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Date: 2004
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1) Tonio's Armor
2) Rare Wine
3) Coins
4) Stones
5) Legendary Items
6) Unique Items
7) Rod
8) Monster Hunting
9) People who I given my permission to use this FAQ
10) Credits


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*******************************1) Tonio's Armor******************************
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Throughout the game, you should visit Tonio's shop and buy the various armor
he has for sale.  The bracers increase your strength, the belts increase your
defense.  Obviously, you want the best you can buy.  Once you buy the best in
the game, you never need to come back and buy from him again.  (At least to
my knowledge you don't.  I have never found out if he sells armor that boosts
your stats past 24, and with stats of around 999HP/600MP/291STR/300DEF for
both characters, I think it's a safe bet.)

Here are the times and armor he sells during the game.  They should be
purchased in your first playthrough as soon as they become available.

Available after your first trip to the Carona Forest:

Bronze Bracer (Cost: 1,000 Gold)        - Strength + 4
Silver Bracer (Cost: 3,000/2,500* Gold) - Strength + 8
Bronze Belt   (Cost: 1,000 Gold)        - Defense + 4
Silver Belt   (Cost: 3,000/2,500* Gold) - Defense + 8

* The prices lower to 2,500 gold if you buy the Bronze item in that class.
Save yourself 500 gold by buying the Silver items straight out.

Available before you head into either the Ghost Temple (with Rue) or the
Gamul Forest (with Mint):

Gold Bracer (Cost: 3,500 Gold) - Defense + 12
Gold Belt   (Cost: 3,500 Gold) - Defense + 12

Available before you go to Raging Mountain:

Platinum Bracer (Cost: 3,500 Gold) - Defense + 16
Platinum Belt   (Cost: 3,500 Gold) - Defense + 16

Available before you go to the Tower of Maya:

Mythril Bracer (Cost: 5,500 Gold) - Defense + 20
Mythril Belt   (Cost: 5,500 Gold) - Defense + 20

Available before you go to Valen's Fortress:

Brave Bracer (Cost: 6,500 Gold) - Defense + 24
Black Belt   (Cost: 6,500 Gold) - Defense + 24


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The Rare Wine is the item that is most sought after in the game.  It also
comes in very early in the game.  You'll need about 110 MP to get it, so keep
on casting early in the game before you go to the Underground Ruins.  Once
you use enough MP (and effectively raise your max MP through practice), go to
the Underground Ruins and near the end, blast away the three big ice blocks.
Use either Burner (Mint) or use the Goudon's flame attack (Rue).  Break all
three blocks and grab the Rare Wine in this room.

Next, go to Hobbs's shop and show him the wine.  He'll ask you for the wine
and when you get the option make sure you give it to him for free.  Hobbs
will then drop his prices from 30,000 gold apiece to a whopping 5,000 gold
apiece!  That is quite impressive, and you should always buy his items at the
reduced price.  NEVER buy any of his items at 30,000 gold because it is a
total rip off!  In fact, this guide will always refer to the price of an
upgrade as 5,000 gold.  So keep that in mind as you read.


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Coins have two uses.  They allow you to continue your game if you get a game
over.  They also can be sold at Hobbs's shop for gold, which can be used to
purchase upgrades at that very same shop.  Mostly, the coins provide little
income, but after a while, they can really add up.  Here are the selling
prices of the coins:

Bronze Coin   - 50 G
Silver Coin   - 500 G
Gold Coin     - 2,500 G
Platinum Coin - 15,000 G

First, there's the lowly Bronze Coin.  These are found by the handful and are
easily come by.  You generally won't make much profit by selling these, but
since you get a ton of them, you can still make about 750 or so gold per
game.  Not too shabby, but in your first few games, keep about 10 or less so
you can make some money and still have a few continues up your sleeve.  Sell
them all once the game no longer presents a challenge.

Next is the Silver Coin.  These sell for very little, but they do add up
after a while.  They are also quite common.  Usually, you can find several of
them hiding around town after certain events in the story.  In your first few
playthroughs, keep about 5 and sell the rest.  Once you become godlike, sell
them all.

Third is the Gold Coin, which isn't as expensive as a Platinum Coin, but is
still worth selling.  Two of these will net you an upgrade from Hobbs's shop.
If you are in your first few playthroughs, you might want to keep one or two
at the most, and sell the rest.  Once you no longer need coins due to your
godlike status, go ahead and sell all of them.

Obviously, the Platinum Coin is the best coin to sell and is also the rarest.
You should only find three in an entire playthrough.  These babies can be
sold for a total of three upgrades.  Obviously, they are the most expensive
items in the game, and are also one of the best.  Don't bother to use them in
the field, though, because your stats will only go up twice, as opposed to
the three from selling it.

Now, as you walk around Carona, you will find shiny spots on the ground
throughout the game.  If you see one, make sure to inspect it, as it should
almost always yield a coin.  These coins are basically easy money, and in
replays, they should be sold or kept for safe keeping.  Here is a list of
coins that I have found throughout the game.  If I missed any, send me a
mail, and I might add it to the FAQ.  (BTW, I included some of the harder to
find coins in this list, like the Gold Coin you get from knocking over
Starlight Duke in Rue's story.)

Silver Coin - In the grass fields near the cave, before Carona Forest
Silver Coin - In the alleyway near the barrels, before Carona Forest
Silver Coin - Beat Elena when you race her in Carona Forest
Silver Coin - Docks, jump over rightmost crates, before Underground Ruins
Bronze Coin - Mint only, inspect the unconscious Rue after the rolling
boulder in the Underground Ruins
Bronze Coin x4, Gold Coin - Inside the Underground Ruins atelier
Bronze Coin - Near the leftmost gate near the church, before Fancy Mel's
Bronze Coin - Revisit the Corona Forest atelier and search in front of the
front door
Silver Coin - Revisit the Corona Forest atelier, go straight from the plant
towards the edge of the platform 
Various - Stay at the hotel and search the room, not profitable, so do this
only once per game to get the dream sequence and Dream Stone.† Eventually,
you will no longer get coins
Gold Coin - Rue only, knock down Duke before leaving Mel's for the first
time, before getting the report, search the area where Duke was
Gold Coin - Docks after beating Blood and Smokey (round 2), nighttime
Bronze Coin - Docks after beating Blood and Smokey (round 2), nighttime
Silver Coin - Path to the alley after Raging Mountain
Silver Coin - Left of the church doors after Raging Mountain
Bronze Coin - Path towards the docks, after Raging Mountain
Bronze Coin - In front of hotel, when Prima follows you
Silver Coin - Grass fields, lower right area, when Prima follows you
Silver Coin - Right side of church doors, when Prima follows you
Silver Coin - Left wharf at docks, when Prima follows you
Silver Coin - On top of the large crates at the docks, when Prima follows you
Gold Coin - Mint only, select "cross on your own" when you escape the Tower
of Maya 
Silver Coin - In front of the hotel, nighttime after the Lake Ruins
Bronze Coin - Near fountain near the docks, nighttime after the Lake Ruins
Silver Coin - Mint only, save Blood and Smokey in the forest full of dolls

Also, in the game, you will find coins in treasure chests.  Here are their
locations:

Bronze Coin x3: You get these in the tutorial in Carona Forest
Silver Coin: Inside the Carona Forest atelier
Bronze Coin x3, Silver Coin x3: Rue only, in the Ghost Temple, there's a room
with green sludge, go into the last door on the left
Silver Coin: Rue only, in the Ghost Temple, talk to Elena in the room shaped
like a U
Silver Coin x3: Rue only, make a return trip to the Ghost Temple, go to the
room after the floating platforms and go straight WITHOUT hitting the switch
Silver Coin: Raging Mountain, go north in the second room and break the
boulder
Gold Coin x2: Tower of Maya, at the first exterior platform, outside
Gold Coin x2: Same as previous, only further up
Gold Coin x3: Tower of Maya, after the second moving platform room, search
the ground in the next circular room

Finally there are mini-games that reward you with coins.  Here are their
locations:

Bronze or Silver Coins: Beat the high score in the Poppel Purrel mini games
and you get a Silver Coin.  Fail, and get a bronze.

Gold or Silver or Bronze Coin: In Valen's Fortress, if you have above 75% or
more left on the timer at the end of each arena, you get a Gold Coin.  If
it's between 75% and 50%, it's a Silver Coin, and if it's between 25% and
50%, it's a Bronze Coin.  You get nothing if the timer runs out.


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There are four kinds of stones in the game that you can sell for cash.  These
will help you on your way to maximizing your stats.  The stones are basically
priceless gems in the game, though they should sell for more than they do.

Here is a listing of the values of the stones:

Dream Stone: 2,000 G.

Here is a listing of where you can get them:

Moon Stone x2: There are two treasure chests in the Atelier in Corona Forest.
Open them both for a total of two Moon Stones.

Dream Stone: Pay 500 G to stay at the hotel and search the room.  You should
find it in the corner by the window.  Unlike the coins in the room, the Dream
Stone should always be there.

Night Stone: In the Underground Ruins, go Up, Up, Right, Right, Right, Right,
and Right.  You should enter a room with a treasure chest with a Night Stone.

Moon Stone: From the Night Stone just mentioned, go Left, Up, and Right.  You
should be in a room with a treasure chest with a Night Stone.

Moon Stone: Rue only, in the Ghost Temple where there are shaking doors, bust
the wall on the room on the right

Moon Stone: Rue only, in the Ghost Temple, talk to Elena after inspecting the
small hole but before you go in

Night Stone: Rue only, in the Ghost Temple, open the chest in the small hole
pathway

Star Stone: Rue only, make a return trip to the Ghost Temple, go to the room
after the floating platforms and go straight WITHOUT hitting the switch

Moon Stone:  This is a Rue only item.  You need an Ootang coin.  You can get
this in either the Ghost Temple, Raging Mountain, or in Carona Forest.  To
get the coin in Corona Forest, you need a Mandola coin.  In the second
screen, transform into a Mandola near the Ootang at the ruins.  Use Bloom to
bring it near, and when it starts circling you, attack it with seeds.  Next,
go to this spot once you get the coin and climb to the top of the ruins.
Approach the tree as an Ootang, climb the tree.  In this new area, you'll
jump from tree branch to tree branch.  Eventually, you'll jump on a tree
branch that bounces you like a trampoline.  Mash the jump button until you
get launched high in the air.  There is a treasure chest on the tree to the
right with the stone.

Star Stone: This one is a Rue only item, and is very hard to get.  First, you
need to go to Raging Mountain and get a Bubba coin (try not to get other
coins after getting this one).  Then, go to Carona Forest and go to the cliff
area (again, don't kill anything so you don't lose the Bubba coin).  Get a
Stinger Coin and about a fourth of the way down, there are two paths.  You'll
need to jump right and towards the screen to land on a small ledge with a
rock.  (A Saber Tiger coin can help here, but isn't required.)  Smash that
rock by transforming into a Bubba.  Then, transform into a Stinger and go
through the small hole.  Kill a ton of bats (about 20 of them) and the Star
Stone will appear.

Moon Stone: This is a Mint only item.  When you go to the Underground Ruins
filled with dolls, from the starting point go up, right, right, right, right
and right.  You should find a treasure chest with the stone.

Star Stone: This is a Mint only item.  When you go to the Underground Ruins
filled with dolls, go in the same path to the Moon Stone as mentioned
previously.  Next, leave the room with the Moon Stone and go up and right.
You should get the Star Stone.

Star Stone x2: Tower of Maya, open the chest in the first platform room


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The legendary item set consists of a sword, shield, and helmet.  You find
these at various points in the game.  Keep these and DO NOT SELL THEM.  Here
are the locations:

Underground Ruins: shortly after the rolling boulder, jump from platform to
platform over the lake.  There is a treasure chest on the other side of the
lake with the Legendary Sword.

Raging Mountain: After the fight with Belle and Duke, go up the ramp to the
second level.  Jump to the right and you will find a chest with the Legendary
Shield.

Tower of Maya: In the room of floating platforms, jump to the other side of
the room and the Legendary Helmet is sitting right there.

Once you have all three of these in your inventory, take them to Jergen in
the tavern.  He mentions that the three legendary items are really cookware
and the he asks if he can have them.  Give them to him and he'll be able to
cook you some stat boosting meals.  In order to eat the meals, you need to
bring him the monster coins of enemies you killed.  Here are the items you
need to bring him, the boost in stats you get, and the stat boosting dishes
he will prepare:

Minced Fire Blob   - 50 Fire Blobs  (Max HP + 10)
Mushroom Soup      - 60 Fungies     (Max MP + 10)
Pollywog Souffle   - 50 Pollywogs   (Max Strength + 2)
Goudon Liver Soup  - 30 Goudons     (Max Defense + 2)

Obviously, the Pollywog Souffle and the Goudon Liver Soup are the best of the
four.  The Minced Fire Blob and Mushroom Soup meals are the same stat
boosters as in Hobbs's shop.  The other two, however, are double the norm and
are what you should focus on getting.

After eating ten meals, whether they are the same or they are different, the
legendary items will break and Jergen will give you a Platinum Coin.  This
can be sold for another three stat boosters at Hobbs's shop.  The total
number of stat boosters equates to 13 to 23 stat boosts, depending on how
many of each you get.  (If you go to purely the HP and MP route, it equates
13 HP/MP Ups, whereas if you get the Strength and Defense boosters, it
equates to 23 Strength/Defense Ups.)

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Throughout the game, you will also gain some unique items that contribute to
stat boosting.  The following lists their locations and what you should do
with them:

The Last Hero: This book is found at different points of the game depending
on which character you have.  First off, you need to stay at the hotel for
500 G.  This should give you a dream about a monkey jumping down a tree
stump.  After that, you need to acquire a water spell.  For Mint, you can go
straight to Carona Forest and jump down the tree stump at the very beginning.
As for Rue, go through the game and beat the Ghost Temple.  Grab a Specter
coin and then jump down that same tree stump.  Next, one you have a water
spell and have jumped down that tree stump, go through until you see a tiny
Mandola.  Spray it with the water spell a couple times and it should grow to
a large size.  Jump to the left and grab the book.  After you have the book,
take it to Rod and give it to him.  He'll give you four Strength Up items,
which boosts your strength by four.

Rare Wine: Follow the section fully dedicated to this item near the top of
the FAQ.  This gives you a discount on all of the items in Hobbs's shop.

Mysterious Statue: This is a Rue only item.  After completing the Ghost
Temple, go to the room just before where you fought Duke.  DON'T hit the
switch.  Instead, go into the room straight ahead.  In the back there is a
treasure chest with the statue.  Give this to Klaus for an MP boost of ten.
Also, you can sell this to Marcum for 4,000 G or 6,000 G if you turn down his
initial offer.

Brooch: This is a Mint only item.  Inside the Gamul Forest, there is a
platform with two switches right next to each other.  Hit ONLY the switch on
the left.  Both of the switches should face each other.  Next, continue on as
usual and you should automatically receive the Brooch as you make your way
through.  You can give this to Annette for a discount on drinks, or you can
sell this to Marcum for 4,000 G or 6,000 G if you turn him down on his first
offer.  Personally, I'd take the gold and run.


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Ah, Rod the Blade Star.  Rod is a guy who you can duel for cash and a good
heart-to-heart battle.  Rod is definitely the only challenge you will have
when you become a god-like character.  To challenge Rod to a battle, go to
the grass field between the inn and Klaus's house.  When you meet Rod, he'll
ask if you want to fight him for a measly 100 gold.  If you win, you get
1,000 gold.  It's a good payoff, no?

Once you beat Rod enough, he'll stop fighting until a certain point in the
game.  He'll also give you a coin because you've proven to be better than
him.  All in all, you'll be able to fight him five times with his first three
weapons and an unlimited number of times with his last weapon.  Rod, with his
Dark Hurricane, provides to be the most challenging aspect in the game.
However, the more godlike you become, the more you can fight him and you can
get a ton of money.  In fact, this is the second best way to get money in the
game.  Here are his weapons and the coin you get for beating him 5 times:

Silver Breeze: Gold Coin
Golden Gale: Gold Coin
Black Tornado: Platinum Coin
Dark Hurricane: Platinum Coin, Gold Coin*, Silver Coin*, Bronze Coin*

*Rod gives you a coin for every five battles you win against him.  To get all
of the coins, you must beat him a total of twenty times.

Now here's the challenge.  How many times can you beat Rod with his Dark
Hurricane?  After every battle, his Strength and Defense increase by four,
and his HP increase by 40 until he maxes his stats.  I don't know what
happens when his stats get up to 999HP/999STR/999DEF because it is one of the
hardest things to accomplish in the game.  However, this is the primary
reason for why you should boost your stats to their maximum.

One final note: this is the result of my power trip that I've been doing
lately.  I highly doubt many people have found out this little secret that I
have stumbled upon.  As a result of my extremely high stats, I have found out
that as Rod's stats get higher and higher, you get new songs to fight him
with.  When Rod's stats are 999HP/244STR/220DEF, you get to fight Rod to the
tune of the first Valen fight.  However, to get this high, you need to have
very similar stats.  A similar new soundtrack appears when you fight Rod and
his stats are at 999/444/420.  You get the Valen second battle song.  I have
not gotten any farther than this so I would have to level up a bit more.  I
expect there to be new songs at 999/644/620 and 999/844/820.  Those songs are
a mystery to me because you have to literally be a god to get that far.


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This, as I have most recently found out, is by far the best way to increase
your stats.  However, it highly depends on where you are in the game and
where you decide to fight.  The concept is simple.  Go through the game and
kill as many monsters as you can.  However, to make this very profitable, you
need to know where to fight for the best results.

As you go through the game, you'll get mediocre money from the monsters you
kill.  Especially in the beginning, you won't get much money from monster
coins.  Indeed, you may be wondering why monster hunting is better than
killing Rod.  However, there is one place in the game that can allow you rake
in TONS and TONS of money without much effort.  And that area is Valen's
Fortress.

As I was reading some FAQs here at GameFAQs, I was looking at the amount of
money you get per kill from every monster.  Aside from the bosses, the best
place to get money is definitely Valen's Fortress.  After some testing and a
couple hours of fighting in there, I came to a conclusion that this place is
also the best place to get money in the entire game.  So here's the scenario
that I tested:

I normally get about 40,000-50,000 gold when I start a new game, and that is
basically from Valen's Fortress and the beginning of the game enemies.
However, in one of my playthroughs, I fought Valen's Fortress for quite a
while.  Namely, I got around 310 Behemoth coins, around 310 Shaolon coins,
around 175 Djinn coins, and 625 Cerberus coins.  My total gold in the game
went from that 40,000-50,000 gold to a whopping 280,000 gold.  So instead of
getting around 10 upgrades from Hobbs's shop, I got around 58.  It's quite
the difference, if I might say so myself.

The places that I fought were in Arena I and the area with the torches.
Shortly into Arena I you'll find two Behemoths and two Shaolons on the
platforms.  It's a diagonal shaped room going from the lower left to the
upper right.  This is where I went on a killing spree.  When I killed all of
them, I took the teleporter in the center and went back into the previous
room.  I did this for an hour and got those 310 coins each.  Then, I went
through and saved my game after Arena IV.  In the next area, I went on
another killing spree and killed 625 Cerberuses and 175 Djinns.  After that,
I went straight through and beat the game.  The result was quite surprising
when I started up a new game.  Basically, I got enough money for almost an
entire game of upgrades.

So yes, in about an hour and forty-five minutes, I got 48 extra upgrades from
the norm.  This is truly the best way to get money.  However, you have to
wait until the very end of the game to get those coins, and you can't save
while you're out killing.

Now, let's go to the extreme.  I got 999 Behemoth coins, 999 Shaolon coins,
999 Cerberus coins, and 999 Djinn coins.  It took me about 4-5 hours of
straight killing.  After coming back from the Underground Ruins on the next
playthrough, I sold everything I could sell.  I got around 760,000 gold.  If
you do the math, that's a whopping 152 upgrades.  None too shabby for about 5
and a half total hours of killing monsters.

Rod is the safer way to get money.  Valen's Fortress is the fastest way to
get money.  In order to kill properly in Valen's Fortress, you should have
extremely high stats.  Take a note, however, that Behemoths do percentage
based damage, so they can do over 100 damage even you have 250+ defense.
Therefore, when you kill them, use ranged attacks that don't cost much.  As
Rue, I transformed into a Gargoyle and used the sonic attack.  As Mint, I
used the Vulcan magic.  Take another note here that by using these skills,
you can boost your maximum MP as well.  This is another good thing about
fighting in Valen's Fortress.


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1) To me, of course.  ^_^

2) To CJayC for being the greatest webmaster around.

3) To GameFAQs for being my number one source of gaming info.