Riou-Only Challenge FAQ by JMarkes
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   Important Note (READ THIS FIRST)                                    
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   Before reading any further, I want you to know that this guide is NOT
 spoiler-free, actually it will be roaming with spoilers all over it, proceed
 at your own risk.
   And for those who don't know who Riou is, that's the name that was given
 to the hero of Suikoden 2 in the novels.


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   TABLE OF CONTENTS
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   1) Introduction
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   2) Disclaimer
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   3) Version History
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   4) Challenge Rules
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   5) Helpful Tips
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   6) Walkthrough

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      * The Beginning
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      * In Search for Power
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      * A New Destiny
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      * Forging Alliances
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      * The True Face of Evil
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      * Neclord and the Undead Army
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      * Liberations
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      * The Last Breath
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   7) Credits
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   1) Introduction
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   You bet it's true, it is possible to beat Suikoden 2 with just Riou. Yes, I
 understand you, just thinking about bosses like Luca Blight, Bone Dragon and
 Beast Rune gives me the chills, let alone with only Riou in the party.
   Fear not, that's why I'm here for, to help you throughout this quest and
 achieve bragging rights ^-^.

   Any constructive comments or opinions are appreciated.

   Another note, this guide is based on the PAL version of Suikoden 2, so it's 
 probable that minor changes may occur in other versions (items names-locations
 for example).

   So, if you find any grammar or sintax errors, think that something could
 change, be added or removed to improve the quality of this guide or find any
 significant change from PAL version, please feel free to send me an e-mail,
 I would be most grateful.
   If you have another strategy for any boss, I would like to see it, since I 
 believe that my strategies are not the ultimate best possible strategies out
 there.

   Also, I won't be using the "Matilda's Glitch Trick", the "Stat-Raising
 Stones Trick" or the "Money Trick" since it wouldn't be too much of a
 challenge that way now would it?


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   2) Disclaimer
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   Copyright 2006 Joćo Marques, All Rights Reserved


   Currently, only this websites have permission to post this guide:

       - GameFAQs     (www.gamefaqs.com)
       - Neoseeker    (www.neoseeker.com)
       - Super Cheats (www.supercheats.com)


   This document is copyrighted by Joćo Marques. It may be only used for 
   private and personal use ONLY. You may not reproduce this guide or sell it 
   in any profitable way. Any violation of this rules will result in severe 
   and legal penalties, as well as criminal.

   Furthermore, this guide may not be altered or distributed without first 
   asking me for permission, using the e-mail written at the beginning of this
   guide.


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   3) Version History
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   Version 1.00 (October 12th, 2006)
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   - First version of this guide, with a complete walkthrough.


   Version 1.01 (October 13th, 2006)
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   - Corrected a few grammar and sintax errors.

   - Neoseeker (www.neoseeker.com) and Super Cheats (www.supercheats.com)
     now have permission to post this guide.

   Version 1.02 (November 9th, 2006)
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   - Corrected a few more grammar and sintax errors.

   Version 1.03 (November 15th, 2006)
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   - Changed my e-mail adress.
   - Corrected a few more sintax errors.


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   4) Challenge Rules
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   In here, I'll explain all the aspects that are involved in this challenge:


   RULES:

        NORMAL BATTLES: You may only have Riou in your party, but if you, for
      story-related reasons or other reasons listed below, have to use 
      other characters, then you must let the enemies kill them before you
      begin to input commands for Riou( except healing of course ).

        STRATEGIC WAR BATTLES: Since it would be very difficult( and by "very"
      I mean almost impossible )to achieve victory in this battles with only 
      Riou's Unit, strategic war battles are out of this challenge since the
      real deal is to finish off the bosses.

        OUTSIDE BATTLES: You may have other members besides Riou in your party
      to recruit more companions in order to unlock "Forgiver Sign" and obtain
      that character equipment. You shouldn't use Stallion either to run faster
      on the field or from battles, but since I know how tedious those long
      walks can be, you can avoid this rule if you want.


   NOTES:

        About the 108 Stars of Destiny (SOD), you CAN beat "Riou-Only Challenge"
      without their equipment or "Forgiver Sign", but they will make your life
      easier on your way to completion of this challenge. Whether you choose to
      recruit them or not, I will warn you of the time to get them and if it's
      needed, what items to get from them.


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   5) Helpful Tips
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   - SAVE OFTEN, you never know when a powerful fiend may appear and stop you
   from running away (unless of course, you happen to have Stallion in your
   party ^_~ ).

   - Watch out for your HP, don't forget that enemies can do critical blows
   just like you.

   - Always carry an Escape Talisman or extra medicine in case something goes
   wrong.

   - Before a boss battle be sure that your extra characters have 1 HP so
   they are killed right away.

   - If you have 4 or more party members put Riou on the back row behind the
   character that you think is more likely to die last so that Riou won't
   get hit before all other party members die.

   - If you find yourself dying over and over again on the same boss, try using
   different combination of runes and/or items, use "Clay Guardian" for extra
   defense and "Sacrificial Jizo" for auto-reviving.

   - When using Clay Guardian, it's best just having 1 left, so next turn you
   can pick up another item from the inventory, since Clay Guardian lasts for 
   the entire battle.

   - And most important, don't give up, this is not a very hard challenge, only
   a few bosses will give you any trouble, so just keep trying until you defeat
   them, or change your fighting style, different runes, items, etc.


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   6) Walkthrough
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                                   The Beginning
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  TENZAN PASS
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   So it begins, Riou and Jowy are at the Highland Unicorn Youth Brigade Camp, 
 let's see with what our friend Jowy can help us:
 
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    Jowy   -> Remove everything, then equip Tunic and Boots on Riou. 
   ******     It's best to equip "Medicine[6];Boots;Boots" for now.
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   After the ambush, when you're fighting against Rowd's soldiers, you'll have
 to let Jowy die before you attack (as I explained you before). This is a very
 good spot for leveling up Riou, so get him to around level 8, it shouldn't
 take too long.


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  MERCENARY FORTRESS
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  Recruitable SOD : Gengen (automatically)
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   After doing all the chores, go get Gengen and Tuta:

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    Gengen   -> You can only remove the Medicine[6] for now.
   ********
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     Tuta    -> Same as Gengen, remove all the medicine from her.
    ******
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   Then head towards Ryube Village on the northeast.


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  RYUBE VILLAGE
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  Things to Buy    : Leather Hat
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  Blacksmith       : Up to Level 2
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   You'll see Eilie, Rina, Bolgan and Millie. Say hi then go to the
 Armor Shop, buy a Leather Hat for Riou, sharpen your weapon to level 2,
 then go back to Mercenary Fortress. Oh, and don't forget the Flour.


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  MERCENARY FORTRESS
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   Another day of boring chores, then you'll be heading back to Ryube Village 
 with Jowy.


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  RYUBE VILLAGE
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   Go near the show, participate, but don't get yourself killed (well, it 
 wouldn't matter too much considering the amount of medicine you got from 
 Tuta ^-^).

   It's Rip-Off Time !!!

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    Eilie   -> Sell everything from her or keep the medicine.
   *******
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    Rina    -> Remove her Angry Blow [2] as you'll need it for the
   ******      upcoming boss. Sell the rest or keep the medicine.
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    Bolgan  -> Keep the Sacrificial Jizo, it maybe be helpful for
   ********    bosses or selling purposes. Sell the rest.
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   When you're done, head out to North Swallow Pass.


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  NORTH SWALLOW PASS
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  Good Treasure Chests : Fire Wall, Brass Armor and Feathered Hat
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  Must-Get Enemy Drops : Double-Beat Rune (from enemy: Cut Rabbit)
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   After Rina's "Adult Conversation" with one of the guards, begin your 
 journey throughout the mist. Get into a random battle and kill off your extra 
 party members so they begin the boss battle with 1 HP. Don't forget to pick up
 Brass Armor, but especially Fire Wall since it will be a major damage dealer 
 against Mist Shade. I don't suggest using the water pond to level up or getting
 Double-Beat Rune right now since you would have to kill your party members 
 everytime you'd heal. We'll come back here after we're left alone in 
 Kyaro Town.

   Ok, so the mist starts mixing together and ...

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  BOSS BATTLE: MIST SHADE ( 800 HP | 2000 Potch | Kindness Drops[4] )
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   Woohhoo, our first boss in this challenge ^-^ !!! Ok, so this is what I'm
 going to do in boss battles. I'm going to place my stats in here so you can
 see some important things to have on Riou, and if you have stats like mine
 (you will, since we'll basicly just level up on bosses and a normal battle
 or two), then you can surely beat the boss.

   Another thing, when I say "change" next to an item, I mean using that item
 and when the slot is empty, change to the listed item.

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  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 9               HELMET
                               Leather Hat
  HP 98/98
  MP 3/1/0/0                   ARMOR
                               Brass Armor
  STR   40 EXP  120             
  TECH  44 PROT  34            OTHER
  MAGIC 36 M.DEF 35            Medicine [6]   -> Change for more Medicine
  SPEED 39 LUCK  44            Fire Wall      -> Change for Flaming Arrows[2]
                               Angry Blow [2] -> Change for Flaming Arrows[2]
  H    LOCKED
  RH ----------
  LH   LOCKED

  ATT 46  DEF 42

  Twin Fang
  Level 2  ATT 6  M
  RUNE ----------
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   Ok, here we go. Basically just use all your spell scrolls and you'll win,
 that's it. You should have 1 Fire Wall, 1 Angry Blow [2] and 2 Flaming
 Arrows [2]. This spell scrolls will give an extra 30 damage to Mist Shade
 making a total of EXACTLY 800 damage, finishing him (or her) on the spot.

   His male form is the most dangerous, being able to attack twice or thrice in 
 one turn, each blow dealing around 20 damage to Riou.... not a pretty sight.

   It's best that you pick items from the inventory when Mist Shade is in
 her female form, which can only hit you once per turn, with her strongest 
 attack doing around 20 damage.

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   So Mist Shade is down, let's continue. Pick up Feathered Hat from the path 
 to the right, then head out to Kyaro Town.

 
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  KYARO TOWN
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  Recruitable SOD : Mukumuku, Nanami (automatically)
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   When you reach Kyaro Town your "circus" friends will say goodbye and leave,
 so as Jowy, so you're left alone to "Rune Hunting". Head back to North Swallow
 Pass.


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  NORTH SWALLOW PASS
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   Go near the water pond and start killing Cut Rabbits as they'll drop Double-
 -Beat runes. It's not very easy to obtain one, but it shouldn't take too long.
   Continue fighting and healing as necessary and after you've got yourself a
 Double-Beat rune go back near Kyaro Town.


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  WORLD MAP - KYARO TOWN AREA
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  Good Enemy Drops : Technique Rune (from enemy: Cut Rabbit)
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   In this area close to the town you can obtain Technique runes. It's not very
 important as the money you get throughout the game is more than enough for
 everything Riou needs, and since we'll be changing runes as soon as we get
 to South Window, the choice is yours.


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  KYARO TOWN
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   If you want you can go back to Ryube Village and get a Technique rune embed
 on your weapon, but since we'll be back there soon enough, it's not really
 necessary.
   Now, go recruit Mukumuku at the big tree by checking it 3 times, then enter 
 your house and go see Nanami.

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    Nanami   -> Nothing important really, just keep the medicine
   ********     or sell everything.
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   Forget about Rowd, he's not worth fighting for, just give yourself up. As 
 soon as you get rescued by Viktor and Flik, go back to Mercenary Fortress and
 get a Double-Beat rune along the way if you haven't before.
 
   LISTEN TO ME, YOU HAVE TO GET A DOUBLE-BEAT RUNE OR ELSE THIS CHALLENGE
   CHANGES FROM "NOT SO HARD" TO "VERY HARD", DO IT NOW OR REGRET IT LATER.

   (breath in, breath out, breath in, breath out..... just kidding ^-^)

   You can also take a Mega Medicine [3] from Flik and a Feathered Hat from
 Nanami if you missed the one at North Swallow Pass.


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  MERCENARY FORTRESS
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  Blacksmith : Up to Level 3
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   Before beginning your search for more recruits, go sharp your weapon up to
 level 3 and keep Jowy and Nanami in your party. Get a Technique rune embed on 
 your weapon if you got one, as extra money is always welcome.
   Remove your other characters items and either keep them (if they're useful)
 or sell them for extra money. You can also store them if you're already with a 
 full inventory.
   Now travel to Ryube Village and make sure you have at least 3000 potch.


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  RYUBE VILLAGE
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  Recruitable SOD : Rikimaru and Millie
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   Right at the entrace, you'll see Rikimaru lying on the ground, talk to him,
 pay for his food and he'll be grateful and join you (or maybe he just wants a
 place to eat for free.... hhmmm -_-'). Next it's Millie, she'll be at the
 entrace to Ryube Forest, talk to her and agree to help her find her pet,
 Bonaparte.


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  RYUBE FOREST
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  Good Treasure Chests  : Leather Cape and Gauntlet
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  Recruitable SOD       : Kinnison and Shiro
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   Millie doesn't have anything good for Riou since he can't equip Blue Ribbon,
 so just remove her Boots and Medicine[6] BUT keep the Blue Ribbon on her. That
 way, Millie will be the last one hit and Riou will start battles unharmed if
 you place him behind her.

   Start by going the left path (yes, the left path), and put the baby bird 
 back to his nest. Continue forward and turn again to the left and pick up
 Leather Cape and Gauntlet then equip them on Riou. Go back to the beginning
 and you'll find Kinnison and Shiro next to the baby bird you just saved (walk
 around a bit if they're not there yet). Tell them you did it and they'll join
 you both. This time go through the right path and chase Millie's pet until you
 catch that... that...... thing.

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  MINI BOSS BATTLE: BONAPARTE ( 600 HP | 0 Potch | No Items ) -_-'
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   No need to place my stats here, just attack and heal whenever necessary and
 he'll go down pretty quickly.

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   Now leave the forest or go back to where the baby bird is to recruit both
 Kinnison and Shiro, if you haven't before. Sell all the stuff from Millie and
 Kinnison (or keep the healing items) then head to Toto Village.


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  TOTO VILLAGE
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  Good Items       : Guard Robe (from Zamza)
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  Recruitable SOD  : Zamza
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   At the entrace of Toto Village you'll see little Pilika ^-^, and she'll
 invite you to her house, but before that, head towards the inn. Talk to Zamza
 next to the wall (make sure you have Nanami in your party), remove his
 Guard Robe from him and equip it on Riou, then go to Pilika's house.
   There she'll ask you to buy a wooden amulet for her father's birthday, so
 take her precious 70 potch and head left out of town.


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 NOTE:

   You can now do the "Matilda's Glitch Trick" to level up Riou. I won't do it 
 in this challenge, but I suggest it if you find the monsters too strong for 
 you (although I doubt it).
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   But before going to Muse, we'll stop by Coronet.


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  CORONET TOWN
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  Things to Buy : None (don't buy Shoulder Pads as we're going to replace
                  them at Greenhill).
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  Blacksmith    : Up to Level 5
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   Sharpen Riou's weapon up to level 5 (you should have plenty of money), then
 get out and head to Greenhill through the Muse-Geenhill Border.


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  GREENHILL CITY
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  Things to Buy : 2 Toe Shoes
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  Runemaster    : Attach a Double-Beat Rune on Riou
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   Go to the item store, buy 2 Toe Shoes and equip them. Keep the other slot
 with either medicine or another "Stat-Raising" item. Go inside the New Leaf
 Academy, enter the rune's classroom and attach a Double-Beat rune to Riou.
   While you don't have Bright Shield rune, you can level up a bit if you want,
 now that will be faster. Next stop, Muse City.


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  MUSE CITY
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  Things to Buy : Circuret (Armor Shop - Rare Finds)
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  Runemaster    : Attach a Double-Beat Rune on Riou (if you forgot to do it
                  in Greenhill or didn't travel there).
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   If you don't find a Circuret, don't worry, it doesn't matter too much, a
 Feathered Hat will do just fine. Go buy the amulet for Pilika, or make Jowy
 pay for it, earning an extra 1500 potch, then go back to Toto Village.


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  TOTO VILLAGE
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  Recruitable SOD : Apple (automatically) and Hanna
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   Upon arriving at Toto Village, you'll see the terrible things prince Luca 
 has done to this place. Pilika is safe, although she has lost her parents, so 
 she will accompany you from now on. You'll see Apple and both her and Pilika 
 will join convoy. As you leave Toto, go back inside and talk to Hanna, she'll 
 join you too.


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  MERCENARY FORTRESS
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   Equip, sell, store your items as you see fit and make your party with only
 Riou and Jowy. You'll be in charge of finding Tsai of the Divine Spear.
   Tsai's house, here we go!!


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  RYUBE VILLAGE
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  RYUBE FOREST
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  Recruitable SOD : Tsai (automatically)
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   Just go to his house, put him in convoy then head out of the forest.
   You'll see, once again, the cowardly acts of the Highland Army and his
 prince, Luca Blight. Don't worry, we'll get our revenge. For now take Tsai
 back to Viktor and Flik.


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  MERCENARY FORTRESS
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  \ One on One Duel - Flik \
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   It's a simple battle, the more health you have the better, so just attack
 until you've dealt 50 damage to Flik and he will let you fight alongside
 his army.

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   Name your company and in the next day the Highland Army will attack the
 fort. Talk to Apple to begin your first strategic battle.


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  / Strategic Battle #1 /
 O---------------------O

   You only command Riou's Unit in this battle, so just do the best you can
 and it will be over soon.

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   The Highland Army will surprise everyone by attacking again without resting
 between battles. On to the battlefield again.


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  / Strategic Battle #2 /
 O---------------------O

   Just wait until Luca Blight's Unit arrives, they'll enter the fort, and the
 battle is over.

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   Pilika's in danger, so go save her in Viktor and Flik's room. After you
 leave the fort, your team will consist of Riou, Jowy, Nanami (if you
 saved her from jail in Kyaro) and 3 other random characters. As usual,
 put Riou behind the party member you think is more likely to die last,
 then travel on to Toto Village.


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                              In Search for Power
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  TOTO VILLAGE
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 NOTE:

   Make ABSOLUTELY sure that you have an empty slot in the inventory or else
 you'll lose the Double Beat Rune (you can also remove it beforehand).
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   Upon arriving, Pilika will run towards the shrine that her father used to
 take care of. Once inside, Riou and Jowy will enter a new room in the cave and
 Leknaat will tell them to choose a path, so go to the left, see your childhood
 flashback and obtain the Bright Shield Rune. Travel to Muse City next.


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  MUSE CITY
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   In Muse, you'll soon find out that you need an Entry Permit to enter the 
 city (tough luck -_-). Calm down the frog-face tomboy... I mean Nanami, and 
 go to the White Deer Inn ^-^'.


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  WHITE DEER INN
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  Things to Buy : 2 Belt of Strength (Kobold Item Shop - Rare Finds) if you're
                  lucky enough to find them.
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  Runemaster    : If you already have (although I doubt it) an extra rune 
                  slot on Riou, then attach the Double-Beat Rune again.
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  Blacksmith    : You can buy runes here and attach them into your weapon in
                  Coronet Town. None is really needed, but a Technique Rune
                  would be nice (especially since you can get an extra 1200
                  potch from Double-Headed Snake).
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  SINDAR RUINS
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  Good Treasure Chests : Stone of Magic, Chain Mail, Magic Drain Rune and
                         Water Rune
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   This "Easy-To-Complete-With-A-Map-Dungeon" offers quite some good treasures,
 especially the Chain Mail, with a wooping "Defense +16" bonus, so be sure to
 get it. The Water Rune is good to keep but the other two, Fire-Lizard and
 Magic Drain can be sold for some good extra money.
 
   This is also a good place to level up if you want an extra rune slot for
 Riou at level 25, but you really don't need to, since Double-Headed Snake is
 very easy( well, pathetically easy would be the term to describe it )and
 the experience it gives will shoot you up to a little less than level 25 so 
 don't bother doing it and just go "Snake-Hunting" ^-^.

   Well, the treasure of the Sindar Ruins is yours to take, but then again...
 naaaa, who am I kidding, just squish that snake!!!
 
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  BOSS BATTLE: DOUBLE HEADED SNAKE ( 2500 HP | 4000 Potch | Spark Rune )
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  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 15              HELMET
                               Circuret
  HP 152/152
  MP 4/1/0/0                   ARMOR
                               Chain Mail
  STR   59 EXP  438
  TECH  67 PROT  48            OTHER
  MAGIC 54 M.DEF 53            Medicine [6] -> Change for more Medicine
  SPEED 60 LUCK  66            Toe Shoes
                               Toe Shoes
  H    LOCKED
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH   LOCKED

  ATT 73  DEF 89

  Twin Fang
  Level 5  ATT 14  M
  RUNE * Technique

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   And to think that I was afraid of this tiny little snake. Her "Double-Head"
 attack will deal about 3 damage and the 2 magic attacks will deal around 25
 damage, not a problem at all, just make sure to use a medicine once in a
 while in case she gets too angry (hhuuuuu, scaaaaary!!!!).
   Attaching a Fire Rune will deal an extra 25% fire damage, speeding up the
 battle, and an Earth Rune will give you more protection and nullify the
 "Double-Head" attack, or, you can get some extra money by stealing 1200 potchs
 from her using a Technique Rune, the choice is yours.

 NOTE:
   
   I don't know why, but some bosses, like this one, Abomination, and Bone
 Dragon, after a few turns in battle, stop using magical attacks. Well that's
 a good thing nevertheless (except for Bone Dragon 0_0).

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   What?? An Healing Herb?? You call this a treasure?? What a waste!! If only 
 they knew that this herb would save the treasure that is most dear to Alex.


 =============================================================================
  WHITE DEER INN
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------

   Guess what? Alex did find the treasure of the Sindar Ruins, it just wasn't
 what he expected to be. Well, after Hilda is all better head to Muse City.


 =============================================================================
  MUSE CITY
 ===========------------------------------------------------------------------
  Runemaster       : By now you should be level 25 and obtained a new
                     rune slot for Riou. If so, then attach the Double-Beat
                     Rune again.
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Blacksmith       : Up to Level 4 (in case you didn't upgrade in Coronet)
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD  : Tuta and Anita
 =============================================================================

   The party will try to sneak in, but because of Jowy, they'll be arrested (of
 course Nanami looked like a 28 years old woman ^-^). After Vickor gets you
 out of jail, head to the right of the rune shop to meet Elza and Clive, then
 go the town's entrance to see their "cat and mouse" chase. You'll receive a
 Sound Set which will be useful to recruit Connell later on.
   After Jess asks you to spy on the Highland Camp, be sure to recruit Tuta
 and Anita before leaving the city.

 ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Anita   -> You can get her Circuret if you haven't found one yet.
   *******
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------


 =============================================================================
  PATH TO HIGHLAND CAMP
 =======================------------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Circuret (if you still haven't got one)
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Good Enemy Drops     : Belt of Strength (from enemy: Kill Rabbit)
 =============================================================================

   The Circuret is in the path to the right of the entrance, and it would be
 a good ideia to try and get a Belt of Strength or two, altough without a
 Double-Beat Rune it could take a while. Soon you'll be at the Highland Camp.


 ============================================================================
  HIGHLAND CAMP
 ===============-------------------------------------------------------------
  Must-Get Items : Fire Sealing Rune (DO NOT FORGET THIS RUNE !!!)
 ============================================================================

   I REPEAT, DO NOT FORGET THE FIRE SEALING RUNE !!!!!

   Without this rune, your battle with Luca Blight will be unbelievably hard.
 You can get it after you check on the provisons or after you leave Jillia's
 tent, but DO NOT FORGET THE FIRE SEALING RUNE.

   And if Jowy's still equipped with something, remove it. Now back to Muse.


 =============================================================================
  MUSE CITY
 ===========------------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Gilbert (in Strategic Battle #3)
 =============================================================================

   After all the events in Muse, it's time for your third strategic battle.


   O---------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #3 /
 O---------------------O

   You'll see the mercenary Gilbert working with the Highland Army, and if
 you wound him, he'll join your side, so be sure to damage him in order
 to obtain all of the 108 Stars of Destiny. Just battle it out, be careful
 not to let Riou's Unit die, and it will finish quickly.

 ----------------------------


   After a little more talking, unveiled truths and mysteries, Riou will escape
 from Muse with Nanami and Pilika.


 =============================================================================
  WORLD MAP - MERCENARY FORTRESS AND TOTO VILLAGE
 =================================================----------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Templton
 =============================================================================

   But before heading to Coronet, we'll stop by the Mercenary Fortress to
 recruit another Star of Destiny, Templton. He'll be at the entrance arguing
 with 2 Highland soldiers who won't allow him to enter the fortress. Talk to
 him and he will leave. Follow him to Toto Village and talk to him again and
 ask him to join you, done.


 =============================================================================
  CORONET VILLAGE
 =================------------------------------------------------------------
  Blacksmith      : Up to Level 5
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Eilie, Rina and Bolgan (all automatically)
 =============================================================================

   Upon arriving, Nanami will say that they need to catch a boat to Kuskus town
 then travel to South Window, that that was the information given to her by a
 "cute" mapmaker she met (geeez, like we didn't knew him already -_-').

   Anyway, at the docks, a Highland soldier will stop them from traveling by
 boat, so go back to town and enter the inn. Guess who's here, your old friends
 Eilie, Rina and Bolgan, the 3 circus brothers ^_^. You'll have to find a way
 to get a boat, so go right just before you reach the docks and talk to the 
 two men on the house, Tai Ho and Yam Koo, who will agree to take you to Kuskus
 Town if you can win a game of Chinchirorin. You should have plenty of money by
 now, and if you don't, just sell a few unuseful runes like Fire Lizard, Titan
 or Unicorn. After you win, go tell your friends at the pub and travel down to
 Kuskus.


 =============================================================================
  KUSKUS TOWN
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Blacksmith : Up to Level 6
 =============================================================================

   Once you reach Kuskus it's time to head toward South Window but before that
 be sure to sharpen Riou's weapon up to level 6, you'll need it.


 =============================================================================
  SOUTH WINDOW
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Buy    : Clay Guardian [2] and 2 Belts of Strength
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Find   : Friendship Rune
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Runemaster       : Attach the Double-Beat Rune in your left hand
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Blacksmith       : Go back to Kuskus Town and attach the Friendship Rune
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD  : Viktor, Flik and Freed Y( all automatically)
 =============================================================================

   At the entrance you'll see Viktor and after checking on the girls (except
 Nanami ^_~) head to the inn to pick up both Viktor and Flik to your group,
 visit Lord Granmeyer, and say hello to Clive by the way ^-^.
   The Friendship Rune is inside a bonsai, the fourth from the left to the 
 right of Gantetsu.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Viktor   -> Take his Half Helmet and equip it on Riou. You can use the
   ********     Chain Mail too if you didn't get the one in the Sindar Ruins.
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Flik     -> Take advantage of his Lightning Rune, you can keep it
   ******       (or even attach it), or sell it for more money (in case you
                lost a lot in Chinchirorin ^-^).
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------


    After earing from the mayor about the terrible monster that only captures
 girls, you'll be getting a hand from the most polite Freed Y. Go back to the
 inn then go out of town. Don't forget to pass through Kuskus Town to attach
 the Friendship Rune on Riou (or another rune if you prefer) then go see
 what's up at North Window.


 =============================================================================
  NORTH WINDOW
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------

   You'll soon find that a vampire has attacked Viktor's village a few years
 ago, but that Viktor defeated it, so the problem was over ... or was it ?
   The "Blood Sucking" Vampire Neclord will appear right before their eyes
 as Viktor will be very suprised by finding that his worst nightmare is yet
 to be finished. Don't bother fighting him, he'll just crush you to the ground.
 We need the Star Dragon Sword and to obtain it, we need to go to the Cave of
 the Wind, as it seems the sword is 'hiding' in there (a sword ... hiding?,
 how strange...).


 =============================================================================
  CAVE OF THE WIND
 ==================-----------------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Blue Gate Rune and Stone of Defense
 =============================================================================

   An easy dungeon it terms of navigating. About the monsters, you should be
 careful not to let your guard down, as they can quickly change the flow of the
 battle, especially the Sun King.

   Be sure to pick up the Blue Gate Rune in one of the 3 treasure chests by the 
 old man (what the heck is he doing there ? ... not exactly the best place for
 summer vacations -_-'...), and the Stone of Defense in case you want to
 "Power Up" Riou. Close to the Star Dragon Sword lair, you'll see Kahn, a
 vampire hunter from the Marley family who also wants to banish Neclord, he'll
 join your party, and soon you'll find 'her', or is it 'him', 'it' maybe?

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: STAR DRAGON SWORD ( 2500 HP | 0 Potch | No Items ) Scrooge -_-'
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 26              HELMET
                               Half Helmet
  HP 265/265
  MP 6/3/1/0                   ARMOR
                               Chain Mail
  STR   97 EXP  153
  TECH  98 PROT  72            OTHER
  MAGIC 80 M.DEF 78            Belt of Strength
  SPEED 89 LUCK  95            Belt of Strength
                               Clay Guardian     ->  Change for Medicine
  H    LOCKED
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 127  DEF 110

  Twin Heaven Fang
  Level 6  ATT 18  M
  RUNE * Friendship

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Haaaaa, a talking sword !!! And mean too. Ho, and cocky as well. Lots of 
 "qualities" for this old "pal", starting with its speed. It strikes 2 times
 per turn, having 3 different attacks, 1 physical and 2 magicals. The "Sword
 Thrust" attack with Clay Guardian activated does around 3 damage (your best
 bet), the "Lightning" attack will do about 30 damage and the "Black Sphere"
 attack around 50 damage.

   You shouldn't have many problems, if any. Start the battle by using Clay
 Guardian then picking up some medicine from the inventory, heal whenever your
 health is under 100 HP and take advantage of Battle Oath's berserk.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Now that you obtained the Star Dragon Sword, go heal at South Window if you
 need to, then head towards North Window.


 =============================================================================
  NORTH WINDOW
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Fire Rune and Stone of Magic Defense
 =============================================================================

   Nice surround system Neclord has installed in his castel ^_^, you can hear
 his organ all over it. How come we can't use it once the castel is ours ?
   Well anyway, you can pick up the Fire Rune at the entrance to the right and
 the Stone of Magic Defense in the main hall hiding behind a pillar. We'll just
 move a few statues, light a few candels (geeez, could it be more obvious ?),
 and soon you'll reach Neclord's chamber where he'll run off like a scared
 little girl and call his big pet...

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: ABOMINATION ( 4500 HP | 10000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 31              HELMET
                               Half Helmet
  HP 316/316
  MP 6/3/1/0                   ARMOR
                               Chain Mail
  STR  108 EXP  403
  TECH 111 PROT  82            OTHER
  MAGIC 89 M.DEF 88            Belt of Strength
  SPEED 99 LUCK 106            Belt of Strength
                               Clay Guardian     ->  Change for Medicine
  H    LOCKED
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 138  DEF 120

  Twin Heaven Fang
  Level 6  ATT 18  M
  RUNE * Friendship

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Bad Abomination, bad !!!! He has 3 kinds of attacks, 2 physicals and 1
 magical. His magical attack is the most dangerous dealing around 70 damage
 to Riou (auch!), the "Stomp" attack deals around 35 damage and the "Jump"
 attack only a mere 3 damage, so pray that he jumps a lot (here boy, catch!).

   Again, start the battle by using Clay Guardian then changing for medicine
 Hopefully later in battle, he'll stop using that nasty magical attack and
 just use physical attacks, that'll give you some room to breath. Battle Oath's
 berserk is a major helper. One time or another, you'll win this battle. 

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   When the battle is over, Kahn will leave the party and before we have the
 chance to travel to South Window, Flik and the others appear and explain that
 the city has fallen to the Highland army, and that Lord Granmeyer was murdered
 by General Solon Jhee. After hearing about what happened during the invasion,
 Apple will suggest that we ask an amazing strategist called Shu to join us in
 order to defeat the Highland Army once and for all. It seems he's living in
 Radat Town, so head there.


 =============================================================================
  RADAT TOWN
 ============-----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Shu (automatically)
 =============================================================================

   Once in Shu's house, Apple will ask for his help, but he refuses, to the
 surprise of Apple, because since he is a trader, a war makes a lot of profit
 for his businesses. Go to the pub and once you leave Shu will appear, and once
 again Apple will beg for him to lend his strength, but again, he refuses.

   Don't give up, go talk to Richmond, the best investigator in Radat (well,
 the only one in fact -_-') near the appraisal shop and pay for his services,
 then sleep over at the inn. At night, Richmond will appear and tell you that
 Shu will be at the port to the east to make a trade, so the next day head to
 the bridge near the port. When Shu finally appears, Apple will once again ask
 for Shu's help, but this time Shu is willing to give a chance to her, so he
 throws a coin into the river and if Apple finds it, Shu will join our army.

   First we need to stop the flow of the river, so go talk to the men in green
 near the bridge, but he won't do it since the gate can only be closed in 
 special occasions. But then Amada shows up and explains why the gate cannot be
 closed but then he gets so much admired by Riou's determination that he 
 proposes a fight between the two of them, and if Riou wins, then he'll close 
 the gate.


 O-------------------------O
  \ One on One Duel - Amada \
   O-------------------------O

   He shouldn't do any significant damage, so simply attacking will finish him 
 in 3 or 4 blows.

 ----------------------------


   Apple, Riou and Nanami will be all night searching for the gold coin and
 when everything seems lost, Riou finds it and Shu then agrees to join your
 side (Thanks Richmond!! ^-^).


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   Back at the castle, Riou, Shu and the others will plan a strategy for Solon
 Jhee's assault agains the headquarters. In the morning go talk to Shu and the
 battle shall begin.


   O---------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #4 /
 O---------------------O

   The battle will start by some of our troops attacking the enemy. The next
 turn, Riou's Unit will appear, which you can control, so go forward to Solon
 Jhee's Unit. Next the South Window remaining armies will join your side and
 a few turns later, the Highland army will retreat.

 ----------------------------


                            =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=
                                A New Destiny
                            =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=


   When you arrive at the castle from the battle, everyone will be cheering for
 Riou and congratulating him for defeating General Solon Jhee's army and by so,
 Shu asks him to become the leader of the New State Army. At night you can go
 to the tabern and hear about what happened between the State City and Genkaku.
   In the morning, agree to become the leader of the New State Army and Doctor
 Huan will appear and join you, next is to choose a name for your castle.

   After all is decided, Leknaat will appear and present you with the Stone of
 Promise and Luc's aid. The next day, Fitcher will be at the entrance of the
 castle and ask you where the leader that defeated General Solon Jhee is, he'll
 then go to the Great Hall. Follow him and he'll ask you to forge an alliance
 with the people of Two River City. Accept, pick up Freed Y and head to Radat 
 for some new recruits.


 =============================================================================
  RADAT TOWN
 ============-----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Yoshino, Richmond and Amada
 =============================================================================

   First is Yoshino, take Freed Y to talk to her and she'll join you. Next in
 line is Richmond, he'll join you if you guess the right side of the coin he'll
 join. When you give up of trying go to the pub, talk to the man at the first
 table to the left and he'll say that Richmond is tricking you so he'll give
 you a coin. Talk again to Richmond and since you found out his little trick 
 he'll join you. Finally in Radat go talk to Amada by the bridge. Again agree
 to battle him out, just like the other battle, attack and you'll win very
 easily, he'll then join you. Next stop, Kuskus Town.

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Amada   -> Be sure to keep his Chirashi-Zuchi [5] in your inventory
   *******     as it'll be useful in later battles.
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------


 =============================================================================
  KUSKUS TOWN
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SODs : Tai Ho and Yam Koo
 =============================================================================

   Go near the docks where you last saw Tai Ho and Yam Koo and ask him to join
 your army. He will if (there's always an "if" -_-') you can win 5000 or more
 potch in a game of Chinchirorin. After you won, go visit South Window.

 -------------------------------------------
    Tai Ho   -> Take his Grilled Fish [5].
   ********
 -------------------------------------------

 -------------------------------------------
    Yam Koo  -> Take his Obento [4].
   *********
 -------------------------------------------

 =============================================================================
  SOUTH WINDOW
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Alex & Hilda and Adlai
 =============================================================================

   Once here, head to the inn to see Alex, Hilda and their son Pete, Hilda
 asks Riou to let them join him so accept. Now go to the house above the armor
 shop to find Adlai, he'll ask you for a Sacrificial Jizo, a Wooden Shield and
 a Wind Rune. Bolgan has a Sacrificial Jizo or you can buy one in Kuskus Item
 Shop Rare Finds, and you can buy both the Wooden Shield and the Wind Rune in
 South Window. Give him the first two, but throw the Wind Rune at him and he'll
 join you. Now you can head to Lakewest Village, but first go to the Great Hall
 at the Headquarters Castle. And go alone, it'll make things more simple. Ho,
 and get Grilled Fish and Obento from Tai Ho and Yam Koo.


 =============================================================================
  LAKEWEST TOWN
 ===============--------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Taki
 =============================================================================

   In here, enter the last house to the north-west and talk to the old woman in
 red, it's Taki. After you talk many times to her, ask her to join.
   Now go back to your castle to recruit some more companions. Choose 5 female
 members for your party then head to Kuskus Town.

 NOTE:
   
   You can get a Kindness Rune from the basket near the boat but only when you
 reach Lakewest for the first time, if you want it pick it up. Although it
 won't be too useful in this challenge, it's good to know it's there (since
 you would need to have other party members with you to power it up, which you
 shouldn't, you should be always alone whenever possible).


 =============================================================================
  KUSKUS TOWN
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SODs : Oulan
 =============================================================================

   First talk to the old woman by the entrance, then leave and reenter the
 town, go over the bridge to encounter the gang (you must have an all-female
 party). Oulan will save Riou, ask her to join you and she will. Now go to
 South Window.


 =============================================================================
  SOUTH WINDOW
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SODs : Clive
 =============================================================================

   Talk to him, tell him that you have a boat and that you can take him to
 Lakewest if he comes with you, done. Go ahead and take him there since we're
 going there anyway.


 =============================================================================
  KOBOLD VILLAGE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Buy  : 2 Gold Emblems (Item Shop - Rare Finds)
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Find : Exertion Rune
 =============================================================================

   First we'll stop by this village, go to the item shop, and if you're lucky,
 you'll find some Gold Emblems which will be useful against Pest Rat's magical
 attacks. Check the pot on the left of the entrance to the elder's house to
 find an Exertion Rune. I recommend you go back to Kuskus Town and attach the
 Exertion Rune on Riou's weapon. Now, to Two River City.


 =============================================================================
  TWO RIVER CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Fitcher, Ridley & Chaco (automatically), Hans
 =============================================================================

   Upon reaching the Human's District of Two River City, a winger by the name 
 of Chaco steals your wallet and with it, your introduction letter. When you go
 talk to the guards, they won't let you in, so follow Chaco all the way through
 Winger's District, who again proves to be very annoing by flying out of your
 sight. Once back to the Human's Disctric, you'll see Ficher who's about to
 take a punishment from Ridley. After that mistake is solved, talk to Makai,
 then go to sleep at New Leaf Inn. When you enter the inn, go upstairs but
 before going into your room, talk twice to Hans in the room next to yours
 and invite him to come to your castle for free. Then you'll find Chaco in your
 room, eating your food, and he runs away AGAIN (he's got some nerve -_-).

   In the morning, Fitcher tells you that there is a problem at the city hall,
 it seems Makai and Ridley are arguing about a deal that the humans have made
 with the Highland army. Ridley will go back to his district furiously, so
 follow him. The kobold guards won't let you in, and when you try to go back,
 Chaco steals Fitcher's wallet (now THAT was funny ^-^). Chase him once again,
 and when you surround him, he'll open a secret passage to the sewers, that's
 where we're going next.
 =============================================================================
 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
 =============================================================================
  TWO RIVER CITY - SEWERS
 =========================----------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Head Gear, Resurrection Rune, Fire Emblem and
                         Stone of Defense.
 =============================================================================

   An easy dungeon and pretty much straightforward. Make sure you get the
 Head Gear right at the beginning, and the Fire Emblem later on. Sid's house
 is under the waterfall if you're interested. When you reach the end of the
 sewers, you'll soon realize that the housekeeper doesn't like uninvited guests
 at its house.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: PEST RAT ( 3500 HP | 20000 Potch | Poison Rune )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 34              HELMET
                               Head Gear
  HP 347/347
  MP 7/3/1/0                   ARMOR
                               Chain Mail
  STR   104 EXP   210
  TECH  117 PROT   87          OTHER
  MAGIC  95 M.DEF 114          Gold Emblem
  SPEED 105 LUCK  113          Gold Emblem
                               Clay Guardian     ->  Change for Mega Medicine
  H    LOCKED
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 122  DEF 137

  Twin Heaven Fang
  Level 6  ATT 18  M
  RUNE * Exertion

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

 NOTE:

   If you didn't find Gold Emblems in Kobold Village, you can try and find
 Guard Rings (Defense + 7 ; Magic Defense + 10) at the Item Shop Rare Finds
 in the Human District.

   Start again by using Clay Guardian then changing for some Mega Medicine (or
 another "High Recovery" medicine item). Pest Rat attacks twice in a row and
 has 3 kinds of attack, 1 physical, 2 magicals. The physical without Clay
 Guardian deals around 65 damage, and with Clay Guardian it lowers to a mere
 2 damage (WOW!!! Big Diference!!!) and it's highly avoidable. The "Poison"
 magic attacks does around 50 damage + poison, and the "Falling Roof" magical
 attack (yes, it's magic type) is the strongest, dealing around 70 damage.

   If you have an Exertion Rune embed on Riou's weapon, his damage in a few
 turns will change from around 60 to 110 (WOW AGAIN!!!), so make sure you
 have one. You can also use a Fire Rune, but I think the Exertion is better,
 especially with a Double-Beat Rune included. Let's hope he uses the physical
 attack more often than not, heal whenever your health is under 150 HP, and if
 you're lucky, you'll get berserked by Bright Shield Rune's Battle Oath.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 =============================================================================
 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
 =============================================================================

   When you leave the sewers using the stairs in the front, you'll end up at
 the Kobold District where Ridley will catch you too sneaking in. Ridley
 will then explain why he was so angry with Lord Makai. Afterwards, head back
 to the Human's District to find Lord Makai speaking with General Kiba and his
 son and strategist Klaus. Talk to Makai in the assembly hall about Ridley's
 conversation, and when you get out, Chaco will invite you to his Granny's
 house. Once there, show her your Bright Shield Rune, and she'll tell you
 about the Winger's past. When it's over, go sleep at the inn.

   In the morning, at the entrace of the city, you'll see that the Highland
 army has broke its promise and starts attacking the human soldiers, and
 you're in too. You'll have the chance to try and change Ridley's mind, but
 since you should be almost level 40, continue fighting the Highland soldiers
 by not giving up. It all seems lost, but then the Wingers will come and help
 protect the city since it's their own too. And to their surprise, Ridley
 appears with its Kobold army and helps defending the city as well.

   The Highland army will retreat, and you'll see what's happening on
 Highland's side, General Solon Jhee will be executed for failing to capture
 Riou's castle, and Jowy will step up and accept to capture Greenhill with
 only 5000 men and Muse's prisioners.

   Back at Two River City, go to the assembly hall to find Shu. Fitcher and
 Ridley will join your army, and at the entrance Chaco will ask to join your
 army too, so accept and he'll return your wallet (but not Fitcher's ^-^).


   Time to recruit some new companions!!!


 =============================================================================
  TWO RIVER CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Buy : Silver Hat (Kobold Armor Shop - Rare Finds), and Fried Tacos
 =============================================================================

   Now that you've got your money back, go back to the Kobold District and buy
 some Fried Tacos, and if you're lucky, a Silver Hat from the Armor Shop.
   Travel to Lakewest Town.


 =============================================================================
  LAKEWEST TOWN
 ===============--------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Tetsu
 =============================================================================

   Use the Fried Tacos so that you'll have little vapor clouds around you, then
 talk to Tetsu and tell him you love baths. Then go back to your headquarters.


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Hai Yo
 =============================================================================

   At the second floor of the castle, go right, down the stairs then down
 again, go through the 4 doors passage and invite Hai Yo to be your Chef.
   
 ------------------------------------------
    Hai Yo   -> Take his BBQ Meat Bun [9].
   ********
 ------------------------------------------

   Head towards Radat Town.


 =============================================================================
  RADAT TOWN
 ============-----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Stallion
 =============================================================================

   Talk to the "Blue Haired Speedy Elf", Stallion, and challenge him to a race.
 If you runned away 50 times or more from battles, you'll win the race and
 he'll join you.

 ----------------------------------------
    Stallion   -> Take his Sunomono [7].
   **********
 ----------------------------------------

   Now go pick up Gengen and Chaco at Leona's Tavern and sail to Lakewest Town.


 =============================================================================
  LAKEWEST TOWN
 ===============--------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Shilo
 =============================================================================

   Enter the inn, and talk to Shilo for him to join your army, and just like
 Tai Ho, he'll challenge you for a game of Chinchirorin, you win and he join.
   Next talk to the couple of Tengaar and Hix, and they'll tell you that Hix
 is on a quest to become a real man, a warrior from Warrior's Village, then
 they'll leave to Kobold Village, but first let's pass by Two River City.


 =============================================================================
  TWO RIVER CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Sid and Gabocha
 =============================================================================

   Make sure you have Chaco in your party then head down to the sewers, and go
 through a hidden passage below the waterfall to find Sid's house. Chaco and
 him will have a friendly conversation (very friendly alright ^-^) and Sid will
 invite himself into the group (poor Chaco ^-^).

 -------------------------------------------
    Sid   -> Take his Mayo Rice Omelet [9].
   *****
 -------------------------------------------

   Next in the Kobold District, enter the first house to the right and you'll
 see Gabocha, Gengen's old friend and fan ^-^. He'll say that he wants to come
 and fight with Gengen, but Gengen says he's too small to fight yet, but as you
 get out of his house, he follows you ^-^.

   Next stop, Muse-Greenhill border.


 =============================================================================
  MUSE-GREENHILL BORDER
 =======================------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Meg and Gadget
 =============================================================================

   In here, Meg is trying to go through the border, but the Highland soldiers
 won't let her, so she'll threaten them about how Gadget will beat them up, but
 Gadget won't make a move and make Meg embarassed. Gadget will process the
 information and greet you, then Meg will have the "briliant" ideia of joining
 Riou's army, so both of them will.

 ----------------------------------------
    Meg   -> Take her Anchovy Pizza [5].
   *****
 ----------------------------------------

   Now go to the Forest Village, way west of Greenhill.


 =============================================================================
  FOREST VILLAGE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Wakaba and Tony
 =============================================================================

   You'll find Wakaba next to the Armor Shop, in search for worthy opponents to
 fight against. Riou will show him his strength, Wakaba will be impressed and
 join you.

 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Wakaba   -> Take his Skill Ring away from him, quickly ^-^.
   ********
 ---------------------------------------------------------------

   Tony is in the elder's house. Talk to him, and he'll tell you that he his
 a gardener who lost his field during the assault in Muse. Offer him a place
 in your castel and the elder will insist that he joins you.
   Now lets visit Hix and Tengaar at Kobold Village.


 =============================================================================
  KOBOLD VILLAGE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SODs : Hix and Tengaar
 =============================================================================

   Hix and Tengaar will be at the entrace talking about doing "The Test of the
 Unicorn". Follow them into the chief's house, and they'll talk about the Test
 and spend the night there. In the morning, you'll be told that Tengaar was
 infected with the "Curse of the Unicorn", and for the curse to be removed, Hix
 must get the Blue Stone, Red Flower and Green Bell. It seems the Blue Stone is
 available at South Window's Item Shop (how come we never saw it there??).
   Anyway, once there, you'll see a kobold running away from the item store
 and, suprise suprise, they're selling a Blue Stone at the store for 30 potch.

   Go back to the Kobold Village and the chief will tell you that the Red
 Flower can be found in the Cave of the Wind (but she just sneezed ^-^). In
 the cave, you'll see another kobold running away (geeeez, could they be more
 obvious??). Go inside to find the Red Flower, then go back all the way again
 to Kobold Village. Again there (GOSH, HOW COME HIX DIDN'T SEE HER ??) give the
 Red Flower to the Chief and he'll tell you that the Green Bell can be found in
 the sewers of Two River City. Head there, and you'll see yet another kobold
 who drops the Green Bell (must be the janitor of the sewers, go figure...).

   Once all three items are recovered, you must take them deep into the Unicorn
 Forest and save Tengaar from the claws of the Unicorn himself (yeah, I know 
 Unicorns don't have claws... ^_~).
 =============================================================================
 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
 =============================================================================
  UNICORN FOREST
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Guard Ring (which you can buy in Two River City
                         Human District Item Shop - Rare Finds)
 =============================================================================

   Run into the deeps of the forest, until you reach the Unicorn Tree. In there
 you'll see that Tengaar is in good health and that it was all a set-up so that
 Hix could prove that he is a real warrior. The "Test of the Unicorn" is just
 an old tale, or is it? Right before their eyes, the Unicorn appears and try to
 take Tengaar with him, but Hix won't let him, and that proved that he was a
 real true warrior. Hix and Tengaar will repay the favor by joining your army.
   Now let's return to the main plot.


                          =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=
                              Forging Alliances
                          =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   At the Great Hall, everyone will congratulate Riou for forging an alliance
 with Two River and Shu has an announcement to make, but that it will be made
 the next day. You'll go to sleep, and in the next day go again to the main 
 hall and Shu will tell us that Greenhill has fallen to Highland. You'll have
 to sneak into Greenhill and rescue Lady Teresa. Take only the forced ones,
 Nanami and "Teacher Flik" ^-^. When you're ready, head to Greenhill.


 =============================================================================
  GREENHILL CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Teresa, Shin, Nina (automatically) and Emilia
 =============================================================================

   Once you arrive, talk to Fitcher who's hidden in the woods and he'll give
 you some papers so you can get into the city. Come up with those fake names
 (I liked Sturtheim Reinbach III ^-^ ... ha ha just kidding!!) then enter the
 city and head to the New Leaf Academy. On the way, you'll see a Highland
 soldier harassing a female student called Nina. Flik will stop the guard and
 become Nina's Charming Prince ^-^'..... ok. Register at the academy and ask
 Emilia about Shin, tell her the truth about your intentions and she'll join
 your group.

   Outdoors you'll find again Nina who'll kidnap Flik from you, and since
 Pilika seems tired, go to the dorms and rest. The next day, you'll find Flik
 outside the dorms, he then tells you that Shin looks very suspicious and
 quickly runs away from Nina who is chasing him ^-^. Go downtown, and the inn
 will be surrounded by Highland soldiers who believe that Lady Teresa may be 
 hidden there, but Shin suddenly appears and cools things off. Go after him
 when he leaves, but soon you'll lost track of him, so go to sleep at the dorms
 again. After supper, you'll find Nina and have a little talk with her. She'll
 warn Nanami about the "wandering ghost" ("at the stroke of midnight"... ^-^,
 ha ha, look at Pilika's reaction ^-^). Again in the morning, head towards the
 accademy and left of Emilia you'll see Nina who's again chasing Flik.

   Outside, Flik joins you then head downtown and watch Fitcher being accused
 of treason. After Fitcher is saved, he'll tell you that he hasn't yet found
 about Teresa whereabouts, so once again head back to the dorms, where you'll
 see Flik running away from Nina... again ^_^'. At night, you'll hear someone
 walking around the floor, and Nanami thinks it's the ghost so go after him.
   He'll go through a secret passage by lighting the middle lamp, and when
 you catch the dark figure, you'll find Flik who was chasing Shin all the way
 to the academy. Open another secret passage by moving the statue.

   Go all the way through the forest path until you find a little house where
 Lady Teresa is hidden. Shin will stop you from going any further, and after
 Pilika starts to cry, Lady Teresa shows up and stop the discussion. You'll
 then ask her help, but she'll refuse because she has already made her people
 suffer enough. Lady Teresa will explain what happened during the invasion
 of Greenhill, and you'll have to go back without her help. When you're about
 to the the town, you'll see Rowd who promises a reward in exchange of Lady
 Teresa's whereabouts. Then the least expected happens, out of all the people,
 Jowy appears to the suprise of our friends at the side of Highland. Pilika
 runs off towards him, Jowy and Riou look at each other and then Rowd commands
 his soldiers to capture Riou and the others. A battle will then start with
 some Highland soldiers. 

    After you've won, go to where Lady Teresa is, and you'll have some fights 
 in between with more Highland soldiers. When you arrive, you'll learn that
 Nina has been helping too, by bringing food up here for Lady Teresa. 
    
    She'll then give up and surrender to the Highland forces. Shin, Riou,
 Flik and Nanami will still try to stop them from getting their hands on Lady
 Teresa. All of a sudden, the people of Greenhill appears and help saving Lady
 Teresa as well. Run away with her through the forest pass going through the
 back door of her house.
 =============================================================================
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 =============================================================================
  GREENHILL CITY - FOREST PATH
 ==============================-----------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Silver Hat
 =============================================================================

   Be sure to pick up the Silver Hat if you didn't find one in Two River. With
 it's "Defense + 19" and "Heals HP" it'll make a great addition to Riou's
 equipments. A little further into the forest, Jowy will appear and advice
 Riou to relinquish leadership of his army and run away with Nanami. Nanami
 will try to convince Jowy to come with them, but a group of Highland soldiers
 show up and they had to run. You'll see what has happened with Jowy after
 you've run and next, go to Two River City.


 =============================================================================
  TWO RIVER CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Jeane
 =============================================================================

   Just go into the Rune Shop and ask Jeane to join you. Next, Kobold Village.


 =============================================================================
  KOBOLD VILLAGE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Yuzu
 =============================================================================

   Talk to Yuzu, the little girl in red and help her find her sheeps, then
 tell her to bring them into your castle.


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   Upon reaching the Great Hall, shu will congratulate you for rescuing Lady
 Teresa. Shin then appears, it seems Fitcher helped him by using one of the
 many secret passages in Greenhill, and guess who came along, Nina, and she'll
 take Flik with her out of the hall. At night you'll see Jowy who asks prince
 Luca to marry princess Jillia and says that he has a new ideia for the future
 of Highland. The next day, at the Great Hall, Shu will recommend that we forge
 an alliance with the kingdom of Matilda, so travel to the forest path north of
 Greenhill.

 ---------------------------------------
    Nina   -> Take her Spicy Pilaf [6].
   ******
 ---------------------------------------

 NOTE:

   When Nanami insists to go with you, continue to refuse so she'll join
 Convoy instead of Party.


 =============================================================================
  FOREST PATH TO MATILDA
 ========================-----------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Dragon Armor
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD      : Viki
 =============================================================================

   You can get a fantastic "Defense + 30" Dragon Armor at the little hill
 before you find Viki, whom you'll agree to let her stay at your castle.

 -----------------------------------------
    Viki   -> Take her Tempura [5].
   ******
 ------------------------------------------

 A little further you'll meet Miklotov, Captain of the Blue Knights of Matilda
 who'll take you to Rockaxe Castle.


 =============================================================================
  ROCKAXE CASTLE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Find : Violence Rune (GET THIS!!! IT'S VERY IMPORTANT!!!)
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Runemaster     : Attach Violence Rune on Riou (you should be level 40 by now)
 =============================================================================

   Go inside the castle and talk to Lord Gorudo, who'll despise your hard work
 and your army. He won't even let you speak, he'll just order Camus to let you
 rest and then escort you to the border. At night, Leknaat will appear and
 speak to Riou about his destiny and the hard work he still has in his future.
   When you wake up, near the throne room, Miklotov will inform Lord Gorudo
 that a group of refugees are trying to escape from the Highland army to 
 Matilda. It's time for your fifth strategic battle (finally -_-').

   O---------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #5 /
 O---------------------O

   It's been a long time since you had your last strategic battle, and not
 a thing to do in this one. Ho well, just watch the refugees being slaughtered.

 ----------------------------

   After the battle, you'll see that Miklotov intends to travel over to Muse so
 he can see for himself what's happening there, so follow him outside.
   Now's the chance to go pick up the Violence Rune who is inside the appraisal
 shop, on the bookshelf in the back of the store (DON'T FORGET TO PICK IT UP!).
   Attach it on Riou's Weapon, then go right of Rockaxe into Highway Village.


 =============================================================================
  HIGHWAY VILLAGE
 =================------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Humphrey and Futch
 =============================================================================

   Once here, head to the inn and Futch will bump into you, go up to see Sir
 Humphrey, talk to him and you'll see Futch and Kent talking about dragons and
 that Futch is a dragon knight, he'll show a dragon scale to prove that it's
 true and promise Kent someday to take him to a ride on a dragon. Back at the
 inn, have a little chat with Humphrey and he'll pay for your stay at the inn.
   In the morning thank him and outside you'll see Kent and another guy talking
 and the guy says that his wife saw the shadow of a dragon up in Mt. Rakutei,
 Kent will run off there to see the dragon himself. Speak again with Humphrey,
 then sleep at the inn. The next morning, a group of villagers, Humphrey and
 Futch are saying that Kent has ran away, so to return the favor, go save Kent.


 =============================================================================
  RAKUTEI MOUNTAIN
 ==================-----------------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Stone of Power, Skill Ring and Thunder Amulet
 =============================================================================

   At first, the mist will stop you from going any further, but Riou's Bright
 Shield Rune will clean it up, making it possible for you to advance.
   There are some pretty good items in here so search everywhere, but be
 carefull with the monsters, although they should give you too much trouble.
   Save at the Journeyman Crystal (you'll need it 0_0'), then go up to find
 Kent, and the "WannaBe Dragon" ...

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: HARPY ( 7400 HP | 40000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 41              HELMET
                               Silver Hat
  HP 422/422
  MP 7/4/2/1                   ARMOR
                               Dragon Armor
  STR   119 EXP   127
  TECH  132 PROT   98          OTHER
  MAGIC 109 M.DEF 128          Gold Emblem
  SPEED 122 LUCK  130          Gold Emblem
                               Clay Guardian    ->  Change for Mega Medicine
  H  * Violence                                     or another "High Recovery"
  RH * Bright Shield                                item
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 137  DEF 167

  Twin Heaven Fang
  Level 6  ATT 18  M
  RUNE * Exertion

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   If you got Winged Boots, exchange for a Gold Emblem, that way you'll avoid
 Harpy's physical attacks easier. 
   This birdy is a tough cookie (birdy, cookie, what the heck am I thinking?).
   Harpy attacks twice in one turn and has 4 kinds of attacks, "Wind Slash" and
 "Hurricane" attacks, both magical, "Grab" and "Normal" attacks, both physical.
   Both magical attacks are very powerfull, dealing a little under 100 damage
 each and the "Grab" attack can unbalance you. Start with Clay Guardian, then
 change to some "High Recovery" item, powering up the Exertion Rune every turn.
   Hopefully, Harpy will do a lot of physical attacks and Riou will avoid them,
 while he does up to 450 damage each turn with a fully powered Exertion Rune.
   If you have the Violence Rune (which you should, if you don't, go back to
 Rockaxe castle, seriously!) Riou will be able to deal up to 2400 damage each
 turn, more if he gets critical!!!!

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   After Kent is saved, he'll insist that he heard a dragon the night before,
 buy Futch says that it's impossible that a dragon could live there. Go upwards
 to find a dragon egg, Kent will be very excited, but Futch doesn't want a new
 dragon. As Humphrey tries to destroy the egg, it hatches, and a white dragon
 is born from there. Humphrey explain to Futch that it's ok for him to have a
 new dragon, that he wouldn't have to forget about Black, so Futch becomes its
 master and christens him "Bright".

   As you leave Rakutei Mountain, ask for Humphrey and Futch's assistance in
 this war, and they'll accept. Now it's time to follow Miklotov at Muse-Matilda
 Border (geeez, he must be tired of waiting -_-').


 =============================================================================
  MUSE-MATILDA BORDER
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   At the gates, you'll catch Miklotov who'll request that he accompanies you
 so that he doesn't look too conspicious alone. Go through the gate and the
 guards will let you pass freely, so travel to Muse.


 =============================================================================
  MUSE CITY
 ===========------------------------------------------------------------------

   But before arriving you'll see a sacrifice being held for a Double-Headed
 Wolf Monster. Jowy and Luca will be up at Jowston Hill watching that cruel
 show, with Luca laughing of amusement. Enter the city, which seems empty, then
 go to Jowston Hill gate to see a Muse citizen falling on the ground, a soldier
 will appear and you'll have to battle him out. Now go back to Rockaxe castle.


 =============================================================================
  ROCKAXE CASTLE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Miklotov and Camus
 =============================================================================

   At the castle you'll see Camus who'll greet Miklotov and ask if everythings
 ok, but Miklotov is out of control and goes straight into Gorudo's chambers.
   He'll explain what he saw at Muse, but Gorudo refuses to help him invade
 Muse, saying that Miklotov must obey his oath and obey his king. Miklotov, in
 disgust of hearing Gorudo's words, resigns his position as Captain of the Blue
 Knights of Matilda. Camus follows his steps and breaks his oath too, then asks
 Riou to join his army. To the captains suprise, their knights also break their
 oaths and join Miklotov and Camus in their decision.

   As you escape through Matilda's Forest Path, you'll meet Shu who's there to
 escort you to the castle and then Camus appears with a handful of knights who
 also decides to join Riou's army. All of you will then return to the castle.


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   After talking at the Great Hall, go to your room and Pilika will be there.
 On Highland's side, prince Luca and Jowy will be discuting their new strategy,
 then Jowy will introduce Leon Silverburg, a strategist who fought at the
 Scarlet Moon Empire war, who's got everything planned out for the victory
 of Highland.

   In the morning, at the Great Hall, Shu will inform you that the Highland's
 3rd Company of General Kiba and Klaus have appeared in Radat Town, Viktor then
 tells Riou to go check it out.


 =============================================================================
  RADAT TOWN
 ============-----------------------------------------------------------------

   When you get here, you'll see the entire town gathered together to hear
 General Kiba and Klaus's speech. Klaus will notice you and tell you that
 Lord Jowy and princess Jillia are getting married then walks away to prepare
 for the next battles.

   Now we need to go back to the castle, but first go to Kuskus Town and shapen
 Riou's weapon up to level 11 (ha, no more level 6).


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Kiba and Klaus
 =============================================================================

   At the Great Hall, Shu will ask for your permission to deploy the troops for
 your next strategic battle.


   O---------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #6 /
 O---------------------O

   Not that you have full control of your troops, start attacking the Highland
 army. Ridley will ask why only his kobold troops are in th e fornt lines.
   A few turns later, Ridley will be angry at that and retreat his troops,
 weakning your army. Shu will then orders to retreat from the battle.

 ----------------------------

   
   Go to rest at your room and Eilie will say a few cheering words to you. At
 L'Renouille, you'll see Jowy making an oath to King Agares, but it was all
 a plan to make prince Luca the King of Highland.

   The next day, at the Great Hall, Shu will explain his strategy of ambushing
 General Kiba's Company and the battle will start.


   O---------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #7 /
 O---------------------O

   Klaus will figure out Shu's strategy, and tries to go directly to Riou in
 order to win. Wait until their close enough, and your other units will appear.

   After a few turns, your army will be in trouble, but then Ridley's kobold
 units appear and help you. A few more turns in battle and Kiba will ask for
 4th Company's help, but Leon Silverburg shows up and orders the 4th Company to
 retreat, making General Kiba's Company forced to surrender.

 ----------------------------


   Kiba and Klaus will be taken to the castle and asked to join your army. They
 refuse, but as a letter from Leon Silverburg arrives suggesting that prince
 Luca has murdered King Agares, they'll join you.

   In the morning, at the entrance of your castle, you'll see a girl who's
 chasing Sheena, who'll then run off into the castle. Head to the Great Hall,
 and Shu will say that the army needs more allies but that it seems that there
 aren't any other to ask for an alliance. Sheena then shows up and proposes an
 alliance with his father, the Toran Republic's president. Since it's the only
 possible alliance at the moment, accept the offer.

   Now before you head to Radat Town, go to South Window, and at the city hall
 Freed Y will talk about Lord Granmeyer. Now go to Radat and speak to the guy
 near the boat at the docks and he'll take you to Banner Village.


 =============================================================================
  BANNER VILLAGE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to buy : Rose Brooch
 =============================================================================
 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
 =============================================================================
  FOREST PATH TO TORAN REPUBLIC
 ===============================----------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Stone of Luck and Magic Ring
 =============================================================================

   Woohoo!! Cool battle song ^-^!! This is a pretty much straightforward
 "maze", and contains a few good items as well, the only "bad" thing is that
 it's a very loooooong way to Gregminster -_-'. As you go through the forest,
 it would be nice to try and pick up at least Stone of Luck and Magic Ring,
 both being at the "ropes section".

   A little further into the woods, and you'll find a "bug" (no, not a glitch,
 a real bug ^-^).

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: WORM ( 4200 HP | 35000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 44              HELMET
                               Silver Hat
  HP 452/452
  MP 8/4/2/1                   ARMOR
                               Dragon Armor
  STR   125 EXP    52
  TECH  158 PROT  102          OTHER
  MAGIC 115 M.DEF 123          Gold Emblem
  SPEED 129 LUCK  138          Thunder Amulet
                               Skill Ring
  H  * Violence
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 193  DEF 179

  Twin Heaven Fang
  Level 11  ATT 68  M
  RUNE * Exertion

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Ha, an easy fight. Worm has 2 attacks and can only attack once per turn,
 making it a child's play comparing to other bosses(except Bonaparte ^-^).
   Worm's "Body Crush" can only do about 10 damage and his "Lightning Tail"
 attack (common, you love the names I give to the attacks, don't you ^-^?)
 will damage you around 60 HP.

   As you can see, I didn't even equipped restorative items on Riou as you
 should win before your health deplenish to 0, but you still have the Bright
 Shield Rune, so if you need to heal, use Battle Oath. When the Violence Rune
 activates, bye bye "Wormy" ^-^!!!

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   A few more steps, and you'll be at the border of Toran Republic and Varkas
 will escort to the capital city, Gregminster.


 =============================================================================
  GREGMINSTER
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Find   : Copper Hammer and Cyclone Rune
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD  : Kasumi (or Valeria if you prefer)
 =============================================================================

   Once in the capital's palace, go to the right of the throne room, down the
 stairs and talk to one of the guards in one of the rooms, and he'll give you
 the Copper Hammer.

   Once inside the throne room, you'll meet president Lepant, who although at
 first confused by your request for help, being the Toran Republic and the
 City-State enemies for quite some time, will accept to help your goal of
 bringing the world into peace, as he sees the same glitter in your eyes as
 he saw in the hero that ended the Scarlet Moon Empire war.

   He'll let to choose which general you want to command the troops he lend
 you, either Valeria or Kasumi, both great generals. For the sake of having
 an easier time recruiting the 108 Stars of Destiny and since you won't be
 using neither one of them, pick Kasumi. You'll also receive the Blinking
 Mirror, hurray ^-^!!

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kasumi   -> Amazing, she has both a Speed Ring and a Winged Boots, remove
   ********     them both and equip them on Riou, that way he'll avoid a lot
                more physical attacks and will be very useful against bosses.
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

   Inside the city, head to the inn, and at the second floor speak to Sarah
 and she'll give you a Cyclone Rune.

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 NOTE:

   I don't know why, but in my game (PAL Version) I can't either recruit
 Lorelai, Gordon, Mondo or Sasuke the first time I go to Gregminster.
   I'll have to go back to recruit some more caracters before I recruit
 these. If you happen to NOT have this problem, then I suggest recruiting
 this caracters now as it will save you some time (and some boring trips -_-').
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

   Back at Banner Village, Apple and Ridley will be there to escort you back
 to your castle.


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   Before going to the Great Hall, we'll recruit some new members. Bring along
 Shiro and Tsai and also a Sound Set.


 =============================================================================
  FOREST VILLAGE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Find   : Iron Hammer
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD  : Connell
 =============================================================================

   Go inside Connell's house, talk to him twice and he'll join (don't forget
 to bring a Sound Set).

   The Armor Shop will now be open, go around the balcony and talk to the guy
 near the bed, he'll sell the Iron Hammer for 2000 Potch.


 =============================================================================
  FOREST PATH TO MATILDA
 ========================-----------------------------------------------------
  Recruitabe SOD  : Badeaux
 =============================================================================

   Just speak to him with Shiro in your party, he'll join and give you 2
 Listening Crystals.


 =============================================================================
  FOREST VILLAGE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD  : Ayda and Feather
 =============================================================================

   Neat the elders house, you see Ayda who's protecting a Griffin from the
 townsfolk, who want to kill him. 3 other Griffins will then attack the city
 and you'll fight them. After you've won, use a Listening Crystal and Feather,
 the Griffin will thank you and Ayda for saving him, then both will join you.


 =============================================================================
  RYUBE VILLAGE
 ===============--------------------------------------------------------------
 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
 =============================================================================
  RYUBE FOREST
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Tomo
 =============================================================================

   Go to Tsai's house and you'll find his daughter, Tomo. She'll argue with
 Tsai for being away from her and her mother. Tsai will explain that he's
 helping Riou fight the war and she'll join you.

   Now go back to your castle, and pick up a pure maiden (Nanami for example)
 into your party.


 =============================================================================
  KOBOLD VILLAGE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
 =============================================================================
  UNICORN FOREST
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Siegfried
 =============================================================================

   Go near the Unicorn Tree, use your last Listening Crystal, and Siefried will
 appear and grant his power to you (just make sure you have a pure maiden in
 your party).

   Now pick up Kasumi and head towards Rokkaku Hamlet.


 =============================================================================
  ROKKAKU HAMLET
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Mondo and Sasuke
 =============================================================================

   As you reach Rokkaku Hamlet, Sasuke will transport you into Lord Hanzo's
 room, and Kasumi will ask for his help. He'll lend you Mondo and Sasuke, two
 great ninjas who will assist your army.

 ------------------------------------------------
    Mondo   -> Take his The Shredding [2].
   *******
 ------------------------------------------------


 =============================================================================
  GREGMINSTER
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Lorelai and Gordon
 =============================================================================

   Talk to Lorelai to the left of the fountain, she'll say that you may be
 able to win this war and joins you.

   At the Trading Post, talk to Gordon and he'll accept to join if you can make
 50000 potch worth of profit from tradings, so buy or 3 Ancient Text and sell
 them at Forest Village's Trading Post and that'll make more than 50000 potch.

   Gordon will then join you and don't forget to buy a Celadon Urn.


 =============================================================================
  TWO RIVER CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Bob
 =============================================================================

   At Kobold Disctric talk to Bob and he'll join you (if he doesn't join you
 now, try again later when you've got more Stars of Destiny recruited).



                         =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=
                             The True Face of Evil
                         =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   At the Great Hall, Shu will congratulate you for forging an alliance with
 the Toran Republic, and that the Highland army is headed to the castle with
 a total force of 50000 men, while your army only has 20000 men.

   At night talk to Nanami, and on Highland's side you'll see king Luca, Jowy,
 Leon Silverburg and Sasarai taking about attacking your castle.

  In the morning, Shu will inform you that the Highland army has appeared in
 Radat and that Lord Ridley has deployed to check on the enemy's numbers.
  But then, a guard shows up and says that Ridley's forces have been ambushed
 and surrounded. You'll need to go help him.


   O---------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #8 /
 O---------------------O

   Ridley will be completely surrounded and start the battle for himself. It's
 possibe to save him from being captured, and it's not hard to do it.

  If you want Ridley to be saved get him one square left and one up and get
 your quickest unit (one with cavalry and flight) near Ridley's Unit and you'll
 escape from the battle.

  If however you don't care or couldn't rescue Ridley don't worry, he'll be
 rescued later. If Ridley's Unit is killed, your army will withdraw.

  If you take too long in battle, Luca's army will appear and the battle will
 get harder.

 ----------------------------


   Either you save Ridley or not, Shu will say that he has a plan to beat the
 enormous army of Highland and then tells the men to rest.

   As you go to sleep, on Highland's side, you'll see Ridley talking with king
 Luca and being taken as a prisoner. It seems that Leon Silverbug has summoned
 a new general to aid the Highland army.

   In the morning, at the Great Hall, Shu explains his strategy. General Kiba
 will be used to attract Luca Blight, he'll be ambushed and killed to end this
 war.


   O---------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #9 /
 O---------------------O

   The battle will start with Kiba running away from Luca's army, and when Luca
 is close enough your units will appear and surround Luca's unit. He's your
 only target so hit him with all your might.

   When you're able to wound Luca's Unit, he'll use an attack that will hit all
 of your unit's with one sword and remove himself from battle. Shu will then
 order a withdraw.

 ----------------------------


   Back at the castle, go to the first floor and you'll see that Sasuke and
 Mondo have rescued Ridley. He then forgives apologizes for being careless
 and says that he has a message to Shu. At the Great Hall, Shu reads Leon
 Silverbug's letter saying that Luca Blight will lead a night raid and that
 it'll probably be your last change of defeating him. Shu will ask for your
 decision, BUT BEFORE YOU SAY TO DEPLOY THE TROOPS, go attach a Fire Sealing
 Rune on Riou and buy some Clay Guardian.

   When creating the 3 party groups that will attack Luca Blight, make Flik
 and Viktor's Units with only Flik and Viktor themselves so they're killed
 right away and, of course, make Riou's Unit with only Riou.

   DO NOT FORGET THE FIRE SEALING RUNE !!!

   You'll see Luca Blight with his White Wolf army heading for the castle when
 two of his soldiers inform him that his troops are under attack. Then, his
 army gets hit with a shower of arrows and he falls of his horse. Flik's unit
 is the first to fight him, let him die, and do the same with Viktor's unit.
   The real battle starts with Riou...

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: LUCA BLIGHT ( 6500 HP | 50000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 44              HELMET
                               Silver Hat
  HP 452/452
  MP 8/4/2/1                   ARMOR
                               Dragon Armor
  STR   125 EXP   226
  TECH  138 PROT  102          OTHER
  MAGIC 115 M.DEF 113          Speed Ring
  SPEED 154 LUCK  140          Winged Boots
                               Clay Guardian  -> Change for Medicine
  H  * Fire Sealing
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 193  DEF 175

  Twin Heaven Fang
  Level 11  ATT 68  M
  RUNE * Exertion

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 NOTE:

   You can exchange the Double Beat Rune with the Violence Rune if you prefer.
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

   This battle is, surprisingly, one of the easiest boss battles in this
 challenge (if you have the Fire Sealing Rune, that is).

   2 of the 3 attacks that Luca possesses are completely nullified. The other
 remaining attack only does a maximum of 30 damage (with Clay Guardian), making
 a total of 90 damage if he's lucky enough to make 3 non-elemental attacks in
 one turn.

   You will likely only have to heal with Battle Oath, but you can always pick
 up some medicine from your inventory. Indeed an easy battle (I almost fell
 asleep ^-^).

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Luca Blight will run away, so go after him. You'll have 2 fights against
 White Wolf soldiers, and then Luca will be in a dead end and get showered
 again with more arrows.

   He still breaths for a last battle and jumps right against Riou.


 O-------------------------------O
  \ One on One Duel - Luca Blight \
   O-------------------------------O

   He's almost finished, so attack twice and he'll fall (just make sure you're
 not on critical health).

 ----------------------------


   Luca will say his last words, claiming that it took hundreds to kill him but
 that he killed by the thousand. He'll then fall onto the ground and you'll
 return to your castle.
   Watching behind a tree, Jowy and Leon Silverburg are able to get their plan
 fulfilled.

   As you reach the castle, everyone congratulates Riou for finally defeating
 Highland's King, Luca Blight. Riou will be exhausted and faint, but their
 friends carry him to his room to rest.

   On Highland's side, you'll see Jowy getting married to Jillia and becoming
 the new King of Highland.

   One week later, Riou is felling all better and Nanami suggest that they
 visit Kuskus Town and South Window, so head towards Kuskus Town (or just use
 Viki ^-^).


 =============================================================================
  KUSKUS TOWN
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Karen
 =============================================================================

   As you enter the town, 2 guys will tell you that a Highland ship has arrived 
 and when you reach the docks, you'll see Culgan who informs you that Jowy has
 become the new king of Highland and that he offers a peace treaty, which will
 be discuted as soon as you reach your castle. He'll join Convoy, but first
 head to the inn.

   In there, talk to the girl next to the stage, it's Karen. Ask her to join,
 and she will if... you dance with her.
   The pattern is easy to complete, but if you need help here it is:

   +-------------------------------------------------------------------+
   | Triangle, Square, Circle, Cross, Triangle, Cross, Circle, Square. |
   +-------------------------------------------------------------------+

   Next stop, Radat Town.


 =============================================================================
  RADAT TOWN
 ============-----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Lebrant, Hoi and Simone
 =============================================================================

   In radat town, head to the appraisal shop, ask Lebrante to join you, and if
 you have a Celadon Urn, give it to him and he'll join.

   Next head to the pub, and you'll see Hoi, who pretends he is Riou so he can
 eat for free. But things go wrong when his supposed Bright Shield Rune starts
 melting and everyone finds out he's a impostor. Help him against the raged
 restaurant owners and he'll join you (after both of you get beaten up... how
 come Riou defeats Luca Blight but couldn't beat up those guys -_-'?).

 ----------------------------------------------------------
    Hoi   -> His 3 Sacrificial Jizo will come in handy.
   *****
 ----------------------------------------------------------

   Now head to the docks and near the stairs that go into the river you'll find
 Simone, he has lost his friend Rose Brooch, so give him yours and tell him to
 join you in exchange (or tell him to "Run around and bark like a dog!" ^-^).

   Now travel to South Window.


 =============================================================================
  SOUTH WINDOW
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Max, Annallee and Killey
 =============================================================================

   As you go up the stairs, Max shows up and begs for you to let him join, so
 be nice and say yes.

   At the inn, you'll see Annallee who tries to stay at the inn, but doesn't
 have any money, so the innkeeper tells her to go away. You'll find Annallee
 again to the right of the city hall, accept to hear her song and invite her
 to stay at your castle.

   Finally talk to Killey, the guy with a red hat and tell him about Alex,
 he'll go into your castle. Follow him into the inn and he'll asks for what
 Alex found in the Sindar Ruins. He then apologizes and leaves. Go back to
 South Window and ask Killey to join you until he does.

   Now back to the castle.


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   In the castle, take Culgan to the Great Hall and he'll say that he's only
 there to announce a peace treaty and that he'd like to take Lord Riou and
 Lady Teresa to Muse to sign the agreement. Head to Muse City then.


 ==============================================================================
  MUSE CITY
 ===========-------------------------------------------------------------------

   Once in the city, Chaco will leave your party to explore Muse, head towards
 Jowston Hill and inside you'll meet Jowy who, after all, set up a trap against
 you, and asks you to surrender. Viktor appears al of a sudden and runs through
 the crossbowers and brings Pilika up to Jowy, escaping then with Riou and Lady
 Teresa. As you try to run out of the city, some Highland soldiers attack you.

   As you reach for the gate, you'll see Chaco mocking with the gate soldiers
 and Viktor will chase them away, then you'll get out of Muse back to your
 castle.


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   Shu will greet you for your safe return, and Nanami will get furious with
 him, saying that he used Pilika as a tool. Shu says that he will do anything
 to ensure Riou's safety.


                       =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=
                           Neclord and the Undead Army
                       =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=


   At the entrace of the headquarters, you'll find a young boy named Koyu, the
 youngest of Lampdragon bandits, who needs your help to get rid of the zombies
 that infest his home. It's time to take care of that "Blood Sucking" vampire
 again. You'll have to take Nanami in your party, there's no other choice. 

   Also, go to Leona's Tavern and put Wakaba in your party, then travel to
 Drakemouth Village.

   Make sure you bring at least 2 Sacrificial Jizo and some Clay Guardian.


 =============================================================================
  DRAKEMOUTH VILLAGE
 ====================---------------------------------------------------------

   In here, Koyu will persuade the guard into letting them pass, go through
 after Kokto leaves his station.


 =============================================================================
  PATH TO TIGERMOUTH VILLAGE
 ============================-------------------------------------------------

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
 NOTE:

   Be sure to get Window Set #2 from Air Lizard if you intend to recruit
 Tenkou in Crom Village later on.
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------

   Go straight (like you had another choice -_-') and then up to the right path
 to find Gijimu, Koyu's brother, and his gang, who had to escape from the
 zombies by burning the barricade, roads and bridges. Viktor will say that
 eventually Tinto will have to fight the zombies too and that it would be a
 good chance to forge an alliance with them. Now head out to Crom Village,
 passing by through Tigermouth Village, who is useless for now.


 =============================================================================
  CROM VILLAGE
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitabe SOD : Tenkou and L.C.Chan
 =============================================================================

   First thing here, talk to Tenkou and show him your Window Set, then ask him
 to join you.

   Afterwards, head to the inn, and by the door you'll see Wakaba's master,
 L.C.Chan running away from the innkeeper. Talk to him behind the item shop,
 Riou and L.C.Chan will do their fighting poses and L.C.Chan will join you.

   Now head towards the main city, Tinto.


 =============================================================================
  TINTO CITY
 ============-----------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Buy    : Wind Hat (Armor Shop - Rare Finds)
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Find   : Power Ring
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Blacksmith       : Up to level 13
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD  : Raura
 =============================================================================

   Once in Tinto, pick up a Power Ring from the cart outside the Blacksmith. Go
 to the Armor Shop, and buy a Wind Hat if you're lucky enough to find it. Next,
 sharpen your weapon up to level 13 and speak to Raura standing to the right of
 Gustav's house. Tell her about Jeane and she'll join your group.

   Talk to the guard at the door of Gustav's house and he'll let you in. Gustav
 will be admired by your courage as you defeated Luca Blight and ask you to
 join forces. Koyu will go back to the castle and ask for reinforcements.

   Marlowe will take you to your room and admire your strength since you're so
 young and have been able to defeat the evil Luca Blight then runs off to his
 room.

   In the morning, Viktor will wake you up, go downstairs to meet with Ridley
 and Klaus, as well as Gijimu and Koyo. Lilly will come in and say that evil
 monsters have come to the city, and at the city's entrance you'll see Neclord
 and his army of zombies ordering the citizens of Tinto to leave the city, as
 it'll become Neclord's new kingdom, he then leaves.

   Again at Gustav's house, Jess and Hauser will come in and Jess will insult
 Riou, saying that he was the one who killed Lady Anabelle. Talk again with
 Gustav and at night talk with Lilly then go to sleep. At night, Leknaat will
 once again appears and speaks about Riou and Jowy's destiny. Next, go to
 Nanami's room and she'll say to run away, run away from all this battles, all
 this problems. Say that you can't run and in the morning, as you talk with
 Gustav, a guard will come in and say that Jess plans to take the soldiers out
 to battle Neclord by himself.

   Now go into the mines, down the elevator, and you'll encounter Neclord, who
 you can't defeat just now. He'll use his Moon Rune to attack you, but your
 Bright Shield Rune will break the curse and save you. As you get out of the
 mines, you'll see the city infested with zombies, Riou will lose his strength
 and Nanami will take him to Crom Village. In Muse, you'll see that Jowy is
 day by day, being consumed by the Black Sword Rune.


 =============================================================================
  CROM VILLAGE
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Kahn
 =============================================================================
   
   When you wake up at Crom, head out of the village and you'll see Kahn who's
 also after Neclord and tells you that they need another person that has the 
 power to help them destroy Neclord. That person is in Tigermouth Village.


 =============================================================================
  TIGERMOUTH VILLAGE
 ====================---------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Sierra
 =============================================================================

   In the middle of Tigermouth, a group of villagers is insulting a young lady,
 and accusing her of being one of the vampires who is ruining their towns.
   Viktor will try and stop them but it'll only make her more furious. She'll
 scare of the villagers, and Kahn will greet her, lady Sierra. At first she
 doens't want to join forces, but as the Star Dragon Sword speaks to her, she
 accepts, but first, a little test...

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  MINI BOSS BATTLE: SIERRA ( 2800 HP | 1000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   This battle is very esasy, but don't be careless, as her attacks can deal
 quite some good damage. She attacks twice every turn and has 3 kinds of
 attacks. Her "Normal" attack deals around 70 damage, her "Bat" attack about
 100 damage and her "Double-Image" attack deals around 130 damage.

   As you can see, she's very powerfull, but has very little HP, so just battle
 her out and if you need to heal, use Battle Oath.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   She'll congratulate you, and join you. Go back to Crom Village now.


 =============================================================================
  CROM VILLAGE
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------

   You'll see that Sierra takes a liking for Klaus, as he gets embarassed and
 quicky leaves the room. Rest, then in the next day, Viktor and the others
 prepare for the final battle against Neclord. You can access Tinto through
 the mines to the east, so let's go hunt some vampires.


 =============================================================================
  TINTO MINES
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Stone of Magic Defense, Master Garb and Wind Hat
 =============================================================================

   Be carefull not to get lost in this dungeon, as it can be very confusing,
 as the paths all look the same. While you travel, pick up the Stone of Magic
 Defense and the Wind Hat (if you haven't found one in Tinto, the Wind Hat is
 somewhat hidden near the save point before the Stone Golem), but you must get
 the Master Grab, an amazing piece of armor for Riou (Def+45;Str+15;Tech+15).

   Prepare everything and save at the Journeyman Crystal, then slide to the
 "place of no return" ^-^. Continue through the mines until Sierra stops and
 tells Viktor to step forward. As he does, a huge Stone Golem appears with
 his own FMV (lucky guy ^-^ !).

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: STONE GOLEM ( 7500 HP | 50000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 52              HELMET
                               Wind Hat
  HP 537/537
  MP 8/5/2/1                   ARMOR
                               Master Garb
  STR   157 EXP   606
  TECH  173 PROT  114          OTHER
  MAGIC 131 M.DEF 129          Speed Ring
  SPEED 179 LUCK  156          Winged Boots
                               Clay Guardian  -> Change for Medicine
  H  * Violence
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 249  DEF 207

  Twin Destiny Fang
  Level 13  ATT 92  M
  RUNE * Exertion

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Ha, once one of the hardest bosses in Suikoden 2, now a walk in the park.

   This fellow only attacks once per turn, but has 3 kinds of attacks. His
 "Row Blaster" deals around 85 damage, his "Stone Spikes" attack about 130
 damage and his most powerfull "Double-Beam Shot" can damage you around
 160 HP ( how do I come up with these names ^-^ ?).

   Stone Golem has a weakness towards lightning, so you can use a Lightning
 Rune or "Bolt of Wrath" scrolls, although I prefer to use the Violence Rune.
   As soon as it gets activated, your Exertion Rune will be at its highest
 and a single tonfa hit from Riou will deal around 750 damage making a total
 of 3000 with a Double-Beat Rune, and each critical hit manages do deal 2500
 damage PER TONFA HIT !!!!! ( Ho my... 0_0 , you can defeat him in 1 turn !!).

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   After the battle, Viktor will be angry with Sierra for using him as a bait,
 but Kahn says that it's best not to go against her.

 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 ADDITIONAL TIP:

    In case you used too many Rune Spells or need to buy something, you
 can use an Escape Talisman to get out of the mines, but then you'll have
 to go through the mines all the way again.
 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

   Continue through the mines, up and down on the elevators until you get
 inside Tinto City.


 =============================================================================
  TINTO CITY
 ============-----------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Find : Mother Earth Rune (from Gustav)
 =============================================================================

   Make your way up to the upper house and prepare yourself for the final 
 battle against Neclord.

   Inside the room where Neclord is, you'll see Lo Wen and Lilly who have been
 captured by the vampire, to become his brides. Viktor will take out every
 single frustration he had with Neclord, by saying that he'll chop him down,
 grind him, dry him, break him into pieces and never ever forgiving him ^-^.

   Kahn is then able to trap Neclord into the sacred barrier that his family
 researched for generations, making it impossible for him to escape. He still
 tries to use his Moon Rune, but Sierra dispels its power, leaving Neclord
 powerless. 

   "Hey!! Neclord!! It's time to cash in your chips!!!"

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: NECLORD ( 4500 HP | 70000 Potch | The Shredding [4] )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 54              HELMET
                               Wind Hat
  HP 557/557
  MP 9/5/2/1                   ARMOR
                               Master Garb
  STR   161 EXP   326
  TECH  178 PROT  117          OTHER
  MAGIC 135 M.DEF 143          Sacrificial Jizo -> Change for Medicine
  SPEED 159 LUCK  160          Sacrificial Jizo -> Change for Medicine
                               Gold Emblem
  H  * Violence
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 253  DEF 196

  Twin Destiny Fang
  Level 13  ATT 92  M
  RUNE * Exertion

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Neclord can attack twice, has 4 kinds of attacks, but will only use 3 since
 there's no female members alive in your party.

   The "Cursing Souls" attack does around 105 damage, the "Lightning" attack
 about 240 and his "Death Ray" instantly kills you.

   Begin the battle attacking, while your Exertion Runes powers up, and when 
 the Violence Rune activates, you should be able do deal 1000 damage per tonfa
 hit, finishing him for good.

   Keep "The Shredding [4]" in your inventory, it may be come in handy against
 Bone Dragon.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Neclord will ask for forgiveness and return the Moon Rune to Sierra, which
 in turn let's Viktor do whatever he wants with him. Viktor then has his
 revenge and destroys Neclord together with the Star Dragon Sword.

   Now head out to the entrance of Tinto City, and Lilly will go back to his
 father as well as Lo Wen to his brothers. Jess will be confused by your
 decision of saving Tinto, but then asks to join you, so say yes.

   You can now go talk to Gustav and he'll give you a Mother Earth Rune.

   Time to go back to your castle, but first some new recruits.


 =============================================================================
  PATH TO TIGERMOUTH VILLAGE
 ============================-------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Georg
 =============================================================================

   As you go back to Drakemouth Village, turn right at your first intersection.
 You'll find Georg, talk to him and accept to hire him.

 -------------------------------------------------
    Georg   -> Take his Cheesecake [6].
   *******
 -------------------------------------------------

   Now travel all the way to South Window.


 =============================================================================
  SOUTH WINDOW
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Gantetsu
 =============================================================================

   Pick up some members for your party then head to the city square and talk
 twice to Gantetsu. Ask him to join you, and he'll suggest a test of strength.
   You'll push him and he'll join.

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 NOTE:

   I don't consider this cheating, since you could use the Stones of Power to
 give more strength to Riou in order to push Gantetsu, but that would just be
 wasting time, so speed up the process by taking a few high strength caracters.
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

   Now back to to castle.


                             =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=
                                 Liberations
                             =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   Once you arrive, at the first floor, Sheena will tell you to go see Shu, he
 seems to have another ideia. At the Great Hall, Shu will suggest that you
 retake Greenhill, since most of the Highland troops seem to be at Muse.

   Go rest at your room and at night you can see some funny scenes between your
 caracters. As you come back to your room, you'll see a misterious woman named
 Lucia who intends to assassinate you.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  MINI BOSS BATTLE: LUCIA ( 1500 HP | 20000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Lucia's pretty weak for now, you shouldn't even have to heal. Just attack
 until she falls.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   You can either release her, or take her to prison, but the next day she'll
 escape so, it's your choice.

   When you wake up, you'll see that you now have 2 personal guards for your
 room, go to the Great Hall and Shu will ask to deploy the troops and lets
 you choose the army that you want to lead.

   I think that Viktor's army battle is easier to win, so choose him.

   Make sure you have at least 2 Sacrificial Jizo and some Clay Guardian.


   O--------------------------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #10 - Viktor's Side /
 O--------------------------------------O

   Your only target is Jowy's unit, destroy it and Highland will retreat.

 ----------------------------


 =============================================================================
  GREENHILL CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
 =============================================================================
  GREENHILL CITY - FOREST PATH
 ==============================-----------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Stone of Skill and Winged Boots
 =============================================================================

   This is the same path you used to escape from Greenhill back then. But
 we didn't see the last part of this path, that's why there's some new items
 to pick up. Get Stone of Skill and another pair of Winged Boots as the more
 speed the better.

   You'll be attacked by some Highland soldiers on the way, and then you'll
 reach Lucia who'll attack you again, only this time stronger and with her
 Karayans soldiers.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: LUCIA ( 4700 HP | 33000 Potch | Blue Gate Rune )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 54              HELMET
                               Wind Hat
  HP 557/557
  MP 9/5/2/1                   ARMOR
                               Master Garb
  STR   161 EXP   827
  TECH  178 PROT  117          OTHER
  MAGIC 135 M.DEF 133          Speed Ring
  SPEED 184 LUCK  160          Winged Boots
                               Mega Medicine [3] -> Change for more Medicine
  H  * Violence
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 253  DEF 210

  Twin Destiny Fang
  Level 13  ATT 92  M
  RUNE * Exertion

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Lucia attacks twice in one turn and has 3 kinds of attacks. Her "Normal"
 attack does around 90 damage, her "Fire Shurikens" spell around 160 and the
 "Explosion" spell, about 105 damage.

   Kill off her soldiers, then move to her, heal whenever necessary, and once
 the Violence Rune activates, 1 attack (4 tonfa hits) should be enough to
 finish her.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Lucia reveals that the reason why she's been attacking Riou is because Lady
 Teresa's father assassinated her father at a peace council. Lady Teresa then
 says that she'll investigate the case, and compensate Lucia if it provens to
 be true. Lucia and his Karayans soldiers will leave, so continue through the
 path until you reach Greenhill.
 =============================================================================
 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
 =============================================================================
  GREENHILL CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------

   Outside the academy you'll see 2 persons, the girl will heal you and the
 guard will save your game.

   Head downtown, you'll fight some Highland soldiers on the way and when you
 get near the gate, Yuber will appear and summon...

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
  BOSS BATTLE: BONE DRAGON ( 8900 HP | 100000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 55              HELMET
                               Wind Hat
  HP 568/568
  MP 9/5/2/1                   ARMOR
                               Master Garb
  STR   163 EXP   543
  TECH  181 PROT  119          OTHER
  MAGIC 137 M.DEF 135          Sacrificial Jizo -> Change for Medicine
  SPEED 161 LUCK  163          Sacrificial Jizo -> Change for Medicine
                               Clay Guardian    -> Change for Medicine
  H  * Violence
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 255  DEF 188

  Twin Destiny Fang
  Level 13  ATT 92  M
  RUNE * Exertion

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   Yauch!! This boss can give a lot of trouble if you're not prepared. Bone
 Dragon has 3 kinds of attacks but only attacks once per turn. His "Bite"
 attack will do around 300 damage (with Clay Guardian 0_0'!!), his "Blue
 Breath" attack around 250 damage and his "Meteor Shower" attack about 350
 damage.

   It is best to have the same equipment as I do, and have 2 Sacrificial Jizo
 and Clay Guardian. Start the battle with Clay Guardian and if you have the
 change pick up some medicine from your inventory with a large quantity (5 or
 more). 

   If you get berserked by the Violence Rune, attack with all power even if on
 the next turn you die, since you have 2 Sacrificial Jizo equipped. Hopefully
 you'll be able to deal 1000 damage per tonfa hit, making a total of 4000
 damage in 1 turn. If Riou has full health and is bitten, if on the next turn
 Bone Dragon uses the "Blue Breath" attack, Riou will survive (well, most of
 the times 0_0') so use that extra turn to attack again will all your might.

   You can also use "The Shredding" which'll do about 1000 points of damage to
 Bone Dragon, since he's weak against Wind, but the Violence Rune is much, much
 stronger.

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   Once the battle is over, Highland will retreat and the citizens of Greenhill
 will cheer for Lady Teresa. Fitcher then appears and informs Riou that Shu
 requests him to return to the castle as soon as possible.


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   At the Great Hall, Klaus will say that the Matilda Knights have surrendered
 to Highland, then Apple suggests to reconquer Muse. First say that you need
 some time to think, as we're going to recruit the last Stars of Destiny.


 =============================================================================
  GREENHILL CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Things to Find  : Rage Rune and Silver Hammer
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Pico and Jude
 =============================================================================

   Go to the inn and watch Mairie arguing with Pico, then tell Pico that you
 know Annallee, and he'll join you (leaving Mairie heart-broken T_T).

   Next, at the academy's blacksmith class, talk to Jude and he'll ask you for
 some clay, go get it at a guy in Forest Village who's hidden in the woods,
 give the clay to Jude and ask him to join you in exchange.

   You can talk to the rune class's teacher and she'll give you a Rage Rune,
 student at the blacksmith class will give you the Silver Hammer.


 =============================================================================
  TINTO CITY
 ============-----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Alberto
 =============================================================================

   At the Armor Shop, speak with Alberto and tell him about Annallee and Pico,
 he'll join you.


 =============================================================================
  CAVE OF THE WIND
 ==================-----------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Pesmerga
 =============================================================================

   Go to where you found the Star Dragon Sword and Pesmerga will be there, ask
 him to join you.

   Back at your castle, pick up Viktor, and go to Kuskus Town.


 =============================================================================
  KUSKUS TOWN
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Tessai
 =============================================================================

   Go to the Blacksmith Shop and speak with Tessai, he'll be amazed by seeing
 the Star Dragon Sword and begs to let him sharpen it. Viktor and Star Dragon
 Sword start fighting (again -_-') and Tessai will ask to join you.

   Pick up Simone at Leona's Tavern and head to Radat Town.

 =============================================================================
  RADAT TOWN
 ============-----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Vincent
 =============================================================================

   Head to the docks, to the spot where Simone was and you'll find his friend,
 Vincent. After some conversation he'll join your group.

   At your castle give the Silver Hammer to Tessai and sharpen your weapon up
 to level 15 then head to the docks of Coronet Town.


 =============================================================================
  CORONET TOWN
 ==============---------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Genshu
 =============================================================================

   Talk to Genshu and show him your weapon (must be at least level 14), he'll
 then join you.


 =============================================================================
  TINTO MINES
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Recruitable SOD : Mazus
 =============================================================================

   Near the save point, to the left, you'll find Mazus, ask him to join you and
 he will.


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        CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE RECRUITED THE 108 STARS OF DESTINY

                          ( Isn't That Nice ^-^ ? )

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 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   Speak to Apple, accept the idea of attacking Muse and you'll see the
 soldiers walking off to battle.


 =============================================================================
  GREENHILL CITY
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------

   Apple and Klaus will be preparing the strategy details, so go out and have
 a walk. You'll see Lucia running off inside the academy, follow her, into the
 secret passage until you reach her and the King of Highland, Jowy Blight.

   He will ask you once again to quit as the leader of your army, but say you
 can't. Nanami will ask Jowy to quit as King of Highland but he refuses as
 well. Jowy will then leave, so go back and talk to Apple.

   When you're ready, it's time to invade Muse City.


   O----------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #11 /
 O----------------------O

   If you've been recruiting the Stars of Destiny you will vastly outnumber the
 enemy units. Attack Lucia's Unit and her Karayans, as well as the Highlanders
 near her. After a few turns, Jowy, Culgan and Seed will retreat, finish Lucia
 and you've won.

 ----------------------------


 =============================================================================
  MUSE CITY
 ===========------------------------------------------------------------------

   Enter the city, go to the city hall, and you'll see state soldiers running
 away from a monster, who you'll see inside that it's a...

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  MINI BOSS BATTLE: GOLDEN WOLF ( 3500 HP | 10000 Potch | No Items )
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   Yes, I know that on normal circumstances, this would be a normal boss and
 not a mini boss, but the fact is that, once the Violence Rune activates, Riou
 will deal 4000 damage to Golden Wolf, killing him in 1 turn.

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   The city will be infested with Golden Wolfs that regenerate every time you
 try to kill them, so run away from the city. Luc will recognize the wolfs from
 being servants for the Beast Rune, who was passed on from Harmonia to the
 Blight family. Fitcher will come running saying that the Highland army is
 attacking and that you'll have to escape (well, duh -_-').


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   As you reach your headquarters, Shu will greet you for your safe return. Go
 to Shu's room and you'll see Kiba entering it. Shu wil ask Kiba to attack
 Viktor's fort in order to create a decoy and divide the Highland forces.
   Talk to Shu, he'll say that he has formed a new strategy and asks what do
 you wish to do. Say you'll fight and everyone will gather at the Great Hall.

   Shu will explain that this is the fiercest and decisive battle of them all,
 everyone will lend their power to Riou and Leknaat will then appear.
   She will say that you have assembled many heroes and because of that, the
 seal of the Bright Shield Rune will be broken and you'll be granted the most
 powerfull spell, the Forgiver Sign.

   The next morning, Nanami will wake you up and Kiba will be leaving with his
 soldiers to battle. Head to the Great Hall and Shu says to first attack
 Greenhill and then Matilda. To battle!!


   O----------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #12 /
 O----------------------O

   You'll have roughly the same number of units as the enemy. Make use of the
 long range attacks, such as fire spear, bows and magic before attacking
 physically. A few turns later, Jowy will give the signal and Culgan's Units
 will appear behind you. Continue fighting until Shu gives his own signal and
 two more ally units show up, Jowy will order the troops to retreat.

 ----------------------------


   Viktor will ask who's army was that, then Barbara, Leona, Hilda and Alex
 show up and Shu thanks them for doing formidable on the battle field.

   You'll be back at Greenhill, now it's time to take on Rockaxe Castle. You'll
 also receive the notice that General Kiba has been mortally wounded in battle.


 =============================================================================
  ROCKAXE CASTLE
 ================-------------------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Stone of Speed, Stone of Defense, Power Gloves
 =============================================================================

   Be careful with the enemies, they're quite strong and the Cockatrice can
 petrify you, so don't get careless. Pick up some useful items and you'll be
 inside the castle. In there, you'll have a few forced battles with Matilda
 Knights (M-Knight), save at the Journeyman Crystal, one more forced battle
 and you'll be at the big corridor where you'll see Jowy.

   Riou and Jowy will look at each other, knowing that one day they'll have to
 fight. Jowy will explain that although the City-State had peace conferences,
 they were full of maelstorm, envy and hate, he wants to establish a new ruler,
 one nothing to do with either the City-State or Highland, that'll be the only
 way that the land can have true peace.

   Riou and Jowy are about to settle things, when suddenly Gordon appears with
 a group of crossbowers and shoots agains them. Nanami will jump in the way and
 avoid the arrows, but the last one hits her and she falls to the ground.

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  MINI BOSS BATTLE: GORUDO ( 4500 HP | 125000 Potch | Knight Armor )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Another easy fight, since Jowy is way too strong, it'll be hard to kill
 him before you attack, but since his not your team anymore, just defend.

   You'll avoid the M-Knights attacks most of the time, easily killing them
 all. About Gorudo just use Forgiver Sign and attack, he'll fall in a short
 while.

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   Jowy will apologize to Nanami and she'll ask you to call her "Big Sister"
 one last time. Say it, and after her last words Nanami will pass out.
   Shu will come and order the soldiers to burn the flag and call a doctor,
 the flag will be burned and the Highland armies will retreat.


 =============================================================================
  HEADQUARTERS CASTLE
 =====================--------------------------------------------------------

   Everyone will be at the infirmary waiting for Doctor Huan's report. When he
 comes out, Doctor Huan will say that he wasn't strong enough to save her.

   In the morning, at the Great Hall, Shu will inform you that the Highland
 army has left Muse and retreated to their own territory and then asks you
 for permission to invade Highland and eliminate the root of the war.
   Outside the Great Hall, Riou faints and Freedy Y helps him. In L'Renouille,
 Jowy will pretend to sacrifice Jillia, in order to boost the soldier's moral.

   Back at the castle, you'll be resting in your room, go to Shu's room and
 Apple enters it and talks about Muse's invasion, that Shu already knew that
 they wouldn't win. Shu then asks Apple to choose a card from the table and
 she picks "Fire", then leaves.

   Go to sleep, in the morning some of your friends will wake you up and at
 the Great Hall, Shu will ask to deploy the troops.


   O----------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #13 /
 O----------------------O

   Riou and Hauser's units will be hidden, so Leon decides to attack directly
 Shu's unit and heads to the forest. When they get close enough, Shu gives the
 signal and Viktor's unit burns the forest and the Highland units get trapped
 inside.

 ----------------------------


   Shu and Leon will be in the middle of the "sea of fire" and confront each
 other. Everyone will be worried with Shu, but then Viktor shows up with him,
 as he saved his life.


   It's time to invade L'Renouille, deploy the troops !!


                           =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=
                               The Last Breath
                           =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=


   O----------------------O
  / Strategic Battle #14 /
 O----------------------O

   The last strategic battle and an easy one. The enemy units will not move, so
 take as long as you like, attack with longe range units to weaken the enemy,
 and when you're close enough, move an unit inside the city and you'll win.
   Yuber will even leave the battle before you reach L'Renouille, making it an
 even easier battle.

 ----------------------------


   You'll be at the gates of L'Renouille, but before you enter, let's do some
 last things:

   - You can go to Rockaxe castle and get a Thunder Rune from Gorudo's room,
     which is located to the right of the corridor where you fought him.

   - In Muse City, go to the Armor Shop and receive a Silver Armor from the
     lady at the balcony.

   - Still at Muse City, go to the Rune shop and talk to the runemaster on the
     second floor to receive a Flowing Rune.

   - Travel northwest of L'Renouille to find Sajah Village. In there, you can
     buy the Golden Hammer from the Item Shop Rare Finds and sharpen your
     weapon up to level 16 at Tessai's Blacksmith Shop in your headquarters.

   - Pick up all of your "Stat-Raising Stones" and use them on Riou.

   - Don't forget to bring some Clay Guardian and at least 3 Sacrificial Jizos.


 =============================================================================
  L'RENOUILLE
 =============----------------------------------------------------------------
  Good Treasure Chests : Stone of Power, Stone of Defense, Wind Amulet
 =============================================================================

   As you get inside Highland's Capital City, you'll encounter Lucia and have
 one last battle against her.

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  BOSS BATTLE: LUCIA ( 6500 HP | 50000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 58              HELMET
                               Wind Hat
  HP 600/600
  MP 9/5/3/1                   ARMOR
                               Silver Armor
  STR   157 EXP   221
  TECH  175 PROT  131          OTHER
  MAGIC 145 M.DEF 145          Speed Ring
  SPEED 193 LUCK  170          Winged Boots
                               Tempura [5]   -> Change for more Medicine
  H  * Violence
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 327  DEF 234

  Twin Destiny Fang
  Level 16  ATT 170  M
  RUNE * Exertion

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   The queen of Karayan is back and stronger then ever. She's now able to
 attack thrice per turn. She still has the 3 same attacks and can deal quite
 some damage.

   Start the battle with Forgiver Sign (if you have it), that'll deal 2000
 damage right away. Heal whenever necessary, and when the Violence Rune
 activates, bombs away !!

   In case your having problems with her fire spell "Explosion", attach a Fire
 Sealing Rune on Riou, but it will NOT work with the "Fire Shuriken" spell.

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   Lady Teresa will come inside and speak with Lucia about her father's murder.
 Lucia will then let you pass.

   Choose either the left or the right path, fight through the Highland guards
 until you reach Han. He'll stop you from going on and starts a duel with you.


 O----------------------------------O
  \ One on One Duel - Han Cunningham \
   O----------------------------------O

   You have to be careful with Han, as he's very strong. This time, Defend
 and use Wild Attack whenever you see fit, as only attacking may not be enough.

 ----------------------------


   Han will ask you for your name and say it's last words. Carry on.

   This place can become very confusing if you don't know where you're going,
 so the best thing to do is to ask the guards (I'm kidding, I'm kidding ^-^).
   Don't worry, eventually you'll find your way, and whyle you're searching,
 you'll find some good items and level up a few levels, especially against the
 Highland guards.

   When you're near the Blight Family throne room, save at the journeyman
 crystal who'll also heal you (nice ^-^ !), then head up to meet with Seed and
 Culgan. They won't let you pass (big suprise -_-'), and fight you.

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  BOSS BATTLE: SEED & CULGAN ( 4200 HP & 6800 HP | 130000 Potch | No Items )
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 61              HELMET
                               Wind Hat
  HP 620/620
  MP 9/5/3/1                   ARMOR
                               Silver Armor
  STR   163 EXP   691
  TECH  180 PROT  135          OTHER
  MAGIC 148 M.DEF 149          Speed Ring
  SPEED 196 LUCK  174          Winged Boots
                               Mega Medicine [3] -> Should be Enough
  H  * Violence
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 333  DEF 238

  Twin Destiny Fang
  Level 16  ATT 170  M
  RUNE * Exertion

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   This two make a very good team. Seed uses dancing flames and a Magic Sealing
 attach, enabling everyone from using magic for 3 turns. Culgan can use Thor
 Shot, Kindness Rain. They can also unite, Culgan will electrify Seed and he'll
 attack you.

   They can do a lot of damage and even attack each twice per turn, making a
 total of 4 attacks, but as soon as the Violence Rune activates, you'll do so
 many damage that it'll even hurt Beast Rune from afar in the throne room ^-^.

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   Seed and Culgan will then let you pass (like they had a choice), and they'll
 both remember all the plans they had for their country.

   You'll see a scene where Jowy is enjoying his last moments with Pilika and
 Jillia, then he asks her to take Pilika and flee to Harmonia, so they can have
 a new life, a peaceful life.

   Back with Riou, go forward and you'll find Leon Silverburg, who'll make a
 blood sacrifice in order to unleash Highland's True Power and Demon...

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  BOSS BATTLE: BEAST RUNE     ( 200000 Potch | No Items )

               
               Right Head ( 4800 HP )         Left Head ( 4800 HP )

                                  Rune ( 3300 HP )

               Right Paw  ( 5700 HP )         Left Paw  ( 4500 HP )
               
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  My Stats:                    My Equipment:

  Riou - Level 67              HELMET
                               Wind Hat
  HP 649/649
  MP 9/6/3/1                   ARMOR
                               Silver Armor
  STR   166 EXP    10
  TECH  185 PROT  140          OTHER
  MAGIC 153 M.DEF 155          Sacrificial Jizo -> Change for Clay Guardian
  SPEED 175 LUCK  179          Sacrificial Jizo -> Change for Medicine
                               Sacrificial Jizo -> Change for Medicine
  H  * Violence
  RH * Bright Shield
  LH * Double-Beat

  ATT 336  DEF 219

  Twin Destiny Fang
  Level 16  ATT 170  M
  RUNE * Exertion

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   Woohoo, you've reached the final boss ^-^, hurray !! But this puppy is no
 such thing as easy, in fact, it's the most difficult boss of this challenge.

   Beast Rune can attack thrice every turn and has a lot of different attacks,
 the Right Head uses physical attacks, the Left Head magical attacks, the Rune
 uses a "Magic Wolf Soul" spell, the Right Paw revives fallen parts and the
 Left Paw uses status inducing attacks (we're doomed 0_0).
   Well, not really, the trick is using the Violence Rune, which will enable
 Riou to kill each part in 1 attack (4 tonfa hits).

   Start the battle by using Forgiver Sign (no problem if you don't have it)
 on the Right Paw dealing around 4000 damage, almost killing hit. Then in the
 next turns, keep attacking in this order: Right Paw, Rune, Left Head, and
 Right Head (if Left Paw is the only one alive, you win the battle because
 it only uses status inducing attacks, making it impossible for you to lose).

   When the Violence Rune activates, forget about healing, attack that part
 of the Beast Rune to kill hit (you have 1 Sacrificial Jizo for each of the 
 three most dangerous parts, Right Paw, Rune and Left Head). After only the 
 Right Head and the Left Paw are standing, go pick up Clay Guardian and then
 Medicine, or just wish for some luck and finish the Right Head in one blow.

 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

   Riou will walk to the throne room and find Jowy's jacket, then the castle
 starts to shaken and Riou will escape to his friends who are waiting outside
 to hear of his triumph.

   In the morning, Riou will meet his companions together with Lord Makai and
 Lord Gustav and create a new country, one free of hate, anger and envy, one
 where people can live united in peace.

 
 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- THE END -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=


 Congratulations, You Have Completed The "Riou Only Challenge", You Are Truly
 a Suikoden 2 Hardcore Player And True Fan, Congratulations Once Again !!!!!!


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   7) Credits
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   Here are the ones that I'd like to thank for their help and support on the 
 completion of this guide, in no particular order:


   CCajes - For his fantastic walkthrough that has helped me complete this
   challenge, especially with the recruitment of the 108 Stars of Destiny.

   Suikosource (www.suikosource.com) - For Bosses HP and Enemy Drops.

   CJayC - For creating the most amazing games website in the world, this place
   has never failed me.

   Remi Kesteman - For his support and cheering during the creation of this
   guide, thank you my friend.

   You - For reading this guide, I hope you had just as much fun as I did.


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