=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The Legend of Dragoon Weapon FAQ Written by Jake Sexsmith aka grand lethal 364 Copyright 2005, all rights reserved. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Disclaimer: This guide contains a few plot spoilers to the game. Please keep this in mind before you proceed. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Table of Contents =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 1.0) Introduction 2.0) Version History 3.0) Legal Junk The FAQ 4.0) Weapons - Strength/Effects/Location/Price/Reccomendations 5.0) Frequently asked questions The Stuff That Always Comes Last 6.0) Credits 7.0) Contact Information =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 1.0) Introduction =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Hello fellow RPGers, and welcome to this, my third FAQ, created for one of my all time favorite games: The Legend of Dragoon. I wrote this FAQ simply because although many of the general FAQs touch on equipment, none of them provide all the information I'm about to present to you in one compact form. In this document you will find when and where you can get every weapon in the game, their prices, uses, and my personal reccomendations on whether it's a good buy, whether you should equip it when you find it, ect. If you should find a single error in this guide, no matter how incredibly small, please report it to me immediately, you will be given full credit. For information on how to contact me, see the section entitled "Contact Information". Thank you, and enjoy the guide! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- 2.0) Version History =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Version 1.0 Jan/24/05 - The begginning. Expect a bit of "fleshing out" in the near future as questions and complaints come to me. Version 1.05 - Fixed some major formatting errors. Version 1.07 - Added a useful little piece of information on Haschels Thunder Fist. Props to Spencer King for telling me about it. Also added the location of Alberts Halberd. Thanks to Dane Vanhouten. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 3.0) Legal Junk =-=-=-=-=-=-=-= This guide, and all pieces of original work within it, may not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise publicly distributed without my advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other website than www.gamefaqs.com is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. All unoriginal works within this guide, such as statistics, may be freely copied and distributed, as they do not belong to me, and are simply facts that I am displaying. If you would like to have my guide on your website, you must first contact me and ask my permission. For contact information, see the section labeled...wait for it.... "Contact Information"...wow, who woulda saw that coming. =-=-=-=-=-=- 4.0) Weapons =-=-=-=-=-=- Ok, so here's the complete list of weapons in the entire game, organised by their weilders. In the first section is all the factual information: Strength of the weapon (its attack power). Effects (both status and elemental). Location (either the chest location [not exact, just the general location] or the shop location). Price (both original sale price if it is buyable, and resale price). After that I give a brief reccomendation of the weapon so you know if you should buy it or not, equip it immediately, or whatever. *Note* Weapons are listed in order of the fastest you can find them, not strength, but this only affects one weapons placement (Pretty Hammer). ****** *Dart* ****** Broadsword Strength: 2 Effects: <none> Location: Innitially equipped, dropped by "Skeleton" enemy, Hellena Prison (second visit). Price: NA/10 Reccomendation: Well, it's innitially equipped, so I can't really say much, except get rid of it as soon as you get the next weapon. Bastard Sword Strength: 7 Effects: <none> Location: Limestone Cave, Weapon shop in Bale. Price: 60/30 Reccomendation: A good blade, especially since you can find it easily in the Limestone Cave without having to pay for it in Bale. Equip it as soon as you get it. Heat Blade Strength: 18 Effects: Fire Elemental Location: Weapon shop in Kazas, Kashua Glacier. Price: 150/75 Reccomendation: An excellent weapon as it is a big strength boost from the Bastard Sword and also the only fire elemental weapon, which makes it very useful against water-based creatures, such as Lenus, Regole, and almost all the creatures on the Prison Island. I don't reccomend equiping this in Kashua glacier however, the reason being as follows. You can buy the Mind crush in the weapon shop in Kashua glacier which is a superior weapon. Granted, it won't do as much to water-based enemies because the Heat Blades damage gets doubled, but the difference is only 2. What the Mind Crush has over the Heat Blade is that it will be far more effective against other enemies of which there are a few of in Kashua Glacier, and more importantly, it can cause confusion. So bottom line, it's a really good weapon, but don't use it in Kashua Glacier. Falchion Strength: 26 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop in Fueno. Price: 250/125 Reccomendation: This is a good sword, but don't buy it when you first get to Fueno or at least don't equip it yet. The reason being that you still have to traverse Prison Island which is home to tons of water-based creatures and defeat Lenus and Regole who are also both water-based. So if you have the Heat Blade equiped, it's 18 strength will be doubled to 36, as opposed to the Falchions 26. Once you kill Lenus though, you should equip the Falchion immediately. Mind Crush Strength: 34 Effects: Occasionally Confuses enemy Location: Wingly Capital Kadessa, Kashua Glacier weapon shop. Price: 350/175 Reccomendation: You should equip this as soon as you find it in Kadessa, or buy it if you missed it. Read the reccomendation for "Heat Blade" if you want to know why. The damage is good and the chance of confusion just completes the package. Definately a good buy. Fairy Sword Strength: 39 Effects: 50% more SP awarded when attacking with this weapon Location: Weapon shop in Ulara. Price: 400/200 Reccomendation: A pretty decent blade, all things considered. The attack value is pretty nice, but the 50% more SP is kind of unnecessary because by now you will probably have Dart at Dragoon Level 5 and your later additions will be stronger than your dragoon additions anyway. So that doesn't really affect much. What the Mind Crush that you already have has over it is the possibility of Confusion, so decide which is more important; harder hits or possible status effects. It's pretty much fifty-fifty, so choose whichever one best compliments your playing style. Claymore Strength: 44 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop on the Moon That Never Sets Price: 500/250 Reccomendation: A fairly good weapon (but still outpaced by most of the other "ultimate weapons"), this sword will most likely be your final weapon equip. Okay, so it isn't actually the strongest weapon for Dart but it's a lot better than the Soul Eater in my opinion, which I will explain below. For now all you need to know is it's much better than what you most likely have now, so equip it yo! Soul Eater Strength: 75 Effects: Decreases Darts HP by 10% each turn Location: Dropped by boss enemy "Poulter Armor", dropped by enemy "Loner Knight" Price: NA/225 Reccomendation: Well, this is a bit of a dilema. It is, by far (+31 to be precise), much stronger than the Claymore but it takes away 10% of Darts Maximum HP every turn; a heavy handicap. This is easily nullified by equiping the Therapy Ring (restores 10% of maximum HP every turn) but it does use up your accesory slot which you could be using for much better purposes such as the Bandit Ring or (if you're really rich) the Phantom Shield. So you'll have to make a decision on what is more valuable: uber-strong physical attacks or the highly valuable effects of accesories. My personal choice would be to equip the Claymore. *************** *Shana/Miranda* *************** Short Bow Strength: 3 Effects: <none> Location: Innitially equipped Price: NA/10 Reccomendation: Get rid of it ASAP. Sparkle Arrow Strength: 9 Effects: Light Elemental Location: Weapon shop in Bale, Basement of Indels Castle Price: 50/25 Reccomendation: A good weapon. Its attack stat is three times that of the Short Bow and it is a light elemental weapon, which will come in handy for a few battles in the Nest of Dragon, but not much else. It's a pity that the one light elemental weapon in the game couldn't have been stronger, but then none of the elemental weapons are all that strong (except for Haschels Thunder Fist). Long Bow Strength: 18 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop in Kazas Price: 150/75 Reccomendation: No question here, buy it and equip it as soon as you get to Kazas. It has a high attack strength, and is the exact same strength as the Sparkle Arrow when fighting dark based creatures. Bemusing Arrow Strength: 24 Effects: Occasionally Confuses enemy Location: Weapon shop in Fueno Price: 250/125 Recomendation: Confusion? Sweet. Attack power? Could be better, but there's no use complaining. Anyhow, buy it and it should help out a lot in future battles. Virulent Arrow Strength: 30 Effects: Occasionally Poisons enemy Location: Weapon shop in Kashua Glacier Price: 350/175 Reccomendaion: A solid bow. The attack is as usual pretty low, but the Poison effect is a big booster. Arrow Of Force Strength: 40 Effects: 50% more SP awarded when attacking with this weapon Location: Weapon shop in Ulara Price: 500/250 Reccomendation: Well, the attack is a lot higher than the Virulent Arrow, but the SP boost is somewhat unnecessary by now, so if you want to save a little money, just stick with the Virulent Arrow. You probably don't rely on Mirandas attack anyways, so it doesn't make a huge difference and getting to keep the Poison effect is nice. Detonate Arrow Strength: 50 Effects: Attacks all targets Location: The Moon That Never Sets Price: N/A *Note* This is the ONLY weapon in the game that can attack all targets. Very cool huh? Reccomendation: Hot damn, this is a friggin sweet weapon. As mentioned above, it is the only weapon in the game that can attack mutiple enemies, and it's also pretty strong too. It obviously is far better than any other of Mirandas weapons, so what are you waiting for? Equip it! *************** *Lavitz/Albert* *************** Spear Strength: 4 Effects: <none> Location: Initially equipped, dropped by "Merman", Hellena Prison (second visit). Price: NA/10 Reccomendation: Yup, you guessed it: "Get rid of it ASAP". Lance Strength: 19 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop in Lohan, The Seventh Knighthood Fortress Price: 100/50 Reccomendation: Wow, talk about a HUGE strength boost. Make sure you pick it up and equip it in the Seventh Knighthood Fortress, it will probably make Lavitz your strongest attacker from there on out. *Note* All of Lavitz/Alberts weapons are pretty good, so in short, equip each weapon as it comes to you. Twister Glaive Strength: 28 Effects: Wind Elemental. Location: House in Kazas Price: 140/70 Reccomendation: Another big boost on attack, and a wind elemental to boot. You will definately want to pick this up in Kazas; it will help greatly with the second fight against Kongol as he is earth-based. Glaive Strength: 37 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop on the Queen Fury Price: 250/125 Reccomendation: A solid weapon, and not too pricy either. Buy it, it'll help out a lot. Spear Of Terror Strength: 45 Effects: Occasionally Frightens enemy Location: Weapon shop in Deningrad Price: 300/150 Reccomendation: Alberts only weapon with a potential status effect. Also pretty decent on the attack side too. Together it makes a potent combination that should help you a lot in future battles. Equip it pronto mon amigo. Partisan Strength: 56 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon merchant in Velweb Price: 400/200 Reccomendation: Pretty much the same as the Glaive. It's uber powerful, but no special effects to speak of. Of course thats pretty much Alberts style overall, so it's cool. Halberd Strength: 65 Effects: <none> Location: The Death Frontier, Weapon shop on The Moon That Never Sets Price: 500/250 Reccomendation: The third strongest "ultimate weapon", and once again, it's just a super strong weapon, with nothing else of note. Kind of boring, but I'll grant you it's effective. ****** *Rose* ****** Rapier Strength: 13 Effects: <none> Location: Initially equipped Price: NA/30 Reccomendation: Yadda yadda yadda, replace it with something better as soon as you can, blah blah blah. Demon Stiletto Strength: 18 Effects: Occasionally Frightens enemy Location: The Shrine of Shirley Price: NA/80 Reccomendation: Not a very significant raise in attack power, but it can cause Fear, which makes it very useful, especially early in the game. Just make sure not to miss it in the Shrine of Shirley cause you can't buy it anywhere. Shadow Cutter Strength: 24 Effects: Dark elemental Location: Weapon shop in Fletz Price: 200/100 Reccomendation: Well, it's only +6 attack up on the Demon Stiletto, and there are almost no light-based creatures during that part of the game. On the contrary, there are in fact a lot of dark-based creatures at that point. In short, you are probably better off keeping the Stiletto and its useful Fear effect and saving yourself some cash. Dancing Dagger Strength: 30 Effects: <none> Location: Phantom Ship, Weapon shop in Furni Price: 300/150 Reccomendation: A good solid weapon which will easily outdistance whichever weapon you have right now. You can find it after defeating the boss on the Phantom Ship for earlier use and to save yourself some money. Flamberge Strength: 35 Effects: Occasionally Stuns target Location: Weapon shop in Kashua Glacier Price: 350/175 Reccomendation: A pretty sweet sword in my opinion. Granted, its attack power ain't great, but lets face it folks, none of Roses weapons are really all that strong (with one exception of course). But it's the potential Stun effect that makes it awesome. With it, you can pretty much take an enemy out of battle temporarily without having to kill it. Gladius Strength: 40 Effects: Occasionally Instantly Kills enemy Location: The Death Frontier, Weapon shop in Zenebatos Price: 400/200 Reccomendation: Another nice sword. It's basically an amped up version of the Flamberge in that it has decent attack and an excellent status effect to boot. What makes it so much better isn't just it's superior attack power, but the possibility of an instant kill. Very useful indeed. Dragon Buster Strength: 100 (Holy Shizzle!) Effects: <none> Location: The Moon That Never Sets Price: N/A Reccomendation: Oh. My. God. 100 attack power? You might as well just give her a nuclear friggin bomb yo! But seriously, this weapon is a sweet little package. Unfortunately you don't get it until VERY late in the game. As for whether or not you should equip it, lets put this into perspective: it has 250% of the Gladius' strength. Ya dizzle? ********* *Haschel* ********* Iron Knuckle Strength: 20 Effects: <none> Location: Initially equipped Price: NA/50 Reccomendation: You know the drill... Beast Fang Strength: 31 Effects: Occasionally Paralyzes enemy Location: Weapon shop on the Queen Fury, dropped by "Lizard Man" Price: 250/125 Reccomendation: An excellent weapon, and even more so if you can get it in the Nest of Dragon. It's a fairly rare drop though, but you should still take some time to try to get it as it will help IMMENSELY in the upcoming fights. So what makes it so great? Well, +11 attack power over the Iron Knuckle for one, and the Stun effect is also VERY sweet. Overall, it's well worth your while to try to get it early on. Diamond Claw Strength: 37 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop in Deningrad, dropped by boss enemy "Mappi" (second fight) Price: 300/150 Reccomendation: You will most likely get this first after the boss fight with Gherich and Mappi, but it's up to you whether or not you want to equip it or not. It's got nice attack, for sure, but the Stun effect of the Beast Fang might make you want to keep it equiped instead. Personally, I go with the Diamond Claw, but it's your choice. Brass Knuckle Strength: 43 Effects: Occasionally Instantly Kills enemy Location: Dropped by boss enemy "Wendigo" Price: NA/175 Reccomendation: Friggin awesome. I mean, a way high attack and Instant Death? What more do ya need. If ya don't kill em outright, you still have the possibility of killing them. Sounds good to me. Thunder Fist Strength: 49 Effects: Thunder elemental Location: Weapon shop in Ulara Price: 450/225 Reccomendation: You know, in this case I think it's probably just a better idea to keep your Brass Knuckle. The Instant Death is very useful, where as the thunder-elmental effect of the Thunder Fist is just another way to say <none> because nothing is weak or strong to thunder anyways. So this is like the Beast Fang-Diamond Claw dilemma, but in this case the status effect is a lot more useful so I keep the Brass Knuckle. *Note* It has recently come to my attention that there is in fact a good use for this weapon. In Velweb there is a thunder-elemental enemy that will take no damage when hit with the Thunder Fist. Using this to your advantage, you can repeatedly attack this enemy for as long as you want to easily max out Haschels additions. Destroyer Mace Strength: 55 Effects: Stronger when Haschel has lower HP Location: Weapon shop on The Moon That Never Sets Price: 500/250 Reccomendation: An awesome weapon, and I'll tell you why. Not only does it have a very high attack stat, but that's just the base. As Haschels HP gets lower, his attack goes up even more, meaning that at low HP he can really whoop some serious ass. ****** *Meru* ****** Mace Strength: 15 Effects: <none> Location: Initially equipped Price: NA/100 Reccomendation: Do I even need to say it again? Morning Star Strength: 20 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop in Fueno Price: 250/125 Reccomendation: It's only +5 attack power, no special effects or anything, but since it's the best that's available at the moment you may as well pick it up if you use Meru a lot. Sure, her attack is so low you probably don't rely on her attacks much anyhow so you could probably skip this weapon and save some money, but since her dragoon level is so low right now you can't really rely on magic either. It's up to you. War Hammer Strength: 25 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop in Wingly Forest Price: 300/150 Reccomendation: Just another generic weapon, and another +5 attack power. Since you probably can use more of Merus magic now you could probably skip this one without too much penalty, but I chose to get it anyway seeing as you still need a backup to your magic, especially during the upcoming Divine Dragon boss fight. Heavy Mace Strength: 30 Effects: Occasionally stuns enemy Location: Weapon shop in Velweb, dropped by enemy "Minotaur" Price: 400/200 Reccomendation: Finally, a weapon worth talking about. It's got the customary + 5 attack power to the war hammer, but it's also got the added bonus of potentially causing Stun, a very useful tool as you won't be delivering many knock out punches with Meru, but with this at least you can keep one enemy out of commision for a while. Pretty Hammer Strength: 15 Effects: Double SP is awarded when using this weapon Location: Dropped by boss enemy "Kraken" Price: NA/200 Reccomendation: A relatively useless weapon in my opinion. By this point in the game you will probably have Merus dragoon level nearly maxed out anyhow so you don't really need the extra SP. Besides, no matter how much SP it gives nothing can justify damage that low. Basher Strength: 40 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop on The Moon That Never Sets Price: 500/250 Reccomendation: The worst of the "ultimate weapons" in all respects. It has the lowest damage, and no status effects whatsoever. Still, it's the best weapon for Meru and seeing as you won't really need money for anything else this late in the game you may as well get it. It's a pity though that there wasn't anything better to compliment her final additions 600% damage modifier, but there's no use crying over spilled milk. ******** *Kongol* ******** Axe Strength: 45 Effects: <none> Location: Innitially equipped Price: NA/100 Reccomendation: For the last time, get rid of it ASAP! Tomahawk Strength: 59 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop in Deningrad Price: 300/150 Reccomendation: The first weapon in quite a while, and a nice +14 attack boost over the Axe. Definitely worth the price if you use Kongol a lot. Battle Axe Strength: 67 Effects: <none> Location: Weapon shop in Kashua Glacier Price: 350/175 Reccomendation: Only +8 up on the Tomohawk and seeing as Kongols attack is really high anyways you can probably safely skip this one and save some dinero for a Legende Casque or something which will benifit Kongol far more. Great Axe Strength: 79 Effects: Occasionally stuns enemy Location: Weapon shop in Zenebatos Price: 400/200 Reccomendation: 79 attack power and potential Stun effect for only $400? Are you kidding me? Hells yeah I'll take it! Indora's Axe Strength: 88 Effects: Occasionally Instantly Kills enemy Location: Dropped by boss enemy "Indora" (duh, who else would drop it?) Price: NA/250 Reccomendation: Overall it's the best "ultimate weapon" (yes, the Dragon Buster has higher attack power but the instant kill effect of Indoras Axe makes it better overall). I mean, second highest attack of any weapon in the game and arguably the most useful status effect? That's pretty good in my opinion. So, do I really need to tell you to equip it? =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 5.0) Frequently Asked Questions =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Q.1: Which is the better weapon for Dart, the Soul Eater, or the Claymore? A.1: Well, this is tricky. See my reccomendation for both and then you should be able to make a decision for yourself. In short I would say the Claymore, but thats just my choice. Q.2: Where can I find Meru and Kongols elemental weapons? A.2: You can't, because they don't exist. Yup, that's right, there is no water or earth elemental weapons in the game. A bit of a bummer I suppose, but Kongol's attack is high enough so it doesn't really matter, and Meru's better off using magic anyway. Q.3: I keep hearing that Meru is the best character in the game but she's so weak. Why do people think she's so good? A.3: Well, yes, for the first two thirds of the game she's next to useless. However her final addition has an incredible 600% damage modifier and once you level up her dragoon spirit you will discover she has easily the most diverse (and thus most useful) set of spells of any character. So if you put some time and effort into building her up, she can be very powerful. Q.4: Why does everyone say Kongol's so bad? I like him and I think he's useful. A.4: Well, to be honest, it all depends on your playing style. Are you a slow- but-hard-hitter, or a strategist? Most people are strategists, so Kongol is obviously not a good choice. Besides, he's just overall inferior to the other characters. He is so slow I want to gouge his giganto eyes right out of his head and although his physical defense is the best in the game, his magic defense is the worst and most of the bosses later in the game prefer magic to physical attacks. So, yeah, in short, he sucks. =-=-=-=-=-=- 6.0) Credits =-=-=-=-=-=- SCEA - For making this game, duh. I just wish they had had more faith in their work and made a sequel. CJayC - For all the crap he gets, he really is a great guy with a great site. Thanks man. Mysticcat - I used the equipment section of his FAQ to lay down a bit of the groundwork for this FAQ, thanks dude. My trusty computer - Without it I couldn't have wrote this. Cellerons are the shizzle! Metapad - An excellent FAQ writing program. Very helpful. Spencer King - Told me how Haschels Thunder Fist could be useful for getting his additions easier. Dane Vanhouten - Told me that Alberts Halberd could be found in the Death Frontier. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 7.0) Contact Information =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Ok, you can either E-mail me via Hotmail, or IM me on MSN. Please note that death threats are NOT welcome and happy meal orders should be kept to a minumum, thank you. I do appreciate compliments though, and I'll be glad to help you with anything this guide should have covered but somehow got left out. For other game help though you are probably better off using a complete FAQ or asking at the message board. E-mail - email@example.com MSN - see e-mail address.