Rafa/Malak FAQ 2.0
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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. 
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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 

2. TRUTH AND UNTRUTH FORMULAS 
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(Orion) 
Truth 

 ((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 

Un-truth 
 [((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 
Olan). 
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). 

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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.
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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 
(6+[MA/5])*MA 
9 MA if Malak's MA = 15 

Dia Sword Back 
(6+[MA/5]) *MA 

Dragon Pit Back 
(7+[MA/5])*MA 

Space Storage Back 
(3+[MA/5])*MA 

Sky Demon Back 
(11+[MA/5]) 
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. 

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End of Math Jargon
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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). 

3. STATISTICAL DATA 
===================
(Orion) 
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 
Goryus). 
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.

Rafa 

 (Orion) 
                 Heaven Knight Rafa 

                 Truth 
                 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.
 
(7x) 

                 Geomancer Rafa (Brave 97, Faith 60) 

                 Elemental 
                 Truth 
                 Blade Grasp 
                 Magic Attack UP 
                 Teleport 

                 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 
range. 

(7x) 

                 Mediator Rafa 

                 Mediator 
                 Truth 
                 Dragon Spirit 
                 Magic Attack Up 
                 Move+2 

                 Blast Gun 
                 (empty) 
                 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. 
(7x) 

                 Summoner Rafa 

                 Summon 
                 Truth 
                 Blade Grasp 
                 Short Charge 
                 Teleport 

                 Wizard Rod 
                 (empty) 
                 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)

(AOlan) 

                 Ninja Rafa 

                 Throw 
                 Truth 
                 Weapon Guard or Counter 
                 Equip Sword 
                 Fly 

                 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).

(AOlan) 

                 Oracle Rafa 

                 Yin-Yang Magic 
                 Truth 
                 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. 

(AOlan) 

                 Time Mage Rafa 

                 Time Magic 
                 Truth 
                 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) 

(AOlan) 

                 White Mage Rafa 

                 White Magic 
                 Truth 
                 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. 
  

(AOlan) 


                 Samurai Rafa 

                 Draw Out 
                 Truth 
                 Blade Grasp 
                 Magic Attack UP 
                 Fly 

                 Chirijiraden 
                 --- 
                 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) 

(Orion) 

                 Black Mage Rafa 
 
                 Black Magic 
                 Truth 
                 Blade Grasp 
                 Short Charge 
                 Fly 

                 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
first.


                 
Malak 

(Orion) 

                 Hell Knight Malak 

                 Un-Truth 
                 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
boot.
Also note that "less powerful" does not mean weak ;)
 

(AOlan) 
                 Geomancer Malak 

                 Elemental 
                 Un-Truth 
                 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. 


(7x) 

                 Samurai Malak 

                 Samurai 
                 Untruth 
                 Blade Grasp 
                 Two Hands 
                 Move+3 

                 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. 

(7x) 

                 Ninja Malak 

		     Throw 
                 Un-Truth 
                 Dragon Spirit 
                 Equip Sword 
                 Move+3 

                 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. 

(7x) 

                 Oracle Malak

                 Yin-Yang 
                 Untruth 
                 Blade Grasp 
                 Short Charge 
                 Move+3 

                 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. 

  (7x) 

                 Archer Malak 

                 Charge 
                 Untruth 
                 Sunken State 
                 Short Charge 
                 Move+3 

                 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. 

(Orion) 

                 Black Mage Malak 

                 Black Magic 
                 Truth 
                 Mp-Switch 
                 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

		     Summon
                 Untruth
                 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
Ice.

5 - ELEMENTALS 
==============
(OO0Sevenx0OO) 

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 
7x. 

                 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 
Battles 

(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 
plangite) 

A) 

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. 

B) 

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 
too. 

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 
destroy. 

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 
advantage. 

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. 
  

Ending 
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 

MetalShadow 
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. 
  

AstrologistOlan19 
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. 
NOTES 
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 

MetalShadow 
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. 

AstrologistOlan19 
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. 

NOTES 
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 
advantage. 
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 

MetalShadow 
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. 

AstrologistOlan19 
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. 

NOTES 
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 

MetalShadow 
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. 

AstrologistOlan19 
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. 
NOTES 
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 
(Un)Truth.
Even if you feel you could hit him, don't wait around to see. Once you 
target Balk, run. 

Graveyard of Airships (2 Battles) 

MetalShadow 
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. 

AstrologistOlan19 
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 
chance. 
NOTES 
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). 
NOTES 
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 
Olan 
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) 
Olan 
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 
AstrologistOlan19 
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. 
Orion 
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 
AstrologistOlan19 
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 
time. 

Bariaus Valley 
AstrologistOlan19 
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 
group. 

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 
Olan 
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 
 Olan 
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 
enemies). 
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 
 Olan 
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 
 AstrologistOlan19 
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 
Nogias 
 Orion 
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. 

Terminate 
 Orion 
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. 

Delta 
 Orion 
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. 

Valkyries 
 Orion 
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) 

Mlapan 
 Orion 
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. 

Tiger 
 Orion 
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. 

Bridge 
 Orion 
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. 

Voyage 
 Orion 
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. 

Horror 
 Orion 
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 
it. 
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). 

End 
 Orion 
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). 
 
CREDITS

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, 
GIVING DUE CREDIT TO THE DOCUMENT AND THE AUTHOR. Many of us worked hard on
this for long, plagiarism won't be tolerated.