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
     ====================
        (a "<->" denotes transformed item will yield initial item)


     ITEM      |     TRANSFORMATION
________________________________________

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
     ====================


   ACCESSORIES   |     TRANSFORMATION
_______________________________________________

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
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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...

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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.