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                            THOUSAND ARMS BASIC GUIDE
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                      Thousand Arms Basic Guide Version 'Final'
                             For Sony PlayStation Only
                                By YEE SENG FU
    E-Mail  :                 ysf@pacific.net.sg
    Date    :                   26th March 2001
    ICQ     :                      25076522
    HomePage:  http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Portal/7933/
    Country :                      Singapore
    
    Copyright Protected. 1999-2001. No part of the content is allowed to
    be reedited or published without the permission of the writer. It can
    only be used as a personal guide, but not for any commercial purposes.
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    I have spent a lot of time typing this faq and the only way to show
    your appreciation is not to use this faq for profitable means and
    hopefully, this faq will be of some help to you.
    
    If you feel that, reading the faq like this is a bit tedious,
    especially when you have to look at the computer and play your
    game, you are allowed to print the part or whole of this
    document out, but the printed copies can only be for personal use.
    
    This faq is best viewed using wordpad wrapped to ruler.
    
    Introduction
    ============
    Atlus has done a great job this time, creating a strong anime-style
    RPG. Thousand Arms has some very innovative concepts like dating
    system, forging and so on. In this guide, it will focus on the basic
    knowledges that i think you need to know about Thousand Arms. Of
    course, if you want a complete faq guide, refer to Dan Simpson
    <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s Thousand Arms walkthrough/faq. He has
    done a great job and remember to change the font size to 9 for his
    faq or you will have a problem of viewing his faq. Lastly, i am not
    going to write a walkthrough on Thousand Arms. I completed the game
    about a month ago in December'1999. And, i am not going to replay
    the whole thing right from the start just to write a walkthrough.
    Yeah, the faq is rather long-winded again...Basically, the
    explanation is rather long. And, i split everything into different
    paragraphs. Each paragraph often deals with a new concept in the
    game or my personal comment about the game. Anyway, hope you
    enjoy reading it and do spent some time reading through this faq
    before you start playing the game. Feel free to comment anything
    and if there is any mistakes or anything which you will like
    to contribute, feel free to notify me by contacting me at
    <ysf@pacific.net.sg>.
    
    Update
    ============
    Version 1.0
    -Added a Prologue section, which includes my personal comments
     towards the game.
    -Added information on Characters section.
    -Added information on Control section.
    -Added information on Menu section.
    -Added information on Combat section.
    -Added information on Dating system.
    -Added information on Forging system.
    -Added information on Damashi and how to save your journey.
    -Added information on Item list.
    -Added some general tips to help you, plus giving a brief summary.
    -Added a frequently-asked-question section.
    -Added information on gameshark codes, thanks to InterAct.
    -Added a Credit section.
    -Added a Copyright Protection section.
    -Based on the US version.
    
    Version 2.0
    -Added in my own Thousand Arms logo.
    -Corrected some minor errors.
    -Added information about the locations of getting Nelsha's outfits.
    -Added information about the locations of getting all Rusty Weapons.
    -Updated the frequently-asked-question section.
    -Based on the US version.
    
    Version 3.0
    -Added in the song lyrics for 'Depend On You'. Ayumi Hamasaki's
     fans will definitely love this.
    -Based on the US version.
    
    Version 'Final'
    -Not much changes.
    -Based on the US version.
    
    Next Update
    Finally, the faq is finished! All the sections have finally been
    completed after weeks of typing! A sad news to all Thousand Arms
    fans. I will no longer update this faq anymore. Avoid sending any
    more information, tips, hints to me. The reason is if you do this,
    this will only tempt me to update this faq. I have covered everything
    I know about Thousand Arms. If you want a good walkthrough for the
    game, I strongly recommend you to read Dan Simpson's Thousand Arms
    walkthrough, which can be found in gamefaqs too. And, one more thing,
    since I will no longer update this faq, some of the questions found
    in the frequently-asked-questions may be outdated and may be no
    longer relevant. But, I am going to leave it intact as it is. Lastly,
    enjoy your copy of Thousand Arms. So, goodbye, everyone!!!
    
    Content
    ============
        i)Prologue
       ii)Characters
         -Main Party
         -Others
      iii)Control
         -Menu Screen
         -World Map
         -Vehicle       [Langoud]
         -Field Screen  [Town]
         -Field Screen  [Cave, Dungeons etc]
         -Battle Screen
       iv)Menu
        v)Combat
         -HP
         -EP
         -MP
         -Frontline and Backline
         -Elemental Beast
         -Special
         -Magic Spells
         -Taunts/Cheers
       vi)Dating
         -Party Girls
         -Town Girls
      vii)Forging
     viii)Damashi
       ix)Item List
         -Silver/Gold Angel
         -Accessories
         -Smoochy's Items
         -Zozotto Casino Items
        x)General Tips
         -Map
         -Saving
         -Quick Text
         -Icon(s)
         -Walking
         -Quitting
         -Combat
         -Forging
         -Dating
       xi)Song Lyrics
         -Depend On You
      xii)Frequently-Asked-Question
     xiii)GameShark Code
      xiv)Credit
       xv)Copyright Protected
    
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    I)Prologue
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    Thousand Arms is one of the unqiue RPGs to hit the PlayStation console
    in 1999 from Atlus. With many anticipated RPGs released in 1999 like
    Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy Anthology, Suikoden II and Grandia,
    some may say that Thousand Arms is an underdog. Well, it isn't
    actually, at least in my own opinion.
    
    Thousand Arms utilises extensive animation cutscenes and at least 12
    hours of voices, both of which are very well done. The animation
    custcenes segue seamlessly from the in-game proceedings. Characters
    are very well-animated, and look quite deformed. And, the enviroment
    is 3-D polygonals, allowing massive exploration.
    
    I have to admit that the graphics are really very good and are much
    better than most RPGs, but graphics alone are not the only reasons
    for me to purchase Thousand Arms. I am a demanding person and expects
    a lot from a game. So, how did this game from Atlus impress me?
    
    The first is, of course the story. The story is not that complex
    like Xenogears and is quite a typical setting of most traditional
    RPGs. Light V.S Dark...and the hero must destroy the evil. But,
    what really impress me is the character development. Why must a
    blacksmith date a girl in order to forge a stronger weapon? Sounds
    weird but very interesting! And, because of that, there's a dating
    stimulation, the first for any RPGs. I know that there are certain
    people complaining that most of the questions ask in a date are
    repeated and that's what makes the dating system a failure. I
    do agree for some reasons but that doesn't make me hate it. I
    love to mess up dates, and watch how the girls react, their
    expressions, how they look like when they are angry, sad, happy,
    or jealous. Furthermore, the extensive use of voices make the
    characters more alive. Lastly, the plot is quite easy to follow
    and at least, you do not need to scratch your head and figure
    out what will be happening next like Xenogears.
    
    Talk about mini-games and there are quite a lot! You can even
    find a Print Club Machine in a town that allows you to take
    pictures with a girl and you can select your favourite frames.
    [Did anyone mention anything about Neo Print?]
    
    I was quite impressed with some little features that Atlus added
    in Thousand Arms. The first feature is that it supports analog
    controller and vibration function, which Xenogears don't have.
    Secondly, you can open a map anytime in town, or overworld [Other
    than Dungeons!] by pressing the Triangle button. This makes
    navigation more easier than Xenogears. I know Square added a
    compass in Xenogears but...a map shows everything! At least, i
    don't get lost that much in Thousand Arms than Xenogears. Thirdly,
    whenever you are near a door, a door icon will pop out, so you
    know that there is actually an entrance. Fourly, you can pause
    anytime in the game, just in case something crops up unexpectedly.
    Very considerate, right?
    
    I like the idea of forging a weapon to learn a magic spell or
    special. Quite innovative! The one-on-one combat system is
    something quite new, though i really don't like it that much.
    It allows very little flexibility for strategies and the backline
    characters usually have very little involvement during combats
    other than doing a few taunts or cheers. Other than that, i
    really don't have any complains. Of course, talk about combat
    system, Final Fantasy is better!
    
    In terms of music, i have to admit that Xenogears, Suikoden II,
    Final Fantasy series win. Face it, Atlus don't have a talented
    musician like Nobuo Uematsu or Yasunori Mitsuda. Most of the
    tunes weren't able to capture your hearts, and were pretty
    average. But, considering that Atlus made the effort to
    hire a Japanese pop artist, Ayumi Hamasaki to sing the opening
    and ending theme, Atlus really needed to be praised. For your
    information, the opening theme is called 'Depend On You' and
    the ending theme is called 'Two of Us.' Both songs are really
    nice and i found myself liking 'Depend On You' more than
    'Eyes On Me.'
    
    Overall, Thousand Arms is still a great game. So, after reading
    all my craps, what is your opinion of Thousand Arms? So, are
    you going to get the game now or you already have it?
    
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    II)Characters
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    Below shows the profiles of most of the characters you will meet
    along your journey. There are a total of 7 main characters which
    you can control to fight enemies. Now, enjoy reading!
    
    Warning:Some of the characters' descriptions etc are quite a
            spoiler. Avoid reading them if you don't want me to
            ruin your surprises!!!
    
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    II.I)Main Party
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    The profiles of the 7 main characters are listed below:
    
    Meis Triumph
    ================
    Age         :16.
    Gender      :Male.
    Weapon      :M.Sword.
    Ambition    :To be a great Spirit Blacksmith like Jyabil.
    Fav. Hobby  :To have a set of beautiful girls worldwide. [I suppose
                 so, too!]
    Origin      :Kant, a town in the countryside of Tradguld.
    Description :One word to describe the Triumph, 'philander.' Like
                 father, like son, Meis Triumph flirts with almost
                 every woman he comes across. Born in a family of
                 a noble spirit blacksmith, he has to train himself
                 hard to become a great blacksmith. The Triumph family
                 owns the land of Kant until the Dark Acolytes arrives
                 and take over all their every possession. Lost and
                 exhausted, Meis makes his way to the town of Boyzby
                 and the journey unfolds. You may think that Meis's
                 habit of womanising will eventually get him into
                 trouble one day. Well, what do you think? In my
                 opinion, Meis Triumph possesses great leadership
                 qualities and he cares a great deal about his
                 friends. A loyal friend, indeed! [Anyway, i wonder
                 who gave him the name, 'Meis', which is pronounced
                 much like 'Mice'. Don't you think so?]
                 
    
    Sodina Dawnfried
    ================
    Age         :15.
    Gender      :Female.
    Weapon      :S.Knife.
    Ambition    :To help Meis Triumph to become a great spirit
                 Blacksmith and protect the Sacred Altar to fulfill
                 his brother, Jyabil's wish.
    Fav. Food   :Italian Food, especially Ravioli.
    Best Gifts  :Any Brooch, Gold Bell, Music Box, Potted Plant, and
                 Any Amulet.
    Origin      :Boyzby, a town south of Kant.
    Description :A beautiful and charming girl. She lost her parents at
                 a young age and since young, she and her brother,
                 Jyabil had to depend on each other. She developed an
                 unnatural attachment to her brother. The death of her
                 brother prove to be a blow to her and she swore to
                 help Meis Triumph to become a great blacksmith and
                 protects the Sacred Altar. For some reasons, she seems
                 to have some feelings for Meis Triumph and show it by
                 being jealous.
    
    Muza Grifford
    ================
    Age         :21.
    Gender      :Male.
    Weapon      :Claymore.
    Ambition    :To become a fearless warrior. [But, first, i guess
                 he needs to train himself not to be afraid of
                 girls, especially Wyna Grapple. Haha!]
    Origin      :Schutzren, home of fearless warriors.
    Description :Back in the Triumph family, you heard of how charming,
                 how gentlemanly Muza Grifford, the warrior is from the
                 ladies and maids. But, the REAL MUZA turns out to be
                 a complete letdown and a totally different person from
                 what he is being described by the ladies and maids in
                 the Triumph family. He is a fearless warrior but when
                 it comes to woman, he is totally harmless. A shy man who
                 dares not fight a woman. He falls in love with Wyna
                 Grapple at first sight but dare not express his feelings
                 to her. [Oh no, He is freezing again! Wyna..you better
                 go away first!]
    
    Wyna Grapple
    ================
    Age         :17.
    Gender      :Female.
    Weapon      :Hammer.
    Ambition    :To lead a carefree life and freedom is not curbed by
                 anyone else.
    Fav. Food   :Spicy Food. [Mine's too, especially Curry.]
    Best Gifts  :Dumbbell Set, Leopard Bag and Sweatband.
    Origin      :Langoud, the pirate's base.
    Description :A strong, wilful, easy-going, and unwomanly girl. She
                 is adventurous, and believes in leading her own life
                 style, instead of being controlled by others. Because
                 of that, she often has quarrels with her father. She
                 acted like as man as she tried to be strong and because
                 of that, her father feared that no man would want her.
                 Cast her personality aside first, she is actually a
                 gorgeous and charming woman. By far the sexiest woman
                 in the game. [She wears a Bikini! Hey, come on!] Born
                 to be a pirate, she and her father lives inside the
                 Langoud, the main base area for the pirates.
    
    Soushi Mahoroba
    ================
    Age         :18.
    Gender      :Male.
    Weapon      :Katana.
    Ambition    :Protects the people of Wano from the intruders, Dark
                 Acolytes and saves Master Kanouha.
    Origin      :Wano, the destroyed land of the Orient.
    Description :My first impression of him reminds me of a Japanese
                 summurai, Sasaki Kojiro. Anyway, never mind, if you
                 don't know who Kojiro is. Soushi is a Ninja with
                 very strong fighting spirits. In order to save his
                 Master Kanouha, he has no choice but to use a Dark
                 Sword to increase his fighting skills. However, the
                 dark sword has side effects too as it gradually
                 drains Soushi's will and power. Soushi, on the other
                 hand, do have some similar personalities like Meis
                 Triumph. Both like to flirt but I think Meis Triumph
                 seems to be slighly better than him. On the other hand,
                 Soushi looks more sincere than Meis Triumph when it
                 comes to courting girls.
    
    Kyleen Nelphe
    ================
    Age         :16.
    Gender      :Female.
    Weapon      :Rapier.
    Ambition    :To wish that Sharan will be like the past again. She
                 hopes to get rid of Lavantis.
    Fav. Food   :??? [I suppose anything as long as it is expensive.]
    Best Gifts  :Any Cosmetics, any Expensive Jewelry, Fanny Pack, Money
                 Tree, and Yellow Purse. 
    Origin      :Sharan, the legendary floating city.
    Description :A materialistic woman, who believes that wealth is the
                 most important thing in life. No money, no talk! Her
                 family used to rule Sharan but because of the Lavantis,
                 she has lost all her wealths, possessions and even her
                 family. Things are sold at a high price in Sharan, and
                 people are becoming selfish and only money works. As a
                 result, Kyleen develops a mindset of believing that
                 money is everything in her life. Now, how is the
                 party going to show her that money is not everything,
                 but love?
    
    Nelsha Stylus
    ================
    Age         :12. [I am not sure about her exact age.]
    Gender      :Female.
    Weapon      :Needle.
    Ambition    :To be a famous dress master.
    Fav. Food   :Sushi.
    Best Gifts  :Bear Costume, Sewing Kit and Teddy Bear.
    Origin      :Myscatonia, the Ancient City.
    Description :Naturally, she's rather timid and weird and wears
                 a spectacle. Her aspiration is to become a dress
                 master. As expected, she has lots of outfits for
                 herself. So, guess what are the effects of these
                 wearing these outfits? Multi-personalities...?
                 Each outfit gives a wearer different personalities.
                 It affects the mood, behaviour, mind etc of a
                 wearer. And, because of that, it's rather hard to
                 predict what the wearer will do next. [Sounds
                 dangerous, right? Indeed too! Or just confused?]
                 When Nelsha is back to usual self, she can be
                 quite childish at times.
    
    Credit:Thanks to Dan Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>. Some of the
           information listed here like the characters' age, origins
           were taken from his faq.
    
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    II.II)Others
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    Below shows a list of characters whom you will meet along the way
    on your journey.
    
    Master Cliff
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Fav. Hobby  :To have a set of beautiful girls worldwide. [I suppose
                 so, too!]
    Origin      :Kant, a town in the countryside of Tradguld.
    Description :The owner of Kant and the 6th generation family member
                 of the Triumph family. He is Mei's dad and like father,
                 like son, both of them are a womaniser. The Triumph
                 family is a class of noble blacksmith and Master Cliff
                 is of course, not an exception as well. To say that he
                 dates a girl to forge a stronger weapon, it's better
                 to say that he is womanising again! And, no suprised
                 at all, because of genes, Meis inherited his ^. I guess
                 you know what i mean!
    
    Jyabil
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Origin      :Boyzby, a town south of Kant.
    Description :A famous spirit blacksmith in Boyzby and Sodina's
                 brother. Unlike the Triumph family, he does not need
                 to flirt around to make a stronger weapon. A charming
                 man as many women in the town are crazy of him. A
                 mystery man, i will say! What's his relationship with
                 Metalia? Why do he know so much about the Sacred
                 Altar? Who is his teacher? Why did Jyabil has the
                 ability to summon an elemental beast? What is the
                 secret of the hammer he is holding? You find it out
                 yourself. [I'll not reveal anything!]
    
    Schmit           [Dark Master]
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Origin      :??? [Boyzby...Maybe?]
    Description :He is Jyabil's best apprentice. However, his desire
                 for power made him choose the wrong path and the power
                 of darkness took over his will and sense of integrity.
                 And, as a result, he was being manipulated by the
                 Emperor, and became the Dark Master, serving the
                 empire.
    
    Grapple
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Wish        :Hopes that Wyna will get marry soon!
    Origin      :Langoud, the pirate's base.
    Description :The leader of the pirates and Wyna's father. He seems
                 to enjoy life a lot as he indulges in drinking and
                 woman. [Look at his bulgy stomach!] He is often seen
                 quarrelling with his daughter, Wyna, but deep down,
                 he cares a lot about her. [Being a father, i am sure
                 he wants her daughter to find a good man, right?] He
                 is a loyal friend and treats everyone well.
    
    Smoochy
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Fav. Hobby  :Collecting kisses.
    Origin      :??? [Boyzby...Maybe?]
    Description :You will find Smoochy hidden inside a treasure chest
                 when you visit the cave in Volcano Island. What can
                 i talk about him? Yeah, kisses. Fill the world with
                 kisses...
    
    Bolt
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Origin      :???
    Description :Hmm...what can i say about him? He serves the Emperor
                 and you can assure that you will have to fight him
                 several times during your quest.
    
    Bandiger
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Origin      :???
    Description :A rather amusing, weird and humorous person! If
                 you happen to see him, you can be sure that he is
                 up to his mischief.
    
    Master Kanouha
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Fav. Hobby  :To have a set of beautiful girls worldwide. [I suppose
                 so, too!]
    Origin      :Wano, the destroyed land of the Orient.
    Description :You thought that Triumph family was good when dealing
                 with girls. Master Kanouha...he's even better. An
                 old man yet he is still so lustful. How much do he
                 know about Jyabil and the Sacred Altar? You find it
                 out yourself.
    
    Jeala
    ================
    Gender      :Female.
    Wish        :To be together with Schmit, the Dark Master.
    Origin      :???
    Description :She loves Schmit, the Dark Master deeply and will
                 sacrifice everything for him. However, the Dark
                 Master does not have any feelings for her. When a
                 woman gets jealous, you can expect her to do
                 something crazy!
    
    Lavantis
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Likes       :Money.
    Origin      :Sharan, the legendary floating city.
    Description :He was responsible for the death of Kyleen's parents,
                 the ruler of Sharan, and took over Sharan. He lived
                 in a mansion [used to belong to Kyleen and her parents.]
                 and led a luxurious life. All things were sold at the
                 market at a very unreasonably high price and the people
                 of Sharan become greedy and self-centred. Only money
                 works in this town! Unless Lavantis is chased out of
                 the town, or the town will never return back to the
                 normal as once it was in the past.
    
    Ratchet
    ================
    Gender      :Female.
    Origin      :???
    Description :Hmm...what can i say about her? She serves the Emperor
                 and you can be sure that you will fight with her one
                 day. She hates people criticising her appearance. Yeah,
                 who don't want to be beautiful?
    
    Bearing
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Origin      :???
    Description :Hmm...what can i say about him this time? He serves
                 the Emperor as well.
    
    Shaft
    ================
    Gender      :Male.
    Origin      :???
    Description :Another one serving the Emperor again!
    
    Damashi
    ================
    Gender      :??? [I don't know!]
    Origin      :??? [Everywhere..?]
    Description :A cute, hairly creature whom you can talk to, save your
                 journey anytime. And, what about those found in Zozotto?
    
    Benly Family
    ================
    Gender      :All Males.
    Origin      :???
    Description :There are a total of 3 Benly Brothers who will fully
                 heal you along your journey. Don't worry too much! You
                 will meet all of them eventually, but not when they
                 are all together. And for your information, there are
                 no Benly Sister in the family.
    
    Marion
    ================
    Gender      :Female.
    Best Gifts  :Experiment Kit, Frog Costume, Frog Story, Pet Frog,
                 Tool Kit, and Toy Frog.
    Origin      :Mounthand.
    Description :Marion is an inventor and she loves experimenting. She
                 loves to be praised by others when she invents a new
                 things. A genius, that's what i will describe. She
                 is also one of the town girls whom you can date. You
                 can date her in Mounthand once the Langoud is fixed.
    
    Palma
    ================
    Gender      :Female.
    Best Gifts  :A Bath Set, Silk Kerchief, Toiletry Kit and Wash Cloth
                 Set.
    Origin      :Langoud, the pirate's base.
    Description :Nothing much to say about her! She's one of the town
                 girl whom you can date. She is a Priestess in Langoud.
                 You can date her by talking to her in the far right
                 of the control room after the elemental cannon has
                 been fired.
    
    Kyoka
    ================
    Gender      :Female.
    Fav. Food   :All Japanese food.
    Fav. Hobby  :Collecting hairpins.
    Best Gifts  :Bamboo Hairpin, Simple Purse and Tea Set.
    Origin      :Wano, the destroyed land of the Orient.
    Description :She is Soushi's sister and one of the town girls whom
                 you can date. You can find her in Amigo Tavern in
                 Boyzby after Soushi joins you. Generally, she's a
                 rather cute and attractive girl.
    
    Mil
    ================
    Gender      :Female.
    Best Gifts  :Experiment Kit, Math Book and Physics Book.
    Origin      :Kant, a town in the countryside of Tradguld.
    Description :She's one of the town girls whom you can date. Talk to
                 her right after the Langoud has crashed in Kant for
                 a few times. [Remember when Kant was destroyed and you
                 met a beautiful girl there? Yes, she's the one.]
    
    Metalia
    ================
    Age         :??? [Seems to be over a hundred..not sure!]
    Gender      :Female.
    Best Gifts  :Diamond Ring, Pearl Necklace, Some Jewelry.
    Origin      :Myscatonia Library.
    Description :A mystery woman. What is her relationship with Jyabil?
                 How much do she know about the Sacred Altar? [I am
                 not going to tell you anything! You find it out
                 yourself!] Metalia is also one of the town girls whom
                 you can date. Once you have cleared Myscatonia, that
                 is when you have defeated the Guardian at Star Plateau,
                 you can date her by talking to the Goddess Statue at
                 Myscatonia.
    
    Emperor
    ================
    Age         :??? [Seems to be over a hundred..not sure!]
    Gender      :Male.
    Origin      :???
    Description :Who are the Dark Acolytes? What is the secret behind
                 the Primordial Flame? What happened to the Clan of
                 Light and the Clan of Darkness in the end? Who is
                 the Sword Spirit? Is the Emperor's wish just to
                 conquer the world? Is there a conspiracy behind it?
                 [Hmm...I won't reveal any spoiler!!! You find it out
                 yourself!!!]
    
    =======================================================================
    III)Control
    =======================================================================
    Here are the controls for Thousand Arms. Learn them well and make
    sure that you are used to them.
    
    Menu Screen
    ============
     ________________________________________________________________
    |Button(s) |Function(s)                                          |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    |D-pad     |-)Move/Select.                                       |
    |X         |-)Confirm.                                           |
    |Triangle  |-)Cancel/Return to field screen.                     |
    |Square    |-)Walk. [When Hold only while pressing the D-pad.]   |
    |Circle    |-)N/A.                                               |
    |L1        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |R1        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |L2        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |R2        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |Select    |-)Choose Quit. [When Pausing]                        |
    |Start     |-)Pause.                                             |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    
    World Map
    ============
     ________________________________________________________________
    |Button(s) |Function(s)                                          |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    |D-pad     |-)Move/Walk.                                         |
    |X         |-)To enter a place.                                  |
    |Triangle  |-)Turns World Map On/Off.                            |
    |Square    |-)N/A.                                               |
    |Circle    |-)Opens up main menu.                                |
    |L1        |-)Rotates camera angle in anticlockwise direction.   |
    |R1        |-)Rotates camera angle in clockwise direction.       |
    |L2        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |R2        |-)Zooms In/Out the enviroment.                       |
    |Select    |-)Choose Quit. [When Pausing]                        |
    |Start     |-)Pause.                                             |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    
    Vehicle      [Langoud]
    ============
     ________________________________________________________________
    |Button(s) |Function(s)                                          |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    |D-pad     |-)Move/Walk.                                         |
    |X         |-)To enter a place.                                  |
    |Triangle  |-)Turns World Map On/Off.                            |
    |Square    |-)Enters Langoud. [While riding Langoud in the World |
    |          |  Map.]                                              |
    |Circle    |-)Opens up main menu.                                |
    |L1        |-)Rotates camera angle in anticlockwise direction.   |
    |R1        |-)Rotates camera angle in clockwise direction.       |
    |L2        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |R2        |-)Zooms In/Out the enviroment.                       |
    |Select    |-)Choose Quit. [When Pausing]                        |
    |Start     |-)Pause.                                             |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    
    Field Screen [Town]
    ============
     ________________________________________________________________
    |Button(s) |Function(s)                                          |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    |D-pad     |-)Move/Walk.                                         |
    |X         |-)To enter doors. [Door Icon]                        |
    |Triangle  |-)Turns Town Map On/Off.                             |
    |Square    |-)Walk. [When Hold only while pressing the D-pad.]   |
    |Circle    |-)Opens up main menu.                                |
    |L1        |-)Rotates camera angle in anticlockwise direction.   |
    |R1        |-)Rotates camera angle in clockwise direction.       |
    |L2        |-)Pop out/Remove pointer above your head.            |
    |R2        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |Select    |-)Choose Quit. [When Pausing]                        |
    |Start     |-)Pause.                                             |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    
    Field Screen [Cave, Dungeons etc.]
    ============
     ________________________________________________________________
    |Button(s) |Function(s)                                          |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    |D-pad     |-)Move/Walk.                                         |
    |X         |-)To enter doors. [Door Icon]                        |
    |Triangle  |-)N/A.                                               |
    |Square    |-)Walk. [When Hold only while pressing the D-pad.]   |
    |Circle    |-)Opens up main menu.                                |
    |L1        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |R1        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |L2        |-)Pop out/Remove pointer above your head.            |
    |R2        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |Select    |-)Choose Quit. [When Pausing]                        |
    |Start     |-)Pause.                                             |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    
    Battle Screen
    =============
     ________________________________________________________________
    |Button(s) |Function(s)                                          |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    |D-pad     |-)Move to select a command.                          |
    |X         |-)Confirm a command. [Frontline and Backline]/       |
    |          |  Action. [For Frontline Only]                       |
    |Triangle  |-)Cancel. [For Backline Only]                        |
    |Square    |-)Cancel. [For Frontline Only]                       |
    |Circle    |-)Action. [For Backline Only]                        |
    |L1        |-)Shifts camera angle to the left.                   |
    |          |  [Only at battle menu.]                             |
    |R1        |-)Shifts camera angle to the right.                  |
    |          |  [Only at battle menu.]                             |
    |L2        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |R2        |-)N/A.                                               |
    |Select    |-)Choose Quit. [When Pausing]                        |
    |Start     |-)Pause.                                             |
    |__________|_____________________________________________________|
    
    I suppose this is all that i can add. Is there any more to add?
    Notify me by e-mailing me at <ysf@pacific.net.sg> if there is any
    error.
    
    =======================================================================
    IV)Menu
    =======================================================================
    So, this is how the main menu looks like:
     _______________   ________________
    |STATUS         | |WORLD MAP       | The World Map option is only
    |ITEM           | |CONFIG          | available after Langoud is
    |SPELL          | |SAVE            | fixed and you are inside the
    |PARTY          | |PRINT CLUB NOTE | Langoud.
    |_______________| |________________|
    
     _______________   ________________
    |STATUS         | |WARP            | The Warp option is only available
    |ITEM           | |CONFIG          | after Metalia gives it to you
    |SPELL          | |SAVE            | in Myscatonia before you enter
    |PARTY          | |PRINT CLUB NOTE | the Sacred Altar to pick up the
    |_______________| |________________| elemental beast of Light, Golda.
    
     _________________________________________________
    |Function        |Description                     |
    |________________|________________________________|
    |Status          |View character status.          |
    |________________|________________________________|
    |Item            |Use item(s).                    |
    |________________|________________________________|
    |Spell           |Cast magic spell(s).            |
    |________________|________________________________|
    |Party           |Swop characters' position.      |
    |________________|________________________________|
    |World Map       |Allows you to enter the World   |
    |                |Map immediately when you are    |
    |                |inside Langoud.                 |
    |________________|________________________________|
    |Warp            |Allows you to teleport to       |
    |                |certain places. [Only when you  |
    |                |are in the World Map.]          |
    |________________|________________________________|
    |Config          |Allows you to config message    |
    |                |speed, sound, and vibration.    |
    |________________|________________________________|
    |Save            |Allows you to save your journey.|
    |                |[In World Map/Damashi/Inn.]     |
    |________________|________________________________|
    |Print Club Note |Allows you to view photos taken |
    |                |from Print Club. Press X to     |
    |                |enlarge the photo or Triangle   |
    |                |to back to normal size.         |
    |________________|________________________________|
    
    Note:Print Club Note option is only available once you have taken at
         least one photo, excluding the one you took with Sodina at
         Langoud. After taking a photo with Sodina at Langoud [Before
         you went to Volcanic Island.], you will notice a photo club
         machine in every town you went, usually near the Goddess
         Statue.
    
    Note:Each photo costs 300 CG, which is rather quite expensive in
         the beginning. Take a photo with the girl when she's in a
         good mood.
    
    Note:You will notice that every print club machine will have these
         two frames, one with two swords, and another one with a 'love'
         symbol with the word, 'Thousand Arms.' Each print club machine
         has a total of 4 frames and two of them are mentioned above.
         The remaining two are new ones. This is quite fun, considering
         that the last two frames are different depending on which
         the pictures are taken from. [Trademark frames..., huh?]
    
    Note:I wonder if these print club machines remind you of something
         else? Yes... Like NeoPrint, right?
    
    =======================================================================
    V)Combat
    =======================================================================
    Thousand Arms retains some traditional fundamentals like HP, Elemental
    Beast, Special attacks and so on etc, while modifying and introducing
    some innovative concepts. Thousand Arms introduces a frontline and
    backline concept and combat system involves mainly one on one,
    involving the frontline character and enemy while the backline
    does all the assisting work. Well, are the concepts good or bad?
    Along the way, i will list some of the good points and the bad
    points about each and every aspect of the concepts. So, whether you
    agree or not, it's just my personal view towards the game.
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    V.I)HP
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    I guess i do not need to explain anymore about HP. It's a tradition
    that almost or all of the RPGs cannot get rid of this system. HP,
    known as Hit Point sometimes, is widely used in all or most RPGs.
    Once Hit Point reaches zero, your character is K.O, meaning he or she
    is dead unless you revive him or her. As you gain levels, your HP
    will rise.
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    V.II)EP
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    [Does EP stand for Elemental Power..?] Anyway, whatever it is called,
    most RPGs still can't get rid of using magic points. [Final Fantasy
    VIII is an ultimate exception with the introducing of draw system.]
    To cast a magic spell, it requires some EP. Once a spell is casted,
    you will lose some EP. If EP is not enough, you cannot cast that
    particular spell. So, when EP reaches zero, you cannot cast anymore
    spells. Simple, as that! As you gain levels, your EP will rise.
    Simple enough, EP works like MP in most traditional RPGs.
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    V.III)MP
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    MP is basically Elemental Spirit and there are two ways of obtaining
    MP either by:
    a)Earn by winning battles.
    b)Search for Elemental Spirit(s), mainly in towns.
    
    As for (a), i don't think i need to explain much. Now, move on to
    (b). Elemental Spirit(s), in my opinion, are quite tricky to find.
    Why do i say that? [Hmm...what do you think???]
    
    In the World of Thousand Arms, all things, regardless it is living
    or non-living has spirits in it. And, the ultimate goal of a Spirit
    Blacksmith is to train himself to be able to communicate with the
    spirits. So, where can spirits be found?
    
    Yes... in houses, or almost everywhere in towns, except in dungeons,
    caves etc. [I haven't encountered finding one elemental spirit in a
    cave before.] Spirits can be found almost everywhere, even in
    swords, cauldron, mailbox and so on. When you come to a new town,
    be sure to explore the houses and find all the elemental spirits.
    
    So, what's the ultimate spirits? I believe it's the elemental spirit.
    The powerful of all spirits..i suppose..? The road to becoming a
    good spirit blacksmith is not easy...[Did anyone mention about
    the Holy Flames?]
    
    Having said so much about elemental spirit, i haven't explained why
    there is a need to search or gain more elemental spirits. The reason
    is very simple! You need it for dating, forging, learning new
    specials and so on. [Refer to the various sections for more details.]
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    V.IV)Frontline and Backline
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Thousand Arms incorporates an one-on-one battle system, with the
    frontline character does all the attacking and one or two backline
    character(s) do(es) assisting the frontline. So, you can have
    a maximum of 3 party members fighting in a battle.
    
    Remember in Final Fantasy series? You can switch characters between
    front and back row? The concept is quite similar but different. You
    can choose one frontline character and a maximum of two backline
    characters. It's best to put a character with strong attacks like
    Meis, Muza etc in frontline while the rest, mainly the girls at
    the backline, and assist the frontline character.
    
    The frontline character can use of the commands that he or she has,
    such as Attack, Elemental Beast [For Meis only] / Special [For the
    rest, except Meis], Defend, Spell, Retreat, Change and so on. The
    backline characters, however can use only commands like Spell,
    Standby and Retreat. Take note that the backline characters can
    only cast certain spells like curative etc, but not any attacking
    spells like fire+, Wind+ and so on. The same concept applies to
    monsters as well.
    
    How this combat system works is pretty simple. Okay, when it's the
    frontline or backline's turn, choose a command. For example, i
    choose a fight command for the frontline. Now, look at the top
    right corner of the screen. You will notice a set of Triangles,
    one at the top for the frontline, indicated by a word, 'Front'
    and one below it, indicated by a word, 'Back'. To the right of
    the word, 'Front', you should see the word, 'Attack'. This
    indicates that the frontline is about to use the attack command.
    The triangles will start to turn darker from right to left and
    once all the Triangles turn dark, you should see a X instead.
    Now, press X and the frontline character will perform a normal
    attack.
    
    How fast the set of Triangles turn darker depend on the character's
    agility. The faster your agility is, the faster the set of
    Triangles will turn darker and it will mean that you get to
    execute action more faster.
    
    Lastly, to switch characters, all you need is to adjust the position
    at the party option. You can put a total of 3 characters in the
    left. F means frontline and you put the character that you want it
    to be in the frontline at the top. The two characters below are
    backline characters, indicated by a B, which means backline.
    To swop characters during battle, all you need is to select 'NEXT
    CHAR command. When the set of Triangles turn darker, press to perform
    an action and the the second character, which is the first backline
    character will swop with the frontline character. However, the
    frontline character will not reappear again in the battle anymore
    until the battle ends.
    
    Summary
    =======
    a)Choose a command for the frontline and backline.
    b)Wait for the Triangles to turn darker from right to left.
    c)Press X for the frontline character to perform the selected
      command and Circle for the backline character to perform
      the selected command.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Note:If you happen to choose a wrong command, press Square to
         cancel the frontline action and Triangle to cancel the
         backline action.
    
    Tips:You may not want to use the action immediately. For example,
         let the backline uses a cure spell on a frontline character.
         However, the frontline character still has a very relatively
         high HP so it's not worthwhile to cast Cure spell now. Just
         wait and do not press Circle. And, when the frontline is
         at lower HP now, cast Cure spell on him to recover him.
         Of course, this is just an example only.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Standby
    =======
    When backline uses the standby command, he or she will perform
    either taunts or cheers occasionally. [Refer to the taunts/cheers
    section for more informations.]
    
    Comment
    =======
    The frontline and backline combat is rather innovative but somehow,
    the backline characters have very little participation during
    combat. Secondly, it allows very little flexibility to come out
    with new strategies. Nevertheless, Atlus deserved a clap for
    coming out with such a innovative combat system. Of course, some
    may like one-on-one combat while some may not. It's a matter of
    preference.
    
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    V.V)Elemental Beast
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    Are you confused with the word, 'Elemental Beast'? Be..Beast..? Simple
    enough, i just make my personal comment. You may just agree or do
    not agree. Think of it as summoned creature used in Final Fantasy
    series, or simply Guardian Forces but without any HP, exp etc. In
    my opinion, the Elemental Beasts are by far the most devastating
    attacks that you will find in the game.
    
    So, anything new about elemental beasts? First, don't worry about
    whether you can find all the elemental beasts. As the story unfolds,
    you will definitely find them all. [Unlike Final Fantasy VIII where
    you can forget to draw sometimes..] Yeah, you may think i am talking
    crap again. Perhaps, an encouragement..? Okay. This is the real
    stuff now.
    
    How many times you can summon a Elemental Beast is limited. You don't
    use EP to summon. And, that's something quite new, i will say. Now,
    as i have mentioned, Meis is a spirit blacksmith and therefore,
    he can communciate with the spirits. And, throughout the game,
    he's the only one who can summon an elemental beast. What's the
    downside? Yeah, unlike others, he does not have a special attack.
    Okay! Anytime when you are at the status screen or during combat
    period, just click on the elemental spirit option and you probably
    see a certain number next to the respective elemental beast. The
    number actually represents how many times you can summon that
    elemental beast. For example, if the number is 2, that means you
    can summon that elemental beast for two times.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Qns:How do i increase the number of times i summon an elemental beast?
    Ans:Hmm..i believe it's the same thing as special. This is what i
        believe and it may be wrong since it doesn't mention anything
        about it in any other faq. Read below:
    
    I strongly believe that to increase the number of times of summon
    or specials,
    a)You need to summon the elemental beasts or use the specials. [at
      least once?]
    b)Increase your levels.
    
    For example, initially, i can summon Aquoon for just one time. But,
    after gaining a few levels, i realise i can summon it for two
    times actually. Of course, this can be wrong too but that's what
    i believe in it now! I may be wrong and i'm hoping for someone
    to correct me.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Qns:So, when i have used up all the summons, what can i do so that i
        can summon the elemental beasts again?
    Ans:The concept is the same as using specials. You must regain all
        of your HP and EP either through sleeping in an inn [Yeah, sleep,
        right?], or fully heal by Benly Brothers or Big Monoliths etc.
        And, don't worry if you are confused about who's or what's Benly
        Brothers or Monolths. Why? You will know it by the time comes.
        So, after you have fully regained your HP and EP, you should be
        able to summon the elemental beasts or use special attacks.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Summon List-Contributed By Dan Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>
    ===========
    The elemental beast list below is taken from Dan Simpson
    <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s faq/walkthrough. Be sure to take
    a look at his excellent faq. Many thanks to him as well.
    
    There are a total of 7 elemental beasts in the World of Thousand
    Arms and each elemental beast possess different elemental power.
    The list below shows the elemental power, description of attacks
    of the elemental beast and the location of getting the elemental
    beast. 
     ____________________________________________________________________
    |Name      |Elemental Power |Description of Attacks       |Location  |
    |__________|________________|_____________________________|__________|
    |Aquoon    |Water Elemental |Whirlpool Attack.            |Lucent    |
    |          |                |                             |Cave.     |
    |__________|________________|_____________________________|__________|
    |Fiednod   |Earth Elemental |Casts sleep, then slashes.   |Wano.     |
    |__________|________________|_____________________________|__________|
    |Flareniel |Fire Elemental  |Burns all with flame.        |Rockbit.  |
    |__________|________________|_____________________________|__________|
    |Raou      |Wind Elemental  |Rips apart all enemies.      |Death     |
    |          |                |                             |Crimson   |
    |__________|________________|_____________________________|__________|
    |Golda     |Light Elemental |Disintegrates w/ golden      |Myscatonia|
    |__________|________________|_____________________________|__________|
    |Odnis     |? Elemental     |Strikes enemies with Scarlet |Star      |
    |Organ     |                |ray.                         |Plateau   |
    |__________|________________|_____________________________|__________|
    |Sodine    |Light Elemental |Elemental Goddess of light.  |Moon      |
    |__________|________________|_____________________________|__________|
    
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    V.VI)Special
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    All characters in the game will be able to learn special, except Meis.
    However, unlike Meis, they cannot summon an elemental beast. The
    concept is the simiarly to Elemental Beast. There's a number right of
    each special and each number indicates how many times you can use
    that special. Yeah..someone's complaining i am talking crap again.
    Okay..the concepts are similar. So, do read up the two questions
    at the elemental beast section, which is just above.
    
    Take note that each character can learn up to a maximum of 4
    special attacks, other than Meis Triumph and Nelsha Stylus.
    Meis Triumph is the only character who cannot use special attack
    but can use Elemental Beast. As for Nelsha Stylus, her various
    outfits are her special attacks and there are a total of 7 outfits
    for her. [If you want to know more about Mei Triumph's Elemental
    Beast, please refer to the section above.]
    
    So, how do you learn new special?
    
    I'll summarise it in short! If you want more informations, refer to
    the Dating and Forging section. First, raise intimacy level with
    a particular girl either by making dates, giving presents or play
    mini-games. Make sure your charisma is as high or greater than
    the intimacy level. Next, simply forge your weapon with that girl
    [The girl which you just increase your intimacy level with her.]
    So, as you forge, occasionally, you will learn new specials or
    new magic spells.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Note:Unlike the rest, Nelsha does not learn new specials by
         increasing intimacy levels. [Of course, magics still do.]
         Nelsha's dream is to become a dressmaster. Basically, she
         has lots of dresses or outfits. Depending on which outfit
         she wears, different outfits give her different kind of
         attacks. Don't worry too much!!! Nelsha will have her Disco
         Dancer outfit in the beginning and for the rest, except
         School Girl, you need to search for them which are hidden
         inside treasure chest. To get School Girl, you need to find
         Rags and then forge it in any Sacred Altar. Come back after
         about 10 hours or more and you will notice that Rags has
         changed into School Girl. [Refer to the forging section for
         more details about the locations of various Nelsha's outfits
         and Rusty Weapons.]
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Special
    =======
    Below is a list of descriptions of special attacks. Note that all
    the descriptions are taken directly from the game. Included in
    the most right column is how you can learn this special attack.
    For example, to learn Sodina's Dancing Knife, the word, Sodina
    and [Lv 1] indicate that you need to forge your weapon when
    Sodina's Intimacy level with you is at level 1. And, initial
    means that when you first get him or her, he or she has already
    learnt that particular special attack. Get it or not?
    
     _________________________________________________________________
    |Name        |Special(s)      |Description(s)     |How to learn?  |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    |Sodina      |Dancing Knife   |Cast a shower of   |Sodina  [Lv 1] |
    |Dawnfried   |                |glowing knives.    |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Aura Sword      |Slices the enemy   |Palma   [Lv 3] |
    |            |                |with a blade of    |               |
    |            |                |light.             |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Lastment        |A gigantic sword   |Kyoka   [Lv 7] |
    |            |                |that silences an   |               |
    |            |                |enemy.             |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Soul Cure       |Purifies and       |Metalia [Lv10] |
    |            |                |vanguishes an evil |               |
    |            |                |spirit.            |               |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    
     _________________________________________________________________
    |Name        |Special(s)      |Description(s)     |How to learn?  |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    |Muza        |Twister Blade   |Creates a devastat-|Initial        |
    |Grifford    |                |ing hurricane.     |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Storm Binder    |Damages enemy and  |Wyna    [Lv 3] |
    |            |                |puts them to sleep.|               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Dynamic Cyclone |Rides a tornado and|Wyna    [Lv 6] |
    |            |                |tackles an enemy.  |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Tornado Voice   |Pulverizes all with|Wyna    [Lv 9] |
    |            |                |wind and sanic     |               |
    |            |                |wave.              |               |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    
     _________________________________________________________________
    |Name        |Special(s)      |Description(s)     |How to learn?  |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    |Wyna        |Rock Geyser     |Creates explosion; |Wyna    [Lv 5] |
    |Grapple     |                |Fumble effect.     |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Head Buster     |Attacks with hammer|Nelsha  [Lv 6] |
    |            |                |;Confuse effect.   |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Gaia Storm      |Energy Storm that  |Marion  [Lv 7] |
    |            |                |engulfs all        |               |
    |            |                |enemies.           |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Earth Crusher   |Creates a tremend- |Sodina  [Lv10] |
    |            |                |ous explosion.     |               |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    
     _________________________________________________________________
    |Name        |Special(s)      |Description(s)     |How to learn?  |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    |Soushi      |Koken-Soufu     |Gust of Wind slash-|Initial        |
    |Mahoroba    |                |es enemies.        |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Musourin Seiba  |Multiple slashes + |Kyoka   [Lv 1] |
    |            |                |silences enemy.    |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Rekka-Zan       |Charges enemy with |Nelsha  [Lv 7] |
    |            |                |a fiery sword      |               |
    |            |                |slash.             |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Fudo Rasanjin   |Destroys an enemy  |Metalia [Lv 9] |
    |            |                |in a single        |               |
    |            |                |strike.            |               |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    
     _________________________________________________________________
    |Name        |Special(s)      |Description(s)     |How to learn?  |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    |Kyleen      |Hypnos          |Hypnotizes enemy   |Kyleen  [Lv 2] |
    |Nelphe      |                |into retreating.   |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Fascination     |Mind-controls      |Nelsha  [Lv 4] |
    |            |                |enemy through      |               |
    |            |                |illusion.          |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Raging Damashi  |Sends a barrage of |Nelsha  [Lv 8] |
    |            |                |Damashi.           |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Surprise Smash  |Sneaks up on       |Marion  [Lv10] |
    |            |                |enemies and smacks |               |
    |            |                |them.              |               |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    
     _________________________________________________________________
    |Name        |Special(s)      |Description(s)     |How to learn?  |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    |Nelsha      |Disco Dancer    |Enemy defense down,|Initial        |
    |Stylus      |                |party offense up.  |               |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Soldier         |Attacks with       |In Rockbit     |
    |            |                |assault rifle and  |Coal Mine      |
    |            |                |grenades.          |Interior.      |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |China Girl      |Continuous Kicks + |In Rockbit     |
    |            |                |enemy agility      |Coal Mine      |
    |            |                |down.              |Interior.      |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Nun             |Enemy's Offense    |In Rockbit     |
    |            |                |down, party HP     |Coal Mine      |
    |            |                |recovery.          |Interior.      |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Nurse           |Drains HP from the |The secret     |
    |            |                |opponent.          |passage in     |
    |            |                |                   |Lavantis'      |
    |            |                |                   |mansion.       |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |Bunny Girl      |Enemies' resistance|Inside the     |
    |            |                |to element down.   |large mansion  |
    |            |                |                   |of Zozotto.    |
    |            |________________|___________________|_______________|
    |            |School Girl     |Hand slap. [Damage |Forge Rags at  |
    |            |                |depends on enemy's |any Sacred     |
    |            |                |HP.]               |Altar. [Refer  |
    |            |                |                   |to forging     |
    |            |                |                   |section for    |
    |            |                |                   |more details.] |
    |____________|________________|___________________|_______________|
    |Note        |I have listed down the locations of the various     |
    |            |outfits for Nelsha Stylus, which is as listed       |
    |            |above. Disco Dancer will be available once you get  |
    |            |Nelsha in Zozotto Mansion. From Soldier to Bunny    |
    |            |Bunny Girl outfits, they can be found inside        |
    |            |treasure chests and i have listed down the areas of |
    |            |where you can find these treasures, but not their   |
    |            |specific locations. Simply search the treasures in  |
    |            |this areas until you have found the outfit(s) you   |
    |            |want. As for the location of Rags, refer to the     |
    |            |forging section. If you need more help on how to    |
    |            |find these outfits for Nelsha, please Refer to Dan  |
    |            |Simpson<manymoose@hotmail.com>'s walkthrough/faq.   |
    |____________|____________________________________________________|
    |Additional  |If you have explored every place you have gone to   |
    |            |very carefully, and opened all the treasure chests  |
    |            |that you have come across, by the time, you get     |
    |            |Nelsha Stylus, you should have gotten all her       |
    |            |outfits, except for School Girl.                    |
    |____________|____________________________________________________|
    
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    V.VII)Magic Spells
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    As of all traditional RPGs, there will always be magic spells for you
    to cast and this is an element that is even found in today's modern
    RPGs, even Final Fantasy.
    
    Unlike most traditional RPGs, you do not learn new magics as your
    characters' levels rise. Instead, you need to raise intimacy levels
    with girls and when you forge a weapon, you will learn some new
    spells or specials. [Refer to the dating section or forging section
    for more information.]
    
    Spell List-Contributed By Dan Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>
    ==========
    The spell list listed below is taken from Dan Simpson
    <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s faq/Walkthrough. Be sure to
    take a look at his excellent faq. Many thanks to him
    as well.
    
     __________________________________________________________________
    |Name of Spells |Description of Spells                    |   EP   |
    |_______________|_________________________________________|________|
    |Acid Mist      |Creates acid mist; good vs. machines.    |   38   |
    |Any Might      |Randomly casts an enemy spell on them.   |   10   |
    |Barrier        |Reduces Physical Damage. [Minor]         |   12   |
    |Barrier+       |Reduces Physical Damage. [Major]         |   38   |
    |Cast Anything  |Random enemy spell + earned EXP doubles. |   30   |
    |Confuse        |Confuses an enemy.                       |   12   |
    |Cure           |Recovers 1 Person from poison.           |    3   |
    |Cure+          |Recovers 1 Person from poison/paralysis. |    6   |
    |Cure All       |Returns status of 1 character to normal. |   15   |
    |Dyna           |Good vs. flying monsters.                |   38   |
    |Evade          |Increases Agility.                       |   12   |
    |Fear           |Causes the enemy to retreat.             |   18   |
    |Fire           |Attacks an enemy with fire.              |    5   |
    |Fire+          |Attacks an enemy with explosive flame.   |   13   |
    |Flame          |Attacks all enemies with fire.           |   21   |
    |Flame+         |Attacks all enemies with explosion.      |   42   |
    |Fumble         |Agility of an enemy decreases.           |   15   |
    |Geo            |Attacks an enemy with the power of Earth.|    5   |
    |Geo+           |Earth attack [Single]; good vs. machine. |   21   |
    |Guard Guts     |Defensive power of a person increases.   |   14   |
    |Haste          |Multiple attack rate increases.          |   31   |
    |Heal           |Minor HP recovery, damages undead.       |    4   |
    |Heal+          |Moderate HP recovery, damages undead.    |   11   |
    |Heal All       |Heals all party members, damages undead. |   25   |
    |Ice Storm      |Attacks all enemies with cold wave.      |   41   |
    |Kilphy         |Good vs. female monsters.                |   35   |
    |Light          |Attacks an enemy with Light.             |    6   |
    |Light+         |Paralyzes an enemy, good vs. Undead.     |   22   |
    |Mad Gate       |Damages according to opponent's power.   |   26   |
    |Magical        |Random enemy spell + earned MP doubles.  |   20   |
    |Might Guts     |Offensive power of a person increases.   |   10   |
    |Paralyze       |Paralyzes an enemy.                      |   13   |
    |Quake          |Earth attack [All], agility up [Self].   |   26   |
    |Quake+         |Earthquake that damages all enemies.     |   45   |
    |Rain           |Attacks an enemy with water.             |    4   |
    |Rain+          |Attacks an enemy with heavy rain.        |   14   |
    |Revive         |Revives unconcious person with 1 HP      |   30   |
    |Revive+        |Revives unconcious person with full HP   |   46   |
    |Sacrifice      |Attacks all; 1 member's HP/EP becomes 1  |   46   |
    |Silence        |Silences an enemy.                       |    5   |
    |Silence+       |Silences all enemies.                    |   11   |
    |Sleep          |Puts an enemy to sleep.                  |    7   |
    |Sleep+         |Puts all enemies to sleep.               |   16   |
    |Slow           |Speed of an enemy decreases.             |   16   |
    |Spark          |Light attack [All], agility up [Self].   |   45   |
    |Speed          |Speed of a person increases.             |   12   |
    |Speed+         |Speed of entire party increases.         |   22   |
    |Stop           |Damages and stops the enemy activity.    |   40   |
    |Storm          |Attacks all enemies with heavy rain.     |   41   |
    |Typhoon        |Attacks all enemies with blade of wind.  |   31   |
    |Wall           |Reduces magical damage. [Minor]          |   21   |
    |Wall+          |Reduces magical damage. [Major]          |   42   |
    |Weaken         |Offensive power of enemy decreases.      |   15   |
    |Wind           |Attacks an enemy with wind.              |    5   |
    |Wind+          |Attacks all enemies with wind.           |   16   |
    |_______________|_________________________________________|________|
    
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    V.VIII)Taunts/Cheers
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    When you select standby command for backline characters, one of the
    backline characters will perform either a taunt or cheer occasionally.
    Below shows the list of the descriptions of various taunts and cheers.
    
    Taunts basically make your enemy weaker and cheers basically make
    your frontline character more stronger in a way or another.
    
    Taunts
    ======
     ________________________________________________
    |Character(s)     |Description of Taunt(s)       |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Meis Triumph     |Agility of Enemy Decreases.   |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Sodina Dawnfried |Enemy Offense Lowered.        |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Muza Grifford    |Enemy Defense Lowered.        |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Wyna Grapple     |Enemy Offense Lowered.        |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Soushi Mahoroba  |Speed of Enemy Decreases.     |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Kyleen Nelphe    |Agility of Enemy Decreases.   |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Nelsha Stylus    |Enemy is drained of some EP.  |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    
    Cheers
    ======
     ________________________________________________
    |Character(s)     |Description of Cheer(s)       |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Meis Triumph     |Frontline gets increased      |
    |                 |critical rate.                |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Sodina Dawnfried |Frontline gains some HP.      |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Muza Grifford    |Frontline gets extra defense. |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Wyna Grapple     |Frontline gets extra offense. |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Soushi Mahoroba  |Speed of Frontline increases. |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Kyleen Nelphe    |Frontline gets increased      |
    |                 |agility.                      |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    |Nelsha Stylus    |Frontline recovers some EP.   |
    |_________________|______________________________|
    
    =======================================================================
    VI)Dating
    =======================================================================
    The dating system is by far the most unique and innovative feature
    found in Thousand Arms. It's by far one of the few games that has an
    RPG/Dating Simulation, if not the first. The dating system is
    obviously much cooler than Azure Dreams.
    
    You can start dating a girl once you have become Jyabil's apprentice
    by taking Mineral from the ruins to him. To date, go to the Goddess
    Statue found in every town and village, talk to the Goddess Statue,
    and you will be asked to choose a date, play a mini-game or give
    presents to a particular girl.
    
    Whether it is a date, playing a mini-game, or giving a present, it
    costs MP and if the girl is in a foul mood [As indicated by a heart],
    MP required is higher. The higher her intimacy level is with Meis,
    the more MP is required.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Note:Hmm... I am not sure how you can determine the mood of the
         girls. The heart indicates the mood of the girls. This is
         what i think. Remember each girl has her own best dating
         spots? I suppose if she like or don't like a particular
         place, this may affect her mood. However, i have e-mailed
         Dan Simpson, regarding this question. He replies to me
         saying that he thinks the mood occurs randomly. That means,
         the girl can be happy, sad, angry etc sometimes and that
         you can't determine a girl's mood.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Choose date and take the girl to a dating spot. When you reach a
    dating spot, you will be prompted whether you want to date here
    or not. Note that you can't date anywhere you like in a town or
    village and there are specific spots ideal for dating. Choose
    yes and your date with your dream girl begins.
    
    Of course, a date can't be of called a date without any conversation.
    The girl will ask you many questions and you will be given two options
    to choose. Depending on how you choose, you can make the girl happy
    or angry. If she is happy, she might give you a kiss, if not, she
    may leave anytime. If you want to know what the options are, you can
    refer to Dan Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s Thousand Arms
    walkthrough faq.
    
    Sometimes, a question can get so weird that both choices that are
    offered can make the girl angry. Anyway, do not worry! It's sometimes
    quite fun to mess up a date. And, i do mean it!
    
    There are a total of 9 girls which you can date and like what Dan
    Simpson said, they can be divided into Party Girls and Town Girls.
    Party Girls are those who will fight together with you in your party
    like Sodina, Wyna and so on. Town Girls will not fight together with
    you and there are steps to follow to find them.
     ________________________________
    |Party Girls       |Elemental(s) |
    |__________________|_____________|
    |Sodina Dawnfried  |Light        |
    |__________________|_____________|   Party Girls will be
    |Wyna Grapple      |Fire         |   available once they
    |__________________|_____________|   have joined your party.
    |Kyleen Nelphe     |Wind         |   Look below to see the
    |__________________|_____________|   difference between
    |Nelsha Stylus     |Earth        |   Party and Town Girls.
    |__________________|_____________|
     __________________________________________________________________
    |Town Girls     |Elemental(s) |Location(s) |How???                 |
    |_______________|_____________|____________|_______________________|
    |Marion         |Wind         |Mounthand   |After fixing Langoud,  |
    |               |             |            |talk to her in her     |
    |               |             |            |laboratory.            |
    |_______________|_____________|____________|_______________________|
    |Palma          |Water        |Langoud     |Talk to the priest in  |
    |               |             |            |the far right of the   |
    |               |             |            |Reactor Room. She is   |
    |               |             |            |only available after   |
    |               |             |            |the elemental cannon is|
    |               |             |            |fired.                 |
    |_______________|_____________|____________|_______________________|
    |Kyoka          |Water        |Boyzby      |Go to Roberre Tavern in|
    |               |             |            |Boyzby and talk to her.|
    |               |             |            |She is only available  |
    |               |             |            |if you have Soushi in  |
    |               |             |            |your party.            |
    |_______________|_____________|____________|_______________________|
    |Mil            |Earth        |Kant        |Go back to Kant and you|
    |               |             |            |will find her standing |
    |               |             |            |by a tree. Talk to her |
    |               |             |            |several times. She is  |
    |               |             |            |only available once    |
    |               |             |            |Langoud crashes near   |
    |               |             |            |Weino Pt.              |
    |_______________|_____________|____________|_______________________|
    |Metalia        |Wind         |Myscatonia  |Once you have cleared  |
    |               |             |Library     |Myscatonia area, that  |
    |               |             |            |is until when you      |
    |               |             |            |defeat the Guardian at |
    |               |             |            |Star Plateau.          |
    |_______________|_____________|____________|_______________________|
    
    So, what's the big deal here? Okay, find the town girls. You can
    only date with specific town girls at specific towns. What do i
    mean? Look at the locations like Boyzby, Kant etc and you can
    find one Goddess Statue in this area. For example, to date with
    Kyoka, you can only go to Boyzby, and no other towns; Marion can
    only be dated in Mounthand and no other towns and so on. But, for
    party girls, you can date them in any towns, as long as there is
    a Goddess Statue. Get that?
    
    =======================================================================
    VII)Forging
    =======================================================================
    Known as the Meister system sometimes, the forging system does away
    with the traditional system of powering up weapons and gaining special
    abilities. So, what does this mean?
    
    The Meister system, in my opinion, is closely related to the dating
    system. Forging simply means make your weapons stronger. Unlike
    most traditional RPGs, you do not buy weapons from weapon shops,
    neither do you learn new spells or attacks by gaining new levels.
    
    As mention, Meis is a spirit blacksmith, and of course, he's the
    only one that can forge a stronger weapon. And, to do that, you
    need elemental power from the girls. Sounds strange, huh? The
    higher your intimacy level is with a particular girl is, the
    stronger her elemental power is when you forge a weapon.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Qns:So, how do you raise intimacy level?
    Ans:Simply go to the Goddess Statue, and you can choose to date,
        play mini-games or give a gift with or to a particular girl.
        To date, simply take the girl to a dating spot. If a date is
        successful, she will give you a kiss and MOST LIKELY, your
        intimacy level will rise by 1. [Sometimes, you may need at
        least 2 kisses.] And note that you need MP to date a girl,
        give her a gift, or play mini-games with her. The higher
        the intimacy level is and the worse her mood is [look at the
        heart!], you will need a higher MP. Of course, don't forget
        that intimacy level can drop too if the date is a failure.
        [Refer to the dating system above for more information.]
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Now, the level of your weapons depend on the characters' levels.
    So, if Meis's levels is lv 60, he can forge a lv 60 weapon sword.
    A higher level will of course require a higher MP. Also, assuming
    Meis is at level 50 and 55 and your existing weapon is at lv 40.
    Obviously, to forge a lv 55 weapon, it will require a higher MP
    than forging a lv 50 weapon.
    
    Before you forge a weapon, you will be asked to choose a girl to land
    her elemental power to you to forge a weapon. Depending on which
    girl you choose, it brings in different attributes to your weapon.
    For example, Sodina will give you light attribute to your weapon and
    Wyna will lend you fire attribute to your weapon and so on. However,
    if the intimacy level is not changed with that particular girl,
    you will not learn any new attacks or magic spells.
    
    Before that, let me introduce another term called 'Charisma'. [Charm,
    huh..?] First, go to the status screen and look for Meis. In Mei's
    status screen, you should be able to notice his Charisma.
    
    Both Intimacy level and Charisma range from 1, being the weakest to
    10, being the strongest. Intimacy level and Charisma cannot get
    higher than 10. So, if your intimacy level with a particular girl
    has reached 10, i suppose you will be smart enough that it's time
    to stop dating that particular girl since no matter how many times
    you date, intimacy level can't rise anymore. To increase Charisma,
    all you need is to increase Mei's levels. [Not weapon level, please!]
    
    Sometimes, when a girl gains a new intimacy level with you, you will
    get a chance to let your characters learn new spells or allow some
    characters to learn new special attacks. Let me give some examples.
    
    When intimacy level with Sodina is at level 1, you will learn Heal
    [Spell] for everyone and Dancing Knives [Special] for Sodina only.
    In such case, you can expect more MP to forge a weapon. Assuming
    that Sodina has learned Heal [spell], Dancing Knives [Special]
    already, her weapon level is at 50 and her level is at 55, you can
    now forge a weapon that is at lv 55 for her. Let's take two
    different cases now, when intimacy level with her is at level 1 and
    2 respectively. When your intimacy level with her is at level 2,
    you can learn Wind [Spell] and Barrier [Spell] when you forge
    a weapon. Obviously, in case 2, it will take a higher MP to forge
    a weapon because your characters will learn two new extra spells.
    
    However, if Charisma is below intimacy level, you can't let everyone
    learn Wind [Spell] and Barrier [Spell] for everyone, assuming Meis's
    Charisma is at level 1, and Sodina's intimacy level with you is at
    level 2 because Wind and Barrier are Sodina's level 2 spells. Get
    it? It's best to make intimacy level the same as Charisma level.
    
    Remember to forge the weapons first before you gain another intimacy
    level with the girl. Why? The reason is simple. Assuming you have
    forgotten to forge a weapon when Sodina is at intimacy level 1 with
    you. That means that Sodina has not learnt Heal [Spell] and Dancing
    Knives yet. Now, increase your intimacy level with Sodina to 2. You
    found out that you can only learn Wind [Spell] and Barrier [Spell].
    Hey, what happened to Heal [Spell] and Dancing Knives [Special]?
    Got it or not? Confused...? I hope everything is clear so far.
    
    Just in case, you have missed learning any spells. You can purposely
    make a date a failure with that particular girl by answering the
    wrong choice, lose the mini-games and so on. In this way, intimacy
    level with Sodina will drop from 2 to 1 and your characters will
    be able to learn Heal [Spell] and Sodina will be able to learn
    Dancing Knives [Special]. If not, you can give items like Adult
    Novel, Big Umbrella etc to girls, which will help you to decrease
    intimacy level(s) with them. I guess even if i keep quiet, you
    would probably be able to guess what's the 'content' inside
    Adult Novel.
    
    Note:You can forge your weapons at any Smithy or at any Sacred
         Altar.
    
    Meister-Contributed By Dan Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>
    =======
    The list below is taken from Dan Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s 
    faq/walkthrough. It shows you what special or spell you will
    learn at different intimacy levels. Be sure to take a look at
    his excellent faq. Remember to refer to the magic spell list
    also and the special section for more details.
     ____________________________________________________________
    |   Girl   |Intimacy Level |    Spell(s)    |   Special(s)   |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    |  Sodina  |      1        |     Heal       | Dancing Knives |
    |  [Light] |               |                |    [Sodina]    |
    |  [Party] |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      2        |     Wind       |      N/A       |
    |          |               |    Barrier     |                |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      3        |      Geo       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      4        |     Light      |      N/A       |
    |          |               |     Heal+      |                |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      5        |    Barrier+    |      N/A       |
    |          |               |     Cure       |                |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      6        |     Light+     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      7        |    Cure All    |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      8        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      9        |     Spark      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |     10        |      N/A       |  Earth Crusher |
    |          |               |                |     [Wyna]     |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    
     ____________________________________________________________
    |   Girl   |Intimacy Level |    Spell(s)    |   Special(s)   |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    |   Wyna   |      1        |     Fire       |      N/A       |
    |  [Fire ] |               |     Sleep      |                |
    |  [Party] |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      2        |     Cure       |      N/A       |
    |          |               |   Might Cuts   |                |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      3        |      N/A       |  Storm Binder  |
    |          |               |                |     [Muza]     |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      4        |     Flame      |      N/A       |
    |          |               |     Heal       |                |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      5        |      N/A       |  Rock Geyser   |
    |          |               |                |     [Wyna]     |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      6        |      N/A       |Dynamic Cyclone |
    |          |               |                |     [Muza]     |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      7        |     Fire+      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      8        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      9        |      N/A       |  Tornado Voice |
    |          |               |                |     [Muza]     |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |     10        |     Flame+     |      N/A       |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    
     ____________________________________________________________
    |   Girl   |Intimacy Level |    Spell(s)    |   Special(s)   |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    |  Kyleen  |      1        |     Wind+      |      N/A       |
    |  [Wind ] |_______________|________________|________________|
    |  [Party] |      2        |     Fumble     |     Hypnos     |
    |          |               |                |    [Kyleen]    |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      3        |     Heal+      |      N/A       |
    |          |               |     Evade      |                |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      4        |     Speed      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      5        |     Cure+      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      6        |     Speed+     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      7        |    Heal All    |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      8        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      9        |    Mad Gate    |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |     10        |    Ice Storm   |      N/A       |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    
     ____________________________________________________________
    |   Girl   |Intimacy Level |    Spell(s)    |   Special(s)   |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    |  Nelsha  |      1        |     Quake      |      N/A       |
    |  [Earth] |_______________|________________|________________|
    |  [Party] |      2        |     Weaken     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      3        |    Any Might   |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      4        |      N/A       |   Fascination  |
    |          |               |                |    [Kyleen]    |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      5        |    Magical     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      6        |      N/A       |   Head Buster  |
    |          |               |                |     [Wyna]     |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      7        |      N/A       |   Rekka-Zan    |
    |          |               |                |    [Soushi]    |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      8        |Summon Anything | Raging Damashi |
    |          |               |                |    [Kyleen]    |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      9        |     Quake+     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |     10        |    Sacrifice   |      N/A       |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    
     ____________________________________________________________
    |   Girl   |Intimacy Level |    Spell(s)    |   Special(s)   |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    |  Marion  |      1        |     Sleep      |      N/A       |
    |  [Wind ] |_______________|________________|________________|
    |  [Town ] |      2        |    Confuse     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      3        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      4        |   Acid Mist    |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      5        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      6        |     Sleep+     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      7        |      N/A       |   Gaia Storm   |
    |          |               |                |     [Wyna]     |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      8        |     Haste      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      9        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |     10        |      N/A       | Surprise Smash |
    |          |               |                |    [Kyleen]    |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    
     ____________________________________________________________
    |   Girl   |Intimacy Level |    Spell(s)    |   Special(s)   |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    |  Palma   |      1        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |  [Water] |_______________|________________|________________|
    |  [Town ] |      2        |     Rain       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      3        |      N/A       |   Aura Sword   |
    |          |               |                |    [Sodina]    |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      4        |     Fear       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      5        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      6        |     Rain+      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      7        |     Dyna       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      8        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      9        |     Storm      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |     10        |     Wall+      |      N/A       |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    
     ____________________________________________________________
    |   Girl   |Intimacy Level |    Spell(s)    |   Special(s)   |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    |  Kyoka   |      1        |      N/A       | Musourin Seiba |
    |  [Water] |               |                |    [Soushi]    |
    |  [Town ] |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      2        |    Silence     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      3        |     Rain+      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      4        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      5        |    Cure All    |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      6        |    Silence+    |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      7        |      N/A       |    Lastment    |
    |          |               |                |    [Sodina]    |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      8        |     Storm      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      9        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |     10        |    Revive+     |      N/A       |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    
     ____________________________________________________________
    |   Girl   |Intimacy Level |    Spell(s)    |   Special(s)   |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    |   Mil    |      1        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |  [Earth] |_______________|________________|________________|
    |  [Town ] |      2        |   Guard Cuts   |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      3        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      4        |  Defense Down  |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      5        |      Geo+      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      6        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      7        |     Kilphy     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      8        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      9        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |     10        |     Haste      |      N/A       |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    
     ____________________________________________________________
    |   Girl   |Intimacy Level |    Spell(s)    |   Special(s)   |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    | Metalia  |      1        |    Typhoon     |      N/A       |
    |  [Wind ] |_______________|________________|________________|
    |  [Town ] |      2        |      Slow      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      3        |    Paralyse    |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      4        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      5        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      6        |      Wall      |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      7        |     Revive     |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      8        |      N/A       |      N/A       |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |      9        |      N/A       | Fudo Rasanjin  |
    |          |               |                |    [Soushi]    |
    |          |_______________|________________|________________|
    |          |     10        |      Stop      |    Soul Cure   |
    |          |               |                |    [Sodina]    |
    |__________|_______________|________________|________________|
    
    Rags/Rusty Weapons
    ==================
    Throughout the entire game, you will definitely come across tons
    of Rusty Weapons and Rags. Don't worry too much! As these items
    have already rusted, they have not lived up to their usefulness.
    So, the only way is to forge these Rusty weapons in Sacred Altar
    to turn these weapons into Vintage Weapons. Each Sacred Altar
    can only forge one Rusty Weapon into Vintage Weapon and it
    took quite a long time for these weapons to turn into Vintage.
    Guess how long? At least 10 hours or more. And, there are a
    total of 6 Rusty Weapons and 1 Rags for you to forge in Sacred
    Altar. My advice is as soon as you get them, go to the nearest
    Sacred Altar and forge these weapons.
    
    So, is it worthwhile? Like what Desmond Xie <xiedata@magix.com.sg>,
    i personally agree with him. Unless you forge these Rusty Weapons
    early, or it will be of no use. It took over 10 hours and within
    this time duration, you would probably gain over 15 levels and
    by that time, your main weapon will be very strong. And, once
    a Rusty Weapon changes to a Vintage Weapon, you can't forge the
    Vintage Weapon again to increase its strength. A Vintage Weapon
    is pretty strong in the beginning but as the game progresses when
    your characters' levels are all over 60, your main weapons are
    probably more stronger than Vintage Weapon as you keep on forging
    your main weapons.
    
    So, should i spent the time forging these Rusty Weapons? Of course,
    you can if you want! It doesn't hurt if you have more stronger
    weapons, am i right? The only Rusty item which you really must
    forge is Rags as it changes to School Girl after forging and School
    Girl is one of the outfits [Special] for Nelsha.
    
    Note:Rusty Weapons and Rags can only be fortified in Sacred Altar,
         and not only other ordinary Smithy. Got that?
    
    Main Weapons [Upgradable]
    ============
     ____________________________________________________________
    |Name of Weapon(s)  |Weapon Type(s)      |Character(s)       |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |M.Sword            |Sword               |Meis Triumph       |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |S.Knife            |Knife               |Sodina Dawnfried   |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Claymore           |Sword               |Muza Grifford      |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Hammer             |Hammer              |Wyna Grapple       |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Katana             |Blade               |Soushi Mahoroba    |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Rapier             |Thin Blade          |Kyleen Nelphe      |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Needle             |Needle              |Nelsha Stylus      |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    
    Rusty Weapons
    ===============
     ____________________________________________________________
    |Name of Weapon(s)  |Character(s)        |Location(s)        |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Rusty Sword        |Unfortified Meis    |In Rockbit Coal    |
    |                   |Triumph's Weapon.   |Mine Interior.     |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Rusty Knife        |Unfortifed Sodina   |In Rockbit Coal    |
    |                   |Dawnfried's Weapon. |Mine Interior.     |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Rusty Axe          |Unfortified Muza    |Inside the large   |
    |                   |Grifford's Weapon.  |mansion of         |
    |                   |                    |Zozotto.           |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Rusty Stick        |Unfortified Wyna    |After defeating    |
    |                   |Grapple's Weapon.   |Wire 2 in the      |
    |                   |                    |factory of Mount-  |
    |                   |                    |hand.              |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Rusty Katana       |Unfortified Soushi  |The secret passage |
    |                   |Mahoroba's Weapon.  |near the entrance  |
    |                   |                    |that leads to the  |
    |                   |                    |inside of Myscat-  |
    |                   |                    |onia library.      |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Blunt Sword        |Unfortified Kyleen  |After defeating    |
    |                   |Nelphe's Weapon.    |Lavantis in his    |
    |                   |                    |mansion in Sharan. |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Rags               |Unfortified Nelsha  |The secret passage |
    |                   |Stylus's Outfit.    |near the entrance  |
    |                   |                    |that leads to the  |
    |                   |                    |inside of Myscat-  |
    |                   |                    |onia library.      |
    |___________________|____________________|___________________|
    |Note               |Above shows a list of areas where you   |
    |                   |can find all these Rusty Weapons and    |
    |                   |Rags, which are hidden inside treasure  |
    |                   |chests. If you need help and want the   |
    |                   |specific locations of these treasure    |
    |                   |chests. please refer to Dan Simpson     |
    |                   |<manymoose@hotmail.com>'s walkthrough/  |
    |                   |faq for more details.                   |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    
    Vintage Weapons
    ===============
     ____________________________________________________________
    |Name of Weapon(s)  |Character(s)                            |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |Sodine Knight      |Meis Triumph's fortified Weapon.        |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |A. Heart           |Sodina Dawnfried's fortified Weapon.    |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |Great Axe          |Muza Grifford's fortified Weapon.       |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |Gaia Maul          |Wyna Grapple's fortified Weapon.        |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |Misame-No-Ouzuka   |Soushi Mahoroba's fortified Weapon.     |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |Gale Epee          |Kyleen Nelphe's fortified Weapon.       |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |School Girl        |Nelsha Stylus's fortified Outfit.       |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    
    Other Weapons
    ===============
     ____________________________________________________________
    |Name of Weapon(s)  |Character(s)                            |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |Broken Sword       |A broken family heirloom. It's the      |
    |                   |Triumph's heirloom.                     |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |Broken Sword       |A broken sword with elemental power.    |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    |Dark Sword         |A dark sword given to Meis Triumph      |
    |                   |the Dark Master, Schmidt.               |
    |___________________|________________________________________|
    
    =======================================================================
    VIII)Damashi
    =======================================================================
    One of the ways to save your game datas into a memory card is by
    talking to any of the inn owners that are found in any towns. So,
    what's the other ways? Yeah, you probably get it. You can save
    the game at any time at the world map. So, what's the last way?
    
    A save point...? Quite right! When you first head to the Ruins to
    find the mineral, you will encounter a white creature call Damashi.
    Bingo! So, to save, simply talk to Damashi by pressing the X button
    in front of him. And, that's all. Isn't it easy?
    
    Have you ever wondered about this before?
    =========================================
    On the surface, Damashi appears to be on your side, helping you to
    save game datas but on the other side, he can sometimes be your
    enemy. Why? I'll leave you to let you find it out yourself!!!
    
    Tips:Be sure to save everytime before you enter a date.
    
    =======================================================================
    IX)Item List
    =======================================================================
    The list of items listed below are contributed by Dan Simpson
    <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s Thousand Arms faq/walkthrough. Be sure
    to take a look at his excellent faq.
    
    Silver/Gold Angel
    =================
    Both Silver Angel and Gold Angel items help to increase intimacy
    level. Gold Angel is more effective than Silver Angel as it
    increases more intimacy level than Silver Angel. You can find
    both Silver Angel and Gold Angel at these locations:
     _____________________________________   ___________________________
    |Item          |Location              | |Item        |Location      |
    |______________|______________________| |____________|______________|
    |Silver Angel  |Volcano Island Cave.  | |Gold Angel  |Dianova.      |
    |              |______________________| |____________|______________|
    |              |Cloud Manta.          |
    |              |______________________| For more information about
    |              |Rockbit Mines.        | the exact locations, you
    |              |______________________| can refer to Dan Simpson
    |              |Given by Bandiger in  | <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s
    |              |casino in Zozotto.    | faq/walkthrough.
    |              |______________________|
    |              |Myscatonia Library.   |
    |______________|______________________|
    
    Accessories
    ===========
    Here is a list of accessories contributed by Dan Simpson. If there
    is word, [Buy] in the 'location' column, it means you can buy
    that accessory from the shop there, if not, it will mean that you
    need to search for it, usually found in treasure boxes. All means
    that all characters can equip this accessory and there are
    certain accessories that are meant for female users only like
    Dragon Ring, Evade Ring etc. A + means an increase and a -
    means a decrease.
    
     __________________________________________________________
    |Name          |Location         |Effect          |Note    |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Dragon Ring   |Rockbit. [Buy]   |Critical Hit    |Female  |
    |              |                 |rate Up.        |Only.   |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Evade Ring    |Mist Valley      |Evade + 3.      |Female  |
    |              |Interior. [Find] |                |Only.   |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Fire Amulet   |Sharan. [Buy]    |Fire Resistance |All.    |
    |              |                 |Up.             |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Geo Amulet    |Sharan. [Buy]    |Earth Resistance|All.    |
    |              |                 |Up.             |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Guard Armour  |Myscatonia.      |Defense ++,     |All.    |
    |              |[Buy]            |Offense -.      |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Guard Bracer  |Sharan. [Buy]    |Defense +.      |All.    |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Happy Glove   |Sharan. [Buy]    |Protects from   |All.    |
    |              |                 |Control/Confu-  |        |
    |              |                 |sion.           |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Hard Armour   |Dianova, [Find]  |Offense ++,     |All.    |
    |              |Smoochy. [Buy]   |Defense ++,     |        |
    |              |                 |Speed +.        |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Power Armour  |Sharan. [Buy]    |Offense +,      |All.    |
    |              |                 |Defense -.      |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Power Bracer  |Sinaga Pt, [Buy] |Offense ++      |All.    |
    |              |Sharan. [Buy]    |                |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Speed Bracer  |Juke Pt, [Buy]   |Speed +         |All.    |
    |              |Rockbit. [Buy]   |                |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Sports Glove  |Burutto. [Buy]   |Speed +, Enemy  |All.    |
    |              |                 |Critical Rate -.|        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Thief Ring    |Volcano Cave,    |Get 20% more CG.|Female  |
    |              |[Battle]         |                |Only.   |
    |              |Sharan. [Buy]    |                |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |War Glove     |Lucent Cave,     |Speed +,        |All.    |
    |              |[Battle]         |Offense +,      |        |
    |              |Sharan. [Buy]    |Defense -.      |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Water Amulet  |Sharan. [Buy]    |Water Resistance|All     |
    |              |                 |Up.             |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Wind Amulet   |Sharan. [Buy]    |Wind Resistance |All     |
    |              |                 |Up.             |        |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    |Wise Ring     |Volcano Island   |Protection from |Female  |
    |              |Cave. [Find]     |Poison.         |Only.   |
    |______________|_________________|________________|________|
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Note:The Hard Armour has a hidden Drawback, it doubles the damage
         received by its wearer.  So if they hit whoever is wearing
         it for 20 dmg, that person actually loses 40 HP. Nasty!
         However, if your defense is high enough, and the enemy you
         are fighting isn't as powerful as your high defense, it will
         do 0 dmg.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Smoochy's Items
    ===============
    You will find Smoochy hidden inside a treasure chest in Volcanic
    Cave if you search everything inside. After rescuing Smoochy, he
    will mention that he will go to Boyzby. So, what's Smoochy doing
    in Boyzby? Kisses...? Why does he want kisses for? [Is Smoochy a
    pervert? Anyway, who cares!] You can find Smoochy inside a house
    east of Amigo Tavern. Simple enough, he will tell you how many
    times you have been kissed by a girl. And, you can use the number
    of kisses that you have to exchange item(s) with him.
     ______________________________________
    |Item(s)          |No of kisses needed |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |Elixir Ex        |         3          |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |G.Potion         |         5          |
    |_________________|____________________|  Hmm... kisses are rather
    |Romance Novel    |         8          |  important! You can get
    |_________________|____________________|  some rare and good items
    |Physics Book     |        10          |  like Hard Armour, System
    |_________________|____________________|  Disk by exchanging kisses
    |Bear Costume     |        15          |  with Smoochy. This is
    |_________________|____________________|  indeed a great bargain!
    |Frog Costume     |        20          |  And, don't forget that
    |_________________|____________________|  you do not need to pay
    |Diamond Ring     |        25          |  any CG. Agree or not? 
    |_________________|____________________|
    |System Disk      |        30          |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |Hard Armour      |        40          |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |Lord Armour      |        50          |
    |_________________|____________________|
    
    Zozotto Casino Items
    ====================
    It seems like Damashi loves to gamble. Anyway, in Zozotto, there's
    a casino. What you should do first is to exchange CG into coins at
    the counter. Each coin costs 50CG, which is rather quite expensive.
    You need coins to gamble there. Now, try your luck and see if you
    can win more coins. Finally, with the coins you won, you can
    exchange the coins for items.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    Note:There's a music jukebox somewhere in the casino. Just play the
         jukebox and you can hear all the music tunes found in the game.
         It seems like Ayumi Hamasaki has captivated many fans with her
         beautiful voice. I recieved several mails from her fans who
         were asking me how or where do i download her song, 'Depend
         on You' MP3.
    
    =======================================================================
    
     ______________________________________
    |Item(s)          |No of Coins needed  |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |Dama Amulet      |       30,000       |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |Holy Ring        |       15,000       |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |Thief Ring       |        8,000       |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |Devil Ring       |        3,000       |  The mini-games found in
    |_________________|____________________|  the casinos are quite a
    |Revive Ex        |          100       |  blast. Be sure to spent
    |_________________|____________________|  some time playing these
    |G.Potion         |           20       |  games. Anyway, all these
    |_________________|____________________|  games do not really need
    |Diamond Ring     |       50,000       |  any skills. Just luck
    |_________________|____________________|  and, that should do!
    |Cat's Bell       |       20,000       |  So, enjoy playing and
    |_________________|____________________|  don't forget to listen
    |Toy Damashi      |       10,000       |  to the tunes in the music
    |_________________|____________________|  jukebox.
    |Pet Frog         |        5,000       |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |Adult Novel      |          980       |
    |_________________|____________________|
    |Big Umbrella     |          120       |
    |_________________|____________________|
    
    Note:If you want a more complete item list, and a list of the
         items sold in every town etc, please refer to Desmond Xie 
         <xiedata@magix.com.sg>'s faq.
     
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    X)General Tips
    =======================================================================
    Here are some tips for you or perhaps a summary for you. And,
    hopefully, you will find this section useful. Now, let's move on!
    
     1)Map
       ==========
      -Always press Triangle to open the Map, whether you are in towns
       or in the Overworld. The Map is like a 'Guardian' to you, always
       indicating your correct path. As the game takes place on a 3-D
       polygonal enviroments, the camera view is always shifting and
       because of that, may adds some confusion and cause you to get
       lost.
    
     2)Saving
       ==========
      -Always save your journey whenever you can because you will not
       know what is going to happen next.
      -You can save your journey by talking to a Damashi, which is
       often found in dungeons etc, talk to the inn owner in a town
       or in the overworld.
      -Always save before you forge any weapon or date a girl.
    
     3)Quick Text
       ==========
      -If you think that the text is moving too slowly, press Triangle
       to read all the text at once.
    
     4)Icon(s)
       ==========
      -Whenever you are near a door, a door icon will pop up. This is
       extremely useful when you are in dungeons.
      -When in towns, dungeons, press L2 and a pointer will pop up,
       indicating your actual position. This is useful especially
       when the angle may gets so awkward that it's hard to see
       your exact position.
    
     5)Walking
       ==========
      -By default, when you press the directional-pad, Meis will start
       to run. Hold Square while pressing the directional-pad to walk
       instead of run.
    
     6)Quitting
       ==========
      -Just in case you want to restart the game, pause the game by
       pressing Start, then Select, and choose Quit option to restart.
    
     7)Combat
       ==========
      -Choose your frontline and backline characters wisely. It is
       better to have a frontline character who has high HP, high
       defense and strong physical attack. Recommended characters to
       be put in frontline are Meis, Muza, Wyna or perhaps Soushi.
      -Only Meis Triumph has the ability to summon Elemental Beast.
       However, Meis Triumph does not have any special attack like
       the rest.
      -The action button for frontline and backline characters are
       X and Circle respectively.
      -To cancel a selected command, press Square for frontline
       characters and Triangle for backline characters.
      -Press L1 and R1 to shift camera view to the left and right
       respectively. This works only when the select command 
       screen appears.
      -First, select a command you want. Wait for the set of Triangles
       to turn darker from right to left. Now, press the action button
       , depending on whether the character is in frontline or backline
       to activate the command. The same goes to cancelling of command.
      -Even if the set of Triangles has all turned darker from right
       to left, the command will not be activated as long as the action
       button is not pressed.
      -You can put a maximum of three characters in the battlefield,
       with one as the frontline and another two in the backline.
      -When choosing standby for backline characters, they will
       occasionally perform a taunt or a cheer.
    
     8)Forging
       ==========
      -Be sure to search for MP in towns as you need it to forge a
       weapon.
      -Forge your weapon whenever you can as this will increase your
       chance of survival.
      -As levels gain, you can forge a higher level weapon.
      -When intimacy level with a girl increases, you can learn new
       spells or specials by forging a weapon.
      -Choose a girl wisely when forging a weapon as different girls
       have different types of elemental power, thus giving different
       attributes to your weapon.
      -Whenever you get a rusty item, be it a weapon or rags, be sure
       to forge it in a Sacred Altar as early as possible. It needs
       at least 10 hours or more for a Rusty Weapon to turn to a
       Vintage Weapon. Each Sacred Altar can only forge one Rusty
       Weapon at a time and note that Rusty items cannot be fortified
       in any ordinary Smithy.
      -Rags will turn into School Girl and this is one of the outfits
       for Nelsha.
      -While forging a weapon, in case you are tired of hearing the
       clanking sound of a weapon, press X.
    
     9)Dating
       ==========
      -Be sure to save your journey first before you date a girl, send
       a present or play mini-games.
      -Try to make Intimacy level in the same level as Charisma level.
       Charisma level increases as Meis Triumph's level increases.
      -To decrease Intimacy level, you can either give items like Adult
       Novel, Umbrella to a girl, answering wrong questions in a date
       to make her angry, or purposely lose by playing a mini-game with
       her.
    
    That's all that i think you need to know! Enjoy reading!
    
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    XI)Song Lyrics- Depend On You
    =======================================================================
    Many people have asked me for the lyrics of 'Depend On You'. 'Depend
    On you' is a marvellous song sung by the Japanese pop singer, Ayumi
    Hamasaki. I apologise for giving you guys the song lyrics until so
    late even though Beno Jange <beno_jange@hotmail.com> has sent it to
    me a few months earlier before this last final update.
    
    ***************************************
    Depend on You
    ***************************************
    anata ga moshi tabidatsu
    sono hi ga itsuka kitara
    soko kara futari de hajimeyou
    
    mezashiteta GOORU ni todokisou na toki
    hontou wa mada tooi koto kizuita no?
    ittai doko made yukeba ii no ka
    owari no nai hibi wo dou suru no?
    
    zutto tobitsuzukete tsukareta nara
    hane yasumete ii kara
    watashi wa koko ni iru yo
    
    anata ga moshi tabidatsu
    sono hi ga itsuka kitara
    soko kara futari de hajimeyou
    
    hitosuji no hikari wo shinjite miru no?
    soretomo kurayami ni obieru no?
    
    zutto tobitsuzuketa tsubasa ga mou
    habatakezu ni iru nara
    watashi ga atatameru yo
    
    anata no koto hitsuyou to
    shiteru hito wa kitto
    kanarazu hitori wa iru kara
    anata ga hitsuyou to suru
    hito nara itsumo kitto
    tonari de waratteiru kara
    
    zutto tobitsuzukete tsukareta nara
    hane yasumete ii kara
    watashi wa koko ni iru yo
    
    itsuka wa mina tabidatsu
    sono hi ga kitto kuru ne
    subete wo sutetemo ii hodo
    kore kara hajimatte yuku
    futari no monogatari wa
    fuan to kibou ni michiteru
     __________________________________________________________________
    |Credit|The song lyrics comes from Youko <jallen@lausd.k12.ca.us>. |
    |      |___________________________________________________________|
    |      |Thanks to Beno Jange <beno_jange@hotmail.com> for sending  |
    |      |the song lyrics provided by Youko to me.                   |
    |______|___________________________________________________________|
    
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    XII)Frequently-Asked-Question
    =======================================================================
    If you have any questions that you would like to ask me, please read 
    below. You may find your answers to your problems here. More questions
    will be added to the frequently-asked-question section with each new
    update of the faq.
    
    In future, if you wish to ask any questions, please read through this
    frequently-asked-question section at least once. From now onwards, i
    won't entertain anymore questions that can be found here in this
    section. However, if the questions that you want to ask can be found
    here and you still cannot solve it, feel free to e-mail me and tell
    me what your problems are. If you don't describe the problems, then
    i will not entertain. I hope you can understand that as i want to
    reduce the number of junk mails that i get almost everyday.
    
    One Final Note:
    ===============
    If you have any questions, please write an e-mail and send it to my
    mailbox. Don't take the bother and try to ask me via ICQ because it
    is likely that i will avoid answering. Of course, chatting is another
    different matter but that also depends on whether i have the time
    because i may be occupied with replying e-mails and so on. I found it
    quite fustrating to answer questions via the ICQ. So to make things
    easier for me, please send an e-mail instead.
    
    Please note that I will not be updating the frequently-asked-questions
    section anymore. Therefore, some of the questions that are found here
    may be outdated and no longer be relevant. I apologise for not being
    able to update the questions regularly.
    
    Last Updated:26th March 2001
    
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     1)How many discs does Thousand Arms has?
    
       Two discs.
    
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     2)What is the name of the company who made Thousand Arms?
    
       The company behind Thousand Arms is Atlus. Besides making
       Thousand Arms, Atlus has made quite a lot of strategy-RPG,
       RPG and non-RPG games like Tail Concerto, Persona
       Revelations, Brigandine and so on.
    
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     3)You have played and completed Thousand Arms. Can you give a
       brief idea of what Thousand Arms is like?
    
       Okay! As for the storyline, you go and find it out yourself
       when you play it. The enviroments are 3-D polygonals much
       like Xenogears. Basically, if you love to explore large
       3-D worlds like Xenogears, you are going to love Thousand
       Arms. Thousand Arms, in my opinion, is a unique game with
       a very strong anime-style. There are tons of anime cutscenes
       and over 12 hours of voice overs, rivalling against Working
       Designs's Lunar series. You can expect the animations and
       voices to be of Lunar's quality and assure that the animations
       and voices are much better than that found in Xenogears's.
       Gameplay will take you at least 25 hours and above, which is
       reasonably quite long. Other than that, Thousand Arms feature
       the first dating simulation ever found in an RPG [Definitely
       better than Azure Dreams!] and a whole new combat system.
       Combat system are mainly one-on-one and characters can be
       grouped into frontline and backline. Furthermore, the opening
       and ending songs are sung by Ayumi Hamasaki, the famous J-pop
       artist.
    
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     4)Do you think I should buy Thousand Arms?
    
       Of course, you can! But, I will advise you to complete games
       like Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy Anthology and Suikoden
       II first before playing it. Overall, Thousand Arms is a great
       game. I don't know about the rest but you won't regret it
       after buying Thousand Arms, at least this applies to me.
    
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     5)What is the use of forging Rusty Weapons or Rags in a
       Sacred Altar?
    
       Basically, after forging these Rusty Weapons, you get to
       use them as Vintage Weapons. As for Rags, you will get
       School Girl, one of Nelsha's outfit. Also, take note that
       you can't forge any Rusty Weapons or Rags at any ordinary
       Smithy.
    
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     6)How long will it take to forge a Rusty Weapon or Rags in Sacred
       Altar and how many such Rusty Weapons or Rags can you forge in
       a Sacred Altar?
    
       I am not sure exactly how long it will take but based on my
       estimation, it will take around 10 hours or slightly more. Each
       Sacred Altar can only forge one Rusty Weapons or Rags.
    
    =======================================================================
    
     7)Since the time taken to forge a Rusty Weapon or Rags is so long,
       do you think it's worthwhile doing it?
    
       It's really up to you whether you have the patience to wait or
       not. It's more worthwhile when you are early in the game. But,
       i strongly recommend you to forge Rags as it will give you
       Nelsha's outfit, School Girl, which is one of her special
       attack. [Refer to the forging and special section for more
       details.] As for the rest of Nelsha's outfits, you need to
       search for treasure chests. Note that her outfit, Disco Dancer
       is available in the beginning.
    
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     8)I have missed some of Nelsha's outfits? Can you tell me where or
       how to find these outfits so that I can have a complete list of
       specials for Nelsha?
    
       Okay! The locations of the outfits have been listed in the
       special section. Search there yourself. Note that i only
       listed down the areas, not the specific locations of the
       outfits. If you want more information, please refer to Dan
       Simpson<manymoose@hotmail.com>'s walkthrough/faq for more
       details. Basically, if you have been careful enough, and
       opened every single treasure chest that you came across to,
       you should have gotten all the outfits for Nelsha by the
       time you got her, except for School Girl.
    
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     9)I can't find a certain Rusty Weapons/Rags. Can you tell me where?
    
       The same as above question. Refer to forging section for more
       details for the locations of the Rusty Weapons. Also, be sure
       to refer to Dan Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s walkthrough/
       faq for more details.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    10)How do I decrease Intimacy level with a particular girl? I have
       forgotten to let my character learn a particular spell or
       special and I want to decrease the intimacy level with a
       particular girl so that I can learn it again.
    
       Give her items like Adult Novel or Umbrella. Or simply make
       the girl angry on a date by answering the wrong question. If
       not, play a mini-game with her and keep on losing a few times.
    
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    11)Do you have a list of questions that will be asked when dating
       with a girl?
    
       I am afraid, no! I don't have it. But, you can refer to Dan
       Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s faq/walkthrough. I don't
       intend to cover all these dating questions in my faq right
       from the start and all the questions listed in Dan Simpson
       <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s faq/walkthrough were all his hard
       work. It's meaningless if i take any dating questions
       from him as this will be plagiarising his works since i do
       not have his permission and i do not wish to do that!
    
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    12)Is there a way to determine the mood of the girls, as indicated by
       a heart?
    
       Hmm... I am not sure how you can determine the mood of the girls.
       The heart indicates the mood of the girls. This is what i think.
       Remember each girl has her own best dating spots? I suppose if she
       like or don't like a particular place, this may affect her mood.
       However, i have e-mailed Dan Simpson, regarding this question. He
       replies to me saying that he thinks the mood occurs randomly. That
       means, the girl can be happy, sad, angry etc sometimes and that
       you can't determine a girl's mood.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    13)I am stuck in a particular place? Can you help me?
    
       Hmm... Sorry, if you are asking for help on walkthrough, I
       suggest you refer to Dan Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>'s
       faq/walkthrough. He has written an excellent faq. Be sure
       to view his faq in Courier New with a font size of 9 or
       you will have problems reading it. Of course, you can ask
       me too but i can't guarantee that i will still remember it
       since i have completed the game quite long ago and almost
       all the directions of how or where to go, i have already
       forgotten. Besides, my mailbox is always loaded with tons
       of mails everyday. I'll try and reply as many as i can so
       I seek your forgiveness if I cannot reply immediately.
    
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    14)Who is Ayumi Hamasaki? Is she the one who sung 'Depend On
       You' and 'Two of Us'.
    
       She's a Japanese pop singer and the opening song, Depend on
       You and the ending song, Two of Us, in Thousand Arms were
       sung by her. Honestly, i don't know much about her. I am a
       Singaporean Chinese.
    
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    15)Where can I download Depend On You MP3?
    
       Hmm... perhaps, I shouldn't mention anything about 'Depend On
       you' in my Thousand Arms reviews, which can be found at
       www.gamefaqs.com. Yeah, i did have the MP3 with me and the
       song is really nice! But, I didn't really download it from
       any site. My Japanese penpal, Kaze Yagami <Yagami@pacific.net.sg>
       send the MP3 to me. I think the soundtrack is available.
       Just search some Japanese sites and you should be able to
       find the MP3. Hope that this helps you.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    16)Is Thousand Arms compatibile with PocketStation?
    
       Sorry, no! But, it is compatible with Analog Controller and
       supports vibration function.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    17)How much does a PocketStation cost? And, how or where do i import
       a PocketStation?
       
       Honestly, i don't know how or where you can import one. According
       to Kaze Yagami<Yagami@pacific.net.sg>, a PocketStation is very
       rare and hard to find and is currently out of stock in Japan.
       In Singapore, it costs around Sing $70 but the actual price
       is around Sing $45. This is rather expensive. I don't have
       a PocketStation so i really don't know much about it.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    18)When is PocketStation released in the United States?
    
       Probably 2000 or later. Sony hasn't made any announcement yet.
       You just have to wait and see.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    19)Is PlayStation 2 backwardly compatible true? Will all PlayStation
       games be enhanced when it is played in PlayStation 2?
    
       Yes. PlayStation 2 will be backwardly compatible, meaning all
       PlayStation games can be played on PlayStation 2. However,
       Sony has announced that there won't be any enhancements. From
       what i have heard, PlayStation 2 ultises an emotion engine and
       it's indeed really very powerful. Talk about realistic
       facial expressions. The screenshots in Final Fantasy Movie
       are perfect example. Since PlayStation 2 is backwardly
       compatible, you can expect to use PlayStation Peripherals
       like dual shock controller, and even PocketStation too etc
       on PlayStation 2. That includes even the PocketStation, PDA.
    
    =======================================================================
    
    20)Can PlayStation play PlayStation 2 games?
    
       Of course, not! The PlayStation 2 games are more technologically
       advanced than the PlayStation games. Obviously, the PlayStation
       can't play the PlayStation 2 games. And, i guess the answer is
       pretty obvious. If PlayStation can play PlayStation 2 games, what
       for do we need a PlayStation 2 system? The PlayStation 2, on the
       other hand, can play PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games. Does
       that make sense to you? Logical, right?
    
    =======================================================================
    
    21)I heard that there are some PlayStation games that PlayStation 2
       can't play it. Is that true? And, what is the PSOne?
    
       I heard about it too. This may sound a rather bad news but don't
       forget that majority of the Japanese PlayStation games still work
       on the PlayStation 2. Sony has listed about 15 PlayStation games
       that aren't compatible with PlayStation 2. But, thanksfully, most
       of the games are old games that aren't really very good. This is
       more on techical problems. PlayStation 2 is the first console to be
       able to support backward compatibility. But i believe that in the
       future PlayStation 2 models, more PlayStation games will be able to
       be played on the PlayStation 2. The chip works like an emulator for
       the PlayStation. And, don't forget that there is no emulator yet
       that can emulate a console successfully, meaning with ALL games on
       that particular console being compatible and without suffering any
       slowdowns, common gitches and so on. Therefore, i don't think it's
       rather surprising. Anyway, Sony is currently testing out thousands
       of PlayStation games on the PlayStation 2 and we can expect a list
       of non-compatible PlayStation games on the PlayStation 2 to be
       released very soon. I sincerely hope that all the technical problems
       on the PlayStation 2 will be fixed soon and that all PlayStation
       games can run smoothly on the PlayStation.
    
       As for PSOne, I don't really know much. I suppose it is almost the
       same as your normal PlayStation, except that the size has been
       reduced to a CD-Player. Looks more cool in design.
    
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    22)When is PlayStation 2 going to be released?
       
       PlayStation 2 has already arrived in Japan in 4th March 2000. As
       for the US release of PlayStation 2, you probably have to wait
       until late 3rd quarter of the year or early 4th quarter of the
       year. As for me, i think i am not buying a PlayStation 2 this
       year, which is 2000. Perhaps, next year, 2001 until the price
       drops furthur and a modified PlayStation 2, that can play both
       Japanese and US games, is released. [Hope that a PlayStation 2
       that can play all PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, whether
       it is English or Japanese games, will be released soon.] You can
       find related information regarding PlayStation 2 in related sites
       like IGNPS2, www.videogames.com etc.
    
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    23)Now that PlayStation 2 has arrived in Japan, what's your view about
       it? Do you think that PlayStation 2 can beat Sega Dreamcast and be
       able to compete with the upcoming Nintendo's Dolphin? And, what do
       you think about Microsoft's X-Box?
    
       Basically, i think the system is awesome. I heard that within two
       days, more than a million PlayStation 2 has been sold in Japan.
       For the exact figures, i am not pretty sure. I heard that there
       was a long queue for people who was purchasing a PlayStation 2. The
       PlayStation 2 release is indeed a big phenomenon. I heard that
       import of PlayStation 2 in Japan is now illegal. Well, not really
       sure if that's true!
    
       So, will PlayStation 2 exceeds Sega Dreamcast in terms of sales? I
       personally believe that this is possible. While Sega is well known
       for sports and arcade games, Sega Dreamcast lacks RPG genre. As you
       know, the most popular game genre in Japan is RPG. Furthermore,
       Working Design will not be producing games for Sega Dreamcast.
       What does that mean! No lunar games for the Dreamcast. I expect
       Working Design to continue the lunar series in PlayStation 2, thus
       furthur expand the PlayStation 2 RPG saga. However, i can't deny
       the fact that Sega Dreamcast has RPG games like Phantasy Stars etc.
       However, don't forget about Final Fantasy and Draqon Quest. One
       Final Fantasy game alone can sell more than ten Sega Dreamcast
       games or perhaps even more. And, according to Sega, it seems like
       sales of Sega Dreamcast has started to decline in Japan. Perhaps,
       it's because that everyone is saving money to buy a PlayStation 2.
       [Did anyone mention about Square Millennium Show???]
    
       As for online gaming, i don't really care much. Of course, the
       ability to play online games with your friends is cool [Of course,
       money too.] I personally think that online support isn't that
       important when it comes to RPG. Of course, i may be wrong. That's
       just personal opinion. It just makes me wonder how RPGs like Final
       Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XI are going to provide online support
       to compete with Sega Dreamcast. Perhaps, just download some datas,
       i suppose. In my opinion, online support appeals more to outside
       Japan like US.
    
       As for the PlayStation 2 launch games, i think they are incredible.
       Street Fighter Ex 3, a new Ridge Racer from Namco, Gran Turismo
       2000 and so on... Overall, i still can't comment anything as i do
       not have a PlayStation 2 yet. Keep a look out at Tekken Tag
       Tournament for the PlayStation 2. I think it will beat Sega Dream-
       cast's Soul Calibur. And, i suppose Tekken 4 will be on the
       PlayStation 2. Will Namco make games for Sony PlayStation 2 or
       Sega Dreamcast? I don't think that Namco will make many games
       for Sega Dreamcast like Tekken 4 even though Namco's Soul Calibur
       is on the Dreamcast. That's because no other system can handle
       Soul Calibur perfectly, other than Sega Dreamcast in 1999, right?
       Get what i am trying to say?
    
       As for Nintendo's Dolphin, I can't comment anything. But, we can
       be sure that the Nintendo's Dolphin will be on par with the Play-
       Station 2 in terms of specifications.
    
       When Bill Gates announced that Microsoft is making a console system
       called X-Box, it sent shockwaves to everyone. Hardware manufacturer
       companies like Nintendo, Sony and Sega, whom have dominated the
       console market for years are definitely going to be affected by it.
       MicroSoft may be an expert when it comes to all PC-related stuff.
       But on how to get as many third-party developers to work on the
       games for X-Box, MicroSoft does need to learn from these masters
       like Nintendo and Sony. MicroSoft reveals that the X-Box is twice
       as powerful as the PlayStation 2 and clearly enough, this poses
       a threat to the promising future of PlayStation 2. Why? If games
       like Metal Gear Solid get released in both X-Box and PlayStation 2,
       the X-Box version of Metal Gear Solid will most likely to be better
       than PlayStation 2. If more games play and look better in X-Box,
       the PlayStation 2 will suffer. Given both consoles with the same
       games to choose, which one will you choose? Definitely, the one
       which is more powerful. A console needs to have many exclusive
       games in order to make it a success. PlayStation has many exclusive
       games like Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, Tekken
       etc while Nintendo 64 has exclusive games made by Rare, Zelda,
       Mario, Pokemon and manages to survive in the competition. Still,
       Sony needs Square more than any other third-party developers. If
       Square is gone, there will be no Final Fantasties and PlayStation 2
       is really hard to be a success as Sony doesn't have many third-party
       games to keep the PlayStation 2 survive. Remember that games like
       Final Fantasy sold millions worldwide. The total sales of five
       ordinary games can't even match up to a sale of just one Final
       Fantasy game. Square is the triumph card of Sony's future in the
       console market. Just in case you are interested:
    
                 Graphics       Joypads DVD  Storage   COMMS
       X-Box     150m polys/sec    4    Yes  8 GB HD   Ethernet/USB
       PS2        60m polys/sec    2    Yes  8 MB card USB/Firewire
       Dreamcast  12m polys/sec    4    No   128K VMU  56K modern/Exp Bus
       
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    24)What about Nintendo's Dolphin?
    
       I don't know. Nintendo hasn't made any official announcement
       about Dolphin. But, you can expect it to be a great system,
       just like PlayStation 2 with many advanced chips. I personally
       believe that the next Nintendo system will be another name,
       definitely not Dolphin, which i think it sounds awesome. Dolphin
       is perhaps just a codename. The new Nintendo system will definitely
       be on par with PlayStation 2, if not perhaps better. This time,
       i expect Nintendo's new system to be CD/DVD-based, instead of
       sticking to the old cartridge format. [Refer to above questions
       for more details.] Dolphin will definitely be released either in
       2001 or even later.
    
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    25)I heard that there is a program which allows you to view
       PlayStation CGs in your PC. Is it true?
    
       The URL is http://www.phoenix.net/~feldon/psxvideo.html
       Indeed, you can. Go to the above URL to download the programs
       and read the explanations there to understand how to use it.
       CGs or FMVs are created in .Str files and what the program
       does is to read these .Str files. Both PSXVideo and PSXPlay
       allows you to view any PlayStation CGs that are in .Str
       format on your PC. PSXVideo allows you to take screenshots.
       However, you must bear in mind that you will need a CDFind
       file to extract .Str files into your hard drive. And, note
       that .Str files very huge and it's all about hundreds of
       megabytes.
    
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    26)What is an emulator or a rom?
    
       You can try and download a Nes or a SNES emulator, as well as
       the roms from the internet. A Nes/SNES emulator is a program
       which allows you to play Nes/SNES games on your PC. But, you
       need the rom to play the games. Rom is actually the game itself.
       There are quite a number of emulators available that are designed
       to play various console games such as ZSNES emulator to play
       SNES games, Bleem to play PS games and so on. Simply type in
       either emulator or rom in any search engine and you will have
       a whole list of sites which you can refer to.
    
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    27)When did you start writing a faq?
    
       It was actually last year in November'1998. I was reading Henry
       Chan's faq on Tactics Orge and an idea suddenly struck me! At that
       time, i had just passed my 15th birthday. [Right now, i am 16.]
       I was playing the US version of Brave Fencer Musashi at that time.
       Somehow, there wasn't any strategy guides available for the US
       Brave Fencer Musashi so i decided to give it a try. Though it
       wasn't a school project, writing a faq is a pretty challenging
       task for me. My second faq was of course Final Fantasy VIII demo.
       Since i have the demo disc packed with Brave Fencer Musashi, i
       decided to start off with my second faq. My third faq will be Final
       Fantasy VIII, followed by Metal Gear Solid Integral. I am a huge
       Final Fantasy fan and i imported the Japanese version as well and
       decided to write a Basic Guide on it. However, there were many
       errors in my faq since the game was Japanese and special thanks
       to Kaze Yagami<Yagami@pacific.net.sg> for clearing up my doubts.
       Between September'1999 and November'1999, i was having a major
       exam so i stopped writing faqs for several months until
       December'1999. Right now, i have written quite a few faqs on
       Brave Fencer Musashi, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy VIII
       Demo and Metal Gear Solid Integral, as well as several reviews
       on my favourite games at www.gamefaqs.com. Feel free to give me
       any comments!
    
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    28)Which game do you think have taken the PlayStation technology to
       extreme limits?
       
       It's either Gran Turismo 2 or Metal Gear Solid. Gran Turismo 2's
       graphic is truly awesome, with a more advanced Al than its
       original. But, in terms of graphics, Al, ram memory, creativity,
       sound effects, music, voices, i will nominate Metal Gear Solid. 
       It's truly an original game. It's not Resident Evil or Parasite Eve
       style. The setting of the game is quite similar to most Hollywood 
       films and that's what i like about it. [Reminds me of Bond and 
       Jackie Chan.] And then, the ability to view in first person mode,
       take photos, view in the scope mode are incredible. Metal Gear
       Solid took around two years to be completed, but sadly, the game
       can be completed in less than 7 hours. According to Hideo Kojima,
       he wanted to make a short game for Metal Gear Solid. Hideo Kojima
       probably felt that there were things left unfinished, therefore 
       returned with the essential "director's cut" called Metal Gear 
       Solid Integral. I suppose you will agree with me that Metal Gear
       Solid has a lot of potential. Just look at the wish list. It's
       interesting to see what Konami can do to Metal Gear as technology
       improves, especially with superconsoles looming over the horizon
       like PlayStation 2 and Dolphin.
    
       And, I can't forget about Square's latest hit, Vagrant Story- the
       game that surpasses even Metal Gear Solid in terms of realism, Al.
       The characters' motion are so well-captured and the cutscenes
       appear seamlessly. Square is heading the right direction if you
       want to talk about realism. Square seems determined in bridging
       the gaps between movie production and videogames fields and based
       on their recent games, they are very close to doing it.
    
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    29)What do you think of the strategy guides written by other game
       magazines like Electronic Gaming Monthly, GamePro, PSM and so
       on?
    
       One word, "Sucks!" I seldom read strategy guides written by
       those game magazines for a few reasons. Of course, the official
       game guides written by Bradygames, and other publishers are
       another case. First of all, these strategy guides are not detailed
       enough and always missing a few important points. That's because
       they have to squeeze every single information into a limited
       space. Secondly, these strategy guides are often quite
       disorganised, specifically RPG games, but i am not referring to
       every single ones as that will make me look as if i am biased
       against them. The only good thing in their strategy guides are
       the numerous screenshots and that you don't need to waste time
       printing out strategy guide, unlike when referring to a faq.
       [but, don't forget that faqs are free of charge!!!]  A picture
       tells a thousand words. This is a great advantage that these
       strategy guides have over faqs. Faq writers have to visual
       what is happening on in the game and then using his words to
       express, which is quite tough actually. However, the screenshots
       can be of a spoiler too! I am not saying that all the strategy
       guides written by all these game magazines are no good but...
       And talk about plagiarism... Oh, forget about that!
    
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    30)I have read many reviews written by you. So, how do you write
       a review and when writing a review what should i look out for?
    
       Your personal feelings toward the game. Just write whatever you
       think about this game in your review. Don't worry about what
       others said in their review. Just provide enough evidences to
       support your reasonings. Of course, you can read a few other
       reviews on a particular game as some samples for you before you
       write one on it. But, please write an original review. It's
       best to minimise any grammatical or spelling error and write
       in clear, concise English, if possible. Gamefaqs really need a
       review editor. Basically, most of the reviews i have read in
       gamefaqs have some grammatical errors and spelling errors. The
       same applies to mine as well.
    
       If you have read any game magazines like EGM, Gamepros, you will
       notice some trends. First of all, the previews are usually
       longer than the reviews and most, if not all, reviews are pretty
       short and are usually less than 200 words. Secondly, the gameplay
       is almost always about the same score as the graphics. Why?
    
       Simple enough! Stiff competition! In order to remain competitive,
       a game magazine must release as many latest news, reviews,
       screenshots, previews on the latest game. Space and time are
       two important factors. Reviews must be short so as to allow
       more pages for other feature coverages. And, it's unfair if
       one game review is extremely long and another one is too
       short. And to release reviews on the latest games as soon
       as possible, the reviewers can only judge on the graphics and
       the few hours of time they have spent. Surely, you wouldn't
       want to read a review about two or three months after the
       game has come out, right? I understand that!
    
       Like what Dingo Jellybean said in his Final Fantasy Anthology
       faq, make the graphics the least important. I do understand
       why Dingo Jellybean said in his Final Fantasy Anthology that
       he hates reviews written by EGM, IGNPSX and so on BUT i do
       understand why game magazines must have short reviews. And,
       it doesn't mean that the reviewers at EGM aren't expert
       reviewers. The choice of words, vocabulary used are
       definitely better than most reviewers at gamefaqs.
    
       And, when you review a very old game like Final Fantasy
       Anthology or any other Nes, SNES system or even earlier
       games, before you give a score on the graphics, think
       whether which year the game was made. Why? Take Final
       Fantasy Anthology as an example. Final Fantasy V was
       made in 1992 and Final Fantasy VI was made in 1994.
       Both games are pretty old and obviously turn paler in
       comparison now than in those days. But do a serious
       analysis! Both Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI
       were made many years back. Were there any games that
       could come close to these games in terms of graphics in
       those days? If you think it this way, your review will
       be rather fair and unbiased.
    
       Just some words of advice. Whenever you review a RPG game,
       do not complain about the high enemy encounter rate. I hate
       fools saying this. This shows their ignorant and tells
       people that they have never played an RPG game before. Yeah,
       walk about three to five steps and you will encounter some
       random enemies... very fustrating like this.. makes the game
       bored... blah... blah... blah. This is totally a load of craps.
       If you think like this, then you are not fit to write a
       review and NOT EVEN FIT to play any RPG. I mean, what's
       wrong with high enemy encounter rate? Take a look at
       traditional games like Final Fantasy V, VI or even other
       game series like Breath of Fire, Lufia and so on. The
       enemy encounter rates are much higher than most modern
       games today like Final Fantasy VIII. People still play
       those traditional RPGs in the past and even TODAY. Final
       Fantasy Anthology is a perfect example. So, what's the
       big deal here? Does that mean that RPGs in the past can
       have high enemy encounter rate but not in modern games?
       Do you mark the game down just because of that? This is
       totally unbiased and unfair.
    
       So, talk about style of reviewing a game. Before that,
       make sure you have played at least five hours on a
       particular game or have completed it. Make some analysis
       on the game and be clear with what you are going to say.
       Now, back to the style of writing a review. I used to
       break the my reviews into several parts like graphics,
       music, sound, storyline, gameplay and so on. Later on,
       i found that writing in this style, it's quite hard to
       put down everything i want to say. [I am not sure about
       you.] If you read my latest reviews like Thousand Arms,
       Final Fantasy VIII and so on, i decided to break my
       reviews into paragraphs and then write the scores such
       as graphics, music, sound, gameplay and so on at the
       end of my review. Each paragraph will have one main
       idea, perhaps one will describe about the combat system,
       one about the storyline and so on. I strongly believe
       it's more effective this way, at least for me. I don't
       know about you because i am not you.
    
       Of course, if you are really interested in writing one
       review, you can consult some Master Reviewers like Dingo
       Jellybean or almost everyone on the top 20 reviewer
       contribution page. Don't get dishearted if your first
       review isn't ^. As you keep on writing game reviews, you
       will get better and better. Who knows? Maybe, someone
       working in a game magazine is interested in hiring you!
       Haha! Good luck, anyway!
    
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    31)What is/are your opinion(s) of what humaetorcH said in his
       Thousand Arms? He gave Thousand Arms an overall score of
       2 and criticised your Thousand Arms review.
    
       Hmm... what can i say? It's rather strange that he didn't
       mention the names of other reviewers who has also given
       Thousand Arms a rather high average score but only me alone.
       Anyway, never mind!
    
       Honestly, there are some parts that I do agree with him and
       some parts that I strongly disagree with. He was the only
       reviewer who gave Thousand Arms such a ridiculously low score
       of 2. And to defend my own opinion, I decided to rewrite
       my Thousand Arms review. The score still remains me as 8.
       And, if you read my Thousand Arms review, the portion
       towards the end are what i have just added. That includes
       the 8 points which I have given to defend my opinion. Feel
       free to read it! I wonder if he has read it yet!
    
       There is one important note which I want to stress to whoever
       is planning to write a RPG review. Don't be like humaetorcH!
       What's wrong with high enemy encounter rate? I am simply
       sick of such stupid reasonings given by those lazy gamers.
    
       It's rather common to see some people disagree with your reviews.
       I remembered Dingo Jellybean who gave Soul Calibur a ridiculously
       low score of 2 whereas all the rest of the reviewers gave it a 9
       or 10. I can't comment anything about the Dreamcast version of
       Soul Calibur since I do not own a Dreamcast. I am sure each
       reviewer has his own reasons for giving that score. The same
       goes to humaetorcH too. I am not saying that he is entirely
       wrong but... I just happen to disagree. Take Xenogears as
       another example. There are some reviewers who kept complaining
       about the poor control and long texts, and thus give Xenogears
       a very low score. On the other hand, for those who seriously
       enjoyed the storyline and the music [like me], you will find
       them giving Xenogears a very high score such as a 9 or 10.
       As for Final Fantasy VI, most give it a 10 but there are some
       who gave it a 7 as they complaint that Final Fantasy VI is
       too big and enemies are too many. I remembered I gave the first
       Suikoden a 6, and then, I got several mails from the fans of
       the first game who disagreed with me. I have to admit that i do
       enjoy the first Suikoden, as it plays more like a traditional
       RPG than today's modern games like Final Fantasy VIII. But, it
       ruins the novel. The game was not anything like a novel and did
       you know that Suikoden is a popular classic chinese novel. And,
       do you really need so many warriors, as huge as 108?
    
       Of all the reviews I have written so far, the most hardest to
       write is Final Fantasy VIII. Final Fantasy series has changed
       tremendously over the last few years. People were complimenting
       and criticising Final Fantasy VIII. Just go to any message
       board in gamefaqs that has to do with RPGs, PlayStation, SNES etc
       and almost 75% will have something to do with Square and Final
       Fantasy series. Some preferred the way Final Fantasy is in the
       past and some welcome the change. And, my review nearly got
       influenced.
    
       I really like Perdurabo's [Review by Recovered] Final Fantasy
       VIII review. He is the only one so far who really convinced me
       that Final Fantasy VIII is really good. After reading his
       review, i did some serious thoughts. I ask myself. Why must
       there be a draw system? What happens if the draw system is
       being replaced by the traditional MP system? Will the Junction
       system still work as well? He gave it a 10 for Final Fantasy
       VIII. I didn't give that high. I have to admit Final Fantasy
       VIII is good, but there seems to be more bad points than the
       good points. So, i gave it a 7 instead but it doesn't mean that
       Final Fantasy VIII is no good. And, if you read an interview
       with Hironobu Sakaguchi, he mentions that the Final Fantasy
       series must change.
    
       Anyway, Thousand Arms is still a great game. The animation
       and voices are really excellent, and the game is really
       in-depth. As long as you have substantial reasons to back
       up your opinions, this is a good review.
    
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    32)So, can you recommend me some good reviewers whom i should
       look up to as a guideline?
    
       Sure. I guess all the reviewers who manage to get into the
       top 20 reviewer contributions are good reviewers though i
       haven't gotten the time to read everyone's reviews. And, if
       you really want me to recommend some of the best reviewers
       in the top 20 reviewer contribution, they will be GlucoseJoe,
       Dingo Jellybean and SmCFadden. These reviewers are well known
       for writing in-depth and informative reviews. Other reviewers
       worth looking up for includes J-dog, Celestial Avenger,
       Sunshine and so on. As for me, what do you think? [Yeah, must
       be modest!]
    
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    33)Since you have contributed a lot of faqs and reviews to gamefaqs,
       do you prefer writing a faq or a review?
    
       Obviously, it will be a review. Why? You do not really need to
       spend time researching on moves, secrets although you need to be
       familiar with the game. Besides, a review takes shorter time than
       writing a faq and you don't need to update that often unlike faqs.
       Lastly, your mailbox won't be jammed with countless mails, right?
       Hey, after writing a faq, you still need to respond to their
       questions, right? But, definitely not reviews, although you do get
       feedbacks too. Of course, i am not saying that i don't enjoy. In
       fact, i enjoy writing faqs and reviews because i want to contribute
       some of my ideas to the gaming community.
    
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    34)Can i post any of your faqs or reviews in my website?
    
       Sure you can if you want to. But, please send me a e-mail,
       giving me your website URL, what the website is all about
       and so on. Of course, you must give me credits and promise
       that the contents will not be unaltered and you will check
       out www.gamefaqs.com every month to check for any new
       updates. But, this applies only to non-commercial webpage.
       As for any commerical webpages or any publisher working in
       a game magazine, he or she has to send me the e-mail first,
       asking for permission. And, before he or she can publish
       the informations, he or she must send me the final 'product'
       and if i am happy with it, i will agree to his or her
       request. Of course if anyone wants to convert my faq into HTML,
       he or she must show me the final 'product' first. I guess
       that's fair because you do not want all your hard work to be
       taken by someone else and let him or her gain the credits and
       not you. I hope you can understand that. Most importantly, be
       sure to check for new updates. It's no use if the faqs are
       posted but not updated.
    
       Note:If you don't receive my reply after a week, that means you
            have not obtained my permission. I am restricting the number
            of sites that are allowed to post my faqs. This is because
            I realise that there have been a number of sites who has
            either posted my faqs without my permission or have obtained
            my permission but fail to fulfill the conditions i set. An
            example is Gamesdomain who always fail to update the faq.
    
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    35)You mention that if anyone wants to put a faq in his site, he
       must obtain your permission and give you credits, as well as
       promise you to update everytime and not EDIT any of the content.
       Why the heck do i see a similar Final Fantasy VIII Basic Guide
       in Kaze Yagami's website?
    
       His is a special case and i have given Kaze Yagami the right to
       edit anything he wishes. Kaze Yagami has helped me a lot in my
       Final Fantasy VIII Basic Guide. A lot of information or almost
       80% of the information you see here, regarding whether it is
       about Crisis level, Boost, Compatibility and so on are kindly
       contributed by Kaze Yagami. You can consider him as half of
       the author here and that's why he has this special privilege.
       so, don't argue about it!
    
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    36)Can you send me your updated faq?
    
       My most definite answer is no. If there's 1000 readers, do I always
       have to my updated faq to 1000 people. It will be VERY troublesome
       to me this way. Just go to www.gamefaqs.com and check if there's
       any updates in the 'What's New' section. Or, you can go and check
       out my contributor page at:
    
       http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/1821.html
    
       You can find all the faqs I have written, including reviews at
       my contributor page.
    
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    37)Can I ask you a question regarding games via ICQ?
    
       In the past, I used to answer questions via ICQ. But now, I don't.
       I find that it's quite annoying when I was replying e-mails but
       the ICQ messages keep popping up and I have to answer so many
       questions together. If you have any question, do not ask me through
       the ICQ. E-mail me instead if you have any question.
    
       One more thing. Do NOT add my ICQ number to your CONTACT list.
       Though I put my ICQ number at every faq, I did not expect everyone
       to add my ICQ number to his or her contact list. The thing is I
       already have a lot of contacts in my ICQ list. Those ICQ numbers
       which I added to my contact list, are those who are my CLASSMATES,
       and my PENPALS.
    
       Even if you add my ICQ number to your contact list, I won't bother
       to add your ICQ number to my contact list. First, I HARDLY know
       you well so it's unlikely that I will chat with you via ICQ. I
       might as well save the trouble of adding your ICQ number to my
       contact list. Secondly, if you have any question regarding games,
       you can e-mail me and ask me. ICQ will not be needed at all. I
       hope you can understand this.
    
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    XII)GameShark Codes
    =======================================================================
    Warning!!!:Do not rely too much on gameshark as it will spoil the
               fun of the game. Note that i won't be responsible if
               the codes listed below are wrong or do not work.
               Neither will i bear any responsibility if any of the
               codes here cause any damage to your PlayStation console.
    
    Credit:The list of gameshark codes below are taken from Official
           InterArt website. Check out http://www.gameshark.com.
    _______________________________________________________________________
    Max Charisma Meis                                   3005f8a400ff
    
    Max Exp Meis                                        8005f8b2270f
    
    Max HP Meis                                         8005f8b4270f
                                                        8005f8b6270f
    
    Max EP Meis                                         8005f8b803e7
    
    Level 99 Meis                                       8005f8c0ffff
    
    Max Elemental Power Meis                            3005f8c200ff
    
    Max Speed Meis                                      3005f8c300ff
    
    Max Evasion Rate Meis                               3005f8c400ff
    
    Status Normal Meis                                  8005f8c60000
    
    Have All Elemental Beasts Meis                      8005f8ceffff
    
    Max Charisma Muza                                   3005f8d800ff
    
    Max Exp Muza                                        8005f8e6270f
    
    Max HP Muza                                         8005f8e8270f
    
    Max EP Muza                                         8005f8ec03e7
                                                        8005f8ee03e7
    
    Level 99 Muza                                       8005f8f2ffff
    
    Max Elemental Power Muza                            3005f8f400ff
    
    Max Speed Muza                                      3005f8f500ff
    
    Max Evasion Rate Muza                               3005f8f600ff
    
    Status Normal Muza                                  8005f8f80000
    
    Max Charisma Soushi                                 3005f90c00ff
    
    Max Exp Soushi                                      8005f91a270f
    
    Max HP Soushi                                       8005f91c270f
                                                        8005f91e270f
    
    Max EP Soushi                                       8005f92003e7
                                                        8005f92203e7
    
    Level 99 Soushi                                     8005f926ffff
    
    Max Elemental Power Soushi                          3005f92800ff
    
    Max Speed Soushi                                    3005f92900ff
    
    Max Evasion Rate Soushi                             3005f92a00ff
    
    Status Normal Soushi                                8005f92c0000
    
    Max Charisma Sodina                                 3005f94000ff
    
    Max Exp Sodina                                      8005f94e270f
    
    Max HP Sodina                                       8005f950270f
                                                        8005f952270f
    
    Max EP Sodina                                       8005f95403e7
                                                        8005f95603e7
    
    Level 99 Sodina                                     8005f95affff
    
    Max Elemental Power Sodina                          3005f95c00ff
    
    Max Speed Sodina                                    3005f95d00ff
    
    Max Evasion Rate Sodina                             3005f95e00ff
    
    Status Normal Sodina                                8005f9600000
    
    Max Charisma Wyna                                   3005f97400ff
    
    Max Exp Wyna                                        8005f982270f
    
    Max HP Wyna                                         8005f984270f
                                                        8005f986270f
                 
    Max EP Wyna                                         8005f98803e7
                                                        8005f98a03e7
                 
    Level 99 Wyna                                       8005f98effff
    
    Max Elemental Power Wyna                            3005f99000ff
    
    Max Speed Wyna                                      3005f99100ff
    
    Max Evasion Rate Wyna                               3005f99200ff
    
    Status Normal Wyna                                  8005f9940000
                 
    All Items                                           5000c6140000
                                                        300510b60063
    
    Infinite HP In Battle 1st Character                 800be024270f
                                                        800be026270f
          
    Infinite EP In Battle 1st Character                 800be02803e7
                                                        800be02a03e7
                 
    Infinite HP In Battle 2nd Character                 800be034270f
                                                        800be036270f
    
    Infinite EP In Battle 2nd Character                 800be03803e7
                                                        800be03a03e7
    
    Infinite HP In Battle 3rd Character                 800be044270f
                                                        800be046270f
                 
    Infinite EP In Battle 3rd Character                 800be04803e7
                                                        800be04a03e7
    
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    XIII)Credit
    =======================================================================
    Myself      <ysf@pacific.net.sg>
    -For everything i have done here, including typing.
    Dan Simpson <manymoose@hotmail.com>
    -For writing an excellent Thousand Arms faq.
    -For the magic spell list.
    -For elemental beast list.
    -For the list of abilities that your characters can learn at
     different intimacy levels.
    -For the item lists such as accessory, Zozotto Casinos, Smoochy
     and so on.
    -For the ages, hometowns of the characters.
    -For giving me permissions to use the informations found in
     his faq.
    -Without him, i wouldn't have completed Thousand Arms.
    Desmond Xie <xiedata@magix.com.sg>
    -For writing an excellent Thousand Arms items faq and so on.
    -Be sure to refer to his faq as well.
    Kaze Yagami <Yagami@pacific.net.sg>
    -For sending me 'Depend On You' MP3 by a Japanese pop artist,
     Ayumi Hamasaki.
    -The song, is indeed really very good. It's really worthwhile
     downloading.
    Beno Jange <beno_jange@hotmail.com>
    -For sending me the song lyrics of 'Depend On You', provided by
     Youko.
    Youko <jallen@lausd.k12.ca.us>
    -For providing the song lyrics of 'Depend On You'.
    Jeff "CjayC" Veasey
    -The webmaster of www.gamefaqs.com.
    -For his dedication and hard work to www.gamefaqs.com.
    -Thanks for hosting all my faqs and reviews.
    -Thanks for making me a contributor page.
    InterAct
    -For the Official InterArt Gameshark codes found in the
     gameshark section.
    -Be sure to visit there if you want to search for any InterArt
     related products or search for gameshark codes.
    -Visit the site at <http://www.gameshark.com>.
    Everyone
    -For reading this faq.
    -For 'enduring' my 'longwindedness.'
    Atlus <http://www.atlus.com/>
    -For making a very unqiue RPG with strong anime-style like
     Thousand Arms.
    -Keep up the great way and continue to make more good RPGs.
    
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