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    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright and Other Information
    2. Introduction
      1. Characters
      2. Battle Basic
      3. Other Terminology
      4. Gameplay Changes from Cold Steel
    3. Prologue
      1. Prologue Part A: November 29
      2. Prologue Part B: November 30
    4. Act 1 - Part 1
      1. December 1st
      2. Celdic
      3. Twin Dragons Bridge
      4. December 4
    5. Act 1 - Part 2
      1. Nord Highlands - South, Part: A
      2. Nord Highlands - North
      3. Aria Shrine
      4. Nord Highlands - South, Part: B
      5. Watchtower
      6. December 8
    6. Act 1 - Part 3
      1. December 9
      2. Legram
      3. Aqua Shrine
      4. Bareahard
      5. Bareahard Airport
      6. December 12
    7. Intermission Chapter
    8. Act 2 - Part 1
      1. December 15
      2. Searching for Friends (Garrelia Section)
      3. Searching for Friends (Legram Section)
      4. Searching for Friends (Nord Section)
      5. December 17
      6. December 18
    9. Act 2 Part 2
      1. December 19
      2. December 20
      3. December 21
      4. Roer
      5. RF Building
      6. December 22
    10. Act 2 Part 3
      1. December 23
      2. Shrine Trials Part A
      3. Terra Shrine - Trial
      4. Aria Shrine - Trial
      5. Aqua Shrine - Trial
      6. Ignis Shrine - Trial
      7. December 24 & 25
      8. December 26
    11. Act 2 - Part 4
      1. December 27
      2. Bareahard Section
      3. Celdic & Roer
      4. Shrines Trials Part B
      5. December 30
    12. Finale
      1. December 30 Night Time
      2. December 31st
      3. Final Mission
      4. Infernal Castle
    13. Divertissement
    14. Epilogue
      1. March 12
      2. March 13 Free Day
      3. Final Dungeon
    15. New Game +
    16. Mini Games
      1. Snowboarding
      2. Blade II
    17. Advance Strategy - Formations (In-Depth)
      1. Formation Types
    18. Advance Strategy - Stacking (In-Depth)
      1. Advance Strategy - Four Tools
    19. Advance Strategy - Character Evaluation (In-Depth)
      1. Field Characters
      2. Characters (In-Depth)
      3. The Characters
      4. General Recommendations
    20. Optional Bosses
    21. Character Profile
      1. Class VII
      2. Supporters
      3. Year 1 Class I / II
      4. Year 1 Class III / IV / V
      5. Year 2 Class I / II
      6. Year 2 Class III / IV / V
      7. Instructors etc.
    22. Item List
      1. Weapon List
      2. Armor List
      3. Accessory List
      4. Consumables and Other Items
      5. Book List
    23. Arts and Quartz
      1. Arts
      2. Quartz
      3. Ex-Orb
    24. Master Quartz
      1. Earth Type
      2. Water Type
      3. Fire Type
      4. Wind Type
      5. Time Type
      6. Space Type
      7. Mirage Type
    25. Skill List
      1. Character Skills
      2. Valimar Skills
    26. Recipe List
    27. Fishing List
    28. Enemy List
    29. Trophy List
    30. Credits

    Copyright and Other Information

    This guide was written by Chao Min Wu (Zoelius) AKA (Zoel Giradel) and Urizen Andrade (Zennvirus) This guide cannot be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal private use. It may not be published on any website or otherwise distributed publicly at all, no exceptions. This guide shall only be allow for public display on www.gamefaqs.com, kiseki.wikia.com, and www.neoseeker.com; other use is strictly prohibited and is a violation of copyright laws. If you have any questions, tips or concerns, you can contact Chaomin@gmail.com for (Zoelius) and thezennvirus@gmail.com for (Zennvirus), be sure to put "Cold Steel" in the subject title.

    *Please don't send me flames and spam via email, as it will be immediately deleted and your email address will be blocked.

    PayPal Donation
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    FAQ Version

    2016 - March 80.01Initial Faq Version.
    2016 - March 10 - May 180.02 - 0.28Completed Walkthrough.
    2016 - September 12 - 190.29 - 0.31Added official English names.


    Hello everyone and welcome to Zoelius' Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Guide. This is Zennvirus (AKA Urizen Andrade)'s Intro. Why is some other dude making the intro of Zoel's guide, you ask? Well, since the man himself is busy going at this monstrous game of a monstrous franchise with the proverbial pair of pliers and blowtorch combo trying to compile one of his awesome and damn-good-looking guides of his, these here fellow gamer (me) who decided to join forces and Tie a Link of ARCUS for this Super Arrange Version...and has been thus tasked to make a simple paragraph describing what we are doing here (us guide makers and you, the user). Since one man would suffer greatly for the selfish act of making a guide (we WANT more selfishness like this), I pitched in doing reviews, Grammar-Nazing and analyzing and systematizing strategies ranging from the typical Kill-the-boss to economical shopping tips for financing a modest war...all so that when that nerve-racking date (TBA) somewhere on 2016's Fall arrives you: The Gamer, has a cool guide to help ye find your way to that hard-to-get Platinum Trophy or do a dreaded N3 Run (No NG+ Nightmare Run). And to those Amigos who (like Zoel and me) have a Japanese copy: We got you covered 2. Finally, to give Mr Zoelius time to do his thing, feel F.R.E.E. to choke my Gmail account with your contributions so that this guide is truly By the Gamer For the Gamer. Let it Rip! So here we are: Doin' Guide.


    Rean Schwarzer

    Weapon TypeTachi (Sword)
    Voice ActorKoki Uchiyama / Sean Chiplock
    BioThe main protagonist of Cold Steel, Rean was recently acccepted to enroll at the
    Thors Military Academy. Rean has shown great leadership skills and quick thinking;
    he is trained in eastern fighting and uses a sword known as the Tachi. With his
    friendly attitude, Rean quickly makes new allies and friends.

    Alisa Reinford

    Weapon TypeBow
    Voice ActorYui Horie / Rachel Hirschfeld
    BioOne of Rean's classmates, Alisa is a friendly person, but she has a tendency of
    holding onto grudges. She is knowledgeable in the field of Orbments, and highly
    skilled with a bow.

    Elliot Craig

    Weapon TypeOrbal Staff
    Voice ActorRyoko Shiraish / Lucien Dodge
    BioElliot is a nice kid with a down to earth personality; he ends up as one of Rean's
    first friends due to his kind personality. Elliot uses a prototype orbal staff in battle.

    Laura S. Arseid

    Weapon TypeGreatsword
    Voice ActorMariya Ise / Marisha Ray
    BioLaura is a noble from the Arseid bloodline, renowned for their swordsmanship, and as such she wields a greatsword.

    Jusis Albarea

    Weapon TypeSword
    Voice ActorShinnosuke Tachibana / Ben Diskin
    BioThe second son of Duke Albarea, who is one of the empire's highest ranked nobles.
    Jusis has a very cynical personality, and will ignore people that approach him for
    personal gain. He is highly skilled in fencing, so his weapon of choice for combat is the sword.

    Machias Regnitz

    Weapon TypeShotgun
    Voice ActorTakuya Sato / Edward Bosco
    BioIntelligent and an overachiever, Machias is one of Class VII's top performer in
    academics. He has a strong dislike towards nobles, often getting into quarrels
    with them. Machias uses a shotgun for battle.

    Fie Claussell

    Weapon TypeDagger Pistols
    Voice ActorHisako Kanemoto / Cassandra Morris
    BioDespite appearing to be lazy and oblivious to her surroundings, Fie is quick
    and her combat prowess exceeds her peers. Fie wields twin weapons that
    are a combination of a pistol and a dagger.

    Emma Millstein

    Weapon TypeOrbal Staff
    Voice ActorSaori Hayami / Rena Strober
    BioOne of the smartest students to attend Thors Military Academy, Emma achieved
    the top score in the entrance exams and is chosen as the student president of
    Class VII. Emma wields an Orbal Staff like Elliot.

    Gaius Worzel

    Weapon TypeSpear
    Voice ActorYoshimasa Hosoya / Kaiji Tang
    BioAn exchange student from the Nord Highlands, Gaius is friendly and easygoing,
    which makes him one of the first people that Rean befriends. In battle, Gaius uses
    a spear.

    Millium Orion

    Weapon TypeRobotic Doll
    Voice ActorKotori Kiowa / Ashly Burch
    BioDespite her appearance, Millium is actually a member of the Iron Bloods,
    a special force affiliated with Chancellor Osborne. In battle, she controls a machine
    called "Agateram" which she has given the nickname "Lammy".
    Disclaimer #1: This guide might contain spoilers of the original Trails of Cold Steel. If you have not finished Cold Steel and do not want to be spoil, avoid using this guide.
    Disclaimer #2: This guide was originally written based on the Japanese version. It is currently being updated with Xseed's official translation.
    Disclaimer #3: This guide is text heavy, read bold letters for a quick way of navigating through this guide

    Battle Basic

    One of the main fundamentals of all RPG games is combat. This section will cover the battle system of Legend of Heroes:Trails of Cold Steel


    The gauge that will determine the turn order. It is shown at the left side of the screen. The game has many ways of manipulating the turn order, every action in the game has a different delay parameter. For example, if you move, you can have your turn back after two turns within the order, but if you attack, you won't get your turn back until 4 turns later. There are also skills that can cause additional delay to enemies. The key to winning in combat is learning how to adjust the turn order and use it to your advantage.

    Status Bar

    HPThis is the health of the character, if it falls down to 0, the character will be K.O.ed.
    EPUse for casting arts (magic)
    CPCraft Points. Use for special skills, CP is automatically raised when attacking enemies.
    Red OrbS-Craft is available. This mean the character has over 100 CP allowing you to use their S-Craft (a super attack).
    It is also called S-Break, which is when you press the Triangle button. This lets you use your S-Craft without being your turn.

    Orbment System

    All party members use an Arcus unit which are used for equipping Quartz (gemstones composed of Sepith). Each character is equipped with a Master Quartz, which contains a set of spells, status attributes, and special effects. This can be used as a quick way of setting a character battle type (Fighter, Healer, Magician, etc...). There are also regular types of Quartz, which will let you use Arts (magic) or other status boosts depending on the Quartz. In Cold Steel II all Quartz slots are unlocked, but in order to use stronger quartz, you must upgrade the equipable slot with Sepith Gems before you are allowed to equip them. Your source of money (Mira) comes from exchanging Sepith at shops. Keep a balance between upgrading your slots and selling them for money.

    Field Attack and Battle Advantage

    On the Field Map, you can use the Field Attack function by pressing the Confirm (O = JP, X = EN) button. If you encounter an enemy and manage to strike it from behind, it will cause them to be stunned. When stunned, you can start an enemy encounter with an additional advantage. This allows your character to take turns earlier and can even heal some CP at the start of the battle. The enemy can do this to you as well if they manage to sneak up from behind your character.

    Abnormal Status (Negative)

    Unlike most RPGs, in the Legend of Heroes games, abnormal status actually work on bosses which is one the main key of winning combat. You can take advantage of these status debuffs to gain a huge advantage in battle. Of course, the same can happen to you as well.

    List of Abnormal StatusCure
    PoisonDeals minor damage at the end of the afflicted's turn.Antidote, Curia Balm, Recuria
    SealRenders the afflicted unable to attack, use crafts or S-Crafts.Relaxant, Curia Balm, Recuria
    MuteRenders the afflicted unable to use arts.Insulating Tape, Curia Balm, Recuria
    BlindReduce ACC and EVA by 50%.Eye Drop, Curia Balm, Recuria
    SleepRenders the afflicted unable to act. All damage dealt to them is critical. Afflicted wakes up when physically hit.Mint Drop, Curia Balm, Recuria
    NightmareAfflicts the target with sleep and bestows a random status ailment when they awaken.Mint Drop, Curia Balm, Recuria
    BurnDeals major damage at the end of the afflicted's turn.Cooling Spray, Curia Balm, Recuria
    FreezeRenders the afflicted unable to act. Deals medium damage at the end of their turn.Warmer, Curia Balm, Recuria
    PetrifyRenders the afflicted unable to act, with a 30% chance to be K.O.ed when attacked.Softening Ointment, Curia Balm, Recuria
    FaintRenders the afflicted unable to act. All damage dealt to them is critical.Stimulant, Curia Balm, Recuria
    ConfuseThe afflicted attacks both enemies and allies indiscriminately.Sedative, Curia Balm, Recuria
    DelayForce the afflicted to wait longer for their next turn.Time
    VanishTemporarily removes the afflicted from the battlefield and reduced their EP to 0.Time
    Stat DownDecreases the attribute corresponding with the displayed icon.Time

    Abnormal Status (Positive)

    These are status buff that are used for enhancing the target's status temporary.

    List of Status Buffs
    InsightIncreases accuracy and evasion rate by 50% and makes the imbued 10% more likely to unbalance a foe.
    HP RegenRestores some of the imbued's HP each turn.
    CP RegenRestores some of the imbued's CP each turn.
    Physical ImmunityNullifies the next physical attack received.
    Physical ReflectReflects the next physical attack received. Reduces their damage to 1/4.
    Art ReflectReflects the next magic attack received. Reduces their damage to 1/4.
    Stat UpIncreases the attribute corresponding with the displayed icon. Note: Red icon means the buff is at 50%.
    StealthEnemies won't target the imbued, and attacks will deal critical damage..


    There is 4 types of attacks in this game, Slash, Thrust, Pierce and Strike. Each character in the game has different proficiency with their attack types. If you strike an enemy with the attack type they're weak to, it will 'unbalance' them, leading to the chance to perform a Link Attack *read section below.


    You can adjust your battle position under the tactics menu. Formation is not important on lower difficulty levels, but can be used to exploit the enemies to behave in a certain way. Very useful for players trying to beat strong enemies when severely under-leveled or on a fresh Nightmare run. Read Zennvirus' Formations section for more in-depth information about Formations.

    Combat Links

    The Combat Links function is activated by pressing the L button and assigning the members you want to Link together. When characters are linked, you can land an extra attack as you unbalance an enemy. During this phase, you can use the assist command which does one extra attack and adds one Bravery Point. If you have 3 Bravery Points, you can use the Rush the command which will make you and your partner strike multiple times at the target. And if you have 5 Bravery Points, you can use the Burst function, which will have all your party member attack at the same time.

    Mech Combat

    At certain points of the game, you will be using the Ashen Knight, Valimar for Mech combat. Using the Ashen Knight is like playing a game of rock-paper-scissors. When fighting enemy units, you'll need to select the correct part to hit, which is the one that displays more stars during the current turn. Hitting the correct part will land a critical hit which allows you to perform a Link attack. Eventually, you can even assign a backup pilot which will give Valimar some additional abilities based on who your partner is.


    Overdrive (Over-Rise in the Japanese version) is a new function added to Cold Steel II. Using Overdrive will restore 30% of your character's HP, EP, CP, give you three extra turns and instant magic cast between the two characters you linked. To use Overdrive you need to fill the Overdrive gauge located at the upper right of your screen, once the gauge is filled up, you can activate Overdrive by holding Right on the Attack Icon and press the confirm button.

    Important: To be able to use Overdrive between any pair of characters not including Rean you'll need to open a specific type of chests called Trial Chests, which are colored blue. They are character specific, so if the chest requires, say, Laura and Emma, you'll need to have those two characters with you (as active or reserve members, no problem there) to be able to open the chest. Once this condition is met, a battle will ensue. After wining this 'trial battle' both characters will then be able to use Overdrive in any subsequent battles. So it is in your best interest to hunt for these Blue Chests.

    Other Terminology

    Link EXP

    Link EXP is the bonding level between you and your partner. This is mostly for Link Attacks since, as you increased your Link EXP level, you can unlock additional support abilities between partners. To earn Link EXP, you will need to link together in battle, attend bonding events or through story events. Certain story events require a high Link EXP level to trigger.

    Link LevelTotal EXPUnlocks
    10Link Attack
    21000Finishing Blow
    32000Character Specialty #1
    43000Character Specialty #2
    54500Rush II
    66000Character Specialty #3
    77500Overdrive II

    Bonding Events

    Bonding Points Icon

    At certain days of the game, you will receive bonding points, which are used for spending time with people you know, revealing additional back story and raising the Link EXP with the character you spend time with. Certain unplayable (NPC) characters have a hidden Link EXP value.

    Gameplay Changes from Cold Steel

    In Trails of Cold Steel II, the core game is the same as the original. However there is many subtle changes, which overall affects the game balance.

    Physical AttacksFalcom has nerfed physical attacks, they have a lower accuracy in this game. This will make both allies and enemies miss more often.
    ArtsArts are much more useful in Cold Steel II, as they cast faster and deal higher damage than their previous counterpart.
    Damage CapThe 49999 damage cap from the original game has been removed. This allows players to do massive damage, making S-Crafts overpowered for end game.
    NavigationFalcom made some subtle changes to the map, this includes having more variety of Icons. Such as discovered Fishing spots or Shop NPCs.
    Weapon SynthesisWeapon Synthesis no longer requires money, all you need is the materials to synthesize weapons.


    Prologue Part A: November 29

    Start a new game and select the game's difficulty level. If you plan on getting the Platinum trophy, you will need at least two playthroughs. If you have a save data from Trails of Cold Steel, you can transfer your save file over. This will let you start a new game with some extra bonuses.

    EasyBalanced for quick, easy battles. Ideal for beginners and story enthusiast.Enemies are at 0.70 of their stats.
    NormalBuild around satisfyingly tough combat. Aimed to people used to playing RPG.Enemies are at 1.00 of their stats.
    HardBattles will take everything you have. For skilled players who find Normal too easy.Enemies are at 1.15 of their stats.
    NightmareBalanced for New Game+. Ideal for replays.Enemies are at 1.30 of their stats.

    Transfer Bonus

    Rean's LevelBonus
    Level 69 or lower.Sepith x 100 (All Colors), Attack 1, Zeram Powder
    Level 70 - 79Sepith x 300 (All Colors), Attack 1, Soul Blur, Zeram Powder
    Level 80 or higher.Sepith x 500 (All Colors), Attack 1, Soul Blur, Saintly Force, Zeram Powder
    Rean's RankBonusStatus
    A0Golden EmblemHP +1000, EP +100, STR /DEF /ATS /ADF +10
    A1Silver EmblemHP +500, EP +50

    Watch the introduction sequence, if you haven't beaten the original Trails of Cold Steel, this part will give you a summary of the ending of the original game, so beware of the spoilers you are about to see. After the intro sequences is over, you will get to control Rean.

    The game will let you know about saving. This is done by going to the menu and using the Save option. You can also access the Cross-Save feature, which lets you upload your save data to PSN, allowing you to transfer you save file between the PS3 or Vita. If you ever get lost, pressing the Square button will open the Navigation menu, it will also highlight your next objective on the bottom right of the screen.

    Head downhill, you will notice a shining object. Examine it to receive Rean's equipment. The game will let you know about the Orbment system. Go to the menu and equip your Master quartz under the Orbment section. Now run down the hill, you will see a monster, by touching it, you will engage in battle. If you manage to sneak up on a monster, or stun it with your field attack, (Pressing the Confirm button, X or O in Japanese version) you will get an additional advantage during battle. The bonus includes extra turns and reduced enemy HP. After you have defeated the monster in combat, the game will let you know about Monster Notes. Each time you defeated a monster, additional data is filled in regarding to enemies you have previously fought. If you want to fill in this information immediately you need to use the Battle Scope item, a quartz with the spell "Analyze" or Emma and Elliot's Detector ability. Now just keep going east to see another event. Then further down you will fight a rock type creature. The game will prompt you into the basics of Arts. This monster has a high physical defense, so use the Fire Bolt spell to quickly defeat the monster. Now further down the hill, Rean will notice an Orbment Charging Station, examine it to fully restore your character's HP and EP. Now enter the next area to Eisengard Mountains 2.

    Eisengard Range

    Head down the hill to find a treasure chest that contains a Tear quartz. Go a little further, Rean will notice it's a strong type of monster, now fight it, the game will let you know about the S-Craft function. S-Crafts are super attacks that requires a 100-200 CP to perform, you can use it under the Craft section or by pressing Triangle to activate it without being your turn. When you have defeated the monster, head to the south corner of the map to find a Teara Balm. Then go to the east area for an event scene. Then head to the northeast corner of the map to find a Proxy Puppet in the treasure box. Then take the southeast exit to Eisengard Mountain 3. Pick up the Celestial Balm at the treasure box just directly south and then go all the way to south end to find an Orbment Charging Station. Heal yourself and go to the southeast end to fight a boss battle.

    Note: Maps in this guide are designed with the compass facing north.

    Monster Guide

    NameItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
    Helm ScorpionChitinous ShellHearty Powder
    Stealth FrogTear BalmWhite Beast Flesh
    Rolling StoneTear BalmU-Material
    Sky GazerHearty PowderU-Material

    Treasure List

    TearEisengard Range 2
    Teara Balm
    Proxy Puppet
    Celestial BalmEisengard Range 3
    BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
    Magic Knight Ortheim33768 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100N/A★★★☆★★★☆★★★☆★★★☆
    This boss battle is really basic, all it does is it will attack you with its sword. Use Flame Strike to hurt the boss and have a chance to inflict Burn on it, this will help you expedite his demise. Heal under 3000 HP with Tear or Teara Balm. If the boss gets 2 turns in a row, use a Teara Balm immediately on the next turn. As soon as you've brought it under 15000 HP the battle will end.

    Prologue Part B: November 30


    Watch the event scene, you will be introduced to Elise, Alfin and Toval again. Afterwards, leave the building, the game will let you know about events. story events are marked with a red exclamation mark and a green exclamation mark for side events. Then go to the general store "Plover" located at the southwest corner of Ymir. Purchase the Imperial Chronicle Issue #1 and Gambler Jack Reprint Chapter 1 (There is a trophy for collecting all books found in the game).

    Now visit all the red exclamation mark areas marked on the map.

    • Rean's Parents (Lucia and Baron Schwarzer) at the Baron's Mansion
    • Elise and Celine at the Footbath
      This will add the friends note on the menu. Speaking to characters at the right moment will add a page to their profiles, collect them all for a bronze trophy.)
    • Toval at the Inn & Pub "Valley Echo" (You can also speak to pub owner, Gerald for some pancakes.)
    • Werner at the kitchen area, of the Hotel "The Phoenix Wings" (Northeast on map)
      (This will add the recipe section to the menu and a new recipe.)
    • Princess Alfin at the Septian Church
    • Annabelle at Ymir Canyon
      (Annabelle will give you a fishing rod and the fishing section will be added to the menu. If you have a save data from the original Cold Steel, Annabelle will give you some Groundbait depending on your fishing rank. You can also speak to Annabelle to exchange prizes)

    When your done doing all the activities listed above. Go to the Phoenix Wing hotel and speak to the receptionist, Baggins and then go to Hot Springs on right side of the building. Entering the Hot Spring will automatically advance the story, so finished everything you need to do before going in. Afterwards, Elise and Toval will join your party. Go back inside the Baron Mansion and speak to Alfin for a short event scene. You can also use the footbath at the center of town to fully restore your party, including CP as well. When you are all ready to go, head to the northwest exit to go to Ymir Canyon.

    Nightmare Mode Recommendations
    Before proceeding with this area it is advisable to get a good supply of Teara and Reviving Balms. To get the mira to afford them, cook some Salty Onigiri with Elise to get as many Tri-Colored Onigiri (Superb result), then sell them for 150 each. You'll need at least 15 each (ideally 20). Also, make sure all three character have the top most accessory on sell at the store (it increases Str, Ats and Spd. Finally, spend as much as possible on EP Chargers.

    Ymir Canyon

    Watch the event scene, when you the first monster, the game will let you know about Link attacks. Hitting enemies with the right attack type can cause an enemy to unbalance which will lead to Link attack for bonus damage. Now finish off the first monster and continue on. Go to the northeast end to find a treasure chest that contains the Lighter accessory. Continue on through the path northwest, if you reach to the northwest end, you will find a monster chest that contains a Zeram Powder. You can use Toval's S-Craft on kill all eight enemies at once to get the Pieces of Eight trophy. Then go back south and cross the bridge to the east, pick up the U-Material in the chest located at the east end. Then head to the north exit to Ymir Canyon 2.

    Pick up the Tearal Balm on your way north, then take the northwest path, eventually the path will split, by going south you can find a Poison Quartz in the treasure box. Then go north, all the way to end. You will find another chest with some Sepith and just a little further will be an Orbment Charging Station. Heal up and enter the next area for a boss fight.

    Monster Guide

    NameItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
    Frozen FungusClear GelatinHearty Powder
    Snow WispWarmerEP Charge I
    Snow Flying FelineRed Beast FleshGlobby Fat
    Nix CyronHearty PowderU-Material
    Frost BiterChitinous ShellU-Material

    Treasure List

    LighterYmir Canyon 1
    Zeram Powder
    U-Material x3
    Tearal BalmYmir Canyon 2
    Sepith x50
    BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
    Magic Knight Ortheim (Phase 1)45225 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100N/A★★☆☆★★★☆★★☆☆★★★☆
    Boss Skills1. Sword Slash. Hits everyone in front.
    2. Ground stab. Targets area around boss (L).
    3. Boost. Grants boss Str 50% Up (Red) and cures 15000 HP (normal).
    Ortheim seems to have an massive upgrade compare to your previous fight against it. Ortheim has an area attack move which can hit pretty hard, one of the most annoying things about this fight is Ortheim can buff it's attack power and restore 20% of it's HP which will prolong the fight. Use Elise as your main healer, she can use her Holy Squall which restore 60% of your HP within a small radius or the Tear spell. Have Rean and Toval as your main attackers, since you don't have any useful arts at the moment, rely on physical attacks and use your S-Craft on turns with a critical bonus.
    BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropIdle StanceAttack Stance
    Magic Knight Ortheim (Phase 2)84400 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100N/AB: ★★★☆H: ★★★★A: ★☆☆☆B: ★★☆☆H: ★☆☆☆A: ★★★★
    You will be using the Ashen Knight, Valimar for this battle. Mech combat is like playing a game of rock-paper-scissors. You need to select a body part to hit and attacking the correct part will land a critical hit which allows you to perform a Link attack, this is the only way to win this fight. Use the picture below as a reference on which part to attack. There isn't much strategy to this battle, just attack it's head during it's idle stance, and it's arms during it's attack stance.

    Act 1 - Part 1

    December 1st

    When you can control Rean, the first thing added is the ability to quick travel under the navigation menu. Head down to the general store and speak to Raio the shopkeeper on the right. The game will let you know about weapon synthesis and unlocking Orbment Slots. The Orbment system requires you to upgrade slots to equip stronger types of Quartz. Then speak to Camillia, watch the event scene, she will let you trade items, this is similar to the pawn shop function from the previous game. (If this is your second playthrough, she will let purchase Zemurian Ore Shard for 50 U-Materials). You can speak to Luke near the wreckage of the station for some Tear Balms. When you all set to go, leave town through Ymir Canyon.

    Lunaria Nature Park

    After the event scene, you will be warped into Lunaria Nature Park. Head south to Lunaria Nature Park 3. The game will let you know that this area contains high elements, which means Time, Space and Mirage elements have effects on monsters here, there is also an additional type of bonus effects on turn order which can be an advantage or disadvantage for your party. Head down to the southeast corner to pick up a Stone Brooch in a treasure chest, then continue all the way to the southwest path. On the very southwest corner of the map contains some Sepith Mass in the treasure box. Then head to the exit located southeast to Lunaria Nature Park 2.

    The path will split into two ways, head to the west end to get a Teara Balm from the treasure chest, and a fishing spot is also near this area. Afterwards, go to the east end to get Citrus Bottle from the treasure chest. Then take the bridge south and go all the way to the west corner to find a Scepter Master Quartz in a monster chest. Then head to opposite end, by the east area for a EP Charge II. After that go to the south exit of the map to go to Lunaria Nature Park 1.

    Head south, and go to the east side of the map to the northeast corner to find a HP 1 in a treasure chest, then head south, and go all the way to the southwest corner to get some Sepith. Then they the center path south, when you reach near the end of the park, you will see an Orbment Charging Station. Leave the park to face a boss battle.

    Monster Guide

    NameItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
    Blade HornChitinous ShellHearty Powder
    PolyjellyClear GelatinGlobby Fan
    Purple OozeClear GelatinGlobby Fan
    Gordi ChiefRed Beast FleshU-Material
    Sasa PandaRed Beast FleshU-Material

    Treasure List

    Stone BroochLunaria Nature Park 3
    Sepith Mass x100
    Teara BalmLunaria Nature Park 2
    Citrus Bottle
    EP Charge I
    HP 1Lunaria Nature Park 1
    Sepith x100
    BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
    Grunoja21800 (Normal)120, 100, 140, 100, 100, 100, 100Attack 2★★☆☆★★☆☆★★☆☆★★☆☆
    As soon as this battle start, the game will let you know about the Overdrive function, which is highlighted through the small circle gauge at the upper right corner of the screen. Using Overdrive will restore the linked character's HP, EP, CP, and three extra turns. During Overdrive, magic are cast instantly and attacks will cause an unbalance. This is a very powerful function that can be use to exploit bosses. Activate Overdrive by highlighting the attack icon and hold the Right button when the icon changes, press the confirm button to do Overdrive. Buff up your characters and attack the boss. The boss has a few abilities, from buffing itself, to paralyzing your characters with Seal or hitting a single target really hard. I recommend using Toval's wind magic against this boss, as he can cast them real quick, and have Rean use Autumn Leaf Cutter or Arc Slash to delay the boss. If you max out CP, save your S-Craft when Boss' HP is low.

    West Celdic Highway & East Trista Highway

    After you have defeated the boss, leave the park, and then go inside the farmhouse on the east side of the map. Speak to the residences there for a small event. Leave the farmhouse, and head south, there is two treasure chest around the southwest corner of the map. Once you have picked up the two treasures, take the south exit for a short scene. Head west and pick up the treasure chest near the small tower and take the southwest exit to go to East Trista Highway. This is a very short area, there is a total of three treasure chest you can pick up along with a fishing location to the west, once you go near the bridge an event scene will play out, Rean will notice a bunch of guards being stationed there. Leave Trista Highway by returning to West Celdic Highway and take the southeast exit to Celdic.

    Monster Guide

    NameItem Drop 1Item Drop 2Note
    Crop Muncher Assorted GrainsRed Beast Flesh(On East Celdic Highway)
    DeathcargotClear GelatinChitinous Shell
    Fanged WolfRed Beast FleshGlobby Fan
    Ripper SquirrelTear BalmRed Beast Flesh
    Evil CrowFresh EggRed Beast Flesh
    King DragonflyHearty PowderCuria Balm
    Acerbic TomartianAcerbic TomatoU-Material
    ZwordarHearty PowderU-Material(On East Celdic Highway)

    Treasure List

    Celestial BalmWest Celdic Highway 2
    White Glasses
    Shield 2West Celdic Highway 1
    EP Charge IEast Trista Highway 1
    Earth Lance
    Curia Balm


    When you enter Celdic, there will be three key event locations for you to visit. They are all marked with a red exclamation mark on the map.

    • Becky - Celdic House (Near West Celdic Highway entrance)
    • Margot - Weathercock Inn (Behind the counter)
    • Rosine - Grand Market

    After you have spoken to the people listed above, an event scene will occur in Celdic. Rean will buy an issue of the Imperial Chronicle Issue #2, read through it and exit out of the reading menu, an event scene will ensue. Now go to the Grand Market, purchase Gambler Jack Reprint #2 and Black Records #2 (Second Playthrough only) from Cornette (Shop located on the center in Grand Market).

    Then go to the Chapel and speak to Old Lady, Moulbaix on the west end of the Chapel, she will teach you the Fresh Vegetable Juice recipe. Now leave town by going to East Celdic Highway.

    Missable List

    Recipe: Fresh Vegetable JuiceOld Lady, Moulbaix: Celdic Chapel
    Book: Gambler Jack Reprint #2Cornette's General Goods (Grand Market, center)
    Book: Black Records #2Cornette's General Goods (Grand Market, center) (Second Playthrough only)
    Book: Gambler Jack II - Chapter 1Tarim: Near the Farm on East Celdic Highway

    East Celdic Highway

    Treasure List

    Silver EarringEast Celdic Highway 1
    Tearal Balm
    U-Material 3East Celdic Highway 2

    Go to the North end to find a Silver Earring on the treasure chest, now go all the way to the northeast end of the map to where the farmhouse is. Speak to Tarim, he's a NPC near the farmhouse, he will give you a copy of Gambler Jack II Chapter 1, these books have a very small time frame to obtain them. Each book must be obtained immediately, collecting all 14 volumes of Gambler Jack II can let you exchange for the strongest weapon later in the game.

    Note: If you have miss a Gambler Jack II, you can still purchase them from a trading store using the Inspect Curios function. However, this method is unreliable and entirely luck based.

    Now go to the bridge on the southeast of the map, there is a fishing spot right here. A treasure chest is located just a little bit past the bridge, open the chest for an event scene, Rean will find an Old Key. Now go to the windmill on the center south of the map. Watch the event scene, after that, Machias will join your party. Return back to Celdic.

    New Character Profiles

    December 1Rean [Page 1]Automatic.
    Toval [Page 1]Key event on December 1st (Automatic).
    Rosine [Page 1]Speak to Rosine after Machias join your party.
    Elliot [Page 1]Automatic.

    When you're in Celdic, go to the Market Manager's House located on the southwest area of the map. Speak to Manager Otto. Read the request. After that, the game will add the quest section to your Notebook and will also let you know about AP(Academic Points), these points are used for grading your performance in each chapter. AP is earned based on the choice you make in each chapter. Getting the maximum amount of AP available on each chapter will give you an S rank. Go to the Chapel and speak to Rosine, she will give you three Tear Balm and will add page 1 to her profile. Now finish the request listed below.

    Note: Mira from Quest are received at the end of each Act.