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/=================================\ | Final Fantasy Tactics | | Tactics and Secrets | | Ver 0.4 | | | | Mantained by Ignacio de Lucas | | (firstname.lastname@example.org) | \=================================/ This file should come in a ZIP with another four: fftfaq : Main FAQ and general information ffttips : Tactics and secrets (this file) fftabil : Ability list fftitems : Item list fftshark : Action Replay / Game Shark codes Newest revisions of this FAQ can be found at: Kao Megura's Homepage (http://www.fortunecity.com/bally/orange/25/) The UnOfficial Squaresoft Homepage (unofficial.sqla.com) Www.GameFaqs.Com (www.gamefaqs.com) The Chocobo Range (www.cronorye.com/ff7.html) Your Final Fantasy Tactics Page (www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Castle/3202/fftmain.htm) Import RPG Help (members.aol.com/magicnerd8/import.html) The Final Fantasy Tactics Page (www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Alley/7937/fft.html) Square Kappa's Page (www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Dungeon/2048/index.html) -" ooOo,o+oo -" 1. - Secrets 1.1 - How to get Cloud 1.2 - The Deep Dungeon by Wardancer 1.3 - Deep Dungeon Guide 2. - Tips 2.1 - Side quests notes by Darren Chan 2.2 - Brave and Faith trick by Slick 2.3 - Text Adventure walkthrough by Somsak Sriprayoonsakul 2.4 - Autopotion trick by Oscar Ramos 2.5 - Training method by Eugene Shen 3. - Notes about the game system 3.1 - Preview attack damage and chance 3.2 - Preview attack timing 3.3 - Job System notes by Darren Chan 3.4 - Random encounter notes by Slick 3.5 - Attribute gaining table by Alucard 3.6 - Equipment wearing table by Alucard 3.7 - Brave and Faith explanation by Zhou Tai An 3.8 - Zodiac Signs explanation by Gary Fung, Lim Kheng Chye and Chia Chee Teng 4. - Strategies 4.1 - Fight against Wirgraff/Berias 4.2 - Getting the Zodiac summon spell by Tatsushi Nakao 4.3 - The dam stage 5. - Miscellaneous -" o¤ -_ oOo+oaoo+o"o› -" -" o¤.o¤ -_ oEo<o” o"o< oØo+o" oAoo<ooo, o,oO o-o<ooo odo oo"o- -" If you hadn't heard it yet, it is possible to get Cloud to join your party during Chapter Four. The following information is mostly from an article by Joe Chan (email@example.com) published in Playstation Gamer (http://home.sn.no/~wchan), and has been verified by me. Thanks to Somsak Sriprayoonsakul, Sean Camanyag and Bloops for a lot of corrections about this. 1.- Go to Zerutenia castle (%'E>_%) and talk to the barman. Ask about all topics and one of them (I don't remember which one it was :) ) should open a path to a nearby island. There a red dot will appear : the temple of Nerubeska (I%U1r"AA). It will not activate yet. 2.- Go to the trade city of Zargidos (E€oxO_O-r1). Aerith will appear and sell you a flower. I think the second choice is to buy it. 3.- Go to the industrial city of Gorg (‘-1cO_O'-o) with Mustadio (.1"€oÝ) in your party. He and Basrodio (D1€oÝ) will discover a ball-shaped machine. 4.- Go to the mining town of Gorurand (A1UO_O'%,›). Enter the bar and choose the sub-quest whose max number of days is 6. After completing it, a new sub-quest with the same name but with a 2 by it should appear, do this one also. Lastly, talk to the barman and ask him about the last topic listed. 5.- Go to the royal capital Ruzaria (yYO%^>). After an event, Beiouf (U ÝYO) will ask to join your party. Choose the second option to allow him to do so. 6.- Go back to Gorurand. There will be a series of battles in snowy terrain. At the end, you should protect the Holy Dragon and she should join you. You will receive one Zodiac Stone. 7.- Go back to Gorg. Basrodio and Mustadio will activate the machine and it will turn into a robot, which will join you. They will also discover another strange-looking machine. 8.- Go back to Nerubeska. The red dot will activate and you will fight against another robot. You will receive another Zodiac Stone and the Holy Dragon will turn into the dragooner, Rerze. 9.- Go back to Gorg again and you will activate the strange machine with the stone. Cloud will be summoned, but he will not be interested in you and he will run away 10.-Go back to Zargidos and after an event, you will have to protect Cloud (who is unarmed) from the gang of thugs that attacked Aerith. After you win the combat, Cloud will join your party. 11.-Go to the active volcano of Berubenia (U%UE>3SyD_3) and keep going back and forth until you are attacked. Get someone who is equipped with the Item User's "Item Find" movement ability and have him/her climb to the highest point in the screen, a rock needle. There you should find the Materia Blade. Once Cloud equips it, he will be able to use his innate special ability, "Limit". IMPORTANT : It seems that some of these events (well, at least step 10) won't happen until the main story has reached a certain point (in that case, until Ramza fights his brother Daisdarg), so if you are stuck there try advancing the plot some more. Note that Cloud can join your party even just before the last series of battles (and I suspect the whole process can be done at the very end as well). If you do so, however, you should save your game in a different slot every time you are allowed to save between a series of battles, because one of these leads to the end and you can't get out of it (and henceforth get Cloud). Well, that's all. I think that you must keep Mustadio, and later Beiouf and the Holy Dragon, alive and in your party while you are following these steps. I don't know if you can get Cloud without some of these characters (eg. if you don't allow Mustadio to join you, he theoretically should be able to find the machines), as I haven't tried it. -" o¤.oy -_ oŽo+o+od oŽoooOoØo+o<oO oŸo- oxo oo,o oOoao+o -" There is another optional quest you can do in chapter four. Go to Uoojiris (E€oxO_OYc-,^1), the most southern town on the map and a little animation will take place where you go into the bar. Then a path will appear to a red dot in an island. That is the Deep Dungeon. It is a underground dungeon in which there is no light. You can't see the floor until someone dies and leaves a crystal. Also, the only way to proceed to new floors is by finding the exit before finishing all the enemies. It is on a different place in each level and unfortunatelly it isn't marked in any way, even with the walls at max illumination. So you just have to put one enemy to sleep or something and search for it. The enemies in the dungeon are very numerous and usually at a level much higher than you. The good news are that once you find the exit and succed in the battle, you will be transported back to the main map and from then on you may access that floor directly, so you can take your time navigating through all the floors. There seem to be many special weapons lying around in the floors, so I reccomend you equip all your party members with the "Item Finding" movement ability. The last level, "End", contains a type of zodiac beast, and his 6 demon helpers. For some reason, you also have a demon as a guest that will join you after the battle. Ignacio's note - That Zodiac Beast, Serpentarius, is able to use the most powerful summon spell in the game, "Zodiac". Your own summoners can learn it if they are hit by it and live. See section 5 for details. -" o¤.o3 -_ oŽo+o+od oŽoooOoØo+o<oO o€ooo,o,o+ -" This is a list of all items I have found in the first nine floors of the Deep Dungeon. Their positions are given as coordinates taking the lower left corner of the map as the origin. The problem is that as the map is rotable, which corner is the lower left one depends only on how many times you have rotated it. To solve this, I have included a mini-map for each level in which I give the heights of the four corners of the map. You just have to match these to know which corner is the "lower left" one. As a rule of thumb, I consider the starting side of your party to be the upper side of the map. Note : Some of the items and the exits for the first four levels are missing, because I started the guide after getting them. Could anyone please send me these? Thanks! Example: 1,10 ,-- --, 10,10 <---- Coordinates for the upper right corner. |22 23| <---- Height of the upper right corner | 0 2| 1, 1 `-- --' 10, 1 STARWOLF'S NOTE: In Deep Dungeon, if your Brave is very LOW, you will find better goods than Phoenix Tails. Use Lafa as the item-finder. Find the exit door first, so that you can enter the same floor again. When she found a Phoenix Tail, reset game and try again. This consumes a lot more time but you will get extraordinally good weapons/armors. Well, since I (Ignacio) mapped out all the Phoenix Tails' locations in all floors from the fourth one on, that should make things a lot easier. Gee, aren't you happy I'm a perfectionist maniac? Level 1 : Nogias 1,10 ,-- --, 10,10 |22 23| | 0 2| 1, 1 `-- --' 10, 1 1, 7 (height 20) : Phoenix No O (O EA_1 IEo) 1,10 (height 22) : Phoenix No O (thanks to Adam Page) 10, 5 (height 17) : Phoenix No O ?, ? (height ?) : Blaze Gun (T ›) 4, 2 (height 1) : Exit (Thanks to Adam Page again) Level 2 : Terminate 1,12 ,-- --, 9,12 | 9 12| | 1 2| 1, 1 `-- --' 9, 1 5, 1 (height 0) : Phoenix no O 7, 8 (height 6) : Blood Sword (T,A®-) ?, ? (height ?) : Exit Level 3 : Delta 1,16 ,-- --, 10,16 | 1 1 | | 0 0 | 1, 1 `-- --' 10, 1 8,10 (height 4.5) or 7, 9 (height 2.5) : Yoichi's Bow (I"o I‘Y) ?, ? (height ?) : Exit Level 4 : Valkyries 1,16 ,-- --, 11,16 | 0 9 | | 0 0 | 1, 1 `-- --' 11, 1 3,13 (height 7) : Phoenix no O 10, 6 (height 4) : Phoenix no O 9, 5 (height 4) : Phoenix no O 8, 8 (height 5) : Otome no Kiss 11, 6 (height 4) : Caesar Plate (r"‘%x-E) 3, 3 (height 2) : Exit Level 5 : Mlapan 1,12 ,-- --, 7,12 | 7 11| | 1 1 | 1, 1 `-- --' 7, 1 1, 1 (height 1) : Phoenix no O 7,12 (height 11) : Elixir ("^_‘-) 1,12 (height 7) : Iga Spy Knife (oEy€Y ) 5, 3 (height 0) : Exit Level 6 : Tiger 1,11 ,-- --, 10,11 | 5 5 | | 0 0 | 1, 1 `-- --' 10, 1 1,10 (height 5) : Phoenix no O 1,11 (height 5) : Phoenix no O 2,10 (height 5) : Cursed Ring (" I_OIO) 2,11 (height 5) : Blast Gun (T,1E›) 1, 1 (height 0) : Exit Level 7 : Bridge 1,15 ,-- --, 9,15 | 0 3 | | 0 2 | 1, 1 `-- --' 9, 1 5,11 (height 13) : Phoenix no O 5,13 (height 12) : Phoenix no O 5,15 (height 10) : Phoenix no O 5, 5 (height 12) : Elixir 3, 9 (height 2) : Exit Level 8 : Voyage 1,14 ,-- --, 13,14 | 3 0 | | 0 5 | 1, 1 `-- --' 13, 1 9, 7 (height 3) : Phoenix no O 4, 9 (height 3) : Phoenix no O 5,11 (height 3) : Phoenix no O 7, 8 (height 3) : Robe Of Lord (-TÝT-) 1,14 (height 3) : Exit Level 9 : Horror 1,10 ,-- --, 12,10 | 1 1 | | 0 7 | 1, 1 `-- --' 12, 1 9, 5 (height 8) : Phoenix no O 9, 6 (height 2) : Phoenix no O 2, 4 (height 2) : Elixir 3, 1 (height 4) : Maximilian (__£ ^>›) 3, 6 (height 2) : Exit -" oy -_ oOo,odo› -" -" oy.o¤ -_ oOo,o,o+ oooo+o›o"o› oŸo- oŽo ooo+oO oAoSo oO -" When you get to a bar, you can send your characters to do side quests. People sometimes ask you to get rid of monsters or to help them find something, so you send three of your characters in a specified number of days to do the quest (no battles or events involved), and you have to give them money for allowances (?) to do the quest as well. After the completion date you can return to the same bar and ask them to report to you. They will tell you what happened in their quest and finally give you what they found in their quest and each of the participating members get their JP. Some special items that cannot be used in battles are found by using this method (such as books that you can actually read). Sometimes they may even find new "secret" locations that contain interesting stuff. I've found a town where it is said magical knights live there, however this town has not appeared on the map (yet?). Thus I'm not sure whether these places are for real or not. As you get more of those treasures that you earn in the side quests your reputation as an "adventurer" or "treasure hunter" increases. (I don't know what these do to the game though) (Ignacio's notes: One day passes for each move you make in the world map. If you want the time to go faster, you can always find two adjacent blue spots and go from one to the other repeatedly (great way to reproduce your monsters, by the way). On the other hand, it is unknown if finishing the game in more or less days will have negative consequences, and you could use this time to train your other characters) * oy.oy - oAoo o"o+ o oOo, o'o o,o"oS oŸo- oOoo,oao% * Speaker's Faith up and Brave up ability can raise character's stats permanently (Ramza's abilities that raise them work just al well). The stats lowers a bit after the battle, but remains higher than what they start out with. For example, you raise a character's Brave from 45 to 60. After the battle, his brave is probably around 50. Keep casting that ability in the game to pump up the stats for all of your characters. WARNING - If you raise them both above 100, the character will leave your party PERMANENTLY. So remember to keep them below 95 just in case. You may receive a warning if you go above 90, but don't worry. * oy.o3 - oOo+ooo" o o,o"o+oOo"oooo+ o”o oo%o"oSoo<oooØoS oŸo- oOo<oo›o o% oOoo,odoo o-o<o<oOo›o o%ooo -" I have a little walkthrough of the "text adventure" that is in the book about flying ship (I can't read this book's name). This book is a random item you can find sometimes after you complete a sub-quest. (See 10.1). To read it, you must choose the Brave Story menu option in which you can display all special items you have found, choose the book and press triangle. You will play as captain of "Gloria flying ship" who fights against "Paramegia empire" (Paramegia is a boss of FF2j). You must find the Legendary Four Orbs to defeat Paramegia. After all the conversation you will see three commands appear: 1. See "Kashibu" (statue that contains legendary orbs) 2. Move 3. See the rules about HP You will see the HP below. You start out with 15000 hp and every action you do has a cost in HP. eg. if you want to land on the continent you will lose 500 HP If you choose Move: 1. Go North 2. Go South 3. Return to middle area (main menu) If you choose North or South: 1. Northeast or Southeast 2. Northwest or Southwest At last, the name of two continents will appear, depending on which direction you chose before. If you choose Northeast: 1. Mazen 2. Abaronia If you choose Northwest: 1. Kiro 2. Yorokobi no shima - Island of Joy If you choose Southeast: 1. Aiaie 2. Poseidon If you choose Southwest: 1. Barunibabin 2. Last Rock When you choose the continent you will lose 100 HP and another choice will appear: 1. Land on the continent 2. Return to middle area 3. Go to another continent If you choose to land on you will lose 500 HP. Every time you go from NE to NW or SE to SW you will lose 300 HP (I think because in this direction you have to cross a storm) Ther is a random chance of meeting Paramegia's servant every time you return to the middle area or go to another continent. A choiche will appear at that time: 1. Attack enemy 1.1. Attack with cannon 1.2. Attack with machine gun 1.3. Return to previous menu Attacking with the cannon and machine gun will cause a HP lose (the cannon will make you lose more than the machine gun). 2. Defense attack Sometimes choose this choice will cause another ship to rescue you and the encounter will end. 3. Try to evade enemy's attack The cannon is better than the gun, I think. To finish the game, you must land on these continents in this order: Northwest first choice (Giro) Northeast first choice (Mazen) Northeast second choice (Abaronia) Southwest first choice (Balnibabin) Southwest second choice (Last Rock) Southeast first choice (Aiaie) Northwest second choice (Island of Joy) Mazen, Last Rock and Aiaie will give you HP. It may not be necessary to go to these. After you get the 4 Orbs you will fight with Paramegia and an event will follow. After all the conversetion, you will see three choices appear. 1. Surrender to Paramegia 2. Fight with Paramegia 3. Flee 1 and 2 will have the same result... fight with Paramegia. I'm not sure about what will happen if you choose 3) You will fight with Paramegia with the same fighting system as for the random encounters. The fight will end after you hit Paramegia once. An event will follow, after that the main (central area) commands will appear. Now choose to go to Poseidon (WE2) and the ending will begin. However, after you win this game, nothing happens. Maybe if you change the sequence of continent there will be another ending? I have also won Nanai's book (Chocobo race), but I can't remember the sequence of commands. I can only tell you which one will win in the Chocobo Race. 1st race : Choose Yashinoki 2nd race : Choose Gutto basu 3rd race : Choose Taishino If you win this game, score challenge mode will appear. This mode has only the event before the race in which you have a time limit to do something. A note on the Airship Book by Mari Hagiwara Paramegia has its other origin from the bestseller anime "Nausicaa of the Wind Valley" (or something like that (^^;)) created by Hayao Miyazaki. In the anime, the earth is battered by WWIII, and poisonous forests cover 3/4 of the earth. And the strong and brutal empire that tries to conquer the perilous world is called, indeed, Paramegia. It is most likely that it was introduced into FFII, because this anime was at its peak during the creation of the software. Abaronia has its origin from Romancing SaGa 2. You are an emperor of a very small kingdom who decides to become the world's dictator, and the only country you own at first is named Abaron. And, by the way, the book's romanji reading is "Kuusou Magaku Shousetsu" ...which roughly translates to Magic-Fiction (Magi-Fi) Novel. It's a pun of Sci-Fi. (^^; * oy.o' - oAooo"o<odo<o"o,o<oO oŸo- oIo›oao o oOo oo<o› * Auto-potion is the item user's reaction ability. It works this way: when the character with this ability is damaged, he/she has a very high chance (80-90%) of using the lowest grade potion you have, i.e. he/she will use a regular potion if you have one, and if not he/she will try to use a Hi-Potion or a X-Potion in that order of preference. By now you may have realized the cheat: dispose of all Potions and Hi-Potions and buy plenty of X-Potions (they heal 150 HP and cost only 300 gil), and that character will be almost inmortal. This may spoil the fun of the game, and I myself (Ignacio) have decided not to use it except in desperate situations (like the third chapter boss :) ) * oy.o‘ - oOoo o,oOo,oOoØ oŸo- ooooØo+oOo+ oOoSo+oO * A word on how to train your characters like crazy: As you know, you'll meet enemies randomly whenever you step on a "Green Dot". So what you do is this: First make sure that at least one character in your party has the "steal hearts" thief skill. Second, make sure that you have at least one character who has the healing ability ("Chakra") with the monk. Then, after killing all but one monster, get the thief to repeatedly steal its heart (every successful steal will result in a gain of JP and ExP. Usually, a steal will last 2 to 3 rounds, and the percentage of success is usually above 50%. As a result, you can almost keep this going indefinitely). While the monster is "tamed" in this process, get the remaining guys to surround the monk and do special "attacks" to him. Examples of the "attacks" are: Poison or direct attack with the black magician, decrease mana with the Knight, or whatever other attacks that don't hurt him alot. (Ignacio's note : I also recomend : The Apprentice's "Throw Stone" ability. Attacking with Mages and jobs that don't do much damage. Using the "Talker" abilities (especially Brave up and Faith up, see above) Using any positive status change ability There are lots of other posibilities.) When the knight's turn arrives, get him to use the heal ability (also, make sure everyone's on level ground, so everyone gets healed). As a result, everyone will gain JP and EXP and you can gain alot of levels without much work. The only thing is that this is very tiring after a while and really not much fun. -" o3 -_ oIo<o"o+o› o oŸo<ooo" o"oSo+ oØo oo+ o›o-o›o"o+o -" * 3.1 - Preview attack damage and hit chance * You can see how much damage an attack is going to do just before confirming it. It will be displayed just above your character's stats. Surprisingly enough, this means that the formula for determining the damage of an attack doesn't have a random factor (except for a few cases) and it will always be the same under the same circumstances. You can also see what the chance of success for the attack is, either for physical attacks (they can be evaded) or for the random chance ones (instant death, status change, etc...) * 3.2 - Preview attack timing * You can know beforehand when an action that requires charge time is going to take effect. When selecting the spell, ability or whatever, if you press Right over it the Active Turn screen will pop up showing the order of the next turns including this action (just as if you were going to perform it). This can be used in any ability that requires charge time except the Dragon Knight's Jump, as in it you don't get to select any ability. * 3.3 - Job System notes by Darren Chan * Each time your character earns his JP it goes into his current job's total JP no matter what he did, (e.g. A knight casting a white spell - the resulting JP still goes to the job knight) and 1/6 of this JP goes to the total JP of the same job to the other characters (e.g. A knight gets 36 JP - all other characters in battle get 6 JP for the job knight) I found that even if one of your character can't change to one particular job yet, s/he can still get the 1/6 JP earned by allies for that job. The JPs will show up after you can change to that job :) * 3.4 - Random encounter notes by Slick * The random encounter monster all have about the same level as your main character's level. If you don't want to train the monsters you've captured, just raise your main character level to really high, say 50, then go to the plains where chocobo shows up. You will get a L50 Chocobo to fight again. Then have your speaker or some one with speaker magic and talk to monster ability to convert the monster. It's much easier than accepting that low level chocobo in the plot mission and have to train it later to gain level. I even gained a few human fighters that way in a few encounters. At level 50, they all have REALLY nice weapons. Even if you don't want to keep them, get them to switch side, take their stuff, then sent them away. It's much easier then stealing all the itmes they have. (Ignacio's note: In earlier versions I reccomended that you never hired rookies at towns, and that you talked to any human enemy you found instead. That way a) You don't have to pay, b) they will have levels on a par with yours instead of level 1 and some abilities, and c) they bring out their own equipment. However, I have been told by Alucard since then that the attributes gained when someone levels up depend on the job that character has (see 11.5), so it may be a good idea to hire rookies as they would theorethically have higher stats at the same level that talked people, because they had a job since level 1). * 3.5 - Attribute Gaining table by Alucard and me :) * I have completely redone the table and put the actual percentage gained when switching to a different job, taking the Apprentice as a reference. Note that since the Apprentice is a fighter-oriented job, even jobs like the Knight can have more than 100% MP and the like. I have also added the modifications to attack power and magic power. Key: HP, MP, Speed, AtPw, MgPw: The modifications to the basic attributes of the character when changing to this job. Of course, they will only be effective as long as he/she stays in that job. Mov, Jmp, Evd: The Movement, Jump and Character Evade stats for that job. They are fixed and don't depend on the character's level, nor anything else. HPGr, MPGr, SPGr: The HP, MP and Speed growing rates of that job. These affect the amount of HP, MP and Speed the character gains when obtaining a level (a regular one, not a job one) while in one particular job. These are rated from S (the best) to D. I haven't been able to verify these. Job HP MP Speed AtPw MgPw Mov Jmp Dod HPGr MPGr SPGr Apprentice 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 4 3 5 B C B Item User 80% 100% 100% 80% 100% 3 3 5 B C B Knight 120% 105% 100% 130% 100% 3 3 10 A C B Archer 100% 85% 100% 120% 100% 3 3 10 B C B White Mage 80% 160% 100% 100% 140% 3 3 5 A A B Black Mage 75% 160% 100% 60% 190% 3 3 5 B A B Monk 135% 105% 120% 140% 100% 3 4 20 S B B Thief 90% 65% 120% 110% 70% 4 4 25 B C A Yin/Yang M. 75% 145% 100% 50% 160% 3 3 5 B A B Time Mage 75% 160% 100% 50% 170% 3 3 5 B A B Elem. User 110% 125% 100% 120% 140% 4 3 10 B C A Dragon Kn. 120% 65% 100% 130% 60% 3 4 15 A B A Talker 80% 95% 100% 80% 100% 3 3 5 B C B Summoner 70% 170% 90% 50% 160% 3 3 5 C S B Samurai 75% 120% 100% 140% 120% 3 3 20 A A C Ninja 70% 65% 130% 140% 90% 4 4 30 B B B Mathemat. 65% 105% 50% 50% 90% 3 3 5 C C A Dancer 60% 65% 100% 125% 120% 3 3 5 D C D Bard 55% 65% 100% 30% 150% 3 3 5 D D D Imitator 140% 65% 130% 130% 150% 4 4 5 ? ? ? * 3.6 - Equipment wearing table by Alucard * This lists the weapons and armor each jobs can wear Apprentice: Weapons: knife/ sword/ axe/ hammer Armors : hat/ vest Item user: Weapons: knife/ gun Armors : hat/ vest Knight: Weapons: sword/ knight sword Armors : shield/ helm/ armor/ robe Archer: Weapons: bow/ crossbow Armors : shield/ hat/ vest Monk: Weapons: none Armors : vest White Mage Weapons: staff Armors : hat/ vest/ robe Black Mage Weapons: rod/ staff Armors : hat/ vest/ robe Time Mage Weapons: staff Armors : hat/ vest/ robe Summoner Weapons: rod/ staff Armors : hat/ vest/ robe Thief Weapons: knife Armors : hat/ vest Talker Weapons: knife/ gun Armors : hat/ vest Yin'Yang Mage Weapons: rod/ staff/ dictionary/ club Armors : hat/ vest/ robe Elemental Mage Weapons: sword/ axe Armors : shield/ hat/ vest/ robe Dragon Knight Weapons: spear Armors : shield/ helm/ armor/ robe Samurai Weapons: katana Armors : helm/ armor/ robe Ninja Weapons: knife/ ninja knife/ hammer Armors : hat/ vest Mathematician Weapons: dictionary/ club Armors : hat/ vest Bard Weapons: musical instruments Armors : hat/ vest Dancer Weapons: knife Armors : hat/ vest Imitator Weapons: none Armors : none * 3.7 - Faith and Brave explanation by Zhou Tai An * Brave affects: 1. Barehanded damage (should also conversely affect weapon damage). 2. Chance of Reaction Abilities activating. Faith affects: 1. Effectiveness of magic cast on that person (Damage, success rate, etc.) Note that this means that a Cure spell cast on a character with high Faith will be more effective, but also attack spells cast on him/her. Similarly, a higher Faith will make it easier for a support spell (Haste, Shield, Protect, etc...) to be effective, but the same applies to negative status ailments (Stone, Slow, etc...). 2. The speed at which status abnormalities dissipate (again, both positive and negative). Higher Faith means slower status recovering. 3. Magic regeneration rate (like when using the "MP Recover Movement" ability). 4. and one more thing I can't translate ^_^. * 3.8 - Zodiac Signs Explanation by Gary Fung, Lim Kheng Chye and Chia Chee Teng * Zodiac signs seem to have a powerful effect on damage dealt by one character to another. If you use the in-game help over any character's zodiacal sign, it will show a table with all other signs and a character below them. This shows the damage-dealing capacity (both physical and magical) of your unit agains units of these signs, and also their damage potential against your unit. Considering the twelve zodiac signs as in a wrap-around table, the shortest distance between two signs determines how they will affect each other: If they are three spaces away, the damage they will deal each other will be lower than normal. This will be represented by an X in the help table. If they are four spaces away, the damage will be higher than normal. This is represented by a circle in the table. If they are six spaces away, (ie just opposite) the damage will be maximum (even higher than being four spaces away) if they are of opposite genders, and minimum if they are of the same gender. This is represented by a question mark in the table. -" o' -_ oOo"oo o"o+oØo,o+o› -" * 4.1 - Fight against Wirgraff/Berias * This section has been created to provide some help when fighting the boss of the third chapter, Wirgraff/Berias, which is a general stucking point for almost everyone that has played the game. The strategies here will have him in mind, though some of them may apply to other bosses. Let's start by stating the problems. This fight is divided in two "rounds". It is debatable which one is the hardest, but almost anyone would agree they are the two hardest battles in the game. A common problem for both of the fights is that they are the last in a series of battles which allow the player to save between them, but that don't allow him/her to exit to the world map at any point before the battle against Wirgraff. What that means is that most players will be stuck just before Wirgraff without a chance to exit and level up or gain any abilities. Now, onto the battles themselves. * 4.1.1 - Fight against Wirgraff * The first is a one-on-one confrontation between Ramza (your main character) and Wirgraff, a really powerful White Knight. The problem here is that Wirgraff can easily kill Ramza in two blows, thus ending the battle, while the reciprocal isn't (usually) true. As Wirgraff can move quite fast and attack from a respectable distance, it is very hard to avoid being hit by any of his sword techs. There are quite some strategies to defeat Wirgraff, the main problem being that all of them rely on abilitis that you must have learnt when you arrive at the fight. The easiest one is the autopotion trick, which is already mentioned in the FAQ (thanks again to Oscar Ramos). If Ramza has learned (or can learn) the Autopotion ability (it's the reaction ability of the Item carrier), and you have plenty of X-potions, dispose of all your other potions. This way he'll use a X-potion on himself each time he's attacked with a very high chance, leaving your regular turn to attack Wirgraff. In three attacks he should be dead. Another one (this is the one I used) is to make Ramza a Dragoon. While the timing of the battle is such that you won't be able to benefit from the period of time you'll be on the air, if you are equipped with a spear, the damage inflicted on Wirgraff should be enough to finish him in two jumps. If it's not the case, you can use a Gauntlet or the such to increase Ramza's attack power. Yet another one (thanks to Sergio Darder for this), is to make Ramza a Black mage with the Magic Attack Power Up support ability and the Flare spell learned, then cast it on Berias. One casting should be enough... fortunatelly, since (I think) the charge time of another one would allow Wirgraff to cut you in two. And here's yet another one from Mantle and E-ko: When you go fight one on one against Wirgraff, run around avoiding him and keep on using Ramza's "raise speed" ability. After 4~5 speed ups you will make 2 moves for every move he makes, and you can pull yourself away from him easily to avoid attacks. After running around and speed up for about 30 turns you will be able to move 3~4 moves for every move he takes. Thus you can heal all you want and kill him very easily. When he uses the Zodiac Stone to become Berias, Ramza's speed will be kept and not resetted to his normal speed. Therefore you can go ahead and kill Berias easily because you still get to make 3~4 moves in a row. Ignacio again. Well, I haven't tested that since I don't have a saved game there. But I think Wirgraff would be able to damage you from time to time, so keep those X-potions! * 4.1.2 - Fight against Berias * For the second fight, Wirgraff uses the Aries Zodiac stone to turn into the Zodiac Beast Berias. The rest of the party arrive just in time to help Ramza, so it would seem the odds are in your favour, but Berias summons three Archeodemons to help him. The problems here are that both Berias and the Archeodemons have extremely powerful area attacks that are difficult to avoid. Berias has Cyclops, the most powerful "regular" summon spell, while the demons have Giga Flare. The latter have Dark Holy as well, which isn't an area attack, but is usually powerful enough to kill the character on the receiving end. Berias, as any Zodiac Beast, can tamper with your status as well, though he doesn't use that ability as often or effectively as the others. Unfortunately, there isn't a definite and reliable strategy against Berias, since there's not a specific problem inside the fight, other than that your enemies are too overpowered. There are, however, some general hints that may help fighting him. - Try to split up as much as possible. Both the demons and Berias' most powerful attacks are area ones, so try to avoid being caught by these all at once. Moreover, if you split up, they won't use those attacks, which is an advantage by itself. - Kill the demons first. It's very important! Their HP is much lower than that of Berias, but they are extremely powerful. Dark Holy is more damaging that anything Berias can throw at you, and though it's not an area attack, it is a ranged one. You should be able to finish one off before they can attack, and believe me, that's a great advantage. Once all three are down, the fight should become (almost) easy. - If you can, use jobs that can attack from afar. A bard, dancer or mathematician will help immensely, as they are not only powerful by themselves, they don't even have to be near the enemy to attack, so they won't get caught in those nasty area attacks. * 4.2 - Getting the Zodiac summon spell * Thanks to John Mattila for first confirming that Zodiac could be learnt from Serpentarius. The following paragraphs are from Tatsushi Nakao: It is true that you can "learn" Zodiark from Sagitarius (Magician at bottom of Deep Dungeon). Yes, you must survive though his attack, but it can be easily accomplished. The key point is to decrease his magic power by using "Mind Break" ability of Knight. By using guns, you can Mind Break him safely from distance. Decrease his magic power to less than 10, and your Summoner (cast Shell to reduce Magic's damage in half too) probably won't die (damage < 200). Odoriko's Dance helps too. Using "Unface" dance reduces Magic Attack Power... and most likely, Summoners are staying all the way back (instead of fighting with knights and ninjas), you can equip "odoru" ability to Summoner for best use of resource. Also, this is something what I've found. After you learn Zodiac, cast it to enemy's summoner... and amazingly, he/she learns Zodiac! (about 20-50% of the time) After enemy's summoner learned Zodiac, he/she will cast it... since it's strongest magic he got. Give him/her a couple of Etel (Ether) to heal their MP. And as you'd might guess, you can let another summoner in your party learn Zodiac. So, let's say there was Summoner Ramza and Agulias, and enemy Summoner named "Uni"... and ONLY Ramza learned Zodiac from that boss. So, Ramza will cast Zodiark to Uni. But in order to let Uni learn Zodiac, Ramza must be in non-wizard job... such as Monks. When Uni learns Zodiac, screen wanders around randomly (I don't know why, but this is the sign that Uni learned Zodiac). Once Uni learns Zodiac, he will use it... and let Agulias be the target (or go into the target area)... and after Uni casts Zodiac, Agulias will learn Zodiac! As far as I know, this is the ONLY way to "pass on" Zodiac from person to person. I think Deep Dungeon's "mlapan" is best place to do this, since that map is easy to defend. Summoner shows up there sometimes. * 4.3 - The dam stage * At some point in the game, there's a stage that takes place in a dam. It is not enough to beat all the enemies in there, you also have to open the dam by using two switches located in the stage. They are not in sight, however, and I'm afraid I don't remember where exactly they were ^_^;, but I remember one is just the symmethric of the other. Sorry I can't be more helpful! -" o‘ -_ oIo,o›oao+ooo oOo+o<ooo› -" There are five FMV sequences that can be seen from the begining: The intro to the main menu, the "New Game" intro, and three others that can be seen just by waiting at the main menu screen (the one with New Game, etc...). There is a screen saver for the Demo Disk that comes with the game. If you don't do anything for quite a long time (around three minutes) in the screen where you have to select which demo you want to play, you will see it.