So, I've finished off with Esthar and all that, and I'm on my way to get Doomtrain GF. Now i need some Malboro Tentacles, I managed to get a Malboro card, but It's a long road left. All in all, I've got 5 Malboro cards now, but as I said, a long road left. 4x Malboro cards will give you ONE Tentacle, and the cards are fairly rare.
Since this is the only Final Fantasy that I've not played through yet, I don't know if I can get Ragnarok from where I am right now... since I've seen that you can get Malboro tentacles straight of from Malboros in I. Closest to hell/heaven, I figured i might take the Ragnarok(If I get it on the same Island that Esthar lays, of course) there and get some tentacles. But then there is one more question, is it possible to miss the Doomtrain GF in that way?
Note that I've got everything needed to get Doomtrain, except for the tentacles as I mentioned.
Finishing up all the events relating to Esthar will ultimately leave you in control of the Ragnarok.
Malboros never become unavailable (in fact, they become *easier* to meet later on - the encounter rate on the pre-Ragnarok Esthar overworld is very low). The only way Doomtrain can become unavailable is if you *sell* the Solomon Ring (it never becomes impossible to *get* it), or if you somehow permanently screw Alexander out of Med LV Up.
As for fighting Malboros, when well-prepared, it's harder to *meet* them than to *fight* them, so just do your prep work and *then* work on meeting them. Get ST-Def-x4 (Cerberus, Doomtrain itself, or use a Status Guard item on a GF of your choosing), and junction 100 each of Confuse, Berserk, Pain, and Sleep to status defense.
After you're hit with Bad Breath, you'll only be inflicted with Slow and Gradual Petrify; you can either remove these with status curing options, or just kill the Malboro before the timer hits zero. (Hint: Quistis's Degenerator limit is ridiculously godly and overpowered.)
Bare minimum alternative is to use merely ST-Def-x2 - also found on Siren and Carbuncle - and just junction Confuse and Berserk. You will, however, have to wait for sleep to wear off, and it'll be more important to cure your status effects afterward before getting to the killing.
Ideally you want all three party members to have ST-Def-x4 and the status defenses, but at least go for one, and try to make that one be Quistis so she can just Degenerator right off the bat.
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