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Lunar: Dragon Song
FAQ/Walkthrough
Version 1.04 (10/09/2005)
by Aaron "falcon815" Bolner
bolnerap at gmail.com

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This document Copyright 2005 Aaron 'falcon815' Bolner.  This document may
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I am not affiliated with UbiSoft, nor Game Arts - I simply enjoyed this 
game enough to put work into it and to try to put a good FAQ out there.
All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by 
their respective trademark and copyright holders.  

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Table of Contents (CTRL-F any of the following strings of text to jump):

1. Introduction
2. FAQ
3. Walkthrough
   A. Before we Begin
   B. Gad's Express / Thieves' Woods
   C. Delrich Temple
   D. Healriz
   E. Roland Cave
   F. Cathedral of Althena
   G. Sungrid Bridge
   H. Guystole Mine
   I. Sandra Desert
   J. Elda Canyon
   K. Vile Castle
   L. OK, Now What?
   M. Barrel Desert
   N. Red Dragon Cave
   O. White Dragon Cave
   P. West Meryod Cave
   Q. East Meryod Cave
   R. Valley of Neza
   S. Black Dragon Cave
   T. East Moto Rainforest
   U. West Moto Rainforest
   V. Blue Dragon Cave
   W. East Moto Rainforest Again
   X. Tower of Kirlis
   Y. Negri Ocean Lab
   Z. Vile Castle
4. Closing / Thanks
5. Version History

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1. Introduction

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   Lunar: Dragon Song (aka Lunar Genesis in Japan) is the third Lunar
title to be released stateside, remakes of the first two notwithstanding.
As an original title in the series, it's the first to hit our shores since
1995.

   This walkthrough will do its best to be spoiler-free.  I'm not going to
remark on the plot, only on things to do to advance it, down to each and
every character you're required to talk to.  I do list boss names, so if
you're concerned about spoilers in that regard, don't read too far.

   This walkthrough is complete.  

   I got many, if not all, of the blue chests.  If I missed one, feel free
to let me know via e-mail and I will add the info and credit you.

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2. FAQ

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Q: Is Lucia... well... Lucia?

A: No.  Recall from Lunar 2's introduction that EB's Lucia was alone on 
the Blue Star after the evacuation. LDS takes place after the creation
of LUNAR as a viable, liveable environment; they are not the same person.
It's just a really, really unfortunate name for EB fans.  -_-

Q: What's the deal with the dual battle systems?

A: In one, you gain experience, and in the other, you gain items.  It's
one or the other, not both.

Q: When should I use each battle system?

A: It's simpler to just stick in Virtue mode for most of the game. 
Clearing screens in Virtue mode not only gets you levels, but also tends
to get you equipment that recently became buyable.  However, it's also
possible to go through the game mostly in Combat mode; at lower levels, 
the bosses have lower HP, and you'll have plenty of cards to power
yourself up.  

Q: Is there anything I can do about running draining my HP?

A: Act like you're playing Lunar 2 during the early portions of the game,
and only run sparingly.  :p  Later on, it won't affect you very much.

Q: Can I open that door on the second screen of Sungrid Bridge?

A: Yes.  Here's how to do it:

   Once you leave Lind Village, go back to Sungrid Bridge.  Flip that
switch.  Now, when you can go back to Leephon City via the ferry, go back 
to Sungrid Bridge again.  Follow the path all the way to the last screen, 
with the dead bodies.  Look in the southeast area for a ladder, climb it, 
then go in that door.  Flip the switch inside, return to the second screen 
from Leephon's side, and voila!  In the southeast corner, the door is now 
open.  Inside is an Angel Ring.

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3. Walkthrough

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A. Before we Begin

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   Please note that running, even in town, drains your HP.  This isn't an
issue in town, as you can always hit a statue to heal, but be careful
about running in the early game.  It hurts quite a bit more then than it
will later.

   Boss HP is variable with your level; I'm almost sure of this after
having replayed at a much lower level.  I've yet to figure out how exactly
things differ, but I know they can vary, sometimes a bit wildly.  I'll do
my best to nail these down in the future.  For now, the readings I got in
my two runs are there as guidelines, not precise figures.

   Holding down the R button all the time kinda sucks.  AquaHaute suggests
a rubber band to hold it down constantly, as it's rarely used, and I
wholeheartedly agree.

   Also: fighting in Combat mode can get you cards, which are usable in
battle.  Using a card depletes 100 of its points.  I highly recommend
picking up the following cards as soon as you see them:

   Insector (+Attack Power on all, first available in Thieves' Woods)
   Vitra (Restores all HP to whole party, Sungrid Bridge)
   Ochu (Lowers damage done by enemy, Meryod)
   Gloomwing (Restores 30 MP slowly on the map, Thieves' Woods)
   Hellbird (Restores all party MP, Thieves' Woods)
   Ice Mongrel (Auto-run from battle, Thieves' Woods)
   Shreeker (Poisons all monsters, works on bosses, Thieves' Woods)

   These are the top cards, in my opinion.

   To make exorbitant amounts of money, you can buy mission items on the
cheap in Port Olbeage.  See GhaleonOne's Gad's Express FAQ for details on
who sells what.  My particular favorite mission is "A Noahpeace Delicacy",
which involves delivering 10 Fish Feet, 4 Mermaid Scales, 13 Fossils,
3 Spongy Fluids, and 2 Scales to people, for rewards ranging from 3000-
3600 Silver.  Those mission items combined cost about 300-350 total.  You
see where I'm going here.  That job comes up frequently in Noapeace; I
will refer to it again when we get that far.

   For the duration of the walkthrough but for getting those cards and
a couple early jobs, I fought in Virtue mode to gain experience, which 
is where my boss levels came from.  On replay, which I am currently
engaged in, I've been keeping my levels intentionally low to see what
a viable minimum is for each boss.

   And now, the walkthrough.

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B. Gad's Express / Thieves' Woods

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   Watch the intro.  Once Jian gets over his standard RPG Hero sleepiness,
head to the first floor.  Talk to the innkeeper, then go to Jack's house
and talk to him.  He'll tell you that Lucia's waiting for you in Fountain 
Square.  Go there and click on her umbrella to wait for her.  Watch the 
scene, then head to Gad's Express.  Talk to the man at the counter for 
your first job, head to the weapons shop to buy Sneakers for Jian, then
stop at Fountain Square again to heal if you've been running.  

   Once you've got that all taken care of, enter the Thieves' Forest.
Head northwest.  Monsters will steal your package.  Before you move to the
next town, I highly suggest you fight a couple battles to get used to the
system.  Be sure to tap Jian's face to open Virtue mode before you fight;
these early Conduct Points will help the beginning of the game progress
more smoothly.

   There are a couple of chests in the area that contain Healing Gums.
Get them if you want; they're not critical.  If you clear all the enemies
from the area, you can open the blue chest, which contains... Clogs, which
are worse than the weapon you just bought for Jian.  Oh well, 20 easy
silver, if you go for it.

   Once you clear that area, if you decide to, you can run back to town
to heal, then go back and head northeast.  Clearing this area of enemies
nets you a blue chest containing a Wonder Umbrella, which at this point is
worth the effort.  Exit Northwest to get to Perit Village.

   Stop by the well to heal, then go to Moses's house and talk to him.
Go to Enos's house and talk to everyone after that, then go back to
Thieves' Woods.  Return to the first area of Thieves' Woods by 
exiting southeast, then exit northwest.  You'll find the two guys
you're looking for; talk to them both, then heal up and head back to 
Perit.  Go back to Enos's house and talk to everyone, then trek back to 
where the rocks were (SE, then NW).  Hit the Althena statue to heal,
then exit northwest.

   Clearing this area of monsters nets you a Lucky Bandana, which isn't
really worth the effort.  There's also a treasure box with 100 silver
in the northeast corner.  Once you clear everything out in Virtue Mode,
head northwest.

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C. Delrich Temple

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   Hit the Althena statue and save.  Head up the stairs to the northeast
and click on each Dragon statue.  Each gives you a clue as to the 
upcoming puzzle's solution:

   White - Before Black and after Red
   Black - Before Blue and after Red
   Red - Before White and Blue
   Blue - After White and Black

   Enterprising gamers will quickly deduce the correct pattern.  Enter
the temple.  Walk all the way around the path (there's only one way) and
exit southeast.  There be monsters here!  Kill them all to get a Mental
Bandana, which is slightly higher defense than the Lucky Bandana from a
couple screens ago.  I highly recommend it.  Work your way around and 
exit southeast again.  More monsters here.  Taking them out allows you to
do this puzzle in peace, so go ahead and get it done if you like.  

   You'll notice that there are four doors with color-coded crystals
above them.  Enter them and click on the statues in the following order:
Red, White, Black, Blue.  To the northwest of the blue statue is an
Althena statue, as well as a chest with a Magic Ring in it.  Slap that
on Lucia, go back to the main hall that led to the four statues, then
exit southwest.  Work your way to the east and you'll see a warp; take
it.

   More enemies here.  Head northeast and move the tombstone to get
a Bone Sword.  Exit Southeast to find a not-quite-boss fight.  Kill it -
normal attacks will do - and Lucia will make an observation.  Go back,
pick another direction, and take out the miniboss.  

   Sasquatch
   HP 240-251
   Suggested Minimum Level: 6
   Levels: Jian 9, Lucia 9

   Each Sasquatch has two support enemies, but none of them should
survive a Jian attack, even at level 6 without attack up.

   Use an Insector card with Lucia, and go to town.  Using the Shreeker
card to poison it also helps out a bit, but make sure it's the only
enemy left standing when you do that.  Heal when you need to; Lucia
should have 3 uses of the basic cure spell by now.  If you have trouble,
level to 7 or 8 beforehand; that shouldn't take very long.  

   You get the idea; go the other two directions, NW and SW, and take 
those out too.  Run back to the previous Althena statue as you see fit.
Once they're all dead, return to the northwest area of the four-statue 
room and exit through the furthest northeast door to get your package 
back, then leave the temple.

   Finish the job by going back to Perit: SE, talk to the two at the
bridge, SE, NE, NW, enter the village, and go to Gad's Express to
collect your reward.

   Four jobs become available at Gad's Express at this point.  They are
variable; in a few reloads, I saw at least seven different jobs available.
Do some if you want.  I found "Deliver Whiskers" to be a cheap and easy
source of income.

   To continue the plot, go back to Enos's house in Perit Village and
talk to him.  The bridge is open; make your way back to the bridge in the
western portion of Thieves' Woods, cross it, and exit west.  This next
screen of Thieves' Woods contains a blue chest with a Strong Umbrella;
defeat all the enemies if you want it.  It certainly makes Lucia a more
viable attacker, but it consumes MP with each attack, so be wary.  It
might be best to just sell that weapon.

   Regardless of what you do on that screen, exit west to get to Healriz.
   
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D. Healriz

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   To advance the plot, head to the west section of town, talk to the
innkeeper, then go to the coliseum and talk to the attendant.  Stop in
any place and click on the Talk icon to find out Jian's intentions.  You
also need to talk to the girl in Balbo's house 2F, as well as Juliet and
everyone in Leoncavallo's house.

   Once you get that taken care of, go back to the inn and talk to Aaron. 
He'll tell you to talk to Leoncavallo's girlfriend, so go back to the east
side and go to Leon's house.  Honey from the Insectors of Roland Forest it
is.  This unlocks the next world map area.  Before you go, buy Jian's best
available weapon from the weapon shop.  Exit Healriz to the southwest to 
go to Roland Forest.  

   Get into a fight with an Insector or two, and odds are you'll get some
honey.  Head back to town to give it to Leoncavallo.  He'll tell you to
go to Roland Cave and take out a couple of Armored Boars.  I suggest 
buying the best available armors for Lucia and an armor upgrade for Jian 
before you do this.  This will cost you, altogether, 3600 silver.  As an
alternative, you can forego Jian's armor upgrade (for now) and buy some
different gauntlets. Leave town again, and go through Roland Forest; the 
cave is to the northwest.

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E. Roland Cave

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   Go northeast inside the cave for a Healing Gum.  To the far west is
a blue chest containing a Protection Ring (+14 Defense for Jian).  Just 
north of that chest is a passage that splits northwest and northeast. 
Northwest is the Armored Boar you're looking for.  Go northeast to clear
the regular enemies first if you like.  When you're ready, go after the
boar.

   Wild Boar
   HP: 560-587
   Suggested Minimum Level: 7
   Levels: Jian 12, Lucia 12
   
   Nothing to him, really.  Just attack.  Make sure to either use a 
Shreeker or Insector card in round one with Lucia.  From then on, have 
Lucia cure, or remove Jian's confusion status, if need be.

   Return to Healriz and talk to Leoncavallo, then go to San Coliseum. 
Talk to the receptionist to begin the tournament.

   Fight 1: Raft
   HP 480-503
   Suggested Minimum Level: 9
   Levels: Jian 12

   Attack.  Use a Healing Drop if your HP gets below 50.

   Fight 2: Sharif
   HP 440-461
   Suggested Minimum Level: 9
   Levels: Jian 12

   Attack.  Use a Healing Drop if your HP gets below 50.

   Fight 3: Moran
   HP 600-629
   Suggested Minimum Level: 9
   Levels: Jian 12

   This guy can and will break your equipment.  Try to end it ASAP. Use
Insector at the beginning of the fight to help speed things along; it 
can make your criticals do up to 100 even at level 9.

   Once you beat the third battle, watch the event.  Welcome Gabi to the
party, and head back to Port Searis.

   I had enough Ice Mongrel Tails and Scales for a 1900+ Silver job at
this point; checking Gad's is probably a good idea, if only for easy money
taking a package to Port Searis.

   When you're ready for the next area, go to Port Searis and board the
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F. Cathedral of Althena

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   You might want to de-equip and sell the Magic Ring for easy cash here.
Buying weapons here is a good idea; selling the Magic Ring gets you enough
for Gabi and Jian's best weapons to this point.

   Go to Carducci's House and talk to Carducci, then go to the Checkpoint.
Talk to everyone there, then go back to Carducci's house.  Talk to him,
and watch Gabi take care of things.  You can now leave town.  Do so, and
go to the Cathedral of Althena.

   **Note**: look out for the ball-and-chain enemies here.  They can
break your equipment, which can be rather nasty.  Might not be a bad idea
to save after every fight.

   Walk in, and head straight northeast until you reach the large Althena
statue.  Click on it.  Now go back to the beginning of this hallway.  Hug
the right wall on your way northeast and enter the second door to find
the Amethyst.  Go across to the northwest to find an Aura and an Althena
statue.  Go up the stairs to the large Althena statue.  To the left and
right are both rooms containing a boss, with another room behind each
with another boss.  All four are the same.

   Deuce
   HP: 820-860
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian/Lucia 10, Gabi 7

   HP: 1050
   Levels: Jian 17, Lucia 17, Gabi 14

   Deuce has no special skills, just physical attacks.  He can attack
once or twice, and sometimes, his attacks inflict Sleep and Confusion.  
I recommend buffing up with Lucia's area Def Up spell at the beginning
of the fight, as well as using Insector and Shreeker.  Other than that, 
just pound on him and heal.  Be sure to use Gabi's Gale Cut; it's an 
easy 2x damage, and you can (and should) run back to the Althena Statue 
to heal after every one of these fights anyway.

   Each of the four Deuces drops one of the colored orbs that fit into
the large Althena statue.  Once you have them all, go back to the
small Althena statue in the principal's office, heal, and save, then
go to the large Althena statue and insert the orbs.

   ***BEFORE YOU CONTINUE***

   Get some money however you can and make sure you have plenty of
HP/MP healing items.  Buy a couple Healing Drops, and be sure to
have a Shreeker card and a Hellbird card. It would also be a good idea 
to put the Amethyst on Lucia.

   Go up the stairs to find the next boss.

   Gronk
   HP 960-1007
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian/Lucia 10, Gabi 7
   
   HP 1061-1104 (1100?)
   Levels: Jian 17, Lucia 17, Gabi 14

   This thing is really, really, really annoying.  1100 HP may not
sound like much of an upgrade over Deuce, but Gronk has a heal 
spell that outdoes more than one round's worth of attacks (at least,
at my levels and equipment).  It consistently did between 130 and 
150 HP on its cure, which can drag things out quite a bit if you're
unlucky. In addition, it can either target one person or the whole
party with a wind spell.  It can also petrify a single character; 
this is why I suggested the Amethyst on Lucia.

   Use Hellbird if you need MP, and use Insector for a free attack
boost.  Hellbird lets Gabi maintain a constant assault, which helps
tremendously.

   After the fight, BE SURE TO HEAL JIAN TO FULL WITH ITEMS OR
SPELLS.  I cannot stress this enough.

   Watch the scene.  Afterward, you will be in a boss fight.

   Zethos
   
   HP 693
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian 10
   
   HP 816-848 (825?)
   Levels: Jian 17

   Zethos waits in the first round, attacks you in the second, then in
the third, restores your three-hit combo.  It's a straight out fighter on 
fighter duel from there.  Be sure to heal if your HP ever gets below 60.  
If you lose, it's game over.

   To help win this battle easily, use Shreeker at the start.  He'll lose
a quarter of his HP by the time you get your 3-hit combo back.  In the
meantime, it's also a good idea to use Bealzebub (100% hit - thanks to
AquaHaute for this tip.)

   Watch the scene, then exit the castle and save.

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G. Sungrid Bridge

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   Watch the scene, then go back into the castle and save.  Go all the
way northwest and talk to Zethos.  He'll tell you to try to cross the
Sungrid Bridge to get to the Frontier.  Exit the castle and go to the
central square in town to find Gabi, then leave town.

   The Vitra card is first available at Sungrid.  I highly recommend that
you fight Vitras in Combat Mode until you get their card.  Press X in
battle to see what the enemies are called.

   Head to Sungrid Bridge.  Follow the path until you get to a switch,
flip the switch, then go slightly northeast to the newly opened door.
Inside is a chest with a Holy Bracelet.  Equip it on Lucia, then exit, 
continue along the previous path, and exit southwest.  Continue along
the only path until you see the blue chest.  Killing all enemies in
this area nets you a Barrier Ring.  Continue around the path and exit
southwest.  Go southwest, flip the switch, continue southwest, follow
the bend northwest, and go in the room you see.  Flip that switch.  Go
back around the bend, northeast, then cut southeast when you can and
climb down.  Go around the bend to the southwest and enter the open door.
Inside is new armor and a new Tiara for Lucia.  Kill all the enemies in
this area to get a Holy Umbrella for Lucia, which cuts her MP consumption
in half if you choose to equip it.

   Continue along the path to the southwest, exit, then follow the path
and watch the scenes.

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H. Guystole Mine

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   Exit northwest, then follow the path around the thin portion of the
tunnel and exit to the southeast.

   If you want an Angel Ring, leave this town and go to Sungrid Bridge.
Flip the switch.  You'll have to come back to get the ring later. 

   If you have anything to sell, the General Store in Lind Village buys
things for 50% more than any other store.   

   With that or other money, Flora could use equipment. At the very least,
the first order of business should be to fight a few battles to get Flora
to at least level 8-10.  That shouldn't take more than 5-6 battles. In the
process, scout the first room of the dungeon a bit.  In the south, you
can find a Topaz in a chest.  It's +15 ATK, so put it on whoever you want
to do more damage.  It'll either help Flora catch up, or make Gabi even
more deadly on Gale Cut.  Your choice; I put it on Gabi.  Kill all the
enemies in this screen to get a Panther Gauntlet for Gabi.

   After you clear the first screen, go back to the entrance to
get your bearings, then go southwest.  Cross the first bridge you see,
and follow that path until you can no longer move westward.  Exit 
northwest.  Clearing all the enemies in this room nets you a Guardian
Ring; not a bad idea for Flora, at this point. Also, there's a Healing 
Drop in a brown chest in this room.  

   As for getting through this room: west at the first fork, down the
first ramp you see, west around the bend, up the next ramp you see, then
follow the left wall alllllll the way around until you can finally take
a fork to the southeast.  Do so and exit.

   There's a Tourmaline in the chest at the top of the ramps.  Killing
all the enemies in this area nets you a Platinum Wristband (more for 
Flora).  There's also a chest with *10,000* Silver in the eastern 
portion of this dungeon.  :)  Goodbye, money problems!

   To exit the area, just go a little bit southeast from the blue chest.
From the beginning, this is around the corner to the east, then hug the
left wall until you see an exit to the southeast - NOT the bridge, the
next exit.

   This takes you out of the mines.

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   Welcome to Sandra Desert.  Kill all the enemies in this first screen to
get an Angel's Tears.  Not really worth the effort if you've bought any.
Follow the path until you can exit south.  Go south in the next screen
until you can climb some stairs to the right; this will gain you a Mental
Gum.  Kill all the enemies in this screen to get Dark Boots.  DO THIS. If
you were like me, and hadn't upgraded Jian's weapon since Perit (and
honestly, there hadn't been reason to), it doubles his attack power. Much
worth it.  There's also a Healing Drop hidden along the south wall of
this screen.

   To quickly finish the desert from here, exit southeast, then go
straight east from that point.  However, there's some other good stuff
here.  If you want it, read on.

   From that same southeast exit, climb the stairs, and curl back around 
to the west. You'll be back on the previous screen, but on a higher ledge.
Go north/northwest until you see a sand-fall, follow it, and get the box; 
it contains a Protective Bandana for Jian.  Follow the same southeast exit
again, climb the stairs again, but this time, go past the sand-fall. 
Continue north for a Stardust Bracelet.

   Now, go back to the large central screen, and this time exit southwest.
A chest in that next screen contains 5963 Silver.  

   Exit the desert by going southeast from the large main screen, then
east from there.  Watch the scenes, then go to Elda Canyon.

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J. Elda Canyon

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   Follow the south path all the way around to an exit east, then continue
east for a boss fight.

   Caucus, Orcus, and Morus
   HP: Caucus 740-776, Orcus 960-1007, Morus 780-818
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian 13, Gabi 12, Rufus 15
   Levels: Jian 24, Gabryel 23, Rufus 15

   Use Shreeker, Duager, and Insector cards before you start, and these 
suckers are no problem. Even if you don't have one, just spam Gabi and 
Rufus's skills, and attack with Jian.  If anyone's HP gets below 70, use a
Healing Drop.  If Morus physically attacks, she does two per round, and 
always steals something if she hits; use an anti-stealing card if you have 
one.  

   Watch the scene.  Follow the path west, until you see stairs to the
south.  Climb them.  Follow the path south.  When you see two geysers to 
the right, go between them, then walk across the purple river to the
north.  Climb the rock to find a Crystal Sword, then go back to the south
path where you cut through the geysers.  Follow that path all the way south 
until you hit a dead end, then go west.  You'll see two craggy rocks that
you can climb; climb the one on the right to find some Healing Gum,
and climb the one on the left, then follow the path up to get to Vile 
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K. Vile Castle

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   First order of business: follow the path to the northeast in this 
opening room to find a Resist Ring.  Kill everything in this room to 
receive a Demon Ring (not all that worth it right at the moment.)

   From there, go back to the main path, exit northwest, exit northeast,
exit northeast, then exit northwest through the door.  Watch the scene,
then exit northwest twice.   Click through the scenes.  Do not attempt
to win; you can't.

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L. OK, Now What?

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   Keep clicking and watching.  When you have control again, go to Gad's
Express.  Watch the scene, then go back to Leephon by taking the Ferry
and going past the Althena Cathedral.  Head to the castle and talk to
Zethos.

   You can also go back to Sungrid Bridge now to finish off what you 
started by hitting the switch on the other side.  Follow the path all the 
way to the last screen, with the dead bodies.  Look in the southeast area
for a ladder, climb it, then go in that door.  Flip the switch inside, 
return to the second screen from Leephon's side, and voila!  In the 
southeast corner, the door is now open.  Inside is an Angel Ring, which
will revive a character automatically upon death.

   You heard the man.  Back to Healriz - west through the Thieves' Woods
from Port Searis.  Now's a good time to stock up on cards and items by
blowing low-level enemies away on the way back.  Head to Healriz and talk
to Titus.  He gives you the lowdown. East, West, South, North, Black, Red,
Blue, White.  Now that you have the answer to "Now what?", head to Roland
Forest.  This time, instead of looping around to the northwest, hug the
south "wall" and look for an exit to the south.  Click on the tombstone
on the next screen, go south, hit the Althena statue, and save.  Exit
south, go as far as you can south in the next screen, then go west as 
far as you can, then straight north.  Exit north.

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M. Barrel Desert

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   Head all the way to the west side of this first screen for a Prayer
Water.  Look out for the sand pits.  Kill all enemies on this screen to
receive a Dragon Coat, which is highly, highly recommended.  Fall into 
the top left sandpit and snag a Health Ring.  Good idea to put that on 
either Flora (who can heal all status ailments) or Jian (who needs to 
avoid as many statii as possible).  Fall down to the southwest.  Scout 
this room fully; in the southwest is a Healing Drop, and in the northeast
is another healing item.  Kill all the enemies to receive a Star Dress.
Slap that on Flora.  Exit Southeast.  Now, loop back around north to get
back to the hill with all the sand pits, but avoid them and go southwest.
You'll find some stairs to climb down; do so, then hug the south wall 
until you find a south exit.

   Kill all enemies here to receive a Tiger Coat for Gabi, then exit west.

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N. Red Dragon Cave

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   The heat here drains your HP slowly.  Keep moving.  

   Exit northeast from the first screen.  Loop around to the west in the
next screen to find a healing drop.  Kill all the enemies on this screen
to receive Dragon Gloves for Jian.  DO THIS.  Once you finish, exit 
northwest.  In the next screen, head to the far west to find a Force Ring.
There's an Angel's Tears on the north edge of the screen; to get there,
go to the northwest corner, then go straight east.  Kill everything on 
this screen to get a Counter Type 4.

   Go to the northwest area of the room, then loop around south and west
to exit west.  Exit northeast from the next room.

   Red Dragon
   HP 2332-2881 (2500?)
   Minimum Suggested Level: Jian 13, Gabi 12, Flora 11
   Levels: Jian 29, Gabi 27, Flora 25

   What can I say?  Just beat it down.  It doesn't even offer resistance
if you have those two fire-resistant armors.  If you don't?  Use a
Shreeker and Insector to open, then burn up Gabi's MP using Gale Cut
while having Jian attack and Flora use healing spells and Vitra. If he 
crouches, give him everything you've got for the next two rounds; he won't
do anything for those rounds.  If Flora goes down, just have Gabi take up
her role and keep pounding with Jian.

   Cast Escape, then go back through Barrel Desert (North, loop around
northeast, then south) and Roland Forest to get back to Healriz.  Talk
to Titus.  He'll tell you to go meet the White Dragon next.

   You may already know where the White Dragon Cave is.  Head back
to Thieves' Woods, then exit northeast, southeast, northeast, northeast,
northeast to get to the White Dragon Cave.

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O. White Dragon Cave

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   Click on the stone.  The game will tell you to take it to Delrich
Temple.  Exit southwest, southwest, then loop around the next road sign
and follow the path northwest.  You're back at the bridge.  Follow the
path northwest to get to the temple.  Climb the steps, put the stone down,
then go back to the White Dragon Cave.  

   Look out for the ice falling from the ceiling; taking hits gives you
damage, naturally.
   
   Exit northeast.  Kill everything in this screen to get a Dragon
Gauntlet for Gabi.  Exit north.  Kill everything in this screen to get 
a Mental Drop.  Not worth the effort.  Exit northwest to get to the boss.

   White Dragon
   HP 2865-3169 (3000?)
   Levels: Jian 30, Gabi 28, Flora 26

   HP 2282-2410 (2300?)
   Minimum Suggested Level: Jian 13, Gabi 12, Flora 11
   
   It has an area ice spell and a single-target ice spell.  You might
have to heal, but I rather doubt it if you're in the high 20s.  ^_^;  
Use an Insector card and beat the tar out of it with Jian's Fire magic 
and Gabi's Gale Cut.  

   If you're at lower level, it's a bit more problematic.  Be sure to
utilize Shreeker, of course, as well as Insector and Vitra.  Vitra will
likely have to come out every round, just in case he uses his area magic.
If he crouches, give him everything you've got for the next two rounds;
he won't do anything for those rounds. If Flora goes down (and she likely 
will, at low levels), have Gabi do the healing while Jian does the 
beatdown.

   Cast Escape and use the party talk command.  Jian will tell you
where to go next; Meryod Cave.  To get there, go back to Port Searis;
you can exit to West Meryod Cave from there.

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P. West Meryod Cave

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   Kill everything in this first room to get a Spirit's Haircomb for 
Flora.  Silence prevention is yum.  Exit south.  There's a Healing Gum
in the first chest to the right in this next room.  Just southwest of that
is a chest with Prayer Water.  The exit is to the southeast.

   Hug the left wall for another chest with Prayer Water.  Kill all the
enemies in this room to find Phoenix Claws for Gabi.  The exit is to the
south.  

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   Hit the Althena Statue on your way in.  Exit Northeast.  Kill 
everything in the first screen to get 10000 Silver.  Exit south.  There's
nothing notable in the next room; a chest with a Prayer Water in the north
is all.  Exit south again.  Kill everything in this room to get 10000
Silver.  Exit south again to get to Noapeace.  

   This is a good time to stop and make exorbitant amounts of money,
especially if you're playing through at low levels.  Remember that job I
mentioned back in "Before we Begin"?  Take the ferry to Olbeage, buy up
the mission items I mentioned, and do that job repeatedly for easy cash.
It's easiest to reset the jobs at Gad's until you get a destination that's
at least in a port town, if not Noapeace itself.  Mmm, fish feet.

   You can buy some new equipment here, but if you've been getting all the
blue chests, the only thing that might even be worth your time is a new 
headband for Jian. If you've been following the walkthrough, you already 
have all of their armor and the others' weapons.  You could buy the 
Composite Bow for Flora - it sometimes fires multiple shots, which is great
for finishing off multiple weak enemies - but if you're wanting a powerful
single-shot bow for Flora, well, just wait a moment.

   If you've been playing through at low level, this is a good place to
stop and buy equipment, because the next boss is dangerous.  You can
always get more easy money via jobs later; buy any equipment you can now.
I suggest buying the second-best available armor for Gabi and Jian here,
as the most expensive of both isn't worth the money.  The rest is up to
you.

   Go to the Inn's second floor, and go to room 203 to talk to the
tenant.  The next area is opened as a result of this.

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   There's a Mental Gum and Healing Gum along the east edge of this 
screen.  Kill all enemies to receive a Crystal Bow.  (There you go.)  The
chest easily visible on the way north is a Healing Drop.  Exit north.
Go straight north to get an Angel's Tears.  Loop around west, then north
to exit.  In the northeast corner of the next screen is a Mental Drop; the
other two chests contain a Prayer Water and a Healing Drop. Kill all 
enemies to receive a Clear Ring.  Exit northeast to get to the Black
Dragon Cave.

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S. Black Dragon Cave

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   Ignore the ladder and exit northeast.  Don't bother killing all the 
enemies: the blue chest item is Dragon Gloves, which you should already 
have by now.  From the beginning of the room, follow the path west, then
veer north when you can.  Ignore the stairs and go east.  At the next
fork, go northeast.  Follow the path.  At the next fork, veer south.  
Continue until you get to another fork; go west.  Follow the path until
you get to the Black Dragon door.

   Black Dragon
   HP 1840-1931
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian 17, Gabi 16, Flora 16
   
   HP 2103-2167 (2150?)
   Levels: Jian 39, Gabi 38, Flora 37 

   This fight isn't terribly notable at high level.  However, I would 
suggest that you conserve Jian's MP.  Don't worry about status effects in
this battle; concentrate on keeping your MP and HP as high as possible.

   At low level, it is absolutely imperative that you use Duager to start
the fight, or you're going to die from his area earth magic.  It's also a
very good idea, as usual, to use Shreeker and Insector.  After this round,
have Flora or Gabi use Vitra after every round of area earth magic, while
Jian and Gabi/Flora attack when they're free.


   ***MORPH***

   Dark Jian
   HP 1117

   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian 17, Gabi 16, Flora 16
   
   Biggest joke in the game.  Why?  He mimes everything Jian does. Just 
have Jian use a card or a healing item every round while Gabi and Flora 
attack.  (Thanks to sunapple212, the first person to tell me this.)

   Once you win, click through the scene, acquire Dark Jian's area earth
spell, and escape.  

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T. East Moto Rainforest

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   Kill everything on this screen to get Fighting Fists for Gabi.  The
blue chest is hidden in an alcove on the left side of the screen.  Exit
south.

   Exit southwest from this screen to get to Rebric Village.

   Go to Saul's house and talk to him, then exit Rebric to the west to
get to West Moto Rainforest.

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U. West Moto Rainforest

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   Kill all enemies on this screen to get an Amulet... if you want to.
It's not really worth it.  Exit southwest.  Kill all the enemies on this
screen to obtain Crystal Boots for Jian.  Exit southwest.  Kill all
enemies on this screen to obtain a Fresh Ring.  Exit southwest again to 
get to the Blue Dragon Cave.

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V. Blue Dragon Cave

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   First order of business: Follow the path to the north, then follow the
bend west.  You'll see a small path branching southward.  Follow it into
the wall and keep going south, then east.  This chest contains a Magic
Booster, an accessory that allows you to cast spells for 1/3 the cost.
I highly suggest it, for obvious reasons.  Kill all enemies in this room
to acquire a Crystal Haircomb for Flora, then exit north.

   The next room has three exits: Southwest, Southeast, and Northwest.
Each requires you to go in and tap the central platform.  Do so.  The
three blue chest treasures are: Southeast (Fresh Ring), Northwest
(Prayer Water), and Southwest (Mental Drop), none of which are worth the
effort.

   Once you take all the stones from the platforms, the Blue Dragon's
room rises in the middle of the previous room.  Go there and save.

   Blue Dragon
   HP ????
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian 17, Gabi 16, Flora 16
   Levels: Jian 48

   If at high levels, simply use a magic spell to advance.  If at low
levels, use a magic spell, then survive for a couple more rounds to get
to the real fight.

   Blue Dragon
   HP 2560-2688
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian 17, Gabi 16, Flora 16
   Levels: Jian 48, Gabi 48, Flora 47

   If you've been keeping up on blue chests, this battle is trivial.  Use
Jian's magic and Gale Cut, and cast Defense Up (then heal afterward) with
Flora, and you will win easily.

   If you're at low level and haven't been keeping up on blue chests,
it's a shade more difficult.  First off, I recommend having the Magic
Booster on Gabi.  Start out the battle with Insector from Jian, Gale Cut
from Gabi, and whatever's most appropriate from Flora (Vitra/healing if
Jian is hurt, or Shreeker if he's not).  From there, have Flora heal
whoever got hit in the previous round, Jian attack / use magic, and Gabi
use Gale Cut.

   Cast escape.  Go back to Rebric and talk to Roxane, the woman in Saul's
house, then go to Tovia's house and tell him that you haven't heard
of the Blue Dragon Cave.  He'll tell you that the strange inventor wants
a flower that grows there.  Go back to the Blue Dragon Cave.  The flower
is in the northwest quadrant of the large central room.  Enter the Cave,
exit northeast, exit north, then take the left fork and follow the path
north when you can.  Get the flower and go back to Rebric, then exit east
to East Moto Rainforest.

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W. East Moto Rainforest Again

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   Exit southeast.  Kill all enemies on this screen to get 5963 silver.
Loop all the way around this map and exit southeast to get to the Tower
of Kirlis.

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X. Tower of Kirlis

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   Getting hit by the white energy balls makes you take damage.  Try your
best to avoid them.   

   Kill all enemies on this first screen to get a Fighter's Hairband for
Gabi. Exit into the center stairwell, then exit northwest. Talk to Kirlis,
then exit northeast.  Stand on the center of the roof, in the circle, then
go back and talk to Kirlis.  Ocean lab it is.  

   You can get some extra items here, if you like.  If not, skip to
the next section.

   Go downstairs from where you are, then loop all the way around the
room (SW, NW, NE) to exit northeast.  Follow the path on the next screen
and exit.  Exit southwest to find a chest with a Mental Drop if you wish.
If not, exit northwest, up the stairs.  Immediately go straight east and
go up the stairs for a Healing Ring (regain HP every round).  Return to
the previous screen.  Go southwest, onto the red floored area, then loop
around to the northwest and exit.

   Kill everything on this screen to get a Champion's Uniform, then
escape.
   
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Y. Negri Ocean Lab

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   To get to the Ocean Lab, you have to go back to the Cathedral of
Althena.  Leave through the rainforest, exit north, go back to the port
town, go to the port on the central island, then leave town and go to the
Cathedral.  Negri Ocean Lab will be selectable as you leave the cathedral.

   The slime pits here will damage you, as will the debris falling from
the sky.  Look out.

   Go to the northeast and exit southeast from that corner.  Exit north-
east, hit the switch, and return to the previous room.  Exit southeast
to get Glasses from a chest, if you like.  May not be worth it.

   Cast Escape, and exit northwest this time.  Immediately exit northeast.
Immediately exit northwest and hit the switch.  Cast escape.  Go back
northeast, exit southeast, exit northeast, and exit northwest after.  Hit
the switch and cast Escape.

   Exit Northwest, Northeast, Northeast, Southeast.  The sound effects
should change.  Go northeast and grab the Levistone, then cast Escape
and get out of here.

   Go all the way back to Kirlis's Tower and give him the Levistone. Go
up to the roof and click while in the circle under the airship to take
off.

   Do whatever you want to do now.  It's easy to go restore cards, get
items, do jobs, etc. now.  I especially recommend getting a full charge
on your Vitra, Hellbird, Ice Mongrel, and Insector cards now, if you've 
been using them.  You'll have to deplete them fully first, of course.

   Your next plot destination is Vile Castle.  Go there.

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   Go back up the stairs northwest, then up the next few floors until
the fourth floor.  Once on the fourth floor, exit northwest, then north-
west twice more to get to Ignatius's Grand Hall.

   Did you really think you'd get away without fighting this guy?  It's
boss time.

   Gideon
   HP 3500-3600
   Levels: Jian 50, Gabi 50, Flora 49

   Toss out an Ochu card and cast Grand Weapon, then beat the stuffing
out of it with Jian's magic and Gale Cut, while having Flora cure whoever
gets hit with his physical attacks.  His physicals can add Sleep.
   
   HP 2500-2600
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian 17, Gabi 16, Flora 16

   Just as in the higher level strategy, use Ochu and Insector.  Shreeker
is always a good idea. Have Flora keep the party healed with Vitra and/or
spells while Jian and Gabi use their special attacks.  

   Exit northwest when you win, then exit south.  You'll have your choice
of NW, SW, NE, SE.  You must defeat all enemies in Virtue Mode in each
corner.

   SE: Blue - reward is Ignatius Card
   NE: Black - reward is Gideon 3 Card
   NW: White - reward is Althena Card
   SW: Red - reward is Rufus Card

   Once you finish each corner, head to the center, re-enter, and the
teleporter in the north will be active.  Heal up before you enter.

   Gideon 2
   HP 5000
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian 25, Gabi 25, Flora 25
   Levels: Jian 52, Gabi 52, Flora 52

   Here he is again.  Use Ochu, Onlooker, and Insector to make this
easier.  He's got a 3-hit physical attack and a single-target wind
attack; the 3-hit should be negligible if you have good equipment,
and the wind attack can easily be canceled by a heal from Flora.  At low
levels, the 3-hit does more damage, but the only person in serious danger
should be Flora.  Even if you lose her somehow, just have Gabi use Vitra
every 2-3 rounds, and he'll be no match for you.

   You will automatically advance.  Heal up while you can, then
climb the stairs to face...

   Gideon 3
   HP 7500
   Levels: Jian 52, Gabi 52, Flora 52

   HP 6464
   Recommended Minimum Level: Jian 25, Gabi 25, Flora 25
 
   Yep, him again.  As if the card hadn't given that away; good job,
game!  Similar to before; he's got a physical, and this time he's 
got an area ice attack.  It's not terribly damaging, however.  Even at low
levels, he's cake; poison him, cast Grand Shell, and have Flora use Vitra
every other round (and Hellbird / other random status effects of your
choice on off-rounds) while Jian and Gabi beat the tar out of him. 

   Watch the scenes and exit southeast, then southwest to watch
the ending.

   Yes, that's really it.

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4. Closing / Thanks

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   Thanks to Ubi Soft for bringing this game to the US.

   Thanks to Andrea, for constant love and support, and for buying and
playing the game alongside me.  I love my Lunar fangirl.  ^_^

   Props to the man without which GameFAQs would not exist, CJayC.  Keep
up the good work.

   Thanks to Aaron Voymas for the tip on bosses being vulnerable to
poison.  I never thought to try.

   Thanks to sunapple212 for a particular boss strategy (noted in the
walkthrough).  I know a bunch of you people on the board saw it too, but
s/he was the first to tell me, so s/he gets the name recognition.

   Finally, thanks to my friend, Andrew Strack, who introduced me to Lunar 
by showing me the PSX version of Lunar 2 once it finally got to him after 
the Chicago blizzard delay.  Without him, I may never have gotten into the
series, and indeed what I count as one of my three favorite games ever 
made (L2EBC), and I certainly wouldn't have made an effort to get a DS for
this game.

   This guide copyright 2005 Aaron 'falcon815' Bolner.

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5. Version History

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   version 0.01 - Bought the game on 9/28/05 and began play
   version 1.00 - Finished the game on late 10/02/05, polished and 
                  submitted FAQ/Walkthrough on 10/03/05
   version 1.01 - Added some tips to "Before we Begin", rewrote boss
                  strategies and some of the walkthrough in 3A-3F
                  (10/04/2005)
   version 1.02 - Retooled boss strategies and HP from 3G-3Z.
                  Finished adding low-level notes for all bosses.
                  Added how to open the second door on Sungrid Bridge.
                  (10/06/2005)
   version 1.03 - Fixed an error in the Table of Contents, verified
                  first location of Vitra with AquaHaute. (10/07/2005)
   version 1.04 - updated allowable-post list, updated a boss strat
                  (10/09/2005)
  
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