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Combo Command FAQ by Kabouterterror
Version: 1.0 | Updated: 10/02/2004
Tales of Phantasia Combo Command FAQ version 1.0 by Kabouterterror CURRENT PROGRESS: NORMAL TECHS : COMPLETE! COMBO TECHS : 17 OF 18 TECHS FOUND TOTAL PROGRESS : 34 OF 35 TECHS FOUND Contents: 1. About the Combo Command a. What is the Combo Command? b. Where can I get the Combo Command? c. How do I use it? d. Things you should know before using the Combo Command 2. List of Combos a. Normal techs b. Combo techs 3. How to create your own combolist 4. Email policy 5. Credits NOTE: The only tech still missing is Soul Strike. If you got it, please email it to me! I'll give you full credit in the FAQ! Introduction: Hello and welcome to my first FAQ! I always wanted to write one but I didn't want to write about something other people already wrote about. Besides, writing a whole walkthrough takes way too much time. I noticed at gamefaqs that there where no FAQS about the Combo Command so I decided to make one of my own. I hope this will be of any use to anybody. Have fun! If you know about Combo Command combinations that aren't mentioned in the FAQ, feel free to email me! It's only a minute's work, and you would help a lot of people with it! Look in section 3 for info about contacting me. This FAQ is based on the English translation of Tales of Phantasia by DEJAP. Don't ask me questions about the Japanese version since I don't know Japanese. I am using the SNES version of the game for the FAQ so don't send me info about the Playstation version. Version History: 0.1 5 april 2002: Created the FAQ. Added all the combinations I know about. This list is far from complete, but more combos will hopefully follow soon. 0.7 8 april 2002: Forgot to add Psion Bolt in first release. I also forgot Lionheart even though it was already mentioned in the FAQ (oops). I also added some new combo techs: Flare Talon and Thor's Wrath. Lots of other techs added, thanks to Anothergamer! (see the end of this file for the full list) Also added a progress counter (to see how many techs are left to find). Added an additional note about spells interrupting techs. Some other minor changes. (this version was never posted) 0.9 9 april 2002: I figured out Bolt Crash and Earth's Rage, so they were added to the FAQ. Which means there is only one tech left to find! (I finished this about half a week ago, but I forgot to post it so don't blame Gamefaqs) 1.0 2 october 2004: After years of being too lazy to update the faq, I finally decided to make some changes. The link to the combo file is removed, because it no longer works (and hasn't for a long time; sorry for not updating). Instead, I have added a section how to create one of your own. This will probably be final version, as I haven't played the game for some time and I'm not really interested in playing it soon. You can still email me about the faq, but I do not have internet access on weekdays, so don't expect an answer soon. And now, on to the real FAQ! 1. About the Combo Command a. What is the Combo Command? The Combo Command is a nifty item that allows Cless to use any tech in the game. These techs are executed by pressing certain key combinations, like in a fighting game. The more powerful the tech, the longer it's combination (so techs like Teleport are really long). b. Where can I get the Combo Command? You can buy the Combo Command at Aegis' Workshop in the future (if you can't find it, it's on a small island at the northeast of Ary and south-southwest of Olive village, so you can only get there after you get the Airbirds). Talk to the little boy at the counter to buy the CC. However, it costs 5000000 (yes five million) gold pieces so you'll have to save up quite a lot of money. You probably won't be able to buy it until you've got the Eternal Sword (unless you fight a lot). I think this is done on purpose, so you can't use the Combo Command to execute techs Cless hasn't learned yet, but I don't know this for sure. c. How do I use it? After you bought one, simply go to the equip screen and equip it on one of Cless' accessoiry slots. It also raises slice and stab power a little (10 points). Unfortunately, this means you can only have one other accessoiry equipped so you can't use many of the amulets that prevent status effects together with a Jade Ring combined with this. Still, I think the CC is worth trying since you'll have a lot more techs at your disposal, making Cless a lot more versatile (Lionheart works really well in the Tournament since it is cheap, and it deals non-elemental damage (I think) so you can keep Excalibur equipped against enemies immune to Dark). d. Things you should know before using the Combo Command As I mentioned before, the CC works with key combinations like those in fighting games. This doesn't mean you have to be an expert at fighting games (the combinations in ToP are quite easy) but it is useful if you can press key combinations fast. This is because you must enter the whole combination without being hit, or you'll have to start again. The only exception is when you receive 0 damage or absorb the attack, because this doesn't interrupt the combination (blocking an attack DOES interrupt a combo). NOTE: I noticed that the combo is also interrupted when somebody casts a spell (that means one of your party members or the enemy)(this was also confirmed by Anothergamer). Some of the people you meet in the game will tell you they know a "secret" and then list a lot of directions. These are, of course, key combinations for the CC. Sometimes they will say "Attack!" at the end. Keep in mind they always mean the B button with this, not the A button. (You obviously don't need those directions since you have this FAQ ;) It is fun to kill all your enemies with a lot of techs, but keep in mind that they still cost TP, so you can't use the CC endlessly. If a combo doesn't work, check if Cless has run out of TP. Another important thing to remember is that the direction Cless is facing doesn't have an effect on key combinations. In most fighting games, you have to press something like forward or backward, which could be left or right depending on the location of the enemy. In key combinations in ToP, left is always left and right is always right, regardless of the location of the enemy. An example: Cless fights a Bugbear and uses the Psion Bolt tech. Cless stands on the left side of the battle screen, while the monster is on the right. You press the combination, which is down, downright, right, B. In a fighting game, when the monster was to the left of Cless the combination would be reversed, namely down, downleft, left, B. However, in ToP this is not the case. When the monster is to the left of Cless, you still have to press down, downright, right, B. Finally, I have not listed the techs by range, since it doesn't matter when you use the CC. All techs can be used at any range, you just have to pick a target. I did however, split up the normal and combo techs (those learned from books which can be bought at trainers) since 1. they are harder to execute and 2. it would make the list very long and messy. 2. List of Combos All techs are sorted alphabetically, not by the order in which you learn them. Note that all techs in the FAQ have been verified by me, so they should work. a. Normal techs Most of these are quite easy except Soul Edge, Soul Wave and Teleport. BLADE STORM : UPRIGHT, RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, B DUAL KICK : DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, B EIR'S LOVE : DOWNLEFT, DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, UP, B FIREBRAND : DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, RIGHT, UPRIGHT, B FOCUS : UP, UP, B FOCUS MORE : DOWN, DOWN, B FURY SLASH : UP, LEFT, DOWN, RIGHT, B GALE SHIELD : DOWNRIGHT, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, UP, B LIGHTNING BOLT : UPRIGHT, LEFT, DOWNLEFT, DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, B LIONHEART : UPLEFT, DOWNRIGHT, UPLEFT, RIGHT, B MAGMA RIFT : RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B PHOENIX : LEFT, RIGHT, UPRIGHT, DOWNLEFT, B PSION BOLT : DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, RIGHT SOUL EDGE : RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, RIGHT, DOWN, UP, B SOUL WAVE : RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN, B TELEPORT : RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B TIGER TEETH : RIGHT, DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, B b. Combo techs These are harder to execute so practice the normal ones first. You first have to press the combination of one tech, then the other and then B, but this is not always the case (one or two buttons may be different). I'm still looking for Soul Strike but that is one of the hardest combinations to find :( BOLT CRASH : UPRIGHT, LEFT, DOWNLEFT, DOWN, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, B BURNING SOUL : LEFT, RIGHT, UPRIGHT, DOWNLEFT, UP, UPRIGHT, RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, B CINDER HAWK : LEFT, RIGHT, UPRIGHT, DOWNLEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B EARTH'S RAGE : UPRIGHT, LEFT, DOWNLEFT, DOWN, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B FLARE TALON : LEFT, RIGHT, UPRIGHT, DOWNLEFT, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, B LION CLAWS : UPLEFT, DOWNRIGHT, UPLEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, UPRIGHT, RIGHT, DOWNLEFT, B LION FLARE : UPLEFT, DOWNRIGHT, UPLEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B LION LUNGE : UPLEFT, DOWNRIGHT, UPLEFT, RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, B LION TEETH : UPLEFT, DOWNRIGHT, UPLEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, B MAGMA BOLT : DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B MECHA BLADE : DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, B ODIN'S WRATH : LEFT, RIGHT, UPRIGHT, DOWNLEFT, RIGHT, DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, B PSION KICK : DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, B PSION STORM : DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, RIGHT, LEFT, UPRIGHT, RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, B SOUL FORGE : RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, RIGHT, (really hard) DOWN, UP, RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT, DOWN, DOWNLEFT, LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN, B TEMPEST : UPRIGHT, LEFT, DOWNLEFT, DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, UPRIGHT, RIGHT, DOWNRIGHT THOR'S WRATH : UPRIGHT, LEFT, DOWNLEFT, DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, RIGHT, DOWN, DOWNRIGHT, B 3. How to create your own combolist Somebody requested this ages ago, but I admit I was too forgetful or lazy to put it in here. Anyway, if you want to create combos, you'll probably have to use ZSNES, since I do not know any other way or program to create combos. For starters, a combolist allows you to stick a certain combination of keyboard commands to a single key, so you could for example execute 'Soul Strike' by pressing the letter 's'. To create a combolist, start ZSNES, then click on 'MISC' in the upper right of the screen. Choose 'KEY COMB.' This will open a big window with confusing symbols, but the good news is I'm going to explain everything. The first thing you probably want to do is to mark the box 'GAME SPECIFIC', because you don't want to use these keys in other games. Now, it's time for creating the list. First, I will explain the window. The black box at the top show a list of combos you already created. It should be empty, since you probably never created a combo before (otherwise, why do you read this?). The four keys on the right of the box allow you to clear the entire list, add a combo, replace a combo or delete one. The 'DESCRIPTION' box allows you to type a description of the combo you're creating. The 'KEY' box the right of this is for inputting the key for the combo (so for example, if you want the combo 'Soul Strike' to execute by pressing the letter 's' on your keyboard, click on the box and press 's'. To the right of 'KEY' are several switches. 'P#' lets you assign the combos to player 1, 2, 3 or 4. The '> = LAST </>' makes you switch left and right to whatever you used last. This is not needed for this game, so leave it off. The lower black box is for creating a combo. Symbols show up when you click on them below this box, telling you what the combokey actually does. The symbols are actually easy to understand. There are three rows, each with a list of all keys a SNES controller has. If you click on one, it will show up in the black box above it. In this way, you for example click 'A', so ZSNES knows that if you press the assigned key for this combo on your keyboard, it pretends you pressed 'A'. If you want diagonals, use them after each other without delays (more about delays below). But why are there three different versions? To the left of them, you see 'PRESS+REL', 'PRESS ONLY', 'and REL ONLY'. 'PRESS+REL' tells ZSNES that the key in the combo is pressed and then released. 'PRESS ONLY' tells it to press the key and keep it pressed. 'REL ONLY' tells it to only release a key (so it does nothing if you didn't use 'PRESS ONLY' before for that key). For these combos, you'll only use the first option, press and release. Just entering the buttons in the order of the combo you want is not enough. You'll need to use the list below the symbols for buttons. They are frame delay and second delay. These are used between two SNES buttons to tell ZSNES how long to wait before pressing the next key. The amount of time to wait varies from game to game. You'll have to use trial and error to find the right balance. But you should not use second delay, they are too long and you do not need them for this game. Frame delays are much shorter. The best one to start with is usually 2. So, for example, if you want to create a combokey for 'Psion Bolt', you use DOWN, frame delay 2, DOWN, RIGHT, frame delay 2, RIGHT. If you finished inputting the combo, make sure you gave it a description and a key, then click 'ADD' to add it to the list. Now, if you press the assigned key while playing the game, it will execute the combo! Finally, remember that shorter, easier combos have more chance to work than long ones. If it doesn't work, try adjusting the delays between keys. Long combos do not always work well. While you press the combo key, make sure you are not pressing any other keys at the same time, they disrupt the combo. I hope this is information is enough to help you create your own combo lists. Enjoy! 4. Email policy If you want to contact me about the FAQ, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to submit a combination, please use the name of the combination as subject of the email, so I can see immediately which one you got (if you got multiple techs, just use something like "Mecha Blade and more" as the subject). If you want to send me your praises, they are much appreciated! If you want to criticize me, go ahead, but in a useful way, like "I like your FAQ but I would change this" or "I don't like your FAQ because your layout is bad, so I think you should..." or something like that. Don't send me emails like "I think your FAQ sucks and you should delete this garbage" because nobody would be helped with that. If you're going to criticize, do it in a constructive way, so I know what's wrong and what could be done better. Finally, DON'T SEND ME EMAILS ASKING FOR COMBOS!!! ALL COMBOS I KNOW ARE IN THE FAQ! I'm just a human being and I'm not a mighty wizard or a ROM hacker who can find all of the combos in a glance. If you want more, go look for them and submit them, or wait for an update! If you have any other question about the Combo Command, feel free to ask me but first check the FAQ to make sure the answer isn't already in there. I will not answer questions like "How do I use the CC" because it's mentioned clearly in the FAQ. I will also not answer any questions which do not have anything to do with the Combo Command. 5. Credits The DEJAP team for translating ToP to English in the first place! Crowmeister, Bertulosius, Mastah2k1, Luke Tacz and anyone else who helped translating ToP to Dutch. Thanks a lot guys! Densetsufreak for his help on getting this Dutch translation to work on my rom! All the folks on the DEJAP forum! Anothergamer for the Firebrand, Lightning Bolt, Lion Claws, Lion Flare, Lion Lunge, Lion Teeth, Magma Bolt, Mecha Blade, Odin's Wrath, Psion Storm and Tempest combinations, and the CMB file. Thanks! If you think you should deserve credit for something which has to do with this FAQ and your name isn't mentioned here, email me and I'll put your name on the list. Copyright 2004 Kabouterterror. This file cannot be posted on your site without my written permission. You cannot sell this FAQ, or make profit out of it in any way. You cannot post this FAQ partially or completely as your own work. This copyright notice and the FAQ in total must remain intact at all times. The latest version of this FAQ can always be found at www.gamefaqs.com. If you got it from any other site, email me IMMEDIATELY and tell me what site you got it from.