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                           FINAL FANTASY IX
                  Hippaul Racing Guide by Sybillium
                             Version 2.0
                        sybillium2@hotmail.com
                              1/1/2001
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.   Introduction/Version History
II.  Where do I Race Hippaul?
III. How to Play
IV.  Prizes/Details
V.   Tips/Techniques
VI.  FAQs
VII. Conclusion/Email/Credits
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|____ |____  \___|======| \             Part I
|     |          |======| / Introduction/Version History
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   Of the many minigames in Final Fantasy IX, I have chosen the Hippaul 
Racing game to write a FAQ for. Why? Well, it's a tough game, and it can be 
pretty fun! Most people play it once or twice and simply dismiss it as a 
stupid way to get common carrds. WRONG! I am near the end of the game, and 
one of the cards I won here is my BEST card (EA7C).
    Enjoy, and don't forget to email me!

Version 1.0 - Completed 1/1/01 - 8:36:20 PM
-Initial Release.

Version 1.05 - Completed 1/2/01 - 11:00:33 PM
-Fixed a really blatant error.

Version 1.5 - Completed 1/4/01 - 11:00:47 PM
-Got the Athlete Queen info.
-Changed Copyright policy.

Version 2.0 - Completed 1/6/01 - 12:51:24 PM
-Added decorative titles.
-Changed version problem.
-Added a bit of extra information.

Coming soon: Possibly a list of Hippaul's times for each level...as soon as 
I restart the game and make my way up to Alexandria!

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|     |          |======| /   Where do I race Hippaul?
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    At the beginning of Disc 3, when you control Vivi and are walking around 
Alexandria, you can race Hippaul. Be warned, this is the ONLY place you can 
race Hippaul.
    You'll find Hippaul in the long street in Alexandria, on the left side 
standing with Hippolady. Talk to Hippolady and say that you want to race 
Hippaul.
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|____ |____  \___|======| \           Part III
|     |          |======| /          How to Play
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   The basic premise of this minigame is simple. All you must do is 
alterantely tap SQUARE and CIRCLE as quickly as possible. The faster you do, 
the quicker Vivi runs. When you do it slowly, each press of each button 
corresponds to one stride of Vivi's legs. However, when you tap the buttons 
very fast, the length of Vivi's strides increases, rather than the amount of 
strides.
    Hippaul starts out very, very slow. As you beat him, he increases in 
level and gets faster and faster. You get prizes (mostly cards) for every 
ten levels he increases.

Here are some additional points you should take note of:

1. Most of the time, each time you race Hippaul, his level increases by one. 
It will increase by more at the beginning.
2. The maximum level Hippaul can reach is 99. Yes, this means you must race 
him about 85 times.
3. You can and should start mashing the buttons beforeHippolady actually 
says "GO". This ensures that you start ASAP.
4. At the beginning, Hippaul is painfully slow. Once you get tolevel 40 or 
so, though, you must really start paying attention. You'lllose a few times, 
but it can be overcome.
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|____ |____  \___|======| \           Part IV
|     |          |======| /        Prizes/Details
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Here is a detailed list of the cards you will receive when Hippaul reches 
certain levels.

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|WYERD                                                              |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Obtained at    |Level 10                                           |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|Card Column    |2                                                  |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|My card's stats|1M01                                               |        
                 
|_______________|___________________________________________________|


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|CARRION WORM                                                       |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Obtained at    |Level 20                                           |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|Card Column    |3                                                  |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|My card's stats|2M11                                               |        
                 
|_______________|___________________________________________________|


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|TANTARIAN                                                          |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Obtained at    |Level 30                                           |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|Card Column    |4                                                  |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|My card's stats|2M21                                               |        
                 
|_______________|___________________________________________________|


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|ARMSTRONG                                                          |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Obtained at    |Level 40                                           |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|Card Column    |4                                                  |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|My card's stats|5M23                                               |        
                 
|_______________|___________________________________________________|


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|RIBBON                                                             |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Obtained at    |Level 50                                           |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|Card Column    |8                                                  |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|My card's stats|0M68                                               |        
                 
|_______________|___________________________________________________|


___________________________________________________________________
|NOVA DRAGON                                                        |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Obtained at    |Level 60                                           |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|Card Column    |6                                                  |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|My card's stats|EX7B                                               |        
                 
|_______________|___________________________________________________|


___________________________________________________________________
|GENJI                                                              |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Obtained at    |Level 70                                           |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|Card Column    |8                                                  |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|My card's stats|0P56                                               |        
                 
|_______________|___________________________________________________|


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|ATHLETE QUEEN - key item                                           |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Obtained at    |Level 80                                           |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|The item says: |I only do what makes my mom happy. You cal call me |
|               |a coward, but only if you aren't one yourself.     |
|               |                                 =Hippaul=         |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|Moogle says:   |Good luck, Hippaul! Reach for the stars!           |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|
|The item does: |Nothing that I know of...                          |
|_______________|___________________________________________________|

If you get the Athlete Queen, the Mognet letter in Treno that says: "There 
is a new champion sprinter in Alexandria. His name is Hippaul!" now hs 
Vivi's name. Just a little something extra, but not useful.

>>>CREDIT: Thanks to PlayOnline for the INITAL info about the Athlete Queen. 
>>>Boxed information regarding Athlete Queen in this FAQ version is my own. 
>>>Thanksto BARBUARY for the info about the Treno letter.

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|____ |____  \___|======| \           Part V
|     |          |======| /       Tips/Techniques
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What to do:
DO use one hand, generally the hand you write with. Use your index and 
middle fingers, and alternate back and forth very quickly, hardly lifting 
your fingers from the surface of the controller.
DO take frequent breaks.
DO create a game save before leaving Alexandria if you give up before 
getting everything.
DO look below for more tips.

What NOT to do:
DON'T use a finger from each hands to hit the buttons. This causes you to 
tense up, and your hands can't coordinate the hits that well.
DON'T play more than a few races at a time if you're having trouble. After a 
while, your hands get tired.
DON'T watch the screen. Either stare at the controller or a picture or 
something. Looking at the screen and seeing that Hippaul may be catching up 
to you causes your fingers to go wild and lose a good, tight rhythm.
DON'T give up. You can do it!

MORE POINTS OF INTEREST:

1) THIS IS IMPORTANT! Remember, you can always change the buttons you want 
to push by going to "Config" then "Controller" in the main menu. To set the 
buttons you want, look at the right column on icons. See the circle and 
square? To the left of these, input the buttons you want to use.

Try the following combinations to see which works best for you. Remember, 
every person has a different set of hands, so there's no single combination 
that works best overall.
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|1       |2      |
|________|_______|
|TRIANGLE|X      |
|L1      |L2     |
|R1      |R2     |
|X       |CIRCLE |
|SQUARE  |CIRCLE |
|________|_______|

If you have a Dual Shock controller, the right analog button can actually 
get in the way if you use Square + Circle once Hippaul starts getting over 
level 60. Use a different combination.

2) Hippaul actually starts out slow at the beginning of each race and speeds 
up. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security!

3) Sometimes, When you get to REALLY high levels, like past 80, if you beat 
Hippaul by a long distnace, he doesn't gain a level. You must almost tie him 
but win to make him gain a level.

CREDIT: Thanks to Brainslug for the previous tip.

4) This is a theory: If you start pushing the buttons RIGHT when Hippolady 
says "go", you may be faster than if you start mashing beforehand. 
Obviously, though, you must have quick reaction times for this.

Can someone confirm this for me?

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|     |          |======| /            FAQs
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Q. What level are you on?

Right now, I'm at level 80. However, I plan to level up to 99.

Q. What do you get at Level 90.

Nothing. Yeah, I know, it stinks, but
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|____ |____  \___|======| \          Part VII
|     |          |======| /   Conclusion/e-mail/Credits
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Thank you for using this FAQ!

- Thanks to gamefaqs.com for giving me the venue to post it.
- Thanks to readers for reading it.
- And to my parents for letting me move the computer to my room! ^_^

Also, various people are given credit throughout the FAQ.

If you have a tip to give, a suggestion to make, or an idea for a future 
section of this FAQ, contact me at:

sybillium2@hotmail.com
ICQ: 59862917
AIM: Helmacron4

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