FINAL FANTASY 1 ONE WHITE MAGE GUIDE version 0.75 Written by: EDMAN email@example.com 3rd January, 2003 This guide (faq, walkthrough, call it whatever you want...) will get you through the game with just one White Mage. It includes a step-by-step walkthrough on how to do it. I still want you to have finished FF1 before doing this, as this game can get quite annoying for a beginner... Please note that I already have a FF1 One Fighter Guide. It can always be found at www.gamefaqs.com I will probably have another solo ??? character guide for FF1 (Black Mage is what I am looking forward to...). This guide will follow the same layout as the last one, so it is easier for everyone to navigate through this guide. COPYRIGHT NOTICE This guide is copyright (c) by Edmunds Steins. You may not reproduce this guide or any part of it. Anyone who will claim this guide as their own, sell this guide or use it for any other promotional purposes (even if it doesn't involve getting money) will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If you wish to put this guide up on your site, you are encouraged to do so, but you MUST get (e-mail for it) permission from me to do so, otherwise you are breaking copyright. Please do not rip off other people's work. Imagine when you will feel like a master of a computer/video game, and will write a great guide (I'm not suggesting this guide is great:), and someone rips it off. You will feel like ripping the guy's lungs out. And that's exactly what I am going to do if you break my copyright! Suing other people in the modern world isn't that difficult (especially if your parents are lawyers, hehehe). ================================ Contents ============================== Part 1 : Guide Intro & Game Suggestions Part 2 : Detailed Final Fantasy 1 Solo White Mage Walkthrough 2.01 HEY! What happened to the other three??? 2.02 What? Pirates? 2.03 The Sleeping Prince (HUH? Shouldn't it be princess???) 2.04 Let's just blow it up! What? Where's my TNT? 2.05 The Rotting of the Land The walkthrough stops here. I will update the guide with the full walkthrough. For now, there are only boss strategies: > Eye > Kary > Kraken > Tiamat > Temple of Fiends Revisited: > Lich > Kary > Kraken > Tiamat > Chaos Part 3 : Some Add-ons 3.01 Frequently Asked Questions 3.02 Sources of more FF1 information 3.03 About/Contacting me 3.04 Thanks 3.05 Version History =================== PART 1 : Guide Intro & Game Suggestions ================== This is a solo white mage guide, and it does exactly what it says - it gets you through the game with just one white mage. In my solo fighter guide I gave reasoning why I chose a fighter (I even said that you cannot do a solo white mage game, so that's a lesson for me - never say never!). Well, in this case, there is no reasoning. This is just a plain and simple challenge - the white mage has the lowest attack in the game (at this point somebody should be pointing at the Thief...who is weaker..., and Black Mage, but it all depends on luck and how you gain their levels...). A game with just one white mage is going to be very very difficult, which is why I ask for you to have already finished Final Fantasy 1 before a couple of times. SIMPLE GAME SUGGESTIONS These are just some things that you should remember when playing the game and I won't remind you about them anywhere in the future. --> ALWAYS HAVE 99 HEAL POTIONS! From the very beginning of the game, once you can come up with the cash (which seems to be around the time you get to Elfland), keep in your items screen 99 heal potions. There is nothing worse than to be going around a dungeon with low HP and you just forgot to buy those potions. Always have them with you. Also, remeber it doesn't end with heal potions. You should always have 20 or more Pure potions with you. DON'T bother with Soft potions. If you do get stoned, it's GAME OVER! --> ALWAYS SAVE! There's nothing worse than to go around leveling up for a couple of hours and then get killed by a monster. Why? Because you would have to level up again!!! And this time it will be frustrating. Therefore, just save whenever you can! BTW, healing at INNs is not the only way of saving - if you have walked a long distance, use a TENT and save. --> LEVELING UP IS NOT THE SAME AS SOLVING A DUNGEON! So when you are in a dungeon, if you can't beat it, simply go to some of the level up places I have mentioned in the walkthrough, gain levels and then return. Don't try to level up inside a dungeon. Instead, RUN from all the battles to conserve HP, so you have enough Heal Potions to heal yourself back to full health before fighting the boss of that dungeon. --> MAXING OUT STRENGTH! If you have enough patience, you can make this solo challenge a lot easier for yourself. Simply, at certain levels the White Mage will always gain more Strength. However, at most levels, he only has 50% chance of gaining strength. So, save before each level up, and make sure that you gain strength. If you don't, then restart. That way your White Mage can have a strength stat of 54. --> ANYTHING ELSE??? If you think something should be added here, either e-mail it to me to firstname.lastname@example.org =================== PART 2 : FF1 SOLO FIGHTER WALKTHROUGH ===================== 2.01 HEY! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER THREE??? Your crew (one hopes it includes a white mage...) will appear in front of Coneria. This should be your 3rd time of starting Final Fantasy 1, so I won't get into too much detail. Get into the town. What you want to buy is a CURE spell, a cloth and an iron hammer. Give it to the white mage you want to play the rest of this game with. You could buy Wooden staves for the other three mages, so they can die quicker. If you are the gambler type, you could take RUSE instead of CURE, as it will allow you to take down Garland at LV1 (he can't attack you at all if you have casted RUSE twice). But I don't suggest that. It is best to get to LV3, when you can already start kicking around the IMPs without being afraid of dieing. Don't forget to equip your equipment after you are done shopping. Do not buy Heals just yet, save the money for INNs. Press 'select' and put the white mage you want to play with in the last row. That way he has a smaller chance to get hit. So get out of town, fight some IMPs, make the other party members just use the wooden staff as item, so they wast a turn. Fight the IMPs with your one white mage ONLY (he isn't all that weak after all), and leave only one, which would then kill your useless party members. Finish the battle. If you are hurt, use CURE, if you are still not OK, go and use an INN. If you want to gamble a little bit, get into another fight with some IMPs. This time it will be your one White Mage only so he will get beaten up pretty bad, but you should win the fight (remeber to use CURE!) If you managed to win two fights, then congratualtions! You will probably level up (raises your HP to around 50) and get enough money for the INN. If you can do that, then you should just keep on doing that until you are LV4. Then just buy RUSE, a couple of HEALs and head for the Temple of Fiends. BOSS FIGHT : GARLAND HP : 100 ATTACKS : He will use the attack command only. STRATEGY : Cast RUSE twice and he won't be able to hit you at all. Then just attack, even if you do 1 damage, you still win. After you are done with him, take the teleporter (talk to the princess) back to Coneria. You have a long walk up ahead. 2.02 WHAT? PIRATES? Don't bother leveling up, just walk to Pravoka, running from all battles. Once you get there, heal at the inn. You have a boss fight ahead. BOSS FIGHT : PIRATES x 9 HP : 6 ATTACKS : They only have an attack command, however, they also have a pretty high chance of getting critical hits. STRATEGY : Cast RUSE twice, then just attack. All of their attacks will miss. If they get a critical, just cast CURE (you should have at least one shot of L1 Magic left). Once you are done you should have enough money to buy some gloves from the armor shop. Go to the magic shop (I think you can guess which one :), and buy the MUTE magic. You really don't need anything else from magic in this town. Buy some potions and tents and then rest at the inn. It's leveling up time! However, you will have a lot of difficulty defeating the monsters around Pravoka area. Use RUSE as much as you can to defeat them. Ogres are the best for this purpose, as their Hit% seems to be the lowest. However, 2 RUSEs and pretty much nothing can hit you. So if you can survive 2 rounds, you have won the battle. Use the inn after every battle. Before you head for Elfland, make sure you have collected quite some money: CUR2: 1500 G HRM2: 1500 G Copper Bracelet: 1000 G Cap: 80 G That goes over 4000 G, but remember, for the next quest, you will need 99 Heal Potions, 10 Pure potions and around 5 tents. So it is a lot of cash. Then again, you could go leveling up in the Elfland area, just remember that the monsters there are a bit more difficult, but 2 RUSEs still evades anything! 2.03 THE SLEEPING PRINCE (HUH? SHOULDN'T IT BE PRINCESS???) First try to get all the above mentioned things. Your levels will be just fine if you get all of the above (cus you will need to get cash by fighting battles, which will level you up). Once you are done, (make sure you have heals, tents and pures!), head for the Marsh cave. Remember to use a TENT to save before you enter. Once inside, run from all the battles. To get throught the Marsh Cave: Go down, enter the room and go downstairs. Go straight down, then right, enter the room, and exit it through the other door. Now go downstairs. Go down until you get to the second row of rooms (right below you). The second room has an iron armor and a house. Now go down to the third row of rooms. The second room has the wizards. BOSS FIGHT : Wizards x ? HP : 85 ATTACKS : They only have an attack command, but this attack is really strong. Criticals do around 95 damage, so use heals. STRATEGY : Cast RUSE twice, then just attack and pray they don't get too many criticals. Use some CUR2 if you have to. Get out of the cave. I suggest going to the Northwest castle right away. Save outside using a TENT. BOSS FIGHT : Astos HP : 156 ATTACKS : He has quite a nice set of spells, inculding RUB. As an addition to that, he has a pretty strong attack. STRATEGY : Cast MUTE. Hope it works, if it does, you will never have to worry about his magic. Then cast 2 RUSEs, and simply attack. An easy battle, but takes ages! Once you are done with Astos, head for Matoyas cave, grab the herb, go back to Elfland and wake the prince. 2.04 LET'S JUST BLOW IT UP! HUH? WHERE'S MY TNT??? Well, the TNT is in the Coneria castle, so go there and get it! Howerver, now that you have the Mystic Key available, you can take some more lewt. Go to the Northwest castle, and empty the treasure chests there (use HARM to kill the undead). Equip the Power staff you find there. You can also go to the Marsh cave, but I didn't because that place is just too much of a pain in the A$$. Afterwards, head for the dwarf cave. You will find more sellable stuff there (nothing you could equip...). Talk to Nerrick and he will build a canal for you. 2.05 THE ROTTING OF THE LAND Head for Melmond. There you will find some stuff that you can't escpae buying: CUR3 <-- Your best healing spell HRM3 <-- Your best attack spell Silver Bracelet (just good armor) This will rack up a bil of 8000 x 2 + 5000 = 21,000 Gil. That's a lot of cash, but you can easily get it all buy selling the equipment you found all over the world! Well, you won't quite have enough money... so it's leveling up time! I still suggest that you use Ogres to level up. I think that even in a White Mage game, they are stil the best/quickest way of leveling up. However, if you are feeling brave, you can try taking on some Giants in the hall of Giants! You can accomplish this because 3 RUSEs is all you need to make the Giants miss. However, they still have critical hits... (that's why I suggest you get the Silver Bracelet and CUR3 before anything else!). As an addition to that, I suggest you go to Crescent Lake (town east of Melmond) and buy the Silver Hammer there. It has a higher Hit% than the Power staff and you can sell the staff. Believe it or not, but the Silver Hammer will be your best weapon until you get the Masamune at the very end of the game... Now, I think that NONE of the L6 spells are any good. If I were you, I would spend some more time leveling up in the Crescent Lake area. You will fight some Trolls and Giants there (You will also meet enemies called "Pede". Run away from those, otherwise you might end up fighting them for hours, and then THEY might run away...can be a waste of time). Some people might argue that the inn is really expensive (200 G), but it does make things easier (to not to have to walk anywhere to rest an the inn...) NOTE: I was at Level 25 when I tackled the Earth Cave. Once you have gotten everything, you should be at a high enough level to tackle the Vampire. So, let's head inside the Earth Cave... Once you go inside, head right. Make sure you run away from every single battle that you will ever encounter. There will be only 1 that I couldn't run away from, and it was a random battle with the Wizards. Ahhh... well, we know how to take care of those guys :) Just RUSE and attack! BTW, don't check any of the chests, or you will meet Earth Elementials, extremely powerful monsters, likely to kill you easily before you can get your RUSEs in there... Just get on with it and get to Level 2 of the earth cave! In level 2, head down, up, down, down, up right, down, up right, down, down, down, up right, take the stairs to level 3. In level 3, you will meet Cocatrices, which could stone you.As an addition to that, you will meet Wizards in this room (RUSE, attack). Ouch! Level 3 is a circular room, so just walk in a circle anticlockwise, and try to keep to the inside as much as you can. The path will end in a room, and there you will meet the vampire. BOSS FIGHT : VAMPIRE HP : 156 ATTACKS : Physical attacks that hurt a lot and an attack which can cause stun. Pretty nasty. STRATEGY : Both in theory and practice, 1 HRM3 can take him down, but somehow I have always had to use 2 HRM3s. Well, you get the idea :) After you are done, check the treasure chest for a Ruby. Once you have done that, get out of the Earth Cave. Once you are out, head north and then west to get to the Titan's tunnel. Feed Titan the Ruby, take his treasure if you want (but you don't have to, as the only use you have for it is selling, and as you really don't need any money anymore, you don't have to) and exit on the other end. Go to Sarda's cave, talk to him to get the rod, then head back to Coneria to re-stock on Heal Potions, and head back to the Earth Cave. Once you are back in the cave, head for Level 3, but this time continue going to a center. You will come to a plate - use the rod and stairs to level 4 will appear. In level 4 you will notice that enemies have gotten a bit more difficult, but try to keep on running. Just head left and then straight up and you will come to the stairs to level 5. In level 5 head straight up (but not to the top of the room), and then left, down, left and enter the room in front of you. There you will find the fiend of Earth himself. BOSS FIGHT : LICH HP : 400 ATTACKS : ICE2, Sleep (pretty useless...), FAST (on himself, of course...), physical attack and lots of others that he won't ever use on you cause you will kill him. STRATEGY : HRM3 away and he should be dead in 2 turns (hopefully...) This is why I suggested leveling up, because if you are at a low level, you might not have neough shots of HRM3... Once you have defeated Lich, step on the altar, and you will have your first ORB lighted (and you will be teleported outside). Head back to your ship, and it is time to explore new lands! *************************************************************************** * * * NOTE: Due to some personal resons, this walkthrough will have to be cut * * short here. I will update it later on. Read on for only boss strategies * * * *************************************************************************** BOSS FIGHT : EYE HP : 162 ATTACKS : Pretty much everything that kills instantly. STRATEGY : Pray you get the first attack, if not, then prey her attack misses or is a pathetic physical attack. Then cast Mute. It has a pretty high chance of success, so if it doesn't work, count yourself unlucky. Once she is muted, there's nothing more she can do (except do some physical attacks... RUSE?), so just keep on attacking... --> I suggest leveling up to LV50 once you have gotten the ProRing and Ribbon. Use the Eye for fast level ups. BOSS FIGHT : KARY HP : 600 ATTACKS : Major physical attacks. STRATEGY : If you did level up with the Eye, then this fight should be really easy for you. Just use RUSE 3 times and keep on attacking. BOSS FIGHT: KRAKEN HP : 800 ATTACKS : Some physicals that can do a lot of damage, Dark (useless). STRATEGY : He is weak to bane, so using the bane sword will kill him. cast RUSE first (of course) so his attacks miss, and then keep on using the bane sword until it succeeds. If you are at LV50, this should be a joke. --> Note that you cantry beating Warmech on Tiamat's bridge, but I wouldn't suggest it. BOSS FIGHT: TIAMAT HP : 1000 ATTACKS : Thunder, Physical, Poison (somehow it doesn't inflict poison effect... maybe it's the ribbon? Still does some damage), and some others like that. STRATEGY : This can be apretty difficult fight, especially if you didn't level up. I would suggest casting RUSE a couple of times and then trying out my luck with the Bane Sword (again). If that strategy doesn't appeal to you, then you can still win this fight, but you will have to be at LV50. --> Temple of Fiends: Revisited Bosses: > Lich: HRM3 (that's right, the same old strategy still works! > Kary: This guy has now gotten some additional spells, so you will have to try you luck with the MUTE spell until it works. > Kraken: RUSE away, but this time he has a better inventory of attacks. Still, if you re at LV50, then your HP should be high enough to survive his attacks! --> Note: don't forget to pick up the Masamune! --> NOTE #2: You can heal easily by using the Heal Staff (use the Defense Sword to cast RUSE in the battle, of course, make sure you are fighting enemies that only attack with normal attacks, and then use the Heal Staff to cure yourself to full health). That way you can get to Chaos with enough Heal Potions. > Tiamat: RUSE at the start, and then wack away with the Masamune. This whole fight is going to be easier and take a lot less time due to the Masamune. BOSS FIGHT : CHAOS HP : 2000 ATTACKS : Kill in one hit attacks like CRACK, weak ones like LIT3 and ICE3, Physical attacks that hurt a lot, CUR4 which cures him back to full health, and a lot more attacks that HURT! STRATEGY : He can cure himself back to full health, so instead of going into battle and just attacking, you should wait, cast 3 RUSES, make full use of your CUR3 to make sure you have full HP the moment he casts CUR4. When he does it, just attack with the Masamune, and pray you hit him hard. If you have high enough HP, you can just keep on wacking him with the Masamune until he dies (although you might have very little HP at the end). Be warned: this might take some re-starts and can get very frustrating, but you can do it (at least it's not as difficult as with the Thief...) CONGRATUALTIONS!!!! YOU MANAGED TO BEAT FINAL FANTASY 1 WITH JUST ONE WHITE MAGE!!! Now go and brag about it. ============================= PART 3 : SOME ADD-ONs =========================== 3.01 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: This game's damn hard! Why don't you make a more detailed walkthrough? A: At the beginning of this guide, I said that this is an advanced level guide. So this walkthrough is even a bit too detailed for all those FF1 l33t experts out there. Q: Why do you hate all the classes but the White Mage??? A: I don't. I have proof - My One Fighter Guide!!! Q: I can't get past that-and-that part of the game. Can you help me? A: I'll be happy to help you with any part of the game, but I suggest you get a beginner's guide - you will get much more info that way... Q: WHY IS IT THAT MY QUESTION IS NOT ANSWERED, YOU *******!!! I'M GONNA HACK YOUR ******* WEBSITE!!! A: If the question you send to me is --> Written in capitals only --> Contains Cursing --> Contains Threats --> The message contains trojans, viruses, etc --> Doesn't have a game name in the subject line Then your question will not be responded. Q: Why is this FAQ so short??? A: I can't make up questions myself. I think it is pretty sad to do so... I need Final Fantasy fan support! (email questions to email@example.com) 3.02 SOURCES OF MORE FF1 INFORMATION The main source of info is no doubt the GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com). There you will find all the possible FF1 walkthroughs and lists that you have ever wanted! (including this one...hopefully!) The sites that contain FF1 info mainly have the same info as the guides in GameFAQs, so, if you really want info, go there! I must also publicize my own guides - you can read my FF1 One Fighter Guide in www.gamefaqs.com 3.03 ABOUT/CONTACTING ME My Nick: Edman Real Name: Edmunds Steins Nationality: Latvian (that's in Europe, for those who don't know...) E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Other guides: Final Fantasy 8 No Level Up Guide (DONE!) Final Fantasy 8 Speed Guide (DONE!) Final Fantasy 1 One Fighter Guide (DONE!) Final Fantasy 7 Low Level Guide (DONE!) 3.04 THANKS Well, the one person who I would like to thank to is Maris Kalnins. He introduced me to the whole scene of emulation, and it was through emulation that I managed to get my hands on Final Fantasy 1 (and 5 more Final Fantasies...). Thanks goes to Patbuns17 (email@example.com) for reminding me that a solo White Mage is possible. Remember - I don't hate the White Mage!!! (check out his superb FF1 FAQ on GameFAQs). I would also like to thank the people in gamefaqs forums - your suggested strategies is what let me get past the first parts of the game. 3.05 VERSION HISTORY (the stuff you probably won't read...) Version 0.7 : This has basically half the walkthrough done and has all the boss tips done. I will finish the walkthrough later. Version 0.75: Some spelling mistakes fixed and some more stuff. Did not add anything to the walkhrough. THE FUTURE: Version 1.0 : This is going to be the finished walkthrough and with it I will have to whole guide finished. I don't know when his will happen, I already cut the walkthrough writing process because of lack of time, so I really don't know :( ============================== THANK YOU FOR READING ============================ FINAL FANTASY 1 ONE WHITE MAGE GUIDE firstname.lastname@example.org COPY THIS GUIDE AND YOU'LL BURN IN HELL WITH ALL THE BOSSES I HAVE BEATEN WHILE WRITING IT!!!