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                                  Xenogears 
                            No Upgrade Challenge Guide
                                  Version 1.31
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    ==================Section 0====================Introduction:================== 
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    0.1 Version History:
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    Version 1.00:  Wrote Guide, while attempting challenge.
    Version 1.10:  Formatted, stuck in table of contents, etc.
    Version 1.20:  Added Appendix B - D & disclaimer
    Version 1.30:  Reformatted to fit 79 characters per line
    Version 1.31:  Reformatted to replace tabs with spaces
    
    
    
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    0.2 Overview:
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    Xenogears is an awesome Playstation game made by Squaresoft, the makers of the
    celebrated Final Fantasy series. In a nutshell it is a sci-fi RPG focusing on
    combat with giant robots and a street fighter like combat system with 2 
    dimensional sprite characters in a fully 3D world and an overdose of plot
    twists. As an avid Final Fantasy fan, I thought this would be an interesting
    game, but I now consider it to be quite possibly the greatest game ever made.
    It has an incredibly deep and twisting plot, even by Squareís standards. The
    battle system is innovative and fun. The sound and cut scenes are incredible.
    The graphics are often disappointing, while at other times amazing. 
    
    In order to take in the entire story, which is very complicated and often 
    confusing I played through this game several times. Having found every item
    and secret I could, and having beaten every enemy there is, I eventually found
    myself trying to think of an interesting challenge for this game. I have 
    played various challenges for other Squaresoft games, including the FF7 No 
    Materia Challenge, the FFX no sphere grid challenge, the FFT solo Ramza 
    challenge, and the incredibly difficult FF8 no junction challenge.
    Due to the nature of this game, any sort of time attack or low level challenge
    would just be silly(no offense intended to anybody who may have tried either).
    What I thought of is below.
    
    The no Upgrade Challenge:  Play through the entire game without ever upgrading
    your Gears. This means you may not purchase new frames, engines, or armor. 
    This means all gears must essentially keep their initial equipment. You may 
    however purchase and equip any gear accessories or weapons that you choose. 
    Optional:  You may or may not be allowed to refuel you Gears; this does not 
    greatly increase the challenge. You may do whatever you wish with your 
    characters. Even as I wrote this guide, however, I was not sure if this is 
    possible to do, but it proved possible.
    
    This guide is intended to be a general guide to this challenge. It is intended
    for players who have already beaten the game once or twice and are looking for
    a new challenge. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible, but make 
    no promises. I will include reminders of attainable rare items and such, even
    when they are not necessary (or even helpful for this challenge). This is not
    a complete walkthrough, so I will not include help with things that will be 
    the same with or without the challenge (i.e. where is Margie hidden?  How do I
    get the RPS badge? Etc.). There are plenty of great walkthroughs that answer 
    hese questions, but I may throw in a few tidbits anyways.
    
    
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    0.3 Table of Contents:
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    0      Introduction
    0.1            Version History
    0.2            Overview
    0.3            Table of Contents
    0.4            Disclaimer
    0.5            General Strategies
    1      Walkthrough, Disc 1
    1.1            Lahan Village
    1.2            Mountain Path
    1.3            Blackmoon Forrest
    1.4            Dazil
    1.5            Desert
    1.6            Sand Ship
    1.7            Sand Cavern
    1.8            Pirate's Lair
    1.9            Bledavik
    1.10           Nisan
    1.11           Stone Terrace
    1.12           Fatima Castle
    1.13           Border Guard
    1.14           Nortune
    1.15           Sewers
    1.16           Central Administrative District
    1.17           Underground Dock
    1.18           Goliath Factory
    1.19           Yggdrasil
    1.20           Thames
    1.21           Aquvy
    1.22           Ethos HQ
    1.23           Orphanage
    1.24           Ethos Transport Ship
    1.25           Ethos HQ
    1.26           Ethos Dig Site
    1.27           Yggdrasil
    1.28           Babel Tower
    1.29           Shevat
    1.30           Nisan
    1.31           Ignas Gate Cave
    1.32           Gate Generator 2
    1.33           Sargasso
    1.34           Solaris
    2      Walkthrough, Disc 2
    2.1            Taura's House
    2.2            Anima Dungeon 1
    2.3            Anima Dungeon 2
    2.4            Mahanon
    2.5            Merkava
    2.6            SnowfieldHideout
    2.7            Yggdrasil
    2.8            Taura's House
    2.9            Nortune
    2.10           Lighthouse
    2.11           Duneman Isle
    2.12           Anima Dungeon 1
    2.13           Anima Dungeon 2
    2.14           Deus
    3      Appendices
    3.1            Appendix A:  Battling Guide
    3.2            Appendix B:  Experience Chart
    3.3            Appendix C:  Contact information
    3.4            Appendix D:  FAQ
    3.5            Appendix E:  Credits
    
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    0.4 Disclaimer:
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    This guide and the No Upgrade Challenge described herein are created by and 
    copyright 2005 Matt Weinstock. You may use them however you wish, however if 
    you wish to cite or copy either of them on your website or in print, you must 
    credit and inform me. Xenogears, Gears, and pretty much every capitalized word
    in this guide is the creation and sole property of Squaresoft (SquareEnix or 
    whatever they may change their name to, but Xenogears' credits still says 
    Square).
    
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    0.5 General strategies:
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    1. Characters:      
    
    Always bring your best Gears to Gear battles. I.e. donít bring Heimdal along 
    to the Tower of Babel. Additionally, if you have to bring along a character 
    with a weak gear, it might be a good idea to have them on foot if possible. 
    Normally, the farther you get into the game, the better parts will become 
    available, and any newer characters come equipped with up to date parts. For
    this challenge, however, it means that your old Gears quickly become obsolete
    and are replaced by newer ones.
    
    2. Ether:
    
    You will often have a hard time piercing your enemyís defenses with your 
    Gearís physical attacks due to a lousy engine. Fortunately ether attack is 
    independent of physical attack and defense stats, and is therefore also 
    independent of engine quality. Using your gears ether attacks is probably the
    best way to fight. There are many ways to increase your damage done with ether
    attacks. One of the best is to increase your gears ether amplification. All 
    gears have a natural ether amplification of 10, which means the Gearís ether 
    attack power is exactly 10 times the characterís. By equipping certain gear 
    accessories this number can be increased. If you increase your ether 
    amplification to 30, your ether attacks will be 3 times as powerful as when 
    you normally use ether in your gear. Additionally, you can also increase your
    characterís ether power. This can be accomplished by raising your level, by 
    using drive, or by equipping certain items. Finally, there is the Ether 
    Doubler, which doubles the effect of every ether attack as well as their cost.
    This is generally a fair trade. This also doubles the cost of support and 
    healing ether spells unnecessarily, and doubles the power of non EP consuming 
    ether attacks, such as Aerods and Billyís ether gun, without doubling fuel or 
    AP consumption.
    
    3. Deathblows:
    
    Another alternative when your enemyís defense is too high for your puny attack
    is to use more powerful attack techniques. It is a good idea to store up your
    attack level by using you fast (triangle) attacks and then unleash your most 
    powerful attacks. In order to use these, your character must learn their 
    deathblows as well (except for Maria). If that still doesnít work youíll have 
    to use infinity attacks or ether.
    
    4. Infinity:
    
    When a gear reaches attack level infinity they can unleash extremely powerful 
    attacks for the next 3 turns (or 6 turns if character has holy pendant). You 
    will probably only see these on disc 2. There are 3 ways to reach attack level
    infinity. The first is to use System Id. The second is to launch a non 
    deathblow attack when at attack level 3, and the third is randomly automatic 
    upon taking damage for certain characters. The probability that the second 
    will occur is equal to the Gearís Hyper mode, which goes up when the gear uses
    deathblows or loses HP, but is fixed at 99% for Xenogears.
    
    5. Response:
    
    Response is a curious Gear stat that is increased by equipping certain 
    accessories. It affects both accuracy and evasion considerably. This evasion
    aspect is very important because if you have a lousy frame and armor even a 
    single attack can be devastating, so high evasion is a must.
    
    6. Chu-Chu:
    
    Though normally a really weak character, she has the unique feature that her 
    strength in Gear battles is determined solely based on her characterís stats, 
    allowing her to become theoretically very powerful. Also, for the purposes of
    this challenge, she is a great defensive character.
    
    7. Quick Refuel:
    
    At anytime when you have control of the Yggdrasil you can instantly restore 
    your Gearsí fuel and HP by going to the bridge (Square Button) then launching 
    again. This is useful for leveling in the desert. Also, this is why I say 
    that not refueling does not greatly affect the challenge.
    
    8. Saving:
    
    Save often, even if you think you know whatís ahead, a seemingly easy battle 
    may prove surprisingly difficult in this challenge.
    
    
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    ============Section 1====================Walkthrough: Disc 1==================
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    NOTE:  As I said before, I won't mention everything, only the things that are 
    pertinent to this challenge, and I may just summarize some other things, like 
    the presence of cut-scenes and dialogues.
    
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    1.1 Lahan Village:
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    No changes from regular strategy
    You may want to level up and learn some deathblows early, which can be done 
    outside of village or on mountain path. 
    You may also want to collect the 
    Spider Web, the Eyeball, Power Ring, and some hidden cash.
    
    Be sure to collect Mermaid Tear and RPS Badge, you wonít get another chance 
    later.
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    1.2 Mountain Path:
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    Still no changes from normal strategy, this is still a good time and place to 
    train on weak monsters because you can be healed for free.
    
    Be sure to catch the spider.
    You may also want to take the birdís egg.
    You can always come back for it but you may want to get Midoriís Ring while 
    youíre here too.
    
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    BOSS: 2x Musha Mk100
    
    Is it even possible to lose to these guys?  Just mash buttons and youíll be 
    fine.
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    1.3 Blackmoon Forest:
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    This is another great opportunity to gain some early deathblows, but still no 
    real change in strategy.
    
    Donít forget to unequip Ellyís rare equipment before she leaves.
    You may also want to fry some Hobgobs with her fire ether for Hob-Steak. 
    
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    BOSS:  Rankar Dragon
    
    No changes from regular strategy
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    1.4 Dazil:
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    No changes from regular strategy
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    1.5 Desert:
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    No changes from regular strategy
    
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    BOSS:  2x Trooper
    
    No changes from regular strategy
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    BOSS:  Wyrm
    
    No changes from regular strategy
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    1.6 Sand Ship:
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    No changes from regular strategy
    
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    BOSS:  Brigandier
    
    NO changes from regular strategy
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    1.7 Sand Cavern:
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    Here is where things start getting interesting, because you get the first 
    option to upgrade here. DO NOT UPGRADE. That defeats the entire purpose of 
    this guide. First, you should probably teach Bart some deathblows, so have him
    train in hand to hand while Fei rides Weltall. Beware of May Fly, it is pretty
    tough in this challenge. There is a Gold Nugget here, but be sure to get the
    Iron GWhip, it will help Brigandier quite a bit. Also, you will want to do 
    plenty of leveling and deathblow training before calamity. And while youíre at
    it you get some cash too. Youíll want both characters to learn their third 
    deathblows, if not their fourth. In order to use them, you must reach levels 
    16 and 22 respectively.
    
    If you decide you consider refueling to be a form of upgrade you can find 
    Nomad Fix Bots in the area by the terraces.
    
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    BOSS:  Calamity
    
    This is it, where you really start feeling the challenge. Youíre going to have
    to really understand your Gearís assets to pull this off. First of all you 
    want to have full or near full hit points and fuel. Once the battle begins use
    Wild Smile as soon as you can. Immediately begin using booster for both Gears.
    You should be strong enough for at least the third deathblow, if not the 
    fourth (level 22). The only attack that you need to worry about is his rocket 
    launchers, which does upwards of 450 damage and never misses. Thanks to Wild 
    Smile all of his other attacks will miss most of the time. Fei will be unable 
    to do any damage with his standard attacks and around 120 with his deathblows,
    but Bartís whips give him a decent edge to doing 150 with his third deathblow.
    Follow the pattern of launching two quick (triangle) attacks then use your 
    deathblow then repeat. When you drop below 200 fuel change that Gearís 
    strategy and get up to attack level 2 then charge repeatedly (with boosters 
    still on) until you have around 800 fuel. Then go back to the original 
    Strategy. If either Gear drops below 500 HP donít bother charging past 170, 
    because you might not get a chance to use very much fuel. You can allow Fei to
    run out of fuel then use his Guided Shot if this happens. This does involve a 
    bit of luck, so hope he doesnít use his missiles too often, and doesnít 
    concentrate on wiping out one character first, particularly Bart. Also keep 
    track of his HP, he has around 2500, and donít be surprised if somebody dies 
    before you reach it.
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    1.8 Pirateís Lair:
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    This should probably go without saying but be sure to save, you just finished 
    a tough battle and thereís more ahead. This is your first opportunity to buy 
    new Gear Accessories, which if you check the rules is not considered 
    upgrading, so go buy some stuff. You should have gotten plenty of cash while 
    training in the last area. I highly recommend buying Magnetic Coats, and 
    equipping them immediately. These will allow your Gears to evade most attacks 
    with ease. You can buy a Snapper GWhip in the Yggdrasil but you wonít be able 
    to equip it just yet.
    
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    BOSS:  Swordknight
    
    Start off with a Wild Smile and he is as good as beaten, then just attack like
    crazy. Those pirate Gears will do a decent amount of damage. Seven or so X 
    attacks will bring this battle to a quick end, and you probably will take 
    little or no damage in that time.
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    BOSS:  Aegisknight
    
    This is another easy fight. Thanks to Heimdal, you can easily overpower this 
    guy in just a couple of turns. Just use the usual strategy.
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    BOSS:  2x Wandknight
    
    Wild Smile doesnít really help much this time, just bash away and take them 
    down one at a time.
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    BOSS:  Clawknight
    
    Once again you are overpowered, but this time you have those Magnetic Coats 
    equipped, so you will hardly get hit at all. Use your most powerful deathblow 
    2 times and your X attack other wise and he will go down.
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    BOSS:  Schpariel
    
    Another tough one, but now its 3 on one and Citan is at full power. Just use 
    Wild Smile, boosters, X attacks and deathblows, and this fight shouldnít be a 
    problem. Fei wonít be terribly helpful anymore except as a decoy, but this 
    battle will still be pretty easy.
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    NOTE: Right now would be a great time to go outside to the dessert to 
    increase your level, skills, and cash. Trust me, your going to want a lot of 
    cash in the immediate future. You can also make an early trip to Nisan, but 
    that isnít necessary.
    
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    1.9 Bledavik:
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    Other than that side note, its business as usual since there are no Gear 
    fights in the immediate future. 
    Be sure to get the Wedding Dress from Dan.
    Be sure to grab the Gold Nugget in the water, get the H&S Badge and lend the 
    kids 1000G before you leave.
    
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    BOSS:  Ramsus
    
    This can be a tough battle, but no tougher than usual. For strategies, see 
    some other guide.  No changes from regular strategy.
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    1.10 Nisan:
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    You MUST purchase an Ether Doubler while you are here. This costs a very hefty
    38000G. You should also have a nice number of Rosesol and Omegasol. At this 
    stage of the game the best way to make that money is by fighting Gears in the 
    desert. Once you tell Bart that youíre ready to leave you wonít get another 
    chance to buy one for quite a while. Equip Fei with the Ether Stone, Wedding 
    Dress and Ether Doubler, and Weltall with 3x Magnetic Coat; youíll be keeping 
    this setup for a while. Also unequip the other characters; you wonít need them
    much in the immediate future.
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    1.11 Stone Terraces:
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    More of the same enemies you saw in the Stalactite Cave. If you come across a 
    May Fly use you Ether. There is a Gold Nugget a Rosesol S and a Magnetic Coat 
    along the way. Be sure to save at the top. Additionally, you may opt to switch
    one of your Magnetic Coat for the Beam Coat. Youíll want full HP, fuel and EP.
    
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    BOSS:  2x Wandknight
    
    Turn on the Booster immediately, then commence using Guided Shot, they should 
    go down with 2 hits each. Take out one before starting on the other.
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    BOSS:  Clawknight and Swordknight and Aegisknight
    
    Same as above, booster then Guided shot. First take out the Clawknight then 
    the Swordknight. You will probably run out of EP around now, so turn off 
    Booster and use some Rosesol. Fortunately the Aegisknight will probably never 
    hit you. You want to end this battle with most of you HP and EP and around 
    half of your fuel
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    BOSS:  Vierge
    
    Same again, switch on booster and use your ether.  After a couple of turns the
    dialogue commences. Expect to take a lot of damage in this fight, her attacks 
    rarely miss and hit pretty hard.
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    Now you have to do some more platform jumping, but everything in this area is 
    the same as before the bosses. If you are taking the no refuel version of this
    challenge you can get the Nomad Fix Bot to fight you by telling him you canít 
    trust him, although they occur randomly in this area as well.
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    1.12 Fatima Castle:
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    No changes from regular strategy but be sure to save on the Yggdrasil. 
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    1.13 Border Guard:
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    Try to avoid as much damage here as possible. Ideally, you should try to avoid
    all unnecessary fights, which is possible to pull off. You may opt to replace 
    your Magnetic Coats for the A/C and a few x C Circuit+1, thus giving you great
    speed. Also, for these little battles with the Troopers you may want to 
    unequip your Ether Doubler because you can beat these guys without it, but be 
    sure to put it back on before the Kefeinzel.
    
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    BOSS:  Main Gun and 2x Small Gun
    
    The Small Guns are your primary concern, because without armor upgrades they 
    will hit you for 200+ damage very often. Turn on Booster and use your Guided 
    Shot to take them down. They will take 2 hits each. The Main Gun will only 
    take 3 hits, so you have some extra time, it should be 3 turns, use it to 
    restore your MP.
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    BOSS:  Dora
    
    This is tough.  You will probably have very little HP left at this point, but 
    fortunately you have some help. Unfortunately, none of your Gears can break 
    through his armor, so just have them attack. Turn on Weltallís Booster then 
    use Guided Shot. Fortunately, with your Magnetic Coats, this guy will 
    practically never hit you. If Fei dies after you break Doraís Armor you can 
    keep on fighting with the pirate Gears and you can still win. Your main goal 
    is to just keep blasting. When Fei runs out of EP the Dora is almost dead 
    anyways, so you can just smash it with regular attacks.
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    BOSS:  ?
    
    No more (or less) impossible to defeat then ever, just let it happen.
    Another chance to save after a big battle and also this is your last chance to
    unequip Bart for awhile.
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    1.14 Nortune (D block):
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    No changes from regular strategy, but you should change Feiís equipment back 
    to normal now.
    
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    BOSS:  Leonardo
    
    No changes from regular strategy
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    BOSS: Heinrich
    
    No changes from regular strategy
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    BOSS: Vargas
    
    No changes from regular strategy
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    BOSS: Suzarn
    
    No changes from regular strategy
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    BOSS:  Rico
    
    No changes from regular strategy, you can't win.
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    Sewers:
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    No changes from regular strategy
    Be sure to get all the treasures here and have Rico learn some deathblows.
    
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    BOSS:  Redrum
    
    No changes from regular strategy, if youíre having difficulty consult a guide,
    you just might need it.
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    BOSS:  Wiseman
    
    No changes from regular strategy, it doesn't matter what you do.
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    1.15 Central Administrative District:
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    Get the Power Magic in the basement. Equip it to Weltall, nearly doubling his 
    Ether power. When you meet up with Rico, you can change his equipment. Take 
    the MomentoChain and equip it, then equip 3 Magnetic Coats on Stier.
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    1.16 A Block:
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    No changes from regular strategy just be sure that youíre stocked up.
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    1.17 Underground Dock:
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    No changes from regular strategy
    Make sure you save, its going to get rough. Youíre almost guaranteed to die a 
    few times before you get it right, which is really annoying since there will 
    be a lot of repetitive cut scenes between the fights with no chance to save.
    
    Equip Fei with the Ether Stone and the Ether Doubler. Equip Weltall with the 
    Power Magic, Frame HP50 and Resp circuit, which can be bought here, because 
    the Magnetic Coat would slow you down.
    
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    BOSS:  Rankar R
    
    Make sure youíre equipped with the Ether Doubler, and you can take this guy in
    a single Guided Shot.
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    BOSS:  Aegisknight R
    
    Use your Guided Shots, which now hit even harder thanks to the Power Magic. No
    need for Booster as this will only take a two hits, and his first attack 
    never does any damage.
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    BOSS: Swordknight R
    
    Be careful, this guy could kill you with one turn and is arguable the toughest
    fight in this challenge, but probably will only do around 1000 damage with 
    each turn. Immediately switch on your Booster. Whenever you take heavy damage,
    which will probably be every turn, restore your HP. Otherwise, blast away with
    your Ether. 2 Guided Shots will bring this guy down, but thatís more than 
    enough time for you to find your self at or near deathís door. With any luck, 
    you will beat this guy, but it will probably take several tries. If you have 
    hit him once already, blast him again and finish the battle instead of 
    healing.
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    BOSS:  Clawknight R
    
    You will probably low on HP, and this guy does around 800 damage with his 
    attacks. If you have under 800 damage you must heal your first turn, and then 
    use Booster. From here its easy sailing, heal if your under 800 and use Guided
    Shot otherwise. Just keep telling yourself that youíll never have to fight 
    with only Weltall again.
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    BOSS:  2x Wandknight R
    
    Fei is probably very low on EP and fuel by now, but fortunately Rico comes to 
    help. No real strategy is necessary, since Rico could beat these guys on his 
    own, but use whatever is left of Feiís ether so he doesnít have to.
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    Finally, you have a chance to save. Not only is the worst of it now over, its 
    now clear sailing all the way since some very powerful allies will be joining 
    you from here on in. Replace Weltallís Resp Circuit with the Beam Coat, since 
    there wonít be any physical attacks in this fight. Also, use an Omegasol on 
    Fei, since he must be just about out of EP by now.
    
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    BOSS:  Hecht
    
    This is not a very tough boss, especially since youíre not alone anymore. Have
    Fei use his Guided Shot and Rico just smash stuff. Since all of her attacks 
    are ether based, Weltallís crappy armor doesnít matter at all.
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    1.18 Goliath Factory:
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    Now for the first time you actually have a choice of who to bring along, and 
    the choices do make a difference. To make things simple, bring Rico and Elly, 
    since the coming dungeon is all Gear battles, and Heimdal is almost as weak as
    Weltall. Equip both Weltall and Stier with three Magnetic Coats. Equip Vierge 
    with a Power Magic, a Beam Coat and a Def Circuit. Equip Elly with the Ether 
    Stone and the Ether Doubler. Honestly, you wonít need the Doubler until the 
    next boss, but you might as well equip it now, itís not as if an Omegasol is 
    expensive. You can buy a new rod for Vierge, but honestly, when are you ever 
    going to use her physical attacks?  Now you can enter the dungeon. From now on
    Vierge will be your best gear to attack with. Ellyís awesome ether abilities 
    will allow her to beat almost any enemy in a single hit, and she is fast as 
    hell while doing it. The only drawback is her incredibly low HP, but the boys
    should take the brunt of the damage.  If Elly ever starts to get low on HP, 
    you can switch to a Frame HP, heal, and then switch back between battles, 
    since you donít really need her fuel anyways. The same goes for the others, 
    but itís most important for Elly. Also, be sure to keep a constant eye on her 
    EP, and use an Omegasol whenever it gets low.
    
    Once you start fighting inside the factory, youíll pretty much be using Ellyís
    ether every turn. Ricoís X attack can take care of some of the enemy Gears, 
    though he is so slow his main purpose is as a tank, while Fei is so useless he
    should just charge every turn (you might as well just have him get out and 
    walk). When there are swarms of Mechanics, Use her more powerful spells.
    
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    BOSS:  Fis-6
    
    This guy is pretty easy. Just have Elly throw on the Booster and blast away. 
    Fei wonít be of any help except to use Rosesol on Elly. If she started out 
    full, she wonít need any. You really canít lose this battle. Even if he only 
    ever attacks Elly she will still beat him first.
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    BOSS:  Grahf
    
    You donít need to win this fight, but itís easy enough to do, just fight your 
    hardest with the same setup from before.
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    1.19 Yggdrasil:
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    While youíre here, buy some D Circuits and equip them to Brigandier
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    1.20 Thames:
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    There is plenty of stuff to do and get here. Buy at least 5 E Circuits.
    Change Viergeís equipment to 3 x E Circuit.
    
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    BOSS:  Haishao
    
    Have Elly blast with Ether and she can finish this battle in 2 turns. Just to 
    make sure she doesnít get attacked, have Bart use Wild Smile.
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    Be sure to restore your HP between fights, and unequip Fei of anything 
    important.
    
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    BOSS:  Bladegash
    
    Noticing a pattern here?  Elly will end this battle in 2 hits as well.
    ******************************************************************************
    
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    BOSS:  Haishao and Miangís Gear
    
    Same as above, just hope Elly doesnít get killed. You should also have Bart 
    use Wild Smile, both to prevent his attacks and to make Miang waste her turn 
    removing it.
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    1.21 Aquvy:
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    Before launching the Yggdrasil, I recommend changing your party to include 
    Rico and Elly. You can now end any random battle in one hit with Aerods, and 
    get that one hit in before they have a chance to fight back.
    
    Also, now would be a good time to put all that extra money youíve been saving 
    to good use. Take a detour back to Nisan and buy some more Ether Doublers.
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    1.22 Ethos HQ:
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    No changes from regular strategy
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    1.23 Orphanage:
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    No changes from regular strategy
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    1.24 Ethos Transport Ship:
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    While this is a character dungeon, there is a Gear boss at the end, as well as
    a character boss. If you donít want to get killed in the Gear battle, which 
    you donít, you should bring a party with good Gear power, ideally Rico and 
    Elly. However, you also need decent character power, which both Rico and Elly 
    leave something to be desired. However, this is an easy enough dungeon and you
    should be at a pretty high level, so that shouldnít be a problem.  If it does,
    change the party to include Citan and Elly. Once onboard the ship itís 
    business as usual. I should also point out that the Ether Doubler doubles the 
    strength of Billyís square attack both in and out of gear.
    
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    BOSS: Bloody
    
    No changes from regular strategy.
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    BOSS:  Giant Wels
    
    You have Elly, right?  Now it's time for Aerods to do their thing. This battle
    should be over in two rounds with the help of Aerods and Billyís square 
    attack, but be careful; those two rounds could be enough for the Wels to kill 
    off Elly. If that happens, you can finish the battle with Billy and Ricoís 
    attacks.
    ******************************************************************************
    
    As soon as you can, change Renmazuoís equipment to a Power Magic and 2x E 
    Circuit.
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    1.25 Ethos HQ:
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    No changes from regular strategy, bring whomever you wish.
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    1.26 Ethos Dig Site:
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    No changes from regular strategy, bring whomever you wish.
    
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    BOSS:  Tolone and Seraphita
    
    No changes from regular strategy.
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    BOSS:  Id
    
    No changes from regular strategy.
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    1.27 Yggdrasil:
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    Unequip your characters; the next fight is in Gears
    
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    BOSS:  Alkanshel
    
    You can choose your characters, and Elly is an obvious choice. For the third 
    you might want to bring along Bart for his Wild Smile to prevent Elly from 
    getting killed off by a physical attack. Rico isnít really necessary with 
    Billyís high HP and attack power, but either way the third character choice is
    fairly moot. Use Aerods and Billyís square attack to sink this guy. Since his 
    first attack is always to halve your HP, you are guaranteed at least 2 rounds 
    of Aerods, after which point Billy can easily finish this guy off if Elly 
    dies. One final warning, this guy has a final attack that will damage all of 
    your characters, and may very well kill off Elly and or Bart, but Billy will 
    almost definitely survive, so you still win.
    ******************************************************************************
    
    Oh goody, now Fei is back. Youíre once again stuck with the crappiest Gear, 
    but you have enough others to do all the dirty work. First of all I should 
    Point out that the entrance of Babel Tower is a point of no return, and is 
    your absolute last chance to go to Nisan and buy any more Ether Doublers, or 
    Holy Pendants or Life Stones for that matter. I suggest no less than 3 Ether 
    Doublers, the one Holy Pendant that came with Billy is enough, and Life Stones
    arenít that crucial. If you need some more cash you can now return to the 
    B-info store.
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    1.28 Babel Tower:
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    Now you have to choose your characters again, and itís a choice that youíll be
    stuck with for a long time. Youíre stuck with Fei, and Billy is an obvious 
    must. You have some choices for the third character, however. One excellent 
    choice is Elly, who with her awesome ether attacks as well as Billyís 
    guarantees a quick victory to any fight. However, you are getting to the point
    where her low HP is a real minus. Rico offers some excellent defense, but 
    Billy will wind up your main character due to the overwhelming difference in 
    speed and offensive power. Another factor to consider is that youíll be stuck 
    with these characters in a pretty tough character dungeon in Shevat, in which 
    enemies have strong attack and elemental defenses, making Billy a poor choice.
    Both Elly and Rico leave something to be desired in character combat, so you 
    might want to consider bringing Citan as your third character. Though he sucks
    in Gears, Billy will be able to carry the weight of the entire team through 
    Babel Tower, and Citan will be a definite plus in Shevat. Technically, theyíre
    all valid choices, except for Bart, so here itís up to you. Personally, I 
    recommend Elly, but thatís just me.
    
    Equip your characters like this:
    
    Renmazuo is equipped with a Power Magic and 2x E Circuit
    Weltall (and Heimdal or Stier if either is in your party) is equipped with 3 x
    Magnetic Coat
    Vierge, if in your party, is equipped with 3x E Circuit
    
    Billy should have an Ether Doubler and an Ether Stone
    Equip Fei with the second Ether Doubler and stuff to raise his Ether Defense, 
    i.e. Wedding Dress, LongDarkCoat, etc. unless Elly is in the party, in which 
    case she gets them.
    If Elly is in your Party, she should have the third Ether Doubler and stuff to
    raise her Ether Defense. NOTE:  She only really needs the Ether Doubler for 
    the Bosses, since she can kill most enemies in a single hit without it. If you
    are cheap you can safely remove it for much of the dungeon.
    
    When fighting random battles inside the dungeon, you should adhere to the 
    following:
    
    Fei will just charge, so he can restore his damage between fights. 
    Alternatively, he may use Guided Shot on the weaker enemies in this dungeon, 
    such as the Traffic Jam, but his attacks are useless.
    Billy will use his square attack on anything that moves, thatís what heís here
    for. 
    Citan will just charge, so he can restore his damage between fights. 
    Rico can use his most powerful physical attacks to take down your weaker 
    enemies, such as the Traffic Jam, in a single hit. 
    Leave the stronger enemies to Billy.
    Elly will use her Ether attacks, and use Omegasol to restore her EP between 
    fights if necessary. She will save her Aerods for harder times and to save her
    fuel for HP restoring.
    
    The bottom part of this dungeon is easy. Every battle consists of a group of 3
    x Traffic Jam. If you use Feiís ether, and didnít bring Citan, you can finish 
    every battle before the enemy gets a chance to attack.
    
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    BOSS:  Wyvern and Miangís Gear
    
    This fight is disappointingly easy. In Ramsusí defense, his gear has excellent
    accuracy and evasion, and would be pretty formidable against Gears with only 
    physical attacks. Against powerful ether attacks, heís pretty defenseless. 
    Billy can finish him off easily. If you brought along Elly, you can take him 
    in one attack with Aerods.
    ******************************************************************************
    
    The next part of the dungeon consists of smaller groups (1 or 2) of different 
    enemy Gears, none of whom pose a significant threat. There is also an enemy 
    known as Fuel Tank that will restore your HP and fuel like the Nomad Fix Bot.
    
    There is a Self-repairing Robot in the final vertical section of the dungeon. 
    If you are not doing the no-refuel version of the challenge you can use his 
    assistance, but since youíre just using cheap ether attacks thereís no risk of
    running out of fuel anyways.
    
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    BOSS:  Seibzehn
    
    This is another easy boss. Just use the same strategy as you did with Ramsus 
    and this battle will be over before it began.
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    1.29 Shevat:
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    The only affect this challenge has on this area is who you brought along; 
    otherwise there are no changes from regular strategy. Be sure to get the 
    Wisemanís treasure and the Chu-Chu tribeís treasure if you have the badges, 
    while youíre here.
    
    When Maria joins you, donít take Billy along, he wonít be much help. Bring 
    your other character; it will work out fine whoever it is. Citan is ideal, but
    Elly or Rico will do just fine, especially if Fei has the PowerCrisis.
    
    Buy 5x or so Power Magic while youíre here.
    Also buy plenty of Ether Stones, and whatever other stuff you might need, such
    as ammo for Billy.
    
    A little trick thatís worth mentioning is that Mariaís character ether attacks
    are based on Seibzehnís stats. Equip Seibzehn with 3x Power Magic whenever you
    have Maria in character battle so she will have the offensive power she needs 
    to crush her enemies with a single blast.
    
    There are some pretty tough monsters in the emergency shaft, and any character
    that would have been helpful in Babel Tower will leave a bit to be desired 
    against them. Normally I would have suggested bringing Citan, but as I 
    mentioned earlier that will be a problem in this challenge. If you went with 
    Elly like me, you will find that around this time she starts being able to 
    actually do some damage with her rods, but sheís still not really a fighter. 
    Beating this dungeon with Elly, Fei and Maria isnít terribly difficult, but 
    watch out for the Tears, if Fei gets killed you just might lose.
    
    Now comes the big fight. Remember when I said that the battle against 
    Swordknight R was arguably the toughest in this challenge?  Well here comes a 
    close second. This is going to require a bit of strategy. You have four 
    generators to protect, and can assign only one Gear to defend each. 
    Fortunately you also get to pick the order of the fights and reequip between 
    them. The problem is that you can not assign anybody to more than one of the 
    fights, so you have to pick who fights which fight. This spells big trouble 
    for the no Upgrade Challenge, because only a few of your Gears have any real
    power at this point.
    So, who do you choose?
    
    Battle one just screams for Elly, a single blast of Aerods and this fight is 
    over. Even outside of this challenge this is the only way to go.
    
    Billy is your best fighter now, so he should get either Battle 3 or 4, since 
    they will be the hardest. Put him on battle four.
    
    Thatís two battles down, and all of your best ether attackers are already 
    used.
    
    Any of Heimdal, Brigandier, or Weltall can get killed with one hit by either 
    Citadel or Avalanche, and Rico is the only one powerful enough to stand up to 
    either, but they all lack the offensive power necessary to win.
    
    Believe it or not Fei actually comes in handy again, as does Bart. They can 
    both use ether attacks.
    
    Assign your characters like this:
    
    Generator One:  Elly
    Generator Two:  Fei
    Generator Three:  Billy
    Generator Four:  Bart
    
    Equip your Gears like this:
    
    Brigandier and Weltall:  3x Magnetic Coat
    Vierge:  3x E Circuit
    Renmazuo:  Power Magic and 3x E Circuit
    
    Equip your characters like this:
    
    Fei, Elly, Bart and Billy:  Ether Doubler and 2x Ether Stone
    If you only have 3 Ether Doublers, Elly doesnít really need one.
    
    Excuse me for being repetitive, now for your actual strategies:
    Once youíve gotten everything assigned and equipped, be sure to save so you 
    can just run to Zephyr and start the battles.
    I recommend fighting in this order: 2, 4, 3, and 1 in order to get the fights 
    you are most likely to lose out of the way first. Any way you look at it, this
    is going to take a few tries at least you donít a half hour of cut scenes 
    between the last save and the fights this time. Fei and Bartís fights will 
    stop you many times, but once you beat those two victory is almost guaranteed.
    
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    BOSS:  6x Solaris Guard and 2x Littlefoot Gear
    
    Just use Aerods, battle over. Some of the Solaris Guard may attack, but there 
    attacks are ether based and only do around 220 damage, even with Ellyís low HP
    and even if they all attack you  that still leaves around 100 HP, so there is 
    no way they can kill you.
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    BOSS:  3x White Knight
    
    Next to Generator four, this is the hardest, and there is a good chance of you
    getting killed here, even before you get a single hit in. Immediately turn on 
    Booster, and hope you donít get killed too quickly. Use your Guided Shot 3 
    times and youíre golden, however this involves surviving 7 or 8 rounds of 
    attack that, if they connect, take over two thirds of your HP, or a third if 
    you manage to block. This comes down to place all bets on high evasion and 
    pray. The odds of victory are less than fifty/fifty, but on the plus side this
    battle will be over very quickly, one way or the other. You should probably 
    get this one out of the way first. One final note is that if you always attack
    the White Knight whose turn came up least recently you can lap one of them and
    get away with only 7 attacks.
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    BOSS:  2x White Knight and Citadel
    
    Throw on Booster. You can use your JessieCannon on the Citadel to take it down
    in one hit. Then use your square attack to wipe out the White Knights. You 
    should have a much better chance of survival than either Fei or Bart, although
    there is still a slight chance that you will lose.
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    BOSS:  2x White Knight and Avalanche
    
    A very tough battle, although not as tough as number two, you can still be 
    killed before you have a chance to attack. I suggest you get this one out of 
    the way early, since youíre somewhat likely to die here too. Immediately turn 
    on the Booster. Your first priority is the White Knights. They are much faster
    and can kill you in as little as two hits. Granted, Avalanche can kill you in 
    one, but it is much less likely to ever get that one hit in. Use Heaven Cent 
    to take out the two Knights in your next two turns. Thus you only have to 
    worry about five attacks from these guys. In your fourth turn, cast Wild Smile
    on Avalanche, and he will probably never hit you at all. Now you can use your 
    Ygg D.Charge for about 1000 damage, but you only have enough fuel to use it 
    once, so youíre main weapon will be your Heaven Cent, for around 340 damage 
    each. You will probably run out of EP before killing him, but you can just use
    a Rosesol. Keep it up and he should go down before he ever hits you, and 
    shortly before you run out of fuel.
    
    Alternatively, if you have at least 48 EP you should do the following: On your
    first turn take out one of a White Knight with Heaven Cent. If you have taken 
    no damage by your second turn, cast Wild Smile on Avalanche then cast Heaven 
    Cent on the other White Knight on your third turn. If you have taken damage, 
    cast Heaven Cent on the other White Knight then cast Wild Smile on Avalanche 
    on your third turn. Then use the Ygg D.Charge for the next two turns, and then
    use your Heaven Cent for the next 9 turns to finish off Avalanche.
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    BOSS:  Achtzehn
    
    No changes from regular strategy, although Iím pretty sure you canít actually 
    lose this battle. Good thing too, since you sure wouldnít want to fight the 
    generator battles again.
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    You now have two strong new additions to the team, Chu-Chu and Maria. Seibzehn
    is an extremely powerful Gear, though a tad on the slow side, but superior to 
    any other Gear in every other way.
    Chu-Chu pales in comparison to Seibzehn, but has her uses, including that she 
    is unaffected by the conditions of this challenge, allowing her to be helpful 
    in a clutch. Read more about Chu-Chu in the general strategies section.
    
    As if that werenít enough you can now access your 7 AP deathblows thanks to 
    Gasparís removing the Limiter.
    
    Also it is about this time that you will realize how much money you have been 
    saving by not upgrading, in spite of all the special shopping you have had to 
    do (Ether Doublers, etc.)  Unfortunately, there is really nothing to spend it 
    on that will help you at all right now. So just keep on hoarding the wealth.
    
    Now you can fly to any place on the map. You can now start Battling in Nortune
    for some great prizes. You can put this off until after you get Emeralda, but 
    it wonít be any easier until disc 2, and for this challenge getting some of 
    the prizes early will help a bit. Also, after what you just went through in 
    Shevat, you could use a little break from the danger. While Battling is 
    exactly the same in this challenge, it is more important than usual to get the
    rare items from this minigame early on, whereas normally I would recommend 
    just coming back on disc 2 when this will be a lot easier, so I will provide a
    brief guide to Battling, see Appendix A 
    
    This is also youíre last chance to sell Hobgob meats to the B-info store on 
    Disc One, so you might as well sell yours off while your in town.
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    1.30 Nisan:
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    Well, youíre back, and extremely rich, but the accessory shop has closed down 
    for good. Itís a good thing you saved up enough to buy those Ether Doublers 
    earlier, eh?  Just a couple of character battles here so bring whomever.
    
    Mausoleum/ Fort Jasper:
    
    This is interesting, a character dungeon with a Gear Boss at the end. Also, 
    youíre stuck with both Fei and Bart, so you only have once character choice. 
    Fortunately neither the dungeon nor the boss is particularly tough, no matter 
    who you choose Fei and Bart can take care of things on their own so youíre 
    choice of a third character is not really that important. Personally, I 
    suggest Billy, because heís awesome in a gear and pretty decent out of one.
    
    Finally, Brigandier is replaced by Andvari. Although it is the weakest 
    Omnigear in the game, Bart can now actually do damage in Gear fights again. 
    However, itís still the same old Bart, just with much more brute strength, and
    a little bit of Hyper Mode.
    
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    BOSS:  2x Neo Etone
    
    A real easy fight, Andvari can take these weaklings on his own. Fei will be of
    no help whatsoever, but whoever you brought as your third can give a helping 
    hand.
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    1.31 Ignasí Gate Cave:
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    Itís a small Gear dungeon (only 2 fights) and Bart is still required. Bring 
    somebody with a powerful Gear along. Elly or Billy can blast with Ether and 
    make short work of your enemies. Alternatively, you might want to bring Maria 
    or Chu-Chu as a defensive character to see what they can do in a real battle. 
    Be sure to buy and equip the SBlood GWhip in town before heading in.
    
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    BOSS:  Shakhan
    
    He has a lot of HP, some decent attack power, and counters every attack and 
    can heal himself for 1000HP.  If you brought Elly or Billy you can do some 
    serious damage and end this battle much more quickly, but risk them getting 
    killed as well. Turn on your boosters and smash away, just avoid any attacks 
    when he is not hooked up to the Gate.
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    1.32 Gate Generator 2:
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    And now, even more Gear Battles. It is recommendable, though not strictly 
    necessary, to replace Chu-Chu with Maria for this battle. If you already did 
    the Battling side quest you can equip some of those rare items on Bartís team.
    
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    BOSS:  Marinebasher and Bladegash
    
    By conventional means of combat, this would be a hard battle. But for our 
    purposes, this is the easiest boss in the game. Just have Elly use Aerods once
    and the battle is over without the enemy making a single attack. Have Elly 
    equipped with an Ether Doubler and Vierge with the usual 3 x E Circuit and 
    Ellyís turn comes before they even have a chance to move and ends with 
    victory.
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    BOSS:  Skyghene and Grandgrowl
    
    Their attacks are all elemental and ether based, so they can do little damage 
    to Seibzehn, and even less to Chu-Chu. I recommend throwing on boosters and 
    just smashing away, preferably taking out one target first and then focusing 
    on the other. Skyghene is more dangerous, so she is probably the better 
    choice. If you brought Chu-Chu instead of Maria, have Bart use his Wild Smile 
    so she can actually hit them, and have Chu-Chu heal Bart if he needs it. Maria
    is strong enough to beat these guys on her own, and Chu-Chu can heal herself 
    for more than the enemies can hurt her for.
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    BOSS:  Marinebasher and Bladegash
    
    Elly has more than enough Fuel to use Aerods twice, so this battle is no 
    harder than the first.
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    BOSS:  Skyghene and Grandgrowl
    
    The only real risk here is if Bart gets killed because of his low Ether 
    Defense, and Chu-Chu cannot hit the enemies for more than they can heal 
    because their evasion is too high, resulting in a stalemate until you run out 
    of Rosesol. If you are really worried about Bart dying, you could have 
    equipped him with some FrameHP or armor to protect him from fire and wind 
    elemental attacks, but this is still a pretty easy battle.
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    1.33 Sargasso:
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    Another fairly easy dungeon is coming up. I recommend this strategy to kill 
    off the enemy before Fei gets killed in every battle. Make your party consist 
    of Fei, Elly, and Billy. Equip everybody with Ether Doubler and 2x Ether 
    Stone. Equip all gears with the best Ether amplification you can without 
    slowing anybody down, meaning 3x E Circuit for Vierge and 2x E Circuit and a 
    Power Magic each for Weltall and Renmazuo. Once inside you can beat any enemy 
    in before they have a chance to move, except for the Death Scythe. 
    Alternative, Elly can wipe out the entire force with a single shot, but thatís
    just overkill (although it certainly is fun to take down all 3 mermen at 
    once). If you take any damage in random battles, donít bother using restoring 
    it. Also, be sure to keep an eye on your EP, thatís what Omegasol is for after
    all. 
    
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    BOSS:  Crescens
    
    The last time you will ever have to worry about Weltall, thankfully. Here is 
    the mighty Crescens, one of the best Gears youíll ever get, but as always 
    terribly low on HP. Use Aerods then JessieCannon and the battle is over 
    without her making a single attack (although in reality Crescens is supposed 
    to be faster than Vierge or Renmazuo, but I guess that makes up for Ricoís 
    sudden power loss after you fight him).
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    Now youíre at the gates of the biggest point of no return in the game, the 
    entrance to Solaris!   There are a couple of thing I recommend doing before 
    that. First, you should probably make a backup save incase you forget 
    anything. Second, if you havenít already done so, hit the Battling Arena. If 
    you skipped over this part, see above about 2 pages for the guide. Also, go to
    Bledavik and purchase 90 x or so Hob-Steak. Also, you may want to raise your 
    exp, deathblows (wizardry ring can now help) and cash a bit. Shevat is a good 
    place to do this.
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    1.34 Solaris:
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    No changes from regular strategy. What, thatís it?  The longest and hardest 
    dungeon in the game finished in one sentence?  Well, if you insist, hereís a 
    words of wisdom:
    Be sure to get the Psycho Rod at Ellyís place. If you want to tear through 
    this place like nobodyís business, equip Citan with Speed Shoes, Power Crisis,
    and Speed Ring S; even Grahf and the Bloody Bros will be powerless.
    
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    BOSS:  2x Bloody Bros
    
    You donít really have to fight these guys, but I consider them a boss fight, 
    so Iím listing them here. Anyways, no changes from regular strategy. The 
    combination to the door is up, down, up, left, right.
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    BOSS:  Grahf and Executioner
    
    No changes from regular strategy.
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    **End Disc 1**
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    ============Section 2====================Walkthrough: Disc 2==================
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    NOTE:  A large piece of the game from here on out is only cut scenes, but I 
    will only list the areas which you can actually do something in
    
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    2.1 Tauraís House:
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    No changes from regular strategy. Also, you are now free from of your oldest 
    Gears, Weltall and Heimdal are replaced by the mighty Weltall-2 and the none 
    too shabby Fenrir, respectively. Not only is Fei usable in Gear battles again,
    he is now downright awesome.
    
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    BOSS:  Vandetta
    
    No changes from regular strategy. With Weltall-2 this is an incredibly easy 
    battle
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    BOSS:  Ft. Hurricane
    
    No changes from regular strategy, since you can't change Weltall-IV's 
    equipment
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    BOSS:  Sufal Mass and 4x Sufal
    
    No changes from regular strategy.
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    2.2 Anima Dungeon 1:
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    No changes from regular strategy, this is a character dungeon after all.
    
    The bosses here are an interesting story. You have a character boss battle 
    immediately followed by a Gear boss battle, and you canít change your party or
    equipment in between. So you will have to create a party that can win in both 
    battles. Really, this isnít terribly hard given your current options. I 
    recommend the following:  your party should consist of Fei, Billy and Citan. 
    Fei and Billy both have decent armor, but Billy has an Ether Doubler and Fei 
    has a Holy Pendant, and Citan is equipped with 2x Speed Ring S and the Power 
    Crisis and is low on HP.  Renmazuoís equipment is the same as ever, and both 
    Weltall-2 and Fenrir are equipped with Magnetic Coats, and Weltall-2 with the 
    GNRS50.
    
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    BOSS:  Dominia and Kelvena and Tolone and Seraphita
    
    No point in handling these girls with kid gloves, Have Citan take them all 
    down one by one, with the 7 AP deathblow corresponding to their opposing 
    elements. Even if he dies, he should have taken down at least 3 of them before
    Dominia takes her first turn. Fei and Billy can finish the battle from there.
    ******************************************************************************
    
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    BOSS:  G Elements
    
    Well, they have a lot of HP and defense, and pretty powerful attacks. I 
    recommend throwing on Boosters for everyone, have Citan attack and use his 
    deathblows, Fei use System Id and his infinities and Billy use his squares. 
    Despite their strength, this battle will be over shortly.
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    2.3 Anima Dungeon 2:
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    It has been a long time since the last Gear dungeon. I recommend your party 
    consist of Fei, Billy and Emeralda, so you can make a fast end to any random 
    battle here. Billy is equipped with an Ether Doubler and 2 x Ether StoneLg, 
    Emeralda is equipped with the dolls, and Crescens is equipped with 2x Resp 
    Circuit and a Magnetic Coat. Note; if you donít bring along either Emeralda or
    Elly the Croaker Tribe can get to be a nuisance. Go about solving this tricky 
    dungeon the same as you normally would, since there are no fights in the 
    puzzle rooms. Also you should definitely make a backup save before taking on 
    Hammer, this is your last chance to level up on random battles for a very long
    time, from here on in its all cut scenes and boss fights, and big ones at 
    that. If you're doing the no refuel challenge this is Chu-Chuís first real 
    chance to shine, as she can heal your other Gears in battle. Feiís level 
    should be at least 70 before you continue.
    
    Also, unequip Elly beforehand as well. 
    
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    BOSS:  Hammer
    
    Technically, you can just run from him, but then you donít get the infamous 
    Trader Card. Thereís no real reason you should have to do this, however, since
    even in this challenge this battle isnít too hard if you know what you're 
    doing. Have Crescens turn on Booster and use weak attacks and deathblows until
    she has some decent Hyper Mode. Then have Weltall-2 and Renmazuo turn on their
    Boosters as well. Use System Id when Feiís turn comes up. Then he will use his
    Kishin and Billy will Square while Emeralda uses her X attack. Once Hammer 
    stops fighting change strategies a bit. Have Billy instead use JessieCannon 
    and if Emeralda doesnít reach infinity by her second turn now have her use her
    most powerful deathblow. If you win, you get the Trader Card, which should 
    become a permanent fixture on Feiís body.
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    2.4 Mahanon:
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    You get the chance to change your party and equipment, then two back to back 
    bosses of incredible power. The second of which it doesnít matter if you win 
    or lose, and is far stronger than any other enemy in the game, including the 
    final boss and the unbeatable bosses. Many people claim that this fight is in 
    fact unbeatable, but it is entirely possible to win, but it is actually 
    entirely beatable. In this challenge he is even harder than usual, but it is 
    still possible to win. The first of the two bosses is pretty godlike in his 
    own right, and you canít save or reequip between fights, and although you do 
    get a free fuel and HP restore, youíll really want a different strategy for 
    the two bosses. You should decide ahead of time if you really want to try for 
    both. I will supply two different strategies depending on your decision.
    
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    BOSS:  Deus
    
    If you arenít trying to win both fights;
    Whoever you bring, equip their gears with a FrameHP unit. Bringing Chu-Chu 
    helps a bit. When actually fighting, do not attack Deus, ever. He counters by 
    healing himself for 16000 HP, which is more than you could ever hope to deal 
    out. He has his one attack that halves the HP of all your Gears, and his own 
    as well. Wait for him to use this attack 3 times, while keeping your HP up by 
    healing when necessary (he does have other attacks as well), then have Fei 
    use Kishin (requires level infinity). Using this strategy, you canít lose.
    
    If you are trying to win both fights;
    This is suddenly a bit more difficult. Bring along Fei, Bart, and Chu-Chu. 
    Have Fei equip the Trader Card and Speed Shoes. Have Bart equip the Ether 
    Doubler and 2x EtherStoneLg. Equip Andvari with 2 x Power Magic and an E 
    Circuit. Equip Chu-Chu with 2x Speed Ring S and a Yamato Belt. As before, have
    your Gears sit back and charge until Deus halves his HP 3 times, leaving him 
    with only 5000, then have Fei use Kishin or Bart use Ygg D.Charge. Chu-Chu, 
    however, should user her Forest Dance to heal your Gears every single turn. 
    Just choose whoever has the lowest remaining HP. Donít get too upset if you 
    take heavy damage here, you get a free heal between fights.
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    BOSS:  Alpha Weltall
    
    If you arenít trying to win, you donít have to try to lose, it will come 
    naturally. If you brought along Citan for the previous battle you will be left
    with only 2 Gears. This is the ultimate Gear, faster than even Crescens, so 
    strong he easily does 9999 damage with his physical hits and able to kill 
    anybody in a single turn with his triple attack. He has a lot of HP, around 
    100,000 I believe, which is over twice what the final (or any other) boss has.
    On top of that, he has incredibly high defenses; most of your normal attacks 
    wonít even scratch him. However, if you followed my strategy above you can win
    this one. Have Fei immediately use System Id and then use Kishin every turn 
    until his infinity runs out, then repeat. He should do around 8000 damage each
    time thanks to the GNRS50. Have Bart use his Wild Smile on his opening turn, 
    this should completely prevent him from hurting you with his physical attacks,
    which used to do up to 29997 damage, and leave him with only his 4000 damage 
    guided shot. After that, switch on his Booster, then use Ygg D.Charge every 
    turn thereafter, inflicting 8-9000 damage a pop. Chu-Chu should just heal 
    every turn, but concentrate on healing the other Gears, as Chu-Chu is unable 
    to do any real damage. He has over 100,000 hit points, but you should be able 
    to knock that off in 13 hits, 8 from Fei and 5 From Bart, letting you finish 
    this battle with fuel to spare. Youíre reward is the elusive Slayer Robe, not 
    a particularly great item, but the symbol of having beaten the toughest enemy 
    there is, and in the No Upgrade Challenge no less!  Actually, he wasnít even 
    that tough, by the standards of this challenge and compared to some of the 
    rough spots on Disc 1.
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    2.5 Merkava:
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    Not a real dungeon, but you can save, change your characters and equip, and 
    even shop or upgrade (note:  donít upgrade now; youíve made it this far now 
    you're almost home free!). There are two very tough bosses ahead, and you 
    donít even get healed between fights this time.  You can beat this with the 
    same party you used for Deus. You will definitely need the ability to heal, 
    whether through Chu-Chu or FrameHP.
    
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    BOSS:  Amphysvena
    
    Ramsusí revenge and heís pretty tough this time. His initial attack will take 
    all of your HP to 1, and he can use it again if he wants. You should heal 
    immediately with whoever can, and then hit him hard. Use your most powerful 
    Gear options. Booster is also highly recommended for anybody without Speed 
    Shoes. Fortunately, other than that one attack this guy isnít that strong.
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    BOSS:  Opiomorph
    
    She only has one attack, an ether attack which hits everybody. However, she 
    counters every attack by making herself stronger. Considering how weak you 
    probably are after the last battle, you may want to use the beginning of this 
    battle as an opportunity to heal and charge, because her attack power is 
    pretty low at first. Chu-Chu can help a lot here. When you finally are ready 
    to fight, go all out and get it over with quickly. That means Booster all 
    around and your strongest attacks, including one last hurrah for System Id. 
    If you're quick about it, and you start your counteroffensive immediately 
    after she attacks, you can finish her off before she attacks again.
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    That takes care of most of the hard bosses, now here comes a lot of plot.
    
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    BOSS:  Id
    
    The mighty Id is in actuality the easiest boss since Ft. Hurricane. This is 
    the only time in the game when you get your choice for all three characters 
    excluding the Pillars of Deus, and also your only chance to see Heimdal with a
    sword. Pretty much any choice of three characters can win this battle if you 
    use them properly.
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    From now on, youíll be stuck with Fei again. But from now on, that will be a 
    good thing.
    
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    BOSS:  True Weltall
    
    No changes from regular strategy, since Xenogears has his optimal equipment.
    ******************************************************************************
    
    Some more great cut scenes and then you're free. You can shop, find treasures,
    practice in random battles, and even go to the world map. There are tons of 
    places to go and things to do, below is a brief list of some objectives.
    
    If you want to change your party members you can do so on the Yggdrasil, or in
    either Anima Dungeon.
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    2.6 SnowfieldHideout:
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    (Clockwise from the entrance)
    Give the miner a Gold Nugget and a Gold Bullion if you want a Jukebox (not 
    necessary, this isnít a master file)
    Pay the waiter 20000 and get the Chu-Chu treasure, which is not strictly 
    necessary but definitely worth it.
    Upgrade the Kishin Sword to the Kijin in the hanger area, which is a big help.
    Trade Midori her ring for the HerculesRing, definitely worthwhile.
    <Skip>
    Come back to this door after visiting Zeboim.
    Play cards with Kanna for the Emer Jr. Doll and Elly Jr. Doll, although you 
    donít really need to.
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    2.7 Yggdrasil:
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    Visit Chu-Chu in the hangar so you can use her in battle again.
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    2.8 Tauraís House:
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    Talk to Taura for the Manly Mantle and Goddess Robe.
    Go train in the woods outside and you can find a monster named Slugger that 
    drops Speed Shoes. Get a couple of these.
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    2.9 Nortune:
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    Here you can trade in all those items youíve been hoarding, such as Fang and 
    Hob-Steak, for cash. Together with everything youíve saved, you should now 
    have upwards of one million G.
    Thereís also the Battling arena, where you can get insane amounts of points by
    using Xenogearsí Square X attack, but you should already have gotten these 
    items on the first Disc, so thereís really no need to visit unless you want to
    get everything else.
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    2.10 Lighthouse:
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    This is probably the most important area to visit, but be sure to bring 
    Emeralda. There are many things to do in the Zeboim ruins here. There are 
    plenty of treasures just waiting to be found and several nice tidbits of plot 
    as well. But the there are two main selling points to this area.
    
    The first of which turning Emeralda into an adult, thus making her about 20% 
    stronger in Gear fights. Also, now you can go back to the SnowfieldHideout for
    the Mermaid Ring.
    
    The second is Big Joeís shop. The upgrades may be off limits, but the 
    accessories and items are a must. Also, this is the only place left to spend 
    all of that great cash youíve been saving up. Buy a bunch of GNRS50 and about 
    50x Ether Drive, and any other Drive you might want. Use all of your Drive on 
    Chu-Chu. 
    
    Be careful for the strong enemies in random battles out on the streets, 
    however.
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    2.11 Duneman Isle:
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    No changes from regular strategy, you donít really need to come here since 
    none of the treasures will help you beat the game.
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    2.12 Anima Dungeon 1:
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    No need to visit here.
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    2.13 Anima Dungeon 2:
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    No need to visit here either, but it is a good place to train if you want to.
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    2.14 Deus:
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    The final dungeon; and itís a pretty big one too. There are some really strong
    enemies here as well. I recommend this strategy:
    
    Bring along Fei, Billy and Emeralda. Equip everybody with speed shoes. Equip 
    Fei with the Trader Card and Holy Pendant. Equip Billy with an Ether Doubler 
    and EtherStoneLg. Equip Emeralda with Mermaid Ring and Goddess Robe (Ether 
    Doubler not needed, she can still one hit just about anything). Equip 
    Xenogears with 3x GNRS50 (in case of Power Seraph). Equip Renmazuo with Power 
    Magic and 2x E Circuit. Equip Crescens with 3x E Circuit. You can now finish 
    any enemy battle without taking any damage or wasting any of Xenogearsí Fuel. 
    You can take down any enemy except for Eagle Armor or Power Seraph in 1 hit 
    with this setup. Use Emeraldaís appropriate elemental spell for the elemental 
    Seraphs. In case you havenít figured out which one is which, the bipedal ones 
    are Wind Seraph, the floating torso with thick arms are Earth Seraph, the 
    short ones with long pointed heads are Fire Seraph, and the doughnut shaped 
    ones are Water Seraph.
    
    Now that youíve made it through that dungeon (it wasnít so bad, now was it?) 
    you can proceed to the final fight.
    
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    BOSS:  Deus (and Pillars)
    
    There are two ways of going about defeating Deus. The first is to attack him 
    directly with your best characters, the second to defeat his Pillars first to 
    weaken him. Even in this challenge either is possible. I will offer strategies
    for both. Note that for either of these options I know for a fact there are 
    many great ways to configure your party, but Iím not going to list them all. 
    Iím not necessarily saying that these are the best ways, only that I have 
    tried them and they work, you can feel free to change the strategy to include 
    your own favorite characters.
    
    Deus has four Pillars, and the more you defeat the weaker Deus becomes. If you
    choose to take them down first I recommend setting up a B team so you can save
    Xenogearsí fuel and HP for dues itself. Chu-Chu is central to this strategy, 
    in that she is immune against most of their special attacks and has high 
    defenses, in addition to HP second only to Xenogears. Use all of your drive on
    her and she can heal for a fair bit of damage, allowing you to not have to 
    keep switching out your weaker characters. Bring along Citan with Speed Shoes 
    and Fenrir equipped with a Magnetic Coat and 2x GNRS50. Bring along Bart 
    equipped with the Ether Doubler, Speed Shoes and EtherStoneLg and Andvari 
    equipped with 2 x Power Magic and an E Circuit. Chu-Chu is your healer and 
    should be equipped with 2x Speed Ring S and a Speed Shoes.
    
    You can now use the same strategy for all four Pillars:  Chu-Chu heals whoever
    needs it, her attacks arenít really that great, and you can let her die then 
    just heal her up between battles. Bart is there for ether support, he can use 
    the Ygg D.Charge for a solid 9999 damage whenever needed, or do 3000 with his 
    Heaven Cent if he is out of fuel. Citan will simply attack and use his level 
    one deathblows; these battles are not that hard individually. Additionally, 
    you can also do the following for any of them except for Marlute;  have Citan 
    use Fuuseii on the enemy, then have Bart use Wind Mode on Citan, from the 
    second turn on proceed as normal, except Citan will do a bit more damage with 
    his Physical attacks.
    
    Deus itself will now be quite easy. You could probably beat it with just 
    Xenogears, but since youíre stuck with a party of 3, you might as well make 
    the most of it. One strategy here is to bring along Billy and Chu-Chu, since 
    Chu-Chu can keep the others alive and Billy, by using Jessie Cannon, could do 
    9999 damage a turn which, combined with some regular attacks from Fei, will 
    take down Deus in about 4 turns.
    
    If, however, you want to cut to the chase, you can do the following. Keep the 
    setup I suggested for the dungeon above, except change one or two of Feiís 
    GNRS50 units for a Magnetic Coat, change Emeraldaís Mermaid Ring for an Ether 
    Doubler, and use that 50 or so Ether Drive on her. Once the battle begins, 
    have Emeralda use one of her ethers on Deus, which should do 9999 a pop. Have 
    Billy use Jessie Cannon also doing 9999, and Fei just use X, and the battle 
    will probably be over before you get to see his infinities, unless Deus 
    confuses or kills one of your characters.
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    BOSS:  Urobolus
    
    Fei does still have his Holy Pendant and Speed Shoes doesnít he?  How about 
    Xenogearsí equipment?  Well then, you canít lose, just keep on pressing X and 
    youíve pretty much won (okay, you need to press O after your fourth attack).
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    Thatís it youíve just beaten the final boss and now watch the ending and 
    listen to the nice music. Now, brag that youíve completed the Xenogears No 
    Upgrade Challenge. 
    
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    ============Section 3====================Appendices===========================
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    Appendix A:  Battling Guide
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    Youíll want to play Special Mode 2, because it gives you money (G) and points 
    (P) to buy special prizes with, unless you feel you need some practice, in 
    which case check out Special Mode 1 first.
    Choose your difficulty level. Youíre reward depends on the difficulty level 
    and how well you did, shown below.
    
    GEAR-LEVEL-0 (easy)
    
    Near Loss:  75 BP + 100 G
    Victory:  145 BP + 200 G
    Perfect Victory: 215 BP + 500 G
    
    GEAR-LEVEL-1 (normal)
    
    Near Loss: 120 BP + 200G
    Victory:  175 BP + 300 G
    Perfect Victory:  300 BP + 700 G
    
    GEAR-LEVEL-2 (hard*)
    
    N/A*
    
    *this can only be unlocked later.
    **you lose some BP and G if you lose, as well, but that should rarely if ever 
    happen with a decent strategy.
    
    I use this strategy to win repeatedly:  First, back off (away) so you donít 
    get hit. If the enemy fires at you run or use the mountain as a shield, when 
    he gets within range fire an ether bullet (R1) to stun him then move in close 
    for a combo, my personal favorite being X Square X, to knock him down, then 
    back off, and fire another ether bullet just as he is about to stand up, then 
    repeat until he breaks your combo or you start to overheat. If your heat gauge
    is full, back off and play keep away. You donít need to run unless he fires an
    ether bullet or some other homing shot at you, but you can use mountains as 
    shields or go into the water if this happens, (no projectile attack except for
    Seibzehnís Graviton Cannon can be used under water). If you pull this off you 
    can have a perfect victory nearly every time. Once to start taking anything 
    more than a little damage, you might as well go for a quick end however. If 
    you find you keep on taking damage at level 1, try 0. If that doesnít work 
    settle for a normal victory, but go for level 1. One word of warning, when 
    using this strategy, or any other I can devise using Weltall, I find it 
    difficult to hit some of the shorter or more irregularly shaped enemies. Of 
    course you may find a different strategy, Iím not claiming to be a Battling 
    master, and this is not a complete guide to Battling, just a blurb in a 
    challenge walkthrough.
    
    Rare item shopping list:
    Fei Jr. Doll: 500 BP +3000 Total BP
    Bart Jr. Doll: 500 BP + 3000 Total BP
    Billy Jr. Doll: 500 BP + 3000 Total BP
    Speed Ring S:  4500 Total BP
    GNRS50: 5000 BP + 15000 Total BP
    Speed Shoes:  4500 BP + 30000 Total BP
    
    11000 BP and 58500 Total BP needed, and thatís a lot, and will require a 
    couple of hours of work. Of course this leaves you 47500 BP to spend on normal
     items, which I recommend spending on 6 x EtherStoneLg, since none of the 
    others are really very useful. Also, your BP is capped at 30000, so when you 
    can afford, buy but donít hoard.
    
    Of course, youíre welcome to buy more; these are just what I suggest for this 
    guide. Also, you're welcome to buy less, or even skip Battling entirely, but 
    it will make it that much harder to beat some of the Bosses on Disc 2, and you
    can just forget about Hammer and Alpha Weltall.
    
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    Appendix B:  Experience Chart
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    Level            Experience points needed
    
    1            0
    2            16
    3            47
    4            105
    5            204
    6            363
    7            602
    8            945
    9            1418
    10           2049
    11           2870
    12           3714
    13           5228
    14           6890
    15           8759
    16           11080
    17           13827
    18           17049
    19           20794
    20           25515
    21           30065
    22           35701
    23           45081
    24           49265
    25           57316
    26           66298
    27           76278
    28           87324
    29           99507
    30           112899
    31           127575
    32           143611
    33           161086
    34           180080
    35           200675
    36           222956
    37           247009
    38           272921
    39           300783
    40           330686
    41           362724
    42           396992
    43           433588
    44           472611
    45           514162
    46           558343
    47           605258
    48           655018
    49           707726
    50           763494
    51           822433
    52           884658
    53           950283
    54           1019426
    55           1092204
    56           1168739
    57           1249153
    58           1333570
    59           1422116
    60           1514918
    61           1612106
    62           1713810
    63           1820165
    64           1931299
    65           2047354
    66           2168465
    67           2294882
    68           2426416
    69           2563540
    70           2706288
    71           2854805
    72           3009240
    73           3169741
    74           3336460
    75           6507547
    76           3689163
    77           3875457
    78           4068588
    79           4268716
    80           4476003
    81           4690606
    82           4912694
    83           5142431
    84           5379984
    85           5625522
    86           5879215
    87           6141235
    88           6411755
    89           6690951
    90           6978999
    91           7275077            
    92           7582364
    93           7899044
    94           8223297
    95           8558309
    96           8903265
    97           9258353
    98           9623763
    99           9999685
    
    NOTE:  This is almost identical to the experience charts used by Square for 
    Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy III, give or take a few points every here and
    there. This might have been made by some sort of equation, if anybody has any 
    further information on this, feel free to email me.
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    Appendix C:  Contact Info
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    Do not send me advertisements, solicitation, death threats, etc. I have a 
    personal policy of boycotting, refusing payment on, or stealing any product or
    service that uses unsavory means of advertisement, including but not limited 
    to unsolicited e-mails, telemarketers, and pop-up windows. Furthermore, if I 
    can trace your IP address, I am entirely capable of launching a retaliatory 
    attack at your computer.
    
    Do not contact me asking for help with beating Xenogears or any other game. 
    There is a tremendous amount of information on such thing available from 
    www.gamefaqs.com, and if you can't find it there odds are it doesn't exist 
    and I can't help you.
    
    If you are offended by this guide, Xenogears or video games in general and are
    trying to save my soul, get me to recant, prove a point, etc. Get a reality 
    check, get a life, and/or get your head examined, but don't contact me.
    
    If you are unclear about anything in this guide even after checking the FAQ, 
    or you have spotted a mistake/typo/grammatical error, or you have a better 
    strategy or suggestion for part of this guide, by all means e-mail me. Send 
    your message to anonelbe10000@yahoo.com, with 'Xenogears No Upgrade 
    Challenge' in the message title.
    
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    Appendix D:  FAQ
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    Q:  What does 'No changes from regular strategy' mean?
    
    A:  As I said earlier, this challenge is only intended for people who have 
    already beaten the game and are looking for new challenges. If you managed to 
    beat the game already, you will already know how to handle all of the bosses, 
    dungeons, and puzzles. If I wrote this for any section, it means that it is no
    harder than it was last time, either because you can not upgrade your gears 
    post their initial settings at this time, or you are not using your gears at 
    all. Also, this means that you won't need to do anything special to prepare 
    for those tough Gear fights in this area.
    
    Q:  So, why are those sections still in the guide?
    
    A:  So you know what point in the game I am talking about, since many areas 
    are revisited. Also, even if you know how to beat the game, I doubt you 
    memorized the entire game, even if you are a fanatic like me.
    
    Q:  How long will it take to beat this game?
    
    A:  It will normally take over 70 hours of playtime, but if you go for all of 
    the secrets it is entirely possible to spend over 100 hours playing. On the No
    Upgrade Challenge it took me just under 66 hours to beat the game, but it is 
    probably possible to do it a good bit quicker, seeing as how I wrote the guide
    at the same I was playing, and I wasn't really trying for the best time.
    
    Q:  How do I beat Ramsus/Id/Bloody etc?
    
    A:  These are bosses that you fight in character (hand to hand) mode, so they 
    are have nothing to do with Gear battles or the No Upgrade Challenge. Also, 
    all of this information is available in other guides, which can be found at 
    www.gamefaqs.com (search Xenogears), and I don't feel like repeating it.
    
    Q:  How do I beat '?' (Id)?
    
    A:  You can't, I have tried extensively and it is completely impossible, even 
    for me. There is no way to stop him from attacking, there is no way to avoid 
    his attack, there is no way to survive his attack with the Brigandier, and no 
    matter how fast you are or how fast you are you cannot do enough damage to 
    defeat him before he attacks (unless you use Game Shark or something). Of 
    course, if anybody can find a way, I'll gladly post it and give you credit.
    
    Q:  How do I beat Alpha Weltall?
    
    A:  Many people claim this is impossible. It is easily the strongest enemy in 
    the game, but it is entirely beatable, even in the No Upgrade Challenge. See 
    section 2.4, Mahanon, for more details.
    
    Q:  WHY can't I upgrade?
    
    A:  Because then you wouldn't have completed the No Upgrade Challenge. Also, 
    it is very expensive and will take a large chunk out of your income.
    
    Q:  Why should I complete the No Upgrade Challenge?
    
    A:  You don't have to, it is a special challenge I made just for fun and 
    bragging rights. You don't get anything for completing it. Attempting 
    challenges in games are like climbing Mt. Everest, you do it because its there
    just so you can say that you did it.
    
    Q:  Do I have to do things exactly the way you did?
    
    A:  No, you probably don't. This is the way I did things, it is the way I 
    suggest doing things, and as far as I know it is the best way to go about 
    doing things. In many cases, especially when it comes to fighting Deus, I know
    for a fact that there are other ways of getting things done. I list only my 
    own strategies because I have tried them and I can certify that they work.
    
    Q:  Why do I have to beat Hammer and Alpha Weltall?
    
    A:  You don't have to beat them, but you can so you might as well, and you get
    some great items for your troubles.
    
    Q:  Do I really need all of those items from Battling?
    
    A:  Not really, but they can all help a bit, and you'll need all the help you 
    can get at times.
    
    Q:  Isn't there an easier way to beat Calamity, Clawknight R, Avalanche, etc.?
    
    A:  You could always give up the No Upgrade Challenge and upgrade your Gears. 
    Other than that, this guide contains every trick and shortcut I could think 
    of. If you do find an easier way to do something feel free to tell me.
    
    Q:  How can I contact you?
    
    A:  See Appendix C
    
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    Appendix E:  Credits
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    Myself            For thinking of the No Upgrade Challenge, attempting it and 
                      proving that it was possible, and writing this guide.
    
    Square            For making this great game, and many others.
    
    Sony			For the Playstation
    
    You               For reading this guide.