A glitch with Thunder Strike adds its hit rate to Iai Strike when both can be used by the same person. This makes Thunder Strike useless on these characters, while Iai Strike has an unintentionally high potency.
During development, the ending for this game changed a total of seven different times.
When developed, it was decided Final Fantasy IX would reflect the older Final Fantasy games in a sort of watershedding experience. Several features reflect this: a plot focused on crystals, the appearance of Vivi as the archetypal black mage, and the rural settings in much of the game as compared to the modern/futuristic settings of Final Fantasy VII and VIII.
A minor sidequest in the game dubbed "The Lost Nero Family" involves Zidane returning to the Nero family after various points in the game to see the family growing increasingly larger. This quest was not fully understood or discovered until 2013, 13 years after the game's release.
Veteran composer Nobuo Uematsu composed a total of 160 songs for the game with 140 of them appearing in the final product.
Normally the only way to obtain the Excalibur II is by playing the game in under 12 hours. However, if the internal clock passes 25,600 hours it will cycle back to 0 hours, allowing you to obtain the Excalibur II without playing for under 12 hours, or obtain it a second time.
Development of this game began before development of Final Fantasy VIII was completed.
Development took place in Hawaii to allow compromise for developers living in both Japan and the United States.
Another reason for Hironobu Sakaguchi to make Final Fantasy IX reflective on the previous entries was because it would be the last of the franchise released for the Sony PlayStation.
The game was almost not named Final Fantasy IX. The developers wanted to give the game a different title as the game's setting greatly contrasts from VII and VIII, and were worried that the change of environment would alienate players.
The creation of Active Time Events was the result of the team wanting to create an understandable story with deep character involvement.
Hironobu Sakaguchi has stated that Final Fantasy IX is his favorite entry in the series explaining that the game is the closest to his ideal view of what Final Fantasy should be.
The medieval setting of Final Fantasy IX was chosen to avoid redundancy with the futuristic settings of VII and VIII.
Hiroyuki Ito commented on the game's medieval setting: "The development team is attracted to European history and mythology because of its depth and its drama." Much of the game's medieval setting was greatly inspired by Norse and Northern European mythology.
Nobuo Uematsu composed the music on piano, and even had an opportunity to visit Europe for musical inspiration.
Zidane - You don't need a reason to help people.
Eiko: Why the long face?
Amarant: The only dependable thing about the future is uncertainty.
Freya: Is the child alright, Zidane?
Freya: "To be forgotten is a fate worse than death."
Vivi: How do you prove that you exist? Maybe we don't exist...
Garnet: Someday I will be queen, but I will always be myself.
Zidane: I had a whole speech ready for her. But it would've been a lie! How could I lie to her!? 'Good luck, Dagger! I'll be watching you from afar.' 'Come find me if you need someone to talk to.' It's a big fat lie! That's not how I feel at all! That's not how I feel... at all.
Marcus: No cloud, no squall shall hinder us!
Garnet-"Someday I will be Queen, but I will always be myself.”
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Quina: "Why you care about small things? World very simple place. World only have two things: Things you can eat and things you no can eat."
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Zidane Tribal: In the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't. You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair... but that's the way things are. The choice is yours.
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Zidane: Don't worry, Princess. It's my friend Cinna!
Steiner:Having sworn fealty, must I spend my life in servitude?
Quina: I do what I want! You have problem?
Moguta: I'm kupo for kupo nuts!
Zidane: Ipsen and his good friend Colin worked at a tavern in Treno. One day, Ipsen got a letter. The letter was so wet from rain that most of the writing was illegible. The only part he could read said "Come back home." Nowadays, we have airships and stuff, but back then, it was really hard to travel. He didn't know why he had to go back, but he got some time off, gathered his things, and set out on his journey home. He walked a thousand leagues through the Mist. Sometimes he was attacked by vicious monsters, but he made it, because his friend Colin was by his side. And then, after much time on the road... He had to ask Colin something: "Why did you come with me?"
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Ramuh: "There are many paths. Remember that you alone choose the path on which you walk."
Holy Bell Inscription: "We seek the meaning of life because we are mortal." -- Minu
Eiko: I don't wanna be alone anymore.
Zidane: This is my home. This is the place I call home. The man is still looking for his birthplace. But he already has a home.
Garnet: I have a favor I wish to ask of you... I wish to be kidnapped right away.
Freya: I failed Burmecia.. but I won't fail Cleyra, no matter what.
Freya: Rat-face... After I finish my drink, I'm gonna kick your butt.
Quina: Frog. Is...talking? Should I eat..? Maybe I eat.
Beatrix: I once killed a hundred knights single-handedly... To me, you two are nothing more than insects.
Necron: I am the darkness of eternity...
Eiko: Zidane! Oh, it was horrible! He called me a liar and a loudmouth and a brat!
Zidane: "I beseech thee, wondrous moonlight, grant me my only wish! Bring my beloved Dagger to me!"
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"To be forgotten is worse than death." - Freya
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"To be forgotten is worse than death" -Freya
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Amarant:I'm beginning to understand why he won and I lost...I lost against his way of thinking...
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Steiner:Chivalry requires a knight to look after his comrades-in-arms. I'll not abandon you! And I shall follow you to kingdom come if I must. You remember that!
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Connection to Other Media
Necron's warning that "fear leads to anger... anger leads to hate... hate leads to suffering" is a direct reference to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
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On Disc 3, one of the supervisors in Lindblum's business district will say "Dammit, Jim! I'm a doctor, not a miracle-worker!" This is an obvious poke at Star Trek's McCoy and his famous catchphrase.
Wayne and Torres, the Lindblum synth shop workers, are named for the same policemen in Parasite Eve. They assisted the player with weapon-related duties there, as well.
During the course of FFIX, you will have to piece together something called the "Story of Joseph". This story relates much of the plot found in the early half of the Japanese FFII. This includes the prelude to the fight against the Paramekian Empire, and focuses on Joseph's (then Josef in other releases of FFII) aid of your FFII party as you go through the Snow Cave to obtain the Goddess Bell, which ultimately culminates in Joseph's death.
Freya's "Reis's Wind" skill -- whose animation features swirling dragons -- is a reference to Reis Dular, the erstwhile dragon in Final Fantasy Tactics. Most of Reis' skillset is dragon-oriented.
Marcus' exclamation that "no cloud, no squall, shall hinder us", directly references the protagonists of the preceding entries in the series, Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII.
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