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Final Fantasy Tactics A2
Recruitment Guide
Author: Antitype (osafune.edge[at]gmail.com)
Last Updated: 2008.07.21
Revision: 1.3

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** TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1) Introduction
2) Summary                                                              [xsumm]
3) Recruitment by Map                                                    [xmap]
4) Recruitment by Quest                                                [xquest]
5) Race-Month Correlation List                                          [xlist]
6) NPC Recruitment                                                       [xnpc]
7) Frequently Asked Questions                                            [xfaq]
8) Credits / Thanks


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** 1. Introduction
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Ever since the game released in the US, there have been numerous topics on the
GameFAQs message boards asking about how to recruit new party members. The game
does NOT make it obvious, and so I've decided to create a guide for it.

This originally started out as a thread on the message boards, and I intended
to have it stickied. But after a week or so, and while TWO other posts got
stickied before this, it seemed like the mods were unwilling to sticky it
despite many requests to do so within the topic. Perhaps it was because it was
a more specialized guide, so they wanted it in FAQ format. In any case... here
it is. :)

Version History:
1.3 - Added Al-Cid, Montblanc recruitment. Added some FAQs.
1.2 - Added Frimelda, Penelo, Vaan recruitment. Added some FAQs.
1.1 - Added/moved summary section. Placeholder section for NPC recruitment.
1.0 - Recruitment guide created

Future versions:
How to recruit special units. (Vaan, Penelo, etc.)

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* NOTICE                                                                      *
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*                                                                             *
* My (one) previous FAQ has actually been posted on random sites. The ONLY    *
* site that may use this guide is GameFAQs and Neoseeker. If you see this, or *
* any part of  it, on another site, please let me know.                       *
*                                                                             *
* To reiterate, sites that MAY USE this guide:                                *
*  - www.gamefaqs.com                                                         *
*  - www.neoseeker.com                                                        *
*                                                                             *
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** 2. Summary                                                           [xsumm]
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In case you don't want to read all of this FAQ, here are the highlights:

RECRUITMENT BY MAP:
 - You can only recruit certain races during certain months, in certain areas.
   A list for the races and their corresponding areas/months can be found in
   section 5.
 - You cannot recruit until you reach Camoa (i.e. have world map access)
 - You cannot recruit someone whose class you don't have unlocked yet. Your
   units don't have to be able to change to the job, just have it unlocked.
   (It can't say ?????? but it can be greyed out.)
 - If you have the class unlocked and still have trouble, advance the story
   and try again.
 - One race per area per year. If you've already gotten a unit in an area,
   you will not find another one there for another year.
 - Gria cannot be recruitable until you do the airship quest, then you can
   recruit them immediately in Fluorgis.
 - Viera cannot be recruitable until you do the Moon Seal quest.
 - TIP: Saving before you recruit randomizes the unit. So if you get an
   unwanted unit, you can reset and try again.

RECRUITMENT BY QUEST:
 - The recruitment quest "Clan Mates" will not appear until after you complete
   the auction quest (story-related).
 - The MONTH in which you activate the quest will determine which race you get.
   Refer to section 5 for the list.
 - You can control the JOB CLASS of the unit you recruit. You will be asked
   four questions -- refer to section 5 for the answers/job classes.
 - If you do not have the class unlocked but you use the answers for that
   class, you will be offered a replacement. If you refuse, you will have to
   answer the questions again. This occurs up to 3 times, afterwards, the
   recruitment guy gives up.

NPC RECRUITMENT:
 - Coming soon.


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** 3. Recruitment by Map                                                 [xmap]
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* IMPORTANT NOTE                                                              *
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*                                                                             *
* You cannot recruit until you have access to the world map (as opposed to    *
* the area map). If you don't know what I'm talking about, you haven't gotten *
* out of Targ Forest yet. You need to be able to reach at least Camoa.        *
*                                                                             *
* Also, I wouldn't start attempting to recruit until you meet Lezaford. This  *
* is because if you go to his cabin after you've met him, you will be able to *
* sleep there. Sleeping passes the time VERY quickly -- you can choose by     *
* increments of 20, 60, or even 200 days! Just fyi, there are 12 months,      *
* 240 days in a year.                                                         *
*                                                                             *
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** 3.1. How to recruit
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You can only recruit certain races during certain months, in certain areas.
Yes, recruiting new members is that much of a pain. A list for the races and
their corresponding areas/months can be found in section 5.

So when you visit a certain area in a certain month, you will get a random
pop-up message on the map that will show a new recruit is available. Here is
exactly what happens:

Example: Hume in Targ Forest, Blackfrost or Skyfrost.
1. The month is Blackfrost or Skyfrost.
2. You walk into Targ Forest.
3. When you enter the area, an event bubble will appear.
4. When you walk to the spot on the map, the recruit will ask to join.
5. You can view his stats, equipment, abilities before recruiting him.
6. If you choose to recruit, s/he joins.

Tip: Save before walking into the spot where the recruit asks to join. This way
you can reset the game until you get a unit with the most desired job and stats.
Of course for obvious reasons, the race will not change.

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If you look at section 5, the race-month list, you will see that you can
recruit all job types. You might be thinking, wow, I can get advanced classes
really early! Well, sorry, you can't.

Before you can encounter a specific class, you will need to have UNLOCKED the
class for yourself. Meaning, on your "change class" menu, the class you want
to recruit must be present (not ?????). None of your units have to be able to
change into the class, the class merely has to be UNLOCKED.

Another thing to note is that even if you have the class unlocked, you will
need to have progressed far enough into the story to recruit them. Sorry, I
don't know EXACTLY when the "advanced" classes become available, but if you're
having trouble encountering them, just advance the story a little more and try
again.

If you're STILL having trouble, it might be because you can only recruit
ONE race PER area PER year. This means if you got a Bangaa in Baptiste Hills
already, you cannot recruit another one in the same area until one year passes.
However, you can still recruit in the other area, which is Aisenfield for
Bangaa. Note that for the advanced classes, you have to be far enough in the
story to be able to recruit them. Also, Seeq/Gria count as "one" unit so
if you get a "basic" Seeq in The Aldanna Range, you cannot get a "basic" Gria
in Fluorgis.

Note about Gria: You cannot recruit Gria even though their Ravager and
Geomancer classes are available in Zedlei Forest on the main continent.
You MUST have reached the new continent (after the airship quest), and then
Gria will be immediately available for recruit in Fluorgis.

Note about Viera: You must do the quest "Moon Seal" first. "Moon Seal" appears
in the quest menu after you do "Star Seal." If you have done "Star Seal" but
"Moon Seal" doesn't appear in your quest menu, do a couple more story quests
and it should appear. I believe I was able to recruit Viera after I met
Lezaford, but that might not be the earliest chance.

TIP: Saving before you recruit randomizes the unit. So if you get an unwanted
unit, you can reset and try again.

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** 4. Recruitment by Quest                                             [xquest]
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* IMPORTANT NOTE                                                              *
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*                                                                             *
* It is general consensus here on the GF boards that you will not be able to  *
* get the recruitment quest until AFTER the auction event. After that, it     *
* will appear in the pub menu like any normal quest. The quest is called      *
* "Clan Mates" and it is Rank 1. It does respawn after some time, so feel     *
* free to advance the calendar if you want to do it again.                    *
*                                                                             *
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The MONTH in which you activate the quest will determine which race you get.
So if you do the quest in Blackfrost, you will get a Hume; if you do it in
Ashleaf, you will get a Viera. Refer to section 5 for the list.

You can however control the JOB CLASS of the unit you recruit. You will be
asked four questions -- the answers are below.

Note that if you DO NOT have a job unlocked and you try to get it, the
recruitment guy WILL NOT give you the unit. Instead he'll offer you a
replacement unit. If you refuse this, he will ask you the questions again --
up to 3 times, in which he gives up.

Hume
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AAAA Thief
AAAB Soldier
AABA Fighter
AABB Paladin
ABAA Thief
ABAB Soldier
ABBA Ninja
ABBB Parivir
BAAA Black Mage
BAAB Archer
BABA Blue Mage
BABB Hunter
BBAA Black Mage
BBAB White Mage
BBBA Illusionist
BBBB Seer

Bangaa
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AAAA White Monk
AAAB Master Monk
AABA Gladiator
AABB White Monk
ABAA White Monk
ABAB White Monk
ABBA Dragoon
ABBB Dragoon
BAAA Warrior
BAAB Defender
BABA Warrior
BABB Warrior
BBAA Cannoneer
BBAB Templar
BBBA Bishop
BBBB Trickster

Nu-Mou
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AAAA Illusionist
AAAB Black Mage
AABA Sage
AABB Beastmaster
ABAA Arcanist
ABAB Black Mage
ABBA Sage
ABBB Scholar
BAAA White Mage
BAAB White Mage
BABA Alchemist
BABB Beastmaster
BBAA Time Mage
BBAB Time Mage
BBBA White Mage
BBBB Beastmaster

Moogle
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AAAA Animist
AAAB Chocobo Knight
AABA Moogle Knight
AABB Animist
ABAA Tinker
ABAB Fusilier
ABBA Black Mage
ABBB Moogle Knight
BAAA Animist
BAAB Flintlock
BABA Time Mage
BABB Thief
BBAA Fusilier
BBAB Black Mage
BBBA Juggler
BBBB Thief

Viera
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AAAA Archer
AAAB Fencer
AABA Archer
AABB Spellblade
ABAA Green Mage
ABAB White Mage
ABBA Red Mage
ABBB Green Mage
BAAA Assassin
BAAB Fencer
BABA Archer
BABB Sniper
BBAA Elementalist
BBAB White Mage
BBBA Summoner
BBBB White Mage

Seeq/Gria
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AAAA Raptor
AAAB Viking
AABA Raptor
AABB Viking
ABAA Lanista
ABAB Lanista
ABBA Geomancer
ABBB Geomancer
BAAA Berserker
BAAB Ravager
BABA Berserker
BABB Ravager
BBAA Ranger
BBAB Ranger
BBBA Hunter
BBBB Hunter


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** 5. Race-Month Correlation List                                       [xlist]
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Hume - Blackfrost, Skyfrost
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Targ Forest - Soldier, Thief, White Mage, Black Mage, Archer
Galerria Deep - Paladin, Fighter, Blue Mage, Hunter
Sant D'alsa Bluff - Parivir, Ninja, Illusionist, Seer

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Bangaa - Greenfire, Bloodfire
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Baptiste Hills - Warrior, White Monk, Dragoon, Gladiator, Bishop
Aisenfield - Defender, Master Monk, Templar, Cannoneer, Trickster

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Nu-Mou - Rosefire, Coppersun
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Graszton - White Mage, Black Mage, Beastmaster
Moorabelle - Time Mage, Arcanist, Illusionist, Sage
Nazan Mines - Alchemist, Scholar

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Moogle - Goldsun, Silversun
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Bisga Greenlands - Animist, Thief, Black Mage
Goug - Moogle Knight, Fusilier, Tinker, Time Mage
Neslowe Passage - Chocobo Knight, Juggler, Flintlock

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Viera - Ashleaf, Mistleaf
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Camoa - Fencer, Archer, White Mage, Green Mage, Red Mage
Rupie Mountains - Elementalist, Spellblade, Summoner, Assassin, Sniper

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Gria - Emberleaf, Plumfrost ** MONTHS SHARED WITH SEEQ **
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Fluorgis - Hunter, Raptor
Zedlei Forest - Ravager, Geomancer

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Seeq - Emberleaf, Plumfrost ** MONTHS SHARED WITH GRIA **
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Aldanna Range - Berserker, Ranger
Tramdine Fens - Lanista, Viking


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** 6. NPC Recruitment                                                    [xnpc]
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FRIMELDA:

You recruit Frimelda by finishing a chain of quests. Here is the order:
1. Under the Weather
2. A Chill in the Night
3. Show of Strength
4. Hunted
5. Memories Forged (recruited here)
6. The Way of the Sword (solo battle using Frimelda here)

PENELO:

You must be at the end of the game, right before the last quest to get Penelo
and Vaan. The last quest is "The Ritual." Also you can tell by looking at the
top DS screen. If there is only room for one more line to appear, that's it.

Go to Fluorgis. An event bubble should appear. Go and you will meet Al-Cid,
and afterwards Penelo will join you.

VAAN:

After recruiting Penelo, another event bubble will appear on the same map.
Win the battle and Vaan will join.

AL-CID:

After recruiting Vaan and Penelo, complete the quest "A Dashing Duel." Then,
finish the game. After saving a "GAME COMPLETE" file, reload it. Go to a pub
and read the notices. There should be a post called "An Elegant Letter." Go
to Targ Woods to encounter Al-Cid.

MONTBLANC:

You need to be post-game (GAME COMPLETE file) and need three things:
1. Giga's Pendant (quest: "Camoa Cup")
2. Pin of Order (quest: "Fluorgis Cup")
3. Earrings of the Dead (quest: "The Last Step")

Then you will get a quest called "Wanted: Friends, Kupo" in the pub.


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** 7. Frequently Asked Questions                                         [xfaq]
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Feel free to ask your questions here:
http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/genmessage.php?board=937330&topic=43927949
(If it's not dead yet...)

Email me only if you can't find your answer here or on the boards.

***** WHEN IN DOUBT, ADVANCE THE STORY MORE! *****

Q: Why can't I recruit [xx] class?
A: You must be trying to recruit an "advanced" class. Look at section 5's list.
   Initially, you can ONLY recruit the first set of classes if you are doing
   this by map. In the case of both map and quest recruitment, you will also
   need to have unlocked the class you're trying to recruit. If you're still
   having trouble, you might need to be farther along in the story.

Q: The recruitment by quest answers aren't right.
A: I didn't write that part, the list was given to me. I haven't verified its
   accuracy 100%, so use it at your own risk. However it hasn't given me any
   trouble for the times I've tried to recruit specific units. Also note that
   you cannot recruit a particular class until you 1) have unlocked the class
   and 2) progressed along in the story. No, I'm not sure "how far" you need
   to progress.

Q: Why are the new recruited units so low level?
A: The level of new recruits is based on the average level of your clan UP TO
   LEVEL 30. (Yes, thank you guys for all the emails.) This is still not 100%
   confirmed, but based on all 1098498 of you who sent me emails, this is the
   best theory I can come up with. Makes sense to me. Please let me know if
   there's anything wrong with it :)

Q: I've heard that if you do clan trials, you can be able to recruit the
   advanced units. Is this true?
A: On the boards, it's been suspected that in order to unlock recruitment of
   the more advanced classes, you have to do clan trials OR get far enough
   into the story. I've found that the CLAN TRIALS part is probably wrong.
   I haven't done many clan trials, and yet I can recruit all of the classes.
   So, I believe you JUST HAVE TO BE FAR ENOUGH into the story to recruit.

Q: What are the order of the months?
A: Blackfrost, Skyfrost, Greenfire, Bloodfire, Rosefire, Coppersun, Goldsun,
   Silversun, Ashleaf, Mistleaf, Emberleaf, Plumfrost, repeat.

Q: What happens if my party is full and I try to recruit?
A: You are given the option of replacing an existing party member. Also, if you
   do dismiss an existing member, they will automatically be stripped of their
   equipment so you don't have to worry about that.

Q: What are some other factors that affect recruitment?
A: Pasted from email:

"The second thing I wanted to mention is about the affect that doing clan
trials can have.  I have started the game a few times and I have found that
having a higher clan title gets me MORE OPPORTUNITIES to recruit people,
even if they are for the regular jobs." - crajonpau

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** 8. Credits / Thanks
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GameFAQs     - The obvious. Best FAQ site ever :)
scraadin     - Providing information on recruitment by quest
theforkwiz   - Providing list of localized area names and list of the recruit
               quest Q&A's
X. Zantrobus - Providing information on recruiting with a full party
Aramil       - Average level recruitment info
Kyle P.      - Average level recruitment info
crajonpau    - Average level recruitment info, clan stuff

And everyone else who helped to bump my recruitment thread!
I see you guys are still doing it... lol. Thanks! :)


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