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    Recruitment Guide by Antitype

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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.        *
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    * 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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    ** 3.2. Things to know
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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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