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Ending/Relationships FAQ by Hooligan Boy
From: HooliganBoy1@webtv.net (Michael Welch) Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 06:51:17 -0400 (EDT) Ending/Relationships FAQ by HOOLIGAN BOY Hello everyone. This is a guide to the complex ending/emotional level system of Star Ocean 2 for Playstation. This is also my first FAQ/Guide I'm submitting to GameFAQ's, so please by kind.^_^ Credit and thank for some things(mainly the beginning emotional level values)go to the Star Ocean Guide by Prima, and I also thank IKelley, since his guide's were useful and informative, and not for any particular reason, but it was just overall a general help.(this is the NA version afterall) CHARACTERS This section will give the character info pertaining to this Guide, not age, race, etc. Claude Kenni favorite food-steak favorite instrument-silver trumpet(rare item) most powerful weapon-Eternal Sphere STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS(this will become very very very important once you start to better understand the ending system, and you start to try to go for pairings you want) The order is-- Character, Friendship level, and Romance level Rena-5,6 Celine-5,5 Ashton-5,4 Precis-5,5 Bowman-5,5 Dias-6,4 Leon-5,4 Opera-6,5 Ernest-5,5 Noel-5,5 Chisato-5,5 Rena Lanford favorite food-shortcake favorite instrument-lyre most powerful weapon-Empresia STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-6,5 Celine-5,5 Ashton-5,5 Precis-5,4 Bowman-5,5 Dias-7,6 Leon-5,5 Opera-5,5 Ernest-5,5 Noel-5,5 Chisato-5,5 Celine Jules favorite food-baby rabbit risotto favorite instrument-violin most powerful weapon-Prime Prayer/Silver Moon STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-5,5 Rena-5,5 Ashton-5,4 Precis-4,3 Bowman-5,5 Dias-4,3 Leon-5,4 Opera-5,5 Ernest-5,7 Noel-5,5 Chisato-5,5 Ashton Anchors favorite food-hamburger favorite instrument-piano most powerful weapon-Melufa STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-4,4 Rena-5,4 Celine-4,4 Precis-5,7 Bowman-5,5 Dias-5,4 Leon-5,5 Opera-(can't get Opera w/Ashton) Ernest-(can't get Ernest w/Ashton) Noel-5,5 Chisato-5,5 Precis Newman favorite food-chocolate crepes favorite instrument-harmonica most powerful weapon-SDUGA Punch STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-7,6 Rena-7,6 Celine-6,5 Ashton-5,5 Bowman-(can't get Bowman w/Precis) Dias-5,5 Leon-6,5 Opera-5,5 Ernest-5,5 Noel-6,5 Chisato-5,5 Opera Vectra favorite food-apple cider favorite instrument-piano most powerful weapon-Psycho Box STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-6,5 Rena-4,4 Celine-5,4 Ashton-(can't get Ashton w/Opera) Precis-5,4 Bowman-5,4 Dias-5,4 Leon-5,5 Ernest-7,8 Noel-5,4 Chisato-5,5 Bowman Jean favorite food-daikon miso soup favorite instrument-harmonica most powerful weapon-Flare Burst STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-5,5 Rena-6,5 Celine-6,5 Ashton-5,5 Precis-(can't get Precis w/Bowman) Dias-5,5 Leon-5,5 Opera-6,5 Ernest-5,5 Noel-6,5 Chisato-6,5 Ernest Raviede favorite food-hassaku tea favorite instrument-cembalo most powerful weapon-Cat o'9 Tails STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-6,5 Rena-5,5 Celine-5,6 Ashton-(can't get Ashton w/Ernest) Precis-5,5 Bowman-5,5 Dias-5,5 Leon-5,5 Opera-5,7 Noel-6,5 Chisato-5,5 Leon Geeste favorite food-carrot juice favorite instrument-violin most powerful weapon-Book of Chaos STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-6,5 Rena-5,5 Celine-5,5 Ashton-5,4 Precis-6,5 Bowman-5,5 Dias-(can't get Dias w/Leon) Opera-5,4 Ernest-4,4 Noel-6,5 Chisato-5,5 Dias Flac favorite food-chicken skewers favorite intrument-cembalo most powerful weapon-Cromlea Sword STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-5,5 Rena-7,5 Celine-4,4 Ashton-4,4 Precis-4,4 Bowman-4,4 Leon-(can't get Leon w/Dias) Opera-4,4 Ernest-4,4 Noel-4,4 Chisato-4,4 Noel Chandler favorite food-big tuna favorite instrument-shamisen most powerful weapon-Death Fangs STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-5,5 Rena-5,5 Celine-5,5 Ashton-5,5 Precis-5,5 Bowman-5,5 Dias-5,5 Leon-6,6 Opera-5,5 Ernest-6,5 Chisato-5,5 Chisato Madison favorite food-none favorite instrument-organ most powerful weapon-Psychic Gun STARTING RELATIONSHIP LEVELS Claude-6,6 Rena-5,5 Celine-5,5 Ashton-6,5 Precis-6,5 Bowman-5,5 Dias-4,4 Leon-5,5 Opera-6,5 Ernest-6,5 Noel-5,5 HEY, HOW DO I USE THOSE NUMBERS? I'll now explain to you how to alter you characters, so you can get the groups and couples you want in the 1 out of 87 endings you will recieve. First, here is how the computer tabulates endings- 1-Game checks for characters with relationship points 10 or above. 2-Totals the values. 3-The pair with the most relationship points becomes a couple for your ending. 4-Then the game does the process over again, until all the people with 10 or above are linked up, and all eligable pairs are made ending couples. It is kind of complicated, but you will get used to it. Also please note that same-sex end couples are like best friends, while different-sex couple get together, so don't go thinking you can get Rena and Precis "together", cause you can't, you just can't you pervert. WHAT IF IT IS A TIE? If more than 2 people have the same amount of relationship points, the computer will sort them out by this TIE Breaker Table- 1-Claude 2-Rena 3-Celine 4-Bowman 5-Dias 6-Precis 7-Ashton 8-Leon 9-Opera 10-Ernest 11-Noel 12-Chisato OH MAN! NOW WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Easy-I'll use the example from the Prima Guide. If Claude, Rena, Opera, and Chisato end the game with the same relationship points, the ending-couples would be sorted Claude+Rena and Chisato+Opera. It goes in the order of the list. SOME MORE. . . Note that some ending couples have different versions of that couples ending. This is determined by whose points are greater for the other. So, if Claude and Opera are an ending-couple, you'd get a different ending if Claude had more points, and a different ending if Opera had more points. Easy, right? HOW DO YOU CHANGE THE LEVEL OF TWO PEOPLE, WHEN ONE IS NOT A MAIN CHARACTER? Ah, this is where it gets difficult, but not impossible, and with practice, you'll be able to pick you endings with relative ease. Here are some helpful things you can do to try to help you get the ending you want. Books-Using the Super Specialty "Publishing" any character can write a book, and have it published. Each character can write two books, one rare and the other common. The common books increase(or decrease,be careful!!!!!)the reader's FRIENDSHIP level toward the author to 8 points, and the rare books do the same, but with you ROMANTIC level. If you want to have a REALLY REALLY good chance at picking your endings easily, learn "Publishing as early as you can. Machinery and Writing skills create Publishing. I usually learn Perserverance to lv.10 first(you always should!), then increase writing to lv.5(it will take 5 skill points with perserverance maxed out). Next, just keep devoting points to mech knowledge and mech operation to get good at machinery. It is not that hard to get publishing early in the game. Until you get some Fountain Pens, keep your Private Actions to a minimum. Once you get a good flow of publishing, just get the rare book for you character, and let whoever you want to love you read it. Their level will now be automatically 8 for your love(which will also fix any Private Actions you messed up^_^). This is a good way to set up the characters you want to hook up. After you accomplish this successfully, you can just have these 2 love birds fight in about 200 battles together, and they will both be at 10 for their love level, but what if they are not in you battle party?! or if you don't want to walk around for 6 hours fighting to get 2 people to hook up?! Okay, okay, hold on. Be aware that if you have you main character be mean to both of the characters you want to get together, it really, really, increases chances. I'm pretty sure the less the people like the main character, the more points get put toward other people. For example, if you are Rena, and you want Claude and Celine to get together, just be real mean to them both. Pick the option in Private Actions you think will reduce Relation points the most. For a short time after eating their favorite food, a character seems more like to be nice and build points toward another character, and also if you have orchestra playing during private action scenes important to your chosen ending pair you are trying to hook up, the points increase is more effective, and more so if that character has their favorite instrument in you inventory somewhere. Also, most people that are not Claude or Rena have at LEAST one or two Private Actions where they talk and stuff, and the trick is to be as unhelpful and mean as you can, and force the two characters to help themselves, and raise points.(I don't know why the best weapon is there, it just looked good) Overall, though, fighting together seems to be the most affective in hooking up non-main character couples together. Also, it appears that if you show a lot of attention to another character, the character with the highest number of points for you will start to decrease, so this means that you don't have to be a jackass the whole game just to get people together, just be a jackass to them. OKAY, THEN HOW DO I HOOK UP MY MAIN CHARACTER MORE AFFECTIVELY? Easy-Private Actions. All the tricks above will work, and work well, but you have the private action advantage! There is no reason NOT to end up with who you want ot end up with concerning your main character. Just be nice to them, and mean to everyone else. You can't pair with more than one person, afterall. I have seen so many of my friends be nice to every character when Claude, and then complaining when he got with Rena again, in the same way. I tell them, and they say "I know, but I can't be mean to Celine, Rena, etc."WELL YOU HAVE TO BE!!! FINAL WRAP-UP AND A LITTLE NEW THING The little new thing is just an explanation that may help you. For every Private Action choice, there are 5 ways it will affect the other characters feelings for you.BIG AFFECT=2 point increase, SMALL AFFECT=1 point increase, EH. . . . =no change,POO-HEAD=1 point lost, POO-POO-HEAD!!!!=2 points lost. Every choice you make in a PA will fall into one of these categories. The Fav-Food thing, and the Orchestra will always be positive, so they increase everything 1, and if they are happening at the same time, it will be two points. So if Claude eats steak, then plays on his Silver Trumpet in the Orchestra, you CANNOT decrease you points(which as you know by now, can be good, or bad!). Oh yeah!!! I got a couple of weird endings. As Rena, Celine can do 3 Private Actions outside of Cross, eventually leading here to marry the Prince of Cross as here ending. Doing this closes here off as a character for an end-couple. As Rena again, the same thing can be done for Ashton and Eleanor, with 3 PA's outside of Herlie. And if you have Opera, but don't take the steps to get Ernest, her ending will be her waiting for him to return to her. Again, this cuts here off as an end-couple, so just get Ernest because Claude and Opera's endings are cool! There might be more of these strange endings I missed, but I doubt it. IN CLOSING. . . . Well, I sure hope after reading this(maybe, just maybe, understanding it fully your first time)you can start picking your ending couples. It will take a few time through(after I went through about 8 times, I really got a good hold of it, and for my 9th ending, I saw everything I wanted. This was my first FAQ, and I enjoyed writing it, and I hope it helps you find your soul mate, no matter how many hearts you have to cruely crush.^_^C'YA!!!!!