Final Fantasy IV / Solo Cecil Guide
Created by: Phil Henry (Philby15@hotmail.com)

April 7, 2004

Version 1.1
(c) Phil Henry 2004
This walkthrough is not to be reproduced or published elsewhere unless 
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Introduction

  As the name of this guide implies, this is a Solo Cecil Challenge 
Guide. The idea of this challenge is to beat the entire game of Final
Fantasy IV using only Cecil. It sounds tough, even impossible, but it 
can be done. Now why would anyone try and do this? Well, if you're 
like me, you get bored of games after beating them a few times. Now,
instead of never playing the game again, some people think of 
challenges or hindrances to make the game harder or to add some more
flavor to the game. This is exactly what this challenge is for, to make
the game of FFIV last longer. If you're trying this out, then I'm going
to assume that you've played through FFIV a few times, so this won't
be a step by step walkthrough with lists of treasures or monsters or
ways to get out of dungeons. I'll only point out recommended levels,
best equipment and boss strategies and the like. Now before we start,
here are some little random tips to help out.

-Keep Cecil in the back row. Normally, when in the back row, your 
   defense is raised while your attack is lowered, but if all the other
   characters in the party are KO'd, then Cecil's attack won't be 
   decreased as severely. Also, it's better to have great defense and
   decent attack, than to have minimal defense with great attack power.

-Always keep 99 Cures, and as soon as you can, buy 99 Cure2s. Also, keep
   a stock of about 10 to 20 Heals. 

-Sell all your unwanted equipment/items. Since Cecil is your only party
   member, you won't be needing equipment suited for other characters, 
   sell them. Also, sell all Lifes and Cabins and any other items that
   require mulitple characters to make full use of. This way, you have
   much more money for curing items and it leaves a lot more room in 
   your inventory. Also, remember to unequip party members when they
   first join you. This gives you more money, and it makes it easier
   to kill them off.

-Zombies + Cure = Victory. Now, this only applies to Dark Knight Cecil,
   but if you're in a fight against undead, use items to win. Only do
   this in Boss battles, however, because you could easily lose your 
   stock of Cures.

-Unless absolutely necessary, refrain from resting at inns. This revives
   all your KO'd characters so you'll just have to kill them again in
   the next battle. If you need healing, buy Cures, if you need MP...
   well, Cecil's magic sucks, you won't need MP, and you'll probably
   find plenty of Ethers anyways. 

-Never be afraid to run away. If the enemy is just too much to handle
   or can't be defeated with regular attacks, run. One battle is not
   worth being risky over, and Flan style enemies take too long and
   don't give up enough EXP to matter.

-Save repeatedly! I know you hear this a lot, but save every chance you
   get. On the world map, before heading into a dungeon, on Save Points.
   Hell, save multiple files if it helps. Having only one character can
   get you unexpectedly killed, so never wander far without saving.

-If all else fails, level up. If the dungeon or boss is simply too hard 
   for you at your current level, spend some time either on the world map,
   or near a save point and fight monsters. Remember, because you're 
   alone, enemies give up 5x their regular EXP, so if the enemy normally
   gives your party 5000 EXP, they'll give Cecil 25000 EXP, making for
   relatively easy levels!


Alright, let's start this off!!




Chapter 1 - Dark Knight to Paladin

   
Baron Overworld/Mist Cave

 First of all, unequip Kain of all his equipment and then kill him in the 
first battle. Do not use him or any other character other then Cecil to
attack enemies. After Kain is dead, move Cecil to the back row and level
up outside until level 13 or so. Not really needed, but it's a good start.
Inside the Mist Cave, collect the chests for potions and then fight the 
first boss, the Mist Dragon.

********Boss*****************
Mist Dragon
HP: 465
My Level: 13

Continually attack the Mist Dragon until it turns into mist. When it does,
stop attacking, or it'll counter with Cold Mist. Continue attacking once
it turns back into a dragon and after a few rounds, it should fall.

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Kaipo Overworld/Water Cavern

 Before going to Kaipo with Rydia in your arms, take some time to level up
if you'd like. Inside the inn, you'll come across 3 Soldiers and a General

********Boss*****************
General, Soldiers x3
HP: 221   ,   27 each
My Level: 16

quickly kill off two of the three soldiers, but leave one alive. Now, 
concentrate the rest of your attacks on the General. Normally, the General
will run away after his soldiers have been defeated, but with one still
alive, he'll stand his ground until you can defeat him. He has a lot more
HP than the soldiers and some of the time you'll miss, so you might need 
to use a Cure or two in this battle. After the General falls, take out the
last soldier. Killing the General along with the other soldiers will 
net you an additional 400 EXP.

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 After the battle, you'll be fully rested with a new party member, Rydia.
Unequip her and take the little girl out to the desert and kill her. This
shouldn't be too hard since her Max HP is 30. Once again, move Cecil to 
back row. 

 Inside the Water Cavern are enemies called WaterBugs. These have about
200 EXP, but they often run away, so defeat them before attacking other 
enemies. Run away from any Jellies you see because they can't be defeated
easily without magic. Shortly after entering the cavern, you'll meet 
Tellah, an old man. Unequip him and kill him. Wow, a little girl and an
old man were killed because of you, heroic, huh? Search the treasure chests
on the North side of the cavern to obtain Cecil's Darkness Sword. Leave the
cavern, save, and then enter the next section. The next few chests hold
Cecil's Darkness Armor, Helm, Shield, and Gauntlet, so be sure to get these
for the next boss, Octomamm.

********Boss*****************
Octomamm
HP: about 1500 (???)
My Level: 20

Easy battle without any real catches. Attack repeatedly and Octomamm's 
tentacles should start disapearing one by one. Each time one is destroyed,
Octomamm's attack power is lowered, so the less tentacles, the safer you 
are. He should fall when there's about three tentacles left.

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Damcyan/Antlion Cave

 Save outside the Water Cavern and watch Damcyan get blown up. After Tellah
leaves and Edward joins, unequip and kill him. If you're in need of healing,
use the hovercraft to go back to Kaipo to buy Cures, don't bother using the
healing pot in Damcyan because that just revives your fallen comrades.

 Normally, the Antlion Cave is complicated to navigate, but that's only if
you attempt to get all the chests. There's nothing useful in any of the chests
in this cave, so just head directly to the boss' lair.

********Boss*****************
Antlion
HP: 1100
My Level: 24

The Antlion has relatively weak attack power, but it'll counter attack with
a needle attack that'll do more damage. Simply attack until it falls. You
shouldn't need to use a Cure, unless your HP level isn't very high.

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Mt. Hobs/Fabul

 Head back to Kaipo and give the SandRuby to Rosa. During the night, you'll
have to fight a battle using Edward. This should be the ONLY battle where
you can use a character other than Cecil. In the morning, unequip Rosa and
kill her, Rydia and Edward in the next battle.
 
 Using the hovercraft, head to Mt. Hobs. Be careful of GrayBombs, they will
detonate if their HP falls too low, damaging Cecil, so try to defeat them
quickly. Skeletons, though undead, shouldn't pose too much of a problem to
you. Climb up the mountain to find Yang and the next Boss.

********Boss*****************
Mom Bomb
HP: ????
My Level: 27

This is the first of several boss battles that require you to kill off a
character before actually defeating the boss. Kill Yang right away, which
may take a few turns because of his high HP. Attack the Mom Bomb until
she explodes, which will damage Cecil and leave three Bombs and three 
GrayBombs. Defeat each of the three Bombs before attacking any of the Gray-
Bombs. After that, attempt to take out as many GrayBombs as possible, but
one or two will probably explode anyways. If your HP is below 50, use a 
Cure before attaking the GrayBombs. Thankfully, this battle is worth a
truckload of EXP.

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 On the other side of Mt. Hobs, heal Cecil as you see fit, and walk east
to Fabul, levelling up along the way. By now you've probably noticed that 
it doesn't take Cecil very long to gain levels. Save outside of Fabul and
then head in.

********Boss*****************
Captain, Fighters x2
HP: 320   ,   65 each
My Level: 33

This is basically a tougher version of the General, Soldier battle back in
Kaipo. Use the same strategy as before and make sure to kill the Captain,
because he's worth 1000 EXP. You'll fight this battle three times before
encountering Kain

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********Boss*****************
Kain
HP: ????
My Level: 34

You can't win this battle, boohoo.

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 After the fights, search around Fabul castle to collect Cecil's Black 
shield. The King will also give you a Black Sword, which can randomly kill
enemies. Hoorah.


Mysidia/Mt. Ordeals

 After getting Porom and Palom, unequip them and kill them. Now before going
yo Mt. Ordeals, buy the Paladin equipment in the Mysidian store. You can't
equip them now, but once Cecil becomes a Paladin, these will be his only
armor for the road back down. 
 
 Make your way to the base of Mt. Ordeals, save, and head in. A lot of the 
monsters on Mt. Ordeals are undead, meaning Cecil will most likely have a 
hard timeinflicting any damage, so run from battles here. Don't worry about 
your level, because you'll be at Level 1 in a few minutes. Kill Tellah when
he joins and continue up to the save point and fight Milon.

********Boss*****************
Milon, Ghast x4
HP: 3500   ,   200 each
My Level: 39

First off, you'd better have a few Cure2s with you. If not, this battle just
got a lot longer. Hopefully, you have 4 Cure2s, if not, hopefully you have 
a bunch of Cures. Use Cures and Cure2s against the Ghasts to heal them to
death. One Cure2 should work, while 5 or so Cures will beat them. After 
they're gone, concentrate your normal attacks on Milon, who will counter
with Bolt spells. Use any Cures if needed and continue to attack. He should
fall before long.

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 Go back and save. Now, before moving to the other end of the bridge, move 
Cecil to the front row. You'll then fight Milon Z.

********Boss*****************
Milon Z
HP: 3523
My Level: 39

Milon Z attacks you from behind, so Cecil should start off in the back row.
There aren't any tricks like the last battle, so continually attacks until
Milon Z falls and cure if needed.

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 Again, head back to the Save Point to save. Inside the cave, Cecil will 
become a Level 1 Paladin with 600 HP. He'll also have to fight his Dark Side.

********Boss*****************
Dark Knight
HP: ???
My Level: 1

Just sit there. Don't attack for about three rounds and you'll win. Hoorah.
I've heard that you CAN actually defeat him, but there's no real sense in
trying.

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 Now, you can start heading back down to Mysidia. Cecil will be gaining 
levels almost every battle. By the time you reach Mysidia, you should be
atleast at level 20 with more than 1000 HP. Congratulations, you've become
a Paladin with only Cecil!



Chapter 2 - From Baron to the Underground


Baron/Baron Waterways

 Get to Baron via Devil's Roda, leave and save. Head into the inn to find
Yang.

********Boss*****************
Guard x2
HP: 280
My Level: 23

These guys require a bit of luck to defeat. They should take you only two 
hits to defeat, but they can counter your attacks with Mini, which will 
lower your defense to 1. Mini has about a 50/50 chance of hitting you. 
If it does, pray that you'll dodge the next wave of attacks. Hit again
while your Minied and you'll be cured by the guard. Hopefully Mini will
miss you the first time so you can atleast take out one of the Guards. It's
much easier to survive when there's only one Guard, even if you're Minied.

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********Boss*****************
Yang
HP: ???
My Level: 23

Cure yourself if the battle with the two Guards left you weak, then attack,
attack, attack. There's nothing really special to this battle and you should
win as long as you got the chance to heal at the beginning.

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 After the battle, Yang joins and you get to rest at the inn for free. You
alos get the Baron Key which allows the party to gain access to the Baron
Waterways. 
 Enemies here have a lot more HP then you might be used to seeing, so enemies
might take three hits or so to defeat. Aquaworms, however, have over 600 HP, 
so they may need 6 hits to take down, but don't worry, as long as Cecil 
remains in the back row, he should be alright, and with his new White Magic,
you can easily cure more than ever outside of battle. Enemies here also yield
a lot of EXP, so take your time to level up near the Save Point. You're going
to want to be near level 30 for Kainazzo. Don't forget to collect Cecil's 
Ancient Sword. Don't equip it, it's not as powerful as Legend, but you can
always sell it.
 Once you make it through to the castle, Baigan will greet you and then soon
attack.

********Boss*****************
Baigan, Right Arm, Left Arm
HP: 4444    ,  444   ,  444
My Level: 27

Don't waste your time defeating the two arms because Baigan can simply 
regenerate them. However, you might want to take out one of them, just so 
Baigan can't go three times in a row. Focus your attacks on Baigan's body
and it will easily fall. With the body gone, defeat the two arms and you've
won.

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 As soon as the battle's over, head back to the Waterways and save. This 
next battle will be difficult and will greatly depend on how much damage you
can inflict. Try to be as close to level 30 as your patience will allow.
Inside the throne room, you will be attacked by the second elemental fiend,
Kainazzo!

********Boss*****************
Kainazzo
HP: 5312
My Level: 30

*NOTE* The following strategy is strictly for the SNES version. In the hard
type, Kainazzo (Kagnazzo in hard type.) heals for much more but not as often.
The following strategy hasn't been tested for the Hardtype yet.

This guy can be a real pain. At first he won't do much except Big Wave. You
should be doing a good amount of damage to him, so you might be wondering
why I think this guy's hard. When he's about half way dead, Kainazzo will
retreat into his shell and up his defense and heal himself for exactly 400 
HP. He will then come out of his shell and continue to use Big Wave. Under
regular cirumstances, this guy would be dead in three hits of Bolt 3, but
since we've only got Cecil, we have to whittle away at his HP. With his
defense gone up, you'll be doing about 200-300 HP. Unless you can easily
do 300+ damage to him at this point, reset and level up, because every
second time you hit Kainazzo, he retreats into his shell and heals for
another 400 HP. If you're doing more than 300 HP damage to him on a regular
basis, he can't heal himself as much and will soon fall. 

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 After the battle, Porom and Palom will leave and Cid will join. You know
the dril by now, unequip and kill him. After a short story scene, you will
gain the use of the airship. Make sure you visit the town of Argat to buy
the Silver Armor!


Troia/Magnetic Cavern

 Make your way to the Kingdom of Troia and learn about the stolen Earth 
Crystal. Before heading off to the Magnetic Cavern, take some time to level
up if you'd like. Some battles will give you 5000 EXP, so leveling isn't 
hard at all here. Be careful of Panthers, their Bluster attack causes instant
death if you're not careful. When you're ready, equip Cecil with non-metallic
equipment and a Great Bow with Ice arrows. 

 You should be able to take care of pretty much anything in the cavern 
except for the powerful Ogres. Run from any battle with more than three Cave
Bats. The battles are simply too long with only one character.
 
 Save at the Save Point and attack the Dark Elf. The first battle cannot be 
won so let yourslef die and watch the scene. Now cure yourself and equip 
Cecil with his strongest equipment. Attack the Dark Elf again.


********Boss*****************
Dark Elf/Dark Dragon
HP: ????/3500
My Level: 36

This time around, the Dark Elf's triple elemental attack will do very little,
so continue attacking regularly. After a bit of damage, the Elf will transform
into the more difficult Dark Dragon. It's normal attacks are weak, but it can
cast a pretty nasty Dark Breath attack. Cure when he uses this, and continue
attacking. As long as he doesn't use Dark Breath too much, he shouldn't be too 
hard.

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 After the battle, leave the cavern and make your way back to Troia. You will
then be transported to the Tower of Zot.


Tower of Zot

 None of the enemies here should present much of a problem for Cecil, so 
battle your way until the second floor. There's a chest with an extremely
useful weapon here. Battle the FlameDog and you will win Cecil's Flame Sword,
which is particularly useful against the Ice creatures found in this tower.
As you gat nearer to the top, you will be confronted by the Magus Sisters.


********Boss*****************
Sandy, Cindy, Mindy
HP: 2591, 4599, 2590
My Level: 39

These three girls like to work together to attack Cecil with level 2 spells.
They shouldn't do too much damage as long as you they don't cast Fire 2 while
you're wearing the Flame Armor. Anyway, take out the center one first, since
she can use Cure and Life magic. After she goes down, take out the small one,
since she'll be concentrating magic spells against you. After those two are
taken care of, the last one, Sandy should go down without much of a fight.

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 Go back and Save. Continue up and you will lose Tellah, but gain Rosa and
Kain. Unequip them as soon as you can so you can kill them off a lot easier
during the upcoming fight against Valvalis.


********Boss*****************
Valvalis
HP: 8636
My Level: 39

Valvalis will begin the fight normally attacking the group. Help her out by
attacking Rosa and Kain until they die. Once you hit Valvalis, she will wrap
herself up in a tornado, upping her defense a bit. When she does this, she 
will continue the battle with a certain pattern. First she will attack you
physically for about 1-5 damage. Woopee. Then she will cast Glare, which will
start to petrify Cecil. If Cecil is hit with Glare four times, he will be
fully petrified and you will lose this battle. After that, she will cast Wind,
which, if succesful, will bring Cecil to single digit HP. The trick to this
is to conduct a sort of pattern like she has. When she casts Wind, heal with 
Cure, don't waste your MP on Cure2. She will attack, so you do the same. 
She will cast Glare. If you haven't been hit with Glare atleast twice, attack. 
If you're afraid of being petrified, use a Heal, or cast it. Continue this 
pattern until she finally falls. This battle sucked when I didn't know what to 
do...

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 Kain will then hand over the Magma Key and you're free to leave the Tower. Fly
south of Baron to a village named Argat. Inside is a well. Drop the Magma Key
in and a huge hole will appear in the nearby mountains. Inside is the 
Underground...



Chapter 3 - Underground to the Final Battle

Dwarven Castle/Tower of Bab-il

 Enter the Dwarven Castle and meet King Giott. You will lose Cid for a while.
Inside the crystalk room, Calbrina attacks.

********Boss*****************
Calbrina
HP: 5315
My Level: 43

The battle will begin with a fight against six dolls. Destroy as many as you
can, until they combine into one huge doll, the Calbrina. This is one boss 
that doesn't require strategy at all. Simply attack, heal until it dies.

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********Boss*****************
Golbez, Shadow
HP: ????, ????
My Level: 43

Golbez will begin the fight with Hold Gas and Cecil will be paralyzed. He 
will then summon a serpentine monster, Shadow. Normally, Shadow will cast
Demolish until all characters except Cecil are KO'd, but since Cecil is the
only one alive, the battle will skip to a sequence in which you get Rydia
back in the party. Shadow will be destroyed and the fight will continue
normally. Defeat Rydia, before attacking Golbez. Golbez can cast some pretty
powerful magic, but Cecil should be able to take him out without much trouble.

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 After the fight, wander about the castle, collecting items and stocking up
on any needed items. Exit through the basement and make your way to the Tower
of Bab-il. 
 Again, none of the enemies in the tower should cause too much trouble for
Cecil. Another powerful weapon, the Ice Brand, is found on the second floor.
This weapon is stronger than the Flame Sword and is Ice Elemental, so most of
the enemies in the tower are weak against it. Stonemen normally have incredibly
high attack power, but since we're at a much higher level than normal, they 
shouldn't do much more than a normal enemy. They also give 3000 EXP EACH!! So
hope you get into a few fights with them. As usual, run away from Tofus, since
they're Flan type enemies and cannot be harmed easily by weapons.
 On the seventh floor, you will find the tower's second Save Point. Save and
start leveling up. The next boss can be extremely difficult, and a lot of luck
is required to beat him because the damage he inflicts on you can be very 
random. At about level 50 or so, when your HP is near 3200, save and continue
up to meet Dr. Lugae.

********Boss*****************
Dr. Lugae, Balnab, Balnab-Z
HP: 4700, 4700, 4400
My Level: 51

Attack either the Doc or his robot until one is defeated. Quickly afterwards,
the Balnab (or Balnab-Z, depending on who you defeated) will explode, doing
1500-3500 HP of damage to you. That was the easy part. Here comes the hard
part.

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********Boss*****************
Lugaborg
HP: 9000
My Level: 51

Dr. Lugae will transform into this freaky skeleton thing and will poison 
Cecil. Don't bother healing it. Lugaborg will "attack" you with three 
different moves. A Heal spell , a 2nd level spell (300-800 HP), and a 
damaging beam attack (800-1800 HP). Because of the amount of damage that
Lugaborg can inflict, don't bother healing. Cecil's magic isn't nearly
strong enough to help him out here. If you have a few extra Elixers, you
could use them, but they're probably more needed for some upcoming battles.
If all this wasn't bad enough, Lugaborg will counter attack Cecil by putting
him to sleep. This has a 50/50 chance of hitting, but because of the damage
you're taking, being inflicted once could mean doom. Simply attack and pray
that the counter doesn't work. This battle may take several frustrating tries
before you emerge victoriously.

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 Head back down to floor 5 and enter the once locked door. Fight off the
group of Dark Imps and you'll lose Yang.
 Outside, head to Baron and upgrade the Enterprise and pick up the hovecraft.
Bring it near a mountain range with the Tower of Bab-il poking out. Climb
into the hovercraft and enter Cave Eblan.
 Make your way through the cave to a small underground village. Stock up
if needed and continue along the cave passages. Pretty soon you'll meet up
with Edge fighting Rubicant, the last of the four elemental fiends. After
Edge embarassingly gets his ass whipped, he'll join. Kill him. Continue
through to the second half of the Tower of Bab-il.
 Climb up the tower ignoring treasures, only one of them are useful. On the
5th floor is a chest with 82000 GP! Continue along the path to fight Edge's
parents, the king and queen. Well, it's not really a fight, just sit there
and listen to them praddle on about their petty troubles and they'll die.
 Continue on the path and save when you can. You will then fight Rubicant.

********Boss*****************
Rubicant
HP: 34,000 (????)
My Level: 56

Just to piss us off, this bastard revives all of the party with full HP.
Great. Don't have Cecil attack any party members, just concentrate on using
Cure2 to keep him at full life while Rydia targets level 3 spells at people.
Rubicant will probably help out using Scorch. After that dirty deed is done,
attack with everything you got, he has lots of HP to take out. Hopefully, you
have the IceBrand still equipped. If so, Cecil's attack power will sky rocket.
DO NOT attack while his cloak is up, or else Cecil will end up healing him.
If he seems to be staying in his cloak, switch weapons and continue attacking
(not with the Flame Sword, though!). Switch back to the IceBrand when he
comes out. After a while, he will finally admit defeat.

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After you gain the Falcon and leave the Tower, go back to the Dwarven Castle
and you'll get King Giott's daughter's necklace, which will let you into the
Sealed Cave. Visit Cid downstairs and he'll modify the Falcon. Head south
west to a small cave. This is the Sealed Cave. 

The Sealed Cave

***NOTE***
   Some people have been emailing me about the trick using Rydia to skip the
Sealed Cave. I honestly didn't think I'd need to put this, but using this trick
requires the use of Rydia, thereby defeating the purpose of a SOLO CECIL GAME!!
Doing this trick is cheating and you've lost the challenge. For shame....
**********

 This is probably the most boring part of the Cecil SCC. There are two 
extremely difficult enemies in the Sealed Cave. Both of which you innevitably
have to fight. One is the TrapDoor. These things have 5000 HP and will 
continously cast Death spells that always hit. The only way to survive is to
hit the door for 5000HP before its second turn. Very hard, because you will
be hitting for about 1500 to 2000 HP per hit.  You must level up to about LV
75 to be able to attack twice before the door can. Also, you must be able to
deal atleast 2500HP per hit. You heard right, LV 75!! That'll take a while.
Level up directly outside the cave. Some battles can be worth 16000 EXP here.
 So, you finally defeated the TrapDoor, huh? Well, continue leveling up. The
boss of the Sealed Cave is the EvilWall. If you played this game before, than
you know how tough this guy can be. Now that you're doing it solo, you'll 
need all the levels you can get. Continue leveling up outside until about 
LV 85. That's right, 85!. I was able to beat him at LV 84, so you shouldn't
have too much trouble.
 Before actually attempting the EvilWall, visit the Cave of Summons to gain
Cecil's most powerful sword up to this point, the Defense Sword. Also, make
your way to the Land of Summons so you can pick up the Rat Tail. This will
help in getting the Excalibur, Cecil's second most powerful sword.
 Go into the cave, taking out TrapDoors and make your way to the EvilWall. 
Good luck.

********Boss*****************
EvilWall
HP: 25,000
My Level: 84

No strategy. Just attack, attack, attack. If your agility is high, you might
be able to squeeze in 6-7 hits before he kills you. At LV 85, your attacks
should do about 2800-3400 HP per hit. If you still can't beat him at this
high a level, slow the Battle Speed down in the Config menu. Hopefully, 
you'll see that beautiful purple haze. Now, jump for joy.

If anyone beat the EvilWall at a lower level, please tell me. It would be
nice to beat this guy without leveling up insanely.

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 Leave the cave and Kain will leave the party. Get back to the Dwarven 
castle and Cid will upgrade the Falcon so you can go the upper world.
 Visit the Mysidians and gain access to the Lunar Whale. Inside, touch the
crystal and you'll rocket away to the moon.


The Moon/Giant of Bab-il


 Find a place to land the Lunar Whale near one of the caves around the big
palace. Follow the paths of caves to the Crystal Palace. Inside, you'll 
meet FuSoYa, who will join you. Kill the old man and make your way back to
the Lunar Whale. Touch the crystal again to fly back to Earth. You will
find yourself inside the Giant of Bab-il.
 The enemies here are rehashed Tower of Bab-il enemies. Because of your 
godly level, don't be afraid to fight any of them. MacGiants may take a
few hits but are worth an amazing amount of EXP, so don't hesitate to fight
these guys. Find your way up to the top and save at the Save Point. Even
with all those new found levels, this boss still has what it takes to rip
you apart easily.

********Boss*****************
The Four Elemental Fiends
HP: 28,000 each
My Level: 87

Good ol' Rubicant will, once again, revive the entire party. Hoorah. This
battle is a four part fight against each of the fiends that you've fought
earlier in the game. They will always appear in the same order; Milon,
Rubicant, Kainazzo, and finally, Valvalis. Destroy your allies before
attacking Milon. Thankfully, Milon is the easiest of them all, so you can
easily concentrate on your allies before actually starting the fight. 
Attack Milon, and heal if your HP gets low. Milon is weak, so you may not
have to heal yet. After Milon is down, Rubicant will appear, starting the
most difficult phase of the fight. Rubicant follows a pattern, Fire, Fire2,
Fire3, and Scorch. Fire and Fire2 aren't that bad, but Fire3 and Scorch will
easily do more than 1000 HP damage to you.  Attack until your HP gets low,
and then use an Elixer to fully recover. You may not like that, but there's 
no other way to survive the constant onslaught of Fire spells. After you
defeat Rubicant, Kainazzo will take his place. Kainazzo will attack three
or four times and then cast Big Wave which can do roughly 1800 HP Damage.
Keep your HP above 2000 and attack until he dies, use any Elixers you may 
need after each Big Wave. Valvalis will then appear to start the final 
phase of this grueling battle. Valvalis will do the same pattern that she
used in her first fight, except, for some reason, her Glare attack NEVER
worked on me. Basically, if you made it here, consider yourself victorious.
Follow the Valvalis strategy earlier in the walkthrough to finish off the
four fiends once and for all. Tough one, eh? I had to use 3 Elixers to make
it out alive... Consider yourself lucky if you used less.

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 Go back and Save. Heal up if you need to, and continue to the Core of the
Giant.


********Boss*****************
CPU, Attacker, Defender
HP: 30,000, 3000, 3000
My Level: 88

The Defender will heal the CPU for 3000 HP every round, so take it out first.
The Attacker will use its Maser attack to take off 10% of your Max HP every 
round. Do not defeat it until the CPU is gone. Doing so will cause it to
use Globe199, an instant death attack. Instead concentrate your attacks on
the CPU, which only casts Wall on itself. You should be able to destroy the
CPU within ten rounds, after that, destroy the Attacker.

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 FuSoYa will then leave and Kain will rejoin. Once inside the Falcon, travel
to the Underground to a house in the south, where a blacksmith named Kokkol
lives. Give him the Adamant and he will create the Excalibur! This is Cecil's
second strongest sword and should allow him to do more than 4000 HP damage
in a physical attack! 
 Leave and head back to the Lunar Whale and travel back to the moon. Make 
your way to the Crystal Palace and visit the Crystal Room. In the middle,
you will be transported to the center of the moon; the Final Dungeon.


Chapter 4 - The Center of the Moon.

 Before attempting to finish the game, buy 99 Cures, 99 Cure2s and about 40
Heals, just in case. With the rest of your money, Find the Hummingway Cave
that's located on the moon. It's found south of the Palace. Inside, there
is a man who can sell you Elixers! They're 50,000 GP each, but what else
are you going to do with your money? Buy as many as you can. When you feel
that you're ready, enter the Final Dungeon.
 Enemies here will give you Uber-amounts of EXP, so you should easily reach
level 95+ before getting to Zeromus. Most of the enemies can be defeated 
rather easily, with the exception of King-Ryu and Veteran. King-Ryu can
counter with a paralyze attack and will more than likely destroy you. 
Veterans will always begin a battle with Count. You won't be able to kill
them in time before the counter runs to 0, so just cast Exit as soon as you 
can. Be careful of groups of Karys. Normally, they're a cinch, but they can
cast Stone if the battle drags on too long. 
 Remember to open up the chests that you see. Inside are the Crystal 
Equipment, which will raise Cecil's Defense to godly levels.
 Make your way carefully to Floor 7, where the Final Save Point lies. Save
and backtrack up to Floor 6. To the left, with a treasure chest is a hidden
path that leads to a boss that guards the Crystal Sword (Ragnarok). This
is Cecil's most powerful sword, so be sure to get it. Make sure you're at
full life and attack the boss guarding it, the Wyvern.

********Boss*****************
Wyvern
HP: 60,000
My Level: 93

Wyvern will always start this fight with MegaFire, which will do a hell of
a lot of damage on you. After that, the Wyvern gets pretty easy. Attack it
until it dies. The rest of its attacks are weak. His physical attack will do
less than 100 HP, and even its Flare should only do about 500. If he starts
to charge up for another MegaFire, make sure you have more HP than it can
take off. You should have no difficulty whatsoever with him. Pat yourself
on the back and take your prize.

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 Woot! Now you have Cecil's Ultimate Weapon! With it, Cecil will have no 
problem doing 5000+ HP with a regular attack. To top off the goodness, all
Undead enemies will receive 9999 damage!
 Save at the Save Point and continue onward to the Center of the Moon.
When you get nearer to your destination, you will constantly run into
Red Dragons, Blue Dragons and Behemoths. Normally, these are probably the
most difficult enemies in the game, but now there just easy. Behemoths will
more than likely miss with counters, and even if they do hit, it'll be for
maybe 10 HP. Both Dragons can do about 100 HP with their breath attacls,
which isn't a big deal. A battle against two dragons will get you almost
100,000 EXP!!!! 
 Anyway, down at the center o' the moon, you will finally face the Final
Boss, Zeromus. At this point you should be equipped with the following:

Crystal Sword (Ragnarok)
Crystal Shield
Crystal Helm
Crystal Armor
Protect Ring

With all this, you shouldn't have trouble beating the game

********Final Boss*****************
Zeromus
HP: ??????
My Level: 95

Before using the Crystal on Zeromus, kill off all your characters. With
that done, attack Zeromus with the Crystal you received from Golbez to
start the final battle. Zeromus will more than likely open up with Big
Bang, his ultimate move. This'll do about 1500-2000HP damage. He doesn't
use it very much, though. He will usually either attack with Flare/Bio
doing very little damage or will use Black Hole, which does no damage.
After a bit, he will use Big Bang again. Use an Elixer everytime your HP
gets below 3000. Keep this up, hopefully you have atleast 3 Elixers or
so and you should see him die. Congratulations, you've just beaten 
Final Fantasy IV with only Cecil!

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Thank you for reading the walkthrough. I hope it was informative and 
helped you get through any troubles you may have had. Please Email me
if you have any comments, questions, boss strategies or complaints.
(Philby15@hotmail.com)


FAQ
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Q. Your Boss HP Values are a little off. Why?

A. I played this SCC on the Super NES version of FFIV, but since I don't
  have a list of Boss HP for that version, I used the Boss HP from the
  Chronicles version for PSX. Most of the values came straight from Brady 
  Games' FFIV Guide. If a boss HP value is wrong and you know what it is, 
  please email me.

Q. I'm at your recommended level, but I still can't beat this boss/dungeon.

A. My recommended levels from Paladin Cecil till the Sealed Cave are mostly
  from memory, so they might be off by a few. If you're still having trouble,
  set the Battle Speed to the slowest speed in the Config.

Q. You left out parts of the game, such as the Sylvan Cave, Weapon Guardians,
   Leviathan, etc.

A. This walkthrough follows anything that will help Cecil in defeating the
  game. Doing the Land of Summons, Bahamut, or any of the other Lunar Weapon
  Guardians wouldn't help Cecil become any more stronger than before. So, any
  side quests that don't directly benefit Cecil will not appear in this guide.

Q. Is it possible to do an SCC with anyone else?

A. Yes. Though Cecil's is probably the easiest to complete, the other four
  characters (Kain, Rosa, Rydia, and Edge) can be done. I've never heard of
  anyone finishing a Rosa SCC, so I'm not technically sure if it can be done 
  or not, but I know of the others. So far ,I've only completed the Cecil SCC.
  When I finish others, I'll write guides for those as well.

Q. Why don't you skip the Sealed Cave with the Rydia Trick?

A. Obviously, the Rydia trick means using Rydia. This a SOLO CECIL GAME, 
  Meaning you CAN'T use any other character than Cecil. I really didn't think
  I would have had to put this here, but I've been getting way too many emails 
  about it. Come on, people!!

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I'd like to thank the following people...

  SquareSoft - For creating one of the best Final Fantasy games

  Brady Games - For boss HP and names.
 
  Jeff "CJayC" Veasey - For creating GameFAQs, the BEST site for
                        game help. Also, thanks to him for putting up
                        this Walkthrough!

  Shaun Lynn - For spotting some areas that I needed to specify, such as the
               Panther's Bluster Attack.


(c) Phil Henry 2004