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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.
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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.

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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
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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
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Cinquedea (Steal: Loot Lv. 4) 400 AP
    Smallswords (C): 5200g
        Damascus
        Spiral Incisor
        Kalos
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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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