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    Rafa/Malak FAQ by Orion

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    Rafa/Malak FAQ 2.0
    2.0 update: added Summoner Malak setup, fixed a few typos, modified
    Wizard Malak and Wizard Rafa. Added general strategies. Still lack
    a few random scenario strategies.
    1. Introduction. 
    This is the beta draft of the Rafa/Malak FAQ, a project of several 
    individuals on the FFT board. I am Orion, the coordinator of the 
    project. Where you see no other indication, assume it is me writing. My 
    fellow contributors are OO0Sevenx0OO, AstrologistOlan19, Olan, 
    SwordSeraph and MetalShadow, who I thank sincerely for the help. You 
    will see their name above their work, and mine too generally. AOlan19 
    and 7x are contractions of AstrologistOlan19 and OO0Sevenex0OOO. 
    This is still very rough. It is unpleasant to the eye. It lacks several 
    setups and whole sections. Yet, it is the most complete analysis of Rafa 
    and Malak as of today, I believe, and it is worth uploading. Updates 
    will come soon. 
    The FAQ is divided in sections: 
    2 Truth and Untruth Formulas 
    3 Statistical Data 
    4 Rafa and Malak Setups 
    5 Elementals 
    6 Effect Area Reduction 
    7 General Strategies
    8 Battle strategies 
     ((MA+8)/2)*MA) Heaven Thunder 
     ((MA+9)/2)*MA) Asura 
     ((MA+10)/2)*MA) Diamond Sword 
     ((MA+12)/2)*MA) Hydragon Pit 
     ((MA+6)/2)*MA) Space Storage 
     ((MA+20)/2)*MA) Sky Demon 
     [((MA+27)/2)*MA)*cFA%*tFA%] Heaven Bltback 
     [((MA+30)/2)*MA)*cFA%*tFA%] Asura Back 
     [((MA+34)/2)*MA)*cFA%*tFA%] Dia Swrd Back 
     [((MA+40)/2)*MA)*cFA%*tFA%] Dragn Pit Back 
     [((MA+20)/2)*MA)*cFA%*tFA%] Space Str Back 
     [((MA+60)/2)*MA)*cFA%*tFA%] Sky Demon Back 
    Thanks to Notti for the info. Note: in Untruth, consider cFA=100-
    effective cFA, and tFA=100-effective tFA 
    These formulas are quadratic in MA. An unical case in this game, and 
    quite noticeable for its power. 
    As far as Rafa is concerned, you do not need to be concerned with Faith. 
    Malak need to have low faith (3) to work at his best. They can both be 
    made in magic resistant deadly mages, the only units in the whole game 
    with this property, but for a couple of reasons I would suggest keeping 
    Rafa's Faith around 70. 
    The MA+K/2 part has to be truncated to get the exact value (thanks 
    Anyway, with high MA Rafa will inflict extreme (generally fatal) damage 
    in very little time without any MP cost. 
    Malak won't get the equivalent of Rafa's power unless the enemy is 
    faithed (in that case he is even better than her). 
    From now on, it's Math Jargon. You do not need to read all of this
    to improve your skills with Rafa and Malak, not directly at least.
    If you are not interested in the details, skip to the next bar.
    A couple of approximations to understand Malak's skills now. We call 
    common damage the damage a Faith 3 Untruth skill would inflict on an 
    enemy with Faith 60 (the average case). Zodiac is excluded for now. 
    It can be used as a very rough prediction of damage. 
    We will examine the Faithed enemy case and the Normal case. 
    The divisions return an integer (truncation, thanks Olan) 
    Normal case 
    Heaven BltBack 
    (5 + [MA/5])*MA 
    7 MA if Malak's MA =13  for instance 
    Asura Back 
    9 MA if Malak's MA = 15 
    Dia Sword Back 
    (6+[MA/5]) *MA 
    Dragon Pit Back 
    Space Storage Back 
    Sky Demon Back 
    Same speed of elemental level 3 spells, but with MA>20 15MA instead of 
    13 MA (the common damage of a 94 Faith caster), delivered by a magic 
    resistant mage. 
    End of Math Jargon
    When Malak's MA gets over 20, you have the rough equivalent of a Faith 
    70 Faith Magic caster, but immune to magic and faster to boot, as long 
    as the first three skills and space storage are concerned. Dragon Pit 
    Back and Sky Demon are already much stronger. 
    In the end: 
    MA>15 good damage and fast charge time 
    MA>20 mages are not necessary anymore 
    MA>25 hell on two feet 
    When hitting a faithed enemy, the damage will skyrocket. Space storage 
    for instance will inflict more than 13MA when MA>8. I will not report 
    the various numbers, let's just say it is a killing shot. 
    As for Rafa, she is faster and stronger than the common case with MA>12, 
    her power growing with a terrible speed. 
    You can see very well MA is central to their gameplay. For low or medium 
    MA setups, you should use Truth/Untruth only to poke quickly from afar 
    (they will inflict
    good damage but not enough to be used as your main weapon). 
    The average number of strikes for a Truth/Untruth casting is random, 
    going from one to six. The average is 3.5 (thanks to Johnsgs and 
    The number of strikes actually connecting is a binomial variable. 
    Discussing its distribution is not the aim of this FAQ. We will simply 
    present a couple of odds for the common cases. You will get better 
    results reducing the target area using high cliffs, rocks and the like. 
    One hit is generally enough to kill, with an high MA Rafa. 
    Odds to hit (once): 
    One enemy on five squares: 50% 
    Two enemies on five squares:  76% 
    Three enemies on five squares: 89% 
    One enemy on 4 squares: 59% 
    Two on four: 83% 
    Three on four: 94% 
    One on three: 69% 
    Two on three: 91% 
    Rafa and Malak Setups 
    An introductory word: Remember the high MA setups are much better 
    than the low MA setups, but all of these configurations have been 
    studied to be good on the field, and each one of them may fit your 
    playing style better than the others. There are just a few of them right 
    now, more will come with time, but they should be a good base to start 
    from. When you lack the equipment to complete one, remember to 
    approximate for MA and Elemental boosting (i.e: if you lack a Wizard 
    Robe, pick a Black Robe). I will insert a few personal opinions every
    now and then, sometimes disagreeing with the creator of the setup,
    reflecting the multiple views presented in this FAQ.
                     Heaven Knight Rafa 
                     Draw Out 
                     Blade Grasp 
                     Short Charge 
                     Move +2 
                     Whale Whisker 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Wizard Robe 
                     Magic Gauntlet 
                     She has good MA and MP, very good speed, but far from 
    good PA or HP. She is a natural back line support, healing and attack
    unit. Draw Out can be used to dispatch weakened enemies who get too 
    close if it's the case, but its main use should be Protect+Shell and
    healing. Notice this setup is Faith unrelated, you can have her with
    high or low faith as you please.
    Chances are you'll act first, land a reasonably powerful Truth, or
    boost your party, or kill with your Whale Wisker. A Mace of Zeus would
    give you better MA, but you'd lose a fierce, two-squares attack.
    Enjoy her. This is not her most powerful form, but easily one of the 
    funniest. If your Faith is around 70 or so, you may want Summon as
    secondary, and Elemental can be substituted to Draw Out if you have 
    other units with that. It's all a matter of gamestyle from this point.
                     Geomancer Rafa (Brave 97, Faith 60) 
                     Blade Grasp 
                     Magic Attack UP 
                     Rune Blade 
                     Aegis Shield 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Wizard Robe 
                     10B Gems 
                     7x's all-time favorite Rafa setup. The combination of 
    elemental boost (All element damage boosted by 25%), a +6 magic boost 
    and Magic Attack Up (all magic attacks boosted by 30%) means that Truth 
    and Elemental are lethal. Blade Grasp/Aegis Shield/60 Faith means that 
    Rafa can still be hit by helpful magic, but is extremely hard to hit 
    with enemy magic and ranged monster magical type attacks and can't be 
    hit with physical attacks/monster attacks/jumps/ranged monster and human 
    physical attacks. A decent front-line fighter, but better at mid to long 
                     Mediator Rafa 
                     Dragon Spirit 
                     Magic Attack Up 
                     Blast Gun 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Wizard Robe 
                     10B Gems 
                     The good thing about this setup is that Truth and the 
    Elemental guns receive the same boosts, so that they are both powered 
    up. The idea is to stay just out of melee range, picking off characters 
    with the blast gun, putting enemies to sleep, berserking magic users, and 
    using truth when two enemies are in truth range. 
                     Summoner Rafa 
                     Blade Grasp 
                     Short Charge 
                     Wizard Rod 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Wizard Robe 
                     108 Gems 
                     Summon and Truth compliment each other well... use 
    summon for healing, support, and one or two big spells, then rip 'em up 
    with Truth (or use Truth first, then lower level summons to pick off the 
    survivors). Either way, a good mage. 
    (Orion's note: Summons also add Ice to the arsenal of elements)
                     Ninja Rafa 
                     Weapon Guard or Counter 
                     Equip Sword 
                     Rune Blade 
                     Rune Blade 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Secret Clothes 
                     108 Gems 
                     Thanks to my ignorance before, I completely looked over 
    the two Rune Blades (thanks sevenex for pointing this out!). This will 
    boost her MA way up, so her Truth will be more effective than with the 
    ninja swords. Since she is so fast and has the Secret Clothes equipped, 
    have Rafa creep behind the enemy and chop away with the Rune Blades, 
    while getting away quickly if need be. The elements are strengthened 
    because of 108 Gems, which will also allow her to cause a lot of damage 
    with Truth, so use it often. All in all, assassin-like Rafa is very 
    effective here. 
    (Orion's note: while MAUP would increase Truth damage more than two rune
    blades at high levels, the difference is still modest enough to take
    instead a very fierce physical attack, Brave unrelated).
                     Oracle Rafa 
                     Yin-Yang Magic 
                     MP Switch 
                     Magic Attack UP 
                     Move-MP UP 
                     Wizard Rod 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Robe of Lords 
                     Magic Gauntlets 
                     When things get out of hand, Life Absorb and Spell 
    Absorb will be there to help      you when you need it. The MP 
    Switch/Move-MP UP combo will help you out big time because of the low HP 
    matter with Oracle Rafa. If you chose to use the Faith Rod, take the 
    time to cripple the enemy with Darkness, Silence, Confusion, Don't Act, 
    and Sleep before charging for Truth. This technique will buy the time to 
    charge up without being interrupted. 
                     Time Mage Rafa 
                     Time Magic 
                     Blade Grasp 
                     Magic Attack UP 
                     Move +2 
                     Mace of Zeus 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Robe of Lords 
                     Magic Gauntlets 
                     Truth should be very effective when in time mage form. 
    Since Truth works better when MA is greater than 15, this should be 
    easily done and so, you can cause some serious damage. Demi the enemy 
    until they are weak enough for your party to attack, or you can just 
    cast Meteor and end the whole battle right there. If you want, make sure 
    you have Haste and Float on all party members to give them a greater 
    chance at winning. 
    (Orion's Note: I would suggest to have Rafa cast good statuses on your 
    units when the enemies are still out of Truth range. After that, just 
    blast with Truth) 
                     White Mage Rafa 
                     White Magic 
                     MP Switch 
                     Magic Attack UP 
                     Move-MP UP 
                     Mace of Zeus 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Robe of Lords 
                     Magic Gauntlets 
                     Like last time, the advice I can give for this is quite 
    self-explanatory, but I'll do it any way: cast Holy and use Truth, then 
    get out of there and start healing. Pretty simple, huh? Follow this and 
    you'll have a sure-fire victory. 
                     Samurai Rafa 
                     Draw Out 
                     Blade Grasp 
                     Magic Attack UP 
                     Grand Helmet 
                     Robe of Lords 
                     Genji Gauntlets 
                     Rafa, because of the HP bonuses and Blade Grasp, has a 
    fighting chance out in battle, and she can inflict massive damage with a 
    single slice of her katana. Magic Attack UP will benefit Draw Out AND 
    Truth, so expect to cause lots of damage with even Asura (Both skills)! 
    That's all I can say about Samurai Rafa.
    (Orion's note: remember to raise her Brave) 
                     Black Mage Rafa 
                     Black Magic 
                     Blade Grasp 
                     Short Charge 
                     Wizard Rod 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Robe of Lords 
                     108 Gems
    		     A very strong form for Rafa. The summoner form has 
    slightly lower MA, but Shiva works a bit better than Ice, and BM
    lacks protective and healing spells. This particular setup is maybe
    her second best. Pick speed over power here, you already have the
                     Hell Knight Malak 
                     Draw Out 
                     MA Save 
                     Magic Attack UP 
                     Move +3 
                     Whale Whisker 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Black Robe 
                     Magic Gauntlet
                     Fun as Rafa, but with a few important differences. First 
    of all, his MA is not as high, his PA and HP are definitely good, and his
    MP are not something you want to count on anyway (the only way of spending
    MPs is through faith magic).
    To get his MA in shape, you need MA UP badly. This will force you to plan
    ahead more than the usual, or to use the strategies in the rest of the 
    FAQ. Luckily, MAUP will make your Draw Out much stronger.
    In the end, you have the usual high speed character, with enough HP this 
    time and a less powerful magic attack. MA Save combined with his HPs and
    the possibility to heal with Draw Out will, over long, hard battles,
    allow your Untruth to pack quite a punch. It is also possible to "support"
    him by throwing stones at him and boosting your favourite unfaith mage to
    Also note that "less powerful" does not mean weak ;)
                     Geomancer Malak 
                     MA Save 
                     Two Swords 
                     Move +3 
                     Rune Blade 
                     Rune Blade 
                     Thief Hat 
                     Rubber Costume (to absorb, or Black Robe) 
                     Genji Gauntlets 
                     One of the best jobs for Malak, the geomancer is on the 
    fine line between magic and attacking jobs. Earth Mages gain bonuses 
    from both PA and MA, meaning they have a way of using them effectively. 
    Because of the two rune blades, Malak will get bonuses on MA and get to 
    attack the enemy twice, which really helps out, because you can start to 
    weaken the enemy from afar with Elemental, then come in and start 
    chopping them up with your rune blades. All you need is a Japanese steak 
    house and you'll have dinner ^_^ But really, Un-Truth will be extra 
    effective in this job, because of the fact that both geomancers and Un-
    Truth use MA. 
                     Samurai Malak 
                     Blade Grasp 
                     Two Hands 
                     Chiirijarden (both hands) 
                     Genjii Helm 
                     Wizard Robe 
                     10B Gems 
                     Monster attacker, decent mage, he can heal, hit from 
    long range, do whatever. Get him on the battlefield and do whatever you 
    feel like. 
                     Ninja Malak 
                     Dragon Spirit 
                     Equip Sword 
                     Rune Blade 
                     Rune Blade 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Power Sleeve 
                     10B Gems 
                     Speed, power, and magical ability, all in one. I've 
    used this Malak setup before, and it works very well. You get someone to 
    do some weak attack on you, then you can either bum rush the enemy or 
    make them come to you, taking long range damage as they get nearer. Good 
    at short range with his Rune Blades, midrange with his Untruth, and long 
    range with throw. Not incredibly stealthy, but a hell of a fighter. 
                     Oracle Malak
                     Blade Grasp 
                     Short Charge 
                     Faith Rod 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Earth Clothes 
                     Magic Gauntlet 
                     The only true magic Malak around is an Oracle. It's a 
    toss-up between being a physical attacker or a status adder, and 
    that's where this Malak is good. A boosted, short charged Sky Demon 
    hurts, and Sleep and Paralyze can be very helpful, more so than a Whale 
    Whisker attack. 
                     Archer Malak 
                     Sunken State 
                     Short Charge 
                     Perseus Bow (both hands) 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Earth Clothes 
                     Genjii Gauntlet 
                     Find the high ground... and once you do, pick off 
    single enemies with bow attacks or groups with Untruth. When you find 
    yourself at a terrain disadvantage or in close melee, Untruth should be 
    very helpful. Sky Demon is your Untruth of choice here. 
    Orion's note: notice the Earth Clothes and Genjii Gauntlet. Sky Demon 
    will actually hurt despite the relatively low MA. 
                     Black Mage Malak 
                     Black Magic 
                     Magic Attack Up 
                     Move Mp Up 
                     Wizard Rod 
                     Flash Hat 
                     Wizard Robe 
                     108 Gems 
                     I used to believe this was his best setup. I radically
    changed my mind lately. While this is still the best for for Untruth 
    (almost, ALMOST as good as Truth at level 99) a new setup rose to get
    the throne.
    		     Summoner Malak
                     Mp Switch
    		     Short Charge
                     Move Mp Up
                     Faith Rod
                     Flash Hat
                     Wizard Robe
                     108 gems.
    In this form, you get the best combination of element exploitation,
    power and casting speed. Also note that, because of the Unfaith
    glitch, the faith rod gives you maximum hitting power but against
    high faithed opponents (Summons) and low faithed ones (Untruth),
    adding to the usual (impressive) elements of Untruth the powerful
    Here is a list detailing the BEST spells to use against many of the 
    monsters in this game or those you should NOT use. My sincere thanks to 
                     Heaven Thunder (Back): Strong against Pisco Demons, 
    Squidlarkin, and Mindflares. 
                     Asura (Back): Strong against Ghouls, Gusts, Renvants, 
    Skeletons, Bone Snatches, Living Bones, Woodmen, Trent, Taiju, and Blue 
    Dragons. Absorbed by Bombs, Grenades, and Explosives. 
                     Diamond Sword (Back): Strong against Hydras, Hyduras, 
    and Tiamats. Halved against Flotiballs, Ahriman, Plagues, Juravis, Steel 
    Hawks, and Cocatoris. 
                     Hydragon Pit (Back): Strong against Bombs, Grenades, 
    Explosives, Bull Demons, Minitaurus, and Sacreds. Absorbed by Pisco 
    Demons, Squidlarkin, and Mindflares. 
                     Sky Demon (Back): Strong against Red Panthers, Cuars, 
    Vampires, Juravis, Steel Hawk, Cocatoris, Flotiballs, Ahriman, Plagues. 
    Absorbed by Woodmen, Trent, and Taiju. Can't hit floating enemies. 
    6 - Effect Area reduction 
    A very good asset, and a partial downfall, of Truth/Untruth skills is 
    their height tolerance. Since you will have better chances of hitting 
    your enemy when the EA is reduced (or the enemies present on it are 
    many) there is the need to exploit the land to reduce the EA. 
    Keep in mind these basic directives: 
    - Stay on the sides. If you target the siidee of the screen you'll reduce 
    the EA by one. It is a very common advantage and your main weapon on 
    flat and even maps when you cannot target more than one enemy. Anyway, 
    remember you get better odds with two enemies on five squares than one 
    on four. Also, exploit corners (EA=3) 
    - Small trees, rocks, and other one squarre  obstacles. When you find an 
    high enough obstacle (generally a tree, a rock, a crate) the most 
    obvious advantage of it is reducing the effect area of your casting. In 
    most cases, you also get a less obvious advantage. You can target THE 
    obstacle, and have a different EA, in no case bigger than 4, and quite 
    often smaller. 
    - Hills, castles, mountains. Treat these  as artificial borders, and 
    apply the sides strategy. 
    - Narrow ways. Bridges, walls and narrow  clliffs will provide a 
    killing ground for your Truth/Untruth. Narrow and forced passageways 
    (like those in Horror) will also be sweet. 
    7 - General Strategies
    This section describes two advanced strategies that work by forcing
    the game to give you the ideal conditions for your castings.
    Troy horse
    This is just an improvement of the common Troy horse strategy in FFT,
    made to suit Truth and Untruth. The common trick is casting a summon
    or a slow spell on a unit with good Move. The unit will wait until
    the spell is about to fire off, then move next to the enemies for
    massive damage and improved range. The unit itself should be, as 
    mentioned above, very mobile, and also well defended. You can 
    sacrifice mobility for better defense or improved MA if you lack
    Move +3 or such.
    Summons are the most common spells used this way, but with a little
    help here and there it can be done with Black Magic too, giving the 
    unit armor that absorbs or nullifies the spell at hand.
    It gets extremely useful with Truth and Untruth because:
    - your Malak can wear Earth Clothes and cast a MAUP powered Sky
    Demon back on himself, wait and then move into the enemies, or just
    downright move into them if he has Blade Grasp. You get very good 
    chances of either healing your Malak enormously or hitting for very
    good damage. 
    - you can use Rafa in Wizard form and Mallakk in low-faith Geomancer 
    form as a perfect destruction squad. Rafa should cast Sky Demon and
    stay back, while Malak will enter melee, use his own spells or 
    elemental and waits for destruction to fall on enemies around him
    (the CPU does not recognize panels around Truth/Untruth focus as
    dangerous: its problem) or the best kind of healing to land on his
    head. Remember your low faithed warriors would be hard to heal with
    faith magic, very, very hard. Also, Draw Out healing is MA based,
    and giving Draw Out to a knight isn't doing much good anyway. You
    can substitute any unit for Malak, especially since he has poor 
    compatibility (not that it matters much given Rafa's power) with 
    his sister.
    - alternatively, MALAK can be the caster  off Sky Demon Back on your
    low faithed warriors with Earth Clothes et similia. The power of
    such an healing is enormous, even at relatively low MA values
    (at MA 10: 97*97*10*(10+60/2)/10000 = 329) so you can choose to
    deploy your Geomancer, Ninja, Wizard, HK or other mage
    Malak. A broad number of choices making your game versatile and 
    providing your warriors an incostant but powerful form of healing.
    A more reliable, less offensive form of this strategy is reported
    later. Also notice that you can make your odds of healing and 
    damage skyrocket through the right use of the terrain, and as 
    long as you keep Malak in a magical or half-magical form you'll
    also get high or moderate damage from blows around your fighters.
    As seen above Rafa can pretty much do the same, but she's LESS
    efficient than Malak, since this time you control Caster Faith
    and Target Faith as well granting you ideal conditions.
    Holding the line
    This strategy is still about absorbing Truth and Untruth, but it's
    mostly about defense. It's also about setting the conditions of the
    fight to maximize your chances.
    In many maps you will learn to recognize "critical" spots. These are
    the ones where the average character of enemy can't pass well, but may
    well have to if they want to reach you, or to attack efficiently. A
    classical example is the pillar next to your starting one on Horror, 
    but you can easily find similar spots in 95% of the maps. The edges
    of the three levels of Fahoviam Plains, for instance, or the rocks
    in Mandalia plains. You can position your defenders around or on these
    critical points. I.E two heavily armed knights on the first two squares
    of the "critical" pillar, low faithed. You will just hold them there, 
    and keep casting Sky demon or similar on the pillar. You'll have an
    EA of 3 squares, two friendly units and maybe an enemy unit.
    In the first case, you have 91% to heal completely one of your knights,
    and about 70% to heal both. In the second, you have 100% odds of either
    healing or killing.
    This is an extreme example, and hardly necessary given the structure of
    Horror, but you can easily adapt it to most critical spots. Just get 
    your party near an EA reducer, castle around it and wait. It would be
    wise to have relatively long range attacker to be able to attack around
    while holding the line. My choice goes to Geomancers (ok, I'm a Geo fan
    boy) or Samurais, units with faith unrelated damage and decent MA.
    Battle Strategies 
    This section contains the strategies for both Story Battles  and Random 
    (Orion for the first part, Metal Shadow and Astrologist Olan 19 for the 
    Ending, Sword Seraph for Cloud's battle)
    Doguola Pass 
    Easy battle. You may as well keep them as HKs. It may get a bit hard if 
    you play it Olrlandu-like. No diving in, those lancers and knights will 
    destroy you. Instead, quickly take the upper level, and bring your Rafa 
    and Malak on it. To do that you may use a quick character to destroy the 
    Wizard, the Archer will be of little importance. 
    Once you have Rafa and Malak there (if you kept them as HKs they should 
    have good speed too) start 
    targeting those lancers and knights with Truth/Untruth. The height 
    difference between levels will reduce the area of effect, and they will 
    generally cluster. They will also need several turns to reach you. Use 
    one of your Archers to take care of the wizard, if you like, otherwise 
    Truth works just fine. 
    Anyway, keep in mind this pattern. It is probably the best way to employ 
    those two. 
    Bervenia Free City 
    You can have those two either as wizards or hybrids (geomancers/hks). 
    I'll detail a couple of possibilities. 
    Case A) You have a thief and you want defender and the like. 
    Case B) You just want Meliadoul down. 
    - case b1: you have got an Oracle with Faaitth (common) 
    - base b2: you have no Oracle or no Faithh ((that's me, mecum omne 
    Hybrids works better in this case. Truth won't be TOO hard on Meliadoul 
    (around 80 points of damage) and  you'll have the time to steal her 
    stuff, hopefully. 
    Hide behind the houses and wait for her. Your Truth area of effect 
    should be no more than 4 squares, and quite possibly 3. You should not 
    use Untruth, it does pitiful damage on Meliadoul. Have Malak as a 
    Geomancer or Knight, a bodyguard for Rafa. 
    In this case, you need Wizards. You can hit her when she comes down, as 
    in point A, or when she is still on that tall building (you'll get a 3 
    effect area generally). 
    b2) just use Rafa. With MA boosting and Thunder Strengthening equipment 
    her Heaven Thunder will make Meliadoul critical with one it, and kill 
    her with two. 
    With EA=3, you have great odds of closing the battle in two castings. 
    b1) If you have got an Oracle, Faithing Meliadoul will result in more or 
    less 18*MA Untruth Damage, 
    depending on the spells and zodiac. 
    The combination of Faith-Truth-Untruth on Meliadoul will produce 7 
    strikes on average, assuming you have EA=3 you'll get awesome odds to 
    kill her on the spot. With EA=4, you'll still get above average chances. 
    Finath River 
    Not really a strategy here. Just deploy your Rafalack on the sides to 
    get a 4 squares radius and blast those chocobos to hell and back. I'd 
    suggest using them as HKs here. 
    Zeltennia Castle 
    (Church Outside The Town) 
    Not really a strategy here either. Just target Zalmo with Truth/Untruth 
    at the beginning. He is very resistant to their skills however, use Rafa 
    as a Wizard and Malak only against the knights here. Your usual effect 
    area will be 4. 
    Bed Desert 
    Equip cold protecting shields and something to prevent don't act/don't 
    move. You will be vulnerable to lightning, so use Malak to take out the 
    wizard first. I like him as a Geomancer here. The whole fort is very 
    good for reducing your EA, and your enemies won't live long after being 
    targeted. When closing the gap, put Wizard Rafa against the walls. 
    Bethla Garrison 
    South Wall of Bethla Garrison 
    Good level, but you need to be QUICK. Use them as HKs, and blast the 
    Ninja and thieves on the high walls first thing. You won't need long if 
    you have MA boosting equipment. Average EA on the high walls is three, 
    and there are other good spots too. As soon as you blast the Ninja get 
    on the walls and wait for the enemies. 
    North Wall of Bethla Garrison 
    Harder and not so Truth friendly. Occupy the border wall as soon as you 
    can, and start blasting at those lancers, but take the summoner out 
    first. He can wreak some major havok on you, but you have an edge in 
    speed. If you feel like playing safe, flee around the wall with the 
    others and use Malak to take out the Summoner with his Untruth (handy 
    having him immune to magic). You will have an edge in speed over lancers 
    In Front of Bethla Garrison's Sluice 
    Enjoy. You have got it all, height difference for your Truth/Untruth, 
    reduced effect area. Those knights guarding the switches are dead meat 
    already. No strategy at all, just burn them to the ground, but destroy 
    the wizard first. 
    Germinas Peak 
    ... same as before. That high placed Ninja is a perfect victim for 
    Truth/Untruth. I won't insult the reader proposing a strategy here. 
    Poeskas Lake 
    You can use Rafalacks here, but I'd prefer a bunch of chemists. In any 
    case, for training purposes, bring them as HKs and start blasting at 
    those ghosts with Asura. The fort in one half of the level is deadly 
    trap made to enhance Truth/Untruth. When you start on it, during random 
    battle, you won't ever need to get to melee. 
    Limberry Castle 
    At the Gates of Limberry Castle Ok, burn those Apandas using the reduced 
    EA, but wait to learn ultima before using Truth on Celia or Lede. One 
    hit from Wizard Rafa is all it take. The same goes for Untruth, it works 
    nicely with apandas. 
    Inside Limberry Castle 
    Rafa and Malak have no real advantage here. Truth still stays powerful, 
    but you will get the same effects using Agrias and Orlandu this time. If 
    you want to bring them along, do it for style or training. 
    Underground Cemetery of Limberry Castle 
    Use them as HKs. Zalera won't take much damage from them anyway, but 
    three of the skeletons start on a high tombstone (1 EA) giving you two 
    easy kills if you are fast. Cover your character's back with Rafa and 
    Malak, but use Truth on Zalera only when you have nobody else to 
    Igros Castle 
    Wizards all the way here. Stay far to avoid Dycedarg Lightning stab and 
    target him with Truth Untruth as usual. Your general EA will be four, 
    but Dycedarg is not Truth resistant as Zalmo. He will die at the second 
    hit at most. 
    Adramelk is a Summoner on steroids. He will start chanting and move 
    away. Luckily, you have a lot of range, both orizzontal and vertical, to 
    catch him. His magic is Faith based as well, so you may want to use 
    Malak as an attacking decoy (thought Untruth won't hurt him much). You 
    are faster than him, so chances are you will kill him soon after his 
    second Summon or such. 
    Murond Holy Place 
    St. Murond Temple 
    Place Orlandu in the back to take care of the Mediators, and Wizard Rafa 
    and Malak in front of the church door. From there, they will be able to 
    target the summoner, priest and geomancer. One hit=one kill. This way 
    you'll destroy those high placed fools at the second turn with a little 
    luck, while you would have had to work your way up normally. 
    Hall of St. Murond Temple 
    Vormav, Kletian, Rofel. This time, Rafa and Malak can come in handy. The 
    fools will cluster around, generally, and they will take a lot of damage 
    from your skills.. Target Rofel first, he takes more damage from Heaven 
    Thunder than Lightning stab. 
    Chapel of St. Murond Temple 
    Send Orlandu in front of the tomb, standing one square away from the 
    candles on Zalbag's side. Zalbag will take that square and bloodsuck 
    Orlandu. Don't worry. now target the candle with Truth. Malak won't need 
    to act this time. EA=3, you will kill him soon. My heaven thunder did 
    434 damage, for instance. 
    Goland Coal City 
    Colliery Underground Third Floor 
    First battle in Goland, to get Dragon Rei. Easy one too. Get Rafa under 
    the porch one of the chemists start in. She will have good cover this 
    way, being able all the same to target most enemies all the same. The 
    same goes for Malak, put him against a wall and start chanting. They 
    will be able to reach the highest part of the level with their skills. 
    Time I took to beat this level: 4 minutes (not joking). 
    Colliery Underground Second Floor 
    Big height difference here, but tough enemies. Take out that chemist 
    with the elemental gun ASAP. Use both Truth and Untruth on him. You will 
    reach him at the first turn and your odds of killing him will be very 
    high. Have Orlandu take care of the Dark Behemot near your starting 
    position as Rafa and Malak will destroy the remaining Thief and Behemot. 
    There are small porches here too, and you should use them to your 
    Colliery Underground First Floor 
    Dragons. Blue Dragons. Anybody says Asura? By the way, big height 
    difference here too. As usual, beware of Chemist's guns. Short Change 
    will be a great help too, and you should have it by now. 
    Undergroud Passage in Goland 
    Beware of plague demons, and try to get a good Jump value, since you 
    start in a low position. Yet, that's pretty much all. Reis can generally 
    take care of herself and you'll just have to lend a hand. No particular 
    Truth/Untruth advantage here, just their enormous power. 
    Zarghidas Trade City 
     Sword Seraph 
    This battle is pretty easy, you must admit. Rafa and Malak could finish 
    the enemies by themselves with just physicals. But that's not what we're 
    here for... Targeting the crates on the right side of the screen reduces 
    EA to 3. However, it's not likely that you will be able to lure enemies 
    over here. Targeting the edge of a roof reduces EA to 3 or 4, depending 
    on the edge. 
    For the most part, you can just take your HKs up to a high roof and rain 
    down Truth/Un-Truth on the enemies. Make sure someone has Item or White 
    Magic in case the enemy decides to go after Cloud. 
    All in all, not much of a challenge. 
    Orion's note: I had two strategies for every single level of the ending, 
    one by Metal Shadow, the other by AstrologistOlan19. 
    I thought long and hard on the version to choose for every single level, 
    until a revelation came to me. 
    They are both good. 
    They are very different. 
    WHY choose? 
    Orbonne Monastery 
    Underground Book Storage Fourth Floor 
    This battle has a multitude of corners and ledges that reduce your EA to 
    3. The knights are protected against physical attacks, so 
    keep Ramza and any other melee fighters you've got away from them and 
    let Rafa/Malak pick away at them. If you can push the knights onto the 
    ledge near the opposite side of the screen, you should be able to take 
    them all out at once. 
    This place is excellent for hiding. If you stay on the top levels (after 
    defeating the Knights, of course), the enemies will have a hard time 
    attacking you (except the Archer, so eliminate him first). Stay near the 
    "bridge" in the far northwest, and you'll have an escape route and a 
    place to charge for (Un)Truth safely. Pretty easy battle, but just watch 
    out if the enemies get in a close range. 
    1) Stay away from the Archer at all costs. His bow can arc over the 
    books and hurt you if you don't have some means of protection. 
    2) Kill the Knights from far away (a fast Malak with Jump works) and 
    then run to the bridge level and target those Monks with (Un)Truth. 
    3) Math Skill can quickly boost up your party with various helpful 
    status effects. The height equation should do fine. 
    Underground Book Storage Fifth Floor 
    Rofel much enjoys smashing your party members' hats and armour, so bring 
    in Meliadoul or Orlandu and beat him at his own game. The casters here 
    shouldn't be able to do much to Malak, so have him get closer in and 
    pepper them with Untruth, while Rafa stays back and gives any necessary 
    support fire. The terrain at Rofel's end of the map is extremely 
    truth/untruth friendly. Rofel's mages like to run around and cast 
    support spells like haste, so try to take them out quickly. 
    Rofel can really mess up your good intentions. First off, Maintenance is 
    very helpful here because he uses Mighty Sword often. Weapon Break or 
    Steal Weapon helps here, because his skill requires the use of a sword 
    to work. If you choose to steal, you can have a brand new Save the 
    Queen. Be careful, because once you eliminate his weapon, you'll have to 
    deal with All Magic. Some goods spots for Rafa and Malak to go are the 
    far end of the battlefield, and on the top level of where you start. 
    1) Eliminate Rofel's weapon at all costs. If Malak is a Hell Knight, you 
    can equip Battle Skill and use the two square range of the stick to your 
    2) The mage battalion can be a pain, so try to Silence everyone (that's 
    EVERYONE if it's CT5, because Truth/Un-Truth are not affected by 
    Silence). This will prevent
    All Magic and cripple Rofel's mages. 
    3) Without his sword, Rofel is not dangerous. Pick off the mages with a 
    few hits of Heaven Thunder/Bolt Back then go in for the kill. 
    Murond Death City 
    The terrain is relatively flat, and only the corners will give you an EA 
    of 3. At the start of the battle, fire a truth/untruth spell one panel 
    behind Kletain. If you have both Rafa and Malak attack like this, you 
    should be able to kill Kletain at the start of the fight. If your spells 
    missed and killed the time mages, or worse yet, missed and hit air, get 
    ready for a fairly tough battle. Kletain's all magic can be totally 
    nullified if you cast innocent on him, but then only Rafa'a magic will 
    be able to hurt him. The only units you might need to worry about are 
    Kletain's ninjas, but you should be faster than them anyway. 
    This battle is easier than it looks. First off, silence Kletian and 
    steal his Mace of Zeus to make things go by easier (plus, the staff is a 
    welcome addition in their arsenals ^_^). Stay away from the ninjas by 
    ducking behind the house or hopping onto the land below the city, then 
    start targeting enemies with (Un)Truth when you're close enough. You'll 
    be safe if you stay alert, and evade the enemies. 
    1) The house and the end of the stone area are good places to stay until 
    the enemies come close. You'll be safe if you stay near those places, 
    but if things get tricky, target the enemy then run as fast as you can. 
    2) Malak, because he is most useful with 03 Faith, can face Kletian's 
    magic without getting hurt. Kletian has 81 Faith, however, so unless you 
    have Yin-Yang magic,
    you're not causing lots of damage with Un-Truth 
    Lost Sacred Precincts 
    Be sure all your party members are equipped with something that makes 
    them resistant to Don't Move and Don't Act, or you'll find your team 
    getting cut down by Balk's snipe skills and the Hydra's triple attacks. 
    Put Rafa and Malak with Ramza, and have them pound the Hydras before 
    they can move. The problem with this map is that it's very difficult to 
    find an area that brings your EA down, except near the bridge, which is 
    a deathtrap for anyone with low HP or defence. However, if you herd all 
    the enemies together, you should be able to compensate for the flat 
    terrain problem. 
    Be prepared for a tough battle. Balk will most likely Arm Aim the first 
    person he sees, and hopefully that will not be Rafa or Malak. The 
    monsters are slower than you'd think, and the chemist really isn't 
    powerful, so take advantage of this by walking to the tip of the piece 
    of land you're on and charge (Un)Truth. If need be, Orlandu can help by 
    killing the Hydras before they can get to you. All in all, if you miss 
    Balk, get back and stay back. Several places in here reduce you EA 
    sufficiently, so look for these places. 
    1) Once Balk shoots his gun, he'll probably walk up closer to you. If 
    so, walk within range of Balk and use your (Un)Truth. 2) The Hydras WILL 
    kill Rafa, and injure Malak. Do not let this happen. Run if you must. 
    Don't stand in the middle of battle with your life depending on 
    Even if you feel you could hit him, don't wait around to see. Once you 
    target Balk, run. 
    Graveyard of Airships (2 Battles) 
    Hashmalum has a few powerful spells, but he's a slow charger, and likes 
    to get into areas that greatly reduce truth's EA. More often that not, 
    he'll rush forward and try to cast a meteor on your team. Cast innocent 
    on whoever he targeted, then clear the rest of your team out of the 
    blast radius, or, get your team away from Hasmalum and kamikaze with the 
    person he targeted. If he stopped near a piece of debris (pole, broken 
    fan etc.) pound him with truth/untruth before he casts. A few well 
    placed blasts should knock him out of commission. 
    The final battles are certainly the most difficult ones (when facing 
    Hashmalum, that is). Hashmalum will opt to use "Spell" most of the time 
    to stop everyone in their tracks. Move out of the way of the range of 
    his attacks, and target him for, let's say, Sky Demon. Hopefully, it 
    will hit more than once and end the battle right there. 
    Either way, stay away from Hashmalum and only attack when you get a 
    1) Hashmalum has both Meteor and Spell., and he will use them both to 
    make a quick finish. Meteor is slow to cast, however, so hit him with 
    whatever you've got. 
    2) Stay at the very tip of the airship and he'll have a hard time 
    getting up to you.. Target him from afar. 
    3) Rafa with a Ribbon would work wonders here. 
    MetalShadow  Part 2 
    Altima is in a very disadvantageous position, so why not take full 
    advantage of it? Fire off Truth/Untruth directly behind Altima for a 
    good chance to hit her or kill the two ultima demons behind her. When 
    she transforms into her second form, you'll have a little more trouble 
    hitting her with truth, unless she goes into a corner or against the 
    edge of the map, so you should use Rafa/Malak's secondary abilities in 
    this half of the battle to avoid hitting air. 
    AstrologistOlan19 Part 2 
    This isn't as tough as it looks. Altima, in both forms is very, very 
    slow as well as her (?) Ultima Demons. Same map strategy as the first 
    battle, but you should power
    forward and target her with anything but Sky Demon (Altima is floating). 
    1) Altima 1 is very easy to beat. Afflict it with "Don't Act" (yes, she 
    is not immune to that) and fire away. 
    2) Altima 2 has Face Up, so Un-Truth becomes less useful here. That big 
    freaky skeleton is just as vulnerable to Truth, though, so Malak will 
    have to rely on physically attacking. 
    Random Battles 
    Zeklaus Desert 
    Sword Seraph 
    Some of the rock "ridges" around the edges (above the pit) reduce EA to 
    3, which is nice to know...targeting purely physical enemies down in the 
    pit is great, as they probably wont be able to get to you before you 
    nail them with a couple spells...just watch out for the Undead's 
    damaging "Soul" attacks, they can be powerful. 
    Lenalia Plateau 
    The best use of (un)truth is the two parallel ridges and the cliff over 
    the water. The most useful place to use your abilities from is probably 
    in the corner with the 4 panels of water. Remember that most monsters 
    can't enter water, so keep that in mind while fighting battles that have 
    bodies of water. 
    Fovoham Plains (Windmill Shed) 
    Well, this map doesn't look very much like a plain, but it is good for 
    Rafa and Malak. Using their magic anywhere on the hill surface will 
    greatly reduce the EA. The huge height difference allows you multiple 
    castings before most units can reach you. The flotiballs do have good 
    movement (5) and fly, so make sure that if you target them, your spell 
    goes off before they move. Any squid creatures will be easy targets for 
    Heaven Thunder (Back). 
    Araguay Woods 
    AstrologistOlan19 Ninja Battle 
    Be prepared for the battle of your life! In any case, you should boost 
    the Brave levels of everyone and equip them with "Catch" before going 
    into this area from the west. There might be ninjas throwing some good 
    stuff (I got 2 Chaos Blades and a Javelin 2 from the same ninja. The 
    girl throws the best stuff). The ninjas are very powerful, but have low 
    HP, and can probably be taken out with one burst of Heaven Thunder/Bolt 
    Back. Here's my strategies for the all-ninja battle: 
    First off, keep Rafa away from all throwing. She could be mortally 
    damaged, if Catch doesn't work. Have her creep around the ninjas, and 
    target them with your strongest Truth. Since they tend to travel in 
    clusters, you should have an easy time killing at least one of them. 
    Secret Clothes on Rafa work wonders here. Malak, however, should have 
    caution, too. Not the "stay-back" kind of caution (because the ninjas 
    have an easier time throwing long range than facing you closely), but 
    the "watching your HP so you don't die when you're hitting a ninja with 
    your Whale Whisker" kind of caution. Stay back, but not TOO far back. 
    Zirekile Falls 
     Sword Seraph 
    If you have worked properly, Heaven Thunder can do OUTRAGEOUS damage to 
    the water-type enemies here...the bridge reduces EA substantially, as do 
    many of the water covered rocks in the waterfall itself...there is a 
    water covered rock at the bottom right that REDUCES THE EA TO 1 
    (hehehe)...so lure an enemy there and let loose! 
    Also, you usually start with a height advantage...move your HKs over the 
    Falls to above the monsters and rain down Truth/Un-Truth until they get 
    within melee range...then retreat and repeat. 
    Bariaus Hill 
    This hill makes a great place for picking off enemies underneath you. 
    Just travel as fast as you can to the very top portion then start 
    casting away! 
    Here's an interesting trick I picked up. If an enemy travels to the very 
    end of the two areas on the side of the hill (they have 3 areas worth of 
    space), target them with (Un)Truth and you'll narrow the hit range to 
    two! You could Charm an enemy an make them run away from you to increase 
    the chance of this happening, but that's what I learned. 
    There are black chocobos here, so I suggest staying as far away from 
    them as you can. Send a stronger character (physically, that is) to 
    distract it for awhile. If you're playing Malak, then let him walk up 
    there and kill it. I was more concerned with Rafa here, because at the 
    cost of MP and MA increasing items, comes lack of HP. 
    You can target the top of the hill from the sides too. Excepting 
    Chocobos, no enemy will be able to attack you from there, so the sides 
    are pretty safe too. 
    Zigolis Swamp 
    This area has no areas that are geographically important for Rafa and 
    Malak, so not much strategy is used for this one. Equip them with 108 
    Gems to cancel the poison caused by the swamp, and you'll be able to 
    walk through it like normal ground (the not being poisoned part, that 
    is. Water has some effects on your move rating) 
    Normally, there are Morbols around there, so stay back unless you want 
    to get Tentacled to death! The Ice 3 spell (if you use a Black Mage 
    Rafa) should be enough to take them out, but if you don't have that, use 
    Space Storage (Back) to cause some status abnormalities to bide your 
    Bariaus Valley 
    Okay, this is a good area to utilize the range and effects of (Un)Truth. 
    First off, Squidlarkins are very common here, so plan on using Heaven 
    Thunder/Bolt Back a lot, because they are weak against lightning. Fry 
    that overgrown calimari. 
    Try to climb up on once of the high hills on the left side (if Ramza was 
    in the middle, his left) because it will take awhile for most enemies to 
    get up there, and while you
    are waiting for them, start casting your (Un)Truth skills. However, if 
    the ENEMY is up there, make good use of that; the shortened effect range 
    will be in your benefit.
    Use this tactic if you come down from Goug (to the west) 
    If you start in the middle, keep Rafa up there, so she can target 
    enemies without getting hurt herself. Keep this in mind when the enemy 
    is too powerful to overcome at close range. As for Malak, he has enough 
    power to leap off and start fighting, but if the battle looks ugly, 
    leave him up there and Un-Truth away. 
    From this position, you can travel to the right and hop on that high 
    hill. Keep the Galthana brother and sister back away from the battle, 
    and strike only when the enemy gets close enough. However, there is 
    sometime a Summoner or Black Mage waiting at the northern end of that 
    strip of land, so travel forward only to dispatch of them.
    Keep in mind that you can always retreat back to the safety of your 
    Grog Hill 
    Sword Seraph 
    No height advantages here, but again, some ridges reduce EA and, if you 
    get an enemy against a corner, that reduces it even further... In my 
    experience, this area is rather prone to thunderstorms, and is therefore 
    great for Heaven Thunder. 
    Yuguo Woods 
    Watch out for the many teleporting Ghouls. Try to stay far enough back 
    to only let one Ghoul's (range 4) use throw spirit against you. If you 
    get any closer than 5 panels away from them, they could use their 
    sleeping/draining ability against you, which depends on what class of 
    Ghoul they are. Also, if you are close, multiple enemies will be able to 
    team up against your Rafa or Malak. Throw spirit isn't very powerful, 
    but mages don't have that much life, so get close enough, then use 
    hit/run tactics against them. Use the large tree in the middle to reduce 
    EA. There is one place to the side of the tree that helps as well, where 
    it goes from 5-1 height. 
    Doguola Pass 
    Whether you start at the top or bottom, walk up to the edge of a ridge 
    or a side of a hill, and try to place (un)truth by the hills. Using 
    truth/untruth along any of these large inclines or sides of the map will 
    decrease the effect area by one or two spaces. Also, a couple of 
    restricted zones at the top can help lower the EA to 2 spaces (poor 
    Try to make any chocobos/flying units a priority because of their 
    movement. The sharp height differences in this map also serve as 
    protection from the slow movement monsters/knights. You should be able 
    to hit these units multiple times before they can ever get into your 
    range, which they probably won't survive long enough to get to. 
    Bervenia Volcano 
    This is another fairly flat map with the exception of the volcano 
    itself. Using (un)truth around the volcano is the best place to lower 
    your EA. It is also a good idea to use Rafa/Malak's abilities from the 
    volcano because its difficult terrain keeps enemies from attacking from 
    all sides and getting into range to attack you. As always, the sides of 
    the map and the few restricted panels help reduce the effect area. 
    While the lava itself doesn't reduce the EA, it does help keep melee 
    attackers away if you consider their movement range, and use it to your 
    advantage. By putting lava between you, their normal attacks are 
    useless. In addition, watch out for the numerous skeletons that have 3 
    range attacks. 
    Nelveska Temple 
    With this, make both of them your item finders. Have Worker 8/Reis 
    provide a boost to both front pillars (after you've killed the Hydras) 
    and stay up there. You'll have enough leverage to keep away from 
    attacks, and you'll be able to kill the poor animals on the ground with 
    (Un)Truth. For this battle, Rafa would make a nice White Mage because 
    she can heal any wounded allies. Malak with Jump is very interesting 
    here, also; you can jump off and hit an enemy farther away than what you 
    can reach with Un-Truth, then bounce straight back to your safe place! 
    Keep this tactic in mind. 
    Deep Dungeon 
    Do enjoy your trip. You start with enormous height difference between 
    you and your enemy, so just place your (Un) Truth users at the borders 
    of the highest part (the one you start on) and wait for the enemy. As 
    for most of the DD, this map is uneven, reducing by itself the EA 
    dimension. A no brainer in truth, but you may want to bring along one or 
    two melee fighters, just in case a Cuar or similar Jumps up in two 
    turns. I rarely had to resort to melee here, however. 
    Do not bother with Short Change, get MAU instead. You will have plenty 
    of time to get the enemy as they climb. 
    Get in the upper angle of the level, place Rafa on the highest pillar 
    and Malak just below. This will grant a modicum of protection. Get a 
    couple of Knights to guard them too, since you won't get too many turns 
    before the enemies reach you. Pick Short Change over MAU here, since you 
    will need to engage a (Un)Truth based semi-melee and speed is essential. 
    You will often fight undeads here, so you should get your Asura (Back) 
    ready to explode. Not as Truth friendly as Nogias, but a good example of 
    angle-keeping and EA reducing with common means. 
    This map is reasonably flat, but the enemies will need to navigate 
    trough the many pits to reach you. In many ways, it is just like playing 
    Nogias, but you do not have the height coverage, just the free attacking 
    turns. Your EA will be pretty reduced because of the pits too. MAU and 
    Short Change both work well here. 
    Another level full of pits. It is easy to get EA of 1 or 2 here, as you 
    can target points you cannot really hit (like Zalbag's candles). This 
    has been first Noticed by Kantolin.... my thanks man. Also, you do have 
    sufficient height difference (hd from now on). 
    The Mediator Rafa or Heaven Knight with Equip Gun comes in handy here, 
    since you can start wacking the enemy from 8 panels away before letting 
    him perish by your spells (works nicely) 
    This is just one of the many levels in DD where Truth/Untruth are life 
    savers. You start on this huge cliff, and the enemy will need to reach 
    you. The common strategy would be defending the cliff by a narrow 
    passage, but using Rafa and Malak speed-power-range no enemy will reach 
    your party alive. It is by far one of the easiest maps for those two. 
    Pick MAU, elemental boosting and outrageously high MA setups. You won't 
    need to use common attacks. 
    It is very easy to get Woodmen here, so Asura will be a sweet friend 
    once again. You may choose the common low level spells strategy or enjoy 
    toying around with Space Storage (you do have the time and the safety). 
    A no brainer, in Truth. 
    This level is flat, and the hd between you and your enemies is not so 
    big. The "stripes" however are very helpful. They form 2-squares wide 
    hallways in the level. You will never get more than EA 4. Most enemies 
    will need to move around the stripses to attack you, needing several 
    turns to reach you. Once again, Truth and Untruth have not such biases. 
    Just stay where you start the level, wait and punish every ill-fated 
    attempt at coming closer. If necessary, move along the stripe to follow 
    the enemy and give the finishing blow.
    Never go beyond it however. 
    You start low here, something very unusual in the DD. The center of the 
    level is occupied by the "bridge", and enemies do lurk there. You will 
    need the semi-melee again, so pick hybrid forms of Rafa/Malak 
    (Geomancers possibly). Blast with your spells the enemies on the 
    "bridge", then occupy it and start blasting those on the other side. 
    Jump +2/+3 comes in handy, just as Teleport. A couple of enemies will 
    try to get close, either use the other units or explain them it is not a 
    good idea to mess with two rune blades. Pick Short Change, by the way. 
    It will be pretty hard to hit the enemies on the lower levels, since the 
    structure of the map reminds me of a spiral. There are however several 
    isolated squares at the sides of the flat upper level. You can either 
    target them to get good EAs or place Rafa and Malak there for shelter. 
    If you manage to conquer the upper level completely, place them at the 
    right end of it and start blasting at the remaining enemies as you know 
    very well. 
    Short Change and hybrids here too. Samurai Malak and HK Rafa, maybe. The 
    stick attack would ensure a quick finish for a wounded enemy without 
    being exposed to a counter, and the speed factor is primal. 
    Got to love this level. You start on a pillar in the center of the 
    level. Enemies are around, but generally on lower levels. To reach you, 
    they can either use Throw (you will meet several Ninjas here) or get on 
    your pillar. 
    First good point, there is only one way in. 
    Second good point, it is another pillar, and you can get EA=2 targeting 
    Third good point, should any enemy get too near, your own pillar does 
    offer several 3 EAs. 
    Fourth, most enemies to reach you will need to pass between your pillar 
    and the one near. You'll get 3 enemies on three squares pretty often. 
    Fifth, the level is pretty small. You will be able to reach almost every 
    part of it with your spells starting by your central pillar. 
    Equip Blade Grasp as Reaction since you may get quick enemies with great 
    range and fly, the only possible problem in this map (Cocatoris and 
    their kin, Chocobos and so on) and Short Change (you do need to be fast 
    to get the many great EAs of this level). 
    Starting low again, this is the climb. This level has no particular 
    Truth/Untruth catch, but the "stairs" to the flat upper platform provide 
    good EAs, and nothing prevents you from staying at the base of the 
    stairs waiting for the enemy to come. Hybrids work better in this case, 
    since in my experience enemies are quick & nasty (this is the Tiamat 
    Love Hill, it seems). 
    I want to thank Squaresoft for producing one of the best strategical RPGs
    ever. This FAQ revolves around their wonderful game, and I claim NO rights
    of any nature on the game, its characters, storyline or system.
    I do claim author rights however, on behalf of all the FAQ writers involved 
    in this. If you want to quote what one of us wrote, feel free to do so, 
    this for long, plagiarism won't be tolerated.   

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