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    Secret Character FAQ by deframer

    Version: 1.01 | Updated: 03/28/04 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

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    ==-SECRET CHARACTERS OF FINAL FANTASY TACTICS ADVANCE-==
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    -CONTENTS-
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    1. Introduction
    
    2. Update Info
    
    3. Secret Characters
    - 3.1 Shara
    - 3.2 Ritz
    - 3.3 Ezel
    - 3.4 Babus
    - 3.5 Cid
    
    4. Semi-Secret Characters
    - 4.1 Eldena
    - 4.2 Lini
    - 4.3 Cheney
    - 4.4 Pallanza
    - 4.5 Quin
    - 4.6 Littlevilli
    
    5. Tips
    
    6. Mission Items
    - 6.1 Elda's Cup
    - 6.2 The Hero Gaol
    - 6.3 Snake Shield
    - 6.4 Wyrmstone
    
    7. Credits
    
    8. Legalities
    
    9. Contact/Questions
    
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    1-INTRODUCTION-1
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    As with its predecessor, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for the Gameboy Advance
    sports a nice variety of secret characters. They come in two flavours: Secret
    and Semi-secret. I'll explain the differences later. Anyhow, it's about time
    someone put all those "Help with Eldena!" and "Can you get Cid?" questions to
    rest. Happy character-collecting! (For lack of a better term.)
    
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    2-UPDATE-2
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    |VERSION 1.01|
    Mistake under the A-Abilities for Eldena corrected. Eldena does not come with
    Cure.
    
    Mistake under the A-Abilities for Littlevilli correcter. Littlevilli comes with
    Doom Archer.
    
    Added more information on how to make "Mission 043 - Clan League Final"
    available.
    
    Added information on the maximum number of clan members.
    
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    3-SECRET CHARACTERS-3
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    These are the characters with their own special sprites. Ezel is the only one
    of these that can be gotten prior to finishing the game. For the rest, you must
    have beaten the Li-Grim.
    
    ***NOTE***
    They'll ALWAYS join your clan (unless your clan is full) once you have
    completed the required steps.
    Also, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ROOM IN YOUR PARTY! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! IF
    YOU DON'T THEY WILL NOT OFFER TO JOIN! The maximum number is 24.
    ***NOTE***
    
    3.1 - |SHARA|
    Finish "A Maiden's Cry" mission (which becomes available soon after the
    completion of the game). NOW GO STRAIGHT TO ANY TOWN! A cutscene will begin to
    play. After the cutscene, Shara should offer to join, if your party isn't full.
    CLASS: Sniper. Has Viera's jobset.
    SKILLS: Change depending on class.
    - Comes with sniper A-ability set "Sharpshoot", with the following mastered:
     - Death Sickle - Sweeps out to afflict doom with horrid speed.
     - Doom Archer - Deal's archer's lost HP worth of damage to HP & MP.
     - Aim: Armour - Shot aimed to destroy armour worn by target.
     - Aim: Weapon - Shot aimer to destroy weapon held by target.
    
    3.2 - |RITZ|
    Finish the mission called "Mortal Snow" (which becomes available soon after
    completion of the game). After it's done, Ritz should offer to join your clan.
    (Easter Egg: The zombies on the mission have the same name as the bullies from
    school in the real world :P)
    CLASS: Fencer. Has a Viera's jobset (even though she's human).
    SKILLS: Change depending on class.
    - Comes with fencer A-ability set "Lunge", with the following mastered:
     - Swarmstrike - Deals damage and poisons like stinging bees.
     - Shadowstick - Attack to hinder movement, reducing target's speed.
     - Featherblow - Flurry of attacks. Good hit rate, light damage.
     - Manastrike - Strikes target's will directly, damaging MP.
     - Piercethrough - Armour-penetrating attack. Also hits unit behind.
    - R-ability "Block Arrows"
    
    3.3 - |EZEL|
    Right before the end of the game (after Cid asks you to help with Ezel's new
    card), go to the Caodan Card Shop, and choose the option "Gossip". Ezel will
    say something about you being a mediator for negotiations between the palace
    and the resistance. Then he will post up a mission in the pub, called
    "Reconciliation" (NOTE! If you haven't finished the first mission he gives you,
    you'll have to do that one first before you get "Reconcilation"). Complete it,
    and you should get Ezel.
    CLASS: Hermetic
    SKILLS:
    - A-ability set called "Hermetics", which includes the following A-abilities:
     - Azoth - Secret Alchemy. Puts all enemies to sleep.
     - Astra - Confers one-time status affliction pretection.
    - R-ability "Block Arrows"
    - S-ability "Weapon Atk+"
    
    
    3.4 - |BABUS|
    Finish the mission called "Left Behind" (which becomes available soon after
    completion of the game) then enter any town. A small cutscene will play, with
    Babus asking you to come along with him to Ambervale. Go straight to the pub,
    and select mission "With Babus".
    Once you've finished that mission, there'll be a scene where Marche asks Babus
    to be his friend. Halfway through the scene, Babus will offer to join. Voila!
    
    There was some inaccuracy here, on my part.
    
    The following CORRECT information was given by Allester Elishia Darkflame:
    
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    I made two save files just before getting the mission. In once case I 
    left the "With Babus" mission in the Pub. I then walked around for 3 
    Ivalice Years(Going through all 5 months completely) and I checked the 
    pub every month, yes it did Vanish, but it came back every Nu Mou
    Month(MadMoon). 
    
    In the second save file I did the same thing, and again the mission 
    reappeared every time. In this I tried it with all the other missions 
    for the "Secret Characters" and found that they too dissapear and 
    REappear every certain month(5Secret Character's, 5 Months, notice 
    the trend yet? =p). 
    
    ~*Arison Dragon*~ 
    ~*Dragon of Balance*~ 
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    Thanks very much! :)
    
    CLASS: Runeseeker
    SKILLS:
    - A-ability set called "Rune", which includes the following A-abilities:
     - Explode - Explosive magical power. Deals enourmous damage.
     - Stillness - Freezes time and space to stop units in an area.
     - Quarter - Saps a quarter of target's HP.
     - Demi - Gravity field. Saps half of target's HP.
    -R-abilty Counter
    
    3.5 - |CID|
    Clear each and every one of the 300 missions available in FFTA.
    
    Here are further detailed instructions, provided by Tedain:
    
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    I finally got Judgemaster Cid. It was not hard to get
    him. All you actually needed to do was go to Bervenia
    Castle and a cut-scene SHOULD appear with Cid in his
    office approached by a ninja. Next, you have to go to
    town and look up new missions. When you do the new
    mission, Cid should appear and help you out. After the
    battle, he asks to join your clan. After he joins you,
    a string of quests appear (1 by 1) at the pubs which
    are doable, but do not show up as one of the 300
    missions.
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    Thank you Tedain :)
    
    CLASS: Judgemaster
    SKILLS:
    - A-ability set called "Advanced Law", which includes the following:
     - Abate - Skips judge's turn once to allow violation. (32 MP)
     - Judge sword - Slash to damage and steal JP.
     - Bind - Immoblizes and disables target for arrest. (16 MP)
     - JP Gift - Give own JP to a deserving friend.
     - Yellow Clip - Nullifies a yellow card from record. (8 MP)
    
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    4-SEMI SECRET CHARACTERS-4
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    These have normal, generic sprites (graphics). They usually have some very nice
    abilities pre-mastered, and they'll join your clan a few levels above average.
    
    ***NOTE***
    Note that even if you have completed what is required to get the character,
    whether or not the character offers to join your clan is compltety random.
    Example: It took me 20+ tries to get Eldena, while I got Lini on the first try.
    It *might* help (I say this very tentatively, though) if you bring along the
    "Ally Finder" or "Ally Finder 2" item. This is not confirmed yet, though.
    ***NOTE***
    
    4.1 - |ELDENA|
    Finish ANY mission successfully (be it Dispatch, Clan Turf, or Battle) with the
    mission item ELDA'S CUP set as one of the mission items you would like to bring
    along, and Eldena MAY offer to join your clan.
    CLASS: Red Mage. Has Viera jobset.
    SKILLS:
    - A-ability set "Red Magic", with the following mastered:
     - Barrier - Raises weapon defense and magic resistance.
     - Doublecast - Cast two spells in quick succession.
    
    4.2 - |LINI|
    Finish ANY mission successfully (be it Dispatch, Clan Turf, or Battle) with the
    mission item THE HERO GAOL set as one of the mission items you would like to
    bring along, and Lini MAY offer to join your clan.
    CLASS: Mog Knight. Has Moogle jobset.
    SKILLS:
    - A-ability set "Charge", with the following mastered:
     - Mog Guard - Focuses power to improve weapon def. and magic res.
     - Ultima Charge - Charge attack born from ultima magic.
    
    4.3 - |CHENEY|
    Finish ANY mission successfully (be it Dispatch, Clan Turf, or Battle) with the
    mission item SNAKE SHIELD set as one of the mission items you would like to
    bring along, and Cheney MAY offer to join your clan.
    CLASS: Hunter. Has Human jobset.
    SKILLS:
    - A-ability set "Hunt", with the following mastered:
     - Capture - Puts live monsters into the monster bank.
     - Ultima Shot - Hunting attack born from ultima magic.
    
    4.4 - |PALLANZA|
    Finish ANY mission successfully (be it Dispatch, Clan Turf, or Battle) with the
    mission item WYRMSTONE set as one of the mission items you would like to bring
    along, and Pallanza MAY offer to join your clan.
    CLASS: Gladiator. Has Bangaa jobset.
    - A-ability set "Spellblade Tech", with the following mastered:
     - Blitz - Uses aggression to sense and attack target. High hit rate, low
       damage.
     - Ultima Sword - Mageblade attack born from ultima magic.
    
    4.5 - |QUIN|
    Complete mission 063 - MISSING PROFESSOR. (This mission is located at the
    Tubola Caves) Quin MAY offer to join your clan upon conclusion of the mission.
    CLASS: Sage. Has Nu mou jobset.
    SKILLS:
    - A-ability set "Sagacity Skill", with the following mastered:
     - Giga Flare - More powerful version of "flare." Area affect.
     - Ultima Blow - Powerful sage attack born from ultima magic.
    
    4.6 - |LITTLEVILLI|
    Complete mission 043 - CLAN LEAGUE. (This mission is located at Bervenia
    Palace) Littlevilli may offer to join your clan upon conclusion of the mission.
    To make mission 043 - Clan League available, you must complete Missions 40
    through 42 (which become available after surviving against Llednar), read the
    rumour "Clan League Final", and complete the clan missions Yellow Powerz,
    Blue Geniuses, Brown Rabbits and White Kupos. (These are Reserve missions)
    CLASS: Sniper. Has Viera jobset.
    SKILLS:
    - A-ability set "Sharpshoot", with the following mastered:
     - Doubleshot - Attack twice in quick succession.
     - Doom Archer - Deals archer's lost HP worth of damage to HP & MP.
    
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    5-TIPS-5
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    It seems many people have trouble getting the Seecret and Semi-secret
    characters. Well, this is to help you:
    
    1. With the secret characters, sometimes players seem to have trouble getting
    them to offer to join your party. There is but one reason for this: NO ROOM IN
    YOUR PARTY. Their offering to join your clan IS NOT a random event. It should
    happen. (Maximum party members: 24)
    
    2. Let's use Eldena as an example for this one. Many, many players try once,
    with Elda's Cup set as the mission item, and Eldena doesn't turn up. This is
    because, with the semi-secret characters, whether they offer to join your clan
    or not IS RANDOM! Chance and probability, capeesh? :) I had to try 20 times to
    get Eldena. So keep trying!
    
    3. Many people suggest you save before you do a mission to try to get one of
    the semi-secret characters, and reset and try again if you don't get him/her.
    I agree with the saving part, but you DO NOT have to reset. If you bring an
    item on a mission where it is not required, IT STAYS in you inventory. So you
    can keep going, try a DIFFERENT mission, and bring the item along again. That
    way you don't hinder your progress whilst trying to get the characters.
    
    4. With semi-secret characters: DO NOT DO THE MISSION WHERE THE MISSION ITEM
    IS REQUIRED!! You don't have to! If you do, you'll lose the item! So bring it
    along on ANY OTHER mission, so you can keep trying. You cannot get another
    Elda's cup, Wyrmstone, Snake Shield or The Hero Gaol.
    
    5. Some people still haven't gotten this figured out. Well, here's how you
    bring items along on missions:
    a - Go to the pub, and select a mission.
    b - Now you should be at the mission info. page. E.g. Uldaon Bog: Won't someone
    help me build a bridge over Uladon Bog? It would really speed up travel.
    Iluluna, Young girl.
    c - Press a once. If this is a dispatch, you should now be at where you choose
    who to send. If it's battle, or clan mission, then go straight to step e.
    d - Press a once.
    e - Now you're at the screen that says "Choose what to bring on [Uladon Bog]"
    f - Press up once, and press a. Then select the item. Voila!
    
    6. It is *possible* that if you send a character on a dispatch mission with two
    of the items that are required, you will have a higher chance of getting one or
    another of the characters. i.e. Send a character off with Elda's Cup and The 
    Hero Gaol, and you'll have a higher chance of getting EITHER Eldena or Lini.
    This is unconfirmed, however.
    
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    6-MISSION ITEMS-6
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    6.1 - |ELDA'S CUP|
    Finish Mission 123 - HUNGRY GHOST. It appears after story mission "antilaws"
    and you need a "Dragon Bone" to complete.
    
    6.2 - |THE HERO GAOL|
    Finish Mission 062 - Oasis Frogs. It appears after story mission "Twisted Flow"
    
    6.3 - |SNAKE SHIELD|
    Finish Mission 165 - Hundred-Eye. It appears after the Exodus battle.
    
    6.4 - |WYRMSTONE|
    Finish Mission 031 - Ruby-Red mission. It appears after the "Wyrms Awaken"
    mission, which in turn appears after "Desert Patrol".
    
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    7-CREDITS-7
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    Thanks to the many and varied authors and repliers on the many and varied
    threads on the Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Board. This is where I scraped
    together all my information.
    
    Thanks to Racoberts for starting the thread that started this guide.
    
    Thanks to Racoberts, Yadotian Spy and many various others for providing
    information.
    
    Thanks to Marc for correcting a large amount of mistakes in this FAQ.
    
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    8-LEGALITIES-8
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    This file is Copyright (c) 2004 Desmond Chiam. All rights reserved.
    
    Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and all its images are Copyright (c) by Square
    Enix.
    
    This guide may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for
    personal, private use. The file was written completely by me unless otherwise
    acknowledged in Credits. It must not be distributed publicly without advance
    permission from the writer. Use of this guide on any web site other than
    www.gamefaqs.com and www.ign.com, or as a part of any public display is
    strictly prohibited,and a violation of copyright.
    
    If you want to use part of this guide in your own guide, please ask first.
    
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    9-CONTACT/QUESTIONS-9
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    Ok. My FFTA days are long over. You may ask a question at
    d_isfordes@hotmail.com, BUT due to a VERY busy schedule, I may not be able to
    answer. I apologise in advance for this, but it is unavoidable. In addition,
    my answers may no longer be as accurate as they should be. Corrections are
    still welcome but I cannot guarantee that I put every one up, for the above
    reasons. No questions regarding anything OTHER than secret characters, too,
    please.
    
    Also you may have noticed that I spell certain words funny. I'm Australian.
    Get over it. In my books, color = colour. So there. :P
    
    ======END OF GUIDE======