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Written by: rubedokukai (http://www.playhaven.com/profile/rubedokukai/)
Last updated: 2009-09-09 00:17:31

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                               Table of Contents                               
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- Legal Stuff
- 1.1 Introduction
- - 1.2 Basic Eqiupment
- - 1.3 My Skill Lines choices and Character Analysis
- -- 1.31 Shion
- -- 1.32 KOS-MOS
- -- 1.33 chaos
- -- 1.34 Ziggy
- -- 1.35 MOMO
- -- 1.36 Jin
- -- 1.37 Jr
- 2.0 Bosses
- - 2.1 -Boss: Sigdrifa-
- - 2.2 -Boss: ES Levi-
- - 2.3 -Boss: Aludra Calf-
- - 2.4 -Boss: ES Nephtali-
- - 2.5 -Boss: T-elos-
- - 2.6 -Boss: Mai and Leupold-
- - 2.7 -Boss: Voyager-
- - 2.8 -Boss: Omega Universitas-
- - 2.9 -Boss: Pellegri and her two guards-
- - 2.10 -Boss: Virgil-
- - 2.11 -Boss: Asura Series 27
- - 2.12 -Boss: Citrine
- 3.0 =Natus Series Bosses=
- - 3.1 -Equip and Formation-
- - 3.02 -Reasoning for setup and formation-
- - 3.3 -Boss: Natus Flamma- 
- - 3.4 -Boss: Natus Galcies-
- - 3.5 -Boss: Natus Lumen-
- - 3.6 -Boss: Natus Terreur-
- 4.0 =Bosses Part 2=
- - 4.1 -Boss: Yuriev-
- - 4.2 -Boss: Omega Metampsychosis-
- 5.0 =Equip for the last few ES boss Battles=
- - 5.1 -Reasoning for setup and formation- 
- 6.0 =Bosses Part 3=
- - 6.1 -Boss: ES Gad and ES Joseph-
- - 6.2 -Boss: ES Issachar-
- - 6.3 -Boss: ES Dan-
- - 6.4 -Boss: ES Levi-
- - 6.5 -Boss: T-elos-
- - 6.6 -Boss: Kevin and ????-
- 6.7 -Boss: Kevin-
- - 6.8 -Boss: Zarathustra-
- 7.0 =Optional Bosses=
- - 7.1 -Boss: Omega Id-
- - 7.2 -Boss Erde Kaiser Sigma-
- 8.0 Closing Comments


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                                  Legal Stuff                                  
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Boss Battle FAQ Version 0.9
Last Updated April 26th 2007
Email Address: heavens.sword@gmail.com
Copyright (C) 2007 Jeffrey Li You know the drill. Don't reproduce this in print
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to them. www.Gamefaqs.com and playhaven.com have my permission.

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                                1.1 Introduction                               
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Some people who play Xenosaga Episode III find the boss battles all to be very
easy. Others find them relatively difficult. Everyone has a different approach
to the boss battles, so these are just my strategies and they are not the be
all end all method of beating the boss. You don't NEED to switch characters for
boss battles, however, personally I like to just make it seem as if everyone is
helping out, also when you switch, the reserve characters that you switched in
will be fresh, so you don't need to worry about wasting your first formation's
EP. Anyway for all boss battles, try to finish them off with a special attack
and don't forget to steal once you get rare steal.

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                             - 1.2 Basic Eqiupment                             
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I am not very creative with how I equip my characters. Basically my strategies
involve a large break limit, so for your necklaces and and rings always equip
the best item that increases your break limit by the largest amount unless
otherwise stated in the character analysis or boss strategies themselves.

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              - 1.3 My Skill Lines choices and Character Analysis              
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                                 -- 1.31 Shion                                 
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SUPPORT

In my opinion, Shion is the most average character in the game. She does not
excel in any area nor is she weak in any area. With that said, the problem is
that she is average. All the other characters have an area that is better than
her. The first time through the game I chose attacker. However, based on my
strategies she was not very useful for there are better attackers in the game.
For example, KOS-MOS and Jin are better attackers. Although Fallen Eagle is
very useful, she does not gain any techs that hit all targets which makes her
even less useful late in the game. So the second, third and fourth time through
the game I chose support. Although I still don't use Shion much even running
along the support line, she is more useful. As support she'll be responsible
for casting buffs such as offensive, defensive
etc. She also is the first to have rare steal, so if you do not want to use
skill points to learn it using another character, she'll be one of the
characters to start off boss battles so you can steal. After casting those
buffs she'll be responsible for healing and casting elemental ethers. In terms
of special attacks, some people like her cause of break blow, however I find it
not to be that good since chaos's phoenix strike does the same thing but heavy
break damage instead of medium. Her lock shot is over taken by KOS-MOS'
X-buster and her MS2 costs 1 boost less than KOS-MOS D-Teneritas so some may
like that better, but I'd rather just save up for D-Teneritas.

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                                -- 1.32 KOS-MOS                                
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ATTACKER and BLOCKER

¬ Although she does not seem like it at first glance, KOS-MOS is probably the
most diverse attacker in the game. She is great at melee so most of the time
you'll be attacking normally. If you want to deal break damage she can as well,
and she learns K-Pike, K-Axe relatively early. If the enemy is strong against
physicals she has her cannon series of attacks which deals fire damage, and in
the game to my memory, there is no enemy that is strong against both fire and
physical. As to her skill line here's the reason I say both. K-Pike and K-Axe
are on different skill lines and you'll probably want to learn both. On her
attacker line you definitely want her cannon II for the boss fight in the
church and finally the Master Skill is godly. However, if you consider that
using Master Skills is cheating, then you pretty much only want to learn up to
Canon II until you have enough skill points to learn all the way up to Short
Double. Along her blocker line, your GOAL is to learn W-Fang and if you have
extra points learn Valkyrie. W-Fang deals heavy damage and heavy break damage
which is totally great. Valkyrie is nice if you want to deal medium break
damage but a whole load of fire damage. So really, this replaces your cannon
series of attacks. So with all this in mind, first goal is to learn K-Pike and
K-Axe, then learn all the way to cannon II and then learn all the way to W-Fang
(or Valkyrie if you really like it), then learn the rest of attacker line.
Sound complicated, but that's what I personally like. In terms of specials, I
use her G-shot a lot so it became a main staple in my game. X-buster is great
and her D-Teneritas does a lot of damage, but you get it very late in the game.
(On a side note, people complain about her low EP. It is a problem that is
easily solved quite early in the game. Just make sure you get Witch's Eye from
a segment address. Later on you'll get another item which is a better version
of Witch's Eye. Switch Witch's eye for that when you get it and KOS-MOS
shouldn't have those EP problems)

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                                 -- 1.33 chaos                                 
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BREAKER

Your best support character and a great breaker I believe he has the highest EP
out of your whole party at the end of the game. If you are someone who is very
break focused (like I was the first time through the game), he's the character
for you. Anyway, this is simple, just learn his break line. Since he has high
ep, you don't really need to worry much about running out for him, for when you
do run out, you will be close to a save point,and you can sub another character
in for him for a few battles and still live I am sure. Anyway, the skills you
want to get with him to get you through battles at the end are his Angelic Wave
series of attacks. Team him up with Ziggy and his Road Rage series and you'll
break enemies like cheap foam blocks. Phoenix Strike is good if you like
dealing break damage. It is better than Shion's Break Bash. It also is the only
way to level Imperial Judgment by using it to absorb Gnosis. Imperial Judgment
deals Ice and Beloved Gospel was useful the first time through for it auto
revives all allies with max HP. (On a side note: I usually give him an item to
reveal the enemy's weakness)

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                                 -- 1.34 Ziggy                                 
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BREAKER!!!! 

Ziggy is the KING of breaking in this game. Choke and Road Rage II. If Choke
doesn't work use Heavy Tackle as a substitute. His HP is high but his EP is
low. I prefer KOS-MOS over Ziggy due to her flexibility however, if you like
Ziggy more, give him the Witch's Eye and any item like it. I personally give
him the Witch's eye after I get a better version of it for KOS-MOS. So really,
in my game, Ziggy gets the hand-me-down. His special Penetrate to me is the
same as KOS-MOS' G-shot so choose one or the other. Hind is useful to get
finish strike on multiple targets and you get it earlier than X-buster,
Imperial Judgment or Storm Waltz.

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                                  -- 1.35 MOMO                                 
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SPELL ATTACKER

Your spell attacker. I'm glad ethers are more useful in this game. Just
capitalize on weaknesses and spam ethers like crazy. So it would be a good idea
to equip her with an item like Eagle Eye so reveal the weaknesses of the enemy.
She has low HP so you'll need to keep an eye on her HP. So she is good to bring
in early to midway during a boss battle just waste all her EP in spamming. As
for her specials, Freeze Strike is not very useful. It just does ice damage to
a single target. I'd rather use G-shot or some other single targeting special.
Guilty Rain deals lightning to all targets and you get it around the same time
Ziggy gets Hind which is an advantage. However, personally, it gets taken over
by X-buster etc. once you get them.

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                                  -- 1.36 Jin                                  
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COUNTER

Many people like him along the attacker line for he gets more str+ skills.
However, along counter, he gets Assault Blade and at the end he gets Gale
Strike which is better than Gale Blade II for Gale Strike has a high critical
rate while Gale Blade II doesn't. However, even so, I do not like Jin much for
he is just pure brute force. He can't deal break damage nor are his ethers
anything to go crazy over. So if you just want pure damage then Jin is the one
for you. As for specials they all only target a single enemy. So they are quite
useless during normal battles. However they are very good against bosses, but
in my opinion, when you get his second special, it is a little bit to early in
the game to have a special take up 3 boost bars.

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                                   -- 1.37 Jr                                  
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HYBRID

Jr is good through the first 3/4 of the game. However at the end the damage he
deals is a little bit on the low side. Anyway, he is as his skill lines says he
is, a hybrid. So if you want flexibility, Jr is the one for you. As to why I
prefer Jr over Shion, Jr gets all the bolt spells in all 4 elements. So mid
game, he is very useful against those A.G.W.S. in combination with MOMO. For
his specials Requiem targets one enemy and absorbs gnosis and bios which to
strengthen his final super 'red dragon.' This is quite easy to do since there
are lots of bios around in the game. His Storm Waltz is great since it deals
heavy damage and heavy break to all targets. His final super 'red dragon' I
think is not very useful, for it does fire to all targets and it costs 4
boosts. I'd rather just use Storm Waltz or X-buster 
twice.

Anyway, my bosses will be based on the skill lines that I have chosen.
However,you don't NEED to follow my skill lines. Just use a skill that is about
equal to the one I suggest. Or say if you had MOMO go along attacker and chaos
go along spell attack. Well for the instances that I suggest MOMO and Jr to
spam spells, you may choose chaos. So try to be flexible.

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                             - 2.1 -Boss: Sigdrifa-                            
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The Party I started with: Shion, Miyuki Canaan (Not like you have any choice)
This is a very basic battle. It would help if you started out with a maximum
boost bar. If not, it is not a big deal. Basically, all it takes to break
Sigdrifa is: 1 lightning blow, 1 break blow and 2 regular attacks. So if you go
in with full boost, you can pull this formula off right from the beginning.
Once broken, attack normally with Miyuki, Spell Blade with Shion and Jackle
with Canaan. Once Sigdrifa comes out of break just repeat the formula to break
him and the attack formula when he is broken. During the battle heal when
necessary with Medica or Medkits.

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                             - 2.2 -Boss: ES Levi-                             
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The Party I started with: Reuben, Asher, Zebulun (Not like you have any choice)

This is also a very basic battle. Just keep on attacking. With Reuben use his
swords, Asher and Zebulun use their guns or their short range attack. Rinse and
repeat, and use your Anima whenever you want. Just remember to save an anima so
you can get that finish strike. You shouldn't, but if you feel like your HP is
dangerously low, charge. ES. Levi's attacks aren't too dangerous. Even when he
uses his anima, he'll just do two consecutive attacks rather than a special.

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                           - 2.3 -Boss: Aludra Calf-                           
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The Party I started with: Shion, MOMO, Jr.

This is the first boss battle where you'll acquire Rare Steal. So start the
battle off by having Shion steal. Have MOMO spam beam bolt (don't worry if you
run out of EP). With Jr use Dead Fist and Dead Soul then switch him out for
KOS-MOS. (You don't HAVE to have Jr start out if you don't want, just that with
Dead Fist and Dead Soul, MOMO might last a bit longer). Shion should cast
defensive (if you have) and if not cast beam bolt. Since you should've been
able to pick up KWP-XI from a segment address, KOS-MOS' attack should deal
quite a bit of damage. Also, you don't have much of a choice with KOS-MOS at
this point. Keep healed up and keep those beam bolts coming. If you feel as if
Shion is running out of EP or MOMO running out of HP, switch them out for chaos
and Jin. Have chaos keep everyone healed while Jin just attacks. You should
beat Aludra Calf in no time.

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                           - 2.4 -Boss: ES Nephtali-                           
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The Party I started with: Reuben, Dinah, Asher.

At this point in the game, you still do not have much choice in terms of attack
and strategy for E.S. battles For Reuben fire missiles and then attack with
swords. The number of hits from the missiles will give you a better damage
bonus to your sword than the other way around. For Asher, I use his gatling gun
and then sting ray in that order for the same reason I chose to fire missiles
with Reuben first. For Dinah use her gun and then her beam blade. Again it is
for the same reason I use Reuben's missiles first. Use your Animas whenever you
feel they are necessary. Part way through the battle you will have one of those
in battle cut-scenes and Virgil says something. If you have a chance, charge
for Virgil will use his big beam cannon and by charging you will only take half
the damage. If you're unlucky and take the full strength of the cannon, Zebulun
can't survive even at full HP. So keep on your toes and keep your HP topped off

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                              - 2.5 -Boss: T-elos-                             
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The Party I started with: Shion, KOS-MOS, Jr.

Honestly, it is pretty much the same strategy as the one used against Aludra
Calf. If you don't want to read that strategy don't worry. I'll explain it
again. First start off by stealing with Shion. Have her cast support ethers
such as defensive and offensive. After those are casted have her spam
thunderbolt inbetween healing. Have Jr use Dead Fist and Dead Soul and then
switch him out for MOMO. Hopefully by the time MOMO comes in, she'll be in time
to have offensive casted on her as well. KOS-MOS will be spamming cannon and if
she runs out of EP just have her attack.When you find that Shion is running out
of EP Switch to chaos and have him play support by healing and keeping those
break bars low. If you want chaos to attack, have him cast thunderbolt. The
only attack from T-elos that you really have to look out for is T-SKYLLA. It
deals a lot of damage and break damage. Don't worry though, a message will pop
up stating that she's preparing for a special attack, so use that time to
reduce your break bars and heal up. If you can't heal up fast enough switch out
for another character. Another attack you need to kind of be wary of is
Magdelene 16. It deals a decent amount of break damage so keep an eye on your
break gauge. This battle isn't too tough so keep at it.

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                         - 2.6 -Boss: Mai and Leupold-                         
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Party I started with: Shion, Ziggy, Jr 

Steal from Mai. Leupold doesn't hold anything that is worth stealing, but if
you wish to go and steal from him too. Anyway, I personally aim for Mai first.
Some people decide to aim for Leupold but I like to aim for Mai. Anyway have
Shion cast buffs and keep the party healed. Have Jr use dead fist on both
Leupold and Mai, then switch him out for Jin and have him spam Skeletal Slash.
Ziggy should choke like no tommorow. Use Jin's Spark Waltz whenever you can.
Part way through, a message will pop up saying that if Mai is attacked Leupold
will counter boost and counter. Don't worry, if you've been unleashing
everything against Mai, her HP should be low enough that you'll only need one
more special attack to defeat her. If you don't have enough boost just attack
Leupold with attacks untill you hav enough boost. Afterwards, switch your party
for chaos, Jr and MOMO. Have the party spam thunderbolt and keep healed.
Leupold will be defeated in no time.

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                             - 2.7 -Boss: Voyager-                             
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Party I started with: Shion, KOS-MOS, Ziggy (I don't think you have a choice)

Anyway, hopefully you have items that prevent poison equipped. You should have
Garuda Bangle that completely prevents poison. Give it to chaos. Anyway as
usual, steal from Voyager and cast buffs with Shion. KOS-MOS should spam cannon
I for Voyager is WEAK to fire. With that note in mind, switch Ziggy out for
MOMO and have MOMO spam firebolt. Have Shion spam firebolt as well inbetween
healing. If KOS-MOS gets poisoned give her an antidote. If Shion gets poisoned
switch her out for chaos. If MOMO gets poisoned early on, give her an antidote.
If it has been a while, switch to Ziggy or Jin for by that time it should be
around the mid point to the late part of the battle. At this point just attack
with your strongest attacks. If you think you still have time, you could go for
breaking him by using Spirit Strike and Heavy Tackle. Since chaos is immune to
poison you'll have your hands free from healing your healer from poison. If
not... well... it is a hassle. Anyway, watch out for Demon Claw for it does a
good deal of damage and causes status effects. Also it deals a good deal of
break damage so be ready to heal. Karma Demon's Miasma will deal damage and
poison your entire party. Also, when he uses Abyss Walker, use firebolt or
KOS-MOS cannon. (You might need to bring in MOMO, Jr or Shion for this.) Again,
use specials when you feel necessary.

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                        - 2.8 -Boss: Omega Universitas-                        
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Party I started with: Reuben, Dinah, Zebulun. 

In terms of equipment, give Reuben the long sword. (Dawning Moon I think it is
called) Dinah should have the beam rifle that fires 3x. And for Zebulun give
her the strongest weapon she has. She wasn't a huge damage dealer so it doesn't
really matter. The attack formula for your mechs will be like the following.
Reuben can only attack once with his sword so that's your attack. Dinah should
use lasers twice followed by her rifle. The lasers is just to build up the
number of hits and the rifle is for the damage. If you do it this way you
should be dealing somewhere in the 4000 damage range. Zebulun should also use 2
lasers before her gun attack. She'll be dealing roughly in the 3000 damage area
Anyway, if you want to defeat him quickly. Just start the battle off with full
Anima gauge. Spend your Anima right away and he'll be down to roughly a third
just from the special attack. If you can pull of co-op with the second turn of
the anima gauge you'll take him down to half. Then keep attacking till you
build back up to the 2nd gauge of anima and then use them. He'll be dead after
that. Don't forget to give Reuben D-Kill-R.

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                   - 2.9 -Boss: Pellegri and her two guards-                   
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Party I started with: Ziggy, Jin, Allen.(Yes, I said Allen) 

As usual, steal. I had Jin learn Rare Steal at this point. Anyway, have Ziggy
and Allen Break and keep the two guards in break. Have Jin spam Assaulting
blade on one guard. (You may choose to finish strike them if you wish.) After
the two guards are dead, spam choke and big shot Pellegri while having Jin spam
Assaulting Blade. Once Ziggy and Allen are out of EP, switch them out for chaos
and KOS-MOS. chaos plays support as usual and have him use spirit strike II
while KOS-MOS spams K-Pike. Watch out for her Megiddo Rosarium. It's a strong
attack and will most likely put your character in Break. Anyway, keep at it and
she should be dead rather quickly.

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                             - 2.10 -Boss: Virgil-                             
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Party I started with: Shion, Jin, Jr.

As usual steal. Anyway, Shion here casts defensive and offensive. (You may
choose to cast balance and quick as well if you wish). If Virgil casts
offensive have Shion cast disengage. If you're low on HP heal with Shion. Don't
worry about your EP. Anyway, if you want Shion to attack use her strongest
firebolt. For Jin have him spam Assaulting blade. For Jr use Dead Fist and Dead
Soul and then spam his strongest firebolt. Try to keep your break bars low for
part way through the battle Virgil will prepare for a special attack and then
use Victim's Hail which does massive ice and break damage. I did not have to
equip anything to protect from ice, however, if you're a little low in terms of
level you might want to equip Hero's bracelet or any other accessory that
reduces ice damage. Anyway, at this point you can either choose to heal first
and then switch your party or just switch your party. It doesn't really matter
really. If you think you may need to switch back heal, if not then don't heal.
Anyway, switch to chaos, KOS-MOS and MOMO. chaos is your healer and support as
usual, and if you want to attack he may use Spirit Strike II or Angel Wings.
Doesn't really matter, for you probably won't break him in time before his
death for with MOMO you'll be spamming her strongest firebolt while KOS-MOS
will be using Cannon II. If you do not have cannon II then use cannon I.
Anyway, when the message appears that Virgil is preparing for his special,
switch MOMO out for Ziggy, for my MOMO could barely survive it. You could risk
it if you have the accessory that reduces ice damage by half but if not, your
MOMO will be at critical health and have a very full break bar. Your other
characters will be close to critical, but not critical but their break bars
will be the same. Ziggy should just use his strongest attack. Anyway, at this
point Virgil should be nearly dead so get ready finish him off with a special
attack if you can.

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                         - 2.11 -Boss: Asura Series 27                         
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Party I started with: Ziggy, KOS-MOS, chaos

This is a relatively simple battle. Just have Ziggy use Road Rage and chaos use
Angelic Wave. The charge rate of the boost gauge should be fast due to Road
Rage and Angelic Wave. Have KOS-MOS spam X-buster. You need not use KOS-MOS if
you don't like her. Just use someone other than Ziggy or chaos use a special
that hits all targets. However, these guys are weak to beam so KOS-MOS is the
better choice. Anyway, heal when necessary and you should be fine.

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                             - 2.12 -Boss: Citrine                             
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Party I started with: KOS-MOS, Ziggy, chaos.

Steal from her. Then destroy her with break attacks. Break attacks and then
expend your boost on special attacks. When she gets low on HP she may use "Seal
of 666" on you which reduces your party's health to 666 and then she'll try to
follow up with "Red Dragon Killer" which deals 666 damage to your party. So it
means you will be dead. So heal up, waste a boost to get a turn in if you need
to. I personally never have a problem with this, but some people do, so...
yeah. Oh, she also likes to deal abnormal status, so use refresh when that
happens. Also she likes to use turns to remove abnormal status from herself, so
it is good to "waste" turns using Decaying Sun and Decaying Moon. Not only will
you reduce her defense, she'll waste a turn healing herself. So yeah. Should be
no problem hopefully.

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3.0 =Natus Series Bosses=
Ok. Here's where weaponry and formation setup is very important. At least to
me it is. Your Frame, Generator and CPU should be the best purchasable ones 
aside from Ashers.

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                          - 3.1 -Equip and Formation-                          
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o~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o
>> Attack Formula for the following sections is what you input for your attack.
 (Example, in the chart below, Asher's attack formula is V-18 Assault II, V-18
Assault II, V-18 Assault II.  So you would input V-18 Assault II three times
when it is Asher's turn.
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>> Asher's generator is very important.
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+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| - Asher -    |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Weapons      | V18 Assault  |              |              |               |
|              | II           |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| GENERATOR    | G-Ignis iii  |              |              |               |
|              | (IMPORTANT)  |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Disk         | D-Charge     | D-Clean      | D-Revenge    |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Attack       | V18 Assault  | V18 Assault  | V18 Assault  |               |
| Formula      | II           | II           | II           |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
|              |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| - Reuben-    |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Weapons      | Misty Moon   |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Disks        | D-Charge     | D-Clean      | D-Revenge    | D-Revenge+    |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Attack       | Missiles     | Missiles     | Misty Moon   |               |
| Formula      |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
|              |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| - Dinah -    |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Weapons      | S Sife FX    | Dorade RK-3  |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Disks        | D-Charge     | D-Clean      | D-Revenge    | D-Sensor      |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Attack       | Lasers       | Lasers       | Dorade RK-3  |               |
| Formula      |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
|              |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| - Zebulun-   |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Weapons      | AIRD-E+      |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Disks        | D-Charge     | D-Clean      | D-Revenge    |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+
| Attack       | Lasers       | AIRD-E+      | AIRD-E+      |               |
| Formula      |              |              |              |               |
+--------------+--------------+--------------+--------------+---------------+

- Formation (As seen in the menu)-
Reuben
Dinah/Zebulun
Asher
Zebulun/Dinah

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                   - 3.02 -Reasoning for setup and formation-                  
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Alright. It doesn't matter if it is Dinah or Zebulun. Just have one and put
them in the center of the formation. I'll explain why in a moment. This whole
formation and equipment setup is based around Reuben and Asher. As you have
realized from the past E.S. battles. Reuben deals the most raw damage. Also as
you should've also realized, the more damage you deal the faster your Anima
gauge builds. So for Asher, why choose weaker the V18 Assault II over the
Drache? Well the reason is that the V18 Assault II has a better teamwork
rating. When you couple the V18 Assault II with the G-Ignis iii generator, you
will be able to fire the V18 Assault II 3x per turn and this results in a 90%
chance of triggering co-op. Now for the formation. For some reason, when Asher
is on the right of the formation and Reuben is on the left, when Asher triggers
co-op, his co-op buddy will be Reuben. Since V18 Assault II deals 10 hits per
use, you multiply that by 3 and you get 30 hits. Why is this important? Well as
you should know, each consecutive hit gives you bonus damage. Since you
would've dealt 30 hits, when Reuben goes in with his Misty Moon, the bonus
damage will almost be equal to his initial damage. So if he naturally deals
5000 with his sword you will probably deal 9000 damage. And if that wasn't
enough, you will get a huge charge to your Anima gauge. For an idea as to how
much anima gauge you will gain, if your anima gauge is completely empty, at the
end of the co-op attack your anima gauge will at the very least be 1 and a half
bars. Not bad huh? Also at this point in the game, 3 co-op attacks and Asher
will be at 3 bars of anima. Anyway, the reasoning for the other E.S.s attack
formulas is also because of the hit bonus. So yeah it maximizes damage. You can
try other
formulas if you don't believe me or to prove me wrong and email me with a new
strategy. Anyway, when you charge now, you will remove all abnormal status and
regain about 40-50% of your HP.

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                          - 3.3 -Boss: Natus Flamma-                           
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Ok. Even though Natus Flamma has a high resistance to Fire, you will STILL want
Asher just for the sheer damage you will deal with the Reuben co-op. Also, you
may choose to use Shot Buster over Flare Buster. But yeah, just use the attack
formulas and formation mentioned above. Use Charge when necessary and this guy
will be destroyed in no time.

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                          - 3.4 -Boss: Natus Galcies-                          
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This guy is resistant to ice, but it is not like you have any ice attacks. So
blow this guy away with the attack formula and formation mentioned above. Use
charge when necessary.

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                           - 3.5 -Boss: Natus Lumen-                           
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Ok this guy is strong against beam and will use a super strong attack if you
use ether attacks. Or so it says. Some people suggest you use Zebulun and give
her a different weapon. Me? My attack formula up there will finish this guy off
quick enough that it won't matter. Charge when necessary.

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                          - 3.6 -Boss: Natus Terreur-                          
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This is pretty much the same deal as Natus Lumen except it's lightning that
Terreur doesn't like. Stick with the attack formula and formation mentioned
above and you will have no problem with this either. Charge when necessary.

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                              4.0 =Bosses Part 2=                              
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                              - 4.1 -Boss: Yuriev-                             
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Party I Started With: Jr, Jin, MOMO

Ok. This battle takes a while. Steal like usual. You will only use Jr, Jin and
MOMO for a bit. Spam Jin's strongest attack. For me it was either Assaulting
Blade or Gale Strike. I don't quite remember. I choose Assaulting Blade over
Gale Blade I is cause Assaulting Blade has a higher chance of critical. MOMO
and Jr should spam Beambolt III. You might want Jr to use Deadsoul and
Deadfist. Anyway, Yuriev isn't the main problem to look out for. It's Omega
that stands behind him. Much like Omega in Episode II, it won't really attack
right out. It needs to have boost before it can attack. So don't worry about it
too much at the beginning. Keep an eye on your break gauge though. You can use
heat to try to make Yuriev attack your character and hopefully waste a boost.
At times it might even make him forget to order Omega to attack you. Anyway, if
he does attack with Omega you should try to guard. It doesn't do much if any
break damage, but it does deal quite a large amount of damage. So heal up or
switch the this party out for Ziggy, KOS-MOS and chaos. Ziggy should use choke,
KOS-MOS W-Fang (You should have no problem getting W-Fang at this point if
you've played it smart with those traps and got those finishing strikes.) chaos
should again play support. Throw in a Spirit Strike III whenever you have a
"free" turn. Anyway, throw specials out there whenever, keep healed, and keep
your break bars low. Good Luck.

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                       - 4.2 -Boss: Omega Metampsychosis-                      
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Looks intimidating? Don't fret. My attack formula mentioned above under the
"Natus Series Bosses" will finish this guy off really quick. So instead of
typing I'll just refer you to my "Natus Series Bosses" under section 3.1

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                  5.0 =Equip for the last few ES boss Battles=                 
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Pretty much the same as the equip, attack formula and strategy as for those
Natus series of bosses. Just that your equip will be the stronger versions.
Such as Asher having V2 Assault II instead of the V18 Assault II. Also, you
will have better generators and frames.

o~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o
>> Attack Formula for the following sections is what you input for your attack.
(Example, in the chart below, Asher's attack formula is V2 Assault, V2 Assault,
V2 Assault. So you would input V2 Assault three times when it is Asher's turn.
o~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o

o~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o
>> Asher's generator is very important.
o~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o

+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| - Asher -  |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Weapons    | V2 Assault |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| GENERATOR  | G-Ignis    |            |            |            |            |
|            | iii        |            |            |            |            |
|            | (IMPORTANT |            |            |            |            |
|            | )          |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Disks      | D-Clean    | D-Charge   | D-Anima    |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Attack     | V2 Assault | V2 Assault | V2 Assault |            |            |
| Formula    |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
|            |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| - Reuben-  |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Weapons    | Full Moon  |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Disks      | D-Charge   | D-Clean    | D-Revenge  | D-Revenge+ | D-Kill R   |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Attack     | Missiles   | Missiles   | Full Moon  |            |            |
| Formula    |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
|            |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| - Dinah -  |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Weapons    | S Sife FX  | Dorade     |            |            |            |
|            |            | RK-3       |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Disks      | D-Charge   | D-Clean    | D-Revenge  | D-Sensor   |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Attack     |            |            |            |            |            |
| Formula    |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
|            |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| - Zebulun  |            |            |            |            |            |
| -          |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Weapons    | Sentir A-L |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Disks      | D-Charge   | D-Clean    | D-Revenge  | D-Sensor   |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+
| Attack     | Sentil A-L | Sentil A-L | Sentil A-L |            |            |
| Formula    |            |            |            |            |            |
+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+------------+

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                   - 5.1 -Reasoning for setup and formation-                   
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If you've read section 3.02 you don't need to read these. Anyway It doesn't
matter if it is Dinah or Zebulun. Just have one and put them in the center of
the formation. I'll explain why in a moment. This whole formation and equipment
setup is based around Reuben and Asher. As you have realized from the past E.S.
battles. Reuben deals the most raw damage. Also as you should've also realized,
the more damage you deal the faster your Anima gauge builds. So for Asher, why
choose weaker the V2 Assault over the Drache-RR? Well the reason is that the V2
Assault has a better teamwork rating. When you couple the V2 Assault with the
G-Ignis iii generator, you will be able to fire the V2 Assault 3x per turn and
this results in a 90% chance of triggering co-op. Now for the formation. For
some reason, when Asher is on the right of the formation and Reuben is on the
left, when Asher triggers co-op, his co-op buddy will be Reuben. Since V2
Assault deals 10 hits per use, you multiply that by 3 and you get 30 hits. Why
is this important? Well as you should know, each consecutive hit gives you
bonus damage. Since you would've delt 30 hits, when Reuben goes in with his
Full Moon, the bonus damage will almost be equal to his initial damage. So if
he naturally deals 5000 with his sword you will probably deal 9000 damage. And
if that wasn't enough, you will get a huge charge to Asher's Anima gauge. For
an idea as to how much anima gauge you will gain, if your anima gauge is
completely empty, at the end of the co-op attack your anima gauge will at the
very least be 1 and a half bars. No bad huh? Also at this point in the game, 3
co-op attacks and Asher will be at 3 bars of anima. Anyway, the reasoning for
the other E.S.s attack formulas is also because of the hit bonus. So yeah it
maximizes damage. You can try other formulas if you don't believe me or to
prove me wrong and email me with a new strategy.

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                              6.0 =Bosses Part 3=                              
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                       - 6.1 -Boss: ES Gad and ES Joseph-                      
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Just follow the attack formula, formation that I set out in section 5.0 and
save up to 3 anima gauges. I suggest aiming at Gad first. He has the Naglfar
which is the strongest attack it has. ES Joseph is a joke in terms of dealing
damage. Anyway, you can actually destroy Gad before he even uses the Naglfar or
if you want to initiate an ambush to prevent Naglfar, activate Anima with Asher
and use V2 Assault x4. Don't worry if you feel if you are "wasting" anima. Just
use your special attack after you attack normally. Or if it is a lvl 1 anima,
I'd just use your V2 Assault again. You'd probably deal more damage that way
with the second ambush. Anyway, this battle is a piece of cake.

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                           - 6.2 -Boss: ES Issachar-                           
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6.2 -Boss: ES Issachar-
Again, attack formula, formation that I set out in section 5.0 and level 3
anima. When she goes to anima awakening she'll use Mal'ach Laser which deal a
large amount of damage to all three of your of your mechs. So charge before and
if you really want to afterwards. Also she has the ability to "destroy" your
anima gauge. So once you see that message. Charging your anima gauge above 1
level may be a risky. So it is up to you.

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                              - 6.3 -Boss: ES Dan-                             
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Personally I suggest the same: attack formula, formation that I set out in
section 5.0 and level 3 anima. This battle will take longer for ES Dan's
elemental defense changes pretty much every turn. So you may want to save your
level 3 anima untill the elemental weakness matches the element of your level 3
anima. Anyway, just charge when he uses anima gauge to block his Disrupter
attack. Oh, also, if he becomes immune to physical, still attack with Asher
since Reuben will still co-op and to deal damage and give you anima gauge. You
might want to reconsider attacking with Asher if he is immune to fire, but it
is up to you. But yeah, keep up with the attacks and you'll be fine.

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                             - 6.4 -Boss: ES Levi-                             
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Save your Anima untill he uses Vajra Armor. Then use level 1 Animas with Asher
and Reuben since charging up the Anima gauge is more difficult with Zebulun and
Dinah. Anyway, you're aiming to make him weak to Physical, Fire and Beam. Since
those are your basic attacks. Lightning is also good since Asher's level 3 is
lightning based, but since (if you're following my equip and formation setup)
Asher charges anima sooo fast, you probably do not need to charge to level 3.
Also, after a while or if you make Levi weak to all elements, he will recast
Vajra armor, so Asher will be using level 1 animas anyway. You can charge when
you are affected with the mines or use Anima Awakening. Oh, keep HP high and
charge when Levi uses Anima Awakening. Blazing Judgement will pretty much
destroy any of your E.S.s if you are not charging. However, he is quite "cheap"
though cause usually the first time he uses Blazing Judgement, you won't have
any turns to charge. Usually, he aims for Reuben. So you could always just
start charging every turn with Reuben taken 1/6 of Levi's health. This battle
is long. Just keep it up and you'll win. (P.S. The first time I beat Levi, I
only had Asher at the end. Pretty much I just kept charging and waited till
after he used Blazing Judgement. I would then Charge again, and use V2 Assault
X3 and then use lvl 1 Animas. So if it's possible to beat Levi with just Asher.
It's possible to beat him with a full team.)

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                              - 6.5 -Boss: T-elos-                             
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Party I started with (I don't think you have a choice for this one): Shion,
KOS-MOS, Jin.

Finally, a character boss battle. Steal from her at the start. Anyway, by now,
you should realize that my star team is chaos, KOS-MOS and Ziggy. So switch out
Shion and Jin for Ziggy and chaos. chaos should play his normal support role
and if no one needs support use Spirit Strike III. KOS-MOS should use W-Fang.
Ziggy should use Choke. Watch your break bars as normal and keep healed. T-elos
will use U-TENERITAS as her special attack. chaos might not be able to survive,
but Ziggy and KOS-MOS should if she's at full health. Honestly, by this time,
my G-resistance for all my characters are 100% and I have roughly 20 Seven
Moons in stock. If you don't have any, you can go back to Old Miltia and buy
them from the store next to the ice-cream truck. So yeah, if chaos goes down,
just use Seven Moons. (He naturally has G-resist at 100% anyway.) But yeah,
keep it up, and T-elos will be in break, then unleash your specials. If you do
not feel it as being cheating, cast Blood Dancer. If you do... then don't.

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                          - 6.6 -Boss: Kevin and ????-                         
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Party I started with: Jin, MOMO, Jr

Steal from both of them. Jin should spam Gale Strike. MOMO should try to cast
Misty on ???? before spamming attacks. Jr can attack with whatever. Anyway,
the reason I am not using my star team is because you do not have time to rest
between this battle and the next. This battle is a walk in the park.

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                               6.7 -Boss: Kevin-                               
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Party I started with: Shion, Jin MOMO/Jr
Steal and then switch the team for my star team of chaos KOS-MOS and Ziggy.
Ziggy should use heavy tackle. KOS-MOS should use W-Fang, chaos should play
support (cast deffensive, offensive Break Recover etc.) and use Spirit Strike
III. You may want to cast Best Ally on at least chaos for Kevin's Immoral
Meridian will instantly kill whoever it targets. If any of your other
characters die just use a Seven Moon (if you have 100% G-resist or if you are
feeling lucky) When Kevin is in break, have KOS-MOS cast Blood Dancer and then
use G-shot. This was the toughest battle for me the first time through the
game.

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                           - 6.8 -Boss: Zarathustra-                           
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Party I started with: MOMO, KOS-MOS, chaos.

Start by casting offensive, defensive, recover break, etc. You might want to
cast best ally on chaos but I just rely on Seven Moons. Anyway KOS-MOS should
just spam W-Fang, MOMO can spam Swordfish while chaos uses his Spirit Strike
III and plays support. Once the Chaos of Zarathustra begins, that's when you
may choose to cast Blood Dancer and then use D-Teneritas for Zarathustra will
be weak to fire.. When I did this, this immediately made Zarathustra go onto
its next phase where it regenerates its arms. At this point, I just go back to
W-Fang for KOS-MOS, Swordfish for MOMO and Twin Impact II for chaos. Going for
break at this point is pointless for you're just aiming for pure damage.Heck,
you might even want to switch MOMO out for Jin, but I'd keep chaos just incase
there are any surprises. Use specials whenever you get them. Hopefully you'll
use them while Blood Dancer is active. Anyway, hopefully Zarathustra dies
before the count down ends. Oh I forgot to mention, once near death, a
countdown appears and let's put it this way, I've never seen what happens when
the countdown reaches zero.

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                             7.0 =Optional Bosses=                             
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                             - 7.1 -Boss: Omega Id-                            
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Actually, to me, this is the exact same battle as against E.S. Dan since Id's
weakness constantly changes So use the Asher, Reuben combo and keep healed with
charge and you should be fine.

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                         - 7.2 -Boss Erde Kaiser Sigma-                        
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Party I started with: MOMO, KOS-MOS, chaos.

I suggest doing this after you've defeated Omega ID so that you will have all
the Erde Kaisers.¬  I'll admit that I have never beaten this guy without the
other Erdes.¬  Anyway, cast the standard support ethers.¬  Might want to throw
in Ep Recover as well.¬  Also, cast Best Ally on at least two characters.¬  Or
if you're feeling lucky just one.¬  Or you can just use chaos' Beloved
Gospel.¬  Anyway, early in the battle he will cast his Erde Shield, cast Erde
Kaiser on his Erde Shield I, Erde Fury on Erde Shield II and Dark Erde on Erde
Shield III.¬  At this point I suggest using KOS-MOS' and MOMO's Blood Dancer.¬ 
If you want, have chaos cast Heaven's Tracker.¬  Anyway have KOS-MOS use
Valkyrie or W-Fang.¬  Have MOMO use Beambolt III or Swordfish, and have chaos
play support and if you're going for break use Spirit Strike III, if not Twin
Impact II¬  8.0 Closing Comments Well hopefully this has helped you.¬  If you
don't agree with my strategy, that's ok.¬  Everybody has different strategies.

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                              8.0 Closing Comments                             
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Well hopefully this has helped you. If you don't agree with my strategy, that's
ok. Everybody has different strategies.


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