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Guide type:  FAQ / Walkthrough / Item, Boss & Rare Monster Guide
For game:    Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus (all versions)
Platform:    Playstation 2, Xbox 360, Windows PC
Version:     1.0.1, released on the 10th of June, 2008
Author:      Ivo Emanuel Gonçalves (Saoshyant) <justivo[at]gmail[dot]com>
License:     Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0
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01.)                       LEGAL INFORMATION - G0100
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02.)                       TABLE OF CONTENTS - G0200
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If you need to find something quickly, press and hold CTRL (Command in Mac),
then press the F button.  This will bring up the "Find" box.  In it type the
word you're looking for, and you should be taken to it immediately.  This is
much faster than scrolling through the entire guide.

For your convenience, there are special search codes near every section to
help you easily hop on to that section by using the search code provided.
Each search code appears only twice in the whole guide -- thus, getting stray
hits will be unlikely.  Damir Kolar deserves credit for this idea, as well as
for the layout used in this document.

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SECTION NUMBER AND NAME  | CODE  | WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
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01.) Legal Information   | G0100 | Copyright and license info.
02.) Table of Contents   | G0200 | Sections of this guide.
03.) Latest Updates      | G0300 | Check what's new in this revision.
04.) Introduction        | G0400 | Self-explanatory.
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05.) FAQ                 | G0500 | Beware of occasional spoilers.
06.) Free Missions       | G0600 | Full walkthrough. Because you demanded it!
07.) Rare Monsters       | G0700 | Where to find them.
08.) Bosses              | G0800 | Strategies to defeat them.
09.) Synth System        | G0900 | How synth and weapon upgrading works.
10.) PM Evolution        | G1000 | Make your PM an ally in battle.
11.) Exchange Items      | G1100 | What you need to get them.
12.) Shop Search         | G1200 | How to get better results.
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13.) Walkthrough         | G1300 | 95% spoiler-free guide.
     Chapter 1           | G1C01 | Some beast girl is shouting orders at you.
     Chapter 2           | G1C02 | Pink haired cyborgs, you underling!
     Chapter 3           | G1C03 | Don't look now, but there's a gay man here
     Chapter 4           | G1C04 | Quistis Trepe wannabe with big breasts.
     Chapter 5           | G1C05 | Why does Laia steal all my screen-time?
     Chapter 6           | G1C06 | It's a TRAP!
     Chapter 7           | G1C07 | The one with questionable circumstances.
     Chapter 8           | G1C08 | Sexual harassment is funny.
     Chapter 9           | G1C09 | With them, everything is an emergency.
     Chapter 10          | G1C10 | When the world you knew changed radically.
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14.) Past Revisions      | G1400 | A change log can be found here.
15.) Honour Roll         | G1500 | List of contributions goes here.
16.) Contact Info        | G1600 | Find out WHEN you may contact me.
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03.)                        LATEST UPDATES - G0300
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- Version 1.0.1 (10th of June, 2008)
# Minor corrections here and there.
# Added G0593 to the FAQ.



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04.)                         INTRODUCTION - G0400
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This guide contains a large compendium of FAQs and a guide on the different
aspects of Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus (from now on
referred to simply as "Illuminus"), including a complete Walkthrough for the
Story missions and some of the Free missions.  I have tried to cover as many
things as possible, and I believe I made a good job.  If you'd like to
contribute something that is missing, feel free to contact me at any time.



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05.)                  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - G0500
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Main issues addressed in this section are:
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How far can I go in offline mode? ------------------------------------- G0501
Would that be episode 3?  How do I get that? -------------------------- G0502
So, how much is the monthly fee? -------------------------------------- G0503
I hear I can get access even after I stop paying.  True? -------------- G0504
Copy protection? ------------------------------------------------------ G0505
Are the servers connected?  Can I play with PS2/PC/360 gamers? -------- G0506
And can I play with PSU gamers? --------------------------------------- G0507
Do I need to own PSU to play Illuminus? -------..---------------------- G0508
Why can't I find Illuminus for the Xbox 360 in any shop? -------------- G0509
Can I import my PSU character? -------..------------------------------- G0510
Can't I import more than just the character? -------------------------- G0511
Pray tell, where is this Extra Mode you speak of? --------------------- G0512
Can I bring my offline character to online mode? ---------------------- G0513
Why do I have to be online to start Story Mode? ----------------------- G0514
Are there different character classes in online mode? ----------------- G0515
What are the differences between online and offline modes? ------------ G0516
So, what else is new in Illuminus? ------------------------------------ G0517
Still no PvP? --------------------------------------------------------- G0518
Is the story any good? ------------------------------------------------ G0519
I can't pause the game even in offline mode! -------------------------- G0520
What happens to my character if I stop paying the monthly fee? -------- G0521
Okay, but I can't even cancel my account! ----------------------------- G0522
Does the European version have a frequency selector? ------------------ G0523
How do I get online on the PS2? --------------------------------------- G0524
How do I chat on the PS2? --------------------------------------------- G0525
How much free space do I need in my memory card? ---------------------- G0526
Is the game compatible with the PS2's Datel Mega Memory? -------------- G0527
I have a PS3 and I can't save! ---------------------------------------- G0528
I'm playing the 360 version and I didn't get achievement points! ------ G0529
How many achievements are there? -------------------------------------- G0530
What is the level cap for offline and online modes? ------------------- G0531
And the level cap for types? ------------------------------------------ G0532
What is a decent AI in the game? -------------------------------------- G0533
Partner Cards? -------------------------------------------------------- G0534
Is Karen worth playing PSU to transfer her over to Illuminus? --------- G0535
What about MAGs? ------------------------------------------------------ G0536
Are there new nanoblasts? --------------------------------------------- G0537
How do I use them nanoblasts? ----------------------------------------- G0538
Hey, I got a SUV but can't equip it.  What gives? --------------------- G0539
Yeah?  But where do I buy more of them? ------------------------------- G0540
Is any of my teammates able to use SUVs or nanoblasts? ---------------- G0541
Are Crea weapons that good? ------------------------------------------- G0542
How do I get a Rappy Suit? -------------------------------------------- G0543
How do I make S-rank twin daggers? ------------------------------------ G0544
Why can't I synthesize Tiga De Ragan in offline mode? ----------------- G0545
What weapon boards are NOT available in offline mode? ----------------- G0546
Do traps get stronger as I level up? ---------------------------------- G0547
How do I get to the Casino? ------------------------------------------- G0548
How do you get permission for special flights? ------------------------ G0549
HELP!  I can't beat Ethan! -------------------------------------------- G0550
I can't start the mission to protect the Maiden on Neudaiz! ----------- G0551
When do I get missions from Ohtoku City?------------------------------- G0552
Can I get Laia's outfit? ---------------------------------------------- G0553
How do I get Blackheart from Tylor? ----------------------------------- G0554
Where is the easiest place to find rappies? --------------------------- G0555
What's a good level to have a go at Mother Brain? --------------------- G0556
So I need to level up a lot.  Where do I go? -------------------------- G0557
How do I get lots of mission points? ---------------------------------- G0558
What's a cool tip to get lots of molla? ------------------------------- G0559
Incidentally, how do I transfer money to another character? ----------- G0560
How do I open my own shop? -------------------------------------------- G0561
Can I buy/sell meseta?  You know, for real money? --------------------- G0562
Yeah, okay, but banning is not permanent, right? ---------------------- G0563
I can't find anyone online!  Where's everyone? ------------------------ G0564
How do I move my room to another planet? ------------------------------ G0565
What's better: SUV or nanoblast? -------------------------------------- G0566
HELP!  I can't install this game! ------------------------------------- G0567
Hey, is it true you can use the Wiimote with this game? --------------- G0568
PSU Portable?? -------------------------------------------------------- G0569
What is your favorite class? ------------------------------------------ G0570
How do I counter attack? ---------------------------------------------- G0571
What's the difference between C, B and A rank missions? --------------- G0572
Why do people keep telling me to sign up for A Story Missions? -------- G0573
What's the point of Photon Art Fragments? ----------------------------- G0574
Where do I get a Svaltus Edge? ---------------------------------------- G0575
I heard you can share Photon Art discs with your characters. ---------- G0576
How do I format my chat? ---------------------------------------------- G0577
What are the best Photon Arts? ---------------------------------------- G0578
How do I get the HUmar outfit? ---------------------------------------- G0579
How do I reach Forest of Illusion? ------------------------------------ G0580
Can I use remodel tickets and music discs in my room? ----------------- G0581
Hats, hats, where do I get one of those funny hats? ------------------- G0582
How do I report someone for abuse/cheating? --------------------------- G0583
Where do I buy those RCSM MAG-like thingies? -------------------------- G0584
Can I use the same Guardians license in PC and PS2? ------------------- G0585
How well does this game run in Linux? --------------------------------- G0586
Where's Extra Mode? --------------------------------------------------- G0587
What are the requirements for the different classes? ------------------ G0588
I'm stuck in Ep.3, Chapter 2!  How do I get past the laser gates? ----- G0589
What's Photon Fortune and how does it work? --------------------------- G0590
What stuff should I get before transfering my data from PSU? ---------- G0591
Give me tips for Maximum Attack G. ------------------------------------ G0592
Where can I find Kubara Wood? ----------------------------------------- G0593
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Q. How far can I go in offline mode? - G0501
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Up to Chapter 10.  I hear there will be an offline expansion that will let
you go further.  True or not, time will tell.


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Q. Would that be episode 3?  How do I get that? - G0502
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Episode 3 is currently only available in Network mode (and only partially),
so to finish the story you do have to open your wallet for the monthly fee or
buy the next expansion when it's out.  Is it worth it?  That depends on your
priorities.  Speaking of episode 3, there is a rumor around that it's not
accessible from all versions of Illuminus.  That is one hundred percent
wrong.  All versions can access episode 3.  In Network mode, that is.


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Q. So, how much is the monthly fee? - G0503
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$9.99 US.  You can also pay $50 for six month access.  Except for the X360,
you will need to register at http://playsega.com.  You can also "convert" the
ID from PSO:BB if you have one.

Also, it may be worth to note that you don't need to pay for the XBL Gold
service to play on the X360.  Silver accounts work, too.


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Q. I hear I can get access even after I stop paying.  True? - G0504
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Well, apparently your card will be unsuccessfully billed for the following
three months after its credit drops to zero.  During that period, your
network access will remain enabled.  However, if you cancel your account (by
phone, read more details below) your access is zapped in the same day.


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Q. Copy protection? - G0505
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Not in the Windows PC version, though you will need to pay the online fee if
you plan to go further than what offline offers you.  Cheating protection
exists, though.  Please do not screw everyone's fun just to try cheating.
It's stupid.  It's immature.  It's lame.  Like piracy, hurr hurr.


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Q. Are the servers connected?  Can I play with PS2/PC/360 gamers? - G0506
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The PS2 and PC gamers are linked, but at a regional level.  The 360 gamers
are on their own, but linked across the world.  According to recent
statistics, the 360 server is the most populated one.


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Q. And can I play with PSU gamers? - G0507
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Yep, but you are unable to use any of the new items nor access any of the new
mission fields.  Also, the party has to be started by the PSU player or s/he
won't be able to join.  Other restrictions may apply.


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Q. Do I need to own PSU to play Illuminus? - G0508
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If you own a 360, skip to the next question, otherwise nope.  You can start
from scratch.  It works as a standalone game.


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Q. Why can't I find Illuminus for the Xbox 360 in any shop? - G0509
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The 360 version really behaves like an expansion as opposed to a standalone
game.  To play Illuminus, you need the original PSU disc and around 1.75 GB
of free space in your HD.  Then, download it from the Xbox Live Marketplace
for 1600 Microsoft points.

By the way, as you'll find out, to reduce the download size, the offline mode
was wacked off from the expansion, thus forcing 360 gamers to play in Network
Mode only.  A few people are (understandably) quite pissed about this.


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Q. Can I import my PSU character? - G0510
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Yes, but only from Extra Mode, I reckon.  And it appears you will be unable
to use that character on PSU again after importing it.  You may keep a copy
of the older data in a separated memory card and that will still work.  On
the Xbox360, however, the character is tied to your gamertag, so I guess no
dice.  And no, you cannot transfer a PC character to the 360 or vice-versa.


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Q. Can't I import more than just the character? - G0511
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I have confirmed with the GameFAQs community that when you do a transfer from
Extra Mode, everything carries over.  Meseta, items, weapons, etc.


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Q. Pray tell, where is this Extra Mode you speak of? - G0512
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Finish Chapter 4 and you'll unlock it.  In Extra Mode you can create a
character similarly to how you do it in Illuminus.  Gain some levels and cool
weapons, and then bring them into Illuminus.


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Q. Can I bring my offline character to online mode? - G0513
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Unfortunately, no.  I don't like it but, hey, it keeps the cheaters away.


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Q. Why do I have to be online to start Story Mode? - G0514
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This only applies for the Windows PC version.  Even though you are playing
offline, the game wants to check for updates, and likely verify if you are
not cheating.  It's a piece of software called GameGuard, nightmare of every
player who has to deal with it.  And, indeed, many are those annoyed by this
behavior; after all, not everyone can be online all the time.


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Q. Are there different character classes in online mode? - G0515
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Yes.  Acrofighter, Acrotecher and bunch of others, which do not exist in
offline mode.  Sucks.  Offline only allows you to use the three basic types.


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Q. What are the differences between online and offline modes? - G0516
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Besides the different level caps, there's a huge difference in the ammount of
mission and experience points you receive.  Online mode is actually (much)
harder than offline.  Certain items and missions only appear in online mode,
as well.


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Q. So, what else is new in Illuminus? - G0517
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Well, new missions, higher level cap, new hair styles, new clothes, new rooms
(with more freedom on how you interact with them), four new weapon types, two
new classes, new weapons, a casino, and quite a lot of tweakings in the game
engine (for instance, shop search works much better and certain classes are
better balanced).


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Q. Still no PvP? - G0518
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Still no PvP.  This is usually a much debated topic with opinion equally
divided between both pro and anti sides.  I am for PvP, by the way.  I
figure some different action other than the constant hack 'n slash of random
monsters won't hurt anyone.


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Q. Is the story any good? - G0519
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Overall, I have seen (much) worse and I sorta like it, but I think you should
judge it by yourself.  Me, I say I'd rather spend time reading a great
fantasy book, like say The Dark Tower, than spend much time pondering how
many plot holes and idiotic twists Illuminus has.  It's an online game, for
heaven's sake.  They are not known for the beauty of their plots.  That said,
if you are looking for a neat plot in a Phantasy Star game, try to get hold
of Phantasy Star IV.  It's cute and a classic.


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Q. I can't pause the game even in offline mode! - G0520
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Yeah, we kinda noticed that, too.


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Q. What happens to my character if I stop paying the monthly fee? - G0521
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According to the manual of the PS2 version, it's likely to be erased in three
months, so be careful if you want to keep it.  I have heard rumours that, in
some cases, while the characters are not erased, the items are.  Truth be
told, I personally haven't heard anyone claim to lose their data after
returning months later.


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Q. Okay, but I can't even cancel my account! - G0522
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Yeah, they apparently decided it would be a good idea to make it as hard as
possible to stop leeching your credit card.  You have to call customer
support to cancel the account.  In case you are playing through Live you'll
have to call Microsoft.  I realize I should be making some joke about call
center people outsourced from India, as that's what you'll find, but decided
against it.  It's not their fault English is not their native tongue.


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Q. Does the European version have a frequency selector? - G0523
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At least the PS2 version does feature one.  PAL 50hz and 60hz modes are
available.  I'm not sure about the 360.  PC (obviously) does not shove you
the horrible 50hz PAL gamers are used to.


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Q. How do I get online on the PS2? - G0524
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You need a real modem, not one of those USB ones.  Then, if you have a slim
PS2, it's just a matter of connecting the Ethernet cable and following the
intructions in the manual.  If you have an old model (AKA fat, classic,
non-slim) PS2, you will need the Network Adaptor.  You can get one from the
Final Fantasy XI pack, or you can try acquiring it by itself.  The Network
Adaptor has the Ethernet port you need to connect to your modem.  Gorre5
from the GameFAQs community reports that you can get a wireless adaptor,
too, but "those are really confusing to install".


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Q. How do I chat on the PS2? - G0525
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Just plug-in a USB keyboard.  Sure, you can use the gamepad, but why would
you want to do that?


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Q. How much free space do I need in my memory card? - G0526
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For the PS2 version, 3166 KB at the very least.  The manual states, however,
that you'll likely need more while playing, because the system file will be
"frequently updated" and "the file size may become larger".


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Q. Is the game compatible with the PS2's Datel Mega Memory? - G0527
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Nope.  The game won't even boot if the memory manager software is loaded. I'm
starting to see a pattern here.  See, of my entire PS2 game collection
there's only another one which doesn't work with Mega Memory either: Sonic
Heroes.  They both come from the same company.  Some silly dumb company which
doesn't bother testing their products against common hardware.


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Q. I have a PS3 and I can't save! - G0528
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According to what I have read around, Illuminus has/had compatibility issues
with the 80 GB PS3.  Up until recently, people were reporting that installing
newer firmware wasn't helping, but apparently the problem has since been
fixed.  Give it a go.


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Q. I'm playing the 360 version and I didn't get achievement points! - G0529
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Yeah, it's a known glitch where your gamerscore total isn't updated.
According to a community tip, you should recover your gamertag, which will
delete your achievements.  Why?  Because you want to unlock them again and
get the points this time.


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Q. How many achievements are there? - G0530
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Four so far.  Defeat Alterazgohg to gain Alterazgohg Slayer, which equals 40
points.  Defeat De Rol Le to gain De Rol Le Slayer, which equals 40 points.
Defeat Mother Brain to gain Mother Brain Slayer, which equals 50 points.
Defeat Dark Falz (Space Port mission) to gain Dark Falz Slayer and 60 points.


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Q. What is the level cap for offline and online modes? - G0531
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200 offline, and 130 currently for online.  The online level cap is expected
to continue increasing.


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Q. And the level cap for types? - G0532
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30 offline, 15 online.


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Q. What is a decent AI in the game? - G0533
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PM 420 is useful for battle.  450 will keep you and the group healed, even
when you are in a hurry.  Check G1000 for more information.


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Q. Partner Cards? - G0534
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Aye.  New Curtz, Laia, Ethan and Tylor cards, plus all those from PSU, though
you will miss Karen if you don't do the character transfer.


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Q. Is Karen worth playing PSU to transfer her over to Illuminus? - G0535
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Heck no.  Her stats (especially Attack) are horrible.  If you want her
around for the pretty girl thing, go with Maya.  She has boobs.


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Q. What about MAGs? - G0536
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Ah, an old-timer.  The MAG system is gone, but there are these off-handed
weapons, TCSMs and RCSMs that kinda resemble MAGs in what they do.  They are
only available in Illuminus, though; not in PSU.


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Q. Are there new nanoblasts? - G0537
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No.  They're the same four basic types from PSU.


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Q. How do I use them nanoblasts? - G0538
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If your character isn't a Beast, no dice.  In the GUARDIANS Colony, buy a
Beast tattoo from the makeover shop.  There are four badges: attack, speed,
defense, and invincibility.  Each costs 10.000 Meseta.  To use them, wait
until the yellow bar turns blue and press Attack + PA (Square and Triangle on
the PS2).


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Q. Hey, I got a SUV but can't equip it.  What gives? - G0539
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You need to be at least Lv. 20 to equip those.  On a CAST's armor, of course.


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Q. Yeah?  But where do I buy more of them? - G0540
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You can buy SUV units on the Armor Shop of Clyez City.  If you have gone far
in the game already, a few S-rank SUVs will be available.


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Q. Is any of my teammates able to use SUVs or nanoblasts? - G0541
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Laia, Leo and Tonnio can nanoblast.  Lou, Nav and Curtz can use SUVs.


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Q. Are Crea weapons that good? - G0542
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Afraid not.  Crea weapons are special equipment available only for Humans and
Newmans.  With them, you can hit an extra target for each attack of yours,
which is pretty cool... except its attack power is dwarfed by other weapons
of the same type.

Expect to use Copernias when Synthesizing Crea weapons.


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Q. How do I get a Rappy Suit? - G0543
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Just beat Electronic Brain S mission.  You do not need an S-rank.  Beating
Electronic Brain S will also unlock all the final items in the shops, but
don't expect much.


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Q. How do I make S-rank twin daggers? - G0544
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You don't.  Apparently, the only S-rank twin daggers available in Illuminus
are Gizaha-zashi and Dagger of Serafi, and they are drops.  No synth boards
are available.


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Q. Why can't I synthesize Tiga De Ragan in offline mode? - G0545
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Because one of the materials (Arti Diga) is unavailable.

If you're playing on a USA PS2, CB's code for Arti Diga is 00450707.


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Q. What weapon boards are NOT available in offline mode? - G0546
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S-rank Dagger and Knuckles.


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Q. How do I get to the Casino? - G0547
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It's only available in Network Mode.

Do the following missions in Moatoob:

 * System Defense
 * Desert Terror
 * Tunnel Recapture
 * Caves of Ice
 * Awoken Serpent

Then, you'll be able to access it.  Talk with the assistant to take a shuttle
to one of the lobbies.


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Q. How do you get permission for special flights? - G0548
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If one of your party members is in a lobby, you've permission to go there.


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Q. Do traps get stronger as I level up? - G0549
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Yes, they do.


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Q. HELP!  I can't beat Ethan! - G0550
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You're not supposed to.  Whatever level you are, you can't hurt him or Liina.
Just get the hell out of their way until the battle ends.


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Q. I can't start the mission to protect the Maiden on Neudaiz! - G0551
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Just disband your party.  You'll be able to select missions again.


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Q. When do I get missions from Ohtoku City? - G0552
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You don't.  In offline mode, all counters but the one in the GUARDIANS Colony
serve no purpose whatsoever.


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Q. Can I get Laia's outfit? - G0553
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No.  All NPCs wear unique outfits which we can't acquire.  Sucks.


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Q. How do I get Blackheart from Tylor? - G0554
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In Episode 3, Chapter 2, you can fight him again.  If you beat him before the
time limit, he may drop a Blackheart board.  It's a rare drop, though, so if
you don't get it, you'll have to keep trying.

As soon as you noticed you did not get it, you should either reset your game
before the next scene loads, or go really quick to the party menu and choose
Leave Party.  And if you think it's too bothersome, you are probably right.


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Q. Where is the easiest place to find rappies? - G0555
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Lightning Beasts.


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Q. What's a good level to have a go at Mother Brain? - G0556
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I beated her at Lv. 118 on S-difficulty.  To tell you the truth, though, I
had more problems getting there in one piece (damn SEED) than while facing
her.  A shame, because what was supposed to be an epic battle ended way too
fast.  That's actually a critic to the whole Boss system.  None of them are
really a challenge when you're an average player.  I said average player.
You don't even need to be a pro to yawn.  I mean, I wasn't expecting an Omega
Weapon or another of those crazy optional bosses from Final Fantasy games,
but this was certainly one of the things that could have been much improved.


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Q. So I need to level up a lot.  Where do I go? - G0557
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"Scarred Planet" would be a good place.


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Q. How do I get lots of mission points? - G0558
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Sign up for Story missions.  They provide far more points than Free missions,
especially when you get an S-rank in harder difficulties.


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Q. What's a cool tip to get lots of molla? - G0559
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Meseta, you mean.  "Fight For Food" A or S will provide lots of Crea Doubles
boards.  Synth.  Sell.  Profit.  Most necessary materials can be found on the
Synth Shop.  And if you don't want to bother synthesizing, sell the boards,
since they are valuable.


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Q. Incidentally, how do I transfer money to another character? - G0560
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Put all of it in the common storage box.  Log out, log in with your other
character, and take out the meseta.  Said box is in your room by the way,
and, according to the official site, your online account can hold up to four
characters with which you can share money and items.

If you mean, however, transfer Meseta to another player, just drop it near
him/her.  Beware of scammers, though.  Never, ever give money to another
player without a very good reason.


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Q. How do I open my own shop? - G0561
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On the GUARDIANS Colony, go to the Room Decorations Shop and buy an Open Shop
ticket.  Then go to your room and choose redecorate.  Online only, of course.


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Q. Can I buy/sell meseta?  You know, for real money? - G0562
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As of the time of this writing, it's not illegal to buy Meseta.  There are
even some sites that supposedly make it easy for you, but I'm not linking to
them.  Selling, on the other hand, is a completely different matter.  If you
are caught selling, you are banned.


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Q. Yeah, okay, but banning is not permanent, right? - G0563
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Yes, it is.  As of a recent decision, every ban counts as permanent.  You
can't appeal, either.  If you're banned, then you're banned.  Don't cheat.


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Q. I can't find anyone online!  Where's everyone? - G0564
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You need to switch universes.  Use one of those orange cubes lying around.


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Q. How do I move my room to another planet? - G0565
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Online only.  In Parum, just outside the GRM Shop, there's a juice vending
stand.  The girl there will give you moving tickets in exchange for different
items.  Check G1100 for more details.

Note that as soon as you enter your new room, the old one vanishes.


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Q. What's better: SUV or nanoblast? - G0566
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Undoubtely, nanoblast.  It can cause a large bunch of hits without (and this
is important) hinder the rest of the team like SUV attacks do.


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Q. HELP!  I can't install this game! - G0567
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*insert Windows joke here*

You need to install the DirectX 9.0c that comes with the game.  If you are in
Vista, it has been reported by a few people that users need to downgrade from
DirectX 10 to 9, so if you are having problems, that's one thing you should
consider doing.


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Q. Hey, is it true you can use the Wiimote with this game? - G0568
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Sure is.  Flick from the PSO-World community created a guide on how to do it
for the Windows version.  Check it out at
http://www.pso-world.com/viewtopic.php?topic=171593&forum=22&3

Be sure to inform me if the link dies permanently.


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Q. PSU Portable?? - G0569
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Yeah, for the PSP.  According to Wikipedia, "what is currently being called
'Phantasy Star Portable' will be based on Phantasy Star Universe and its
latest expansion, Ambition of the Illuminus."  The screenshots released so
far look neat, but all preliminary information seems to point that it won't
be released in the West.


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Q. What is your favorite class? - G0570
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The Force.  They're not as powerful as in PSO (balance is fair, 'k), but they
were my favorite class back then, and I love the complex strategies.  To each
its own.  And that's the best tip for when choosing a race and class: use
whatever works better for you.  It's all fairly balanced, though truth be
told, Beasts make better Hunters, CASTs make better Rangers and Newmans make
better Forces, while Humans don't excel in anything specifically, but aren't
afflicted by any weakness either.


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Q. How do I counter attack? - G0571
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You already know you can boost your attack by pressing Attack just at the
right time.  Well, countering works basically the same way.  It's all about
timing.  You have to pay attention, because when you evade an attack it's
when you may counter it.   Press the Attack button about one second after the
evading animation.


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Q. What's the difference between C, B and A rank missions? - G0572
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For starters, you need to be at least a certain level to sign up for the
different ranks.  The difficulty will, of course, be adjusted accordingly,
and so will the rewards at the end.  However, the mission and the number of
enemies stays pretty much the same.


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Q. Why do people keep telling me to sign up for A Story Missions? - G0573
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In online mode, you will be able to obtain items called Photon Art Fragments,
or PA frags, as they are commonly called.  For every S-rank you obtain out of
an A-class Story Mission you will obtain one of those.  It's a one time only
award, though.


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Q. What's the point of Photon Art Fragments? - G0574
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They are used to obtain Photon Arts (e.g. TECHs) that you cannot buy from NPC
shops.  Really powerful stuff, but needs to be leveled up a lot to be useful.


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Q. Where do I get a Svaltus Edge? - G0575
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Get an S-rank on "What is in the Ruins" (Parum mission) and one may drop from
the Svaltuses.  "Flash of Ruin 1" (Story Mission) may also get you one.


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Q. I heard you can share Photon Art discs with your characters. - G0576
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Yeah.  If you already read G0560, then you know you can transfer anything
between your online characters.  On your status menu, click on a Photon Art
and have it returned to a disc.  Then, you can have another of your
characters learn it.  Very useful for having the rare Arts available for all
your characters.


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Q. How do I format my chat? - G0577
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There's a lot more to chat than most players know.  For instance:

{ color } your message
   where "color" is red, blue, whatever, will change the color of the text.

@s9 your message
   will format the chat box as if you are shouting.

@c6 your message
   will format the chat box to look like a thought bubble.

More information can be found at http://psupedia.info/Chat_Macros


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Q. What are the best Photon Arts? - G0578
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Alphabetically:
 * Anga Redda
 * Dus Daggas
 * Dus Robado
 * Gravity Dance
 * Gravity Strike
 * Hishou Jinren-zan
 * Renkai Buyou-zan
 * Renzan Seidan-ga
 * Rising Crush
 * Shousen Totsuzan-ga
 * Spiral Dance


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Q. How do I get the HUmar outfit? - G0579
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Currently, it's only available in offline mode.  You need to complete all 10
Story missions.  Other outfits from PSO are also available.


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Q. How do I reach Forest of Illusion? - G0580
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This is a rare mission that is only available in online mode.  After
completing any mission in Moatoob on any difficulty, there is a chance it
will show up.  According to PSUpedia, "a 500% EXP and drop rate boost is in
effect" while playing the mission, so it's one of the favorites to get a load
of EXP.  However, to the best of my knowledge, nobody has calculated the odds
of it appearing.


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Q. Can I use remodel tickets and music discs in my room? - G0581
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Not in offline mode, no.  Offline, you are limited to room decorations only.
Online, you can do whatever you please.


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Q. Hats, hats, where do I get one of those funny hats? - G0582
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Why lad, I reckon you should check yon Makeover shop.  Have a change of hair
and look ye at the final picks.  Aye, 'tis not an obvious place.


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Q. How do I report someone for abuse/cheating? - G0583
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Go to http://www.phantasystaruniverse.com/support_contact.php

I hear you can also use that page to report bugs, but I for one can't figure
out how.  It only seems to serve to report users.


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Q. Where do I buy those RCSM MAG-like thingies? - G0584
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Nowhere.  They're only available as synth boards, which you either find in
missions or buy from a Synthesize Shop.  In "Scarred Planet", you can usually
find Frauduke boards.  Check the Free Missions section for more details.


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Q. Can I use the same Guardians license in PC and PS2? - G0585
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Yeah, you can.  Until very recently I was convinced you could not, but turns
out that you can, which is seriously awesome.  One of the (few) advantages of
storing the game saves in the server.


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Q. How well does this game run in Linux? - G0586
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It doesn't.  Currently, Wine can't figure how to run around GameGuard issues
due to Rootkit crazyness.  Don't hold your breath for a fix any time soon.


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Q. Where's Extra Mode? - G0587
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This question keeps popping up.  There is _no_ Extra Mode in Illuminus.


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Q. What are the requirements for the different classes? - G0588
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-------- NAME ----------- HUNTER LV ------- RANGER LV -------- FORCE LV -----
Acrofighter         |         3         |       5       |         -
Acrotecher          |         -         |       3       |         5
Fighgunner          |         5         |       3       |         -
Fortefighter        |         10        |       -       |         -
Fortegunner         |         -         |       10      |         -
Fortetecher         |         -         |       -       |         10
Guntecher           |         -         |       5       |         3
Protranser          |         5         |       5       |         5
Wartecher           |         3         |       -       |         5
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Note that these classes are only available in Network Mode.


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Q. I'm stuck in Ep.3, Chapter 2!  How do I get past the laser gates? - G0589
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You'll need to open the laser gates using the switches.  To get the switches
to work the way you want, just pay attention to them.  After stepping on a
switch, it will reset itself after a few seconds.  Instead of hurrying to
activate the one you want, step instead on the _other_ switch as it will,
after a few seconds, change to the one you need.  You'll initially want the
lasers to form a horizontal pattern and later a vertical one.

Once you get past the gates, you need to close them.  Then, destroy the big
evil robot ahead and grab the key.

After you cross the bridge, head to your right and, behind a large rock,
there will be a warp.  Use your key here.  If the buttons were set correctly,
you'll be sent straight to the middle of the laser fences and in front of the
door.

You'll need to destroy all turrets to get an S-rank.  If you got an A you
were either too slow or missed a turret.  Also, avoid every trap.

That's it.


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Q. What's Photon Fortune and how does it work? - G0590
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Photon Fortune is a daily changing stat in Network Mode.  You can see how
much you have by the amount of stars near your character's name.  Two things
are known to be affected by Photon Fortune:

* Enemy's drop rate (more luck, means more items)
* Chances while grinding weapons

PSUpedia goes more deeply into the subject: "Photon Fortune (...) is an
attribute through which randomized events and processes in the game are
modified.  Every day at 12:00 AM (JST for the Japanese servers, PST for the
and English and Xbox 360 ones), each of the eight possible race/gender
combinations is assigned a value from zero to three (0 to 3), where zero is
the most unlucky and three is the luckiest; these assignments are the same
each day for all servers. (...) It is possible to change your Photon Fortune
for a period of time at the shrine maiden located in the Shitenkaku lobby on
Neudaiz."


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Q. What stuff should I get before transfering my data from PSU? - G0591
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Besides Karen's partner card and synths with 80% of elemental property, make
sure to bring along the Whitill Wings, Tengogh Bow and Orpa Guard, or else
don't expect to find them in Illuminus.


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Q. Give me tips for Maximum Attack G. - G0592
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Kill the enemies around Ash and ignore him.  You'll find Rupika at the end of
Caves' Block 1, and Sue is at the beginning of the Mines.  Don't tell her
your name to get the Soul Eater from Kireek.  Kireek is in the Ruins.


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Q. Where can I find Kubara Wood? - G0593
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If you're playing Illuminus offline, you're probably laughing at this
question, what with your 40-something lying in your inventory.  In Network
Mode, it's rarer.  The free mission "What is in the Ruins" (Parum) offers a
few chances of finding one in a box.

In PSU 1 offline, it's very, very hard to ever find one (best chances in the
final "HIVE" mission).  I recommend that you don't bother with it at all.



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06.)                        FREE MISSIONS - G0600
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Main issues addressed in this section are:
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Scarred Planet -------------------------------------------------------- G0601
White Beast ----------------------------------------------------------- G0602
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A - SCARRED PLANET - G0601
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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Available After:  | Finishing Chapter 10                                  |
|-------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
| Difficulty Level: | A, S (offline) / All ranks (online)                   |
|-------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
| Enemy Elements:   | Fire, Lightning, Light                                |
|-------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
| Rare Monsters:    | Rappy in Block 3                                      |
|-------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
| Rare Finds:       | Lab Set, [B] Frauduke, Two-headed Ragnus              |
 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Throughout the mission, there will be various rubble stacks that you can
blow up.  As usual, the goggles will be your guide and savior.  If you are
playing alone, you may want to reconsider if you really want to bring along
NPC characters; their attack damage will be ridiculously low and they die far
too easily.  And when they die, so much for your S-rank.

As you start, you'll be assaulted by tiny lizard creatures called Go Bajilla.
They are more of an annoyance than a problem.  After you dispatch these, go
upstairs, dispatch a few more foes and get on the warp to your right.
Careful with the Bal Soza TECH casters in the tight space.  After you run
through all of them, on the other end is the exit warp, but don't go in.
Destroy the rubble to find some container boxes.

When you're back, keep going to meet more Volfu and Bajillas.  Somewhat
hidden to your right, behind lots of stuff, are more container boxes.

Go upstairs and beware of being caught in a tight spot against Bal Sozas and
their TECHs.  Take note that if, instead of floating monsters with staffs you
get tall, humanoid dragon-like monsters, you are playing one of the rare
scenarios.  These beasts are actually tougher than the Bal Sozas, so give
them your all.

Proceed to next area, but not without recharging your weapons.  You don't
want to get caught with low PP.

In the new area, there are a bunch of those prison traps around.  Also,
Golmores, which are a slightly harder to hit than your average enemy since
they keep jumping from place to place.  As you carry on into the wider area,
the enemies will just keep spawning and spawning in large amounts.  There
will be times when it makes sense to wait before killing more as to avoid
spawning further monsters.  And don't forget that if you brought NPCs along
you should keep them healed up at all times.

After you finally kill everything, a key card will drop.  Go a bit back and
use it to get on a warp to the next area.  Before getting through the door,
blow up the rubble to your left to find more boxes (and enemies).

From here on, things will get really nasty.  Enter the room to meet huge
mantis-like monsters called Grass Assassins.  Never, ever get cornered by
them.  When you get the key, go down and head to your right.  Destroy the
rubble ahead to get a few more items.

On to the final showdown.  It starts easy enough, and when the second wave of
monsters (Bajis) spawns you may start to get careless.  Don't.  Three Grass
Assassins will soon show up and they are your final enemies.  Do NOT get
stuck on a corner!


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B - WHITE BEAST - G0602
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| Available After:  | Finishing Chapter 8 (offline)                         |
|-------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
| Difficulty Level: | C, B, A, S (offline) / All ranks (online)             |
|-------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
| Enemy Elements:   | Light, Dark                                           |
|-------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
| Rare Monsters:    | Jaggo in Block 3                                      |
|-------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
| Rare Finds:       | [B] Coni, [B] Okanoh, Kakwane Figure, Kakwane Doll,   |
|                   | Yurasogi, [B] Vish Feara, Tsubo                       |
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Start by dispatching the initial wave of enemies.  Nothing to worry about
here.  Soon, you'll find yourself on top of a platform with enemies spawning
below.  There will a few occasions like this where you can have fun with a
Grenade Launcher (say, the Koltova Gun), killing the fiends below without any
risk.

Go down the staircase and kill the enemies in case you didn't grenade them.
Keep going and up the stairs.  You'll meet a bunch of Ollakas.  They are
tough to take down, but slow.  Again, nothing to worry about.

Head down to kill a few more Ollakas and get a key.  Retrace your steps to
the laser fence and, before you get there, you'll face a Komazli.  Every time
these guys are hit, they teleport away and their fire TECHs will stun you
most of the time.  If you're offline, this may be a problem since nobody is
around to heal you while you are stuck being pummeled by a bunch of TECHs.

Don't unlock the fence before you terminate all enemies, as the ones on the
other side can join in while you're busy.  Afterwards, head up and, after the
door, you'll be on a large open space with two Komazli and a few other goons.
Take down the Komazli first, one by one.  Try to follow the one you are
attacking as it "ghosts" away.

After you kill everything, the door will unlock and you can proceed to Block
2, where, around ten seconds later, you'll be assaulted by lots of Kakwanes,
Kappa-like creatures that are faster than they look and will continuously
affect you with poison if you're not careful.  Kill them to unlock the door.

On the next area, go up and keep going through the staircases til you reach a
new area.  As always, kill everything to get a key.  Go all the way back and
head left.  Kill the Kakwanes and head South to get a key.  Be careful,
though, that when you grab it more enemies will spawn.

After you get past the laser fence, head to your right into a tight passage
full of Kakwanes everywhere.  A powerful attack that damages things in front
of you (say, Rafoie) will be pretty useful here.

Meet the Olgohmon.  They are resistant to most TECHs, so you should probably
stick to physical attacks with them.  The Rhino creature (Ubakrada) has a lot
of HP, but he's not as tough as it looks.  Considering you won't be meeting
further Komazlis from here on, there's really little that will cause you
trouble.

Kill the remaining enemies in the corridor to get a key.  On to Block 3.

Before going downstairs, don't pass up those boxes on the left.  When you do
go down, go up immediately, instead of heading East.  Here, kill everything
and then return from where you came and towards East.  Kakwanes will spawn
throughout the way.  Lots of them.  If you get surrounded (like you will) use
a circular attack like Gifoe to take down as many as possible.

When you go up, don't head into the open space just yet.  There is a secret
area here most people don't know about.  See that yellow Japane--er, Neudaiz
wall thing on your left?  It's there right after you got out of the
staircase.  You can go around it to activate a switch and get a warp.

Poof, secret area!  Two big robots named Shinowa Hidoki will welcome you.
Head North quickly to hit the switch and light the area.  Now, focus on the
immediate threats.  They have some mean attacks and quite a lot of HP.  Try
taking both of them down together.

Okay, now that you are back where you started, kill the final enemies and use
the healing circle and the PP recharge cube, because up ahead is the creature
you were sent here to take down: Alterazgohg.  Check G0800 for strategy tips
to win the battle.

When Alterazgohg bites the dust, the mission ends.  If you killed at least
140 enemies (142 if you followed the guide here) and had nobody die, you get
an S-rank.  Don't expect much in the way of rewards, though.



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07.)                        RARE MONSTERS - G0700
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Main issues addressed in this section are:
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Darbelan -------------------------------------------------------------- G0701
Delnadian ------------------------------------------------------------- G0702
Grinna Bete S --------------------------------------------------------- G0703
Jaggo ----------------------------------------------------------------- G0704
Jigo Booma ------------------------------------------------------------ G0705
Lutus Jigga ----------------------------------------------------------- G0706
Orgdus ---------------------------------------------------------------- G0707
Rappy ----------------------------------------------------------------- G0708
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A - DARBELAN - G0701
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| WHERE TO FIND IT                    | KNOWN TO DROP THE FOLLOWING         |
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
| Dark Satellite, True Darkness,      | Black Heart, Olpad, Copernia,       |
| SEED Awakened, Tunnel Recapture     | [B] Ank Dedda, Te / TECH PP Save    |
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B - DELNADIAN - G0702
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| WHERE TO FIND IT                    | KNOWN TO DROP THE FOLLOWING         |
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
| Electronic Brain                    | Legsless / Rainbow, Tero / Rainbow  |
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C - GRINNA BETE S - G0703
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| WHERE TO FIND IT                    | KNOWN TO DROP THE FOLLOWING         |
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
| Illuminus Ambition 1,               | Grinna Bete S,  [B] Blackbull,      |
| Endrum Remnants, Stolen Weapon      | Phantom, Falcon                     |
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D - JAGGO - G0704
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| WHERE TO FIND IT                    | KNOWN TO DROP THE FOLLOWING         |
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
| Caves of Ice, Awoken Serpent,       | Jaggo Delma, Cati / Bullet PP Save, |
| Fires of Illusion, White Beast,     | Meow Mustache, Giga/Bullet PP Save  |
| Duel in the Ruins, Desert Terror,   |                                     |
| System Defense, Lab Recovery,       |                                     |
| Crimson Beast, Forest Infiltration, |                                     |
| Valley of Carnage, Mine Defense     |                                     |
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| Note: On certain occasions Jaggo is replaced by a special version with    |
| different drops.  Those occasions are: Sonic's birthday, White Day and    |
| the Summer's fireworks event.  Those events are available online only.    |
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E - JIGO BOOMA - G0705
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| WHERE TO FIND IT                    | KNOWN TO DROP THE FOLLOWING         |
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
| Hill of Spores, Sakura Blast,       | Cactachair, Milla, Shato, Neiclaw   |
| Forest of Illusion                  |                                     |
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F - LUTUS JIGGA - G0706
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| WHERE TO FIND IT                    | KNOWN TO DROP THE FOLLOWING         |
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
| Seal of the Dark God,               | Svaltus Edge, Goldania, [B] Kan Yu, |
| The Holy Ground                     | Hard / Hit Charge                   |
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G - ORGDUS - G0707
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| WHERE TO FIND IT                    | KNOWN TO DROP THE FOLLOWING         |
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
| Sleeping Warriors, The Black Nest   | Svaltus Edge, [B] Huge Cutter,      |
|                                     | Goldania, Hard / Power Charge       |
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H - RAPPY - G0708
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| WHERE TO FIND IT                    | KNOWN TO DROP THE FOLLOWING         |
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
| Plains Overlord, Sleeping Warriors, | Rappy Feather, Cati / Skill PP Save,|
| The Mad Beasts, The Dual Sentinel,  | Giga / Skill PP Save, Mega / Knight |
| Scarred Planet, Lightning Beasts,   |                                     |
| Demons Above, Forest of Illusion,   |                                     |
| Rainbow Beast, Moonlight Beast,     |                                     |
| Dancing Birds, The Eastern Peril,   |                                     |
| Mad Creatures, Mizuraki Defense,    |                                     |
| Forested Islands, Cost of Research, |                                     |
| Unsafe Passage, Fight for Food,     |                                     |
| The Holy Ground, Rogues' Shortcut,  |                                     |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Note: On certain occasions Rappy is replaced by a special version with    |
| different drops.  Those occasions are: Valentine's Day, Halloween,        |
| Christmas and Easter events.  Those events are available online only.     |
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08.)                           BOSSES - G0800
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Main issues addressed in this section are:
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Alterazgohg ----------------------------------------------------------- G0801
De Rol Le ------------------------------------------------------------- G0802
Maggas Magahna -------------------------------------------------------- G0803
Tylor ----------------------------------------------------------------- G0804
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A - ALTERAZGOHG - G0801
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Alterazgohg is the final boss for the "White Beast" mission you'll access in
Neudaiz.  His elements are Dark and Light, and he has auto-healing.

One thing you need to pay attention is that you'll be hit by more than just
Alterazgohg's attacks.  Some weird energy fireflies will occasionally assault
you, while two jelly-like creatures will keep trying to hit you with TECHs.
Simply don't stand there, and you'll easily avoid their attacks.

The same cannot be said about NPC characters.  If you bring any with you,
make sure they are constantly healed.

If you'll be using melee attacks, boost your attack power and either aim for
the heads or the space between the tail and the back legs (which is a polite
way to say "his ass").  Those are the places where you can pack more hits and
damage.  If you are playing with a group, I personally find it easier to
attack him from behind.

If you stick in front of him, you'll be able to avoid the energy beams he
keeps spitting by running in a curve.  Just be careful not to let him trample
you, or else your HP goes down faster than you can say... er, HP goes down.

When Alterazgohg takes off into the air and starts flying around, you can
either hit him with a gun/bow or simply wait for him to land, which he'll
eventually do.  I recommend the latter.

He's tough, but eventually he will fall.

Winning this battle on the 360 counts towards your achievements.


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De Rol Le is the final boss for the "Awoken Serpent" mission, which you'll
access in Moatoob.  His element is Ice.

If you have already tried this battle, you know a few things.  Keep reading,
anyway.  There are only a few occasions when it's possible to damage him.  On
the other hand, De Rol Le will damage you a lot.  It certainly would not harm
you to save as much healing items as possible for the battle.

De Rol Le has several attacks that he'll use, including a couple extra after
he loses his head.  His most common attack consists of shooting spikes from
his body.  These can be evaded with care.

There's three status effects he may cause you:
 * Poison from the spikes
 * Confusion from tail splash while diving
 * Freeze from ice beam

So, here's what you should do.  Bring your best guns, because unless you are
a TECH caster, you'll be using them.  There will be two instances where you
can guarantee a hit.  One is when he's right in front of the raft shooting
ice beams from his mouth.  You can hit him with a long-ranged TECH like
Rafoie or with a gun.  The other instance, is when he's circling the raft
shooting spikes, but even though he's on such a close range, you won't be
able to hit him.  No, you have to use these floor buttons (did you even
notice them?) that guide the raft in a certain direction.  Use the corner
ones to make the raft hit De Rol and get him stuck temporarily.  Then, his
name will flash on the screen, and you'll be able to dish any kind of damage
(including melee attacks) and use the opportunity to take most of his HP.

Winning this battle on the 360 counts towards your achievements.


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C - MAGGAS MAGAHNA - G0803
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The following strategy was completely written by libram of the GameFAQs
community.  Reproduced and licensed here with the author's permission.

The best thing to do here is play like a Ranger no matter what class you're
using.  Take a ranged weapon and shoot him from as far away as you can.  This
will help you avoid his close quarters attacks that can kill just about
anyone outright.  As for individual strategies:

Hunter
To deal the most damage the easiest target to hit is his base.  After a
while, however, it will be destroyed.  Once this happens Maggas will become
much faster and can hurt you with the blades that have now appeared.  You
have two options to continue attacking.  First, you go after the hands.  This
will cause more damage since you're a Hunter, but Maggas moves around a lot,
and tracking a hand can be a bit difficult.  If this becomes a bother than
just switch to the Ranger tactics.

Ranger
This method may take longer, but it is far safer. For guns there are two
points of interest. The first is Maggas's upper arms. Those areas take the
most damage from Bullets. Just remember to be ready to move at a moment's
notice. Missiles and Sword Cleaves can hurt you pretty bad. The other area of
interest is the stomach. It's a bit hard to hit when the base is still
intact, but once that is destroyed your fire should be focused there. It will
do as much damage as hitting the upper arm, is a little easier to target when
Maggas is moving around, and will cause him to stumble and interrupt any of
his attacks if he's hit there enough times. Just be careful when he starts
rushing around. I've seen him dash into me and smack me with the blades
before he uses his rotation attack to finish me off from full health.

Force
Diga is great. It has the highest TECH multiplier and is the opposite element
of Maggas, making it that much more powerful. The problem here is that it's
slow. Firing one off at the base will usually result in a hit, but once
that's gone you'll need to focus on the hands, and hitting them is a giant
pain. If you're having trouble with this then switch to a Bow and use the
Ranger tactics. It may take a while to beat the robot, but you should be able
to avoid any real damaging attacks.

Maggas Attacks
Sword Cleave - This is an overhead swipe that is designed to fall and split
your character in two. At higher levels this can kill most characters
outright, but asimple run to the side will get you out of harms way quite
easily.

Sword Swipe - A quick horizontal slash that attacks the area in front of him.
It's a little harder to avoid than the Cleave, but it is nowhere near as
damaging.

Machine Spray - Usually done when Maggas takes a quick step back, this is
just a small spray of bullets that will hit once for little damage. Nothing
really to worry about.

Machine Fire - This is a concentrated stream of bullets that is slowly swept
in front of Maggas with a pretty large area of effect. One hit will usually
lead to a series because the bullets will cause you to slightly flinch while
more smack you. If you can avoid the initial hit Maggas will be open to
attack.

Missile Pod - Both shoulders open to reveal a number of missiles that start
flying off and targeting your character. One missile doesn't do much damage,
but there are far more than one missile. Each can hit, and in a few hits they
can kill you, especially if you're a Force. This can also cause Burn, and
that just adds to your troubles. The best bet to avoid this is to be
constantly moving.

Grenade - Maggas opens a small compartment in the gun arm and fires a large
photon grenade in your direction. This attack can hit twice, once for the
initial strike and again for the blast. Both parts are hard to avoid, and
they can also cause the DEF Down status. The only way to avoid this is to be
far enough away while running straight to the right that the grenade is shot
at a less steep angle and lands some distance behind you.

Rapid-Fire Cannon - Maggas starts glowing while gathering energy before he
starts firing a number of large black orbs at the ground in a large sweep.
Very strong, but also the most easily avoidable attack in his arsenal. Pretty
much some free hits.

Shield - Not a true attack, but far more annoying than anything else. Maggas
charges for a moment before releasing some generators that create an
impenetrable shield that reduces all damage to zero. This can be
interrupted with enough attacks.

Warp - Almost an annoying as the shield, Maggas simply vanishes are reappears
somewhere else in the arena. This can make him hard to track.

Base Blades - Not an attack. This is what remains once the base is destroyed.
He will practically double in speed, and if you happen to be standing
anywhere near his body when he zooms around the blades can hurt you for a
medium amount of damage. This works with any number of attacks he has going.

Charge - Maggas reels back for a second before dashing forward with his sword
extended. At times he'll just keep doing this over and over, especially when
the base is destroyed. He covers a lot of ground, and the increased speed
also applies here. To dodge this just keep running to the right. Running to
the left will just put you in the way of the sword. This attack will cause
ATP Down.

Pound - Maggas lifts his hands over his body and holds them there before he
smashes the ground to release a shockwave. The area for this attack is huge,
and when it hits it has a high chance of causing Stun. To avoid this either
run to the side or run behind Maggas. Most of the attack area is in a large
circle in front of the main body, and it only extends so far behind him.

Rotation - This is his most dangerous move. Maggas gets close before spinning
in place with both arms held out. One hit will take off a huge amount of
damage, and it can hit twice if you're close enough. Count in the blades when
his base is gone and it'll outright kill you no matter what class you are.


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You will fight Tylor again in Episode 3 (the first time being in Episode 1 as
Ethan) and, while this guide is for Episode 2, I figured what the hell.

Tylor wears an ice armor, which makes him vulnerable to fire.  If you have
Har/Quick, a Foie TECH is a good choice to spam large amounts of fire damage
during AT.  If you manage to burn him, it will make things even easier.

If your type allows, Burn EX traps are also one of the best things you could
use in this fight.

Basically, if you are really fast and keep using fire attacks (weapons,
bullets, TECHs) you'll nail him down.  However, be too careful (i.e. slow)
and you may meet defeat, but let that not prevent you from buffing ATP/DFP.
The more damage you can unleash while taking as little as possible can only
be an advantage.

And, yes, there's a chance on getting the Blackheart board from him, but only
if you defeat him before the timer ends, and even then it's a rare chance.



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09.)                        SYNTH SYSTEM - G0900
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You can synthesize items through your PM.  All you need is a synth board for
the item you want and the right amount of materials required to proceed.  The
list of requirements, of course, changes from board to board.  One thing you
need to know is that the required items have to be stored with the PM.  Be
careful that storing items is not the same thing as giving them as a snack to
the little bot.

Okay, let's take the Crea Doubles board as an example.  You find these in
"Fight for Food" and the result sells for a lot of Meseta in NPC shops.

It requires:
 * 10 ???
 * 7 Junaline
 * 7 Catilium
 * 7 Kubara Wood

Synthesizing has a success rate.  For Crea Doubles, the success rate changes
depending on your PM Striking stat.  The bigger the latter is, the higher the
chances of getting the weapon.  Refer to the PM Evolution section.

Chances are you don't have enough Junalines and Catiliums.  Go to the
Synthesis Shop and buy all you need.  Store them on your PM and save the
game.  Now the PM asks you to insert the required items.  You have to do it
one by one until the PM asks if you want to proceed.  The ??? item is an
unknown.  Generally, it's a Photon.  Photons give different elemental
attributes to a weapon, so if you don't want an elemental attribute, choose a
Photon without one.  That's it.

You can also use the synthesis process to upgrade your existing weapons and
increase both their attack and PP stats.  To do this you need a grinder.  You
can buy the materials to create one from the Synthesis Shop, but you need to
be careful to buy only those of the same class as the weapon you wish to
upgrade.  For instance, a C grinder for Crimson wouldn't work, because
Crimson's an S-rank sword.  S grinders, however, work on every weapon, so if
you don't mind wasting the extra Meseta, always work with these.

After buying the Grinder board and the Grinder base, go to your room, put the
base in storage, insert the board, and have your PM synthesize.  You'll end
up with a Grinder X+Y, where X is the class and Y the modifier points.  In
Story Mode, +1 is common and +5 is rare.  In Network Mode the grinder's level
may go up to +10, which is quite hard to get.  These modifier points affect
the upgrade success rate.  The higher the number, the bigger the chances.

Now, you need to go to the weapon's manufacturer.  If the color is:
 * blue, go to the GRM Shop (Parum)
 * gray, go to the 2nd floor of Clyez City
 * green, go to the Yohmei Shop (Neudaiz)
 * orange, go to the TENORA WORKS Shop (Moatoob)

Make sure the weapon is not in your palette and be ready to restart the game
if the process goes wrong.  If the process goes well, your weapon gets a
stats boost.  If it fails, you lose ALL stat boosts.  You can fail up to nine
times.  It's recommended that you save the game every time you succeed.

In my experience, it appears to be much harder to upgrade an S weapon as
opposed to, say, a B weapon.  One thing I'm sure: the more upgrades you do to
a weapon, the harder it gets to upgrade it further.  Here's a tip: use +3 at
the start and +5 (or +7 if online) during the final upgrade levels.  It's not
a rule of thumb, but it's well balanced.

Finally, getting high level grinders is pretty hard because it depends on
luck.  For instance, I buy twenty Grinder boards and Grinder bases and
usually only get one or two S+5 grinders in Story Mode.  The good news are
that, if you are playing online, you can buy high level grinders from other
players, or -- if you don't want to bother with any of this -- weapons that
are already grinded.  Check the Shop Search (G1200) section for details.



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10.)                  PARTNER MACHINE EVOLUTION - G1000
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As you may have heard at some point from your fellow teammates, you can raise
your PM to become a powerful ally, always 10 levels above your own.  It is,
however, a tedious long (long) process, and you cannot bring her ("it"
usually becomes a "she") with you in online missions unless you lead the
group, so you should consider if you really want to spend time and effort on
this.

There's also a catch: if you are a ranged character like a Force or a Ranger,
the game's poor AI is not going to make your PM much useful in battle,
because you need to be near your enemies for the AI to register the enemy's
presence.  Also, healing PM, while invaluable for other classes, is next to
useless when you are a Force.  You can provide your own healing.

Now, then, let's start.

The evolution process works by feeding your PM with items.  Specific items
raise different stats.  You need to raise specific stats to evolve your PM
into a unique model.  Different models have different abilities.  That's the
gist of it.

There are differences in how this works in online and offline modes.  On
online, you need to reach a much higher level to evolve the PM.  On the other
hand, further evolution stages exist.  In offline mode this is not the case,
and the only advantage is that it is much faster to raise your PM.

There's a production level stat.  For the PM to evolve into one of the
following, it needs a production level of 80 in online mode, and 30 in
offline.  When it reaches Lv.100, it won't be able to evolve further.

GH-410 is a melee attacker.
   Her Striking stat needs to be above 30 in online and 15 in offline.

GH-420 is a melee attacker, too, but more autonomous making her actually useful.
   Her Striking and Ranged stats need to be above 30 in online and 15 in
   offline.

GH-430 is a ranged attacker.
   Her Ranged stat needs to be above 30 in online and 15 in offline.

GH-440 is a ranged attacker, too.
   Her Ranged and TECH stats need to be above 30 in online and 15 in offline.

GH-450 is a TECH user.
   Her TECH stat needs to be above 30 in online and 15 in offline.

Again, note that if the PM achieves the required stats listed here, but
without reaching the required production level, it will not evolve.  You'll
have to keep feeding it.

Let's go ahead and evolve your PM.  People seem to love the 420 series.  I
recommend you a 450, though.

To evolve your PM to a GH-450, you'll need to raise a lot her TECH stat.
That means giving her TECH-related items, so instead of giving your excess
items, just sell those and buy the appropriate ones.  The cheapest way to
raise her stat is by buying W'ganba for 3000 Meseta and Megid for 450.
W'ganba raises TECH by 12, and Megid by 5.  If you want to spare your money,
use Megid discs.  They are cheap.  If you want to spare your time (like me)
use W'ganba, instead.  It's a more expensive method than Megid's, but it
works faster.

If you just want to raise most stats, I recommend using Dimates instead.
It's a slow method, but it's cheap and efficient.  Careful that if you only
use Dimates, you'll end up with a 410 or a 450.

Now you may be wondering why I said the process is heavily tedious.  Why,
that would be because you have to feed the PM one item at a time... and the
menu doesn't even record the last position, so you have to keep pressing
buttons to reach the feeding item.  And then, you'll have to confirm that you
do indeed want to give the item.  Tedious, alright.

Oh, and what's the point of raising the other stats?  You see, while PM stats
mean nothing in battle, they affect synthesis rates.  For instance, if you
raise Striking to Lv.8 it will lead to different success rates when you try
to synth a melee weapon as opposed to leave it at Lv.0.  So, if you do a lot
of synthesing you'll want to raise the appropriate stats.

Finally, you should know that, if you don't like how the PM is turning out,
you can buy an item (the "PM Device ZERO" from the Room Decorations Shop)
that will reset it back to its original state.  Very useful in Network Mode.

This covers enough ground for most people, but if you absolutely need to know
more, check the following article: http://psupedia.info/Partner_machines



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11.)                       EXCHANGE ITEMS - G1100
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The following only applies in Network Mode.

Just outside the GRM Shop in Parum, there's an open bar and a maid.  The
lady's name is Yokus Melton, and a special mission will allow you to exchange
items with her.  Here's a list of the items you can get from her, which
include everyone's favorite room transfer tickets.

a) Bio Panic Remodling Ticket

You need:
 * 1 Mushroom Light (M)
 * 2 Mushroom Light (S)

b) Mushroom Light (M)

You need:
 * 15 Balji Truffle
 * 15 Mad Truffle
 * 15 Moatoob Truffle
 * 15 Rotten Truffle

c) Mushroom Light (S)

You need:
 * 20 Baji Truffle
 * 20 Mad Truffle
 * 20 Moatoob Truffle
 * 20 Rotton Truffle

d) PM Bullgroll, Defgroll, Fighroll, Techgroll

You need:
 * 5 Omega Acid

Warning!  According to a February 22 announcement, you should not get any of
those PM items, as a bug in the PS2/PC versions may wipe out all your other
items!  It freaking sucks because these items majorly boost your PM stats.

e) Transfer: Moatoob

You need:
 * 1 Lapucha Figure
     # Buy a [B] Lapucha Figure and get 3 Lapucha Shells in Moatoob missions
 * 1 Moatoob Kazla
     # Buy 20 Mot Wood and a [B] Moat. Souvenir
 * 1 Moatoob Sotets
     # Buy 20 Mot Ash and a [B] Moat. Souvenir
 * 1 Vanda
     # Buy a [B] Vanda Figure and get 3 Vanda Derma in Moatoob missions

f) Transfer: Parum

You need:
 * 1 Airboard
   # Buy 20 Par Ash and a [B] Parum Souvenir
 * 1 Beetle
   # Try your luck in Sleeping Warriors or other Relics sites
 * 1 Sunflower
   # Buy 20 Par Wood and a [B] Parum Souvenir



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12.)                         SHOP SEARCH - G1200
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Searching through other players' shops is a really cool feature, but if you
haven't got the hang of its mechanics, you'll be frustrated by not finding
what you are looking for.

The first thing you need to know is that using the right keywords usually do
the trick.  The second thing you need to know is that sometimes it's better
to further filter the results by applying a negative, or in other words a "-"
sign together with the word you do not want to show up.  I will provide
examples below, but essentially, there are many times you will need to be
creative.

Keywords are reserved words for certain types of items.  Use one or more of
the following to narrow down the search results or, sometimes, to even make
them show up at all.

Weapon Types
 * Bow
 * Claw
 * Dagger
 * Handgun
 * Knuckle
 * Riffle
 * Rod
 * Saber
 * Twin Claw
 * Twin Dagger
 * Twin Handgun
 * Twin Saber

Elemental Attributes
 * Dark
 * Fire
 * Ground
 * Ice
 * Light
 * Lightning
 * No attribute

Examples: Ice Claw
          Fire Saber

Brand Names
 * GRM
 * Kubara
 * Tenora
 * Yohmei

Equipment Types
 * Line
 * Ranged
 * Striking
 * Technic

Examples: GRM Line
          Yohmei Technic

Unit Types
 * Head
 * Arm
 * Body
 * Extra

Synth Items
 * Ash
 * Base
 * Ebon
 * Grinder
 * Material
 * Walna
 * Wood

Examples: Material -Photon
          Grinder S+5
          Crimson +8 -Fire
          Dark Durandal +7
          Line -Stamina

As you can see in the above example, you can look for +X, where X is the
number.  Also, avoid using the word Photon whenever possible; it shows
everything from Techs, to Skills and materials.  Too many results.

Finally, to search specifically for neutral weapons, don't use "Neutral", as
it doesn't work.  Use the keyword "no".  Example: no saber



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13.)                         WALKTHROUGH - G1300
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Main issues addressed in this section are:
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Chapter 1 ------------------------------------------------------------- G1C01
The Mask 1 ------------------------------------------------------------ M01-1
The Mask 2 ------------------------------------------------------------ M01-2
Chapter 2 ------------------------------------------------------------- G1C02
Desert's End 1 -------------------------------------------------------- M02-1
Desert's End 2 -------------------------------------------------------- M02-2
Chapter 3 ------------------------------------------------------------- G1C03
HIVE Clean-up 1 ------------------------------------------------------- M03-1
HIVE Clean-up 2 ------------------------------------------------------- M03-2
Chapter 4 ------------------------------------------------------------- G1C04
Shadow Conspiracy 1 --------------------------------------------------- M04-1
Shadow Conspiracy 2 --------------------------------------------------- M04-2
Chapter 5 ------------------------------------------------------------- G1C05
Valley of Suspicion 1 ------------------------------------------------- M05-1
Valley of Suspicion 2 ------------------------------------------------- M05-2
Chapter 6 ------------------------------------------------------------- G1C06
Rescuing That Guy 1 --------------------------------------------------- M06-1
Rescuing That Guy 2 --------------------------------------------------- M06-2
Chapter 7 ------------------------------------------------------------- G1C07
Protect the Festa 1 --------------------------------------------------- M07-1
Protect the Festa 2 --------------------------------------------------- M07-2
Chapter 8 ------------------------------------------------------------- G1C08
Flash of Ruin 1 ------------------------------------------------------- M08-1
Flash of Ruin 2 ------------------------------------------------------- M08-2
Chapter 9 ------------------------------------------------------------- G1C09
Price of Genocide 1 --------------------------------------------------- M09-1
Price of Genocide 2 --------------------------------------------------- M09-2
Chapter 10 ------------------------------------------------------------ G1C10
Illuminus Ambition 1 -------------------------------------------------- M10-1
Illuminus Ambition 2 -------------------------------------------------- M10-2
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You'll start in your room.  Welcome to the world of PSU.  That floating thing
is your Partner Machine (PM).  It will ask if you want to watch a tutorial.
It's long, but you can skip it now and watch it later.  You'll get Rising
Strike by playing the tutorial mission, but it's not that much of an award.

When you are in control, you'll notice the camera is a bitch to get hold of.
If you have just came in from FFXII like I did, you'll be displeased by how
ackwardly it works.  You'll get used to it.

For reference, you may want to note that your PM starts as GHX005.  Your
character starts at Lv.1 and without any Meseta.

The following items are available in your inventory:

 * Monomate x 10
 * Dimate x 5
 * Sol Atomizer x 5
 * Scape Doll x 1
 * Photon Charge x 5
 * Damage Trap G x 5
 * Goggles

Your initial equipment will be different depending on what race you chose.

You'll notice that there are "room decoration spaces" around you.  If you
have started from scratch instead of importing your character, you have a
statue of Sonic and Tails you can use here.  If you are playing offline, I
recommend you not to bother with decorating at all.  What's the point?

Go out and you'll be in the first floor of Clyez City.  Walk around, moving
through the ghost army of badly programmed NPC characters, and you'll
eventually reach a ramp and an elevator.  Take the elevator to the 4th floor
and from there you can save your game and then go up the ramp to the floor
above.

Speaking of saving your game, here's a tip: keep more than one save file,
just in case you find yourself stuck just before a powerful boss and unable
to go back.

So, you reached the GUARDIANS Headquarters.  Here you can sign up for
missions, and acomplishing missions is what this game's all about.  There's a
lady at the counter and another one further inside.  Talk with the latter if
you'd like to learn more about GUARDIANS and missions.

When you are ready, speak with the lady at the counter to sign up for your
first mission.


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A beast girl shows up.  She's your intructor.  She's also supposed to be an
interesting charac-- oops, I meant important character!  Silly me.

Oh, it's not just the camera that is ackward.  Seems like every character
came straight from 2000.  And they move like it, too!  Why am I mentioning
this?  Because we just came out of a FMV and that makes the bad stuff more
obvious.

Anyhow, your assignment is to examine 5 infected plants with your goggles.
If this is your first time playing, be sure to read the instructions on how
to use the goggles, or else you'll be stuck without knowing what to do.
Basically, press and hold the Action Palette button (Circle in PS2), click
left, up, and let go of the button.  If you press the Attack button (Square
in PS2), you'll examine your surroundings with the goggles.  Repeat the
sequence to equip a weapon again.

The infected plants are easy to spot, but the paths are not.  The map doesn't
help much either, unless you open it fullscreen, which is not advisable.  It
also doesn't point where the exits are, so there will be times you'll get
lost and your partner will loudly remark you are going the wrong way.  Well,
sis, I blame the map!

There's 53 monsters in the area.  You have to kill them all and examine
the 5 plants within 7 minutes if you want to get an S-rank.  This is indeed
hard if it's your first try.

Let's roll.  You have to kill every enemy to proceed through the laser fence,
and then kill everything again to unlock a door.  In this area you'll find
two plants.  Don't proceed without examing them.

In the new area, you'll find a few more fiends.  The next two plants are easy
to spot.  The last one is somewhat hidden in the Southwest behind a rock.  If
you still have time, you can find a red key in the floor which opens the last
locked fence and spawns a few more fiends.

After the mission is over, you'll have to go to the next area.  If your HP is
low, heal, because you'll soon get into your first boss battle.  Monomates
are the healing items, by the way.

You and Laia will come across an unconscious masked girl.  Soon after, you'll
be assaulted by three clowns and Laia's wit.  Er, yeah.

Here's what you should know: the pink afro guy is a Force, the other two are
melee characters.  If you are a low level newman, you'll die if you are not
careful.  Keep your HP over 70 at any time and don't let them close on you.
Whatever the case, use your most powerful weapon and take them on one by one,
starting with the pink afro guy.  Don't attack randomly.

You win!  Collect the spoils before a scene starts.

Not two minutes pass and here comes a new challenger: Zoal Goug.  This
dragon-like creature is only hard if you let it land near you.  From the
distance, its attacks are easy to avoid.  Laia will do most of the work if
you focus on dodging incoming attacks.  In the end, you may have more trouble
with the three stooges than with the Zoal Goug.

After the battle, you'll be on a camp.  You can save your game, recharge your
weapons, and buy some items from some random dude who's working at night in
the middle of nowhere.  Because that's what salesmen do.


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On to mission 2.  Those pricks have spread a large bunch of traps around the
area.  You can spot them with the goggles, and if you hear the beep you have
marked them visible.  If you are hit by two or three traps at once, you are
likely to die, so be careful.  You can trigger their explosion by approaching
slowly and, with care, they will explode without harming you.  You can also
shoot them from afar.

If you are aiming for an S-rank, you'll have to very very quick.  You need to
finish the mission within 2:30 minutes.

The first area isn't so bad.  It's when you get to the fire traps that it
starts to get tough, but not that much if you are careful.  Attention that
Laia can get hit by the fire traps, too, and she will.  If she dies, don't
worry as she'll respawn in a minute or so.

The path will be blocked by a laser fence.  The key is on one of those boxes,
but beware: most of them are trapped and will explode when hit.  Use a gun to
blow them from afar.

A second laser fence will block your path ahead.  The switch to turn it off
is on the path to the right, slightly hidden by the scenery.

Keep your health up, and you'll reach the stooges again.  This time they
won't fight you.  No, they will send a bunch of machines to do it.  One
suggestion is to avoid hit-and-run strategies as the machines look all alike
and then you won't be able to identify which one you were attacking.  If you
are still reading, note that when they start beeping they will explode and
cause damage if you are near them.  Run as soon as they emit those beeps.

That wasn't so hard.  Oh, here comes a new challenger!  And a dangerous one
at that.  You can't defeat them.  Just run around, dodge as many attacks as
possible, and heal when necessary.  Eventually a scene will occur, and
they'll leave the premise.

Well, that was unexpected, wasn't it?  It's just a shame it's hard to care
for any of those people.  Especially when you are just a supporting character
with no influence whatsoever in the plot.  Cannon fodder, much?

You now have Laia's card, access to Neudaiz, and three free missions.  Free
missions, if you don't know, are independent from the story.  Usually, they
are good for hanging out with other people.


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Now that you are back in Clyez and with some Meseta in your wallet, go
shopping.  If this were a normal RPG, I would tell you to go buy a decent
piece of armor and some healing items, but since it's PSU, you should go buy
some new clothes instead, or maybe do a nose job in the Makeover shop.  After
all, this game is not about becoming the strongest, but being the prettiest.
Never forget.

If you still have some spare money, then and only then, go buy yourself a
proper piece of armor.  Be sure to look into the stats to see if you can
equip it, or otherwise you are wasting money.  If you are a Force, buy Resta
for the healing magic.  To use it you'll have to link it with your weapon,
which you can do by selecting the weapon on your inventory and choose the
appropriate option.

On the fourth floor you can now leave to different locations to access free
missions.  If you want to level up a bit, you could try the lowest rank of
"Fight For Food".  Unless you are playing online, though, I recommend that
you go on with the story.


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There isn't much to tell about this mission.  Kill anything that moves and do
it really quick (i.e. in less than 15 minutes) and you get an S-rank.

You have a new ally.  That, together with a good piece of armor as
recommended above, will make this mission easy as pie.

A good advice is to prevent yourself from being surrounded by a large group
of enemies, but when you are trying to hurry up, sometimes that doesn't seem
like a priority.  You'll nail the balance with practice.  If you are
wondering why you should care about the rank you obtain, the reason is the
items and the amount of mission points you get at the end.  Different ranks
mean different rewards... or no reward at all.

Finally, save the PP of your most powerful weapon for the boss.  If you are a
Force that would be the Rod that let's you cast Rafoie.


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One word of caution is that enemies in the second part of Desert's End are
more powerful than what you have met before.  While you should be able to
survive easily with a good armor, if you still haven't found any weapon
stronger than your original equipment (check your inventory), maybe you
should retreat back to Clyez while in camp and there buy (or even synth) a
new weapon.

If you went back to Clyez, it's also a good time to store with your PM any
unnecessary items.  You'll likely have a ton of them by now.  However, every
weapon you found that is incompatible with your type/race, just sell it.
If you are playing online, you can even sell or give it to one of your
teammates.  If you still haven't open your own shop, look in the FAQ section
under G0561.  Just don't forget that if you go over your inventory capacity,
you won't be able to pick up any items during missions.

If you retreated, you'll have to start the mission all over again.  If you
did not, you can go on into part 2 of Desert's End.  Assuming you are here,
let's proceed.

The first thing you'll notice is that you'll be occasionally under gun fire.
There are gun turrets spread throughout the area, and you can destroy them.
Further within there will be others which fire much faster, but you cannot
destroy those.

There is no timer for most of this mission, so take your time and investigate
every little corner.  You won't be able to do it later.

If you are still using your initial weapons, you should attack the bigger
enemies from behind the laser fences.  You can hit them, but most of the
time, they can't hit you.

Soon, you'll witness a new scene and, when it's over, be attacked by a big
machine.  It isn't as powerful as it looks.  It has about 500 HP in the
lowest difficulty level.

Now, you'll have a timer.  You need to escape in less than three minutes,
while killing everything you see.  Use your most powerful weapons here.  If
you are a Force that means Rafoie as soon as you get three enemies together.

Got the S-rank?  Good.  Enter one of the big battles.  The Boss section has a
very through guide on how to defeat Magahna.  Basically, after his lower part
blows up, use a gun and telescopic sight (R3 in PS2) to aim for the
shoulders.  He's very annoying as he'll be teleporting from one place to
another, and you'll have to give chase.  To make matters worse, Laia and Lou
will be unreliable in this fight as, due to game glitches, most of the time
they will be attacking the air.  And I wish was kidding about that.  By the
way, if you see their names in yellow that means their HP is low.  If you
have Resta, approach them and cast it for some healing.

Mission accomplished.  You get Lou's card, access to Moatoob, and two new
free missions: "Goliath in the Desert" and "Awoken Serpent".  If you haven't
noticed yet, there is a communicator in your room which lists all the free
missions you have access to.


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If you have been doing free missions, you won't be able to sign up for HIVE
Clean-up without first disbanding your party.

Hope you like that FMV.  Yes, this is the third time we are seeing it, and
yes, you can skip it.  Thank goodness for that.  Unfortunately, you cannot
skip some/most events, and you'll be forced to watch reruns when you are
playing Story Missions under the same or harder difficulty level.


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STORY MISSION 3-1  *M03-1*  HIVE Clean-up 1
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Beware, you'll be paired with a new ally and that annoying brat, Laia.
Actually, it's not just her.  Half the cast in this story seems to have some
kind of emotional issue.  Even your character... S/he never says a word!

All right, start!  The first area is pretty straight forth, but you'll have
to keep a lookout for gun turrets and a sort of giant flying bat wizard
monster.  If you and your party are surrounded by gun turrets and don't act
fast, you'll lose a tremendous amount of HP.  So, ignore any monsters and
destroy the guns first.  Then you should be on your toes for those
TECH-caster monsters I just mentioned.  Sometimes, three of them will appear
at once.  If you do not take them down really fast before they combo blast
you with Barta, you will die.

Next area, things start getting a little more complicated.  You need to find
four key cards to proceed, and three of them are hidden under what we should
call item boxes, except here they look like large camouflaged eggs.  The
final key is available near the exit after you kill every enemy and find the
other three first.  Since you need to finish the mission in less than 15
minutes to get an S-rank, you should avoid going North without first
exploring that corridor to the East.

Mission acomplished.  Finally, the plot thickens!  And yes, that's a salesman
in a dangerous place where people have died.  Because that's what salesmen do

When you are ready, proceed to the second part of the mission.


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Here's your first big puzzle.  You'll need to activate five terminals, but if
you are not fast enough the earlier ones will disconnect and the power level
will go down.  Each terminal provides 20% of power level.

Every time you try to examine a terminal, Laia will ask you if you want her
to stick there and keep it on all time.  You'll have to use her help to
finish the mission.  The problem is, you have to put her just in the right
spot or you won't have enough time to activate the others.

Start by killing every monster to unlock all doors and -- why not-- get
familiar with the entire area.  Do not examine any terminal during this
period nor touch any of those teleport pads on the floor.  Now, when the
place is quiet, head Southeast to the room with a terminal.  On the
fullscreen map that would be on the lower right corner.  Here, examine it,
leave Laia and step in the teleport pad.  You'll be activating the terminals
in a sequence.  Some of the terminals have a teleport pad nearby, so it's
just a matter of turning it on and jump into the next area via teleport, but
sometimes you'll have to run all the way over to the next terminal.

Any slow down, and you'll have to start the process all over again, so try
to get it right at first try.

Success!

Cut scene (it's Kryten from Red Dwarf!), and boss.

It's a monster by the name of Dulk Fakis.  It will continuously cast a shield
over itself, negating all damage.  The trick is to wait for the shield to
wear off and hit with your most powerful attacks at close range for that one
brief moment.  Even then, sometimes your attacks will cause 0 damage.  Just
keep hitting it while it's possible.

On occasion, Dulk Fakis will also use his big arms.  When they are exposed
like that, they can be hit, so hit them bloody things!

You win!  Curtz card is yours.  "The Dual Sentinel" and "The Dark Satellite"
missions are now available.


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If you already reached Lv.35, you should select Rank-B missions from now on.
You should also have enough money to buy some new clothes.  You wanna look
pretty, don't you?

Oh, and while you are at it, make sure to buy all the Monomates you can
carry.  That's always a good thing to do before starting a mission.  If you
have money for new equipment, knock yourself out.  If you are over Lv.20 and
a CAST, you should buy a SUV weapon.  If you are a Beast, you should get a
tattoo on the Makeover shop.

Let's go on with the story.  You should be getting a new ally any time n--
Boobs alert!  Boobs alert!

And your obnoxious friend is being nasty again: "Oh, you are dying of a
horrible disease?  Poor you.  Maybe you should have prayed more to the Holy
Light.  Isn't life a bitch?  Next time you want to be sarcastic with me,
think again!  Oh, that's right: you don't have a next time.  Ha ha ha!"

Disturbing.


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Ahem, mission time.  This is one of the easy ones.  There are flames all over
the place.  Do not let yourself (or your allies for that matter) touch them.
If you are burned use a Sol Atomizer or Reverser to heal the status.

You have to kill every enemy in less than 10 minutes to get an S-rank.  Some
enemies are within the containers, so be sure to destroy those.  Really,
that's about it.  Just beware of the flames and those Kog Nadd beasts (they
are tough), and you should get through the mission with ease.

You can only get the last key card (out of four) by getting a single key card
that opens the door to the Northeast.

And, yes, even in a hospital under attack you will find a salesman.  Because
that's what salesmen do.


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You have to rescue 6 survivors in less than 15 minutes.  This is hard to do
in a first try, so if you are forced to repeat the mission, don't feel bad.

None of the survivors will be in clear sight.  No, they will be hidden
underneath those rubble stacks all around you.  So, how will you locate them?
Why, with your goggles.  You'll occasionally hear a beep, which gets louder
as you approach a survivor.  Equip the goggles and glance into the nearby
rubble.  Sometimes you'll find a blue globe, sometimes a red one.  Blue is a
survivor.  Red is a trap.  And sometimes you'll need to blow up the traps to
go further.  Due to sloppy programming, though, you can only destroy the
rubble on top of the survivors with a melee weapon.  If you fancy being the
Lone Ranger and only brough ranged weapons, you are stuck.  True story.

So, start!  Right in this big hall, kill the monsters and look for the
beeping.  Use the goggles to track the survivor and destroy the rubble.
That's your first one.  Hurry North, and you'll find the path blocked, but to
your right there is a trap which you can blow up to proceed.  Monsters will
spawn.  When you kill them, a key card will appear.

Go back to the hall and walk towards the farthest locked door, which is the
only one where you can walk into.  Use the key card and, in the next area,
walk towards the locked door in the middle.  There is a survivor just before
it.  That makes two.

Proceed and go down the stairs.  Blast every monster that shows up and, don't
worry about your PP.  You have to kill every monster you find as fast as
possible, so use your most powerful weapons and attack precisely.  Don't walk
away from the stairs, and you'll find another survivor nearby.  That's three,
so far.

Now, from here, walk North towards the large corridor.  The path will be
blocked by rubble.  There's a bunch of traps and a key card.  Blow it all
until you find the card.  Now go back to where you came from and up the
stairs.  Remember the third locked door?  You can open it from this side with
the key card you just found.  Go there and, on the other side, you'll find
another survivor.  That's four; only two more to go.

Go down again and cross the entire lenght South until you reach another
staircase.  One side has some crappy items, the other will you let you go
further.  You probably heard a beeping already, but you can't reach the
survivor because the path is blocked.  You can walk around the rubble by
taking the other path near the open door.  Locate the survivor and blow the
rubble.  Only one more to go!

Go across the door you just passed, kill every monster inside, get the key
card and go back.  Just a bit to the South there's the last locked door.  Use
the key card to open it, kill the remaining monsters, and follow the beeping
to locate the last survivor.

Enjoy your S-rank!  But not so fast!  Here comes a new challe-- Oh... There
isn't one... just a few more monsters.  The oversized ones are strong, but
slow enough for you to kill them with ease.  Since there's no time limit,
there's really nothing to worry about.  The only place where you may get
stuck is in how to get that key card behind the laser fence.  You probably
figured it out already, but if you did not, you'll have to locate green
globes among the rubble around you using your goggles.  There's three floor
buttons that you will need to step on to disable the laser fence.

Mission accomplished.  You get Maya's card (Boobs!) and access to the
"Endrum Remnants" mission.


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STORY MISSION 5-1  *M05-1*  Valley of Suspicion 1
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I'm afraid there isn't much to say about this mission.  There really isn't
anything hard or complicated to cause you any problem.  Not traps, not
puzzles, not even a boss.  And it doesn't help that your new ally keeps
saying: "What a waste of time".  Thanks for reminding us!

The only real issue is obtaining the S-rank.  You need to find every single
monster, and some of them are hidden in odd places.  To make matters worse,
after you leave the first area, Laia won't let you go back.  Which is not
good if you missed a foe back there.

If you end up the mission with an A-rank, it's because you missed a monster.

And yes, that's a salesman in a middle of a remote mountain.  Because that's
wha-- oh, you know the drill by now.


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STORY MISSION 5-2  *M05-2*  Valley of Suspicion 2
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Finally things start getting tougher.  Monsters are far stronger and there's
a lot of traps, including poisonous floors and different types of gun
turrets.  Some of the turrets are quite powerful and can overwhelm you if you
are not careful.  Always destroy them all first.  Then go for the enemies.
Don't forget you can hit the turrets from a distance with a gun (useful for
when they are located in tight corners) and a sword/claw/whatever in
close-range.

Actually, most of the key cards in this mission can only be found by
destroying the gun turrets, so don't miss any.

While there's no real boss in this mission, you'll have to face De Vears near
the end, and they are really tough to take down.  Just don't get in their way
when they leap forward and you'll be fine.

Finally, kill everything in less than 20 minutes for the S-rank.  This
mission's map is quite large and the trail sometimes isn't very obvious.
That's the only thing between you and the S-rank.

Success!  Nav's card is yours (he's a CAST, did you know that?), and "Mine
Defense" mission is now available.


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If you haven't found any better weapon in shops or missions maybe it's time
to spend some minutes upgrading your current one(s).  A +4 or +5 would be
pretty good.  Refer to G0900 for details.

When you are ready, proceed with the story.


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Kindly ignore the plot holes and focus on what's important: taking down 100
enemies.

There really isn't anything complicated here.  You have to take down enemy
after enemy, and you'll be surrounded most of the time.  Enemies explode
after being destroyed and more will keep spawning for every one you take
down.  And they too will explode.  It isn't hard, but if you get hit by three
or four explosions at once you may be in trouble.

Don't expect Laia to do much here.  Instead, use a circular attack like
Gifoie or similar that damages everything trying to hug you.  It will be
pretty useful in this mission.  If you run out of PP in your main weapon, you
can use one of the PP restoring items in your inventory.  Chances are you
have 6 or 7 of these lying there unused.

Also, because you are in such an enclosured space, you'll be seeing enemies
vanish from time to time.  That's because Sonic Team couldn't be bothered to
write proper routines on the enemies' hit box positioning.  The bug "resets"
the enemies to their original spawn position, so you won't be missing any of
the 100.

There's no boss.  Finish the mission within 9 minutes and S-rank is yours.

Mission points!  And the Overlord's Dragon appears.  Enigmatic plot twist?
Only you can tell!

Oh, and this once, there's a reason why there's a salesman in the middle of
nowhere: he works for the company.


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Ah, this one finally presents some challenge.

You'll soon find yourself stuck in a dark place.  Step on the floor buttons
to spawn some enemies.  Kill enemies.  Proceed.

Now you'll have to cross a tiny labyrinth with a few smasher traps.  You'll
easily avoid them, but your allies, well, not so much.  Heal them as soon as
their names turn yellow.  And, of course, beware of the enemy in the center
as he attacks from afar.  Kill it the same way, too.  All right, now dodge
the pillers and activate three switches.  Two of them are in odd corners
and, if you miss them, you'll have to retrace your steps.  Presto!  Laser
fence in the center is gone and you can get the key card.

From here on, you'll find the occasional flying TECH caster.  Don't let them
alive for long, or you may regret it.  Ah, here it is another small puzzle.
Lots of floor buttons.  You'll need to activate four, but which four?  Wear
your glasses and you'll see.  The red globes are traps.  Do I need to tell
you to avoid them?  Avoid them.

In the next area, you can recharge your HP and PP.  Hmm, this place looks
suspiciously like an arena...  You don't think we'll be attac-- Oh.

Dispatch them all.  Soon, a boss will show up: the Epic Robot Rider from
Hell.  He's a melee fighter.  Avoid his charges, and you'll be fine.  On A
difficulty, I reckon he has around 5000 HP.

You get That Guy's card and access to the "Train Rescue" mission... because,
in the future, there will be trains!

I suppose I should also mention that if you get an A-rank, it's because you
missed an enemy somewhere.


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Here we go again.  As always, the story keeps being shitted on.  No, really.
Get this: whole worlds, yes, whole freaking worlds revolve around Ethan
Waber.  Some dude with red hair.  He's so awesome nobody can be 10 seconds
without mentioning him.  Every little plot thread is related with him
somehow.  He's the Messiah.  They should have named the game Chronicles of
Ethan Waber.  Episode 2.

Dur hurr.  Urhh.

And Laia's being obnoxious again.  For no good reason.  Oh, that crazy Laia.
Ouuruuurrr!!

NERD RAGE!!  NEEERD RAAAAGE!!


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STORY MISSION 7-1  *M07-1*  Protect the Festa 1
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This mission is pretty straight forth, except for the terrain itself.  If
this is your first time, you'll likely lose sense of where to go next.

As soon as you start, the path you need to find is not in plain sight and the
map (as usual) isn't helping.  Look into the trees and between a pair there
will be a tunnel.  Now, careful with the big guys; they pack quite a punch
and are pretty tough to boot.  In A difficulty, they have more than 2000 HP.

To finish the mission, all you need is to find all card keys (they always
come in pairs here) and go from locked fence to locked fence.  A bit
repetitive, really, and the place is full of traps everywhere.  They are more
obnoxious than dangerous, though.

When you come across the next couple of poison flower trap thingies, destroy
the gun turret, equip the goggles and examine the flower traps.  One of them
is marked green; destroy it to get a key card.

Next, you need to find a teleporter somewhat hidden between the vegetation.
Get in there, kill enemies, and you'll reach two switches.  One is trapped,
the other isn't.  Use the goggles if you want to avoid the damage.

From here things start getting a little bit more straight, though the traps
will get more annoying, halting your progress for about twenty seconds.  As
usual, beware of the TECH casters.  Get surrounded by three of them and
before you know, your HP will be in yellow.  Or worse.

When you come across the Illuminus soldiers, don't kill them.  Go a bit
further and you'll find a couple of items.  As soon as the soldiers go down,
the mission is over.  If you got here in less than 17 minutes, S-rank is
yours.


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Start-o!  You need to get four key cards.  The first three are easy enough.
Kill a bunch, get a crunch.  For the final one you'll have to solve an easy
puzzle.  First get rid of the three gun turrets.  Now equip your goggles and
check the floor buttons.  If they are green, step on them.  If there's no
aura globe, then it's a trap.  Yeah, I know: they usually are marked red.
Two of the buttons activate the middle piller and uncover the final card.
The third one lights the room.

Go down the stairs and unlock the laser fence.  Keep destroying those
machines, and you'll soon find yourself in a room with four teleporters.
Only one of them is not trapped, and by now you know how to locate it.  Warp
in and-- lag!  I mean, mechanoids!  Lots of them.  And gun turrets.

From here on, the place is stuffed with gun turrets.  There will be times
where it makes more sense to take down the enemies first, and then destroy
the turrets.  And there will be times when you are in the middle of cross
fire, and screw the enemies -- go for the turrets.  There are a bunch of item
containers near the turrets; I shouldn't need to tell you to grab whatever
you find.

Before you go up the final staircase, there is a PP and HP restorer somewhat
hidden in the platform.  Heal and get ready.  Laia will say those are the
final enemies, and indeed they are.

If you got here in less than 20 minutes and destroyed all turrets, you get an
S-rank.

A scene transpires (NEEERD RAAAAAGE!!) and you'll meet your first boss in a
while.

It's called Adahna Degahna, and -- be not afraid -- it's not as annoying as
Maggas.  Run in a curve to stay out of the path of bullets and attack at a
nearby range.  At A difficulty, he's Lv.44 with about 6000 HP.

Poof.  There he goes.  You get the card for Leogini "Call me Leo" Berafort,
as well as access to missions "Rainbow Beast" and "The Holy Ground".


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There's new clothes available: go shopping.  By now there's possibly some
S-rank weapons you can equip, too.  Buy them.  Buy also a decent PA skill for
your weapon; check G0578 for details.  And may the Holy Light guide you.


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Yeah, you got paired with yet another character, but don't get your hopes up:
he won't give his card by the end of the chapter.  Here's a tip, though: his
armor has HP restorer, so he will recover about 150 HP every five seconds.

Okay, start.  The containers ahead have enemies inside.  Kill them.

To your right, there are automated guns.  You cannot destroy them.  You'll
have to run through the shoots, making a circle til you reach a card key.
No, it doesn't open this locked fence.

Retrace your steps and use the key card.  This switch here halts the guns.
Useful, since you'll be going back there in just a second.

Go through the open doors and in the room destroy the poisonous traps.
Enemies will spawn.  Kill them and get a key card.  Now go back to the fence
you could not unlock before.  Kill the enemies and go to the next area.

Keep going and you'll met a Svaltus.  They are tough.  Get the card, unlock
the door and meet another Svaltus.  Those floating flames will vanish after
you defeat the enemies.

Continue.  Are you seeing these flame throwers?  They are way tougher than
the automated guns.  Don't get caught against the wall.  Also, hurry to the
switch that will turn them off, or you risk getting your allies killed by the
game's stupid AI.

Go on and meet your final opponents and... mission accomplished!  With an
S-rank if you were fast enough.

Ah, cut scenes... we love you so much.  After all she did and said, Laia has
a complete change of heart.  Again.  I think Sonic Team created Laia using
the following template: start with a normal person but for every little
action make her act completely the opposite way a normal person would.
There, instant popular character!  Better than Tang.

Are you wondering if there's a salesman hidden in camp?  But of course there
is.  We called him even though this is a secret mission.  There he is!  In a
completely remote place, waiting for you to buy a Monomate from him.  Please
help him.  He has a family to provide for.


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This mission is pretty quick, but then again, you only have ten minutes to
escape the facility.  Doc's with you and his defense is really low.  Keep him
healed.

The big creature that looks like Neo-Dio from an SNK fighters will be your
Nemesis for the whole mission.  You cannot kill it, and it will keep
following your trail and attacking hard.

Head through the corridor and go straight ahead.  Every time you see a group
of enemies, kill them to get a card key.  You need four to escape.  By the
time you got two and are ready to get the third, you'll notice you have done
a full circle in the map.  Continue the circle in the same direction you
started it, and you'll meet a new group of enemies that weren't there before.
And with them, the final card.

Hurry up to the exit and kill the remaining enemies.  You are home free and
you didn't even break a sweat to get here.

The Rogue Leader's card is yours, along with access to the "Grove of
Fanatics" and "White Beast" missions.


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On this chapter, you'll be teamed up with Tonnio.  You'll soon notice how, in
spite of being this young, he shows more sense and is less of a brat than
Laia.  Also, don't worry much about new equipment or anything, since it won't
really matter.

To start the mission, you'll have to click right on the D pad to access the
second part of the list.  Some people miss this, so might as well mention it.


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STORY MISSION 9-1  *M09-1*  Price of Genocide 1
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You are instructed to take down 300 foes, and that's pretty much it.  The
path is direct.  There are no puzzles, no complications, no anything.  The
enemies are also weaker than what you are used to, so you don't have to worry
about running out of PP or healing items.

When you are warned that 290 foes are history make sure your character is
healed, since the last two enemies are Riders of Hell (as I like to call
them) and they have big swords.  From space.

The salesman is a CAST.  They are immune to viruses.  That's why he's here:
because he can.


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In this and the next area, ceiling traps will keep falling on you.  Not only
are they many, but they cause poison, too.  Don't let the damage pile up.

"Yay, no timer", you say?  Yes, this part isn't complicated at all, except
you have to check every little odd corner to find all four keys required to
proceed.

What follows next, though, has made many despair.  The gigantic plot holes
("hey guys, let's stick together instead of split up to catch him") plus the
idiotic twist ("all this for nothing!?") make this mission -- which could
have been otherwise great because puzzles are cool -- retarded.  Just don't
hit your head against the wall too much.

To finish this act, you need to do two things: get both keys and trap the
kid.  40% players spend a hour (or more) figuring out how to do the latter.
The other 60% have used a guide.  Guess which one is you.

Start by giving chase.  Soon you'll meet a group of monsters that will drop
the first key.  Keep going and you'll be back where the laser fences are.
Unlock the first one and step on the switch so it becomes Red / Green.  Go
on into the next warp, and you'll find the second group of monsters that hold
the last key.

Now onto the hard part.  Go back to the laser fences and unlock the second
one.

If you don't want to figure this out on your own, skip to the next paragraph
where I give instructions instead of clues.  Still here?  You'll need to play
with the switches to trap the kid.  Each of the switches change the position
of a pair of warps as well as locking/ unlocking a door.  If you don't mess
with them, you'll just continue running in a constant circle.  Truth is, even
if you play with them and try to find the "right combination", you'll still
not trap the boy.  The trick is to scare him into a specific place, then go
back, change the position of one switch and retrace all your steps to find
the boy trapped.  Trapped means he has nowhere to go, and this won't be true
for most of the act.  There's always a warp or a door he can take.  You have
to remove these.  Okay, my final clue is that you have to trap him in the
Northeast between a locked door and a bridge.

Make sure the switches are (from left to right) Red / Green and Red / Green.
Give chase to Southeast and then all the way over to North.  The door on the
right is closed, and there is a warp on your left.  Take it.  On the new area
there is a warp behind you, but don't take it.  Walk towards the bridge and
the kid will proceed to the next area.  Then, and only then, get on that warp
you just ignored instead of following him.  Go all the way back to where the
switches are located.  Change them so that they become Green / Red and Red /
Green (meaning: only step on the switch on your left).  Now retrace your
steps to Northeast, on to the warp, this time go across the bridge and into
the door on your right.  Teleport and, if you have done everything correctly,
the kid is trapped.  Walk towards the bridge to finish the mission.

The boss isn't hard.  It's just the sour taste on your mouth that makes it
bad.  Well, at least it's over.  You get Tonnio's card and access to mission
"Desert Terror".

As you'll see for yourself, there's indeed an explanation for all those
ghosts you see in Moatoob.  What do you mean they were there before?
Clearly, you aren't thinking.  They are time-traveling ghosts!


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Things soon turn for the worst.  Stock those healing items and bring your
best weapons.  Be ready for what's to come.

If you are repeating this chapter know that you'll skip 90% of the action in
act 1 by choosing to go directly to the trial start point.  Choose wisely.


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Erradicate the initial wave.  Three Grinna Bete S will spawn.  If you don't
move, you risk losing a large chunk of health, so take them down fast, one by
one.

Next some SEED-Guardians are up... and they are a joke.  Just finish them.

Hm, back home.  Now we just-- Oh, damn, the Dio Chaser again!  Don't attack
him and he'll ignore you.  Go straight to the fifth floor.

Oh boy, an enemy even more powerful!  And you can't even harm him!  Just keep
healing until the battle eventually ends.

Now we need to head to the first floor.  Most paths are blocked, though, so
expect Laia to complain about not getting along with mazes.  There are
enemies, of course, but you don't get any points for killing them, so you can
avoid them if you want.

Get on the elevator and go to the second floor.  From here head upstairs.
Now, on the third floor be careful with the Gaozorans, since they will just
keep respwaning.  Go to the elevator on the Northeast -- your right and up,
if it makes more sense to you.  On the fourth floor, beware of those
plant-like SEED since they can attack from the distance and can withstand a
bunch of hits.  Kill or ignore them, but go all the way over to the other
side and reach for the elevator.  On the second floor, just go down the
stairs, and (yay) here we are.

If you wear headphones take them off: the alarm hurts.

Oh, and here's another of our old friends.  The soldiers are easy; the leader
is a bit tougher.  What the--?  When did HE get here??

Ah, well, defeat the leader and the mission ends.  Poof, S-rank.


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You have a map again.  You can destroy the guns, if you want.  On the room,
kill everything, get the key, destroy the boxes to reveal a warp and take it.
Kill everything, take another key and warp from here.  Do the same here, but
go through the door.  Head south to get another key.

Now, on the corridor, either destroy or get through the turrets.  Unlock the
door, and... there's nothing much to report.  Head to next area for a boss
battle.

He uses mostly physical attacks, and they are pretty powerful if you don't
buff your defense.  Occasionally, he'll charge against you, but you can evade
that.  Thankfully, he isn't that hard but, as you'll find out, you'll be
facing him more than once throughout the rest of the mission.

You now have five minutes to get the hell out of here.  From where you start,
head North and don't stop for anything.  Your mission rank depends on how
fast you reach the goal, so do only the essential to proceed.  In the next
area, kill the minor droids until the laser fence ahead vanishes.  When it
does, go North and, around the corner, there's a hidden warp that takes you
to the next area.  There, keep running until you are near the fences and kill
as many droids as needed to unlock the fence.  Then, stop everything you are
doing and run, run, run.  There, mission accomplished.

Watch the ending of Episode 2.  When everything's said and done, it could
have been handled better, but I liked it.  In spite of all nonsense, the
Illuminus are finally shown as a real threat and the status quo is changed
forever... until the credit roll is over that is.  Hurr hurr.

You get Ethan Waber's card and access to the "Scarred Planet", "Electronic
Brain" and "SEED Awakened" missions.  If you are playing offline, this is as
far as you can go.  New items and clothes (PSO outfits, weeeee) are available
and finally you can access S difficulty missions.  After you finish
"Electronic Brain S", the final shop items will be unlocked.  If you are
online, certain parts of Episode 3 are available already.  Go play them.

Still, I have so many questions... and now I have to wait for the sequel!
For instance, why do (some) CASTs like to pinch women's butts?  Do they have
sexual desires?  Does... does that mean there's a Lou pleasure model out
there??  This and more on the next exciting episode of PSU!  Don't go
anywhere.



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- Version 1.0 (16th of May, 2008)
# Moved the Exchange Items section to G1100.
# Started the Free Missions section.
# Covered "Scarred Planet" and "White Beast" in that section.
# Added strategy to defeat Alterazgohg in the Boss section.
# Added G0583-G0592 to the FAQ.  That makes a total of 92 Q/As!
# Corrected some information in the battle against Tylor in the Boss section.
# Changed some information in the FAQ.
# Much needed changes in the Rare Monsters section, thanks to PSUpedia.
# Other corrections, especially on the weapon upgrading system.

- Version 0.9.2 (27th of April, 2008)
# Improved the Synth System section with more information.
# Made it more clear when things only apply to Network or Story Modes.
# Completed Walkthrough by covering Chapter 10.

- Version 0.9 (24th of April, 2008)
# Improved the Synth and PM Evolution sections.  There were details missing.
# Corrected more information in the FAQ section.  Yes, I'm a perfectionist.
# Added G0576, G0577, G0578, G0579, G0580, G0581 and G0582 to the FAQ.
# Added strategy to defeat De Rol Le in the Bosses section.
# Covered Chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the Walkthrough.

- Version 0.7.5 (14th of April, 2008)
# Added a bunch more questions/answers to the FAQ.
# Covered Story Missions 4-1, 4-2, 5-1 and 5-2 in the Walkthrough.
# Started the Shop Search section.  For your online shopping queries.

- Version 0.7 (12th of April, 2008)
# Updated some information in the FAQ section.
# Expanded the Exchange Items section.
# Covered Story Missions 2-2, 3-1 and 3-2 in the Walkthrough.
# Changed the Story Mission index for the better.
# Started the Partner Machine Evolution section.  Useful stuff.

- Version 0.6.1 (9th of April, 2008)
# Removed the entire Offline Cheat Codes section per GameFAQs policy.
# Corrected the information on how to get an S-rank in "The Mask 2" mission.
# Covered Story Mission 2-1 in the Walkthrough.

- Version 0.6 (7th of April, 2008)
# Corrected some information in the FAQ.
# Added search codes to the FAQ section for easier navigation.
# Added strategy to defeat Tylor in the Bosses section.
# Finally started the Walkthrough section.
# Covered Missions 1 and 2 in the Walkthrough.
# Started section on the Synth System.
# Added information on grinders to said section.

- Version 0.5 (3rd of April, 2008)
# Expanded Section 11 with Action Replay 2, MAX, and Xploder codes.
# Added a few more questions/answers.
# Started section 8, Bosses.
# Added strategy to defeat Maggas Magahna written by libram.

- Version 0.4 (31th of March, 2008)
# More questions and answers added.
# Corrected some of the information in the FAQ.
# Started section 11, Offline Cheat Codes.  Currently, PS2 Code Breaker only.

- Version 0.3 (29th of March, 2008)
# More questions and answers added.
# Created a sub-index for the FAQ.  Search codes to be added later.
# Started section 7, Rare Monsters.

- Version 0.2 (25th of March, 2008)
# More questions and answers added.
# Started section 6, Exchange Items.

- Version 0.1, (23th of March, 2008)
# Initial release.  Still a lot to do, but might as well get out what's done
  already to help those who need information.



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Displayed alphabetically.

- Cavarcous from the Sega Boards for pointing out that making little
  distinction on what applied online and offline made the guide confusing.
  I couldn't make drastic changes to structure, but I think it's better now.

- Creative Commons feature on this list due to all their work towards the
  creation of a world of Free Culture.  A very important consideration, if we
  are to make the world a better place.

- Glocker134 for contributing information on how upgrading weapons work.
  Very useful since, at the time, I hadn't really looked into the process.

- hinoshime from the GameFAQs community for help with Arti Diga.

- libram for writing the very detailed strategy to defeat Maggas Magahna.
  Reproduced and licensed here in its entirety with permission.

- Onewinged Angel, Glocker134 and libram from the GameFAQs community for very
  precise information in some of the game aspects, which led me to correct a
  few mistakes in the guide.

- PSUpedia for much needed corrections to the Rare Monsters section.

- Tamashi from the Sega Boards for pointing out that 360 gamers do indeed
  need the original PSU disc.

If you want to see your name here feel free to help improve this document.



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If you want to contact me, spend a day or two thinking about it.  After that,
think some more.  Still want to send in something?  Are you sure?  Then, read
the following guidelines:

- The subject of the email must include "Illuminus" or "AOTI" or "PSU".

- Make sure your email is readable, as in proper English and an actual
  message.  Flaming and other crap will be blocked without a second thought.
  I accept messages in Portuguese and Ido, too.

- Don't ask me to send updates of any guide, because I won't.

- Don't ask me if you can post this document on some web site.  Instead, read
  the license of this document.  It's a legal contract and, in most cases,
  you are completely allowed to do whatever you want without further
  permission from my part.  That is, if and only if you accept the two
  established conditions set above: give credit where credit is due and allow
  the same freedom I give you to other people.  Overall, my work gives you
  more freedom on what you can do with it than 99% of the stuff out there, so
  don't bother me with useless messages asking if you can have permission to
  do this and that.  You probably have it, already.

- Make sure you've read the guide before asking any question. You'll probably
  find your answer here or in another guide, so please don't waste your time
  and mine.  It's for the best.

- And, of course, if you want to provide some help or contribution to improve
  this guide, you'll be more than welcome to.  Yes, I mean it.

Email/Jabber: justivo [at] gmail [dot] com



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