Final Fantasy 6 Advanced Character FAQ
                           Meeplelard
                 Date: 6/4/09    Version: 0.4

Table of Contents:
FAQ History
Legal Stuff
1. Overview of the game itself
2. Introduction to the FAQ
3. Summary of the FAQ
4. Abbreviation Index
5. The characters!
 -Terra
 -Locke
 -Cyan
 -Shadow
 -Edgar
 -Sabin
 -Celes
 -Strago
 -Relm
 -Setzer
 -Mog
 -Gau
 -Gogo
 -Umaro
6. Character Growth Suggestions
7. Temporary Characters
8. Character Team Suggestions 
9. Equipment Locations
10. Character Rankings
11. Frequently Asked Questions
12. Credits

FAQ History:
Version 0.1
-Creation of FAQ. I refuse to go into detail here
Version 0.2
-Fixed a universal mistake of spelling "Apocalypse" as "Apocolypse" as 
well as a less universal spelling mistake of "Snow Scarf" as 
"Snowscarf."
-Changed a few more outdated instances in terms of names
-Removed that extraneous mention of 9999x8 regarding Locke in 
Miscellaneous info section (in that there were two of them, now there's 
only one)
-Added in a new way to get some equipment here and there
-Added to the FAQ section
-Added a few more comments on characters
-Started the Team section
-Added in the Abbreviation Index
Version 0.3
-Added in a few more set ups here and there
-Some grammatical errors fixed (mainly spelling), which this FAQ 
really, really needs.
Version 0.4
-Fixed up some grammatical issues
-Added some more info here and there
-Editted some set ups
-Added another question to FAQs
Version 0.5
-Changed all instances of “Battle Power” to “Attack” as its listed in 
game
-Added in “Temporary Charactrs” section.


Legal Stuff: 
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1. Overview of the Game Itself
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Ok, I think at this point you know what Final Fantasy 6 is.  Its the 
6th installment in an ever growing series that has started back on the 
NES, a game about a war 1000 years prior set civilization back a bit, 
and now an evil empire is trying to use magic to take over the world, 
and there's a mysterious girl in giant armor that attacks a city for 
the sake of a frozen esper...come on, I know you've played this.  If 
you haven't, why are you reading this FAQ?  What? Personal amusement or 
tips before you start the game? Well, in that case, this is a FAQ about 
game play, NOT about plot; if you want plot details, play the game or 
something, or find some plot summary somewhere else.  Yeah, I know, I 
sound like a jerk, but who's the bigger jerk? The jerk who doesn't tell 
plot details in a game play FAQ, or the jerk who goes into a character 
FAQ hoping to find plot details cause they're too lazy to play the 
game? ...no, don't answer that.

So what is FF6 Advanced? Well, after a point, Square-enix decided they 
could milk a lot of money by re-releasing some older games, especially 
if they threw in some random extra features here and there.  This 
started with Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls, which was Final Fantasy 1 and 
Final Fantasy 2, using their FFOrigins graphics, rebalanced and some 
aspects changed here and there, with new dungeons in FF1's case and a 
new after game in FF2's case.  This led to the creation of the 
"Advanced" series, which was the 3 SNES Final Fantasy's (aka Final 
Fantasy 4-6) being released, with some additions that fit the game, and 
an after game.  In Final Fantasy 6 Advanced's case, the game had a few 
noteworthy bugs removed (Evade, Blind, and Vanish/Instant Death spell 
are the big ones), and three new Espers added on.  It also had a new 
translation, for better or worse.

If its not obvious, this FAQ is based on the Final Fantasy 6 Advanced, 
but by this point, it should be obvious.  Oh, also note that, to avoid 
confusion, the game that this is a "remake" of was originally released 
in the US as "Final Fantasy 3" back on the SNES.  When it was ported 
and re-released on the PSX (complete with random extra features like an 
intro and ending FMV!), it was given its proper name in "Final Fantasy 
6."  While most people know this by now, there are some who still don't 
and get confused over this fact.  Sad, but true, felt it was worth 
noting.

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2. Introduction to the FAQ
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If this FAQ seems kind of familiar based on the name and table of 
contents, the person writing it...well, maybe perhaps cause it is.  I 
wrote a FAQ for the original version of this game (or at least, FF3US, 
since its SLIGHTLY different than FF6j) and figured I'd write one for 
this version too.  So...why not just C+P the old FAQ and shove it here?  
The reason being that FF6 Advanced has more changes than you might 
think offhand?  I'll get to that later.

For those that this FAQ does NOT seem familiar, the FAQ exists to take 
an in-depth look at each character, note their strengths, weaknesses, 
miscellaneous strategies, good set ups for them, random objective facts 
like their base stats, what have you.  I'm trying to take as an 
objective as possible stance on these characters though bare in mind 
that I am a puny mortal, so there's a good chance I'll accidentally 
fall into the realm of subjectivity, so don't get all crazy if I do.  
I'll be forced to unleash the trained death gorillas...which aren't yet 
trained...nor do they actually exist yet...on you if you do.

Regardless, why write this FAQ, ignoring that I already wrote one? The 
reason being a lot of people take a look at a character, see a scrubby 
skill set, and dismiss them as useless.  Sadly, this smacks some 
characters like Celes who have other redeeming features.  Other 
characters have a nice skill here and there, and absolutely nothing 
else, yet because the player is too lazy to even try anything else, the 
character looks relatively great.  Other characters get the hype they 
deserve, but for all the wrong reasons, like take Edgar who gets hyped 
sometimes for his late game Tools worth, when Tools are rather 
unimpressive by that point, however, they totally ignore what really 
makes him good in his potentially strong set ups due to equipment.

Now, why write this FAQ since I already wrote one?  FF6a added in a few 
changes since the previous versions of the game.  Most notable is the 
fact that Evade now works and M. Block is no longer the god stat it use 
to be. This alters some set ups as now some weapons like the 
Swordbreaker have an actual use.  A few other differences include how, 
compared to the SNES version anyway, the game uses Japanese MP Growths 
so your MP is higher throughout the entire game (most notable early on 
when that 30 extra MP you have matters when your magic costs 4-5 MP 
each.) It also added in Dragon's Den and Soul Shrine, as well as new 
equipment that alter characters.  Lastly, name changes...this is 
another huge reason.  The old FAQ used terms like "Stunner," "Tempest," 
"Offering" and "Pummel" while in FF6a, those don't exist and the 
equivalents are "Kagenui," "Kazekiri," "Master's Scroll" and "Raging 
Fist" respectively.  If its not obvious, I'll be using FF6a terms best 
to my ability, though I might accidentally slip in an old translation 
term, since I'm use to it; if I do, feel free to e-mail me so I correct 
it, for consistency purposes.


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3. Summary of the FAQ
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Alright, now that you know what this FAQ is about, how am I going about 
doing it? Ok, sure, everyone at level 99 with godly equipment can rip 
apart crap easily enough, since levels are factored into algorithms and 
you have over 9k HP, etc, but that isn't much of a FAQ now is it? No, 
I'm assuming reasonable levels.  This is to say, levels you'd get if 
you didn't level grind much (something beyond, say, level 50 feels over 
leveled, at least prior Dragon's Den.)  Naturally, I'll be assuming 
reasonable levels throughout the game, relative to that point of the 
game.  So while level 50 at, say, Kefka's Tower isn't too bad, level 50 
at the Floating Continent is clearly over leveled, let alone level 50 
at the Narshe Battle sequence cause you abuse the Lete River Tricks.

Naturally, I won't assume you're doing a challenge either.  This isn't 
to say I might bring up as a side note about a characters worth during 
an LLG or something, but primarily, I'll be focusing on normal play.  
This is to say, all equipment allowed, no trying to avoid levels 
(though again, no trying to GAIN them for no other purpose beyond power 
leveling), Espers allowed, what have you.  If you restrict yourself, 
that's your own fault, I don't know how you play, I'm going to assume 
universal normal playing styles.

In other words, don't expect to see much hype regarding the Genji Glove 
+ Master's Scroll + Ultima Weapon + Valiant Knife (or in the after 
game, Ultima Weaponx2) being 9999x8, cause really, that set up won't 
happen at levels that are reasonable.

I'll also evaluate characters over the course of the game. I mean, 
sure, Sabin having great damage with Phantom Rush is nice in the second 
half of the game for damage, but what about before he gets that? 
There's a whole half of the game earlier, so how he is without that 
kind of matters, be it good or bad on a relative scale.

Also, if this is the first time you've read one of my FAQs, I try to be 
humor toned and not totally serious at times, cause who wants to read a 
total wall of text and have nothing but seriousness? What? You do? 
Well, tough! If you want a serious FAQ, go read something else, as this 
one is going to be an attempt to entertain while providing good info! I 
mean, geez, why must all of you be critics? ...ok, I apologize for that 
outburst, but my point stands! 

Anyway, intro Mumbo Jumbo is done, now for cheese, cake, pie, and THE 
CHARACTERS THEMSELVES!

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4. Abbreviation Index
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I will be using a lot of abbreviations, acronyms, short hand, whatever 
you want to call them, in this FAQ.  Why? Cause it's a lot easier to 
write "FC" than "Floating Continent" every time, and it saves space.  
However, while this lingo is pretty common talk on the message boards, 
I can't assume everyone who reads these FAQs is common message board 
folk.  So without further ado, here are the abbreviations!  Note that 
some might not have been used, but I can't keep track of everything I 
use, so I'm listing them anyway! 

HP: Hit Points. Damn near every RPG, and many nonRPG games for that 
matter, have these; they're what lets you live.
MP: Magic Points. What you need to cast magic, every time you cast a 
spell, a certain value, dependant on the spell, is subtracted from 
this.  A lot of RPGs use this fundamental too (though, recently, RPGs 
have been moving away from using tradition MP...)
MHP: Maximum HP. Refers to the HP score where you are considered "Fully 
Healed."
CHP: Current HP. The exact HP score you have, which is what matters for 
living.
MMP: Maximum MP. Pretty much self-explanatory
CMP: Current MP. Also self-explanatory.
ST: Single Target. Hits only one enemy/ally.
MT: Multitarget. Hits more than one enemy/ally.
WoB: World of Balance. Refers to the section of the game starting from 
the very beginning until the end of the Floating Continent (IOWs, the 
first half of the game)
WoR: World of Ruin. Refers to the part of the game that is after the 
Floating Continent (IOWs, the second half of the game.)
FC: Floating Continent. A specific dungeon that often gets abbreviated, 
mostly because it's a big dungeon that's used as a landmark for the 
halfway point.
ATB: Active Time Battle.  The style of combat FF6 takes, where battles 
are sort of real time, instead of strictly turn based.  Anytime this is 
mentioned, it's referring to an aspect of the battle system (like "ATB 
Gauge" refers to the little bar that fills up to indicate a character's 
turn.)
AKA: Also Known As. I assume most people know this, but in case you 
don't, this basically means the thing in question has an alternate name 
or way to refer to it.
IOW: In Other Words. See above, except this exists more as a clarity 
statement, rather than referencing the item in a possibly more 
recognizable manner...if that makes sense.
IIRC: If I Recall Correctly. Basically, this indicates I am speaking 
out of memory, and haven't quite double checked it, as in, I am only 
human, I can make mistakes when I rely on my own memory, this is here 
to indicate a chance of error.
FF6: Final Fantasy 6. If I have to explain what this is, I will cry...
 


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5. The Characters!
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Alright, yeah, see? Told you I'd come to the character themselves! 
Well, first and foremost, the set up of the FAQ.  Kind of important you 
know what things are going to look like, so C+Ping from the OTHER FAQ I 
made like this, and modifying when modifying is necessary, here's how 
the layout will be done! 


 ====
|Name|
 ====

#Class Name#

Extra HP: The HP gains + This = Raw HP.  Given how FF6's HP system 
works, this is the ONLY difference in HP, so don't expect characters to 
have varying HP scores.  It is worth noting, in fairness, that Gau now 
gets a unique helmet (the Dueling Mask) that adds 25% HP, and Umaro 
gets a unique relic (Bone Wrist) that adds 50% HP, so if they have 
unexplained HP boost coming from somewhere, that'd be why.
Extra MP: The MP version of the above
Strength: Stat that determines physical damage.  Generally, 1 point of 
Strength = 2 points of Attack, as a quick comparison
Speed: This + 20 = Characters Linear speed, or rather, how fast the ATB 
gauge raises.  Just need to note this so you know just how fast 
characters are.  Also, near as I can tell, it plays a role in how much 
the ATB gauge starts filled at the beginning of the battle.
Stamina: Stat that determines HP healed from Regen and Tintinnabulum, 
damage done from Poison and Seizure, and the hit rate of certain 
attacks?yeah, this stat sucks, just listing it for completion purposes 
(same with Extra HP)
Magic Power: Determines damage dealt by magic attacks.  All things 
considered, this is a raw multiplier
Attack: Character's base Attack.  This + Weapon's Attack = True Attack.  
Note that the status screen will claim its 10 higher than this w/ no 
weapons.  This is cause you're ACTUALLY equipped with a weapon that has 
10 Attack (Fists, or "Empty" as the game calls it), odd as it sounds.
Defense: Characters base defense.  This + Helmet + Shield + Armor + 
Relics (if anyway) = True Defense.  Higher this value, lower damage you 
take from physicals.
Evasion: How good you are at dodging physicals.  Note that this stat is 
a bit misleading, since it uses 128 as a base, not 100, despite the % 
symbol, so yeah, for true evade, divide the value you have by 128.
Magic Defense: See Defense, more or less, changing what should be 
obvious.
Magic Evasion: The Magic version of evade
Desperation: Also known as "Near Fatal Attacks"; characters use this 
move when they are at low HP (when they crouch, IOWs) and use the Fight 
Command, with a 1/16 chance of kicking in.  All character's 
Desperations are Magical Attacks that ignore Evade and Defense.  The 
exception to this are Relm and Strago's which are simply instant death 
that doesn't fail barring Immunity.
Special ability: What their unique ability is. 
Effects: Quick explanation of the special ability.

Character Analysis: 
Lengthy look at the character, descriptive and such.  The boring yada 
yadas.  The meat of the FAQ or something.  Also, I will be noting how 
the character changed compared to their original self, if there's a 
significant difference.


Strategies for Character X throughout the game: 
Point by point tips for how to make the character effective at 
different parts of the game.

Character X's Ultimate and Noteworthy equips:
Weapons: 
Ultimate and/or Noteworthy weapons listed here (no particular order)  
If you are curious where to get these, they will be listed later in the 
FAQ. 
 
Helmets:
See above, replace Weapon with Helmet

Armor: 
Figure this part out for yourself <_<

Note: I am skipping Shields, since for all characters, ultimate shields 
are universal (sans Umaro, whose speshul)  This just saves time, and 
makes things look overall cleaner.  The exception to this is the 
Crystal Shield, which is a decent supplement shield usable only by 
Terra, Celes, Edgar, Setzer and Cyan.  For those wondering, the 
universal Noteworthy shields are Paladin's Shield, Genji Shield, Aegis 
Shield, Thunder Shield, Force Shield and Tortoise Shield (even if you 
aren't an Imp, this has some uses due to that 30% Evasion and Magic 
Evasion)
Note 2: Some items I'm just listing for completion purposes, even I 
myself don't believe they are actually worth using.  This is just to 
avoid later complaints like "What about the X weapon!" or "You Forgot 
Armor Omega!" and such.  Its mostly just showing they have that option 
available.

End game Character X Set Ups: 
Several set ups, and descriptions about them for making a character 
useful later in the game.  Things to aim for, per se, in the WoR. I 
will be factoring in Dragon's Den here, mind, so if you don't have 
something cause its really late, look at the list of noteworthy equips 
to find a supplement, or look for a different set up that keeps that in 
mind.

Set Ups are done in this order: 
Right Hand (usually weapon)
Left Hand (usually Shield)
Headgear
Armor
Relic 1
Relic 2

Description of Set Up here.  Do note that I am purposely trying to 
avoid some exclusive equips in these set ups, so don't expect to see 
"Paladin's Shield" unless the set up desperately calls for it (like 
128% Evasion 128% Magic Evasion set ups, for example.)  Often though, I 
will be noting alternatives for equips to save space (like saying Red 
Cap/Genji Helm) for this reason, as well as it partially coming down to 
what the user wants.

In fact, to help explain this, I'll show you one universal set up that 
works for just about any character! This also lets me get this out of 
the way now, and explains why I listed certain equips on every 
character when no one ends up using them <.<   

Death God Dragoon Imp: 
Impartisan
Tortoise Shield
Saucer
Reed Cloak
Dragoon Boots
Dragon Horn

For this set up to work, if the equipment and name don't give it away, 
you MUST, and I must emphasize this again, ****MUST**** have the 
character in question under Imp status.  Done that part? Good.  This 
set up yields a totally one dimensional character who is also a 
complete tank to physical AND magic damage, who immunes Water to boot.  
Since Impartisan still counts as a spear, it gets the full benefit of 
Jump, and is being used with its 255 Attack as well.  If you have 
a character you want to use, but feel like they're lagging on damage or 
defenses, you might consider this Imp set up, though it does change 
their sprite, so it might not feel like that character.  Granted, this 
set up has a few noteworthy flaws.  For starters, uses both Relic 
slots, so only thing guarding you against Status effects is that Magic 
Evasion (which Tortoise Shield does grant a decent amount, in 
fairness), which also applies to enemies casting Imp on you, thus 
REMOVING the status, yielding you with a near defenseless (to 
physicals) character wielding a weak weapon.  Also, being an Imp, it 
can't cast any magic but the Imp spell, so it can't fall back to 
utility purposes.  Finally, if you are hit with a status, you can't 
heal using a Remedy item (Esuna still works, mind, since that doesn't 
heal the Imp status.)  Despite these flaws, this set up isn't half bad, 
just indicating it's not PERFECT.

...see how I did that? Yeah, equipment descriptions will look something 
like that (though they won’t all be THAT long).  Again, while that was a 
demonstrative one, it *WAS* a serious set up, just a universal one, so 
instead of indicating it for every damn character, figured I'd toss it 
here.  So it's serving a dual purpose (demonstrating how sets are going 
to look, and showing a universal set up.)

Miscellaneous Info about Character:
Bringing up a few points about the character, be it positive, negative, 
non-factors or whatever, which just didn't seem to fit anywhere else, 
for people to take as they will.  

Skill set:
Lists the characters skill set, if they have one.  For Terra and Celes, 
this will be their natural magic.  If character has an actual skill set 
(meaning not just Steal, for example), and its NOT Magic, I'll give 
thoughts about the abilities as well. 

Final Thoughts:  quick recap of the character, and my personal thoughts 
on them.

The order of characters I'm going in...well, since apparently going in 
order of appearance threw some people off regarding my previous FAQ, 
I'll be going in order of numerical character value.  This is the same 
order characters appear in shops and on the airship, purely cause 
that's the number they were programmed as.

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| TERRA |
 =======

#Magitek Elite#

Extra HP: 40
Extra MP: 16
Strength: 31
Speed: 33
Stamina: 28
Magic Power: 39
Attack: 12
Defense: 42
Evasion: 5%
Magic Defense: 33
Magic Evasion: 7%
Level Readjustment: +0
Desperation: Riot Blade 
Special Ability: Trance/Revert
Effect: When used, all damage dealt is doubled, and all magic damage 
received is halved.  This does not effect damage if it ignores defense 
(see Ultima) or if the damage follows some special algorithm (like 
Gravity.)  While in Trance status, healing from Regen status and damage 
from Poison/Seizure status are doubled as well.  Using this does *NOT* 
reset the ATB gauge, as she gets a turn instantly; same applies to 
Revert.  After using Trance, her ATB gauge will turn into a Green Bar 
that slowly decreases, which when emptied, she will automatically (as 
though a free action) revert back to normal.  Trance's length is based 
on how many Magic Ability Points earned after fight (the kind that 
teach Magic, IOWs), and you need at least 8 for the command to even 
work.  Note that Terra does NOT start the game with Trance, only gains 
this after a certain plot event when she rejoins.  Also worth noting 
that when she rejoins in the World of Ruin, Trance's length doubles.  
If Terra is under some status that stops the ATB Gauge (Sleep, Stop and 
Freeze, for example), and the gauge runs out while she's in this 
status, she will remain in Trance status until either Revert is used, 
or the end of battle, due to a bug.  Note that Trance's damage boost is 
a multiplier in the same vain as Critical Hits, Jump and Berserk, so if 
one of those is in effect, the damage boost won't be strictly double 
(it actually adds 1 more Mult to damage, in practice, so if you have 
Berserk, you'd be doing 2.5x damage (1 base, 1 from Morph, 0.5 from 
Berserk), not 3x damage, if that makes sense)

NOTE: Terra has another special feature related to her.  If she’s in 
Magitek Armor, she will gain 4 new moves IN ADDITION to the usual 4 
Magitek Attacks (Fire Beam, Ice Beam, Thunder Beam and Heal Force), those 
being Magitek Missile, Confuser, Bio Blaster, and Banisher.  These 4 
moves are unique to her and no one else has access to them.

Character Analysis:
Terra is one of the most respected, often debated as the best, 
character in the game.  Between her good magic stat, great equipment, 
and Trance turning her into a nasty boss fighter, she has a strong case 
for this argument.  While it may sound unintuitive that a character 
whose special is totally situational and needs to be used 
conservatively is top tier, this actually is a good example of how FF6 
characters are not based entirely on their skill set.  In fact, even if 
situational, Trance is one of the few skill sets not rendered obsolete 
by Magic or Fight.

Terra’s early game appearance isn’t particularly amazing, admittedly.  
Her primary function here is acting as your healer, which would be her 
niche.  Her being a little underleveled hurts her durability and damage 
some, though, considering all the Fire Weak enemies, her offense tends to 
be fine, so long as you don’t mind spending some MP.  The underleveled 
aspect tends to work itself away by the Lethe River, which go figure, is 
the point of the game where her healing is near useless due to Banon, 
though her offense remains good since every enemy there is weak to Fire 
(downside? Sabin exists and makes her look relatively worse now.)  
Basically, Terra’s somewhat middling in the early parts of the game; not 
bad, but hardly stellar either.

Terra's relative greatness starts showing when she rejoins.  Despite 
that this is the point of the game you get Trance, that's the not 
reason (mostly cause its still a while until you fight your first 
boss.)  The reason is because Terra's equipment starts to show at this 
point, with all that magic boosting stuff, and stronger magic is now 
available to teach her, which off her game best (for that time) magic 
turns her into a quick Death Goddess.  There's also Osmose existing, 
which kills MP arguments, being a spell that makes MP a self-renewable 
resource.  It’s nice too, since Terra is forced into the next few 
sections of the game (Sealed Cave, and the whole Thamasa arc), so 
you'll want your characters at your strongest.  When faced against a 
boss? Outcomes Trance, and watch the boss go splat in only a few turns.  
To be blunt, if set up properly, using Trance, Terra can actually one 
hit kill Flame Eater, and hit the damage limit on bosses like Ultros.

It’s worth noting that Terra does learn some magic naturally.  However, 
most beyond the early game, there's a good chance she'll learn these 
spells through Espers faster anyway, since a lot of them are gotten at 
levels higher than you'd like, or Espers teach them earlier than you'd 
expect, what have you.  For what spells she can learn, refer to a bit 
further down in Terra's "Skill set" section.

When the World of Ruin kicks in, and Terra rejoins, she only gets 
better.  As a minor boost, mentioned earlier in the skill part, Trance 
now has double the duration.  The main things Terra gets now, however, 
are the godly equipment options.  While things like the Enhancer isn't 
as good as it use to be (due to Evasion working properly), they're 
still damn fine equipment, since the +7 Magic Power is certainly not 
something to scoff at. And then there's the Minerva Bustier, which is 
about as good an armor as you'll get in this game beyond arguably the 
Snow Scarf.  Sporting defenses just a bit below the Genji Armor, it 
grants a good boost to stats (most importantly +4 Magic Power), 10% 
Magic Evasion, resists all 8 elements, including nullification of the 
big 3 (Fire, Ice and Lightning, for later reference when I say "Big 
3"), as well as Wind.  This armor alone secures Terra's spot in 
equipment greatness, as only one other character (Celes) gets this.

Its worth noting that Terra has a good amount of availability, only 
really missing the early WoR, so that she has plenty of Esper Time to 
secure that her stats never quite fall behind.  I suppose this isn’t so 
much an advantage as it is more just her evading a flaw, as she doesn’t 
particularly stand out in Esper time.  She does miss the Factory, but 
given the Esper Boosts there are meager at best, and the way her levels 
tend to end up and how the better Espers are available around the same 
time she joins, she’ll break even in practice.  Its also worth noting 
that cause most of the noteworthy Espers don’t appear until close to when 
she rejoins that she is never really falling behind on Magic; the same 
applies later in the WoR where she can be recruited before just about any 
new Esper barring Fenrir, whose only noteworthy spell is Banish which is 
taught pretty fast anyway.

While at first glance, Terra might seem like a strict mage, especially 
with all the plot hype, the second highest Magic score in the game, 
those early magish equips and the low end physical stats, she is in 
fact not that.  Terra is actually more closely resembling a Red Mage 
type character; she might be better with Magic than physicals, but her 
physical side isn't a total lost cause.  Her weapons are never bad, in 
fact, early on she gets Rune Blade which has Critical Hits at the cost 
of MP, (though it does less damage and costs more than casting Fire, so 
advised against using it for damage purposes), in addition to boosting 
Evasion as a bonus, and when she rejoins, the Elemental Swords exist for 
nailing weaknesses, the Morning Star works if you want to keep her in the 
back row, and Ultima Weapon exists for ignoring defense (though its power 
is a bit limited at lower levels and being HP reliant makes it probably 
not optimal.)  Later in the game, she gets some really nasty weapons in 
things like the Lightbringer, Ragnarok, and Apocalypse, all of which have 
255 Battle Power (in practice), +7 vigor and 100% Critical Hit rates at 
the expense of MP (and unlike, say, Ultima Weapon, these get boosted with 
Trance.)

Speaking of those last three weapons...
Terra is one of the only 4 characters to naturally get Lightbringer 
(meaning no Merit Award) and thus can STILL achieve perfect evasion, 
though actually has to work for it now, as it can only be achieved with 
Paladin Shield or dual Lightbringers.  Disregarding that set up? Just 
being able to use the darn thing is notable enough, since its an evil 
little weapon that is completely unmatched in greatness; even Dragon's 
Den stuff can't compare.  If you for whatever reason missed 
Lightbringer (or Ragnarok for that matter; despite mentioning it above, 
I tend to assume you get Lightbringer if you have a Ragnarok, since its 
generally better in everyway.  From now on, assume I'm skipping 
Ragnarok for that reason), Terra can still get a reasonably strong 
weapon in Apocalypse in Dragon's Den.  Not quite the same level of 
Lightbringer, but still pretty darn good and better than her other Non-
Lightbringer options (which says a decent amount on its own, since 
Terra's weapon draw is hardly lagging), and also one of the only 
Dragon's Den weapons actually worth noting; it also doubles as a nice 
compliment to Lightbringer for physical set ups with Terra using Genji 
Glove.

All in all, Terra's damn good character.  While her uses might not be 
quite as obvious as other characters due to a situational special 
ability, she doesn't really need anything more than that; a special 
that works well in situations combined with a nice equipment draw and 
stats to bolster a good universal skill set, and even brings in a 
competent physical and decent defenses at the same time.  All in all, 
as I said earlier, she's sort of like a Red Mage, except taken a level 
up cause she more excels at both Magic and Physical damage, instead of 
being balanced in them.


Strategies for Terra throughout the game:
-Put Terra in the back row, until/unless you seriously start 
considering using her physical with non Chain Flail/Morning 
Star/Lightbringer weapons (all row ignoring.)  She has enough MP to 
last her in the early parts, and you want your healer to not die.  Not 
to mention early game Edgar is sufficient enough for offense.
-Speaking of MP, due to the nature of the early game, those early 
Sleeping Bags you get work well for refilling her MP mid dungeon.  In 
fact, having her cast Cure on the entire team, then using a Sleep Bag on 
her is just as effective as using a Tent.
-Genji Glove + Gigas Glove works nicely as a combo if you want to 
conserve MP for Terra on Lethe River or Narshe Battle sequence, though 
the latter might be tough to justify given Locke wants that combo more, 
so probably best to just keep Terra acting as a mage.
-Give Terra the Silk Robe and Magus Hat for Narshe Battle Sequence; 
defense loss from Iron Helm is negligible, and only Green beret is 
debatably better than Magus Hat, though that is usable by everyone and 
they have worse supplemental options anyway (barring Celes, who also 
gets Magus Hat.) Silk Robe's boost to Magic Power, better speed (Iron 
Armor lowers speed by 2), and higher magic defense make it a better 
option as well.
-If you want, give Terra an Earring or two as well, for the extra 
punch.  This partially relies on what team Terra is paired with granted 
(if she's paired with, say, Edgar, I'd advise against it, since Edgar 
can cover offense well enough by himself, so Terra can focus on casting 
Cure to keep the team alive.)
-Speaking of Narshe battle Sequence as well, it’s worth noting that Terra 
is best separated from Celes.  First off, they both have Cure, so they 
fill the same role there.  Next off, Celes makes Heavy Armors immediately 
casts Tek Barrier at the beginning of the fight, which grants Reflect, 
which means now Terra can’t hurt them either; such a flaw does not occur 
if Terra is separated from Celes.
-When Terra rejoins, get her the Ara spells (recommended through 
Maduin, unless you're fine with just one, in which case, I suggest 
Shiva), Osmose (recommended through Zona Seeker; if you don't have him, 
Shiva works too), and Bio (Catoblepas.)  Obviously, teaching her healing 
magic through Seraphim is a good idea too, but that is something you 
should be doing with every character anyway (more healers is always a 
good thing!)
-Its also around this time that you should start deciding whether you 
want Terra to be a Mage or a Fighter, and try to raise her appropriate 
stat accordingly.  Especially if you choose fighter, as you'll need as 
many Strength boosts as possible for it to have an impact, so you will 
want that head start.
-White Dress is probably Terra's best armor in the World of Balance.  
While worse defensively than the Golden Armor and the Gaia Gear, the +5 
Magic Power more than makes up for it.  Gaia Gear might be worth 
considering though, as it stops a few attacks on the Floating 
Continent, so don’t forget it exists.
-Elemental Weapons should be Terra's weapon of choice, due to the Magic 
Power Bonus, and how she can often hit a weakness with one of them for 
optimal physical damage, especially if the random spell kicks (though 
probably requires Front Row here for best effects.)  Morning Star 
doesn't hurt if you want to keep her in the back row and use her as a 
fighter, just be sure to give her Genji Glove.
-Once Terra gets the Mystery Veil, it'd be a wise idea to keep this on 
her.  The only time I might advise against this is if you feel you need 
defenses, then use Red Cap for its HP and Strength Boosts (Genji Helm and 
Oath Veil are just not worth it on her).  This should be Terra's helmet 
of choice regardless, though, if she's going the Mage path, at all points 
in the game (those above options mainly exist for Fighter Terra route.)
-Speaking of Armors, Minerva Bustier all the way once that’s available.  
Really is no competition in this regard, especially with evade fixed, 
making Force Armor not as good as it use to be.
-Terra’s weapon of choice should ultimately be Lightbringer/Apocalypse 
(depends on what everyone else is using.)  Before then? Enhancer for Mage 
Terra, Organyx for Fighter Terra, with Gladius/Excalibur on the side to 
hit Holy Elemental weakness (maybe a Man Eater, if you want to conserve 
Organyx.) 
-Obviously, if taken down the mage route, Terra should be learning 
strong spells.  I don’t just mean “Teach her Ultima!”, I mean just give 
her some late game spell(s) so that her damage is kept up to par.  For 
what kind of spells I mean, check the Frequently Asked Questions section.
-Use Trance SPARINGLY in Dragon's Den, more so than usual.  I say this 
because not a single enemy in Dragon's Den gives you AP, so once Terra 
runs out, its either leave Dragon's Den to "refuel" Trance, or just 
continue the rest of the way without it.  This isn't to say that Terra 
becomes worthless without Trance, but its something to keep in mind 
when you plan on using it.  Ideally, best fight to use Trance on is 
probably Skull Dragon, cause she her “offense” benefits most due to the 
nature of that fight.

Terra's Ultimate and other Noteworthy equipment
Weapons (listed in no particular order):
Lightbringer
Ultima Weapon
Enhancer
Apocalypse
Ragnarok
Zantetsuken
Excalibur
Organyx
Impartisan

Helmets:
Mystery Veil
Circlet
Red Cap
Genji Helm
Oath Veil
Green Beret
Saucer

Armors: 
Genji Armor 
Minerva Bustier
Force Armor
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak

End Game Terra Set ups:

Set Up of Evil: 
Lightbringer
Paladin's Shield
Green Beret
Force Armor
Zephyr's Cloak
Prayer Beads

Perfect Evade and Magic Evasion yields near immortality, especially 
since it also nulls things like Meltdown due to the shield.  Granted, 
the flaw of this set up is, due to the Paladin's Shield, only one 
character can take advantage of it.  It also isn't as high on offense 
as you might like, though its hardly bad (Lightbringer alone takes care 
of that.)

Set Up of Evil Mark 2:
Lightbringer
Lightbringer
Green Beret
Force Armor
Genji Glove
Prayer Beads

Also gives the Perfect Evasion and Magic Evasion, however, this one is 
a bit more free due to how there's unlimited Lightbringers, instead of 
using a lone Paladin’s shield.  Also this set up implies you've finished 
the game at least once, so it’s mostly a Dragon's Den/Soul Shrine thing.  
Anyway, advantages to the above set up is its much stronger offensively, 
however it lacks total 
elemental immunity, and has much lower defense and magic defense which 
can matter against attacks Leaf Dance or something which cannot be 
blocked but don't ignore defense, as well as back hits in a Surrounded 
attack.  Nevertheless, this is an extremely effective set up, 
especially for Terra on the Fighter Route.


Set Up of Relative Balance:
Apocalypse
Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
Mystery Veil
Minerva Bustier

Given the set up isn't trying for anything in particular other than 
overall balance without using rare, not unique or easy to get enough of 
equipment (Paladin's Shield and Lightbringer anyone?), what Relics you 
want are up to you, though I highly recommend against using Master's 
Scroll, as all it does is essentially split Apocalypse damage among 4 
hits while making it cost 0 MP; not really worth the relic slot, or 
wasting a rare relic when the effect that matters (Evade ignoring) can 
be covered with a store-bought relic in Sniper's Eye.  For Genji Shield 
vs. Aegis Shield, depends what you want.  Genji Shield is better on 
physical defense (especially noteworthy for Fighter Terra who will 
probably be in the front row), while Aegis Shield is better against 
magic and status.


Terra Smash: 
Lightbringer 
Apocalypse
Red Cap/Green Beret
Minerva Bustier
Genji Glove

While I'm not a fan of the Genji Glove in general (late game anyway), 
Terra is probably the sole character in the game who can use it 
effectively, since she gets 2 very strong Automatic Critical Hit 
weapons in Lightbringer and Apocalypse, without having to use the Merit 
Award.  Anyway, Red Cap was mainly chosen cause lowish defense means 
defense boosts won't be that noticeable, so HP will matter more, and 
then the Strength and Speed Boosts are just icing.  Green Beret is an 
alternative, giving less HP than Red Cap, but offering 10% Evasion, which 
can help mitigate this set ups downsides as well. Minerva Bustier, as 
always, serves its purposes of stopping elemental damage, which covers 
Terra’s magic resistances well for the most part.  As usual, a second 
Lightbringer replacing Apocalypse is ideal, but that isn’t always readily 
available.  This is most likely the best use you’ll get out of the Genji 
Glove this late, in any event.
If you want, swap out Apocalypse for Ultima Weapon since depending on 
your level, this might do more damage (ESPECIALLY if the enemy has high 
defense), though do note you lose that 20% Evade and Magic Evasion.

Nukage Personified: 
Lightbringer
Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
Mystery Veil
Minerva Bustier
Soul of Thamasa

If you want to maximize Terra's magic damage, this is the set up you'll 
want.  If you don't want to use Lightbringer for whatever reason, 
Apocalypse works too, or if before the Dragon's Den, Enhancer fits.  
Obviously, Paladin's Shield works here, as always, but you only have 
one, and its best to avoid using it when possible, in case someone else 
has more need of it (with the Minerva Bustier, Terra's not exactly 
starving for Elemental Protection.)


Magic Tank Half Esper Go!: 
Lightbringer
Force Shield
Saucer
Reed Cloak
White Cape
White Cape

Terra is one of the only characters in the game who can actually max 
out that Magic Defense stat.  With this set up, she pulls that off; 
note that nothing less will work, and Terra has the 3rd highest Magic 
Defense stat (Umaro not included, since he can't use equipment like a 
normal character anyway), and she just barely hits it too, so yeah.  
This set up makes Terra immune to any magic that doesn't ignore 
defense, while resisting some elements just in case something like 
Meltdown comes her way, though, the physical defense is pitiful.  A 
clean hit and she'll probably die, so using Lightbringer is kind of a 
must for that 50% Evasion to provide SOME compensation (some mid battle 
buff couldn’t hurt either.)  This is definitely a set up where I strongly 
urge sticking with Lightbringer like I suggested, as Apocalypse isn't 
going to be enough here, ESPECIALLY if you want physical damage as Terra 
is going to need 
that back row, which Lightbringer ignores while Apocalypse does not.  
If for whatever reason you feel like you need that extra magic tank 
(might matter against the likes of Holy Dragon in Dragon's Den, for 
example), then remember this set up.

More Damage than you'll ever need...at high levels:
Ultima Weapon
Ultima Weapon
Red Cap
Minerva Bustier
Master's Scroll 
Genji Glove

While I am very much not a fan of this set up (stylish as it maybe; how 
can you NOT love a Pink Mystical Entity dual wielding Blue 
Lightsabers?), I'm listing it anyway.  This would be the highest damage 
potential you can get from a physical set up after a certain level with 
Terra, and it is one of the ways you can hit constant 9999x8, assuming 
your HP is max, though you do need to be over leveled beyond reason 
(we're talking something above 80), so its really not that reasonable 
of a set up considering all the downsides (like totally lacking a 
shield, or the evasion to offset it like Apocalypse gives.) Red Cap is 
listed here cause Terra's defenses will be too low for Genji Helm to 
salvage, so the HP Boost, as well as the stat bonus you get on the 
side, will probably be better, though, it does make maxing out your HP 
for full Ultima Weapon use a bit tougher, and you may wish to use Genji 
Helm anyway.
For what its worth, an alternative way to get that 9999x8 threshold is to 
use Lightbringer/Apocalypse, and have Terra use Trance, providing the 
enemies defense isn’t too high.  Again, this requires ridiculously high 
levels, and its pretty much entirely novelty.


More Damage than you'll ever need...at high levels Mark 2:
Ultima Weapon
Lightbringer
Red Cap
Minerva Bustier
Master's Scroll
Genji Glove

Another set up I'm listing for completion purposes.  Better than the 
above since at least Lightbringer grants defenses to make up for lack 
of shield, but otherwise?  You'd probably be getting better damage off 
using Apocalypse in that weapon slot and Gigas Glove in that first 
Relic Slot, until the damage limit starts hurting you.  Note that this 
set up can also hit 9999x8 on most things at those extremely high 
levels, though Terra will probably need to be tranced unless the 
defense is low.  As a side note, Apocalypse works too for the 9999x8 in 
this case, just Lightbringer is naturally better.

Unorthodox use of Equipment:
Lightbringer
Tortoise Shield
Saucer
Reed Cloak
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads

This set up grants near perfect evasion (Green Beret can max it out, 
but at a cost of Magic Defense), which makes you get past most physical 
damage, and the Imp stuff grants good magic defense to cover that side.  
This set up is an alternative to the "Max out both evasions" set up, 
generally worse, but not completely so as there are still a few moves 
(like Forsaken) that this nails better than the 128/128% Set Ups.  
Another advantage is the only significantly rare equip here is 
Lightbringer, and even that can be horded with patience.  This set up 
still manages to have over 80% Magic Evasion too. If you are bold, you 
can drop a Prayer Bead, and make the evasion merely excellent instead 
of perfect, and put in a relic of your choice.  Regardless, good Set Up 
for Mage Terra, defensively anyway, and probably works for Fighter 
Terra due to Lightbringer.


 
Miscellaneous Stuff regarding Terra: 
-Terra is one of the easiest characters to get back in the World of 
Ruins.  Simply requires beating a boss (twice if you didn’t do the first 
half earlier) that isn't particularly hard, especially if you grabbed the 
early Minerva Bustier via Coliseum, and she joins.  As a fun side note, 
Terra rejoining forces you into a 3 party team, which makes getting Gau 
right after her ideal since you're already set up for that.  In any 
event, try to take advantage of this and get Terra back as early as 
possible.
-Terra is the only character in the game with easy access to the Drain 
spell.  While other characters can only learn it at a x1 rate from 
Ifrit, Terra learns it naturally and at a relatively low level to boot 
(its conceivable to have it by the Narshe Battle Sequence, for 
example.)  Not all that useful, but still interesting to note (and part 
of why her SCC is so easy.)
-Infinite Esper Form! Well, for one battle anyway.  If you actually 
read the description on Trance, you'll notice the thing about the Auto 
Revert not kicking in if Terra is disabled at the time through something 
like Stop or Sleep. If Terra's gauge is running out soon, hit her with 
the status, wait for the gauge to run out, then cast Esuna on her.  
Useful trick against Kaiser Dragon, for example, who is actually a long 
fight so if you can pull this off, it might help.
-Despite how they ignore defense (...and random variance), breaking 
Rods to cast spells does not ignore Trance.  Terra breaking an 
elemental rod when Tranced, and hitting a weakness can yield some 
rather drastic results.  Shields work too, naturally, but hitting the 
damage cap with them outside of Trance is not hard at all, so its vaguely 
meaningless.
-Similar to the above, (Fixed) Dice, despite ignoring defense, also do 
not Ignore Trance.  So if you hand Terra the Merit Award, and give her 
Fixed Dice for some unknown reason, keep this in mind!  In fact, if you 
really want a lot of mayhem, do what I just said, and then add on Berserk 
Status, and naturally, Master’s Scroll.  I do not suggest you do this 
normally, mind, hence why I’m listing it here; it’s a novelty set up, not 
much else.
-Trance + Quick = Infinite Loop! Well, until you run out of Trance.  
Basically, what you do is cast Quick. Your first action use normally, 
then Trance.  Terra will automatically get a free turn thanks to 
Trance, yet the game still reads that as a Quick turn, so you can 
recast Quick.  Cast Quick again (You might have to swap characters, 
mind; this is most notable with Terra alone), do the same thing, only 
this time using Revert.  Keep this up, and Terra can keep cheesing the 
enemy out!  Note that a similar thing can be pulled off with Dualcast 
from a Soul of Thamasa, but that's a bit of a bug you might want to 
avoid abusing (and Soul of Thamasas aren't easy to come by either...)  
Note that due to the nature of ATB system, this infinite loop isn't 
perfect, but it still can be fun to play with.
-As a fun random fact, Terra is one of the few PCs who at level 99, 
will naturally have 999 MP (actually her theoretical value is in the 4 
digits, but there's that 999 cap), meaning if you're into getting that 
value for level 99 purposes, you never need to give her an MP boosting 
Esper.
-While this is a general item dupe trick, it should be mentioned here 
cause it’s directly related to Terra.  Bare in mind that I’m not 100% on 
the specifics of this, so I might be a bit off.  If in the final tier of 
the final battle, if you reach it with less than 4 characters, that empty 
slot from what I understand will be replaced with Clone Terra.  This 
Terra Is identical to your Terra in everyway, down to its stats and 
equipment.  Once you beat Kefka and save the game, this Clone Terra 
disappears.  So how does this help?  Well, if you have Terra as one of 
the few characters who made it to the Final Tier, there will be 2 Terra’s 
present there; the original and the clone.  You can thus remove the 
equipment in the Clone Terra’s hands and put it in your inventory.  The 
Terra you have when you load a clear game will still have the same stuff 
as the original Terra, and the Clone will cease to be as usual…however, 
the stuff you removed from the Clone will remain cause it will be in your 
inventory, and the game will read it as such!  This means you can 
actually get infinite number of anything Terra can hold in her hands if 
you are willing to go through the effort.  Noteworthy things that were 
finite in supply before are Fixed Dice, Valiant Knife and Paladin’s 
Shield (in addition to potentially having the Cursed Shield and Paladin’s 
Shield in your inventory at the same time!)
-If you read the Queen’s Diary in the Ancient Castle, Terra will get a 
unique line if she’s in your party.
-Terra is the only character who will show up in the Game’s Ending even 
if you DO NOT recruit her.  By extension, she’s one of two characters 
(Setzer being the other) whose personal ending scene in the montage has 
no alternative scenarios (be it a whole new scene or the “Face over Town 
of Importance”)


Skill set: 
While Terra lacks a unique skill set with actual...umm...skills, she 
does get magic naturally, so I suppose its only fair I tell you what 
spells she learns naturally and when here.

Lv 1: Cure
Lv 3: Fire
Lv 6: Poisona
Lv 12: Drain
Lv 18: Raise
Lv 22: Fira
Lv 26: Teleport
Lv 33: Cura
Lv 37: Dispel
Lv 43: Firaga
Lv 49: Arise
Lv 57: Holy
Lv 68: Break
Lv 75: Graviga
Lv 86: Meltdown
Lv 99: Ultima

And while she has access to these next moves like…never (only two 
sections of the game, and they’re both really short), I might as well 
toss them here since they are technically related to her.  Only listing 
the Unique Moves.  

Magitek:

Magitek Missile: 
Non-Elemental Damage to one enemy, ignores defense, adds Siezure (note 
that everything you use this on is either immune to Siezure or gets one 
shotted by it, so you’ll never notice that part <_<)

Confuser: 
Confuses all enemies.

Banisher: 
Instant Death to one enemy

Bio Blast:
Deals Poison damage to all enemies, inflicts Poison and Siezure status.

Ending thought:
Its easy to see that Terra garners so much respect from most people.  
Terra starts off a little slow, picks up somewhat later, and as the 
game goes on, she gets better and better.  This, combined with no real 
flaws beyond being somewhat unimpressive early game make her an 
outstanding character, one defiantly worthy of being Top Tier, if not 
the games best character.  Once you start having full range of choices 
in your team, she's always a prime option to consider.

 ======= 
| LOCKE |
 =======

#Adventurer#

Extra HP: 48
Extra MP: 7
Strength: 37
Speed: 40
Stamina: 31
Magic Power: 28
Attack: 14
Defense: 46
Evasion: 15%
Magic Defense: 23
Magic Evasion: 2%
Level Readjustment: +2
Desperation: Mirage Dive
Special Ability: Steal/Mug
Effects:  Steals an item from the opponent.  Chance of success is based 
on Locke's current level compared to the level of the monster he's 
stealing from.  Chance of success is doubled with Thief's Bracer on.  
With Brigand's Glove on, Steal becomes Mug, which works exactly like 
the "Fight" command as if it had an "Add: Steal" attribute to it.  Note 
that Mug does not allow for replacement effects to occur (like Wing 
Edge's "X-death" ability), but addition affects (like Lightbringer's 
random Holy spells) will still work.  Enemies can have up to two 
potential items to steal; a common steal which occurs 7/8 times, and a 
rare steal at 1/8.  You can only steal once per enemy.  If the enemy 
has only one kind of steal, and the success is made against the empty 
slot, the game treats it as a failure (so if you go for #128's 
Kazekiri, and Locke made a successful steal against his common slot 
which is empty, the game will just give a normal failure message.) If 
there is nothing to steal at all, the game will make note of this as 
well.  

Character Analysis: 
If there is anyone who can be considered a strict fighter with no 
strings attached in FF6, that would probably be Locke.  With a great 
weapon selection, low magic stats, and moderate physical stats, as well 
as lack of a noteworthy special ability (at least as far as damage 
goes), Locke relies on his physical game to hurt things.  Due to how 
FF6 works with physical damage though, this means he is rather lagging 
in the early parts of the game, and its only later on that he starts 
becoming something worth noting.

Locke big thing comes from the Valiant Knife.  This weapon ignores 
defense, meaning its much stronger than the lowish Attack would 
imply, and in addition, gets linearly stronger as Locke loses HP.  This 
makes him an ideal candidate for the Master's Scroll, regardless of 
levels, especially since the Valiant Knife's HP Bonus ignores the 
Master's Scroll's Damage/2 per hit penalty (though do note that its 
base damage does not.)  Outside of that, Locke has some other 
noteworthy, main one being one of the four natural Lightbringer users.  
Unfortunately though, unlike characters like Terra or Celes, Locke's 
poor magic stat with very little to boost it with means he's hard 
pressed to work with any weapon for pure defensive reasons, at least in 
a way that'd make him stand out.  This is especially bad since the only 
weapon that boosts his Magic Power significantly is (ie more than +2), in 
fact, the Lightbringer.  To Locke’s Credit, he has a lot of time to work 
away his Magic Power deficit in the WoB, but I’ll get to that later.

One thing Locke does like in FF6a is how Evasion now does something.  
Due to this, a few of his weapons get better, most notably would be the 
Main Gauche early in the game, with its evasion bonus, and his base 15% 
Evasion, makes him a bit more durable than he originally was.  While 
these boosts are minor, they still are ones, and make him a little 
better.  As a fun side note, the Valiant Knife also gives an evasion 
boost itself, so go figure, Locke’s most significant weapon of all things 
got improved.

Another “niche” Locke has is the best speed in the game, in all ways.  
His starting speed is game best, and throughout the game, as early as Mt. 
Koltz with the Main Gauche, he gets weapons that boost his speed, as well 
as a few other equips like the Ninja Gear that do so as well.  This 
sounds like a nice touch, but sadly, his speed isn’t high enough to 
really be noticeable, and for a good part of the game, he doesn’t have 
much use for his turns.

What do I mean? Well, early in the game, Locke has absolutely nothing 
going for him.  He gets slightly stronger weapons than others, but until 
the Genji Glove kicks in, its not going to offset specials like Magic, 
Tools, Blitz, etc, especially since Locke requires front row, while all 
the other characters do not.  Genji Glove helps offset this some, but he 
doesn’t really stand out on damage, and again, still requires Front Row.  
After Narshe Battle Sequence, he finally gets Back Row damage!  Except he 
still doesn’t really stand out since his damage isn’t very special, 
and/or he lacks true utility worth like Celes has (such as being a 
healer.)  Espers kick in, Locke ABSOLUTELY requires Ramuh to pull his 
weight in that dungeon; the enemies have ludicrous defense, and Locke has 
no way around it otherwise.  This is a good idea, though its worth noting 
that Celes could make use of Ramuh as well, and do more drastic things 
with it.  Locke finally gets a neat weapon in the Hawkeye when that 
dungeon ends…except now things are spiking somewhat, and he’s just 
becoming unreliable.  To Locke’s credit, he has plenty of time to learn 
Ara spells and such, so he can make a passable mage, which is probably 
the best you’ll get out of him early, though he’s not exactly stellar at 
it (contrast to someone like Terra who has such a Magic Power advantage, 
her use with the skill set stands out.) 

So what of Locke in the WoR?  Well, WoR Locke has the Valiant Knife 
from the get go, so right there that's a boost.  Further more, with 
relics like the Master's Scroll coming up, Locke suddenly got a decent 
amount of damage and has some twink potential worth noting that lets 
him become a competent character, much more than his first half of the 
game self.  Its a pity Locke is practically a pure fighter though; his 
new weapon from Dragon's Den, the Zwill Crossblade, is pretty darn nice 
on paper, however, Locke will most likely be used for his physical 
damage and Zwill Crossblade doesn't really allow that much for that 
particularly well (barring hitting enemies weak to Wind).  Pity really, 
as its the kind of weapon someone like Cyan or Sabin would kill for, yet 
it was given to a character who really doesn't have much use for it.  
Doesn't help the weapon is still completely inferior to 
Lightbringer...though then again, what isn't?

One advantage Locke has to his name is usability.  In the WoB, you're 
forced to use him a lot, and he's available at all points when you have 
Espers, so you can teach him a fair amount of spells for a head start, 
at least, and raising him as a Mage can work in the short run if you 
boost his Magic Power given he has plenty of levels to work with, to 
offset that low starting Magic Power.  However, you’ll also want as many 
Strength boosts as possible if you want to use him as an effective 
fighter, so you may want to give him an early start in raising his 
Strength.  Regarding the Lightbringer being his only Mage weapon, its 
worth noting that while Locke has time to offset his low Magic Power with 
Esper time, he’ll never catch the girls, and thanks to the Phoenix Cave, 
Edgar probably offsets what little edge Locke has on him, so Locke never 
really ends up an ideal candidate for that weapon anyway, at least for 
magic purposes.

Ok, so I've talked about his weapon options and usability throughout 
different points, but never once mentioned his armor, did I?  If I did, 
I have a bad memory, or was too lazy to read over my own FAQ, but 
that's not the point.  Locke's armor selection isn't too shabby, though 
its definitely not anything all that special either.  He gets some 
noteworthy armors in Force Armor for example, but misses out on the big 
ones like Minerva Bustier and Snow Scarf.  Basically, his armor is very 
much not noteworthy, be it good or bad, since while he does get a few 
important things mid game like Gaia Gear and Power Sash, he still 
misses out on some of the really good stuff like I said before, so in 
the end, I suppose you could call his armor draw average.

So what of Steal then?  There's sadly not all that much special that 
can be stolen.  There are a few interesting items here and there, but in 
the grand scheme of things, nothing particularly special.  Its best use 
is saving/making money, as its not particularly great at the getting rare 
stuff in bulk or getting strong equips early.  There are a few gems he 
can nab here and there, though I won’t get into what they are mostly 
cause this FAQ is long enough; you can refer to the Bestiary (be it a FAQ 
or the game itself) for what kind of interesting things he can nab, if 
you so care (especially since what is worth stealing is subjective.)

All in all, Locke is a character you use for his weapon selection, and 
maybe if you want to help monetary issues some at points in the game.  He 
tends to get some really big fans for one reason or another, and some 
will even try to go as far as saying he's the best character, but in 
reality, he's fairly middling by the end, with a pretty bad start, and 
never really being anything close to Top Tier at any point in the game.


Strategies for Locke throughout the game:
-When Edgar first joins, give his Mythril Blade to Locke.  Edgar won't 
really be using his weapons ever at this point (Autocrossbow is flat 
out better), and Locke has nothing but his physical, hence its the best 
use of it.  Plus it saves money.
-Giving Locke one of the Gigas Glove or Hyper Wrist is another way to 
improve his worth; do note that Edgar might want one of these as well, 
so its a tough call as to whether you should give Locke them or not, as 
its between making your best character better, or improving the worth of 
someone who needs it.
-When you first get it, give Locke the Genji Glove.  If it was on Terra 
for the Lethe River, then be sure to remove it form her before doing 
Locke’s scenario!  It’s really the only way he's going to do any sort of 
damage throughout the next few sections of the game.  If you got the 
Gauntlet instead, use that anyway, even if it’s clearly worse than Genji 
Glove, its better than nothing. A Gigas Glove or Hyper Wrist would be 
advisable too, given you start having enough of those to go around.
-Try to steal the 2nd Air Knife from Tunnel Armor.  The extra damage 
should help some with the Genji Glove, after all.  If you were unlucky 
and got a Bio Blaster instead, though, don't bother resetting; using 
the Main Gauche works well enough (especially since now the evade does 
something.)
-In the Magitek Factory, it might be wise to give Locke Ramuh; he 
doesn't have any way of hurting enemies otherwise due to their high 
defense, Genji Glove be damned, so Locke would like at least something, 
and Thunder, let alone the Ramuh summon, give him at least something 
approaching damage there.  It doesn't hurt to give Locke Ramuh right 
from the start, actually, to give him a head start in learning spells, 
hopefully learning Thundara somewhere in the factory.  Equipping Locke 
temporarily with elemental weapons for the Magic Power Boostlike the 
Icebrand doesn't hurt either.
-After the Factory, Locke will have access to a lot of useful weapons 
between the Elemental Swords and Hawkeyes.  While equipping Hawkeyes and 
staying with them the entire way seems effective, the best way to use 
Locke is to actually micromanage his weapons consistently so that he’s 
constantly hitting elemental weaknesses, defaulting to Hawkeye whenever 
he can’t.  This does require Front Row, but you may find that relying on 
Hawkeyes is a bit unreliable, where as while the Elemental Swords are 
weaker, they are hitting their weaknesses 100% of the time, yielding more 
net damage than Hawkeyes.
-Assassin’s Dagger is probably Locke’s best weapon for Mage purposes 
early on (if not the entire game pre-Lightbringer.)  Boasting an Evasion 
Boost, and Magic Power Boost, its ideal for those purposes.  However, do 
NOT use it as a weapon against enemies in the Sealed Cave; they are 
undead and will heal as a result. 
-When Locke rejoins in the second half of the game, he should be given 
the Valiant Knife and really, think of it as stapled onto him.  It’s his 
big unique thing, and what makes him good, best make use of it.  I can 
see taking it off if you wanted to give him Lightbringer, which 
naturally is never a bad idea (unless you're still using Master's 
Scroll, but I'll get into why that's a bad idea later on in section 9.) 
In fairness, weapons like the Sniper or Wing Edge have some situational 
use that you may be able to take advantage of, but for the most part, 
Valiant Knife is his weapon.  This extends even into Dragon's Den, 
where, despite the Zwill Crossblade, Valiant Knife remains Locke's best 
overall weapon (barring Lightbringer, of course.).
-If you're using the Valiant Knife for that matter, Master's Scroll would 
be a very wise thing to give Locke. This is the thing that turns Locke 
from "bottom tier" to "competent character" really.  There's even some 
unique and cute ways to enhance the effects of Master's Scroll using the 
Red Cap and such.  Do note that, unless you completed the Soul Shrine and 
grabbed a second one from a Glutturn, its best to keep Locke and Setzer 
in different teams, since they both want the Master's Scroll, unless you 
plan on using Locke with Lightbringer of course.


Locke's Ultimate and other Noteworthy equipment
Weapons (listed in no particular order):
Lightbringer
Ultima Weapon
Wing Edge
Zwill Crossblade
Ragnarok
Sniper
Excalibur
Valiant Knife
Impartisan

Helmets:
Circlet
Red Cap
Genji Helm
Green Beret
Priest's Miter
Saucer

Armors: 
Genji Armor 
Force Armor
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak

End Game Locke Set Ups:

Canon Cannon:
Valiant Knife
Aegis Shield/Genji Shield/Thunder Shield
Red Cap
Genji Armor
Master's Scroll


Locke's best overall damage set up.  I know you're thinking "What about 
Genji Glove" and I'll get to the weaknesses of that later.  Valiant 
Knife + Master's Scroll is always a good set up, especially when the HP 
loss damage bonus increases 4 fold, since that ignores the Master's 
Scroll damage penalty.  Genji Armor was chosen over Force Armor since 
it boosts Strength, and considering Locke's probably going to want 
Front Row, he's going to need that extra defense.  For shield, though, 
defense differences are a bit less, so it depends what you're aiming 
at.  If Magic Defenses go with Aegis Shield, if physical, go for Genji 
Shield, and if you want elemental resistance (this set up is completely 
lacking in any), Thunder Shield works.  Also note the Red Cap strategy 
explained in miscellaneous info works rather well with this set up.  You 
can use Muscle Belt if you want to further exploit the HP Manipulation 
trick more, though you may prefer a different filler relic.


The Legendary Seesaw Combo: 
Valiant Knife
Ultima Weapon
Genji Helm
Genji Armor
Master's Scroll
Genji Glove

Why did I name it the way I did? Because this set up has been hyped 
from long before the game got hacked like crazy, hence the legendary 
part, and Seesaw refers to how the weapons work.  Valiant Knife gets 
stronger as your HP goes down, and Ultima Weapon gets stronger as HP 
goes up.  The issue is, granted, that Ultima Weapon doesn't REALLY get 
stronger at higher HP; more along the lines that its damage decreases 
as you lose HP, since it alters damage literally based on your Current 
HP relative to your Max HP, not like Valiant Knife which just shoves 
the HP Loss into damage.  Any who, Genji Armor used cause its best 
defense and he needs the defenses in this set up, and it boosts 
Strength to boot.  Genji Helm is the defense reasons again, though I 
suppose Red Cap might work as a substitute.  The Set Up has decent 
damage, I guess, and was the original 9999x8 (couldn't get 2 Ultima 
Weapons (aka Atma Weapon) easily in the original FF6), but considering 
all the downsides, is it worth it?  I, alongside many others, 
personally don't think so, as the set up listed above isn't that far 
off offensively, much better defensively, and isn't as reliant on 
relics (notice how the set up before this only requires one Relic, 
while this one requires two?), but hey, you might disagree.  This is 
another case of me listing it mostly to avoid someone shouting my ass 
off for forgetting this set up.

Set Up of Evil: 
Lightbringer
Paladin's Shield
Green Beret
Force Armor
White Cape
Prayer Beads

This set up is exactly like Terra's version, except I through on the 
White Cape instead of the Zephyr Cloak, since Locke already 128% 
Evasion, figured he'd like the minor defense boosts White Cape 
gives, since it too covers the Magic Evasion. More or less the same 
Applications as what Terra has, for the whole nigh invincibility thing.
Conversely, you can give Locke that Zephyr Cloak back and replace his 
helmet with something else like a Red Cap or whatever, if you want to 
increase his offense, or a Genji Helm if you are afraid of back attacks 
or unevadable magic.

Set Up of Evil Mark 2:
Lightbringer
Lightbringer
Green Beret
Force Armor
Genji Glove
Prayer Beads

Also should look familiar, since Terra had this same set up as well.  
If you can get your hands on a second Lightbringer, this is probably 
the better set up of the two 128% ones, especially for a fighter like 
Locke.  Main reason of course is that, while losing elemental 
resistance which matters for moves like Meltdown, there are unlimited 
Lightbringers and only one Paladin's Shield.  


Head Towards the Light:
Lightbringer
Aegis Shield/Genji Shield/Thunder Shield
Red Cap/Genji Helmet/Circlet
Force Armor/Genji Armor

Ok, you're looking at this set up and probably thinking "What's with 
all the alternatives?"  Well, basically, the concept behind this is 
that its Locke using Lightbringer in a manner that doesn't require two 
nor does it require that sole Paladin's Shield.  For what to use where…it 
really depends on what you want.  For example, Circlet is best for Magic 
Damage purposes, Red Cap is better for physical damage purposes, and 
Genji Helmet is best for overall defenses, providing you equip the other 
Genji Stuff alongside it (Augmenting Returns.)  In any event, this 
flexible set up has two purposes.  One is its well balanced for Locke 
overall, letting him act as a fighter or a mage, while retaining a good 
defensive backing.  The other is that it opens up things like the 
Master’s Scroll for characters like Setzer who also want it.


More Viable though still risky High Damage Set Up:
Valiant Knife
Lightbringer
Red Cap
Genji Armor/Force Armor
Master's Scroll
Genji Glove

Similar to that set up with Terra where she uses Lightbringer and 
Ultima Weapon together, except Locke's using Valiant Knife instead 
cause, well, its just a better weapon.  More viable than the Ultima 
Weapon set up mostly cause Lightbringer's damage doesn't get hurt as 
Valiant Knife's raises, and its at least makes up for the lack of a 
shield to some extent, not to mention the +7 Vigor boosts the full 
damage set up.  Not a set up I recommend, just throwing it out there 
for another option though.  Force Armor vs. Genji Armor comes down to 
the usual Magic Evasion and Elemental Resistance (especially since you 
lack a shield here) against Stat Boosts and higher defenses.

Unorthodox use of Equipment:
Lightbringer
Tortoise Shield
Saucer
Reed Cloak
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads/Zephyr Cloak

Same thing as Terra's, only Locke's version has actually maxed evasion, 
so it might be a bit more viable on him, as well as Zephyr Cloak being 
a potentially better equip since it grants extra Magic Evasion for the 
sake of losing 3% effective evasion (remember, only values below 128% 
matter.)  Granted, unlike Terra, Locke's magic power leaves a bit more 
to be desired, so this might end up worse overall, and his magic 
defense is significantly worse (this matters when your magic defense is 
that high, due to the concept of augmenting returns.)    In Locke's 
case though, he might be a bit more flexible than Terra due to the 
higher base evasion, as he can drop that Relic Slot and have 115% 
Evasion (instead of 105%), which might be high enough all things 
considered.  Regardless, still a neat set up, something worth looking 
into.

 
Massive Over leveled Damage...the MANLY version:
Ultima Weapon
Ultima Weapon
Red Cap
Genji Armor/Force Armor
Master's Scroll 
Genji Glove

See Terra’s set up with a similar name…except this one is worse for a 
number of reasons.  The big one? No Minerva Bustier, leaving you far more 
open to Magic Attacks than hers.  Its really a pure novelty set up, and 
the only real advantage it has on Locke’s Seesaw Set Up is doing 9999x8 
in the Back Row at max HP.  Like I said, pure novelty, and only listing 
it for completion purposes.


Miscellaneous stuff regarding Locke:
-Master's Scroll + Brigand's Glove, the never ending myth.  Sadly, while 
this combo seems excellent on paper for multi-stealing purposes, but its 
not as good as it seems.  IIRC, there is a bug where once you steal, 
the game will claim you steal that same object several times in a row, 
regardless of target, even though you only steal it once.  Also, I seem 
to recall that the game doesn't make the check to steal 4x, its actually 
only once, and the game just reiterates the steal message multiple 
times.  Not certain on this, but basically, this combo isn't worth it 
at all.  Better off just sticking to Thief's Bracers for raising steal 
odds.
-The never ending dungeon of doom!  Well, ok, not really, but Locke is 
quite possibly the hardest and most annoying character to get in the 
WoR.  He has easily the longest dungeon of any character (Phoenix 
Cave), and said dungeon has annoying enemies too (one of whom is 
unrunnable), and requires two parties (though, one party, to be fair, 
could just be Mog solo w/ a Moogle Charm).  Granted?
-Locke is needed to get Ultima and/or Lightbringer (at least, prior to 
the final battle, where Gogo and Shadow can be used as substitutes), 
unless you like wasting time getting Terra to level 99 (at which point, 
its useless.) Both Ragnarok AND the Paladin's Shield require Locke to 
obtain.  This is probably the best reason to get him, as they are nasty 
objects you'll want, regardless.
-Thief's Bracers DO NOT STACK.  Well, ok, the speed boosts do, but not 
the Steal aspect.  Thought I should throw this out, as its an often 
enough asked question.  So don't bother equipping a 2nd Thief's Bracer 
unless you like another +5 to speed or something.
-Abusing the HP Boosting Equips properly!  What do I mean?  For the 
explanation below, I’ll be using Red Cap as an example, but it works with 
Muscle Belt and Green Beret too, just adjust the values to reflect proper 
boosts instead (Muscle Belt is 50% and Green beret is 12.5%, FYI).  
Anyway, a neat way to inflate Locke's damage with the Valiant Knife, 
especially with the Master's Scroll equipped, is to actually take off 
that Red Cap.  This will lower his HP back to his normal maximum HP, 
assuming it was a value above that.  Then re-equip the Red Cap, and DO 
NOT heal him.  This will suddenly add 25% of Locke's HP BEFORE the Red 
Cap was equipped into his damage, which is especially nice with the 
Master's Scroll due to how that ignores the damage penalty per hit.  
Confused?  Maybe numbers will explain better.  Suppose Locke had 1000 HP 
normally, so with Red Cap, that would become 1250 (1000*1.25.)  Now, Red 
Cap only increases the MAX HP, not the Current HP, so while Locke's max 
HP will be increased to 1250, his Current HP will still be 1000, so 
that's 250 difference between current HP and Max HP, and that HP Loss 
gets added to Valiant Knife's damage.  Mind, Locke's HP will likely be 
higher than that, just used 1000 cause its a simple and easy value to 
work with. Regardless, it’s a way to use Valiant Knife's HP Loss -> 
Damage conversion without Locke actually having to receive damage.  Note 
that if you equip Muscle Belt alongside one of the HP Helmets, you’ll 
have to un-equip BOTH for the strategy to work best.
-Mug cancels out replacement effects, as some people call them.  
Basically, while random spell casting (such as Ice Brand's Blizzard) 
still works, because those bytes are differently, and thus are Addition 
Effects (damage dealt first, THEN the special effect kicks in), True 
Special Effects (often called Replacement Effects) are ignored.  Ultima 
Weapon now acts like a normal 255 Power Sword, for example, same with 
Valiant Knife acting like a normal 159 Attack weapon. Weapons like Wing 
Edge or the Assassin's Knife won't ever have their instant death, Blood 
Sword won't drain HP and do normal damage regardless of the user or 
enemies HP, weapons like Lightbringer won't have 100% Critical Hit rate 
anymore (likewise, it won't use up MP either), what have you.  If there 
is anything odd about a weapon that isn't stat related or a random spell 
casting, Mug removes it.
-Related to the above, however, for an interesting use of Mug, equip 
that and the Ultima Weapon together.  Suddenly, Ultima Weapon is now a 
normal weapon with 255 Attack.  Sure, sounds meh, but then 
consider you can do this somewhere halfway through the World of 
Balance.  Not particularly useful, but still neat considering how early 
it is.
-If Locke is in your team when you do Gau's Father sequence alongside 
Edgar, you'll get an extra bit of dialogue (and extra bit of Gau 
makeover) in that sequence for added humor.
-Common knowledge, but thought I'd toss it out anyway.  If you bring 
Locke to Rachel's House and the Old Man's Basement in WoB Kohlingen, 
you can get some extra scenes regarding Locke and Rachel's back story.  
Again, no real use to this in the long run, but still neat to see.
-If you do not recruit Locke in the WoR, his ending scene which he shares 
with Celes will be altered to compensate for the lack of him.

Skill set: 
Locke doesn't really have a skill set.  He has Steal, and with a 
specific equip, that becomes Mug.  There isn't much to say beyond this.  
I guess I can tell you the Steal Algorithms, at least briefly, which 
are essentially...

(Locke's Level + 50 - Target's Level)% = Steal Rate
If Thief's Bracer is equipped, than Steal Rate is doubled.
There is a 87.5% chance of stealing from the Common Steal slot, and 
12.5% chance of stealing from the Rare Steal slot
If Locke tries to steal from an empty slot, but the enemy has a steal 
in the other slot (like Number 128 has a Rare Steal being Kazekiri, but 
no Common Steal), then the game treats it like a normal failure.

NOTE: If someone else is using steal (like Gogo), then use that 
character's level, naturally.  Mug works the same way, but with does 
normal physical damage as well.

Ending Thought:
Locke has one of the worst, if not the worst, starts in the game, and 
stays considerably below average for the entire first half of the game, 
but picks up a bit and becomes decent enough in the second half of the 
game.  He's not exactly the most valuable of character, he's not the 
worst either (though he might feel like it often in the early parts of 
the game.) Not really worth the hype he sometimes get for the Master's 
Scroll + Genji Glove set up or whatever, but that doesn't mean he's 
strictly bad too.  A decent character if built properly, but somewhat of 
a project.


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| CYAN |
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#Samurai#

Extra HP: 53
Extra MP: 5
Strength: 40
Speed: 28
Stamina: 33
Magic Power: 25
Attack: 25
Defense: 48
Evasion: 6%
Magic Defense: 20
Magic Evasion: 1%
Level Readjustment: +2
Desperation: Tsubame Gaeshi
Special ability: Bushido
Effects: When selected, a bar will gradually raise, below a set of 
numbers.  Pressing A again signifies you are ready to act.  What move 
is used is determined by the highest highlighted number, each having 
predetermined moves (so if 1, 2, 3  and 4 are all highlighted, 
whatever move is assigned to 4 will be used.  In this case, it'd be 
Flurry.) There are up to 8 Levels of Bushidos.  Note that in order to 
use a Bushido, the weapon being used must be compatible with Bushido 
(can be checked on the weapon's stat screen), though its worth noting 
that all of Cyan's weapons he can use normally are compatible anyway 
barring the Impartisan, so this factor is trivial. Also note that none of 
Cyan's Bushidos are targetable, and that unlike other nonFight/Jump 
commands, time still moves during this, so "Wait" does not help this 
cause.  Lastly, while Cyan is charging his Bushido, no other commands can 
be given to any other character without interrupting (thus resetting) the 
charge time.  Do note that moves that were commanded to be used before 
Cyan started charging, as well as actions that are activated naturally 
like counter attacks from Black Belt or Gau's Rages.

Character Analysis:
There's not much good to say about Cyan, sadly.  A lot of people will 
love him for the "able to break the damage limit (9999) without a relic 
slot!" aspect, without yielding to the fact that it only becomes 
significant at levels too high to largely care.  Nevertheless, if the 
stats didn't give it away, Cyan doesn't make a very good mage at all.  
Decent physical stats, but game worst Magic Power and lacking in the 
department to boost those stats (Genji Armor and Circlet are his only 
options) make for a pretty sad mage.  As a fighter, Cyan is lacking in 
any real noteworthy weapons, though he gets a quirky one here and 
there.  For what its worth, he's also the second slowest character in 
the game, as only Strago is slower.

Cyan's major flaw, without a doubt, comes from his charge times, and 
how in general the moves he gets from them not really being worth the 
time it takes, in addition to lacking any sort of compensation.  There 
are ways to make the charge times easier to work with through 
manipulating your turns, but that still wastes time for the rest of the 
team, so even though it feels like your saving time on Cyan, its still 
harming the overall team output.  The fact that his Bushidos can't be 
targeted doesn't help, especially in the cases of Flurry and Tempest, 
where he can end up spreading his 4 hits among multiple enemies, yielding 
a weak Multitarget move, instead of a strong Single Target move.  Now, 
I'll be honest; I've experimented with Bushidos in hacking and found that 
if some of the moves were improved, they would be worth the charge time 
(like if Tempest was equivalent to Chain Saw on each hit, for example), 
but in the end, he often comes out being Sabin who gains charge times 
for the sake of doing a bit more damage, which is harder to boost too 
(in general, Magic Damage is easier to boost than Physicals) so that 
damage edge isn't much.  In fairness, his armor selection isn't TOO bad, 
getting most of the same things Locke gets, though misses out on some 
moderately useful things (Ninja Gear and Gaia Gear to name a few.)

To his credit, Quick can be used to offset the charge times, and give 
him unlimited time to charge.  This sounds great, right? I mean, what's 
better than giving Cyan unlimited time to charge his moves for a mild MP 
Cost (MP late game is a minor factor overall)?  Well, the thing is, 
Bushidos you'll find aren't quite as strong as you'd like them to be, and 
you might as well stick with Magic, Dragoon Set Ups, Blitzes, etc. for 
similar damage that does NOT require Quick to be used.  In actuality, 
Quick is often used as an argument for saving Cyan's worth, and while its 
true it makes Bushidos a lot more valuable...its not really making Cyan 
uber, more just having the largest noticeable effect on him.  What do I 
mean? I mean Quick makes ANYONE in FF6 brutal; its a nasty evil spell to 
begin with.  Cyan's improvement from the spell is high mostly relative to 
himself without it; the fact that he NEEDS the spell a lot more than 
others says something in and of itself.

So what of his lower end moves, the ones that need less charging?  
Well, Sky gets random hype for its excellent early game damage, which I 
admit is high, though its very situational, so not the most practical of 
things.  Tiger really just lacks any useful applications, since early FF6 
is lacking in Large, High HP Randoms that can be hit with Instant Death, 
and when they start appearing, you already have REAL Instant Death for an 
even better effect. When you start hitting moves like Flurry, the charge 
times become apparent, so refer to the above.  Fang, now, that's decent 
for the early parts of the game.  Like Blitz, it succeeds at killing most 
of what it hits, so this makes Cyan not that much worse than Sabin, and 
can pull his weight during the Narshe Battle Sequence.  It’s not long 
after that, though, that Cyan's worth starts dropping gradually, 
especially in the Magitek Factory where enemies make a mockery of 
Flurry (high defense and it doesn't ignore it), and his damage with 
Fang is clearly worse than, at very least, what Edgar and Sabin can do 
reliably (and you only have 2 open slots, since Celes and Locke are 
required.)

Regarding Cyan’s Esper Time?  He’s entirely non-stand out in this regard.  
He quite clearly loses to Terra, Setzer, Edgar, and Sabin, is roughly 
even with Celes and Locke, and beats the rest.  This doesn’t sound like 
much of a flaw, but it ties in with another aspect of Cyan’s; his game 
worst Magic Power.  Because his Magic Power is the lowest in the game, 
and unlike other low Magic Power characters like Edgar or Locke, he lacks 
the Esper Time and/or equips to make up for it.  While Magic is a good 
fall back for most characters, once you start relying on that argument, 
Cyan still falls short.  Its also worth noting cause it ties in with one 
of his set ups (Kazekiris), and it’s a good example as to why this combo 
isn’t quite as amazing as you’d first think, since the low Magic Power 
does well to offset the potential.

So what about his equipment options? Armor wise, I covered; he doesn’t
Stand out one way or another in this regard. As far as his weapons 
go...Cyan kind of got the short end of the stick, at least until Dragon's 
Den.  Any weapon he gets that doesn't boost stats or have some sort of 
special effect is pretty much meaningless; Fang does more than a physical 
and ignores row to boot.  As such, right there that makes most of his 
weapons pretty pointless outside of Black Belt purposes. Useful ones? 
Asura, if only cause its his first one and free, so that’s kind of a 
default thing.  Kazekiri has a unique effect in being the only weapon 
that randomly casts a MT spell, AND said effect is even compatible with 
the Master's Scroll.  Downside? Master's Scroll lowers the damage of 
physical Bushidos (so this means Fang, Tempest and Flurry), so Cyan 
pretty much becomes a one trick pony and pure Random Encounter slayer, 
and not a particularly good one late.  It’s a decent weapon early, I 
suppose.  Murasame and Mitsunokami are both useful if only cause they 
give evasion boosts, so at least they serve a purpose that compliments 
Bushiods.  His bets weapon overall is Zanmato (at least, for Bushido 
purposes.)  Only weapon of his that boosts Strength, and gives a nice 
+30% Evade, it compliments Bushidos rather well.  Being Holy Elemental 
has some minor applications I suppose.

All in all, Cyan is a character that wasn't thought out well.  Low 
Magic score with little boosts forces him into being a fighter, which 
he isn't good at either, and his lack of really special equips barring 
maybe the Kazekiri, which runs off his game worst Magic Stat anyway, 
rounds out to be a rather low end character. Some people try to support 
him coming with a lot of quirk ways, but these set ups tend to benefit 
Cyan and only Cyan, while hurting the other three members of the party, 
so its actually hurtful more than helpful in the grand scheme of 
things.  Oh, and do not fall for "Genji Glove + Master's Scroll on Cyan 
= Win!"  Outside of maybe Kazekiri, Cyan is one of the WORST characters 
to do that combo with.


Strategies for Cyan throughout the game:
-When you get to South Figaro, be sure to buy one extra Heavy Shield 
for your team (you should only need 3, granted.  Celes gets one in the 
dungeon she rejoins in, and Locke will probably sacrifice his for a 
Genji Glove); Cyan will want to make use of that after all.
-Don't ever bother buying a weapon for Cyan.  All his noteworthy 
weapons are found in chests or stolen.  It’s a waste of money since Fang 
will always out damage his physical; only point to his physical is 
targetable damage (or alternatively, with Black Belt), but its worth it 
since its significantly worse than Fang in general and it requires giving 
up Back Row anyway.
-If you can pull it off, try to steal that Kazekiri from Number 128 on 
the mine cart ride; if you miss it, you'll be left with only one 
Kazekiri from the Sealed Cave until the Soul shrine, which kind of 
hurts his use (he'd like to Genji Glove Kazekiris for, say, IAF 
Sequence.)
-When Cyan gets Murasame on the Floating Continent, keep that equipped 
at all times until you get the Mutsunokami or Zanmato, at least if you 
plan on using Bushidos.  Anytime you want to use his physical, opt for 
Zantetsuken or Kazekiri, since those at least allow him something 
special to occur.
-Keep Cyan in back row until you get Kazekiri for that matter; Kazekiri 
gives Cyan a reason to use his physical, any other weapon outside of 
Zantetsuken does not.
-Even though those Masamunes and Murakumos look nice, they're better 
spent at the coliseum for more Holy Lances for Edgar or Mog to make use 
of (or as throwing ammunition for Shadow.) Again, they lack any real 
useful application over Murasame for Bushidos, and are flat out worse 
than Zantetsuken in everyway (weaker and no special effects.)
-For Cyan's WoB armor, give him the Power Sash.  Minor loss of defenses 
from Golden Armor is worth the boost to Vigor and Speed you get from 
it.  Twist Headband couldn't hurt either, though I'd suggest he stays 
with Green Beret or Priest’s Miter for the defensive edges they give 
being more significant than Twist Headband's offenses.

Cyan's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
Weapons: 
Kazekiri
Murasame
Zantetsuken
Mutsunokami 
Zanmato
Impartisan

Helmets: 
Priest's Miter
Circlet
Red Cap
Genji Helm
Green Beret
Saucer

Armor:
Genji Armor
Force Armor
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak

End Game Cyan Set Ups:

Undefined Generic Set Up:
Zanmato
Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield/Genji Shield
Red Cap/Genji Helm
Genji Armor/Force Armor

Remember what I said about Locke's Lightbringer without perfect evasion 
set up?  Well, same logic applies here.  Cyan lacks any real specific 
set ups, and now that Magic Evasion is no long universal evasion stat it 
use to be, its harder to make a call between Force Armor and Genji Armor, 
or the shields.  Basically, it depends what you want.  Again, rather than 
telling you what to use, I’ll just say try to think of the set up as a 
whole and consider what equip compliments each other, if you want this to 
be effective.

He's still no Wind God though: 
Kazekiri
Kazekiri
Genji Helm/Circlet
Genji Armor
Master's Scroll
Genji Glove

While I personally don't like this set up (mostly cause it gives up 
your only Master's Scroll before Soul shrine), this is Cyan's best set 
up for beating random encounters probably.  Genji Helm vs. Circlet is 
there for if you want more defenses or if you want more damage (Cyan 
would really like that +4 Magic Power.) Anyway, this set up means 
you'll get 4 Wind Slashes on average; that's effectively a 192 spell 
power attack being tossed each turn, though it is unreliable and 
totally screwed by Wind Immunity/Absorption.  This set up also has 
a flaw of needing front row (the Wind Slashes DO get halved in back 
row), and it kills the use of Bushidos since Master's Scroll halves 
their damage, sadly, and since it uses both Relic slots as well as 
running off Cyan’s Game Worst Magic Power, him opting for Magic as a 
reliable back up doesn’t quite cut it.
If you don't understand the name, its a reference to an old set up 
involving Gau with a Merit Award (That sadly doesn't work in this 
version) <_< 


He's no Wind God mark II:
Kazekiri
Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
Genji Helm/Circlet
Genji Armor
Master's Scroll

Similar to the above, except in this set up, Cyan's trading damage for 
the ability to take a damned hit.  This set up probably works nicely 
with a Black Belt, mind, but wasn't sure if that was worth calling 
default, as you may prefer a different filler relic.  

Miscellaneous Info on Cyan:
-Psycho Cyan Glitch!  Basically, this makes Cyan attack an unlimited 
amount of times due to some combination of glitches; before you say 
anything, people tend to throw this out for Cyan's worth cause its no 
better than abusing that old Vanish/Doom glitch.  In any event, the way 
it works is you kill Cyan, revive him, have him cast Sky, then Imp him.  
He'll counter any physical, be it yours or the enemies, by attacking a 
limitless amount of times.  
-Not many people realize this, but Cyan gets a weapon at the end of the 
"Cyan's Soul" sequence.  That weapon is the "Masamune." Should be good, 
having to go through an entire sequence to get it, and that the game 
makes it look great and such, right?  Especially since it’s the Masamune 
in an FF game?  Actually, the weapon is below the Murakumo in power 
(yes, that weapon you get simply by beating Red Dragon), and thus 
inferior in everyway (in fact, betting Masamune at Coliseum gives you a 
Murakumo.)  Talk about a massive disappointment.
-I know I've said it a few times before, but I need to emphasize this 
fact; DO NOT GIVE CYAN THE MASTER'S SCROLL IF YOU PLAN ON USING 
BUSHIDOS.  At least, the physical ones.  Master's Scroll halves ALL 
physical damage a character has, including stuff it doesn't effect 
directly.  So this counts for attacks like Fang and Flurry, which is 
not something you want to take advantage of.  Its quite depressing 
considering a lot of old strategies that suggested “Genji Glove + 
Offering” for the SNES version use to single Cyan out as a good candidate 
for that cause he’s a “Strong Fighter”. 
-You're probably wondering how Valor would make Cyan a stronger 
character, since tripling Tempest's Damage would make breaking 9999 
matter, right? Not quite.  Valor only affects the next physical HIT, as 
in, only the first hit of multi-hit attacks gets tripled.  So if Cyan 
was doing 8000 damage total with Tempest, meaning 2000 a hit, only the 
first hit would be boosted to 6000, and the other 3 would do 2000, 
meaning you do 12000 total, instead of the expected 24000.
-Do NOT attempt the famous Dragoon Combo with Cyan using Kazekiri.  It 
sounds nice and a decent alternative to Master's Scroll for Wind 
Slashes, however, there is a bug associated with it.  If Cyan uses Wind 
Slash on anything but his LAST hit of jump, it'll be used on the rest 
of the actions (due to a different bug that WOULD be beneficial), 
however Cyan won't come down, and become "Invisible" thus he can't be 
seen or manually targeted.  However, you can't perform actions with him 
either, so really, you just kind of lost a character permanently.  
Avoid if possible.


Skill set:
Cyan's skill set is learned through levels.  HOWEVER, after you beat 
Cyan's Soul, Cyan learns ALL Bushidos at once, regardless of level.
Sword tech's listed in order of level.  So first one is level 1, 2nd is 
level 2, all the way to level 8.

Fang: 
Obtained at Level 1
Effects: Physical damage to one foe

Comments: Probably most useful Bushido in general, only cause it's to-go.  
Beats his fight command for raw damage pretty much always, unless Genji 
Glove and/or Master’s Scroll is involved, late game.

Sky: 
Obtained at level 6
Effects: Puts Cyan into a counter mode, of sorts.  When hit with a 
physical attack, he counters with a non-elemental magic attack

Comments: Great damage early on, but a bit hard to trigger being a 
counter only.  Later in the game, though, Fang out damages it (you 
heard me), and given its not exactly an insured trigger, its not a 
particularly good move.  You could use a Knight’s Code to help trigger 
this more, but again, you’re often better off just using Fang.

Tiger: 
Obtained at level 12
Effects: Deals damage equal to 50% of enemies HP, adds Seizure Status

Comments: Not particularly useful.  Bosses tend to be immune to it, and 
Dispatch tends to kill enemies anyway making Gravity pointless.  Late in 
the game, when doing half damage is more than Dispatch, these enemies 
like to be immune to it as well or you’re better off just casting some 
Instant Death spell, which hits all the same enemies with a better effect 
and is instant.

Flurry: 
Obtained at level 15
Effects: Attacks random enemies with 4 separate attacks.

Comments: Not bad on damage, though, this is the first move where the 
charge times start actually becoming apparent.  Also note that unlike 
Fang, this does not ignore defense, so it's worthless on a high defense 
enemy (like those in the Magitek Factory.)  Probably the last Bushido 
that's actually worth the wait, all things considered.

Dragon:
Obtained at level 24
Effects: Magic damage and MP damage to one foe, heals Cyan for an 
amount equal to the damage done, both HP and MP wise, restricted by 
Cyan's Max Hp and MP.

Comments:  Not particularly useful, really.  Drain and Osmose more or 
less do the same thing, this move just puts them into one attack, and 
adds an annoying charge time on, and you can't aim it.  For the most 
part, its easier to use one of those two moves, as rarely you need to 
heal BOTH HP and MP.  One advantage it has, I suppose, is it ignores 
defense, so against the rare enemy it might be better.

Eclipse:
Obtained at level 34
Effects: Non-elemental magic damage to all enemies, randomly inflicts 
Stop

Comments: Alright, this is where the Charge times start outweighing the 
use.  Eclipse is effectively an improved version of Sabin’s Razor Gale on 
paper, but the charge times really kill its use (as does Cyan's base 
magic score)  Not particularly useful, though, if you can get the time up 
without killing all enemies and not harming your own team, then by all 
means, use it.

Tempest:
Obtained at level 44
Effects: Attacks random enemies with 4 separate attacks.  Difference 
between this and Quadra Slam is that this Ignores Defense

Comments: The move that Cyan gets a lot of hype over. However, the 
charge times really limit the use of this otherwise fine move.  Its 
about as strong as Phantom Rush, and due to how algorithms work, Hyper 
Wrist actually raises its damage decently.  Besides that?  It's damage 
is generally matched with a magic spell hitting a weakness, or Sabin's 
Phantom Rush, or Shadow's Throw, or whatever.  It's damage, relatively 
speaking, is just too low to consider useful, and it loses use on 
multiple foes since its likely to spread hits out, let alone has the 
chance of hitting the wrong foe several times in a row.  Note that if 
you have Quick, this should be the move Cyan is using, as its his 
strongest move by far.

Oblivion: 
Obtained at level 70
Effects: Instant Death to all enemies, dicing style (ala Odin, for 
example)

Comments: WAAAAY too long a charge time to consider this useful.  With 
things like Banish, and Odin/Raiden around, you're better off just 
using those, and enemies will die, for MP cost instead of an annoying 
Charge time.  Likely the most useless Bushido, as unlike Tiger, it 
takes a while to build up, and unlike the others, there are very easy 
ways to mimic this through Magic.

Ending Thought:
Cyan’s Hype comes from two areas.  One camp is all about the “over 9999 
without a relic slot!” and the other is “Kazekiri pwnage!!1!”  In truth?  
Neither is all they’re cracked up to be, and combined with Cyan’s game 
worst Magic Power, and iffy equipment selection, he doesn’t really came 
out to be much of a character.  I know some people say he’s still 
effective and usable, and to some degree, it’s true!  But this is more 
that FF6 is an easy game in general, and most characters can be made 
effective through this; Cyan’s relative worth is clearly not very high, 
and there’s a reason many go as far as to call him one of the worst 
characters in the game.


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| SHADOW |
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#Assassin#

Extra HP: 51
Extra MP: 6
Vigor: 39
Speed: 38
Stamina: 30
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 23
Defense: 47
Evasion: 28%
Magic Defense: 25
Magic Evasion: 9%
Level Readjustment: +0
Desperation: Shadow Fang
Special ability: Throw
Effects: Shadow chooses from a list of "Throw able" weapons.  Throwing 
one weapon causes permanent loss of the item.  When a weapon is used in 
this manner, its damage is doubled, and it ignores defense, evade, all 
other factors but elemental affinities are ignored.  When throwing 
scrolls, the affect is based on the scroll itself, and it ignores 
normal Throw aspects.
 
Miscellaneous extra for Shadow:
Interceptor (aka Dog Block):  Anytime a "basic physical" is used on 
Shadow, blockable or not, there is a 50% chance Shadow will dodge it, 
via Interceptor.  The block can trigger any evade animation, however, 
so this might be credited to the shield or weapon, despite Interceptor 
being the reason.  When the Dog Block animation occurs, there's a 50% 
chance of him countering with Wild Fang or Take Down (equal chance of 
both), both attacks being magical and unable to hit flying enemies.  
Status is active on Shadow the entire game unless it’s on the Floating 
Continent, or he is hit with Rippler. 

Character Analysis:
Every Final Fantasy game has their Ninja, and...ok, fine, NOT every 
Final Fantasy game has their ninja, as I'm aware about half the series 
is lacking in that department, but that's got nothing to do with this!  
Stop nitpicking ;_;.  Anyway, Shadow is indeed the ninja of FF6, 
sporting the usual good physical stats, high speed, and high evade.  
What he has that most Ninjas don't though is a competent magic score, 
in that its middling instead of lower end.  This makes Shadow a well 
rounded character.

Shadow's main thing he has going for him is Throw.  Its got damage 
similar to Blitz, and can be targeted like Tools.  This is to say, its 
pretty damn sweet, since it has no real downsides while stays good 
throughout the entire game.  It also adds in two Physical Immunity 
options with Shadow Scroll and Invisibility Scroll, cause apparently 
28% Base Evasion, evade boosting equipment and Interceptor weren't 
enough.  Well, Throw has a downside in that you lose whatever you hit 
the enemy with, but you could always not throw the rare stuff.  
Shurikens, and later on Fuma Shurikens, are dirt cheap and can be 
bought in a bulk of 99 right when they're first available.  Shadow can 
also use this to hit every elemental weakness in the game so his boss 
damage can jump quite a bit, though elemental weapons (since they're 
actual weapons and not just Throw ammunition) cost a bundle.  
Basically, Shadow is a character who almost never has a reason to use 
his physical, so he can work with a pure defensive weapon if he wants. 

So what of Shadow's equipment? His Armor options are a bit lagging, 
sadly.  His armor is effectively Locke without a few options, most 
notable being the lack of Force Armor.  His weapons, now, aren't half 
bad.  Unlike Sabin and Cyan, two characters who often never use their 
physical, Shadow can actually take advantage of his "useless Fight" 
command, in that he can focus on weapons that are purely passive on stat 
boosts.  For example, early on he gets the Thief Knife which is 10% to 
both evasion stats and+3 to Speed; this is better than anything what Cyan 
gets for most of the game, and unlike Locke, he sacrifices nothing in 
return.  He also gets a few other nice options along the way like 
Swordbreaker or the Assassin's Dagger.  This keeps him as a nice evasive 
tank to physicals, without hindering his offenses at all.

So what's Shadow's flaw then? For starters, his utter lack 
of...well...existence in the WoB.  Sure, he's useful when you first get 
him, but then he leaves at the Barren Falls, at the latest (possibly 
earlier if the game doesn't like you.) The next time he's available you 
have to pay him for his services, a four digit price too when that's 
still kind of pricey, and he can leave whenever he wants after battle.  
Third time he's barely with you, so it’s really not until the Floating 
Continent (and thus, the World of Ruin) that Shadow can be made full 
use of.  Sure, he's nice on the Phantom Train, but that dungeon is 
fairly weak in general, and he doesn't really stand out compared to 
Sabin and Cyan anyway (they all kill things in one hit, Shadow just has 
better speed and targeting, but needs to use items, if dirt cheap ones)  
Also, this has the side effect of him not knowing any magic on the FC 
(Well, you can give him some earlier, but that requires going out of your 
way), which hurts his use some, though you can teach it to him pretty 
quickly there at least.  Similarly, his Esper time is pretty horrid as 
well, so his good starting stats get compensated as a result.

It should be clear that Shadow likes the evade bug being fixed, given 
the 28% Base Evasion and how all those evasion boosting equips (most 
notably Swordbreaker) suddenly have a purpose.  Furthermore, proof he 
likes this version of the game is his Dragon's Den weapon, the 
Oborozuki, is actually pretty good. Raising all the important stats he 
wants, and then giving a slight Magic Evasion bonus, its definitely one 
of the best of the new weapons in the game.  

All things considered, Shadow is a well rounded character.  He's 
certainly not top tier, but considering his damage always solid, he's 
got decent stats and weapons, passable (though unremarkable) armor 
options, and he can even target his damage to boot, which is something 
most damage specials cannot.  He's got his flaws, but for the most 
part, he covers his bases enough, its only a pity you couldn't use him 
more in the first half of the game.  His magic isn't as bad as you'd 
expect too, though don't expect to see me hyping it as special either.


Strategies for Shadow throughout the game: 
-This might sound odd, but when Shadow first joins, take off his armor, 
and give it to Sabin, and vice versa.  I know Kenpo Gi < Ninja Gear, 
but the fact is that Shadow is a temporary character, and Sabin is not; 
Shadow can do just fine with a weaker armor anyway thanks to Interceptor 
and his evade covering most physicals.
-From the traveling merchant, buy 99 Shurikens right off the bat.  
Shurikens are cheap, and its worth it to insure Shadow always has good 
ammo.  You can continually restock on the Phantom Train from merchant 
ghosts, mind, should you run out (...and you shouldn't...)  It couldn't 
hurt to buy some scrolls as well, and if you want, use an Invisibility 
Scroll and watch as Shadow single handedly takes down the entire 
Imperial Camp with the exception of the Satellite from the Monster in 
the Box (which Shadow Scroll SHOULD cover for the most part as well.)
-Do NOT buy Shadow when you get the chance in Kohlingen.  Zozo is not a 
place to take lightly, and you don't want to suddenly have Shadow leave 
you there midway, even if he is pretty good there.  If it’s after Zozo? 
Well, Shadow will leave in the middle of the Opera, which means you 
practically get no use out of him; and by “middle” I mean “before Ultros’ 
shenanigans start.”
-Giving Shadow Seraphim is probably the first thing he should bother 
with. He doesn't need any offensive magic early in the game, since 
Throw is sufficient on offense (especially when you factor Scrolls are 
flat out better than Ara spells ANYWAY), so you might as well stick 
with getting him some healing magic.
-Speaking of Scrolls, if you can afford some, get some scrolls for 
Shadow before starting the Floating Continent; they are pretty powerful 
for the time, and worth spending some money on, especially if you're 
into Veldt Grinding for the purpose of getting Gau some rages, in which 
case, you'll have plenty of cash to spend on Throwing Ammunition.  
Also, around this time, stocking up on Sakuras, since this is the only 
part of the game those are available, and they're the best weapon 
Shadow can use for Wind Elemental Ammunition by far (and wind is a 
rarish element to boot).  Also, if you want Shadow’s best Throw damage, 
Darts would be that weapon, though it is kind of pricey, and probably 
better to just stick with Shurikens as those would last you.  Or you 
could use those Sakuras I told you to buy if you want, as they're 
slightly weaker, but MUCH cheaper than Darts.
-Shadow should always be using weapons that boost stats.  In the WoB, 
these would be Thief's Knife (+10% to both evades, +3 Speed, added 
bonus of random Stealing, if you're into that), and Assassin's Dagger 
(+10% Evasion, +3 Speed, +2 Magic Power, randomly inflicts instant death 
with physical.)  WoR, its probably best to keep Shadow with a 
Swordbreaker for the most part, as the evasion that gives is 
more useful than what most other weapons yield, barring maybe Thief 
Knife’s Magic Evasion boost.
-In the WoR, Shadow can get a plethora of nice elemental weapons to 
throw at enemies, and abuse just about any weakness in the game 
(besides Wind, which I said earlier, requires Sakuras.)  Getting a 
decent stock of these never hurts.  Similarly, this would be the time 
Shurikens start falling behind sadly, however, at the same time, Fuma 
Shurikens are store-bought, and are relatively cheap, so stocking up 
on 99 of those should be a priority if you're using Shadow.  Falchions 
are another good thing to stock up on; they're considerably stronger 
than Fuma Shurikens, but much more expensive, so keep on eye on your 
Gil.
-If you don't mind taking the time, stealing Impartisans from Greater 
Mantis' is the best way to use Throw.  See, Throw ignores special 
aspects of weapons, this includes the whole "Need to be an Imp to use 
this Attack!" aspect Impartisans have, so when thrown, they 
actually use their listed Attack of 253! This is MUCH stronger 
than anything else Shadow can throw, which he can reasonably stock up on 
in bulk.  Its time consuming, but if you can snag a bunch of these, it'll 
be worth it.
-If Falchions are too expensive, and Impartisans are too annoying to 
get, you could always try to stock up on Pinwheels at the Coliseum.  
Betting a Fuma Shuriken yields a Pinwheel, for beating up a fairly easy 
enemy in Chaos Dragon.  This is still kind of time consuming, but its 
much cheaper (expenses wise) than Falchions (and stronger to boot), and 
somewhat faster than hording Impartisans, call it the balance of the 
two.



Shadow's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
Weapons: 
Thief's Knife
Assassin's Dagger
Kagenui
Ichigeki
Oborozuki
Swordbreaker
Impartisan

Helmets:
Red Cap
Priest's Miter
Circlet
Genji Helm
Green Beret
Saucer

Armor:
Genji Armor
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak


Standard Generic Shadow Set Up without a Witty Name: 
Oborozuki
Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
Green Beret
Genji Armor

This set up gives Shadow 108% Evasion (out of 128%, remember) before 
any Relics, which is to say, he's pretty much set on the physical side.  
Magic...Green Beret was tossed on cause it gives him that slight HP 
boost while still supporting the evasion.  I chose not to include Genji 
Shield here because Shadow does not need anymore physical defense, 
hence he'd rather focus on his magic durability, or elemental 
resistance.  Nice strong set up that doesn't require any relics, granted 
it does require Dragon's Den, though Swordbreaker makes a decent 
substitute before then.


Just Like a Final Fantasy Ninja:
Oborozuki
Oborozuki
Red Cap/Priest's Miter
Genji Armor
Genji Glove

Gives Shadow 128% Evasion and keeps a relic slot open.  Pretty nifty, 
though getting two Oborozuki's isn't the easiest of things (requires 
giving up a Zwill Crossblade at the coliseum) This set up has some flaws 
in that Shadow is practically defenseless on the magic defense end, 
outside of the 20% Magic Evasion his weapons combined give him, hence why 
he'll need to rely on Red Cap's HP boost or Priest's Miter's Magic 
Evasion as well.  I'm personally more a fan of giving him a shield, 
sacrificing that bit of evade, and letting a combination of high Evasion 
and Interceptor cover most hits, but if you like the Genji Glove, this 
would be the set up Shadow would use with it.  

And now to mimic Blade Grasp:
Oborozuki
Tortoise Shield
Red Cap
Genji Armor
Prayer Beads

The defense is no worse than the above set up, however, the magic 
defense and Magic Evasion is MUCH higher, as well as canceling Water as 
a bonus.  You lose out on 7 Speed and Strength though.  This might be 
more practical due to the overall better defenses on the magic end 
(when you have 128% Evasion, you don't care about defense much, 
especially when Interceptor can cover your backside in Surrounded 
attacks), so feel free to opt for this set up instead.

Umm...That Aint Right: 
Lightbringer
Paladin's Shield
Green Beret
Force Armor
Merit Award

Normally, I am not a fan of Merit Award set ups, however, in this case, 
I'm willing to make an exception.  The reason is that, for once, Shadow 
actually has unique use of one in a manner no one else does.  Shadow is 
the *ONLY* character in the game who can get perfect Evasion and Magic 
Evasion and still have a relic slot open.  Why does this work?  First 
off, he breaks a Magic Evasion benchmark (every x8% = One Benchmark, so 
8%, 18%, etc.), AND he breaks *3* Evasion benchmarks.  This means he 
doesn't need either the Prayer Beads OR the Zephyr's Cloak.  As such, 
Shadow can use that last relic slot for whatever he wants, without 
sacrificing anything defensively.  Flaw of this set up? It uses that 
lone Paladin's Shield, so it could hurt the overall set up of your team 
in specific circumstances.  Because of the free Relic slot, though, you 
COULD use Genji Glove and give him a second Lightbringer (or heck, Save 
the Queen in the second hand would suffice), and still max out both 
evasions, though that sort of defeats the purpose of 128/128 Evasions 
with a free Relic Slot.
 
Unorthodox use of Equipment?Ninja Style:
Oborozuki
Tortoise Shield
Saucer
Reed Cloak
Prayer Beads

Most effective version of this set up yet, due to the weapon of choice 
not being Lightbringer (yes, I'm aware that weapon is infinitely 
better) and how Shadow doesn't use his Fight command or rely on major 
offensive stats.  Shadow caps his evasion, and doesn't even require 
Lightbringer to pull this off.  Ok, there's less Magic Evasion, but 
still, you get the point by now.  Perfect evasion with a bunch of high 
magic defense stuff yields a nice tank.  Again, something unintuitive, 
but should prove effective.



Miscellaneous Info about Shadow: 
-Remember that Shadow CAN be turned into a makeshift Thief with the 
Thief’s Knife, due to its random “Mug” aspect.  No, he’s not exactly 
reliable at it, and he’s nowhere near as effective as Locke and Gogo, 
cause not only is it random, but lacks Thief’s Bracer too.  You can, 
however, should you get a second Thief’s Knife, use Genji Glove to up the 
steal rate some, by giving him 2 chances per attack to initiate the 
random Mug effect (ups the rare to 75% chance of using at least one Mug a 
turn, instead of 50%, in case you don’t wanna do the math), and to 
increase the number of attempts at stealing per turn, a Black Belt can 
aid there, as each counter attack Shadow uses is another chance for him 
to attempt a steal.  This all applies to Locke as well, of course, but 
its probably just easier to give him a Thief’s Bracer and use Steal 
outright, though Thief’s Knife + Black Belt combo would give him an extra 
random chance to Steal each turn, while still keeping that Thief’s Bracer 
so that might not be a bad idea, if stealing is your thing.
-Most people know this, but anyway, I'll say it still.  Sleep at an inn 
with Shadow in your team, and there's a chance you might see a scene.  
This scene is Shadow's dream, and a part of Shadow's past.  There are 
four dreams seen this way (NOT 7)  Should you lose count, the last 
Dream Shadow has is one where he's in Thamasa.
-Also common knowledge, but should be pointed out.  On the floating 
Continent, do NOT leave without waiting for Shadow.  If you leave, 
something will happen and he'll be gone for good.  Instead, get there, 
choose "Wait", and when the clock hits "0:05", Shadow will come, and 
all is well :)
-If you are wondering, you can get a 5th Dream by just getting Shadow 
in the WoR.  This dream, unlike the others, always happens in the same 
place (right after you beat King Behemoth), and it doesn't matter WHICH 
dreams you've seen or not, they'll always appear.  
-Shadow does not have interceptor on the FC.  He’ll get him back in the 
WoR, though, so don’t worry.
-NEVER let Shadow get hit with Rippler.  Or if he is, hope Strago/Gogo 
is in your team and let them Rippler the enemy.  Shadow getting 
Ripplered loses Interceptor PERMANATLY.  Having another ally rippler 
interceptor will get him back, maybe not on the right character, but 
hey, he's back!  To give him back to Shadow, just have Shadow in a team 
with a Rippler user, and have him confuse them just before they use 
Rippler (IE have Shadow cast Confuse, before Shadow casts Confuse, tell 
them to cast Rippler, but make sure Shadow's spell comes off first, and 
only AFTER the Command to use Rippler was issued)
-Shadow has a unique Relic (well, shares it with one person; that 
person should be obvious because they come EQUIPPED with it) in the 
Memento Ring, which is functionally identical to the Safety Bit.  This 
is handy as Safety Bits aren't the easiest things to come across, so an 
advantage to using Shadow is sort of like adding an extra Safety Bit to 
your options, which is never a bad thing.
-Shadow will never use Throw in the Coliseum.  This can be a good 
thing, since it means if you were careful about what magic you taught 
him, he can win fights without you worrying about stupid actions.  Its 
also good because he won't, say, throw that nice Lightbringer you got 
out of idiotic AI either.

Skill set:
Shadow's Throw skill set can throw many weapons.  It’s hard to evaluate 
ALL of them, though, I'll mention the "Throw Only" abilities, those being 
the Shurikens and the Scrolls.

Shuriken:
Bought at various shops
Effect: Physical damage to one foe.
 
Comments: Cheap, efficient, and easy to find.  The damage is too good 
for just 30 GP, and it has no flaws.  Shadow’s Work Horse weapon for the 
WoB, when he’s available.  Stock up on lots of these.

Fuma Shuriken:
Bought at various shops
Effect: Physical damage to one foe.

Comments: The WoR's answer to the Shuriken, more or less.  This is 
better in everyway, just a more expensive, but still easy to horde lots 
of given later in the game, you have more money.  Good default source of 
damage for Shadow.

Pinwheel:
Gotten in a few chests around the WoR, and through betting a Fuma 
Shuriken at the Coliseum
Effects: Physical damage to one foe

Comments: The "Ultimate" Star weapon.  This would be good if they 
weren't a bit of a pain to get lots of.  Yes, its easy enough, but 
probably not worth your time, better to just buy some Falchions, or nab 
some Impartisans, and use those instead.  As I said before, this is kind 
of the middle ground of the two.

Shadow Scroll: 
Bought at various shops
Effects: Adds Image status to the user

Comments: Nifty little trick.  More fun than useful, likely, but it can 
still serve some use.  Granted, not as useful as it use to be, since 
Shadow has lots of evade (something evade bug took away), and 
Interceptor (always had this, granted), so he's hard enough to hit with 
physicals anyway.  Admittedly, Gogo can use this too, and makes somewhat 
more use of it, so its best use is probably NOT on Shadow.

Invisibility Scroll: 
Bought at various shops
Effects: Adds Clear status to the user

Comments: Early on, it's decent.  Later, though, you get the Vanish 
Spell, which basically makes this ability kind of worthless, and a 
waste of money.

Fire Scroll:
Bought at various shops
Effects: Fire Elemental Magic damage to all enemies

Comments:  A bit pricey when you first can get these, but for good 
reason.  This thing kicks ass.  It’s your best magic damage in the WoB 
as far as consistent attacks go, and does massive damage when hitting 
weakness.  Think of this as a Level 2.5 for damage (Better than an Ara 
spell, but worse than an Aga)  If you can afford these, stock up on 
lots of these early, they are quite nice.

Water Scroll: 
Bought at various shops
Effects: Water Elemental Magic damage to all enemies

Comments: Water version of the Fire Scroll.  Do note that the new Flood 
spell taught by the new esper Leviathan is identical to this in 
everyway, for how the spells work anyway, so not as useful as it use to 
be.

Lightning Scroll: 
Bought at various shops
Effects: Lighting elemental Magic Damage to all.

Comments: Lightning version of the above two.  Probably best Lightning 
damage you'll get until Thundaga, at least for groups.


Ending Thought: 
Shadow is a fine well-balanced character.  Throw gives him good damage 
the entire game, and he can serve as a passable back up mage should the 
time be needed (though there are probably better options for this one).  
Some interesting equipment options in weapons give him some variety, as 
well as being able to hit every elemental weakness in the game fairly 
easily.  I hate to say this (cause its so controversial), but the more I 
think about it, the more Shadow just strikes me as an improved Sabin, 
even his damage is a little worse, the ability to target it (and probably 
better against bosses due to the elemental thing) gives him the edge.


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| Edgar |
 =======

#Machinist#

Extra HP: 49
Extra MP: 6
Strength: 39
Speed: 30
Stamina: 34
Magic Power: 29
Attack: 20
Defense: 50
Evasion: 4%
Magic Defense: 22
Magic Evasion: 1%
Level Readjustment: +2
Desperation: Royal Shock
Special ability: Tools 
Effects: Selects a Tool from a list of ones that are in your current 
Inventory.  Only one Tool of that type is needed to use the attack.  
Tools can be used indefinitely, with absolutely no penalties or 
restrictions.

Character Analysis:
As one of the most respected characters throughout the entire game, 
you'd expect Edgar to be good, right? RIGHT? YOU EXPECT HIM TO BE GOOD 
AND YOU KNOW IT! ...ok, I apologize for that outburst.  Anyway, 
thankfully, Edgar does not disappoint.  While its true gets a bit 
more love than he deserves, especially for Tools in later parts of the 
game, he's by no means a bad character.  Edgar probably falls into this 
really odd class of characters who are about as good as they are hyped, 
but for reasons completely different to their hype.  What do I mean?  
Well, as I said only a few sentences ago, people tend to see Edgar and 
often immediately think "Tools = Awesome = Edgar R0><0RZ!" or something 
(mind the L337 speak >_>;)  While this logic works fine for the first 
half of the game, Edgar's Tools just kind of stop improving, damage wise 
after the Chain Saw, which is gotten in Zozo; sure, there are Air Anchor 
and Debilitator, but they're not something you use for damage.  That 
alone should indicate that Tools are going to go on a decline, and really 
they do.  Thankfully, though, Edgar has other uses besides Tools! 

However, back to the issue of Tools, the good thing about them is that 
they do, in fact, dominate the early parts of the game, and remain 
solid throughout the rest of the World of Balance.  Make no mistake; 
Auto Crossbow and Bioblaster are among your best forms of damage when you 
first get them, both Single Target and Multitarget, until Sabin arrives.  
Even after Sabin arrives, Edgar's still your best form of MT damage until 
Gau arrives, and DESPITE then still, Edgar's got the edge of reliability 
that Gau never has.  To add to that, Noiseblaster just kind of dominates 
random encounters, being Multitarget Confusion that cannot fail.  Its 
pretty clear who the dominant force is through the early game.  These 
first three tools are all Edgar gets through the Narshe Battle Sequence, 
but frankly, they are all he needs for the most part.  However, after 
Narshe Battle Sequence, some new abilities and equipment start 
appearing, like Sabin getting Rising Phoenix making him much better on 
MT Damage, or Celes getting the White Dress for a magic boost, what 
have you.  This doesn't bode well for Edgar...except that he too gets 
some new tools!  Flash works for Edgar to keep his MT damage up, even if 
not the same relative dominance of the Auto Crossbow, its serviceable 
enough, and being magical, gets you through the Magitek Factory at very 
least.  Drill, and the soon to come Chain Saw, make Edgar have good 
consistent Single Target damage as well, which unlike Aura Cannon and 
Fang, can even be targeted, which comes in handy against multipart bosses 
like the Cranes.  The fact that they ignore defense makes them even more 
useful too, since you are about to go into a high defense area.

Tools start having a noticeable decline around the time Terra rejoins.  
This isn't strictly cause its Terra, mind, but because of what's 
available around that time, which she also just happens to take advantage 
of.  Ara class spells and Bio are now much easier to get (Ifrit, Shiva, 
Maduin and Catoblepas primarily), and you get Mog soon who just rips 
apart stuff with Dances this early, to give you a few ideas.  Granted, 
Edgar still remains a solid enough character, he's just making a sort of 
noticeable decline at this point.  It doesn't help that he can't use the 
Gaia Gear, though he makes up for this some by being able to use the 
Golden Shield, when most other characters are stuck with Mythril Shield.

Then comes the World of Ruin.  It’s about now that Tools stop being 
dominant.  They'll last Edgar a while, but there's definitely a point 
where they just stop being adequate enough.  For example, Drill is 
Edgar's best consistent damage (Chain Saw can randomly use an Instant 
Death version), and that is completely outclassed by Shadow's 
Shurikens, which actually matter now that Shadow is a normal character 
and not an unstable Temp.  Doesn't help that Shadow has an upgrade in 
Fuma Shurikens, AND how Scrolls out damage Flash (let alone when they hit 
weakness).  What does Edgar get in terms of Tools? The relatively 
pointless Debilitator, and the even less useful Air Anchor.  OUCH! Looks 
like Edgar's big skill set that lasted him the entire first half of the 
game just got beaten with a massive nerf stick.  Is there any hope for 
Edgar in the second half of the game? 
 
As a matter of fact, there is!  Edgar is one of the only characters in 
the game who can use Spears (excluding the Impartisan), which means he 
makes a fine Dragoon Character.  Dragoon set up wasn't really worth 
much early in the game, since Drill > Jump, and Dragon Horn didn't 
exist, not to mention Spears weren't that good.  However, Edgar can now 
use stronger weapons (Holy Lance comes to mind, which can be gotten 
fairly early to boot), and the Dragon Horn suddenly makes those 
relatively  useless Dragoon Boots something not to be ignored.  This 
combo keeps Edgar at least a workable character through the rest of the 
game.

So what of his Non-spear Equipment?  Edgar happens to be one of the 
four natural Lightbringer users!  That alone is worth mentioning.  He's 
got most of the same stuff Locke gets on armor, though misses out on 
Gaia Gear and Power Sash early game, but gains the better store-bought 
shields in the higher end store-bought shields, and gets a few other 
equips in the Royal Crown and Red Jacket (neither of which are that 
useful, but they're there.)  He can also use the Enhancer, so this 
salvages his lowish magic stat some, making him a potential secondary 
mage if you need him for that.  I'll be honest though; Edgar's use mainly 
comes from the Dragoon Set Up, as without that, he ends up being an 
inferior clone of Terra and Celes, who can use all the same noteworthy 
equips he gets otherwise, except they get female specifics like Minerva 
Bustier instead of Red Jacket and Royal Crown (LOSING TRADE, in Edgar’s 
case), MUCH better Dragon's Den weapons, and have higher Magic Stats 
which matters a lot more than Tools does later on (also roughly equal 
Esper Time, so Edgar doesn’t have time to catch up).  Basically, Dragoon 
Set Up is what keeps Edgar at least unique compared to those two, though 
in an area like Dragon's Den or Kefka's Tower, you can't use both in 
every team, it might not hurt to use Edgar in the same vain as those two 
if you need to shift around roles or something, as he’s a decent 
supplement to those two.

Edgar, like most Force Armor users, isn't a fan of some of the changes 
in FF6a.  Enhancer went from "fairly godly store-bought weapon" to just 
merely solid, and Force Armor got considerably worse, due to Magic 
Evasion no longer being worse.  Furthermore, his new weapon in Longinus 
is in running for the worst of all the new equips.  I know you're 
thinking "A new spear for Edgar, better stats than anything else he can 
use? How can that not be useful?" There's a good reason its not useful, 
but I'll get into that later.  But onto…


Strategies for Edgar throughout the game:
-Shove Edgar in the back row.  There's no reason to keep him in the 
front row, as Tools, Jump AND Lightbringer all ignore the back row.
-If for whatever reason Edgar's weapons matter early game (and they 
shouldn't), you can get a nice free Mythril Spear for him by stripping 
Mog of his equipment during the "Save Terra!" sequence, and give that 
to Edgar.  Naturally, that Mythril Sword Edgar COMES with should be 
given to Locke, since he needs his physical more than the other two 
(Edgar has Tools, Terra has Magic)
-Speaking of Weapons, never use Edgar's Fight command in the WoB...or 
heck, never use it unless he's equipped with Lightbringer or Fight 
happens to be labeled "Jump."  Tools are pretty much always the better 
option, especially early on.
-Giving Edgar those Hermes Sandals, Gigas Glove and/or Hyper Wrist 
early on you get in South Figaro and Mt. Kolts is a good way to 
optimize his offensive worth.  Granted, Locke also wants those so his 
damage lags less, though Hermes Sandals should be given to Edgar 
regardless, since boosting his speed is most important.
-Bioblaster is your best friend in the Narshe Battle Sequence.  It will 
one hit kill whole groups of Corporals, which has the side effect of 
causing the Hunting Hound they sometimes come with to run.  The Heavy 
Armor and Fidor won't die, but they still take good damage, and 
typically aren't threatening by themselves anyway (especially if you 
were smart and paired Edgar with either Terra or Celes, for healing 
support.) 
-Rune Blade is a good weapon to give Edgar at this point (assuming you 
grab it now, rather than waiting for it to “turn” into a Ribbon in the 
WoR).  Since he never is using his physical, the 10% Evasion will benefit 
him more than any other weapon.  Especially after Narshe Battle Sequence 
where Celes probably prefers a Chain Flail which does more damage in the 
Back Row anyway without expending MP.
-Don't forget to nab the Drill and Flash when you go through Figaro 
again!  We don't want Edgar falling behind now do we?  This also 
applies to getting the Chain Saw in Zozo.
-Its probably a good idea to give Edgar that Hero's Ring you got from 
the Future Coliseum.  Edgar's damage is good on both ends, instead of 
being primarily magical (like Celes or Sabin) or primarily physical 
(like Cyan.) This will boost both Drill/Chain Saw and Flash, which will 
help you out somewhat in the Magitek Factory when you want to optimize 
both Edgar's Single Target and Multi-target damage.
-At this point, I think its pretty clear that until somewhere in the 
World of Ruin, Edgar's strategy should consist of "Spam Drill, Chain 
Saw, and Flash" for his most effective use in general.  So I'll just 
say that, and move onto the next point which is much later in the game!  
-Naturally, Edgar should take priority in learning defensive spells (like 
Healing) in the WoB, since he doesn’t need the offensive push from magic.  
Not that having side options for damage hurt of course; after all, Edgar 
casting an Ara on something weak to it can very well out damage 
Drill/Chain Saw, just saying it shouldn’t be his PRIORITY.
-Dragoon Set Up. Take advantage of this as soon as you can get the 
items (Coliseum guides can help with this.)  The main items you want 
are Dragoon Boots (which are store-bought, at very worst), Dragon Horn 
and Holy Lance to get the combo started.
-Unless of course you’re using Edgar as a Mage of sorts, in which case, 
give him at least Enhancer, and just keep his Magic built up.  Again, 
though, as I noted before, Edgar as a mage is resigning him to a 
generally inferior Terra/Celes, of course…
-You could hand him Lightbringer and just keep him with that, but then, 
that weapon is hax.  If you want to Genji Glove it, and only have one, I 
recommend using Organyx, Man Eater, or Gladius/Excalibur/Holy Lance, 
depending on enemy. 
-Do NOT use Longinus, under…really any circumstance, especially Dragoon 
Set Ups.  It looks great at first, but note that unlike other Spears, it 
does not grant the same damage bonus with Jump; other spears give 2x 
damage, Longinus gives 1.5x damage (same as any other weapon), so it 
comes out much worse than Radiant/Holy Lance as a result.  Pity, as its 
got the perfect stats to be a good Dragoon Weapon too…

Edgar's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
Weapons:
Holy Lance
Radiant Lance
Lightbringer
Enhancer
Ultima Weapon
Ragnarok
Longinus
Excalibur
Impartisan

Helmets:
Priest's Hat
Red Cap
Genji Helm
Royal Crown
Circlet
Green Beret
Saucer

Armor: 
Force Armor
Genji Armor
Red Jacket
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak
 
Utterly Boring Dragoon Set Up:
Holy Lance/Radiant Lance
Aegis Shield/Genji Shield/Thunder Shield
Red Cap/Genji Helm
Force Armor/Genji Armor
Dragoon Boots
Dragon Horn

As usual, the equipment doesn't have a defined purpose here, so you'll 
have to make the call on equipment there based on what you want and 
what is available.  For Holy Lance vs. Radiant Lance...well, its not 
easy to make that call either.  Radiant Lance is more reliable, but Holy 
Lance (thanks to random Holy castings) has more potential, and is 
elemental (which is a double edged sword of course), so which you want 
probably depends on enemy and/or playing style.

Set Up of Evil: 
Lightbringer
Paladin's Shield
Green Beret
Force Armor
Zephyr's Cloak
Prayer Beads

If you're getting Deja Vu, its because you already saw this set up 
twice, once with Terra and once with Locke (well, Locke's was 
*SLIGHTLY* different).  Basically, the 128% Evasion and Magic Evasion 
set up rears its ugly head again, yielding a near un-killable 
character.  And again, this set up is possible with only one character 
due to that Paladin's Shield, so...

Set Up of Evil Mark 2:
Lightbringer
Lightbringer
Green Beret
Force Armor
Genji Glove
Prayer Beads

You can use this one instead as well! A little weaker defensively, 
stronger offensively, and there are unlimited Lightbringers while only 
one Paladin's Shield, you may choose to opt for this one, assuming you 
have the necessary resources and wish to use Edgar like this.

Set Up of Vague Pointlessness:
Lightbringer
Genji Shield/Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
Genji Helm/Red Cap
Force Armor/Genji Armor

If you don't feel like abusing the hell out of the Lightbringer, but 
you DO feel like taking advantage of it on Edgar, this is a pretty 
generic set up for it.  Why is it vaguely pointless?  Mostly cause 
Terra and Celes can do the same thing, except they can use Minerva 
Bustier instead of two inferior armors Edgar is stuck with.  I suggest 
only using this if you either have enough Lightbringers to go around, 
or if you don't like the Dragoon Set Up, and you are content giving 
Terra and Celes their Dragon's Den weapons (or alternatively, they’re not 
in the same team as Edgar), yet want Edgar to pull his weight, while not 
giving up that Paladin's Shield.  Phew that was a mouth full.

Massive Over leveled  Damage...the MANLY version:
Ultima Weapon
Ultima Weapon
Red Cap
Genji Armor/Force Armor
Master's Scroll 
Genji Glove

More or less the same thing as what Terra used, except lacking the 
Minerva Bustier (hence why its MANYLY!!!), so its overall weaker.  
Basically the set up you use if you want Edgar's damage to be as high 
as possible at higher levels, which is to say, this set up really 
doesn't do much for you, especially if Edgar's at low HP.  Usual Force 
Armor vs. Genji Armor thing applies here, naturally.

Slightly less damage, but actual defenses!:
Lightbringer
Ultima Weapon
Red Cap
Genji Armor/Force Armor
Master's Scroll
Genji Glove

Pretty much the same thing as what Terra used again, nixing the Minerva 
Bustier, again.  Worse damage, better defenses, only really use if you 
want to make use of the 8 Hit combo that isn't really as great as it 
sounds (this is why I die a little each time I post these set ups ;_;.) 
Again, I recommend against using the Master's Scroll in a manner like 
this, especially since you're likely to get more damage, while keeping 
a shield, with the Dragoon Set Up anyway.

Unorthodox use of Equipment:
Lightbringer
Tortoise Shield
Saucer
Reed Cloak
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads

Same thing we saw with Terra and Locke.  By now, you should know how it 
works; amazing evasion complemented by lots of magic defense.  What 
applies to Edgar more or less is the same that applied to Terra.  Just 
note that Edgar is probably the worst user of this set up.  For starters, 
low Magic Power, barely beating out Locke, so he's going to be less 
damaging than Terra (and Celes for that matter) magically, and his 
Strength advantage over Terra is barely higher.  His magic defense is 
significantly worse too, so the Magic Tanking part doesn't kick in as 
well, and unlike Locke, he lacks the high base evasion to allow some 
flexibility.  Mind, this set up is still good, just saying that of the 
characters who use this, Edgar is probably ends up worst in practice 
when using this, if only technically, compared to the others.


Miscellaneous Stuff regarding Edgar:
-Edgar gets a 50% Discount if he's in the FRONT of your party at Figaro 
shops (IE his sprite is the one being shown), for obvious reasons.  The 
game will give the same dialogue if he's in your team, but the discount 
won't occur (maybe cause they have less respect for him following the 
orders of someone else? Who knows.) Something to take advantage of when 
you want normal store-bought items (like Hi Potions and such) which can 
be bought anywhere.
-More interesting, in South Figaro, in the WoR, Edgar also gets the 
discount, but the game never even hints you are getting one.  Just have 
Edgar talk to the guys, and someone else, and notice the price 
difference.  You'll be pleasantly surprised :)  Doesn't work in South 
Figaro when you first get there, unfortunately.  Useful for stocking up 
on Tridents for Shadow or something.
-For reasons unknown, and quite arbitrarily, after Terra speaks to 
Edgar for the first time, an Auto Crossbow gets added to your inventory 
for free.  This means if you think you are slick in buying an Auto 
Crossbow before talking to Edgar, all you did was waste money, as you 
are about to get one anyway.  Quite nice how the game outright hands 
one to you, possibly so Edgar always has at least ONE option for Tools 
(you'll note that Noiseblaster and Bio Blaster are store-bought in 
South Figaro, but not Auto Crossbow.)  Note that when I say “reasons 
unknown” I don’t mean “this is a weird bug”, it’s more just “why did the 
programmers do that? And why didn’t they give us an indication of that?”
-Edgar is one of the only characters forced into your team in the WoR, 
so whether you like it or not, you're getting him!  This also means he 
gets some extra Esper time, which can be taken advantage of.
-Common knowledge by now, but if you have Edgar sleep at Figaro with 
Sabin in your team, you can trigger a scene with both characters 
explaining their past, and the usual resolve happens (though in this 
version of the game, the music keeps playing instead of dramatic 
silence in the last scene, odd...) 
-Also, if Edgar and Locke are in your team when you do Gau's Father 
sequence, you'll get an extra bit of dialogue (and extra bit of Gau 
makeover) in that sequence for added humor. 
-If you did not recruit Sabin in the WoR, Edgar’s ending scene (which he 
shares with Sabin) will be changed to compensate for the lack of Sabin.

Skill set:
Edgar's skill set, Tools, is based on what Tools he has.  There are 8 
of them, all with unique abilities.  I'll list what they do, and how to 
get them, generally (meaning not EVERYWAY)

Auto Crossbow: 
Obtained at: Figaro Castle, after Terra talks to Edgar, an Auto 
Crossbow will be added to your inventory.  Can also buy one at the shop 
in Figaro
Effects: Physical damage to all foes.

Comments: Great Tool early on.  MT damage better than what he has with no 
downsides? Yes please!

Bioblaster:
Obtained at: Figaro Castle shop, and the weapon Shop in South Figaro.
Effects: Does Poison Elemental Magic damage to all enemies, inflicts 
Poison status

Comments: Interesting alternative to Auto Crossbow.  Use it in a 
similar manner, and experiment which is better, as its situational.  In 
most case, this is better against single targets while Auto Crossbow is 
better against groups, but this isn’t strictly the case.

Noiseblaster: 
Obtained at: Obtained at: Figaro Castle shop, and the weapon Shop in 
South Figaro.
Effects: Adds confusion status to all enemies
 
Comments: Great Tool early on, since this confusion can only fail if 
the enemy is immune. That immunity thing tends to start kicking in 
later in the game, as well as other nasty status effects start 
appearing to be used.  Still fun to play around with, and should last you 
well into the first half of the game.
 
Flash:
Obtained at: Figaro Castle, after the Narshe Battle sequence
Effects: Non elemental Magic damage to all

Comments: Replaces Bioblaster and Auto Crossbow for Edgar's MT damage 
later on.  Decent, though not stellar.  Its best use is in the Magitek 
Factory, where enemies have high physical defense, this gives you some 
crowd control.  Not bad, but nothing to go crazy about.

Drill: 
Obtained at: Obtained at: Figaro Castle, after the Narshe Battle 
sequence
Effects: Non elemental physical damage to one foe

Comments: Great tool when you first get, its definitely one of Edgar's 
best.  Does high damage, and ignores defenses so the damage is always 
good too.  One of Edgar's prime sources of offense, at least in the WoB 
anyway.

Chain Saw: 
Obtained at: Zozo, complete the clock puzzle
Effects: Non elemental physical damage to one foe, 25% of the time, it 
instead will be turned into an attack that does no damage and just 
inflicts instant death, indicated by animation (its basically 2 attacks 
on one tool, a damage version and an instant Death version.  The latter 
NEVER does damage, for the record.  Its hit or miss, like most instant 
death)

Comments: Excellent Tool, no mistake.  Does the best RAW damage of any 
tool, and easily his best option if the enemy is vulnerable to instant 
death, as the Drill's one advantage over it is gone.  Mind, on bosses, 
it’s a bit risky, as any time Edgar uses the Instant Death version, 
it’s a wasted turn, you might want to use Drill instead.  Regardless, 
this is one of Edgar's selling points early on, be sure to take 
advantage of it.

Debilitator:
Obtained at: Stealing from one of the Cranes or Air Force in the WoB, 
Figaro Castle in the WoR.
Effects: Adds a random weakness from one of the 8 elements in the game.  
IF enemy is already weak to an element, it skips that element, and 
chooses an element he's not already weak too.  Weaknesses dealt by 
Debilitator override innate resistances

Comments: Not as useful as it sounds, sadly.  This because random 
encounters tend to die too fast before you can make full use it (being 
single target doesn't help) and most bosses after you get it are weak 
to something already, let alone that something being one of the Big 3 
(Fire, Ice and Lightning.) Bosses that aren't weak? Edgar is better off 
just using his turns for strict offense, rather than making the enemy 
weak to a useless element like Earth vs. a Flying enemy or Poison 
against like anything.  Possibly Edgar's Worst Tool. 

Air Anchor: 
Obtained at: Secret Room in fanatics tower.  Also gained by betting 
Genji Armor at the coliseum.
Effect: Gives enemy a "Status" where after their next turn goes, they 
die.  Note that the death does NOT kick in until AFTER their turn, so 
should the enemy kill you on their last turn, its game over.  Does some 
minor physical damage upon success.  

Comments: This tool sounds great.  What's more fun than watching 
enemies kill themselves, or threatening them with the words "Move and 
you're dust?"  Well, beyond the novelty factor, how good is this tool?  
Well, remember how I ranted about the Debilitator being a bad tool, 
possibly his worst?  I was wrong.  THIS is his worst tool, easily.  I 
mean, if you wanted to kill something with instant death, wouldn't it 
be easier to just cast Death or Banish? That way the enemy dies, and 
they don't get a free action.  Plus this weapon doesn't work on bosses.  
Really, it’s a pitiful, pure novelty Tool, meant to pass off as Edgar's 
"Ultimate Tool" when its really rather pathetic.

Ending Thoughts: 
Edgar is kind of like FF6's version of a Jeigan, to borrow a term from 
Fire Emblem.  He starts the game off incredibly brutal and evil, but 
slowly declines.  Granted, he never actually declines below a certain 
level, as he's always a solid character, and works well.  Good 
character so long as you use him properly, and get out of the mind set 
that Tools are godly, since they do eventually decline.  Use him to 
your hearts desire or something.

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| SABIN |
 =======

#Monk#

Extra HP: 58
Extra MP: 3
Strength: 47
Speed: 37
Stamina: 39
Magic Power: 28
Attack: 26
Defense: 53
Evasion: 12%
Magic Defense: 21
Magic Evasion: 4%
Level Readjustment: +2
Desperation: Tiger Break
Special ability: Blitz
Effects: Using this prompts the player to enter a button combo.  If 
successful, a Blitz is used.  Which blitz is determined by what button 
sequence is pushed (For example, Left Right Left is Raging Fist)  If 
Button sequence does not correspond with a Blitz among those already 
learned, then it’s a failure.  Failures result in no attack, and a 
wasted turn.  

Character Analysis: 
If Shadow is the token Ninja of FF6, Sabin is the token Monk.  Except 
that Sabin doesn't really work like most other monks for the most part.  
You might think that looking at his stats, he's a fighter.  Having one 
of the highest strength and Attack scores, and one of the lowest 
Magic Power scores, he must be a fighter, right?

That would be the problem many people who make Sabin their fighter run 
into.  Sabin, outside of a short section in the middle of the game where 
Burning Fist is the best weapon available, has a fundamental lack of 
noteworthy weapons.  By this I mean his weapons lack any sort of 
special feature to make them good for "Fight" purposes.  They also don’t 
really stand out in power much either, for that matter.  Furthermore, 
his Blitzes for the most part are based off Magic Power, NOT Strength 
like you'd expect.  What this means is that raising Sabin for Strength 
is a good example of raising a character the wrong way due to a 
stereotype, and not looking at facts and such.  Yes, you read that 
right; Sabin's Blitzes are often based off his low magic score, which 
is why the damage isn't as high as you'd expect from the Spell Powers 
of those attacks, assuming you bothered to check the algorithm or attack 
guides.  Yeah, it’s incredibly unintuitive that the game’s “Monk” is 
functionally a mage, but that’s the truth.

This isn't to say Sabin's damage is BAD though.  That's pretty much the 
one thing he has going for him.  Sabin's damage is consistently good 
throughout the entire game, with the exception being late WoB and Early 
WoR where the Ara class spells come in, as do characters with stronger 
attacks (Aqua Breath is a stronger attack, for example, than Aura 
Cannon, and it comes on a character with somewhat higher Magic Power), 
when Sabin is still relying on moves he had early in the game.  
Unfortunately for Sabin though, the damage he has can never be 
targeted, which hurts the ST damage, and its also all he has until he 
gets Rising Phoenix a bit later on.  For this reason, Sabin's high 
damage is mostly just coloring, since he tends to one hit kill random 
encounters, which most characters not named Locke do anyway, and you 
don't fight enough noteworthy (pseudo-)bosses early in the game either 
(stuff like Satellite, for example, counters all Blitzes with Megazerk, 
which means Sabin can only use one unless you got that lone Ribbon on 
him.) By the time the Single Target damage starts mattering (around 
Zozo), other characters like Edgar or Gau start become comparable in this 
regard.  To his credit, he also gets Rising Phoenix around now, so he's 
the second best consistent MT Damage dealer you have outside of Edgar.

The first time in the game that Sabin's damage is actually 
significantly higher than anyone else's, and during a point when it 
matters (as in, there are randoms that can actually take hits now, as 
well as actual competent bosses) would be right after you get the 
Falcon, when Sabin gets Phantom Rush.  This move is, in fact, Sabin's 
best damage, and will be your best damage until you get some of the 
later game equips like Master’s Scroll, or late game spells like the 
Agas.  The attack still has the flaw of being unable to be targeted, 
granted, which can hurt at times, so its not the be all, end all move 
some people make it out to be, but it does keep Sabin's offense up at 
least.  Razor Gale coming around the same time is nice too for keeping 
his Multitarget damage up, as he wasn't going to last forever with Rising 
Phoenix after all.

Sabin's big failing would be his equipment though.  He's a Magic Power 
reliant character who doesn't get a single Magic Boosting equip until 
the WoR, where a few things like Circlet and Tiger Fangs appear.  Due 
to this, he basically must be raised with Esper Boosts to have full 
impact, cause his equipment surely isn't salvaging him.  His armor 
options aren't exactly something to be hyped either. His Best armor, 
the Red Jacket, is probably the 2nd worst of the ultimates in the game 
(only Gogo's Magus Robe is worse), so Sabin's pretty much a pure cannon 
character.  He does at least get Gaia Gear for the Floating Continent, 
but he wastes some other decent options like the Power Sash due to how 
he has little use for his Strength stat.  To Sabin’s credit, he is 
probably the character with the most Esper time in the game, being 
available for all the big points in the WoB (barring Thamasa), and pretty 
much the entire WoR, so he does have a lot of time to salvage that Magic 
Power stat, which is always a plus.

Sabin ends up being a favorite among new players, cause he is so 
straight forward and requires little to no effort to figure out how to 
use him, and as a result, they'll even start using and hyping him in 
very odd ways (like claim he's a strong defensive fighter based on his 
base stats, when his armor more than speaks otherwise.) This leads to 
him being one of the most overrated characters in the game.  At the 
same time, however, players who are a bit more experienced at this game 
will automatically hate Sabin cause of all the newbee love he gets, and 
start deeming him as one of the worst characters in the game.  As such, 
Sabin gets over hated and underrated by some people.  The end result is 
that Sabin is overall an averagish character.  He's got points where 
he's pretty good (early Post-Falcon era), and points where he kind of 
lags, even obsolete possibly (Floating Continent, where his damage 
doesn’t stand out at all, and he has nothing to compensate.) He's not 
strictly a bad character, but he's not this be all end all character 
either, don't fall into either trap.

I will say, though, that one flaw Sabin has is not really bringing much 
to the table compared to Gogo or Shadow.  Gogo can use Phantom Rush 
too, and thanks to Magic Stat Boosts, the low Magic Power is 
compensated for, AND he can use a bunch of other nice skill sets as 
well (though he has even worse armor in fairness, but better Magic 
Evasion...), where as Shadow isn't that far behind on damage 
(especially if he's abusing those elemental weaknesses, where he 
probably ends up AHEAD), however this damage can be targeted, and he's 
better in all ways defensively.  This would be one of the reasons Sabin 
kind of suffers late game; he just doesn't have anything else to 
deliver besides damage, where as other characters have damage not far 
from his, and have other things to offer.

So what about Sabin's new weapon, the Godhand? Well, remember how I 
said Longinus is merely ONE of the worst weapons in Dragon's Den for 
Edgar? Godhand would be the other one.  Yielding a very minor boost in 
attack and strength over the Tigerfang makes its damage increase 
rather minor, and its Holy Elemental, which is a minor quirk at best 
(Holy Immunity/Absorption and Weakness are pretty rare; most things 
weak are undead anyway, so its kind of moot.) Worse? It doesn't boost 
Magic Power, while Tigerfang does, so it’s a worse weapon to use Blitzes 
with.  Not exactly an interesting weapon in any event, probably 
something that should be ultimately viewed as a Trophy, and not much 
else unless you REALLY like that Black Belt or something.


Strategies for Sabin throughout the game:
-If its not obvious, it should be.  Sabin goes in the back row, like 
most characters.  Blitzes ignore row, take advantage of this.
-Also, give Sabin a shield cause, well, he doesn't come with one. 
Giving him Mog's Mythril Shield wouldn't be a bad idea, since other 
characters can use better supplements in the Heavy Shields, while he's 
stuck with the Buckler.  Also, giving him Shadow's Ninja Gear as I 
suggested before isn't a bad idea either.
-Earrings are probably Sabin's best friend.  Damage is what he has, and 
this raises that, you should have him with one on at most parts, at 
least any point after the Narshe Battle Sequence (he can get away 
without ones before then, since enemies tend to die to Aura Cannons 
anyway.)
-Never bother buying any weapons for Sabin.  Blitzes do more damage 
anyway, and Zozo gives you a weapon stronger than anything he can buy 
for like the rest of the game for free anyway.  Similarly, don't bother 
giving Sabin any helmet that isn't the Green Beret once you get that.  
Twist Headband and Tiger Mask both might look nice, but they're pretty 
much meant for physical fighters only, and Sabin doesn't really use 
much in physical attacks.  The Evasion and HP Boosts the Green Beret 
give are definitely better.
-However, due to that strong weapon mentioned above, it might not be a 
bad idea to give Sabin a Black Belt; he probably makes most use out of 
it compared to other characters, sans maybe Cyan with Kazekiri or Locke 
with Hawk Eyes.
-It might not be a bad idea to buy two Poison Claws for Sabin when he 
first rejoins in the WoR, as Humbaba reacts pretty violently to that, 
so Genji Glove w/ those might be an odd case for Sabin to use those.  
Of course, if you don't want to spend the cash, it’s not that big a deal 
either.
-When you get the Falcon, getting Phantom Rush should be your #1 
Priority regarding Sabin, so go find it and fast!
-Once Sabin gets the Tigerfang, keep him with that the rest of the 
game.  Its Sabin's best weapon, even if Godhand is slightly stronger, 
it doesn't boost Magic Power, so ends up worse in practice, and it can 
be gotten early.  Also, Sabin probably is going to want a Circlet to 
boost his damage, though you may prefer something more defensive like 
Genji Helm, so its debatable.

Sabin's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
Weapons:
Tigerfang
Godhand
Impartisan

Helmets: 
Red Cap
Priest's Miter
Circlet
Genji Helmet
Green Beret
Saucer

Armor:
Red Jacket
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak


The only freaking Set Up Sabin should use:
Tiger Fangs
Genji Shield/Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
Circlet
Red Jacket

The usual distinction in Shields kicks in, so choose based on what you 
want.  Circlet boosts his damage, Red Jacket is flat out his best 
armor, and Tiger Fangs are his best overall weapon.  Really, only 
variations you can make to this set up might altering his helmet for 
something more defensive (like a Genji Helm.) Do not bother with Genji 
Glove set ups for Sabin since, well, not only do many characters use 
them better, Sabin probably only gets hurt by it.  Just stick with 
basic Phantom Rush spams.

 
Monks Are Suppose to Fight, Dumass!:
Godhand
Godhand
Red Cap
Red Jacket
Genji Glove
Master’s Scroll

I only listed this set up for those curious about a PHYSICAL SABIN!!! 
Build.  I’m gonna be blunt here.  You see Terra’s Genji Glove set ups 
that don’t use Ultima Weapon?  Notice how they only use one Relic slot 
too, and that relic is *NOT* the incredibly elusive Master’s scroll?  
Well, those set ups do MORE DAMAGE, and don’t completely fail on defenses 
like this one does.  Alternatively, this set up gives up what little 
defense Sabin has for…less damage than his Blitz based set ups, and 
requires front row!  I really shouldn’t have to explain why you should 
avoid this set up.

Miscellaneous Info on Sabin:
-Sabin can kill Vargas before the tutorial.  Just use Raging Fist right 
on the spot, and he dies.  Or you could try and kill him with damage, 
but given Vargas' HP, and how he hits you with a Countdown Effect, 
you'd need to be really high leveled.
-This isn’t particularly useful, and it’s probably well known by now, but 
its fun to do nonetheless.  In the fight with Phantom Train, use the 
Meteor Strike; Sabin will quite literally SUPLEX A TRAIN.  Never mind he 
was RUNNING AWAY FROM IT at the same time.  Its worth watching at least 
once, in any event, if you haven’t seen it.
-Sabin at Figaro also provokes lines from the shop keepers! Pity they 
don't give him his brother's discount…
-For fun, have a confused Sabin use Aura Bolt, and see if he hits 
himself.  Or heck, do that with ANY Blitz.  They are all hilarious to 
watch him attack himself in nonsensical manners.  Worth anything?  No, 
not really, just novelty.
-Sabin is the ONLY optional character you can get before the Falcon.  I 
suggest you make use of this.
-Sabin is required to start Gau's Father sequence.  Why him? Who knows, 
he just is (well, ok, he plays a big part in the scene, but lets not 
get into that)
-See that point regarding Edgar for that extra scene in Figaro? Well, 
seeing as Sabin is the other element required for that, I think it 
belongs in this section or something, so yeah, you need Sabin to 
trigger it.
-If you do NOT recruit Sabin in the WoR, his ending scene with Edgar 
changes, to compensate the lack of him.  It also helps indicate just how 
ridiculously strong Sabin really is (at least in the sense of brute 
strength), if apparently holding up an entire house wasn’t a good enough 
indication.

Skill set:
Sabin's Blitzes are all gained at different levels, except Bum Rush, 
which can be gained in an optional plot sequence.  All of them have a 
special command sequence, though, you can check that up yourself in 
game.  As a side note, trying a sequence before Sabin learns it WILL 
result in a failure; no trying Phantom Rush before the plot sequence or 
before Sabin is level 70.

Raging Fist:
Gained at level 1
Effects: Physical damage to one enemy

Comments: Not bad early game, though, kind of obsolete from the get go, 
since Sabin will have Aura Cannon, which is generally superior.  It does 
have a few good moments, like against Holy immune early game enemies like 
Ifrit and Shiva.

Aura Cannon:
Gained at Level 6
Effects: Holy elemental magic damage to one enemy

Comments: Sabin's best Blitz for raw ST damage for quite a while (until 
he gets Razor Gale or Phantom Rush, basically) Besides being elemental 
(which is a double edged sword), this Blitz has no flaws, and is about on 
par with an Ara spell for power.

Meteor Strike: 
Gained at level 10
Effects: physical damage to one enemy, fails against some enemies, does 
half damage if more than one enemy is alive

Comments: I don't know WHAT Square was thinking but…seriously, a Single 
Target attack that does NOT ignore Split?  Well, that's not exactly 
what it is, coding wise, but effectively, that's what they made it.  
This move CAN be stronger than Aura Cannon, but generally, since 
multiple enemies exist often, and Bosses tend to be immune to this, 
it’s a pretty bad Blitz.  Heck, if more than one enemy is alive, Raging 
Fist will do more damage.

Rising Phoenix: 
Gained at level 15
Effects; Fire elemental magic damage to all enemies

Comments: Solid Blitz.  Not much for raw single target damage, but its 
good for crowd control.  Sabin's only decent means of taking out groups 
throughout the WoB, and the WoR prior to Razor Gale anyway.    

Chakra: 
Gained at level 23
Effects: Heals allies for an amount equal Sabin's current HP/party 
members excluding Sabin, THIS DOES NOT TARGET Sabin.  Also cures 
several status ailments.

Comments: Pretty sad Blitz.  By the time you get it, Status isn't much 
of an issue, and you will likely already have Esuna and Cura by then 
anyway.  The healing isn't worth much anyway, and Sabin MUST be at high 
HP for it to even register as healing.  Its nice, I guess, when you 
first get Sabin in the WoR, since if Sabin's at full HP, its free full 
healing to Celes, should she just have been hit with something nasty. 
If you want Sabin to heal, just have him cast Cura, even off his Magic, 
it'll end up the better option 95% of the time.

Razor Gale:
Gained at level 30
Effects: Wind elemental magic damage to all enemies

Comments: Great Blitz.  This is basically like a "Rising Phoenix 2" of 
sorts, nixing the different element.  Great for crowd control, and not 
too shabby on the raw damage department either.  One of the few Wind 
attacks in the game doesn't hurt either, given how rarely that element is 
immuned/absorbed. 

Soul Spiral:
Gained at level 42
Effects: Heals whole party for massive amounts, and recovers just about 
every negative status in the game, removes Sabin from the battle, and 
he is then considered dead (unlike a Sneezed character who is just 
considered out of the battle, ala Run)

Comments: Horrible Blitz.  Yay! Fully heal the team at the cost of one 
character's life that you can't recover until the end of the battle!  
Chances are, by the time you get this, Curaga already exists anyway.  
Avoid this Blitz unless you are absolutely desperate and are confident 
you can win without Sabin!

Phantom Rush: 
Gained at level 70, or by meeting Duncan in his Hut
Effects: Non elemental magic damage to one foe

Comments: Sabin's best Blit, barring MAYBE Razor Gale (Raw damage vs. MT 
Damage argument, etc.) This attack hurts make no mistake.  Its this move 
alone that Sabin gets love.  While it's not as good as broadcast, likely, 
it's still pretty damn effective.  Sabin should be doing nothing but 
using this whenever he gets a turn once this move is available, besides 
maybe against large groups where Razor Gale might be a better option.  
It's generally his best damage by far until really high levels, when 
Master’s Scroll physical out powers it (though, this goes for ANY 
character, mind, not just Sabin)

Ending Thoughts: 
To be blunt, Sabin is not worth the hype, be it good or bad.  Haters 
will act like he's the worst thing ever, when he clearly is not that 
bad, meanwhile, inexperienced players will act like he's equivalent to 
FFT's Orlandu (who gets a bit overhyped as well, but is generally more 
deserving of it) for brokenness in game, or even just hype him for all 
the wrong reasons.  Sabin is a pretty averagish character in general.  
He has good damage, both MT and ST, and that's about all he has.  Not 
the IDEAL CHARACTER!!! or anything, but not a horrid one either.  A 
typical “good at what he does” character and not much else.

 ======= 
| CELES |
 =======

#Rune Knight#

Extra HP: 44
Extra MP: 15
Strength: 34
Speed: 34
Stamina: 31
Magic Power: 36
Attack: 16
Defense: 44
Evasion: 7%
Magic Defense: 31
Magic Evasion: 9%
Level Readjustment: +0
Special Ability: Runic
Effects:  Celes can only use this ability if she is equipped with a 
weapon tagged "Runic.” When this is used, it puts Celes in "Runic" 
status until she acts again or activates its effect.  Under this status, 
she'll absorb the next spell, regardless of its source, providing the 
spell can be hit by Runic.  If spell can not be hit by Runic, then it is 
ignored entirely.  Once one spell is absorbed, Celes loses this status 
until she uses Runic again.  When Runic absorbs a spell, Celes regains MP 
equal to the amount of its MP cost.  Note that the elemental absorption 
rules apply here in REVERSE, so absorbing a spell with Runic while you 
absorb that element resorts in MP DAMAGE, for example.  


Character Analysis:
I'm going to be relatively brief with Celes.  Why? Because frankly, 
it'll seem like I'm reiterating a lot of the stuff I said earlier for 
Terra.  Yes, Celes and Terra are very much carbon copies of one 
another, outside of Runic vs. Trance, some minor stat differences 
(well, +3 Magic Power kind of matters, I suppose), the natural spells 
they learn (which becomes kind of pointless once you get Espers) and 
their Dragon's Den weapon.  Well, if you want to be technical, Terra 
can use the Cotton Robe and Celes cannot, and their Desperations are 
slightly different (Celes has 1 more spell power on hers!), but yeah, 
otherwise, they're practically the same character.  Using a lot of the 
philosophy behind what makes Terra good in this game follows for Celes 
as well.  This includes the great equipment, flexibility between Mage 
and Fighter options, good early game healer, what have you.  Basically, 
the rest of this section will focus on anything different Celes has 
that makes her stand out compared to Terra, as otherwise, its the same 
stuff over again.

First off, their early game stuff is a little different.  They share most 
of the same spells, only difference being Blizzard vs. Fire, which 
doesn’t seem like much, and Celes seems to have the edge in Runic vs. 
Nothing.  However, this isn’t strictly the case; for the section of the 
game Terra and Celes share (Narshe Battle), there’s one enemy where Runic 
is useful on, and it’s a boss (Kefka.)  Flipside, Terra has subtle, 
somewhat more significant advantages.  The first is how much better Fire 
is in practice compared to Blizzard.  The spells are about equal in 
damage, but Fire hits weakness on 3 enemies during that section (one of 
them is a pseudo boss), while Blizzard hits none, so Terra has the 
effective edge in offense, IN ADDITION to the fact that Terra can hurt 
Heavy Armors (one of the NON Fire Weaks, go figure) with her magic, while 
Celes has them provoke their little Reflect status, making her 
offensively useless against them once you factor in their high defenses 
(she can runic Magitek Lasers, though, providing you let them live that 
long).  Terra also effectively has more MP than Celes, not only due to a 
(negligible) higher base, but Fire’s costs 1 less MP than Blizzard.  
Doesn’t sound like much until you consider Terra can cast 12-13 Fire 
spells per single Ether where as Celes can only cast 10 Blizzard spells.  
Not to mention, negligible as it may be, Terra’s healing is also slightly 
better than Celes’ due to higher magic power.  Drain vs. Imp is pretty 
much insignificant overall, as you won’t be using either much at this 
point.  

Yes, I just went into depth regarding Terra vs. Celes in the Narshe 
Battle Sequence, but its one of the only areas they actually share in the 
WoB.  The other WoB area they share is the Floating Continent, where 
Terra just kind of dominates for a number of reasons.  For starters, the 
Trance > Runic scenario kicks in, which I’ll get to a little bit later. 
More importantly, though, is the Esper time.  Terra just had a whole lot 
of time to learn magic, boost her magic power with Espers, etc. that 
Celes didn’t have, and Celes really needs to play catch up.  There’s just 
no legitimate reason to choose Celes over Terra at this point.  Celes 
does get a chance to make up for lost ground right after the Floating 
Continent, where she’s available for the entire early WoR, mind, so by 
the time Terra rejoins, Celes has had some time to close the gap some, 
but on the Floating Continent, it’s a significant loss. 

ANYWAY, the main difference between Terra and Celes would be Runic vs. 
Trance.  Trance as I noted is an excellent method for butchering bosses 
if used intelligently, and its one of Terra’s selling points.  Runic is 
defensive, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, its worth 
defensively isn’t nearly as good as Trance’s worth offensively.  It has 
too many holes in terms of what it hits, and can actually mess you’re 
your team.  For example, lets have Celes use Runic, hoping to nab the 
enemy’s spell, HOWEVER, the enemy acts instead using something NOT 
Runicable, and bypasses it completely.  Right there, Celes has wasted her 
turn.   But what if during this sequence, you had Relm try and cast 
Flare?  Now Celes ends up absorbing that, and suddenly, Relm wasted HER 
turn too!  That’s two character turns wasted, all cause things didn’t 
quite end up how you wanted!  In the end, Runic is only really useful if 
its something that Healing can’t deal with, which in most cases can be 
summed up as “Ultima” for things that Runic can actually work with, which 
very few things use.  Furthermore, many Runicable attacks have easier 
means of getting around them, like Elemental resistance. Its good earlier 
on when your healing is much worse, hence the usual suggestion of using 
it on Narshe Kefka (Tunnel Armor is a given), but once you get Cura, 
you’re probably better off using Celes’ turns for that rather than Runic 
(or alternatively, have Celes go on the offensive and have someone else 
heal when you need it.)  In the end, there’s a reason Trance gets a lot 
more respect than Runic, and that’s mainly cause its uses are not only 
more obvious, but generally more practical, where as Runic is just TOO 
niche for its own good.

The other main difference doesn't occur until Dragon's Den.  This is 
when Celes gets her first arguable noteworthy advantage on Terra.  Save 
the Queen is easily one of the best Dragon's Den weapons, sporting 
stats that make it kind of like a chibi-Lightbringer.  This isn't to 
say its strictly better than Apocalypse mind; don't make that mistake.  
The two are merely different, in that Apocalypse more takes advantage 
of the offensive end while Save the Queen is more defensive.  
Basically, Celes becomes a better defensive character than Terra, 
Lightbringer cheese aside (which they both can use ANYWAY), however, 
she's pretty much forced to act as a Mage using this weapon, since its 
damage is a bit disappointing despite the 255 Attack. Keep this 
in mind when you decide who you want to be a Mage and who you want to 
be a Fighter (it use to be often Terra = Mage, Celes = Fighter due to 
their starting stats, but somehow, I suspect the Dragon's Den weapons 
will shift the way people raise those two.) Regardless, Save the Queen 
vs. Apocalypse is like the biggest difference Terra and Celes have, 
outside of maybe Runic vs. Trance, and its the first actual significant 
case that Celes has for use over Terra, though again, bare in mind that 
Save the Queen, like Apocalypse, is still inferior to Lightbringer in 
everyway, so its mostly there as a substitute should not enough 
Lightbringer’s be available.

So in the end, Celes is pretty much the same damn character as Terra, 
with a worse special, and a different (though still rather useful) 
niche on her Dragon's Den weapon.  This is by no means a bad thing 
granted, as Terra without Trance still has all those nice goodies in 
the godly equipment selection, and well rounded enough to be molded as 
a mage or a fighter, which Celes can very well fit.  Definitely a 
strong character.

Strategies for Celes throughout the game:
-Don't buy any equipment for her in South Figaro as a pre-emptive 
measure when she joins.  It’s a waste of money, first of all, as she'll 
get stuff in the dungeon anyway, and secondly, there's better stuff 
that can be gotten in Kohlingen and Nikeah ANYWAY (if you did Sabin's 
Scenario first, keep this in mind.)
-Give her the Silk Robe for the Narshe Battle Sequence.  Slight defense 
loss for better Magic Defense and +1 to Magic Power is worth it, 
especially considering Iron Armor lowers your speed (by a negligible 
amount)
-If you don't have enough Green Beret's for the Narshe battle sequence 
(this depends on how many Satellites you fought on the Veldt), get a 
Magus Hat for Celes too.  Slight Defense is nothing compared to +5 to 
Magic Power at the time.  In fact, Magus Hat may still be better than 
Green Beret anyway, though at least here it’s debatable.
-Wouldn't be a bad idea to give Celes one (or both) of those Earrings you 
got during the Scenario sequence.  In fact, one of them is outright 
found in Locke's scenario, you might as well give her that one.
-Celes should be taken to beat Kefka in Narshe.  His Blizzara STINGS 
like nothing else at the moment, so having Runic there is quite 
helpful, along with stopping annoyances such as Confuse or Drain.  Best 
paired with someone with high Offense like Sabin or Gau w/ Stray Cat 
Rage.  
-Remember to Re-equip Celes after the Opera house sequence, as for some 
reason, they decide to strip her naked for that sequence (probably for 
Ultros purposes).  This includes her Esper too, as a reminder
-Celes should stick with the White Dress for the Magitek Factory.  +5 
to Magic Power and higher Magic Defense is a lot more useful than a 
minor defense boost from the Mythril Mail, especially considering Magic 
is going to be quite helpful in the next area.
-Giving Celes Ramuh for the Magitek Factory can be pretty mean.  With 
magic power boosting equips along with Two Earrings/Hero Rings, summoning 
Ramuh is incredibly brutal there, so long as you don't mind the MP cost.  
The enemies here have considerably worse Magic Defense than physical 
defense, and most are weak to Lighting to boot.
-Get the Minerva Bustier ASAP.  Its one of Celes’ big selling points 
(much like Terra’s), and can be gotten incredibly early.  In fact, you 
can get it before facing Dullahan, though the prospect of leaving the 
dungeon, getting the armor and returning is probably not worth the time, 
so you might as well just grab it after you get the Falcon.
-When using Celes in the WoR, apply similar strategies to her as you 
would Terra, unless they involve Trance.  Yeah, cheap shot to end this 
section faster, but I really don't feel its necessary to retype all 
that junk about Terra for Celes, when its easier to just say that.  
What about Copy and Paste?  Still too much work <_<
-Ok, so there is one last comment I have, sue me? *is sued* ...should 
have seen that coming.  Anyway, in Dragon's Den, unless the weapon 
being replaced is named Lightbringer, I highly recommend you give Celes 
Save the Queen.  Sporting +7 Magic Power, and +40% to both evasion 
stats, its unlikely Celes will want any other weapon.

Celes's Ultimate and other Noteworthy equipment
Weapons (listed in no particular order):
Lightbringer
Ultima Weapon
Enhancer
Save the Queen
Ragnarok
Zantetsuken
Excalibur
Organyx
Impartisan

Helmets:
Mystery Veil
Circlet
Red Cap
Genji Helm
Oath Veil
Green Beret
Saucer

Armors: 
Genji Armor 
Minerva Bustier
Force Armor
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak

End Game Celes Set ups:

Set Up of Evil: 
Lightbringer
Paladin's Shield
Green Beret
Force Armor
Zephyr's Cloak
Prayer Beads

If this Set Up doesn't look familiar, you haven't been paying close 
attention to Terra, Edgar and Locke.  Basically, this is the usual 
128/128 set up, and Celes is the 4th and last character who can use 
this.  Of course, this still has the "uses that lone Paladin's Shield" 
thing so you might prefer...

Set Up of Evil Mark 2:
Lightbringer
Lightbringer
Green Beret
Force Armor
Genji Glove
Prayer Beads

Same use as above, the usual "Has better Offense, worse on defenses, 
can actually be given to more than one character" uses.  Of course, 
given Lightbringers aren't the easiest thing to harvest, you might just 
prefer settling with...
 
The Almost Perfect Evasion:
Lightbringer
Save the Queen
Green Beret
Force Armor
Genji Glove
Prayer Beads

See what I mean about Save the Queen giving Celes a niche?  This set up 
grants Celes the perfect magic evasion, and ALMOST perfect Evasion (as 
in, 1% less.)  Its very clearly inferior to the above two, not for the 
evasion reasons, but cause the first one gives perfect elemental 
immunity and higher defense against things that get through, while the 
latter set up gives somewhat higher offense, and full back row 
compatibility with it.  So what does this set up have? Not needing to 
go out of your way to get more than one Lightbringer, or wasting that 
lone Paladin’s Shield so its a nice supplement if you still have only 
one.

You Might As Well Rename her Beatrix:
Save the Queen
Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
Mystery Veil
Minerva Bustier
Soul of Thamasa

If you aren't going to abuse the hell out of Lightbringers, this works 
as a nicely balanced set up.  Save the Queen's usual greatness is being 
used here, as are the trademark Mystery Veil and Minerva Bustier that 
Celes loves to take advantage of as much as Terra does, and the two 
shields...well, as usual, they come down to "What do you want more?"  
Regarding the name of this set up? If you've played FF9, you might get 
the reference.  Soul of Thamasa was tossed on here because, frankly, if 
you're using Celes with Save the Queen, there's a VERY good chance 
you're using her as a mage, might as well maximize on it, right? Seeing 
as she's also one of the best mages in the game, though feel free to 
drop it if you want to give it to Relm or something, should they be in 
the same team.

Maybe Renaming Her Meliadoul Would Work Better:
Save the Queen
Save the Queen 
Mystery Veil
Minerva Bustier 
Genji Glove

If you really want to abuse Save the Queen's evasion stats, this is 
how.  If you ask me though? This set up largely isn't worth it.  You 
could get the same evasion boosts from an Aegis Shield in that second 
arm slot, and a Prayer Beads from that Genji Glove Slot, and you'd have 
much higher defenses, as your evade isn't perfect either.  The one 
advantage this set up has is more offense; it gives Celes a bit higher 
speed, another +7 Magic Power (which, if you don't mind dropping those 
Prayer Beads, would get offset by the prospect of another Earring), and 
obviously, two weapons instead of one.  If you really want evasion, 
want to avoid using Lightbringer and Paladin's Shield, AND want the 
best damage you can get, I suppose this set up is the way to go, but 
frankly, that's a very situational case, and getting that second Save 
the Queen isn't exactly the easiest thing to do, especially since one 
of the two methods (Soul Shrine) for the second StQ takes LONGER than 
just getting another Lightbringer, all things considered (the other 
method involves losing Apocalypse, if you're wondering.)

Nukage Personified: 
Lightbringer
Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
Mystery Veil
Minerva Bustier
Soul of Thamasa

Identical to the set up Terra has with the same name.  Basically Celes 
acting as a mage at her finest.  If you want, you can drop that 
Lightbringer and use Save the Queen instead for similar results...but 
then that'd just be the same as an earlier set up, so I figured I'd 
throw a Lightbringer specific set up cause, well, I can! Bwahahahah! 
*torched on the spot*


More Damage than you'll ever need...at high levels:
Ultima Weapon
Ultima Weapon
Red Cap
Minerva Bustier
Master's Scroll 
Genji Glove

Terra had this very same set up.  It’s the best physical damage Celes 
can get, ESPECIALLY since Celes can't use Apocalypse like Terra can and 
thus, would need to dual wield Lightbringers for anything else.  The 
problem is, though, this set ups damage is disappointing at lower 
levels, and the defenses are just flat out bad.  Not a set up I 
recommend unless you're really into the 8 Strikes thing, or are 
extremely over leveled and need to break that damage cap.

 
More Damage than you'll ever need...at high levels Mark 2:
Ultima Weapon
Lightbringer
Red Cap
Minerva Bustier
Master's Scroll
Genji Glove

Similar to the above, except it has actual defenses from Lightbringer's 
evasion to compensate for the loss of a shield.  Again, not something 
I'd recommend.  You could probably get away with Save the Queen here, 
given Master's Scroll removes the Automatic Critical Hit rate anyway (and 
the Rnadom Holy castings too), so in this case, you're just losing a bit 
of Evasion and +7 Strength, but personally, I'd just avoid this set up in 
general.

Unorthodox use of Equipment:
Lightbringer
Tortoise Shield
Saucer
Reed Cloak
Prayer Beads
Prayer Beads

You know what? Since I'm lazy, I'll just say this.  Everything that 
applies to Terra in this set up applies to Celes as well.  I suppose 
the one difference is that you could use Save the Queen, if you don't 
mind dropping some evasion, if you want to hold onto that Lightbringer 
for someone else, but that's about it for differences.  Ok, fine, she 
has better evasion and Magic Evasion, but worse Magic Defense.

Miscellaneous Info on Celes:
-If you're wondering, there are a total of two equip differences 
between Terra and Celes. The first is the obvious Dragon's Den 
distinction; Terra gets Apocalypse, Celes gets Save the Queen. The 
other is how Celes misses out on one armor that Terra gets, that being 
the almighty COTTON ROBE bought in South Figaro's WoB.
-Of all the weapons Celes can use, only three of them don't work with 
Runic.  Those are the Chain Flail, the Morning Star, and the Ultima 
Weapon.  So yeah, chances are, if Celes has a weapon, she can use 
Runic.
-Celes gets some extra Dialogue if you bring her to Locke's Past 
sequences in WoB Kohlingen, at the Opera House.  Sure, its only one 
more line, but still.  Also gets one more line if she's in your party 
for when you meet up with Locke in the WoR.
-Saving Cid does NOTHING game play wise.  Unless you have some moral 
side of you forcing you to save him, or just like to see that raincoat 
weirdo whenever you want, its likely easier to just kill the bastard.  
That, and it adds to Celes' character more, oddly.  
-Celes, like Terra, naturally hits the MP Cap at level 99, so if you're 
a perfectionist in this regard, its worth noting Celes NEVER needs an 
Esper Boost in MP (and yes, her theoretical MP score WOULD be in the 4 
digits as well)
-Celes is the first character gotten in the WoR!  This means she can 
get some more Esper time in.  Note that at the beginning of the WoR, 
Celes' level is refactored to be equal to whatever the average of all 
the characters you have thus far (if Gau is on the Veldt, he doesn't 
count, for example.  Nor does Mog if you missed him in the WoB), so 
don't think of doing something like "Raise Characters, and ignore 
Celes, so can abuse the WoR!"  as its not going to work.
-Celes has a minor glitch associated with her. I call this minor since 
it won't mean much in the long run, given its related to what spells 
she can learn.  See, for some reason, Celes learns two spells (Haste and 
Confuse) at the same level, which isn't that weird, until you consider 
they're actually listed separate from one another, with Berserk being in 
between both (so the order would be Haste -> Berserk -> Confuse.)  
Normally, this doesn't matter, however, whenever Celes rejoins with her 
level refactored, should she somehow his level 32 without Confuse being 
learned, she won't learn it due to this oddity in spell listing.  Again, 
its rather minor, as you could always just teach Celes (and good chance 
you already have since its available early) Confuse through an Esper, but 
if you're playing an NMG or something, keep this in mind.
-If you don’t recruit Locke, Celes’ scene in the ending which she shares 
with Locke will change to factor him out.  While I said saving Cid has 
absolutely no impact beyond the scene you saved him, its fun to note that 
this scene makes ESPECIALLY little sense if you DID save Cid, but skipped 
recruiting Locke.
-GENERAL MOGHAN! No, I’m not crazy, and its not a simple case of just 
renaming Celes “Moghan” and there’s a reason I specifically chose that 
name.  Essentially, there’s a way to skip recruiting Celes altogether in 
South Figaro, and finish it with Locke alone.  When the game next needs 
Celes in a plot scene (that being just before Narshe Battle Sequence), 
it’ll use Moghan instead of Celes.  The reason is because having never 
met Celes, the game never properly replaced Moghan, the placeholder 
moogle from the “Save Terra’ sequence, with Celes, so it just uses the 
character in that slot.  This will result in having Moghan in the rest of 
the game over Celes.  So what’s the purpose of this besides novelty? 
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  Moghan is a complete garbage character, having 
really bad stats, only actions Fight and Item, and it can’t change 
equips.  How to activate this glitch?  You need to trick the game into 
having Locke run past that guard at the eastern edge of town through 
timing the menu and button presses right.  Its hard to explain, but just 
know it involves tricking the game into making Locke walk through that 
guard.



Skill set:
Like Terra, Celes has only one special ability that has no set of 
skills.  However, also like Terra, Celes has a bunch of spells she 
learns simply by leveling up.  The list of those spells is as follows: 
Lv 1: Blizzard
Lv 4: Cure
Lv 8: Poisona
Lv 13: Imp
Lv 18: Libra
Lv 22: Protect
Lv 26: Blizzara
Lv 32: Haste
Lv 32: Confuse
Lv 40: Berserk
Lv 42: Blizzaga
Lv 48: Vanish
Lv 52: Hastega
Lv 72: Holy
Lv 81: Flare
Lv 98: Meteor

Ending Thoughts:
All things considered, Celes is just Terra without Trance, instead 
getting an inferior special in Runic, and a somewhat different Dragon's 
Den equip.  Its safe to say that she is one of the best characters in 
the game.  She MAY be in Terra's shadow prior Dragon's Den, but you 
could just always use both, and her effectiveness won't be compensated 
(there is enough of the good stuff for BOTH of them to take advantage 
of, after all.  Definitely a character you don't want to neglect.


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| STRAGO |
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#Blue Mage#

Extra HP: 35
Extra MP: 13
Strength: 28
Speed: 25
Stamina: 19
Magic Power: 34
Attack: 10
Defense: 33
Evasion: 6%
Magic Defense: 27
Magic Evasion: 7%
Level Readjustment: +2
Desperation: Sabre Soul
Special Ability: Lores
Effects: Basically, this is the magic skill set, with different spells, 
and learned in a special way, but otherwise identical (costs MP, 
affected by Silence, etc.)  Anytime Strago witnesses a new Lore (be it 
used by the enemy, Relm's sketches, or Gau's rages), he will learn it 
at the end of the battle, so long as he "sees" the attack.  
Essentially, that means Strago must be in your party and not under one 
of several status' (Blind, Petrify, Wounded, and Freeze are a few)  
However, note that if the spell is cast, and THEN he gets hit with the 
status later in the fight, he will still learn the spell.  

Character Analysis:
Going back to Stereotype classes after, if Shadow was the Ninja, and 
Sabin was the monk, Strago is the Blue Mage.  If that's not obvious 
based on how Lores work and his class name...well, you must not play 
many Final Fantasy games or something.  Regardless, Strago is the first 
character you get who'd fall under the classification of a pure 
dedicated Mage.  Its a pity his Magic stat is a bit disappointing (one 
point higher than Shadow), though he can get a lot of Magic Power 
boosting equips to compensate at least.  His Lores skill set is mostly 
just a variation of Magic in one way or another, often having some sort 
of catch or quirk to the attack.

So how does Strago hold up exactly? Well, when you first get him, he's 
pretty good.  Aqua Breath, his primary damage Lore, is stronger than an 
Ara spell by a significant amount, and unlike Sabin's Aura Cannon 
(which is weaker anyway), Strago can scrape up a decent Magic score to 
make that worthwhile.  Only flaw it has is that it can't be single 
targeted, and is forced MT, meaning it can't focus on single enemies 
unless there is one target available, and thus you'll always get the 
halved MT value.  This flaw tends to be rather minor, but it still can be 
annoying against scenarios like Ultros+Typhon on the Airship, where you 
want to nail one of them, but you’ll end up healing the other.  His other 
early Lores aren't particularly special, though Traveler can work as a 
back up damage Lore if need be, Stone can be brutal if your level is 
equal to the enemies (its an Intangr killer if you are level 26), and 
White Wind is a nice supplement for Cura, especially if you like Reflect 
status.  His other early games are just impractical (Revenge Blast for 
example), or are just too situational (the Level reliant spells.)

And this is where Strago's decline starts.  He has a nice strong start 
in the WoB, but the WoR, what does he bring?  Not a whole lot.  Grand 
Delta is reasonably strong, and Mighty Guard is pretty nifty, but the 
Magic Skill set is still outclassing most of what he can do.  So he's a 
dedicated mage, so that isn't such a bad thing, right? It is when you 
consider Relm beats him in that department in everyway, having 10 
points higher in Magic, and able to use some better equipment (most 
notably the Cat-ear Hood), Strago's enhanced skill set just doesn't 
quite compare as much as you'd like.  This would be Strago's big 
failing; Lores just don't have enough to stand out compared to Magic, 
and his stats just aren't good enough (having game worst base speed 
doesn't help, though his best armor, the Behemoth Suit, does help cover 
that.)  

As far equipment go...pretty much what you'd expect of a mage.  Nothing 
that strong defensively, good magic defense...though the Behemoth Suit 
is weird in that it has the 2nd highest defense score (Reed Cloak 
excepted), yet worse Magic Defense than the Genji Armor, so I suppose 
he's not completely like that.  He does get a really good weapon in the 
Magus Rod though, even if its not quite as good as it use to be since 
the Evade bug was fixed, but nonetheless, its a equip to have.  It also 
renders his Dragon's Den equip, the Stardust Rod, kind of pointless 
since it has the same purpose, just gives 30% Magic Evasion which 
automatically makes it better than any other stat it could boost, and 
the special random Meteors cast by the Stardust Rod just aren't worth 
much in the end.

So really, how good is Strago? Not particularly good.  Similar to 
Sabin, Gogo can fulfill any niche he has, and due to having access to 
things like Blitz, he can pull off higher damage despite the lower 
stats, so Strago's only real edge is higher defense, which just isn't 
enough in this case.  Considering that Relm and Gogo both outclass him 
in most ways that matter, Strago's uses are limited outside of when you 
first get him.  Sad to say, but FF6 isn't exactly a game where Blue 
Magic was godly (like it was in FF5 or FF7.)  However, unlike Sabin, 
Strago lacks a lot of Sabin’s little minor bonuses, such like the 
incredible Esper time, so he’s hit even harder by this Gogo factor, 
making it even harder to justify using him, ESPECIALLY when other skills 
do the damage thing better than Lores (like Blitz), and most of Lore’s 
uses come from utility, which are stat independent.


Strategies for Strago throughout the game:
-I think it should be obvious by now, especially with his ability to 
equip the Morning Star, Strago should go into the back row.  Being a mage 
makes him want those defenses after all.
-Strago's physical can be made rather effective, though, if he's in the 
front row and able to nail a weakness.  Genji Glove + one of the 
elemental rods tends to do more damage than you'd expect, especially if 
the random spell casting kicks in.  Not that I recommend doing this, but 
just know its there.
-Strago should be using the Mythril Rod for the WoB, due to its Magic 
Power increase, he doesn't have much use for anything else otherwise.  
Similarly, that Tabby Suit you got from the mountain should go to him; 
slightly worse defensively than the Chocobo Suit or Gaia Gear, but the 
Magic Power boost is worth it, and unlike Relm, he doesn’t have access to 
the White Dress, so it’s the best he’ll get.  For Helmet...tough call, 
you might want Green Beret for overall defenses, Priest's Miter for that 
quick boost to MP, or Magus Hat for that boost to Magic Power, its your 
call.  Like with Sabin, Earrings are probably his best friend.
-Even though Aqua Breath can keep Strago afloat for awhile, it wouldn't 
hurt to teach him some Ara spells or Bio, just to keep his elemental 
variety up.  If you face an enemy that nulls or absorbs Wind or Water 
(like Ultros), the spell becomes useless, and you might want to be able 
to focus your damage to one enemy in some cases, which Aqua Breath 
can't do.  Not to mention that hitting weakness with an Ara spell or Bio 
will out damage Aqua Breath to boot.
-Try to get as many Lores ASAP.  There's a decent FAQ for at least one 
version of this game (meaning you might need to check the SNES version) 
that tells you the location of every potential place to learn Lores in 
this game, and how to trigger them.  Do note that this FAQ won't factor 
in the Soul Shrine or Dragon's Den, but those are relatively  minor 
compared, as you can get all of them easily enough without those two 
dungeons.
-In the WoR, Strago should have the Behemoth Suit stapled onto him, 
especially since you now get two from the King Behemoth instead of one 
(all that meant in the original was some Veldt hunting til you fought 
another, so this mostly just saved time.) Its his best Armor barring 
none, take advantage of it.  Similarly, he should be using the Magus 
Rod, though if you don't have one or enough of them, give him a 
Swordbreaker instead of that evasion boost is more valuable than 
anything else he can use.
-Fight Hidon ASAP for Grand Delta.  This is the best way to make Strago 
worthwhile.  I know I said get Lores ASAP, but I feel this one deserves 
its own mention, since Grand Delta is well above other Lores in damage; 
only Aero comes anywhere near it (doesn't hit defense so has potential 
for higher damage and can hit a weakness to boot.)  If you want, try to 
get Aero before this (fight the birds near Kohlighen), if you want Strago 
to have good damage on the way to Hidon, but its not overly important.
-While originally you only had one chance to learn Force Field, in this 
version, you get a second chance, as Fiend appears in Soul Shrine, so 
don't feel too bad if you forgot to put Strago in your team that faces 
him.  Do note, however, that Force Field is a little better in this game 
as such enemies like Dragon’s Den Holy Dragon can get completely walled 
by such a spell if you’re lucky, so you’ll probably want it.


Strago's Ultimate and other Noteworthy Equips:
Weapons: 
Magus Rod
Gladius
Stardust Rod
Swordbreaker
Impartisan

Helmets: 
Circlet
Priest's Hat
Genji Helm
Red Cap
Green Beret
Saucer

Armor: 
Behemoth Suit
Nutkin Suit
Magus Robe
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak

End Game Strago Set ups:

Blue Magic Power!:
Magus Rod
Genji Shield/Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
Circlet
Behemoth Suit

Strago's best set up for raw damage.  The usual "Choose Shield of your 
choice" thing applies.  All equips here are centered around boosting 
Strago's Magic Power, and then Magus Rod's Magic Evasion there 
complements the set up defensively some.  This is pretty much the only 
decent set up for Strago, now that Magic Evasion isn't the all purpose 
stat it use to be, rendering 127% Magic Evasion set up kind of 
meaningless overall.


Miscellaneous Stuff regarding Strago: 
-As a Reminder, Strago can STILL learn things if he is dead.  Rather, 
if he's seen the attack while he was alive, and then is killed, he'll 
still learn the Lore.  So don't start getting annoyed when Strago gets 
killed midway in the fight, if he's seen the Lore, as he'll learn it.
-Strago has one spell that's cost actually RAISES with the 
Celestriad?that spell being Reflect ???, which costs initially 0.  
Celestriad raises it to 1.
-Strago can actually get some obscure status' easier than others!  With 
Rippler, he can nab Trance, Interceptor, Rage, among other things if 
used in odd ball fashions (used on an enemy who just ripplered a 
different character, in conjunction with Confuse, what have you)  Yes, 
you can see Strago suddenly undergo a sex change and look exactly like 
Esper Terra.  Pity he can't use her equips >_>
-Strago can help with stealing!  Dischord halves the enemies levels, so 
using this raises the chances of stealing a bit.  Handy for getting 
annoying things like stocking up on Impartisans and such.
-Strago is yet ANOTHER character who naturally gets 999 MP.  Basically, 
yeah, another character who needs no MP Boosts.  Meaningless? Sure, but 
it might matter for you perfectionists out there.
-If you do not recruit Strago, but DO recruit Relm, Relm’s little ending 
sequence will change to compensate Strago not being there.  Strago is 
also the only optional character to play an impact in another optional 
character’s ending.


Skill set:
Strago's Lores are all gotten from monsters, besides the initial 3 he 
starts with (Stone, Revenge Blast, and Aqua Breath)  It'd be annoying 
to go through EVERY enemy and see who uses which Lore, and again, 
there's already a very well written FAQ dedicated to obtaining Lores 
written by Assassin (might have to check the SNES version mind), so 
I'll just point you there to finding the Lores.  

Doom:
Effects: Adds a Counter to the enemy.  When the counter reaches 0, 
Death is cast on the enemy, in a form that never fails beyond immunity 
to the status.

Comments: Not particularly useful.  By the time the counter hits 0, 
Doom is likely to have hit by then.  Probably better to not bother with 
this outside of completion purposes.

Roulette:
Effects: Starts off selecting every target, and prompts the user to 
press "A"  When pressed, the Cursor slows down til it stops on one 
target.  This target is then hit by Doom in the same manner as 
Condemned's.

Comments: Kind of worthless, though, at least it can be used as a 
theoretical last resort, as it WILL work the turn it's used, unlike 
Condemned and its delay, so if you are going to die anyway, and the 
enemy is vulnerable to Instant Death, why not, right?  Note that despite 
a one believed claim, there is no way to control what target is hit by 
this move; it actually takes a random number of targets from the position 
you pressed the button and that target dies, so pausing to insure you get 
the right target won’t work.

Tsunami:
Effects: Water elemental Magic damage to all enemies

Comments: Against a Single Foe, its inferior to Aqua Breath in everyway 
unless they absorb/null wind.  However, it ignores split damage, so its 
better than Aqua Breath for crowd control.  Decent spell…or would be if 
it was gotten earlier.  As it stands, you can get Flood, which is equal 
against multiple targets, and better against single targets, around the 
same time.

Aqua Breath: 
Effects: Wind/Water Elemental magic damage to all enemies

Comments: This is quite nasty considering its one of Strago's initial 
Lores, and when you first get, its in a dungeon with Water Weak 
monsters.  It's stronger than an Ara spell, to boot.  Quite a good 
spell, for when you first get Strago, and it’s a combo of two rarely 
resisted elements, and two elements that most have problems applying as 
well.

Aero: 
Effects: Wind Elemental magic damage to all enemies

Comments: This is the only Non Grand Delta attack spell worth using 
throughout the WoR in the Lore skillset.  It’s on par with Aga spells for 
damage, and its element is one that's rarely ever a factor.  Solid Spell 
overall, really.

1000 Needles:
Effects: Does 1000 damage to one enemy, regardless

Comments: Umm…er…this spell would be good if you got it and Strago much 
earlier.  As is, by the time Strago joins, he's breaking 1000 easily 
enough with Aqua Rake as is.  USELESS, except MAYBE in an LLG…maybe?

Mighty Guard: 
Effects: Adds Safe and Shell status to whole party

Comments: The one spell in the entire Lore skill set that isn't matched 
by anything in magic at all.  This is rather nifty, as it set ups a 
full defensive layer for your team in one casting.

Revenge Blast: 
Effects: Damage equal to Caster’s Current HP subtracted from his Max 
HP.

Comments: Worthless.  This is basically Locke's Valiant Knife with a 
base damage of 0, and thing is, Strago's almost always has better 
things to do with his MP than use it on a move that does "good" damage 
only when he's about to die.  Granted, this is one of Strago's initial 
Lores, not surprising it really isn't worth much.  

White Wind: 
Effects: Heals whole party for an amount equal to Caster’s current HP.

Comments: An interesting healing spell.  Never really bad at any point 
in the game, though, its worthless if Strago has low HP.  Eh, probably 
better to just use Cura(ga), which will heal a sufficient enough amount 
at any point of the game, and you won't have to worry about the 
caster's HP.  Probably best quality of this spell is it’s a Healing 
Spell that ignores Reflect AND Runic.

Lv. 5 Death: 
Effects: Instant Death to all enemies whose level is a multiple of 5 
(5, 10, 15, 20, etc.)

Comments: Pretty meh, as there isn't really much worthwhile that can be 
hit with this.  Requires you to use Libra, or to actually look up the 
enemies level, and its generally easier to just use straight out 
instant death, or just knock off all their HP.  Make no mistake though; 
it is good on things it can hit, just there aren’t quite enough to merit 
use of this spell.

Lv. 4 Flare:
Effects: Non Elemental Magic damage to all enemies whose level is a 
multiple of 4 (4, 8, 12, 16, etc.)

Comments: Similar to Lv. 5 Death, this is too situational for any real 
use.  It’s theoretically better than Grand Delta for MT damage if all 
enemies can be hit by this move, but usually, that's not the case.  
Easier to just use other damaging Spells to kill enemies.  Again, like 
Lv. 5 Death, it has a few niche areas where it’s theoretically the best 
option, just those aren’t enough to be worth considering.

Lv. 3 Confuse: 
Effects: Adds Muddle status to all enemies whose level is a multiple of 
3 (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, etc.)

Comments: Like its brethren, just too situational to really care about.  
Besides, the existence of Noiseblaster, and the Cait Sith esper hurt 
this things use as well, since both are also MT Confuse abilities, and 
both never fail barring immunity.

Reflect ???: 
Effects: Adds Blind, Silence, and Slow to any enemy who has Reflect 
status.

Comments: Well, it’s the only spell in the game that has NO MP COST!  
There's a reason for that; it sucks complete and utter ass, this move 
serves pretty much NO purpose whatsoever, as not only is reflect status 
rare (only really seen in Cultist’s Tower, where you can’t use the thing, 
and the Ancient Castle area) but the enemies also have to be vulnerable 
to the Status' as well (which go figure, most that have Reflect are…)

Lv. ? Holy: 
Effects: Pearl Elemental Magic Damage to all enemies if level is a 
multiple of whatever the last digit in your GP is (so if your GP is 
238497, then it'd be a Lv. 7 Holy, per se)

Comments:  The best Level based spell, ONLY because it can be tweaked 
to hit anything.  Good on Kefka's tower if you go in with a “Lv. 1 Holy”, 
as NO enemy gives Gil that would effect that slot, and the spell is 
probably Strago’s best form of MT damage, Magic Defense concerns aside.  
Could be fun to muck around with, as a result, but might not be practical 
enough to be worth bothering.

Traveler:
Effects: Does damage equal to Number of Steps/32.  MP Cost goes up by 
one point every 30 minutes.

Comments: The MP Cost thing really hurts this move.  That, and the 
damage is very disappointing.  End game, it’s doing, oh I dunno, 3000 at 
best, when Grand Delta is able to hit nearly double that easily enough, 
and it’s likely costing less.  Only thing you could argue about this 
move is that its "easily built up" by running around a town senselessly 
for hours, making it do massive damage early on…but I don't consider 
that something standard AT ALL.  Granted, if you are playing an LLG, 
this move is GREAT, as its one of the few attacks whose damage is 
independent of the casters level, letting you do some actual damage 
late game!

Force Field:
Effects: Nulls out a totally random element for the rest of the fight 
on every.  This type of "protection" from the element overrides all 
elemental features (weakness, absorption, what have you)

Comments: This move has gotten considerably better with the existence 
of Dragon's Den (use to be usable only after you beat one of the last 
bosses in Kefka's Tower; I'll let you figure out how useful that is).  
Given most of the Dragons use primarily one element, and sometimes that 
element (Holy Dragon's for example) isn't easy to block, this move can 
save your ass if you're lucky.  It can, however, also hurt you if you 
null an element you are primarily using or the enemy is weak too.  IOW, 
this spell is a completely niche spell with completely niche 
applications.

Dischord: 
Effects: Halves an enemies level.

Comments: The only use this move has is for raising Steal odds.  Why?  
Cause it fails on all the same things Death does, and that hits more or 
less just as often, meaning why bother weakening the enemy when you can 
outright kill them?  As such, only useful for stealing as it not only 
makes the enemy weaker (thus less likely to kill you), but also raises 
your odds of stealing since Steal is directly impacted by the target’s 
level.

Bad Breath: 
Effects: Hits one enemy with Poison, Sleep, Mute, Imp, Confuse, and 
Blind Status.

Comments: Fun spell, however, it is slammed hard by the Imp Immunity 
feature that this version of the game has, which is to say, any spell 
that toggles Imp status will fail if the target is immune to Imp, 
irregardless of what other status it may have.  As such, this spell has 
no real practical worth, despite being really cute on paper.  Without 
that Imp thing?  Its more a convenience thing as most of the status’ it 
applies by itself are crippling enough alone, this would just serve to 
not force you to look just what status enemies are vulnerable too.

Transfusion: 
Effects: Heals Target's HP and MP fully, and recovers from most 
status'.  User is then removed from battle, and HP and MP is reduced to 
0.

Comments: Uhh…this move sucks, as its basically fully restoring someone 
at the cost of someone else.  Not really worth it, as a Remedy + Elixir 
more or less would do the same thing, and its only an extra turn, for 
the cost of that person not dying.  Avoid this move.

Rippler: 
Effects: Swaps status of user and Target, both positive and negative.

Comments: This spell isn't all that useful, but it…s a lot of fun to 
mess around with.  Also the cause of lots of bugs, glitches, and other 
odd mishaps (none of which are serious)  Yeah, don't expect much of 
this spell, beyond novelty.  Due note that due to the new way Imp 
immunity works in this game, this spell, like Bad Breath, will also fail 
against Imp immune targets, thereby lowering the fun value of this spell.

Stone: 
Effects: Non Elemental Magic damage to one/multiple enemies.  Does 8x 
damage if enemies level is equal to the casters.  Adds Confuse status.

Comments: This spell is weak unless you hit enemy whose level is equal 
to Strago's, which to be blunt, happens almost never.  Besides that?  
It’s a damage spell with below 100% Accuracy, that adds confusion, and 
its damage isn't anything special either.  Easier to just use some 
other damage moves.  To be fair, its one of Strago's starting Lores, so 
you shouldn't expect much.

Quasar: 
Effects: Non Elemental Magic Damage to all enemies

Comments: This spell is like the Lore equivalent of Meteor.  What do I 
mean?  Well, look at it this way; Meteor is to Ultima as Quasar is to 
Grand Delta.  The spell is not bad by itself, but it’s completely 
outclassed in everyway by Grand Delta, and since its likely gotten 
later, you'll probably never use this spell, beyond its nifty animation 
anyway.  As a side note, there is sometimes a rumor that this spell 
lowers defensive stats or removes positive status effects, due to 
idiotic mentioning in some FAQs and Players Guides (or bad wording in 
that they simply meant it ignores defense.) This is COMPLETELY FALSE.  
This is a pure damage spell, with no non-damage related side effects, 
plain and simple, and its only special aspect is that it ignores defense.

Grand Delta:
Effects: Non Elemental Magic Damage to all enemies

Comments: Lore's answer to Ultima…only it’s about half as strong, making 
it just plain solid instead of totally overpowered.  Strago's source of 
offense, late in the game, really, best to get this spell ASAP.  Does 
good damage, both for single targets and for groups, and ignores 
everything that matters too (defense and reflect, mainly)

Self-Destruct: 
Effects: Does damage equal to the users Current HP, the caster dies as 
a result of this.

Comments: Seeing as this game isn't Pokemon (where Self-Destruct and its 
more powerful brother Explosion have some strategic use), the move is 
likely going to suck, right?  Guess what, IT DOES!  Strago's Worst Lore, 
BY FAR.  You do more damage with just about all the other damage Lores, 
and they don't have this huge downside.  At least Transfusion had a nifty 
effect with its sacrifice, Self-Destruct doesn't even grant THAT much.  I 
guess it’s good if you like watching old men go BOOM!

Ending Thoughts:
Strago has a lot of variety, and seemingly a lot to bring to the table.  
The problem is, though, a lot of what he can bring to the table ends up 
fairly under whelming in practice, so he ends up taking backseat to 
other characters who simply bring less to the table, but do much better 
at what they have.  Doesn't help that, again, Gogo pretty much can 
render Strago obsolete for the most part.  Not a very good character, 
even if he seems like it on paper, which is a pity too, as Blue Magic 
is pretty cool in general.  As an interesting note, though, Strago 
tends to LOVE challenges.  Sounds odd, but it has to do with how 
Challenges tend to inflate Lores one way or another, be it a Low Level 
Game where Traveler, or in how a Natural Magic Game bans magic on most 
characters, making a lot of those otherwise obsolete Lores serve a 
purpose; its weird and unintuitive, but Strago goes from one of the 
lesser characters to one of the more useful ones when a challenge occurs; 
keep this in mind should you wish to try a challenge.

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| RELM |
 ======

#Pictomancer#

Extra HP: 37
Extra MP: 18
Strength: 26
Speed: 34
Stamina: 22
Magic Power: 44
Attack: 11
Defense: 35
Evasion: 13%
Magic Defense: 30
Magic Evasion: 9%
Level Readjustment: +0
Desperation: Star Prism
Special Ability: Sketch/Control
Effects: Relm will make a "copy" of the enemy, and then one of two 
commands will be used.  These commands vary depending on enemy, and 
aren't always the most sensible either (Example: Ice Dragon's sketch 
can yield Firaga) Relm's chance of success is based on her level 
compared to the enemies (if her level > the enemies level, then she 
will never fail).  Equipping a Beret increases chances by about 33%.  
Not all enemies can be sketched.  If FakeMustache is equipped, then 
Sketch becomes Control.  Control uses same chances of success for 
Sketch, and chances can be increased by equipping a Hypno Crown.  When 
Relm uses Control on an enemy, Relm forfeits all her turns for the 
enemies.  When an enemies turn is prompted, one of up to 4 actions can 
be used.  Control is broken when either the controller dies, or the one 
affected by the status is hit with a physical attack.  What attacks can 
be used from a controlled enemy vary from enemy to enemy, and are the 
same as those the enemy can use in the Coliseum or under Confusion 
status.  Not all enemies can be controlled.

Character Analysis:
Relm is, oddly, kind of the opposite of Strago.  No, I don't mean that 
the little 10 year old virtuoso is a godly fighter (for all that this 
would be awesome!) I mean in the sense that Relm has an utter lack of a 
good skill set, but has great stats to compensate for it.  The main 
selling point she has is that highest Magic Power in the game; I'm not 
sure the logic, plotwise, that lets Relm cast spells better than a Half 
Esper like Terra, but whatever the reason (probably gameplay balance 
purposes, which tend to ignore plot, cause lets face it, a Fighter Mage 
like Terra beating a skillsetless Pure Mage like Relm would be slightly 
unbalanced), Relm has the highest magic power in the game, especially 
after you factor in all those yummy equips.

This alone makes Relm a pretty strong character.  She might not seem it 
at first though, given she has no magic, and unlike Strago, doesn't 
have a supplement move to carry her before she learns any, so she does 
start off pretty bad.  Relm is totally reliant on the Magic skill set 
to be worth anything, and this shows in some challenges (like Natural 
Magic Games where Relm is practically worthless, being forced to rely 
on her physical.)  Thankfully, Bio at least is taught pretty fast, and 
that's a good way to get her a head start fast, though she should learn 
the Ara spells ASAP if you really want to take advantage of her.  I 
can't stress how much Relm needs magic to be worthwhile, because her 
weapons suck (for...all that dual wielding Elemental Rods goes further 
than you’d think); if you want to use Relm, she WILL need to be updated 
on Magic.

Now, I know you're saying "so what's so good about that? She's using a 
generic skill set!" To this I say Relm uses it better than damn near 
any other character in the game, sans maybe Terra but I’ll get to why 
later.  That game best Magic Power and those mage equips aren't just for 
show. She gets everything Strago gets on equipment, outside of the new 
Dragon's Den item which largely is doesn't matter, and she adds a few 
nice things to that list like the Mystery Veil for the early game, and 
the Cat-Ear Hood, best helmet in the game outside of Gau's Dueling Mask, 
later on.  These decent equips help secure her as, at very least, NOT a 
worthless character like some people immediately assume she is based off 
how bad Sketch and Control are (they...really do suck.)

Now, Relm does have some serious flaws that need to be noted, however.  
The first is that she’s a pure Mage, which while not bad in and of 
itself, its quite crippling when you consider how late she joins.  She 
has no innate spells like Terra or Celes, and far less Esper time than 
both (Especially Terra.)  So she’s right off the bat a project character 
which means she’s weak out of the gate.  Furthermore, her big niche, the 
Game best Magic Power, is undermined by this lack of Esper time.  Terra 
in most circumstances should pass her, even after the (mild) equip 
boosts.  While true, not every character is Terra, this lack of Esper 
time means characters like Celes, Edgar, etc. will close the normal gap 
Relm has some, and thus hindering her usage some.  Furthermore, it’s hard 
to justify using her over either Terra or Celes; both girls are similarly 
good at magic thing once Esper time factors in, likely to know more 
spells by the time Relm joins, and sort of crush her badly in defensive 
worth.  

What of Relm’s Dragon’s Den weapon then?  It’s very much the same as 
Strago’s Stardust Rod, in that it’s just a “Magus Rod Wannabe.”  It does 
give a nice big Speed Boost, admittedly, but that’s a losing trade 
compared to the +30% Magic Evasion.  It has an extra niche of randomly 
casting Confuse on the target, but why you are using Relm’s physicals is 
beyond me, and there isn’t really enough enemies that late for confusion 
to be worth anything.  All in all, another character who got the Short 
End of the stick when it comes to the new equips, though to her credit, 
she wasn’t someone who was in desperate need of a new weapon (though, 
makes you wonder why Terra and Celes, the two characters with the best 
overall equipment set in the game, got among the better Dragon’s Den 
weapons, cause god knows they didn’t need them…)

So Relm is yet another character who, despite her horrid skills, ends 
up a solid character.  I'll grant she's probably the worst of the 
females, but that doesn't mean she's necessarily bad.  She makes a fine 
mage, and you have a total of 4 character slots, sometimes 12 to fill, 
she's definitely someone who deserves some actual time to raise, and 
some party time as a result.  Saying she's crappy should only occur due 
to negligence, since she is a character who requires actual using to be 
made solid, due to how the magic system works.  If there is any character 
who is FF6’s Project character, Relm is probably that.

Strategies for Relm throughout the game:
-When Relm first joins, give her an elemental Rod (doesn't matter which 
one, as long as its not Poison) Since she knows no magic at the time, 
she has no use for the Mythril Rod, and the average damage from an 
Elemental Rod is considerably better than her damage from the Morning 
Star, especially if she can hit a weakness.  She might require Front 
Row, unless it’s the IAF sequence though (where you’re forced into Pincer 
Attacks, so Row is meaningless.)
-Never bother with Sketch, except in a very select few cases, after the 
fight with Ultros.  It’s just not worth it, trust me.
-Start teaching Relm offensive magic ASAP.  Catoblepas gives Biox8 for 
the fastest spell to learn, though the worst, it should be enough to 
last her.  For the more important spells (the Aras), either go with 
Maduin for the fastest net learning rate, or go with Ifrit or Shiva to 
learn one of them (Ideally Ifrit cause its Element is better, and the 
other spells Shiva teaches can be learned idiotically fast anyway) 
-Or if you prefer, you could teach her the Aras on the way TO the FC, 
and in the IAF sequence, give Relm a Genji Glove, Hero's Ring, and two 
Thunder Rods, and watch her smite.  You'd be surprised what a little 10 
year old girl built to be a mage can do with that combo when smacking 
an elemental weakness when using a physical attack.
-Relm has a few Armor options for the WoB.  Helmet is obviously Mystery 
Veil, as that flat out kicks every other options ass, but armor is a 
bit different.  Tabby Suit is best balance between Defenses and stat 
boosts, Gaia Gear gives best defensive boosts, while White Dress is 
likely most useful if you want offenses.  So…it’s between higher 
defenses (and earth absorption), higher offenses, or a balance of both. 
Chocobo Suit exists if you really want to raise her physical stats, but 
probably isn't worth it.
-Ignore the Regal Gown in the WoR.  Yes, you'd expect the armor to be 
good, what with it being an Armor that only Relm can use, it must be 
special, right?  Truth be told, the Magus Robe, effectively obtainable at 
the same time (eg before Relm re-joins), is likely overall more useful.  
All things considered, Regal Gown's BEST use is to turn into a Minerva 
Bustier for the adult women to use.
-Never give Relm a Brush.  They, for the most part, are just for show, 
and a Rod is better pretty much always.  This even extends to the Angel 
Brush from Dragon's Den, which is an inferior Magus Rod wannabe.  If 
you lack enough Magus Rods?
-Attempt to get a Cat-ear Hood for Relm ASAP.  It's not hard, just need 
to nab an Impartisan or Tortoise Shield, and bet those at the Coliseum. 
This will make the consideration of using Relm a bit more serious.
-Grab a 2nd Magus Rod ASAP, that way, you won't have to fear problems 
about using Relm w/ Strago or Gogo.  Only method of getting more than 
one Magus Rod before the Soul Shrine is by betting Heal Rods (which are 
useless anyway) at the Coliseum (the first Magus Rod is gotten from Earth 
Dragon.)  Even if you don't mind using the Angel Brush as a supplement, 
you get that late even by Dragon's Den standards, you'll want that second 
one.  Before that second Magus Rod? Give her the Swordbreaker, the 
evasion boost will benefit her better than anything else, for the most 
part, barring maybe that Angel Brush's Magic Power.
-Be sure to keep Relm's magic up to date.  Don't think her high Magic 
Power is going to save the likes of Blizzara throughout the whole WoR, 
as those will eventually taper off.  Make sure to at least give her one 
high end spell.  See the Frequently Asked Questions section for what I 
mean by “High End spells” yet again.

Relm's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
Weapons:
Magus Rod
Gladius
Angel Brush
Swordbreaker
Impartisan

Helmets:
Cat-ear Hood
Saucer

Armor: 
Behemoth Suit
Magus Robe
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak

End Game Set Ups for Relm:

Virtuoso with a Cannon: 
Magus Rod
Aegis Shield/Genji Shield
Cat-ear Hood
Behemoth Suit
Soul of Thamasa

Standard Relm Set Up. Relm is a mage, take advantage of this and nuke 
the competition with her game best Magic Power and high magic boosting 
stats.  For once, Thunder Shield isn't such a great choice since the 
lower defensive stats

Like Father like Daughter:
Magus Rod
Force Shield
Cat-ear Hood
Mirage Vest
White Cape/Zephyr's Cloak
White Cape/Zephyr's Cloak

First off, I'll get this out of the way; whatever Relic you choose is 
up to you.  Zephyr's Cloak grants Evade, White Cape grants more 
defenses, and Imp/Silence immunity (not that EITHER should hit you with 
this set up.) Now that that's out of the way...this set up has 128% 
Magic Evade, AND Automatic Image status, so she's temporarily 
invincible like those 128%/128% set ups (which Relm can also get, but 
requires Merit Award, Paladin's Shield AND Lightbringer.)  Yes, other 
characters (like anyone with Lightbringer and Shadow...) can pull this 
off too, but figured Relm could use this set up more, since it requires 
a bit less (even if Force Shields are limited until the Soul Shrine) 
work.  Worth noting that Strago and Gogo are only 1% and 2% away from 
perfect Magic Evasion with this set up, so if you REALLY want, you can 
give this to them too, though they use the considerably worse Priest's 
Miter instead of the Cat-ear Hood, AND they have worse stats to begin 
with, so Relm's using it more effectively anyway (Well...Gogo COULD 
bring more to the table with Blitz and such, I suppose). Regardless, if 
you want Relm to be a defensive character, this set up might be worth a 
look.  Regarding the name of this set up...well, I'll let you figure 
that part out!


Miscellaneous Info on Relm:
-Not entirely Relm related, but sort of worth noting.  The Sketch Bug 
does *NOT* exist in this version of the game in anyway, shape or form. 
So if you are worried about Sketch screwing up your game, then you have 
nothing to worry about.  Granted, there's still the issue of Sketch 
being a really bad skill to begin with...
-If you did NOT save Shadow, remember that you must go to the Veldt 
Cave BEFORE doing Owser's house in the WoR, to get Relm.
-Also remember Relm is needed to start the Hidon Side quest.  I believe 
you don't actually need to bring her to the dungeon itself, but unsure 
on this, though she is required to actually start it, however.
-If you did not get Shadow, Relm will have her own dream in his place, 
proving further an already obvious aspect (not saying what that is, 
since it’s a spoiler, and by now, you should already know <_<)
-Relm is yet another character with natural 999 MP, and like the 3 
preceding her, actually has theoretically 4 digits. Does it matter? No, 
not really, but there are perfectionists out there.
-As a random benefit to using Relm, she gets her own unique version of 
the Safety Bit, shared with one other character (if you've been reading 
this FAQ, you should know who that is), in the Memento Ring.  There are 
two of these (...well, three, but why would you need a third?), and it’s 
a good idea to take advantage of this as Safety Bits are not the 
easiest thing to come across, and this is functionally the same exact 
thing (if you're wondering, the second Memento Ring can either be 
gotten by stealing from Wrexsoul, or by checking that little crevice in 
the top floor of Strago's House on the left hand side.  Relm COMES 
EQUIPPED with the first, so it’s impossible to miss.)
-Relm can help a lot when it comes to teaching Lores, thanks to Sketch 
and Control, so its not a bad idea to bring Relm with you when you go 
Lore hunting.
-Cat-Ear Hood doubles the amount of Gil you get after a fight.  Given 
this helmet, Merit Award be damned, is unique to Relm, its worth 
mentioning in Relm's section as such.  This makes Relm the best 
character by far to bring anytime you need extra cash.  Or conversely, 
anytime you just are fighting for whatever reason (Lores, Rage hunting, 
etc), bringing Relm as a 4th character is never a bad idea, just for 
that extra money.  By taking advantage of this equip, she can halve the 
time needed to raise that 500,000 for Excalipoor, or just simply 
getting cash in general to buy other needed goodies (like, say, 
ammunition for Shadow.)
-Relm is the ONLY optional character in the WoR to get an alternate scene 
should she be recruited in the ending.  If you recruit her, but not 
Strago, her ending will be changed to compensate for the lack of Strago 
(and said scene is somewhat more amusing than her standard one if you ask 
me <_<.)

Skill sets: 
Since Relm's skill set is based off the enemy she's fighting, I'm not 
going to bother saying much here.  Should you wish to see what enemies 
can do with Control or Sketch, check the "Monster Statistics Guide" as 
it explains fully, and coherently, what each monster has.  Though note 
that this FAQ is based off the SNES version, so it uses outdated names, 
as well as misses enemies exclusive to Dragon's Den.

I suppose I can give a quick explanation on their algorithms though 
(these won’t be EXACTLY how they work, but yield a good estimate.) 

-Effectively, the Rate of success is Relm’s Level in relation to her 
enemies.  So a level 40 Relm will have about 80% success rate on a level 
50 enemy.
-If the “Beret” is equipped on Relm, the Sketch Rate is increased by 
about 33%; in the above example, Sketch would now have a 120% Hit Rate 
(IOWs, it will never fail.)  The same applies to Hypno Crown and Control, 
for that matter.
-If Sketch is successful, it chooses one of two attacks predetermined by 
the enemy sketched, a common one (75% chance) or a rare one (25% chance.)  
If the move does damage, the attack is based off Relm’s Level but the 
enemies respective stat (This is actually why Sketch in general never 
does good damage with any regular damage move.  Enemy levels are 
typically higher than your party’s levels and vice versa in the case of 
stats, so Sketch takes the worst of BOTH worlds.)
-Control’s actions are the same as those that the enemy can use when 
under Confusion/Coliseum.  The attacks the enemy uses are the same as if 
the enemy used the attack themselves, hence completely based off their 
own stats. 
-There are some enemies who are flat out immune to Sketch and/or Control, 
and thus will always fail.

Naturally, if Gogo is using either ability, replace all instances of Relm 
with Gogo.


Ending Thought: 
If Strago is a prime example of how a great skill set can still yield a 
mediocre character, Relm is the opposite, showing how a bad special 
skill does not equate a character to being bad either.  Relm 
compensates her bad skill set by having great all around stats (oh 
noes! Low Strength and weak weapons (Attack wise) on a pure 
mage!), decent equipment options, and that nice Magic Skill set to make 
use of.  Sure, its universal, but Relm works better with it than most
characters; she just takes a bit of raising.  Though, it is worth noting 
that Relm ends up being nigh useless in many challenges, since a lot of 
them have restrictions that just kill her use...which further proves 
she's the opposite of her Grandfather, and not just in the sense of 
jailbait little girl vs. ugly old man <_<.  Regardless, if you're doing a 
challenge, Relm will probably not be a good option, for all that she's 
not bad in a normal game.  Like I eluded to before, however, Relm’s still 
got that initial hurdle to work over where she starts off weak, and even 
after that, its hard to find uses for her over the other girls.  A half 
decent character, in any event, who often gets overlooked for a number of 
reasons.


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| SETZER |
 ========

#Gambler#

Extra HP: 46
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 36
Speed: 32
Stamina: 32
Magic Power: 29
Attack: 18
Defense: 48
Evasion: 9%
Magic Defense: 26
Magic Evasion: 1%
Level Readjustment: +0
Desperation: Red Card
Special Ability: Slots/Gil Toss
Effects: When used, slots will appear.  You are prompted to then press 
A three times row.  Depending on timing, a different object will 
appear.  Whatever is in the middle is the object of concern.  If the 
three items match, then an attack based on what that is (for example, 3 
Diamonds = Prismatic Flash) occurs.  If they don't match, the attack 
"Mysidian Rabbit" is used.  Some attacks are rigged in your favor, 
others are rigged against you.  In some cases, the game flat out 
doesn't allow you to use certain abilities against some enemies.  
If Setzer has "Heiji's Jitte" relic equipped, Slots is replaced with 
Gil Toss.  Gil Toss does damage based on how much gold is thrown.  The 
amount of thrown is users Level * 30, and damage to Gil thrown ratio is 2 
to 1 (So 2 damage for every Gil thrown.)  Note that Gil Toss splits 
damage among all enemies evenly, contrast to most Split Damage moves 
where damage is just halved if targeting 2 or more enemies. 

Character Analysis:
Ah, Setzer.  The original Gambler of the FF series...even if there have 
been all of like two after him or something.  Regardless, Setzer is a 
rather interesting character.  His stats are, as you can tell, 
relatively unimpressive, as he excels in nothing.  This is ok, though, 
as his attacks are strong enough to get buy early on, and his later 
moves (Fixed Dice, and to a lesser extent, Gil Toss) ignore his stats 
anyway.  This makes Setzer a pretty unique character.  Furthermore, 
should it matter, ALL of his unique weapons ignore row, so there is 
never a reason to use him in the Front Row, unless you gave him the 
Gladius or something.

One neat thing about Setzer is he can use all the standard Heavy Class 
equipment (why they chose a Gambler of all people to be a heavy armor 
user, I don’t know…), as well as getting most of the Light Armor equips, 
missing out mainly on the Power Sash.  This makes his defensive stats 
better than you think, as well as keeps his armor options open.  Granted, 
this is nowhere near the same armor variety as, say, Terra and Celes, as 
far as quality goes, but it’s still not half bad at all.  His weapon 
selection, though, isn't exactly inspiring until the Fixed Dice; it’s 
essentially just a bunch of ranged weapons like Locke gets, except no 
Hawkeye in the mix.  Well, ok, he can use the Man Eater and Gladius for 
some minor defensive boosts, but by that point, Slots aren't going to be 
doing enough damage, and Gil Toss is just a waste of cash and a Relic 
slot.

That would be Setzer's flaw; in the second half of the game, he's kind 
of lacking in anything that stands out.  That is unless you don't have 
qualms in prematurely entering the final dungeon and raiding it some 
(as in, go as far as you can into the dungeon without fighting any 
bosses), which is where Setzer picks up his saving grace, the Fixed Dice.  
I can't emphasize this enough; Setzer without his Fixed Dice is a pretty 
sad character.  It’s similar to Locke without the Valiant Knife, except 
there is no Lightbringer to fall back on.  So if you want to use Setzer 
for something worth a damn, he WILL need those Fixed Dice.

Though, Fixed Dice alone aren't quite enough; that's really only half 
of the equation.  Setzer also needs the Master's Scroll as well.  Fixed 
Dice aren't that strong by themselves, HOWEVER, they ignore the 
Master's Scroll Damage Halving Penalty per hit, so unlike most weapons, 
they actually Quadruple in power, and due to how Fixed Dice work, 
multiple uses helps offset the randomness some.  In fact, one really 
high roll on the Fixed Dice WILL make that attack worth it, even if the 
other 3 rolls are all crappy.  That's one thing you have to watch out 
for granted; Setzer's not what you call reliable.  On one hand, he can 
dish out insane damage if you're lucky, on the other hand, he can do 
piss poor damage as well.  It’s all a game of chance; what else did you 
expect from a Dice weapon?  So what about his new weapon, the Final 
Trump, from Dragon's Den? This weapon is kind of like Setzer's version 
of Terra's Apocalypse, except significantly weaker, no evasion boosts, 
and long ranged (also lacks Lightbringer to along with it for Genji Glove 
set ups).  Its alright if you want to give the Master's Scroll to someone 
else, and still use Setzer, I suppose, but generally, Fixed Dice are 
better.

So what about before Fixed Dice?  Well, Slots are probably strong 
enough to keep Setzer afloat for a while, especially in the WoB where 
they are downright strong.  Lots of people will hype Sabin's Rising 
Phoenix and Aura Cannon Blitzes as being high damage, which I suppose 
is alright...however they then will state that Slots are weak because 
all they can pull off is "Chocobo Stampede" and "Prismatic Flash" (ok, 
so I've heard "Chocobop" and "7 Flush" more often cause of the SNES 
translation, but that's not the point!)  This really is where the logic 
falls short.  Elemental concerns aside, Prismatic Flash is flat out 
stronger than Aura Cannon, and against multiple targets, Prismatic Flash 
is equal to Rising Phoenix.  What about Chocobo Stampede? That move 
identical to Meteor (a respected spell in general) in everyway...with one 
serious restriction in being unable to hit fliers, though.  This isn't 
TOO bad, except that when you get Setzer, most enemies are in fact flying 
for the next few dungeons (like most of the Floating Continent enemies), 
so its actually a lot more limited in use, sadly.  These two are worth 
noting mainly cause if you learn the timing of slots, they are never 
rigged against you...in fact, they're often rigged FOR you.  Higher end 
Slots are a bit tougher to pull off, though one noteworthy one is Dive 
Bomb, which isn't rigged against you too often, and is pretty strong 
(we're talking stronger than Aga spells here, and this is only the WoB!)  
Anything above that though is typically not worth trying for, since the 
chances of getting them are a bit too low to be worth it.

All in all, Setzer's a pretty neat character, though he requires you to 
actually put some effort into him.  Which is to say, actually bother 
doing an early Kefka's Tower raid (in fairness, Fixed Dice are early in 
Team 1's route, so you can pull this off early with some luck, if you 
don't feel like grabbing Mog early), and learning the timing on his 
slots.  He has Gil Toss too, but that's not really worth the Relic 
Slot, or the Gil spent for that matter, so it’s probably a better idea 
to avoid that.  Setzer should not be completely overlooked regardless 
though, as he's not a bad character so long as you're willing to go those 
few extra yards.

Strategies for Setzer throughout the game:
-Put Setzer in the back Row.  Besides the Gladius and Man Eater, 
EVERYTHING Setzer has worth noting does the same damage in the back 
row.  There's no reason to put him in the front row, EVER.
-When Setzer first joins, start teaching him Healing magic.  He has 
enough offense from the get go with Slots, might as well have him able 
to cover another area.
-Probably best to ignore Setzer's weapons for the most part, as Slots 
tends to be better almost all the time, and his weapons are just a 
waste of money.
-As with most characters who have this option, stick with Gaia Gear for 
Setzer's armor in the WoB.
-Don't bother buying an extra Diamond Armor for Setzer when he first 
joins, assuming you already have one on Celes and Edgar.  This is 
because you get a Crystal Mail in Daryl's Tomb anyway, which is superior; 
just keep Setzer with Gaia Gear or whatever he was using before the 
World's Collapse.  No, its not that good, but it saves you some cash.  
Also, in general, I recommend against buying Crystal Mails, as they're a 
negligible improvement over the Diamond Armor, yet you're shelling out a 
fair amount of cash for them.
-And as with most male Force Armor users, Setzer should use that as his 
choice of armor, at least if you have enough available.  Chances are, 
though, you won't be using an Edgar, Cyan, Locke, and Setzer team 
though (Celes and Terra have a much better "Consolation" option in the 
Minerva Bustier (which is arguably better, but lets not get into that), 
hence why this is the only team where it really matters THAT much.)  
Though, thanks to Dragon's Den, and later Soul Shrine, you can get as 
many Force Armors as you want, so this becomes a non-factor later.
-Sshould you lack the Fixed Dice, and are using Setzer, Man Eater 
or Gladius should be his weapon of choice, if only for their defensive 
applications.  Death Tarot and Venom Darts have some applications with 
instant death (especially Venom Darts since their instant death is 
compatible with the Master's Scroll), but its probably just easier to 
cast Death or Banish or something.
-As soon as you get Fixed Dice, give them to Setzer, and never give him 
anything else.  They are his best weapon by far.  It’s a good idea to 
raid Kefka's tower early for these alone. Only time Setzer shouldn't be 
using Fixed Dice is if you want a temporary defensive boost on turns he's 
using healing (which is probably more micromanaging than its worth), or 
if you prefer the steady damage of the Final Trump.
-Setzer, like Celes, Sabin and Edgar, has the advantage of being 
obtained BEFORE the Falchon in the WoR, meaning he can get some quick 
extra work in.  Use that time for him to your advantage.
-I should get this out of the way as well; NEVER use Dice.  They are a 
bad weapon.  They work like Fixed Dice, except only use two dice 
instead of three, and lack that damage bonus on triplets by extension.  
Dice are NOT a good secondary weapon for, say, Genji Glove + Master's 
Scroll (which you shouldn't be using anyway), to use with Fixed Dice 
just cause they act like them and ignore Master's Scroll penalties.  
Its a flat out bad weapon, and should be avoided.
-Until Soul Shrine, I advise you not use Setzer and Locke in the same 
team, since they both want Master's Scroll and there is only one of 
them until you get there.  Of course, if you are using Locke for the 
purposes of, say, Lightbringer, you probably aren't using Master's 
Scroll (or rather, you SHOULDN'T)

Setzer's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips: 
Weapons:
Fixed Dice
Man Eater
Death Tarot
Venom Darts
Gladius
Impartisan
Final Trump

Helmets: 
Priest's Miter
Circlet
Red Cap
Genji Helm
Green Beret
Saucer

Armor: 
Genji Armor
Force Armor
Reed Cloak
Mirage Vest


End Game Set Ups for Setzer:

Heart of the...Dice?: 
Fixed Dice
Aegis Shield/Genji Shield/Thunder Shield
Red Cap/Genji Helm
Force Armor/Genji Armor
Master's Scroll

Like a lot of characters who can use Force Armor and Genji Armor, its a 
tough call to say which is better, which leads to the usual "what 
Shield and Helmet you want also depends on what you are aiming for."  
I'll be blunt though; Fixed Dice ignore Strength, so Red Cap and Genji 
Armor lose a bit of use there, though they still boost speed some and 
thus, work for that purpose.  A nice balanced set up that takes 
advantage of what Setzer is good at.  Just remember that for your second 
relic, Fixed Dice ignore logic and such, so a Hero Ring wouldn’t be too 
helpful, so probably best to opt for something defensive like Ribbon or 
Miracle Shoes.

Gambling Imp...OF DOOM!!!:
Fixed Dice
Tortoise Shield
Saucer
Reed Cloak
Master's Scroll

Yes, like the Imp Set up listed much earlier, except Setzer's own 
personal take on it.  This works because Fixed Dice ignore anything 
stat related outside of the users Level, which Imp doesn't effect 
anyway.  As such, you can suddenly turn Setzer into an automatic tank 
while he still makes use of the Fixed Dice.  Usual Imp downsides of 
making the character on dimensional and limiting your Status immunity 
exists, though, the latter isn't as bad as it sounds, as things like 
Berserk actually HELP you in this set up, while things like Blind and 
Silence (especially good since Silence immunity is on the same relic, 
the White Cape, as Imp Immunity anyway), doesn't do squat, so its only 
a select few that matter now.  A nice fun set up, if counter intuitive, 
just remember to make Setzer an Imp before you use this, obviously.  Like 
above, a defensive Relic would be ideal here, though DO NOT use White 
Cape or Ribbon, as that will remove Imp Status, thus lowering Setzer’s 
defenses dramatically.


You’ve Activated My Trap Card!:
Final Trump
Final Trump/Fixed Dice
Red Cap
Mirage Vest/Genji Armor/Force Armor
Genji Glove

If you don’t like tossing the Master’s Scroll on Setzer, and can get your 
hands on a second Final Trump, then this set up may be worth using.  If 
you don’t want to get a second Final Trump, just use Fixed Dice and hope 
for the best, though Fixed Dice without Master’s Scroll is a tad 
disappointing, but figured it couldn’t hurt to acknowledge (might end up 
beating a second Final Trump anyway, but naturally, unreliable).  Anyway, 
Red Cap is tossed in for the extra HP and Strength.  Regarding his 
Armors, Force Armor covers magic defensive angle with elemental resists 
and Magic Evasion, Genji Armor boosts damage a bit more with +5 Strength 
and raises defenses the highest, Mirage Vest mostly just to work away 
that crippling defense stat, assuming you can end the fight fast.  Damage 
isn’t too bad, but it’s a bit lacking in defenses, contrast to similar 
set ups by Terra who doesn’t suffer quite as much (and does more damage 
to boot), though he does keep Back Row.  Again, I don’t really suggest 
this set up, it’s mostly just there in case you want to give that 
Master’s Scroll to someone else, but still want to make use of Setzer.


Miscellaneous Info on Setzer:
-You can actually rig slots so to speak.  Or rather, unrig the slots 
that are rigged against you.  Basically, use a very specific 
Combination of moves in a fight, and now slots won't be rigged against 
you, ever.  Yes, this includes Joker's Death.  Mind, you still have to 
know the timing, but hey, its nice, innit?  I believe the easiest 
unrigging method is just use an Echo Herb.
-A way to cheese out slots is to press Start while they are rolling, 
and when you finally see the thing you want ABOVE the marker, hold the 
A button, and unpause the game.  Unless the slots are rigged against 
you, this will pretty much always get you what you want.
-There’s a way to rule out the rigging of slots entirely, such that you 
can get whatever you want so long as your timing is right.  Basically, 
have a character start using some spell.  When the name appears and they 
go into casting, start Slots up.  From what I gather, if you do this 
right, it will automatically undo the rigging and you can get ability you 
want…including Joker Death.  Timing is everything here, but it lets 
Setzer be a cruel person if you don’t mind cheesing out what was probably 
an unintended little gimmick. 
-As a random side note, using Joker Death apparently counts as using 
Lv. 5 Death, at least as far as Lores go, so using this can teach 
Strago Lv. 5 Death if you so wanted.
-Fixed Dice, unlike other Defense Ignoring weapons and abilities, do 
NOT ignore Multipliers, oddly.  This means it can take the benefits of 
Berserk (especially good if using the Imp set up), and Trance (requires 
Merit Award obviously) if you want, to really wreck some havoc. Pity it 
cannot be given to someone with Rage anymore (both Gau AND Gogo can't 
use Merit Award), as Catscratch Fixed Dice use to be fun as well.
-Setzer will never use Slots in the Coliseum.  This is a good thing, as 
it means, if you were careful on what spells to teach him, he can 
really come in handy for winning specific fights, and you won't have to 
worry about some idiotic actions.  
-Setzer is the 3rd and last character required to get in the WoR!
-Setzer is one of two characters (the other being Terra) whose own 
personal ending in the montage has no variants.  This is because he’s a 
required recruit, and unlike Celes and Edgar, shares his scene with no 
Optional Characters.



Skill set:
Setzer's slots are all based on what you get.  I'll be listing the 
options in order of difficulty (so first is easy to get, the last is 
nigh impossible), per se.

Mysidian Rabbit: 
Obtained From: Any Failure
Effects: Negligible Healing to whole party, recovers from Blind, 
Poison, and Sleep

Comments: Uhh…it’s a failure, you expect them to reward you with 
something?  Yeah, basically, you get what you earned, more or less.

Prismatic Flash: 
Obtained From: 3 Diamonds
Effects: Non Elemental Magic damage to all

Comments: Rather decent, actually, for one of the easiest Slots to get.  
Good for ST damage, due to hits high Spell Power, and MT damage isn't 
too shabby either (Rising Phoenix level)  Should be Setzer's primary 
Offense in the WoB.

Chocobo Stampede:
Obtained From: 3 Chocobos
Effects: Non elemental Magic damage to all, misses flying targets
 
Comments: A variation of Prismatic Flash.  This one is centered more 
around crowd control, having much lower spell power, but ignores 
defense AND Split Damage.  It's basically Meteor, actually, which is 
rather nice.  Its main flaw is that it misses anything that has float 
status (annoying on the FC), though.  Pretty solid move, though, 
considering how easy it is to get.

Dive Bomb:
Obtained From: 3 Airships
Effects: Non Elemental Magic Damage to all

Comments: Nasty move, if you can learn its timing.  This move is 
SOMETIMES rigged against you, but more often than not isn't.  Can be a 
bit hard to learn its timing, but it'll pay off in the end.  The move 
is easily one of the most damaging attacks in the WoB, and isn't half 
bad in the WoR (Though, not stellar)

Random Summon:
Obtained From: 3 Bars
Effects: Summons a random Esper except Odin, whether you have the Esper 
or not doesn't matter.

Comments: This is when getting moves is harder than its worth.  This 
likely isn't that hard, but, it's too unreliable to be worth using.  Its 
only real use is for morphing, actually, as it'll let Gogo Mime 
Ragnarok's summon over and over again (something he can't do with 
Magicite Shards due to how they work), if you want to morph some hard 
to get items (like the Cursed Ring!)  Generally speaking, I wouldn't 
bother with this beyond novelty, especially since you can get the Sword 
and Esper in the same file due to clear game.

Mega Flare: 
Obtained From: 3 Dragons
Effects: Non Elemental Magic damage to all

Comments: This is, to be blunt, Setzer using the Bahamut Esper for 
Free.  The attack in and of itself is fine, but its just the odds of 
getting are too low for it be useful.  Shame, too, as this move is 
basically his best Slots for raw damage, being better than Grand Delta 
(Strago's best Lore) in everyway.


Joker Death (Good Version): 
Obtained From: 3 7s
Effects: Kills entire enemy party, regardless if immune to instant 
death or not (yes, this works even on the final boss) 
 
Comments: This is the best Slots, hands down…at least as far as effects 
go.  What's its problem?  The chances of getting this are incredibly 
low, and the game even sometimes doesn’t let you use it in some fights 
at that.  Though, should you be lucky enough to get this, your 
opposition is gone.  This is nice if you are patient enough to dual 
abuse slot tricks (the Pause + Accept method combined with Derigging 
slots)

Joker Death (Bad Version): 
Obtained From: 2 7s and a Bar
Effects: Kills both the enemies side and your own

Comments: This has the same likely hood to happen as the above…only 
It’s a good thingin this case.  This being used is a game over, period 
(unless you have Reraise, maybe), you want to avoid this like the plague.  
Yeah, basically, this is a NEGATIVE slots.

Ending Thoughts: 
Setzer has a fair amount of potential, though how much of that 
potential appears depends on how much you're willing to give him.  
Requiring some rare items like the Master's Scroll does hurt his 
flexibility use some, so you'll have to set parties up wisely if you 
want him to be effective, and he needs you to actually grab those Fixed 
Dice earlier than you usually would as well.  All in all, he’s a decent, 
if a bit unreliable, character.


 =====
| MOG |
 =====

#Moogle#

Stats: 
Extra HP: 39
Extra MP: 16
Strength: 29
Speed: 36
Stamina: 26
Magic Power: 35
Attack: 16
Defense: 52
Evasion: 10%
Magic Defense: 36
Magic Evasion: 12%
Level Readjustment: +5
Desperation: Moogle Rush
Special ability: Dance 
Effects: Adds "Dance" status to Mog.  Under Dance status, Mog can use 
one of four attacks, what attacks vary on each dance.  All Dances have 
frequencies spread out between 7/16 for first attack, 6/16 for second, 
2/16 for the third, and 1/16 for the rarest.  Dances have a 50% chance 
of success upon initial attempt, and once successful, the dance will 
never fail again unless Mog dies and then uses a different dance (The 
Terrain changes when Mog uses a "Dance" successfully), UNLESS on Home 
Terrain, in which case, said dance never fails.  Dances are obtained by 
finishing battles on new terrain with Mog in your party (yes, he can be 
dead)  All Dances are considered magical.

Character Analysis: 
As the first playable Moogle in the FF series, Mog had to leave quite a 
positive mark for his race! Well, one thing Mog does get credit for is 
having next to no logic when it comes to how his character was made up.  
Lets analyze him for a second.  Its a little small stuffed animal, in 
essence, ok, that explains the low Strength...yet his Attack 
somehow is higher than that of a seasoned adventurer in Locke.  Also, 
despite being so small, his defense is the second highest (non-Umaro) in 
the game, which normally would imply low Magic Defense…except he’s #1 in 
that as well!  Decent Magic Power…but he’s best used as a fighter when 
all is said an done.  Also, you’d think he’d use some small simple weapon 
considering what he is…but his weapon of choice is a Spear, probably the 
largest weapon class in the game.  Oh yeah, normally, you’d think he’d 
have next to no combat experience, so he should join underleveled, right?  
Nope! He joins at 5 LEVELS ABOVE average, the highest of any (permanent) 
character in the game.  Needless to say, “O_o” somes up Mog well.  To 
make matters worse regarding the randomness, Mog's equipment is all over 
the place, outside of his weapons.  He can use the Golden Shield, for 
example, but none of the other "exclusive" shields (Heavy Shield, Diamond 
Shield, and Crystal Shield), as well as the other Golden Equips, yet 
there is no armor upgrade he gets beyond the Diamond Vest until his 
ultimate armor, the Snow Scarf, which turns the smallest member of the 
cast into your best tank by far.  Um, yeah, Mog isn't what I'd call an 
easy to classify character, so its best we just move onto how he works or 
something...

When you first get Mog in the WoB, his big thing will be his dances.  
They're actually pretty brutal at this point, since they often have big 
MT damage that can nail weaknesses, full healing, and tend to be on the 
home terrain often, so the stumble aspect doesn't kick in.  Combine 
that with a decent equipment selection for the time, Mog is a canon 
with no real flaws beyond lack of controllability.  He also can double 
as a Mage, being able to use the Magus Hat and having a decent base 
Magic Power score, so teaching him a few attack spells wouldn't hurt 
either.  Lastly, he tends to be an incredible tank at first due to 
joining 5 levels above everyone else, giving him a nice big HP 
advantage, as well as a damage boost to boot.  This does have the 
downside for less Esper boosts in the long run granted, though the 
difference isn't as big as you might think, since many characters will 
lose those some of those levels anyway due to Thamasa, let alone they’ll 
all have caught up by the WoR, so realistically only a few characters 
have a true edge on him in this regard.

However, Mog's method of playing kind of shifts dramatically in the 
WoR.  Here, you'll likely be using him as a Dragoon, similar to Edgar, 
so he's actually playing like a Fighter now, less like a mage.  Combine 
that with a incredible defense score, suddenly Mog's a force to 
consider using...in completely different ways than he was before.  Its 
because of this sudden change in worth, and how Dances go from godly 
to, well, crappy pretty rapidly that a lot of people will consider Mog 
as a bad character.  However, this is also clear that these people 
never got the Snow Scarf, one of Mog's big things, as they'll also 
claim he has bad equipment.  Snow Scarf alone, combined with spears not 
totally sucking ass, make for a decent enough selection of equipment 
(also makes it easy to figure out what he wants <_<.)  In fact, you'd 
be surprised how many people think Mog's only purpose in this game is 
for the sake of the Molulu's Charm (unique Relic for Mog that stops 
Random Encounters entirely), and even go as far as to get that Gold 
Hairpin instead of him as such (which...is kind of silly; FF6 is not a 
game where MP is a big deal, especially thanks to Osmose.) 
 
Like Edgar, though, Mog's new Dragon's Den weapon isn't really a spear, 
for Jump purposes.  Gungnir only gets the 1.5x damage that other 
weapons get, instead of 2x damage like Spears get.  This naturally 
kills a good amount of its use.  On the other hand, its also Mog's best 
weapon for boosting Magic Power, so it still has some on paper use for 
Mog should he have been raised as a Mage, so its not worthless the way 
Longinus is, though you'll probably find yourself using Radiant Lance 
or Holy Lance more often, since those two are overall better.  Do note 
that Mog being raised as a Mage isn’t necessarily a bad idea, as he can 
serve the purpose of a durable Magical cannon if you wanted, and his 
Magic Power is competent enough to do the job, though, don’t expect the 
damage values from him as you would from someone like Relm.  If you’re 
using Mog as a mage, its cause you wanted a spell caster who can take 
hits exceptionally well, not cause he can dish out big damage (this isn’t 
to say his damage sucks, of course, just doesn’t stand out.)

So Mog is a pretty damn good character...if you know how to use him.  
Knowing what Dance is the right one to use makes him a beast in the 
first part of the game, and second part of the game, he makes a scary 
Dragoon whose also a bit of a scary tank at the same time.  Do not 
underestimate the power of the little guy, even if the mascot 
characters often end up crappy in the end, as Mog is clearly not 
something to be taken lightly...even if he himself weighs a rather 
small amount.

Strategies for Mog throughout the game:
-When you first get Mog, in the save Terra sequence, De-equip him.  
This way, you can get an early Mythril Shield, and Mythril Pike.  Note 
that Mog comes back with this anyway when he rejoins later, so you 
really are getting free stuff here (unlike Shadow's Ninja Gear which is 
mostly just equip transferring.)
-You should always grab Mog instead of the Gold Hairpin.  Yes, halving 
MP costs sounds nice, but consider it takes up a whole relic slot, and 
that you can't grab Water Harmony outside of one chance in the WoR 
(Leviathan fight), and Mog loses even MORE Esper levels than before 
(when he joins in the WoR, his Level readjustment won't factor in if 
you got him early on) if you grab him late.  That, and Mog is actually 
a decent character here to boot.
-Shove Mog in the Back Row, and give him Dragoon Boots.  That relic 
should be somewhat a staple on Mog.  Early on, Hero's Ring is likely 
the best option (boosts Jump's damage, AND his dance's damage), later, 
better off with Dragon Horn, so his optimal damage (Jump) increases.
-NEVER give Mog the Genji Glove.  Dragoon Boots will result in the same 
thing, and doesn't sacrifice a shield.
-Only reason to give Mog that Gladius is if you want Mog to have extra 
defenses.  Though, honestly, with that 255 Defense score, something 
tells me Mog won't care about physical evade much.  Suppose it MIGHT 
matter if you give Mog a Force Shield or something.  Regardless, Holy 
Lance is a better choice, since its a spear, and has random Holy 
castings as well.
-When you first get Mog in the WoB, I suggest taking a quick dance hike 
to grab all the dances you can get (all but Snowman Rondo are 
available)  ESPECIALLY Water Harmony, as the area coming up (the Sealed 
Cave), to be blunt, its not very fond of that dance. (though, Mog does 
have 50% chance of failure, being not the home dance)
-Speaking of which, for the Sealed Cave, Mog's best option is likely 
Water Harmony.  Unreliable, yes, but when he hits with El Nino, he hits 
HARD.  Though, Twilight Requiem isn't bad if you are fighting nothing but 
Zombones (Since the only thing they are immune to is Poison Frog, the 
rarest of Dusk Requiem's dances)
-IAF Sequence, Wind Rhapsody hands down.  Provides not only consistent 
Healing, but Wind Slash can kill those fights in one casting 
(Earrings/Hero's Rings can help insure this further) Plasma, while rare 
and not favorable, WILL kill whatever it hits, and works nicely on Air 
Force to boot.  Cockatrice?too rare to consider, be it positive or 
negative.  Most evil part is, this dance is the home dance too, so no 
real flaws into using it.
-Floating Continent, Earth Blues all the way.  This dance is just 
brutal, in general, and it’s the home dance too, should be quite 
obvious as far as why to use it (it does have a flaw in that if Mog 
uses Sonic Boom on an enemy immune to Instant Death, it’s a wasted 
turn, but thems the breaks)
-Be sure to get the Snow Scarf before you are serious about using Mog 
in the WoR.  
-Keep Mog with a Holy Lance (which you should try to get ASAP) or 
Radiant Lance at all times.  Again, despite what it may seem, Gungnir 
is NOT a spear in terms of Jump.  Only time you should be using Gungnir 
is if you need a magic boost on Mog.  Otherwise, stick with the other 
high end spears.


Mog's Ultimate and Noteworthy equips:
Weapons: 
Holy Lance
Radiant Lance  
Gladius
Gungnir
 
Helmets:
Genji Helm
Priest's Miter
Circlet
Red Cap
Green Beret

Armor: 
Snow Scarf
Reed Cloak

Ideal End game Set ups for Mog: 

Kain only wishes he was this Awesome:
Radiant Lance/Holy Lance
Genji Shield/Thunder Shield/Aegis Shield
Red Cap/Genji Helm
Snow Scarf
Dragoon Boots
Dragon Horn

Ok, first off, your priority should be to hit 255 Defense; perfect 
defense means Mog takes 1 damage from all physicals, 0 if he's in the 
back row.  How you go about this is up to you.  The ways that work 
above are Red Cap/Genji Shield, or Genji Helm with the other two 
shields.  Red Cap combo grants more HP and some more damage, while the 
other set ups yield more elemental resistance (Thunder Shield + Snow 
Scarf stops 3 Elements and halves a 4th, if you're wondering) or more 
magic defense; it depends on what you want.  Which Lance you want 
depends on how lucky you feel; Holy Lance randomly casts Holy, but 
Radiant Lance does more damage otherwise, its a tough call.  And yes, 
this is a cheap shot at FF4 Kain in that his whole Dragoon hype thing 
is being outclassed by a little white fur ball, even in the department of 
tanking <_<

Magic Tank in the form of a Moogle:
Gungnir
Genji Shield
Circlet
Snow Scarf
Soul of Thamasa

Gives Mog the best Magic Power he can get while still keeping that 255 
Defense.  If you're raising Mog a mage, then this would be the set up 
you want.  Naturally, you might not have enough Soul of Thamasas to go 
around, so make sure someone else doesn’t want it more before handing it 
to him. 

He Keeps Going and Going and nothing outlasts the energizer...Moogle?: 
Gungnir
Paladin's Shield
Circlet/Red Cap
Snow Scarf
Ribbon
Safety Bit

This Set Up makes Mog damn near impossible to kill. I'm not a fan of 
wasting that Paladin's Shield, but in this case, Mog is making special 
use of it, per se.  He's got perfect defense so Physicals can't get him, 
total immunity to Elemental attacks due to Paladin's Shield, Ribbon + 
Safety Bit means that the only status that can hit him is Stop (which 
can't be guarded outside of Reflect Ring in some cases) and he has good 
Magic Defense (which you could also cast Shell mid-flight to bolster if 
need be) for the non-elemental Magic.  Only thing that can do real damage 
to him are the occasional Defense Ignoring spells that are non-elemental, 
really, or those rare Specials that are Instant Death related, and some 
of those run into decent Evasion and Magic Evasion anyway.  What Helmet 
you want depends upon some one factor; this set up, Mog is going to act 
as a Mage since, well, his physical damage is not going to impress you, 
so Gungnir was kind of obvious here.  Circlet will give you the boost 
to Magic Power, though, Red Cap will help push the Set Ups Defensive 
purposes higher, giving that 25% HP Boost, to help defend against some 
of those few defense ignoring moves you can't stop otherwise.  This set 
up really deserves a look at if you don't mind giving Mog your 
Paladin's Shield, as its a not an easy thing for most enemies to 
overcome (though, don't think it alone will save you against the likes 
of Kaiser Dragon.) 

Mog Laugh at your Puny Magics!: 
Gungnir
Force Shield
Saucer
Reed Cloak
White Cape
White Cape

You know its odd; for all that I am not a fan of Gungnir much, I seem 
to be using it a lot in these set ups <_<.  Gungnir's use here is 
obvious; Mog has his Relics taken up, so he's going to be acting 
as a Mage.  The concept behind this set up is Mog has 255 Magic 
Defense, thus making him immune to all Magic that doesn't ignore 
defense, while also bolstering a nice 82% Magic Evasion to stop those 
pesky status spells or occasional Flare spells either.  The set up 
especially asks Mog to be a Mage cause he has no real physical defense 
at all. It is worth noting, however, that if Mog uses a Tortoise Shield 
instead of Force Shield, he'll have 254 Magic Defense, loses 20% Magic 
Evasion, HOWEVER, gets 30% Evasion, which makes him not totally 
defenseless against physicals, though this also means he doesn't halve 
certain attacks like Meltdown or Flare Star, losing Force Shield's 
Elemental Resistance.

Inverted Defenses Ahoy!: 
Gungnir/Radiant Lance/Holy Lance
Force Shield/Tortoise Shield
Saucer
Snow Scarf

Normally, set ups tend to have higher defense than magic defense, at 
least numerically, or conversely, they'll have incredible magic defense 
with really bad defense, at least assuming none of these set ups are 
evasion twinking in which case, things get messy.  This set up though 
has impressive Magic Defense while retaining at least passable 
defense…kind of the opposite of normal balanced set ups.  You'll note 
the only thing here that grants defense is the Snow Scarf, and Mog's 
defense still is adequate, to give you an idea of just how sick that 
thing is, and it still has a very good Magic Defense score.  Force 
Shield vs Tortoise Shield is tough call.  On one hand, Force Shield has 
better magic defenses in everyway, and adds elemental resistances and 
Shell status.  Tortoise Shield, however, adds 30% Evasion, which helps 
cover the physical end, which is definitely the weaker side of the two.  
As far as what weapon to use…well, how are you using Mog? If Dragoon 
set up, Radiant Lance or Holy Lance would be ideal (which of those 
comes down to personal preference, as usual), if Mog is being used as a 
Mage, then go with Gungnir.  Naturally, what Relics you use depends on 
how you're using Mog, so this is a very generalized set up.


Miscellaneous Info about Character:
-Mog is required for getting Umaro.  This means that if you want 
everything, you must use Mog at least at some point regardless
-Molulu Charm only works for one party, as a reminder.  Mind, it helps 
turn things like Phoenix Cave into a one party area, effectively, since 
only one party is fighting, while Mog runs right through
-When Mog uses a dance, you lose control of him completely, unless he 
dies.  Keep this in mind before using Dance with Mog.
-And Mog is yet another character who naturally maxes out MP at level 
99!  So yeah, no wasting Esper levels, consciously anyway, with MP 
Boosts, as they're pointless for perfectionist reasons here.
-If you're curious, Mog can actually max both evasion stats out as 
well, if you don't mind using both Merit Award and Paladin's Shield.  
Not that I suggest this due to what it requires, but just know its 
there (check out, say, Terra or Locke's maxed evasion set ups, and just 
replace Zephyr's Cloak with Merit Award.)

Skill set:
Below are a list of Mog's dances, how to get them, and what they 
contain. (note that abilities are being listed in order of Frequency)
Note that since this isn't an algorithm FAQ, I'm giving a 
generalization of abilities only (much like any other character.)  IF 
you want to see exactly what each dance does, check out Master Zed's 
Attack Guide.

Wind Rhapsody
Home Terrain: Plains, Coliseum, the Veldt, and Sky (such as fights on 
the Airship)
Abilities:
Wind Slash: Wind damage to all.
Sun Bath: Heals party's HP
Plasma: Lightning elemental damage to one
Cockatrice: Inflicts Stone status on target.  Note the game says it 
does damage, however, the move misses entirely if enemy is immune to 
Stone status, so that factor is moot.

Evaluation of Dance:  Fairly solid.  Wind Slash is good MT damage, and 
Sun bath is effectively full healing.  Cockatrice is a bit mehish, 
though, it’s the rarest attack of the dance, thankfully.  Plasma isn't 
particularly special, but doesn't hurt either.

Forest Nocturne
Home Terrain: Forests
Abilities:
Leaf Swirl: Non Elemental damage to all
Forest Healing: Recovers party from most negative status ailments
Will o' the Wisp: Fire Damage to one
Wombat: Non elemental damage to one 

Comments: Probably the worst dance in the game.  Forest Healing being a 
frequent attack really screws the dance's potential, and it has no real 
tricks, beside Wombat which is oddly Mog's strongest damage dance…pity 
its also the rarest.

Desert Lullaby: 
Home Terrain: Deserts
Abilities:
Sandstorm: Wind Elemental damage to all
Antlion: Instant Death to one
Wind Slash: Wind Elemental damage to all
Meercat: Grants Haste status to the whole party

Comments: Pure novelty dance.  Not particularly useful, but not scrubby 
either.  Main problem is there's no real use for a Desert Dance, in 
general (if it had some good skills, that'd be one thing, but…it 
doesn't)

Love Serenade: 
Home Terrain: Towns and Indoors
Abilities: 
Will o' the Wisp: Fire damage to one
Apparition: Confuses single target
Snare: Instant Death to one
Tapir: Recovers party from status

Comments: Nifty for the confusion, and chance of instant death, though 
quite lacking on damage.  Not much home terrain to take advantage of 
this, the places that do its not worth it (Zozo, those few fights in 
the Banquet sequence, Owzer’s House, among a few other places)

Earth Blues: 
Home Terrain: Mountains, and the Floating Continent
Abilities:
Rock Slide: Non Elemental damage to one
Sonic Boom: Reduces target's HP by 62.5%
Sun Bath: Heals the party's HP
Boar Brigade: Non elemental damage to one

Comments: Nice dance.  Great when you consider the Floating Continent 
is its home terrain as well.  Rock Slide does some nasty damage (its an 
improved Flare, more or less), Sonic Boom is some Gravity damage, and 
it has some healing, even if unreliable.  Boar Brigade is kind of just 
there, though.

Water Harmony:
Home Terrain: Lethe River, Serpent Trench, and fight vs. Leviathan
Abilities:
El Nino: Water elemental damage to all
Plasma: Lightning Damage to one
Apparition: Confuses enemy
Raccoon: Heals party's HP and from most negative status effects

Comments: This dance, frankly, kicks ass, pity the home terrain appears 
almost never.  El Nino is quite nasty when you first get it, and Plasma 
isn't half bad.  Raccoon, while rare, is probably the best single 
healing ability in the game, having no flaws in and of itself, while 
healing ludicrously high amounts along with status.  Apparition is 
mostly novelty, but isn't bad.

Twilight Requiem: 
Home Terrain: Caves
Abilities: 
Cave In: Reduces Target's HP by 75%, adds Seizure Status
Snare: Instant Death to one enemy
Will o' the Wisp: Fire damage to one
Poisonous Frog: Poison Damage to one

Comments: Pretty average, this dance isn't much on raw damage, albeit, 
since the only damage attacks are rare.  This dance has a few terrain 
areas, but there are often better things to do with Mog’s turns.

Snowman Rondo: 
Home Terrain: Snowy Hills behind Narshe
Abilities: 
Snowball: Reduces enemy's HP by 50%
Avalanche: Ice damage to all
Snare: Instant Death to one
Arctic Hare: Heals party's HP
 
Comments: Pretty sad, considering how late you get it.  Only one area 
is its home terrain, and the only thing worth fighting there (Ice 
Dragon)…is immune to all its tricks.  Nothing really worth noting about 
this dance at all. 


Ending Thoughts:
Mog is a pretty respectable character once you get it out of your head 
that he's more than just Dances and Molulu's Charm.  Being a freakish 
tank late game, and a good physical fighter thanks to Dragoon Set Up 
(or conversely, a decent Mage, should you prefer that), he's definitely 
has his uses in the late game.  Dances being dominant in the WoB 
certainly are enough to secure his use over the Gold Hairpin, 
especially giving him that extra time to learn some magic and some more 
Esper levels too (let alone joining over leveled has its benefits.)  
Despite being a total joke of a character in plot, he's no laughing 
matter in battle...and he's so cute too, kupo ^_^ *shot for acting 
"Kawaii"*

 =====
| Gau |
 =====

#Feral Youth#

Stats: 
Extra HP: 45
Extra MP: 10
Strength: 44
Speed: 38
Stamina: 36
Magic Power: 34
Attack: 99
Defense: 44
Evasion: 21%
Magic Defense: 34
Magic Evasion: 18%
Level Readjustment: +2
Desperation: N/A (Gau has no Desperation)
Special ability: Rage/Leap
Effects: When Gau uses Rage, you lose control of him in a manner 
similar to Mog's Dance, and you won't regain control unless he dies 
(and is revived), or you end the fight.  When in Rage status, Gau will 
use one of two actions; the first is always a standard Fight command, 
that despite its animation (which is dependant on the monster's), are 
all identical, and the other move varies (like Stray Cat uses 
"Catscratch" or Templar uses "Fira".)  Any Status immunities or 
elemental factors (Null, Absorption or weakness) the enemy has is 
transferred to Gau as well, though do note that this DOES stack with 
equipment, in and Elemental cases, works on the same logic of 
Absorption > Null > Weakness > Neutral.  Instant Death immunity is the 
one exception here, as if Gau is immune before hand (with a Safety Bit, 
naturally) and uses a Rage that isn't, he loses the immunity.  Other 
random factors like Undead or starting status effects (such as 
Templar's Auto Protect status) are also transferred upon using Rage.  
In order to build up Rage, the command "Leap" must be used, which is 
available only on the Veldt.  When using Leap, the battle there ends, 
and Gau is lost temporarily.  Gau will then randomly reappear at the 
end of a fight on the Veldt, so long as your team has a free spot 
(meaning 3 characters or less), and learn any Rages of Monsters in the 
fight he returns on; note that if you scare Gau off by accidentally 
hitting him, he will NOT learn Rages as he has to actually rejoin.

...yeah, Rage is simply put the most complex special in the game, you 
can see why I didn't write for him in the SNES FAQ <_<;

Character Analysis: 
Ok, I'm going to keep this short.  I'm mainly writing for Gau this time 
cause, well, it feels like at least his objective facts like Stats and 
possible set ups should be listed.  Gau is a character who has some of 
the most potential in the game, be it early on when he's an incredible 
powerhouse (though unreliable due to randomness), with a few tricks to 
screw over bosses, or later in the game when he's got this really evil 
defensive game due to how Rage's work.  He also gets a new equip in 
Dueling Mask thanks to Dragon's Den.  If you're wondering, the Cat-ear 
Hood use to be considered the best helmet in the game...Dueling Mask 
beats it at *EVERYTHING* outside of doubling Gil, to give you an idea 
how good it is.  It also grants 25% HP like the Red Cap.  Regardless, 
Gau is one of these characters whose about as good as you let him; if 
you don't mind Veldt Training, he'll be phenomenal so long as you know 
what Rages to use.  If you hate training on the Veldt? You might as 
well leave him on the Airship, as he won't be doing you very good 
(he'll be a worse version of Mage Mog, in essence.) 

See, it's already done! Short like I said, right?  Again, this isn't 
cause I hate Gau, but rather, its cause to give a thorough analysis and 
strategies on Gau would require a FAQ in and of itself, since he's a 
very deep and complex character in terms of his game play worth.

Strategies for Gau throughout the game:
-Gau is someone who might prefer Front Row, if only cause he'll always 
have that Physical as an option; this especially rings true for the 
famous Stray Cat Rage, since Catscratch does not ignore row.
-Rages to look out for early on are Stray Cat, Guard Leader, Templar, 
Oversoul, Bomb, Spritzer, Trillium, Darkside, Cloud, Lesser Lopros, and 
Acrophies. I won't get into why, but these are the stand out rages 
available when you first get to the Veldt, assuming you fought these 
enemies, for one reason or another.
-Keep Gau's at least somewhat up to date.  I'm not going to tell you 
what Rages to get at every point (beyond the bunch I mentioned above) 
since after a point, it really becomes micromanaging, and you should 
raise Gau at a pace you feel works for you.
-Like with Mog, grab that Snow Scarf ASAP for Gau; its one of his big 
advantages, and he's likely going to need it if you want to use Gau 
effectively.
-Similarly, when you get the Dueling Mask, that should be a staple on 
Gau.  It is the best helmet in the game in every possible way (barring 
the Saucer, which barely beats it in Magic Defense, and in Defense if 
you're an imp, but that hardly counts), so take advantage of it.
-I suppose its worth noting that Berserk is a beneficial status effect 
for Gau, at least after he uses Rage.  Due to how Rage works, its script 
overrides Berserk, but you’ll still get the damage increase (which I 
think even applies to his magic, but not certain) from the status.  Its 
generally not worth the use of another character’s turn, however, though 
it doesn’t hurt to remind that it exists.  Bare in mind that many 
worthwhile Rages (like Magic Urn and Night Shade) are immune to Berserk, 
so this strategy is sometimes unusable.  Just be sure to use Rage FIRST 
before you cast Berserk on him too.


Gau's Ultimate and Noteworthy equips:
Weapons: 
Nothing!!!
(Gau cannot use weapons besides Impartisan which actually LOWERS his 
attack)

Helmets: 
Priest's Miter
Green Beret
Red Cap
Dueling Mask
Circlet
Genji Helm
Saucer

Armors: 
Snow Scarf
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak

End Game Set Ups for Gau:

Who says 13 Year Old Boys can't drive tanks?: 
*Empty*
Aegis Shield/Genji Shield
Dueling Mask
Snow Scarf

Perfect Defense, lots of stat boosts from Dueling Mask and elemental 
resistance as well.  Thunder Shield isn't really practical here as Gau 
already resists every element in the game, including Absorbing Ice, and 
depending on how you use him, he might resist more with his Rages.  
Aegis Shield is flat out the superior Shield here (since Gau maxes 
defense anyway, it gives superior magic defensive stats), though 
there's a limited supply of them, hence why you might prefer Genji 
Shield in this case.


He's Still No Worker 8...:
*Empty* 
Force Shield
Saucer/Dueling Mask
Reed Cloak
White Cape
White Cape

The perfect Magic defense set up.  Note that the Dueling Mask falls 
short by literally one point, though give the Force Shield's auto 
Shell, that's probably not going to matter; put Saucer on there for 
perfectionist reasons.  Dueling Mask is probably better for the 
elemental resists, Stat Boosts, and giving Gau *SOME* physical defense 
(its still bad, though not as bad as Terra/Mog's similar set ups, and 
he gets extra evade too.) 


Balancing of Defenses?cause we can!:
*Empty*
Force Shield/Tortoise Shield
Dueling Mask
Snow Scarf

Sort of a hybrid of the above two set ups.  Having decent defense and 
even better magic defense, this set up can take both types of damage 
rather well, especially Magic with the Force Shield.  That's not even 
considering the 25% HP Boost the Dueling Mask grants.  The Tortoise 
Shield is listed since it grants an elemental resistance the Dueling 
Mask doesn't cover (turns the Water resistance into Water Absorbing), 
and adds 30% Evasion to help cover the lower (though by no means bad) 
physical defense.  Which you want comes down to personal preference, 
mind.  As usual, Gau will be about defenses, and this is about as good 
as he'll get for balancing both, barring the use of the elusive 
Paladin's Shield.

 

Miscellaneous stuff regarding Gau: 
-Regardless of how hard you try, Gau will always have empty slots in 
his Rage list.  Siegfried and Typhon are both technically Rages, 
however their formations (since they're pure coliseum enemies) never 
appear on the Veldt.  As such, if you seem to have every enemy, this 
would be why.  I heard Death Warden's formation used in the Soul shrine 
DOES appear on the Veldt, so if you want him, you'll have to wait til 
then, as the one found in the Box at in the Veldt Cave uses a different 
formation (if you're wondering, the Veldt only shows Monster Formations 
form 00 to 255, IIRC, and only if there is a Rage-able monster in that 
list; Death Warden in the original had an unused formation that fell 
within 00 to 255, while the one in the box was above that value.)  
ALSO, note that for different reasons, Tonberries (NOT to be confused 
with Tonberry) cannot be Raged due to their monster value.  They were 
suppose to appear in the last slot, but that spot is value 255, or FF 
in Hex, which is treated as null data universally for purposes like 
this, as such, that would be another Rage you can't ever obtain.
-Remember that to get a formation/monster to appear on the Veldt, you 
have to encounter it.  Whether you fight it the whole way through, or 
just run, it doesn't matter, just need to actually see it.
-Despite them appearing on the Veldt, Proto Armor and LIVING King 
Behemoth do not yield Rages.  If you're wondering why those two haven't 
appeared on your list, that would be the reason.  Do note that the 
UNDEAD King Behemoth still yields a Rage, however.
-Just to clear this up, no; not a single new enemy from Dragon's Den 
gives a Rage, so Gau gains no new skills beyond the 3 universal new 
spells and 4 new Esper in FF6a.
-Roulette used by Ahriman from Gau is *NOT* the same as a normal 
Roulette.  Its actually just like casting Death, except it can't fail 
beyond strict immunity to it.  This is because the targeting doesn't 
work with Rage (since Rage tends to just use ST, MT, or randomly choose 
one of the two if possible, completely ignoring oddities in targeting; 
Roulette would be the only oddity that matters, near as I can tell), so 
it just uses the effect, not the randomness part.  It DOES count 
towards teaching Strago the spell Roulette though.
-Gau has a few "status" moves that work on bosses! Or more precisely, 
Rafflesia's Allure (which is an instant win to a boss if he has one 
target, and no HP Loops, should it hit), Fiend Dragon's Northern Cross, 
and Coco's Entice (I might be off on some of these names.)  These 
aren't glitches, mind; there is just no way to immune these abilities 
in game, on either end (barring Magic Evasion anyway, in Allure and 
Northern Cross' case), so technically they are fair game, though this 
is probably an oversight...
-Despite how they appear in the Veldt, Proto Armor is not a rage-able 
monster.  They are an odd exception in that they’re the only enemy that 
functions like this, due to how the game works (its not a bug, more just 
an odditiy.) 
-Gau is another character who naturally gets maxed out MP...in fact, he 
hits 999 on the dot, instead of reaching a theoretical 4 digit value.
-Gau is also one of two characters who can actually become immune to 
the Stop status.  This is because there is no equip that does this, yet 
Rages can yield immunity to the status, so its a nifty little 
advantage.  It should be obvious who the other is <_<
-Even though this might sound silly to bring up, it matters due to 
older versions of the game.  Wind God Gau *DOES NOT EXIST* in this 
version of the game.  Gau cannot use Merit Award, as such, none of this 
Kazekiri + Stray Cat Rage = Death to all! combos.  Saddening, yes; it 
was a fun evil set up, but unfortunately, it's gone the way of the 
evasion bug, Vanish/Death, among some other cheese in this version.  
Though, this is especially worth noting cause Wind God Gau is 
incredibly inconsistent whether he exists or not.  Similarly, the less 
used other set up of Catscratch + Master's Scroll + Fixed Dice is gone 
as well, due to the same "Gau can't use Merit Award" reasoning.


Skill set:
Gau's skill set relies on Rages.  This is also by far the biggest skill 
set in the game, since even removing the unobtainable Rages, he's got 
over 250 of them.  Due to sanity purposes, its better to just use a 
Rage or Monster FAQ; the ones for the SNES version work well, though do 
note the name differences will require you to mix and match.


Ending Thoughts: 
Not much to say, beyond Gau is ONE COMPLEX CHARACTER.  Again, I can't 
go into depth regarding him, since well...notice how his Miscellaneous 
Info is compared to everyone else?  Yeah...Gau is about as good as you 
let him be, that's that.  He can work as a tank Mage if you really want 
him too, but he'll be worse than Mog overall for that, at least until 
Dueling Mask, which is late in the Dragon's Den.

 ======
| GOGO |
 ======

#Mimic#

Note: For simplicity purposes, despite how its never actually been 
officially stated who/what Gogo is, I'll just refer to Gogo with male 
pronouns.   So don't start e-mailing me about "Gogo isn't necessarily 
male!" as its just easier to do it this way than to say "s/he/it" every 
time.

Stats:
Extra HP: 36
Extra MP: 12
Strength: 25
Speed: 30
Stamina: 20
Magic Power: 26
Attack: 13
Defense: 35
Evasion: 10%
Magic Defense: 25
Magic Evasion: 6%
Level Readjustment: +2
Desperation: Punishing Meteor
Special Ability: Mimic
Effects: Gogo will use the same action as the one used by the character 
immediately before him.  Should the action either be one that can't be 
mimicked (Morph for example), or no action has been used yet, Gogo will 
default to using "Fight."
Other: Gogo can use any skill set of any other character in FF6, with 
the exception of Trance, Leap, Shock, Health, Magitek, and Possess (note 
that Health = Cura, Shock can be used via Yojimbo Rage, and Magitek can 
be used if Gogo has "Fight" and is in the Magitek Armor section of 
Cyan's Soul) Gogo's skill sets with these are based off of the skill 
set of the "home" character (IE Gogo will know only Blitzes that Sabin 
already knows), Magic command is based off whatever Magic the current 
party has (IE if your team is Gogo, Terra, Gau, and Sabin, Gogo will be 
able to use any spell that any of those characters know)  Gogo can only 
use skill sets of characters that you have been "properly introduced" (IE 
seen their Naming Screen)  If Shadow was not rescued on the 
Floating Continent, Gogo can not use Throw.  For moves like Jump, 
Dualcast, Control, Mug, and Giltoss, Gogo must equip the proper Relic, 
and have the proper skill set equipped, to use those abilities (for 
example, if Gogo wants Mug, he needs to equip the Brigand's Glove AND 
have the "Steal" skill on)  To see EXACTLY what Gogo can use, check the 
skill set section, if this sounds confusing.

Character Analysis:
Ah, Gogo; more variety than you could ever hope for in a character...at 
least by FF6 standards.  He also has absolutely garbage stats and 
equipment isn't much better.  This leads him to being a very niche 
character.  He can do just about anything you want him too, but often, 
its worse than the original character doing it, be it cause of the 
garbage stats (his Bushidos will be worse than Cyan's, for example, due 
to much lower Strength), or because his equipment holds him back (while 
he steals just as well as Locke does, Locke has much better equipment 
options so he tends to live longer, plus higher speed never hurts.)  If 
you're wondering, yes, the variety does compensate for the stats and 
equipment, but that doesn't mean Gogo suddenly becomes a massive 
powerhouse or something.

Gogo's equipment selection is essentially the same as Strago's, with a 
different Dragon's Den equip, and loses out animal suits for things 
like the Black Garb. This is a flat out losing trade, if you can’t tell, 
for a number of obvious reasons (Behemoth Suit > anything Gogo can get, 
for starters; Nutkin Suit too, for that matter.)  He can at least use all 
the same important weapons, like Swordbreaker or the Magus Rod.  His 
Dragon's Den Weapon...isn't particularly useful.  Yes, it does grant +4 
to all his stats, and it randomly casts Bio and is much stronger than 
anything else he can equip...but since when does Gogo care about his 
basic physical when he has moves Throw or Blitz at his disposal?  The 
weapon yields no real defensive advantages, and Magus Rod yields more on 
the offense that Gogo cares about anyway; the boost he'd get on Throw 
from the Strength Boost is too meager to compare about, you’d be 
preferring those defensive gains from other weapons.

One of Gogo's flaws though, how big varies from person to person, is 
that he can't equip any Espers.  He can't use them to learn Magic (has 
his own special method to determine his magic set, as noted earlier), he 
can't use them to summon them in battle, and what seems to matter most, 
he can't use them to boost his stats.  As such, his stats are completely 
static beyond some equipment boosts.  That's right, see those garbage 
stats? He's stuck with them.  Another flaw, and this one is unique to 
this version of the game, is that Gogo can't even use Merit Award, 
meaning now he's even stuck with his bad equipment selection too.  Yeah, 
this hurts him pretty badly, though it doesn't make him unsalvageable.  
The kind of equips he gets do help him out as they save his Magic score 
some, meaning he can still whip out a decent Phantom Rush and Razor Gale 
for consistent damage, as well as pull off a lot of Strago's tricks at 
the same time.

Its pretty clear what Gogo's purpose is; jack of all trades, master of 
none.  He can do anything you want, but he doesn't do them all THAT 
well, so you have to keep this in mind when using him.  He won't 
suddenly cover for 3 characters at once because he can use 3 different 
skill sets; Gogo is another point in the proof that a character is NOT 
determined by their skill set.  Giving Gogo Tools does not turn him 
into a second Edgar, since Edgar is a character who relies a fair 
amount on his equipment late game.  Granted, someone like, say, Sabin, 
who does rely on his special skill, can be replicated pretty easily by 
Gogo.  How well Gogo replaces those characters varies depending on 
their equipment, and how reliant on their special skills they were.  Do 
NOT expect him to suddenly act as a clone to a character just because 
he has their skills; I can't stress this enough.  While it works in 
some cases, it doesn't work in ALL cases.

Strategies for Gogo throughout the game: 
-Gogo's Ultimate Armor is the Magus Robe; yes, that store-bought item 
that Relm/Strago also get in Maranda.  You might as well buy it the 
instant he joins, if not before.
-The only two weapons Gogo should be using are the Magus Rod or the 
Swordbreaker.  Swordbreaker has an extra benefit, granted, of allowing 
Bushidos should you want Gogo to use those for whatever reason, though 
Magus Rod tends to cover more important skills.  Whether you want more 
Evasion, or Magic Power and Magic Evasion is your call.  As a side 
note, BOTH weapons can use Runic, should you care.  Yes, its odd, but 
Magus Rod is a runic compatible weapon, for one reason or another.
-Like most characters, Gogo should be in the back row, especially since 
he should never be using his fight command, ever.  This is only further 
supported by the fact that his Dragon's Den weapon, the Scorpion's 
Tail, ignores Row penalties.
-What skill sets to give Gogo?  Well, Magic is good if the current team 
has a good selection spells, Blitz and Throw are always solid for 
damage options, though I wouldn’t use both at the same time (which you 
use depends on if you want more raw damage in Blitz or more flexible, 
targettable damage in Throw.)  Lore is nice for some variety, and good if 
the magic selection in the team isn't much.  Other abilities have some 
uses here and there, but for the most part, those are likely the most 
useful.


Gogo's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
Weapons:
Magus Rod
Gladius
Swordbreaker
Scorpion's Tail
Impartisan

Helmets: 
Circlet
Genji Helm
Priest's Miter
Red Cap
Saucer
Green Beret

Armor: 
Magus Robe
Mirage Vest
Reed Cloak
Black Garb

End Game Set ups for Gogo:

Go Gogo: 
Magus Rod/Swordbreaker
Genji Shield/Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
Circlet/Red Cap
Magus Robe

I'll be honest; I'm not sure WHAT you want with Gogo, so this set up 
pretty much covers all areas...well, if you look at its amount of 
alternatives anyway.  Circlet for Magic Damage, Red Cap for defenses 
and physical damage (Unfortunately, Gogo's defense is too low for Genji 
Helm to really be worth much), the usual Shield nonsense that applies 
for all characters, and then Magus Rod vs. Swordbreaker was explained 
above.  Naturally, if you want Bushidos, which weapon you'll choose 
should be obvious <_<.  Magus Robe tends to win for the most part on 
Gogo's equipment options, hence why I figured he'd be using that.

Miscellaneous Info regarding Gogo:
-Do not forget that Gogo can Steal, much like Locke, so if you ever want 
a specific item, or have kleptomania tendencies, Gogo is a good idea to 
bring along, be it alongside Locke or in place of him.  Also, note that 
Gogo in some ways is BETTER as a thief than Locke, due to how the 
Colosseum works.  See one of the later points for how this works.
-Miming Magicite Shards is not the same as Miming 3 Bars!  What do I 
mean? When you use Mimic with a Magicite Shard, Gogo will mimic the use 
of the item, which is to say, he can get a totally different summon 
than the original use of that item.  So if Relm summoned Alexander when 
she used it, Gogo can Mimic that, and instead, get Ifrit.  HOWEVER, if 
you Mimic the 3 Bars Slots, Gogo will copy the actual Esper summoned.  
This means that if Setzer were to summon Midgarsormr with 3 Bars, Gogo 
would actually mimic the summoning part, and summon Midgarsormr as 
well.  This isn't particularly useful anymore, granted, since now a lot 
of people get the Esper Ragnarok instead of the Sword, given you can 
get both in the same file due to a clear save, but still thought I'd 
throw it out.
-HOWEVER, Gogo is still helpful for getting that Cursed Ring.  This is 
because with Gogo, you aren't restricted to a single (reliable) 
Ragnarok summon a fight.  Have someone else summon Ragnarok, then have 
Gogo continually mimic that until it hits.  Only thing close to a 
reliable way to get that pure Trophy item.
-Gogo would be the OTHER character can immune the stop status, and for 
the same reason as Gau; he can use Rage.
-If you use Gogo in the Fanatics Tower, you may have noticed he can't 
use Magic there, only Mimic (and Item, if you gave that to him.)  This 
is because the Fanatics Tower is, well, screwed up how it works.  
Rather than removing everyone's skill set but Magic, Mimic and Item, it 
removes everyone's skill set but Fight, Mimic and Item, but then turns 
Fight into Magic.  It sounds screwed up, but trust me; that's how it 
works.  The ending result is if you want Gogo to use the Magic skill 
set in the Tower, give him Fight, not Magic, and it will work.  I know 
it sounds odd, but trust me, that's how it works.
-Gogo sadly can't use the Merit Award in this version, as I said 
before.  Why? I'm not sure, might have to do with cheesing out Wind God 
Gau set ups, and realizing Gogo can do the same.
-Gogo *CANNOT* uncurse the Cursed Shield.  Any fights Gogo has the 
Cursed Shield equipped does not count towards the amount of fights you 
have the thing equipped.  Sad but true.
-For multi hit actions, each one of their own rule.  Obviously, for 
moves that by nature hit multiple times like Tempest or Flurry, Gogo 
will do the full thing.  He also will Mimic entire Dualcasts as well, 
so if you have Celes use Ultima twice with Dualcast, Gogo will do the 
same.  However, for X-fight (What the Master's Scroll yields), Genji 
Glove physicals and Multijump (as in, Jump with Dragon's Horn), Gogo 
will merely use standard Fight commands, or in the case of Multijump, 
he'll use normal Jump.
-Gogo is one of the best characters to use in the Coliseum cause you 
can quite literally control his actions.  If nothing else, you can just 
give him nothing but "Fight" commands and watch him be insured to 
damage the enemy.  This is also nice when trying to get, say, Celestriads 
by stealing from Galypdes, as you can give Gogo nothing but Steal to 
insure he will do nothing but that (I suggest giving him a Brigand's 
Glove too, just so the fight will end within a reasonable time.)  The 
only thing you have to be careful of is equipment; the limited equipment 
options might hurt his performance here, so take that into account.
-In an insulting scenario, Gogo naturally gets 998 MP, just BARELY 
missing that natural 999 threshold.  Its especially insulting cause he 
can’t even use Esper Boosts to get that last MP! He can use Priest’s 
Miter, admittedly, but where’s the fun in that <_<?

Skill set: 
Gogo's Skill set is, well, dependent on others. He can use all other 
skill sets in the game, with a few exceptions. If you want to see 
exactly what Gogo can use...well, I suppose I can list the actual 
Commands he can use himself:
Mimic
Fight (Jump w/ Dragoon Boots)
*Magic (Dualcast w/ Soul of Thamasa)
Item 
Steal (Mug w/ Brigand's Glove) 
Bushido
Throw (NOTE: If you did not wait for Shadow on the floating Continent, 
Gogo will not know this)
Tools
Blitz
Runic
Lores
Sketch (Control w/ Fake Mustache)
Slots (Giltoss w/ Heiji's Jitte)
Dance (NOTE: If you didn't get Mog in the WoB, Gogo will not know this 
until you recruit Mog in the WoR.)
Rage

*As a reminder, Gogo’s use of Magic functions differently than other 
characters.  He will only know magic of the characters in his current 
party, and can’t equip Espers.  He’ll never know Magic permanently, and 
he can actually LOSE spells as a result.
 
NOTE: Anything listed in a () means you have to equip the listed Relic 
and the base skill set for it to work, as in, if its not obvious by 
now, to sue Mug, Gogo needs to have Steal equipped, and then.


Ending Thoughts: 
Gogo can do about anything you want him too, but whether he can do it 
well is a different story.  If you're using Gogo, it better be for his 
variety purposes, as he doesn't have much else really going for 
him...well, ok, his damage is fine thanks to Throw/Blitz being among 
his repertoire, but that isn't the point! Point is, many will claim 
Gogo is the best character due to his variety, but his flaws are too 
great for this to be case.  Don't get me wrong; Gogo is still a decent 
character, I'm just saying he tends to get a little overrated at times.

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| UMARO |
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#Yeti#

Stats:
Extra HP: 60
Extra MP: 0
Strength: 57
Speed: 33
Stamina: 46
Magic Power: 37
*Attack: 198 (47)
*Defense: 217 (89)
*Evasion: 18% (8%)
*Magic Defense: 158 (68)
*Magic Evasion: 15% (5%)
Level Readjustment: +2
Desperation: N/A (Umaro does not have a Desperation)
Special Ability: "Rage"
Effects: When Umaro is in battle, you lose all control over him ala 
Rage or Dance.  He will then only use Fight or "Tackle" commands.  If 
he has the Berserker Ring equipped, then "Character Toss" may sometimes 
be used, providing he actually has allies.  If he has a Blizzard Orb 
equipped, he will randomly use "Snowstorm" at times.

*Due to Umaro having the Snow Scarf and Bone Club permanently equipped, 
his stats in game will always be the first value; the second value is 
just a technical base that only exists in the hardware, and never 
actually matters.

Character Analysis:
I'll be blunt here; Umaro sucks.  There's no real denying that either.  
You can try to back him up all you want, but all you get is a character 
who randomly shifts between doing low damage and moderate damage, no 
equipment variety outside of Relics, and no real redeeming features.  
Well, ok, he does always absorb Ice and resist Fire, and with the 
Berserker Ring (which you SHOULD always have equipped, at least til 
Dragon's Den), he changes that Fire resistance to absorbing and adds 
Lightning immunity too.  But beyond that, he's a waste of those great 
base stats.

Now, you might think "you're only saying that cause you can't control 
him!" but lets analyze this for a moment.  Ok, suppose you COULD 
control him...he'd be a character who constantly does moderate damage 
then, alright, fine...so how is this better than, say, Mog who can 
achieve better defensive stats in everyway, and can shift equipment 
around to his liking? Or someone like Sabin who doesn't need Relics to 
use his big damage, thus can use Relics that augment it?  Sounds like 
Umaro ends up being average at best there, if you ask me. Still not 
convinced? Alright, lets use a parallel character in Gau, who often 
gets bad rap due to his "uncontrollability."  Gau can choose one out of 
250 some odd Rages, so long as you get them, and many of them give him 
different defensive or offensive advantages...and he still has 
equipment variety, ignoring weapons, and better defensive stats due to 
Shields and Helmets.  He can also NOT be forced into uncontrollable 
state, making him pull utility roles at very least as a healer, or 
throwing items, or casting magic on enemies, what have you.  Even if 
these aren't good uses of Gau (since other characters can do them 
better), they are still something he has the option of doing that Umaro 
does not.  If Umaro is left alone to fight an enemy, you basically pray 
your ass off things go the way you want; you can't try to revive party 
members, or cheese the quick spell, or what have you.  No, Umaro's 
essentially Gau who can't change equipment, stuck in one set permanent 
Rage that can be augmented by using up his relic slots.

Now, in fairness, the Bone Wrist he gets from Dragon's Den does save 
him some.  It gives him a hefty boost to all stats (+5 to the 4 base 
ones, +10 to both Defenses and +10% to both evades), as well as 
combines the Hero's Ring, Sniper's Eye, Hyper Wrist, and Muscle Belt 
into one Relic.  Needless to say, this thing looks utterly awesome on 
paper.  The fact that despite this Relic, Umaro still falls short of 
being decent proves his worth beforehand; he's really a bad character.

I suppose Umaro can be good if you get him ASAP, before characters 
start getting their good stuff...I mean like you grab him after 
Grabbing Mog (whose required) and maybe Phantom Rush (no reason not 
too) only, but that means you already have access to Agas and Quake by 
default, and feels silly when there's slightly easier characters to get 
back like Terra, Shadow and Gau.  He also works if you really want a 
physical fighter for Fanatics Tower I suppose, but...that's about where 
his use ends.  He's a quirky character that was badly thought out, and 
Square apparently realized that, tried to salvage his worth, and even 
with a relic as strong as that, they didn't really succeed.  Well, I 
suppose another thing Umaro has in his favor is not being total garbage 
in an Natural Magic Game.  After all, he IS one of the only characters 
who can ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING in the Fanatics Tower (Terra, Celes and 
Gogo being the other three), so that's a point there, I guess, 
but...yeah, shows that other characters need restrictions for Umaro to 
even have any use.

All in all, Umaro is simply not a good character at all.  Even 
characters like Cyan got some sort of "saving grace" with Quick or 
something letting them work well, but Umaro doesn't even get that.  
He's a fairly one dimensional character, and isn't even that good at 
his one dimension.  Avoid him unless you like berserk type characters 
or something, as he's not someone worth hyping at all.  What's worse? 
He can't use Esper boosts either, so he's stuck with those stats like 
Gogo is as well.


Strategies for Umaro throughout the game: 
-Give Umaro the Berserker Ring.  That raises his chances of using 
actually good moves, and boosts protection against two elements.  Do 
not bother with Gauntlet as it won't raise his damage as much as been 
hyped in the past, though Gigas Glove or Black Belt both work.  
Blizzard Orb isn't really worth the hassle, though the option is there.
-Umm...the only other strategy I can think of is when you get the Bone 
Wrist, keep that on Umaro and never remove it.  Its his best relic by 
far, and it doesn't even turn into anything useful at the Coliseum (ok, 
Dueling Mask *IS* awesome but only Gau can use it outside of Merit 
Award, and even the Dueling Mask doesn't justify wasting a Relic Slot 
for...)
-Actually, I have one other strategy!  Interestingly enough, Berserk is 
100% beneficial as a status effect for Umaro.  Due to how he works, he’s 
always using Physicals anyway, the game just randomly replaces them with 
some other action.  As a result, all Berserk does is increase his damage 
of his basic physical (and possibly Storm) by 50% (Tackle and Character 
Toss ignore defense, so they ignore this bonus.)  Not worth wasting the 
turn of one of your allies, probably, but hey, its Umaro; you take what 
you can get.


Umaro's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
Weapons: 
Bone Club

Helmets: 
NOTHING!!! 

Armor: 
Snow Scarf

NOTE: This is being purely technical here, as these are the only equips 
Umaro can use, and he comes with them; just felt like throwing them up 
there for consistency purposes.

End Game Set Ups for Umaro: 
 
...given Umaro can only use Relics, I'm not going to even bother here.  
I'll just say "give him Berserker Ring and Bone Wrist, as they're his 
best Relics" and move on.  Ok, he MIGHT prefer a filler relic in the 
spot of the Berserker Ring, or in rare cases, the Blizzard Orb, 
but...yeah...

Miscellaneous Info regarding Umaro:
-Umaro is a decent Coliseum Candidate since you know exactly what he'll 
do, in essence.  This means you won't have to worry about him screwing 
up set ups that are reliant on relics.
-If you use the Unequip Guy on the Airship, note that he will NOT touch 
Umaro's equipment.  Probably done so Umaro never loses his Weapon or 
Armor (so no freebie Snow Scarf!  This also makes the Bone Club you can 
get in the Coliseum junk outside of Coliseum Purposes or extra money), 
but it also extends to his relic.  Something to keep in mind if you 
can't find that certain relic you were looking for, and you used Umaro 
recently.
-Black Belt allows Umaro to use his other commands.  This is because 
the game randomly checks to see if his "Fight" will be replaced with 
Tackle, Character Toss or Snowstorm, and Black Belt does nothing but 
counter with a "Fight" command.  This makes Black Belt a better option 
than it might sound at first for him.
-Master's Scroll is NOT a good option for him though, since while it 
doubles the damage of his basic attack, it HALVES the damage of 
Character Toss and Tackle, so you get the same damage in the end, but 
wasting a relic slot.
-Character Toss is SUPPOSE to do extra damage when Mog is thrown, 
however, due to an oversight in programming, where the boost was done 
like any other Multiplier instead of a unique method, this is ignored 
as Character Toss ignores defense, so its meaningless.  Just a random 
piece of useless info!
-Character Toss heals Sleep and Confuse status of the character thrown! 
This actually kind of matters, especially since Umaro WILL always use 
Character Toss on that character if that person has one of the two 
status'.
-Just to clear an old rumor up, just in case.  Green Cherries do NOT 
increase Umaro's Attack.  This was believed to be the case 
because Umaro would use a Green Cherry in his boss form to trigger a 
power up mid fight.  This is purely a battle script thing for his boss 
form, and has no effect for the form that joins you at all.  Do not 
fall for this silly rumor.
-As a random fact, Umaro’s Character Toss was suppose to double in damage 
if the character in question was Mog.  This would have been a neat 
gimmick, except that because they programmed it like a Multiplier, and 
Character Toss ignores defense, the boost gets overridden and becomes 
completely useless.
 
Skill set: 
Umaro's Skill set is based on what you equip him with somewhat part.  
They are used randomly, and rates also vary on what he uses.  Here's 
the 3 special moves he gets, and the rates he'll use them with equips:

Fight: Basic physical, no strings attached, etc.

Tackle: Physical damage, same as his basic physical but ignores Defense 
and evade. Usable naturally.

Character Toss: Damage based on the combined total of Umaro and the 
character's Attack; note that this will cap at 255, and the 
lowest this can be is 198 (Umaro's Attack).  If the character 
thrown has Sleep or Confuse status, then they will heal that status as 
well.  If there are no valid allies (cause they are Dead, Jumping, 
etc.), activating this would result in using "Tackle." Requires 
Berserker Ring.  

Snowstorm: Multitarget Ice Elemental Magic damage.  Requires Blizzard 
Orb.

The rates he'll use his moves are as follows: 
 
First off, if a character is under Sleep or Confusion status, he WILL 
use Character Toss on that character 100% of the time.  Otherwise...


If no Berserker Ring or Blizzard Orb equipped:
Fight 62.3%
Tackle 37.7%

If equipped with a Berserker Ring:
Fight 37.3%
Tackle 25.1%
Character Toss 37.6%

If equipped with a Blizzard Orb:
Fight 37.3%
Tackle 25.1%
Snowstorm 37.6%

If equipped with a Berserker Ring and Blizzard Orb:
Fight 24.7%
Tackle 25.1%
Character Toss 25.1%
Snowstorm 25.1%

Ending Thoughts:
Umaro sucks.  I know I said this many times already, but its pretty 
much a fact.  Anyone who says otherwise is really reaching; especially 
if its before the Bone Wrist.  I know I TRY to be objective when 
looking at these characters, but all ways I look at Umaro, he ends up 
being "he CAN do passable damage occasionally...and has nothing else 
going for him" which kind of is the definition of a sucky character, at 
least by this game’s standards.  Uncontrollable, not as strong as you'd 
like, little variety on what he can use, especially since he requires 
unique Relics for his moves...yeah.  Hate to say it, but Umaro is someone 
who really has no real point in this game, and if you're a fan of Umaro, 
I'm sorry, but the sooner you accept that he's worse than other 
characters, the better.

And so we reach the conclusion of the meaty boring doggy work part of 
the FAQ! As in the part I feel totally uninspired to write, took me 
forever, etc.  Rather than make this drag on, lets finally go to the 
NEXT SECTION!!!

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6. Character Growth Strategies
------------------------------

A major question with characters that is asked is "how should I raise 
this character?"  Well, obviously, with Espers! ...what? I'm suppose 
tell you what KIND of espers? Oh, that's no fun...wait, right, who said 
anything about writing a FAQ was fun? ...don't answer that.

Anyway, raising a character depends on what you want.  First off, I'll 
say this; specializing in on area, physical or magical, tends to work 
better than dual raising.  Especially since Strength boosts are only 
noticeable in bulk, you'll want as many of these as possible.  A good 
way to raise a character is to try and max their Strength or Magic 
Power (as in, 128) and then put the rest of the boosts in speed.  If you 
want 9999 HP, 2 levels of Diabolos somewhere between level 31 and level 
83, I believe, should be enough to hit 9999 (originally, you had to use 
level ups of 68-69, 69-70 and 70-71 with Bahamut for the minimal 
requirement, if you're curious.) I might be off, but point is, any 2 
levels somewhere in the middle should work.  If you wish to Max MP, 
well, any character I noted that does this naturally does it, obviously.  
Other characters should just equip Crusader for a level (earlier = 
better, in general), and that should be enough.

Do note that for those being raised as Fighters (as in, Strength 
boosts), the true cap is 128.  While 128 is the BASE stat cap, as in if 
the character is naked, that is the highest value they can get, thus 
the highest Espers can raise it naturally, stat boosts from equipment 
(like Enhancer's +7 to Magic Power) are still functional.  Strength, 
however, truly does cap at 128 due to how the algorithms work; any value 
above 128 becomes meaningless.  It might not be a bad idea to work out 
what equipment you plan on using, see what strength boosts occur, and 
then raise your strength stat to the point where you can hit 128 with the 
boosts from those being enough.
 
Anyway, once the stat is maxed out, boost speed as much as possible.  
This means use Cactuar for the rest of your levels, barring maybe those 
few levels you're using Diabolos or Crusader if you want those perfect 
9s in HP and MP.  Stamina boosts are NOT worth it.  You might have 
noticed I haven't mentioned any boosting to Stamina, but that's simply 
cause the stat plays such a little impact in general that boosting it 
really isn't worth much; best to ignore it and move on.

Esper Boosts work quite simply, for those who don't know by this point.  
Some Espers have a bonus to stats.  When you have the Esper equipped, 
they do nothing normally, but when you level up, that bonus is added to 
your stats.  So take Ifrit's Strength +1; every time you level up with 
Ifrit equipped, you'll get +1 to Strength on that character.  Naturally, 
you'll want to take advantage of this, but I wouldn't get TOO upset if 
you missed a level here and there, unless you are a perfectionist.
 
To avoid confusion though, HP and MP boosts are *NOT* strict boosts to 
the respective stat.  If you have 1000 HP and level up with Midgarsormr 
(+30% HP), you will not have 1300 HP, or whatever it'd be factoring in 
the natural HP Boost.  It doesn't work that way; that'd be cheap as hell 
naturally, and in only a few level ups with Bahamut, let alone Diabolos, 
you could have 9999 HP by level like 40 <.<  No, the way Esper Boosts to 
HP and MP is that they are % bonus to the HP INCREASE you gain.  So in 
that 1000 HP example, if you were to gain 100 HP on that level up, 
yielding a total of 1100 HP after leveling, Midgarsormr would give you an 
extra 30 HP, making the total 1130.  If that's not clear...I'm not sure 
what else to say; reread the damn thing again and try to do the math 
yourself. I mean geez, I can't spoon feed you this stuff...well, I COULD 
but I'm a jerk and don't feel like it.

Now, what Espers boost what stats? Well, for a complete list, just look 
below! Some of these might not be worth bothering with, just listing 
them for completion purposes: 

Siren: HP +10%
Catoblepas: HP +10%
Midgarsormr: HP +30%
Bahamut: HP +50%
Diabolos: HP +100%
Phantom: MP +10%
Fenrir: MP +30%
Crusader: MP +50%
Ifrit: Strength +1 
Bismark: Strength +2
Raiden: Strength +2
Gilgamesh: Strength +2
Ramuh: Stamina +1
Golem: Stamina +2
Lakshme: Stamina +2
Leviathan: Stamina +2
Odin: Speed +1
Cactuar: Speed +2
Maduin: Magic Power +1
Cait Sith: Magic Power +1 
Zona Seeker: Magic Power +2
Valigarmanda: Magic Power +2

There are other Espers in the game, obviously, but those have no Esper 
boosts, thus are totally meaningless for these purposes.

So obviously, the whole argument of "Raiden vs. Odin" kind of just went 
down the drain; Odin is no longer the only speed boosting Esper, and to 
add to that, he's not even the best anymore thanks to Cactuar.  As an 
added side note, Gilgamesh teaches Quick, so the argument is ESPECIALLY 
silly now since both are just added flavor; IOWs, don't worry about 
losing Quick cause you want perfect stats, as you'll get them 
regardless of upgrading Odin to Raiden or not.  Personally, I’d go with 
the upgrade for a few reasons, but that’s not important here.

Anyway, you'll want to get as many levels as possible under any +2 
Esper.  Mages naturally want Valigarmanda and Zona Seeker, Fighters 
want Gilgamesh, Raiden or Bismark, and for speed boosting, you'll want 
Cactuar.  If for whatever crazy reason you care about it and want 
Stamina Boosts, Golem, Lakshme and Leviathan are what you want.  For 
how to raise which characters...well, just check below!  Naturally Gogo 
and Umaro are excluded from this list purely on concept of not being 
able to use Espers.  Another thing to consider is how much more impactful 
Magic Power is than Strength for their respective attacks, and how nearly 
everyone can make good use of Magic Power to varying degrees, where as 
some characters like Strago are total lost causes with physical damage.  
A common suggestion that comes up, as a result, is “When in doubt, raise 
Magic Power” which is not a bad suggestion at all, so keep that in mind.

 
Terra: Either.  She's got good magic power and equipment to support 
being a mage, meanwhile, she also has strong weapons to make use of the 
fighter side.  Either strategy is viable, so use whatever compliments 
your team better, such like a “Fighter Terra” may be overall worse than 
“Mage Terra”, but it’d compliment some teams better, such like those 
with, say, Relm, who need that Soul of Thamasa more desperately.  She 
works well either way, even if technically the Mage Route is overall more 
effective, the Fighter route tends to be a bit more flexible for a number 
of reasons.

Locke: Strength.  Locke's big thing comes from his weapon selection, 
and notably, the Valiant Knife.  Combined with his low starting magic 
score, and how he's using his basic physical from the start of the 
game, he'll want as many strength boosts as possible, so the direction 
is pretty clear.

Cyan: Strength. Most of his Bushidos are physical, well the ones you're 
likely to use anyway (only magic one that matters is Eclipse, I 
suppose.) Only reason to boost his Magic Power is if you REALLY like 
the Kazekiri.  I personally don't think its worth it, especially since 
its a bad set up for bosses, but if that's what you like, feel free.

Shadow: Either. Throws are Physical, so boost Strength.  HOWEVER, if 
you plan on getting to level 99, it may be worth raising Magic Power as 
even Shurikens will deal 9999 at level 99 with not many Strength 
boosts.  Granted, since you fight most things below then, Shadow will 
probably benefit from these boosts more.  Of course, Magic Power boosts 
Scrolls which are good damage at different points so...yeah, can be a 
tough call at times, Strength probably is the overall winner though.  
Worth noting that due to how Throw works, Strength boosts are relatively 
more significant for him than other characters who make use of them.

Edgar: Strength. Dragoon Set Up is what you'll be using him as (at 
least, for a reason over Terra and Celes), and that's primarily 
strength based.  As an added bonus, enough strength boosts turn Auto 
Crossbow into a Free Ultima at high levels, with a faster animation.  
That can't be a bad thing, right?  Edgar can be made a half decent mage, 
mind, but note that “Mage Edgar” has absolutely nothing worth noting over 
Terra or Celes being used in the same vain.

Sabin: Magic Power.  Sabin's big Blitzes are all magical.  The ones I'm 
referring to are Aura Cannon, Rising Phoenix, Razor Gale and Phantom 
Rush.  Pretty much at all points, one of those will be Sabin's primary 
damage, and considering Sabin doesn't really do much with Strength 
anyway (despite popular physical Sabin builds for new players), it is 
recommended he go this route.  As I’ve noted earlier in the FAQ, despite 
some popular newbee belief, Sabin is a pretty scrubby physical fighter, 
both when compared to other characters being treated like that, or just 
compared to what he can do with Blitz.

Celes: Either.  See Terra, mostly.  I should note that you should 
probably avoid raising both a Fighter, and make one of them a Mage.  I 
personally suggest, if you do this, that Terra be made the Fighter and 
Celes the Mage, since Save the Queen is pretty much a pure Mage weapon, 
where as Apocalypse is a good Fighter weapon, though this is moot if you 
get 2 Lightbringers of course.  This is contrary to how most people use 
to raise them the other way around, due to how their base stats would 
imply, but the equipment (and lesser extent, special skill) speak 
otherwise.

Strago: Magic Power.  If Lores being Magical, having weak weapons, low 
physical stats, lots of Magic Boosting equips and his class being 
called "Blue Mage" didn't give it away (...ok, I take that back; FF5 
Blue Mage wasn't half bad at fighting, and Sabin is a Monk who uses 
Magic Power...), then I don't know what would.  Strago is pretty much a 
lost cause as a fighter, so don't try to turn him into something he's 
not.

Relm: Magic Power. Similar to Strago except replace "Lores being 
Magical" with "Game Best Magic Power."  Like Strago, she's a lost cause 
as a fighter, so take advantage of that magic stat.

Setzer: Magic Power. Only reason to raise Setzer as a Fighter is if you 
REALLY like the Final Trump, and want to dual wield them (this requires 
betting the Scorpion's Tail at the Coliseum, before the last part 
of Soul Shrine anyway.) Otherwise, stick with good old Fixed Dice + 
Master's Scroll, and raise something that'll effect things like Curaga 
or Rasp (good for Dragon's Den's version of Skull Dragon), as well as 
increase his consistent damage (let alone Multitarget).  This also boosts 
his slots damage, so its decent thing to start out with early on, to give 
Setzer that little extra push in the WoB, where he’ll be using Slots, 
which are ALSO magical.

Mog: Strength. Again, he's an oddball, and despite his stats and 
appearance, he'll prefer the Strength for his Dragoon Set Up, which is 
probably his most effective use.  If you really like the prospect of a 
tank mage, I suppose Magic Power doesn't hurt (especially now that 
Gungnir exists), but yeah, Mog is someone whose going to want Strength 
overall, I think.  He's got spears for the Dragoon use, why not make 
the most of it? 

Gau: Both. No, I do not mean "Either" like Terra/Celes/Shadow. I mean 
actually raise both.  Gau can ALWAYS use Extra Strength since he'll use 
those physicals regardless of his Rage (and Catscratch is physical to 
boot).  On the other hand, the only way he can do damage outside of 
Rage is through Magic, and several of his rages use Magic anyway, so 
its a good idea to get both his stats high.  Also, because Gau requires 
little human input after Rage, he's actually going to be a bit faster 
in practice than he is on paper.

As I stated before, a decent philosophy to go by if you aren’t sure is 
“when in doubt, raise Magic Power.”  Otherwise, this should help note 
what characters are good being raised as what.

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7. Temporary Characters
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This section is dedicated to those characters who, you know, pop up, 
disappear, and don’t return cause they’re either stupid, weaklings, the 
game hates you, or they die.  I am only covering characters who actually 
participate in a fight, so don’t expect to see “Maduin” here for example.  
Similarly, no characters who you don’t actually control in any sort of 
way, hence, “PC Kefka” wouldn’t be here either.

Because there’s less to talk about these characters, I’m not going to be 
all SPECIAL!!! About distinguishing them, and just list them, and maybe 
make comments on them.  They also can’t change equipment, so I’ll just 
list what they come equipped with!  I’m also gonna list when you actually 
use them, in case you’re curious.  Like with Umaro, the first stat is 
their actual stats as seen in game, while the second is their 
hypothetical unequipped stat that you can never really access.  

Anway…here they are!

#Wedge:# 
Class: Soldier
Extra HP: 68
Extra MP: 0
Strength: 40
Speed: 35
Stamina: 46
Magic Power: 29
Attack: 62 (44)
Defense: 132 (68)
Evasion: 25% (15%)
Magic Defense: 86 (50)
Magic Evasion: 0%
Level Readjustment: -3
Special Ability: None.  However, do note Biggs is always in Magitek 
Armor, so “Magitek” may apply if you REALLY want too <_<
Equips: Mythril Sword, Buckler, Leather Cap, Leather Armor 
Used During: During game’s “prologue” section.

#Biggs:#
Class: Soldier
Extra HP: 70
Extra MP: 0
Strength: 41
Speed: 36
Stamina: 45
Magic Power: 28
Attack: 65 (47)
Defense: 134 (70)
Evasion: 22% (8%)
Magic Defense: 86 (50)
Magic Evasion: 0%
Level Readjustment: -3
Special Ability: None.  However, do note Biggs is always in Magitek 
Armor, so “Magitek” may apply if you REALLY want too <_<
Equips: Mythril Sword, Buckler, Leather Cap, Leather Armor 
Used During: During game’s “prologue” section.

#Moglin#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 50
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 18
Speed: 12
Stamina: 11
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 105 (35)
Defense: 63 (47)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 37 (27)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: +2
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Mythril Spear, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence

#Mogret#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 54
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 18
Speed: 14
Stamina: 12
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 110 (1)
Defense: 54 (38)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 36 (26)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: +0
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Morning Star, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence

#Moggie#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 48
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 18
Speed: 14
Stamina: 12
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 66 (1)
Defense: 58 (42)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 43 (33)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: 0
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Mythril Claw, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence

#Molulu#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 64
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 17
Speed: 14
Stamina: 12
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 97 (11)
Defense: 56 (40)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 42 (32)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: -3
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Chain Flail, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence

#Moghan#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 55
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 16
Speed: 14
Stamina: 12
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 49 (11)
Defense: 60 (44)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 39 (29)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: 0
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Mythril Sword, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence
NOTE: Due to a bug mentioned in Celes’ section, it is actually possible 
to use Moghan the entire game.  This does, however, come with a downside 
of completely replacing Celes with a far inferior character.

#Moguel#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 51
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 20
Speed: 14
Stamina: 12
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 116 (21)
Defense: 61 (45)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 40 (30)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: +2
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Moonring Blade, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence

#Mogsey#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 52
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 24
Speed: 14
Stamina: 12
Magic Power: 34 (33)
Attack: 87 (27)
Defense: 57 (41)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 41 (31)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: 0
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Chocobo Brush, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence

#Mogwin#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 53
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 19
Speed: 14
Stamina: 12
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 90 (20)
Defense: 57 (41)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 41 (31)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: 0
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Mythril Spear, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence

#Mugmug#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 50
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 17
Speed: 14
Stamina: 12
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 82 (44)
Defense: 43 (27)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 29 (19)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: 0
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Mythril Sword, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence

#Cosmog#
Class: Moogle
Extra HP: 53
Extra MP: 9
Strength: 20
Speed: 14
Stamina: 12
Magic Power: 33
Attack: 113 (11)
Defense: 56 (40)
Evasion: 17% (7%)
Magic Defense: 43 (33)
Magic Evasion: 5%
Level Readjustment: +2
Special Ability: None.
Equips: Boomerang, Buckler 
Used During: Protect Terra sequence

#Banon#
Class: Oracle
Extra HP: 46
Extra MP: 16
Strength: 10
Speed: 24
Stamina: 11
Magic Power: 38 (32)
Attack: 117 (6)
Defense: 110 (56)
Evasion: 36%
Magic Defense: 96 (51)
Magic Evasion: 32%
Level Readjustment: -3
Special Ability: Pray – Heals entire party for free, can only be used 
during battles.  
Equips: Punisher, Magus Rod, Silk Robe 
Used During: Lethe River, Terra’s Scenario
NOTE: Despite the Punisher having 100% Crit Rate by expending MP, due to 
how the game checks for MP, Banon is treated as having 0 MP, so the 
attack does not in fact Auto Critical like its suppose to.

#??????#
Class: Ghost
Extra HP: 26
Extra MP: 1
Strength: 14
Speed: 15
Stamina: 10
Magic Power: 30
Attack: 32 (22)
Defense: 66
Evasion: 0%
Magic Defense: 52
Magic Evasion: 0%
Level Readjustment: +2
Special Ability: Possess – User removs self from battle (ala Spiraler) to 
instantly kill the target, can fail.  If the move fails, then the user 
does not die.
Equips: Punisher, Lich Ring
Used During: Phantom Train
NOTE: This is the first Ghost you get.  When the Ghost dies, irregardless 
of circumstance, it leaves your team, and you’ll have to recruit another.  
Note that where you recruit the Ghost doesn’t matter, and you can recruit 
him as many times as you want.

#??????#
Class: Ghost 
Extra HP: 20
Extra MP: 1
Strength: 4
Speed: 8
Stamina: 2
Magic Power: 15
Attack: 20 (10)
Defense: 17 
Evasion: 0%
Magic Defense: 11
Magic Evasion: 0%
Level Readjustment: -3
Special Ability: Possess – User removs self from battle (ala Spiraler) to 
instantly kill the target, can fail.  If the move fails, then the user 
does not die.
Equips: Punisher, Lich Ring
Used During: Phantom Train
Note: This is the second Ghost you get.  In order to get him, you need 
have had Shadow leave prematurely (before the Phantom Train, IOWs), and 
already have recruitd the previous Ghost.  See the other notes regarding 
the first Ghost for how he functions.

#Leo#
Class: General
Extra HP:
Extra MP:
Strength: 52
Speed: 38
Stamina: 41
Magic Power: 36
Attack: 227 (60)
Defense: 186 (63) 
Evasion: 42% (32%)
Magic Defense: 145 (xx)
Magic Evasion: 61% (31%)
Level Readjustment: +5
Special Ability: Shock – Does Non-Elemental, magical damage to all 
enemies (as a side note, Gau’s Yojimbo Rage uses this very skill, if 
you’re wondering how it compares to end game stuff)
Equips: Crystal Sword, Aegis Shield, Golden Helmet, Golden Armor, Gigas 
Glove, Master’s Scroll
Used During: Kefka’s Attack on Thamasa


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8. Character Team Suggestions 
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Ok, I took time to think about this, and my conclusion is simple: 
FF6 is a game where you play to your own accord, and really anything 
can work out in the end due to the twinkish, semi-universal somewhat 
customizable nature of the game.  As such, I will, instead of telling 
you good teams to use outright, go along the method of "Catch a man to 
fish, he eats for a day, yada yada yada yada FREE FISH FOR ALL!!!" 
...at least, I think that's how the saying goes...regardless...

Ok, the times teams actually matter is when you have split parties.  
The parts of the games you have split parties are the following: 
Saving Terra in Narshe with Moogles (Due to how all teams are preset, 
we are going to skip this)
Narshe Battle Sequence after the Scenario Split
Phoenix Cave
Kefka's Tower
Dragon's Den

Why do those matter? Because if you don't like stripping your team and 
reassigning stuff, you MAY find yourself running short on equipment, 
especially with things like Aegis Shields or Red Caps which are in 
limited supply.  If you play with a standard 4 party like most dungeons 
in the game have, you'll find yourself with little difficulty 
distributing equipment unless its something like a 
Terra/Celes/Locke/Edgar team with only one Lightbringer so its a FIGHT 
TO THE DEATH!!! over who gets that cheap shiny piece of metal that 
HAPPENS to be the best weapon in the game...

Anyway, this section will try to give you things to consider while you 
split your parties up.


*Narshe Battle Sequence*

The characters available here are Terra, Locke, Cyan, Edgar, Sabin, 
Celes and Gau.  Obviously, you will be making teams out of these 7!

First off, lets go over the strengths and weaknesses of each character at 
this point.

Terra’s got passable offense with Fire, and should have enough MP with 
the Ethers you have to get by.  She can be built to one shot a Foot 
Soldier with using only one Earring (though random variance may hurt if 
level is too low; a 2nd Earring will insure she’ll kill, mind), she hits 
the weakness on both Dog enemies, and actually is the highest reliable 
damage you’ll get on a Heavy Armor, since Fire is targettable, not forced 
MT (like Bio Blaster), and can be used whenever.  This is of course all 
secondary to her main use during this time, that being she’s one of your 
two Healers, so she’s probably best paired with one of the higher 
offensive characters like Edgar or Gau.

Locke is pretty much deadweight UNLESS you give him Genji Glove (or 
Gauntlet), Gigas Glove, and his two best weapons (Air Knives are ideal, 
but you may only have one, so Main Gauche as a supplement.)  At least 
here, his offense will be decent, though it requires Front Row, which 
combined with no shield, makes him easily your frailest character.  As a 
result, Locke will be your clear LVP, and might just be best suited as 
Item Boy for the team that doesn’t have one of the girls to take on 
healing roles.

Cyan is pretty average here all things considered.  Fang is enough damage 
to keep him going and it has little flaws beyond targeting.  Not really 
much to say about him otherwise, just a consistent source of decent 
enough damage.

Edgar is pretty ruthless here.  Bio Blaster can clean entire battle 
fields with a single casting, Auto Crossbow is good for finishing off the 
things that survive, and he can even poison the pseudo-boss that is 
Hell’s Rider, who happens to be weak to that element to boot.  He’s 
pretty much a one man army, the only thing he MIGHT want is  another ally 
with him to act as a warm body so he’s not taking all the punishment.  As 
a result, one of the girls might be ideal, as they can not only help soak 
up hits, but healing is more beneficial than anything else the other 
characters may bring.

Sabin is Cyan+ here.  His damage is better, which matters mostly for 
Heavy Armors (of whom he can’t target directly, mind), Kefka and the 
Hell’s Rider.  To be frank, he actually pairs up well with Cyan, since 
having two consistent damage single target damage dealers works well as a 
supplement for no Multitarget damage.  No, its not ideal, but you gotta 
take what you can get, and furthermore, the two work well against, say, 
Kefka, if you just want to overpower him.

Celes is essentially Terra- here.  Her offense is just as good against 
Foot Soldiers, but everything else its worse, as both dogs and the Rider 
are weak to Fire, and Heavy Armors specifically use Tek Barrier when 
Celes is in your team, but not with Terra, making her completely useless 
offensively there. She also has worse resources, considering less MP and 
more expensive magic, though she can Runic away Tek Lasers if you’re 
lucky.  She DOES make an excellent choice against Kefka, though, since a 
lot of what Kefka hurls at you is magic, and its one case where Runic 
really shines through.  While Sabin and Cyan complimented each other 
despite having the same general use, Celes and Terra are quite the 
reverse; they should be split up.  Having 2 teams with a healer > having 
one, and furthermore, the Heavy Armor aspect Celes provokes only furthers 
to hurt the team when Terra is there, as instead of one character being 
nerfed offensively, you have two.

Gau is like an unreliable Edgar.  His effects are MUCH stronger, but his 
abilities are far less reliable.  Catscratch is obscene damage for the 
bosses her, he can actually hit Kefka with Stop through a few of his 
Rages, and Guard Leader is pretty much a free screen clearer.  Of course, 
he has to use these moves, and getting some of those Rages (Guard Leader 
in particular) can be a chore.  Either way, I highly suggest you keep him 
parted from Edgar, and ideally, with one of the healers, so you can keep 
the team alive longer so that Gau has more chances for the good stuff.

Personally, I split the teams up to be even, though some people like to 
make one strong team and barrel through, others like to make 2 strong 
teams and take advantage of a choke point, what have you.  Some people 
even just make 2 teams of 3 characters, and put Edgar by himself.  
There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, just whatever works. 
 
PERSONALLY, I’d set things up like this (order of teams irrelevant):

Celes/Edgar
Terra/Gau
Sabin/Locke/Cyan

This puts a healer with each of the big MT damage dealers, and keeps 
Terra and Celes separated.  I put Terra with Gau cause I figure someone 
whose reliable against Heavy Armors would work better than someone whose 
pretty much a pure defensive character there when paired with the more 
unreliable Gau.  The team of 3 involves 3 ST damage dealers which is good 
enough to make up for lack of any MT damage.  Furthermore, having Locke 
in a team of 3 lowers his durability issues some, and with more 
characters, you’ll need healing less, so the “item boy” healer strategy 
works better here. Also, this set up allows all 3 teams to be adequately 
prepared for Kefka.  Team 1 has Celes to runic away anything he hurls, 
Team 2 has Gau (paired with a healer) to either out slug him fast, or hit 
him with Stop status, Team 3 has 3 characters who may just be able to 
beat him down before things get out of hand, depending on his actions.


*Phoenix Cave*

Phoenix Cave is the simplest of the Party Splits, since its only 2 
parties.  Its also got a variable amount of options, not just cause of 
who can be used, but also the options of what's available is entirely 
up to the order you do things.  The one thing that IS a fact, though, 
is that you won't have Locke for this dungeon, and you won't have cheap 
crap like Ultima (...nixing a level 99 Terra which is hardly a 
standard), Paladin's Shield or Lightbringer by extension.  At very 
least, granted, you have Celes, Setzer and Edgar, and you most likely 
will have Sabin.  You should probably have Terra and Gau, being they're 
easy recruits, as well as Mog, Umaro and Cyan, since they’re in far 
easier dungeons with some really killer rewards (adding to that, Mog is 
probably the 3rd easiest recruit in the game.)

Regardless, Phoenix Cave being a two party dungeon means that, in worst 
case scenario, you can make one party, and shove Mog in the other with 
Molulu's Charm, and treat the dungeon as normal, beyond the required 
swapping. Obviously, do NOT throw Mog at Red Dragon if you decide to go 
this route...

If you feel like doing things LEGITLY? Well, that's a different story.  
However, its hard to say what you'll have at this point, what you won't 
have, who you'll have, etc.  So I'll just try to give you some 
guidelines...
 
Elemental resistance is useful here.  For this reason, Terra and Celes' 
Minerva Bustier will come in handy, as will those elemental Shields, 
Umaro's Berserker Ring, the Snowscarf, what have you.  Make note of 
what worthwhile elemental resistance you have (and by worthwhile, I 
mean things that matter.  Resisting Fire and Ice is worthwhile, 
resisting Earth is not, so don't think Gaia Gears are suddenly 
valuable...), and how you can divi it up.  Things like Minerva Bustier, 
Cat-ear Hood and Snowscarf being naturally restricted to specific 
characters can help you with who to give what shield too.

Next off, make sure the 8 characters you choose are up to speed not 
only on levels, but on skills and magic as well.  For example, sending 
in Mog cause you got him and his refactored leveled makes him one of 
your highest leveled PCs might SEEM wise...but then you remember he is 
totally lacking in magic, which could cost you, and make him less 
worthwhile than, say, Relm, who despite being several levels lower, 
would know some important spells like Cura that can save your ass.  DO 
NOT TAKE THIS EXAMPLE COMPLETELY LITERALLY!!! Sorry, but I have to 
emphasize that since I know SOMEONE will say "But Mog can learn that 
too!" and what not; this was merely an example, with two arbitrarily 
chosen characters, you could swap the roles of both character's above, 
and the point would remain the same, that being a well built character 
can be more valuable than a higher leveled one.

Beyond that? Not much else to say; Phoenix Cave is pretty routine 
beyond the minor split party thing.

*Kefka's Tower and Dragon's Den* 

Yeah, figured I'd do these two together.  Why? Cause most of what 
applies to one applies to the other.  In any event, since you have 3 
parties here, you'll need at least 8, Non-Mog characters built up to 
speed, if you're doing the Molulu's Charm Mog alone strategy.  I can't 
recommend that here though, since unlike Phoenix Cave, there are these 
things called "Bosses" that you might run into, or in the case of 
Kefka's Tower, WILL run into, with all groups, so unless you want to 
exit the dungeon, reconfigure teams, redo the dungeon again, you may 
find yourself with Mog against Goddess alone, which might not be a 
pretty sight if you aren't well built.  As such, I won't be considering 
that strategy.

First off, how lazy are you matters.  What I mean is do you mind 
repeatedly unequipping each team, then re-equipping the others, just to 
make equipment less of an issue? If you don't mind, then you can 
probably get away with not much more than is needed for a standard 
dungeon, at least until the final battle which may call for more than 4 
characters due to its nature.  If you are too lazy?  Well, I'll help 
you out.

To help with the equipment redistributing, try and figure out which 
equipment are relatively  permanent.  For example, if we take that ever 
lovable Moogle in Mog, and had him built as a Dragoon, he'll be using 6 
equipment.  Lets refer back to that set up, and break it down a bit.  
Radiant Lance and Holy Lance are only usable by Mog and one other 
person, that being Edgar.  If its the Holy Lance, getting a second one 
of those is trivial, so Mog should never really unequip it beyond 
specific "Enemy immunes Holy!" reasons.  Radiant Lance...well, depends 
if you're using Cyan or not, since giving up that Mutsunokami for a 
second Radiant Lance may or may not be worth your time (pity this isn't 
FF6o, where the "Sky Render" was a piece of junk since Evasion was 
bugged and did nothing, so the choice was obvious, Cyan being used 
being a total nonfactor...), but more than likely, Mog's weapon is 
static, and not shared with anyone besides Edgar.  Mog's Armor is 
unique enough that removing it is a waste of time, and both relics are 
something that should be kept on, since both can be gotten in bulk and, 
again, only Edgar would be using them.  So that means the only thing 
you have to worry about is the helmet and shield...and that's assuming 
you don't have enough Thunder Shields to go around.  Basically, you can 
save a lot of time by just removing Mog's Helmet and Shield (and 
POSSIBLY his weapon if you only have one Radiant Lance...)

Sorry for that complex example, but as you know, I drag on, but yeah, 
you can save time in manners like that.  Try to figure out which 
equipment you'd be using regardless on the character, alongside which 
equipment is not contending with another character (so Minerva Bustier 
is something Terra and Celes can use, but you can get two, so them 
being glued to the girls doesn't hurt the overall set ups of your 12.)

If you don't like "cheating the system" and want full set ups for 12 
characters?  You'll probably have to go do some item farming, like 
stealing from Mudd Sudds for Thunder Shields (which can be turned into 
Genji Shields, if you need more of those too) in the Coliseum or 
Kefka's Tower, grabbing maybe an extra Genji Armor here and there 
through the Coliseum, what have you.  I am NOT saying go refight Kefka 
3 more times for more Lightbringers in the case of Dragon's Den, mind.  
Just make sure you have enough of high end stuff to go around.  Now, 
while I can't exactly tell you what parties to use for a variety of 
reasons, since a lot of the game is customizable, and unlike the Narshe 
Battle Sequence, where character uses are still static, you could raise 
characters differently from me.  HOWEVER, I can give you some advice of 
how to set things up, in regards of what characters work well together, 
or conversely, which characters should be split up.  If I do NOT 
mention a character anywhere, it means mostly cause their team 
compatibility is pretty universal, in that they don't conflict with 
anyone on equipment, not going to be repetitive in uses, etc; it has 
NOTHING to do with how I feel about that character:

Locke vs. Setzer: Don't let the title mislead you; I am *NOT* saying 
make a decision between the two, I just suck at labeling things.  What 
I mean is that Locke and Setzer are both prime contenders for that lone 
Master's Scroll (this is before Soul Shrine, so yes, it is a lone one.)  
Its a relic that maximizes the uses of both, so if you're using them, 
you'll probably be using this.  AS SUCH, Locke and Setzer SHOULD be 
split up into different groups.  This way, when you're using Locke's 
group, give him the Master's Scroll, when you swap to Setzer's, take it 
off Locke, and give it to Setzer.  When you're going back to Locke, 
swap the relic again.  OF COURSE, if you're using Locke for, say, 
purposes of Lightbringer, then he probably won't be using Master's 
Scroll, so it should go straight to Setzer.  
If you’re a fan of the Kazekiri related set ups, then add Cyan to this 
comparison, and keep him separated from Locke and Setzer as well.  As you 
know, I personally am not, but I figure I should at least acknowledge it 
hre. 

Terra vs. Celes: See above.  Now, while the two girls don't really hurt 
each other while being in the same team, it DOES hurt your team 
flexibility a bit.  See, splitting the girls up means you are working 
your elemental resistance around better, as it means you'll have at least 
one character whose resisting every element in one way or another, and 
won't have to worry about the Paladin's Shield.  It wouldn't be a bad 
idea to place these girls separate from one another, if for that reason 
alone.  Also, Lightbringer is something both girls are going to want, 
so this lets you give it to both, should that be a factor.  Again, 
Lightbringer thing excluded, Terra and Celes do NOT indirectly harm 
each other by being in the same team, its more a case of hurting the 
other teams by lacking their prescience; you want to balance out your 
teams after all, you should probably split these girls up for that 
reason.  Oh, both girls may want to be using that Soul of Thamasa if 
taken down the mage route, so this splits that up as well, as an added 
bonus.

Mog vs. Edgar: First off, this assumes Edgar is using a Dragoon set up, 
and not Lightbringer, for whatever reason.  That said…this is not a big 
deal, but its still there, should you have only one Radiant Lance.  This 
is mostly just listing for an "FYI!" if you only have one Radiant Lance, 
and aren't a fan of the Holy Lance (a spear about equal to Radiant Lance 
in practice.)  This also matters if you didn't go get a second Dragon 
Horn for whatever reason, as they're both going to want to use Dragoon 
Boots + Dragon Horn.  Again, this likely won't come up (either cause 
you'll be using Holy Lance, you'll have two Radiant Lances, what have 
you), but its something to consider, depending on what you have.

Sabin and Gogo: Now, THESE are two character's that work well together.  
See, the way it works is Sabin uses Phantom Rush, then Gogo mimics it.  
If Sabin succeeds the Phantom Rush (don't mimic until you see the word 
"Phantom Rush" appear atop), then Gogo will succeed too, you won't have 
to worry about inputting the command again.  Razor Gale works too for 
here, naturally. FURTHERMORE, this lets Gogo not have to use Blitz as 
one of his skill sets, leaving some flexibility (so you can have, say, 
Steal on Gogo, if that’s your schtick.)

Cyan and Gogo: Similar to the above, mostly just in this case, it lets 
you use two Bushido's in a row with worrying about the charge time only 
once.  Granted, Quick exists too, but you might not know Quick for Cyan 
or Gogo, or something, so yeah, this couldn't hurt.

Gogo vs. Locke vs. Shadow: Ok, back to splitting up characters.  In 
this case, these are the three characters who can steal.  Locke does it 
naturally, Gogo can put "Steal" on his skill set, and Shadow can equip 
the Thief's Knife for unreliable stealing method.  If you want to 
always have the option of stealing, split these three characters up.  
Note that, however, this is the ONLY reason to split these characters 
up; otherwise the three really don't effect each other one way or 
another being in the same team (different weapons, armor, uses, etc.) 
In fairness, you can give the Thief's Knife to someone with the Merit 
Award, HOWEVER, why would you waste a whole relic slot AND your weapon 
slot solely for the purpose of an unreliable Thief? 

Gogo vs. Strago: If nothing else, Lore does have a few neat moves here 
and there, namely Mighty Guard, White Wind (good healing for Gold 
Dragon in Dragon's Den), Force Field (Can save your ass against some 
enemies like Holy Dragon in Dragon's Den), so you'll probably want to 
split these two up, so Lores can be used in multiple teams.  Also has 
the added benefit of splitting up Magus Rod users, if you don't like 
wasting your Heal Rods or something.  If its a Magus Rod thing, 
naturally, Relm should be separated from these two as well, being the 
third user, though its worth noting Magus Rod isn't QUITE as big a deal 
as it use to be, since Swordbreaker is a decent defensive weapon for 
them, and Angel's Brush and Stardust Rod work for offensive 
supplements, but still, depending on what kind of player you are, that 
might still exist.

Anyone relying on Magic Skillset: Try to split any character whose 
primary source of damage is “Magic.”  Be it Terra, Celes, Relm, some sort 
of Mage Locke or something, what have you.  This is because these 
characters want Soul of Thamasa above all else, and to truly maximize 
them, you’ll probably want them all to use it.  Splitting up as many of 
these characters as possible lets you have 3 teams with adequate Dual 
Casting mages and such.

Now, I am NOT saying follow these exactly; these are just some things 
to consider when you're making a team.  I mean, throwing Terra and 
Celes in the same team, when you want to give both Lightbringer and the 
Soul of Thamasa isn't a wise idea at all, or using Gogo/Shadow/Locke in 
the same team when you like stealing and want to get everything from 
every boss doesn't really work either.  I can't exactly tell you what 
teams to use exactly, but, well, here's a quick example of set ups 
considering all the above.  Again, DO NOT TAKE THIS LITERALLY, IT IS 
MERELY AN EXAMPLE!

More to come later, maybe...
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9. Equipment Locations
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This section tells you where to get equips I listed in this FAQ.  I 
might miss a few since I'm mostly speaking from memory, so contact me 
if such happens <_<  I'm leaving out silly trades that grant you 
something far inferior, like trading the Lightbringer -> Zantetsuken or 
Paladin's Shield -> Force Shield at the Coliseum (well, ok, the latter 
has some theoretical use, maybe?) Also ignoring Ragnarok Summon cause 
frankly, that tends to be the most annoying way to get items, and it 
really isn't any easier than the methods I'm listing below due to its 
nature, UNLESS its the only way to get multiple of them. Basically, I'm 
listing ways to get some, not ALL ways; just cause I didn't list it 
doesn't mean I forgot about it necessarily, it means it might be a bad 
trade (see above) or just not worth the bother, or its cause I'm lazy 
and the weapon is store-bought and there's no point in listing ALL 
shops that sell it.  Also note that the dungeon names I'm using might 
not be the ones the game uses, so don't take those word for word.


Weapons: 
Ragnarok: One can be gotten as soon as Locke rejoins after the Phoenix 
Cave; go to Narshe and when the man asks you about Esper vs. Sword, 
choose the Sword.  Note you can't get the Ragnarok Esper by doing this.  
The other method involves stealing from Lady on Tier 3 of the final 
battle, then making a clear game save.  Method two, mind, can be done as 
many times as you want, though I should warn you it is tedious after the 
first time.

Lightbringer: Bet Ragnarok at the coliseum, this will be your prize if 
you win.

Enhancer: Buy it at Nikeah in the World of Ruins.

Zantetsuken: Beat Blue Dragon in the Ancient Castle.  You can get more 
by refighting him in the Soul Shrine.

Organyx: Bet Ice Brand, Flametongue, or Thunder Blade at the coliseum, 
this will be your reward should you win.

Ultima Weapon: In the Cave to the Sealed Gate, sometime after the save 
point (which is near the switch with the ninja), there will be switch, 
which if you step on it, a room will appear out of a rock, for lack of 
a better explanation.  This room has Ultima Weapon in it.  If you don't 
get this before the Banquet, you missed it for good.  The other way to 
get it is by stealing from Rest on Tier 3 of the Final Battle, and 
making a clear game save.  Like with Ragnarok, the latter method can be 
done an unlimited number of times, for all that you’ll probably get bored 
first.

Excalibur: Gotten by defeating Goddess in Kefka's Tower.  You can get 
more by defeating her as many times as you like at the Soul Shrine 
afterwards.

Apocalypse: Defeat Red Dragon in Dragon's Den. You can get more by 
betting Save the Queen at the coliseum, or just refighting him at the 
Soul Shrine.  Note that this must be the SECOND Red Dragon you defeat 
in the Soul Shrine (who is followed immediately by Kaiser Dragon), not 
the first, whom is the original one you met in the Phoenix Cave.

Impartisan: Steal it from Greater Mantis, which can be fought around 
Maranda. You can also win these from Tyranosaurs in the Forest west of 
the Veldt (sometimes called "Dinosaur Forest"), but the chances are 
1/8, its probably easier to steal.

Valiant Knife: Obtained instantly when Locke rejoins after the Phoenix 
Cave, so its impossible to miss as it comes with the one character who 
can use it.

Swordbreaker: Buy it at Maranda in the WoR.

Wing Edge: One can be found in the Phoenix Cave.  Another can be found 
in the Cave to the Ancient Castle.

Sniper: Buy it at Jidoor in the WoR.

Zwill Crossblade: Received when you defeat Gold Dragon in Dragon's Den.  
You can get more by refighting him in the Soul Shrine; note that this 
the second Gold Dragon in the Soul Shrine, as the first one you fight 
there is the original one from Kefka's Tower, who if you remember was a 
really freaking easy boss that failed in just about every way a boss 
can...and debatably isn't the worst Dragon either -_-

Assassin's Knife: Find this in the early rooms of the Sealed Gate.  
Like Ultima Weapon, this can be missed permanently. More can be gotten 
only by summoning Ragnarok on Ninja, Outsider and Covert.

Thief’s Knife: Find in the Treasure House in Narshe.  If you want more, 
Veil Dancers in Zozo have them as a rare steal (their common is a Hi 
Potion, FYI.).  Dadaluma also has this as his Rare drop, so you may get 
one if you’re lucky (he usually drops a Twist Headband, mind, and 
considering the lack of save points in Zozo, I wouldn’t recommend 
continually resetting to get a 1/8 drop from this particular boss.)

Kazekiri: Get this in the Sealed Gate.  You can steal another one 
beforehand from Number 128.  Note that both of these can be missed 
permanently (though missing the nonSteal Kazekiri is pretty sad since 
its RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU)

Murasame: Find this on the Floating Continent.  You can get more by 
stealing from Kamui in the Zone Eater.

Mutsunokami: Received by defeating Fiend in Kefka's Tower.  You can get 
more by betting Radiant Lance at the Coliseum, or by refighting him at 
the Soul Shrine.

Zanmato: Received by defeating Holy Dragon in the Dragon's Den. You can 
get more by betting the Godhand at the Coliseum, or by refighting Holy 
Dragon in the Soul Shrine. Note that this is the second Holy Dragon you 
fight, as the first is that pathetic piece of crap of you fought in the 
Fanatics Tower originally (which can be refought on the Veldt, as a 
random side note <.<) instead of the competent rematch you fought in 
Dragon's Den.

Ichigeki: You need this to get Shadow as is <_< >_>. You STILL want to 
know where it is? Find it in the Cave on the Veldt.  You can get 
another in the same way you can get more Assassin's Knives (as in, not 
easily!) 
 
Kagenui: Get this in the Fanatic's Tower.

Oborozuki: Get this by defeating Flan Princesses in the Dragon's Den.  
You can get more by betting Zwill Crossblade at the Coliseum.

Thief's Knife: Find this in the "Treasure House" in Narshe.  You can 
get more by stealing from Veil Dancers in Zozo.

Holy Lance: Get one by defeating Holy Dragon in Fanatic's Tower.  Note 
that despite him appearing in the Soul Shrine and the Veldt, you cannot 
get anymore through this method; the Holy Lance is given via a plot 
sequence of sorts right after the fight (probably to make it a reward 
of the fight, but at the same time, not let you abuse the Veldt with 
him.)  If you want more, bet Cyan's Katana's at the Coliseum, at least 
anything between Murasame through Murakumo, and keep betting what you 
win.  If you're wondering, that Masamune you get from Cyan's Soul or 
Murakumo you get from Red Dragon (Phoenix Cave) are excellent 
candidates for becoming Holy Lances.

Radiant Lance: Receive this after defeating Demon in Kefka's Tower.  
You can get more either by betting Mutsunokami at the Coliseum, or by 
defeating Demon again at the Soul Shrine.

Longinus: Receive this by defeating Storm Dragon in Dragon's Den.  You 
can get more by defeating him again at the Soul Shrine.  Note that this 
is the second Storm Dragon you fight in the sequence, as the first is 
the one you fought on Mt. Zozo.

Tigerfang: Get this by defeating Death Warden, a Monster in the Box in 
the Veldt Cave.  You can get more by refighting him in the Soul Shrine 
(and after that, for whatever reason you want 3, fighting him on the 
Veldt is now available), or by stealing from Great Behemoths in Kefka's 
Tower or Dragon's Den.

Godhand: Receive this by defeating Earth Dragon in Dragon's Den.  You 
can receive more by betting Zanmato at the Coliseum, or by fighting him 
again in the Soul Shrine.  Note that like the other Dragon's Den 
dragons, which by now you should be seeing a trend, he's the second 
Earth Dragon you face there, as the first is the guy you face in the 
Opera House.

Save the Queen: Receive this by defeating Blue Dragon at the Dragon's 
Den. You can get more by betting Apocalypse at the Coliseum, or by 
defeating him again at the Soul Shrine.  If I have to tell you the 
whole "he's the second one you fight" thing again then...oh wait, I 
just did, didn't I? Bah, need to stop doing that... 

Magus Rod: Received by defeating Earth Dragon at the Opera House. You 
can get more by betting Heal Rods (there are only two of these, mind) 
at the Coliseum, or by refighting the bastard at the Soul Shrine.

Gladius: Received by defeating Master Tonberry in the Cave to Ancient 
Castle, and later, you can kick his ass some more in the Soul Shrine if 
you want more of these.  

Stardust Rod: Found in a chest in Dragon's Den.  Yes, you read that 
right; no battles, just in a chest. You can get another by betting that 
lone Angel Brush you have; yes, this would be one of the only limited 
quantity Dragon's Den equips.  I've heard that Plague (the thing that 
drops Angel Brushes) is a rare encounter in the Soul Shrine, but I have 
yet to have anyone confirm this.

Angel Brush: Received by defeating Plague in Dragon's Den.  Another can 
be gotten by betting Stardust Rod at the coliseum.  See above regarding 
the disclaimer.

Fixed Dice: Find this in Kefka's Tower, path 1.

Man Eater: Buy this at Maranda.  Additionally, you can get one a little 
earlier through a rather obvious chest in Daryl’s Tomb.

Death Tarot: Find this in the cave to the Ancient Castle.

Venom Darts: Buy this at Kohlingen.

Final Trump: Receive this by defeating Ice Dragon in Dragon's Den. You 
can receive more by betting Scorpion's Tail at the Coliseum, or by 
refighting the guy in Soul Shrine, yada yada yada, its the second one.

Gungnir: Receive this by defeating Neslug in the Dragon's Den. You can 
harvest more by betting Longinus at the Coliseum (of which, if you've 
been reading this FAQ, you'll notice there's an infinite supply of.)

Bone Club: Umaro comes with this equipped, stapled, duck taped, and 
possibly super glued to him as well.  The point is, you don't need 
anymore, don't bother looking for anymore.

Scorpion's Tail: Defeat Skull Dragon at the Dragon's Den.  Get more by 
betting Final Trump at Coliseum or by beating him again in Soul 
Shrine...if you can't figure out where I'm going by now, you haven't 
been reading this FAQ, and probably should be punted.

Shields:

Flame Shield: One is gotten when Locke rejoins the same way as the 
Valiant's Knife, another is found in Cyan's Soul.  You can get infinite 
supply of these by betting Falchions and Ice Shields at the Coliseum.

Ice Shield: One is gotten on Mt. Zozo, another in Cyan's Soul.  You can 
get infinite of these by betting Crystal Mails and Flame Shields at the 
Coliseum.

Thunder Shield: Found on Mt. Zozo and inside the Zone Eater.  You can 
harvest more by betting Genji Glove, Genji Shield or Gauntlet at the 
Coliseum, as well as stealing from Mudd Sudds in Kefka's Tower, fought 
in the Coliseum and Kefka's Tower.

Aegis Shield: There are only two of these in the game, period.  One is 
found on Mt. Zozo, the other is found in a secret room in Kefka's Tower 
(its right before the Conveyor Belt.) 
 
Force Shield: One can be gotten by beating Ice Dragon in Narshe, 
another gotten in the Kefka's Tower.  You can harvest more in the Soul 
Shrine by picking on poor old Ice Dragon, but come on, you KNOW he's 
asking for it.

Genji Shield: Find in the Fanatics Tower. You can get more by betting 
Thunder Shields at the coliseum.

Paladin's Shield: Fight 256 Battles with the Cursed Shield equip, at 
the end of the last fight, you will get a message indicating the curse 
is lifed.  The Cursed Shield will then be replaced with the Paladin's 
Shield.  As a reminder, battles that Gogo has the shield equipped DO 
NOT COUNT.

Tortoise Shield: Rare Steal AND Drop from Basilisk (can be found near 
Maranda), can also be gotten by betting Reed's Cloak at the Coliseum.

Crystal Shield: Store-bought in Maranda.

Helmets:

Green Beret: Store-bought in a variety of places, by end game 
standards, Albrook is a good place to start, though you should find a 
bunch before this mind in a variety of manners that are so straight 
forwards, its not worth mentioning.

Priest's Miter: Most anywhere you can buy Green Berets, this will be 
available alongside it...so I guess Store-bought at Albrook works here 
too? 
 
Circlet: Store-bought in Jidoor in the WoR.

Mystery Veil: Store-bought in Thamasa...in both worlds even!

Oath Veil: Store-bought in Maranda WoR.

Red Cap: One is found on Mt. Zozo, another in Kefka's Tower.

Royal Crown: One is found in Figaro Basement; you can get more by 
betting the Hypno Crown or Red Caps (and betting what you win) at the 
Coliseum, though I HIGHLY recommend against at least the latter, given 
those tend to be the better and more universally useful equip...

Genji Helm: One is gotten in Daryl's Tomb. Another can be gotten as a 
Common Drop from Gilgamesh (Note that he has a Rare Drop in Genji 
Armor.)  Lastly, you can get more by betting Royal Crowns, Hypno Crowns 
and Red Caps at the coliseum, and betting what you win til you get 
this, though I recommend against the Red Caps since they have other 
uses (Royal Crown and Hypno Crown tend to not matter enough meanwhile, 
so go ahead with those!)

Cat-ear Hood: Bet the Saucer or Impartisan at the Coliseum for this.

Saucer: Steal from Tumbleweeds (found on the same island Doma is), or 
by betting Tortoise Shields at the coliseum.

Dueling Mask: Found in a chest in Dragon's Den (yep, no fighting 
involved!)

Armor: 
 
Genji Armor: Found inside the Zone Eater's Cave.  You can get more of 
these by betting any of those animal suits that belong to Relm and 
Strago specifically, with the exception of Behemoth Suit, and 
continually betting what you win.

Red Jacket: Found in Zone Eater's Cave. You can get more by betting a 
Shuriken at the Coliseum and continually betting what you win until it 
yields a Red Jacket.

Minerva Bustier: Find in Kefka's Tower. You can get another by betting 
the Regal Dress (find in Daryl's Tomb) at the Coliseum.  If you want to 
keep that lone Regal Dress for pure perfectionist reasons, you can get 
this via rare drop or steal (though they are level 99 so I HIGHLY 
recommend against the steal part, especially since its rare...) from 
Tonberries (NOT to be confused with Tonberry), or by stealing from 
Goddess in Kefka's Tower or the Soul Shrine.

Force Armor: Received by defeating Storm Dragon on Mt. Zozo. Another is 
gotten in the Fanatic's Tower and Kefka's Tower in chests, and you can 
steal one from Guardian (though he has a second steal, and is a high 
level, so I recommend against this), as well as its a rare drop from 
Shield Dragons in Dragon's Den.  For a less random chance to harvest 
these, Storm Dragon can be refought in the Soul Shrine and will still 
drop the armor.

Mirage Vest: Bet the Thornlet at the Coliseum.  Thornlet can be 
obtained by stealing from Hidon in Ebot's Rock (who yes, can be 
refought.)  Note though that he has two steals, the other being a 
Teleport Stone, so this isn't exactly the easiest of things to get.  An 
alternative method for that Thornlet would be to use Ragnarok's 
Metamorphose on Ahriman in Kefka's Tower (check the room where you 
fought Gold Dragon) and hope things turn out the way you want (Gogo’s 
Mimic can come in hand here.) Basically, yes, there is no quick and easy 
way to get this armor.

Magus Robe: Buy this at Maranda in the WoR.

Black Garb: Buy this at Jidoor in the WoR.

Reed Cloak: Rare Drop from Sprinters (found near Maranda among other 
places in the WoR) and a Rare Steal from Tyranosaurs (found in Dino 
Forest near the veldt.)

Behemoth Suit: Defeat King Behemoth in the Veldt Cave and you will get 
2 of these (one for each form he has.) You can then refight him on the 
Veldt and get two more each time!  No, don't worry; he's actually a 
pretty easy fight to get into if you attempt this ASAP as the only 
formations that share his Pack are things in Kefka's Tower, so you WILL 
be insured to fight him each cycle.

Snow Scarf: Umaro comes with one genetically spliced with his skin...or 
just a forced initial equip that you can't remove much to your dismay.  
Now, for how to get Snow Scarfs you will CARE about, bet the Behemoth 
Suit at the Coliseum, and I just told you how to get those.

Relics:
Bone Wrist: Find in Dragon's Den.

Berserker Ring: Find this in the Veldt Cave.

Blizzard Orb: Find this in the Ancient Castle
 
Master's Scroll: Defeat Samurai's Soul in Ancient Castle to get this. 
You can refight him in Soul Shrine for more of these.

Soul of Thamasa: Find atop the Fanatic's Tower; you can only get more 
of these by stealing from Glutturns in the Soul Shrine, as a RARE steal 
(so I was told), and they are really high leveled, and apparently, its 
the ones who like to hit you with Ultima, so you might want to think 
twice before you start getting excited about a second one...

Dragoon Boots: Store-bought in Tzen in the WoR, but you can get a 
freebie in Magitek Factory early on.
 
Dragon Horn: Find it in a chest near Red Dragon in Phoenix Cave.  You 
can get more by betting Gold Hairpin or Charm Bangle at the Coliseum. 
You can also bet Behemoth Suit, for an easy unlimited item to get a 
hold of, and repeatedly bet what you win until it yields a Dragon Horn.  
Its also randomly dropped by Great Dragons in Dragon's Den.

Genji Glove: One can be gotten from Banon if you denied him 3 times or 
denied him at least once and spoke to the Returner in the back. Another 
is found in Cyan's Soul (Phantom Train section) and in the Sealed Cave.  
Otherwise, its a rare steal from Dragons on the Floating Continent 
(which means Veldt Grinding in the WoR! They also have Hi-Potions as a 
common steal, so this is even HARDER than most Rare steals), or 
Armodullahans in Dragon's Den.  Gilgamesh in the Coliseum also has a 
Common Genji Glove up for stealing (Genji Shield is the alternative), 
though keep in mind he is very high leveled, so your success rate is 
likely not going to be very high.

Hero's Ring: Found in a pot in the Future Coliseum north of Kohlingen 
(yes, this is permanently missable.) If you didn't get the 
Ether/Thunder Rod in the Figaro Cave, then this will be waiting there 
as well.  Kefka's Tower and Zone Eater Cave have freebie ones with no 
strings attached (yay!), and you can pay some 5 digit price for it at 
the Auction House in Jidoor.  Betting a Guard Bracelet (which can be 
stolen from Fiend Dragons) is your only source of LIMITLESS amounts of 
these.

Earrings: Store-bought at Albrook in the WoR (you can find a bunch 
laying around before this, mind.)

Gigas Glove: Store-bought in Albrook and Jidoor, you can find a free 
one on Mt. Kolts mind.

Hyper Wrist: Store-bought in Nikeah in the WoR; you can find a few of 
these lying around before this for free, mind.  Of them, the only one 
worth noting, cause its hidden thus easily overlooked (but not 
permanently missable), is in South Figaro basement, in a hidden passage 
BEFORE you meet Celes.

Ribbon: You can find two in Kefka's Tower (one hidden, one plain in 
site), another in a hidden chest in South Figaro basement, one in 
Phoenix Cave, another one in Dragon's Den, and one is found in WoR 
Narshe if you didn't pick up the Rune Blade.  FINALLY, you can also 
steal these from Brachosaurs in the Dino Forest west of the Veldt (or 
just do the Coliseum...that's probably easier here...), if you're bold.

Miracle Shoes: Bet Rename Card at the Coliseum for this.  You can get 
those either by betting Cat-Ear Hood and continually betting what you 
win, or by betting an Elixir.

Reflect Ring: Store-bought in South Figaro, Thamasa and Albrook in the 
WoR; you can find two of these (one in Narshe, the other in the 
Imperial Base by the Sealed Cave, provided you got enough points) 
laying around before that for free mind.

Memento Ring: Relm comes with one equipped, you can find another on the 
second story of Strago's House hidden in the left hand wall (check that 
little crevice spot in the middle.)

Merit Award: Bet Excalipoor at the Coliseum, you will get this (yes, 
you get this AND then fight Gilgamesh; pretty sweet deal if you ask 
me.)  You can get more by betting Cat-ear Hoods at the Coliseum.

Safety Bit: Find in the Fanatics Tower. You can steal more from Fiend 
in Kefka's Tower and the Soul Shrine.  Using Ragnarok to Metamorphose a 
variety of different enemies can yield this as well (like Level 90 
Magics, though I highly suggest you find something less deadly...)

Thief's Bracer: Find in the Treasure House in Narshe.  You can buy 
these in Tzen in the WoR later in the game, should you want more.

Brigand's Glove: Find in Zozo.  You can bet the Thief's Bracer for this 
in the coliseum as well, should you want more.

Fake Mustache: Find in Zone Eater Cave.  You can get more (for Gogo, I 
suppose) by stealing from Still Life, found in Owser's House (though only 
one of them there; yes, you can fight them on the Veldt, at very least, 
if not the Soul Shrine.)

Celestriad: Rare Steal from Galypdes, fought in the Phoenix Cave or the 
Coliseum (I highly recommend the Coliseum cause of the Loop between 
Murakumo and Holy Lance that gets you one.) And yes, this is easier 
than the alternative of beating up the rare enemy in Brachosaur who has 
a potential to kick your ass, for an item he only drops 1/8th of the 
time.

White Cape: Store-bought in Nikeah in the WoR.

Zephyr Cloak: Store-bought in Nikeah in the WoR.

Muscle Belt: Gotten by beating up Skull Dragon in Kefka's Tower (as 
well as beating him up MORE in the Soul Shrine!) Can also be stolen 
from Glasya Lebolas on Mt. Zozo, if you want more earlier.

Prayer Beads: Store-bought in Nikeah in the WoR.  You can get a freebie 
in Doma, mind.

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10. Character Rankings
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This section is going to be done in two ways.  First, the objective 
part, which is just listing characters and how they rank on numerical 
statistics, and the average, so you can really see who is "low" in a 
stat and such.  The 2nd part is the subjective part, which is basically 
me incorporating all that analysis mumbo jumbo into rankings and 
such?yeah?I'll just post rankings.  Note that these stats are assuming 
the character is naked without Esper boosts obviously.  Character 
equipment can alter these things dramatically, so do not take these TOO 
seriously; its mostly just FYI or something.

For simplicity reasons, I'm just going to round to the nearest whole 
point.

Extra HP:
1. Umaro 60
2. Sabin 58
3. Cyan 53
4. Shadow 51
5. Edgar 49
6. Locke 48
7. Setzer 46
8. Gau 45
9. Celes 44
10. Terra 42
11. Mog 39
12. Relm 37
13. Gogo 36
14. Strago 35
Average: 46

Extra MP:
1. Relm 18
2t. Terra 16
2t. Mog 16
4. Celes 15
5. Strago 13
6. Gogo 12
7. Gau 10
8. Setzer 9
9. Locke 7
10t. Shadow 6
10t. Edgar 6
12. Cyan 5
13. Sabin 3
14. Umaro 0
Average: 10

Strength
1. Umaro 57
2. Sabin 47
3. Gau 44
4. Cyan 40
5t. Edgar 39
5t. Shadow 39
7. Locke 37
8. Setzer 36
9. Celes 34
10. Terra 31
11. Mog 29
12. Strago 28
13. Relm 26
14. Gogo 25
Average: 37

Speed:
1. Locke 40
2t. Shadow 38
2t. Gau 38
4. Sabin 37
5. Mog 36
6t. Celes 34
6t. Relm 34
8t. Terra 33
8t. Umaro 33
10. Setzer 32
11t. Edgar 30
11t. Gogo 30
13. Cyan 28
14. Strago 25
Average: 33

Stamina:
1. Umaro 46
2. Sabin 39
3. Gau 36
4. Edgar 34
5. Cyan 33
6. Setzer 32
7t. Locke 31
7t. Celes 31
9. Shadow 30
10. Terra 28
11. Mog 26
12. Relm 22
13. Gogo 20
14. Strago 19
Average: 31

Magic Power:
1. Relm 44
2. Terra 39
3. Umaro 37
4. Celes 36
5. Mog 35
6t. Gau 34
6t. Strago 34
8. Shadow 33
9t. Edgar 29
9t. Setzer 29
11t. Locke 28
11t. Sabin 28
13. Gogo 26
14. Cyan 25
Average: 33

Attack:
1. Gau 99
2. Umaro 47
3. Sabin 26
4. Cyan 25
5. Shadow 23
6. Edgar 20
7. Setzer 18
8t. Mog 16
8t. Celes 16
10. Locke 14
11. Gogo 13
12. Terra 12
13. Relm 11
14. Strago 10
Average: 25 (yeah, Gau kind of destroys this average; without him, 
average is 19)

Defense:
1. Umaro 89
2. Sabin 53
3. Mog 52
4. Edgar 50
5t. Cyan 48
5t. Setzer 48
7. Shadow 47
8. Locke 46
9t. Gau 44
9t. Celes 44
11. Terra 42
12. Gogo 39
13. Relm 35
14. Strago 33
Average: 47

Evasion:
1. Shadow 28%
2. Gau 21%
3. Locke 15%
4. Relm 13%
5. Sabin 12%
6t. Mog 10%
6t. Gogo 10%
8. Setzer 9%
9. Umaro 8%
10. Celes 7%
11t. Cyan 6%
11t. Strago 6%
13. Terra 5%
14. Edgar 4%
Average: 11%

Magic Defense:
1. Umaro 68
2. Mog 36
3. Gau 34
4. Terra 33
5. Celes 31
6. Relm 30
7. Strago 27
8. Setzer 26
9t. Shadow 25
9t. Gogo 25
11. Locke 23
12. Edgar 22
13. Sabin 21
14. Cyan 20
Average: 29

Magic Evasion:
1. Gau 18%
2. Mog 11%
3t. Shadow 9%
3t. Celes 9%
3t. Relm 9%
6t. Terra 7%
6t. Strago 7%
8. Gogo 6%
9. Umaro 5%
10. Sabin 4%
11. Locke 2%
12t. Edgar 1%
12t. Cyan 1%
12t. Setzer 1%
Average: 6%

And that's it for the boring objective stuff.  Subjective stuff to come 
in a later version <_<


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10. Frequently Asked Questions
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The title is self explanatory.  This will be done in a Q&A session.  If 
you're wondering, I am a lazy bastard so a lot of this is just C+Ped 
from the original with terms changed.

Q.  Why did you put Gau in this FAQ and not the previous one?

A. Originally, I was told "don't bother giving Gau a half assed 
section, just note otherwise." Later on, I realized that Gau kind 
should have his own section, if only for objective points, and at very 
least, I could give some set up advices on Gau.  You'll notice Gau in 
this FAQ is a rather small section with little input compared to 
others.  He's a complex character who to analyze him fully would 
require his own FAQ really.

Q. Why do you emphasize so much on equipment, and Magic Power more than 
anything else?

A. Alright.  First off, Strength is an oddly disappointing stat.  Yeah, 
it does help damage, but not as much as you'd like.  At higher levels, 
it makes a bigger difference, but at lower levels, its not enough.  
Example?  At level 40, on a defense ignoring attack (So damage increase 
is less with one that isn't), a Hyper Wrist(+50% Strength) on Edgar 
with no Strength boosts of any kind does only 350 more damage; hardly a 
10% increase in damage, on attacks like Drill or Chain Saw that do around 
3000 or more at that point.  Raised in bulk, Strength helps, but again, 
not as much as Magic Power does.  Stamina was ignored cause it sucks ass, 
and Speed cause unless raised in even bigger bulk than Strength, its even 
less noticeable due to FF6's ATB.  Magic Power helps augment, meanwhile, 
not only the stronger attacks in FF6, but also makes the Magic skill set, 
probably the best overall skill set in FF6, stronger at that, so having 
High Magic Power can really save a character (see Relm, for example)

Why equipment vs. Skill sets?  Well, with good equipment, you won't 
need a good skill set.  Mog is a good example at how Dances are under 
whelming in the WoR, but with a good spear, and the Dragoon Combo, he 
does enough damage to out power most specials anyway to the point where 
you don't care that he's missing a decent unique skill, especially 
factoring in his ability to hit 255 Defense fairly easily because of 
that Snow Scarf that only he and Gau can use.  Meanwhile, someone like 
Sabin who relies on one or two attacks seems nice at first, will start 
looking fairly lack luster as soon as other characters start gaining 
comparable damage, and they'll have other noteworthy reasons to be used.  
In the end, unless the skill is truly magnificent, chances are, it will 
be outdone by Magic or by variations of the Fight command, since both are 
more "Twinkish" than any skill set out there.  As an interesting side 
note, its for these reasons that Trance is never truly obsolete, since 
while other commands start getting outclassed by Fight (or variations of 
it), and Magic, Trance simply augments both :)  What if you are already 
hitting the damage Cap? Trance will still halve all magic damage done to 
Terra, so it at very least has defensive applications (and besides, 
Lightbringer at level 99 with Master’s Scroll at maxed Strength almost 
never hits the damage cap, especially against high defense, so its STILL 
useful for damage there!)

You'll really find that a decent skill really doesn't make up for a 
good equipment set up at all.  The only skill set that can really 
offset bad equipment, somewhat, is Rage, but lets not get into that, 
and Gogo kind of disproves this some by not being able to anywhere near 
the full advantages of it that Gau can.


Q. How big an influence to Strength and Magic Power have on characters? 
 
A. Alright, someone requested I give raw numbers just for an idea.  The 
following below are damages done at level 40, and before factoring in 
defenses, weaknesses, random variance, Hero Rings, what have you, since 
they are ALL multipliers of sorts, so everything gets affected equally 
(meaning while the raw damage might change, proportionately speaking, 
they'll remain the same.)

Strength's Difference: 
The following involves an Imp Sabin with his base Strength (47 which is 
game best, nixing Umaro) against an Imp Gogo with his base Strength 
(game's worst Strength at 25), both using Impartisans (this gives both 
255 Attack.) The Strength difference is 22, if you're curious (47 
vs. 25)

Sabin's Damage: 3500
Gogo's Damage: 3090

A 400~ damage difference, considering that Sabin has nearly double Gogo's 
Strength, he only manages to do about 12% more damage at level 40.  
Given this, you can probably tell that Hyper Wrist would only make 
Sabin's damage go up by another 500 damage at best, meaning with a 45 
point edge on Gogo, having nearly TRIPLE Gogo's Strength at that, he 
does roughly 30% damage more.  Those aren't very good ratios, considering 
the numbers we're using.

Note that with weaker equips, the damage difference won't change, so 
Proportionately, Sabin's damage would be higher.  Granted, Sabin and 
Gogo should never really have equal Attacks (well...now with the 
Scorpion's Tail, Gogo might get somewhere close...), so this is just 
pure hypothetical scenario.  Realistically speaking, Sabin should beat 
Gogo with his physical damage, at least before factoring in special 
aspects like Elemental Affinities or random spell casts anyway.

Magic Power Differences:
For this, I'm using Relm with her base Magic Power (44, game best) 
against Cyan with his base Magic Power (25, game worst), both casting 
Flare (60 Spell Power, even ignores Defense, so these values will be 
accurate!).  Note this is a 19 Point Magic Power difference.

Relm's Damage: 3514
Cyan's Damage: 2099

That's a 1415 Damage increase, or proportionately speaking, 67% more 
damage than Cyan did.  Yes, that means even if Cyan uses 2 Earrings, 
his damage will STILL be worse than Relm with no magic power 
augmentations.  If we were to factor in Relm's magic power boosting 
equips (Magus Rod, Cat-ear Hood, and Behemoth Suit) against Cyan's 
(Circlet and Genji Armor), the difference would grow even further (now 
Relm has just gained 10 more Magic Power on Cyan, effectively)
You'll note Relm's base Magic Power is 176% that of Cyan's, which isn't 
too far off from the proportional damage increase Relm gets

Unlike Strength, though, you can change any spell for Flare in this 
case, and the damage won't change proportionately much at all.  This is 
cause Magic Power is a multiplier of Spell Power, so every spell gets 
the same relative increase in damage with Magic Power (flip side is 
that Magic Power is going to have a bigger impact on Ultima's raw 
damage than that of Flare's, while a weaker spell like Poison is going 
to have a less noticeable increase, assuming none of these moves hit 
the damage limit)  Meanwhile, Strength is more or less just added onto 
Attack, in a sense, so lower Attack = higher proportional 
increase in damage.

Ok, now that I've made you sick of the word "proportional", I hope this 
answered you're question.  You'll note that despite Relm's Magic Power 
edge on Cyan being lower than Sabin's Strength edge on Gogo, it makes a 
FAR bigger impact on the attacks in question.  End result is that 
higher base Magic Power means a lot more than higher base Strength, 
same rule applies for the ability to augment those stats.


Q. Why did you skip Merit Award in most cases?

A. Merit Award starts creating character clones, really, and then it?s 
a "use who you like" concept.  See, yes, you can make Sabin a great 
Mage with 128% Magic Evasion and high Evasion, using the Merit Award to 
give him Lightbringer and Force Armor, along with a Soul of Thamasa, 
but…what does this prove about Sabin?  Absolutely nothing, its more so 
explaining just how good the set up is in general.

However, the Merit Award does help some characters out in ways that 
others can't really take advantage of.  For example, Merit Award on 
Terra lets her use Fixed Dice, which leads to a mean combo of Master’s 
Scroll + Fixed Dice + Trance for some really nasty damage on bosses 
(remember, the only thing Fixed Dice don't ignore are Multipliers) That's 
a 
combination that no other character can really apply (for all that, 
beyond novelty, its not worth it, likely) Or note how Shadow can get 
128% Evasion and Magic Evasion and STILL have a relic slot open, making 
him near invincible with a shred of flexibility left, which is 
something only HE can do.  Basically, Merit Award can help a character, 
but it's rare that it actually gives a unique use to that character.  


Q.  Why didn't you list X Relic in any set up?  Don't tell me you have 
some beef with that like the Merit Award!

A.  *Smacks Self*  Yes, I can't believe I forgot to point this out?so 
I'll point it out here! 

Basically, a lot of the "Good" relics are well, Filler Relics, as I 
like to call them.  No, I don't mean filler in the bad sense, I mean it 
more along the lines of that their use is universal that it works well 
in just about any set up, if you have room for it.  Example? 
 
Take this set up for Shadow:
Oborozuki
Thunder Shield
Red Cap
Genji Armor

As you can see, this is a generally good set up, giving Shadow his best 
weapon and armor, a good helmet for Strength Boosts and some defenses 
and Thunder Shield for elemental resistance.  However, this set up is, 
well, generic; it doesn't serve any SPECIFIC purpose.  As such, what 
Relic to use becomes a tough call.  Hero's Ring would be good here, 
naturally, cause it lets Shadow do more damage.  Alternatively, a 
Miracle Shoes works for the added defensive benefits and Haste.  Ribbon 
wouldn't hurt the set up either, giving you that protection against 
pesky status effects.  See what I mean? None of these Relics serve a 
specific purpose for THIS set up, more they serve the same general 
purpose for any set up. 

See, that's what I mean by "Filler Relic".  Its not a negative 
Thing…more so the reverse.  It means the relic is not reliant on set 
ups to effect their worth (usually, anyway.  Ribbon, for example, loses 
a lot of value on a 128% Magic Evasion set up), so they can be used for 
just about any set up.

The following Relics are what I deem "Filler Relics" and what uses they 
have:
Miracle Shoes: Nice set of positive status effects, good for defenses 
and more speed.  Added bonus, it immunes Slow and Seizure as well.
Ribbon: Status Immunity, what's not to love?
Safety Bit: Immunes some key big status effects, most notably instant 
Death since the Ribbon does *NOT* cover that.  Note that Relm and 
Shadow should use the Memento Ring instead, since its identical, yet 
doesn't interfere with other characters, as Safety bits are not the 
easiest things to get your hands on.
Reflect Ring: So long as you don't need healing, or have ways to heal 
through it (White Wind comes to mind), this is a nice defense against 
Magic.
Celestriad: I'm not a fan of these things (due to Osmose), but others 
are, so figured I'd mention them; nice convenient Relic since it lowers 
all MP Costs to 1.
White Cape: Immunes some big status effects, raises Magic Evasion, and 
both defensive stats
Zephyr Cloak: Boosts both evasion stats for some added defense on both 
ends
Prayer Beads: 20% more evade, nice for covering physical weaknesses.
Hero's Ring, Gigas Glove, Earrings: All are damage boosts, good for 
just about any set up.  Hero's Ring is obviously the best, though its 
also the hardest to get and often, Earrings and Gigas Glove work enough 
for set ups ANYWAY, since many set ups are geared around one kind of 
damage (be it physical or magical).  As a side note, a second Hero's Ring 
has no more impact than putting an Earrings in that slot, as the physical 
side does NOT stack.
Muscle Belt: More HP doesn't hurt, if you want focus on taking hits as 
best as possible, especially to defense ignoring attacks, this is the 
relic to use.

Note some of these MAY have been listed in some set ups already, but 
that likely means you can remove them FROM the set up, if you wish to 
alter it slightly (again, relics tend to be flexible, unless they are 
absolutely crucial for a specific set up.  Example?  Dragoon Boots 
and/or Dragon Horn on Mog for a physical set up is one that's relic 
dependant) though I did my best to not factor these in unless 
absolutely necessary (White Cape for 255 Magic Defense set ups, Prayer 
Beads and Zephyr Cloak for perfect evasion set ups come to mind.)

Yes, other good relics do exist, but they are either: 
A. Too situational (Dragoon Boots/Dragon Horn, I'm looking at you)
B. Too Elusive for most of the game (Master's Scroll and Soul of 
Thamasa come to mind)
C. Typically a worse version of something already up there (Gold 
Hairpin is an inferior Celestriad, for example, or Guard Bracelet is 
Marvel Shoes w/out the Regen or Haste, etc.)
D. Just flat out aren't worth wasting a relic slot on in general (Back 
Guard comes to mind)

So yeah, don't worry, I didn't forget about them (ok, yes, I did, but 
lets not get into that <_< >_>), nor do I hate them, its more like I 
was too enwrapped in thinking of relics that fit set ups nicely that I 
just didn't feel that mentioning "Filler Relics" was worth it.  That, 
or it was a tough choice to choose what relic would work best, so I 
took the lazy way out, and just listed them here, and mentioned a "fill 
that spot with whatever you like."  Truth be told, it is hard to decide 
which of the above relics work best, so I'll let you decide, based on 
your playing style.  Still can't decide?  Then pick them out of a hat 
or something, or just blindly choose the first one that comes to mind, 
though, at least try to apply SOME common sense when choosing the relic 
(like White Cape is outright needed in 255 Magic Defense set ups that 
Gau, Mog and Terra can use.)

Q. You mention a lot about ammo weapons for Shadow regarding Throw.  
What are good weapons for throw, and where can I get them? 
 
A. ...ok, yeah, I should be smacked for not mentioning this earlier 
*gets smacked* Damn it! Smack me *AFTER* I finish this *Gets smacked* 
...geez, fine, whatever, I'll just get to the point *gets hit by a 
truck* ...now you KNOW that was uncalled for...

Anyways, I'm not listing EVERY weapon's location, only things that 
might be worth bothering getting in bulk.  For example, while Darts are 
the strongest weapon you can buy in the WoB that can be thrown, they're 
too costly to really consider at this point, so not going to factor 
them in.  Similarly, while you can throw Fire Rods for some Fire damage 
early on before Flametongues can be bought, more often than not, the 
cheaper Fire Scroll will do more damage anyway (Flametongues, due to 
being somewhat stronger than Fire Rods, and getting indirectly inflated 
from higher levels benefiting physical attacks more, given you'll be 
throwing them later, actually will start out damaging Fire Scrolls, and 
possibly Firaga as well.)

First off, the Throw Exclusives were already noted in Shadow's own 
section, so if you want to know how to get those, just look up.  For 
NON Throw Exclusives...just see below.  Note that I am NOT going to 
list EVERY way to get these weapons, much like I did with equipment, 
just listing the easiest ways (or in the case of an item being 
storebought in multiple shops, just the first shop that comes to mind.)

Sakura: Bought in Albrook and post-Magitek Factory Narshe weapon shop.  
Note that this is the only way to get this weapon, and its by far 
Shadow's best method of Wind elemental damage outside of the Zwill 
Crossblade, which is a pain in the ass to horde (requires lots and lots 
of Soul Shrine fighting...).  If you don't stock up on this before you 
finish the Floating Continent, its gone for good.

Trident: Bought in Maranda and post-Magitek Factory Narshe in the WoB, 
and in South Figaro in the WoR.  I advice you stock up on this later 
more so than earlier, since Water Scrolls are probably stronger in the 
WoB due to how Magic and Physical algorithms work.  In anyway, useful 
for some consistent Water damage.

Flametongue: Store-bought in Albrook in the WoR.  Best source of Fire 
Damage in some cases.

Ice Brand: See Flametongue, replace "Fire" with "Ice" especially since 
Shadow has no "Ice Scroll" (granted, Blizzaga exists...)

Thunder Blade: See the last two, just this is the lightning version.

Holy Rod: Best easily renewable source of Holy damage via Throw.  
Store-bought in Thamasa in the WoR.

Gravity Rod: Best source of Earth damage, buy it in Maranda in the WoR.  
To be honest, though, I wouldn’t bother stocking up on these; the number 
of Earth weak enemies can be counted on your hands, and several of them 
have easier weaknesses (elemental or status) to exploit anyway.

Poison Rod: Buy it in post-Magitek Factory Narshe.  Unlike Sakura 
though, while the only shop that sells this weapon goes away when you 
reach the WoR, you CAN still get more of these from Twinscythe's in the 
Veldt Cave, who have them both as a drop and a steal, should you need 
to restock.

Holy Lance: Best source of Holy Damage for Shadow, if you are really 
bold, steal Murasame's, Masamune's or Murakumo's from wherever, and 
keep betting those at the Coliseum, and then bet what you win to get 
these.  I don't recommend this, mostly listing for completion (I am NOT 
going to mention Excalibur though, let alone Zanmato...)

Impartisan: Strongest weapon you can get in bulk, without having to 
beat up the Final Boss repeatedly.  Steal from Greater Mantis for 
easiest way to get these.

Falchion: Buy in Maranda WoR.  This is a bit worse than Pinwheel for 
single target non-elemental damage, but its faster to stock up on 
though far more expensive.

You can throw other stuff, yes, but these should be things to look out 
for mainly, hence why I mentioned them.

Q. You mention getting “Strong Spells” for mages and such.  What counts 
as that for x part of the game? 
 
A. …yeah, I probably should have elaborated.  First off, the WoB its 
pretty simple, as all that’s available are the Ara Spells and Bio as far 
as good damage.  The Ara spells take priority, given the amount of 
weaknesses they can hit among the 3 of them (and fastest way to learn 
Thundara for most of the game teaches you Fira and Blizzara along the way 
anyway), though Bio is learned somewhat faster.

But those are obvious.  The more important thing is probably the WoR.  
Assuming we’re ignoring Ultima cause that spell is cheap, evil, 
overpowered, and silly (and stupidly obvious as an answer)?  Well, 
there’s a number of good spells that give your mages decent damage.  
Those spells are the following, and I’ll list what Esper teaches them 
andhow fast!  If you’re curious what spells Terra/Celes learn naturally, 
and at what level, refer to their own section.  In general, most WoR 
spells they get are too high that you’ll get them faster through Espers.

Firaga:  Best Fire elemental spell in the game, and hits a ton of boss 
weaknesses in the WoR to boot.
Taught by: Phoenix (x3), Valigarmanda (x1)

Blizzaga: Ice version of Firaga, self explanatory!  Ok, doesn’t hit as 
many weaknesses on bosses, but not the point! 
Taught by: Valigarmanda (x1) 

Thundaga: Lightning damage and such.  Dare I say more?
Taught by: Valigarmanda (x1)

Holy: Not quite as strong as the –Aga series (odd, considering Holy in 
most FF games is considerably stronger…), but still solid, and can nail a 
few extra weaknesses.  Has a downside of not being MT though.
Taught by: Alexander (x2)

Flare: Good ST Non Elemental damage, and ignores defense so its damage is 
consistent.  In general, this spell will be about even to an –Aga 
assuming Middling Magic Defense and no elemental concerns.
Taught by: Bahamut (x2)

Meteor: The MT Counterpart of Flare, for the most part, with the added 
bonus of ignoring Reflect.  Not particularly useful on bosses, but good 
for crowd control.
Taught by: Odin (x1), Crusader (x10)

Quake: A stronger version of Meteor, though with elemental double 
edgedness, and can’t hit fliers.  Despite what the FC may make you think 
due to all the fliers, most of the WoR enemies do NOT Float, so this 
spell ends up being rather exceptional at dealing with groups.  Just 
remember to always have either Gaia Gear, Paladin’s Shield or Float 
status on your team before casting it, or else you’ll be taking damage 
too!  Actually, with Gaia Gear, you can turn this into a HEALING spell, 
though it dramatically compensates your defenses.
Taught by: Midgar Sormr (x3)

Meltdown: An improved version of Quake with different elements.  This 
spell hits really hard, though unlike Quake, blocking Fire/Wind isn’t 
quite as easy as just simply casting Float.  Its also gotten much later, 
so its only particularly useful in Kefka’s Tower/Dragon’s Den.  Still, 
best spell you’ll get for groups barring Cheap Overpowered Blue Dome of 
Destruction.  Just remember to have something that immunes either Fire 
(like Red Jacket) or Wind (like Thunder Shield) on your entire team.  
Like with Quake, you can make this spell heal you in addition to doing 
damage, using Fire absorbing equips like Flame Shield (Wind absorbing 
equips are somewhat…lacking…in this game), and the defensive downsides 
are somewhat less prevalent.
Taught by: Crusader (x1)

Flood: Best Water damage most of your team can get.  A bit weaker than 
most of the above spells, but its an extra element, and its another spell 
that ignores reflect, which is nice for Fanatic’s Tower.  Decent 
supplement if other characters are learning stuff.
Taught by: Leviathan (x2)

Ultima: Best. Spell. In. The. Game. Hands. Down. For. Offensive. 
Purposes.  If you get this spell, all other attack magic becomes 
completely worthless, outside of more damage to time, but that’s like 
saying “Knights of the Round isn’t the best spell cause it takes too 
long, even though it does almost 13x that of Bahamut Zero!” for FF7.  
Seriously, if you have this spell, the only other attack spell worth 
ANYTHING is Meltdown, and only for those gimmick set ups.    Yes, I know 
I said I’m going to ignore it, but I lied, and instead just listed it 
last <_< >_>
Taught by: *Ragnarok (x1), Paladin’s Shield (x1)
*To avoid confusion, this is the ESPER that teaches it.  The Sword does 
not teach Ultima.


As a reminder, most of these spells are taught on a summon with pure 
offense, so they serve as a good option during the time the character is 
learning the spell.  Bahamut is particularly worth noting, being rather 
exceptional in power, and its only real downside is Once Per Battle.  
Alexander, Valigarmanda, Leviathan and Midgar Sormr are all varying 
levels of decent, but all have some sort of elemental thing to work with 
(not a big deal with Alexander, but comes up all the time with 
Valigarmanda.)  Additionally, Midgar Sormr can’t hit fliers.  Crusader is 
a damage summon…except it probably will kill your team as well, so I’d 
advise staying away from it. 

More to come in later versions...maybe...or not...or you can stop 
hoping and just move on with your life...

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12. Credits
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More or less C+Ped from the previous FAQ given its most of the same 
nonsense...

First, I'd like to thank Squaresoft for making such a fine game.  Even 
after many years, it remains one of my favorites (and I've played 100+ 
RPGs?not to brag >.>)

Next, I'd like to thank CjayC for making Gamefaqs, and letting this FAQ 
be posted there.

Another message of gratitude (Does that make any sense?) given to those 
who supported me on this FAQ, mostly those from the FF6 General Board.

I'd like to thank Master Zed and NeoElfboy for helping me with a few 
random things (be it reading my random snippits, giving some opinions, 
etc.) in this FAQ.  Sure, wasn't needed, and I know it was annoying, 
but still, its nice to get some outside opinions from other experts.

Thanks to Nephrite making the first attempts at "De-meeping" the FAQ

And lastly, I'd like to give a really cliché and silly thanks to you, 
the reader, for reading this FAQ?ok, I'll shut up.


Well, that's it for the Character FAQ of FF6.  I hope you enjoyed it, 
as it took me a long time to write this, and I put a lot of effort into 
this.  Anyway, should you need help, contact me in the ways I mentioned 
earlier.  I hope this FAQ helped give you insight on the characters of 
FF6, and that you'll not get drawn in by some misconceptions (whatever 
those maybe) again.

Anyway, this is Meeplelard saying good bye, and good luck in the future