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       Final Fantasy IX Secrets And Side Quest Guide Version 9.5a
            For Sony PlayStation and PlayStation 2 Only
                          By YEE SENG FU
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Introduction
============
I know I am a 'talkactive' person, especially when it comes to talking
about games. Well, since this is my first and most likely ONLY
Final Fantasy IX faq, allow me to speak more and please endure my
longwindedness. Thank you!

Final Fantasy IX, the ninth installment, is SQUARESOFT's last Final
Fantasy for the PlayStation. The Final Fantasy series once again
unleashes an enthralling saga of epic proportions with Final Fantasy
IX. It brings back the traditional RPG elements [like armours] and is
directed more towards a magical tale and fantasy style unlike the
previous two more serious type Final Fantasies.

Graphically, Final Fantasy IX doesn't show a quantum leap over Final
Fantasy VIII. It seems that the Final Fantasy series has reached its
peak in terms of 32-bit graphics at VIII. Final Fantasy IX uses similar
graphic engine, just like Final Fantasy VIII and demonstrates the
PlayStation technology to the fullest. The only noticeable difference
is the inproportionate character design style by Yoshitaka Amano. 'Old'
diehard FFs fans will definitely welcome Yoshitaka Amano's artworks.
Nevertheless, Final Fantasy IX manages to maintain the standard set
by Final Fantasy VIII graphically. Well, we can't complain too much
since the PlayStation is getting 'old'.

Final Fantasy IX lacks the innovations when you talk about combat,
when being compared to the last few Final Fantasies, particularly VI
to VIII. Analyse the combat system carefully and you will find that
a lot of concepts are recycled and modified ideas in Final Fantasy
IX. Well, this isn't really bad since I find that the concept behind
the combat system like Trance, learning abilities etc, are very easy
to grasp.

Despite all these, Final Fantasy IX is definitely a great RPG for
everyone. Final Fantasy IX has tons of secrets and sidequests to
keep every RPG veteran satisfied and because of that, I have written
this faq. This is by far the only faq that compiles almost all the
secrets and sidequests in Final Fantasy IX. Furthermore, I have
classified all of them into various groups like mini-games, side
quests, secrets etc to make reading easier. Because of that, you
will notice multiple content page. However, while using this faq,
you might discover quite a lot of SPOILERS. So, use this faq at YOUR
OWN RISK. I have already done my best to reduce the spoilers. With
all these said, I shall proceed on to the faq. I hope that you will
enjoy reading this faq. Feel free to give any comments.

Update
============
Version 1.0   [12th December 2000]     [100KB]
-  Introduction section is done.
-  Plan the layout of the faq and added content section.
-  'Jump Rope' section is done.
-  'Racing Hippaul' section is done.
-  'Nero Brothers Gambling' section is done.
-  All Chocobo-related content is done.
-  'Revival Of Mognet' section is done.
-  'Feed The Moogle Family' section is done.
-  'Stellazzio: Zodiac Coins' section is done.
-  'Treno Weapon Shop Monsters' section is done.
-  'Frog Catching' section is done.
-  'Friendly Monsters' section is done.
-  'The Ragtime Mouse' section is done.
-  'Tetra Master' section is done.
-  'Treno Auction House' section is done.
-  'Final Fantasy III Music [Japanese]' section is done.
-  'Getting Excalibur' section is done.
-  'Getting Excalibur II' section is done.
-  'Quan's Dwelling Reunion' section is done.
-  'Renaming Characters' section is done.
-  'Ranking In Daguerreo' section is done.
-  'Secret Of The Eidolon Wall' section is done.
-  'Legendary Synthesis Shop' section is done.
-  'Blackjack' section is done.
-  'Final Fantasy IX's Second Ending' section is done.
-  'Action Ability' section is done.
-  'Tantarian' section is done.
-  'Quale' section is done.
-  'Hades' section is done.
-  'Ozma' section is done.
-  'Hippaul's Secret' section is done.
-  'Mugger... Or Card Guru?' section is done.
-  'Pet Finder' section is done.
-  'Performance Of A Lifetime' section is done.
-  'Knights Of Pluto' section is done.
-  'Festival Of The Hunt' section is done.
-  'Obtaining Power Belt' section is done.
-  'Obtaining Chimera Armlet' section is done.
-  'Crime And Punishment' section is done.
-  'Home Sweet Home' section is done.
-  'Hippo's Prize' section is done.
-  'Good Old Days' section is done.
-  'Collector's Rank' section is done.
-  'Five Card Masters' section is done.
-  'Save The Queen' section is done.
-  'Kalisto' section is done.
-  'Song Lyrics: Melodies Of Life' section is done.
-  'Copyright Protected' section is done.
-  Based on the US version.

Version 2.0   [13th December 2000]     [117KB]
-  'Mr. Morrid's Coffee' section is done.
-  'Figurines' section is done.
-  'Summoning Secrets' section is done.
-  'Dealing With Undead Monsters' section is done.
-  'Coloured Stone' section is done.
-  Based on the US version.

Version 3.0   [14th December 2000]     [125KB]
-  Move 'Blackjack' section from 'Secrets [General]' content to
   'Mini-Games' content.
-  Move 'Renaming Characters' section from 'Secrets [General]'
   content to 'Secrets [Daguerreo]' content.
-  Move 'Ranking In Daguerreo' section from 'Secrets [General]'
   content to 'Secrets [Daguerreo]' content.
-  'Eiko's Cooking' section is done.
-  'Blessing Of The Dragon God' section is done.
-  'Supply Problems In Daguerreo' section is done.
-  'An Exchange In Daguerreo' section is done.
-  'Like Walking Backwards' section is done.
-  'Secret Combination' section is done.
-  Based on the US version.

Version 4.0   [15th December 2000]     [158KB]
-  Added some strategies for fighting Quale.
-  Added 13 questions out of 16 questions asked by the Ragtime Mouse.
-  'A Secret With Ruby' section is done.
-  'List Of Strongest Weapons' section is done.
-  'Frequently-Asked-Questions' section is done.
-  'Credit' section is done.
-  Based on the US version.

Version 5.0   [17th December 2000]     [187KB]
-  Move the strategies for fighting Quale in the 'Frog Catching'
   section from 'Side Quest' content to 'Secrets [Optional Boss]'
   content.
-  Added my own Final Fantasy IX ASCII Logo.
-  Added more details on where to get the Mini-Prima Vista after
   Mr. Morrid mails the model ship to you when you give him all
   the three coffees. Please see 'Mr. Morrid's Coffee' section
   in the 'Side Quest' content for more details.
-  Added some details about what Friendly Yan will say if you beat
   Ozma before encountering it in the 'Friendly Monsters' section
   in the 'Side Quest' content.
-  Added two more questions asked by the Ragtime Mouse, contributed
   by readers.
-  Added complete card list in the 'Tetra Master' section in the
   'Side Quest' content.
-  Added my own strategy of fighting Hades in the 'Hades' section
   in the 'Secrets [Optional Boss]' section.
-  Added my own strategy of fighting Ozma in the 'Ozma' section
   in the 'Secrets [Optional Boss]' section.
-  Added some information in the 'Eiko's Cooking' section in the
   'Secrets [Madain Sari]'. How well Eiko's meal is cooked, will
   affect the dialogues that you are going to get later on.
-  Updated the 'Frequently-Asked-Questions' section.
-  Based on the US version.

Version 6.0   [18th December 2000]     [201KB]
-  Corrected some minor errors and spelling mistakes.
-  'Auto-Potion' section is done.
-  'Ability-Up' section is done.
-  Added more details on how to fight Ozma in the 'Ozma' section
   in the 'Secrets [Optional Boss]' section.
-  Updated the 'Frequently-Asked-Questions' section.
-  Based on the US version.

Version 7.0   [19th December 2000]     [210KB]
-  Corrected some minor errors and spelling mistakes.
-  Added the exact 14th question in the 'Ragtime Mouse' section in
   the 'Side Quest' content.
-  Added more details in the 'Dealing With Undead Monsters' section
   in the 'Secrets [Combat]' content.
-  'Soft Reset' section is done.
-  'The Specter Of Ramuh' is done.
-  Updated the 'Frequently-Asked-Questions' section.
-  Based on the US version.

Version 8.0   [30th December 2000]     [243KB]
-  Corrected some minor errors and spelling mistakes.
-  Move 'Tetra Master' section from 'Side Quest' content to
   'Mini-Games' content.
-  'Treasure Hunting In Fossil Roo' section is done.
-  Added more information in the 'Mr. Morrid's Coffee' section in
   the 'Side Quest' content.
-  Added more information in the 'Figurines' section in the 'Side
   Quest' content. You can also get Mini-Brahne in disc four. The
   four figurines do not increase collector's points.
-  Added two more questions asked by the Ragtime Mouse, contributed
   by readers.
-  'Auto-Pilot' section is done.
-  Added more details in the 'Action Ability' section in the
   'Secrets [Combat]' section. The way to calculate the damage
   caused by Zidane's Thievery is added.
-  Added more details in the 'Dealing With Undead Monsters' section
   in the 'Secrets [Combat]' content.
-  Added more details in the 'Hippaul's Secret' section in the
   'Secrets [Alexandria]' content.
-  Added more details in the 'Festival Of The Hunt' section in the
   'Secrets [Lindblum]' content about an easier method to let Vivi
   win the hunt.
-  Updated the 'Frequently-Asked-Questions' section. The mystery to
   finding the second Pumice Piece is solved. Also, there's one more
   boss which you can steal Robe Of Lords from.
-  Based on the US version.

Version 9.0   [27th May 2001]          [311KB]
-  Corrected some minor errors and spelling mistakes.
-  Added two new strategies to fight Behemoth. See 'Treno Weapon
   Shop'.
-  Added details on the 'mystery of Mini-Prima Vista'.
-  Added a new tip that enables the encountering of Ragtime Mouse
   easier.
-  'Stiltzkin's Cheap Combo Offer' section is done.
-  'Southern Tropical Outfits' section is done. Ever wonder what's
   the use of Straw Hat, Pearl Armlet, Aloha T-shirt and Sandals?
   This section tells you everything.
-  Added more details about Excalibur II.
-  'Double Your Fantasy Fun' section is done.
-  'Trance Secrets' section is done.
-  Added some details about 'Soul Blade' in the 'Action Ability'
   section in the 'Secrets [Combat]' content.
-  'Focus' section is done.
-  'Reflect Techniques' section is done.
-  'Return Magic' section is done.
-  'Refilling MP' section is done.
-  'Quick Level Up' section is done.
-  'Dealing With Stone Monsters' section is done.
-  Added some details about what Hades will say if you beat Ozma
   before encountering it in the 'Hades' section in the 'Secrets
   [Optional Boss]' content.
-  'Alexandria Card' section is done.
-  'Lindblum Card' section is done.
-  Check out kalisto section for the URL to Kalisto homepage.
-  'Square's Favourite Numbers' section is done. Remember to check
   out this interesting section.
-  Updated the 'Frequently-Asked-Questions' section. Check out Q19
   for the mystery fountain in Lindblum Castle that quite a number
   of readers have been asking me about.
-  Based on the US version.

Version 9.5a  [3th July 2001]          [337KB]
-  Corrected some minor errors and spelling mistakes.
-  Added some details in the 'Nero Brothers' Gambling' section.
-  Added some details in the 'Stellazzio: Zodiac Coins' section.
-  Added some details in the 'Treno Auction House' section.
-  Added some details in the 'Excalibur II' section. Remember to read
   about the Excalibur II rumour.
-  Added some details in the 'Trance Secrets' section. An interesting
   fact about Freya has been added. Do check it up.
-  Added some details about 'Sword Magic' in the 'Action Ability'
   section in the 'Secrets [Combat]' content.
-  Added some details in the 'Ability Up' section.
-  Added some details in the 'Quick Level Up' section.
-  Added some strategies on how to beat Quale.
-  Added some details in the 'Collector's Rank' section.
-  Added some details in the 'Square Favourite Numbers' section.
-  Updated the 'Frequently-Asked-Questions' section. The mystery to
   the fountain in Lindblum Castle has also been solved.
-  Based on the US version.

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|that I have completed all the sections. This is by far the most     |
|comprehensive Final Fantasy IX guide so far that covers almost all  |
|the secrets in the game. CONTRIBUTIONS are welcomed. If you have    |
|any question to ask, please read the 'Frequently-Asked-Questions'   |
|section. Due to busy school life and also the fact that the         |
|'Frequently-Asked-Questions' section is now ready, I will start to  |
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|'final' version is submitted, I don't plan to update anymore. So,   |
|if you have any contributions or suggestions that you want to give  |
|me, please give me as soon as possible. Anyhow, a thanks to every-  |
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|what it is now.                                                     |
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Content     - Mini-Games
============
     i)Jump Rope
    ii)Tetra Master
      -Card List
   iii)Treasure Hunting In Fossil Roo
    iv)Racing Hippaul
     v)Nero Brothers' Gambling
    vi)Chocobo Hot and Cold Game
   vii)Blackjack

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=======================================================================
I)Jump Rope
=======================================================================
The first mini-game that you will encounter in Final Fantasy IX is the
jump rope mini-game in Alexandria. To participate in this mini-game,
have Vivi approach the little girls who are jumping rope to the left
of the ticket booth. This is a good opportunity to get some extremely
rare cards, and maybe obtain a key item early in the game.

Playing The Game:
----------------
After Vivi moves over the rope, press the Circle button to begin the
game. Each time a '!' appears over Vivi's head, press the X button
to jump.

Things To Take Note:
-------------------
Don't underestimate this game. The speed at which the rope moves
increases at 20 jumps, again at 50 jumps and then again at 100
jumps. At 200 jumps, though the speed subsides a little bit, the
timing is quite different. From 300 jumps and onwards, the timing
remains the same.

You can only win each reward one at a time. Even if you start over
and achieve the number of jumps you have made previously, you will
not receive the same reward again.

Where and When To Play:
----------------------

a)You can play the mini-game at the beginning of disc one to the
  left of the ticket booth.
b)From disc three onwards, the girls move their games to the moogle's
  bell tower. In disc three and four, you can ONLY play if you have
  VIVI or EIKO in your PARTY.

Rewards
-------

 ________________________________
|No of Jumps  |Rewards           | Honestly speaking, I haven't
|_____________|__________________| really tried the jumping rope
|   20 jumps  |10 Gil            | game yet. To me, it seems
|_____________|__________________| very impossible for me to
|   50 jumps  |Cactuar Card      | achieve 1000 jumps. Maybe, I
|_____________|__________________| didn't really try hard enough.
|  100 jumps  |Genji Card        |
|_____________|__________________|
|  200 jumps  |Alexandria Card   | Also, take note that 'King Of
|_____________|__________________| Jump Rope' is a key item.
|  300 jumps  |Tiger Racket Card | I didn't get this key item.
|_____________|__________________| <Shrug>
| 1000 jumps  |King Of Jump Rope |
|_____________|__________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the list of rewards that you get  |
|      |for playing the Jump Rope mini-game.                       |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
II)Tetra Master
=======================================================================
After the success of Triple Triad in Final Fantasy VIII, Square
attempts to introduce a new card game into Final Fantasy IX. Tetra
Master, a brand new card game, is an addictive and innovative game.
I won't really cover anything about Tetra Master in this faq. Firstly,
I didn't really seriously go and play the card game. Secondly, there
are quite a number of great Tetra Master faqs available at gamefaqs.
I am NOT an EXPERT Tetra Master Player and if you ask me anything
about Tetra Master card game, I MAY NOT be able to help you. But I
will try my best. One good faq that I strongly recommend you to check
it out is the Tetra Master faq written by Trifthen.

There are 100 different types of cards and can be classified into
Monsters, Spells, Weapons And Items, Airships, Chocobos, Castles
and Special Cards. I have also listed down the column in which the
card is being placed in the card menu. Below shows the complete
card list.

 ____________________    ____________________    ____________________
|M   |Column  1      |  |M   |Column  2      |  |M   |Column  3      |
|0   |_______________|  |O   |_______________|  |O   |_______________|
|N   |Goblin         |  |N   |Yeti           |  |N   |Carrion Worm   |
|S   |_______________|  |S   |_______________|  |S   |_______________|
|T   |Fang           |  |T   |Mimic          |  |T   |Cerberus       |
|E   |_______________|  |E   |_______________|  |E   |_______________|
|R   |Skeleton       |  |R   |Wyerd          |  |R   |Antlion        |
|S   |_______________|  |S   |_______________|  |S   |_______________|
|    |Flan           |  |    |Mandragora     |  |    |Cactuar        |
|    |_______________|  |    |_______________|  |    |_______________|
|    |Zaghnol        |  |    |Crawler        |  |    |Gimme Cat      |
|    |_______________|  |    |_______________|  |    |_______________|
|    |Lizard Man     |  |    |Sand Scorpion  |  |    |Ragtimer       |
|    |_______________|  |    |_______________|  |    |_______________|
|    |Zombie         |  |    |Nymph          |  |    |Hedgehog Pie   |
|    |_______________|  |    |_______________|  |    |_______________|
|    |Bomb           |  |    |Sand Golem     |  |    |Ralvuimahgo    |
|    |_______________|  |    |_______________|  |    |_______________|
|    |Ironite        |  |    |Zuu            |  |    |Ochu           |
|    |_______________|  |    |_______________|  |    |_______________|
|    |Sahagin        |  |    |Dragonfly      |  |    |Troll          |
|____|_______________|  |____|_______________|  |____|_______________|

          ____________________              ____________________
         |M   |Column  4      |            |M   |Column  5      |
         |O   |_______________|            |O   |_______________|
         |N   |Blazer Beetle  |            |N   |Ash            |
         |S   |_______________|            |S   |_______________|
         |T   |Abomination    |            |T   |Wraith         |
         |E   |_______________|            |E   |_______________|
         |R   |Zemzelett      |            |R   |Gargoyle       |
         |S   |_______________|            |S   |_______________|
         |    |Stroper        |            |    |Vepal          |
         |    |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Tantarian      |            |    |Grimlock       |
         |    |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Grand Dragon   |            |    |Tonberry       |
         |    |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Feather Circle |            |    |Veteran        |
         |    |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Hecteyes       |            |    |Garuda         |
         |    |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Orge           |            |    |Malboro        |
         |    |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Armstrong      |            |    |Mover          |
         |____|_______________|            |____|_______________|

          ____________________              ____________________
         |M   |Column  6      |            |S   |Column  7      |
         |O   |_______________|            |P   |_______________|
         |N   |Abadon         |            |E   |Ifrit          |
         |S   |_______________|            |L   |_______________|
         |T   |Behemoth       |            |L   |Ramuh          |
         |E   |_______________|            |S   |_______________|
         |R   |Iron Man       |            |    |Atomos         |
         |S   |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Nova Dragon    |            |    |Odin           |
         |    |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Ozma           |            |    |Leviathan      |
         |    |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Hades          |            |    |Bahamut        |
         |____|_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |S   |Holy           |            |    |Ark            |
         |P   |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |E   |Meteor         |            |    |Fenrir         |
         |L   |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |L   |Flare          |            |    |Madeen         |
         |S   |_______________|            |    |_______________|
         |    |Shiva          |            |    |Alexander      |
         |____|_______________|            |____|_______________|

 ____________________    ____________________    ____________________
|W   |Column  8      |  |A   |Column  9      |  |C   |Column 10      |
|E   |_______________|  |I   |_______________|  |H   |_______________|
|A   |Excalibur 2    |  |R   |Blue Narciss   |  |O   |Mog            |
|P   |_______________|  |S   |_______________|  |C   |_______________|
|O   |Ultima Weapon  |  |H   |Hilda Garde 3  |  |O   |Frog           |
|N   |_______________|  |I   |_______________|  |B   |_______________|
|S   |Masamune       |  |P   |Invincible     |  |O   |Oglop          |
|    |_______________|  |S   |_______________|  |S  _|_______________|
|A   |Elixir         |  |    |Cargo Ship     |  |__| |Alexandria     |
|N   |_______________|  |    |_______________|  |C   |_______________|
|D   |Dark Matter    |  |    |Hilda Garde 1  |  |A   |Lindblum       |
|    |_______________|  |    |_______________|  |S  _|_______________|
|I   |Ribbon         |  |__  |Red Rose       |  |T | |Two Moons      |
|T   |_______________|  |C | |_______________|  |L | |_______________|
|E   |Tiger Racket   |  |H | |Theater Ship   |  |E | |Gargant        |
|M   |_______________|  |O | |_______________|  |S | |_______________|
|S   |Save The Queen |  |C | |Viltgance      |  |__| |Namingway      |
|    |_______________|  |O |_|_______________|  |S   |_______________|
|    |Genji          |  |B   |Chocobo        |  |P   |Boco           |
|    |_______________|  |O   |_______________|  |E   |_______________|
|    |Mythril Sword  |  |S   |Fat Chocobo    |  |CIAL|Airship        |
|____|_______________|  |____|_______________|  |____|_______________|

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III)Treasure Hunting In Fossil Roo
=======================================================================
First of all, thanks to Eric Rosenzweig <paste31415@hotmail.com> for
reminding me that there is a digging game in Fossil Roo. I almost
forgot about it since it was very long time again I played it.

On your way from Fossil Roo to Outer Continent in disc two, you might
come across a cave, where a treasure hunter awaits. I don't think
there is a need for me to describe the cave in details since if you
explore Fossil Roo carefully, you should be able to find the cave.
[It's the place where there's lot of Gargants and you need to enter
it through the Qu's Marsh in Mist Continent!!!]

How To Play:
-----------
Talk to the treasure hunter. He says that he will let you dig the
rocks here if you give him a Potion. Agree to his request and he
will lend you his precious pickaxe.

You can dig in any area on the top or bottom portion of the central
column. At the top portion, there's a wall that seems to be made of
loose walls. Be sure to examine. Simply press the Square button
CONTINUOUSLY in an area until you find an item. All the items you
find will be yours. In this digging game, you will find many Ore,
rare stones and medicine. Furthermore, this digging game has NO
TIME LIMIT unlike the Chocobo's Hot and Cold game. Return the
pickaxe to the treasure hunter by talking to him ONLY when you wish
to QUIT the digging game. If you return the pickaxe to him and later
on, you feel like playing the digging game again, you have to GIVE
him a POTION again in order for him to give you his precious pickaxe
to let you play the digging game.

Rewards:
-------

a)The items that you dug up are valuable than just a potion. Just
  lose a potion, in exchange for valuable items like Hi-Potion, Ore,
  Echo Screen etc. It's a great bargain, right? Definitely!!! And,
  there's a valuable item here that you can dig and it is Madain's
  Ring.
b)If you play the digging game, you may come across an area where
  you hear a sound called 'Kupo'! Isn't this the sound made by a
  moogle. Does that mean that there is a moogle nearby? Bingo! I
  won't tell you where this area is. You just have to discover it
  yourself. I have already given you a hint somewhere as to where
  the moogle is. By the way, the name of this moogle is Kuppo.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to durron597 _ <durron597@hotmail.com> for telling  |
|      |me that you can dig up Madain's Ring in the Fossil Roo's   |
|      |digging mini-game.                                         |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

What's The Use Of Finding Kuppo:
-------------------------------
There's a lot of advantages for finding Kuppo. First, you get to save
your game at this point. Secondly, you have the opportunity to use a
tent to recover your party's HP and MP if you wish to. Thirdly,
there is a Mogshop. By the way, the items sold in the Mogshop by
Kuppo are the same as those sold in the Mogshop by Mogki. Mogki is
the first moogle that you encounter earlier inside Fossil Roo. Fourly,
Kuppo will give you the letter which you need to deliver to Kupo.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Eric Rosenzweig <paste31415@hotmail.com> for     |
|      |reminding me about this mini-game. If not, I would have    |
|      |forgotten about it.                                        |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

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IV)Racing Hippaul
=======================================================================
This mini-game is a good opportunity to get some rare cards, as well
as getting a key item. You can only take part in this mini-game with
Vivi at the beginning of disc three when you are in Alexandria. Note
that if accept to see Ruby's play in disc three, the mini-games,
including racing with Hippaul will end. So, accept Ruby's request
only after you have played the mini-games.

You can find Hippaul and his mother on the main street of Alexandria.
Speak to Hippaul's mother and agree to help Hippaul to cut down his
weight. [Hippaul's too fat] Thus, a race with Hippaul starts. Tap the
Circle and Square buttons to run. The race ends when both reaches the
finish line. Hippaul's level will increase when you keep racing with
him. The higher his level is, he runs faster. For every 10 levels that
Hippaul gains, his mother will give you a card. You can keep winning
a card until level 70 and at level 80, you receive a key item.
Actually, the maximum level Hippaul can reach is 100 but you won't
get any reward when Hippaul is above level 80. So, stop when Hippaul
is level 80. Here's the reward:

 ___________________________________
|Hippaul's Level |Reward            | Athlete Queen is the key item
|________________|__________________| I have one question. How come
|Level 10        |Wyerd Card        | it's Athlete Queen, but not
|________________|__________________| Athelete King? Vivi's not a
|Level 20        |Carrion Worm Card | female. Want to know why? See
|________________|__________________| the 'Frequently-Asked-Questions'
|Level 30        |Tantarian Card    | section in 'Miscellaneous'
|________________|__________________| content for more details.
|Level 40        |Armstrong Card    | Hmm.. this is another mini-game
|________________|__________________| that I really didn't spend time
|Level 50        |Ribbon Card       | to play. I remembered I only
|________________|__________________| levelled up Hippaul to 10 and
|Level 60        |Nova Dragon Card  | got a Wyerd Card and stopped
|________________|__________________| playing. Hmm... I didn't know
|Level 70        |Genji Card        | I could get quite a few rare
|________________|__________________| cards by playing this mini-game.
|Level 80        |Athlete Queen     | <Shrug> Never mind!!!
|________________|__________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the list of rewards that you get  |
|      |for racing with Hippaul.                                   |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
V)Nero Brothers' Gambling
=======================================================================
At the beginning of disc three, enter Alexandria's weapon shop with
Zidane. You can only play this mini-game when you are playing as
Zidane, not Vivi. You will find the Nero brothers, Benero, Genero,
Zenero in the weapon shop. [Man, these three brothers really look
very identical.] The mini-game resembles a shell game. The three
brothers will shuffle their positions and after shuffling, they will
ask you to identify one of their brothers. If answer correctly, you
can choose to continue on the game or receive your reward. However,
if you identify wrongly, you lose the money you pay for the game
and you can't top up the money. The answer's either left, centre or
right. The only reward you get is gil and you can max it up to 25,600
Gil.

Nero Brothers' gambling: - Contributed by <Jjukil@aol.com>

As you win this game, your jackpot doubles... but the Neros have a
funny idea of double or nothing. Each time they double your jackpot,
they charge you again to play. The charge? Your overall winnings so
far PLUS half your next jackpot!  Let's go into the math part of
this situation....

First game:
   Neros charge you 50 gil to play.  Current Loss:    50.
   Win and get 100.                  Current profit:  50.
Next game:
   Neros charge you 150 to play.     Current Loss:   100.
   Win and get 200.                  Current profit: 100.

Next game:
   Neros charge you 300 to play.     Current Loss:   200.
   Win and get 400.                  Current profit: 200.

See where this is going?  In each game, your profit is equal to the
loss. Because of that, the profit you gain is actually half of what
the jackpot is -- the top profit is 12,800, even though the top
jackpot is 25,600. And you can lose 12,800 if you lose at that level!
Overall, that makes this a pretty bad way to gain Gil, but hey, that's
gambling.... After all, as a saying goes like this, out of 10 rounds
you played, there is a high chance that you lose 9 rounds.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to <Jjukil@aol.com> for telling me some information |
|      |about Nero Brothers' Gambling.                             |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 ____________________________________________________________________
|TIPS  |The only tip I can give to you is to make use of the 'Start' |
|      |button by pausing the game. Another tip found in PlayOnline  |
|      |is to record the game with a VCR and then play it in slow    |
|      |motion. This makes identifying of the Nero Brothers easier   |
|      |but this method seems rather troublesome, in my opinion.     |
|______|_____________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the VCR tips.                     |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
VI)Chocobo Hot and Cold Game
=======================================================================
The Chocobo Hot and Cold game is by far the most complex and enjoyable
mini-game of all. This is just my personal opinion. I won't really
spend time to cover everything about this Chocobo mini-game for a
reason. You can find all the detailed information needed about this
mini-game in my Final Fantasy IX Chocobo Hot and Cold guide faq,
which can be found in gamefaqs.

=======================================================================
VII)Blackjack
=======================================================================
Watch the ending from start to the end, if not, this trick will not
work. You will reach the screen which says 'The End' and you will
also hear the familiar Final Fantasy 'Crystal Theme'. Now, input
these codes:

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

You should hear a chime, if I am not wrong. Then, press the Start
button to play Blackjack. [I suppose everyone knows how to play
Blackjack, right? No need me to teach, right?]

Thanks to Joey Anderson <joey@sufferbastard.com> for correcting an
error for me by telling me that you need to press the Start button
to trigger the Blackjack game instead of the X button after
inputting the Blackjack code.

_______________________________________________________________________

Content     - Side Quest
============
     i)Chocobo's Side Quest
      -Chocograph Treasures
      -Dead Pepper Treasures
      -Chocobo's Revitalising Ability
    ii)Revival Of Mognet Central
   iii)Feed The Moogle Family
    iv)Stellazzio: Zodiac Coins
     v)Treno Weapon Shop Monsters
    vi)Frog Catching
   vii)Mr. Morrid's Coffee
  viii)Figurines
    ix)Friendly Monsters
     x)The Ragtime Mouse

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)Chocobo's Side Quest
=======================================================================
I won't say anything more about Chocobo. For more information, check
out my Final Fantasy IX Chocobo Hot and Cold guide faq. You can find
more information about:

a)Learn more about Chocobo Hot and Cold mini-game.
b)How to get the ultimate Gold chocobo.
c)How to find all 24 Chocograph treasures.
d)How to find all 8 Dead Pepper treasures.
e)Chocobo's Revitalising Ability and MUCH MORE.

=======================================================================
II)Revival Of Mognet Central
=======================================================================
You can find even more detailed information about the sidequest on
'Revival Of Mognet Central' at my Final Fantasy IX Chocobo Hot and
Cold guide faq. If you manage to help ALL the moogles in the world
to DELIVER ALL the LETTERS, without discarding any letter, you can
do this sidequest from disc three onwards. But, don't worry if you
have not not deliver all the letters. You will still be able to do
this sidequest, but only from the disc four onwards. The only
difference is the location of the moogle, Mois.

I will now give you a brief summary of how to complete this side
quest.

Steps:
-----

a)Find Mognet Central. It's a big island north of Outer Continent.
  Use Dead Pepper on a mountain crack.
b)Talk to Artemician in Mognet Central.
c)Talk to Kupo in Alexandria's bell tower.
d)Then, deliver the chain of letters to these moogles in this order:

 Atla  [Burmecia]                 Kupo  [Alexandria]
   |                                |
   |                                |
Mogryo [Black Mage Village]      Noggy  [Daguerreo]
   |                                |
   |                                |
Kumool [Ipsen's Castle]          *Mois  [Qu's Marsh in Mist Continent]
   |                                |Or [Ice Cavern]
   |________________________________|

       ------------> Direction Flow

Read from left to right, as shown by the arrow above like a 'U'
shape. To find Mois [Formerly in Ice Cavern], you need to have
Quina in your party. Mois has moved from Ice Cavern to the former
entrance of Fossil Roo.

e)Talk to Ruby in mini-theater in Alexandria to receive a key item
  called 'Superslick'.
f)Go to Mognet Central and hand over the key item Ruby gives you to
  Artemician. Mognet Central is revived and you get a Protect Ring
  for your efforts.

* - If you are doing the side quest in disc three, go to the Ice
    Cavern to find Mois instead of the former entrance at Fossil
    Roo. The rest of the steps are the same. Remember that Ice
    Cavern cannot be accessed when you reach disc four so Mois
    has to move his house. And, one more difference is that if you
    do the side quest in disc four, you need to have Quina in your
    party so that you can enter Fossil Roo to find Mois but if you
    do it in disc three, you don't need to have Quina in your party,
    since Mois can be easily found in Ice Cavern.

In Mognet Central, one of the moogles there will tell you how many
letters you have successfully delivered to the moogles if you talk
to him.

Also, take note that whenever you deliver a letter successfully to a
Moogle, you will receive one Kupo Nut. Then, go to Gizamaluke's
Grotto and give the Kupo Nut to the moogle, Moguta. In exchange for
the Kupo Nut, he gives you a random item. Also, take note that you
can only keep one Kupo Nut in your item inventory so whenever you get
one Kupo Nut, remember to give it to Moguta. The reason is because if
you already have a Kupo Nut in your inventory, even if you deliver a
letter successfully to a new moogle, the moogle can't give you a new
Kupo Nut.

=======================================================================
III)Feed The Moogle Family
=======================================================================
Everytime you receive a Kupo Nut for successfully delivering a letter
between the moogles, you have to return to Gizamaluke's Grotto and
feed it to the father of the moogle family, Moguta. In exchange for
a Kupo Nut, you will receive a random item. The random item includes
items like Tent, Phoenix Pinion etc.

During your 'Dead Pepper Treasures' hunting, you will receive 7 Aloha
T-shirts. [It's the foaming water directly between the Mist Continent
and the Outer Continent.] But, you have eight party members. You can
get the 8th Aloha T-shirt by giving a Kupo Nut to Moguta in disc four
at Gizamaluke's Grotto. Now, you have the full set of Hawaiian gear.
Now, everyone is stylin'. [For more details about the use of Straw
Hat, Pearl Armlet, Aloha T-shirt and Sandals, please refer to the
'Southern Tropical Outfits' section in the 'Secrets [General]'
content for more details.]

=======================================================================
IV)Stellazzio: Zodiac Coins
=======================================================================
There are 13 Stellazzio coins scattered all over the world. The first
12 Stellazzio coins are your zodiac coins. [Hmm... I am a Virgo male.]
The 13th Stellazzio coin is the hidden one and you need to find all
the first 12 Stellazzio coins before you can get this. Don't worry if
you have missed some of the coins earlier in the game. You can still
find them later on, even in disc four.

Queen Stella at Treno is a collector of these coins. She will reward
you handsomely. After giving all 12 Stellazzio, speaks to her again
and she senses that something is missing. Notice that one of the
Stellazzio cages is empty? Say to Queen Stella that there is the 13th
Stellazzio coin. To help you to find the 13th Stellazzio coin, she
returns you all the 12 Stellazzio coins. Now, read the clues inscribed
on the coins. To facilitate you, I have typed up all the 12 clues
that are inscribed on the coins below, as well as the one on the 13th
Stellazzio coin:

 1)The story of 12 Zodiacs. The 11 Zodiacs pondered. How best to catch
   Virgo's Heart? Aries headed East. - ARIES

 2)Taurus had an idea. He would give Virgo a gift. Through the forest
   and over the mountain, he found a star. - TAURUS

 3)Gemini thought by the river: 'I will sing her a song'. He didn't
   know where she was, but he hoped his song would reach her.
   - Gemini

 4)Cancer headed to the cape where Virgo waited. The sun was setting
   into the ocean. Will he finally see her? - CANCER

 5)Leo was waiting for the sun to set into the ocean. Then Cancer
   showed up, and they began to fight. Into the ocean they fell.
   - LEO

 6)Watching the sunset from the cape, Virgo whispered, "My only wish
   is to be with you now..." - VIRGO

 7)Libra was a perverse fellow. He would always walk in the opposite
   direction of the sun. Would he ever see Virgo? - LIBRA

 8)Scorpio was very timid. He always looked at his shadow, until one
   day, he decided to look away. He walked up a hill. - SCORPIO

 9)Sagittarius dashed through the night, defying the chilly northern
   wind that was touching his right cheek. - SAGITTARIUS

10)Impatient Capricorn ran up a hill toward the sun and fell asleep
   from exhaustion. - CAPRICORN

11)Aquarius arrived late. He asked everyone, "Who kissed Virgo?"
   - AQUARIUS

12)Pisces said to Aquarius, "Virgo made her choice. Go see him and
   he'll tell you the rest." - PISCES

13)"Their future was uncertain, but Scorpio and Virgo kissed in the
   light of dusk that moment meant everything." - OPIUCHUS

13th Stellazzio Coin [Spoiler]
-------------------
If you assemble all the clues into one, you will discover that the
13th Stellazzio coin is up a hill above a river and beyond the
darkest where the sun seems to be setting and is somewhere in the
southeast. And, this place seems to be the Quan's Dwelling.

 _________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for assembling the clues into one. I |
|      |didn't really figure out the clues [I look at the answer  |
|      |straight away. Too lazy to think!!!] myself.              |
|______|__________________________________________________________|

 _________________________________________________________________
|Name Of Coin   |Location of the Coin                             |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Aries          |Inside windmill in village of Dali.              |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Taurus         |Behind item shop in Treno.                       |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Germini        |Check Treno's fountain at the entrance and throw |
|               |10 gil each time consecutively for 13 times.     |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Cancer         |At the entrance of Burmecia, search behind the   |
|               |overturned cart.                                 |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Leo            |Search the upper right corner of the room where  |
|               |where the Neptune statue is. The Neptune statue  |
|               |transports party to Alexandria Harbour. It's in  |
|               |the west tower of Alexandria.                    |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Virgo          |In Black Mage Village Inn.                       |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Libra          |Search the right side of Madain Sari's fountain. |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Scorpio        |Search the bottom right corner of the screen in  |
|               |Quan's Dwelling where the restoring spring is.   |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Sagittarius    |In Lindblum's Business district. Just before     |
|               |the screen that leads to the item shop, weapon   |
|               |shop etc, search the left side of the Gysahl     |
|               |Pickle cart. You can only find the coin during   |
|               |the construction period from disc three onwards. |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Capricorn      |From Daguerreo's entrance, keep heading right to |
|               |the waters. Search there.                        |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Aquarius       |At the entrance of Ipsen's Castle, open the      |
|               |treasure chest near the right hand pillar.       |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Pisces         |The chest on the left side of the screen inside  |
|               |Invincible. Invincible is the airship which you  |
|               |will get in the final part of disc three but you |
|               |can only get the chest in disc four when you     |
|               |have full control of the airship.                |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|
|Ophiuchus      |Collect all 12 Stellazzio coins, talk to Queen   |
|               |Stella to search for the 13th Stellazzio coin.   |
|               |Return to Quan's Dwelling and search the area    |
|               |where Scorpio was found.                         |
|_______________|_________________________________________________|


Here's the reward that you will get for giving the coins to Queen
Stella.

 ____________________________
|Coin        |Reward         | As you can see, the reward is indeed
|____________|_______________| fabulous. Not only you can earn a
| 1st coin   |1,000 Gil      | decent amount of gils, you also
|____________|_______________| receive a couple of cool items like
| 2nd coin   |Phoenix Pinion | Phoenix Pinion, Blood Sword, Elixir,
|____________|_______________| Black Belt, Rosetta Ring, Robe Of
| 3rd coin   |2,000 Gil      | Lords. It's better this way to get
|____________|_______________| a Robe Of Lords than playing the
| 4th coin   |Blood Sword    | Chocobo's Hot and Cold game to earn
|____________|_______________| 10,000 points to exchange for Robe
| 5th coin   |5,000 Gil      | Of Lords.
|____________|_______________|
| 6th coin   |Elixir         |
|____________|_______________|
| 7th coin   |10,000 Gil     | Hmm... now... You might wonder what's
|____________|_______________| the use of a Hammer. Noone in your
| 8th coin   |Black Belt     | party can equip it. It belongs to
|____________|_______________| Cinna. There's actually two uses for
| 9th coin   |20,000 Gil     | the Hammer. I won't spoil the fun.
|____________|_______________|
|10th coin   |Rosetta Ring   | If you want to find out what's the
|____________|_______________| use of this Hammer, check out the
|11th coin   |30,000 Gil     | 'Legendary Synthesis Shop' or 'Final
|____________|_______________| Fantasy IX's Second Ending' sections
|12th coin   |Robe Of Lords  | both in the 'Secrets [General]'
|____________|_______________| content.
|13th coin   |Hammer         |
|____________|_______________|


=======================================================================
v)Treno Weapon Shop Monsters
=======================================================================
When you visit Treno's weapon shop, you will notice that there is a
monster being caged under the floor. Talk to the weapon store clerk
and choose to fight the monster. The fight is one to one and you can
choose any one of the EIGHT characters. If you can defeat the monster,
you will not gain any experience, AP or gil, but you will receive a
prize for your victory.

You can fight one monster in disc two, two monsters in disc three
and one monster in disc four. Here's the name of the monsters and
the prize you will get.

 ___________________________________________
|Disc  |Name Of Monster   |Prize            | Note that monster
|______|__________________|_________________| Amdusias will only
|Two   |Griffin           |Tonberry Card    | appear after you
|______|__________________|_________________| have defeated the
|Three |Catoblepas        |15,000 Gil       | monster Catoblepas.
|______|__________________|_________________|
|Three |Amdusias          |Running Shoes    | If you have missed the
|______|__________________|_________________| monsters, you can't beat
|Four  |Behemoth          |Circlet          | them again. For example,
|______|__________________|_________________| if you have forgotten

to beat Griffin in disc two but you are in disc three, you cannot
return to request to beat Griffin. Note that if you get K.O when
beating one of these monsters, you will not get 'Game Over'.

I'll give you some hints for fighting these monsters.

 ____________________________________________________________________
|Name Of Monster |Strategies To Defeat These Monsters                |
|________________|___________________________________________________|
|Griffin         |Equip bird-killer ability, Gold Choker. Try using  |
|                |a tent on him.                                     |
|________________|___________________________________________________|
|Catoblepas      |Equip Jelly ability and Beast Killer ability.      |
|                |Equip equipments that absorbs or protects Thunder  |
|                |and Earth. Consider equipping the Auto-Float       |
|                |ability. Try using a tent on him.                  |
|________________|___________________________________________________|
|Amdusias        |Avoid levels multiple of four since Amdusias       |
|                |can cast Lv4 Holy or equip equipments that absorbs |
|                |or protects Holy. Equip Counter, Antibody, Auto-   |
|                |Regen and maybe Auto-Potion ability. Defend when   |
|                |it's in the air as it is about to attack you       |
|                |physically. Equip Auto-Reflect ability since it    |
|                |uses magic when it's on ground. Consider using a   |
|                |tent on him.                                       |
|________________|___________________________________________________|
|Behemoth        |Behemoth is tough, even if you are at high levels. |
|                |Consider doing attacks that cost 9999 HP like      |
|                |Zidane's Grand Lethal when he is in Trance mode,   |
|                |Steiner's Shock attack etc. Use Quina's Blue Magic |
|                |Roulette or Zidane's Soul Blade attack to petrify  |
|                |him. Look below for two more strategies to fight   |
|                |the Behemoth.                                      |
|________________|___________________________________________________|

Here are two methods to kill Behemoth instantly.

Strategy #1:
-----------
Let Vivi cast the Death magic on Behemoth.

 ________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Stephanus Rudiyanto Natari <s_rudiyanton@lycos.com> and  |
|      |Mika <mikaveli@hotmail.com>.                             |
|      |_________________________________________________________|
|      |Thanks to these two people for contributing strategy #1. |
|______|_________________________________________________________|

Strategy #2:
-----------
Let Garnet summon the Odin Eidolon. This might not work all the time
due to the fact that the percentage chance of Odin causing instant
death is due to different factors. [Please refer to 'Summoning
Secrets' section in the 'Secrets [Combat]' content to find out more
about Odin summon.

 ________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Mika <mikaveli@hotmail.com> for contributing   |
|      |strategy #2.                                             |
|______|_________________________________________________________|

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VI)Frog Catching
=======================================================================
When you enter the frog pond area of any of the four Qu's Marsh in the
world, Quina requests to spend some time to catch some frogs. You
must have Quina in your party to trigger this event. Agree to let
Quina catch frogs. Quina can only catch frogs when they jump onto the
ground out of the water. You just have to wait for them to jump out.
Press the X button to catch the frog. There's really no strategy to
frog catching. You just have to be patient and swift. Below shows
the list of locations of the four Qu's Marsh.

 ______________________________________________________________
|Location Of Qu's Marsh |Description                           |
|_______________________|______________________________________|
|Mist Continent         |To the west of Chocobo's Forest,      |
|                       |after crossing the bridge.            |
|_______________________|______________________________________|
|Outer Continent        |Northeast of Black Mage Village.      |
|_______________________|______________________________________|
|Forgotten Continent    |In the northern part of Forgetten     |
|                       |Continent. East of Ipsen's Castle.    |
|_______________________|______________________________________|
|Salvage Archipelago    |On an island, northwest of Daguerreo. |
|_______________________|______________________________________|

As Quina catches a certain number of frogs, Quale appears and rewards
Quina. If you catch 99 frogs, Quale appears and challenges the party
to a battle. By winning the battle, you receive Gastro Fork, Quina's
most powerful weapon. Here's the rewards for the number of frogs
you catch from Quale.

 _______________________________
|No Of Frogs    |Rewards        |
|_______________|_______________|
|    2 frogs    |Ore            |  I haven't caught 99 frogs yet.
|_______________|_______________|  Haven't had the time yet to
|    5 frogs    |Ether          |  play Final Fantasy IX. I think
|_______________|_______________|  I have caught around 60+ frogs
|    9 frogs    |Silk Robe      |  currently. So, I haven't beaten
|_______________|_______________|  Quale yet.
|   15 frogs    |Elixir         |
|_______________|_______________|
|   23 frogs    |Silver Fork    |  [Please refer to 'Quale' section
|_______________|_______________|  in the 'Secrets [Optional Boss]'
|   33 frogs    |Bistro Fork    |  content for strategies on how
|_______________|_______________|  to beat Quale.
|   45 frogs    |Battle Boots   |
|_______________|_______________|
|   99 frogs    |Gastro Fork    |
|_______________|_______________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the list of rewards that you get  |
|      |for catching frogs.                                        |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Quina's Blue Magic
------------------
You can learn some blue magic ability at Qu's Marsh by eating monsters
like Gigan Toad, Sahagins etc. By eating Gigan Toad, Quina will learn
the 'Frog Drop' ability. How much damage Quina's Frog Drop will cause,
will depend on how much frog(s) Quina has caught. The amount of damage
caused DOES NOT CHANGE with different monsters or bosses. Frog Drop
has a 100% success rate and the formula to calculate the damage
caused is:

Quina level x amount of Frog(s) = HP damage.

For example, if Quina is at level 70 and he has caught 100 frogs, the
damage that Frog Drop will cause is 70 x 100 = 7000 HP damage.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the formula above.                |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Frog Regenerate
---------------
It's important to know tips to help frogs to regenerate faster. Don't
CATCH ALL the frogs, if not, it will take a LONG TIME for the frogs
to regenerate. It could mean many HOURS. And, with ONLY FOUR Qu's
Marsh in the world, it's important that you learn some tips. Here
are some points that you should take note:

a)The number of frogs you catch is cumulative. It means that the
  frogs you catch earlier still counts.
b)Leave a male and female frog in the pond to let the frogs regenerate
  faster.
c)If you leave a Golden Frog, together with a male and a female frog,
  the frogs will regenerate faster.
d)Avoid catching the baby frogs. They will grow up to become adults.
  Adult frogs are easier to catch.
e)Female frogs are usually brighter in colour than male frogs.
f)Baby frogs are more olive-toned and are smaller.
g)To distinguish the gender of the frogs, you might want to change
  the 'contrast' of your television. However, you can't distinguish
  the gender of the baby frogs, only adult frogs.

Another Tip:
-----------
The information below is contributed by zhicong <gayzc@yahoo.co.uk>.
To distinguish between an adult male frog and an adult female frog,
check the legs. [Applicable to adult frogs only.] An adult male frog
has yellow legs and an adult female frog has red legs.

=======================================================================
VII)Mr. Morrid's Coffee
=======================================================================
In disc one, on your way from Ice Cavern to Dali, you might want to
first head for the Observatory Mountain. An elderly man named Morrid
lives inside the hut and he will reward you if you can bring him
some rare coffee. [Hmm... coffee has brands too!!!]

The three rare coffees are Moccha Coffee, Kirman Coffee and Burman
Coffee. You HAVE to give these three coffees to Mr. Morrid before
the END of DISC THREE, that is before you head to the World Of Terra.
Below shows the location of these three coffees.

 _______________________________________________________
|Rare Coffee      |Location                             | I didn't
|_________________|_____________________________________| return to
|Moccha Coffee    |South Gate entrance. Examine bottom  | Dali during
|                 |right of the screen.                 | the Card
|_________________|_____________________________________| Tournament
|Kirman Coffee    |Search near the picnic table on the  | period to
|                 |far left on Eiko's back porch in     | get Burman
|                 |Madain Sari.                         | Coffee and
|_________________|_____________________________________| Mini-Brahne.
|Burman Coffee    |See below for details.               | <Shrug>
|_________________|_____________________________________|

Getting Moccha Coffee:
---------------------
There's so many South Gates and you might wonder which South Gate
entrance. It is the South Gate entrance near the Chocobo's Forest.
That South Gate is located on flat plains, not Mountain and from
where Chocobo's Forest is, walk a little northeast and you will
find it.

Moccha Coffee is on the bottom right of the screen. You should see
water flowing down if you are observant. Check this area.

Getting Kirman Coffee:
---------------------
See the table above for all the details. I don't think I have anything
more to add on.

Getting Burman Coffee:
---------------------
The ONLY chance to get Burman Coffee is to let Zidane leave Treno
DURING the CARD TOURNAMENT during disc THREE and head through South
Gate to Dali. You might WANT TO get some of your PARTY MEMBERS back
since you will definitely face some enemies on your way from Treno
to Dali. [Please refer to the 'Home Sweet Home' and 'Good Old Days'
sections in the 'Secrets [Treno]' content to find more details on
how to get some of your party members back during the Card
Tournament.]

The Mayor is not at home during this period. You notice that the
Mayor's son is sleeping on the sofa in the middle room. If Zidane
makes too much noises during his movement, the Mayor's son will
be awaken and you have to start your search again.

Search the Mayor's desk and you will find the Mini-Brahne here.
Search the desk two more times and the boy starts to say 'Zzzz'.
Slowly move to the stove and search the stove to find the Mayor's
Key. Next, leave the Mayor's house and go to windmill. Move around
the chocobo pen to the right side to find a hidden treasure chest
contains 30,000 Gil. Examine the same chest to find the Burman
Coffee.

 ___________________________________________________________________
|TIPS  |From the start of the Card Tournament in Dali onwards, you  |
|      |will notice that the windmill in Dali has stopped spinning. |
|      |Enter the winmill and go upstairs. You can now get the two  |
|      |chests that contain Cachusha and Elixir, which you can't    |
|      |get previously.                                             |
|______|____________________________________________________________|

 ___________________________________________________________________
|NOTE  |If you forget to get the Burman Coffee in Dali during the   |
|      |card tournament period in disc three, you will not be able  |
|      |to get it anymore. However, you can still get the Mini-     |
|      |Brahne figure in disc four. Similarly, missing any of the   |
|      |three coffees will mean that you cannot get the Mini-Prima  |
|      |Vista. See rewards below and also the 'Figurines' section   |
|      |in the 'Side Quest' content for more details.               |
|______|____________________________________________________________|

Rewards:
-------
Mr. Morrid said that he will mail to you the Mini-Prima Vista model
ship, which he bought it in Treno's Auction house, if you manage to
find all the three rare coffees to him. Head to Tantalus hideout in
Lindblum to find the Mini-Prima Vista model ship sitting on the
floor near the bed.

This 'Mr. Morrid's Coffee' side quest is quite important, especially
if you want to get the complete four figurines. The four figurines
are key items and if you have them, it will improve your treasure
hunting ranking. [Please refer to 'Ranking In Daguerreo' section in
the 'Secrets [Daguerreo]' content for more details.]

If these aren't enough, check near the cart outside his house for a
Hi-Potion and also near the fence by the cliff for 135 gil. [Not
really a lot of money but let's just take it!!!]

=======================================================================
VIII)Figurines
=======================================================================
The four figurines are key items that will improve your treasure
hunting ranking. Completing the 'Mr. Morrid's Coffee' side quest
is also a MUST since you might also find two of the four figurines
during your quest. [Please refer to 'Ranking In Daguerreo' section in
the 'Secrets [Daguerreo]' and 'Mr. Morrid's Coffee' section in the
'Side Quest' content for more details.]

 _______________________________________________________
|Figurines        |Location                             |
|_________________|_____________________________________|
|Mini-Cid         |Purchase from Treno's Auction house. |
|_________________|_____________________________________|
|Mini-Burmecia    |Inside the Tantalus troupe's play-   |
|                 |house in Lindblum.                   |
|_________________|_____________________________________|
|Mini-Brahne      |See below for details.               |
|_________________|_____________________________________|
|Mini-Prima Vista |Complete the 'Mr. Morrid's Coffee'   |
|                 |side quest. Then, go to Tantalus     |
|                 |Hideout in Lindblum.                 |
|_________________|_____________________________________|


With reference to the table above,

a)Please refer to 'Treno Auction' section in 'Secrets [General]'
  content for more details.
b)The playhouse is in the Theater District. Remember the house where
  there's noone initially and later on, Lucella and Bunce came in
  later and have a conversation with Zidane? You can find 68 Gil,
  97 Gil and 282 Gil and Mini-Burmecia.
c)There are two ways to get Mini-Brahne. The first way is to search
  the Mayor's desk in Dali during the card tournament in disc three.
  If you forget to get the Mini-Brahne, you can still get it in
  disc four. The second way is to enter the Mayor's house in Dali
  during disc four. You notice that the Mayor is not there and his
  son is sleeping in the sofa. Notice that there's a ladder on the
  top-left of the screen? Climb the ladder to get the Mini-Brahne.
d)Please refer to 'Mr. Morrid's Coffee' section in the 'Side Quest'
  content for more details.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Marty Dado <dadom@wabash.edu> and pearlz         |
|      |<jeffo_67@yahoo.com> for telling me that you can still get |
|      |Mini-Brahne in disc four, even if you didn't get it during |
|      |card tournament period in disc three.                      |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Problem Getting Mini-Prima Vista:
--------------------------------
Many gamers have e-mailed me and asked me how to get the Mini-Prima
Vista model ship. They found the Tantalus hideout in Lindblum and
saw the Mini-Prima Vista model ship. The problem is they can't seem
to reach the Mini-Prima Vista model ship and get it.

According to Tim <ragnarok@chartermi.net>, even though you can't
pick up the Mini-Prima Vista model ship at Tantalus Hideout in
Lindblum, the Mini-Prima Vista is being counted in your Treasure
Hunting Ranking. However, it's not shown in the key item menu.

I hope the mystery of Mini-Prima Vista is finally solved. [But
then, I have a feeling that I will have to update the information
about Mini-Prima Vista one more time. I am sure I am going to
get lots of e-mails on this.] I posted several messages regarding
Mini-Prima Vista at gamefaqs message boards. Not much overwhelming
responses but saw some answers in the board. However, it was
Tim <ragnarok@chartermi.net> who e-mail me first so credit goes
to him.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Tim <ragnarok@chartermi.net> for telling me that |
|      |even though Mini-Prima Vista cannot be picked up, it is    |
|      |still counted in your Treasure Hunting Ranking.            |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
IX)Friendly Monsters
=======================================================================
During a random battle, you notice that the battle theme has changed
to a sweet and melodic one. The creatures that appear will not attack
you but they beg you to give them a specific jem. By agreeing to their
request, you will receive tons of AP and even a useful item. There
are nine such friendly monsters at various locations in the world.

Things To Take Note:
-------------------

1)DO NOT attack these creatures or they will run away.
2)You DO NOT need to encounter them IN ORDER but I will strongly
  advice you to encounter them in the ORDER I have listed in the
  table. [Look at the spoils you get for each creature and you
  will figure why.] However, to encounter the Friendly Yan, you
  have to find all the other eight creatures and perform their
  requests first, if not, the Friendly Yan will run away.
3)Be PATIENT if these creatures don't appear. They MAY appear after
  you have fought a couples of battles in the area.
4)They won't give the party any Exp or Gil but they give the party
  a lot of AP. Before fighting them, make sure the party equips
  weapons and armours to let them learn skills that require a
  LOT of AP. This makes learning ability faster. Also, equip them
  with the Ability Up ability so that they can double the AP they
  gain.
5)Note that you must have the airship or at least a red chocobo
  to get to the forest where you can find Purple Jabberwock.

 ____________________________________________________________________
|Name           |Location                    |Request(s) |Spoil(s)   |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|
|Brown Mu       |Plains, Forest etc between  |1 Ore.     |10 AP,     |
|               |Ice Cavern and Dali.        |           |1 Potion.  |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|
|White Ghost    |Plains around Treno.        |1 Ore.     |10 AP, 1   |
|               |                            |           |Hi-Potion  |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|
|Colour Ladybug |Around Forest outside Black |2 Ores.    |20 AP,     |
|               |Mage Village.               |           |Ether.     |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|
|Green Yeti     |The bigger forest outside   |2 Ores.    |20 AP,     |
|               |Madain Sari.                |           |Elixir.    |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|
|Green Nymph    |Forest around Iifa Tree     |3 Ores.    |30 AP,     |
|               |area.                       |           |Emerald.   |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|
|Purple Jabber- |Forest directly east of     |Emerald.   |40 AP,     |
|wock           |Oeilvert.                   |           |Moonstone. |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|
|Green Feather  |Lost Continent, near to     |Moonstone. |30 AP, Lap-|
|Circle         |chocobo's track.            |           |is Lazuli. |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|
|Rainbow Garuda |Forest facing east on the   |Lapis      |40 AP,     |
|               |plateau after climbing the  |Lazuli.    |Diamond.   |
|               |rope inside Gizamaluke's    |           |           |
|               |Grotto.                     |           |           |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|
|Friendly Yan   |Forest on Vile Island. Vile |Diamond.   |50 AP,     |
|               |island is the island south- |           |Rosetta    |
|               |west of Iifa Tree.          |           |Ring.      |
|_______________|____________________________|___________|___________|

What's The Reward:
-----------------
It is important that you encounter all the nine Friendly Monsters.
They are a valuable source for gaining huge amount of AP and it
will aid you in learning skills that require high AP. Remember to
equip the Ability Up ability.

Another reward that you will definitely want is the 'Friendly
Monsters' blessings. It increases your range of attack when you
are fighting against Ozma, thus making physical attacks to Ozma
possible. This is very crucial as characters like Zidane, Steiner
and Amarant more useful in the battle.

An Interesting Note:
-------------------
It is possible to beat Ozma without getting the 'Friendly Monsters'
blessings. If you beat Ozma before completing the 'Friendly Monsters'
side quest and then you go and encounter Friendly Yan, [Assume you
have found all other eight Friendly Monsters.], it will be stunned
after you give it a Diamond. it will say a line like 'reach the
round guy... huh? You already BEAT him?'

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to <ebk@sfu.ca> for telling me what Friendly Yan    |
|      |will say if you beat Ozma before encountering it.          |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

A Cheat!!!:
----------
On the island, just outside Daguerreo, you may encounter a creature
called Gimme Cat. It asks for a Diamond. You might think that it
is the 10th Friendly Monsters. However, it isn't. You also notice
that the usual battle theme is playing, and NOT the sweet and
melodic music. If you give Gimme Cat a Diamond, it will run away,
giving you NOTHING, so DON'T give it ANYTHING. It WILL NOT attack
you initially but if you attack it first, it will get angry and
start to attack you with comet. Defeat it and it gives you 4 Exp
and 5000 Gil. Not advisable to beat since it's a waste of time but
it's a good chance to earn gil, especially when the Millionaire
ability is equipped. If not, choose to run away or use Zidane's
Flee ability.

Not Friendly???:
---------------
You may encounter 'Not Friendly' versions of these friendly monsters.
These monsters have the same name as the 'Friendly Monsters' but then,
they are just like the normal enemies that you have encountered.
However, you can spot some differences between these monsters and
their respective 'Friendly' versions like colour differences, skin
texture differences etc. Also, take note that these 'Friendly' and
'Not Friendly' monsters are found in the same area in the world.

An example is the 'Non-Friendly' versions of Yan, which can give you
a lot of Exp but they are not really easy to defeat. [The Exp you
gain is even higher than defeating Grand Dragons.] Each Yan has
19,465 HP, 3378 MP and it gives you 42,673 Exp and 2218 Gil for
defeating it. Furthermore, they may come in a set of two or three.
Also, if Quina manage to eat a Yan, s/he will learn the Auto-Life
ability.

For details on how to beat the Yans, check out 'Quick Level Up'
section in the 'Secrets [Combat]' content.

=======================================================================
X)The Ragtime Mouse
=======================================================================
While roaming the forests, you may encounter a weird creature in a
battle that asks your party true or false question. You will also
realise that the battle theme has changed to a rather sweet and
melodic one. The large 'Circle' symbol represents true and the large
'X' symbol represents false.

You receive a percentage grade based on the number of questions that
you have answered right or wrong for each correct answer. Percentage
grade will be higher if you have answered most of the questions
correctly. Depending on your percentage grade, you get different
amount of gil.

There are some points that you should take note of:

a)The Ragtime Mouse ONLY occurs RANDOMLY in FOREST. You cannot find
  Ragtime Mouse, OTHER than in FOREST.
b)The battle theme changes if you encounter the Ragtime Mouse.
c)DO NOT ATTACK the Ragtime Mouse or he will RUN AWAY.
d)To answer his question, ATTACK the correct symbol. The answer is
  either TRUE or FALSE.
e)If answer correctly, the Ragtime Mouse will give you a certain
  amount of gil. If you answer wrongly, you receive nothing.
f)Unlike the Friendly Monsters, you DO NOT NEED to give the Ragtime
  Mouse ANYTHING.

In total, six different tips to encounter the RagTime Mouse have been
compiled here and hopefully, some of these tips will be of some use
to you.

Tip #1 To Encounter The RagTime Mouse Easily:
--------------------------------------------
As you know, Ragtime Mouse appears ONLY in the forest. An example
of an area where you can encounter Ragtime Mouse quite often is the
huge forest outside the Black Mage Village.

I found a way to encounter Ragtime Mouse. It's not a trick. Now,
the chances of Ragtime Mouse appearing in the SAME forest AGAIN
is not quite high. You might have to fight a few battles before
Ragtime Mouse can appear in the SAME forest.

First, you must have the airship. Having an airship makes travelling
easier and saves time. Try to encounter Ragtime Mouse in a forest.
After that, go to the airship and pilot the airship to the NEAREST
forest. Walk around the new forest and enter into a random battle.
Hopefully, it's Ragtime Mouse. If not, fight one or two more battles
and Ragtime Mouse should appear in the next battle. Chances of
Ragtime Mouse appearing is very high in a forest that you have NEVER
been to or have not been to for a VERY LONG TIME. In such situations,
your FIRST random battle is most likely to be the Ragtime Mouse.

I hope the above information helps you. I won't say this information
WORKS all the time but this is what I have observed. I manage to
encounter the Ragtime Mouse CONSECUTIVELY for two to four battles by
having each battle in DIFFERENT forest. With that, I completed the
Ragtime Mouse side quest quite fast.

Tip #2 To Encounter The Ragtime Mouse Easily:
--------------------------------------------
According to LatexMantus <latexmantus@hotmail.com>, he says that after
your main character, Zidane gains a level, save your game and then
wander around in a forest. Probability that Ragtime Mouse will appear
is very high, usually 9 times out of 10 times.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to LatexMantus <latexmantus@hotmail.com> for the    |
|      |tip that enables encountering of Ragtime Mouse easier.     |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Tip #3 To Encounter The Ragtime Mouse Easily:
--------------------------------------------
According to Paul Sutherland <subbo69@hotmail.com>, he says that while
in a forest [any forest will do], use a tent, then just keep walking
in a straight line up and down until a random battle occurs. Now,
this is the most critical part. When a random battle occurs, you must
quickly release any button you are pressing, or else Ragtime Mouse
will not appear.

Use a tent anytime you want. he says that he was able to encounter
the Ragtime Mouse in TEN CONSECUTIVE battles in the SAME forest,
using this technique.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Paul Sutherland <subbo69@hotmail.com> for the    |
|      |tip that enables encountering of Ragtime Mouse easier.     |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Tip #4 To Encounter The Ragtime Mouse Easily:
--------------------------------------------
Ride your chocobo to the forest. Then, get off the chocobo and roam
around until a random battle occurs. Most likely, it is the Ragtime
Mouse. And, if you are in a designated area, where you can find the
Ragtime Mouse or a Friendly Monster, there is quite a high chance of
encountering either one after you get off the chocobo. After the
fight, get onto the chocobo and then hop off the chocobo and finally,
repeat the process over again.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Diptoos <diptoos@yahoo.com> for the tip that     |
|      |enables encountering of Ragtime Mouse easier.              |
|______|___________________________________________________________|


Tip #5 To Encounter The Ragtime Mouse Easily:
--------------------------------------------
Chances of Ragtime Mouse appearing increases when you load from a
saved game. So, if you are fustrated because Ragtime Mouse does not
appear, try saving your game, then use soft reset and load the game
again. Repeat this procedure several times.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Joshua Koo <joshuakoo@edsamail.com.sg> for the   |
|      |tip that enables encountering of Ragtime Mouse easier.     |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Tip #6 To Encounter The Ragtime Mouse Easily: [By Aaron B Tadeo]
--------------------------------------------
Now, here's one trick that I actually discovered. I did this in the
Forest just outside Dali. All I did was to stay in the center of the
forest. The Ragtime Mouse is there. But, in order to encounter him,
what I did was I kept tapping the Analog Stick back and forth and
tried my best to stay in the center of the forest. Now, when you
move through a forest, you'll see the leaves sway behind Zidane
right? But, when you tap the Analog Stick, the leaves won't sway.
Just keep on doing that and you'll encounter the Ragtime Mouse AT
ONCE. That's all. I hope this would help all of you who are
frustrated in encounter Ragtime Mouse.

-The tip above can be found in Aaron B Tadeo's marvellous FFIX faq.
 Remember to check out his faq.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Aaron B Tadeo <aaron20@edsamail.com.ph> for the  |
|      |tip that enables encountering of Ragtime Mouse easier.     |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Completing The Ragtime Mouse Quest:
----------------------------------
Encounter the Ragtime Mouse Quest for 16 times and answer all his
16 questions. Encounter him one more time and Ragtime Mouse will
be defeated. You will also receive Protect Ring for your efforts.

If you answer all his 16 questions CORRECTLY, besides obtaining the
Protect Ring, you will also receive 22,852 Exp and 59,630 Gil.

Below are the questions asked by the Ragtime Mouse. The questions
are asked randomly. Note that if you happen to spot any error in the
questions and answers, please inform me.

   ____________________________
  /The Ragtime Mouse Questions \
 /______________________________\____________________________________
| No |Question                                             |Answer   |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
|  1 |"I Want To Be Your Canary" was written by Lord Afon. |False.   |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
|  2 |The 15th Lindblum War started in 1600.               |False.   |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
|  3 |The theater ship Prima Vista was build in Artania    |False.   |
|    |Shipyards.                                           |         |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
|  4 |Lindblum Castle is larger than Alexandria Castle.    |True.    |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
|  5 |Some Mu's are friendly and won't attack.             |True.    |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
|  6 |Burkmea Cable Cars have been running for 8 years.    |True.    |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
|  7 |Only one desert exists in the entire world.          |False.   |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
|  8 |Conde Petie is a village of Goblins.                 |False.   |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
|  9 |Prima Vista means love at first sight.               |False.   |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
| 10 |Treno's cafe, Card Carta, is members only.           |True.    |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
| 11 |Bobo bird is a bird that brings you fortune.         |False.   |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
| 12 |You can defeat Ragtimer.                             |True.    |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
| 13 |Chocobo Forest is located between Lindblum and South |True.    |
|    |Gate.                                                |         |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
| 14 |The Theater ship Prima Vista uses Mist as its        |True.    |
|    |energy.                                              |         |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
| 15 |Fossil Roo is an underground tunnel that connects    |False.   |
|    |Treno and Alexandria.                                |         |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|
| 16 |Lindblum's Air Cabs operate around the clock.        |True.    |
|____|_____________________________________________________|_________|

Thanks also to Aaron Tadeo for confirming the 16 Ragtime Mouse
questions with me.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|The questions and answers from 1 to 13 listed above in the |
|      |table are taken from www.playonline.com.                   |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Pork Chop <pcandpg@home.com> for giving me the   |
|      |14th question and the answer as well.                      |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Koujiryuu <koujiryuu@home.com> for giving me the |
|      |14th question and the answer as well.                      |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to <chooyeon@pop.singnet.com.sg for giving me the   |
|      |15th question and the answer as well.                      |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Vincent J. <vincent88@mail.com> for giving me    |
|      |the 16th question and the answer as well.                  |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

_______________________________________________________________________

Content     - Secrets [General]
============
     i)Soft Reset
    ii)Auto-Pilot
   iii)A Secret With Ruby
    iv)Stiltzkin's Cheap Combo Offer
     v)Treno Auction House
    vi)Final Fantasy III Music [Japanese]
   vii)Getting Excalibur
  viii)Getting Excalibur II
    ix)Quan's Dwelling Reunion
     x)Secret Of The Eidolon Wall
    xi)Southern Tropical Outfits
   xii)Legendary Synthesis Shop
  xiii)Final Fantasy IX's Second Ending

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)Soft Reset
=======================================================================
I suppose anyone who has been playing any SquareSoft games will know
this trick. This trick works for other Final Fantasties, Chrono Cross,
Legend Of Mana and MORE. Are you fustrated of having to restart your
PlayStation over and over again? Here is a trick that allows you to
restart your game very quickly. Simply hold the four buttons at the
top, as well as the Select and Start. In short, it is to hold L1, L2,
R1, R2, Select and Start. The game will restart within seconds and
the usual logo which says 'Published by Square Electronic Arts L.L.C'
will appear.

=======================================================================
II)Auto-Pilot
=======================================================================
Final Fantasy VIII is the first FF game to have this trick. It is not
surprising that this trick can be found in Final Fantasy IX. To let
the trick works, when you are in the airship, which can either be the
Hilda Garde 3 or the Invincible, press the Select button until you see
the full view of the World Map. Point the cursor to your desired
destination. Then, press the X button and choose to go to your desired
destination. You notice that the airship now travels automatically.

Here are some points you should take note:

a)The airship will stop when it reaches the desired destination.
b)It saves time as the airship will always take the shortest possible
  route from where your initial location is to the desired location,
  just in case, you pilot your airship aimlessly.
c)Auto-Pilot only works for areas that are labelled in the World Map.
  An example of an area that does not work is the Chocobo's Paradise.
d)To regain control of the airship while using the Auto-Pilot, press
  the Circle, R1, L1, Left or Right buttons. [Any will do.]
e)While using Auto-Pilot, you can use the d-pad, either up or down
  to adjust the altitude of the airship.

=======================================================================
III)A Secret With Ruby
=======================================================================
At the beginning of the game, after fighting Baku for the first time,
Baku will start explaining about the first mission that you will be
having. Your first mission is to go to Alexandria and kidnap Princess
Garnet. Baku will ask you whether you are kidnapping Queen Brahne or
Princess Garnet to ensure that you know your mission well. If you
keep answering Baku's question incorrectly for 64 times by choosing
Queen Brahne, Ruby will then storm into the room. And, as to what
happens next, you find it out yourself.

=======================================================================
IV)Stiltzkin's Cheap Combo Offer
=======================================================================
During your journey, you might come across a weird-dressed moogle
called Stiltzkin. His appearance is weird, as if he is wearing an
outfit made of a tiger-skin.

Stiltzkin is a moogle traveller. In order to let him continue his
journey, you must buy items from him. The best part about Stiltzkin
is that he will sell a combo of items at a cheap price. Furthermore,
you can buy many RARE items like Elixir or add-on gem like Moonstone,
Diamond etc. However, if you have any 99 of an item that is in his
combo list, Stiltzkin will not sell the items at you unless you
discard one of the items. For example, if you have 99 Ethers, he
won't sell the items to you if Ether is one of the items to be sold
in the combo list.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Stephanus Rudiyanto Natari <s_rudiyanton@lycos.com>        |
|      |___________________________________________________________|
|      |Thanks for telling me that Stiltzkin will not sell you the |
|      |item combo if you already have 99 of an item that is in    |
|      |his combo list.                                            |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Stiltzkin wanders around in cities, towns and even dungeons too.
Sometimes, he meets danger during his journey like being 'trapped'.
It's your job to help him, if not, he cannot continue his journey
and sell combo items to you at a cheap price.

Please take note that if you don't buy items from Stiltzkin, he WILL
NOT have the money to CONTINUE his journey. That will means he cannot
move on to his NEXT desired destination and you will not be able to
buy item from him in his NEXT desired destination.

Stiltzkin starts his journey at Burmecia and finally at Bran Bal. If
you manage to buy all his things to help him continue his journey,
he will then head straight from Bran Bal to Alexander Bell Tower. At
the bell tower in disc four, remember to buy the final set of items
from Stiltzkin and he will then give you a Ribbon.

Below shows all the possible set of items that you can buy from
Stiltzkin. Please take note that it is arranged in CHRONOLOGICAL
order.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Place       |Items that you can buy from Stiltzkin | Gil Required |
|____________|______________________________________|______________|
|Burmecia    |Ether, Hi-Potion and Soft.            |   333 Gil    |
|____________|______________________________________|______________|
|Cleyra      |Hi-Potion, Ether and Phoenix Pinion.  |   444 Gil    |
|Settlement  |                                      |              |
|____________|______________________________________|______________|
|Fossil Roo  |Phoenix Pinion, Remedy and Ether.     |   555 Gil    |
|____________|______________________________________|______________|
|Mountain    |Magic Tag, Tent and Ether.            |   666 Gil    |
|Path        |                                      |              |
|____________|______________________________________|______________|
|Alexandria* |Phoenix Pinion, Hi-Potion and Elixir. |   777 Gil    |
|____________|______________________________________|______________|
|Oeilvert    |Hi-Potion, Emerald and Elixir.        |   888 Gil    |
|____________|______________________________________|______________|
|Bran Bal    |Diamond, Ether and Elixir.            | 2,222 Gil    |
|____________|______________________________________|______________|
|Alexandria  |Moonstone, Ruby and Elixir.           | 5,555 Gil    |
|____________|______________________________________|______________|

* indicates at the start of disc three in Alexandria.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Squally <squally@telkom.net> for telling me      |
|      |details about Stiltzkin.                                   |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

If you want to know more about Stiltzkin and other moogles, I strongly
recommend you to read the Moogle faq written by Aya at gamefaqs.

=======================================================================
V)Treno Auction House
=======================================================================
Remember Final Fantasy VI's auction house? Yes, it's back in Final
Fantasy IX. You can do all the bidding in Treno. There are lots of
key items and some powerful equipments being auctioned off. You MUST
do your very best to bid for these items. Of course, money talks.

Upon entering the auction house, the auctioneer will first list down
all the items that are going to be auctioned off. The item will then
be auctioned off one by one in ORDER. To bid, go to the stage until
you see a '?' mark over Zidane's head. Then, press the X button and
a menu pops up. The menu automatically reveal a price that is 100 Gil
higher than the previous price that is being offered. You can then
adjust your bid but take note that each adjustment costs a difference
of 100 Gil and you MUST offer at least a price of 100 Gil more than
the last bid. Your opponents are those nobles sitting down and it
seems that they have a lot of Gil to give away. See below to see
what cool items you can bid.

Key Items
---------
The key items offered at Treno's Auction house are Mini-Cid, Griffin's
Heart, Doga's Artifact, Une's Mirror, Rat Tail and Magical Fingertip.
For the use of these key items, see the respective sections. Also,
take note that Magical Fingertip is very important if you want to
acquire the powerful Excalibur sword.

Other Bidding Items:
-------------------
Besides the key items, Treno's Auction house also has quite a number
of cool items, waiting for you to bid. At the early part of the game,
there are quite a number of useful items that you can get here. The
items are Reflect Ring, Feather Boots, Protect Ring, Magician Robe,
Fairy Earrings, Pearl Rouge, Elixir, Dark Matter, Madain's Ring,
Thief Gloves and Ribbon.

Only Dark Matter allows Dagger to learn the Odin summon; only Thief
Gloves allow Zidane to learn the Master Thief ability and NO OTHER
else. Master Thief increases the chance of Zidane stealing BETTER
items from enemies. Therefore, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you get
these two items. Reflect Ring, Protect Ring and Ribbon are very
useful add-on gems, even if it is in the later part of the game.

Bidding Tips
------------
The trick to offer as little Gil as possible when bidding for an item,
is to avoid being caught into a bidding war. If you attempt to outbid
the nobles at every turn, they will keep raising their bids and as a
result, you have to pay even higher price, just because they know that
you are VERY DETERMINED to outbid them.

The trick is to let the nobles bid among themselves for a while and
when it seems like the item is about to be sold, quickly offer a
price that is reasonable and is HIGHER than the last. This last-minute
bid will most likely guarantee you to get the item at a reasonable
price. If you allow the nobles to keep raising the price, you might
not gain a profit when you resale the item. Check the resale value
of the key items below.

Resale Value
------------
After purchasing the key items in the auction house, it's wise to
sell these items to the nobles so that you can earn a profit. Don't
worry since the key items you sold, will reappear in the auction
house again. When selling the key items, choose to decline their
first offer and the noble will offer a higher price. The second
offer is the highest price that can offer, so accept the deal.
Also, take note that if you leave the auction house before the key
item is sold, it will still be available the next time you enter
the auction house.

 ________________________________________________________________
|Key Item        |Noble                |1st Offer   |2nd Offer   |
|________________|_____________________|____________|____________|
|Une's Mirror    |Nobleman walking to- |12,000 Gil  |15,000 Gil  |
|                |wards the Cafe.      |            |            |
|________________|_____________________|____________|____________|
|Doga's Artifact |Scholar in Synthesis |10,000 Gil  |N/A         |
|                |shop.                |            |            |
|________________|_____________________|____________|____________|
|Griffin's Heart |Adventurer at the    | 8,000 Gil  |10,000 Gil  |
|                |Cafe.                |            |            |
|________________|_____________________|____________|____________|
|Rat Tail        |Adventurer at the    |20,000 Gil  |25,000 Gil  |
|                |Cafe.                |            |            |
|________________|_____________________|____________|____________|

 ____________________________________________________________________
|NOTE  |Griffin's Heart must be sold to the Adventurer first if you  |
|      |HAVE it before the Adventurer will buy the Rat Tail from     |
|      |you.                                                         |
|______|_____________________________________________________________|

 ____________________________________________________________________
|NOTE  |The Scholar at the Synthesis shop is an exception case since |
|      |he will never increase his offer to purchase the Doga's      |
|      |Artifact from you. [What a stingy person!!! Why can't he     |
|      |offer a higher price?]                                       |
|______|_____________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
VI)Final Fantasy III Music [Japanese]
=======================================================================
You MUST have the Doga's Artifact and Une's Mirror. You can bid for
these two key items at the Treno's Auction house. After the world of
Terra has been destroyed, at the beginning of disc four and onwards,
return to Black Mage Village. Examine the gramophone at the Black
Mage Village inn. You notice that the background music will change
to a beautiful melody taken from the Final Fantasy III [Japanese]
soundtrack and this melody continues on until you leave the Black
Mage Village.

=======================================================================
VII)Getting Excalibur
=======================================================================
Excalibur sword is Steiner's third most powerful sword. You will
definitely want this sword since it lets Steiner learn a powerful
ability, Climhazzard.

In disc four, return to Daguerreo. Talk to the old man near the inn
in the library. The old man's last wish is to find an item called
the Magical Fingertip. This key item can be found in Treno's Auction
house and it might cost you a decent amount of gils during the bidding
war. After getting the Magical Fingertip, return to Daguerreo and
give it to the old man. In exchange, you get the powerful Excalibur
sword.

What If Magical Fingertip Doesn't Appear:
----------------------------------------
This situation happens to me also. The only advice I can give you is
sell away ALL your key items you have purchased in the Auction house
previously. [Please refer to 'Treno Auction' section for details on
the resale value of these key items.] After selling these key items,
Magical Fingertip should appear at the Auction. Also, bid for the
key items which you have sold once again. After selling all the key
items, if Magical Fingertip still doesn't appear, you might want to
exit and then enter the auction house until it appears.

=======================================================================
VIII)Getting Excalibur II
=======================================================================
Steiner's most powerful sword, Excalibur II is indeed hard to get.
This sword is by far the most powerful weapon, even more powerful
than Zidane's Ultima Weapon. This is a challenge to all RPG veterans
and you MUST really need to be very familiar with every parts of the
game. To get this powerful sword, it is inevitable that you will lose
a lot of chances to get some powerful weapons, items etc earlier in
the game. You might even lose the chance to play certain mini-games,
fight some optional bosses, miss certain side quests etc. I haven't
got this sword yet since I haven't begun my second round of playing
Final Fantasy IX.

You have to reach the Terrace in Memoria within 12 hours. You will
encounter a boss fight there. Defeat Lich there and quickly check
the second pillar from the right. You should see a '!' mark appearing
over Zidane's head. This mark indicates the position of the sword,
Excalibur II. If you exceed the time limit, the '!' mark will
immediately disappear.

Some Tips For You:
-----------------
a)Know the game at fingertips to prevent wandering around aimlessly.
b)Skip all FMVs. To skip a FMV, open the disc cover, then wait for
  the disc to stop spinning and then close it back immediately if
  you are using a PlayStation. If you are using a PlayStation 2, eject
  the disc and then close it immediately.
c)Skip all Active Time Event when possible, except for the compulsory
  ones.
d)Have minimum enemy encounter. Use Zidane's Flee ability. Set battle
  speed to maximum so as to finish battles as quick as possible.
e)Skip all dialogues very quickly by pressing X button rapidly. Set
  message speed to maximum.
f)Plan your game carefully like what equipments to buy or equip.
g)Reset if you take too much time.
h)Save when needed like after an event, visiting a town etc. Don't
  save too often since time is wasted when you are saving. Yeah, it
  takes time for the moogles to appear in the world map or 'throw'
  the book at you. Prepare more than an empty slot for saving. Each
  slot has game saves at different points of the game. If you feel
  you have spent too much time, at least, you have a slot with a
  game save that leads you to the earlier part of the game so that
  you can try everything again.
i)Use 'Soft Reset' by holding L1, R1, L2, R2, Select and Start
  together if you feel that you have wasted a lot of precious time.
  Then, start the game over again.

If you want a good faq to help you get Excalibur II, I recommend that
you read Etoh-21/SNOWS-san's Excalibur II faq found at gamefaqs.

The Greatest Rumour???:
----------------------
Here's a good news from <BSEPHIROTH@aol.com> who has trouble rushing
through the game to get Excalibur II but...... This is what he says:

Some time ago, I came across a message board on a famous Final
Fantasy site. It contained an interesting dispute over an alternate
method of gaining the Excalibur II. A person claimed that he/she
have heard a rumor that if you wait a minute after 99:59:00 on the
counter, the time will then reset to 00:00:00. If that's the case,
you need not to rush through the game within 12 hours to get
Excalibur II. Several others were definitly skeptical about this
rumour, and yet they didn't have solid proof that this was false.
However, I'm interested in this. First off, if it WERE true, it
would be possible to master the game. I admit that it is odd that
Squaresoft would add an extra hour in the game excluding the rest
of the series. Why would Square have you rush frantically through
the game just to get one stupid sword (aside from the feeling of
accomplishment) including the fact that you're already at the last
boss? I do believe that the clock part is true but I'm not sure
about the Excalibur II part. Maybe someone can prove this rumour.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to <BSEPHIROTH@aol.com> for telling me about a      |
|      |rumour of obtaining Excalibur II sword.                    |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

The Sad News:
------------
After reading about the coolest rumour [above], which is submitted by
<BSEPHIROTH@aol.com>, many Final Fantasy fans may find a ray of hope
in finding the legendary Excalibur II sword. But, I have sad news.

Two persons, <SpEkKiO99@aol.com> and <Nahtkwitepeesee2@aol.com> have
e-mailed me and confirmed to me that the method contributed by
<BSEPHIROTH@aol.com> DOES NOT work. <SpEkKiO99@aol.com> even attached
a screenshot of his game with the timer turning red in his e-mail.
I have NOT tried this yet myself. But then, it looks like our dearest
SquareSoft really wants us to rush through the game within 12 hours.
I guess everyone has to try out the hard way. No sarcifice, no gain!!!

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|<SpEkKiO99@aol.com> and <Nahtkwitepeesee2@aol.com>.        |
|      |___________________________________________________________|
|      |Thanks to these two people for telling me that the rumour  |
|      |of Excalibur does not work.                                |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

The Mysterious Letter: [Spoiler!!! Read at your OWN risk!!!]
---------------------
Below contains EXTREME spoilers and it is strongly advisable that
you should not read it until you have obtained Excalibur II.

When you obtain Excalibur II, you will also receive a letter. The
letter says:

To Brother Gil,

"Bro, I found the sword, like you told me. But, there were two. One of
them had a lame name, something II. It was a dingy, old thing, with
flashy decorations, something you'd probably like. So, I went with
Excalipur. I'll be back after finding the Tin Armour."

What can you infer from this letter? Brother Gil... could he be
Gilgamesh? Remember in FFV. Gilgamesh attempts to use the 'Excalipur'
sword on your party. But, somehow this sword is a 'fake' version of
the powerful Excalibur sword because after you steal this sword from
Gilgamesh, this sword can only do 1 HP of damage, even though the
stats of its power is almost the same as Excalibur. Luckily, the guy
who took Excalipur didn't take Excalibur with him or else, you will
end up getting an useless sword. And he's on his way to find the
Tin Armour... Wait a minute... is he trying to find the Legendary
Synthesis Shop? Be careful... don't go to hell to find Hades.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Squally <squally@telkom.net> for telling me      |
|      |about the letter you get for obtaining Excalibur II.       |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
IX)Quan's Dwelling Reunion
=======================================================================
After the destruction in Alexandria by Kuja in disc three, return to
Quan's Dwelling with Quina and Vivi in your party. To get to the
Quan's Dwelling, simply head west from Treno until you see a cave
in the mountain. Inside there, Quina starts to dream about food and
a conversation soon takes place on the patio. I won't reveal anything
about this conversation but you will meet a very important person
here and learn some profound things. After the conversation, search
the stopped clock on the patio to find a Running Shoes.

=======================================================================
X)Secret Of The Eidolon Wall
=======================================================================
A very big secret is engraved on the Eidolon Wall in Madain Sari. I
won't reveal what is this secret. Take note that you can only reveal
this secret from disc four onwards and it's rather complicated, in
my opinion.

Steps:
-----

a)Form a party with Dagger and enter Madain Sari.
b)Visit Lani who is standing on Eiko's back porch. Lani will run away.
c)Exit village and return with anyone, EXCEPT Dagger and Amarant.
d)Then enter Madain Sari, find Lani in Eiko's back porch and talk to
  Lani twice.
e)Go to the Eidolon Wall.
f)Walk clockwise from the entrance by heading to the right. You will
  arrive back at the entrance eventually.
g)Move just past the '!' until a chime is heard.
h)Walk counterclockwise back to the entrance, just past the '!'
  again.
i)Repeat steps f) to h) for another 8 more times. Make sure you hear
  a chime.
j)On the ninth round, your HP and MP will all be recovered and any
  status abnormalities will be removed.
k)Read all the paintings on the wall. You can read them in ANY ORDER.
l)After reading all the paintings, return to see the Ifrit painting
  drawing and look for an extra message.
m)You have discovered the Secret of the Eidolon Wall.

=======================================================================
XI)Southern Tropical Outfits
=======================================================================
Thanks to Douglas Baumgartner <douglas5970@onebox.com> for telling
me the use of the Aloha T-shirt, Straw Hat, Pearl Armlet and Sandals.

Aloha T-shirt, Straw Hat, Pearl Armlet and Sandals are a full set of
the Southern Tropical Outfit. Remember that in Final Fantasy VI,
Square added Imp Weapon and Armour for the characters? Those who
wants more challenge, defeat Kefka, the final boss with your party
members as Imp by equipping them with Imp Weapon and Armour.

Equip your character with this FULL-SET of outfit. [This includes
equipping the Aloha T-shirt, Straw Hat, Pearl Armlet and Sandals.]
You notice that your character's Defense, Evade, Magic Def and
Magic Eva will decrease to ZERO while Speed, Strength, Magic and
Spirit might also greatly be reduced.

Take this as an ultimate challenge. Equip these outfits on your party
members and see if you can defeat Ozma, Hades etc or the final boss,
Necron. Actually, it makes no difference. Except that if you think
Ozma is too 'easy' for you, you might consider equipping these
outfits to make the fight tougher and more challenging for you. [I
didn't really let my party members to wear this outfit to beat Ozma.
If I did, I probably have little chance of defeating Ozma.]

Major Dropback:
--------------
In Final Fantasy VI, when your characters are changed to Imp and are
equipped with Imp weapon and armour, you can immediately see a great
difference between the Imp and the NORMAL characters. Well, I guess
that's Imp.

My complain is that when you equip the full set of all this tropical
outfits, you don't really SEE ANY NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE in the
characters' outfits during battle. What a pity! At least, some
colour changes with the outfits will be fine!!! Don't you think
so? It can be quite boring, seeing your character wearing the SAME
coloured outfit all the time during battle.

Where To Get The Outfit:
=======================
There are 8 Aloha T-shirts, 8 Straw Hats, 8 Pearl Armlets and 8
Sandals. The reason is there are eight party members, right?
Okay, here's how to get these equipments:

1)Dead Pepper Treasure:
=>Foaming Water Directly Between Mist Continent and Outer Continent.
=>Please refer to the 'Dead Pepper Treasure Locations' section in
  my Final Fantasy IX Chocobo Hot and Cold faq on how to get the
  Dead Pepper treasures.
=>You will find 8 Straw Hat, 8 Pearl Armlet, 7 Aloha T-shirt and
  8 Sandals.
2)What happen to the last Aloha T-shirt?
=>Give a Kupo Nut to Moguta in Gizamaluke's Grotto in disc four
  to receive the last Aloha T-shirt.
=>Please refer to the 'Feed The Moogle Family' section in the
  'Side Quest' content for more details.

Any Other Use:
-------------
Another use is to sell these items in exchange for Gil. In my opinion,
you ONLY need FOUR of each equipment because you can ONLY have four
party members in a party each time. Does that make sense? To me, it's
all right to sell the four of each equipments away as you can get
some Gil. [Each Aloha T-shirt can be sold for a LOT of Gil.] This
is just my personal opinion. Anyway, the selling price of these
equipments are listed below:

 ________________________________________
|Name Of The Equipment |Selling Price    |
|______________________|_________________|  See, I told you. The
|Straw Hat             |   750 Gil       |  Aloha T-shirt are VERY
|______________________|_________________|  valuable.
|Pearl Armlet          |   490 Gil       |
|______________________|_________________|
|Aloha T-shirt         | 9,500 Gil       |  9,500 Gil per Aloha
|______________________|_________________|  T-shirt. It's really a
|Sandals               |   600 Gil       |  lot, don't you think so?
|______________________|_________________|

=======================================================================
XII)Legendary Synthesis Shop
=======================================================================
Defeat Hades in Memoria and you will gain access to the Legendary
Synthesis shop. [Please check out 'Hades' section in the 'Secrets
[Optional Boss]' content.] Below shows the list of the items that
are offered in the Legendary Synthesis Shop.

 _____________________________________________________
|Item           |Gil    |Materials                    |
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| Pumice is one
|Robe Of Lords  |30,000 |White Robe, Black Robe.      | of the items
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| you must get
|Tin Armour     |50,000 |Ore, Hammer.                 | as it lets
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| Dagger learn
|Protect Ring   |40,000 |Dark Matter, Rebirth Ring.   | her most power-
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| ful summon,
|Pumice         |50,000 |Pumice Piece, Pumice Piece.  | Ark.
|_______________|_______|_____________________________|
|Garnet         |   350 |Ore, Remedy.                 | Hammer, which
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| you get for
|Amethyst       |   200 |Ore, Annoyntment.            | completing the
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| Stellazzio
|Peridot        |   100 |Ore, Soft.                   | quest can be
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| used here. But,
|Sapphire       |   200 |Ore, Antidote.               | my advice is
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| don't use it.
|Opal           |   100 |Ore, Potion.                 | Please see
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| 'Final Fantasy
|Topaz          |   100 |Ore, Eye Drops.              | IX's Second
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| Ending' section
|Lapis Lazuli   |   400 |Ore, Dead Pepper.            | in the 'Secrets
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| [General]'
|Pumice Piece   |25,000 |Hammer, Pumice.              | content for
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| details about
|Save The Queen |50,000 |Javelin, Silver Gloves.      | the Hammer.
|_______________|_______|_____________________________|
|Phoenix Pinion |   300 |Phoenix Down, Gysahl Greens. | You can get
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| Beatrix's Save
|Ether          |   500 |Echo Screen, Vaccine.        | The Queen here.
|_______________|_______|_____________________________| Please see

'Save The Queen' section in the 'Weapon' content about this sword.

=======================================================================
XIII)Final Fantasy IX's Second Ending
=======================================================================
Complete the Stellazzio quest and keep either Cinna's Hammer or
Beatrix's Save The Queen in your item inventory. [Please refer to
'Stellazzio: Zodiac Coins' section in the 'Side Quest' content for
details on how to complete this quest.] DO NOT use the Hammer in the
Legendary Synthesis Shop. You will see an additional hidden sequence
in the ending. [Your eyes got to be sharp to see the difference(s).
The second ending is just a few minutes longer than the original one.
Have one save file with the Hammer in your inventory and another save
file without the Hammer in your inventory to spot the differences.]

Note:I am not sure whether Beatrix's Save The Queen will work too if
     you want to see additional scenes in the endings. I didn't
     complete the game with the item, 'Save The Queen'. However, I
     have heard that with the item, 'Save The Queen', you can also
     get the second ending.

_______________________________________________________________________

Content     - Secrets [Combat]
============
     i)Double Your Fantasy Fun
    ii)Trance Secrets
   iii)Summoning Secrets
      -Boost
      -Atomos Summon
      -Odin Summon
      -Carbuncle/Fenrir's New Skills
      -Phoenix Summon
      -Other Summons
    iv)Action Ability
      -Soul Blade
      -Thievery
      -Sword Magic
      -Dragon's Crest
      -Frog Drop
     v)Focus
    vi)Reflect Techniques
   vii)Return Magic
  viii)Auto-Potion
    ix)Ability Up
     x)Refilling MP
    xi)Quick Level Up
   xii)Dealing With Undead Monsters
  xiii)Dealing With Stone Monsters

=======================================================================
I)Double Your Fantasy Fun
=======================================================================
Do you know that you can have up to two players controlling your
players during your combat. All you need is to go to the main menu,
go to config and then click battle control. Choose the CUSTOM option
and an extra menu pops up, listing the names of all the characters
and beside each name, you can select whether you want controller 1
or 2 to control each individual character.

During combat, you will then notice a controller icon with either the
word '1' or '2' on the top right hand corner of the screen. That
indicates which player 1 or 2 is controlling now.

In my opinion, this isn't really very important since most of us are
used to the one player game. Nevertheless, it's quite a cool addition
and a surprise from Square too since this feature is not even
mentioned in the instruction manual. However, please take note that
this ONLY applies to BATTLES and NOTHING else.

=======================================================================
II)Trance Secrets
=======================================================================
Before I discuss any secrets about Trance, I'll discuss how Trance
works first.

How Trance Works:
----------------
Gamers who are familiar with Final Fantasy VII will think that the
limit breaks are back in Final Fantasy IX when they first see the
gauge bar in Final Fantasy IX during battle. But, sad to say, this
isn't the usual limit break that you know. Square has introduced a
new concept into the game called 'Trance'.

The red Trance gauge indicates how close the characters are to
Trancing. You can view the Trance gauge during battle, which is shown
just below the characters' ATB or view it at the status screen for
any character. Gauge increases when character receives damages from
an enemy. However, the gauge bar does not increase if the character
is attacked by a fellow party members. If a character is afflicted
with Zombie status, the Trance gauge is immediately reduced to zero.

When Trance gauge is full, the character transforms and enter Trance
mode. In addition to greater physical attack power, a new set of
battle commands may be available.

The time that the character can stay in Trance mode is measured by
the Trance gauge. When a character in Trance mode performs an action,
the Trance gauge decreases. When the gauge reaches zero, Trance ends.
Trance cannot be carried forward to the next battle so when battle
ends, Trance ends also.

Zidane Tribal
-------------
Quote: "You don't need a reason to help people."

a)Physical damage increases. [Up to a max of 1.2x the normal damage.]
b)Skill ---> Dyne.

Zidane's 'skill' command will change to 'Dyne' command when Zidane
is in Trance mode. In 'Dyne' command, you can let Zidane use these
abilities:

 ___________________________________________________________
|Name                |Effect                                |
|____________________|______________________________________|
|Free Energy         |Deals physical damage to the enemy.   |
|____________________|______________________________________|
|Tidal Flame         |Deals physical damage to all enemies. |
|____________________|______________________________________|
|Scoop Art           |Deals physical damage to the enemy.   |
|____________________|______________________________________|
|Shift Break         |Deals physical damage to all enemies. |
|____________________|______________________________________|
|Stellar Circle 5    |Deals physical damage to the enemy.   |
|____________________|______________________________________|
|Neo Twister         |Deals physical damage to all enemies. |
|____________________|______________________________________|
|Solution 9          |Deals physical damage to the enemy.   |
|____________________|______________________________________|
|Grand Lethal        |Deals physical damage to all enemy.   |
|____________________|______________________________________|

Dagger
------
Quote: "Someday, I will be queen, but I will always be myself."

a)Physical damage increases. [Up to a max of 1.2x the normal damage.]
b)Summon ---> Eidolon.
c)Higher chance that the full animation of Eidolon summon is shown
  when using Eidolon. [Most of the time] [Excluding Random Summon]

The 'Summon' command will change to 'Eidolon' command when she is
in Trance mode. When 'Eidolon' is used, the full animation of the
Eidolon is most likely to be appeared. Occasionally, a random summon
might appear. It means that after using an 'Eidolon', an Eidolon might
appear randomly in battle, creating a havoc, WITHOUT Dagger selecting
the command to use it. Below tells you all the details that you
need to know about random summon:

a)If 'Eidolon' is not used, random summon will NEVER appear. Therefore,
  it is always a good idea to let Dagger use Eidolon FIRST whenever
  she's in trance mode.
b)The random summon appears will always be the LAST Eidolon that
  Dagger has summoned. For example, after Dagger summons Leviathan
  using the 'Eidolon' command, there is a chance that the random
  summon, which is Leviathan in this case will appear some time
  later.
c)Almost 99.0% of the time, the random summon is not boosted. That
  means the half animation is always shown for ALL random summon.
d)Random summon does NOT consumed any of Dagger's MP.
e)The frequency that random summon will appear is hard to determine
  but it will always appear after a CERTAIN period of time as long
  as Dagger is in trance mode. [Not neccessarily appear after Dagger
  uses up a turn.] Therefore, it is a good idea that just before
  Dagger uses up the last command that will END the trance mode, let
  her do nothing by skipping her turn so that she will always remain
  in trance mode. Then, wait patiently for the random summon to
  appear.
f)Random summon disappears when i)trance ends, ii)battle ends or
  iii)dagger dies. However, the random summon will appear again when
  Dagger is revived again.

Special thanks to <Ferretocrates@aol.com>, <Jjukil@aol.com> and
dongwei diao <diao_1234@hotmail.com> for telling me about Dagger's
random summon.

Captain Adelbert Steiner
------------------------
Quote: "Having sworn fealty, must I spend my life in servitude?"

a)Physical damage increases. [Up to a max of 2x normal attack.]

When in Trance mode, there isn't any change made to the attacks that
Steiner can use. For example, when Zidane is in trance, Dyne, which
consists a special set of skills are made available but this is not
the case for Steiner. However, Steiner's strong physical attack make
up for that. With a good sword equipped on Steiner, it's very possible
for Steiner to cause a physical attack of up to 9999 HP. So, don't
think Steiner is useless. Remember physical attack doesn't need any
MP.

Vivi Orunitia
-------------
Quote: "How do you prove that you exist...? Maybe we don't exist..."

a)Physical damage increases. [Up to a max of 1.2x the normal damage.]
b)Blk Mag ---> Dblk.

Vivi's 'Blk Mag' command will change to 'DBlk' command when Vivi is
in Trance mode. 'DBlk' enables Vivi to cast any two consecutive black
magic spells in ONE turn. Take note that the two Black magic spells
that are casted need not neccessarily be of the same type. However,
the amount of MP consumed will still be the total MP needed to cast
these two spells.

Freya Crescent
--------------
Quote: "To be forgotten is worse than death."

a)Physical damage increases. [Up to a max of 1.2x the normal damage.]
b)Use 'Jump' or 'High Jump' to see the differences.

When in trance, Freya attacks ALL enemies with a HAIL of SPEARS when
you let Freya use the 'Jump' or 'High Jump' command.

Dominic Smith <dom@querix.com> has discovered an interesting fact
about Freya Crescent. I haven't tried it yet so I wouldn't confirm
this. But, in case you are interested, he says that if Freya has
gradual petrify [the counter starts decreasing and when it ends,
a character will be turned into stone.] and you let Freya perform
a jump when the counter is 1, Freya will hit the enemy with a shower
of spears, REGARDLESS of trance.

Special thanks to Dominic Smith <dom@querix.com> for discovering an
interesting fact about Freya.

Quina Quen
----------
Quote: "I do what I want! You have problem!?"

a)Physical damage increases. [Up to a max of 1.2x the normal damage.]
b)Eat ---> Cook.

Quina's 'Eat' command will change to 'Cook' command when Quina is
in Trance mode. To let Quina learn a blue magic from an enemy, the
enemy needs to be at 1/8 or below of its max HP when 'Eat' command
is used. When in Trance mode, the 'Cook' command allows Quina to eat
enemy when the enemy is at 1/4 or below of its max HP.

Eiko Carol
----------
Quote: "I don't want to be alone anymore..."

a)Physical damage increases. [Up to a max of 1.2x the normal damage.]
b)Wht Mag ---> DWht.

Eiko's 'Wht Mag' command will change to 'DWht' command when Eiko is
in Trance mode. 'DWht' enables Eiko to cast any two consecutive White
magic spells in ONE turn. Take note that the two White magic spells
that are casted need not neccessarily be of the same type. However,
the amount of MP consumed will still be the total MP needed to cast
these two spells.

Amarant Coral
-------------
Quote: "The only dependable thing about the future is uncertainty."

a)Physical damage increases. [Up to a max of 1.2x the normal damage.]
b)Flair ---> Elan.

When in Trance mode, Amarant's 'Flair' command will change to 'Elan'
command. If you have noticed something, all of Amarant's Flair skills
either hit one ally or one enemy when he is not trancing. When he
is trancing, his 'Elan' command will enable him to use his 'Flair'
skills on either all his allies or enemies in a single turn.

Do you know this? According to Simon Oh <rail@worldnet.att.net>, he
says that Amarant's name comes from amaranth, a red dye used to
colour food. It's known in the U.S. as Red Dye #2, until it was taken
off the market for possibly containing harmful compounds.

Special thanks to <Jjukil@aol.com> and C. Galliher <cgalli@itotal.net>
for telling me about Amarant's 'Elan' command.

=======================================================================
III)Summoning Secrets
=======================================================================

Boost:
-----
Without equipping the Boost ability, Eidolons MAY or MAY NOT appear
randomly during summon. However, Eidolons will definitely appear
during the FIRST time you summon them.

By equipping the Boost ability, you will be able to make Eidolons
appear each time you summon. The full animation that shows Eidolons
causes more damage to enemies than the one with partial animation
without showing Eidolons for the SAME summon. Note that Dagger and
Eiko can learn the Boost ability from Pumice Piece.

   ____________________
  /My Personal Thought:\
 /______________________\___________________________________________
|Many people complain that the Guardian Forces animation in Final   |
|Fantasy VIII were way too long. They said that they were SICK of   |
|watching the same summons over and over again. But, do they REALLY |
|know that the animation has to be LONG so as to let you have time  |
|to TAP the Square button to BOOST your Guardian Force? Now, Square |
|listens to gamers. We now have the full animation and partial      |
|animation but... Don't you guys feel that it's WEIRD to see a      |
|partial animation? Out of nowhere, just comes an explosion without |
|even seeing the Eidolons. I just feel rather uncomfortable seeing  |
|the partial animation. I would RATHER TAP the Square button to     |
|see the full animation than watching a partial animation. Maybe,   |
|it's ONLY ME who enjoys tapping the Square button. I REALLY don't  |
|know. It's just my opinion. Maybe, I'm one of those who enjoys     |
|Final Fantasy VIII thoroughly.                                     |
|___________________________________________________________________|

Atomos Summon:
-------------
The Atomos summon works like a demi, damaging a certain percentage
of the enemies' HP. How much attack percentage it causes, will be
determined by two factors:
a)Full animation or Partial animation.
b)No of Amethyst you have in your inventory.

The formula to calculate the amount of HP it can caused is by:
a)[Full Animation]    = [30 + No of Amethyst]% of enemy's HP.
b)[Partial Animation] = 2/3 of [Full Animation].

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the formula above.                |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Odin Summon:
-----------
The Odin summon has a certain percentage chance to cause an instant
death to enemies. However, if Odin fails to cause an instant death
to the enemies, no damage will be inflicted on them. To prevent this
from happening, you have to equip the Odin Sword ability. In case,
Odin fails to cause instant death, this will cause wind damage to all
enemies. My advice is equip ONLY the Odin Sword ability if you are
sure that you are going to let Dagger to use an Odin summon. If not,
don't bother to equip Odin Sword ability. Use other summons instead.
The formula to calculate this percentage chance is:

Percentage Chance = [Dagger's Magic Power/4 + difference between
                     Dagger's level and monsters' level]%.

a)To learn Odin summon, purchase the Dark Matter item from the Treno
  Auction house. [Please refer to 'Treno Auction House' section in
  the 'Secrets [General]' content for more details.]
b)To learn Odin Sword ability, you must find Ancient Aroma in Ipsen's
  Castle. Go to the room with the Odin's electrified sword chained
  to the black wall. There are two flower vases and three shelves.
  Notice that you can move the two flower vases from shelf to shelf?
  Rearrange the vases from shelf to shelf in anticlockwise manner,
  starting from the top right one. When you have done so, you notice
  that electrical energies will fill a vase. Check this vase out
  to receive Ancient Aroma.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the formula above.                |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Carbuncle/Fenrir's New Skills:
-----------------------------
Depending on what Add-on gem you let Eiko equipped, this might affect
the effect of the Carbuncle or Fenrir's summons. Below is a list of
how certain Add-on gem can affect the Carbuncle and Fenrir summons.

   __________________
  /Alternate Summons \
 /____________________\______________________________________________
|Eidolon   |Add-On Gem Equipped   |Spell Name  |Effect               |
|__________|______________________|____________|_____________________|
|Carbuncle |Except the three Add- |Ruby Light  |Casts Reflect on the |
|          |on gems listed below. |            |entire party.        |
|          |______________________|____________|____________________ |
|          |Emerald               |Emerald     |Casts Haste on the   |
|          |                      |Light       |entire party.        |
|          |______________________|____________|_____________________|
|          |Moonstone             |Pearl Light |Casts Protect and    |
|          |                      |            |Shell on the entire  |
|          |                      |            |party.               |
|          |______________________|____________|_____________________|
|          |Diamond               |Diamond     |Casts Vanish on the  |
|          |                      |Light       |entire party.        |
|__________|______________________|____________|_____________________|
|Fenrir    |Except Maiden Prayer. |Terrestial  |Causes Earth damage  |
|          |                      |Rage        |to all enemies.      |
|          |______________________|____________|_____________________|
|          |Maiden Prayer         |Millennial  |Causes Wind damage   |
|          |                      |Decay       |to all enemies.      |
|__________|______________________|____________|_____________________|

Phoenix Summon:
--------------
Phoenix summon has the ability to cause Fire damage to all enemies
as well as reviving all K.O characters. But, do you know that there's
a chance that Phoenix Summon will appear and revive the party if
everyone gets K.O? This percentage chance is determined by the number
of Phoenix Pinion in your inventory. The formula for this percentage
chance to occur is given by:

Percentage Chance = [No of Phoenix Pinion/256] x 100%.

Since maximum no of Phoenix Pinion you can keep in your inventory
is 99, the maximum % chance that Phoenix summon can appear using
the above formula is:

Percentage Chance = 99/256 x 100% = 38.671875% = 38.7%. (3 sig fig)

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the formula above.                |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Other Summons:
-------------
The attack power of certain summons will increase, depending on the
type and number of Add-on jems in your inventory. The more Add-on
gems you have, the more powerful a particular summon is. Never sell
these gems away. Anyway, even if you sell these gems away, you can
only get 1 gil for each gem sold, which is really not worthwhile
doing so. Below shows the link between certain Add-on gems with
the Eidolons:

 ___________________________
|Eidolon(s)   |Add-on Gem   |  For example, the attack power of
|_____________|_____________|  Shiva increases if you have more
|Shiva        |Opal         |  Opal in your inventory. Ifrit's
|_____________|_____________|  attack power increases if you have
|Ifrit        |Topaz        |  more Topaz and so on and so forth.
|_____________|_____________|
|Ramuh        |Peridot      |  The number and type of Add-on gems
|_____________|_____________|  is one factor that affects the attack
|Leviathan    |Aquamarine   |  power of these Eidolons. Besides this,
|_____________|_____________|  the full animation or partial animation
|Bahamut      |Garnet       |  is another factor that affects the
|_____________|_____________|  attack power of these Eidolons.

=======================================================================
IV)Action Ability
=======================================================================
By performing certain 'tasks', the strength of certain action
abilities can be increased. Such 'tasks' take time and consistency.
Examples are the Thievery, Dragon Crest and the Frog Drops. The
Soul Blade is an exception.

Soul Blade
----------
Zidane's Soul Blade inflicts status to enemies for 6 MP. You can
learn Zidane's Soul Blade ability from The Orge. What status
effect Soul Blade can inflict will depend on the NATURE of the
weapon. For example, if Zidane equips The Orge and The Orge adds
Darkness to Zidane's attacks, Soul Blade will inflict Darkness on
the enemy. If Butterfly Sword adds Silence to Zidane's attacks,
then Soul Blade will inflict Silence on the enemy. Understand?

The good thing is if you do NOT REALLY have to equip the Add Status
ability when you cast Soul Blade. The bad thing is you have to use
up 6 MP to use Soul Blade. If you want to add a certain status to
a character's physical attack, the Add Status ability must DEFINITELY
be equipped. However, Soul Blade is PRETTY USELESS if Zidane equips
a weapon that CANNOT add status effect to Zidane's attacks.

Below shows the list of weapons Zidane can equip and the status
effects the weapons have:

   _____________
  /Thief Swords \
 /_______________\__________________________________________________
|Name Of Weapons   |Add Status    |Name Of Weapons   |Add Status    |
|__________________|______________|__________________|______________|
|Dagger            |None.         |Zorlin Shape      |None.         |
|__________________|______________|__________________|______________|
|Mage Masher       |Silence.      |Angel Bless       |Confuse.      |
|__________________|______________|__________________|______________|
|Mythril Dagger    |None.         |Sargatanas        |Petrify.      |
|__________________|______________|__________________|______________|
|Butterfly Sword   |Silence.      |Masamune          |Doom.         |
|__________________|______________|__________________|______________|
|The Orge          |Darkness.     |Orichalon         |None.         |
|__________________|______________|__________________|______________|
|Gladius           |Slow.         |The Tower         |Mini.         |
|__________________|______________|__________________|______________|
|Exploda           |Trouble.      |Ultima Weapon     |Sleep.        |
|__________________|______________|__________________|______________|
|Rune Tooth        |Poison.       |Understand how Soul Blade works? |
|__________________|______________|_________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Stephanus Rudiyanto Natari <s_rudiyanton@lycos.com>        |
|      |___________________________________________________________|
|      |Thanks for telling me that Zidane's Soul Blade ability     |
|      |will inflict status effects, depending on what type of     |
|      |weapon Zidane equips.                                      |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Thievery
--------
Zidane's Thievery attack actually becomes more powerful as Zidane
keeps stealing. The more times Zidane steal, the more damage Thievery
causes. Eventually, Zidane's Thievery can cause up to 9999 HP of
damage. The amount of damage caused DOES NOT CHANGE with different
monsters or bosses.

- Eva_pilot - <eva_pilot@nervhq.org> suggested that with each
successful steal Zidane makes, his Thievery attack causes an
additional 15 HP damage. Because of what he says, I actually
spend some time to experiment this and I discover a pattern.
- Eva_pilot -'s discovery about Zidane's Thievery is CLOSE to
what I have found BUT not totally correct. First, let's thank
him before I tell you what I have discovered.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to - Eva_pilot - <eva_pilot@nervhq.org> for telling |
|      |me how stealing affects the damage caused by Zidane's      |
|      |Thievery.                                                  |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

I load one of my disc three saves. First, I let Zidane use his
Thievery attack and I found out that it costs 3900 HP. Then, I let
Zidane perform a SUCCESSFUL steal and then have Zidane use his
Thievery attack. I record the damage. Repeat this procedure several
times and I discover a pattern. Take note that my Zidane's LEVEL
remain CONSTANT throughout the whole process. I then tabulate my
findings in a table, as shown below:

___________________________________________________________________
 No. of Steal(s) | Damage By Thievery |     Damage Difference      |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
     ???         |      3900 HP       |      ---   NIL  ---        |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 01         |      3915 HP       |          + 15 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 02         |      3929 HP       |          + 14 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 03         |      3944 HP       |          + 15 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 04         |      3958 HP       |          + 14 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 05         |      3973 HP       |          + 15 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 06         |      3987 HP       |          + 14 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 07         |      4002 HP       |          + 15 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 08         |      4016 HP       |          + 14 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 09         |      4031 HP       |          + 15 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 10         |      4045 HP       |          + 14 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 11         |      4060 HP       |          + 15 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|
    + 12         |      4074 HP       |          + 14 HP           |
_________________|____________________|____________________________|

After letting Zidane steal for 12 times and recording down 13
values of damage Thievery causes, I have come to a conclusion.
Did you notice that the damage caused after each steal EITHER
increase by an additional 14 HP or 15 HP? It actually alternates
between 14 HP and 15 HP.

Assume that with ZERO successful steal, Thievery causes 0 HP. That
will mean that Zidane needs to steal successfully between 667 times
to 714 times in order for his Thievery attack to cause 9999 HP.

Take note that this method assumes that the level remains unchanged
after many consecutive steals. But, if I am not wrong, if Zidane
increases a new level, his thievery damage will increase by a certain
amount of damage. Unfortuately, I haven't had the time to experiment
it myself.

Here are some other hypothesis about Thievery. I haven't confirmed
this hypothesis so you might want to experiment these things yourself.

a)Another Duck <annanand@yahoo.com> suggests that Thievery damage
  increases 13 points for each successful steal and 1 point for each]
  unsuccessful steal.

b)J.M. Elliott <shisouka@yahoo.com> suggests that, with 'Steal Gil',
  a support ability to be equipped on Zidane, the amount of Thievery
  damage increase per successful steal can be induced to 18.

c)Daniel Barnes <daniel31185@hotmail.com> says that he has one of the
  official FFIX guide books [not Bradygames] and the book says that
  the formula for calculating Thievery is:

  Damage = Level x no of succssful steals divided by 2.

d)durron597 <durron597@hotmail.com> suggests that Thievery damage also
  depends on level. When his Zidane casts Thievery at level 69, it did
  5313 HP of damage. After levelling up to 70, it did 5474 HP of
  damage. Note that 5313/69 = 77 and 5474/70 = 78.2. He says that his
  Zidane has stolen for more than 77 times. He hasn't derived a
  formula but his Zidane's Thievery damage is increasing faster than
  15 per steal and more like 17 instead.

e)Rafael Ando <wizardofdoom@hotmail.com> suggests that the Thievery
  damage depends on speed, not level. Equipments like Thief Hat, Thief
  gloves, Orihalcon, Running Shoes, Ninja Gear etc increases speed.
  Sometimes, when Zidane's level rises, speed increases and that's why
  Thievery damage increases. That explains why your thievery doesn't
  increase sometimes when Zidane's level rises. Therefore, depending
  on Zidane's speed, to do 9999 HP damage using Thievery, Zidane needs
  to steal around 400 to 800 times. The formula for calculating
  Thievery damage is:

  Damage = Speed x no of succssful steals divided by 2.

Final Conclusion:
----------------
Looking at all the hypothesis, it looks like e) may be the most accurate one.

Sword Magic
-----------
It is right to say that our dear Knight, Steiner has a lot of respect
for the black magic master, Vivi. When Steiner and Vivi are put
together in a PARTY to fight during combat, an extra command, Swd Mag
becomes available for Steiner.

The concept of this Swd Mag is very simple. Firstly, Vivi must learn
some Black magic. When Steiner uses Swd Mag and let's say, Fire, Vivi
will then cast the Black magic, Fire onto Steiner's sword. Steiner
will then perform a physical attack. In addition to that, fire status
is added to Steiner's attack, meaning besides a physical attack from
Steiner, a fire attack also attacks the enemy. Take note that when
Swd Mag is used, ONLY Steiner's MP is CONSUMED, not Vivi's.

Certain sword magic attacks are ONLY available when Vivi has learned
that particular Black magic. For example, if Vivi has not learned
Water magic yet, Steiner cannot use Water sword magic. And, if Vivi
is NOT in the party during combat or when Vivi is DEAD during the
combat, Steiner CANNOT use Swd Mag. Below shows the list of all the
Swd Mag that Steiner can use:

   _______________________
  /Sword Magic            \
 /_________________________\________________________________________
|Spell Added      |Effect Of The Sword Magic                        |
|_________________|_________________________________________________|
|Fire             |Strikes the enemy with Fire Sword.               |
|Fira             |Strikes the enemy with Fira Sword.               |
|Firaga           |Strikes the enemy with Firaga Sword.             |
|Blizzard         |Strikes the enemy with Blizzard Sword.           |
|Blizzara         |Strikes the enemy with Blizzara Sword.           |
|Blizzaga         |Strikes the enemy with Blizzaga Sword.           |
|Thunder          |Strikes the enemy with Thunder Sword.            |
|Thundara         |Strikes the enemy with Thundara Sword.           |
|Thundaga         |Strikes the enemy with Thundaga Sword.           |
|Bio              |Strikes the enemy with Bio Sword.                |
|Water            |Strikes the enemy with Water Sword.              |
|Flare            |Strikes the enemy with Flare Sword.              |
|Doomsday         |Strikes the enemy with Doomsday Sword.           |
|_________________|_________________________________________________|

Dragon's Crest
--------------
Freya's Dragon Crest attack actually becomes more powerful as the
party keeps defeating dragons. The more dragons the party kills,
the more damage Dragon Crest causes. One good way is to let Quina
learn the Lv5 Death, which will kill Grand Dragon instantly. Quina
can learn this Lv5 Death by eating a Whale Zombie on the south
shore of the Lost Continent. Eventually, Freya's Dragon Crest can
cause up to 9999 HP of damage.

Note that Dragon Crest's damage will still increase, even if Freya
is in the party or not when the party is killing the dragons. In
short, the damage caused by Freya's Dragon Crest is determined by
the number of dragons the party has killed. The amount of damage
caused DOES NOT CHANGE with different monsters or bosses for a
fixed number of dragons killed.

According to Jason Miller <sparky11@mediaone.net> and durron597
<durron597@hotmail.com>, the formula for calculating the damage
caused by Dragon's Crest is:

Damage = no of dragons killed by party to the power of 2.

a)Jason Miller <sparky11@mediaone.net> says that, using this formula,
  in order for Freya's Dragon Crest to do 9999 HP, the party must
  kill 100 dragons. [Note: 100^2 = 10,000 and 99^2 = 9,801.]

b)durron597 <durron597@hotmail.com> recorded a table of damage done
  based on the the number of dragons killed. The damages are 3364,
  3481, 3600, 3721, 3844, 3969, 4096, 4225 and 4356. He discovered
  that all these numbers are perfect square, which can be square
  rooted. From here, he derives the formula. [Note: 3364 = 58^2,
  3481 = 59^2, 3600 = 60^2, 3721 = 61^2 and so on......]

Final Conclusion:
----------------
Without a doubt, the formula for the damage of Dragon's Crest is most likely to
be the square of the no of dragons killed by the party,
even though I haven't tried it yet.

Frog Drop
---------
Frog Drop is a blue magic that Quina can learn by eating the Gigan
Toad. Quina's Frog Drop attack actually becomes more powerful as
Quina catches more frogs in the Qu's Marsh and when Quina's level
increases. The amount of damage caused DOES NOT CHANGE with different
monsters or bosses. Frog Drop has a 100% success rate and the formula
to calculate the damage caused is:

Quina level x amount of Frog(s) = HP damage.

For example, if Quina is at level 70 and he has caught 100 frogs,
the damage that Frog Drop will cause is 70 x 100 = 7000 HP damage.

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|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the formula above.                |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

[Please refer to 'Frog Catching' section in the 'Side Quest' content
 for more details.]

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V)Focus
=======================================================================
Everytime you let Vivi use the 'Focus' command, Vivi's magic attack
will increase. Note that this effect will last until battle ENDS.
You can keep using 'Focus' until Vivi's black magic attack can do
a high damage, preferably 9999 HP.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to aats megamisama <phasevxd@yahoo.com> for telling |
|      |me more information about Vivi's Focus.                    |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

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VI)Reflect Techniques
=======================================================================
The magic, Reflect is a very useful magic since you can make use of
it to create useful strategies. When a spell is casted on a user
who has already got the Reflect spell on him or her, the spell will
be reflected to the enemy. Similarly, enemy can also reflect spells
back to you. However, there are spells that cannot be reflected like
the Meteor, Doomsday etc.

There are three ways to have the Reflect spells on your characters:

a)Summon Carbuncle to use Ruby Light. The effect is temporary.
b)Let Dagger or Eiko to use the Reflect spell. The effect is temporary.
c)Equip 'Auto-Reflect' ability. The effect is permanent till battle
  ends.

Strategy #1:
-----------
Have all characters be casted with the Reflect spell. Now, have Vivi
use a spell that attacks ALL party members. This reflects the spell
back to the enemies, causing nearly four times the damage of one
spell.

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|Credit|Thanks to J H <i8beef@hotmail.com> for telling me about    |
|      |strategy #1 in the 'Reflect Techniques' section.           |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Strategy #2:
-----------
Have Vivi be equipped with the Reflectx2 ability and then CAST the
Reflect spell on Vivi. Then cast a spell that can be reflected on
Vivi. This doubles the strength of the spell that is to be reflected.
Note that Vivi has to be casted with the Reflect spell, either by one
of the three ways mentioned above. If Vivi is equipped with the
Reflectx2 ability without casting any Reflect spell, the spell that
is being casted on Vivi will NOT be reflected.

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VII)Return Magic
=======================================================================
Both Amarant and Vivi have the ability to use Return Magic. Equipments
like Coronet and Brigandine gives the wearer the ability to learn
Return Magic. However, Vivi seems to be the better choice to use
Return Magic.

When a character is equipped with Return Magic ability, what happens
is that when this character is being attacked by a certain spell
from an enemy, the character will cast back the SAME spell to the
ENEMY that casts the spell on the character. Please take note that
MP is not consumed at all.

For example, I remember Trance Kuja using Holy magic on Vivi and Vivi
uses Return Magic by casting back the Holy magic on Trance Kuja.
However, the downside is that most of the enemies in the game always
cast elemental spells on you that are favourable to them. For example,
when fighting Kraken in Memoria, Kraken uses Waterga on your character
and so if any character is equipped with Return Magic and this
character uses Waterga back on kraken, it will heal Kraken instead of
doing any damage on him. In this case, Return Magic is useless.

Thanks to <Shadowninja64@aol.com> and Apu Apu <apu4@ignmail.com> for
telling me information about Return Magic.

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VIII)Auto-Potion
=======================================================================
When a character is equipped with the Auto-Potion ability, he or she
will use either a Potion or Hi-Potion on him or her whenever he or
she receives a physical or magical attack from enemies.

When Will The Character Uses Auto-Hi-Potion:
-------------------------------------------
Whenever a character receives a damage and is equipping him or her
with an Auto-Potion, he or she will automatically uses a Potion,
healing 150 HP [or 300 HP if equipped with the Chemist!!!] on himself
or herself.

Gradually, as you encounter tougher monsters in the battle later on,
you realise that an Auto-Potion ability is too ineffective as it
heals too little HP.

What to do? Many might not know this. First, sell away all your
Potion that you have, leaving ONLY Hi-Potion in your inventory.
During combat, whenever a character receives a damage and is
equipping with an Auto-Potion, he or she will automatically uses a
Hi-Potion, healing 450 HP [or 900 HP if equipped with the Chemist!!!]
on himself or herself.

Effect Of Chemist:
-----------------
Equipping Chemist ability helps to double the potency of medicinal
items when these items are used DURING BATTLES. It is like saying
you use up a medicinal item but this item has the effect of two
medicinal items. Medicinal items include Potions, Hi-Potion, Ether
etc.

Add-on gems like Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Diamond, Emerald,
Moonstone, Ruby, Peridot, Sapphire, Opal, Topaz, Lapis Lazuli can
be used in battles to recover HP during battles. The effect of
Chemist still applies. However, these add-on gems cannot be used
in the field and notice that these add-on games either let Dagger
or Eiko learn a new summon or add special attacks to Carbuncle or
Fenrir. As for Phoenix Pinion, it can be used in the battle only,
not field to revive K.O characters.

However, the downside is NOT all characters can learn the Chemist
ability. Examples are Zidane, Vivi, Quina, Eiko and Amarant. Only
Dagger, Steiner and Freya can learn the Chemist ability. You can
learn the Chemist ability from Barette, Cotton Robe, Grand Armour
and Madain's Ring.

Consumable Item:
---------------
Below shows the effect of Potion and Hi-Potion used in different
situations like during field, during battle etc. I am using Potion
and Hi-Potion as an illustration for simplicity. I hope this table
below will be of some help to you.

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|Item      |Field               |Battle                             |
|          |                    |___________________________________|
|          |                    |Without Chemist  |With Chemist     |
|__________|____________________|_________________|_________________|
|Potion    |Restores 100 HP.    |Restores 150 HP. |Restores 300 HP. |
|__________|____________________|_________________|_________________|
|Hi-Potion |Restores 300 HP.    |Restores 450 HP. |Restores 900 HP. |
|__________|____________________|_________________|_________________|

About Ether:
-----------
Similarly, Ether works like Potion, except that it heals MP instead
of HP. If you equip a Chemist during battle, Ether will heal 300 MP
instead of the usual 150 MP. When Ether is used in field, it heals
only 100 MP.

 _________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Chan Kah Hon <plateau@pacific.net.sg> for       |
|      |telling me how Chemist affects the effect of an Ether.    |
|______|__________________________________________________________|

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IX)Ability Up
=======================================================================
You should ALWAYS equip your character with the Ability Up ability
unless you have already learned ALL the abilities. [The same goes to
Level Up as it lets you earn slightly more experience than usual
after each battle. Note that every character will be able to learn
the Ability Up ability.

Quina's Millionaire ability also lets you earn slightly more Gil than
usual after each battle. But, I won't really talk much about these two
abilities.] By equipping the Ability Up ability, you will double the
AP gain during each battle. This makes your character learn abilities
faster.

Another Tip To Learn An Abilities Faster:
----------------------------------------
Here's a way to let you earn an ability faster. I am not sure how many
people know about this. Simply equip MULTIPLE equipments that lets
you learn the SAME ability.

For example,

a)Assume Zidane has not learned the Ability Up ability yet.
b)Let Zidane equip with Brigandine, Green Beret and Ribbon.
c)Both these three equipments contain the Ability Up ability which
  Zidane can learn.
d)Armour              : Brigandine.
  Head Gear Equipment : Green Beret.
  Add-On Equipment    : Ribbon and Lapis Lazuli.

Since we can equip one equipment from each category of equipments,
we can either let Zidane equip the Ribbon or Lapis Lazuli. Anyone
will still have the same effect on the ability gained.

Case One: [Without Equipping The Ability Up]
--------
Let's perform some simple mathematical calculations. Assume you
receive 1 AP after a battle. The Ability Up ability will gain:

a)1 AP due to Brigandine equipped.
b)1 AP due to Green Beret equipped.
c)1 AP due to Ribbon equipped.
d)In total, the Ability Up ability gains 1 + 1 + 1 = 3 AP.

Let's look at another example. Let's say you gain 2 AP after a battle.
The Ability Up ability will gain:

a)2 AP due to Brigandine equipped.
b)2 AP due to Green Beret equipped.
c)2 AP due to Ribbon equipped.
d)In total, the Ability Up ability gains 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 AP.

Case Two: [Equipping The Ability Up]
--------
Let's say you gain 1 AP after a battle.
The Ability Up ability will gain:

a)1 X 2 = 2 AP due to Brigandine and Ability Up equipped.
b)1 X 2 = 2 AP due to Green Beret and Ability Up equipped.
c)1 X 2 = 2 AP due to Ribbon and Ability Up equipped.
d)In total, the Ability Up ability gains 2 + 2 + 2 = 6 AP.

Let's look at the final example. Now, you gain 2 AP after a battle.
The Ability Up ability will gain:

a)2 X 2 = 4 AP due to Brigandine and Ability Up equipped.
a)2 X 2 = 4 AP due to Green Beret and Ability Up equipped.
b)2 X 2 = 4 AP due to Ribbon and Ability Up equipped.
c)In total, the Ability Up ability gains 4 + 4 + 4 = 12 AP.

I hope you can understand the whole process by the examples I have
given. The same process NOT only applies to TWO equipments that
let you learn the SAME ability. You can also have THREE or more
equipments that let you learn the SAME ability if you are able to
find like the example I give above. [Normally, it's two.] The same
concept still applies. By doing this, the SPECIFIC ability will gain
AP very fast and you will soon learn the ability in just a few
battles. Try out this with other equipments on different characters.

Here's some other possible combinations that you can try out:

Ability    : Long Reach.
Equipments : Thief Hat and Protect Ring.
Character  : Zidane.

Ability    : Initiative.
Equipments : Obelisk and Battle Boots.
Character  : Freya.

Ability    : Loudmouth.
Equipments : Mage's Hat/Golden Hairpin and Silk Robe.
Character  : Quina.

I guess the three different combinations above should be enough to
give you the overall idea. Because there are so many combinations
and you can find equipment lists in many other faqs, I don't think
I need to type out the possible combinations.

Take note that equipments can be classified into five catgeories:
Weapons, Head Gear, Armour, Arm Gear and Add-Ons and you can only
equip ONE equipment for each category. Therefore, to apply this
concept, I need to let a character equip equipments that are of
a)different category and b)one common ability that the character
can learn.

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X)Refilling HP And MP
=======================================================================
Have Amarant learned the Chakra skill and put him in your party. The
Chakra ability enables Amarant to restore a certain amount of HP and
MP of one party member and it only costs 4 MP. For just 4 MP only,
I think it will refill around 20% of Amarant's maximum HP and MP.
Keep casting during combat and everyone will end up with maximum
HP and MP very soon.

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XI)Quick Level Up
=======================================================================
Before I continue on, please take note of these points:

a)Always equip Level Up ability to gain extra exp [unless your
  characters are at level 99.]
b)Exp gained is divided equally among party members. Those who are
  in K.O, Petrify, Virus and Zombie status cannot gain exp. Therefore,
  if you want to train a particular character's level, have all the
  other three party members in these bad status as mentioned above,
  such that they can't gain any exp.

At Memoria:
----------
Many monsters at Memoria give a lot of exp. But, they are rather tough
and it's not a good place for characters to level up. [There are many
bosses at Memoria for you to beat and I am sure you want to reserve
your party's strength to fight these bosses than wasting all the
energies on these monsters.] But, some of these monsters there even
give more exp than what a Grand Dragon and a Yan can give. I'll list
these monsters:

1)Ash            [40,329 exp]     Besides the monsters at Memoria,
2)Chimera        [42,785 exp]     the Grand Dragon and Yan are two
3)Iron Man       [42,996 exp]     good monsters to beat if you want
4)Veteran        [15,181 exp]     your characters to level up fast.
5)Stilva         [42,785 exp]     See below for more details about
6)Behemoth       [53,168 exp]     the Grand Dragons and the Yans.

Grand Dragon:
------------
Each Grand Dragon is at level 60, has 13,206 HP and 2550 MP. By
defeating a Grand Dragon, the party gains 2604 Gil and 35,208 Exp.
You can find Grand Dragons by climbing up the rope inside Gizamaluke's
Grotto to a mountain plain or on the island where Daguerreo. At the
mountain plain, after climbing the rope inside Gizamaluke's Grotto,
you will notice two forests. If you search around any of the two
forests, you will come across Garuda. Garuda has only 3,512 HP
and 1,216 MP and gives the party 1,279 Gil and 6,933 Exp when
you defeat it.

Here's some tips and strategies for you when you are fighting
against the Grand Dragons:

a)Quina's Lv5 Death will kill the Grand Dragon instantly because
  Grand Dragon's level is 60, which is a multiple of 5. Learn blue
  magic, Lv5 Death by letting Quina eat enemies like Stroper, Draco-
  zombie, Whale Zombie and Lich.
b)Quina's Lv3 Def-less will reduce defense of enemies whose levels
  are multiples of 3, including Grand Dragons. You can let Quina
  learn Lv3 Def-Less by letting Quina eat enemies like Carve Spider,
  Lamia, Lizard Man, Sand Scorpion, Ochu and Grand Dragon.
c)Equip Coral Ring to absorb Thundaga. Consider equipping other
  equipments that protects or absorbs Thundaga. One way of getting
  Coral Ring is to let Freya win in the Festival Of The Hunt.
d)Equip auto-reflect on all party members to reflect the Thundaga
  magic back to Grand Dragons. Vivi can equip Reflectx2 and Auto-
  Reflect to ensure that Thundaga is being reflected at two times
  its normal power.
e)Grand Dragon use Poison Claws and Venom Breath. Poison Claw causes
  some damage plus poison status to a single character and Venom
  Breath causes Venom status to a single character. Equip the
  Antibody ability to prevent getting the Poison status and the
  Venom status.
f)killer attacks like Steiner's Shock ability, Freya's Dragon Crest
  [If you defeat enough Dragons] and Zidane's Thievery [If Zidane
  steals enough] work perfectly well and makes the fight extremely
  easy. [If all these attacks are able to do 9999 HP of damage.]
g)Equip your characters with your best equipments. This includes
  the strongest weapon for each character.
h)Have a decent level, at least 30 or more and have at least 1000 HP
  or more.

Later in the game, when I acquired powerful equipments for all my
characters, I didn't really have much problem beating Grand Dragon.
Grand Dragons is REALLY NOTHING!!! But, if you want to beat Grand
Dragon early in the game, it's not that easy and you might need
some of strategies and tips above, especially c), d) and e),
assuming that you have not learned the powerful abilities and
blue magic yet.

Furthermore, beating the Grand Dragons help to build up the strength
of Freya's Dragon Crest. For just 16 MP, Freya can easily do 9999 HP
with his Dragon Crest attack when you have defeated enough dragons.

Here's one useful strategy to beat the Grand Dragons:

This method works too even during the early part of your game when
your party's level is low and you want your party to earn levels
quickly.

First, let Quina learn the Limit Glove Blue magic spell. Limit Glove
allows Quina to cause non-elemental damage to the target when Quina's
HP is 1. You can let Quina learn the spell by eating a radish-head
monster in the forest northeast of chocobo forest. Quina can also
learn Limit Glove by eating Mu, Axe Beak, Mandragora, Blazer Beetle,
Jabberwock and Catoblepas.

Next, bring Quina's HP to 1 by killing it in a battle and then use
a phoenix down on it by to revive it. Its HP will then be 1. With
Quina's HP to 1, save your game.

First, encounter a battle with Grand Dragon. To kill the Grand Dragon,
all you need is to hope that Quina will be alive with 1 HP for two
rounds. For the first round, have Quina cast Limit Glove on the Grand
Dragon. Then, on the secound round, have Quina use Eat. It will most
likely to be successful and Quina will learn the Lvl 3 Def-less blue
spell. It may need a couple of reset but it is worth the time!!!

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Boris Grishenko <grishenkoboris@hotmail.com> for |
|      |telling me a strategy to deal with Grand Dragons.          |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Yan:
---
Each Yan is at level 72 and has a 19,465 HP and 3378 MP. By defeating
a Yan, the party gains 2218 Gil and 42,673 Exp. Yan is a lot more
tougher than the Grand Dragon. You can find Yan in Vile Island, an
island southwest of the Iifa Tree that can only be accessed to by
an airship or the gold chocobo.

The good thing about Yan is that they USUALLY come in a group of two
or three, letting you gain a lot of Exp at one go when you defeat
them. If Quina manages to eat one of these Yans, he can learn the
Auto-Life ability. Furthermore, if you run out of Elixir, you can
steal one from each Yan. You can steal an Ore and an Elixir from
each Yan.

Furthermore, it can cause the Virus status to your character. However,
some see it as a VALUABLE HELP instead. Firstly, assume that you are
TRAINING ONLY ONE character. You would definitely want your other
three characters to be either in the K.O, Petrify, Virus or Zombie
status so that they can't gain Exp and ONLY that character who isn't
in these bad status can gain all the Exp, without dividing the Exp
equally with other party members. In K.O and Petrify status, the other
three characters cannot help you during battle. As for Zombie status,
even though the character can help you, healing items or healing
magics can cause damage to him. So, the best way is to have the other
three party members in the Virus status. These three characters CAN'T
gain exp, yet they can help to defeat that tough Yan. It's the best
of TWO worlds. However, if the character that you are training now,
gets Virus status, remember to use a Vaccine to cure him or her.

Yan can cast Comet which can sometimes instantly kill a character.
The Yans also tend to use Float a lot. Certain spells like Firaga
when casted on Yan will cause Yan to use Float. For example, if Vivi
uses Firaga to attack on ALL three Yans, all the three Yans will then
counterattack with Float.

Now, here comes the MOST important part. Yan can use Snort, which can
blow your character away. The character that is BLOWN away will not
be able to help you anymore, unless the battle ENDS. You definitely wouldn't
want this to happen because there will be less people to help you. Besides,
Snort is randomly used on any character. There is also
a high tendency that Yans will use Snort to blow a character that you
want him or her to be in the battle away.

However, once the battle ends, you will find the character back to
the party again. His status like current HP, MP etc will remain the
same, which is JUST BEFORE he or she is being blown.

Here's some tips and strategies for you when you are fighting
against the Yan:

a)Your characters must be at a decent level, preferably above 40
  and with at least 1500 HP or more.
b)Equip your characters with your best equipments. This includes
  the strongest weapon for each character.
c)killer attacks like Steiner's Shock ability, Freya's Dragon Crest
  [If you defeat enough Dragons] and Zidane's Thievery [If Zidane
  steals enough] work perfectly well and makes the fight extremely
  easy. [If all these attacks are able to do 9999 HP of damage.]
  If there are more than one Yan, use Steiner's Climhazzard attack
  since it can cost 8000+ damage to ALL three Yans instead of just
  9999 HP to ONE Yan.
d)Quina's Lv3 Def-less will reduce defense of Yan because Yan's
  level is 72, which is a multiple of 3.
e)Equip all your characters with the Auto-Reflect ability. If Yans
  use Float, the Float spells will be reflected back. Since the Yans
  are occupied by having to cast 'Float', then the chances of Yans
  casting Comet will decrease away. -This strategy is contributed by
  LaY.C <nails@cryogen.com>.
f)Consider using attacks that can finish off the battle quickly. An
  example is casting Odin. It's not a sure-get victory but it's
  possible to have Odin killing all the 3 Yans together giving you
  instant victory if it works. If not, that's just too bad.
g)Consider using attacks like Doom or Countdown. When the Yans are
  inflicted with Doom or Countdown, you might want to cast a time
  consuming spell so that the timer finishes off quickly, killing
  the Yans. Thus, the Yans will have less time to attack before the
  timer runs out. An example is summoning Ark because the summoning
  animation is long, especially the full animation one.

In regard to g), Apu Apu <apu4@ignmail.com> suggests that using
Soul Blade + Masamune combination works pretty good on Yans. That
means have Zidane equips Masamune and Masamune adds Doom to Zidane's
attacks. Using Zidane's Soul Blade on Yans, Doom will be inflicted
on them.

I hope these tips and strategies above will be of some help to you.

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|Credit|LaY.C <nails@cryogen.com>, Rob L Hom <rabbyrab@juno.com>   |
|      |and Apu Apu <apu4@ignmail.com> for telling me more details |
|      |about Yans and strategies on how to beat Yans.             |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

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XII)Dealing With Undead Monsters
=======================================================================
Final Fantasy veterans may remember this while newbies to Final
Fantasy may most likely do not know this. In fact, this technique
applies to some other RPGs, other than Final Fantasy.

When fighting against undead monsters, use healing magics like Cure,
Cura and maybe, Curaga, Life and Full-Life on them. Note that this
trick also works against the undead boss. Soulcage. Don't worry! It
will not heal them, instead do tremendous damage on them. If you cast
life on these undead monsters, you will kill them instantly. Healing
items like Phoenix Down, Hi-Potion, Elixir [Too expensive to use, so
don't use!!!] also cause damage to the undead monsters.

Also, when in Zombie status, your character turns darker colour.
Never use any healing items and magic as it WILL also CAUSE damage
to them, and maybe even killing them instantly. Instead, use a Magic
Tag to remove the zombie status.

An example of an area where you can find a lot of undead monsters
is the Iifa Tree. Enemies like Ghost, Dracozombie, Mistodon,
Skeleton, Soulcage, Whale Zombie, Zombie, Wraith etc are some
examples of undead monsters.

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|NOTE  |Never drain HP from any undead monster. The reason is the    |
|      |draining process will be reversed. It means that instead of  |
|      |you draining their HP, it turns up to be your HP being       |
|      |drained by them. The same is also true if you use Vivi's     |
|      |Osmose to drain away their MP. Vivi's MP will be drained     |
|      |away instead.                                                |
|______|_____________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Scott <scott@batslug.com> for telling me that    |
|      |draining process will be reversed if you drain HP from any |
|      |undead monster.                                            |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

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|Credit|Thanks to <Onebest1@aol.com> for telling me that the same  |
|      |concept applies if you drain MP from any undead monster.   |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

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XIII)Dealing With Stone Monsters
=======================================================================
Thanks to Daryoon Ashura <daryoon_ashura@yahoo.com> for all the
information regarding stone monsters. I almost forgot about this.

Okay. Whenever you are dealing with stone monsters, use a Soft on
them and this will cause them to be petrified, thus ending the
battle instantly. The downside is that no experience will be gained
for doing this. Epitaph, Gargoyle, Stroper etc are examples of
stone monsters. This technique of using Soft on them is quite useful,
especially when you want to end the battle quickly or is on the
losing side. You can encounter quite a number of tough stone monsters
in Oeilvert.

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Content     - Secrets [Optional Boss]
============
     i)Tantarian
    ii)Quale
   iii)Hades
    iv)Ozma

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I)Tantarian
=======================================================================
Tantarian is an optional boss found in Alexandria but you ONLY have
TWO chances to fight him. The first chance is in disc two when you
have to rescue Dagger from Queen Brahne and another chance is in disc
three when Zidane and the party arrive to rescue Dagger and Eiko.
I will recommend you to fight Tantarian in disc three when you are
stronger. It's hard to win Tantarian in disc two when you are weak
but it's not impossible. Furthermore, at this point of time in disc
two, you are only given 30 minutes to save Dagger before Queen
Brahne's ship arrives at Alexandria. If you happen to miss these two
chances, you won't be able to fight Tantarian anymore. [Like me, I
didn't know there's such boss hidden in Alexandria. Till now, I
haven't had the chance to fight Tantarian.]

Disc Two:
--------
After Steiner and Marcus break free of the cage and unite with Zidane
and the rest of the party, at this point, you can choose to go and
find Tantarian before you find Dagger. But, my advice is don't bother
to find Tantarian as your party members might be too weak at this
point to fight it now. You might as well fight it in disc three when
stand a better chance of winning.

Disc Three:
----------
When Zidane and the party arrives at Alexandria, don't HEAD UP to the
top of a castle to find Dagger and Eiko first. If you do so without
fighting Tantarian, you won't be able to fight this optional boss
anymore. Your party now is Zidane, Vivi, Freya and Amarant. You
should head to the moogle in the Knight's Guardhouse on the second
floor and save first before you attempt to search for Tantarian.

Where To Fight Tantarian:
------------------------
Go to the library located to the left side of the hallway. Once inside
the library, stand next to the bookcase on the bottom left and you
should see a book which is lying on top of this bookcase. Examine and
a boss fight with Tantarian occurs.

   _______________________
  /Boss Fight: Tantarian  \
 /_________________________\___________
|Level  |41                            |
|_______|______________________________|
|HP     |21,997                        |
|_______|______________________________| The table on the left shows
|MP     |1,456                         | the statistics of this boss,
|_______|______________________________| Tantarian. I hope this table
|AP     |30                            | will be of some help to you.
|_______|______________________________|
|Weak   |Holy.                         |
|_______|______________________________| I haven't really had the
|Gil    |4,472                         | chance to fight this boss
|_______|______________________________| yet so I can't give you any
|Exp    |12,585                        | strategies or tips yet.
|_______|______________________________| Sorry about this!!!
|Steal  |Ether, Elixir, Silver Fork,   |
|       |Demon's Mail.                 |
|_______|______________________________| Maybe, check out other faqs
|Spoils |Running Shoes.                | if you need help fighting
|_______|______________________________| Tantarian.

If you need some more help on fighting Tantarian, I suggest you read
Ruk Chan's Alexandria Book Survival Guide faq.

=======================================================================
II)Quale
=======================================================================
Have Quina in your party and enter a Qu's Marsh to catch a frog. When
Quina has caught 99 frogs, Quale will appear and challenge the party
to a fight. [Please refer to 'Frog Catching' section in the 'Side
Quest' content for more details.]

   _______________________
  /Boss Fight: Quale      \
 /_________________________\___________
|Level  |76                            |
|_______|______________________________|
|HP     |65,535                        | The table on the left shows
|_______|______________________________| the statistics of boss,
|MP     |3,680                         | Quale. Since I haven't beaten
|_______|______________________________| Quale yet, I can't really
|Gil    |10,800                        | give you any strategies
|_______|______________________________| or tips yet. Sorry about
|Exp    |65,535                        | this.
|_______|______________________________|
|Steal  |Elixir, Ninja Gear, Glutton's | See below for the strategy
|       |Robe, Robe Of Lords           | contributed by Jesse Byers
|_______|______________________________| <jesseb@staff.hpnc.com>.

Strategy #1:
-----------
Quale casts a lot of bad status on your party like Sleep, Poison,
Darkness, Confuse, Silence and Mini. Equip abilities like Insomniac,
Antibody, Bright Eyes, Clear Headed and Loudmouth. If Quale uses
Mini, use Quina's blue magic, Angel Snack, spells like Mini and
Esuna and item like Remedy to cure Mini status. You might want to
equip abilities like Auto-Haste, Auto-Regen and maybe, Auto-Potion.

Quale uses water-based attacks too. Because of that, equip your
characters with equipments that protects or absorbs water-based
attacks.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|The strategy for fighting Quale above is contributed by    |
|      |Jesse Byers <jesseb@staff.hpnc.com>.                       |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

Strategy #2:
-----------
If you can't equip enough status prevention abilities to handle
Quale, consider this alternative:  give everyone Auto-Reflect. Since
it uses spells to inflict the bad status, they'll all bounce off and
none work on Quale. But, at least, you don't need to equip so many
status prevention abilities and can save up some magic stones for
other abilities.

Quale will then only be able to hit you with two attacks but only
the Rolling Attack is very powerful. The other one does not pose
any real threat to the party. But, the problem is that with Auto-
Reflect equipped, Quale's Water spells attack on your party will
then be reflected back to it, thus healing it for 7000+ to 9999 HP.
Therefore, you must finish the combat fast by using lethal attacks
that can cause 9999 HP like Shock, Dragon Crest etc. Eiko's Holy
spell can do a considerable damage of 6000+ while most of Vivi's
Black Magic works quite well on it.

You can also consider equipping Auto-Regen so that your party will
be healed periodically. Do NOT use CURING spells as Auto-Reflect will
reflect the spell to Quale, thus healing it. Another alternative is
to use the White Wind to heal the party as it cannot be reflected.

DO NOT use Magic Hammer to take his MP away unless Carbuncle is
summoned to cast Vanish or Protect on everyone. [by equipping Eiko
with the Moonstone or Diamond!!!] It will try to use spells sometimes,
but mostly it'll just Rolling Attack you over and over again, and
things could get ugly....

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|The strategy for fighting Quale above is contributed by    |
|      |<Jjukil@aol.com>.                                          |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
III)Hades
=======================================================================
In Memoria, you will reach an area where Quina thinks he is in the
waters and he attempts to swim. After the conversation, search the
right side of the screen to find a hidden area amongst the coral.
A mysterious voice asks you to leave at once because you have
disturb his sleep. Choose to refuse to leave and you will fight
Hades. He's quite deadly. Once you have defeated him, you will be
able to gain access to the Legendary Synthesis Shop. [Please refer to
the 'Legendary Synthesis Shop' section in the 'Secrets [General]'
content for more details.]

An Interesting Note:
-------------------
If you have beaten Ozma first before encountering Hades, Hades will
say, "You defeated Ozma?! I guess there's no turning back now!"

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Vahl Sullivan <dark_ashura@hotmail.com> for      |
|      |telling me the line that Hades will say if you defeat Ozma |
|      |before encountering it.                                    |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

   _______________________
  /Boss Fight: Hades      \
 /_________________________\___________
|Level  |92                            |
|_______|______________________________|
|HP     |55,535                        |    Hades is even stronger
|_______|______________________________|    than the final boss,
|MP     |9,999                         |    Necron, but don't worry,
|_______|______________________________|    he's not as powerful
|AP     |30                            |    as Ozma.
|_______|______________________________|
|Weak   |None.                         |
|_______|______________________________|    You might want to take
|Gil    |9,638                         |    this opportunity and
|_______|______________________________|    steal some great items
|Exp    |65,535                        |    from Hades. Let Zidane
|_______|______________________________|    equip with Master Thief
|Steal  |Reflect Ring, Running Shoes,  |    and Bandit abilities.
|       |Battle Boots, Robe Of Lords.  |
|_______|______________________________|
|Spoils |Elixir, Wing Edge.            |
|_______|______________________________|

   _______________________
  /Boss Preparation:      \
 /_________________________\________________________________________
|Final Preparation:                                                 |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Equip Auto-Regen, Auto-Haste, Antibody, Clear Headed, Body Temp,   |
|Bright Eyes, Half MP etc abilities. Consider Chemist if you want   |
|to equip Auto-Potion.                                              |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Strategy To Beat Hades:                                            |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Have Zidane steal. Use attacks that can cause 9999 HP of damage    |
|like Steiner's Shock etc. Summons like Bahamut, Ark and Madeen     |
|works well too but requires lot of MP. Let Dagger and Eiko be the  |
|healer. Vivi can equip Auto-Reflect, Reflectx2 and cast Flare on   |
|himself. This will reflect the Flare spell back to Hades. Use      |
|Freya's Dragon Crest if it can do a decent amount of damage. If    |
|not, let Freya perform jump. Let Amarant concentrate on doing      |
|physical damage and occasionally be the healer and revive any k.O  |
|character when neccessary. Quina can use White Wind to heal any    |
|wounded character and cast Mighty Guard on the party. Use Frog     |
|Drop if it can do a decent amount of damage. The battle shouldn't  |
|be quite hard if your party members are at high levels and have    |
|learned a number of powerful skills and magics.                    |
|___________________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
IV)Ozma
=======================================================================
Ozma is by the hardest boss to fight in Final Fantasy IX. First, you
will need the six Chocograph Pieces and have Choco turns gold. Then,
you can find the Chocobo's Air Garden. It is also very important
that you receive the 'Friendly Monsters' blessing as it enables all
your physical attacks to be able to do some damage to Ozma. [Check
out the 'Friendly Monsters' section in the 'Side Quest' content
for more details.]

Check out the Eidolon grave, which is a huge rock on the platform [Not
where Mene is standing!!!] and Mene will run toward you, sensing that
there is strange presence inside there. Examine the Eidolon grave to
fight Ozma. Also, before you choose to examine the Eidolon, there's a
list of options for you like selecting your party members and access
to the menu. Make sure you are well-equipped before you fight Ozma.

LUCK is a MAJOR factor that determines your victory or your defeat.
I STRONGLY emphasis the importance of LUCK. This boss is damn tricky.
Upon defeating Ozma, you will get Pumice, which lets Dagger learn her
most powerful summon, Ark. Mene will reward you for your victory by
restoring your HP and MP and remove any status abnormalities, give
you a key item called the 'Strategy Guide' and a rare card, the Ozma
Card.

These are the strategies that I used to beat Ozma. There may be
other better strategies also. If you need help fighting Ozma, I
suggest you read Heretic's Ozma faq, which can be found in gamefaqs.
Before that, let's look at Ozma's statistics and the attacks that
Ozma will use.

   __________________
  /Boss Fight: Ozma  \
 /____________________\_____________________________________________
|Level |99     |AP    |100    |Steal              |Spoils   |Weak   |
|______|_______|______|_______|___________________|_________|_______|
|HP    |55,535 |Gil   |18,312 |Elixir, Robe Of    |Pumice,  |Wind,  |
|______|_______|______|_______|Lords, Dark Mat-   |Dark     |Holy.  |
|MP    |9,999  |Exp   |65,535 |ter, Pumice Piece. |Matter.  |       |
|______|_______|______|_______|___________________|_________|_______|
|List Of Ozma's Attack:                                             |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|a)Death      (One)    e)Curaga   (One)      i)Flare   (One)        |
|b)Lv5 Death  (All)    f)Mini     (One)      j)Holy    (One)        |
|c)MP Absorb  (One)    g)Doomsday (All)      k)Meteor  (ALL)        |
|d)Star Flare (All)    h)Curse    (All)      l)Berserk (One)        |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|With Reference To Above                                            |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|a)Instant death to a character.                                    |
|b)Death to all characters whose levels are multiple of five.       |
|c)Absorb a character's MP when Ozma's MP is low.                   |
|d)2000+ damage to everyone.                                        |
|e)Heal 7000 to 9000+ HP on Ozma.                                   |
|f)Character shrinks, weakening power and defense.                  |
|g)Cast shadow attack on all targets. Heal Ozma sometimes too.      |
|h)Cast all status ailments on everyone, including Confuse, Mini,   |
|  Poison, Darkness etc. Have the ability to wipe out the entire    |
|  party in random.                                                 |
|i)Similar to Vivi's Flare spell. 2000+ HP damage to everyone.      |
|j)Similar to Eiko's Holy spell.                                    |
|k)Sometimes do 9999 HP to a character. Sometimes miss. Sometimes   |
|  do a few hundred damage.                                         |
|l)Strength increases, control of character is lost. Will cast only |
|  on characters who are in Trance mode.                            |
|___________________________________________________________________|

   ___________________
  /Boss Preparation   \
 /_____________________\____________________________________________
|Before you fight Ozma, make sure you are well equipped. You need   |
|to have these requirements if you want to put up a decent fight    |
|with Ozma. Below shows the party members that I choose to fight    |
|against Ozma. Of course, there are other party members that you    |
|can choose but...                                                  |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Party Formation |Zidane, Eiko, Freya and Quina.                    |
|________________|__________________________________________________|
|Basic Requirements:                                                |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Zidane   |Steal enough until Thievery can cause 9999 HP.           |
|         |_________________________________________________________|
|         |Learn Abilities From:                                    |
|         |_________________________________________________________|
|         |Thievery       |Angel Bless, The Tower.                  |
|_________|_______________|_________________________________________|
|Eiko     |Must learn Holy, Esuna, Full-Life, Curaga spells etc     |
|         |and Phoenix summon.                                      |
|         |_________________________________________________________|
|         |Learn Abilities From:                                    |
|         |_________________________________________________________|
|         |Phoenix        |Phoenix Pinion.                          |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |Curaga         |Angel Flute, Hamelin.                    |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |Full-Life      |Siren's Flute.                           |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |Esuna          |Angel Flute, Fairy Flute, Rubber Suit,   |
|         |               |Siren's Flute.                           |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |Holy           |Angel Flute, White Robe.                 |
|_________|_______________|_________________________________________|
|Freya    |Defeat enough dragons until Freya's Dragon Crest can     |
|         |cause 9999 HP. Learn Reis's Wind and equip High Jump if  |
|         |you are sure that you are going to let Freya jump.       |
|         |_________________________________________________________|
|         |Learn Abilities From:                                    |
|         |_________________________________________________________|
|         |Reis's Wind    |Angel Earrings, Gold Helm, Holy Lance,   |
|         |               |Mythril Spear.                           |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |Dragon's Crest |Holy Lance, Kain's Lance.                |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |High Jump      |Dragon Mail.                             |
|_________|_______________|_________________________________________|
|Quina    |Learn Mighty Guard, Angel's Snack, White Wind, Frog      |
|         |Drop, Magic Hammer and Auto-Life. It is prefered if      |
|         |Quina has caught enough frogs and has high level such    |
|         |that Frog Drop can cause 9999 HP.                        |
|         |_________________________________________________________|
|         |Blue Magic List: [Learn From These Monsters!!!]          |
|         |_________________________________________________________|
|         |Mighty Guard   |Antlion, Gargoyle, Gigan Octopus,        |
|         |               |Myconid, Serpion.                        |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |Angel's Snack  |Behemoth, Epitaph, Ironite, Mistodon.    |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |Frog Drop      |Gigan Toad.                              |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |White Wind     |Garuda, Griffin, Zemzelett, Zuu.         |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |Magic Hammer   |Magic Vice, Ring Leader.                 |
|         |_______________|_________________________________________|
|         |Auto-Life      |Carrion Worm, Cerberus, Gimme Cat,       |
|         |               |Stilva, Yan.                             |
|_________|_______________|_________________________________________|
|Final Preparation:                                                 |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|a)At high levels. [Preferably 60+ and above.] Avoid levels that    |
|  are multiple of five.                                            |
|b)Never use shadow attacks on Ozma. This will heal Ozma instead.   |
|  Don't use Vivi's Doomsday, Dagger's Ark summon etc.              |
|c)Equip your characters with his or her strongest weapon.          |
|d)Equip equipments that protect or absorb Shadow element. An       |
|  example is Pumice Piece.                                         |
|e)Equip Auto-Haste, Auto-Life, Auto-Regen, Half-MP, Antibody,      |
|  Clear Headed, Loudmouth, HP + 10%, HP + 20% abilities. Equip     |
|  Chemist if you want to equip Auto-Potion.                        |
|f)Get 'Friendly Monsters' blessings. [Optional]                    |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Strategy To Beat Ozma:                                             |
|___________________________________________________________________|
|Zidane   |Do 9999 HP by using Thievery. Use physical attack with   |
|         |Ultima weapon equipped if Thievery cannot do stronger    |
|         |damage than physical damage. Must have 'Friendly Mon-    |
|         |sters' blessings if Zidane does physical damage. Use     |
|         |Remedy on any character in Mini status or Gysahl Greens  |
|         |on any character in Berserk status. Use Grand Lethal if  |
|         |Zidane is in Trance mode by choosing Dyne.               |
|_________|_________________________________________________________|
|Eiko     |Let Eiko occasionally attack using Holy spell. Do NOT    |
|         |use Madeen summon as it uses up too many MP. Let Eiko    |
|         |be the healer by using Curaga and use Phoenix summon or  |
|         |Full-Life to revive K.O characters. Use Esuna on any     |
|         |character in Mini status. When in Trance mode, cast two  |
|         |white magics in a single turn.                           |
|_________|_________________________________________________________|
|Freya    |Do 9999 HP by using Dragon's Crest. If Dragon's Crest    |
|         |cannot do great damage, equip High Jump and let Freya    |
|         |jump. If not, don't take the trouble. Use Reis's Wind    |
|         |if there is any character who is not equipped with       |
|         |Auto-Regen. Use Remedy on any character in Mini status   |
|         |or Gysahl Greens on any character in Berserk status.     |
|_________|_________________________________________________________|
|Quina    |Use Magic Hammer on Ozma. It absorbs 1 to 7000+ MP from  |
|         |Ozma. If Ozma runs out of MP, it's a great news because  |
|         |you won't receive attacks like Meteor, Flare etc. But,   |
|         |Magic Hammer can sometimes play you out by absorbing     |
|         |single digit MP from Ozma. Luck actually matters. Use    |
|         |Quina's Angel Snack to cast Remedy on all party members  |
|         |to cure any character in Mini status. If Quina has the   |
|         |chance, consider using Mighty Guard and Auto-Life.       |
|         |Casting Mighty Guard might make a great difference in    |
|         |the outcome of the battle. By casting Mighty Guard, all  |
|         |party members are in the Protect and Shell status. This  |
|         |reduces the damage you receive from attacks like Flare,  |
|         |Star Flare, Meteor etc. Use White Wind to restore HP of  |
|         |all party members. Consider Frog Drop if this attack     |
|         |can do great deal of damage. However, priority should    |
|         |be letting Quina using Magic Hammer to absorb all        |
|         |Ozma's MP.                                               |
|_________|_________________________________________________________|

 ___________________________________________________________________
|TIPS  |By using a Dark Matter on Ozma, it can inflict 9999 HP of   |
|      |damage on it.                                               |
|______|____________________________________________________________|

_______________________________________________________________________

Content     - Secrets [Alexandria]
============
     i)Hippaul's Secret
    ii)Mugger... Or Card Guru?
   iii)Pet Finder
    iv)Performance Of A Lifetime
     v)Knights Of Pluto
    vi)Alexandria Card

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)Hippaul's Secret
=======================================================================
Beginning Of Disc One [When you control Vivi]
---------------------

If you talk to Hippaul in the Alexandria's Main Square where the
ticket booth is, he will say that he has hidden all his precious
cards in a very safe place. Now, let's be the bad guy and hunt down
Hippaul's hidden cards.

Rat-boy Puck will take Vivi to watch the Tantalus' performance, only
if Vivi agrees to be his slave. Choose to refuse him for the first
time. Then, go to the bell tower and ring the bell. You will receive
Hippaul's secret stash of cards, which includes the Ironite Card,
Goblin Card and Forest Fang Card.

You can also find some cards in these areas at Alexandria:

At the Memorial Square where a statue is, search around the outer
perimeter and you will find a Zombie Card, a Lizard Card and a
Sahagin Card.

In the areas, where the nobles are marching, search the grass close
to the screen to find a Goblin Card.

In the Morning Star Bar, search the table near the staircase to find
a Flan Card.

Beginning Of Disc Three [When you control Vivi]
-----------------------
Go to the bell tower and ring the bell. You receive two rare cards, the
Shiva Card and the Ramuh Card. Also, if you didn't ring the bell to
get Hippaul's cards, you will also receive them, which are the
Ironite Card, Goblin Card and Fang Card. Take note that this is your
last chance to get these cards.

You might also find Stiltzkin, hanging out with Kupo at the bell
tower. For 777 Gil, you can buy a set of Phoenix Pinion, Hi-Potion
and Elixir from Stiltzkin.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Ariel M. Garcia <sidriel@bulacan.ph>, <Cwdyso@aol.com>,    |
|      |Stephanie Lau <jalapeno@pacific.net.ph> and Bert           |
|      |Villacorta <penpen75@tokyo-3.com>.                         |
|      |___________________________________________________________|
|      |Thanks to these people for telling me that you can ring    |
|      |the bell in the bell tower in disc three to receive the    |
|      |Shiva Card and the Ramuh Card.                             |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
II)Mugger... Or Card Guru?
=======================================================================
Beginning Of Disc One [When you control Vivi]
---------------------

Do not remain in the alley for too long after you refuse Puck's offer
for the first time and Puck runs off. You could be mugged by Alleyway
Jack and lost some gils. However, if you speak to him before he mugs
you, you will discover the "Alleyway Jack"!, which is actually a brief
tutorial about 'Tetra Master'. You can now play with Alleyway Jack
to get some good cards.

=======================================================================
III)Pet Finder
=======================================================================
Beginning Of Disc One [When you control Vivi]
---------------------

At the docks, you will find a child called Tom. He is looking for his
cat, Mittens. Agree to help him to look for the cat. Speak to him
again to learn that the cat is brown. Return to Memorial Square and
you will find a brown cat behind the central statue. Tom then appears
and claim the cat. Revisit Tom at the docks to receive a Bomb Card.

=======================================================================
IV)Performance Of A Lifetime
=======================================================================
'I want to be your canary' is one of the most memorable scenes in
Final Fantasy IX. During Tantalus' performance, Zidane and the gang
will fight Baku and the others. To liven up the events, they are
equipped with 'Special Effects (SFX)'. The 'SFX' are impressive.
When you choose the SFX command, you notice that it costs 0 HP
damage to the target.

After the fight, Zidane and Blank will then begin a choreographed
stage fight. You must follow Blank's lead by pressing the buttons
he tells you to push. Two factors will determine your performance-
Accuracy and Speed.

After the stage fight, you will be told how many nobles are impressed
by your stage fight and also whether Queen Brahne is impressed or
not. If you get 100 nobles to be impressed with your stage fight, as
well as Queen Brahne, you will receive a maximum of 10,000 Gil. How
much Gil you will earn, will depend on how you perform. Luckily, you
can keep trying even if you are not satisfied with your first
performance but then you will recieve more Gil if it's your first
try. So, give in your best on your first try.

Additional Reward
-----------------
Zorn and Thorn realises that Princess Garnet is missing. They
immediately report it to Queen Brahne. After Queen Brahne hears
that Princess Garnet is missing, she orders Steiner to search for
Princess Garnet. Steiner approaches the Pluto Knights but find
that two of the Pluto Knights' clothes have been stolen. [They
were naked, but not completely!!!] Immediately return and talk
to Queen Brahne to receive an item. Which item you receive will
determine how many nobles are impressed by Zidane's and Blank's
performance.

 ___________________________________________
|No Of Nobles Impressed   |Item Recieved    | The maximum number of
|_________________________|_________________| nobles I have managed
|  1 to 49 Nobles         |Ether            | to impress so far is
|_________________________|_________________| 99 nobles out of 100.
| 50 to 79 Nobles         |Elixir           | Just one more and It's
|_________________________|_________________| 100 nobles. What a
| 80 to 99 Nobles         |Silk Shirt       | pity!!! Never mind!!!
|_________________________|_________________|
|      100 Nobles         |Moonstone        | Don't be like me and
|_________________________|_________________| forget to talk to

Queen Brahne later on. When you CONTROL Steiner, make sure you go
back and talk to Queen Brahne to claim your well-deserved item.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to PlayOnline for the list of rewards you get for   |
|      |your performance from Queen Brahne.                        |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
V)Knights Of Pluto
=======================================================================
In disc three, Alexandria is being attacked by the monsters sent by
Kuja. Dagger has just ascended the throne and become the Queen of
Alexandria. Dagger must hurriedly and precisely give out orders to
the Knights Of Pluto.

Remember in the beginning of the game, when Captain Steiner had to
give orders to all of the Knights of Pluto? If you have spoken to
Breireicht twice on the stairs, he mentioned a list of the knights
and their personalities. Judging by their interests and abilities,
Dagger should assign jobs to the suitable knights that would perform
their tasks efficiently.

If you do not consider the Knights' interests and abilities and give
them a task that they don't like, they must not perform their tasks
efficiently and that means not all the townspeople will be saved.
You can tell whether the Knights like the order you give or not by
their responses. If they respond enthusiastically, that means they
like the task. If you give the Knights the wrong tasks, they will
look very confused about their tasks. If you give all the right
tasks to the Knights, you will receive an Angel Earrings, if not,
you will only receive an Ether. Try not to look at the answers below.

   _____________________________
  /Ordering The Knights Of Pluto\
 /_______________________________\________________________
|Knights                   |Order                         |
|__________________________|______________________________|
|Weimar and Haagen         |Protect the townspeople.      |
|__________________________|______________________________|
|Breireicht and Laudo      |Contact Lindblum.             |
|__________________________|______________________________|
|Blutzen and Kohel         |Gather Information.           |
|__________________________|______________________________|
|Mullenkedheim and Dojebon |Fire the cannons.             |
|__________________________|______________________________|

=======================================================================
VI)Alexandria Card
=======================================================================
After Alexandria is destroyed in disc three, head back to Alexandria
when you have the airship, Hilda Garde 3 later on. Head to the main
square in Alexandria, which is where the ticket booth used to be.
You see two children, a boy and a girl playing catching. Talk to that
little girl who is chasing the boy. She will give you the rare
Alexandria Card.

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Content     - Secrets [Lindblum]
============
     i)Festival Of The Hunt
    ii)Lindblum Card

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=======================================================================
I)Festival Of The Hunt
=======================================================================
The 'Festival Of The Hunt' is a traditional event held by the people
of Lindblum. The winner of the Festival Of The Hunt will receive the
key item, Master Hunter award. In addition, depending on who wins
the hunt, you will get a different item. If Vivi wins, you receive a
Theater Ship Card; if Freya wins, you receive a Coral Ring and if
Zidane wins, you receive 5,000 gil.

So, how to win the hunt? First, you must ask yourself which item
you want to get. Theater Ship Card, Coral Ring or 5000 Gil? From
here, determine who you want to let him win.

Let Zidane Win
--------------

a)Equip Zidane with the strongest weapon, which is 'The Orge' at
  this point.
b)Equip Zidane with the Bird killer ability. Zidane can learn the
  Bird Killer ability by buying the Yellow Scarf in the Synthesis
  shop if he has not learned it yet. You might want to consider
  letting Zidane to equip with the Beast Killer ability.
c)In the Business district, return to the Square when the timer
  is around 3 to 4 minutes. Vivi is being chased by a Fang. Save
  your buddy by defeating the fang. Then, move to the sundial square
  [where the item shop, weapon shop etc are] and you will fight a
  boss, Zaghnol. Zidane and Freya will fight this boss together. The
  one who defeats Zaghnol will receive a lot of points. Have Freya be
  the healer by using potions. If you want Zidane to win, let Zidane
  does the final blow to Zaghnol and this final blow must KILL this
  beast. This should help Zidane to secure his winning position.

Let Freya Win
-------------
If you want to let Freya win, follow the strategy above but let Freya
be the one who defeats Zaghnol. Zidane can also choose not to fight
the Zaghnol initially and most likely, it will be Freya who defeats
the Zaghnol.

Let Vivi Win
------------
To let Vivi win, first get to the Business District and save Vivi from
the Fang. Next, return to Industrial District [Don't bother about
Zaghnol!!!] and purposely put up a bad fight. Vivi will most likely
to emerge the champion this way.

An even easier way to let Vivi win this hunting festival is to let
Zidane and Freya both fight the Zaghnol but letting them be killed
this time. [Don't worry!!! It's a game so there's no game over.]
When Zidane and Freya [try letting Freya to be killed first, then
Zidane!!!] are both dead, Zidane and Freya are disqualified from
the game and Vivi is most likely to emerge the champion.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Stephanus Rudiyanto Natari <s_rudiyanton@lycos.com>.       |
|      |___________________________________________________________|
|      |For telling me an easy way to let Vivi win the hunt by     |
|      |letting both Zidane and Freya being killed when fighting   |
|      |against Zaghnol.                                           |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 _________________________
|Festival Monster Points  |
|_________________________|
|Monster       |Point(s)  |
|______________|__________| The table on the left that shows the
|Mu            |12 Points | 'Festival Monster Points' are directly
|______________|__________| taken from PlayOnline. However, if I
|Trick Sparrow |13 Points | remember correctly, the points seem
|______________|__________| to show some variation. I can't really
|Fang          |19 Points | remember exactly.
|______________|__________|
|Zaghnol       |80 Points |
|______________|__________|

Here's something to take note:
-----------------------------
<MysticalX2000@aol.com> says that the no of points gained for
defeating Zaghnol changes. He has gotten 67 points, 54 points and
76 points for each time he plays.

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to <MysticalX2000@aol.com> for telling me that the  |
|      |points you get for defeating Zaghnol in the Festival Of    |
|      |The Hunt actually varies.                                  |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
II)Lindblum Card
=======================================================================
After Queen Brahne has attacked Lindblum in disc two, you see debris
scattered around Lindblum. From where the inn is, go up the screen
one more time and you should see two pathways. The left one is now
being blocked by debris while the right path leads to where the
medicine shop, weapon shop etc are.

You see a house that separates the debris on the left path and the
right path that leads to the shops. This house belongs to Card Freak
Gon. Just a little left to this house, search the wreckage to find
the Lindblum Card.

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Content     - Secrets [Treno]
============
     i)Obtaining Power Belt
    ii)Obtaining Chimera Armlet
   iii)Crime And Punishment
    iv)Home Sweet Home
     v)Hippo's Prize
    vi)Good Old Days

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)Obtaining Power Belt
=======================================================================
On your first visit to Treno, you will come across an Active Time
Event called 'Treno Tradition'. By watching this Active Time Event,
Dagger is being mugged and lost 1000 gil to a pickpocket called Four
Armed Man.

Along the carpented hall, just before entering the room to the
synthesis shop, Steiner meets the Four Armed Man who has stolen
Dagger's money. Frightened by Steiner, he hands over the Power Belt.

Save Some Gil:
-------------
During the Active Time Event called 'Treno Tradition', when Dagger is
being mugged, a '!' mark will appear. Press the X button when the
'!' mark appears. If your timing is right, Dagger loses 500 gil
instead of 1000 gil.

=======================================================================
II)Obtaining Chimera Armlet
=======================================================================
During disc three before Treno Card Tournament, watch the two Active
Time Events called 'Memories By The Water' and 'City People'. In a
scene found in the Active Time Event, Four Armed Man gives you a
Chimera Armlet as he runs off.

=======================================================================
III)Crime And Punishment
=======================================================================
On your first visit to Treno, after returning to Dr. Tot's tower to
get the Supersoft, DO NOT enter the hatch even though Dr. Tot opens
it for you. Instead, just leave the tower at once and the Active Time
Event called 'Crime And Punishment' will be triggered.

=======================================================================
IV)Home Sweet Home
=======================================================================
In disc three, before the Card Tournament in Treno, you will encounter
an Active Time Event called 'How He Ended Up Here'. While viewing the
Active Time Event, there will be two options for you to choose. Choose
to let Vivi go home and the Active Time Event called 'Home Sweet Home'
will immediately trigger after you win the first round of the Card
Tournament. In this Active Time Event called 'Home Sweet Home',
you will learn more about Vivi's past.

Zidane is all alone during the Card Tournament. If Zidane leaves
Treno, you can visit Vivi in Quan's Dwelling. A scene will be
triggered at the patio where Vivi will rejoin your party. It doesn't
harm to have one more people in your party.

=======================================================================
V)Hippo's Prize
=======================================================================
In disc three, before the Card Tournament, in the Active Time Event
called 'How He Ended Up Here', if you did not let Vivi go home, an
Active Time Event called 'Hippo's Prize' will be triggered.

This causes Mario to appear as your second opponent in the Card
Tournament. You can win the rare Namingway Card from him. [Please
refer to the 'Renaming Characters' section in the 'Secrets
[Daguerreo]' content for more details about the use of the Namingway
Card.

=======================================================================
VI)Good Old Days
=======================================================================
To get Freya into your party after the first round of the Treno's Card
Tournament, choose 'I won't force it out of you' to skip the Active
Time Event called 'Lessons Of Life' when you are watching the Active
Time Event called 'Good Old Days', then have Freya join your party
outside the Auction House.

However, the Active Time Event called 'Lessons Of Life' gives you a
glimpse of Amarant's past.

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Content     - Secrets [Madain Sari]
============
     i)Eiko's Cooking.

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)Eiko's Cooking
=======================================================================
On your first visit to Madain Sari, you will eventually watch these
Active Time Events called 'Eiko's Feelings', 'Eiko's Kitchen' and
'Eiko's Kitchen 2'. You will see that Eiko is preparing food for the
party. You may wonder how much you should cook and what you should
add or should not add to prepare the best meal. During a scene,
Quina will come in and give Eiko some tips on cooking. [After all,
Quina's an expert in tasting good foods.]

So, how much food do you think Eiko needs to cook? When Eiko is
listing down the people she is cooking for, make sure you count
the list. That includes all the people and the moogles. And, like
what Quina said, it is all right to cook slightly more. So, add one
to your counting.

The secret recipe lies in these three factors:

a)Cook enough food for 11 people. Not more or less.
b)Don't season your food with Oglop!
c)When Quina appears, allow the gourmand to help you.

I am not sure if there's any reward if Eiko cooks a good meal. I
suppose there's none but it affects the dialogues that you will
get later on. For me, Eiko's cooking turns up tasting not
really good because I choose the option which allows the food to
be seasoned with Oglop. [I thought it is better to add some more
ingredients. I guess I'm wrong!!!]

Comments On Eiko's Cooking:
--------------------------
As I have said before, how well the meal is cooked, will determine
the dialogues that you will be having later on. Here's some points
that you want to take note:

a)The better the food is cooked, the longer the dialogues you will
  get. [You also get to learn some new stuffs.]
b)If you put Oglop in, Vivi will interrupt the conversation.
c)Other minor mistakes lead to small details like Dagger not calling
  Eiko on her use of a line from a play.
d)Do everything right and Eiko will explain everything on how
  summoners communicate with Eidolons through their horns.

 ___________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to <ebk@sfu.ca> for telling me that how well the     |
|      |Eiko's meal is cooked, will affect the dialogues that you   |
|      |will get later on.                                          |
|______|____________________________________________________________|

_______________________________________________________________________

Content    - Secrets [Daguerreo]
===========
   i)Blessing Of The Dragon God
  ii)Supply Problems In Daguerreo
 iii)An Exchange In Daguerreo
  iv)Renaming Characters
   v)Ranking In Daguerreo

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)Blessing Of The Dragon God
=======================================================================
Head to the entrance of Daguerreo and then examine the mosaic, which
deplicts the Water Dragon God. Zidane suggests placing Ore into the
fountain. For every five Ores that Zidane put inside, you will receive
an Add-on gem, Aquamarine. Aquamarine lets Dagger learn the powerful
summon, Leviathan. Take note that this is cumulative. If you put four
Ores in and come back later to put one Ore in, you will receive an
Aquamarine also. So, it doesn't mean that if you put only one Ore
in and not five Ores at the same time, you lose that one Ore that
you put in for nothing. This is also a great chance to build up the
number of Aquamarine in your inventory and increase the strength
of the Leviathan summon.

=======================================================================
II)Supply Problems In Daguerreo
=======================================================================
In disc three, when you have the airship, head to Daguerreo in the
southwest part of the world. The Weaponsmith in Daguerreo tells you
that he cannot sell you anything because he is having trouble with
his supplies due to the faulty lift. The faulty lift prevents the
top lift from going all the way up to the second level. If you want
him to sell you anything, you must first fix his problem. You will
definitely want to help him solve his problem because he sells great
weapons and armours.

Just a level below where the Weaponsmith is, you see three levers and
a man standing on the middle platform reading a book. To the right of
the lever, is a staff that is leaning against the bookshelves. Head
there first and examine the three levers. Here are the steps:

a)Lower the left lever until you see the most bottom platform is
  in the same level at the bottom floor level.
b)Next, examine the bottom wall and Zidane will spot a hole in the
  wall just above the platform.
c)Examine the staff that is leaning against the bookshelves.
d)Take the staff and insert it into the hole. This prevents the bottom
  platform from raising.
e)Return to the levers and lower the right levers until the top
  platform is at floor level.
f)Move Zidane to the top platform at the floor level and press the
  X button.
g)The top platform then rises until it reaches the top floor.
h)Speak to the weaponsmith and you realise that his problem is
  solved.

 ___________________________________________________________________
|TIPS  |Return to Daguerreo in disc four and you will find that the |
|      |Weaponsmith will sell some new and better equipments. An    |
|      |example is the powerful Ultima Sword which lets Steiner     |
|      |learn the Stock Break ability, which can be purchased at    |
|      |the weapon shop in Daguerreo in disc four.                  |
|______|____________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
III)An Exchange In Daguerreo
=======================================================================
Take some time to check the bookshelves in Daguerreo. You see the
Engineer Zebolt from Lindblum, who is an expert in hydraulics near
the right entrance on the second floor. To his left, two people are
having a heated exchange. One is the Sales Clerk who manages the
Medicine Store. Speak to the Young Man whom the the Sales Clerk is
arguing with.

Stand on the Young Man's side by agreeing with him everytime and he
will give you the rare Flare Card. Next, stand on the Sales Clerk's
side by agreeing with him everytime and she will give you the rare
Meteor Card. [Hmm...... you are a 'two-headed snake' if you do that.]

=======================================================================
IV)Renaming Characters
=======================================================================
There are two ways to get the Namingway Card. To me, it's useless,
other than to complete your card collection because I feel that there isn't a
need to change your characters' names. But, in case you
DON'T LIKE any one of your characters' names, you can use one of the
two cards to rename your character and still leave with one more,
provided you get both cards. Take note that each Namingway Card
allows you to RENAME ONLY ONE character.


a)Win the rare Namingway Card from Mario during the card tournament
  in Treno in disc three. Mario will use the Namingway Card randomly
  in the second round of the card tournament. However, you have to
  meet certain requirements in order to play the card game against
  Mario in the second round of the Card Tournament. [Please refer to
  'Hippo Prize' section in the 'Secrets [Treno]' content for more
  details on how to make Mario as the second round of the opponent
  in the Card Tournament.]
b)You can find the card inside Kuja's room by searching behind the
  stacked books in the left hand side of the foreground during the
  event in Desert Palace in disc three.

 ____________________________________________________________________
|NOTE  |If I am not wrong, both the two Namingway Card can only be   |
|      |gotten in disc three. If you happen to miss the Namingway    |
|      |Card after you leave the Desert Palace, you can STILL return |
|      |to the Desert Palace, as long as you are on the THIRD disc   |
|      |but you CANNOT return to Desert Palace in the FOURTH disc.   |
|      |Therefore, you have to take the Namingway Card in Desert     |
|      |Palace BEFORE disc four.                                     |
|______|_____________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Wynn <cabalos@email.com> for telling me that you |
|      |can still go back to Desert Palace to get the Namingway    |
|      |Card as long as it's before disc four.                     |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

A Guy Doing Research in the middle level of Daguerreo requests to see
the Namingway Card. Show it to him and you can rename your characters.
The question is how do you reach the middle level? It's quite simple
actually:

a)Examine the strange block, which is next to the Medicine shop. An
  obstruction is being released.
b)Speak to the scholar at the right side who is standing near the
  bookshelves. He's finding a book entitled 'The Eidolon and I'.
c)At the extreme right of the second floor, you will find a stack
  of books. Examine these books and you find that one of the books
  is the one that the scholar wants. Go back and speak to the
  scholar. After telling him where you find the book, he will move
  away from his current position.
d)This reveals a hidden ladder that will take you to the middle
  level to find the Guy Doing Research.

Examine the far left and far right sides of the middle level to find
an Elixir on each side. To get back to the second floor, search for
the '?' mark at the centre of the middle level. When you find the
'?' mark, press the X button.

=======================================================================
V)Ranking In Daguerreo
=======================================================================
The true identity of the four-armed bandit will be revealed when you
have gained a treasure hunting ranking of "S". To your Treasure
Hunting ranking, simply speak to the Four-armed Man or the woman at
the Treno Inn.

Once you reach rank S, speak to the Four-armed Man in Daguerreo. He's
standing in the room where the moogle, Noggy is. When Four-armed Man
finds out that you are a Rank S treasure hunter, he will then become
intimidated and he runs out of the room abruptly. Follow him to the
entrance and he will then tell you about his true identity. [What's
his identity? You find it out yourself. My current Treasure Hunting
Ranking is only 'C' but then I have already know his identity.] After
that, he will hand you the 'Rank S Award' key item.

The treasure hunting ranking is determined by a point system:

a)1 point for every chest, searched Field icon, and item gained in
  event sequence, and every key item purchased in the Treno's Auction
  House [with the exception of Magical Fingertip and Pearl Rouge].
b)2 points for every chest found on the World Map while riding on
  Choco.
c)No points are awarded for items found while digging in the 'Chocobo
  Hot and Cold' game or bought from Stiltzkin.

 __________________________________________________________________
|TIPS  |You might also want to take this opportunity and challenge |
|      |Four-Armed Man to a Tetra Master card game. You can win a  |
|      |lot of DIFFERENT RARE AIRSHIP cards from him.              |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|The information can also be found in www.playonline.com. I |
|      |took the information directly from there and then edited a |
|      |little bit.                                                |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

_______________________________________________________________________

Content     - Secrets [Pinnacle Rocks]
============
     i)The Specter Of Ramuh

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)The Specter Of Ramuh
=======================================================================
In Pinnacle Rock, the party encounters the Eidolon, Ramuh.  You have
to assemble five pieces of information in a narrative form. First,
you have to find out the five pieces of information.

 ___________________________________________________________________
|Name Of The Pieces |Location                                       |
|___________________|_______________________________________________|
|Hero               |Go back to the first area where you first meet |
|                   |Ramuh.                                         |
|___________________|_______________________________________________|
|Beginning          |Return to the area where Monty sits. Head up   |
|                   |the top branch in the top left corner of the   |
|                   |screen.                                        |
|___________________|_______________________________________________|
|Silence            |From where you find 'Beginning', continue      |
|                   |across the branch, heading to the right across |
|                   |a bridge, and then jump down. Move to the left |
|                   |to find 'Silence'.                             |
|___________________|_______________________________________________|
|Cooperation        |From where you find 'Silence', go around the   |
|                   |ramping branch, heading toward the chest. It   |
|                   |should appear in the corner.                   |
|___________________|_______________________________________________|
|Human              |From where 'Cooperation' is, head down from    |
|                   |that area to the place just below Monty's      |
|                   |perch. Run under the window set into the tree  |
|                   |and you will find the last piece of the story. |
|___________________|_______________________________________________|


Getting A Peridot
-----------------
Talk to Ramuh at the exit of Pinnacle Rocks near the location where
you jumped off the branch. Now assemble the narrative in a coherent
manner. While there are five pieces, you only need to four to form
one complete narrative story. The first three parts must be selected
in chronology order and the last part can be either one of the two
remaining. Don't worry if you assemble the pieces in wrong order
since you can try again. Try to figure out the pieces before you look
at the answer below:

a)Beginning.       No matter, which ending you choose, you will
b)Cooperation.     receive a Peridot, which lets Dagger learn the
c)Silence.         Ramuh summon.
d)Hero or Human.

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Content     - Secrets [Conde Petie/Mountain Path]
============
     i)Coloured Stone

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)Coloured Stone
=======================================================================
After your first meeting with Eiko in Conde Petie, you pass through
the mountains and head for Madain Sari. Along the way, you see
some statues. Examine these statues and you will receive a coloured
stones. These four stones are the Blue Stone, Red Stone, Yellow
Stone and Green Stone. As to where you find these stones, I think I
am not going to explain in details. If you explore all the areas
carefully, you will definitely find these four stones.

After finding all the four stones, return to where the moogle, Suzuna
is. Take the most right paths in these three paths. You will find
a different statue for you to stick all the four stones in, in this
area under the tree root. In return, you will receive a Moonstone
for your efforts.

When the Add-on gem, Moonstone is equipped on Eiko, summoning
Carbuncle will cause this Eidolon to use 'Pearl Light', which casts
Protect on entire party.
_______________________________________________________________________

Content     - Secrets [Ipsen's Castle]
============
    i)Like Walking Backwards
   ii)Secret Combination

=======================================================================
I)Like Walking Backwards
=======================================================================
Notice at certain parts of Ipsen's Castle, everything is actually UP-
SIDE DOWN. During battle, you may wonder why you equip your strongest
weapon, yet you do pathetic damage to ALL enemies. All the damage
you cause, are most likely to be DOUBLE DIGITS. Think carefully.
Since this castle is upside down, why not do something that is
reversed? Yes, equip your battle party with the WEAKEST WEAPON
possible. The most weakest weapon will do the most damage to the
enemies in Ipsen's Castle. Luckily for you, if you have already sold
all your weakest weapons, you can still find quite a lot of weak
weapons in the castle, which should be useful to you.

=======================================================================
II)Secret Combination
=======================================================================
In Ipsen's Castle, at the archway on the top balcony, there is a red
carpented room. Examine the fresco at the right and you notice that
it is a secret door but then it is not easy to open it. The trick is
to let Zidane lean against the door but the problem is how to make
the option appear? Take a while and think about it. I'll give you a
hint. Choose the options in this order that starts with the first
two letters.

         Ex ---> Pu ---> Po ---> Th ---> Pu ---> Tr ---> Re

Wow, I suppose I have given too much hints. Very obvious, right? [But,
at least, better than saying the word out, right?]

_______________________________________________________________________

Content     - Secrets [Tetra Master]
============
     i)Collector's Rank
    ii)Five Card Masters

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)Collector's Rank
=======================================================================
The Collector's Rank is a number that ranges from 0 to 1700 that
measures how 'prestige' you are as a Tetra Master player. Your
Collector's Rank can be viewed in the Card menu.

How To Get Maximum Collector's Points:
-------------------------------------
If you manage to beat the powerful boss, Ozma, you will receive a
key item called 'Strategy Guide'. It tells you what you must do if
you want to achieve the maximum Collector's Rank and this is what
it says:

"You must collect cards with triangles pointing in different
directions, or you can't achieve the highest rank!" =Grand Master|=

a)Collect EVERY single cards.
b)Each card must have unique arrow arrangement.
c)Play with each card several times until all of them must have the
  second letter with the letter A, meaning level up the card's
  Attack type to A.

 ___________________________________________________________________
|NOTE  |If you are interested in how to calculate your collector's  |
|      |points, please refer to the Tetra Master faq written by     |
|      |Trifthen or Final Fantasy IX Walkthrough Part I by  "A"     |
|      |Tadeo. As everyone knows, I didn't spend much time playing  |
|      |the Tetra Master card game so I don't really know much      |
|      |about it. So, I think I will leave the calculation part of  |
|      |the collector's points to other faq writers.                |
|______|____________________________________________________________|

 ___________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to <XNyarlathotep@aol.com> for information on how to |
|      |get the maximum Collector's Points.                         |
|______|____________________________________________________________|

Collector's Rank:
----------------
Depending on the number of collector points you have, you will be
associated with a title. Below shows the range of collector's points
you need to get to get the respective titles:

 _________________________________________________________________
|Collector's Points |Title       |Collector's Points |Title       |
|___________________|____________|___________________|____________|
|      0 to  299    |Beginner    |   1350 to 1359    |Champion    |
|    300 to  399    |Novice      |   1360 to 1369    |Analyst     |
|    400 to  499    |Player      |   1370 to 1379    |General     |
|    500 to  599    |Senior      |   1380 to 1389    |Expert      |
|    600 to  699    |Fan         |   1390 to 1399    |Shark       |
|    700 to  799    |Leader      |   1400 to 1449    |Specialist  |
|    800 to  899    |Coach       |   1450 to 1474    |Elder       |
|    900 to  999    |Advisor     |   1475 to 1499    |Dominator   |
|   1000 to 1099    |Director    |   1500 to 1549    |Maestro     |
|   1100 to 1199    |Dealer      |   1549 to 1599    |King        |
|   1200 to 1249    |Trader      |   1600 to 1649    |Wizard      |
|   1250 to 1299    |Commander   |   1650 to 1679    |Authority   |
|   1300 to 1319    |Doctor      |   1680 to 1689    |Emperor     |
|   1320 to 1329    |Professor   |   1690 to 1697    |Pro         |
|   1330 to 1339    |Veteran     |   1698 to 1700    |Master      |
|   1340 to 1349    |Freak       |                   |            |
|___________________|____________|___________________|____________|

 ___________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Trifthen <trifthen@hotmail.com> for providing the |
|      |list and making this table possible.                        |
|______|____________________________________________________________|

Maximum Cards:
-------------
As a Tetra Master player, you can only keep up to a maximum of 100
cards in your inventory. If you already have 100 cards, you won't
be able to get any new cards, unless you discuss some cards away.
However, during any Chocograph treasure or any Dead Pepper treasure
hunting, if you already have 100 cards, the new cards that you should
get, would be discarded while the existing cards remain. There is a
way to get back these 'discarded' card. [Please refer to the
'Chocobo's Revitalising Ability' section in my Final Fantasy IX
Chocobo Hot and Cold guide for more details on how to get back these
'discarded' cards.]

You should always discard weak cards like the one with very
low statistics and few arrows, to allow rooms for other rare cards.
To discard a card, simply select the card to be discarded in the
card menu and press the X button.

There are a total of 100 different card types. If you want to have all
the 100 different single cards, that means that you can ONLY have ONE
card of each different card type.

Things To Take Note:
-------------------

a)For two cards of the SAME type, that DOESN'T mean that these two
  cards will have SIMILAR ARROW ARRANGEMENT and card STATISTICS.
b)Raising the Card's numerical values DOES NOT CHANGE the Collector's
  Rank.
c)You can level up a card's statistics by using the card more often
  in the game. However, some cards' statistics level up faster or
  slower than others while certain cards have statistics that cannot
  be raised like any of Frog's statistics or Lindblum's attack
  statistics.

=======================================================================
II)Five Card Masters
=======================================================================
In Memoria [Disc Four], in some corners and niches, a '!' mark will
sometimes appear above Zidane's head. By pressing the X button, you
will see Zidane shaking his head, as if he is confused. You may wonder
why you find nothing even when you press the X button to search when
the '!' button appears. Now, press the Square button in these areas
and you realise that you can now battle with the Card Master's ghost.
By playing with them, you can obtain many rare cards from them. There
are five Card Masters roaming in Memoria and you can find them at:

 ___________________________________________________________________
|Name            |Location Of These Card Masters                    |
|________________|__________________________________________________|
|Master Phantom  |Check left side of the entrance in the 'Stairs Of |
|                |Time' field.                                      |
|________________|__________________________________________________|
|Defense Phantom |On the left side in the 'Recollection' Field.     |
|________________|__________________________________________________|
|Strong Phantom  |Lower-right corner near the wall in the 'Lost     |
|                |Memory' field.                                    |
|________________|__________________________________________________|
|Rare Phantom    |In 'Time Warp' field on the second floor.         |
|________________|__________________________________________________|
|Dark Phantom    |In 'Stairs' field, somewhere in the right side.   |
|________________|__________________________________________________|

_______________________________________________________________________

Content     - Weapon
============
     i)List of Strongest Weapons
      -Ultima Weapon             [Thief Swords]
      -Whale Whisker             [Rods]
      -Tiger Racket              [Rackets]
      -Angel Flute               [Flutes]
      -Excalibur II              [Swords]
      -Mace of Zeus              [Staves]
      -Dragon's Hair             [Polearms]
      -Gastro Fork               [Forks]
      -Rune Claws                [Fist Weapons]
    ii)Save The Queen

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)List Of Strongest Weapons
=======================================================================
Here's all the information on every single most powerful weapon for
all your characters and how to find them. Before that, look at the
legend first.

 ____________________________________________________________________
|Legend       |What It Actually Means                                |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|Buy          |Cost to purchase at a shop. Unfortuately, all the     |
|             |strongest weapon can't be purchased. So, I didn't put |
|             |'buy' in the table.                                   |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|Sell         |Resale value is the price you sell a weapon to a      |
|             |shop.                                                 |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|Atk          |Attack Power of a weapon. How powerful the weapon is. |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|Notes        |Description of a weapon.                              |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|Add ST       |Status effect caused by a weapon when Add Status      |
|             |ability is equipped and is effective.                 |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|Elem-A       |Add element to attack.                                |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|Elem-D       |Defend against the element.                           |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|Abilities    |Skills your character can learn from a weapon.        |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|(  )         |Number inside (  ) indicates the amount of AP needed  |
|             |to learn a skill.                                     |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|A            |Action ability.  [Automatically equipped!!!]          |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|S            |Support ability. [Need to be equipped to use!!!]      |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|
|#??          |?? indicates Chocograph number, as in order in the    |
|             |Chocograph menu.                                      |
|_____________|______________________________________________________|

   _____________
  /Thief Swords \
 /_______________\___________________________________________________
|Name          |Sell   |Atk  |Notes                         |Add ST  |
|______________|_______|_____|______________________________|________|
|Ultima Weapon |20,000 |100  |Considered the most powerful  |Sleep   |
|              |       |     |weapon in the world.          |        |
|______________|_______|_____|______________________________|________|
|Equipped By   |Abilities    |Location Of The Weapon                 |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|
|Zidane        |Flee(40)A    |Exact Former Location Of Shimmering    |
|              |             |Island. Please see 'Dead Pepper Treas- |
|              |             |ure Locations' section in my Chocobo   |
|              |             |faq for more details.                  |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|

   _____________
  /Rods         \
 /_______________\___________________________________________________
|Name          |Sell   |Atk  |Notes                          |Add ST |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Whale Whisker | 5,140 | 36  |Legendary weapon that holds    |None   |
|              |       |     |powerful magic.                |       |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Equipped By   |Abilities    |Location Of The Weapon                 |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|
|Dagger        |Curaga(155)A |Chocograph #18: Ocean. Please see      |
|              |Life(30)A    |'Chocograph List' section in my Choco- |
|              |Break(35)A   |bo faq for more details.               |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|

   _____________
  /Rackets      \
 /_______________\___________________________________________________
|Name          |Sell   |Atk  |Notes                          |Elem-A |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Tiger Racket  | 2,900 | 45  |The most powerful long-range   |Wind   |
|              |       |     |racket.                        |       |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Equipped By   |Abilities    |Location Of The Weapon                 |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|
|Dagger        |Dispel(25)A  |Foaming Water Beneath Quan's Dwelling. |
|Eiko          |             |Please see 'Dead Pepper Treasure Loca- |
|              |             |tions' section in my Chocobo faq for   |
|              |             |more details.                          |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|

   _____________
  /Flutes       \
 /_______________\___________________________________________________
|Name          |Sell   |Atk  |Notes                          |Add ST |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Angel Flute   | 4,150 | 33  |Legendary flute that is said   |None   |
|              |       |     |to enchant anyone who hear its |       |
|              |       |     |tune.                          |       |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Equipped By   |Abilities    |Location Of The Weapon                 |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|
|Eiko          |Holy(110)A   |In room where you see the destruction  |
|              |Esuna(80)A   |of Alexandria in Memoria. Step up to   |
|              |Curaga(80)A  |the platform and search the most left  |
|              |             |side of the platform.                  |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|

   _____________
  /Swords       \
 /_______________\___________________________________________________
|Name          |Sell   |Atk  |Notes                          |Add ST |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Excalibur II  |19,500 |108  |N/A                            |None   |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Equipped By   |Abilities    |Location Of The Weapon                 |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|
|Steiner       |Minus Strike |Second pillar from the right in Terr-  |
|              |(35)A        |ace in Memoria within 12 hours of      |
|              |Climhazzard  |gameplay from beginning. Please see    |
|              |(70)A        |'Excalibur II' section in the 'Secrets |
|              |Stock Break  |[General]' content for more details.   |
|              |(35)A        |                                       |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|

   _____________
  /Staves       \
 /_______________\___________________________________________________
|Name          |Sell   |Atk  |Notes                          |Add ST |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Mace Of Zeus  | 5,000 | 35  |Legendary staff that once be-  |Mini   |
|              |       |     |longed to a great magician.    |       |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Equipped By   |Abilities    |Location Of The Weapon                 |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|
|Vivi          |Doomsday     |On the top left of the platform before |
|              |(150)A       |climbing up the ladder one more time   |
|              |             |and enter the room to fight Lich in    |
|              |             |Memoria.                               |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|

   _____________
  /Polearms     \
 /_______________\___________________________________________________
|Name          |Sell   |Atk  |Notes                          |Add ST |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Dragon's Hair |11,750 | 77  |Legendary spear made from dra- |None   |
|              |       |     |gon king's hair.               |       |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Equipped By   |Abilities    |Location Of The Weapon                 |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|
|Freya         |Dragon Bre-  |Mountain Crack Near Oeilvert. Please   |
|              |ath(205)A    |see 'Dead Pepper Treasure Locations'   |
|              |             |section in my Chocobo faq for more     |
|              |             |details.                               |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|

   _____________
  /Forks        \
 /_______________\___________________________________________________
|Name          |Sell   |Atk  |Notes                          |Add ST |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Gastro Fork   | 6,650 | 77  |Legendary fork known for its   |Stop   |
|              |       |     |ability to crush anything.     |       |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Equipped By   |Abilities    |Location Of The Weapon                 |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|
|Quina         |High Tide    |Catch 99 frogs in Qu's Marsh and then  |
|              |(250)S       |defeat Quale. Please see 'Frog Catch-  |
|              |             |ing' section in 'Side Quest' content   |
|              |             |and 'Quale' section in 'Secrets [Opt-  |
|              |             |ional Boss]' content for more details. |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|

   _____________
  /Fist Weapons \
 /_______________\___________________________________________________
|Name          |Sell   |Atk  |Notes                          |Add ST |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Rune Claws    |14,400 | 83  |Legendary combat claws that    |Dark-  |
|              |       |     |use the power of darkness to   |ness   |
|              |       |     |unleash a destructive force    |       |
|              |       |     |beyond imagination.            |       |
|______________|_______|_____|_______________________________|_______|
|Equipped By   |Abilities    |Location Of The Weapon                 |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|
|Amarant       |Spare Change |Search left side of the area before    |
|              |(90)A        |heading up the stairs to fight Tiamat  |
|              |Demi Shock   |in Memoria. The location is quite well |
|              |(50)A        |hidden.                                |
|              |Revive(35)A  |                                       |
|______________|_____________|_______________________________________|

=======================================================================
II)Save The Queen
=======================================================================
To get Beatrix's Save The Queen, defeat Hades in Memoria to gain
access to the Legendary Synthesis Shop. You can purchase Save The
Queen sword if you have 50,000 gil and have a Javelin and a Silver
Gloves as the materials in your inventory. Only Beatrix can equip
Save The Queen and noone else. The only use I have found is to let
Amarant use the 'Throw' command and throw the sword at an enemy. It
does cost a great deal of damage this way. Anyway, this sword is
cool, right? [Please refer to 'Legendary Synthesis Shop' section
in the 'Secrets [General]' content and 'Hades' section in the
'Secrets [Optional Boss]' content for more details.]

_______________________________________________________________________

Content     - Miscellaneous
============
     i)Kalisto
    ii)Square's Favourite Numbers      <New>
   iii)Song Lyrics: Melodies Of Life
      -English
      -Japanese
      -Translation
    iv)Frequently-Asked-Questions
     v)Credits
    vi)Copyright Protected

_______________________________________________________________________

=======================================================================
I)Kalisto
=======================================================================
This is an exclusive information not found in any other faqs. Only
in 'ysf' faq. According to my friend, the pirated English copy of
Final Fantasy IX came out much earlier than the original English
version of Final Fantasy IX. I am not sure if this applies to other
countries but this definitely applies to Singapore. Somehow, places
like Philippines, Indonesia also have Kalisto versions.

My friend who bought the first batch of pirated Final Fantasy IX CD
told me this:

Everytime you play the pirated CD, you should see a nice AMIGA FONT
with the word 'KALISTO'. It also has a very cool background music.
It will ask you to 'PRESS ANY BUTTON!'. Press any button and the
usual logo with the words 'Published by Square Electronic Arts L.L.C'
will appear and everything plays normally.

   _______________________________
  /Why buy it in the first place? \
 /_________________________________\_______________________________
|When my friend first saw the AMIGA FONT, he thought he had bought |
|the wrong game. Hahaha!!!                                         |
|__________________________________________________________________|

Here's the information that you might be interested:

a)Kalisto is the name of a group of hackers online that released
  pirated versions of games, including games for systems like
  Dreamcast and PlayStation 2.
b)The team members of Kalisto are believed to be from Philippines.
c)Somehow, they seem to have an 'inside man' [I act 'blur'!!! Don't
  go around spreading] in SquareSoft because they have Final Fantasy
  IX 2 weeks earlier. They also released Chrono Cross two weeks
  earlier than the actual release date.
d)Somehow, I made a mistake that you need the AMIGA FONT in order
  to play the pirated Final Fantasy IX. According to The Glow, they
  put their 'big names' there because Final Fantasy IX is a big title.
  [Put their big names there? As if they haven't hurt the industry
  enough!!!]
e)The Kalisto version should play like the normal original game,
  except that you will experience very frequent FMV gitches. A
  few examples are the sound goes bad on the South Gate with the
  Black Waltz on disc one, the last FMV on disc two with Garnet
  sitting by Brahnes grave and on disc three when the FMV shows
  Garnet cutting her hair.

And, one good news to those who are interested to know about Kalisto.
Carlos "Zermeņo" <zorkmx@yahoo.com> told me a new webpage. And, guess
it? It's the webpage of the company, kalisto. To everyone's surprise,
it belongs to a French company. And, what about the hackers from the
Philippines? And, here's the URL to the webpage of Kalisto. The URL
is www.Kalisto.com. Remember to check it out.

 __________________________________________________________________
|NOTE  |Please DO NOT e-mail me and ask me about pirated games.    |
|      |Piracy is a rather sensitive issue so I will refrain from  |
|      |talking about it. I ONLY know this MUCH about KALISTO.     |
|      |DON'T KEEP ASKING ME ABOUT KALISTO. But, if you know some  |
|      |new information regarding KALISTO or find any information  |
|      |here wrong about KALISTO, you are WELCOMED to inform me    |
|      |about it. Credits will be given.                           |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to The Glow <lordgokuo@mindspring.com> for telling  |
|      |me about my mistake in point d) [Corrected] and stuffs     |
|      |about Kalisto. Thanks to the new information he has given  |
|      |me, I have rewritten all the points from a) to d).         |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Thanks to Carlos "Zermeņo" <zorkmx@yahoo.com> for telling  |
|      |me the URL to Kalisto homepage.                            |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

 __________________________________________________________________
|Credit|Eon Strife <eon_strife@yahoo.com>, Mr. Aljoriz M. Dublin   |
|      |<aljay@i-cebu.com.ph>, Adrian Godong <adrian@godong.com>   |
|      |and David Strange <majere@angelfire.com>.                  |
|      |___________________________________________________________|
|      |Thanks to these people for discussing information about    |
|      |Kalisto with me.                                           |
|______|___________________________________________________________|

=======================================================================
II)Square's Favourite Numbers
=======================================================================
A reader, Sony Valdez <s_cloudx@yahoo.com> send me a very interesting
information and I thought that I should share it with everyone. This
is what he says:

Do you know why Square loves the numbers 255 and 65,535? [255 is the
highest obtainable stat for the character's attributes and 65,535
is the experience gained for defeating Ozma's.] This has a little
to do with the background on programming.

First, you have to know something about Hexadecimal numbers. We all
count in Decimal numbers, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. But the
computer uses Binary numbers, 1 and 0. Early computers use this
kind of numbering system. Then, the Hexadecimal was invented due
to the increase of computer power. An Hexadecimal has 16 numbers
namely: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F. Which means
that 10 in Decimal number is A in Hexadecimal number. If you wish,
open your window's calculator and select view/scientific. Type in
10 and click on Hex. This will convert the Decimal to hexadecimal.

First, type in the number 255 in Dec. Then, convert it to Hex. You
will get EXACTLY FF in Hexadecimal. [not the ancronym of Final
Fantasy] Recall that the first Final Fantasy game uses a ROM
cartridge. These cartridges also use the Hex system. Therefore,
the maximum number you can get is exactly FF, or the famous 255
number. So when the person in Midgar slum said, "That's funny, I
can only count to 255." The programmers laughed. It was the
programmers' joke!

For the number 65,535, you must be familar with the methods that
a computer stores numbers. But without going to too much details,
let me tell you that there are different ways to store a number:
Short, Integer and Long. [there are others too but for simplicity's
sake, I only put these in] Now the difference between these data
types are their storage range and the speed. Additions with Short
is definitely faster than Integer.

Now, an Integer has the range of EXACTLY -65,535 to 65,535. Anymore
and it would be a Long. When I saw Ozma's exp on your FAQ, I laughed
because it's another Programmers' joke. And then I realized that
Final Fantasy IX must have used Short and Integer in programming
their stats.

That's all Sony Valdez <s_cloudx@yahoo.com> said. And, it's back to
ysf again. When he first told me this, I was rather surprised. I
immediately took my calculator out and tested it. Indeed, when I type
255 in Dec form and convert it to Hex, the letters, FF appear. Then,
when I do the same thing by keying the number, 65,535 in and convert
it from Dec to Hex, surprising, FFFF appears. Amazing, right? I am
not really a programmer, unlike Sony Valdez <s_cloudx@yahoo.com> and
I do not know Hexadecimal that much but certainly, it does capture
my attention, if not, I wouldn't have spent the effort to type the
entire thing out to tell you, readers. Now, take out a calculator and
try it yourself. Now, do you finally understand why the programmers
at SquareSoft like the numbers 255 and 65,535?

Some More Info:
--------------
Quite a few number of readers who have responded after reading this
section. Some asked me more details about Hex and some programming
language. I am not really a programmer expert.

In case, you are interested. Here's some information for you. The
information below is contributed by John O. Thoma <jthoma3@home.com>.

"Machine Language" is the basic of programming language, known as
Binary, or Base 2.  In everyday life, we normally use Base 10, or
Decimal numbers. Later, programmers decided to organise the machine
language into clusters.  These were known as Nibbles, Bytes, and
Words.  One Nibble is four Binary Digits [or Bits].  A Byte is two
Nibbles, or eight bits.  Finally, a Word is 4 Nibbles, or 2 Bytes,
or 16 bits.

Binary   [Machine Language]
------
Bit    - A 1 or a 0
Nibble - Ranges from 0 to 15.  0 is written as 0000, and fifteen as
         1111.
Byte   - Ranges from 0 to 255.  0 is written as 0000 0000, and 255
         is written as 1111 1111.
Word   - Ranges from 0 to 65535.  0 is written as 0000 0000 0000 0000,
         while 65535 is written as 1111 1111 1111 1111.

Who would want to write out so many 0s and 1s? Therefore, they decided
to simplify it by introducing a new Base of numbers.  This introduces
the Hexadecimal Numbers.  When dealing with Hex, Each Nibble is being
represented by a charactor, therefore:

Hex
---
Bit    - Too small to be written in hex [Does not exist]
Nibble - Represented by one charactor. 0 is written as 0, and 15 is
         written as F.
Byte   - Represented by two charactors. 0 is written as 00, and 255
         is written as FF.
Word   - Represented as four charactors. 0 is written as 0000, and
         65535 is written as FFFF.

Please note that all games, and even other programs, follow this basic
design too. Thus FFFF tells the computer 1111 1111 1111 1111, while
FFF1 tells the computer 1111 1111 1111 0001. These strings of ones
and zeros are the only way a computer can store and act upon data.

If you don't believe that this is true, try opening a word document
in a Hex editor. A hex editor shows you the program the way the
computer sees it. As far as I know, you will probably not see the
ones and zeros, only the Hexadecimal representations of them.

Lastly, the reason for the limit of 255 and 65535 is due to space
issue. 65535 is exactly one word [FFFF], and 255 is exactly one byte
[FF]. These are used because they give a decent range for the data
they represent. These are also the two smallest parts of memory that
a programmer uses today. You will probably notice that your gold in
that game only goes up to 999999999. [If it doesn't, it only goes up
to 9999999] The reason for this is that these numbers are less than:

9999999   - Less than 16711425, or FF FFFF.
999999999 - Less than 4261413375, or FFFF FFFF.

=======================================================================
III)Song Lyrics- Melodies Of Life
=======================================================================
Here is something that I can do for you, readers. Yes, it's the song
lyrics of Melodies Of Life, both in English and Japanese. With the
success of vocal songs like Xenogears' Small Two Of Pieces and Final
Fantasy VIII's Eyes On Me, Nobuo Uematsu's latest creation, Melodies
Of Life will definitely bring 'Final Fantasy Musical World' to a
whole new level. I have heard both the English and Japanese songs.
And, I will say that the Japanese song sounds much better than
English one. By the way, just to let you know, Melodies Of Life is
being sung by a Japanese singer, Emiko Shiratori. The English lyrics
are taken from this site:

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~nstevens/lyrics/ff9.html#molj

Melodies of Life [English]
----------------

Alone for a while I've been searching through the dark
For traces of the love you left inside my lonely heart
To weave by picking up the pieces that remain
Melodies of life--love's lost refrain

Our paths they did cross, though I cannot say just why
We met, we laughed, we held on fast, and then we said goodbye
And who'll hear the echoes of stories never told?
Let them ring out loud till they unfold
In my dearest memories, I see you reaching out to me
Though you're gone, I still believe that you can call out my name

A voice from the past, joining yours and mine
Adding up the layers of harmony
And so it goes, on and on
Melodies of life,
To the sky beyond the flying birds--forever and beyond

So far and away, see the bird as it flies by
Gliding through the shadows of the clouds up in the sky
I've laid my memories and dreams upon those wings
Leave them now and see what tomorrow brings

In your dearest memories, do you remember loving me?
Was it fate that brought us close and now leaves me behind?

(repeat)

If I should leave this lonely world behind
Your voice will still remember our melody
Now I know we'll carry on
Melodies of life
Come circle round and grow deep in our hearts
As long as we remember

The Japanese lyrics and the translation of the Japanese lyrics of
'Melodies Of Life' are done by Kaze Yagami <yagami@pacific.net.sg>

Melodies Of Life [Japanese]
----------------

Ate mo naku   Samayotteita
Te ga kari mo naku sagashi tsuzuketa
Anata ga kureta omoide wo
Kokoro wo iyasu uta ni shite

Yakusoku mo suru koto mo naku
Kawasu kotoba mo kimetari mo sezu
Dakishime   Soshite tashikameta
Hibi wa nido to kaeranu

Kioku no naka no te wo furu anata wa
Watashi no na wo yobu koto ga dekiru no?

Afureru sono namida wo
Kagayaku yuuki ni kaete
Inochi wa tsuzuku
Yoru wo koe
Utagau koto no nai ashita e to tsuzuku

Tobu tori no mukou no sora e
Ikutsu no kioku azuketa darou
Hakanai kibou mo yume mo
Todokanu basho ni wasurete

Meguriau no wa guuzen to ieru no?
Wakareru toki ga kanarazu kuru no ni

Kieyuku unmei de mo
Kimi ga ikiteiru kagiri
Inochi wa tsuzuku
Eien ni
Sono chikara no kagiri   Doko made mo

Watashi ga shinou to mo
Kimi ga ikiteiru kagiri
Inochi wa tsuzuku
Eien ni
Sono chikara no kagiri
Doko made mo tsuzuku

Melodies Of Life [Translation]
----------------
Wandered about without a destination
I searched on and on without a support
The memories that you gave me became a healing song to my heart

No promises were made then
No exchange of words are fixed too
Those days when we embraced and affirmed
Shall never return again

The picture of you waving hands in my memories
I can still hear you calling out my name

These tears that overflow shall become shining courage
Life will go on
Passing through the night
Continuing towards a doubtless tomorrow

Towards the sky where the soaring birds are
Various memories I shall probably leave
Those fruitless hopes and dreams
I shall forget them somewhere where I can't reach

Can a chanced meeting be called "by chance"
When the time that two must part will definitely come?

Even if it is a fate to fade
As long as you live
Life will go on
Forever   As long as that strength remains   Wherever it may be

Even if I shall die
As long as you live
Life will go on
Forever   As long as that strength remains
Goes on wherever it may be

=======================================================================
IV)Frequently-Asked-Questions
=======================================================================
Thanks to the support from readers. The 'Frequently-Asked-Question'
section is here. Don't worry!!! I won't add too many questions unlike
my Final Fantasy VIII faqs.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask me, please read
below. You may find your answers to your problems here. More questions
will be added to the frequently-asked-question section with each new
update of the faq.

In future, if you wish to ask any questions, please read through this
frequently-asked-question section at least once. From now onwards, I
won't entertain anymore questions that can be found here in this
section. However, if the questions that you want to ask can be found
here and you still cannot solve it, feel free to e-mail me and tell
me what your problems are. If you don't describe the problems, then
I will not entertain. I hope you can understand that as I want to
reduce the number of junk mails that I get almost everyday. Also,
please check out the E-MAILING RULES first before you send me any
e-mails.

A problem with some readers is that they TEND to ASK QUESTIONS about
certain parts of the game even though they HAVE NOT REACHED that
POINT yet. I get quite irritated when I receive such questions.
But, anyhow, I'll try my best to reply as many questions I get so
don't worry. And, if I don't reply you, maybe that's because I have
a rather tight schedule and I hope you can understand that. Thanks.

Last Updated:3th July 2001
============

Gameplay Related Questions: [Secrets and Side Quest, except Chocobo]
--------------------------
Here is a list of questions that are related to gameplay stuffs,
except Chocobo. If you have enquires on chocobo, please refer to my
Final Fantasy IX Chocobo Hot and Cold guide.

=======================================================================

 1)Why is the key item called 'Athlete Queen' but not 'Athlete King'?
   [Question by ysf and answer by David Casey <davidff7@hotmail.com>]

   The fat kid is named Hippaul. It seems to me that these ideas were
   derived from a Greek Myth "Atalanta and the three golden apples"
   where the athlete Queen Atalanta [Origin of Athlete Queen] decrees
   that any man who can beat her in a foot race becomes her husband.
   A man named Hippocrates [similar to Hippaul...] takes up the
   challenge and of course, wins the race.

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 2)After I give all the three rare coffees to Mr. Morrid, he says
   that he will mail the Mini-Prima Vista to you. But where do I
   need to go to receive the Mini-Prima Vista?

   My apology to everyone! I have forgotten to put this information
   down in version 4.0 and earlier of my faq. After you have given
   all the three rare coffees to him, head to Tantalus hideout in
   Lindblum to find the Mini-Prima Vista model ship sitting on the
   floor near the bed.

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 3)I can't seem to reach the Mini-Prima Vista at Tantalus hideout
   after Mr. Morrid said that he will mail the model ship to you.

   Hmm... Honestly speaking, I haven't completed this side quest.
   I didn't go back to Dali to find Burman Coffee during the Treno
   card tournament. That will mean that I will never be able to
   complete this Mr. Morrid's Coffee side quest unless I play the
   game over again. I have only played through the game one time.
   Currently, I still haven't had the time to play the game one more
   time due to busy schedule.

   However, according to Tim <ragnarok@chartermi.net>, even though
   you cannot pick up the Mini-Prima Vista model ship, it is still
   counted in your Collector's Points. However, it is not shown in
   the key item menu. I hope this helps to solve the mystery of the
   Mini-Prima Vista.

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 4)I can't make Magical Fingertip to appear in the Treno's Aunction
   House.

   After purchasing these items, Mini-Cid, Griffin's Heart, Doga's
   Artifact, Une's Mirror and Rat Tail from the Treno's Auction
   House, sell Griffin's Heart, Doga's Artifact, Une's Mirror and
   Rat Tail away. Magical Fingertip SHOULD appear. After selling all
   the key items, if Magical Fingertip still doesn't appear, you
   might want to exit and then enter the auction house until it
   appears.

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 5)What's the use of the Aloha T-shirt, Straw Hats, Pearl Armlet
   and Sandals?

   Check out 'Feed The Moogle Family' and the 'Southern Tropical
   Outfits' sections. You can find detailed information about the
   use of these outfits, as well as how to find them. Thanks to
   Douglas Baumgartner <douglas5970@onebox.com> for the information.

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 6)Where can I find Hades? I want to defeat Hades to gain access to
   the Legendary Synthesis Shop. Please help me!!!

   I thought I have discussed the location of Hades very detailedly.
   In Memoria, you will reach an area where Quina thinks he is in the
   waters and he attempts to swim. After the conversation, search the
   right side of the screen to find a hidden area amongst the coral.
   Press the X button and you hear a mysterious voice. Choose not
   to leave and a fight with Hades soon occur. Upon defeating Hades,
   you gain access to the Legendary Synthesis Shop. Be patient if
   you can't find Hades. If you just search the right side of the
   screen in the CORRECT area where Quina thinks he is swimming,
   I GUARANTEE that you will find Hades.

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 7)Can you offer me some tips as to how to beat Ozma?

   Please refer to Heretic's Ozma faq for more details. If not, please
   refer to the 'Ozma' section in the 'Secrets [Ozma]' content for the
   strategies I used to defeat Ozma.

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 8)What is the true-identity of the Four-armed Man?

   Hmm... I don't want to reveal any spoiler. Anyway, I haven't gotten
   the 'S' rank yet but I do know his true identity. I will give you
   a hint. His identity starts with a letter 'G'. I suppose the hint
   is so OBVIOUS that you can guess who he is. And, DON'T e-mail me
   again and ask me about this question or is your guess about his
   identity correct or not. I will NOT ENTERTAIN anymore. Despite
   how much I have STRESSED that I am not going to ENTERTAIN such
   question, I still receive several mails asking for the identity
   of Four-armed Man. If you have been playing many Final Fantasies
   all this while, you should be able to guess who Four-armed Man
   is VERY EASILY. If not, you just have to FIND it out yourself.

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 9)Can you tell me where or how to get Pumice Piece? I need two Pumice
   Pieces to get the Pumice from the Legendary Synthesis Shop.

   So far, there are four different ways to get a Pumice Piece.

   The first way is to defeat the boss, Ark, in Oeilvert in Forgotten
   Continent. Do NOT ask me when or where to fight the boss, Ark as
   I do not wish to reveal any spoiler. Ark is a compulsory boss,
   whom you will fight some time in disc three.

   Here's the second way to get Pumice Piece. First, you will have to
   find Chocograph #22, which can be dug in Chocobo's Lagoon. The
   name of the Chocograph is called 'Outer Island 2'. The Chocograph
   leads to a location where you can find several treasures. One of
   the treasures contained there is a Pumice Piece. You also need a
   gold Chocobo to reach there. [Please refer to the 'Chocograph List'
   section in my 'Chocobo Hot and Cold guide for more details.]

   The third way is beat Hades and gain access to the Legendary
   Synthesis Shop. You need a Hammer, a Pumice and 25,000 Gil to
   get a Pumice Piece. This method is not advisable since the Hammer
   has another very important use. [Please refer to the 'Final
   Fantasy IX's Second Ending' section in the 'Secrets [General]'
   content to find out the use of Hammer.]

   The fourth way is to let Zidane steal from Ozma. Equip Zidane's
   Master Thief ability, which could be learned from Thief Gloves
   [bought in Treno's Auction House.] and Bandit ability, which
   could be learn from Mythril Dagger, N-Kai Armlet to ensure that
   Zidane has a good chance of success stealing.

   Let's just do a recap. You can get a Pumice Piece from:

   a)By defeating Ark in Oeilvert.
   b)Chocograph Treasure - Chocograph #22: Outer Island 2.
   b)In the Legendary Synthesis Shop.
   c)Steal from Ozma.

    _______________________________________________________________
   |Credit|Thanks to Che Delilas <chedelilas@hotmail.com>, alex    |
   |      |villanova <bobsicile@yahoo.com>, <Tji880@aol.com> and   |
   |      |<TungJohnson@aol.com> for telling me the second way to  |
   |      |get a Pumice Piece. Yeah, I got my second Pumice Piece  |
   |      |by finding the Chocograph treasure. Man, how could I    |
   |      |have forgotten this? Anyway, special thanks to these    |
   |      |four guys.                                              |
   |______|________________________________________________________|

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10)Where can I find Pumice to let Dagger's learn her last summon,
   Ark?

   There are two ways to learn Dagger's last summon, Ark. One way is
   to beat Hades and gain access to the Legendary Synthesis Shop.
   You need two Pumice Pieces and 50,000 Gil to get Pumice.

   The second way is a bit hard. You will get a Pumice as a spoil
   item immediately after you have defeated Ozma. But then, Ozma
   is not an easy boss. Please refer to 'Ozma' section in the
   'Secrets [Optional Boss]' content for the strategies on how to
   defeat Ozma.

   Let's just do a recap. You can get a Pumice from:

   a)Legendary Synthesis Shop.
   b)Defeating Ozma.

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11)How many ways are there to get Robe Of Lords?

   There are four different ways to get Robe Of Lords. You need only
   four Robe Of Lords since only Dagger, Eiko, Quina and Vivi can
   equip it.

   The first way is to play the Chocobo's Hot and Cold game and
   earn 10,000 points and exchange the points for Robe Of Lords by
   talking to the moogle, Mene.

   The second way is to play the Stellazzio: Zodiac Coins sidequest.
   Give the 12th coin to Queen Stella and you will receive a Robe Of
   Lords as a reward.

   The third way is to defeat Hades and gain access to the Legendary
   Synthesis Shop. You need to have a White Robe, a Black Robe and
   30,000 Gil to get a Robe Of Lords.

   The fourth way is to let Zidane steal. Bosses like Ozma, Hades and
   Quale carry a Robe Of Lords. Equip Zidane's Master Thief ability,
   which could be learned from Thief Gloves [bought in Treno's Auction
   House.] and Bandit ability, which could be learn from Mythril
   Dagger, N-Kai Armlet to ensure that Zidane has a good chance of
   success stealing.

   As for me, I got one Robe Of Lords for playing the Stellazzio:
   Zodiac Coins sidequest, one from the Legendary Synthesis Shop
   and the third one by stealing it from Hades.

    _______________________________________________________________
   |Credit|Thanks to pearlz <jeffo_67@yahoo.com> for telling me    |
   |      |that you can steal Robe Of Lords from Quale too. I      |
   |      |really forgot about Quale, if he has not mentioned it   |
   |      |it to me.                                               |
   |______|________________________________________________________|

    _______________________________________________________________
   |Credit|Thanks to Mystic X <mystic_x_2000@hotmail.com> for      |
   |      |telling me that Quina can also equip the Robe Of Lords. |
   |______|________________________________________________________|

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12)How many ways can I get a Moonstone?

   Quite a number of people have e-mailed me and asked me how to get
   a Moonstone. I admit that Moonstone is quite hard to find. Also,
   take note that you SHOULD at least reserve ONE Moonstone in your
   inventory and NOT used it for synthesis because you will need one
   to give it to the Feather Circle, which is another Friendly
   Monster.

   a)Impress 100 nobles and Queen Brahne during the Tantalus'
     performance in disc one. Later, when you control Steiner
     to look for Princess Garnet, go back and talk to Queen
     Brahne to receive a Moonstone.
   b)Give in to Purple Jabberwock's request. [Friendly Monsters]
   c)In Conde Petie/Mountain path. Find all four stones [Blue,
     Red, Yellow and Green stones] by examining four different
     statues, then return to where the moogle, Suzuna is. Take
     the most right paths in these three paths and you will find
     a different statue for you to stick all the four stones in,
     in this area under the tree root. In return, you get a Moonstone
     for your efforts.
   d)If you have been buying things from the Moogle, Stiltzkin, so as
     to enable him to continue his journey, at disc four, visit the
     bell tower in the town of Alexandria. Talk to Stiltzkin and buy
     some items from him for a cheap prize. Among one of the items is
     a Moonstone.

   Above shows the four possible ways. I don't think there are any
   more methods to get a Moonstone. Moonstone is one of the valuable
   gem add-ons. Besides reserving one Moonstone to give to the
   Friendly Monster, Feather Circle, Moonstone is also one of the
   required items to be used in the synthesis shop to get Pearl
   Rouge. Pearl Rouge is a rather powerful gem add-ons, specially
   designed for women's use, which reduces Holy damage and raises
   Water Elem-Atk for the female user.

    _______________________________________________________________
   |Credit|Thanks to Ernesto A for telling me the four possible    |
   |      |ways to get a Moonstone.                                |
   |______|________________________________________________________|

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13)I fought Ozma and I receive 16,000 + exp but in your faq, you say
   Ozma will give 65,535 exp if you defeat it. Is this an error in
   the figures or not?

   No error. I didn't make any typo mistake this time. What it means
   is that 65,535 exp will be gained if there's only ONE character
   left in the party, with the other THREE members all DEAD at the
   END of the fight. If all the four party members are alive, all
   the four party members will recieve a exp of 16,383 EACH. This
   figure is obtained by dividing 65,535 by 4. If there's only THREE
   characters left at the end of the fight, with any other THREE
   dead, simply divide 65,535 by 3 to calculate the exp each character
   gains. If there's only TWO characters left, divide 65,535 by 2.
   I suppose everyone should be able to calculate this simple
   mathematical formula.

   I thought everyone might know it but it seems some don't. Anyway,
   thanks for pointing this question out to me. In fact, all the
   Exp gain found in ALL boss statistics in my faqs, I used the figure
   that shows how much Exp ONE will gain if all THREE party members
   are DEAD at the end of the fight.

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14)What's the use of the Autograph and Moogle Suit?

   Like everyone, I haven't found any use for these two key items.
   I found these two key items in Lindblum. If anyone finds any
   use for these two items, you are welcomed to inform me. Maybe,
   they serves not much purpose, other than to 'occupy' your Key
   Item inventory. If I am NOT wrong, I THINK these two key items
   also help to improve your 'Treasure Hunting Ranking.'

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15)I am planning to play Final Fantasy IX one more time to get
   Excalibur II. Can you give me a list of side quests, mini-games,
   secrets etc that I will be missing if I have to rush through the
   game within 12 hours?

   This is one of the questions which I choose not to answer. The
   reason is how am I going to know what you are going to miss? The
   problem lies in your time management. If you think you have the
   spare time for side quests, go ahead and do the side quests.
   Nobody's going to stop you. If you think you are running out of
   time, then your priority should be heading towards the Memoria
   first. However, there are certain side quests which can only be
   done at certain disc. For example, you have to give Mr. Morrid
   all the three rare coffees before the end of disc three. Tantarian,
   another optional boss has to be beaten somewhere at the beginning
   of disc three. If you can afford the time to fight against
   Tantarian, do the Mr. Morrid's Coffee side quest, go ahead and do
   it like what I have said earlier. If you think you can't afford
   the time, of course, you are going to miss it. When time management
   is concerned, you have to rely a lot on yourself.

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16)When is the best time to do the side quests?

   I personally think that the best time to do the side quests is
   when you have the Hilda Garde 3 in disc three. However, there are
   certain side quests like the Mr. Morrid's Coffee, Tantarian boss,
   that needs to be completed at a certain point of the game. But,
   for majority of the side quests like the Friendly Monsters, the
   Ragtime Mouse, Chocobo Hot and Cold game etc, you should do them
   after getting the airship. Having an airship makes travelling to
   a certain place easier and of course, saves time.

   I actually started playing the side quests before going to
   Shimmering Island in disc three. This is just personal opinion.
   However, if you do certain side quests earlier, you may get some
   powerful equipments earlier in the game, which may be of some use
   to you.

   Here's an additional tip for you. It's better that you find as
   many Chocograph treasures and Dead Pepper treasures as possible
   BEFORE disc four. The reason is when you reach disc four, you
   notice that the whole world will be FILLED with MIST. The mist
   makes FINDING Chocograph treasures and Dead Pepper treasures
   more DIFFICULT.

=======================================================================

17)What are some of the areas that cannot be accessed to in disc
   four?

   Areas that cannot be accessed in disc four are Conde Petie, Desert
   Palace, Oeilvert, Observatory Mountain, Esto Gaza, Ice Cavern and
   Pinnacle Rocks. Therefore, if there is any treasure not taken or
   important stuff not done yet in these areas, better do them before
   you go to Shimmering Island in disc three.

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18)I am on my way to Shimmering island to reach the World Of Terra.
   Before I go there, can you tell me what are some of the things
   that if I don't do it in disc three, I will forever miss them when
   I reach disc four.

   Okay, I try and list some of the important things that you MUST
   do BEFORE disc four.

   a)Have you collected the Namingway Card in Desert Palace?
   b)Have you bought the Octagon Rod from the weaponsmith shop in
     Daguerreo or from the equipment shop in Esto Gaza to let Vivi
     learn level 3 elemental attacks like Firaga, Blizzaga and
     Thundaga spells?
   c)Have you bought the Hamelin from the weaponsmith shop in
     Daguerreo or equipment shop in Esto Gaza to let Eiko learn
     Curaga, Might and Jewel spells?
   d)Have you bought the Heavy Lance from the equipment shop in Esto
     Gaza to let Freya learn Six Dragons ability?
   e)Have you bought the Flame Saber from the equipment shop in Esto
     Gaza to let Steiner learn Magic Break ability?
   f)Have you delivered all the letters, including those respective
     letters to Mogrika in Esto Gaza and Moolan and Mogtaka in Mount
     Gulug?
   g)Have you found ALMOST all of the Chocograph treasures and
     Dead Pepper treasures?
   h)Have you gave the three rare coffees to Mr. Morrid?

   Esto Gaza, Mount Gulug and Desert Palace are completely sealed off
   in disc four. Octagon Rod can only be bought from the weaponsmith
   shop in Daguerreo or in the equipment shop in Esto Gaza during
   disc three. In disc four, the weaponsmith shop does not sell the
   Octagon Rod and Hamelin.

   A lot of readers told me that they have forgotten to buy the
   Octagon Rod. I DON'T think there's a way to get an Octagon Rod
   in disc four. The ONLY equipment that lets Vivi learn Firaga,
   Blizzaga and Thundaga spells is the Octagon Rod. So, if you
   didn't buy it, that means Vivi will NEVER learn these three
   powerful spells.

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19)In Lindblum castle, there is a fountain just before the lift and if
   you attempt to check the fountain out, Zidane will say that, "it
   looks like there's no place to insert the medal..." or something
   like that. Is there a secret involving this fountain?

   Quite a number of readers, more than ten approximately have asked
   me this question. But, I am sad to tell everyone that I have not
   found anything special about this fountain yet and that's the
   reason why I hesitate to say anything about this fountain in my
   faq. Furthermore, it somehow slipped off my mind. Anyhow, this
   fountain seems to have some hidden secrets. And the medal is yet
   another clue.

   Nevertheless, quite a number of readers have told me that it's
   meant to be a reference to other games. Remember Resident Evil
   2 or Biohazard 2. In the main room of the Police Station, there
   is also a fountain which you can insert a medal in it. Similarly,
   the scene which Zidane knocks a guard and takes away his clothes
   is almost an identical situation to one of the scenes in Metal
   Gear Solid. If there's the case, you will not be able to find
   anything special about the fountain in Lindblum. For the time
   being, I guess we have to accept this reasoning. Maybe, Square
   wanted to say 'hi!' to the Resident Evil 2 programming teams.

   Thanks to Matt B <wastedwords@yahoo.com>, Marcell Sarkoezy
   <m.sarkoezy@web.de> and ????? ????? <c6aefako2@mixmail.com> for
   telling me that the fountain in Lindblum is a reference to
   Resident Evil 2.

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Gameplay Related Questions: [Chocobo]
--------------------------
If you have any question that you want to ask regarding Chocobo,
please refer to the 'Frequently-Asked-Questions' section in my Final
Fantasy IX Chocobo Hot and Cold guide faq. But, there's one question
related to Chocobo which I want to bring it to everyone's attention
in case you didn't see this question in my Final Fantasy IX Chocobo
Hot and Cold guide. It is listed below:

 1)I have obtained the Gold Chocobo before getting the airship, Hilda
   Garde 3. But then, I realise that the game immediately skipped
   certain parts of disc three. What to do?

   This is bad and hopefully, you have a save before you get your gold
   chocobo. I have heard about this problem from a few people before.
   I haven't tried it before. I remember a person with the e-mail,
   <Neskiddo@aol.com>, he told me that he got the gold chocobo before
   getting the Hilda Garde 3 airship and when he returned to the ship,
   Blue Narciss to change his party, he realised that the ship had
   turned into Hilda Garde 3. Also, when he went back to the Black
   Mage village, the scenes have changed and certain parts of disc
   three had been skipped.

   I am not sure how many people here who had gotten a gold Chocobo
   before getting the airship had encountered similar situations like
   that of <Neskiddo@aol.com>. Theoretically, you should not be able
   to get a gold chocobo at this point of time. According to Timothy
   Leary <neurusilo@mindspring.com>'s reasoning, getting a gold
   chocobo is not possible at this point of time because you will
   then be able to gain access to the Forgotten Continent even though
   you are not supposed to. This VIOLATES the FLOW of the plot and
   as a result, certain plots are skipped. Maybe, you can call this
   a bug.

   My advice is the main game should be taken as the priority. The
   Chocobo sidequest can be done later when you are done with most
   of the stuffs in the game. [Advised to hunt all the Chocograph
   and Dead Pepper treasures at the end of disc three JUST before
   you head for Terra because the mist in disc four will make
   hunting treasures difficult.] Obviously, noone wants to skip ANY
   plot in the game, right?

   As to how to salvage the situation like this, I really have no
   idea. I don't think there's a way to return back to the point just
   before the parts are skipped.

=======================================================================

Non-Gameplay Related Questions:
------------------------------
Here is a list of questions that are not relevant to gameplay but you
might be interested to ask.

=======================================================================

 1)Do you like Final Fantasy IX? Which is the best Final Fantasies?

   I am not going to answer anymore such questions, which I did in my
   Final Fantasy VIII faqs. You can find my opinions of other Final
   Fantasies [V to VIII] in ALL my Final Fantasy VIII faqs. As for
   my opinions about Final Fantasy IX, I have discussed a little bit
   in the 'Introduction' section of this faq. So, I am not going to
   discuss anything more. If not, you can read up my reviews at
   gamefaqs. So far, I have reviewed Final Fantasy V to IX.

=======================================================================

 2)When is Final Fantasy IX going to be out for the PC?

   I don't know. No official announcement has been made yet. Most
   likely, Final Fantasy IX is going to come out for the PC with
   five discs, including the installation disc. Maybe, sometime
   in the year 2001. I really don't know.

=======================================================================

 3)Why isn't there a PocketStation compatibility for Final Fantasy
   IX?

   Don't ask me? Ask Square. Maybe Square thinks that not many people
   have PocketStation and it's not wise to have a PocketStation
   mini-game in Final Fantasy IX. To me, this seems to be a good news
   and maybe to a lot of people. The most obvious reason is I don't
   have a PocketStation.

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 4)Is it true that Square doesn't allow too much publicity for Final
   Fantasy IX and that they do not want publishers to release any
   walkthroughs for Final Fantasy IX?

   I heard about this news. You are right! Square felt that there's
   too much publicity on Final Fantasy VIII and because of that, too
   much spoilers are revealed. For Final Fantasy IX, they emphasise
   little on publicity. The ONLY English Final Fantasy IX guide sold
   in the market is Bradygames Official Final Fantasy IX guide. Of
   course, there's other Final Fantasy IX guide books as well but
   it's in other languages. For example, I think I saw two Final
   Fantasy IX guidebooks written in Chinese. I think one of them
   was published in Hong kong and another one in Taiwan. According
   to kaze Yagami <yagami@pacific.net.sg>, he says that there isn't
   any printed Final Fantasy IX guide book in Japanese.

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 5)Why does the Official Final Fantasy IX guidebook sucks so much?

   Don't ask me! Ask the author, Dan Birlew and the publisher,
   Bradygames. Like I said, instead of being ENHANCED by PlayOnline,
   the guide book is being DEGRADED by PlayOnline. In fact, I am
   VERY MAD with myself for buying the Official guidebook. They
   should have taken more time to design the online Final Fantasy
   IX guide at PlayOnline. You can easily tell that the online
   strategy guide at PlayOnline seems to be produced in a rush.
   Certain pages cannot be found when you type certain keywords
   in. When viewing information about Chocobo in PlayOnline, it
   says refer to the 'map below' but there ISN'T any MAP there.
   It's badly designed and the frame sucks.

   Let's not talk about the PlayOnline first. Let's talk about the
   Official guidebook. I can easily spot quite a few printing
   mistakes in the book. They should have taken some time and check
   carefully before they publish the book.

   I have a suggestion. If they want to prevent spoilers, I suggest
   they release a Final Fantasy IX strategy guide CD ROM, together
   with the book. Then, if gamers have further questions, they can
   see from the CD ROM. But then, I still prefer that they put all
   the information together in a SINGLE book. Something must be
   WRONG with Dan Birlew when he's writing the book. Maybe they know
   that the Offical guidebook will sell because it is written for
   Final Fantasy IX so they don't care about the contents. Maybe,
   they just want to please SquareSoft for doing this. I really
   don't know. That's just my personal opinion.

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 6)What is PlayOnline?

   PlayOnline belongs to SquareSoft. You can find more information
   about the site at www.playonline.com, plus information related
   to SquareSoft and maybe, future Final Fantasties. Upon going
   there, you can choose to enter a Japanese site or a North
   America site. There's also an online Final Fantasy IX strategy
   guide at PlayOnline, specifically designed to be used together
   with the Official Final Fantasy IX guidebook. In my opinion, the
   online strategy guide sucks but you can find a lot of Final
   Fantasy IX secrets there. By the way, you need to register to
   PlayOnline first. The keywords that are found in the Official
   Final Fantasy IX guidebook serves as a shortcut. There's also a
   menu there but in a javascript form. If your browser cannot view
   javascript, you have to know the keywords. Thanks to D. J. Jones
   <fenderguy84@hotmail.com> for telling me about the menu in
   javascript form at PlayOnline.

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 7)I can't log on to PlayOnline. Please help me!!!

   Don't ask me!!! Contact SquareSoft. I am not the one responsible
   for creating PlayOnline.

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 8)Can you give me the keywords found in the Official Final Fantasy
   IX guidebook so that I can access to the information at PlayOnline?

   Once a while, I receive many ridiculous questions like this. Do
   you WANT me to give you my USERNAME and PASSWORD to PlayOnline?
   My most obvious answer will be a NO. I am already quite angry
   with the fact that non-FFIX official guide book users can gain
   access to the online FFIX strategy guide at PlayOnline. As
   someone who has PURCHASED the official guide, this isn't really
   FAIR to me. Besides, there are TOO MANY keywords. I am not going
   to spend the time to list down all the keywords and explain what
   type of information each keyword leads to. Is that clear???

=======================================================================

 9)Why don't you let anymore websites to post your Final Fantasy IX
   Chocobo Hot and Cold guide faq and Final Fantasy IX Secrets and
   Side Quest guide faq?

   The reason is I find that it is VERY HARD for me to keep track
   of webmasters who have been posting my faqs. Some webmasters just
   post the faqs but always fail to update the faq. As a result, I
   am very annoyed by this. Furthermore, some webmasters even refuse
   to seek my permission before they post my faqs. A feeling tells
   me that I can't trust these webmasters anymore. In the past, I
   used to give permission to webmasters who has seek my permission.
   Hmm... It would be good if more people from all over the world
   can find my faqs if I let more webmasters to post my faqs in their
   sites. But now, I realise that this idea isn't turning up well.
   These two Final Fantasy IX faqs can ONLY be found in gamefaqs
   and no other places. And, webmasters, please do not ask me for
   any permission to POST any of my faqs.

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10)Can you send me your updated faq?

   My most definite answer is no. If there's 1000 readers, do I always
   have to my updated faq to 1000 people. It will be VERY troublesome
   to me this way. Just go to www.gamefaqs.com and check if there's
   any updates in the 'What's New' section. Or, you can go and check
   out my contributor page at:

   http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/1821.html

   You can find all the faqs I have written, including reviews at
   my contributor page.

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11)Who is the singer who sung 'Melodies Of Life'?

   Her name is Emiko Shiratori. She is a Japanese singer. I don't
   really know much about her so I can't provide many information
   about her.

=======================================================================

12)Do you have the lyrics of 'Melodies Of Life'?

   Yes. I have added the lyrics of 'Melodies Of Life' in my faq.
   Check it out yourself.

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13)Can I ask you a question regarding games via ICQ?

   In the past, I used to answer questions via ICQ. But now, I don't.
   I find that it's quite annoying when I was replying e-mails but
   the ICQ messages keep popping up and I have to answer so many
   questions together. If you have any question, do not ask me through
   the ICQ. E-mail me instead if you have any question.

   One more thing. Do NOT add my ICQ number to your CONTACT list.
   Though I put my ICQ number at every faq, I did not expect everyone
   to add my ICQ number to his or her contact list. The thing is I
   already have a lot of contacts in my ICQ list. Those ICQ numbers
   which I added to my contact list, are those who are my CLASSMATES,
   and my PENPALS.

   Even if you add my ICQ number to your contact list, I won't bother
   to add your ICQ number to my contact list. First, I HARDLY know
   you well so it's unlikely that I will chat with you via ICQ. I
   might as well save the trouble of adding your ICQ number to my
   contact list. Secondly, if you have any question regarding games,
   you can e-mail me and ask me. ICQ will not be needed at all. I
   hope you can understand this.

=======================================================================

E-mailing Rules:
---------------

 1)Don't ask me anymore questions relating to FUTURE Final Fantasy
   games.
 2)Don't ask me about superconsoles [PlayStation 2, Gamecube etc]
   like which game system will win the war in future.
 3)Don't ask me whether there will be a day that Square will develop
   games for Nintendo.
 4)Don't ask me about piracy games. Piracy is a sensitive issue.
   However, if you want to discuss about Kalisto, you can do so.
 5)No chain mails. I hate all these stuffs. Forward and forward...
 6)No offensive language.
 7)Question is NOT SPECIFIC enough. Don't ask me a question like
   you can't find a PARTICULAR PLACE without telling me WHICH PLACE.
 8)Question MUST be CLEAR and EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I will try and
   reply every mail I get but if I can't understand your question,
   I will not bother to reply.
 9)No other LANGUAGES, except ENGLISH. I can't read these languages.
   I only KNOW English and Chinese. No French, no German etc. But,
   try not to e-mail me using Chinese.
10)Don't e-mail me and ask me for permission to post this faq in your
   site. You should have seen the BIG NOTICE at the beginning of the
   faq.
11)No discussion of ANY REVIEWS.
12)Don't e-mail me and ASK ME WHERE to buy a PARTICULAR game.
13)Do NOT SEND the SAME E-MAIL for MORE THAN ONE TIME. If you think
   the MORE TIMES you send, the chances of me reading it and replying
   you will be HIGHER, you will be utterly WRONG. In fact, I will
   be extremely annoyed if you do this.
14)Don't SEND ME FILES + E-MAIL that are very BIG like 100 KB and
   above. That includes pictures.
15)No computer VIRUS or any CORRUPTED files. That's VERY IMPORTANT.
   I don't want my computer to crash.
16)DOUBLE check first before you sent me any e-mail. I don't want
   you to later send back ANOTHER e-mail and tell me that you already
   find that the answer to your question.

Thanks for your cooperation. Hope you can understand why I am
introducing these rules.

=======================================================================

Sending Contributions???:
------------------------
If you plan to contribute any information, please take note of these
few points:

 1)Be SPECIFIC and CLEAR. If I don't understand what you are saying,
   I will ignore the mail.
 2)Send ONLY RELATED information. For example, I have only written
   a FFIX Chocobo Hot and Cold guide and a FFIX Secrets and Side
   Quest guide. If you tell me things that are NOT RELATED to chocobo,
   secrets, side quests etc, I will ignore it.
 3)Never send anything that is already found in my faqs, unless the
   information is wrong and you want to CORRECT it. An example is
   someone sending me information about the 'secret in Madain Sari'
   even though a similar section called 'Secret Of The Eidolon Wall'
   is already there when he thought that this side quest was missing
   from my faq. Remember to DOUBLE check BEFORE you send any
   contribution or you will find yourself e-mailing me later and
   say sorry because it has already been covered in my faq.
 4)No other LANGUAGES, except ENGLISH. I can't read these languages.
   I only KNOW English and Chinese. No French, no German etc. But,
   try not to e-mail me using Chinese.

=======================================================================
V)Credits
=======================================================================
Finally, contributors get recognition. Finally, this faq is getting
good contributions from readers. This faq would not be possible
without the numerous contributions from readers. Thanks, everyone,
especially to those who has contributed in a way or another.

Myself <ysf@pacific.net.sg>
-  For typing, and almost everything you see here.

Kaze Yagami <yagami@pacific.net.sg>
-  Thanks for sending me the 'Chocograph and Dead Pepper treasures'
   World Map with Japanese names.
-  For telling me that you need not complete the four shrines to get
   a gold chocobo and get to Chocobo's Air Garden.
-  For telling me that the six Chocograph Pieces are actually
   fragments of a Chocograph.
-  For telling me that Chocograph #8 is being found in Chocobo's
   Forest, not Chocobo's Lagoon.
-  For the Japanese lyrics of 'Melodies Of Life' and thanks for doing
   a translation for the Japanese lyrics.
-  Thanks for telling me some spelling mistakes I have made.

Ng Yeow Leong <andy_ng_rulz@hotmail.com>
-  Thanks for sending me the 'Chocograph and Dead Pepper treasures'
   World Map with English names. You can find this treasure World Map
   at gamefaqs too.
-  Thanks for sending me many cute FFVIII and FFIX character icons.
-  For discussing Final Fantasy IX with me.
-  And same country, same school but different civics class.

Stephanus Rudiyanto Natari <s_rudiyanton@lycos.com>.
-  For telling me a new strategy to defeat Behemoth easily.
-  For telling me that Stiltzkin will not sell you the item
   combo if you already have 99 of an item that is in his combo list.
-  For telling me an easy way to let Vivi win the hunt by letting
   both Zidane and Freya being killed when fighting against Zaghnol.
-  For telling me that Zidane's Soul Blade will inflict status,
   depending on what type of weapon Zidane equips.
-  For sending me a picture of Dagger in jpeg format when she's in
   Trance mode.
-  Thanks for telling me that I have made some spelling mistakes in my
   faq.

<Jjukil@aol.com>
-  For telling me some information about Nero Brothers' Gambling.
-  For telling me about Dagger's random summon.
-  For telling me about Amarant's 'Elan' command.
-  For telling me strategies on how to beat Quale.

durron597 <durron597@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me that you can dig up Madain's Ring in the Fossil
   Roo's mini-game.
-  For the hypothesis made regarding Thievery.
-  For the hypothesis made regarding Dragon's Crest.

Scott Hebert <eihbeir@chartermi.net>
-  For telling me how the bonus points are obtained in the Chocobo
   Hot and Cold game.
-  For providing me detailed descriptions for the Dead Pepper treasure
   locations, #3 and #4.

Squally <squally@telkom.net>
-  For telling me about the letter that you will get after obtaining
   Excalibur II.
-  For telling me details about Stiltzkin.

<TungJohnson@aol.com>
-  For telling me that you need to find all the Chocograph treasures,
   Dead Pepper treasures and complete the Revival Of Mognet Central
   to receive a Fat Chocobo card.
-  For telling me the second way to get a Pumice Piece.

<ebk@sfu.ca>
-  For telling me the line that Friendly Yan will say if you beat
   Ozma before encountering it.
-  For telling me how good Eiko's meal is cooked, will affect the
   dialogues that you will get later on.

Stephanie Lau <jalapeno@pacific.net.ph>
-  For telling me that you can ring the bell in the bell tower at
   Alexandria in the beginning of disc three to receive a Shiva
   Card and a Ramuh Card.
-  For correcting some spelling mistakes in my faq. I spell the word,
   'receive' as 'recieve'. I have corrected this typo. If anyone spots
   any typo, feel free to inform me.

pearlz <jeffo_67@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me that you can still get Mini-Brahne in disc four.
-  For telling me that you can steal Robe Of Lords from Quale.

Eric Rosenzweig <paste31415@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me that there is a digging mini-game in Fossil Roo.
   If not, I would have forgotten about it.

Sony Valdez <s_cloudx@yahoo.com>
-  For contributing to the section, 'Square's Favourite Numbers'.

John O. Thoma <jthoma3@home.com>
-  For contributing to the section, 'Square's Favourite Numbers'.

Jesse Byers <jesseb@staff.hpnc.com>
-  For details about Yans and strategies on how to beat Quale.

LaY.C <nails@cryogen.com>
-  For details about Yans and strategies on how to beat Yans.

Rob L Hom <rabbyrab@juno.com>
-  For details about Yans and strategies on how to beat Yans.

Apu Apu <apu4@ignmail.com>
-  For details about Yans and strategies on how to beat Yans.

Boris Grishenko <grishenkoboris@hotmail.com>
-  For details about Grand Dragons and strategies on how to beat
   Grand Dragons.

Mika <mikaveli@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me two new strategies to defeat Behemoth easily.

Douglas Baumgartner <douglas5970@onebox.com>
-  For telling me about the use of the Straw Hat, Pearl Armlet,
   Aloha T-shirt and Sandals.

Tim <ragnarok@chartermi.net>
-  For telling me that even though you cannot pick up the Mini-Prima
   Vista model ship, it is still counted in your Treasure Hunting
   Ranking.

Another Duck <annanand@yahoo.com>
-  For the hypothesis made regarding Thievery.

J.M. Elliott <shisouka@yahoo.com>
-  For the hypothesis made regarding Thievery.

Daniel Barnes <daniel31185@hotmail.com>
-  For the hypothesis made regarding Thievery.

Rafael Ando <wizardofdoom@hotmail.com>
-  For the hypothesis made regarding Thievery.

Jason Miller <sparky11@mediaone.net>
-  For the hypothesis made regarding Dragon's Crest.

<Ferretocrates@aol.com>
-  For telling me about Dagger's random summon.

dongwei diao <diao_1234@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me about Dagger's random summon.

Dominic Smith <dom@querix.com>
-  For telling me about an interesting fact he has discovered about
   Freya.

C. Galliher <cgalli@itotal.net>
-  For telling me about Amarant's 'Elan' command.

<Shadowninja64@aol.com>
-  For telling me about Return Magic.

Apu Apu <apu4@ignmail.com>
-  For telling me about Return Magic.

Ernesto A
-  For telling me the four possible ways to get a Moonstone.

Brian Jakeman <chikarabrian@netscape.net>
-  For telling me more details about Chocobo's Revitalising Ability.

Sue Lee <cage_is@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me more details about Chocobo's Revitalising Ability.

AdAm KuN <adam-kun@japan.com>
-  For informing me of an error in Chocograph #12. My apology to
   everyone.

- Eva_pilot - <eva_pilot@nervhq.org>
-  For telling me how stealing affects the damage caused by Thievery.

Marty Dado <dadom@wabash.edu>
-  For telling me that you can still get Mini-Brahne in disc four.

<BSEPHIROTH@aol.com>
-  For telling me about a rumour of obtaining Excalibur II sword.

<SpEkKiO99@aol.com>
-  For telling me that the Excalibur II rumour does not work.

<Nahtkwitepeesee2@aol.com>
-  For telling me that the Excalibur II rumour does not work.

Wynn <cabalos@email.com>
-  For telling me that you can still enter the Desert Palace to get
   the Namingway Card before disc four.

Koujiryuu <koujiryuu@home.com>
-  For the 14th question and the answer asked by the Ragtime Mouse.

Pork Chop <pcandpg@home.com>
-  For the 14th question and the answer asked by the Ragtime Mouse.

<chooyeon@pop.singnet.com.sg>
-  For the 15th question and the answer asked by the Ragtime Mouse.

Vincent J. <vincent88@mail.com>
-  For the 16th question and the answer asked by the Ragtime Mouse.

Ariel M. Garcia <sidriel@bulacan.ph>
-  For telling me that you can ring the bell in the bell tower at
   Alexandria in the beginning of disc three to receive a Shiva
   Card and a Ramuh Card.

<Cwdyso@aol.com>
-  For telling me that you can ring the bell in the bell tower at
   Alexandria in the beginning of disc three to receive a Shiva
   Card and a Ramuh Card.

Bert Villacorta <penpen75@tokyo-3.com>
-  For telling me that you can ring the bell in the bell tower at
   Alexandria in the beginning of disc three to receive a Shiva
   Card and a Ramuh Card.

Scott <scott@batslug.com>
-  For telling me that the draining process will be reversed if you
   drain HP from any undead monster.

<Onebest1@aol.com>
-  For telling me that the same concept applies if you drain MP from
   any undead monster.

Daryoon Ashura <daryoon_ashura@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me the effect of Soft on any stone monster.

aats megamisama <phasevxd@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me more information about Vivi's Focus.

J H <i8beef@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me a combat strategy that makes use of the Reflect
   spell.

Timothy Leary <neurusilo@mindspring.com>
-  For telling me that you need the airship, Hilda Garde 3 before
   the last few Chocograph Pieces can appear to let you get a gold
   chocobo.

<XNyarlathotep@aol.com>
-  Thanks to <XNyarlathotep@aol.com> for the information on how to
   get the maximum Collector's Rank.

Chris Lynn <slacker@new.rr.com>
-  For telling me first that Chocograph #8 is being found in Chocobo's
   Forest, not Chocobo's Lagoon.

Oliver Surpless <osurpless@clarku.edu>
-  For telling me that Chocograph #8 is being found in Chocobo's
   Forest, not Chocobo's Lagoon.

David Casey <davidff7@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me a legend why the key item is called 'Athlete Queen'
   but not 'Athelete King'.

<Neskiddo@aol.com>
-  For telling me that certain parts in disc three will be skipped if
   a gold chocobo is obtained before the airship, Hilda Garde 3.

Che Delilas <chedelilas@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me the second way to get a Pumice Piece.

alex villanova <bobsicile@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me the second way to get a Pumice Piece.

<Tji880@aol.com>
-  For telling me the second way to get a Pumice Piece.

LatexMantus <latexmantus@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me the tip that enables the encountering of Ragtime
   Mouse easier.

Paul Sutherland <subbo69@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me the tip that enables the encountering of Ragtime
   Mouse easier.

Diptoos <diptoos@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me the tip that enables the encountering of Ragtime
   Mouse easier.

Joshua Koo <joshuakoo@edsamail.com.sg>
-  For telling me the tip that enables the encountering of Ragtime
   Mouse easier.

Adam Wilkinson <wilkinson_adam@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me about playing cards with chocobos.

Vahl Sullivan <dark_ashura@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me the line that Hades will say if you beat Ozma
   before encountering it.

Chan Kah Hon <plateau@pacific.net.sg>
-  For telling me how Chemist ability affects the effect of an Ether.

skip <the_toastmaster@alltel.net>
-  For telling me that the location of Chocobo's Air Garden changes
   when you enter and leave a place in the World Map.

Tom Philbrick <tom@wickidpisa.com>
-  For telling me that you need to find all the 24 Chocograph
   treasures before the Chocobo sitting to the left of the Fat
   Chocobo can give you Dead Pepper.

Mystic X <mystic_x_2000@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me that Quina can also equip Robe Of Lords.

<MysticalX2000@aol.com>
-  For telling me that the points gained for defeating Zaghnol in the
   Festival Of The Hunt actually varies.

J.P. Arevalo <mr.vincent@gunsmithcats.com>
-  For telling me that completing the 'Revival Of Mognet Central'
   side quest is optional but you need to at least enter it once
   before you can get the Fat Chocobo.

zhicong <gayzc@yahoo.co.uk>
-  For telling me a way to distinguish the gender of an adult frog.

Joey Anderson <joey@sufferbastard.com>
-  For correcting an error for me by telling me that you need to
   press the Start utton to trigger the Blackjack game instead of
   the X button after inputting the Blackjack code.

Matt B <wastedwords@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me that the fountain in Lindblum is a reference to
   Resident Evil 2.

Marcell Sarkoezy <m.sarkoezy@web.de>
-  For telling me that the fountain in Lindblum is a reference to
   Resident Evil 2.

????? ????? <c6aefako2@mixmail.com>
-  For telling me that the fountain in Lindblum is a reference to
   Resident Evil 2.

<Iamorinoco@thewombles.co.uk>
-  For telling me why the Chocobo mini-game is called 'Hot' and 'Cold'
   game.

<Kenjiko2@aol.com>
-  For telling me why the Chocobo mini-game is called 'Hot' and 'Cold'
   game.

Mr. Tuvai <tuvai@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me the translation error about 'Dead Pepper'.

Vlad Tepish <drakulus@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me why the name 'Dead Pepper' was used.

mike evans <mystery_gerbil@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me why the name 'Dead Pepper' was used.

Simon Oh <rail@worldnet.att.net>
-  For telling me about the origin of the word 'Amarant'.

Matt Cook <raven_iz_hardcore@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me that you need not complete the four shrines to get
   a gold chocobo and get to Chocobo's Air Garden.

Brett & Stacy <iczelion@mindspring.com>
-  For telling me that you need not complete the four shrines to get
   a gold chocobo and get to Chocobo's Air Garden.

Brian Carper <chwombat@classicgaming.com>
-  For telling me that you need not complete the four shrines to get
   a gold chocobo and get to Chocobo's Air Garden.

<rarofase@zipmail.com.br>
-  For discussing about the bonus points you get when playing the
   Chocobo Hot and Cold game.

Shaun Minor <shaunm@ameritech.net>
-  For telling me that you need to complete the four shrines to get
   a gold chocobo and get to Chocobo's Air Garden. Never mind if the
   information you give was wrong. I appreciate your efforts.

The Glow <lordgokuo@mindspring.com>
-  For telling me new information about Kalisto. I have rewritten
   the points from a) to d).

Carlos "Zermeņo" <zorkmx@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me the URL to Kalisto homepage. The homepage is at
   www.kalisto.com.

Eon Strife <eon_strife@yahoo.com>
-  For telling me some new stuffs about Kalisto.

Mr. Aljoriz M. Dublin <aljay@i-cebu.com.ph>
-  For telling me some new stuffs about Kalisto.

Adrian Godong <adrian@godong.com>
-  For telling me some new stuffs about Kalisto.

David Strange <majere@angelfire.com>
-  For telling me some new stuffs about Kalisto.

D. J. Jones <fenderguy84@hotmail.com>
-  For telling me that there's a menu in javascript form at
   PlayOnline.

Aaron B Tadeo <aaron20@edsamail.com.ph>
-  For writing a great Final Fantasy IX walkthrough.
-  For telling me the tip that enables the encountering of Ragtime
   Mouse easier.
-  For confirming the 16 Ragtime Mouse questions with me.

Trifthen <trifthen@hotmail.com>
-  For writing a great Tetra Master faq.
-  For using the table that shows the list of titles you will get
   after achieving a certain range of collector's points.

Aya <blue_ruby@saintly.com>
-  For writing a great Moogles faq.
-  And, for the fact that the author is a female. Another great
   female contributor at gamefaqs.

Ruk Chan <kraiders@yahoo.com>
-  For writing a great Tantarian faq or Alexandria Book Survival
   Guide.

Heretic <MarkMat581@aol.com>
-  For writing a great Ozma faq.

Crono228 <blarosa@concentric.net>
-  For writing a great Japanese Final Fantasy IX Chocobo faq.

EChow <ikarishinji5@hotmail.com>
-  For writing a great Japanese Final Fantasy IX Secrets and Side
   Quest Guide faq.

Jeff "CjayC" Veasey
-  The webmaster of www.gamefaqs.com.
-  For his dedication and hard work to www.gamefaqs.com.
-  Thanks for hosting all my faqs and reviews.
-  Thanks for making me a contributor page.

Everyone
-  For reading this faq.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~nstevens/lyrics/ff9.html#molj
-  For the English lyrics of Melodies Of Life.

SquareSoft  <www.SquareSoft.com>
-  For making an excellent Final Fantasy game.
-  For making a great Chocobo's Hot and Cold mini-game.

Playonline <www.playonline.com>
-  For making an online Final Fantasy IX strategy guide. I won't
   say this online guide is really great but playonline does
   contain some cool secrets that you will not find it anywhere.
-  For taking quite a couple of information from there and using
   them in my faq.

Bradygames Official Final Fantasy IX Guide Book- By Dan Birlew
-  For making the ONLY OFFICIAL guide book available in the market.
-  Supposed to be ENHANCED by PLayOnline but I felt it was
   DEGRADED by PlayOnline.
-  the 'MOST INNOVATIVE' official guidebook I have ever used.
   [Waste my money obviously!!!]

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