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Walkthrough by femiwhat

Version: 0.2 | Updated: 08/02/2008

Final Fantasy IV DS FAQ/Walkthrough

This walkthrough should get you through the story with as many secrets, tricks,
etc., as I can find.  

I. Walkthrough
II. Town Shopping List
III. Closing Notes

Ch. 1: Opening
Ch. 2: The Village of Myst
Ch. 3: Exile
Ch. 4: Desert Fever
Ch. 5: Golbez
Ch. 6: Redemption
Ch. 7: Homecoming
Ch. 8: The Crystal of Earth
more coming as I play! so far, a little over half of the story is covered; will 
update weekly until complete!


Watch the opening scenes and squeee at the amazingness.  Remember how this 
looked on the SNES?

After a little bit of exposition, you briefly take control.  Your very first 
encounter against two Floating Eyes isn't the breeze you might be expecting, 
because it takes you four whole turns to kill them both.

More story.  Somehow, those punks on the ship with you managed to get winded by 
you killing monsters in front of them.  Go figure.

More story.  Now you've done it, you ungrateful punk.

Story Items: Carnelian Signet
Treasure: Ether, Tent, 480 Gil

You may have been accused of treason by your king, but at least your buddy 
Kain's sticking up for you, right?  You're given a Carnelian Signet and shown 
out of the king's audience chamber.

It's your first chance to wander, so have at it!  Kain is standing off to your 
right; there's a bit of conversation to be had here.

Head down to the first floor and to your right.  If you played the SNES version,
 you know there's treasure to be had.  The guard standing next to a blank wall 
explains the switch mechanism.  Inside, you'll find three treasure chests 
containing 480 gil, Ether, and Tent.

From here, you can go right to find places that you're not allowed to enter yet,
 or head left, up the stairs, and back down the other side for your introduction
 to Rosa.  Seems like she's trying pretty hard with that pink lingerie, but I'm 
sure it has the benefit of affording her added "mobility."  Ain't love grand?

Now that you've made a date, it's time to keep exploring.  Continue on your way.
  You can go inside and downstairs to find the dungeon, if you like, where thre
e Mysidian mages are beginning to realize that Gandhi's methods might have their
 drawbacks.  Otherwise, continue in a north-ish fashion for your introduction to
 Cid.  Those lips are impressive.  The door Cid left open leads to the Redwing 
crew quarters, if you're interested, but the plot lies behind door number 2.

Behind the left door, you'll meet a...rabbit? named Namingway, who gives you the
 opportunity to change your name.  Rename Cecil "Sir Dude", or try to, at least,
and Namingway leaves.

Head upstairs and upstairs again to find your room. When you're done exploring, 
check the bed and choose to retire for the evening.  Between the great graphics 
and voice acting, it's starting to seem a little silly that Cecil clearly 
intends to sleep in his armor.  After demonstrating that hindsight is always 
20-20, Cecil moves on to a conversation with Rosa, in which he has a difficult 
time making eye contact, either because of the amount of cleavage on display or 
because he's ashamed of his actions in Mysidia.  Possibly both.

A plot summary follows for those of you who just mashed buttons through all of 
the dialogue so far.  Admire the pretty picture, listen to the Final Fantasy 
theme, and wait patiently for the stupid kids to catch up.

Treasure: Gnomish Bread, Tent, Eye Drops, Bronze Hourglass, Phoenix Down x2, 
Gold Needle, Potion x2

When I first played the SNES version, it wasn't readily apparent to me that 
there was a town AND a castle on the map (give me a break; I was 12), but it's 
pretty obvious here, so head into the town.

The usual mix of items are available in the Sundries shop; it might not be a bad
 idea to invest in a few Potions and a Phoenix Down, if you're nervous.  
Otherwise, the building to your right is the Inn.  There's a free potion in a 
bush to the right. Head in there and back past the front desk for a blank wall 
highlighted by a mysterious switch.  Since you can see the treasure chests 
behind it, you know it's a good idea to hit the switch and collect the goodies: 
Gnomish bread, Tent, and Eye Drops.

Rosa's house is behind the inn, but Mrs. Rosa has evidently gotten better at 
hiding her elixirs from wandering travelers, and there's no looting to be done 
within.  There is a potion hidden in the bush to the left of the building, 
though.  The weapons shop and another door are locked, but you can visit Cid in 
is house to the northwest.  There's a girl to the northeast who's paranoid 
enough to offer Cecil a little incentive to keep quiet about whatever she may 
have done wrong; these days, we call that corruption and sexual harassment, but 
whatever.  Continue past her and take a swim.  If you head all the way south, 
you can find a Bronze Hourglass hidden in a pool, but not much else; I'm 
starting to feel cheated.  Get back out of the water and head through the gate 
to the north east; walk past the woman and behind the northern wall.  All the 
way over, behind Cid's house, you can find a free Phoenix Down, Gold Needle, 
and another Phoenix Down hidden in the bushes.

Monsters:  HellDiver, FloatingEye, SwordRat, Goblin

When you're done looting the town, it's time to start exploring.  You'll 
probably want to give the save game function a whirl before seeing what attacks 
you when you wander aimlessly in circles.  There's a round patch of trees to the
 southwest that turns out to be a Chocobo Forest when you enter.  The white 
chocobos within restore your MP; the yellow ones offer a free ride; and the nest
 in the back allows you to summon a Big Chocobo with a Gysahl Green.  Your
 destination is the cave to the northwest.  It doesn't take long to gain a level
 or two outside, and I recommend doing that before continuing.

Monsters: Eyewing Moth, Larva
Treasure: Potion x2, Eye Drops, Tent
Map Completion: Potion x5

Wait, that rabbit doesn't really think he can make it through this cave on his 
own when it takes two big, strong, manly fellows Cecil like Kain at least a 
couple of potions for the trip, does he?  I really wanted to rename Kain "Ping",
 but Namingway has gotten all creative with himself, and he's now "Mappingway", 
dispenser of silly explanations for game mechanics.  Moving right along...

As we traverse this dungeon, we learn two things: (1) status effects like Blind 
persist after battle; and, (2) random little worms in caves know more special 
attacks than we do.  

Follow the path; there's really only one way to go.  Raise your weapons 
ineffectually when voices tell you to go away, and then make yourself feel like
less of a wimp by finding a treasure chest containing a Potion.  There's another
chest containing Eye Drops not too far after that.  Shortly after this, the path
forks; take the stairs on the left to another chest, which contains a Tent.
Retrace your steps for more eerie voices and belated comprehension on the part
of Our Heroes, who apparently didn't play this when it was on the SNES.  There's
another chest containing another Potion.

Onward, ho!  Of course we mean to ignore your warning, petty disembodied voice!

*Boss Fight:  Mist Dragon*
This one isn't too bad if you can avoid getting caught by the surprise, which
involves a bit of luck with the timing of your commands...  Kain should Jump, 
Cecil should Attack, and you should keep in mind that the dragon's attacks do 
about 50 damage a pop and heal accordingly.  Whatever you do, don't attack while
the dragon is in mist form.  I allowed this unfortunate circumstance to come to 
pass just so I could tell you what happens; you get a hint to please not do that
again in the form of a message from the game and 40-60 damage each.  Apparently,
the dragon gets mad at you when you attack the vapor, but not when you just 
whack it with a sword.

Now that you've triumphed, collect your reward, which apparently takes the form 
of an imaginary pat on the back, and head onwards.  As you exit the cave, you'll
receive 5 potions for completing the map.  Head outside.  At this point, I 
recommend that cheap players deequip Kain.


Mist is just a little to the east of the cavern exit.  Enter.  Whoops, who saw 
that coming?  Possibly not as many as if the Carnelian Signet had still been
named "Bomb Ring."

There's just something about green-haired women in Final Fantasy games; they 
have no sense of perspective.  There's not much you can do about this fight; I 
didn't even get to go.  Hey, look, the houses are burning in the map cinematic.


"Ugh" is right, Cecil.  Hey, what's that thing by Rydia?  That's new.  Wake up, 
discover that the problem child lives, and be glad that you stripped Kain of his
shiny armor; we're going to sell it as soon as we hit the next town.

Monsters: Desert Sahagin, Goblin, SwordRat, Hundlegs, Sandworm

You find yourself east of Mist and prevented from backtracking by a fun new
mountain range.  You're not given much of a clue as to how to proceed, but 
"east" is probably a good start.  Ideally, we want to find an inn before we run
out of potions.  Head east and north past the mountains, and then east into the
desert and a little north.  About halfway through the desert, you'll find Kaipo.


The plot bus pulls up in front of the inn as you enter, which is a decent
arrangement all around.

Just as you're getting some rest, more plot happens, and Cecil sounds
frightfully British.

*Boss Fight: Baron Soldier x3, Baron General*
Hey, boss music plays, it's a boss fight.  Fortunately, these guys are only 
about half as tough as the Goblins were, so all you need to do is not fall 
asleep with your thumb off the confirm button and you'll probably win.  Once you
kill the soldiers, the general beats a hasty retreat; this does have an effect 
on your experience.

Rydia's so glad to not be dead that she joins and introduces you to her Eidolon,
whom the game dubs Whyt by default; let's call him Pillsbury instead.  

Control returns to you, so it's time to explore the town.  There's an item shop
inside the inn and a pub upstairs, but no items in the pots and barrels.  Game,
you disappoint me.  The weapons shop is in the eastern part of town.  Sell 
Kain's equipment and pick yourself up something shiny; I'd recommend a Rod, but 
Rydia already has one.  There's a Fat Chocobo waiting to explain Eidolons to you
if you head to the northwest.  The armor shop is nearby. 

Chatting with the townspeople, we learn two things: (1) desert moons are to be
considered "fair"; and, (2) there really aren't very many beautiful women in the
world.  Check out the house in the northeast corner.  How did she beat you here,
and doesn't she know that you generally cover as much skin as possible when you 
want to wander around in the desert?  Letting her mumble incoherently at you 
gets you your first augment: Auto-Potion.  I recommend just hanging onto it for

Say hello to Namingway/Mappingway, who now desires to be known as Livingway and,
in return for your indulgence, will let you look at his Bestiary.  When you're
finished checking out the town, it's time to embark on our new quest.


From general town chatter, you've probably surmised that (a) you need the 
Desert Pearl; (b) it's not here; (c) there's a weird old guy blocking
the way through a cave; and (d) there's another cave that no one is allowed in 
except the Damcyan royal family.  Putting all of this together, we surmise that
our next task will be to journey through the first cave, enlist the help of the
royal family, and then venture into the second cave to find our treasure.

It's worth noting that the Rod Rydia equips by default can be used during battle
to spam a free "Mage Arrows" attack on the enemy.  This will come in pretty 
handy in our future travails which, incidentally, take us to the northeastern
portion of the desert and the cave we'll find there.

Monsters: Tiny Mage, Sahagin, Amoeba, Fangshell, Sword Rat, Goblin, Killer Fish
Treasure: Potion, Echo Herbs, Tent, Ether, Dry Ether, X-Potion, Phoenix Down
Map Completion: Eyedrops x5

Start out by heading forward and up the stairs to collect two chests containing
a Potion and Echo Herbs.  Backtrack, head right, and then south to collect 
another chest containing a Tent.  When you're done with any leveling, head up to
meet the newest oldest member of your party!  

Tellah's looking for his daughter because he clearly can't dress himself without
her help, and, unlike everyone else you've met thus far, seems to interpret your
Dark-Knighthood as a reason to expect you to be a decent sort of guy who helps
random old men find their wayward spawn.  Oddly enough, you ARE a decent sort of
guy, so give him a spare Rod if you have one, and off we go.

Skip the stairs for now, and head to the right instead.  Go down into the water
and follow this path up and under the bridge to a chest containing an Ether.  
Staying in the water, backtrack a bit, and head further left to a waterfall that
has a hidden opening on the left side.  There are three chests in here, 
containing a Dry Ether, an X-Potion, and a Phoenix Down.

Backtrack and take the stairs to the exit.

Monsters: Tiny Mage, Sahagin, Amoeba, Fangshell, Sword Rat, Goblin, Killer Fish
Treasure: Ether, Potion, Ice Rod
Map Completion: Antidote x5

There's only one path to follow at first, so stop reading and follow it!  Once 
you hit the water, head to the right and up the stairs for a chest containing a 
Potion.  Backtrack to the water and go all the way down and to the left for some
stairs to a treasure chest containing an Ether.  Continue to the left and go 
through the opening.

We're now treated to our first official save point and a little bit of story.
Jesus saves, and so should you.  When you're done, take the northern exit.

You'll soon find a chest containing an Ice Rod, which isn't a bad replacement 
for the spamming of Mage Arrows you've been doing.  Head down into the water and
follow the path to the exit.  

Monsters: Tiny Mage, Sahagin, Amoeba, Fangshell, Sword Rat, Goblin, Killer Fish,
Treasure: 580 gil, Bomb Fragment
Map Completion: Tent x3

Head south and then right to find a chest containing 580 gil; continue across 
the bridge to find a Bomb Fragment.  Backtrack, take the left path, and follow
it to the exit.

Monsters: Amoeba, Fangshell, Killer Fish, Gigantoad, Toadgre
Treasure: Potion, Feathered Cap
Map Completion: Phoenix Down x3

Head all the way left of the entrance to where the wall fades into shadow; 
there's actually a hidden path here.  Follow it left, up, right, down, and right
(use your map if you're not sure whether you're walking into a wall) for a
shortcut to the exit.  Immediately to the south is a chest containing a Potion.
After collecting it, head back into the secret passage and go up and to the 
right.  Hey, look, more map.  There's a Feathered Cap in the chest; collect it
and make your way back to the exit.

Monsters: Zombie, Amoeba, Fangshell, Killer Fish, Gigantoad, Toadgre
Treasure: Ether, Zeus's Wrath, Shadowblade, Bronze Hourglass
Map Completion: Ether

There's an ether immediately to your left.  Grab it and proceed up the stairs on
the left for a Zeus's Wrath.  That extra s is in the game.  Go back down and 
take the stairs on the right to continue.  Head down at your first opportunity
for the sake of map completion, then go back up and continue to the right.  The
exit is right there, but don't leave just yet; there are two chests below you,
containing a Shadowblade and a Bronze Hourglass.

There's a brief overland respite that allows you to save and/or use a tent, so 
avail yourself of these opportunities if you so choose.


Oh, sure, this is a good idea.

Monsters: Red Mousse, Zombie, Alligator
Treasure: Hades Gloves, Hades Helm
Map Completion: Potion x5

Climb out of the water and follow the path.  Take a side trip down the stairs 
when you happen upon them for some treasure: Hades Gloves and a Hades Helm.
Return to the path and follow it to the exit.

Monsters: Red Mousse, Zombie, Alligator
Treasure: Hades Armor, Hermes Sandals
Map Completion: Zeus's Wrath x3

Start off by filling in a bit of the map in this big empty space, and then 
proceed to the bridge to the east.  There's a treasure chest with Hades Armor 
inside and another with Hermes Sandals below it.  Make sure you finish filling
in the map before approaching the cleverly-hidden octopus.

*Boss Fight: Octomammoth*
Conveniently, Octomammoth is weak to Dark and Thunder.  Cecil should attack 
while Rydia and Tellah burn through their remaining MP casting Thunder.  The 
feasibility of calling lightning down on a foe sitting in the same pool of water
in which you're standing aside, this should be a quick and easy fight.  Note 
that the number of tentacles waving around is an indicator of Octomammoth's 
remaining health.

Now that the path to Damcyan is clear, let's be on our way.  This wouldn't be a
bad time to tell Tellah to give back any cool equipment you happened to lend him
for the journey.


Damcyan is to the north, so walk that way. 

Oh, noes!

Treasure: Tent, Power Bow, Feathered Cap, Ruby Ring, Potion, Antidote, Gold
Needle, Phoenix Down, Eye Drops, Ether, Elixir, Holy Arrows

Head inside to sort out what just happened.  The place is a mess and there are a
bunch of dead/mostly dead people to talk to.  Apparently, they weren't expecting
this to happen, which would be comforting if not for the assumption that we 
might think they had been.  It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

There's a Tent in a chest next to a guy who wants you to carry him upstairs for
healing, but, though evidently accustomed to escorting finicky old codgers in 
pursuit of their errant offspring, Dark Knights do not DO heavy lifting; he's
on his own.  

Head all the way upstairs for some dramaz.  The pots up here are convenient free
healing for the foreseeable future, by the way.

Now that we've traded Tellah for the much prettier Edward and gained our very 
own Hovercraft, it's time to...park and go right back inside the castle.

Instead of walking up the main entrance, head to your immediate right, around 
the side of the castle.  See that door?  Good.  Make for the secret entrance to
the right of the cages, and head inside for a Power Bow, Feathered Cap, and Ruby
Ring.  Go back to where the corpse of the guard isn't and all the way over to 
the left wall; walk down into the corner.  Secret staircases are great.  Open 
all the treasure chests for a Potion, Antidote, Eye Drops, Gold Needle, Phoenix
Down, and Ether.  There's also an Elixir hidden in the bottom left corner and
Holy Arrows in the bottom right.

You can spend some time leveling, head back to Kaipo to resupply, or just 
continue to your new destination...

Monsters: Goblin, Domovoi, Adamantoise
Treasure: Spider Silk, Potion x3, Tent, Gold Needle
Map Completion: Potion x5

Start by going left across the bridge to open a chest containing Spider Silk. 
Backtrack and head down the stairs south of the entrance.  Left and up will get 
you the treasure chest you saw, which contains a Potion.  Now, continue down,
taking the stairs down when you see them, and follow this winding path to the
left, eventually arriving at two chests containing a Tent and a Potion.  
Backtrack to where you made the left, and this time head right.  Take the 
northern route for a chest with a Potion.  Backtrack and take the stairs to your
right up to another chest with a Gold Needle.  Backtrack again and head south 
for the exit.

Monsters: Goblin, Domovoi, Adamantoise, Basilisk, Yellow Jelly
Treasure: Lamia Harp, Antarctic Wind, Phoenix Down, Emergency Exit, Ether,
Potion, Spider Silk, Ice Rod, Shadowblade
Map Completion: Phoenix Down x3

Follow the path down the stairs until you come to a fork; head right and through
the opening into a small room containing a Lamia Harp.  Return to the main room 
and continue on your way.  There's a chest containing an Antarctic Wind where
the path starts to curve back up.  Head up the stairs at the fork and go 
through the opening for a brief return to the previous area where you can 
complete your map.  Continue north for a save point and three treasure chests, 
which contain a Phoenix Down, Emergency Exit, and Ether.  When you're done here,
backtrack to the previous area and head left, up, and behind the opening for a
chest containing a Potion.  Go back down the stairs and cross the bridge to the
left for a Spider Silk.  From here, head down and take the stairs to fill in 
your map.  Backtrack to the first fork and go left instead of up.  Bypass the
exit to the south and continue left, heading up the stairs and turning right
for a chest containing an Ice Rod.  Go left and up the stairs to find a
Shadowblade in the chest.  This will come in really handy when Cecil's twin
sister, Cecilia, also a Dark Knight, joins and wants a share of the equipment.
Make your way back to the exit.  


The map's all filled in for you, so you're expecting this, right?

*Boss Fight: Antlion*
Edward's 'Life's Anthem' will come in pretty handy during this fight; it's free
regen for as long as he isn't attacked, and it's all he should be doing.  During
normal battle, the Antlion counters physical attacks, so Rydia should do the 
bulk of the damage by casting Blizzard; it's the biggest bang for your MP buck.
When the Antlion's eyes are red, however, it begins to counter magic; this is 
when Cecil needs to make himself useful.  That constant regen (did I mention 
that it's free?) is so cheap, though, that you can do almost whatever you want 
and still win as long as you don't do it with Edward.

Yes, Cecil, something is afoot.  Something is ahead, too, and it's called
returning to Kaipo before Rosa's rising temperature becomes the cause of
permanent brain damage and she wears pink lingerie forever.  Oh, damn.


Hurry back to Rosa, who, if you don't recall, is in the north-eastern-most 
house.  Now all you have to do is avoid the urge to be silly and select the 
correct item; clearly, it's an Ice Rod.

Now that she's all better, interrupt her sentimental drivel with a manly demand
for plot clarification.  Good boy.  

More story happens to teach Edward what happens to bad boys who wander around
alone at night; unless you replaced his Attack command in both auto-battle and 
his usual command menu, though, you should be fine.  Watch as Anna goes away to
be part of the lifestream and don't forget to pick up the Holy materia she 
leaves behind.  Actually, you have to wait until morning to do this, and it's 
the augment Item Lore.


Now that we know there's a new kid in town and he's taking all the other kids' 
toys, it's time to do something about that.  Well, not in the sense that we're 
going to go beat him up and take back the stolen goodies, but we're at least 
going to try to stop him from doing it to the really buff kid who goes to Tae 
Kwon Do after school every day, like he needs our help.  Anyway, hop back in 
your hovercraft and zip on over to Mt. Hobs, which is east of Damcyan, past the 
Antlion cave.

Monsters: Spirit, Skeleton
Map Completion: Hi-Potion x3

Geez, Rosa, if it's so easy, why don't YOU do it.

Now that you're in possession of a six-year-old who can burn things for a measly
5 MP, continue on up the mountain.  Take the first exit you come to.

Monsters: Bomb, Cockatrice, Skeleton, Spirit, Gargoyle
Treasure: Tent, Potion, Gold Needle, 960 gil

Hey, look, a save point and a bunch of treasure chests!  Grab a Tent, Potion, 
Gold Needle, and 960 gil.  Head back to the west slope, and take the exit 
further along on the right.

Treasure: Holy Arrows

Open the treasure chest before ascending the stairs for some Holy Arrows.  This
would be more exciting if we didn't have magical quivers of non-emptiness.  
Continue on your way for a monk of Fabul, the land of blond-haired Chinese 
karate masters!  Jackie Chan, call your stylist, stat.

*Boss Fight: Mom Bomb*
Rydia's free Ice Rod does plenty of damage, so don't blow your MP unless Rosa 
needs a paramedic.  Edward's free Life's Anthem is still the most useful thing
he can do.  That leaves Cecil, Yang, and Rosa to attack, with Rosa swapping in 
healing/support spells as needed.  It's not a bad idea to lead off with a mass 
casting of Protect from her.  After a few rounds, Mom Bomb begins 'storing
energy', and we know nothing with a countdown is going to end well.  Make sure
everyone defends just before the countdown ends.  Now, Mom Bomb splits into 
six smaller bombs; it's important to focus your attacks on eliminating as many
as possible, as the survivors are wont to Self Destruct all over you.  Yang 
should focus for a round and then kick while the others mop up. 

Sorry, buddy, but if your monks were so awesome, a bunch of measly bombs 
wouldn't have wiped them off the map.  You guys were screwed from the get-go.
Yang himself, however, is pretty cool, so do a little dance now that he's
graciously allowed you to join his party.

Monsters: Bomb, Gray Bomb
Map Completion: Bomb Core x3

Continue through the exit to reach the East Slope.  

Monsters: Bomb, Gray Bomb, Sword Rat, Domovoi, Gatlinghog

Fabul is your destination, and it lies to the East.  Get going.  There's a 
Chocobo Forest to the northeast of Fabul, if you want to hear the incredibly
repetitive FF4 DS Chocobo theme.

Treasure: Bacchus Wine, Tent, Bomb Fragment, Antarctic Wind, Potion, Zeus's 
Wrath, Spider Silk, Demon Shield, Ether, Deathbringer

The castle is actually more like a walled city; you'll find all of your shops, 
etc., inside.  Weapons and Armor are found by taking the right-hand stairs from
the main room of the first floor.  It's a good idea to buy Yang a couple of
Claws to equip on his hands, and you can upgrade Cecil's armor while you're at 
it.  The left-hand stairs lead to the Inn and Sundries shop.  Whateverway is
also hanging out.

Head up to the second floor and take the exit at the bottom of the screen to
gain access to the towers.  There's a Bacchus Wine hidden on the second floor of
the East Tower, all the way to the right side of the room, past the bar, and
just below the potted plant.  There's a Tent in the treasure chest on the third
floor, and surely no one will mind if you take a quick nap in the king's bed!  
Descend and enter the West Tower.  There are three chests on the first floor,
containing a Bomb Fragment, Antarctic Wind, and a Potion, as well as a Zeus's 
Wrath in the candle to the left of the stairs.  That's it for loot, but you can 
drop in and say hi to Yang's wife, who lives on the third floor.

Save if you're worried about having to redo that looting, and, for those of us 
who like to be cheap, now would be an excellent time to deequip the ladies.  We
live in an old-fashioned time, when the women had the babies, and the men 
defended the kingdom from attack.

Head up the stairs on the second floor to find the throne room, where story
instantly happens.

You'll now face a series of battles with a party consisting of Cecil, Edward,
and Yang.  

*Boss Fight: Captain and Baron Marine x2*
Kill the captain quickly to break the chain of command.  Cecil and Yang should
simply attack, while Edward does his usual.

*Boss Fight: Leshy, Sahagin, and Domovoi*
Three random encounter enemies against my can of whoop-ass?  Ha.

*Boss Fight: Captain and Baron Marine x2*
Same story as before.

*Boss Fight: Gargoyle*
Your only concern here is a successful Tornado, which decimates the HP of one of
your party members.  Attack with everyone to kill him as fast as you can.

*Boss Fight: Leshy, Sahagin, and Domovoi*
Another easy victory.

*Boss Fight: Captain and Baron Marine x2*
Edward may have had a slight spaz attack, but that won't affect the progress of
this battle.

The string of battles is over now, and it's time for a visit from an old friend.
Great to see you, buddy?  There's not much you can do about this one, so sit
back and enjoy the cinema.

Well, that went well.

Pick up the pieces and head back to the throne room.  There's a secret passage
in the top-right corner leading to a Spider Silk, Demon Shield, and Ether.  From
here, head over to the inn and rest for more story.  The screen fades to black, 
and you're teleported to the king, who gives you the keys to the plot bus and a
nifty Deathbringer sword for Cecil.

The bus...er, boat...docks at the pier you saw just to the northeast of Fabul, 
so go that way.  Another word to the cheap: only Cecil need remain equipped at
this point.


To recap, the plan is to hop on a boat and hit Baron in its weak spot: its 
abysmal maritime defenses.  Yang's wife is here to see you off; she entrusts
you with the Counter Augment, which I recommend giving to Cecil at the first

Watch your efforts come to fruition and console yourself with that augment when 
you regain control.  Hey, you're lucky armor floats.

Head east a little bit to the absolute best place in the world to be washed up 
in if you're a Dark Knight who likes to cut down innocent villagers and steal 
their stuff.  


Talking to the villagers is worth a chuckle or two; they really hate you, for 
some odd reason.  The weapons and armor shops are to the left, but they don't
have that you'll find immediately useful.  The inn and item shop are to your
right.  When you're done being the butt of everyone's joke, head to the large
building in the center of town.

The people inside want to chew you out, and you sort of owe them the 
opportunity, so stand there and take it like a man.  The Elder sets you on your
next quest, which is to ditch the power of Darkness because fighting fire with
fire only makes sense with one specific use of the word.  To help you on your
way, two mages join you.  Say hello to Palom and Porom, and immediately give
the Auto-Potion Augment you've been saving to your new white mage.

Reequip Palom and Porom, making sure that Palom keeps his Fire Staff for any
undead you might be fighting in the near future.  Go ahead and sell all of your
tents but one, and, f you have the cash, it's not a bad idea to buy some of that
armor you can't wear yet.  Just saying.

Monsters: Tiny Mage, Cockatrice, Gatlinghog, Zu

Your destination is a fair hike to the East, making this an ideal leveling 
opportunity.  There's a Chocobo Forest south of Mt. Ordeals, allowing you to
recharge Porom's MP for free and heal more cheaply.  That rabbit is here, too, 
and he takes every Tent in your position and gives you a measly 300 gil in 
exchange.  Aren't you glad he only got one?

Monsters: Bloodbones, Soul, Ghoul, Revenant, Spirit, Skeleton
Treasure: Potion x2
Map Completion: Antidote x5

Approach the flames blocking the path to see the real reason why you brought
the midgets along.  After the story, continue to the right for a chest 
containing a Potion.  Then, head up the stairs for another one.  Keep
following the path until you reach the exit at the top of the screen.

Monsters: Bloodbones, Soul, Ghoul, Revenant, Spirit, Skeleton
Map Completion: Hi-Potion x3

Follow the trail up and to the right.  Hey, who's that?  Who cares that a party
of three wimpy mages hiding behind one warrior is a little unbalanced?  Four's
still better than three!  Just don't tell Palom that Mr. Famous has about half
of his MP.

Make sure your party is properly organized and equipped and continue on.

Monsters: Lilith, Bloodbones, Soul, Ghoul, Revenant, Spirit, Skeleton
Treasure: Ether x2
Map Completion: Ether

Bear right to fill in the map, then reverse direction and go all the way left
and up the stairs for an Ether.  Head back to the way up you just bypassed and
follow that path.  Head south for another Ether when the path opens up, and 
continue to the exit.

Map Completion: Red Fang

Palom, stop making noises!  Oh, come on, Palom; we know it was you.  Little
brothers are like that.  Fill in as much of the map as you can before taking the
path up.  Before you go ALL the way up, there's a path leading off to the right
that goes straight to a save point.  Could this be a hint?

Return to the path leading up and take it.  Approach the bridge...

*Boss Fight: Scarmiglione and Skulnant x4*
Scarmiglione counters magic attacks with a Thunder spell of his own, so be wary
of superfluous magical prods.  Open up with a Cry from Porom and a Bluff from
Palom, then move on to Twin Magic.  Tellah has healing duty; when he doesn't
need to cast a Cure spell, he should start taking things out with Fire.  Cecil
isn't as useful as you might like against the undead, but he still chews 
through the Skulnants without too much trouble.  A successful Twin casting
should end the fight.

Wasn't that fun?  Go back and save.  That probably wiped out your MP, so using
a Cottage (since that Campingway punk stole all of your tents) might be a good 
idea.  Now, head back up to the summit and continue across the bridge.  Just as
you approach the bridge, flip your party configuration to put Cecil in the back
and the mages in the front.

*Boss Fight: Scarmiglione*
I hope you saved.  You don't have the time or MP to waste on buffs, so get 
started on Twin Magic immediately.  Scarmiglione counters physical attacks with 
a mass slow effect and magical attacks with a mass poison/blind/silence/sleep 
effect, so Tellah and Cecil must remain strictly on the support end of things.
They can't do enough damage to justify the retaliation.  In the beginning, 
Cecil can mitigate the damage from Scarmiglione's opening shots with items
while Tellah sets up Blink on the twins, himself, and Cecil, in order of 
priority.  Once you run out of MP for Twin Magic, you can either blow an ether
or two, or you can finish things the hard way.  Scarmiglione does take damage
from Cecil's physical attacks, and he's weak to Fire.  Don't forget about 
Porom's healing rod; you should use it every turn once she's done with Twin 
Magic.  Tellah probably won't have enough MP left from Blink to do much with 
offensive magic, but Palom might still have a Fira or two in him; alternate 
these with Bluff to maximize your damage.  If your characters aren't high enough
level to have that much MP, you don't have much choice outside of the Fire Rod 
and Cecil's physical attacks, and you're probably best off using at least one 

Take stock of the damage, do what you need to do in order to walk around a bit 
more, and approach the pedestal on the left.

*Boss Fight: Dark Knight*
It's time to atone the crap out of yourself.  Whatever you do, don't attack.
Defend, heal with items if you just can't help yourself, but don't hit back.

Congratulations, you won a spiffy blue headband! Enjoy your victory music.

Take a moment to reequip Cecil and organize Tellah's magic, then make your way
back to Mysidia.  Be on the lookout for a shiny on the ground halfway down the 
Crossing area; it's a Curse Augment!  Go ahead and give it to Palom.

Your first stop in Mysidia should be the armory, to finish outfitting Cecil in 
cool new Paladin armor, assuming you couldn't afford to before.  Next, go have
a chat with the Elder.  Plot revelations ensue, and the path forward is opened!


I could tell you that the entrance to the Devil's Road is in a small structure 
to the east side of town, but if you didn't listen when the man with the beard 
said it, you're probably ignoring me, too.  Interestingly, no one on Baron's end
seems particularly worried that hoardes of wizards will come pouring through to 
avenge the loss of their crystal, so no one really minds that you're here, 

Chat the townspeople up to figure out that your next destination, story-wise,
ought to be the tavern adjacent to the inn.  But let's take a side trip, first.

Leave town and hike your way to Mist, only without an exploding ring in your 
pocket this time.

Treasure: Gold Hairpin, Clothing, Polymorph Rod, Ruby Ring, Bomb Fragment x3

Head into the first house to the north.  The empty fireplace is actually a 
secret passage to a Gold Hairpin and some Clothing.  The Gold Hairpin is a nice
helm for ladies.  There's another secret passage leading out of this room from
the bottom-right corner; it leads to two chests containing a Polymorph Rod and
a Ruby Ring.  You can do some shopping in the south part of town, too.  If you
(miraculously) have the gil, a Dancing Dagger would be a nice addition to 
Palom's current repetoire of ways to kill things.  Directly west of the shops,
there's a secret path through the trees to a small clearing where you can find 
two (no, seriously, they went there) bomb fragments hidden in the bushes.  
There's a third one north of the inn in the two bushes to the right of the pond.
When you're done, it's time to head back to Baron.

Treasure: 2000 gil, Zeus's Wrath, 1000 gil

Talk to the townspeople for some mood-setting dialogue, and then head over to 
the Inn, where corrupt cops have taken over the pub.  And, hey, we recognize
that guy!  Go say hi.

*Boss Fight: Baron Guardsman x2*
These guys don't have too much up their sleeves; your standard attack formation
should be just fine.

*Boss Fight: Yang*
Kick was really cool when you could use it, right?  It's way less cool now that
it hits all of YOUR guys at once.  Blink, cast by Porom and Tellah, can be
useful if you find this to be a hard fight, but if your characters are high 
enough level, it should be over in a few rounds of attacks from Cecil.

Well, sounds like you knocked some sense into him--literally.  Story follows
as you catch each other up to speed.  Now that you have a key, it's time to go
shopping.  Oddly enough, the shopkeepers seem to have been locked inside with 
their wares, and, instead of jumping for joy and running out to grab a burger,
they'll happily sell you things.  Bunnyway is also hanging out in here.  Go 
figure.  Before you go shopping, hit the secret passage to the left of the 
crate in the bottom-right corner.  The chests behind the merchants contain 
2000 gil and a Zeus's Wrath, and they don't mind if you take it.  

Once you've finished your shopping, head to the west part of the town, south of
Cid's house, and use the Baron Key to open the locked door.  See that treasure
chest on your map?  You know there has to be a way to get to it, and there is,
in fact, a secret entrance in the middle of the right-hand wall.  Collect
1000 gil and then backtrack to head down the stairs.

Monsters: Killer Fish, Splasher, Devil's Castanet, Fangshell
Treasure: Hi-Potion, Ether, Zeus's Wrath
Map Completion: Hi-Potion x3

Follow the path, bearing right a little to fill in the map.  Go all the way down
and right to collect a Hi-Potion, Ether, and Zeus's Wrath, then follow the loop
up and back to the left until you hit a path going north.  Follow this to the

Monsters: Gigas Gator, Alligator, Devil's Castanet, Killer Fish, Splasher
Treasure: Hermes Sandals, Bronze Hourglass, Spider Silk
Map Completion: Ether

The secret passages on this map can be a bit frustrating if you don't hit them
 straight on, so don't give up.  There's only one path, so get going.  Things
get murky once you start heading south; bear left to get to a chest containing a
Bronze Hourglass.  Go south and east for a Spider Silk.  Backtrack to where the 
path first turned south; there's a secret passage off to the right that you can
 follow into the water and to a chest containing Hermes Sandals on a little 
island.  Keep heading south to fill in more of the map, then backtrack to the 
treasure chest and pass through the wall to the right.  You'll need to go south
to fill in the map, and then exit to the north.  

Monsters: Hydra
Treasure: Ether
Map Completion: Remedy x3

This is a pretty small area.  Right before the exit, walk through the left wall
to find a treasure chest containing an Ether.

Monsters: Flood Worm, Hydra, Baron Guardsman
Treasure: Ancient Sword

Take the left-hand exit first, which leads to a room with a save point and a 
secret passage to a treasure chest containing an Ancient Sword.  Save if you 
like, but don't waste a tent; there's free healing up ahead.  Go back and take
the exit on the right this time.

Treasure: Unicorn Horn x2, Phoenix Down x2, Ether x3, Hermes Sandals x2,
Bacchus' Wine x2, Hi-Potion x2, Tent x2, Elixir

Hey, we found a back door!  Go down around the left side of the castle until 
you reach an opening that allows you to travel within the walls.  Take this 
opportunity to head up to Cecil's room and take a nap.

Now that you're feeling well-rested, get back to exploring.  Your goal is the
throne room.  As you're approaching, you run into an old friend--Baigan, the
captain of the Royal Guard.  Sounds like he's the only survivor, and he's more 
than happy to join your party.

*Boss Fight: Baigan*
Baigan counters magic attacks with reflect, so don't waste your time.  Palom and
Porom's Twin Magic is not reflected, leaving it a nice damage option.  Cecil and
Yang should attack while Tellah keeps everyone in Blink status and heals when
necessary.  A few castings of Twin Magic should finish him off.

Now that you can explore more of the castle, there's some treasure to be had.
Exit the main chamber through the right and head over to where that
guard wouldn't let you loot before.  He's either evil or dead, because the door 
is wide open and there's no one to stop you from heading inside.  The chests 
contain two Unicorn Horns, two Phoenix Downs, and two Ethers.  Backtrack to 
where you just came from and take the door in the lower part of the screen, 
which leads outside.  From here, head up to access the East Tower.  The chests
here contain two Hermes Sandals and two Bacchus' Wine.  There are two 
Hi-Potions a floor up, and an Ether and two Tents above that.  There's not much
downstairs besides an Elixir hidden in the leftmost candelabra, and you won't be
able to go the entire way down the hallway until your task here is complete.

I recommend a trip back to the save point and another stay in Chateau Cecil 
before continuing on to the throne room.  If you gave Porom that Gold Hairpin, 
take it back, along with any other really neat equipment the kids shouldn't be
playing with in the first place.

*Boss Fight: Cagnazzo*
The best damage dealer on your team for this fight is Yang equipped with a
Thunder Claw.  Focus for a few turns and then let loose with a punch for 
maximum effect.  Porom can open with a Cry, and, believe it or not, casting
Slow on Cagnazzo can really help turn the tide in your favor.  A few 
well-placed Blink spells from the white mages will be useful, but, because
Cagnazzo counters magic attacks, it's best to not gratuitously provoke the
turtle.  Rather, Palom should Bluff occasionally and mostly stand by to cast a
Thunder spell when Cagnazzo begins to gather water.  You can tell you're making 
progress if he retreats into his shell; don't let up the attack and you'll be
fine.  If Yang or Palom is slowed, Tellah can cast Haste if he still has the MP.
Cecil should mostly be on healing detail.

After the fight, it's time for some thrilling heroics and more story.

Ignore the plot compass and land right away.  Return to the Ancient Waterway B3
to find the Tsunami augment.  If you go back to the castle, you can stop by and 
visit Palom and Porom, but don't bother wasting any items on them.  While you're
 in Baron, you may as well be lazy and take the Serpent Road back to Mysidia, 
where the Elder is waiting to give you some augments; which ones depends on how 
many you gave Palom and Porom while they were still in your party.  When you're 
finished hanging out around here, it's time to hop in that Airship and go!


Now that you have the Airship, the plot bus no longer limits where you can go.
To continue the main story, head for Troia, which is to the north-east of Baron.
You also have the option of exploring or doing random shopping, as your Airship
grants access to Mythril, Agart, and Castle Eblan.  There are some decent items
to be found in all three places, but this guide will only focus on Mythril and 
Eblan right now; Agart is visited as part of the story later on.  You can skip 
ahead to that section if you just can't wait, but there's no reason not to.  
Most of what you find is pretty run-of-the-mill.

Treasure: Diet Ration, Maiden's Kiss, Mythril Staff, Mythril Knife, 5000 gil

Mythril is halfway between Fabul and Mt. Ordeals on a small island.

Left of the Inn, hidden in the bushes at the edge of the trees, you can find a
Diet Ration.  There's a Maiden's Kiss in the well in the lower-right corner of
town.  There's a Mythril Staff hidden near the barrel on the right side of the
house in the upper-right section, and a Mythril Knife in a strangely impassable
path of ground between this house and the Armory.  Behind the tree between the
Item Shop and the Armory, you can find 5000 gil.  You can go in the shops and
have a look around, but don't spend your money on any Mythril equipment just

Treasure: Sleep Blade, Bacchus's Wine, Silencing Arrows, 10k gil, Coeurl 
Whisker, Ninja Sutra x3, Hermes Sandals, Emergency Exit, Hi-Potion x3, Blood 
Lance, Silver Hourglass, Ether x2, Silver Apple, Unicorn Horn, Gold Needle, 
Maiden's Kiss, Cottage, Bomb Core

Find Eblan by flying south-east of Baron.  Save before entering; this place can
be dangerous!

Start by going up, left, down, and around to get the the WEST TOWER 1F.  The 
chest on the right is accessible by a secret passage a little below the flowers
on the right side, and it contains a Sleep Blade with an enemy ambush of 
Skuldier x2 and a Steel Golem.  The Skuldiers are weak to Fire and Holy and the 
Steel Golem is weak to Ice, but they all pack a punch you're not necessarily
supposed to be able to take at this point in the game, and you might need to 
give this more than one try.  Lead off with a Slow or Stop to make this fight a
lot easier.  Continue up the stairs.

There's a Bacchus's Wine in the trio of pots in front of you.  You can reach 
the treasure chests through a secret passage through the bottom of the screen,
right next to the wall.  The one on the left contains Silencing Arrows, and
the one on the right contains 10,000 gil.  There's a path to the chest on the
floor below hidden in the south-west corner.  Collect your Bomb Core and leave
via a hidden passage in the bottom of the room.

Make your way to the entrance and take the central path.  The treasure chest in
the first room is accessed through a secret passage immediately to its left; it
contains a Hi-Potion.  Continue up a floor.  All that treasure and no obvious
way to get to it!  Keep going up.  There's a secret passage in the middle of the
western wall; take it to some descending stairs.  The top treasure chest 
contains a Unicorn Horn; the bottom, an Alarm Clock.  Return to the throne room
and find a similar passage through the eastern wall; the three chests you find 
contain a Gold Needle, a Cottage, and a Maiden's Kiss.  On your way out of the
throne room, check behind the throne for another Ninja Sutra.

Make your way back to the entrance, and now head for the EAST TOWER 1F.  The 
chest on the left contains a Coeurl Whisker and can be accessed by a secret
passage through the adjacent wall near the top of the room.  There's a Ninja
Sutra in the flowerpot on the right.  Head up a floor and press the switch on
your immediate right.  The chest on your left contains a Hi-Potion.  There are 
Hermes Sandals in the pot above the duo of chests, which contain an Emergency 
Exit and a Hi-Potion.  The chest on the right can be accessed through a secret 
passage to the right of these two chests.  It contains a Blood Lance and another
 enemy ambush.  This time, it's Coeurl x2 and a Lamia.  The Lamia inflicts 
confuse randomly, and the Coeurls have an instant death attack!  Yay.  You need
 to do about 12,000 points of damage between the three, but the Coeurls only 
have 2000 each, so focus on them.  Start off with an item that stops everyone 
and focus on finishing off the Coeurls.  Tellah should cast Bio early in the 
fight to help you out, and then Haste Yang, who will be the primary damage 
dealer.  Ideally, the Lamia will be alone when she can act again, and at this 
point only Yang should attack.  Tellah can keep himself in MP by casting 
Osmose on Lamia and keep her Slowed.

Next, drop down the hole and collect the chest you saw on the previous floor,
which contains a Silver Hourglass.  Go down the hole on this floor to reach 
EBLAN CASTLE -CELLAR PASSAGE.  Check the candle for a Ninja Sutra.  There are 
three chests down here, and they contain Ether x2 and a Silver Apple...along 
with an enemy ambush.  Three Mad Ogres is never going to be a fun fight, but if 
you took care of that Lamia, you're probably in good shape.  Start off with a 
Slow or a Stop from Tellah and then just beat them into the dirt.  Cecil's 
Sleep Blade is fairly effective at putting them to sleep, so pay attention to 
who you're attacking.  Remember, it doesn't matter how hard they hit if they 
never get to go.  When you're done, continue down the passage to exit the 
castle.  Phew!

Treasure: Phoenix Down, Ether, 1000 gil, Decoy, Dry Ether

You may recall someone talking about these crystals and how we don't want 
Golbez to get them; that's more or less the point of the game right now.  Three
crystals down and one to go, so chase after that last one and see if your plot
bus can beat the game's smackdown wagon.  The Earth Crystal is located in Troia,
which you can reach by flying east of Baron.  The patch of clear land where you
can park your airship is a lot more obvious than it used to be; clearly, these
people should worry less about which megalomaniac is advocating absolute 
monarchy and more about deforestation.

Head into the town first, for their is loot to be had, and any good RPG player
delays following the plot for as long as possible.  The shops are on your map,
but don't get too excited... they're not selling anything you really want to 
buy.  Hey, get back here--it's still not time to go shopping in Mythril.  There
is a free Tent lying around to the right of the armor shop, next to the crate,
and two Hi-Potions in the space behind the weapon and armor shops that, due to
invisible barrier shenanigans, can only be accessed by the northernmost bridge.

That rabbit is hanging out north of the item shop; he has a mission, should you 
choose to accept it.  The Pub is the central building in town; your target is
behind the bar, but the guy next to the door sells you more items.  If you have
100k gil to spare, email me and explain, because it's a totally ridiculous goal
at this point in the game, but you could, theoretically, purchase a Member's
Writ and gain access to The Happiest Place on Earth.  I could get into the
hilarious irony of the matriarchal society also being the only one that seems
to tolerate prostitution, but it's not really that hilarious, and the last thing
I expect from a Japanese video game is gender sensitivity.  Moving right along.

When you're done being a cad, you cad, take a swim in the river.  There's a
Phoenix Down near the bottom of the northish pondlike thingie.  Climb out on 
the northern bank to find an Ether below the girl.  There's 1000 gil to her left
and a Decoy a little further left.  Most importantly, don't forget the Dry Ether
next to the entrance to her glade.

Before you depart, head into the weapons shop, pick your favorite element, and
buy a Shard.  I recommend Fire, and I'd stay away from Lightning, but, hey, it's
your funeral.

That's about it for the town.  Your next destination is the castle.  You don't
need directions, do you?

Treasure: Bacchus's Wine, Tent x2, Hi-Potion x2, Ether x2, Ruby Ring x2

This is, incidentally, my favorite music in the game.  Head up the promenade; 
those only look like stairs, and you can't climb them.  Lame.  Say hi to the
guards; this is a city of women, so even the soldiers are basically caregivers.
(No, I'm not done inserting feminist asides into this guide; the typical gamer
could probably use a few, anyway.)  As you pass under the arch, you can find
secret passages to the left and right that allow you access to the water, but
there's not much there besides some talking frogs.  More guards, from whom we 
find out that we want to speak to some Epopts.  Great word.

Head inside to find more guards (man, am I loving the pink armor; Rosa, pay 
attention), who scoff at the idea of a prince being washed up on their shores. 
Hey, don't we know a prince who might concievably have taken too deep a dip?
Take the left exit from this room to find a path to the infirmary.  Injured
people and story lie within.

Well, in the SNES version, you would have been like "no, please, stay in bed--
we're so tired of you hiding when we need to heal you!", but I kinda want him to
take the chance and give us some more free regen.  You get a plot item, learn
that Rydia didn't make it (but, seriously, do we believe that at this point?), 
and reveal Cecil's psychic abilities; we haven't followed the plot, yet, but he
already knows what the Epopts are presumably going to tell us.

Return to the previous chamber and take the right-hand exit.  There are three
descending staircases in here.  The one on the left isn't useful to you yet;
the one in the middle leads to a lousy Bacchus's Wine hidden in a pot in the
corner; and the one on the right leads to several chests.  You can obtain two
Tents, two Hi-Potions, two Ethers, and two Ruby Rings.

It's time to return to the central chamber and proceed past the chancellor to 
meet with the Epopts.  Make sure you choose all of the dialogue options that
indicate, as you revealed to Edward, that you already knew all about the Dark
Elf and his nefarious schemes.

On your way in, stop to chat with the guard on the right.  Are you serious?
Really?  Mobility?  That's original.

Monsters: Treant, Mortblossom, Cave Naga, Ettin Snake

Before you head north to find a way to Lodestone Cavern, you're going to need
to assemble an alternative to the metal equipment you're probably loaded down 

Lodestone Cavern is on an island to the north, but your Airship can't land 
there; there are too many trees.  Dust off your hiking boots and head north 
through the forest.  Be prepared for several random encounters along the way.
The damn Treants cast Stop ad nauseum, so put them at the top of your 
kill-them-fast list.

You're looking for a Chocobo Forest all the way at the north end of the 
continent.  Hey, look purple, uh, black chocobos!  These guys can fly, but they
can only land in forests, and the return trip will always take you straight
back here.  Less convenient than Airships, but necessary to reach Lodestone 
Cavern, which is to the east.

Monsters: Cait Sith, Needlehog, Ogre
Treasure: Hi-Potion, Unicorn Horn
Map Completion: Ether

As you were warned, metal equipment is a bad idea here.  Here's what I recommend
for each of your characters: Kenpo Gi armor for Cecil, Yang, and Cid; Sage's
Surplice for Tellah.  Wizard's Hat for Cecil; Feathered Cap for Tellah; Headband
for Yang and Cid.  Ruby Ring for everyone; it's cute how silver is suddenly
magnetic.  The only weapon you should have to worry about is Cecil's; 
unfortunately, you have no choice but to pick your favorite element and buy a 
Shard from the shop in Troia.  This is, without a doubt, the least useful
Cecil will ever be as a fighter.  He does so little damage that he's mostly a
healing battery.

Follow the path all the way to the right to collect a Hi-Potion from the chest.
Backtrack to the fork and head down.  There's another chest containing a
Unicorn Horn right above the exit.

Monsters: Cait Sith, Needlehog, Ogre
Treasure: Ether x2, 2000 gil
Map Completion: Vampire Fang x3

Follow the path to a bridge going left and take it.  Make your way down to a
chest containing an Ether, and then backtrack.  Make sure you head far enough
right to fill in your map.  A door to the right of the second bridge leads to a
small area with two treasure chests containing 2000 gil and an Ether.  Continue
left to the exit.  This map can be a little tricky to complete; there's a corner
near the exit that can only be filled in from just below the bridge, even though
it seems like it's further away.

Monsters: Cait Sith, Needlehog, Ogre, Succubus
Treasure: Hi-Potion, Spider Silk, Bronze Hourglass
Map Completion: Silent Bell x3

Head left to a door leading to a save point, then follow the path in its 
generally downish manner.  When you come to the bridge, skip it for now and 
continue down and to the right to a room with chests.  Collect a Hi-Potion,
Spider Silk, and Bronze Hourglass.  Now backtrack to the bridge and cross it.
First go south to fill in the map, and then follow the path up to a door to a 
small area with a chest containg Faerie Claws.  Exit stage right.

Monsters: Cave Naga, Ettin Snake, Cave Bat, Succubus
Treasure: Emergency Exit
Map Completion: Dry Ether

Follow the path left and take the second bridge to a save point before 
backtracking to the ominously statue-flanked way forward.  From here, you can 
skip the door and head left and down to a chest containing an Emergency Exit.
Then, go forward, and face the music.  Reequip your guys in their cool
magnetic equipment first, though.

*Boss Fight: Dark Elf*
Start off by having Cecil cast Protect and Tellah cast shell.  After that, the
competent people should just attack while the old fogey casts Cure every round.
You may have to jump in there with some extra healing, but the important thing
is not to burn through your MP, because this is over pretty quickly.

*Boss Fight: Dark Dragon*
Without giving you a chance to reequip, save, etc., Dark Elf morphs into Dark
Dragon.  This is the real battle.  Keeping everyone alive is priority, and so is
casting Slow on your enemy.  Poison, Silence, and Blind are some other
relatively cheap status-effects that will help you out a lot.  For the most 
part, save Tellah's MP for these and for healing; your fighters will do the
bulk of the damage.  If you're careful and you let Cecil share healing duties,
Tellah should still have enough MP at the end of the fight to cast a Teleport,
making your exit much easier.

After you win, don't forget to collect the Earth Crystal before high-tailing it
out of here.

Treasure: Hi-Potion x2, Remedy x2, Ether x2, Dry Ether x2, Echo Herbs x2,
Elixir, Silver Apple, Great Bow, Ice Arrows, Fire Arrows, Lightning Arrows,
50k gil, 5000 gil

Head back to see the Epopts for some story.  Kain has clearly been spending his
free time learning to be a first-rate ventriloquist.

Be sure to chat with the Epopts (I'm never getting tired of that word) before 
leaving, as one of them gives you permission to loot the basement you weren't
allowed to before.  Exit back to the main room, take the main exit, and then 
take the left staircase.  In the chests, you'll find two each of Hi-Potions,
Remedies, Ethers, Dry Ethers, and Echo Herbs; an Elixir, a Silver Apple, a Great
Bow, Ice Arrows, Fire Arrows, 50,000 gil, 5000 gil, and Lightning Arrows.  That
sure was nice of those Epopts; they must be under the impression that we're 
returning the Crystal of Earth to them.

Now that you've collected your loot, go pay a visit to Edward, the guy who just
saved your butt.  Depending on what augments you gave him before, he has some to
give you now.

When you're ready for more plot, hop in the Airship.

Monsters: Marionette, Marionetteer, Purple Bavarois, Centaur Knight, 
Frost Beast
Treasure: Flame Mail
Map Completion: Zeus's Wrath x5

Gee, and I really thought that he'd just make the swap.  If you head to your 
left, you can leave the Tower by walking into the portal.  Unfortunately, you've
lost control of your Airship, so I hope you didn't want to go anywhere without
a handy patch of forest for the black chocobos to land in.

Start by filling in the map to your left and right.  Go back to the central area
and take the path going up and to the left to find a chest with a Flame Mail.
Fill in the rest of the map before heading to the upper-right portion where the
exit is.

Monsters: Centaur Knight, Purple Bavarois, Gremlin, Ice Lizard
Treasure: Flame Sword
Map Completion: Heavenly Wrath x3

Follow the path left and up.  The exit is all the way to the left, but you'll
have to do a bit of walking around to fill in the map.  There's a chest 
containing a Flame Sword and an enemy ambush if you follow the path all the way 
down and to the right.  The fight is against a Flame Dog, so be careful if 
you've equipped your characters to deal fire-based damage.  Watch out for the
Blaze attack that can decimate your party's HP and keep everyone healed, and you
should be fine.

Monsters: Ice Lizard, Black Knight, Soldieress, Fell Turtle
Map Completion: Blue Fang

This is another floor where filling in the map involves irritating backtracking.
Head all the way right, then up, loop back down and go left, fill in the map in 
this big loop, backtrack to the first loop and continue up and left to the exit.

Monsters: Sorceress, Soldieress, Ice Beast, Ice Lizard, Fell Turtle, Black 
Treasure: Gaia Hammer, Sage's Surplice, Hell Claws, Flame Shield
Map Completion: Elixir

You start out with only one way to go, so go that way.  Head up at the first 
fork, and then left for a door to the next floor and a treasure chest containing
a Gaia Hammer, which Cid should equip immediately and spam every turn for earth-
elemental damage to all enemies.  Backtrack to that last fork and go right,
heading up the stairs to a chest with a Sage's Surplice.  Backtrack again and go
up for another door leading to a chest with Hell Claws.  Keep going left along 
this path and all the way down for a Flame Shield.  Now back track to the lower
path and continue right past the fork and all the way up to the exit (finally!).

Monsters: Ice Beast, Ice Lizard, Soldieress
Map Completion: Bronze Hourglass x3

Follow the path down.  See that door?  Inside is a save point.  Use it!  
Continue along the path...

*Boss Fight: Magus Sisters*
Your enemies have a pretty set pattern of attacks.  Cindy heals, Mindy casts
offensive spells, and Sandy casts Reflect on Mindy.  This is probably the order
you want to take them out in.  Tellah should start by casting Shell on everyone
and then Haste on Cid, Cecil, and Yang, in that order.  After that, he's on 
healing duty; just be careful to use items instead of spells if you need to heal
someone who caught a reflected Reflect.  Cid is, by far, your most valuable
character in this fight; he should do nothing but spam that Gaia Hammer.  Cecil
should generally attack, or pitch in with healing as needed, and Yang can either
Kick or just Attack. 

Go back and save.  Let's make the upcoming Tellah vs. Golbez Battle Royale a
bit more of a challenge by removing all of Tellah's gear before we continue on 
our way.

Continue to the next floor and head up for some epic storyline stuff.  

When that's over, don't forget to pick up the one-to-three shinies that are 
laying around, depending on how many Augments you gave Tellah.  Next, go see how
buddy is doing.  His body didn't get corpse-invisibility or whatever, so he's 
probably more or less okay.

Watch the touching reunion, etc., and equip your new buddies.  I recommend 
keeping Cid and Rosa in the back row.  Start heading for the exit...

Follow the path down.  See that door?  Inside is a save point.  Use it!  
Continue along the path...

*Boss Fight: Magus Sisters*
Your enemies have a pretty set pattern of attacks.  Cindy heals, Mindy casts
offensive spells, and Sandy casts Reflect on Mindy.  This is probably the order
you want to take them out in.  Tellah should start by casting Shell on everyone
and then Haste on Cid, Cecil, and Yang, in that order.  After that, he's on 
healing duty; just be careful to use items instead of spells if you need to heal
someone who caught a reflected Reflect.  Cid is, by far, your most valuable
character in this fight; he should do nothing but spam that Gaia Hammer.  Cecil
should generally attack, or pitch in with healing as needed, and Yang can either
Kick or just Attack. 

Go back and save.  Let's make the upcoming Tellah vs. Golbez Battle Royale a
bit more of a challenge by removing all of Tellah's gear before we continue on 
our way.

Continue to the next floor and head up for some epic storyline stuff.  

When that's over, don't forget to pick up the one-to-three shinies that are 
laying around, depending on how many Augments you gave Tellah.  Next, go see how
buddy is doing.  His body didn't get corpse-invisibility or whatever, so he's 
probably more or less okay.

Watch the touching reunion, etc., and equip your new buddies.  I recommend 
keeping Cid and Rosa in the back row.  Start heading for the exit...

*Boss Fight: Barbarricia*
Open up with a Slow from Rosa, followed by Shell; Cecil should start by casting
Protect.  Barbarricia counters physical attacks, so, after that, Cecil should 
stick to using items, healing spells, and Cover on Rosa.  Cid's Gaia Hammer 
isn't useful at all here, so keep him on the Item Patrol, too.  Yang will be
your primary physical attacker, and he should always Focus a couple of times 
before going, to minimize the number of counter attacks he draws.  If
Barbariccia turns into a tornado, she'll be invulnerable until Kain Jumps on 
her, so make sure he's always available for that.  This fight might feel like 
it's taking a while, but that's mostly because only two of your characters get
to do anything.


We're back in a place that Rosa is clearly very familiar with.  When Kain's done
explaining the plot, head outside and pick up your fabulous remote-controlled

We're supposed to be looking for some place to do something with that key item
you just got, but we're going to take a detour first.  Head back to Lodestone
Cavern and make your way all the way back to the crystal chamber.  I know, I
know, but there's an augment lying on the floor for you to collect.

If you've been frugal thus far, you might have the money to buy a Member's Writ
in the pub in Troia.  Definitely do so if this is the case.  Give it to the man 
standing in the back of the pub and explore your new horizons...or whatever.
If you head for the door through which the dancers enter, you'll find a secret
path leading to the Gil Farmer augment.  It's a good idea to give this to 
someone who spends a lot of time in your party, like, say, Cecil.  Just saying.

When you're ready to pursue the plot, hop in your Airship and fly to Agart, an
island almost directly south of Baron.

Treasure: Hi-Potion, Phoenix Down, Cottage, Potion, Gaia Drum, Antarctic Wind

The house in the lower left is the home of an astronomer who will let you look
through his telescope, if you're interested.  If you take the stairs behind the
pond and go all the way down to the end of the outcropping, there's a Hi-Potion
hidden in the bushes.  You can find a Phoenix Down behind the bush obstructing
the right-hand path around the little patch of raised ground south of the lake,
and a Potion in the smaller bushes above that.  There's a Cottage hidden behind
the bush east of the pond.  Namingway is hanging out in the house just to the 
east of the pond, and there's a Gaia Drum hidden in the bushes to the left.
There's an Antarctic Wind in the small bushes below the house.

Namingway's new request for you is that you find him some Rainbow Pudding.  This
is a rare drop from all flan-type monsters, so good luck.

When you're done checking out the town, head to the well in the very center of
town.  Toss the Magma Stone down the hatch.

Finish up any business you may have top-side, and then fly your Airship over to 
the newly created belly button of the world.

The ship's on auto-pilot for now, while you watch some story happen.  Hey, 
tanks!  I gotta get me one of those.

When you regain control, head south.  

Treasure: Gysahl Greens x3, 5000 gil, Dwarven Axe, Ether x2, Elixir x2, Silver
Hourglass, Power Armlet, Hi-Potion, Bacchus's Wine x2, Black Belt Gi, 
Cottage x3, Bomb Fragment

It's not much of a hike to safety.  When you enter, head straight up.  Cid's 
going to be pretty busy with his busted Airship for a while, so now's a good 
time to relieve him of any good equipment he may be carrying.

You can head through the left exit if you need to rest or buy any items, but
your exploration of the castle is limited for now.  There's also 5000 gil to be
found in the corner to the left of the counter, right where you see what looks
like a coin box on the counter.  When you're ready, head to the throne room, 
which you can reach by going up from the first indoor chamber.

*Boss Fight: Chuckie x6*
Okay, you're actually fighting Calca x3 and Brina x3.  Rosa should start out by 
casting Slow while Cecil casts Protect.  It might seem like a really good idea 
to go nuts with Yang's Kick here, but each of the six dolls gets a chance to 
counter that.  If you're going to be doing mass attacks, take a few turns to 
Focus first.  If you don't manage a quick victory, you'll have to fight the 
survivors in their merged form: Calcabrina.

Watch some story, and then...

*Boss Fight: Golbez*
Start this fight off by casting Slow on Golbez, Shell on the party, and having 
Kain jump.  If you can pull all three off, you'll be in good shape, but there's
not a lot of room for error here.  After a bit, all of your characters but Cecil
will be auto-killed.  When you regain control, revive Rosa as quickly as 
possible.  Cast Libra to determine what elemental damage to go for, and then 
have Rydia summon or cast black magic to take Golbez down.  Cecil and Rosa will
be too busy healing the trio to bother bringing Yang or Kain back to life.  If
Rosa does get a spare turn, you're better off taking a chance on Prayer to get 
Rydia some free MP back, but you should be fine without it.  It takes about 
three successful summons to defeat him.

I like it better when deus ex machina lets ME win.

After the battle, King Giott outlines your new plan.  Instead of racing Golbez 
to the next crystal and either getting there moments too late or doing all the
hard work for him so he can simply snatch the prize out of your hands, you're 
going to let Golbez go after the next one while you sneak into his tower and
steal the other seven.  This dwarf guy could probably get us out of Iraq, too,
if he put his mind to it.

Now that you're free to explore the castle, have at it.  Don't forget to heal
your party and go shopping.  Give your new Augment to Cecil to replace Cover, if
you want my advice, and, if you don't, what are we doing here, anyway?  If you
found and delivered the Rainbow Pudding to Whoeverway, he'll be hanging out in
the Pub here, and you can get the Eye Gouge Augment from him.  

If you head back to the inn and take the stairs in the right part of that room,
you'll come to a hallway in the middle of which is the dwarf who will let you 
use the secret passage.  Past that, there's a place to summon a Fat Chocobo, or
Godsbird, as is the local parlance; there are three Gysahl Greens in the pots 
to the right of the nest.  Head up the stairs here to reach the weaponsmith and
armory.  The lower left stairs lead back to the chamber before the throne room;
take the door between the two counters.

This is the pub, but it seems pretty sparse for the place where the dwarves go
to get drunk.  Aren't they supposed to be a little more lusty than that?  If
you check the lower portion of the right-hand wall, you'll find a secret passage
leading to another area.  You've found the Developer's Office!  Talk to 
everyone here and check the bookshelf.  Return to the counter you passed before
and place the "magazine" you found on the counter to the right of the caped
guy.  When you're done, go downstairs and pick up the shiny.  It's the Reach 

When you're done, return to the shops and take the stairs in the upper right.

You're now in the EAST TOWER - 1F, where you can find a treasure chest
containing a Dwarven Axe.  The dude on the second floor informs you that this 
stuff is yours for the looting, possibly in a passive-aggressive bid to remind
you that he knew you were going to take it anyway.  All that's in here is a
Bacchus's Wine hidden in the pot by itself to the left of the ascending
staircase.  You can access it by walking under the pots at the bottom of the 
room.  Keep going up.  The Ether is easy to reach; you can get the Silver
Hourglass and Power Armlet to your right and left, respectively, by aiming for
a secret passage in the lower portion of the adjacent wall.  You can use the 
same passage to traverse the lower wall and find an Elixir in the chest below.

Return to the first floor of the East Tower and take the exit in the lower part
of the room to reach the battlements, from which you can access the 
aptly-named West Tower.  Head up to the second floor.  If you go around the pots
on the left side of the room, you can get between them and the wall and find a
Bacchus's Wine in the cluster all the way to the right.  For all the dwarven
generosity, that's it for here.  Go upstairs.  The chest on the left is easily
accessed; the other chests are accessed through a secret passage running inside 
the walls.  Start by heading up when you're still inside the doorway to the 
first chest.  You can collect a Hi-Potion, Elixir, Black Belt Gi, and an Ether.

When you're finished, head back to the door that was previously guarded.  The 
door leads to an area with three chests containing three Cottages.  In the next
area, there's a suspicious patch of blank floor that you can't actually walk on;
check it for a Bomb Fragment.  Is it just me, or did the developers really drop
the ball with hidden items?  (If you're having trouble finding it, it's almost
straight below the third dwarf from the right, where the floor changes color, 
and a little to the left.)  There's a fabulous pot of free healing behind 
another dwarf all the way to the left, and the exit is below him.

Monsters: Armadillo, Magma Tortoise, Fell Turtle, Goblin Captain, Black Lizard,

Sorry, couldn't help myself.  (Would you prefer "Hell Countryside"?)

The Tower of Babil is to the north, but it wouldn't hurt to spend a little time
leveling Rydia up when you're this close to free healing.  Her HP could really
use some implants.  As you approach the Tower, you'll see a trio of cute blue
tanks valiantly attempting to blow up the monolith.  I sort of hope they don't
succeed while I'm inside.


INN - 50

Potion 30
Phoenix Down 100
Gold Needle 80
Eye Drops 30
Antidote 40
Tent 100
Bestiary 50

SUNDRIES II (return to Baron)
Hi-Potion 150
Echo Herbs 50
Maiden's Kiss 60
Gnomish Bread 100
Red Fang 5500
White Fang 5500
Blue Fang 5500

WEAPONSMITH (return to Baron)
Thunder Rod 700
Healing Staff 480
Flame Claws 350
Ice Claws 450
Lightning Claws 550

ARMORER (return to Baron)
Headband 450
Kenpo Gi 4000
Silver Armlet 650


INN - 50

Potion 30
Phoenix Down 100
Gold Needles 80
Maiden's Kiss 60
Eye Drops 30
Antidote 40
Tent 100
Emergency Exit 200

Rod 100
Staff 160
Bow 220
Arrows 50

Leather Cap 100
Clothing 50
Leather Clothing 200
Iron Armlet 100


INN - 100

Potion 30
Phoenix Down 100
Gold Needle 80
Maiden's Kiss 60
Eye Drops 30
Antidote 40
Tent 100
Gysahl Greens 50

Flame Claws 350
Ice Claws 450
Lightning Claws 550
Demon Helm 980
Demon Armor 3000
Demon Gloves 800


INN - 200

Hi-Potion 150
Phoenix Down 100
Gold Needle 80
Echo Herbs 50
Antidote 40
Cottage 500
Emergency Exit 200
Bestiary 50

Wizard's Hat 700
Gaia Gear 500
Silver Armlet 650
Lustrous Shield 700
Lustrous Helm 4000
Knight's Armor 8000
Gauntlets 3000

Ice Rod 220
Flame Rod 380
Healing Staff 480
Power Bow 700
Holy Arrows 500


INN - 50

Bard's Tunic 700

Whip 3000
Dancing Dagger 5000


INN - 500

Maiden's Kiss 60
Mallet 80
Diet Ration 100
Bomb Crank 1200
Arctic Wind 1200
Heavenly Wrath 1200

Mythril Shield 1000
Mythril Helm 3000
Mythril Armor 17000
Mythril Gloves 2000

Mythrill Staff 4000
Mythril Knife 3000
Mythril Hammer 8000
Mythril Sword 6000


INN - 400

Wooden Hammer 80
Fireshard 300
Frostshard 300
Thundershard 300

Leather Cap 100
Feathered Cap 330
Clothing 50
Leather Clothing 200
Ruby Ring 1000

Potion 30
Hi-Potion 150
Phoenix Down 100
Gold Needle 80
Maiden's Kiss 60
Eye Drops 30
Antidote 40
Tent 100

Gysahl Greens 50
Bomb Fragment 200
Zeus's Wrath 200
Antarctic Wind 200
Member's Writ 100,000


INN - 50

Potion 30
Hi-Potion 150
Phoenix Down 100
Gold Needle 80
Echo Herbs 50
Eye Drops 30
Antidote 40
Tent 100

Iron Shield 100
Iron Helm 150
Iron Armor 600
Iron Gloves 130
Iron Armlet 100

Rod 100
Staff 160
Spear 60
Boomerang 3000
Bow 220
Power Bow 700
Iron Arrows 50
Holy Arrows 500


INN - 600

Gysahl Greens 50
Bomb Fragment 200
Zeus's Wrath 200
Antarctic Wind 200
Bestiary 50
Gnomish Bread 100
Emergency Exit 200

Potion 30
Hi-Potion 150
Phoenix Down 100
Cottage 500
Remedy 500
Cross 100
Echo Herbs 50

Dwarven Axe
Great Bow
Blinding Arrows
Flame Sword
Flame Lance

Flame Shield 1250
Flame Mail 20000
Sage's Miter 2000
Sage's Surplice 1200
Rune Armlet 2000


Thanks for reading!  Final Fantasy IV is my favorite game of all time, and this
is my first playthrough of the DS version.  If you pick up on a secret that I've
missed, drop me an email at karasuman@aol.com.

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