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                       The Final Fantasy Legend

                    ***SINGLE-CHARACTER CHALLENGE***

                             by DamageInc
                         aka Michael DiBernardo
                         
                          mikedebo@gmail.com

                             VERSION 2.1
			     
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CONTENTS:
    1.  Motivation
    2.  The Scenario
    3.  What Makes the SCC Difficult?
    4.  What Makes the SCC Rewarding?
    5.  The Human SCC
        + 5.1   Why a Human is well-suited for the SCC
        + 5.2   Why a Human is (theoretically) better than a Mutant 
                for the SCC
        + 5.3   General Things to Watch Out For in the Human SCC
        + 5.4   Human SCC Game Guide
                - 5.4.1     World I
                - 5.4.2     The Ascent to World II
                - 5.4.3     World II
                - 5.4.4     The Ascent to World III
                - 5.4.5     World III
                - 5.4.6     The Ascent to World IV
                - 5.4.7     World IV
                - 5.4.8     The Divine Whacking of Ashura
                - 5.4.9     The Sacreligious Finale 
    6.  The Mutant SCC
        + 6.1   Why Most of What I Said Before About Mutants 
                Doesn't Matter 
        + 6.2   General Things to Watch Out For in the Mutant SCC
        + 6.3   Mutant SCC Game Guide
                - 6.3.1     World I
                - 6.3.2     The Ascent to World II
                - 6.3.3     World II
                - 6.3.4     The Ascent to World III
                - 6.3.5     World III
                - 6.3.6     The Ascent to World IV
                - 6.3.7     World IV
                - 6.3.8     Things Aren't Getting Any Easier
                - 6.3.9     Some Time to Reflect
                - 6.3.10    Deicide is an Iffy Business
    7.  The Monster SCC
        + 7.1   All I'm Going to Say About This
        + 7.2   Future Work
    8.  Comments and Credits
    9.  Version History 

1. Motivation
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The general motivation for this kind of challenge is simple: to get a
new, stimulating experience from an otherwise old and stale game!  
Final Fantasy Legend has a lot of replay value simply because there 
are so many character combinations, and the whole atmosphere of the 
game is just... trippy. Once you've gone through the game a few times, 
though, it can really be hard to pick it up again. This daunting solo 
quest might be just the thing you need to breathe new life into this 
classic title.


2. The Scenario
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The idea behind the single-character challenge (SCC) is simple: you
are to complete the entire game using _only_ the "hero" character.
You are NOT ALLOWED to recruit ANYONE from the Guild - EVER!

Some assumptions are made about the player at this point.

It is assumed that you are _very_ familiar with the (sometimes 
quirky) gameplay mechanics of the Final Fantasy Legend (FFL). It is 
also assumed, but _not_ required, that you have finished the game at
least once -- more than once, if you can help it. I'm not going to
even attempt to avoid spoilers, though, so expect to have some of
the bigger surprises ruined for you if you use this guide before
completing the game on your own.

Ideally, you shouldn't be using the Saw to kill bosses. There is a 
bug in the game that causes the Saw to instantly kill any enemy with
a higher defense than the character wielding it (provided the wielder
has a high enough agility), and exploiting a bug really isn't the 
honorable thing to be doing.


3. What Makes the SCC Difficult?
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The most obvious difficulty in the SCC is that you are the sole 
target of all enemy attacks. The success of your "party" hinges 
entirely on the competence of your single character. Giving and 
taking damage is going to be more difficult, and you won't have the
variety of approaches to a problem that a full party would have.

There are other, more subtle difficulties in the SCC. One is managing
inventory space. Another related problem is the budgeting of your 
resources: running out of money or weaponry can mean having to start 
the entire game from scratch. 

Unless you're playing from a ROM, you're only going to have one save
slot to work with; thus, you have to make sure that you save ONLY 
when you are completely sure that you haven't screwed anything up. 
Again, making a mistake here can mean having to start the game over.

Basically, the SCC is more difficult than the regular game because
making a mistake with a single-character party results in much more
dire consequences than making the same mistake with a full party.
So pay attention to what you're doing!

Personally, though, I think the SCC is almost easier than the 
"normal" game (at least with a Human) because you only have to 
concentrate on the development of one character. If you're playing a 
diverse, four-character party, you have to worry about the 
progression of all four of those characters and you can't just rely 
on equipment found in chests to pull you through the game. In the SCC,
though, after some initial training woes you can practically coast 
through the rest of the adventure.


4. What Makes the SCC Rewarding?
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The best thing about the Final Fantasy Legend SCC is that it is
difficult enough to require some ingenuity to accomplish, but it is
still readily manageable. It does not involve constantly restarting 
the game in the hopes that the random number generator will squeak
you out of an otherwise impossible battle, like many of the Final
Fantasy Low-Level challenges do. (Unless, of course, you're foolish
or masochistic enough to try the Monster SCC). 

The SCC lets you play the game from a different angle without 
grinding your teeth in frustration or tossing your GB out the window. 
The SCC really has nothing to do with bragging rights or any other 
such ridiculous things; its main purpose is to bring new enjoyment to 
a classic title.

So buck up! It's time to get this show on the road.


5. The Human SCC
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We open with a discussion of why the Human-type character has a 
greater potential for success in the SCC in comparison to a Mutant
character. 

5.1 Why a Human is well-suited for the SCC 
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* REASON 1: GROWTH AND DAMAGE POTENTIAL

Simply put, Humans have the absolute highest growth potential in the
game. While it is true that their susceptibility to (and ineptness
with) magic limits their development in some sense, they have no
equal when it comes to maximum stat growth. Due to some sloppy 
programming on the part of the FFL team, the STR and AGI of a human
can be boosted far beyond the apparent maximum of 99: both can 
actually be raised as high as 254! I've never found a maximum for 
their HP, but I'm assuming it's somewhere around 2048. In comparision
to the maximum of (approximately) 99 that a Mutant can achieve and 
the fixed maximums that Monsters are restricted to, Humans have a far
greater capacity for growth than their fellow races.

This, of course, translates into a much higher damage potential. It 
is not unusual to see a juiced-up Human hitting extremely high-level
opponents for 300-400 damage with a first-tier weapon (such as a long
sword or an axe). Since there's going to only be one of you dishing
out the pain, you've got to make sure that you have plenty of it to 
go around.

* REASON 2: GROWTH IS GUARANTEED

When playing FFL with a full party, it's usually not a big deal if 
one member of the team is lagging behind the rest in terms of 
growth -- your more reliable members will pick up the slack. In the
SCC, you only have ONE character to depend on, so you have to make
SURE that said character will be able to advance at a steady, 
dependable rate. 

With a human character, you can advance as much as your wallet will
allow. There is no praying to the Mutant Gods to grant you a new 
stat boost or ability, and no crossing your fingers as you bite into
a chunk of a fallen foes' corpse -- buy some potions, suck them down,
and you can be SURE that you're going to be more effective the next 
time you go into battle.

(It turns out that this reason isn't ALL that relevant. See the
section on the Mutant SCC to find out why.)

* REASON 3: WEAPONS DON'T MATTER

With the amount of money you're going to be spending upgrading your
statistics and armor, you might be wondering where you're going to 
drum up the cash to buy the new shiny sword with the badly 
translated name that the shopkeeper is selling. Guess what? You DON'T 
NEED IT! As long as your stats are high enough, you can get through 
the entire game using only the most basic weapons. And by basic, I 
mean BASIC - Long swords, Rapiers, Axes, maybe some Battle swords if 
you're feeling rich-blooded. With the number of high-powered weapons
that you find lying around the Tower, you'll always have a crazy
uber-weapon to rip through bosses with. Most of the time, though,
you'll be dispatching the hordes of the wicked with your cheaper
equipment. This is what I call the "fly-swatter strategy" -- carrying
four or five weak weapons (on your person or in your inventory) to
kill normal enemies, and only using your more powerful weapons 
against the bosses.

* REASON 4: CARRYING CAPACITY

You'll find that inventory space becomes a SERIOUS problem very early 
into the SCC. Having all eight slots open on your hero is going to be
VERY helpful.

(This is another point that, in practice, doesn't really matter.) 

* SOME WEAKNESSES

Of course, Humans aren't TOTALLY perfect.  For one thing, 
Humans are EXTREMELY susceptible to magic and status-effects.  
Enemies that cause stone, blind, or instant-death are going to be a 
big problem. You're going to have to rely heavily on elemental armor 
and the like to deal with this. If you see anything with a snake-wig 
or an extremely large eyeball, it's time to flak out of there.

Another problem is that you have to rely entirely on items to heal
yourself, as you don't have any cure spells or abilities at your
disposal. Packing a couple of potions on your person is a necessity.

A third issue is multi-target attacks: you don't have any. Well, you
don't have TOO many, and they all suck except for the Excalibur --
which you don't get until the end of the game. 

Finally, you only have the potential to cause physical damage -- 
status effects and attack magic just aren't your thing. Fortunately,
status attacks aren't really that effective in this game (at least
they aren't when YOU use them :/), and there are few enemies that 
your steroid-enhanced body can't make short work of. Almost anything
that a Mutant or Monster can kill with magic can be killed faster
with a Human's physical attack.

Basically, the gist of this whole section is that Humans are great!
Yay! Like we didn't already know.


5.2 Why a Human is (theoretically) better than a Mutant for the SCC 
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When starting the SCC, your first thought might be that a Mutant
would be a great choice. After all, they have the potential to be
good physical fighters, they have a much higher resistance to magic
than humans, and they're not nearly as expensive to level. These are
all very understandable things to be thinking; they are also all very
WRONG.

It is true that a Mutant with a STR and AGI of 99 is going to be a
pretty good fighter -- using a Psi weapon with 99 MANA is also a
great strategy. Unfortunately, said Mutant STILL won't be nearly as
deadly as a Human with 254 STR and AGI. You need to be able to cause
as much damage as possible in as short a period of time as possible.
Now, it is true that magic can demolish entire groups of enemies at
once, but the utility of this isn't as great as you might initally
think.

Magic spells are very effective at taking out groups of fairly weak 
monsters in a short period of time. Unfortunately, the most difficult 
battles in the SCC are boss fights, and these are one-on-one: in 
cases like this, a juiced Human with a Long sword is going to do more
damage than a maxed-out Mutant with Flare. 

A Mutant's higher magic resistance is also a highly disputable reason
to use one in the SCC. Enemies don't really start using strong magic 
and instant-death attacks until the 3rd world or so, and by then you
have access to armor that makes you immune to almost all of these 
attacks (the Dragon armor). As long as you choose your wardrobe 
carefully, you should have relatively few problems with magic attacks
using ANY race.

Finally, Mutants aren't nearly as cheap to raise as they first appear. 
Sure, it costs thousands of GP to completely stack a Human character.
However, at least you know that spending that GP is actually 
_getting_ you somewhere. Mutant advancement is so unreliable that you
could conceivably spend tons of gold on weaponry before seeing any 
_real_ improvement in performance. (This, of course, only holds true
with an "ideal" random number generator (RNG) on ideal hardware -- we 
will see later that this is easy to get around because of the crummy
RNG programming that is usually done for the Gameboy series of 
consoles).

The Mutant does have _some_ strengths in the SCC. Their ability to 
use physical and magical attacks certainly makes for a more varied
gaming experience, and many of the Mutant abilities are extremely 
useful -- in the right situations. Their lack of inventory slots is
going to be a problem, though -- you have to ensure that you can 
always pack enough extra weapons and spellbooks to keep from running 
out.

In the end, the sheer randomness involved in playing as a Mutant makes 
it difficult for them to succeed at the SCC; the experience will 
probably be more frustrating than anything else. Don't forget, we're 
doing this to have fun! (By the way: I'm going to eat these words
a bit later on in this FAQ. Stay tuned.)

5.3 Some General Things to Watch Out For in the Human SCC
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 * At the outset, it is very important to WATCH YOUR WALLET! Make
   sure that you always have enough weaponry to net you a steady 
   income. Later in the game, you will probably be rich beyond your
   wildest dreams, and this ceases to be a concern.
 
 * Don't spend too much money on high-quality weaponry. Cheaper is
   better; save the greater portion of your cash for procuring stat
   boosting items. You should be shopping with this list of 
   priorities in mind:

   	1. Strong and Agility Potions
	2. Armor
	3. MaxHP boosting potions
	4. HP recovery items (Elixir, XPotion, etc.)
	5. Powerful weapons

   You will be finding enough powerful weapons throughout your 
   journey that you really won't need to buy any. Spend your extra
   cash on stacks of fly-swatters (ie low-level weapons) instead.

 * On a related note, try to buy LOTS of cheap weapons (eg Battle
   swords) when they are accessible to you. Most of the weapons for
   sale in the 3rd and 4th worlds are ridiculously expensive, and
   you will be strong enough that nothing will really be able to 
   stand against you no matter WHAT weapon you use.

 * DON'T SAVE unless you are ABSOLUTELY SURE you haven't screwed 
   anything up. You only have one save slot here, so you have to use 
   it wisely.

 * DON'T GO BALLISTIC with the stat-boosting items. If you ever go
   over 254 STR or AGI, the resulting integer overflow will knock
   the stat in question into the single digits. Keep in mind that
   much of the equipment found at the end of the game will give you
   STR and AGI bonuses; having astronomical stats will prevent you
   from using these items, since wearing them will push your stats
   over the limit of 255. Keep track of your STR and AGI, and make 
   sure it doesn't go over 220 or so. You can completely max out your
   character once you've finalized your end-game equipment.

 * Once you build more than 99 STR or AGI, CHECK YOUR STATS every 
   time you apply stat-boosting items to your character! If you 
   accidentally push a stat over the 255 limit and it wraps around
   to 1, it is going to be almost impossible to build it up again.
   I have the tendency to save automatically after doing anything 
   "good" to my character; this habit can be EXTREMELY dangerous when
   applying Strong and Agility potions. Be careful.

 * Since magic and status attacks are going to be your Achilles heel,
   hang on to any resistant armors that you can get your grubby paws
   on. If you're wearing the Dragon armor and you find a Suit for 
   sale that would increase your defense by 10 or so at the expense
   of your resistances, DON'T BUY IT! Being immune to your most 
   potent weaknesses is far more desirable than having physical 
   attacks do a few less points of damage to you on average.

 * Learn this key sequence -- A, B, SELECT, START. You're going to be
   using it often. Pressing and momentarily holding these four buttons
   will soft-reset the game and bring you immediately to the title
   screen. Not only is this faster than the hard-reset, but it saves 
   the state of the random-number generator, meaning that you'll have 
   more "luck" in avoiding a random battle if it keeps cropping up.
   The Game Boy Advance is especially notorious for it's foofy
   pseudo-randomness, so you're better off using the soft-reset.

 * RESIST TEDIUM. If you are playing really meticulously and you find
   that the SCC is becoming more like work than entertainment, loosen
   up a bit. Your character doesn't need to be _perfect_ to survive
   on his or her own. Don't try to emulate those Everquest drones 
   that make something that is supposed to be a fun experience into 
   an ulcer-inducing quest for perfection.

With these general rules in mind, it's time to begin the SCC in 
earnest! 


5.4 Human SCC Game Guide
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I hesitate to call this part of the FAQ a "walkthrough", because I'm
not really going to walk you through anything. Basically, I'm going 
to assume that you know the sequence of events that are required to 
finish the game, and I'll just point out things that pertain to the
SCC. For a real walkthrough for FFL, check out RPaulson's FAQ for 
more FFL information than you will ever need.

5.4.1 World I 
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Surviving the first world is the most difficult part of the SCC. 
If you prepare your character properly in this world, you've already 
won -- the rest of the game will consist of you ascending the tower 
and making Spam of any living (or undead) organism that tries to 
hinder you.

I personally prefer to use a Human Female in the SCC because she 
starts the game with a Sabre, which can be sold for a whole whack of
gold at the beginning of the game. I'm sure you'll do fine with a 
Male, though, so pick whatever suits you.

When the game opens, unequip your hero's weapon and make your way to
the weapons counter and buy a Rapier (If you're playing a Male, 
your weapon is almost worthless and there aren't any cheaper strength 
weapons to buy, so you can't do much shopping: don't bother with this 
step. Do you see why starting with a female character is so much 
easier?). Spend the rest of your cash on Agility potions. 

Alternately, you could forego the Agility potions and invest in the
Gold armor and Gold glove right away. With 8 agility, you'll still
be inflicting decent damage with your Rapier, but you won't be hit
as hard as you would be if you were armorless. It's really up to
you. I generally opt for the Agility potions, myself.

Now the fun begins. Walk around outside the town and fight Goblins
and Albatros' to make some cash. You should be avoiding Lizards and
Zombies at this point because they net you the same amount of cash
even though they are much more difficult to kill (Zombies especially,
since they have 60HP compared to 40 for a Lizard and 20 for a Goblin
or Albatross). Your priority right now is to buy all of the Bronze 
equipment (in the case that you decided to buy Agility potions with
your leftover Sabre money) and raise your Agility a few points. The 
first Agility potion you suck down should raise your AGI by quite a 
bit, so get one as soon as you can. While it is tedious, I suggest 
that you reset the game every time you get hit for now -- the extra 
money you make this way will help A LOT (this isn't true if you're
already wearing the Gold armor). 

Once your Agility is at around 18 or so, you should be able to hack
your way to the forest town where King Armor's girly-girl is pining
away her days. I find that the Goblins and Albatros' are more 
plentiful around here (ie in forest terrain), so things should go a 
bit faster. You should be aiming to acquire all of the available 
Gold equipment (it's not really that expensive) and to knock your 
Agility up to around 35. Alternately, you could fight the Lizards 
wandering around the Bandit's cave. (Thanks to Andrew Brown for 
pointing this out. I do a lot of training in this area almost every 
time I run an SCC, but somehow I forgot to mention it here). If you 
can afford an HP200 or two, go for it, but I'd stay away from the 
Strong potions for now. Additionally, you can stop resetting the 
game every time you take damage -- it's not worth the time and 
effort anymore.

Having done this, spleunk through the Bandit's cave and slice him a
new one. Don't worry about his venomous counterattack -- Poison 
doesn't stick with you after the battle is over.

After bringing the good news to Mrs. Armor, make the long trek back to 
Castle Armor to receive your reward. Congratulations! You are now 
practically invincible! There aren't really any monsters on this 
world that can cut through the King's Armor. I shouldn't have to tell 
you to save your shiny suit of Gold Armor, though -- the King's gear 
is just on extended loan. :/

Relish in your tankness for a while, and then hotfoot it to King 
Sword's castle in the south. Run from the enemies here, slowly making
your way towards King Sword's antechamber. His attacks shouldn't be
able to touch you, so just peel his hide away with your Rapiers and
procure the King Sword off of his ribboned corpse.

This is great! Now you're invincible AND you have a weapon that never
breaks! You know what this means -- it's time for some SERIOUS 
levelling. This will definitely be the most boring part of the SCC, 
but some hard work now will save you a lot of grief later. Camp out
in one of the hallways of Castle Sword and keep running into the 
guards that are wandering around -- you should be able to slaughter
them without any trouble. Your strength should be really pathetic
right now, so winning these fights will take a while at first -- it's
time to start investing in Strong potions.

I know it's a bit extreme, but you should juice your hero until you 
have roughly 100 STR and AGI and around 200HP. This shouldn't take
more than a few hours, and it will ensure that you'll be able to get
through some tough situations later on.

(It was pointed out to me that if you want to be sneaky, you could
park yourself in front of a guard and put a rock or something on
the A button of your Gameboy. Leave the thing on for a night or so,
and you'll have a whole whack of cash that you can readily spend.
Thanks to Alexander Wu for this tip.)

By the way, once your STR and AGI go over 99, I STRONGLY suggest that
you keep track of their "real" values on a scrap of paper or 
something. This will keep you from having to play guessing games with
your stats later on. You should NOT, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, let 
your STR or AGI go above 235 -- if it does, you might be locking 
yourself out of some effective armor combinations.

Let's get hacking!

*...many battles later...*

Can you FEEL the POWER?!?! You are truly a force to be reckoned with!
Dealing over 500dmg to enemies with only the most basic weapons, you
are now ready to ascend to the next world. Make a quick side trip to
pick up the King's shield, and then purchase a few Long swords to
help you through the Tower. Go to the Town of Hero and bid a fond 
farewell to the King's equipment -- it was great while it lasted! 
Don your old gear, and get ready to mix it up with Gen-Bu.

If you've prepared yourself to the degree that I suggested above, you
should be able to clean this thing's clock with a couple of swings of
your Long Sword. If you're slightly weaker than I expected you to be,
equipping an X-Potion will help out a lot. I've beaten Gen-Bu with a
lone Oni, though, so you really shouldn't have much trouble.

Before entering the tower, you should have at least one X-Potion and 
two spare Long Swords in your inventory. You probably won't need them
all, but playing it safe is what the SCC is all about.

5.4.2 The Ascent to World II
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This should be relatively straightforward. Killing everything in your
path on your way to the next world will fatten your wallet with very
little effort required on your part, so don't be merciful. It is a 
very BAD IDEA to fight enemies from the Eye or Slime group, though --
their Beam and Drink/Melt attacks ignore your armor. If you encounter
any, RUN!

Unfortunately, the only weapon you find on your way up is the Colt,
which is completely worthless. It only sells for about 40GP, so it's
not worth hanging on to.

Just a quick note here -- I've noticed that it becomes IMPOSSIBLE to
score a hit with projectile weapons once your stats have become 
really high. If anyone has any explanations or comments about this
observation, drop me a line.

Andrew Brown observed that if you keep your levelling to sort of a 
minimum in World I, you can gain a lot of cash in a hurry in that
last giant room that holds the entrance to World II. There's a 
healing pool in there, and the enemies come in large clumps and
drop a decent amount of gold. If you bring enough weapons along with
you, it's relatively easy to raise the roughly 40000-50000 gold you
need to max out your hero. I personally prefer to incrementally raise
stats as I go, but Andrew made the good point that by raising the 
money all at once and purchasing the bulk of your potions in one go,
you won't have to worry about keeping track of the actual value of
your stats -- you can just do the math once and then progress 
worry-free through the game.

5.4.3 World II
.....................................................................

Ah... fresh ocean air! Your stay in this world WILL resemble a 
vacation, so the setting is certainly appropriate. Make sure to check
in at the town and spend some of your Tower-earned currency. While 
you will be able to buy powerful armor later on in this world, I 
still recommend that you pick up some new equipment here -- it's 
important to have the highest defense possible in the SCC. Snatch a 
few stat-boosters while you're here, but stay away from the weapons.
Your Long Swords will suffice for now.

From now on, you should be investing in Strong and Agility potions in
small batches as you progress until you max out. There's really no 
need to spend an inordinate amount of time levelling if you did your 
homework in World I -- buying a few stat-boosters here and there will 
still net you 200+ STR and AGI by the end of the game, and you won't go 
nuts fighting the same enemies over and over again.

Anyways, it's time to begin your hunt for the foofy floating island.
The enemies on this continent have the extraordinaily ANNOYING habit
of repeatedly casting Sleep spells on you -- which, of course, you 
succumb to every time. While this is infuriating, it's not really all
that dangerous, since these opponents have a difficult time 
inflicting damage on you anyways. Stay away from the Bull and Tiger
type monsters -- they can hurt you badly. I shouldn't have to tell 
you to run from Eyes. If you ever find yourself drowning in cash, 
indulge yourself with some Battle Swords -- they're going to be a 
staple in your inventory for the rest of the game, so you might as 
well become familiar with them now. Buying the Silver Armor is 
largely unnecessary, since you'll find one in the Underwater Castle.

Basically, make your way through this entire world with your sword
drawn -- slaughter EVERYTHING that doesn't put up significant 
resistance. If you do this instead of running from everything, you
won't have to waste time levelling up later on.

Facing Sei-Ryu, your weaponry should consist mainly of Battle
Swords -- those Long Swords are quickly becoming outclassed. The 
Dragon-King of Astounding Irritability himself won't offer anything
resembling a good fight -- you'll probably take him out before he can
cause any damage. His Thunder spell usually misses, but you might 
have to suck down an X-Potion if it connects. 

Don't forget that you can leave the Underwater Castle instantly after
beating Sei-Ryu by jumping into his orb!

Before beginning the climb to World III, you should have a STR and
AGI of ~140, and about 400HP. Buying 4 Battle Swords before you leave
will guarantee that you won't have to purchase any other weapons for
the rest of the game, but it's up to you.

5.4.4 The Ascent to World III
.....................................................................

There's really not much to this climb. The only thing really worth 
keeping is the P-Knife, and that's just so you can sell it later. If
you're having trouble defeating the enemies here, you're likely going
to be in trouble when you arrive in World III. There seem to be an
inordinate number of enemies who like casting Stone spells on you in
this area of the Tower, so you might end up restarting frequently.

5.4.5 World III
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The first thing you want to do when you get here is BUY THE DRAGON 
ARMOR! Not only is it stylish and creakingly comfortable, but it 
protects you from pretty much everything. This is going to be your
most valued piece of equipment until you acquire the Band Helmet.

I didn't really see any need to use any other weapon than the Battle
Sword throughout this entire world -- you should be able to kill most
enemies in one hit with it. If you failed to purchase enough of these
trusty blades in World II, it's going to be almost impossible to find
a cheap substitute: all of the strength weapons here cost upwards of 
9800GP, and the cheaper Katanas and Sabres are twice as expensive as
Battle Swords and aren't as effective. The moral of the story is 
obviously to stock up on Battle Swords in World II -- but you already
did that, right? 

As for high-end equipment, you can pick up a L-Saber and a Giant 
Gauntlet when you're breaking out of Byak-Ko's floating palace. If
you went overboard with the Strong potions (like I did), you might
not be able to equip the Giant Gauntlet without having your strength
wrap around to 0, which is a pretty tough break. Sell the Revenge
sword -- it's absolutely useless to you. If something does enough
damage to you that using the Revenge sword's counterstrike is even
moderately effective, odds are that you're not going to make it 
through the battle.

Byak-Ko himself is a pushover; just bust him with your nifty L-Saber,
and head back to the Tower.

You're probably going to want your character to have about 180 STR 
and AGI at this point, but you can keep your HP at 400 or 500. 

Keep in mind that it is actually cheaper and more effective to buy a 
whole whack of HP200s than it is to buy a single HP600, and once 
you're over 600HP, buying HP200s is the only financially feasible 
way of boosting your max HP. As you might suspect, boosting your max 
HP by one point at a time is excruciatingly tedious, so you might not
have the patience to break the 600HP barrier. 

The enemies are about to start getting tougher, so make sure you have
enough fly-swatters at your disposal to hack through this part of the
game! Otherwise, you might want to scoot back down to World II to
relieve the shopkeepers of a crapload of their Battle Swords.

5.4.6 The Ascent to World IV
.....................................................................

You're going to net yourself a whole bunch of useful equipment on 
this leg of your journey. The Vampic, P-Sword and Revive are 
obviously useless to you, but they'll sell for a huge wad of cash 
once you get where you're going. The Army helmet provides a 
significant improvement to your defense, and the Elixirs are VERY
handy to have in your inventory, although unfortunately they can't be
used in battle when stored on your person. Or at least, I haven't
figured out why they REFUSE to show up on my battle menu when I equip
them. If anyone wants to prove how much of an idiot I am by telling
me how to do this, then feel free to email me. 

5.4.7 World IV
.....................................................................

Completing this world with only a single character is liable to take
a VERY LOOONG time because there are so many quests to complete, and
almost all of the monsters require a couple of hits to kill -- and it
certainly doesn't help that most of them travel in large packs.

You may be tempted to buy the Suit right off the bat, but the Dragon
armor is much better because of the resistances it provides. You 
might want to buy the Suit as a backup armor for fighting battles 
against enemies that you are absolutely certain will not use magic
or status attacks against you. Again, I don't suggest buying any of
the weapons here -- just use your cheapy Battle Swords against normal
enemies. You'll be able to find enough killer weapons here for free
that you won't even have to peek at what the weapon shop is selling. 
In fact, if you still have that L-Saber from World III, you might 
want to sell it or break it on ugly monster faces, because you'll be
finding some items in this world that will outclass it.

There are three pieces of equipment available in World IV that you DO
NOT want to miss. The first is the horribly translated Catcraw: this 
baby will make the baddest bosses quake in their pixellated boots, 
and it's free! The second is impossible to miss, and possibly the
greatest piece of armor in the game: the Band helmet. Once you get
this, you can drop the Dragon armor and suit up in the Suit, since 
the Band will protect you from absolutely everything. The third and
final item that you'll want to procure is the Hyper that is lying 
around the Skyscraper: this will prove very useful during the 
endgame. I know that some people find using the Hyper sort of cheap,
so go ahead and sell it if you're the anal type. 

For all of his bluster and fire, Su-Zaku is one horrible wanker of a
boss. I think you'd stand a good chance at beating him with a fourth- 
tier monster, so your roid-case of a human should be able to fricasee
him with little effort. 

Before leaving this world, it's a good idea to have your hero more or
less maxed out. The Northeast town is a great place to boost your HP,
since there is a vendor in the southeast corner of the town that 
sells the HP200s you'll need to stack your HP above 600. At this 
point in the game, the short unsigned integer is the only limit when
it comes to upgrading stats, since money is so plentiful in World IV.
While it's great to have a hero with 255 STR, 255 AGI, and 999HP, it
does take a lot of the challenge out of the endgame. No matter what 
your decision, make sure you've tailored your character's stats to 
your desires before moving on, since we're fast running out of game 
to play.  :)

5.4.8 The Divine Whacking of Ashura
.....................................................................

While you'll pick up a lot of uber-weapons on your ascent to Ashura's 
lair, only two are really worth keeping: the Xcalbr, and the Glass 
sword. The Nuke will probably do less damage than your melee attack 
on a boss, and it seems kind of silly to use it against a normal 
group of enemies. Often overlooked, the Door is an INCREDIBLY useful 
item at this point in the game -- if you think you've missed anything 
along the way, or if you want to juice your hero up a bit more, just 
use the Door to return to World I. It only takes about 20 minutes or 
so to climb back up to World IV, and if you're hurting for weapons or 
stat-boosters, it's well worth it. (As of version 2.0: I only just
realized, after playing this game for about 8 years now, that you 
can use the door to go to *any* floor of the tower, not just the 
first! Ugh.)

Ashura is the first tricky boss you encounter in the SCC; 
fortunately, he is also one of the last. My first time through, I
had absolutely no trouble because his 3-heads attack couldn't touch
me through my astronomical agility. The second time around, I 
wasn't so lucky. Nonetheless, as long as you're packing the Glass 
sword, some magic-resistant armor, and a curative item, this battle 
should be elementary. Don't forget that you have to approach Ashura 
from the left when walking up to him, otherwise you'll be warped 
back down to the bottom of the escalator. Isn't that cute. :/

(Radon mentions that Revenge can actually come in handy against
Ashura if he decides to wack you with 3HEADS... maybe in some
cases the Revenge reflects more damage than is caused? It's worth
trying if you're still carrying it.)

After defeating Ashura, make sure that EVERYTHING is in order with
your hero before progressing. If you feel that your character still 
has a few rough edges that need evening out, then by all means use 
the Door to return to World I. However, the fact that you were able
to defeat Ashura in the first place indicates that you should be
strong enough to finish the entire game. It's up to you.

5.4.9 The Sacreligious Finale 
.....................................................................

It's time to bring this game to its somewhat disturbing conclusion. 

First, you'll want to do some preparation for the final ascent. While
the weapon store has some VERY powerful weapons, none of them are
nearly as good as the Glass sword, except maybe the Sun Sword, and 
that's only because it is capable of causing critical hits. I chose
not to buy anything, myself.

If you have any fly-swatters left on you, you might as well get rid
of them now. Sell all of your weapons except for the Glass Sword and
maybe the Xcalbr, and buy yourself an Arcane at the item store. This
allows you to use the absurdly powerful Glass sword as your primary
melee attack without worrying about it running out of uses -- as soon
as the blade is about to expire, just use the Arcane to top it back 
up. (Someone has told me that if you Arcane the Glass sword, it 
actually plunges to 1 use. This conceptually makes sense, since the
Glass sword was intended to be a one-use item in the first place. 
However, I distinctly remember using the Arcane to boost the Glass
sword back up to 50 uses, so I'm not sure what the truth is here, 
and I always seem to forget to test it when I get to Tower part 
deux.) The Arcane is my favorite item in the game, hands-down. If you 
want to make the upcoming boss fights really easy on yourself, then 
you should also make sure that you're carrying the Hyper. Finally,
if you're the cautious type, you'll probably want to be carrying
a Door with you in case you need to flee back to the Base Town for
healing.

I would hold off on buying armor, since you're going to find much 
cooler stuff on the last leg of your journey. 

Once you think you're totally prepared, bust out those Spheres and
wreck that Tower door.

You're probably going to want to run from all of the random 
encounters in the final incarnation of Tower, simply because most of
the enemies are HPmongers and will chew through your Glass sword 
really quickly. Most of the enemy packs are exceptionally easy to run
away from.

Every piece of equipment that you find during your climb is useful, 
with the possible exception of the Masmune. The Arthur armor is a 
welcome substitute for your Suit (or your Dragon Armor, depending on
how outdated your wardrobe is), and the Ninja Gauntlet and Shoe are
nifty accessories that should boost your defense well over 70. 

If you decide to use the Hyper against the revamped Fiends, then the
walk up to Paradise will probably be a leisurely one, although the
futuristic gizmo does miss fairly often -- it was probably made by
Microsoft.

Even without the Hyper, the fact that you are immune to 
practically everything and swinging an insanely powerful weapon with 
the strength of three giants means that none of these fights will be
all that difficult for you. Keeping a few elixirs in your pack and an
XPotion on your person is still a prudent thing to be doing, though.

(As an aside: When you're traversing that final escalator to Paradise
that shoots you into outer space, Radon tells me that if you lean on
the left or right key -- I'm not sure which -- you can actually slip
off the escalator into a little 'side compartment'. Useless, but 
cool! It's fun discovering these little gotchas :)

The final battle with the Creator can be unpredictable, to say the 
least. The Creator is the only enemy in the game who is capable of 
damaging you significantly in every round, although he tends to waste
a lot of turns using stupid attacks like REPENT and LIGHT. You would 
do well to remember, though, that it will only take a few doses of 
RIGHT or FLARE to put you in a world of hurt -- so don't get cocky. 

Despite all of this, there is really no strategy to this fight. Swing
the Glass sword with all of your might each round, and hope that the 
random number generator doesn't decide to kick your head in
with a bunch of consecutively powerful attacks. 

With a well-prepared character and a little bit of luck, you
should be able to send the Creator to wherever it is that Gods (or 
God impersonators) go when their 4-bit creations come back and make
a fatal mockery of them. And now for the generic congratulatory
message:

Congratulations! You have just completed the Final Fantasy Legend 
Single Character Challenge!

Ugh... that made me feel so *dirty*.


6. The Mutant SCC
=====================================================================
We open with a discussion of why most of the criticisms I had about
Mutants in the previous section aren't all that relevant, and why
Mutants make for a very casual SCC. 

6.1 Why Most of What I Said Before About Mutants Doesn't Matter
---------------------------------------------------------------------

* REASON I: THINGS IN GAMEBOY ARE NOT AS RANDOM AS THEY APPEAR

One of the main reasons I initially had for excluding Mutants from
the SCC is that gains are only acquired randomly and thus you 
could potentially be involved in a lot of fights without any 
discernible benefit. However, for various technical reasons, the 
Gameboy consoles always generate the same sequence of random numbers
after a hard reset (shutting the power on and off), and so the 
sequence of events that occurs after you power up the game will 
always be essentially the same (I assume this is because the GBA does 
not have the internal clock that programmers need to select a 'random'
seed for their generator). This limitation has been used to great 
effect by GBA gamers in RPGs like Golden Sun to allow easy retrieval 
of otherwise extremely rare equipment drops. 

This allows us to devise a strategy that will result in quick, 
predictable gains for our Mutant. If you are playing this game via
PC emulation, the RNG will likely not be predictable (since the 
typical ANSI C rand() uses a the system clock time as a seed) unless
you can access some sort of debug menu in your emulator that allows 
you to specify a seed. Also, you may think of this sort of "random
number generator manipulation" as cheating: I, however, think of it
as saving my sanity. If you want to be a purist and spend long hours
fighting monsters for indeterminate benefit, then go right ahead. But
you could have done that without the use of this guide, now, couldn't
you? :D

* REASON II: YOUR BODY IS THE WEAPON 

Another concern I initially had with Mutants is that their carrying
capacity is 3/4s that of a human (4 slots on person + 8 slots 
inventory for a Mutant, compared to 8 slots on person + 8 slots 
inventory for Human). In practice, though, the Mutant actually ends
up with almost MORE space to spare than Humans, because they have
some innate strengths that Humans have to rely on items and 
equipment for.

One of the really neato (and almost unfair) things about Mutants is
that they have a natural defense than can grow just like any of
their other statistics. I will show you in the Game Guide that it is
actually quite simple to boost your Mutant's defense to the point 
where he/she can be wearing absolutely no armor at all and still have
a defense of 99. This instantly frees up about 3-4 slots that a Human
would normally require for armor. 

And don't forget the Mutant's abilities! If you've got a Heal ability,
that's two less X-Potions that you'll have to carry with you. If 
you've got Teleport, who needs a Door? So it is easy to see that, if 
you play just a little smart and pay careful attention to the 
abilities that you are gaining and losing, inventory space will not 
be any more of a problem for Mutants than it is for Humans.

* REASON III: LIFE IS EASY

When you stop and think about it, the game really isn't all that 
tough (at least not until you fight the last couple of bosses).
I made a big deal about the damage potential of humans being much 
greater than that of mutants etc., but in the end there aren't
really all that many enemies or bosses that dish out a heck of a lot
of damage. Once you have a reasonably high agility (over 70 or so) 
it's pretty darn easy to run away from any 'normal' monsters, and
a Mutant with a single high combat stat (be it Mana or Strength or
Agility) should always be able to cause enough damage to squeak
out a victory against any opponent. Also, the Mutant will continue
to gain HP throughout the game, while raising the HP of a Human over
600 can be extremely strenuous on the fingers. This extra HP, coupled
with a greater healing potential during battle, will generally allow
a Mutant to whack the same monsters as a human, even if it does take
them a bit longer.

6.2 Some General Things to Watch Out For in the Mutant SCC
---------------------------------------------------------------------

 * Because you won't have the same ultra-buff stats as a human, and
   you won't be spending a heck of a lot of money on items, 
   splurging on the occasional powerful weapon or spell is probably 
   a good idea. Really, what else are you going to do with the money?
 
 * Check your stats after EVERY BATTLE! If everything still looks
   good, save. If you lose an ability that you really liked, SOFT
   reset the game (start + select + A + B) and try the fight again.
   If you hard-reset the game, you'll just replay the same sequence
   of battles that led you to that ability loss in the first place.

 * DON'T SAVE unless you are ABSOLUTELY SURE you haven't screwed 
   anything up. You only have one save slot here, so you have to use 
   it wisely. (I've said it once, but it's worth saying again). 

 * Your Mutant is *not* going to be well-rounded if you follow my
   strategy. Specifically, Strength is going to be extremely lacking.
   For this reason, if you ever find that you've learned a Power
   ability, HOLD ON TO IT! If your strength is less than (roughly)
   50, two Powers will make you as 'good' as an SCC human with
   Strength weapons for one battle. 

   You will otherwise be relying on Defense, Agility, and Mana to
   get you through -- and really, even Agility becomes unimportant
   in the endgame.

 * Once you get a piece of magic-resistant armor (Dragon armor or 
   Band), it's worth equipping it so that you can get rid of abilities
   that confer resistance. One piece of protect-all armor is more 
   space efficient than two or three Protect-(element) abilities.

   On the other hand, a Mutant with a high Mana score will not take
   very much damage from spells (except Flare). So, you might want to 
   avoid armor altogether until the 4th world or so when monsters start 
   trying to insta-kill you, if you're keen on keeping an extra slot 
   free. It all depends on your playing style, I suppose.

 * Don't be afraid to go naked. Once your natural defense is high
   enough to protect you from monsters, DON'T waste inventory space
   on armor, except maybe for a piece that grants many resistances.

 * Don't count on getting a lot of good abilities if you're using a
   GBA or GBA SP. The random number generation on these consoles is 
   such that you don't start gaining abilities at all until you've 
   fought several battles in one sitting without hard resetting, and
   these aren't all that great. I think I spent the entire game with
   Flame, Power, and Forseen as my only abilities. 

   If you're dead set on picking up some good innates, it's going
   to require fighting MANY battles in a row without powering down.
   If you have another console handy (GBC, pocket, Super Gameboy, or 
   even the ol' brick), you might want to switch to it for a while to 
   shake things up a bit.

 * RESIST TEDIUM. As noted in the Human SCC. This is easier with the
   Mutant SCC because you have a number of different abilities at
   your disposal, and because the initial training required for a 
   Mutant is significantly less than that of a Human. You'll see
   why this is in the next section.

6.3 Mutant SCC Game Guide
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I hesitate to call this part of the FAQ a "walkthrough", because I'm
not really going to walk you through anything. Basically, I'm going 
to assume that you know the sequence of events that are required to 
finish the game, and I'll just point out things that pertain to the
SCC. For a real walkthrough for FFL, check out RPaulson's FAQ for 
more FFL information than you will ever need.

6.3.1 World I 
.....................................................................

Much like the Human SCC, surviving World I is the most difficult part
of the Mutant SCC (sort of). Training a Mutant is slightly less 
tedious than training a Human, though (unless you walk the Human in 
front of one of those goons in King Sword's castle and leave your 
Gameboy on all night with a rock leaning against the A button), so 
this won't be so bad.

Unlike the Human SCC, starting with the male is almost impossible. 
Well, maybe not impossible, but difficult enough that there's really 
no reason not to pick the Mutant female. Because the Male relies on 
strength weapons, and his starting weapon is worth so little gold, 
it's VERY hard to get a leg up on the first few fights -- especially
since you usually gain MaxHP faster than you can make money, and you
can't partially heal hitpoints at the inn (stupid). So, I'm writing 
this guide with the assumption that you've selected a Mutant female. 
The Mutant male is dopey-looking anyhow, and you're going to be 
looking at that little jerky sprite for quite some time.

First thing to do is to unequip your Saber and sell it at the weapons
counter. Buy two Rapiers, Gold armor and a Gold glove. Equip them all.

Walk out of the town, and SAVE. Now, hard-reset the game. In case you 
didn't hear me: H-A-R-D R-E-S-E-T the GAME! If you don't, you're going
to be very confused in a moment or so. (The intro sequence consumes
random numbers in a way that is totally unclear to me, so it's better
to start with a 'clean slate' for what we're about to do).

This is where we get sneaky. Unfortunately, I've only experimented 
with being sneaky on a Game Boy Advance, because I do not own any 
other versions of the console. (Actually, that's somewhat of a lie: I 
do have a GB Color kicking around here somewhere, but I'm too lazy to 
compare results on it). Andrew Brown has confirmed my suspicions that 
this process also works on the SP. If you try this with a different 
console, let me know how it turns out. Emulated results aren't really 
of interest to me, since I imagine that they would vary a lot (I could 
be wrong about that, depending on how nitty-gritty the emulator 
programmers were about capturing hardware behaviour). 

Start thwacking monsters. You should be able to kill anything short of
a Redbull right off the bat, and if you're doing this right you won't
be meeting any of those. If you're observant, you'll notice that the 
first few fights will follow this sequence:

    1 - Against a Lizard. You will gain 11 MaxHP.
    2 - Against a Zombie. You will gain 2 Agility.
    3 - Against a Zombie. You will gain 2 Mana.
    4 - Against a Goblin. You gain nothing.
    5 - Against a Zombie. You gain nothing.
    6 - Against a Lizard. You gain 2 Defense.

The trick here is to fight (and win) 6 battles, and then HARD reset 
the game and do it again ad nauseum. Repeat until your stats are as
high as you like! (You can visit the Inn in between fights and still
experience the same gains. In fact, you could probably run away from
fights and still pick up the gains associated with their respected
victories, but since an attempt to run also likely consumes a random
number or two, you might skew the results this way.)

The great thing about this strategy is that it doesn't matter WHAT
point in the game you're at, it will ALWAYS work! That is, your
first 6 victories after a hard reset will always guarantee that you
pick up +11 MaxHP, +2 Agility, +2 Mana, and +2 Defense. This doesn't 
sound like much, but after doing it a whole bunch of times, your 
natural defense will be high enough that you won't have to worry about
wearing armor for the rest of the game, and the rest of your stats
won't be too shabby either!

If you feel like this is cheating, I suppose you could do it the
'hard way' by fighting battles until you've made enough gains to
satisfy you, but that will likely take a staggering amount of time.
Whatever suits you best.

Keep in mind that whichever method you use, your Strength growth will
probably be abysmal. (It will certainly be abysmal with the first
method, since you *never* gain Strength that way). This isn't such a
big problem (yet), since there are plenty of beefy Agility and Mana based
weapons out there. Also, you'll likely pick up a few rare points here
and there throughout the course of normal play, assuming you don't
flee very often.

(Andrew Brown has reported that the Mutant male is do-able, despite
what I said before. He recommends going to the forest right away to fight
Albatros', since they're fairly easy to kill. He also notes that you
should gain Barrier fairly quickly, which helps a lot in protecting
you. The stat progression for Mutant males is identical to the female
after the hard reset, oddly enough. Once you start making money, first
buy a Rapier to take advantage of your Agility and then buy Bronze armor
as soon as you can.)

Once you've done 3 or 4 cycles of six battles followed by a hard 
reset, you'll make your life easier by buying some more Rapiers and 
fighting in the forest surrounding the town of Hero to the southeast. 
The enemies there will attack more frequently and you'll meet Goblins 
and Albatros' (20HP) instead of a bunch of Zombies and Lizards (60HP
and 40HP respectively).

When your agility is about 18 or 20, buy yourself a couple of 
spellbooks and more rapiers. Mosy on over to the Bandit's Cave and 
equip a spellbook and a Rapier (along with the Gold equipment) and
snuggle up to the Lizards you find walking around there. You'll fight 
them in cycles of 6 as before, except now it will go much faster 
because you won't have to waste all that time walking around! When 
you meet a group of more than one, blast them with magic; otherwise, 
just skin the singletons with your Rapier. You'll make more than 
enough money this way to compensate for the large number of spellbooks 
and Rapiers you'll need to buy.

While you could potentially level up here for a while and then kill
the Bandit to grab the King's Armor, I prefer to MAX OUT here because
it really doesn't take long. When your natural defense hits about 40,
drop the Gold equipment and wield another spellbook/Rapier combo so
you don't have to worry about being caught empty-handed. Keep mangling
those Lizards until you have an Agility, Mana, and Defense of 99 (or
whatever number you have decided on as a ceiling). Guess what? That's
pretty much all the training you're going to have to do for the rest
of the game! I think I spent about a couple of hours in the cave 
before maxing out. Now the only things you have to worry about
are making money for equipment and tweaking your ability set!

I wouldn't worry about getting to 999HP at this juncture, though. 
Since you gain at least 11HP every time you pick up your GBA (as long
as you fight one battle), it won't take long before you're quite the 
meat shield. Also, don't fret if you have a crummy ability set (all 
I had was Power and Stealth for the entirety of World I). With this 
level of training, you're going to be able to wax every monster that 
you come across for the next little while as long as you're holding 
at least one Rapier and spellbook.

As a gauge, when I hit 99 DEF, AGI, and MANA, I had 670HP and about
20000 gold. As far as I can tell, trying to train past 99 in any
statistic is ineffective (except maybe Mana, and I'm still unsure
about that), so I wouldn't waste your time doing it. I'm not sure 
why the programmers would have remembered to enforce the 99 cap for 
Mutants and not for Humans, but there it is nevertheless. 

Once you've done this, the rest of World I can be completed in about
10 minutes or so. Walk down a floor, splatter the P-Frog bandit (that
sounds like a name for some ska band or something) all over the walls,
and return to Castle Armor to pick up the King's Armor. Don't bother
wearing it. Then, waltz down to King Sword's lair and tear him a new
one as well. Finally, grab the King's Shield from the treacherous
steward at Castle Shield.

With 99 Agility or Mana, you should be able to destroy Gen-Bu with a 
single Rapier blow or spell. 

When he's dead, prepare for your ascent by putting 2 Rapiers and 
2 Fire or Ice books on your person, and perhaps a couple of each in 
your inventory as well. (It's more important to stockpile Rapiers 
than it is to load up on spells -- you'll be able to buy spellbooks
in World II). A single X-Potion will suffice for healing. (You probably 
won't even need it, unless you start tackling a LOT of Slimes). Return 
to Base Town and enter the Tower. 

6.3.2 The Ascent to World II
.....................................................................

This isn't much different than the Human ascent. You likely won't
get hurt unless you tangle with Slimes, and you should have enough
HP to be able to withstand several Melt attacks. There are plenty
of healing pools along the way, so there's no need to worry if you
didn't pack any curative items.

6.3.3 World II
.....................................................................

Most monsters in this world won't pose a threat. As usual, Eyes
aren't such a good idea to be fighting. The great thing is that your
high Mana score will prevent the annoying Sleep spells of the 
Magicians from connecting. 

You'll be able to pick up the Cure book in this world for the first
time. I find it handy to carry one with me on my person all the time,
but you certainly won't need more than one. 

I found that Rapiers were just effective enough to kill most enemies
in a single hit. So, hopefully you brought enough of them with you
from the previous world. Otherwise, you can break down and buy
some Sabers, as they're not all that expensive. Fire, Ice, and Elec
spells are obviously really handy for crunching groups of monsters,
especially in Sei-Ryu's castle where you meet giant clumps of 
Cactus' and the like.

Sei-Ryu is a pushover. Two swings of a Rapier should do it. He hasn't
really got any attacks that can penetrate your stone hide or your
formidable Mana shield.

Don't forget that you can leave the Underwater Castle instantly after
beating Sei-Ryu by jumping into his orb!

You won't need to do much shopping to prepare for the climb to World
III. If you want, you can buy a bunch of Sabers now before you leave,
or you can wait until you get there. You might as well get rid of any 
Rapiers that you still have kicking around, since they're not going 
to be very useful on the way up. Really, a single Saber and your
favorite flavour of spellbook should be more than enough.

6.3.4 The Ascent to World III
.....................................................................

As I've indicated, you're not going to be able to one-hit kill the
creeps in this section of the Tower with a measly Rapier. Sabers are
more effective. Of course, if you're impatient you can just blast 
them with magic or abilities (you should at least have one Flame 
ability by now). You'll grab the juicy P-Knife on the way up, which
is roughly as effective as the Saber when your Agility and Mana are
both at 99. It's nice to have an alternative though, and 
oh-so-stylish to be wielding sword and dagger akimbo. Brings back
memories from the MUDding days... and maybe even some flashbacks of
trashy R.A. Salvatore novels. 

6.3.5 World III
.....................................................................

World III is a great place for a Mutant to be, especially an 
Agility-dependent Mutant. There are Sabers available as soon as you
arrive, and when you pick up the Glider you'll be able to access
L-Sabers and all the spells you've ever wanted in the hidden cloud
town to the northeast. 

I didn't bother buying the Dragon armor here, because there weren't
really any spells that were punching through the Mana resistance (at
least not until I fought Byak-Ko). It's up to you, though.

You're going to want to keep at least 5 slots empty until you get
tossed in jail for rescuing Jeanne, because the stuff you find in the
Jailhouse treasure room is GREAT, even if you just decide to sell it
all (although Death and the L-Saber are HANDY). The Revenge is worth
a tidy bit of cash as well. (I'm wondering how my little Mutant 
female managed to bend those bars with her paltry 9 Strength :/ ).

I was wielding Sabers when I met Byak-Ko, and I was somewhat 
surprised that he was actually able to HIT me! His attacks didn't do
much more than 40-100 damage per round, though, and he usually 
wastes a lot of turns using SPHERE, so he's really not a threat --
especially if you're carrying a Cure spellbook or a Rod. 

Before you leave World III, you might want to head back to cloud 
town to pick up an L-Saber, a few Death books, and maybe even a Flare
book. When you first leave the Floating Castle after butchering the
White Tiger, you'll only be able to enter the Southern town or the
Tower, at which point you'll lose the Glider. If you want another,
revisit the guards in the Pub at the Southern town, and one of them
will summon a new vehicle for you. That'll open up the Northeast town
to you again.

6.3.6 The Ascent to World IV
.....................................................................

This is where things start to become painful. It turns out that a DEF
of 99 isn't a panacea when you hit this point in the game; monsters
start to steadily hurt you more and more, and your low stats 
(relative to a human's) become a liability.

The following monsters can potentially cause you some problems on the
way up: The Ogres in the cloudy sub-world (they come in huge packs
and beat the snot out of you); Jellies (that Melt hurts more and more
with every new enemy it manifests itself in); Claymen (stupid Gas); and
finally, HUNTERS! Fighting a monster that has both Saw and Gas is NOT
fun, especially when they have a tendency to strike first!

Save the P-Sword and the Vampic when you pick them up; they'll be 
handy in World IV. Use Death like a hammer whenever you encounter 
groups of more than one enemy or so. I hope you bought a lot of Death
books! You're going to be chewing through them pretty quickly from
hereon in.

6.3.7 World IV
.....................................................................

So, now we have some problems. When you hit World IV, the encounter
rate (seemingly) shoots through the roof, the enemies come in large
packs, and they can all take nasty chunks out of your hide. I can't 
really think of a single enemy in World IV that can't do at least 
100 points of damage to you with their most powerful attack(s). 

My strategy here was to switch to a totally Mana-oriented offense.
I'm not sure about this, but it seems that your Mana score may 
continue to increase past 99 -- or maybe it's that the Mana-based 
weapons and attacks aren't effected as heavily by the waxing defenses 
of your opponents. In any case, I found that Agility-based weapons 
(even Catcraw!) just weren't causing enough damage at this juncture 
(especially since LOTS of higher-level monsters have O-Weapon). 
 
The result of this is that I relied on P-Swords to attack single
enemies and Death spells to knock out groups. The Vampic is a handy
alternative to casting Cure, because it will generally patch up a
couple of major hits while still causing a decent amount of damage 
(especially since it ignores resistances like Melt does). Really,
though, my offense consisted almost entirely of slinging Death
at anything that did so much as sneeze at me. This makes fights
*very* easy, and nets you a lot of cash in a hurry. It helps that
not too many encounters are against O-Para enemies. 

Another problem that I found with World IV is that it suddenly 
became *really* hard to run away -- especially from stupid Su-Zaku.
I hit A+B+Start+Select often until I picked up the Band. Once you
get the Band, you'll be immune to enough attacks that you shouldn't
be taking too much damage. Of course, wearing the Band reduces your
offensive options by one, but this is a minor inconvenience 
considering how much easier it makes your life.

If you're silly enough to visit the Library to find the directions
to Akiba (it's not like they ever change), the Robots there will
quickly make you wish that you'd never left So-Cho's pub. Oh, and
good luck running from them.

The only saving grace here is that the bosses in World IV are 
pushovers. Machine doesn't really have that much HP and falls quickly
to a P-Sword assault, and Su-Zaku barely puts up a fight (you're 
immune to almost all of his attacks). 

Before you leave World IV, you're going to want a couple of P-Swords,
a couple of Death books, and a Cure book (this means that you might
have to backtrack to World III -- although you can wait to pick up
the Door on the way up if you don't want to hoof it). The Vampic 
sword is about to become obsolete for various reasons, and so if you
haven't already used it up, you can either start using it heavily or
just sell it. Inventory space is about to become an issue anyways.

6.3.8 Things Aren't Getting Any Easier
.....................................................................

Before we go on, you're probably going to want to make sure you've
maxed out your HP. Trust me, you're going to need all nine-hundred
and ninety-nine of those little buggers to grind your way through
the last chunk of the game. 

This is where the Mutant SCC starts to differentiate itself from the 
Human SCC in terms of difficulty. Enemies that use attacks like 
3Heads, Beam, Melt, Touch, etc. aren't just minor inconveniences 
anymore: a group of two or three of these suckers can tear you apart.
Probably the most deadly enemy combination in the game is met on your
way up to Ashura; large groups of Watchers and Wraiths. The Beams of
the Watchers and the Touch of the Wraiths will make you hurt, indeed,
and you can't even slaughter the Wraiths with Death.

But we're in this for the challenge, right? So let's cut the whining
and get on with it.

The Glass sword, Flare book, and Door are handy to have. XCalbr does
reasonable damage to groups of enemies, but the Death book KILLS them
without any fuss. Get rid of it. The Aegis shield is obviously 
worthless to you, since it only protects you for a single turn. The 
N.Bomb is potentially useful for reasons that will be discussed in the
next section, but I just dropped it. The Glass sword is really useful
if you have Power; we'll talk about this later.

If you find yourself running out of space, you can Door down to 10F
(World III) to sell off your equipment and to use the cash you get in
return to buy more spells (Death, Flare). 

MAKE SURE you have a Cure book equipped before you fight Ashura. The
Vampic won't cut it here because Ashura is undead and thus O-Para. The
fight against Ashura is an unpleasant inkling of what you'll have to
face in the Creator. An AGI of 99 isn't really much help in avoiding
Ashura's attacks, which means that a couple of 3Heads in a row will
put you down and out, Cure or no Cure. I just repeatedly baked Ashura 
with Flare and crossed my fingers, curing only when it seemed it 
would be worth it.

I think it actually took me a couple of restarts to beat Ashura. It's
not easy.

(As in the Human SCC guide, Radon mentions that Revenge can actually
come in handy against Ashura if he decides to wack you with 3HEADS... 
maybe in some cases the Revenge reflects more damage than is caused? 
It's worth trying if you're still carrying it.)


6.3.9 Some Time to Reflect
.....................................................................

Before you take that (probably fatal) next step into the world beyond,
it's worth stopping at this point and thinking about what your 
strategy against Creator is going to be.

In the Human SCC, everything you need to finish the game is handed to
you on your way up (assuming you've kept the Glass sword from the 
previous incarnation of the Tower). Astronomical stats, fancy armor, 
and the Glass sword result in you causing about 700 or so points of 
damage every round, which allows you to avoid one really annoying 
aspect of the battle against Creator.

That aspect is, of course, that he completely recovers himself when
he falls below 500HP or so. As a Human, this almost never happens 
because you cause such a large amount of damage every turn. However,
a Mutant doesn't really have any way of causing over ~400 damage with 
a single blow, and so the odds of you leaving Creator in the 
'recovery range' are quite high.

I think the Death books were the reason that I found the endgame of 
the Mutant SCC so surprisingly difficult. When you're killing 
dozens of enemies in mere seconds without batting an eyelash, you 
don't really stop to think about your damage potential until it's too
late.

What are our options here? My 'strategy' was to keep on doing what I
had been doing; that is, packing Death and Psi-Swords to deal with
'normal' enemies, and then using Flare against the bosses. 
Unfortunately, Flare only causes roughly 300-420 dmg against Creator,
and so you're almost CERTAIN to push him into that range where he'll
recover all of his HP. Not fun. The Psi-Sword and Masmune are even 
worse; they only deal 100-250 dmg per turn.

Conceivably, you could use Flare to push him down to about 600HP or
so, and then 'finish him' with the N.Bomb. I've never tried this, but
it might work.

I think the best strategy, though (and it's one that I've only tested
against Ashura, but the idea should scale) is to 'mimic' a Human by
using Power to augment your Strength and then wail away with the 
Glass sword. If your Strength is around 40 or so, then this will work
really well (I think my Strength was roughly around 40 when I reached
the endgame). Two invocations of Power will push you up to about 
240-250 Strength, which is a great range to be in when you're wielding
the Glass sword :D. If your Strength is over 56, then you'll only be
able to use Power once, for lesser effect.

The reason you have to think about this now is that there is a distinct
lack of Mutant-y equipment available in the "new" Tower. If you're
going to use my initial strategy (that is, blindly whipping Flares and
hoping that you'll make it through), you'll definitely want to Door to
10F to buy a couple of Flare books (they're handy against the four
Fiends as well). In any case, you'll want to revisit World III again to
buy at least one Cure book (essential when fighting Creator) and a 
couple of Death books so that you can actually MAKE it to the final 
battle. Don't forget that you can use Door to teleport back to 
Ashura's lair when it's time for you to leave.

Ready? I hope so, because it's going to be tough to fix things if 
you're stuck in the next world unprepared.

6.3.10 Deicide is an Iffy Business
.....................................................................

This is what we've been waiting for. It's time to hurt.

On your march up the Tower, I found that equipping Band, a Psi-Sword,
a Death book, and a Flare book was the most effective combination.
You can use Cure from your inventory in between battles to top 
yourself up. The Fiends are pansies, so you should be able to thwack 
them using just the Psi-Sword. It's not necessary to bring the Hyper 
to take out these guys. I threw it away.

I also didn't bother picking up the treasure chests on the way up. 
You don't have enough slots to be wearing ineffective equipment 
anyways. The only marginally useful item might be the nameless Shoe.

When you face Creator, there's not much of a reason to continue 
wearing the Band. The Shoe or another Flare might be a better option
(although if you can't kill Creator with an entire Flare book, he's
probably recovered once and thus you're likely not going to survive).
The Shoe only boosts your Mana by 10, but it's better than nothing.

We've already discussed strategies against Creator in some detail, so
there's not much to say here. I usually only casted Cure when my HP
fell below 500 or so. There is a certain point in the fight when 
Creator will just start to HAMMER you with Flare on each turn, so 
Curing won't get you anywhere if you're stuck in that situation; time
to soft-reset. 

If you're trying to thwack him using only Flare spells, you may find
it useful to hit him once with the P-Sword to cause a 200-dmg 
"stagger" in your damage pattern if you find that he's constantly
recovering at the end of the battle. I shouldn't have to tell you 
that hard-resetting isn't going to change your odds of success at all;
soft-resets are the way to go.

If you're having a REALLY tough time beating Creator, it's useful to
keep track of the damage you're causing and on which turns he gets the
initiative. Obviously, the best time to "put him away" is on a sequence
of turns where he gets the initiative first, and then you get the 
initiative on the next turn. This way, you'll get *two* consecutive 
shots at him, allowing you to cause enough damage at once to prevent
him from getting his turn while in the "recovery range". It is 
possible to win this fight in the same way that you jacked your stats;
that is, by taking advantage of the predictability of the RNG.

Although I haven't tried it myself, I've received several emails since
the last version indicating that using the Glass Sword and 2x Power
invocations is a really easy way of getting through this fight. If you
can ensure that you have the Glass Sword, a Power ability, and less
than 54 strength before you get here, things should be peachy.

That's all I've got to say about that! A bit of persistence and a 
reasonable amount of preparation should get you through this fight.
(The first time through, it took me about eight tries to beat him).
Good luck!


7. The Monster SCC  
=====================================================================

7.1 All I'm Going to Say About This 
---------------------------------------------------------------------
There are MANY reasons why a monster would have an EXTREMELY 
difficult time surviving the SCC, but only one of them really makes 
it impossible.

If you are using the no-Saw rule stated above, there is NO WAY any
monster could do enough damage to the final boss to kill it before
it kills you. Plain and simple. Actually getting to the final boss
is a heck of a challenge in itself; I've managed to do it, mainly by
trying to stay within the Jelly class of monsters. Melt is GREAT 
against almost any opponent. It still sucks to have to constantly 
soft-reset when you get into a fight you can't run from, though.

Now, if you drop the no-Saw rule, things don't really get that much
better. s/p's Meat Transformation FAQ describes a way in which you
can transform into a Saw-wielding Warrior in World I. Conceivably
you could play through the entire game as a Warrior, Sawing through
bosses and running from everything else. You could probably play 
around with Meat so that you could play through the game as a more
useful Monster until you get to a boss, at which point you could
switch back to a Warrior. However, if you EVER level PAST "monster
level 12", there will be no going back to being a Warrior and thus
you'll be back to square one, so you have to be careful.

s/p's FAQ has a short discussion on the Monster SCC that you might
find interesting. I personally find four- and three- Monster parties
to be far more enjoyable than the Monster SCC, so maybe you'll find
those to be better alternatives.

7.2 Future Work
---------------------------------------------------------------------
When I performed my half-assed Monster SCC, I did it in a way that
probably wasn't optimal. That is, I transformed into a Pudding in the
first world, and didn't transform again until the very end of the
game. Their stats are really crummy (except for Mana) though, and so
there probably exists a better sequence of Monsters that you could 
use in each World to make life easier. If anyone has any suggestions
for this sequence, let me know and I'll include it here. My SCCing 
days are pretty much over, though, so don't expect me to do it :D
I've always thought the Monster SCC was a silly idea anyways.


8. Comments and Credits 
=====================================================================

Final Fantasy Legend is a truly odd gem of a game. Taken at face 
value, it is a horribly buggy, barely translated black-and-white RPG 
lacking any really innovative or unique gameplay features. However,
the utterly bizarre and drug-induced flavour that the game exudes is
capable of astonishing and absorbing people that are part of the 
small segment of the videogaming population that has an active 
imagination. This game has stimulated so many weird ideas in this old
crankcase of mine that it actually inspired an entire novel! I am 
always willing to discuss this game on any level, so if you want to
chat about FFL in any of its incarnations (I've played both sequels)
PLEASE email me! I'd leave my email address in this FAQ, but it seems
kind of silly to do that when you can just check my contributer 
profile. I'd really like to hear anything that you know about the 
original FFL design team and where they got their ideas for the 
setting and atmosphere, but that's most likely wishful thinking.

There are, of course, a few people I would like to thank for their 
contributions to this FAQ. I'd like to thank RPaulsen for writing his 
incredible FFL FAQ, since it was reading his walkthrough that made me 
want to come back to this game in the first place. I'd also like to 
thank Harie0 from the GameFAQs FFL message board, who attempted the 
FFL SCC before me and inspired me to write a FAQ about it. Finally, 
Andrew Brown contributed a LOT to the second version of this guide, 
mostly by trying the all of the things that I didn't have the 
patience to try! He also offered lots of constructive criticism
on the Human SCC which was very useful. So, many thanks to him as 
well!

Also, one last shout-out to all of the people that just dropped me
a line to tell me how much fun they had completing the SCC using
this guide! Puts a smile on my face every time :D

This guide was written using the Windows 9.x distribution of GVIM,
which is quite possibly the greatest thing to come along since God
created the naked girl. 

The text in this FAQ has been formatted to a width of 70-ish columns.

I doubt that this is anything to worry about, but I'd really like it
if this guide remained exclusive to GameFAQs. CJayC is one hell of a
guy, and anything I can do to support him is good in my books. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this guide, and happy FFL'ing!


9. Version History
=====================================================================
 + Version 2.1
   - Added Radon's comments about Revenge and Ashura
   - Removed some conflicting statements in the Mutant SCC Guide
   - Changed my contact info
   - fixed some typos in the Table of Contents
   
 + Version 2.0
   - Added sections for Mutant SCC and Monster SCC
   - Added gotchas to some of the broad generalizations I made in the
     Human SCC section with respect to the Mutant SCC
   - Added a Table of Contents and a Version History section
   - Removed some of the stupider jokes/comments
   - Corrected a bad recommendation in the Human Game Guide where I 
     advised Human Male characters to sell the Long Sword at the
     beginning of the game. That doesn't work well :D
   - Reorganized numbering scheme and overall layout to make things
     a bit clearer
   - Fixed some obvious grammatical mistakes and word omissions
 
 + Version 1.0
   - First release. Only contains information for Human SCC and a lot
     of Mutant- and Monster-bashing.