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    -- Final Fantasy X (US) Ultimate Weapons Guide --
    -- by CB! (Christine Bomke, circe@san.rr.com) --
    -- Final Version #5, 2/11/02 --
    
    LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This guide is for PERSONAL USE ONLY, copyrighted to me,
    Christine Bomke. Do not put this FAQ on your site without first emailing me 
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    NOTE TO WEBMASTERS: If permission is granted to post this guide on your site, 
    it is _your_ responsibility to get the most recent version from my site or 
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    you may not post it.
    
    Avast ye matey, thar be spoilers ahead.
    
    
    -- Table 'o Contents --
    
      I. Version History
     II. Foreword / Contact Information
    III. Cloudy Mirror / Celestial Mirror
     IV. Unsealing the Ultimate Weapons
      V. Ultimate Weapons
         A. Tidus' Caladbolg
         B. Yuna's Nirvana
         C. Wakka's World Champion
         D. Lulu's Onion Knight
         E. Kimahri's Spirit Lance
         F. Auron's Masamune
         G. Rikku's God Hand
     VI. Frequently Asked Questions
         1. I got 0:0:0 on the chocobo race and all I got was a Turbo Ether! Why?
         2. I played the butterfly minigame and got a Teleport Sphere instead of 
            the Saturn Sigil. Why?
         3. Is there a cheat to dodge 200 lightning bolts?
         4. Why can't I open the treasure chest to get a Celestial Weapon in [name
            of location]?
         5. Why won't the lady in Macalania Woods move?
         6. Are there any changes between the original Japanese release, the US 
            release, and FFX International?
         7. I'm playing the original Japanese release of FFX - so what's the 
            chocobo race cheat?
         8. The information in your guide looks really familiar. Where have I seen
            it before?
    VII. Thanks, Acknowledgements, Shameless Plugs
    
    
    -- I. Version History --
    
    v5Final 2/11/02: Rewrote sections I regularly recieve email about, and added a
    Frequently Asked Questions section. Really, this WILL be the last update.
    
    v4Final 1/7/02: Cut a LOT of weight off the Version History, added a section
    exclusively about unsealing each ultimate weapon, and rewrote each description 
    for just about everything I frequently recieve email regarding.
    
    v3Final 12/28/01: Clarified the procedure for charging the Cloudy Mirror, and
    emphasized that you need the Celestial Mirror to open any chest containing
    Ultimate Weapons. I apologize in advance for the redundancy of this, when the 
    information is clear as crystal in Section III, but I get enough email and 
    answer this question enough times on message boards to make it nescessary. If
    one more person emails me asking why they can't open Kimahri's chest the first
    time they're at Thunder Plains, I will commit ritual seppuku. Ok? Thankupo.
    
    v2Final 12/24/01: New information came to light. The AP trick no longer exists
    in the North American version, nor does the Calm Lands chocobo racing cheat.
    *cry!* Added a name origin for the Caladbolg, and corrected the Masamume one.
    
    vFinal 12/20/01: Finished changing Japanese names to English. This will be the
    final update, unless new information comes to light. Hope you're all enjoying
    the game...
    
    
    -- II. Foreword / Contact Information --
    
    First, this is not a gameplay FAQ. This is a guide to obtaining your 
    characters' Ultimate Weapons. If you need help figuring out the Sphere Grid
    system, or want a walkthough, look elsewhere.
    
    If you have a submission or a question regarding ultimate weapons that I 
    haven't covered in this document, you may email me at circe@san.rr.com, or 
    contact me via AOL Instant Messenger as "Ceebsie". I'm also on the GameFAQs 
    boards as "Ceebs" occasionally. If your question is already answered in this 
    FAQ, or one of my FAQs, I will probably delete your email. I hate to be strict
    like this, but I currently recieve between 20-40 letters per day about Final 
    Fantasy X, most of which are from people who didn't read a FAQ well enough. I
    have a full-time job, a part-time job, and a social life, and I simply don't 
    have time to answer every email. I wish I did. I've done my best to make this 
    document as complete and self-explanatory as possible, so please respect that,
    and don't ask me to regurgitate material from it. The latest version of this 
    FAQ, and all the other ones I've written, can always be found at GameFAQs
    (http://www.gamefaqs.com/) and my site (http://home.san.rr.com/circe/). Please
    take a look at them before finding fault with what may be an old version. 
    
    
    -- III. Cloudy Mirror / Celestial Mirror --
    
    In your travels around the world of Spira, you may come across chests you 
    can't open, and mysterious mandalas on walls. These chests and mandalas house
    your characters' ultimate weapons, and require a charged magic mirror to 
    access.
    
    To start, head to the Calm Lands and obtain a chocobo from the stationary (ie,
    not moving) chocobo rider there. Ride to the south plateau near where you came
    in from Macalania Woods, and on the east side you should see a broken bridge
    and a chocobo feather on the ground. Press [x] near the chocobo feather, and 
    your chocobo will fly to the plateau below it. Continue east to the Remiem
    Temple. Examine the sphere on the left side of the temple, then talk to the 
    chocobo on the right to race the second chocobo on the left. If you make it 
    to the center of the circular track quickly enough, you'll be rewarded with 
    the Cloudy Mirror.
    
    Side note: if you keep racing here, you can acquire other fine and rare 
    items, depending on how many treasure chests you were able to reach while 
    still winning the race. These prizes are:
    
    0 Treasure Chests: Potion
    1 Treasure Chest : Elixir
    2 Treasure Chests: Mega Elixir
    3 Treasure Chests: Wings to Discovery x30 (!!)
    4 Treasure Chests: Pendulum x30
    5 Treasure Chests: Three Stars x60
    
    You can find a translated map of the Remiem chocobo racing track at my site 
    at http://home.san.rr.com/circe/ultimania_remiem.html. Do NOT touch any poles 
    while racing, or you'll end up with a lousy potion instead of the abovelisted
    rare prizes. (Touching poles will not prevent you from getting the Cloudy 
    Mirror, however.) I'm pretty sure the prizes are one-time-only deals, so 
    don't kill yourself trying to obtain Wings to Discovery over and over.
    
    To de-fog and charge your newly acquired magic mirror, talk to the mother and 
    son at the entrance of Macalania Woods. Find the father at the campsite, 
    speak to him, and he'll run off to be reunited with his family. Go back to the
    entrance and speak with the mother and father again, and keep talking to them 
    until they mention their missing son. This may take 3 or 4 tries. After they 
    mention their son, head up the sparkly path to their left into the trees. Bear 
    north at the first fork, where the son should allow you passage if you talked 
    to his parents enough times. Show the Cloudy Mirror to the large ambrosia 
    salad-looking plant, who'll turn it into the Celestial Mirror. If there's a 
    woman blocking the path instead of the son, either a) you're not far enough 
    in the game yet, or b) you didn't talk to the parents enough times. With the 
    Celestial Mirror, you can now open chests and detonate the mandalas 
    protecting your ultimate weapons.
    
    
    -- IV. Unsealing the Ultimate Weapons --
    
    You'll notice that your ultimate weapons aren't all they're cracked up to be 
    at first. In fact, you can't remodel them, and they prevent you from gaining 
    AP! Their powers are sealed, so you'll need to unseal them to take advantage 
    of their full potentional.
    
    Each weapon has 2 power-ups, a Crest and a Sigil. After collecting each power-
    up, return to the plant in Macalania Woods to unseal your weapons. Without
    unsealing your weapons at all, they will only bear the [No AP] auto-ability.
    After unsealing them with the Crest, they will bear [No AP] and [Double
    Overdrive]. And finally, after unsealing them with the Sigil, they'll have all
    of the bells and whistles they rightfully should have. Also, you cannot unseal
    your weapons with the Sigil before you've unsealed them with the Crest. If you
    have both in your inventory, you still need to talk to the plant twice - once 
    to unseal the weapon with the Crest, and once again to unseal it with the Sigil.
    
    To get the [Break Damage Limit] effect for your Aeons, you only need to power 
    up your weapons with the Crest, not the Sigil, and they don't have to be 
    equipped - you simply have to have the weapons in your inventory.
    
    
    -- V. Ultimate Weapons --
    
     - A. Tidus' Caladbolg -
    
    Weapon location: Northwest corner of the Calm Lands, behind a mandala at the 
    bottom of a very narrow hidden trail. Win all four chocobo races, and the 
    person blocking the pathway will be gone. You _must_ have the Celestial Mirror
    in your inventory to get the weapon, otherwise the guard will not move.
    (There's no point in going down the trail without the mirror anyway.) If you 
    won all of the races pre-mirror, and come back after obtaining it, simply win
    all of the races again and immediately go to the path the guard was blocking.
    
    Sun Crest location: Yevon Dome, in a treasure chest in the same area where you
    fought Yunalesca. You may have to go up and down the stairs once or twice to 
    get the chest to appear. It's on the left side of the screen, and blends in
    with the wall.
    
    Sun Sigil location: After you can control the airship, it's a prize for 
    winning the fourth chocobo race against the other chocobo rider with a time of 
    better than 0:0:0. I have no advice on how to do this, other than use the other
    rider as a shield if possible, use the D-pad and not the analogue control 
    stick, and grab balloons like mad. You need between 12 - 15 for a time of 
    0:0:0. In the Japanese FFX, there was a cheat that made the birds pass right 
    through you, and therefore this process very simple, but it seems to have been
    taken out of the North American - and presumably PAL - release. So the moral of
    this story is, practice practice practice, learn Japanese and import the game 
    so that you can cheat, or check out Morelock's Sidequests FAQ for an in-depth 
    strategy of how to win this race.
    
    Difficulty to Obtain: Medium difficulty, but not especially time-consuming.
    Most people would argue that the hardest part are the last two chocobo races.
    
    Abilities: [Break Damage Limit] + [Triple Overdrive] + [Evade & Counter] + 
               [Magic Counter]
    
    Special Effects: Does more damage when Tidus' HP is full, no effect on Aeons.
    
    Name origin: The Caladbolg is a sword of Irish and Celtic myth that was so 
    strong, it once cut a hill in half. Caladbolg can also be a generic name for 
    any kind of death-dealing sword. In the Japanese version of Final Fantasy X, 
    Tidus' ultimate weapon was called the Ultima Weapon, which starting with FFVI, 
    there's been either a boss, or a weapon for the main character named this, or 
    both, and the weapon has always done damage dependant on HP. In the English 
    FFVI, it was translated as Atma. Caladbolg almost makes more sense, in a way,
    because it's not the typical white, pink, and purple gradiented design of the
    Ultima Weapon - it's blue and gold.
    
    
     - B. Yuna's Nirvana -
    
    Weapon Location: In a chest at the Monster Arena to the east of the Calm 
    Lands, after collecting at least one of each monster from the Calm Lands.
    Although you can find the chest before leaving the Calm Lands, you MUST have 
    the Celestial Mirror in your inventory to open it and therefore get the 
    weapon.
    
    Moon Crest location: Besaid Island beach, in a chest in a cove on the east 
    side, only accessable by swimming. You can get this very early in the game.
    
    Moon Sigil location: Defeat all of your Aeons at Remiem Temple, then preform 
    the Farplane Sendoff for Belgemine. All of your Aeons means ALL of them, 
    including the secret ones like Youjimbo, Anima, and the Magus Sisters. If 
    you don't know how to obtain these Aeons, consult a walkthrough, or Paul
    Friedman's superb Aeons FAQ.
    
    Difficulty to Obtain: Very very easy. Collecting monsters to obtain the 
    weapon shouldn't take more than 45 minutes, and if Yuna is at least somewhat
    built up, defeating your Aeons at Remiem Temple is a piece of cake. Their 
    stats, and prizes you get for beating them once, and successive times are:
    
     Name: Valefor
       HP: 20000
       MP: 500
    Prize: Lightning Gem x4 (first time) **, Power Sphere x4 (successive times)
    Misc.: N/A
    
    ** This is assuming you haven't already obtained the Summoner's Soul from 
    Belgemine - otherwise you'll recieve that first.
    
     Name: Ifrit
       HP: 28000
       MP: 800
    Prize: X-Potion x30 (first time) **, Mana Sphere x5 (successive times)
    Misc.: Absorbs Fire
    
    ** This is assuming you haven't already obtained the Aeon's Soul from
    Belgemine - otherwise you'll recieve that first.
    
     Name: Ixion
       HP: 30000
       MP: 720
    Prize: Chocobo Feather x10 (first time), Power Sphere x8 (successive times)
    Misc.: Absorbs Thunder
    
     Name: Shiva
       HP: 20000
       MP: 950
    Prize: Mega Potion x60 (first time), Star Curtain x6 (successive times)
    Misc.: Absorbs Ice, has a high evade rate
    
     Name: Bahamut
       HP: 35000
       MP: 1500
    Prize: Flower Scepter (first time), Mana Sphere x8 (successive times)
    Misc.: N/A
    
     Name: Youjimbo ***
       HP: 32000
       MP: 1200
    Prize: Shadow Gem x8 (first time), Power Sphere x10 (successive times)
    Misc.: N/A
    
     Name: Anima ***
       HP: 54000
       MP: 3000
    Prize: Stamina Spring x60 (first time), Mana Sphere x10 (successive times)
    Misc.: N/A
    
    *** You need to beat these in order - even if you have Anima, you cannot fight 
    her (yes, HER) until you've obtained and defeated Youjimbo.
    
     Name: Magus Sisters - Mindy
       HP: 48000
       MP: 8000
     Name: Magus Sisters - Sandy
       HP: 35000
       MP: 3000
     Name: Magus Sisters - Cindy
       HP: 20000
       MP: 7000
    Prize: Shining Gem x40 (first time) and the Moon Sigil if you preform the
           Farplane Sendoff, Power Sphere x12 (successive times) and Moon Sigil 
           if you preform the Farplane Sendoff
    Misc.: N/A
    
    Abilities: [Break Damage Limit] + [Triple Overdrive] + [Double AP] + [One MP Cost]
    
    Special Effects: Does more damage when Yuna's MP is full, and allows Valefor 
    to exceed 9,999 damage.
    
    Name origin: In the Buddhist faith, Nirvana is a state of complete happiness
    and omniscience achieved after many reincarnations.
    
    
     - C. Wakka's World Champion -
    
    Weapon Location: After you can control the airship, the bartender in Luca 
    Cafe will give this to you if you've won at least 5 Blitzball games. You MUST 
    have the Celestial Mirror in your inventory to get the weapon.
    
    Jupiter Crest location: Luca Stadium, in a locker in the Besaid Aurochs locker 
    room. You can get this after you've finished everything you need to do in Luca
    for story purposes.
    
    Jupiter Sigil location: After winning all four of Wakka's Overdrives, this is 
    a random grand prize in the Blitzball League game. 
    
    Difficulty to Obtain: Easy or difficult, depending on your Blitzball skills, 
    and VERY time-consuming. Winning the Sigil could take anywhere from 50 wins if
    you're lucky, to over 250 wins if you're unlucky. Having Tidus' Jecht Shot 
    ability really levels the Blitzball playing field, not to mention that the 
    animation wastes about 40 seconds of game time, allowing you to speed through 
    games lightning-quick. Consult a Blitzball FAQ for further information on the 
    minigame.
    
    Abilities: [Break Damage Limit] + [Triple Overdrive] + [Double AP] + 
               [Evade & Counter]
    
    Special Effects: Does more damage when Wakka's HP is full, and allows Ifrit 
    to exceed 9,999 damage.
    
    Name origin: Most of Wakka's weapons have sport-related names, so since you 
    essentially need to become the Blitzball World Champion to obtain this, it's 
    self-explanatory. 
    
    
     - D. Lulu's Onion Knight -
    
    Weapon Location: In a sealed chest in the pool at Baaj Temple, hidden in a 
    corner on the opposite side of the pool from the doorway to Anima's shrine.
    The chest will not appear until you've defeated Geosgaeno, and isn't visible 
    until you're literally right on top of it, so dive deep and keep hitting the 
    [X] button to search for the chest. You MUST have the Celestial Mirror in your
    inventory to open the chest, and therefore get the weapon.
    
    Venus Crest location: In a treasure chest that appears during your second 
    visit to the Farplane. You can get this after you've finished everything you 
    need to do in Guadosalam for story purposes.
    
    Venus Sigil location: Dodge the lightning at Thunder Plains 200 _consecutive_ 
    times by pressing [X], then go back to Rin's travel agency and examine the 
    treasure chest out front. Do not save in between dodges, leave the screen, or
    even blink, because this will reset the dodge counter. (Just kidding about 
    that last one.) Also, don't just sit there and hammer [X], or use a turbo 
    controller, because the game senses you're trying to cheat, and will zap you 
    with lightning just to annoy you. You can get the Sigil on your first visit to
    Thunder Plains, long before obtaining the airship, unlike everyone else's 
    Sigils.
    
    Difficulty to Obtain: Easy to medium. Dodging lightning to obtain the Sigil 
    doesn't require much dexterity, just a lot of patience and alertness. The 
    Thunder Plains is a HUGE area, and different parts have one of three 
    different frequencies of lightning strikes - for a handy dandy map scanned 
    from the FFX Ultimania Scenario Guide and translated by yours truly, go to
    http://home.san.rr.com/circe/ultimania_thunder.html. Other prizes in the
    lightning-dodging game include Mega Elixirs and rare stat node creation
    spheres, so it's well-worth your time to dodge strikes. Referring to the 
    abovementioned map I scanned, if you go where the lightning is most frequent 
    (3 bolts), it should take less than an hour to dodge 200 strikes, since the
    lightning seems to strike every five to seven seconds in the 3 bolt zone. 
    KeRoChAn wrote a great Thunder Plains FAQ which you can find on GameFAQs, and
    Morelock has information on the minigame as well in his Sidequests FAQ, so 
    check those out for in-depth information.
    
    Abilities: [Break Damage Limit] + [Triple Overdrive] + [Magic Booster] + 
               [One MP Cost]
    
    Special Effects: Does more damage when Lulu's MP is full, and allows Shiva to 
    exceed 9,999 damage.
    
    Name origin: All of Lulu's dolls are from previous Final Fantasies (Moogle, 
    Cait Sith, Cactuar, Pupu, Moomba), and the Onion Knight is no exception. It's 
    an onion kid from Final Fantasy IIIj. Frankly from the name, I was expecting 
    it to be Duelle from Legend of Mana, but this isn't Seiken Densetsu...
    
    
     - E. Kimahri's Spirit Lance -
    
    Weapon Location: At Thunder Plains, pray by pressing [square] at any 3 glowing
    Qactuar stones, then return to the south part of the plain and follow the
    Qactuar ghost to a wrecked tower. It's on the right side of the screen, 
    embedded in the rock wall, equidistant from the north and south boundries of 
    the plain. Pray there. Although you can find the chest during your first visit
    to Thunder Plains, you cannot open it until you have the Celestial Mirror.
    
    Saturn Crest location: Mt. Gagazet, in a treasure chest between the pillars 
    on the left, just past where you fought Seymour.
    
    Saturn Sigil location: Macalania Woods butterfly-catching game, _after_
    getting the airship. There are technically 3 different versions of this 
    minigame, each at a different difficulty with different prizes: (1) upon 
    first entering Macalania Woods, (2) after fighting the Spherimorph, and (3)
    after you can control the airship. To start the minigame, talk to the harp-
    playing demihuman near the entrance, then touch the blue butterfly. The 
    object of the game is to touch all the blue butterflies in one area before 
    time runs out. If you touch a red butterfly, you'll automatically have to 
    fight a battle, and lose a few seconds. You can find a scan of the suggested 
    route from the Ultimania guide at 
    http://home.san.rr.com/circe/ultimania_butterfly.html.
    
    Difficulty to Obtain: Finding the weapon and the Crest is simple, and you 
    could easily kill two birds with one stone and get Lulu's Venus Sigil while 
    you were at the Thunder Plains, but the winning the butterfly minigame to get
    Kimahri's Saturn Sigil is HARD. In this author's not-so-humble opinion, it 
    would be less frustrating to build a custom weapon.
    
    Abilities: [Break Damage Limit] + [Triple Overdrive] + [Double AP] + 
               [Evade & Counter]
    
    Special Effects: Does more damage when Kimahri's HP is full, and allows Ixion 
    to exceed 9,999 damage.
    
    Name origin: Just a silly name cooked up by Square's translators after eating
    too much Pocky. In the Japanese FFX, Kimahri's ultimate weapon was called 
    Longinus, which is the name of the Roman soldier who pierced Christ's side 
    with his spear. The metaphor of a spear that could pierce the divine is lost
    in the English translation, sadly. RIP Longinus, we barely knew ye.
    
    
     - F. Auron's Masamune -
    
    Weapon Location: Behind a mandala at Mushroom Rock Road. At the bottom of the
    Calm Lands valley, at the opposite end of the crevasse from the Cave of the 
    Stolen Fayth, take the Rusty Sword (key item) from the rocky alcove. Then go 
    to Mushroom Rock Road and continue straight ahead north until you see a little
    green square on the area map. (Recall that earlier in the game, during 
    Operation Mi'ihen, you were diverted to a west exit instead of allowed to 
    venture north.) It's the second left on the first screen of Mushroom Rock Road.
    The green square represents a floating mushroom stone, ride it up to a plateau,
    and stick the sword in the ground next to the statue of a warrior standing over
    a slain behemoth. The mandala will appear on the wall behind you. You MUST have
    the Celestial Mirror in your inventory to get the weapon.
    
    Mars Crest location: In a chest in the old part of Mi'ihen Highroad. To get
    there, go north on Mi'ihen Highroad until you reach the entrance of Mushroom
    Rock Road, then hang a U-turn and go south.
    
    Mars Sigil location: Unlock any combination of 10 Area Creations or Species 
    Creations bosses at the Monster Arena to the east of the Calm Lands, and the 
    trainer will give this to you. Area Creations are unlocked by capturing at
    least one of each monster in a particular area, and Species Creations are
    unlocked by capturing several of each monster from a particular species - 
    Bombs, Wolves, or Floating Eyeballs, for example. If this isn't descriptive 
    enough, see my Monster Arena FAQ for the exact conditions to unlock bosses.
    And if the trainer doesn't give the Mars Sigil to you, either a) keep 
    chatting with him until he does, or b) you didn't unlock enough special bosses
    - Original Creations do NOT count towards your total.
    
    Difficulty to Obtain: Fairly easy, but time-consuming. You have to do a lot 
    of running around to get the weapon and the Crest, and unlocking 10 special
    battles at the Monster Arena to obtain the Sigil is a lengthy endeavor. To 
    speed things up, buy monster-capturing weapons from the Arena as soon as you 
    reach the Calm Lands, and keep them equipped as much as possible.
    
    Abilities: [Break Damage Limit] + [Triple Overdrive] + [First Strike] + 
               [Counterattack]
    
    Special Effects: Does more damage when Auron's HP is depleted, and allows
    Youjimbo to exceed 9,999 damage.
    
    Name origin: All recent Final Fantasies have had a katana-type weapon called 
    the Masamune. The name comes up a lot in video games and anime, and is 
    derrived from a famous Japanese legend about a swordsmith named Masamune.
    Goro Nyudo Masamune lived during the late 13th to early 14th century, and was 
    considered to be one of the - if not THE - greatest Japanese swordsmiths of 
    all time. (Do not confuse Masamune with Muramasa or Murasame, as these are 
    all completely different legends that have attained something of an "urban 
    myth" status in video games and anime.) To further illustrate the historical
    significance, a ronin is a samurai without a master; Auron was once a 
    Guardian for Braska, but Braska no longer requires Auron's protection,
    therefore, Auron is a ronin. To keep one's left arm inside one's shirt, and 
    carry a jug of sake at one's hip are both very ronin things to do.
    
    
     - G. Rikku's God Hand -
    
    Weapon Location: In a sealed chest at the bottom of Mushroom Rock Road, 
    accessable by selecting Password on the airship, then inputting "GODHAND". 
    You MUST have the Celestial Mirror in your inventory to get the weapon.
    
    Mercury Crest location: In a treasure chest in the fourth area (see below)
    of Sanubia Desert, in an alcove to the northwest. If your area map is turned 
    on, you cannot miss this.
    
    Mercury Sigil location: Sanubia Desert, in a treasure chest in the area 
    protected by a sandstorm. To get rid of the sandstorm, you need to play a 
    hide-and-seek minigame with the Cactuars after you can control the airship. 
    (You can examine the Cactuar glyph during your first visit to Sanubia Desert, 
    but again, you cannot play the minigame until you have the airship.) First, 
    let's get our bearings... Sanubia Desert is divided into four screens: 
    
    (1) The oasis with the save point.
    (2) The winding path with the save point inside a tent.
    (3) The huge open area with the ruins to the northwest and the save point next
        to the large Al Bhed sign in the middle.
    (4) The area right before Home with the sandstorm, Cactuar glyph, antlion 
        pits, and numerous small Al Bhed signs.
    
    To initiate the minigame, go to the fourth area and examine the Cactuar 
    glyph. You'll then be asked to find 10 Cactuars in the desert. After finding 
    each one, you'll recieve a green sphere - if you managed to catch the Cactuar
    without it looking at you, the sphere will be named, but if not, it will be 
    called a "Sphere del Perdedor". (In other words, "Loser Sphere".) The more 
    named spheres that you collect, the better your prize will be. Regardless of 
    which type of sphere you recieved, take each one back to the Cactuar glyph in 
    the fourth area after collecting them. The order of Cactuars is is:
    
    (1) Tomay - found in the first area, the oasis, to the right of the save
        point.
    (2) Rovivea - running around in the northwestern alcove of the second area.
    (3) Chava - hiding behind the Al Bhed 20% sign in the fourth area; examine it
        to find him.
    (4) Alek - running back and forth in the ruins in the northwestern part of
        the third area.
    (5) Aloja - with Alek.
    (6) Vachella - hiding behind the save point inside the tent in the second 
        area; examine it to find him.
    (7) Robeya - hiding in a treasure chest in the southwestern corner of the 
        third area. This chest contains two Mega Potions otherwise.
    (8) Isrra - running around inside an antlion pit in the fourth area. **
    (9) Elio - at the oasis, then beams up to your airship and can be found on 
        the roof.
    (10) Flaile - appears automatically after bringing the rest of the green 
        Cactuar spheres to the glyph.
    
    Once you've found a Cactuar, you don't have to find them again - you can 
    leave the desert whenever you want, and the minigame will not have reset.
    
    ** There is a bug with Isrra where he won't be there. I speculate that if you 
    find the Cactuars all at once without leaving the desert, you'll encounter 
    it. Just leave that screen, return, and you can find him. Why on earth Square 
    fixed the chocobo race and AP trick cheats but not this bug, I don't know.
    
    Difficulty to Obtain: Easy, but time-consuming. Having the [No Encounters] 
    auto-ability is extremely helpful in getting the Sigil. You can add this 
    ability to an armor with 30 Purifying Salts, or win a weapon with this 
    already added from Geosgaeno. Normally you can only put [No Encounters] on an
    armor, but the Geosgaeno weapon keeps the monsters away all the same...
    
    Abilities: [Break Damage Limit] + [Triple Overdrive] + [Double AP] + 
               [Gillionaire]
    
    Special Effects: Does more damage when Rikku's HP is full, no effect on Aeons.
    
    Name origin: The God Hand was one of Tifa's best weapons in Final Fantasy 
    VII, and Kevin's Light-Light aligned fighting class in Seiken Densetsu 3, 
    also known as Secret of Mana 2, another Square game. The name also appears
    in Ehrgeiz, another Square game, where Godhand is a playable character with a
    gun arm.
    
    
    -- VI. Frequently Asked Questions --
    
    1. I got 0:0:0 on the chocobo race and all I got was a Turbo Ether! Why?
    
      You actually need a time of _better than_ 0:0:0 to get the Sun Sigil. If you
      collect enough balloons and avoid enough birds to get _exactly_ 0:0:0, you'll
      recieve the aforementioned Turbo Ether instead of the Sun Sigil.
    
    
    2. I played the butterfly minigame and got a Teleport Sphere instead of the
    Saturn Sigil. Why?
    
      You must complete both butterfly minigames in Macalania Woods, not just one
      of them. Finish the second and you'll get the Sigil.
    
    
    3. Is there a cheat to dodge 200 lightning bolts?
    
      No. The cheat where you dodge 15, leave the screen, check the chest, revive
      Aeris, and get General Leo in your party has been proven false. Some people
      have reported that tapping [X] in time with the 4/4 rythmn of the Thunder
      Plains music helps you dodge bolts, yet isn't rapid enough for the game to
      sense you're cheating and blast you with lightning. Yours truly sucks at
      lightning dodging however, and suggests that if you do too, you coerce a more
      coordinated friend into getting the Venus Sigil for you.
    
    
    4. Why can't I open the treasure chest to get a Celestial Weapon in [name of
    location]?
    
      Probably because you don't have the Celestial Mirror - go back and reread
      Sections III and IV, please. I didn't write those for my health.
      Alternately, if you have the Celestial Mirror and the treasure chests still
      won't open, it's probably because you used a Gameshark to get it. There isn't
      anything you can do in that event, other than hope you have an earlier save
      sans Gameshark, or start the game over from scratch.
    
    
    5. Why won't the lady in Macalania Woods move?
    
      Keep talking to the reunited parents until they mention their missing son. 
      Until they mention the son, the woman who prattles on about how nice it is
      that someone cut down the tree will not move. Period.
    
    
    6. Are there any changes between the original Japanese release, the US release,
    and FFX International?
    
      Yes, there are a few - the chocobo race cheat (see question below) that was
      in the original Japanese release was taken out of the US release, and FFX
      International. Crests and Sigils were called Seals and Holy Seals in the 
      original Japanese release, and had to do with Japanese days of the week,
      rather than planets. Kimahri's Spirit Lance was called Longinus in the
      Japanese relase, and likewise Tidus' Calabolg was the Ultima Weapon. Lastly,
      most of the Crest and Sigil names are juxtaposed in FFX International -
      Wakka's power-ups are the Mercury Crest and Sigil instead of Jupiter, Lulu's
      power-ups are the Mars Crest and Sigil instead of Venus, Kimahri's are the
      Jupiter Crest and Sigil instead of Saturn, Auron's are the Saturn Crest and
      Sigil instead of Mars, and Rikku's are the Venus Crest and Sigil instead of
      Mercury. Tidus' and Yuna's power-ups remain Sun and Moon, respectively. Whew.
      
    
    7. I'm playing the original Japanese release of FFX - so what's the chocobo 
    race cheat?
    
      Let me preface this by reiterating that the cheat only works in the original
      Japanese release of FFX - it does not work in the US release, nor FFX
      International. That said, the cheat goes like this: get stuck on the first
      turn in the track by holding left or right (I like left), and let the timer 
      run to about 1:55:00. Then go around the turn and try to be hit by a bird 
      exactly at 2:00:00. In the next race, if you triggered the cheat correctly,
      the birds should pass right through you.
    
    
    8. The information in your guide looks really familiar. Where have I seen it
    before?
    
      A certain FAQ writer who was new to the FAQ scene asked for permission to 
      "use" information from this guide for their own FAQ/Walkthrough. I consented, 
      assuming they'd take small parts of this document and put it in their own
      words, as is common courtesy among FAQ writers. In their next update I found 
      that they'd copied and pasted my entire FAQ verbatim. I emailed the author 
      about this, politely explaining why it was wrong that they did that, and 
      asked them to rewrite it. (If my FAQ and someone else's FAQ contain the exact
      same information, what's the point of them existing in seperate text files?)
      Anyway, they changed a word here and there, after much griping and several 
      insult-ridden emails sent my way, but for the most part, the content of their
      FAQ is still part and parcel _my work_, and they've ignored all emails from 
      me asking that they remove their section on ultimate weapons, since they seem
      to be incapable of rewriting it. The same goes for their "Bribe" section, and
      a other bits and pieces that look suspiciously exactly like things I've 
      written. If you don't know who I'm talking about, all the better, but if you
      do, kindly email them and tell them that you don't appreciate their plagarism
      - maybe you'll have better luck reaching them than I did.
    
    
    -- VII. Thanks, Acknowledgements, Shameless Plugs --
    
    Thanks to Dragon T (dragont@yahoo.com) and Druff for the name origin of 
    Kimahri's Longinus.
    
    Thanks to Tom Cheng (Shivan on the GameFAQs FFX board) for English names of 
    Crests, Sigils, and Tidus and Kimahri's ultimate weapons.
    
    BIG thanks to Terence Fergusson for the name origin of Tidus' Caladbolg, and
    for the Masamune / Murasame / Muramasa legend correction. Thanks to Bryan 
    Thvedtq and Daniel Stringer, who also wrote in about the Caladbolg.
    
    Thanks to Muni Shinobu (muni_shinobu@yahoo.com) for his excellent FFX 
    walkthrough and numerous other guides on the game. Without him, we would not
    know wairo from Shinola.
    
    Thanks to everyone who wrote in about Godhand and Ehrgeiz, all 178 of you. No,
    I'm not exaggerating.
    
    Extra special thanks to Square (http://www.playonline.com/) for creating FFX 
    and many other quality titles, and GameFAQs (http://www.gamefaqs.com/) for 
    hosting FAQs on every game imaginable, and respecting FAQ author's rights.
    
    If your name isn't here and it should be, blame the memory and not the heart.