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A FAQ by ENAY

V1.0 April/27th/2004
V2.0 May/12th/2005

This document is Copyrighted 2005 ENAY.

Parasite Eve is a trademark of Squaresoft (c) 1998, 1999

http://enaysoft.co.uk
enay@enaysoft.co.uk 


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CONTENTS:-

1.0 INTRODUCTION
2.0 LEVEL 38 TRICK
3.0 STARTING
  3.1 FIRST TIME ROUND
  3.2 SECOND TIME ROUND (EX GAME)
4.0 POWERING UP IN THE MUSEUM
5.0 CHRYSLER BUILDING

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

Well I decided to dig out this old classic game and have
another go with it. After reading all the other FAQS on
this game I noticed that noone seems to have covered what I 
am about to describe.
So here I go!
I should warn anyone reading this FAQ that what you're about
to read is pretty slow and long winded and recommended only
for Parasite Eve enthusiasts who are looking for something
else to try with their game. This is by far the easiest way
to complete the Chrysler building with ease but not really
the best or quickest.

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2.0 LEVEL 38 TRICK

As with all role playing games that feature a levelling up
system; each time you go up a level you need just that little
bit more experience to level up the next time round.
For some obscure reason however with Parasite Eve this logic
completely goes out of the window once you reach Level 38.

The highest level that most people achieve is level 34 to 35.
If I recall correctly level 33 is where you acquire your
final spell liberate, but I'm not sure.
Levelling up from level 37 to 38 is something like 200,000
experience points. The jump from level 36 to level 37 is
also pretty steep. It's enough to put anyone off ever
wanting to level up again. Level 35 is probably the highest
most people get, even when completing the Chrysler building.
This is mainly due to the patronisingly small amount of exp
that you get whilst battling inside of it.

So for some unknown reason once you get to level 39 you only 
need to get 4,500 exp points to level up again.
Yes, that's right! A measly 4,500 exp points. And that applies
all the way up to level 99. The maximum level you can get.

You need to get to 730,000 exps point to reach level 38 and
990,000 to reach Level 99. For some reason you jump straight
to level 99 from level 96. Don't ask me why, it just happens.

As you can imagine the number of bonus points you can achieve
levelling all the way up to level 99 is immense.
You can practically level up every time you get into a battle
in the museum. With each level achieved your offence,
defence, parasite energy, status recovery, active time and
item slots all go up one. The first four parameters of which 
you cannot ever increase using bonus points. These six 
parameters follow the same number of your level.

Such as:-

Level 85

Offence         : 85
Defence         : 85
Parasite Energy : 85
Status Recovery : 85

Active time     : 85 (Providing you haven't increased these
Item            : 85  two with additional bonus points )

Levelling up to 99 which guarantee an extra 60 points on
all of these parameters. A huge leap in everything :)

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3.0 STARTING

Levelling up past Level 35 is probably overkill when you're
not planning to go anywhere near the Chrysler building. This
is best to be used on the EX game the second time round.
Whether you're half way through the game, about to start the
second time around or you've never played this game before.
This is what you should do:-
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3.1 FIRST TIME ROUND

When you're playing the first time round it's best to just
carry on playing as you normally would. At least level up 
until you get to Level 33 or when you gain the spell 
Liberate before going past the point of no return point in 
the museum.

However during the game make sure you do the following:-

- Never use a gun that fires more than two bullets. The more
bullets you have to fire, the weaker the shots will be and
the longer time you'll be spending stood still vulnerable.
A gun that fires 1 bullet is best.

- Don't drop any armour or guns you don't need. Store them
at the police station.

- Only use your tools on guns and armour when there is at 
least a +1 attack or +1 defence to be gained.
Don't add any extra status effects to your armoury until 
later. Otherwise you'll have to waste your super tools later
getting multiple effects from one weapon or armour.

- Save ALL of your super tools. Treat them like gold dust.

- Store all of your tune ups to add more slots to your
armoury until later.

- Use ALL of your bonus points to add attack and defence to
your weapons. Don't waste your time on items or active time.
You'll lose all of that the second time you play. Besides,
when you level up to 99 later you'll get all of these for 
free.

- GUNS
When you get your first rifle, keep using that until you
get your next rifle. Keep using rifles only until you
get to the museum. Each time you get a new and better rifle
make sure you discard the old one with a tool and carry all
of the attack, range and bullets to the next rifle.
After the cut scene where the rumble happens and the 
dinosaur mouth falls down. Go downstairs to the room 
with the big mirror and walk through the broken glass and 
get the hidden gun round the left hand side.
You'll know if you've got the correct gun because it'll
have two turns on it. I think it's called M8000.
Get used to this gun, you'll be using it for a long time :)

Go back to the police station and use a tool to get the
attack, range and bullets that you've accumulated onto the 
M8000. Remember to NOT use your super tools. Now get as 
many slots on it as you can using, I think 5 if the 
maximum for the M8000. Next use 3 tools to carry over 3 
more effects from other weapons. Get the explosion effect 
from the shotgun, the one you got from china town.
Now add the 'Have your turn first' parameter from a handgun 
of your choice and finally the tranquiliser effect. This 
should leave one slot free and four of them used.

- ARMOUR
Keep equipping the best armour you can get.
In the meantime use a regular tool to carry over your 
defence parasite energy and critical to your next best armour.
Do this until you find an armour that has the blue x 
effect (auto use potion)
From now on only use armours that have this effect.
In the sewer you'll find an armour that has HP up on it.
Don't equip it because of the ATB down. Keep with your
original armour
When you reach the museum and have acquired the M8000,
use a tool to convert the HP up from the armour in the 
sewer onto the best armour you have.
Use another tool to get the defence, armour and critical
to your best armour and also a tool to carry over the
auto potion effect. These two effects are fine for your
armour needs. Look after this armour, you'll be seeing it
for a long time to come :)

- MUSEUM
Experience points in the Museum are really high compared to
anywhere else. In 99% of rooms you enter for the first time
you will enter into a battle. However did you know that in
almost all of them you can get a second battle if you leave
the room and immediately go back in? Doing so ensures that
you get almost double the experience you normally would going
through this part of the story. You'll definitely get the 
liberate spell before the first boss fight in the museum.
Make sure you cash in on this opportunity whilst you can. 
You won't be able to go back for it later.

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3.2 SECOND TIME ROUND (EX GAME)

After completing the game you will start the second time 
around along with a nice 4,000ish point bonus. Anything in 
your police station chest will still be there, along with 
your newly renamed weapon and armour of your choice. 
This time round every time you complete a day you'll get a 
lovely 2000ish bonus points. So it's basically bonus points
all round. :D
Stick it ALL on attack and defence. with two thirds of the 
bonus point being put on attack. Think about it, the stronger
you are the quicker the battles will be over and the less
times the enemy will attack. You can dodge most attacks
anyway so it's less likely you'll be hit at all.
You should have enough defence for the time being for 
enemies to attack you and inflict no damage. Remember that
running into enemies always causes you damage. No matter if
you've +999 defence. Maybe a bug? But a fact none the less.
Still make sure you put some bonus points on defence but the 
priority should be on making you deal heavy damage in attack.
Although the game is marginally harder on EX game you'll 
absolutely cruise until Day 5. Most fights should end in one 
shot. Bosses will die within seconds also.
The explosion effect will hit multiple targets and you'll be
getting around +20 extra attack on your gun per day, not 
including any other attacks you may find or grab from other
guns using tools. Bosses with multiple targets to hit will
die even quicker than normal too.
This time around the Chrysler building has appeared. Don't
go anywhere near it though for the time being.

Going through the second time is simple, just keep using the
tools to gain more defence and attack like you did before.
Don't even bother equipping anything, you already have the 
best armour and gun you can get.

By the time you get to the Museum the second time round and
are ready to start powering to Level 38 you should have
about +200 defence and +200 attack on your armour and gun.
You'll be so powerful already and yet you've only just begun
your quest to power up Aya.

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4.0 POWERING UP IN THE MUSEUM

I hope you enjoy the museum and its music, because you're 
going to be seeing a lot of it. When you first get there make
sure you gain as much experience as you can whilst you're
inside of it. Enemy encounters are more common up to a point 
when you first arrive so make sure you drain the high 
encounter rates while it lasts.

Once you encounter the first fight and the museum music starts 
go back to the beginning and you should get into a couple more
fights. Then go back to the original room and go into the next
room. After this fight go back to the beginning and repeat 
the process. Basically every time you find a new place go back
and forth through all of the old rooms. You should get into
a couple more battles this way. This will allow you to get
triple more battles and experience that you would normally do.
During the EX game there are also more monsters in battle so
you will be getting a bit more experience per battle :)
Not all rooms have battles in them. Don't go into the save
room for example, you're just wasting your time otherwise.

You were probably about Level 31 or 32 when you first got to 
the Museum, when you reach the giant corridor with the red
carpet you should be about Level 35. If not then make sure
you get to Level 35 before taking on the bosses. After this
point you should have been everywhere but the place of no
return room. It's now just a case of running around charging
yourself up until you reach Level 38. That's all there is too
it. Running around earlier in the day will have saved you a 
lot of time though.

For the next part I've tried to reverse engineer HOW battles
are initiated. Number of steps taken, which rooms you're in.
What you do in battle, hit points etc. I've tried everything
and unfortunately getting into a battle is just pure luck.

It's something like a 1/20th chance of getting into a fight.
You've simply just got to run around until you get into a
fight :( However to make this process a little easier I've
developed some tips you should follow.

The best two rooms to run between are that of the giant red
carpet room and the corridor to the right. It's also a short
walk to the place in the room where battle starts.

You can try anywhere really but it's best to find a room where
you don't have to open a door. You have to see that 2-3 second
animation *EVERY* time you go in and out of the room :(

I still think the place I chose is the best, no door to
open and big rooms with high experience with easy access.
The only slight problem is that the big red room takes 4
seconds to load and the other 2.5 seconds. Yes you will
notice loading after a while.

It seems that going in and out of a room is the only way 
to offer you the potential of getting into fight.

It's not how many times you go in and out without checking.
I did this 50 times as a test without running near the 
battle zone and got nothing. It seems if there is a potential 
battle in that room and you don't go over to it then you've
forever missed it, it won't be there again next time. So
you have to run over there and check before you leave. There
is no easy way to get a battle guaranteed :(

The big red room is usually 2 Dinosaurs and 1 Pterodactyl and
rarely sometimes 1 Pterodactyl and a Scorpion. 
The corridor to the right is 1 Pterodactyl and an Armadillo.
Sometimes it is 3 Armadillos. The lowest you could earn in
any of these battles is 3,000 exp. That's pretty decent. You
certainly don't want to waste your time in other places where
there is only 1 Pterodactyl or those rooms with 1 or 2 green
jumpy things with the long tongues.

It'll probably take you about 3-5 hours of charging to get 
to Level 38. If you're feeling the tedium do something else 
whilst you charge up. Watch TV, listen to the radio, read 
a magazine. Running backwards and forwards is easy to do 
without requiring your full attention. That's what I did.

Sometimes it may be around 30 times in and out before you
get into a battle. Sometimes you'll get into battles all
the time. It's just random. But if you are getting 
disheartened at the fact you haven't been into a battle for
10 minutes. Just keep at it, your luck will change sooner
or later. One time I got into 4 battles in a row :)

Just think of the lovely 2,000 bonus points from level 36 to 
37 and the 4000 bonus points from level 37 to 38 that you'll
be getting. It's like completing 3 entire days and getting
all that lovely bonus points :)

Once you're at level 38 charging up is much more fun. You'll
get about 90-120 bonus points per level up. Not much but it
all helps. You'll pretty much level up every battle you win.
Sometimes you won't and sometimes you'll level up twice. It
all depends on the battle and the experience you get from it.
But once you're at level 99 you'll be practically 
unstoppable. You could probably kill the very last boss in
the Chrysler building in your current state but you'll get
even more attack and defence items in the Chrysler building 
in your way up :)
In total you'll get about another 5000 bonus points whilst 
charging up to Level 99 from level 38. You can slowly put 
this all on attack if you like. I would do so. Once you feel 
comfortable with your character then it's time to brace 
the Chrysler building.

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5.0 CHRYSLER BUILDING

Don't charge up to Level 99 all in one go, do it in stages.
What I do is do it in stages. Get to about Level 50 
and then do 10 levels of the Chrysler building. Then do 
another 10 levels in the museum before going further, break it
up a bit. The great thing about only needing 4,500 exp to 
level up is that gaining exp in the Chrysler no matter how 
puny seems a lot more fun. 30-100exp per battle out of your 
4,500 to level up is far more fun and seems a much more
realistic attainable target than the 30-100exp per battle 
out of your 120,435 that you're probably normally used to. 
Once you're at 99 you'll still get experience but it'll 
not get you any higher and then once you get 999,999 exp 
the numbers will never move any higher. Once you're at
999,999 all battles are a waste of time. You'll get nothing
from them but items.

My tactic in the Chrysler building is simple. I always 
follow the left wall. Keeping next to it you can be sure to
at least go everywhere and eventually find the exit. Make
sure you find the hidden storage room on EVERY floor. Make
a note which floor you're on and whether you found the room.
It's very easy to forget. I always use a piece of paper.
If you find the stairs first keep following the left wall
until you find the store room. Afterwards simply find your
trail back by following the walls on your right hand side.
Easy! :) This works 98% of the time and you don't have to
think at all. The only problems I find are forgetting which
direction I came after coming out of a store room and 
trying not to go through all the dead ends on the way 
back from the store room backtracking to the stairs.
A rare problem is that you may face a level where this
plan doesn't work and you keep going round in circles.
This is rare though and only happened to me once.

It's best to go through all the stores rooms whilst 
you're passing the floor rather than wait till later on.
You'll need to collect over 10 rare cards to give to
Wayne so he can give you the infinite super tool. Then you 
can go through ALL of the items you stored in the police 
station and add ALL of the stats to your armour and gun.
That's about another 50 attack and defence. Not to mention
the other bits and pieces you'll get for the other 4 
parameters. You will literally be unstoppable. :)

If you take 300 junks to Wayne you get the chance to build
a super gun of your choice. You get lots of it on the first
10 levels. You can do this if you wish but I wouldn't bother.
You'll be strong enough as it is with even your weedy gun 
that you kept from the very first time round. The gun you'll
get will only have about 40ish more base attack attached to
it. You gained that much just from levelling up once from
37 to 38. You can get the item if you think you'll need it.
But I personally wouldn't bother. It's entirely up to you.
When you're on Level 99 your status recovery is 99. It's so
quick that any status effects you get only last for 3-4
seconds :)

On your journeys make sure you super tool the Tranquiliser
off your gun and put the Attack up effect on in its place
when you find a gun that has it. As useful as the 
tranquiliser was, it's pretty useless when 95% of enemies
die in one hit. The attack up won't make your gun stronger
It'll increase your chance of getting a critical hit. 
(Yellow numbers)
The fifth and final slot should be reserved for the
rare cyanide effect, dealing even more heavy damage to
your gun. This should increase your attacks by about 150
points of damage.

I'd stick with the same gun and armour until level 76 or so
where you should super tool everything you find onto the
best armour and handgun you have. You'll be able to EASILY
defeat any boss below level 70 anyway, even with the 
crappy gun and armour you have equipped. But by now you'll
have infinite super tools and will be able to snatch 
everything. Your stats for the gun and armour should be 
about +350 attack, but your actual attack will probably be
about 600. you'll be practically invulnerable. Not to mention 
your offence and defence that  you have maxed out to 99. 
You should be hitting for about 600-800 hit points PER BULLET! 
The last boss should be fairly easy. The bosses attacks should
still be only inflicting between 0-20 points of damage on you.
Depending on your defence some attacks will do no damage at 
all. Even from the last boss!

Your active time will also be so fast that you'll be onto
your next turn before you've even finished firing your two
bullets in your current turn. You're almost unstoppable.
Super Aya! ;) 

If you're still struggling (God Help you if you are!) with 
the game then there's nothing stopping you of course going 
through the game a third time to get EVEN more attack and 
defence!! I'd certainly recommend this if you love the 
story and can't be bothered to ever charge past Level 32.
But remember to do so before even going anywhere near the 
Chrysler building or else you'll have to do it ALL again
Chrysler keys cannot be carried across to the next game 
after the EX game :( At least I don't think so.

[EDIT] Thanks to all those people who've e-mailed me 
confirming this. You can carry over your Keys, you just
need to make sure that you put them in the Police station
chest before you go into the Museum past the point of 
no return.

Have fun!

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A FAQ by ENAY

V1.0 April/27th/2004
V2.0 May/12th/2005

This document is Copyrighted 2005 ENAY.

Parasite Eve is a trademark of Squaresoft (c) 1998, 1999

http://enaysoft.co.uk
enay@enaysoft.co.uk 

The latest version of this FAQ can always be found at:-
http://enaysoft.co.uk/

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