No Sphere Grid Initial Equipment FAQ by KADFC

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   No Sphere Grid Initial Equipment FAQ/Walkthrough
    For Final Fantasy X
     Started Challenge on: 07/21/04
      End Challenge on: 07/30/04
       This FAQ was Started on: 07/23/04
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     Table of Contents
       I. Intro
      II. Initial Equipment
     III. Customization and Recommendations of Initial Equipments
      IV. Tips
       V. No Sphere Grid Initial Equipment Guide
      VI. Game Challenges Done by Author

   As of right now, I'm currently on Mi'hien Road when I just started writing
   this guide. I know Gamefaqs has a lot of combinations of NSG Challenges. The
   first one is written by Dustman and Xharas. Then there were two alternative
   ones: NSNC by Gestahl and NSNO by Thundaka. Before I've started this
   challenge, I've read some of these guides to get my feeling of what the hell
   I'm suppose to do. I haven't played a regular NSG before. But since TrueDFX
   said that this challenge should be possible, I decided to take it. In hopes
   of sharing my knowledge, I've started writing this FAQ. I hope this file
   won't have more MB than the others, but I do talk a lot in my other FAQ.
   Added Later, this FAQ have been resumed after I have defeated BFA. Even
   though during that whole time I didn't write down any notes or strategies,
   I did a lot of saves while I was doing this challenge. Meaning that I
   could easily resume during any part of the game and pick out stuff that
   I need clearing out

   NOTE: This is my 6th FAQ

   This challenge is going to be a little bit different from the other ones
   that I've listed. Like all NSG Challenges, you can't use the Sphere Grid, or
   rather you're not suppose to have anyone using their S.Levels at all. I will
   allow Flee to be learned, if the player himself allows it. The Initial
   Equipment part will make it more interesting.

   For one, you can only stick with the equipments you got from the beginning
   or rather you can't change any of the equipments already setted by the game
   itself. So just don't equip any other equipments and your fine.
   You won't be able to capture any Monster Arena Monsters. You are not allowed
   to equip any other equipment manually, this includes the Legendary Weapons
   as well. You can't hope that a monster drop a weapon/armor that gives you
   an advantage in battle.

   However, since others take such so much out of Overdrives, Summons, and
   Customization, we will use them to our advantage.

 Stats of Characters in NSG -

  Tidus     520  12  15    5    5    5  10  18   10  10
  Wakka     618  10  14   10   10    5   7  19    5  25
  Yuna      475  84   5    5   20   20  10  17   30   3
  Lulu      380  92   5    8   20   30   5  17   40   3
  Kimahri   644  78  16   15   17    5   6  18    5   5
  Auron    1030  33  20   15    5    5   5  17    5   3
  Rikku     360  85  10    8   10    8  16  18    5   5

               Initial Equipment
(Note*) = Tidus Stats with Long Sword (No Ablities) at beginning, but due to
           Storyline, he gets the Brotherhood from Wakka. This is still
           considered Initial Equipment because I didn't change it myself.
(Note2) = Brotherhood can't (can not) be customized.
   Tidus     Brotherhood      Strength +5%
                             (Empty Slot)
                             (Empty Slot)
                             (Empty Slot)
             Buckler         (Empty Slot)
   Wakka     Offical Ball    (Empty Slot)
             No Armor
   Yuna      Staff           (Empty Slot)
             Ring            (Empty Slot)
   Lulu      Moogle          (Empty Slot)
             Bangle          (Empty Slot)
   Kimahri   Hunter's Spear   Sensor
             No Armor
   Auron     Katana           Piercing
             Bracer          (Empty Slot)
   Rikku     Claw            (Empty Slot)
             Targe           (Empty Slot)

      Customization and Recommendations of Initial Equipments
     To be honest, if you're taking this challenge, you should be lucky
     because I included this section. I, on the other hand, had to compermise
     and think if it was really worth it, the power to give those abilites to
     those one timers (weapon and armors). Hoping that you won't regret that
     action for the rest of the challenge.

   Tidus     Brotherhood      Can't Customize
             White Shield     Ice Proof*          
   Wakka     Breakaway        First Strike
             No Armor
   Yuna      Wind Rod         First Strike
             Haste Ring       SOS Haste***
   Lulu      Moogle          ( Read Below )**
             Bangle          ( Read Below )**
   Kimahri   Hunter's Spear   Can't Customize
             No Armor
   Auron     Katana           Can't Customize
             Bracer          ( Read Below )**
   Rikku     Vanguard         First Strike
             Haste Targe      SOS Haste ***

Iceproof     =  8 Arctic Winds
First Strike =  1 Return Sphere
SOS Haste    = 10 Chocobo Feathers

 * -  The Ice Proof can be given to either Tidus or Yuna, but since this is a
      one time thing against a boss. I choose Tidus because of Brotherhood. It's
      not helpful, but Tidus' Overdrives are helpful. You decide.

 ** - Since I did beat this challenge without putting any abilites in these
      slots, you can put whatever. Some Recommendations that I would like to
      give are the abilities Evade and Counter/First Strike and SOS Haste/
      Auto Phoenix/Master Thief. I just gave them First Strike and SOS Haste
      near the end of the game, and yet they weren't of any good use.

 *** -I don't quite remember these SOS Hastes being useful or not, but at one
      time I did remember them to be useful. A good reason why Rikku should have
      it is to steal more than without this ability equipped

     1. Like in all NSG Challenges, Run Away from all unnessecary battles. Like
        the ones that have a louzy items to steal and even if you did kill them,
        they give louzy gils.
     2. To activate SOS Haste, have that person be KOed in the previous battle.
        After that battle, don't heal them, they'll have 1 HP, making them have
        Haste when they first enter the game.
     3. Since Rikku was the first person that I gave First Strike to you should
        do this. This is for fleeing purposes that I find useful. Have her be
        in slot 3 and Tidus in Slot 4. Since Rikku has First Strike, she'll get
        the first turn, so get the list out and press confirm to change to
        Tidus and then use flee. After Battle, swap the slots Tidus with Rikku
     4. I like to offer you to try out cursor memory instead of cursor initial.
        It goes great with using Steal and Use. Plus summoning the same Aeons
        over again. For Flee, it's the best thing ever.
     5. Since we aren't equipping any other equipments, do pick them and sell
        them for a lot of gils. Use them to buy stuff and also for hiring people
        to play Blitzball. Don't try to get any Dark Matters, it's not needed
        for this challenge, trust me. I thought I needed as well, but I never
        did use it. Instead try to get a Return Sphere (First Strike). It's
        rather common for it so show up, really.
     6. If you get stuck in this challenge and find that this FAQ doesn't
        really give any good tactics against a particular boss, please refer
        to the original NSG FAQ. None of the NSG can really help you since
        there main tactice got to do with changing the initial equipment. No
        offense to those authors or anything.
     7. Do try to pickup all avaliable chests along the way. Even if it's
        very crappy, do remember you can sell them off.
     8. Getting into battles and escaping them are good for your aeons, until
        a certain point. After 600 battles, there is no need to into random
        battles for this purpose anymore.
     9. Blitz Ace isn't needed in this challenge. It's possible to beat this
        challenge without it.
     10.I advise you to read further on because I might not have mention
        something that I wanted you to do, so read further on to figure out
        how I'll win certain battles. I don't want to responsible if you
        need start over because I didn't tell you to pick up a certain item.
        Even though, I've done my best to limit these factors.
     11.You must've collected all the Al Bhed Primers from a previous save.
        If you don't, you'll miss out on all the cheap parts of this game.
        Not really fully cheap because you have to use strategy to use
        them. The 99x Underdog's Secret I mean, from Rin on the Airship.
        In that case, you'll have to fine an alternative for what I use.

                    No Sphere Grid Initial Equipment Guide
      The Challenge starts at Zanarkand, but this really isn't a lot to
      do here. Just get pass everyone. The bosses are really not that hard at
      all. Heal yourself when necessary. Now I'm gonna skip all the way to

    Besaid -
     Still not a lot you can do right now. Open Chests. Head for the temple,
     take a nap at Wakka's Place. Visit the temple again. Do the Trial and use
     the destruction sphere to open the chest, this is for Anima BTW. More
     Storyline. After that you'll get the Brotherhood. What I thought was going
     to make this challenge easy was indeed false, read initial equipment to
     know why. Go talk to the Shop Owner to know about her dog. Then head for
     a house nearby Wakka's Place. Go talk to the dog to get Valefor's Second
     Overdrive, Energy Bomb. Don't buy anything. Now head for the docks.

    (You'll meet up with Kimahri in the process, but don't worry. Attack and
     Heal with Potions. This should be easy enough.)
    S.S. Liki -
     Go to the bottom floor and kick a bag to get 20 Free Potions. Give Oaka
     some fund if you want, I did. I had plenty of money so I gave like 1000.
     Just for the heck of it.

    *Boss Battle* Sin
     You don't really need Aeon's Overdrive to beat this guy. Just take your
     time to kill the little minions. They indeed give you more Gils afterwards.
     I advise you to kill as much those guys as possible. Sin is no threat and
     he will never be one in this battle. Kimihri seems to be the best person
     his this battle, he heals himself when using his Lancet. Heal with Yuna
     only, she has too many MP and why not waste them. Build up Wakka and Tidus'
     Overdrive and don't use them. Save them up for the next boss.
    (After you beat Sin, Sinspawn Echenilles is next)

    *Boss Battle* Sinspawn Echenilles
     Open the battle with your overdrives. Then on Wakka's turn, use Dark Attack
     and have Tidus attack or heal. Keep attacking him and healing when needed.
     Collect Chests like always. Don't fight Ochu, or until you get Ifrit that
     is. Head for the next Boss Battle

    *Boss Battle* Geneaux
     Use Valefor's Energy Bomb Twice and that should end it instantly.

     Enter the Temple and get the Chest needed for Anima. Even after you get
     Ifrit, I still wouldn't face Lord Ochu if I were you. IMO, not really worth
     This is where this challenge really gets different from the ress. Search
     every where and open all the Chests. You'll get some really good Spheres
     needed to mix in the future. When Yunas being captured, you'll encounter
     a Save Sphere, Save. Now you'll need up get Hi-Potions, about 50 of them
     to be safe. Hi-Potions are dropped by the only robots running around and
     attacking you, so they are common and the only ones you can encounter. You
     should use only Lulu Thunder attack. Its the fastest way to beat them.
     If you use Tidus and Wakka, you'll only be wasting your time. One Thunder
     to kill each robot, easy enough. For me, the author, I got 80 Hi-Potions
     just in case I did needed it for the future. Trust me, 50 is good enough.
     More if you like. Hi-Potions will be buyable and a common drop later on,
     but not before the battle you'll need it. So stock up on it, or you'll
     regret it later on, like I did.

    *Boss Battle* Oblitzerator
     Use Lulu's Fury Thunder to quickly activate the crane, if you don't have
     it, then just cast Thunder on the crane. Have Tidus and Kimahri use defend
     before that, just don't attack the boss yet. After Tidus has operated the
     crane sucessfully, then you can do whatever you want to it.
     After the battle, you can win the Blitzball Tournament or not. Doesn't
     matter. You your Overdrives for the upcoming battles. Use Wakka's Overdrive
     when you face against the pack of 4s, my advise.

     Auron will join your party shortly, a battle in the process as well. Have
     Wakka use Dark Attack, Auron use Power Break, and keep on attacking after
     that. More Storyline. Go back into Luca and sign up Wedge and Jumal into
     your blitzball team. Sign them up for 10 Games, no more no less. You can
     add more if you want, but that isn't needed. You can fire Keepa, since
     you do have Jamal now, fire Botta as well when you get the chance.
    Mi'ihen Road
     Open all the chests here. Run away from most battles, but there is two
     enemies I want you to use Lancet on. Dual Horn and Bomb, for Fire Breath
     and Self Destruct. Very important to get. Talk to people as well to get
     some common items. Start powering up your overdrives and don't use them.
     Proceed to the inn and save. Buy at least 10 Grenades and Maps. Also make
     sure that you have a good handful of phoenix downs, 30 should be good
     enough, you have the money right? Of course you do. Talk to Rin to get
     good items and then it's time to face the Chocobo Eater, Save before going.

    *Boss Battle* Chocobo Eater
     First, use your Aeon's Overdrives. I beated this guy with 3 Aeon Overdrives
     1 from Ifrit and 2 from Valefor. Valefor got two because it evaded two of
     the Boss' Punches. Finish it off with the rest of the party's overdrives.
     Save Self-Destruct for last and use phoenix downs whenever an ally is down.
     If that still doesn't work, use Sonic Wings and use Fire on Ifrit to get
     some more power out of the aeons.

     Now go back into the Inn and sign up Ropp as part of your blitzball team.
     Rent a chocobo and ride it to Mushroom Road Rock. Storyline...
    Mushroom Rock Road
     As you run to the command center, talk to peps to get some items. Open
     some Chests as well.

    *Boss Battle* Sinspawn Gui
     I took a different approach for this boss. Use the Aeon's Overdrive to take
     down the head. Auron uses Power Break. After that have Lulu and Kimahri use
     Fire and Lancet. You can use Auron to take down the arms and then attack,
     but I prepare just attacking the body head on.

     After this battle, there will be one of the same thing. Don't sweat it.
     Seymour can handle this one by himself anyways, just let him cast *aga
     spells on the body only. You don't worry have to worry too much about the
     head. Just use phoenix downs on fallen allies. Keep on using Lancet and
     sooner or later, you'll win. Long battle though. Storyline.
    Road to Djose Temple
     Talk to everyone thats in the path. Encounter a fiend called Basilisk and
     have Kimahri learn Stone Breath from it.
    Djose Temple
     Open all the chests nearby and get the chest from the temple as well. A
     whole bunch of storyline.
     On the way there, make sure to get all the chests and no need to fight the
     summoners battle. You won't need it. Save before riding the Shoopuff, then
     ride the shoopuff.

    *Boss Battle* Extractor
     This is the first real challenge in this game. He opens up with Aqua Shoot,
     which deals damage to one person. Use a potion to recover that guy and have
     the other one attack. He would start going up and charging for his next
     attack, so in the mean time attack twice. He uses his attack now and you're
     close to being dead if he uses that attack again. So for this turn, just
     have everyone recover with Hi-Potions, to get their full HP back.

     You have to keep on recovering yourself until a certain situation happens.
     You have to get 3 consecutive turns, plus one of your characters must get
     an overdrive. Use two of the turns to heal and the third one to use the
     overdrive. You need about 11 or 12 Overdrives to beat this guy. If you used
     a Overdrive, put on your next turn you didn't get two consecutive ones,
     then just use a mega-potion. For my battle against him, I used two of them.
     Both Tidus and Wakka's Overdrive do the same ammount of damage, relativly.
     Slice and Dice should be gotten in this battle. If not, make sure to get it
     after the battle by fighting fiends. About it doesn't make a lot difference
     if you get 2 or 3 Lighting Symbols in Wakka's Element Slots.
    Moonflow to Guadosalam
     Now go get Rikku. Mix 2 Power Spheres instead of the Bomb Core. There will
     be a couple of random battles here that have chests, steal from them to get
     Mega Potions. This will get you back the used Mega Potions in the Extractor
     battle, if you used any that is.
     Do the whole storyline first. Get the Lighting Marbels near the path to the
     Farplane. Now to replace any Nul Shock Armor needed in any other games, we
     must get First Strike on someone's weapon. I pick Rikku because I want some
     quick mixes before any boss does anything nasty. You could pick Yuna, but
     I decided to pick Rikku instead. For us to get First Strike on a weapon, we
     must get a Return Sphere. So Save your current game, go to the Save Sphere
     and go into Blitzball. In the League, try to get the Return Sphere as
     the 1st Prize or the Top Scorer's Prize. If you are lucky, you can maybe be
     able to get the Return Sphere as part of the tournment, so you won't need
     to play this many games. If that happens, just stick with which tourny
     requires less matches to get the prizes. Shoot with Tidus a lot, Jecht Shot
     it, and soon you'll win that Return Sphere. Give Rikku the Vanguard and
     proceed to the Thunder Plains.
    Thunder Plains
     Take advantage of Rikku's First Strike weapon and flee all the battles,
     Swap her for Tidus and Flee if needed. Race yourself to the Thunder Plains
     Inn and Save

     Now we must do some stealing for the upcoming battles.
     Item            Ammount     Stolen From
     Electro Marbles      25+     Aerouge and Gold Element
     Chocobo Feathers     10+     Cactuars
      (To let the Cactuars out, you must pray at least once to a cactuar stone)
     Silver Hourglass     10+     Rare Steal from the Dragons
     Light Curtains        5+     Iron Giant
     Lunar Curtains        5+     Larvae

     Try to open most of the chests as well in this area, I know it's gonna be a
     toughy. Oh well, none of the chests are really needed anyways.
    Macalania Forest
     Learn Aqua Breath from the Chimera. Sell off any equipments if you think
     you're short in cash. You don't really need neither actually. Get everyone
     into overdrive mode though, this is needed against the upcoming boss.

     Steal Ar

    *Boss Battle* Spherimorph
     For one, you don't need to heal, if you do you'll only have wasted a turn.
     Start with Rikku in your party to get 2 turns in the beginning. Make good
     use of her Mix. Attack once to find out the element than use her mix to
     opposite of that element. Use other elemental items as well, also use other
     elemental attacks as well, like Lulu's Magic, Aeons, and Kimarhi's Ronso
     Rage attacks.

     Storyline and Auron learns Shooting Stars. Head to the Macalania Inn and
     Save. Buy until you have 40+ Phoenix Downs. Go outside and steal at least
     8 Arctic Winds from the Ice Flans and at least 5 Sleeping Powder from the
     Snow Wolves. Get everyone's Overdrive full. Go back inside and save if
     you want.

    (NOTE) Due to the fact that the encounters of enemies increases Aeons'
      status. Here are my stats for the Aeons that I have so far. If you have
      anything less than these HP, I advise you to get into more random battles
      before you move on with the rest of this FAQ.
      Valefor - 1169
      Ifrit   - 1547
      Ixion   - 1545

    *Boss Battle* Crawler
     This battle is tough if you don't know what you're doing. Setup your
     party so that it is Rikku, Wakka, and Tidus. Have Rikku use a Chocobo
     Feather on herself. Then use Electro Marbles Negator on the Negator until
     it comes down. Swap Yuna in and summon Ixion, quickly use the Overdrive.
     After Ixion dies, have Rikku use her Mix Lighting Bolt. Then do the same
     thing for Ifrit. If ever an Aeon uses a Overdrive, but is not killed.
     Quickly heal them up because it takes a while for the Mana Beam to
     recharge. If you're truly skilled, you would use Shield more often and not
     attack it directly. If you did attack it directly, he would counter and
     your aeon would lose more than half it's full HP. Use your shield to charge
     up your Overdrive bar instead. I can actually beat this boss with
     2 Aeons and you could to, it doesn't take luck, it takes skills.

     If this boss is stupid enough to send out his Negator before he shoots
     with Mana Beam, then your in luck. Because you might get a shot at a
     second Aeon's Overdrive, like I did. If you find it hard to kill the
     Negator. Keep having Rikku throw Electro Marbles at Crawler, not Negator,
     to charge her Overdrive bar up, revive her and use Lighting Bolt again.
     Lightning Marble and Level 2 Key.

    *(NOTE: No Matter What! Don't use Yuna's Grand Summon)*
     (                      Don't use Kimarhi's Overdrive)
    Macalania Temple
     Storyline... and after that Save before entering in. This could be tricky,
     but I've done this a few times, to know the routes of this battle.

    *Boss Battle* Seymour and 2 Guado Guards
     You'll enter the battle with Yuna, Tidus, and Kimarhi, just perfect isn't
     it. First, have Tidus use Talk on Seymour to raise his attack. Then Swap
     Yuna for Rikku, she should get 2 turns now, throw a Silver Hourglass at
     them and then use a Chocobo Wing on Tidus to speed up the process.
     Hopefully Tidus won't be the next one killed after you've used this. On
     Kimarhi's turn, have him use Stone Breath to take the Guado Guards away.
     Next Seymour should cast a magic and kill one ally, hope it better not be
     Tidus. If it hit's Rikku, then good, he might as well fill her Overdrive
     Bar for this battle or the next battle. Have Tidus attacking Seymour and
     revive all fallen allies. Soon he'll summon Anima.

    *Boss Battle* Anima
     I'm not gonna give you the full details, but here is the full background
     of what I want you to do. Whoevers turn it is, Swap Yuna in and Grand
     Summon Shiva. Then her instantly unleash her Overdrive. It doesn't matter
     if Anima uses 1 or 2 Pains on her, she won't die. Just to let you know,
     her Blizzard heals ~500 and her Blizzara heals ~1000, keep this in mind.
     Now I want you to build up a second, healing in the process. If Anima's
     Overdrive bar is full, be smart and use shield, you better have at least
     400 though when she does this. When the coast is clear, meaning she has
     full HP and a full overdrive bar, unleash it again.

     Now heal up again. Use Shield when needed. One thing though, his Pain
     should be dealing ~500 so, you better know when to use shield and when to
     heal because you don't have enough MP to last this long in the battle, so
     use your MP wisely. Now for the last thing I want you do to with her. Have
     her refill her Overdrive one more time. As long as you get it, quickly
     dismiss her. Then have Yuna summon Ifrit and have him attack until all of
     Anima's HP is gone. Once Anima dies, Seymour will kill Ifrit. Hope when the
     party back and fight, that Yuna's turn will come up before Seymour's. If
     her turn doesn't, try to have Rikku use a Chocobo Feather on her. If this
     doesn't work, you can use Rikku's Mix Sleeping Powder + MP Sphere. If
     Yuna's turn does come before, have her summon Shiva agains and use the
     Overdrive to get an instant win. This is what I did BTW. She did like ~6100

     After the battle, it's time for you to do the Trials, make sure to get the
     chest though before you leave. After this, head outside and Save nearby
     Oaka. Flee from all encounters with the Guados and anyone else.

     Save at the next Save Point. If you don't have a Sleeping Powder, steal
     some from the wolves. Get Rikku and Shiva's Overdrive bar up

    *Boss Battle* Wendigo
     This battle should be easy enough. Have Rikku use Chaos Grende (MP Sphere
     and Sleeping Powder). Then Summon Shiva onto the field. Keep on using
     Heavenly Strike. Even when it wakes up, keep using it. Soon he'll throw a
     punch at Shiva. Since he's Blined during that punch it'll miss, but it'll
     refill Shiva's Overdrive the process. Use a 2nd Diamond Dust to end it.
    Bikanel Island
     The storyline will take place here later on. Gather everyone up in the
     process and head for Home.

    *Force Battle* Zu
     Just defend, until Auron and Lulu appears, than flee from battle
     Then everything after that, just flee all of them. Get Overdrive for Rikku,
     Kimarhi, and Auron.

     Also, I almost forgot, steal at least 25+ Smoke Bombs from the Birds
     around here. I used a lot in the future, but since I used up my batch, I
     hope you won't. There will be a Sandagora in your way, just use Auron's
     Shooting Star to Eject that bastard out of battle.
     Since I have not made up any strategy for this place, I will stick with
     the NSG's strat and summarize it here.

     Get Rikku's and Kimahri's Overdrive ready.
     Put Rikku in the party.
     Battle 1: Use Potatoe Masher (Map+Map)
      Have Rikku in the party, but not Kimarhi
     Battle 2: Swap Rikku for Kimarhi and use Stone Breath
      Save on the Save Point, Powerup Kimarhi's Overdrive by having both Rikku
      and Kimarhi in party. Have Rikku Escape and let Kimarhi powerup. Take
      Kimarhi out, Rikku in.
     Battle 3: Swap Kimarhi in and use Stone Breath.

    Pick up the Level 4 Key after battle and open all the chests, more storyline
    -Go talk to Rin and get those 99 Underdog Secrets
    -After the scence that talks about the fiends are on board, Save and
     encounter some bombs. Steal from them and get Bomb Core. They aren't really
     needed, but why not steal something new. Who might know, you may find it
     useful later on, I didn't though. Added Later: I did find some use for them
     Steal at least 8, more or less if you will.
    -If you are thinking about playing some blitzball anytime soon, for Dark
     Matters maybe, if you feel a little bit not too confident about this
     challenge. If so, you should add Nimrook onto your team. He is by far the
     greatest Goalie ever.
    -Overdrive Kimarhi, Auron, and Rikku. Then pick two out of Lulu, Wakka, and
     Tidus and Overdrive them as well; Needed for the boss fight.

    *Boss Battle* Ervae
     Well, for this battle, I decided to take a chance. I had Tidus and Lulu,
     and Rikku was using the Quartet of 9999, I didn't have the items needed for
     the Trio, so I used Underdog Secrets with a Level 3 Key instead. Start the
     battle with Smoke Bomb. Then use QO9999 and hope that it hits the person
     you want. For right now it doesn't really matter, just make sure that
     person isn't Rikku. No ways you could've obtain any elemental gems.
     (Added Later: Nevermind, I do have the items needed for TO9999, use a
      Underdog Secret with the Level 4 Key you got from Home)

    *Force Battles*
     #1 - With First Strike Rikku, throw 2 Smoke Bombs
     #2 - Have Rikku use a Chocobo Feather on her self.
          Use a Silver Hourglass on the Enemy
          Swap Rikku for Auron, use Shooting Star on the Robot
          Swap Tidus (aka Next Ally) for Rikku, use Sleeping Powder
          Than use a Sleepin Powder or Smoke Bomb
     #3 - Like before, two Smoke Bombs
     $4 - You could use the #2 Strats again, or something else like this.
          Chocobo Feather on Rikku, SIlver Hourglass on enemy
          Sleeping Powder on enemy, Bomb Core on Robot,
          Hopes Robot doesn't kill Rikku, Revive fallen ally if needed
          Keep on using Bomb Core on enemy, just 2 needed
     #5 - Chocobo Feather on Rikku, Throw Bomb Core at Robot,
          Get Kimarhi out and use Stone Breath, Use one more Bomb Core to end it

  Go to the Bevelle Temple and get the chest from there as well. More Storyline
  Make sure that you get the tressure chest on the left side of where you exit
  this place. You can use the Destruction Sphere and still not get the chest
    Via Purifco
     Walk forward and Save. Then keep on walking forward. You can escape from
     most battles here, except for the one called Maze Larvae. Don't touch any
     pads and keep on walking straight. Soon you'll meet up with Auron. Save.

    *Force Battles* Maze Larvae
     There are two ways to end this battle, I prefer you use 1. If not possible
     than use 2.
    1. If Yuna is alive, summon Bahamut and use Thunderaga for a instant win.
       Larvae might just kill Yuna if you don't get first attack. Use 2 then.
    2. Have Auron keep on using Hi-Potions on himself until he gets a full
       Overdrive. Then use a Shooting Star and eject it.

     And before facing Issaru, It will be best if you overdrive Valefor, Ifrit,
     and Shiva. At least that's what I did.

    *Summoners Battle* Issaru
    #1 Ifrit - Summon Valefor and Overdrive
    #2 Valefor - Summon Ifrit and Overdrive, unleash a second one as well. Use
                 Shield in the process as well and remember to heal.
    #3 Bahamut - Summon Shiva and Overdrive. Keep on using regular attacks when
                 he's counting down, Shield when his Overdrive is full, Heal
                 when Shiva has HP around 500. Two Overdrive should do it

     Now it's back to Tidus and Company. Save if you want and keep swimming
     foward. You'll face a boss that is extremly easy.

    *Boss Battle* Evrae Atlana
     In the first two battles scence, have everyone just use 'Open Lock.' Don't
     worry about who he kills or not, they'll be back from the next round
     anyways. On the third battle scence just have Rikku use 2 Phoenix Downs,
     and from what I see, this is a Overkill as well.
   Upper Bevelle aka High Bridge
    Walk to where Seymour is at. Save there as well. If you don't have enough
    Phoenix Downs, this is the time to stock up on some. Now you must decide
    before fighting Seymour. You must give either Tidus or Yuna the Iceproof.
    Like I said before, I choosed Tidus because he has a crappy weapon.
   (Added Later, I'm not sure if this helps or not, but if you are getting
    really pissed on this boss, I like to suggest giving Yuna's Weapon First
    Strike. Sooner or later, she'll get it anyways. So as a First Attack, you
    should use Bahamuts Overdrive to take away a total of 10000 away from Natae)

   *Boss Battle* Seymour Natux
    Well I'm just going to describe what you need to do beat this guy without
    First Strike. In the beginning, both bosses will attack everyone. Just hope
    that either Yuna or Kimarhi is alive when it's your turn, meanig you've two
    people to use. For my battle, Yuna and Tidus was alive. When you get your
    turn again, Tidus should be first. Swap him for Rikku, use a Chocobo Feather
    on herself. Swap Yuna for Tidus and change weapons, making his turns under
    Rikku's. Have Rikku use TO9999 or QO9999, I kinda chanced it and used QO
    instead. When it's Tidus' Turn, hoping that he got the QO, use Slice and
    Dice. Hope that 4 out of the 6 hits Seymour, if so this battles end. If
    not, read below to get some inspiration.

   (Copy and Paste, from the Message Boards)
    For my battle today, I only got 3 hits instead, but I can't believe that I
    could still win. After the Slice and Dice, Netus used Protect on himself
    and then the Crab like thingy killed Tidus, which meant Rikku was the only
    one left. Then I looked at the Turns Column and Rikku had two turns. OMFG!
    So I went to my laptop and read all the FAQ about what I should do, but
    sadly I didn't find any. But in your FAQ, Thundaka, he said that you used
    Dragon Scales and I wanted to revive Yuna and use her Bahamut Summon to
    finish him off. He only had 3200+ left. Then I sent like 20 minutes thinking
    what I should do.

#1: Revive Yuna and use Chocobo Feather on Yuna hoping that his turns will come
    out before the bosses

#2: Well, there isn't a second option, but the Dragon Scales.

    So I sticked with #1 and revive Yuna and then tried the Feather out, no
    use. So I then decided to use the Scales on him instead, I had no choice. It
    dealed like 1000+. Then the miralce happened. His partner used Cura on Netus
    and Netus used Break on Rikku and Yuna was left standing. I had Yuna summon
    Bahamut the battle was over. What a great Battle, ey?
   Calm Lands
    Not much to do here. Storyline/Talking. Don't do the summoner's battle yet.
    For one thing, you have a very low chance of beating them and the second
    thing is, it will hardly improve your future battles, for this time. But you
    should really try to get 3 or more chests in the Chocobo Race, they'll give
    you 30 Wings to Discovery. Use two of them in a mix to get TO9999. But I
    think'll be better if you mix Wings of Discovery with something else to get
    TO, it'll save you time to get more mixes, but you don't really need it.
    Overdrive Tidus, Lulu/Wakka, and Rikku. Have the Overdrive party up.

   *Boss Battle* Defender X
    Use a Chocobo Feather on Rikku, then use a Smoke Bomb on X. Then Mix a
    TO or QO of 9999. Doesn't matter who it lands on. Tidus can use Slice and
    Dice, Lulu can use Fury, and Rikku can keep on using Grenades or use a
    Elemental Gem.
    Mt. Gagazet

    *Boss Battle* Biran and Yenke
     This battle is very simple. Have cursor on memory, set Lancet on Birna.
     After that, keep on pressing X. Doesn't matter if you learn White Wind or
     not, it's not used in this battle anyways. Use Aqua Breath to damage them,
     but when Biran uses Mighty Guard, start using Jump after that.
    Mt. Gagazet Trails
     Well, it's that time again. Another hard boss up ahead. This is strategy,
     but most of it base on luck. This, IMO, is one of the hardest battle in
     this challenge, not strategy wise, but time wise. If you lose once you
     have to watch all that talking over again. Nevermind, I just tested this
     battle out. It's not hard at all. Apparently Lulu's Fury attack didn't
     reflect back. So Overdrive Lulu, Tidus, and Rikku. Give First Strike to
     Yuna and Wakka's Weapon as well. Have Rikku, Yuna, and Wakka in your first
     slots. I know for a fact that the last battle with Biran made them drop
     Return Spheres, 2 of them.

    *Boss Battle* Seymour Flux
     Have Rikku change weapons to get her to the bottom of the turns. Swap
     Wakka and Yuna for Lulu and Tidus, and have them change their weapons as
     well to lower their turns under Rikku. Now have Rikku use TO9999. Now the
     rest of this is based on luck, and when I tested this out, I was rather
     lucky. Remember the whole battle rests on the next two moves that you do.
     Have Tidus use Slice and Dice. On my test, 5 of the 6 hits made it to
     Seymour. Seymour would then cast Protect and Reflect on himself, but that
     doesn't matter. Now have Lulu cast Fury and hope you get 8 like I did.
     With luck, Seymour would be dead and it's time to move on even further.

     Do the whole thing with Tidus, Rikku, and Wakka. After that it's about time
     to face the next boss. Need to Save, just in case anything happens.

    *Boss Battle* Sanctuary Keeper
     Easy. Rikkus Change weapons, Swap one of the First Strike people for Tidus,
     have him change weapon as well. Rikku uses QO or TO of 9999 and Tidus uses
     Slice and Dice, end of that battle.
    Yevon Dome
     Charge up Tidus, Lulu, and Rikku's Overdrive. After that, flee from all
     battles. Complete the Trial and you can't get the tressure from this place
     until after you get the Airship. Save before approaching Yunalesca

    *Boss Battle*
     Easy as well, with strategy though.
     Form #1 - Have Rikku use TO 9999, Tidus and Lulu Cures. Use Grenades or
               Elemental Gems on him. Heal everyone up with Hi-Potions or Mega-
               Potions, before killing this form. Try to give Tidus a Chocobo
               Feather as well. So he can have the first attack against the
               next form.
     Form #2 - Boss attacks party, not killing them, but turning them into
               Zombies. Have Tidus use Slice and Dice.
     Form #3 - Boss casts Mega Death, it doesn't effect your party. Have Lulu
               use Fury, aim for 7. Having 6 won't kill her, meaning Slice
               and Dice won't kill her.

     Exit this place and the Airship will come
     Storyline and a lot of talking. When you get the chance, go back to the
     Zanardkin/Yevon Dome and get that last tressure chest, so that you can get
     Anima now. Go to the Baaj Temple, find it yourself

    *Optional Boss* Geosgaeno
     Have Rikku use TO or QO of 9999. Rikku use Gems, Tidus use Slice and Dice,
     and Wakka use Attack Reels. I didn't have Attack Reels, so just have him
     attack. I had to restart over.

     Go inside and get Anima from the Fayth.

     Next goto the Remiem Temple in the Calm Lands. Now battle Belgemine's Aeons
     Fight all of them, but you won't fight Anima because you didn't get
     Yojimbo, not needed anyways. You only need to fight up to Shiva. You may
     fight Bahamut as well, but it isn't needed. The Aeons that give the best
     items are, 1st time only:

     Ifrit = 30x X-Potions         = Aeon Learns Cura
     Ixion = 10x Chocobo Feathers  = Aeon Learns Haste
     Shiva = 60x Mega-Potions      = Aeon Learns Curaga

     Let Anima Learn all of these spells. As you probably know know, Anima will
     now play a great part against BFA. Cura is optinal, since you have Curaga.

     Now do a little checkup on Anima. If Anima have a HP Max of 5090, then
     perfect. If not, that means you gotten into less than 600 Battles. Worry
     not, there are some battles that I want you do to, it's for stealing items.
     Even if you reach 5090, I would like you to increase that even more. I
     made her HP to be about 6090, just so that I can have more free room to
     deal damage with Pain. If you want to go to the same direction like I went
     Then keep on fighting Ixion to get 8 Power Spheres. IMO, this is the best
     way to get Power Spheres fast. It only took me half a hour to reach my
     goal. Oh, just keep on casting Pain on Ixion, you won't die.

     PS. You could also increase Anima's Defense, Agility, and MP as well.

     Go to the Thunder Plains and Steal up to 6 Light Curtains for Protect
     Steal up to 4 Silver Hourglasses for Slow.
     Go to the Calm Lands and Steal up to 10 Mana Springs from the Coerl for
     Teach these to Anima as well and now we are almost done with teaching Anima
     Also for consideration: Focus, Luck, Cheer, Reflex
     Now it's time that we face sin. Set all the First Strikers in the front
     line. Overdrive for Tidus, Rikku, and Lulu.

    *Boss Battle* Sin's Left and Right Fin
     There both the same, so we use the same strategy. Summon Anima and keep on
     using Pain. After 10 shots at each arm, the battle is over. Heal with Cura
     or Curaga if you get anywhere around 1000 HP.

    *Boss Battle* Sinspawn Genais
     Have Rikku change weapons. Swap the next person for Tidus, change weapons.
     Swap the next person for Lulu, change weapons. Rikku now uses TO9999. Tidus
     uses Slice and Dice, enemy dead. Now for the Core. Have Lulu use Fury up
     to a minimum 4 Times.

     Now lets prepare for the last battle. Overdrive Rikku, Wakka and Lulu.
     Make sure you have a few Elemental Gems. Fire Gems are easy to find in
     Mt. Gagazet Trails, steal from the bombs. A Chocobo Feather or Wing is
     would be nice, but isn't necessary. First Striker in the front as always

    *Boss Battle* Sin
     Have Rikku change weapons. Swap Yuna for Lulu, change weapons. Wakka change
     weapons. Then have Rikku use TO9999. Wakka use Attack Reels or just do a
     regular attack and have Lulu use Fury. If still not finished, have Rikku
     use the Elemetal Gems. Easy battle, ain't it?
    Inside Sin
     Flee from all battles until you reach the next boss, aka Last Seymour. Do
     try to Save before fighting him though. Overdrive for Rikku, Lulu, and
     maybe Wakka if needed. First Strikers in the front again.

    *Boss Battle* Seymour Omnis
     Have Rikku change weapons. Swap Yuna for Lulu, change weapons and have
     Wakka change weapons as well. Have Rikku use TO9999. Wakka use Attack Reels
     and Lulu use Fury, but remember not to select Fire, as that would only heal
     him, rather than kill him.

     Now it's about time to face BFA. If you haven't taught Anima the mentioned
     spells/abilities listed above, do now. If you already did proceed on. Do
     Save before fighting BFA.

     My Anima's Stats, I may have added a lot to his stats, I'm not sure.
     HP         6090          MP             130
     Strength     65          Defense         75
     Magic        67          Magic Defense   69
     Agility      30          Luck            17
     Evasion      44          Accuracy        20

                     Pray (Not needed)
                     Doublecast (Not needed)

                    White Magic

                    Black Magic   (Added Only)

    *Last Boss* Braska's Final Aeon 1st Form
     Since, Yuna's the only one with a First Strike weapon on her, we will
     indeed make good use of it. Your opening party will be Tidus, Yuna, and
     Auron; You can't change this fact. So I'll just make this as simple as
     possible, later I'll explain what I've tried before or attempted to do so.
     Just Summon Anima and you'll win this battle easily, but this won't be
     short battle.

     Once Anima is out, have it cast Protect on himself first. Then cast Haste,
     followed by Cura/Curaga, if you think your HP is low.

     Now, there is one thing you have to do first. You have to slow down each
     the stupid Pagodas . You'll have to cast it on them. It might say miss
     though, but after a few tries it'll work.

     Curaga will fill up your Anima's HP all the way, even at 6090 HP.

     BFA's Jecht Bomber will do about 2300 when you don't shield, so do try to
     try to remember to shield if you think he'll unleash it during his turn.
     But Since I have 6090 HP, I can take like 2 of these and I'm still ok.

     The Pagados can't really do anything to you, but the problems is that they
     keep on healing BFA, that's the reason why we must slow them down. If not,
     Anima's Pain won't be effective in this battle.

     BFA's hand/wind pushing attack really works against Anima, it will delay
     his turns, but it helps you rather than hurt you. This will give you the
     advantage or chance of using Pain on him. Using Pain does take a long time
     to recover you know.

     Before kiling off the 1st form, I advise you do use Cheer, Luck, Focus, and
     Reflex a total of 5 times each. This will make his attacks do less damage
     and you'll increase your dealing damage by 3000, which totals 14000~ from
     my battle. By doing this, this will also increase the numbers of turns you
     can get in a row.

     If your low on MP, use Osmose on the Pagodas. They have unlimited ammounts
     of MP for your convience. And when you're using Osmose, you can get a turn
     very quickly.

     Here are some numbers:
     At 5 Cheers and Shield
     Jecht Bombs does about ~400 - ~500
     Other attacks ranges from 100 - 300
    *Last Boss* Braska's Final Aeon 2nd Form
     His Sword Swipe acts like a delay attack, so does his hand slam/push.

     His Sword Swipe can miss a lot, if you have used Relex in this battle or
     last form. It does about 700 with Shield and many Cheers, same with other
     attacks as well.

     When you have used Reflex many times, still use Pain even if it saids BFA
     has two attacks after you've used Pain. His attacks will miss or be very
     weak. But still try to use Shield right before Jecht Bomb though. Sometimes
     it's best to chance it, espically when you have full HP.

     When BFA has 20,000 Hp or less, use Oblivion to end this battle.

     Congratz! You've just completed one of the funniest Challenges for FFX!
       Ever! Ever!

   With this strategy, I've beaten BFA twice. Once for the record books, the
   second time to write this FAQ. I'm playing this guy as I'm writing this
   part write now.

   The rest of the game, like some other NSG author said before, I won't go
   into details. You know why? I figured out why, while I'm typing this.
   You Can't Die! Ever! You always have Auto-Life on your peoples. Even if
   they do die, the Auto-Life will still be there.

   Now listen to this, I'm going to describe it the best I can. With a lot of
   luck, you can get BFA 2nd Form's HP down to 50,000 left. I did this before
   and believe that someone can actually beat him. I, on the other hand, have
   decided not to test this out. This is meaning, beat him without depending
   so much on aeons, like Anima. Read more for the facts and figured.

  *NSGIE on BFA without Depending on Aeons*
   With Yuna's First Strike Weapon, I can make the first 10 moves without
   making anything different. The rest will be determines by your luck.

   First Swap Rikku for Yuna, and Use Chocobo Wing
   Then Swap back Yuna and Summon Anima. Let him be killed by Jecht Bomber
   Then it should be Tidus' Turn now. Use Talk
   Auron's Turn, Swap for Lulu. Have Lulu change weapons
   Swap Yuna for Rikku. Use TO9999
   Have Lulu use Fury, if your lucky, BFA should have 7,000~ left
   Swap Tidus for Yuna, and summon Bahamut and Overdrive it.
   Again on luck, Bahamut will evade most attacks, until the Jecht Bomber
   After Bahamut is killed, Jecht will use Jecht Beam on one person.
   If he doesn't use Jecht Beam, and decided to use Sword Swipe, then
    your dead.
   The rest of this is determines by luck. If 2 of the guys are still alive,
   this is what you must do. Swap this one for Tidus and Use Blitz Ace. This
   will knock BFA's HP to 30,000~ left. Then BFA kills Tidus leaving Rikku left.
   This is where I was at. Rikku was still alive and since she had the 9999 on
   her, and if she used an Elemental Gem, I would be really close of beating
   him. But even if I did, he would have a couple of HPs left and another thing,
   when Rikku was the only one left, antoher Pagoda was back up. Dare to try
   this out?

               Game Challenges Done by Author

Not to brag about my accomplishments or anything. These are the challenges
 I've done when I've started to become a true gamer. And I've also listed some
 of the challenges that I'm wanted to do and complete.

 Final Fantasy IX:   Level One Game
                     No Equipment Game
                     Excalibur II
                     Perfect Save Without Maxing Stats

 Final Fantasy VIII: No Junction Game
                     ODINS Challenge (One Day In No Saves)
                     Perfect Game (Maxing out every stats, except for Speed
                                   and Luck)

 Final Fantasy VII:  Initial Equipment with No Materia Challenge
                     Perfect Game (With Best Materia Combo for everyone,
                                  missing one KOTR though, until I have 8 KOTR)
                     Lowest Average Level Game (LAL)
                     Lowest Level Party Game (LLP)
                     Speed Run (Bottom of Crater at 9:47)

 Final Fantasy X:    Perfect Game

 Super Marino RPG:   ODINS (One Days In No Saves)
                     Perfect Game

 Zelda OOT:          Perfect Game

Other Challenge I hope I can complete in the future:

 Final Fantasy X:    NSGNCNONS
                     ODINS (One Days In No Saves)

 Final Fantasy X-2:  Six Iron Dukes (I got 5 so far, working on 6)
                     Level One, One, Two Game

 Final Fantasy IX:   Attack and Item Only Game
                     ODINS (One Day In No Saves)

 Zelda OOT:          Three Hearts, No Death, Minimum Requirements Game
                     ODINS (One Days In No Saves)

 Zeld MM:            Three Days Game (Even better than ODINS)

 Super Mario RPG:    Level Three Game

 Starcraft:          Get over 1000 wins (Currently have 700s)

 If you don't know what ODINS is, it stands for 'One days in No Saves.' Also
 known as a No Save Game, except that you have to beat it within 24 hours. The
 concept of a No Save game doesn't really explain it's true meaning. You can
 just leave the system on and go to sleep and by tomorrow you can play it some
 more. That isn't a real challenge. ODINS give you the full name that you
 should do it. It's a very enduranced base challenge. You must know the game
 very well and you must not sleep throughout the whole process, even if you're
 using a automatic turbofire controller.

    This section if for all the credits I want to give out. They've said or have
    given me knowledge about this game, but for this FAQ. I won't say what they
    have been advice on. Only their names are listed. I'm doing this because
    I've never been good at crediting people in my FAQ anyways. I always make
    people flame on me. Like for the one I did on FFVII, O well. I hope they

    This will now be listed accordingly to whoever posted on my topic first
    and the rest will be credited to inspiration alone, nevermind I'll just mix
    it for god sakes.

    juarezmj (aka Ultra Spark)
    Dark Locke
    rake handle weilder
    Ah The 2nd
    CJayC of Gamefaqs

    Last, but not least, KADFC the author of this FAQ. Well that raps it up!
    Hope no one is dissapointed on this FAQ. I did type it up in 3 days BTW.