SaGa Frontier
Meeplelard, version 0.1
7/11/05

Table of Contents: 
Version History
Legal Stuff
1. Overview of the Game 
2. Basic Info
3. Characters
4. Tips for raising Characters
5. Walkthrough
6. Equipment
7. Frequently Asked Questions
8. Credits

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Version 0.2: Long awaited update, walkthrough section finally started.

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1. Overview of the Game 
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Some of you might be wondering "What is SaGa Frontier?"  Well, if you 
are, that must mean either you've never played the game and are reading 
this FAQ because you are considering playing it, or you are randomly 
bored. That, or I'm just making random assumptions, and thus am being a 
jerk, but who knows?  Anyway, SaGa Frontier is a role-playing game for 
the Playstation made by Squaresoft, the company responsible for famous 
RPG titles such as the Final Fantasy series.

SaGa Frontier is many ways a unique RPG. Like the rest of its series 
(most of which is unavailable in the US), it takes the standard turn-
based system that many RPGs use, as well as other standard features, 
and then puts a few twists on them, including a unique means of 
leveling up and gaining skills. The game also has a different kind of 
plot; instead of giving you one story to play through, with one main 
character and a bunch of supporting characters, there are a total of 7 
characters with unique stories, quests and characters to choose from. 
Which one you choose to start with doesn't matter, since they are all 
available from the get-go, and you can replay them as many times as you 
want. Because of this, SaGa Frontier tends to be a game centered mainly 
around gameplay, and replayability, instead of plot and character 
development. Some quests you might like, others you might abhor, and 
then there are those you might just plain not care about one way or the 
other. 

Well, that's about it for the basic overview of the game, if I go 
further, I'd get into depth, so I probably should just get into the 
next section.


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2. Basic Info
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This section will give you the heads up about basic concepts that you 
might like to know about playing SaGa Frontier. I mean, if you didn't 
know how to play the game, then beating the game might be difficult or 
something. 

Note that you can see explanations of a lot of this stuff in the game 
by going to Config -> Menu Explanation. 

Game Controls: 
Control Pad: Moves the character, and selects options in menus
Circle: Action/Accept
X: Dash/Cancel
Square: Menu
Triangle: Displays character status in battle
R1: Brings up the "Defend" Command in battle
L1: Accept (in battle only)
R2: Shift battle camera to the right
L2: Shift battle camera to the left
Start: Pauses game, brings up battle speed menu in battle
Select: Nothing

STATISTICS

SaGa Frontier keeps track of 12 statistics for each character. They 
are:
HP = Hit Points
LP = Life Points
JP = Jutsu Points
WP = Waza Points
Str = Strength
Qui = Quickness
Int = Intelligence
Wil = Will
Psy = Psychic
Vit = Vitality
Chr = Charm
Def = Defense

HP AND LP

Hit points are the old RPG standby – lose them all and you die. From 
there, it gets a bit more complicated.

Every time a character loses all their HP, they’ll lose one Life Point 
and be unable to act until they are healed (any healing item/spell will 
work) or the battle ends. If an enemy attacks a “dead” character (and 
multi-target spells count here), he/she/it will automatically lose 1 
LP. If LP hits 0, the character won't restore after battle, and you 
will be forced to heal their LP with special items or full-healing 
locations like an inn. 

WP, JP AND LP

There are two types of attacks in SaGa Frontier: physical techs and 
magic spells. Physical techs cost WP, while magic uses JP (Jutsu 
Points). This works exactly like traditional MP, if it was split into 
two stats. If you don’t have enough JP/WP for a particular move, it 
will be greyed-out in combat. In battle, move costs are displayed in 
the upper-right corner of the screen. The first number shown is the 
cost of the attack, and the second is how many points you have left. A 
sword icon in that box means the technique costs WP, and a staff icon 
means JP.
MENUS (AND STUFF)

When you open the menu, you'll see all characters you have in every 
team; each column represents one team. You'll notice 4 numbers next to 
the characters, which can be changed with the control pad, to cycle 
through 3 sets of numbers. These are your characters stats, which I'll 
get to later. The 3 sets are: 
HP/LP/WP/LP
Str/Qui/Int/Wil
Psy/Vit/Chr/Def

For the first menu, after HP, it'll list 2 numbers. The first is your 
current amount, the 2nd is the maximum for that character. If the 
character currently has less than the maximum, the stat will be 
displayed in yellow.

The Abbreviations for the last 8 stats are: 
Str = Strength
Qui = Quickness
Int = Intelligence
Wil = Will
Psy = Psychic
Vit = Vitality
Chr = Charm
Def = Defense

What these mean, I'll brush up on later. To the right hand side, you'll 
notice the menu itself. You can have this disappear to see characters 
being covered by it by pressing the Triangle Button.

Going in order, each option on the menu goes as such:
Status: Shows the characters status you choose. The status menu will 
look like this:

Name                    Magic/Physical dependency (Humans only)
Race: Human, Mec, Mystic, or Monster                          Sex: 
HP: The character’s Max HP     LP: Current LP/Max LP
WP: Current WP/Max WP          JP: Current JP/Max JP
Strength: Base Strength + equip bonuses   
Quickness: Base Quickness + equip Bonuses    
Intelligence: Base Intelligence + equip bonuses
Will: Base Will + equip bonuses
Psychic: Base Psychic + equip bonuses
Vitality: Base Vitality + equip bonuses
Charm: Base Charm + Equip Bonuses
Defense: Defense

Race determines a great many things about the character, from what 
skills they can learn to how many equipment slots they have and how it 
affects them.

Equipment bonuses, if it’s not obvious, are the yellow number listed 
next to the base stat

To the right of your stats, you can see your equipment. If you press Up 
or Down, you can see what skills that character has equipped. 

Item: Opens up a menu of all the items you have in your inventory, and 
tells you what each do. 

Position: Allows you to alter your team's setup. You have three battle 
teams of up to five characters each, divided by columns in the position 
screen. The first column is Team A, the second is Team B, and the third 
is Team C. Before battle begins, you can choose which of the three 
teams to send in. Your main character is fixed in Team A.

Equip Weapon: Opens up a list of items you can equip. For Humans and 
Mystics, the first four slots are for weapons (Swords and Guns), 
Shields, and Items, and the last four are for all defensive equips. You 
can use any combination of weapons/items in the first four slots – if 
you equip three swords, for instance, you’ll be able to use them all in 
combat. However, you can only equip one of each type of armor – Body 
Armor, Boots, Helmets, Shirts, and Gloves. If you equip a Suit, it 
counts as Body Armor, Boots, Helmet, Shirt AND Gloves, so you'll only 
be able to use that and any accessories you want to. Which symbol 
represents which kind of equipment should be obvious.

Mecs can equip any item, weapon, accessory or armor they want to 
anywhere with no restrictions. They can equip multiple armors of the 
same type, including multiple suits. 
Monsters have only 4 equipment slots, and they can only equip 
accessories.
If a character’s equipment is displayed in red, it means that their 
equipment is locked, and can't be removed or changed at all. 

Equip Ability: Allows you to set up your character’s skillsets for 
battle. No matter how many abilities a character knows, he or she can 
only use the ones equipped.

To equip a physical ability, just choose the type of skill and then the 
skill you want. To equip a magic spell, you must first choose a 
“school” - Light, Shadow, Realm, etc. If you have the Gift for a type 
of magic, it will be marked with a star. Only characters with Gifts can 
learn magic naturally – otherwise, you have to buy new spells. Gifts 
can be learned by completing side quests. 

Humans, who have the most skills to worry about, have 8 ability slots. 
To the right of the screen, you'll see your skills split into Swords, 
Guns, Fighting, Magic, Special and Dodge. Swords, Guns and Fighting all 
count as Physical abilities, and Magic counts as magic (Duh?)  Dodge 
and Special are totally neutral. 
There is a small bar at the top right corner of this screen. As a 
character equips physical skills, it fills with blue, and magic skills 
fill it with red. If a character equips six skills of one type 
(physical or magical) and NONE of the other type, the bar will have a 
crown in the center, and all skills of that type will cost 1 less WP or 
JP. This ONLY applies to humans.

Config: Brings up another submenu which has the following:
       Menu Explanation: Sort of a tutorial to the game; explains how 
       you use menus and such.
       Menu Items: Lets you switch the order things are displayed
       in at the main menu screen 
       Display Color: Lets you alter the background colors for  
       different parts of the game
       Other: Lets you change sound, game speed, and window 
       positioning

For Mystics, the first four slots are can be filled with whatever you 
want, the same as Humans (typically, Mystics will use Magic). The 3 
bottom slots are reserved for the Mystic Weapons (Mystic Sword, Mystic 
Glove, and Mystic Boot) that all Mystics use automatically, and all you 
can do is check what monster is absorbed into them. 
For both Humans and Mystics, if you wish to clear room for more skills, 
use the "Seal" command, and it'll de-equip the selected skill.

Mecs have a varying number of skills to work with based on their 
equipment. To use them, just select the skill you want and equip it in 
a free space. If you kill a Mec in combat, any Mecs in your party can 
“download” it after the battle, with a chance to learn a new skill.

Monsters are more complicated. They don’t learn, abilities naturally, 
by any method – instead, after you kill a monster in combat, monsters 
in your party will be able to “absorb” it and learn a new skill (which 
skill you learn. That skill will be placed in the eighth spot on the 
monster’s skill list, regardless of what was there already. If it was 
an empty slot, you got a free skill. If there was a skill there 
already, you’ll lose it. Make sure to move any skills you want to keep 
out of the eighth slot! That skill slot will be in red, for extra 
emphasis.

As a fun fact, a way to remind yourself of what race each character is 
that all Races will have a different colored backgrounds for their 
Equip Ability screen. Humans are black, Mystics are red, Mecs are blue, 
and Monsters are green.


Save: Lets you save the game. You can save on either of your memory 
cards, or do a quick save. A quick save is a temporary save file stored 
in the Playstation’s memory. You don’t need space on a memory card to 
save one, and it can be loaded instantly, but turning off the system 
will erase any quick save you’ve made.

At this point, you're probably wondering what I'm talking about with 
all these "Humans" and "Mystics" and such, so…I’d best get into that 
now.

SaGa splits its characters into four different races: Humans, Mystics, 
Mecs, and Monsters. Each race is different.

Humans: Humans are the most common race in SaGa. They gain stats 
naturally at the end of fights based on the actions they did in battle. 
For example, using guns will increase quickness frequently, but loweres 
strength growth. They also learn techs through their actions in battle. 
They can learn any tech involving swords, guns, fists, magic, or 
dodging. NWhen a character uses a gun skill or magic spell in combat, 
there’s a chance he or she will learn a new skill when the battle ends 
(only if they have the appropriate magic gift, of course). Sword and 
fist techniques are learned randomly in battle based on what attacks 
the character uses. When a human learns a new technique, a light bulb 
appearing over the character's head, and he or she will immediately use 
the new attack instead of the one you told him/her to perform. Dodge 
techs are randomly learned when the character is hit with a specific 
attack; for example, every time a human carrying a sword is hit with an 
attack, there’s a chance he/she will learn Deflect. Every human has 
different tech learning rates, so some will learn magic faster than 
others, while others characters will be better with swords, etc. These 
values are hidden.

Mystics: Mystics are the only class besides humans who can use magic, 
and they learn it the same way as humans. However, they can't learn any 
of the weapon skills, and none of their stats besides HP, WP, JP, and 
Charm increase naturally. Instead, they have to absorb monsters to 
increase their stats and learn new skills. Each Mystic gets three 
Mystic weapons – Mystic Sword, Mystic Glove and Mystic Boots. When the 
Mystic kills a monster with one of those weapons, the monster will be 
absorbed into it, giving the Mystic a set of stat boosts and teaching 
them a new skill. Note that on the status menu, the game treats 
absorbed stats as equips, so they'll be listed in yellow numbers next 
to addition to the base stats. A Mystic can have three monsters 
absorbed at once – one in the sword, one in the glove, and one in the 
boots. Absorbing a new monster into a weapon that already has one will 
“overwrite” the old one, replacing both the stat boosts and the skill 
from the old monster. While Mystics can't learn techs from weapons, 
they can still use them like humans normal humans. They can also use 
any skills innately attached to those weapons.

Mecs: Mecs have no natural stat growth whatsoever. Instead, their stats 
are totally reliant on what equips they currently have on. Due to this, 
Mecs have far more flexibility than any other race – they have no 
restrictions on the equipment they can use, and each one can have 
wildly different effects. Equipping an item on a Mec will have an 
effect completely different than it would have on any other race. For 
example, a certain item might give +10 to strength for a 
Human/Mystic/Monster, but on a Mec it might have no effect at all on 
strength and raise quickness by 5. For skills, Mecs often come with a 
few innately learned moves, and then learn the rest by defeating other 
Mecs, and absorbing them after battle. Each time they absorb another 
Mec, they have a chance to learn a new move. Note that unlike the other 
Races, each Mec is has a completely unique list of skills that it can 
learn. Absorbing a Mec might teach your Mec a new skill, but that skill 
will come from its own list, so two Mecs will often gain two completely 
different skills from the same type of opponent.

Monsters: Monsters are a tricky race in general. They have very 
restricted equipment, and absolutely no natural stat progression. 
Monster's stats are based on what form they are currently in, which is 
determined by the combination skills they have at the moment. Monsters 
learn skills by killing other monsters, and then absorbing them, which 
allows them to learn a new skill, depending on what monster was 
absorbed. Because of how they learn their skills, and since their basic 
stats are determined by their form and not anything unique to them, all 
monsters are essentially the same except for their starting skills.

LEARNING MAGIC

As a final thing, allow me to explain just how magic works for Humans 
and Mystics. First and foremost, a character will not learn any magic 
unless you teach it to them, and they won't learn it naturally (that 
is, at the end of battle) unless they cast a spell of that school 
during the fight, AND have the Gift for that kind of magic. Every 
school of magic has about 3 or 4 spells that can be bought, and the 
others can only be learned through Gifts, so if you want a character to 
learn every spell in a school, they must have the Gift.

Also, it is imperative that you know that every type magic has an 
opposite, and a character can’t know two spells of opposite schools at 
once. If the character has the Gift of one school, they can never learn 
any magic of its opposite, let alone obtain the opposite Gift, even if 
they don’t know any spells of that type.

The chart of opposing magic goes as such:
Shadow <-> Light
Arcane <-> Rune
Mystic <-> Realm
Evil <-> Mind
Space <-> Time 
Life and Mirage have no opposing schools of magic.

Well, so much for all the boring stuff about basic gameplay info and 
such, but anyways, onto something FAR more interesting!

COMBAT

If you hit an enemy in a dungeon, you engage a Battle.
The first option that pops up in battle is "Select Team."  A team 
consists of 5 characters, and you have 3 teams total. Once you select a 
team, you'll use it to fight the entire fight, and if that team, no 
matter who is in it, dies, it’s game over. The main character of the 
story you choose does not have to participate in battle. However, 
he/she/it will ALWAYS be in the first party, and cannot be moved - so 
if you plan on using your main character in combat, you must use Party 
1. Also, all boss fights force you to use Party 1, no matter what you 
want, so it'd be a good idea to put your strongest characters in Party 
1. You can change who’s in which party at will (besides the main) in 
the menu by using the "Position" command. 

After you select your party, you'll be prompted to enter commands. You 
won’t be picking from just one list, though – the available commands 
are divided into multiple lists, and you switch between them with the 
left and right buttons. There’s one list for items, one for magic, one 
for bare-handed attacks, and one for each weapon you have equipped, so 
you can choose which one you use for your attacks. Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’ve got Gen, a human character, equipped with a 
SamuraiSword, a LaserKnife, and some healing items. And, in addition, 
he also knows a few magic spells. He’d have five lists, and they’d look 
something like this:

LaserKnife
DoubleSlash
GaleSlash
SwallowSlash

This is Gen’s list of sword techniques he can use with the LaserKnife. 
Picking a command from this menu makes Gen attack with the LaserKnife 
instead of the SamuraiSword. Selecting the “LaserKnife” option would 
perform a basic slash.

SamuraiSword
DoubleSlash
GaleSlash
SwallowSlash
ShadowCounter

This is the list of sword techniques Gen can use with the SamuraiSword. 
Note that it’s got everything the LaserKnife menu has, plus the 
“ShadowCounter” skill. ShadowCounter can only be used with katana-type 
swords, so it won’t even show up on the LaserKnife’s menu. 

Fist

This is the option to attack with a bare-handed punch. Any martial-arts 
attacks Gen knows would also show up in this list.

StarlightHeal
SunRay
WindBlast

This is Gen’s list of magic. It’s pretty simple – pick one, target it, 
and it gets cast.

SnakeOil
MagicStone

These are the usable items Gen has equipped. Again, pick one and target 
it to use it.

After you choose an action, you'll be forced to choose a target. Every 
attack has its own means of targeting, including single-target, multi-
target, hitting only a certain area, and hitting in a line. Each move 
will hit either your characters or your opposition, but (generally) not 
both. The X button is the cancel command; it undoes the action of the 
last character you gave input to, After entering the last character's 
action (typically, that'll be the fifth) the turn will play out. Once 
all actions are finished, another turn will happen, assuming there are 
monsters (and PCs) still alive. The display uses standard RPG 
conventions - white numbers in battle are damage done, while green 
numbers show healing. If a red number shows up on a character, then 
they’ve lost LP, or life points. Usually you won’t see red numbers 
higher than 1, but there are exceptions.

The object of battle is simple – kill the enemies. Well, except in 
specific fights which require you to do special tasks, but those will 
be covered later. Losing a fight can happen in a few ways. First is if 
all characters are permanently incapacitated. This means if everybody 
is dead (0 HP) or hit with the Stone status. You also lose if your main 
character, whoever that may be, loses all of his/her/its LP. How this 
can happen will be explained later.


SKILL LEARNING

When a human uses a fist or sword attack, occasionally you’ll see a 
light bulb appear over his or her head, and the character will use a 
new technique instead of what you told him/her to. To put it simply, 
this is how humans learn new fist and sword skills – every time they 
use an one, they’ll have a small chance to learn a new one (what skills 
they can learn depends on the skill you tell them to use). Once a 
character learns a new skill, they can use it at will (as long as you 
keep it equipped). Learning new skills is an extremely important part 
of building a human character, and each character will learn different 
skills at different rates. 


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3. Characters
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SaGa Frontier has a TON of characters to recruit, many of them hidden 
away or available only in a few quests. Depending on how you like to 
play, and which races you prefer, you can build a wide variety of 
parties. 

This is a complete list of characters in SaGa Frontier, their races, 
some information on them, and how to get them. This is just going in 
alphabetical order, if you're wondering. As for the ratings?  That's 
just what few friends and I agreed to give characters, rating it out of 
100 since some characters just don't feel right having the same exact 
numeric rank or something. Note that the rankings are relative values, 
and not absolute, so having a high score here doesn't mean the 
character is close to absolute, game-crushing perfection – they’re just 
one of the best in the cast. Anyway, onto the actual characters! 

Note: If a character's quest is not listed for a character, than that 
quest can not get that character. If you see something like "All Other 
Characters" than that states that all quests not specifically mentioned 
can get this character in the same way.

Remember that you can only recruit 15 characters at a time. Choose 
carefully!

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Annie
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Race: Human
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: Blonde hair, green outfit.
Rating: 60/100
Availability:
Emelia - Start the game off with her. She will be forced into your 
party from time to time. To have her join permanently, speak to her 
outside of the bar in Koorong at any point of the game.

Riki - When searching for the Hermit Ring, talk to Annie outside of the 
bar in Koorong, and she'll join.

All other quests - After completing the other 3 sections of the Rune 
Gift side quest, talk to her outside of the bar in Koorong. 

Red's Alternative - In addition to the normal method, Red can get Annie 
by giving her dinner and allowing her to take him into BlackX's base.

Comments:  Annie is a fairly standard human who tends to do well with 
swords. She's not a bad character, but she hardly stands out. Being 
available early in Emelia's quest makes her decent, but she's probably 
not worth building in other quests (besides maybe Red's) since it 
requires going through the majority of a large quest. You can use her, 
as there's no penalty, but don't expect stellar results. 


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Asellus
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Race: Half-Mystic
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: Green hair, pink dress
Rating: 92/100
Availability:
Asellus - This is incredibly difficult. What you have to do is press 
start, choose new game, choose Asellus as your main, and give her a 
name.

Emelia - When you infiltrate Trinity's base for the first time, leave 
the room when you finally have control of your character. Asellus 
(along with White Rose) will be standing outside. Note that Asellus 
will replace the character in the last slot (along with White Rose who 
joins with her) if you had 15 characters already. 

Red - When the Cygnus is under attack, find Asellus in one of the rooms 
(along with White Rose), and she will join. Note that she is only 
temporary though, and leaves when this sequence ends. 


Comments: Asellus is one of the best characters in the game, no 
questions asked. She's the only character in the game with a completely 
unique race (the "Half-mystic"), which is actually a combination of the 
Human and Mystic Race. In other words, she can learn all techs humans 
can learn, she has natural stat growth like a human, AND she can absorb 
monsters to increase her stats and use their abilities. Note, however, 
that she can only gets those stat boosts in combat after she uses 
"Mystical Change" in battle (activated by Asellus using one of her 
Mystic Weapons). She doesn't start off as much, but given time, she can 
be raised into quite a beast. Not a character to take lightly at all.


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BJ&K
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Race: Mec
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: Tin can moving on four little ball things
Rating: 70/100

Availability:
Red - When Cygnus is under attack, find it in one of the rooms. It will 
join instantly.


Comments: BJ&K is quite helpful in Red's quest for the early game, when 
he doesn't have many characters to work with, and could use some strong 
back up (especially since he can transform into Alkaiser with Mecs in 
the party). Beyond that, he's a solid Mec overall, with the unique Med 
Kit ability to heal your non Mec friends. Overall, a solid Mec, and a 
decent character, for all that better choices exist. 


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Blue
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Race: Human
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Long blond hair, blue clothes
Rating: 100/100

Availability:
Blue - Start the game, and…well, yeah, do the math <_<;


Comments: Blue is ridiculous. He starts the game off fairly standard, 
but after one part of the game, his stats (the relevant ones) skyrocket 
to hell, and he gets almost every magic Gift in the game, breaking the 
very balance of it. The variety he has is ridiculous, and then there's 
the little Overdrive + Stasis Rune combo which makes losing boss fights 
damn near impossible. All in all, the best PC in the game, quite 
handily. 


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Captain Hamilton
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Race: Human
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: Greenish-grey clothes, blonde hair
Rating: 60/100

Availability:
Lute - Go to Owmi and talk to her in the bar. Then go to the port and 
head to Nelson. The game will shift to you being on her ship. Head to 
the captain's room and speak to her, and she will join.
NOTE: Speaking to her does NOT require continuing the plot; you can 
still get off her boat after having her join by speaking to the 
helmsman. 


Comments: Captain Hamilton has good starting stats, and comes with the 
ability "Two Gun," which is always nice. She's otherwise a very generic 
human with nothing special about her who is available in only one 
quest.


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Cotton
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Race: Monster
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: Purple and white fur with green, tentacle-like 
things coming out of it
Rating: 2.5/10

Availability: 
All quests - In the Bio Lab at Shrike, find the experiment room. You 
will immediately engage in a fight, and once you win it, Cotton will 
join.


Comments: Cotton is an utterly generic monster with nothing that stands 
out. Not a character I'd really bother getting, unless you want an 
easy-to-get monster in quests where you can't get Riki and don't want 
to start the Rune quest. 


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Doll
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Race: Human
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: A woman with light purple hair and purple clothing
Rating: 72/100

Availability:
Red - In Shingrow, on your second visit, you'll find her standing in 
one of the rooms. Speak to her and agree to help her find her brother 
and she'll join.


Comments: Doll is a human who starts with mystic magic, which is quite 
an odd combination. Regardless, she has excellent tech learning rates 
all around, and due to that, stands out compared to most other humans. 
It’s a pity she's only in one quest, but she's worth using regardless.

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Dr. Nusakan
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Race: Mystic
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Pale with long black hair and a white lab coat
Rating: 83/100

Availability:
Blue - Get the Rune Stones from Devin and then head to Koorong and find 
his lab in the bottom pathway to the alley (the first area of the 
Koorong dungeons). Talk to the head, and you'll be able to enter the 
room. Talk to Nusakan to have him join.

Riki - Go to the billionaire's house in Yorkland and fight the demon. 
After the fight, Mei-Ling will tell you of a doctor in Koorong. Head 
back there, and find him in his office and he'll join.


Comments: Nusakan is one of the best Mystics around. In a sense, he 
feels like compensation for Blue and Riki not being able to get 
Timelord, but that's another story altogether. A few main things make 
Nusakan stand out though. First, he comes with Arcane spells, including 
Death - a Gift spell - despite him not having the Gift. Next, he has 
Mystic Wear as a fixed equip, not Mystic Mail like most other mystics. 
This means he can use Armors and Suits but can't change his Shirt class 
armors. This is more advantageous than it seems at first, since the 
Mystic Wear has excellent elemental defenses, and can be as an item in 
combat to restore HP to any party member, as many times as you want. So 
he gets a very good shirt that’s unique to him, and doesn’t have to use 
the (very bad) Mystic Mail. In turn, that frees him up to use the 
game’s good body armor and suits, which no other Mystic can. He’s 
definitely one of the best mystics in the game, and one of the best 
characters overall. You should at least consider using him when you 
play Riki and Blue's quests.


~~~~~~
Emelia
~~~~~~

Race: Human
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: Long blonde hair, green and blue clothing
Rating: 75/100

Availability:
Emelia - No comment…

All other Quests - Start the Arcane quest and head to Baccarat. Find 
the blue bunny girl with blonde hair. Speak to her, and you'll be 
forced to follow a gnome. After following him to the parking lot, try 
to enter the manhole nearby. She’ll stop you. Talk to her again and 
she’ll join. 

Comments: Emelia is a respectable human whose main advantage is that 
she's in every quest, so she's typically a good choice to use anywhere. 
While she starts with guns, she isn't half bad with swords or fists 
either. In her own quest, she'll be able to change costumes, which 
effectively change her tech learning rates to match those of another 
character (Which costume does what will be covered later), so it’s nice 
if you want her to specialize in a specific weapon class in her own 
quest. While standout character, she's defiantly not a bad one either, 
and being accessible in every quest means she's always an option worth 
considering.


~~~~~~~~~~~ 
EngineerCar
~~~~~~~~~~~

Race: Mec
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: Car-like robot with two guns on the front
Ranking: 50/100

Availability:
All Quests - Go to Shrike and talk to it with any cec in your team, and 
it'll join instantly
NOTE: Asellus and Emelia cannot get any cecs in their quests, and thus 
cannot get EngineerCar.


Comments:  EngineerCar does a nice job of helping you tank out the 
early game – it’s easy to get quickly, and like most mecs, it’s easy to 
build him up with readily available equipment. Otherwise, it's hardly 
an impressive mec. There’s no harm in getting him for the early game, 
though, and he could end up actually decent if you put enough time into 
him, but there's usually much better options around. He does have some 
use in a two-Mec party, since his RepairPack lets you heal other Mecs 
as many times as you want.


~~~~~~
Fei-On
~~~~~~

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Bald with a black braid, wearing a green gi
Ranking: 43/100

Availability: 
Riki - After you get to Koorong, try to go to any dungeon you desire, 
and you'll get swallowed by Tanzer. You'll eventually meet up with Fei-
On in a plot sequence. Follow him to his "town,” talk to him in his 
room and let him join.

All other quests - After you get one Rune from the Rune quest, get on 
your ship and go anywhere; you'll be swallowed by Tanzer. After a plot 
scene, you'll be forced to follow him to his "town" where you talk to 
him and agree to let him join.
NOTE: Blue cannot get Fei-on to join, so don't try. 


Comments: Fei-on is an unimpressive human. His main schtick is being a 
good fist fighter, but even then he's not that special. He starts with 
decent stats, and a few skills, but there's one major flaw; he doesn't 
learn DSC (the ultimate fist technique) all that easily. Given that DSC 
is one of the main reasons to even consider using fist fighters, it 
knocks his usefulness down quite a bit. If you want a good fist 
fighter, stick with Liza or Fuse.


~~~~
Fuse
~~~~

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Long blond hair, greenish-black uniform
Fuse: 77/100

Availability:
All Quests - Start the Arcane quest, and head to IRPO. Talk to the 
woman at the desk and you'll be sent to the Mosperiburg Mountain, where 
Fuse will join temporarily. If you leave the mountain before finishing 
his quest (he wants you to find a flower…don’t ask), he’ll leave your 
party. Once the quest is complete, he's yours for keeps.

Red's Alternative – Fuse joins temporarily for the part of the game 
where the Cygnus is under attack. He can be gained permanently simply 
by speaking to him in Manhattan later in the game. Note that getting 
him this way means you won't get to go to Mosperiburg Mountain. While 
you can still complete the Arcane quest (Fuse will just give you the 
card you need, no questions asked), you can't get the secret stuff on 
the mountain; that means giving up the character "Suzaku" and a fight 
with two optional dragons (and gaining the treasure they guard). 

Comments: Fuse is one of the best fist fighters in the game. He starts 
with the Mind Magic gift and a few spells, and one of those spells is 
Awakening (a gift spell that can be a slight pain to get, so he gets a 
great boost over most other physical fighters. He also comes with some 
nice martial-arts techniques. If it’s not obvious, Fuse is a fist 
fighter (you'd expect a cop to use guns, granted), and he's one of the 
best in the game. He learns most fist moves, including all the DSC 
moves, fairly fast, which is really nice. He’s a solid PC who you can 
get in every quest, and an excellent choice if you want a fist fighter.


~~~
Gen
~~~

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Tan skin, white bandana, brown hair, brown pants, 
and a white shirt
Rating: 75/100

Availability:
Riki - When you get to Scrap early in the game, talk to Gen and then 
try to leave; he'll force himself into your team.

T260G - Joins through a forced plot event early in the game

All other quests - Start the Arcane quest, and talk to the skeleton in 
Koorong who normally talks about the guy who used a pipe like a sword 
(he sits near the man who buys leather, and the in the same screen as 
the entrance to the inn.)  Head to Scrap, and find Gen in the bar. 
Speak to him and he'll join.


Comments: Gen is quite possibly the best of all the swordfighters in 
SaGa Frontier. He learns almost every sword tech fast, and he comes 
with a bunch of useful skills. As an added bonus, he doesn't make a 
half bad fist fighter either, for all that he probably should stick 
with swords. He's easy to get in every quest (and joins very early in 
T260G and Riki's), so he's always an option. Overall, if you want a 
solid good swordsman, Gen should be your first choice.

~~~~~
Ildon
~~~~~

Race: Mystic
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Green Hair, pale skin, purple robe
Rating: 45/100

Availability:
Asellus – Nominally joins early in the game (meaning he's in your team, 
but you can't use him in any battles), but leaves after a while. He’ll 
join permanently later on in a forced plot event after you beat Lion 
Princess.


Comments:  Ildon comes in with a bang, so to speak. He has overall the 
best stats of any Mystic, and comes with a few monsters already 
absorbed (most Mystics come with none), so his stats are quite high 
when you first get him. His downside?  That's all he has. This makes 
him really just a normal Mystic with better stats than most, which, for 
a Mystic, isn't worth much. Use him if you want to, since there's no 
penalty, but there's better options available, especially for Mystics 
in the quest you can get him (Mesarthim, Timelord, and Zozma all come 
to mind…)


~~~~~ 
Kylin
~~~~~

Race: Monster
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: Just imagine a poodle spliced with a flower and a 
unicorn.
Rating: 50/100

Availability:
All quests - Finish either the Arcane or Rune quest, and get either the 
Shadow or Light gift. Then, go to Devin and talk to the woman who tells 
you about Time and Space magic. Ask about Space magic and you'll be 
warped to Kylin's world. Complete his maze, and then ask him to join.
NOTE: Blue cannot get Kylin to join under any circumstances. If he goes 
to Kylin’s world, he will fight Kylin and learn his Space magic.
NOTE 2: If Asellus recruits Kylin, she cannot recruit Rei later in the 
game. 


Comments: Kylin is probably the single best monster in the game. While 
most monsters require work to be good in combat, Kylin comes in with 
what can already be considered an ultimate form, and it’s a form that's 
completely unique to him to boot. He also is noteworthy because he 
comes with every Space spell (especially noteworthy since no monster 
can learn any magic, ever, so him just having magic, let alone the 
gift, says a lot.)  Compared to other races he's not that great, 
though; for starters, getting him means you can't buy Space Magic from 
him for your other party members, and the gift spells of Space magic 
aren't really that good, so there's no real reason to get him unless 
you like monsters. Overall, he’s not a character I'd really consider 
unless you desperately need the instant fire power (for instance, in 
Riki’s quest).


~~~~~~~
Leonard
~~~~~~~

Race: Mec
Gender: Male (well, sort of)
Sprite Description: Yellow Robot with what seems to have a human face 
painted on
Rating: 65/100

Availability: 
T260G - After completing the section of the plot that requires going to 
Shingrow, return to his lab and speak to him, and he'll join.


Comments: Leonard is a solid Mec. He gets a few nice skills, has the 
usual easily-boosted stats of a Mec, and has only 3 fixed equips, which 
means he's quite flexible by Mec standards. He's only usable in one 
quest, though, and you get a lot of Mecs in that one, so he's not that 
special in that regard. He also joins pretty late, while the other Mecs 
can be recruited early, further hurting his use. A decent character, 
all things considered, but wouldn't go as far as to call him great. He 
does have the ability to restore other Mecs’ WP for free, which can be 
extremely helpful in the long boss battles T260G has to deal with from 
time to time.


~~~~ 
Liza 
~~~~
Race: Human
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: Purple hair and a red blouse
Rating: 77/100

Availability:
Blue - Start the Rune quest, and recruit Roufas. Then head back to the 
restaurant in Koorong and speak to Liza and she will join

Emelia - Liza will join temporarily in the beginning, and then be 
forced into your team at certain plot events. To get her to join 
permanently outside of those events, talk to her in the restaurant in 
Koorong at any time.

Red - After Annie joins you and takes you to Shuzer's base, go back to 
the restaurant in Koorong and you'll have the option of choosing 
between Roufas and Liza. Choose Liza to have her join. 
NOTE: Red can still get Roufas to join even if you don't choose him 
here, whereas this is his only chance to get Liza.


Comments: Liza is the fist user’s answer to Gen. She starts with a nice 
selection of fist techniques, and learns new ones like mad. She even 
learns DSC easily. If you want a fist user, and are playing Red, Emelia 
or Blue's quest, Liza is defiantly someone to consider, since it's hard 
to find a better fist user (Fuse is probably the closest substitute). 
Plus she's only available in a few quests, so you might as well take 
advantage of her.  


~~~~
Lute
~~~~

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Blue hair, red and white striped pants, and a lute 
on his back…and a weird little hat.
Rating: 35/100

Availability: 
Lute - No, you can't get him in his own quest. I'm sorry, it’s not 
happening.

T260G – When you go to Scrap, speak to him in the pub and proceed to 
the factory. Enter the bottom door there, fight some monsters, and 
he’ll join.

All other quests - Speak to him in the bar in Scrap, and he'll join. 


Comments: Lute is one of the worse humans in the game, if not the 
outright worst. His starting stats are atrocious, he comes with no 
skills but Stun Slash, and his starting equipment is very basic. He has 
good tech learning rates, to be fair, but otherwise is not a very good 
character at all, since while he's good at learning most things, 
there's always a handful of people who are better - Gen with Swords, 
Liza and Fuse with fists, etc. – he can become pretty good at just 
about anything, with enough work, but without a lot of luck he won’t be 
better than “pretty good.”  My advice is don't use Lute unless you just 
need to fill an empty character slot.

~~~~~~~~
Mei-Ling
~~~~~~~~

Race: Human
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: Purple hair, black and red clothing
Rating: 70/100

Availability: 
Riki - She joins automatically in Scrap’s pub, before the quest’s first 
dungeon.
NOTE: In Riki’s quest, Mei-Ling will leave you literally right before 
the final battle. If she was in your party at this point, you will have 
to face Riki’s final boss with only four characters. THIS IS BAD.
 
All other quests - Speak to her in Scrap's pub and tell her your story, 
and she'll join.
NOTE: Red and Asellus cannot get Mei-Ling to join under any 
circumstances. 


Comments: Mei-Ling is a standard human and decent in most ways. Her 
starting stats aren't much, but she's easy to get and learns techs 
pretty well. She comes with a few Light Magic spells learned, too. Not 
a bad human to consider, especially since you can get her very early in 
the game, but she's not all that special either, and considering the 
stunt she pulls in Riki's quest, she's a complete waste of time to 
build up in that quest – pretty ironic, since she’s second only to Riki 
in importance to the plot. 


~~~~~~~~~
Mesarthim
~~~~~~~~~

Race: Mystic
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: A mermaid, I think that should be enough. No? Fine. 
Blue fish's tail, grey skin, and white hair, and completely topless. 
Happy?
Rating: 85/100

Availability:
All Quests (except T260G) - Find her in the Lord's Manor basement, and 
talk to her with a Mystic in your team.
NOTE: Asellus does count as a Mystic in this case, but Silence does not 
(probably because he doesn't talk; she’ll only join if a Mystic 
convinces her to)
NOTE 2: Since T260G cannot recruit any Mystics in his quest, he can’t 
get Mesarthim either.

Asellus' Temporary Alternative - Mesarthim will join for a short time 
in the Lord's Manor basement part of Asellus' introduction, and leave 
at the end. 


Comments: Mesarthim is one of the best Mystics in the game, and the 
only Mystic besides Dr. Nusakan who is not forced to use the terrible 
Mystic Mail. Instead, she has the MellowRing locked on. It’s a standard 
accessory, meaning she has full range of equips, and it grants her 
permanent water immunity (she's a freaking mermaid, of course she'll be 
immune).  If that's not enough, Mesarthim also comes with the Rune Gift 
automatically obtained (kind of a blessing and a curse, since it means 
you won't have to go through that quest, but she also can't get Arcane 
Magic if you want to give it to her), which is a nice bonus. Oddly 
enough, what makes her REALLY stand out is one of her two unique 
abilities; Liferain. At a cost of 1 LP, she can pretty much fully heal 
your entire team, making her easily the game's best healer. All in all, 
she's defiantly worth using if you want a Mystic, or if you just want a 
good character in general. I’m not sure what's scarier: how good a 
character she is, or the fact that she's not even the best Mystic in 
the game.


~~~~~
PzkmW
~~~~~

Race: Mec
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: Looks like a green box on yellow legs.
Rating: 42/100

Availability: 
T260G - Talk to him in the shop where you can get Hyper Blasters in 
Koorong after Leonard joins. Note that once you do this, you can't 
access this shop again.

Comments: A mediocre Mec. He has no skills that stand out, no really 
special equipment, average stats, and only four equipment slots to work 
with. What’s worse, getting him means you can't buy any more Hyper 
Blasters for your precious Mecs in T260G's quest either, and it’s the 
most Mec-heavy of the quests. I wouldn’t recommend recruiting him 
unless you really want another Mec.

~~~~~~
Rabbit
~~~~~~
 
Race: Mec
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: A flying ball, basically
Rating: 70/100

Availability:
Red - Find him in Kyo and speak to him

Comments: Rabbit is a solid mec, all things considered. Satelite Linker 
is his main quirk, and it gives him some good, if tough to set up, 
damage. His equipment flexibility is fairly standard for a mec, with 
five open slots, for whatever that's worth. Mind, he's only available 
in one story, but if you happen to be playing that story, Rabbit 
certainly isn't a bad option.

~~~~ 
Red 
~~~

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Light blue hair, white shirt, red pants
Rating: 92/100

Availability:
Red – Guess.

Comments: Red is a fairly good human all around, skilled with swords, 
guns, and fists. However, that's not what makes him stand out. Red has 
the unique ability “Alkaiser Change,” which he can use, for free, only  
when all his allies are some combination of dead, blinded, messed 
(confused), or mecs (since mecs have no personalities). That ability 
turns him into the masked superhero Alkaiser, with a whole range of new 
abilities and massively increased statistics – including HP! He’s also 
fully healed by the transformation. Unfortunately, once you get a full 
party it’s pretty tough to manipulate things so Red can transform, but 
when you’re lucky – or when the plot forces Red to transform, which 
happens every so often – Alkaiser is a powerhouse. The one downside is 
that Red gains no stat points after battle if he transforms, so it’s 
not a good idea to use the Change against weak enemies. 

~~~
Rei
~~~

Race: Mystic
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: Purple hair, yellow shirt, pink pants
Rating: 40/100

Availability: 
Asellus - While in Chateu Aguille, in the beginning of the game, go to 
her room with White Rose but NOT Ildon, and White Rose will explain a 
bit about Rei. Later, before White Rose leaves, go to Devin, and speak 
to the woman standing in front of the temple. After White Rose leaves, 
go back and talk to her, and Rei should join.


Comments: Rei could have been half decent if she only joined earlier. 
As it stands though?  She joins with HP you'd expect from someone who 
joins at the beginning of the quest (yes, that bad), no absorbed 
enemies, and next to no WP. Her stats aren't all that special either, 
outside of her excellent INT. She does have unique magic in Mirage 
Magic, but it’s basically just Phantasm Shot split into 5 different 
spells, allowing her to control which status she hits enemies with and 
that's really all she has going for her. I personally would stay away 
from her; the rewards you get are just not worth the hassle, and she 
requires quite a bit of training to get up to par.


~~~~
Riki
~~~~

Race: Monster
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: Looks like a little kid with Green Hair, and a 
tail.
Rating: 20/100

Availability:
Riki - *whistles nonchalantly*

All other quests - Speak to him in Scrap's pub and tell him  your 
story, and he'll join.
NOTE: Red and Asellus cannot get Riki to join under any circumstance. 

Comments: Riki is a generic Monster. He also has the WORST starting 
form of any monster in the game, statistically speaking. The main thing 
going for him is that he starts with the skill "Tail Hit," which is 
required to get the Black Dragon form (arguably the best generic form 
of any monster) but beyond that, he's not much. He's a fairly big 
liability in his own quest with the low LP that most monsters tend to 
have, as well as just being unimpressive before he turns into one of 
the late-game forms. In other quests, there are usually monsters that 
have better starting forms, so it’s probably better to just use one of 
them. If you’re dead-set on turning somebody into the Black Dragon, 
though, Riki’s your guy.


~~~~~~
Roufas
~~~~~~

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Blackish-green suit, blond hair, and sunglasses
Rating: 70/100

Availability:
Blue - Start the Rune quest, and then find Roufas in Mu's Tomb. Talk to 
him and he’ll join.

Emelia - Roufas will join temporarily from time to time in different 
parts of her quest. To have him join permanently, talk to him in Mu's 
Tomb at any point in the game.

Lute - Start the Rune quest, and then find Roufas in Mu's Tomb. Talk to 
him and he’ll join.

Red - Roufas can join temporarily when the Cygnus is under attack if 
you talk to him in his luxury suite on the top floor of the ship. To 
have him join permanently, you can either speak to him in Mu's Tomb, or 
enlist him (instead of Liza) after taking care of the BlackX base that 
requires getting Annie. I recommend that you go to Mu's Tomb, as that 
way, you can still get Liza, since you can’t get her any other way.

Comments: Roufas makes a fine gunner and a solid swordsman. He comes 
with good skills for both, along with the gift for Mind Magic. That 
means he can fit into most offensive strategies from the get-go, so 
he's good for filling a hole in your party as a mage or a fighter. His 
starting stats are also pretty good by human standards, which doesn't 
hurt. 


~~~~~
Rouge
~~~~~

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: White hair, pale skin, red jumpsuit.
Rating: 80/100

Availability: 
Blue - Lose the duel with Rouge, and Rouge will replace Blue as your 
main character.
NOTE: Rouge does keep all of Blue's stats and spells, but he doesn't 
retain Blue's LP loss (GOOD THING), or his non-magic skills (bad 
thing). Just thought I'd throw this out.

All other quests - Talk to Rouge in Luminous and he will join. Note 
that once Rouge joins, do NOT go to Magic Kingdom or he will leave, and 
go to a randomly chosen town, where you will have to find him to 
recruit him again.

Note: T260G and Riki cannot get Rouge under any circumstances.


Comments: Rouge is, simply put, the best human mage in the game, period 
(except for Blue, but he doesn't count). If you want a mage, Rouge is a 
very good choice, especially if you don't like Mystics. What's more, 
Rouge makes an excellent gunner, and the stat boosts from guns are very 
useful for spellcasting. For some unknown reason, he makes an oddly 
good fist user, although generally it’s not worth giving up his magic. 
It doesn't hurt that Rouge is one of the easiest characters to get, 
even though you can't go back to Magic Kingdom afterwards (not that 
much is there anyway), and he's one of the only two characters to have 
the Gift of Realm magic, to boot. 


~~~
Sei
~~~

Race: Monster
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: A skeleton with a red cape
Rating: 5/100

Availability:

Riki - Complete the trials in Sei's Tomb, and talk to Sei to get his 
Ring. Sei will join automatically.

All other quests - Complete the trials of Sei's Tomb, and then talk to 
Sei. You will be forced to fight him. After you win, you will have the 
choice of taking the sword Kusanagi or letting Sei join. Choose the 
latter (obviously) and he’ll join.

Comments: Sei is possibly the worst character in the game, period. For 
starters, he's a monster, and while his starting form is relatively 
good, it’s nothing to brag about, especially since by the time you’re 
strong enough to beat him you should be able to train monsters to be 
much stronger than Sei. What's worse is he requires you to give up some 
very nifty items just to recruit him – the three treasures scattered in 
Sei’s Tomb are useful, and the Kusanagi is one of the game’s best 
swords. I definitely would NOT use him, especially since being a 
monster with no particularly good starting skills makes him utterly 
generic, and thus replaceable by any other monster.


~~~~~~~
Silence
~~~~~~~

Race: Mystic
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Orange hair, brown suit
Rating: 30/100

Availability:
All Quests - Go to Luminous and talk to Omble to begin the quest for 
the Dark Gift. Find Silence’s his shadow in the first room. After 
completing this dungeon, speak to Silence – he’s standing right outside 
in the same room the person who sent you to Omble is in - and he will 
join.

Note: T260G and Riki cannot get Silence under any circumstance.


Comments: Silence is, simply put, the worst Mystic in the game. To be 
blunt, take Ildon, and remove his awesome stats, and make him a bit 
more universal. Silence himself might not be that bad, besides being 
the most generic Mystic in the game by far, but there are some things 
that put him below the others. First off, he's the only Mystic in the 
game who cannot recruit Mesarthim. Next, he forces your main character 
to get the Dark Magic Gift, which means you not only can't give the 
generally-superior Light Magic to your main characters (if you wanted 
to), but you can't give the Dark Gift to anyone who joins later (like 
Timelord, someone who really benefits from Dark spells). All in all, 
just avoid Silence; he's usable, but not worth it by any stretch.


~~~~~
Slime
~~~~~

Race: Monster
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: A grey puddle of…umm…Slime?
Rating: 17/100

Availability:
All Quests - Start the Rune quest and find one rune. The next time you 
travel between cities, you will end up in Tanzer. When you finish this 
dungeon, Slime will join automatically at the end, with no message that 
it does. I'm not kidding - it literally just appears in your character 
screen with no warning.

Note: Riki cannot get Slime to join under any circumstances.

Comments: All things considered, Slime is just a variation of Riki, 
with slightly better starting stats, and no Tail Hit. Something tells 
me that's a losing trade…which is sad since there wasn't much to lose 
to begin with. I'd stay away from Slime, if I were you.


~~~~~~
Suzaku
~~~~~~

Race: Monster
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: A firebird
Rating: 27/100

Availability:
All Quests - Start the Arcane quest, and go to IRPO. Talk to the 
receptionist and you will be sent to Mosperiburg Mountain. On this 
mountain, in the area with three wild boars, you may sometimes find a 
snowman at the bottom of the screen (if it’s to the left, it’s a fake).  
If he's not there, go back to the first area and fight the fairy 
floating around there. Keep coming back to the snowfield and trying 
again until the snowman appears, and then fight it. Beat it and then 
find Suzaku in one of the ice-covered rooms in the cave and it should 
join.

Comments: Suzaku is an obscure monster who’s a pain in the ass to get, 
and not really worth the rewards either. Sure, his starting form is 
impressive as starting forms go, at least stastically, and it is unique 
to boot (yes, other monsters can get the Suzaku class, but this version 
is special and unique). Unfortunately, this version has bad starting 
skills, and learning new ones will eventually force Suzaku to change to 
another form. Once he does, he can’t go back to his original one, 
making that "quirk" little more than a novelty. I'd personally not 
bother with Suzaku, as it's not worth the effort.


~~~~~
T260G
~~~~~

Race: Mec
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: A trashcan with a head and arms
Rating: 90/100

Availability:
Blue - Talk to T260G in the bar in Scrap, and it will join.

Lute - Talk to T260G in the bar in Scrap, and it will join.

Riki - T260G will join automatically early on through a plot sequence 
in Scrap.

T260G - I'll let you figure this one out on your own.

Comments: T260G, not surprisingly, is the best Mec in the game. In its 
own story, T260G can take on the form of any other Mec you choose, 
getting all their special equipment, their stats, their weapons, and 
even learning their unique skills (which can transfer to other forms, 
letting you pick just about any Mec skill you want for T260G). 
Furthermore, at the end of the game, it can unlock an extra unique body 
called "Omega" which has amazing stats and the amazing "V-MAX" skill. 
That skill increases T260G's stats incredibly, and allows it to use 
Cosmic Rave, one of the most powerful attacks in the game. The only 
downside is that after six turns of V-MAX, T260G is hit with V-END, 
which weakens it tremendously. Outside of its quest, T260G is a Mec 
with *seven* open equipment slots, more than any other Mec – in short, 
you can throw more stat-boosting items onto T260G than any other robot, 
and for that reason alone it’s a great character. It doesn't hurt that 
its skill draw is quite impressive too. Definitely a worthwhile 
character, especially in its own story.

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Timelord
~~~~~~~~

Race: Mystic
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: White-grey hair, red suit
Rating: 99/100

Availability: 
Red, Emelia, Asellus and Lute’s quests - Complete either the Arcane or 
Rune quest, and get either the Light or Dark Gift. Go to Mosperiburg 
and ask Virgil (the androgynous person in the throne room) about Time 
Magic. He will send you to Timelord's domain. There, examine the broken 
hourglass, then leave and talk to Virgil again. He will send you to 
Facinataru. Go to the shop, and buy a Sand Vessel – be warned, your 
main character will have to pay for it by losing a point of *maximum* 
LP. Then head back to Virgil, and he will send you back to Timelord's 
domain. Gather the spilled sand by the hourglass, and then go around to 
the top and examine it. Time will start again, and you can head to the 
end of the area to find Timelord himself and speak to him. He will 
offer to sell you Time magic or join your team, as you choose.
 
Note: In Asellus' quest, you must get the Sand Vessel in Facinataru 
before leaving the first time or you will not be able to re-enter until 
the end of the game. Other than that, the process continues as normal.
Note 2: T260G and Riki cannot go to Timelord’s realm at all. Blue can 
go through the quest as normal, but instead of recruiting Timelord he 
will fight him.


Comments: As far as I’m concerned, Timelord is the only character in 
the game other than the seven mains who manages to hit the top tier – 
hell, he’s arguably the best character in the game. His main skill that 
he’s the only character – aside from Rouge and Blue in Blue’s quest – 
who can use the Gift of Time, and that is an amazing set of skills. And 
if you do the Arcane and Light quests before recruiting him, you can go 
back and teach him Dark and Rune magic, getting him the same set of 
spells – ShadowServant, StasisRune and Overdrive – that make Blue so 
amazingly powerful in his own quest. Basically, in the four quests 
where he’s available, Timelord is a must-have. The only exception would 
be if you like making life harder on yourself, or you pity the game.


~~~~~~~
Thunder
~~~~~~~

Race: Monster
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: Giant orange ape with black shorts
Ranking: 35/100

Availability: 
All quests - Find him in Yorkland and talk to him with Lute in your 
team.
Note: In Lute's quest, you will have to leave Yorkland and return 
before you can recruit Thunder.

Comments: Thunder is another standard monster. While his starting form 
isn't much, he starts the game just one skill away from becoming the 
very strong Trisaur. One of his early moves, Ground Hit, is fairly 
strong to boot. This ends up making Thunder one of the better monsters 
in the game (probably second-best overall, after Kylin), although he’ll 
get steadily worse a sthe game goes on and your humans, Mystics and 
mecs get stronger than he is. He's good for filling up a slot early, 
but it’s probably better to ditch him for someone else later on.

~~~~~~
Turnip
~~~~~~
 
Race: Monster
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: …A Red turnip with a face on it…
Rating: 15/100

Availability: 
Asellus' quest - When you get to the Dark Labyrinth, talk to him before 
you finish it. Once you finish that dungeon, Turnip will join.

Comments: Turnip is…well, Slime with better stats (isn’t that 
amazing?), but it joins much, much later. So much so that by the time 
you can get him, he’s useless. Unless you really like the idea of a 
turnip as a death machine (not that he really has potential to be one), 
I suggest you ignore him.


~~~~~~~~~~
White Rose
~~~~~~~~~~

Race: Mystic
Gender: Female
Sprite Description: Brown hair, with a white rose hat and a blue dress.
Rating: 50/100

Availability: 
Asellus' Quest - Joins automatically early on. She will leave 
permanently after the Dark Labyrinth section of the game.

Emelia - When you infiltrate Trinity's base for the first time, leave 
the room when you finally have control of your character. White Rose 
(along with Asellus) will be standing outside. Note that if you already 
have 15 characters, White Rose and Asellus will replace the last two  
in the list.

Red - Joins temporarily (along with Asellus) when the Cygnus is under 
attack. They will leave permanently after this sequence.

Comments: White Rose is an excellent character early in any of the 
quests where she joins, mostly because she comes with a few Light 
spells learned. She’s particularly good for Flash Fire, which is cheap, 
effective multi-target damage early on. Unfortunately, as the game goes 
on she doesn’t keep up with the rest of your party, and eventually 
becomes one of the worst Mystics you’ll get. It also hurts that you 
can't really raise her seriously in Asellus' quest since she's going to 
leave permanently. If you're playing Emelia's quest, use her if you 
want to, but again, note that there are likely better options 
available.


~~~~
ZEKE 
~~~~

Race: Mec
Gender: N/A
Sprite Description: Looks like a miniature jet
Rating: 68/100

Availability:
T260G - Find the robotic mouse in Sei's Tomb and bring it back to 
Nakajima Robotics. They will let ZEKE join you from there.


Comments: ZEKE is a solid mec, all things considered. No real flaws, 
and its main quirk, Kamikaze Crush, despite the fact that it drains one 
LP every time you use it, isn't half bad – especially since mecs have 
huge LP totals. Not exactly what I'd call "the best" or anything close 
to it, but it's certainly not bad.


~~~~~ 
Zozma 
~~~~~

Race: Mystic
Gender: Male
Sprite Description: Red hair that looks a lot like Akuma's from Street 
Fighter, with a tan-ish suit.
Rating: 80/100

Availability: 
Asellus - Get the sequence with Zozma in Asellus' room early on in 
Facinataru. He will automatically join after the Dark Labyrinth 
sequence.

Emelia – In Trinity's Base, search for a soldier in a room who is under 
attack. If you recruited Asellus and White Rose, rescue him and he will 
reveal that he's really Zozma, and join you.

Comments: Zozma is at first glance a standard Mystic. His stats aren't 
that special, and he only comes with a few extra spells from the Evil 
magic school. However, one of those spells is absolutely brutal: Sharp 
Pain. It casts Stun on all enemies, canceling their actions for the 
turn, it’s incredibly accurate (easily above 90%), it always goes 
first…and it only costs 1 JP. With this, random encounters suddenly 
become a joke, making him good for not only clearing dungeons quickly 
but making it easy to keep weaker characters alive in battles with 
high-level enemies, raising their stats faster. An excellent mystic 
with a unique advantage over just about any character.


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4. Tips for Raising Characters
------------------------------

I'll be dividing this up by races, since you raise each one more or 
less totally differently. I won’t talk about specific characters, since 
that'd take forever. If you're wondering how to raise a particular 
character, just check the character in the FAQ and it'll tell you what 
they are good at.

******
Humans
******

When raising a human, it’s important to decide ASAP what kind of 
character you want. Which of the character's stats increase, and how 
quickly depends primarily on what type of attacks they use in battle. 
There are four kinds of human abilities: 
Sword attacks
Gun attacks
Fist attacks
Magic

I'll say this now: it is NOT a good idea to raise a character in 
everything. It’s better to have a few really high stats and the rest 
mediocre or bad than to be average at everything and extraordinary at 
nothing. Next off, if you use both magic and physicals, you can't get 
the “crown” for either of them either of them. Crowning a certain area 
will yield better growths for that type, along with a one-point 
decrease in ability costs, so typically, you want to crown if possible. 
That goes double for magic, since there are some 1 JP spells that are 
pretty useful through the whole game, and those spells are completely 
free after the crown bonus.

Also, note that despite the fact that they certainly look like guns, 
cannons, lasers, bazookas, etc. don’t count as guns for stat growth or 
tech learning. They give only HP and WP growth (possibly Charm too), 
and can't learn techs. Other than losing a slot you could use on 
another weapon or shield or something, there's no real downside to 
using one of them as a supplement to another weapon. Just don't be 
surprised if you're relying on them and you don't get any stats.

Anyway, you should generally pick one skill set per character and stick 
to it. If you want to raise a character in two sets, I'd normally 
recommend against it. There are pairs whose stat boosts work well 
together, but you’re better off geting used to SaGa's battle system 
first, and waiting for your second playthrough to build a dual-type 
character.  If you must dual raise, I suggest guns and magic, or swords 
and fists, for reasons I'll explain later.

In any event, onto the advantages and disadvantages of each raising 
method! 

Note: When I note characters are good at something, this does not mean 
ONLY these characters are good at it; it’s an example of a few good 
characters good to raise that way.

~~~~~~
Swords
~~~~~~
Swords have the closest thing to a "balanced" skill set in SaGa.  
They'll get good strength and vitality, a nice supply of WP, and 
moderate growth in all other stats. Swords tend to be balanced for what 
skills they'll learn. They have lots of single-target damage, some stun 
moves, an instant death attack, some multi-target and area-of-effect 
damage, and even a few defensive moves. Raising a character with swords 
is often a good idea if you want them to cover several areas in combat.
 
Swords have two sub-categories with attacks you can only get in certain 
ways.  The first is double-sword skills.  If you have two swords 
equipped at once, they can learn moves that use both of them, like 
Cross-Deflect and 2GaleSlash.  They can only use those moves with two 
swords, of course. Also, bear in mind that the strength of the attack 
depends only on the weapon you're using the attack with; if you pick 
2GaleSlash from a LasterKnife’s attack list, it would be a very weak 
attack, even if your other sword was, say, Lord Heart – the second-best 
sword in the game and a killing machine. You can equip two-sword skills 
on a character with one sword, but they can't actually use them – it’s 
a waste of a skill slot (those skills will still count towards a crown, 
though).

The other type of unique sword skill is katana techs.  Some weapons are 
classified as katans; these weapons have a different look for their 
basic attacks, will raise stats that normal swords don’t, and can learn 
and use a few moves that normal swords can’t, including as Blizzard and 
Tres Flores. The game won’t tell you which swords are katanas, though 
(Aside from the Katana. That’s a katana.).  For a list of all the 
swords that qualify, check the "Equipment" section of this FAQ; if the 
weapon is on that list, it can learn/use katana techs.  

A sword user should equip six skills at once, leaving two slots open 
for learning stuff. This way, you can learn up to two moves in one 
battle (not that you necessarily will), and you’ll still always have an 
active crown, so your learning rate increases a bit, and your skills 
are cheaper. Of course, if you’re not worried about learning skills, 
feel free to equip seven or eight.

Here is a list of some of the better sword techs to try and pick up 
along the way. I’m not going to mention single-target techs that just 
deal damage, since those are straightforward enough for you to judge 
for yourself. 

Deflect: In any turn where the character attacks with a sword, they 
have a chance to block any single-target physicals targeted at any of 
your characters. It’s a useful defensive feature, essentially an evade 
boost to your whole team at the cost of one skill slot.

Kasumi: It’s basically an improved Deflect – when it activates (which 
is random) the character will dodge certain moves (aimed at them only, 
unlike Deflect) and counter them with a reasonably damaging physical 
attack. It’s tough to learn, especially since it relies on your enemies 
doing the “right” thing, but it’s worth considering.

Deadend: A decently powerful physical attack that randomly causes 
instant death. Good for gunning down certain annoying enemies (most 
notably Krakens) if you don't feel you can outslug them.

Double Slash: Not a strong move, but mentioning it mainly cause if you 
Crown physicals, it'll cost 0 WP, so you can use it every turn instead 
of your basic attack. It’s especially useful on weapons like Asura 
consume WP just to use their normal slashes.

Wheel Slash: A decent area of effect attack, especially early on. Not 
much else to say about this.

Gale Slash: Good multi-target damage throughout the entire game. The 
damage will taper off compared to the higher-level skills, but it works 
nicely with combos. If you’re using two swords, it can also lead to 
2GaleSlash, which is a stronger multi-target attack with the same WP 
cost.

Haze to Wheel: It’s the strongest multi-target sword attack. It’s also 
learnable only by using Wheel Slash, and the odds aren’t good. Still, 
it’s a great attack.
 
Life Sprinkler: It’s the strongest sword attack, period. It’s also 
practically undodgeable, meaning it’ll easily hit enemies who use 
shields or Deflect to cancel physical attacks. If you get this, you 
have very little reason to get any other single-target sword skills.

Tres Flores: The katana equivalent of Life Sprinkler. It’s a bit 
weaker, and doesn’t combo as well, but neither “weakness” is enough to 
really matter. If you have a strong Katana this is typically a fine 
substitute for Life Sprinkler.

Good sword users: Gen, Annie, Red, Lute

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Guns
~~~~

Raising a character under Guns is typically the other main way to go 
for physicals. Raising them this way, they'll get amazing speed, and 
excellent Will and Intelligence, but they'll have laughable strength, 
and their Vitality won't be very stellar either. Gunners also won't get 
as much WP as Swordsman or Fist users. However, there are several 
advantages to using Guns. First off, you learn Gun techs by winning 
battles with a Gun used, having a random chance to learn some skills. 
Next off, Guns work beautifully with mages, since it boosts the same 
stats that increase magic damage. It also improves speed, which is one 
of magic's bigger flaws. Also, gun techs have several support abilities 
that affect all gun attacks, such as Two Gun (which increases the 
damage of any Gun attack if you have two guns equipped), or Quick Draw, 
which lets the character always go first when using a gun. Gun techs 
are somewhat limited compared to fists, magic, and swords, but they're 
also cheaper overall, less redundant, and end up being easier to raise. 
Also, due to a bug, guns will NEVER run out of Ammo (this does NOT 
apply to cannons and the like, though), unless the gunner uses the 
Overdrive spell. 

Here's a list of some good gun techs:

Bound Shot: Typically the best damage a gun tech can get. It’s 
especially reliant on stats, since the higher your stats, the more 
"bounces" the shot will have, and the more damage it does. Combine this 
with Two Gun for brutal single-target damage that's surprisingly cost 
efficient too.

Total Shot: A gunner’s main, if not only, source of multi-target 
damage. It couldn't hurt to use this.

Quick Draw: If you use a gun, you go first. Makes things die before 
they can kill you.

Two Gun: I'll say this now: gunners aren't worth using unless you get 
this move. The damage Gunners have will be somewhat disappointing in 
the late game unless you get Two Gun and equip a second gun. You’ll be 
able to see the skill working in combat – a character using Two Gun 
will be shown with a gun in each hand in their “ready” pose. Note that 
the damage increase isn't quite double – it’s more like 1.8 times the 
normal damage (a significant increase nonetheless).

Cross Shot: If you can somehow get your gunner to have good strength, 
use this instead of Bound Shot. It’s generally not that useful because 
it does damage based off Strength, which guns don’t boost; most gun 
attacks use Will to determine damage. If you have high enough Strength, 
Cross Shot's damage can become ridiculous (my friend said he had it out 
damaging Life Sprinkler, for example). Typically you won't get a high-
strength gunner, but it’s something to note if you somehow do. 

Good gunners: Emelia, Roufas, Rouge, Blue


~~~~~
Fists
~~~~~

I'll be honest; I don't like Fists at all. I personally find them a 
pretty bad way to raise a character, unless maybe you also raise them 
with swords for a bit more speed and strength. Fists yield similar 
boosts as swords (more strength and speed, less on the magic stats), 
but their techs are far worse. For example, swords give the nifty 
utility of Deflect as a defensive skill; the fist equivalent is Sway 
Back, which can't guard your allies and won’t block every kind of 
physical attack. However, there’s one big advantage they do get: Dream 
Super Combo, or DSC. It’s one of the strongest (and most expensive) 
moves in the game, and the huge cost is worth the damage it does. If 
you want to raise a character purely in fists, your goal should be to 
teach them DSC. 

How to learn DSC: Dream Super Combo, by far the strongest pure-damage 
attack in the game, isn’t learned the way normal techs are. It’s a 
combination of four weaker attacks – Sliding, Suplex, BabelCrumble, and 
GiantSwing. When you equip all four of those on a character, that 
character will also be able to use DSC. The move won’t show up on the 
status screen, but it will show up as a separate entry in their skill 
menu in combat, and won’t take up a skill slot (so you can have up to 
nine skills equipped on that character, instead of just eight). 
It’s also important to note that the damage for DSC is random. When you 
use it, your character will hit for anywhere from three to five 
attacks. Even the three-hit version of DSC is strong, and the five-hit 
version is absurdly powerful – more than twice as strong as other 
ultimate moves.

You'll find a lot of the other Fist techs disappointing, or just 
inferior clones of sword techs.
Fist techniques are learned the same way as swords’. Fist users, like 
sword users, should aim to equip six skills at a time.

Here is a list of some good fist techs: 
 
Kick: It’s more or less the same as Punch, the basic fist attack, 
except that it can combo, and using it will learn more techs faster. I 
suggest using this instead of Punch once you get it.

Air Throw: It’s a decent attack that can stun the target and it’s dirt-
cheap, if nothing else.

Sliding: If only because its one of the four DSC techs.

Babel Crumble: Same as Sliding, basically.

Giant Swing: See Babel Crumble. Also, it can instantly kill enemies.

Suplex: The fourth DSC tech, and that’s about it.

DSC: The strongest physical attack in the game. That should be all I 
need to say about this move.

Sky Twister: The highest-damage fist tech, outside of DSC. Use it the 
same way as you would Life Sprinkler for swords or Bound Shot for guns 
(Although Sky Twister isn't nearly as strong as either of those).

Last Shot: An alternative to Sky Twister. Its elemental properties make 
it stronger against a few enemies due to how SaGa damage works, and it 
has a rare chance of instant death too. 

Good Fist Users:  Liza, Fuse, Fei-On


~~~~~
Magic
~~~~~

Magic probably wins the award for worst overall growth among the human 
abilities. Not that this should discourage you from using it; magic's 
main advantage over the other means of training characters is that it 
is the most versatile of the options around. It covers multi-target 
damage far better and more efficiently than any of the physical techs, 
and has a bunch of fun effects like stat boosts, healing, status, and 
more. 
Unlike the above methods, you can’t teach a single character all the 
magic in the game, though. One character can only learn half the spells 
in SaGa because of the School system. For this reason, when you raise a 
mage, you should decide which Gifts you want to give them ahead of 
time, since there's no turning back. A Mage should exist mainly to 
cover a variety of areas; if you just try to pump pure damage out of 
them they won’t work as well.
For the most part, if you want a pure mage, it's usually better to 
choose a Mystic for the job; you can create a good Mystic mage without 
harming their stats like you do for humans, and they get all the 
benefits of using Magic, except that they can’t use the Realm school 
(all Mystics automatically have the Mystic Gift, which opposes Realm). 
They can’t get the Gift for Mind magic either, but neither is that big 
of a deal. One advantage to a human mage does have over a Mystic is 
that they have more skill slots to work with, so you can be more 
flexible. However, if you ask me, if you want a human mage, dual raise 
them with guns; this gives them actual stats (most notably a good speed 
score), and doesn't hurt the stats magic gives them at all. Also, most 
humans tend to specialize better in one of the physical types than in 
Magic, for whatever that's worth.
Magic is learned two different ways. You can either buy a particular 
spell outright, or teach a character a Gift. If the character has the 
gift, they'll randomly learn spells from that school of magic if they 
use another spell of that school (so casting Arcane spells will let you 
learn random Arcane spells at the end of battle, but no other type of 
magic).

Good magic spells to look for:
(The word listed after the spell name in parentheses is the School it’s 
from)
NOTE: Since magic is such a varied skillset, and there's a lot of 
useful spells out there, I'm only choosing a handful. The general rule 
with magic is to try every spell out and see how it works in your 
strategy.

NOTE 2: Some of the most powerful spells are for Mystics or specific 
characters only. I am ignoring them, since this is for general human 
skills only.

Mega Wind Blast (Light): Generally the best consistent damage you'll 
get from a spell, and it's multi-target to boot.

Awakening (Mind): Boosts your stats tremendously for a few turns. Also 
doubles JP/WP costs. Typically a useful move, especially for characters 
with no other way to increase their stats in combat.

Soul Rune (Rune): Effectively a variation of Awakening, but it makes 
you lose LP every so often.

Tower (Arcane): Does damage based on your current JP score; this is 
especially useful if you also give the character guns; Tower willdeal 
massive damage, and you’ll still have attacks you can use with no JP. 
Also, if you have a crown in magic, spells that cost 1 JP, like 
StarlightHeal, will be usable even if you have no JP remaining.

Reverse Gravity (Space): A store-bought spell that does oddly good 
multi-target damage. It’s not quite as good as Mega Wind Blast, but the 
fact that it’s store-bought makes it arguably more useful, and easier 
to get quickly too. As an added bonus, this move randomly inflicts 
stun.

Good Mages: Rouge, Doll, Blue

So…now that you know about raising Humans, you should be able to decide 
what you want to do with them. I'll get to the unique humans (like Red) 
later, since it’s hard to apply general principles to them,
 
One last note regarding humans:

In the middle of battle, humans can randomly learn dodge techs 
regardless of what they are using, as long as they have a free skill 
slot. Dodge techs will make them immune to certain kinds of attacks – 
for example, a human with DodgeGaze will always dodge any “Gaze” 
attack. For the most part, dodge techs aren't worth it; they hit very 
specific attacks (DodgeGaze evades the highest number of skills, and it 
only hits four or five), so they tend to be a waste of a skill slot. 
Unless you’re in a dungeon where a lot of enemies use that kind of 
attack, I would personally just ditch the dodge tech ASAP.

******* 
Mystics
*******

Mystics have far fewer options than humans, because they’re based 
entirely around absorbing monsters. A Mystic has three mystic weapons; 
Mystic Sword, Mystic Glove, and Mystic Boots. Those weapons are 
actually more like Skills that cost 0 WP, and are automatically 
equipped (once they’re learned; it takes a few battles). When a Mystic 
kills an enemy with one of these weapons, they can absorb it into the 
weapon (as long as it’s the right kind; bosses, and some non-monster 
enemies, can’t be absorbed), and they’ll get stat boosts and special 
abilities based on what enemies are in their weapons at the time. That 
is the only way they’ll raise most of their stats – HP, WP, JP and 
Charm may increase at the end of battle like a human’s, but their other 
stats can only be increased by equipment and absorbing monsters. 
Typically, the stronger the enemy, the better stats it gives. When you 
absorb an enemy, its boosts will appear in the status screen in green 
next to the Mystic’s base stats, the same as equipment bonuses – that’s 
why Mystics appear to have stupidly high equipment bonuses.
The only techs a Mystic can learn without absorbing something is magic, 
which they learn the same way humans do (and they all get the Mystic 
gift, just for starters). Typically, magic will be a Mystic’s main 
source of offense, since they generally get higher magic stats than 
physical.
A Mystic's unique skills are learned based on what absorbed enemies 
they have, and which weapons those enemies are absorbed in. For 
example, if a Mystic Absorbs a Dullahan into his Mystic Sword, he’ll 
learn the Griffith Scratch skill. But if he absorbs it with the Glove, 
he’ll learn Crystalizer, and absorbing it into the Boots will teach 
Assassinate. So when you absorb a monster, it’s important to plan which 
weapon you’ll use to kill it, and not just what you are absorbing. And, 
of course, you can only have one monster per weapon; absorbing 
something new will “overwrite” whatever was in that weapon before, 
replacing its stats and skill with those of the new monster. That makes 
it possible to correct a mistake – say, replacing a super-powerful 
Suzaku with a Slime – but it also makes it fairly easy to make those 
mistakes if you’re not paying attention. For this reason, I strongly 
suggest giving a Mystic at least one normal weapon to use against 
enemies you don’t want to absorb or spend magic/skills on, even though 
they won’t gain stats or skills from using it.
Mystics might not be as complex to raise as humans, but they are 
arguably harder, especially since they have low HP, JP and WP. The main 
advantage of using one is that  you get one later, you can get their 
stats and skills up to par fast, if you're willing to take a bit of 
extra time that is, so don't worry about late game Mystics too much. 
Also, note that Mystics will have only 4 open skill slots for magic 
spells Magic (absorbed skills don’t consume a slot), so they’re not as 
flexible as humans. As one last comment, all Mystics have a locked 
defensive equip; for most of them, it’s the Mystic Mail body armor. The 
exceptions are Dr. Nusakanm who has the Mystic Wear shirt, and 
Mesarthim, who uses the MellowRing. 

Noteworthy Mystic Absorptions: 

Suzaku: The best absorption for raw stats, and it’s not all that hard 
to get. When these things start appearing (likely in the Bio Lab), I 
highly suggest absorbing one for each Mystic weapon immediately, even 
if it’s a bit difficult (do NOT both trying to absorb the one in 
Mosperiburg, though; it gives the same bonuses as a normal Suzaku but 
has ten times the HP – it’s just not worth the time). Early on, those 
stats are worth it. The skills admit aren't much, so use this on a 
Mystic who has a good selection of Magic to draw from, or some good 
weapon equipped like the Asura.

Dullahan: Probably best overall absorption for skills. It has good stat 
boosts overall, and allows Mystics to learn their highest-damage skill, 
Griffith Scratch, if it’s absorbed on the Sword. On the Boots, it 
yields Crystalizer, a moderately accurate petrifying attack useful for 
random battles, and on the Boots, you get Assassinate, a decent 
instant-death attack with passable physical damage early on.

There are other fine absorptions out there, but these two are probably 
the overall best. If you find ones you like more, by all means use 
them.

For noteworthy magic…just check the humans, as Mystics are pretty much 
the same in that regard (except that they can’t use the Mind Gift, so 
strike Awakening from the list).

 
Good Mystics to look out for: Timelord, Mesarthim, Dr. Nusakan, Zozma


****
Mecs
****

Mecs are probably the least complex race to explain, since all their 
stats are based entirely on the equipment they use. To raise one, just 
equip a bunch of stuff, and see what yields stats most to your liking. 
For weapons, you’ll want to give Mecs the non-gun projectiles, like 
cannons and lasers. Mecs have high stats, and their better skills are 
generally hard to get. High-end weapons like the Hyper Blaster or the 
Hyperion Bazooka deal great damage with no skills, and yield excellent 
stat boosts, which will push that damage even higher. 

A mec's stats, including HP, are entirely based off what it has 
equipped, and can equip any kind of equipment in any slot, with no 
restrictions – a mec can use six weapons if it wants to, or seven pairs 
of boots, or a suit and a piece of body armor (or five!). Each mec has 
a few fixed pieces of equipment that can’t be removed, giving each one 
a different number of slots to play around with, unique abilities like 
MedPack and LightVulcan, and slightly different “base” stats (although 
the difference is usually minor). They also have a set number of skill 
slots which varies from mec to mec. That number can be increased with 
“board” accessories, which can also unlock certain high-power skills. 
All in all, while mecs are totally reliant on equipment, they're also 
flexible beyond all reason, so take advantage of this. Afterall, two 
Power Suits means you get double the defensive bonuses, letting you 
make some really nasty tanks.
 
As far as skills go?  Just absorb every single enemy mec in sight – 
you’ll be prompted to at the end of every fight where you killed at 
least one robotic foe. Every time a mec absorbs an enemy mec, it has a 
chance to learn one of its innate skills. The only case not to absorb 
one is if you are using more than one mec, and only have one to absorb 
in a fight, since two mecs can’t absorb the same enemy. Even if it 
doesn’t teach you a new skill, absorbing an enemy refills a mec’s WP, 
so it’s always a good thing.

It’s hard to get into much detail about mecs, since their stats are 
completely customizable and their skills are completely unique. Just 
say play around with them until you find a setup you like. They're the 
easiest to work with in that regard, since nothing beyond the way they 
start is permanent, and they can change on a whim.


******** 
Monsters
********

Raising a monster is the polar opposite training up a mec. Mecs can do 
fine if you just throw good equipment onto them and wait for their 
skills to show up, but monsters need good skills IMMEDIATELY to become 
remotely good in combat. The only equipment monsters can use are 
accessories, which they have four slots for. They’re all totally 
generic, beyond their starting form, and maybe a unique starting skill 
here or there (or in Kylin's case, coming with the whole Space Magic 
set), so there’s really not much to distinguish one monster from 
another. It’s more a case of using who you feel like.  

A monster’s stats are based on what form it is currently in, and their 
forms are based on the skills they know. Each form has certain lists of 
skills it uses, when a monster learns all of those skills, it will 
change into that form. All of its stats will change to fit that shape – 
a frail mage with high JP can easily become a powerhouse physical 
brawler at the drop of a hat. To get new skills, monsters must absorb 
other monsters at the end of a battle. Each monster type has a 
different list of skills it can teach, but you won’t know which one 
you’ll get until you absorb it. That skill will be placed in the eighth 
spot on the monster’s skill list, regardless of what was there already. 
If it was an empty slot, it’ll just be added to the list. If there was 
a skill there already, you’ll lose it. Make sure to move any skills you 
want to keep out of the eighth slot! That skill slot will be in red, 
for extra emphasis. If you already know the ability, you won’t learn it 
(even if it’s not in the eighth slot). 
Absorbing a new kind of enemy for the first time will increase a 
monster’s maximum WP by five, permanently. This is their only permanent 
stat growth. 

Some good skills for monsters to get: 
NOTE: Means of getting these skills to appear in update.

Magnetic Storm: Excellent multi-target damage for a monster, which is 
rare since Monsters aren't very good on damage in general.

Life Rain: Monsters in their better classes tend to be tankish but a 
bit lacking on damage, so they're better off being used as healers. 
Naturally, with Life Rain they can heal an entire party rather nicely. 
They also tend to have low LP, so don’t use this too liberally.


Monster forms worth noting:
Means of getting these monsters to appear in an update.

Black Dragon: Arguably the best form in the game. It’s a great tank 
with good stats to back it up. Try to get this ASAP. 

Dullahan: A bit less tanky than a Black Dragon, but has a free Dullahan 
Shield to compensate, giving them extremely high evasion. The only 
monster generally agreed to rival a Black Dragon.

Kylin Jr: This form is Kylin's starting form and it’s a darned good one 
too. The only monster who can get this is Kylin himself, so I suggest 
you take don’t change it if you use him.


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Unique Characters
*****************

This is far a few unique characters who deserve "Special" raising 
treatment.

~~~~~~~
Asellus
~~~~~~~

Asellus's unique race lets her have the best of both worlds, human and 
Mystic. Raising her human side is easy enough; just treat her like you 
would any other human. However, her quest has three endings – “Human,” 
“Mystic” and “Half-Mystic”, and raising her Mystic half cuts you off 
from seeing the human ending. 

Anyway, first, to raise her Mystic side you must have a Mystic weapon 
equipped on Asellus; she starts with Mystic Sword in Emelia and Red's 
quest, and needs to learn the others like any other Mystic would. In 
her own quest, she gets the Mystic Weapons from plot events, so you 
can’t just fight battles and learn them. Normally, though, even after 
she absorbs enemies into her weapons, she won’t get stats and skills 
from them like full Mystics do. In every fight, she’ll start off as a 
normal human, with no boosts from her Mystic side. When she uses one of 
the Mystic weapons, she’ll perform “Mystical Change,” and get access to 
her Mystic abilities and stats for the rest of the battle. Until she 
changes, Mystic weapons will be treated like normal weapons, and won’t 
absorb enemies or perform special attacks.
 
Unlike normal Mystics, Asellus has to equip her Mystic weapons, instead 
of always having them available. However, she does NOT need to equip 
all three at once; if she equips just one, she'll get all the benefits 
of everything she’s absorbed. Of course, you can’t absorb something new 
into, say, the Mystic Boot if you don’t have it equipped. If you want 
Asellus to use her Mystic side, you should use only one slot for a 
Mystic weapon (after absorbing monsters into the other two) and use the 
other seven for weapon skills and magic spells. This will make it hard, 
if not impossible, for Asellus to get a skill crown, so I'd make her a 
Gunner/Mage, since the Mystic absorption gives her the raw stats to 
make her effective that way, and she isn't half bad with either weapon 
class. Even so, Asellus works well for most weapon classes, since her 
Mystic stat bonuses mean she doesn’t get hurt by bad stat patterns. 
That makes her one of the few characters who can be really effective 
with two (or more) skil types, although it’s still a pain to learn all 
the useful ones.
 
*** 
Red
*** 

While Red is a normal human, he does have a full set of unique skills 
that no one else can use, namely the Alkaiser abilities. Raise Red as 
you would a normal human, only try to get his Alkaiser skills too.

Alkaiser skills can only be learned and used when Red is in Alkaiser 
mode. Until the end of the game you won’t be using Alkaiser much 
outside of boss fights, so teach him as many abilities as you can when 
you do have him transformed. Alkaiser learns new skills like a normal 
human, with a few exceptions, and has both sword and fist abilities.

Anyway, your first goal should be to get Bright Fist, which is randomly 
learned from Ray Sword (Alkaiser’s unique weapon). This should happen 
very fast, possibly in the game’s first fights. From there, use Bright 
Fist a lot to get a bunch of the other skills. Most aren't really a big 
deal, beyond being quick damage boosts, but the one you want to try to 
get is Al-Phoenix. Not only is Al-Phoenix strong, but very late in the 
game it can evolve into Re-Al Phoenix, one of the most powerful attacks 
in the game. The best way I found best to get Al-phoenix was to get Al-
Blaster quickly, then start using that whenever possible. Once you have 
that, be sure to have it available so you can learn Re-Al Phoenix.

As noted above, if Red wins a fight as Alkaiser, he can't gain any stat 
boosts. Try to win as many fights as possible without Alkaiser, and 
only use Alkaiser as a last resort, or if you need to learn new 
Alkaiser attacks. 


****** 
Emelia
******

Emelia, like Red, is almost a totally normal human. Her twist is that, 
in her own quest, she gets the ability to change costumes, lets her 
change which skills she’s likely to learn. Specifically, each costume 
gives her the tech learning rates of another character. Here's how it 
breaks down:

Normal: Emilia’s normal rates, as she appears in the seven other 
quests. Emelia's normal growths are the same as Asellus' and Mei-
ling's, as a note. This tends to be an overall balanced form for 
learning skills (though most people train her in guns, not that she 
does badly with them.)

Cat Fighter: Copies Liza. Basically, use this form if you want to train 
Emelia as a fist fighter, especially if you want DSC.

Bunny Costume: Identical to the normal one in every way. This is a 
purely aesthetic change.

Dancer: Copies Annie. Best for training Emelia in swords, if that's 
what you want.

Commando: Copies Roufas. Best for training Emelia in guns. 


***** 
T260G
*****

T260G in any other quest is a totally normal mec. However, in its own 
quest, T260G can use different bodies, each changing what its fixed 
equipment is, and what skills it can learn. Each body copies the 
equipment and skills of another mec. Note that it can use any skill it 
learned in other forms after it changes, so you can learn another mec’s 
unique skills, and then switch them over to a better body. The only 
body that doesn’t copy another robot is the Omega Body, which is the 
best mec in the game. Check a later update to see exactly which Model 
is what.

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5. Walkthrough
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This will be ordered alphabetically, cause its easiest that way! >_>
Anyway, note that I myself didn't write these walkthrough.  Frankly, I 
suck at those kinds of things, and very few people can survive THAT 
much "Meeple" writing, let alone comprehend it.  So I had friends who 
were willing to replay the game again write those.  These people should 
be commended for their efforts and time put into it.  Also, note that 
cause its different authors, the writing style and layout may vary, so 
yeah, don't expect complete consistency.

Also, I've told these people to avoid describing actual plot events, 
for spoiler purposes.  There are some spoilers that are impossible to 
avoid for an in depth walkthrough, unless you want vague titles for 
bosses which can add to some confusing situations given the non linear 
nature of SaGa Frontier.  As such, expect SOME spoilers, though the 
major ones we've made an attempt to avoid.

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ASELLUS
=======
Written By: OblivionKnight

Welcome to Asellus's part of the walkthrough section!  This is a very 
short preface, but I figure I should get it out of the way: there are 
spoilers, as mentioned earlier, but they will be kept to a minimum.  
I'll note plot triggers to catch characters, as well as "one chance" 
things in the actual walkthrough (one-chance meaning, "do it now or 
it's gone").  It's generally up to you to choose which characters you 
want to use, though I will make a few suggestions.  Asellus has a solid 
draw of characters (Mesarthim, TimeLord, Zozma, etc.), so you really 
can't go wrong in most instances.  Anyway, that should do it, so on 
with the show!


++++++++++++++++++++++++
Chapter 1: The Awakening
++++++++++++++++++++++++
*Note that these chapter names are just things I came up with, so don't 
take them too seriously - the game doesn't actually name the sections 
you progress through*

Checklist of Important Stuff:
[] Went to Rei's room with White Rose
[] Went to Asellus's room and met Zozma
[] Exchanged LP for any items you wanted with the ugly green goblin guy

Once you have control, head south to the next screen.  Watch the little 
scene, then keep going south.  Go down the stairways until you get to a 
split path.  Go left here, as going right is a waste of time for the 
moment.  

(If you take the right path and go all the way until you get into a 
room you'll find Harmonium Armour, PowerBelt, SilverMoon(Katana), 
HarmoniumEarring and LightRifle.  Unfortunately, Asellus really needs 
to work out a bit more, so she can't lift them.  Save this room for 
later.)

After heading left, you'll look like a midget - you're outside of the 
castle, and there are many stairwells you can follow to get around.  
First, go to the upper right, towards the tower.  You should end up on 
a bridge of sorts.  Follow that bridge until you see a man with red 
hair.  Talk to him and watch the scene.  Return to the left, and to the 
midget screen again.  Head to the far left (past the door you 
originally came out of), and up the winding stair case to the northwest 
tower.  Enter it and walk into the blue pool of water at the centre of 
the room.  You'll be teleported to a new room.  Exit to the south.

You'll see a scene where Asellus compliments the master of the castle 
on his decorating skills.  It becomes apparent, now, that the master of 
this castle is none other than the Fab Five!  Unfortunately, before you 
can realize this masterpiece of deductive reasoning, someone will 
appear in the room with you and give you a new perspective on the 
matter.  Watch the short scene, then, once you regain control, head to 
the right and you'll *gasp* come across that special someone from a 
minute ago!  Well, apparently Asellus is part dog, because you'll have 
to listen to him when he says to "leave".  Head back to the pool of 
teleportation, and exit this tower.  Head down to the very bottom of 
the area (go down past your room), and enter the door.  You should 
appear at the top of several descending staircases.  Follow them all 
the way down to the next screen.  From here, head right into the 
somewhat open area (the main hallway), then directly north through the 
open door.

Well, get ready for some exposition!  You'll learn who you are, why 
you're here, and much more!  Yay!  Anyway, after this fun-filled 
episode, Ildon will join you in your quest to buy a dress.  Head south 
out of the throne room, and further south out of the castle.  You'll be 
in Rootville (which is pretty damn small).  Head to the house to the 
far south, with the yellow lights above it, and enter.  Asellus will 
proceed to get naked and change her clothes.  Sadly, for all you 
perverts out there like myself, this is done entirely tastefully 
offscreen.  DAMN!  Anyway, when you've watched the little scene, you'll 
have control of Asellus once more.  Now, with the dress on, she runs 
normally.  Proceed to practice your new running ability by heading 
north back to the castle.  Once you enter the main hallway, head to the 
right, all the way up the staircase, and to a  rose platform (gee, a 
flower?  who would have guessed?).  Now, you'll enter your first 
battle!

There's no tutorial, but it should be pretty simple.  You can ignore 
the "choose team" feature for the moment.  Hit circle, and just attack 
the beast with the knife you now magically have equipped.  You should 
kill him in round two with no problems.  If you need a refresher on the 
battle system or a bit more help, check the beginnings of the FAQ.  
Anyway, this will continue for a bit (yeah, battles are bit boring now, 
but they'll get better).  Once you get your ass kicked, you can leave.  
If you return to the rose platform, you can fight some more, but for 
now, I'd suggest you take the time to do some other things.

First, return to the main hallway, and head to the left, up the flights 
of stairs until you reach midget mode again.  Go to the upper right 
tower (over the bridge where you met the red-headed man earlier), and 
head to the interior room.  Search the coffin, and out pops a princess!  
Damn, if only Prince Charming knew it worked this way too.  Anyway, 
White Rose now joins you.  Leave the tower and return to Asellus's room 
(i.e., where you began the game).  White Rose and Ildon will leave you.  
Return back to the upper right tower and talk to White Rose.  A scene 
or two later, and she'll be in your party.

--------------------------
!!!!!ONE CHANCE ALERT!!!!! 
--------------------------

With White Rose in tow (and only White Rose), head to the lower left 
tower on the midget screen.  Enter the main room with the single coffin 
(like you did when you met White Rose), and a scene will play out.  
Talk to White Rose and you'll hear a little bit of plot detail. ***THIS 
IS REQUIRED IF YOU WANT TO GET REI IN YOUR PARTY LATER IN THE GAME***.  
There's more to it, but that's it for now. 

------------------------------
!!!!!END ONE CHANCE ALERT!!!!! 
------------------------------

With that out of the way, return to the training room (the room with 
the rose platform) and talk to Ildon so he returns to your party.  This 
time, exit to the midget screen and head to the lower right tower.  Go 
to the main coffin room and you'll hear about the Lion Princess.  Once 
this is over, return to the main hallway, and exit the castle to the 
south.  Back in Rootville, head to the top centre house with the white 
flower stems in front of it.  Enter it, and you'll find someone who 
looks like a goblin (green skin and what appears to be a hard hat).  
Talk to him for a quick scene, after which you'll receive a 
CharmNecklace (+1 DEFENSE!  GODLY!).  Talk to him again, and he'll 
offer to sell you some nice items at the cost of your max LP.  Yes, 
buying these will lower your LP permanently.  However, at least two of 
them are genuinely worth it:

***Asura - 3 LP
***SandVessel - 1 LP
Tao-TeihPattern - 2 LP
ShadeRobe - 1 LP

The Asura is a sexy sword and well worth the LP loss.  The SandVessel 
is required to get TimeLord on your team later on.  Note that if you 
don't get it now, you CANNOT RECRUIT TIMELORD UNTIL THE END OF THE 
GAME.  You can still recruit him, but not until you basically enter the 
last dungeon.  So you should definitely pick up the SandVessel right 
now, and the Asura is also a solid pick-up at this point.  Leave the 
Tao-TeihPattern and ShadeRobe - they're not worth it.  If you head to 
the upper right house, you can also buy magic for real money, but 
unless you've been training incessently, you won't have enough.  Skip 
it for now and return to the castle.  In the main hallway, you'll see 
Rastaban (the only other guy in the castle, who is apparently 
constantly happy) standing around.  Talk to him for a quick scene.  
After that, you're free for a bit.  

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!!!!!ONE CHANCE ALERT!!!!! 
--------------------------
   
Another!?  Yep, but this one's a bit easier.  Return to Asellus's room, 
and you'll meet the red-headed guy from earlier!  His name's Zozma.  
You'll see a quick scene with him, where he tells you he is teh 
aw3s0m3.  ***THIS IS REQUIRED IF YOU WANT TO GET ZOZMA IN YOUR PARTY 
LATER IN THE GAME***.  

------------------------------
!!!!!END ONE CHANCE ALERT!!!!! 
------------------------------

Anyway, with that done, return to Rootville (sans comrades) and enter 
the dress shop again.  Head to the second floor and speak to the girl 
in white standing there.  Follow her up another floor and speak to her 
again.  The girl's name is Gina.  After the short conversation, return 
to the first floor and talk to the man behind the counter.  Once that's 
done, return to the castle, and as soon as you enter the main hallway, 
Ciato will stop you and give you a spanking...er...talk.  Ciato will 
give you a bit of information for some random reason, so, as is your 
duty in any RPG, you must do exactly as the random guy says.  Yep.  
Head back to Rootville, and head to the far, upper left house (past the 
ugly green guy's house).  Talk to the guy at the table, and the plan to 
escape Facinaturu will be underway!  Return to White Rose's room, and 
watch the short scene.  You now have GOLD!  Yay!  Anyway, White Rose 
will join you again. 

Now, if you want to train a bit, head to the hill behined Asellus's 
room.  To get there, head to midget view, and look at where the bridge 
from the upper right tower leading left stops.  Head north from there, 
into the area behind the main tower where Asellus's room is, and you'll 
find the hill.  Run up and down, training a bit.  Note that if you're 
using the Asura, do be careful: it will eat up some WP, so keep that 
knife equipped for weaker enemies.  Train all you want (but be careful 
not to head too far up the mountain - there's a boss that will probably 
kill you at this point - big, giant white thing standing in the space 
between two stairwells a fair ways in), but when you're ready, return 
to Rootville.  At the lower left corner of the "town", there's a small 
house.  It was locked at the beginning of the game, but now it's open, 
so head on in there!  Talk to the slime, and proceed through the path.  
I'd give you directions, but there's not anything to actually direct 
you around, so just head on forward down the only path ("Follow the 
only road! Follow the only road!"  If you're familiar with South Park, 
you know what I mean >_>).  Enemies here are...pretty weak.  Hit them 
with a knife attack twice and they'll die, and techs tend to kill them 
in a single go.  Once you reach the end of the "dungeon", watch the 
scene, and then you're out of Facinaturu!  Yay!  Hopefully you've done 
everything you wanted to do.  With that out of the way, it's time for 
Part II of Asellus's walkthrough.


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Chapter 2: Not So Little Mermaid
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You'll end up in the town of Owmi.  Thankfully, the goddamned 
repetitive music of Chateau Aguille is gone for a long while, so enjoy 
what you've got now.  Anyway, you'll be in a room with the pilot who 
brought you here.  Talking to him yields nothing important, so head 
south out of the building into the city proper.  Enjoy the new, pretty 
surroundings.  There's not much to do on this first screen, so head 
left over the bridge, and White Rose will pop out and explain to you a 
bit about Water Mystics.  Obviously, this will have some bearing on 
your quest.  Anyway, after crossing the bridge, there's not too much to 
do.  The people of the town will tell you that about, *gasp*, a Water 
Mystic being cared for by the Lord of the town.  See, I'm psychic?  
Anyway, the first building over the bridge, with the fountain outside 
of it and girl with the red hat standing outside is the inn.  Staying 
here heals you, like in most RPGs.  It's free and quick, so do it 
whenever you need.  If you talk to the girl in the red hat, she'll tell 
you that "the Lord's Manor is this way".  While she won't be very 
helpful and point, she has this staring problem, and so, if you follow 
the way her head turns, and head off straight north after crossing the 
bridge (off to the right side of the inn) and past the fire hydrant, 
you'll come to the Lord's manor.  Wow, big.

Anyway, enter the house uninvited and you'll be greeted by the Master 
of the House ("Master of the House, isn't worth my spit, comforter, 
philosopher and life long"...uh...ahem).  After a bit of a verbal 
argument, he'll lead you up to the room where he's keeping the Water 
Mystic locked up.  Walk up to the bed/water she's floating in and talk 
to her.  You'll talk a bit, and then the Water Mystic (named Mesarthim) 
will join you!  Exit the room and talk to the Lord standing in the 
hallway.  Don't leave the house, mmm?  Guess what our next mission is, 
my friends!  But before we start that, we have some looting to do!  
From the exit to Mesarthim's room, head all the way to the end of the 
hallway to the upper right, and then into the "doorway" exiting out to 
the right (it's hard to see, but look for a small indentation in the 
wall).  You should be in a hallway with 2 statues standing in front of 
a large door.  Go past them, straight down the hallway to another 
"doorway".  From here, circle around up the stairs to your left, and 
you'll end up in the attic.  Head up the stairs and pick up the 
GhostCannon and KrisKnife (not to be confused with a CrysKnife) in the 
brown chests.  Return to the hallway with the two statues in it, and 
enter the large door they're standing in front of.  Talk to the Lord 
and he'll tell you that the basement "isn't safe!  Don't go there!".  
Obviously, this is our next destination.

From Mesarthim's room, head out down the hallway, but not all the way 
to the end.  Go straight across from the painting on the left wall down 
the staircase to arrive at the entrance to the house.  Circle down the 
staircase and veer down to the right to enter another "doorway".  
Follow the path up and around to a large opening.  Go into that 
opening, head down the stairs, and head left when you reach the bottom 
through a door.  Ignore the boarded up door with the lock on it, and 
instead run straight to the end of the hallway and turn north past the 
Menorah and up the stairs.  In here, grab the two chests containing a 
RubberSuit and MaxCure.  Now, return to that boarded up door, search 
it, and you'll be in the basement.  First real dungeon time!

From the entrance, run down the stairs and into the giant open doorway.  
In the room you enter, run around, fight if you want, but make sure to 
grab the Magi-Water and SanctuaryStone (note that the "chests" in this 
dungeon look like pirate booty, gold with a sword sticking out of it).  
Note that you might want to fight the gunfish enemies a bit, as they 
have a chance of dropping the PearlHeart, which nullifies water 
attacks.  If you get one, it'll come in handy soon, but it's not 
necessary.  Anyway, to continue on, head into the "doorway" near the 
platform where you found the SanctuaryStone.  In the next room, grab 
the RottenMeat and JetBoots.  The exit to the next screen is to the 
right, above the platform where you found the JetBoots.  However, you 
should save before you head that way (what?  just a good idea >_>).  
Also, I'd suggest taking Mesarthim's BlueElf armour off and equipping 
it on Asellus.  Equip a PearlHeart, if you have it, on White Rose.  
Head to the next screen, and you'll see a giant squid!  Run down into 
him and prepare for your first boss fight!

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BOSS FIGHT: DEVILSQUID
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*Note that I'm not listing boss HP; it varies based on party HP, so 
there's not much of a reason to list it, as, considering the nature of 
SaGa Frontier, party stats will differ widely.

I like calamari.  It's one of my favourite seafood dishes.  Nice and 
tender, lightly breaded...absolutely delicious!  Ahem...anyway, despite 
the lack of any type of fitting boss music (w00t!  random battle 
music!), this is your first boss.  If you have a PearlHeart on White 
Rose, this battle is pathetically simple.  Without it, he's still not 
tough, but might actually kill someone.  His worst attack is Maelstrom, 
a powerful water attack that strikes all allies, which probably will 
kill anyone in your party at this point...except for the fact that you 
have at least two water-nulling equips at this moment: Mesarthim's 
locked MellowRing, and her BlueElf armour (which you should have put on 
Asellus, as White Rose can't equip it).  With these equipped, Maelstrom 
shouldn't scare you at all.  His other attacks are pretty tame, as 
they're all single-target: Ink and Feeler are pretty weak, and while 
MightyCyclone is decent, it still only hits one character.  White 
Rose's StarlightHeal revives downed characters, so make use of it if 
someone drops.  If you got the Asura like I recommended, Asellus can 
kill this thing by round 3 all by herself.  You probably learned 
DoubleSlash by this point.  Use it on the beast to inflict 1000+ 
damage, which is a huge chunk of his HP all at once.  White Rose and 
Mesarthim probably don't have too much in the way of damage right now.  
Mesarthim's LifeRain is godly if you need it, but you probably won't.  
If either Mesarthim or White Rose have a decent absorb, they can do 
decent damage (with something like Lance or Blade), but the majority of 
the pain will be dished out by Asellus.  Since you can kill him so 
fast, there should be little problem even if White Rose dies - he'll 
likely only get one more attack off, and it's not likely it'll kill 
anyone. 

*Note: if you exit the room and return, DevilSquid will also respawn, 
if you wish to fight him again.

So, with that out of the way, aren't you proud?!  First boss: dead!  
Badass!  Now, to finish up this dungeon.  First, don't go near the 
"chest" in the room the DevilSquid once inhabited - it's a trap that'll 
drop you down a few levels.  Instead, go past the "chest", and into the 
large door near it.  Here you'll find a load of treasures: to the right 
of the entrance is a MaxCure, for starters.  Head to the left, then up 
at the intersection to acquire an ArmourGlove.  Now, off to the left, 
you might notice a raised platform.  Run on to it and head left until 
you can't see Asellus anymore.  Search, and you'll get the JackalSword.  
Now, keep going up to another platform to grab a ShellBracer.  Now, 
head directly south through the "double doorways" to new room.  Head 
south while hugging the eastern wall, and you should end up on a path 
heading east that leads to another MaxCure.  Now head all the way west, 
and you should see another "chest".  Grab it for RubberShoes.  Now, 
exit the room you came in.  From where you come out, head directly west 
to a new screen.  Head west, then south up onto the raised platform to 
pick up a PearlHeart.  Then head west to a "chest" with LeatherBoots.  
That's everything!

Return to where you fought the Devil Squid.  Unequip Mesarthim of 
everything (except her MellowRing, which you can't remove).  Run to the 
far left, and you'll go through another of those blasted "doorways".  
Run up to the water, and watch the scene.  Mesarthim is gone!  
Nnnnooooo!!!!  You'll next be treated to a scene with Orlouge and Ciato 
(as well as some hinted lesbianism between White Rose and 
Asellus...ooooohhhhhhh yeah!), where Orlouge tells Ciato to capture 
White Rose by "any means necessary".  Ominous, ain't it?

Anyway, you'll be back in Owmi.  Head to the inn if you lost any LP, 
especially on Asellus (and especially if you spent some early on).  
Then, head to the far southeast of town, past the house with the green 
door, to return to the pilot.  Choose "Board the plane".  You'll be 
taken to Shrike, where Asellus grew up.  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
WALKTHROUGH NOTICE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

At this stage in the game, you can technically start the "Interlude" 
section, as I call it.  Basically, now you can start recruiting 
characters, building up your stats, going on quests, etc., if you so 
desire.  If you want to do so, skip down to the Interlude Section 
(Chapter 3 of this walkthrough).  I don't typically do this, as the 
plot flows better going straight to this next area and fighting a boss, 
but it's totally feasible.  The choice you make is up to you.  I'm 
going to assume you don't, but as I said, feel free to skip down.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
END WALKTHROUGH NOTICE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Exit the area you're in by heading to the lower left.  Save (yes, 
another major hint).  From where you are, walk down a bit, following 
the curve of the road, then up to the brown little house.  Text should 
appear saying "My House".  Enter it by pressing accept.  Watch the 
short, but kick-in-the-balls scene.  Ominous music begins to play, and 
you'll be thrust into a battle against the first of Ciato's warriors!   


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOSS FIGHT: FIRESAGE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Yay!  Boss music!  Real boss music!  Now for another battle.  FireSage 
has less HP than DevilSquid, and no cheap mass death trick (Maelstrom).  
You'll instead be dealing with straight-up damage, which shouldn't 
threaten to kill you at all.  HeatSmash is his strongest, but you 
should easily be able to take at least 1, probably 2 at this point.  
Once more, if you got the Asura, this boss is a pushover: DoubleSlash 
from Asellus with the Asura will obliterate him, dealing around 1000 
damage to him per hit.  White Rose should use StarlightHeal if needed, 
or any other attack if no healing is needed (MysticSword, or any 
absorbtion she might have; WaterCannon is good for around 250 damage).  
Not too much strategy here - just beat him up.

After defeating the FireSage, you'll see three lines of text, and then 
be thrown back to the world map.  Congratulations, Chapter 2 is done.  
Now, the long part this way comes...  


++++++++++++++++++++
Chapter 3: Interlude
++++++++++++++++++++  

Checklist of Important Stuff:
[] Recruited Characters
[] Did Quests
[] Went to Devin and spoke to the woman in front of the temple ***WITH 
WHITE ROSE IN THE PARTY***
[] Decided on which ending you want

And now we get to SaGa Frontier's main feature: the open game!  There's 
a whole bunch of stuff to do right now, and it's my job to explain it 
to you.  So, here's an explanation of some important things you should 
do, then an analysis of your options.

1) First thing's first, to get it out of the way, head back to the port 
(where you started after coming to Shrike) and talk to the man at the 
counter.  Go to Devin.  Exit the building you start in (and enjoy the 
music!), and head to the right, where all the signs point.  Keep 
heading right, exiting this screen in the lower right corner.  You 
should see a giant staircase - guess what you need to do here?  Yep!  
Run up it!  You'll come out in front of the temple area (it's also 
apparently Fall here), with a girl standing off to the left.  Talk to 
her for a short scene.  ***THIS IS REQUIRED IF YOU WANT TO GET REI IN 
YOUR PARTY LATER IN THE GAME***.  After that, head back to the Devin 
port.

2) Ok, character recruitment time!  Lots of stuff here.  Asellus has a 
decent draw of solid characters she can grab, and you'll want to pick 
up at least 4-5 of them.  Note that Asellus can't pick up any Mecs in 
her quest, so they're all right out.  Also, if this is your first time 
through the game, I wouldn't recommend trying to train any monsters 
(and heck, even if this is your 2nd or 3rd time through the game, I 
wouldn't suggest doing much with monsters >_>).  So, here's a list of 
the characters available to you in Asellus's Quest.  Who you choose is 
entirely up to you in the end, so go with what you want:

My Favourites:
*Gen - Human
*Emelia - Human
*Fuse - Human
*Rouge - Human
*TimeLord - Mystic (See Below)

Other characters:
*Annie - Human
*Cotton - Monster
*Fei-On - Human
*Kylin - Monster (See Below)  
*Lute - Human
*Riki - Monster
*Sei - Monster (See Below)
*Silence - Mystic
*Slime - Monster
*Suzaku - Monster
*Thunder - Monster

Special Characters:
*TimeLord - Mystic (see the Time Magic Sidequest section)
*Kylin - Monster (see the Space Magic sidequest section)
*Sei - Monster (see the Sei's Tomb sidequest section)

Ok, that's the whole list!  Now, for a bit of extra exposition!  You 
can have a max of 15 characters (your main + 14 others).  Since you 
have White Rose and Asellus forced right now, you can pick up 13 more.  
I do not advise you pick up 13 more characters, unless you really want 
to put the work into 15 different characters.  There's a list of how to 
acquire the characters earlier in this FAQ, so I'll just default you 
there to save space (granted...I might add to this in the future).  
Regardless, make sure you pick up at least 4 more characters.  Why 4, 
you might ask?  Well, you'll want to replace White Rose later.  Use her 
now, but once you've got 4 more solid characters, unequip her and bench 
her, as she'll be leaving 80% of the way through the quest.  For 
characters, I recommend grabbing Rouge (grab him immediately), Emelia, 
Fuse, Gen (all of whom can be grabbed on the same quest in quick 
succession), and TimeLord (the latter will take a little work, but is 
well worth it - ***YOU MUST HAVE THE SANDVESSEL FROM THE BEGINNING OF 
THE GAME TO RECRUIT HIM***). If you can't grab one of them, Annie is a 
decent replacement if you need someone else, and Lute, Kylin or Fei-On 
will work in a pinch.

3) With new characters, you need equipment!  The easiest way to do that 
at this point in the game is to head to Scrap (where you'll find Gen).  
Once you hit midget mode, head to the lower right building, called 
"Junk Shop".  There's an explanation of the Junk Shop Trick later in 
the FAQ, but for now, here's the rundown: Buy your way into the junk 
shop (cost varies, but should be affordable right now), grab 3 items, 
return to the shopkeeps, go to Sell, click on the HyperionBazooka like 
you'd want to sell it, cancel out, then go grab 7 more items.  Repeat 
ad nauseum.  The "chests" you're looking for are the barrels and other 
assorted junk in the top centre of the screen (there are 6 different 
places total: 1 for a junk weapon, 2 for junk guns, and 3 for junk 
armour).  There's some good stuff here: WarlordArmour, ExcelShield, 
LethalGun, etc.  Make sure to sell any RepairKits you get, as selling 
them increases the quality of the items you pick up over time.  An hour 
of this should net you plenty of equipment and a bit of money for 
later.  This should equip your characters for the trials to come.

4) Quests!  Things like the Arcane Quest, Rune Quest, quests for the 
gifts in several magics, etc., are available now.  If you want to get 
TimeLord (above), then you'll have to finish one of the Rune or Arcane 
Quests, as well as one of the Light or Shadow Quests.  So do them!  
Before doing these quests, make sure the characters you want to acquire 
the gifts are in your party - if you start the Arcane Quest, then grab 
Rouge, he can't get the Arcane Gift, for instance.  Doing these quests 
will strengthen your characters, and they typically won't take too 
long, so do as many as you like.

5) Endings!  Asellus has 3 different endings to choose from.  You might 
have noticed that Asellus learned a skill called MysticSword after 
beating FireSage (if she didn't don't worry, you can get it later - 
just make sure you have a free ability slot next time you fight a plot 
boss).  You might have noticed Mesarthim and White Rose had the same 
skill, and potentially a MysticGlove and/or MysticBoot skill as well.  
The FAQ has a solid explanation of how Mystics work, but I'll elaborate 
on a few points that concern you here.  Basically, Mystics don't gain 
stats like Humans or Asellus does.  Their stats are fixed.  Using a 
Mystic skill on enemies can "Absorb" enemies.  This is how Mystics 
boost their stats, as well as gain additional skills.  You might have 
experimented with this a bit ago.  Now that Asellus has the Mystic 
skills, she can start working on boosting her Mystic side by absorbing 
enemies.  Depending on how many enemies you absorb (as well as an 
upcoming event), the ending of the game changes:

A) Don't absorb any monsters for Asellus + "Save" = Human (has one 
extra boss fight compared to the other two endings) 
B) Absorb any monster for Asellus + "Save" = Half-Mystic
C) Don't absorb any monsters for Asellus + "Don't Save" = Half-Mystic
D) Absorb any monster for Asellus + "Don't Save" = Full Mystic    

Human, Half-Mystic and Full Mystic are the 3 different endings.  The 
"Save" event occurs at near the end of the game, which I'll elaborate 
on once we get to that point.  Anyway, about now is when you'll want to 
start thinking about which ending you prefer.  The Half-Mystic is canon 
(much like the Bad Ending in the Shadow Hearts series), but I 
personally prefer the Full Mystic ending.  The choice, as always, is 
yours.

Anyway, take as long as you like sidequesting, or as short as you like.  
At a minimum, I'd suggest grabbing more characters, and picking up some 
new magic and equipment (Junk Shop!).  Then you should be ready for the 
next part of the game! 


+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Chapter 4: A Series of Unfortunate Events
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Checklist of Important Stuff:         
[] Defeated WaterSage
[] Defeated GreenSage
[] Defeated LionPrincess
[] Met Ildon
[] Defeated Ciato
[] Finished the Dark Labyrinth

There's a bunch of boss fights, as you can see.  Now, you might ask how 
you access them.  As tends to be the case with SaGa, it's "Find the 
Story" time!  To move through the game now, you'll have to visit places 
to encounter the bosses mentioned above.  Since it's generally "search 
around and hope you find it", I'll give you these places to save time.  
Aren't I awesome?

Anyway, these 11 places are where you can encounter these 
bosses/events.  It's random which specific place it'll happen, but 
these are the places to go.

*Mu's Tomb (Shrike) - Head left and around the grassy area until you 
reach the entrance to the tomb.  You'll come out to a fork where 
there's a man standing.  From here, head down the left path and enter 
the first door (it's off to the left of the path, before you get to the 
exit to a screen filled with coffins).
*Sei's Tomb (Shrike) - Assuming you can find the damn entrance (it's 
under the trees slighty to the right of the rock face you start on), 
follow the path down the stairs into the next room.  You're now in the 
altar room.  Head past out the exit in the lower right to a new room 
where there's a shield on the wall and two skeletons in the upper right 
corner of the screen.  You are there!
*Luminous (Uh...Luminous >_>) - Exit the port.
*Space Shrine (Devin) - Where Princess Rei is atop the many stairs.  
This is typically a good place to start if you're looking for some 
enemies to kill.
*Swamp (Yorkland) - From entering Yorkland, head south until you reach 
the intersection.  Go left, and you're there.
*Garden (Kyo) - From exiting the port, take the first path north, then 
east to the centre section of midget mode, the little area surrounded 
by red flowers.  It's the garden >_>
*Alley (Koorong) - From entering Koorong (exit from the port), head 
left until you see a staircase going down.  Head down.  Upon entering 
the next screen, head down until you can go left, then head all the way 
left to the next screen, and you're there.
*Lord Manor (Owmi) - Uh...go to the entrance >_>
*Parking LOt (Baccarat) - Go to where you had to recruit Emelia (if you 
got her).  Take an elevator down to the parking level.  
*Shingrow - Head north out of the port.  On midget mode, head to the 
ruins in the northeast section of the map.  Enter them, and you're 
there.
*Wrecked House (Wakatu) - YOU MUST HAVE GEN TO GO HERE.  Talk to the 
skeleton north of where you start.  Head north through the giant doors, 
then head left.  Gen will then pop out and tell you to "follow him".  
Head north until you can go east, then do so.  Continue heading east, 
up the stairs, then north to the next screen.  You're there.

At any of these points you can see the events above.  They occur in 
order, so when you're ready, search around for your next boss!  Also, 
make sure Asellus has at least one free skill slot at the end of this 
battle, as she'll learn a new skill from it.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOSS FIGHT: WATERSAGE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mmmm...first fire, now water.  No, there isn't a HeartSage, sadly.  
Anyway, fun stuff.  WaterSage is tougher than FireSage, due to having 
the dreaded Oscillation skill.  It hits every character for solid 
sonic-type damage.  This is the toughest part of the battle; if you can 
survive Oscillation, you can easily take this battle, as his other 
attacks are pretty weak.  Before fighting him, you probably want to 
head to Shingrow, then head to the ruins to grab the Harmonium 
equipment, which nullifies sonic attacks.  There's not really too much 
to this boss other than Oscillation - if you can live through it, you 
can easily paste him.  Hit him with your strongest attacks (you should 
have some decent mid-power techs and spells right now - if not, you 
might be in trouble coming up), and heal yourself if needed.  The Asura 
on a solid sword-user with a strong skill will make WaterSage cry (see, 
the Asura is easily worth 3 LP early on!): it's quite possible you'll 
one-round him if you get off a good combo attack.

One down, 5 more events to go!  Start searching for the next event at 
any of the listed places, and get ready for another battle!  Once more, 
make sure Asellus has a free skill slot, as she'll learn a new skill 
once this battle is over.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOSS FIGHT: GREENSAGE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

WHY COULDN'T IT BE THE EARTHSAGE OR SOMETHING!?  MY CAPTAIN PLANET 
NAMING SCHEME IS NOW RUINED!!!  Ahem...anyway, I hope you're still 
packing the sonic protection for this fight.  The GreenSage is a bit 
different than his friends.  First off, he doesn't have Oscillation, 
but instead can double-act each round.  He still has a sonic attack, 
Scream, that hits an area.  Not as strong as Oscillation, but still 
nasty if he uses it intelligently.  He also has Ectoplasnet, which 
inflicts Instant Death with a high success rate.  I'd suggest you have 
the Harmonium stuff, as well as BloodChalices on everyone possible 
(sonic protection and instant death protection, respectively).  
Finally, he counters all close-range attacks (most sword techs and 
martial arts techs) with Counter Fear, which inflicts Red Mess.  As 
with WaterSage, beat him with your strongest techs, as his HP aren't 
much better, so he should fall quickly (also, you should be getting 
stronger, so that's part of it >_>).  What challening bosses Ciato 
sends after us.   

You should now have all 3 Mystic skills for Asellus (if you're missing 
one, don't worry - you still have a few more boss battles to acquire 
them in; just make sure she has some free slots to learn skills with).  
Once again, search the previously mentioned spots, and you'll face yet 
another boss!  This one actually gets some screentime, and you've 
probably learned about her if you explored Facinaturu last time you 
were there, so...  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOSS FIGHT: LIONPRINCESS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

PLOT DEVICE TIME!  Also, enjoy the new, sexy major boss music.  
Granted, she's not that tough, all things considered.  First, she's the 
first boss you'll notice with a shield, meaning she can block your 
attacks.  You'll want to use techs like Throws, which ignore the shield 
blocking.  In addition, like with GreenSage, avoid close-range attacks: 
she'll counter with Kasumi, very likely killing your character.  Other 
than that, she has strong physical attacks like Heaven/Hell, but these 
are blockable, so it's easily survivable.  She's also got FireBreath, 
ArcticBreath and some other magic-esque attacks, but these aren't too 
much to worry about.  She alternates between using the physical attacks 
and magical attacks - first round, she'll use physicals like 
Heaven/Hell; second round she'll use FireBreath and the like.  This 
should help you predict what to do to counter her.  LionPrincess gets 
pasted pretty fast, like the last few bosses - just make sure you avoid 
her counterattacks, and you should be fine.  Gunners completely maul 
her, for instance.   

Well, that sequence of bosses is out of the way.  And we're halfway 
done with this section!  Yay!  Anyway, head to yet another event point, 
and you'll be greeted by...*gasp*!  Ildon!?  He'll give you a little 
bit of a story about Ciato, and warn you that he's coming after you 
next.  Then he'll join you!  He's probably a bit weaker than your other 
characters, but an extra body if you want it (or if you like Mystics in 
general).  Anyway, guess what time it is again?  Yep!  Time to play 
"Find the plot" some more!  So, go to the event locations some more, 
until you find the next boss!  Time to face your old pal Ciato in 
combat! 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOSS FIGHT: HUNTERKNIGHT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   

Wow...what's with the plot-hyped bosses...sucking?  Anyway, Ciato's 
damaging attacks shouldn't worry you.  Your biggest threats here are 
PhantasmShot and Fascination, which inflict random statuses and charm, 
respectively.  Like the rest of the bosses you've fought, he falls 
fast.  Hit him hard and he'll go down before you know it, before the 
status attacks become anissue.  Not much to say here - he's in the same 
mold as the rest of the bosses you've fought. 

You'll get a short scene after beating Ciato, explaining how powerful 
Orlouge is.  Now, you've got one thing left in this chapter, and to 
accomplish it, guess what?  Yep, this is the last time you'll have to 
wander around to those event locations!  Yippee!!!!!  Wander around to 
the event locations a bit (if you had trouble with some of the boss 
fights, build your characters up a bit).  You'll know you've hit the 
next event when you...uh...appear somewhere randomly >_>

Anyway, you're now in Orlouge's Dark Labyrinth!  Yippe!  Apparently no 
one leaves without making a sacrifice!  Yay!  Why am I happy?!  I don't 
know!  The quest is nearly over, so let's get through this!  It's 
actually, for a massive labyrinth, pathetically easy to get around.  
Or, you could do what I did my first time and just wander around 
randomly!  No?  Really?  That your final answer?  Ok...spoiled sport!

First, head to the northeast green door (there are only 2 doors on this 
screen that are green, one in the northeast, the other in the 
southwest).  After exiting, take the only other green door on the 
screen (i.e., below and to the left of where you start).  On the next 
screen, take the green door to the far northwest corner of the screen. 

--------------------------
!!!!!ONE CHANCE ALERT!!!!! 
--------------------------
  
Yes!  Another!  Don't worry, this is the last one for this walkthrough.  
Anyway, slightly off to your left, you might notice a 
floating...turnip?  Talk to him (wow, for a vegetable, he's a 
smartass), and he'll join you once you leave the dungeon.  He's a 
monster, but hey, he's a TURNIP!!!  WHAT COULD BE MORE AWESOME THAN A 
JACKASS VEGETABLE!? 

------------------------------
!!!!!END ONE CHANCE ALERT!!!!! 
------------------------------

Now that you've talked to/not talked to the cute little turnip, head to 
the door directly to the southeast of Turnip (southwest of the door you 
came in), which is dead centre of the screen.  Congratulations!  Thou 
hast defeated the Dark Labyrinth.  Thy gold increases by...*gets shot*

But what's this!?  Something is wrong!  White Rose will no longer be in 
your party, for reasons I shall not explain.  Suffice to say, I hope 
you weren't training her heavily or relying on her.  Note that there 
will be a point where the screen goes dark - hit the accept button to 
make it go away (I thought the game glitched on me first time through).  
At this point, Turnip will become your replacement for White Rose if 
you talked to him (but why wouldn't you!?).  Also, if you did what I 
mentioned way back in Chapter 1 of the Walkthrough (remember that!?  
Oh, it was so long ago!) and went to your room and had a conversation 
with Zozma, he'll join you too.  He'll also hype lesbianism for all, 
which makes him a complete badass in my book.  Congratulations!  You're 
now done with all those events, as well as Chapter 4 of the 
Walkthrough!  Now, for the final chapter to begin... 


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Chapter 5: How to Handle a Woman
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++   

Checklist of Important Stuff:         
[] Recruited Rei
[] Recruited Mesarthim
[] Save/Don't Save Gina
[] Defeated Ciato
[] Defeated LionPrincess
[] Defeated Orlouge

Final chapter, baby!  First, before we head to the final battle, let's 
grab 2 last characters (both are optional, but hey, you've worked most 
of the game towards them, so I say grab them!)  First, head to Devin 
and head up to the Space Temple.  Ildon will reappear, and your party 
will rejoin you (if you didn't notice, they were missing after the Dark 
Labyrinth)!  Now, talk to that girl, and she'll reveal herself as 
Princess Rei (if you did everything I noted earlier - went to her room 
with White Rose in Facinaturu, and talked to her with White Rose after 
leaving Facinaturu).  Just let her join you, and she's yours! 

Now, head back to Owmi, and return to the Lord's Manor.  Remember where 
Mesarthim left your party?  You don't?  HOW COULD YOU!?  Anyway, head 
through the Lord's basement until you get to the DevilSquid.  Kill him, 
then head left to the pool of water.  Go up to the water, and Mesarthim 
will come swimming back up to you.  Mesarthim will now become your sex 
sl...er...ally.  Yes, ally.  

Now, finish any sidequests or other adventures you want.  When you're 
ready, head to the port in Owmi.  Talk to Mr. Pilot (wow, he hasn't 
moved from that spot since you talked to him at the beginning...he's 
like the guards at Buckingham Palace), and tell him you're going to 
Facinaturu.  
You'll end up at the exact place he picked you up the first time, i.e., 
in the cavern below the slime house.  Head up through the short 
passageway, back into Rootville.  Once you exit the slime house, head 
right over to Gina's house.  Upon entering, her father will yell at 
you!  He thinks you took Gina away for nasty, evil things.  Huh, I 
think he forgot he lives in a land ruled by nasty cross-dressing 
lesbians, but hey, what do I know?  Anyway, head up to the castle.  
Your first stop is back near your room.  Remember that split path I 
talked about with treasure you couldn't pick up?  Yeah, go there, and 
now you can magically pick up the treasure!  Grab it, as it includes 
the strongest gun in the game, as well as the SilverMoon, a badass 
Katana.  When you're done, exit the room, and get ready for one last 
decision.

As I mentioned in the Interlude section, Asellus has 3 endings you can 
see:

Human: No Mystic Weapons filled with absorptions, save Gina 
Half-Mystic: 
A) At least 1 Mystic Weapon with an absorption, save Gina
B) No Mystic Weapons filled with absorptions, don't save Gina
Full Mystic: At least 1 Mystic Weapon with an absorption, don't save 
Gina

At this stage in the game, you need to decide if you want to save Gina 
or not.  If you want multiple endings, just make multiple saves.  
Anyway, I'm going to walk you through saving Gina, as that's the long 
way around all this.  If you don't intend to save Gina, then don't 
fight the first two bosses, and just continue on the way up to the 3rd 
boss.

Anyway, from your room area, head towards the upper right tower, but 
instead of turning right, keep going up, and you'll end up at a 
spiraling staircase.  Follow it up (the only path you can) to a cave.  
Once again, follow the only path here to end up outside the cave.  From 
here, follow the only path up until you get to a two-way split.  Take 
the left path into another cave (the right path is a dead end).  Exit 
this very short cave by following the only path.  After exiting this 
short cave, follow the only path up until it splits again.  To the 
left, inside the cave is a healing spot (go up to the crystals and 
press accept).  Use it if you need.  To the right is the path you need 
to follow.  Notice the...thing, sitting there?  If you hug the bottom 
section of the stairs and follow it, you won't touch him (and therefore 
won't fight him).  I'm going to assume you do, however...

***NOTE THAT YOU MUST BEAT HIM IF YOU WISH TO SAVE GINA***

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOSS FIGHT: GIANT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~      

If you wandered too far early on, you might have met this guy.  Guess 
what?  If he kicked your ass then, now it's time to return the favour.  
Booya!  Anyway, like most of the other bosses in this quest, Giant 
is...frail.  Also, by this stage in the game, you should have Deflect 
on your swordsmen, as well as shields.  Every one of Giant's attacls 
are evadable, and having Deflect and a shield on all your characters 
makes this a cakewalk, as he'll likely never hit you.  Also, for kicks, 
he's vulnerable to instant death.  If you feel like being malicious, 
try to get DeadEnd's instant death effect to hit him!  Note that the 
Giant does have a shield equipped, so he might dodge some of your 
attacks...which MIGHT make the battle take 3 turns instead of 2!

Anyway, after defeating the Giant, walk into the little grate thingy 
that he was standing in front of.  It'll now open.  Uh...ok, what was 
that for?  Well, head back to the cave you were in before coming to 
this screen.  You'll see a bit of light shining on a door far to the 
left.  Enter that door to fight...

***NOTE THAT WINNING THIS FIGHT WILL MAKE YOU INELIGIBLE FOR THE FULL 
MYSTIC ENDING***   

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOSS FIGHT: GRIFFIN
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    

Uh...see Giant, except he's even frailer.  Yeah, I'd love to give you 
help with this boss if you need it, but I'd just be insulting your 
intelligence if I did.

After defeating the mightiest of flying beasts, return to the healing 
room near where the Giant was.  Heal up, and now prepare for the final 
showdowns.  Head beyond where the Giant was to a new screen.  Head up 
the spiral staircase (the only path you can) to a door at the top.  
Enter it.  You'll find yourself in a very familiar place: where Asellus 
got stabbed brutally early in the game.  Head through the field of 
flowers to the right, and to the next screen.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOSS FIGHT: BATKNIGHT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~      

Ciato's bbbaaaacccckkkk!!!!  And with awesome music too!  And, like the 
past few bosses, he's pretty weak.  Once more, you're more likely to 
die from a status effect than from actual damage here, even with 
Ciato's support bats.  Even if every enemy gangs up on one person, 
they're not likely to die (...).  Also, as was the case with the last 2 
bosses, Ciato will die pretty fast.  Use a multi-target attack like 
VermillionSand or HazetoWheel to take out the bats and damage Ciato at 
the same time.  The bats regenerate 1 each round, up to a max of 2, but 
they'll probably never get a turn, so this is mostly trivia.  Beating 
Ciato up will eliminate the bats as well.  Just use your strongest 
techs, and he'll go down fast.

You've finally disposed of Ciato once and for all!  Rejoice, yon 
peasants!  Continue heading up the stairs and...well, another boss!  
Who would have expected this?  One more reunion for the show...

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BOSS FIGHT: LIONPRINCESS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~     

Once more, with feeling!  LionPrincess continues the fine tradition the 
past 3 bosses started of dying horrendously fast.  She follows the same 
alternating attack pattern as last time (physical one round, then 
magical the next round).  She still also has Kasumi, so watch those 
close-range techs.  But other than that...same mold as last time, but 
you're so much stronger you'll likely paste her in one round.  Real 
pathetic, plot device...

After defeating LionPrincess, you'll be given the GoldenLion, the 
strongest sword in the game.  Badass.  Now, head up the next flight of 
stairs to meet another (and final, I promise!) old friend.  It's 
Rastaban!  Whether or not the following battle takes placed depends on 
if you're in line for the Human ending or not.  If you're getting the 
Human ending, you fight him.  If not, you don't fight him.  In case 
you're getting the Human ending, here he is!
        
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BOSS FIGHT: BLACKKNIGHT
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~      

He's a bit tougher than the last 4 bosses, but you should still nuke 
him pretty fast.  The attack of note here is Selection, which inflicts 
Stone, Palsy, Sleep, Berserk, and Venom all at once on an ally.  Other 
than that, he's generally in the same mold as the last 4 bosses, so 
handle him accordingly.  He has better HP than the other 4 bosses, so 
you might actually need 3-4 rounds to kill him!

Fight him or not, you'll acquire the PlutoArmour afterwards, the 
strongest armour in the game.  Now, head to the left, and to the next 
screen.  Heal up with a SanctuaryStone, and walk to the door.  Ildon 
will jump out and ask you if you're ready.  Say yes, and you'll enter 
the door.  ***DO NOT SAVE HERE, AS YOU CANNOT LEAVE!!!***  Follow the 
stairwell up to a tulip platform, then down to the next screen.  Head 
to the left, and speak with Orlouge.  After the conversation, head 
right, and back through the door.  Run up to the tulip platform and 
speak with Orlouge to begin the final battle!   

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
FINAL BOSS FIGHT: ORLOUGE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~      

Finally!  A competent boss.  Took long enough.  Also, cool and fitting 
final battle music (probably my favourite of all the mains).  Of 
course, to be competent, he has a few oddball tricks.  So, prepare for 
an actual in-depth boss strategy for an actual enemy worthy of the term 
"boss"!  

Orlouge has 3 phases:
1) Behind Orlouge are 3 figure-heads.  Each round, a random one acts 
(Orlouge doesn't).  
2) A random figure-head acts each round.  Orlouge can also, randomly 
and rarely, act to use the Selection skill (same as Rastaban had).
3) All 3 figure-heads either act individually while Orlouge uses 
Selection, or the combo attack 3Mistresses is used (high damage to all 
your characters, and lowers their Strength and Will).   

So, now you know what he can do.  Each figure-head has different 
attacks, and there's a huge variety between everything, so guarding 
everything is very hard.  I'd suggest guarding against Stone status, as 
it takes priority over all other status effects that Selection inflicts 
- either that, or make sure to have access to your inventory and loads 
of restorative items.  Guarding sonic might not be a bad idea, as one 
of the figure-heads does have Oscillation.  Make sure you have a solid 
healer (Mesarthim is excellent if you've worked with her, as LifeRain 
is completely awesome for this and any battle) for this fight: try to 
give any Humans Mind Magic so they have MindHeal for full healing 
whenever needed.  Make sure you have some strong techs learned 
(BoundShot for the gunners, RosarioImpale or above for swordsmen, 
MegaWindBlast for mages, etc.), as you do need to damage Orlouge to 
defeat him.  Strike Orlouge hard and fast, but keep healed.  Orlouge 
has the lowest HP of the SaGa Frontier main bosses (what is it with 
Asellus's Quest and low HP bosses?), so he's a bit esier than you'd 
expect him to be, despite the oddball bunches of tricks.  Keep up the 
pressure and take it slowly and easily, and you'll win this fight.  

With Orlouge out of the way, the ending you get depends on the factors 
I mentioned at the start of the chapter.  Enjoy your ending, and play 
again to get a new one!  Thanks for reading this!  I'll be back again 
for more!

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BLUE
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Coming soon

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EMELIA
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Coming Soon

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LUTE
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Coming Soon

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RED
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Coming Soon

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RIKI
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Info Written By: Infinity Dragon
 
NOTE: I apologize for the bad format, however, the info there is still 
good and should be complete.  I'll try to spice it up so its less bland 
later, though no promises.  Again, while the format and writing style 
might not be that great, the info is still adequete.

-Fight Pink Lummox (Foxy Sisters) until Riki has learned ElfShot, Chop, 
Claw, and Feint.
     Probably need to devote one slot to each, otherwise you'll just 
trade off.  
     Don't worry, can switch out for better skills shortly.
     KEEP TAIL HIT
-Talk to Mei Ling, talk to Gen.  Leave Bar, Gen joins.
-Go to Factory, watch scene.  Automatically returned to Bar.
      Talk to T260, joins
      Talk to Lute, he leaves to get information
      Talk to Gen, say you're ready
      Watch Scene
-In Factory
    Pick up bag of 400 Credits
    Talk to Lute and Mei Ling if you want.  Leave to South
-Enter middle-left building, pick up KukriBlade (Give to Lute)
-Enter top-left building, pick up bag of 400 Credits
-Lower right building is enter
-Enter Factory Main to the north
    Will likely encounter Xeno.  Absorb Fang from them, and keep it for 
remainder of game.
    Fight or avoid the two nearby Mechs, then press the orange switch 
towards the far right.
      Go through door on right near the switch just pressed
      Go up the stairs, then left through door.
	Press nearby orange switch.
      Return back to first switch, then head left to another switch.  
Time pressing 0 when crane above the gunner.
      Kill Human to south, then examine far left crate for a PowerCure
      Kill Undead, then examine crate to far left for a SteelAmulet
      Press switch at top left to move a crate to second floor.
      Return to second floor
      Go across catwalk, kill two Human enemies.
      Press switch on top to take out another enemy.
      Return to first floor.  Clear out any enemies.
      Talk to Caballero
      Boss fight
            -Take out a tractor first, then concentrate on the main 
boss.  Having a solid form, such as a razor back, makes this very easy.
-Head to the port, pay 10 CR to return to Koorong.

KOORONG
-In Koorong, talk to Mei-Ling, choose whatever you want, there isn't 
any effect.
-You can go do some training in the Koorong sewers, or you can continue 
the story.
-After finishing with Koorong, take a ship to any destination (Doesn't 
matter)
-En route, Tanzer eats you.

TANZER
-Fight the Undead group, then talk to Fei On
-Mei Ling leaves, follow her and talk to her.
-Head left, kill the Insect group and Undead group, follow path south, 
kill Aquatic group and go down the ladder.
-Kill the Fairy type (If Banshee, work towards getting CounterFear).
-Go down ladders.  Kill a Beast and Bird.  Exit left.
-Kill Mech, left, kill Aquatic, down kill mech, talk to Fei On.  Follow 
him south.
-You're now in a “town”.  The “inn” (LP only) is in the top right 
middle door.  Far right will be Fei On.  Talk to him.  Talk to him 
again, say “yes”.  Follow him out back to the “dungeon”
-Go north to Fei On, follow him.
-Kill Undead (If GhostRider, work on obtaining Siren), head north, kill 
Insect.  Exit north through weird looking door.
-Kill Mech and Fairy types.  Don't go through the valve-door (It'll 
take you back to the room with two Undead).  Exit North.
-Head to upper-right where Fei On is.  Follow him north.
-Go through the valve where Fei On is standing.
-Head south, kill Undead.  Continue south and go through valve-door.
-Head north and exit through valve-door.
-Kill Demon type.  Head north and exit through valve-door.
-Kill Undead.  Go south and talk to Fei On.  Walk onto the slimy spot 
next to Fei On's left.  (Using the valve-door to the north-east to 
reach the Rune won't work.  Instead of fighting the Slimes, you'll be 
taken back to Fei On.)
-Head to the top-right to Fei On.  Exit north via the ladder.
-After the dialogue, kill the big group of 3 Undead and 3 Humans.  Exit 
north.
-Exit right.
-Kill the three Humans and the Aquatic.  Nab the “Magi-Water” and go 
back to the left.
-Exit North
-Kill the Undead and the Mech.  Grab the “MisslePod”.  Go back outside.
-Kill the Undead and the Aquatic, continue left and kill the Mech.  
Upper left door only contains a Mech and Aquatic with no treasure, so 
skip it.  Exit to the lower left.
-Kill the PlatyHooks and RazorBack.  Not a challenge.  If you're lucky, 
you'll absorb BoomerangHook from PlatyHooks.  Examine the dresser for a 
“SanctuaryStone”.  Exit through the manhole in the lower left.  Tell 
Fei On you're ready.
-Head south killing the Plant type.  South past the ladder, kill Undead 
type.  Continue south, kill Plant type.  Continue path to the door.  
Nomad screams for help, start boss fight with Tanzer.
TANZER BOSS:  Siren + BearCrush = 2500 damage.  Bound Shot = 1000.  
BearCrush = 700.  Just keep up the pressure and he should die before 
you lose anyone.  Absorb Tanzer for HP Drain.

AFTER TANZER

-Now may be a good time to collect party members.  First to get is 
Nusakan.  Head to Yorkland.  From the port head south into town.  Enter 
the big house in the middle of town.  Fight the Mollasite, shouldn't be 
hard at all after taking on Tanzer.  Just use your best Techs and he 
should run after 2-3 rounds.  Back in Koorong, go to the back alley on 
the lower level (With the three Flying types).
-Enter the office on the lower level.  Talk to the skeleton thing, then 
enter the door.  Nusakan joins.
-Replace Fei On with Nusakan.
-Return to Yorkland.  Head to the house, Nusakan tells you how to deal 
with Mollasite.

BOSS FIGHT MOLLASITE

-Now its probably a good time to get Mesarthim.  Head to Manhattan.  
From Port head to Shopping Mall.  Head upstairs and go into the 
Accessory shop.  You'll see that the schemer ring has been bought by 
the Lord of Owmi.
-Head to Owmi.  From town head north to the Lord's Manor.  Fall down 
the trap.  
-Kill the two slimes.  Head west, kill 3 plant type.  Head upstairs.
-Kill two Fairy type and 3 Mech type.  Pick up “PearlHeart” in middle 
of room and “LeatherBoots” in the upper left.  Exit to the lower right.
-Kill two Demon types.  Pick up “ArmorGlove”.  Head up, kill Insect, 
grab “ShellBracer”.  Head down, kill Insect.  Grab “MaxCure”.  Exit 
down (Don't take stairs yet).
-Kill Beast type.  Head to lower right and kill Beast and Bird type.  
Pick up MaxCure.  Head left and kill another Bird type.  Pick up 
“RubberShoes”.  Exit north.
-Go up stairs.
-Ignore both the Squid and the treasure.  Exit to the left.
-Run up to the water.  Since Nusakan is in the party, Mesarthim joins 
(Make sure you let her join and don't ask for an item).  Now replace 
Lute with Mesarthim (She's FAR superior).  Exit back to the squid.
-Go up to the squid to start a fight.  Equip as much Water protection 
as possible.
 BOSS FIGHT DEVIL SQUID
-Not too hard.  Maelstrom is your biggest worry, and if you have two 
PearlHearts, only one character will take damage (Move Mes's BlueElf to 
Nusakan).  Siren + BearCrush slaughters (2500).
-Go up stairs.
-Kill two Aquatic types.  Pick up “JetBoots” and “RottenMeat”.  Go up 
stairs.
-Kill Demon and Aquatic.  Pick up “Magi-Water” (Upper left) and 
“SanctuaryStone” middle.  Kill another Demon and Aquatic.  Go up 
stairs.
-Kill insect.  Go up stairs.
-Go up the stairs in the back.
-Open the chests for “RubberSuit” and “MaxCure”.  Go back down stairs.
-Exit to the far right.
-Go up stairs.
-Follow hall out door.
-Back in the ante-room.  Go up stairs and through the door.
-Take the upper door (Not visible).
-Ignore big north door for now, exit to the right.
-Go up stairs.
-Open chests for “GhostCannon” and “KrisKnife”
-Go back down stairs to the hall with big door.  Go through the door.  
Watch scene and get ring.  Exit mansion, then head back to Port.  Go 
back to Koorong.

-Talk to Mei Ling to hear about a ring.  Automatically taken to 
Baccarat.
-Head downstairs and enter first door.  Watch scene with the guy 
hanging.
-Chase the rat around Baccarat.  At top floor, chandelier crashes.
-Go into the sewer.
-Fight insect.  Head right.  Follow mouse south to.  Fight insect.  
Exit south.
-South, fight Mech.  SLOWLY head south, getting mouse to run into 
southeast corner.  SLOWLY move forwards to trap it.  When close, 
examine it to get the ring.

FIGHTER RING
-Head to Shrike, to Sei's Tomb.  
-Follow path to tomb entrance.
-Kill Fairy, and two slimes.  Follow path to door.
-Can't do anything in chamber, exit right.
- Just left of the stairs is a cracked floor.  Stand on it to drop down 
a level
-Follow ledge to sword.  Examine it to fight some Undead.  Receive 
“Murakumo” after winning.
-Jump off the right side.  Exit room via stairs to the right.
-Back in upper room.  Head right to the purple sparks.  Examine it to 
fight some more undead.  Receive the “Mizukagami” after the fight.  
Head to the south-most door.
-Exit through the nearby upper right (Only enemies in rest of room, no 
items)
-Go to the southeast part of the room to the weird '9' shaped object.  
Examine it to begin a fight.  Receive a “Magatama” after winning.  
Return all the way back to the room with the three altars.
-Place the three items you received on the altars to open the door.  Go 
north through the door.
-Go up and examine the coffin.  Watch the scene.  You get the Fighter 
Ring and KingSei joins.

-Return to Koorong
-Talk to Mei Ling and say you want to go to Despair.  Lisa overhears 
you and tells you to talk to Annie.
-Go talk to Annie (Blond girl in upper section of Koorong).
-Watch the scene.  Go left and enter Despair.
-Follow the path right.
-Follow annie up the ladder.
-Go across the pipes to next room.
-Go up the ladder.  Follow the upper pipe over the lower, then go down 
the ladder.  Exit right.
-Room with 2 Birds and a Fairy.  Take them out.  Go up the north ladder 
to next room.
-Go down ladder, kill beast.  Jump off ledge.  Follow Annie up the 
ladder.
-Go right, fight some Beasts.  Go downstairs, fight an Insect.  Go down 
to the green door.  Kill beast, go through the door.
-Watch scene.  Get Ring.

MOSPERIBURG
-All that remains is Mosperiburg.  Before tackling the final dungeon, 
equip everyone with the best gear, learn solid techs, and do any 
sidequests you wish to complete.
-Fly to Mosperiburg, head up the central path and go through the door.
-Head up the stairs and exit through the open door.  Watch scene, get 
teleported back to the entrance chamber
-Go left (without going down stairs) and go through the door.
-Take the north branch.
-Room 1: Pac Man Maze (Orange)
      -Go around the room collecting all the money bags.
      -Kill any nearby Slime enemies (4 total)
      -After all money bags are collected, a chest falls.
      -Open the chest for a key.
       -Leave the maze
-Now take the western branch
-Room 2:  Barrels (Purple)
      -This rooms requires you to find a mouse holding the ring (ala 
the ring in Baccarat)
      -Easy way:  Open the middle barrel on the protruding ledge.
       -Normal way:  Open barrels until you find the ring.  Any barrel 
not containing the ring triggers a fight.
       -Leave the room.
-Exit to the right.
-Now head to the far right, through the door (cannot see)
-Take the southeastern branch.
-Room 3: Bowling (Blue)
-Kill all the enemies (Water, Undead, Beast, Plant).
      -Blue ring appears after defeating the last one.
      -Ignore the occasional speeding Insect type.
      -Exit the room.
-Now take the northeastern branch.
-Room 4: Spike Maze (Red)
      -This one is as annoying as hell
      -The floor is invisible.  If you run off the path onto a spike, a 
battle starts.
      -First part is the trickiest.  A spike section blocks you from 
the main path.  Go to the end of the entrance and go just slightly 
below halfway.  Push up against the spikes, if you trigger a battle, 
you are too high.  Press 'O' and you will jump onto the path.
      -Use the map below to help guide you.  General directions are:
      -Up against the wall, collect 400 C in alcove.
      -S 3 full steps, E 4 full steps, N 6 full steps, W 1 step, N 2 
steps, E 1 step, N 1 step, E 4 steps, S 1 step, SE 1 step, E 1 step, N 
2 steps, E 3 steps, collect 400 C, W 3 steps, S 2 steps, W 1 step, S 3 
steps, E 1 step, NE 1 step, E 2 steps, S 4 steps, collect Key.
-Exit west.
-Go downstairs, go through the southwest door.
-Take the west branch.  Go through the door.
-Room 5: Graveyard (White)
      -Go down the stairs 
      -Examining some of the graves make some Undead appear.
      -Examine the top-middle grave to find the key.
      -Exit the room.
-Take the north branch
-Room 6: Tournament (Purple)
      -Beast, Fairy, Demon, Machine
      -Enter the platform from any of the four areas.
      -You'll be in a single elimination tournament.
      -Beat both rounds.
      -Exit the room
-Exit back to the entrance chamber.
-Go through the southeastern door.
-Take the northern branch
-Room 7: Game Show (Teal)
      -Enter the room and a game show starts. 
      -As the rules say, you need to compare the prices of items.  If 
the second one given is higher, choose HI, otherwise choose LOW.
      -If you answer wrong, you will fight a battle.
      -Answer correctly 8 times.
      -Osc Sword -> GrainCannon (HI) -> Aguni SSP (LOW) -> HardLeather 
(HI) -> ArmorVest (HI) -> PoweredSuit (HI) -> ElectroArmor (LOW) -> 
SamuraiSword (LOW) -> LightningCannon (HI).
      -Get key and LightningCannon.
      -Leave room.
-The final room can be tough, so I'd recommend healing, then returning 
to the castle.
-After healing, go back to the southeastern door in the foyer, then 
take the easter exit.
-Room 8: Magma Slimes (Yellow)
      -This room is painfully annoying.  Hopefully have a high LP form 
for Riki.
      -Head down to the middle of the platform.  Get attacked by magma 
slimes.
      -Must defeat 6 waves of 5 MagmaSlimes
      -MagmaSlimes spam MagmaTouch which deals 1 LP of damage.  
Initiative.
      -Have Riki use the ThiefRing if he is in trouble of dying.
      -Have solid MT attacks, such as ShockSoldier, MegaWindblast, and 
Haze to Wheel.
      -After defeating the slimes, exit the room.
-Time to face off with Virgil.  First, heal up, since you'll likely 
need full WP for this fight.
-After healing, head back to Virgil's room.

BOSS FIGHT:  VIRGIL
-In order to defeat Virgil, you must deal combos, which are scored as 
followed.  Vergil's attacks aren't very threatening.  Tornado is the 
worst, which can be healed easily by MysticWear.  
-2 Hit Combo: 0 Points
-3 Hit Combo: 2 Points
-4 Hit Combo:  3 Points
-5 Hit Combo:
-DSC counts as a combo for as many hits as it lands.
-Need to score 10 points



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T260G
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Coming Soon

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6. Equipment
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This portion of the FAQ gives you info on all equipment in the game. 
Right now, I'm sorry to say I don't have modifiers when the item is 
used on a mec, but I'll be sure to add that in when I get it. 

Credit to InfinityDragon for finding out the stats for me, and sending 
them. 

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Equipment Statistics- Weapons
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Name-  Name of the weapon.
Attack-  Attack power of the weapon. The number following a '*' is the 
number of bullets the weapon has.
Stat Bonus-  Bonus to the character's stats when weapon is equipped.
Skill-  Skills that can be used when equipped with the weapon.
Enemy Drop-  Enemies that can drop the weapon.


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swords
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NAME               ATTACK  STAT BONUS  SKILL                   ENEMY 
DROP
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Knife              7
ShadowDagger       9       PSY +3      ShadowHold              
LivingGlove, Shadow
BroadSword         11                  
FiendRod           13                  FinalStrike             
DeadKnight, DemonGoat, SirDemon
LaserKnife         15                  
TwinSword          20                  TwinSword
CeramicSword       22                  
SilverSpread       22      PSY +22     SilverFang              Airfolk, 
Gremlin, Shaman, StraySheep
Osc-Sword          30                                          
CancerMec, LadyBlade                 
Murakumo           33                  
JackalSword        33                  DirtyFang
Glirandly          42      ALL +10     FinalStrike             
LivingSword
SplashSword        49                  ElementDissolve         Mellow
RuneSword          50                  VictoryRune, Cockatrice*  
Lordstar           51                  BraveHeart
TwiggyRod          52                  FinalStrike             
DeadKnight, FatDevil, Succubus, Titania               
ZeroSword          60
Obsidian           64                                          
FatDevil, Giant, LadyBlade
Kusanagi           66                  Kusanagi**
Asura              70      ALL +7      Asura**
DragonSword        72                                          
Thundragon
GoldenLion         75

IronPipe           15
MiracleBlade       39
RaySword           45      
LightSword         80      ALL +10     'Deflect'

*Cockatrice is only enabled when the StasisRune ability is equipped.
**Kusanagi and Asura replace the standard attack. Techniques cannot be 
learned when these abilities are used.
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Katana
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NAME               ATTACK  STAT BONUS  SKILL                   ENEMY 
DROP
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KukriBlade         10
SamuraiSword       19
Katana             34
TwinDragon         41                                          
LadyHawk, SickleBug
CometBlade         55                  MillionDollers
SilverMoon         69                                          Mimic, 
Darkfairy

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Guns
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NAME               ATTACK  STAT BONUS  SKILL                   ENEMY 
DROP
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AGUNI-SSP          9  *15       
AGUNI-CP1          12 *13                                      Solider, 
SwordMec, VulcanII, Zombie
EasyRifle          13 *8
TroopRifle         22 *8
KillerRifle        25 *5                                       Gunbird, 
Platyhooks, Shuzer, Soldier
EagleGun           28 *6
SniperRifle        31 *6
AGUNI-MBX          36 *20                                      
CrimeLady, Gunbird, 
LivingRifle        42 *4   WIL +9                              
LivingMusket
ZenGun             45 *16
BehemothRifle      47 *7                                       Chimera, 
Gargantu, Gaeatoad, Shuzer
DuelGun            55 *1
LethalGun          60 *5
LightRifle         88 *1   PSY +20                             AbyssBat

TrainingGun        0 
BrokenRifle        1  *0                                       Guncart

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Rocket Launchers
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NAME               ATTACK  STAT BONUS  SKILL                   ENEMY 
DROP
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JunkBazooka        10 *1               HE-Rocket
DOBBYBazooka       10 *6               RandomBaz               
AutoBuffer, MecDobby, MecDobby100
MisslePod          12 *8               Missle
LightVulcan        15 *60              Vulcan                  BirdMec, 
CancerMec, ElectroSheep, Vulcan
LightBazooka       20 *4               HE-Rocket               
CancerMec
MachineVulcan      30 *40              Vulcan                  Hermes
BigMissle          44 *4               Missle                  Hermes
HEATBazooka        55 *2               HE-Rocket               Hermes
SuperMissle        70 *3               Missle                  R&R
HyperionBazooka    85 *2               ProtonRocket            
EarthDragon

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Laser Rays
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NAME               ATTACK  STAT BONUS  SKILL                   ENEMY 
DROP
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GhostCannon        5  *12              GhostCannon             
DemonGoat
HandBlaster        15 *10              Blaster, Paralyzer
                                       BlasterSword
WaterCannon        20                  WaterCannon             K9Mec
BeamCannon         20 *6               BeamCannon
LightningCannon    20 *6               MagnaBlast
LaserCarbine       25 *10              Blaster
SonicCannon        25 *16              SonicCannon
Thunderbolt        25 *4               BoltCannon              Skylab
IonCannon          27 *10              PlasmaBullet
FlameThrower       33 *3               FlameThrower
BoltThrower        33 *3               BoltThrower             BirdMec, 
MecDobby100, Skylab
GrainCannon        45 *8               PlasmaBullet            Shuzer, 
Skylab
HyperBlaster       50 *7               DestructionBeam         Skylab
HG-Cannon          60 *5               PlasmaBullet            
MecDobby100


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Equipment Statistics- Defensive Gear
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Name-  Name of the armor.
SLA-  Slashing defense of the armor. Also the displayed defense value 
of the item in-game.
HIT-  Bludgeoning defense of the armor.
PIE-  Piercing defense of the armor
HEA-  Heat defense of the armor
COL-  Cold defense of the armor
THU-  Thunder defense of the armor
LIG-  Light defense of the armor
CON-  Condition defense of the armor.
Skill-  Skills that the armor grants while equipped.
Bonus-  Bonus stats or traits of the armor.
Enemy Drop-  Enemies that can drop the armor.


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Body Armor
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NAME              SLA HIT PIE HEA COL THU LIG CON  Bonus             
ENEMY DROP
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BeastLeather      6   12  12  2   12  2   2   2                      
ElectroSheep, Gargantu, KittyClawer
                                                                     
KittyKicker, Razorback, RockBaboon
                                                                     
Rocky, SonicBat, StraySheep, Trisaur
FiberVest         8   8   12  8   8   8   8   8                      
swordsman
DarkRobe          8   8   26  2   8   8   26  26   PSY +5            
Banshee, Ghost, Ghostrider, Lich
                                                   Null Blind
ShadeRobe         9   9   9   24  24  24  24  24   WIL +9            
Shrieker, Treant
Protector         10  10  15  5   5   5   5   5                      
Armorpilla, BlackDragon, IronHopper, Ogre
MasterRobe        10  10  10  25  25  25  25  30                     
HardLeather       12  16  22  12  12  12  12  12
BoneBreast        13  13  1   -7  13  13  5   5                      
Ankheg, DeadKnight, Nidheg, NidhegJr
                                                                     
Skeleton, Skulldrake, Skullasaurus
FireLeather       16  16  16  48  16  16  16  16                     
Hellhound, Minidragon, RedDragon, Suzaku
StardustRobe      16  16  26  26  26  51  26  26   WIL, PSY, CHA +5  
Mystic, Succubus
                                                   Null Faint
MoonlightRobe     17  17  27  17  62  17  17  17   PSY, CHA +8       
Lamia, Mollasite
                                                   Null Sleep, Palsy
GlowRobe          18  18  28  53  18  28  28  28   PSY, CHA +7       
Sunflower
                                                   Null Stone
ArmorVest         18  22  60  18  18  18  18  18                     
BlueElf           20  20  20  25  25  25  25  20   Null Water        
FrillNeck, Waterfolk
MysticMail        23  23  23  13  13  13  23  23
CelestialLeather  24  34  34  34  34  34  24  24                     
Basilisk, Butch, Chimera, Cockatrice
                                                                     
Griffin, Hedgehog, Manticore, Sphinx
                                                                     
Wyvern
HarmoniumArmor    24  24  24  20  20  24  40  40   Null Sonic        
Arachne, CrystalTree, Kylin, 
ElectroArmor      25  25  33  35  35  35  35  25                     
Chariot, LadyBlade
LivingArmor       26  26  26  26  26  26  26  26                     
LivingArmor, RockScout, 
AngelArmor        27  27  27  17  17  17  17  17   QUI +10, Float    
Kylin, SpearValkyrie
GoldenFleece      28  28  28  38  38  38  38  43   Null Sleep, Palsy 
RedDragon
HyperScale        30  20  30  20  10  20  20  20                     
Iceworm, Kylin, Quakeworm, R&R, Sicklebug
                                                                     
Zeroworm
WarlordArmor      32  32  42  32  32  32  32  32                     
MBlack
PlutoArmor        35  35  35  35  35  35  35  35   Null Faint        
BlackKnight, Dullahan

--------
Clothing
--------

NAME              SLA HIT PIE HEA COL THU LIG CON  Bonus             
ENEMY DROP
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
PowerBelt         1   1   1   6   6   6   1   21   Null Palsy, Sleep 
Berva, Flamefolk, Giant, Grappler
                                                   STR +20           
Minotaur
CottonShirt       3   3   7   3   3   3   3   3                      
Platoonpus, Wonderdog, Zombie
SilkShirt         3   3   3   3   11  3   3   3                      
Magicwear         4   4   4   14  14  14  4   4    WIL +5            
Shaman         
Budowear          7   12  7   7   7   7   7   7                      
Battleaxe, Grappler, WereRhino
Defendwear        8   8   8   18  18  18  8   8
Mysticwear        8   8   8   21  21  21  21  21   'MagicHeal'
Hyperwear         10  10  10  10  10  10  15  15                     
Ladyhawk

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Helmets
-------

Note:  All Helmets nullify Blind status condition attacks when 
equipped.

NAME              SLA HIT PIE HEA COL THU LIG CON  Bonus             
ENEMY DROP
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
JunkHelm          4   6   6   4   1   1   1   1                      
Chariot
YolkHat           5   5   5   2   10  2   2   2                      
Aperider
EggHat            5   5   5   10  5   5   10  10   CHA +5            
AbyssBat, Platoonpus, 
FiberHood         6   6   6   2   2   2   2   2
InfraScope        6   6   6   2   2   2   2   2    See Defense Grids 
CrimeLady
Magihat           6   6   6   16  16  16  16  6    'SpiritStone'     
Succubus, Unicorn
LaserScope        7   7   7   3   3   3   3   3    WIL +10           
MaskCat
MirrorGlass       8   8   8   4   4   4   4   4   

-----
Boots   
-----

NAME              SLA HIT PIE HEA COL THU LIG CON  Bonus             
ENEMY DROP
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
LeatherBoots      3   3   3   3   1   1   1   1                      
swordsman
DanceShoes        4   4   4   14  14  14  14  4    'MysteryTap'      
Dancer, KittyKicker
RubberShoes       5   5   5   5   5   25  2   2    QUI +2            
NomadFighter, Slugger
Catsocks          6   6   6   6   6   6   6   21                     
KittyClawer, KittyKicker, StraySheep
FeatherBoots      7   7   7   2   2   2   12  12
JetBoots          7   7   7   7   7   2   7   7    QUI +5, Float     
IronClogs         8   8   8   8   8   0   8   8    'IronClogShot'    
OgreLord
SH-Anklet         10  10  10  10  10 -10  10  10                     
Ankheg, Berva, DevilSquid, LiquidMetal
                                                                     
WereRhino
------
Gloves
------

NAME              SLA HIT PIE HEA COL THU LIG CON  Bonus             
ENEMY DROP
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
LeatherGlove      4   4   4   4   2   2   2   2                      
swordsman
OgreGlove         5   5   5   2   2   2   2   2    STR +10           
DevilSquid, RockBaboon, Yeti
ShellBracer       6   6   6   3   3   3   3   3    
HarmoniumBangle   7   7   7   27  27  27  27  7    Null Sonic        
FireSage, GreenSage, Mimic, Siren
                                                                     
SpearValkyrie, WaterSage
NornsBangle       7   7   7   4   4   4   4   4    PSY +10
                                                   Null Sleep, Palsy 
ArmorGlove        8   12  12  5   5   5   5   5                      
LivingGlove
CyberGlove        9   9   9   9   9   4   9   4
SH-Armlet         10  10  10  10  10 -10  10  10                     
Ettin, LiquidMetal

----------
Body Suits
----------

Note:  All Body Suits nullify Blind status condition attacks when 
equipped.
Note:  When a Body Suit is equipped, the character cannot equip any 
other armor types except Clothing and 
       Accessories.

NAME              SLA HIT PIE HEA COL THU LIG CON  Bonus             
ENEMY DROP
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
CombatSuit        15  10  15  20  20  10  10  10                     
Mystic
RubberSuit        22  22  22  12  12  52  12  12                     
BlackFighter, BlueFighter, GreenFighter
                                                                     
NomadFighter, PinkFighter, RedFighter
                                                                     
Slugger, YellowFighter
JumpSuit          25  15  25  30  30  15  15  15
GolemSuit         25  25  25  25  25  25  25  25                     
EarthDragon, IceWorm, MecGod, QuakeWorm
                                                                     
WereRhino, ZeroWorm
CyberSuit         36  36  36  21  36  21  21  21   ALL +5            
PoweredSuit       50  50  50  50  50  30  30  30   STR, QUI +10      
SprigganSuit      55  55  55  35  35  35  35  35   +1 Mec Skill Slot 
DragonLord, EarthDragon

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Accessories
-----------

NAME              SLA HIT PIE HEA COL THU LIG CON  Bonus             
ENEMY DROP
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
FeatherCharm      1   1   11  1   1   1   11  11   CHA +5            
AxeBeak, Ettin, Harpy, 
FangAmulet        1   1   1   6   6   6   1   6    STR +5            
Chimera, Dragonpup, Hedgehog, Minidragon
                                                                     
Rabbat, Razorback, Trisaur, TrisaurJr
                                                                     
Xeno
WingAmulet        1   1   1   6   6   6   1   6    QUI +5            
Battlefly, Cockatrice, Ettin, Harpy
                                                                     
KillerBee, Pickbird, SonicBat, Sphinx
FlowerAmulet      1   1   1   6   6   6   1   6    PSY, CHA +5       
Banshee, Shrieker, Sprite, Trapvine
                                                                     
Treant
SteelAmulet       1   1   1   1   1   1   1   6    VIT +5            
Gargoyle, Ghostrider, LiquidMetal
                                                                     
LivingAxe, LivingLance, LivingMusket
                                                                     
PrimaBronza, PrimaMaska
KrisKnife         3   3   3   13  13  13  13  43                     
DarkFairy, LivingMirror
BrokenBumper      1   1   1   1   1   1   1   11                      
A-Tractor
Junk              2   2   2   2   2   2   2   12                     
FlyMec, Goblin, Gremlin, LivingAxe
                                                                     
LivingLance
Bumper            3   3   3   3   3   3   3   3                      
VulcanII
WindShell         5   5   15  5   5   15  25  25   QUI, WIL +5       
AbyssBat, Griffin, Wyvern, Zyphon
CharmNecklace     1   1   1   11  11  11  11  11   CHA +10           
                                                   'Seduction'
Magatama          1   1   1   11  11  11  11  11   'SacredSong'
FireCrystal       1   1   1   25  1   1   1   1    'FireBarrier'     
FireCrystal, FireSage, Flamefolk
                                                                     
Hellhound, Platyhooks, PlatyKing
                                                                     
RedDragon, Siren, Skulldrake
SolGrail          1   1   1   100 1   1   1   11                     
FireCrystal
IceCrystal        1   1   1   1   25  1   1   1    'IceBarrier'      
IceCrystal, Jotnar, Platyhooks, PlatyKing
                                                                     
Snowfolk, SpearValkyrie, Waterfolk, Yeti
SleetCoin         1   1   1   1   100 1   1   11                     
IceCrystal, Snowfolk
BoltCrystal       1   1   1   1   1   25  1   1    'BoltBarrier'     
CrystalTree, Dragonpup, Gelatin
                                                                     
IceCrystal, PlatyKing, Siren, Thundragon
ThunderCharm      1   1   1   1   1   100 1   11                     
Gelatin
MellowRing        1   1   1   21  21  1   1   1     Null Water       
                                                    'LifeRain'
PearlHeart        2   2   2   2  -7   3   2   2     Null Water       
Fishman, FrillNeck, Gunfish, Lamia
                                                                     
Mellow, Snakeman, Undine 
SeaStone          3   3   3   23  23  3   23  23    Null Water       
Genbu, Kraken
                                                    PSY, VIT +7
                                                    'WaterCannon'
                                                    'Maelstrom'
HarmoniumEarring  1   1   1   11  11  11  11  21    Null Sonic       
Arachne, CrystalTree, KittyClawer
                                                                     
Manticore
PurpleEye         4   4   4   4   4   4   4   14    Null Stare       
BlackX, Cyclops, Jotnar, SonicBat                  
                                                    PSY +7           
Unknown
                                                    'PhantasmShot'
BloodChalice      1   1   1  -15  1   1  -15 -15    Null Faint       
Ankheg, Ghost, Lich, Nidheg, Nightshade
                                                    PSY +5           
SonicBat, 
SandVessel        2   2   2   2   2   2   18  18    Null Petrify
                                                    'QuickSand'
EMESTag           5   5   5   5   5   5   15  15    Null Petrify     
Golem, Skulldrake, Skullasaurus
UnicornTear       1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1     Null Poison      
Unicorn
                                                    PSY +1
Tao-TiehPattern   3   3   3   3   3   3   23  23
AngelBrooch       5   5   5   15  15  15  15  15
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
RING/Guardian     1   1   1   1   1   1   1   31    Raise Ally Defense
RING/Merchant     1   1   1   1   1   1   1   11    CHA +10
                                                    'Temptation'
RING/Thief        1   1   1   1   1   1   1   11    QUI +10
                                                    Hide All Allies
RING/Schemer      1   1   1   1   1   1   1   11    INT +10
                                                    Random Status to 
Enemy
RING/Hero         1   1   1   1   1   1   1   11    WIL +10
                                                    Null Status to 
Party
RING/Hermit       1   1   1   1   1   1   1   11    Null All Effects
RING/Healer       1   1   1   1   1   1   1   11    VIT +10
                                                    Restore Party HP
RING/Fighter      1   1   1   1   1   1   1   11    STR +10
                                                    Raise Party Weapon
RING/Lord         1   1   1   1   1   1   1   11    PSY +10
                                                    Restore Party WP&JP

******************************
Equipment Statistics-  Shields
******************************


Name-  Name of the shield.
Evasion-  What type of attacks the shield blocks.
Bonus-  Bonus effects the shield grants while equipped.
Enemy Drop-  What enemies can drop the shield.

NAME              EVASION          BONUS            ENEMY DROPS
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Buckler           Physical                          Battleaxe, Goblin
ShellShield       Physical                          Armorpilla, Harpy, 
Iceworm, KillerBee, Scorpion, Shellworm
                                                    Wormbrood, Zeroworm
ExcelShield       Physical                          K9Mec, Soldier, 
SwordValkyrie
GenbuShield       Physical         Null Water       Genbu, Giant,  
WaterSage
Mizukagami        Physical, Heat   Null Water
DragonShield      All                               BlackDragon, 
DragonLord, 
DurahanShield     All              STR, VIT +5      Dullahan
                                   'DeathGaze'
WonderBangle      Piercing, Bullet 100% Evasion     Airfolk, Lamia, 
Zyphon


Mec specific equips, and bonuses Mec's gain when equipping items to be 
completed in the future.


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7. Frequently Asked Questions
-----------------------------

Coming Soon

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8. Credits
----------

This is the boring "Meeplelard thanks a bunch of random people" that I 
doubt people care about, but I'm obliged to do it so it doesn't look 
like plagiarism or something.

Anyway, first off, thanks to Square for making such a great game. 
Likewise, thanks to CjayC for making Gamefaqs, and accepting this FAQ.

A big thanks to Alex Jackson for finding all that info about SaGa techs 
and Character Skill Growth Rates. Makes suggesting different character 
growth methods easier and such.

Thanks to InfinityDragon for getting the stats on all equipment. And 
thanks for letting me just C+P it from your file as is to save me a lot 
of time <_< 
 
Thanks to superaielman for inspiring me to do this FAQ, and helping me 
every step along the way. A thanks to SageAcrin for helping out in 
random areas too, and for being a fine voodoo doll of sorts to kill 
when I need to vent my anger <.<. Thanks to Laggy for helping me with 
deciding character rankings as well.

Thanks to Shale for going through the pains of this entire FAQ and "De-
meeping" it so it’s a lot easier to read.  If you've read any of my 
other stuff, you'd know how much of an accomplishment this is.

Big thanks to OblivionKnight for writing out some of the Walkthroughs, 
and making them a more interesting read that I likely could have.

Lastly, thanks to the RPG Duelling League. If it weren't for it, and 
some crazed fans here, I'd have never played SaGa Frontier, and thus, 
never had ever actually had a chance to experience this fine game…as 
well as being the place where I spend too damned much of my life.

And a big thank you for reading my FAQ. Why?  I dunno, it just feels 
right, and if I didn't do that, random people would complain to me 
about not giving them credit for wasting time reading this pile of 
junk? …ok, now I'm just paranoid, but that's besides the point!


With that, my FAQ comes to a close. If you wish to ask me questions 
about the game, or just talk with me randomly one on one, you can IM me 
at Dbzfflord on AIM, or Meeplelard@hotmail.com on MSN. If you prefer E-
mail, you can do either dbzfflord@aol.com (and hope it doesn't get lost 
in all the junk I get), or at Meeplelard@Hotmail.com. If you do E-mail, 
make sure its clear you are NOT a spammer of sorts, so label your 
message "SaGa frontier question" or "Regarding your FAQ" or something 
that makes it clear I know you aren't a random spamming jerk.