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   Final Fantasy VIII Tokushugi (Specials) FAQ ver 0.1 (c) Heero Yuy,1999.
   All Final Fantasy VIII related material (c) Squaresoft, 1999. 
   ファイナル ファンタジー VIII (c) スクウェア.
   Author's address: kanketsu@usa.net   
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   *)Tokushugi/ Tokushu Waza/ Tokugi

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   *) Always check the "READ ME FIRST", please. 



   Revision History:
   
   - ver 0.1      The beginning.
     3/08/1999    
   

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                  ----- A L L   A B O U T   S P E C I A L S ----
                  
                                特殊技 の すべて
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                  Project                  : Tokushugi 0.1                
                  Date                     : March 08, 1999
                  Written by               : Heero Yuy 
                  Author's address         : kanketsu@usa.net
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                  ------ T A B L E   O F   C O N T E N T S -----
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                                  Read Me First
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                                      Basic                                   
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                                    Characters
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                                  Miscellaneous                                  
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                                     Credits




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Important note:

   "Tokushugi" is a tentaive pronountiation. It might be "Tokushu-waza" or 
   even "Tokugi". I'm not sure about it. 


If I had chosen to put the whole things in the walkthrough, its size would be
too big to maintain. I realized it when dragged the bar on the right in order
to find where the disc #3 starts. 
 - I can keep focused on the related subject, never forced to go in details
   when I don't want to.
 - The walkthrough will be a "walkthrough". Basic, and simple to follow.
 - If you want the details, a summary of all the important things, these FAQs
   will come in handy.

As a start, the Tokushugi will be nice since it has some real playing 
mechanics (unlike the Limit Breaks). Well, not really. I know the G.F.s would
do better but Steven Bruck had already done a very good FAQ about and I
don't want to trouble myself by create another one. I have a live, thank you.

BTW, the next project might be the weapons. Wish me luck!
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 What is "Tokushugi"?
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The phrase was formed by three kanji letters:
  - 特 Toku      : special.
  - 殊 Shu/ koto : particularly, especially, exceptionally.
  - 技 Gi/ Waza  : skill, art.

There is a popular phrase in Japanese games, "Hissatsu Waza" which means
"art of deathblow" or in a simpler word: MOVE (refer on martial arts for this
subject). Could it be "Tokushu-Waza"?

Anyway, it is safe to use the term "special skills" or "special arts". As for
me, I prefer the "special arts" ^^.




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 When, How can I use it ? 
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"In a pinch (tight situation)". It is said so. There are several conditions
that meet the description above:
  - Your character's HP are too low (yellow).
  - Another party member is in trouble (dead, petrified, and the other 
    horrible status ailments). Usually valids when it is two out of two,
    leaving your character alone.

You can tell that you get the chance to unleash your special arts when a 
small triangle mark shows next to the "attack" command. BTW, the "jingle"
sound is also different. Use this for your advantage (humans have quicker
responses to sound stimuli, according to Ergonomics).

There is another way to get it out: cast Aura, or use Aura Stone.

BTW, you can trick the CPU by keep pushing the [triangle] button rapidly.
Don't forget to stop when you hear something different. The lower your HP,
the more likely you'll get your special arts available.
Notes: From now on, I will call the technique as "Desperation".


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 How can I get it?
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Unlike FF VII, that depends on WHO. Let's go for the characters, shall we?



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----------------------------- C H A R A C T E R S ---------------------------
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                                                          --- Squall Leonhart
                                                          --- Rinoa Heartilly
                                                          --- Zell Dinct
                                                          --- Quitis Trepe
                                                          --- Selphie Tilmitt
                                                          --- Irvine Kineas
                                                          --- Others
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______________________________________________________________Squall Leonhart

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名          : 連続剣             | Since Squall is your main character and
                                 | have a role of a leader, his attack power   
Name        : Consecutive Blade  | is beyond excellent. Same as his special  
              /Blade Combo       | arts.
                                 | Renzokuken is by far the most lethal arts
Feature     : Timed button -     | in Final Fantasy VIII. It delivers at
              tapping            | least four slashes to a single opponent.
                                 | What's better is you can still enhance
Min. number : 4 (four)           | the damage by pushing the R1 button (and
of slashes                       | you have to, in order to take the full
                                 | advantage of it). A bar will pop out:
Max. number : Random             |       
of slashes                       |      [R1]! 
                                 | ______/__________________________________ 
Finishing   : Random             | -- | X | <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
     blows                       | ___|___|_________________________________
                                 |   \            \ 
How to get  : Tune up Squall's   |   Missed!    Number of hits
a new F.B.    gunblade           |                             
                                 | If you're just lazy, just turn it to auto
                                 | from the main menu.
                                 | 
                                 | Notes: whether there will be a finishing
                                 |        blow or not at the end of attack
                                 |        doesn't depend on how well you 
                                 |        perform the R1 button, apparently. 
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Acquiring Finishing Blows:

You can get new finishing blows by customizing Squall's gunblade. Not every
gunblade give you a new finishing blow, though. 

               日本語                                  English

リボルバー            ラフディバイド       Rivolver        > Love Divide
キアストレート        フェイテッドサークル ???             > Fated Circle
カッティングトリガー                       Cutting Trigger > 
フレイムタン                               Flametan        >
ランスオブスリット    ブラスティグゾーン   ???             > Blasting Zone
クライム&ペナルティ                        Crime & Penalty >
ライオンハート                             Lionheart       >

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______________________________________________________________Rinoa Heartilly

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名          : コンバイン         | Her special arts is nothing compared to
                                 | Squall's. However, it is still amusing   
Name        : Combine            | to acquire all of them.  
                                 | To be honest, I don't really like Rinoa's
                                 | because it is random. But to think that
Feature     : N/A                | there's someone who has the worst, I 
                                 | guess Rinoa will do just fine...
                                 | Apparently, your controlable arts are 
Total number: 4 (four)           | limited to only one: Angelo Cannon. You
of attacks                       | can learn the others, but they will show
                                 | up in random. For example, the Angelo
Additional  : 4 (four)           | Ricover will show up when Rinoa's in
patterns                         | trouble.   
                                 | You must learn the moves before you can 
                                 | use them. After reading a new pet mag,
                                 | go to the main menu and then access the
                                 | status sub-menu. Push [circle] three
How to get  : Read the pet       | times to see Angelo's moves.
              magazines          |                             
                                 |     Dog's portrait         "Exp. bar"
                                 |  __/__                      /           
                                 | |     |    bla bla bla    --------------
                                 | |     |    bla bla bla    --------------
                                 | |     |   >(arts' names)  --------------
                                 | |_____|  / bla bla bla    --------------
                                 |         /                             
                                 |    The one you're learning
                                 |         
                                 | All the experience will be stored in the  
                                 | skill you're learning. Don't forget to
                                 | place the triangle mark and learn the 
                                 | ohers.
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Acquiring New Techniques:

Read the pet magazines. Simple, right? After you read it, check the status
and choose the new technique. After some battles, the bar will be full.

Skills                              Requirements

Angelo Rush                         Initial attack
Angelo Recover                      Pet Magazine vol.2
Angelo Rebirth                      Pet Magazine vol.4
Angelo Search                       Pet Magazine vol.5
Angelo Canon                        Initial attack
Angelo Strike                       Pet Magazine vol.1
Invisible Moon                      Pet Magazine vol.3
Wish Star                           Pet Magazine vol.6

*) "Angelo" is the dog's name. 

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___________________________________________________________________Zell Dinct     

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名          : デュエル           | Fans of Mash (Sabin) rejoice! The infamous
                                 | "Hissatsu Waza" has returned. Although the
Name        : Duel               | inputs are more similar to Tekken than SF
                                 | (unlike FF VI, where the opposite rules^^)
                                 | it adds a lot to the gameplay.       
Feature     : String button      |                                      
              combination        | Sorry for saying this, but don't you think
                                 | "Duel" is somehow similar to Parappa the
Max. time   : ???                | Rapper's playing mechanics?              
limit                            |                                         
                                 | The attack pattern will be like this:
Min. time   : ???                |                                     
limit                            | 1. A chain combo
                                 | 2. A message box containing 3 combinations
                                 |    will pop up.                       
                                 | 3. At this point, enter the right button
                                 |    combination. 
How to get  : Read the Kakutou   |    Step #2 and #3 must be done BEFORE #1
              Oh magazines       |    ended.                   
                                 | 4. Unleash the chosen art!            
                                 | 5. Go to step #1; repeat until your time
                                 |    is up.                               
                                 |                                         
                                 | You can set the combo to auto but you will
                                 | not be able to control the time since the
                                 | CPU always performed it at a specific
                                 | rate of speed.                          
                                 |
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Acquiring New Techniques:

The same as Rinoa. Differs only in the magazines' type. 

Skills                              Requirements

Rush Punch                          Initial attack
Hat Shock                           Initial attack
Kakato Otoshi                       Initial attack
Mach Kick                           Initial attack
Dolphin Blow                        Kakutou Oh vol.1
Meteo Strike                        Kakutou Oh vol.2
Burning Rave                        Initial attack

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________________________________________________________________Quistis Trepe   

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                                 |
名          : 青魔法             | She has a good library of precious spells.
                                 | Too bad you can't use them all the time.  
Name        : Blue Magic         | However, her spells are ranging from the 
                                 | so-so ones to ultimate spells. The only  
Total no.   : 16 (?)             | drawback to this is the fact that you need
of magics                        | certain items. And you know, items are
                                 | a little hard to find in FF VIII...   
How to get  : Items              |                                         
new magics                       | Variousity rules!                        
                                 |                                         
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Acquiring New Techniques:

???                       ???
Electric Attack           Level ? Death
Dezonator                 Micromissile - (works pretty well against Tonberis)
???                       Gatling Canon


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______________________________________________________________Selphie Tilmitt 

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名          :                    | I don't like her. Honest. All she has is
                                 | the ability to cast spells at no cost.
Name        : Slot               | Good deal? Not really. She might come up 
                                 | with something BIG (like Full Cure three 
                                 | times) but I'm looking something better
                                 | for a "special arts"...come on, you know
                                 | what I mean.                      
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Acquiring New Techniques:

???                       ???
???                       ???
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________________________________________________________________Irvine Kineas 

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名          :                    | Good one. Push R1 as fast as you can
                                 | before you'd run out of time. Your target
Name        : Shot               | is not limited. You can spread the bullet'
                                 | patterns using the D-Pad (change target,
                                 | in a simpler word).                    
                                 | Note that your bullet is limited, so 
                                 | resupply before you go to major battles
                                 | like boss fights.
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Acquiring New Techniques:

Irvine's Shot depends on the ammunition type. The better the bullet, the 
greater the damage (in general). 
Hint : Use Efreet's ability to create some good bullets.

Normal Shot               ???
???    Shot               ???
Canistar Shot             ???

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Laguna Loire   : Desperado
Kiroth Seagull : ???
Ward Zaback    : ???






       
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                                                          ------- Credits      
                                                          ------- Help....?
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    Credits
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- Rolf (rcsw@ihug.co.nz)
  For remind me where I can find the Pet magazine vol.1.

- Yu Shen Fu (ysf@pacific.net.sg)
  We discussed the "specials" and finally came up with the specials. I have
  to thank him for it. Thanks.

- Yulius Leonard (leonard.yulius@mailcity.com)
  For telling me how to get the Kakutou Oh vol.3, Thanks.
  Still, you don't have to reveal any part of the ending.

- And all the supportive ones!
   
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    Help...?
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1. Confirmation on the romanization of 特殊技. Make sure you have the proper
   literature.
2. Anything you know that I don't.

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                     That's all for now. Thanks for reading!
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                                                       Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.
                                  ファイナル ファンタジー VIII (c) スクウェア.
                            All Final Fantasy related material (c) Squaresoft.
                          Final Fantasy VIII Tokushugi FAQ (c) Heero Yuy,1999.