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    NSNSGNC Monster Taming FAQ by Roland780

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    NSNSGNC MONSTER TAMING FAQ
    
    10/04/2003 by 'Roland780' - roland780[at]hotmail[dot]com
    Updated: 10/04/2003 (v1.0)
    
    This walkthrough is inspired by Gestahl's terrific No Sphere Grid/No 
    Summon/No Customizing Challenge walkthrough; strategies for monster 
    taming are about the only thing he's missing.  It's a fabulous piece of 
    writing--informative, encyclopedic, amusing.  It inspired me to play 
    through FFX again, and it should do the same for you.
    
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    Spoiler Alert!  Okay, so they aren't major or anything (basically 
    monster and place names), but I suppose some stuff shouldn't be seen 
    unintentionally.  If you're that big a purist, though, I don't know why 
    you would be cruising these FAQs in the first place.  I guess I also 
    wouldn't recommend this FAQ to pepole playing through the first time, 
    simply because it, like Gestahl's, makes the assumption that you aren't.  
    Some of the stuff outlined below can be annoying, especially if you've 
    never played the game before.
    
    INTRODUCTION
    PART I: WHAT YOU'LL NEED (Essential/recommended equipment)
    PART II: THE GLORY OF 9999 (How to make sure you'll pull this off)
    		- Baaj Temple and Geosgaeno
    		- Omega Ruins and Ultima Weapon
    PART III: GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL! (Taming monsters the NSNSGNC way)
    		- Calm Lands
    		- Bikanel
    		- Macalania
    		- Thunder Plains
    		- Djose Highroad
    		- Mushroom Rock Road
    		- Mi'ihen Highroad
    		- Kilika
    		- Besaid
    PART IV: ITEMS YOU'LL NEED FOR CAPTURING, AND WHERE TO GET THEM	
    PART V: CONTACT INFORMATION
    
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    INTRODUCTION
    
    As stated above, this is not a complete NSNSGNC walkthrough, rather it 
    is a detailed strategy guide for taming the monsters needed to obtain 
    the Mars Sigil used to upgrade Auron's Masamune.  Motives for this 
    action are explained in Gestahl's NSNSGNC FAQ.  Please read that or 
    another FAQ to make sure you understand just what you have to Capture, 
    and in what quantities.
    
    If you are playing an NSG game (rather than NSNSGNC), check Hyprophant's 
    great Monster Taming FAQ.  This particular FAQ will limit you more than 
    that one will.  Thanks to Hyprophant for getting my mental cogs turning 
    on this project.
    
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    PART I: WHAT YOU'LL NEED
    
    - To have followed Gestahl's NSNSGNC walkthrough pretty much exactly, up 
    to the point where Tidus and crew acquire the use of the airship.  You 
    can do this taming quest at any time, before entering Sin or after.  
    This means you have the following:
    	- Several Wings to Discovery (30 from the Chocobo racing at 
    	Remiem Temple, and some of them have been used in battle);
    	- Tidus' Sonic Steel, with its ever-so-useful First Strike 
    	ability;
    	- Rikku's Haste Targe, giving her SOS Haste
    - At least 30 Underdog's Secrets (you should have gotten 99 from 
    Rin, and if you followed Gestahl's advice, you have a LOT more 
    than 30 of these left in stock);
    - Last but not least, a good working knowledge of how to USE all 
    this good stuff so that you aren't routinely stomped upon in 
    battle (at least, not before you escape) and can perform essential 
    functions like Mixing a Trio of 9999.
    
    RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:
    
    - 30 Pendulums.  Get these from the Chocobo race in Remiem.  There is a 
    great Chocobo Racing FAQ already online that can tell you exactly what 
    you need to do, so I won't repeat it here.  It shouldn't be terribly 
    difficult.
    
    - A few Chocobo Feathers and/or Chocobo Wings.  If you don't have these, 
    steal some from Qactuars on the Thunder Plains or Cactuars on Bikanel 
    Island.  They aren't essential but they may make battles easier.
    
    - Some 'SOS Nul', 'Proof' or 'Eater' armor for various elemental attacks 
    (ie. Wakka's Pep Talk [from the Trials of Gagazet] or Lulu's Phantom 
    Bangle [from the 'Battle Site' Airship location--see a 'Secrets' FAQ for 
    more information]).  Whatever you have for blocking status ailments is 
    nice, too.
    
    WHY DO YOU NEED ALL THIS STUFF?
    
    Well, as you know if you have played an NSNSGNC game, the fewer enemies 
    you have to fight the happier you are.  Unfortunately, you need to 
    capture a whole slew of monsters to get the Mars Sigil for Auron's 
    Masamune, and that means you're just going to have to put up your dukes.  
    All these items are going to help you live long enough and hit hard 
    enough to capture even the meanest of beasties from the Calm Lands, 
    Bikanel, and the Thunder Plains.
    
    So let's get started!  Well, started thinking about it, anyway.
    
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    PART II: THE GLORY OF 9999
    
    Okay, let's be honest here.  There is only one way your puny NSNSGNC 
    characters are ever going to be able to do enough damage to capture some 
    of the monsters you need:  The 9999 Mixes.  The old Mix standby is 2 
    Wings to Discovery, but you have a sorely limited number of those.  
    There are two other ways to even the odds, though.
    1) Quartet of 9.  This mix gives one (random) character the 9999 
    ability.  This will be good for taking out lesser enemies quickly, and 
    with Haste, maybe even a Malboro or Sand Worm.  You can Mix these with a 
    Pendulum and an elemental (Ice, Fire, Water, Lightning) Gem.  You can 
    steal Gems in abundance from places like Gagazet, the Thunder Plains, 
    and Macalania.
    2) More Trio of 9999.  This is your ace in the hole for when all else 
    fails.  There is a way to get many more uses of this fabulous mix, and 
    all you have to do is something foolish: challenge Ultima Weapon!  To 
    the Omega Ruins, Robin!  Unless you want to take a bit of advice--to 
    Baaj Temple, then!
    
    -
    
    BAAJ TEMPLE
    You can get here via a secret Airship location--see a Secrets FAQ for 
    more information.
    
    You are here to get a No Encounters weapon from Geosgaeno, and--let's 
    face it--a little revenge for Tidus.  
    
    The reason for the No Encounters weapon is the scarcity of save points 
    in the Omega Ruins.  It took me fifteen minutes to walk from the start 
    to Ultima Weapon, and on the way back I died within sight of the save 
    point when Tidus failed to run from a Grand Malboro.  Ouch.
    
    The best way to counteract this, and speed up the entire process, is 
    with No Encounters.  Geosgaeno will often drop a No Encounters weapon 
    (you can't tell by the name, just look at the abilities on it to find 
    out).  If he doesn't, reset and try again.  There is a save point 
    conveniently nearby.
    
    You need minimal preparation for this battle.  Make sure everyone (being 
    Tidus, Rikku, and Wakka, the only characters who fight under water) is 
    in Overdrive (Tidus needs Slice & Dice [or Blitz Ace], and Wakka needs 
    Attack Reels).  Also, make sure Tidus is NOT wielding the Sonic Steel.  
    Trust me, you need to get the timing right, and I don't think you can do 
    it with First Strike.
    
    GEOSGAENO  HP: 32,767
    
    Now, down to the proverbial brass tacks: How do you beat the overgrown 
    minnow?  With, unfortunately, a bit of luck. Basically, as long as Rikku 
    doesn't die in the first turn, you're okay.
    
    Geosgaeno will have the first move (no Sonic Steel!) and will hit a 
    character with Stone Punch, most likely, or maybe KO Punch.  The result 
    is the same either way.  If he hit Rikku, reset.  If he hit Tidus or 
    Wakka, you're still probably okay.  If he missed, laugh in his face.  
    The next turn is Rikku's, and she should Mix a Trio of 9999 or--if you 
    are feeling really lucky--a Quartet of 9.  
    
    Now it's Geosgaeno again, and here is where things may still fall apart.  
    Tidus and Wakka will attack in the next round, and hopefully at least 
    one of them has the 9999 ability.  If they are both dead after the 
    second strike by Geosgaeno, you will most likely be resetting in a 
    matter of moments.  If at least one is still alive, however, start using 
    Overdrives (Slice & Dice or Blitz Ace for Tidus, Attack Reels for 
    Wakka).  If you use Wakka and he scores four hits, you have won.
    
    If by some bizarre chance Rikku gets a second turn, a Gem of any 
    elemental sort will pulverize Geosgaeno.
    
    Congrats, you won, and the death animation probably lasted longer than 
    the battle.  This one comes down to luck, plain and simple, and quite 
    frankly I hate that.  Oh well.
    
    If you got yourself a no Encounter weapon, equip it when you go to the 
    Omega Ruins.  Don't forget to re-equip Tidus with the Sonic Steel, 
    because it's a colossally bad idea to wander around anywhere without it.
    
    While you're here, if for some reason you want to obtain Anima, go 
    ahead.  There's a kinda nifty story bit for it.  But since you'll never 
    actually summon her, you can just leave.  If you don't know how to get 
    to Anima, consult a Secrets FAQ.
    _
    
    OMEGA RUINS
    
    This is a pretty sticky place to be wandering around in an NSNSGNC game, 
    but it's not too different from any other dungeon.  If you don't have a 
    No Encounters weapon, the biggest threat is going to be an ambush by a 
    Grand Malboro--you've only got one chance to run away.
    
    Anyway, make your way north, taking the path to the almost immediate 
    left of the save point. (You may want to save before you leave, but do I 
    really need to tell you that?)  Hang a right at the T-shaped junction 
    and another at the junction with four treasure chests, and you will 
    eventually come to a dead end with a glyph on the floor.  Step on it and 
    it turns into an elevator.  Run further on and there's another glyph.  
    Step on that one and the fun begins.
    
    Meet Ultima Weapon, who carries a couple dozen Doors to Tomorrow 
    somewhere in his pockets.  He probably has a bunch of those, too, look 
    at all those limbs!  Rikku wants to wimp out here ("I'm running if you 
    are!"), but she's just going to have to suffer.
    
    For preparation, get all the Overdrives you can, especially the ones 
    that hit multiple times (Slice & Dice, Blitz Ace [if you've got it], 
    Attack Reels, and Fury).  Make sure Tidus has the Sonic Steel equipped.  
    Additionally, make sure Rikku has SOS Haste active (to get her HP into 
    the yellow, let her die in a random battle and don't heal her).  Take 
    Rikku out of the main party, which I would suggest making Tidus, Wakka 
    and Lulu.
    
    ULTIMA WEAPON  HP: 70,000
    
    Tidus leads off, thanks to First Strike.  Have him switch out and bring 
    in Rikku.  She should have two turns, thanks to SOS Haste.  First things 
    first: Steal some Doors to Tomorrow.  They are, after all, why you're 
    here.
    
    For Rikku's second turn, you have a choice.  If you want to kill off 
    Ulty using the party you've got now, it might not be a bad idea to use a 
    Chocobo Feather on one of the other members (not Rikku, she's already 
    got Haste!) or use a Chocobo Wing on the whole group to save time.  
    Doing that will give whoever has reached Haste a turn before Ultima 
    Weapon.  
    
    Why do this instead of Mixing a Trio of 9999 immediately?  Well, a 
    couple of reasons.  First, if you want to switch Tidus in instead of 
    Wakka or Lulu, you can do it without penalty (except for losing a 
    'Hasty' character).  Second, if you Mix a Trio, one of your party 
    members will probably die in Ulty's first attack, and you've lost that 
    much benefit.
    
    Now a word about the attacks.  He has a physical attack and a move 
    called "Core Energy", each of which will kill a single character.  He 
    can also hit with Confuse and Silence.  Ignore Silence and use a Remedy 
    ASAP on whomever was Confused (you could attack them, too, but they will 
    often dodge it).  The only thing you really have to worry about is 
    "Shimmering Rain", which will kill everyone instantly.  You generally 
    have about four turns before he casts that, though.
    
    For the second turn, resurrect whoever died in Ultima Weapon's turn.  If 
    it was Rikku, and she is now no longer in yellow HP (and therefore 
    Haste), attack her with Wakka or Lulu.  You really want Rikku alive to 
    steal a couple more times.  Keeping her on her feet should be the 
    responsibility of the other two party members.
    
    How long should you keep this up?  Well, I have heard that you can steal 
    upwards of 70 Doors to Tomorrow from this guy, but I don't really 
    believe you need that many, and I also don't believe you're going to 
    live that long.  He dispenses 10 of them for a normal steal and 20 for a 
    rare steal (but I got 20 half the time I stole from him).  Steal as many 
    as you can in 3 rounds, but after that you're pushing your luck.  I am 
    happy if I get 30 Doors off him and still manage to take him down before 
    Shimmering Rain.
    
    If you haven't figured it out yet, Doors to Tomorrow will Mix to give 
    you Trio of 9999.  Sure you can Mix two of them, but you can ALSO Mix 
    one with an Underdog's Secret for the same effect.  As if you didn't 
    love Rin enough, some serious Stealing from Ultima Weapon means that you 
    can rack up 30 more uses of Trio of 9999, more than enough to capture 
    all the fiends you need for Auron's Mars Sigil.  This also gives you 
    something to do with that outrageously large number of Underdog's 
    Secrets.  And you thought they'd go to waste...
    
    When you've had enough, have Rikku mix one of your now-abundant Trios of 
    9999 and start slapping Ultima Weapon silly.  You can kill him with one 
    Blitz Ace, a really good Attack Reels, or a really good Fury.  If you 
    need a little more punishment, don't forget the five hits that a 
    Fire/Ice/Lightning/Water Gem gives you.
    
    There! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and listen to Auron say 
    discouraging things about Omega Weapon.  If you're flush with victory 
    and thinking about challenging HIM, keep in mind that you have to get 
    through about ten mini-boss battles first.  In addition, you can't steal 
    from him and he only drops L.4 Key Spheres.  I personally don't think 
    it's worth it, and I've never tried it in NSNSGNC.  If you have, I'd 
    love to hear about it, though.
    
    -
    
    ...Okay, I admit it, there IS another way to get Doors to Tomorrow, and 
    for that matter, get 99 of them.  Use the guide below to capture one of 
    each fiend from six different areas and return to the Monster Arena.  
    The gamekeeper will create a monster you stand no chance of beating in 
    an NSNSGNC game, but he'll also give you 99 Doors to Tomorrow.  
    
    You have to do the Calm Lands first, but you should have enough Trio of 
    9999 Mix ingredients to get you through that.  Then read the last 
    section of my capturing walkthrough; you should be able to roll right 
    over all the fiends from Besaid to the Djose Highroad.  There: not only 
    do you have 80-someodd Trio of 9999 Mixes, you are halfway through your 
    capturing duties.  I hope you're happy.  
    
    So if you really can't beat Ultima Weapon, or you're just too lazy, 
    there you go.  I personally still think you should challenge Ultima 
    Weapon.  It's good for you.  Builds character.
    
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    PART III: GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL!
    
    Well, had enough preparation?  Fly off to the Calm Lands, and if you 
    haven't done so yet, grab a Chocobo.  Do you really want to walk all 
    that way?
    
    The first thing you should do is pay a visit to the monster trainer, 
    since you need to buy some Capture weapons.  If you can afford it, buy 
    for everyone except Yuna and Lulu (you could buy for them, I guess, but 
    why?).  If you don't have that kind of scratch, buy in order of 
    importance: Wakka, Rikku, Auron, Tidus, Kimahri.  Why that order?  Well, 
    Wakka's about the only guy who's going to have a chance against birds 
    and Cactuars.  Rikku is fast (keep her in Haste whenever possible!), and 
    Auron and Kimahri have the most HP.  Tidus can be useful, but remember 
    to always have him equipped with the Sonic Steel between battles.  No 
    point getting caught with your pants down.
    
    Make sure someone has access to a Sensor weapon!  If that's Yuna or 
    Lulu, great.  I had a Cactuar Scope for Lulu, which worked out well, 
    because she was in my party most times.  Remember, you can always switch 
    someone in, check HP, then switch them out without losing a turn.  
    Speaking of party formation...
    
    I would recommend walking around with Tidus, Wakka and Lulu, unless 
    someone else has better armor (remember the Pep Talk and Phantom 
    Bangle?)--that way if you're in a pinch and need someone, say, 
    Stoneproof, Tidus can switch out for them.  But with this party you are 
    covered for elemental attacks.  Kimahri and his Dragoon Lance (available 
    at a secret airship location), with its Evade & Counter, is also a solid 
    choice.  If you don't have good armor, don't worry too much. Rikku 
    should be kept out of the main party so she can come in as soon as 
    possible when you need her (if for nothing else than to throw a Sunburst 
    in an emergency).
    
    We're going to hunt monsters, per Gestahl's recommendation, in the nine 
    regions that have the easiest fiends, plus the Calm Lands (which is 
    mandatory).  I go in reverse order of difficulty (ie. hardest first) 
    because I like the feeling that things are getting easier.  Plus it 
    allows you to hone strategies to use on slightly easier enemies, and 
    make them even simpler.  Lastly, the Calm Lands is about as bad as it 
    gets, and you HAVE to do it first.
    
    -
    
    Rather than list strategies for single monster types, I'm going to 
    address the "parties" the monsters tend to form, since who else is 
    attacking you means a lot more in an NSNSGNC game than it would 
    normally.  Remember that you don't need to capture every monster in a 
    group, but if you are going to use a Trio of 9999 it should be for a 
    good reason: multiple monsters to capture or one really nasty one (read: 
    Malboro).
    
    Oh, and some pointers: I'm going to assume in the below strategies that 
    everyone has full Overdrives going into the battles, and that Rikku is 
    at 1 HP (so she has Haste).  Make it so.  I'm probably going to take for 
    granted that some of your characters have elemental resistances, too.  I 
    would also advise saving after every successful capture, so that you 
    don't lose your earnings if something goes awry.  This is another time 
    the No Encounters ability comes in handy: running back and forth to save 
    points.
    
    In pretty much every battle, Tidus and his Sonic Steel will immediately 
    switch out for Rikku.  I think that should go without saying, but there 
    it is.  I won't mention it much in the battles section.
    
    NOTE: I have field-tested these strategies and found them pretty 
    effective.  Some of them are dicey, so don't necessarily expect to win 
    every single battle.  Your mileage may vary.  With these pointers, 
    though, you should be able to capture what you need to with a minimum of 
    pain.  If you have a better solution, by all means let me know.
    
    ALSO NOTE: In the below strategies that call for a Farplane Shadow to 
    remove a monster, you are more than welcome to use Auron's Shooting Star 
    Overdrive.  I can't think of a single fiend of those below who is 
    resistant to Eject.  In only one case (Chimera Brain) is Shooting Star 
    really necessary.  It depends on whether you would rather spend time 
    stealing Farplane Shadows or building Auron's Overdrive gauge, I guess.
    
    Finally, if you don't know how to Mix anything that I don't explain, 
    consult one of the Mix List FAQs already out there.
    
    					-----
    
    CALM LANDS
    
    MALBORO - Mercifully, these brutes appear alone.  You will have a full 
    turn before it attacks, and it usually doesn't use Bad Breath right 
    away.  That's the good news.  The bad news is that it has 27,000 HP and 
    if its spit doesn't kill you, the poison will.  If ever a non-boss 
    battle screamed for Trio of 9999, it's this one, but you need some 
    control, and you need Lulu to make this easy on yourself.
    
    The battle order should be Tidus, Lulu, Wakka (or someone else with a 
    Capture weapon).  If not, you may have to do some rearranging (use 
    Weapon/Armor).  Lulu must hit first!  The whole idea is to kill this 
    beast in one round so you run zero risk.
    
    Switch Tidus out for Rikku and have her Mix a Trio of 9999.  Lulu 
    follows up with Fury, but only rotate the stick TWICE! If she hits any 
    more than that, she will kill the Malboro.  After two blasts, the 
    Malboro has 7,002 HP.  Wakka (or whoever) can now bag it.
    _
    
    NEBIROS, SHRED, FLAME FLAN (Capturing Shred and Flame Flan) - Keep in 
    mind the priority of the threats here.  With at least one person who is 
    Fireproof, the Flame Flan is your smallest concern.  The Nebiros is 
    going to attack first.  Start to get the idea?  
    
    There are better times to capture the Nebiros, so for your first turn 
    Swap Tidus for Rikku and have her use a Dream Powder (these can be 
    stolen from Skolls right here in the Calm Lands).  This will kill the 
    Nebiros, knock the Shred and Flan to about 700 HP and put them both to 
    sleep.  The Flame Flan will sleep like a baby while you take down the 
    Shred.  When Rikku gets her next turn, Mix a Nega Burst (2 Shadow Gems), 
    which will reduce the Shred to a couple hundred HP (the Flan, too).  The 
    best part?  It won't even wake up.  
    
    Give the Shred its wake-up call with Auron's Power Break.  Not only will 
    this weaken the Shred (enough, at least, so that Auron can live through 
    its attack), it is a Piercing attack so your damage will be high.  
    Dispatch it with Auron and/or Kimahri (both have Piercing weapons). The 
    easiest way to go is to have Auron keep plugging away with Power Break--
    that way you don't have to worry about switching weapons, since the 
    Beastmaster doesn't have Piercing.  Other party members should attack 
    (every little bit helps), or heal.  Make sure you remember to kill it 
    with a Capture weapon!  
    
    The Flame Flan should have slept through all this if you were quick, so 
    if it's still asleep and has more than 400 HP, cast Ice (which hits for 
    around 350). Incidentally, if it has 250+ HP, you are probably safe 
    hitting it with Thunder or Water (a neutral element).  Now it's time to 
    wake it.  A few strikes and you have two captures in one battle, without 
    using anything rare.
    _
    
    NEBIROS, SHRED, FLAME FLAN (Capturing Nebiros) - Remember these guys?  
    Now is the time to take out that Nebiros, which is going to be a lot 
    more difficult/annoying than it looks.  Its HP is too low to use 
    Sleeping or Dream Powders on, so the bug is going to be fighting you 
    every step of the way.  You need Wakka in your party to kill the 
    Nebiros, and Lulu to handle the Flame Flan.
    
    Have Tidus switch out for Rikku, who should have two turns.  The first 
    order of business is to use a Farplane Shadow on the Shred.  Now, hit 
    the baddies with a Nega Burst.  This will drop the Nebiros to 175 HP, 
    and the Flan to 375 HP.  The bug will now attack before Wakka and Lulu 
    can go.  If Lulu is still alive on her turn and no one needs a Phoenix 
    Down, have her hit the Flame Flan with Ice.  If you're lucky, it'll kill 
    the Flan, but probably not.  Don't use Fury because you will probably 
    hit the Nebiros, too, which is also weak against Ice.  Sigh.  
    
    This is where predicting the outcome of the battle gets hazy.  Rikku 
    will die every time if the Nebiros attacks her, but Wakka and Lulu will 
    live if they are at full health.  Watch out for poison.  Your main 
    immediate goal is to kill the Flan--Firaga hurts.  Wakka or Rikku may be 
    able to do it with a physical attack (or Farplane Shadow), and Lulu can 
    certainly kill it with a second round of Ice.  Wakka is your only chance 
    of hurting the Nebiros, so do your best to keep him alive.  Rikku can 
    back him up with another Shadow Gem, which will get the bug's HP low 
    enough for Wakka to swat it with a single hit.  Keep as many people 
    alive as possible--if the Nebiros has three targets, it won't hit Wakka 
    so much.  Make sure Wakka attacks as often as possible!
    _
    
    NEBIROS x2, SKOLL, MECH SCOUTER (Capturing Skoll) - I love this fight.  
    Switch Rikku in immediately (make sure she's in Haste).  Use a Dream 
    Powder to put the Skoll to sleep and take out the Nebiroses (Nebiri?).  
    The Machina won't fall asleep, of course, but killing the bugs means 
    Rikku still has a turn.  Steal from the Mech Scouter and it's gone.  
    What do you have now?  A single Skoll with 25 HP (asleep). 
    
    Battles like these make me wonder if Rikku should actually be legal. :) 
    _
    
    NEBIROS, SKOLL, FLAME FLAN - Use a Dream Powder right away, and the dog 
    turns into a pussycat.  If you haven't already gotten a Flame Flan, 
    now's your big chance.  See the strategy above, or just use Ice until it 
    has less than 400 HP and attack (or use Thunder/Water) afterward.  If 
    you want the Nebiros, see the above strategy, but use the Farplane 
    Shadow on the Skoll.
    _
    
    CHIMERA BRAIN x2 - One of the trickier fights, simply because the 
    Chimeras have so many wonderful ways to kill you.  Megiddo Flame, 
    Thundara and its punch are all capable of killing a single character, 
    and Aqua Breath will wreck everyone except Auron.  Any Thunder, Fire or 
    Water neutralization you have would be useful right now. 
    
    Switch Tidus out and bring Auron(!) in. Have him use Shooting Star on 
    one of the Chimera Brains (they are immune to Death).  Hopefully the 
    other Chimera Brain won't respond with Aqua Breath--if he does, consider 
    resetting or using a Mega Phoenix if you have one.  Revive any 
    characters if necessary, then get Rikku in as fast as possible.  Why 
    revive?  More targets means a better chance of living until you hit it 
    with Trio of  9999 (I wouldn't mess around with Quartet of 9, but it's 
    your game...).
    
    This fight might be one of your most frustrating, but stick with it.
    _
    
    COEURL x2 - Coeurls aren't terribly dangerous the first round or so, but 
    when their HP gets low, they get nasty.  Your first move should be to 
    put them to sleep, and then to Mix a Quartet of 9.  Make sure the person 
    who receives the 9999 status has a Capture weapon, and bag yourself a 
    Coeurl or two.  I find this the best way to go; using Shadow Gems and 
    such will get dicey if it wakes up unexpectedly.  Trio of 9999 probably 
    isn't necessary here.
    _
    
    COEURL, MECH SCOUTER x2 - Those two Machina are going to make more 
    trouble than this is worth, unless you're desperate for a Coeurl.  If 
    you are, put it to sleep, and then use a Quartet of 9 to capture it.  
    Hope the Coeurl doesn't do anything ugly to you in the first round.
    _
    
    ANACONDAUR x2 - Basilisk-type monsters are always dangerous simply 
    because they can turn you to stone at a moment's notice.  Hit them with 
    a Dream Powder, and then I would suggest using a Quartet of 9.
    
    					-----
    
    BIKANEL 
    
    SAND WORM - 45,000 HP. That's more than most bosses in the game.  
    Anyway, this is a battle that you are going to want to use a Trio of 
    9999 on, I think.  The simple reason is that the Worm will kill one 
    person each turn; if you use Quartet of 9 and he takes out the person 
    with 9999 status, you're out of luck.  With Rikku's Haste (and Chocobo 
    Feathers, if you feel the need), you should be able to deliver the 
    requisite five hits easily.  Too bad Overdrives don't Capture, hmmm?  
    Really, though, this is pretty straightforward; the Sand Worm can't do 
    anything unusually beastly to you.
    
    Remember that Lulu's Fury, hitting four times, can considerably reduce 
    the length of this battle.  If you Haste your party, then hit it with 
    Fury and a follow-up from Lulu, you may be able to use a Quartet of 9 
    instead of Trio of 9999.  But that is still a dicey plan in a couple of 
    different ways, so I would just use the Trio.
    
    Incidentally, steal as many Shadow Gems as you can from these guys.  If 
    you haven't noticed, those hit for 50% of the enemy's HP, meaning that 
    they are going to be your best friends.
    
    What I want to know is how the party drags this thing back to the 
    Monster Arena.  Maybe the owner hires people (recent liberal arts 
    graduates, probably) to make pickups.
    _
    
    ZUU - I hate these birds, to be perfectly honest with you.  18,000 HP 
    and a bad attitude.  You are more than welcome to use a Trio of 9999 
    here, and that's my recommended strategy.  Quartet of 9 means you have 
    to have the same person alive for two rounds, and that's not necessarily 
    easy.
    
    Do keep in mind that Zuus have the irritating habit of not dying when 
    their HP hits zero.  If you hit it twice for 9999, instead of dying it 
    will fall to the ground and have an HP of 1.  Try using two hits from 
    Lulu's Fury, then finishing it with anyone else (with a Capture weapon, 
    for Pete's sake!) for a quick kill.
    _
    
    ZUU, TREASURE CHEST - I wouldn't bother with that treasure chest if I 
    were you, but I guess you can grab it if Rikku gets a free turn.  
    There's typically not much good in them.  Just focus on Big Ugly there.
    NOTE: Arrangement will only appear in ruins area, east of sandstorm.
    _
    
    CACTUAR - Ahhh, Cactuars.  These guys have been a pain since FF6, and 
    they aren't stopping now.  10,000 Needles will kill you dead, so once 
    again you have to have a lot of speed, a lot of luck, and some Trio of 
    9999.  You need to make sure Wakka (and maybe Rikku) have 9999 status, 
    so go for the sure bet.  If you've accumulated Wings to Discovery like I 
    told you to, you have plenty of Trios left for the rest of the game, and 
    pretty soon you won't need any more. 
    
    Use Chocobo Feathers or Wings to speed up any non-Hasty party members.  
    It's probably your only hope. 
    
    Wakka (and maybe Rikku) have to do all the work here, and you may have 
    to fight more than one of these battles.  Don't be afraid to run if 
    things look grim.  If the Cactuar runs off, consider resetting if you 
    used a Trio.  It's up to you.
    _
    
    SAND WOLF x2, ALCYONE - All of these fiends are fast fast fast, so I 
    would recommend isolating them (their HPs are too small for Sleeping 
    Powder).  Use Farplane Shadows on whatever you like, then a Shadow Gem 
    to follow up.  Once again, Wakka is the star of the show, though Tidus 
    and maybe Rikku can hit Sand Wolves.
    
    Just capture one per battle and you shouldn't have too many problems.
    _
    
    SAND WOLF x3, TREASURE CHEST - Again, ignore that chest.  Frankly, 
    unless you really need a Sand Wolf, I'd Escape from this battle.  They 
    are really fast and pretty painful.
    NOTE: Arrangement will only appear in ruins area, east of sandstorm.
    _
    
    SAND WOLF, MUSHUSSU, ALCYONE - You probably want the Mushussu here, so 
    isolate it with Farplane Shadows, use a Shadow Gem and bag it with Auron 
    or Kimahri.  If one of your characters is Fireproof, keep them in the 
    party, since the Mushussu's flamethrower attack (which hits everyone for 
    1700+ damage) is really all you have to worry about.  Just make sure 
    they're fast enough that they won't die before they can resurrect 
    others.  The flamethrower attack isn't terribly common; if it hurts you 
    too badly consider running and trying again. 
    
    If you are trying to Capture something other than the Mushussu in this 
    battle, hit the Mushussu with a Farplane Shadow immediately.
    _
    
    MUSHUSSU, ALCYONE x2 - See the above strategies; they apply here, too.
    
    					-----
    
    MACALANIA
    
    SNOW WOLF x2, ICE FLAN (Capturing Ice Flan) - Dream Powder is the way to 
    go, then if its HP is above 400, use Fire.  If its HP is 200-400, try 
    using Thunder or Water (a neutral element, in other words), to scrape 
    some more off. 
    NOTE: Arrangement will only appear near the frozen lake.
    _
    
    SNOW WOLF, ICE FLAN, MAFDET - Use a Shadow Gem or two on Mafdet; its HP 
    is a wee bit too small for Sleep Powder.  Too bad.  Use Auron to strike 
    it (Power Break!)--it's armored.  If you want to capture the others, go 
    ahead, but this is the only configuration I've seen a Mafdet in, so 
    that's the most important one. 
    NOTE: Arrangement will only appear near the frozen lake.
    _
    
    SNOW WOLF, ICE FLAN, EVIL EYE - Once again, use a pair of Shadow Gems to 
    knock them down to size and let Wakka and Tidus do the dirty work.
    _
    
    CHIMERA - Ugh.  While not as bad as its big brothers in the Calm Lands, 
    this one can be nasty if it goes on too long.  Smack it with a Nega 
    Burst, then finish it off with magic and regular attacks (again, don't 
    kill it with a spell).  Auron would be a good choice, since he can hit 
    the hardest. 
    _
    
    WASP x2, XIPHOS (Capturing Xiphos) - 2700 HP, and immune to Sleep.  
    Grrr. You want to get rid of those Wasps NOW, so use a Dream Powder. It 
    won't put Xiphos to sleep, but every 1000 HP helps.  Nega Burst or just 
    a Shadow Gem or two is called for next, then Capture it.
    _
    
    WASP x2, XIPHOS (Capturing Wasp) - 2 Shadow Gems, and bag a Wasp.  If 
    the Xiphos irritates you, use a Farplane Shadow. 
    _
    
    IGUION, MURUSSU, BLUE ELEMENT (Capturing Blue Element) - Use a Dream 
    Powder.  If it still has too much HP, a Shadow Gem should help. Next?
    _
    
    IGUION, MURUSSU, BLUE ELEMENT (Capturing Iguion and Murussu) - What, you 
    wanted the other ones, too?  Lead off with a Farplane Shadow to remove 
    the Element.  Now fall back on Shadow Gems.  You should be able to 
    neutralize both of them without too much trouble. 
    _
    
    IGUION, MURUSSU, WASP - Frankly, I wouldn't bother with this battle, 
    unless you're desperate for one of them.  I hate Wasps, and Iguions are 
    fast, too.  But if you need them, Shadow Gem away.
    _
    
    BLUE ELEMENT X2, WASP - You can grab the Blue Elements painlessly by 
    tossing a Dream Powder, then following up with Shadow Gems if necessary.
    
    					-----
    
    THUNDER PLAINS
    
    QACTUAR x2 - Might as well get it out of the way, right?  You definitely 
    want to use a Chocobo Wing or Feathers, and if you hit him with a 
    Grenade he'll be down to 200 HP.  Wakka generally can't hit for that 
    much, but you can use a Shadow Gem if you need to.  It seems a little 
    ridiculous to use a Quartet of 9 (or Trio of 9999) on this guy, but they 
    run so often that the speedy approach might be best.
    _
    
    IRON GIANT - This big fella is 50% resistant to sleep, so you can take 
    your chances if you'd like and use a Dream Powder.  Keep in mind, 
    however, that he does have an instant-party-kill attack in his 
    horizontal slash.  To play it safe, use a Quartet of 9 (I don't think a 
    Trio is necessary).  If you like to live a little dangerously, fire off 
    a Nega Burst to bring his HP down to a more manageable number.
    _
    
    IRON GIANT, BUER x2 (Capturing Iron Giant) - If you don't have the 
    patience to look for an Iron Giant on its own, use a Dream Powder.  This 
    may or may not put the Giant under, but it WILL kill the Buers.  From 
    there, use the above strategy.
    _
    
    IRON GIANT, BUER x2 (Capturing Buer) - Get that Giant out of there 
    immediately with a Farplane Shadow.  After that, the battle is a snap.  
    Use a single Shadow Gem to put the Buers' HP in Wakka's damage range.
    _
    
    LARVA x2 - Larvae are immune to sleep, and two of them pounding you with 
    Thunder might be a little tough to take.  Well, Tidus has NulShock 
    (remember that?), but Rikku doesn't, so things could get messy.  Hit one 
    of the Larvae with a Farplane Shadow to even the odds, then I would 
    recommend a Nega Burst to get the other's HP down in a hurry.  (You 
    could use a Dream Powder, but you would STILL have to go through 750 
    HP.)  Technically, it's a flying enemy, but it's not terribly fast.  
    Pretty much anyone can hit it.
    _
    
    LARVA, AEROUGE (Capturing Aerouge OR Larva) - Again, the double dose of 
    Thunder might be too much to handle, so I would recommend only going 
    after one of these, and using a Farplane Shadow on the other.  I've 
    already covered the Larva above.  A Shadow Gem will make the Aerouge 
    easy to take, so do so with Tidus or Wakka.
    _
    
    MELUSINE, KUSARIQQU, AEROUGE - It's entirely possible to catch all three 
    of these in one battle--we are getting to the point in the game where 
    the NSNSGNC handicap is mattering less and less.  Toss a Shadow Gem at 
    them, or two for good measure, and wrap it up.  If any of the monsters 
    are particularly worrisome, dispatch it with an Overdrive or Farplane 
    Shadow, and come back for it later if necessary.
    _
    
    GOLD ELEMENT, BUER, KUSARIQQU (Capturing Gold Element) - Pesky Gold 
    Elements are immune to sleep and death, the two easiest ways to 
    manipulate Capture battles.  This means that you aren't going to be able 
    to get it out of the way to focus on Buer or Kusariqqu, which in turn 
    means you should wait for an easier configuration to capture those two 
    (though you CAN use Auron's Shooting Star on the Element if you have 
    to).
    
    So, down to business. I just said that Elements were immune to sleep, 
    but your first move should be to use a Dream Powder.  If you haven't 
    figured out why, 1000 damage to everything means you are left facing a 
    Gold Element with 200 HP.  Feh.  To whittle it down even more, use a 
    Shadow Gem.
    
    Did I mention that Rikku rules?  I never thought she was terribly useful 
    until I played an NSNSGNC game.  Boy howdy, was I wrong.
    
    					-----
    
    DJOSE HIGHROAD, MUSHROOM ROCK ROAD, MI'IHEN HIGHROAD, KILIKA, BESAID
    
    The only problem with setting up a FAQ that features the hard stuff 
    first is that it's almost depressingly anticlimactic.  I have a 
    difficult time believing that if you can kill Ultima Weapon, Malboros 
    and Chimera Brains in an NSNSGNC game, you are going to have much 
    trouble with Bunyips and Lamashtus.  Rather than slink off into the 
    corner, though, I will at least throw some general strategies your way, 
    and perhaps point out a specific monster or two.
    
    -If the enemy has more than 750 HP, don't be afraid to use Sleeping or 
    	Dream Powder.  The big guys--Basilisks and Ochus--are the only 
    	ones who can possibly stand up to you at this point, and they 
    	have only 20% resistance to sleep.  Knock 'em out, then use 
    	Shadow Gems.  Second verse same as the first.
    
    -If you want to isolate an Element or Flan, toss a Gem of the same 
    	element at the rest of the enemies.  Generally, that will 
    	dispatch them and you can focus on your target.  Alternatively, 
    	you can usually throw more sleep around.
    
    -There IS one monster that can still pose a problem, and that is a 
    	Garuda. They are immune to sleep, fairly powerful, and have a 
    	high enough HP that it would take at least 2 Shadow Gems to 
    	handle them.  So, do that, or use a DIFFERENT STRATEGY, one that 
    	I am publicizing down here as a little treat for those who have 
    	read this far.  Woo-hoo!
    
    	Use a Smoke Bomb on him, and he won't be able to attack.  I bet 
    	you forgot all about those, didn't you?  Well, so did I. But I 
    	didn't include them in my main strategies because I find them 
    	less reliable than my other methods.  Most of the beastly 
    	monsters can attack you with an attack that won't miss, and most 
    	of the non-beastly monsters you don't have to worry about that 
    	much.  So I'm not a big fan of Smoke Bombs, but if you are and 
    	they have saved your butt more times than you can count, let me 
    	know and I'll think about including them.  I'm always open to new 
    	strategies.
    
    					-----
    
    Once you have Captured one of each enemy from the ten lands above and 
    Captured 4 of each bird (per Gestahl's FAQ), return to the owner of the 
    Monster Arena for a nice, shiny new Mars Sigil and the ability to 
    upgrade the Masamune.  
    
    All this Capturing in an NSNSGNC game is a lot of work, but I think it's 
    a load of fun, too, else why would I be writing this?...
    
    =======================================================================
    
    PART IV. ITEMS YOU'LL NEED FOR CAPTURING, AND WHERE TO GET THEM
    
    Pendulum - Chocobo Race (see above)
    Doors to Tomorrow - Ultima Weapon (see above)
    Chocobo Feather/Wing - Steal from Cactuars at Bikanel or Qactuars at 
    	Thunder Plains
    Dream Powder - Steal from Skolls at Calm Lands
    Sleeping Powder - Steal from Sand Wolves at Bikanel or Snow Wolves at 
    	Macalania
    Farplane Shadow - Steal from Wraiths at Omega Ruins
    Shadow Gems - Steal from Sand Worms at Bikanel
    
    =======================================================================
    
    PART V. CONTACT INFORMATION
    
    Feel free to email me if you have questions or comments about anything 
    you see above, or the FAQ in general.  It's always nice to know that 
    someone is out there reading.  
    
    I would even entertain questions regarding the rest of the NSNSGNC game, 
    though Gestahl might be a better source and I can't promise I can answer 
    anything better than he can.
    
    You can email me about a straight NSG game question, but Hyprophant 
    would probably be better able to answer your question. Check out her NSG 
    FAQs, too.
    
    Please DON'T send me general questions on a straight game of FFX.  You 
    had to scroll down through a pile of regular game FAQs to get here, so 
    use one of them.
    
    Once again, my email is: roland780[at]hotmail[dot]com.
    
    Thanks for reading!