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Tales of Symphonia
Strategy / Orders FAQ

Written by: Sara Miyamoto, AKA: Yaezakura
Version: 1.0 (1/21/2005)
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Table of Contents
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1 - Introduction
2 - What does the Strategy menu do?
3 - Strategy List
    (a) Action
    (b) Skills/Magic
    (c) Position
4 - Strategies by Character
    (a) Lloyd
    (b) Genis
    (c) Colette
    (d) Kratos
    (e) Raine
    (f) Sheena
    (g) Zelos
    (h) Presea
    (i) Regal
5 - What are Orders?
6 - Useful Orders
7 - Copyright/Disclaimer

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 1 - Introduction 
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  Not sure what that "Strategy" option in your menu does? The standard Orders
that the game starts you with just not working well enough when it's time to
get down and dirty? Then you're in the right place. This is here to help those
that just don't manage to 'get' the Strategy options. And since this is here
for that reason, and not for me to babble, let's get down to it!

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 2 - What does the Strategy menu do? 
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  Put simply, the Strategy menu lets you control how the computer-controlled
members of your party fight. Changing different options in the character's
Strategy menu makes them fight in different ways. There are a lot of options,
which means Tales of Symphonia gives you an amazing amount of control over how
the characters behave in battle.
  Each character has three options you can set in the Strategy menu. The first,
"Action", affects which enemies your party will focus on attacking. The second,
"Skills/Magic", affects what types of techs your characters use, and how often
they use them. The final option, "Position", effects how close to the action
your characters will get.
  Just be careful how you combine your settings--it's useless to set a
character like Genis to "Do Not Use" his magic and put his position at "L-Range
Magic". He'll sit in the back and do absolutely nothing!

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 3 - Strategy List 
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  The entries will appear in the following format:

Name: Setting name.
Description: In-game description.
Notes: My personal notes on the setting.

  I'll list the skills in the order they appear in your menu, starting with
Action, then Skills/Magic, and finally Position.

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  Action
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Name: Attack Freely
Description: Attack the enemy based upon the character's own thought patterns.
Notes: The standard option, and usually alright. Characters all have different
ideas about which enemies are more important to take down, so you might not
get backup when you need it if this option is set.

Name: Attack Close
Description: Attack the closest enemy.
Notes: Largely useless. The closest enemies are almost never the most dangerous
ones.

Name: Attack Far
Description: Attack the farthest enemy.
Notes: Potentially useful if you want your spellcasters to attack enemies in
the back of enemy formations, but I've never found a serious use for it.

Name: Attack Same
Description: Attack the same enemy as the player.
Notes: One of the most useful settings of all, and one you'll be using in every
boss battle, especially multiple bosses and bosses with annoying sidekicks.

Name: Scatter
Description: Party members fight different enemies.
Notes: Never found a real use for this setting. It's usually safer and quicker
to have one or more people team up on an enemy to reduce numbers than to split
your focus amongst multiple enemies.

Name: Aim High
Description: Attack priority given to enemies in the air.
Notes: Another setting I find marginally useful at best. Aerial enemies are
usually the weakest, and their attacks tend to be easy to dodge.

Name: Block Magic
Description: Attack priority given to enemies that use magic.
Notes: This one can serve a real purpose. Magic is as deadly to you as it is
to your enemies, and Block Magic will ensure that the character goes out of his
way to interupt enemy spellcasters.

Name: Reduce
Description: Attack prioty given to enemies that are receiving the most damage.
Notes: While I find Attack Same to be more effective and simpler to control,
Reduce will make the character focus on taking out enemies already receiving
heavy damage, eliminating them quicker.

Name: Protect Friend
Description: Attack priority given to enemies targetting member with lowest HP.
Notes: Useful when a character is about to croak. Enemies have a knack for
concentrating on the character that is hitting them the most, and this setting
can draw attention away from a failing melee character or a caster that got too
close to the fight.

  ------------
  Skills/Magic
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Name: Use Skills Freely
Description: Use skills and magic based upon the character's own thought
patterns.
Notes: While good enough to take on normal enemies and most bosses, characters
have a tendency to burn through all their TP very quickly, leaving you with
little to work with when the boss finally shows up.

Name: At Once
Description: Use attack-based skills and magic without any regards to TP.
Notes: With this, characters focus on one thing, and one thing only--dealing
as much damage is as little time as possible. Save this for boss battles, as
you'll quickly notice your dropping TP bars.

Name: Keep Reserve
Description: Stop using skills or magic once TP is below 25%.
Notes: Useful for melee characters against normal enemies. Unlike spellcasters
they restore HP while fighting by scoring normal hits, so they don't need as
large a store, though 25% is still fairly low for big fights.

Name: Retain
Description: Stop using skills or magic once TP is below 50%.
Notes: Quite a bit more useful than Keep Reserve. Standard enemies don't need
much to go down, so I'd say use this setting for melee fighters, until you
reach the boss. Passable for spellcasters, but 50% is fairly low when you might
require almost constant healing and spell damage.

Name: Save
Description: Stop using skills or magic once TP is below 75%.
Notes: My personal favorite setting for spellcasters, this will ensure you have
a solid supply of TP when it comes time to fight bosses.

Name: Do Not Use
Description: No not use skills or magic.
Notes: Honestly never found a use for it. The TP-reserving settings are more
than enough to satisfy TP requirements. Possibly useful if you want enemies
to survive longer to get Tech-usage up on rarely used moves to learn new ones.

Name: Moderation
Description: Use skills or magic less frequently once TP is below 50%.
Notes: Not very useful. Between the TP-reserving settings and cooking, you
should always have enough TP on hand to finish off normal enemies before you
reach your lower TP limit and tech usage stops.

Name: Heal
Description: When a party member's HP decreases, priority is given to healing.
Notes: A very useful setting. Causes your healers to focus on healing, which
can be a real life-saver. Switch to this setting if you find yourself in a
near-death situation.

Name: Support
Description: Priority is given to support skills and magic.
Notes: Only Raine gets this setting, and man does it ever work! You should
have her set to this almost constantly. She focuses on raising stats and
healing, but will still fling her share of Photon and Ray spells in the fight.

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  Position
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Name: Move Freely
Description: Move based upon character's position and thought patterns.
Notes: Fine for normal battles. Might want to change it for boss fights or
certain random encounters.

Name: Frontlines
Description: Approach enemies as much as possible and mainly use short-range
attacks.
Notes: Very good for melee characters, especially in boss fights. In true Lloyd
fashion, a character set to this will run directly up to the enemy and start
pummeling at close range. Use to tie up bosses to keep them away from spell-
casters.

Name: Don't Persue
Description: Move while keeping a distance from the enemy.
Notes: Not very useful. Possibly useful for Colette due to her unusual style
of fighting. Try it out and see if it works for you.

Name: Hold Position
Description: Stay at that position and no not attack.
Notes: For serious battle? Useless. While trying to use techs with a certain
character as many times as possible, it's wonderful. Have the others stand
still while you handle the entire battle with nothing but your techs. Great
while trying to learn higher-level techs.

Name: L-Range Skills
Description: Mainly use long-range skill attacks.
Notes: Potentially useful under certain circumstances. If you REALLY need to
Demon Fang and Para Ball something to death, you can use this.

Name: L-Range Magic
Description: Mainly use long-range magic.
Notes: Genis and Raine should ALWAYS be set to this. Zelos and Kratos can be
set to it as well, if you really need the power of a second elemental spell-
caster.

Name: Skills/Magic
Description: Do not use normal attacks and only use skills or magic.
Notes: Useful while trying to have characters get tech usage up to learn new
skills. Otherwise, spellcasters won't be able to protect themselves at all if
an enemy slips by or teleports to them.

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 4 - Strategies by Character 
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  Not all of the Strategy settings are avaliable for every character. After
all, characters with no healing spells hardly have need of a "Heal" strategy.
I'll list the settings avaliable to each character. Reference above to see what
they do--or just look at your game.

  -----
  Lloyd
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 _____________________________________________________________________________
|          Action         |      Skills/Magic       |         Position        |
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
| Attack Freely           | Use Skills Freely       | Move Freely             |
| Attack Close            | At Once                 | Frontlines              |
| Attack Far              | Keep Reserve            | Don't Persue            |
| Attack Same             | Retain                  | Hold Position           |
| Scatter                 | Save                    | L-Range Skills          |
| Aim High                | Do Not Use              | Skills/Magic            |
| Block Magic             | Moderation              |                         |
| Reduce                  |                         |                         |
| Protect Friend          |                         |                         |
```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

  -----
  Genis
  -----

 _____________________________________________________________________________
|          Action         |      Skills/Magic       |         Position        |
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
| Attack Freely           | Use Skills Freely       | Move Freely             |
| Attack Close            | At Once                 | Frontlines              |
| Attack Far              | Keep Reserve            | Don't Persue            |
| Attack Same             | Retain                  | Hold Position           |
| Scatter                 | Save                    | L-Range Magic           |
| Aim High                | Do Not Use              |                         |
| Block Magic             | Moderation              |                         |
| Reduce                  |                         |                         |
| Protect Friend          |                         |                         |
```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

  -------
  Colette
  -------

 _____________________________________________________________________________
|          Action         |      Skills/Magic       |         Position        |
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
| Attack Freely           | Use Skills Freely       | Move Freely             |
| Attack Close            | At Once                 | Frontlines              |
| Attack Far              | Keep Reserve            | Don't Persue            |
| Attack Same             | Retain                  | Hold Position           |
| Scatter                 | Save                    | L-Range Skills          |
| Aim High                | Do Not Use              | L-Range Magic           |
| Block Magic             | Moderation              | Skills/Magic            |
| Reduce                  |                         |                         |
| Protect Friend          |                         |                         |
```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

  ------
  Kratos
  ------

 _____________________________________________________________________________
|          Action         |      Skills/Magic       |         Position        |
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
| Attack Freely           | Use Skills Freely       | Move Freely             |
| Attack Close            | At Once                 | Frontlines              |
| Attack Far              | Keep Reserve            | Don't Persue            |
| Attack Same             | Retain                  | Hold Position           |
| Scatter                 | Save                    | L-Range Skills          |
| Aim High                | Do Not Use              | L-Range Magic           |
| Block Magic             | Moderation              | Skills/Magic            |
| Reduce                  | Heal                    |                         |
| Protect Friend          |                         |                         |
```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

  -----
  Raine
  -----

 _____________________________________________________________________________
|          Action         |      Skills/Magic       |         Position        |
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
| Attack Freely           | Use Skills Freely       | Move Freely             |
| Attack Close            | At Once                 | Frontlines              |
| Attack Far              | Keep Reserve            | Don't Persue            |
| Attack Same             | Retain                  | Hold Position           |
| Scatter                 | Save                    | L-Range Magic           |
| Aim High                | Do Not Use              |                         |
| Block Magic             | Moderation              |                         |
| Reduce                  | Heal                    |                         |
| Protect Friend          | Support                 |                         |
```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

  ------
  Sheena
  ------

 _____________________________________________________________________________
|          Action         |      Skills/Magic       |         Position        |
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
| Attack Freely           | Use Skills Freely       | Move Freely             |
| Attack Close            | At Once                 | Frontlines              |
| Attack Far              | Keep Reserve            | Don't Persue            |
| Attack Same             | Retain                  | Hold Position           |
| Scatter                 | Save                    | L-Range Magic           |
| Aim High                | Do Not Use              | Skills/Magic            |
| Block Magic             | Moderation              |                         |
| Reduce                  |                         |                         |
| Protect Friend          |                         |                         |
```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

  -----
  Zelos
  -----

 _____________________________________________________________________________
|          Action         |      Skills/Magic       |         Position        |
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
| Attack Freely           | Use Skills Freely       | Move Freely             |
| Attack Close            | At Once                 | Frontlines              |
| Attack Far              | Keep Reserve            | Don't Persue            |
| Attack Same             | Retain                  | Hold Position           |
| Scatter                 | Save                    | L-Range Skills          |
| Aim High                | Do Not Use              | L-Range Magic           |
| Block Magic             | Moderation              | Skills/Magic            |
| Reduce                  | Heal                    |                         |
| Protect Friend          |                         |                         |
```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

  ------
  Presea
  ------

 _____________________________________________________________________________
|          Action         |      Skills/Magic       |         Position        |
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
| Attack Freely           | Use Skills Freely       | Move Freely             |
| Attack Close            | At Once                 | Frontlines              |
| Attack Far              | Keep Reserve            | Don't Persue            |
| Attack Same             | Retain                  | Hold Position           |
| Scatter                 | Save                    | Skills/Magic            |
| Aim High                | Do Not Use              |                         |
| Block Magic             | Moderation              |                         |
| Reduce                  |                         |                         |
| Protect Friend          |                         |                         |
```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````

  -----
  Regal
  -----

 _____________________________________________________________________________
|          Action         |      Skills/Magic       |         Position        |
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
| Attack Freely           | Use Skills Freely       | Move Freely             |
| Attack Close            | At Once                 | Frontlines              |
| Attack Far              | Keep Reserve            | Don't Persue            |
| Attack Same             | Retain                  | Hold Position           |
| Scatter                 | Save                    | Skills/Magic            |
| Aim High                | Do Not Use              |                         |
| Block Magic             | Moderation              |                         |
| Reduce                  | Heal                    |                         |
| Protect Friend          |                         |                         |
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 5 - What are Orders? 
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  So, what's an Order exactly? It's precisely what it sounds like! To put it
simply, which is the only way it needs to be put, an Order is a command you
give to your computer-controlled allies, who follow the order immediately. In
Tales of Symphonia, Orders are used to instantly change the Strategy settings
of ALL your computer-controlled party members, making switching battle tactics
as simple as pressing the D+Pad.

  You can store up to three orders (technically four, if you consider your
default Strategy settings as a fourth order), set to the D+Pad. Pressing Left,
Up, or Right will instantly initiate that order, changing the Strategy settings
of your characters. You can press Down to "Cancel Orders", returning your
characters to the default settings. All battles start with the default
settings, however in the second or two that you're in the battle screen before
you're able to move, you can initiate the Order, making sure it's followed from
the very beginning of the battle.

  The game starts you off with three Orders already in place. Pressing Left
will give you Reserve, which is used for normal battles. Up gives you the Guard
Order, which makes healers heal, and your other characters focus on attacking
an enemy that's focusing on your weakest character to try and drag them away.
Right gives the All Out Order, which makes your characters throw caution (and
TP) to the wind, and focus on doing as much damage as possible, while reducing
enemy numbers as quickly as possible.

  It's simple enough to change Orders to whatever you want. Simply go into
the Strategy menu and press Y. You can now change the settings of all three
orders, as well as change their names to better fit the new orders.

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 6 - Useful Orders 
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  The Orders that come with the game are fairly good. They'll get you through
most of the game, possibly even all of it. However, sometimes it's simply not
enough to tackle the bigger, meaner bosses of the game. I'm going to list the
Orders I used to get through the game--I set these the moment I could open
my menu (and set the Strategies for new party members as they joined), and the
setup has yet to fail me. From your humble beginnings, trying to sneak into
Martel Temple, to taking on Mithos in the final chambers of Dharris-Kharlon,
this setup should see you through.

 D+Pad Setting: Left
 Name: Wimps..
 Purpose: Normal battles.
 Notes: I use this Order for most battles. It proves to be effective for all
but the strongest of random encounters, and saves your TP for when you need
it most--boss fights.
 Settings:

 Lloyd:              Genis:              Colette:
 Attack Freely       Attack Freely       Attack Freely
 Retain              Save                Save
 Move Freely         L-Range Magic       Move Freely

 Kratos:             Raine:              Sheena:
 Attack Freely       Attack Freely       Attack Freely
 Retain              Support             Retain
 Move Freely         L-Range Magic       Move Freely

 Zelos:              Presea:             Regal:
 Attack Freely       Attack Freely       Attack Freely
 Retain              Retain              Retain
 Move Freely         Move Freely         Move Freely

 D+Pad Setting: Up
 Name: HELP!
 Purpose: Emergency Healing.
 Notes: This setting is used when a fight doesn't go your way. Party members
with healing spells will focus on using them, while your other characters will
rush to the aid of the character with the lowest HP, hopefully saving them from
being KO'ed and wasting the time and resources needed to use a Life Bottle or
cast Ressurection.
 Settings:

 Lloyd:              Genis:              Colette:
 Protect Friend      Protect Friend      Protect Friend
 At Once             At Once             At Once
 Frontlines          L-Range Magic       Move Freely

 Kratos:             Raine:              Sheena:
 Protect Friend      Protect Friend      Protect Friend
 Heal                Heal                At Once
 L-Range Magic       L-Range Magic       Frontlines

 Zelos:              Presea:             Regal:
 Protect Friend      Protect Friend      Protect Friend
 Heal                At Once             Heal
 L-Range Magic       Frontlines          Frontlines

 D+Pad Setting: Right
 Name: DIE!
 Purpose: Boss battles.
 Notes: The ultimate offense. Characters focus on dealing as much damage as
possible, ignoring TP consumption. Raine focuses on boosting the stats of your
party, but she and other characters with healing spells can be counted on to
heal when needed (usually--if things get hairy, switch to the HELP! Order).
 Settings:

 Lloyd:              Genis:              Colette:
 Attack Same         Attack Same         Attack Same
 At Once             At Once             At Once
 Frontlines          L-Range Magic       Move Freely

 Kratos:             Raine:              Sheena:
 Attack Same         Attack Same         Attack Same
 At Once             Support             At Once
 Frontlines          L-Range Magic       Frontlines

 Zelos:              Presea:             Regal:
 Attack Same         Attack Same         Attack Same
 At Once             At Once             At Once
 Frontlines          Frontlines          Frontlines

  If you have Orders you've found useful, and would like them to appear in this
guide so they may prove useful to other people as well, send an email with the
name you would list to be listed as in the credits, the name of the order, the
purpose it serves, notes about what it does, and the Strategy settings for all
9 characters to <sara.riane@gmail.com>. Good Orders will be added to the guide
at the next update, with full credit given.

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 7 - Copyright/Disclaimer 
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Tales of Symphonia is owned and copyrighted by Namco. While I'm sure the rest
of us would love to say we owned it, they do.

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