Legend of Mana (NTSC) for PlayStation (US) Level-up FAQ
Author: DAC
Contact me at:  E-mail: CatgirlsRule@otakumail.com
                IRC: esper.net user DAC
Version: 1
Date: Aug 23, 2002
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Feb. 22, 2002:
[deleted. summarized below]

Aug. 23, 2002:
muscularbeaver(email muscularbeaver3000@hotmail.com) posted several false
codes and cheats at CheatCodes.com without thinking to varify them.
the staff puts them up without checking for varifacation. I've been marking
all false codes and cheats I see whenever I go there and they have yet to
remove 1. they also have put some FAQs under the wrong game. (email the
staff at CheatCodes and tell them they're lazy and stupid!) No FAQs for
CheatCodes until they get to work.


~~ Version 1 ~~
Initial Version

Feb. 22, 2002: I finally got around to typing this up. Notice how it only
took a day for version 1 to get done?

*NEWS!!* I plan on doing at least SOMETHING for nearly every game I own and
some I don't. Weither a complete walkthrough of the game complete with
ASCII maps of every area(my GameBoy RPGs) or just a few passwords and
simple charts(MegaMan series games), I plan on doing something.
Some games not included are the Game & Watch Gallery games, the Mario Kart
games, and sports games. I really don't see how much of a FAQ can be done
on them(for the most part)
However, GameFAQs already has a lot of FAQs for some of these games and
CheatCodes.com doesn't carry any info on older system's games, so some of
these FAQs might not be seen until I make my own website. :<

Aug. 23, 2002: I am so sorry! I had planned on getting my FFX mini-FAQ done
during spring break and send them both in, so I never sent this in. For
some reason I get very board almost as soon as I start working on the FFX
mini-FAQ. No clue why. It's still very unfinished. I've corrected some
dates, updated My FAQs section, and reformatted to 75 characters per line.
I have gotten many emails saying I'm wrong or giving false information for
my DoA2:H FAQ. My FAQ is for DoA2:H NTSC for US PS2 and I've had the game
since it came out. If I get many more of those emails, I'm gonna forget
about updating it and see about getting it taken down.


Table of Contents
--------------------------------------------------
I. Why I Made This FAQ
II. The Stats and Weapons
 A. Stats
 B. Weapon Types
III. How Equiped Weapons Effect Leveling Up
 A. Level Up!
 B. The Cycle
 C. Using Only 1 Weapon During the Cycle
 D. The Points
 E. Best of the Best
IV. Misc
 A. Future Updates
 B. My FAQs
V. Thanks



I. Why I made this FAQ
--------------------------------------------------
This is the boring section. Feel free to skip ahead to section II or III.
At least I'm honest.

It's simple. The first time I played the game (rented) I noticed my stats
were going up in a pattern. Shortly before reaching level 10 I changed
weapons for a few levels. When I checked back again, the pattern was no
longer there. I forgot about it before I had even returned the game. ^_^;

Later that summer(2000), I bought the game. I choose the same weapon as I
had before and after a couple level ups I remembered the pattern, but I
still didn't remember that weapons effected it. When my little brother
started playing I noticed that his character's stats were changing
differently than mine, but I thought it was because he choose the other
character, not because he had a different weapon.

Not until my levels were in the late 40s did I have a different weapon
equiped when I leveled up. When I went to change weapons back, I noticed my
stats no longer fell into the pattern they once did. It took about 3
seconds to remember. Later on I noticed that the pattern was thrown off by
more than just a simple "stat A goes up by [0/1/2] at level up, stat B goes
up by [0/1/2], etc..." (see III.B)

However, for a few days I couldn't get around to checking GameFAQs to see
if anybody had done a FAQ on it yet. I look and no one had done an in-depth
FAQ. I checked a few of the general FAQs and FAQ/Walkthroughs. No one even
mentioned a thing about it. So over the next few days (whenever I could
play) I got some data together on this so I could write a FAQ on it. This
was over a year ago, and I haven't played since.. ^_^;

I checked Feb 21, 2002, and saw it briefly mentioned in a FAQ/Walkthrough
at GameFAQs. Someone emailed the writer a very simple chart on it. There is
much more to it than "after 4 level ups this stat changes this much, and
that stat changes that much"(I'm paraphrasing this). (see III.B)


II. The Stats and Weapons
--------------------------------------------------
A quick run-through of the different statuses and types of weapons

II. A. Stats
------------------------------
The reason each stat has 3 lines about it is because the first is what it
says in-game, the second line is what the instructions say, and the third
is my basic explaination of it.

HP(health): damage the character can take
First row:
 Power - Raw strength level
  Affects the destructive power of heavy weapons that require strength
  base power for strength-based weapons
 Skills - Technical attack level
  Affects the destructive power of weapons that require great dexterity
  base power for "skill"-based weapons
 Defense - Defense against physical attacks
  Affects the resistance to physical attacks from monsters
  base defense against physical attacks
 Magic - defense against magic
  Affects the resistance to the magic attacks that monsters use
  base defense against magical attacks
Second row:
 HP(stat) - Affects HP and poison resistance
  Represents basic physical power, affects resistance to poison
  around how much your HP(health) will raise next level up* & poison..???
 Spirit - Defense against status magic
  Affects resistance to a monster's status magic
  resistance to and how long staus magic effects you
 Charm - Affects status magic
  Affects the success rate of the character's own status magical power
  success rate of status changing attacks/magic
 Luck - Frequency of finding treasure
  Affects the appearance rate of treasure chests within dungeons
  what monster will drop. higher luck = rarer items
 !Notice! -- Luck changes only through what is currently equiped. If your
  equipment doesn't change it, it will be 5. (Unless you use GameShark or
  something similar *cough*cheater*cough* ;P )
 *I'm not 100% on this one. After all, it has been over a year since I've
 played, and my character has had max health(999) for quite a while

II. B. Weapon Types
------------------------------
Swords
2H Swords
Knifes
Axes
2H Axes
Staves
Bows
Spears
Flails
Hammers
Gloves


III. How Equiped Weapons Effect Leveling Up
--------------------------------------------------
All that needs said before I go into detail is that what weapon you
currently have equiped effects how your stats change when you level up.

III. A. Level Up!
------------------------------
Leveling up is fairly simple. Beat monsters and walk over("grab") any
experience crystals(ECs) they drop. However, they might not drop any ECs
and the amount of experience per crystal varies from place to place and
from game to game.

Amount per crystal varies by:
1) distance placed from home
2) order is which the artifact->land is placed
3) boss monsters give 10 times more than normal monsters

Also, the amount needed to level up goes in a pattern.
Base amount(10) + previous amount needed +
40 times the # of level ups already gotten = new total amount
----------------------------------------------
| Level at | Base | Prev | 40xL | For Lvl Up |
|----------|------|------|------|------------|
| Level 1  |   10 |    0 |    0 |         10 |
|----------|------|------|------|------------|
| Level 2  |   10 |   10 |   40 |         60 |
|----------|------|------|------|------------|
| Level 3  |   10 |   60 |   80 |        150 |
|----------|------|------|------|------------|
| Level 4  |   10 |  150 |  120 |        280 |
|----------|------|------|------|------------|
| Level 5  |   10 |  280 |  160 |        450 |
----------------------------------------------
get the idea?

III. B. The Cycle
------------------------------
Leveling up happens in a pattern and goes in a cycle of 4. After 4 level
ups, the pattern resets. It was originally thought that at level up, each
of the 7 stats that change will go up by either 0, 1, or 2.

That is incorrect. I had gotten rather high in levels and could tell a
person what my stats would be at any level with minimal thought. Then I
leveled up with a different weapon. I thought that would only change it by
a few numbers and quickly edited my formula. I quickly found out that was
wrong. My stats weren't changing quite like I thought they should.

That's when I came up with a new theory. My theory is that when you level
up each stat is given so many points based on what weapon is currently
equiped and after so many points the stat increases by 1. So far that
theory seem to be correct.

III. C. Using Only 1 Weapon
------------------------------
These assume that you use only have weapons of 1 type equiped when you
level up throughout the entire game. I'm doing this before points so you
can see how I got the numbers for points.

Swords
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +0 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 99 | 99 | 99 | 78 | 78 | 78 | 78 |
----------------------------------------------------

2H Swords
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +1 | +1 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +0 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +0 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 99 | 99 | 78 | 78 | 78 | 54 | 78 |
----------------------------------------------------

Knifes
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +0 | +1 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +0 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +1 | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 78 | 99 | 78 | 78 | 54 | 99 | 99 |
----------------------------------------------------

Axes
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +1 | +0 | +1 | +0 | +0 | +1 | +0 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +0 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 99 | 78 | 99 | 78 | 78 | 99 | 54 |
----------------------------------------------------

2H Axes
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +1 | +0 | +1 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +0 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +0 | +1 | +0 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +2 | +1 | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 99 | 78 | 99 | 78 | 54 | 78 | 54 |
----------------------------------------------------

Staves
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +0 | +0 | +0 | +1 | +0 | +0 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +0 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +0 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +2 | +1 | +1 | +2 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 54 | 78 | 78 | 99 | 54 | 78 | 99 |
----------------------------------------------------

Bows
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +0 | +1 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +0 | +2 | +1 | +1 | +0 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +1 | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 54 | 99 | 78 | 78 | 54 | 78 | 99 |
----------------------------------------------------

Spears
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +0 | +1 | +1 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +0 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +1 | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 78 | 99 | 99 | 78 | 45 | 78 | 99 |
----------------------------------------------------

Flails
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +0 | +1 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +1 | +1 | +0 | +1 | +0 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +1 | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +2 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 78 | 99 | 54 | 78 | 54 | 78 | 99 |
----------------------------------------------------

Hammers
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +1 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +0 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +2 | +1 | +0 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 99 | 78 | 54 | 78 | 78 | 78 | 78 |
----------------------------------------------------

Gloves
----------------------------------------------------
| Stat          | Pw | Sk | Df | Mg | Hp | Sp | Ch |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 1      | +1 | +0 | +0 | +0 | +1 | +0 | +0 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 2      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 3      | +1 | +1 | +1 | +0 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
|---------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Lvl Up 4      | +2 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 | +1 |
----------------|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
| Final Stats*  | 99 | 78 | 78 | 54 | 99 | 78 | 78 |
----------------------------------------------------

*I have not gotten a character to level 99 yet so these are just
  calculations based off of the known info


III. D. The Points
------------------------------
Technically, I could say at any multiple of 4 is how many points need for a
stat to go up by 1. However, I choose 100 because it's a nice number to
use. ;P

---------------------------------------------------------
| Stat        | Pwr | Skl | Dfn | Mgc | Hp! | Spt | Chm |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| Swords      | 100 | 100 | 100 |  75 |  75 |  75 |  75 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| 2H Swords   | 125 | 100 |  75 |  75 |  75 |  50 |  75 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| Knifes      |  75 | 125 |  75 |  75 |  50 | 100 | 100 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| Axes        | 100 |  75 | 100 |  75 |  75 | 100 |  50 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| 2H Axes     | 125 | 125 |  75 |  75 |  50 |  75 |  50 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| Staves      |  50 |  75 |  75 | 125 |  50 |  75 | 125 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| Bows        |  50 | 175 |  75 |  75 |  50 |  75 | 100 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| Spears      |  75 | 125 | 100 |  75 |  50 |  75 | 100 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| Flails      |  75 | 125 |  50 |  75 |  50 |  75 | 125 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| Hammers     | 175 |  75 |  50 |  75 |  75 |  75 |  75 |
|-------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
| Gloves      | 125 |  75 |  75 |  50 |  75 |  75 |  75 |
---------------------------------------------------------



III. E. Best of the Best
------------------------------
Wheeee!! ;P  No, I don't have too much free time. I should be doing
homework. ;P [Aug 23, 2002: that still holds true! ;P ]

Best use of [others min. 100]:
Swords    -- Power, Skill, Defense (100)
2H Swords -- Power (125) [Skill (100)]
Knifes    -- Skill (125) [Spirit, Charm (100)]
Axes      -- Power, Defense, Spirit (100)
2H Axes   -- Power, Skill (125)
Staves    -- Magic, Charm (125)
Bows      -- Skill (175) [Charm (100)]
Spears    -- Skill (125) [Spirit, Charm (100)]
Flails    -- Skill, Charm (125)
Hammers   -- Power (175)
Gloves    -- Power (125)

Worst use of (50):
Swords    -- none
2H Swords -- Spirit
Knifes    -- HP
Axes      -- Charm
2H Axes   -- HP, Charm
Staves    -- Power, HP
Bows      -- Power, HP
Spears    -- HP
Flails    -- Defense, HP
Hammers   -- Defense
Gloves    -- HP

Best for:
Power    -- Hammer (175)
Skill    -- Bow (175)
Defense  -- Sword, Axe, Spear (100)
Magic    -- Staff (125)
HP(Stat) -- Sword, 2H Sword, Axe, Hammer, Gloves (75)
Spirit   -- Knife, Axe (100)
Charm    -- Staffs, Flails (125)

Others Good for (min. 100):
Power    -- 2H Sword, 2H Axe, Gloves (125); Sword, Axe (100)
Skill    -- Knife, 2H Axe, Spear, Flail (125); Sword, 2H Sword (100)
Defense  -- None
Magic    -- None
HP(Stat) -- N/A (all are either 50 or 75)
Spirit   -- None
Charm    -- Knife, Bow, Spear (100)

Worst for:
Power    -- Staff, Bow (50)
Skill    -- Axe, Staff, Hammer, Gloves (75)
Defense  -- Flail, Hammer (50)
Magic    -- Gloves (50)
HP(Stat) -- Knife, 2H Axe, Staff, Bow, Spear, Flail (50)
Spirit   -- 2H Sword (50)
Charm    -- Axe, 2H Axe (50)


IV. Misc
--------------------------------------------------
Nothing more about the game to say here! ^_^;


IV. A. Future Updates
------------------------------
If I update this FAQ, it'll probably be just on best way to max stats and
to answer questions so all can see. I might do a similar FAQ on Pet stats
w/out feeding them.


IV. B. My FAQs
------------------------------
#           Game               System      Type       Version         Date
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
1  Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore    PS2       FAQ           3    being updated
2       Final Fantasy X         PS2       mini          1   started Feb 21
3       Legend of Mana          PSX    Level-up FAQ     1     Aug 23, 2002
4      MegaMan NES Series       NES      bosses         1   started May  4
5        Final Fantasy          NES       FAQ           1   started May 21
I'm currently working on FAQs for many of my games. Eventually, this list
will reach a few dozen. ;P


V. Thanks
--------------------------------------------------
Thanks to Sony for making the PlayStation2, the best system to date!

Thanks to SquareSoft(king of console RPGs) for making Legend of Mana

Thanks to any site legally hosting my FAQ

Thanks to my friend "Cronospherian" for telling me I should start writing
 FAQs

Thanks to my friend(she knows who she is) for reminding me to write this

And thanks to you for reading this FAQ