto Majikku)
Lv4
RES 3 / MP 4




==================
SENSIBILITY SKILLS
==================
GOOD EYE (Mekiki)
Lv1
DEX 1

RADAR (Denpo)
Lv1
RES 1 / MP 1

AESTHETIC SENSE (Bitekikankaku)
Lv1
DEX 1 / RES 1

PLAYFULNESS (Asobigokoro)
Lv1
DEX 1 / AGL 1 / MP 1

BODY SENSE (Shintaikankaku)
Lv1
CON 1 / DEX 1 / AGL 1

PATIENCE (Nintai)
Lv1
CON 1 / GUT 2 / HP 2

DANGER SENSE (Kikenkanchi)
Lv2
AGL 1 / RES 1 / GUT 1

WILLPOWER (Konjou)
Lv2
STR 1 / GUT 2 / HP 2

ENDORPHIN (Endorufin)
Lv2
STR 2 / CON 2 / HP 2

PERSEVERANCE (Taisei)
Lv2
STR 1 / CON 1 / RES 3

FUNCTIONALITY (Kinoubi)
Lv3
STR 2 / AGL 2 / HP 2

EFFORT (Doryoku)
Lv3
CON 2 / RES 1 / GUT 3

AWAKENING (Kakusei)
Lv4
STR 4 / AGL 2 / MP 2




================
TECHNICAL SKILLS
================
DRAFTING (Seizo)
Lv1
DEX 1

MECH OPERATION (Kikaisouchi)
Lv1
DEX 2

ANALYSIS (Bunseki)
Lv1
DEX 1 / INT 1

CONSTRUCTION (Kouchikugijutsu)
Lv1
DEX 2 / GUT 1

KITCHEN KNIFE (Houchou)
Lv1
STR 2 / DEX 2

HERALDIC POWER (Monjoujutsu)
Lv1
RES 2 / MP 2

DESIGN (Dessan)
Lv1
DEX 1

COPYING (Kopii)
Lv2
INT 1

SCIENTIFIC ABILITY (Kagakugijutsu)
Lv2
STR 1 / INT 2

CRAFTING (Kurafuto)
Lv2
DEX 3 / GUT 1 / HP 1

ALCHEMY (Arukemii)
Lv3
DEX 1 / INT 2

LEZARD TECHNIQUE (Rezaadotekuno)
Lv4
INT 4 / RES 2 / MP 2




===============================================================================
DIAS FLAC                                                                [DIAS]
===============================================================================

+------+                             +-----------+
|COMBAT| (11) [MASTER!]              |SENSIBILITY| (13) [MASTER!]
+------+                             +-----------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Basic Combat Arts             1      Body Control
  2      Dash                          2      Danger Sense
  6      Below The Belt                6      Effort
  9      Enemy Perception             12      Perseverance
 16      Parry                        20      Willpower
 25      Cancel                       30      Endorphin
 36      Strong Blow                  36      Functionality
 42      Combination (!)              42      Patience
 56      Mental Training              56      Aesthetic Sense
 72      Hakkei                       63      Awakening (!)
 80      Spirit Force                 80      Good Eye
                                      99      Radar
                                     120      Playfulness

+---------+                          +---------+
|TECHNICAL| (9)                      |KNOWLEDGE| (12)
+---------+                          +---------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Drafting                      1      Monster Knowledge
  3      Analysis                      3      Recipe
  8      Kitchen Knife                 8      Tool Knowledge
 15      Design                       15      Herbal Knowledge
 24      Copying                      20      Medical Knowledge
 35      Construction                 30      Mineralogy
 48      Crafting                     42      Archaeology
 70      Mech Operation               56      Biology
 80      Scientific Ability           72      Mental Science
                                      81      Mech Knowledge
                                     100      Scientific Knowledge
                                     110      Piety




===============================================================================
BOWMAN JEAN                                                              [BOWM]
===============================================================================

+------+                             +-----------+
|COMBAT| (11) [MASTER!]              |SENSIBILITY| (13) [MASTER!]
+------+                             +-----------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Basic Combat Arts             1      Willpower
  2      Mental Training               2      Danger Sense
  4      Spirit Force                  6      Perseverance
  9      Cancel                       12      Body Control
 16      Below the Belt               20      Patience
 25      Hakkei                       30      Effort
 36      Dash                         36      Radar
 42      Enemy Perception             42      Playfulness
 56      Combination (!)              56      Endorphin
 72      Strong Blow                  63      Good Eye
 90      Parry                        80      Aesthetic Sense
                                      99      Functionality
                                     108      Awakening (!)


+---------+                          +---------+
|TECHNICAL| (10)                     |KNOWLEDGE| (13)
+---------+                          +---------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Construction                  1      Medical Knowledge
  2      Analysis                      2      Herbal Knowledge
  6      Crafting                      4      Biology
  9      Scientific Ability            9      Mineralogy
 16      Copying                      12      Monster Knowledge
 25      Mech Operation               20      Tool Knowledge
 36      Drafting                     30      Mental Science
 49      Alchemy                      42      Scientific Knowledge
 64      Kitchen Knife                48      Piety
 81      Design                       63      Archaeology
                                      80      Mech Knowledge
                                      99      Fairyology
                                     120      Recipe




===============================================================================
CELINE JULES                                                             [CELI]
===============================================================================

+------+                             +-----------+
|COMBAT| (6)                         |SENSIBILITY| (12)
+------+                             +-----------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Basic Combat Arts             1      Aesthetic Sense
  2      Concentration                 2      Playfulness
  6      Boost                         4      Patience
 12      Spirit Force                  9      Radar
 20      Parry                        16      Effort
 30      Enemy Perception             20      Good Eye
                                      30      Functionality
                                      42      Perseverance
                                      48      Willpower
                                      63      Danger Sense
                                      80      Endorphin
                                     110      Body Control


+---------+                          +---------+
|TECHNICAL| (12) [MASTER!]           |KNOWLEDGE| (14) [MASTER!]
+---------+                          +---------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Heraldic Power                1      Mental Science
  2      Construction                  2      Tool Knowledge
  6      Copying                       6      Fairyology
  9      Design                        9      Monster Knowledge
 12      Kitchen Knife                16      Medical Knowledge
 20      Crafting                     20      Piety
 30      Alchemy                      30      Herbal Knowledge
 42      Analysis                     35      Lost Magic (!)
 56      Lezard Technique (!)         48      Biology
 72      Drafting                     54      Recipe
 90      Mech Operation               70      Mineralogy
110      Scientific Ability           88      Archaeology
                                     108      Mech Knowledge
                                     130      Scientific Knowledge




===============================================================================
CHISATO MADISON                                                          [CHIS]
===============================================================================

+------+                             +-----------+
|COMBAT| (11) [MASTER!]              |SENSIBILITY| (13) [MASTER!]
+------+                             +-----------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Basic Combat Arts             1      Body Control
  2      Gale                          3      Willpower
  6      Hakkei                        6      Functionality
  9      Cancel                        9      Playfulness
 16      Mental Training              16      Patience
 25      Below The Belt               25      Endorphin
 30      Spirit Force                 30      Radar
 42      Enemy Perception             42      Patience
 56      Combination (!)              48      Danger Sense
 72      Strong Blow                  63      Effort
 90      Parry                        70      Aesthetic Sense
                                      88      Awakening (!)
                                     108      Good Eye


+---------+                          +---------+
|TECHNICAL| (10)                     |KNOWLEDGE| (13)
+---------+                          +---------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Copying                       1      Recipe
  2      Analysis                      2      Monster Knowledge
  6      Mech Operation                6      Scientific Knowledge
  9      Scientific Ability            9      Medical Knowledge
 16      Crafting                     16      Herbal Knowledge
 25      Kitchen Knife                25      Mech Knowledge
 36      Construction                 36      Tool Knowledge
 49      Drafting                     42      Piety
 64      Design                       56      Biology
 81      Alchemy                      63      Mineralogy
                                      80      Archaeology
                                      99      Mental Science
                                     120      Fairyology




===============================================================================
ERNEST RAVIEDE                                                           [ERNE]
===============================================================================

+------+                             +-----------+
|COMBAT| (11) [MASTER!]              |SENSIBILITY| (13) [MASTER!]
+------+                             +-----------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Basic Combat Arts             1      Danger Sense
  3      Gale                          2      Patience
  6      Enemy Perception              6      Good Eye
  9      Cancel                       12      Body Control
 16      Below The Belt               16      Endorphin
 25      Strong Blow                  25      Effort
 30      Mental Training              30      Playfulness
 42      Spirit Force                 42      Willpower
 56      Hakkei                       56      Functionality
 72      Parry                        72      Aesthetic Sense
 90      Combination (!)              80      Perseverance
                                      99      Awakening (!)
                                     120      Radar



+---------+                          +---------+
|TECHNICAL| (10)                     |KNOWLEDGE| (13)
+---------+                          +---------+

SLV      LEARNS                      SLV      LEARNS
  1      Analysis                      1      Archaeology
  2      Mech Operation                2      Mineralogy
  6      Scientific Ability            6      Tool Knowledge
 12      Drafting                     12      Biology
 20      Construction                 16      Monster Knowledge
 30      Kitchen Knife                25      Scientific Knowledge
 42      Crafting                     36      Herbal Knowledge
 56      Copying                      42      Medical Knowledge
 72      Design                       56      Piety
 90      Alchemy                      72      Fairyology
                                      80      Recipe
                                      99      Mech Knowledge
                                     120      Mental Science




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LEGAL STUFF                                                              [LEGA]
===============================================================================

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