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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 2 Part 3

December 23

When you regain control, Speak to Towa twice at the bridge of Courageous. A list of new locations will be added, such as Eisengard Range, Roer Region. After that go to the 4th floor, and speak to Emily and Alan at the training facility, doing this will update their character profiles. You can also speak to Alfin for a short event. After that, head to the second floor and speak to Dorothee and purchase the "Pasta" recipefrom her. Also, play some Blade with your friends to build your Link EXP between them. Then head to the first floor and speak to Angelica, this will update her profile.

Missable List

Recipe: Rich CarbonaraPurchase the Pasta Recipe Book from the General Store (Ymir) or from Dorothee.
Recipe: Tomato StewFarlan: Schwarz Drache Barrier.
Book: Gambler Jack II - Chapter 11Rex: Schwarz Drache Barrier.
Book: Black Records #4Norton: Roer Airport, after clearing "Gone Air" quest. (Second Playthrough only)

New Character Profiles

CharacterRequirements
Angelica [Page 1]Automatic.
Angelica [Page 2]Speak to Angelica at Courageous 1F - Workshop.
Alan [Page 2]Speak to Alan at Courageous 4F - Sword Training Facility.
Beryl [Page 1]Speak to Beryl near Terra Shrine (Garrelia Byroad)
Emily [Page 2]Speak to Emily at Courageous 4F - S. Range Training Facility.
Nicolas [Page 2]Speak to Nicolas after you have recruited Margarita.
Klein [Page 1]Speak to Klein at Courageous 5F - Bridge after the "Gone Air" quest.
Rex [Page 1]Speak to Rex at Schwarz Drache Barrier.
CharacterRequirementsLocationRole in Courageous
Hibelle [Page 1]Finished the "Gone Air" QuestEisengard RangeUnlocked the Arts Training Facility (4F) for you to use.
Hugo [Page 1]Recruited Hugo to Courageous.RF Store (Roer)Opens a premium store for Courageous.
Kenneth [Page 1]Recruited Kenneth to CourageousNortia Highway 3Lets you exchange fishing points.
Margarita [Page 1]Recruited Margarita to CourageousSchwarz Drache Barrier - Resting AreaGiving Margarita a Peculiar Dish, she will reward you with items.
Give every Peculiar Dish, and Margarita will reward you with a rare quartz.
Stefan [Page 1]Recruited Stefan to CourageousRoer Institute of TechnologyGives you a reward based on the amount of data collected on your battle notes.

Note: The final two Cryptid will also appear, there is one located in Nortia Highway 2 and Eisengard Mountain 2.

Head to the second floor to the Infirmary, examine the card on the desk to start one of the side quests.

Q21
Quest NameThe Sweetest of Challenges / 甘美なる挑戦
When the quest starts, Class VII will gather at the meeting room. Listen to everyone's opinion and then repeat it again. After that, you will need to select the Culprit. Pick the 2nd choice, Machias it will give you 2 extra AP.

Note: Picking Emma will give you just 1 AP on the latest Japanese patch.
ClientPhantom Thief Bleublanc
RewardThief Cloak, 3500 Mira, 3 (+1-2) AP

Afterwards, you should focus on recruiting the remaining students of Thors. Go to the Roer first.

Obtain any of the trial chests you were missing from the previous act.

Trial Chest Locations

  • Spina Byroad - Alisa & Emma
  • Nortia Highway - Elliot, Emma, Millium & Sara
  • Sachsen Mountain - Elliot & Gaius

Afterwards, go to the RF Store and speak to Hugo. Accept his request and then leave Roer. Go to Legram and speak to the General Store owner. Then go to Ymir's General Store and speak to Camilla. You should also visit the snowboard area, a new course has been added. Return back to Roer and speak to Hugo. Hugo will join Courageous and will open up the premium store allowing you to buy some of the best accessories of the game at a hefty price.

Go to the Roer Institute of Technology (Northwest Building 2F). Speak to Ratto on the top corner. Accept his request, leave town by going to Nortia Highway 2. Head to the southwest corner of the map to find Stefan. Bring Machias in your party to trigger an event battle. Afterwards, Stefan will join Courageous. You could also fight the Cryptid, Agnagarn on the southeast end of Nortia Highway 2 if you think you can beat it.

Then go to Nortia Highway 3, and on the fishing spot location (Northwest of the map), you will find Kenneth. Speak to him and accept his request, then use the fishing spot that is right beside you and catch a Glutinous Bass. When you successfully catch one, speak to Kenneth and he will join Courageous.

Travel to Schwarz Drache Barrier (Southwest exit of Nortia Highway 3). Speak to Rex near the gate entrance, it will update his character bio and he will give you a copy of Gambler Jack II - Chapter 11. Then go inside the resting area, speak to Margarita with Millium in your party. Margarita will join Courageous. Giving Margarita a Peculiar Dish will reward you with items and a rare quartz if you manage to give her every single Peculiar Dish. Then speak to the lady by the counter, she will teach you the "Tomato Stew" recipe. Return to Courageous on the cafeteria section, speak to Nicolas to update his character profile. Return to the bridge and speak to Towa. Set your destination to Eisengard Range to start one of the side quests.

Q22
Quest NameGone Air / 行方不明の定期飛行船
Watch the event scene, you automatically fight two Jaegers to start. After that, you will end up in the same airship from the end of Chapter 1. Pick up the Freeze Quartz from the treasure chest, if you forgot it from the previous chapter. Take the southwest entrance to enter the lobby room. You will fight another group of Jaegers. Defeat them and visit the room located northwest. Defeat the single Jaeger to get a Card Key 1 from him. Then visit the 3rd floor by taking the southeast entrance. You will fight four more Jaegers. Defeat them to get Card Key 2. Go to the south end entrance to the 4th floor. Defeat the five Jaegers to finish the quest. Klein and Hibelle will also join Courageous.

If this is your second playthrough or higher, speak to Norton at Roer's Airport to receive a copy of Black Records #4.

ClientKlein and Hibelle
RewardWrath, 4000 Mira, 4 AP

When you return to the Courageous, speak to Klein at the bridge to update his profile.

Then revisit Eisengard Mountains, on the landing spot, there is a Trial Chest for Fie and Laura. Clear it to unlock the Overdrive Function for them.

Trial Chest BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Rolling Rock42809 (Normal)160, 100, 140, 80Crescent Mirror R★☆☆☆★★☆☆★☆☆☆★★★★
PreparationQuartz: Strong Earth Arts, Tearal
This boss has some very high physical defense, it best to have Fie using arts since you don't have many defensive options with this team. The boss is also very vulnerable to attacks that cause faint, you can use Fie's Scud Wing or Laura's Brilliant Spin to grant you an extra turn. Make sure you have someone equipped with Tearal to heal yourself, the boss can hit pretty hard. Once you reduce the Boss's HP below 50%, use your S-Craft to finish it off.

When you cleared the Trial Chest, you can also find three new enemies in Eisengard Range. The Shadow Dancer, Venom Demon, and Iron Golem. You can also fight the final Cryptid, Lindbaum at the same area where you start a new game. If you manage to kill all five Cryptids, speak to Alfin to get the Medal of Strength from her. Return to Courageous. Speak to Towa and set your destination to Celdic. Go to East Celdic Highway 2, to get to North Kreuzen Highway 3 to finish one of the side quests.

Q23
Quest NameKreuzen for a Bruisin' / 北クロイツェン街道の手配魔獣
You will find the quest monster located at the southwest end of North Kreuzen Highway.
BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Abearddon132446 (Normal)120, 90, 120, 80N/A★★★☆★★☆☆★★☆☆★★★☆
This is actually one of the easiest bosses for farming Link Attacks due to its high HP and Unbalance efficacy. If the boss attacks, it will use a rolling attack that can hit your party pretty hard. Because the boss is very slow, you won't need to worry about it too much, make sure you have someone to fully heal your party members before it can use its roll attack.
When you defeat the boss, you will receive the Intimidation quartz.
ClientPrince Olivert
RewardIntimidation, 3000 Mira, 4 AP

Return to Courageous, examine the computer terminal and report to Prince Olivert.

Shrine Trials Part A

For the main story, you will need to revisit all the Shrines again. There will be a new Trial area that you can access. You will need to bring Emma to your party to access these new areas. All the Shrines are highlighted with a red exclamation mark on the world map. Select one of the four Shrines, once you clear it the game will have a story event. You will eventually come back to finish the other three shrines for later.

Terra Shrine - Trial

On the entrance of the Terra Shrine, you will find Beryl, speak to her to update her character profile page 1. Then go inside the Shrine. Use the warp device to get to the trial area. You will need Emma in your party to trigger the event scene to unlock the gate.

Enemy ListItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Dark PapillonHearty PowderCuria Balm
Order ObeliskEP Charge IIU-Material
Dissolution SlugHoney SyrupClear Gelatin
Minos DemonRed Beast FleshU-Material
Tildawn - GaiaCuria BalmU-Material
Treasure ListLocation
Earth Sepith x1000Terra Shrine - Proving Grounds
Ancient Glyph
Tear All Balm
Genbu
Earth Bell

Follow the straight path all the way to the end, you will find some Earth Sepith in a treasure chest. Then run back to the center, you will notice a giant wall, you will need to bring someone with a strike proficiency of B or higher (Laura, Millium, or Machias). Hit that wall, it will make it drop, creating a bridge for you. Continue the linear path all the way to the very top, you will find an Ancient Glyph in a treasure chest. Go downstairs, and move to the east path, and you will find another wall near an enemy. Smack the wall to make a bridge. Then go to the northwest corner to find a Tear All Balm in a treasure chest. Then follow the east path, and around near the bottom east corner, you can find a ladder, go down from there and on the end of the path, you will find three treasure chest. A Genbu Quartz in the monster chest and two Trial Chest, one for Alisa/Fie or Machias/Millium.

TC Boss (Alisa/Fie)HPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Minos Lord62400 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 120, 140, 100Yggdrasil R★★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆★☆☆☆
Minos Demon x223750 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 120, 140, 100Red Beast Flesh, U-Material★★☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆★☆☆☆
PreparationEvasion tank build on Fie if possible. (Read Nereid Section for how to make an Evasion Tank)
Each monster has the ability to breathe out gas that will cause blind. If you have an evasion tank ready, this shouldn't be a problem. Have Fie go to the front, while Alisa should remain on the back, casting arts. If you do not have an evasion setup, then use Heavenly Gift to gain insight allowing you to dodge attacks with ease.
TC Boss (Machias/Millium)HPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Dino Slug46944 (Normal)80, 160, 60, 140, 100, 100, 100Shield Breaker II★★★★★★★☆★★☆☆☆☆☆☆
Dissolution Slug x58366 (Normal)80, 160, 60, 140, 100, 100, 100Honey Syrup, Clear Gelatin★★★★★★★☆★★☆☆☆☆☆☆
Since you will be surrounded by a lot of slugs, the best thing to do is to quickly buff up Millium and spam your S-Break before the situation gets dangerous. If you don't want to use that strategy, using Faint ailment works very effectively on the boss.

Then go upstairs all the way to the end. You will find an Earth Bell Quartz on the treasure chest. Go back upstairs, you will see another wall for you to hit. Hit the wall to create a bridge. Cross over to find an Orbment Station and a Warp Point. Enter the gate to fight a boss. The boss is based on how many Shrines you have cleared. For your first run, read the December 24 section, any progress further, read Shrine Trials Part B.

When you defeated the boss, go to the top and grab the Zemurian Crystal to clear Terra Shrine.

Aria Shrine - Trial

Note: Area highlighted in purple are elevators.

Enemy ListItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Stone StalkerHearty PowderU-Material
Clay DollTeara BalmU-Material
Star LambdaChitinous ShellClear Gelatin
Cherubic GateEP Charge IIU-Material
Tildawn PazuCuria BalmU-Material
Treasure ListLocation
Ragna VortexAria Shrine - Proving Grounds
Wind Bell
Celestial Balm EX
Wind Sepith x2000
Zeus Gem

Go inside Aria Cave, then take the warp to the midpoint. Head to the gate to get to the trial area. Head to the north end, you will find a strange green switch. You will someone with a B Rank proficiency of Piecing (Alisa, Fie, Machias, Sara) to activate the switch. Activate the switch to raise the elevator up. Travel to the center area, then take the south path, activate the switch to lower the platform. You will find a Ragna Vortex quartz in a treasure chest. Return to the previous area and take the northeast path. Activate the switch to go up. Go to the south end to find a treasure that contains a Wind Bell. Travel to the northeast area, you will find a Celestial Balm EX, from here go west, you will find a switch, activate to create a piece of the bridge of the center. Then take the southwest path, activate the switch to lower the platform. Go to the west area, activate the switch to get up. From here, go to the southwest end, activate the switch to get down. You will find a Zeus Gem inside a Monster Chest.

Nightmare Tip
DO NOT LEAVE ARIA Shrine - TRIAL GROUNDS WITHOUT THE ZEUS GEM. This quartz is essential if you want the Cancelling strategy to work on the Final Dungeon bosses, especially McBurn.

There is two Trial Chest in the same spot, one is for Fie/Millium and the other for Jusis/Sara.

TC Boss (Fie/Millium)HPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Clay Doll Omega50016 (Normal)180, 100, 40, 100, 100, 100, 100Judgement Bolt R★☆☆☆★★☆☆★★☆☆★★★☆
Clay Doll x212947 (Normal)180, 100, 40, 100, 100, 100, 100Teara Balm, U-Material★☆☆☆★★☆☆★★☆☆★★★☆
PreparationEvasion tank if possible. Read Nereid section for setup.
This boss is super easy if you created an Evasion tank Fie. Just have Fie lure the mobs away, and use Scud Wing to faint the mobs or instantly kill them. The focus on the main boss, if the boss decides to cast magic, cancel it with Fie's Sweep skill. Millium should use her Buster Arm skill for a chance to cause faint on the boss. If you don't have an evasion tank, then use Fie's Flash Grenade skill to blind the boss to give you the best chance to dodge.
TC Boss (Jusis/Sara)HPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Heavy Stalker46944 (Normal)100, 120, 40, 140, 100, 100, 100Leg Breaker II★☆☆☆★★☆☆★☆☆☆★★★★
Stone Stalker x711044 (Normal)100, 120, 40, 140, 100, 100, 100Hearty Powder, U-Material★☆☆☆★★☆☆★☆☆☆★★★★
PreparationQuartz: Quartz with Strong Wind Arts.
Accessory: Faint
resistant accessory.
Make sure your party members are equipped with Faint resistant accessory before this fight. Getting hit by a single mob will cause your character to faint, and getting hit again will only extend the faint duration making it a game over. Use either your strongest wind arts to instantly wipe out the trash mobs or use someone's S-Craft. When it is only the boss remaining, just use Jusis' Platinum Shield to block any incoming. Then have Sara as your main source of damage.

Then go to the north area to find some Wind Sepith in a treasure chest. Then to the east side, there is another switch. Activate the switch to complete the bridge in the center. Take the center exit to get to the boss room. If this is your first trial cave, then read the December 24 section, if not then read the Shrine Trials Part B section. When the boss is defeated, head upstairs and grab the Zemurian Crystal to clear Aria Shrine.

Aqua Shrine - Trial

Enemy ListItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
GiraganceWhite Beast FIeshChitinous Shell
Gust FrogClear GelatinGlobby Fat
KeracloneWhite Beast FleshChitinous Shell
Great SharkodileWhite Beast FIeshU-Material
Tildawn GlaciaCuria BalmU-Material
Treasure ListLocation
MaelstromAqua Shrine - Proving Grounds
Yasha
EP Charge IV
Curia Balm
Water Bell
Water Sepith x1000

Go inside Aqua Shrine, take the warp portal to the mid point. Approach the gate for an event scene. Enter to get to the Trial Area. Follow the path to the end, you will find a switch. The switch requires someone with a B rank proficiency in Thrust (Fie, Gaius, Jusis, Sara) to activate. When the switch is activated, the water will drain, climb down the ladder. Head to the southeast end of the map, you will find a switch, activate it to drain the water below. Then climb up ladder nearby, you will find a Maelstrom quartz in a treasure chest. Then take the ladder on the center, climb down, and take ladder on the northwest corner, climb up to find a monster chest with a Yasha quartz. There is two Trial Chest here as well, one of them requires Alisa/Machias and the other is Laura/Millium.

TC Boss (Laura/Millium)HPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Grand Ghastly45984 (Normal)80, 60, 120, 120, 100, 100, 100Spirit Breaker II★★★☆★★☆☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆
Gust Frog x49790 (Normal)80, 60, 120, 120, 100, 100, 100Clear Gelatin, Globby Fat★★★☆★★☆☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆
This is one of the easiest Trial Chest bosses. Because both characters have very high STR, using your S-Craft is enough to wipe out all mobs. If you don't have enough CP for a S-Craft, then use area type craft skills.
TC Boss (Alisa/Machias)HPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Gigantic Sharkodile77760 (Normal)120, 180, 80, 100, 100, 100, 100Crystal Flood R★★☆☆★★★★★☆☆☆★★★☆
PreparationQuartz: Quartz with the Earth Pulse ability.
Accessory: Faint
resistant accessory.
Have Machias grab the boss' attention. When the boss is focused on attacking Machias, cast Earth Pulse on Machias so that Machias can regenerate HP each turn. The boss can restore a bit of its HP each time it strikes. Have Alisa to cast arts for your main source of damage, if Machias HP drops too low, have Alisa heal him with Saint Arrow. Make sure to cast Earth Pulse again if the effects expire.

Then go back down, and go to the south end of the map, to find a Curia Balm. Afterwards, head to the north end of the map, you will see another switch, activate it to drain the water. Take the ladder at the southeast corner of the map, you will find a Water Bell quartz in a chest. Climb back up and on the very southeast end of the map, there is an EP Charge IV in a treasure chest. From here go to the northwest end of the map, there is a ladder here, go down and head to the northeast end for another switch. Activate it to drain the water. Then go back down, and take the ladder nearby, you will find a lot of water sepith in a treasure chest. Climb back up, then go to the northeast end of the map to get to the boss room. If this is your first trial cave, then read the December 24 section, if not then read the Shrine Trials Part B section. When the boss is defeated, head upstairs and grab the Zemurian Crystal to clear Aqua Shrine.

Ignis Shrine - Trial

Monster ListItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Magma DromeClear GelatinU-Material
Soul GeistClear GelatinGlobby Fat
HinomikotoRed Beast FleshU-Material
SurtrClear GelatinU-Material
Tildawn FlammeCuria BalmU-Material
Treasure ListLocation
Fire Sepith x1000Ignis Shrine - Proving Grounds
Purgatorial Flame
Fire Bell
Carnage

Head inside the Ignis Shrine and go downstairs to enter the Trial area. Go to the northwest corner, and examine the lamp. Put the flame out with Rean's field attack, this will create a bridge to the east. Cross through and head to the southeast corner to find some Fire Sepith in a treasure chest. Then find the fire switch at the northeast corner. Put out the flame to activate the north bridge. Go there, to find another switch, activate it to create the other half of the bridge. Then climb the ladder next to you, you will get the Purgatorial Flame quartz in a treasure chest. Then go to the west side of the map, on the southwest corner, you will find a Fire Bell in a treasure chest. Then go to the very northwest corner of the map, you will find the Carnage quartz in a monster chest. There is also two Trial Chest here, one is for Alisa/Sara and the other for Machias/Emma.

TC Boss (Alisa/Sara)HPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Homuramikoto46848 (Normal)100, 180, 20, 100, 100, 100, 100Sword Breaker II★☆☆☆★★★☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆
Hinomikoto x211044 (Normal)100, 180, 20, 100, 100, 100, 100Red Beast Flesh, U-Material★☆☆☆★★★☆★☆☆☆★☆☆☆
PreparationQuartz: Quartz with Strong Water Arts.
Accessory:
Burn resistant accessory.
This boss likes to Cast Magic, and the whole idea is to prevent it from casting. If the boss manages to cast its magic, it will use Flare Bomb which deal about 10000 to 12000 damage which makes it an instant game over. Make sure you Impede the boss before it has the chance to do that. If you see a Zero arts bonus, use your S-Craft during that moment to prevent the boss from getting the bonus. You can also use Alisa's S-Craft to mute the boss.
TC Boss (Emma/Machias)HPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Arch Geist46752 (Normal)60, 180, 20, 100, 180, 120, 180Flare Bomb R★☆☆☆★☆☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆
Soul Geist x411044 (Normal)60, 180, 20, 100, 180, 120, 180Clear Gelatin, Globby Fat★☆☆☆★☆☆☆★★★☆☆☆☆☆
PreparationQuartz: Quartz with Strong Water Arts.
Accessory:
Sleep/Nightmare resistant accessory.
This boss likes to Cast Magic, and the whole idea is to prevent it from casting. If the boss manages to cast its magic, it will use Grim Butterfly which deals enough damage to makes it an instant game over. Make sure you Impede the boss before it has the chance to do that. If you see a Zero arts bonus, use your S-Craft during that moment to prevent the boss from getting the bonus. Have Emma use her strongest magic, and if the boss is not using magic, then have Machias use Burst Drive to make Emma's magic cast instantly. The boss is casting, then have Machias Impede it with his Mail Breaker.

After you have clear the two Trial Chest, go southeast from here to find another fire switch. Put out the flame to create a bridge to the northeast area. Going to there will lead you to the boss room. If this is your first trial cave, then read the December 24 section, if not then read the Shrine Trials Part B section. When the boss is defeated, head upstairs and grab the Zemurian Crystal to clear Ignis Shrine.

December 24 & 25

At the end of the first Shrine, you will end up fighting Magic Knight Dire Wolf.

BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Magic Knight Direwolf156170 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100N/A★★☆☆★★★☆★★☆☆★★☆☆
Boss Skills1. Ground Punch - hits a single target.
2. Ground Smash. Targets anyone in front.
3. Boost. Grants boss Str, Def, Spd 25% Up and cures 23000 HP (normal).
Dire Wolf is similar to Ortheim, which has an area attack that can hit in a straight line dealing about 6000 damage. When you have reduced 25% of the boss' HP, it will use its Boost Up skill which will buff its strength, defense, speed and also healing itself. This can be dangerous if you prolong the fight too long. Because the boss has a very strong immunity to status effects, its best you just focus on buffing yourself to deal maximum damage or cast arts against it.

Leave The Shrine for an event, then speak to George in Courageous 1F. Select the option highlighted in red to advance the main story. Jusis and Sara will be fixed party members for the next story segment. Survey all the key events in Celdic. The key event locations are Chapel south room, Otto (Manager House 2F), and Claire (Station entrance). When you see all three key events, head to the east exit of Celdic. When you regain control, assign your party members, and equip Valimar with the best Ex-Orbs you have for the upcoming battle. Then go and speak to Fiedelio at the Computer Room (2F), Loggins at the Sword Training Facility (4F), and Linde at the Bridge (5F). Doing this will update their character profiles.

New Character Profiles

CharactersRequirements
Linde [Page 2]Speak to Linde at Courageous 5F - Bridge.
Loggins [Page 1]Speak to Loggins at Courageous 4F - Sword Training Facility.
Fiedelio [Page 2]Speak to Fiedelio at Courageous 2F - Computer Room.
Instructor Sara [Page 2]Automatically.
Jusis [Page 2]Automatically

When you're ready, speak to Towa to start the operation.

BossHPElemental EfficacyIdle StanceAttack Stance (Slash Pose)Attack Stance (Thrust Pose)
Kestrel260000 (Normal)100, 100, 100, 100B:★★☆☆H:★☆☆☆A:★☆☆☆B:☆☆☆☆H:★★★☆A:★☆☆☆B:★☆☆☆H:☆☆☆☆A:★★★☆
This is similar to fighting Neihardt's Spiegel from the previous act. The Kestrel doesn't have a 4 star unbalance rating, but it doesn't hit very hard. There is a pretty high chance you might miss your attacks allowing the Kestrel to counter you. When it switches to one of its attack stance, you should save CP for your counter ability or stun it with Seal (Last CP ability). Overall not a really hard fight compare to the previous mech battles.

After this, you will be fighting a group of Jaegers with just instructor Sara. Sara will also unlock her final S-Craft ability, use it against the group of Jaegers, when your CP is fully recharged use her S-Craft again. After that, you will end up in Auroch Fort without instructor Sara.

Aurochs Fort

Enemy ListItem Drop 1Item Drop 2
Vogel XXTeara BalmCuria Balm
Beep Seeker IIIEP Charge IU-Material
Phalanx J9Teara BalmU-Material
Provincial Army SoldierTeara BalmEP Charge II
ZephyanthesU-MaterialEP Charge II
Kazakh Doven GRed Beast FleshU-Material
Provincial Army OfficerTeara BalmEP Charge II
Treasure ListLocation
Curia BalmAuroch Fort 1F
Cast 2
Celestial Balm EX
Tear All Balm
Sepith x200
Hellfire
Chrono BurstAuroch Fort 2F
Tearal
HP 2
EP Charge IV
U-Material x8

Go to the north path, go all the way to the far east and enter the room directly south. Examine the switch to unlock the gate on the center. Go there, the path will split into three, follow the west path, enter the first room as you go south. You will find a Curia Balm inside a treasure chest. Exit out of the room, go all the way to the southwest end to find a Cast 2 in a chest. Then go back north, and on the center there will another gate blocking the way, from here go to the northeast path, enter the first room you see, there is a Celestial Balm EX in a treasure chest. Exit out of the room and follow the northeast path all the way to the bottom. You will find an air duct, go through the air duct to get to the southeast area. Examine the switch on the left, it will unlock the gate to the center. Go to the center to find the Hellfire quartz in a monster chest. Then go to the room located southwest, inside there you can find some Sepith. Then take the southeast entrance to get to the 2nd floor.

Follow the north path until you reach to the center. You will notice a gate blocking the center, head to the left side of that gate, you will find an air duct, enter it and you will find a Chrono Burst Quartz in a treasure chest. Unlock the gate by pressing the switch beside the treasure. Then travel all the way to the southwest corner, there is another air duct, enter and you will find yourself at the southeast corner of the map. Grab the Tearal Quartz in a treasure chest, then press the switch to unlock the gate. Now go all the way to the northwest corner of the map. Then examine the air duct, you will end up and north section. Run to the southeast corner, press the switch nearby to unlock the gate below you. Go past the gate to find a HP 2 Quartz. From here, travel all the way to the north end. There is another duct, go through the duct, and then go to the room on the west, you will find an EP Charge IV in a chest. Then follow the north path, and there is a room on the northeast end. There are some U-Materials in the treasure chest of that room. Leave the room then take the northeast exit to get to the 3rd floor.

Examine the Orbment Station and heal yourself, then fight the boss on the center.

BossHPElemental EfficacyItem DropSlashThrustPierceStrike
Duvalie203010 (Normal)90, 90, 90, 90N/A☆☆☆☆★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆★☆☆☆
Sleipnir x276000100, 100, 100, 100Tearal Balm, U-Material★★☆☆★★☆☆★★☆☆★★★☆
Use your S-Craft to finish off the Sleipnir units. Duvalie has quite a bit of HP, you won't able to take her out fast. Her attacks can cause confuse or freeze to your characters. You should have your tank/attacker unit go in the front to divert her attention on her, so your whole group doesn't get hit her AOE attacks. When Duvalie's HP drops below 60%, there is she might use her S-Craft, Prism Calibur on you which can deal 10000 to 13000 damage on you which means an instant K.O. During this phase, you should cast Platinum Shield with Jusis just to be safe.

December 26

Missable List

Recipe: Fruit ParfaitGiolamo: Alouette Inn.
Book: Gambler Jack II - Chapter 12Maicel: Alouette Inn.
Bike Colour: Windy ColourDrawer in Jusis' room (Duke's Mansion).

New Character Profiles

CharacterRequirements
Fie [Page 2]Attend Fie's Bonding Event.
Gaius [Page 3]Attend Gaius' Bonding Event
Machias [Page 2]Attend Machias' Bonding Event
Towa [Page 2]Attend Towa's Bonding Event

List of Bonding Events

CharacterLocationNotes
AlisaCentral PlazaLink EXP +800
AlfinBareahard AirportLink EXP +800, Required for the final partner event.
ElliotStation Street (West exit)Link EXP +800
EmmaNoble DistrictLink EXP +800
FieArtisan StreetAdd Page 2 to Fie's Character Profile.
Link EXP +800
GaiusBareahard CathedralAdd Page 2 to Gaius' Character Profile.
Link EXP +800
JusisDuke's MansionLink EXP +800
LauraStation Street (East exit)Link EXP +800
MachiasChristie's GalleriaAdd Page 2 to Machias' Character Profile.
Link EXP +800
MilliumChristie's GalleriaLink EXP +800
SaraAlouette InnLink EXP +800
TowaStation Street (North exit)Add Page 2 to Towa's Character Profile.
Link EXP +800

When you regain control, go to Alouette Inn in Artisan Street. Speak to Giolamo by the counter, he will teach you the Fruit Parfait recipe. Then talk to Maicel by the table, he will give you a copy of Gambler Jack II - Chapter 12. Then go to the Duke's Mansion, for an event scene. Then go to the room in the west for another event. Attend the bonding events. One of the conditions to trigger the bonding trophy for this game is to attend the bonding event of this date. Keep a backup save file for this point of the game for this reason. Attending Fie, Gaius, Machias and Towa's bonding event will add a page to their profiles. Attending Alfin's bonding event will also unlock her final partner event on December 30th. When you're done all your side activities go to Bareahard Airport and enter Courageous to end the day.

The game will accumulate all the AP you have earned throughout this act. If you acquired a total of 38 AP, you should get an S Rank.

ResultsAP
Cleared a Spirit Shrine3
Apprehended Duke Albarea10
Recruited Kenneth2
Recruited Margarita2
Recruited Hugo2
Recruited Stefan2
Recruited Klein2
Recruited Hibelle2
Quest: Gone Air4
Quest: The Sweetest of Challenges3 +2
Quest: Kreuzen for a Bruisin'4