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    Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift
    Thief / Ninja Dual Wield Speedguide
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    By Nikolaus Schatke (Todwulf)
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    Version 1.0 (updated 24Aug08)
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    A. Introduction
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    B. Why Dual Wield?
    C. AP and You
    D. Getting Started
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    J. The Thief
    K. The Ninja
    L. The Sword
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    X. Appendices and Tables
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     Xi. Campaign Quests (truncated)
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     Xii. Bazaar Shopping List
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     Xiii. Thief A-Skills Table
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     Xiv. Ninja P-skills Table
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     Xv. Rangetsu-denbu Treasure
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     Xvi. Steal Loot Table
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    Z. Version and Copyright Information
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    A.  INTRODUCTION
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    I'm a fan of Square's Job system implemented in many of its Final Fantasy
    games, especially Blue Mages; one of my favorite challenges in each game is
    mastering (or simply using) the Ninja job's Dual Wield skill.  In FFTA2 this
    skill is taught by the Katana-class sword Rengetsu-denbu, and is a rare find.
    
    In my research for my second pass through the game, I have been attempting to
    acquire the aforementioned sword as quickly as possible for my all-Hume clan
    that uses Dual Wield. I thought this information could be useful to others
    replaying the game and reaching for similar goals.
    
    Nothing like a bringing a group of five swords-crossed paladins, fighters, & 
    soldiers with their blue mage swashbuckling support caster to strike fear in 
    the heart of any who wish to dare a Counter against me. :P
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    B.  WHY DUAL WIELD?
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    The Dual Wield Passive Ability (or P-Ability), in allowing you to wield two
    one-handed weapons, causes your normal attacks (and in many cases, your 
    A-Abilities) to double in power. It also works with the Flurry family of
    opportunity commands to greatly increase your damage; a Flurry attacks twice
    with all of your equipped weapons. In this sense, you actually hit four times;
    twice with each weapon! Dual Wielding is also useful for learning new
    abilities. That will be covered in Section C: AP and You.
    
    Dual Wield works well as a deterrent as well; with a suitable R-Ability such
    as Counter or Bonecrusher, your character will hit BACK with both weapons as
    well. However, you do not have the ability to equip a shield while using two
    weapons, leaving jobs with high natural evasion (such as Thieves and ninja for
    example) to avoid attacks, and high natural defense (such as paladin) to
    absorb the hits. It's a trade of play style from defensive to offensive, and
    with its rarity and high AP cost, may not be suitable for all or any of your
    Hume characters.
    
    I recommend trying it, and this guide will help you get one so you can try it.
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    C.  GETTING STARTED - AP AND YOU
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    This is an general overview of the AP system as used in FFTA2. If you are
    fairly comfortable with the ability learning, skip ahead to section D.
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    In order to become a Ninja to learn Dual-Wield, a clanner must know four
    active Thief A-Abilities.  In order to learn A-Abilities, a clanner must equip
    a weapon that contains an ability they do not currently already possess. As
    your clan completes quests each character will receive a certain amount of AP
    depending on the quest. For example, if you complete Campaign quest 5, Wanted:
    Ugohr, you will receive 80 Ability Points (AP). These points are added evenly
    to all equipment abilities on your clan members.
    
    In the previous example we added 80 AP to our clanner's equipment abilities.
    Let's say that our newly recruited Hume thief 'Gheed' has no abilities, and
    has two items equipped: a Chainmail which teaches the Reactive Ability,
    otherwise known as an R-ability, 'Counter' for 150 AP; and a Scramasax which
    teaches the A-Ability 'Steal Loot Lv. 1' for 100 AP.
    
    Gheed, since he is lower level, decided to sit this battle out. He still
    receives the same amount of AP as everyone else in the clan, even the ones who
    actually fought in the battle. He gains 80 AP to each equipped Ability; 80 AP
    to his Scramasax and 80 to his Chainmail.  Gheed now needs 70 more AP to
    finish learning Counter. Once he has learned the Ability (notated by stars
    where the progress bar was) he can remove the Chainmail and still use Counter.
    The same is true for the Loot Level 1 he's been learning from the Scramasax;
    70 AP is needed to learn 'Counter', and 20 to learn 'Loot Lv. 1'.
    
    The advantage to dual wielding I mentioned earlier comes into play here.
    If Gheed was wielding TWO Scramasax for that quest, he gains 80 AP for EACH
    weapon- giving him 160 AP learned toward that ability, and finishing it. Gheed
    can now, thanks to Dual Wield, use Loot Lv. 1 in half the time.  If, instead,
    he wielded a Scramasax and a Kard, he would have 80 AP to 'Loot Lv. 1' and 80
    AP to 'Steal Items', allowing the learning of two abilities at once.
    
    As you can see, this is effective for not just melee jobs like ninja and
    paladin, but magic casters can wield two magic-boosting rods or hammers to
    enhance their spells, or learn spell abilities twice as fast.
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    D.  GETTING STARTED
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    As this is not a comprehensive guide to the game, I'm going to stick to the
    bones of what we need to progress. Complete the story Campaign missions up to
    Campaign 5: Wanted:Ugohr. Campaign missions 4 & 5 introduce you to Adelle, who
    although a pain personality-wise she is a major cog in our plan.
    
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    Wanted: Ugohr (8, Campaign 5)
            -> Reward: Adelle joins you.
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    Adelle comes pre-equipped with Loot Lv. 1, and since it's a likelihood that a
    Scramasax isn't available by the time she joins your team she will play a big
    role in Stealing Loot to make the four Thief daggers available.
    
    In order to unlock the final sword however, you will need to have at least
    completed Campaign mission 10: Grounded! and have access to Fluorgis and the
    second continent.
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    There IS a way to do it without going to Fluorgis, but be prepared to do some
    waiting. However, if you're planning to camp out at the Graszton Auction House
    go until Campaign 7: Now That's a Fire! and check out Section L: The Sword.
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    J.  THE THIEF
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    You'll want to get Scramasax as soon as possible to assist Adelle with 
    acquiring Loot Lv. 1. Note that you can achieve all four Thief prerequisite
    skills with E level items from the Bazaar, giving us access to the Ninja job
    fairly quickly with only 700 AP.
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    Shopping List for Thief Daggers:
            Gikhet Lead             x2
            Xergis Tin              x2
    
            Snake Skin              x1
            Animal Bone             x1
            Pointed Horn            x1
            Insect Husk             x1
    
            Tiny Mushrooms          x1
            Cactus Fruit            x1
            Ball Moss               x1
            Malboro Vine            x1
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    Gil     200 AP Jackknife
    Items   200 AP Kard
    Loot 1  100 AP Scramasax
    Loot 2  200 AP Rondel
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            700 AP to Ninja
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    K.  THE NINJA
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    700 AP down, 990 to go. Since the Ninja job is open to all Humes with the 
    prerequisite 4 Thief A-Abilites, now all you need is the mighty Rangetsu-denbu
    and dual wielding will be a staple P-ability for your Humes.
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    Rangetsu-Denbu (S:Dual Wield) 990 AP
        Sharp-Edged Katana (A): 12000g
            Gun Gear
            Low Arcana
            Screamroot
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    L.  THE SWORD
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    There are a few ways to acquire it; the Graszton AH, a speed battle quest with
    House Bowen, or the Shop Bazaar.
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    AUCTION HOUSE: Graszton (Campaign 7)
            It is possible to win a Rangetsu-denbu in the Graszton Auction House,
            once you have become Champion for Life in the Graszton House. You can
            only achieve this by winning all four auction areas in the Graszton
            House. I'm fairly certain you can't do this your first auction.
    
            Once it's over, stay in Lezaford's Cabin for 200 days. Make
            sure you save your game before you enter the auction month; if the
            sword isn't there as the Grand Prize, reset or turn off the power and
            keep checking until it is there. Then all you have to do is win all
            four houses again.  ...
    
            Note: the Swordbreaker and Cinquedea for Loot 3 & 4 can also be won in
            the Camoa auction house as regular loot once you have championed it.
    ---------or---------
    
    QUEST: House Bowen
            A treasure chest in this quest contains the sword. Make sure you have
            examined all the treasures in the map before finishing the battle.
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    House Bowen (30, Campaign 10)
            In order to accept this quest, you must have completed the Klestra
            questline (Showdown) as well as be champions of Saint D'alsa Bluffs 
            in the Fluorgis Auction House.
    
    ---------or---------
    
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    BAZAAR: Sharp-edged Katana (A)
            Gun Gear                x1
            Low Arcana              x1
            Screamroot              x1
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    The easiest way to go about the bazaar method is by quest reward, since there
    is no guarantee what exact loot you will have available due to questlog
    completion progress and using said loot on other items. A Loot table with all
    the necessary loot and where it can be stolen is included at the end of this
    guide if these quests are already completed or unavailable.
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    Wanted: Gilmunto (12, Campaign 6)
         -> Reward: 1330g, Succulent Fruit x3
            -> It's the Thought (7, Succulent Fruit x1)
               -> Reward: 1120g, Gun Gear x2
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    Mountain Watch (20, Campaign 9)
         -> Reward: 2450g, Gemsteel x3, Spiral Incisor x3
            -> Wanted: Florah (21)
               -> Reward: 4010g, Rabbit Tail x4, Screamroot
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    Grounded! (21, Campaign 10)
         -> Reward: 4780g, Aqua Galac x2, Red Geeps x2
            -> Wanted: Tonberrion (23)
               -> Reward: 3190g, Low Arcana x5
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    Note: This method also provides three Spiral Incisors, which are a part of the
    combination necessary for the Jambiya and Cinquedeas; very helpful if you are
    going to be mastering the Thief class as well.
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    Congratulations! You are the proud owner of a new katana; using the Loot table
    provided in the next section, Appendices and Tables (Section Xvi specifically)
    you can acquire more Rangetsu-denbu and learn the skill more quickly on each
    clanner, or teach it to multiple members at once. Where you go from here is up
    to you, but wherever you end up, you'll control your destiny with both hands.
    
    Good luck, and happy hunting!
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    X.  APPENDICES AND TABLES
    
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    Xi. CAMPAIGN QUESTS (trunc.)
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    Campaign 1: Stranger In the Woods
    Campaign 2: A Paw Full of Feathers
    Campaign 3: The Yellow Wings
    Campaign 4: You Say Tomato
    Campaign 5: Wanted: Ugohr
    
    Campaign 6: Wanted: Gilmunto
    Campaign 7: Now That's a Fire
    Campaign 8: Pearls in the Deep
    Campaign 9: Mountain Watch
    Campaign 10: Grounded!
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    Xii. BAZAAR LIST
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    Shopping List for Thief Daggers:
            Gikhet Lead             x2
            Xergis Tin              x2
    
            Snake Skin              x1
            Animal Bone             x1
            Pointed Horn            x1
            Insect Husk             x1
    
            Tiny Mushrooms          x1
            Cactus Fruit            x1
            Ball Moss               x1
            Malboro Vine            x1
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    Shopping List for Rangetsu-denbu:
            Gun Gear                x1
            Low Arcana              x1
            Screamroot              x1
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    Survival Set            (Rank E)
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    Gikhet Lead
    Snake Skin
    Tiny Mushrooms
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    Smallswords             (Rank BC-E)
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    ---------E----------
    Gikhet Lead
    Animal Bone
    Cactus Fruit
    ---------C----------
    Damascus
    Spiral Incisor
    Kalos
    ---------B----------
    Crusite Alloy
    Spiral Incisor
    Four-leaf Clover
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    Swords of Destruction   (Rank D)
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    Adamant Alloy
    sturdy Bone
    Moonwood
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    Light Blades            (Rank C)
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    Orihalcum
    Alraune Drill
    Bitter Sap
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    Sharp-edged Katana      (Rank A)
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    Gun Gear
            Wanted: Gilmunto (12, Campaign 6)
            -> It's the Thought (7, Succulent Fruit)
    Screamroot
            Mountain Watch (20, Campaign 9)
            -> Wanted: Florah (21)
    Low Arcana
            Grounded! (21, Campaign 10)
            -> Wanted: Tonberrion (23)
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    Stealth Set             (Rank B)
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    Rabbit Tail
    Battlewyrm Carapace
    Windslicer Pinion
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    Xiii. THIEF A-SKILLS TABLE
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    Jackknife (Steal: Gil) 200 AP
        Survival Set (E): 160g
            Gikhet Lead
            Snake Skin
            Tiny Mushrooms
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    Kard (Steal: Items) 200 AP
        Smallswords (E): 360g
            Gikhet Lead
            Animal Bone
            Cactus Fruit
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    Scramasax (Steal: Loot Lv. 1) 100 AP
        Smallswords (E): 500g
            Xergis Tin
            Pointed Horn
            Ball Moss
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    Rondel (Steal: Loot Lv. 2) 200 AP
        Light Blades (E): 600g
            Xergis Tin
            Insect Husk
            Malboro Vine
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    Swordbreaker (Steal: Loot Lv. 3) 300 AP
        Swords of Destruction (D): 1900g
            Adamant Alloy
            Sturdy Bone
            Moonwood
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    Orihalcum Dirk (Steal: Limelight) 400 AP
        Light Blades (C): 3200g
            Orihalcum
            Alraune Drill
            Bitter Sap
    --------------------
    Cinquedea (Steal: Loot Lv. 4) 400 AP
        Smallswords (C): 5200g
            Damascus
            Spiral Incisor
            Kalos
    --------------------
    Jambiya (Steal: Accessory) 550 AP
        Smallswords (B): 10800g
            Crusite Alloy
            Spiral Incisor
            Four-leaf Clover
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    Xiv. NINJA P-SKILLS TABLE (trunc.)
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    Rangetsu-Denbu (S:Dual Wield) 990 AP
        Sharp-Edged Katana (A): 12000g
            Gun Gear
            Low Arcana
            Screamroot
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    Xv. RANGETSU-DENBU TREASURE
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    Auction House (Graszton)
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    Once Champion for Life, win all four
    regions to claim it as the Grand Prize.
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                    or
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    House Bowen (Treasure)
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    I am unsure if 'Veis, Assassin' is necessary for the questline, but having the
     Assassin job open is not a bad idea anyway. I'll update once it's verified.
    
    Requirements:
      Campaign 10: Grounded!
      Quests: Throw Down, I Got a Bad Feeling, Showdown
      Champion, Saint D'alsa Bluff (Fluorgis Auction House)
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                    or
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    Sharp-edged Katana      (Rank A)
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    Gun Gear
            Wanted: Gilmunto (12, Campaign 6)
            -> It's the Thought (7, Succulent Fruit)
    Screamroot
            Mountain Watch (20, Campaign 9)
            -> Wanted: Florah (21)
    Low Arcana
            Grounded! (21, Campaign 10)
            -> Wanted: Tonberrion (23)
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    Xvi. STEAL LOOT (Repeatable Quests)
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    Gun Gear (Loot Lv. 3)
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    Bonga Bugle: Rosefire (15, Campaign 6)
       Pottery
            Baknamy reinforcement
            Worgen reinforcement
    Bonga Bugle: Silversun (18, Campaign 5)
       Shadeholme
            Ghost (Head Editor)
    Speed Battle, Kupo! (22, Campaign 8)
            Loup-garou
            Nagaraja
            Reaver
    Bonga Bugle: Greenfire (29, Campaign 11)
       Robbery
            Thief (Moogle, lower)
            Viking
       3 Tiles
            White Mage
       Height > 10
            Time Mage
            Illusionist
       Solitude
            Paladin
            Gladiator
    Bonga Bugle: Coppersun (30, Campaign 12)
       Prima Donna
            Tricksters (left, flowers)
            Jytras Pirata (Archer)
    Bonga Bugle: Skyfrost (31, Campaign 10)
       Fluorgis
            Green Mage
       Ruins of Delgantua
            Assassin
            Sniper
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    Low Arcana (Loot Lv. 3)
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    Bonga Bugle: Rosefire (15, Campaign 6)
       Pottery
            Baknamy reinforcement
            Worgen reinforcement
    Bonga Bugle: Silversun (18, Campaign 5)
       Shadeholme
            Ghost (Head Editor)
    Speed Battle, Kupo! (22, Campaign 8)
            Loup-garou
            Nagaraja
            Reaver
    Bonga Bugle: Greenfire (29, Campaign 11)
       Robbery
            Thief (Moogle, lower)
            Viking
       Height
            Time Mage
       Solitude
            Gladiator
    Bonga Bugle: Coppersun (30, Campaign 12)
       Prima Donna
            Jytras Pirata (Archer)
    Bonga Bugle: Skyfrost (31, Campaign 10)
       Fluorgis
            Green Mage
       Ruins of Delgantua
            Assassin
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    Gun Gear (Loot Lv. 2)
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    Bonga Bugle: Mistleaf (34, Campaign 15)
       Battle
            Werewolf
    Bonga Bugle: Emberleaf (38, Campaign 16)
       Jytras Pirata
            Thief
       The Yellow Wings
            White Monk
       Zedlei Consortium
            Ranger
            Alraune
            Malboro
    Bonga Bugle: Plumfrost (43, Campaign 16)
       Rupie
            Black Chocobo
       Nazan
            Worgen
       Fluorgis
            Bomb
    Bonga Bugle: Skyfrost (31, Campaign 10)
       Goug
            Antlion (left)
            Toughskin
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    Low Arcana (Loot Lv. 2)
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    Bonga Bugle: Skyfrost (31, Campaign 10)
       Goug
            Toughskin
    Bonga Bugle: Emberleaf (38, Campaign 16)
       The Yellow Wings
            White Monk
       Zedlei Consortium
            Ranger
            Alraune
    Bonga Bugle: Plumfrost (43, Campaign 16)
       Rupie
            Black Chocobo
       Nazan
            Worgen (lower only)
       Fluorgis
            Bomb (right only)
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    Screamroot (Loot Lv. 4)
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    Bonga Bugle: Emberleaf (38, Campaign 16)
       Veluga Pirates
            Lord Grayrl
    Brightmoon Tor 
       First Watch
            Humbaba
       Floor 21
            Blackwind
       Floor 23
            Blackwind
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    Z. VERSION AND COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
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    I'd like to give a big thank you to my fellow GameFAQs members both on the
    boards and the FAQ section for assistance. In particular, I'd like to thank:
    
    Devin Morgan's (DBM11085) excellent FFTA2 FAQ/WT.
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/ds/file/937330/53627
    Ryan Johnson's (RDJ522) FFTA2 Loot FAQ.
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/ds/file/937330/53641
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    Version History:
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    0.8: Original release (24 Aug 2008)
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