FAQ/Walkthrough by Asbel__Lhant
Version: 3.0 | Updated: 02/15/19
Table of Contents
- Walkthrough: Arc I
- Deidon Hold
- Quoi Woods
- Shaikos Ruins
- Halure Revisited
- Ehmead Hill
- Capua Nor
- Magistrate's Palace
- Capua Torim
- Caer Bocram
- Keiv Moc
- Walkthrough: Arc II
- Dahngrest Revisited
- Heliord Revisited
- Capua Torim Revisited
- Weasand of Cados
- Mantaic Revisited
- Weasand of Cados Revisted
- Nordopolica Revisited
- Dahngrest Revisited Again
- The Manor of the Wicked
- Mt. Temza
- Phaeroh's Crag
- Aspio Revisited
- Renansula Hollow
- Egothor Forest
- Yormgen Revisited
- Zaphias Revisited
- Walkthrough: Arc III
- Zaphias Revisited Again
- Aspio Revisited Again
- Dahngrest Revisited Yet Again
- Zopheir Revisited
- Nordopolica Revisited Again
- Phaeroh's Crag Revisited
- Ereaulmen Crystallands
- Relewiese Hollow
- Capua Nor & Atherum Revisited
- Walkthrough: Postgame
- Remaining Side Quests
- Labyrinth of Memories
- Nordopolica Coliseum
- Necropolis of Nostalgia
- Tarqaron Revisited
- Miscellaneous Gameplay & Mechanics
- Fatal Strikes
- Over Limit
- Burst Artes
- Sorcerer's Ring
- Weapon Skills & Skill Symbols
- Search Points
- Difficulty Settings
- Cooking Recipes
- Mystic Artes
- Yuri's Mystic Artes
- Estelle's Mystic Artes
- Repede's Mystic Artes
- Karol's Mystic Artes
- Rita's Mystic Artes
- Raven's Mystic Artes
- Judith's Mystic Artes
- Patty's Mystic Arte
- Flynn's Mystic Artes
- Yuri & Flynn's Dual Mystic Arte
- Altered Artes
- Yuri's Altered Artes
- Estelle's Altered Artes
- Repede's Altered Artes
- Karol's Altered Artes
- Rita's Altered Artes
- Raven's Altered Artes
- Judith's Altered Artes
- Patty's Altered Artes
- Flynn's Altered Artes
- Yuri's Titles
- Estelle's Titles
- Repede's Titles
- Karol's Titles
- Rita's Titles
- Raven's Titles
- Judith's Titles
- Patty's Titles
- Flynn's Titles
- Collector's Book
- Monster Book
Walkthrough: Arc I
After watching the opening cutscenes, go south from where you start to your first save point. Go up the stairs to the left and enter Yuri's room. In the corner you will find an Apple Gel. Head back outside and continue down the path. You will be stopped by a scene. After the scene ends, head up the ramp and go left. You will see a shop here.
If this is your first time through the game, I suggest stocking up on Magic Lenses. Buy them until you have a total of thirteen, as you will get two more free ones soon. You need to use them during battle to scan any and all enemies and bosses you find. It is needed for a Side Quest much later. I will leave this task up to you to take care of as you progress. I will, however, point out certain bosses that have very easily missable opportunities to use a Magic Lens on them. And as a side note on shops, do not EVER sell equipment. That means weapons, sub weapons, body armor, head armor, and accessories. Keep all of it. Even if you have duplicates. You will need everything you can get for synthesis (which will be introduced later). And some pieces of equipment can only be gotten once. So if you sell the wrong equipment, you will never ever be able to use it to make its unique synthesis gear. So allow me to emphasize it to you one more time. DO NOT EVER SELL EQUIPMENT.
Anyway. Let's move on. Continue past the shop and you will be stopped by another scene. You will receive the Wonder Log.
Continue forward for a scene. After that, go north and then left when you are able. Approach the mansion for another scene. Check the plant to the right of the door for a Magic Lens. Go around the left side of the house and check the second window. After the scene, check the candles for 100 Gald and a Magic Lens. Then go up the stairs and check the door on the far left.
After a scene, go out the front door and you will enter your first battle. It will teach you the basics of combat. Make sure to use a Magic Lens on each of the enemies. After the tutorial concludes, you can either defeat or lose to your opponents to continue. Either way, you will move on.
After the scenes, get an Apple Gel from the back of your cell, then open the cell door in front of you. Save before moving on. Continue to the left and retrieve your equipment from the chest. There is also a Magic Lens behind the sleeping guard. Once you enter the next room, a scene will take over and you will enter a battle.
After the battle, head up the stairs and check the boxes to your right for an Orange Gel. You can also find a Holy Bottle in the boxes in the bottom left part of the room. Go down the middle passage and open the two chests for a Life Bottle and a Cape. Return and go up the stairs to the left.
A scene starts. Then you will enter a battle. After, go through the hallway to the north and keep going north. After another scene, enter the room on the right. Check the fireplace to find an Egg. On the far right end of the room, you can eat Curry to restore your HP/TP as many times as you want. Return to the main hallway and continue north. Open the chest behind the guard for a Life Bottle.
Continue to the left and open the chest for an Apple Gel from the chest. Save. Continue to the south and take the first left exit and open the chest for 200 Gald. Return to the previous hallway and keep heading south until a scene starts. I suggest you recover your HP/TP by eating curry in the kitchen and saving again. When you are ready, enter the room for your first boss fight.
Secret Mission: Defeat Zagi while keeping damage to your teammate to a minimum.
Note: If you are trying to fill out the Monster Book, use a Magic Lens on Zagi at the beginning of the fight and use a second one on him during the second phase.
Strategy: This first boss can be brutal your first time through the game. If you haven't learned to block by now, it's time to learn. Zagi hits every bit as hard and fast as you can. So your HP can drop faster than you might expect. For the first part of this fight, abuse free run and lure him into missing an attack. Then combo him and block immediately after to minimize the damage you receive from a counterattack. Once you have dealt enough damage to him, a scene will interrupt the fight.
Once you are back in control, head back inside the room. Check the closet above you for a Pineapple Gel and an Orange Gel. Check the trunk at the end of the bed to find an Apple Gel. Check the table to find a Holy Bottle. Then return to the kitchen to recover your HP/TP.
Leave the kitchen. Return to the south end of the hallway just outside of the room where you fought Zagi and take the hallway leading west. After the scene, go through the left door and head north for a scene. Go a little north and take the right hallway. Press the switch to lower the gate, creating a shortcut back to the kitchen. Go back out to the hall to the left and continue north and take the left exit. In the next room, go south and take the first right to another hall. Pick up a Life Bottle out of the chest and open the gate. Go back to the previous hall and head south all the way to the end of the hall. Then south towards the statue.
After the scene, open the chests for an Apple Gel and Orange Gel. Now move the statue to move on.
You will be introduced to Encounter Links. Afterwards, you can move on.
This place is pretty straight forward. Simply follow the linear path and open the chests for a Life Bottle and a Magic Lens, and an Apple Gel. Pull the blocks for a Holy Bottle and 150 Gald. Then take the left path for 200 Gald. Continue south and take a right path for an Orange Gel. At the southwest, pull a block and go up the ladder to exit this place. After the scene, head south. Continue to the right to a save point. Then head south down the stairs.
Head to the right and back to the Lower Quarter. After the scene, continue to the right for another scene. You will receive the World Map, Orange Gel x4, Melange Gel x4, Life Bottle x4, Bread x4, Egg x2, and 1000 Gald.
Once you are on the World Map, continue forward. On the way, you will see a caravan. We can start our first Side Quest there.
|World Map Side Quest|
Go to the caravan for a scene and choose to rest there.
Afterwards, follow the dirt path to reach Deidon Hold.
A scene will give you a tutorial on Weapon Skills. You will receive the Battle Book. Once you have control, be sure to avoid the drawbridge to the north as it will activate a scene that we don't want to start yet. Head northeast and enter the Guard Station using a door next to a standing guard. Take the stairs up. You can find Milk and an Egg to the northeast. And an Apple Gel in a chest just below that. Now take the ladder up to the roof.
|Deidon Hold Side Quest|
Head to the left and talk to the white-haired man.
Head back down and out of the Guard Station. Now head to the lower left part of the area for an Orange Gel and a Magic Lens. Now you can head towards the drawbridge at the north. After the scene, head down to the lower left section of the area for a scene. Now exit this place to the south.
Head to the west from Deidon Hold and onto a plateau. Continue until you reach a forest.
Scene on entry. Proceed down the linear path until you reach a fork. Head right and open a chest for an Apple Gel. Return to the fork and continue north to reach another fork. Go north at this fork to find a chest containing an Iron Circlet. Return to the fork and head right to a scene. You will receive a tutorial on Cooking. You will learn the Sandwich recipe.
|Quoi Woods Side Quests|
Have Estelle make Sandwiches (lol) from here on out and you will eventually learn the recipe for Rice Ball. There is no reason to learn this recipe or any of the others listed here right away. You probably don't have the ingredients to do so anyway. These extra recipes can be learned over the course of the game. So don't feel pressured to learn them immediately. You don't need to refer to here again if you forget what recipes you have available to learn now or in the future. You may simply refer to 'Cooking Recipes' under the 'Miscellaneous Gameplay & Mechanics' section.
After learning Rice Ball, have Yuri cook Rice Balls until you learn the Beef Bowl recipe.
After the scene, open the chest to the northwest for a Magic Lens. Check to the south of that chest for another hidden chest containing a Bread and Egg. You can save here as well.
Continue to the east to find a chest containing a Hard Mail. Then keep going east which will eventually take you north. You will come upon another chest containing a Cape. Continue and a scene will eventually start. You will receive the Monster Book. After, open the nearby chest for a Life Bottle. Backtrack to the west to find a path leading south to find a chest containing an Orange Gel. Now head back and take the path out of the forest.
|Quoi Woods Side Quests (2)|
Now that Karol is in the party, we can eventually learn another recipe with him. Have Karol cook Beef Bowl and you will learn the Omelette Rice recipe.
Once you learn the Omelette Rice recipe, have Karol cook it until you receive the Meat Sauce recipe.
Once you exit the forest, continue forward and you will spot an enormous tree. That is Halure. Your next destination.
After the scene, enter the house, Halure Mayor's Residence immediately to your north. Check the tree for a Magic Lens and the right part of the house for an Orange Gel. Head outside and follow the path across a bridge. Enter the next building. This is the Inn. Search the second room from the left on the second floor for an Apple Gel. Follow the path outside and find Estelle. After the scene, continue to follow the path. You will enter another scene.
Now continue to the top to reach the giant tree for another scene. Then head back down the path and across the bridge to where the General Store. Talk to the merchant for a scene. Then talk to Karol. After, go talk to the old man in front of the Halure Mayor's Residence to get the Luluria Petal. Now you have to return to Quoi Woods.
All you have to do in Quoi Woods is follow the path until you enter a scene. You will get a Nia Fruit. Then continue to the left and then south. You will then be thrust into a boss fight.
Secret Mission: N/A
Strategy: Your top priority here is to take out the enemies that are backing the Eggbear up. If you try to attack the Eggbear first, the other enemies will constantly interrupt your attacks and also interrupt Estelle's healing spells. So instruct your allies to spread out and focus on wiping them out as fast as you can.
Once the back up enemies are gone, you can focus all your attention on the Eggbear. He hits very hard but very slow. Try to avoid getting caught in his attacks or you will hit the dirt fast. However, with Yuri, Repede, and Karol all teaming up on him, he should have very little chance to counterattack. Overall, this battle isn't very hard at all.
Afterwards, you will get the Eggbear Claw. Now head out of the forest. You will see a scene on the way. Then return to Halure.
Once back in Halure, go talk to the General Store owner. You will receive a tutorial on synthesis. After you are done, you will receive a Panacea Bottle. Return to the base of the giant tree for a scene.
Now check the base of the tree for a Life Bottle. Check the nearby chests to the right for a Holy Bottle and a Nectar Bottle. Run down the path for a scene. Then go to the Halure Mayor's Residence at the entrance of town for another scene. Now it's time to leave Halure again.
Head east to the mountain with the giant cave. That is your next destination.
After the scene, head towards the knights guarding the front gate for another scene. Afterwards, take the left path.
|Aspio Side Quest|
Examine the strange object in the southwest corner of this area. You will meet the Wonder Chef. He will teach you the Salisbury Steak recipe.
Now check the door to the north for a scene.
There is an Inn and a shop here. You can find 3x Apple Gel in front of the Inn. Once you are done here, continue up the stairs. Continue to the far east side of town to a hut. After the scene, check the junk around the room until a scene starts. After the scenes have all passed, there are a few things we can do.
|Aspio Side Quests (2)|
Inside Rita's house, climb up the ladder and examine the area next to her bed to get a scene and the Collector's Book.
Search around Rita's bedroom for another spot you can examine.
With those two things done, head for the exit to the city.
On the World Map, head to the east of Aspio and look for the Shaikos Ruins. When you spot the ruins, don't head inside quite yet. Continue down the trail past it to see the caravan again.
|World Map Side Quest (2)|
Stay at the caravan for another scene.
Now you can enter the Shaikos Ruins.
Scene upon entry. From where you start, run all the way south. Then look for a path leading to the right. You will find a chest with a Magic Lens. Head north and check behind a wall to the left to find a hidden chest containing an Orange Gel. Then go up the stairs at the north to find a chest containing 800 Gald behind a pillar. Go back to the central path and take a left turn to find a chest with a Life Bottle.
Continue along the main road and a scene will start. Do not head down the hole yet. Instead, head up the stairs to find a chest containing a Half Guard nearby. Now you can descend into the hole for another scene. Go south across a bridge and open a chest for an Amber Cloak. Go down the left stairs, and open a chest containing Leather Boots on the way. You will soon come to a scene. After the scene, continue south. Inspect the object for another scene. You will obtain the Sorcerer's Ring. Shoot it when prompted for another scene.
Go to the little platform north from there for a scene and a battle. Here you will learn about Surprise Encounters and Advantage Encounters. Then head north to claim an Apple Gel. Follow this path to another screen.
Go to the far north and hit a blastia to your left with the Sorcerer's Ring. Now backtrack and go left to open a chest containing an Ohka. Hit the blastia with your ring. Proceed down the new path and open a chest containing a Chain. Now go south and shoot the blastia. Open another chest holding a Long Sword and finally exit this screen to the north.
Head all the way to the left to open a hidden chest containing a Great Axe. Proceed to the right to find a save point that will recover your party's HP/TP. Now follow this path and you can find a blastia under the first pillar you pass by. Hit it with your ring. Follow the path around until you find another blastia and hit it. Kill all the golems that appear to make a new bridge appear. Cross it and open a chest to obtain a Stiletto.
At the northwest end of the room, open the chest to get an Orange Gel and hit a nearby blastia. Now go to the northeast part of the room and hit that blastia as well to create a new path. Recover and save at the save point. When you are ready, approach the monstrous monstrosity at the north end of the room.
Secret Mission: Knock down Goliath by attacking its Achilles' Heel while it charges its X-Buster.
You will now have to backtrack all the way out. We aren't quite safe yet. So be sure to heal up and save at the save point. As you leave, you'll eventually come to a scene and another fight. Afterwards, you can finally leave and return to Aspio.
You will get a scene when you enter Aspio. You will then receive a Passport. Go back to Rita's hut for a scene. After, go to exit the city. You will get a scene.
Before we leave Aspio and head back to Halure, we have a very important Side Quest to initiate.
|Aspio Side Quest (3)|
Inside Rita's hut, check the junk for a scene.
This initiates a long and arduous Side Quest. But the end result will grant you one of your party members their ultimate weapon. So if you're ignoring most Side Quests, I would recommend doing this one. Also note that this Side Quest is very, VERY missable. So missable that it will often become impossible to continue if you don't perform the steps immediately when they are available. So treat the completion of this Side Quest with the utmost care.
Now you can head back to Halure.
Once you return to Halure, you will get a scene on entry. After, follow the path to the base of the tree to find Rita and activate a scene. Go back down the path for another scene. You will enter a battle where you learn how to use Over Limit. Don't forget to use a Magic Lens on your opponents.
After the scene, you will end up on the World Map. Follow the road west to Ehmead Hill.
Scene upon entry. After, follow the path for another scene. Now go up the path to yet another scene.
Proceed and you will come to a fork. Go north and another scene will begin. Follow this path to a chest containing a Francisca. Backtrack a little and take the lower path to find a chest containing 3x Poison Bottle. Now, go back to the first fork and take the right path. Continue east until you find a chest with a Melange Gel inside.
Backtrack and go north this time where you'll find another fork. Go west for a Scarf. To the east is 2x Life Bottles. Keep following the path until you see a save point. Take the northwest path near it to a save point. The chest to tne northwest has a Tama-hagane inside.
Now this might sound strange. But stop here and backtrack to Halure. A few Side Quests have suddenly opened up there. And it's better to do them now rather than backtrack a significantly larger distance for them later. I suggest that even those of you who don't care about Side Quests also backtrack to Halure. Your party is likely worn down by now. By returning to Halure, you will have one more chance to recover and update your equipment. I warn you now. You're going to want to be fully prepared for a very difficult fight that is coming next. Once you have returned to Halure, you can initiate the following Side Quests . . .
|Halure Side Quests|
Talk to the couple standing near Halure's entrance.
Talk to the old man by the giant tree.
That's all for now. Rest at the Inn. Restock. Update equipment if needed. And run from any fights on the way back to the save point on Ehmead Hill. You need to face this boss at your full power. You can't afford to let random encounters wear you down before the battle even starts.
Proceed past the Ehmead Hill save point to a boss fight.
Secret Mission: Knock down Gattuso while he is stunned by a Billybally.
Strategy: Welcome to THAT BOSS of Tales of Vesperia. He is far more difficult than the bosses that have come before him and even harder than many bosses that come after. He is extremely fast and can kill your party members in the blink of an eye. To make things even worse, he has two Gattuso Cubs as backup.
First and foremost. His back up has got to go. Go to the strategy settings and set your party members to spread out. Then activate Over Limit with Yuri and spam Destruction Field to deal as much damage as you can to the cubs. Use Over Limit anytime you can and pop orange gels to keep Yuri fueled to dish out Destruction Field attacks. Once the wolves are down, you can focus on the real threat, who has probably already KO'd you or your other party members several times by now.
As for actually killing the beast, have Rita relentlessly cast Fireball to take advantage of his weakness to fire while you combo him with Yuri and use Destruction Field when you can. Do everything you can to keep him away from Rita and Estelle, as they will be practically helpless if he closes in on them.
After the scene, go west for another scene. Afterwards . . .
|Ehmead Hill Side Quest|
Examine the grave on the cliff overlooking the ocean for a scene.
You can check the south portion of this area for a chest containing an Orange Gel. Continue down the path to the south now and when you come to a fork, go east and follow the path to the north. Open the chests here for an Armet Helm, 2000 Gald, and a Holy Bottle.
Go back to the fork and proceed to the south for a scene that teaches you about camping. You will receive a Tent. After, go west to leave. Once you are on the World Map, stop and immediately go back inside Ehmead Hill.
Ehmead Hill Side Quest (2)
Proceed to the east along the main road for a scene.
Now you can leave this place. Follow the road on the World Map to the next town.
You will see a scene on entry. once you have control, go south and take the east road.
|Capua Nor Side Quests|
You will see a strange object. Examine it to find the Wonder Chef again. He will teach you the recipe for Sorbet.
Have Yuri cook the Sorbet recipe until you learn the recipe for Pudding.
Once you have learned the recipe for Pudding, have Yuri cook it until you learn the recipe for Cake.
Now go into the large alley north of the party for a scene and a fight.
After the scene, go find find Karol and Rita in front of the Inn and speak to them for a scene. After, take the west path to the Magistrate's Palace for a scene. Now go back and enter the Inn. Go into one of the rooms to find Flynn and Estelle for a scene. Now leave the Inn. Another Side Quest is now available.
|Capua Nor Side Quest (2)|
Head all the way north and speak to the man behind a counter. You can play the dice game against him. If you win, you get a set of Gels and the 'New Dice Master' Title for Rita.
Take the path to the west for a scene. Then go back to the east. Start to leave town for a scene.
On the World Map, check the forest to the south of Capua Nor and you will see the beast you are searching for there. It's very easy to spot. Defeat it and you will get the Golden Horn. Now return to town for a scene.
Head to the back left room of the Inn. Scene. Head out and go west towards the Magistrate's Palace for another scene. Check the bush immediately below you for a Paralysis Ward and further to the left for a Panacea Bottle. Now go towards Raven for a scene.
When you gain control, go through the right door and down the hall to another room to find chests that contain a Knight Sword and 5x Magic Lens. Now go back to the first room and take the north door.
Follow the path for a scene. Open the chest here for an Orange Gel. Go through the doors to the right to get a Kotaro from another chest. Fight all the the monsters here until one of them drops a Small Key. Go back to the previous room and go through the north door and follow the path. Beat the monsters here until one drops a Small Wolf Key.
Go back to the previous room and go through the left door for a scene and a healing save point. After the scene, go on to the north. In the next room, go through the left door to find a Gladius. Defeat the enemies here until you get a Small Greatsword Key.
Return to the previous room and go through the north door for a scene. After, continue to go to the north. Open the chest containing a Life Bottle and go through the right door. Defeat the enemies to get a Small Dagger Key. Open the chests for a Melange Gel and a Leather Whip. Return to the previous room and head left. You will be forced into a fight. After the scene, go north.
Go on to the next room for another scene. If you check the tree by the front entrance to the Magistrate's Palace, you can get a Poison Bottle. The chest by the save point contains a Mat. Go on for a scene.
You will enter a fight against several grunts. Defeat them to enter another scene. You will then face your next boss battle.
Secret Mission: Knock Zagi overboard.
Afterwards, watch the following scenes.
Right off the bat, we have something extra we can do.
|Capua Torim Side Quests|
Examine the fish next to the lighthouse to find the Wonder Chef. He will teach you the Fried Chicken and Fries recipe.
Have Estelle cook the Fried Chick and Fries recipe until you learn the recipe for Scottish Egg.
Now head up the stairs and check the boxes for a Lottery Gel. On the left side of the building is a Poison Bottle. Go inside the Inn on the west end of town. Enter the room on the right for a scene.
After, go east and speak to Raven for a scene. Then head inside the Inn. Check the left room for a Mat and 3x Magic Lens. Check the right room for a Life Bottle. Before you leave, it's time to take care of another Side Quest.
|Capua Torim Side Quest (2)|
Talk to the Innkeeper for a scene.
This is another long Side Quest that is very missable. So if you are interested in completing it, make sure you complete each part IMMEDIATELY when I tell you to.
Now leave the town by the west exit. On the World Map, follow the road which will eventually lead you to a forest. There is a very dark patch of trees towards the outer edge of the forest. That is your next destination.
You will see a scene once you enter. Go north and examine the cylindrical object at the end for a scene. Head right and open a chest for 3x Paralysis Bottle. Now continue to the left to find chests containing an Epee and a Straw Hat.
Examine the door on the ground at the northwest to initiate a scene. Go down for another scene. Use the Sorcerer's Ring in the top left corner for another scene. Then exit and take the path back to the right. Enter the house to find a Mat. Follow the path back to the right and enter the house there for a Password Clue 1 and an Orange Gel.
Head back to the cylindrical object at the fork and examine it. After the scene, hit it with the Sorcerer's Ring. Use the machine to send you forward. Go left and enter the house on the end. Check around for a Limit Bottle and 3x Magic Lenses.
Ignore the stairs leading down, as there is nothing to do down there for now. Go upstairs to find an Apple Gel, Cocktail Dress, and a King Sized Belt. Exit out the door here and hit the cylindrical object with the Sorcerer's Ring. Use it to go left to be brought to higher ground.
Head in the building to your right to find a Holy Raven and an Orange Gel. Go up the ladder and hit the cylindrical object with the ring. Use it to go right to get a Tsurugi. Check the edge of this platform and jump down to reach the lower level.
Then jump down another level for a scene. Go inside the building and back to the cylindrical object. Choose to go forward. Enter the building and go up the stairs to get Password Clue 3 and a Lamellar Leather. Exit and go back to the edge of the cliff to jump down. Go right to find an Apple Gel in a chest. Enter the door. Search the area for 1000 Gald and go downstairs. Check around to find Password Clue 2 and a Purple Ribbon.
Go outside and follow the path to the left. Scene. You will then enter a battle to teach you how to do Fatal Strikes. Now continue left until you find a chest. Open it and you will surprisingly enter a battle. Defeat the Seed to receive 3000 Gald. Now head up the stairs and enter the building there to claim a Life Bottle and a Paralysis Bottle.
Head back southeast. Hit the cylindrical object with the Sorcerer's Ring and use it to go forward. Enter the first building here to find a Mat and a Magic Mist. Return outside and open a chest containing a War Axe next to the stairs. Go to the edge and jump off the cliff. Now return to the very first cylindrical object. Go forward and enter the house on the left, seeing a scene on the way.
Go down the stairs and save. Now you can descend the long staircase. You will see a scene at the bottom. Examine the console and enter 'Sun' as the password.
Make sure your party is healed and ready to go. Head inside. After a scene, you will enter a boss fight.
Secret Mission: Strike him when he rears back on his hind legs.
Strategy: First and foremost. This guy doesn't just resist water. He ABSORBS it and uses it to recover his health. So absolutely DO NOT attack him with water Artes. Make sure to turn any Rita has learned off.
You start this fight off with only Yuri in your party. Bad news. You don't stand a chance by yourself. Avoid engaging him at all costs and use free run to keep your distance. Eventually, your party will rejoin you and help in the battle. Once your entire team has joined you, you can finally go on the offensive.
Guarding is pretty much useless here. His attacks will stun and blow you away. Stay back and then attack when Rita stuns him with spells. When he recovers, back off again. To achieve the Secret Mission, all you have to do is hit him while he is reared back on his hind legs. This can be dangerous. If you fail, or the attack doesn't stun him, he is going to stomp you for a lot of damage. So attempt this with caution. If you're lucky, one of Rita's spells will catch him at just the right moment to accomplish the Secret Mission for you.
This battle will take a while. You will no doubt need to use Orange Gels to keep Estelle and Rita's spells going. Don't waste your Orange Gels on anyone else. The last thing you want is Rita or especially Estelle to run out of TP, as your party won't last long without her healing Artes.
Leave here and you will eventually run into another scene. Jump down the cliff and head for the exit. You will be stopped by another scene.
After the scenes . . .
|Heliord Side Quest|
Examine the strange object at the back of the room. The Wonder Chef will teach you the Fish With Miso Sauce recipe.
Leave this room and head south for another scene. Now speak to Flynn, who is standing nearby to the west. Now try to enter the Inn. You will enter a tutorial battle where you learn about Burst Artes. After, head inside the Inn and book a room there.
After, examine the very tall blastia at the center of the city. After the scene, go back to the Chevaliers' HQ and speak to Flynn for a scene. Head outside for another. After the scenes, speak to Karol in the hallway. Then go back to the room with Rita and Estelle for more. Finally, head back towards the blastia in the center of the city for one last scene.
Before we move on, there are a few Side Quests to take care of.
|Heliord Side Quests (2)|
Buy Rita's weapon, 'Endless Heart' from the shop.
This weapon is so notorious for being missed that I am listing it as an official Side Quest. The 'Endless Heart' weapon can only be bought from this shop and will NOT BE AVAILABLE EVER AGAIN once you progress the story a bit further. So if you don't buy it now, you will NEVER be able to obtain it on this play through. Meaning you miss out on the skills that it and its synthesized version offer as well as the two 'Collector's Book' entries. SO BUY IT RIGHT NOW. And if you're a serious completionist, I recommend buying one to keep as its normal version and a second for the synthesized version.
Examine the wall to the right of the Inn to find the Wonder Reporter.
Talk to a man standing near the blastia for the scene.
Enter Chevaliers' HQ for a scene.
- Stay at the Inn for a scene.
|Caer Bocram Side Quest|
Exit Heliord to the right and return to Caer Bocram. Go left at the first fork to find the mysterious man.
With those tasks done, return to Heliord and leave the town to the left.
On the World Map, follow the path along the water and you will eventually find Dahngrest.
Enter to a scene. The building to your right is a shop and the one across the street contains an Inn and another shop. Go north for a scene. Head to the center of town for another scene. Go south for another scene. You will then fight two battles in a row.
Follow the path to the left and enter the Tavern Sagittarius. Check the drawer in the left side of the room multiple times for a Panacea Bottle, Orange Gel, and Apple Gel. Go into the right room and check a drawer multiple times for a Holy Bottle, Dark Bottle, and Limit Bottle. Exit and take the northwest path near the Tavern. You will enter another battle.
Afterwards, take the path at the center of the city leading north. Scene. Then go inside the building to the north, which is Guild's Union HQ.
|Dahngrest Side Quests|
Check the top right part of the room to find the Wonder Chef. He will teach you the Minestrone Soup recipe.
Have Estelle cook the Minestrone Soup recipe until you learn the recipe for Miso Soup.
Have Estelle cook the Miso Soup recipe until you learn the recipe for Clam Chowder.
At Guild's Union HQ, as you gather more Titles throughout the course of the game, the man in the top left part of the room will reward you with unique items. Visit him as you progress through the game to steadily receive more rewards.
Leave the town through the west exit. Proceed through the forested area until you see a very dark green patch of trees. That is your next destination.
When you enter, a scene will start.
|Keiv Moc Side Quests|
Now that we have Raven, we can eventually learn more recipes. Have Raven cook the Beef Bowl recipe until you learn the recipe for Pork Stew.
Have Raven cook the Scottish Egg recipe until you learn the recipe for Okonomiyaki.
Follow the path and go up the tree. Scene. At the fork, continue on the south path for another scene. Karol will learn the Bug Breath Arte. Follow this path around to the north and you will see a giant bear. This is an optional boss. The Giganto Green Menace. Defeating him is required for a Side Quest later on. He may be difficult, but it is very possible to do right now. Near him are chests containing a Bastard Sword and a Chain Whip. If you choose not to fight him, you can come back later.
Either way. Go back to the fork and take a left for another scene. A chest containing an Estoc is to the south. To your left is a chest containing an Orange Gel. Continue to the north and take a left. You will soon come to a fork that is marked by a bright light. Go left here until you descend to a lower area. Along this long path, you will find 2x Weak Bottles. Keep going until you seemingly reach a dead end. You can run up a tree root nearby to reach a hidden chest containing a Rabbit's Foot.
Backtrack all the way to the fork at the bright light and go south this time to a lower area. Here there is a chest containing 2x Poison Bottles. Go north to a scene. On the next screen is a save point.
Just southeast of the save point is a tree root you can run up. Follow it to a chest containing a Lemon Gel. Backtrack to the save point. Proceed north to a chest that attacks you when you open it. You will get a Limit Bottle after the battle. Go up the nearby tree root and continue along the path. Open a chest containing 3x Mind Bottles as you continue.
You will eventually reach a healing save point. Prepare your team for a boss fight. Be absolutely sure Raven is in the party. If you want to accomplish the Secret Mission, you will have to control him yourself.
Secret Mission: Hit Gigalarva with Raven's Serpent Arte while it tries to heal itself.
After the scene, heal at the save point and backtrack out of the forest. You'll eventually come to a scene and suddenly be thrust into another boss fight.
Secret Mission: N/A
Strategy: You control Yuri and go one on one with the Don for this fight. I want you to stop for a second and take a look at those stats. Have you figured it out yet? You don't stand a chance of winning this fight on your first time through the game. In order to progress the story, you're going to actually have to lose this one. Don't even think about lowering it to the Easy difficulty either. He'll stomp you just as easily. Your only goal here is to use a Magic Lens on him before you get wiped out. So take your loss and move on.
Now for those of you who are playing on New Game + and have had experience multipliers up until this point, you actually have a fighting chance. Free run will be your best friend. The only time you will ever want to attack is after he is wide open after missing one of his attacks. One of his most dangerous attacks is a shock wave that will hit you if you are anywhere near him. But you won't be safe even when you are at a distance, as he can also launch a purple wave of energy from his sword that can hit you from any range.
Anytime he lands a hit on you, you can pretty much count on it being a full combo that will likely kill you. It's going to be a long and difficult battle, even if you have grinded for experience with a 10x multiplier. It's going to take pure skill, and that's not something I can provide you with. Good luck.
Whether you won or lost that fight, you will end up in the same place when it is all said and done. So let's keep going. If you lost the fight, Yuri will be at 1 HP. So make sure to heal him. Then exit the forest and return to Dahngrest.
When you get back to Dahngrest, take the path leading north to the Guild's Union HQ. Then go into the Don's Chamber for a scene. After, head outside to the center of town for another scene. Now go back to the Guild's Union HQ and go through the left door. Follow the hall to another scene.
After the scene, leave and head back to the center of town for another scene. Rest and prepare yourself. Once you are finished, run outside and head to the eastern bar to find Rita. After the scene, head to the left to the other bar. After another scene, head through the door at the back of the room.
It is very dark here. You will need to periodically replenish the blastia at the stations in order to light the way. Without the light, you will be completely blind and monsters will attack you in droves.
When you start, you will get the Lux Blastia. Proceed north and open a chest to your right for 3000 Gald. Continue to the left for a scene and a battle. Continue to the north and open the chest for 3x Blastium Ore. Continue to the left and follow the path.
Replenish the blastia before continuing across the bridge to the south. Follow the path and replenish the blastia again before crossing the bridge to your right.
Go north and to the left to replenish the blastia. Then follow the path to the right. When you reach a fork, go right to replenish the blastia again. Then continue along the other path at the fork. Open a chest with a Melange Gel and proceed along the path to the left. At another fork, go south for a Battle Guard. Then continue north at the fork.
Go north for a scene. Continue to the right to a save point. Go on to the next screen.
Replenish the blastia. At the fork, go east and follow the linear path. Replenish the blastia as you go and you will eventually find a chest to the east. Return to the fork. Go south and then left at another fork. Open the chest to get a Breastplate. Return to the previous station and replenish the blastia.
From here, go down at the first fork, right, then down to another station and replenish the blastia. Continue down and go left. Open the chest for 6000 Gald.
Head back north. Replenish the blastia. Then go up, right, down, then up. Replenish the blastia and open the chest at the end of this path for 3x Waterproof Cloths.
Replenish the blastia again and continue down. Go right at a fork follow the path to the end for 3x Red Lens.
Now go back to the fork and head south. Keep going south as far as you can and go left when able. Continue following this path until you reach a healing save point.
You can finally exit this place to the left. After the scene, go up a couple flights of stairs to a scene and a battle. Followed by more scenes.
After the scenes, you will finally be back in control in Ghasfarost.
|Ghasfarost Side Quests|
Now that Judith has joined the party, we can start to learn more recipes. Have Judith cook the Pork Stew recipe until you learn the recipe for Japanese Stew.
Have Judith cook the Japanese Stew recipe until you learn the recipe for Sukiyaki.
In the room where you were held captive is a healing save point. So use it if you need it.
Towards the northeast corner of the central room are two chests that contain a Life Bottle and a Melange Gel. Head through the door here to the right to find a Specific and 3x Magic Lens.
Return to the central room and go to the southwest for a scene. You will receive the Sorcerer's Ring Lv. 2.
After the scene, go into the door to the southwest for another scene and to get your equipment back. Open the chest for a Pineapple Gel and grab the Life Bottle on the table. Go back to the central room. There is now a man there you can buy items from. Shoot the control panel to the southeast with the ring. Go up the newly lowered staircase.
A scene will start. You will receive the Limit Duo. After, check the north part of the room for a Battle Suit. Head through the door on the left. Check around this room for a Leather Coat. Return to the previous room and check to the south for a chest that contains a Crescent Axe. Check the barrels nearby for an Orange Gel. Now exit out any of the doors to the south for a scene.
|Ghasfarost Side Quest (2)|
Now that we have Flynn in the party, we can learn another recipe. Have him cook the Salisbury Steak recipe until you learn the recipe for Steak.
If you need to leave this place, you can descend the ladder in this area. Otherwise, climb up the ladder to continue. Open the chest further to the right for a Rivet Belt. To the left you can find 3x Holy Bottles. Now continue down the path to the north.
After the scene, shoot the gear with your ring. Another scene will start. Now go up the stairs and open the chest for a Kurama. Shoot the gear nearby with your Sorcerer's Ring and you should see the green Aer rise. Go up a flight of stairs and shoot the gear on the right with your ring. Go up another set of stairs and shoot the gear to the left. Open a chest to the right for an Orange Gel.
In the next area, go up the stairs and open the chest for a Blue Dragon. Go to the right and shoot the cog. Go up the stairs and open a chest for a Wizard Horn. Go to the right and shoot another cog. Now descend to the first floor of this screen.
|Ghasfarost Side Quests (3)|
Examine the strange object to find the Wonder Chef. He will teach you the Salad recipe.
Have Raven cook the Salad recipe until you learn the recipe for Sashimi.
Have Karol cook the Sashimi recipe until you learn the recipe for Sushi.
Have Rita cook the Salad recipe until you learn the recipe for Vegetable Stir Fry.
Have Raven cook the Vegetable Stir Fry recipe until you learn the recipe for Soup Noodles.
After speaking with the Wonder Chef, shoot the nearby gear.
Return to the second floor and shoot the golden gear to the left. Use the newly extended walkway to shoot the next gear. Go all the way to the top floor now for a scene. Shoot the two gears on the left. You can now go upstairs to a new screen.
Open the chest for a Holy Cloak and ascend two flights of stairs. Shoot a small gear to the right, then go down a floor. Go to the right to shoot another gear. Now go down a floor and shoot that gear as well. Ascend to the next floor and use the new walkway to hit the next gear there. Head up another floor and shoot one more gear. Now you can move on.
Open the chest for a Spike Hammer. Now shoot the gear on the left and two more on the right. Finally, descend one flight of stairs and shoot the gear on the right. You can now climb the stairs to a new screen.
You will see a save point. Open the chests for a Lemon Gel and Smash Bow. Head up the stairs and open the chests here for a Halberd, Thief's Cape, and a Warrior Symbol. There is an elevator on the left side of this room.
Make sure you are healed and your party is ready. Save again if need be. When you are prepared, take the elevator. After the scene, it's time for a boss battle.
Secret Mission: Destroy the bridge supports.
Strategy: Whether you care about the Secret Mission or not, the top priority here is to target the bridge supports around the perimeter of the battlefield and destroy them. If you don't, Barbos will have a nonstop flow of grunts that will get in the way and eventually wear your party down. So set your party to spread out while you destroy the bridge supports. Once Barbos's reinforcements are cut off, wipe out what is left of the grunts so you can focus all your party's strength on Barbos himself.
With that, watch the scenes. And the first arc comes to an end.