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      FINAL FANTASY X SIDEQUESTS FAQ
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      Version: 0.75
      Date: January 25th, 2001
      Author: Morelock (Darrel Michaud)
      Contact: rnwmorelock@hotmail.com
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      LEGAL INFORMATION
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    This guide is copyright Darrel Michaud (aka Morelock) 2002. Any unauthorized
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      VERSION HISTORY
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    :: 0.75: 02/02/2002 ::
    
    Added the Butterfly catching guide.
    
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      INTRODUCTION
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    This guide is to guide you through all the sidequests/mini-games that appear
    in Final Fantasy X. I may or may not cover certain things, depending if
    there are already in-depth guides covering a certain issue or not, or if I
    get begged by the masses. So far I only cover a few things, but more things
    are sure to come in the near future.
    
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    blocking of your address. Other profanity is fine, if used once in a while.
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      GETTING AROUND
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    By going to "Edit," then "Find", you can go directly to the part you want.
    For the best results, type in the decimal code for that section, or the
    title in all CAPS, choosing to Match the Case. 
    
    Ex1: If you wanted to find out about getting 0.00 on the Chocobo Race..
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    |__(e) Find_____________________________________|
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    |  Find what: |4.10_____________|   [Find Next] |
    |                                   [Cancel]    |
    |  [ ]Match whole word only                     |
    |  [ ]Match case                                |
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    Or you could input:
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    |  Find what: |GETTING 0:0.0____|   [Find Next] |
    |                                   [Cancel]    |
    |  [ ]Match whole word only                     |
    |  [x]Match case                                |
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    You check "Match case" that way no other mention of "getting 0:0.0"
    besides the title and table of contents (and the demonstration above)
    is "found."
    
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      CONTENTS 'R US
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    1.00 NO ENCOUNTERS
       1.10 EQUIPMENT DROPS
           1.11 GEOSGAENO (BAAJ TEMPLE)
           1.12 DEMONOLITHS (OMEGA RUINS)
           1.13 GHOSTS (CAVERN OF THE STOLEN FAYTH)
       1.20 CUSTOMIZE (PURIFYING SALT)
           1.21 DRAGONS (RACE CONQUEST)
           1.22 ABADON (COMMON STEAL)
           1.23 FALLEN MONK (RARE STEAL)
    2.00 LUCA THEATER
       2.10 MUSIC SPHERES
       2.20 MOVIE SPHERES
    3.00. LIGHTNING DODGER
       3.10 PREPARING TO DODGE
       3.20 TIPS FOR DODGING
       3.30 PRIZES
           3.31 DODGING
           3.32 FAILING TO DODGE
    4.00 CHOCOBO TRAINER
       4.10 GETTING 0:0.0
           4.11 PREPARING FOR BATTLE
           4.12 FREEBIE BALLOONS
           4.13 THE RACE
    5.00 BUTTERFLY CATCHER
       5.10 TIPS
       5.20 MAPS
       5.30 PRIZES
    
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      1.00 : NO ENCOUNTERS 
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    Q: What is No Encounters?
    A: No Encounters is a very useful ability that can be added, or
       comes on a piece of armor. The Armor will usually be called
       "Peaceful <Insert armor piece>". There is one exception, as you
       can get a weapon with No Encounters. No Encounters will let you
       roam the free world without a battle (except event battles such
       as in Omega Ruins or in the antilon pits in Sanubia Desert).
    
    Q: Why is it so useful?
    A: No Encounters greatly reduces time spent on mini-games, and
       makes dodging lightning bolts MUCH easier. Going through Omega
       Ruins is much easier, too, when you don't have to worry about
       getting Ambushed by Great Malboros. Do whatever it takes to get
       this ability.. it's well worth all time you put in.
    
    Q: How can I get this great ability?
    A: There are a few ways. I'll outline them below.
    
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      1.10 EQUIPMENT DROPS
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     Q: What types of Equipment hold the No Encounters ability?
     A: Most of the time, the ability will only appear on armor.
    
        Tidus - Peaceful Shield
        Yuna - Peaceful Ring
        Wakka - Off-Season
        Lulu - Peaceful Bangle
        Kimahri - Peaceful Armlet
        Auron - Peaceful Bracer
        Rikku - Peaceful Targe
    
     Q: Will the No Encounter Ability ever come on a weapon?
     A: Yes, it is outlined in 1.11
    
     Q: Where can I get Peaceful equipment off of monsters?
     A: They are outlined below.
    
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        1.11 GEOSGAENO
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      NOTE: If you're going for the secret Aeons first, this method
            is for you, because you'll end up killing this overgrown
            fish anyway.
    
      Q: Just what is Geosgaeno?
      A: Geosgaeno was that ugly looking thing you fought in the
         underwater ruins. Y'know, the one that smacked you three 
         times before Tidus ran (swam) off so he didn't become lunch?
         "Payback time."
    
      Q: Where is Geosgaeno?
      A: Geosgaeno is in the same place you found him, the underwater
         ruins. This will now be referred to as Baaj Temple.
         
      Q: Baaj Temple? That's not on my map! Help!!!
      A: On the Airship, enter the search Command. Look for these
         coordinates.
         
         X | 11-16
         Y | 57-63
    
         And mash on X while staying in that general area. Before long,
         you should have a new location on your list, called Baaj 
         Temple. Go here and save your game. Cross the bridge and dive
         into the water. Then, swim towards the green dot on your map to
         encounter Geosgaeno. Beating him should yield a No Encounters 
         weapon.
    
         Boss: Geosgaeno
         HP: 32, 767
         AP: None
         Weaknesses: All Elements 
         Strategy: Use your head here, you shouldn't have a lot of trouble
         unless Wakka or Rikku are horribly weak. Having Rikku's overdrive
         helps, if you can shave off two-thirds of his HP with Sunburst 
         (many mixes will get this for you, so check a Mix List. If you
         cannot find it, it's also commonly called Supernova in various
         Mix Lists), this battle is a cakewalk. He uses Stone Punch,
         which will shatter a party member, and KO punch, which might
         hit for instant death. Also, when he sucks up a party member,
         do not attack him! Doing so will make him spit out the trapee
         and nearly wipe out the whole party. Instead, defend/heal until
         the trapped character's turn, and use the trigger "Struggle."
         Also, to inflict maximum damage, use an elemental weapon like 
         Tidus's Brotherhood (Waterstrike). After defeating the fish,
         check your newly acquired weapon* and reset if you don't have
         the No Encounters ability (I sure hope you saved..).
    
         *Important Note: This weapon will not be called 'peaceful', but
         a regular weapon name. For me, it was the Baroque sword for
         Tidus, so be very careful you check exactly which one he gave
         you. The name of the weapon you get will correspond to the name
         of the weapon of that character when it only has 2 or 3 empty
         slots, or Strength+ abilities. They are:
    
         Tidus - Baroque Sword
         Yuna - Ductile Rod
         Wakka - Switch Hitter
         Lulu - Variable Mog
         Kimahri - Halberd
         Auron - Shimmering Blade
         Rikku - Devastator
    
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        1.12 DEMONOLITHS (OMEGA RUINS)
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      Demonoliths are tough, but if you can capture one and fight it
      in the Monster Arena, you can get a No Encounters armor easily.
    
      Monster: Demonolith
      HP: 45,000
      Weaknesses: None
      Strategy: You can hit these things hard, as they have low defense,
      but, hitting one will incur its wrath with "Pharaoh’s Curse," a
      nasty attack that inflicts multiple status ailments. It's nothing
      Esuna can't cure (well, except for Curse), so don't particularly
      worry about it. They also have curse-laced physical attacks.
    
      They seem to inflict Poison, Curse, and Blindness.
      <If someone could send me all the status ailments they inflict, I
      would be grateful.>
    
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        1.13 GHOSTS (CAVERN OF THE STOLEN FAYTH)
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      Ghosts have low magic defense, but high physical defense. 
      Catching one and fighting it over and over will snag you No
      Encounters in no time.
    
      Monster: Ghost
      HP: 9999
      Weaknesses: Varies
      Strategy: Flare, Ultima, or Holy. Seriously, this thing is a 
      joke. It likes to use Doom, which gives the character five 
      turns to get out of battle. They don't usually last 5 turns
      anyway, so ignore it and just cast your magic.
    
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       1.20 CUSTOMIZE (PURIFYING SALT)
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     If battle's not your thing, you can always customize armor with
     the ability No Encounters with Purifying Salt x30.
    
     Q: How do I get Purifying Salts?
     A: Methods are outlined below :)
    
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        1.21 RACE CONQUEST (DRAGONS)
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      NOTE: If you're going for ultimate weapons as soon as you get
            the airship, this method is for you, as you'll end up
            getting 1 out of the 10 special conditions for the Mars
            Sigil and get No Encounters in one pop!
    
      You can get 99 purifying salts by capturing four of each four
      legged dragon. They are:
    
      Vou'ivre [Mi'hen Highroad]
      Lamashtu [Mushroom Rock Road]
      Kusariqqu [Thunder Plains]
      Mushussu [Bikanel Island]
      Nidhogg [Cavern of the Stolen Fayth or Mt. Gagazet]
    
      (Special thanks to CB! for the info)
    
      Capturing all four and talking to the Monster Trainer will
      unlock Fafnir and 99 Purifying Salts.
    
      You do not have to _fight_ Fafnir, however, but rather just 
      unlock him.
    
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        1.22 ABADON (COMMON STEAL)
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      NOTE: This will probably be the most time consuming way,
            especially if you're going to try and actually beat the
            Abadon after pocketing your Purifying Salts.
    
      You can pick up a common steal of purifying salts from an Abadon,
      which is a special battle once you Area Conquest Inside Sin. 
      Monsters required are:
    
      Exoray
      Behemoth King
      Barbatos
      Gemini A*
      Gemini B*
      (You need to capture both colors)
      Adamantoise*
      Wraith*
      Great Marlboro*
      Demonolith*
    
      The starred ones can be captured at Omega Ruins and still count
      towards your Inside Sin total. You might want to capture Great
      Marlboros Inside Sin, though, as they ambush and kill you with 
      a fury of status ailments inside Omega Ruins.
    
      Also, Barbatos can only be captured in the area past where you
      fight Seymour. It is called the Sea of Sorrow.
    
      Boss: Abadon
      HP: 380000
      Strategy: Any action on this thing will incur Pharaoh’s Curse,
      so it's obvious these things have roots with Demonoliths.
      Steal to get your purifying salts and then try and actually 
      beat this thing or just die... you don't have to beat it, and
      dying in Monster Arena battles doesn't result in a Game Over.
    
      (CB gets props here too :P)
    
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        1.23 FALLEN MONKS (RARE STEAL)
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      Fallen Monks in Zanarkand Dome (both kinds) will give you a 
      rare steal of 1 Purifying Salt. In order to get Rare Steals 100%
      of the time, grab 30 pendulums. You can get 99 of these by 
      bribing Ultima Weapons for 1.4 million gil, or 30 of them by
      getting 4 chests in the chocobo race in Remiem temple. For now,
      refer to Kotetsu's guide on Chocobo Racing for info on Remiem
      temple.
    
      Now that you have 30 pendulums, make a customized armor for
      someone who can steal with the Master Thief ability to get a
      Buccaneer. Steal from 30 Fallen Monks (it doesn't matter if they
      have the flamethrower or the bayonet) and then dispatch them. 
      This should take you upwards to an hour or two.
    
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    Now, that should get your No Encounters! Be proud and walk around without 
    getting into any random battles :)
    
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      2.00 LUCA THEATER
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    Q: What is the Luca Theater? 
    A: The Luca Theater is possibly one of the coolest creations in
       any FF games. For a pretty penny (erm, Gil), you can by
       "Spheres" of movies you've already watched, or music you've
       already listened to. 
    
    Q: Where is Luca Theater?
    A: Luca, silly. Here's how to get there: From the Stadium, go south
       one screen. In the next screen, go straight and then head north
       along the narrow path. Enter the building. The man on the left
       sells music spheres, the man on the right sells movie spheres.
    
    Q: How many are there?
    A: There are 71 Music Spheres, and 50 Movie Spheres.
    
    Q: How do I listen/watch?
    A: Go to the Reception Desk and talk to the lady, she'll ask you if
       you want to go to the main hall.
    
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       2.10 MUSIC SPHERES 
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     #M01: Zanarkand
     #M02: Prelude
     #M03: Tidus's Theme
     #M04: Run!!
     #M05: Creep
     #M06: Battle Theme
     #M07: Enemy Attack
     #M08: Game Over
     #M09: Out Of The Frying Pan
     #M10: Victory Fanfare
     #M11: Leap In The Dark
     #M12: Underwater Ruins
     #M13: The Blitzers
     #M14: Wandering
     #M15: Besaid
     #M16: Spira Unplugged
     #M17: Phantoms
     #M18: The Trials
     #M19: The Summoning
     #M20: Braska's Daughter
     #M21: Yuna's Theme
     #M22: Good Night
     #M23: Decision On The Dock
     #M24: Movement In Green
     #M25: A Fleeting Dream
     #M26: Calm Before The Storm
     #M27: Face Off
     #M28: Grand Maester Mika
     #M29: Luca
     #M30: The Splendid Performance
     #M31: Auron's Theme
     #M32: Blitz Off!
     #M33: Mi'hen Highroad
     #M34: Chocobo Jam
     #M35: The Travel Agency
     #M36: Seymour's Theme
     #M37: Moment of Truth
     #M38: Djose Temple
     #M39: Ridess The Shoopuf?
     #M40: Rikku's Theme
     #M41: Oui Are Al Bhed
     #M42: Guadosalam
     #M43: Thunder Plains
     #M44: Jecht's Theme
     #M45: The Burning Sands
     #M46: The Wedding
     #M47: Assault 
     #M48: Tragedy
     #M49: Believe
     #M50: Servants of the Mountain
     #M51: Macalania Woods
     #M52: Via Purifico
     #M53: Bravely Forward
     #M54: The Unsent Laugh
     #M55: Seymour's Ambition
     #M56: Illusion
     #M57: Yuna's Decision
     #M58: Nostalgia
     #M59: Peril
     #M60: Launch
     #M61: Challenge
     #M62: Beyond The Darkness
     #M63: The Void
     #M64: The Truth Revealed
     #M65: Pursuit
     #M66: Gloom
     #M67: Patricide
     #M68: The Temple Prayers
     #M69: Hum Of The Fayth*
     #M70: Lulu's Theme*
     #M71: Wakka's Theme*
    
     *These 3 spheres can only be obtained after buying the first 68 and
      talking to the vendor again.
    
    
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       2.20 MOVIE SPHERES
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     #01: Zanarkand
     -Opening CG of the game where Sin attacks Zanarkand
     #02: We Called It "Sin"
     -Auron motions toward Sin and Tidus sees it for the first time
     #03: Sinspawn
     -Hundreds of tiny Sinspawn flying of the tentacled sinspawn monster
     #04: This Is It!
     -Tidus and Auron get sucked into Sin!
     #05: Blitzball!
     -Tidus wows the Aurochs with his moves
     #06: A Summoner is Born
     -Yuna Steps out the Chamber of the Fayth
     #07: Lulu's Contempt
     -Lulu speaking to Wakka about Tidus
     #08: Kimahri's Challenge
     -Kimahri flies towards Tidus and challenges him
     #09: Fear On The Sea
     -The SS Liki gets tossed around by Sin
     #10: Sin Arises
     -Sin comes up from underwater
     #11: Sin's Threat
     -Sin moves alongside the SS Liki
     #12: Futile Resistance
     -The SS Liki spears Sin only to get toss around some more
     #13: Failure
     -Sin tosses around the SS Liki
     #14: Kilika Dusk
     -Kilika gets attacked by a monstrous wave
     #15: The Dance
     -Yuna sends the fallen of Kilika
     #16: Luca Harbor
     -A view of Luca
     #17: Let The Games Begin!
     -The sphere pool fills up
     #18: The Legend Lives
     -Auron stands down a Vou'ivre
     #19: The Dark Aeon
     -Anima exterminates the fiends in Luca
     #20: No Better Plan
     -Sin battles the Crusaders and Al Bhed at Mushroom Rock
     #21: Judgement
     -Sin atomizes the forces with an attack
     #22: Ex Machina
     -Sin battles an Al Bhed machina.. and wins
     #23: Sin's Wake
     -Sin turns and swims away
     #24: Reunion
     -Rikku undresses
     #25: Metropolis
     -Shot of Zanarkand from Seymour's mansion
     #26: Otherworld
     -Shot of the farplane
     #27: Sin Sleeps
     -Sin sleeping underwater
     #28: Homecoming
     -Shot of Home being attacked
     #29: Dry Dock
     -The airship powering up
     #30: Nayto Du Ku!
     -Translation: Ready To Go!.. Airship taking off
     #31: Leaving Home
     -Destruction of Home
     #32: The Gloy Of Yevon
     -The airship races toward Bevelle as Seymour and Yuna walk the aisle
     #33: The Red Carpet
     -Tidus and Company crashes a wedding and defies physics
     #34: False Vows
     -Yuna's first kiss
     #35: Believe
     -Yuna flying
     #36: The Spring
     -Yuna's second kiss
     #37: The Summit
     -View of the fayth at Mt. Gagazet
     #38: The Last Chapter
     -View of Zanarkand Ruins
     #39: Sinrise
     -Sin showing up at Zanarkand Ruins
     #40: Departure
     -Sin leaving Zanarkand Ruins, airship arriving
     #41: The Approach
     -The airship focusing on Sin
     #42: Terra Graviton
     -Sin doing an attack
     #43: Gravity Sucks
     -Sin messing with the universe
     #44: Heaven's Fall
     -Time stops... and starts again
     #45: Vena!
     -Translation:  Fire!... The airship takes off Sin's fin
     #46: Machina Redux
     -The airship takes off Sin's other fin
     #47: Sinfall
     -Sin crashes into Bevelle
     #48: Evenfall
     -Sin transforms into Overdrive Sin
     #49: Face Off
     -Overdrive Sin stares you down
     #50: Breaking Through
     -The airship gets sucked into Sin
    
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      3.00 LIGHTNING DODGER
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    Q: What is Lightning Dodger?
    A: Lightning Dodger is one of the banes of my existence. The other
       is Hyper Dodger Chocobo, but we'll get to that later. In the
       Thunder Plains, lightning strikes continuously at you, unless
       you're near a lightning tower. 
    
    Q: How do I dodge Lightning?
    A: Periodically the screen will flash quickly. Once this happens,
       hitting X will cause Tidus to jump back a few steps to dodge
       the bolt.
    
    Q: Help! Why doesn't it work whenever I use my turbo controller!?!?
    A: Square thought of that, silly. Mashing X (or auto-fire) will get
       you nowhere. You'll have to do it the old way, chap.
    
    Q: How long should this take me?
    A: Anywhere from 15 minutes (if you're lucky) to 10 hours or more
       (if you're unlucky).
    
    Q: Prizes?
    A: Outside of the Travel Agency is a treasure chest, depending on
       how many times you've dodged in a row or been hit, you'll get
       different prizes.
    
    Q: Why am I doing this?
    A: Dodging 200 consecutively will nab you the Venus Sigil, which
       will unlock the power of Lulu's Onion Knight. Trust me, It's
       worth it.
    
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       3.10 PREPARING TO DODGE
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     First off, you should have the No Encounters ability. If you do
     have a piece of equipment with it, put it on! This will save you
     hours while dodging, since lightning can strike you coming right
     out of battle and mess you up.
    
     Secondly, pick the right spot to dodge. The perfect place is to
     go down the hill north of the Travel Agency. You'll know it's the
     right spot if lightning strikes every 3-8 seconds. This place is
     ideal for getting it quickly.
    
     Remember that leaving the screen will cause the count to reset.
     So make sure you have a lot of free time prior to attempting this.
    
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       3.20 TIPS FOR DODGING
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     1] Watch the Screen, not Tidus. If you watch the screen for the
        flash, you'll be more alert.
    
     2] Turn off the lights in your room. This is so you can see the
        flash better.
    
     3] Leave the sound on. The sound will keep you awake.
    
     4] Dodge about 50 More bolts or 3 minutes after you feel you've
        reached 200. This is insurance against actually only have 199,
        going to collect your Venus Sigil, and it not being there.
    
     5] Rhythm is your enemy. When you start anticipating when the bolt
        will hit, you're gonna mess up and have to start over again.
    
     6] Here are some methods for dodging:
    
     A: The all or nothing approach. Find the right spot and just dodge
        for twenty minutes or until you count until 200 without pausing.
        Some people can't stand to pause for a few minutes. This is good
        for people who can't be bothered to stop and want to get it over
        with.
    
     B: The time+pause approach. This is where you dodge for a certain
        amount of time, pause, and repeat. An ideal total time is 20
        minutes, as you should have more than enough by then. Personally,
        this worked for me. I did:
    
        5 minutes
        3 minutes
        3 minutes
        3 minutes
        3 minutes
        3 minutes
        
        And ended up with 246 bolts dodged.
    
        This works for people who do crack under pressure of doing more
        than 20 at any given time.
    
     C: The count+pause approach. Find the right spot, and dodge about 
        50, pause, and repeat until 200. It's not a good idea to do this 
        if you can't dodge around 50 every time without fail. If you can,
        this will be pretty quick.
    
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       3.30 PRIZES
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     Depending on your record of consecutive dodges, or how many
     times you've gotten hit, you can get prizes from the treasure 
     chest outside of the Agency.
    
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        3.31 PRIZES FOR DODGING
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      TIMES                   PRIZE
      5                       X-Potion x2
      10                      Mega-Potion x2
      20                      MP Sphere x2
      50                      Strength Sphere x3
      100                     HP Sphere x3
      150                     Megalixir x4
      200                     Venus Sigil
    
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        3.32 PRIZES FOR UNDODGING (THAT A WORD?)
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      TIMES                   PRIZE
      5                       X-Potion x2
      10                      Mega-Potion x2
    
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      4.00 CHOCOBO TRAINER
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    Q: What is Chocobo Trainer?
    A: In the Calm Lands, you can find a chocobo trainer who will give
       you the option to train a chocobo to ride. Passing the first
       test will let you ride, passing the next two tests will let your
       race her. Beating her in the race will open up the path for
       Tidus's Caladbolg, and getting a time of 0:0.0* will snag you
       the Sun Sigil to pwoer the weapon. I'll outline how to get the
       Sigil for now.
      
       *NOTE* You need a time better than 0:0.0 (that is, the math
              works out so you have a better time).
    
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       4.10 GETTING 0:0.0
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     This section is put together in order to help you get a time of
     0:0.0 and the Sun Sigil.
    
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        4.11 PREPARING FOR BATTLE
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      This is a general section of things you should know before
      racing.
    
      1] Realize that this is not based solely on luck. People who
         are saying it's pure luck are either lying to themselves
         because they can't get it, or were one of the few who 
         really got it on luck their first time through. Trust
         me, luck is not getting it 5 times in an hour and a half.
         Luck is getting it on the first time and then never
         being able to get it again.
    
      2] Realize that this does require SOME luck. If the balloons
         aren't in a good place, you're kinda screwed. It's not
         as bad as it sounds, though, so don't fret.
    
      3] Never, EVER, throw a fit over this sidequest. You'll
         not be able to think, and at worst, you'll break a
         controller or PS2 and end up costing you from 30 to
         300 bucks. Not worth it, really. You'll want to be calm
         the whole time through. The first time I got 0:0.0 I was 
         pretty surprised, that came after 45 minutes of studying
         patterns and developing my way of doing it.
    
      4] Use the D-Pad, and not the Analog stick. This, and the Jecht
         Shot Challenge, is really the only parts of the game where
         it helps out. Also, never hold the direction, but slightly
         tap.
    
      5] There are invisible boundaries on the track. These are your
         enemy, as bumping into one will cause you to slightly head
         in the other direction, and probably hit those one or three
         birds you were trying to avoid and cause you to get a time
         of 10.0 instead of 00.0. If this happens, it's best to refer
         to Rule number 3. It's a good idea to do a few run throughs
         to see your boundaries.
    
      6] Getting hit by a bird not only adds 3 seconds to your overall
         time, but costs you approximately 1.8 seconds of recovery
         time. Never sacrifice a bird hit for a balloon, the balloon
         isn't worth it as you'll lose 1.8 seconds. Two balloons ARE
         though, as you'll gain .2 seconds.
    
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        4.12 FREEBIE BALLOONS
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      There are anywhere from 0-9 freebie balloons in every race. 
      These are balloons you can pick up without worrying about 
      birds.
    
      *NOTE* I tend to break up the actual race into A few parts.
             The straightaway, the first turn, the first stretch,
             the second turn, the second stretch, and the ending.
    
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      First set of Freebie Balloons
      Amount: Five (5)
      Location: Straightaway
      Importance: Very
    
      When you first start, you'll be on what I call the straight-
      away. You should see 3-5 balloons. If you can't reasonably get
      3 of the first five on the straightaway, go grab a beer or
      take a piss, you won't be getting a Sun Sigil this run. Yeah,
      this is where the "SOME luck" comes into play.
    
      TIPS: Try not to move as much as possible. Don't go after the
            first balloon if you have to swerve to the left to get
            it, you'll only screw yourself over. If you go after
            the second balloon, the trainer will swerve for it and
            screw herself over. Now just grab the other three and
            you're good to go.
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      Second Set of Freebie Balloons
      Amount: One to Two (1-2)
      Location: First turn
      Importance: Minimal
    
      After the straightaway, there's the first turn, if you dig
      in a hard turn, and then immediately tap left a time or two,
      you have a shot at getting these balloons. No tips for this
      section, but don't worry if you don't get them, these are
      largely based on luck, of minimal importance, and usually do
      not affect the outcome. If you really want this set of one
      or two, you'll have to get used to the turn.
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      Third Set of Freebie Balloons
      Amount: One to Four (1-4)
      Location: Second turn, beginning of Second Stretch
      Importance: Pretty Important
    
      After the second set of heat seeking birds that come your way,
      look for a  shadow cast by the mountain on the right side.
      Head towards there, as there is a major turn (camera swing)
      coming up soon. You should be able to snag one balloon in the
      turn if you know the boundaries and how to adjust to the turn. 
      You also may be able to grab a few in your path right at the
      beginning of the second stretch.
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        4.13 THE RACE 
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      Here's how you actually race! If you've read the first two
      sections, it's important to keep them in mind while racing.
    
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      Part 1: Straightaway/first turn.
    
      Follow the tips I outlined in Section 2 and you should be set
      to go. This is probably the most important Area of the whole
      ce, as these first 5 balloons are very important. As for the
      turn, you'll want to get inside, but hit left early so you
      don't go too far to the right and have no chance of the
      second set of freebie balloons.
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      Part 2: First Stretch
    
      Your goal here is DO NOT GET HIT! You'll want to bring your
      total of balloons to around 7, since it's a nice number, but 
      DO NOT GET HIT!
    
      After the first big turn, try and get a bit behind to trainer
      for the first few birds. After she gets smacked once or twice,
      swing around to the right of her and jump out in front. Stay
      near the right side of the stretch, as you won't get many
      birds coming your way.. Dodge to the right when you need to, 
      making sure to pick up anywhere from two to four balloons.
      At around 25 seconds, you should see a balloon in the shadow
      of a mountain (or just a huge shadow), head for a good bit 
      behind it and prepare for the next turn.
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      Part 3: Second Turn/Second Stretch
    
      Your goal here is DO NOT GET HIT! Well, it's less of that
      than in the first stretch, but DO NOT GET HIT! If you can
      manage not to get hit, you can scrounge by with 12 balloons,
      which, if you're lucky, will be nothing to get. Getting hit
      once is okay, but be sure to collect around 14 balloons.
    
      After the major camera swing/turn, try and quickly align
      yourself for a balloon or two. If you're lucky, there will b
      a few more close up before you have to worry about birds. Stay
      in the middle of the path until you see birds. Once you see
      birds coming after you, wait until you're comfortable, and then 
      start heading to the left. A few quick taps will let you dodge
      these homing pigeons most of the time. Try and grab a few more
      and the camera will start to zoom in. You are now at the ending.
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      Part 4: Ending
    
      Keep going straight until you see a bird fly out from the left.
      IMMEDIATELY head to the left, and try to dodge 3 of these birds.
      Near the finish line, you'll see a little dip to the left
      before you cross. Go down there, as it's safe from those evil birds.
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      Part 5: Trying again.
    
      If you don't manage to get 0.00, sigh, refer to Rule number 3,
      and then try over. Remember that people have been doing this
      for 3+ hours, 30-90 minutes is lucky. Enjoy :)
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      5.00 BUTTERFLY CATCHER
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    Q: What is Butterfly Catcher?
    A: In Macalania - North and Macalnia - Central, if you touch
       the multi-colored butterfly, a timer starts. Seven blue
       butterflies and a multitude of red ones pop up. You must catch
       all seven blue butterflies without touching any red ones
       in order to get a prize. 
    
    Q: Why am I doing this?
    A: If you successfully complete both of the butterfly mini-games
       after you get the airship, you get the Saturn Sigil, which
       is used to power-up Kimahri's Spirit Lance.
    
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       5.10 TIPS
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     1] Run through a few times to see where the blue butterflies
        are and where the red ones hang around.
     
     2] Avoiding the red ones is more important than getting the 
        blue ones, since, if you touch a red one, you won't get a 
        prize.
    
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       5.20 MAPS
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     To view a map of the forest, copy and paste this URL:
     
     http://home.san.rr.com/circe/ultimania_butterfly.html
    
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       5.30 PRIZES
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     There are 3 sets of prizes:
     
     1] First time through the Woods. You'll have 40 seconds, and 
        not many red butterflies.
    
     PRIZES: MP Sphere x1, Ether x1
    
     2] After defeating Spherimorph, before getting airship. You'll
        have 30 seconds, same amount of reds.
     
     PRIZES: Megalixer x2, Elixer x2
    
     3] After obtaining Airship. You'll have 30 seconds, and an
        infestation of reds to worry about.
    
     PRIZES: Teleport Sphere x1, Saturn Sigil
    
    
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      THANKS
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    Special thanks to: 
    
    SQUARESOFT (http://playonline.com) 
    For making a great game and giving out good info on the game's
    sidequests
    
    SONY (http://sony.com)
    For making a great system
    
    CEEBS (http://home.san.rr.com/circe/)
    For making great guides and helping me along the way.
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