Star Ocean: Second Evolution FAQ V.2 (Read before posting)

#1FoxyArekuPosted 1/21/2009 11:30:03 AMmessage detail
So, you are interested in Second Evolution and have questions? Well then, here's the thread for you!

Contents
1. Basic Info
2. Characters and How to Get Them
3. Other Things


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1. Basic Info
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Q: So this is a remake of Star Ocean: The Second Story for PSX?
A: In a way, yes, most call it an 'enhanced port' though.

Q: What is different between this and the PSX version?
A: There are new voice actors, as well as fully voiced-over cutscenes, and anime cutscenes that show here and there. There is also a new character, Welch Vineyard, who is making an appearance from the third star ocean game for PS2. Also the battle system has been updated, incorporating three hit combos for normal attacks on most characters. Several glitches that were prominent in the PSX version have been fixed as well.

Q: I heard there are two stories in the game, which one should I play?
A: It depends, if you think you are only going to play the game once I say you should play Claude's story. He gets a bit more insight into the overall plot then Rena does. If you are going to playthrough more then once however, then it doesn't matter. Pick one now and the other next time. The only major non-story related change in the stories is that Rena has a swordsmen named Dias join her group, while Claude has a mage named Leon join. Other then that, everything is the same.

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2. Characters and How to Get Them
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Q: What is the best party I should use?
A: Anyone you want, all the characters are good in their own ways, just experiment and do some research to see which ones you like yourself. The game is made to be played through more then once anyway.

Q: How do I get Celine?
A: You will meet her automatically in the town of Cross, and will later get a choice on whether you want her in your party permanently or not.

Q: How do I get Ashton?
A: Play the game up until right before you go to Lacour, you'll see an old man and a sailor talking in Harley right before you get to the boat. Talk to them, and they will tell you of a dragon problem in Salva. Run to Salva then and head to the Salva Drift, head off to the left once your inside and keep going left, you will eventually encounter Ashton fighting the dragon, and a little later he will ask to join you because of a 'certain reason'. Note you cannot get Opera if you get Ashton

Q: How do I get Opera?
A: First, make sure you have seen the private action in Cross where you see a three-eyed man, this happens early in the game so don't miss it. Then after the Lacour Tournament head to Hilton and go to the bar, you'll see a three-eyed woman and eventually she'll ask you if you've seen the man you saw in Cross, she will then run off after you tell her yes. You must then go talk to the king back in Cross and ask about her, the King will say she went to the mountain palace and he will give you access to there along with some money. Go then to the Mountain Palace and enter it, the guard will let you in now. Head up, then to the left and you will find Opera, and she will join you. Note you cannot get Ashton if you get Opera.

Q: How do I get Precis?
A: Do a Private Action in Linga, if you are playing as Rena go to the house in the bottom left of the map. If you are Claude, find Precis up at the item shop where Bowman lives. After a semi-long scene she will ask to join you.
#2FoxyAreku(Topic Creator)Posted 1/21/2009 11:30:39 AMmessage detail
Q: How do I get Bowman?
A: He will ask to join automatically as long as you do not get Precis.

Q: How do I get Ernest?
A: He will join you automatically after the Hoffman Ruins quest if you got Opera, but only if you went to the forest in Arlia with Opera in your party and saw her crashed ship. If you did not do this, Ernest will never be found.

Q: Welch is in this game? How do you get her?
A: First off, you must get past the "Arms Tournament" part of the game, as well as have at least four party members in your group. You then must do a private action in the Lacour Castle Town and you should see her when you head towards the castle. If you hope to get her though you must do so before staying the night in Bowman's house in Linga, or you most likely won't be able to get her.

Q: How do I get Dias?
A: Play as Rena and he will ask to join later in the game.

Q: How do I get Leon?
A: Play as Claude and he will ask to join permanently later in the game.

Q: How do I get Noel?
A: He will ask to join automatically later in the game.

Q: How do I get Chisato?
A: When you first get to Central City, leave the mayor's building and run to your left, do not go straight. You will encounter her then. You will then see her several times after that, and then when you are in the Cave of Red Crystal and you get to an area with a treasure chest that is on a lower level and past a bridged section, go to it and you will see her run by and drop her ID card. Take this ID card to Central City later and find her in the News Room in the Mayor's building. You can then have her join you there.

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3. Other Things
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Q: Is there anything I should know before getting this game?
A: Several things, the most notable thing being the skill system, several people make the mistake of ignoring this their first time. Every time you level up you will get SP which you will use to learn these skills. You buy them at a certain shop in several towns. And the right mixture of skills will help your character learn certain item creation abilities. They have countless uses and are the only way to get some of the best items and weapons in the game. You can also learn "Talents" from them which help in the item creation and other skills considerably, most characters start with a good amount of talents but you can learn more with patience. Another thing would be is to plan out what party you want early on so you don't miss out on filling your party up, though that isn't too important, you'll just miss out.

Q: Is there anything to do after beating the game?
A: Yes, namely the optional bonus dungeon called the "Cave of Trials". To get there you must save at the last save point in the game, right before the final boss, then head back out of the dungeon and talk to an old man in the Fun City Colosseum. Then you will be warped to a virtual Arlia and then must leave the town and ride the synard to the desert island in the corner of the map.

If there are any other questions that are not listed, post them here and the other people on this board, as well as myself will answer them.

(Sticky please! ^_^)
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#3FoxyAreku(Topic Creator)Posted 1/21/2009 11:31:42 AMmessage detail
Okay, I guess the first one just wasn't good enough, this one should do it though. If not, I'm just going to give up, might not be cut out for this sorta thing.
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#4FoxyAreku(Topic Creator)Posted 1/21/2009 12:23:12 PMmessage detail
bump
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#5d2starzPosted 1/21/2009 12:36:14 PMmessage detail
sticky this!!
#6SPARTA109Posted 1/21/2009 1:27:48 PMmessage detail
I wish I had more karma so I could request a sticky..
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#7FadedmoonPosted 1/21/2009 1:44:23 PMmessage detail
Thanks, this is really helpful.
#8FoxyAreku(Topic Creator)Posted 1/21/2009 1:48:44 PMmessage detail
Note I made a small typo on getting Opera, you actually run into the mountain palace and go up then to the right. Shouldn't be too bad though.
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#9FoxyAreku(Topic Creator)Posted 1/21/2009 2:29:39 PMmessage detail
Bumping
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#10UntilTheBombsPosted 1/21/2009 2:43:38 PMmessage detail
You said under Ashton's recruitment process, "Note you cannot get Opera if you get Ashton", but you should've also mentioned there that you can't get Ernest after choosing Ashton, either.