FINAL FANTASY IX

SECRETS AND SIDE QUESTS GUIDE


Version 1.0- September 26 2000-The Beginning

Version 1.1- September 29 2000-Added some stuffs here and there.

Version 1.2- October 11 2000-Added a strategy in defeating Ozma.

Version 1.3- October 14 2000-Added a section on how to get the strongest
weapon for each character.

Version 1.4- October 11 2000-Added the Book Boss thingy.

Version 1.5- October 30 2000-Added FFIX's "second ending".

Version 1.6- November 15 2000-Corrected some mistakes.

Version 1.6- November 15 2000-Corrected the part on Garnet's name.

Created on September 26, 2000 by Edwin "Shinji" Chow
ikarishinji5@hotmail.com


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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1 - INTRODUCTION

2 - SIDE QUESTS

3 - SECRETS

4 - LIST OF STRONGEST WEAPONS

5 - CREDITS

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1 - INTRO:

Played FFIX and found that the game is too short? Feeling bored and
want to go solve/tackle some sidequests/secrets in the game? Well here's a
list of all of the optional stuff one can do in FFIX.

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2 - SIDE QUESTS


Land Spirits/Fairies:
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When you roam on the overworld map, you might randomly encounter strange
cute creatures with a different battle theme. These are Land Spirits.
They all request for Gemstones from you and will reward you with a lot of
APs if you give them the correct ones. There are 9 altogether. Making all
of them happy and the fight with Ozma will be a lot easier.(See Ozma for
details). Here are a list of their names and what type of Gemstone they
want.

1)    Small Squirrel(Mu): Around Dali. Wants an Ore stone.

2)    Ghost: Outside Treno(Don't go in the forest.) or near
             the South Gate. Wants an Ore stone.

3)    Ladybug: Forest surrounding Black Mage Village. Wants 2 Ore stones.

4)    Yeti: Forest outside Madain Sari. Wants 2 Ores.

5)    Nymph: Forest near Iifa Tree area. Wants 3 Ores.

6)    Jabberwork: Forest East of Oeivell. Wants Emerald.

7)    Feathersuckle: Ice Continent, on the Chocobo tracks. Wants
                     a Moonstone.

8)    Galda: Forest outside Gizamaluke Cave after climbing rope.
             Wants Lapis Lazly.

9)    Yan: Bile Island (small island near center of map). It will keep
           running away until you have found all 8 other Land Spirits.
           Wants a Diamond.


Frog Catching:
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Once you obtained the airship (you can do it anytime in the game, but the
airship makes travelling easier.) bring Quina back to any Qu Marsh and
go to the frog pond. Quina will then request permission to catch frogs. The
more you catch, the better the reward. It also increases the damage of
Quina's Kaeru Otoshi(Frog Drop). So START CATCHING THOSE PESKY FROGS
NOW!


2 frogs: Ore Ston

5 frogs: Ether

9 frogs: Silk Robe

15 frogs: Elixir

23 frogs: Silver Fork

33 frogs: Bistro Fork

If you catch 100 frogs, an optional boss(Quina's master) will appear. Defeat
him to obtain Quina's best weapon.


TIP: It's best NOT catch all the frogs in the marsh at one go.


Figurines:
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There are 4 figurines in the game. They increase your collectors rate(see
Four-armed man for details.). Mini-Cid is found in the Treno Auction while
the Prima Vista figure is obtained after the coffeebean quest. Mini-Burmecia
is found near the bed in thief's headquarters. Lastly, the Mini-Brahne 
figure is
found under the chair in the Dali Chief's house.



Chocobo Digging:
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Refer to the Chocobo Digging FAQ
(http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/file/final_fantasy_ix_jp_chocobo.txt)
for details.



Quadmist Card Game:
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Basic Rules:
1st digit: Attack Power
2nd digit: Method of attack
Last 2 numbers: Defense Power

If the second digit is a P, then the first digit compares itself with the
opponent's third digit. If the second digit is a M, then the first digit
compares with the opponent's last digit.



Zodiac Coins:
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Visit the queen living in Treno. She will tell you that she wants 12 Zodiac
coins. These are found thoughout the game. The queen will reward you for
each coin you find. Once you gave all 12 coins, go to Kuwan Cave (east of
Treno) to look for the 13th Coin.

Aries: Dali Windmill
Cancer: Burmecia, behind an overturned cart.
Scorpio: Kuwan Cave spring
Gemini: Throw gil into the fountain at entrance of Treno 13 times.
Taurus: Behind item shop in Treno
Virgo: Black Mage Village Inn
Libra: Madain Sari fountain
Leo: Undestroyed Left Tower of Alexandria near Neptune Statue
Sagittarius: Linblum Commercial Square, left side. 3rd screen upon entering
             the commercial district.
Capricorn: Right path in Dargeleo Library.
Aquarius: Ipsen Heritage entrance right hand pillar
Pisces: Treasure chest inside Invincible.



Coffee Beans:
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The old man at the Watch Tower in Dali loves to drink coffee. Find them all
and you'll receive the Prima Vista figure.

Mocha: In the Pass near the Chocobo Forest. Pay attention to the right side
       of the screen.
Killiman: Madain Sari moogle village kitchen
Bullman: In disc 3 before going for the card game in Treno, go to Dali and
         search in the Village chief's room for the key to open the locked
         door behind the windmill.



Rope Jumping:
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Here is a list of all the items obtained from it:
20 jumps: 10 gil
50 jumps: Cactrot Card
100 jumps: Genji Card
200 jumps: Alexander Card
300 jumps: Cat Paw Racket
1000 jumps: King Of Skipping Title




Quiz Master
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This funny look guy (He always appears together with a circle and a
cross.) can be randomly encountered on the World Map near the Black
Mage village. He will ask you a question and if you answered it
correctly, he'll reward you with lots of APs. If you encounter him
13 times(This is due to the fact that he has 13 different questions to
ask.) and answered all his questions correctly, you'll be rewarded
with a Memory Ring.


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3 - SECRETS


Ozma (Located in the Chocobo Sky Garden)
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In the north of the garden, examine the huge rock. This will trigger a
battle will an extremely tough optional boss. If you have satisfied all
9 Land Spirits in the game, the FIGHT command will be enabled. You will be
rewarded with Garnet's last summon, Ark, upon defeating it.


I've came out with a sure win way of defeating it:
1) Have all characters' level above 70(LV99 comes to mind).
2) Have Quina learn the "Magic Hammer", "Angel's Tear" and KaeruOtoshi.
3) Make sure all characters have auto-haste, auto-regen
   and protection from confusion abilities.
4) Choose Eiko, Garnet(Dagger), Zitan(DUH!) and Quina.
5) When the fight starts, let Garnet be the main healer. Eiko should attack
   with Holy and assist Garnet in healing when there is a need.(Don't use
   Maduin. It's too costly. You're going to need all the MP you can get.)
   Zitan should just fight or use his Grand Result trance. Quina should use
   his "Magic Hammer" blue magic and attack randomly with KaeruOtoshi.
   Just use that hammer move 3 times and Ozma will be drained of all MP!
   YES, THAT MEANS NO MORE METEO OR JIHAD SPELLS FROM HIM!
6) If Ozma uses gas, heal with Quina's "Angel Tear".
7) With patience, you'll be able to defeat Ozma.



Dargeleo Library
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It's located northwest of the Chocobo Lagoon. You'll need an airship or
golden Chocobo to get there.



Alexandria's Book Boss(Sorry, but I forgot its name.)
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He's located in the Alexandria Library. You have two chances to fight him.
In disk two, where you have to rescue Garnet.(The exact time where Beatrix
"joins" you.) And in disk three, at the time where Garnet and Eiko summoned
Alexander.


Kuwan Cave (Quan Cave)
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It is located near Treno. Take Vivi and Quina there to trigger an event.
After the event, check the clock to get Elmace Shoes which allows the user
to learn the Auto-Haste ability. If you have a Gold Chocobo and a dead
pepper,
then you might want to check the bucket near the clock for some goodies.



Garnet's Real Name:
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One of the "hidden" secrets in the game.

2.1-In any of the party you'll make to visit Madain Sari MUST NOT have
Salamander;
2.2-First go there without Garnet nor Eiko. Try to talk to Rani. If she does 
not
respond you anything, try to invite her to play cards and then abort it.
2.3-Get out from Madain Sari and make a party including Garnet. IF you try 
to
talk to Rani she shall run away.
2.4-Get out from Madain Sari and then make a party composed by Zitan, Vivi,
Steiner and Quina*. Talk to Rani and she will tell you why she remained in
Madain Sari. Additionaly she shall tell you there's a note in the room just
behind her.
2.5-Get in in the room behind her. Check CAREFULLY the room. When you're
moving Zitan, try to make him turn his face to you and keep moving slowly.
A message like "!" or "?" shall appear. Press the action button and the
camera's angle shall change, showing Jitan reading the message.
2.6-Just after reading the note, go to the summoner's wall. Once entering 
there
first go to the right until you hear a sound. After hearing the sound, go 
left
until you hear the same sound again. Keep doing this until a message telling
your party's HP/MP and abnormal status are healed.
2.7-Now you shall be able to read all the notes near the summons except for
Ifrit's. Read all the possible notes then go near Ifrit's drawing. Now you 
can
read the note which reveals the real name of Garnet as well as her mother's.
*It looks like all the characters appeared in an ATE (Active Time Event) 
with
Salamander** make Rani to run away or make her act indifferent to your 
attempt
in trying to talk to her (i.e. if she doesn't runaway she won't react when 
you
try to talk to her).
**It includes Eiko and Freya.


Thanx a million, Mark<markryo@altavista.net>! You're DA BOMB!^_^



Changing Names:
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Just get a Namingway Quadmist card in the Desert Empress in Kujah's
throne room. Then go and find a brown-clothed man in Dagelero and
he'll change your characters' name.

*UNCONFIRMED*: It is rumored that you can get this card from the
card masters tournament in Treno.(Disk 4)



Revival of Mognet HQ:
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This can be done only in Disk 4. You must have a flying chocobo. Go to the
island north of Madain Sari. Look for a crack in the mountain. Use a dead
pepper to open the crack. Visit the moogles in this order:

Alexandria's moogle-> Burmecia's Moogle - > Black Mage Village's moogle - >
Ipsen Castle's moogle- > Mist Continent Qu's Marsh's moogle* - >Dargeleo
Library's moogle

You will be rewarded with a Protect Ring for your efforts.
*= You'll need to have Quina in your party to find it.



FF3(Japanese) OST:
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If you manage to buy the Une's Mirror and Doga Magic Box at the Treno
Auction, go to the Black Mage Village Inn and check the gramophone for a
surprise. Note that this event can only be triggered after Terra has been
destroyed.



Legendary Combination Shop:
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In the Last Dungeon called "Memory Room/ Birth", there's an "underwater"
room. Move to the right of the room and search for Hades. (Takes a few
tries.) Remember : There will be no '!'. Upon locating him, a boss fight
will be triggered. Defeat him and you'll be able to excess the Legendary
Combination Shop. Garnet's last summon can also be combined here.



Getting EXCALIBUR:
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Just buy the "Magic Finger" from the Treno auction and give it to the old
man in Dargeleo Library. You 'll need to sell ALL rare items  you have
bought from Treno to people in Treno.



Getting EXCALIBUR II:
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Reach the final stage and defeat Hades in under 12 hours. After doing so,
search the right pillar in Memory Room.



Ultima Weapon:
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Take a chocobo and "dig" around the Island of Light right where Terra used
to be. You'll need a dead pepper.



Four Armed Man:
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He is located at the right path of Dargeleo Library. He rates your
Collector Level. There is also a number of rare cards on him.



Carbunkle/Fenrir's New Skills:
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Emerald+Carbunkle= Emerald Light
Diamond+Carbunkle= Dia Light
Moonstone+Carbunkle= Pearl Light
Virgin's Hope+ Fenrir= 1000 Year Dust


Chocobo Paradise
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Fly to the north-western most corner of the map and use a dead pepper to
open that crack in the mountain.



Play Blackjack
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Play BlackJack while listening to the ''Crystal Theme''!
All you have to do is to input in this code once you get to see the
The End screen after everything (note that it will not work if
you try the short-cut-to-The-End method):

R2, L1, R2, R2, Up, X, Right, Circle, Down, Triangle, L2, R1, R2, L1,
Square, Square



Final Fantasy IX's "Second Ending":
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Simple. Just complete the zodiac coin side quest and keep Shina's hammer.
DO NOT USE THE HAMMER IN THE LEGENDARY COMBO SHOP. Keep it in your inventory
and complete the game.

*SPOILER*: You'll get an additional scene where Baku will "execute" Blank
with the hammer.


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4 - LIST OF STRONGEST WEAPONS

Type of     Name of              Where to get it
weapon      weapon
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Swallow     Utima Weapon         See Utima Weapon section for more details.

Rod         Kujira no Hige       Chocograph no. #20
            (Whale's Beard)

Racket      Cat paw racket       See rope skipping section for more details.

Sword       Excalibur II         See Excalibur II section for more details.

Lance       Ryu no Hige          Use dead pepper on a mountain crack
            (Dragon's Beard)     at the west of Ouilveille.

Claw        Rune Claw            Search the room where you fight Tiamat at
                                 the Memory Room.(Toki no Hazama)

Flute       Angel's Flute        In the room where you see an illusion of
                                 Alexandria at the last stage.

Fork        ??? Fork             See frog catching section for more details.

Staff       Mace of Zeus         On the right after climbing the ladder at
                                 memory Room before fighting Lich.



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5 - CREDITS

- GameFAQs <<www.gameFAQs.com>> OF COURSE!
- <<Anja.Bredemann@t-online.de>>
- <<vgstrategies.guide@about.com>>
- <<frodo@singnet.com.sg, iles@SoftHome.net, BleuisDel@aol.com >> for
their tips and correction of my mistakes.

Please e-mail me if I left anything out. THAT'S ALL. HOPE YOU ENJOYED
READING MY FAQ.

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