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Customizing Guide by Krustster

Version: 2.3 | Updated: 03/07/03

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This document was designed to be viewed in Courier New 10pt font.

Written by Krustster (Dan Grobar), December 2000.
Email: krustster@yahøø.com                    AOL Instant Messenger: krustster
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      ***CONTENTS***
   I. Disclaimer of Doom
  II. Revision History
 III. Intro
  IV. Getting Started
   V. Essential Concepts
  VI. Mineral List
 VII. The COMPLETE Customization List!!!
VIII. Frequently Asked Questions
  IX. Contacting Me
   X. Hall of Praise
  XI. Hall of Carnage
 XII. Credits/Acknowledgements



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   DO NOT STEAL!! I will know that you did, because I am omniscient.  Not to
mention my underground operatives.  However, if you want to directly copy
something from it to put into your own faq (or put this faq on your site),
email me and I will no doubt allow it as long as I get due credit.  The only
stipulation I have is that you PLEASE keep it updated!  The newest version can
always be found at Gamefaqs.com.  But if you rip it off/try to pass it off as
your own work, random organs shall be forcibly removed from your twitching
corpse (if I decide to let you die first, that is) and served to my guests with
a port-wine-and-almond cheese log.  Either that, or I will just get kind of
upset and say "Hey!  You can't have that!  %#$@!"

   But really, are you willing to risk the organ thing?

==>As of this update, the only sites that should have this guide are:

-GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com)
-Neoseeker (www.neoseeker.com)
-PSX Codez (www.psxcodez.com)
-www.cheatz.de
-The Star Ocean 2 Archive (http://members.atozasia.com/renachan)
-Fresh Baked Games (www.fbgames.com)
-Star Ocean at RPG Classics (s2.rpgclassics.com/so2)*
-CheatCodes.com (try to guess the address!!)

*Note: The guy who runs this page, Daniel Orner, has been given free reign to
screw around with this faq as he pleases.  After all, the site is very spiffy,
and he's helped me out quite a bit.

   If you found this anywhere else, then tell me where it was so I can have the
webmaster assassinated--you shall be rewarded handsomely.  Of course, it's
possible that I sent it to that site and they just aren't mentioned in this
disclaimer yet.  Ahh, just tell me anyway.

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12/14/000: <Ver. 0.9> First, "rudimentary" version completed.  Copies were
sent out to the eager, greedy unwashed masses who were interested enough to
ask for one.  That version wasn't submitted to GameFAQs because, after all, it
wasn't complete.

12/27/000: <Ver. 1.0> At last! I filled out the sections that were blank,
corrected some errors, altered the format a teeny bit, and deleted a section
(don't worry, you won't miss it).  It is submitted to GameFAQs...let's see if
it gets posted.

1/7/001: <Ver. 1.1> Yay!  It's up!  Let's see...I freaked around with the
disclaimer, added random fece, and--this is big--I altered the format of the
tables/lists, so that they line up better.  Thanks to Nash (GameFAQs guy, not
the wrestler) for telling me to fix it.  I hope this is what he had in mind.
(*_*;)  Also, I changed some phrases and uh...I forgot what else was changed,
but it was probably good.  I hope to get more of the customizations done for
the next revision.

2/6/001: <Ver. 1.2> I ripped out the "option" section, since I'm making a
random fact faq.  A mild ASCII art tweak.  Found out Leon's Fun City item.
Aaaaand, I added some more combinations.

3/20/001: <Ver. 1.3> I changed the section headings to the snazzy design you
see today.  Ah... right, so I also changed a bunch of stuff that you'd never
notice unless you looked for it, added the currently empty F.A.Q. section, and
added more customizations of course.  It draws ever closer to completion...!

5/1/001: <Ver. 1.5> Version number jump!! Yes, I overhauled the format big
time. And aside from that, I filled out a portion of the FAQ section.  I
probably have a lot of mistakes, so email me if you notice anything.

5/2/001: <Ver 1.51> Well lookee here, I'm repairing it already. Heck, I even
had the wrong date listed in the update previously. Jeez.

7/2/001: <Ver 1.85> w00t w00t, I'm almost done! I alphabetized many of the
lists, added 1 zillion combos, added the "final notes" section, and uh... a
couple of other things, I guess.  I forgot.  I kinda rushed to finish this
update, so there may be some mistakes or something still in here.

7/31/001: <Ver 1.95> I fixed some things like a couple of incorrect addresses,
added some more to the last sections, and um... took out something.  Oh, uh, I
somehow deleted the entry for the Eternal Sphere on the last update.  Thanks to
Ciaran Conliffe <c.conliffe@liberty-it.co.uk> for catching that.  And thank-you
as well to all the billions of people who noticed it a few weeks later.

2/26/002: <Ver 1.97> Yow!  You may have noticed that I haven't really been
updating at all for the past few months.  Easy explanation: my computer's been
broken!  I finally got it fixed though, and I added a couple of small things to
this version.  I changed up the final notes a bit, added a couple questions to
the F.A.Q. section, and corrected some things.  I guess mainly I wanted you to
know that I'm still alive.

4/13/002: <Ver 1.99> I changed a few things like a couple of typos that came
out of nowhere, and fixed the F.A.Q. a bit.  Also, I fixed some alignment
problem thingies that were caused when I changed this faq from a Word document
to a .txt file a long time ago.  And I changed the indentation of the F.A.Q.
section so that it's much easier for me to edit... and I changed the email
rules at the
bottom there.

7/13/002: <Ver 2.1> I added some stuff like the Email Hall of Carnage/Praise,
switched around the order of the sections, and spruced up the formatting again.
 Hope you like the new additions, and expect to see another update soon to fix
the stuff that I probably messed up this time.

11/4/002: <Ver 2.2> A number of small additions and changes.  There are some
more things I left out, which I'll try to include later.  Another thing is that
there are some formatting problems from way back when I saved this document as
"text only with line breaks".  Word to the wise: never do that.  I'm trying to
clear that up as I go along and it will get better throughout the course of
updating.

3/6/003: <Ver 2.3> Work progresses on the formatting problems. Stupid Microsoft
 products... If you notice some glaring, bizarre format stuff, such as a line
of text going off the screen into infinity, please do let me know about it. 
There are also some sundry additions, corrections, and the like.


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   So, you just bought Star Ocean the Second Story, and you seem to have heard
about something called "customizing" but you have no idea what it's all about.
Well, here you go.

   Customizing is an item creation process, in which you take a weapon and
then somehow add a mineral of some kind to it.  After the process is done,
both the weapon and the mineral will be gone, leaving a new weapon which may
or may not be a "failure".  Almost all of the most powerful weapons in the
game must be acquired through this method (except those found in the Cave of
Trials), so you can't really afford to do without it.  Weapons can only be
customized by the characters who can equip them: everyone does their own
customization.

   It's an exciting thing, to be sure, but if you have no clue as to what
you're doing or how do it then you can be in for a lot of boredom and
confusion.  Fortunately you have this guide, so that shouldn't be a problem.

[Note: there are a small number of mild "spoilers" here and there, but I'll
keep 'em to a minimum.  'Kay?]

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   But how do you get it?  First you must buy the skills "Craft", "Metal
Casting" and "Functionality."  I forgot where you get these, so I'll try to
remember to check.  Anyway, once you have those, the talents that will assist
you greatly are "Dexterity" and "Originality."  If you don't have them, they
can be acquired fairly easily by doing Metalworking, Machinery etc.

   What do you need in the way of materials?  Well, uh, weapons and random
minerals will do... if you find yourself short of minerals, some can be bought
in stores while others you will probably have to rely on Alchemy to create.
As far as alchemy is concerned, as long as you have a Lezard Flask and someone
with level 10 in that specialty you should be able to make all of them.  You
can't get the Flask until disc two of the game, but you can't get Orchestra
until then anyway.  Also, most of the weapons available on the first disc
won't require the rarer minerals to customize in the first place.

   Orchestra you say?  Using the super specialty "Orchestra" while doing any
kind of item creation will basically increase the odds of success to about
99%, regardless of that character's talents or level in that specialty (except
Alchemy and Reproduction, which are somewhat more difficult).  And since
talents are gotten through successful use of item creation, the odds of getting
a new talent from item creating increases drastically with Orchestra.   One can
see how this could reduce frustration with customizing.  This doesn't help you
much if you're still stuck on disc one, but that's what other guides are for,
isn't it?

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This next section is divided into a couple of parts for your viewing pleasure.

                 +------------------------------------------+
                 |"INVALID" COMBINATIONS AND DEFAULT WEAPONS|
                 +------------------------------------------+

   Now as you most likely know, there are a number of weapons that can be made
through customizing.  What you may not know is that for a given character,
only around 4% of the combinations possible will actually give you something.
For example, everyone knows that if Ashton combines a Scyther with a Damascus,
he will get a Melufa.  However, if he combines, say, a Both Shaver with a
Green Beryl, he will not actually make something new per se.  The same applies
with all the other "non-combinations," like Smaller + Gold, Pair Nuts +
Sapphire, etc.  Let me explain:

   If you are making a "real" combination (like Scyther + Damascus), you will
either end up with the true result of that combination or a failure.  HOWEVER!
If you do an "invalid combination," you will wind up with one of a
predetermined set of weapons for that character.  Here is an example:

==>Dias tries to customize an Ignite Sword with a Sapphire.  He ends up with a
   Murasame Sword.

==>He tries it again.  This results in an Oriental Blade.

==>Dias, upset by these lackluster results, tries the exact same thing again.
   This time, he gets a Pleiad Sword.  Dias is now a happy camper.  Of course,
   Dias left his food in his tent so he will be eaten by a bear at some point,
   but for now he's happy.

   See?  Had he customized the Ignite Sword with a Star Ruby (a "real"
combination) instead, he would have had one of two results: A Soul Slayer
(success), or a Dull Sword (failure).  But since he did an invalid combination,
he got random drawings from the "Invalid Combination" pile instead.  The "pile"
for each character (we'll call it the Invalid Pile) consists of a set of five
or so weapons, one of which will be chosen randomly to be the result when an
invalid combination is attempted.  Or you could just fail outright.  This sort
of comes in handy early in the game, for if you are crafty you can lay hands on
some fairly nice equipment at a minimal cost as far as minerals are concerned. 
I hope all that isn't too confusing--if it is, mention it to me and I'll
simplify a bit if I can.  Bear with me though, because now we come to the part
about Orchestra and default weapons.

   Orchestra...an invaluable tool for item creation, as mentioned before.  It
brings something entirely new to the field of customization, namely in the
Invalid Combination department.  With "real" combinations, using Orchestra will
generally allow you to get the successful result on the first try.  But with an
invalid combination, something different happens.  Instead of getting a random
drawing from the Invalid Pile, you will get the default weapon for that
character (actually there's like a .001% chance you won't, but it's only
happened to me once, ever, so who cares).

   The default weapon is still a member of the Invalid Pile, but it is
generally more powerful than the others, quite rare, and difficult to get
without Orchestra.  But turn on the orchestra, and a Long Sword + Iron can
become a Pleiad Sword like that (I snapped my fingers, you just couldn't hear
it)!  So what it amounts to is that if you use orchestra with a combo that
doesn't really do anything, you will get the default weapon instead of a
selection from the Invalid Pile.

   Now what about the Magical Rasp you say?  Oddly enough, the Rasp has little
effect as far as customizing goes (despite its description in the game), except
for one rather weird thing that I've noticed.  If you don't have it, and you do
an invalid combo with orchestra, you now have "only" about an 85% chance of
getting the default weapon.  I would have given this more discussion, but
basically by the time you get Orchestra you can get the Rasp as well.  In
addition, the Rasp seems to increase probability for any combination's success,
but once again, you should already have Orchestra by then so the benefits are
kind of nullified.  Consequently, it doesn't matter a whole lot. 
Blacksmithing, on the other hand, is another story... but that's not what this
guide is for.

   In summary: If you do an invalid combination, regardless of the quality of
the items included, you'll get a random weapon from the Invalid Pile. So you
can add another Mithril to that Eternal Sphere of yours, and still end up with
a Sinclair Sabre.  Certain weapons can only be acquired this way; unfortunately
there's no way to affect the outcome in this situation so a number of these can
be hard to get.  If you do an invalid combo while using the Orchestra super
specialty, you will get a set (default) weapon for that character, which is
available from the Invalid Pile but only rarely.  Having the Magical Rasp helps
your success chances a bit.

   Further note: Trying to combine a Default weapon in anything other than a
listed "real" combination will always result in failure.  Simply put, there is
no higher weapon in the Invalid Pile, so your greed is punished with total
failure.  Not to mention how weird it would be if you combined something and
ended up with the same thing.

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                               |GENERAL CONCEPTS|
                               +----------------+

   These are concepts that apply not only to Customizing, but to item creation
in general.  They are by no means essential knowledge, but who cares.  Read it
anyway; you might learn something mildly interesting.

   First off, how to determine the result of your item creation.  This is a
simple one.  You know how during the little morphing animation, the appearance
of your creation switches around a few times?  Well, basically the first thing
that the "consumed item" turns into is the thing that you will end up with.  If
you're using alchemy, and the picture of the element stays the same for awhile,
rotating, then you will get that element.  If it immediately turns into a rock
and switches back and forth, you will get a rock.  If something turns into a
"?" bag right away, you'll definitely get a "?" bag.  Simple enough.  This
isn't particularly useful as such, but at least when you're making something
you don't have to hang in suspense till it's finished.

   There have also been some rumors of a way to speed up item creation
animations, which can supposedly be done by holding X during the animation, or
something like that.  A couple of people have "confirmed" this, saying stuff
like "Yeah, I do that all the time" or whatever.  At the same time though,
others are saying it doesn't work.  Personally, I've tried it a thousand
different ways and can't get it to work.  I'm starting to believe more each day
that the people who say it works are full of crap.  If ANYONE thinks that they
really can confirm this, or wants to be quoted as saying it works, go ahead &
email me.  Oh, and one of the theories floating around is that it only works on
the PAL (British/European) version, and there seems to be some evidence to
support this.

   Ah, this just in!  Greg Johnson <gsj@labyrinth.net.au> has emailed me to say
the following:

"Yes, holding down the X button does speed up the animation when creating items
(though not really enough to be worth it). I _am_ using the PAL version."

   So there it is.  That confirms it, I suppose.  If anyone else is still
wondering, then take it up with him, not me.

   And--

*

Hmm, I thought I had something else to say, but I guess not!  Maybe there'll be
more at a later date.  Now, on to the tender, juicy meat and creamy, buttery
potatoes of this faq.  Kind of.

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   All right, so maybe this section isn't really part of the succulent,
perfectly seasoned meat and flaky baked potatoes with cheese & sour cream.
Sorry to get you worked up.  This is a list of the minerals in the game and
their descriptions, including their defensive/other properties.  I'm not sure
why I put it in here, but what the hey--it seemed like an okay idea.

Iron: Iron ore.  Can be refined by reducing the iron oxide contained therein.
(Hit +1)

Gold: Gold ore.  However, it is low in purity and of little value without
being refined. (Avd +1)

Silver: Silver ore.  However, it is low in purity and of little value without
being refined. (AC +1)

Sapphire: This is the name for gemstones of corundum that are not red.  The
right amount of titanium impurities makes it look blue. (+ Water)

Ruby: Red corundum owes it's [sic] appearance to chromium impurities. (+ Fire)

Green Beryl: This gem is called an aquamarine if it contains iron as an
impurity, or an emerald if it contains chromium. (+ Wind)

Crystal: Quartz crystals. (+ Thunder)

Diamond: The hardest stone known to nature.  Its structure is of pure carbon
atoms aligned in rows of perfect squares. (+ Thunder)

Star Ruby: When polished and held to the light a small star-like pattern can
be seen in this ruby. (+ Fire, + Dark)

Damascus: An odd, black metal possessed of elasticity and durability. (+ Dark)

Rune Metal: Said to be a magic crystal, but no one has verified this yet.
(+ Thunder)

Orichalcum: A legendary flying metal said to have been produced in Atlantis.
(+ Dark, + Void)

Rainbow Diamond: A rare diamond that gives off seven colors when it shines.
(+ Star, + Light)

Moonite: A magical stone with mysterious powers.  Said to be a piece of the
moon. (+ Vacuum)

Sage's Stone: An alchemist would spend a lifetime trying to create this
mineral. (+ Light, + Dark, + Void)

Meteorite: A piece of a meteor that possesses a mysterious shimmer and magical
power. (+ Dark)

Mithril: A magical metal thought only to exist in legend. (+ Light)

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   At last!  The part you may or may not have been waiting for!!  The actual
customizing lists for everyone.  I guess in effect, this will end up being a
true "complete weapon list."  They are in alphabetical order by character and
will follow this format:

Person's Name
  Inv: [List of weapons in person's Invalid Pile]
  Def: [Default Weapon]
 Fail: [Weapon created if customization fails]
  Fun: [Weapon won by this person when they beat Fun City rank A Duel Battle]
Other: [List of weapons that can't be bought or created, along with where
        to get them--"COT" stands for Cave of Trials, of course]
Combinations:
[List of all "real" combinations, with their results]

###Note--If the names of the items to combine look like this...

+---------+----------+-------------+
| Weapon  |          |             |
| Weapon  |          |             |
| Weapon  |  Mineral | New Weapon  |
| Weapon  |          |             |
| Weapon  |          |             |
+---------+----------+-------------+

...then that means any of those weapons can be customized with that mineral to
get that result. It should all make sense when you see the real thing.  Also,
the attack strengths (and magic, if applicable) of the result items are listed
in brackets next to their names.  If you want to know all the attributes, you
can check them in the game or look at someone else's faq.  Or I SUPPOSE you
can ask me, but you can really just find out yourself since I tell you how to
get everything.  So here they are.

#================#
# Ashton Anchors #
#================#

  Inv: Both Shaver [120]
       Guard Sword [160]
       Double Masher [799]
       Lotus Eater [1150]
       Scyther [820]
       Twin-Edge[340]
       Twin Picks [500]
  Def: Holy Cross [1240]
 Fail: Wobbly Sword [3]
  Fun: Doubledemon Sword [700]
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT
       Holy Sword Farwell [1900]-COT
       Levantine Sword [3000]-COT

Combinations:

+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |  Mineral (Ore)  |           Product            |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Guard Sword       |      Iron       |  >-==SHIELD SWORD [490]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Lotus Eater       |    Meteorite    |     >-==GEMINI [1200]==-<    |
|  Pair Nuts         |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Scyther           |    Damascus     |     >-==MELUFA [1320]==-<    |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Smaller           |     Moonite     |    >-==PAIR NUTS [380]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+

#=============#
# Bowman Jean #
#=============#

  Inv: Bagh Nakh [165]
       Braised Knuckles [599, MAG 70]
       Giant Fists[470]
       Titan's Fists[1000]
  Def: Kaiser Knuckles [1100, MAG 200]
 Fail: Worn Knuckles [1]
  Fun: Flare Burst [1300]
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT
       Weird Slayer [1000]-COT

Combinations:

+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)   |  Mineral (Ore)  |                Product                 |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Asura          |     Diamond     |       >-==HECATONCHEIRE [630]==-<      |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Bagh Nakh      |    Meteorite    | >-==BRAISED KNUCKLES [599, MAG 70]==-< |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Bagh Nakh      |   Rune Metal    |    >-==METAL FANGS [400, MAG 50]==-<   |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Giant Fists    | Rainbow Diamond |      >-==TITAN'S FISTS [1000]==-<      |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Hard Knuckles  |   Rune Metal    |    >-==METAL FANGS [400, MAG 50]==-<   |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Hard Knuckles  |    Meteorite    | >-==BRAISED KNUCKLES [599, MAG 70]==-< |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Hecatoncheire  |      Iron       |      >-==TITAN'S FISTS [1000]==-<      |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Knuckles       |   Rune Metal    |    >-==METAL FANGS [400, MAG 50]==-<   |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Knuckles       |    Meteorite    | >-==BRAISED KNUCKLES [599, MAG 70]==-< |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Rune Full Moon |     Diamond     |        >-==MOON FISTS [1200]==-<       |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+
| Titan's Fists  |     Crystal     |           >-==ASURA [750]==-<          |
+----------------+-----------------+----------------------------------------+


#==============#
# Celine Jules #
#==============#

  Inv: Clap Rod [280, MAG 30]
       Crest Rod [100, MAG 25]
       Magical Rod [150]
       Tongue Twister [300, MAG 25]
  Def: Rod of Snakes [700, MAG 50]
 Fail: Bent Rod [5, MAG 1]
  Fun: Prime Prayer [1000, MAG 80]
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT, Lost traveler in Herlie
       Million Staff [800, MAG 800]-COT

Combinations:

+--------------------+-----------------+--------------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |  Mineral (Ore)  |               Product                |
+--------------------+-----------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Clap Rod          |                 |                                      |
|  Dragon's Tusk     |                 |                                      |
|  Prime Prayer      |                 |                                      |
|  Rod of Snakes     |   Orichalcum    |   >-==HOLY ROD [520, MAG 240]==-<    |
|  Ruby Rod          |                 |                                      |
|  Silvermoon        |                 |                                      |
|  Tongue Twister    |                 |                                      |
+--------------------+-----------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Clap Rod          |                 |                                      |
|  Dragon's Tusk     |                 |                                      |
|  Magical Rod       |                 |                                      |
|  Prime Prayer      |    Star Ruby    |   >-==RUBY ROD [680, MAG 300]==-<    |
|  Rod of Snakes     |                 |                                      |
|  Silver Rod        |                 |                                      |
|  Silvermoon        |                 |                                      |
|  Tongue Twister    |                 |                                      |
+--------------------+-----------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Clap Rod          |                 |                                      |
|  Dragon's Tusk     |                 |                                      |
|  Holy Rod          |                 |                                      |
|  Magical Rod       |                 |                                      |
|  Prime Prayer      |       Ruby      |    >-==RUBY WAND [70, MAG 20]==-<    |
|  Rod of Snakes     |                 |                                      |
|  Ruby Rod          |                 |                                      |
|  Silver Rod        |                 |                                      |
|  Silvermoon        |                 |                                      |
|  Tongue Twister    |                 |                                      |
+--------------------+-----------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Crest Rod         |                 |                                      |
|  Rod               |     Mithril     |  >-==SILVER ROD [350, MAG 250]==-<   |
|  Ruby Wand         |                 |                                      |
+--------------------+-----------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Holy Rod          |    Star Ruby    | >-==DRAGON'S TUSK [990, MAG 360]==-< |
+--------------------+-----------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Silver Rod        |     Moonite     |  >-==SILVERMOON [1000, MAG 300]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+--------------------------------------+

#=================#
# Chisato Madison #
#=================#

  Inv: Electro Gun [410]
       Lightning Gun [650]
       Spark [750]
       Voltage [460]
  Def: Electron [830]
 Fail: 10 Volt Stun Gun [10]
  Fun: Aero Gun [800]
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT
       Weird Slayer [1000]-COT

Combinations:

+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |  Mineral (Ore)  |           Product            |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Spark             |    Sapphire     |  >-==LIGHTNING GUN [650]==-< |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Electro Gun       | Rainbow Diamond |  >-==LIGHTNING GUN [650]==-< |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Lightning Gun     |    Sapphire     |   >-==ELECTRO GUN [410]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Voltage           | Rainbow Diamond |   >-==ELECTRO GUN [410]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Electron          |    Sapphire     |      >-==SPARK [750]==-<     |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Lightning Gun     | Rainbow Diamond |      >-==SPARK [750]==-<     |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Electric          | Rainbow Diamond |     >-==VOLTAGE [460]==-<    |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Electro Gun       |    Sapphire     |     >-==VOLTAGE [460]==-<    |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Voltage           |    Sapphire     |    >-==ELECTRIC [280]==-<    |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Stun Gun          | Rainbow Diamond |    >-==ELECTRIC [280]==-<    |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Electric          |    Sapphire     |    >-==STUN GUN [200]==-<    |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Cracker           |  Sage's Stone   |   >-==PSYCHIC GUN [980]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Aero Gun          |                 |                              |
|  Electron          |                 |                              |
|  Flame Gun         |    Damascus     |     >-==CRACKER [660]==-<    |
|  Lightning Gun     |                 |                              |
|  Psychic Gun       |                 |                              |
|  Spark             |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Aero Gun          |                 |                              |
|  Cracker           |                 |                              |
|  Electron          |    Star Ruby    |    >-==FLAME GUN [550]==-<   |
|  Lightning Gun     |                 |                              |
|  Psychic Gun       |                 |                              |
|  Spark             |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Shock Gun         |     Sapphire    |     >-==FREEZE [600]==-<     |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Electric          |     Mithril     |    >-==SHOCK GUN [380]==-<   |
|  Stun Gun          |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+

#==============#
# Claude Kenni #
#==============#

  Inv: Gusguine [250]
       Veil Piercer [480]
       Sawed [990]
       Long Edge [285]
       Sinclair Sabre [100]
       Force Sword [908]
  Def: Aura Blade [1200]
 Fail: Dull Sword [2]
  Fun: Windsley Sword [1400]
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT
       Levantine Sword [3000]-COT
       Holy Sword Farwell [1900]-COT
       Marvel Sword [1100]-Field of Power
       Sharp Edge [222]-Get after Lacour tournament
       Sacred Tear [1250]-Dr. Mirage gives it to Claude
       Worn-Out Sword [3]-Pickpocket (various people)

Combinations:

+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |  Mineral (Ore)  |           Product            |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  All-Purpose Knife |                 |                              |
|  Broad Sword       |     Silver      |  >-==SILVER FANGS [12]==-<   |
|  Long Sword        |                 |                              |
|  Sinclair Sabre    |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  All-Purpose Knife |                 |                              |
|  Broad Sword       |      Gold       |  >-==GOLDEN FANGS [10]==-<   |
|  Long Sword        |                 |                              |
|  Sinclair Sabre    |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  All-Purpose Knife |                 |                              |
|  Broad Sword       |      Ruby       |  >-==FLAME BLADE [160]==-<   |
|  Long Sword        |                 |                              |
|  Sinclair Sabre    |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Veil Piercer      |     Diamond     | >-==HEART BREAKER [550]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Aura Blade        |                 |                              |
|  Eternal Sphere    |                 |                              |
|  Force Sword       |                 |                              |
|  Heart Breaker     |   Orichalcum    |    >-==SILVANCE [1220]==-<   |
|  Ignite Sword      |                 |                              |
|  Marvel Sword      |                 |                              |
|  Sawed             |                 |                              |
|  Windsley Sword    |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Aura Blade        |                 |                              |
|  Eternal Sphere    |                 |                              |
|  Force Sword       |                 |                              |
|  Grand Stinger     |                 |                              |
|  Heart Breaker     |                 |                              |
|  Long Edge         |    Star Ruby    |  >-==IGNITE SWORD [720]==-<  |
|  Marvel Sword      |                 |                              |
|  Sawed             |                 |                              |
|  Silvance          |                 |                              |
|  Veil Piercer      |                 |                              |
|  Windsley Sword    |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Sharp Edge        |     Damascus    |  >-==GRAND STINGER [620]==-< |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Sharp Edge        |     Mithril     |   >-==MINUS SWORD [599]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Sharp Edge        |    Star Ruby    |  >-==IGNITE SWORD [720]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Minus Sword       |     Damascus    |  >-==GRAND STINGER [620]==-< |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Minus Sword       |    Star Ruby    |  >-==IGNITE SWORD [720]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Minus Sword       |    Orichalcum   |    >-==SILVANCE [1220]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Minus Sword       |     Mithril     | >-==ETERNAL SPHERE [1600]==-<|
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+


#===========#
# Dias Flac #
#===========#

  Inv: Baselard [180]
       Oriental Blade [448]
       Murasame Sword [552]
       Grand Stinger [620]
       The Hope of Breeze [770]
       Ruin's Fate [1000]
  Def: Pleiad Sword [1200]
 Fail: Dull Sword [2]
  Fun: Cromlea Sword [1399]
Other: Holy Sword Farwell [1900]-COT
       Levantine Sword [3000]-COT
       Marvel Sword [1100]-Field of Power
       Funny Slayer [1]-COT
       Bastard Sword [150]-Pickpocket
       Sharpness [500]-Has before Lacour tournament
       Worn-Out Sword [3]-Pickpocket (various people)

Combinations:

+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |  Mineral (Ore)  |           Product            |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Crimson Diablos   |                 |                              |
|  Cromlea Sword     |                 |                              |
|  Hard Cleaver      |                 |                              |
|  Pleiad Sword      |    Meteorite    |    >-==WHIRLWIND [780]==-<   |
|  Ruin's Fate       |                 |                              |
|  Soul Slayer       |                 |                              |
|  Hope of Breeze    |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Crimson Diablos   |                 |                              |
|  Cromlea Sword     |                 |                              |
|  Hard Cleaver      |                 |                              |
|  Ignite Sword      |    Star Ruby    |   >-==SOUL SLAYER [982]==-<  |
|  Marvel Sword      |                 |                              |
|  Pleiad Sword      |                 |                              |
|  Ruin's Fate       |                 |                              |
|  Hope of Breeze    |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Hope of Breeze    | Rainbow Diamond |  >-==HARD CLEAVER [1100]==-< |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Hard Cleaver      |    Damascus     |>-==CRIMSON DIABLOS [1100]==-<|
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Soul Slayer       |  Sage's Stone   |>-==CRIMSON DIABLOS [1100]==-<|
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Grand Stinger     |    Damascus     |  >-==RUIN'S FATE [1000]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+

#================#
# Ernest Raveide #
#================#

  Inv: Hard Whip [550]
       Rose Whip [600]
       Splinter [460]
       Light Whip [820]
       Molecule Wire [799]
  Def: Invisible Whip [950]
 Fail: Limp Whip [2]
  Fun: Cat o' Nine Tails [1280]
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT

Combinations:

+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |  Mineral (Ore)  |           Product            |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Molecule Wire     |    Damascus     |   >-==DARK WHIP [1100]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Hard Whip         |     Crystal     |   >-==LIGHT WHIP [820]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Rose Whip         |     Silver      |    >-==TWIN-TAIL [860]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Cat o' Nine Tails |                 |                              |
|  Dark Whip         |                 |                              |
|  Freeze Whip       |                 |                              |
|  Invisible Whip    |    Star Ruby    |   >-==FLARE WHIP [800]==-<   |
|  Light Whip        |                 |                              |
|  Molecule Wire     |                 |                              |
|  Rose Whip         |                 |                              |
|  Spark Whip        |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Cat o' Nine Tails |                 |                              |
|  Dark Whip         |                 |                              |
|  Flare Whip        |                 |                              |
|  Invisible Whip    |  Sage's Stone   |  >-==FREEZE WHIP [800]==-<   |
|  Light Whip        |                 |                              |
|  Molecule Wire     |                 |                              |
|  Rose Whip         |                 |                              |
|  Spark Whip        |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Cat o' Nine Tails |                 |                              |
|  Dark Whip         |                 |                              |
|  Flare Whip        |                 |                              |
|  Freeze Whip       | Rainbow Diamond |  >-==SPARK WHIP [1080]==-<   |
|  Invisible Whip    |                 |                              |
|  Light Whip        |                 |                              |
|  Molecule Wire     |                 |                              |
|  Rose Whip         |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+

#=============#
# Leon Geeste #
#=============#

  Inv: All About ESP [780, MAG 70]
       Mental Revolution [680, MAG 60]
       Encyclopedia [500, MAG 100]
       Dictionary [340, MAG 50]
       Illustrated Book [320, MAG 22]
  Def: Brain Structure [890, MAG 80]
 Fail: Crumpled Paper [Can't equip]
  Fun: Book of Awakening? [50, MAG 80] <<ONLY PARTIALLY CONFIRMED>>
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT
       Million Staff [800, MAG 800]-COT

Combinations:

+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |  Mineral   |               Product                |
+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+
|  All About ESP     |            |                                      |
|  Book of Awakening |            |                                      |
|  Book of Chaos     | Rune Metal |   >-==HERALDRY [290, MAG 100]==-<    |
|  Brain Structure   |            |                                      |
|  Heraldry Book     |            |                                      |
|  Mental Revolution |            |                                      |
+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+
|  All About ESP     |            |                                      |
|  Book of Awakening |            |                                      |
|  Brain Structure   |            |                                      |
|  Encyclopedia      |  Damascus  |>-==BOOK OF DARKNESS [700, MAG 80]==-<|
|  Heraldry          |            |                                      |
|  Heraldry Book     |            |                                      |
|  Mental Revolution |            |                                      |
+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Book of Darkness  |  Damascus  | >-==BOOK OF CHAOS [950, MAG 400]==-< |
+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Reference Book    |    Iron    |   >-==THICK BOOK [180, MAG 15]==-<   |
+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Book of Chaos     |  Damascus  |>-==ANCIENT WISDOM [800, MAG 380]==-< |
+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Book of Darkness  |   Mithril  |>-==HOLY SCRIPTURES [920, MAG 199]==-<|
+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Heraldry          |   Moonite  | >-==HERALDRY BOOK [500, MAG 100]==-< |
+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+
|  Illustrated Book  |    Iron    |   >-==THICK BOOK [180, MAG 15]==-<   |
+--------------------+------------+--------------------------------------+

#===============#
# Noel Chandler #
#===============#

  Inv: Tiger's Fangs [600, MAG 100]
       Metal Fangs [400, MAG 50]
       Cat's Fangs [120]
       Dragon's Claws [450, MAG 100]
       Hard Knuckles [40, MAG 10]
  Def: Kaiser Knuckles [1100, MAG 200]
 Fail: Worn Knuckles [1]
  Fun: Death Fangs
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT
       Million Staff [800, MAG 800]-COT

Combinations:

+--------------------+-------------+-------------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |Mineral (Ore)|               Product               |
+--------------------+-------------+-------------------------------------+
|  Eagle's Claws     | Green Beryl |>-==DRAGON'S CLAWS [450, MAG 100]==-<|
+--------------------+-------------+-------------------------------------+
|  Cat's Fangs       |             |                                     |
|  Hard Knuckles     |   Moonite   |>-==DRAGON'S CLAWS [450, MAG 100]==-<|
|  Knuckles          |             |                                     |
+--------------------+-------------+-------------------------------------+
|  Hard Knuckles     |   Mithril   | >-==EAGLE'S CLAWS [760, MAG 110]==-<|
+--------------------+-------------+-------------------------------------+
|  Dragon's Claws    |    Iron     | >-==GRIZZLY CLAPS [840, MAG 200]==-<|
+--------------------+-------------+-------------------------------------+
|  Cat's Fangs       |             |                                     |
|  Hard Knuckles     | Rune Metal  |  >-==METAL FANGS [400, MAG 50]==-<  |
|  Knuckles          |             |                                     |
|  Tiger's Fangs     |             |                                     |
+--------------------+-------------+-------------------------------------+
|  Tiger's Fangs     |   Mithril   |>-==PLATINUM NAILS [850, MAG 100]==-<|
+--------------------+-------------+-------------------------------------+
|  Eagle's Claws     |   Sapphire  |>-=SERPENT'S TOOTH [900, MAG 150]=-< |
+--------------------+-------------+-------------------------------------+


#==============#
# Opera Vectra #
#==============#

  Inv: Alpha Box [690]
       Beta Box [690]
       X Box [500]
       Light Box [490]
       Radio Box [162]
  Def: Gamma Box [750]
 Fail: Scrap Iron [can't equip]
  Fun: Psycho Box [1050]
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT

Combinations:

+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |  Mineral (Ore)  |           Product            |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Magic Box         |   Sage's Stone  |    >-==BURST BOX [780]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Black Box         |     Crystal     |    >-==LIGHT BOX [490]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Light Box         | Rainbow Diamond |   >-==SEVENTH RAY [280]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Booster Box       |    Damascus     |    >-==BLACK BOX [200]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Light Box         |   Rune Metal    |    >-==MAGIC BOX [650]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Beta Box          |   Orichalcum    |    >-==PULSE BOX [1000]==-<  |
|  Gamma Box         |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+

#===============#
# Precis Newman #
#===============#

  Inv: One-two Punch [280]
       Atomic Punch [1120]
       Ultra Punch [650]
       Great Punch [850]
  Def: SD Punch [1150]
 Fail: Scrap Iron [Can't equip]
  Fun: Hyper Punch [1250]
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT
       Weird Slayer [1000]-COT

Combinations:

+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)       |  Mineral (Ore)  |           Product            |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Atomic Punch      |                 |                              |
|  Burning Hand      |                 |                              |
|  Fire Punch        |                 |                              |
|  Hyper Punch       |                 |                              |
|  One-two Punch     |                 |                              |
|  SD Punch          |    Sapphire     |    >-==ICE PUNCH [380]==-<   |
|  SDUGA Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Spark Hand        |                 |                              |
|  Straight Punch    |                 |                              |
|  Thunder Punch     |                 |                              |
|  UGA Punch         |                 |                              |
|  Ultra Punch       |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  SD Punch          |    Damascus     |   >-==UGA PUNCH [1300]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  UGA Punch         |    Meteorite    |  >-==SDUGA PUNCH [1600]==-<  |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Atomic Punch      |                 |                              |
|  Great Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Hyper Punch       |    Star Ruby    |  >-==BURNING HAND [600]==-<  |
|  SD Punch          |                 |                              |
|  SDUGA Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Spark Hand        |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Atomic Punch      |                 |                              |
|  Burning Hand      |                 |                              |
|  Great Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Hyper Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Ice Punch         |                 |                              |
|  One-two Punch     |                 |                              |
|  SD Punch          |      Ruby       |   >-==FIRE PUNCH [699]==-<   |
|  SDUGA Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Spark Hand        |                 |                              |
|  Straight Punch    |                 |                              |
|  Thunder Punch     |                 |                              |
|  UGA Punch         |                 |                              |
|  Ultra Punch       |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Atomic Punch      |                 |                              |
|  Burning Hand      |                 |                              |
|  Fire Punch        |                 |                              |
|  Great Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Hyper Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Ice Punch         |                 |                              |
|  One-two Punch     |     Diamond     |  >-==THUNDER PUNCH [420]==-< |
|  SD Punch          |                 |                              |
|  SDUGA Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Spark Hand        |                 |                              |
|  Straight Punch    |                 |                              |
|  UGA Punch         |                 |                              |
|  Ultra Punch       |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Atomic Punch      |                 |                              |
|  Burning Hand      |                 |                              |
|  Fire Punch        |                 |                              |
|  Great Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Hyper Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Ice Punch         |                 |                              |
|  One-two Punch     |     Diamond     |  >-==THUNDER PUNCH [420]==-< |
|  SD Punch          |                 |                              |
|  SDUGA Punch       |                 |                              |
|  Spark Hand        |                 |                              |
|  Straight Punch    |                 |                              |
|  UGA Punch         |                 |                              |
|  Ultra Punch       |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Atomic Punch      |                 |                              |
|  Burning Hand      |                 |                              |
|  Great Punch       | Rainbow Diamond |   >-==SPARK HAND [650]==-<   |
|  Hyper Punch       |                 |                              |
|  SD Punch          |                 |                              |
|  SDUGA Punch       |                 |                              |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+
|  Magic Hand        |      Iron       |   >-==IRON PUNCH [165]==-<   |
+--------------------+-----------------+------------------------------+

#==============#
# Rena Lanford #
#==============#

  Inv: Magical Gloves [688, MAG 60]
       Cestus [140, MAG 20]
       Pain Cestus [580, MAG 80]
       Metal Fangs [400, MAG 50]
  Def: Kaiser Knuckles [1100, MAG 200]
 Fail: Worn Knuckles [1]
  Fun: Fellper Nails [1200, MAG 30]
Other: Funny Slayer [1]-COT
       Weird Slayer [1000]-COT
       Fallen Hope [1000, MAG 300]-Dr. Mirage gives it to Rena

Combinations:

+------------------+--------------+------------------------------------------+
|    Weapon(s)     |Mineral (Ore) |                 Product                  |
+------------------+--------------+------------------------------------------+
|  Rune Full Moon  | Sage's Stone |>-==SORCERESS KNUCKLES [1000, MAG 180]==-<|
+------------------+--------------+------------------------------------------+
|  Magical Gloves  |  Rune Metal  |>-==SORCERESS KNUCKLES [1000, MAG 180]==-<|
+------------------+--------------+------------------------------------------+
|  Cestus          |  Rune Metal  |    >-==METAL FANGS [400, MAG 50]==-<     |
+------------------+--------------+------------------------------------------+
|  Cestus          |   Damascus   |    >-==PAIN CESTUS [580, MAG 80]==-<     |
+------------------+--------------+------------------------------------------+
|  Kaiser Knuckles |   Moonite    |    >-==EMPRESIA [1220, MAG 300]==-<      |
+------------------+--------------+------------------------------------------+
|  Magical Gloves  |   Moonite    |  >-==RUNE FULL MOON [900, MAG 150]==-<   |
+------------------+--------------+------------------------------------------+
|  Cestus          |   Moonite    |  >-==DRAGON'S CLAWS [450, MAG 100]==-<   |
+------------------+--------------+------------------------------------------+



                              ________________
                <============//¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯\\=============>
<===========================(( VIII. F. A. Q. ))=============================>
                <============\\______________//=============>
                              ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯

   Your question could appear here!  Just email me with your questions or
concerns, and I'll put it in here (after answering you of course).  In fact,
you don't even necessarily have to email me.  I might just see you randomly
asking something on the (GameFAQs) message board and stick it in.

   You may be wondering why this section is near the end, rather than at the
beginning like in most faqs.  Well... just how the hell are you going to
understand what these questions are about, without reading the guide first?

===============================================================================
1) Do I really need Orchestra for customizing?
===============================================================================
No!!  It just helps a lot.  In fact, some of the more powerful weapons (i.e.
Melufa, Silvance, etc.) are so hard to get, you all but have to have it to get
them.  So I guess that would be a yes... and no at the same time.  You don't
_technically_ need it, but sometimes you might as well.  It's the only way to
be sure you'll get something.

===============================================================================
2) How can I use customizing?
===============================================================================
Wha...?  What kind of question is that?!  Read the faq!  That's why it's here,
fool!  Take a look at the faqs before you ask weird questions on the message
boards.

===============================================================================
3) I didn't get the Sharp Edge. Why not?!?!
===============================================================================
The only reason I can think of is that you didn't get to Dias.  If you lost
before that, you will get placed into the losers' bracket to give you a second
chance to get to him.  If you still can't, then you're screwed.  However, my
sort-of associate Daniel Orner says that you can still get it no matter what in
Rena's quest; you don't even have to get second.  Well, whatever I guess.

===============================================================================
4) I want the Eternal Sphere!  Where can I get Mithril?
===============================================================================
Good luck actually finding it anywhere on the first disc.  However, you can use
Radar to help you.  Whenever you level up this skill, you'll receive a random
item.  Often, it will be an element.  Rarely, it'll be a Mithril. Remember to
save first so you can try several times.

When you get to the second disc, it shouldn't be a problem.  A fair number of
enemies will tend to drop Mithril, but by far the easiest way is to buy a
Lezard Flask and have someone with Alchemy at level 10, and you can MAKE them! 
See, the Lezard Flask allows you to make some new elements--a new one for each
level above 5 or so.

===============================================================================
5) Is this faq updated??????
===============================================================================
Uuuhhh.... yyyyeaaahh...??  What are you talking about?  I update this thing
all the time.  Now leave me alone.

===============================================================================
6) What's this about a Flare Gun?  That "Weapon Guide" says it's Lightning
   Gun + Star Ruby.  j00 must bee st00ped if j00 d0nt noe tht!11!!1
===============================================================================
Did you even bother to try it yourself?  Did you not get a FlaMe Gun rather
than a FlaRe Gun?!  If you think I'm wrong, go see for yourself.  In the
meantime, quit haranguing me with these retarded claims.  The thing is, there
is no Flare Gun that you can get.  Apparently, the programmers put it in the
game, but they either decided not to have it in the final version (too similar
to the Flame Gun?) or it was left out by some weird mistake, or they were
pressed for time and left it out.  Or something.

"Whoah, what do you mean it's in there but it's not in there?  I thought it
just wasn't in at all!"  Well, you see, a number of people claim to have gotten
this weapon with the aid of the Gameshark(tm) cheat device.  Aside from these
isolated incidents, no one has stepped forward saying that they got a Flare
Gun.  The only "evidence" they have is that typo in Vercingetorix's faq.  A
typo?  Yep; if you look, you'll notice that his "Flare Gun" has the exact same
stats as the Flame Gun.  Coincidence?  No, of course not.  I'm always right. 
Now leave me alone.

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7) What's the easiest "ultimate weapon" to get?
===============================================================================
I'd have to say the Melufa.  You can get both Scythers and Damascuses
(Damasci?) very early in the game.  Of course, customizing it successfully is
another story.  Anyway, many people say, in answer to this particular question,
that you can get the Eternal Sphere "easily" too.  This is somewhat true, but
remember that you have to make it in two parts, and Mithril is so hard to get
early in the game that it's darn near impossible.

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8) Why don't you have all the stats for such-and-such weapon?
===============================================================================
I don't have "all the stats" for any of the weapons.  It would take up too much
space, and it takes too long to write.  Check some other faqs.  Hey, didn't I
say that already?

===============================================================================
9) I managed to make a [insert name here].  I forgot how, but it might have
   been [element] + [weapon], or [different element] + [weapon], or [element] +
   [different weapon].  Actually, I have no idea whatsoever how I ended up with
   one, but I have it.  Hope that helps somehow!
===============================================================================
Wow, aren't you special!  And you're telling me this because...?  How is that
supposed to help me, if you don't know how you made it?  Should I just try
random combinations to try and get it?  And oh look, I have that weapon in here
already.  You just wasted my time and your breath (figuratively speaking).  Now
go away and don't ever email me again.

===============================================================================
10) I finally found the combination for [random character's default weapon],
    but it only works some of the time!  The stats are...
===============================================================================
AAARRGH!!!  Why?!  Why must you do this to me?  Why can't you read?  What have
I done to deserve this... this...  Okay, you are hereby banned from ever
talking to me ever again.  I'll read your emails, sure, but only to make fun of
you.

===============================================================================
11) I'm an annoying person who is sending you a bunch of emails from several
    different addresses to constantly badger you about the Sharp Edge, to
    "prove" my "point".  Look at me!  I'm incredibly irritating!  Whee!
===============================================================================
I don't think anything needs to be said here.  You know who you are, bastard.

===============================================================================
12a) I sold my Sharp Edge already, so how do I get a new one??
12b) I lost/sold/whatever my Eternal Sphere, and I miss it. Where and how do I
     get another?
===============================================================================
Mmmm... you don't.  There are no more.  I'm sorry.

===============================================================================
13) How do I get the Mischief or Trickster or whatever it's called?  Can I
    still get one after Clik is destroyed?  Can I make one?
===============================================================================
Apparently you're a bit confused, so I'll lay it out for ya.  There are three
such items (accessories that give you random items when you wear them); you
can't make or buy them, and their names and locations are as follows:

MISCHIEF- This is the one you get in Clik before it is destroyed. You have to
have a fairly high level in Pickpocketing, and you of course need the Bandit's
Glove.  Getting it is the hard part, since it costs 40,000 fol.  I suggest
using hard work and determination (and the Playfulness skill) to get the cash. 
Anyhow, after you end up with a glove and the Pickpocket ability, do a Private
Action in Clik before you do anything else or advance the story there.  You
should come upon a woman in a purple robe (Filia) in the center of the town,
prophesying that disaster will befall Clik or whatever.  After she finishes her
spiel, pick her pockets.  If you succeed, you'll get the Mischief.  It really
just gives you crappy items for the most part, but it can still be useful.

TRICKSTER- It's in the Eluria Tower in a green room overgrown with vegetation. 
You can't really see it that easily, but it's sort of in the corner (in a chest
of course).  It works the same way as the Mischief, but the items you get are a
little bit better (including the ever-popular Forged Medals!).

FORTUNE- The best there is!  You get it by beating the Survival battle in Fun
City.  Easy, you say?  Hell no, you crackhead.  It's very difficult.  Of
course, the items you get are great.

===============================================================================
14) Where do I get this Magical Rasp I've been hearing about?
===============================================================================
First of all, you can't get it 'til the second disc.  Once you get a Synard and
you can fly anywhere you want (you'll know), fly to the "ice area" near
Giveaway and the Field of Power.  There should be several small islands nearby.
 You can't land on most of them, but one of them is just big enough to
accommodate your phat, pimped-out rizzide.  Hop off the Synard and walk around
a little bit until you are taken to a forest type area.  In this small area you
will find the Secret Charity/Fake Gallery, a store where you can buy cool
things like the Magical Rasp and chintzy crap like the Tri-Emplem.

===============================================================================
15) How do I use the Magical Rasp, Lezard Flask, Antiseptic Gloves, etc?
===============================================================================
You don't.  These are just "support items" which work just by being in your
inventory.  For example, the Lezard Flask will allow you to create a new
mineral for each level of Alchemy after level 5 that you gain.  Just by having
it, you can do this.  Other things like Antiseptic Gloves just improve your
chances of success for the corresponding Item Creation thing (listed in the
item's description).


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   You!  Email me!  Do it now! ...but wait, you're only allowed to do so if you
follow some basic guidelines.  I used to get a bunch of cool email from people,
but now almost 90% of it is retarded.  I do like the odd stupid email now and
then, but it seems I'll have to take extensive measures to cut down on this
phenomenon.  If you can't be bothered to read this section, fine.  Just don't
get all indignant when I make fun of you.

=========
EMAIL ME:
=========

==>If you have something you think I should add WHICH I DO NOT ALREADY HAVE. 
If it's a combination that you discovered, follow these handy steps before
telling me:
1. Try it a couple of times, USING ORCHESTRA.  If you get a variety of results,
   then it's probably nothing.
2. MAKE SURE IT'S NOT IN HERE SOMEWHERE ALREADY!!  Failure to do so will result
   in ridicule.
3. Be sure what the combination was.  Write it down.  If you just throw out
   some guesses because you forgot, then I won't care.

If you think I should add some of your notes or something about the customizing
process, just remember to BE SPECIFIC.  Also be sure that it makes sense, and
is something that I haven't really covered already.

==>If you think you can prove something that I've already discounted, feel
free.  I'm all ears/eyes/various other body parts.

==>If you have general ideas for improving the faq, not counting "hay maek it
eezier 2 reed plz kthxbye."

==>If you want advice for some other part of the game, whatever it might be.  I
was going to make a full faq for this game at some point, but I'm working on
some other stuff now so I canned it.  If you ask me how you can beat Vesper and
Decus though, don't get angry if I just give you some overly simple strategy
for them.  I've never had any problem with these bosses, so I have no real
strategy for dealing with them.

==>If you think my faq sucks.  But be warned: if you fail to make any sense and
just throw out a bunch of crap (and aren't joking), I will do one or more of
the following:
-Ridicule you
-Shake my fist in your general direction
-Call into question the nature of your heritage and love life, if any
-Put you on several mailing lists, which may or may not include m4d pr0n
-Try to send you a virus or whatever

==>Tell me if I made a mistake of some kind that needs correcting.

==>If you found out something cool about the game that isn't really general
knowledge.  Something obscure, you know.

==>To shower me with praise and subway tokens.

===============
DON'T EMAIL ME:
===============

==>DO NOT EMAIL ME TO ASK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY IN THE FAQ!!! 
Especially if it's already in the "F.A.Q." section... that's just asking for
trouble.  This is the main thrust behind all the stupid emails I get, and one
of the biggest inspirations for adding an "Email Hall of Carnage".  I hereby
declare that if you ask about something that's already explicitly stated in
here, you'll be added to the list and signed up for spam of some kind.  Mark my
words.

==>If you think my faq sucks but you don't know why.

==>Viruses, worms, or other computer-borne pathogens.  I can still see the
".vbs" file extension, so don't bother calling it "anna-kournikova.jpg" or
whatever.

==>Anything full of spelling errors and whatnot.  If I have to make a conscious
effort to understand what you're saying, then you'll get a curt response and/or
be made fun of.  Exceptions are made for people who don't really speak English
very much.

==>Chain letters of any kind, but especially the stupid ones.  I'm not
retarded, so I have no intention of passing them on or anything.  Shame on you
for thinking you can make money from sending people emails, or that Hotmail
will go away unless a billion people get this email.  All such emails will be
instantaneously and summarily deleted, but not before I do one or more of the
following:
-Laugh at you
-Make fun of you
-Do the clever thing by going through that big list of addresses at the
beginning, and signing up the people on it (including you) for various
newsletters and/or m4d pr0n.

==>"Strong Language" will be noted but probably ignored... unless you use it to
try to insult me, in which case I will get upset.

==>Some other stuff which I forgot.  I also reserve the right to randomly
decide to ignore you, but I probably won't exercise this right very often.

==>If you do any of the preceding ("don't email me..."), chances are you'll be
added to the Email Hall of Carnage. Fun, eh?

==================
INSTANT MESSAGING:
==================

   You can feel free to contact me on "AOL Instant Messenger" (or "AIM" to the
more intarnet-savvie), to ask about the game, talk about metal music, or what
have you.  Just be warned that if you grow annoying or say "lol" in every
sentence, I can be far more annoying than you. FAR more.  Anyway, you could at
least make an effort to say something interesting.  Please.  Like I said, I'm
not the type of person that will block you; I'll just be very irritating until
you can't take it anymore.


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   Since I'm a pompous ass, I've decided to take the liberty of showcasing some
of the positive emails that I've been receiving. Aside from my desire to brag
about how great I am with my one faq and all, I'd also like to include this as
a sort of "thank you" to the people who were nice enough to write and tell me
that they liked the faq.

==============================================================================

From: Jamie White <murderous_breeze@hotmail.com>

Subject: damn funny game faq for star ocean 2

Message: "man i read ur customizing guide for star ocean, it was f**ken funny
         man,u given all those guys s**t haha. helped me out heaps with game
         too, cheers. ive got the pal version and pressin X does speed up the
         item creation thing. heavy metal rox, dimmu borgir, deicide, iced
         earth, cradle of filth all rock. my death metal band DEMISE will have
         a couple of songs on MP3.com soon i could email u when they r up if u
         want. email me back man. laterz"

Notes: Heh, it's full of bad spelling and stuff, but who cares?  It was a
       helpful and positive email.

==============================================================================

From: <webcreature123@aol.com>

Subject: none

Message: "Hey, I think the best metal music comes from Sweden, Norway, Finland,
         and Germany, but especially Sweden!    :)"

Notes: I used to have something in the "email rules" section that said to tell
       me if you felt that way.  I've since decided that Norway is better than
       Sweden, but still it's great.

==============================================================================

[more to come later; I just need to sort through my mailbox]


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   Yes, it's the old favorite, the "email hall of shame" (or "carnage", in this
case).  I'm adding this section for the following reasons:

-As an extra deterrent against those who seek to send me stupid emails.
-For a good laugh to be had by all.
-I always like to see these things, and I thought my readers might as well.
-Aren't those reasons enough?

   Here's how it works:  When I receive a stupid email, such as a question
that's already in the F.A.Q., something I've specifically warned against,
general stupidity, or what have you, I'll post it here.  I'll include the
person's email address, so you can feel free to sign them up for stuff.  I will
 also include my original response that I've already sent to them, along with
any actions I've taken to annoy/make fun of them, as well as the specific
reason why.  This way, you too can experience what it's like to be on my bad
side (ooh, scary), and hopefully get a laugh out of it as well.  So, without
further ado, here they are.  As you shall see, I'm a very sick man.

   Oh, one additional disclaimer, not that you care: I'm not putting a "[sic]"
after all the spelling errors in this section, since that would just be
ridiculous.  Just assume that all the sp3lling errors are intentional.  Again,
I'm sure you don't care...

==============================================================================

From: Matt Enberg <enberm88@hotmail.com>

Subject: Rena's Default Weapon

Message: "I've been playing Star Ocean 2 for about a year now and have beaten
         it 20+ times. But the only thing that I havent figured out is how to
         get Rena's Default Weapon, the Kaiser Knuckles. I've spent countless
         hours looking at your faq on gamefaqs.com but couldn't find anything.
         I also looked on rpgclassics.com and couldn't find anything. So if you
         have time I would like it if you could tell me how to get that thing."

Why it's stupid: How can you know what a "default weapon" is without knowing
                 how to get it? Despite its dumbness, this email is worded well
                 enough that I think it's probably a clever joke.

My response: I sent him the following helpful hints for how to get it:

             "The way to get the Kaiser Knuckles is simple:

             1. Beat Iselia Queen enough times to get 25 Levantine Swords and
                25 Holy Sword Farwells.
             2. Customize all of these with Mithril.
             3. Don't use Orchestra, or you'll just get Aura Blades. You should
                end up with a bunch of worn-out swords.
             4. Sell them.
             5. Return to Expel--you will find that Clik is now on the map
                again. Enter it.
             6. The weapons shop now sells something called a "Dark Levantine".
                Don't buy it, even though it's only 10 FOL.
             7. As you leave the store, somebody will approach your party. It's
                Ken from Street Fighter 2!! Have him join. Then beat the game
                as normal. Ken has no KMs, and he can't use any equipment, and
                he starts at level 1, but you need to have him in your party
                for ALL BATTLES!!
             8. When you beat the game you will be given the option to save.
                Don't do it.
             9. Start a new game on "Universe" difficulty. Once you beat
                Unlimited Indalecio (without saving), you'll be rewarded with a
                Kaiser Knuckles!! You can't actually use it in any battles,
                since the game is over, but you'll have it.
            10. Fill your bathtub with water.
            11. Make sure your PSX is plugged in, then drop it into the water.
            12. Climb into the bathtub.
            13. Take two 'Advil' and email me in the morning."

            And yes, that is exactly what I sent to him, edited here only for
            formatting considerations.  w00t!!!111!11!1

Other actions taken: none.

==============================================================================

From: Justin Holmes <heelflip720@hotmail.com>

Subject: dimascus

Message: "can u tell me where and how 2 get a demascus in star ocean?"

Why it's stupid: Actually, this is a perfectly valid question, but I just like
                 to make fun of people who write "2" or "4" instead of, say,
                 "to" or "for".  Plus they misspelled "Damascus" two different
                 ways, which is kind of amusing, and said "u".  I'm a mean sod,
                 aren't I?

My response: As far as I remember, I simply told them a couple of ways to get
             Damascus in the game.  Either that, or I didn't respond at all.
             'Tis a pity, I suppose...

Other actions taken: none.

==============================================================================

From: <claude111@aol.com>

Subject: hard

Message: "why did u make it so hard to read that faq?"

Why it's stupid: Because the person who wrote it is obviously very smart.

My response: I don't remember exactly, but I think it was just something
             standard like "Just to annoy people like you!" or some other such
             lame retort.  I tell you, it was a goldmine for insult fodder, but
             I didn't take advantage when the opportunity presented itself.

Other actions taken: Signed him up for the following newsletters/crap:

-Corante.com Tech News
-Bravenet.com Web Services
-Everythingemail.net Site Updates
-"Govexec.com" and "Homeland Security Week"
-All of the newsletters on this page, including the "special offers":
http://www.nj.com/newsletters/
-All of the newsletters on this page, plus I didn't check the box to "keep my
address private": http://www.cwrld.com/nl/sub.asp
-Everything on this page, including the "special offers":
http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/news/email-newsletters.html
-"Changes in L'Attitudes" updates, including "special offers" and "e-mail
promotions"

==============================================================================

From: Aaron Williams <thegods03@yahoo.com>

Subject: Pricisis' SD punch customization is not listed plz dont trash this
         mail

Message: "sup dude ive looked all over up down left right on the net in my
         guide and i cannot fugure out how to obtain the SD punch which is very
         vital to creating the SDUGA punch. Now i know you cant find it because
         my guide notes in the weapon section that the SD punch is obtained
         through "Customize" methods. The customize section does not tell how
         to obtain it soooooo if you would be so kind as to clue me in by e-
         mail or updating your guide on how to customize this weapon i would be
         most gracous to you."

Why it's stupid: Use the ctrl+F function to find the "SD Punch" in this faq.
                 Notice what it is?  That's right, a "default weapon".  Not
                 only that, but... well, it was in here all along.  And look at
                 all the silly spelling mistakes!  omg lol u suk!11!1

My response: I told him that he wasn't looking hard enough.  This confused him
             and he was like "looking at what?"  We then had some various
             exchanges about how he was stupid (which he agreed with) and
             parted amicably.

Other actions taken: I sent him a poisoned lollipop (don't ask).

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   All content was written by ME!! And no one else!!!  BUT, there were a
couple faqs that I looked at now and then to make easier the writing of stats
without having to be at the TV, and also to double-check a couple of my
numbers.  Also there are a few normal people to thank.  But all of this is my
work as far as customizing is concerned.  Well, except for the ones that people
sent in.  I can email you my spreadsheets if you doubt me (you don't want
them).
Anyway, here they are.

+---------------+
| Contributions |
+---------------+

-Daniel Orner <cidolfas@rpgclassics.com>-
Good God!  He came out of the blue and contributed about a billion
customizations, almost all of the ones I didn't have yet.  Er... not that I had
"almost a billion" missing or anything.  Anyway, he gave me info on the
Doubledemon Sword, Guard Sword, Twin Swords, Eternal Sphere, Illustrated Book,
Holy Scriptures, Ancient Wisdom, Magic Hand, Knuckles, and Hard Knuckles, and a
whole lot more later.  Indeed, it's possible that up to 10% or so of the
combinations in here are thanks to his valiant efforts (???).  And then, just
recently he explained the Sharp Edge thing to me.  I trust his judgement (and
to
be honest, there was no way I was gonna start a new game), so that's all fine
now.

Oh, and he has a website (s2.rpgclassics.com/so2) which was mentioned in the
disclaimer earlier.  If you haven't already, check it out as it is quite a
valuable compendium of info.

-"Anipokez"-
Told me how to get the Book of Chaos, for some reason.  This is a bit odd,
considering that I already had it, but there you go.  There's one in every
bunch.

-Remi Fontaine aka "Killerdog" <hotpursuit@angelfire.com>-
He contributed a couple of combinations.  Okay, so maybe he was wrong about
the Flare Gun (a section devoted to that particular debacle will be included
later), but as far as I know, Guard Sword + Iron DOES equal Shield Sword, so
thanks for that.

-"Tonfa Baton" <ashton.anchors@mdcplus.com>-
He told me where to find the Bastard Sword.  Never mind that I already had one
by then... how was he supposed to know?  It's the thought that counts, right?
Thanks anyway.  Oh, and later on he reminded me to include the Worn-Out Sword.
Whew, wouldn't want to forget THAT!

-"Vilurum" <?email?>-
Pointed out that I had listed SDUGA Punch as "UGA Punch + Rainbow Diamond"
instead of "UGA Punch + Meteorite," and that I said "Ruby Rod + Star Ruby =
Dragon's Tusk" instead of "Holy Rod + Star Ruby."  I didn't believe him at
first, but after checking my faq and looking at my charts it turned out that I
had indeed listed them wrong.  I would've never noticed it, so THANK YOU!!!

+---------------+
| Other Sources |
+---------------+

"Star Ocean Weapons Guide" by Vercingetorix <richardk@prtc.net>
-Pretty good weapon list, and largely complete for the most part. 
Customizations, though, are woefully inaccurate sometimes.  And that "Flare
Gun" typo...!!!

"Star Ocean 2 Item List/Item Creation FAQ" by Matt Hobbs <yelseyking@aol.com>
and Sir Aronar <sir_aronar@msn.com>
-Good format and whatnot, and excellent sections on metalworking etc. 
Unfortunately, it seems that it has never been updated.  Maybe they died.

+---------------+
| Random Thanks |
+---------------+

BristalC <BristalC@aol.com> from the GameFAQs message board, for instantly
jumping down my throat and abusing me when I was a newbie.  But in doing so, he
inadvertently inspired me to prove my merits by finishing this guide which I'd
shelved a few months previously.  YaY!

Tenchisama <tenchi4ever@masakishrine.com> (also from the board) for constantly
spewing phrases about my faq that make no real sense.

Yee Seng Fu <ysf@pacific.net.sg> for being a great faq writer and an all-around
nice guy; a real inspiration.  Not to mention his zany antics on the FAQ
Contributors board and the fact that he put up with my constant random
questions about Hong Kong movies, many of which he hasn't even actually seen.

Adrenaline SL and Bananagirl, for the advice, inspiration and s3x0rz.

All my minions in TEH FACT YAKUZA!!11  Proof that you can have a silly,
meaningless faction, wreak havoc, act dumb, and have fun at the same time.

My aunt & uncle in California, for giving me the free laptop computer that I
wrote this on.

Joe Cox, an old friend of mine who chanced to see this faq and decided to email
me.  See, faq writing brings people together!

ME, FOR DOING MY OWN DAMN ASCII ART!!!!!  TAKE THAT, FIGLET!!!1!!11111

And that's all.



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