"Inazuma Eleven" for Nintendo DS, "Walkthrough" By Mykas0 version 0.91 4-9-2008 BE SURE TO READ THIS FIRST PART! You can read this faq as long as you don't change ANY part of it (including this small introduction). Also, you can print it but only for use at your home, you may NEVER sell this stuff or else you will make me really mad and maybe I won't work anymore! Finally, if you want to use this faq on your site (or use any part of it for other things, like writing your own faq or something) you have to mail me and ask me for it, I will almost surely grant it to you! Finally, this guide may NEVER be published in CheatCC. 0~. Version History ----------------------------------------------------------- 1~. Introduction and important tips 2~. Walkthrough 2.1~. Chapter 1 2.2~. Chapter 2 2.3~. Chapter 3 2.4~. Chapter 4 2.5~. Chapter 5 2.6~. Chapter 6 2.7~. Chapter 7 2.8~. Chapter 8 2.9~. Chapter 9 2.10~. Chapter 10 3~. Controls, Menus, System, etc. 4~. Recruiting Other Players 5~. Wireless, Wi-fi, etc. ----------------------------------------------------------- FAQ. Frequently Asked Questions B_END. Special Thanks END. Contacts 0~. Version History -> version 0.91 <- - Made some minor corrections. -> version 0.9 <- - Completed the walkthrough; -- Added all the other sections. 1~. Introduction and important tips Although this game is based in soccer (by the way, across the whole guide I'll be using this name instead of "football", to avoid cultural conflicts with players from all around the world), it is also part RPG. Your characters can equip items, they have stats, there's a storyline, and many other features are shared between this game and common RPGs. RPG fans probably already understand the basics, and all that, but I strongly suggest you start by reading the following hints, as they will certainly end up being very useful during your adventure. Here we go: - Like in most RPGs, your current level is quite important, allowing you to easily increase your stats, and even have an easier time with the matches that you will face later on. In case you really can't seem to defeat a particular match, ALWAYS consider gaining a couple more levels before trying again. - Apart from levels, your equipment is also important. Every time you reach a new area, check it for stores. They aren't that usual, but if there's one, always try to get the best equipment it sells. Also, most stores sell items that restore your CP and TP, you may also want to get some of those, since you can even use them during actual matches, by pressing 'R' while in the Menu screen (the red option thatappears during matches), but only one each time the game is stopped. - While exploring the many areas available in this game, you're bound to find several blue treasure chests. Unlike what happens in other RPGs, their position is slightly random, changing each time you start a new chapter, meaning that you may visit one area 10 times across the game and always find unopened chests in there. For that reason, be sure to explore every area of the game as often as possible - those items are always free, you know? - After a certain in-game event, random battles will start occuring. Their goals are very simple - either scoring goals, preventing opponents from scoring, retaining the ball or taking it away from the opponents - but you only have 15 seconds to achieve that specific goal. Be very careful with that, since losing random battles takes away some of your money and friendship points. - Eventually, up to three girls will join the house you started the game in. The first one (counting from the left) allows you to have rematches against the most important teams you've defeated, which is great for gaining some extra experience. The second one allows you to search for new players, and unlock new ones, by spending friendship points. As for the third one, she allows you to recruit players from the teams you have already defeated. Use them as much as you want! - There's nothing in the game telling you to grab as many players as possible, but you may want to do so. Your initial players are quite good, but the other ones also have specific abilities, which you may like to have later in the game. Bearing that in mind, I strongly suggest you try to recruit as many players as possible - you never know what may be hiding behind a smiling face. - While walking around the world, you'll find some blue crystals in the field. Interact with those and, for a cost, they'll fully heal all your characters. Obviously, you should try to do as often as your players need to be healed. - Apart from crystals, there are also large bolts placed around the world. Each of those allows you to train your characters. For a small cost, you will be able to slightly increase one of your character's stats - the increased stat depends on the location you train them. - Across the game, and either by level or after some storyline event, your characters will obtain up to four special moves. However, they also have some extra slots, where you may equip the techniques that you deem more fitting. Don't be scared to use those, since they are very useful. - Like in many other games of this genre, this title contains natures, which makes it easier (or harder) for a player to defeat another. It goes like this: Red -> Green -> Blue -> Brown -> Red -> ... , meaning that a character with a Red nature would have an easier time defeating one of a Green nature, but would be easily defeated by one of Brown nature. Oh, and yes, natures actually have names, but it is easier to explain it like this. - Whenever you're playing a match, you'll instantly notice that, more often than not, enemies also have to spend TP to use their techniques. There are some exceptions to the rule, but you may use the stated fact to your advantage, intentionally draining the opponent's TP in order to stop them from using special techniques. This is particularly useful when it comes to scoring goals to tougher goalkeepers, or stopping more strikers from using their special shots. - Unlike what happens in the real game, there is no limit of substitutions in here. So, apart from the 11 players that play during matches, you may also keep five in the bench, and put them on the field whenever you want to do so. Obviously, you should use this to your advantage, by replacing players who ran out of TP with fresh ones. Having all these tips and informations in mind, you can now continue reading the rest of the guide. 2~. Walkthrough The next sections contain a step-by-step guide across this game's main storyline. Sure, the game isn't that hard to go across, but this makes it easier for random players to figure out what they have to do next. 2.1~. Chapter 1 After the initial cutscenes, head to the right exit of this main area, following the purple arrow. In the next area, head to the middle of the soccer field and your first "match" (well, if we may give it such name...) will take place. Here, your only target is taking the ball away from your opponents. That's really easy to do, simply grab your stylus and draw lines from your own players in the direction of the opponent who holds the ball. It may take you a while to master, if you're not very skilled with your console, but keep on trying and, eventually, you'll manage to do it. Continue playing, past the cutscene and all that. When you're able to move your character once again, head back to the house where you started the game and your adventure will continue. Enter the house (you just have to face the door, a "!" will appear over your character's head, and then press 'A') and talk to the character in the upper part of the room, an action which leads you to another cutscene. Talk to the guy placed to the left of all the cars. Once you've done that, go back to the place with the soccer field. Another cutscene, and exit this area by taking the lower exit, as clearly understandable by the fortunately-placed purple arrow. You'll first reach a world map, where you will be able to pick between two different locations. Since the one in the middle of the map is the place where you're currently at, simply click the area on the lower right corner, which looks like a garden. Yet another cutscene... when it is over, go to the area near the tower, which will be signed with a yellow banner. Climb the tower by using the brown ladder (once more, you just have to approach it, a "!" will appear over your character's head, and then press 'A'). After another scene, go back down and head to the exit, which leads to another cutscene, where your character is hit and, fortunately, saved. Eventually, you'll get back home and a bunch of new scenes will take place. When you're finally allowed to move your character, head to the stairs and take the route down. Exit the main building, by taking the lower exit, and head to the left side, which leads to a short scene. Continue to the left, past the area with the first house and to the upper exit. Talk to the character in the middle of the track-and-field field (weird sentence, hum?). Head back to the previous area, the one with the house, and talk to the character on the left - pick the first option, and he will join your party. Two characters left, right? Well, next, head back to the school's second floor, grab the item placed on the left and talk to the character on the upper left, who will join your team if you pick the very first option. Finally, head back outside, to the area with the soccer field, and talk to the character placed near the yellow flag. Pick the first option and he will also join your party. Move back to the first house, the one where you started the game in, and a short scene will take place. When you're ready to proceed, talk to girl and a short match will occur. This one isn't that hard, you just need to take the ball from your opponents, as before, have your goalkeeper try to catch all the shots (yep, he is that good) and the match will, eventually, end. After the scene, talk to the girl yet again, and a bunch of new scenes will occur, some of which are pretty weird. Once it all ended, talk to the guy in the lower right corner, and you'll see a moving closet. Interact with it and you'll have to play yet another "match". Here, the goal is simply scoring a goal, I mean... you just have to shoot the ball so that it hits the closet placed behind the upper character. Doing so will instantly end this match, and you should then go back to the area outside school. The girl from before will prompt you for a selection, pick the upper option and you'll be able to proceed. Another match, hum? Unfortunately, I doubt it is possible for you to win this match. The other team is just too strong, their characters are filled with special moves, while your own team probably has none. Quite a problem, hum? Well, just keep on playing, try not to suffer any goals, and the match is bound to "end", sooner or later, which will seriously depress some of your players, and take you a bunch of scenes, which will seemingly never end. Then, a new player joins your team, and although you'll be losing by 20-0, what you have to do is very simple - when an enemy shoots the ball in the direction of your goals, use the newly-acquired defensive power (press the sparkling circle) and you'll see a small movie, where the ball will be passed to the new character. Then, using him, simply shoot to the goal (tap that area of the field), use that character's special shoot and you will easily score. 20-1, great, hum?! Now, you get to name your team, and give it a unique symbol. Once you've done that, this chapter will end. 2.2~. Chapter 2 Grab the item in the upper left corner of the third classroom (counting from the left, by the way), head downstairs and you'll see a bunch of people on the right, looking at a board. Interact with that board (look at it and press 'A') and a scene will take place. You can buy items, or new equipment, in the store on the left, if you want. When you are ready to proceed, go to the third floor and take the path to the left. Go all the way back to the yard (from now on, you may have to fight random battles, and I strongly suggest you get those, in order to increase your team's strenght), and visit the house where you started the game. Another new function is unlocked, as you may have easily understood. When you're ready to proceed, go to the school's yard, the place with the soccer field, and take the lower exit. On the world map, go to the location on the lower left corner. In this new area, take the exit on the right and follow until you reach a new soccer field. Go to the place with the yellow flag and talk to the girl placed there. Finally, you'll play your first REAL match! Sure, your current players are not the best ones in the world, but the other team isn't that strong, either. Focus on defending with all your players (use your goalkeeper's special defense if you have to) and, when it comes to striking, there's something you gotta try, and which gives you a really easy way of scoring - approach the opponent's goal area from one of the sides and either directly shoot to the opposite side, near the posts (you can do that by pressing the shoot option on the left), or perform a lob shot (shoot option on the right, by the way), which sometimes leads to easier goals. In fact, this match is only hard if you have yet to master the gameplay system, something which shouldn't be a problem by now if you have been fighting a few random battles. After the match is over (and, hopefully, you won it), you'll see a lot of scenes, after which you should get back to this new soccer field and talk to the girl from before. When you're finally at school, step outside and go back to the usual house. SAVE YOUR GAME (yep, that's a very good idea, right now), talk to the girl on the left and pick the first option, which leads to another match. Now, unless you follow my lead, this match may appear terribly hard. Back in the day I was writing guides for Captain Tsubasa games, I had an interesting saying - "You tie, you die" - and that's exactly what happens here, with a twist. In this particular match, your opponent receives a free goal, as part of the storyline. Well, since you actually need to win at the end, you'd better score your first goal as quickly as possible! As soon as the match begins, play as you'd normally do, and when it comes to striking, pass the ball to your No. 10 and use his special shot, which will give you an easy goal. Soon afterwards, your opponents will use a special technique (no, it's not avoidable, I tried it), paralyzing your players and getting a free goal to their team. Hopefully, you'll be at 1-1 by then. Next, attack with everything you've got, and pass the ball to your No. 11, before striking with his (new) special shot - the opponent goalkeeper will now easily defend your shot, but don't worry about it. Instead, continue playing and, when possible, pass the ball to your current No. 11, yet again, and aim at the opponent's goal area - if you've done everything as I told you, your two forwards will now perform a special shot together, and they'll score yet another goal, putting you to 2-1. From there, keep on playing, but don't forget that all the mentioned steps should be performed as quickly as possible, or else you'll lose when the time reaches around 31:00. Once you (finally) manage to defeat this team, this second chapter ends. 2.3~. Chapter 3 Start by going back to the same house where you started the game, an action which leads to a cutscene. Now, you'll be joining a tournament, and that's as fun as you may be thinking. So, head back to the school's main building and talk to one of the women in the library, the leftmost room of the very first floor, to be given a very simple mission - collect the four sparkling items placed in the library's floor (they're all nearby, it's not hard at all!), and the mission will end. Talk to the other girl nearby, the one with the glasses, and take the upper right exit, now marked with an extremely obvious purple arrow. On the new area, take the exit on the right and enter the leftmost building. Talk to the character on the upper left, who will give you a new mission. Go to the upper section of the area with the swimming pool and you'll spot a new event, before heading south of the school's yard (the place with the soccer field). In the world map, go to the location placed in the lower left corner. There, go to the place with the soccer field and talk to the girl from before, in order to have another match. This one's pretty easy, but your opponents have several good defensive maneuvers, and you should be careful with those, since they may stop you from developing more advanced attack strategies. Their goalkeeper isn't that good, you can score without much effort by using your special shots. Go back to school and visit the area where the house, the one where you started the game in, is placed. After all the scenes are over, go to the lower left corner to see yet another scene, before taking the exit on the left. You'll face an easy not-so-random battle, after which you'll be taken to another new area. Visit the upper floor and enter the room on the right. Back to the school yard, go to the world map and visit, once again, the lower left corner. In that usual area, and after the cutscene, go to the local soccer field and you'll see some of your characters practising a new shot. Ignore it for now. Eventually, you'll be taken back to the main area - take the exit on the right and go to the world map. A new location will be available, north of your current one - go there, and take the train by entering the upper door. Grab the two items placed nearby and exit by the upper road, which takes you to a new match, BUT not before saving your game, since this will be a tough match. Although the opponent team also has some players with good defensive techniques, their offensive power is much bigger. In fact, their main attackers all have the same special shot, which is quite dangerous and hard for your goalkeeper to punch away (meh, remembered Wakabayashi for a moment, there...). So, each time one of those main strikes shoots at your goals, be sure to use some sort of special catch, you have (at least) one by now. In terms of striking, your No. 10's new special shot (it costs 45 TP) works just fine, but your other special shots are also a great help, since the opponent's goalkeeper also has a special catch. If you just can't win to this team, I suggest you go back to the previous area, more specifically the school yard, or even the usual house, and fight some more matches in order to increase the levels of your team. Even at level 16, my characters had some trouble defeating their opponents, and I strongly suggest that you take your characters with even higher levels to this particular match. Also, once you've defeated this team, the current chapter will end. 2.4~. Chapter 4 When you're ready to proceed, visit the house from the before, the very same place you've visited a thousand times by now, and then go back to school yard, where you have the soccer field. From there, head right, take the lower right path to reach a new place and talk to the character marked with a yellow flag. You'll have to face an easy battle, score a goal to proceed. Go back to the soccer field placed nearby and take the exit on the left, to reach a new building. Inside, go to the lower section of the room and talk to the person placed near the blackboard, before exiting back to the world map. This time, head to yet another new location, placed to the right of the school. Enter the store marked with a yellow flag and talk to the person at the counter. Head back to the school's front yard, and talk to the girl on the right, next to the statue. Predictably, the statue hides a secret entrance (yep, this was only made in a zillion games by now), which you will have to take. Talk to the man at the counter, pick one of the options (they merely change the kind of bonus your characters will receive after completing the dungeon) and you'll enter the door at the top. Next, there is a maze. I would gladly guide you through it, but its layout is randomly generated, and so there's not much I can help you with. Look at the upper screen and you'll see a room with (up to) four different exits. You're required to defeat the man (or grab the chest) in the middle of the room to open those doors. However, be aware that a single defeat (or running away from a battle) will make you lose, i.e. you'll have to start over the entire maze, now with a different layout. Keep on exploring every room and, eventually, you will reach an area with a real soccer field. When that happens, talk to the man in the middle of the room and you'll have to face a real match. The team you have to fight here isn't that strong. In fact, it is very likely that you recognise it from somewhere else, since this team is just too familiar. Ignore that fact, and focus your efforts in defeating their players - not that hard, hum?! Once you've done that, your entire team will receive a statistical bonus, depending on the choice you made before entering the dungeon. Now, you can train as much as you want, and when you feel ready to proceed, step outside this cavern, which leads to a longer storyline sequence. After you see your characters back at the classroom, go back to the usual house and talk to everyone. Exit to the world map and visit the area at the top, the one where you first got into the train. Once again, SAVE YOUR GAME, take the train and you will instantly face a new match. Their No.9 seems to have a powerful shot, against which you should obviously use your goalkeeper's special catch. However, this team's strongest point lies in another factor - unlike your players, the ones of the opposite team don't spend any TP when they do special moves. For some silly (or perhaps fortunate?) reason, they don't actually use those all the time, but such feature makes them really powerful players, and you'd better take the ball away from them as quickly as possible, possibly by using your own special moves. Reserve both of your strikers (No. 10 and No. 11) to all your attack needs, and use their best special shots whenever you get the chance to do so, since they may be able to break the opponent goalkeeper's powerful special catch. Overall, they aren't that strong, but it lies on the fact that you shouldn't let them develop their game, or else you may find yourself in trouble. Once again, beating this battle takes you back to school, and it also ends the current chapter. 2.5~. Chapter 5 Go back to the school yard and enter the usual house. After the cutscenes, go to the world map and enter the location placed to the right of the school. Visit the store from before (it will still be marked with a yellow flag), and then head up on the intersection between the two blocks of stores, in a small street going up. When it becomes possible, take the upper right exit and proceed by that road until you see a new soccer field. Talk to the woman in front of it and you'll have to play a match. Yet again, this will be an easy match. Despite having a special catch, the opponent's goalkeeper isn't that strong, and the same goes for the rest of the team. However, be very careful with their captain, since that particular character has a very strong shot, which your special catch may not even be able to stop. Apart from that woman, the rest of the team isn't that good, and I bet you won't have much trouble defeating them. Once the match is over, probably with your team winning, go back to this area's main street and go to the store you've previously visited. After a short scene, you'll be taken back to the... well, even if you're not playing this game, and simply reading across these lines, I'm sure you'll know where the player is being taken to, right? Well, your characters are just taken to the house, the same house you've visited a million times by now. I'm almost hoping that it gets demolished, later in the game. After such a scene, go outside and enter the building on the right. Another day, another scene. Once it's over, go to the world map, enter the area placed north of school, save your game and... well... Unfortunately, most of your main players are currently sick, meaning that no matter what you do, none of their stats will rise above 1, no matter what level they're at (easter egg: I first thought this was an in-game glitch, silly me). Well, you can always take them all to the next match, but do you really think that would be a good idea? I mean, they're basically dead weight - they can barely intercept balls, dribble, pass or even shoot - and, at such condition, they'd better sit on the bench, don't you agree? Let's hope so... so, what the solution? Well, unless you're paying absolutely no attention to the game, by now you should have noticed that you can recruit other characters to your team, most of which are seen during your RPG sequences across the map. The actual procedure is detailed in another section of this guide, and... well, that's exactly what you should do right now, explore the map, trying to find as many characters as possible, and all that. Try to get at least two defenders (DF) and one middle-fielder (MF), but the more you can get, the better. Also, try to have both your goalkeeper and your main striker (No. 10, the blonde guy) above level 22, so they can score/defend easily. When you're ready to proceed, board the train. As before, you will be instantly taken to a new match. When it comes to the actual match, its difficulty heavily depends on whether you decided to follow my suggestions, mentioned in the previous paragraph, or not. If you did, your team should now be composed by several strong players, allowing you to have an easier time here. Otherwise, the other team will probably kick your ass hard, and you'll be defeated in a plain and simple way. So, with your recently-acquired characters, defend as hard as possible, and try to score your own goals by quickly countering the attacks of your opponents - pass the ball to your best striker and perform a special shot near the penalty area, for simple goals. Their goalkeeper isn't that strong - in fact, when I faced this particular match, he didn't even managed to stop ANY of my attacks. Be aware that the opponents have strong defensive maneuvers, but if focus your attention in defensive actions AND you've followed my former suggestions, I doubt you will be put into much trouble. When you finally manage to win this match, you will be taken back to the house from before. Head to the world map and visit the new area, now available west of the school. There, go up and enter the house marked with the yellow flag. Once the cutscene is over, get back to the world map and, this time, go to the area east of school. Enter the place marked with the yellow flag, advance to its inner area (go to the stage, placed inside that particular house, and interact with its "wall") and you will have to face a small battle, after which you should get back to... the house, yes, the same house that is placed near school, and be sure to talk to the girl outside, which (unexpectedly ) ends this chapter. 2.6~. Chapter 6 Go to the area near the "usual" house, but don't enter it (yet). Instead, head slightly up of the parking lot, and a cutscene will take place. Now, enter the house, and later get back to the same place, near the parking lot. Talk to the man and try heading to the world map, which triggers another scene. Go back to the house and talk to the girl on the left. Go to school's third floor and talk to the main man on the left room. Step back outside and make your way back to the world map, to the location east of school. There, go all the way right and enter a new area. Enter the store marked with a yellow flag, Before proceeding, fully explore this new area, since it usually contains plenty of items hidden in blue treasure chests. When you're ready to proceed, make your way back to the world map and visit the area placed southwest of school. Make your way to the soccer field, which triggers a new cutscene. Talk to the man placed in the middle of the soccer field, head to the world map and visit the location in the southeast of the map, the one with the tower. You'll face an easy battle, simply score a goal to proceed. After all the scenes are over, go back to school and talk to the character now placed in the middle of the soccer field. Pick the first option to continue. Get back to the world map, and this time go to the area placed north of school, the one where the train is available. Heal on the usual spot (that crystal near the entrance to the station) and SAVE YOUR GAME. Next, take the train, and you'll finally play the tournament's finals, but not before a short cutscene... you wish, didn't you?! On the new area, simply go all the way up, until you see a longer cutscene, after which your match (finally) begins. This team is really strong, and I strongly advise you against trying to take them lightly. Their No. 10, the kid with the goggles, is really good, but the solution for this particular match is easier than it sounds. Instead of focusing all your efforts in attacking, adopt a 4-4-2 strategy and defend with everything you've got. Then, when one of your players has the ball, quickly pass it to one of your forwards (obviously, you should use the best ones you have - the blonde guy, and the one that can perform a combined shot with him) and use their best shot, if possible from inside the penalty area. Use those two players only to shoot at the opponent's goals, and the rest of the team should focus on trying to take the ball away from the opponents as quickly as possible, constantly using defensive (special) maneuvers to achieve such goal. Provided you don't let them just pass the ball around and do whatever they want, beating them won't be that hard. If they ever manage to shoot the ball at your goals, use your goalkeeper's special catch (his best one, if you have more than one) and hope for the best. Finally, I suggest you only face this team when your own players are, at least, at level 26, but the higher their level, the better. Once you've defeated this team, a slightly longer cutscene will take place, but the game won't be over yet. Instead, only this chapter will end , as it usually happens after such major match. 2.7~. Chapter 7 Go to the school yard and visit the usual house, as you've probably done a million times by now. Another day, another tournament, hum? Well, go to the front of the school yard, talk to the man in the middle of the soccer field, before heading to the world map. A new location is available in the upper right corner of the map, but ignore it for now; instead, go to the one in the lower left, and take the exit to the right. After the scene, go back to the world map, and there will be a few things you gotta go: - Start by going to the lower right location. Head to the tower, where a strange cutscene will take place; - Next, visit the upper location, the one with the train. Another scene takes place; - Head to the location east of school. Go all to the right, until you reach the next area, and a scene should take place. Go right, to the store the man just entered, and you can finally proceed as you'd normally do. Go back to the world map and enter the lower left location. Near the soccer field, you'll see a man marked with a yellow flag - talk to him, go back to the world map and visit the location west (i.e. to the left) of your school. Go all the way up, to the house you've visited before (it'll be marked with the usual yellow flag), and yet another scene will take place. Yet again, go back to the world map and visit the location placed to the right of school. There, go all to the right and enter the store you have visited just a few minutes ago. Talk to the man in the upper side of that store, buy some new equipment if you want (this store seems to sell quite a few good pieces) and then step outside. Take the lower exit to this area and enter the warehouse on the right (it'll be clearly marked with a big purple arrow), where you'll find a soccer field. After a short scene, your goalkeeper will get a new special catch, and you will have a tough battle. Sure, you "just" have to score a goal in around 15 seconds, but their goalkeeper has an amazing special catch, and you may want to use your best special shot to overcome it. Just don't take your characters to this battle unprepared, or you'll be put into serious trouble. Shortly after, you'll see that your school's soccer field has been improved, but nevermind about that. Go back to the world map and enter the location right of the school, continue all to the right and downwards, to the soccer field you've discovered just a few minutes ago. SAVE YOUR GAME before entering it, since you will be playing another important match inside. Their star player (literally?!) is their goalkeeper, which makes it very easy for you to understand that it will be hard for you to score any goals at all. Fortunately, his best special catch costs quite a few TP, making it impossible for him to use it that often. Strike with as many special shots as possible, so that he uses up all his TP, and then you'll have an easier time scoring goals. However, be aware that you shouldn't be using your best special shots; instead, use ANY special shots, it doesn't need to be your best ones, any kind of special shots will work for the task you are trying to achieve. Apart from the goalkeeper, the rest of the team also has a few interesting defensive specials, and instead of just dribbling past the opponents, you'd better pass the ball as often as possible, in order to spare TP for your own defensive actions. If you have your characters around level 30, your goalkeeper's old special catch may be enough for you to handle most of the opponent's shots; reserve the new one for the combined shot that you've seen them using just a few minutes ago, the last time you were in this area. After the match is over, talk to the man nearby and pick the very first option. You'll be taken back to the usual house. Now, go to the world map and move to the area placed north of the school, then one where you usually take the train. SAVE YOUR GAME yet again, heal all your important characters and take the train to face another important match. In general, I believe this will be your toughest battle so far, mostly because your opponents are at a high level and they have plenty of defensive maneuvers, making it very hard for your own characters to take the ball away from them. Besides, their goalkeeper is as strong as in the short battle you had before, making it harder for your characters to score any goals. You won't have many chances to shoot, so you'd better keep your two forwards fully healed and use them only for shooting at the goals, always using their best shots, in hopes that those will pass across the enemy's special catch. When it comes to defending, you should constantly use your character's special defensive maneuvers, hoping that they are enough to take the ball away from your current opponents - be sure to notice that when your opponents beat your characters in a duel, your own TP aren't spend, and bearing that in mind, there's no reason why you shouldn't constantly try to take the ball away from your opponents. Also, be specially careful with the shots that come from their No. 11 and No. 9, (both their strikers), since they may actually score, and constantly use the first special catch (you don't need the 60 TP one right now...) to defend the shots from those characters. As for the rest of their team, you are free to catch (or just punch away, depending on your current level) their shots. After the match is over, you'll see a rather predictable storyline sequence, one where a previously-very-powerful team is now defeated by a 10-0 score. Strangely, when you get there that team won't seem that good, but we'd better ignore such plot hole. Besides, this is also the sequence that ends this chapter - quite a good one, hum? 2.8~. Chapter 8 Finally, you get to see the kids in the classroom! I was starting to wonder if they just played soccer, all day long. When you finally get to control your characters, go to the usual house in the school yard. Proceed by going to the front yard, where a new scene will occur, and then to the school's third floor. There, visit the room on the right. Once the scene is over, go to the world map and select the lower right location, the one with the tower. When you get there, move to the bottom of the actual tower and a scene will occur, after which you should get back to the actual school building, and visit the room from before, in the third floor. This time, go all the way outside and follow the man all to the right, which is really easy to do. Now, if you're wondering about the kid with the goggles, he won't be there by the time the conversation ends; instead of wondering about it, simply go back to the usual house and you'll get to see a long storyline sequence. Next, head to the world map and visit the area placed east of school; there, proceed, all to the right, and enter the warehouse, the one which has a soccer field inside. After the scene, go to the world map and visit the area left of school, where you should enter the house at the top, the one you already visited in the past. After the cutscene, go back to the house in the school yard and you'll finally open the door on the left, not that it holds anything big. However, a new (and awesome) character joins your team. When you're ready to proceed, visit the local soccer field. After the scene inside the house, step outside and take the lower left exit, the one near the parking lot, to reach the hospital. Go up, head to the second floor and, soon, you'll see your characters practising a powerful, and perhaps extremely costly, move. Talk to the guy on the right, the one placed just in front of the goals, and you'll be taken back to the infamous house. Head to the world map, advance to the area north of school (the one with the train), SAVE YOUR GAME, and you can now take the train to face another important match. Strangely, this match is extremely easy. Apart from their No. 11, who has some strong shots (against which you should, as usual, use your goalkeeper's special catch), the rest of the team won't pose you any trouble, offensively; instead, they have tons of defensive special moves, which makes it harder for you to actually reach their goals. Also, there is a "small" problem about this time - no matter how many times you shoot at their goals, no matter what special shot you use, the goalkeeper will ALWAYS defend it. Thinking about going for a 0-0 and winning in the penalty kicks? That won't work, either, since he is also able to defend everything you throw at him in there. So, how can you score and, possibly, win this match? Keep on reading, and I'll help you with that, too. First of all, you should try to have most of your team at level 32, but the more levels they have, the better. As soon as the match begins, focus all your efforts in getting the ball to your best striker, the blonde kid, and use one of his special shots - you will see that the opponent goalkeeper will easily defend it. No matter how many times you strike, he will always do that same defense. Now, try to pass the ball to the kid who is wearing some goggles, and shoot at the opponent's goals with him - a new special shot will become available, use it and you'll score a very easy goal. From there on, simply defend with everything you've got, and you will certainly win, unless you're the worst player in the world and you are losing by 3-0 by the time you score this first goal. Anyway, after winning that match, this chapter will also end, after a very short scene. 2.9~. Chapter 9 After the initial cutscene, go to the front yard. Soon after, your main character will be entirely alone, and you won't even face any random battles. Go back to school's front yard and enter the area on the lower right, the one which was originally covered with a statue. After yet another short scene, go to the world map, head to the lower right location and climb the tower. Shortly after, go back down, and head all the way back to the house, the one placed next to school. After the conversation, and still by yourself, go all around the school area, until you reach the place with a swimming pool. There, visit the lower left building, go to the second floor and talk to the player by the table. When you're able to, go back outside, re-enter the school and head to the library, where you should talk to yet another familiar character. When the conversation is over, go to the world map, enter the lower left area and move in the direction of the soccer field. Proceed by returning to the world map and going back to school, where your main character will obtain his third (and normally, last...) special catch. Once such a scene has occured, and when you finally get to move your character around, go back to the house nearby, yes, the one you've visited countless times by now. Inside, talk to the girl on the left and pick the very first option. Now, you can already go to the world map, move to the area north of school and take the train to face the next important match, but I strongly advise you against it - instead, go get some more levels in your characters, grab some new people, anything you want, since those things will certainly prove useful in the future. I suggest you have most of your team at over level 38, and I can't stress this enough - just like in any other RPG, experience (and characters' levels) play a major role in the battlefield, and you may want to gain as much as possible. When you're finally ready to proceed SAVE YOUR GAME, take the train (as always) and you'll face another match. Remember the three, similar-looking, characters that you've seen several times during this same chapter? Well, they're this team's forwards, and they're really good at it. Also, this team's goalkeeper has a strong special catch, which may cause you some problems, in case you're not prepared for it. First things first, you should be very careful with their three forwards (and more specifically with their No. 9, his combined special shot is extremely powerful), since all their shots are very dangerous. You can use your goalkeeper's second special catch (the first one is too weak for these guys) for the other two players, but always use the third special catch against No. 9, since his special shot, the one he performs with his two comrades, is almost certain to score you a goal. If your current goalkeeper just doesn't have enough TP to properly defend your goals, I suggest you go back to school, enter the area that was previously covered with a statue and improve that aspect of your characters, i.e. the number of TP they have. As soon as the match begins, the opponents will use their best special shot. This first one is defended for free, but the next ones won't, and that's why I recommend that you focus all your attention in an extremely offensive strategy. If you have at least two good forwards, try to score as many goals as possible, so that you can stay in charge of the game, and by doing so you should also try to prevent the opponents from ever getting the ball, which will obviously make it harder for them to score. Here, and if you have been following my suggestions, all lies on your own skills. If you just can't win, go back to the famous house and placed in the school yard, talk to the woman on the left and use some of the past teams to practice a bit more. Eventually, you'll manage to beat this match. A longer cutscene will appear, and this chapter will eventually end. 2.9~. Chapter 10 Step outside of your beloved house, take the lower left exit to reach the hospital and enter it. Go to the room in the second floor, before getting all the way back to the world map, but not before seeing quite a few cutscenes. Outside, go to the lower right location, climb the tower and talk to the man placed nearby. Back at school, leave the main building, head to the usual house and talk to the girl standing near the door. Pick the first option. When you're ready to proceed (and I suggest you have your characters at level 43, or higher), go to the world map and head to the area north of school, the place with the train. SAVE YOUR GAME (saying so is never too much...), heal all your characters and take the train to reach a new area. There, start by going all the way up, to reach the actual field, where you'll see the classical introduction video, where enemies try to impress your team in a fashionable way. After such scene, go all the way up and enter the new location by the door. Proceed by the path on the left, talk to the man and pick the very first option, for a very inspiring sequence. Now playing as the girls, step outside, go up the corridor and interact with the other door placed on the left side. Next, take the corridor on the right, to trigger another cutscene. Head back to the initial part of the corridor and enter the room on the right. When you're allowed to move, take the exit on the right and proceed by the only available path. Very soon, the actual match begins. Back in the day of "Captain Tsubasa" games, which were also soccer RPGs, people used to complain that the console always cheated, having infinite energy. Well, you'll face that same problem in the first half of this match, and there's no way to counter it. So, I suggest you change your formation to one that better fits this situation (the usual 4-4-2 surely isn't the best one), and focus all your attention in defending, or taking the ball away from your opponents. Try to suffer, at most, a single goal, or you will be put into serious trouble in the second half. Don't get me wrong, it may be possible to develop a serious offensive strategy in this first half, but it is also very easy for your opponent to turn the tables around, since they have limitless TP. Instead, the best strategy is possibly trying to hold your players, and their best techniques, for the second half, where you have more chances of winning this match. By the way, your goalkeeper should constantly use his second special catch to defend your goals from the strong specials that some foes may throw at him. At half time, you'll get to play as the girls again. Go back to the left corridor and enter the second room on the left, which will trigger a small cutscene. Now, on the second half, your opponents will finally need TP to perform their special techniques, making the game slightly easier for your own characters. I suggest you start by putting the kid who is wearing the googles as a forward, and always use his best special shot (the one that costs 60 TP) to shoot at the goals, since doing so almost always leads to a sure goal. The other forward (take whoever you like, but ensure that you are using your best one) should serve as backup; his special shots may score, but it all depends on whether the other goalkeeper uses his special catch or not. The rest of the team should constantly use their best special techniques, either to keep the ball or to take it away from your opponents. Just don't let them circle the ball around, since they may still cause you some trouble, even with limited TP. If they are taking the ball away from your characters without much effort, that means that you should go back to your school and get some more levels in your characters - once more, this is an advice that you should consider, if you just can't win this match. When you finally manage to win this match (and it may take you quite a while), you'll get to see a short video sequence, followed by the usual credits' sequence. Wait until that sequence is over (no, apparently there is no way to skip it) and you'll then be able to save your game, which allows you to continue playing, but now with some minor bonus being acessible. Congratulations, you just completed "Inazuma Eleven"'s story mode! 3~. Controls, Menus, System, etc. As you pass across new sections of the game, you'll see that new features become available, and they're always explained with easy to understand text and graphics. If you're having trouble with any of this game's features, such as controls, press 'X' (or tap the backpack, usually seen in the upper right corner of the lower screen), and choose the fifth option. The first two tabs contain several sections, related to all the features this game has to offer, all of which are very useful when it comes to trying to understand those same features. 4~. Recruiting Other Players In general, there are three different ways to recruit players, who may join your team if you want them to. The first, and most basic one, relies on simply walking around the map and talking to people. Believe it or not, some players may instantly join your team if you do that, an action which requires barely any effort. The second method takes you to the character's house, the one you visit so often during the story mode. Talk to the girl in the middle, the one who is wearing glasses in her forehead, and pick either the first option (allows you to search for players that meet certain requirements), the second one (searches for players by name) or the third one, which takes you to a tree. There, you need to pay a certain amount of friendship points to unlock each node (the ones with locks open after you've met certain conditions, such as reaching a certain experience level, or befriending a particular character), and you can then pay some more points to reveal the location of that particular character, whom you will have to talk to in order to accomplish the actual recruitment. Also, be sure to notice that the first two options lead you to a similar procedure, with you having to pay some friendship points and looking for the actual characters in order to recruit them for use in your team. Now, having their location is not particularly useful if you can't read the language, but since the world map isn't that big, you can simply go to every area of the game (hint: they only appear in the main areas, NEVER inside buildings, as far as I've noticed) and look for that particular character, it's way easier than it sounds. Also, be aware that characters acquired via this method aren't that impressive at first sight, but they will improve over time, and after gaining some more experience. The third, and final, recruitment method takes you to the character's house, the one you visit so often during the story mode. Talk to the girl on the right, the one with the pink/purple dress, and you'll be able to choose one of the important teams you've already defeated (be aware that others will appear there, but only after you've completed the game once), from which you'll be able to recruit players. After making your selection, a guy will show up at the door and you are then free to continue your adventure. Eventually, you'll receive a phone call from this same girl, who will tell you to come back to her location. Do it, and you'll be able to select one recruitable character, out of five (randomly selected) from the team you previously picked, for which you'll have to pay a certain number of friendship points. If the player you want to recruit isn't there, just pick the second-to-last option, followed by the first one, and wait for yet another next phone call - next time, the players you'll get may be slightly different, and hopefully the one you want to recruit will be there (star players are obviously rarer). Next, that player's location will be revealed, you just need to go there and get him/her. Now, be sure to realise these players are certainly stronger than the ones made available via the other methods, but they also take slightly longer to unlock. Now, this is the part of the guide where you were probably hoping to find a list of all players, along with information on how to unlock them, right? Well, you won't find it here, for a simple reason - this game features around 1000 different players, available via the three methods stated above, which makes it very hard to gather them all and compile such a list. This isn't Pokemon, new players don't have a magical number attached to them, making it even harder to track (and list) them all. In fact, there's no way to store all those players at the same time, unlike what happens in Pokemon (and similar) games. You're very likely to gather a particular team and stick to it for the rest of the game, instead of going around and track everyone down. There's no real need for such a list, and truth be told... I hate writing that sort of thing, boring lists with limitless items. 5~. Wireless, Wi-fi, etc. Once you've completed certain storyline-related events, you'll be able to pick a third option in the main menu. After selecting your save slot, you will be given four different options: Battle Trade Download Wi-Fi Configuration Their usage is rather obvious, but what really matters is that you can fight (and perform trades with) other people who have this game, but only via local wireless, i.e. the other players need to be next to you. As for the "Download" option, which isn't exactly obvious, it allows you to obtain information for new players, using either a Wi-fi connection (yes, this is the only mode that uses Wi-fi, by the way) or a local wireless connection. Unfortunately, you're not allowed to play online... FAQ. Frequently Asked Questions Some of the questions you, readers, may have. Q: Why aren't you providing more information on [insert feature here]? A: This is only supposed to be a walkthrough, a guide that helps you completing the whole adventure, not a full FAQ/Walkthrough. So, not all aspects of the game are covered here, only a basic overview is given, so that you can understand how the main features work. Q: How do I recruit [Insert player here]? A: As stated in the proper section of this guide, I haven't got a clue. If you realise that this game features around 1000 different players, you will certainly understand that it is very hard to compile a list with how to unlock all of them. I don't include that in this version of the guide, nor will I include it in future versions. Q: I wanted to do something in the house, but the girl I was supposed to talk to isn't there. What should I do? A: Well, those (up to) three girls join your house after specific storyline events. If they already joined your characters and they aren't there at the time you need them, it's due to some sort of storyline event. There's not much you can do about it, simply continue your adventure and, soon or later, the girl you seek will be back. Q: Why are the stats of some of my characters reduced to 1? A: As part of the storyline, some of your characters become sick, and they temporarily suffer from that problem. Rest assured that everything will be back to normal once you've completed that chapter. Q: Does the Japanese version of this game come with an "English" option? A: No, it doesn't. That's all for now... B_END. Special Thanks I want to thank the following people: - Everyone who made this game; - jetspikefever, for some information I had missed; - BBBomber126, for information on how treasure chests work; - Jhonatan F., for information on how to use items during matches; - Everyone who likes my works, it's for those people that I like to work in this type of project. END. Contacts If you want, you may see my web page, just check it at the HTML address www.geocities.com/Mykas0/ . My e-mail is Mykas0 [at] gmail.com , you can send me some questions you may have or contributions to this guide, but please try not to ask any questions that aren't about this guide. Also, use the following subject or I may NEVER reply. Subject: "IZ11 GUIDE" for posing questions or giving contributions Thanks and until the next version!!!!!!