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    |                           SEED RANK GUIDE                           |
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    |                            By The Admiral                           |
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    INTRODUCTION
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    The SeeD rank system is one of the most pervasive elements of Final 
    Fantasy VIII.  Yet, despite its substantial presence in the game, there 
    is surprisingly little accurate information available on how it works.  
    You can find a large and varying amount of writing about this topic in 
    FAQs and on different websites, but none of them, to date, come close 
    to accurately explaining how these ranks are calculated and what really 
    affects them.
    
    This guide explains how SeeD ranks are calculated, what factors affect 
    this calculation, how and when you are paid, and which events in the 
    game will affect your rank.  Some of the explanations for the SeeD rank 
    mechanics may be slightly technical, so a shortened, non-technical 
    description can be found in the "Quick Summary" section at the end of 
    the guide.  
    
    Please note that this guide also assumes you have completed the game or 
    at least have a good deal of familiarity with the game play and story 
    line.  This guide does contain some plot spoilers, particularly in the 
    "Fixed SeeD Events" section, so please keep that in mind if you haven't 
    completed Final Fantasy VIII yet.
    
    
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    DISCLAIMER                                                        SR00
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    This FAQ is meant for personal use only and cannot be reproduced for 
    commercial use under any circumstances.  No portions of this guide may 
    be reproduced, in part or in entirety, without the consent of the 
    author.  If you would like to use any part of this guide in your FAQ or 
    website, I will probably give you permission if you ask, but you must 
    ask first (Email: Admiral1018@yahoo.com). Final Fantasy VIII and all 
    characters are copyright of Squaresoft.
    
     
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    CONTENTS                                                           SR01
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    DISCLAIMER.........................................................SR00
    CONTENTS...........................................................SR01
    
    HOW SEED RANKS ARE CALCULATED......................................SR02
    DETERMINING SEED EXPERIENCE........................................SR03
    CALCULATING WHEN YOU ARE PAID......................................SR04
    
    INITIAL SEED RANK (FIRE CAVE AND DOLLET MISSIONS)..................SR05
    FIXED SEED EVENTS..................................................SR06
    
    SEED EXAMS.........................................................SR07
    SEED SALARY........................................................SR08
    
    QUICK SUMMARY......................................................SR08
    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.........................................SR09
    
    REVISION HISTORY...................................................SR10
    CREDITS............................................................SR11
    
    
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    HOW SEED RANKS ARE CALCULATED                                      SR02
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    The game determines your SeeD rank based on an unobservable variable 
    known as "SeeD experience."  SeeD experience works on a 100 point scale 
    per rank, and your current rank, when updated, is equal to [SeeD 
    experience/100], rounded down.  For example, if your SeeD experience is 
    2510, you will be at SeeD rank 25; once it reaches 2600, you will be 
    promoted to level 26.  SeeD rank A is reached at 3100 experience.
    
    There are four things that affect your SeeD experience:
    1.) For each enemy that one of your characters defeats, your SeeD  
         experience goes up by one.
    2.) Each time you are paid, your SeeD experience goes down by 10.
    3.) Each time you take a SeeD exam, your SeeD experience is rounded up  
         to the next rank.
    4.) Fixed events in the game will raise or lower you SeeD rank.  When  
         this happens, your SeeD experience is increased by a specified 
         amount for the event (usually 100 SeeD experience).  A few of 
         these fixed events are: the Timber train mission, Missile Base 
         mission, Shumi village quest, getting scolded by Instructor Aki.  
         A complete listing of these events can be found in the "Fixed SeeD 
         Events" section of this guide.
    
    In short, you can raise your SeeD rank by taking tests or killing 
    enemies.  Enemies killed by GFs do not count towards your SeeD 
    experience, but enemies killed by Odin, Gilgamesh, or Phoenix do.  
    Running from battle does not have any effect on your SeeD experience.  
    Your rank will fall naturally if you are paid enough times and your 
    SeeD experience falls below the threshold for the next rank down.
    
    Taking a SeeD test raises your SeeD experience exactly enough to take 
    you to the next rank.  This means that it doesn't matter whether your 
    experience is 2500 or 2599 when you take a SeeD test -- in both cases, 
    the test will raise it to 2600.  Therefore, it makes sense to take more 
    than one SeeD test at a time, so you get a full 100 experience points 
    from additional tests.  Taking SeeD tests once your rank is A will have 
    no effect on your SeeD experience.
    
    The SeeD experience scale is capped at 3110.  This explains why your 
    rank will often seem to fall from A to 30; unlike other ranks, you 
    cannot be part way to the next level up.  Your rank will drop every 
    time you reach rank A, unless you kill 10 enemies before the next time 
    you are paid.
    
    
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    DETERMINING SEED EXPERIENCE                                        SR03
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    • The number of kills that are factored into your SeeD experience comes 
    directly from your 'Character Report' screen (first upgrade to the 
    Battle Meter).  Kills obtained by any character that appears on that 
    screen (even Seifer and Edea) will have an effect on your SeeD 
    experience.  What is significant when computing your experience is the 
    change in those totals from when you are last paid, not the actual 
    totals themselves.  
    (Note: If you use an editor to lower the number of kills that one of 
    your characters has, even if that character is no longer in your party, 
    you will see your SeeD rank drop).
    
    • Your characters are credited with a kill if the enemy is defeated in 
    any of the following ways: normal attack, limit attack, offensive magic 
    attack, Card, Devour, Kamikaze, Chocobo summon (Gysahl Greens), and 
    Phoenix summon (Phoenix Pinion).  A kill made in any of these ways will 
    count towards your SeeD experience.
    
    • Your characters are NOT credited with kills if the enemy is defeated 
    by Doom, Break, Poison damage, Regen damage (if undead or Zombied), or 
    any GF summoned by the GF command.  Also, any kills made by an enemy 
    you have confused will not count, as well as kills made by magic 
    reflected back at the enemy from enemy casters.  A kill made in any of 
    these ways will not affect your SeeD experience.
    
    • Running from battle has no effect on your SeeD experience.  If a 
    battle has multiple enemies, any enemy defeated before escaping does 
    count as a kill and affects your SeeD experience.
    
    • Kills made by Odin, Gilgamesh, or Phoenix are actually credited to 
    one of your characters.  The credit goes to the character in the first 
    position on the battle screen, even if that character is dead.  These 
    kills all count towards your SeeD experience.
    
    • Kills made before you even have a SeeD rank count towards your SeeD 
    experience.  This includes any enemies defeated in the Training Center, 
    Fire Cavern, or Dollet.
    
    • Kills made during the Laguna dream sequences are credited to the 
    character that "becomes" Laguna, Kiros, or Ward.  These kills also 
    count towards your SeeD experience.
    
    
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    CALCULATING WHEN YOU ARE PAID                                      SR04
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    With the exception of SeeD exams and fixed events, changes made to your 
    SeeD experience will not affect your rank until the next time you are 
    paid.  The SeeD payment schedule is based on the number of steps you 
    take, and this total can be found on your 'Battle Report' screen.  
    
    At each payment period, you are paid a fixed amount of gil (a full 
    table can be found in the "SeeD Salary" section below).  When the 
    payment bar appears, you are deducted 10 SeeD experience and then paid 
    for the rank corresponding to that experience level.  If you are paid 
    and your rank changes, you will see the first rank appear and then the 
    new rank scroll up.  You are paid the value shown on the second number, 
    which is your current rank.  If you are paid and take a SeeD Exam 
    before the payment bar fades, you will see your new rank scroll up.  
    However, since this new rank was attained after you were paid, you 
    receive the value denoted by the first number that appeared. 
    
    You are paid each time your characters take 24575 steps.  There does 
    not seem to be any randomness to this number at all.  It doesn't matter 
    if your SeeD rank is 1 or A, if you are in a dungeon, town, or world 
    map.  This figure is constant.  (Where does this number come from?  My 
    guess is that it is [2^13 + 2^14]).
    
    The total number of steps reported on the Battle Report screen does not 
    tell you anything in itself.  The only thing that matters is the change 
    from the last time paid.  Because of this, knowing that it takes 24575 
    steps until you are paid next is not very useful unless you are 
    tracking your step total at each payment period.
    
    There are some situations where steps are recorded on your Battle 
    Report screen but not counted towards payment.  These include the steps 
    you take before you have a rank, the Laguna dream sequences, and a few 
    of the events where the game moves the characters for you.  The vast 
    majority of the time your steps will count, even during most of the 
    fixed events and the instances where your characters can move but a CGI 
    is playing in the background.
      
    The physical steps you see your characters take do not correspond to 
    the number you see on the Battle Report (BR) screen.  Each step you see 
    represents a larger number of recorded steps, and the different modes 
    of transportation will also increase the number of steps at different 
    rates.  
    
    On the world map, there are different types of movement that correspond 
    to the number of steps taken.  Both your character and a chocobo have 
    "move" and "turn" animations, and these count as a different number of 
    steps on the BR screen.  A "move" is defined as a single, physical step 
    forward.  A "turn" is seen when you push the opposite direction from 
    the one your character is facing; the character will do a half step and 
    change direction slightly.
    
    The number of steps that change on the BR screen with the physical 
    movement seen goes as follows:
    
         Mode        "Move"     "Turn"
         ====        ======     ======
         Character   3 steps    4 steps
         Chocobo     7 steps    8 steps
    
    Steps are also counted when driving cars, and will increase once you 
    travel a certain distance in 1 step increments.  Steps are not recorded 
    when moving in the Garden or the Ragnarok.
    
    Steps are recorded differently when walking in a town or dungeon.  
    Here, it doesn't matter what direction you move in, but only if you run 
    or walk. 
    
         Mode        Run       Walk
         ====        ===       =====
         Character   5 steps   3 steps
         
    Basically, the fastest ways to increase your number of steps are to 
    walk on the world map with either a chocobo or to drive an automobile.  
    Walking around with your character on the world map is clearly the 
    slowest way.
    
    
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    INITIAL SEED RANK (FIRE CAVE AND DOLLET MISSIONS)                  SR05
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    Your starting SeeD rank is based on your performance during the Fire 
    Cave mission and the Dollet SeeD missions.  Your course of action in 6 
    different areas determines what your starting rank is.  These areas 
    are: Conduct, Judgment, Attack, Spirit, Attitude, and Bonus.  The 
    maximum number of points you can earn for each category is 100, and the 
    minimum and maximum scores you can have are 10 and 600, respectively.  
    Your starting SeeD rank will be anywhere from 1 to 10 depending on your 
    performance during the Fire Cave and Dollet missions.
    
    
    Conduct
    -------
    This category measures how promptly you follow the order to withdraw 
    from Dollet.  The more time left on the timer when you return to the 
    shore, the higher your score will be.  The timer stops either when the 
    CGI video of the X-ATM092 starts or when you reach Quistis at the ship.  
    The scoring goes as follows:
    
         Time
         Remaining         Score
         =========         =====
         25:00 or more     100 
         24:59-24:00       90 
         23:59-23:00       80 
         22:59-20:00       70 
         19:59-19:00       60 
         18:59-17:00       50 
         16:59-15:00       40 
         14:59-10:00       30 
         9:50-6:00         20 
         5:59-3:00         10 
         2:59-0:00         0
    
    
    Judgment
    --------
    This measures how well you can estimate the time needed to defeat Ifrit 
    during the Fire Cave mission.  The less time you have remaining on the 
    clock after Ifrit is defeated and the GF naming screen has ended, the 
    higher your score will be.  It does not matter which of the four times 
    you choose when entering, only how much time is left at the end.  
    
    Whether it is a bug or not, the timer for this mission ends only after 
    Ifrit is named, not when the battle ends, as most sources report.  This 
    means that, despite it no longer being shown, the timer still counts 
    down during the experience, battle items, and naming Ifrit screens.  
    Fortunately, you cannot receive a "Game Over" if the timer expires 
    after defeating Ifrit, but you can let it count down to zero for a full 
    100 points.  To take advantage of this, kill Ifrit and note the time 
    left on the clock.  Now, once the battle screen pops up, wait the 
    amount of time you saw remaining on the clock (or slightly more, just 
    to be sure).  You should be able to easily and safely get the maximum 
    points on this section by following this method.
    
    If you don't want to exploit the way the timer works, you can still get 
    the highest score in this category by dealing the finishing blow to 
    Ifrit with between 20 to 12 seconds remaining.  His dialogue and 
    animation after defeat take about 10 seconds, and you will have a Game 
    Over if the timer runs down while he is speaking.  This is not as safe 
    as letting the timer run down after battle, but it is a little more 
    challenging.  The scoring for this section goes as follows:
    
         Time
         Remaining         Score
         =========         =====
         0:00-0:07         100
         0:08-0:29         90
         0:30-0:59         80
         1:00-1:59         70
         2:00-2:59         60
         3:00-9:59         50
         10:00-10:59       40
         11:00-11:59       30
         12:00-12:59       20
         13:00-13:59       10
         14:00-14:59       5 
         15:00 or more     0
    
    
    Attack
    ------
    Your score in this section is based on how many enemies you defeat 
    during the Dollet mission.  The more enemies you defeat, the higher 
    your score will be.  Any kills made by Squall, Zell, Selphie, or Seifer 
    will count.  Defeating any of the bosses in Dollet also counts towards 
    your total.  When fighting the X-ATM092, you will receive credit for 
    one kill the first time you lower its HP to zero in each battle; you 
    will not receive credit for a kill by lowering its HP to zero again in 
    the same fight.  This section uses the same criteria for defining a 
    kill as is used when tabulating SeeD experience.  The scoring goes as 
    follows:
    
         Number of
         Enemies Defeated     Score
         ================     =====
         75 or more           100
         25-74                80
         20-24                50
         15-19                30
         10-14                20
         0-9                  0
    
    
    Spirit
    ------
    The Spirit score depends on how many times you run from a battle during 
    the Dollet mission.  Each time you run from the X-ATM092, including the 
    first, counts as an escape.  To get a perfect score, therefore, the 
    only time you can run from a battle is the first encounter with the X-
    ATM092, which is the only mandatory encounter.  
    
    It takes a little work, but it is possible to avoid running into the X-
    ATM092 more than once.  On the screen with Selphie's cliff jump, make a 
    sharp enough turn and you will avoid it.  On the next screen down, hold 
    the button to walk and the X-ATM won't appear; if you run, you will 
    encounter it every time.  On the bridge, go to the right until the X-
    ATM jumps over you.  While it is in the air, start running left.  When 
    it tries to jump over you going left, start running right again while 
    it is in mid-air.  You should be able to clear the bridge at this 
    point.
    
    Here are the scoring criteria for Sprit:
    
         Number of
         Escapes       Score
         =========     =====
         1             100
         2             70
         3-4           50
         5-9           30
         10 or more    0
    
    
    Attitude
    --------
    Your attitude score measures how closely you follow the guidelines for 
    action during a SeeD mission.  Unlike the others, Attitude starts at 
    100 and is decreased each time you violate one of the rules of conduct.  
    These rules, for the most part, are rather arbitrary and never fully 
    explained in the game itself.  Note that if you defeat the X-ATM092, 
    the 'Attitude' category is replaced by the 'Point(s) Deducted' category 
    on your SeeD Rank Report.  As far as I can tell, this is a bug, as the 
    score that appears in that slot is calculated the same way as your 
    attitude score and is always positive.
    
    There are a large number of rumors present in various guides about what 
    actions affect your Attitude score.  Below is a list of all the correct 
    actions, along with the number of penalty points each carries.  You 
    lose points each time you perform the action, not just the first.  You 
    are deducted for the following:
    
     • Talking to almost anyone from the time Squall changes into his SeeD 
       uniform.  This includes Cid, the instructors, and residents in the 
       town of Balamb, members from the other training teams, and the 
       Dollet soldiers.  Do not talk to any of the members in the submarine 
       when given the choice.  You will not be deducted for talking to 
       members currently in your party.  You are only required to talk once 
       during the entire mission, and this is to Seifer in the Town Square 
       [1 deduction]
     • Disregarding Sefier's order in the submarine [1 deduction]
     • Moving towards the Comm Tower when stationed in the Town Square 
       before Seifer orders you to [1 deduction]
     • Talking to Biggs after you defeat him [2 deductions]
     • Using Selphie's cliff jump [5 deductions]
     • Failing to save the dog from the X-ATM092 (press 'talk' to save 
       it) [10 deductions]
     • Hiding in the cafe when the X-ATM092 passes [20 deductions]
    
    Despite what you may read otherwise, you are NOT deducted for any of 
    the following:
     • If you chose to walk around instead of using Selphie's cliff 
       jump, she will ask you why you didn't jump off the cliff.  It 
       doesn't matter which response you give once Zell questions you.
     • Leaving the Town Square with Seifer at zero HP, or having any   
       members of your team killed off at any time has no affect on your 
       score.
     • On your way to the Comm Tower, you will enter a battle with an 
       Anacondaur.  Seifer says to save the killing blow for him.  It 
       doesn't matter whether you let him get it or not.
     • On your way back from the Comm Tower (if you defeat the X-ATM092 or 
       let it pass), Zell will scold you if you try to go back.  You don't 
       receive any deductions for this.
     • When you return to Balamb Garden, Cid will ask you how it felt to be 
       in battle.  It doesn't matter which response you give him.
    
    You can calculate your score based on the number of deductions you 
    received from the table below:
    
         Total  
         Deductions     Score 
         ==========     ===== 
         0              100 
         1-8            80 
         9-13           70 
         14-17          50 
         18-24          30 
         25 or more     10
    
    
    Bonus
    -----
    You will receive a 100 point bonus on your SeeD rank report if you 
    manage to defeat the X-ATM092.  It is possible to defeat it, and you 
    can accomplish this in any battle except the first.  For more details 
    on how to defeat the X-ATM, see the "Frequently Asked Questions" 
    section below.  Note that if you defeat the X-ATM092, the 'Attitude' 
    category is changed to the 'Point(s) Deducted' category on your SeeD 
    rank report.
    
    
    Tabulating Your Rank
    --------------------
    Translating your actual actions on the SeeD mission into a final SeeD 
    rank is not very easy, and, surprisingly, the score you receive on the 
    SeeD Rank Report is not used to determine your starting rank.  Each set 
    of actions have a specific point modifier that is used to determine 
    your rank but never shows up in the course of the game.  
    
    In the tables below, "SeeD Score" is the total you will visibly see on 
    the SeeD Rank Report, while the "Modifier" category is the value used 
    in calculating your rank.  Note that there can be several different 
    modifiers at the same SeeD Score (Attitude in particular, which has 
    increasing penalties even after you've received the minimum score of 
    10).  
    
    After finding your score from the modifier table below, the following 
    formula is used to compute your rank:
    
      Initial Rank = ([500 + Sum of Modifiers]/100) + Bonus
    
    Basically, to find your rank, start with 500, add all the modifiers you 
    receive, then divide by 100.  If you defeated the X-ATM092, the "Bonus" 
    variable will be 1, thereby raising your SeeD rank a whole level.  If 
    you didn't kill it, the "Bonus" is zero, which has no effect on your 
    rank.  The resulting value is then rounded appropriately up or down to 
    generate the SeeD score you receive.  Any values below 1 will set equal 
    to 1, and any values above 10 will be set equal to 10.
    
    Here are the modifier tables for each category.  Credit goes to 
    CzarDragon for looking into the game to come up with this information, 
    which has all been verified through actual testing.
    
    
    Conduct
    -------
    
    Time              SeeD         Conduct
    Remaining         Score        Modifier
    =========         =====        ========
    25:00 or more     100          80 
    24:59-24:00       90           70
    23:59-23:00       80           60
    22:59-20:00       70           50
    19:59-19:00       60           30
    18:59-17:00       50           20
    16:59-15:00       40           10
    14:59-10:00       30           0
    9:50-6:00         20           -30
    5:59-3:00         10           -50
    2:59-0:00         0            -100
    
    
    Judgment
    --------
    
    Time              SeeD         Judgment
    Remaining         Score        Modifier
    =========         =====        ========
    0:00-0:07         100          100
    0:08-0:29         90           80 
    0:30-0:59         80           70
    1:00-1:59         70           50
    2:00-2:59         60           30
    3:00-9:59         50           0
    10:00-10:59       40          -50
    11:00-11:59       30          -60
    12:00-12:59       20          -70
    13:00-13:59       10          -90
    14:00-14:59       5           -90
    15:00 or more     0           -100
    
    
    Attack
    ------
    
    Number of        SeeD         Attack
    Enemy Kills      Score        Modifier
    ===========      =====        ========
    75 or more       100          100
    50-74            80           75
    25-49            80           50
    20-24            50           50
    15-19            30           0
    0-14             20           -50
    0-9              0            -100
    
    
    Spirit
    ------
    
    Number of        SeeD         Spirit
    Escapes          Score        Modifier
    =========        =====        ========
    1                100          100
    2                70           50
    3-4              50           0
    5-9              30           -50
    10 or more       0            -100
    
    
    Attitude
    --------
    
    Total            SeeD        Attitude 
    Deductions       Score       Modifier 
    ==========       =====       ======== 
    0                100         100 
    1-8              80          70 
    9-13             70          50 
    14-17            50          30 
    18-24            30          0 
    25-29            10          -50
    30-39            10          -60
    40-49            10          -80
    50 or more       10          -100
    
    
    
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    FIXED SEED EVENTS                                                  SR06
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    There are certain events in the game that will always raise or lower 
    your SeeD ranking.  Most of the events alter your rank a full level 
    (100 SeeD experience), but some have smaller amounts that you can earn 
    depending on your actions.  Your SeeD rank will never go below 1, and 
    penalties you receive while your rank is 1 will not carry over to when 
    it goes up.  Similarly, any bonuses you receive while your rank is at 
    level A will not count.  SeeD events can never push your SeeD 
    experience above 3100, even though the cap is 3110.  Here is a listing 
    of the fixed events: 
    
    
    Showing off your Gunblade
    -------------------------
    Right after the Fire Cave test when you get Ifrit, there will 
    occasionally be two students sitting on the floor outside the classroom 
    on the 2F of Balamb Garden.  The student on the left will comment that 
    Squall and Seifer are gunblade specialists, and ask to see your 
    gunblade.  If you show it to him, Instructor Aki will come scold you, 
    warning that you will penalized.  When you finally get your SeeD rank 
    after the Dollet mission, your rank will have decreased by 1.
    Effects: -1 Rank.
    
    
    Trying to sneak out of Balamb Garden
    ------------------------------------
    This event occurs on the night of your SeeD graduation (the night that 
    has the CGI scene of the ballroom dance).  Both before and after you go 
    to the training center with Quistis, you will be able to walk around 
    Balamb Garden.  If you try to leave the Garden from the main entrance, 
    the gatekeeper will warn you that it is after hours.  Attempting to 
    leave 3 times will result in your SeeD rank decreasing by 1.  You will 
    continue to lose one SeeD rank each time you attempt to escape after 
    that.
    Effects: -1 Rank (Repeatable).
    
    
    Timber Train Mission
    ----------------------
    Your rank will change during the presidential train hijacking mission 
    depending on how many times you are caught by the sensor guards when 
    you are inputting the access codes.  If you escape without being caught 
    at all, your rank will go up by one.  If you are caught between 1 and 9 
    times, your rank does not change.  If you are caught more than 10 
    times, your rank goes down by 1.
    Effects: 
    
           Number of        Effect on 
         Times Detected     SeeD Rank
         ==============     =========
               0             +1 Rank
            1 to 9           No change
          10 or more         -1 Rank
    
    
    Escape the Tomb of the Unknown King
    -----------------------------------
    When you are in the Tomb of the Unknown King, you will have the option 
    of automatically leaving by checking the auto-map and pressing the 
    cancel button.  Each time you do so, your SeeD rank will go down by 1.  
    The game will warn you ahead of time that you will be demoted if you 
    opt to escape.
    Effects: -1 Rank (Repeatable).
    
    
    Missile Base Mission
    --------------------
    You can increase your SeeD rank by up to 2 levels depending on how you 
    perform during the Missile Base mission.  You will face many junctures 
    where you are asked to make a decision, but only three of these have 
    any bearing on your rank: passing on the correct information to the 
    soldiers, choosing to fight or not, and the amount of time you set for 
    the self-destruct mechanism.  The change in your SeeD rank is based on 
    the number of penalty points you accumulate for your various actions.
    
    Here are some more details on the three areas that are scored during 
    the mission:
     • You will receive a small penalty if you relay the wrong message 
       between the two inspectors and the soldier in the  missile hangar.  
       The correct response is the "...to go on ahead" choice.
    
     • At several points during the mission, you will have the option of 
       talking your way out of a situation or fighting.  This includes the  
       dialogue after you damage the circuit room and the conversation 
       asking you to help move the missile silos.  Choosing to fight at 
       any point will result in the same severe penalty.  You are not 
       penalized in this area if you remain disguised until the mandatory 
       fight in the missile control room.
    
     • Before you exit the base, you need to set a detonation time on the 
       self-destruct mechanism for anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes.  The 
       longer the time you set, the greater you are penalized.  Note that 
       if you chose to fight (above category), you will need to change the 
       error ratio after setting the detonation time, as opposed to 
       beforehand if you don't fight.  This means that it will be very hard 
       to escape in time if you choose both the 10 minutes option and you  
       chose to fight.  Note, there is a shortcut door in the detonation 
       room that will only open once the self-destruct timer is less than 
       20 minutes.
    
    Here are some things that have absolutely no effect on your SeeD rank 
    during this mission, despite what you may read otherwise:
     • Your actions when you approach the first guard.
     • Your responses when asked how to break the panel in the circuit 
       room.
     • The answer you give the wounded soldier who gives you the [ID Card] 
       item (he only appears if you chose to fight your way through the 
       base).
     • The amount of time remaining when you complete the mission.
    
    To determine your score, start with 200 SeeD experience and deduct 
    points for any actions as listed below.  Completely a perfect mission 
    will net you two full SeeD ranks.  Even if you chose all the worst 
    options at each juncture, you will still earn at least 5 SeeD 
    experience for completing the quest.
     
     • Relaying the wrong information [-7 points]
     • Relaying the correct information [no deduction]
    
     • Choosing to fight your way through the missile base [-105 points]
     • Choosing to remain disguised and play along [no deduction]
    
     • 10 minutes on timer [no deduction]
     • 20 minutes on timer [-15 points]
     • 30 minutes on timer [-45 points]
     • 40 minutes on timer [-75 points]
    
     • Additional penalty: If you receive any deductions in more than one 
       category, you will be penalized a small, random amount of points.  
       This penalty will always be between [-3 and -8 points].
    
    The change in your SeeD experience after this mission will be +200 less 
    any penalties you received from the listed actions above.
    
    
    Scolded by Aki again
    --------------------
    During a short interval after you defeat NORG and before you arrive at 
    FH for the first time, there will be a boy outside the classroom on the 
    2F of Balamb Garden.  He will ask to see you cast some magic.  If you 
    agree, Squall casts the Blizzard spell, and Instructor Aki appears to 
    yell at him.  This decreases his SeeD rank by one, and can only happen 
    once.
    Effects: -1 Rank.
    
    
    Master Fisherman Sidequest
    --------------------------
    This is one of the most frequently missed side quests in the game, and 
    most FAQs either entirely omit it or leave out certain parts of it.  
    This quest can only be completed the first time you are in FH, right 
    after the Garden is mobile and crashes into it.  Completing this quest 
    will earn you some nice items and 20 SeeD experience.  
    
    The steps are rather complicated, so they will be presented as a mini-
    walkthrough below.  Note that you do not need to complete the events in 
    the exact order listed, but you must do them before you leave FH.  Some 
    of them are just part of the normal events that happen when you arrive 
    in FH, but they are still included.
    
     1.) Right after you arrive in FH, visit the Master Fisherman (MF).  
         You can get to him by taking the ladder down on the screen that 
         has the large, rusted silo and the elevator on the far right.  The 
         ladder will be on the left side of the screen, and it's very easy 
         to miss if you don't look carefully for it.
    
     2.) Talk to the MF and he'll ask you what you have done.  It doesn't 
         matter which response you give, and you will receive Occult Fan 
         III after answering.  Talk to him again and he tells you to check 
         up on his pupil near the docks.
    
     3.) Go to the docks and talk to the boy in the fishing boat.  Give him 
         the following responses when you speak with him: "Sort of, "I saw 
         him," and "I was sort of... impressed."  The boy will attempt to 
         cast the fishing line and will be yelled at by the junk shop 
         owner.
    
     4.) Go to Mayor Dobe's house.  He speaks with you about when you are 
         leaving and orders his technicians to repair the Garden.  
         (Side Note: Be sure to use the Ultima draw point on the right side 
          of the room, visible with the Move-Find ability equipped.  Also, 
          this is the earliest you can play Dobe for the Quezacotl card).
    
     5.) After leaving Dobe's house, you will learn that Galbadian soldiers 
         have arrived in FH.  Dobe will come out and try to reason with 
         them.  Follow him to the train station.  He tries speaking to the 
         soldier and is eventually threatened.  Squall will be given the  
         choice to "help" or "listen longer;" it doesn't matter which you 
         choose, as Squall always assists anyway.
    
     6.) You will now enter two battles, the first with three Galbadian 
         soldiers and the second with the BGF251F2 ("Iron Clad").  You will 
         be reunited with the rest of your party after the fights, and 
         Squall will now get to walk around on his own.
         (Side Note: You can mug an Adamantine from the Iron Clad, which is   
          very useful at this stage of the game).
    
     7.) Return to the boy by the docks and speak with him again.  He will 
         try to cast the fishing line again and will succeed this time.  He 
         asks you to go tell the MF.
    
     8.) Go back to the MF and speak with him again.  You should encounter 
         Irvine on your way there, and he will tag along with you.  The MF 
         will tell Squall that he likes him, and asks to meet him at the 
         Inn.
    
     9.) Follow the tracks up to the Grease Monkey's house, which is on the 
         same screen you fought the Iron Clad.  You will find a Galbadian 
         soldier threatening the Grease Monkey inside, and he asks you to  
         step out and fight him.  When you go back in, the Grease Monkey 
         will tell you that the soldier ran away, and you will receive a 
         Mega-Phoenix that he dropped.
         (Note: This step is optional, but can only be done during the   
          point when you have Squall and Irvine in your party.  You do not 
          need to have completed the above steps to do this one).
    
     10.) Meet the MF on the second floor of the inn.  He will tell you   
          about the history of Dobe (which used to be spelled Dobey) and 
          some things about FH.  After he asks you to keep him company, 
          choose the "Why not...?" response.
    
     11.) Follow the MF outside.  You will see him stop and talk to all the 
          townspeople along the way.  He will go to the docks and scold 
          both the Junk Shop owner and boy when they start arguing.
    
     12.) Speak to the junk shop owner, and this will engage a conversation 
          about the MF's history and the founding of FH.  You will be 
          prompted for responses twice, but it doesn't matter which answer 
          you give either time.  At the end of the talk, the MF will give 
          you a Megalixir.  This officially ends the quest, and you should 
          receive the 20 SeeD experience at this point.
    
     
    Finding the Captain in Balamb
    -----------------------------
    You can raise your SeeD rank up to a full level depending on the method 
    you use to find the Captain during the occupation of Balamb stage.  The 
    following steps are the same, regardless of which method you choose:
    
     1.) Go to Zell's house and enter the second room.  You will see his   
         mom greet you, and she will talk about the Commander and the   
         occupation. 
    
     2.) Head over to the Balamb Hotel and speak to the guards standing in 
         front.  They will tell you that you need to find the Captain 
         before you can see the Commander.
    
     3.) Go to the second harbor screen and talk to the guard standing next   
         to the dog.  He will tell you that the Captain was recently there  
         and just caught some fish.
    
     4.) Head over to Zell's house and you will see smoke pouring out of 
         the front.  Talk to Zell's mom and she tells you that the Captain  
         was just there and cooked some fish.  She thinks he went to share 
         it with his men.
    
    Note in the above instructions that you do not need to do step 1 first, 
    but you cannot go onto step 4 until you have.  At this point, you have 
    some choices as to how you can find the Captain: the "board the train" 
    method and the "use the dog" method.
    
    To find the Captain with the "board the train" approach, head to the 
    train station.  You will see that one his men is sick and lying down by 
    the entrance to the train.  Talk to him repeatedly, and he will inch 
    away from the stairs.  After a while, he will have moved far enough to 
    allow you to board the train.  Head over to the Hotel after the Captain 
    is awakened.
    
    To find the Captain through the "use the dog" approach, go back to the 
    harbor and talk to the dog that was next to the original soldier you 
    spoke to.  Now that you have the Captain's scent, the dog will start 
    running until he finds the Captain.  Just follow the dog and then head 
    for the Hotel once the Captain is awakened.
    
    There are a few bits of incorrect information that are often printed in 
    guides with regards to how certain parts of this quest effect your SeeD 
    rank.  The following actions have NO effect on your rank.
     • You can pay the Tabloid Guy behind the trucks at the harbor for 
       clues.  Talking to him, regardless of which of his clues you   
       purchase, has no effect on your rank.
     • Helping out the 'Big Bad Rascal' has no effect on your rank.  Doing 
       this entails distracting the guard while the Rascal sneaks out and 
       speaks with the Hotel owner.  Helping the boy does allow you to 
       leave town if you choose to, and it let's you win the Pandemona card 
       by playing the girl in the first house (Hotel owner's daughter).
     • Leaving town has no effect on your rank.
    
    Your rank on this quest is affected in the following way:
    
            Method of        Change in
         Finding Captain     SeeD Rank
         ===============     =========
         "Board the train"   +65 SeeD experience
         "Use the dog"       +100 SeeD experience
    
    
    Shumi Village Sidequest
    -----------------------
    Shortly after Balamb Garden is first mobile, you can go to Shumi 
    Village and complete the stone-collecting sidequest for a Phoenix 
    Pinion.  Doing so will net you 50 SeeD experience.
    
    A quick walkthrough of the stone-collecting quest is as follows:
    
     1.) Go to the workshop on the far left side of the village.  Talk to 
         the sculptor and he will give you permission to see the Elder.
    
     2.) Visit the Elder's house.  He says he will present you with a gift, 
         but asks that you help the sculptor first.
    
     3.) Return to the sculptor and help him find the stones he asks for.  
         If you get stuck, you can speak to the specialist for tips (he is  
         the first Shumi sitting by the rock once you get out of the 
         elevator).  The stone locations are as follows:
    
         • Blue Stone  –  The large stones right behind the Laguna statue  
                          in the workshop.
         • Wind Stone  -  Search the rocks to the left of the inn and  
                          above where the specialist is sitting.
         • Life Stone  -  Examine the tree roots that are growing down the 
                          cliff just to the right of the Elder's House.
         • Shadow Stone – Take the elevator back to the surface.  In the   
                          room with the Ultima draw point, look for a spot 
                          on the right side where all the shadow lines 
                          cross.  Search here and you'll find the stones.
         • Water Stone –  Look in the sink in the Artisan's house, which is 
                          the one right next to the workshop.
    
     4.) After gathering the stones, return to the Elder and you will be 
         rewarded with a Phoenix Pinion.  At this point, your SeeD  
         experience will increase by 50.  The Shumi sidequest continues 
         after this, but no further actions affect your rank.
    
    
    Defeating Ultima Weapon
    -----------------------
    Your SeeD rank will increase if you defeat Ultima Weapon, the optional 
    boss in the Deep Sea Research Center (DSRC).  To find this location, 
    fly the Ragnarok to the southwestern corner of the map and you will see 
    an old ship with a landing pad.  On your first trip there, you get the 
    GF Bahamut.  When you return, there should be a giant hole you can 
    crawl into, and this leads to Ultima Weapon (NOTE: after defeating 
    Bahamut, you need to return inside the Ragnarok before you can go down 
    into the Deed Sea Research Center.  You only need to talk to Irvine to 
    take off, and then the path inside the DSRC should be opened).  It 
    doesn't matter whether you defeat Ultima Weapon on disk 3 or 4.
    Effects: +1 Rank.
    
    
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    SEED EXAMS                                                         SR07
    =======================================================================
    One of the quickest ways to raise your SeeD rank is to take SeeD exams.  
    For each exam that you score a 100% on, your SeeD rank will be rounded 
    up to the next highest level.  You can first take SeeD exams after you 
    get your initial rank from the Dollet mission.  You can access these 
    exams by going to the Menu screen, then selecting Tutorial and choosing 
    the TEST option (fourth one from the top).  You can take up to the test 
    number equal to Squall's current level.  For example, if Squall is at 
    level 12, you can only take up to SeeD test 12; you will need to wait 
    until he is at level 13 to take the next exam.  Taking tests once your 
    rank is A does not affect your rank.
    
    Here are the answers to the 30 SeeD exams.  The spacing is designed to 
    make the answers easier to read, and doesn't indicate anything about 
    the questions themselves.
    
        ________________________             ________________________
       | Exam # |    Answers    |           | Exam # |    Answers    |
       |________|_______________|           |________|_______________|
       |        |               |           |        |               |
       |Exam 1  | YN YYY NNY NN |           |Exam 16 | YN NYN YNN YN |
       |Exam 2  | YN YYY NYY NN |           |Exam 17 | YN NNY NNY NN |
       |Exam 3  | NN YNY YYN YN |           |Exam 18 | YN NNY NNN NN |
       |        |               |           |        |               |
       |Exam 4  | NY YYN NYY NN |           |Exam 19 | YN NYN NNN NY |
       |Exam 5  | NN NYY NNY YY |           |Exam 20 | YY NYN YYY NN |
       |Exam 6  | YN YYN NYY NY |           |Exam 21 | YY YYN NYY YN |
       |        |               |           |        |               |
       |Exam 7  | YY YYY YNY YN |           |Exam 22 | NN NYN NNY YN |
       |Exam 8  | NY NNY YNN YN |           |Exam 23 | YN NNN YYY YY |
       |Exam 9  | NY NNN NNN YY |           |Exam 24 | YY NNY YNN NY |
       |        |               |           |        |               |
       |Exam 10 | YN NNN NNN YN |           |Exam 25 | YN YYY NNY NN |
       |Exam 11 | YY NYY NYN NY |           |Exam 26 | YY NYN YNY NN |
       |Exam 12 | NY NNY NYN YN |           |Exam 27 | NY NNN NYN YN |
       |        |               |           |        |               |  
       |Exam 13 | YN NNY NNN NN |           |Exam 28 | YN NYY YNY NN |
       |Exam 14 | YY YYN YYN YN |           |Exam 29 | NN NYY NNN YN |
       |Exam 15 | YY NNN NNY NY |           |Exam 30 | NY NNN NYN NN |
       |________|_______________|           |________|_______________|
       
    
    
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    SEED SALARY                                                        SR08
    =======================================================================
    Each time you are paid, you receive a fixed amount of gil depending on 
    your current SeeD rank.  The amount of money you receive increases 
    steadily in 1,000 gil increments until level 15, after which point it 
    increases at 500 gil per level until rank 30.  At rank A, you will earn 
    30,000 gil each payment.  The table below lists your salary payments at 
    each rank.
    
        _______________________              _______________________ 
       | SeeD   |              |            | SeeD   |              |
       |  Rank  |    Salary    |            |  Rank  |    Salary    |
       |________|______________|            |________|______________|
       |        |              |            |        |              |
       |Rank 1  |  500    gil  |            |Rank 16 |  13,000 gil  |
       |Rank 2  |  1,000  gil  |            |Rank 17 |  13,500 gil  |
       |Rank 3  |  1,500  gil  |            |Rank 18 |  14,000 gil  |
       |Rank 4  |  2,000  gil  |            |Rank 19 |  14,500 gil  |
       |Rank 5  |  3,000  gil  |            |Rank 20 |  15,000 gil  |
       |        |              |            |        |              |
       |Rank 6  |  4,000  gil  |            |Rank 21 |  15,500 gil  |
       |Rank 7  |  5,000  gil  |            |Rank 22 |  16,000 gil  |
       |Rank 8  |  6,000  gil  |            |Rank 23 |  16,500 gil  |
       |Rank 9  |  7,000  gil  |            |Rank 24 |  17,000 gil  |
       |Rank 10 |  8,000  gil  |            |Rank 25 |  17,500 gil  |
       |        |              |            |        |              |
       |Rank 11 |  9,000  gil  |            |Rank 26 |  18,000 gil  |
       |Rank 12 |  10,000 gil  |            |Rank 27 |  18,500 gil  |
       |Rank 13 |  11,000 gil  |            |Rank 28 |  19,000 gil  |
       |Rank 14 |  12,000 gil  |            |Rank 29 |  19,500 gil  |
       |Rank 15 |  12,500 gil  |            |Rank 30 |  20,000 gil  |
       |        |              |            |Rank A  |  30,000 gil  |
       |________|______________|            |________|______________|
    
    
    
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    QUICK SUMMARY                                                      SR08
    =======================================================================
    You can raise your SeeD rank by killing enemies and taking SeeD exams, 
    and your rank drops if you are paid 10 times without fighting any 
    monsters.  Killing enemies in almost any way except through summoning a 
    GF will help raise your rank.  Running from battles has no effect on 
    your rank.
    
    You are paid based on the number of steps you take, so walking around 
    in any area will help you get paid more quickly.  Your mode of 
    transportation affects how many steps you take, so you can get paid 
    even quicker if you ride a Chocobo or drive an automobile.
    
    There are several events in the game that raise or lower your rank, 
    depending on your actions.  Here is a list of these events:
     
      • Initial SeeD rank from Dollet mission (Rank = 1 to 10) 
     • Getting yelled at by Aki for showing off your gunblade (-1 rank, 
       even though you don't have one yet) 
     • Trying to sneak out of the Garden on graduation night (-1 rank) 
     • Timber Train Mission (+1 to -1 rank) 
     • Using the quick escape from Tomb of Unknown King (-1 rank) 
     • Galbadian Missile Base mission (up to +2 rank) 
     • Getting scolded by Aki for using magic inside the Garden (-1 rank)
     • Completing the Master Fisherman Quest (+[1/5] rank) 
     • Finding the Captain during the Balamb occupation (up to +1 rank) 
     • Completing the Shumi Village sidequest (+[1/2] rank) 
     • Defeating Ultima Weapon (+1 rank)
    
    To achieve a high score on the first SeeD mission, do the following:
    
     • Defeat Ifrit with as little time on the clock as possible
     • Kill as many enemies as you can
     • Never run from any battles if it can be avoided
     • Return to the shore as quickly as you can when given the withdraw 
       order
     • Do not talk to anyone outside of your party during the mission
     • Do not disobey any of Seifer's orders, or try to go on without him
     • Do not use Selphie's cliff jump short-cut
     • Be sure to save the dog when being chased by the X-ATM092 (press 
       'talk' to save it)
     • Do not hide in the cafe when the X-ATM092 is chasing you
     • If you are strong enough, try to kill the X-ATM092; this will give 
       you bonus points
    
    
    
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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS                                         SR09
    =======================================================================
    Q: Why does my rank always drop from A to 30 as soon as I get paid?
    
    A: This is because of the way the game keeps track of your rank, and is 
       perfectly normal.  In order to prevent your rank from dropping, you 
       need to kill 10 enemies after reaching rank A to keep it at A the 
       next time you are paid.  If you fail to do this, your rank will drop 
       every time. 
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    Q: How can I make a lot of money through SeeD payments?
    
    A: SeeD payments are certainly not the quickest way to raise gil, but 
       there are a few things that will speed up the process if this is 
       your method of choice.  First, take as many SeeD exams as you can.  
       You get paid more at each higher rank, and SeeD tests are the 
       quickest way to raise your rank.  Note that you can take up to the 
       test number equal to Squall's current level.  Second, find some 
       place where you can freely walk around without interruptions, as 
       your SeeD payments are based on the number of steps you take.  The 
       best way to do this is through riding a Chocobo on the field or 
       walking around in a town or dungeon (with Enc-None equipped).  After   
       taking enough steps, you will be paid.  Repeat for as long as 
       desired, and take additional SeeD exams to raise your rank if it 
       drops.
    
       A far quicker way to make money is by using the "Infinite Gil 
       Trick," or one of its variations.  To perform the trick, you need GF 
       Carbuncle with the Recov Med-RF ability learned.  It also helps 
       immensely if you have GF Tonbery with the Call Shop, Familiar, 
       Haggle, and Sell High abilities learned.  Basically, the trick works 
       like this:
       1.) Go to Johnny's Shop in Esthar.  It may be closed at first, but 
           enter repeatedly and you will eventually be able to shop there.  
           Once visited, it will appear on the Call Shop list as "Esthar 
           Shop!!!"
       2.) Purchase 100 Cottages and 100 Tents.  Johnny's Shop is the only 
           place that sells Cottages.  If you missed it or are not at that 
           point yet, use any other shop that sells Tents.
       3.) Using Recov Med-RF, refine the 100 Tents into 25 Mega-Potions 
           and the 100 Cottages into 50 Mega-Potions.  You can save a good 
           deal of time by moving Tents, Cottages, and Mega-Potions to the 
           top of your item list.
       4.) Sell the Mega-Potions for a huge profit.  Having learned 
           the Haggle and Sell High abilities will increase your profit 
           margin from this trick.
       5.) Repeat as desired, ad infinitum.
    
       Using this trick, it's possible to net over 1 million gil per 
       minute, which is useful for purchasing stat refining items near the   
       end of the game.  An alternative version of this trick involves    
       gathering Mesmerize Blades and refining them into Mega-Potions.  The 
       steps are the same after that, but this method is much slower.
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    Q: You mentioned the "Battle Meter."  What is this?
    
    A: The Battle Meter is a series of screens on your menu that provide  
       information about the game.  There is the original Battle Meter and 
       two upgrades you can get for it.  Here is where to find them:
    
      • Battle Meter: This opens up the "Battle Report" menu, which 
        displays the number of steps you've taken and the number of 
        battles/victories/escapes you've had.  You get it by talking to Cid 
        after the Initial SeeD rank mission in Dollet, after he is finished 
        debriefing you.  If you fail to get it at this point, you can still 
        receive it by going back to the 3F and talking to Cid at any point 
        before you leave for Timber for the first time.  If you don't get 
        it before this, there is no way to get it in your current game.
    
      • Upgrade 1: This opens up the "Character Report" menu, which 
        displays the number of kills and KO's that each of your characters 
        has, including Seifer and Edea.  You get this upgrade by playing a 
        card game with the prisoner on the 10th floor of the D-District 
        prison on disk 2.  You must have the Battle Meter from Cid in order 
        to get this upgrade, otherwise the card player will always say 
        "......" when you try to play him.  Once you beat him in a game of 
        cards, your Battle Meter is upgraded.
    
      • Upgrade 2: This opens up the "GF Report" menu, which displays the 
        number of kills and KO's that each of your GF's has.  You get this 
        upgrade by playing cards with the man that randomly appears in 
        Balamb Garden's training center on disk 2 or later.  This man 
        sells items and is also the CC Group Joker member, so you must  
        complete parts of that sub-quest before you can challenge him.  
        Note that this player also carries the Leviathan card that you can 
        win.  If you succeed in defeating him in a card game, he will   
        upgrade your Battle Meter.  Again, you must have the original 
        Battle Meter from Cid to receive this upgrade.
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    Q: You said you can defeat the X-ATM092.  How is this possible?
    
    A: The X-ATM092 can be defeated, but it may take a bit of preparation 
       beforehand.  You can kill the X-ATM092 in any battle except the 
       first (despite what the guides say, you do not need to kill it on 
       the bridge).  The X-ATM has anywhere from 3 to 5 "lives" that you 
       need to take away before you can kill it.  To take away one life, 
       the X-ATM needs to pick itself up after being knocked down.  This 
       will happen if you let it repair itself fully or if you deplete its 
       HP to zero, in which case it stops repairing and gets right back up.  
       After taking away the 3 to 5 lives, the X-ATM092 will no longer go 
       into repair mode, and you can kill it by depleting its HP to zero at 
       this point.
    
       Some strategies for fighting the X-ATM092 are as follows.  Make sure 
       that Squall and Zell have Str-J and Elem-Atk junctioned.  Try 
       junctioning Thundera or Thuderaga to Elem-Atk, and a strong spell 
       like Quake or Tornado to Strength.  You can get all these spells 
       through playing cards and doing some minor refining (this 
       information is available in several other guides).  Alternatively, 
       you can draw the –aga spells from level 30 and above Galbadian 
       soldiers in Dollet.  Since the enemies level up with your party, 
       your best bet is to kill off Zell and Squall and level Seifer to 60 
       in Dollet -– this will put your party at a high enough level to 
       encounter level 30+ Galbadian soldiers.  Another option is to teach 
       Quezacotl a few of his "SumMag+xx%" abilities.  This will let you do   
       a few thousand damage to the X-ATM092 pretty easily.
    
       Killing the X-ATM092 will net you 50 AP and a random +40% GF ability 
       item (Giant's Ring, Power Wrist, Orihalcon, Hypno Crown, or Force 
       Armlet).  You can rack up a few hundred AP from fighting the X-
       ATM092 if you deplete its HP to zero and then run from the battle 
       without killing it.  This will give you 50 AP each time, and you can 
       repeat the encounters for more AP until the timer expires.  Note 
       that this is actually harder to do than killing it outright, as you 
       need to reduce its HP to zero before it repairs itself.  Also, 
       running from the X-ATM092 repeatedly will decrease the score you 
       receive in the 'Spirit' category, but you can partly make up for 
       this by killing the X-ATM when before timer expires for 100 Bonus 
       points.
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    Q: I have a question about something in this guide or something that I 
       think should be covered.
    
    A: If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by email at  
       Admiral1018@yahoo.com.  Please include "FF8" in the message title so  
       I don't accidentally delete your email.
    
       For answers to any other FF8 questions in general, you should make   
       sure to check out the FF8 message board on the GameFAQS.com site.   
       It's one of the best sources for up-to-date FF8 information on the 
       net. 
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    REVISION HISTORY                                                   SR10
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    Version 0.99 – August 27, 2002
      • Preview version
    
    Version 1.0 – August 28, 2002
      • Initial Release
    
    Version 1.1 – August 30, 2002
      • Fixed the penalty points for Missile Base self-destruct times
      • Corrected the information about talking to Irvine in order to enter 
         the Deep Sea Research Center to fight Ultima Weapon
      • Corrected information about when you can visit the Grease Monkey 
         during the Master Fisherman Quest
      • Made corrections to the necessary steps for finding the Captain
      • Added information about kills made by poison and regen
      • Minor additions to the "Attitude" scoring section about having 
         Seifer with 0 HP
      • Minor spelling and formatting corrections
    
    Version 1.2 – October 2, 2002
      • Made some major changes to the method for calculating initial SeeD 
         rank
      • Made a correction to "Attack" score when killing 14-19 enemies
      • Added a question to the FAQ section on making money quickly and on 
         performing the "Infinite Gil Trick"
      • Minor spelling and formatting corrections
    
    Version 1.3 – October 3, 2002
      • Corrected information on when the timer stops counting during the 
         Fire Cavern mission
      • Minor spelling and formatting corrections
    
    
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    CREDITS                                                            SR11
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    Big thanks to everyone who helped me with this guide, especially the 
    members at the GameFAQs message boards – this guide would not have been 
    possible without your ongoing support.  Particular thanks to the 
    following:
    
    • Vilurum, for providing much of the original information on SeeD 
    experience and a lot of the supplemental details scattered throughout 
    this guide.  Also, big thanks for corrections on MF quest, missile base 
    times, talking to Irvine after Bahamut, and kills made by poison and 
    regen.
    
    • DaBubba (Mark Rosa - heiankyo794@yahoo.com), for a lot of help in 
    figuring out the scoring criteria for the original SeeD mission and the 
    alternatives to several of the fixed SeeD events.  You've been a huge 
    help in constructing this guide.
    
    • CzarDragon, for determining how the initial SeeD rank is calculated 
    and coming up with the complete table of category modifiers used in 
    this guide (big thanks).  Credit also for pointing out that 14-19 kills 
    resulted in an Attack score of 30 and that the Judgment timer stops 
    after naming Ifrit.
    
    • Myst Erik Ery, for helping me work out a lot of the calculations and 
    SeeD experience increases for some of the fixed SeeD events.
    
    • Conquest TSi, for helping explain things that didn't make sense with 
    some of the SeeD events and trying to decipher the initial SeeD rank 
    scoring.
    
    • Sister, for suggesting the correct steps to find the Captain during 
    the Balamb occupation.
    
    • A big thanks to xTEIDAx, KADFC, Druff, Marcell herwindo, dhamon, 
    SCYTHE262002, simjam, Epic, Bizkit047, ArcImpulse, Quisti, Sky Olivine, 
    and Angel Requiem for all your support and assistance in helping me 
    write this guide.
    
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