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    Final Fantasy 3j 
    Weapon/Armor/Magic/Item/Key Item Upgrade Trick FAQ
    By David J. Rivera
    Version 1.50 
    2003
    
    Final Fantasy 3 is copyright 1990 Square(c)
    
    This FAQ is copyright 
    CyberPlanet Industries
    Consumer Affairs Dept. 
    OnionKid2002
    http://cyberplanet.ath.cx:99/
    timekeeper2021@fastmail.fm
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    Table of Contents
    
    I Intro to Upgrade
    
    II Basics
    
    III List of Items
    
    IV Advanced
    
    V Credits
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    I Intro to Upgrade
    
    What is the upgrade trick you ask?  Well, it might be the single best 
    thing in the entire universe!  Okay, maybe not THAT good but it is handy
    little trick. Basically by following the intructions in the next chapter, 
    you will be able to get any quanity of any weapon/armor/item/magic or any 
    key item. The way this works can be proven in different ways.  But I will 
    show you the fool-proof one I use that never fails and some alternate ways
    with slightly different results.  Now, I have two theories as to why this
    in the game.  One theory is that this was a cheat used by Nasir (the 
    programmer of FF3j) to cycle through the 255 items, et cetera but was 
    never removed.  My other theory I will share is that Square put this in 
    intentionally when they realized how hard encountering a Grey or Yellow 
    Dragon is in getting the Onion Equipment legitimately.  
    
    How did I find it out for myself?  Well, I don't mean to brag but I'm the 
    best at RPG's in the world!  >_> No, I actually found it out on the 
    GameFAQ's Message Board of FF3j.  However, their method of upgrading was 
    slightly wrong so after tweaking their instructions, I found a way to do 
    it perfectly.   
    
    In the following sections, you will find my perfect way of doing the trick
    with no added side effects, the list of items in the game so you know what 
    will upgrade into what, and the advanced section which contains alternate 
    upgrade methods, their side effects, legends of upgrade gone wrong, and of
    course challenges to which you can use this trick to your advantage.
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    II Basics
    
    To perform this trick you will need:
    99 Potions
    21 Other Items/Weapons/Armors/Magics (is that a word?)/Key items
    An Airship
    
    Now make your items menu look like this:
    
    Legend: (xx)= "other items" Potions included here
            (00)= blank space
            (A)= Item to be upgraded
            (B)= MUST BE EMPTY FOR THE LOVE OF HUMANITY!
    
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (xx)
    (xx)  (A)
    (00)  (00)
    (00)  (00)
    (00)  (00)
    (00)  (00)
    (B)   (xx)
    
    Now, with your items like this, hop on the airship and head back to Ur.  
    Go to Altar Cave and run around and fight monsters.  You will need to 
    receive a potion after fighting them. While all of the monsters here can 
    give potions, Goblins are the most relible.  You can find them in the 
    first room of Altar Cave. If you receive a potion the item in slot (A) 
    will be upgraded.  So, for example, if (A) contained a Leather Helm, it 
    would now be an Onion Helm.  Refer to the full list in section III for 
    all the possible upgrades.
      
    Of course, not every monster gives you a potion.  So after each of the 
    battles in which you didn't get a potion, the item will NOT be upgraded 
    and you will be forced to re-place your items in the correct order as they
    are refreshed after each battle regardless of getting a potion or not.  
    Don't give up!  It takes me a good 15 minutes to get the thing I want in a
    few upgrades.  State saving works as a good solution if you do not care to
    re-place items after an unsuccessful upgrade.  Simply statesave before 
    each and every battle with the items set up correctly and reload after an
    unsuccessful upgrade.  
    
    Q: I haven't gotten a potion in over 100 battles, what gives?!?!?!?
    A: Well, try to kill them in different ways.  Try defend, magic, death
    followed by life, et cetera.  Just don't hold the A button down for an 
    hour and expect to get potions.
    
    Q: What if I don't want to fight Altar Cave enemies and I don't want to 
    use potions?
    A: You can indeed use items other than potions and fight enemies that drop
    said "items other than potions".  However:
    1) Potions are cheap and relatively easy to find.
    2) Enemies that drop other items are either rare monsters themselves, in 
    areas that might be inconvenient to reach, or their item drop rate is 
    worse than the Altar Cave enemies.
    
    Just use potions and fight enemies in Altar Cave.
    
    *** Note: The above trick does _not_ work in the very beginning of the 
    game (before getting Cid's first airship). ***
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    III List of Items
    
    Note:  This list was supplied by EmeraldThunder21 
    (evolutionrise@hotmail.com)
    
    To upgrade an item, you must find the nearest item you can find 
    (preferably cheapest) ABOVE the the one you want.  Example:  you want 
    Onion Armor.  Leather Armor is above it, it's cheap and easy to find, you 
    buy it, upgrade it and BOOM: you got it.
    
    1.	Nothing** 
    2.	Kaiser Claw
    3.	CatClaw
    4.	Dragon Claw
    5.	Elven Claw
    6.	HellClaw
    7.	Nunchuck
    8.	Tonfa
    9.	3-Part
    10.	Mithril Rod
    11.	Flame Rod
    12.	Ice Rod
    13.	Light Rod
    14.	Ultimate Rod
    15.	Staff
    16.	Burning Staff
    17.	Freezing Staff
    18.	Shining Staff
    19.	Golem Staff
    20.	Rune Staff
    21.	Eldest Staff
    22.	Hammer
    23.	Thor Hammer
    24.	Battle Axe
    25.	GreatAxe
    26.	M. Star Axe
    27.	Thunder Spear
    28.	Wind Spear
    29.	Blood Spear
    30.	Holy Spear
    31.	Knife
    32.	Dagger
    33.	Mithril
    34.	M. Gauche
    35.	Orialcon
    36.	AirKnife
    37.	Long Sword
    38.	W. Slayer Sword
    39.	Shiny Sword
    40.	Mithril Sword
    41.	Serpent Sword
    42.	IceBlade
    43.	Tyrving Sword
    44.	Salamand Sword
    45.	King Sword
    46.	Tomahawk
    47.	Ancient Sword
    48.	Ashura 
    49.	Blood Sword
    50.	Defender Sword
    51.	Triton Hammer
    52.	Kotetsu
    53.	Kiku
    54.	Break
    55.	Excalibur
    56.	Masamune
    57.	Ragnarok
    58.	Onion Sword
    59.	Flame Book
    60.	Ice Book
    61.	Inferno Book
    62.	Light Book
    63.	Illumina Book
    64.	Boomerang
    65.	Full Moon
    66.	Shuriken
    67.	Blizzard Book
    68.	Giyaman
    69.	Earth
    70.	Rune
    71.	Madora Harp
    72.	Dream Harp
    73.	Lamia Harp
    74.	Loki Harp
    75.	Bow
    76.	GreatBow
    77.	Killer Bow
    78.	Rune Bow
    79.	Yoichi Bow
    80.	Wooden Arrows
    81.	Holy Arrows
    82.	Iron Arrows
    83.	Bolt Arrows
    84.	Fire Arrows
    85.	Ice Arrows
    86.	Medusa Arrows
    87.	Yoichi Arrows
    88.	Nothing
    89.	Leather Shield
    90.	Onion Shield
    91.	Mithril Shield
    92.	Ice Shield
    93.	Hero Shield
    94.	Demon Shield
    95.	Diamond Shiled
    96.	Aegis Shield
    97.	Genji Shield
    98.	Crystal Shield
    99.	Leather Helmet
    100.	Onion Helmet
    101.	Mithril Helmet
    102.	Carapace Helmet
    103.	Ice Helmet
    104.	Headband
    105.	Scholar Helmet
    106.	DarkHood
    107.	Chakra Helmet
    108.	Viking Helmet
    109.	Dragon Helmet
    110.	Feather Helmet
    111.	Diamond Helmet
    112.	Genji Helmet
    113.	Crystal Helmet
    114.	Ribbon
    115.	Cloth Robe
    116.	Leather Robe
    117.	Onion Armor
    118.	Mithril Armor
    119.	Carapace Armor
    120.	Ice Armor
    121.	Flame Mail
    122.	Kenpo Armor
    123.	Darksuit
    124.	Wizard Robe
    125.	Viking Armor
    126.	BlackBelt
    127.	Kinght Armor
    128.	Dragon Armor
    129.	Bard Robe
    130.	Scholar Robe
    131.	Gaia Robe
    132.	Demon Armor
    133.	Diamond Armor
    134.	Reflect Armor
    135.	White Robe
    136.	Black Robe
    137.	Genji Armor
    138.	Crystal Armor
    139.	Rusted Armor
    140.	Copper Ring
    141.	Onion Glove
    142.	Mithril Glove
    143.	Mithril Ring
    144.	Thief Glove
    145.	Gauntlet
    146.	Power Ring
    147.	Rune Ring
    148.	Diamond Ring
    149.	Diamond Glove
    150.	Protect Ring
    151.	Genji Glove
    152.	Crystal Glove
    153.	Magic Key
    154.	Carrot
    155.	Horn
    156.	Eye
    157.	Time Gear
    158.	Eureka Key
    159.	Wind Fang
    160.	Fire Fang
    161.	Water Fang
    162.	Earth Fang
    163.	Lute
    164.	Sylx Key
    165.	Midget Bread
    166.	?
    167.	Potion
    168.	HiPotion
    169.	Elixir
    170.	FenixDown
    171.	Soft
    172.	Maiden Kiss
    173.	EchoHerb
    174.	Luck Mallet
    175.	Eyedrop
    176.	Antidote
    177.	Otter Head
    178.	Bomb Shard
    179.	South Wind
    180.	Zeus' Rage
    181.	Bomb R. Arm
    182.	North Wind
    183.	Gods' Rage
    184.	Earth Drum
    185.	Lamia Scale
    186.	Gods' Wine
    187.	Turtle Shell
    188.	Devil's Sigh
    189.	Black Hole
    190.	Dark Scent
    191.	Lilith Kiss
    192.	Imp's Yawn
    193.	Split Shell
    194.	Paralyzer
    195.	Mute Charm
    196.	Pillow
    197.	Bomb Head
    198.	Barrier
    199.	Chocobo Rage
    200.	White Scent
    201.	Flare
    202.	Death
    203.	Meteo
    204.	W. Wind
    205.	Life 2
    206.	Holy
    207.	Bahamut
    208.	Quake
    209.	Break 2
    210.	Drain
    211.	Cure 4
    212.	Heal
    213.	Wall
    214.	Leviathan
    215.	Fire 3
    216.	Bio
    217.	Warp
    218.	Aero 2
    219.	Soft
    220.	Haste
    221.	Odin
    222.	Bolt 3
    223.	Kill
    224.	Erase
    225.	Cure 3
    226.	Life
    227.	Safe
    228.	Titan
    229.	Break
    230.	Ice 3
    231.	Shade
    232.	Libra
    233.	Confuse
    234.	Mute
    235.	Ifrit
    236.	Fire 2
    237.	Ice 2
    238.	Bolt 2
    239.	Cure 2
    240.	Exit
    241.	Wash
    242.	Ramuh
    243.	Bolt
    244.	Venom
    245.	Blind
    246.	Aero
    247.	Toad
    248.	Mini
    249.	Shiva
    250.	Fire
    251.	Ice
    252.	Sleep
    253.	Cure
    254.	Pure
    255.	Sight
    256. 	Chocobo
    
    ** Nothing has a quantity of 99 so by upgrading a blank space, you'll get
    99 Kaiser Claws.
    
    Again, I DIDN'T MAKE THIS LIST!  EmeraldThunder21 did.
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    IV Advanced
    
    In this section, you will find some real interesting tips and tricks if 
    you are bored with the basic Upgrade Trick.  This will include challenges,
    alternate methods, and side effects.  Most of this was inspired/created by
    the guys and gals at the GameFAQ's FF3j Board.
    
    Our first section comes from Sir Bahamut.  Here's his alternate way of 
    upgrade:
    
    You'll need:
    99 Potions
    10 Other Items
    Airship (optional)
    Patience (lots of it)
    
    Legend:
    (xx) = Other Items
    (A)  = Item to be upgraded
    (B)  = Potions
    (C)  = Must be empty
    (00) = Empty
    
    (00) (00)
    (00) (00)
    (00) (00)
    (00) (00)
    (00) (00)
    (00) (00)
    (00) (00)
    (00) (00)
    (00) (00)
    (00) (00)
    (xx) (xx)
    (B)  (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (C)  (A)
    
    Now, with the items arranged in this fashion, go out fight monsters within
    Altar Cave and each time you find a potion, the item in (A) will be 
    upgraded.  But this method is very aggravating since you must move each 
    item one-by-one into the correct position over and over again and again 
    until a potion is found.  On the bright side, you can perform this upgrade
    trick at the beginnning of the game because it doesn't require as many 
    items.  Which comes in handy when trying out some challenges.  
    
    SIDE EFFECT:
    Unlike the other method I provided, Sir Bahamut's way has an alternate... 
    effect. In my method, receiving 1,2, even 100 potions will always just 
    provide you with the upgrade and nothing more.  
    Sir Bahamut's method is different; if you receive 1 potion the item is 
    upgraded normally.  But beware!  Receiving 2 or more potions in this 
    method will not only upgrade your item but also your first character.  
    The first thing you will notice is that the first character's name will 
    be "upgraded".  For example:  If it was named Guy, It would now be called
    Huy.  So the first letter value is given a +1 value.  Next, if you now go
    to the status of that character, you will notice it will have:
    9999999 exp
    999L999 to next level
    
    But these stats are misleading.  The truth is that after every battle, 
    that character will level up!  YEAH!  So for the sake of your beautifully 
    crafted, witty name, you will be level 99 in under 100 battles.  This is 
    really handy in the challenges.
    
    Our second section comes both from LesOop of the FF3J message board and 
    one Eco who e-mailed me.  
    
    LesOop's Method:
    
    You'll need:
    
    99 Potions
    28 Other items
    
    Everything should be arranged as so:
    
    Legend:
    (xx) = Other Items
    (B)  = Potions
    (00) = Empty
    
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (B ) (xx)
    (00) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (00) (00)
    
    According to him, if you are to get 2 or more potions with this 
    arrangement, the class of the first character in the party will get 
    "upgraded".  In other words, will change to the next class in order.  I 
    really haven't proven this to be 100% true, but who am I to go against 
    someone's word?
    
    Eco's method:
    
    You'll need:
    
    99 HiPotions
    28 Other Items 
    
    Everything should be arranged as so:
    
    Legend:
    (xx) = Other Items
    (A)  = Item to be Upgraded
    (B)  = HiPotions
    (00) = Empty
    
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (B)  (xx)
    (xx) (00)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (A)
    (xx) (xx)
    (xx) (xx)
    
    According to him, gaining one more HiPotion after battle will upgrade the
    item in slot A.  Also, the class of the first character will be upgraded 
    as with LesOop's method.
    
    Again, I haven't proven this but he would have no reason to lie about such
    things.  I just thought these last two methods were worth mentioning.
    
    
    CHALLENGE A
    
    Submitted by your's truly
    Get Fully Equipped Onion Kids (FEOK's) in the beginning of the game!
    
    Requirements:  
    [About 15000 Gil for the Potions]
    99 Potions
    4 Leather Helms
    4 Leather Armours
    4 Copper Bracelets
    8 Long Swords
    TONS AND TONS OF PATIENCE AND LUCK!
    
    Following Sir Bahamut's method above, upgrade all the items into Onion and
    enjoy. But it is MUCH harder than it sounds. A 4x Hit will do 2000 off, 
    however, which is enough to kill any monster or boss early on.  By 
    beginning of the game, I mean before you receive the Airship.  So before 
    you set foot on Cid's workmanship, you must be all FEOK's.  
    
    Refer to my up and coming FAQ with Sir Bahamut for more information. 
    
    CHALLENGE B
    Submitted by Sir Bahamut
    No Class Change Challenge
    
    Just as it says.  After receiving the classes from the Wind Crystal, 
    choose the ones you want and stick with them to the end.  Sir Bahamut has 
    an in-depth guide to walk you through this difficult challenge.  Check it
    out!
    
    CHALLENGE C
    
    Submitted by your's truly
    Beat Nepto!
    
    If you remember, Nepto is the dragon that blocks your way unless you 
    complete his dungeon.  If you kill him though, you still have to complete
    his dungeon.  Unlike the other unbeatable bosses (Bahamut, Cloud of 
    Darkness) You can kill Nepto.  But the game puts you back one step back so
    that you must step forward and fight Nepto again.  It's never-ending.  But
    the point is to beat the unbeatable at least once.
    
    Rewards:
    300 Gil 
    1500 Exp.
    No items
    
    CHALLENGE D
    
    Submitted by Various members of the FF3j Message Board
    Solo Game
    
    Choose one character.  Kill the others and leave them dead throughout the
    entire game.  But to make it ever the more challenging, combine this with
    the No Class Change Challenge.  It'll be tough, but what an 
    accomplishment!
    
    Magus999 has a Solo game FAQ/Walkthrough out and Sir Bahamut has a Solo
    No Class Change game FAQ/Walkthrough.  They're both worth looking into
    and the Upgrade trick is handy and in some cases necessary to complete 
    them
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    V Credits
    
    This guide wouldn't have been completed without the help of:
    
    Sir Bahamut
    kristian.strommen@c2i.net
    
    EmeraldThunder21
    evolutionrise@hotmail.com
    
    LesOop 
    
    Eco
    adbelcher@attbi.com
    
    Poryhedron
    poryhedron@hotmail.com
    
    If you know something I don't or you want to comment 
    e-mail me at timekeeper2021@fastmail.fm.
    
    Copyright Cyber Planet Industries 2003
    Consumer Affairs Dept.
    OnionKid2002
    
    David J. Rivera
    Timekeeper2021@fastmail.fm
    http://cyberplanet.ath.cx:99/