Here, go around the path, then north down the ramp. (I'll refer to this section of the room as the "main split" from here on.) Head right, then up the ramp. Open the treasure chest containing a Charge Recover
up north. Back-track to the main split, and this time go left. Proceed down the ramp. Continue north around the path, and head west into the room.
Shoot the objects around here for Nano Repair A (x6)
, Nano Sphere (x2)
, and Nano Repair Z.(x2)
. Save your game, leave the room. Make your way back to the main split, then head south. Continue left around the the path, and down the ramp to the left. Here, head south around the corner, up the ramp. Go east, open the chest for a G Slow Guard
. Back to the previous area.
Go back to the split and head northwest to the next screen. In this room, you'll see 4 pairs of switches. These will rotate the objects a little further up the room. What you have to do here is rotate the objects, so that the 4 red lights are facing towards the center of the room. Take the elevator down to the lower area. Head west into the room.
At the Hangar, exit your E.S., save then continue west into the next room. Press the switch. This will activate the elevator below. Leave the room,board your E.S. and make your way back to the stronghold's Interior. Once there, save your game and ride the elevator up. Blast the boxes straight ahead. Enter the room at the top.
Boss Battle - Scutum and Pilum
Have Shion as Jr.'s co-pilot for the E.S. Asher, so that you can use the special attack Gatling Blast. (Quite effective against Pilum -- deals around 3800-6000 damage) And put MOMO and Jin together in the E.S. Zebulun, for the special attack Golden Bow (Very effective against Scutum -- deals around 5000-7000+ damage). Also, having MOMO learn the skill Focus I should help keep your EP up. (Restores 10% of EP when using the STOCK command.) Lastly,make sure either E.S. has Charge Recover equipped.
Start off the battle by stealing both your opponent's rare items. Then begin stocking and unleashing special attacks. Heal with Medica 2 (recommended) when you're low on HP. This battle shouldn't take long. Though Pilum has a powerful attack, (I forgot the name) that can deal as much as 5000-6000 HP worth of damage on a single target. Once you see the message "something is wrong with Richard", heal at once since the said deadly attack will most likely follow.
After that battle, head north and press the blue button. Descend the elevator. Save your game. Go all the way back to the Hangar, exit your E.S. and head west through the door. Follow the path left, open the treasure chest along the way to get Secret Key 14
. Go through the door at the end. Climb the ladder in the next room, then head west.
Continue forward along the conveyor belt, taking a right at the split. Here, shoot the wall several times to destroy it and get Class Upgrade B (x6)
. Head north into the opening, go around the corner, and open the treasure chest at the end containing Decoder 2
. Head back out then continue east. Climb the ladder to the next area.
Here, save your game and follow the long path down, defeating enemies along the way. Proceed into the room at the bottom, where you'll find a huge pile of blocks and a platform. You'll need to load 8 pieces of blocks onto the platform, to get it down to the bottom. Then cut the load down to 7 to get to the room at the other side. Here's how to do it:
Load the single piece of block, at the bottom of the pile onto the platform.(shoot it from the right side). Destroy the next single piece (shoot it from the front.) Push the next 2 sets of blocks onto the platform. Destroy next one, and load the next one onto the platform. Climb down the ladder and get on it (platform). Destroy the single block at the bottom. Continue west to the next room.
Another puzzle. This time you'll have to construct a bridge, out of the 6 crates here, to get across the large pit up ahead.
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|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_| * Push CRATE 2 up. Push CRATE 5 up, then left. Push CRATE 6 up, then left.
|_|_|_|2|_|_|_|_|_|_| * Push CRATE 3 up. Next push CRATE 5 up into the pit.
|_|1|_|_|_|_|5|_|6|_| * Push CRATE 2 right. Push CRATE 3 up. Push CRATE 2 up into the pit. Push
|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_| CRATE 3 right. Push CRATE 1 up, then right. Push CRATE 3 into the pit.
|_|_|_|3|_|_|_|_|_|_| * Push CRATE 4 up. Push CRATE 1 right. Push CRATE 1 into the pit. Push
|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_| CRATE 4 right & up into the pit.
Go north across the completed makeshift bridge. You'll encounter yet another puzzle here, this time form a path to Segment Address #13
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|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_| * Push CRATE 4 down twice, to make it fall into the pit
|_|_|1|2|3|4|5|_|_| * Push CRATE 5 left, then down twice into the pit. You can finish the rest of the
|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_|_| bridge quite easily from there. Just make sure your bridge forms a path going east, not south.
Save your game. Follow the path, and step on the yellow circle to go down. Next take the blue one up. Go down further through the north-most yellow circle. Here, head east to find Segment Address #4
. Get Secret Key 9 inside. (if you were able to obtain decoder 4 at the subconcious domain earlier) Back-track and take 2 blue circles up. Then the yellow one, and the blue one to return to the starting point.
From there, go down the yellow circle, up the blue one, then down again through the closer yellow portal. Go down through the succeeding yellow circles, and up at the next blue one you encounter. And finally down the yellow one. Here follow the path, then step on the green circle, to proceed to the next area.
Save your game. Head up through the blue portal east. At the top, continue along the path and go north into the entrance. Watch some cut-scenes. Boss fight.
Boss Battle - Orgulla
Be prepared for an extremely difficult battle. Having the equipped skill "Spear Coat" as well as Poison Guard helps a lot. The weak zone for her initial form is BCBB. At this point she'll be weak against Ether Attacks (physical attacks are pretty much useless), so bring Shion in and keep using O. As for the others, have them support Shion by casting Thunder Blast or healing.
The only problem is, Orgulla's evasion rate is pretty high. So you'll find yourself missing often. Break Sensors should provide some help about this. Also, be sure to stock up your characters to full, while she's still in this form.
Now, once she has about 9000-11000 HP left, Manes will Awaken. Her weak zone this time around is CBB. At the same time, she'll become weak against physical attacks. So if you're going to unleash combos, this is the best time to do so. Cast both Thunder Sword & Attacker on your characters if possible, to strengthen your attacks.
It's important that you eliminate her as fast possible at this point, since her offensives are lot more powerful than before. In addition to that, she'll start boosting continuously. You really wouldn't want to get wiped out, and redo everything all over again.
After that, shoot the blue pillars. Leave the room, head back down and SAVE your game. Continue north into the pyramid thing. Here, you'll have to blow up the 4 detonators, at the center of the room simultaneously, to initiate the self-destruct sequence.
Flip the lower top-left lever, then the 2 v-shaped ones. (do this in order, from left to right) Press the switch at the bottom. Now, you'll have 30 minutes to get the hell out of this place, before it gets blown to bits. You don't have to go all the way back to the entrance, just the Hangar. Also pick up the Class Upgrade C (x6)
on your way there. At the Hangar, board your E.S. head right 1 screen for a cut-scene. You'll have Pellegri's E.S. after that.
Boss Battle - E.S. Issachar
This battle is fairly easy if you know what to do. First have Jr. and Shion pilot Asher, then MOMO and Jin for Zebulun. This way, you'll have 2 very effective pierce-type special attacks at your disposal. (Gatling Blast & Golden Bow) Next, charge up both E.S. to 200, cast Aura Sword on E.S. Asher,and unleash your special attacks. You can deal as much as 10000-12000 damage in one go.
| Note: Once you regain control at the Durandal, go back to the Elsa and unlock Segment Address #2. Get Secret Key #22 inside. Also, there are a whole lot of new GS quests available (4, 6, 10, 12, 22, 23, 29, 31, 33 & 34) So do take some time to complete them.
Save your game. Continue south to the next screen. Go along the path until you reach a fork -- taking the east path will lead you to a forbidden device, which doesn't have any use for now. So proceed south instead. At the next split, go southwest. Shoot the wall at the end several times, to reveal an entrance. Go in.