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    **                     Solo Max Walkthrough Version 1.0                     **
    **            Copyright 2006 Chris Castiglione (dinobotmaximized)           **
    **              Email: dinobotmaximized (at) yahoo (dot) com                **
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    1. Introduction
    2. Version History
    3. Chapter 1: Runefaust Invasion
    4. Chapter 2: Spirit of the Holy Spring
    5. Chapter 3: Secret Weapon of Runefaust
    6. Chapter 4: The Great Fortress of Balbazak
    7. Chapter 5: Gateway to the Hidden Shrine
    8. Chapter 6: Descendant of the Sacred Dragons
    9. Chapter 7: The Lost Civilization
    10. Chapter 8: Rise of the Ancient Castle
    11. Credits and Thanks
    12. Legal
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    This FAQ was made while playing Shining Force for the Sega Genesis. The 
    purpose of this FAQ is to guide you through the game using only Max, for the 
    battles anyway. Because of the very small item capacity, we'll have to have 
    KO'd members of the Shining Force hold items, but that's it. While battling, 
    make sure you keep track of Max's experience. Each time he's about to level 
    up, choose the quit option. Then reload the game and you'll be right where 
    you were when you quit. If Max doesn't receive a good stat boost, reload and 
    try again. This challenge can be very tough at times, especially early on. 
    Some of the battles will require a little luck. There were a lot of times I 
    thought this wasn't possible, but each time I found a way to get through.
    
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                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Guardiana
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Enter the door after you gain control of Max. Return to Varios after Lowe 
    steps in front of and speaks to Max. Reenter the door after Varios runs off 
    and approach Lowe to speak to him again, after which he gets out of the way. 
    Exit the Chapel and head right, and then up to the castle. Continue straight 
    up into the castle and hear what the King has to say. Afterwards return to 
    town and Luke, Ken, Tao, Hans, and Lowe join the Shining Force. Return to 
    the King and speak to him to receive 100 gold. Then go to the shop in Town 
    and buy 3 Medical Herbs for Max. Also sell everyone's weapon, except for Max 
    of course, he'll be needing his sword. Then exit Town and you'll be taken 
    automatically to the first battle. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 1
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              Enemies: Goblin x 5
                                       Dark Dwarf x 2
                                       Rune Knight
    
    We're not going to battle the enemy yet. First we need to get everybody 
    except for Max taken out of commission. What you want to do is have Max stay 
    put while everybody else is moved in range of the enemy. Keep choosing stay 
    until everybody is knocked out by the enemy. Then have Max cast Egress to 
    return to town. Exit Town, head east, and enter the structure there to 
    reenter the battle with Max alone. 
    
    For the first turn, move Max four squares up (one less then as far up as he 
    can go), and choose to stay. During the enemies first turn, three Goblins 
    will move into position and stay where they are for the remainder of the 
    battle. Those are the only three enemies we'll be attacking until Max 
    is leveled enough. 
    
    Move to the Goblin on the left and keep attacking until it's defeated. Then 
    move one square to the right and attack the next Goblin until it's defeated. 
    You'll probably need to use a medical herb on the next turn. After that keep 
    attacking the next Goblin to the right until it's defeated. 
    
    Now use Egress to return to Town. Buy more Medical Herbs while you're there. 
    Then re-enter the battle, defeat the three Goblins, and Egress out again. 
    Keep this up until Max reaches level 4, or higher if you want. I was good to 
    go at level 4.
    
    When you're good to go, take out the three Goblins as usual. Use a Medical 
    Herb, even if Max's HP is high because we're about to be ganged up on. Move 
    four spaces below and two to the left of the Goblin on the right. This will 
    draw out two Goblins and a Dark Dwarf but only two of them will be able to 
    attack at a time. Keep attacking until you defeat those three.
    
    Use a Medical Herb, then move three spaces below the remaining Dark Dwarf to 
    draw it out. Defeat it and now all that's left to do is to defeat the Rune 
    Knight. He's no trouble, just move up and attack. After it's defeated, exit 
    the battle area to start Battle 2. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 2
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 5
    
                              Enemies: Goblin x 6
                                       Dark Dwarf x 3
                                       Rune Knight x 2
    
    For your first few turns, move toward the Goblins to the north. You should 
    be able to attack one of them on your third turn. The Goblins won't attack 
    back until they're in position, and even after they get into position, 
    most of them won't move from there space, so you shouldn't have to worry 
    about them ganging up on you. Keep attacking until all six Goblins are 
    defeated. You should be at level 6 now. 
    
    Move left and defeat the two Dark Dwarves there over your next couple of 
    turns. We have three enemies left. Head south-west toward the bridge. 
    Position Max on the bridge to draw the last Dark Dwarf over to you. 
    Defeat it and then there were two, two Rune Knights. 
    
    You'll have to be careful about fighting them, they can cause some 
    serious damage to Max. Use your last Medical Herb now, you should have 
    only used two during battle 1. However you don't have to defeat them, you 
    can simply enter Guardiana now to finish the battle, but we can use the 
    experience so I recommend defeating them. 
    
    They shouldn't move from their positions so, attack from a space where 
    they can't gang up on you. After defeating the two all that's left to 
    do is enter Guardiana.
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Guardiana
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Antidote, Medical Herb, Angel Wing, Defense Potion, 
                 Power Potion
    
    Don't buy anything from the shop yet, we'll do that on the way out. Also 
    don't speak to Gort in the pub; we don't want him to join us. Head for the 
    castle to trigger a cut scene. After the scene head left and enter the door 
    above Shining Force Headquarters. In there you'll find 7 chests. Max can 
    only hold 3 items in addition to a sword. Inside the chests, you'll find 
    all the items listed above as well as 50 gold coins. Use the Power and 
    Defense Potions on Max immediately. They're in the top two side by side 
    chests. We'll obviously want to keep the Medical Herb. Go to the shop, sell 
    the Antidote, Angel Wing, and Mae's weapon. While you're there, buy two 
    Healing Seeds for Max. When you're ready to continue, exit Guardiana to 
    start Battle 3.
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 3
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                              My Level: 6
    
                              Enemies: Dark Dwarf x 5
                                       Giant Bat x 5
                                       Rune Knight x 5
    
    Now Mae is in our party and we don't want her. Have Max stay put and 
    move Mae right across the bridge. Keep choosing stay until she's 
    defeated. Then enter Guardiana to exit the battle. Exit town once more 
    to restart the battle with just Max. 
    
    Move Max onto the bridge on his first turn. Spend the next few turns 
    attacking the two Giant Bats. They have a high evasion rate so it may 
    take some time, but don't get discourages, they'll go down eventually.
    
    Now we'll want to take on the Dark Dwarves. From the bridge move Max 
    two spaces to the left and two spaces up. This will cause three Dark 
    Dwarves to come toward you. Then on your next turn move back onto the 
    bridge and wait for the three of them to come to you. Because you're 
    on the bridge only one of them will be able to attack you at a time. 
    Keep attacking whichever one is right next to you until they're you 
    defeat the three of them. 
    
    You'll probably need to heal at this point, I did. We want to move 
    north now without the three remaining Giant Bats attacking us. While 
    on the left side of the bridge move north along the river. This should 
    bring another Dark Dwarf towards you. Defeat it, then continue walking 
    north along the river. Position yourself five spaces to the right of 
    the remaining Dark Dwarf. This should draw him to you. Keep choosing 
    stay till he's right next to you. Then attack until he's defeated. 
    
    Now we have to take on the remaining three Giant Bats. If we don't, 
    they'll surely attack once you reach the Rune Knights, and we don't 
    want that. Keep heading west, not northwest, straight west until 
    you're directly under the left most Giant Bat. Then head north and 
    start attacking, and keep it up until all three are defeated. 
    
    Now we have to deal with the Rune Knights. Healing before doing so is 
    a good idea. We can't take all of them on at once, if we try to they'll 
    surround and defeat Max. Position Max four spaces to the right of the 
    bottom left Rune Knight. This should draw two of them over to you. Keep 
    attacking those two until they're defeated. You'll should use your last 
    restorative item now. 
    
    When you're ready to continue, move Max four spaces to the right of the 
    top Rune Knight. This will cause the last three Rune Knights to come 
    after you. Keep attacking until all are defeated, then enter Alterone.
    
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                                     Alterone
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Bronze Lance, Healing Seed x 3, Power Potion, 
                 Medical Herb x 2, Middle Sword x 2, Wooden Arrow, 
                 Wooden Staff, Defense Potion, Bread of Life
                  
    
    Head left across the bridge and enter the first house. Go down the 
    stairs and you'll find four chests. Two are empty, one has 70 gold 
    coins, and the other has a Bronze Lance. Go back upstairs and exit the 
    house after opening the chests. Continue to the left and then go up. 
    Continue up past the next stairs you see, we don't need to go to 
    Shining Force headquarters. Head right from there and enter the 
    weapon shop/pub there. Open the three chests in there to receive 100 
    gold coins and a Healing Seed. Then go to the weapon shop and sell the 
    Bronze Lance we just got and Max's Middle Sword (trust me). While there 
    also speak to the man standing under the armor and answer yes twice. 
    Exit through the door you came in and head up. Then go to the right to 
    find a cart. Push it to the left at the girl. Then talk to her and open 
    the chest to receive a Power Potion. Use the Power Potion on Max, then 
    walk down. Head up from the girl and enter the house to the right. Open 
    the chest in there to receive a Medical Herb. Exit the house the way you 
    came in. Head up and enter the next house above the one we were just in. 
    Go down the stairs to find four chests. Two are empty, one contains a 
    Healing Seed, and the other a Middle Sword. Exit the house, head left, 
    and you'll see the entrance to the castle. There's also a building to 
    the left with a chest containing a Medical Herb. Below that building 
    is the item shop, go down there and sell the Medical Herb Max has on 
    him, then get the one in the chest above and sell it as well, also sell 
    Max's Middle Sword (trust me again), leaving him with two open item 
    slots. Then enter the castle, the chest at the bottom left is empty. 
    Open the two chests above it to receive a Wooden Arrow a Healing Seed. 
    Go back to one of the shops and sell the Wooden Arrow, then return to 
    the castle. Head straight up to find the King, then left of him to 
    find four chests. First open the bottom one to receive a Defense 
    Potion, and use it on Max immediately. Open the top one next to receive 
    a Bread of Life, also us it on Max immediately. Leave the other two 
    chests, we'll open them in a minute. First talk to the King and follow 
    him through the door to the right, but don't go down the stairs. Go 
    left of them and open the chest there to receive a Wooden Staff. Go to 
    either of the shops and sell it. Then return to the two chests to the 
    left of the King's throne. Open them to receive a Middle Sword and 100 
    gold coins. Go down the stairs to the right of the throne and speak to 
    the King and then the man standing next to him. When you regain control 
    you can talk to the man to left who will allow you to do anything you 
    can normally do at a Chapel. Examine the bars when you're ready to 
    continue. Then speak to the guy who freed us (Khris), he joins us, 
    unfortunately. Follow the passage he opens up, which takes us outside 
    Shining Force Headquarters, and starts Battle 4.
    
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                                      Battle 4
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 8
    
                              Enemies: Rune Knight x 4
                                       Giant Bat x 4
                                       Dark Dwarf x 4 
                                       Sniper x 2
                                       Dark Mage 
    
    
    Now we have Khris in our party and we don't want that. Move Max next to 
    the stairs leading down to headquarters, and move Chris towards the 
    enemy. Keep choosing stay until Khris is defeated, and then have Max go 
    down the stairs to exit the battle. Go back up restart the battle, this 
    time with just Max.
    
    Now's a good time to make sure Max has his Middle Sword equipped. To 
    start make your way to the right, our first targets will be the Dark 
    Dwarves. Position Max seven spaces below the Dark Dwarf on the left to 
    draw it and one other Dwarf to you. If you go to the Dwarves, the 
    Giant Bats will attack as well, and we don't want to take all them on 
    at once. 
    
    After those two Dwarves are defeated, position Max seven spaces under 
    the Dark Dwarf on the left. This will draw the two remaining Dwarves 
    and two Giant Bats to you. Once they start coming toward you, move 
    Max into the doorway to the right. Now only one enemy will be able to 
    attack at a time. Keep attacking whichever enemy is directly in front 
    of Max until all four are defeated. If one of the Dwarves doesn't 
    follow you, simply defeat it after you've finished off the other 
    three enemies. 
    
    Next move Max to the right of the chest surrounded by water. This 
    will draw the two remaining Giant Bats toward you. Keep attacking 
    until both are defeated. Use a Healing Seed before going any further.  
    
    You see that corner right above the bridge. Move Max there to draw 
    the Rune Knights toward him. While standing there only two will be 
    able to attack at a time. Keep attacking until all four are defeated. 
    
    Use a Healing Seed, then head up towards the three remaining enemies. 
    Take out the Dark Mage first and they shouldn't pose a problem. The 
    battle ends automatically after you've defeated the last enemy. 
    
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                                     Alterone
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Head up, enter the castle, and speak to the King. Then, see that Dragon 
    Head on the wall below the King. Search it and pull the chain. Then enter 
    the newly revealed door and follow the path, which brings Chapter 1 to an 
    end. 
    
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                                      Rindo
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    Item Found: Speed Ring 
    
    Enter Rindo once we regain control. Go all the way to the right upon entering. 
    Then go up and enter the first house you reach. Open the chest in there to 
    receive a Speed Ring, which should be equipped on Max. Next enter the Item 
    Shop to the left and buy Healing Seeds for Max. We can only hold two now 
    since we have an accessory equipped. Next enter the Mayor's house. It's right 
    above the Item Shop. Speak to the mayor, he's the old guy, then exit the town 
    to start Battle 5. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 5
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 9
    
                              Enemies: Dark Dwarf x 3
                                       Giant Bat x 4
                                       Sniper x 2
                                       Dark Mage x 3
                                       Zombie x 4
    
    Start off by heading left towards the three Dark Dwarves. Position Max on 
    the Bridge to draw the four Giant Bats as well as the three Dark Dwarves 
    toward him. You should be able to take them all on, so keep attacking until 
    you've defeated all seven enemies. 
    
    Next head up to the two Snipers and the Dark Mage. Take out the Dark Mage 
    first and then the two Snipers. Use Healing Seed before going any further. 
    
    You see the six remaining enemies. Right now they should all be on the 
    right side because that's where you should be. However they will change 
    their positions, and be much more spread out if you are on the left side. 
    Make your way as far left as possible while staying out of the Zombies 
    range. Once you're there and all the enemies have repositioned themselves, 
    it's time to start attacking, well almost time. 
    
    See the bottom-left Zombie, position Max three spaces to the left, and one 
    space down of him. On the Zombies next turn he should move two spaces to
    the right of Max. Move Max one space to the right and attack him. At this 
    point a Dark Mage should start moving towards you, but don't worry about it 
    yet. First take out the Zombie, then the Dark Mage. 
    
    Now for the next Zombie, position Max three spaces to the left, and two 
    spaces down from the bottom Zombie. On it's next turn it should move 
    two spaces to the right of Max. At this point move Max down one space, and 
    the Zombie should follow. Move Max to the left of the Zombie and keep 
    attacking until it's defeated. Now use your last Healing Seed. 
    
    Now there should only be two Zombies and one Dark Mage left. First we'll 
    take care of the Zombie on the left. We'll be using the same strategy on 
    this Zombie that we did on the last. Position Max three spaces to the left, 
    and two spaces down from it. On it's next turn it should move two spaces to 
    the right of Max. Move Max down one space on his next turn and the Zombie 
    will follow. After it does, move Max to the left of the Zombie and keep 
    attacking until it's defeated. 
    
    Next position Max four spaces down and one to the left of the Dark Mage. On 
    it's next turn it should move toward Max. On Max's next turn, move him down 
    two spaces and the Dark Mage should follow. On Max's next turn, move him 
    to the left of it and attack until it's defeated. 
    
    Now if you're running low on HP, you don't have to fight the last Zombie. 
    Make your way up to the Manarina and enter it while staying out of the 
    Zombies range. 
    
    If you're going to fight the Zombie, position Max three spaces to the left, 
    and one space down of him. On the next turn the Zombie will move towards 
    you. On Max's next to the Zombie and keep attacking until it's defeated. 
    
    Now all that's left to do is enter Manarina. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Manarina
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Item Found: Domingo Egg 
    
    Don't talk to anyone yet. Enter the first building. Head all the way to 
    the right and enter the door where there's a large group of Mages. There's 
    another door at the top of that room. Enter it and search the machine in 
    there to receive the Domingo Egg. Now exit Manarina and head back to 
    Rindo. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Rindo
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Head up to the Item Shop. Sell the Domingo Egg we just got and the Speed 
    Ring. We don't have room for it because Max is going to need three Healing 
    Seeds for next battle. Buy three Healing Seeds, then head back to Manarina. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Manarina
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    There's a Priest in the building to the right and downstairs is Shining 
    Force Headquarters. When you're ready to continue enter the first building 
    and speak to the girl (Anri) standing in front of the door. Enter the door 
    Anri was blocking, speak to the guy there (Otrant), and answer yes to his 
    question. Enter the door left of Otrant, go down the stairs, and then the 
    next stairs as well. Speak to the Mage blocking our way and she'll move. 
    Then go down the next stairs to start Battle 6. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 6
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 10
    
                              Enemies: Zombie x 3
                                       Dark Mage x 4
                                       Sniper x 2
                                       Giant Bat x 5
                                       Skeleton
    
    Items Found: Medical Herb, Power Ring, Orb of Light, Power Staff, 
                 Wooden Staff
                                       
    You'll notice two Zombies once you start the battle. Keep attacking 
    them until both are defeated. Use a Healing Seed now. Now it's on to 
    the last Zombie. The Dark Mage will attack you as you attack the 
    Zombie, it's unavoidable. Just don't attack the Zombie from underneath 
    because then a Sniper will attack you as well. Attack the Zombie once, 
    then fallback and use another Healing Seed. Then attack the Zombie again 
    until it's defeated. 
    
    Next attack the Dark Mage and the first Sniper. Once you cross the bridge, 
    the Giant Bats will start attacking you. Attack the remaining Sniper from 
    underneath. On Max's next turn move him three spaces down. While there 
    only two of the Giant Bats will be able to attack at a time. Attack back 
    on each turn until all five are defeated. Use your final Healing Seed now, 
    if you haven't already. Then open the chest to the left for a Medical 
    Herb. There's another chest at the bottom-right. Head there now, open 
    it to receive a Power Ring, and equip it on Max now.
    
    Now we have to deal with the three remaining Dark Mages. Attack the one at 
    the bottom-left first. Then after it's defeated, attack the other two from 
    where it was positioned. After they're gone, use the Medical Herb we just 
    got. Then attack the Skeleton until it's defeated. Open the chest the 
    Skeleton was guarding to receive the Orb of Light. Now there's two chests 
    left, the left one contains a Power Staff, and the right one a Wooden 
    Staff. Get the Power Staff, we'll get more when we sell it. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Manarina
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Go upstairs, then walk up past the stairs we came from, and the wall should 
    open. Walk up and use the Orb of Light there. After the scene go up and 
    talk to Otrant. Then exit Manarina and head to Rindo. 
    
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                                      Rindo
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Go up to the Mayor's house, speak to him, and answer yes. Go to Max's 
    inventory and transfer the Orb of Light to any other party member. We 
    can't let it take up a valuable item slot for most of the game. Go to the 
    Item Shop and sell the Power Staff. Also buy two Healing Seeds while there. 
    There's now a circus tent at the bottom-right of the area. Speak to the man 
    there and enter the tent when you're ready to start Battle 7.
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 7
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 11
    
                              Enemies: Giant Bat x 3
                                       Mannequin x 3
                                       Evil Puppet x 3
                                       Dire Clown x 2
                                       Marionette
    
    Items Found: Defense Potion, Steel Arrow
    
    I was unable to win this battle without leveling first. Mainly because of 
    Marionette who has 35 HP and he regenerates it during each turn. To beat 
    him you need to be able to do a lot of damage during each turn. To do 
    this we are going to have to do some serious leveling up. Remember what 
    we did during the first battle. We need to do that here, but for a much 
    longer time. You see the three enemies to the left, we'll have to 
    continually take them out, use Egress, then return to battle, and repeat. 
    To defeat them you should wait during your first turn and let them come to 
    you. Then on your second turn, attack the Evil Puppet and keep it up until 
    it's defeated. Then take out the two Mannequins, if you can. If Max's is 
    poisoned, Egress out, and have a Priest cure him. You may also want to 
    attack the Giant Bats to the right. Keep track of Max's Experience. During 
    one of the leveling trips, you should make your way up to the lone chest 
    at the top-right. Inside it you'll find a Defense Potion which should be 
    used on Max. You should be good to go when Max reaches level 15. 
    
    When you're finished leveling, take out the two Mannequins and the Puppet 
    Master the way you've been doing so. Once they're defeated, make your way 
    to the Giant Bats and defeat all of them. Then position Max on the bottom 
    step of the right-most stairs. On Max's next turn, move to and attack the 
    Puppet Master up the stairs. The remaining Mannequin and Puppet Master 
    should move towards you during their turns. Take out the Puppet Master 
    first and then the Mannequin. 
    
    Now we're left with the two Dire Clowns and Marionette. Before going any 
    further you should use a Healing Seed. Now we're not going to attack the 
    Dire Clowns, they should only do one point of damage to you when they 
    attack. It's impossible to attack them without being in a position for  
    Marionette to attack you, so just forget them. When you're ready to 
    attack, move either to the right of or left of Marionette and attack. Do 
    as much damage as you can over the next few turns. Fallback when your 
    HP gets low and use a Healing Seed. Then return and attack ASAP until 
    Marionette is defeated, afterwards the battle is over. Open the two 
    chests to the right to receive a Steel Arrow and 50 coins.
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Rindo
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Exit the circus tent and speak to the Mayor again. After that go to the 
    boat which is a just above and to the right of the circus tent. Enter 
    the boat and there will be a brief scene. After it, speak to the Mayor 
    again. Then go to the item shop, sell the Steel Arrow, and buy Healing 
    Seeds for Max. Exit Rindo and head to Shade Abbey along the newly 
    accessible path to the north. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                   Shade Abbey
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Talk to Amon after entering. Then enter the building to the north. You 
    see the girl blocking the way. She moves after you speak to the guy in 
    the door to the right of her. After that move past where the girl was, 
    and go to the top of the Chapel to start Battle 8. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 8
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 15
    
                              Enemies: Zombie x 6
                                       Skeleton x 3
                                       Ghoul 
    
    This battle is quite simple. Don't move from the starting point until 
    you're defeated all the Zombies and Skeletons. While there only one 
    enemy can attack Max at a time. Keep attacking whichever enemy is 
    right in front of Max until only the Ghoul is left. Now all that's 
    left is to attack the Ghoul, using a Healing Seed before doing so is 
    a good idea. After defeating it, the battle ends and we get a new 
    Shining Force Member. Then as you leave Shade Abbey, we get another 
    member and Chapter 2 comes to an end.
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                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Bustoke
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    When we regain control we'll be in Bustoke. Go up the ladder and enter the 
    first building, which contains a Weapon and Item Shop. But Healing Seeds for 
    Max, sell Amon and Balbaroy's weapons, and then exit. Go up the ladder to the 
    left, then walk to the left and go up another ladder. Enter the door straight 
    ahead and we'll find Diane and her mother. Diane is the one, don't speak to 
    her because we don't want her to join us. Just speak to her mom, answer yes, 
    and then head back to the two shops. From there, keep heading right to 
    start Battle 9. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 9
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 15
    
                              Enemies: Skeleton x 6
                                       Dark Elf x 2
                                       Dark Mage x 2
                                       Dark Priest x 4
                                       Lizardman 
                                       Master Mage
    
    Items Found: Moon Stone 
    
    We're not going to battle this time. Send Balbaroy and Amon into harms way, 
    and keep choosing stay until both are defeated. Then use Egress to leave the 
    battle, and return to battle with Max alone. 
    
    Have Max stay during his first turn. On his next have him attack the closest 
    Skeleton, and then the next one after the first is defeated. Now we have to 
    head right, past the two Dark Elves. But fear not, they can't attack Max 
    unless he's one space directly under them. Make you're way to the first Dark 
    Mage and defeat it. By now a Skeleton should have moved to the right of Max, 
    where the Dark Mage we just defeated was. However we can't attack it here, 
    because the Dark Priest below will heal it. Fall back and the Skeleton will 
    follow, then attack it until it's defeated. 
    
    Next move to and attack the first Dark Priest to the right, attack from 
    above or the left, not from the right. After it's defeated, move one space 
    to the left of the Dark Elf above the stairs, and attack it until it's 
    defeated. Then make your way to the other Dark Elf, without getting in it's 
    range, and attack it until it's defeated. 
    
    Next head for the next Dark Priest, the one standing next to a Skeleton. 
    Attack the Dark Priest until it's defeated, and don't worry, the Skeleton 
    won't move. The head to the next Dark Priest (now the Skeleton moves) and 
    attack it until it's defeated. Then take care of the Skeleton. After That 
    Skeletons finished, there will be only one remaining. This one won't budge 
    no matter what, so the Dark Mage behind it will be attacking you. Using 
    a Healing Seed before attacking the Skeleton is a good idea. 
    
    Now we have four enemies left but we're only going to defeat two more. This 
    part requires some luck, you need to defeat the Dark Priest in one turn. 
    Actually you don't have to leave it to luck, you could level some more. 
    Anyway after you defeat the Dark Priest you'll probably need to fallback 
    and use a Healing Seed. During the next turn, move to the left of the 
    Master Mage and keep attacking until it's defeated, after which the battle 
    ends. Enter the cavern, open the chest to receive the Moon Stone, then 
    return to Town. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Bustoke
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Speak to the man in the first house you see, answer yes to him, and he'll 
    make you Lunar Dew. Give it to any KO'd character and then enter the Item 
    Shop and buy Healing Seeds for Max. When you're ready to start Battle 10, 
    go up the ladder to the left, head right past the Chapel, and then up to 
    exit Bostuke. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 10
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 17
    
                              Enemies: Skeleton x 5
                                       Dark Elf x 2
                                       Dark Priest x 2
                                       Lizardman x 2
                                       Pegasus Knight x 2
    
    Move Max one space below the first Skeleton and attack until it's defeated. 
    Next take out the Skeleton on the left while attacking from below as well. 
    Attack the next Skeleton from below as well until it's defeated. Now for 
    the Dark Elf on the left. Move Max three spaces below it on his next turn, 
    you'll be out of it's range. Next turn, move up, and attack it until it's 
    defeated. Approach the other Dark Elf just like we did the last and take 
    it out. 
    
    Next we'll take out the remaining Skeletons. Attack the one on the left 
    from below until it's defeated, then take out the one on the right the 
    same way. Next move Max to the right of the Dark Priest and attack until 
    it's defeated. Then take out the Lizardman while attacking from above. 
    
    Next head for the two Pegasus Knights on the right. You have to fight 
    both of them at once. Just keep attacking until both are defeated. Use a 
    Healing Seed now, and then head towards the two remaining Pegasus Knights. 
    These two are easier because they don't move. 
    
    Our next target is the Lizardman on the right. It may take some time to 
    defeat it because of the Dark Priest behind it. Just keep attacking, it 
    will go down eventually, and don't hesitate to use your remaining Healing 
    Seed if needed. Lastly take out the Dark Priest to bring this battle to 
    an end. Don't enter the bridge to the right yet, doing so starts Battle 
    11. First return to Bustoke and buy Healing Seeds for Max. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Battle 11
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 17
    
                              Enemies: Lizardman x 5
                                       Pegasus Knight x 3
                                       Dark Priest x 2
                                       Dark Elf x 3
                                       Silver Knight x 2 
                                       Laser Eye
    
    Have Max stay during his first 12 turns. This will give the laser eye 
    time to fire twice, after which it will defeat three of the Lizardmen 
    standing on the bridge. After that, position Max six spaces to the left 
    of the Lizardman still on the bridge. This will draw the three Pegasus 
    Knights. Have Max attack the closest one on his next turn. You'll have to 
    take out all three now. Get off the bridge if the Laser Eye is going to 
    fire, then resume attacking until all three are defeated. You should have 
    taken more than 20 points of damage by now so it's a good time to use a 
    Healing Seed.
    
    Now what you want to do is position Max two spaces below the Laser Dark 
    Priest standing on the bridge. While there no-one will attack you, and a 
    Silver Knight should move in front of the Laser Eye. Stay there until the 
    Laser Eye fires again. Then on Max's next turn have him take out the Dark 
    Priest, and then the Lizardman on the turn after that. Next move to the 
    closest Silver Knight, he should go down in one hit after being hit by the 
    Laser Eye. Make sure to stay toward the top of the bridge as to avoid the 
    Dark Elves. After taken down the first Silver Knight, move Max to the right 
    and down the first steps. While there take out all three Dark Elves. Now is 
    a good time to use the remaining Healing Seed. 
    
    Next head for the last Lizardman and attack it until it's defeated. Then 
    move Max either to the right of the Laser Eye and attack until it's 
    destroyed. It will give Max experience in the teens each time it's 
    attacked and in the forties when it's destroyed. Use Egress at this point 
    and replay up to this point a couple of times. I did so until Max reached 
    promoted level 4. If you don't level now, you'll probably have to during 
    the next battle because there is a boss who regenerates his HP. However 
    there isn't a great source of experience like the Laser Eye in the next 
    battle.
     
    Now we have a Silver Knight and a Dark Priest remaining. Move to and defeat 
    the Silver Knight to end the battle. You should be able to take it down in one 
    attack. After the battle, Pelle joins us, and chapter 3 comes to an end. 
    
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                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Pao
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Long Sword, Bread of Life, Legs of Haste
    
    When we regain control, we'll be in Pao. Go down and speak to the man standing 
    in front of an empty chest. Sell Max's Middle Sword and Pelle's weapon to him. 
    Head past the tent to the right and enter the next tent. There's an old man 
    and a chest in there. Open the chest to receive a Long Sword and equip it on 
    Max. Now enter the tent to the left, speak to General Elliot, and answer yes 
    to him. Next head up and enter the left wagon. Open the chest there to receive 
    a Bread of Life which you should use on Max. Head right to the next wagon and 
    exit it. Then enter the next wagon to the right. Open the two chests, one is 
    empty, and the other contains Legs of Haste. Use it on Max, then go to the 
    Item Shop and buy Healing Seeds. Give some to your KO'd party members if you 
    want, the shop will disappear before Battle 12 starts, so stock up now. Return 
    to the Wagon we were just in and speak to the Queen here (girl in Pink). Then 
    talk to her again, answer yes, and the Wagons will leave. The Chapel can still 
    be found at the top-left and Shining Force Headquarters at the top-right. When 
    you're ready to begin Battle 12, exit the area to the right. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 12
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 4 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Lizardman x 5
                                       Pegasus Knight x 4
                                       Dark Priest x 3
                                       Silver Knight x 4
                                       Artillery
                                       Elliot
    
    Pelle is in our party now and we don't want him. Have Max stay while you send 
    Pelle towards the enemy. Enter Pao after Pelle is defeated, and exit it again 
    to start Battle 12 with just Max. 
    
    Make your way towards the enemy. Before getting too close, head straight up, 
    all the way to the top of the screen. Then continue to the right, this will 
    cause a couple of the Pegasus Knights to come towards you. Let them come to 
    you once they start moving, don't go to them. Once you defeat them, move one 
    space to the right to cause more enemies to come after you. Keep this up until 
    all the Lizardmen and all the Pegasus Knights are defeated. 
    
    Ignore the Dark Priests for now. If we attack them, all four Silver Knights 
    will come after us. Head back to the very top of the screen and head right, 
    until two of the Silver Knights come after you. Defeat them, then take out 
    the remaining two Silver Knights as well. Now you can take out the two 
    Dark Priests to the left. 
    
    Next head for and take out the Artillery, then the Dark Priest behind it. Use 
    a Healing Seed, then keep attacking Elliot until he's defeated. Enter Pao 
    after the battle ends.
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Pao
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Elven Arrow, Steel Sword
    
    Enter the Queens Wagon and open the two chests there to receive an Elven Arrow 
    and a Steel Sword. Equip the Steel Sword on Max. Then head down to the Item 
    Shop and sell the Long Sword and Elven Arrow. Also buy Healing Seeds while 
    there. Exit Pao and enter the structure to the north to begin Battle 13. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 13
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 6 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Silver Knight x 6
                                       Pegasus Knight x 3
                                       Dark Priest x 3
                                       Hellhound x 2 
                                       Artillery 
    
    Move up and take out the first two Silver Knights. Head to the top of the 
    ladder and stay. On Max's next turn have him move to and attack the Hellhound. 
    The three Pegasus Knights and a Silver Knight should come towards you now. 
    Take those four out and then head up and take out the next Silver Knight to 
    the right, then the Dark Priest, and the Artillery. 
    
    Head to the next ladder, take out the next Silver Knight, and the next Dark 
    Priest. After they're defeated, we'll have only three more enemies to deal 
    with, none of which will move. Take out the last Silver Knight first, then 
    the last Dark Priest, and finally the last Hellhound to end the battle. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Uranbatol
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Enter the door the Hellhound was in front of and go down the stairs. Go down 
    again and through the next door to see Earnest defeat a monster. Speak to him 
    in the next room, he'll open a path for you, and unfortunately join the Shining 
    Force as well. Follow the path and we'll be in Town. Go to the Item Shop below, 
    sell Earnests weapon, and buy Healing Seeds. There's also a chapel to the right 
    of the shop. Speak to the Knight standing in front of the door all the way to 
    the right, when you're ready to begin Battle 14.
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 14
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 7 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Silver Knight x 2
                                       Hellhound x 2
                                       Dark Priest
                                       Artillery x 3
                                       Seabat x 5
                                       Evil Puppet 
                                       Balbazak 
    
    We have Earnest in our party, you know what to do, get him KO'd and then 
    restart the battle. 
    
    Have Max move to the left corner and stay during his first turn. A Hellhound, 
    two Silver Knights, and a Seabat should move towards Max. Let them come to 
    Max and attack until all four are defeated. Next move straight to the right 
    and take out the remaining Seabats. Then take out the Dark Priest and the 
    three Artilleries. 
    
    Now we have three enemies left, none of which should move. First move to the 
    left of the Hellhound and attack it. Then take out the Evil Puppet and all 
    we're left with is Balbazak. Use a Healing Seed now if needed, I didn't. Then 
    attack Balbazak until he's defeated. This ends the battle and chapter 4. 
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                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 15
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 10 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Pegasus Knight x 3
                                       Seabat x 4
                                       Conch x 3
                                       Shellfish x 2
    
    Move Max to the top-right corner to draw a Pegasus Knight and a Seabat over. 
    Defeat them and then go to the top-left corner. This will draw over the 
    three remaining Seabats. After they're defeated, take out the Conch below. 
    Head right and take out another Conch and a Shellfish. Then head down and 
    take out one more of each. Next head to the bottom-right of the ship, to draw 
    over two Pegasus Knight. Defeat them to end the battle. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                       Waral
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Shower of Cure, Mobility Ring, Bread of Life, Defense Potion, 
                 Medical Herb
    
    When we regain control, we'll be in Waral. Go down and to the left. The Item 
    shop is the counter on the left, and the weapons shop is the counter on the 
    right. Enter the middle door and open the chests on the left and the right to 
    receive the items listed above. Use the Bread of Life and Defense Potion on 
    Max. Give the Shower of Cure to a KO'd teammate, we'll need it for the last 
    battle, and sell the other items. Also use this opportunity to buy Healing 
    Seeds. Next head to the right, across the bridge. Enter the little boat. 
    There's a Priest below. Go down, speak to the Mermaid near the buoys, and 
    answer yes twice. Sail past her and we'll head down a waterfall. Go upstairs 
    and left to the blue structure. Enter the middle of it to be transported. 
    Follow the Skeleton to begin Battle 16. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 16
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 10 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Skeleton x 5
                                       Hellhound x 5
                                       Seabats x 4
                                       Worm x 3
                                       Mastermage 
    
    First we'll take out the Seabats. Head up then left to draw two of them to 
    us. Defeat them, then head right and take care of the other two. Next head 
    up and take out the closest Hellhound and Skeleton. Head back down and 
    around. Come straight up the middle and attack the Hellhound there, then the 
    Worm, and the two Skeletons. Then head to the left and take out the Hellhound 
    and the Skeleton there.
    
    Next head up the middle. Doing so should cause the two remaining Hellhounds 
    to come at you. Defeat them and then use a Healing Seed if needed. Head up 
    and take out the last Skeleton, and then Master Mage to end this battle. 
    
    When you regain control head down a little to be transported outside. Get back 
    on the boat and sail up. Buy Healing Seeds at the Item Shop. Then Speak to the 
    King and answer yes twice when you're ready to begin Battle 17.
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 17
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 11 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Pegasus Knight x 2
                                       Seabat x 5
                                       Conch x 6
                                       Gargoyle
                                       Shellfish x 4
    
    Have Max stay during his few turns. All the Seabats will come towards you, 
    wait for them, and attack until all five are defeated. Now we have to deal 
    with the Conch and Shellfish. Once you attack one, all of the others will move 
    towards you. What you want to do is attack the lone Conch on the right. Then 
    on the next turn move to that little space to the right where you're between 
    two sides of the boat. While there only one enemy will be able to attack you 
    at a time. Wait there and keep attacking whichever enemy is right next to you, 
    until all the Conch and Shellfish are defeated. Next head down and take out 
    the Gargoyle and then the two Pegasus Knights. This ends the battle and Chapter 
    5.  
    
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                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                       Rudo
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Healing Seed, Holy Staff
    
    When we regain control, we'll be in Rudo. First speak to the kid blocking our 
    way. Then talk to Karin, the girl in the next room. Exit this house and go to 
    the left. Enter the door above the Dragon statue and go down the stairs there. 
    Speak to the dog blocking our way to have it move. Then enter the next door, 
    speak to Krin, and answer yes to her. Go back outside and head to the far 
    right. Go up the ladder there and through the door. Open the two chests there 
    to find the items listed above. Next head to the bottom-left of town to find 
    the shops. Sell the Holy Staff and buy Healing Seeds for Max. Then head 
    right past the ladder we went up earlier, and speak to the boy there to have 
    him move the rocks blocking Rudo's exit. Exit Rudo to begin Battle 18. 
    
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 18
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 12 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Artillery x 5
                                       Master Mage x 4
                                       Durahan 
                                       High Priest 
                                       Worm x 3
                                       Golem x 5
    
    Head right and take out the first three Artilleries. Continue to the right and 
    more enemies will appear. Take out the three new Master Mages first, then the 
    three Worms. Use a Healing Seed, as you continue to the right. Five Golems will 
    appear, they shouldn't pose a problem. After they're defeated, attack the 
    bottom Artillery to the right. Then take out the Master Mage, followed by the 
    remaining Artillery. Now we're left with two, take out the High Priest first, 
    then Durahan to end the battle. Enter Dragonia to the right. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Dragonia
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Halberd, Shower of Cure, Broad Sword 
    
    To the left of the entrance is the Item Shop, but don't buy Healing Seeds yet, 
    we're going to find the items listed above. Go up the left steps and enter 
    the house up there. Open the chest to receive a Halberd, then go down the 
    stairs in there. Follow the path and go up the next stairs. Enter the door and 
    speak to Bleu twice and Karin once. Open the chest there to find a Shower of 
    Cure. Give it to one of our KO'd teammates, we'll need to save it for the 
    last battle. Then go back to the house to witness Bleu defeat an enemy. Speak 
    to him again and he joins the Shining Force. Speak to Kane back outside. Then 
    go to the Item Shop and sell Halberd we just got as well as Max's Steel Sword. 
    Buy Healing Seeds but leave one space open for the Broad Sword we're going to 
    get now. It's in a chest in the top-right house, don't forget to equip it. 
    When you're ready to start Battle 19, go down to Shining Force Headquarters, 
    then go back outside. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 19
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 13 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Golem x 4
                                       Gargoyle x 3
                                       High Priest x 2
                                       Master Mage x 3
                                       Durahan x 2
                                       Kane 
    
    Have Max stay during his first turn. Then have him move up and take out the 
    three Gargoyles, none of which should move after their first turn. Next head 
    over to the Golems, go under them and take out the bottom Master Mage, and 
    then the top one. Then take out the High Priest and the four Golems. 
    
    Continue to the right and use a Healing Seed. Then take out the Bottom Durahan 
    and the Master Mage behind it. Then take out the last Durahan and the High 
    Priest. That leaves us with Kane. You should fall back and use your remaining 
    Healing Seed now. Then return and attack Kane until he's defeated to bring 
    this battle to an end. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Dragonia
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Go up the stairs to the right, enter the Shrine, and walk to the door in the 
    back. Then go to the bottom-left of the Shrine and speak to Kane who opens the 
    door along with Max. Go down the newly accessible stairs and through the door 
    to witness a scene. After it go back up and buy Healing Seeds from the Item 
    Shop. Then exit Dragonia and go back to Rudo. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                       Rudo
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Go and speak to Karin. Talk to Krin next, answer yes to her and then no. Talk 
    to Karin again and exit Rudo to begin Battle 20. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 20
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 14 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Gargoyle x 3
                                       Belial x 3
                                       Bowrider x 2
                                       Golem x 3
                                       High Priest x 2
                                       Master Mage x 4
    
    Have Max stay during his first turn, then take out the Gargoyle that moved 
    towards us. Continue to the right and take out remaining two Gargoyles, a 
    Bowrider, and a Golem. Next head down and take out a Belia who should move 
    towards you. Then take out the first Master Mage, the remaining two Belials, 
    and a Golem who should also move towards you.  
    
    Next head right and take out the Master Mage and the Dark Priest. Then head 
    down, take out a Golem, and then further down to take out the remaining 
    two Master Mages. Now there should only be three enemies to the left 
    remaining. Defeat them but don't enter the Castle yet, doing so starts Battle 
    21. First return to Rudo or Dragonia and buy Healing Seeds. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 21
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Power Potion, Evil Ring, Healing Seed, Black Ring, White Ring, 
                 Shower of Cure, Sword of Light
    
                              My Level: 15 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Gargoyle x 3
                                       Bowrider x 3
                                       Durahan x 2 
                                       Master Mage x 4 
                                       High Priest 
                                       Belial x 3
                                       Mishaela 
    
    Head straight up and take out the three Gargoyles. Then continue up and 
    take out the three Bowriders. Next head right and take out the closest 
    Master Mage, then the other three, and the High Priest. None will move 
    unless you go past them. After they're defeated, you'll probably need a 
    Healing Seed. Now that we have an open space, head to the lone chest at 
    the bottom-right and use the Power Potion it contains. 
    
    Return to where the Master Mages were and head up. This should cause two 
    Belials to come towards you. Defeat them, then open the left chest above 
    us to receive a Shower of Cure, give it to a KO'd member to hold after the 
    battle. The right one contains a White Ring which raises defense by 6. I 
    didn't bother with it, I stuck with the Power Ring. Don't bother with the 
    other two rings found either, both are cursed. The last Belial should move 
    towards you as well, so take it out as well. 
    
    Use Max's remaining Healing Seed. To be on the safe side, you can get the 
    Healing Seed from the right chest on the left side and use it as well, it's 
    not a bad idea since her HP regenerates. Head to the ladder. Once you step 
    up the ladder Mishaela will be able to use her spell on you. So you want to 
    go from on the ladder to her in one turn. Forget the Durahan, just keep 
    attacking Mishaela until she's defeated, it took me four attacks. Once she's 
    done for, the battle ends. Open the chest to the right to find the Sword of 
    Light, and to bring Chapter 6 to an end.
    
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                                      Prompt
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    When we regain control, we'll be in Prompt. First off, equip the Sword of 
    Light on Max, and give the Shower of Cure to a KO'd teammate. Enter the 
    two shops to the left. Sell Max's Broad Sword and buy Healing Seeds. Shining 
    Force Headquarters can be found below the shops and a School/Chapel to the 
    right. Cross the bridge below HQ, head down, and then right. Go down the 
    steps and head left. Go down the stairs and the next three stairs as well. 
    Go down, then left, up the next stairs you see, and speak to the King. 
    Search the bars when you regain control. Speak to the guy who freed us, go 
    back upstairs, and speak to the King again. Below the stairs leading to the 
    cell we were just in is another room. Speak to the man in bed there and then 
    exit the castle the same way you came in. Go right across the bridge and exit 
    Prompt to begin Battle 22. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 22
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 16 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Durahan x 4
                                       Belial x 2
                                       Torch Eye x 2
                                       Jet x 2
                                       Wyvern x 2 
                                       Minotaur
    
    Head right and take out the two Belials and a Jet. They should move towards 
    Max as he heads right. Continue to the right and take out the first two 
    Durahans, let them come to Max once they start moving. One of them has the 
    Doom Blade which you can get if you have an open space when it's defeated. 
    It's not as powerful as the Sword of Light though so I wouldn't bother. 
    Continue right and take out another Durahan, the remaining Jet, and a Wyvern. 
    All should move towards Max, let them come to you once they start moving. 
    Move one space down, and the Minotaur should move towards max, if it 
    doesn't, move down again during Max's next turn also. The last Durahan 
    should also start moving. Let both come to Max and defeat them. 
    
    Now for the two Torch Eyes and the remaining Wyvern. You should use both 
    Healing Seed before attacking them. Move Max six spaces to the left of the 
    top Torch Eye and it should move towards Max. Move to and take it out during 
    Max's next turn. Then you'll have to deal with the other Torch Eye and 
    Wyvern as well. After they're defeated the battle ends. 
    
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                                  Between Battles
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Devil Lance, Turbo Pepper
    
    Enter the Tower and open the chest on the first floor to receive a Devil 
    Lance. The go up to the second floor and open the chest there to receive a 
    Turbo Pepper. If you go down to the next screen, Battle 23 will start. 
    First return to Prompt, sell the Devil Lance, use the Turbo Pepper on Max, 
    and buy Healing Seeds. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 23
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Valkyrie
    
                              My Level: 19 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Ice Worm x 5 
                                       Jet x 3
                                       Wyvern x 2
                                       Steel Claw x 4
                                       Torch Eye x 3
                                       Demon Master 
    
    Head around and up to the steps on the right. Have Max move to and attack 
    the first Ice Worm and then the first Jet. The other two Jets should move 
    towards Max, so they will have to be dealt with as well. Move down and 
    take out the next two Ice Worms. Then move left and take out a Steel Claw 
    and another Ice Worm. Next take out the Steel Claw in front of the steps 
    and use a Healing Seed. 
    
    Position Max one space above the Steps to draw over a Steel Claw, let it 
    come to Max and defeat it. After it's defeated, a two Torch Eye should 
    also come to Max, let it, and defeat it as well. Move up and take out the 
    last Ice Worm, and then a Torch Eye. Next head right, and take out the 
    last Steel Claw, and the last Torch Eye, neither should move. Open the 
    Chest to receive a Valkyrie, and use Max's last Healing Seed. 
    
    Move Max to the very bottom of the ladder. One of the Wyverns should come 
    towards Max. After it moves towards Max, move to and attack it on your 
    next turn. We don't want to give it a chance to attack back. Go a little 
    further up the ladder to draw over the remaining Wyvern, and then take it 
    out as well. Now all that's left is the Demon Master, move to and attack 
    it, you should easily take it down in one hit. After which the battle ends 
    and we're taken into the tower automatically. When you regain control, 
    return to Prompt. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Prompt
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Sword of Darkness
    
    Go to the Item Shop and sell the Valkyrie and the Demon Rod if you won it 
    during the last battle. Also buy Healing Seeds. Enter the Castle and speak 
    to the king to receive the Sword of Darkness. Don't equip it, it's cursed, 
    give it to a KO'd teammate to hold. Go down to the previous floor, then 
    go down the stairs at the top of this floor. Proceed to the wall with the 
    eye on it and use the Orb of Light there. Step on the blue warp thingy, 
    then go to the eye painted on the floor to the right. Use the Orb here as 
    well and then talk to Adam (robot to the left) to start Battle 24. 
    
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 24
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 23 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Demon Master x 3 
                                       Torch Eye x 4
                                       Jet x 4
                                       Ice Worm x 4
                                       Minotaur x 2 
                                       Chaos 
    
    Move Max as far right as he can go. This will cause all four Jets to come 
    at him. They should be easily taken care of and give you plenty of 
    experience in the process. I went up two levels after defeating them. 
    
    Now you see the steps. Position Max three spaces to the right of them, 
    you'll be in a corner. This will draw over two Torch Eyes. Move up and take 
    out the first one after they start moving. Then take out the other two as 
    well, and use a Healing Seed afterwards. 
    
    See the two Demon Masters beneath Chaos. Move up a few spaces and the right 
    one will come towards you. It will keep following you, so back off a little 
    during your next turn. After that, move to and attack it. 
    
    Now move Max one space down from the top-right corner. This will draw over 
    a Minotaur and Chaos, use the other Healing Seed as you wait for them to 
    come to you. Defeat Chaos and the battle ends. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                      Prompt
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Chaos Breaker
    
    Go up the newly accessible path and you'll see three Altars. Put the Sword 
    of Light on the left one and the Sword of Darkness on the right one. Then 
    go to the middle Altar and take the Chaos Breaker. Equip it on Max and then 
    go up past the wall that opened. Head right and step on the blue warp pad, 
    then go and speak to the king and Ontrant. Buy Healing Seeds from the Item 
    Shop and then exit Prompt to begin Battle 25. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 25
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 26 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Demon Master x 2
                                       Horseman x 3
                                       Armed Skeleton x 5
                                       Cerberus x 4
                                       Minotaur x 3
                                       High Priest
    
    Head to the left edge of the screen, as far left as possible. Then go 
    straight down, a Cerberus should move towards you when you almost reach 
    the beach. Take it out on Max's next turn. Then you'll have to take out 
    an Armed Skeleton, a High Priest, and another Cerberus. 
    
    Use a Healing Seed, then move down while staying along the edge of the 
    beach. The Horsemen, a Minotaur, another Armed Skeleton, and another 
    Cerberus should head your way. Take them out and then continue straight 
    down to the wall. Head right and take out the Armed Skeleton blocking 
    the entrance into Runefaust. After it's defeated the battle ends, and 
    after entering Runefaust the chapter ends. 
    
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                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Runefaust
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    When we regain control, we're just outside Runefaust. Go down and enter. Go 
    left and then up to find the Castle. Enter and speak to Mahato. Then exit 
    the castle and go to the bottom of town. There you'll find Shining Force 
    Headquarters. There's a Chapel to the right of it and shops to the left. 
    Buy Healing Seeds, then go left and we'll be outside a blue castle. Enter 
    it to start Battle 26. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 26
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Items Found: Atlas, Halberd
    
                              My Level: 29 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Chimaera x 5
                                       Horseman x 3
                                       Blue Dragon x 3
                                       Cerberus x 3 
                                       Armed Skeleton x 3
                                       High Priest x 2
    
    Use the beginning of this battle to do some leveling. Enter, defeat a 
    Chimaera or two or three, exit battle, return and repeat until you think 
    you've leveled enough. I stopped when Max reached 36. 
    
    Have Max stay on his first turn. Then move him eight spaces under the 
    left-most Chimaera. Take out the closer Chimaera from underneath on 
    your next turn, and then the other Chimaera on your next. The three 
    remaining Chimaera we'll have to take on at once so use a Healing Seed 
    if you've lost move than 20 HP. Head to the far left wall, then up a 
    little, and the three Chimaeras should move towards you. Once they do, 
    move to, and start attacking them until all are defeated. 
    
    The rest of the battle shouldn't be simple because none of the 
    remaining enemies will move. Next take out the middle Cerberus, 
    then the High Priest behind him. Attack the remaining two Cerberus 
    from above until both are defeated. 
    
    Next head left and take out the three Horsemen over the next couple of 
    turns. Then take out the three Blue Dragons. Take out the bottom Armed 
    Skeleton first because it can attack from a distance. Then take out the 
    other two and the High Priest to end this battle. 
    
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                                     Battle 27
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 39 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Ramladu
                                       Steel Claw x 6
                                       Torch Eye x 6
    
    This battle will start directly after finishing 26. However you can
    Egress out and replenish you're Healing Seeds. Then you'll be able to 
    return directly to this battle, you will not have to replay 26. 
    
    Forget all the Steel Claws and Torch Eyes. Just head directly up and 
    attack Ramladu. His HP regenerates but you should still have little 
    trouble defeating him. Once he's done for, the battle ends. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                               Castle of the Ancients
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Go back to town and do whatever, the return to the castle and go down 
    the stairs to the left. We'll be outside, go all the way to the left, 
    to the green spot where there's no mountain. While there, use the 
    Chaos Breaker to make the Castle of the Ancients Rise. Enter the 
    structure to the right and go up to a warp pad. Step on it to be 
    transported to the Castle of the Ancients and to start Battle 28. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 28
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 40 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Chimaera x 6
                                       Blue Dragon x 3
                                       Armed Skeleton x 3
                                       Horseman x 2 
                                       Colossus x 3
    
    Move Max three spaces to the left on his first turn. This will draw 
    over three Chimaera. On the second turn, move Max to the escape spot. 
    Don't escape, just stay there. On the next turn, move to and attack a 
    Chimaera and keep attacking until you defeat the three of them. 
    
    Next position Max seven spaces up from his escape point. This will 
    draw over two Blue Dragons. Fallback on your next turn and they will 
    follow. Then move to and attack on you're next turn until both are 
    defeated. 
    
    Next position Max eight spaces up from the escape point. This will 
    draw over a Chimaera. You know what to do, fall back and lure it to 
    you, then take it out. At this point I used a Healing Seed. 
    
    Move Max nine spaces above the escape point. This will draw over 
    another Chimaera and the last Blue Dragon. Take them out like we did 
    the others. Now for the last Chimaera, move Max 10 spaces above the 
    escape point, then take it out like we did all the rest. 
    
    We're about to get surrounded so be prepared. Head up and take out 
    one of the Armed Skeletons. On your next turn take out another. The 
    take out the Jets, and then the Horsemen. 
    
    I used another Healing Seed at this point. Head left and take out the 
    last Armed Skeleton. Then position Max eight spaces below the closest 
    Colossus. It will move to you. After it does, move to, and attack it 
    on your next turn. 
    
    Then head for the right Colossus. Position Max five spaces below and 
    three to the right of it. This will draw it to you. Have Max move to 
    and attack it on your next turn.
    
    Now all that's left is the middle Colossus. Position Max directly 
    below it and three spaces to the right. It will move towards you. 
    Have Max move to and attack it on the next turn. Once it's defeated 
    the battle ends. 
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                  Between Battles
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    The final two battles need to be fought back to back. If you Egress 
    out during Battle 30, you will have to replay 29. You can return to 
    Town before going up the stairs and starting Battle 29. Remember the 
    three Shower of Cures I told you to have a KO'd member hold? Take 
    them now. If you don't have them for whatever reason, I guess Healing 
    Seeds will have to do.
    
                            <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<{---
                                     Battle 29
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 43 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Torch Eye x 8
                                       Steel Claw x 5
                                       High Priest x 2 
                                       Blue Dragon x 2 
                                       Darksol
    
    Try and make it through this battle only using one Shower of Cure, 
    each restores about 40 HP. You'll need the other two for the next 
    battle. If things don't go your way, restart the battle and try 
    again. 
    
    Move Max up seven spaces from the starting point. On the turn after 
    that, take out a Torch Eye. This will cause the two Blue Dragons to 
    come towards you. Take out one of them from underneath on the next 
    turn and the other should retreat. 
    
    When you're ready to continue, take out another Torch Eye. The 
    remaining Blue Dragon will move towards you. Take it out from 
    underneath on your next turn. 
    
    Now there should be a Steel Claw in the middle of the stairs. Take it 
    out and two more Steel Claws and a Torch Eye should come towards you. 
    Defeat the Torch Eye first and then the Steel Claws. A High Priest 
    should also come towards you, so take it out as well.
    
    Now for Darksol, you'll want to heal before attacking him. He has 150 
    HP but it does not regenerate. Move above him and keep attacking until 
    he's defeated. Once he's done for the battle ends and the final battle 
    begins. 
    
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                                     Battle 30
                            ---}>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
                              My Level: 45 (promoted)
    
                              Enemies: Dark Dragon x 3
                                       Armed Skeleton x 28
    
    First we have to deal with the Armed Skeletons. On your first turn, 
    move Max up one space, and two to the left. This will draw the left 
    Skeleton towards you. Have Max move to and attack it on your next 
    turn. Once it's defeated another one will appear on that blue square. 
    Position Max under it and keep attacking until the Skeletons stop 
    appearing. When you finish with the left side, go over and do the 
    same on the right side. A total of twenty-six will appear, thirteen on 
    each side. 
    
    Now for the Dark Dragons. The left and right ones have 240 HP, middle 
    one has 280. Their HP does not regenerate, so it's safe to fall back 
    and heal at anytime.  It's best to take out the side ones first, 
    then the middle. Once all three are defeated, the battle ends, as well 
    as the game. Congrats on beating the game with Max alone. 
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