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Guide and Walkthrough by Zoelius
/ Zennvirus

Version: 0.32 | Updated: 06/07/2019
FAQ of the Month Winner: May 2016 | Highest Rated Guide

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright and Other Information
  2. Gameplay Basics
    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. Epilogue
    1. March 12
    2. March 13 Free Day
    3. Final Dungeon
  14. Divertissement
  15. New Game +
  16. Mini Games
    1. Snowboarding
    2. Blade II
  17. Optional Bosses
  18. 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.
  19. Item List
    1. Weapon List
    2. Armor List
    3. Accessory List
    4. Consumables and Other Items
    5. Book List
  20. Arts and Quartz
    1. Arts
    2. Quartz
    3. Ex-Orb
  21. Master Quartz
    1. Earth Type
    2. Water Type
    3. Fire Type
    4. Wind Type
    5. Time Type
    6. Space Type
    7. Mirage Type
  22. Skill List
    1. Character Skills
    2. Valimar Skills
  23. Advance Strategy - Formations (In-Depth)
    1. Formation Types
  24. Advance Strategy - Stacking (In-Depth)
    1. Advance Strategy - Four Tools
  25. Advance Strategy - Character Evaluation (In-Depth)
    1. Field Characters
    2. Characters (In-Depth)
    3. The Characters
    4. General Recommendations
  26. Recipe List
  27. Fishing List
  28. Enemy List
  29. Trophy List
  30. Credits

Act 1 - Part 2

December 5th

Leave town through Ymir Canyon. Select two members from Class VII, and one guest character (Claire or Toval) to bring with you. You won't have the option to select your party member after the decision is set, so make sure you chose your ideal team.

Note: The guest character with the highest Link Level (Must be level 3) will give you a powerful accessory at Act 2. Toval gives you an accessory that lets you cast arts ridiculously fast and Claire's accessory will boosts accuracy and critical rate. The 3rd guest character provides an accessory that causes Impede (Cancels enemy arts and crafts) and turn delay.

Nord Highlands - South, Part: A

Enemy NameItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Winged SnakeWhite Beast FleshGlobby Fat
Grass HopperAssorted GrainsRed Beast Flesh
Brutal InfantFresh MilkRed Beast Flesh
Thunder LoachWhite Beast FleshU-Material
OstrichRed Beast FleshGlobby Fat
Brutal BuffaMature CheeseChitinous Shell
Thunder QuakerWhite Beast FleshU-Material
Treasure Location
Curia BalmNord Highlands - South
Marble Ring
EP Charge II
Ingenuity
Teara
Cloud Shoes
Sepith Mass x200Nord Highlands - South (Accessible for later)
Wind Jacket

Missable List

Recipe: Potato CroquetteMarx: Zender Gates - Mess Hall
Recipe: Hot Milk TeaOld Lady Jedah: Lake Lacrima - Elder's Camp
Book: Gambler Jack II - Chapter 3 San: Lake Lacrima - Doctor's Camp
Book: Gambler Jack Reprint #3General Store - Kilte's Store(Lake Lacrima)

After the event scene, your party will be warp to the northwest area of Nord Highlands - South. Because Nord Highlands is a really big area, use the map above as a reference of all the treasure chest. When you reach the middle section an event scene will occur, go southwest to Zender Gate. Watch the event, you will receive a horse to ride on.

Go back inside Zender Gate and speak to Marx at the Mess Hall, he will teach you the Potato Croquette recipe and purchase new weapons from Zender Gate, but not armor because there is stronger equipment in the upcoming area (Lake Lacrima). You can also find some of your classmates here, there is Beryl at the Mess Hall and Mint who is just outside of Zender Gate. Now leave Zender Gate, the game won't let you access the southeast area yet, so wait for later if you intend on picking up the treasure chests. Now go to the Nord Settlement located at the northeast end of the map. A boss battle will ensue afterwards.

BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Jaeger - Sword11229 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100Curia Balm, Reviving Balm★☆☆☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆
Jaeger - Gun10488 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100Teara Balm, EP Charge II★☆☆☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆
The Jaegers can deal a massive amount of damage to your party, each member can hit for 2000 to 3500 damage per hit. This battle will get ugly if you don't finish off the Jaegers quickly. They also have the ability to resurrect their allies. If you want to cheese through this battle, you can quickly buff your party members and use either Toval or Claire's S-Craft depending on who you bring with you.

Lake Lacrima

After the event scene, Gaius will join your party. Head to Elder's House and speak to Old Lady Jedah, she will teach you the Hot Milk Tea recipe. Then go to the Doctor's House, and speak to San the girl right next to Dr. Amr, she will give you a copy of Gambler Jack II - Chapter 3. Now also, purchase a copy of Gambler Jack Reprint #3 at the general store. You can also fish on the pier near the boat. When you all finish to go, leave Lake Lacrima to Nord Highlands - North.

Nord Highlands - North

You need to go to Nord Highlands - Northeast, that is located by the southeast exit. Gaius will prevent you from exploring the south region of the map, so just go directly to your destination.

Nord Highlands - North

MonsterItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Creepy SheepMint DropRed Beast Flesh
Infant DrangoCooling SprayWhite Beast Flesh
White FangRed Beast FleshGlobby Fat
ZaurtoiseWhite Beast FleshChitinous Shell
RhinociderChitinous ShellU-Materia
HippogriffHearty PowderU-Material
Treasure Location
Black BangleNord Highlands - North
Sepith x100
Cool Necklace
Move 2
Curia Balm
Celestial Balm
Cloud Robe
Gladiator Belt

Nord Highlands - Northeast

Go east all the way to the end, when the path change direction, head to the south corner to find a Floral Bottle in a treasure chest and then continue on north. An event scene and a boss battle will occur.

BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Unsurtr48360 (Normal)120, 50, 150, 100, 100, 100, 100N/A★☆☆☆★★☆☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆
Boss Skills1. Icicle missiles. Area (M), can inflict Freeze.
2. Frost Edge. Area (M), can inflict Freeze.
3. Claw Swipe. Single Target.
Not a really tough boss, but it does have a ton of HP. Since you have a full party, Alisa can use her craft, Heavenly Gift which will auto regen your CP and the insight buff. This will easily let you dodge some of the bosses attacks. The boss is weak against fire attacks, so Fire arts work pretty well against the boss such as Heatwave that is currently equipped on Alisa. Using all S-Craft can be a way to quickly destroy the boss without any trouble. The strongest attack from the boss if the boss decides to cast Frost Edge on you, the boss will cast it really fast and can cause the Freeze ailment on your party.
Treasure Location
Floral BottleNord Highlands - Northeast
HarvestNord Highlands - Northeast (North Area)
Tearal Balm
U-Material x4

After the event scene, your party will be back in Lake Lacrima. The game will add the option to let you instantly travel to other parts of the Nord Highlands when you're outside on the navigation menu. There will be a bunch of side activities you can do, first go to the Elder's House and speak to the elder, he will give you a list of side quests. You can also explore some parts of the Nord Highlands that the game prevented you from going to earlier, allowing you to pick up some of the treasure chests that you were missing. When you are exploring the Nord Highlands - North, you should also open the Trial Chest located at the center of the map, doing so will unlock the Overdrive function for Alisa & Millium. After this, you should work on the side quests.

Trial Chest BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Lord Drango28080 (Normal)80, 200, 40, 120Heat Wave R★★☆☆★★☆☆★★★☆★☆☆☆
Infant Drango x74368 (Normal)80, 200, 40, 120Cooling Spray, White Beast Flesh★★☆☆★★☆☆★★★☆★☆☆☆
Boss Skills1. Fireball. Single Target - can inflict Burn.
2. Claw Swipe. Single Target.
Although this boss doesn't hit really hard, most of the fireballs they breathe out can cause your party to burn which does a ton of damage over each turn. So equip Burn resistant accessories if you have them. If not then rely on Millium's S-Craft to instantly take out the infant dragons. Then have Alisa as your main healer or a CP provider with her Heavenly Gift ability.
Q5
Quest NameHighlands Hunt / 高原に放たれた軍用魔獣
After you have received the quest list from the Nord Elder. Leave Lake Lacrima and go to Nord Highlands - North. There will be three courage type monsters marked on the map with a red circle.
Monster NameItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Galion CougarRed Beast FleshU-Material
After you have defeated the three groups, return to Lake Lacrima and report to the elder to finish the quest.
ClientLacan
RewardNord Bracelet, All Monster Ingredient x3, 1500 Mira, 4 AP
Q6
Quest NameFoaling Around / 子馬の捜索
At Lake Lacrima, go and speak to Sheeda, who is located in the northwest area near the group of sheep. Leave town and go to Nord Highlands - Northeast. You will find the foal at the southeast corner of the map. Once you approach near it, the foal will move to another location. The next location will be at the northeast end of the map. After this, you will find the foal at the Nord Settlement. You will automatically return to Lake Lacrima and the quest will end.

MonsterItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Golden OwlFresh EggHearty Powder
Grass MoleRed Beast FleshGlobby Fat
Diving AnantaWhite Beast FleshGlobby Fat
Stony CroakerWhite Beast FleshChitinous Shell
Stone GolemChitinous ShellU-Material
ClientSheeda
RewardFood Ingredient x3, 2000 Mira, 4 AP

Return back to the Nord Highlands - Northeast, and explore Aria Shrine located at the northwest exit. Clearing it will give you 3 AP.

Note: There is a fishing spot near the entrance to Aria Shrine.

Aria Shrine

Head downstairs, and open the gate to enter Aria Shrine. then follow the path northwest, you will find a Trial Chest for Alisa and Gaius.

Trial Chest BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Emerald Ooze G30290 (Normal)80, 120, 100, 80, 120, 100, 140Chrono Drive R★★★★★★☆☆★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
Emerald Ooze x25145 (Normal)100, 80, 120, 100, 100, 100, 100Clear Gelatin, Globby Fat★★★★★★☆☆★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
If you have a full CP party, have Gaius use his Calamity Hawk to instantly wipe out the trash mob first. If not, then have Gaius use turbulence on the mobs, it should cause blindness on them and with Gaius' Insight buff (From his Falco master quartz) it should you allow him to dodge each attack with ease. When Gaius' Insight expires, you can use Alisa's Heavenly Gift to give insight and auto CP regen for Gaius. Just have Gaius tanking and use his S-Craft when his CP is full, if the boss manages to hit you, it will recover quite a bit of it's HP.

After you have cleared the Trial Chest, climb up the ladder that is behind you. Then go to the southwest path, if you reach to the very corner, you will find the Aerial quartz in a treasure chest. Then go back to the center area and take the ladder down. Go north to the center, you will notice three switches, press the switch on the west side, it will lower the platform. Then go to the west end to find a Sleep Quartz. Run back and flip the same switch again to raise the platform. Then go to the center, and pick up the treasure chest on the north, which contains an EP Charge II. Then flip the switch to raise the platform. Then go to the east side, press the switch to lower the platform, now climb up the ladder in front of you. Then go all the way west, open the chest to find some Sepith Mass, then go southwest to find the Criminal Master Quartz in a Monster Chest. Then head all the way to the north end, use the Orbment Charging Station and then open the gate to fight the boss.

MonsterItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
SchlafenHearty PowderCuria Balm
Emerald OozeClear GelatinGlobby Fat
Homing MoldClear GelatinU-Material
Solar BeeChitinous ShellHearty Powder
TreasureLocation
AerialAria Shrine
Sleep
EP Charge II
Sepith Mass x200
Criminal
BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Tildawn Pazu x338784 (Normal)120, 100, 100, 0, 130, 130, 130Curia Balm, U-Material★☆☆☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆
Boss Skills1. Eye laser. Line.
2. Black energy. All Targets - can inflict Sleep.
3. Green energy. All Targets - heals enemy allies.
4. Aerial. Area (M) (Air art).
This can be a pretty tough battle if you came unprepared. This boss is mainly focused on using its powerful area attack skill which can cause your party to fall asleep. If you have sleep resistant accessories, equip them before you come for this fight. Each of the bosses can cause very powerful wind arts against your party, which can instantly K.O. a party member or does a ton of damage to them, so you will need a party member that has a the Impede function to cancel their arts. So make sure all your party members are awake so you can cancel their spell casting before you end up getting hurt real bad.

Nord Highlands - South, Part: B

Missable List

Quest: Zats AmoreSpeak to Officer Zats or Manning at Zender Gates, store area.
Book: Gambler Jack II - Chapter 4Officer Ogrum: Zender Gates, store area.

Head to the Nord Highlands - South, and then go to Zender Gates. Then speak to Officer Zats or Manning near the store area. Accept their offer to start a hidden quest. Then speak to Officer Orgum by the group officers, he will give you a copy of Gambler Jack II - Chapter 4. Explore the southern part of Nord Highlands and pick up whatever treasure chest you have missed including the Trial Chest at the southeast area of the map.

Trial Chest BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Megalon Buffa29884(Normal)120, 100, 150, 100Breath R★★☆☆★★★☆★★☆☆★★★☆
Brutal Buffa x29960 (Normal)120, 100, 150, 100Chitinous Shell, Red Beast Flesh★★☆☆★★★☆★★☆☆★★★☆
This boss can hit you pretty hard, and it's also very quick allowing it to strike you consecutively at certain turns. Get rid of the smaller Buffa monsters first. Use your S-Craft if you have a full CP gauge. If not then rely on Gaius' Turbulence to blind them and Millium to use her Buster Arm to cause faint on them. Once you get rid of the trash mobs, focus on the boss, use one of your party members to tank, Millium can use her Shield ability to nullify physical hits and Gaius as an attacker or a backup healer. A different method would be using the trash mobs to block the main boss, so it doesn't get close to you and have your characters cast arts at it from a distance.
Q7
Quest NameZats Amore / 親友の形見 [Hidden Quest]
Speak to Zats or Manning near the store area of Zender Gates. Accept their request and then go to Nord Highlands - South. You will need to examine the wreckage of each tank marked on the map with a green exclamation mark. There will a shiny object in each of the wreckage for you to find. When you examine the shiny object on the furthest north, you will find a pendant. Go back to Zender Gate and give the pendant to Zats.
ClientMerchant Albel
RewardEP Charge x5, 2000 Mira, 4 AP

If you have finished all of the activities listed above, you should continue on with the main story. Head to Nord Highlands - South and head to the southeast corner of the map. The location should be marked with a red exclamation mark on the map. Millium will put a ladder out for you, climb up the ladder and move to the end, select the first choice when you are all ready.

Watchtower

As soon as you enter the tower, you will be fighting some Alliance Forces Soldiers, these guys can hit a little hard but they are weak against status ailments. Hit them with a craft skill that causes Seal and they'll be useless.

After you have defeated the soldiers, use the Orbment Charging Station in front of you to fully recover. Then head to the southeast path to find Wind Shoes in a treasure chest. Return back to the starting area and go to the north path. Go all the way to the end, examine the duct, and go to the end to find a La Forte quartz. Return back the previous area, and take the stairs up. Then go to the room on the northwest side of the map, open the treasure to get some Sepith, then take the southeast path to go upstairs. Then as you try to go north, a group of mercenaries will come after you. Defeat them and move on. You can examine the ducts at the northeast corner, going to end, you will find an Attack 2 quartz. Return to the previous area and then take the stairs up. Go south, and there is an EP Charge II on the southeast room Then take the northeast path to the end, you will be surrounded by another group of mercenaries. Defeat them and head to the northeast end, you will find an Orbment Charging Station. Heal, save and then head outside. Defeating the upcoming boss before 40 turns will also give you bonus AP.

When you're ready, go to the rooftop to fight the boss.

Enemy ListItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Tri-Attacker R2Teara BalmU-Material
Tri-Attacker HGEP Charge IIU-Material
Alliance Forces SoldierTeara BalmEP Charge II
Galion CougarRed Beast FleshU-Material
Jaeger - GunTeara BalmEP Charge II
Jaeger - SwordCuria BalmReviving Balm
Treasure Location
Wind ShoesWatchtower 1F
La ForteWatchtower 1F - Ducts
Sepith x100Watchtower 2F
Attack 2Watchtower 3F - Ducts
EP Charge IIWatchtower 4F
BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Bleublanc80869 (Normal)90, 90, 90, 90N/A★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆★☆☆☆
Atina80869 (Normal)90, 90, 90, 90N/A★☆☆☆★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
This is similar to the boss fight against Xeno and Leonidas. You need to defeat the boss within 40 turns to get the bonus AP. The best way to unlock that bonus condition is to come in with a full CP party and then use all your buffs and unleash all of your S-Craft at full strength. Once you have used up your S-Craft, have Alisa use her Heavenly Gift to give the entire party a CP regen buff. Then unleash your S-Craft again when it's full. When Bleublanc summons additional mobs, defeat them immediately so they don't take up your turns. Atina can also use her Black Barrier skill which will block a single physical attack, make sure you have someone hit her, to nullify that shield so you don't waste a turn on them. If Bleublanc attacks, he will usually use his cards which can deal a ton of damage and inflict nightmare on one of your characters.
BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropIdle StanceAttack Stance
Drakkhen (Sword)95000 (Normal)100, 120, 120, 100N/AB:★★★★H:★☆☆☆A:★★★☆B:★☆☆☆H:★★★★A:★★☆☆
Drakkhen (Gun)104800 (Normal)120, 100, 100, 120N/AB:★★☆☆H:★★★☆A:★☆☆☆B:★★★★H:★☆☆☆A:★☆☆☆
Spiegel (Sword)155700 (Normal)120, 100, 120, 100N/AB:★★★☆H:★☆☆☆A:★★☆☆B:★★★★H:☆☆☆☆A:★☆☆☆
This is just like your previous mech battle, just focus on defeating one unit at a time. When your co-pilot`s turn is up, I suggest you use a status buff such as Fie`s speed buff to have extra turns. Once you have defeated one mech, the commander unit will come and take its place. Since this battle is gonna drag on for awhile, make sure you have your co-pilot use Shinki to heal yourself if you run out of EP, then have your co-pilot use Charge to fully restore your CP. For the Spiegel unit, the best part to hit is the body regardless of its stance.

December 8

Missable List

Recipe: Onion SoupPurchase the Onion Soup Recipe Book from the General Store.
Book: Imperial Chronicle Issue #3Purchase from the General Store.
Book: Gambler Jack II - Chapter 5Masha: Ymir Residence (Southeast house)
Quest: Azuki's AdventureSpeak to Camilla at the General Store.

Once you have control over Rean, Go to the general store and speak Camilla to accept the hidden quest. Then speak to her again, purchase the Onion Soup recipe and a copy of Imperial Chronicle Issue #3. Then enter the house located southeast right beside the pub. Speak to Masha by the kitchen, she will give you a copy of Gambler Jack II - Chapter 5. There is also a new difficulty level added to the Snowboard mini game. Complete it to receive the Hare quartz.

Then speak to Claire southeast of the Baron's Mansion. This will add a page to her profile. Then attend the bonding events, doing Sharon and Toval's bonding event will add a page to their profiles. Then finish the hidden quest. If you decide to head out to Ymir Canyon, there is a monster called Snow Rat added to the area, so scan that monster if want the battle trophy.

New Character Profiles

CharacterRequirements
Claire [Page 2]Speak to Claire, southeast of the Baron's Mansion.
Sharon [Page 1]Attend Sharon' Bonding Event.
Toval [Page 2]Attend Toval' Bonding Event.

List of Bonding Events

CharacterLocationNotes
AlisaGeneral StoreLink EXP +500
GaiusNear Phoenix WingsLink EXP +500
MachiasInn & PubLink EXP +500
MilliumNear Baron's MansionLink EXP +500
SharonBaron's Mansion - Kitchen AreaAdd Page 1 to Sharon's Character Profile.
Link EXP +500
TovalNear StationAdd Page 2 to Toval's Character Profile.
Link EXP +500
Q8
Quest NameAzuki's Adventure / ユミル饅頭 [Hidden Quest]
Speak to Camilla at the General Store, and pick the first choice to accept her request. Then you need to speak to the following four NPCs to finish the quest.
  1. Werner - The Phoenix Wings (Kitchen Area)
  2. Gerald - Inn & Pub (Behind the counter)
  3. Luke - Near Station
  4. Sister Lisa - Septian Church
ClientCamillia
RewardYmir Manjuu x10, 2000 Mira, 4 AP

Once you have finished all the activities listed above. Return to your room to end part 2. The game will then accumulate all the AP you have earned throughout the chapter. You will get a S-Rank if you manage to get a total of 35 AP.

ResultsAP
Reunited with Nord Classmates5
Disabled orbal wave jammer8
Beat Bleublanc & Altina quickly3
Found and explored the Aria Shrine3
Quest: Highlands Hunt4
Quest: Foaling Around4
Quest: Zats Amore [Hidden]4
Quest: Azuki's Adventure [Hidden]4