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    Rune Bottle FAQ by Ultra Sloth

    Version: 0.90 | Updated: 08/13/04 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

    TALES OF SYMPHONIA
    
    Rune Bottle FAQ v0.90
    
    By Ultra Sloth
    Email: romeoj123@hotmail.com
    
    Created: July 31, 2004
    Last modified: August 13, 2004
    
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    
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    I. Version History
    
    II. What is a Rune Bottle?
    
    III. Item Transformation
    
         i. Items
    
         ii. Accessories
    
    IV. Drop/Steal Rune Bottle
    
    V. Become a God Strategy
    
         i. Rapid HP/TP growth
    
         ii. Defense growth
    
    VI. About the Author
    
    VII. Legal
    
    VIII. Thanks
    
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    I. VERSION HISTORY
    
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    August 13, 2004 (Ver 0.90) - Finished monster section.  Cleaned up typos.
    
    August 8, 2004 (Ver 0.85) - Added a few missing locations and graphics to
    the monster section.  Added Defense growth to the Becoming a God strategy.
    
    August 3, 2004 (Ver 0.75) - Added more to the monster section. Added legal
    info and an acknowledgement section. Added Becoming a God strategy.
    
    July 31, 2004 (Ver 0.50) - Created intro about Rune Bottle, created the
    transformation tables, and started the monster section.
    
    
    
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    II. WHAT IS A RUNE BOTTLE?
    
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    A Rune Bottle is an item that allows the player to transform one item into
    another using 1 Rune Bottle.  For example, an Apple Gel can be transformed 
    into a Lemon Gel using a Rune Bottle.  Not all items have the option of being
    transformed, Items and Accessories can be transformed.  It is useful as a
    means of upgrading your items, such as a Sage to a Red Sage.
    
    
    
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    III. ITEM TRANSFORMATION
    
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         i. ITEMS
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            (a "<->" denotes transformed item will yield initial item)
    
    
         ITEM      |     TRANSFORMATION
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    Apple Gel      | Lemon Gel
    Melange Gel    | Miracle Gel
    Orange Gel     | PineApple Gel
                   |
    Acuity Bottle  | Guard Bottle
    Guard Bottle   | Flare Bottle
    Flare Bottle   | Acuity Bottle
    Dark Bottle   <-> Holy Bottle
    Shell Bottle  <-> Syrup Bottle
    Panacea Bottle | Miracle Bottle
    Energy Tablets | Spirit Bottle
                   |
    Aqua Quartz   <-> Purple Quartz
    Green Quartz  <-> Yellow Quartz
    Red Quartz    <-> Blue Quartz
                   |
    Saffron        | Red Saffron
    Sage           | Red Sage
    Bellabane      | Red Bellabane
    Lavender       | Red Lavender
    Rosemary       | Red Rosemary
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         ii. ACCESSORIES
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       ACCESSORIES   |     TRANSFORMATION
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    Spirit Bangle   <-> Heal Bracelet
    Talisman        <-> Blue Talisman
    Guardian Symbol <-> Warrior Symbol
                     |
    Spirit Ring     <-> Holy Ring
    Protect Ring    <-> Resist Ring
    Reflect Ring    <-> Force Ring
    Magic Ring       | Defense Ring
    Defense Ring     | Attack Ring
    Attack Ring      | Magic Ring
                     |
    Sephira          | Blue Sephira
    Blue Sephira     | Reverse Doll
    Reverse Doll     | Sephira
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    IV. DROP/STEAL RUNE BOTTLE
    
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    Rune Bottles, as far as I know, can't be purchased.  The following is a list
    of monsters that carry the item.
    
    This is what the info for each monster looks like:
    
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    [No.]
    [Name]
    
    Drop ("drop" label will be present item is dropped, absent if not)
    
    -F (first item) or
    -S (second item)
    
    Steal ("steal" label will be present if possible to steal, absent if not)
    
    Loc -[ ] (location of monster)
    Graphic -[ ] (field/dungeon graphic to find monster in)
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    No.28
    Chimaera
    
    Drop
    -F
    Steal
    
    Loc - Fooji Mountains(after saving Raine and Genis)
    Graphic - Beast
    
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    No.43
    Undertaker
    
    Drop
    -S
    Steal
    
    Loc - Gaoracchia Forest
    Graphic - Skull
    
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    No.113
    Storm Claw
    
    Steal
    
    Loc - Ymir Forest
    Graphic - Bird
    
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    No.132
    Sliver
    
    Drop
    Steal
    
    Loc - Outside Flanoir
    Graphic - Field Map Large 
       *rare to encounter
    
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    No.167
    Cutlass
    
    Steal
    
    Loc - Torent Forest
    Graphic - Flower, Slug
    
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    No.169
    Man-Eater
    
    Drop
    -S
    
    Loc - Torent Forest
    Graphic - Slug, Flower
    
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    No.170
    Sheldra
    
    Drop
    
    Loc - Latheon Gorge
    Graphic - Slug
    
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    No.173
    Drake
    
    Drop
    
    Loc - Near Gaoracchia Forest/Meltokio Coliseum
    Graphic - Field Map Large in grass area/Advanced Singles Match
       *rare to encounter      
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    No.245
    Remiel
    
    Drop
    -S
    
    Loc - The Final Seal
    Graphic - Boss Battle
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    v. BECOME A GOD STRATEGY
    
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    Probably for a good reason, enemies that drop stat increasing items are
    conveniently placed in the same area, often within the same battle encounter.
    Rune Bottles are never far, either.
         
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         i. RAPID HP/TP GROWTH
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    Pre-Strategy
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    Get all your characters' HP and TP to the absolute max VERY QUICKLY!
    (Quick as in it beats the hell out of leveling up, and equipping titles
    for their HP increases.)
    
    First, put Colette in your party, equip the EX Skill "Item Finder."  In case
    you don't have it, it requires the following:
    
         EX Gem LV 1: Tough
         EX Gem LV 1: Sharp-Eyed
    
    This skill will speed up the process immensely.
    
    And always strive for a high grade and Technical Smashes on the enemies
    you want the item from, as this helps tremendously.
    
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    Location
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    Now go to the Temple of Darkness, located in Tethe'alla south of Meltokio.
    
    Journey into the temple to the first save point, located where you initially
    brought the 5 fragments of Summon Shadow.  There should be a Skeleton Head
    and Beast monsters on this floor.  The main monster of interest is the
    Skeleton Head.
    
    The Skeleton Head encounter has two monsters to look for:
    
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    No.44
    Coffinmaster
    
    Drop: Sage
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    No.95
    Druid
    
    Drop: Savory
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    Every encounter is guaranteed to have a Druid, and the Coffinmasters often
    come in pairs.  You see the potential.
    
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    Strategy
    --------
    Simply fight it, leave the room by running down the path in the back that
    leads further down the dungeon, and walk back to make the monster reappear.
    
    Sage increases MAX HP by 5%, Savory increases MAX TP by 5%, but by using
    your Rune Bottles on these two item, Sage becomes Red Sage, yielding a 
    MAX HP increase of 10%, and Savory becomes Red Savory, yielding a MAX TP
    increase of 10%!
    
    When you run out of Rune Bottles for this strategy, the ideal place to go
    is the Fooji Mountains, located just north of the Shadow Temple(where you
    are). Jack the Chimaeras.
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         ii. DEFENSE GROWTH
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    Pre-Strategy
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    Not really as useful to use on every character(or rapid, which is why I 
    didn't tack that word on), this tactic of stat booster and Rune Bottle is
    good for beefing up your magic users, especially for individual battles like 
    the Meltokio Coliseum.
    
    Again, Colette's Item Finder EX Skill and Technical Smashes and Grade are key.
    
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    Location
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    The golden location is none other than Gaoracchia Forest, located near Sybak.
    
    Venture into the forest up to where the Sealed Memory Circle is, which is
    in the screen right of where you fight the Sword Dancer for the second time.
    
    The monsters of interest...
    
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    No.15
    Boxer Iris
    
    Drop: Bellabane
    Graphic: Flower
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    No.43
    Undertaker
    
    Drop: Rune Bottle
    Steal: Rune Bottle
    Graphic: Skull
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    Strategy
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    While in the screen with the Sealed Memory Circle, go left to enter the
    screen where the Sword Dancer was.  Almost immediately there is a Flower
    enemy.  That's the target.  Many battles have TWO Boxer Iris monsters.
    Fight it, and leave to the right when your done.
    
    The area WITH the Sealed Memory circle has a Skull enemy, which has the
    Undertaker, who conveniently drops Rune Bottles, as well as charitably
    lets you steal it from him.  Take advantage.
    
    Simply toggle between screens to obtain Bellabanes and Rune Bottles to your
    heart's content.
    
    Using Rune Bottles on your Bellabanes yields Red Bellabanes, which boost
    Defense by 3!  Using 20 Rune Bottles on 20 Bellabanes results in a defense
    boost of 60!  ...Which is close to 100! (Not really, but keep that in mind
    to make it seem faster.)
    
    
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    VI. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    
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    After years of simply taking for granted the laborious efforts of more
    dedicated gamers, I decided to return the favor with MY FIRST FAQ EVER!!!
    I decided small and specific was the road to go to get my feet wet.  There
    will be more to come...
    
    My name Sloth comes from my high school cross country days. I thought
    it would be funny if I had a slow name and fast legs, but as it turns out,
    I'm just slow, hence the name.  Ultra was tacked on for availability reasons.
    
    
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    VII. LEGAL
    
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    Verbatim from GameFaqs...
    
    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
    private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
    web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited,
    and a violation of copyright.
    
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
    respective trademark and copyright holders.
    
    
    I can be lazy, but you can't! (If you don't mind.)
    
    
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    VIII. THANKS
    
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    -NAMCO for FINALLY bringing a note-worthy RPG to Nintendo since the SNES!
    
    -Tos for advertising (and delivering) the removal of 80+ hours of my life.
    
    -GameFaqs and those responsible for such a helpful site!
    
    
    
    Copyright 2004 Romeo Juarez.