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                    The Vagrant Story Ultimate Weapons FAQ ver 1.1
    
                                         or
    
                              So You Want To Kick Some A$$
    
                                         by
         
                                    Matt Hamand
    
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    Contents
    
    1. Legal Stuff
    2. Introduction
    3. Training
    4. Assembly
    5. Notes
    6. Tips
    7. Alleviating The Boredom
    8. Thanks
    9. Revision History
    
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    1. Legal Stuff
    
    All Text Copyright 2000 Matt Hamand
    
    I wrote this. Feel free to read it, distribute it, copy it, whatever. Just give
    me credit. 
    
    Any questions or comments please email me at mhamand1@yahoo.com
    
    Vagrant Story is copyright Square.
    
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    2. Introduction
    
    *What is an Ultimate Weapon?*
    
    An Ultimate Weapon is a weapon with 100 in all classes and affinities. Ideally
    the weapon will also be made of Damascus.
    
    *Why should I make an Ultimate Weapon?*
    
    The first time I played through Vagrant Story I did okay. But the final battle
    with Guildenstern was a bear. I did not use combos for most of the game which
    was a mistake. So I spent a couple of hours nickel and diming him to no avail.
    Then I hit upon using a Heavy Shot/Crimson Pain combo and that worked much
    better. But I was still only doing about 15 points of damage on a critical
    hit. I eventually beat him but it was a pain.
    
    Fast-forward to my first replay game. After spending a lot of hours building an
    ultimate weapon (Hagane Romphaia, Spiral Hilt, Tertia, Tertia, Braveheart) the
    final battle with Guildenstern went much better. I killed his final form in one
    5 chain combo (Heavy Shot/Crimson Pain). I was pleasantly surprised. I expected 
    to do well but this was terrific. Some credit has to go to my increased stats, 
    but most of the credit I think has to go to the weapon.
    
    Before I continue I should say that my weapon isn't even quite as ultimate as it 
    could be. It is not Damascus and I really would like to have Arturos gems. But 
    after at least two dozen hours of spelunking in Iron Maiden B2/B3 I could not 
    come up with one lousy Holy Win Blade. My girlfriend can attest to the hours I 
    wasted on this quest. So I settled for Hagane and lower quality gems. But the 
    results cannot be argued with. 
    
    The GameFAQs Vagrant Story message board has a lot of info on ultimate weapon 
    building. That's where I got the method I used, the method I'm writing about 
    here. But to get to the info you have to wade through thousands of posts over 
    2 or 3 months. So I decided to write this and put all it in one place.
    
    Here it is.
    
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    3. The Method 
    
    The method I used is a four blade method. There are some three blade methods 
    out there. I like the four blade method. It ensures that there will be no 
    conflicting classes/affinities. And once you have the blades it doesn't take 
    any longer that a three blade method. You still have to spend the same amount 
    of time whacking away at training dummies no matter how many blades you are 
    going to eventually combine. 
    
    Blade 1 - Dragon / Beast / Physical
    
    For the first blade head to The Boys Training Room in City Walls South. Attack 
    the Dragon dummy there until your Dragon class and Physical affinity are up to 
    100. Then travel to The Dark Tunnel in Abandoned Mines B1. Use the Beast dummy 
    there until your Beast class is up to 100. Set that blade aside.
    
    Blade 2 - Phantom / Human / Earth / Darkness / Water
    
    For the second blade go to From Boy To Hero in City Walls North. Attack the 
    Phantom dummy there until your Phantom class is up to 100. Then travel to the 
    Worker's Breakroom in The Wine Cellar. Attack only the Right Arm, Left Arm, 
    and head until your Human Class and Earth, Water, and Darkness affinities are 
    up to 100. Set that blade aside.
    
    Blade 3 - Human / Fire / Air
    
    For the third blade stay in the Worker's Breakroom in The Wine Cellar. With the 
    same dummy attack only the Body and Legs until your Human class and Fire and Air 
    affinities are up to 100. Set that blade aside.
    
    Blade 4 - Undead / Evil / Light
    
    For the fourth blade go to the Hall Of Sworn Revenge in The Catacombs. Attack 
    the Undead dummy until your Undead class is up to 100. From there go to Gharme's 
    Walk in Town Center East. Attack the Evil Dummy there until your Evil class and 
    Light Affinity are up to 100.
    
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    4. Assembly
    
    The best place to assemble your weapon is the Godhands workshop. This workshop 
    is only available on replay. If you want to build an ultimate weapon on first 
    play I suggest Junction Point workshop. Just make sure none of the blades you 
    will be combining are Silver or Damascus.
    
    Combining these blades and assembling this weapon is similar to combining and 
    assembling any other with just a couple of key differences.
    
    I will now go into detail on how to combine and assemble the ultimate weapon of 
    each weapon type.
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    Ultimate Dagger
    
    Blade 1 - Baselard
    Blade 2 - Baselard
    Blade 3 - Stiletto
    Blade 4 - Holy Win
    
    Hilt - Spiral Hilt
    
    Gems - Arturos, Arturos, Arturos
    
    First combine the two Baselards to get another Stiletto. Then combine the 
    two Stilettos to get a Jamadhar. Then combine the Holy Win with the Jamadhar. 
    This should create a Damascus Jamadhar with 100 in all classes/affinites. 
    Assemble the blade with a spiral hilt, and 3 Arturos gems. 
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    Ultimate One-Handed Sword
    
    Blade 1 - Romphaia
    Blade 2 - Romphaia
    Blade 3 - Romphaia
    Blade 4 - Holy Win
    
    Hilt - Spiral Hilt
    
    Gems - Arturos, Arturos, Arturos
    
    Combine the three Romphaias. Then combine the Romphaia with the Holy Win. This 
    should result in a Damascus Romphaia with 100 in all classes/affinities. 
    Assemble the blade with a spiral hilt and 3 Arturos Gems.
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    Ultimate Two-Handed Sword
    
    Blade 1 - Holy Win
    Blade 2 - Holy Win
    Blade 3 - Holy Win
    Blade 4 - Holy Win
    
    Hilt - Spiral Hilt
    
    Gems - Arturos, Arturos, Arturos
    
    Combine all four Holy Wins. This results in a Damascus Holy Win with 100 
    in all classes/affinities. Assemble the blade with a Spiral Hilt and affix 
    3 Arturos Gems.
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    Ultimate One-Handed Ax
    
    Blade 1 - Tabar
    Blade 2 - Tabar
    Blade 3 - Bullova
    Blade 4 - Holy Win
    
    Hilt - Elephant
    
    Gems - Arturos, Arturos, Arturos
    
    Combine the two Tabars. This should result in another Bullova. Caombine the 
    two Bullovas. This results in a Crescent. Combine the Crescent with the Holy 
    Win. This should result in a Damascus Crescent with 100 in all 
    classes/affinites. Assemble the blade with an Elephant grip and 3 Arturos gems.
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    Ultimate Two-Handed Ax
    
    Blade 1 - Balbriggan
    Blade 2 - Balbriggan
    Blade 3 - Sabre Halbred
    Blade 4 - Sabre Halbred
    
    Hilt - Elephant
    
    Gems - Arturos, Arturos, Arturos
    
    Combine the first Balbriggan and Sabre Halberd. This results in a Double Blade. 
    Combine the second Balbriggan and Sabre Halberd. This results in a Double Blade.
    Combine the two Double Blades. This results in a Halberd with 100 in all 
    classes/affinities. Assemble the blade with an Elephant grip and 3 Arturos gems. 
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    Ultimate One-Handed Mace
    
    Blade 1 - War Hammer
    Blade 2 - War Hammer
    Blade 3 - Bec De Corbin
    Blade 4 - Holy Win
    
    Hilt - Elephant or Grimoire Grip
    
    Gems - Arturos, Arturos, Arturos or Arturos, Arturos
    
    Combine the two War Hammers. This results in a Bec De Corbin. Combine the 
    two Bec De Corbins. This should give you a War Maul. Combine the War Maul 
    with the Holy Win. This should result in a Damascus War Maul with 100 in all 
    classes/affinities. Assemble the blade with either an Elephant or a Grimoire 
    Grip. Affix either 2 or 3 Arturos Gems.
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    Ultimate Two-Handed Mace
    
    Blade 1 - Hand Of Light
    Blade 2 - Hand Of Light
    Blade 3 - Hand Of Light
    Blade 4 - Hand Of Light
    
    Hilt - Elephant or Grimoire Grip
    
    Gems - Arturos, Arturos, Arturos or Arturos, Arturos
    
    Combine all four Hands Of Light. This should give you a Hand of Light with 
    100 in all classes/affinities. Assemble the blade with either a Elephant grip 
    or a Grimoire Grip. Affix either 2 or 3 Arturos gems.
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    Ultimate Staff
    
    Blade 1 - Shamanic Staff
    Blade 2 - Summoner's Baton
    Blade 3 - Bishop's Crossier
    Blade 4 - Holy Win
    
    Hilt - Elephant or Grimoire Grip
    
    Gems - Arturos, Arturos, Arturos or Arturos, Arturos
    
    Combine the Shamanic Staff with the Summoner's Baton. This gives a Bishop's 
    Crossier. Combine the two Bishop's Crossiers. This results in a Sage's Cane. 
    Combine the Sage's Cane with the Holy Win. This should result in a Damascus 
    Sage's Cane with 100 in all classes/affinities. Assemble the blade with either 
    an Elephant grip or a Grimoire Grip. Attach 3 or 2 Arturos Gems.
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    Ultimate Polearm
    
    Blade 1 - Pole Ax
    Blade 2 - Pole Ax
    Blade 3 - Pole Ax
    Blade 4 - Pole Ax
    
    Hilt - Spiral Pole
    
    Gems - Arturos, Arturos, Arturos
    
    Combine the two Pole Axes. This results in another Bardysh. Combine the other
    two Pole Axes. This results in another Bardysh. Combine the two Bardysh. This
    gives a Damascus with 100 in all classes/affinities. Assemble the blade with 
    a spiral pole grip. Attach 3 Arturos gems.
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    Ultimate Crossbow
    
    Blade 1 - Lug Crossbow
    Blade 2 - Lug Crossbow
    Blade 3 - Seige Bow
    Blade 4 - Holy Win
    
    Hilt - Sonic Bullet
    
    Gems - Arturos
    
    Combine the two Lug Crossbows. This results in a Seige Bow. Combine your two 
    Seige Bows. This results in an Arbalest. Combine the Arbalest with the Holy Win. 
    This gives you a Damascus Arbalest with 100 in all classes/affinities. Assemble 
    the blade with a Sonic Bullet Grip and attach 1 Arturos gem. 
    
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    5. Notes
    
    *Obtaining The Holy Win & Romphaia*
    
    On second play or later the Iron Maiden B2 and Iron Maiden B3 are accessible. 
    If you enter these areas with 150 or less hit points you encounter different 
    enemies. Normally there are shriekers, ogres, and liches. With less than 150 HP 
    you run into Dark Crusaders and one Last Crusader. The Dark Cruaders are armed 
    with Romphaias, the best one handed sword available. The Last Crusader carries 
    the Holy Win blade, the best two handed sword. They will drop these swords rarely. 
    Very rarely. I spent at least 20 hours in the IMB2/3 and only had 6 Romphaias and 
    no Holy Wins to show for it. I've heard of others obtaining as many as 6 Holy Wins 
    in only 2 hours of trying. As far as I tell there is no sure way of getting them 
    to drop what you want. With the rarer items, at least, it appears pretty random. 
    
    *Obtaining The Hand Of Light*
    
    The Hand Of Light is the best two handed mace in the game. It is obtained by 
    battling the various Minotaur Bosses. They drop it rarely. About as rarely, I 
    hear, as the Holy Win is dropped. I didn't spend as much time looking for one of 
    these as I have little interest in two-handed weapons, I like using shields.
    
    *Combining With The Holy Win Blade*
    
    The most useful thing about the Holy Win blade is its use as a metal converter. 
    When certain sufficiently powerful blades are combined with the Holy Win the result is 
    that blade in the superior Damascus material. This is the best way to make most 
    weapon into Damascus. 
    
    *Limitations Of The Holy Win*
    
    You cannot make use a Holy Win to convert a Hand Of Light blade into Damascus.
    The Holy Win also will not convert two-handed axes, two-handed maces, or polearms
    into Damascus. The best way to make ultimate weapons of these types Damascus is to
    start with Damascus components. I know this is not easy, but its the best I can do
    within the scope of this document. I suggest Jay Tilton's Combination Guide. 
    
    *How Many Holy Wins Do I Need?*
    
    To make a complete set of ultimate weapons you will need 10 Holy Win blades. 
    This is enough to convert all the weapons that you can to Damascus and to 
    create an ultimate Holy Win blade.
    
    *Alternate Ultimate Two-Handed Mace*
    
    An alternate method of creating an ultimate two-handed mace is to use four 
    Mjolnir blades. This gives you a Destroyer blade with 100 in all classes/affinities.
    Not having a Hand Of Light or a Destroyer to compare I don't know which one has higher 
    base stats. I suspect it will be the Hand Of Light, but if you really enjoy the 
    ultimate weapon making process or are having problems getting Hands of Light 
    here's how to make a non Hand Of Light ultimate two-handed mace.
    
    *Elepahnt or Grimoire Grip*
    
    When choosing a grip for your maces and staff you have a couple of choices. The 
    Elephant grip is not the best for blunt weapons but it does have 3 gem slots. 
    The Grimoire Grip is the best grip for blunt weapons but it only has 2 gem slots. 
    It's your call but I'd go for the Elephant.
    
    *Arturos Gems*
    
    Another reason to spend some time getting Holy Win blades is the gems they 
    come with. Specifically the Arturos gem. This gem adds 30 to all 
    classes/affinities and boosts STR, INT, and AGL as well. This is the 
    preferred gem for ultimate weapon building.
    
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    6. Tips
    
    *Training Dummies*
    
    When attacking training dummies to gain class/affinity bonuses do not use 
    chains. The dummies give out the bonuses based on hits received and chains 
    only count as one hit. Chaining will only make a long hard job harder.
    
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    7. Alleviating The Boredom
    
    This could be the most important section of this whole document. Ultimate 
    weapon building is a tedious process. Just the time with the training dummies 
    takes hours, to say nothing of the time spent seeking the blades involved. 
    
    I recommend setting a second TV up next to the set that the PSX is hooked up to. 
    This way you can still use the controller and have something to pay attention to 
    other than which part of the dummy you are hitting next.
    
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    8. Thanks
    
    The first person I need to thank is a poster on the GameFAQs Vagrant Story 
    Message Board, whose name I can't remember. The post was from back in June 
    and has since been purged from GameFAQs. This person spelled out how many 
    blades to use and which dummies to hit. His post also said that he planned to 
    write it up as a FAQ. I haven't seen that FAQ yet. I took it upon myself to put 
    that info into FAQ form. I feel guilty about not properly crediting this individual. 
    My guilt is somewhat alleviated by the fact that other posters to the message 
    board reiterated this info, so its not exactly proprietary. I hope that if that 
    person reads this they treat me kindly. 
    
    Also worthy of mention is the awesome FAQ written by Zy Nicholson. This guide is 
    the best resource out there for the Vagrant Story Player. I considered buying an 
    Official Strategy Guide at one point, then I found Zy's FAQ and never looked back. 
    If you are reading this and haven't viewed Zy's guide stop right now and hit your 
    back button.
    
    The information on the limitations of the Holy Win blade's metal conversion powers
    comes from Jay Tilton's Combination Guide. This is the best guide out there for
    information on what to combine with what. 
    
    Thanks go out to my friend Mark Coleman who pulled me back into the console 
    gaming world after a long absence. 
    
    Thanks to my friend Michael Martin. Gaming is just one of many topics upon 
    which his opinions have been invaluable to me.
    
    Thanks to my girlfriend Michelle for putting up with me while I was building 
    my weapon. Patience is golden.
    
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    9. Revision History
    
    August 23rd, 2000 - Wrote Version 1.0
    
    August 31st, 2000 - Changed the method for two-handed maces, two handed axes, 
    and polearms to reflect the correct metal converting powers of the Holy Win
    blade. Updated the notes to reflect that change. Added new introductary
    paragraph. Added Tilton to Thanks. 

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