In-Depth Guide for Ogre Battle 64 on n64
Version v.1
14/10/00
written by `Xenocide <jld5445@ksu.edu>


Version History
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v.1 Initial release - not finished, folks


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Table of Contents
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 I.   Introduction
 
 II.  FAQ

 III. Story

 IV.  Controls

 V.   Characters
      A. Plot Characters
      B. Pud Characters   
      C. Classes
      D. Stats
     
 VI.  Items

 VII. The Field Map

 VIII.Weapons

 IX.  Enemies

 X.   Secrets/Codes
 XI.  Thanks

 XII. Legal

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Introduction
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 Ogre Battle 64 is an excellent Strategy game with RPG elements. It fits under 
so many catagories its really hard to place it, just like all the best games. 
About as accurate as you can get is Real Time Strategy RPG. What seperates it
from RPGs is that you do not control units directly, but rather give them a
general "Battle Stratgy." What seperates it from RTS games is that your units
rise in level, rather than just pumping them out. The real strategy is in
min/maxing your characters and units. 
 For those of you unfamiliar with the series: yes, it uses 2d graphics 
(sprites). For those of you familiar with the series: yes, they kept the good
2d graphics. However, they upgraded the world map from tile based mode 7
style to a polygonal environment. I can think of no detriment to the series 
from this change, fortunately.
 If you've never played before, or if you have and intend to play the game 
seriously, you'd better start off with the tutorial, which you may or may not
recognize as Deneb from Ogre Battle SNES. 
 If you like Ogre Battle 64, you might give Ogre Battle:March of the Black 
Queen (SNES), Warcraft, Final Fantasy Tactis, or one of the Ultimas a try.
 Next to the part everyone really is looking for... the FAQ!

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FAQ
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1. Why arent my soldiers promoting?
 Soldiers earn experience in a differant manner than other characters. They
get secret exp based on the number of other soldiers in the group, provided
the unit wins the battle. There's a formula, but I doubt its validitiy. Also,
soldiers have to see REAL combat, not training.	

2. Why are my characters alignmen falling?
 Alignment is a big deal in Ogre Battle, to balance the game. Units that level
too high above the enemy lose ali by killing them. Similarly they raise ali by
killing units of a higher level than them. Other factors are involved, but this
one is the biggie. If you're curious, my in depth ali FAQ should be integrated 
to this below at a later time. Just wait until then, or read my posts.

3. Why do the enemy units have differant classes than I do?
 The enemy always gets classes before you do, I guess to show you why they're 
useful. Don't sweat it. You'll get the class too when you have the items and 
qualified characters. 

4. Why do my soldiers turn into Zombies after I complete a map?
 When you complete a map, there is around a one in three chance that a dead 
character will turn into a Zombie. Theres nothing you can do about this, not
even selling off Old Clothes. Just make sure people are alive when you beat the 
map if you don't want Undead.

5. Where can I get new characters to fill out my ranks?
 You can get new humans by giving soldiers battle experience, and find the rest
of the classes through area investigation after a map is complete. Simply
use the "Talk" interrupt command that replaces battle strategy. Neutral 
characters are listed by entering HQ of a map during Area investigation.

6. How come a class I isn't available for my characters?
 First you have to have at least one of all the required equipment for a class.
After that you can purchase more for new class changes. In addition, the 
character must meet the stat requirements and the ali requirement. 

7. Whats the point of elem pedras? They're never allowed!
 Elem pedras are the last interrupt command to be enabled, following Battle
Strategy and Retreat. It takes a lot of damage to reach this stage, so don't 
expect them to be used for a while. When you first do use them, its not going
to be very impressive, since they're based on the level of Magnus.

8. Why do I keep losing? 
 You probably left the HQ undefended, or Magnus died. My suggestion is to
not have him leave the base. This way you have it protected, and you don't risk 
him dying.

9. Is the game worth it?
 Yes.

10. Are you just saying that?
 Go rent it if you don't believe me. You probably bought turok 2 on less merit, 
so why start worring about being ripped off now? Seriously, rent it if you're 
unsure. 

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Story
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 You are Magnus, a youthful graduate of the Military acadamy. In the process of 
making a name for yourself, you have decided to apply to the Southern Division.
Much of the plot will unfold, and in fact, you can intentionally alter the flow
of it. And I don't want to ruin the replay value or degrade the hard work the 
makers have done in creating a great interactive storyline, so I'll just say 
this: you can expect the usual plot fare, an evil empire that sold its soul
for power, the incompentant general trying to save himself from doom, the 
"Rebellion" thats always in every game. And thats just the first chapter...


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Characters
===============

A. Plot Characters

   These are the named Characters you'll see in cutscenes, progressing the 
plot. I'm trying not to spoil the game, so the list will definately be 
incomplete. You can view a dynamic chart of all the plot characters from
the Hugo Report.

   Magnus Gallant - This is you. You can rename him, obviously. Newly graduated 
from military acadamy, you are searching your way in life. The last name 
obviously means gallant, for whatever reason.
  
   Diomedes Rangue- Your friend and rival from the acadamy. His dream in life is 
to be a knight.
 
   Hugo Miller- Mandatory wise man. He gives you a general strategy for the maps,
along with information about the past and present, presented in "Hugo 
Reports."

   General Godeslas - Incompitent general who's out of to climb the ladder
of power any way he can. And you get to work with him. His last name seems like
a play on the term "godless" to me.

   Prince Yumil - Old friend of yours you left when you went to the 
acadamy. His kind nature is easily subverted by the corruption of the people
surrounding him. His name seems to be a play on "humile." 


B. Common Class
   
   The rest of the characters in the game do not serve the plot much, but 
rather, they help you win the war. Characters are divided into races (not
really races, but thats what the game calls them), and are further divided 
into classes. The races are Human Female, Human Male, Demi-Human, Monster,
Golem, Dragon and Undead. characters can change freely among classes, but
only the ones inside their race, provided they meet the statistics. In order
to change class, the character must have good enough statistics, an
alignment inside the yellow range, and proper equipment. 
   You cannot recruit new characters from cities as you could in Ogre Battle
SNES. Instead, new characters are either found in random battles, as is 
the case for monsters, dragons, golems, and demi-humans, or promoted from 
soldiers, in the case of humans. 
   I've put my reccomendation on which row the character's attacks are best 
in parenthesis next to their name. Please note that I am falliable and
in addition that there are always other concerns when creating units than
their best attack row.
   Classes that can lead have a L in the title line, like:
                       Knight (front) L

   1. Soldier (rear)
      The Soldier is a the basic class for humans. They are not named, and
are of indeterminate gender, presumably to save on RAM. They are placed in
groups of three, taking up one slot in a unit. Their statistics are 
determined by the non soldier units in the group's averages. A group of 
Soldiers DO earn experience, but its not shown to the player. It earns exp 
for victories rather than killing things. When they earn enough exp, one is
promoted to Amazon or Fighter after battle, depending on the gender of the
unit leader, and the rest dissapear. I prefer to place soldiers in the rear,
because every third of the groups exp kills one of the soldiers, weakening
the group, and they're not in the unit for their strengh, but for training.
If you're gonna have one you might as well have more since they can combo
their attack. See more on Combos down a bit.

   2. Human Female
 
     a. Amazon (Rear)
        The Amazon is the basic Female class. She uses a bow and arrow 
to attack enemies from afar. Around Level 5, Amazons usually have the
stats for advanced classes.


     b. Archer (Middle) L
        The Archer is basically a better version of the Amazon. They still
use a bow and arrow, but they're better from the second row, than the rear.

     c.Dragon Tamer (front) L
       The Dragon Tamer is akin to the valkyrie in that they're good in the
front row, but theres a great reason not to put them there. Dragons in a 
unit led by Dragon Tamers perform better than usual. Since dragons are 
good in the front until their breath attack gets better, Dragon Tamers 
are better suited to letting the dragons kick booty and sit in the back to
avoid dying.

      
     d. Valkyrie (front or rear) L
        The Valkyrie is a great frontline warrior and a decent back line
magic user(lightning). They use a spear to attack in the front and middle
rows, and magic in the back row.

     e. Sorceress (back) L
        The Soceress is a magic wielder. Their magic is determined by the
kind of SpellBook they carry. If they carry a regular spell book, then 
they cast magic of their own element, otherwise they cast the spell of
the book's element.


     f. Cleric (Back) L
        The cleric is a woman of their god. Rather than fighting the 
opponent, they instead heal the unit. For some reason, they carry a
mace, rather than the Ankh of Ogre Battle SNES.


     g. Witch () L
        Unfinished

     h. Angel Knight () ?
        Unfinished


   3. Human Males
     a. Fighter
        The Fighter is the basic class for human males. They use swords
to attack the enemy. Around level 5 they begin to be eligible for 
advanced classes.

     b. Berzerker (front) L
        The Berzerker is the ultimate fighter, sacrficing everything for
strength advantages. Supposedly this class does not lose fighting power
due to status aliments.

     c. Fencer (front) L
        The Fencer is a swift version of the fighter, sacrificing defense
for agility. A decent front line warrior, especially useful if a series of
first strikes can decimate an opponent character.

     d. Phalanx (front) L
        The phalanx is a real bear of a unit, and a decent fighter. They
sacrifice their magical defense and agility for more defense. Excellent for 
winning battles because the take little damage and deal out normal damage.
This also makes them good candidates for raising soldiers.

     e. Beast Tamer (back) L
        Beast Tamers are best used in conjunction with beasts. They raise the
performance of the beasts in the unit, so its best to put two beasts in the
unit and the tamer. Might as well place the tamer in the back on a side and 
let the beasts do the work. 

     f. Doll Master (middle) L
        The doll master is a master of manipulation of inanimate objects. His 
specialty is attacking with dolls or puppets. In addition, he gives golems,
created from inanimate junk, the same master bonus as beast and dragon tamers.

     g. Ninja (front)
        The ninja is your quick low ali unit. He attacks with lethal claws. I 
don't like these guys because their too weak, really. 	

     h. Wizard (back) L
        This guy is the only magic user out if all the male classes. If you're 
gonna put one in the unit, you might as well add one or two more in the same
row for combo attacks. See more on combos down in the text.

   4. Demi-Humans
     a. Faerie 

     b. Gremlin (back)
        The gremiln is a batlike creature, sort of evil by nature. They aren't
very useful, but whatever goes, neh?

     c. Pumpinhead (back)
        The pumpkinhead is a menace on either side. Their front row attack 
halves the attacked characters HP, and the back one does like 30 damage to a
radius of characters, at a cost of 30 HP to the pumpinhead. Not fun to fight 
against. 

     d. Hawkman ()
        The Hawkman is basically a guy with wings. His weapon of choice is the 
hammer. He's also the only Demi-Human that can you can change the class of. 
Note that he's a sky unit.
     e. Raven () L
        The chaotic pumped up version of Hawkman. One of two leaders of the
sky movement type.

     f. Vultan () L
        Like the Raven only Lawful. The other sky leader. Attacks 
  
   5. Beasts
     a. Hellhound (front)
        The Hellhound is one mean beast. It attacks by biting with its two 
heads. It also gets three attacks in the front row. Vicious.

     b. Cerberus (front)
        The higher class of Hellhound, its stronger and has 3 heads rather than
two. Even more vicious.

     c. Wyrm ()

     d. Wyvern ()

     e. Griffen (front)
        The Griffen is a sky character, with the head of an eagle and the body
of a lion. In the front and middle they dive at the enemy, and in the back they
create a wind storm at an enemy.          
     f. Cockatrice ()

     g. Opinincus ()

    
   6. Golems
     a. Golem ()
    
     b. Stone Golem ()
     c. Baldr Golem ()

   7. Dragons
     a. Yonng Dragon (front)
        The young dragon is an undeveloped dragon, and useful for filling out
your ranks as damage absorbers. When they get a high enough level, they change
into the dragon of their element. If their ali is high or low enough, its 
thought that they'll turn into the elusive Black and Platinum Dragons.

     b. Thunder Dragon (front)
        Mature dragon with lightning breath. 
     c. Red Dragon (front)
        Mature dragon with fire breath.
     d. Earth Dragon (front)
        Mature dragon with acid breath.
     e. Blue Dragon (front)
        Mature dragon with cold breath.
     f. Platinum Dragon (front)
        Mature dragon with sacred breath.
     g. Black Dragon (front)
        Mature dragon with swamp breath or something.

     h. Tiamat ()
        
     i. Bahamut ()

     j. Hydra ()

     l. Ahzi Dahaka ()

     m. Flarebrass () 

     n. Quetzalcoatl ()


   8. Undead
      The undead are a special race, of humans who weren't revived in time.
If you finish a map with dead characters, then theres around a 30 percent 
chance that the characters will change to Zombies, with no way back. I 
have... 8 of them at the moment, but three were from before I figured out 
how it worked, and another three were a bad move on my part. Don't let the 
same happen to you. 
        Oh, and don't think that not having any old clothes will stop the
transformation; the game is kind enough to lend you them.(Yes, this was 
the bad move on my part.)
     
     a. Zombie (front)
        Zombies are the basic undead class. I hear you can pick them up
in random battles, but personally I have a problem thinning my ranks of
these guys. 

     c. Skeleton ()
        Skeletons are axe wielding... yup-skeletons. I have not seen this
for myself, but supposedly lighting fire to zombies ala opponent's fire 
magic gets you skeletons.        
     d. Ghost ()  
        Ghosts attack with supernatural powers. They dont really have much 
in the way of damage attacks, so they're useless to me.
        

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Controls
============
 If you've used windows, I think you can handle Ogre Battle 64. Everything
is presented in windows and dialogs for you. Start is useful for explaining 
menus and windows in most cases. To the schemas-

On the Field Map:
D-Pad    - moves the curser.
Joystick - moves the curser too. 
Start    - pause.
Select   - the n64 doesnt have one.
A        - selects the current highlighted object.
B        - cancels a selection
R        - brings up the action menu. 
C-Up     - raises the camera angle
C-Down   - lowers the camera angle
C-Left   - toggles the overview map
C-Right  - toggles scroll modes, and pauses the game while pressed.
Note that the cursor has an affinity for objects in the field, meaning it
moves torwards units and strongholds if they're near it. 


Action Menu-

 Dispatch 
     Brings up a list of units avaiable to bring to the field.
 Organize Units
     Brings up the unit orginization screen
 Elem Pedra
     Shows you what Pedras you have and how soon until they can be used again.
 Settings
     Change settings like game and message speed.
 Mission Objective  
     Replays the winning and losing conditions.
 Suspend  
     Saves the current progress and quits. Restarting from the save will erase 
it. So no save state cheating.

Unit Command Menu-
 
 Commands - commands for movements     

      Move
         Sets the waypoints for units. Press A to set a waypoint, then move
the cursor to set another one. To end the waypoint track, press A before moving
the curson again.

      Direction
         Tells the unit to look in one of eight directions. Useful because a 
unit's visibility is severly limited behind it, and for facing the enemy.

      Orders - sets the pathing of the unit releative to enemy units
         Dir - the unit moves in the shortest distance to the waypoint, 
               reguardles of enemey units.
         Hit - the unit attacks enemy units relatively close to the path.
         Eva - the unit avoids enemy units.         
         Guard - the unit holds its garrison when approached by enemies         
         Int. - the unit cuts off units passing by its garrison.
         Ret. - the unit retreats is garrison when approached
      
      Destintation
         Shows the waypoints set for a unit.

      Retreat
         Retreats the unit, so it can be reorganized, etc. Usable only on units
stationed in HQ.

 Unit Commands - commands pertaning to the unit organization.
      Battle Strategy
         Sets the initial battle strategy for the unit.
      Formation
         Reorganizes the unit formation. 
      Use item
         Uses one of the expendables the unit is carrying.
      Change Leader
         Changes the leader of the unit, if theres anyone else that can lead.
 
 Legion Commands - commands pertaining to the legion a unit may be in
      Formation
         Alters the legion formation
      Divison Placement
         Alter placement of units within the formation

 Stronghold Commands - commands available while garrisoned at a Stronghold
      Enter Stronghold
         Enters the stronghold to talk with the townsfolk
      Stronghold info
         Displays the stronghold's population, moral, and special functions
      Shop
         Purchase equipment and expendables, when available
      Witch's Den
         Revives dead characters, for a fee.
      Exchange characters
         Trades characters if theres another unit to trade with
      Exchange items 
         Exchanges items with any other units in the stronghold.
      Exhange units
         Exchanges Units between legions.

 Camp/Break-camp
      Orders the unit to set up camp or break it. Camping recoups HP and 
fatigue.

 Status
      View the quick stats for your characters in the unit.          
 

More to come later.....
 
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The Field Map
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 The Field is comprimised of three things: strongolds, units, and terrain
Strongholds are cities and castles for defense and restoration. Units include 
both your units and the units of the enemy. The biggest consideration on the 
map left is terrain. Terrain is divided into 8 types
   1. Highways  
   2. Plains
   3. Forests
   4. Marsh
   5. Highlands
   6. River Banks
   7. Wilderness
   8. Snowy versions of these.
Movement across these is impeded by units with differant movement types than
the terrain. 

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Items
========

I'm not that bored. Read the manual, or use the help cursor by pressing start.

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Weapons
===========
same deal. you know, i think someone else allready entered this all, straight
from the instruction booklet. go read that one, or the booklet, for god's sake.


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Armor
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did you think i was gonna change

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Enemies
============
this i might actually add later

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Thanks
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to Atlus for translating this cool game, even if the cussing was comic

to Quest for a great lesson in object orientation, micromanagement and strategy.

to the gamefaqs.com boards for posting good questions and giving good responses.




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Secrets/Codes
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-Enter your name as "MUSIC_ON" to enter a Background Music Test. 
-Enter your name as "DEL_DATA" to delete all the saved data on the cart. 

  taken from Desmond Gaban at http://ogre.gaban.com/codes.html 

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Legal
========
 This work falls under US copyright laws. Do not distribute without express
written consent.
Any names ( like <names>) are probably trademarked by <gamecompany>
No llama were harmed in the creation of this game.
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