Colosseum Guide
For Final Fantasy 3(US)/6(J)
By Mnrogar

version 1.3


Table of contents
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1. Colosseum chains
2. Bet/Fight/Win lists
3. General recommendations
4. Enemy list
5. Miscellaneous



Version History:
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- Version 1.3 (June 4th, 2004): Fixed the labelling of the "***" notation in
section 1. Added general max M.Block%, imp characters and 255 Defense strategies
to section 3. Added strategies/tips/details to Covert, Lethal Wpn, Mantodea,
Madam, Rhyos, SrBehemoth and Test Rider. Fixed damage fraction of Cyclonic under
Harpy. Removed mention of defense as it relates to Dischord under IronHitman. Put
Madam's counters in the right order. Fixed Tyranosaur HP and MP values. Added a
paragraph on Specials in section 4. Rearranged the lists in section 5. Fixed
spelling and grammar mistakes. Updated the Credits section.

- Version 1.2 (March 5th, 2004): Correction to Fire Knuckle set, corrected
tintinabar spelling, removed "win" from the "bet and fight Chupon for elixir"
list's header, added to Retainer strategy, corrected odds for sketch commands
(25% and 75% were inverted), added list of commands to the Miscellaneous section,
specified statuses healed in the General Recommendations section, correction
to Sky Base strategy, added to the Credits section.

- Version 1.1 (March 2nd, 2004): Corrections/additions made to the Outsider,
Retainer, Mantodea, Harpy, Cactrot notes in enemy list section, switched Cursed
Ring from colosseum only to colosseum and metamorph only in the Miscellaneous
section, merged grades 4 and 5 in the character rating section, added to the
general recommendations section, added to the Credits section

- Version 1.0: No official release


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#                          1. Colosseum chains                               #
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Betting a specific item in the colosseum will always let you win a specific item
but a specific item may be won from many different items. This can get confusing
and the lists of bet/win items are extensive so they are presented here in a way
that will make it easy to see these "chains" without having to jump to another
part of the doc the see what item you can win from an item you will win.

A given item in a list (or chain) is the item you have to bet in order to win the
item below it. A chain ends either with an item that will have you win the same
item when you bet it or with 2 items that will have you win each other when you
bet them.

"***" next to an item means betting this item will have you winning the one listed
above it.

See the following section for the enemies you have to defeat in order to win a
given item.

The chains have been seperated into "sets" since there are relatively few items
that can end a chain compared to the amount of "branches" that lead to the end of
a chain. In order to not display the chains in a "genealogy tree" fashion parts of
some chains are repeated in other chains.


1. Exp. Egg set
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                                                Tabby Suit
                                                Chocobo Suit
                                                Moogle Suit
Aegis Shld      Imp's Armor                     Nutkin Suit     Cursed Shld
TortoiseShld    TortoiseShld                    Genji Armor     Cursed Ring
Titanium        Titanium        Imp Halberd     Air Anchor      Air Anchor
Cat Hood        Cat Hood        Cat Hood        Zephyr Cape     Zephyr Cape
Merit Award     Merit Award     Merit Award     Elixir          Elixir
Rename Card     Rename Card     Rename Card     Rename Card     Rename Card
Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes
Tintinabar      Tintinabar      Tintinabar      Tintinabar      Tintinabar
Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***


Sneak Rring     ThiefKnife      Atma Weapon
Thief Glove     Thief Glove     Graedus         Rainbow Brsh    Punisher
Dirk            Dirk            Dirk            Gravity rod     Gravity rod
Elixir          Elixir          Elixir          Elixir          Elixir
Rename Card     Rename Card     Rename Card     Rename Card     Rename Card
Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes
Tintinabar      Tintinabar      Tintinabar      Tintinabar      Tintinabar
Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***


Red Cap
Coronet
Regal Crown
Genji Helmet                    ValiantKnife
Crystal Helm    Fenix Down      Assassin        Crystal
Diamond Helm    Magicite        SwordBreaker    Enhancer
Elixir          Elixir          Elixir          Elixir
Rename Card     Rename Card     Rename Card     Rename Card
Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes    Marvel Shoes    Megalixir
Tintinabar      Tintinabar      Tintinabar      Tintinabar      Tintinabar
Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***    Exp. Egg ***




2. Red Jacket set
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Ninja Star                                                      Paladin Shld
Tack Star       Wing Edge       Dragon Claw                     Force Shld
Rising Sun      Sniper          Sniper          Doom Darts      Thornlet
Bone Club       Bone Club       Bone Club       Bone Club       Mirage Vest
Red Jacket      Red Jacket      Red Jacket      Red Jacket      Red Jacket
Red Jacket ***  Red Jacket ***  Red Jacket ***  Red Jacket ***  Red Jacket ***


3. Gold Hairpin set
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BehemothSuit
Snow Muffler    Relic Ring      Moogle Charm    Gem Box
Charm Bangle    Charm Bangle    Charm Bangle    Economizer      Safety Bit
Dragon Horn     Dragon Horn     Dragon Horn     Dragon Horn     Dragon Horn
Gold Hairpin*** Gold Hairpin*** Gold Hairpin*** Gold Hairpin*** Gold Hairpin***


4. Dragon Horn set
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Muscle Belt
Crystal Orb     Ribbon
Gold Hairpin    Gold Hairpin
Dragon Horn *** Dragon Horn ***


5. Ice Shld set
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Ragnarok
Illumina
Scimitar        ThunderBlade    Blizzard        Flame Sabre
Ogre Nix        Ogre Nix        Ogre Nix        Ogre Nix
Soul Sabre      Soul Sabre      Soul Sabre      Soul Sabre
Falchion        Falchion        Falchion        Falchion
Flame Shld      Flame Shld      Flame Shld      Flame Shld
Ice Shld ***    Ice Shld ***    Ice Shld ***    Ice Shld ***


6. Flame Shld set
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Crystal Mail
Ice Shld
Flame Shld ***


7. Pearl Lance set
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Hardened
Murasame        Heal Rod
Aura            Magus Rod       Stunner
Strato          Strato          Strato
Pearl Lance***  Pearl Lance***  Pearl Lance ***


8. Fire Knuckle set                             9. Genji Shld set
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Tiger Fangs     Fixed Dice                      Genji Glove     Gauntlet
Fire Knuckle    Fire Knuckle                    Thunder Shld    Thunder Shld
Fire Knuckle*** Fire Knuckle***                 Genji Shld ***  Genji Shld ***


10. Blizzard Orb set            11. Czarina Gown set
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Rage Ring                       Minerva
Blizzard Orb ***                Czarina Gown ***


12. Hero Ring set               13. Sky render set
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Pod Bracelet                    Aura Lance
Hero Ring ***                   Sky Render ***



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#                          2. Bet/Fight/Win lists                            #
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Items for which you won't fight Chupon          Bet and fight Chupon for Elixir*:
for an elixir:
(Sorted alphabetically according                Bet
to "win" column)                                -----------------------------
                                                Dirk            Iron Armor
Bet           Fight        Win                  MithrilKnife    Silk Robe
------        ------       ------               Guardian        Mithril Vest
Genji Armor   Borras       Air Anchor           Air Lancet      Ninja Gear
Cursed Ring   Steroidite   Air Anchor           Man Eater       White Dress
ValiantKnife  Woolly       Assassin             SwordBreaker    Mithril Mail
Murasame      Borras       Aura                 MithrilBlade    Gaia Gear
Sky Render    Scullion     Aura Lance           RegalCutlass    Gold Armor
Rage Ring     Allosaurus   Blizzard Orb         Rune Edge       Power Sash
Rising Sun    Allosaurus   Bone Club            Epee            Light Robe
Sniper        Borras       Bone Club            Enhancer        Diamond Vest
Doom Darts    Opinicus     Bone Club            Excalibur       DiamondArmor
Imp Halberd   Allosaurus   Cat Hood             Mithril Pike    Dark Gear
Titanium      Brachosaur   Cat Hood             Trident         NoiseBlaster
Snow Muffler  Retainer     Charm Bangle         Stout Spear     Bio Blaster
Relic Ring    Sky Base     Charm Bangle         Partisan        Flash
Moogle Charm  Outsider     Charm Bangle         Gold Lance      Chain Saw
Tabby Suit    Vectaur      Chocobo Suit         Imperial        Debilitator
Red Cap       Rhyos        Coronet              Kodachi         Drill
Genji Helmet  Fortis       Crystal Helm         Blossom         AutoCrossbow
Muscle Belt   Allosaurus   Crystal Orb          Ashura          Fire Skean
Cursed Shld   Didalos      Cursed Ring          Kotetsu         Water Edge
Minerva       Pug          Czarina Gown         Forged          Bolt Edge
Crystal Helm  Dueller      Diamond Helm         Tempest         Inviz Edge
Graedus       Karkass      Dirk                 Mithril Rod     Shadow Edge
Thief Glove   Harpy        Dirk                 Fire Rod        Goggles
Gold Hairpin  Evil Oscar   Dragon Horn          Ice Rod         Star Pendant
Economizer    Vectagoyle   Dragon Horn          Thunder Rod     Peace Ring
Safety Bit    Pug          Dragon Horn          Poison Rod      Amulet
Charm Bangle  Retainer     Dragon Horn          Pearl Rod       White Cape
Gem Box       SrBehemoth   Economizer           Gravity Rod     Jewel Ring
Crystal       Borras       Enhancer             Chocobo Brsh    Fairy Ring
Tintinabar    Dark Force   Exp. Egg             DaVinci Brsh    Barrier Ring
Soul Sabre    Opinicus     Falchion             Magical Brsh    MithrilGlove
Fixed Dice    Trixter      Fire Knuckle         Shuriken        Guard Ring
Tiger Fangs   Mantodea     Fire Knuckle         Flail           RunningShoes
Falchion      Outsider     Flame Shld           Full Moon       Wall Ring
Ice Shld      Innoc        Flame Shld           Morning Star    Cherub Down
Paladin Shld  Hemophyte    Force Shld           Boomerang       Cure Ring
Nutkin Suit   Opinicus     Genji Armor          Hawk Eye        True Knight
Regal Crown   Opinicus     Genji Helmet         Cards           DragoonBoots
Thunder Shld  Outsider     Genji Shld           Darts           Zephyr Cape
Ribbon Dark   Force        Gold Hairpin         Dice            Czarina Ring
Crystal Orb   Borras       Gold Hairpin         MetalKnuckle    Earrings
Dragon Horn   Rhyos        Gold Hairpin         Mithril Claw    Atlas Armlet
Atma Weapon   GtBehemoth   Graedus              Kaiser          Hyper Wrist
Punisher      Opinicus     Gravity Rod          Poison Claw     Offering
Rainbow Brsh  Test Rider   Gravity Rod          Buckler         Beads
Pod Bracelet  Hemophyte    Hero Ring            Heavy Shld      Black Belt
Flame Shld    IronHitman   Ice Shld             Mithril Shld    Coin Toss
Crystal Mail  Covert       Ice Shld             Gold Shld       FakeMustache
Ragnarok      Didalos      Illumina             Diamond Shld    Back Guard
Fenix Down    Cactrot      Magicite             Crystal Shld    Gale Hairpin
Heal Rod      Pug          Magus Rod            Leather Hat     Sniper Sight
Rename Card   Doom Drgn    Marvel Shoes         Hair Band       Sprint Shoes
Cat Hood      Hoover       Merit Award          Plumed Hat      Tonic
Czarina Gown  Sky Base     Minerva              Beret           Potion
Thornlet      Opinicus     Mirage Vest          Magus Hat       X-Potion
Chocobo Suit  Veteran      Moogle Suit          Bandana         Tincture
Hardened      Phase        Murasame             Iron Helmet     Ether
Moogle Suit   Madam        Nutkin Suit          Bard's Hat      X-Ether
Flame Sabre   Evil Oscar   Ogre Nix             Green Beret     Revivify
Blizzard      Scullion     Ogre Nix             Head Band       Antidote
ThunderBlade  Steroidite   Ogre Nix             Mithril Helm    Eyedrop
Scimitar      Covert       Ogre Nix             Tiara           Soft
Strato        Aquila       Pearl Lance          Gold Helmet     Remedy
Hero Ring     Rhyos        Pod Bracelet         Tiger Mask      Sleeping Bag
Blizzard Orb  Allosaurus   Rage Ring            Mystery Veil    Tent
Bone Club     Test Rider   Red Jacket           Circlet         Green Cherry
Mirage Vest   Vectagoyle   Red Jacket           Diamond Helm    Magicite
Coronet       Evil Oscar   Regal Crown          Dark Hood       Super Ball
Merit Award   Covert       Rename Card          Oath Veil       Echo Screen
Elixir        Cactrot      Rename Card          LeatherArmor    Smoke Bomb
Tack Star     Opinicus     Rising Sun           Cotton Robe     Warp Stone
Illumina      Scullion     Scimitar             Kung Fu Suit    Dried Meat
Aura Lance    Land Worm    Sky Render
Wing Edge     Rhyos        Sniper
Dragon Claw   Test Rider   Sniper
BehemothSuit  Outsider     Snow Muffler        Bet these items and win the same
Ogre Nix      SrBehemoth   Soul Sabre          thing:
Pearl Lance   Sky Base     Strato              Bet/Win          Fight
Stunner       Test Rider   Strato              ---------        -------
Aura          Rhyos        Strato              Break Blade      Lethal Wpn
Magus Rod     Allosaurus   Strato              Drainer          Enuo
Assassin      Test Rider   SwordBreaker        Striker          Chupon (or Shadow)
Ninja Star    Chaos Drgn   Tack Star           Trump            Allosaurus
ThiefKnife    Wart Puck    Thief Glove         Fire Knuckle     TumbleWeed
Sneak Ring    Tap Dancer   Thief Glove         Red Jacket       Vectagoyle
Force Shld    Dark Force   Thornlet            Force Armor      SrBehemoth
Genji Shld    Retainer     Thunder Shld        Tao Robe         Test Rider
Gauntlet      Vectagoyle   Thunder Shld        Memento Ring     Chupon
Genji Glove   Hemophyte    Thunder Shld
Marvel Shoes  Tyranosaur   Tintinabar
Exp. Egg      Steroidite   Tintinabar
Megalixir     Siegfried    Tintinabar
TortoiseShld  Steroidite   Titanium
Aegis Shld    Borras       TortoiseShld
Imp's Armor   Rhyos        TortoiseShld
Air Anchor    Brontaur     Zephyr Cape


* From the Elixir you win, the regular Exp.Egg set continues as described in the
first section.



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#                       3. General Recommendations                           #
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Fights in the colosseum are single battles so the best tip that can be given is to
use reset to your advantage. Just save before you go in and bet something, if the
fight doesn't go your way reset and try again, it's simple and very useful;
there's no excuse to losing a valuable item.

Another tip, although less practical, is to make use of the Magic command by
teaching very few spells to your characters so that they will have a greater
chance of using them in the colosseum. Since having very few spells for all your
characters isn't very practical, it's better to do so with only one character. The
same could be done with Rages and Lores. You could teach only Ultima to Relm, for
example, so that when in the colosseum you'll be certain that if she uses Magic
she will cast Ultima. The choice of character depends on individual playing
styles, how each character has been leveled up with esper bonuses (since we're
talking about spells a character with high magic power might be a better choice if
the spell(s) desired are offensive) and commands available. For the latter, if you
teach very few spells to a character in order to make him/her your designated
colosseum fighter, you might as well make it a character that has fewer commands
available in the colosseum (see character rating section).

Something to remember is that the colosseum heals vanish, death, stone and zombie
status (but not imp, float or poison), and restores HP and MP to their max before
the battle begins so there is no need to heal those statuses or restore HP/MP in
order to prepare for battle, except if a status prevents you from properly
equipping a character of course.

A lot of colosseum enemies are vulnerable to instant death attacks which can be
used through some weapons. Although those weapons have only a 25% chance of using
their instant death attacks you can increase your chances by equipping an Offering
to get 4 chances in a single round whenever you can spare a relic slot. Keep in
mind that addition effect weapons like Doom Darts, Soul Sabre and Break Blade
can't use their instant death attacks with Offering, opt instead for the likes
of Assassin and Wing Edge.


There are a few strategies that are viable for nearly every enemy in the
colosseum, these are not mentioned under each enemy in the following section but
here instead, for the sake of not being repetitive.


- Maxing M.Block% to 128 or above.

With the evade bug (evade being a useless stat and M.Block% taking over its
duties) equipping characters according to M.Block% becomes a way to make
characters very hard to hit, with physical or magical attacks, especially given
the fact that most attacks in the game are blockable. At 128 M.Block% it becomes
impossible for blockable attacks to hit, the characters with which it's easier to
reach that value would be Terra, Celes and Edgar given their good choice of
"natural" high M.Block% equipment. These characters can use the following
equipment to gain 120 M.Block%, this will give Celes 129 M.Block% while Terra
will be at 127 and Edgar at 121, a second White Cape will bring them over 128:

Enhancer (+20%)
Force Shld (+50%)
Bard's Hat (+10%)
Force Armor (+30%)
White Cape (+10%)

Here are some alternatives that will help other characters (with Merit Award in
most cases) raise their M.Block%:

Illumina (+50%), Ragnarok (+30%), Magus Rod (+30%)
Paladin Shld (+40%), Aegis Shld (+40%), Thunder/Ice/Flame Shld (+10%)
Mystery Veil (+10%), Cat Hood (+10%)
Minerva (+10%), Snow Muffler (+10%), Tao Robe (+10%)
Zephyr Cape (+10%)


- Maxing Defense.

There very few characters that can do this: Mog and Gau can do so thanks to Snow
Muffler and various other high Defense pieces of equipment. For example, with a
Genji Helmet or Thornlet, Mog can equip a shield with Defense as low as that of
Thunder Shld, Ice Shld or Flame Shld without using up any relic slots. Since
enemies in the colosseum all use Battle, max Defense is really useful but is
also often insufficient since most enemies will use spells half of the time or
more. This is where being able to equip elemental shields and having free relic
slots comes in handy.

With maxed Defense (255), while in the back row, attacks that do not ignore
defense (nor the regular damage formula) will deal 0 damage, in the front row
they will deal 1 damage.


- Imp character with imp equipment.
(Imp Halberd, TortoiseShld, Titanium and Imp's Armor)

Although not as universal as the previous 2 there are a lot of battles where a
fully "imp equipped" imped character can dominate. With the high Defense,
Mag.Def and water absorption of the imp equipment as well as the fact that imps
only use fight in the colosseum, imps can be very effective and reliable in the
colosseum. While imps, characters can still access the Magic command, this
means that in the colosseum imped characters may waste turns trying to cast
spell that will abort because they're imps. For this reason I recommend Gogo
without a Magic command when in need of a character to turn into an imp for the
colosseum. Mog also makes a good character to turn into an imp given his high
Mag.Def.

Dragon Horn and DragonBoots are good relics to equip on imped characters in the
colosseum to increase damage, taking advantage of the fact that the Imp Halberd
is a Lance and also letting the wearer avoid attacks while in the air.



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#                             4. Enemy List                                  #
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Here is an alphabetical list of all the enemies that can be encountered in the
colosseum along with their properties, the attacks they can use in there and more.

Notes:
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Status weaknesses mentioned are only the ones you can inflict with some control
through the Fight command.

Stone is listed as a weakness for some enemies but keep in mind that the only way
to take advantage of that in the Colosseum with some reasonable predictability is
through Break Blade's random Break spell which can also be blocked by instant
death protection, so you won't be able to exploit a weakness to stone unless the
enemy is also weak to instant death.

The number next to the enemy's name is its number in the ROM; it's there to make
it easier to find the enemy in FF3usME and other programs and docs.

Under counters you will see the attacks the enemy can use when you attack him.
Either the enemy will use a specific spell or it will choose between 2 to 3
attacks. Counters are triggered each time the condition mentioned is fullfilled,
for example; "if attacked", "if dead", etc. Sometimes 2 conditions have to be met
in order for the enemy to use a given attack, in this case the 2 conditions are
listed consecutively and are followed by the attack (or the choise of attacks).

Since everybody but Gogo and Umaro have a Magic command, making them very
unpredictable, the setup and strategies given in this guide have mostly Gogo with
3 Fight commands in mind as the character used in the Colosseum. Enemies with no
suggested setup and/or little details can be taken care of as efficiently as
possible by raising M.Block% as much as possible (or 255 Defense as a second
alternative) while compromising to equip an instant death weapon or Stunner
according to the monster's weaknesses if it has any.

It's possible to get preemptive attacks in the colosseum but it's hardly ever
worth using up a relic slot (Gale Hairpin) to get better odds at it, especially in
the fights where it would be most useful (Siegfried, Chupon) since in those fights
you desperately need both your relic slots. Besides, you can always reset until
you get a preemptive attack without a Gale Hairpin, especially when playing with
an emulator.

Enemy's "Special" commands are attacks similar to a simple Battle command: they
are always physical, they do not ignore defense and are not elemental (unless a
status they inflict is). What differentiates them is that they have special
properties; from damage multipliers (which increases damage done) to inflicting
statuses.


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=  Allosaurus  =  # 133             HP: 3000         MP: 300
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Fire, Pearl      Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ PoisonClaw (poison)
Doom
--

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Allosaurus is vulnerable to instant death so you can equip a weapon with instant
death properties like Scimitar and Wing Edge for a potentially quick win as well
as equipping a Wall Ring to reflect Allosaurus' Doom spell back to it. Gogo with 3
Sketch commands can have Allosaurus use Doom on itself.


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=  Aquila  =      # 236             HP: 6013         MP: 820
============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Fire                                Ice              Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Special ~ Flap (Attack X 5)         - ShimSham or nothing or nothing
Cyclonic
ShimSham

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Instant death protection will let you block Cyclonic and ShimSham so Safety Bit or
Memento Ring is in order.


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=  Borras  =      # 242             HP: 4771         MP: 590
============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Poison           Poison, Stone, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Uppercut (Attack X 5)
Special ~ Uppercut (Attack X 5)
Special ~ Uppercut (Attack X 5)

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
No subtlety here, only blockable physical attacks, so there are many
possibilities: high M.Block%, high Defense and Mirage Vest. Although the latter's
image status will not last forever, it might last long enough, depending on how
much damage you can do.


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=  Brachosaur  =  # 38              HP: 46050        MP: 51420
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Ice              Poison

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Swing (Attack X 6)
~~
~~

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Brachosaur isn't as hard in the colosseum as it is in "dino forest" since he'll
only use Battle or Special. His Special carries quite a punch but M.Block% and
high Defense will take care of it. Given that he still has very high HP, max
M.Block%/high Defense is very important and should have priority over Image status
from Mirage Vest since the fight could last for quite a while.


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=  Brontaur  =    # 132             HP: 10050        MP: 12850
==============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Ice              Poison, Stone, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Wail (Attack X 5)
Fire 3
Meteor

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
All of Brontaur's attacks can be blocked by M.Block% except Meteor, against which
very little can be done. A Muscle Belt can bring your HP high enough to survive 1
Meteor if you couldn't already and a Flame/Paladin Shld (or anything that can
absorb fire) will let you absorb HP from Fire 3 which might replenish your HP
enough to survive the next Meteor. Green Beret and Rep Cap are other options to
raise your max HP but note that a combination of max HP raising equiment won't
have a better effect than the piece of equipment that gives the best HP boost
would on it's own. Brontaur being vulnerable to stop so Stunner is a good option.

Once again Mog is a good character to use, high Defense being potentially a better
means of defense than high M.Block% since Fire 3 is blockable and a 128 M.Block%
character with fire protection wouldn't benefit from random Fire 3 healing since
he/she would block it.

Another tactic would be to go all out on offense since nothing reasonable can be
done to prevent Meteor. In this case Genji Glove with 2 strong weapons and a Wall
Ring would allow you to deal good damage by attacking and reflecting Fire3 back to
Brontaur. Shadow in the front row with Stunner, Striker, Genji Glove and Wall Ring
can do good damage while possibly stopping Brontaur, reflecting Fire3 and
countering with interceptor (when Brontaur is not stopped of course).


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=  Cactrot  =     # 76              HP: 3            MP: 60000
=============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Ice, Water       Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Mind Sting (bserk)
Blow Fish
~~

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
- Gogo with 3 Fight commands, Offering, Ribbon/Peace Ring and any damaging weapon.
- Gogo with 3 Fight commands, Offering, RunningShoes or Gale Hairpin and any
damaging weapon.
- Gogo with 3 Fight commands, a Sniper Sight and a defense ignoring weapon (with
Merit Award) like ValiantKnife or AtmaWeapon, or simply Dice, Fixed Dice.
- Gogo with 3 Fight commands, Merit Award and Dice or Fixed Dice; both will hit
Cactrot without Offering or Sniper Sight and they have their own damage formula
which doesn't take into account Cactrot's Defense.


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=  Chaos Drgn  =  # 226             HP: 9013         MP: 1300
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Fire                                Ice              Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Cinderizer (death)
Disaster
Meteor

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Chaos Drgn's Special (like all death inflicting specials) can only be protected
from by M.Block% as well as image and vanish statuses so you should equip
accordingly since Cinderizer can't be allowed to hit your character. M.Block%
should be the priority here and depending on how high you can raise it a Ribbon
might or might not be advisable since M.Block% can also block Disaster.


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=  Chupon (or Shadow)  =            # 64
========================

                  Chupon            HP: 50305         MP: 55530
                 (Shadow            HP: Varies        MP: Varies)

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:             Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----             ------------------
Fire                                Ice, Water        Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Sneeze
Sneeze
Sneeze

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------

Chupon:
- High level character with high Vigor, Genji Glove, Offering, Atma Weapon and
ValianKnife. Hopefully Chupon will use Battle and your character Fight, depending
on how much damage your character can deal Chupon can be dead in one round.
- Preferably high level character, DragoonBoots, Stunner, Dragon Horn (or Merit
Award if character is not Shadow), Marvel Shoes and speed boosting equipment. The
goal here is to hope your character jumps and that stunner will cast stop when you
land, preventing Chupon from using Sneeze. Speed boosts are recommended so you
will stay on the ground a little as possible.

Shadow:
- What you do vs Shadow doesn't really matter since even if you die he'll still
join you just as if you'd won. It's worth noting though that Shadow will only use
Fight when you fight him in the colosseum, even Interceptor won't show up.


==============================================================================
=  Covert  =      # 103             HP: 4530         MP: 240
============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Poison                              Pearl            Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Fight or Fight:
Special ~ Disappear (vanish)        - Special or nothing or nothing (targets
Wind Slash                            itself)
Rage                                If attacked by command Throw or Throw:
                                    - Shuriken or Ninja Star

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
No need to worry about Shuriken and Ninja Star throws here since they're only used
as counters, characters can't use Throw in the colosseum so Covert won't counter
it.

With Covert being able to vanish itself and given the frequency at which
characters use the fight command in the colosseum it's a good opportunity to use
Tempest since it can hit vanished targets. Terra makes a good candidate with
Paladin Shld (or Force Shld), Genji Helmet, Genji Armor, Merit Award and Marvel
Shoes. This setup gives her very good Mag.Def and Defense to let her take minimal
damage from Rage and Wind Slash as well as Battle, while Marvel Shoes will help
with regen and Morph will enhance all those aspects.

Mog, with the same equipment as Terra except with Snow Muffler replacing Genji
Armor, is another option for this fight. Although Tempest is still a good choice,
Pearl Lance might be better given Covert's weakness to pearl. This choice is only
as important as the amount of time that passes before Mog eventually picks a
dance. With a Pearl Lance, White Cape will replace Merit Award nicely.

While Terra is not 100% reliable because of her Magic command, Mog's main
disadvantage lies in the Dusk Requiem Dance which does not work very well vs
Covert, this is offset by the other dances which work very well.

Sketch would have been useful and fun to use here if Soul Sabre could cast Doom
when the sword strike misses, unfortunately it can't. Covert's Special (which can
be used through Sketch) causes vanish status so you could have used vanish/doom on
him, of course you still can with a character that knows only Doom/X-Zone (or very
few other spells) or with a full Magic list and a lot of luck.


==============================================================================
=  Dark Force  =  # 13              HP: 8940         MP: 700
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Pearl            Poison, Stone, Death

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
L.5 Doom
CleanSweep
Pearl Wind

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Since Dark Force is level 55 (a multiple of 5) using Sketch on him might give a
nice payoff since L.5 Doom (25%) might come up, otherwise you get CleanSweep
(75%).


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=  Didalos  =     # 249             HP: 12280        MP: 100
=============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Poison                              Fire, Pearl      Death

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Fight or Fight:
Flare                               - Fire Wall or nothing or nothing
Flare Star
Blaster

Suggested set up:                   Details:
-----------------                   --------
Mog (back row)                      With this setup it's impossible to lose.
Paladin Shld/Flame Shld             Paladin Shld/Flame Shld will take care of
Snow Muffler                        Flare Star and Fire Wall. Snow Muffler along
Wall Ring                           with an appropriate helmet will bring Mog to
Safety Bit                          255 Defense which will take care of Battle.
                                    Safety Bit will take care of Blaster. Wall
                                    Ring will take care of Flare.
                                    Put Mog in the back row to reduce damage
                                    taken from Battle to 0. Pearl Lance is a
                                    nice option since Didalos is weak to pearl.
                                    Didalos has relatively low MP so it'll be
                                    depleted pretty soon. Flare costs 45 MP so
                                    he can't cast more than 2.



==============================================================================
=  Doom Drgn  =   # 37              HP: 18008        MP: 10000
===============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                                     Poison

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Fallen One                          - Fallen One or nothing or nothing
N. Cross
S. Cross

Suggested set up:                   Details:
-----------------                   --------
Mog (Back row)                      With this setup it's impossible to lose.
Paladin Shld/Flame Shld             Paladin Shld/Flame Shld will take care of
Snow Muffler                        S.Cross. Snow Muffler along with an
                                    appropriate helmet will bring Mog to 255
                                    Defense which will take care of Battle.
                                    Having Mog in the back row means he will
                                    take 0 damage from Battle which means
                                    he'll survive even if hit by Battle at 1
                                    HP following the use of Fallen One.
                                    N.Cross will do nothing more than delay
                                    Mog since freeze status will either be
                                    removed by S.Cross or will simply wear
                                    off.

                                    ValiantKnife with Merit Award is an
                                    offense option depending on Mog's level/HP
                                    since Doom Drgn will most likely use
                                    Fallen One sooner or later, after which
                                    Valiant Knife will get a boost in damage
                                    due to Mog's low HP.


This is a monster on whom Sketch can really be worthwhile to use, he'll either use
Fallen One (25%) or N. Cross (75%)!


==============================================================================
=  Dueller  =     # 217             HP: 7200         MP: 1600
=============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Bolt, Water      Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Special ~ Megashock (Attack X 3)    - Shrapnel or nothing or nothing
Mega Volt
Giga Volt

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
All of Dueller's attacks can be blocked by M.Block%, short of being able to get
128 M.Block%, a Thunder/Paladin Shld will offer good protection against Dueller's
Lightning elemental attacks. Wall Ring has no use here since Mega Volt and Giga
Volt are not reflectable.


==============================================================================
=  Enuo  =        # 166             HP: 4635         MP: 280
==========

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Pearl            Stone, Death

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Slime (slow)
CleanSweep
Aqua Rake

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
All of Enuo's attacks can be blocked by M.Block%, short of being able to get 128
M.Block%, a Titanium or Paladin Shld will offer good protection against Enuo's
water elemental attacks. Titanium is recommended over Imp's Armor and Tortoise
Shld since the wearer's Defense stat will suffer less from the "lack" of an helmet
than the "lack" of a shield or armor.


==============================================================================
=  Evil Oscar  =  # 183             HP: 7000         MP: 500
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Ice, Bolt,                          Fire             Poison, Stone, Death, Stop
Poison, Wind,
Pearl, Earth,
Water

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Magic or Magic:
Poison                              - Special or nothing or nothing
Sneeze
Sour Mouth

Used only as a counter: Special ~ Demon Kiss (death)

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Gogo maybe the best character to use here since every other character (except
Umaro) has a Magic command, which you want to avoid using since Evil Oscar will
counter with it's death inflicting Special (like Tradeoff and Cinderizer) if
attacked by it.

Evil Oscar can use Sneeze so you'll want to end the fight quickly before it's used
or rely on Stunner to cast stop to prevent it's use. Evil Oscar is weak to instant
death so equipping a Wing Edge through Merit Award will give you the possibility
to kill it quickly given Wing Edge's speed boost and instant death properties.
Complement this setup with a Ribbon and speed boosting equipment.


==============================================================================
=  Fortis  =      # 234             HP: 9800         MP: 700
============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Bolt, Water      Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by element lightning,
Special ~ Double Arm (Attack X 2)   If attacked:
Fire Ball                           - Special
Snowball                            - Battle

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Here a Flame Shld (or other fire resistant equipment Paladin Shld, Minerva, etc,)
with a Safety Bit/Memento Ring are useful. Snowball is pretty much an unblockable
Demi spell impossible to runic so the best way to protect against it is instant
death protection, i.e. a Safety Bit or Memento Ring.

Fortis is another enemy vulnerable to instant death, take advantage of it with
Wing Edge, Assassin, Trump, etc. to end the fight quickly.


==============================================================================
=  GtBehemoth  =  # 224             HP: 11000        MP: 700
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                                     Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Special ~ Hay Maker (Attack X 4)    - Special or nothing or nothing
Meteor
Fire 3

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
All of GtBehemoth's attacks can be blocked by M.Block% except Meteor, against
which very little can be done. A Muscle Belt can bring your HP high enough to
survive 1 Meteor if you couldn't already and a Flame/Paladin Shld (or anything
that can absorb fire) will let you absorb HP from Fire 3 which might replenish
your HP enough to survive the next Meteor. Green Beret and Rep Cap are other
options to raise your max HP but note that a combination of max HP raising
equiment won't have a better effect than the piece of equipment that gives the
best HP boost would on it's own. GtBehemoth being vulnerable to stop so Stunner is
a good option.

Once again Mog is a good character to use, high Defense being potentially a better
means of defense than high M.Block% since Fire 3 is blockable and a 128 M.Block%
character with fire protection wouldn't benefit from random Fire 3 healing since
he/she would block it.

Another tactic would be to go all out on offense since nothing reasonable can be
done to prevent Meteor. In this case Genji Glove with 2 strong weapons and a Wall
Ring would allow you to deal good damage by attacking and reflecting Fire3 back to
GtBehemoth. Shadow in the front row with Stunner, Striker, Genji Glove and Wall
Ring can do good damage while possibly stopping GtBehemoth, reflecting Fire3 and
countering with interceptor (when GtBehemoth is not stopped of course).


==============================================================================
=  Harpy  =       # 43              HP: 3615         MP: 233
===========

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                                     Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Magic or Magic:
Special ~ Grip (Attack X 2)         - Battle or Cyclonic or nothing
Cyclonic
Aero

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Cyclonic is really harmful here by taking off 15/16th of its target's HP, while
M.Block% can block it a safer method would be to equip Safety Bit/Memento Ring if
128 M.Block% can't be reached.

Paladin Shld, Thunder Shld or Minerva are really helpful vs Aero while Stunner
can stop Harpy.


==============================================================================
=  Hemophyte  =   # 193             HP: 6800         MP: 1600
===============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                                     Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked,
Special ~ CursedGaze (seizure)      If dead:
Shock Wave                          - Special or Special or nothing
Pearl

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Hemophyte's special is nothing to be concerned about and at the very least can be
countered with Marvel Shoes/Cure Ring. Shock Wave should do little damage to a
character with decent Mag.Def and can even be blocked with M.Block%. Spare a relic
slot for a Wall Ring and reflect Pearl back to Hemophyte.


==============================================================================
=  Hoover  =      # 62              HP: 12018        MP: 10500
============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Ice, Water       Poison, Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Special ~ Crush (Attack X 5)        - Sand Storm or Sand Storm or nothing
Sand Storm                          - Sand Storm or nothing or nothing
Quake

Suggested set up:                   Details:
-----------------                   --------
Mog (Back row)                      With this setup it's impossible to lose.
Paladin Shld/Thunder Shld           Paladin Shld/Thunder Shld will take care
Snow Muffler                        of Sand Storm. Snow Muffler along with an
Cherub Down                         appropriate helmet will bring Mog to 255
                                    Defense which will reduce damage taken
                                    from Battle and Special to 0 with Mog in
                                    the back row. Quake will be taken care of
                                    by Paladin Shld or Cherub Down, no need to
                                    equip both as long as Mog has 255 Defense.

                                    Ice and water elemental weapons as well as
                                    weapons inflicting poison and stop
                                    (Stunner only) status can take advantage
                                    of Hoover's weaknesses. Whether their use
                                    is desirable depends on damage done by
                                    other available weapons with potentially
                                    higher Bat.Pwr.


==============================================================================
=  Innoc  =       # 246             HP: 6600         MP: 390
===========

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Bolt, Water      Death

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
L? Pearl
~~
~~

Suggested set up:
-----------------
Little to worry about here, just know that L.? Pearl will only deal damage to your
character if his/her level is a multiple of the last digit of your current amount
of GP, you can sell items or fight some battles to change your Amount of GP to
ensure that L? Pearl will do no damage.


==============================================================================
=  IronHitman  =  # 253             HP: 2000         MP: 800
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Bolt, Water      Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Destroy (Attack X 2)
Dischord
Tek Laser

Suggested set up:
-----------------
Safety Bit/Memento Ring will work well here to protect vs Dischord, which can have
devastating effects offensively for your character especially in the long run,
while M.Block% can block everything IronHitman can do.


==============================================================================
=  Karkass  =     # 220             HP: 3850         MP: 185
=============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Poison                              Fire, Pearl      Poison, Stone, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Fight or Fight:
Break                               - Battle or nothing or nothing
Bolt 3                              If attacked by command Magic or Magic:
Flare                               - Bolt 3 or Break or Flare
                                    If attacked:
                                    - Lifeshaver

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Break, Bolt 3 and Flare are reflectable so a Wall Ring is the easiest way to take
care of 75% of the enemy's offense and it'll help yours at the same time. That
still leaves Battle which can be taken care of by high M.Block% and/or high
Defense.


==============================================================================
=  Land Worm =    # 155             HP: 12000        MP: 1300
==============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Earth                               Ice              Poison, Stone, Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Compress (Attack X 2)
Magnitude8
Lode Stone

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Safety Bit/Memento Ring will protect vs Lode Stone while Cherub Down or Gaia Gear
will take care of Magnitude8.


==============================================================================
=  Lethal Wpn  =  # 69              HP: 9200         MP: 1956
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Bolt, Water      Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Metal Arm (Attack X 2)
Tek Laser
Absolute 0

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
A combination of ice (Absolute 0) and bolt (Tek Laser) elemental protection
through Paladin Shield, Minerva or Thunder Shld (absorbs bolt, 50% damage from
ice) is useful here along with taking advantage of Lethal Wpn's stop and instant
death vulnerabilities though instant death weapons and/or Stunner.

Umaro with Snow Muffler and Rage Ring will be immune to the effects of
Absolute 0 and Tek Laser while being able to deal some decent damage with his
defense ignoring tackle which will punch through Lethal Wpn's relatively high
Defense of 190. In the back row, with Marvel Shoes and the random castings of
Absolute 0 which will heal him, Umaro should be able to win this battle. Mog
might fare even better with high Defense (Snow Muffler) and a Thunder Shld or
Paladin Shld.


==============================================================================
=  Madam  =       # 106             HP: 8150         MP: 900
===========

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Poison           Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Flare                               - Cure 2 or nothing or nothing
Pearl                               - Meteor or nothing or nothing
Ice 3


Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Flare, Pearl and Ice 3 are reflectable so a Wall Ring is the easiest way to take
care of 75% of the enemy's offense and it'll help yours at the same time. There is
not much that can be done to protect vs Meteor; a Muscle Belt can bring your HP
high enough to survive 1 Meteor if you couldn't already. Green Beret and Rep Cap
are other options to raise your max HP but note that a combination of max HP
raising equiment won't have a better effect than the piece of equipment that
gives the best HP boost would on it's own. Note that by opting for Wall Ring you
won't be able to absorb Pearl or Ice 3 to help withstand another Meteor.

Avoid using Locke or giving Gogo the Steal command for that battle since Steal can
trigger a Meteor and/or Cure 2 counter-attack.

Something that can be taken advantage of here is the fact that simple "If
attacked" counter-attacks won't be used by the enemy until you damage it at least
once. This means that enemy spells reflected off your characters onto the enemy
will not be countered until you damage that enemy yourself. Since Madam uses many
reflectable spells that she is not immune to you can simply let her reflect her
own spells off your characters while holding down the L and R buttons to try to
run away, this being a colosseum battle you won't succeed but you won't be
attacking her either, thus she won't use her counter-attacks.

Sketching Madam will let you use 2 good spells; Flare (25%) and Pearl (75%).


==============================================================================
=  Mantodea  =    # 210             HP: 4500         MP: 420
==============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Fire             Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ MindReaper (osmose)
Wind Slash
~~

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Shadow with a Thunder Shld (nullifies wind elementals) and Stunner will do well vs
Mantodea. Although MindReaper will have no ill effects since you won't be using MP
costing magic it can still have a use since it can trigger a counter by
interceptor.

Mantodea has very high Batt.Pwr (180) compared to regular enemies whose Bat.Pwr
rarely goes over 30. So, if you have trouble stopping Mantodea before it does too
much damage with Battle or just don't care to risk it, having Mog with 255 Defense
in the back row or a character with complete imp equipment (also in the back row)
will be even more reliable. Choice characters to turn into imps would be Mog and
Terra given their high natural Defense/Mag.Def stats.

On a regular "optimally" equipped character (around 200 Defense and Mag.Def)
Battle will deal about 600 damage while Wind Slash will do about 300, on an
unequiped character Battle will do well over 3000 damage.


==============================================================================
=  Opinicus  =    # 200             HP: 3210         MP: 514
==============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Poison                              Fire, Pearl      Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Magic or Magic:
Special ~ Riot (Attack X 1.5)       - Wind Slash or nothing or nothing
Slide
Surge

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Paladin Shld and Minerva will work wonders vs Opinicus' many elemental spells,
alternatively Gaia Gear and Cherub Down will serve you well vs Slide and Ice
Shld/Flame Shld/Snow Muffler vs Surge. Gogo with a Merit Award and an instant
death weapon might do better than the other characters with no Magic commands
since Opinicus may counter magic spells with Wind Slash.


==============================================================================
=  Outsider  =    # 189             HP: 8050         MP: 400
==============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Poison                              Pearl            Stone, Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Fight or Fight:
Special ~ Ruin (death)              - Shuriken or Shuriken
X-Zone                              If attacked:
Flare                               - Ninja Star or Tack Star

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Gogo, with 3 Fight commands, Merit Award, Safety Bit, Wing Edge and M.Block%
boosting equipment. Ruin is a physical instant death attack so Safety Bit/Memento
Ring won't protect you from it (although they will protect from X-Zone), the only
defense is M.Block%, vanish and image status. Since acquiring vanish status in the
colosseum can't be reasonably predicted and the status can't be brought into
battle (nor would it be desirable with Flare and X-Zone used by the enemy), an
alternate is Mirage Vest, which will protect you for a time. The choice between
Mirage Vest and Force Armor is not an easy one. The goal with this set up is
basically to kill outsider before he kills you by hoping Wing Edge will dispatch
him since he's vulnerable to instant death.

The longer the battle lasts the more damage you will take obviously but this is
especially true and more of a concern with Outsider given the powerful spells he
uses and the throws he uses as counters. Only vanish will protect vs throws but
once again you can't rely on it in the colosseum so your best bet is high HP.

With 0 M.Block% and without vanish or image status, Outsider is not immune to Ruin
(Special, causes death) either, it can be used on him through Sketch making it
something to consider trying. Sketch will have you use Ruin (25%) or Battle (75%).


==============================================================================
=  Phase  =       # 188             HP: 4550         MP: 1700
===========

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Fire                                Ice              Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Special ~ Smirk (Stop)              - Blow Fish or nothing or nothing
Blow Fish
~~

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Phase can be annoying with its Special that puts stop status on you but 2 can
play that game since Phase is vulnerable to stop, equip stunner on Gogo and give
him 3 Sketch commands. Through sketch either Phase's Special (25%) or Blow Fish
(75%) will be used.


==============================================================================
=  Pug  =         # 84              HP: 8000         MP: 15500
=========

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Water                               Fire, Bolt       Poison, Stone

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Special ~ Cleaver (Attack X 8)      - Special
Break                               - Step Mine
~~

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
A way to guarantee a win vs Pug with characters at low levels is to take a
character with 255 Defense and put him in the back row with a Ribbon or Jewel
Ring. The main problem with Pug is that it will use Step Mine when it dies, if you
can't withstand it through high HP (use Muscle Belt, Green Beret or Red Cap if
they can help get your HP higher than Step Mine's Damage) you will have to make
sure he can't use it after you hit him, the only way to do that is if Pug doesn't
have any MP. Since you can't drain his MP without getting a Special/Step Mine
counter, you can wait until he uses all of his MP by his random Break spells. Hold
L and R to have your character try to run away so he/she won't attack Pug and
trigger a counter. It will take forever for Pug to waste his MP so you should tape
the L and R buttons down and go do something else in the meantime.


==============================================================================
=  Retainer  =    # 7               HP: 7050         MP: 2600
==============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Poison           Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If dead:
Special ~ Tradeoff (death)          - Special
Wind Slash
Condemned


Suggested set up:                   Details:
-----------------                   --------
Gogo                                This setup will give Gogo over 128
Illumina                            M.Block% which will block Battle and
Paladin Shld                        Tradeoff, while Safety Bit will block
Bard's Hat                          Condemned and Paladin Shld will nullify
Force Armor                         Wind Slash. Safety Bit is necessary
Merit Award                         because MBlock% won't block Condemend or
Safety Bit                          the reaper. Paladin Shld is necessary
                                    since it's the only thing that allows wind
                                    protection and MBlock% of at least 128,
                                    the latter being the only thing capable of
                                    blocking Battle and Special everytime.
                                    Giving Gogo anything but Magic, Blitz,
                                    Lore and Rage as his commands will make
                                    sure he can't hurt himself and make it
                                    impossible for him to be killed.

Without being able to fullfill every requirement of the above set up Mirage Vest
is a worthwhile alternative to 128 M.Block%, just keep in mind that image status
won't last forever and will be removed after a random amount of physical hits so
Stunner will help a Mirage Vest wearer if it can stop Retainer.

Retainer is yet another enemy with an instant death special, turn it against him
with Sketch and he'll use either Tradeoff (25%) or Wind Slash (75%).


==============================================================================
=  Rhyos  =       # 126             HP: 7191         MP: 354
===========

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                                     Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Flare Star                          - Battle or nothing or nothing
Surge
Aero

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Without Paladin Shld or Minerva use Thunder Shld instead, it'll nullify Aero
(wind-elemental) and reduce damage from Surge (ice-elemental) and Flare Star
(fire-elemental) by 50%. You can also use Snow Muffler as another alternative
or addition to those since it'll absorb ice-elemental damage and reduce
fire-elemental damage by 50%.


==============================================================================
=  Scullion  =    # 161             HP: 27000        MP: 9000
==============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Bolt, Water      Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If dead:
Special ~ Gamma Rays (condemned)    - Atomic Ray
Special ~ Gamma Rays (condemned)
Special ~ Gamma Rays (condemned)

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Scullion has a lot of HP so prepare for a long fight. Fortunately his attacks are
not very varied, equip a Safety Bit/Memento Ring so that even when Gamma Rays hit
the reaper at the end of condemned's countdown will miss. Raise M.Block% as much
as possible to block Battle, if you don't reach 128 M.Block% you might want to
consider fire elemental protection since Scullion will use Atomic Ray when it
dies.


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=  Siegfried  =   # 55              HP: 32760        MP: 6000
===============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Fire, Ice,       Poison, Stop
                                    Bolt, Poison,
                                    Wind, Pearl,
                                    Earth, Water

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
HyperDrive
Shrapnel
Battle

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
- High level character with high Vigor, Genji Glove, Offering, Atma Weapon and
ValianKnife, with high stats Siegfried can be dead in one round.

- Preferably high level character, DragoonBoots, Stunner, Dragon Horn (or Merit
Award if character is not Shadow), Marvel Shoes and speed boosting equipment. The
goal here is to hope your character jumps and that stunner will cast stop when you
land, allowing you to kill him while he's stopped. Speed boosts are recommended so
you will stay on the ground a little as possible.

Without those strategies the odds of defeating Siegfried drop considerably since
he has very high HP and 1 in 4 chances of using Hyper Drive (unblockable and
ignores defense) which will do around 7000 damage.


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=  Sky Base  =    # 252             HP: 6000         MP: 550
==============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Bolt, Water      Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Doom                                - Blaster or nothing or nothing
Doom                                - Blaster or nothing or nothing
Doom                                - Blaster or nothing or nothing
                                    - Blaster or nothing or nothing

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Sky Base is vulnerable to instant death and it'll use Doom 3 times out of 4 so the
quickest way to end this fight in your favor is to equip a Wall Ring which will
reflect Doom onto Sky Base.

As an alternate option, M.Block% can protect you from all of Sky Base's attacks
but if 128 is unattainable Safety Bit or Memento Ring will provide perfect
protection against Doom and Blaster leaving only Battle to worry about.

Sky Base is vulnerable to instant death so you can equip a weapon with instant
death properties like Scimitar and Wing Edge for a potentially quick win.

Sky Base is also weak to both spells that can be used when you Sketch it; Doom
(25%) and Giga Volt (75%).


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=  SrBehemoth  =  # 127             HP: 19000        MP: 1600
=   (undead)   =
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Ice                                 Fire, Poison     Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Battle                              - Battle or nothing or nothing
Battle
Battle

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
SrBehemoth can only use Battle so M.Block% and Mirage Vest can help, at lower
levels opt for the former but at higher levels, when you can kill him in fewer
rounds, opt for the latter.

If accessible maxing Defense through Snow Muffler or an imped character with
the imp equipment will work perfectly here since SrBehemoth only uses physical
attacks.


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=  Steroidite  =  # 22              HP: 25000        MP: 350
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Pearl            Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Rush (Attack X 3)
Blizzard
Blaster

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Use Mog equipped with Snow Muffler, Pearl Lance and Safety Bit with a
shield/helmet combination that'll let Mog reach 255 Defense, now put him in the
back row and he can't be defeated.


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=  Tap Dancer  =  # 240             HP: 4452         MP: 270
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Poison           Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Throw or Throw:
Special ~ WaistShake (muddle)       - Enhancer or Crystal (Throw)
Slow 2
Haste 2

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
No need to worry about Enhancer and Crystal throws here since they're only used as
counters, characters can't use Throw in the colosseum so Tap Dancer won't counter
it. A Ribbon or Peace Ring will protect you from Tap Dancer's Special.


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=  Test Rider  =  # 156             HP: 3100         MP: 220
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------


Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Steal or Capture:
Special ~ Gold Lance (Attack X 3)   - Special
Flash Rain                          If attacked:
~~                                  - Battle or nothing or nothing

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Avoid using Locke or anybody with Steal, Capture or a Thief Knife for this fight.
At similar levels Shadow or Gogo (as good colosseum characters) will work just as
well as Locke and they'll have one less counter to worry about.

Flash Rain is ice and water elemental so protection to either will be enough to
protect you from the spell. Taking that into account this makes imped characters
with the imp equipment and in the back row perfect for this battle; the equipment
will let them absorb Flash Rain and their high defense will render the rest of
Test Rider's attacks useless. Mog with 255 Defense (Snow Muffler) and Thunder
Shld or Paladin Shld will work just as well.


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=  Trixter  =     # 247             HP: 3815         MP: 9900
=============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Pearl            Poison, Stone

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Fire
Fire 2
Fire 3

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Fire, Fire 2 and Fire 3 are reflectable so a Wall Ring is the easiest way to take
care of 75% of the enemy's offense and it'll help yours at the same time.


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=  TumbleWeed  =  # 52              HP: 6200         MP: 600
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Water                               Fire             Stone, Death, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Special ~ Blinder (blind)           - Lifeshaver or nothing or nothing
Lifeshaver
~~

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Lifeshaver being earth elemental, Gaia Gear will serve you well for this fight
since it'll let you heal from Lifeshaver while it will damage Tumbleweed.
Tumbleweed's special can be disregarded, it will have no ill effects since blind
status has no effect (due to a bug in the game) and the Special doesn't cause
damage.


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=  Tyranosaur  =  # 39              HP: 12770        MP: 420
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Ice

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Bite (Attack X 7)
Slow
Haste

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Nothing especially useful can be done vs Tyranosaur; his only weakness is ice
which will make Ice Rod just about as powerful as Graedus or Pearl Lance. Defense
should be considered seriously if 128 M.Block% isn't attainable given Tyranosaur's
powerful Special.


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=  Vectagoyle  =  # 228             HP: 7500         MP: 880
================

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                                     Poison

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Fight or Fight:
Giga Volt                           - Special or Special or Nothing
Aqua Rake
Blaze

Used only as a counter: Special ~ Counter (Attack X 2)

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Giga Volt (bolt), Aqua Rake (wind and water) and Blaze (fire) are all blockable
but they are also elemental and can thus be protected against with a Paladin Shld,
Minerva or a combination of other equipment. Thunder Shld will let you absorb bolt
and nullify wind while a Red Jacket will let you absorb fire. Sketch will let you
use Giga Volt (25%) or Aqua Rake (75%).


==============================================================================
=  Vectaur  =     # 128             HP: 2800         MP: 180
=============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Ice, Water       Stone

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              None
Special ~ Tusk (Attack X 1.5)
Pearl Wind
~~

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Vectaur's stone weakness cannot be exploited with Break Blade since it also has
instant death protection which will protect vs Break, nevertheless, Vectaur should
pose little challenge.


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=  Veteran  =     # 251             HP: 10000        MP: 300
=============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                                     Poison, Stop

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked by command Magic or Magic:
Doom                                - nothing or nothing or Roulette
X-Zone
Roulette


Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
With Doom costing 35 MP and X-Zone 53 MP there's a chance Veteran will run out of
MP during battle, which is always good especially if you have imperfect stamina
and M.Block%, and are without instant death protection.


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=  Wart Puck  =   # 125             HP: 3559         MP: 330
===============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
                                    Fire             Stone

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Special ~ Yawn (sleep)              - Sneeze or nothing or nothing
Exploder
~~


Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
If you have significantly more HP than Wart Puck simply hold the L & R button so
your character won't do anything, and therefore won't run the chance of triggering
Sneeze, eventually Wart Puck will use Exploder (hopefully before he runs out of
MP) and kill itself. Battle has the possibility of making you drop below Wart
Puck's HP so high Defense (with marvel shoes/cure ring if short of 255 Defense)
and/or high M.Block% are recommended.


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=  Woolly  =      # 250             HP: 3609         MP: 300
============

Absorb:           Nullify:          Weak:            Status weaknesses:
-------           --------          -----            ------------------
Ice, Bolt,                          Fire             Death
Poison, Wind,
Earth, Water

Commands:                           Counters:
---------                           ---------
Battle                              If attacked:
Special ~ Frenzy (bserk)            - Battle
~~
~~

Suggested set ups and details:
------------------------------
Elemental weapons are to be avoided here, except if they're fire or pearl
elemental but an instant death weapon will work much better given Woolly's instant
death vulnerability.


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Commands used by enemies and allies in the colosseum are the same commands
available to them while under the influence of Control, Muddle and Charm. Just
like in those situations a Fight command is added to the character's (but not the
enemy's) list of commands.

Commands that can be seen used in the colosseum:
------------------------------------------------
Fight                Tools              Mimic
Magic                Blitz              Dance
Morph                Runic              Jump
Steal                Lore               X-Magic
Capture              Sketch             GP Rain
SwdTech              Rage



Colosseum only items:                Colosseum and metamorph only items:
---------------------                -----------------------------------
Cat Hood                             Cursed Ring
Illumina                             Marvel Shoes
Mirage Vest                          Merit Award
Remane Card                          Ogre Nix



Instant death weapons list:
---------------------------
Assassin
Break Blade*
Doom Darts
Scimitar
Soul Sabre
Striker
Trump
Wing Edge

* Casts Break which can be blocked by instant death protection and immunity to
stone.


Character rating according to commands only:
============================================

1 - Gogo
--------
Probably the most reliable character for the colosseum, the fact that you can give
him many different abilities makes him useful but the fact that you can give him
more than one of the same ability makes him almost controlable in the colosseum.

2 - Umaro
---------
Umaro: Also very predictable in the colosseum but very limited in what he can do,
more suited to eliminate enemies with little or no exploitable weaknesses.

3 - Shadow, Setzer, Relm
------------------------
Other than magic command they do nothing to harm themselves. Throw and Slot are
not used in the colosseum so Shadow and Setzer have less commands to choose from
which increases the chances of them doing what you want them to, Relm can do the
same but at the expense of a relic slot since Control won't be used in the
colosseum but Sketch will.

4 - Locke, Celes, Terra, Mog, Cyan, Edgar
-----------------------------------------
Their special abilities will very rarely harm them and could even be useful. Celes
could runic a spell that would have reflected to the enemy if she had reflect
status but that's more of a missed opportunity than a set back. Cyan could use
Empowerer on an undead enemy thus hurting himself while Mog and Edgar could use
elementals that could heal the enemy but these are easily countered by planning
ahead. Note though that Terra will sometimes do nothing for a while after she's
used Morph in the colosseum, the cause is unknown. As for Locke the fact that his
special will not help you win the fight while still being able to trigger
counter-attacks prevents him from being more reliable.

5 - Gau, Strago, Sabin
----------------------
Very risky characters to use, on top of having a Magic command they also have an
ability that can have them kill themselves instantly.



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#                             6. Credits                                     #
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Thanks to assassin17 for informing me of all the changes needed for version 1.2
and 1.3, including coming up with the strategies added in those updates as well
as the Pug strategy and proof-reading.

Thanks to Master ZED for the "learning few spells" strategy, proof-reading and
corrections/suggestions.

Thanks to MeepleLard for proof-reading and corrections/suggestions, including
reminding me of stuff I was completely forgetting (offering with instant death
weapons and Wall Ring vs Sky Base).



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#                            7. Copyright                                    #
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This document may not be used and/or reproduced, in part or in its entirety, on
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explicit written permission.
This document is for personal use only.

This document is Copyright 2004 Mnrogar (king_bahamut@hotmail.com)
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