FAQ/Walkthrough by Gbness
Tales of the Abyss on SuperCheats.com
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                            TALES OF THE ABYSS
                            An FAQ/Walkthrough
                        For the Sony Playstation 2
                       Copyright 2007 Richard Beast
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I. Introduction
II. Legal Disclaimer
III. Contact Rules
IV. Basics
V. Characters
VI. Walkthrough (Part 1)
    VIa. Baticul
    VIb. Tataroo Valley
    VIc. Engeve
    VId. Cheagle Woods
    VIe. Tartarus
    VIf. St. Binah
    VIg. Fubras River
    VIh. Kaitzur
    VIi. Choral Castle
    VIj. Katsbert Ferry
    VIk. Chesedonia
    VIl. Katsbert Ferry
    VIm. Baticul
    VIn. Abandoned Factory
    VIo. Desert Oasis
    VIp. Zao Ruins
    VIq. Chesedonia
    VIr. Deo Pass
    VIs. Akzeriuth
    VIt. Akzeriuth Mine Shaft 14
    VIu. Yulia City
    VIv. Belkend
    VIw. Ortion Cavern
    VIx. Yulia City
VII. Walkthrough (Part 2)
   VIIa. Aramis Spring
   VIIb. Daath
   VIIc. Oracle Headquarters
   VIId. Keterburg
   VIIe. Theor Forest
   VIIf. Grand Chokmah
   VIIg. St. Binah
   VIIh. Sheridan
   VIIi. Meggiora Highlands
   VIIj. Shurrey Hill
   VIIk. Engeve
   VIIl. Chesedonia
   VIIm. Zao Ruins
   VIIn. Daath
   VIIo. Inista Marsh
   VIIp. Belkend
   VIIq. Daath
   VIIr. Tataroo Valley
   VIIs. Baticul
   VIIt. Daath
   VIIu. Sheridan
   VIIv. Meggiora Highlands
   VIIw. Mt. Zaleho
   VIIx. Ortion Cavern
   VIIy. Mt. Roneal
   VIIz. Absorption Gate
VIII. Walkthrough (Part 3)
  VIIIa. Baticul
  VIIIb. Daath
  VIIIc. Shurrey Hill
  VIIId. Grand Chokmah
  VIIIe. Daath
  VIIIf. Mt. Zaleho
  VIIIg. Belkend
  VIIIh. Mt. Roneal
  VIIIi. Baticul
  VIIIj. Isle of Feres
  VIIIk. Cheagle Woods
  VIIIl. Baticul
  VIIIm. Tower of Rem
  VIIIn. Daath
  VIIIo. Belkend
  VIIIp. Baticul
  VIIIq. Absorption Gate
  VIIIr. Radiation Gate
  VIIIs. Chesedonia
  VIIIt. Eldrant
IX. Side Quests
    IXa. Mushroom Road
    IXb. Nam Cobanda / Search Points
    IXc. Dragon Buster
    IXd. Ortion Cavern (East)
    IXe. Catalyst Weapons
    IXf. Abyss Replica Facility
X. Items
     Xa. Weapons
     Xb. Body Armor
     Xc. Hand Armor
     Xd. Accessories
     Xe. AD Skills
     Xf. C. Cores
     Xg. Titles
XI. Bosses
XII. FAQ
XIII. Credits

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Okay, so remember those massive Tales of Symphonia and Final Fantasy IX FAQs I
churned out? Maybe, or maybe not, but you might look at my CRP if you haven't
seen it yet, and see that those are my first and second biggest guides. This
baby right here was in fact what I had expected beforehand to take it, but it
didn't, so whatever. Still that's completely appropriate, because this game
is absolutely fantastic. Sure, it's slow starting out, I won't deny that. But
for one thing, the soundtrack is better than Symphonia's and even Legendia's
put together, and those were two good soundtracks, let me tell ya.

What's more, the story is great once it gets going, plus it's just... fun.
Characters, villains, everything plot-wise is mucho excelente, but battles
in this game kick a divine amount of ass. So you're good in those regards,
but I might also add this game has a plethora of side quests for those of you
maniacs like me. And yes, you are reading the amount of walkthrough sub
sections correctly even considering the fact I can condense several trips
into one. So get ready for a sixty hour game that is indeed superior to
Final Fantasy XII.

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First of all, feel free to check out the stuff I've written on GameFAQs. Those
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Tales of the Abyss truly is an incredible game whether you're a fan of the
series or not, but speaking in terms of the two latest North American entries,
Symphonia and Legendia, Abyss is much closer to the former although in my
opinion it has the most entertaining battle system in the entire series. That's
just my opinion though.

Indeed, let me start with the battle system. You've got the standard 2D system,
but unlike certain other games, you've got individual lines between your
characters and the enemy. Not too complicated. However, there's a huge twist
this time around. At Level 5, your characters will learn Free Run, which will
allow you to hold down the L2 button and just run around in three dimensions,
which is very effective for evading enemy attacks or magic.

As usual, characters learn techniques as they level up, and each character,
when controlled, has eight spaces that you can put said techniques: Circle,
Up + Circle, Down + Circle, Left/Right + Circle, and each direction for the
right analog stick. Techniques are called "artes", but to make things more
specific: physical attacks are strike artes and magical are fonic artes, and
in terms of strike artes, the weaker ones are called base artes, and the
stronger ones are called arcane artes. Of course, as an example, if you're a
high enough level and have used Fang Blade and Havoc Strike fifty times each,
you can get Fang Blade Havoc.

There's much more. At Level 15 you will gain the ability to go into Overlimit,
and with that comes Mystic Artes, of which each character has at least two,
whereas Luke, Tear, and Anise each have an extension to one which is second
playthrough exclusive. At Level 30 the Special ability will come up, which
allows for something truly incredible. There's a bar at the bottom and you can
hit R2 to go into Overlimit when it's full, and then hit an enemy with an
arcane arte or high fonic arte while in the former case holding X, and you'll
get the character's best attack: Mystic Artes.

In the second playthrough, however, each character gets a second Mystic Arte.
Those are available through different ways, but in all cases it requires 100 TP
and Overlimit, and usually a certain weapon equipped, a certain skill used a
certain number of times, and a certain amount of HP. Refer to each character
for all that, though. And now, we move on to some other aspects of combat,
which are AD Skills, Capacity Cores, and Fonslot Chambers. There's also FoF
Changes, but refer to the FAQ section for that.

You can use Capacity Cores after the Cheagle Woods very early in the game,
and what they basically are is attachments that will increase your stats a
certain number of points after you level up, ranging from the default inferior
Stre which raises your attack by 2 and defense by 1 after each level... to the
incredible Tutti, which raises every stat by 4 every level. =) That's not it
either. You've got AD Skills, a few of which are learned by level, but most of
which are gained by earning a certain amount of extra stat points from capacity
cores (i.e. increase your physical attack power by 70 with capacity cores and
you'll learn Add Combo 1, which allows you to attack four times in a combo).

And last of all, we have Fonslot Chambers, which are meant to enhance artes.
There are four types: Carmine (red) Chambers, which typically just make the
artes stronger; Cobalt (blue) Chambers, which typically increase how much the
enemy is sent flying into the air or away; Grass (green) Chambers, which
usually make the arte cost less TP but sometimes allow you to steal from
enemies; and Sunlight (yellow) Chambers which are very rare but allow you to
do an FoF Change with an arte at a low level. Still, the FSCs level up, so
you need to use that arte about 100 times until these will activate every
time. And that, my friend, is just about it. Enjoy.

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Yeah, there's only six characters in this game (actually seven but whatever)
compared to eight actually nine from Symphonia and eight from Legendia, but
hey, the characters in Abyss are seriously good stuff. Hey, any game that can
have a character like Jade Curtiss in it gets my serious respect, so bow down
to da man and stuff. Moving on.

   ~-~  LUKE FON FABRE  ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

 Age    - 17
 Weapon - Sword
 Height - 5'7"
 Weight - 150 lbs

Luke is the son of Duke abre, but it seriously doesn't show that he has any
royalty whatsoever when you talk to him. He's loud, arrogant, rude, knows
nothing of the world outside him, was kidnapped by the Malkuth Empire
apparently, is obsessed with sword fighting and his teacher Vandesdelca Grants,
and has no memories of anything prior to his kidnapping. Eventually, the
fact that he is a so-called "Seventh Fonon" thrusts him into the world against
his will, and he manages to undergo the greatest character development that
any video game character has ever managed.

In battle, it's really between Luke and Guy who you will want to control.
They're both easy to get the hang of, especially if you're a fan of Lloyd,
Kratos, or Zelos from Tales of Symphonia, but between the two, Luke is the
one you're going to get stuck with early in the game, and maybe you'll never
let go of it. However, there's no denying that Luke is the slower, more heavy
hitting among the two. You've got the strength of Light Spear Cannon and
Devil's Inferno, or Guardian Field, but look at Guy: he's got rapid, agile
killers like Nihil Blade Tempest and Sword Rain: Alpha. I control both but
Luke more, so whatever. He's got high HP, high strength, and all that, so
no problem with that. Plus his Radiant Howl mystic arte is one of the better
ones, especially with the Ion extension.

  Lv. 1  - Fang Blade         [Lightning Tiger Blade -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 4  - Havoc Strike       [Burning Havoc -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 8  - Raging Blast       [Frigid Blast -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 12 - Steel              [Coil -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 15 - Fang Blade Havoc
  Lv. 18 - Fang Blade Rage
  Lv. 21 - Guardian
  Lv. 24 - Raging Havoc
  Lv. 28 - Rending Thrust     [Rending Quake -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 32 - Guardian Field     [Guardian Frost -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 35 - Rending Fang Blade
  Lv. 38 - Rending Havoc
  Lv. 41 - Rending Blast
  Lv. 45 - Light Spear Cannon [Light Blast -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 49 - Devil's Inferno    [Devil's Maw -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 53 - Swallow Fury       [Shadow Fury -> Fire FoF]
  Unlock - Sonic Thrust
  Unlock - Demon Fist
  Unlock - Lightning Blade
  Unlock - Slag Assault
  Unlock - Sonic Blast
  Mystic - Radiant Howl
  Mystic - Ion                [2nd playthrough, hold X during Radiant Howl]
  Mystic - Lost Fon Drive     [2nd playthrough, Key of Lorelei, 15% HP]

* After sleeping at St. Binah but before entering Akzeriuth for the first time,
  you can sleep in St. Binah, Kaitzur, or any other inn, and Luke will go out
  to practice swords with Guy. After that, Luke will learn Sonic Thrust.

* After talking to Natalia for the first time, talk to Ramdas at the entrance
  of Luke's manor in Baticul, and he'll tell you that the maids sold some of
  Van's books. He gives you 20,000 Gald, so head to the port at Baticul to talk
  to the merchant there. Buy the book back and Luke will learn Demon Fist.

* After St. Binah sinks, head to Yulia City to Tear's house. Talk to the man
  right outside, who wants a large amount of Gald. Talk to Luke's mother for it,
  then go back to the merchant, and Luke will learn Lightning Blade.

* After Nephry tells you the life story of Saphir aka Dist, go to the inn in
  Keterburg and talk to the man on the right of the counter, who wants a lot of
  Gald, of course. Talk to Luke's mother again for the mother, and after paying
  this guy, Luke will learn Slag Assault.

* After completing the Radiation Gate, go to the secret library in Daath, and
  talk to the man by the window. For the money, talk to Luke's mother as usual,
  and after that Luke will learn Sonic Blast.

* Lost Fon Drive requires 100 TP for use, 15% HP or less, the Key of Lorelei to
  be equipped, and X, Square, and Circle to be pressed at once during Overlimit.
  A lot I know, but it's 30 hits of pure devastation.

   ~-~  TEAR GRANTS  ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

 Age    - 16
 Weapon - Staff
 Height - 5'4"
 Weight - 110 lbs

Mystearica Grants is indeed the sister of Dorian General Vandesdelca Grants,
and arrives at the manor mysteriously one day in an effort to assassinate her
brother, but because she is a Seventh Fonist, she causes a hyperresonance
with Luke and they are blown away to Tataroo Valley, on Malkuth territory.
I agree sometimes with whomever said that she adopts a "roar, I'm a woman"
personality, but she undergoes a tremendous amount of character development,
as the one who is charged with looking after Luke, and plus she's always good
to have around, singing fonic hymns to put enemies to sleep.

There are few characters in battle more important than Tear. Remember Raine
from Symphonia? Tear is the equivalent of Raine under T-type and Natalia is
that of S-type. If you haven't played Symphonia, I'll spell it out for you
that Tear excels at healing the whole party for tremendous yet not 100% amounts
of HP. She's certainly no slouch in the offensive department either; her
Eclair de Larmes and Holy Lance spells are extremely damaging, Judgment is one
of the best spells in the game, and her mystic arte, Innocent Shine, is one of
the best in the game, right behind Jade's and then Luke's. You really couldn't
do much better than to have Tear in your party; and as for Fortune's Arc in
the second playthrough, it's by far the best Mystic Arte in the game.

  Lv. 1  - First Aid        [Meditation -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 1  - Nightmare
  Lv. 5  - Pow Hammer       [Frozen Hammer -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 9  - Invoke Ground
  Lv. 10 - Invoke Aqua
  Lv. 11 - Invoke Flame
  Lv. 12 - Invoke Gale
  Lv. 13 - Nocturnal Light  [Inlay Nocturne -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 16 - Charge           [Tribute -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 20 - Healing Circle   [Fairy Circle -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 27 - Resurrection     [Regenerate -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 31 - Severed Fate     [Fatal Circle -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 31 - Eclair de Larmes [Flamme Rouge -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 37 - Enhance Cast     [Witchcraft -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 40 - Banishing Sorrow [Searing Sorrow -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 44 - Revitalize
  Lv. 48 - Holy Lance       [Cluster Raid -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 58 - Grand Cross
  Unlock - Force Field
  Unlock - Holy Song
  Unlock - Judgment
  Mystic - Innocent Shine
  Mystic - Fortune's Arc    [2nd playthrough, all fonic hymns 50 times]

* After Luke cuts his hair, talk to Teodoro in Yulia City and then go to the
  room that's right below his. Talk to the woman that's there, and Tear will
  learn the Third Hymn, Holy Song.

* After the second trip to the Tower of Rem but before the second trip to the
  Absorption Gate (strict time limit I know, but it's story related), go to
  Ion's room in Daath, and Tear will learn the Fifth Hymn, Judgment.

* For Fortune's Arc, Tear must be in Overlimit during 2nd play, and have used
  all hymns 50 times. During Overlimit, cast Judgment, and the arte can be
  extended by holding down X while it's going on to heal all allies.

   ~-~  JADE CURTISS  ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

 Age    - 35
 Weapon - Lance
 Height - 6'1"
 Weight - 163 lbs

Colonel Jade Curtiss, Third Division, Malkuth Imperial Forces, is one of the
most badass characters ever to set foot in a video game. Wielding glasses,
blue armor, and a lance, he is known as the impossible to kill Necromancer,
who slaughters anything within two feet of him, yet from what I have laid in
front of you, does this sound like a cliche? If so, I'll break that now and
tell you that while he has several secrets he's hiding, he's even the game's
comic relief. He's witty, absolutely hilarious, and just loves to make fun of
anyone who possibly can be. Yet once again, he's not exactly proud of his past.

When you first play as Jade in the Cheagle Woods, he's an absolute god and
can slaughter absolutely anything by just looking at it. Then Largo manages to
seal his fonic artes and he goes all the way down to Level 5. While he can
certainly keep up with Luke and Tear at that point, all he's got is Energy
Blast at that point and has to make his way up. That being said, he's an
incredible black mage, plus he's not weak and frail as hell like the majority
of them are. His magic is GREAT for making FoFs, of which all of them have
their own changes themselves, plus once you get past some later parts of the
game, he gains the ability to learn three great forbidden spells. Yowza.
Finally, his Mystic Arte, Mystic Cage, is a straightforward pathway to death.
As for Indignation, it's even better. =)

  Lv. 1  - Sonic Spear     [Crushing Spear -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 1  - Energy Blast    [Photon -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 9  - Stalagmite      [Eruption -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 14 - Splash          [Icicle Rain -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 17 - Thunder Lance   [Lightning Tempest -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 23 - Turbulence      [Flare Tornado -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 28 - Flame Burst     [Explosion -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 32 - Impaling Heaven [Goring Hell -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 36 - Ground Dasher   [Frigid Coffin -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 40 - Blessed Drops   [Divine Saber -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 44 - Sovereign Gale  [Mighty Deluge -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 48 - Thunder Blade   [Gravity Well -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 52 - Infernal Prison [Raging Mist -> Water FoF]
  Unlock - Absolute
  Unlock - Prism Sword
  Unlock - Meteor Storm
  Mystic - Mystic Cage
  Mystic - Indignation     [2nd playthrough, Thunder Blade 200 times]

* The three unlockable fonic artes can be found by collecting the Ancient Scroll
  and then nine stones. The first five can be found after getting Natalia back
  after the Absorption Gate, but the last four only after the Radiation Gate.
  Start by getting the Briefing Scroll in the briefing room of the Malkuth
  Headquarters in Grand Chokmah, and then talk to McGovern in St. Binah.

* The first stone is in the inn in Chesedonia, in the middle room on the second
  floor, in a dresser. For the second, enter Keterburg from the south, then
  examine the back of the statue at the north plaza. For the third, head one
  screen northwest of the south entrance of Sheridan. Jade will learn Absolute.

* The fourth stone can be found in Belkend Fon Laboratory I, going north twice
  and east once and examining the right side of the room. The fifth stone can
  be found in the Kaitzur Naval Port by automatically entering. The sixth stone
  is likewise in the Radiation Gate. Jade will learn Prism Sword.

* The seventh stone is in Ion's room in Daath by talking to Florian. The eighth
  stone is automatically in the north entrance of the Fubras River. The ninth
  stone is in the northeast corner of the lower floor of the central room in
  Yulia City. After all that, Jade will learn Meteor Storm.

* Indignation, Jade's second Mystic Arte, can only be done in 2nd playthrough
  with Thunder Blade having been used 200 times, but simply enter Overlimit and
  hold down R2; it's one hit but it's the strongest one hit in the game.

   ~-~  GUY CECIL  ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

 Age    - 21
 Weapon - Sword
 Height - 6'0"
 Weight - 174 lbs

Gailardia Galan Gardios is Luke's servant and best friend, and also among the
most loyal of his comrades, the first to come rushing back with faith after
the tragic events that befall. He has one very interesting qwirk in that he
has a phobia of women, but hey, perhaps MAYBE he has his reasons for that. You
never know. Fitting along with that, he seems to be traveling to seek revenge
on someone or something, but he has his reasons for concealing that like
everyone else. You could expect nothing less from someone from Hod. And as you
may expect, Guy is also quite an accomplished swordsman.

Like I said with Luke, it's not set in stone whether you have to control Luke
or Guy; it's totally up to you. Between the two, Guy is the faster yet doesn't
hit quite as hard, but he's capable of dashing right to an enemy and pulling
off attacks and combos that hit a ridiculous number of times. Here's a hint:
he has Sword Rain: Alpha, and anyone who's played a Tales game knows what
that means. However, I will have to give Luke some credit over Guy here, in
that I prefer Luke's Radiant Howl to Guy's Razing Phoenix, since it just has
more range and is less direct. So yeah, I usually controlled Luke, but you're
well within your ability to control Guy.

  Lv. 1  - Demon Fang          [Infernal Torrent -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 9  - Crescent Strike     [Frigid Moon -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 12 - Void Tempest        [Dragon Tempest -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 15 - Center              [Focus -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 18 - Moonlight Demon
  Lv. 21 - Guardian
  Lv. 24 - Demonic Void
  Lv. 27 - Tiger Blade         [Wyrm Wrath -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 30 - Demonic Tiger Blade
  Lv. 33 - Beast               [Thunder Beast -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 36 - Moonlight Tempest
  Lv. 40 - White Tiger Strike
  Lv. 44 - Severing Wind       [Searing Gale -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 48 - Nihil Blade Tempest
  Lv. 52 - Sword Rain: Alpha   [Eternal Quake -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 58 - Final Cross         [Final Glacier -> Water FoF]
  Unlock - Tempest
  Unlock - Soaring Light Spear
  Mystic - Razing Phoenix
  Mystic - Brilliant Overlord  [2nd playthrough, Jewel of Gardios, HP 50%,
                                Final Cross 150 times]

* Guy has a side quest for the unlockable Sigmund skills, which has seven parts.
  First, after talking to the King of Baticul, talk to Pere in Luke's manor
  thrice. Second, enter the northwest tent in the Desert Oasis and talk to the
  man named Gee. Third, after returning to Kaitzur from Chesedonia before the
  Deo Pass, go to the inn of north Kaitzur itself and talk to the man there.
  Guy will learn Tempest.

* Fourth, after finishing Oracle Headquarters for the first time, talk to the
  man at the monument halfway up Daath cathedral's stairs. Fifth, after Guy
  has the curse slot removed, go to the second floor of Grand Chokmah's bar and
  talk to the lone guy. Sixth, go to Belkend and talk to the guy in front of the
  large spinning machine. Seventh and finally, go to north Keterburg and enter
  the igloo to the left. Guy will learn Soaring Light Spear.

   ~-~  ANISE TATLIN  ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

 Age    - 13
 Weapon - Staff
 Height - 5'0"
 Weight - 93 lbs

Anise Tatlin is the one and only personal guardian of Fon Master Ion, and also
happens to be a bit of an accomplice to Jade. She fights with a rod behind a
large doll named Tokunaga, as a professional puppeter. While she may be only
13, Anise isn't as sweet and innocent as she might look. She acts suspicious at
a number of different times, is constantly sparring with the God General
Arietta, is a member of the Oracle Knights of course, and is a tight cheapskate
who loves nothing more than to trick people for money. As such, she has a fake
crush on Luke for his charming wealth.

Whether you think Anise is annoying as a character or not, you have to admit
that in battle she's not bad at all. She's fast and furious, packs a tremendous
HP for such a character, and also possesses some rather decent magic. Plus
there's the classic Bloody Howling for a quick Dark FoF, which is always
useful, even thouhg you'll never see half of Anise's FoF changes. However, she
does have a rather decent Mystic Arte within Final Fury, and nothing can beat
getting kicked by a 13 year old chick who yells "I'll kill you bastards!".

  Lv. 1  - Dragon Surge      [Stone Dragon Ascent -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 1  - Limited           [Spark Wave -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 8  - Dual Punishment   [Lightning Punishment -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 11 - Eagle Dive        [Frigid Raptor -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 15 - Dual Dragon Surge
  Lv. 18 - Shadow Raid       [Fire Dragon Blast -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 21 - Negative Gale     [Crimson Riot -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 26 - Mighty Charge     [Mighty Circuit -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 26 - Shadow Punishment
  Lv. 30 - Guardian
  Lv. 32 - Shadow Tempest
  Lv. 35 - Cyclone Shot      [Cyclone Blaze -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 40 - Miracle Hammer    [Rock Mountain - Earth FoF]
  Lv. 48 - Soaring Blast     [Brutal Torrent -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 52 - Bloody Howling    [Maelstrom -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 56 - Lucky             [Happy Light -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 56 - Surge Breaker     [Gungnir A Go Go -> Wind FoF]
  Mystic - Final Fury
  Mystic - Dying Moon        [2nd playthrough, hold attack during Final Fury]
  Mystic - Fever Time        [2nd playthrough, 100 Lucky, full HP, 20000 Gald]

   ~-~  NATALIA L.K. LANVALDEAR  ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

 Age    - 18
 Weapon - Bow
 Height - 5'6"
 Weight - 117 lbs

One suggestion first: don't name your kids Natalia Luzu Kimlasca Lanvaldear...
ever. It's too long of a name. But anyway, Natalia whose real birth name is
Meryl, is the princess of Kimlasca who is currently unfortunate enough to be
engaged to Luke although she has some feelings for Asch. She's extremely
stubborn when she makes up her mind, although she is very emotionally unstable;
when something bad or personal happens, it'll take her eons to get over it.
There's just a few strange things about her, I'll just have you know.

In battle, Natalia is by far my least used character. First of all, if you've
ever played Symphonia, you'll know Raine could go in T-rank to get Nurse,
Healing Circle, and Revitalize... or S-rank to get Heal, Cure, and Revive...
what does Natalia have? Heal, which heals one character's HP, Cure, which
completely restores it, and Revive, which is Auto-Life, plus Healing Force which
is Regen. She can only heal one character at a time and/or raise their stats,
and that's why I highly, highly prefer Tear. That being said, her bow techniques
aren't bad, despite the fact Astral Rain is my least favorite Mystic Arte and
barely even comes out in battle unless forced. I will give her one thing and
say that Noble Roar is great, though.

  Lv. 1  - Piercing Line   [Voltaic Line -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 1  - Heal            [Healing Wind -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 11 - Storm Edge      [Blast Edge -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 16 - Barrier         [Aqua Protection -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 19 - Recover         [Purify -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 23 - Aerial Laser    [Astral Laser -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 28 - Sharpness       [Blaze Emitter -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 30 - Resist          [Anti-Magic -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 35 - Star Stroke     [Quake Stroke -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 38 - Scare Shot      [Calamitous Bane -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 42 - Star Embrace    [Blue Embrace -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 46 - Cure            [Restore -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 50 - Cavalry         [Phalanx -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 54 - Revive          [Angel's Breath -> Earth FoF]
  Unlock - Gallant Barrage
  Unlock - Healing Force
  Mystic - Astral Rain
  Mystic - Noble Roar      [2nd playthrough, 150 Piercing Line, use Elven Bow]

* After Akzeriuth/Yulia City, use the Tartarus to go to Port Sheridan, which is
  on the southwest corner of the world map. Enter, and Natalia will save a man
  there and learn Gallant Barrage.

* After the second trip to Mt. Zaleho, go to Daath Bay to find the same man
  there, and Natalia will learn Healing Force, which is basically a Regen type
  spell in FF terms.

   ~-~  ASCH THE BLOODY  ~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

 Age    - 17
 Weapon - Sword
 Height - 5'7"
 Weight - 150 lbs

Very little is known about Asch in the early portions of the game, but still.
Asch the Bloody is a long, enigmatic, red haired scion of flames, who has the
exact same fighting style as Luke fon Fabre. Asch admires Van a lot, and you
would think that would show in his personality, but it doesn't. Asch is an
elitist jerk who acts arrogantly and bitches non-stop, and he has reason to,
because he detests the idea of fomicry and replicas, as there was a replica at
one point that took his status from him. And no, he's not a permanent character
in this game, he just joins you between Akzeriuth and Ortion Cavern, in the
Mushroom Road side quest, and a brief moment in the late game.

You can play as Asch in battle twice in the game, and the first time he kicks
ass. First of all he has all the abilities that Luke has, plus magic although
you probably won't really want to use it, since he kicks ass without it. Here
is the major catch about Asch though: YOU CANNOT REMOVE HIS EQUIPMENT. He's
stuck with that Maestro Sword, Maestro Robe, and Maestro Crest. So yeah, Asch
is awesome first time, but in the Mushroom Road he just sucks; his damage can't
keep up with Guy or anyone else, plus he dies in four or five hits. So yeah, it
is a true shame that you can't change his equipment, because otherwise I would
in one second do the glitch and put him in my party to replace Luke, since he
is awesome. And yes, you can change his equipment with a GameShark. Lastly,
though, his Mystic Arte Rending Saber is great stuff.

  Lv. 1  - Fang Blade         [Lightning Tiger Blade -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 1  - Sonic Thrust
  Lv. 1  - Demon Fist
  Lv. 1  - Lightning Blade
  Lv. 1  - Slag Assault
  Lv. 1  - Sonic Blast
  Lv. 1  - Stalagmite         [Eruption -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 1  - Icicle Rain
  Lv. 1  - Explosion
  Lv. 1  - Thunder Blade      [Gravity Well -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 4  - Havoc Strike       [Burning Havoc -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 8  - Raging Blast       [Frigid Blast -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 12 - Steel              [Coil -> Fire FoF]
  Lv. 15 - Fang Blade Havoc
  Lv. 18 - Fang Blade Rage
  Lv. 21 - Guardian
  Lv. 24 - Raging Havoc
  Lv. 28 - Rending Thrust     [Rending Quake -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 32 - Guardian Field     [Guardian Frost -> Water FoF]
  Lv. 35 - Rending Fang Blade
  Lv. 38 - Rending Havoc
  Lv. 41 - Rending Blast
  Lv. 45 - Light Spear Cannon [Light Blast -> Wind FoF]
  Lv. 49 - Devil's Inferno    [Devil's Maw -> Earth FoF]
  Lv. 53 - Swallow Fury       [Shadow Fury -> Fire FoF]
  Mystic - Rending Saber

And lastly, I would feel quite guilty were I to exclude the awesome villains
from a list such as this. So because of that, I will throw in the Six God
Generals. Just because they kick ass.

Legretta the Quick
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 Age    - 26
 Weapon - Guns
 Height - 5'6"
 Weight - 115 lbs

Legretta is the right hand woman to Van, as is fairly obvious at any twist and
turn, even though the God-Generals are supposed to be under the whim of Mohs.
Legretta's real name is Giselle Oslo, and she was Tear's instructor, when she
was in the Oracle Knights. Her excellent strategy is obvious in battle, because
for one thing she's the rival of Tear and wields a pair of guns, just loving to
churn out her Arcane Artes like Searing Sorrow and Flamme Rouge, and plus the
quick factor is emphasized in her Mystic Arte, Prism Bullet. This all being
said, she loves Van and is willing to die for him.

Sync the Tempest
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 Age    - 14
 Weapon - Fists
 Height - 5'5"
 Weight - 128 lbs

Sync is the right hand man to Van, and is obvious in any of the battles you
fight with him that he's tough and means business. He's a rapid, fast attacker
and student of martial arts, even for his young age of 14 (that's right, Sync
really is even younger than Arietta). He wears a mask pretty much everywhere he
goes, and only his rival, Guy, knows exactly what he looks like. Too bad Sync
manages to use a Fon Master technique, the curse slot, on Guy. In battle, Sync
loves to annihilate you with his lightning fast combos, his magic from
Turbulence to Flare Tornado, his signature attack Stone Dragon Ascent, and his
two Mystic Artes, Akashic Torment and Harrowing Gale.

Largo the Black Lion
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 Age    - 48
 Weapon - Scythe
 Height - 6'11"
 Weight - 260 lbs

Largo the Black Lion is a very, very big man, as is shown by those statistics
right above. He's also the oldest member of the Oracle Knights, but that
doesn't stop him from using powerful scythe attacks, even if his speed really
suffers because of that. He's the leader of the shock troops, and what he
used to be was a desert mercenary by the name of Badaq. I can say no more for
fear of spoilers, but as for Largo, he respects others but gives them no mercy.
And in battle, his lack of mercy is shown in his Arcane Artes, Ravaging Thunder
and Infernal Blast, as well as his devastating Mystic Arte Brimstone Tempest.
And as for his rival, that is Natalia.

Dist the Reaper
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
 Age    - 32
 Weapon - Fon Machines
 Height - 5'9"
 Weight - 137 lbs

Dist the Reaper, or shall I say, the Rose, is a Fonon scholar and narcissist
who goes by the real name of Saphir Wyon Neis. His rival is Jade, who he has
known since childhood. Dist is an even bigger clown than Jade, featuring a
constantly runny nose, an acclaimed revenge journal, and his weapon is indeed
fon machines. He is never found actually strutting his own abilities in battle,
and instead prefers to operate large fonic machines. Because of this, he
features no Mystic Artes, sadly, but all the same he isn't a pushover. Lastly,
he has the tenacity of a cockroach... nigh on impossible to kill.

Arietta the Wild
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 Age    - 16
 Weapon - Staff
 Height - 4'10"
 Weight - 93 lbs

Arietta the Wild is a girl who lost her parents when the Isle of Feres was hit
by a tidal wave. She was then raised by Ligers, and refers to the queen in the
Cheagle Woods as her "Mommy". Because of being raised by monsters, she is able
to control them in battle, even though as a person, she is an obnoxious,
annoying brat who contributes relatively nothing to the God-Generals. All
fitting that she's Anise's rival. ;] Oh well, she used to be Ion's guardian,
and she has most of the spells that Anise does, like Limited, Negative Gale,
and Bloody Howling, as well as two nasty Mystic Artes: Evil Light and Big Bang. 

Asch the Bloody
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
 Age    - 17
 Weapon - Sword
 Height - 5'7"
 Weight - 150 lbs

Asch the Bloody is a long, enigmatic, red haired scion of flames, who has the
exact same fighting style as Luke fon Fabre. Asch admires Van a lot, and you
would think that would show in his personality, but it doesn't. Asch is an
elitist jerk who acts arrogantly and bitches non-stop, and he has reason to,
because he detests the idea of fomicry and replicas, as there was a replica at
one point that took his status from him. And yes, he is a playable character as
shown in the status, because he does indeed have his own motives. In battle, he
does indeed have the same fighting style as Luke, as well as a very similar
Mystic Arte, Rending Saber.

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
               ~-~ ~-~ ~-~  VI. Walkthrough (Part 1) ~-~ ~-~ ~-~
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Just a note on things to come before I begin this insanity. This game is
ridiculously long. By far the longest game I've ever written for... and yes,
I've written for Chrono Cross, Symphonia, Legendia, Final Fantasy IX, and
quite a few others. There's three parts, which are easily divisible. The first
part goes from the very beginning of the game to the big turning point and when
the second amazingly good battle theme kicks in, and you WILL know when the
third part begins.

But you see the thing here. The second part of the game has so many trips, is
so eventful, and is so... freaking... long... I absolutely struggled to
condense it into only 26 sub-sections. There are many occasions in which I
cover as many as three trips in one sub-section, and I believe there was even
one which I did FIVE. No joke. That is how long this game is, and how all over
the globe you'll be in just a third of the game. There's a reason why this
walkthrough is 70 sub-sections, which is an extraordinary number even without
the fact that a lot is condensed into all of them. So... don't get intimidated
by this. I'll always kick off a new area with a new sub-section, and the place
I list in it is always the first I'm going to there, so no worries. Enjoy this
fantastic guide and this even more excellent game.

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 VIa. Baticul
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 - Recommended Level: 2

Enjoy the nice, peaceful anime cutscene that you get at the beginning. Doesn't
beat the rocking tune at the beginning but oh well, whatever. And when you
emerge, you're controlling the main character, Luke, in his bedroom. Just to
give you a little background, he lives in the capital of the nation Kimlasca,
Baticul, but is not allowed to leave the manor there. That's all the technical
stuff I'm gonna spill out now. Leave this room to the south, and you'll see
that this game is another one in which the main character is prone to headaches
and hearing things. Cliche, much, but there's a reason this game is so long.

Outside Luke's room, take a right into that room there, and try and head past
the guard there, who will tell you that you happen to have a visitor. Yeah,
Luke is of royal status, even if you're soon to see his attitude. Head to the
room right below and take with the guy by the window, who goes by the name of
Ramdas. A guy by the name of Van Grants is arriving, and it just so happens to
be that Van is one of the only reasons Luke doesn't commit suicide. Get a taste
of Luke's attitude, and then head back to the previous room.

Here you'll get a skit which you can play optionally by hitting select, some
of which are great, some of which are boring, this one is on the boring side.
Plus there are way too many (489, I don't exaggerate), but whatever. Now just
return to Luke's room, where he gets another headache and gets greeted by his
friend Guy. More stuff, and then you can just leave this room and head left to
the hall there. Just head down to get to the drawing room to met the very
crucial Dorian General Van Grants.

Luke delivers one of the game's most hilarious lines already, "What's a Fon
Master Ion?". Hahaha... that quote will be funnier as the game goes along.
Apparently Ion has gone missing though, and Van has to go to a place called
Daath to look for him. Listen to another skit and then leave this room to the
north and this time head north again to reach Luke's parents' room, where you
can examine the cabinet at the right for 100 Gald. Money is scarce in the
beginning of this game, so every little bit helps.

Now head to the courtyard (the center of this place for all who are challenged
in whatever ways) to find Guy and Van talking, the guards being put to sleep
by some chick, and then you can sword train with Van. Very easy stuff, it's
all just tutorials. Move back and forth, attack, defend, use Luke's default
arte (skills in this game) Fang Blade, then perform a combo, that's it. After
that, the chick comes down trying to kill Van, and ends up doing something
weird with Luke. Before you know it, the "Seventh Fonons" react and they both
vanish.

-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~
 VIb. Tataroo Valley
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 - Recommended Level: 2

With that, Luke and Tear are alone, at night, in an unknown place. You'd think
it'd be much more romantic, but nope, they hate each other's guts but Tear has
to try and escort Luke back to Baticul, and he's apparently being protected
because he's a "Seventh Fonon" as well. You'll get it later. In the meantime
you've got a new party member, who has two artes: First Aid, which heals a
little HP, and Nightmare, which uses the First Fonon (that is, darkness) to
put enemies to sleep. Sounds good. She's also Level 3, but whatever.

Just head down the hill and you'll be attacked by monsters. I must say, this
battle theme is kick ass, even though it's about a third as good as the second
one which plays... in the second part of the game. Bahaha. But whatever, just
fight a ridiculously easy battle, watch the skit and scene that ensue, and
then head down while killing some enemies that take about five seconds to
finish off, if you so desire. There you'll come to an up-down fork. Take the
upper path first, and both branches from there for an Apple Gel and Orange Gel.

Okay, not bad, now return and head down, to be attacked by multiple enemies.
Quote of this place, Luke: "How the hell am I supposed to relax?!". Haha.
Okay, in any case, finish off more easy enemies and tutorials, then head to
the right, which might be a little hard to see, but you'll manage. There you'll
find 300 Gald and a Life Bottle. Sweetness, now just head back to the main
path and down a little more. There's another path in there that kind of blends
in, but at the end of it is a Cape. Equip that on Luke to raise his defense a
little bit; Tear is perfectly fine off.

Return to the path yet again and keep going down to find a coachman. I like
Tear's comparison of Luke, and also how they keep saying "the capital". Heh,
amusing much. Use the save point right above and snatch the 400 Gald above it,
and get on the coach. Apparently Tear was mistaken and this "capital" wasn't
Baticul... it was Malkuth's capital, Grand Chokmah. Watch the scenes onboard
Malkuth's land dreadnought, the Tartarus, watching as they put out a bridge
using the Fifth Fonon (fire).

So anyways, this situation sucks, but Luke and Tear have to get off here,
because getting off at Grand Chokmah would just get them further away from
Kimlasca. You'll then have the option of being taken or walking to Engeve, and
I highly recommend walking, just for EXP and Gald and stuff. Just follow the
road east, watch another tutorial (of cooking), and you'll come to a north and
south fork. North is to Engeve, and south is to St. Binah... I think that says
enough. North to Engeve.

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 VIc. Engeve
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 - Recommended Level: 4

Congratulations, you have made it through 2 of the 70 sub-sections in this
walkthrough... too bad most of them are much longer than five paragraphs. ;]
Just enter and then head to the upper left, where Luke will start trying to
take a store's product without paying cuz the poor boy is confused. Hahaha.
Alright, with the comic relief over, head to the west and enter the very
westernmost house and talk to the woman inside. She'll ask you to get some
miso, and Luke agrees because he's so nice. Or not.

Leave the house and enter the one just to the east of that one, with the
water mill next to it. Talk to the old woman just to the right, Luke makes a
fool of himself, and then return to the previous house and give that woman the
miso, to get some cooking ingredients and the Spaghetti Recipe. See, that was
worth it. Now just head to the eastern part of town and towards the south.
Apparently food has been stolen lately, and obviously Luke seems the perfect
culprit for that. So Tear lets him get arrested. Bahaha.

Inside you'll meet Colonel Jade Curtiss, Third Division Malkuth Imperial Forces
(one of the best characters ever created), and Fon Master Ion, who doesn't
exactly look captive. And apparently animals called cheagles stole food, not
Luke, so he's innocent. Just leave and return to that building at the bottom of
the eastern part of Engeve, to meet Anise Tatlin, who is a Fon Master Guardian
under Ion, and despite only being 13, she's one of Van's soldiers. Aight,
whatever you say.

Talk to the guy up front, who will let you stay for free, but Luke still flips
out in the room about being called a thief. Watch the skit that follows, and
your next destination will be Cheagle Woods, which is north of Engeve, just
because Luke is angry and wants to prove the cheagles the thieves. Watch the
two skits that follow, which are about Jade and then about the synopsis diaries
that Luke keeps, and then talk to the guy on the right to start buying stuff.
Oh yeah.

I STRONGLY suggest selling Luke's default armor, as the 1000 Gald you get for
it outweigh the fact that it's a piece of crap. I left with Luke wielding a
Cutlass, Leather Mail, Bracelet, and the Cape from Tataroo Valley, and Tear
wielding a Rod (the Wand is slightly overpriced for its own good), an Iron
Guard, and a Cape. With that, you're good to go. You might also want some
Magic Lenses, as they're cheap and useful. A few extra Apple Gels or Orange
Gels never hurt anybody either.

Leave the inn and then talk to the grocer who Luke swiped an apple from, and
he'll have a request for you, that you go get a box from the Cheagle Woods.
Well, why ever not. Leave Engeve and then head north a little bit. In the
process you might find rings of light being emitted from the ground, and I do
recommend examining that for a set of rather useless items which sell for some
Gald. Whatever, just keep up and find the tree there. The area around it is
Cheagle Woods.

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 VId. Cheagle Woods
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 - Recommended Level: 4

This area is the first really big "dungeon" area in the game, so get used to
it while you're here... some places in this game are going to be smaller, but
some are going to be a lot bigger... whatever, I'm done intimidating you. Or
not. Once inside, you'll find Ion being attacked by monsters, so he uses an
extremely powerful Daathic fonic arte to take them all out, and collapses in
the process. He'll start following you around, but no, he's not a playable
character. However, a cheagle manages to distract Luke, despite the fact he
discovers that Tear is Van's sister yet she wants to kill him anyway. Eh.

Before anything, head left at the fork to get the Secret Box. Just leave to
get out of Cheagle Woods now, and return to Engeve to give the grocer that,
and he'll give you the very valuable Collector's Book. Geez, that was hard
enough to find. But anyway, go back to Cheagle Woods and to that initial fork.
Head right this time, only to come to another fork. Bah... just head right
again and then down, following the path for an Apple Gel. None too shabby, now
just head back up.

Both left from that fork just a little bit back, and up from here lead to the
same place. Don't bother exiting to the east, since that's just a dead end at
the moment. Exit to the north, only for Ion to be as feminine as any male
character could ever hope to be. Ugh, that scene makes me sick. But on a
different note, I really hope that Luke and Tear are both up to Level 5 now,
so they can get the AD skill Free Run, which allows you to move around enemies
by holding L2 down. This game is miles different from Legendia already.

There's a west-east fork here, but east is just a dead end again, so head west
to find Tear scaring a cheagle away by her being drawn to its cuteness. Or
lack thereof. Anyways, time to find the proof. Just head towards the tree over
to the left, to find food spilled over the place. Now THAT is proof. Ion forces
you into the tree where they live, and you'll hear that the cheagles needed to
steal food to feed the ligers who came here, because a cheagle caused a fire in
the northern region where they live. So with that you'll have to negotiate with
the ligers, and take a cheagle to translate for you.

With that, a cheagle named Mieu will come along to help you. Don't get too
attached to this guy, because Luke is an EXTREME bastard to this little guy.
Oh well. Leave the tree, and Luke gives Mieu the creative name "Thing". What
a jackass. But anyway, Mieu can breathe fire, which is quite useful. Return
to the first screen of this place, and to the east which I said was a dead end
earlier. Burn the vines there, fight the Wood Golem on the way, and get the S
Flag that's there. A key item that lets you change your avatar. Okay.

Head back north to that other west-east fork, and just start going to the
east, where Luke complains about having to wade through the river to get to
the liger's lair. Oh well, just have Mieu breathe fire on the tree's roots to
create a bridge. Don't go through there yet though; head back to the cheagle
tree, but instead of going inside, head north and around, and then follow the
path south to a new screen. Beat up the Wood Golem, and head west for a 500
Gald and east for an Orange Gel. Me likes.

Alright, now head back to where you breathed fire to knock down the tree, and
cross it to head to the next screen to the east. Here, Ion will give Luke a
Capacity Core, and while you won't exactly learn how to use Daathic fonic
artes, your stats will increase after leveling up. With the Stre Core, which
Luke now has equipped, your strength will increase by 2 and defense by 1
whenever you level up... now that is an advantage. Tear's is more over the
place, but hey, Luke's works for who he is.

Here's another fork, so just head north and flame down the tree to cross over.
The rest of this area is littered with ligers, so just be careful as you go
through. Head west for a Magic Lens before going north into the tree there,
which is the much larger liger counterpart to the cheagle territory. Walk over
to the right a little bit and flame down the chest there... only to drop it.
Head west for an Orange Gel, then east for the Life Bottle that dropped, and
a green memory circle, which heals you. And you need it, because right ahead is
the liger queen, who is a little angry, but this has to be done. Boss time!

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 \\  Boss: Liger Queen                           Party: Luke, Tear       \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 10,200         ||
     - P. ATK - 76                                 EXP  - 175            ||
     - P. DEF - 83                                Gald  - 1,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 72                           Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 80                                                       ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - Earth, Wind    ||
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 Your initial inclination is probably that that is a massive total of HP,
 and I would certainly agree with you on that. However, it's a little less
 than you would think. Luke's total three hit combo will do about 80 damage
 or so, with Tear's Nightmare adding some damage into the mix, but you'll
 be spending a little more time either blocking its attacks or Free Running
 around it to avoid them. It's got a smash attack which causes a rather
 threatening impact, and it spits lightning at you for 60ish damage as well,
 so with the mid 400s that you have, you might end up depleted without some
 First Aid/Meditation if it activates going on.

 So either way, try and reduce the Liger Queen to about half of its HP. When
 I finally got down to the low 5000s (I suppose with some others it might be
 as much as mid 7000s depending on how long the fight has dawned on), Jade
 Curtiss steps in to take care of things. Jade is exponentially stronger than
 Luke and Tear put together, strutting his Level 45 and extremely strong
 fonic artes. For the sake of this battle, has strongest one is by far
 Blessed Drops, as the second best, Ground Dasher, is a resistance in this
 battle. So anyway, with Jade helping out, this fight will end very, very
 quickly.
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With that done, the battle is kind enough to relinquish a Life Bottle and a
Sage, as well as mucho EXP and Grade. With that, Luke kicks Mieu around, and
Jade goes with you for a little bit, if only to criticize Ion. Grab the Life
Bottle and Cutlass in the two chests that are there, and then leave this room
to find the Technical Ring, which is a rather pointless item that allows you to
switch to the Manual setting in battle. Yeah, whatever, just leave this tree
and stuff.

Head back to the left-right fork and head left this time, to get to the cheagle
tree. The elder will exile Mieu from the tribe and allow him to assist Luke,
which you can imagine will end in humorous results. Watch the rather
entertaining skit that will no doubt follow that, and then just make your way
back to the entrance of Cheagle Woods, where Anise and Jade have Luke and Tear
arrested and taken on board the Tartarus. That's the second time you've been
arrested in like... two hours. Not bad.

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 VIe. Tartarus
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 - Recommended Level: 7

Alright, so basically, Jade and the company at Malkuth want Luke's help at
preventing a war from breaking out. Talk to Anise once you regain control, and
she'll join you. And yes, she does seem to have a thing for Luke, but that's
only because of the money he possesses... if it weren't obvious enough. Anyway,
enter the hall and then head north, up the ladder, and then south to find Jade
and Ion outside. Talk to both, as the conversation that ensues with Jade is
absolutely priceless.

With that having been done, return and enter the room where Luke was held just
a few minutes ago, and then talk to the soldier Marco to the left, to initiate
another confusing conversation around Luke. Watch as Jade gives up all his
pride, and then talk to Ion twice after that. With that, leave the room and
then talk to Jade, only to find the Tartarus under attack. With that, Largo the
Black Lion of the Six God-Generals of the Oracle Knights breaks in and uses a
fon slot seal on Jade.

That's right, Jade's artes are now sealed and he has to undo it little by
little, starting at the strength that Luke and company are at. Enjoy seeing a
different side of Luke here (yes, he is a wuss when it comes to taking human
life), and now you're free to roam the upper parts of the Tartarus. Take note
that the Griffins here like to form Wind FoFs, and if you use Luke's Fang Blade
arte in them, that'll become the much more potent Lightning Tiger Blade, which
looks cool and has an even cooler damage amount. Sweetness.

Head up the massive ladder here, and then cross the deck while taking out
enemies if need be. Tear and Jade leave Luke behind on "guard duty", and in
another spasm of hilarity, Luke starts swinging Mieu around because his voice
"drives him up the walls", which awakens the soldier, and then a rather fake
battle begins as Luke attempts to fight off the soldier, succeeds, the fonons
weaken, and then two God-Generals by the names of Legretta and Asch land down.
And the group is arrested again. Hahaha, that's three times now.

Inside the cabin, Luke is reluctant to fight because he has a serious problem
with taking human life, but he eventually agrees, so good for him. You need
your equipment back though, so just leave this room and head down a little bit
to find two doors. Enter the one on the right to get all that stuff back, then
go back to the hall and enter the very lower left room. In here, you get to
move blocks for three quite valuable treasure chests: the Styl capacity core,
1200 Gald, and a Life Bottle. Sweetness, I recommend putting Styl on Luke,
since Enhancement is a very, very helpful thing.

With that, enter the room on the bottom right, where Luke gets to do all the
heavy lifting because Jade is such a decrepit old man and Tear is a woman.
Aight, no problem. Just clear a path to the right, to find that "something fun"
Jade was referring to earlier... gunpowder. Bahaha. Watch Mieu blow up the
wall, and then grab the chest there for a Long Sword, which should be equipped
on Luke following that to kick more ass. With that, enter the hole you just
blew up, and then climb the three ladders.

Back on the center of the Tartarus, enter the room to the east only to be
attacked by Arietta and Major Legretta, two of the six God-Generals. Of
course, none other than Guy comes in now, being that he went everywhere looking
for Luke. And in the process you get Ion back, so that's a good thing. Anyways,
your next destination is St. Binah, and you'll be right at the fork between
Engeve and St. Binah. Just walk a few steps in the latter's direction, and Guy
gets to introduce himself. In the process you'll learn that Guy has a phobia
of women... never a good thing.

Just minutes later, Oracle Knights come in and attack, so after a rather
effortless battle, Luke hesitates, Guy and Tear come in, and Tear is injured,
delivering her favorite quote in the whole game to Luke: "You idiot". Okay,
whatever floats your boat. Talk to everyone after that, with Tear last and then
Mieu a second time to go to sleep. After a skit (lol at Mieu's 38 times),
another scene, and St. Binah is right nearby. Change Guy's Blade to the Cutlass
while you're at it.

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 VIf. St. Binah
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 - Recommended Level: 8

Heh, this music reminds me of that of Symphonia. Not bad. I might also add
before starting this place off that some people choose to control Luke in
battle, and some prefer Guy. I really have no recommendation because I liked
to control Luke for the most part because I was used to him and never really
got out of that habit, but Guy is certainly admirable, because of his greater
speed albeit slightly less strength. But anyways, the Oracle Knights are here,
but the people from Engeve come in, so Luke and company manage to get in.

After two priceless reactions from Guy, you're free to do some shopping around
St. Binah. I really recommend talking to the equipment shop guy and buying the
Rapier for the own between Luke and Guy of whom you're going to be controlling.
Also, the Glaive and Mace are certainly good weapons to have. The armor isn't
quite as important as just look at the stat gains. A little less, to say the
least? Bah, that was as stupid a line as Ion's last one. Some items wouldn't
hurt either, although I personally didn't need them. I was almost bankrupt
anyway. ;]

With that, head to the eastern part of town and enter the leftmost house there.
Examine the book on the far left to earn the Sandwich recipe... eh, not bad.
Go back to the western part of town and enter the northern building which has
two guards in front of it, so that Jade can have a talk with the two McGovern
people which seem to, well, govern this place. You'll get a letter from Anise
out of that (I concur with Luke's reaction), and next stop is Kaitzur, across
the Fubras River.

You'll also get the World Map out of it, so that is a good thing. But still,
try to exit the town, and you'll see five of the six God-Generals, who are
Van's immediate subordinates, the executive officers of the Oracle Knights:
Largo the Black Lion who survived, Arietta the Wild who wants revenge on Ion
for the death of... the Liger Queen, Legretta the Quick who's just tagging
along, Sync the Tempest, who seems to be in charge of things and is a newcomer
here, and Dist the Reaper... or Rose, whatever. He's obviously the comic relief
behind it.

After the scenes that follow, rest at the inn that's just next to the equipment
shop, and Ion will mention the Sephiroth (oh my GOD), which are the planet's
ten most vital points. The parallels are so obvious... watch as Jade says more
cryptic things, watch a skit, and now we're off to Kaitzur to rendezvous with
Van and Anise. First, though, it is absolutely IMPERATIVE that you sleep at
the inn again, because Guy and Luke has some practice that results in Luke
learning Sonic Thrust. After that's over, your next destination is Fubras River.
It's just a bit due south of St. Binah.

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 VIg. Fubras River
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 - Recommended Level: 8

Watch as Luke acts like a further fool of himself, and then head to the left
and use Mieu to burn down the vines for an Apple Gel. Aight, now head down a
little more, and you get to listen as Jade teaches you a valuable lesson. Just
use Fang Blade on the green field of fonons and you get Lightning Tiger Blade,
for some kickass results. Alright, but we already knew that. Finish the battle
and then you're faced with a fork that just goes the same either way. Eh, just
take the right path.

Grab the Magic Lens there, and then head down and a bit towards the center for
the 500 Gald there. With that, go south beyond the gate shaped thingy there,
where you'll reach the river itself. Okay, just start by heading to the left
and getting the Apple Gel there, then take the central path down and to the
right to find a save point. This is a rather big fork, so start by going north
to find a big gate... and a chest with an Iron Mail. How frivolously useless.
Go back down again, alright?

Take the path on the right and keep following it down, and on the next screen
you'll be attacked by Arietta again. Yep, the liger queen was indeed her
mother. But with that, an earthquake hits, and deadly mist called the miasma
starts pouring out. Jade is about to kill an unconscious Arietta, but Ion
and Luke have to bitch about it, so none of that. In the process, though, Tear
learns Force Field, which she'll be using quite a bit. But anyway, we're back
in control, am I right?

Just scope over to the right for an Orange Gel there, and then over to the
far bottom left to find a Life Bottle. Now head up the path which seems to
be covered with monster fangs (a disturbing mental image), and follow it to
find a chest containing a grand total of 1600 Gald in it. Now that is sweet.
You can just take that path out of the Fubras River, and then you're on the
world map going to Kaitzur. Jade will stop you halfway to ask about Tear's
fonic hymns, but that's no problem. Laugh at Luke's rather particular comment,
and then enter the extremely noticeable, easy to find Kaitzur.

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 VIh. Kaitzur
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 - Recommended Level: 9

A short trip... and yes, last sub-section was four paragraphs and this one is
normal. You ain't seen nothing of how crazy this'll get after a while, I'm
afraid. ;] Okay, that was idiotic and pointless. Once in Kaitzur, enter the
first building there, which is the inn/item shop. I personally didn't need any
items at all, although getting some Lettuce and Engeve Bread isn't a bad idea.
Just head to the bridge, and you'll find Anise there, who is rather without a
passport. And ever needlessly loving of Luke, no less.

Just as that happens, though, Asch comes in and starts trying to slice Luke
down. Once again we can't see his face, but Van manages to break in and get
Asch away from him, mentioning how pathetic Luke's techniques still are. With
that scene over, head to the inn and talk to Van, who's on the left side.
Apparently, the God-Generals are working under Grand Maestro Mohs, who Tear is
under the intelligence division of. So... who to trust, Van or Tear? It's up to
you. Feel free to rest, because Tear and Van don't trust each other.

Your next stop is the Kaitzur Naval Port. Just head a little bit south and use
the passports there to get to Kimlasca territory, and from there, just enter
the equipment shop on the right. Things here and very expensive, but I at least
recommend the Broad Sword for Luke/Guy, and the Guisarme for Jade. Get some
Leather Boots too, plus some Chain Mails/Chain Guards wouldn't hurt. Whew, now
I'm bankrupt. Anyways, on the world map which is south of here, you'll find a
fork between Choral Castle and the Kaitzur Naval Port. Stay away from Deo Pass
and the former, and just head to the naval port, which is close by.

And when you get here... you'll find Arietta the Wild, and monsters, have
attacked. The engineer has been kidnapped by Arietta, who is bringing him to
Choral Castle, where she wants Luke and Ion to head off to. Van, however, is
against that and wants them to return to Kaitzur. Whatever... stop off at the
inn before anything, though. There's no one there, but hey, there's a save
point. Nothing wrong with that.

There's nothing at the Kimlasca Base either, so just leave this place and then
some people will request that you go to Choral Castle... guess you don't have a
choice. Back on the world map, Choral Castle is roughly towards the southeast.
I might also note that you do have five party members, and the one out will
almost invariably be either the swordsman between Luke and Guy who's not there,
or Anise. Tear and Jade are... too valuable. But whatever.

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 VIi. Choral Castle
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 - Recommended Level: 10

I totally love this music. Very chilling, relaxing, peaceful, yet... haunted.
And that's exactly what Choral Castle is... haunted, despite being Duke Fabre's
vacation home. Enter, and inside you'll immediately be introduced to surprise
encounters, which will randomly mess your party formation up and are usually
slightly harder because of that. This one isn't too bad, though, so just finish
it off, let Luke be scolded, and now you're free to roam the dark terrains of
Choral Castle.

And yeah, this place is longer than the Cheagle Woods or Fubras River, but it's
a lot more awesome than those two places just because of this eerie music, so
no problems there. Anyways, if you head through the door up front, you'll find
a purple orb in the door, but you can't go through there because... well, yeah,
you can't, because you need two other orbs, but that's your destination.
Outside, the left is blocked with a chandelier, so head to the right and then
follow that long path down.

Seaside, huh... well, just cross the path and head to the left. There you'll
find that ghost with a red orb in it that you saw earlier, but it just runs
away and you can't catch it. How do you remedy this? Okay, see the two statues
that are right above? One's in the corner, and one's in the closet/door thingy
that's just a bit to the left. Pull them up so that they block off the path
ahead, and then exit this screen and re-enter. Then the ghost will try to run
and be blocked. What do you do? Kill the bastard.

With that done, you'll receive a red orb. Yeah, you'll find out what it's for
momentarily. Just head through the door on the left, and you'll see another
one of those statues that you can pulverize above. With that, take the stairs
on the left down for a Life Bottle, and then head south from here. You'll find
a room here with a ghost with a yellow orb, but do NOT fight this one. If you
do get in an encounter with it, just run away. Otherwise, leave this room
through the south and follow the outdoors path there for an Apple Gel. Worth
it, I suppose. Back in.

Once you're back inside the room, head up the stairs and you'll find a ghost
with a blue orb there, which will attempt to run away. I recommend hitting it
with Mieu's fire to slow it down a bit, but when you do get in the fight and
finish, you'll end up with a blue orb along with the red. What do red and blue
make? Purple. What was the color of the orb at the entrance? Purple. Speaks for
itself. Before that, though, head up the stairs and take the first door you
see to the right.

At that balcony, grab the 1000 Gald that's there, and then return and continue
up the stairs. Another door, another balcony, and... an Iron Mail. What a
pathetic joke. Leave this room and continue progressing up the stairs, and
you will come to the roof of this grand place. Or not. Enter the room that's
there, and avoid the ghost with the green orb while you're at it. Pick up the
chest for a Silk Robe, which is for Jade. Aight, ready to go back to the
entrance of this place? Thought so.

Enter the room in the center, and supposing you still have the red and blue
orbs, the door will be opened. The room that emerges is one in which you can go
down another flight of stairs to see a large machine, which to Jade looks quite
familiar. But in a strange sort of turn of events, Anise falls on Guy, who
gives... one hell of a reaction. Maybe because part of his memory is missing.
Feel sorry for the guy (no pun intended) and head to the right. Ignore the
stairs and just head to the next area. Nothing in this cave, so keep going.

Here you'll find a place similar to that one with the balconies and stuff.
There's a healing circle right above which is very much needed, along with a
cracked wall that you can't go through. Oh well, head upstairs and through
the door that's there for a Shakujo. That's a weapon for Tear, so just give it
to her and whatever she was using to Anise. Now head up and through the next
door for 1600 Gald. Sweetness, but when you keep going up, a scene will cut in
as Luke and Anise run after Arietta.

Naturally, Luke gets swiped by a bird and almost dropped off the castle before
Dist saves him for some reason. He gets taken to the fon machine, where Sync
does weird stuff to him. Guy cuts in, rescues Luke, sees Sync's real face which
we don't, and gets a fonic disc. Aight, just head back to that save point from
earlier. There's nothing more to see by going through any doors, so just head
to the roof, where Arietta awaits. Looks like she's still pissed off.

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 \\  Boss: Arietta / Liger / Hresvelgr     Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 3,000          ||
     - P. ATK - 98                                 EXP  - 760            ||
     - P. DEF - 263                               Gald  - 1,300          ||
     - F. ATK - 111                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 235                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 3,700          ||
     - P. ATK - 148                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 228                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 101                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 167                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - Wind           ||
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 3,500          ||
     - P. ATK - 135                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 236                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 99                           Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 172                                                      ||
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     Weakness - Fire                             Resist - Water          ||
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 For the second boss fight of the game, Arietta may prove to be quite a
 tough cookie and might even *gasp* provide you with your first sight of
 the dreaded Game Over screen. First of all, there's three enemies. The
 Liger is the faster attacker, the Hresvelgr is the slower one, and
 Arietta is the magic user and also the one I recommend targetting first.
 She will be in a constant state of nuking you with Limited and Negative
 Gale, which can easily reduce a full HP characters to inches of their
 life.

 Using Free Run is definitely the best option for avoiding Arietta's
 spells. The Liger and Hresvelgr will be gradually worked on by your other
 party members anyway, so focus your strength on Arietta, and use FoF
 Changes whenever you can. Remember that darkness will allow for earth and
 water, which means Luke's Frigid Blast is convenient. Not to mention light
 allows for fire and wind, meaning Luke has Lightning Tiger Blade and Burning
 Havoc at his disposal. With one of the three gone, the other two will fall
 in very short time. Plus you even end up with a Savory out of it, which
 raises one character's TP by 10. Not bad.
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Van shows up once the fight is over, and takes Arietta into her custody. You
now have the option of either taking the coach or walking back, and as usual
I recommend walking back. Plus you even have the option of taking on the first
of three Sword Dancers now, which if you follow through with it will allow for
quite a good weapon for Luke much later in the game (look at the Isle of Feres
on my table of contents, that's where). But oh well, why not at least try, since
there's a save point there.

Right at the entrance hall is a sword in the floor, and examining it will pit
you in a battle with the Sword Dancer, who has 17,000 HP, an attack power of
248 compared to the Liger's 148, a whooping 3800 EXP upon its defeat, and a
helluva hard fight. If you can beat it, good for you, but I imagine the
majority can't, plus this fight isn't even mandatory -- you can fight it a
bit later and have a much better chance of winning. Anyways, you've gotta head
back to the Kaitzur Naval Port.

Yeah, this is the first time I've condensed two trips into one sub-section.
Get used to it, I'll be doing it a lot. Anyways, talk to the soldier by the
Kimlasca Base. He sells a few items, just don't buy large quantities of Lemon
Gels, Pineapple Gels, and Panacea Bottles. Head inside the base and talk to
Van, watch a scene, and then talk to the soldier on the left of the place after
the skit, to board the Katsbert Ferry.

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 VIj. Katsbert Ferry
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 - Recommended Level: 13

You start off on a grand bit of nothing. Just head to the door and Luke
collapses because of one of the headaches again. Still, step outside to raise
your mood with one of the funnier (and crueler) skits in the game. From there,
do feel free to enter the room right above to talk to Guy. Also, the room
above that has a chest with a whooping 1800 Gald in it. That done, head up
north for an Orange Gel there, and then upstairs to the left, further over to
the next room, and a chest with an Iron Bracelet in it.

Talk to Jade there for a very cryptic question, and with that, return to the
room with the Orange Gel and enter the room right above. Talk to Ion and
answer Anise's rather interesting question, then talk to Tear to get a full on
explanation about the Seventh Fonon. And with that, head up to the right only
for Luke to get another headache and be consoled by Van, who tells him that
he has the power to become a hero. Yeah, right. With that, you'll arrive in
Chesedonia.

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 VIk. Chesedonia
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 - Recommended Level: 13

Van goes off and leaves you to explore the sandy lands of Chesedonia, which is
one of the game's most resident city. Start by heading to the left and entering
the building right above to talk with the guy Din there. He collects trade
items and gives you stuff for them, so hey, you might want to think about that
instead of selling them for scrap. Right below is an accessory shop and food
shop, but just continue a little past that only for Luke to get seduced by some
old woman. How appalling.

Tear notices that this woman, Noir, stole Luke's wallet. Bahaha, what a moron.
She gets it back for him though, so you're good to go. Feel free to stop by
the medicine shop to the west, but otherwise head southeast past two screens
to come to a place absolutely loaded with merchants. Before anything, though,
talk to the guy at the counter just below, who says that you can sell things
for a higher price in Baticul. Ask for items, get dissed by Guy, and he'll
give you two Apple Gels and two Poison Bottles. That helps.

Feel free to do some shopping here, especially at the armor shop at the top,
but don't even bother trying for the Dragon Killer right now. I know it's
enticing, but neglect any instincts that come to mind. With that, leave this
screen and head to the previous one, and then towards the west. You'll see a
large mansion there, so just enter and you'll meet up with Astor, the guy
running this whole place. His assistant does some analysis of the fon disc,
so your business here is done.

Go back in the mansion after that and enter either of the northern doors, and
then the one to the upper left. In that room, look in the drawer to the right
to find the Time Traveling Hero, which is an accessory for Anise. Whatever.
With that, head south of here and towards the merchants, and none other than
Sync shows up to try and steal the stuff from Guy, who gets attacked in the
process. That could be a problem... but anyways, the team manages to get away,
onboard the ferry. Looks like Dist is still a problem though...

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 VIl. Katsbery Ferry
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 - Recommended Level: 13

Once onboard the ship, the group begins to talk about Lorelei, who is the
great sentience of the Seventh Fonon, just as Gnome is that of the Second
(earth), Sylph is that of the Third (wind), Undine is the Fourth (water), and
Efreet is of the Fifth (fire). You get the point., Then Jade brings up
replicas and fomicry, which are extremely important in the story. But it all
comes to an interruption when the Oracle Knights attack, and after a quick
battle, Luke gives the cruelest line to Mieu that you will ever hear. Haha.

Get out of this room and enter the one right above to find a merchant. I
bought the Scimitar for Luke so he could kick even more ass, so I advise you
do the same thing if you can afford the wages. Do NOT sell the Time Traveling
Hero here yet, though. Instead, head upstairs and fight off the Oracle Knight
that's there, and then north to find a fonstone fragment has been stolen by a
poorly designed robot. Just chase it, and stop when an exclamation point
appears above Luke, it's really easy.

I got through one tremor and then caught it, so don't worry. Watch it fall to
its doom, and you'll get the Nobile fonstone and the Winged Boots, which
simply increase your movement speed. Speaking of fonstones, I'd recommend
swapping capacity cores up now, since you want to get a good range of all of
them for the various AD skills, but obviously focus on stuff like P.ATK for
Luke, F.ATK for Jade, ENH for all, etc. Just head further up, only to meet the
one behind it all, Dist. After a mutual argument with Jade, it's boss time.

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 \\  Boss: Kaiser Dist R                   Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 19,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 182                                EXP  - 800            ||
     - P. DEF - 302                               Gald  - 1,500          ||
     - F. ATK - 139                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 204                                                      ||
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     Weakness - Water                            Resist - None           ||
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 Dist may have an enormous amount of HP and physical defense, but he really
 is a huge pussycat. His attacks mostly consist of large stomping motions,
 together with thrusting his big drills forward, but it's not like those can
 actually be considered a threat. Meanwhile, he's terribly weak to Jade's
 Splash fonic arte, which he should probably have by now, and if Tear uses
 Nightmare around it, you may end up with a Fourth Fonon field, while will
 allow for Luke's Frigid Blast, resulting in further damage. Tear's First
 Aid should be sufficient enough for healing, but hey, you have Apple Gels
 lying around if not. This fight should NOT pose any problems.
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That having been finished, Dist is shot into the ocean. Yeah, like that's
going to kill him. Not much else to do here, so with that the Katsbery Ferry
will take you straight towards the royal capital of Kimlasca, which is
Baticul. Remember this place from the beginning of the game? ...Obviously not,
but hey, it's not just a manor.

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 VIm. Baticul
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 - Recommended Level: 14

You'll be greeted by two peoples by the names of Goldberg and Cecille, whom
Guy seems to have something slightly more against than Cecille's gender. Head
down and save, first of all, and then take a ride to the grandeur of Baticul,
which still doesn't exactly feel like home to Luke, for obvious reasons. Noir,
Urushi, and York greet you just by the entrance... Noir's line to Anise is truly
ownage in its purest form. But anyway, first thing you should do is enter the
large building to the right.

These are the shops/coliseum, the latter of which is not yet open and will not
be open for a few eons. Remember, you're not done with even a tenth of this game
yet. My recommendation is to sell the Time Traveling Hero, just because I'm a
greedy, money loving bastard, but oh well, it's your choice. Buy whatever
strikes your fancy, particularly weapons that you couldn't afford before
fighting Dist. When you're done, exit and go to the inn if necessary. Otherwise
take the elevator up.

Nothing to do here, so just take the lift on the upper right up to the castle
grounds. Can't go in Luke's crappy manor yet, so just enter the castle right up
front. Head up the stairs to find that King Ingobert VI is in an audience with
Mohs, but Luke just forces his way in and tells Mohs to shut the hell up,
pretty much. For such an important character, Mohs really is just an ugly old
geezer. But whatever, he's just trying to start a war when Malkuth was totally
peaceful.

However, Luke's mother is ill so you have to go back to his manor now. Enter,
get the greeting, and Tear has to go apologize to her, so talk with Ramdas if
you want, but then go to the drawing room, take the upper exit, and then to the
upper room there to talk with Susanne. Once that's done, go over to the
courtyard, and here's something optional and rather important. Make SURE you
talk to the gardner, Pere, here, a few times until he starts talking to Guy.
He'll refer him to a man in the desert named Gee. This is the first of seven
steps toward getting two techniques for Guy, so MAKE SURE YOU DO IT. Yeah.

With that, next step is to see Princess Natalia. Head to the drawing room next
to find her, only for Guy to get dissed, and Luke accused of touching the
"cold chick" Tear. And apparently Van is going to be arrested and executed as
soon as he enters Baticul. No candy for guessing what Luke's reaction to that
is. Anyway, return to the first room of the manor for a classic Luke, Tear, and
Guy interaction, and now, SOMETHING ELSE IMPORTANT! Talk to Ramdas here. Don't
ask why, just do it for the scene that follows.

You'll get 20,000 Gald, because a book of arcane artes belonging to Van was sold
to a traveling salesman who is likely still at the port. So with that said and
done, leave the manor and head for the port. Luke will stop the merchant, who
only has one, and you can buy it back, so Luke will learn Demon Fist after that.
It's the equivalent of Demon Fang, so it works well enough. Anyway, go back to
Luke's manor, and then to his room, which is just above the courtyard. Go to
bed, and a messenger from Natalia will arrive, requesting your presence at the
castle. Hard to refuse that.

Enter the castle again to hear Tear talking to Mohs, and then an audience is
called making a proposal to Luke, that is he travels to the town of Akzeriuth
as a goodwill ambassador, being that they risk destruction due to the miasma,
Van will be set free. Obviously he agrees, so next objective is to see Van.
You really do need to listen to that Score Tear reads, though, cuz it really is
so vague and interesting. But anyway, leave this room and enter the one on the
left, then head down the hall and enter the room there. Down the stairs in this
cell is Van.

Now Luke does the stupidest thing of his life, agreeing with Van to destroy the
miasma without moving the citizens of Akzeriuth, but they can't tell anyone
else of the plan. Of course, Natalia manages to overhear all this... heh heh
heh... I'm loving it. After that, leave the castle for another classic Luke,
Tear, and Guy interaction, and then head a bit near the inn to find Anise there,
and for two things to come out: Ion has been kidnapped by the Dark Wings, and
Mohs actually isn't involved with the Six God-Generals. You probably can guess
what that means.

You now have to cross to Malkuth terrain by land, but you can't leave the city
because Sync is guarding it. But before anything, take the elevator here down,
and Guy will show Luke to an old man named Miyagi. He'll give you a Carmine
Chamber, which allows you to make certain artes stronger, and a Moon Selector,
which allows you to pick who you control in the middle of a battle... very,
very useful. Anyway, right below is the aircar to the Abandoned Factory you need
to cross. Someone else has been here, though...

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 VIn. Abandoned Factory
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 - Recommended Level: 14

Before firing away here, I would like to note that I hate this dungeon with a
passion. I honestly can name maybe one dungeon in the whole game that is worse
than this place, and considering how early we are in the game, that's a fairly
good thing. So might as well get it over with, right? After Guy's long
explanations, Natalia shows up and demands to go, after dissing Tear and Anise.
Plus she overheard Luke's plan to flee to Daath, so after some blackmail,
Luke decides to take Natalia with the group. "This is why women scare me..."

Natalia in battle is the equivalent of Raine from Tales of Symphonia doing S
rank -- she's still good but completely inferior to T rank, because most of
her artes do a good job healing one character, Tear is far better because she
gets stuff like Healing Circle and Revitalize, which recover the whole party.
That being said, might as well take her in at least a few battles to get
acquainted. Start off by heading to the far right for an Apple Gel, and then
start climbing ladders.

The mundane, rather uninspiring music makes this place that much more exciting,
huh? Yeah, thought so. Once you're done climbing ladders there's a fork with
nothing to see to the left, so just progress to the right. Climb down the
ladder here, but don't bother climbing the one below that, because all it is,
is just a long path that leads to a grand total of nothing. So just head over
to the right when applicable, and then move forward a bit for a scene which
ends in Jade being a total badass. Haha.

Head up the ramp here to find a switch that needs to be flicked. Whenever you
see these and can flick 'em, do it... it's irreversible, which means no
mistakes can possibly be made. Then take the lift on the left and there you'll
find an up-down fork of ladders. Oh my god, what is this, Legendia? Whatever,
take the upper one first to find a Scimitar, which is good because I didn't buy
an extra one for Guy. And with that in order, head back down and then down the
ladder which has yet to be taken.

Go to the right and just keep going to find a Cobalt Chamber there, which can
be used in the chambers to make an arte send enemies flying, and just head up
to find an oil drum that happens to be flammable. What does this mean? Ah yes,
Mieu. Set that baby on fire and then press the switch there which your blind
party members can't see, and then take the lift right below and try to take the
path before the thing just collapses. No problem there, just take it down and
head to the right. There, you'll find oil dripping into a drum, and all you
have to do is time Mieu's fire so that it hits the drops of oil.

Nothing to that, anyway... at least it lights this place up so that your
characters can see a centimeter in front of them. Just go back to where that
switch you pressed was, and enter the door to the right of it. In there, hit
the switch that's right near the aircar, but before taking it, climb down the
ladder right below it and cross another broken pipe to find an Apple Gel. That
is all to find there, so just head back up and enter the aircar to get to at
least the second half of this god awful dungeon.

There you'll find a machine that can control the oil flow, and a switch that's
"too dark to see". Double you tee eff, I can see it just fine. Start by changing
the flow to the left, and then take the aircar back and take the ladder on the
far right. There's oil dripping here, so just flame it and then head back to the
oil machine and the switch nearby. Change the oil flow to the right, hit the
switch, and acknowledge that you are getting closer to finishing this POS
dungeon.

Just follow the path to the right without diverging up the lift, and hit the
oil drum above with Mieu's fire. Then take the ladder near the entrance of this
screen down and over to the left, then up to find more oil dripping, and at the
top is an empty oil drum that can be moved. That sounds ideal enough. Just drop
it down and shift it over to the dripping oil, and then try to flame the oil
only to find out that won't ignite it. Aight, just head back to the oil machine
and switch, and take the lift.

Follow up to enter a new screen, and head to the left to automatically knock
the pipe down and fill the drum below with oil. Me likes that. Head back and
lower the ladder below, then head up for the Panacea Bottle there, then to the
left to lower a second ladder, and then down it. Time to hit that oil drum with
Mieu Fire, si? Do that to light up the area above, then climb up (too many damn
ladders) to the conveniently placed healing circle, and then to the left for
a switch. Sure, whatever, just take the aircar nearby. It appears you are not
alone...

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 \\  Boss: Abaddon                    Party: Luke, Natalia, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 22,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 197                                EXP  - 1,190          ||
     - P. DEF - 333                               Gald  - 2,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 186                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 271                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 I certainly will give this monster some props and say that it's better in
 the combat department than it is in the aesthetic department... not that
 that says much. Anyway, this is a rare exception in which I actually prefer
 Natalia to Tear, because the former's Heal is very useful here in the rather
 singular attacks that Abaddon uses. There's three main things: a physical
 attack, Bug Parade which is very dangerous, and Negative Gale which is easy
 to dodge but is upwards of 350 damage to one character, and that really
 does add up fast.

 It's not all bad, though, because Negative Gale is the First Fonon of shadow,
 and Jade should be constantly using Splash which is the Fourth Fonon of
 water. Darkness and water go together to create a blue FoF, which is perfect
 for Luke whipping out a good Frigid Blast. Along with that, your characters
 should all pretty much have Over Limit, except for maybe Natalia, so that'll
 help you defensively. A few casualties may result here, but overall it isn't
 a hard fight.
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Just move over a little to the left once that's done, and then a rather funny
scene ensues as Natalia orders Guy to do something he obviously can't do,
Anise starts flirting with him, and Jade is his usual badass self. Take the
emergency exit there, and a fantastic anime cutscene ensues as Luke finds Asch
waiting outside, draws his sword, and we see Asch's face for the first time...
he looks like Luke. Anyways, you're off to Chesedonia and the oasis by land.

And yes, I know that there is a glitch here that makes the previous music
played, play on the world map. Nothing to do about it, just leave it. You'll
need to move over to the desert to the east to find the oasis, obviously, and
the sand there is difficult to move through. The oasis itself is around the
center of the desert, but slightly westish. Easy to find, distinguishable by
tall trees, etc.

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 VIo. Desert Oasis
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 - Recommended Level: 17

As soon as you enter, Luke will get another headache, and these voices are
different. They're coming from none other than Asch, the one who looks like
Luke. He says that both he and Ion are in the Zao Ruins, so that's your next
destination, but the only problem is that you don't know where it is. But I
do, it's to the east of here. Haha, no need to worry about asking people now.
However, someone sells weapons and armor outside the tent, and inside the tent
is something VERY IMPORTANT!

Yeah, remember Pere referring Guy to some guy named Gee? He's the old guy in
this tent, and the next step in learning an arcane arte is meeting some guy in
Kaitzur... not anytime soon. There's a grocer in here, but hey, who needs that
right now. What I recommend is leaving this place and heading for the
northwest of this desert land mass, where Chesedonia is. Sure, Anise scolds you
but there's stuff here to buy. Notably the Steel Sword which is superior to
the Scimitar.

So yeah, there's the Gothic Mace for Tear/Anise, a ton of stuff for Natalia,
the Scythe for Jade... but I couldn't afford it, so HAH! You might also want to
take a swing by Din's place to give him random stuff you've found, but when
you're ready to head off to the ruins, they really are in the eastern part of
the desert and impossible to miss. I just hope you didn't miss talking to Gee,
or shame on you.

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 VIp. Zao Ruins
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 - Recommended Level: 18

Before we step in, remember going to Choral Castle? You were roughly level 12
or 13 or so (at least I was) when finishing and you more than likely couldn't
beat that Sword Dancer with everyone alive? We'll be doing that shortly after
the Zao Ruins, and I'll say that you really have come a long way. Can't give
you any false impressions though, since this game really is. That damn long.
But I'm done ranting, just head forward to find that this is the place, but it
really is... a ruin. Enter sandman. Or... Zao Ruins.

Once inside, head down the extremely long spiraling path, and in the center of
the floor below is a chest containing an Apple Gel. Head down from there to
come to a left-down fork. Head down first, and at the bottom of the path you'll
find a concentration of the Second Fonon, which will give Mieu the new ability
of Mieu Attack, which can break rocks and stuff. Very useful. Now head up and
back to the fork, to take a left.

At the end of the path there is a sort of three way fork, with left being a
small path leading to an immediate dead end, right being a quick 2400 Gald, and
the central path... being a bunch of boulders. Break them with Mieu Attack to
observe how kind Natalia is compared to Luke (eh I don't really know actually)
If you can't figure it out or just skipped the instruction, use R2 to alternate
between fire and attack, and square to attack. Easy as pie.

What follows is a down-right fork, with down leading to some boulders, which in
turn lead to a Breast Guard, which is for Tear or Natalia. Okay, works for me,
after that's done head across the bridge to the right. Here you'll find some
more rocks to break for an Orange Gel behind them, and a save point. No, there
is not a boss right ahead, you'll have to wait just a little bit. Just head
through the tunnel right ahead and follow the path up, collecting a Panacea
Bottle as you go.

Moving up, a pile of debris falls. What a bunch of crap, literally. Break it
apart with Mieu Attack for a treasure chest behind it, containing the Stre
Forte capacity core. That is your best one yet if you like physical attacks,
but unfortunately increasing my current Enhancement was slightly more important
at the moment, but oh well, keep it handy. Just head up the stairs nearby and
you'll come to a left-right fork. The left leads to an invisible chest with a
Life Bottle in it, so do that and then head to the right.

Break the rocks there, and then that path will take you to an up-down fork,
up of which has rocks in the way for a Mieu Attack, and has a Carmine Chamber
right behind. Sweet, this place likes those upgrades. And then at the next
fork, down leads to a new screen and left leads to... nothing. Just another
long path that leads to... a healing circle. You know what THAT means!

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 \\  Boss: Sync / Largo                  Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 13,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 210                                EXP  - 800            ||
     - P. DEF - 222                               Gald  - 1,200          ||
     - F. ATK - 154                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 150                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 17,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 265                                EXP  - 800            ||
     - P. DEF - 210                               Gald  - 1,200          ||
     - F. ATK - 161                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 100                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Alright, here's a rather challenging fight for all you peoples out there.
 Sync the Tempest is the quick, agile fighter while Largo the Black Lion is
 the slower, slightly stronger one. That being said, everything here points
 at going after Sync first, because his attacks are faster, more distracting
 and whatnot, plus his Arcane Artes are as annoying as they get. Prepare
 for damage in the mid 400s when he pelts out Stone Dragon Ascent at you.
 Plus he has less HP than Largo, so yeah, use logic for this.

 Sync's two key spells, Thunder Blade and Turbulence, are both rough at over
 300 damage apiece, but there's a good side in that you can always have Luke
 switch to Fang Blade and use Lightning Tiger Blade, always a good thing.
 Before you know it Sync will be gone, and Largo is by no means as hard, but
 is still quite a threat. His signature Blazing Talon arte has an annoying
 range, plus a single physical attack is about 90-100 damage. His combos
 can rack up some damage fast, but once you get four people ganging up on
 him, he won't be able to keep up.
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Once that's over, Luke and Asch have to have a bit of a duel with each other,
trading the same arte that Van taught the both of them. But with that, they
agree to turn over Ion in exchange for ending the fight. However, as they
leave, Guy looks at Sync, acknowledging how "they are the same", and Largo
speaks Natalia's name in connection. Just leave that room and you'll find that
the memory circle has particles coming out of it. You'll get a Wing Bottle
here, which you can use to teleport out of this dungeon. I recommend doing so.

Back on the world map, the theme from the Zao Ruins will play. Gotta love
that. But in any case, you may want to scope out some of the few search points
that are here, since going to Din's shop really can provide you with some
good stuff. Also take note that you reached a Verbena from winning that fight,
and that will increase your physical defense by a grand total of 1. Anyways,
off to Chesedonia.

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 VIq. Chesedonia
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 - Recommended Level: 20

Luke will experience a quick headache just as soon as you walk in, and he
pretty much has to go to the inn on that note. But before that, why not check
out some of these fantastic shops. Having Luke equipped with a Steel Sword,
Breastplate, and a Lapis Bracelet. I also recommend you sell the Garnet, for
the nice 5000 Gald which it gives. But anyway, approach the northwest and
Asch will start talking to Luke through his head, tells him to turn his sword
on Tear, then the headache stops and Luke collapses.

At the inn, Jade is fairly assured Dist just did something to Luke, so you're
good to go. Head through the door once that scene's over, and feel free to
save. Outside, finish the shopping and schtuff, and then head to the northern
part of town. You might want to swing by Din's shop and give him all of the
stuff you've been getting from search points. Otherwise, head just a bit to
the right and enter the Malkuth consolate, which is the building right above
the two soldiers.

With that, head two screens up and talk to the consulate, then Sync is shown
outside, and Guy collapses, knocking Luke down with him. He has a curse slot
in him, but Ion says only Fon Masters can use Daathic fonic artes, so... Sync
is what, exactly? Ahem. The ship leaves from Chesedonia and arrives in the
naval port of Kaitzur. But anyway, now that we're here in Malkuth territory,
there are two VERY important things to do. Read: YOU MUST DO THESE TWO THINGS
BEFORE ENTERING AKZERIUTH OR YOU WILL REGRET IT!

Hopefully the all caps caught your attention. Anyway, start by leaving the
Kaitzur Naval Port and head to Kaitzur. Go to the northern part of it and
talk to the guy right next to the inn, and he will teach Guy the Tempest base
arte. That really is vital, and a great arte, but the next person isn't for
a while... he's at a historical monument. Okay, worry about that later. Second
thing to do: leave Kaitzur and head to Choral Castle. It's finally time to
settle things with the Sword Dancer, who's in the first room.

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 \\  Boss: Sword Dancer #1                Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 17,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 248                                EXP  - 3,800          ||
     - P. DEF - 159                               Gald  - 1,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 126                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 135                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Those 6-7 levels really did drain the challenge out of the Sword Dancer.
 Sure, his attacks will do about 250 damage if they're unblocked, plus he
 can spin around, use Fang to hit from a long distance, and use Overlimit
 to up his defenses. However, he dies so quickly that he never will get a
 chance to utilize any of that. Jade casting Splash in the background, while
 your melee fighters bash the life out of him and do combos that do about
 3000-4000 damage apiece, will reduce him to inches of his life in mere
 seconds. Enjoy the massive amount of EXP that results from that joke of a
 battle.
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Your rewards are subtle: that exaggerated amount of EXP, the fact that the
Sword Dancer will be back in the Theor Forest later, the fact that you're
closer to getting the second best sword in the game, personal satisfaction,
and a departure of this place which makes Choral Castle's theme play in the
world map. Oh yeah. Well anyway, it's finally time for us to go to Akzeriuth.
To get there, head to the Deo Pass which is over to the northeast.

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 VIr. Deo Pass
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 - Recommended Level: 22

Right as you enter, Luke whines about how time was wasted in the desert and
that they should've just left Ion with Sync and Largo. Geez, what a fool.
Enjoy Anise's ranting skit that follows, and let's start catching up to Van.
Right at the entrance is a two way fork with right leading to nothing but a
tree that you can shake for a grand subtotal of nothing, so head to the left
and use Mieu Attack to break the boulder on the way. Moving up, just keep going
to the right.

The tree at the center can be hit with Mieu Attack to turn it into a rather
effortless Treant enemy, if you're interested. Otherwise, go to the right for
a breakable rock that reveals 1600 Gald behind it. With that, there's two more
ways to go: left to a dead end, and up to a new screen. Should be obvious
enough... head up on the very small new screen, and on that third area, here's
yet another fork. This does indeed set the stage of what's to come on the Deo
Pass.

Before anything, hit the tree in the center for a Panacea Bottle that drops
out of it. Having done that, head west at the fork and take the upper of the
two paths down, following it to a new screen past a Treant for a Gothic Mace.
Good if you only bought one for Tear and need an extra for Anise. Return to
the fork and head east this time, up another small and eventless screen, and
then in that next area, head to the far east and then down that path to find a
tree, which gives you 1800 Gald on a tremor. That tickles my fancy.

Head back up and then over to the bridge and across, where Ion demands some
rest. Luke is his usual bitchy self about it, and after some scolding by Tear,
save and then head down a little bit, and to the west for as boulder to break
for a Carmine Chamber. Will do... down some more is a two way fork with right
only leading to a tree which will give you nothing, so head to the left and
down for another tremendous large area with three million forking paths
everywhere.

First of all, take the southern path down and head to the right for a tree to
shake, making a chest fly out somewhere else. Better than nothing, I guess.
Head back and shake the tree right above for an Apple Gel, and then take the
eastern path down to another new, large area. There's another save point
here, and believe me that it'll come in handy. Before anything, though, head
to the west and take the upper path to a new, small screen with a chest that
has an Orange Gel in it.

While you're here, the tree aka Treant is a rather nice random monster. =)
Whatever. Head back to the last screen and take the lower left path there,
swooshing the tree along the way for an Apple Gel, and just continue down for
a boulder to break for 1500 Gald. Just proceed to the right to find two paths,
one with grass and one rocky. Take the grassy one and climb the ladder to find
that chest earlier... a Steel Bow. Yawn, already have it. Now proceed down to
the rocky path

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 \\  Boss: Legretta                        Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 31,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 357                                EXP  - 2,100          ||
     - P. DEF - 319                               Gald  - 2,500          ||
     - F. ATK - 224                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 196                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - Light          ||
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 Legretta may be fighting this battle alone, but she's an extremely
 formidable opponent, especially as the fight draws on. Her gun combos are
 quite damaging as they come, but it doesn't get too bad until you get
 further into the fight. Sure, Luke being reduced to 700 HP or below isn't
 nice, but Tear with Healing Circle can remedy that very quickly. It's just
 when you get down to about half of Legretta's quite high HP that she starts
 throwing Overlimits out and getting on your nerves.

 First of all, her magic. Eclair de Larmes is about 400 damage, Holy Lance
 is about 500, plus her signature arcane arte, Searing Sorrow is about 600
 damage. All of those are multi hit attacks which can roast two or possibly
 even three characters right then and there. However, there's a good side
 in that Eclair de Larmes and Holy Lance are both light elemental and will
 deploy a Sixth Fonon FoF right there, so Luke can pull out Burning Havoc
 to get things done. Just do not neglect healing and cure yourself when you
 get below 500 HP or so, or you may be in trouble. They don't call this
 chick Legretta the Quick for nothing.
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On the closing of that fight, Legretta tells Tear to get away from the "reject"
aka Luke, then Jade and Ion get really angry about the Oracle Knights bringing
back some forbidden technology called fomicry. Now Luke blows up about being
left out of the conversation. What a child. Anyways, exit to the east and then
watch the best skit in the entire game that follows, between Luke and Tear.
Foreshadowed up the wazoo. Anyway, Akzeriuth is right nearby.

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 VIs. Akzeriuth
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 - Recommended Level: 24

The miasma and stuff in this town are just pretty bad... alright, Luke's the
ambassador and corrupt and whatnot, and it's time to save this place... or not.
Start by entering the building just to the east, which is a rather failed
infrimary. Talk to the guy behind the counter for three free Apple Gels, three
Orange Gels, a Life Bottle, and a Panacea Bottle, for a total of 0 Gald of
wages. That's a bargain!

While you're here, note that Legretta dropped an herb called a Chamomile,
which raises fonic attack by 1, so give it to Jade or Tear, or Anise maybe.
And with that, head down the ramp to the left and enter the building there,
which sells items and equipment alike. The guy with the spear offers little to
nothing new, but I do recommend restocking up on items with the guy on the
right, even though they're expensive. I blew off almost 10,000 Gald on items,
but hey, you can never really have enough.

From here there really isn't too much more to do. There's absolutely nothing
in Tunnel 7 which is to the right of here, so take the elevator on the left
to go down below. No, you can't get the treasure chest at the bottom, so don't
try. Head to the right and enter Tunnel 14, where a man named Hyman will
assist you. Nowhere to go but forward to where Van is...

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 VIt. Akzeriuth Mine Shaft 14
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 - Recommended Level: 24

Here's where it all comes together... this is the decisive point for Luke.
Hope you're ready for it. The camera here is really annoyed because it makes
this place out to be full 3D, but you'll get used to it. Start by heading to
the left at the fork and grabbing the Panacea Bottle, and then go back to the
fork and head north only for the camera to change what's ahead to an up-right
fork. Yeah, you thought the Deo Pass was bad, get a load of this place. Might
as well head up for a chest with a Steel Circlet.

By the way, you may have noticed that Tear isn't in the party, so the usual of
Luke, Jade, Guy, and either Anise or Natalia will have to suffice. Don't worry,
there's nothing in here that can rend you in seconds without Tear there to use
Healing Circle. =) Head to the right after that and then up when applicable for
a Life Bottle, proceeding east through the miasma-rich tunnels of Akzeriuth
Mine Shaft 14.

Continue to follow the path until it diverges up yet again, and leads to a
nice Carmine Chamber and 5500 Gald. Oh how I love these non Apple/Orange Gel
chests. Keep on following the path to the right until an up-down fork dawns on
you, and then just head up for the Nocer Forte capacity core. Once again, these
places have awesome chests. Head down this time to yet another fork, in which
up leads to a Cobalt Chamber. Got the hang of this place yet? ...If not, I do
pity you.

If you didn't, it doesn't matter, just head to the left, where we'll see the
exact extent of this place. Now just head north to find Van there... Ion has
no choice but to open the door there, that Van tells him to. And with that,
Luke, Van, and Ion enter the Sephiroth, despite three headaches with Asch
trying to stop Luke from entering. Perhaps you couldn't predict it yet, but it
all is coming together. Tear and Jade meet up because the vanguard was wiped
out, and Van is... blank out. Gah.

Inside the Sephiroth, it really is as straightforward as any place can be. Head
down and then at the only fork, head right to avoid the dead end, and at the
bottom Van will give you an order. Yeah, as Tear says, Van is trying to destroy
Akzeriuth and Asch has been helping them. As Luke, head forward and Van will
ask you to cause a hyperresonance, which Luke does... and as that happens, he
calls him "foolish replica Luke", Asch breaks in, and then we see an FMV as
Akzeriuth is completely and utterly destroyed. Van really did deceive Luke,
all that time.

You'll be in Fallen Akzeriuth after that, which is basically just that city in
a place called the Qliphoth, which is underground. Talk to Tear and kill
yourself inside watching some kid drown into the mud, along with the other
thousands that died because of Luke. With that, your destination is Yulia City
to the west. Along the way are two cutscenes, one of which the entire group
shuns Luke for doing what he did with only Mieu comforting him, which makes
Luke feel even worse. Oh well, it IS 100% his fault.

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 VIu. Yulia City
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 - Recommended Level: 25

When the group arrives in Yulia City, Luke just stands there while the whole
group goes off to see Tear's grandfather. Basically if you didn't quite get it,
you're in a place called the Qliphoth, which supports the Outer Lands by things
called Sephiroth Trees, pillars that support it, and Luke completely broke one
of them when Van deceived him. And then Asch comes in and lets Luke know that
is indeed his fault, and then reveals that Luke is a second-rate replica of
Asch, and that he wants that piece of trash to die.

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 \\  Boss: Asch                                    Party: Luke           \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 10,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 380                                EXP  - 1,250          ||
     - P. DEF - 340                               Gald  - 1,200          ||
     - F. ATK - 250                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 100                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 You do not have to win or lose this fight. Asch overpowers you completely
 and if you want to just throw the fight instead of throwing away a ton of
 Apple/Orange/Lemon/Melange Gels, that's perfectly acceptable. In fact, I
 hear you'll even get the EXP and Gald from the fight if you lose, although
 I'm not completely sure about that. But whatever... this fight is freaking
 difficult, although I suppose it is fairly satisfying personally to win.
 Asch uses the same techniques as Luke, except he's also capable of using
 magic. What a totally more awesome guy.

 Demon Fist is fairly useful here, as you want to keep your distance from
 him, plus Asch is fast so Free Running isn't exactly the best option here.
 However, there's one way to interrupt things. If Asch is totally cutting
 you down, use Raging Blast and a cutscene will ensue, ending with Asch
 saying something totally badass: "You're damn right you're not me". Plus
 when Asch gets below 5000 HP, another cutscene ensues as the two try to
 slice each other to pieces. Otherwise, you'll really have to use Apple
 Gels when you get below 900 HP, and Lemon Gels when below 500. Fortunately,
 Asch's spells are easy to Free Run away from, and leave him vulnerable to
 a good slash up, and plus if you hooked Steel up to a Grass Chamber, that
 might have a little bit of a healing effect. Good luck. Whatever you do,
 though, leave 3 Apple Gels. Remember, you can win or lose this battle.
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Whether you win or lose, the result is the same: Luke ends up in bed with a
headache while Asch seems to control him, although it is most satisfying to
hear Asch's first few roars of anguish. When you emerge, Luke is in bed
connected with Asch through isofon slots, meaning that Luke can see everything
that Asch is doing, yet you are indeed controlling Asch, because the party is
completely sick of Luke and wants nothing more to do with him. Which is a
perfectly understandable sentiment in my opinion.

Anyway, when you emerge as Asch, do please talk to Luke and watch that sheer
beauty of an exchange of words. With that, examine the closet behind him to get
a Deck Brush (weapon for Jade), and then head downstairs and pick up the green
book to learn the recipe for Ramen. Do go ahead and talk to Tear, but she
doesn't intend to go to the Outer Lands. And nope, it's not because she loves
a bastard like Luke or anything. Really. But with that, head outside and talk
to Natalia, but then head over to the far left.

Talk to the guy there and give him three Apple Gels, to which he runs off after
Asch barking at him. Yeah, of course... but anyway, you came out of the
right one between two buildings. Enter the one on the left, which is the
central facility, and you can buy expensive tools to the left if you want. Bah,
270 Gald for an Apple Gel, who are you kidding. Save, talk to Ion and Jade if
you want, and then enter the conference room which is above, and speak to the
old man above. That is Tear's grandfather Teodoro. He and Asch will discuss
raising the Tartarus, which I recommend starting now. Nothing to see here.

With that, watch an FMV as the Tartarus makes it to the surface of the Outer
Lands. Asch needs to use the Tartarus to get to the city of Belkend and learn
Van's true objective, but he can't use his own men because everything he would
do would be leaked to Van, so the party decides to accompany him. Just for the
record, though, Luke and Tear are left in the Qliphoth, but that doesn't
matter since Asch is a perfect substitute for Luke. And with that, you can use
the Tartarus to explore the Outer Lands in all their beauty.

I'd forgive you if you didn't know where Baticul is, because we've done little
with the world map at this point, but it's on the northernmost part of the
southernmost continent, in an ironic way. Make sure you head there first...
trust me. Enter the shopping center, which is in the center of the city, and
buy several Rices. You'll need at least five when you re-emerge as Luke, so
this is the best time to do it. Plus you may be cooking Rice Balls, so either
way, buy them. And when you're done, go back to the port and board the
Tartarus so we can find Belkend.

Before you can get to Belkend, you need to land in Port Belkend, which is on
the western side of that same continent. Alright, will do. After the scene with
Asch and Natalia, leave the port to the south and fight some battles to get the
hang of Asch, who I like to use quite a bit here to get his usage percentage up
and Luke's down since I used him a lot. Do NOT equip Asch with a Capacity Core
or a Fonslot Chamber though... just don't. For me anyway, Asch had 417 P.ATK
but just note you can't unequip his Maestro stuff. As for your destination,
Belkend is just toward the southwest.

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 VIv. Belkend
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 - Recommended Level: 26

I dig this music... very funky and twisted. Start off by examining the panel
to the left of the entrance, and then some fon machine hand will appear and
smash a box to pieces, revealing a chest with an Orange Gel in it. Cheap yet
useful. And from there, follow the path and head down and to the right when
applicable, and then under the bridge. Examine the hatch that's there, and
marvel at how anyone, when Asch helps them, is surprised that he's actually a
nice guy. I think that's really creepy.

Either way, the guy gives you a Soba Noodles recipe, so might as well take it.
Having done that, head to the left to reach a new screen, to which you can just
ignore the boxes above. Nope, there really is nothing you can do with those at
the moment. Enter the enormous building there, which is Fon Machine Laboratory
1. This place is massive and very bland and confusing because of the uniform
design, but oh well, I guess you just have to get used to it. Start by entering
the room right in the front.

In that next room, enter the one on the right, which is the medical room.
Examine the drawers behind the doctor for an accessory for Anise called a
Warrior Maiden, and then head to the right and examine those drawers for a
Dark Seal. Eh, they make good money at least. Leave this room to the left when
you're done, and then head north, then east, then north once more to meet a
man named Spinoza who is rather important in the story, and Asch knows him...
yet doesn't like him.

Jade notes that this guy broke the ban on fomicry, to which Spinoza then tells
us that Jade was the father of fomicry -- he proposed the principles of
creating replicas. He receives a new title, but no, Jade isn't a bad guy, he
banned it for a reason. Spinoza runs away after saying too much about Van's
project, then watch the two amusing skits that follow, particularly Jade's
comment about how he would have a better son than Luke were he to have one, and
later a skit between Asch and Luke. Yes, you wanted Luke to suffer abuse, he's
suffering it now. And kind of deserves it.

Leave the laboratory, and Asch says to go to Ortion Cavern to investigate the
replica issue, because that's apparently Van's plan. Guy will leave the party
though, because he still cares about Luke. There's a place called Aramis Spring
that connects Yulia City and the Outer Lands, so that's where he's off to.
Meanwhile, you're stuck with Asch, Jade, Anise, and Natalia, whether you like
it or not. Speaking of Natalia, there is another case of something QUITE
IMPORTANT TO DO NOW!

Start by leaving Belkend, as we need to go to a new continent in any case. Go
to the Radessia continent, which is the brown crab shaped one in the southwest,
and enter Port Sheridan, which is to the eastern side. There you'll find three
thugs abusing an elderly man, but Asch scares them off. The old man recognizes
Natalia's fighting style, and you're taken to Port Daath and Natalia learns
Gallant Barrage. Not bad, but now we need to go to Ortion Cavern. It's on the
same continent of Radessia, but towards the south, leaning a bit to the west.

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 VIw. Ortion Cavern
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 - Recommended Level: 26

Right when you enter, the group kicks Ion out saying he'll be in the way. More
specifically Asch, but whatever. Speaking of which, since there's about a 95%
chance you're controlling Asch now, especially with Guy gone, just some things
for good use of him. I pretty much used most of the same artes, except I kept
Slag Assault around. Plus it's in your best interest to put something like
Thunder Blade as a shortcut, since that immediately creates a Wind Field of
Fonons.

When you're done (not) preparing, head to the east and you'll find a treasure
chest immediately, containing a Ruby Wand. Go ahead and give it to Anise since
Tear isn't around, and then just continue pressing on to the east. A cutscene
ensues as Asch slices through a bunch of jellyfish, and then you can just pick
up the treasure chest for a Life Bottle. Nothing to see by examining the
elevator, so just head to the east, grabbing the ever useful Grass Chamber
along the way.

In the next screen, make sure you get the Nimble Rapier below, even though
there's no one in your party that can equip it. =P From there, take the
northern path up and you'll come to a save point. You can naturally guess what
that means, but at least Asch gets to strut his stuff in one of those. But
whatever, just enter the next room to hear that Van plans to replicate Hod.
That's major. Whatever, though... head back and where you found the Life
Bottle, a boss comes out to play.

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 \\  Boss: Ancylopolyp                Party: Asch, Jade, Anise, Natalia  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 35,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 344                                EXP  - 3,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 350                               Gald  - 5,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 283                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 282                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Well, you don't exactly have much of a choice in terms of a party to use
 for this one, so you have to give it your all in any circumstance.
 Fortunately Natalia's Heal does give you back a good 800 HP per use,
 because you may need it. First of all, the Ancylo will be dormant for the
 first bit, letting its minions, the Polyps, go after you. Their attacks
 cause small Water FoFs instantly, so make sure Asch is ready to knock them
 out with Raging Blast for an FoF Change to Frigid Blast. Like he says, a
 cold death does await.

 The Ancylo is very dangerous with its Blessed Drops attack, which can hit
 several characters for quite a bit over 500 damage, even if the Water FoF
 that it causes is very nice. You'll want to abuse this thing with all you
 have when it's out, plus Overlimits are good so that Splash and Blessed
 Drops don't completely knock you out. It's going to be tough trying to
 heal your whole party, so order Natalia to use Heal whenever possible. If
 you get a Wind FoF going, her Healing Wind arcane is quite useful there,
 so yeah... this will be a long fight, but one that gives a lot of EXP.
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Once that's done, feel free to fight a few extra battles, as Ortion Cavern is
the last opportunity for two elements of fighting. I won't say either of them
just to keep you in suspense, but if you want either of those two later in the
game, better do optional things. =) When you get back to the Tartarus, an
earthquake hits and apparently the area around St. Binah is going to fall next,
since Luke destroyed the tree supporting southern Rugnica. Asch then closes the
channel, leaving you in the dark.

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 VIx. Yulia City
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 - Recommended Level: 27

What follows from the stuff at Ortion Cavern is what many consider to be the
best scene in the game. Luke wakes up and goes out to the flower garden, where
Tear is. He realizes that he has never thought for himself and bases all his
actions on what Van and Asch say, and declares that he wants to and has to
change, even if only to prevent St. Binah from falling. And with that, he takes
one of Tear's knives and cuts his hair, to symbolize his change. It's Japanese
culture, you know.

Now we have to get back to the Outer Lands. Luke really does look different,
but it's all completely good... just wait until the next battle, trust me.
Leave Tear's house and head to the actuality of Yulia City, specifically the
guy who as Asch, you gave three Apple Gels to. Give him the five Rice you
bought in Baticul, and he runs off, as usual. Okay, whatever, just enter the
central facility and do please buy items. I bought over 13,000 Gald worth of
'em, after selling the Dark Seal (you can get another a little later) and the
Aquamarine that the boss in Ortion Cavern dropped.

Approach the Conference Room upstairs, and a woman will come out and talk to
Tear about the Third Hymn. Yeah, you may have noticed Tear has two hymns,
Nightmare of the First Fonon (shadow), and Force Field of the Second Fonon
(earth). Time to learn another one, eh? Still, the Seventh Hymn and the
legendary Key of Lorelei can unleash Lorelei. Luke here begins to compliment
Tear all over, which is very... different of him. Talk to Teodor inside that
room, who will tell you that Akzeriuth's fall was written in the Score, while
St. Binah's isn't. But still, the Score is only one possible future.

With that, we need to get back to the Outer Lands to stop the fall of parts of
the Rugnica continent, but first Tear wants you to get something in her room.
LOL at Luke sleeping in Tear's bed all that time. First, though, head into the
room right below the Conference Room and talk to the woman there. Tear will
meditate and then learn Holy Song. THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT AS USUAL! There, hope
that sticks out. Anyway, back to Tear's house, and where Luke was asleep. Find
that right now.

A flashback occurs as Van tells Legretta to have Sync keep tabs on Asch...
turns out he was plotting stuff all along. But anyways, you'll get the
Principles of Fonology book, which Tear thinks will help Luke. The next skit
is rather harsh yet true. Anyways, now we're off to the Yulia Road to get back
to the Outer Lands. Go to the right of the conference room and take that warp
over to Aramis Spring, and with that, Luke, above the edge of a decision, begins
his new journey...

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              ~-~ ~-~ ~-~  VII. Walkthrough (Part 2) ~-~ ~-~ ~-~
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Congratulations on making it through the first third of the game, but you still
have the vast majority of the game in front of you, waiting to be finished.
By the way, I really hope you didn't get angry at me condensing two or three
places into one sub-section, because I have to do it a LOT more in this part of
the game. I really do apologize for it, but this part of the game is so.
Ridiculously. Long, that I have to do it. You're gonna love this all though,
because the new battle theme and world map theme kick ass. Anyways, Luke has
turned his life around and is now sporting short hair, so enjoy all of what
unfolds. Just in case you're wondering what my character usage was:

 Luke    - 88%
 Tear    - 81%
 Jade    - 79%
 Anise   - 31%
 Guy     - 55%
 Natalia - 15%
 Asch    -  5%

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 VIIa. Aramis Spring
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 - Recommended Level: 27

As soon as you arrive here, we're off to greener pastures. Simply head up the
path to the right and make your way up it, collecting the Carmine Chamber along
the way. Which reminds me, if you were using any skills for Luke on a button
shortcut, you need to re-equip them because of Asch having replaced him. Enter
the main area, where you'll find Guy. Luke has changed, but Guy certainly hasn't
thrown away his gynophobia. Anyway, you have a party of three, which is more
than enough to handle the monsters here.

Oh, but do fight a battle! Oh my GOD, this battle music is divine. And here I
was thinking Like A Glint Of Light, from Tales of Symphonia, was great... this
really is the best battle theme ever composed, ever. And since this part of
the walkthrough is unbelievably long, you'll be hearing a lot of it. Consider
yourself blessed. But that's enough rambling. At the north/south fork, both
meet up so just head south for the 6000 Gald on the way, and at the peak you'll
come to a save point.

Just continue south for a quick Luke/Guy chat, and keep following the path to
find a Silver Mail. Which reminds me, unless you're using Guy, that and the
Nimble Rapier are more than likely your best option for Luke right now, so go
with those. Take the path north from there, then after a little more Luke/Guy
chat, diverge from the main path to get the Panacea Bottle along the way, then
keep pressing up. You'll find some vines along the way, but whatever, that's
why you have Mieu Fire.

Follow the path out, where Luke and Guy have yet another chat. Oh well, head
west and enter the spring area again, then after another talk between the three
which involves Luke acting emo, head north at the fork, burning your way
through an outdoors path which leads to another Nimble Rapier for the one
between Luke and Guy of which you don't control. Good, gotta get those two on
level either way. When you're done with that, return to that fork and take the
southern path out.

Back in the sunlight, Jade will come in because he was looking for Guy, and
inform you that Mohs kidnapped Ion and Natalia. How many times does that make
Ion getting kidnapped now? Whatever, Jade isn't happy with Luke being there,
and Tear states the obvious with the fact Luke can't exactly regain trust that
easily. There's a healing circle nearby, and your next destination is Daath.
Head to the far left for a Yellow Ribbon and the far right for a Pineapple Gel,
and then on the world map, note this theme is just absolutely beautiful. But
back on the point... a place to enter is toward the southeast.

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 VIIb. Daath
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 - Recommended Level: 28

You're not quite in Daath yet, but rather on a hill that besets the cathedral
of Daath, which is the headquarters of the Order of Lorelei. Not much to do
here, so just leave to the east to get back to the world map, and then just
walk over to Daath. Once inside, the first thing you may notice is the weapons
and armor shop that's nearby, which is handy considering you may have a number
of old, useless equipment that can go to the plunger right now. Plus there's
new equipment.

I recommend the Great Sword, Silver Rod, Partisan, and perhaps the Great Bow
right now. Other good buys include at least two Silver Boots and Silver
Bracelets, the Silver Guard, Silver Robe, and Silver Gloves. Whew... that's a
lot of silver. Plus that's ignoring the grocer and item shop, but personally
I didn't need anything from either. But please do pick up the Esprit Forte
capacity core that's on the path, which has an AGL and ENH bonus of 2 for every
level up. Gotta get those Enhancement stats up to 20 or above at least.

Together with that, head to the entrance and talk to the woman by the stairs
for an item called the Prelude, and then rest at the inn, even if it's 200
Gald. Luke asks Tear to teach him how to control hyperresonance, and then a
flashback will occur from when Tear was training under Legretta in the Oracle
Knights. After a skit that follows, might as well head north to the cathedral.
Anise jumps out, terrifies Guy, and we're going to the Oracle Headquarters to
rescue Ion and Natalia, as witnesses of the Seventh Fonstone being fake.

Enter the cathedral, and then just head north to the chapel. Start off talking
to the man on the right whose name is Oliver Tatlin... Anise's father, who's
just as dumb as she is, but for different reasons. Talk to Maestro Tritheim
right above, and then return to the previous room and enter the Library on the
left. Inspect the book to learn the recipe for Sushi, which is a rather decent
recipe being it restores a bit more HP than the others, albeit no TP.

Anyway, now it's time to break into Oracle Headquarters. Start by returning to
the central room and then entering the door on the right. There's two ways to
go here: up the stairs and to the right. Up the stairs leads nowhere because
there are two doors you can't go through, so just head to the right and keep
following the path until you come to two doors. One of which can't be entered,
so take the upper one and go down the stairs. Talk to the man there and you
will be permitted inside.

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 VIIc. Oracle Headquarters
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 - Recommended Level: 28

This is the first stealth mission in the game, even if there's really no one
to be stealthy about, they just say you can't be caught. =P So in short,
absolutely nothing to worry about. Start by heading to the left to find a gong
in front of the door, and the gong's sound is the signal for an order to
assemble. So "assemble" them by hitting the gong, drawing out a guard and
beating the daylights out of him, and then entering the room there, beating
the crap out of the guard there, and getting the Lemon Gel and 5500 Gald.

Leave this room and then head up from there to find a huge number of places to
go... ugh. Head up the stairs before anything and ring the gong, only for a
rather absent minded soldier below to come out and unlock the door. Head to
the right first for a Miracle Gel, then head down and incapacitate the soldier,
followed by entering the room for the Carmine Chamber inside. Leave the room,
and since there's nothing to be accomplished by heading to the right, just
go down the stairs.

From there, head all the way around the room, ignoring the stairs that you
come by. At the far northeast side, ascend the stairs and on that next floor,
you'll see a gong but if you ring it, the Oracle Knights won't be fooled by the
false assembly. To remedy that, take the lift up and finish the guard above,
then head down the lift and ring the gong, the Oracle Knight will start to
patrol, then you can head up and finish him as well. Inside the room is naught
but a Green Ribbon.

When you're done, exit and head to the left and down the stairs, where you can
head further down for a save point. Otherwise, just go to the far right and
ring the gong, ambush the Oracle Knight that leaves, and then enter the door
there to find... a corridor, guarded by a sole knight who takes little value in
his life. Anyway, start from the bottom and enter the first door on the left,
where you can find a Cobalt Chamber. The room right above has the Balla Forte
Capacity Core, which gives the rather nice bonus of one point for strength,
agility, and enhancement per level.

Enter the room across the hall from that one for a Silver Cloak inside, and
then just go back to the other side of the hall and head right above for a
Partisan. All the other rooms, except the one to the far north... contain
nothing. However, in the northern room you can indeed find 6500 Gald and a Life
Bottle, so snatch those up eagerly. Nothing more to see here, so leave this
room and then the hall, and go to the area that's right above the save point...
just not to the save point itself.

There's a pathway to the left right above the save point, which ends in gold
bars. Just head to the gold bars and when the soldier walks by, wait for him to
get close to the bars and then have Mieu breathe fire on him... to freeze him.
What an oxymoron. Either way, head down and around to fight him, then hit the
gong with Mieu Attack. Now head up again and finish the Oracle Knight that comes
out, then you can enter the door to find... another hall! How wonderful, more
treasure everywhere.

Enter the second door on the right to find a Melange Gel inside, then enter
the one right above (aka the northeast door) for a Silver Guard and a Syrup
Bottle. And from there, leave that room and enter the northern one, to find...
another door. Okay. In this massive room, head down the stairs and to the left
for a Noble Thief, which is a fonic music disc, and then go over to the east
and down the stairs there for a Carmine Chamber. Despite the fact there is a
save point here and this place looks like exactly where you'd fight some boss,
there is NOTHING to do here. =) So head back to that hall.

You may have noticed the northwest door had an Oracle Knight in front of it.
Fell him and enter that room to find... Ion and Natalia. Took long enough. So
with that the whole party is reunited, and we're off to the fourth monument
hill. THERE IS SOMETHING EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO DO ON THIS SCREEN THOUGH! In
the middle of the stairs, head to the right to find a monument and a priest
standing there. That right there is the fourth of seven steps in Guy's training
for the Sigmund style techniques, so make sure you do it.

Make sure you put Natalia's new stuff on her, and then leave Daath and head
for the hill between Daath and the rest of the continent. There the group
decides to go to Malkuth to get help from Emperor Peony, and they can get there
from Daath Bay, where Asch left the Tartarus. Head there now; it's to the
northwest. We've got to go to Grand Chokmah by land, so head to the northwest
of the massive continent to the east, and the Tartarus breaks down and needs
somewhere to land... bummer. Closest place is Keterburg.

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 VIId. Keterburg
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 - Recommended Level: 29

You'll be in Keterburg Bay, but whatever... not like there's any difference
in appearance between the city and the harbor. Keterburg is also where Jade
was born, so reminisce to your heart's content. When you arrive though, head
to the house on the left and enter to examine the green notebook for the Salad
recipe, which is one of the most useless recipes in the entire game. Whatever,
just leave that house and head to the far right. Talk to the guy in front of
the warehouse, and you get to play a fun mini-game for organizing it.

The music here is annoying as hell, but you get some treasures out of it at
least. Start by pushing the block right above you to the right ONCE, and then
find the one that's to the upper right of that. Push that to the right TWICE,
and then find the one that's just above that, and push it up into the hole.
Now find the one that's to the upper left of it (still on the upper right side
though, but to the upper left of that hole) and push it into the hole on the
right. What follows is easy.

Find that block you pushed twice to the far right, and then pull it up, going
around and then pushing it to the far upper right corner. From there, go around
again and pull it one square to the left... you get the drill. You can finally
get it to the hole that's one square BELOW the treasure chest (that's very
important) and then grab the chest for a Pineapple Gel. And with that, there's
a chest which is just to the left of that, so pull that out to the right and
then go around to instantly get the contents of the second chest, which is a
Stun Bracelet.

The third chest is a little more difficult. First of all, you need to get the
box right at the entrance all the way up to the top left hole, but since the
gaps are all bridged in, that's easy. Then once that's done, you can head to
the upper left and push that one crate down to bridge one of the two gaps
to the treasure chest, and then that one last remaining crate which is just a
bit to the right can be manuevered around into that last gap, and the last
treasure chest can be emptied for a Rebirth Doll... sweetness. Plus you'll
even get 5000 Gald for getting all three.

Leave the bay from the west, and Keterburg itself is to the northwest. I do
advise going around the mountains to reach the search point there, and fight
a couple battles, because while the enemies have HP up to 16,000 or more,
you'll get a tremendous amount of EXP from them. Can't beat that. Be ready for
some really intense, hard fights, though. When you're done mucking around,
enter Keterburg in all its grandeur. And as soon as you enter, find the Casino
which is just straight north from the entrance.

Inside, one of your characters just totally goes berserk. Guess who it is?...
That's right, Anise, but at least you get the Grown-up Child title out of it.
Anyway, now is a perfect time to make use of one of my personal favorite
things to do: gambling. All you can do here is a game called Nephry Ball, which
I don't feel like explaining, and poker, which speaks for itself. Start off
buying at least ten chips and then talking to the woman right above to play
poker. Start doubling or nothing away! Haha, just note that it does indeed go
2, 3 up to 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, Joker.

I personally bought the Undine even though it's a useless piece of crap that I
just sold for 3000 Gald right outside, in the weapons/armor shop to the left
of the entrance. The only new and reasonably priced things they have are the
Silver Plates for Luke and Guy. Just no matter what, DON'T sell the Rebirth
Doll... yet. Now head to the northern part of town, which can be done by
heading northwest of the casino, then northwest of the Keterburg Hotel. Of the
two snowball throwing machines, Mieu Attack the one on the right.

A chest will fly out somewhere, so take the southwest exit and look around the
center to find an Hourglass, a rather rare item. That's really all I care to
do, so head west and then enter the large building there, which is the
Governor's Residence. Examine the drawer at the upper left for the Alca Forte
Capacity Core, and then enter the room at the back to talk with the governor,
Nephry, who is Jade's sister. Haha... anyway, she wants to see Luke later,
since he's a replica. But do talk with Nephry after that... I totally agree
with her.

Head to the Keterburg Hotel, and then Luke will run off as told. Head back to
the Governor's Residence to talk with Nephry, and she'll tell you that Jade
was a terrible human being as a child, inventing fomicry at the age of nine,
but he changed when his mentor, Professor Nebilim, died. Jade knows that you're
discussing all this, though, and he makes Luke promise that he won't talk about
it... and we all know what would happen if we disobeyed Jade. So anyway, the
Tartarus is repaired and you're at liberty to depart.

Once onboard the Tartarus, you're looking for Rotelro Bridge, which is to the
middle west of the Rugnica continent, which is the massive landmass to the
east. When you land, you're looking at heading to the far northwest of it, and
finding Theor Forest, which we need to cross to get to Grand Chokmah. And yes,
there's a search point outside which will allow you to fight the second Sword
Dancer, but I'll wait until you're at a more reasonable level. For now, just
enter Theor Forest.

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 VIIe. Theor Forest
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 - Recommended Level: 30

Once you enter, only Jade will be permitted through, since the Malkuth soldiers
are paranoid and think it's a trap. So only Jade is allowed in, but once the
group lets him go, they hear a scream. Sounds like trouble. Just walk forward
a little bit after that, and a wounded Malkuth soldier will tell you that the
Oracle Knights are here. Ugh. Anyway, if you thought you had to be stealthy to
go through Oracle Headquarters, you have to be completely and utterly a ninja
to go through Theor Forest... you can't let Malkuth see you.

Anyway, I really detest this place and there's no harm in just forcing your
way through it instead of sneaking through, plus that makes it a lot easier
(and faster) to pick up treasures, so I suggest that you do so. Plus then you
get EXP out of it. But anyway, pretty much up the upper right of this area is
a Pineapple Gel. After that, head to the lower east and follow the path to the
end to find 4800 Gald there. With that, head up the hill and you'll find a
guardian beast to the upper left.

If you're sneaking around, you need to approach it from behind and use Mieu
Fire. Otherwise, just smack it around. Right above it is a soldier guarding two
chests with a Half Guard and a Silver Bracelet. See what I mean? Just take the
northern exit to this screen when you're done, and on that huge area, you'll
find a chest to the east with a Lemon Gel. Exit to the north, and even if this
isn't the way to Grand Chokmah, you'll find a search point outside which
contains the All-Purpose Knife. Great, cooking has never been more successful.
At least, I don't think.

Return to Theor Forest, head south out of that screen, and in that old area,
take the northwest exit to arrive back in the first screen. Yeah, these places
are fairly big, so that happens. Now take the far upper northeast exit to find
a single path containing a Life Bottle. Bah. Just head back to right around the
entrance and take the southwest path to find a Panacea Bottle. And then with
that, take the west path that's above that one, and in the center you'll find
a save point.

You may see a tree to the left that has a chest up it, and no, you cannot get
it by using Mieu Attack. Sorry. But anyway, just head northwest to find a Sage
and northeast for a Grass Chamber, and then just north only for the aggressor
of the Oracle Knights to show up: Largo. Natalia and he have a little duel,
then Guy starts slicing away at Luke randomly, but an earthquake hits to
reveal Sync, and eventually Guy is knocked out, some Malkuth soldiers arrive,
and the group is arrested. I think that's four times now?

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 VIIf. Grand Chokmah
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 - Recommended Level: 31

Inside Grand Chokmah, you'll be entrusted to General Frings, and Ion will go
off with Guy to see if he can remove the curse slot, but apparently Sync
couldn't take full control of Guy, so he wouldn't have snapped at Luke if he
didn't already have a strong desire to kill him. Ouch, that's gotta hurt. But
anyway, I recommend before anything that you go to the second building on the
left, which is the shopping center, where all the shops are condensed into.
Not a bad idea, methinks... get the Silver Sword and Bardiache in any case.

Head to the next screen only for Tear to have to console Luke some more. I'm
not sure Luke being an emo kid is any better than being a bitchy, whiny
bastard... but whatever. Enter the building across from the save point and go
up to the second floor to find Jade, and once he's back in the team, get his
gear optimized and then head down to the first floor and talk to the
bartender to learn the recipe for Curry. Sweetness. Exit the pub and head south
when you're finished with that.

Talk to Natalia there, and since Guy and Anise don't count, you're now ready to
go talk with General Frings and Emperor Peony. Leave this screen to the west,
and then just head further west from that empty, barren screen, and in the
courtyard right outside, of which north leads to the palace and west leads to
Malkuth Military Headquarters, Frings awaits in the center. Talk to him for an
instant audience with Peony, who you will very soon see is as informal as any
ruler can possibly get.

Theories have it that Kimlasca is going to sink St. Binah and Malkuth is
responsible for Akzeriuth's destruction... all BS of course. But anyway, your
next destination is St. Binah, to evacuate the people there. But before that,
let's check on Guy. Go back to the inn, which is on the first screen of Grand
Chokmah. Talk to the soldier in front, and then Guy will explain everything.
He's originally from Hod, and Duke Fabre, Luke's father, killed everyone that
was ever dear to Guy, so that explains his feelings toward Luke. He'll obtain
the Malkuth Nobleman title, with that.

Now you'll have the option of immediately going to St. Binah... REFUSE THAT!
We've got stuff to do. Well, just one thing that I want to do now, but in any
case, head to the bar and talk with the old guy in blue. This is the fifth of
seven steps in Guy's Sigmund style training, and the other two can be done now,
but seriously, just leave them as we'll go to both places in short time. On the
first floor, talk to the guy in front of the door and we get to organize a
warehouse again... sweet.

To do this, pull the barrel to the left up once and then go around and push it
up two squares above, and then find the barrel to the upper right. Your goal is
to get it just one panel left of the barrel you already pushed in. The chest
contains... a Lollipop. Wow. Now push the barrel to the upper left all the way
up and in, claiming the Lemon Gel above, and then just pull the lowest barrel
out four times and go around to get the Strange Mark inside. That was easy
enough, for that and 5000 Gald. But we're done fooling around here at this
point... time to go and save St. Binah, which is across Theor Forest.

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 VIIg. St. Binah
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 - Recommended Level: 31

You'll find the emergency theme playing right as you enter. Seems St. Binah is
indeed in danger. Stock up on some items if you need to, and enter the Malkuth
Base to talk with Elder and Glenn McGovern. With that, watch two skits between
Guy/Natalia/Tear (Go, Luke!) and Luke/Jade/Anise (The Reborn Hot Blooded Idiot)
which pretty speak for themselves, and then leave the Malkuth Base. Luke, Tear,
and Jade rescue an odd civilian here and there, but it all becomes more
difficult when a large fon machine comes down, piloted by Dist.

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 \\  Boss: Kaiser Dist RX                  Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 40,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 492                                EXP  - 7,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 512                               Gald  - 8,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 222                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 390                                                      ||
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     Weakness - Water                            Resist - None           ||
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 Well... this fight may be slightly harder than the last one against Dist,
 but that doesn't say much. His primary attacks are a series of stomps
 which can add up to as much as 800 damage, and an attack called Blast
 Strike which is around 600, but Dist is slow and easy to gang up on, so
 those really aren't going to be huge issues. In fact, this battle will be
 a huge piece of cake if everyone is at Level 30 and has Mystic Artes ready
 to pummel him down with. Personally I had Luke at Level 31 and everyone
 else right at the end of Level 29, though, so that wasn't an option.

 Still, if you can get a Radiant Howl off at Dist, say goodbye to a good
 1/8 of his HP or so right there. Once everyone's able to get that off on
 him... whew, hard to think of survival in that kind of situation. But
 anyway, this fight isn't bad even without... Resurrection, Healing Circle
 when you're low on HP, Rending Quake, Burning Havoc, and especially Frigid
 Blast whenever possible, especially when you've got Nightmare and Splash
 going together... yeah, not too bad considering the last boss battle was
 eons ago.
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With that extreme amount of EXP, there is absolutely no reason to not be at
Level 30 for the whole party at this point. =) Say hello to Luke's Radiant
Howl if not yet, Tear's Innocent Shine, Jade's Mystic Cage (unusable now
though), Guy's Razing Phoenix, Anise's Final Fury, and Natalia's Astral Rain.
Yes, that's only the first set, you get the second set... next playthrough.
But enough rambling. The town begins to collapse right as Dist leaves, but
Tear can't exactly jump down and sing a fonic hymn to save the people.

Guy's suggestion is to go to Sheridan, on the Radessia continent, and borrow a
flying machine to rescue them, so that looks like the only viable option at
the moment. However, I recommend that at this point you leave St. Binah and go
to Engeve for the inn there, and now fight that Sword Dancer since you have the
Mystic Artes at your disposal now. If you've forgotten, it's right outside
Theor Forest.

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 \\  Boss: Sword Dancer #2                 Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 51,900         ||
     - P. ATK - 410                                EXP  - 9,800          ||
     - P. DEF - 289                               Gald  - 4,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 304                          Difficulty - Semi-Hard      ||
     - F. DEF - 226                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Physical       ||
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 Alright, this fight is still fairly tough, even if it's after gaining a
 few levels and Mystic Artes. The key to this battle is to NEVER attack
 the Sword Dancer when he's in Overlimit, which will happen two or three
 times during this battle. You will do next to no damage (100-200 damage a
 slice, pathetic), he won't be stunned, and likely anyone surrounding him
 will take about 900-1000 damage from his lethal Storm attack. Just keep
 your distance, throw out some Apple Gels (yes, you should definitely have a
 P.ATK of 40 for at least SOMEONE by now), and wait for it to disappear.

 Here's the Sword Dancer's onslaught: Fang, which is about 600-650 damage,
 not a big deal, Instant, which is about 800ish damage, Roar, which hits the
 range around it for about Fang's damage, and Storm, which can do about
 900 damage to anything surrounding it. When you see that appear on the
 screen, try and Free Run away if possible, if not outright stopping it
 from coming out by slashing the daylights out of this bastard. There's
 nothing better than Radiant Howl or Razing Phoenix here, which are each
 about 5000+ damage by themselves, plus stunlocking him while Jade casts
 magic and you get FoF Changes is fantastic, but just STAY AWAY when
 Overlimits come out. Again, this battle is hard and can still be fought
 later, so don't fret.
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Okay, I really do hope you just enjoyed that plentitude of EXP you just earned
for yourself. But anyway, it really is time to head for Sheridan and save the
people of St. Binah, so start by finding the Tartarus, which should be at the
sunken bridge at the west of the Rugnica continent. Enter and then head for
the east of the Radessia continent, which is the big brown crab shaped one at
the southwest. You've been to both that place and Port Sheridan before, so it's
the same formula.

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 VIIh. Sheridan
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 - Recommended Level: 34

Once you enter Port Sheridan, immediately start by talking to the guy on the
left to get the third warehouse mini-game. Ugh, I can't stand this music, but
whatever, let's get this over with. Start by pushing the block on the right a
couple times and then the one above it up into the hole and grab the Apple Gel
in the chest. Now push the block just a bit above that up into the hole one
square above, and now your objective is to get the upper left block into the
hole two squares below it.

Push it to the left once, then go around and push it to the right, then above
to push it two squares down into the hole. What a pain already. Still, the
chest there contains the EXTREMELY rare item, All-Divide. Cherish it and save
it for when you need it, because you very well might. For the third, start by
going to the bottom left crate and pushing it up and to the left so that it's
out of the way. Now find the one at the far bottom right, and get it around so
that it's on the hole two squares to the right and one above that other block.

If you can do that, just pull the one on the left twice, then pull it up four
times, to the right five times, and then you can just go around and push it
up three times. The chest contains a Holy Ring, and you'll get 5000 Gald on top
of it. Sweetness, but we need to get off to Sheridan itself now. =) Leave the
port, and if you want head all the way north for a search point containing
Estima Seeds. Otherwise, fight a battle or two and head to Sheridan, which is
slightly north of the port.

Also, if you happen to run into a skit about Guy's little hobby, do watch it
because it reeks of hilarity. Otherwise, once you enter Sheridan, just head up
the stairs to talk with the woman on the right for a strange sort of inn. But
whatever, you'll get the second phase of Luke's training with Tear, and the
other flashback with Tear and Legretta. When you're done with that, head to
the northwest part of the area and hit the yellow switch above to create a
very useless shortcut to the inn, and with that head to the west and enter the
equipment shop on the far left.

Talk to the third and fourth guys on the right to buy some totally hardcore
weapons and armor. You know what you want and what you don't so don't really
need my recommendations, but whatever you do, don't sell the Rebirth Doll you
probably have hanging around... yet. =) Also you might have the Genius Wand
from Sword Dancer #2 hanging around, so I personally equipped that on Tear for
some healing and damage doing goodness to a different extreme. When you're done
stocking up, just leave the shop as is due custom, and head to the bar/item
shop.

You can stock up on Apple, Lemon, Orange, and Pineapple Gels as usual, but
more important is the notebook to the upper right which will teach you the
Udon Noodles recipe. Yep, thought so. Now head up and enter the left room of
the inn. To the upper left you'll find a Savory (raises TP), and in the room
on the right, just above you'll find 3000 Gald, which isn't too shabby. Now
take the northwest exit of this screen and hit the seesaw on the right from
above, to send a chest flying somewhere. Might as well search.

Leave this screen and head northeast to a different one, and grab the Demon's
Seal to the left. That was indeed what you just knocked into the sky. While
you're here and having gotten the Noble Thief from Oracle Headquarters, enter
the Music Box House over to the north for a rather long scene. When you're
done there, return to the northwest section of town to find a bunch of people
fighting. Whatever, an emergency is occurring in the Meggiora Highlands and
you need an airship, so it all works.

Enter the Meeting Hall, which is the central building on the first screen,
and you can get the Albiore II fon craft with parts from the Tartarus if you
can secure it, what with the fierce winds in the Meggiora Highlands. You get
some Launchers, which are fon machines Guy and Jade can obviously use. There's
nothing else to do here in Sheridan, so just leave and head southwest along
the mountains. There you'll find Meggiora Highlands, one of two sub-areas in
this game of the world map (the other is Inista Marsh).

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 VIIi. Meggiora Highlands
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 - Recommended Level: 34

Now that you mention it, being on the world map is a good thing. This music
really is the finest overworld theme ever composed. But whatever... you need to
split into two groups and use the launchers to secure the Albiore II. Of those
groups, one must include Guy and the other Jade, ideally Luke accompanying
Jade because Luke/Guy are the easiest to control. I picked Tear to go along
with Luke and Jade, leaving Guy with Anise and Natalia, but sadly there are no
hilarious scenes here with Guy. You left those behind in Sheridan.

You have a time limit of 12 minutes for both teams to secure the Albiore, since
Ginji certainly won't survive if the winds blow it over. Better hurry and
stuff. In fact, I know hearing The Edge of a Decision some more is quite
enticing, but I'd just run away from battles, even if the thrill of hitting
two or three defenseless Cawcaws with Guardian Field is sometimes too much to
bear. But whatever. Start by heading west and down the hill for a Weak Bottle.
It gets too complex from here, so head back.

This time go down the hill to find an extra Wasier Rapier, which is good if you
only bought one for Luke and not Guy to save some extra gald. From there, head
north and then at the fork, go to the east and down the path, picking up an
extra Battlesuit as you go. From there, just keep following the path to the
west while ignoring any side paths as you go, and you'll find a northwest
path that's going around a large rock. Take that and you'll reach the summit,
but you aren't alone...

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 \\  Boss: Blade Rex                            Party: Luke, Tear, Jade  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 40,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 368                                EXP  - 5,350          ||
     - P. DEF - 573                               Gald  - 9,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 255                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 511                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Fire                             Resist - Earth          ||
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 The clock is still ticking as you go through this battle, so do please
 watch out for that. The Blade Rex is one of the easiest pussycats you'll
 fight in the entire game, even though you only have three party members
 for this one. It also has a weakness to fire which is easy to exploit, so
 have Luke ready with Guardian Field and Havoc Strike, Tear ready with
 Eclair de Larmes, and Jade with Flame Burst. Guardian Field and Eclair de
 Larmes are both light elemental, which are good for starting off, with
 Jade adding some Flame Burst to it will make a FoF, and turning Havoc
 Strike to Burning Havoc is devastating.

 All that the Blade Rex really does is bite in front of itself and do a
 rather ironic fire breath attack which isn't really powerful. You shouldn't
 exactly deny your HP either, but Tear with Healing/Fairy Circle will get
 you back on your feet in no time. Again, seal all of Jade's artes except
 Flame Burst, and attack with everything you've got, Radiant Howl is also
 the sweetness. After this battle you'll receive the Nebilim, which is
 Luke's ultimate weapon (but which is useless now!), and the Laurel, an
 accessory that protects against magical ailments.
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You're done with Luke's half of things, but his part is much, much longer, so
you have nothing to worry about. =P With Guy, Anise, and Natalia, still avoid
battles, but equip the Wasier Rapier and Battlesuit you got earlier on him if
you were too lazy (and wise) to not buy them earlier. Start by going to the
west when you get to a fork, for a Mystic Cloak. Yawn, been there, done that.
Head north and you'll come to another fork, where the west leads to a rock
with a path around it. I like that!

Head around it and you'll find 6800 Gald on the other side. Again, I like it.
Now head back and follow the path up north to the other summit, where Guy and
Jade manage to pull the Albiore down with the launchers and rescue Ginji. Okay,
back to Sheridan then, I suppose. When you return, head to the northwest part
where you met the old people earlier, and enter the building over to the
left. Kimlascan soldiers manage to attack, though, so that isn't good.
Fortunately, the Albiore II is completed in that time, so the group escapes.

That was at least an attempt to arrest you. =) Whatever, the old people of
Sheridan's Class M fend them off while the group enters the Albiore and meets
Noelle, younger sister of Ginji and pilot of the Albiore II. She flies you to
St. Binah, and the group manages to get them all on the ship right as an FMV
cutscene cues in of St. Binah completely sinking into the Qliphoth. The
residents are safe, the city... isn't. Luke bemoans this, but there really is
nothing we can do. But anyway, we're in the Qliphoth anyway, so we might as
well go to Yulia City to get the people there.

Yes, I'm condensing four trips into one sub-section. It can't be helped; you
don't need about 200+ sub-sections to scroll through. You can now control the
Albiore freely around the Outer Lands and Qliphoth alike. If you forget where
a place is, which is very frequent, just check the world map. There's not an
autopilot feature for it yet until after Part 2 of this guide is finished,
unfortunately however. Nothing to do now but go to Yulia City, which is the
small island to the west.

Teodoro will greet you right at the entrance, putting words in Jade's mouth.
Hah, I love this. From there, talk to the errand guy on the left, who wants
five Maces this time. Screw him, I don't have that and we can come back later.
Instead, talk to the guy on the right, who has an Albert-style text, the second
of Luke's four books of Van's. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, YOU KNOW! It's 40,000
Gald and you ain't got that much, so you'll need to ask Luke's mother in Baticul
for favors and such. Later.

Enter the conference room in the central building and apparently by using the
passage ring in the Sephiroth that controls the region around St. Binah, we
can at least prevent it from sinking into the mantle. That sounds like the best
option, but as for the Sephiroth, it's in Shurrey Hill, which is to the east of
St. Binah, meaning it's in the Qliphoth. Not that you can leave the Qliphoth
anyway, but whatever. Head to the fallen piece of the Rugnica continent and to
the north you can find a search point. Otherwise, Shurrey Hill is indeed east
of St. Binah.

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 VIIj. Shurrey Hill
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 - Recommended Level: 35

This is without any doubt the longest dungeon yet, even if it isn't really
that hard. Still, put aside about an hour if you're going to go through this
place, because about a hundredth of it is the hill itself. The rest is one of
the game's ten Sephiroth. How exciting. Once you come in, you'll find that the
entrance has been sealed by three red fonstones and the Fifth Fonon, which
is... you guessed it, fire. Start by heading east and going up the small hill
to hit the fonstone with Mieu Fire.

Grab the Lemon Gel right there, and then head to the left to find another
hill, where you can use the incredibly ranged Mieu Fire and stuff to hit the
red fonstone across. There's a fork here in which left gives nothing, so head
to the right and up to find the final fonstone to hit using a hill, and a
Pineapple Gel to go with it. That's good considering there aren't any shops in
the Qliphoth yet. But anyway, the entrance to the Sephiroth is open, so head
back to the entrance and go into that big door there. And yes, I like this
calming theme too, but it has come to an end.

You are now in the second of Auldrant's ten Sephiroth, so get used to it,
since Akzeriuth was the first and this is the second, and you'll be going to
all ten. Just head forward when you come in, to find the large fon machine you
might remember from when Luke destroyed Akzeriuth, but Van has yet to unseal
this one, so that gives you some work to do. You'll find three fonic glyphs
here, which serve as the seals. So with that in mind, start by going to the
northwest.

Right at the entrance you'll find a Third Fonon (green, wind), which you can
get just by examining. Yes, you'll need these quite a bit in your trek through
Shurrey Hill and its Sephiroth. From there, head northeast and use Mieu's fire
to hit the Fifth Fonon (red, fire) there. That's two you've got on you out of
six you can carry, and yes we need them. To the southwest, use Mieu Attack to
hit the capsule there for a Second Fonon (yellow, earth) which awaits. Keep on
going to the northwest.

In this next room, find the fonic golem with the blue core over at the top and
beat it for a Fourth Fonon (blue, water), and that completes one set of 'em.
Yeah, the ways you found these four are going to be the ways you'll find them
for this whole dungeon long, so get used to it. Pick up the Cure Bottle lying
around in the chest and head southwest for a rather impressive room. Head to
the bottom and you'll find... something that looks like a bar in music. Close
enough, being that fonons relate to sound.

To complete the unlit areas, you'll need Red, Green, and Blue in that order.
You do have them, right? Yeah, that's what I thought. Once you put them there
a bridge will form to the south. And while it's on my mind, feel free to use
Radiant Howl and stuff to your heart's content whenever possible, because
despite this dungeon's length, there's no boss. Take the southern bridge that
appeared and use Mieu Attack to knock down the mechanism, and a third of the
Yulian seal is released. One down, two to go, same formula for each. Not hard,
just long.

Hell, the game is even nice enough to teleport you back to the fon machine in
the center, where the northeast path is unsealed. Save again if you want to,
and then take the newly available path. Once you reach the new screen, might as
well beat up the Fonic Golem immediately, since this time around you're looking
for one of every color. After that, pick up the surprisingly good Light Plate
that's in the chest, and head east at the fork. In that room... you get two
stories of it, but get the 12,000 Gald on the right first. It's worth it.

Now head upstairs and grab the yellow fonon on the right, then the red one on
the left with Mieu Fire. That makes three out of four, sweet. Now return to the
last room and head northeast this time, where you'll come to a room that has a
green fonon laid out in the center rather nicely for you. But with that you
come to yet another fork, though I recommend getting the Dinei Bottle in here
first. Head west first, and in that large room you can find some extra fonons
if you went absent minded and missed them earlier, but on the upper left you'll
find the Scild Maggiore capacity core.

As for that, it's good for anyone that's dying physically a lot. I'd pass it
up for strength, agility, and enhancement though. With that, return to the
previous room and head to the east, and if you go down to the bottom of this
room, you'll be a big circle that seems to need light from above. Okay, so to
remedy that, return to the entrance of this room and head to the right and up
the stairs. There you'll find two statues that can move light around in a given
direction. Reminiscent of Tales of Symphonia, much?

Then again, this is 3D so it goes in six directions: north, west, east, south,
below, and above. Just to avoid confusion. But anyway, the statue on the right
reflects light to the west and the one on the left reflects it below, so just
stay at the bottom and look below for that blue sphere, moving the one on the
right down and the one on the left a bit towards the southeast. With that the
light will hit the circle, then you go back down and put one of each color of
fonons in there, and then the usual bridge will appear. Take out the Yulian seal
thing, and then the central path is opened. Sweet, two out of three.

Naturally you'll be back at the entrance because this game is awesome, so save
if you want and then head north. In there, you'll find a Panacea Bottle right
off the bat, as well as a three way fork. By the way, you're looking for two
Reds, one Blue, one Green, and one Yellow for this, just to give you a heads
up. One of the only two Reds available can be found by going north, where there
is nothing but a Red fonon and a Fonic Golem wandering around. Make sure you
get it, because it's easy to miss.

That takes care of one out of five, plus there's a Blue in either room and a
Yellow in the first. That's three; now head northwest at the fork and in that
room, get the Green on the left, then head upstairs and get the Red on the
right. That's five out of five, pretty fast, that. Don't miss the Carmine
Chamber at the lower right on the upper floor though, as you can never have
too many of those. Head north when you're done, and then at the fork here, just
go to the southeast.

In this room, get the Specific below, which is a fantastic and very rare item,
and on the right, find the Battle Guard, which is good if you only provide for
one of Tear and Natalia. So with that done, just return to the last room and
head north to find the usual room in which you need to find the fonon bar
thingy. To do it, simply take either set of stairs and use the Mieu Attack to
turn the sphere there counter-clockwise, just by hitting it in the corresponding
direction on the corresponding side.

With that, head to the very top of this room and turn that sphere two times in
either direction, just so it's turned around in a 180. And with that, the light
pillar is complete, and you can go down to the bottom and put the fonons in
there. And with that the bridge is complete and you can cross to smash down the
seal. That's it, the seal around the second Sephiroth is finished. Head to the
southern side of this room and you'll find Van has put a code around the
Sephiroth so that it can't be revived. But oh well, Jade can't use the Seventh
Fonon but Luke can.

Luke gets rid of the code around the third Sephiroth, then embraces Tear very
randomly. Haha, Tear's face is priceless. Still, the Sephiroth supports the
entire Rugnica Plains region, which means Engeve is going to fall next, so that
means we have to go back to the Outer Lands to evacuate them. Save again if you
want, then leave Shurrey Hill and go back to the Albiore. To get from the
Qliphoth to the Outer Lands, head to the black circle and beams of light that
are northeast of Yulia City.

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 VIIk. Engeve
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 - Recommended Level: 36

Back in the Outer Lands, you'll observe that the armies are fighting in the
Rugnica Plains, which is supported by the Shurrey Hill Sephiroth Tree but is
going to fall, so both Kimlasca and Malkuth will be completely wiped out. In
other words, this was Van's plot. The group needs to split up, with one team
going to Engeve to evacuate the civilians one going to Kaitzur to warn the
military, and meeting up in Chesedonia. I sent Luke to Engeve personally, but
you need Jade in Engeve and Natalia in Kaitzur.

I brought Tear with Luke and Jade, but it doesn't matter as your specific
purpose is to AVOID battles. But once you arrive in Engeve, the emergency theme
is already playing. Still, enter the item shop to find prices have absolutely
skyrocketed due to the war. I sold the Demon's Seal, Laurel, and Rebirth Doll
for a grand total of 150,000 Gald... sweetness, just don't buy anything. =)
Enter Rose's house above and speak to said owner of said house, and from here
we have to walk to Chesedonia with the villagers.

Leave Engeve, and at the time the world map will only show the Rugnica
continent. It's very important to AVOID BATTLES! Why? Because we need to get to
Chesedonia with a bunch of people. Three scenes will take over along the way
though, and I especially like how Jade prevents Luke from apologizing. Just for
the record though, Chesedonia is on the Ispanian continent, which is to the
west of Rugnica. As such, you're following the path to the west and then
crossing the Rotelro Bridge. If you're a battle maniac, do it on the other side
of the Rotelro Bridge, and then go to Chesedonia.

On a second note, I'm just loving this world map theme more and more as it
plays. =) Not as good as The Edge of a Decision, which is the greatest battle
theme ever composed, but great nonetheless. Once you reach Engeve, assuming you
got into no battles on Rugnica, you'll receive four items: an Hourglass, a
Magical Pouch, an Ether Slash (weapon for Natalia), and a Life Bottle. That, in
my opinion, is worth it. But that's only half of the fun, as we need to take
care of things on Guy, Anise, and Natalia's end.

Natalia tries to tell General Cecille to stop, but she lacks the authority to
make the troops stop. So with that, you need to go to Chesedonia to find Count
Almandine. With that you're good to leave Kaitzur and head for the Rotelro
Bridge. It's the same routine: avoid the Malkuth soldiers as you did the
Kimlascan ones on Luke, Tear, and Jade's end, and once you get to Chesedonia,
if you avoided all the battles you'll get a Rebirth Doll, an Efreet, a Specific,
and an Apple Gel. Overall not bad.

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 VIIl. Chesedonia
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 - Recommended Level: 36

Nice, not a bad family reunion. Once you come here, head south to find Mohs
there, who proves himself to be a jackass in that he reveals (BIG SPOILER OMG!)
that Natalia is not the real princess of Kimlasca, and that he doesn't care
about the battlefield collapsing because then the Score will be fulfilled, but
at the very least he's totally opposed to Van. Ion then does the unthinkable
and relieves Anise of her position as Fon Master Guardian, and goes back to
Daath, with Mohs. Stupid kid.

Before trying to cross the border though, enter Din's shop and start giving him
some of the useless crap you've picked up from the search points. If nothing
else, you'll get some stuff that you can sell for a bit of moolah, plus the
Curious Princess title for Natalia if you didn't have it already. I personally
got a Killer Bow for Natalia in there though, which is much stronger than the
Ether Slash and put her almost on par with Luke, so that is indeed a good thing.
But whatever the case, head south of this screen.

Enter the building and then talk to the guy right below, who will ask a
password of you to get out. But then none other than the Dark Wings show up to
crash the party, offering you the password for 7000 Gald. Jade threatens to
arrest them though, so they let you out for free. That's nice of 'em. =) So
now that you're on the other side of the border, make sure you buy five Maces.
That's a total of over 30,000 Gald, but who cares, you're so rich a bastard that
even Anise would settle for you now.

Try to leave Chesedonia and you won't be allowed to because apparently something
is up in the Zao Ruins though. Better talk to Astor about that. Head to his
mansion, which is once again west of the border, and once inside, just enter
either door to the left, and then another door to the left is Astor himself.
Apparently, earthquakes are hitting the Zao Ruins and the area around Chesedonia
is starting to fall. Yep, first Akzeriuth, then St. Binah, then Engeve, now
Chesedonia. Van never relents.

But anyway, it may be possible to lower the land gently, using the third
Sephiroth, which is in the Zao Ruins. So with that in mind, try to leave
Chesedonia, and Luke will get another headache. Been a while since that last
happened, but Asch wants to see him. Head to the Desert Oasis to the southeast
to find him, and he'll tell you that Engeve has begun to sink but you can lower
the Shurrey Hill stuff from the Zao Ruins passage ring. That's enough, he seems
to trust Luke and Natalia enough. Head to the Zao Ruins now, which are to the
east.

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 VIIm. Zao Ruins
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 - Recommended Level: 36

Yep, you did indeed come to the Zao Ruins twice in the game. Oh well. You need
to go down to the area you fought Sync and Largo in. If you've forgotten, just
enter, marvel at Anise's lack of concern, and then head south and at the fork
you come to, west. From there, just keep going south and then east, and follow
the path all the way to another fork, which you can then head east and then
more towards the south, then keep following the path until the save point that
was prior. And where Sync and Largo were is a boss.

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 \\  Boss: Tyrannopion                   Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 48,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 381                                EXP  - 6,750          ||
     - P. DEF - 682                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 304                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 523                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 What a ridiculous looking enemy. Still, the Abyss producers certainly love
 to space out these boss fights. But anyway, the reason this thing gets the
 jump from easy to semi-easy is because of its tremendous amount of
 vitality. It has a physical defense from hell (Dist's, which was quite a
 pain, was 170 higher), and plus a fonic defense that's too high for its own
 good, coupled with HP only slightly lower than Sword Dancer #2's, which had
 less than half of Tyrannopion's defense.

 In terms of the attack department, it's a little fast but nothing that a
 quick Healing Circle can't dispatch. Magic is a better strategy than
 physical attacks here for obvious reasons, as a decisive Eclair de Larmes
 or Flame Burst/Ground Dasher if you have it, are certainly nice things to
 add in there. As such, Anise really is better for this fight than Guy.
 Still, use Mystic Artes even though they're a little weak. Hell, my
 Radiant Howl was usually about 5500 damage but only did about 3000 in this
 one.
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That was pointless enough. Enter the third Sephiroth, will ya? Same music from
Akzeriuth Mine Shaft 14 and Shurrey Hill. It's not bad, but once you get to the
seventh Sephiroth or so, it kind of gets tiring. But whatever, just descend the
spiral from when you come in, and along the way you'll find a Pineapple Gel.
Reach the bottom and then head to the right, where you get a rather nice
viewpoint of the passage ring. This is the third Sephiroth and there are seven
more to go, so yeah.

Enter the next area and keep going until you reach a fork of up and behind, or
down. Head up and behind, so to speak, to find 7650 Gald and a Lemon Gel. It
always pays not to go the straightforward way. At the bottom is a left-right
fork to which right goes nowhere, so just head left for a save point and a
green Shurrey Hill looking bridge compared to the former's of which was purple.
By the passage ring, Tear unlocks it and then Luke attaches the Zao Ruins and
Shurrey Hill passage rings to secure the descent. Watch the FMV that follows.

Tear collapses and Guy freaks out as usual. Anyway, before you leave get the
Wing Bottle that's to the left of the passage ring. I know it blends in, but
it is indeed there. With that, go back to ths save point by the entrance of
this screen, and you might as well use it there since seriously... going back
from this Sephiroth, all the way to the Zao Ruins entrance? TWICE of what we
used a Wing Bottle in the first trek? Yeah, that's worth it! Well anyway, you
are in the Qliphoth now.

Anyway, the rendezvous point with Noelle and the Albiore was at Chesedonia, so
walk there now and when you arrive, you'll run into her, but as usual Jade is
nervous about something, which means something bad/plot defining. A wicked
excellent character, still. If you're looking for shops, they're all the inn
except for Din's place, since the miasma is dangerous, and the prices are still
ridiculous, so if you have any extra baggage, get rid of it. I sold some random
stuff at Din's place and got a Bastard Sword though, and it's stronger than the
Wasier Rapiers, so look into that if possible.

As for going back on the Albiore, leave Chesedonia via the northern exit, and
fly a little bit on said ship until a scene takes over. We now need to go to
Daath and ask Ion if the Score says anything about the Sephiroth Trees going
out of control, but first we have a few things to take care of. First of all,
head to Aramis Spring. It's on the same continent as Daath, which is the small
one on the west. There you'll find a dog hinting you at a man above, trapped
in vines. That might be a problem.

Enter the spring itself and just head up and to the left, where you'll find
the man there and Mieu Fire will break him out instantly. Turns out he's fairly
insane, as everyone except Tear pretty much realizes. You'll get the King's
Portrait out of it, and Shiba will be saved, so it's all good. You can't head
to Baticul at the moment because Natalia can't show up there, so go to Yulia
City and give the errand guy five Maces. That pretty much wraps that up, so now
go to Daath.

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 VIIn. Daath
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 - Recommended Level: 38

Alright, so when you come in here, go right inside the cathedral, unless you
want to rest in the inn first. Inside the cathedral, head to the right to find
a bunch of glyphs on the floor. Anise, the "former" Fon Master Guardian, will
enable you to reach the top floor, so just head to the right from there to find
Mohs and Dist. So basically, Mohs just wants to cause the war to keep the world
going the path of the Score, and Van wants to lower the Outer Lands to destroy
all humanity. Dist is playing both ends for his own objectives.

In other words, Mohs is the one to take out first, being he may be the lesser
threat, but the more clear of the two. You'll be automatically taken to the
library where Ion is, and then at the expense of his own health, he and Luke's
group are automatically taken to the back of the chapel, where he begins to
read the Score from the First through Sixth Fonstones. Basically the score goes
up to the "light of the sacred flame", born in ND2000, going to the miner's city
aka Akzeriuth and destroying himself and the city.

As it turns out, that light of sacred flame is actually Asch who is no longer
Luke, because the latter was born only seven years ago, and Luke's existence as
a replica is why Asch didn't die in Akzeriuth, and why the Score is thrown off.
So yeah, nothing about the Outer Lands collapsing, but the Oracle Knights do
manage to show up and attempt to arrest you yet again. That's a problem. Just
head out of the cathedral and down the stairs, saving if you want to. Before you
leave, though, make sure you check out the equipment shop just to the left and
completely revamp your equipment. Do please sell all your old stuff too.

Mohs and Dist then show up and arrest you at last. Hahaha. But anyway, they're
taking Luke to Baticul to have him restart the war, even though Auldrant has
completely forgotten Yulia's Score. Onboard the ship there, Luke then suggests
his execution would be for the better, only for Tear and Guy to completely
strike him down. Yeah, Luke's emo now, just for the record. But anyway, in
Baticul, talk to Natalia and then some guys will come in about to execute Luke
and "Meryl" aka the imposter of Princess Natalia, only for Tear to put them all
to sleep and call Luke an idiot for the 1,000th time.

Head left and go down the stairs and then left in the hall to reach the main
entrance, and then head north to get to the audience chamber, where you'll find
Dist, Mohs, Largo, King Ingobert, and Natalia/Meryl's nanny, who confirms that
Natalia is a fake. But anyway, Mohs orders their capture, but Asch manages to
show up and rescue you, turning his sword on Dist for betraying Van. Gotta love
this game. But anyway, time to get out of Baticul. Start by leaving the castle
at least.

On this screen just keep heading south, and then Pere shows up to help which is
good. Keep heading down and out, and then the citizens of Kimlasca throw
themselves at the Oracle Knights, who look rather promising over those bastards.
They continue as you head down, with even Asch coming out and throwing his
sword at them. With that, your destination is Inista Marsh, so leave Baticul
and head southwest. If you see a bridge there, you know that you've come to the
right place.

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 VIIo. Inista Marsh
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 - Recommended Level: 38

Yes, there are two on screen world map dungeons in the game, one is the
Meggiora Highlands and the other is Inista Marsh. It pays off though, because
this really is one of the best world map themes ever composed. But I've said
that before... many times. Anyway, the chest on your left when you come in,
aka the one to the south contains a Talwar. Useless, since you bought Killer
Swords for both Luke and Guy, RIGHT? I thought so. By the way, this place is
swampy and will cause you to be quite sluggish. Watch out for enemies.

Now take the far northern path which slopes up west for a Knight Helm, then
turn back and head west to find a path leading there, but Jade and Guy sense
something. There was a rumor of a monster called the Behemoth that lived here in
Inista Marsh but could not be taken out, so it was trapped in the marsh with
rafflesia pollen. And yes, it is indeed here and it's powerful, plus even if
you defeat it at this present moment, you'll get 0 EXP and 0 Gald. But yeah,
your group runs away anyway.

You'll be back at the entrance, but oh well, you had only taken five regular
steps and about thirty swampy marsh steps into this place, so just head back
west and where you found the Behemoth, you'll come across 5600 Gald and a
Mystic Rod. You can't head west since the Behemoth is there, so just cross the
bridge and save. Now head northeast to find a Drain Ward and a Knight Guard
there, and then your next trip is towards the west to follow a path down
overall to the southwest.

Across the bridge, Natalia will start moping around again. My god, I'm sick of
her being even more emo than Luke. Whatever, just ignore the nearby Mirage Robe
and then cross the bridge to find the Behemoth again. This time you have to
fight to rescue Natalia, but that's no problem... just run away. Do NOT fight,
there's no EXP/Gald in it. After that, you're safe out of the marsh, but now you
can actually fight the Behemoth and get some EXP/Gald out of it. I encourage it
wholeheartedly myself, if you think you're strong enough.

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 \\  Boss: Behemoth                        Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 90,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 822                                EXP  - 19,800         ||
     - P. DEF - 419                               Gald  - 22,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 560                          Difficulty - Semi-Hard      ||
     - F. DEF - 475                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 The Behemoth is rather hard, so if you're at a low level (I was Level 39),
 don't even think about this one. It does give a tremendous amount of EXP
 which is only further increased by the likely number of combos you'll be
 doing here, though, so I recommend at least giving it a shot, but still,
 your group probably has anywhere from 2100-2500 HP at this point. That
 physical attack stat speaks for itself; the Behemoth's attacks can do
 anywhere from 600 to 900 damage, and being that sometimes they can come
 quite quickly, that can rip your party to shreds.

 I personally don't think this fight is worth wasting an All-Divide on, but
 if you have an Hourglass handy, that should help for a good 5000 damage
 though. Once again, do NOT attack the Behemoth when it's in Overlimit, even
 with Mystic Artes if at all possible. Speaking of which, if Jade hits
 Overlimit, have him immediately try and hit this beast with Ground Dasher so
 that it can become Mystic Cage instead. That really is one of the best Mystic
 Artes there is. But anyway, Specifics are highly recommended, and Lemon Gels
 at all times, along with Holy Song constantly on your party, are absolute
 necessities. Take advantage of all field effects that arise too, as some
 Rending Quakes and Burning Havocs can go a long way... good luck.
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Okay, I'm Level 41 now, and Luke just learned Rending Blast, Tear learning
Banishing Sorrow, and Jade learned Blessed Drops, which was his ultimate attack
back in the beginning of the game when he was a demigod standing among mere
mortals. Get the Mystic Robe if you need to, and note that was one of three
monsters you'll want to defeat for something later. Leave Inista Marsh and
head to the southwest, where you'll find Belkend. And yes, you have indeed been
here before.

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 VIIp. Belkend
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 - Recommended Level: 41

Once you enter Belkend, you'll hear Van and Spinoza are here doing stuff on
replicas. Yeah, it's time we find Van, since we haven't seen him since
Akzeriuth, in other words sub-section VIt. But that's not important. Head down
the stairs right as you come in and just slightly south near the large fon
machine is the sixth instructor for Guy in the Sigmund style, so just one more
(in Keterburg) and you have yourself a new arcane arte. Head west from there and
keep enjoying this funky music.

In that area, head north and use Mieu Attack to break through the crates for a
Poison Ward. That's all, so just head down and to the left to be found by some
Oracle Knights believing you to be Asch. It's just an opportunity to see Van,
so Luke and Jade play along to find Van and Legretta there. After Tear starts
to question him, Van states that his plan is to create a replica world to free
Auldrant from Yulia's Score. That makes sense. Still, Van's family used to
serve Guy's family, which is interesting.

You've got to run away from Van and Legretta in any case, so that head south,
west, then south twice more to leave the facility, and outside Asch will say
he only rescued you because Ion told him to. Hahaha, of course. Go to the inn
with that being done, and as you approach it the group has their suspicions
about Guy, but hey, he DID go to Aramis Spring to find Luke earlier, and that
cannot be denied. So with that, head to the inn but before talking to Asch,
choose to sleep.

Guy will decide to go out here, so choose to follow him, and you will hear none
other than the servant aka Vandesdelca Grants, turning away from his master,
aka Gailardia Galan Gardios. Yep, Guy's a good... guy. So with that done, talk
to Asch and he'll give Jade a book called Genesis of the World, and then after
some good long sleep, talk to Asch for a funny convo, plus Tear, Anise, Guy,
and Natalia are there if you want, but otherwise speak to Jade. Now we need to
stop the Planet Storm, but to do that we need help from the researchers here in
Belkend, and one of them named Hencken can apparently help. Fortunate.

With that, return to the Fon Machine Laboratory and head north twice, east once,
and north again to find Hencken and Cathy there, and Guy manages to get them to
help because he's completely obsessed with fon machines and is aware that
Belkend and Sheridan have a rivalry. Fortunate, once again. But we need the
governor's help. Still, enter Van's office which is right above, and examine the
notebook above to obtain the useless Egg Bowl recipe. Apparently Van reads a lot
of Jade's stuff though, which is rather disturbing.

Leave the Fon Machine Laboratory and enter the Governor's Residence, which is
to the northwest of the first screen, and inside you'll find Hencken, Cathy,
and the governor Viridian, and the first step is to measure the frequency of
the core, and to do that we need another Sephiroth, but that becomes difficult
without flight in the Albiore. So just leave to find that Spinoza has been
eavesdropping, but Asch will go after him. Meanwhile, you get the choice to
just go directly and automatically to Daath, so do that. Do that.

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 VIIq. Daath
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 - Recommended Level: 41

Once inside Daath, start by talking to the guy right above the item shop and
he'll give you the recipe for Pizza despite being a weird old geezer. So now
head north into the cathedral where we decide to see Anise's parents first, and
get news of the God-Generals. Mohs, Largo, and Dist are still in Baticul with
the latter having the flightstone, Legretta as we know is in Belkend, Arietta
is in the Absorption Gate and Sync is in the Radiation Gate. Meaning no one is
in Daath.

You'll be automatically taken to Ion's office, and he'll let you know that
there's a Sephiroth in Tataroo Valley, and accompany you once again to open the
Daathic seals and whatnot. So with that, head back to the entrance of the
cathedral and Asch will contact you, saying that Spinoza leaked the information
to Van. That's a problem. Oh well, Hencken and Cathy have the measuring device
in Sheridan, so you need to go there now. All over the world now, aren't we...
but anyway, try to leave Daath.

Arietta will come in and attack, and in the process injure Anise's mother. This
event subconsciously brings up the memory of the death of Guy's family, so he's
unwell. With that, you're in the cathedral and need to go to the chapel. Enter
and talk to Jade and Guy, and you'll find out why Guy has the female phobia in
the first place: because his family was slaughtered by Duke Fabre and as a
child he awoke under the dead, bloody bodies of his maids. That really is
fairly frightening.

But anyway, you'll get the option to instantly go to Sheridan, which I would
advise doing. You'll find the Dark Wings right at the entrance, who have been
hired by Asch but once again get away from being arrested. With that, enter the
meeting hall and the old geezers will give you the measuring device, and now
it's off to Tataroo Valley. To get there, head for the Ispanian continent, which
is the central one. Go to the beaches using the Albiore, and then once you get
to the forests, disembark and cross the bridge to find the place there.

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 VIIr. Tataroo Valley
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 - Recommended Level: 41

...Wow. This place looks a LOT... different. Feel free to enjoy the peaceful,
calming music from Shurrey Hill here, and also Jade's attitude. And then with
that, find the Purple Ribbon right at the entrance. But anyway, the enemies
here. Some, such as the Rhinoceros, should not take more than one hit to fell
in a swoop. Some others, such as the Wind Spirits, are new and require a bit
more than that, so don't take everything that easily. Anyway, head to the
left and you'll find a very, very hard to see path right nearby.

Take that path to the upper right for a Carmine Chamber, then just follow
that same path up and at the fork, head east for 7500 Gald and a Pineapple Gel.
Rather convenient, that. So anyways, just head back there and up the hill to
come to a new area. I know, I barely recognize this place. Head left there to
find a Silk Hat and a Lemon Gel, and then just for fun, head all the way north
to find yourself where you started, at the very beginning of this game, after
Tear caused the hyperresonance... the flower field.

After Luke asks a question that you would think would be answered by Jade at
that point, head east across the river. That was what Luke and Tear failed to
see during the night, many eons ago. THERE IS SOMETHING EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO
DO ON THIS VERY SCREEN! At the fork right at the entrance of this screen, head
down and when possible, head to the right to find a boulder in the wall there.
Use Mieu Attack to break it down to reveal a hole. AGAIN, THAT'S INCREDIBLY
IMPORTANT!

Enter the hole that you formed to find the Sephiroth... except this isn't the
correct part of it. But who cares, just head to the upper right to find a
concentration of the Third Fonon. Remember that Second Fonon from the Zao
Ruins? Yep, it's a new and optional ability for Mieu, which will allow him to
fly a little bit. That helps. So with that, use Mieu Wings below the button
there to open the door there, and find a Knight Mace for Tear there. That is a
really good staff, I have to say.

Use Mieu Wings again on the left to open that door and get a Life Bottle and
the extremely useful Wing Bottle there... can't have enough of those. So with
that done, head to the southeast to find yourself on a ravine which is hit by
an earthquake and as Anise is about to fall to her death (resist the urge to
cheer since some of you will), none other than Guy runs in and saves her. Now
that was unexpected, but watch The Cured Guy Is a Nice Guy skit which follows.
Damn, Anise is cruel.

With that, use the healing circle and use Mieu Attack on the tree for a Panacea
Bottle, and with that, climb the hill nearby and use Mieu Wings on the tree
above for a Knight Robe. Bah, I want better than that. To the west is another
tree with 6000 Gald, in which I restate my previous opinion towards. But just
head to the southwest and down the path to find the entrance to the Sephiroth,
but as it turns out, it's much like the Zao Ruins in that it has an annoying
guardian.

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 \\  Boss: Uniceros                      Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 54,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 422                                EXP  - 8,150          ||
     - P. DEF - 684                               Gald  - 15,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 328                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 724                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Darkness                         Resist - Wind, Light    ||
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 If you beat the Behemoth, you will just walk all over the Uniceros without
 any problem at all. You might notice that the defense ratings are a little
 on the high side, but that isn't a problem if you just apply some dark
 magic to it. Anise has Negative Gale and Tear has Nightmare, so throw those
 in there to try and get a First FoF, and then Luke throwing in a Rending
 Quake or Frigid Blast will stack some more damage up. The Uniceros's attacks
 are rather weak, even though having a large stallion dash at me would
 probably intimidate me in real life. And as usual, Mystic Artes such as
 Indignation or Radiant Howl are just as good as always, but just stay away
 from Guardian Field, Eclair de Larmes, Limited, and Turbulence.
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Not much to say about that, except hopefully you got a good combo or two going
there for a thousand or so extra EXP. Head down the hill and Ion will open the
door to the Sephiroth, leaving you to use that measuring device you got earlier.
But still, the Sephiroth is a substantial part of Tataroo Valley to begin with,
contrary to what you might think. And as usual, the actual theme is better than
the Sephiroth's, but okay, I'm done ranting. At the fork, head left for the
Alca Maggiore, and since there's nothing to the right, just head north.

In this room, hit the button on the large fork there, which will light up the
spheres on either side and thus open the door. Relatively simple. In the next
room you'll find the passage ring which has to be unsealed, just like Shurrey
Hill. Speaking of which, notice Shurrey Hill had the First Fonon (darkness) all
over it, the Zao Ruins had the Second Fonon (earth), and Tataroo Valley has the
Third Fonon (wind)? Wonder what the next one will be... not. Just start by
heading to the upper right.

Here you'll find a series of forks and spheres that need to be lit up, but it's
all very simple... just use Mieu Attack and hit the upper one, then the right,
then the left, then the upper one again and you have a bunch of stuff lit up
and you're free to progress. Life is good, and... stuff. Head to the next area
and go upstairs and to the left for the Mirage Gloves, then just go through the
door and hit the fork in the center to be finished with one half of this
Sephiroth. Eh, whatever, time for the second part.

Or lack thereof. Head west to that rather large looking area, and just go to
the top and bottom floors and hit both forks there once with Mieu Attack, and
then a wind current will emerge from all those spheres lighting up. So with
that done, return to the last room and hit the fork there again, and the two
wind currents will join, allowing you to gain something for yourself. =) Head
to the southeast edge and use Mieu Wings there to be blown over to an Aqua
Cape. Rather reminiscent of Symphonia or Legendia, much?

Now just go down and enter through the door on the left, which will take you
back to the last room you were in, conveniently. Now just head back to the
passage ring and Luke will connect the sixth Sephiroth (Tataroo Valley) to the
fourth (Zao Ruins) and the first (the Radiation Gate) to the third (Shurrey
Hill), bypassing the fifth (Akzeriuth), telling the Outer Lands to all be
lowered at once. So with that the core vibration frequency is measured and you
can head back to Sheridan.

I discourage using a Wing Bottle here, as Mt. Roneal which you will go to near
the end of this chapter is a MUCH better place to use it. Just walk back to the
field of flowers and the group will rest a bit and admire Tear's cooking skills,
which gives you the Cake recipe. Can't do without it. So with that, leave
Tataroo Valley and go back to Sheridan, where you can head to the Meeting Hall
to talk to the geezers, and then outside, the group decides that they can't
just lower the Outer Lands on their own: they need to have the approval of
Kimlasca and Malkuth.

That starts with going to Baticul, but Natalia decides to be a damn emo again
and run off, so go talk to her and then go to the inn to rest, and Luke will
catch Natalia go out, eavesdrops to hear Asch encourage her, and then Tear
scolds him over a bit. But anyway, Natalia agrees to go to Baticul, so it
starts with getting a peace treaty signed between Kimlasca and Malkuth, and
then having Yulia City take care of the miasma. Start off by heading back to
Baticul.

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 VIIs. Baticul
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 - Recommended Level: 43

At least you're able to enter the town and then the castle without too much of
a problem, as Ion has his uses now and then. Enter the castle, save if you want,
and enter the door on the left and head upstairs, then to the left once more
to go to King Ingobert's personal quarters, where Natalia will try to convince
him, plus Jade gives him some documents, but he needs a day to think. To give
him that, leave the castle and head to the inn right above the coliseum and
shops.

Once you're done resting, you'll be back in the audience chamber, and despite
what Mohs tries to do to change Ingobert's mind, he agrees to peace, meaning
Peony in Grand Chokmah is next. But before leaving Baticul, make sure you go to
Luke's manor! Yeah, remember talking to that guy in Yulia City after St. Binah
fell? You haven't been able to go to Luke's manor since then. Haha. Enter and
go to the courtyard, then left and up, and Luke gets a bit of an allowance for
massaging his mother. What a sick bastard.

But anyway, you can't even go to Yulia City now, but at least you have the cash
on you. Leave Baticul with that and go to Grand Chokmah, which is on the north
part of the remains of Rugnica. Land at the port and head to the castle, and
once you enter take the northern door on the first floor and examine the cabinet
on the left for a Stre Maggiore Capacity Core. Can't have enough of those. But
enough with back and forth among Kimlasca and Malkuth, now we're off to Daath,
where Mohs probably is by now.

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 VIIt. Daath
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 - Recommended Level: 43

Enter Daath's cathedral only for Anise to be shot by something random. Quite
priceless, I must say, but it's a letter from Dist saying that he'll meet "the
Jade gang" in Keterburg aka just freeze there, and that the flightstone is
"most certainly not in Daath". Speaks for itself. The "Jade gang" sees Maestro
Tritheim only to hear that Dist was here not long ago, so that solves that.
His cantor Reiner knows where the flightstone is, and that guy is in Oracle
Headquarters. Guess that's our stop.

Leave the cathedral and take the eastern path right outside the entrance, and
that will take you into Oracle Headquarters, where a bunch of knights attack.
Increased security, hahaha. Gotta love it. Anyway, your newfound Mieu Wings
enable the collection of some new treasure. Start by going to the very top
level, where you'll find a ladder that you can't climb, but with Mieu Wings you
can. Remember that entrance where you came in the first time? Yeah, right around
there. Use Mieu Wings for an Epee (very good sword) and an old Killer Bow.

Over to the east is another Mieu Wings ladder for a door with a Melange Gel on
the other side, and a Red Savory above (oh yeah!). That's all there is, so go
back to where you came in, and yeah, that means the second visit. Enter the
room to the left of the save point, which was where you found Natalia and Ion
the first time. Enter through the northern door, and then take the northeast
door there and head down to the bottom of there, where you'll find Reiner, who
gets put to sleep for a good cause. An evil trick, though.

Anyway, now you have the flightstone back and the Albiore is back to normal.
And that is a very good thing, I might add. Anyway, you'd have to be crazy to
use the Wing Bottle here, so just walk it out back to the entrance, and Ion will
suggest you go to Chesedonia and talk to Astor about lowering the land. Damn,
it's just one thing after another. Leave Daath and you can fly around the world
at your every whim. Life is good and stuff. But since Chesedonia's next, you
might want to stop by some search points. Particularly the islands near the
Padamiya continent.

Now go to the Qliphoth and to Chesedonia, where Noelle will take the Albiore.
Head on over to Din's shop and sell your junk from your trunk, then save if
needed and go to Astor's mansion. Just go to his room, which is to the left
twice, and after a brief talk with him, Tear and Luke will have a little private
talk and then Noelle shows up. Guess it's off to Yulia City. Just land there
and you'll automatically be taken to the conference room, where the peace
treaty between Kimlasca and Malkuth is signed.

Guy takes his sword out on Ingobert here, which later ends in his pretty much
having to slay Duke Fabre and Emperor Peony as well. But anyway, enjoy the
story of the test subject that led to Hod's destruction, whose name was
Vandesdelca Musto Fende. Zero moolah for guessing who that is. But anyway, talk
to the fat merchant outside of the right side of Yulia City to learn Lightning
Blade at last (VERY IMPORTANT!), then Teodoro in the conference room. Time to
see how progress is going on the core vibration, in Sheridan. Head back to the
Outer Lands, to Port Sheridan, and then to Sheridan.

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 VIIu. Sheridan
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 - Recommended Level: 43

Go straight to the Meeting Hall once you enter Sheridan, and talk to Iemon
there. Once inside, you'll hear the plan to stop the core's vibration, which
involves entering the core from Akzeriuth's ruins. Sounds very complex yet
very dangerous, so you have to talk to Iemon again when you're ready to
start. You'll have one hell of a hardcore battle when you start though, so
make sure you're ready now. Start by going to the equipment shops and updating
your armor altogether.

The Knight Fencers for Luke and Guy are better than either the Killer Sword or
the Epee, so make sure you pick 'em up. When you're ready, talk to Iemon and
say you're ready. Then try to leave the Meeting Hall only to find Legretta
there, attacking with the Oracle Knights. That's a major (no pun intended)
problem. The old people try to hold them off though, so you can't let their
efforts go to waste. Try to leave to the south, which is a failure, then to
the northwest, which is another failure.

So since nothing else works, try and head out to the northeast, which will
actually work. Now head northwest from there to find Kimlasca soldiers rushing
in, although you only get to watch Legretta kill off Iemon right afterward.
Damn Oracle Knights. Anyway, leave for Port Sheridan once more to begin the
mission, and none other than Van himself comes in to crash it, with Spinoza.
The remaining old folks are slaughtered, and after that rather depressing
scene, you'll be on the Tartarus, get an anime scene, and an intruder will
come onboard. That intruder is Sync. Better fix that.

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 \\  Boss: Sync                            Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 83,500         ||
     - P. ATK - 543                                EXP  - 9,300          ||
     - P. DEF - 537                               Gald  - 16,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 261                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 462                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 The second round with Sync is an example of starting a pushover and turning
 into hard as hell as it progresses. In other words, caught in the middle.
 The first thirty thousand HP of Sync's will disappear quite quickly, as
 ganging up on him is by far the best strategy early on. His physical
 attacks are fast and furious, but his Base Artes are really laughable, to
 be honest with you. Plus, with Jade in the back throwing out Ground Dasher
 and Blessed Drops at any given opportunity, it'll be easy as hell to just
 propel Sync with Guardian Frost and Rending Quake.

 It all changes when Sync goes below the halfway mark. His Cyclone Blaze and
 Stone Dragon Ascent Arcane Artes can shave in excess of 1100 HP off if
 unblocked, and 400 if blocked. Plus as the fight wears on he'll throw out
 his Akashic Torment Mystic Arte. This is probably the first experience in
 the game with enemy Mystic Artes, and let me tell you that Sync's for one
 may reduce a full HP to critical, with about 2000 damage right there.
 Fortunately, it gives you a couple split seconds to Free Run away, but your
 allies won't be that smart. My recommendation is when Sync gets to 25,000
 HP or less, or somewhere around there, use Radiant Howl (or Razing Phoenix
 if you use Guy) with a combo or two for a good 13,000 damage, and you can
 probably manage the remainder of the battle. It really can get rough.
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So much for that... Sync's mask flies off to reveal what his true form really
is. And it's revealed that Ion is the seventh replica of the real Fon Master
Ion, and Sync was one of those replicas (I'll guess the first, as Ion was born
two years ago and Sync fourteen). And as Ion attempts to console his "brother",
Sync falls into the core. Well, Sync is dead, that just leaves five more
God-Generals to finish off. But anyway, Sync erased the fonic glyph that was
here, so you need to replenish it.

Using Mieu Fire, you need to very quickly walk around blasting the sphere in
a given direction. That will be north about six times, southeast about twice,
south about four times, northwest about four times, east about twice, and south
about thrice before the glyph is complete, and you have to be completely and
utterly precise. One mistake or delay, and it'll restart. If you actually do it
without having Tear do it for you, she gets a new title though. After that, it
is revealed that the voice that spoke to Luke early in the game was Lorelei,
and after Tear has a bit of an... episode, you need to go to Belkend so that
Tear can get a medical examination.

Enter Belkend and hear to the governor's residence, where Luke gives a report
and gets Tear to the medical facility, where the guy explains the situation.
Apparently Tear's blood fonons are contaminated. Talk to Jade and Ion if you
want, but otherwise, head into the nearby room and talk to Tear, only for her
to call Luke an idiot not once, but twice. Predictable/10. But anyway, since
she's fine now, it's back to lowering the remaining land: Padamiya (Daath),
Radessia (Sheridan), Sylvana (Keterburg), the Absorption Gate (northeast of
Keterburg), and the Radiation Gate (south of Baticul).

So with that, leave this room to the left and then head north, then west, to
find some researchers from Yulia City. The Sylvana Sephiroth is in Mt. Roneal,
which is very dangerous and happens to be section VIIy of this guide (haha
that was irrelevant), and the Radessia Sephiroth is in where else but
Meggiora Highlands. So that's the next destination, but you can only enter
Meggiora Highlands's Sephiroth via the Nirni River that runs through the
continent. So to do that, take the Albiore to the southeast of the continent
and trek through the river. At the northern end is the correct entrance.

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 VIIv. Meggiora Highlands
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 - Recommended Level: 44

This place is even more complicated than before. Gah. Just head north for a
quick little scene, and let me explain. This place has five passages hidden
wherever, and Entrance 1 is the one that goes to the actual passage ring.
Entrances 2-5 are just puzzles that give some items, and make the boss of this
place easier, but you can only do three of the four puzzles. So anyway, start
by just heading west. Just hug that wall while heading under the arches that
you pass.

You'll find 4800 Gald if you just head southeast from there. Keep heading
west under another arch and you will come to a save point and Entrance 5.
Might as well head on in, and... time for the first puzzle. There are two
stone pillars here which you need to make toward the violet corners, which can
only be done by hitting the four stones in here, and then they move in
corresponding directions. Sound simple? Yeah, I suppose, but it's nothing
compared to some of this place.

Hit the top stone twice, the right one once, the bottom one five times, the
top one once more, the bottom one once more, then finally the left once twice.
All you get is... some device running. Whatever, who cares. Just leave
Entrance 5 and head out from that arch. Now head straight north to find
Entrance 4 there, and I really must say that this one is the easiest of all
four puzzles (Entrance 1 isn't a puzzle). All you need to do is use Mieu
Attack to hit the four pedestrals into the glowing corners there. That's it.

The wind currents will blow you away, but not the pedestrals, so there's
absolutely NOTHING to worry about. Once they're all in place, another device
kicks on, but you may notice the machines to the left and right of the device.
They occasionally shoot out a gust of wind, and if by using Mieu Wings, you are
in the air straight ahead when they do that, you will get blown to either side
of the room, with the left containing the superior Katana for Luke/Guy, and
the right having an inferior Melange Gel. Whatever, just leave Entrance 4.

Now you just need to head back to the entrance, as the west of the second half
of Meggiora Highlands has been thoroughly explored, so that means back through
the two arches and then east. From there, just head straight and you'll find a
save point and entrance along the way, but just keep going up to find an
inferior weapon for Natalia called the Hamayumi. Whatever, just head into
Entrance 3, which is back near the save point and happens to be more annoying
than Entrances 5 or 4. Just what we need.

You need to get two of the ice shaped spike things on the glowing corners, which
is not very hard except the fact they slide three squares a Mieu Attack. To do
it, take the one just one little bit southwest of the central device, and just
hit it to the right, then down, then to the left twice. That's one out of two,
so for the other one, head to the southeast corner and hit the one there up
three times. Now for getting one in the square, head to the far left to find
two of them in the northwest corner, one on top of another. 

Hit the top one up and the bottom one up twice, and then hit the bottom one to
the right three times. That's it. Just leave, and note since only three out of
four can be done, I skip Entrance 2 as it's... ridiculously hard. So yeah,
just leave Entrance 3 and head northwest under another arch. Entrance 2 is there
but just ignore it and get the Battle Axe (very useful for Jade) and Duel Helm
(completely obsolete) and with that return to the actual entrance of the
Meggiora Highlands, it's time to go to Entrance 1. 

Head back to the entrance and then just head straight north, where you'll find
two chests to the northwest, with a Full Plate and 7200 Gald. There's a big
spiral path which leads down to the Daathic seal there, and none other than
Legretta shows up along the way, trying to convince Tear and Guy... to no avail.
Just head into Entrance 1, and once inside, Guy will go crazy for obvious
reasons. To the left is the Marcato capacity core, and to the right is a Miracle
Gel. Head north, Guy goes crazy again, and then examine the elevator. It needs a
power supply and the fonic doll has it... but will it give it to you? ...No.

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 \\  Boss: Repair Fonbot                 Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 57,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 528                                EXP  - 10,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 835                               Gald  - 18,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 326                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 810                                                      ||
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     Weakness - Water, Wind                      Resist - None           ||
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 This thing becomes even easier if you've cleared Entrances 3-5, since that
 will stop the fonic artes except Flame Burst, but the Repair Fonbot lacks
 fonic strength anyway, it's more of the Rock Break that's gone now that
 would have bumped it up a notch. This thing has rather high defense in both
 the physical and fonic departments, but fonic defense is slightly weaker,
 so pound it down with FoFs whenever possible. If Tear has Revitalize, that
 will help a ton since the fonbot's slow but powerful 700 damage attacks can
 be quite a pain.

 As you can see, it's weak against water and wind, so make sure Jade is ready
 with Blessed Drops and Turbulence, so that Luke can blast this thing to
 oblivion with Guardian Frost and Light Blast. The rather high HP that the
 Repair Fonbot packs can be a deterring factor, but hey, Mystic Artes are
 always there for you to use if at all necessary. But yeah, annoying boss but
 not hard.
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With that, Jade and Guy take over and you can take the elevator down to the
passage ring. And yes, I lied earlier about saying Tataroo Valley was the Third
Fonon so Meggiora Highlands should be the Fourth, as I cannot tell what this
place is and the next Sephiroth is obviously the Fifth, but anyway, Tear's
blood fonons are measured as Luke takes care of this place, so with that Jade
theorizes that gravity is the cause of the core's contamination, so it's back
to Belkend for that.

Right as the group heads out of the Sephiroth, you'll find Aston there, who
survived... and our resident eavesdropper Spinoza right behind, who just runs
away. Head back to the entrance to find him stealing the Albiore III, but on
the Alboire I Noelle chases him to Belkend, where Guy and Mieu get him, then
Natalia gives the order for Spinoza to do research on the miasma under 24 hour
surveillance. That definitely works, since now he's under the role of long
haired Luke from Akzeriuth. And as for the next Sephiroth, it's in Daath.

Which basically means, leave Belkend and go to Daath on the Albiore. Once you
enter, head right to the cathedral to find Mohs inside... and he isn't even
hostile or anything. Looks like the old geezer gave up and has to rebuild the
Oracle Knights to start his war. Anyway, head through the door on the right and
then up the stairs and to the left. From there, you can just go to the northeast
to get to Mt. Zaleho, but why do that when you get a certain nice little item
while you're here.

Take the northwest door and then head west, then south, then east three times
past a treasure chest in the distance. From there, head north, west, then
south and through the northwest door there. With that, head south twice and
east once, and use Mieu Wing above the trapdoor there to fall to your death...
not, just a Sunlight Chamber. Basically what those are is a fonslot chamber
that lets you use FoF Changes with low level fields, so for example, put it on
Light Spear Cannon, and then just use Lightning Blade and then the former for
an instant Light Blast. Very easy.

Anyway, time to go to the sixth Sephiroth. Head to the right and fall through
there and head back to where you were, and take the northeast door. From there,
head straight east no less than five times and you'll come to the library,
where apparently there's a secret passage which leads to Mt. Zaleho. Anise
somehow "accidentally" finds the way in, so just enter and take the teleport to
find a place which is a blatant Fifth Fonon override.

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 VIIw. Mt. Zaleho
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 - Recommended Level: 46

Yeah, told you that the next place was Fifth Fonon all over. It's a freaking
volcano, even if it's a much shorter and easier dungeon than either you'd
think, or the icy counterpart of it that you're going to do in a very short
amount of time. Anyway, you can leave via the warp here if you want, but
otherwise let's move on, shall we? Anyway, north and west lead nowhere, so head
south to a save point, which to the left of it is an Arc Wand and to the right
is the Strecido capacity core, which I love for all the wrong reasons.

Head south to get to the next screen, and when applicable, head to the left to
pick up a Wing Bottle, and then south at the bottom for a Cobalt Chamber. The
former is important even though we have two of them: I saved the one we got in
Tataroo Valley for the upcoming Mt. Roneal. This one is perfect for Mt. Zaleho
though. Just head to the left to find the Daathic seal, and unfortunately we
have to go in there and hear the same boring old Sephiroth theme instead of a
more rocking Motoi Sakuraba theme from the outside volcano.

Once you enter the Sephiroth, head north when first possible to find a Druid
Cloak there, which is the standard up for Anise. Now head down the path to the
right only for Tear to state the obvious. Right ahead of that bridge is a
target in midair, which you obviously need to hit with Mieu Fire to form a
bridge. Just follow the path that is formed right ahead, and you'll find a
second target to the right... which you can't reach. Not all hope is lost, I
assure you.

There's a golem spider thingy right nearby that you can defeat to turn into a
rock, which can then in turn be pushed to the right to give you a bit of an
edge. And no, don't worry, the golem is easy. After you beat it, push it and
use the Fifth Fonon, and then to the right is just another stationary target
which you can pummel with fire and proceed to the other side, continuing until
you come to two places to enter, one right above the other. This is Zaleho's
only real puzzle.

Alright, start by entering the lower cavern, and defeating the golem so that
you can push the rock to the very edge of the bridge. With that, head back up
and leave this room so you can enter the upper cavern, and from there, beat
that golem as well, and then push it over the bridge so that it lands on the
first rock earlier. And yes, if you make a mistake you can always Mieu Attack
one of them so that they'll turn back. And with that, head back to the lower
cavern, and where the path splits, take the upper path and from where the
rocks are, flame the target ahead.

Cross the bridge and flame a second target so that you can follow the path
and head down for a... regular memory circle with particles. Can't beat that,
but just don't use it yet. Enter the passage ring area right ahead, and Luke
will take care of it normally. Sure, Jade made think Anise is acting quite
suspiciously, but nothing out of the ordinary's happening. And no, the paths
at the side are just here for decoration, and if you head outside then going
west only leads to a dead end right now, so just leave Mt. Zaleho via Wing
Bottle.

Use the teleport to return to Daath, and do please have one of the priests
escort you out of the cathedral. Anyway, we need to go back to Belkend to
check up on Spinoza, so head there now. Just head to Fon Machine Laboratory I
and enter the room which is just right up to the north, then to the west, to
find Spinoza. Apparently the plan is going to work perfectly, so with that,
head to the inn and rest, but when you wake up... Tear is gone, and Asch went
with her. They went to Ortion Cavern, and you must follow.

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 VIIx. Ortion Cavern
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 - Recommended Level: 46

We are really that close to the end of the game, as the final battle, with Van,
is drawing near. Just up to VIIz is the last dungeon, so there you have it.
And here we are in Ortion Cavern, so just start by heading east when you come
in, only to find Legretta there. She just lets you pass and says that she'll
settle things on Mt. Roneal, so so much for her. Just head to the next screen
for one of the more random scenes in the game, as Luke picks Natalia up. Okay,
explain how that was relevant.

As usual, just go to the area with the nonworking elevator and head south,
then follow the path up north, until you'll find Van, who just slices Asch
down without a problem. Tear is there as well, and after some usual arguing
over plans, Van leaves for the Absorption Gate, which really is the final
destination after the next one, Mt. Roneal. And as for Asch... he recklessly
goes after Van. Too bad for that injured man, you saw Natalia that whole time.
Anyway, you're automatically taken to Sheridan.

Just enter the meeting hall and the group is ready to head into Keterburg to
ask Nephry about Mt. Roneal, which is the most dangerous Sephiroth. So with
that, leave Sheridan and head to Sylvana, which is to the north as usual, and
enter the Governor's Residence. Apparently, Dist was waiting for Jade this
whole time and finally collapsed. Hahaha, what an idiot. Jade tells Nephry
that he "wouldn't dream of doing anything nasty to Dist though". Haha, oh my
god. Go to the Keterburg Hotel.

Perhaps the funniest scene in the entire game takes place now. Dist is talking
about Jade in his dreams, and Jade asks the group to leave while he asks him
about Mt. Roneal, and... hint: earthquakes and loud screaming. Plus Jade just
walks out acting as if nothing happened. I love this guy... too bad the game's
gonna end after Mt. Roneal and the Absorption Gate. All appropriate that there
is something INCREDULOUSLY IMPORTANT HERE IN KETERBURG THOUGH! Just head to
the elevator to go down to the first floor before anything.

Now head to the right and talk to the guy near the counter, who happens to be
the third of four people who has Luke's books from Van. It's 80,000 Gald and
Luke refuses to pay his own money though, so just leave the hotel and Jade
sends a soldier in to arrest Dist. That means Dist is going to jail, Sync is
dead, Asch is not a threat, and the other three... are at Mt. Roneal. So with
that in mind, head to the entrance of Keterburg and please do stock up on
equipment. I bought all the Mythril stuff I could, as well as some Melange and
Miracle Gels. Cost me 180,000 Gald in total. I'm such a cheapskate.

Anyway, leave Keterburg and head to Baticul so we can get the money from
Luke's mother. Just head to the manor as usual and talk to her, and Luke
gets... 80,000 Gald. Aight, we're done in Baticul but if you want, you can
test out some of that new equipment in the coliseum doing the beginner's
single round, although it's probably still a little difficult for most people.
Oh well, prove me wrong. Either way, back to Keterburg and to the hotel, where
you will learn Slag Assault for Luke. Sweet.

Now it is finally time to head to Mt. Roneal, which let me tell you is a place
completely full of woe, as it is the last time The Edge of a Decision will
play in battle. Yep, for the final hour of the game, they put in a new battle
theme after it. How retarded is that. But oh well, keep enjoying the current
battle theme, and leave Keterburg via the north. Mt. Roneal is very easy to
notice.

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 VIIy. Mt. Roneal
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 - Recommended Level: 46

I'm gonna tell you right now that you'll want Luke to have Raging Blast ready,
with a Grass Chamber on it, or something else that can steal, as a boss here
has something usual to steal. If you've never built something up to steal,
start now, because the boss isn't very far in. When you come in, hit the tree
on the left for a Lemon Gel, then head around the northeast area to find a
Pineapple Gel somewhere in there, and the tree there... has a Wing Bottle in
there. Sweetness!

Head up the path which is to the left, and ignore the northwest path as you
can't get up it. Just head east and get the Aquamarine at the far end, then go
up the path for a scene, as Tear gets annoyed at Jade for being awesome as
usual. I actually side with Natalia on this one. Anyway, head to the west to
find the top of that slide earlier that you couldn't get up, and HUG THE LEFT
SIDE OF IT. That's important. Hug the left side and mash X as you fall, and
you'll get a Dinei Bottle. I know, that hard and it's worthless.

Go back up and get the Panacea Bottle on the right if you haven't already,
and just enter the cave to find... the Sephiroth? Nah, it's just a transition
point between two parts of Mt. Roneal. Hit the clump of snow on the left from
where you enter with Mieu Fire to get a Mythril Guard, and over to the right
is a clump of snow which I recommend ignoring (it's an enemy), and the
Nocercido Capacity Core. That's Jade's dream come true, I tell you... you'll
see when you equip it. =)

When you step out, you'll hear Legretta's voice. Creepy enough, that. I hope
you've prepared that Raging Blast for the upcoming battle. Just head up the
hill to find a Battle Bow, and a healing circle. Just head through the next
screen and you'll find a hard to see Treat on the way... always get those if
possible. Just head up to the center, where Legretta will attack... and Largo
and Arietta are with her. Just a quick Tear/Legretta interchange, a quick
Largo/Natalia, and we're ready to finish the last three God-Generals.

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 \\  Boss: Largo / Arietta / Legretta      Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 32,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 426                                EXP  - 4,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 489                               Gald  - 8,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 336                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 348                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - Earth, Fire    ||
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 26,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 576                                EXP  - 4,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 459                               Gald  - 8,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 336                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 348                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 29,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 576                                EXP  - 4,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 469                               Gald  - 8,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 336                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 348                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - Light          ||
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 Yep, you are indeed fighting three God-Generals in one go, although as you
 can see, these three are weaker than one Sync by themselves, it's just a
 matter of who to go for first. The Raging Blast/whatever stealing technique
 you decided to use, comes into play against Arietta here though, as mugging
 her will net you a Time Traveling Girl, which is an accessory for Anise.
 Anyway, this is like Spider-Man 3's villains versus Spider-Man 2's single
 one: not three are quite as nasty as one Sync, because for one thing, they
 don't use Mystic Artes.

 You definitely want two or so characters with Item Thrower here, but just
 to give you a heads up: go for Legretta first, as her Holy Lance and
 Eclair de Larmes attacks will absolutely incinerate your party if given
 ample opportunity. Arietta is next because for one thing, her Barrier and
 other spells are extremely annoying, plus her Arcane Arte is just nasty.
 As for Largo... he isn't a threat. His 400 P.ATK will do little to even
 scratch you, his Beast attack is nothing, plus his Stone Beast and
 Ravaging Thunder Arcane Artes are pathetic also. Just handle one at a
 time and heal when you get below 800 HP or so, and this fight will be
 nothing... at least compared to the final one.
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You get the Time Traveling Girl, a Sapphire Ring, a Red Sage, a Red Lavender,
a Reflect Ring, and a Mystic Mark from that battle, as well as 24,000 Gald and
15,500+ EXP. And to top it all off, once the battle ends, an avalanche strikes
and the group falls right below. Legretta, Arietta, and Largo, however... were
not as fortunate, and fell into the ravine to their deaths, joining Sync. In
other words, four God-Generals are dead, and two are harmless. Now it's just
world peace and Van's death, and the game will end there. Yep, looks right.

Anyway, the passage ring is right there, so Ion opens it for the final time,
allowing you to scavenge the contents. Once you enter the seventh Sephiroth,
pick up the Pineapple Gel that's there and use Mieu Attack to hit the ice to
pieces, and then follow the path to the left and take the elevator to find the
passage ring, where you'll find Van has fixed it up so that the power of the
Sephiroth is in reverse from the Absorption Gate, so that everything will fall
quickly EXCEPT the Absorption Gate. In other words... everything dies. Yep, the
final battle is near.

You've only explored a small portion of Mt. Roneal, but you can't complete the
rest right now, so just head south to find a save point which you can use a
Wing Bottle on, which I highly suggest as this place is too long for its own
good. When you arrive back at the entrance, just leave Mt. Roneal and please do
fight one last battle... it's the last time you will hear The Edge of a
Decision in a normal battle. =( But anyway, if you're ready, go back to
Keterburg. Absorption Gate is tomorrow, so for now, might as well find
everyone and talk.

-> Mieu is right next to Luke, by the casino
-> Jade is just near the entrance, south of the casino
-> Guy is inside the casino
-> Tear is to the left of the Keterburg Hotel
-> Anise is by the Governor's Residence
-> Ion is inside the Governor's Residence
-> Natalia is in the north end of the park

Then finally you can go to the hotel and have a rest, and Tear will tell you
that the Radiation Gate is no longer an issue, so all it is is just the
Absorption Gate now. A cutscene will ensue as Luke and Asch start brawling as
usual... and they're both off to the Absorption Gate. Well, with that, last
touches are done and The Last Chapter kicks in right as Luke says we're off to
the Absorption Gate for the decisive battle. Yep, here we are at last, the
final battle.

This trip to Keterburg really does serve as a time of final preparations, as
the Absorption Gate is the last dungeon and stuff, and coincidentally there's
something QUITE IMPORTANT TO DO, right here in Keterburg! Head to the igloo in
the north end and talk to the guy there, and Guy will learn the second Sigmund
skill, Soaring Light Spear. But with that, make sure Luke knows his three skills
and Guy his two, Mieu knows Mieu Wings, Tear has Holy Song, and all that, plus
YOU HAVE TO HAVE SAVED SHIBA AND BEAT SWORD DANCER #2! Last opportunities for
those, people! Well... if you're ready, the Absorption Gate, which is on an
island northeast of Keterburg.

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 VIIz. Absorption Gate
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 - Recommended Level: 48

After hours of varying progress through a rather normal length game, Tales of
the Abyss comes to an end here, in the grand and glorious Absorption Gate. And
it really is a LONG final dungeon, putting Shurrey Hill and other similarly
enormous places to shame. Not a lot I've said recently has been serious, but
believe me when I say that the Absorption Gate is gargantuan. Plus you may
notice Never Surrender has replaced The Edge of a Decision for the battle music,
which is highly disappointing because come on, TEoaD absolutely creams this
rather good Baten Kaitos wannabe. Oh well... it's just one dungeon.

Enter the first place, enjoying The Farthest Place - Sign for now. There's
four forking paths right now, ignoring the two right ahead which are covered
with flames. The northwest path leads to a blue fonon (use Mieu Fire to hit the
target in the air), southwest leads nowhere, southeast leads to a yellow fonon,
and northeast leads to a red fonon. And best of all, each of these linear paths
will automatically take you back to the score when you get the fonons. I like
that.

Anyways, put the fonons in the score and a lift will appear, conveniently. Down
there, walk just a bit south and half the ground will collapse... nope, you
can't let the world end, but that's what final dungeons are for. Follow the
path to the right while ignoring all the flaming paths that you can't go
through, and examine the big portal on the right to reach an area where The
Farthest Place starts really rocking. Yeah, these parts of it are cool like
that and merely have you descending.

You'll descend via paths that look like beams of light, so just ignore the
side paths and head east down. The same applies to this floor, so just keep on
going down, and then east when you can to find 8000 Gald there. Whatever, just
take the large gateway at the bottom to return to the normal area. There's two
ways to go, so head south first for a dead end and a Tartan Ribbon, and then
just take the spiral northward to find a large gateway and just a dead end
further up, so enter the gateway.

There's numerous ways to get down from here, so just take any of them and
manuever you way to the northwest at the very bottom for a Pineapple Gel and
the gateway. Alright, but when you emerge, a second earthquake hits. That is
not good. But whatever, just head to the east to find a gateway that you do
not want to enter yet. That's right, there's a spiral there that's hard to
see, but use it to head to the southwest and use the gateway there to get all
the way to the bottom and beat up the enemy there. After doing that... the
red fires will disappear. Helpful.

Return back to the previous room, and now we can trek back to the very entrance
of the Absorption Gate for some stuff! How thrilling. Because the red flames
are gone it's just a simple spiral back up to the lift, so return and take
those exact same three paths again so that you can put the fonons on the score
to the upper right, and when that's done, it'll form a lift that will take you
down to a Red Savory and the Ballacido Capacity Core, which is great for
characters who hate defense.

You'll also get a green fonon which is useless for the time being, so take
those and return all the way back down to the furthest point downward that you
got to, and also note that there's a Red Basil down there. See, this was worth
it after all, but when you're ready to proceed, just take the eastern gateway
which is the furthest down. That's just a linear path downward which has a
Mythril Cloak and an Ancient Ribbon along the way, and ends in a lift down...
do take that. You are now to enter the second half of the Absorption Gate.

The third earthquake will hit, and this one is serious... it will split the
party into three groups: Luke and Tear, Guy and Natalia, and Jade and Anise.
Guy is stuck and Jade's is too complicated, so that with Luke, which is the
only group that has Mieu, obviously. Save if necessary, and then head to the
southwest, flaming the target along the way. Now it's just a spiral down to
the bottom, but HIT THE OTHER TWO TARGETS ALONG THE WAY! That's imperative for
Guy's and Jade's progress. Head right at opportunity for a Mighty Saber, and
then hit the machine at the very bottom to open the elevator. Might as well.

After using the elevator, head down past the first left-right fork. There are
indeed two left-right forks, and you're looking for the second one. Head left
and flame the target there, and right to hit the machine and power something.
That's the purpose of Luke and Tear here, but really, just head down to the
elevator there for a cheesy Tear exchange with Luke in terms of trust. What
the hell ever, just take the elevator and switch to Guy's group, which is no
longer a dead end.

Use those two paths you formed with Luke and Tear to reach a gateway which
leads to an orange warp. That's Guy and Natalia's part for you: a maze of
warps. Just take the next warp after that, and you'll come to a left-right
fork of warps. Damn that, you just knew that would happen. It's easy though,
right leads to a Treat (30% TP restored for all), and left leads onward, you
play the calls. When you head left, there's a save point and a Guy/Natalia
exchange which ends in a very un-ladies-man-like comment by Guy.

Take the gateway on the left when that's over, and take the spiraling path
downward, which leads to a fork in which left reveals a Grass Chamber. That is
of course assuming you did the last stuff with Luke and Tear, of course, but
excuse me. Done that, take the gateway to the left and at the north-south fork
of warps, take the southern one and just follow the path while getting the War
Hammer that's along the way, and take the gateway that's on the right when you
get the chance.

In this area, you'll see a golem looking area to the right which you can fight
so that Guy can strut his skills. When it's beaten, use the right angle on the
right to push it through the gap directly above where you beat it, to the
left. With that, you're done as Guy, so use the circle of light to switch to
Jade, whose part is another maze. When you emerge, head to the right for a
Rare Protector, equip that War Hammer on Jade, and take the gateway to the
left.

The warps here prevent an incredibly linear path that ends in a Carmine Chamber
and another gateway. Don't bother with the other warp there, cuz that's just a
complete dead end. Enter the gateway and there you'll find another gateway
to the right, but ignore that for the time being. Just keep taking the spiral
down to the far left, where you'll find another golem enemy. Enjoy fighting
with Anise, because it's really weird. Either way, push it down onto the
seesaw below.

Now take the path back up and to southwest at the circle of light, and just
take the path to the lower right to find a Pineapple Gel. From there, enter the
gateway (assuming you can as this is all assuming you did the Luke/Tear stuff).
At the south-north fork that you come to from the gateway, head south for a
Strike Eagle (better weapon for Natalia), then just go back up and take the
northern warp. From there, head south and take the first warp there, and you
will find the game's extremely, extremely rare equivalent of an Elixir: the
Special Gel. Use that wisely.

Head back and take the warp which is further south, and there Jade and Anise
will have a little chat about whom the former trusts. How cute. Take the
gateway when you're done, and then get the 20,000 Gald from whence you arrive
from. From there, find the block on the left (which SHOULD be there of course)
and push it over to the gap on the left. With that, head up the spiral on the
left to find a Rare Bracelet and what is currently a dead end. You are almost
entirely done with Jade, so just go to the circle of light which was near the
20,000 Gald, and switch to Luke.

I know the Absorption Gate is long, but hey, that's what final dungeons are for,
right? ;]]] Anyway, there's now a rock on the left, so the seesaw will stay up
to the right. Head up the path and hit the fork there, which will clear the
path for Guy to get to the meeting point. Before doing anything though, use
Mieu Attack to break the rock on the seesaw, and then switch to Guy's team.
From there, just defeat the golem again and push it through the gap to the
right, then just head back and switch to Luke's team again.

Using Luke and Tear, the stone is now on the right instead of the left, so go
up the seesaw via the left and hit the fork there, and now at last both doors
are open. Now switch to Guy and move him to the center, then switch to Jade and
move him to the center, and the party of Guy, Jade, Anise, and Natalia will
fight the enemy controlling the blue flames. Bah, I'd go after the other stuff
that we can get from the blue flames but it's just not... worth it. Plus we can
come back here... later, and stuff.

Now only Luke is left and right up ahead is the meeting point since the blue
flames are gone, so there's a big happy family reunion and stuff as everyone
gives their final motives... except Jade, because that sort of thing doesn't
suit him. Too true, it doesn't. Anyway, the final save point is right there,
and using the elevator will take you right to the final decisive battle... are
you ready? I hope so. Just take it down and you'll find Van there at a piano,
who's fairly pissed off about Luke coming in Asch's place. Luke delivers one
final, incredibly poetic line... and the ultimate fight begins.

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 \\  Boss: Van                             Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 132,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 682                                EXP  - 15,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 700                               Gald  - 30,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 386                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 561                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Okay, the first thing you will notice is that that is a freaking high HP
 count... the second highest was Sync in the low 80,000s. But that's all
 fitting, because Van is the final boss, and he's also the hardest one of
 all of them! I'm not even joking; this is where underleveled players
 absolutely cannot finish the game, where normal leveled players get stuck
 for a reset or two, and overleveled players who have breezed through every
 single thing up to this point will finally come close if not reaching the
 Game Over screen. Ready for it?

 Van's primary Arcane Arte, Radiant Dragon, will hit for about 1000-1200,
 whereas his spells which are primarily Infernal Prison and Ground Dasher,
 are a good 1800 damage or so. But that's the least of your worries; you can
 just reduce him down to the 70,000 mark or so with little to no problem
 except the fact he'll be going into Overlimit every two seconds, and
 spamming out Arcane Artes that Luke uses, such as Lightning Tiger Blade and
 Guardian Frost. Sure, Van might not rack up all that damage really that
 fast in contrast to how fast you whoop him down, but damn if he isn't
 strong as hell.

 It gets much, much worse when you get below 70,000 HP or so, and he starts
 using his Mystic Arte, Imperial Slaughter. Just like with Sync's Mystic
 Arte, this one gives a split second to run away, but if you suffer the full
 brunt of that, you WILL die. In fact, several characters might die at the
 same time, with full HP, at that one. I'd have Tear spamming Revitalize and
 Resurrection at any and all times while Jade is blasting Van to oblivion
 with his strongest Fonic Artes. Give this one all you have, even a Specific
 or Treat or two if necessary, using Miracle Gels as if they were apple, and
 try to Free Run away from everything you can, using Life Bottles when
 anyone goes. Again, this fight is hard and may take you a couple tries.
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And it all ends as Van steps back only to fall into the core just like his
puppet Sync did. And with that, an FMV takes over as Luke redirects the
Radiation Gate commands to the Absorption Gate and lowers all of Auldrant to
the Qliphoth in the nick of time, and just as he's losing his strength, Asch
helps him via hyperresonance. The world is finally at peace at last, Van and
the God-Generals are dead, and... the group can go back to their world. It's
over... you have completed Tales of the Abyss. NOT!

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             ~-~ ~-~ ~-~  VIII. Walkthrough (Part 3) ~-~ ~-~ ~-~
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Okay, I really, truly do apologize to any that I offended or misled by telling
them that the Absorption Gate and the battle with Van was the final battle,
as it's only the two third mark but was played out to be that, if only looking
cheesy in the process. Sorry, I thought it was obvious and was just playing a
joke. Here's hoping nobody took me seriously with that one though. =) Oh well,
you still have a whole third of the game if not more in front of you, so enjoy
the progression that you still have to make through it. If you're interested in
my current character usage stats:

 Luke    - 90%
 Tear    - 83%
 Jade    - 77%
 Anise   - 42%
 Guy     - 56%
 Natalia - 17%
 Asch    -  2%

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 VIIIa. Baticul
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 - Recommended Level: 50

...And one month after that ensuing chaos, Luke wakes up in Baticul with Mieu,
hearing that his father wants him. Yep, it's been in a month and he still has
an inferiority complex and is moping around all the time thinking about Asch.
Anyway, leave Luke's room and head on over to the drawing room to find Duke
Fabre there, and you'll hear that apparently Van's sword, which was dropped in
the Absorption Gate after the battle... is gone. And the Planet Storm has
become more active. Sounds like a problem.

Either way, it's time to visit everyone. Try to leave the manor, and Ramdas
will give you letters from everyone. So with that, leave the manor and by
absolutely all means head to the weapons and armor shop right now, even though
the Coliseum has been shut down. But hey, you only have one character, so you
can do all this any time, but buy two Holy Judgments by all means, since they
kick ass. All the most expensive weapons available are new and improved stuff,
so buy it all. And sell old stuff, naturally.

With that, take the ride on the left down to the port and talk to either soldier
to board the Katsbert Ferry where Luke does relatively little except read the
letters. Turns out Guy's is a traditional normal letter, Tear's is a situation
report, not a letter, and Anise's... is Anise's. No explanation is necessary.
With that you'll land in Port Sheridan, meaning you need to... leave to go to
Sheridan. Do that and enter the Meeting Hall, where Aston will tell you that a
month ago, Asch took the Albiore III and went to the Radiation Gate. Now that
makes sense.

Asch recently went to Yulia City though, so since Noelle's back on duty, leave
Sheridan and get on the Albiore so we can go see Tear and Asch if he's there.
You may notice when you get on that you have an autopilot feature now, which is
really awesome and saves a good hour in total of navigating back in forth
between areas. Do that to get to Yulia City, of which you may notice is in the
outer world now, which is indeed the Qliphoth. No miasma anymore, so it's all
aesthetic.

Yulia City is the same way... that place really does look great without the
pink aura. Talk to Teodoro right at the entrance, and then at the usual fork
at the entrance, head to the right and go into Tear's room and then to the
flower field, where you'll find Tear. Luke is just his usual angsty self, so
once you're united, it's onward to Daath to find Anise. Might as well leave and
autopilot there.

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 VIIIb. Daath
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 - Recommended Level: 50

Alright... as soon as you enter Daath you'll find Anise tricking someone for
money. Oh geez, like she would ever change. Anyway, Luke and Tear make her give
the money back, so enter the cathedral when the scene is over, and then she'll
rejoin and give you a bit of a heads up. Mohs has been removed from his position
as Grand Maestro and had to go to court, meaning he's no longer an issue either,
but hey, apparently Ion has been missing Luke, so he's in his room. If you
forgot, it's to the right, up in the center, then right.

Ion's there... listen to more of Luke rambling about his inferiority complex,
some more stuff from Tear, and then he has to go. But anyway, Ion sees them off
only to find Guy run in to report to Ion, saying that Dist broke out of jail,
and also broke Mohs out with him. That's a problem... plus Guy ran into Asch,
who said to "watch the God-Generals"... not Dist. A problem once more. Anyways,
Guy and Anise are back, so re-equip them as you will. Asch said he was going to
St. Binah, making that your next destination as well.

Leave Daath when you're done with everything, and autopilot to St. Binah, which
is undergoing steady reconstruction. Talk to Elder McGovern at the top to hear
that Asch has obviously been here, and that "Jade's sarcasm is rubbing off on
Luke". Hahaha, too funny. Anyway, since the neverending chase after Asch is
still continuing, your next destination is Shurrey Hill, which is a good
autopilot target.

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 - Recommended Level: 50

These sub-sections are getting really short now, aren't they? Heh, that's what
I thought. Enter the place for some usual Guy talk (no, not that way). Anise is
cruel as usual. Enter the Sephiroth to find dead Oracle Knights everywhere.
The God-Generals are dead and Asch has been removed, and they're supposed to be
on standby, but it's answered in the passage ring on the next screen, where
you'll find Asch dueling with Legretta. That's right, Legretta and the others
are alive... Arietta's monsters saved them.

Naturally Luke and Asch start fighting, Asch explains some things, and possibly
Sync and Van are alive. And Lorelei is trapped but Asch refuses to say where.
That wraps up that scene... just head back out of this place, since Luke would
never think himself inferior to Asch because he's a replica. Back to St. Binah,
you'll find Jade there, a funny line from Anise followed by Luke/Guy, but the
bad news is that General Frings of Malkuth has been injured. You'll be taken
to Grand Chokmah automatically. Geez, one short sub-section, that. 

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 - Recommended Level: 50

And when you do arrive in Grand Chokmah, you'll hear that Frings's troops were
wiped out by Kimlascan forces... suicide bombers, with dead eyes and dead faces.
Hmmm... that's a pity. Frings dies by the sanctuary, which sucks, but Jade wants
to go see Emperor Peony, as as such is now in your party. Re-equip him if you
wish, which I certainly recommend if you have anything, and then enter the
palace. Anise gave a great reason for being comfortable around Peony by the
way. Just letting you know.

Enter the audience hall to talk with Emperor Peony, laugh at Jade, realize that
Van is indeed alive, and you're off to Baticul, but before you leave you need
to meet Anise by the entrance. Just head there, and naturally you'll get there
before her. More Luke moaning, he gets made fun of by Jade, and then you're off
to Baticul. Just get on the Albiore by the depart on the next screen below,
and then use the autopilot like we always do to return to Baticul. Time to get
Natalia back.

Back in Baticul, just head up to the castle and you'll find Natalia there,
being just as scary as ever. You'll then go to Ingobert's room to talk, where
he'll give Natalia permission to go with you, and your next destination is
Daath again. However, with a reunited party, there's some new stuff open for
you to do, most of which is first of all going to Luke's manor, where you'll
hear that his mother Susanne has fallen ill. That's something a slight bit
tough to do, going to the Mushroom Road, but if you want to, refer to the side
quests section for that. Meanwhile, to Daath.

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 - Recommended Level: 50

Once you get to Daath, Tear just collapses... Luke is a ladies' man though and
helps her into the cathedral, where you'll find Ion there but Anise is gone.
You'll automatically be taken to Ion's room, where you'll hear that there's
miasma everywhere again! That's just great, now the ENTIRE WORLD is just as
ugly as it was in the Qliphoth a while ago. How wonderful... but just leave
Ion's room and head downstairs, using the warp to get down... and you'll find
Oracle Knights all around you, headed by Legretta.

None other than Arietta shows up to help you though, because apparently Anise
has run away with Mohs, with Ion. That's right, all this time Anise was a spy
for Mohs, so that confirms Jade's suspicion. Leave this room and head up to
find Anise with Mohs and Ion, and she manages to toss Guy a note about how to
get into Mt. Zaleho, where Mohs is having Ion commit suicide. That makes the
world map necessary to get to Mt. Zaleho. In heading down to the area below...
Jade makes a rather inappropriate comment as usual. 

Tritheim will find you by the entrance, but anyway, just leave the cathedral
and you'll find a typical Tear quote, and miasma everywhere. Ugly as sin, as
we all know. Anyway, head down to find a whole bunch of replicas antagonizing
the group... but Tear puts them all to sleep, exhausting herself in the
process. With that, leave Daath and use the autopilot feature to get to Mt.
Zaleho. Finally, a dungeon in part 3 of Tales of the Abyss!

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 - Recommended Level: 50

You'll kick it off on a path splitting in two here... time to find Mohs, Anise,
and Ion. Too bad, as usual, that Never Surrender has replaced The Edge of a
Decision, but I've ranted about that enough. At the fork right ahead, head down
first for a Flare Cape, and then just take the upper path all the way over to
the east. I really do recommend fighting a few battles here and there, as some
of the enemies give some very nice experience. At the next fork, head up at it
for a Melange Gel, and then continue on the path down.

On the next screen, the heat is obviously unbearable, but Jade and Mieu are as
full of energy as ever. Anyway, start off on the path but take a left when
applicable, although it's in your best interest to avoid the lava that will fly
out from the pits below... trust me, it harms your HP. Beyond it is a Life
Bottle, so get that and then head back to the path. There's nothing to see by
going east except getting burned by lava, so just follow the path down to the
south for a new screen.

There, head east when you can at the fork, dodging lava to find a Pineapple Gel
and a Cobalt Chamber on the next screen. Cool, so with that head back and go
southwest, but note that you have to move very quickly, as the lava is
engulfing the ground, and stepping in lava is always a bad idea. On the next
screen is none other than a dragon in the distance pelting you with fire. After
some hilarious Jade squabble, head down the path and northeast for a semi
hidden but as usual incredulously useful Sunlight Chamber. Can't beat that!

So with that, head back to the path and head west, while dodging fireballs.
Enjoy the incredibly hilarious Keeping Cool skit that might show up, and when
applicable, head south to get a Carmine Chamber. And with that in mind, start
heading west but avoid the other southern path there, as Luke refuses to go
down there. Just head northwest while dodging fireballs, and make your way
around the curve. The next screen has a fork, so just go west to pick up a nice
good Rare Circlet on the way, then keep going on to the east.

It's pretty much straightforward until you reach a north-south fork... after
two screens, of course. Head north first for a Lunar Guard, and then head south
while utilizing the path when the lava is down low... because getting burned is
bad. Get the Life Bottle on the way because having Natalia use Heal and Cure on
the party is rarely an issue, and then head west to find a save point with
circles coming out of it, though you'd have to be crazy to use a Wing Bottle
there. Just proceed.

Here you will have to stay at the very tip of the path that you're on if you
want to continue without getting singed, so at the magma fork head east for a
Do Sanga, which is an inferior weapon for Jade. Whatevers, return west, and
if you want you can head south to get a music disc called Silver and White,
but in doing so, prepare to lose a lot of HP to the lava. Otherwise, head west
and follow the path south to come face to face with the dragon. Here we go, a
nice good boss fight.

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 \\  Boss: Fyr Bronc                       Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 95,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 810                                EXP  - 16,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 978                               Gald  - 28,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 467                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 704                                                      ||
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     Weakness - Water                            Resist - Fire, Earth    ||
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 Hmmm... first boss fight since Van, and naturally the stats are up a little
 high in the physical department. Jade is obviously a necessity here, and
 in fact it may even be a good idea to turn off all of his stuff except
 Blessed Drops, because not only does that attack kick ass, it's water based
 and even make a complete FoF, making Luke's Guardian Frost all the more
 usable. What I particularly love is using Guardian Frost and then a Radiant
 Howl right after; it gives me a good warm fuzzy feeling inside. =)

 Apart from that, the usual tactics apply. Fyr Bronc's attacks are a little
 strong, with some combos hitting several times at 400 damage apiece, plus
 it's able to fly up in the air and scorch the land below, but hey, Light
 Spear Cannon is good for hitting it when it's in that state, and like I
 mentioned before, Blessed Drops with a few Guardian Frosts will make that
 95,000 HP wither and die in no time. Finish it off, and enjoy the EXP.
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And then it falls into the lava and dies. Mieu and Natalia pity it though, and
I can't really blame them, but whatever. Just head into the cave right ahead,
and then you'll end up on the spot of Mt. Zaleho which is near the Daath
teleport, where Mohs is already having Ion commit suicide. And in one of the
saddest scenes of the game, Ion finishes reading the score, and then he takes
all the miasma from Tear's body into his own... and dies. That's right, he's
dead and it's all Anise's fault.

But anyway, after Mohs is bitched out, you'll be back in Daath, and Arietta
gets up and challenges Anise to a duel. Sweet, it's on, but not now. Anise runs
off, so it's up to Luke to console her, as usual. Head right and over to the
chapel north of the cathedral's entrance, and after Luke comforts her a bit,
she rejoins the group. And now we're back to worrying about where Asch is, but
for now there are the usual couple things to do that are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!
Which is a good thing.

Since you're in Daath anyway, leave and use the Albiore to get to Daath Bay,
where you'll find Natalia's trainer Nick there being harassed. Anyway, you'll
get a new fonic arte called Healing Force after that, which is just basically
a Regen in Final Fantasy terms, but oh well, better than nothing. After that,
there's something even more important to do, but first go to Belkend, since
it's on the way to the next stop after that.

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 - Recommended Level: 51

And guess what? The first thing you see when you enter is someone dying from
having their replica data extracted. Owzers. Apparently some traveling scorer
has also left for Baticul, but that's not an issue yet. Head into Fon Machine
Laboratory I and then head north once and west once to find Spinoza there.
Apparently the Qliphoth is going right back to the way it used to be, but Asch
has been here and recently left for Mt. Roneal, making him the more major of
concerns.

Leave Fon Machine Laboratory I as the next trip is Mt. Roneal, but outside Luke
will stop Jade, and after forcing a lot out of Jade, it's made clear that
someone wielding the Sword of Lorelei could take his own life, along with the
lives of 10,000 other Seventh Fonists... and destroy all the miasma on the
planet. Guess what Luke is thinking with that... nah, on second thought, don't.
But anyway, the next destination is Mt. Roneal, but there's something EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT TO DO IN KETERBURG!

That's right, go to Keterburg, assuming you rescued Shiba in Aramis Spring in
part 2 of the game like I told you to. Always listen to me, ya, cuz this is
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. Head to the hotel, right to the left near the chest
there and you'll find Shiba and Peko there... the latter of who found a very
dangerous item in Mt. Roneal, with Fourth Fonons that will germinate and freeze
stuff. So to remedy that, you'll automatically be taken to Mt. Zaleho, where
Luke throws it into the volcano... and it freezes that too! Helpful.

Anyway, head east here and you'll find the place really has frozen. You'll
find a Stun Talisman to the east at one of the places where the lava used to be
bad, but more importantly, head to that one fork where Luke refused to go south.
When you get there, just head north to reach the Sephiroth, and in the center
is a funny scene followed by Mieu absorbing Fifth Fonons to get Mieu Fire 2.
Yes, that's extremely important, believe me. To test it out, use it on the
target to the north, and Luke is already annoyed at the poor guy.

You need to get out through the Daath exit, and the Albiore is conveniently
waiting for you at Daath Bay, and with that, it's pretty much necessary to do
the Mushroom Road side quest now, as you'll want to get a certain item when you
go into Mt. Roneal. So if you have any intention of doing that, especially if
you got Mieu Fire 2, refer to the side quests section now. When you do have the
Greater Flightstone, enter Mt. Roneal and prepare to be there awhile, as you
need the Refined Flightstone there... yep, it's covered just right below.

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 VIIIh. Mt. Roneal
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 - Recommended Level: 52

So when you enter, you'll learn just a little bit more about Asch than you
really needed to know from the Dark Wings, but anyways, the place is really
straightforward; all you need to do is get to the passsge ring. Just get to
the place where you fought Largo, Arietta, and Legretta eons ago, and then
take the path right above that down into the Sephiroth, where Luke finds a
locket that states "for my daughter Meryl"... and remember who Meryl was?
Natalia. But naturally, Luke hides this.

Anyway, get to the actual passage ring and you'll find Asch there, who will
explain a little more but once again refuse to travel together with the
replica. Anyway, now it's just time to return to Baticul to find that
traveling scorer, but there's something EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to get here!
Remember me rambling about that so called Refined Flightstone in this place?
Time to get it, but in the process, you'll want to have the Albiore on you. As
such, leave the way you came in and get the Albiore.

With that, you'll need to fly over to the western side of Mt. Roneal itself,
which there should be no problem landing on the snowy surface, because there
is of course no problem landing on since you DID finish the Mushroom Road
after all. ;] Anyway, when you land there, there are two entrances: the
northwest one leads to an area with an ongoing blizzard, the northeast one
leads to the Sephiroth. Go into the blizzard.

In there, head west before anything and you'll find a clump of ice that falls
when you walk on it, and then take that new path to the east, where you'll
find the inferior Vorpal Sword, but it would come in handy against someone
like, let's say, Dist. Now head back up and enter the cave which is straight
up north, and you'll find nine altars... strange, am I right? Yeah, the goal
is to get the nine on the floor as well as the three on the sides, lit at the
same time... with a single shot of Mieu Fire 2. That's right, it's possible,
but it'll take some work.

Head straight up to the top. You may have noticed that some of the tiles along
the way have been white, and there's a reason for that. Arrange three altars
so that they are in the shape of a rightward slash ("/"), and it is CRUCIAL
that the middle one is on the white tile! Trust me, if you don't do that you'll
go mad wondering what you're doing wrong. Once those are arranged, do the same
with the altars right below, but form a leftward slash with those ("\"), but
once again, middle on the white tile, peoples. And repeat with the bottom
three altars, but those in the shape of a rightward again ("/").

You're done with that side. Leave this room and head back out to the blizzard,
and notice that there are three trees over to the right. Use Mieu Wings to get
up the middle one and find a Mythril Circlet and very rare Special Gel there,
and then descend, doing the same with the tree on the right. Follow the path
you get from there, and you'll be back in that cave. Get the 15000 Gald lying
there, and just use Mieu Fire 2 to light the altar... and you can pass. Simple,
am I right?

Now head north and you'll find two altars that you need to light to proceed...
but there's a catch: you have to do it in one shot. Just line yourself up with
them, and with a couple efforts you'll get it lit up. You can keep going, get
the Red Lavender, and after a usual linear path, you'll come to a blocked
space between two altars, and a mirror... ouch. No problem though; line the
mirror and right altar up, and just fire Mieu Fire 2 at that angle, reflecting
it back at the left altar. Open sesame.

In the next area, just head over to the far left side, and you'll find a mirror
of sorts. Just push it over to the white tile, and then you need to backtrack
all the way out of this place. Oh well, we're making progress. Use the
Albiore to get to the eastern part of Mt. Roneal, which is immediately inside
the Sephiroth. Take the path to the northeast, but do NOT take the ice slide
on the right, or you'll be back in the main passage of Mt. Roneal, where you
need to go all the way back to the passage ring and head southward out and
go back around... very unfavorable to say the least.

So basically in that next area, grab the Pineapple Gel and head northwest,
to come to a north-south fork. Just head south first and push the mirror onto
the white tile, and then head north, where you will finally make the Mieu Fire
2 shot to light up this entire area. Believe me, it is possible even though
it'll probably take a number of efforts. If it seems impossible, just double
check the position of the altars in the northwest area. Eventually though, it
will succeed and you have to go back there. I know, unfortunate.

Just leave this area the way you came in and use the Albiore to get back to
the northwest side, and return to the altars, where you'll find the door at
the north is open. Head out there, and you'll find probably the hardest
enemies you've yet encountered. Fantastic, huh? Some of them have in excess
of 120,000 HP, but they give tons of EXP. Anyway, you want to go all the way
northeast, up the massive hill, where you'll find a search point for the
Refined Flightstone... and now the Albiore has an energy bar, which at max
can penetrate bad weather. Okay, that's cool, now go all the way back to the
Albiore itself and fly to Baticul.

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 VIIIi. Baticul
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 - Recommended Level: 53

When you get to Baticul, you'll immediately hear that Mohs was transferred
here but broke out, so the perimeter is being searched. Great, we get to search
for his bastard ass, but before that, you may want to go to the coliseum/shops
to get some equipment if you haven't completely updated everyone's stuff yet.
Once you're done with that, just take the cab at the west down to the port,
where you'll find Mohs and Dist talking about a place called Eldrant, and it
ends with Dist casting an arte on Mohs that turns him into a monster.

That's right, he's idiotic to the point of turning into a monster to protect the
Score. But whatever, after they leave, the scorer is assumed at leaving, but
Luke wants to see King Ingobert. Just take the cab back and go to the palace,
where Jade and Guy assume excellent skills at getting rid of Natalia, saying
that Emperor Peony wants to marry her. Hahaha... meanwhile everyone gets into
the castle and shows Ingobert the locket, and finally we realize that Largo is
Natalia's father. Predictable, yes, but still something not to tell her.

With that, Natalia's nurse is in Chesedonia to confirm that, making it the next
destination, and Tear offers the excellent suggestion of just pretending that
the scorer is there. So with that, leave the castle to find Natalia outside,
and there Jade delivers the best line in the entire video game industry: "Oh I
assure you, I'm crying on the inside. Racked with guilt." Uh huh. Yep. Anyway,
before leaving for Chesedonia, this is a good opportunity to resume some usual
side quests, which will obviously mean using the Albiore to get some new stuff.

Now accessible is the stormy stuff in the Isle of Hod which is a bit northish
on the world map but overall towards the center; there's a search point there,
plus you can go through the Zao Desert. Not only that, but whirlpools too, but
if you want to get into Nam Cobanda Island or eastern Ortion Cavern, refer to
the side quests portion of the guide. Just letting you have some stuff on you
before you go to Chesedonia, aka Din's shop. When ready though, just head over
there.

Once inside, head south to the area east of Astor's mansion by the border, and
you'll find that the lie became the truth: the traveling scorer is here, and
who is it? Oh, Sync, of course, creating a large crowd. He mentions a New Order
of Lorelei ruled by "Fon Master Mohs", and in a further attempt to piss Anise
off, Sync speaks in Ion's voice and leaves. Notice his mask is off. Anyway,
Jade uses that moment to make Natalia go cheer Anise up, and you're off to
Astor's mansion. All you have to do is go inside.

As it turns out, Natalia's father was a man named Badaq called the Lion of the
Desert, with a large stature. Sound familiar? Yeah, it's Largo. Anyway, when
you're done head to the northern section of town and to the left by the inn to
find Anise and Natalia, and after Jade acts all cool again, the next place off
is Yulia City, which Guy loves for obvious reasons. But there's still more
side quests to do, starting with the OH SO IMPORTANT ONE of getting a new fonic
arte for Jade!

Alright, Jade's quest can't be completed until far, far later in the game, but
seven of eleven steps are doable now, but only five are necessary for this new
fonic arte. To kick it off, go to Grand Chokmah and into the Malkuth Military
Headquarters, which are west of the palace. Once inside, head south one screen
and then up the stairs there, then to the west to the briefing room. Talk to
Sesemann there, who has an Ancient Scroll for you, which is confusing as hell.
Talk to Elder McGovern in St. Binah about it, and now you have nine stones in
the entire world to find. That's two out of eleven steps done.

The first stone is back in Chesedonia. Head to the northern inn and over to the
second floor, in the middle room. Examine the dresser there to find the first
stone. Aight, with that done, leave for Keterburg, entering from the southern
side. Once there, Jade mentions Dist real quick, and in the very northern part
of town, examine behind the statue to find the second stone. And as for the
third, it's in Sheridan. Enter from the southern side and head northwest one
screen to find it there, and Jade will learn his third strongest arte, Absolute.

That ended nice and good, but the remaining six stones can wait until much
later to finish off. For now, go to Yulia City to continue the story. You'll
immediately be taken to Teodoro's room, where you'll hear a large body mass is
moving, consuming Seventh Fonons rapidly, and now you have to search the ocean
for that. It's directly south of Yulia City, and it's a place familiar to Guy
for some reason. Land if you wish, it's the next destination.

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 VIIIj. Isle of Feres
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 - Recommended Level: 53

I dig this music just like I dig the Choral Castle music. It's dark, soothing,
melodic... perfect for a haunted place, same thing. A tidal wave apparently
wiped the island out, which makes sense as it was one of the islands of Hod.
But enough of the history lesson. Save if you need to, and get the Pineapple
Gel north of the entrance. At the fork anyways, head west first and ignore the
stairs there; they just lead to a dead end. Just follow the path all the way to
a Wing Bottle and a Rare Guard.

Now head back to the entrance and head east this time. The miasma really does
add to this place's atmosphere, eh? Head to the far right on that next screen
to find another Pineapple Gel, and then see the building directly north of
that? Enter through the right door, and the door will lock. Don't you just hate
that. Either way, beat the Knight Replica there and then take the northern
door, getting the Schwarzvogel on the left, which is basically an inferior
weapon for Tear, with a crappy ass name.

Go to the far east and up the stairs, and in that next hall, just head west
and up the ladder, where in the next screen, you can just promptly go down
another ladder to the right! Looks cool, being on these rooftops though. Once
there below, use Mieu Fire 2 to hit the switch on the other side, and then go
across to grab a Mythril Circlet. With that done, go back up and over to the
left, hitting the switch there to extend the bridge to the left. Use the lift
there to get to the 5th floor, where a Melange Gel is yours to take.

After doing that, just use the lift to get to the 2nd floor, and hit the lever
on the other side to extend the bridge. Once there, enter the building and
defeat the two enemies inside. With that done, head up the ladder towards the
northeast, and then just follow the path to the west and go down another ladder
to find a healing circle. And as a breath of fresh air, Jade delivers some more
classic comedy. In any case, head a bit to the left and use Mieu Wings to get
up the ladder there.

From there, follow the path to the east and then enter the building. Just head
up the hall to the north, and then enter the room on the left. In that next
room, take the southern exit, and use Mieu Fire 2 to hit the statue right
across your vision, reflecting it unto the switch, allowing you to claim the
Lebhaft Capacity Core, which is surprisingly decent. Anyway, make your way
back to the save point. And before anything else, enter the house on the left
for an Apple Gel.

You'll notice the floor in the middle is weak, so use Mieu Attack to break it
and go down. When you land, get the Rebirth Doll and another Apple Gel, and
attack the floor once more. In that next room, head south into the hall and
head east and up the stairs, taking the immediate door south for a Magic Lens,
and the second door south to hit a switch and find a Red Lavender on the other
side of a bridge. And with that, take the north door; the ladder just leads to
the save point.

So in that next room, beat up the knight then head out to the east, following
the path and going down the ladder at the end. In that hall, head east and use
Mieu Fire 2 to hit the statue near you, reflecting it a switch to make a bridge
open to a chest way in the distance. You can get that later, it's something
good though. =) And with that, go back and take the stairs above down,
entering the eastern door, clearing that room, and going out through the south.
Now just move a bit to the east and a scene will take over. Yeah, Arietta did
live in the Isle of Feres.

Now follow the path over to the east and just keep going all the way over to
find a door there, in which you can promptly enter, beat the knight, and exit
east. There you will find a third save point. Head up the stairs, where you'll
find Arietta, and after her life story rambling, it'll be up to Largo to decide
the duel. Now enter the building to find an army of replicas, Luke acting like
an idiot, and an FMV of Eldrant rising... it's a replica of Hod. Listen to Mohs
babble a bit, and then enter the building so that the dramatic music will stop.
The Isle of Feres is over... but the third Sword Dancer is outside waiting...

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 \\  Boss: Sword Dancer #3               Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 86,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 597                                EXP  - 12,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 379                               Gald  - 12,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 434                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 316                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - Physical       ||
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 I can tell, you're already disappointed at the low amount of EXP and gald
 from this battle. Or that pathetic attack count. But yes, the Sword Dancer
 still has the usual methods of spinning around doing quadruple digit damage
 as well as going into Overlimit twice a second, but I have one thing to
 tell you beforehand. Before entering this battle, put a Grass Chamber on
 either Swallow Fury or Raging Blast for Luke, and spam those over and over
 until you manage to steal a Sunlight Chamber from the Sword Dancer. You can
 never have too many Sunlight Chambers.

 As usual, you'll probably want to stay away from the Sword Dancer when it
 goes into Overlimit, because you'll never end up doing much damage, and if
 you yourself have Overlimit, it might be worth waiting until it's done to
 blast it with Radiant Howl or whatnot, as it'll just do more damage. But I
 don't joke when I say that the Sword Dancer will die far, far quicker than
 you might expect, even if you may have to consume a Life Bottle here and
 there. As usual, Jade helping with some FoF Changes is the best available.
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And once that battle ends, you're treated to the Sunlight Chamber you stole,
and the Ultimatus sword, which is the third best in the game, only beaten by
the Soul Crush and Shakunage which are for Luke and Guy respectively, gotten
from the coliseum battles, but you can win those more easily with the Ultimatus
anyway. Now I would highly recommend using a Wing Bottle on the save point
below, as who the hell wants to backtrack all the way through a hideously long
dungeon like this one.

But wait. When you return to the entrance, remember that chest I said you would
get later? Time to claim it. Head to the left at the entrance fork, and go up
the former dead end stairs. Climb up the ladder and you can then claim the
Sunlight Chamber there. Sweet, that makes my fourth. =) And with that, leave the
Isle of Feres and try to approach Eldrant, which is the floating island in the
very center of the world. Just attempt it, Noelle can't get through the Planet
Storm's barrier. Now it's off to Grand Chokmah.

When you get to Grand Chokmah, head to the Malkuth Military Headquarters which
we were at a while ago, and once inside you'll find Nordheim. With that, go to
the briefing room where you got the Ancient Scroll, where Sesemann is. After
some more theorizing, try to head into the palace, and the whole world will
hear Mohs' voice, and you can see he's already losing it. I mean really, just
listen to that, it's one big rant about how no one obeys the Score anymore.
And after it, the God-Generals appropriately leave Eldrant.

Anyway, head into the palace and talk to Emperor Peony. Turns out that Kimlasca
and Malkuth will have to work together again, and the next person to talk to is
Teodoro in Yulia City, but leave the palace first to find Largo there, who is
the obvious mediator of the Anise/Arietta duel, and says the latter is waiting
in Cheagle Woods as we speak. I'd recommend resting at an inn before anything,
but when you're ready, just autopilot over there. This would, however, be an
excellent time to do the Ortion Cavern (East) side quest.

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 VIIIk. Cheagle Woods
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 - Recommended Level: 55

Once in the Cheagle Woods, Anise will attempt to go off alone, but everyone
refuses to let her do that, so yep, you're stuck with her after a nice little
comment by Jade. The game is even nice enough to pit you in the tree already,
so just make your way down the path and enter the upper screen, but just make
sure you have Anise in your party; such is necessary. In that next room,
Arietta states that she only helped you for Ion anyway, so to avenge him and
the Liger Queen... en garde.

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 \\  Boss: Arietta / Liger / Hresvelgr     Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 25,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 317                                EXP  - 19,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 859                               Gald  - 36,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 400                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 956                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 38,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 411                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 946                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 309                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 843                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Wind           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 36,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 401                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 962                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 300                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 853                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Fire                             Resist - Water          ||
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 Arietta isn't as tough as she was the last two rounds, lemme tell ya. As
 you can see, her HP is pathetic considering you can do 800-900 damage at a
 usual sword slice, and her monster allies may be a little rough with their
 constant attacking, but you can certainly manage, even though those defense
 values are a little high. Realistically Arietta should probably be your last
 target, but certainly not your first, because as the fight wears on she'll
 start pulling out Mystic Artes.

 Meanwhile, attacks that have a realistic chance of hitting both the liger
 and the bird are best, like Guardian Field, Swallow Fury, or FoF Changes,
 plus Infernal Prison from Jade is always great to roast the Hresvelgr. But
 just don't focus on Arietta too much, or the monsters will rip you to shreds
 after her Mystic Artes. Basically, she'll use Evil Light (only about 1200
 damage or so to one character) and then almost immediately, Big Bang, which
 can't kill you but will do about 2100-2200 to the entire party like Mystic
 Cage. Just as an idea, my Luke had exactly 4000 HP, so you can assume that
 can decimate you. But anyway, the fight will end quickly with a few of them
 dying off.
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And with that, Arietta dies, unable to see the revival of the Isle of Feres.
Largo picks up Arietta's dead body, however, and tells Anise not to pity her,
as that's mocking your enemy's ideals. After preaching about her ideals a bit,
Luke calls Largo "Badaq"... and no, he doesn't introduce himself, he simply
states that the next time you two meet, he'll slaughter you. After Anise gets a
new title, rejoice... one of the Six God-Generals is finally dead for good.
With that in mind, leave this room and save.

The game isn't kind enough to just immediately teleport you anywhere, so you
need to manually make your way out of the Cheagle Woods, which is surprisingly
short considering how long it felt the first time you were through there.
If you did the stuff at Ortion Cavern, do talk with the Cheagle Elder for the
Holy Seal and Dark Seal, which raise the effects of Holy and Dark Bottles.
Anyways, when you get out of the Cheagle Woods, go to the Albiore and autopilot
to Yulia City, where the first thing you see is a dying replica. Bah, just go
to the second floor conference room and talk to Teodoro, and then you'll just
automatically be in Baticul to talk to King Ingobert.

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 VIIIl. Baticul
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 - Recommended Level: 56

Rather convenient, just going directly to Baticul like that. Just head one
screen up and you'll find there are just a few too many people there for its
own good. Just head to the elevator at the upper right and take it up to find
a bunch more replicas talking about some place called the Tower of Rem, which
they automatically had the memory of. Alright, just take the next elevator up
to find a huge crowd in front of the castle, but Natalia manages to calm them
down. Just head into the castle now.

Head right into the audience hall to talk with Ingobert about the replica issue,
and then after Luke mentions the "other issue", leave that room and head to
Ingobert's chambers. If you've forgotten, it's left in the first room, then up
the stairs, then left again. Yep, we already know Largo is Natalia's father. So
with that done, leave the castle and Jade will take the Albiore to Malkuth, but
guess what? Asch contacts Luke and agrees to meet him in the manor. So guess
where you go now? That's right, the manor.

Inside, Luke starts talking his usual crap, remembering what Ion said in Mt.
Zaleho, and what he said all those months ago in Yulia City to Tear, about
giving his life to bring Akzeriuth back. What a moron. But anyway, Asch joins
the party for one brief moment if only to speak with Duke Fabre. No, you can't
control him in battle, sadly. Just head to the courtyard, west, then north, and
after a very brief scene, Luke starts moaning outside, delivering the worst line
in the game: "I have no right to exist! No replica does!".

Jesus, what a retard. But anyways, after Natalia and Jade talk with their
respective lords, the next destination is Daath for the actual summit. Before
leaving, though, I might note that now since you're in Baticul anyway, is an
excellent time to stop by the Coliseum and start fighting at least the beginner
battle stages. The advanced single match is most likely too hard even for
powerhouses like Luke and Guy at the moment, and the advanced team match, while
rather easy, should definitely wait until later in the game.

As for the beginner single match, I controlled Luke. The first match, in which
An Arrow Is Shot plays during, is an easy brawler. The second match is longer,
but that's good because the game is kind enough to play The Edge of a Decision
during it. =) It's not hard as long as you use Free Run in a stealthy type of
way. As for the third fight, The Fang Which Wants Blood plays against an evil
chick who casts Infernal Prison. As long as you Free Run away, that's no prob
and will allow you to slash away during the animation, plus Swallow Fury is
always there from the complete fire FoF.

If you're having trouble, Luke's Steel with a Grass Chamber restores some HP,
plus Guy has Center if you use him. The beginner single is no problem, and the
beginner team is even easier; Tear with Resurrection can't be beaten; with some
Mystic Artes and FoF Changes it's a cakewalk. Anyways, supposing you're done
there, it's time to leave... except when you come out, Spinoza runs in saying
that Asch has gone to the Tower of Rem, and he intends to take all the replicas
with him to eliminate the miasma. Ouch, gotta stop him. The Tower of Rem is the
huge tower in the southeast part of Auldrant; it's impossible to miss.

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 VIIIm. Tower of Rem
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 - Recommended Level: 56

And after the trademark long bridge that always accompanies places like the
Tower of Rem, you'll find a huge army of replicas, who have no individual
identity are are gonna die anyway. Sickening, yep, plus Noir shows up just a
second later confirming that Asch is indeed planning a mass suicide. So since
the elevator doesn't work, Guy and everyone else are forced to ascend the stairs
because of the girls. Sad, I know. So with that, start ascending the stairs on
the left.

As you go up, get the Melange Gel and make sure that you beat all the enemies
you see, as they're easy and give a very nice amount of EXP. Keep going up the
stairs to find Urushi and York there, so yeah, Asch is sacrificing himself so
that Natalia's kingdom won't suffer. Get the Scwarzloewe next to them, which is
a useless sword for Luke or Guy. Just proceed up some more stairs to get the
Scildecido Capacity Core, which is great for speed demons. Just ascend some more
stairs, getting the Elder Robe there which you already have.

The stairs then end, which is good because Jade has been frail since birth.
Grab the Grass Chamber on the left and then get on the lift. finishing the
enemy off on the next floor, since it's right in the way. Fiddle with the handle
on the left when you come in to open the doors on either side, and then just
take the ladder on the right, and on the walkway above that you reach, you'll
notice two ladders going down, you're looking for the second one. Go down that
one and grab the Lottery Gel there.

If you're unfamiliar with these, like I was at the time... they do something
random. Just save it for an emergency and hit the handle on the right to open
the doors on either side. Then hit the handle on the right, although it's only
one part of two. Take the ladder nearby up and get the Red Chamomile which is
as always great for Jade. Now go back down the ladder and go all the way around
this place, returning to the very, very far left, where there is indeed a
barrier, but it's recognizable by the lift there anyway.

Use Mieu Wings on the far left to get up the ladder, and grab the Pineapple
Gel, Ancient Ribbon, and Rebirth Doll that you find. Now head down the ladder
and go to the right to open the barrier on the left, and then head through there
and take the other lift up to the top of the Tower of Rem at last. However, just
head to the right to find the elevator is inaccessible unless you blast the
glass off, which Guy obviously finds a way to do. Examine the Rem Capacitor
on the right, and it'll be in your inventory, sweet.

Return to the previous room, and you'll notice there's five blue golems and one
red one running around. In battle you NEED TO USE THE REM CAPACITOR AS AN ITEM
to get the energy, but just a word, blue golems give 20% and the red gives a
whooping 120%, but the red is hard to get without raising Barrier 3, just
letting you know. So just do that, win some battles, and then return up, save
at the healing circle, listen to Jade diss Guy, and if you got it to 120%, get
the useful Longinus spear for Jade that drops by. And now you can jump in the
elevator... but none other than Dist manages to attack in the process.

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 \\  Boss: Kaiser Dist XX                  Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 110,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 703                                EXP  - 20,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 1104                              Gald  - 32,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 385                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 861                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Sure, Dist may have the most HP since Van and has only extremely high
 physical defense, but he's not very hard, though it's really a pain in the
 ass that he fixed the Kaiser up so that it isn't weak to water anymore.
 I personally got Radiant Howl, Mystic Cage, and Razing Phoenix in this
 battle and he died in almost no time, since he really doesn't have any new
 tactics aside from his usual spins and constant smashing in front of
 himself. Jade's high level fonic artes along with Luke's FoF Changes will
 end this battle in no time despite the semi-high HP and physical defense,
 but just have Revitalize ready in case. Not a problem.
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Once Dist is done fighting, he tries to blow up the Kaiser and the elevator
simultaneously... but Luke uses Raging Blast to throw him in the sky as the
Kaiser blows him up inside it. I know he has the tenacity of a cockroach, but
that's pretty damn hard to survive. And Dist doesn't succeed, might I add. So
with that, Asch goes to Daath, which was the party's next destination anyway,
so leave the Tower of Rem and just autopilot to Daath.

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 VIIIn. Daath
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 - Recommended Level: 58

When you enter Daath, just head straight up into the cathedral and the chapel,
and you'll find Ingobert, Peony, and Teodoro there, and as it turns out Asch
didn't let them know he was going to die, plus Jade lets Guy explain some more
as usual. =P But on a serious note, Luke seriously considers taking Asch's
place in the suicide ritual, so he needs time to think. Head out of the
chapel and you'll find Guy and Natalia in that room, so talk to the both of
them for some highly dramatic conversations.

Now enter the library on the left and speak with Tear at the very top; she'll
let Luke do it but will never forgive him. Yes she does call him an idiot
twice. And with that, Luke totally makes up his mind to do it, so you're on
your way to the chapel when Asch shows up to give an update about Lorelei, and
then after Luke tries to convince Asch to let him go, Asch just calls him a
piece of shit and says that he'll do it because Luke just stole his existence
anyway. Typical Asch.

So with that, talk to the world leaders again, and in these grim moments of
storyline overwhelmingness, your next stop is the Tower of Rem for a second
time. Leave Daath and head there, and once inside, all you have to do is take
to the elevator to the top; it works now. What follows really is the most
heart wrenching scene in the game; I know I've said that a lot in this guide,
but this probably is it. All the replicas are there, ready to give themselves
up for the new replicas, but then Asch comes in after Luke, wanting to do it,
but again, Luke is determined.

The group respects Luke's decision to do it, and Jade manages to distract Asch
while Guy gets Tear out of the way after calling Luke a bastard for a final
time. Asch gives Luke's hyperresonance some power, and with that, Luke dies.
Yep, Luke sees through his arm, all the miasma of the world disappears and
Auldrant is now blue instead of pink... and when they wake up, Luke and Asch
are both alive, holding hands in a sickening fashion. Luke should NOT have
survived that, which means Belkend for a medical examination is the next stop.

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 VIIIo. Belkend
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 - Recommended Level: 58

In Belkend, Luke manages to shoo the rest of the group out, but yes, his blood
fonons are separating and he will die very soon. He meets the group back at the
inn and says he's okay, but Jade of course knows he's a bad liar. So with that
ending happily enough for everyone else, the next destination is Baticul. But
first of all, though, there is something RIDICULOUSLY IMPORTANT TO DO NOW! The
limit is between now and the dungeon right after Baticul, which is crazy
considering how important this is.

Head to Daath, the cathedral, to the right, then up to the right into Ion's
room, where you'll hear there's a funeral service for Ion going on the next
day. Tear agrees to sing the fonic hymns during it, and as she does that during
the service, she gets to the Fifth Hymn (only one you don't know), then feels
the power in her. And with that done, Tear learns Judgment, which is one of the
best spells in the game to say the least. There's really very little to do at
this point, so just progress the story by going to Baticul.

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 VIIIp. Baticul
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 - Recommended Level: 58

As usual, you're going up to the top when the Fabre manor and the castle are
to start some big events. Just go there and the group will split up, except
Mieu manages to tell Tear about the fact that Luke is going to die. So when
Luke is alone in his room, another sad scene between him and Tear starts, and
after that, you're off to report to everyone in the drawing room. As usual,
leave Luke's room, head west in the courtyard, and then south to find everyone.
Apparently, an emissary of the New Order of Lorelei is at the castle.

The group goes there to find Largo there to find Kimlasca's reaction to it,
and then leaves quietly. But anyway, King Ingobert decides to tell Natalia the
truth, that Badaq, her father, was a mercenary who now goes by the name of
Largo the Black Lion. And of course, hearing this, Natalia gets all hysterical
and runs off to chase Largo. Now you need to chase her out, so leave the castle
and go down the usual two elevators, then left to the port, where Natalia has
her bow drawn against Largo, who then tells his life story.

So with that, the next stop is Yulia City, as usual. Before that, though, you
may wish to see Ingobert in his chambers, and then go to Chesedonia to speak
with Natalia's nanny about Badaq's past. Her nanny is in Astor's mansion, right
in the lower of two doors on the left, if you want to do that. When you're
ready, just go to Yulia City, which is once again free of miasma. Just head
right into the conference room.

Once inside, plans start being discussed but the group decides to split up for
the moment. Anise is on the left balcony, Jade is right downstairs to the left,
Guy is right outside, and Tear and Natalia are both in Tear's room, and you
need to see them to progress. They basically talk about how Tear felt when she
learned Van's motive, the usual stuff. After that, the whole group meets back
in the conference room, and it's official: the Planet Storm is going to be
stopped at none other than the Absorption Gate. Yeah, remember that place, where
you fought Van eons ago? That's your next stop.

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 VIIIq. Absorption Gate
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 - Recommended Level: 58

Never thought you'd come back here, did you? Well, you're steadfastly coming
close to the end of the game, but I would like to say one thing now: make
absolutely sure that Tear learns Judgment, as this is the last opportunity to
learn it. Got that? If not, head to Ion's room in Daath and learn it there.
Once you do, step inside. Now, you may remember that I left some of the stuff
from before because of the blue flames, so if you wish, you can go grab those
things while you're here. That I recommend.

There's already an Oracle ship at the entrance, meaning you have company. Enter
the Absorption Gate, and I for one already have a green fonon, which is good
because for the upper left score, you need one green, one blue, and one red
fonon. To start off with, take the upper left path down and follow it for a
blue fonon, and then return to the score in the convenient way that the game
allows, and take the lower left path down to find a Red Sage. Which, as I have
said several times already, is a piece of crap.

Back at the main area, the very long upper right path will give you a red fonon
while the lower right gives a useless yellow fonon. Eh, don't need that. There
is not much left now, so at last take the central warp down, grabbing the
Mythril Boots which are not far off the entrance, formerly blocked by blue
flames. Descend the long spiral all the way to the second to last gate, then
follow that down to reach the warp that leads down to where the group was
formerly separated. Hey, healing circle there.

Now at last, you've come to that place from before, but all you need to do is
go down a massive spiral, then a warp descent, a path south, and you're right
at the massive warp to the passage ring where you fought Van ages ago. Watch a
scene beforehand, save, and enter to find Legretta, Largo, and Sync, all in
new outfits. Why that is I have no idea, perhaps it's because of their new
power, but none other than Van is there as well, giving Mohs the Seventh
Fonstone. With them is a replica of Ion for that too, so everyone leaves but
Largo, who decides to finish you off here.

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 \\  Boss: Largo                        Party: Luke, Jade, Natalia, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 140,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 768                                EXP  - 23,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 769                               Gald  - 35,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 201                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 593                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Earth, Fire    ||
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 While Largo has more HP even than Van had back in the first trip to the
 Absorption Gate, he lacks both the physical defense and fonic defense
 necessary to draw the fight out. I know it's quite rare that I use Natalia,
 but I brought her in this battle both for poetic purposes, and also for
 the fact that Largo is a slow, stronger type of opponent that tends to
 focus more on one character at a time, making her Cure perfect for that
 purpose. Regardless, Largo is barely harder than Dist.

 First of all, Jade with Blessed Drops, Thunder Blade, and Absolute are
 ideal for this battle because of Largo's very low defense ratings, but for
 the first portions of this battle, all you really need to do is beat up on
 him with virtually your whole party while he does his very slow combo which
 does a good 1400-1500 damage, but later in the battle, when "Arcane Arte"
 and "Mystic Arte" start showing up, you need to Free Run away, because those
 attacks are extremely powerful, especially his Brimstone Tempest, which is
 the strongest thing since Imperial Slaughter. All the same, you really
 outnumber him, plus with his lack of speed he will go down very quickly.
 And your reward for that battle is the Black Onyx, which raises your HP by
 a whooping 30%. I like that.
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And as it ends, Largo gets up and immediately rushes toward Luke to finish him
off as he probably would Asch earlier, but Natalia shoots him in the back with
an arrow, and after one final speech which Largo gives to his daughter, he
dies. I know, I wanted him to be tougher as he was one of the cooler villains
in the game, but anyways, after Natalia overcomes her usual trauma, you need to
go even further into the core. Take the upper left path, and then follow the
spiral all the way down to the warp near the purple light.

Luke then tries to use the Jewel of Lorelei to try and close off the Absorption
Gate, but instead he gets thrust into the planet's core and sees its memory:
Van is in the core and grants a dying Sync some of Lorelei's power, and then
Asch rushes in and starts yelling as usual. Then Luke's back out, having done
that, but as the group leaves, Sync is seen outside trying to attack, while Van
is outside with Mohs and the Ion replica, reading the Seventh Fonstone. And
guess what? Mohs loses his last remaining bits of sanity and disappears.

With that, Van leaves with Legretta and Sync for Eldrant, telling Luke and
Asch to step through a sea of corpses and fight him, and that he'll show no
mercy even to Tear. So with that, the Planet Storm needs to be closed off at
the Radiation Gate, but first the Ion replica needs to be taken to Daath. So
just autopilot there and enter the first screen of the cathedral, to find the
replica is already attached to Ion. She names him Florian (convenient) and
leaves him there. Next stop is the Radiation Gate, so leave Daath and head for
the island at the very southern point of Auldrant, with the green winds.

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 VIIIr. Radiation Gate
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 - Recommended Level: 60

At long last, even though it's about 95-96 percent of the way through the game,
you've come to the first Sephiroth. Well, it's the ninth Sephiroth in the game
in our terms, but hey, whatever. To kick this party off, just head to the left
to find a large bony structure there, and that's pretty much what you'll be
going down through the entirety of this rather small dungeon. Take it down and
make sure you fight some enemies along the way. This is the third of four new
dungeons in the third part of the game, and the enemies give the most EXP yet.

You'll find a walkway right near the entrance when you start descending, so
take that to get a Red Saffron. Now keep going down, and you'll find a similar
walkway as you keep on. Just take that off and get the Star Rod at the end of
it, which is a rather good staff in the fonic attack department, and then you
will see a cracked wall on the left. Simple, just Mieu Attack it, and head to
the southeast part of the outside area, using Mieu Wings to take that large
pillar of wind up.

A lot different from the Absorption Gate, eh? At the top there, head to the
left to get the Lunatito Capacity Core, which is probably the best one in your
possession at this point now. Sweet, just take the wind back down and return
to that large bony thing you were going down. Go down to the very bottom, where
you find a south-east fork. Believe it or not, there's a breakable wall down
that small southern path on the left, it's just hard to see. Break it and enter
as always.

In this other outside area, get the Treat on the far right and use Mieu Wings
on the pillar of wind on the left to ascend for a Sunlight Chamber. Don't see
many of those, do you. You can't go up on the right pillar, so go back to the
area you were at, and head east to find a passage ring. More whining from Luke
about Asch, and then go to the back of it to find a Cobalt Chamber and an Elder
Cloak. Now you're home free; just take the path on the left of the passage ring
down, save along the way, and coming at you to stop the sealing of the Radiation
Gate is Mohs, who still has a fragment of sanity. Time to end this at last.

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 \\  Boss: Gigant Mohs                     Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 141,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 938                                EXP  - 22,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 461                               Gald  - 34,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 514                          Difficulty - Very Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 1050                                                     ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Light                            Resist - Darkness       ||
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 If you seriously thought enemies such as Dist or Largo were easy, get a
 load of Mohs... this is seriously maybe the easiest battle in the game.
 Mohs is slow and can become easily outnumbered, and the ONLY thing he has
 going for him is a poison breath attack, but that can be easily remedied
 with a quick usage of a Panacea Bottle. Meanwhile, you've got Mystic Artes
 like Guy's Razing Phoenix which will hit such a large target with ease.
 Mohs's other attacks are Bloody Howling, which is a tornado for about 1200
 damage or so, and Negative Gale, in which damage barely registers.

 If you REALLY want to finish this battle off fast, seal everything for
 Tear except Eclair de Larmes, Holy Lance, Judgment, and Grand Cross, three
 of those four being light elemental. Then just use those while Jade casts
 stuff like Thunder Blade, and a bunch of FoFs start forming, so that Luke
 can use Light Blast, which does a tremendous amount of damage. Yeah, you
 probably did notice Mohs's puny defense, but hey, that's what comes when
 you're so hooked on something that you turn into a monster for it. Of
 course, the inferior Farthest Place - Glint remix keeps playing during the
 fight, but that disappointingly easy battle ends with silence.
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Mohs completely disintegrates, but like I said... geez, what a person Mohs was.
You'll have to make your way back out of the Radiation Gate manually as you
aren't teleported out, and can't use a Wing Bottle, not that I would anyway.
The next stop is Grand Chokmah to try and determine a way to get into Eldrant.
You'll automatically be in the briefing room discussing things, but just try to
leave and you'll run into Asch. Luke tries to give him the Jewel of Lorelei, but
then Asch, as usual, gets all pissy and says that the two will settle who is
Van's real student on Eldrant. That settles that... head to Chesedonia now.

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 VIIIs. Chesedonia
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 - Recommended Level: 61

This really is the final preparations section, even though there's stuff that
you can do right after the very final scene in the final dungeon, but hey, this
is the last stop. Just go to the building at the border to find Goldberg there,
and just talk to him so that everyone can go off and do their thing. Basically,
Guy and Natalia talk about Asch, Jade and Anise talk about what they'll do
after the battle, and Luke and Tear talk about the future, and you can pretty
much expect how that goes.

So since the group gets all their rest, Noelle then starts the mission for
entering Eldrant, and of course the God-Generals try to crash Eldrant itself
into the Albiore, but they break through. You've set foot in Eldrant for the
first time now, but that doesn't mean it's no return. Just leave, because
completing the Radiation Gate has opened some new stuff for you to do. For
one thing, getting those two new spells for Jade by collecting the remaining
six stones.

The fourth is in Belkend Fon Machine Laboratory I by going two screens north
and then one screen east, then sniffing around a bit on the right. The fifth
and sixth can be found automatically when you enter Kaitzur Naval Port and the
Radiation Gate, respectively. With the sixth, Jade will learn the highly
awesome fonic arte Prism Sword, which is light elemental greatness. As for
the seventh, get it by talking to Florian in Ion's room in Daath. You have to
go through a little for it though.

First enter the cathedral and watch the improvisation of Anise and Mieu, then
go to Florian's room to learn the extremely good Stew recipe, and you'll be
back at the entrance of the cathedral. Head into Florian's room a second time,
watch Jade be horrible, and you'll earn the seventh stone right there. Before
you leave Daath, there's something quite important to do here, though! Remember
how you learned three or four of Van's texts for Luke? The fourth book is in the
secret library by the passage to Mt. Zaleho. Talk to the guy by the window, and
yes, it is 150,000 Gald for that book, which Luke has to swindle from his mom.

Anyways, that's the seventh stone. The eighth can be found simply by entering
the Fubras River (wow that place was in this game?), and the ninth is in the
main building of Yulia City, in the northeast corner of the first room. With
that, Jade now knows Meteor Storm, which rocks. Anyway, head to Baticul now,
and now is a great time to try the advanced single and team matches, if not
right before the true final battle. Before the team battle though, get a ton of
Specifics, because while you can't use them in the actual battle, if you do get
through the three very easy battles of the Team Advanced, you will be treated to
an exhibition match which is very hard. Ready for something truly challenging?

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 \\  Boss: Reid / Nanaly / Philia / Mint   Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 80,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 652                                EXP  - 8,000          ||
     - P. DEF - 1130                              Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 386                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 541                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 70,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 642                                EXP  - 8,000          ||
     - P. DEF - 1030                              Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 786                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 541                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 50,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 540                                EXP  - 8,000          ||
     - P. DEF - 980                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 386                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 941                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 60,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 600                                EXP  - 8,000          ||
     - P. DEF - 980                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 386                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 1041                                                     ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Seriously, look at those stats I just showed you above. You've got four
 enemies here trying to rip you to shreds, and while you can use items, this
 is probably the second most difficult battle in the entire game, first
 taking place to this game's "Abyssion", but I digress. Preparations are as
 such: have 16 of every type of Gel, plus Life Bottles, as you'll need it.
 You will have characters dying left and right, so the party I suggested is
 essential. In Normal mode, at least, these guys won't be using Mystic Artes
 every two seconds, but they're still out for blood. Also, go to Keterburg
 before the battle and buy a bunch of Specifics. You need them. Also, Luke
 or Guy with the Black Onyx is great.

 Just a bit of background before we start. Reid is the physical attacker
 and an expert swordsman in every way. His Neo Swarm attack is his signature
 attack, plus he's got a nasty Rising Falcon type attack (Symphonia terms)
 that even raises his physical attack power, so that sucks ass. Philia is
 by far the most annoying target here, as she casts magic like Flare Tornado
 which is really, really strong, stuns you, and just kills you off fast.
 Nanaly is by far the least of your troubles, but as for Mint, she casts
 some magic as well but you want her dead fast because she freaking REVIVES
 these guys. Yeah, just try taking Nanaly out; Mint will use Resurrection
 and she'll back at 35,000 HP. It revives half of 'em. Which is why you
 want her dead fast.

 If you're in Hard mode, Mint heals more, ALL of them use Mystic Artes, and
 it's possible that Reid or Nanaly will use Life Bottles. But most people do
 Normal, so you have little to worry about. But if they come out, Reid's
 Aurora Wall is the worst as it's very damaging, not to mention it heals
 allies. Nanaly's Wild Geese is nasty but nothing to worry about; Philia has
 Big Bang which sucks. I've never seen those in Normal mode though, so you
 have little to worry about. Just focus on Mint, and if you get Overlimit,
 USE YOUR MYSTIC ARTES! Always try and direct them on the most enemies at
 once no matter who they are; Luke's and Guy's are great for that, though
 the best one is Jade's Mystic Cage for obvious reasons. Make sure Tear is
 spamming Revitalize, and if you want to make things easier, turn off all
 but Jade's Meteor Storm, as it kicks ass. After Mint dies, the battle
 becomes slightly easier without the added defense, so you can then focus on
 Philia without her high as hell defense due to Barriers constantly. Again,
 it's a hard fight and you can't win it without constant curing and possible
 revival. On a positive note, this music, Everlasting Fight, is divine.
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Supposing you win that battle, Reid drops the Mumbane, which is the best armor
in the game for Luke or Guy, Mint drops the Prism Protector which is the best
armor for Tear or Natalia, Nanaly drops the Priestess which is a doll for
Anise, and Philia drops the Faerie Ring, which reduces TP consumption by 50%.
That is some great stuff right there. And with that, time to get Luke's final
arcane arte. Head to his manor, and if you want, talk to Ramdas and he'll get
the title of Viscount for having neutralized the miasma.

Otherwise, talk to his mother, the truth comes out and he gets 150,000 Gald.
Return to Daath and buy it back to learn Sonic Blast. And with that, only one
side quest remains besides Nam Cobanda and stuff with the upgraded Albiore, and
that is the collection of the Catalyst Weapons so that you can fight the
ultimate optional boss, but refer to the section in the side quests if you're
going to do that. Otherwise, it really is time to enter Eldrant and settle
things with Van and the remaining God-Generals.

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 VIIIt. Eldrant
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 - Recommended Level: 62

We're finally here... the final dungeon of Tales of the Abyss. I'm totally
serious this time unlike that joke I made in the first Absorption Gate trip;
it really does end after this dungeon. And yes, it's been a long but incredibly
good game, much like this dungeon. Haha, I made a funny. Anyway, when you enter,
you'll see the massive tower in front of you, and that's what a good majority
of this dungeon consists of. You barely take a few steps before a bullet hits
the floor, and Legretta comes out. After she and her pupil aka Tear have a
quick little talk, it's on.

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 \\  Boss: Legretta                        Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 143,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 738                                EXP  - 28,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 1081                              Gald  - 36,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 424                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 782                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Light          ||
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 Yeah, somehow Legretta has more physical defense and HP than Largo or Mohs,
 but either way, she's not really extremely hard. She really uses two Arcane
 Artes and that's it: Searing Sorrow which is anywhere between 1600-2200
 damage but extremely easy to dodge, and Inlay Nocturne which barely does
 any damage. Otherwise, her gun attacks aren't very powerful. She is strong
 against light, however, so I would hold back on Prism Sword, Holy Lance,
 Grand Cross, and stuff like that.

 Legretta also uses spells like Eclair de Larmes, but they're really weak
 given her low fonic attack power. The only true worry is her Prism Bullet
 Mystic Arte which comes out later in the fight. This attack is very easy to
 Free Run away from, but if you suffer the whole thing, you'll take 4500
 damage or above. Maybe if you have a Black Onyx on you can survive that,
 but otherwise no, and anyone else will probably be left with 1 HP. Just
 stay away from her when she's in Overlimit, and toast her with your own
 Mystic Artes when you can. Harder than Dist, Largo, or Mohs, but that says
 little.
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Just like Largo's death, Legretta's is rather unfortunate to her rival, Tear.
Still, you know Tear, she's a soldier and acts tough. If you want to go back
and save, do that, otherwise the majesty of Eldrant is yours to explore and
make your way to the finish. When you re-emerge from the first screen, head
down the stairs and get the Fonic Lance on the left. Just as a note, this whole
dungeon is rife with equipment beginning with "fonic", that is pretty much the
second best in the game. Just letting you know.

Head to the right and a scene will cut in, talking about the original Hod, which
this is indeed a replica of. Head down the stairs at the left to get a Cobalt
Chamber at the bottom, then keep going at the right to come to a bunch of
bridges which are going out of the tower. Just follow the straightforward path
to the left, getting the Fonic Robe along the way, and on the next screen is a
save point. Head down first for a Fonic Rod, and then up to a new screen and
down the stairs, and Luke will fall into a trap, where Asch fell in the same
one. Sickening, huh? Well, now is the time to decide who is the real Luke.

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 \\  Boss: Asch                                    Party: Luke           \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 60,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 584                                EXP  - 31,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 697                               Gald  - 2,500          ||
     - F. ATK - 353                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 429                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 At last, the one on one duel between Luke fon Fabre and Asch the Bloody.
 Anyway, this fight is extremely easy, and because of that I strongly
 recommend you change the difficulty to Hard. That way, Asch's attacks will
 do about 150-200 per slice instead of 80 or so, and it'll just generally
 be a more fun fight. I mean seriously, 90,000 HP is more fun than 60,000.
 Still, one note very important note: do NOT try to use Radiant Howl in
 this battle! I tried twice in one battle, and both times he pulled out a
 Rending Saber on my ass. Taking two of those is bad enough in normal mode,
 but in hard it's instant death. So yeah, take hard mode!

 If you choose not to, shame on you but Asch isn't very hard. The music
 here, Meaning of Birth, is overrated but great anyway. Asch should be very
 easy to dodge if you're using Free Run, plus if you use my setup and have
 Slag Assault and Sonic Blast on the right analog stick, you can use those
 with Devil's Maw and Light Blast for massive damage. Asch's magic is a
 great time to run in for a few hits, then Free Run away and start slashing
 back away. Later on he'll use stronger stuff like Light Spear Cannon and
 Swallow Fury, but it won't be a problem either way. It really is a
 disappointment if the fight isn't hard, but just don't use Radiant Howl.
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And with the battle over, Asch gives Luke the Incomplete Key of Lorelei, and
then without a weapon, turns to face dozens of replica knights. You can imagine
how that's going to turn out. Anyway, the group will reunite, and from here,
head to the right. This path leads back to the area where Luke fell in the
trap, but on that screen, head to the left for a Fonic Mace, then down the
ruined path to the right for a Fonic Mail. Figured they saved two important
items like that for when you'd miss them.

Return back to the room where the group reunited, and head to the left. Up the
stairs head to the right to get a quick Fonic Guard, which is like the Fonic
Mail in that it's inferior to the Prism Protector, but you can give that to
the other of Tear and Natalia. Now proceed to the left, and grab the Fonic
Blade there, which is for Guy and pretty much superior to all but the Shakunage.
Now you'll have to ascend the stairs there for a few billion years, but at the
top is a Fonic Helm. It's inferior to the Golden Helm though.

Now head to the right and start going down that decline, taking a ridiculously
long bridge over to the second section of Eldrant. Yeah, after Guy is done
talking about Hod, this is probably the halfway point of the final dungeon.
With that, head down the path to the right and get the Fonic Arrow for Natalia
on the way. Yeah, you can see what I meant by another section of Eldrant; this
was where the God-Generals and Mohs were during the cutscenes. Save right
nearby, then head to the right and get the Fonic Bracelet.

Just a bit up, you'll see the remains of Guy's manor. That really must be
something to experience. It turns out Tear has to sing the Seventh Hymn to
overturn Van, and she even gets a title out of this. With that, get the rather
sucky Fonic Hat from Guy's house, and then head north. Up the stairs, you can
head to the left if you want and stand on the balcony of that structure, plus
head down to the grassy area below. I must say, this is the weirdest final
dungeon ever.

Either way, head to the right instead of the left, and up the path you'll find
a Fonic Crest which is great for Tear, plus across the path to the left is a
Special Gel. Return to the main path below and keep going to hear Asch's voice
after he takes down the last replica knight, but in the end gets three swords
plunged through him and dies. Truly painful and tragic... but after that's
done, Asch's power comes flowing into Luke, and none other than Sync attacks
and rambles about Ion, and how he's gained nothing since he was born. That
he's totally empty. Well, Sync is the last living God-General.

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 \\  Boss: Sync                            Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 120,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 999                                EXP  - 29,800         ||
     - P. DEF - 885                               Gald  - 15,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 500                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 620                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Sync is the last of six God-Generals, and he's by far the hardest of all
 of them, as he's always been. Remember how quick he was? It's all the more
 exemplified now. As usual, the early part of this battle isn't very hard,
 as all Sync really does is cast Flare Tornado and Gravity Well, which are
 slow and only do 1000+ damage, while his constant Arcane Artes in the form
 of Stone Dragon Ascent and Cyclone Blaze, are 1500+, fast, and furious, and
 you'll want to heal when you get below 1000 HP, because Sync can take that
 out without a problem.

 When he gets below half or more HP, you really need to be cautious about
 Sync, because he'll do his ultimate Mystic Arte, Harrowing Gale, which will
 almost guaranteed knock one character out, and then Akashic Torment again,
 which might not be instant death but can hit more than one character. You
 definitely don't need dead characters left and right, so be very careful
 at that point. For some reason Sync has quite a bit less HP than the other
 God-Generals, so it won't take very long to finish him, plus as usual
 Mystic Artes are murderers.
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And of all six God-Generals, Sync has the least tragic death, as the only one
hurt by this is Anise, who doesn't want to see Ion die anymore. Yeah, he never
had any real interactions with his rival, Guy. But with that done, Luke will
obtain the Key of Lorelei, which is a sword stronger than the Ultimatus even,
plus if you're in your second playthrough, then a Luke at critical HP can
perform the Lost Fon Drive, which is a ripping awesome Mystic Arte. But with
that, Sync is dead and he did guard that palace in front.

Before that, though, take the southwest path and just follow it all the way
down, since you couldn't earlier. You'll find a Red Sage at the end, so that's
cool. Just return up and enter the palace itself, and once inside, head up the
stairs on the right and at the top, fire Mieu Fire 2 at the spinning blue orb
to blow up a wall on the right, which then reveals another fantastic Capacity
Core, Grandioz. Now go north and examine the mirror on the floor to turn it
around. Hit with Mieu Fire 2 to light the orb above.

All it does is open a damn door. Who cares. Head to the far left before going
up the stairs, getting the Fonic Cloak there. Now head up the stairs and
ignore the orbs there as they're just in midair. Head to the left and in that
next area you'll find two pillars with bullseye target symbol things on them,
indicating Mieu Attack is probably good. There are two of 'em; hit the lower
one from below, and the upper one from the right. And with that done, climb
the ladder above.

At the top, use Mieu Wings below the orb on the left for a Special Gel. That
is all for that, so go back down the ladder and enter the door on the bottom.
Alright, here's where it becomes optional but confusing. If you want to climb
the stairs on either side to find the healing circle with particles plus the
final stairway to Van, do that now. Otherwise, there's some more stuff you can
get here. First of all, notice the two monsters in here called Guardians. They
do indeed respawn, but you want to beat one of them with a light arte, and one
with a dark arte.

The best characters for this are obviously Tear with Holy Lance, Grand Cross,
and Eclair de Larmes, and Jade with Prism Sword, as well as Anise with Negative
Gale and Bloody Howling. Now, what do you get from this? A Light Fonstone and
a Shadow Fonstone. After you get both, examine the big thing in the center that
looks like a passage ring (hey, Hod definitely had the tenth Sephiroth), and
put the Light Fonstone in there... and the room completely turns around. Looks
painful.

Just head south from there and ignore all the stuff in this room, just going
to the east. You'll find those two pillars you knocked down, so take the one on
the left up and find the orb there, using Mieu Wings to hit the orb above, and
in the process you'll open up that one locked door from when the place was
normal. How useful. So having done that, go back down and take the other two
ladders a ridiculously high elevation up and hit the switch there, which just
further flips the palace around.

Keep going south to stand on the balcony of the place, getting the Fonic Sword
there which is better than the Key of Lorelei by a whooping 10 P.ATK points.
The Soul Crush is still better by 10, by the way. But I digress; return to the
previous room and hit the switch which is near where you came in, and the
room just returns to normal, but hey, we've still got new stuff to explore.
Head up the northwest ladder where you got the Special Gel earlier, and enter
through that door.

You'll be on the walkway overlooking the final screen. Head to the southeast
pathway and to another screen for the Fonic Gloves (I was waiting for those to
turn up), then go back to the large passage ring looking thing which is above
the other one, and use the Shadow Fonstone there. Geez, you gotta admire how
Luke can make those jumps like that. Head south to the next screen, and do
please avoid the switch on the right which auto-scrolls down so you might step
on it by accident then have to get another Shadow Fonstone. Not fun.

On the left are two of those mirror type things, and you want them to face
each other. So just turn both around once and then step on the switch to go
back to normal. And with that, climb the stairs and head over to the purple
symbol which is below. What you need to do is use Mieu Fire 2 to hit the
mirrors in the far distance on the right so that it bounces back to above you,
but it can ONLY hit the first orb! So basically, when it bounces off the
second mirror, use Mieu Wings to take the hit instead of the second orb. I'd
hate to do that in real life, but if you manage that, it opens a door below.

Head down and enter that room, which is Yulia's Tomb. That truly is remarkable,
isn't it, since Yulia passed away in Hod, but the one who's taking care of the
grave is Van. If you've been doing the Nebilim side quest, the Unicorn Horn is
here along with a Treat. Otherwise, it's a great time to start that right now.
Whatever you do, though, return to that last room and save point and approach
the stairs. Everyone says their last words, and that opens a lot of new stuff
up, having done that, let me tell you. But for now, ascend those stairs to find
Van at the top. It's finally time to settle this.

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 \\  Boss: Van                             Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 122,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 800                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 750                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 600                          Difficulty - Semi-Hard      ||
     - F. DEF - 750                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Van is an extremely worthy contender for the final battle, since while his
 HP is lower than half of the God-Generals or hell, the first fight with
 him, his attack power (not the stat but the strength itself) is second to
 none. As an example, remember his Imperial Slaughter attack from the first
 battle? He can pull that out at any moment. And now, I was Level 66 for
 this battle so it obviously wasn't impossible by any means, but if you're
 at all underleveled, Van will annihilate you, especially in the second half
 of this first battle.

 Basically Van's attacks are general Guardian Frosts, Lightning Tiger Blades,
 plus his signature attack Radiant Dragon, which is about 1500 damage if it
 all connects. But let me make one thing clear before anything: when Van goes
 below half of his HP, a scene will interrupt the battle as Tear tries to
 sing the melody, and a different theme kicks in for the second half, called
 A Place In The Sun. This is the best boss theme in the game bar none, but
 it's where Van decides to cut the BS and not cut you any slack whatsoever.
 And he has sort of a pattern.

 If Van used Imperial Slaughter in the first half of the battle, you can
 land a few hits and then run away. If he didn't, he will IMMEDIATELY use
 it, and trust me that it's about 4000 damage right there and a tad bit
 difficult to survive. But if he did use it, which he probably did, then
 land a few hits then RUN AWAY. He'll use a few Arcane Artes, but then use
 a second Mystic Arte called Celestial Elegy. This will probably hit one
 character and kill him, and the rest of the party reducing them to 1 HP,
 and I'm dead serious that in those moments, Van can probably kill you off
 right there. But otherwise, use Specifics and Life Bottles like crazy and
 return to normal, then finish the fight off. He'll still use Imperial
 Slaughter, but Celestial Elegy pretty much has only one run. Just do this
 carefully, and you should emerge victorious.
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Luke then goes into a mad slashing frenzy against Van, who just blasts him
back, but Luke just gets up anyway and smashes the crap out of Van and all
the armor in his right arm... and then he turns into a new, much more badass
form of himself, overusing Lorelei's power. And after a couple corny lines,
the true final battle begins.

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 \\  Boss: Van                             Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 152,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 914                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 850                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 683                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 780                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 That's right, the second round with Van is actually slightly easier than
 the first one, much like the final boss from Symphonia. Van is really not
 much different than he was the last two times you beat him, although he
 uses another base arte called Shining Dragon, which is basically Radiant
 Dragon in about five directions. Also, say goodbye to Imperial Slaughter
 and the deadly Celestial Elegy; now he uses a new Mystic Arte called
 Ancient Requiem which looks very similar to Radiant Howl, and does a ton
 of damage. The whole thing will probably hit for about 8500-9000 damage if
 it all comes out, which it probably won't.

 Regardless, it's hard to survive Ancient Requiem and the last blast is a
 good 2500-3000 damage to anything around him, but it does give some time
 to Free Run away, as most Mystic Artes do. Tear should be in constant
 Resurrection mode, at least. But otherwise, Van's magic isn't that strong
 unless he's using the very deadly Judgment, which he does indeed use, but
 very sparingly. If you finish him fast, you'll have little to worry about,
 at least compared to the previous fight. But as it ends, Luke tries the
 second order hyperresonance again, and neither you nor Van will take any
 damage, but after Tear sings the Seventh Hymn twice, Luke will pull off a
 Radiant Howl and finish it all here.
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Enjoy the absolutely fantastic ending, which is an ending to an even more
fantastic game. As usual, you can do a New Game + here, which allows you to
start a new game with added bonus from the Grade Shop, which gives you some
sweet stuff. Plus there's a Sound Test added in, so you can listen to The Edge
of a Decision and A Place In The Sun whenever you want. =) Here's where you
should really start referring to the side quests section, particularly the
Nebilim quest which is the best one you can do in the first playthrough, as the
Abyss Replica Facility is second playthrough exclusive. For now, my stats:

Play Time         - 053h 23m 35s
Most Gald         - 623,055
Total Gald Used   - 1,188,898
Skits Viewed      - 367/489
Total Saves       - 204
Games Completed   - 0
Avg Battle Time   - 000h 00m 30s
Total Encounters  - 548
Total Escapes     - 26
Max Hits          - 54hit
Most Damage       - 32643
Max Grade         - 15.53

Character Usage
 * Luke           - 92%
 * Tear           - 84%
 * Jade           - 79%
 * Anise          - 35%
 * Guy            - 62%
 * Natalia        - 14%
 * Asch           -  2%

Fastest Win       - 000h 00m 01s
Time w/o Damage   - 000h 01m 30s
Total Damage Give - 19228636
Total Damage Take - 1123276

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                  ~-~ ~-~ ~-~  IX. Side Quests ~-~ ~-~ ~-~
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Tales of the Abyss, unlike Legendia, is rife with side quests which are actually
fun to do... and slightly rewarding at that. So anyway, a lot of the more minor
stuff is covered in the walkthrough, where I'll also refer you to here in a
couple odd places, the first is in... early part 3. Just to give you an idea.
When you're ready to do Mushroom Road, get crackin'.

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 IXa. Mushroom Road
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 - Recommended Level: 51

Okay, the first major-ish side quest of the game. The rewards consist of
getting the Greater Flightstone which will make landing all that much easier,
and also later the Refined Flightstone, which is also quite a good thing to
have. To do it, you'll have to have Natalia rejoined your party in Baticul, and
you can't have entered Eldrant yet. With that in mind, go to Luke's manor in
Baticul to find Susanne there, who has fallen ill. Mushroom Road, where you can
harvest Rugnican death caps, is near Cheagle Woods. I'll help ya there.

Start by flying the Albiore just a little bit to the east of the Zao Desert,
and you'll find a river there, cutting through the Rugnica continent. Make sure
you're in the water, and follow that humongous river all the way north to the
Mushroom Road, where you'll find... Asch. He's being forced to work with you,
so Luke has to go. Hahaha, yep, this is the second and final opportunity in the
game to control him, yet unfortunately... he sucks. Why? His terrible equipment
which can't be swapped. So yeah... you need to use Luke anyway. Terrible sorry.

Once you get past using Asch for a couple battles if you want, switch to Luke
as you need him for Mieu, just by talking to him at the entrance. Did I mention
this music is annoying as hell? Anyway, once you have Luke back, you may notice
the spores everywhere. If you flame them, you'll get either a monster... or a
chest containing a good item. Ignore the one at the entrance; it's a monster.
However, if you take the northern path right by the entrance, the right one has
a Sage (which sucks but is a herb anyway), and the left is a monster.

So yeah, head down and take the path on the right, grabbing a Saffron from the
spore on the way, and at the fork there, taking the southern right path. Follow
it to get a very rare and useful Special Gel at the end, and then head back to
the northern right path, first of all heading northwest for a Holy Bottle, and
then proceeding east. On the next large screen you enter, flame the spore over
on the right for a Basil, and then just head south past another long linear
path, and you'll find two spores. Upper one gives ya a Lavender.

Now head over to the west and flame the spore on the right side for a Red
Basil... me likes dat. It doesn't end yet, keep heading all the way over to the
west past the mushrooms there, and you'll find a Savory at the end of the
path... pretty much factually the best herb. Alright, now you have to return to
the fork, so pretty much head back east a long way and then north. Hopefully you
have a Holy Bottle on, because the enemies here are very annoying. Back at the
fork, head southeast and on the top spore there, you get another Basil. Great.

Alright, go back to that fork again and head northeast. In there, head all the
way down south and flame the top spore there for a Verbena, and now just keep
going west. When the mushrooms lead you to a fork, just head south and follow
that path to find some more spores, sweet. The one that's above gives a crappy
ass Sage (yeah I hate them in this game). Now return and go up north to come to
another fork, although there's a Chamomille along the way which should quite so
obviously go to Jade.

Head northeast under stuff there to find a Miracle Gel, and with that head
southeast now. I know, this place is confusing and boring. It's almost over
though; on the next screen, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU HEAD NORTH! The
reason you came here wasn't to be a good samaritan, it was to head north here
to the world map, and then find the search point there which contains the
Greater Flightstone. Yep, now the Albiore can land anywhere you want. You won't
regret getting that, trust me.

Conveniently, the end of this place is pretty much south below that, where
you'll find the Rugnican death cap as well as a Chamomille. From there, you can
leave the Mushroom Road and head back to the Albiore, then take it over to
Baticul and talk to Susanne, and that wraps up the first side quest. If you're
reading this from the trip to Belkend between Mt. Zaleho and Mt. Roneal, then
please do continue until otherwise instructed here. Wow, that actually sounded
professional. For me, at least...

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 IXb. Nam Cobanda / Search Points
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 - Recommended Level: 55

You can do this stuff any time you want. While I do cover the battle with the
Sand Worm in this section, that's not a particularly tough fight, plus you can
just do any of this stuff whenever you want when you complete the second trip
to Mt. Roneal, but NOTE: you need Mieu Fire 2 and the Refined Flightstone, so
in other words you have to completed Mushroom Road, plus done the puzzle for
the Albiore in Mt. Roneal. When you're done with that, you can start exploring
the world. Without further adieu, search points:

Search Point 1  - On Rugnica (the giant eastern continent, towards the
                  southwest of the enormous northwest section

Search Point 2  - Directly southeast of the Cheagle Woods

Search Point 3  - On another tip of Rugnica, virtually north of Shurrey Hill

Search Point 4  - South of the northern tip of Rugnica, above the Fubras River

Search Point 5  - At the very southeast part of Aberria (the southern continent
                  with Baticul)

Search Point 6  - Almost immediately east of the Zao Ruins

Search Point 7  - The northeast of the bottom part of Radessia (the southwest
                  continent) above the right crab claw shape

Search Point 8  - On the northwest of the island right above Padamiya (the
                  western continent with Daath)

Search Point 9  - Towards the very west of the Zao Desert

Search Point 10 - Around the very northeast of Rugnica, a bit northeast of the
                  Mushroom Road

Search Point 11 - Towards the very middle of Ispania, the central continent,
                  in the forests

Search Point 12 - Around the southeast of Sylvana (the continent with Keterburg)
                  and walking distance from said city

Search Point 13 - In the southwest corner of Aberria, south of Belkend

Search Point 14 - Towards the southwest of Radessia, northwest of Ortion Cavern

Search Point 15 - Around the southwest (where else?) of Sylvana on an island

Search Point 16 - Requires the upgraded Albiore, in the southern part of the
                  Zao Desert, south of Search Point 6

Search Point 17 - On an island northwest of where the Qliphoth entrance/exit
                  was/is, north of Yulia City

Search Point 18 - On the stormy isle of Hod, requires the upgraded Albiore,
                  southwest of Grand Chokmah

Unlisted Point 1 - Contains the Bom Bom Seed, at the very south of Rugnica,
                   east of the Kaitzur Naval Port

Unlisted Point 2 - Contains the Charak Seed, at the very north of Padamiya,
                   north of Aramis Spring

Unlisted Point 3 - Contains the Dorgnia Seed, towards the top of Aberria at
                   the middle, northeast of Port Belkend

Unlisted Point 4 - Contains the Estema Seed, at the very northeast of Radessia,
                   north of Sheridan

Unlisted Point 5 - Contains the Greater Flightstone, at the northwest of Rugnica
                   and accessible from northern Mushroom Road

Unlisted Point 6 - Contains the Oriola Seed, at the very southeast of Radessia,
                   on the right crab claw

Unlisted Point 7 - Contains the Pen Pen Seed, at the very southwest of Ispania,
                   about northwest of Chesedonia

Unlisted Point 8 - Contains the Refined Flightstone, in the middle of Sylvana
                   and accessible from Mt. Roneal

Unlisted Point 9 - Contains the Lanakear Seed, towards the west of Rugnica and
                   the Fubras River

I will also add, that around the Zao Desert, you can use the powered up Albiore
to land near the whirlwinds of sand. Just head a little bit forward on land
from there, and some giant monster will probably jump out and attack you. That
is the Sand Worm, and especially if you're on the second playthrough, you'll
want to fight it.

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 \\  Boss: Sand Worm                       Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 78,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 658                                EXP  - 14,800         ||
     - P. DEF - 398                               Gald  - 17,800         ||
     - F. ATK - 480                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 425                                                      ||
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     Weakness - Water                            Resist - Earth, Fire    ||
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 The Sand Worm isn't a very hard opponent, although I suppose it can be a
 little stronger than your average enemy if you're at a low level. All it
 really does is use standard physical attacks, and even though it's
 resistant to earth, fire, and physical attacks (yeah sorry couldn't fit
 that in there), Jade is great here with Blessed Drops. Just spam that while
 having Luke constantly running up to it and using Guardian Frost, or Guy
 with Final Glacier, whatever. Not a very hard opponent; your reward is the
 rather good Gae Bolg spear for Jade.
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That's two of three enemies for Tear's Monster Collector title. Back to SPs.
When you find all of those, go to Din's shop in Chesedonia and not only trade in
all your stuff, but get Jade's Lawman title which will eventually come, and
talk to Din with Natalia as your on screen character with the Curious Princess
title, and she'll get the Adventurous Princess title, which will increase the
chance of getting extremely rare items from search points. Quite useful, that.
But anyway, enough about search points. On to finding Nam Cobanda.

You may notice towards the northwest of Radessia, there are three giant
whirlpools, plus up in the air are a bunch of fireworks shutting out all the
surroundings. So here's what you do. Find the whirlpools and line yourself up
with the cave behind them, obviously assuming that you have the Refined
Flightstone, and then go in reverse with the square button until you get around
the islands at back. You really do need to do that, as the shield takes ages to
charge up. With enough firepower, you can break in.

Once you enter Nam Cobanda, feel free to use the save point, but then take the
half an hour long ladder up and head out the southern exit, and you will come to
the home of the Dark Wings and Black Dream, Nam Cobanda, a city of fon machines.
You'll meet York outside, and after a quick talk, you'll notice that this city
is shaped in a circle, so directions are relatively obsolete. Just find a large
blue building and enter, going one screen up to find Urushi there. Nice fon
machinery, eh Guy?

Alright, here you'll need the Dark Key to find Noir, and I personally always
forget to get it, but you need to get it from Grand Chokmah before the first
trip to the Absorption Gate. It's not a huge deal though, because if you have
it you just head south into Noir's room, learn a bit more about the Dark Wings,
and get the Noble Rogue title for Luke. That's it. Well, there's a bit you CAN
do here besides that, though. First of all, find a clear guy that stands out in
one of the little niches, who's called the Ant Lion Man.

Choose any character who's important to you (doesn't matter). S/he'll disappear,
and you'll have to pay the guy about 76,500 Gald to get him/her back. Do that,
and Anise will get the Cat Cat Kitty Cat title. Nice. But the most important
thing is unlocking the Dragon Buster game. To start unlocking that, start by
finding the cow boy named Erion, who is easy to spot as anyone else here. Talk
to him and he'll tell you his brothers are missing. Yeah, you've got to search
the world before you get to unlock Dragon Buster.

Head to the main building of Yulia City and take the lower door to find Yutan
there. Remind you of anyone? Well, he runs away anyway, so the next stop is to
go to the port of Baticul, so just go there by sea with the Albiore. You'll find
Misika right by the entrance, thinking he's in Daath, but he has obligations to
Yutan, so after him again. Enter Engeve from the southern entrance to hear about
some stuff going on in the Cheagle Woods, which is your next stop. Just enter,
and Natalia will be all cool and rescue Yutan.

Now just return to the port of Baticul again to find Misika, and you'll be back
in Nam Cobanda right there, and a very... nice costume for Natalia. Now talk to
Erion again, and he'll want a Giant Fish Bone. You can find one of those in
Search Points 3 or 8. Just do that and give it to him, and then return and talk
to him again, and he'll have opened the Dragon Buster game for you to play. I
have a whole separate section for that game, so just refer to the very next
sub-section for that, which is really the remainder of everything here.

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 IXc. Dragon Buster
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 - Recommended Level: N/A

Okay, this is one of the more different mini games in the entire game, just
letting you know right off the bat, and playing it a little too much will just
make it more and more frustrating, so let me explain things. There are eight
rounds here, and your objective is to make it to the end of all of them, at the
end of the eighth coming face to face with a dragon. Of course, there's plenty
of stuff along the way, and if you want the good ending you'll have to have
found some of those items. Here's a brief explanation of some of those items.
Note that most items are found by defeating the "guardians" aka stronger enemies.

Character Cards - these are just novelty items to collect along the way, usually
                  dropped by weaker enemies. There are seven of them: the six
                  playable characters, and Mieu.

Fire/Quake - these cards are for occasional stronger attacks you can use with
             the square button. The fire's good but the quake is just great,
             so yeah, letting you know.

Bubble/Knife/Ice - these cards are just there to increase your point value,
                   nothing else. Bubbles are worth 500, knives are worth 1500,
                   and ice is worth 3000.

Bottles - there are two types, the Holy Bottle and Dark Bottle, and they do the
          exact same thing as in the main game. Holy Bottles keep enemies away,
          and Dark Bottles draw them to you.

Gels - two types here as well, Apple (red) and Lemon (yellow)... and what do you
       expect. If I remember correctly, apple heals you by 30 while the rarer
       lemon gives you a whooping 60 back.

Swords - these will increase the strength of your attacks. If I'm not mistaken
         there are three types, each stronger than your regular blade, but the
         heavier the better.

Armor - now this I know that there's only two types of, and it'll increase your
        defense so that attacks don't do as much damage. More important than
        swords of course.

Sage - oh geez now this is the most important thing you can find in Dragon
       Buster, period. Find these and they'll increase your maximum vitality by
       16. That's pretty big.

Staff/Pendant - these two items, found near the end of Dragon Buster, can be
                held in your possession, and if you beat the dragon while
                holding one of them, you get the good ending.

So that's it. You start out with 160 Vitality and need to progress while killing
monsters with your sword, occasionally finding stronger monsters that need to
get a taste of steel, and those are what almost always drop stuff. Some of them
cause the doors to appear here though, and those are what you need to go through
to progress, plus when you go through they'll restore your Vitality by about 30
or thereabouts. But without further adieu, here's the Dragon Buster section, but
since pictures say a thousand times more than words, I advise using the great
maps available here on GameFAQs for this place. Still, my take on things.

Round 1-1
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You'll start out in a narrow hall, which is how most of this place works. Run
around slashing things until you find a stronger enemy and the doors close. It's
an easy battle, so get the Bubbles that are dropped, and here you can either
continue normally to the right, or use the ladder to head up. Going up will take
you to 2-1 while right will take you to 2-2... and I suggest going to 2-1. Go
up the ladder and to the right, beating a monster for the Fire that's dropped,
and beat the monster to get into 2-1. That was easy, right?

Round 2-1
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This place is a bit bigger and more confusing. Head to the left first and up
the ladder, and now we're heading right. Jump on in and fight a monster for
another Fire, and then climb the ladder you see and head to the far left. There
isn't much of genuine interest here, so just climb the next ladder on the left
and start going to the right. There's a monster here that drops an Apple Gel,
so if you're already low on health that will help. At the end of this path, do
NOT fall down the gap; jump up to the right.

If you beat the monster up there, the door out of this place will appear, but do
NOT take it! Repeat: DON'T head out of here yet! Head to the right instead and
beat the monster there, and it'll drop the first Sage available in Dragon Buster.
Awesome, now you have 176 Vitality, and you can just go to the left back to the
door and you'll get 32 of the lost stuff back. Life is good. It'll take you to
3-1.

Round 3-1
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This round is a little simpler, plus there's only one exit this time. Head to
the right and fall down the gap, and then just immediately fall down another one
to get a Knife. Now you just need to progress all the way over to the left;
there isn't much special along the way. Eventually you'll find a ladder, so
climb up it and then head to the right to find a ladder way above. You need to
double jump on it and climb up which can be a bit finicky, but at the very top
is the exit door to the dreaded 4-1, so you're all good.

Round 4-1
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I hate this round... alright, the item locations are completely random here,
but I'll have you know there's a Sage and a Lemon Gel somewhere in here, plus a
stronger sword. If you want all that stuff, I highly advise looking to the very
far left first (just climb down the ladder, the side paths alternate between
left and right), because there are no exits there. You may notice you start
around the middle but towards the right though, and if you climb down the left
ladder, at the bottom are entrances to 5-1 and 5-2, while to the right in the
middle is 5-3. I opt for 5-3.

Round 5-3
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A breath of fresh air, I've got to say. There's a huge ladder right near the
entrance, but just take it down for a Lemon Gel, and if you want you can jump
to the right and then back left to climb over to the first niche on the left
and get a stronger sword, but whatever. To the far right of that same niche
with a stronger sword is a Lemon Gel, by the way. More important, at the top
and around the middle of the large walkway is a Sage. But anyway, at the upper
right is 6-1's entrance, and at the very bottom left beyond a Dark Bottle is
the entrance to 6-3. By all means enter 6-3, because it rocks while 6-1 sucks.

Round 6-3
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Now this is a real treat. This entire round is just a straightforward path, yep
even easier than 1-1, with some nice stuff too. Beat one monster for some Ice,
then continue to find a Dark Bottle (bad), continue some more to find some
Fire (okay), then some more to find an Apple Gel, and then some more again to
find a Sage. Yay, you can't have too many of those. Continue yet again to find
a Circlet there, and I highly suggest you AVOID THAT! Seriously, avoid it,
seriously. Just continue some more to find the entrance to 7-2.

Round 7-2
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Alright, here's the biggest place in all of Dragon Buster, and you need to be on
your toes to avoid the 2:30 limit for the gas. From the entrance, fall down the
gap on the right and land over to the left to get the Last Fencer, which is the
best sword in Dragon Buster, bar none. It doesn't end there either; take the
ladder down a bit more and land through the first gap to the right, and fall down
to the right to get the best armor in Dragon Buster. Awesome, eh? With that,
jump over the gap in the middle and continue to find a Lemon Gel. Wow there.

There's a ladder at the end, so take it up and head to the left for a Holy
Bottle (okay this is great), and take the next ladder up. Head to the right now,
and jump up over to the right where a fourth ladder awaits. That will pit you
back on the first walkway, so head to the left and get the Staff there. You'll
have to abandon the Last Fencer because you can only hold two items, but it's
no big deal. Now, we need to find the entrance to 8-1, where the final boss is.
Follow these instructions carefully, or better yet use GameFAQs's map.

Head to the left to find the gap where to the right is the ladder. Take it
down, and land in the first passage to the left. Follow that down to a gap which
leads you to some more enemies, all of which you'll get out of it is a block of
Ice, and to the left is the door to 8-1. If you want to beat the dragon no
matter what, you'll have the Last Fencer and Mumbane (or whatever the ultimate
armor is called), and if you want the princess ending and title(s), you'll have
either of those (probably the armor) as well as the staff (or the pendant,
whatever). When you're ready, enter to fight the dragon.

Round 8-1
=-=-=-=-=-
You're treated to an immediate long drop down to the dragon's lair, and you've
even got a life bar to the right. Anyway, if you haven't already now is the time
to use your remaining power ups. The Fire isn't very useful but the Quake is
great, so put that to use. You'll want to try and sneak under the dragon,
especially when it's breathing fire, land a few hits and then run away, plus
jump over when the tail is swiped at you, and you should by all means have
enough vitality to survive this, especially with that ultimate armor you've got
on you. Eventually, Tear comes out at Luke, like we didn't see that coming.

After that's said and done, talk to Erion and Luke will get the extremely casual
looking Dragon Buster title, plus if you're on your second playthrough, he'll
get the Dragon Buster? title, which is very... cartoony, to say the least. That
is all to do in Nam Cobanda and Dragon Buster, so I'd suggest leaving, and
going on to east Ortion Cavern if you haven't already done that, as that is
also accessible on the very same continent.

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 IXd. Ortion Cavern (East)
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 - Recommended Level: 55

This is NOT a hard side quest at all... there's no bosses and the enemies can't
even put up a fight. But whatever, the west and east entrances are pretty much
equidistant from the middle of the bottom of Radessia, you just need to back off
a hell of a lot, and then charge the Albiore through there. And once inside,
you'll need Mieu Fire 2, that's for sure. But you already have that, so why am
I saying that. Just use it on the switch right ahead to get past the conveyor
belt.

On the other side, head up and you'll notice there's a yellow reflector thingy
on the left. Use Mieu Fire 2 on that to reflect flame at the switch up ahead,
then cross over there and head to the left. Once again, a yellow mirror on the
left, so just hit it and a crane will drop you a Specific. How nice. Now go up
north for a scene in which you'll see some trapped cheagles, then get the Wing
Bottle and the Nectar Bottle. If you're unfamiliar with the latter, don't worry,
it's a useless piece of crap.

Anyway, hit the switch as you go to the east, which will release the first
cheagle. Continue to the east and hit the mirror with Mieu Fire 2 to get into
a switch for the second cheagle, but for the third when you proceed east, you
need to hit the mirror on the left at such an angle so that it'll bounce high
enough to hit another mirror. Oh well, it's possible. On the next screen, go
left at the fork and you'll find that Dist has been up to no good with his
replica devices and fon weapons.

Line yourself up with the torch on the right and the mirror behind it, and fire
so that it bounces all around the room and lights up the fon weapon, and it'll
blast a mo fuggin' hole in the wall. Gotta love that. It'll release a bunch of
Ogre Replicas on you, but they're easy anyway. Head back up the path and to the
upper left, and fire at the switch to release that last cheagle. Get the Red
Chamomile and the Cowboy Hat at the far end, and that's it. You can talk to
the cheagle elder in the Cheagle Woods now for a Holy Seal and a Dark Seal, so
I advise you do that. Again, easy dungeon, and that's IT for first playthrough.

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 IXe. Catalyst Weapons
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 - Recommended Level: 66

As I referred to in my walkthrough for Eldrant, I recommend doing this entire
thing AFTER having beaten Van there and going for all the game has to offer.
As you can see, my level was 66, the one I had after finishing Eldrant, and
you can pretty much use a Wing Bottle there and return to the entrance. Note
that after this side quest you will fight the game's hardest boss, so make
sure you're ready, and preferably that you have the Coliseum weapons if it's
at all possible. When ready, begin.

Nebilim - This is the first Catalyst Weapon, and it's for Luke. You get it in
          the story, simply by defeating the Blade Rex in the Meggiora
          Highlands. You can't miss it, but note that the damage it does is
          terrible until after you beat the boss. So yeah, after you get the
          Nebilim, just finish Eldrant and then return, going to Daath. Talk
          to Tritheim for some information, then go to Keterburg.

Lost Celesti - In Keterburg, just go right to Nephyr's office and talk to her,
               and then go to Grand Chokmah to talk to Emperor Peony once in
               the audience hall for some new sweet costumes, once in his
               chambers about his rappigs (ignore), and then again in his
               chambers for an absolutely hilarious scene, and then you've got
               the second catalyst, the Lost Celesti for Guy. St. Binah next.

Blood Pain - Enter and talk to Elder McGovern, who refuses to lend it to you
             because it was used to seal a demon away. Now enter the inn and
             talk to Glenn there, who will give it to you if you find his
             rappig. Easy, just leave the town and look near the trees, you'll
             notice it immediately. Now just talk to Glenn again and he'll give
             you the Blood Pain for Jade. Back to Daath, now.

Heart of Chaos - Once in the cathedral of Daath, Florian is running everywhere
                 with one of the catalysts and wants to play tag, which Luke
                 and Jade are far too eager to do. Whatever, just head east
                 and take the southeast symbol to immediately see Florian in
                 that room, and then Tritheim agrees to give it to you. And
                 naturally it's the Heart of Chaos for Anise. Now, sad to say...

Holy Quelqatl - I never thought I'd go back to that damn Abandoned Factory, but
                it needs to be done. Go there from Baticul and head up two
                ladders, using Mieu Wings to get up another and then Mieu Fire
                2 on the left switch. With that, leave and use the air car
                that appeared above the entrance one, and there you'll find a
                Sunlight Chamber and the Holy Quelqatl for Natalia. Last...

Unicorn Horn - The very last catalyst weapon is in Eldrant, in Yulia's tomb
               to be exact, but believe it or not it doesn't really take that
               long to get in there. All you need to do is have a couple Holy
               Bottles handy and Eldrant is a snap to run through. After an
               awkward moment between Luke and Tear, the last catalyst, the
               Unicorn Horn for Tear, is in your possession.

If you're really ready/insane enough to fight the game's hardest boss, then let
me first say that if you want Luke's Tactical Leader title, you'll need to be
on Very Hard or Unknown mode, which are second playthrough exclusive, so screw
that for the most part. Assuming you have the Refined Flightstone, take the
Albiore and fly it to the far northwest part of Sylvana, which would also mean
the map. You'll notice a large mountain with a crack there. Enter, watch the
scenes that unfold (one big shocker there) and the battle with Nebilim starts.

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 \\  Boss: Nebilim                         Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 320,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 1314                               EXP  - 34,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 1520                              Gald  - 50,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 853                          Difficulty - Very Hard      ||
     - F. DEF - 1280                                                     ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 This is by far the most difficult fight in the game, and Nebilim will
 blast you into next Tuesday if you come into this battle unprepared. First
 of all, neither that HP nor those defense ratings are jokes, typos, lies,
 exaggerations, or figments of my imagination, so you can imagine it'll take
 an extremely long time to pull through from this battle. All those stats
 will just become higher if you do this battle in higher difficulty ratings,
 Very Hard or Unknown of which is required to get the Tactical Leader title.
 But enough talk. Here's my equipment and the like.

 Luke (Level 68)                           Tear (Level 67)
 HP: 6554/6554                             HP: 4164/4164
 TP: 415/415                               TP: 486/486
 Weapon: Soul Crush                        Weapon: Fonic Rod
 Body: Mumbane                             Body: Prism Protector
 Hand: Fonic Bracelet                      Hand: Fonic Gloves
 Acc: Black Onyx                           Acc: Fonic Crest
 C. Core: Grandioz                         C. Core: Lunatito

 Guy (Level 67)                            Jade (Level 67)
 HP: 4500/4500                             HP: 4489/4489
 TP: 426/426                               TP: 486/486
 Weapon: Shakunage                         Weapon: Dunamis
 Body: Fonic Mail                          Body: Fonic Robe
 Hand: Rare Bracelet                       Hand: Rare Bracelet
 Acc: Golden Helm                          Acc: Mystic Symbol
 C. Core: Scildecido                       C. Core: Nocercido

 Now, for the fight. As you can see, Nebilim has 320,000 HP, and like most
 bosses, just gets harder as you deplete it more and more, especially in
 the Mystic Artes department when we're in Normal mode. So with that in
 mind, if you have an All-Divide, that is REALLY going to help for the
 latter portions of the battle, but being that we do of course want to
 finish the fight in one day, don't use it yet. Nebilim uses Light Blast,
 Searing Sorrow, and tons of other Arcane Artes all around her, which are
 very damaging and need to be avoided, but most of her time is spent using
 fonic artes. Her favorites are Blessed Drops and Thunder Blade.

 I don't know of any way of predicting who the spell is targetted at, but
 whatever the case, run away when it comes out, and then try to land a few
 hits in the time period between. You should have Tear absolutely spamming
 Revitalize, with Luke or whomever you're controlled ready to throw out
 Specifics, Lemon Gels, or Miracle Gels at any point. And yes, avoid ANY
 spell that comes, especially if it's Meteor Storm. As the fight wears on,
 Nebilim will get below 160,000 HP and get even more aggressive, and at that
 point I would recommend using an All-Divide, as that will not weaken the
 power of Apple/Lemon Gels of course, nor Revitalize.

 The power of everything from Infernal Prison to Sovereign Gale will go
 down considerably, but hey, 2000-2500 damage from a combo is still lethal,
 just not... as lethal. Later in the fight she'll pull out her signature
 Mystic Arte, Big Bang. That will do roughly 6000 damage to the group, but
 it can't KO, just reduce you to 1 HP. Be ready to just stand there using
 Specifics at that point, and most importantly, be prepared to have dead
 characters left and right at that point. That is when you need to go into
 full out healing mode, bring Tear back to life if she's out, and use
 Resurrection and Revitalize exclusively. If you can't recover from that,
 it's where you'll be eliminated entirely. But if you do, which you probably
 will, use the last moments of the battle to STEAL FROM HER! There's a 20%
 chance when you steal from her, that you'll get the Tutti Capacity Core,
 which is the best one in the game. Need I say more?

 And a few more notes, not to discourage y'all, but if you enter this battle
 at higher difficulties, she'll have all of the Mystic Artes in the entire
 game at her disposal. Of course, if you have your own Mystic Artes, do not
 hold them back obviously. Not only are they your greatest offense, but they
 are your greatest defense. Plus FoF Changes to a lesser extent. Either way,
 good luck, you'll need it.
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And Jade manages to use the planetary fonic arte to blast Nebilim to complete
anti-matter nothingness. I suppose such was necessary. Anyway, the group just
decides to leave Dist there and report to Emperor Peony. Do that, enjoy a
scene with Jade and Dist as kids, and then head outside to find the latter
there himself. Jade manages to redo one of the best quotes in the whole game,
so all the more power to him as usual.

Now head to Daath and talk to Maestro Tritheim. After a quick scene, all the
catalyst weapons are powered up, and their power is based on the number of
kills the character has made now, which is awesomeness in its truest form,
ignoring the fact that the hardest enemy in the game is now dead. That leaves
one side quest left that is above and beyond this one (and no it doesn't have
an enemy harder than that one), and that is the Replica Lab of the Abyss, which
is only available on second playthrough. If you're on that, though, talk to
Pere after beating Nebilim for the Tactical Leader title.

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 IXf. Replication Facility of the Abyss
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 - Recommended Level: 75

Yeah, it's actually called the "Abyss Replica Lab", but whatevers. Alright, I
know my level is high, but that's coming off a speed run with Hard difficulty
and 2x EXP. Even though I cover this place in Normal because I'm nice like
that. But anyway, first thing you should know is that you have to be in
second playthrough to do this place. Also, you have to have saved Shiba, plus
you need to have done the Ortion Cavern (East) side quest. So obviously that
includes having the powered up Albiore, hence Mieu Fire 2. You also need a lot
of Gald, believe me.

When you're ready to enter The Abyss, head to Sheridan and go northwest from
the entrance to see two old guys pointing a fon machine at Luke to test if it
detects replicas. Apparently Shiba is worried about some large scale replication
in Ortion Cavern, so go to the meeting hall to find him and Peko, the latter of
who to Tear's relief gets left out of this very dangerous operation. Anyway,
talk to Shiba when you're ready, and you'll be taken to Ortion Cavern to dig
through the walls, to find what's going on here.

Let me explain this. There are eighteen replica machines here that have to be
destroyed, one at the entrance which Mieu automatically takes down. This place is
a total maze, and to go from one room to another you need to pay a fee. The more
you pay, the slower Shiba's endurance goes down. Yeah, Shiba has his own health,
and you need to watch out for that by not fighting too many battles, even
though the battles are a good source of gald. And lastly, a map will slowly be
formed on the lower left.

To start off with, Mieu destroys the machine (1/18). Start off by digging to the
northwest a total of twice. If you go west here, you can get a Sunlight Chamber
and then head back to the east to go back, but hey, that's some gald that you'll
use right there, so choose wisely. Otherwise, head NORTHEAST after going
northwest twice. After that, go east a single time and use Mieu Wings to get a
Carmine Chamber. Now with that done, go NORTH once, NORTHWEST once, and then
WEST once. Easy to remember, eh?

You'll come to a machine here. Mieu Attack it to break it (2/18), but just a
thing that's very important: use Mieu Fire 2 to hit the mirror on the right
and then hit the bird on top, and then fight it. Those birds drop a helluva
lot of Gald, and you need as much Gald as you can get. And now, go WEST for a
Miracle Gel, then southwest, then west. Smash the machine there (3/18) and
fight the bird and golden slime for the large amounts of Gald, and now you have
another choice.

You can go south once for 10,000 Gald, but I passed that up myself. Just head
north once from the machine room to find a Cobalt Chamber. And with that in your
hands, head NORTH twice more. This room has a massive trap that will randomly
blast the ground and damage both you and Shiba, so head EAST as fast as you can,
and then north twice to find the fourth machine (4/18). Now, sorry to say, but
you need to return to the room with the trap device, so go south twice and west
once to find it, and then immediately head WEST. The fifth machine and bird are
there (5/18).

And with that, head north twice and northwest once through rather tranquil
screens to find the sixth machine (6/18). Getting fast now, eh? I hope Shiba's
endurance isn't out yet, but don't worry, there's a complete heal point for both
you and him quite soon. Head NORTH once, and then go northeast once and use
Mieu Wings to get the inferior Shooting Star for Natalia, if you so desire. Now
return SOUTHWEST from that room, and go northwest to find a large lake that will
heal you and Shiba both entirely. Whew, about damn time.

But now, anyway, you'll need to backtrack all the way back to three spaces above
the entrance, where you got that Carmine Chamber earlier. Don't worry, there's
another lake after a short while. Now go SOUTHEAST of there to find the seventh
machine (7/18). And with that, go east, then northeast, then north. There's the
eighth machine (8/18). Now head SOUTHEAST for a Miracle Gel, and then northeast,
and then north. There's the ninth machine (9/18). Awesome, halfway down and
halfway more.

After the ninth, head east once and then southeast. It's your choice if you want
to go south here for a Specific, but come on, you can buy those anywhere. From
that room you entered from southeast, just head east. The tenth machine awaits
there (10/18). I hope you're fighting those birds, because not long from now
you will have to go through a hell of a lot of rooms. From this room, you can
head northeast for a Kaiser Bracelet, southeast for another lake... or nothing.
Your choice, as always. =) But yeah, do both.

From the lake, go northwest, west, northwest, north, and then northeast thrice.
Yeah, told you that's a lot of room hopping. Get the Life Bottle on the first
northeast, by the way. Anyways, after the third northeast is the eleventh
machine (11/18). Now it's southwest a grand total of thrice (oh well, no pay),
and northwest, west, northwest, and west. Damn, that's repetitive. Oh well,
there's a machine in there for (12/18). Go southwest once and south once to
find the thirteenth (13/18).

Return back north and head northwest for the fourteenth (14/18). And from here
you can head southwest for a Red Basil if you want, but as always I refrain.
Just head north from that screen, and you'll get a scene there. Jade is such a
cruel beast as usual. Just head one screen north for the fifteenth machine
(15/18), then north twice more and northwest. That makes (16/18). Now head back
to the southeast, and then go northeast twice to come to the seventeenth machine
(17/18). Yay, one more left!

At last, go northwest to find a Grass Chamber in there, and then go northwest
one last time to find the final machine (18/18). Yeah, sorry to say but there's
actually 29 of them, but the first 18 will work for now. All you can do now is
head north, but make sure that you're fully healed, as before you is a boss,
plus you haven't exactly saved in awhile. Assuming you're ready, go through the
door at the north, and a surprise awaits you. Dist sure likes to make replicas.

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 \\ Boss: Largo / Arietta / Sync / Legretta Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 65,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 800                                EXP  - 15,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 629                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 201                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 493                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 45,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 317                                EXP  - 15,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 759                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 400                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 956                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 55,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 800                                EXP  - 15,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 805                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 350                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 620                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - Wind, Light    ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 50,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 550                                EXP  - 15,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 981                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 374                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 782                                                      ||
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     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Awww, no Everlasting Fight for a good little battle like this? Oh well, no
 problem. This fight will be a lot more fun on Hard mode, especially if you
 were as high leveled as I was at the time, but whatever. The battle starts
 out with only Largo, Arietta, and Sync, but once one of them is defeated,
 Legretta will take their place. And even though they're replicas, they have
 pretty much the same power as the originals, except for the obvious fact
 that they have less HP, except Arietta of course who is a weakling.

 Second order Mystic Artes here are absolutely devastating. I personally
 found it impossible to reduce Luke to 15% or less HP so he could use his
 devastating Lost Fon Drive, but it doesn't even really matter; Radiant Howl
 should suffice. Tear's Fortune's Arc is the best thing you have going for
 you because of the recovery effect, plus Guy's Brilliant Overlord can hit
 two or more targets, but just remember you need to use the Moon Selector to
 change characters and do that, even with Tear's. Apart from that, the only
 even remotely strong enemy attacks are Largo's Brimstone Tempest, and Sync's
 Akashic Torment. And again, I highly recommend fighting this battle on Hard
 mode, or even Very Hard mode if you're as high leveled as I was.
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Your reward for that battle is the Gald Detector, which isn't too useful
considering what time in the game you get it, but let me note that the second
part of this place has even cooler music and harder enemies, but... there's a
catch. It's shorter. Haha. Anyway, from the screen where you finished off the
God-Generals, head NORTH no less than three times. From there, head northwest
once and you'll find the nineteenth machine. (19/29) Now just northwest twice
more to get the twentieth machine easy. (20/29)

From here, head southwest for a Holy Bottle, and then west to come to another
lake healing point... and this is the third and final one, so use good judgment
in how much you pay Shiba. But with that, from the lake go east and northeast
to return to the screen with the twentieth machine, and then go NORTHWEST once
and then west to get the Gungnir, which is almost as good as the Dunamis. Now
head east back to the previous screen, and northeast to come to the twenty-first
machine (21/29).

Now go to the east to find a Red Saffron, and from there you can just head north
twice to find the twenty-second machine (22/29). Once again, keep an eye on
Shiba's endurance and your gald count, and note that you're moving ever closer
to the end of this place. From that room, head SOUTH twice to return, and then
go east once and then southeast to find another machine (23/29). Oh yeah, we're
moving right along. Head southeast once for a Treat, then southeast again for...
another machine. (24/29)

Go southwest from there to find a chest which contains 20,000 Gald. Wow, that's
convenient. Return back northeast, and then go east twice, picking up the
Miracle Gel that you find. Now go north to find another machine (25/29), then go
north again, and then northwest to enter a dreaded trap room. Yeah, it's the
second and last one, get over it. Just dash to the northeast. There's a machine
there, so break it (26/29) and then head back to the trap room and sprint to
the west. Yeah, the lower west one, not the upper one. Grab the Elemental Ribbon
that's there, by the way.

Head north from here and then northwest to find the twenty-seventh machine
(27/29), and damn these are fast now. Watch a quick scene and then go northwest,
and then north twice to find a machine just lying there (28/29). From there,
just head east for an Elemental Circlet, then northwest, then north to find the
final machine (29/29). We're done now... when you're ready, enter the door to
the north, and you'll find what's been sealed away here.

____________________________________________________________________________
 \\  Boss: Replicantis                     Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
     Stats:                                         HP  - 250,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 817                                EXP  - 32,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 1374                              Gald  - 80,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 801                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 1320                                                     ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Okay, maybe this battle is slightly harder than the God-General battle
 back after the eighteenth machine was destroyed, but this battle still poses
 little to no problems, especially if you're as high leveled as I was (low
 80s). And in that case I would recommend switching the battle difficulty up
 to High, as usual. But anyways, the Replicantis is similar to Fyr Bronc
 back in the Zaleho Volcano in that it is a dragon that likes to fly into the
 air and scorch the land below. And yes, it has the second highest HP of any
 enemy in the game, but indeed, Nebilim has more and is much harder.

 The Replicantis can also emit a beam that does 1600-2000 damage in front of
 itself, as well as use spells like Absolute and Meteor Storm which are
 rather strong but nothing to worry about, because Tear, as usual, has
 Revitalize. And as for HP loss, you won't even have to worry about getting
 reduced enough to use Lost Fon Drive or Brilliant Overlord, so just use
 Radiant Howl and Razing Phoenix and you'll be good to go. There's always
 Indignation, which is perfect for this battle. And yes, the Replicantis is
 slow and will fall very quickly to your combined wrath.
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ

Your reward for that battle is a simple Sunlight Chamber, but anyways, Mieu
destroys the last fomicry machine, and now you can just come back whenever you
want if you need some spare gold from those birds, but otherwise you're done
there. Since you're definitely on the second playthrough, head to Keterburg
assuming you've beat the Behemoth and Sand Worm and have the Golden Helm and
Gae Bolg because of that, and talk to the kid in the first room on the third
floor for Tear's Monster Collector title.

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
                      ~-~ ~-~ ~-~  X. Items ~-~ ~-~ ~-~
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Yeah, this section is pretty big since I didn't only put the four sections of
equipment in here, but I also threw in the AD skills, capacity cores, and
titles. I had no choice.

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 Xa. Weapons
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I love just poring through these so much... but yes, we really do need to see
whether what we have is the best available, do we not? And yeah, a few entries
might be missing, so if you know of those, give me a buzz and I'll try and
switch that up.

+---------------+---------+-----+--------------------------------------------+
 Name           | Usable  | ATK | Additional                                 |
+---------------+---------+-----+--------------------------------------------+
 Nebilim        |  Luke   |  0  | Power grows as Luke kills enemies          |
 Lost Celesti   |   Guy   |  0  | Power grows as Guy kills enemies           |
 Wooden Sword   |  Lu, Gy |  5  | Initial equipped by Luke                   |
 Blade          |  Lu, Gy | 10  | Initial equipped by Guy                    |
 Cutlass        |  Lu, Gy | 15  | Found in Cheagle Woods                     |
 Table Knife    |  Lu, Gy | 20  | Purchased in Keterburg                     |
 Long Sword     |  Lu, Gy | 35  | Found in Tartarus                          |
 Rapier         |  Lu, Gy | 70  | Purchased in St. Binah                     |
 Broad Sword    |  Lu, Gy | 100 | Purchased in Kaitzur                       |
 Scimitar       |  Lu, Gy | 130 | Found in Abandoned Factory                 |
 Steel Sword    |  Lu, Gy | 170 | Purchased in Chesedonia / Desert Oasis     |
 Nimble Rapier  |  Lu, Gy | 190 | Found in Ortion Cavern / Aramis Spring     |
 Maestro Sword  |  Asch   | 230 | Initial equipped by Asch                   |
 Falx           |  Lu, Gy | 250 | Created in Din's Shop                      |
 Silver Sword   |  Lu, Gy | 270 | Found in Theor Forest                      |
 Wasier Rapier  |  Lu, Gy | 310 | Purchased in Sheridan                      |
 Bastard Sword  |  Lu, Gy | 340 | Purchased in Baticul                       |
 Talwar         |  Lu, Gy | 370 | Found in Inista Marsh                      |
 Killer Sword   |  Lu, Gy | 400 | Purchased in Daath                         |
 Epee           |  Lu, Gy | 470 | Found in Oracle Headquarters               |
 Knight Fencer  |  Lu, Gy | 500 | Purchased in Sheridan                      |
 Katana         |  Lu, Gy | 530 | Found in Meggiora Highlands                |
 Imperial Guard |  Lu, Gy | 560 | Purchased in Daath                         |
 Mythril Sword  |  Lu, Gy | 590 | Purchased in Keterburg                     |
 Celsius Caliber|  Lu, Gy | 600 | Keterburg Casino                           |
 Mighty Saber   |  Lu, Gy | 620 | Found in Absorption Gate                   |
 Vorpal Sword   |  Lu, Gy | 630 | A. ATR Water, found in Mt. Roneal          |
 Schwarzloewe   |  Lu, Gy | 680 | Found in Tower of Rem                      |
 Full Metal Edge|  Lu, Gy | 690 | P. DEF 50, created in Sheridan crafting    |
 Holy Judgment  |  Lu, Gy | 695 | Purchased in Baticul                       |
 Hauteclare     |  Lu, Gy | 725 | Created in Din's Shop                      |
 J. of Gardios  |   Guy   | 725 | Guy's Jewel of Gardios side quest          |
 Dragon Killer  |  Lu, Gy | 740 | Purchased in Chesedonia                    |
 Ultimatus      |  Lu, Gy | 765 | Dropped by Sword Dancer #3                 |
 Fonic Blade    |   Guy   | 800 | Found in Eldrant                           |
 Key of Lorelei |  Luke   | 800 | Found in Eldrant                           |
 Fonic Sword    |  Luke   | 810 | Found in Eldrant                           |
 Soul Crush     |  Luke   | 820 | Luke's Advanced Single Battle              |
 Shakunage      |   Guy   | 820 | Guy's Advanced Single Battle               |
                |         |     |                                            |
 Unicorn Horn   |  Tear   |  0  | Power grows as Tear kills enemies          |
 Heart of Chaos |  Anise  |  0  | Power grows as Anise kills enemies         |
 Lollipop       |  Te, An |  5  | F. ATK 250, found in Grand Chokmah         |
 Spoon          |  Te, An | 20  | F. ATK 10, purchased in Keterburg          |
 Broom          |  Te, An | 20  | F. ATK 10, Keterburg Casino                |
 Wand           |  Te, An | 30  | F. ATK 20, purchased in Engeve             |
 Mace           |  Te, An | 60  | F. ATK 60, purchased in St. Binah          |
 Magic Wand     |  Te, An | 85  | F. ATK 85, purchased in St. Binah          |
 Cane           |  Te, An | 110 | F. ATK 110, purchased in Desert Oasis      |
 Gothic Mace    |  Te, An | 145 | F. ATK 145, purchased in Belkend           |
 Ruby Wand      |  Te, An | 160 | F. ATK 160, found in Ortion Cavern         |
 Silver Rod     |  Te, An | 185 | F. ATK 185, purchased in Daath             |
 Genius Wand    |  Te, An | 200 | F. ATK 450, dropped by Sword Dancer #2     |
 Sword Mace     |  Te, An | 265 | F. ATK 265, purchased in Sheridan          |
 Killer Mace    |  Te, An | 290 | F. ATK 290, purchased in Baticul           |
 Mystic Rod     |  Te, An | 340 | F. ATK 340, found in Inista Marsh          |
 Star Rod       |  Te, An | 400 | F. ATK 600, found in Radiation Gate        |
 Knight Mace    |  Te, An | 425 | F. ATK 425, found in Tataroo Valley        |
 Arc Wand       |  Te, An | 475 | F. ATK 475, found in Mt. Zaleho            |
 Mythril Rod    |  Te, An | 500 | F. ATK 500, purchased in Keterburg         |
 Schwarzvogel   |  Te, An | 578 | F. ATK 578, found in Isle of Feres         |
 Kreuzzeichen   |  Te, An | 590 | F. ATK 590, purchased in Baticul           |
 Fonic Rod      |  Tear   | 600 | F. ATK 650, found in Eldrant               |
 B. Crystal Rod |  Tear   | 600 | F. ATK 700, Tear's Advanced Single Battle  |
 Arc Scepter    |  Te, An | 615 | F. ATK 615, purchased in Chesedonia        |
 Holy Cross     |  Te, An | 630 | F. ATK 630, purchased in Chesedonia        |
 Hanuman's Staff|  Te, An | 650 | F. ATK 300, Keterburg Casino               |
 Fonic Mace     |  Anise  | 650 | F. ATK 600, found in Eldrant               |
                |         |     |                                            |
 Blood Pain     |  Jade   |  0  | Power grows as Jade kills enemies          |
 Fork           |  Jade   | 20  | F. ATK 10, purchased in Keterburg          |
 Pointer        |  Jade   | 20  | F. ATK 10, Keterburg Casino                |
 Spear          |  Jade   | 30  | F. ATK 30, initial equipped by Jade        |
 Glaive         |  Jade   | 68  | F. ATK 68, purchased in St. Binah          |
 Guisarme       |  Jade   | 95  | F. ATK 95, purchased in Kaitzur            |
 Undine         |  Jade   | 100 | F. ATK 250, A. ATR Water, Keterburg Casino |
 Efreet         |  Jade   | 100 | F. ATK 300, A. ATR Fire, Keterburg Casino  |
 Gnome          |  Jade   | 100 | F. ATK 600, A. ATR Earth, Keterburg Casino |
 Sylph          |  Jade   | 100 | F. ATK 700, A. ATR Wind, Keterburg Casino  |
 Corsesca       |  Jade   | 125 | F. ATK 125, purchased in Desert Oasis      |
 Scythe         |  Jade   | 162 | F. ATK 162, purchased in Belkend           |
 Halberd        |  Jade   | 181 | F. ATK 181, found in Mine Shaft 14         |
 Deck Brush     |  Jade   | 200 | F. ATK 10, found in Yulia City             |
 Partisan       |  Jade   | 210 | F. ATK 210, purchased in Daath             |
 Bardiche       |  Jade   | 238 | F. ATK 238, purchased in Sheridan          |
 Heavy Halberd  |  Jade   | 295 | F. ATK 295, purchased in Sheridan          |
 Trident        |  Jade   | 352 | F. ATK 352, purchased in Grand Chokmah     |
 Crescent       |  Jade   | 410 | F. ATK 410, purchased in Sheridan          |
 Battle Axe     |  Jade   | 475 | F. ATK 475, found in Meggiora Highlands    |
 Longinus       |  Jade   | 500 | F. ATK 700, found in Tower of Rem          |
 Papillon       |  Jade   | 532 | F. ATK 532, purchased in Daath             |
 Mythril Lance  |  Jade   | 560 | F. ATK 560, purchased in Keterburg         |
 War Hammer     |  Jade   | 590 | F. ATK 590, found in Absorption Gate       |
 Do Sanga       |  Jade   | 645 | F. ATK 645, found in Mt. Zaleho            |
 Penetrator     |  Jade   | 660 | F. ATK 660, purchased in Baticul           |
 Gae Bolg       |  Jade   | 700 | F. ATK 500, found by defeating Sand Worm   |
 Bahamut's Tear |  Jade   | 700 | F. ATK 700, purchased in Chesedonia        |
 Fonic Lance    |  Jade   | 720 | F. ATK 720, found in Eldrant               |
 Dunamis        |  Jade   | 740 | F. ATK 690, Jade's Advanced Single Battle  |
 Gungnir        |  Jade   | 850 | F. ATK 600, found in The Abyss Replica Lab |
                |         |     |                                            |
 Holy Quelqatl  | Natalia |  0  | Power grows as Natalia kills enemies       |
 Bow            | Natalia | 120 | Purchased in Desert Oasis                  |
 Custom Bow     | Natalia | 150 | Purchased in Belkend                       |
 Steel Bow      | Natalia | 160 | Found in Deo Pass                          |
 Self Bow       | Natalia | 170 | Purchased in Belkend                       |
 Slash Arrow    | Natalia | 198 | Purchased in Sheridan                      |
 Great Bow      | Natalia | 212 | Purchased in Daath                         |
 Composite Bow  | Natalia | 225 | Purchased in Sheridan                      |
 Rapid Bow      | Natalia | 280 | Purchased in Baticul                       |
 Shincarrow     | Natalia | 305 | Purchased in Baticul                       |
 Killer Bow     | Natalia | 360 | Found in Oracle Headquarters               |
 Soul Steal     | Natalia | 360 | Keterburg Casino                           |
 Hamayumi       | Natalia | 450 | Found in Meggiora Highlands                |
 Shooting Star  | Natalia | 500 | Found in The Abyss Replica Lab             |
 Hunting Bow    | Natalia | 505 | Purchased in Daath                         |
 Battle Bow     | Natalia | 530 | Purchased in Keterburg                     |
 Clay Arrow     | Natalia | 550 | Keterburg Casino                           |
 Strike Eagle   | Natalia | 560 | Found in Absorption Gate                   |
 Full Metal Fang| Natalia | 600 | Created in Din's Shop                      |
 Yutis          | Natalia | 600 | Keterburg Casino                           |
 Ancient Bow    | Natalia | 612 | Purchased in Baticul                       |
 Cators Bow     | Natalia | 626 | Purchased in Chesedonia                    |
 Merciless Bow  | Natalia | 670 | Purchased in Chesedonia                    |
 Fonic Arrow    | Natalia | 700 | Found in Eldrant                           |
 Celestial Star | Natalia | 720 | Natalia's Advanced Single Battle           |
+---------------+---------+-----+--------------------------------------------+

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 Xb. Body Armor
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These are boring as hell, but whatever.

+---------------+---------+-----+--------------------------------------------+
 Name           | Usable  | DEF | Additional                                 |
+---------------+---------+-----+--------------------------------------------+
 Haute Coutare  |  Lu, Gy |  2  | Initial equipped by Luke                   |
 Leather Mail   |  Lu, Gy | 10  | Purchased in Engeve                        |
 Iron Mail      |  Lu, Gy | 12  | Purchased in St. Binah                     |
 Chain Mail     |  Lu, Gy | 15  | Purchased in Kaitzur                       |
 Splint Mail    |  Lu, Gy | 20  | Purchased in Chesedonia                    |
 Breastplate    |  Lu, Gy | 25  | Purchased in Chesedonia                    |
 Silver Mail    |  Lu, Gy | 30  | F. DEF 5, purchased in Belkend             |
 Silver Plate   |  Lu, Gy | 35  | F. DEF 5, purchased in Sheridan            |
 Battlesuit     |  Lu, Gy | 40  | Purchased in Sheridan                      |
 Light Plate    |  Lu, Gy | 45  | Found in Shurrey Hill                      |
 Knight Armor   |  Lu, Gy | 50  | Purchased in Grand Chokmah                 |
 Full Plate     |  Lu, Gy | 55  | Purchased in Sheridan                      |
 Mythril Mail   |  Lu, Gy | 60  | Purchased in Daath                         |
 Mythril Plate  |  Lu, Gy | 65  | Purchased in Keterburg                     |
 Rare Mail      |  Lu, Gy | 70  | Purchased in Baticul                       |
 Brigandine     |  Lu, Gy | 80  | Purchased in Chesedonia                    |
 Fonic Mail     |  Lu, Gy | 85  | Found in Eldrant                           |
 Mumbane        |  Lu, Gy | 95  | Dropped by Reid Hershell                   |
                |         |     |                                            |
 Leather Guard  |  Te, Na |  4  | Initial equipped by Tear                   |
 Iron Guard     |  Te, Na |  9  | Purchased in Engeve                        |
 Chain Guard    |  Te, Na | 11  | Purchased in St. Binah                     |
 Scale Guard    |  Te, Na | 18  | Purchased in Desert Oasis                  |
 Breast Guard   |  Te, Na | 23  | Purchased in Chesedonia                    |
 Silver Guard   |  Te, Na | 32  | Purchased in Daath                         |
 Half Guard     |  Te, Na | 34  | Purchased in Sheridan                      |
 Battle Guard   |  Te, Na | 36  | Purchased in Sheridan                      |
 Light Guard    |  Te, Na | 41  |                                            |
 Knight Guard   |  Te, Na | 45  | Purchased in Grand Chokmah                 |
 Royal Guard    |  Te, Na | 50  | Purchased in Sheridan                      |
 Mythril Guard  |  Te, Na | 54  | Purchased in Keterburg                     |
 Mighty Guard   |  Te, Na | 59  | Purchased in Daath                         |
 Rare Protector |  Te, Na | 63  | Purchased in Baticul                       |
 Princess Guard |  Te, Na | 65  | Purchased in Baticul                       |
 Lunar Guard    |  Te, Na | 68  | D. ATR Dark, found in Mt. Zaleho           |
 Rare Guard     |  Te, Na | 72  | Purchased in Chesedonia                    |
 Fonic Guard    |  Te, Na | 72  | Found in Eldrant                           |
 Prism Protector|  Te, Na | 78  | Dropped by Mint Adnade                     |
                |         |     |                                            |
 Robe           |  Jade   | 10  | F. DEF 10, initial equipped by Jade        |
 White Robe     |  Jade   | 14  | F. DEF 14, purchased in St. Binah          |
 Silk Robe      |  Jade   | 17  | F. DEF 17, purchased in Desert Oasis       |
 Feather Robe   |  Jade   | 21  | F. DEF 21, D. ATR Wind, buy in Chesedonia  |
 Carnelian Robe |  Jade   | 26  | F. DEF 26, D. ATR Fire, buy in Belkend     |
 Silver Robe    |  Jade   | 30  | F. DEF 30, purchased in Daath              |
 Misty Robe     |  Jade   | 32  | F. DEF 32, purchased in Sheridan           |
 Cerulean Robe  |  Jade   | 34  | F. DEF 34, D. ATR Water, buy in Sheridan   |
 Maestro Robe   |  Asch   | 35  | F. DEF 35, initial equipped by Asch        |
 Mirage Robe    |  Jade   | 38  | F. DEF 38, D. ATR Light, buy in G.C.       |
 Knight Robe    |  Jade   | 47  | F. DEF 47, purchased in Sheridan           |
 Amber Robe     |  Jade   | 51  | F. DEF 51, D. ATR Earth, buy in Daath      |
 Mythril Robe   |  Jade   | 55  | F. DEF 55, purchased in Keterburg          |
 Viridian Robe  |  Jade   | 58  | F. DEF 58, D. ATR Wind, buy in Chesedonia  |
 Elder Robe     |  Jade   | 60  | F. DEF 60, found in Tower of Rem           |
 Fonic Robe     |  Jade   | 68  | F. DEF 68, found in Eldrant                |
                |         |     |                                            |
 Cloak          |  Anise  |  4  | F. DEF 4, initial equipped by Anise        |
 White Cloak    |  Anise  | 13  | F. DEF 13, purchased in Kaitzur            |
 Silk Cloak     |  Anise  | 17  | F. DEF 17, purchased in Chesedonia         |
 Feather Cloak  |  Anise  | 21  | F. DEF 21, purchased in Chesedonia         |
 Magic Cloak    |  Anise  | 26  | F. DEF 26, purchased in Belkend            |
 Silver Cloak   |  Anise  | 32  | F. DEF 32, purchased in Daath              |
 Mystic Cloak   |  Anise  | 34  | F. DEF 34, purchased in Sheridan           |
 Mage Cloak     |  Anise  | 40  | F. DEF 40, purchased in Grand Chokmah      |
 Knight Cloak   |  Anise  | 47  | F. DEF 47, purchased in Sheridan           |
 Druid Cloak    |  Anise  | 51  | F. DEF 51, purchased in Daath              |
 Mythril Cloak  |  Anise  | 55  | F. DEF 55, purchased in Keterburg          |
 Elder Cloak    |  Anise  | 60  | F. DEF 60, purchased in Baticul            |
 Reflection C.  |  Anise  | 68  | F. DEF 68, purchased in Chesedonia         |
 Fonic Cloak    |  Anise  | 72  | F. DEF 72, found in Eldrant                |
+---------------+---------+-----+--------------------------------------------+

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 Xc. Hand Armor
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These are boring as hell, but whatever.

+-----------------+---------+-----+------------------------------------------+
 Name             | Usable  | DEF | Additional                               |
+-----------------+---------+-----+------------------------------------------+
 Bracelet         | L, G, J |  5  | Purchased in Engeve                      |
 Bronze Bracelet  | L, G, J |  7  | Purchased in Kaitzur                     |
 Iron Bracelet    | L, G, J | 10  | Purchased in Chesedonia                  |
 Lapis Bracelet   | L, G, J | 13  | LCK 5, purchased in Chesedonia           |
 Steel Bracelet   | L, G, J | 15  | Purchased in Belkend                     |
 Silver Bracelet  | L, G, J | 17  | Purchased in Daath                       |
 Gold Bracelet    | L, G, J | 19  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Platinum Bracelet| L, G, J | 20  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Diamond Bracelet | L, G, J | 25  |                                          |
 Knight Bracelet  | L, G, J | 27  | Purchased in Grand Chokmah               |
 Mythril Bracelet | L, G, J | 32  | Purchased in Keterburg                   |
 Rare Bracelet    | L, G, J | 35  | Purchased in Baticul                     |
 Angel Bracelet   | L, G, J | 37  | Purchased in Chesedonia                  |
 Draupnir         | L, G, J | 40  | Purchased in Chesedonia                  |
 Fonic Bracelet   | L, G, J | 42  | Found in Eldrant                         |
 Kaiser Bracelet  | L, G, J | 45  | Found in The Abyss Replica Lab           |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 Gloves           | T, A, N |  6  | Purchased in St. Binah                   |
 White Gloves     | T, A, N |  7  | Purchased in Kaitzur                     |
 Silk Gloves      | T, A, N | 10  | Purchased in Desert Oasis                |
 Feather Gloves   | T, A, N | 12  | D. ATR Wind, purchased in Chesedonia     |
 Archery Gloves   | T, A, N | 13  | Purchased in Belkend                     |
 Silver Gloves    | T, A, N | 15  | Purchased in Grand Chokmah               |
 Mystic Gloves    | T, A, N | 20  | Purchased in Grand Chokmah               |
 Iron Gauntlets   | T, A, N | 23  |                                          |
 Mirage Gloves    | T, A, N | 25  | D. ATR Light, purchased in Grand Chokmah |
 Knight Gloves    | T, A, N | 28  | Purchased in Grand Chokmah               |
 Mythril Gauntlets| T, A, N | 35  | Purchased in Keterburg                   |
 Elder Gloves     | T, A, N | 35  | Purchased in Baticul                     |
 Queen Gloves     | T, A, N | 42  | Purchased in Chesedonia                  |
 Fonic Gloves     | T, A, N | 45  | Found in Eldrant                         |
+-----------------+---------+-----+------------------------------------------+

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 Xd. Accessories
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In this game, circlets and helmets and stuff do indeed count of accessories,
as well as other things like crests and jewels and that kind of typical
accessory type stuff. Meaning there's more equipment here than anywhere else,
really. Note: hats for Luke/Jade/Guy, and ribbons for Tear/Anise/Natalia are
for fonic defense. Helmets and circlets are for physical defense. Make sense?

+-----------------+---------+-----+------------------------------------------+
 Name             | Usable  | DEF | Additional                               |
+-----------------+---------+-----+------------------------------------------+
 Leather Boots    |   All   |  8  | AGL 2, purchased in Kaitzur              |
 Silver Boots     |   All   | 18  | AGL 50                                   |
 Iron Boots       |   All   | 20  | AGL 20, purchased in Sheridan            |
 Heavy Boots      |   All   | 24  | AGL 25, purchased in Daath               |
 Rare Boots       |   All   | 35  | AGL 120, purchased in Baticul            |
 Persian Boots    |   All   | 38  | AGL 300, found in Isle of Feres          |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 Cape             |   All   |  5  | F. DEF 2, purchased in St. Binah         |
 Leather Cape     |   All   | 13  | F. DEF 6, purchased in Chesedonia        |
 Thief's Cape     |   All   | 15  | F. DEF 7, AGL 15, purchased in Belkend   |
 Elven Cape       |   All   | 20  | F. DEF 10, AGL 30, D. ATR 2345, Daath    |
 Flare Cape       |   All   | 23  | F. DEF 11, D. ATR Fire, in Mt. Zaleho    |
 Aqua Cape        |   All   | 28  | F. DEF 14, D. ATR Water, in Sheridan     |
 Wind Cape        |   All   | 34  | F. DEF 14, D. ATR Wind                   |
 Earth Cape       |   All   | 40  | F. DEF 20, D. ATR Earth, in Chesedonia   |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 Alice Band       | T, A, N |  9  | Purchased in Kaitzur                     |
 Bronze Circlet   | T, A, N | 12  | Purchased in Baticul                     |
 Iron Circlet     | T, A, N | 15  | Purchased in Chesedonia                  |
 Steel Circlet    | T, A, N | 18  | Found in Akzeriuth                       |
 Silver Circlet   | T, A, N | 23  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Gold Circlet     | T, A, N | 24  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Knight Circlet   | T, A, N | 33  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Mythril Circlet  | T, A, N | 39  | Purchased in Keterburg                   |
 Rare Circlet     | T, A, N | 42  | Purchased in Baticul                     |
 Fonic Crest      | T, A, N | 50  | Found in Eldrant                         |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 A. Life Form     |  Anise  | N/A | X-BUSTER; created in Din's Shop          |
 Empty Girl       |  Anise  | N/A | Beast; Peony's mansion in Keterburg      |
 Great Pirate     |  Anise  | N/A | Pow Hammer; Belkend's warehouse          |
 Heihachi         |  Anise  | N/A | Demon Breath/Stone Head; Din's Shop      |
 Priestess        |  Anise  | N/A | Inspect Eye; dropped by Nanaly           |
 Rare Genius      |  Anise  | N/A | Divine Saber; Arietta in Cheagle Woods   |
 Time T. Girl     |  Anise  | N/A | Resurrection; Arietta in Mt. Roneal      |
 Time T. Hero     |  Anise  | N/A | Critical up; Astor's manor               |
 Warrior Maiden   |  Anise  | N/A | P. ATK 50, F. ATK 50, Belkend drawers    |
 Wonder Doll      |  Anise  | N/A | AGL 50, LCK 50, created in Din's Shop    |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 Beret            | L, J, G |  9  | Purchased in Kaitzur                     |
 Straw Hat        | L, J, G | 12  | D. ATR Wind                              |
 Pointed Hat      | L, J, G | 15  | D. ATR Earth                             |
 Green Beret      | L, J, G | 18  | AGL 20, purchased in Belkend             |
 Silver Hat       | L, J, G | 23  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Hunting Cap      | L, J, G | 27  | D. ATR Water, found in Shurrey Hill      |
 Knight Hat       | L, J, G | 30  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Silk Hat         | L, J, G | 33  | D. ATR Fire, purchased in Sheridan       |
 Cowboy Hat       | L, J, G | 43  | Found in Ortion Cavern (East)            |
 Wizard Hat       | L, J, G | 48  | Purchased in Chesedonia                  |
 Fonic Hat        | L, J, G | 50  | Found in Eldrant                         |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 Leather Helm     |  Lu, Gy |  6  | Purchased in Engeve                      |
 Iron Helm        |  Lu, Gy |  7  | Purchased in St. Binah                   |
 Armet Helm       |  Lu, Gy | 12  | Purchased in Chesedonia                  |
 Steel Helm       |  Lu, Gy | 15  |                                          |
 Silver Helm      |  Lu, Gy | 23  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Cross Helm       |  Lu, Gy | 25  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Knight Helm      |  Lu, Gy | 30  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Duel Helm        |  Lu, Gy | 33  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Mythril Helm     |  Lu, Gy | 39  | Purchased in Keterburg                   |
 Rare Helm        |  Lu, Gy | 48  | Purchased in Chesedonia                  |
 Fonic Helm       |  Lu, Gy | 50  | Found in Eldrant                         |
 Golden Helm      |  Lu, Gy | 52  | Defeat Behemoth in Inista Marsh (yep)    |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 Ribbon           | T, A, N |  7  | D. ATR Fire, purchased in St. Binah      |
 Orange Ribbon    | T, A, N | 12  | D. ATR Earth, purchased in Chesedonia    |
 Yellow Ribbon    | T, A, N | 15  | D. ATR Light, purchased in Chesedonia    |
 Green Ribbon     | T, A, N | 23  | D. ATR Wind, purchased in Sheridan       |
 Blue Ribbon      | T, A, N | 24  | D. ATR Water, purchased in Sheridan      |
 Purple Ribbon    | T, A, N | 28  | D. ATR Dark, found in Tataroo Valley     |
 Pretty Ribbon    | T, A, N | 33  | Purchased in Sheridan                    |
 Tartan Ribbon    | T, A, N | 36  | Found in the Absorption Gate             |
 Striped Ribbon   | T, A, N | 40  | Purchased in Chesedonia                  |
 Ancient Ribbon   | T, A, N | 41  | Purchased in Baticul                     |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 Ruby             |   All   | N/A | D. ATR Earth, purchased in Baticul       |
 Opal             |   All   | N/A | D. ATR Wind, purchased in Baticul        |
 Aquamarine       |   All   | N/A | D. ATR Water, purchased in Baticul       |
 Garnet           |   All   | N/A | D. ATR Fire, purchased in Baticul        |
 Magic Mist       |   All   | N/A | Increases escape speed, in Baticul       |
 Moonstone        |   All   | N/A | TP + 30%, dropped by Arietta             |
 Black Onyx       |   All   | N/A | HP + 30%, dropped by Largo               |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 Laurel           |   All   | N/A | Prevents magic ailments, by Blade Rex    |
 Tear's Pendant   |  Tear   | N/A | F.ATK/F.DEF + 20%, side quest            |
 Drain Ward       |   All   |  5  | D. ATR Fire, purchased in Baticul        |
 Paralysis Ward   |   All   |  5  | D. ATR Wind, purchased in Baticul        |
 Poison Ward      |   All   |  5  | D. ATR Water, purchased in Baticul       |
 Stone Ward       |   All   |  5  | D. ATR Earth, purchased in Baticul       |
 Drain Charm      |   All   | 15  | D. ATR Fire, purchased in Grand Chokmah  |
 Paralysis Charm  |   All   | 15  | D. ATR Wind, purchased in Grand Chokmah  |
 Poison Charm     |   All   | 15  | D. ATR Water, purchased in Grand Chokmah |
 Stone Charm      |   All   | 15  | D. ATR Earth, purchased in Grand Chokmah |
 Stun Bracelet    |   All   | N/A | Stun duration -50%, purchased in Baticul |
                  |         |     |                                          |
 Holy Ring        |   All   | N/A | Sometimes cures 1% HP, Ant Lion Man      |
 Spirit Ring      |   All   | N/A | Sometimes cures 1% TP, dropped by Sync   |
 Spirit Symbol    |   All   | N/A | Sometimes cures 3% TP, drop by Legretta  |
 Protect Ring     |   All   | N/A | Physical damage -10%, dropped by Uniceros|
 Force Ring       |   All   | N/A | Physical damage -20%, dropped by Van     |
 Resist Ring      |   All   | N/A | Elemental damage -10%, by Tyrannopion    |
 Reflect Ring     |   All   | N/A | Elemental damage -20%, Mt. Roneal bosses |
 Sapphire Ring    |   All   | N/A | TP used -25%, Mt. Roneal bosses          |
 Emerald Ring     |   All   | N/A | TP used -33%, dropped by Gigant Mohs     |
 Faerie Ring      |   All   | N/A | TP used -50%, dropped by Philia          |
 Mystic Mark      |   All   | N/A | Casting time down a little, Mt. Roneal   |
 Mystic Symbol    |   All   | N/A | Casting time down, dropped by Sync       |
 Strange Mark     |   All   | N/A | Casting lag down a little, Grand Chokmah |
 Wonder Symbol    |   All   | N/A | Casting lag down, dropped by Asch        |
 Dark Seal        |   All   | N/A | EXP x1.5, Belkend warehouse              |
 Demon's Seal     |   All   | N/A | EXP x2, found in Sheridan                |
 Rebirth Doll     |   All   | N/A | Auto resurrection, found in Tower of Rem |
 Sephira          |   All   | N/A | Gald earned + 50%, dropped by Legretta   |
 Blue Sephira     |   All   | N/A | Gald earned + 100%, dropped by Arietta   |
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 Xe. AD Skills
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AD Skills are those additional skills you keep seeing popping up everywhere in
said list and occasionally being learned when you level up, but how exactly do
you get them? Simple, you have to level up with capacity cores until you get
the following stat boosts in these categories:

 P. ATK - 200
 P. DEF - 70
 F. ATK - 70
 F. DEF - 60
 AGL    - 90
 ENH    - 90

Have fun doing that. I'll say right now that getting P. ATK up to 200 pays off
though, because for one thing you'll do massive amounts of damage, but for
another, you only really have to get it up to 70 until you're done with the
basics. Getting it up to 200 is just fitting hand in hand with AGL to get
seven attacks in one combo. 

Name: Backstep
Learned: Level 2
Description: Press Square and Back to jump back. Basically just another method
             of evasion.

Name: Recover
Learned: Level 3
Description: Press Square when you're knocked on the ground or in the air to
             flip back up. Very useful, saves time.

Name: Critical Guard
Learned: Level 4
Description: Press Square and Forward to lunge forward, just to reduce damage.
             You'll never use it.

Name: Free Run
Learned: Level 5
Description: Press L2 to move around the battlefield freely. Probably the most
             useful AD Skill in the game.

Name: Magic Guard
Learned: Level 7
Description: Press Square and Down to create a shield around yourself that
             reduces magical damage.

Name: Over Limit
Learned: Level 15
Description: Press R2 to go into Overlimit when the bar is full. You can't be
             knocked down and take less damage, which is very good.

Name: Taunt
Learned: Level 22
Description: Press R2 to increase the Overlimit bar when it's not full. It
             just slows you down if you want my honest evaluation.

Name: Special
Learned: Level 30
Description: When you're in Overlimit, either hold down X while using an
             Arcane Arte that actually hits, or use a High Fonic Arte which
             will be replaced by the Mystic Arte that ensues. Probably the
             second most useful AD Skill in the game. Note: Luke can't learn
             it before Yulia City unless you inherit it to a second cycle.

Name: Combo Force
Learned: P. ATK - 30
Description: Increases the damage that you cause from normal combos, by
             decreasing the amount that is lessened from subsequent hits.

Name: Power Charge
Learned: P. ATK - 40
Description: Increases the damage that you cause from normal combos, by
             decreasing the amount that is lessened from subsequent hits.

Name: Item Thrower
Learned: P. ATK - 40
Description: Allows you to use items on a character other than yourself. Wait,
             it's possible to live without this? ;]

Name: Critical Up
Learned: P. ATK - 50
Description: Increases the changes of landing a critical hit. It really is as
             simple as that.

Name: Heavy Hit
Learned: P. ATK - 60
Description: Increases the change of stunning an enemy after a physical attack,
             effectively doubling damage by landing a second combo.

Name: Add Combo
Learned: P. ATK - 70
Description: Allows you to link 4 attacks to one combo instead of 3. Get this
             as soon as possible.

Name: Add Combo 2
Learned: P. ATK - 120, AGL - 20
Description: Allows you to link 5 attacks to one combo instead of 4. Get this
             on your second playthrough as soon as possible.

Name: Add Combo 3
Learned: P. ATK - 160, AGL - 40
Description: Allows you to link 6 attacks to one combo instead of 5. Get this
             at the end of your second playthrough as soon as possible.

Name: Add Combo 4
Learned: P. ATK - 200, AGL - 60
Description: Allows you to link 7 attacks to one combo instead of 6. Get this
             if you want to breeze through Unknown difficulty.

Name: Roll
Learned: P. DEF - 20
Description: Simply decreases the damage that you take when you get knocked in
             the air or down.

Name: Guard Plus
Learned: P. DEF - 30
Description: Decreases damage taken while guarding. Just makes hitting that
             square button more powerful.

Name: Rear Guard 1
Learned: P. DEF - 40
Description: Makes it more difficult for an enemy to guard break you, meaning
             behind as well.

Name: Void Attack
Learned: P. DEF - 50
Description: Occasionally, you won't stagger aka get stunned when you get hit
             physically.

Name: Immunity
Learned: P. DEF - 60
Description: Decreases the odds of receiving status effects. Oh dear lord thank
             you.

Name: Endure
Learned: P. DEF - 70
Description: Decreases the amount of time needed to recover from being staggered
             aka stunned.

Name: Critical Magic
Learned: F. ATK - 20
Description: For Tear, Jade, and Anise only, allows you to do critical damage
             with spells. Great for stuff like Energy Blast and Limited.

Name: Lucky End
Learned: F. ATK - 30
Description: For Tear, Jade, Anise, and Natalia only, decreases the delay after
             casting a spell.

Name: Heavy Magic
Learned: F. ATK - 40
Description: For Tear, Jade, and Anise only, increases the chance of stunning an
             enemy with a spell.

Name: Lucky Magic
Learned: F. ATK - 50
Description: For Tear, Jade, Anise, and Natalia only, occasionally decreases the
             TP consumption of a spell.

Name: Speed Cast
Learned: F. ATK - 60
Description: For Tear, Jade, Anise, and Natalia only, decreases spell casting
             time. How simple.

Name: Magic Charge
Learned: F. ATK - 70
Description: For Tear, Jade, and Anise only, hold the left stick down while
             taking no damage to increase F. ATK slightly.

Name: Void Magic
Learned: F. DEF - 20
Description: You just... occasionally won't stagger after getting hit by a
             spell.

Name: Resist
Learned: F. DEF - 30
Description: Occasionally prevents status effects. How creative.

Name: Anti-Element
Learned: F. DEF - 40
Description: Occasionally halves the damage of an elemental attack.

Name: Magic Guard Plus
Learned: F. DEF - 50
Description: Makes Magic Guard aka Guardian aka whatever more effective by
             occasionally reducing damage.

Name: Stat Boost
Learned: F. DEF - 60
Description: Increases the effect of positive stat changes like P. ATK or P.
             DEF up. Great for lovers of Holy Song or Fortune's Arc.

Name: Life Up
Learned: ENH - 20
Description: Occasionally increases your max HP by 0.5% after battles, and is
             more frequent after boss battles. I recommend learning this as
             soon as possible; it's better than single Sages.

Name: Spirit Healer
Learned: ENH - 30
Description: Increases the amount of TP recovered after a battle.

Name: Happiness
Learned: ENH - 40
Description: Occasionally increases EXP after a battle. Awesome!

Name: Life Healer
Learned: ENH - 50
Description: Recover somewhere around 6% of HP after battle. I think, I'm not
             sure.

Name: Mind Up
Learned: ENH - 60
Description: Occasionally increases your TP by 1% after battle. Savories are
             better yet rarer, plus this is less frequent and more expensive,
             but who cares.

Name: HP Recovery
Learned: ENH - 70
Description: Increases the amount of HP you'll recover by using items and
             spells by like 5%. Yay, Lemon Gels are 65% heals now!

Name: TP Recovery
Learned: ENH - 80
Description: Increases the amount of TP you'll recover by using items, by like
             3%. Yay, Pineapple Gels are 63% heals now.

Name: EXP Plus
Learned: ENH - 90
Description: Effectively just an extension of Happiness, this gives you more of
             an EXP boost from battles.

Name: Dash
Learned: AGL - 20
Description: Effectively just an extension of Winged Boots, this lets you move
             faster in battle.

Name: Run Away!
Learned: AGL - 30
Description: Reduces the amount of time needed to escape, plus if several people
             have this, it's even faster. Whoo hoo.

Name: Comeback
Learned: AGL - 40
Description: Allows you to mash Square around a bit when you're staggered to
             reduce the stun time. I forget it exists.

Name: Item Pro
Learned: AGL - 50
Description: Decreases the time you're not allowed to move after you use an
             item. Who cares.

Name: O.L. Boost
Learned: AGL - 60
Description: Increases the duration of Over Limit. Works particularly well in
             second playthrough with the Overlimit grade shop option.

Name: Landing
Learned: AGL - 70
Description: Decreases the amount of time you're unable to move after landing
             from like, a jump.

Name: Quick Turn
Learned: AGL - 80
Description: Allows you to be able to turn around instantly, even when you're
             running.

Name: Aerial Jump
Learned: AGL - 90
Description: What else? Allows you to jump in midair, effectively a double
             jump, so you can evade stuff.

Name: Rebound
Learned: P. ATK - 20, AGL - 20
Description: When another skill, Recover, is in effect, you can physically
             attack.

Name: Jump Combo
Learned: P. ATK - 30, AGL - 30
Description: You can hit the attack button to link attacks when you land from
             a jump. 

Name: Counter
Learned: P. ATK - 30, P. DEF - 30
Description: Block an enemy attack and then hit X to attack without any lag.

Name: C. Combo
Learned: P. ATK - 40, P. DEF - 40, AGL - 20
Description: When you counter, you can link attacks to it.

Name: C. Counter
Learned: P. ATK - 40, AGL - 40
Description: When you hit an enemy that's attacking, the damage that you do
             increases.

Name: E. Plus
Learned: P. ATK - 20, F. ATK - 20
Description: Just occasionally increases the damage of elemental attacks.

Name: Flash
Learned: P. ATK - 30, P. DEF - 30, F. DEF - 30
Description: Makes you impervious to stagger when you're performing a combo.

Name: Step Away
Learned: P. DEF - 20, AGL - 20
Description: You won't be staggered if you get hit during Backstep, but I never
             use Backstep anyway, so...

Name: Neutralizer
Learned: P. DEF - 30, AGL - 30
Description: Occasionally gives you a chance of not receiving any damage or
             stagger from enemy attacks.

Name: Lucky Soul
Learned: P. DEF - 20, F. DEF - 20
Description: When you get knocked down to the ground, occasionally you'll
             recover TP.

Name: Skill Guard
Learned: P. DEF - 25, F. DEF - 25
Description: Replaces Magic Guard with Guardian, so just use Square plus the
             left stick down for it. Exclusive to Luke, Anise, and Guy.

Name: Nullify
Learned: P. DEF - 30, F. DEF - 30
Description: Occasionally you receive no damage from an enemy spell. Awesome.

Name: Reflect
Learned: P. DEF - 40, F. DEF - 40
Description: Occasionally deflects the damage receiving when you're guarding.
             Yeah, okay.

Name: Blood Spirit
Learned: P. DEF - 45, F. DEF - 45
Description: You recover TP for the number of hits from a combo you receive...

Name: Resurrect
Learned: P. DEF - 50, F. DEF - 50
Description: Occasionally revives automatically. How can you beat that?!

Name: Rebirth
Learned: P. DEF - 30, F. DEF - 30, ENH - 30
Description: A great ability, this... it makes you slowly recover HP equal to
             half of the damage of the last hit. But yeah, just one hit.

Name: Angel's Tear
Learned: P. DEF - 60, F. DEF - 60, ENH - 50
Description: A guaranteed chance of reviving once per battle. You'll barely
             even recognize death anymore.

Name: Glory
Learned: P. DEF - 60, F. DEF - 60, AGL - 50, ENH - 60
Description: Prevents staggering from any enemy attack except Mystic Artes. =)

Name: Reprise
Learned: F. ATK - 20, F. DEF - 20, AGL - 40
Description: Reduces a tiny bit of casting time when you use the same spell
             twice. Exclusive to Tear, Jade, Anise, and Natalia.

Name: Spell Save
Learned: P. DEF - 30, F. ATK - 30, F. DEF - 30
Description: Cuts off the casting time you lost if an enemy interrupts you
             while casting a spell. For Tear, Jade, Anise, and Natalia only.

Name: Reducer
Learned: F. ATK - 30, F. DEF - 30
Description: For Tear, Jade, Anise, and Natalia, reduces 25% of the casting
             time if it's used twice in a row.

Name: Rhythm
Learned: F. ATK - 20, F. DEF - 20, AGL - 20
Description: For Tear, Jade, Anise, and Natalia, tap the X button when you
             cast a spell to shave off 1/60 of the casting time each tap.

Name: Dash Guard
Learned: F. DEF - 40, AGL - 40
Description: Prevents staggering when you're hit by magic while dashing. Yeah.

Name: Item Master
Learned: AGL - 30, ENH - 30
Description: The effect of an item is increased by 1/8 if a character uses said
             item on anybody. Thus, a Lemon Gel heals 67.5% HP.

Name: Pow Hammer
Learned: P. ATK - 40, P. DEF - 40
Description: Every now and then, you get hit and a Pow Hammer comes down. Nice.

Name: Auto-Aid
Learned: P. DEF - 60, F. DEF - 60
Description: Randomly casts First Aid automatically when you get hit.

Name: Ability Plus
Learned: P. ATK - 80, AGL - 80
Description: Allows you to link two base strike artes in a combo. Gotta make
             those combos long.

Name: Item Getter
Learned: AGL - 40, ENH - 40
Description: Increases the chance of getting items after battle, and if you
             have multiple characters with this ability increases its ability.

Name: Item Rover
Learned: P. ATK - 20, AGL - 40
Description: Increases the chance of stealing an item. I don't know the %, sorry.

Name: Status Guard
Learned: P. DEF - 40, F. DEF - 40
Description: Lowers the chance of receiving a status effect.

Name: Resilience
Learned: P. DEF - 60, F. DEF - 60, AGL - 40
Description: For Tear, Jade, Anise, and Natalia only, you can avoid staggering
             while casting a spell. I know, you've wanted it for a LONG time.

Name: Super Chain
Learned: P. ATK - 60, AGL - 60
Description: Allows you to chain arcane strike artes to base strike artes.

Name: Rear Guard 2
Learned: P. DEF - 60, AGL - 50
Description: Prevents Guard Break altogether... yay!

Name: Condition Guard
Learned: P. DEF - 30, F. DEF - 30
Description: Reduces the length of status effects when they're already on you.

Name: Back Action
Learned: P. ATK - 25, P. DEF - 25, ENH - 10
Description: Prevents the lag between Backstep and any action that follows.

Name: Long Step
Learned: P. DEF - 20, AGL - 20
Description: Makes Backstep, well... longer. As in distance.

Name: Magic End
Learned: F. ATK - 30, AGL - 30
Description: For Tear, Jade, Anise, and Natalia only, allows you to move as
             soon as the spell is cast.

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 Xf. C. Cores
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Capacity cores are one of my favorite things in this game. I mean, raising
stats even more after battles! How can you beat that.

Name: Stre
Where: Given to Luke by Ion in the Cheagle Woods
Stats: P. ATK 2, P. DEF 1

Name: Nocer
Where: Tear's default Capacity Core
Stats: P. DEF 1, F. ATK 1, F. DEF 1

Name: Alca
Where: Guy's default Capacity Core
Stats: P. ATK 1, AGL 2

Name: Nocere
Where: Jade's default Capacity Core
Stats: P. DEF 1, F. ATK 2

Name: Scild
Where: Natalia's default Capacity Core
Stats: P. DEF 2, F. DEF 1

Name: Esprit
Where: Anise's default Capacity Core
Stats: F. DEF 2, ENH 1

Name: Styl
Where: Found in the Tartarus
Stats: P. ATK 2, ENH 1

Name: Nobile
Where: Found on Katsbery Ferry
Stats: F. ATK 2, F. DEF 1

Name: Stre Forte
Where: Found in the Zao Ruins
Stats: P. ATK 3, F. ATK 1

Name: Nocer Forte
Where: Found in Akzeriuth
Stats: F. ATK 2, F. DEF 1, AGL 1

Name: Scild Forte
Where: Found in Yulia City
Stats: P. DEF 2, F. DEF 2

Name: Esprit Forte
Where: Found in Daath
Stats: AGL 2, ENH 2

Name: Balla Forte
Where: Found in Oracle Headquarters
Stats: P. aTK 1, F. ATK 1, AGL 1, ENH 1

Name: Alca Forte
Where: Found in Keterburg
Stats: P. ATK 2, AGL 3

Name: Stre Maggiore
Where: Found in Grand Chokmah
Stats: P. ATK 3, P. DEF 2

Name: Nocer Maggiore
Where: Make in Din's shop
Stats: P. DEF 1, F. ATK 3, F. DEF 1

Name: Scild Maggiore
Where: Found in Shurrey Hill
Stats: P. DEF 3, F. DEF 1, AGL 1

Name: Alca Maggiore
Where: Found in Tataroo Valley
Stats: P. ATK 2, AGL 1, ENH 2

Name: Balla Maggiore
Where: Make in Din's shop
Stats: P. ATK 1, P. DEF 1, F. ATK 1, F. DEF 1, AGL 1, ENH 1

Name: Marcato
Where: Found in Meggiora Highlands
Stats: P. DEF 1, F. DEF 3, ENH 2

Name: Strecido
Where: Found in Mt. Zaleho
Stats: P. ATK 4, P. DEF 1, F. DEF 1

Name: Nocerido
Where: Found in Mt. Roneal
Stats: F. ATK 4, F. DEF 2

Name: Ballacido
Where: Found in the Absorption Gate
Stats: P. ATK 2, F. ATK 2, AGL 2, ENH 1

Name: Lebhaft
Where: Found in the Isle of Feres
Stats: P. ATK 2, P. DEF 3, F. ATK 1, F. DEF 1

Name: Scildecido
Where: Found in the Tower of Rem
Stats: P. DEF 1, F. DEF 1, AGL 3, ENH 2

Name: Parlanto
Where: Make in Din's shop
Stats: AGL 4, ENH 4

Name: Largamente
Where: Make in Din's shop
Stats: P. ATK 2, P. DEF 2, F. ATK 2, F. DEF 2, AGL 1, ENH 1

Name: Lunatito
Where: Found in the Radiation Gate
Stats: P. ATK 3, P. DEF 1, F. ATK 2, F. DEF 4, AGL 1, ENH 2

Name: Grandioz
Where: Found in Eldrant
Stats: P. ATK 3, P. DEF 3, F. ATK 3, F. DEF 3, AGL 2, ENH 2

Name: Tutti
Where: Steal from Nebilim
Stats: P. ATK 4, P. DEF 4, F. ATK 4, F. DEF 4, AGL 4, ENH 4

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 Xg. Titles
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Yeah, in this game titles are kind of lame and don't raise stats... just have
weird effects. Oh well, it's cool. By the way, "S" is Asch, just thought it'd
be a pain with Anise in the picture.

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 Name               | Use | Comments                                         |
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 Duke's Son         |  L  | Heals 2% HP every 15 seconds standing still      |
 Frightful One      |  L  | Cures poison after 15 seconds standing still     |
 Ambassador         |  L  | Cures paralysis after 15 seconds standing still  |
 Replica Model      |  L  | Heals 2% TP after 15 seconds standing still      |
 Passage Commander  |  L  | Cures seal after 15 seconds standing still       |
 Lost Child         |  L  | Cures petrify after 15 seconds standing still    |
 Sword of Lorelei   |  L  | Heals 2% TP every 15 seconds in motion           |
 Barrel Breaker     |  L  | Heals 2% HP every 15 seconds in motion           |
 Financial Investor |  L  | Increases OL every 15 seconds standing still     |
 Noble Rogue        |  L  | Cures any status effect while in motion          |
 Towel Boy          |  L  | Costume from the Keterburg spa                   |
 Wild Saber         |  L  | Costume from Emperor Peony before final battle   |
 Cook               |  L  | Increase cooking success rate by 5%              |
 Viscount           |  L  | Costume from Ramdas after Tower of Rem           |
 Vagabond Son       |  L  | Gets you in the arena for free and money x 1.5   |
 Dragon Buster      |  L  | Costume from Nam Cobanda Isle                    |
 Sword of Swords    |  L  | Increases OL every 15 seconds in motion          |
 Abyss Red          |  L  | Costume from Peony's maid in second playthrough  |
 Berserker          |  L  | Heals 2% HP/TP every 15 seconds in motion        |
 Tactical Leader    |  L  | Heals 2% HP/TP + 2 OL every 15 seconds in motion |
 Dragon Buster?     |  L  | Costume from Nam Cobanda Isle, second play       |
                    |     |                                                  |
 Mysterious Intruder|  T  | Heals 2% HP every 15 seconds standing still      |
 Van's Sister       |  T  | Cures poison after 15 seconds standing still     |
 Strong of Heart    |  T  | Cures seal after 15 seconds standing still       |
 Fonic Hymn Master  |  T  | Heals 2% TP every 15 seconds in motion           |
 Singer of the Verse|  T  | Prevents encounters while standing still         |
 Locrian Colonel    |  T  | Party heals 2% TP 15 still seconds on save point |
 Easygoing Maid     |  T  | Makes music note appear on Mieu Wings spot       |
 Big Sister         |  T  | Party heals 2% HP 15 still seconds on save point |
 Servant of Melodies|  T  | Decreases Tear's TP consumption 5% on save point |
 Grand Chef         |  T  | Increases cooking success rate by 5%             |
 Cool Chick         |  T  | Costume from Emperor Peony before final battle   |
 Rental Beauty      |  T  | Costume from the Keterburg spa                   |
 Flower of Qliphoth |  T  | Increase rare encounter rate by 10%              |
 Proud Maid         |  T  | Costume from the waitress game in Keterburg      |
 Perfect Healer     |  T  | Increases OL every 15 seconds in motion          |
 Abyss Black        |  T  | Costume from Peony's maid in second playthrough  |
 Monster Collector  |  T  | 2nd playthrough costume that prevents encounters |
                    |     |                                                  |
 Colonel            |  J  | Heals 2% TP every 15 seconds in motion           |
 Necromancer        |  J  | Cures poison after 15 seconds standing still     |
 Father of Fomicry  |  J  | Cures stone after 15 seconds standing still      |
 Insightful One     |  J  | Increases OL after 15 seconds standing still     |
 Soft Meanie        |  J  | Increases item effect when standing on save point|
 Emperor's Best F.  |  J  | Gives 3% discount to all items                   |
 Gambler at Heart   |  J  | Gives a discount on chips at Keterburg casino    |
 Experimental Chef  |  J  | Increases cooking success rate by 5%             |
 Lawman             |  J  | Sets all item prices to their original price     |
 Evil Fonist?       |  J  | Costume from Emperor Peony before final battle   |
 Resort King        |  J  | Costume from the Keterburg spa                   |
 Doctor Mambo       |  J  | Costume from Belkend replica lab                 |
 Battle Master      |  J  | Costume from Baticul arena, gains OL in motion   |
 Abyss Blue         |  J  | Costume from Peony's maid in second playthrough  |
 Item Collector     |  J  | Complete collector's book; enter secret shop     |
                    |     |                                                  |
 Guardian           |  G  | Heals 2% TP every 15 seconds standing still      |
 Friend for Life    |  G  | Cures poison after 15 seconds standing still     |
 Malkuth Nobleman   |  G  | Cures seal after 15 seconds standing still       |
 Best Friend        |  G  | Increases OL after 15 seconds standing still     |
 Sigmund Tactician  |  G  | Heals 2% HP every 15 seconds in motion           |
 Hard Worker        |  G  | Decreases item cost in Din's shop                |
 Cool Chef          |  G  | Increases cooking success rate by 5%             |
 Blade Master       |  G  | Costume from Emperor Peony before final battle   |
 Aquatic Ape        |  G  | Costume from the Keterburg spa                   |
 Naughty Devil      |  G  | Lets you walk in the spa                         |
 Good Spirits       |  G  | Costume from Grand Chokmah's bar after the spa   |
 Hopeless Dreamer   |  G  | Costume from Sheridan after visiting Nam Cobanda |
 Golden Knight      |  G  | Increases OL every 15 seconds in motion          |
 Abyss Orange       |  G  | Costume from Peony's maid in second playthrough  |
 Fontech Scholar    |  G  | Increases item making level                      |
 Dashing Gent       |  G  | Costume from Cecille & Frings side quest         |
                    |     |                                                  |
 Fon M. Attendant   |  A  | Heals 2% HP every 15 seconds standing still      |
 Former Attendant   |  A  | Increases recipe effect by 5% on save point      |
 Spy                |  A  | Cures any status effect while in motion          |
 Last F.M. Guardian |  A  | Heals 2% TP every 15 seconds standing still      |
 Grown-up Child     |  A  | Raises chance of getting food from Magical Pouch |
 Push & Pull Girl   |  A  | Increases selling price of all items by 3%       |
 Little Big Chef    |  A  | Increases cooking success rate by 5%             |
 Mini Maven         |  A  | Lets you stay in the inn for free                |
 Childish           |  A  | Costume from Emperor Peony before final battle   |
 Not a Kid          |  A  | Costume from the Keterburg spa                   |
 Cat Cat Kitty Cat  |  A  | Costume from Nam Cobanda that raises shop prices |
 Little Devil       |  A  | Costume from the scene with Florian in Daath     |
 Devastating Cutie  |  A  | Increases OL every 15 seconds in motion          |
 Grand Master Chef  |  A  | Increases cooking success and recipe effect      |
 Abyss Pink         |  A  | Costume from Peony's maid in second playthrough  |
                    |     |                                                  |
 Kimlascan Princess |  N  | Heals 2% TP every 15 seconds standing still      |
 False Princess     |  N  | Cures paralysis after 15 seconds standing still  |
 Child of Lanvaldear|  N  | Heals 2% HP every 15 seconds in motion           |
 Popular Princess   |  N  | Cures stone after 15 seconds standing still      |
 Curious Princess   |  N  | 80% chance of getting rank 2 from SPs            |
 Star of Malkuth    |  N  | Nam Cobanda costume; 80% of getting rank 3       |
 Labyrinth Princess |  N  | 80% chance of getting rank 4 from SPs            |
 Imperial Will      |  N  | Costume from Emperor Peony before final battle   |
 Tropical Butterfly |  N  | Costume from the Keterburg spa                   |
 Calamity Chef      |  N  | Increases cooking success rate by 5%             |
 Abyss Green        |  N  | Costume from Peony's maid in second playthrough  |
 Coliseum Princess  |  N  | Increases OL every 15 seconds in motion          |
 Beloved Princess   |  N  | Costume that prevents search point effect loss   |
 Adventurous P.     |  N  | Costume after find all SPs; 80% of getting rank 5|
                    |     |                                                  |
 God-General        |  S  | Heals 2% HP every 15 seconds in motion           |
 Loving Son         |  S  | Increases OL every 15 seconds standing still     |
 Abyss Silver       |  S  | Costume from Peony's maid in second playthrough  |
+-------------------+-----+--------------------------------------------------+

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                    ~-~ ~-~ ~-~  XI. Bosses ~-~ ~-~ ~-~
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Yeah, since this guide and this game are both long, I listed the bosses here
even without the enemies, since this game doesn't have a monster book, and what
are there... 500-1000 enemies in this game? So yeah, sorry about that, but this
game really doesn't have that many bosses... only 25 or so. And here they all
are for your convenience.

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 \\  Boss: Liger Queen                           Party: Luke, Tear       \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 10,200         ||
     - P. ATK - 76                                 EXP  - 175            ||
     - P. DEF - 83                                Gald  - 1,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 72                           Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 80                                                       ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Earth, Wind    ||
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Your initial inclination is probably that that is a massive total of HP,
 and I would certainly agree with you on that. However, it's a little less
 than you would think. Luke's total three hit combo will do about 80 damage
 or so, with Tear's Nightmare adding some damage into the mix, but you'll
 be spending a little more time either blocking its attacks or Free Running
 around it to avoid them. It's got a smash attack which causes a rather
 threatening impact, and it spits lightning at you for 60ish damage as well,
 so with the mid 400s that you have, you might end up depleted without some
 First Aid/Meditation if it activates going on.

 So either way, try and reduce the Liger Queen to about half of its HP. When
 I finally got down to the low 5000s (I suppose with some others it might be
 as much as mid 7000s depending on how long the fight has dawned on), Jade
 Curtiss steps in to take care of things. Jade is exponentially stronger than
 Luke and Tear put together, strutting his Level 45 and extremely strong
 fonic artes. For the sake of this battle, has strongest one is by far
 Blessed Drops, as the second best, Ground Dasher, is a resistance in this
 battle. So anyway, with Jade helping out, this fight will end very, very
 quickly.
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 \\  Boss: Arietta / Liger / Hresvelgr     Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 3,000          ||
     - P. ATK - 98                                 EXP  - 760            ||
     - P. DEF - 263                               Gald  - 1,300          ||
     - F. ATK - 111                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 235                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 3,700          ||
     - P. ATK - 148                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 228                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 101                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 167                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Wind           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 3,500          ||
     - P. ATK - 135                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 236                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 99                           Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 172                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Fire                             Resist - Water          ||
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 For the second boss fight of the game, Arietta may prove to be quite a
 tough cookie and might even *gasp* provide you with your first sight of
 the dreaded Game Over screen. First of all, there's three enemies. The
 Liger is the faster attacker, the Hresvelgr is the slower one, and
 Arietta is the magic user and also the one I recommend targetting first.
 She will be in a constant state of nuking you with Limited and Negative
 Gale, which can easily reduce a full HP characters to inches of their
 life.

 Using Free Run is definitely the best option for avoiding Arietta's
 spells. The Liger and Hresvelgr will be gradually worked on by your other
 party members anyway, so focus your strength on Arietta, and use FoF
 Changes whenever you can. Remember that darkness will allow for earth and
 water, which means Luke's Frigid Blast is convenient. Not to mention light
 allows for fire and wind, meaning Luke has Lightning Tiger Blade and Burning
 Havoc at his disposal. With one of the three gone, the other two will fall
 in very short time. Plus you even end up with a Savory out of it, which
 raises one character's TP by 10. Not bad.
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 \\  Boss: Kaiser Dist R                   Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 19,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 182                                EXP  - 800            ||
     - P. DEF - 302                               Gald  - 1,500          ||
     - F. ATK - 139                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 204                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Water                            Resist - None           ||
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 Dist may have an enormous amount of HP and physical defense, but he really
 is a huge pussycat. His attacks mostly consist of large stomping motions,
 together with thrusting his big drills forward, but it's not like those can
 actually be considered a threat. Meanwhile, he's terribly weak to Jade's
 Splash fonic arte, which he should probably have by now, and if Tear uses
 Nightmare around it, you may end up with a Fourth Fonon field, while will
 allow for Luke's Frigid Blast, resulting in further damage. Tear's First
 Aid should be sufficient enough for healing, but hey, you have Apple Gels
 lying around if not. This fight should NOT pose any problems.
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 \\  Boss: Abaddon                    Party: Luke, Natalia, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 22,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 197                                EXP  - 1,190          ||
     - P. DEF - 333                               Gald  - 2,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 186                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 271                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 I certainly will give this monster some props and say that it's better in
 the combat department than it is in the aesthetic department... not that
 that says much. Anyway, this is a rare exception in which I actually prefer
 Natalia to Tear, because the former's Heal is very useful here in the rather
 singular attacks that Abaddon uses. There's three main things: a physical
 attack, Bug Parade which is very dangerous, and Negative Gale which is easy
 to dodge but is upwards of 350 damage to one character, and that really
 does add up fast.

 It's not all bad, though, because Negative Gale is the First Fonon of shadow,
 and Jade should be constantly using Splash which is the Fourth Fonon of
 water. Darkness and water go together to create a blue FoF, which is perfect
 for Luke whipping out a good Frigid Blast. Along with that, your characters
 should all pretty much have Over Limit, except for maybe Natalia, so that'll
 help you defensively. A few casualties may result here, but overall it isn't
 a hard fight.
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 \\  Boss: Sync / Largo                  Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 13,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 210                                EXP  - 800            ||
     - P. DEF - 222                               Gald  - 1,200          ||
     - F. ATK - 154                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 150                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 17,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 265                                EXP  - 800            ||
     - P. DEF - 210                               Gald  - 1,200          ||
     - F. ATK - 161                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 100                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Alright, here's a rather challenging fight for all you peoples out there.
 Sync the Tempest is the quick, agile fighter while Largo the Black Lion is
 the slower, slightly stronger one. That being said, everything here points
 at going after Sync first, because his attacks are faster, more distracting
 and whatnot, plus his Arcane Artes are as annoying as they get. Prepare
 for damage in the mid 400s when he pelts out Stone Dragon Ascent at you.
 Plus he has less HP than Largo, so yeah, use logic for this.

 Sync's two key spells, Thunder Blade and Turbulence, are both rough at over
 300 damage apiece, but there's a good side in that you can always have Luke
 switch to Fang Blade and use Lightning Tiger Blade, always a good thing.
 Before you know it Sync will be gone, and Largo is by no means as hard, but
 is still quite a threat. His signature Blazing Talon arte has an annoying
 range, plus a single physical attack is about 90-100 damage. His combos
 can rack up some damage fast, but once you get four people ganging up on
 him, he won't be able to keep up.
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 \\  Boss: Sword Dancer #1                Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 17,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 248                                EXP  - 3,800          ||
     - P. DEF - 159                               Gald  - 1,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 126                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 135                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Those 6-7 levels really did drain the challenge out of the Sword Dancer.
 Sure, his attacks will do about 250 damage if they're unblocked, plus he
 can spin around, use Fang to hit from a long distance, and use Overlimit
 to up his defenses. However, he dies so quickly that he never will get a
 chance to utilize any of that. Jade casting Splash in the background, while
 your melee fighters bash the life out of him and do combos that do about
 3000-4000 damage apiece, will reduce him to inches of his life in mere
 seconds. Enjoy the massive amount of EXP that results from that joke of a
 battle.
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 \\  Boss: Legretta                        Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 31,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 357                                EXP  - 2,100          ||
     - P. DEF - 319                               Gald  - 2,500          ||
     - F. ATK - 224                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 196                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Light          ||
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 Legretta may be fighting this battle alone, but she's an extremely
 formidable opponent, especially as the fight draws on. Her gun combos are
 quite damaging as they come, but it doesn't get too bad until you get
 further into the fight. Sure, Luke being reduced to 700 HP or below isn't
 nice, but Tear with Healing Circle can remedy that very quickly. It's just
 when you get down to about half of Legretta's quite high HP that she starts
 throwing Overlimits out and getting on your nerves.

 First of all, her magic. Eclair de Larmes is about 400 damage, Holy Lance
 is about 500, plus her signature arcane arte, Searing Sorrow is about 600
 damage. All of those are multi hit attacks which can roast two or possibly
 even three characters right then and there. However, there's a good side
 in that Eclair de Larmes and Holy Lance are both light elemental and will
 deploy a Sixth Fonon FoF right there, so Luke can pull out Burning Havoc
 to get things done. Just do not neglect healing and cure yourself when you
 get below 500 HP or so, or you may be in trouble. They don't call this
 chick Legretta the Quick for nothing.
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 \\  Boss: Asch                                    Party: Luke           \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 10,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 380                                EXP  - 1,250          ||
     - P. DEF - 340                               Gald  - 1,200          ||
     - F. ATK - 250                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 100                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 You do not have to win or lose this fight. Asch overpowers you completely
 and if you want to just throw the fight instead of throwing away a ton of
 Apple/Orange/Lemon/Melange Gels, that's perfectly acceptable. In fact, I
 hear you'll even get the EXP and Gald from the fight if you lose, although
 I'm not completely sure about that. But whatever... this fight is freaking
 difficult, although I suppose it is fairly satisfying personally to win.
 Asch uses the same techniques as Luke, except he's also capable of using
 magic. What a totally more awesome guy.

 Demon Fist is fairly useful here, as you want to keep your distance from
 him, plus Asch is fast so Free Running isn't exactly the best option here.
 However, there's one way to interrupt things. If Asch is totally cutting
 you down, use Raging Blast and a cutscene will ensue, ending with Asch
 saying something totally badass: "You're damn right you're not me". Plus
 when Asch gets below 5000 HP, another cutscene ensues as the two try to
 slice each other to pieces. Otherwise, you'll really have to use Apple
 Gels when you get below 900 HP, and Lemon Gels when below 500. Fortunately,
 Asch's spells are easy to Free Run away from, and leave him vulnerable to
 a good slash up, and plus if you hooked Steel up to a Grass Chamber, that
 might have a little bit of a healing effect. Good luck. Whatever you do,
 though, leave 3 Apple Gels. Remember, you can win or lose this battle.
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 \\  Boss: Ancylopolyp                Party: Asch, Jade, Anise, Natalia  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 35,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 344                                EXP  - 3,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 350                               Gald  - 5,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 283                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 282                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Well, you don't exactly have much of a choice in terms of a party to use
 for this one, so you have to give it your all in any circumstance.
 Fortunately Natalia's Heal does give you back a good 800 HP per use,
 because you may need it. First of all, the Ancylo will be dormant for the
 first bit, letting its minions, the Polyps, go after you. Their attacks
 cause small Water FoFs instantly, so make sure Asch is ready to knock them
 out with Raging Blast for an FoF Change to Frigid Blast. Like he says, a
 cold death does await.

 The Ancylo is very dangerous with its Blessed Drops attack, which can hit
 several characters for quite a bit over 500 damage, even if the Water FoF
 that it causes is very nice. You'll want to abuse this thing with all you
 have when it's out, plus Overlimits are good so that Splash and Blessed
 Drops don't completely knock you out. It's going to be tough trying to
 heal your whole party, so order Natalia to use Heal whenever possible. If
 you get a Wind FoF going, her Healing Wind arcane is quite useful there,
 so yeah... this will be a long fight, but one that gives a lot of EXP.
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 \\  Boss: Kaiser Dist RX                  Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 40,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 492                                EXP  - 7,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 512                               Gald  - 8,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 222                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 390                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Water                            Resist - None           ||
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Well... this fight may be slightly harder than the last one against Dist,
 but that doesn't say much. His primary attacks are a series of stomps
 which can add up to as much as 800 damage, and an attack called Blast
 Strike which is around 600, but Dist is slow and easy to gang up on, so
 those really aren't going to be huge issues. In fact, this battle will be
 a huge piece of cake if everyone is at Level 30 and has Mystic Artes ready
 to pummel him down with. Personally I had Luke at Level 31 and everyone
 else right at the end of Level 29, though, so that wasn't an option.

 Still, if you can get a Radiant Howl off at Dist, say goodbye to a good
 1/8 of his HP or so right there. Once everyone's able to get that off on
 him... whew, hard to think of survival in that kind of situation. But
 anyway, this fight isn't bad even without... Resurrection, Healing Circle
 when you're low on HP, Rending Quake, Burning Havoc, and especially Frigid
 Blast whenever possible, especially when you've got Nightmare and Splash
 going together... yeah, not too bad considering the last boss battle was
 eons ago.
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 \\  Boss: Sword Dancer #2                 Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 51,900         ||
     - P. ATK - 410                                EXP  - 9,800          ||
     - P. DEF - 289                               Gald  - 4,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 304                          Difficulty - Semi-Hard      ||
     - F. DEF - 226                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Physical       ||
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Alright, this fight is still fairly tough, even if it's after gaining a
 few levels and Mystic Artes. The key to this battle is to NEVER attack
 the Sword Dancer when he's in Overlimit, which will happen two or three
 times during this battle. You will do next to no damage (100-200 damage a
 slice, pathetic), he won't be stunned, and likely anyone surrounding him
 will take about 900-1000 damage from his lethal Storm attack. Just keep
 your distance, throw out some Apple Gels (yes, you should definitely have a
 P.ATK of 40 for at least SOMEONE by now), and wait for it to disappear.

 Here's the Sword Dancer's onslaught: Fang, which is about 600-650 damage,
 not a big deal, Instant, which is about 800ish damage, Roar, which hits the
 range around it for about Fang's damage, and Storm, which can do about
 900 damage to anything surrounding it. When you see that appear on the
 screen, try and Free Run away if possible, if not outright stopping it
 from coming out by slashing the daylights out of this bastard. There's
 nothing better than Radiant Howl or Razing Phoenix here, which are each
 about 5000+ damage by themselves, plus stunlocking him while Jade casts
 magic and you get FoF Changes is fantastic, but just STAY AWAY when
 Overlimits come out. Again, this battle is hard and can still be fought
 later, so don't fret.
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 \\  Boss: Blade Rex                            Party: Luke, Tear, Jade  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 40,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 368                                EXP  - 5,350          ||
     - P. DEF - 573                               Gald  - 9,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 255                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 511                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Fire                             Resist - Earth          ||
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 The clock is still ticking as you go through this battle, so do please
 watch out for that. The Blade Rex is one of the easiest pussycats you'll
 fight in the entire game, even though you only have three party members
 for this one. It also has a weakness to fire which is easy to exploit, so
 have Luke ready with Guardian Field and Havoc Strike, Tear ready with
 Eclair de Larmes, and Jade with Flame Burst. Guardian Field and Eclair de
 Larmes are both light elemental, which are good for starting off, with
 Jade adding some Flame Burst to it will make a FoF, and turning Havoc
 Strike to Burning Havoc is devastating.

 All that the Blade Rex really does is bite in front of itself and do a
 rather ironic fire breath attack which isn't really powerful. You shouldn't
 exactly deny your HP either, but Tear with Healing/Fairy Circle will get
 you back on your feet in no time. Again, seal all of Jade's artes except
 Flame Burst, and attack with everything you've got, Radiant Howl is also
 the sweetness. After this battle you'll receive the Nebilim, which is
 Luke's ultimate weapon (but which is useless now!), and the Laurel, an
 accessory that protects against magical ailments.
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 \\  Boss: Tyrannopion                   Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 48,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 381                                EXP  - 6,750          ||
     - P. DEF - 682                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 304                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 523                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 What a ridiculous looking enemy. Still, the Abyss producers certainly love
 to space out these boss fights. But anyway, the reason this thing gets the
 jump from easy to semi-easy is because of its tremendous amount of
 vitality. It has a physical defense from hell (Dist's, which was quite a
 pain, was 170 higher), and plus a fonic defense that's too high for its own
 good, coupled with HP only slightly lower than Sword Dancer #2's, which had
 less than half of Tyrannopion's defense.

 In terms of the attack department, it's a little fast but nothing that a
 quick Healing Circle can't dispatch. Magic is a better strategy than
 physical attacks here for obvious reasons, as a decisive Eclair de Larmes
 or Flame Burst/Ground Dasher if you have it, are certainly nice things to
 add in there. As such, Anise really is better for this fight than Guy.
 Still, use Mystic Artes even though they're a little weak. Hell, my
 Radiant Howl was usually about 5500 damage but only did about 3000 in this
 one.
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 \\  Boss: Behemoth                        Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 90,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 822                                EXP  - 19,800         ||
     - P. DEF - 419                               Gald  - 22,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 560                          Difficulty - Semi-Hard      ||
     - F. DEF - 475                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 The Behemoth is rather hard, so if you're at a low level (I was Level 39),
 don't even think about this one. It does give a tremendous amount of EXP
 which is only further increased by the likely number of combos you'll be
 doing here, though, so I recommend at least giving it a shot, but still,
 your group probably has anywhere from 2100-2500 HP at this point. That
 physical attack stat speaks for itself; the Behemoth's attacks can do
 anywhere from 600 to 900 damage, and being that sometimes they can come
 quite quickly, that can rip your party to shreds.

 I personally don't think this fight is worth wasting an All-Divide on, but
 if you have an Hourglass handy, that should help for a good 5000 damage
 though. Once again, do NOT attack the Behemoth when it's in Overlimit, even
 with Mystic Artes if at all possible. Speaking of which, if Jade hits
 Overlimit, have him immediately try and hit this beast with Ground Dasher so
 that it can become Mystic Cage instead. That really is one of the best Mystic
 Artes there is. But anyway, Specifics are highly recommended, and Lemon Gels
 at all times, along with Holy Song constantly on your party, are absolute
 necessities. Take advantage of all field effects that arise too, as some
 Rending Quakes and Burning Havocs can go a long way... good luck.
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 \\  Boss: Uniceros                      Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 54,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 422                                EXP  - 8,150          ||
     - P. DEF - 684                               Gald  - 15,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 328                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 724                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Darkness                         Resist - Wind, Light    ||
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 If you beat the Behemoth, you will just walk all over the Uniceros without
 any problem at all. You might notice that the defense ratings are a little
 on the high side, but that isn't a problem if you just apply some dark
 magic to it. Anise has Negative Gale and Tear has Nightmare, so throw those
 in there to try and get a First FoF, and then Luke throwing in a Rending
 Quake or Frigid Blast will stack some more damage up. The Uniceros's attacks
 are rather weak, even though having a large stallion dash at me would
 probably intimidate me in real life. And as usual, Mystic Artes such as
 Indignation or Radiant Howl are just as good as always, but just stay away
 from Guardian Field, Eclair de Larmes, Limited, and Turbulence.
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 \\  Boss: Sync                            Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 83,500         ||
     - P. ATK - 543                                EXP  - 9,300          ||
     - P. DEF - 537                               Gald  - 16,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 261                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 462                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 The second round with Sync is an example of starting a pushover and turning
 into hard as hell as it progresses. In other words, caught in the middle.
 The first thirty thousand HP of Sync's will disappear quite quickly, as
 ganging up on him is by far the best strategy early on. His physical
 attacks are fast and furious, but his Base Artes are really laughable, to
 be honest with you. Plus, with Jade in the back throwing out Ground Dasher
 and Blessed Drops at any given opportunity, it'll be easy as hell to just
 propel Sync with Guardian Frost and Rending Quake.

 It all changes when Sync goes below the halfway mark. His Cyclone Blaze and
 Stone Dragon Ascent Arcane Artes can shave in excess of 1100 HP off if
 unblocked, and 400 if blocked. Plus as the fight wears on he'll throw out
 his Akashic Torment Mystic Arte. This is probably the first experience in
 the game with enemy Mystic Artes, and let me tell you that Sync's for one
 may reduce a full HP to critical, with about 2000 damage right there.
 Fortunately, it gives you a couple split seconds to Free Run away, but your
 allies won't be that smart. My recommendation is when Sync gets to 25,000
 HP or less, or somewhere around there, use Radiant Howl (or Razing Phoenix
 if you use Guy) with a combo or two for a good 13,000 damage, and you can
 probably manage the remainder of the battle. It really can get rough.
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 \\  Boss: Repair Fonbot                 Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 57,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 528                                EXP  - 10,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 835                               Gald  - 18,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 326                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 810                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Water, Wind                      Resist - None           ||
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 This thing becomes even easier if you've cleared Entrances 3-5, since that
 will stop the fonic artes except Flame Burst, but the Repair Fonbot lacks
 fonic strength anyway, it's more of the Rock Break that's gone now that
 would have bumped it up a notch. This thing has rather high defense in both
 the physical and fonic departments, but fonic defense is slightly weaker,
 so pound it down with FoFs whenever possible. If Tear has Revitalize, that
 will help a ton since the fonbot's slow but powerful 700 damage attacks can
 be quite a pain.

 As you can see, it's weak against water and wind, so make sure Jade is ready
 with Blessed Drops and Turbulence, so that Luke can blast this thing to
 oblivion with Guardian Frost and Light Blast. The rather high HP that the
 Repair Fonbot packs can be a deterring factor, but hey, Mystic Artes are
 always there for you to use if at all necessary. But yeah, annoying boss but
 not hard.
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 \\  Boss: Largo / Arietta / Legretta      Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 32,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 426                                EXP  - 4,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 489                               Gald  - 8,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 336                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 348                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Earth, Fire    ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 26,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 576                                EXP  - 4,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 459                               Gald  - 8,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 336                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 348                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 29,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 576                                EXP  - 4,500          ||
     - P. DEF - 469                               Gald  - 8,000          ||
     - F. ATK - 336                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 348                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Light          ||
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 Yep, you are indeed fighting three God-Generals in one go, although as you
 can see, these three are weaker than one Sync by themselves, it's just a
 matter of who to go for first. The Raging Blast/whatever stealing technique
 you decided to use, comes into play against Arietta here though, as mugging
 her will net you a Time Traveling Girl, which is an accessory for Anise.
 Anyway, this is like Spider-Man 3's villains versus Spider-Man 2's single
 one: not three are quite as nasty as one Sync, because for one thing, they
 don't use Mystic Artes.

 You definitely want two or so characters with Item Thrower here, but just
 to give you a heads up: go for Legretta first, as her Holy Lance and
 Eclair de Larmes attacks will absolutely incinerate your party if given
 ample opportunity. Arietta is next because for one thing, her Barrier and
 other spells are extremely annoying, plus her Arcane Arte is just nasty.
 As for Largo... he isn't a threat. His 400 P.ATK will do little to even
 scratch you, his Beast attack is nothing, plus his Stone Beast and
 Ravaging Thunder Arcane Artes are pathetic also. Just handle one at a
 time and heal when you get below 800 HP or so, and this fight will be
 nothing... at least compared to the final one.
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 \\  Boss: Van                             Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 132,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 682                                EXP  - 15,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 700                               Gald  - 30,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 386                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 561                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Okay, the first thing you will notice is that that is a freaking high HP
 count... the second highest was Sync in the low 80,000s. But that's all
 fitting, because Van is the final boss, and he's also the hardest one of
 all of them! I'm not even joking; this is where underleveled players
 absolutely cannot finish the game, where normal leveled players get stuck
 for a reset or two, and overleveled players who have breezed through every
 single thing up to this point will finally come close if not reaching the
 Game Over screen. Ready for it?

 Van's primary Arcane Arte, Radiant Dragon, will hit for about 1000-1200,
 whereas his spells which are primarily Infernal Prison and Ground Dasher,
 are a good 1800 damage or so. But that's the least of your worries; you can
 just reduce him down to the 70,000 mark or so with little to no problem
 except the fact he'll be going into Overlimit every two seconds, and
 spamming out Arcane Artes that Luke uses, such as Lightning Tiger Blade and
 Guardian Frost. Sure, Van might not rack up all that damage really that
 fast in contrast to how fast you whoop him down, but damn if he isn't
 strong as hell.

 It gets much, much worse when you get below 70,000 HP or so, and he starts
 using his Mystic Arte, Imperial Slaughter. Just like with Sync's Mystic
 Arte, this one gives a split second to run away, but if you suffer the full
 brunt of that, you WILL die. In fact, several characters might die at the
 same time, with full HP, at that one. I'd have Tear spamming Revitalize and
 Resurrection at any and all times while Jade is blasting Van to oblivion
 with his strongest Fonic Artes. Give this one all you have, even a Specific
 or Treat or two if necessary, using Miracle Gels as if they were apple, and
 try to Free Run away from everything you can, using Life Bottles when
 anyone goes. Again, this fight is hard and may take you a couple tries.
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 \\  Boss: Fyr Bronc                       Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 95,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 810                                EXP  - 16,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 978                               Gald  - 28,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 467                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 704                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Water                            Resist - Fire, Earth    ||
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 Hmmm... first boss fight since Van, and naturally the stats are up a little
 high in the physical department. Jade is obviously a necessity here, and
 in fact it may even be a good idea to turn off all of his stuff except
 Blessed Drops, because not only does that attack kick ass, it's water based
 and even make a complete FoF, making Luke's Guardian Frost all the more
 usable. What I particularly love is using Guardian Frost and then a Radiant
 Howl right after; it gives me a good warm fuzzy feeling inside. =)

 Apart from that, the usual tactics apply. Fyr Bronc's attacks are a little
 strong, with some combos hitting several times at 400 damage apiece, plus
 it's able to fly up in the air and scorch the land below, but hey, Light
 Spear Cannon is good for hitting it when it's in that state, and like I
 mentioned before, Blessed Drops with a few Guardian Frosts will make that
 95,000 HP wither and die in no time. Finish it off, and enjoy the EXP.
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 \\  Boss: Sword Dancer #3               Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Anise  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 86,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 597                                EXP  - 12,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 379                               Gald  - 12,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 434                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 316                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Physical       ||
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 I can tell, you're already disappointed at the low amount of EXP and gald
 from this battle. Or that pathetic attack count. But yes, the Sword Dancer
 still has the usual methods of spinning around doing quadruple digit damage
 as well as going into Overlimit twice a second, but I have one thing to
 tell you beforehand. Before entering this battle, put a Grass Chamber on
 either Swallow Fury or Raging Blast for Luke, and spam those over and over
 until you manage to steal a Sunlight Chamber from the Sword Dancer. You can
 never have too many Sunlight Chambers.

 As usual, you'll probably want to stay away from the Sword Dancer when it
 goes into Overlimit, because you'll never end up doing much damage, and if
 you yourself have Overlimit, it might be worth waiting until it's done to
 blast it with Radiant Howl or whatnot, as it'll just do more damage. But I
 don't joke when I say that the Sword Dancer will die far, far quicker than
 you might expect, even if you may have to consume a Life Bottle here and
 there. As usual, Jade helping with some FoF Changes is the best available.
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 \\  Boss: Arietta / Liger / Hresvelgr     Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 25,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 317                                EXP  - 19,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 859                               Gald  - 36,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 400                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 956                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 38,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 411                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 946                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 309                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 843                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Wind           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 36,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 401                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 962                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 300                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 853                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - Fire                             Resist - Water          ||
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 Arietta isn't as tough as she was the last two rounds, lemme tell ya. As
 you can see, her HP is pathetic considering you can do 800-900 damage at a
 usual sword slice, and her monster allies may be a little rough with their
 constant attacking, but you can certainly manage, even though those defense
 values are a little high. Realistically Arietta should probably be your last
 target, but certainly not your first, because as the fight wears on she'll
 start pulling out Mystic Artes.

 Meanwhile, attacks that have a realistic chance of hitting both the liger
 and the bird are best, like Guardian Field, Swallow Fury, or FoF Changes,
 plus Infernal Prison from Jade is always great to roast the Hresvelgr. But
 just don't focus on Arietta too much, or the monsters will rip you to shreds
 after her Mystic Artes. Basically, she'll use Evil Light (only about 1200
 damage or so to one character) and then almost immediately, Big Bang, which
 can't kill you but will do about 2100-2200 to the entire party like Mystic
 Cage. Just as an idea, my Luke had exactly 4000 HP, so you can assume that
 can decimate you. But anyway, the fight will end quickly with a few of them
 dying off.
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 \\  Boss: Kaiser Dist XX                  Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 110,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 703                                EXP  - 20,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 1104                              Gald  - 32,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 385                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 861                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Sure, Dist may have the most HP since Van and has only extremely high
 physical defense, but he's not very hard, though it's really a pain in the
 ass that he fixed the Kaiser up so that it isn't weak to water anymore.
 I personally got Radiant Howl, Mystic Cage, and Razing Phoenix in this
 battle and he died in almost no time, since he really doesn't have any new
 tactics aside from his usual spins and constant smashing in front of
 himself. Jade's high level fonic artes along with Luke's FoF Changes will
 end this battle in no time despite the semi-high HP and physical defense,
 but just have Revitalize ready in case. Not a problem.
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 \\  Boss: Largo                        Party: Luke, Jade, Natalia, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 140,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 768                                EXP  - 23,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 769                               Gald  - 35,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 201                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 593                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Earth, Fire    ||
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 While Largo has more HP even than Van had back in the first trip to the
 Absorption Gate, he lacks both the physical defense and fonic defense
 necessary to draw the fight out. I know it's quite rare that I use Natalia,
 but I brought her in this battle both for poetic purposes, and also for
 the fact that Largo is a slow, stronger type of opponent that tends to
 focus more on one character at a time, making her Cure perfect for that
 purpose. Regardless, Largo is barely harder than Dist.

 First of all, Jade with Blessed Drops, Thunder Blade, and Absolute are
 ideal for this battle because of Largo's very low defense ratings, but for
 the first portions of this battle, all you really need to do is beat up on
 him with virtually your whole party while he does his very slow combo which
 does a good 1400-1500 damage, but later in the battle, when "Arcane Arte"
 and "Mystic Arte" start showing up, you need to Free Run away, because those
 attacks are extremely powerful, especially his Brimstone Tempest, which is
 the strongest thing since Imperial Slaughter. All the same, you really
 outnumber him, plus with his lack of speed he will go down very quickly.
 And your reward for that battle is the Black Onyx, which raises your HP by
 a whooping 30%. I like that.
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 \\  Boss: Gigant Mohs                     Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 141,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 938                                EXP  - 22,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 461                               Gald  - 34,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 514                          Difficulty - Very Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 1050                                                     ||
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     Weakness - Light                            Resist - Darkness       ||
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 If you seriously thought enemies such as Dist or Largo were easy, get a
 load of Mohs... this is seriously maybe the easiest battle in the game.
 Mohs is slow and can become easily outnumbered, and the ONLY thing he has
 going for him is a poison breath attack, but that can be easily remedied
 with a quick usage of a Panacea Bottle. Meanwhile, you've got Mystic Artes
 like Guy's Razing Phoenix which will hit such a large target with ease.
 Mohs's other attacks are Bloody Howling, which is a tornado for about 1200
 damage or so, and Negative Gale, in which damage barely registers.

 If you REALLY want to finish this battle off fast, seal everything for
 Tear except Eclair de Larmes, Holy Lance, Judgment, and Grand Cross, three
 of those four being light elemental. Then just use those while Jade casts
 stuff like Thunder Blade, and a bunch of FoFs start forming, so that Luke
 can use Light Blast, which does a tremendous amount of damage. Yeah, you
 probably did notice Mohs's puny defense, but hey, that's what comes when
 you're so hooked on something that you turn into a monster for it. Of
 course, the inferior Farthest Place - Glint remix keeps playing during the
 fight, but that disappointingly easy battle ends with silence.
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 \\  Boss: Reid / Nanaly / Philia / Mint   Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 80,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 652                                EXP  - 8,000          ||
     - P. DEF - 1130                              Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 386                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 541                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 70,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 642                                EXP  - 8,000          ||
     - P. DEF - 1030                              Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 786                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 541                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 50,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 540                                EXP  - 8,000          ||
     - P. DEF - 980                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 386                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 941                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
                                                                         ||
     Stats:                                         HP  - 60,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 600                                EXP  - 8,000          ||
     - P. DEF - 980                               Gald  - 10,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 386                          Difficulty - Hard           ||
     - F. DEF - 1041                                                     ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Seriously, look at those stats I just showed you above. You've got four
 enemies here trying to rip you to shreds, and while you can use items, this
 is probably the second most difficult battle in the entire game, first
 taking place to this game's "Abyssion", but I digress. Preparations are as
 such: have 16 of every type of Gel, plus Life Bottles, as you'll need it.
 You will have characters dying left and right, so the party I suggested is
 essential. In Normal mode, at least, these guys won't be using Mystic Artes
 every two seconds, but they're still out for blood. Also, go to Keterburg
 before the battle and buy a bunch of Specifics. You need them. Also, Luke
 or Guy with the Black Onyx is great.

 Just a bit of background before we start. Reid is the physical attacker
 and an expert swordsman in every way. His Neo Swarm attack is his signature
 attack, plus he's got a nasty Rising Falcon type attack (Symphonia terms)
 that even raises his physical attack power, so that sucks ass. Philia is
 by far the most annoying target here, as she casts magic like Flare Tornado
 which is really, really strong, stuns you, and just kills you off fast.
 Nanaly is by far the least of your troubles, but as for Mint, she casts
 some magic as well but you want her dead fast because she freaking REVIVES
 these guys. Yeah, just try taking Nanaly out; Mint will use Resurrection
 and she'll back at 35,000 HP. It revives half of 'em. Which is why you
 want her dead fast.

 If you're in Hard mode, Mint heals more, ALL of them use Mystic Artes, and
 it's possible that Reid or Nanaly will use Life Bottles. But most people do
 Normal, so you have little to worry about. But if they come out, Reid's
 Aurora Wall is the worst as it's very damaging, not to mention it heals
 allies. Nanaly's Wild Geese is nasty but nothing to worry about; Philia has
 Big Bang which sucks. I've never seen those in Normal mode though, so you
 have little to worry about. Just focus on Mint, and if you get Overlimit,
 USE YOUR MYSTIC ARTES! Always try and direct them on the most enemies at
 once no matter who they are; Luke's and Guy's are great for that, though
 the best one is Jade's Mystic Cage for obvious reasons. Make sure Tear is
 spamming Revitalize, and if you want to make things easier, turn off all
 but Jade's Meteor Storm, as it kicks ass. After Mint dies, the battle
 becomes slightly easier without the added defense, so you can then focus on
 Philia without her high as hell defense due to Barriers constantly. Again,
 it's a hard fight and you can't win it without constant curing and possible
 revival. On a positive note, this music, Everlasting Fight, is divine.
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 \\  Boss: Legretta                        Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 143,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 738                                EXP  - 28,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 1081                              Gald  - 36,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 424                          Difficulty - Semi-Easy      ||
     - F. DEF - 782                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - Light          ||
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 Yeah, somehow Legretta has more physical defense and HP than Largo or Mohs,
 but either way, she's not really extremely hard. She really uses two Arcane
 Artes and that's it: Searing Sorrow which is anywhere between 1600-2200
 damage but extremely easy to dodge, and Inlay Nocturne which barely does
 any damage. Otherwise, her gun attacks aren't very powerful. She is strong
 against light, however, so I would hold back on Prism Sword, Holy Lance,
 Grand Cross, and stuff like that.

 Legretta also uses spells like Eclair de Larmes, but they're really weak
 given her low fonic attack power. The only true worry is her Prism Bullet
 Mystic Arte which comes out later in the fight. This attack is very easy to
 Free Run away from, but if you suffer the whole thing, you'll take 4500
 damage or above. Maybe if you have a Black Onyx on you can survive that,
 but otherwise no, and anyone else will probably be left with 1 HP. Just
 stay away from her when she's in Overlimit, and toast her with your own
 Mystic Artes when you can. Harder than Dist, Largo, or Mohs, but that says
 little.
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 \\  Boss: Asch                                    Party: Luke           \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 60,000         ||
     - P. ATK - 584                                EXP  - 31,000         ||
     - P. DEF - 697                               Gald  - 2,500          ||
     - F. ATK - 353                          Difficulty - Easy           ||
     - F. DEF - 429                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 At last, the one on one duel between Luke fon Fabre and Asch the Bloody.
 Anyway, this fight is extremely easy, and because of that I strongly
 recommend you change the difficulty to Hard. That way, Asch's attacks will
 do about 150-200 per slice instead of 80 or so, and it'll just generally
 be a more fun fight. I mean seriously, 90,000 HP is more fun than 60,000.
 Still, one note very important note: do NOT try to use Radiant Howl in
 this battle! I tried twice in one battle, and both times he pulled out a
 Rending Saber on my ass. Taking two of those is bad enough in normal mode,
 but in hard it's instant death. So yeah, take hard mode!

 If you choose not to, shame on you but Asch isn't very hard. The music
 here, Meaning of Birth, is overrated but great anyway. Asch should be very
 easy to dodge if you're using Free Run, plus if you use my setup and have
 Slag Assault and Sonic Blast on the right analog stick, you can use those
 with Devil's Maw and Light Blast for massive damage. Asch's magic is a
 great time to run in for a few hits, then Free Run away and start slashing
 back away. Later on he'll use stronger stuff like Light Spear Cannon and
 Swallow Fury, but it won't be a problem either way. It really is a
 disappointment if the fight isn't hard, but just don't use Radiant Howl.
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 \\  Boss: Sync                            Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 120,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 999                                EXP  - 29,800         ||
     - P. DEF - 885                               Gald  - 15,000         ||
     - F. ATK - 500                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 620                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Sync is the last of six God-Generals, and he's by far the hardest of all
 of them, as he's always been. Remember how quick he was? It's all the more
 exemplified now. As usual, the early part of this battle isn't very hard,
 as all Sync really does is cast Flare Tornado and Gravity Well, which are
 slow and only do 1000+ damage, while his constant Arcane Artes in the form
 of Stone Dragon Ascent and Cyclone Blaze, are 1500+, fast, and furious, and
 you'll want to heal when you get below 1000 HP, because Sync can take that
 out without a problem.

 When he gets below half or more HP, you really need to be cautious about
 Sync, because he'll do his ultimate Mystic Arte, Harrowing Gale, which will
 almost guaranteed knock one character out, and then Akashic Torment again,
 which might not be instant death but can hit more than one character. You
 definitely don't need dead characters left and right, so be very careful
 at that point. For some reason Sync has quite a bit less HP than the other
 God-Generals, so it won't take very long to finish him, plus as usual
 Mystic Artes are murderers.
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 \\  Boss: Van                             Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 122,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 800                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 750                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 600                          Difficulty - Semi-Hard      ||
     - F. DEF - 750                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 Van is an extremely worthy contender for the final battle, since while his
 HP is lower than half of the God-Generals or hell, the first fight with
 him, his attack power (not the stat but the strength itself) is second to
 none. As an example, remember his Imperial Slaughter attack from the first
 battle? He can pull that out at any moment. And now, I was Level 66 for
 this battle so it obviously wasn't impossible by any means, but if you're
 at all underleveled, Van will annihilate you, especially in the second half
 of this first battle.

 Basically Van's attacks are general Guardian Frosts, Lightning Tiger Blades,
 plus his signature attack Radiant Dragon, which is about 1500 damage if it
 all connects. But let me make one thing clear before anything: when Van goes
 below half of his HP, a scene will interrupt the battle as Tear tries to
 sing the melody, and a different theme kicks in for the second half, called
 A Place In The Sun. This is the best boss theme in the game bar none, but
 it's where Van decides to cut the BS and not cut you any slack whatsoever.
 And he has sort of a pattern.

 If Van used Imperial Slaughter in the first half of the battle, you can
 land a few hits and then run away. If he didn't, he will IMMEDIATELY use
 it, and trust me that it's about 4000 damage right there and a tad bit
 difficult to survive. But if he did use it, which he probably did, then
 land a few hits then RUN AWAY. He'll use a few Arcane Artes, but then use
 a second Mystic Arte called Celestial Elegy. This will probably hit one
 character and kill him, and the rest of the party reducing them to 1 HP,
 and I'm dead serious that in those moments, Van can probably kill you off
 right there. But otherwise, use Specifics and Life Bottles like crazy and
 return to normal, then finish the fight off. He'll still use Imperial
 Slaughter, but Celestial Elegy pretty much has only one run. Just do this
 carefully, and you should emerge victorious.
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 \\  Boss: Van                             Party: Luke, Tear, Jade, Guy  \\
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     Stats:                                         HP  - 152,000        ||
     - P. ATK - 914                                EXP  - 0              ||
     - P. DEF - 850                               Gald  - 0              ||
     - F. ATK - 683                          Difficulty - Medium         ||
     - F. DEF - 780                                                      ||
                                                                         ||
     Weakness - None                             Resist - None           ||
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 That's right, the second round with Van is actually slightly easier than
 the first one, much like the final boss from Symphonia. Van is really not
 much different than he was the last two times you beat him, although he
 uses another base arte called Shining Dragon, which is basically Radiant
 Dragon in about five directions. Also, say goodbye to Imperial Slaughter
 and the deadly Celestial Elegy; now he uses a new Mystic Arte called
 Ancient Requiem which looks very similar to Radiant Howl, and does a ton
 of damage. The whole thing will probably hit for about 8500-9000 damage if
 it all comes out, which it probably won't.

 Regardless, it's hard to survive Ancient Requiem and the last blast is a
 good 2500-3000 damage to anything around him, but it does give some time
 to Free Run away, as most Mystic Artes do. Tear should be in constant
 Resurrection mode, at least. But otherwise, Van's magic isn't that strong
 unless he's using the very deadly Judgment, which he does indeed use, but
 very sparingly. If you finish him fast, you'll have little to worry about,
 at least compared to the previous fight. But as it ends, Luke tries the
 second order hyperresonance again, and neither you nor Van will take any
 damage, but after Tear sings the Seventh Hymn twice, Luke will pull off a
 Radiant Howl and finish it all here.
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                    ~-~ ~-~ ~-~  XII. FAQ ~-~ ~-~ ~-~
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There are just some questions that are bound to come up time and time again.
Some already have. So before you start e-mailing a ton of stuff to me, here's
the majority of 'em.

[Q] When was this game released and how good is it?

[A] It was released in Japan on December 15, 2005, and in the US on October
    10, 2006. It's one of the best games I've ever played, so if you live in
    Europe, import it. If not, buy it. Now. That's an order.

[Q] Luke or Guy?

[A] That really is up to you. If you've played Symphonia, Guy will probably
    be your choice, because for one thing he's fast, much like Lloyd was,
    plus he has more of the traditional stuff: Demon Fang, Sword Rain: Alpha,
    Tiger Blade, Beast, the unlockable Tempest... meanwhile Luke is the
    stronger but slower one, and is slightly more similar to, eh, Kratos. He
    has Demon Fist which is the equivalent of Demon Fang, as well as Sonic
    Thrust, but his other stuff is more similar to Kratos, like Lightning Blade
    or Light Spear Cannon. All in all Luke was more my cup of tea, but no one
    is forcing you to control one of the two outside of your will.

[Q] How do you make a Field of Fonons?

[A] Here's how it works. When a character uses an elemental attack, that
    causes a weak Field of Fonons to appear. Id est, Luke with Devil's
    Inferno is a fire elemental attack. Most of these are quite weak, except
    for Tear, Jade, and Anise with their higher level magic. Obviously if
    Tear casts Holy Lance, that'll be a strong Field of Fonons, or Jade with
    Blessed Drops for water. Anyway, if it's weak, you'll need another attack
    of the same element to make that a strong field.

    When you get a strong Field of Fonons, you can use an arte that matches
    that field to use a far more potent, deadly one. It's not blatantly said
    out loud though which one matches which, but I do have it on my artes
    list in the character section what transformations there are. It's not
    just that, though. If you get a Field of Fonons of the element of light,
    that means fire and wind work in that, and if it's of the element of
    shadow, that means earth and water work in it. So yes, if Tear creates a
    Field of Fonons by using Nightmare, which is darkness, then Luke can
    indeed use Guardian Field in that to cause Guardian Frost instead.

[Q] What's a good battle setup to have?

[A] I always set Luke up like this: O - Swallow Fury. Up + O - Light Spear
    Cannon. Down + O - Devil's Inferno. Left/Right + O - Guardian Field.
    Stick Up - Steel. Stick Down - Slag Assault. Stick Left - Lightning Blade
    or Sonic Blast. Why exactly is this, you might ask? You see, the first four
    abilities all have different FoF Changes, so you can do at least something
    when any complete Field of Fonons appears. Steel is great plus restores HP,
    and I always had Sunlight Chambers on Light Spear Cannon and Devil's Inferno
    which are wind and earth respectively, so what do you have for that? An
    incomplete FoF from Lightning Blade/Sonic Blast and Slag Assault. Perfect.

[Q] What's the deal with that Sword Dancer thing?

[A] Alright, since I didn't put it in the side quests, here it is. The first
    Sword Dancer can be fought after beating Arietta in Choral Castle, at the
    entrance of said place, but has to be defeated before entering Akzeriuth,
    because that's when the first part of this game enters a no turning back
    point. The second Sword Dancer is in a search point outside of the Theor
    Forest after that's completed, but must be beaten before the Absorption
    Gate is cleared, for obvious reasons. The third can be fought any time
    after the events at the end of Isle of Feres. For beating them, you get
    the second best sword in the game, the Ultimatus.

[Q] I can't use Overlimit! I can't use Mystic Artes! HELP ME!

[A] Well first of all, I hope you are indeed aware of the fact that you don't
    get Overlimit until Level 15, and Mystic Artes until Level 30. And
    further weighing on things, only one character can be in Overlimit at a
    time, so that makes things a bit confusing sometimes. But as for Mystic
    Artes, here's the thing. The arcane artes have to COMPLETELY CONNECT with
    the enemies if you want a Mystic Arte to be available off of it. You'll
    thank that after a dozen wasted uses of Radiant Howl. And as for Tear's
    and Jade's, you need high level fonic artes for those, so you can merely
    look forward to those.

[Q] Where are the best places to get quick, easy EXP, Gald, and Grade?

[A] Alright. For EXP, you can't go wrong with Eldrant, especially with some
    Enhancement on your characters, but if you're in the second playthrough,
    the Replication Facility of the Abyss is better, plus certain areas in
    Sylvana great, particularly the back end of Mt. Roneal, and the space near
    Nebilim's Crag.

    For Gald, you'll want to have Jade's Emperor's Best Friend title, and
    Anise's Cat Cat Kitty Cat title, and sell expensive stuff for cheap in
    Engeve. If you're looking for battles, equip someone with a Blue Sephira
    and go to the Replication Facility of the Abyss and fight those birds, for
    up to 40,000 Gald per battle. That's seriously good, plus there's other
    alternatives. And Grade, just equip a Dice/Blue Dice and set the difficulty
    as high as you can and anything's good. Short battles allow for 10 second
    grade, and longer ones allow for you to use Sunlight Chambers to abuse FoF
    Changes along with Mystic Artes everywhere. =)

[Q] What are some of the new things in the second playthrough?

[A] Most important are the Very Hard and Unknown difficulties, which are of
    course impossible without the benefits of the Grade Shop, which is
    another major feature. Also available is the Replication Facility of the
    Abyss, which is a nice dungeon. Plus there's the Keterburg skit viewer,
    and also a few titles. And who could forget new ultimate Mystic Artes,
    plus extensions to Luke's and Anise's, not including one for Tear's
    second.

[Q] Hey man. Gimme some of those codes so that I can have infinite stats and
    change Asch's equipment and stuff.

[A] On second thought, how about no?

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You have just gone through yet another huge RPG guide, copyrighted and written
by none other than a lifeless nerd. Or, in other words, me. Interpret that in
any way you wish. So with that, hope you enjoyed this guide and this game, and
expect to see my name on many more guides in the future. I'm awesome like that
and stuff. With that, buhhh-bye.

- Jeff "CJayC" Veasey: For running the whole site of GameFAQs, the main site
that I work for. It's an awesome site, and I must commend CJayC for running
this great site for 6 whole years and posting this guide.

- Stephen Ng: For being the FAQ editor for IGN, which is the other site that I
write for. I am honored to write for IGN, since it is a great site. I was also
very glad to do an exclusive for IGN.

- Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, U2, The Eagles, Queen, Van Halen, The Beatles, and
many others: You probably know why I'm thanking you, but I don't believe this
guide would be up as quickly if it weren't for all of you.

- All the guys who first got me started writing from GameFAQs and all of my
best friends like SinirothX, Psycho Penguin, Meowthnum1, CVXFREAK, Karpah,
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definitely more that I'm forgetting: you are some of the best friends that
anyone can have, and I may have quit FAQing/left FCB forever without all of
you. Thank you for everything and for motivating me to get my ass in gear.