HOW TO GET THE BEST ENDING IN VALKYRIE PROFILE - V 1.0
--by Keith Rhee (pckit@slip.net)

As you may know by now, Valkyrie Profile has three endings. Getting the
best Ending (A) is pretty tricky and involves a bit of math and certain
key events.


THE THREE KEY FACTORS
- you'll want to keep your Estimated Worth above 40 throughout the game
- you need to send Rucio up in Chapter 5
- you'll want to get Valkyrie's Seal Rating under 37 before the Sacred
  Phase 6-7 to trigger a key event

If you follow the instructions below, you can send a hero up each chapter,
thus maintaining a fairly decent Estimated Worth (don't swipe too many
artifacts though), and still drag Valkyrie's Seal Rating down to a low
value at JUST THE RIGHT MOMENT to trigger a key event in the Sacred Phase
6-7. It seems ironic that Valkyrie has to "misbehave" in order for you to
get the best ending, but you'll understand when you see it. (It has to do
with the Prologue...)


THINGS THAT AFFECT YOUR SEAL RATING

1. Positive Effect
- each person you send up: +12
- wearing the Nibelungen Ring during Sacred Phase: +2

2. Negative Effect
  (I'm not too sure about the first two below. I'll confirm later.)
- gaining a new person for your party: -2
- side events: -2
- not wearing the Nibelungen Ring during Sacred Phase: -2
- witnessing the ghosts in the small meadow: -15
- encounter with Rucio in Jeravellan during Chapter 2-5: -15
- meeting Brams in his castle and choosing not to fight: -15
- defeating Rezard in Chapter 4: -15
- putting Meltina in your party in Chapter 5: -15 
  (requires defeating Rezard in Chapter 4)
- putting Rucio in your party in Chapter 5: -18


HOW TO GET THE BEST ENDING (ENDING A)

0. Start off carefully
- don't go to the small meadow, encounter Rucio in Jeravellan, or meet
  Bram until chapter 4
- don't take off the Nibelungen Ring yet
- keep a relatively high Estimated Worth

1. As soon as Chapter 4 starts, send up a person who meet Frei's 
  requirements. This should get your Seal Rating to about 100.

2. Now, without going to any other events, do the following:
- visit the small meadow: -15 
- meet Rucio in Jeravellan: -15 
- meet Bram, choose not to fight: -15 
- Defeat Rezard in his castle: -15

  These four events, plus doing any other side events, will make your Seal 
  Rating plummet from around 100 to about 41. Now take off the Nibelungen 
  Ring before the Sacred Phase (and take it off prior to other Sacred 
  Phases from now on). The ring does give you 50% against "Dark" so it's a
  useful accessory otherwise.

3. When Chapter 5 starts, go recruit Meltina and Rucio for your party. 
  Meltina will take off -15, and Rucio -18 from your Seal Rating. Doing 
  about 3 side events will take off -6. And if you took the Nibelungen 
  Ring off before the Sacred Phase, that's another -2. At this point, 
  your Seal Rating should be hovering around 1 point or so.

  Now send Rucio up. This will boost your Seal Rating, but since the goal 
  is to keep it below 37(?) and since sending people up nets you a +12 it 
  shouldn't be a problem.

4. Now, when Chapter 6 ends, if your Seal Rating is below 37(?) then you
  should see an event during the Sacred Phase with Rucio (Freiya and Loki
  will be talking). Witnessing this event is THE KEY to getting the good 
  ending. (In other words, if you don't get this event - you blew it ;)

  After this it won't matter what your Seal Rating is, so you can send 
  people up to Valhalla if you want. But remember to still keep your
  Estimated Worth above 40 before the end of the game.

5. When Chapter 8 starts, press start and it should tell you to go to the
  small meadow. But before you go, it may be a good idea to visit other
  dungeons to collect items and boost your levels.


CREDITS
This guide translates info located at the following Japanese site:
http://www.din.or.jp/~albion/vp/

I haven't seen anyone explain in full detail how to get the best ending,
at least not at GameFAQs or in English on the net, so I took the liberty
of translating the instructions posted at the above URL into English for
you English-readers out there. =)

The Copyright belongs to the above author - I'm just translating his words
into English - so if you wish to reproduce this elsewhere, please get in
touch with the person above for permission. (You'll need to speak Japanese
though.)
-- Keith