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Guide and Walkthrough by tamashii
Version: 0.8 | Updated: 05/10/2005
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Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner Walkthrough/FAQ (by Christiana Bakarich aka tamashii) =============================================================================== T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S =============================================================================== G#TTT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SECTION NUMBER AND NAME | CODE | WHAT IS IT? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 01 ) Table of Contents | G#TTT | Sections of this guide. 02 ) Legal Information | G#LLL | Copyright protection/legal info. 03 ) Latest Updates | G#UUU | What was added in the last update. 04 ) Introduction | G#III | A bit about myself and this guide. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 05 ) Walkthrough* | G#100 | Walkthrough for the game. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 06 ) Items* | G#200 | List, discriptions, and price of items. 07 ) Mantra* | G#300 | Descriptions of the Mantras on the grid. 08 ) Skills* | G#400 | Skills acquired through learning Mantra. 09 ) Combos* | G#500 | List of the different skill combos. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 ) Past Revisions | G#RRR | History of this guide. 11 ) Credits | G#CCC | All who contributed... Thank you! 12 ) Contact Information | G#ZZZ | How to reach me. *Indicates Section Under Construction =============================================================================== L E G A L I N F O R M A T I O N =============================================================================== G#LLL This document is copyrighted to me, Christiana Bakarich. It is intended for private use only. It cannot be used in any form of printed or electronic media involved in a commercial business, in part or in whole, in any way, shape, or form. It cannot be given away freely, as bonus or prize, and it can't be given away with the game. It cannot be used for profitable or promotional purposes, regardless of the situation. Breaking any of these rules is in direct violation of copyright law. This document is protected by copyright law and international treaties. 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As of May 10, 2005, only the following site(s) may host this guide: http://www.gamefaqs.com http://www.neoseeker.com =============================================================================== L A T E S T U P D A T E S =============================================================================== G#UUU Version 0.8 (May 10, 2005) --Completed walkthrough section for the Southern and Northern Tunnels. =============================================================================== I N T R O D U C T I O N =============================================================================== G#III Hi, my name is Christiana Bakarich. You might know me around the GameFAQs message boards under the username tamashii. I wouldn't be surprised if you've never heard of me, though. I remember when I first popped in my copy of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne...and was instantly blown away. With that game, I fell in love with the MegaTen series and ATLUS, as well. I have yet to find a game of theirs that I have not enjoyed immensely. I clearly recall waiting and wanting for this game for several months. And when I finally got my hands on it, I was floored. It was even better than I had imagined. Until now, all of my contributions have been related to game scripts and the like. I decided that since I adore this game so much, I would try my hand at a walkthrough/FAQ for it. I've never done one before, and frankly, it's pretty tough. But I'm truly enjoying every minute of it. And of course, when I heard that there was to be no official strategy guide -- or ANY published guide -- for this game (not even a DoubleJump guide, unfortunately), it firmed my resolve to contribute something for this wonderful game. This is not an easy game to figure out on your own, by any means. But I do enjoy a challenge. What else? I've tried to make this guide as spoiler-free as possible, but it is impossible to keep everything a secret. This will eventually be a full Walkthrough/FAQ, covering enemy stats, Mantra, Combos, items, and secret extra bosses. Still, I'll do my best not to ruin anything related to the main plot. I'll leave it for you to discover. But, I may throw in an ambiguous comment here or there to let you know you're at the right place, okay? The style so far is not the best, I understand. I'm just trying to get this up as fast as possible so people can start using it. I intend to tone it down a bit and organize it a little better once the basic walkthrough is complete. Sorry, I'm going on about nothing here, aren't I? Just know that I love this game, I love writing this guide, and I'm happy to contribute what I can to the online community of gamers. Just have a little more patience, please? =============================================================================== W A L K T H R O U G H =============================================================================== G#100 Okay! Here we go, everyone! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Muladhara ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- After the series of cutscenes is over, you gain control of Serph. ----------- Controls and Menu ----------- Okay, now that you have control, let's see what we've got. Pressing Triangle brings up your map. This only works inside buildings and dungeons, though. It's an auto-map, which means it's filled in as you explore. R1 takes you to the map of the floor below you, while L1 takes you to the map of the floor below. You can use either Triangle or Circle buttons to exit the map. When running around a building or dungeon, you can always check the lower right corner of your screen for the mini-map. You may notice, when running around, two things at the top of your screen. One is fairly self-explanatory -- it just gives you the name of the place you're currently wandering around. The other is the Solar Noise meter: That round glowing thing at the top left of your screen that'll display MIN, 1/8, 2/8, 3/8, HALF, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8, and MAX. It will cycle up and back down the scale repeatedly as long as you are moving. Square button brings up your menu. Ooh, you start out with 2000 Macca! That's pretty nice. Anyway, at this point in the game, you start out with three characters in your party: Serph, Heat, and Argilla. Right now you only have two options available to you: Item and Config. Item gives you three sub-options: Use, which permits you to use items on your characters and look at what you have in your inventory. We start off with Ration x 10. Next we have Ammo, which shows any ammunitions you may have in stock, and lets you equip them to your character. Ammo is used only in human form. While you may want to spend most of your battles in demon form, if you're Surprised you'll enter battle in human form. It's always nice to be able to do decent damage, so you should think about occasionally upgrading your ammo. The last option in the Item Menu is Special. Right now, we only have the Tag Ring. The tag ring stores personal information on you -- particularly your performance in battles. It records your Macca. Anyway, next. The Config menu. Not much here, just your basic options. Vibration function on or off, easy enough. Menu Memory remembers your last selections in battle. Auto Repeat remembers your last actions for use with the Auto Battle function. Incidentally, you can switch your battles to Auto by pressing the Triangle button in a battle. You can regain manual control by pressing Triangle again, or just pressing Circle. Finally, there's Camera Mode, which lets you use regular controls when changing the camera view in the field or using reverse controls. That's it for now for the menu. Note that you can change the camera view when in a wide area by using the L1 and R1 buttons. You can also use the right analog stick if you wish. You usually can't change the camera angle when in a small room, though. ----------- Alright, now that we understand that, let's move! You're currently in the Strategy Room of your Tribe (Embryon)'s Base, Muladhara. The Strategy Room is located in the Middle Layer of your base. Heat, Argilla, Gale, and Cielo are in here, too. Talk to them if you wish. Exit the Strategy Room via the north door. Now you're in a hallway with lots of doors! Enter the door to your right at the first intersection and inspect the purple node to get Revival Bead x 1. In the room directly across from where you got the item, the girl with black hair is in bed. You can check her out if you want. At the next intersection, ignore the door on the left -- there's nothing there. Instead, head to the door on the right. Mini-cutscene! Now you can visit Vendor locations. The Vendor allows you to purchase items and ammo, as well as sell any items you have. The Vendor has available for purchase at this point in the game: Ration 100 Revival Bead 500 Dis-Poison 200 Dis-Stun 100 Panacea 150 Shot Shell 800 You can buy some things if you wish, but you won't really need them yet. You'll find more healing items and better ammo coming up soon, so don't waste your Macca -- it's not easy to come by. Alright, let's head up to the end of the hallway now. Go left first, and you'll be treated to another mini-cutscene that enables you to visit the Large Karma Terminals. At these terminals you can do several things: Save (your game), Teleport (between other Large Karma Terminals that you've already visited), Restore (pay a little bit of Macca to heal your characters), and Exit. Exit takes you back out of the Large Karma Terminal room. Note that all Large Karma Terminals will have identical options. Later on, they'll be able to do something else for you that's very very useful, but you'll have to wait a little while for that. Finally, let's head out of the building. We're going to go down the short hallway directly across from the Large Karma Terminal. Hooray! We're outside! And in the rain. But that doesn't seem to bother Serph, so let's keep going. We're going to get some more goodies, so let's run up the short stairs to the main ledge, and head up the first set of stairs you see on the right side. Go in the building. Hmm, more doors and a blue wall at the end of the hallway. Let's go in the first door to the right. Check the purple node inside for Chakra Drop x 3. Ignore the door across from the room you just went in, there isn't anything in there. Go up to the next set of doors and enter the one on the left. Touch this purple node for Dis-Poison x 2. Go back out, and enter the room directly across from it. Touch the purple node for Soma Drop x 1. You can examine the blue wall if you want, but you can't get past it, so let's go back outside. You can talk to Argilla and Heat if you want to. A lot of the NPCs in your territory give you handy information, so it's always good to talk to everyone after an event or cutscene. Sometimes they'll give you hints to push you in the right direction, or handy battle tips. Alright, let's get out of here. Head up north until you see a sort of metal cage. It's an elevator, and we want on it. So examine it and head on up! Now that we're on the Upper Layer, head left and up the stairs, past the NPCs, and toward the orange flag. It'll give you an option to leave the area. Say yes. Now, we're supposed to head over to Svadhisthana, but let's stop over at Ground Zero (where we were during the beginning cutscenes) first. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ground Zero ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oh, no! Just by entering, your party members each lost 3 HP from hunger. That's alright, it's cheap to heal. Talk to the NPC male with blue hair, directly in front of you, and he forks over Ration x 5. You can talk to Argilla and Heat again if you want. There's really nothing else to do here, though. If you're worried about the health you just lost, you can head back to Muladhara, into the Middle Layer main building, and to the Large Karma Terminal. It'll cost you a piddly 9 Macca to heal yourself, but you can just as easily heal in the next area, so it's up to you. Okay, time to head over to Svadhisthana finally. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Svadhisthana ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Another cutscene. When you regain control, head south-east. Examine the purple node for Soma Drop x 1. If you want to look around, there's the exit to the area at the southwest corner. You can tell by the green glowing columns. If you head up the left side, there's another Vendor. Nothing new is being sold yet, though. Talk to Heat and Argilla again if you want, then head into the building at the northeast corner of the area. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vanguards Base ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Very short entrance cutscene. We're on floor 1F, obviously. Head to the door at the north of the map (in other words, to your left from where you entered). You'll know it by the red glowing flower-thing on the door. Go in. Awesome, another Large Karma Terminal. Restore if you haven't already, then save. Exit the room. Enter the door directly across from the karma terminal room. In here, go up the stairs onto the platform and inspect the purple node for Panacea x 2. Take the stairs at the north end of the platform down again, and head all the way left until you get to a door. Enter. In this room, there is a large wall blocking your way and a switch. Before you mess with either of those, though, you should head through the door to your right. Continue along the hall, ignoring the stairs for the time being. In the room at the end is another purple node. Touch it for Ration x 3. Now go back to the stairs we passed earlier. Head up them to get to floor 2F. There is a blue wall at the end of the hall in front of the stairs, but we can't do anything with that yet. Head down around the stairs instead, then go into the room at the end. If you haven't touched the switch yet, you can run across the top of the wall and touch the purple node on the other side for Chakra Drop x 3. Okay, now head back out and down the stairs again, then into the room with the switch. Hmm, the wall's in your way, isn't it? Well, not a problem. Inspect the switch, use it. Hooray, the wall goes down. Enter the door that was behind the wall. Stairs again. Go up to the platform, and touch another purple node in the upper corner. This time we get another Chakra Drop x 3. Go back down the stairs. Oh, what's this glowing red thing, you ask? Well, that's a Small Karma Terminal, silly. Small Karma Terminals only let you save and teleport, at this point of the game. If you choose to teleport with this one, it will take you alllll the way back to the Large Karma Terminal at the beginning of the dungeon. There's no reason to yet, since we haven't gotten in any battles yet and therefore don't need to be healed. You can save if you wish, however. Now. From the karma terminal, head left. Yep, we're going under the platform. Head down as far as you can, and touch the purple node there. We get a neat Revival Bead x 1. When you're ready, head up to the doors at the top of the screen. Enter them, and we get a cutscene and our very first battle -- Demon Ghoul x 2. ------------- First battle tutorial ------------- Alright, time for some instructions. The tutorial gives you a few very small helpful words, but that's about it. Anyway, the turn icons at the top right of the screen indicate the number of actions your party can take. Well, yes. That means you can attack three times per turn, right? Once for each character. Turn order is determined solely by position on the battlefield. Serph is first, then Heat, then Argilla. When no icons are remaining, it is then the enemies' turn. Okay, now we get to see what we can do in battle. If you check your mini-menu at the bottom left of the battle screen, you can use the D-pad or the left analog stick to pass through the different options. First up, on the far left of the list (and also the default option list) is Fight. In demon-form, the first option is Attack. That's the simple attack that doesn't cost any HP or MP. Under that are whatever magic skills, physical skills, and shield skills that character has equipped. Under whatever skills you have equipped would be the Pass option. This allows you to pass your turn without acting, but you'll only expend half a turn icon. While you're human, you only get basic weapon and Pass options. You don't get to use any of your skills. Next up we have the Item mini-menu. This allows you to use any item in your Item inventory. Of course, currently, we only have healing and recovery items. Then there's the Member mini-menu. This has three options: Revert, which allows you to revert to human form; Deploy, which allows you to replace an ally with someone in your reserve party (this option is not yet available because we have no reserve party); and Withdraw, which lets one member retreat from battle. Oh, and you should remember that when you're in human form, the Revert option is replaced by the Transform option, which allows you to turn back into a demon. The final mini-menu, on the far right, is Escape. It has only one option, Retreat. This allows the entire party to run from battle. Of course, if you fail to escape, then you lose your entire turns for the round, so be careful. In this case, with Serph, we have Bufu (weak ice magic against one enemy for 3 MP) and Void Ice (shield from ice attacks - whole party). Heat has Venom Claw (weak physical damage and chance of poison against one enemy for 4 HP) and Mad Rush (light physical damage against all enemies for 5 HP). Argilla has Dia (restore moderate amount of HP for one ally for 3 MP), Patra (cures Charm, Sleep, and Panic status effects for one ally for 10 MP), and Analyze (see one enemy's info for 2 MP). Don't bother using Analyze in this battle, by the way, since you can't see this enemy's information yet. Note that while in demon form, Serph (Varna) is strong to ice, but weak to fire. Heat (Agni) is strong to fire, but weak to ice. And Argilla (Prithivi) is strong to earth, but weak to force. If you use an attack that an enemy is weak to, you'll only spend half a turn for that attack. Now, since this is actually a very easy battle, we want to take the opportunity to get a few Combos. Combos are what they sound like -- an attack performed by two or more characters simultaneously. Of course, it should be noted that the number of characters involved equals the number of turns sacrificed for the move. Combos are unlocked depending on which skills your party members have equipped. But they're neat, and can come in handy, so we shall unlock three of them now. What we're going to do first is turn everyone back into human form. As soon as everyone in your battle party is human, you will get a note on your screen informing you that you have discovered a new Combo, Crossfire. Since this is your first discovered combo, they will be explained onscreen. Now you will have the Combo sub-menu, which is put inbetween the Fight and Item lists. The Combo menu and the Combo attacks will only be available if you have the proper skills equipped to perform the Combo attack, though. Anyway, Crossfire uses all three party members in human form, with their guns. Takes three turns. Now we want the other Combos. So we're going to transform Serph back into his demon form, Varna. Hooray! We discovered Fire Shot and Earth Shot! Fire Shot does fire damage to all enemies for 6 MP. It's used by Heat in human form paired with anyone in demon form that has a Void (Shield) skill equipped. Earth Shot does earth damage to one enemy for 4 MP. It is used by Argilla in human form paired with anyone in demon form that has a Void (Shield) skill equipped. Well, then. If you experiment a little bit with your new combos, or even if you just hack away at them -- the Demon Ghouls should go down easy, no problem. Now to the battle result screen. You should be awarded 20 Karma, Ration x 2, and a bit of Macca. Serph should level up, and Heat and Argilla should be very close to leveling up. You can tell their levels under ther grey Karma heading -- the ones with a green/yellow bar. Atma Points are the purple bars adjacent to the green bars. They all have question marks above them. Now that Serph has gained a level, it's time to distribute his status points. Every time you level up, you get three points to distribute. With Serph you get to shape how he grows entirely by yourself -- there's no limit to what you can do with him. You can make him a strong physical fighter like Heat, or a mage like Argilla. Or you can go back and forth. I strongly suggest putting at least one point into Vi (Vitality, or physical defense/HP raising) at each level. You should also put a lot of your points into St (Strength, or power of your physical attacks), particularly if you intend to Hunt or use your Hunting skills often. Hunting will be explained later. Anyway, I wouldn't worry too much about Ag (Agility) and Lu (Luck) besides throwing an occasional point in their direction. They aren't quite as important as the other three. If you get lucky, something special will happen when you level up, and you'll overflow with power. Several things can happen -- HP restored, MP restored, complete healing, or a random stat gain. ----------- After battle, you'll get a cutscene. Serph and Heat will recover slightly after battle because they devour their enemies' corpses. You can talk to Argilla and Heat again if you wish. I suggest heading back to the Small Karma Terminal and saving. Be aware that now you will start getting random enemy encounters. Quite frequently. It wouldn't be bad to spend a little while getting used to the battle system, particularly if you haven't played Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne to be familiar with the system. A level or two wouldn't hurt your characters at all, either, but it isn't really necessary. Still, if you feel like it, now is an excellent opportunity to level up. Time to check out the menu again, a lot of stuff has been added to it. ----------- Controls and Menu ----------- The first addition to the main menu is the Skill menu. Once you've selected it, you get to select a character. It shows which skills you have assigned/equipped to each character. If you have healing or recovery skills, such as Argilla's Dia, you can use them on your characters. The next addition is Set. Set is where you select a character and assign/equip skills to them. There is a small box on the upper left of your screen that shows the skills you currently have equipped, and a big list on the right side of the screen for all the skills. That's one great thing about Digital Devil Saga -- you get to keep all the skills you learn. Of course, there are a very limited amount that you can have active at any time, but you are able to switch out skills according to the situation you find yourself in. Anyway, there are four skill lists -- Physical, Magic, Shield, and Auto. All the blank lines will be filled in as you learn skills. Combo, the next new option on your menu, lists all the Combos you have discovered. If you followed my (lengthy) tutorial of the first battle, you should have three already. All those Combo spaces will be filled in as you discover them. Of course, to discover more Combos, you'll have to learn more skills. Unfortunately, we can't do that yet, but we will be able to soon. Next up is Mantra. It shows the Atma Point bar and the skills that the character you selected is in the process of learning. As soon as you max out, or "Master", the AP bar, those skills will be learned. The Status menu shows the numerical stats for whichever character you've selected. It shows that character's demon form, demon name, elemental strength and weakness, as well as the assigned/equipped skills. Not only that, but it also shows your character's level, avatar, name, symbol, current/max HP, current/max MP, karma til the next level, and the ammo and ammo power of the weapon they have in human form. It's a lot of information, isn't it? Anyway, if you hit right or left on your d-pad or left analog stick, you'll be able to access the mantra status page (it's the same page as under the Mantra menu). Party, the final addition, just lets you reorder your party. Whoever you put in the position of the party leader will act first in battles. Support 1 will act next, and finally Support 2 will get the third turn. This is where you should set up your party for boss battles. Sometimes turn order can make all the difference. ------------ Time to progress further into the dungeon. Go back to the room where Argilla and Heat are. This time, head into the door to the right. Ignore the stairs for a moment. Instead, go past them and into the room at the end of the hallway. Another cutscene. Well, can't do anything here at the moment. Head back out and go up the stairs this time. We want to go into the room that's in front of you as you get off the stairs. In this room, head to your right and then up. That wall that just blocked off your path earlier now is actually helpful to you! Run across it. Oh boy, we get to fight an overgrown chicken. Actually, a Dragon Cockatrice. Ah well, shouldn't be too tough. In-game tutorial concerning weaknesses and critical damage commences. If you exploit an enemy's weakness, you will do critical damage to that enemy. You will also only expend half a turn icon, effectively giving you the opportunity to perform an extra attack. However! If you miss or the enemy dodges, you lose two turn icons. Of course, the enemy has to play by the same rules. So you should always try to use an attack that will exploit the enemies' weaknesses, and you should learn skills to protect your own weaknesses. Anyway, he'll go down in a few turns even with just hacking away at him, but Serph/Varna's Bufu is pretty cheap so you might as well use it against him. You may even freeze him, and that's always good -- it usually means that the other party members get to do critical damage to him. After the battle, hit the switch to move the door, and take the ladder down. Go in the door that was behind the wall earlier. Go up then left, following the path. Now, you're in a large room. There are stairs along the west side going down, a hallway above them, and two small terminals. One of them, you're familiar with -- a red Small Karma Terminal. Before you head to that one, you should use the green Life Terminal. You only get the options to Restore and Exit, here, but you're probably in need of healing at this point. After you've healed you should go save. The stairs in this room? Take them down to the lower level. Continue along the path. Ignore the red and yellow walls, there's nothing Serph can do to get by them yet. Head up the stairs at the end of the path. This hallway is pretty straightforward as well. Just keep going until you get to the door at the end. Head outside. There's no enemies out here. Go down to the bottom, then head down the little staircase. Run across the large flat area to the other stairs, and go up these. A purple node! Touch it to get Soma Drop x 1. Now head all the way back through the halls, down and back up the stairs, to the room with the red and green terminals. This time we're heading up the hall above the terminals and stairs. Go north, then left, following the hallway. Sigh...another forced battle. Cats, this time. Okay, they're actually called Beast Empusas, but they yowl like cats... You'd think people would turn into more impressive demons than barnyard and domesticated animals, you know?... oh, well, they're easy enough to kill. In-game tutorial begins again. They instruct you to use Serph's skill Void Ice. The Empusas use ice skills, which Heat/Agni is weak to. So you might as well protect him by having Serph/Varna cast Void Ice on the party every time the Empusas cast ice skills. If you've mastered Heat's next skill set already, you can use Agi agaisnt the Empusas for additional damage, and get an extra turn. After battle, I recommend that you go back and heal any damage you may have taken, as well as save. When you're ready, go ahead back up the northwest path and enter the door. A cutscene. Guess what? You have to catch him. Pay attention, or you'll end up running circles around each other. Enter the door across from the one you came in through. Note that those Beast Empusas and the Dragon Cockatrices are now common enemies. Alright, at the first opportunity, take the left path. Follow it until you hit the stairs, then go up the stairs. Go around the stairs and along the path until you hit a door. Enter, and touch the yellow node -- awesome! We get Charge Shot x 1! Equip it to someone right away. I think Heat would be best, since his basic human-form gun attack hits all enemies. Now exit this room and go back past the stairs. Enter the door. Remember walking across that wall earlier? We get to do it again. On the other side, hit the switch. Cutscene. We can catch him now! Head back along the other wall we just raised, and exit this room. Go back down the stairs. Now head back to that intersection. Go up to the door at the end of the path we ignored earlier. Hmm, can't get through. Well, that's okay. From this door, go straight back to the door we first came through. Alright, this is where we encountered the guy earlier. Take the middle door this time -- the one to the north. Follow this long hallway, through the large empty room. Continue along the hall. Enter the door at the end. Hmm, this room looks familiar. The wall you dropped earlier is blocking the other side of the room, but that's what we want. Take the door we haven't been through yet. Not much option here, go up the stairs. Enter the door just at the top. Cutscene. Now, you can go up either side if you want, but I suggest going up the right side and taking the ladder down. There's three items down here in the purple nodes -- Revival Gem x 1, Chakra Drop x 1, and Ice Blast x 1. Go back up the ladder. Recover and Save at the two terminals if you wish, then head up the path between them to the door when you're prepared. I'd recommend being around level 5-6 for this battle. ------------ BOSS FIGHT: ASURA HAYAGRIVA ------------ So...now we're fighting zoo animals? Well, whatever. Our first real boss fight, against Asura Hayagriva. He's got a weakness to ice attacks, so have Serph/ Varna spam Bufu. Remember, there's a good chance you'll freeze him -- and then everyone gets critical hits and half-turns. Watch out for his attacks -- Serph/Varna is weak to them. If it's a problem have Heat/Agni cast Void Fire. If you haven't been avoiding fights, this battle shouldn't be that difficult. Once he starts talking though, he starts casting Void Ice on himself, making the Bufu/Freeze strategy useless. Cover Serph's weakness here, because when Asura Hayagriva isn't casting Void Ice on himself, he's using Fire Storm (whole party fire attack) or Skewer (single character attack with large fire damage). And if he gets a hit in on Serph, he gets an extra turn to deal even more damage. It's a good idea to cast Void Fire every turn. After battle, there's another cutscene. And after that, we're deposited outside the Vanguard base dungeon, in Svadhisthana. You can talk to Heat, Argilla, and your new tribe members. There isn't really anything to do here, so let's leave and go back to our home base, Muladhara. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Muladhara ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ah, it's good to be back. Take the elevator down to trigger a few cutscenes. After those are over, we're back in the Strategy Room in the Middle Layer. This time we can talk to Heat, Argilla, Cielo, Gale, and Sera. Go out of this room. Use the Large Karma Terminal to save and heal if you wish, then head outside to the street. Here you can talk to Heat and Argilla again, as well as a handful of Embryon NPCs. We have our orders though, so head up the elevator to the Upper Level, and out of Muladhara. We want to go to Sahasrara, the large tower in the middle of the map. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sahasrara ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A few NPCs to talk to, from all the different tribes. You can also talk to Argilla and that strange cat on the first part of the path. On the second, you are able to talk to Heat. Anyway, we want to keep heading up toward that large building. Go up the stairs and enter the building. Once inside, you can explore, but there isn't really anything of interest. A few guards to talk to, that's it. Ahead and to the left of the entrance is a Large Karma Terminal where you can save if you want. Head up through the door in the center. More NPCs. Take the platform up. Talk to the guard and tell him you want to enter to get to the next cutscene. Now, this cutscene is special: you get to make a choice in it. This choice, I have been assured, does not affect your current game. It may affect certain events and the ending to the sequel. After the cutscene, you can review the new information in the terminal in front of you. The game informs you that you can now use Karma Terminals to download mantras -- battle skill programs. Head back out when you're done. Take the platform back, exit the room. As soon as you try to pass the Large Karma Terminal area, one of your tribemembers stops you. He suggests that you take a moment to download some new mantras, since you probably mastered both Serph's and Heat's first set. By mastering mantra, new mantra sets are unlocked and become available for download. To get the best skills, you have to learn a lot of the beginning skills. A new option is now available at ALL karma terminals: Get Mantra. You go here when you have enough Macca, and pay to unlock new mantra sets. If you buy more than one at once, make sure you've downloaded the one you want to work on first -- otherwise you'll automatically be working on the one you last paid for. To see the entire mantra set screen, hit the square button on the main Mantra screen. I suggest having everyone download the Protection set and the Devourer set. Of course, Serph already has Devourer and Argilla already has Protection, so you don't have to worry about that. Heat though, will have to decide which set he wants to work on first. After that, I suggest you finish up the Earth Spirit set for Argilla. If you have a ton of spare Macca to throw around, you could get the second level skillsets for each character's starting skills. Anyway, download the one you want to work on, Save, and exit the temple. Once outside, talk to Heat and Argilla. Alright, we have stuff to figure out, so let's go back to Muladhara. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Muladhara ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Take the elevator down to the Middle Layer. Enter the main building. Before we head up to the Strategy Room, stop by the Vendor to see their updated stock: Ration 100 Macca Revival Bead 500 Macca Dis-Poison 200 Macca Dis-Ache 150 Macca Dis-Mute 150 Macca Dis-Stun 100 Macca Dis-Curse 200 Macca Panacea 150 Macca Molotov 500 Macca Ice Blast 500 Macca Thunder Rod 500 Macca Sonic Stone 500 Macca Land Mine 500 Macca Shot Shell 800 Macca Charge Shot 1500 Macca It's really up to you, but I wouldn't waste my Macca on anything but maybe a Revival Bead or a couple Dis-Curse/Dis-Mute. Even then, you probably won't really need to. Alright, now go to the Strategy Room for a cutscene. You get to make another choice. Then there's another cutscene, and a third one. The third cutscene also contains a choice. Then there's one more cutscene. It's the same old party to talk to once you regain control -- Heat, Gale, Cielo, Sera, and Argilla. No matter what you chose, it's now time to head to Manipura. Save if you wish, then exit the building. Take the elevator up, exit Muladhara. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Manipura ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There's a cutscene as soon as you enter. Before going in though, you can talk to some NPCs and Heat and Argilla of course. Head all the way east. Just before the giant rocks, to the north, there's a door. Go in. Down the stairs, touch the purple node. Wow, a Revival Gem x 1! That's good. Back up the stairs and out we go. Go back and enter the door to the northwest. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Maribel Base ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enter the first door to your left. Ignore the door straight in front of you, it's locked. Turn right and enter the door with the red flower on it for the first Large Karma Terminal of this dungeon. Save if you want. The first door on the right is the Vendor. There's nothing new, so unless you have the urge to stock up, ignore it. In this area, you will begin to get random encounters again. Head north up the ramp. You can inspect the gate if you want: remember the number 01 on it. Take the left path in the far north area by the gate, and continue up and to the right to find a purple node containing Dis-Poison x 3. Now head back to the first intersection. Go left. Go straight all the way to the door at the end. Enter the door. In the upper left corner of this room is a yellow node! Touch it to get Error Cell x 1. These Cells can be sold at Vendor locations to get Macca. Now exit the room. We want to go up the stairs that we just passed, now, so do so. Follow the little path along until you get to a door. Enter. Follow the path along the inside of the building until you reach another door. Use it. Oh, my. Someone sounds hungry. Let's go find them and eat them first! Hit the switch and enter the gate. Hmm? Guess he ran away. Oh, well. Follow the path up and to the left. Take the set of stairs up, then use the ladder to go further up. Follow the short path around and take this ladder down. Ooh! See it? Run to the end and smack the yellow node to get Active Cell x 1. Now go all the way back up the ladder, back across, and back down the ladder. Okay, now go up north until you get to the very end. Ignore the door on your right (all it has is one of those annoying blue walls) and enter the door to the north. Eww... that's kinda dirty, isn't it? A small part of why this game is rated M, I guess. Anyway, move straight ahead to the next door to the north, and enter. Hey! Another purple node to touch! This one gives us Brave Ration x 1. Okay, exit this room. Back in the hallway, you can head to the right and then up. Use the door here when you're prepared. Oh, boy, a forced fight. It's just a Dragon Cockatrice, though...not a problem at this point. A scene. Ooh! For your troubles, you get to touch another yellow node. This one grants us a Frigid Shot x 1. You can talk to the guy you just defeated (I'm guessing that's him, anyway) for some useful information. Remember Gate 4, then. Okay, we're going to backtrack a little bit here. Go all the way out and back down the stairs. This time go north. Oh, look! A Small Karma Terminal! It's a good idea to save here. Depending on how much you've been wandering around and fighting demons, you may have gained enough AP to master a set of skills. So you can use this Small Karma Terminal to download a new mantra set to work on mastering! When you're finished with the karma terminal, go to the opposite corner of the little area you're in and hit the switch to unlock Gate 2. When you're ready, go through the gate. A forced battle. These things should be easy to take out with Heat, and Serph can take them out quick if you've been throwing his stat points into St. Have Argilla attack the new one, Demon Yaka, in the middle. After the battle, go back and save if you want. Otherwise, follow the path down the ramp until you hit the intersection. Head left and up the two sets of stairs, first. At the end of the little path is a yellow node. Touch it for Active Cell x 1. Now head back to the intersection. Head into the door in the middle. Another useless blue wall. Pass it and use the door at the end of the hall. Not much choice here, up the ladder we go. This path is long, but pretty straightforward. Once you get to the intersection, head to your left for a purple node containing Chakra Drop x 2. Now go in the opposite direction. Continue along until you reach a switch. Go ahead and press it. Phew...it's a long way back down to that gate. Backtrack to the ladder and take it down. Go through the two doors. This time you want to go for the door that was to the right of the path you first entered this section on. It's in the back corner. Anyway, enter this door and head down the hall. When you get a choice, you're going to want to go into the door to the side first. Yup, another purple node. This one coughs up Dis-Ache x 3. Go out of this room and into the door at the end of the hall. Hiding from you again, eh? It's a good idea to save here, if you want. If you're doing poorly on HP/MP or Macca, you can use the Small Karma Terminal here to teleport back to the Large Karma Terminal. You can restore there, and the Vendor is nearby for selling those Cells we've acquired. It should be noted that the Cells fetch the highest amount of Macca during the MAX Solar Noise stage. If you wait a bit until you fetch another cell, you can sell all four of them and the Temple will award you with two new items for sale at the Vendor: Muscle Drink 2000 Macca Spyglass 5000 Macca However, you're just about to come up on a Life Terminal, so don't go out of your way if you don't want to. When you're ready, head through Gate 3. Oh, boy! A forced battle. This time, it's against three Aerial Macha. You start out in human form in this battle, and it's actually a good idea to stay that way this time. The human-form guns do a lot of damage to aerial enemies. If you've equipped the Charge Shot and Frigid Shot that we've picked up earlier to your characters, there's also a chance that you can Shock or Freeze the silly birds. Either way, it shouldn't be too difficult of a battle. After the battle, you should see a green Life Terminal in front of you. You may or may not be hurting. Use it if you wish. Also consider heading back through the gate to the Small Karma Terminal to save. Moving on! Ignore the stairs at the moment. Head past them and make a left. Enter the first door you see on your left side -- in the back corner is a yellow node. It forks over Devil Cell x 1 when you inspect it. Nothing else in here, so exit this room. Continue on, taking the left fork when you get a chance. Go ahead and open the door at the end. You'll see another yellow node, but this time it's a battle, not an item. Your target: Demon Ikusa x 2. Be careful if you decide to fight these guys -- they can deal some serious damage to your party. Unless you've already mastered the Mantra that grants a force type attack, there's no weakness for you to exploit. Heal your characters if they drop under 70 HP, particularly Argilla (she has low defense). Otherwise, if both of the Demon Ikusa use it, Raving Slash or Hell Thrust might kill off a character in only one turn, and that would suck. Also, they can cause Panic. I've noticed that when one of your characters is inflicted with Panic, they usually revert or transform as their first move. Be warned also that the Ikusa can call in reinforcement Ikusa. -------------- Side Quest: First Field Hunt -------------- Whether you choose to fight that battle or not, there is another opportunity here -- a Field Hunt! That door on the right side that we passed to get to the Demon Ikusa x 2 is where it's located. The basic idea is to run around as Varna and hit the square button when you're right next to one of the purple things. Run along the hallway and destroy as many as you can as fast as you can. When you hit the intersection, head to the right and hit all the purple things, then enter the door there and destroy the purple things inside. Go back out and do the same for the left side. When you come out of the second room there will be one last set of purple demons in the hallway -- follow them back into the first room, and hurry up and hit the square button when you're next to that angry red Mitama. Defeating the Mitama before they get a chance to run away is the hardest part. There are three of them. They are weak to ice attacks, but chances are only Serph has any ice attacks learned, right? So use Serph at the beginning of your turn to cast Bufu on one of the Ara Mitama. This should frighten him. Oh, boy, I really hope you took my advice earlier and learned the Devourer Mantra, because using Devour on the Mitama when they're frightened is pretty much the only way you'll be able to damage them enough to reap the wonderful AP by eating them before they run away. Once one of the Ara Mitama is frightened, you should go all-out and try to eat him as fast as you can. Be warned, however, that using Hunt skills so frequently is likely to give one of your demons a stomacheache. Have a few Dis-Ache on hand before attempting this if you find it to be a problem. You want to heal Ache before the end of the battle, otherwise you don't get to keep whatever AP that character earned. And if that character was one of the ones that managed to Devour a Mitama, well then all that AP was wasted and none of your other members get any, either. Also, characters afflicted with Ache will sometimes skip a turn due to their painful tummyache. And that's bad. So heal it right away! Anyway, if you choose to do this little sidequest now, good luck! And consider yourself lucky if you manage to nab two of the Mitama, because at this point getting all three is nearly impossible. You only get one shot at this for now, so if you mess up, you should reload and try again until you're satisfied with your results. If you have one of the chance-for-instant-kill Hunt skills, and you use it on a frightened enemy, it almost always instantly kills that enemy. I've never yet seen it fail when an enemy is frightened. I recommend being at level 11-12 for this, but don't level up too much -- there's a sort of level cap after which the Mitama are too scared of you to show up. --------------- Alright. Go back to the area that has the green Life Terminal. We're going to take the stairs up now. As soon as you get to the top, use the door to your immediate right. There's nothing in the room straight ahead, so take the path to the left. Go straight down to the end, ignoring the side path, and enter the door. Ooh, there's two purple nodes! Touch them both to get Revival Gem x 1 and Odd Morsel x 1. Exit this room, and take the path to your right. This takes you back outside to the same area you entered the building from. See the stairs next to you? Take those up. Follow the path along until you get to a Small Karma Terminal. Save if you wish. When you're prepared, head down the ladder. Continue along the path until you run into a member of the Maribel. Another fight, surprise! Just a handful of Demon Yaka. Shouldn't be hard. Unfortunately they'll call in several more Demon Yaka when you finish them off. Just plug away at them, and watch your health. After you finish off the second party, the stupid things will call in a big demon, Demon Gyu-Ki. The big guy is weak to earth attacks, so put Tera or Matera on Argilla. This monster has powerful, powerful attacks (when he beefs them up, as he does almost every turn) that can take out one character in a single hit. You want to keep as much health as possible here, every turn you get. Make sure everyone's healed before Gyu-Ki gets his turn, or he could wipe out one of your characters. This can be a difficult battle. After you've won the battle, you can talk to the guy you just beat up. He'll
give you a useful tip about Gate 5. Of course, you could just have easily figured it out yourself just standing next to the gate...but whatever. The switch to open Gate 5 is right next to the gate, so use it if you want and go use the Vendor or Large Karma Terminal. Continue past the gate. You can use the red Small Karma Terminal to save if you don't want to go back out to the Large Karma Terminal. Go hit the switch nearby to unlock Gate 4...but we don't want to go in just yet. Go across from Gate 4 and enter the door. There's a purple node inside containing Chakra Pot x 1. Exit this room. Make sure you're prepared for battle, because there's a boss waiting just on the other side of Gate 4. Enter this last gate for a cutscene and... --------------- BOSS: ASURA CAMAZOTZ --------------- Use physical attacks on him when he's flying. When he draws his wings around himself, use earth attacks against him. His Raving Slash can cause Panic, so watch out for that. This should be a fairly easy battle. I recommend being around levels 12-14. --------------- One last cutscene, and you find yourself done with Manipura for now. You find yourself in the Wasteland after the battle. You can talk to Argilla, Heat, and Jinana here. You can exit the Wasteland and head wherever you like, but to progress the story we want to go to into Anahata. However if you have extra Macca you feel like throwing around, the Vendor is now stocked with some new ammo: Metal Jacket 5000 Macca Frigid Shot 6000 Macca And if you go back to your base's Strategy Room and talk to Sera, she'll ask you a question about friends that you can make a choice with. It doesn't seem to affect anything though, so it's up to you. You can also go back through the Vanguards' base in Svadhisthana and talk to the man standing in the room you killed the old Vanguard leader in. He will hand over the Blue Key. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anahata ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Go ahead and climb up the ladder. We're on the citadel wall now. Inspect the cannons or not, your choice, but you don't get anything. Head up the stairs and into the large door for a scene. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Citadel ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, that makes things easier. Head down the stairs and enter the door at the bottom. In this large room, there are two doors on your right. Enter the one closest to you and touch a purple node containing Dark Veil x 2. Inspect the walls if you like -- looks like a lot of the guns are missing. My, those are some...interesting paintings (reliefs?) on the wall, there. I suppose it contributes to the high rating of the game. Exit this room and head into the adjacent room for two purple nodes. One contains Blast x 2, and the other contains Shock Bomb x 2. More guns and lovely art. When you're done, go to the double doors at the opposite end of the room from where you came in. Use the doors. Follow the path to the intersection. Head right first, and go to the bottom door. Still-warm beds, nice. Touch both purple nodes for Wind Wall x 3 and Bolt Wall x 3. Head out and to the room directly opposite. More warm beds. Touch these two purple nodes for Dis-Mute x 2 and Moldy Roll x 3. Exit this room and run across to the other side of the hallway now, entering the door that would be at the bottom from the direction you first entered this area. Warm beds here too, along with a purple node containing Chakra Drop x 3. Opposite that room are yet more beds, and another purple node with Dis-Stun x 3 inside. When you're finished looting the Solids' beds, head to the end of the hallway. There is a red Small Karma Terminal here you should use. Get ready, because as soon as you walk through the door next to the karma terminal you'll get a scene and a battle. Watch out, these Aerial Archangels are pretty strong to physical attacks, and they can inflict Mute on your characters -- that means, no skills that cost MP. Just whittle them down and keep an eye on your health. After this battle you'll begin to get random encounters. Anyway, ignore the platform in the upper-middle of the room for now, and focus on the door in the top left corner. In the corner of this room is a yellow node. Inspect it for Error Cell x 1. Now exit and go to the door in the top right of the main room. Ignore the stairs leading down, and keep going on the path. Follow along until you get to another intersection. Head to the right now and touch the purple node for Revival Gem x 1. Ignore the left side, all there is back there is a yellow wall that we can't get through right now. Head back to the intersection and take the stairs down now. Ignore the blue wall (even if you have the Blue Key) and take the door in front of you. Now we're in a room with two doors in the top corners. Ignore the one to the left, it can't be entered. Take the upper door on the right instead. Hooray, a red Small Karma Terminal. Too bad it isn't a Life Terminal, you're probably in need of healing, right? Oh, well. Save anyway, and then go through the door at the top of the room. A scene. Oh, boy. I love traps. Exit this room. Scene. Even better than pitfalls! Today doesn't look like it's going to be much fun for Serph and company. Enter the first room you see for a big fight. Awesome, another one of these bastard Demon Gyu-Ki. It's okay, same as last time. Just make sure you aren't still suffering Mute from those stupid Aerial Archangels, or you'll be toast before you know it. After you finish kicking Gyu-Ki's ass, grab the purple node in the room for Medical Kit x 1. Okay, nothing else in this area, so head out of this tiny room and head for the door at the end. Go straight through this area and through the next door. In this area, go into the first door. It should be on your left. You'll have to fight another Demon Gyu-Ki. Once you're finished with him, inspect the purple node for Dis-Poison x 2. Exit this room. Back in the main hallway, keep going. You should see a corpse against one wall. Inspect it...oh, dear. That info might have been useful ten minutes ago. Enter the door on the right just past the corpse. Hm, another one. Examine this one too. Left is right, but right is left? Cryptic. How fun. Continue through the door opposite that which we came in through. There should be two rooms in here. Enter both, but they're empty. Go all the way back out to the main hallway again. This time go through the door at the end. Why, hello there! We see our exit, a lovely ladder. But we also see a door. We want the door first. Now, this large room has a ton of doors. Let's head up the right side first. The first room is empty. The second is too, but has another door that leads to another big room. This room has two doors that lead to empty rooms, but it also has a corpse. That's what we want to check out. Caution with the yellow-eyed one, eh? That means nothing to us at the moment, but I suppose it will shortly enough. Keep going. If you hadn't noticed, all these little rooms connect back together, okay? There's another room that contains a Gyu-Ki, and you can kill him to collect a yellow node that contains Code Cell x 1. Directly across from this room is an empty room. Just past this set of doors is another set -- again, one room contains a Gyu-Ki monster that is hiding a purple cell with a Revival Gem x 1 in it. The room across from this room is empty. Nothing else here, but you should be pretty near the door you first came into this area through, so go back out and use the ladder to go up. Enter the door. As soon as you do, you are presented with two of those statues with the red eyes that we were warned about. You know what that means -- pitfalls. We want to avoid falling again, so we're going to take the door to the right. Run down the long, straight path until you get to that familiar door with the red flower on it. Finally -- a Large Karma Terminal! Now is a great time to restore, download fresh mantras, and save. When you're ready, note that there are four doors in this room. We will take the one in the bottom-left corner first. Head left again here. Take the first door we come across and ignore the second -- the second door only deadends with a pitfall. Anyway, in this room stick to the left wall. Use the door on that wall. You want to avoid both other doors -- one leads to a pitfall, the other only gives you a fake yellow node that damages your party. If you did as I instructed you, you should be able to inspect the yellow node in this last room, which contains Active Cell x 1. Now we get to backtrack. Exit this room, and go through the only door in the next room. Stick along the wall to your right and use the door there. Now turn to your left and follow the hallway. Exit this area through the first door on your right. Go back and save, if you wish. This time, we're going to use the door in the upper right corner of the room. So enter the door, and follow the path until you get to the intersection. The door right in front of you leads to an empty room, so ignore it. You want to go RIGHT. I know, you can see the floating yellow node up the left path, but the red-eyed statue there will nail you if you try to go that way. So go right. Enter the first door you come to -- which is on the bottom. Wow, two nodes in here! Grab Vital Noise x 1 from the purple one, and and fight two Beast Nue in the other. Don't worry, they're easy. Whether or not you fight them is up to you. When you're done in here, go back out into the hallway. Continue up the path to another intersection. Again, go RIGHT. Directly to your left is another of those annoying red-eyed statues. Ignore the door, too -- another red-eyed statue stupid pitfall trap. We don't want it. Follow the path around then, and you can finally get to that yellow node! It gives you Code Cell x 1. Now we get to backtrack our way to the room with the Large Karma Terminal. It's pretty straightforward. Go and save and restore if you need to. All right, let's take the door at the top left corner now. Follow the path until you get to the intersection. There's a door on each side. Head to the door on the left first. Oh, all those statues are scary, aren't they? Don't worry, only the red-eyed ones have traps in front of them. You'll find that the only door you can get to is in the top-right corner, so head for it. When you enter it, you discover -- *gasp* a Small Karma Terminal! Oh, and another corpse. Examine it for a clue. 'Watch out for that woman. She will repel you...' I wonder who that's referring to? I have a bad feeling we'll find out soon. Save if you want, then go through the other door in this room. You'll be forced to fight, but that's okay. You heard what she said to you, right? You have to kick her ass now! Evil Valkyrie is very strong to physical attacks, and often counters if you try to hit her with a basic attack. So go for magic here. After you beat her up, you get to grab the yellow node in this room -- wow! L Statue Key x 1. That sounds really useful. It must be, it's a Special Item. You can unlock the other door in here if you wish, but it just goes way back to the area we first came in through. We want to go back to the intersection and down the right path, so let's backtrack. Exit this room. Save at the small terminal if you want. There are two ways you can go about this; backtrack carefully through the red-eyed statues and hope you don't step on the wrong floor space, or you could just use the small terminal to teleport back to the Large Karma Terminal. I personally think it's easier to teleport, but whatever works for you. Either way, we want to get back to that intersection. Once you're at the intersection, head right. Go through the door. Carefully, move forward and to the left just enough to get to the purple node for Brave Ration x 1. Backtrack the short way to the Large Karma Terminal room. Save if you want to. All right, we're finally going to enter the last door in this room. Go through the door to the bottom-right of this room. Follow the hall to the door. Use it. Follow this path down until you hit an intersection. The right path is blocked by a blue wall. You can destroy it now if you have the key, but I'll get into the walkthrough for that part later. We want to head left at the intersection here. But be careful not to go all the way to the end; the yellow-eyed statue is actually a red-eyed statue. Get close enough to it, and you'll see. We want to enter the door on the right, just before the statue. Ah, a good ol' blue-eyed statue. That one's safe. Follow the path along around it, and enter the door to the left side. Ooh, another intersection. This time, head right, follow the path, and enter the door at the end. Well, another room with those irritating statues. Grab the Soma Drop x 1 from the purple node just in front of you, and get out of this room back the way we came in. There's nothing on the path to the left, just a statue and a pitfall, so go back through the door. Around the blue-eyed statue again, and through the next door. Alright, we're back at one of the first intersections. Take the door that is in the very middle, between the two paths, this time. Oi, another stupid bunch of yellow-eyed traps trying to fool you. There's a Small Karma Terminal in the room in the top-left corner. If you go down, there's a corpse with a useless hint warning you about it getting tough ahead. Of course it's gonna get tough, we're near the end of a dungeon! Go past him carefully around the statue traps until you reach the top-right corner. In the room here is another forced fight. This guy is new -- Dragon Tarrasque. He's weak to earth. Just keep plugging away at him, and watch your health. He'll go down quick enough. Anyway, once that giant monster is out of the way, you are free to examine the yellow node in this room, which gives you a lovely R Statue Key x 1. That happens to be the other Special Item we've been hunting for in this dungeon. Time to go back to the Large Karma Terminal. The quickest way is to weave back through the red-eyed statues into the room with the Small Karma Terminal, and use it to teleport. Once you're back at the Large Karma Terminal, it's a very good idea to heal, save, and finish any Mantra you're close to mastering. When you're ready, head down the long path directly across from the Large Karma Terminal, back into the room with the two red-eyed statues that are facing each other. We need to get to the door that's just beyond them. Well, that's where the keys come in! For the statue on the right, you're going to insert the R Statue Key and turn it to the LEFT. For the statue on the left, you're going to insert the L Statue Key and turn it to the RIGHT. When you've fixed the trap, you'll get a short scene. But you can now get to the door that was between the statues. Enter it. Continue along the path, and go down the stairs when you get to them. Enter the door when you get to the bottom. Follow the straight path down to another door, and use it. Continue on the path until you see a familiar door on your right side -- another Large Karma Terminal. Now would be a good time to save, if only to save yourself the trouble of fixing the trap and wandering all the way down here. Okay, now continue going down the path. When you get to the intersection, use the door to your left. There's a purple node down in the corner of this large room. It contains Revival Gem x 1. Exit this room, and continue down the path. Enter the door at the end of the path. In this room, get on the elevator. It'll take you up. Make sure you're ready. As soon as you open up those doors, you'll have to fight two sets of regular enemies and then the boss with two regular enemies. Anyway, there's a scene when you open the door. After the battle, there's a scene. After the scene, you can talk to Heat and Argilla. Heal up if you need to and enter the other set of doors. Take this elevator down. Use the door, and follow the path up. Enter the door at the end of the long path. Go around the unused statues, and you should see a door with a welcome red symbol on it. You guessed it, another Large Karma Terminal. Use it to save, restore, and download some new Mantras if you need to. Directly across from the karma terminal is a Vendor shop. There's nothing new, but you can sell some of your cells if you'd like to. When you're ready, enter the door just past those two rooms. Open the gate. Be warned, there's a boss on the other side...make sure you're absolutely prepared. It's going to be a long battle. I recommend being around levels 19-21 for it. A lengthy cutscene. Poor thing... -------------- BOSS: ASURA USAS -------------- Asura Usas has a lot of HP, and has a Whirlwind skill that can damage the whole party. Watch out, because she can Charm your characters, as well. She can also half a character's HP with Hama. Do keep an eye on your HP. And finally, Asura Usas can summon Beast Unicorns. Seriously watch out if she does this, because they team up against you with a Seraph Lore attack that can do 100+ damage to all party members. Ignore the Unicorns in favor of attacking Asura Usas. You can deal with them once she's gone. The Beast Unicorns can use Hama on their own, too. I really recommend learning the Angelic Grace combo -- have all three active party members with Dia equipped. This combo takes all three turns, but it greatly heals all of your party and boosts your party's defense, to boot. Very handy combo to have. It should cost all of 8 MP per character to use, so it's not bad at all. But I believe there's a limit on how often you can use it, so you can't rely on it completely. If you have it, Void Expel can prevent Seraph Lore from damaging your party. The Unicorns are weak to death magic, so if you have it you can cast Mudo on them to take them out quick. This battle will take a while, so take your time and it shouldn't be too hard. -------------- After the battle, there's another long cutscene. I do so love character development, don't you? Anyway, there isn't much you can do here, so let's leave Anahata. We need to go back to our base. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Muladhara ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Take the elevator down. Talk to the NPCs and Heat and Argilla if you like, then head into the Middle Layer main building. Restore and save. The Vendor now has some new stock...some of which might have been introduced to you as spoils from the last dungeon. Anyway, here they are: Brave Ration 500 Macca Holy Arrow 2000 Macca As well, if you sell a couple more cells to the Vendor you will unlock for purchase: Chakra Drop 3000 Macca Magic Reed 3000 Macca Remember to sell your cells when the Solar Noise is at MAX stage for the best profit. At MAX noise level, those Code Cells will fetch almost 10,000 Macca each! So sell sell sell! When you're all finished stocking up and you're ready to move on, enter the room that Sera was sleeping in before for a cutscene. Well, looks like we know where we need to go now. Talk to Heat, Cielo, and Argilla if you wish. You can examine Sera, too. When you're ready, head back out to Manipura. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Manipura ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An...interesting cutscene upon entering. Woohoo! And Gale finally joins the party. He's strong to force and weak to elec, by the way. It would be a good idea to head back to Muladhara before entering the base and change out Gale's Mantra. When you're ready, head up into the base. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Maribel Base ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Once you enter, you'll start getting random enemy encounters. Some of these guys are from the Citadel, notice that? You may also notice that they always run away. So don't bother battling, really. Just run, or pass turns until the enemies all run away. Head up past the Vendor and the door leading to the karma terminal. Once you head up the first section you should see a member of Solid. He runs down the path to Gate 5. Follow him. Go through the gate. Head toward Gate 4. We see him again! Stop and save if you want. There's a familiar person we have to fight... Go through the gate when you're ready. --------------- BOSS: ASURA CAMAZOTZ (Part II) --------------- He's still the same as last time. Unfortunately, this time he will summon two demons by the name of Fiend Baphomet. He Guards himself a lot, particularly while his Baphomets are still around him. He will often cast Void Expel and Void Earth. He is weak to Earth attacks, but you should wait to attack him until after you've taken out the Baphomet. These Baphomets will cast several Death skills like Curse and Mudo. Gale comes with Void Death, so you should switch Heat out for Gale if you haven't already, at least for this battle. Have Argilla cast an earth skill like Tera or Matera whenever Asura Camazotz doesn't use Void Earth. When Asura Camazotz doesn't cast Void Expel, take advantage of the opportunity to use Expel type skills on Baphomet, because that's their weakness. Hama works great, by the way. Once the Baphomet are gone, Asura Camazotz starts absorbing the HP of your party members with Leech. He also has a whole-party attack called Spiral Edge. Note that both Expel and Earth attacks are now shielded, so don't use them. Rage is also about to become your most hated enemy skill. It gives Asura Camazotz two more half-turns when he uses it -- and he starts to use it nearly every damn turn he gets. With these two turns he will use Spiral Edge and Leech -- attacking your whole party or absorbing health. It's gonna be hard to keep everyone alive here, but try your best. Watch your health, and you should be able to win here. --------------- After that tough battle, there's a confusing cutscene. Great, just great. We want to get out of here, but guess what? They've locked Gate 4 behind us to trap us in. They lock Gate 6, as well. And we lose a party member. What's going on? Let's worry about getting out of here first. We start at the intersection, so turn left. Walk up the stairs to get to the purple node, which contains Dis-Poison x 3. Go back and check out the single door opposite Gate 4. In here you'll find something new -- a Rejuvenating Light. This is the first time in the game you get an absolutely free healing device. So make use of it!! There's also a Small Karma Terminal in here to save your game and load new Mantras with. Spending a little while leveling up here is a great, great idea. Now is a perfect time to learn a couple more Hunt skills and the Protection Mantra on Gale. If you have the Macca and feel like running around doing some extra battling, download the Mitama Mantra for Gale to get the Shared Karma skill. You might even have enough Macca to buy the Holy Beast Mantra for one of your characters -- if so, I recommend you do so as soon as possible. Iron Stomach and AP Divide for the win! Even if you don't have enough currently, the battles around here give pretty good Macca. You can get anywhere from 400-1500 Macca per encounter. Don't bother trying to use the terminal to teleport -- they think ahead. The path to the left, past where we just found that purple node, leads directly to it but the other door to the exit is blocked from the outside. What we're going to do instead is use the switch next to Gate 6 and unlock it. Do so, and go through the gate. Hmm, a forced battle against some Solids. They appear as a group of three Beast Kelpies, which are weak to fire. Physical attacks do good damage too, though. So just take them out. Once the first group is gone, reinforcements will appear, though -- and once that second set is done, a third set will appear. Watch out, they can use the Mazionga combo together. Watch out for Comatose, too. Causes sleep. Nothing too bad, though. After the last set, there will be one more lone Kelpie. After the battle, take the door next to you. Follow the path inside until you get to an intersection. Go through the door to your left. Inside is a yellow node -- that gives up Code Cell x 1! Head out of this room and continue down the hallway, past the yellow wall to the door at the end. Exit. As soon as you're back outside, head right and up. See that purple node? Touch it to get Dis-Stun x 2. If you continue right you can go back to Gate 6, but we don't really need to. Go back to the ladder that was in front of you when you exited the building a second ago. Go up. Collect the Dis-Curse x 3 from the purple node nearby, then follow along the path. Continue along until you see another ladder at the end. Take this one down. Follow this path until you see another ladder. Take it up. Run straight ahead and inspect the yellow node for Quantum Cell x 1. Turn around and head back down the ladder. At the bottom, head straight and continue along the path. At the intersection, you'll see two ramps. Take the one on the left first toward Gate 7. Well, it was open when we got there...there's a Small Karma Terminal here that you can use. Whether you choose to use it or not, head back to the intersection and take the right fork this time. Head up to the switch. Oh? Another forced fight. This time the Solids turn into Beast Nue x 2. They are weak to force...which is why it's great to use Gale's Zanma against them. Unfortunately, these guys have the same lovely habit of calling in reinforcements. When you destroy the first enemy party, three more Nue's come up. Be warned, though, that these Nue have Blood Curse which can cause Curse to the whole party. And again, when the second party is disposed of a third round of Beast Nue x 3 come. I hope you have plenty of Dis-Curse stocked up. After the third party is, unfortunately, another party of three Nue. Watch out if the Nue's cast the Combo Mamudoon, though. It has a chance to instantly kill your party members, and the last parties of Nue can cast it more than once. Gale is probably the only person in your party with a strong enough force attack to do any real damage, and he's also probably the only one with the Void Death skill. So if you find yourself having difficulty with this battle, go back and teach Serph and Argilla some force skills. Another tactic would be to use a fatal Hunt attack when you manage to frighten a Nue. The quicker they're taken out, the less likely you'll be to lose. Anyway, after all of those groups will be a final Nue. Blast his ass, and you'll finally be done. After the battle, re-unlock Gate 7 with the switch. Go back around, save, and head through the gate. You're probably hurting, right? If you check your map, you should realize that you're back in familiar territory. So head up a little and to your left, and make your way up to the Life Terminal. Use it or not, up to you. Now head up the stairs next to the Life Terminal. Ignore the doors and take the next set of stairs up. Follow the path along and use the Small Karma Terminal up here. When you're finished, take the nearby ladder down. Run down the path to face off against the next group of Solids. This time you're up against two new enemies, Fiend Onkot. They use skills to raise their stats mostly, and cause Mute status. They are weak to elec skills, so try to use those. Also, Zanma does some decent damage, so use that as well if you wish. Try to avoid physical attacks, they're strong to them. Anyway, after you take out the first two, three more of them appear. An annoyingly familiar habit, isn't it? Take them out too. Watch out, though, FOUR more appear after you take out the second set. But luckily, that's all of them. After the battle, continue along the path. When you get to Gate 5, go ahead and unlock it. Before you go in, though, continue on and unlock Gate 4. Use the Small Karma Terminal here if you wish. Go back to Gate 5, and go through it. Head up the stairs and towards the exit. You can head to the Large Karma Terminal if you want. You can even hit the Vendor if you feel you need to, but we're almost done here, so you don't need to bother, really. Anyway, you should see one last Solid guarding the exit. Guess what? It's a boss. ----------------- BOSS: EVIL ATAVAKA ----------------- This guy repels Expel attacks, so don't try to use those. He uses Executioner, which can do massive damage to one character. He also uses Stun Wave which can Stun your party. You should try to heal every turn, since Atavaka can wipe out your party before you're even aware of it. You'll be using quite a few Dis-Stun here. Also, be aware that he has some higher level and whole-party elemental attacks like Materazi, Mazanma, and Maragion. He will often use Mind Charge before he uses these to power them up. He is weak to earth, though. So take advantage of that weakness to get in as many turns as possible. Keep healing and pounding him with earth attacks, and he'll go down. ------------------ Exit the area when you're done. There are no random encounters out here. Talk to Gale and Argilla if you wish, and the NPCs too. Otherwise, it's time to head back to the home base. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Muladhara ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Take the elevator down and enter the main building. All a bit of a mess, eh? Save if you want, and make sure you'll all set on your Mantras. The Vendor now has some new stock: Hero Ration 2000 Macca Dark Veil 2000 Macca Hollow Point 10000 Macca Tranq Shot 10000 Macca And don't forget to sell the Cells you've recently obtained. Unless you ran around for hours and got a few Active Cell and Error Cell drops from those Evil Valkyrie, you probably won't have enough for the next Cell-selling bonus. All right. When you're all prepared, enter the Strategy Room for a cutscene. Some familiar faces...and a strange, strange accent. Anyway, we gain Heat back. And he's mastered the Mantra he was learning when he left, isn't that nice? Be sure to buy him a fresh one from the karma terminal before you leave. Head out of this building and back up the elevator. Leave Muladhara. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Coordinate 136 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can talk to your party members outside the big building. Gale has some interesting choices, none of which have any impact on the game, but still... Anyway, continue north and enter the doors. There'll be a cutscene. A rather amusing cutscene... And another. I suppose they want you to go on that journey of mystery and adventure. Well, not like we have much choice, do we? If you look around this room, you will see the door to a Large Karma Terminal in the top right corner. Be aware that you are now able to get random enemy encounters. Also, you can inspect the wall to the left of the door. It repeats the creepy recording's message from earlier. Enter the door up ahead when you're ready. Hmm, another weird broadcast. Well, that was ...interesting. Predictable, but interesting, heh. After the cutscene, examine the painting. After, you can also inspect the Twinklebell. I'm wondering if that's copyright infringement... Anyway, you should get some idea of what you need to do. Talk to the people, find the painting of the good prince, and avoid talking to the evil prince. Right? Right. Well, we can take the right path or the left path at this point. We want to go left first. Notice that we can talk to the paintings for tips... Anyway, when you get to the first intersection enter the door to the right. In here, ignore the door straight in front of you. Go left instead. Now, along this path, be mindful of those paintings. Yes, those ones of the prince, at the end. If you step in front of those, you'll end up falling through a trapdoor. Very similar to those red-eyed statues. Avoid falling by peering around the corners first through changing the camera angles, or just follow what I say. Up to you. If you find yourself falling through a trapdoor, you'll be in a small room. You can talk to skeletons if you wish... they have some lame jokes. Actually, you will want to fall down here once so you can pick up the Magic Noise x 1 that's in a purple node here. Exit this room through the gold/blue glowing door. You will find yourself in a hallway. If you go to your right, through the door, you'll be in a more brightly lit hallway. Follow it along and go up the stairs, and through the next door. You'll be right back in the room we started out in. Don't worry, the other path only lead to a long sort of maze full of dead ends. Of course, those dead ends are all one-way doors from other painting traps... Anyway! Go back to that room we were in, if you went down through the traps. You want to take the door to your right. In here, head straight down to the end... you can go in the door here if you want, but there's more evil prince paintings. If you drop down through these, you'll be in a room with a yellow node containing Quantum Cell x 1. If you're strapped for cash -- and chances are, you will be at this point -- go ahead and grab it. Backtrack up to that room we were in. This time, instead of going through the door straight in front of us, we're going through a different one. Head up to the very top of the room, and head right. Now you should be in front of two doors here, in the corner. If you want you could go through the door to the right/east. It's another trapdoor, but in the pit is a purple node containing MP Noise x 1. If you choose to get it, you'll have to backtrack again. Take the north door. Not much choice, head right through the door. In this hallway, if you drop through the trap straight ahead, you can grab a purple node with Moldy Roll x 3. This one isn't that great, so it's up to you whether or not you fetch it. Backtrack if you did. Instead of going straight back down the trap, head to the right. At this intersection, head left. Go straight now through the door at the end. In this room, straight in front of you, there'll be a painting on your left. Examine it. Opposite the painting is a purple node containing Soma Drop x 1. Go back to that first intersection in this room, and head down the path to the door. Guess what? That was the easy, short way back to the room with the princess painting! Go talk to her to open up that gate that was blocking the north path in this room. Before you take that path, though, it's a good idea to save and restore your characters. Also, remember that path to the right in the room with the princess painting that we ignored earlier? You can go in there if you want now. Talk to the three paintings on the wall if you wish to. Go in through either door. Depending on whether or not you fetched the items down below or went exploring yourself earlier, the evil prince painting trapdoors may or may not have been set off. Ignore the first door in here, there's a trap. The second door leads basically to the trap at the end of the hall, so you don't need to bother. Fall in the trap at the end of the hall. Down here there's a purple node containing Chakra Pot x 1! That's pretty nice. Backtrack up to the first level now. It's time to head up those stairs we recently unlocked. Okay. As you enter the room here, you'll see two of those impassable yellow walls. Nothing to do but head up the next set of stairs. Of course, as you get close to them, you'll be forced into a fight with some Solid members. And... they provide some interesting entertainment. Say 'no' to commence the fight. You'll be against two new enemies: Fiend Jack Frost, and Fiend Pyro Jack. Jack Frost is weak to fire, naturally. Pyro Jack, however, is weak to ice. And Jack frost absorbs ice, just as Pyro Jack absorbs fire. So be sure to equip single enemy elemental skills for this battle. Take out Jack Frost first, since he can heal both himself and Pyro Jack. Use Void Ice and Void Fire skills if you're having difficulties. Watch out for Pyro Jack's entire party attack, Maragion. After the battle, you'll get Jack Cell x 1. That's good. Watch out when you sell these Jack Cells, though. As opposed to the other types of Cells, these fetch the most Macca at the MIN Solar Noise phase, not MAX. Anyway, when you're ready, head up the stairs to the third floor. If I were you, I'd make a beeline for that Small Karma Terminal next to the blocked gate. But first, another broadcast. Okay. In here, there's another Twinklebell. The blocked gate is to the north. There are two other doors in here, one leading to the east wing and one leading to the west. Also, in case you wanted to see what the broadcast said again, you can inspect the frame on the wall just to the right of the blocked gate. Talk to Twinklebell. Sounds interesting. The princess and the good prince face each other. However, the evil prince is standing between them. So we get to use a mirror and move the princess around so that her "love" can reach the good prince. Easy enough, right? Door to the west first, again. Follow the hall around the corner and enter the door. Whee... lots of stuff in this room. Two immovable mirrors, two locked chests, the good prince statue, the evil prince statue, the princess statue, and another mirror with a switch. First, go behind the princess statue. Hit the right switch. Now go to the small mirror and hit that switch. First puzzle, complete! Short scene. Now go unlock those chests for some goodies! The one in the bottom right corner contains Revival Gem x 1. The one in the top right corner contains Organic Cell x 1. Oh, note that in these puzzle rooms there are no random enemy encounters. A slight reprieve. Okay, go back out and save if you wish. One of those locks on the gate was removed, see? Time to go through that door to the east, now. At the first intersection, take the door to your left. You probably guessed it -- another puzzle. Two chests, TWO evil prince statues, a princess statue, a good prince statue, three immovable mirror statues, and three small mirrors with switches. First, hit the right switch on the princess statue. Now go to the small mirror that the light has just hit, and use the switch there. The path of the light changes again. This time head to the small mirror in the bottom right corner and use the switch there. Finally, head to the third small mirror in the bottom left corner, and hit that switch. Voila! Puzzle completed. Go grab the chests. The one in the bottom right corner gives you a Quantum Cell x 1, and the one in the bottom left corner contains HP Noise x 1. Anyway, when you're finished in here, head back out and go down the hall to the next door -- that we just unlocked. A third puzzle. In this room there are two chests, a princess statue, a good prince statue, two evil prince statues, six immovable mirrors, and four smaller mirrors with switches. Go to the princess statue first, again. This time, hit the left switch. Follow the light path along to the first mirror with a switch, in the bottom left corner. Use the switch. Follow the light path along to the very last mirror it hits. Turn this one, and the light will hit the good prince statue! Hooray, we're finished with these mirror puzzles! Grab the chest in the top right corner for Magic Noise x 1. The chest in the bottom right corner contains Soma x 1. Backtrack to the room with the Small Karma Terminal. Save if you wish. And, it's time to go up the stairs to the next area. No choice here. Enter the door straight ahead. As soon as you enter, there'll be another scene and broadcast. Directions here: move the good prince statue opposite the evil prince statue via the roller coaster. You can use zoom mode camera in this room by using the right analog stick, and go back to normal mode by hitting circle button. We want to get the good prince statue to be right up under the princess portrait, basically. Or, on the right side of the cross on the wall, if that makes it any clearer. Note that there are four platforms here: two directly in front of you, with one on each side of Twinklebell, and two more up on the left side of the room. At the top of the room just beyond the platforms on the left side, there's a frame on the wall that will recap what the broadcast told us earlier. Take the right-side platform in front of you first. Hit the switch, ride the platform, then step off. The platform departs again -- this time, without you. Ah, well. Enter the door. Run up the hallway until you get to the room, and touch the yellow node for a battle. You'll fight Beast Taown x 2. They absorb force, so don't use that. They are weak to earth skills however, so include some of those before you initiate this battle. Watch out, because these Taown often counter physical attacks against them. If you choose not to fight the Taown, that's fine. Head down the hall, to your left. When the hall opens up into another room, you can examine the purple node for Luck Noise x 1. Take the door here. Follow this long hallway around the corners and down to the doors at the end. Use the doors. And, down the stairs we go. We end up at the landing at the beginning of the fourth floor. Just go through the doors to get back into the room with the platforms. Okay, now activate the platform to the immediate left of Twinklebell. Again, the platform abandons you. Go through the doors. Follow the hallway along until it opens up into a room. Touch the yellow node for Nerve Shot x 1. Use the doors to your right. A red wall to your left in here, that we can't get past yet. Ignore it, go to the right. Up the stairs, use the doors. Back at the landing at the beginning of this floor. Back into the room with the platforms. Go up along the left wall now, and take the platform that does NOT have the prince statue on it. As soon as you get off the platform, it leaves without you. Of course. Hit the switch here, though. Voila! Now we can get the good prince statue in the right place! Head through the doors here. Go along the hallway until it opens up into a room. In here is a purple node containing Revival Gem x 1. Follow the hall along to your right. Enter the doors at the end, and go down the long stairs. At the bottom, go through those familiar doors back to the landing. If you're really hurting, go back to the Small Karma Terminal (or even take that down to the Large Karma Terminal to heal up). It's a ways to backtrack, but you might need it. The enemies here are tough. And you can easily eat up a lot of MP battling through them. If you're doing okay healthwise, then just wait a little bit. Finally, we're going to use that last platform. Activate the platform that has the good prince statue on it. Oh, note that you can use the ladder to get back down if you need to. When you're ready, head through the newly-accessible doors. Through here, head up the stairs. Enter the doors at the top. Oho! A Small Karma Terminal! Head for it. You'll be halted by another broadcast. A very confusing one. Afterwards, use the karma terminal if you want. There's another frame you can expect on the upper right side wall, but it's useless. Head up through the next set of doors when you're ready. Take the stairs up and through the next door for another scene and broadcast. Oh, dear. Another puzzle. Go to your left first and examine the yellow glowing cracks along the bottom wall. There'll be a scene. If you want a little more info on the story of the good prince, the evil prince, and the princess, you can read the little plates all around the large room here. Actually, most of them are just recaps of the earlier pieces of the story...not in the right order, though. And that one broadcast still isn't made clear, unfortunately. You can inspect the portrait, too. Note that the camera mode we used in the platform room can also be used here. There are four mirrors suspended from the ceiling, and three on platforms on this level. On the lower level, accessible via the ladder, there is a Twinklebell statue, two large mirrors, a small switch mirror on a platform far away, a yellow node on a platform far away, and a switch. Note that again, in this puzzle room, you will not get any random enemy encounters. Take the ladder down and activate the switch. Now take the ladder back up. Head for the platform nearest the beam of light. Take it down. The light should now be hitting the mirror we just rode down with. Take the ladder back up, now. Head to the east side of the room, where the lone platform is. Press the switch on the smaller mirror. Ride the platform back up. Now run around to the platform that was closest to the ladder. Step off the platform and hit the switch right next to it. Take the ladder back up. Head back to the only platform left up here, on the east side of the room. Ride it down. The beam of light should now pierce the painting and reveal a set of doors behind it. First though, head back to the switch down here that changes the tracks. Hit it. Now run back to that last platform you used. Ride it to a ledge in the corner. On this ledge is that yellow node. Touch it for Yellow Key x 1! Now ride the platform back, run around back to the ladder, and run up through those doors we just revealed. Now is a great time to save, seeing as there's a Small Karma Terminal not three feet from where you're standing. Head up the sets of stairs to the top, past the bells, and go through the door. Now head left and up a much shorter set of stairs. There's another Small Karma Terminal up here that you can use. If you need any new Mantra, now would be a good time to change them out. Saving here, too, is a good idea. When you're ready, head through the double doors to the left of the terminal. Use the door in the middle at the top of the room. Make absolutely sure you're ready, there is a tough boss on the other side of this door. Quite a shocking cutscene. Two choices. I'm not yet sure if these choices have an effect on events in DDS2 yet, so check back soon for details. For the first choice, if you chose the second option, you will have a short fight. You will only be able to use your basic Attack option, though. Well, you can Pass a turn or Revert to human form, too. ------------------------- BOSS: ASURA RAHU (HEAD) and ASURA RAHU (BODY) ------------------------- There are two parts to this demon: the large body, and the head. You'll see what I mean shortly. Use physical attacks on the body for your first turn, and Asura Rahu's head will take one party member captive in a sort of bubble. When this happens, focus your attacks on the head. Do as much damage to the head as quick as possible, though, because the head will gradually absorb HP from the captured character. After about a round of this, the head will drop your character and rejoin the main body. It then casts Psycho Rage to give itself four half-turns that it uses to cast support spells on itself. Directly after he does this, make sure your characters are full up on HP. The body will use Dragon Quake, which can hit your whole party for quite a bit of damage, especially if he uses it twice in a row. We still want to focus our attacks on the head for now. Be warned that the head may come off again and capture another character again. The head is weak to force, if you prefer to attack with magic over physical. And the body is weak to fire. So equip the appropriate skills. Make sure you don't have elemental skills that attack both enemies. The head is resistant to fire, for example, so you'd waste two turns. If you have Agilao on Serph, then keep him in. Otherwise, trade him out for Heat. Don't worry if you use a lot of healing items, revive items, or MP -- this can be a very tough battle. Argilla is a must -- she has natural resistance to the earth element attack Dragon Quake that is sprung on you at least once every turn. It is quite possible to solo with her in this battle, provided you have Diarama and a handful of Chakra Drop. I know, that's how I had to defeat this guy! Also, it's a good idea to stick Gale in there somewhere, since he came pre-equipped with some good force skills. Just keep your HP as full as possible, and keep plugging away at him. He will go down eventually. ------------------------ After the battle, there's another cutscene. Another choice here, but it seems to be just a casual little choice, not a plot-effecting one. After the cutscene you are notified that Cielo has joined your party! Finally! Now we have everyone. Check out his skills and get yourself acquainted with him, if you want. He is in need of some healing skills, though, and some physical and Hunt skills. Be sure to get him started on those. And then you find yourself right outside the entrance to Coordinate 136 building. Try to leave the area for another small scene, and an idea of what we have to do next. On your way out, you can talk to your party members, Sera, and some of your tribe members. Now you can exit this area. It's a good idea to head back to the Embryon Base now and stock up, heal, save, and sell your cells. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Muladhara ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Back at home, you can talk to all your party members outside and some of your NPC tribe members. Sera, who's sitting right beside the path as you enter, has an odd choice if you talk to her. It doesn't affect anything, though. Use the Large Karma terminal to restore, get mantra, and save if you feel like it. I recommend doing so. Now, at the Vendor, some new items are for sale: Revival Gem 10000 Macca Dis-Stone 300 Macca
Fire Bomb 3000 Macca Frost Bomb 3000 Macca Shock Bomb 3000 Macca Blast 3000 Macca Magni Bomb 3000 Macca Iron Shot 15000 Macca Nerve Shot 15000 Macca You should have several cells, now. Wait until MAX Solar Noise level and sell them off -- EXCEPT THE JACK CELLS. Those sell for the most at the MIN stage. Depending on how much you sell your cells for and how many you cell, you can get another transmission from the Karma Temple about new items in stock: Graven Shard 50000 Macca Chakra Pot 10000 Macca Estoma Spray 3000 Macca Estoma Sprays are expensive, but if you find it difficult to get to a Large Karma Terminal and your characters are hurting, you might want to buy one for an emergency. Otherwise, I wouldn't waste your Macca. Even though that Graven Shard looks handy, seeing as it's a reusable healing item... but the Macca is better spent on Mantra, trust me. Now, I advise you to spend the money you just earned on some new Mantra. I would recommend buying something nice and expensive/difficult for Heat and Argilla. You'll see why soon enough. Just do it. When you're all set, it's time to head out. Leave the Embryon Base, and head out to the big map. See that blue-ish highlighted place? The Deserted Ship? Yup, that's where we want to go. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Deserted Ship ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When you enter, you might notice that you can talk to your party. Sera has another little choice, if you want to talk to her. Gale and Heat have choices, as well. Talk to the green-haired guy to move on. Cutscene. A highly amusing cutscene, mind. At least, I thought so. That's followed by another cutscene. After the cutscenes, Gale will give you your first directions. Remember, bottom of the ship first. If you try to head back out to the balcony area, you'll be stopped by Gale. Note that Argilla and Heat have left the party. When you get them back, the Mantra they had equipped will be mastered. That's why I told you to equip them with the most difficult or expensive mantra, that much less work for you to do. You're now stuck with a party of Serph, Gale, and Cielo...I hope you haven't been neglecting Gale, because Cielo starts out a little weak. So head to those double doors, that's the only place you can go. To your left is a Small Karma Terminal. Right next to that is a set of broken doors you can inspect. You can also inspect the broken stairs to the right of the karma terminal. Neither nets you anything, so you don't have to. Opposite the karma terminal is another set of doors. Use them. You end up outside in the perpetual rain. Your way left is blocked by tables. Go right instead, up the stairs. Follow along to the end, just past the set of stairs down. There's a purple node here containing Medical Kit x 3. Take the stairs down and continue right to the next set of doors. Enter. Follow along the hallway until it opens up into a room. In here, the doors on either side of the room are broken -- as is one of the elevators. The other elevator is operational. That, or you can take the stairs down. The elevator has the options of taking you to the 9th floor, 8th floor, or 3rd floor. You are currently on the 9th floor. The stairs only take you down to the 8th floor, and the only door you can enter here is, of course, the elevator. Take your pick of the floor, you have to head down it eventually. Take it to the 3rd floor. There's only one door you can enter here, out of the three aside from the elevator. There's also a sign on the wall you can inspect. The door we want is right next to it. Enter the door, and follow the hallway along. It opens out into a room with another Small Karma Terminal. There's only one direction you can go: the hall continues to the right. Follow until you get to an intersection. To the left is a door, and to the right is a staircase down. The door leads to another hall, but Gale will nag you if you try to go that way. Go down the stairs instead. When you get to the bottom of the stairs, continue along and go up the short flight of stairs. Scene. Trap number 1, first floor, set! Now take the stairs back down on the other side. Follow along until you get to a door. Use it. Continue along the path. At the intersection, head to the right first. Another intersection. Head to the left and enter the door. In here is a purple node containing Hero Ration x 3. Go back out. The door directly opposite will not open. As you head back towards the first intersection, there'll be a scene. As well, there'll be a forced battle. Dragon Naga x 3. Easy enough to take out. Head across to the left side that we ignored previously. Take the door to your left. Inside is a purple node you can inspect for Attack Mirror x 2. Head back out and take the door directly across from you. In here, there's a Rejuvenating Light... which as we all know equals free healing! If you want, you can spend a little while leveling up... but it isn't very convenient, seeing as the nearest karma terminal is quite a ways away. Still, it isn't a bad idea at all to familiarize yourself with the common enemies. Head back to that one intersection, and back up the hallway. Head back up the stairs, past the explosives we placed, down the stairs, and back up the next set of stairs. Continue up the next two sets of stairs. Ignore that door, we still can't use it. Head left at the intersection, and follow the hallway. I suggest saving at the Small Karma Terminal here. You're probably in need of some fresh Mantra, too. When you're ready, head over to the door to the south. There'll be a small scene. You cannot use the elevator. Continue through the door, and enter the small door on the same wall as the elevator. In here is a yellow node that will give you Quantum Cell x 1 if you inspect it. Exit this room. Back out in the bigger room, enter the door to your left. Follow the path to the first intersection. Head left into the room. There's a handy Life Terminal here. Of course, you have to pay... but it's better than nothing. The enemies here can make you use a lot of MP. Go back out and continue along the hall. Ignore the next intersection, the door there won't open. At the third intersection, enter the room to the left. Trap number 2, third floor, set! Exit this room. Continue on to the door at the end. Or try to, anyway. Scene. A lovely nickname for our hero, don't you think? Alright, a forced battle. You may recognize these fellas: Beast Taown x 2. Pound 'em with earth. If you don't have that, use another moderate level elemental skill. Just don't use force. Oh, and avoid using physical unless you want to take a beating -- the Taown use High-Counter, and can hit for 100+ damage to one character. After that, use the door we were headed for before that interruption. Continue on the path until you get to an intersection. To the right is a door, and to the left is a set of stairs. Go to the right and enter the door first. In here there is an elevator, a set of double doors, and a small door. The double doors lead to an empty room, so don't waste your time. Head for the small door to the right. Follow the hall, go down the stairs. At the bottom of the stairs is an intersection. Go left. Open the door. Scene. Trap number 3, second floor, set! Head back out. Note that the door opposite is broken, so don't mess with it. Head back up the stairs and into the room with the elevator. This time, we want to use the elevator. So hop in. This time we have the option of riding to the third floor, the fourth floor, and the fifth floor. We're on the third floor, so we want to go to the fourth floor. Select your destination, and ride on up. There's broken doors to the left and right, so ignore those. Head straight up through the small door. Follow along, ignoring the intersection at the moment in favor of heading straight. Enter the door here. There's a Small Karma Terminal. It's a good idea to save. If you hadn't noticed, the enemies around here have some death skills. It's not impossible to have your entire party wiped out in one turn. Unless you've managed to master Death Resist for everyone... only Cielo comes with it equipped. It's not a bad idea to set it on him, by the way, just so Mamudo doesn't instantly slaughter your whole group. Now go back out to that intersection, and take the side path there. Enter the door at the end and get another scene. Hooray! Trap number 4, fourth floor, set! Head out of this room, and backtrack at the intersection to the room with the elevator. Enter the elevator and head for the fifth floor for a scene. Great. Just great... Back to Serph. There's a set of double doors to his right, and a small door to his left. Take the small door first. Head along the path. When you get to an intersection, ignore the path heading straight. There's just a broken door there. Instead, take the side path. Enter the door there. Again, ignore the door straight ahead, it's broken. Take the side path here and go up the stairs. There's another intersection at the top. There's a door to the right, and the path continues around a corner to your left. Go through the door to the right, first. Head straight, past the path to your left. Enter this door at the end. Inside is a Life Terminal. Replenish your MP, at least. Go back out and take the side path to your right. It curves around to another door. Enter. A scene. Trap number 5, fifth floor, set! Head back out of this room. When you get to the intersection, head out of this area. If you're looking at the intersection head on, take the path to your right. Yup, through the door. Now take the path straight in front of you and up a new set of stairs. Enter the room at the top. You're immediately presented with another intersection. Go right down the very long hall first. When the hall opens up into a small room, keep going straight. In here, go along til you hit yet another intersection. Take the side path to the right now. Enter the room. Scene. Forced battle here, against Aerial Gurr and Demon Phantom x 2. Weak to force, but they usually protect themselves from it. Physical works fine on the Gurr, but you'll have to use Hama or other elemental skills on the Phantoms until one of them neglects to cast Force Drain. Should be a fairly easy battle. Watch your HP, though, and look out for Mudo and Mamudo that the Phantoms like to cast. Trap number 6, seventh floor, set! Head out of this room. At the intersection, head left. Don't worry, the door to the right is empty. Now we're back at that sort of room that the hallway widened into. Take that side path now. We're in a different, darker sort of hall, now. Continue up, and to the right. There are a bunch of doors on both sides of the hall, here. The first door on the left is warped. Pass it. The second door on the left houses two purple nodes. The first one, just to the left of the entrance, gives up Chakra Drop x 3. The second, at the top of the room behind the bed, coughs up Revival Gem x 1. Go back out. The first door on the right side is warped, too... So head into the second room on the right. In here, there's a yellow node, which gives you Organic Cell x 1. That's pretty nice. When you're done collecting the items, head to the double doors at the end. There's a Small Karma Terminal ahead and to the left in this room, and a broken set of doors straight ahead. There's also a functional set of doors to the right. Use the karma terminal to save and get fresh Mantras, if you need to. When you're ready, use the doors to your right. A short scene. In this room, there's a set of stairs, a broken elevator, and a small door that leads back out into the tangle of intersecting hallways. Go up the stairs. There's a forced fight here with Demon Sui-Ki x 3. These guys are tough. They will often resort to comboing Mabufudyne, which hits your whole party for massive ice damage. They are weak to fire though, so try to frighten and eat them to take them out quick. If you took a lot of damage or finished off a Mantra, you can head back down to the Small Karma Terminal. You might want to save, as well. Anyway, after the battle, you find yourself standing at the top of the staircase. There are two broken sets of doors, one on the right and one on the left. Along the same wall as the staircase is a broken elevator. If you inspect the rubble on the left side of the room, you'll see that it's the broken staircase from the beginning of our quest in the Deserted Ship. And, finally, directly across from the stairs we just came up is a set of functional double doors. Head through these. On the other side of these doors, there's -- surprise! -- another intersection. There are a set of doors each on the left and right. Head right first. Enter the door. Follow this wide hallway along and to the left. On the right side now is a bunch of broken exterior windows. Ignore these. Head into the first door on the left. In here is a purple node containing Hero Ration x 2. Head back out. Continue down the hall to the second door on the left. In here, there's a yellow node wedged between the two beds. Examine it for Neutron Shot x 1! I'd equip that on someone right away, if I were you. Anyway, head back out to the hall. Ignore the broken doors at the end. Head back along the hallway and out to the intersection. From this door, head straight across and enter that door. Same idea here as on the other side. Follow along the hall, turn right, and ignore the broken windows. Might as well ignore the first room on the right, too, because it's empty. Enter the second room. In the upper corner behind the bed is a purple node that contains Magic Noise x 1. Okay, now exit this room, and enter the doors at the end of the hall. Right in front of you here is a Small Karma Terminal. Even better, to your immediate right is a Life Terminal. I advise you to make use of both. There are also two sets of doors in here -- one ahead of you, and one to your right. Take the door that was straight ahead of you from where you entered. Follow the hall down to the intersection, ignoring the door to your right. It's empty. At the intersection, go straight. The room just past the intersection on the right side contains a yellow node that leads into a fight with Beast Mothman x 2. These guys are weak to earth and repel elec, so fix your skillsets accordingly. They aren't too tough, though. Watch out for Ziodyne and Mazionga, and keep an eye on them when they cast Earth Drain so you don't end up healing them. They have the ability to counterstrike your physical attacks, though. Definitely keep an eye on your HP in this fight, if you choose to take these guys on. Back at that intersection, take the side path. Go all the way down and enter the doors. Go down the long hall to the intersection. There's a small door on the left side, and the hall continues to the right with a door on the right side and a broken set of doors at the end. Use the door on the left side. Back to the old, blue-ish lit environment. Continue along the hall until you get to the first intersection. Go left, enter the door there. At the next intersection where there's a door on either side, head left again and enter that door. Scene. Trap number 7, eighth floor, set! Exit this room. You can continue straight from this door. Round the corner, ignore the left path at the next intersection (it only leads to an empty room), and go through the door at the end. You're back in the hall right off the room that contains the Life and Small Karma Terminals. However, before we head back there, go through that intersection in here again. Instead of going through that small door, this time we're heading to the right. Enter the door on the right side. There's a yellow node in here containing Organic Cell x 1. Now head back out and to the room with the terminals. Restore your party and save if you wish. Now enter the door on the side of the room, between the two terminals. Place look familiar? Head to the elevator at your immediate left. Enter. Take it to the third floor. From where you exit the elevator, use the door on the left side of the room. The first door on the left leads to a Life Terminal... if you need it, use it. If not, continue straight up the hall. Take the door at the end. At the intersection take a right, through the door. Head for the elevator here. Take it to the fifth floor. Once you exit the elevator, there'll be two doors. One is a small one to your left, and the other is a set of doors to your right. Head right and through the doors. In here there's a broken set of doors to your left, and a functional set to the right. That's all there is in here, so right we go. The first doors on either side in here are broken. Pass them. The second door on the left has a purple node with Medical Kit x 3. The second door on the right has a yellow node with Theory Cell x 1. Exit this room, enter the small door at the end of the hall. Pass the path to the right, and head straight. Enter the door. There's a Small Karma Terminal in here. Use it. Now head back out and take the side path we passed at that last intersection. Enter the door at the end. Scene. Final trap set, fifth floor! Unfortunately, setting this final trap also triggers another forced fight with some Brutes members. They transform into Chatterskull x 3. These guys use some death skills, so watch out for that. They are weak to fire, expel, charm, and panic, so make use of some of those. They can cast Void Force and Void Expel, though. And they take no damage from ice, earth, and death attacks... avoid using those. They can be taken down with just physical attacks easily, though. Whatever works for you. After the battle, head out of this room. We need to get up to the ninth floor and find Argilla, so let's do that. Save if you want, otherwise head up and out. In the next hall, head straight to the next set of doors. Take the doors to your left. Now use the elevator. Go to the third floor. Take the small door on the right. Take a left at the intersection. Use the door. Ignore the first two intersections. If you want, heal up at the Life Terminal in the room at the third intersection. Continue on down the hall. Use the door at the end. Now take the elevator here up to the ninth floor. Exit the elevator and head up along the hall. Turn the corner, use the doors. Outside again. Head left as far as you can, use the doors. Ah, almost there. I really advise you to save at that Small Karma Terminal in front of you. There's a boss coming up in a minute. Head up through the double doors to the left when you're ready. Cutscene. -------------------- BOSS: ASURA CAMAZOTZ ------------------- In this battle, you can switch in Argilla. I recommend it, since Asura Camazotz is still pretty much the same: weak to earth. Instead of Rage, he's got Psycho Rage this time. That grants him FOUR half-turns. Watch out for that. I'd equip someone with Void Death, if they don't have a resist auto-skill learned yet. Camazotz casts Curse a lot. When the silly bat is defending, which he almost always does at the end of his turns, just cast a bunch of earth skills at him. When he isn't all curled in on himself, pound him with physical attacks. Camazotz also has an odd new skill: Zotzilaha Bane. It transforms whichever character it hits into a small bat. When a character has become a bat, they have reduced stats across the board. This can make Spiral Edge, his whole-party attack, quite powerful. Not only that, but every time he uses it, he steals 30-40 HP from a character. And it never misses. Get used to healing a lot, and using some Chakra items. --------------------- A few cutscenes after battle. Four choices in one, this time. Don't be careless, it isn't easy to beat Asura Camazotz again. I'm not sure if any of these have an impact on events in DDS2, but when I find out I'll get back to you. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Embryon Base 2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Afterwards, you end up, well, with a new base of operations. Embryon Base 2. Talk to the party members and some of your new tribe members. Try to leave, and either Gale or Argilla will stop you. Only way to go is up. Enter the door at the top. A Life Terminal to the right, and a Small Karma Terminal straight ahead. Use both. And, of course, a door on the left. Use that when you're all set. Cutscene. Long, and surprising. You have your instructions, though. Off to Svadhisthana we go. After the scenes, Heat will join the party again. Your party members are all in the same room; if you use the door to the upper left, you'll find Sera. Otherwise, head back out through the doors on the left. Be sure to change out Heat's mantra, now. Out and down the flights of stairs, now. Everyone is present here this time, and most everyone has something new to say. The green haired person in particular... now if I could just figure out which gender that person is, heh. And Heat's angsting to himself. Go ahead and enter Svadhisthana. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Svadhisthana ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Head up on the left side upon entering and see what stock the Vendor has now. Here are the new items for sale: Medical Kit 5000 Macca Wild Card 4000 Macca Silver Shot 25000 Macca Neutron Shot 25000 Macca They're nice, but again I wouldn't waste the Macca. Go ahead and trade all your cells in. It is unlikely that you will have earned enough for the next stock bonus, however. But the Macca will be very nice. When you're all stocked up and ready to head in, enter the door across on the right side to begin your trek through the base. Of course, when you enter, you can head to the left and save in the Large Karma Terminal. When you're done there, enter the door directly opposite it (to the right of the main entrance). In here, head either up the platform and down the other side, or go around it. Take the door to the left. In here there's a switch to your left and a door to your right. Ignore both, head through the door straight ahead. Ignore the stairs up the platform. Use the Small Karma Terminal if you wish, but I honestly doubt you'll need to -- the enemies in here haven't changed since the first time we were here. So head past the terminal to the doors at the end. Use them. In this room, head around the stacks of crates and barrels, and go through the next door. Ignore the stairs leading up. Go past them and take the set of doors at the end. In here there's a ladder on the right side. Again, ignore it, head straight through the next door. There will be a set of stairs in here leading down. Nearby will be a set of terminals -- a Small Karma Terminal and a Life Terminal. Take the stairs down. Follow the path along, past the red wall (you can talk to one of your new tribe members here if you wish), past the yellow wall, and up the next set of stairs. Continue along the hall to a tall set of doors leading outside. Use them. Ooh, outside now and away from the enemy encounters. There are a bunch of people out here you can talk to, including your own party members. When you're ready to move on, talk to Lupa. There will be a long sequence of fascinating cutscenes. And when you're done, you'll find yourself... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Samsara Tunnels -- Southern Tunnels ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Talk to all your party members and Sera, if you want. There are not yet random enemy encounters, so don't fuss over how many steps you take. You eventually want to head in the direction past Sera, Argilla, and Gale, though. There will be a mini-bridge you can run across to the opposite side of the walkway, and just past that a much larger bridge. Cross this to get to a Large Karma Terminal. I recommend saving here, that was a long cutscene. Upon exiting the terminal room, head to your immediate right. Enter the door at the end. NOW you'll start getting random enemy encounters. Follow the path down, and across another large-ish bridge. Continue on and cross the next big bridge. And, head on till you hit the door at the end. Use it. Head up until you get to a short sort of bridge. If you look to your right, you can examine a dead member of the Brutes. At the moment, ignore the doors on the right side. Cross the large bridge to the side with the red wall. Head left (back toward the direction you entered this area from) and enter the door at the end. Head left along the wall until you reach a dead end. There will be a purple node here containing MP Noise x 1. Head back through the door, and pass the red wall. Continue to the end, and to the left will be a Small Karma Terminal hidden in the corner. Atma Points are gained quickly here, so you've probably mastered a few mantra. Even if you haven't, it's a good idea to save here. When you're finished here, head across the bridge closest to you. Head to the right, and take the door here. Follow the path along to the end and touch the yellow node for a Logic Cell x 1! Now head back out. Stay along the left wall (unless you need to save or change out mantras), and head to the door further up. Cross the first bridge you see. There should be a dying member of Brutes nearby, but ignore her. Head up past the next bridge and take the door. Now follow the wall along to the end, and there'll be a purple node containing Chakra Pot x 1. Head back through the door. If you cross the small bridge now that we just ignored, and examine the dead Brutes member, you'll get a scene. Head up past the body. Go all the way around the outside of the single room, until you get to another bridge. Take this across, continue up, and enter the room to get a scene and a forced fight with two Brutes members. Demon Sui-Ki (a familiar friend from the Deserted Ship) is weak to fire skills and Demon Fuu-Ki is weak to elec skills. Use the appropriate elements to win the battle. Note that these guys can be eaten, so use your Hunt skills to take them out quick if you wish. You will probably get Organic Cell x 1 and a nice bit of Macca after this easy battle. Anyway, in this room that we've just cleared of enemies, there is a yellow node to your right containing Organic Cell x 1. Ahead and to the left is a purple node that'll cough up Revival Gem x 1 when you touch it. After this, head back out of the room, across the bridge, and down. Take the bridge next to the dying female Brutes member, and go back up to the bridge with the dead guy on the opposite side. This time, cross the bridge and head through the door to the left of the dead dude. Out here, you can examine another dead Brutes member if you want. Otherwise, cross the big bridge. The path to either side leads to a dead end, but there should be a recessed door close by. That's the only place to go, so enter the door. Dark and misty. Hmm. Follow the winding path up until you hit the end, where there's a guy and a Small Karma Terminal. Save and refresh your mantras if you need to. You can examine the Water Pump if you want, but you can't accomplish anything by doing so until you talk to the guy. So, do so. Hooray! We get Oxygen Tank x 1! One is all we ever need, really, since it's a special item. Now, we have to dive into that tank. There are one-way tunnels underwater. Basically, you choose a tunnel and go through it. Every time you pick a tunnel, the Solar Noise level increases by one. Every two moves you make, you'll get a warning. Now, the Solar Noise level starts out at MIN stage. When you get to MAX stage, the current becomes too much for you to take and you get sent all the way back to the beginning. So, you only have 8 possible moves. Oh, and note that you can get into random battles, even down here underwater. Lastly, in the first area, you can go back up the ladder if for some reason you aren't ready to move on. Just turn 180 degrees and climb back up and out. The only enemies down here are Beast Isora, Fiend Forneus, and Fiend Decarabia. And finally, take the next tunnel straight ahead of you. That last long one should have taken you to the end, where there's a ladder. Take the ladder up, and you'll be in a new area. (MIN - 1/8) -- Take the tunnel on your right. (1/8 - 2/8) -- Now take the tunnel to your left. (2/8 - 3/8) -- Use the tunnel to your right. (3/8 - HALF) -- Head straight up through the next tunnel. (HALF - 5/8) -- Finally, head straight up once more into the next tunnel. Done! Now take the ladder in here up to the new area. ----------------------- Now, if you ever need to get back to the first area, just follow these moves: (MIN - 1/8) -- Head down the left tunnel. It's very long. (1/8 - 2/8) -- Head right. Now you can go up the ladder, and get out. Voila! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Samsara Tunnels -- Northern Tunnels ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Head straight until the path opens up into a large hall. Just to your left is a big bridge. Run across it. Just to the left of that is a Large Karma Terminal. I really suggest using it to restore your party's HP/MP, get new Mantras, and SAVE. Oh, to either side of the karma terminal room are dead Brutes members. Anyway. Head back across the bridge now, and use the door at the end (not the end with the Water Pump, the other end). Go up and left. You should see two (2!) yellow nodes in here. The one closest to you contains Theory Cell x 1. The one further back leads to a battle when you touch it. If you choose to fight, you'll be up against Dragon Gorgon x 2. These guys are weak to fire, and strong to ice/elec/force/death. So don't use those. Also, watch out for their Stone Gaze, they like to petrify your characters and then shatter them. It should be a pretty easy battle, though. You can Hunt these guys if you wish. After the battle, you'll probably get Attack Mirror x 1 and around 10,000 Macca. But that may vary. All right. When you're done here, head back, go across the bridge again (save if you want) and go through the door on this side. Follow the path up and right along the curved wall. When you get to the big bridge, you can talk to one of the Wolves. Either way, cross the bridge and continue on. Head up through the door at the end. In here, you have no choice. You can talk to a dead Brutes for another scene. After, continue up through the next door. Here, head down and along the wall. Cross the big bridge when you come to it. Go up the first ladder and touch the purple node for Luck Noise x 2. Go back down. Continue along the path. Climb up the second ladder -- yep, the one behind the waterfall. It might be a good idea to use the Small Karma Terminal to your right once you're at the top. Head up through the door. Go up, continue over the small bridge. Use the door at the end. Follow the path along until you see a purple node. Touch it to get Great Chakra x 1. Head back out of this area, through the long hallway, and back down the ladder. Now, head to the door behind (and to the left) of the waterfall. Enter it. Follow the path along. There's a yellow wall here. You can explore behind it if you want, but I won't be getting into that in this section. Go across the big bridge. There is a dead Brutes guy to the right. Go left instead, and through the door. In here, continue along until you get to a small bridge. Head right a moment first, and grab Revival Gem x 1 from the purple node. Head across the small bridge and examine the dead Brutes member if you want. Otherwise, head across the next bridge to the left. This time head back around toward the direction you entered this room from. Use the door at the end. There'll be another door to your right here. Use it. Pass the ladder for the time being. Head through the door at the end, and follow the path straight through another door. Now we're back in that curving room. Continue up the path along the wall until you get to a dead end, where there should be a yellow node. Investigate it for Forged Shot x 1. This is the strongest ammo you can get right now, so equip it to someone right away. We're done in here, at any rate, so head all the way back to that ladder we passed. Head up the ladder, there's a Small Karma Terminal. Enter the door up here, and you'll get in a fight with a bunch of Brutes. Two familiar faces, one new guy. Demon Sui-Ki x 1, Demon Fuu-Ki x 1, and Demon Kin-Ki x 1. Sui-Ki is weak to fire, Fuu-Ki is weak to elec, and Kin-Ki is weak to earth. For this battle, you'll likely get a large wad of Macca afterwards. Continue straight up and through the next door after the battle. Now take the ladder down. Head right, across a big bridge. If you take the first ladder you come to (goes up, by the way), you'll find another Small Karma Terminal. But that's it. So go back down if you chose to use it. Ignore the door in front of you for a moment, and go across the next bridge. Follow the path to a dead-end. There's a purple node here that contains Power Noise x 1. Now go back and take that door. Head straight. There's a Life Terminal at the end. Now we're going to fetch the Red Key. Continue right, behind the waterfall. There's a path leading into a new area in approximately the center of the wall behind the waterfall. Follow this winding hallway up to a yellow wall. Use your Yellow Key on it, if you have it. There's another Water Pump here. Go down into it, equipping your Oxygen Tank. This pump is similar to the first pump, but for two things: one, it's a whole lot bigger, and two, you now are able to take 15 tunnels. The Solar Noise level starts at MIN, and you have until it gets back to MIN before you have to start over. The goal is to make it to the Water Gate in as few moves as possible, reverse the flow of water, and go out through the new passage to get our item. So. Here we go. (MIN - 1/8) -- Take the tunnel to your right. (1/8 - 2/8) -- Take the tunnel straight in front of you. (2/8 - 3/8) -- Again, take the tunnel straight ahead of you. (3/8 - HALF) -- Take the tunnel to your left. (HALF - 5/8) -- No choice but to take the tunnel straight ahead. (5/8 - 6/8) -- Take the left tunnel. In here, go left and open the valve. (6/8 - 7/8) -- Only one way to go, back through the tunnel we came in through. (7/8 - MAX) -- Use the left tunnel. (MAX - 7/8) -- Go straight ahead, it's the only option. (7/8 - 6/8) -- Again, only one way to go. Head left. (6/8 - 5/8) -- Take the tunnel to the right. (5/8 - HALF) -- Take a right again. (HALF - 3/8) -- A right tunnel again. (3/8 - 2/8) -- Aaaand, yet another right, please. (It's a very long tunnel!) Now you should be in a room with another ladder out. So head up the ladder now. Easy enough. Straight ahead is a yellow node. Touch it, and finally get your Red Key x 1! Now, go back and dive into the water again. Don't worry, I'll help you step-by-step to get out of here. (MIN - 1/8) -- Take the tunnel straight ahead. It's the only one. (1/8 - 2/8) -- Use the left tunnel. (2/8 - 3/8) -- Left again, please. (3/8 - HALF) -- Another left. (HALF - 5/8) -- And one more left. (5/8 - 6/8) -- Only one choice. Right. (6/8 - 7/8) -- Use the tunnel straight ahead. (7/8 - MAX) -- Tunnel to the right. Hit the Water Gate to reverse the flow. (MAX - 7/8) -- Go back through the tunnel we entered this room from. (7/8 - 6/8) -- Use the tunnel to your right. (6/8 - 5/8) -- Go straight into the next tunnel. (5/8 - HALF) -- Take the right tunnel. (HALF - 3/8) -- Use the tunnel straight ahead of you. (3/8 - 2/8) -- And, go straight one last time. Head up to the ladder to your left. Voila! We're done here! Head back out to the waterfall area. Use the Life Terminal if you wish. Now take that door next to the Life Terminal. Head along the path, up the three ladders next to the chain of waterfalls, and along the next path to a door. Once you use a door, there'll be a sort of scene. Head left and examine the dead Brutes member if you want. Otherwise, use the Large Karma Terminal here. There are two walls in here you can explore behind -- a yellow one and a blue one. I will cover these in a different section, though. Examine all the bodies in here. One of the guys close to the yellow wall will have Ration x 2 you can appropriate from him. What a nice guy. Shame his guts are leaking all over your shoes, ne? Right. You can go out through the door to the right of the blue wall, but it just curves back straight into the same room along the opposite wall. So, don't bother. There is a boss fight coming up in a moment here, though, so make sure you're ready. Saving is a good, good idea. When you're all set, head up across the bridge in front of the karma terminal, follow the path up, and try to get near the ladder. There will be a scene. Of course, that'll trigger the boss fight. For this fight, I recommend being between levels 40-45. As long as you have the skills to cover you, that's most important. Levels are just safety against being knocked out fast. ---------------------------------- BOSS: ASURA CERBERUS ---------------------------------- There are three parts to this guy. Asura Cerberus (R), Asura Cerberus (C), and Asura Cerberus (L). Naturally, the R = right head, C = center head, and L = left head. I guess they are referring to the monster's right and left, because it's backwards to you. Ah, well. It's irrelevant. This guy (these guys?) can Counterstrike against physical attacks. Of course, they also have a nasty habit of casting Ice Repel. Ice attacks seem to do more damage than other spells, but there is no "weakness" sign on your screen, and you don't get another half-turn for using them. Don't use fire, at all, because it'll be absorbed. It doesn't do any good to heal your enemies. These guys love to cast -nda skills to lower your stats and -kaja skills to raise their own. They also have a horribly mean fire combo attack -- Pyriphlegethon. They can cast it twice in a row, unfortunately, and that can spell instant death for your party... particularly if they already have stat-boosting skills on them and/or stat-lowering skills cast on you. Even when there's only two heads, they can cast Phlegethon. And that hurts, too, trust me. So unless your Serph has an auto skill to cover his weakness, I'd leave him out. It's possible to beat these guys with him in your party, but why make it harder for yourself than it has to be? Every time he gets hit with one of the Cerberus' fire moves (the middle one loves casting Agilao, Maragion, and Agidyne), the Cerberus' get another half-turn. Of course, the center head can use Psycho Rage to give Cerberus more turns, so watch out for that. Keep your health high to avoid being annihilated in one turn. The center head tends to use Psycho Rage only when it's the last head left, though. Also, mind the center head's Gate of Hell attack. It can cause Stone status. If your entire party is Stoned, it's game over. And, of course, if one party member is Stoned all the enemy has to do is smack 'em once and they've shattered. It may be a good idea to equip Null Death if you have it, or Death Resist. Other skills you may want to look at using for this battle are Mabufula or Bufudyne/Zandyne (obtained from the appropriate fifth-level elemental Mantra sets for 100k each), Tarunda/Sukunda/Rakunda from the expel line of Mantra, and Tarukaja/Sukukaja/Rakukaja from the boost Mantras. It's very unlikely that you've managed to build up enough Macca to learn the Insane God Mantra that gives you Dekaja and Dekunda skills, but there's a way to use these yet. You can perform combos to get them. Debilitate can be used through equipped an -nda skill on each of your three active party members. Dekunda can be used through equipping two of your characters with -kaja skills, and Dekaja can be used through equipping two of your characters with -nda skills. If you have a lot of difficulty beating this boss, go for these combos. They could easily make all the difference. I think the best method is to focus all of your attacks on either the center head or the left head first. The center head casts Gate of Hell, which is a pain in the ass. The left head is the one with all the healing abilities, which makes it, too, a pain in the ass. We want to focus solely on one head at first so that the damn heads have less of an opportunity to beat you up with their special fire combos. Be aware that the center head has the most HP, though. Just stick with it. As long as you're prepared, you should do fine. After the battle, you'll probably get around 50000 Macca, and Great Chakra x 1 for your troubles. You should expect somewhere around 7000 Karma, too. ---------------------- After the boss battle is a cutscene. Ah, finally. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ajna ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anyway, after the scene we're outside in Ajna. We're actually at the top of that ladder we were heading up before the three-headed demonic puppy came to play with us. Contine down/left here. You can stop and talk to some of the Brutes members... although, some of their comments made me sorely tempted to eat them. Grr. I suppose we can tolerate it, under the circumstances. When you're ready to move on, head through the door. Here, pass through the fenced area. To the right is a Large Karma Terminal, that I really suggest you use now. Back outside, your party members are loitering to the left side of the path you just came in through. Talk to them if you want. Above them is a Vendor location! Hooray! Now we can sell all those great Cells we got. Now, again, I suggest that you don't bother buying the stuff, save your Macca for the Mantras. Particularly don't bother wasting Macca on ammo, because as usual you find it for free in the dungeons. In fact, you should already have a Forged Shot. Anyway. Here's the new basic stock: Wild Bomb 8000 Macca Forged Shot 50000 Macca Charm Shot 50000 Macca Selling all your Cells will give you loads of Macca, but it doesn't seem like the Karma Temple is willing to cough up new stock for selling them. Ah, well. That Logic Cell you should have gotten will fetch just shy of 100000 Macca, if you sell it at MAX Solar Noise level. When you're all stocked up, healed, and ready to move on, head through the door to the far left. (Ignore the door to the right, it's locked.) [TO BE CONTINUED...] =============================================================================== P A S T R E V I S I O N S =============================================================================== G#RRR Version 0.7 (April 28, 2005) --Basic walkthrough through the Deserted Ship added. --Submitted for the first time, though incomplete. =============================================================================== C R E D I T S =============================================================================== G#CCC Companies - ATLUS and Atlus USA: they made this game, and brought it to America. - Sony: for making the PS2. Internet sites - GameFAQs [http://www.gamefaqs.com]: for hosting my guide People - My parents for giving me the money to purchase a PS2 and Digital Devil Saga. - CJayC for making a place where I can host this guide. 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