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    1) Frequently Asked Questions
       a) How long is this game?
       b) How do I make money?
       c) How do I get Virus Core [LETTER]?
       d) How do I proceed with the game (at any point in the game)?
       e) What's a good place to level up?
       f) I got this thing called a Ryu Book.  What does it do?
       g) What's with this "All Portals Clear" message?
       h) How do I beat the dungeon that Mia invites me to?
       i) How do I beat the dungeon that Elk invites me to?
       j) How come I can't restore Piros from the Love Potion?
       k) Time Armor; Chronicling Pagan Sunny Demon; why don't I have Pagan?
       l) How do I defeat Skeith?
       m) What can I do once I beat Skeith, before transferring to MUTATION?
       n) How do I defeat the Parasite Dragon?
       o) How do I defeat Martina?
       p) How do I find the rare elemental items?
       q) How do I raise a Grunty?
       r) How do I find the Grunty Foods?
       s) What's the best weapon for Kite?
       t) What's the best equipment for everyone?
       u) And where do I get that equipment?
       v) Where do I find Grandpa/Monsieur?
       w) What does the Ice Bar do?
       x) What's the purpose of the Book of Iron and Book of Law?
       y) Can I get Aromatic Grass?  What does it do?
       z) What does the Affection rating do?
       aa) How do I raise my party member's cash flow?
       bb) Can I get stuff back from my party members when I give them stuff?
       cc) What are the OVA (LIMINALITY) keywords?
       dd) Any hints on playing the game as I go through it?
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    3) Credits
    
    
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    ***
    a) How long is this game?
    ***
    
    Yes, many people have asked this question on the boards.  I put this question
    first because it's for potential buyers.  Anyways, the answer to this
    question is... as long as you want. :P
    
    Story-wise, you could blast through the game in 10-15 hours.  With all the
    extra stuff you could do, it'd probably take around 45-60 hours total
    (without breaking a sweat).  Overall, you could have an infinite number of
    hours.  Yeah, you heard me right.  Infinite.  Why?
    
    This game's basis is an MMORPG-type game.  (MMOPRG = Massively Multiplayer
    Online Role Playing Game)  Even though it's an MMORPG-type game, it's
    completely offline (a simulation, if you would call it that).  Anyways, in
    this game, you could literally spend hundreds of hours going into the tens of
    thousands of different areas in the game.  Each area takes an average of a
    half-hour to complete.  Now you may not do every area in the game (it's near
    impossible) but it does increase the replayability.  This does lead to a long
    game.
    
    ***
    b) How do I make money?
    ***
    
    Sell stuff.  Easy enough?  :P
    
    Basically, you can sell all the worthless equipment and scrolls you get from
    the areas you go to.  This is the easiest way to make money.  Here's a tip
    for when you start the game: buy as many of the items with a ! in front.
    First, buy a couple Sprite Ocarinas.  Then, buy a few more Fairy's Orbs.
    Then, try to buy 95 Fortune Wires.  As the game progresses, keep the number
    of Fortune Wires up, as you go along and buy a ton of Fairy's Orbs and Sprite
    Ocarinas.  Try to get 99 of each, so you don't have to worry about buying
    them anymore (at least for a while).  You won't find these items anywhere in
    any dungeon (with the exception of a Sprite Ocarina in the newbie area
    mentioned on the Board).  Therefore, buy as many as you can.  You won't ever
    have to dump one that you would find because you got more than 99 of the
    item.  Therefore, you won't have wasted money. :D  Just make sure you keep 95
    Fortune Wires, though, because if you open a Risky Treasure box, you'll get a
    Fortune Wire instead of the item inside the box.  D'oh! :(
    
    ***
    c) How do I get Virus Core [LETTER]?
    ***
    
    First of all, read Helba's e-mail.  If you're asking this question, you
    definitely have this e-mail.  Anyways, there are three main types of Virus
    Cores.  You get them from Data Draining the normal monsters found throughout
    the game.  Here's a quick list:
    
    Virus Core A: Given by small monsters
    Virus Core B: Given by medium-sized monsters
    Virus Core C: Given by extremely large monsters
    
    Now, to expand on the actual sizes of the monsters, look at their basic
    height or appearance patterns.  If they are a humanoid shape or shorter than
    Kite, they will most likely give you a Virus Core A.  If they are larger than
    that, but appear in groups, they probably give you a Virus Core B.  If they
    are gigantic and always appear alone, they should give you Virus Core C.
    I'll leave it to you to find the keywords to areas with these kinds of
    monsters.
    
    Now in order to get Virus Cores, you need to first Protect Break the monsters
    (hit it with either attacks of magic) and then use the Data Drain skill.
    Getting the actual core is a chance of luck.  However, you have a better
    chance of getting a Virus Core if your Infection rating is low.  (ex. Look at
    the picture of Kite on the Data Drain skill menu.  If the picture is blue or
    green, the infection rate is low.)
    
    All other Virus Cores are obtained via bosses (ex. Data Bug monsters) and in
    cut-scenes.
    
    ***
    d) How do I proceed with the game (at any point in the game)?
    ***
    
    There is almost always a sure-fire pattern on how to proceed with the story.
    Usually, you beat an area and have to figure out where to go next, right?
    Well there's a real simple way to find out.
    
    When you finish an area, take a look on the Board.  Check all the NEW posts,
    if there are any.  If there aren't any NEW posts, check your e-mail.  Keep
    going back and forth between your mailer and the board until nothing is NEW.
    You SHOULD get a keyword somewhere along the way.  If not, try switching
    between servers.  You SHOULD get a sequence when you switch.  If all else
    fails, try raising your party members' Affection.  The best way to raise
    Affection is to give your party members useless scrolls (except for a Speed
    Charm).  Refer to questions f and y for more information on Affection.
    
    ***
    e) What's a good place to level up?
    ***
    
    Ah, yes.  Many people ask this question.  It's the age-old "I'M GETTING
    KILLED EVERYWHERE I GO!!!!  Uh, where can I level up?" :P
    
    The best way to level up is to first get three party members.  You SHOULD
    have three party members by now, because the enemies in the beginning aren't
    hard if you do some fighting in the storyline dungeons.  Otherwise, try
    various keywords with "Delta: Bursting Passed Over ______" and a random part
    C keyword until you get a level 1 area.
    
    Anyways, get three party members. :P  You'll get a third party member as the
    story progresses.  Then, put them all in your party and go to an area that
    has a level that's equal to Kite's level.  You COULD go to a level that's
    slightly higher, as well.  That way, you can get a little more experience
    without many more chances of dying.
    
    Also, stock up on some Fairy's Orbs.  Use a Fairy's Orb in the field and on
    every floor of the dungeon.  Clear all the portals on the field and on all of
    the floors of the dungeon and you'll get an "All Portals Clear" message.
    What does this do?  Check out the next two questions for details.
    
    ***
    f) I got this thing called a Ryu Book.  What does it do?
    ***
    
    Ah, the Ryu Books....  Not many newbies know about these books as they are
    starting a new game.  Basically, to get a Ryu Books, you need to Data Drain
    10 enemies in order to get a book.  You can get the 10 at any time, simply
    because the game keeps track of how many times you've Data Drained (even if
    you exit an area).  There are a maximum of 8 books, so you need to Data Drain
    80 times throughout the game to get all of the Ryu Books.
    
    Now what do they do?  They basically keep track of all the little things you
    do.  What's their purpose?  When you raise the numbers in the Ryu Books, you
    get desktop items.  You'll get music, wallpapers, and movies that contain the
    cinema scenes you watch throughout the games.  You don't get to watch them
    until you beat the game, though. :(
    
    Here's a quick list.  I won't detail the items you get or the amount of each
    you have to get to get the bonuses; that's for another FAQ:
    
    Ryu Book I:
    How many areas you've visited
    How many hours you have played
    
    Ryu Book II:
    How many portals you have opened
    How many times you've cleared a field of all its portals
    How many times you've cleared a dungeon of all its portals
    
    Ryu Book III:
    How many trades you made with other players
    What players you've met
    How many trades you've made with each player
    
    Ryu Book IV:
    How many different monsters you killed
    What type of monsters you have killed
    How many of each monster you've killed
    
    Ryu Book V:
    The monetary value of gifts you've given you your party members
    What party members you have
    How much money in gifts you've given to each party member
    How much time each party member has been in your party
    The Affection rating of each party member
    
    Ryu Book VI:
    How many treasure boxes you've opened
    How many boxes/crates/skeletons/eggs/urns you've broken
    How many Gott treasure boxes you've opened
    
    Ryu Book VII:
    How many encounters with Monsieur you've had
    How many encounters with Grandpa you've had
    How many symbols you've activated
    
    Ryu Book VIII:
    What types of Grunties you've raised
    How many of each type of Grunty you've raised
    How many Grunty Foods you've found overall
    What types of Grunty Foods you've found
    How many of each Grunty Food you've found
    
    ***
    g) What's with this "All Portals Clear" message?
    ***
    
    This is actually a very common question.  Many people get this message, but
    don't know the meaning behind it.  Basically, it's meant for the Ryu Books.
    In order to complete the Ryu Books, you need to get a lot of these over the
    course of the games.  Also, there's one other reason: if gives you a lot of
    EXP.  Kill everything that come out of the portals, and you'll have more EXP
    than if you didn't kill everything.  Yup, that's all there is to it. :)
    
    ***
    h) How do I beat the dungeon that Mia invites me to?
    ***
    
    This is also another common question.  Many people get killed when going solo
    in this dungeon.  There's a real simple solution: level up.  Go to a slightly
    higher level until you get until around level 9.  This should make things
    easier.  Also, there's a regular character named Koji.  Trade with him for
    the Raitei Twin Blade weapon, and you should deal a lot more damage.  Also,
    bring along a lot of Health Drinks.  They'll save you from death.  Still need
    help?  Keep looking at the trade items of the regular characters until you
    find a Next Necklace.  This head gear will be the best equipment for Kite
    until you get a Thunder Torque at the end of the game.  Also, trade for other
    goods, like the level 21-23 Fire Elemental equipment.  This should give you
    the defense you need for the dungeon.
    
    ***
    i) How do I beat the dungeon that Elk invites me to?
    ***
    
    First, see question e for leveling up.  You'll want to have a high level
    before you tackle this dungeon.  Second, get a lot of Mage's Souls.  10
    should do the trick.  Third, get at least one magic attack spell, preferably
    a Tornado-type spell (ex. ____ Rom).  Fourth, head for the area.
    
    Now, if you're at a high level, you should have no problem getting through
    the dungeon. It's the boss that is the hard part.  It's a Killer Snaker Data
    Bug.  The best way to tackle him is to cast magic like crazy.  Issue
    "Skills!" to Elk, since he is your only party member.  Kite should head in
    next to the Killer Snaker.  That way, Elk can provide some damage while not
    getting hit.  You see, the reason you need magic is that magic is the best
    type of skill to Protect Break the boss.  If you just attacked, it might take
    a while.  So cast tons of spells while you keep your HP up.
    
    ***
    j) How come I can't restore Piros from the Love Potion?
    ***
    
    Actually, I want to get something off my chest.  The Piros dungeon is NOT a
    side-quest dungeon.  It's a main storyline dungeon that you HAVE to go
    through.  With that said, follow along.
    
    Let it be known that you weren't looking hard enough.  There is a potion on
    each floor of the dungeon.  You have to search almost the entire dungeon and
    open every treasure chest until you find all of the potions.  To help you
    out, use a Fairy's Orb and go to every room that has a blue dot in it.  The
    blue dots are the treasure chests found on that floor.  Go to every blue dot
    until you get all of the remedies.
    
    ***
    k) Time Armor; Chronicling Pagan Sunny Demon; why don't I have Pagan?
    ***
    
    You don't have Pagan because you aren't far enough into the game. :P
    
    If you've got the strategy guide, it says that Pagan is available at the
    start of the game.  Well, it isn't.  It's an error in the guide.  Near the
    end of the game, you'll go to an area where you need to find someone called
    Linda.  Once you get the keywords to that area, you will have the word Pagan
    as a part B keyword.  Then you can go to the best area known for getting the
    Time Armor.
    
    ***
    l) How do I defeat Skeith?
    ***
    
    Ah, yes, the infamous Skeith.  He's probably the hardest boss in the entire
    series, simply because you aren't prepared for him.  I mean, the last area
    you were in was around level 23, and now you have to fight a boss in a level
    28 area?  Well, I guess it's time to do some leveling up. :P
    
    But still, even if your level is high, you'll still have trouble.  So here's
    a known strategy that works: play the healer.  What you want to do is bring
    along at least 50+ Resurrects, 80+ Health Drinks and several Mage's Souls.
    Issue the Skills command to your party members and let them hack away at
    Skeith.  Heal them and stay away from Skeith.  It helps to have a few Speed
    Charms or the Ap Do spell (found on the Time Armor).
    
    Keep away from Skeith and heal your party members when they get hit.  If you
    want to make the battle go quicker, every time Skeith does his ground pound
    move, wait for the damage to be done, and move in with a skill.  Any skill
    will do, even the Stacatto-type moves.  While you're sitting there hitting
    him, he'll probable move to another part of the arena, but you'll still do
    damage.
    
    As for equipment, DON'T equip the fire-type armor.  You'll be weak against
    his Judgement attack, which is water based.  Otherwise, anything else will
    work.  Just keep your HP high and stay back while your party members attack
    him.  Don't forget to Data Drain him when he Protect Breaks. ;)
    
    ***
    m) What can I do once I beat Skeith, before transferring to MUTATION?
    ***
    
    Explore. :P
    
    Well, if you read your e-mail and checked the board, you should have some
    bonus areas.  One area would be the area where you fight the Parasite Dragon.
    There other area would be the last fight with a Goblin King, Martina.  Both
    are covered in the next two sections.
    
    Another thing you can do is visit the LIMINALITY bonus dungeons.  To find
    these, watch the LIMINALITY disc with the subtitles turned on.  During
    various points in the anime, keywords will flash by, almost too quickly too
    catch.  I put the keywords down at the bottom of this FAQ, in their own
    separate section, in question cc.
    
    One last thing that is a key point is to trade with the other players for the
    rare stat boosting items.  To do this, you'll need a LOT of elemental
    boosting items.  Take note, that once you transfer over to MUTATION, the
    players will reset their stock, making it so you can't get the stat boosting
    items from INFECTION.  How do you get these items?  Refer to question p.
    
    Another thing that you might want to do is get 99 of every Grunty Food and
    raise all three Grunties.  This is covered in-depth in question r.
    
    ***
    n) How do I defeat the Parasite Dragon?
    ***
    
    Again, like Skeith, have Kite play the healer.  Let your party members whack
    at Parasite Dragon until he Protect Breaks.  Then, Data Drain him for a rare
    Twin Blade weapon, the Hyakkidouran.  Don't kill him normally, because he
    gives minimal EXP.  Another thing you'll want to do is bring attackers and
    not Wavemasters.  He has a Magical Tolerance, so Wavermasters are only good
    for healing.
    
    ***
    o) How do I defeat Martina?
    ***
    
    Yup, the last Goblin King is the worst out of the bunch.  And it's a SHE, by
    the way.  MARTINA IS A GIRL; many people think she's male.  So in order to
    kill HER, you need a strategy.  I actually recommend doing the Time Armor and
    Parasite Dragon quests first.  Why do these?  I actually recommend using the
    Hyakkidouran, despite the -15 accuracy stat.  Also, equip the Time Sandals,
    simply because they are the best footwear you'll have for a looooonnng time.
    (They served me well all throughout MUTATION and most of OUTBREAK.)  Also,
    get a TON of Mage's Souls (at least 25, just to be safe).
    
    At the start of battle, cast Ap Do.  You'll get this with the Time Sandals.
    The battle can go two ways from here.  If Martina casts the regeneration
    spell (Rig Gaem), follow her around for about a minute or two.  DON'T attack.
    When you think that Ap Do is getting close to wearing out, cast it again.
    Soon, Rig Gaem will wear out and you start your assault.  Keep casting Flame
    Dance until she dies.  You'll probably use up a ton of Mage's Souls in the
    process, but you'll still be able to kill her.  It's a strategy that works;
    I've done it several times.
    
    Anyways, if Martina doesn't cast Rig Gaem, just cast Flame Dance repeatedly.
    You SHOULD have Ap Do cast at this time.  Anyways, follow the strategy above,
    and you should do fine.
    
    ***
    p) How do I find the rare elemental items?
    ***
    
    Well, the question isn't quite "how," but "where."  I have included a
    compiled list from Sun Quan's topic on the message board.  Credit goes to Sun
    Quan et al.
    
    Burning Oil: (These are incredibly easy to find.)
    Delta: Hideous Destroyerís Far Thunder
    Delta: Discovered Primitive Touchstone
    
    Cooked Bile: (Not easy to find at all.)
    Delta?: Expansive Talisman Paradise
    Delta: Beautiful Organ Markey Sunny Demon
    Theta: Cursed Despaired Paradise (Just one room, but the dungeonís tiny)
    Delta: Silent Talisman Pilgrimage
    
    Holy Sap: (Another easy one.)
    Delta: Plenteous Smiling Hypha
    Delta: Hideous Organ Market Scaffold (Rooms with twelve jars abound here)
    Delta: Putrid Hot Blooded Scaffold
    Theta: Collapsed Despaired Hypha
    
    Pure Water:
    Theta: Quiet Eternal White Devil
    Theta: Voluptuous Eternal Scaffold
    
    Sports Drink:
    Delta: Bursting Passed Over Twin Hills (One room in the lower right end of
    the dungeon)
    Delta: Noisy Orange March
    Theta: Bursting Passed Over Twin Hills
    Delta: Bursting Forbidden Twin Hills
    Theta: Raging Orange Sunny Demon
    Theta: Noisy Distant Remnant
    Theta: Chosen Hopeless Twin Hills
    
    Well Water:
    Delta: Indiscreet Gluttonous Pilgrimage
    Delta: Dog Dancing Forbidden Scent
    Theta: Dog Dancing Passionate Tri Pansy
    Theta: Chosen Hopeless Nothingness
    
    ***
    q) How do I raise a Grunty?
    ***
    
    The typical way to raise a Grunty is to fist get several different Grunty
    Foods and many of each.  Then, when you get to Theta Server, find the Grunty
    stable and feed the baby Grunty what it wants.  If you get it right, you'll
    probably get an Iron Grunty.  If you mess up a couple times, you'll get a
    Poison Grunty.  If you totally ignore what he wants, you'll probably get the
    horrid Noble Grunty.  Once you raise the three different kinds of Grunties,
    you can't raise any more.  Now, here's a list of formulas for getting each
    Grunty, if you don't want to do what was mentioned above:
    
    IRON GRUNTY FORMULAS:
    
    1. 4 Piney Apples, 3 Snaky Cactuses, 12 Golden Eggs
    
    2. 5 Cordycepses, 1 Grunt Mints, 2 La Pumpkins, 2 Mandragoras, 5 Immature
    Eggs, 5 Invisible Eggs
    
    3. 2 Grunt Mints, 4 Mandragoras, 1 Mushrooms, 7 Oh No Melons, 5 White
    Cherries, 6 Immature Eggs
    
    4. 4 Grunt Mints, 5 La Pumpkins, 5 Mandragoras, 2 Mushrooms, 7 Oh No Melons,
    7 White Cherries
    
    POISON GRUNTY FORMULAS:
    
    1. 1 Cordycepses, 1 White Cherries, 7 Immature Eggs, 7 Invisible Eggs
    
    2. 4 Piney Apples, 3 Snaky Cactuses, 11 Golden Eggs, 1 Immature Eggs
    
    3. 2 Grunt Mints, 5 Mandragoras, 6 Oh No Melons, 5 White Cherries, 6 Immature
    Eggs
    
    Thanks to Coconut from the message boards for this info! :)
    
    ***
    r) How do I find the Grunty Foods?
    ***
    
    I've probably included too much info on this question, but here you will find
    a list of single keywords, plus a list of useful three-word keywords that
    allow you to get a ton of foods.  For foods like the Eggs and Piney Apples,
    you should be able to run into the dungeon or field, nab the food, and head
    back into the dungeon/field in minimal time.  As for the Piney Apples, some
    of the keywords set you right next to one right when you enter the area.
    
    Thanks to Coconut for this first list. :)
    
    CORDYCEPS
    Field Type: Water 1 (Snowfield with Buddha statues)
    Part B Keywords: Someone's
    Part C Keywords: Holy Ground
    
    GRUNT MINTS
    Field Type: Fire 2 (Lava field)
    Part B Keywords: Primitive, Agonizing
    Part C Keywords: Great Seal
    
    LA PUMPKIN
    Field Type: Darkness (Wasteland)
    Part B Keywords: Talisman
    Part C Keywords: Paradise, Fertile Land
    
    MANDRAGORA
    Field Type: Wood 1 (Grassland with windmills)
    Part B Keywords: Organ Market
    Part C Keywords: Aqua Field, Twin Hills
    
    MUSHROOM
    Field Type: Wood 2 (Mushroom field)
    Part B Keywords: Orange
    Part C Keywords: Hypha
    
    OH NO MELON
    Field Type: Fire 1 (Desert with barnacles)
    Part B Keywords: Destroyer's
    Part C Keywords: Sea of Sand
    
    PINEY APPLE
    Field Type: Wood 3 (Jungle)
    Part B Keywords: Solitary
    Part C Keywords:
    
    ROOT VEGETABLE
    Field Type: Earth (Grassland with forts and statues)
    Part B Keyword: Law's
    Part C Keyword: Fort Walls, Spiral, Nothingness
    
    SNAKY CACTUS
    Field Type: Fire 4 (Desert with ribs)
    Part B: Hot-Blooded, Golden
    Part C: Fiery Sands
    
    TWILIGHT ONION
    Field Type: Fire 3 (Lava field with giant weapons)
    Part B Keywords: Gluttonous, Geothermal
    Part C Keywords:
    
    WHITE CHERRY
    Field Type: Water 2 (Snowfield with stonehenge, fish, ark)
    Part B Keywords: Her
    Part C Keywords: White Devil
    
    BEAR CAT EGG
    Dungeon Type: Castle Walls (Found in Water 1, Water 2, and Fire 3)
    Part B Keywords: Someone's, Her, Gluttonous, Geothermal
    Part C Keywords: Holy Ground, White Devil
    
    BLOODY EGG
    Dungeon Type: Flesh Walls (Found in Fire 1, Fire 4, Darkness)
    Part B Keywords: Destroyer's, Hot-Blooded, Talisman, Golden
    Part C Keywords: Sea of Sand, Paradise, Fiery Sands, Fertile Land
    
    GOLDEN EGG
    Dungeon Type: Any
    
    IMMATURE EGG
    Dungeon Type: Stone Walls (Found in Wood 1, Earth)
    Part B Keywords: Organ Market, Law's
    Part C Keywords: Aqua Field, Fort Walls, Twin Hills, Spiral, Nothingness
    
    INVISIBLE EGG
    Dungeon Type: Cave Walls (Found in Wood 2, Wood 3, Fire 2)
    Part B Keywords: Orange, Primitive, Agonizing, Solitary
    Part C Keywords: Hypha, Great Seal
    
    
    
    
    
    And now for the three-keyword list.  Credit goes to Sun Quan et al.  I took
    this right off the topic, no modifications:
    
    Cordyceps:
    Delta: Detestable Oblivious Holy Ground
    Theta: Voluptuous Eternal Scaffold
    Delta: Indiscreet Law's Holy Ground
    
    Grunt Mints:
    Delta: Raging Passionate Melody
    Delta: Discovered Primitive Touchstone
    
    La Pumpkin:
    Delta: Bursting Passed Over Paradise (I personally picked up 52 La Pumpkins
    in one visit to this field)
    Theta: Bursting Passed Over Paradise
    Delta: Hidden Talisman Sunny Demon
    
    Mandragora: (Note: Just about any keyword that ends in Aqua Field will have a
    Spring Of Myst as well as a number of Mandragoras on it. These two keywords
    just have a LOT.)
    Delta: Bursting Passed Over Aqua Field
    Delta: Discovered Passed Out Twin Hills
    Theta: Noisy Law's Twin Hills
    
    Mushroom:
    Delta: Bursting Solitary Hypha
    Delta: Plenteous Smiling Hypha
    Delta: Putrid Hot Blooded Scaffold
    
    Oh No Melon:
    Delta: Expansive Haunted Sea Of Sand
    Delta: Detestable Golden Messenger
    Delta: Expansive Passionate Sea of Sand
    
    Piney Apple:
    Delta/Theta: Collapsed Solitary Scent
    Delta/Theta: Putrid Solitary Scaffold
    Delta/Theta: Soft Solitary Tri Pansy
    Delta/Theta: Boundless Solitary Melody
    Delta/Theta: Closed Solitary Scaffold
    Delta/Theta: Expansive Solitary Messenger
    Delta/Theta: Bursting Eternal Remains
    Delta/Theta: Chronicling Passed Over Melody
    Delta/Theta: Distant Beautiful New Truth
    
    (Note: The forest fields should be the same in both servers.)
    
    Root Vegetable:
    Delta: Hidden Passed Over Fort Walls (There were only about seven on the
    field, but one was right next to the place where Kite enters the field, so
    you can just grab it, go back to the Root Town, go back to the field, grab
    another, and so onÖ)
    Delta: Detestable Golden New Truth
    Delta: Bursting Forbidden Spiral
    
    Snakey Cactus:
    Delta: Expansive Despaired Fiery Sands
    Delta: Discovered Primitive Touchstone
    Delta: Chronicling Pagan Sunny Demon
    
    Twighlight Onion:
    Delta: Hideos Destroyer's Far Thunder
    
    White Cherry:
    Delta: Voluptuous Oblivious White Devil
    Delta: Discovered Eternal March (Found around forty-two here)
    Delta: Greedy Her White Devil
    Delta: Detestable Golden Scent
    
    Golden Eggs:
    Delta: Sinking Smiling Fort Walls (Go down, left, straight. In the first room
    there is a portal and bearcat egg, go left and there is a golden egg. If you
    go straight again there is another portal and a bearcat egg. Get the eggs, go
    out of the dungeon and it will reset, then go back in.)
    Theta: Voluptuous Eternal Scaffold
    Delta: Putrid Hot Blooded Scaffold
    Delta: Dog Dancing Forbidden Scent
    Delta: Bursting Passed Over March
    Delta: Bursting Passed Over Twin Hills
    Theta: Soft Solitary Tri Pansy
    Theta: Beautiful Someone's Treasure Gem
    Delta: Bursting Forbidden Twin Hills
    Delta: Boundless Solitary Melody
    
    Bear Cat Eggs:
    Theta: Voluptuous Eternal Scaffold
    Delta: Sinking Smiling Fort Walls (Go down, left, straight. In the first room
    there is a portal and bearcat egg, go left and there is a golden egg. If you
    go straight again there is another portal and a bearcat egg. Get the eggs, go
    out of the dungeon and it will reset, then go back in.)
    
    Invisible Eggs:
    Delta: Plenteous Smiling Hypha
    Delta: Hideous Organ Market Scaffold
    Delta: Putrid Hot Blooded Scaffold
    
    Immature Eggs:
    Delta: Bursting Forbidden Twin Hills
    
    Bloody Eggs:
    None yet (Just use the part B and part C keywords mentioned above.  Bloody
    Eggs are pretty common anyways.)
    
    ***
    s) What's the best weapon for Kite?
    ***
    
    The best weapon for Kite is more of a personal preference item.  For me, the
    best weapon is the Hyakkidouran, which you get by Data Draining the bonus
    boss, the Parasite Dragon (beat Skeith first).  Otherwise, the next best
    weapon is the Hell's Gate.  After that, it's the Bom-Ba-Ye.  To get a Hell's
    Gate, you should get an Anshou, which can be Data Drained from a Metal
    Goblin, and then toss it into a Spring of Myst in a level 24+ area.  Make
    sure the area has nice weather (use the part C keyword "Aqua Field" for best
    results).  To get a Bom-Ba-Ye, Data Drain tons of Mu Guardians until you get
    one.  The Bom-Ba-Ye is one of the more rare items in the game as far as Data
    Draining goes.
    
    The reason why most people don't like the Hyakkidouran is because it reduces
    your Accuracy stat by 15.  What I'm saying is that this is NOT a problem.
    Kite has a naturally high Accuracy rating to begin with, so it won't hurt him
    very much in INFECTION.  There's only a few enemies you'll have trouble with
    once you get to level 32+, and those enemies have a super-high Evade stat to
    begin with (Ex. Phoenix Queens).  These enemies are best to be killed with
    magic.  Therefore, it's best to equip Kite with some armor that has strong
    magic, as well.  For example, the Storm Bracer, which you can get by trading
    or by Data Draining some Woodstock enemies.
    
    ***
    t) What's the best equipment for everyone?
    ***
    
    Personally, I go for armor with skills over armor with stats.  Later on in
    the games, you'll realize that stats won't make too much of a difference.
    Your overall level is the most important stat, because with every level, HP
    and SP are the best stats you'll have.  Also, your core stats will be boosted
    higher than your weak stats.  Now for Wavemasters, Twin Blades, and Long
    Arms, the Wavemaster-type equipment is your best bet unless the stronger
    armor has the same skill set.  As for Heavy Blades, Blademasters, and Heavy
    Axemen, you'll want to cover their weaknesses, which are their magic stats.
    Their physical stats will be higher than the other characters' physical
    stats, so focus on their magic instead.
    
    For INFECTION, here's a cookie-cutter equipment setup for the armor you will
    need.  For information on how to get these equipment setups, refer to the
    question below.  I also included a different setup for Kite and Natsume,
    since Kite should get the best equipment, and Natsume is your only other Twin
    Blade:
    
    Twin Blades:
    
    Kite's Equipment:
    Weapon: Hyakkidouran
    Head: Thunder Torque
    Body: Quakebeast Fur
    Arms: Storm Bracer
    Legs: Time Sandals
    
    Natsume's Equipment:
    Weapon: Hell's Gate
    Head: Thunder Torque
    Body: Quakebeast Fur
    Arms: Storm Bracer
    Legs: Thunder Boots
    
    Wavemasters:
    
    Weapon: Dark History
    Head: Thunder Torque
    Body: Thunder Cloak
    Arms: Storm Bracer
    Legs: Thunder Anklet
    
    Long Arms:
    
    Weapon: Million$ Spear
    Head: Thunder Torque
    Body: Quakebeast Fur
    Arms: Storm Bracer
    Legs: Thunder Boots
    
    Heavy Blades:
    
    Weapon: Sakabatou
    Head: Thunder Torque
    Body: Quakebeast Fur
    Arms: Storm Bracer
    Legs: Thunder Boots
    
    Blademasters:
    
    Weapon: Phoenix's Wing
    Head: Thunder Torque
    Body: Quakebeast Fur
    Arms: Storm Bracer
    Legs: Thunder Boots
    
    Heavy Axemen:
    
    Weapon: Giant Hill
    Head: Thunder Torque
    Body: Quakebeast Fur
    Arms: Storm Bracer
    Legs: Thunder Boots
    
    ***
    u) And where do I get that equipment?
    ***
    
    Well Thunder Torques should be on the top of the list, since they have La
    Repth and Rip Maen, which are VERY good spells.  You can get as many as you
    want by trading with the other players at the end of the game.  Just check
    Ryu Book III and look for a player who has one.  Ryu Book III will tell you
    if the player is online or not, too.  If the player isn't online, switch
    servers, and if he STILL isn't there, Log Out and try again.
    
    For the Storm Bracers, follow the method for the Thunder Torques or Data
    Drain a Woodstock.
    
    The hard part is getting the Quakebeast Furs, Thunder Boots, Thunder Cloaks,
    and Thunder Anklets.  You best bet would be to upgrade armor in a Spring of
    Myst or by opening some Gott Statues in areas with a level of 28 and above.
    For the Springs of Myst, find high level area with Twin Hills as the part C
    keyword.  Also, get some Holy Tree Mails, Spirit Armors, and Oak Anklets, and
    Ranger's Boots in the higher level areas.  Upgrade the Holy Tree Mails,
    Spirit Armors, and Ranger's Boots once for Thunder Cloaks, Quakebeast Fur,
    and Thunder Anklets.  Upgrade the Oak Anklets twice because you'd be pressed
    to find a Green Guard anywhere.
    
    As for the weapons, you should be able to get tons of rare weapons by Data
    Draining tons of monsters in the area at level 28 and above.  Here's a list
    of monsters you'd want to focus on:
    
    A Mu Guardian gives you a Bom-Ba-Ye.  Find it in level 28 Earth areas.
    A Phoenix Queen gives you a Dark History.  Find it in level 30 Wood areas.
    A Cursed Blade gives you a Million$ Spear.  Find it in most level 28 areas.
    A Hell Hound gives you a Sakabatou.  Find it in level 30 Fire areas.
    A Mystery Rock gives you a Phoenix's Wing.  Find it in level 30 Earth areas.
    A Mantis gives you a Giant Hill.  Find it in level 28 Water areas.
    
    The other two Twin Blade weapons are mentioned in the previous section.
    
    ***
    v) Where do I find Grandpa/Monsieur?
    ***
    
    Monsieur is found in the low level areas of Delta and Theta servers.  He'll
    appear in areas below level 14 and 24 in the Delta and Theta serves
    respectively (with exceptions).  Grandpa can be found in areas above level 14
    and 24 in the Delta and Theta Servers respectively (with exceptions).
    
    The main reason to find these guys is to upgrade you weapons and armor, and
    to complete your Ryu Books.
    
    ***
    w) What does the Ice Bar do?
    ***
    
    The Ice Bar is a trade item that you will want to save for when you convert
    to MUTATION.  Once it MUTATION, find a guy named Panta and trade him the rare
    Key Axe for the Ice Bar.  Then stash it, because it's a rare item.  You can
    also make the trade in later games, too.  To find the Ice Bar, you need to go
    to one of the bonus areas shown in the LIMINALITY DVD.  The keyword is in
    question cc.
    
    ***
    x) What's the purpose of the Book of Iron and Book of Law?
    ***
    
    Here's a SPOILER for MUTATION if you haven't been there yet.
    
    The Book of Iron and the Book of Law are items meant to delete Kite and/or
    the Bracelet of Twilight that he has.  Early in MUTATION, Helba reveals that
    the "rare items are a vaccine" to delete some part of Kite's character data.
    However, the protection on Kite's character is so strong, the overwrite
    cannot be carried through.  You'll also get another item in MUTATION called
    the Book of Absolute.  It serves the same purpose as the other items,
    although it STILL does not work.
    
    ***
    y) Can I get Aromatic Grass?  What does it do?
    ***
    
    In .hack//INFECTION, there is only ONE piece of Aromatic Grass in the game.
    To get it, raise an Iron Grunty and trade with him for one.  In future games,
    you can get one Aromatic Grass from one Grunty in each server.  So the Iron
    Grunty will have an Aromatic Grass in all four games.  One Grunty in Lambda
    Server will have one in the next three games and so on.  This gives you a
    total of 10 Aromatic Grasses.  BTW, that is NOT a spoiler.  One of the
    e-mails you get right at the beginning of the game tells you all the servers
    in the four games.
    
    What do they do?  There is almost no use for this item, but if you give them
    to Mia, it'll raise her affection rating by a lot.  I just stash it in the
    Elf's Haven because it's a rare item.
    
    ***
    z) What does the Affection rating do?
    ***
    
    Affection is one of the very few known stats in the game.  Only your party
    members have it, and its value is shown in Ryu Book V.  To put it short,
    Affection is how much your party members like you.  Affection will never go
    down, only up.  (Although I heard that if you give them Piros's Diary, it
    will go down.  I haven't confirmed this, so I don't know.)
    
    To raise Affection, you need to give your party members items or let them
    spend a lot of time in your party.  Affection will go up by 1 for about every
    few minutes they are in your party.  Affection will go up by a 10 if you give
    them an item that has some value to it.  For example, give them any scroll
    you can find in a dungeon, and their Affection will go up by 10.  Buy them
    any scroll in town (besides a Speed Charm), and their Affection will also go
    up by 10.  Giving scrolls one at a time is the easiest and cheapest way to
    get Affection ratings up to their maximum for the game.  (You can't give them
    a ton of scrolls all at once, because it will only go up by 10.)  A good idea
    is to max out Affection right when you get a new party member.  (The max for
    INFECTION is 250, MUTATION is 500, OUTBREAK is 750, and QUARANTINE is 1,000.)
    
    Now what does Affection do?  First off, it allows you to get the e-mail
    chains so you can get to better know your party members.  Sometimes, you
    won't get an e-mail chain even if the Affection rating is maxed out.  Just
    proceed with the game and usually you'll get one.  I haven't finished
    OUTBREAK and QUARANTINE yet, but I don't think that Mia and Elk will ever
    give you an e-mail chain.
    
    Another thing that Affection does is make your party members more efficient.
    They will respond more quickly to Chat Commands if their Affection rating is
    high.  This is one good reason why you should max it out ASAP.
    
    One last thing Affection does is it allows you to do side-quests.  Certain
    bonus party members (like Gardenia) will send you an invitation to another
    area once you give their Affection rating a major boost.  I also think that
    there's a storyline dungeon that you can't do unless you increase Mistral's
    Affection.  That means, you HAVE to boost her Affection in order to proceed
    with the game.
    
    ***
    aa) How do I raise my party member's cash flow?
    ***
    
    First off, I must say that your party members' cash isn't really necessary.
    The only thing they use it for is to buy 5 of every basic item.  You'd be
    better off with buying the items yourself and giving them the items they
    need, in mass quantities.
    
    Second, to answer the actual question, your party members will sell stuff
    every now and them.  For best results, give them a ton of scrolls.  They'll
    sell just about every scroll except the Summon scrolls.  After you give them
    several different items, they'll sell stuff every now and then.  They tend to
    keep their starting weapon since it's a unique weapon.  Everything else is
    most likely going to get sold.
    
    ***
    bb) Can I get stuff back from my party members when I give them stuff?
    ***
    
    Absolutely not.  Once it's gone, it's gone.  You'll have to reload your file
    or start ALL over in the case of a rare item.  That's the only way to fix
    your error.
    
    ***
    cc) What are the OVA (LIMINALITY) keywords?
    ***
    
    First off, let's go over the OVA acronym.  It stands for Original Video
    Animation.  If you're wondering what the special keywords are or how to find
    them, you need to turn the subtitles on.  That means you have to stop the
    video and go to the main menu.  Go to "Language," and then go to "Subtitles."
    Select "On," and watch the video.
    
    The keywords appear and disappear just as quickly.  They usually appear where
    books show up.  There's one where Mai and Masaya are in the Library, one in a
    flashback where Mai is kissing Tomonari, and one in a flashback where
    Tomonari is talking to Masaya.  The last keyword is actually a storyline area
    mentioned Mr. Tokuoka.  If you want to know, it's Chosen Hopeless
    Nothingness, and is the last storyline area in the game.
    
    Anyways, here are the keywords:
    Delta: Voluptuous Her Remnant
    Delta: Hideous Organ Market Scaffold
    Theta: Dog Dancing Passionate Tri Pansy
    
    In Delta: Voluptuous Her Remnant, you will find the Kagayuzen in the Gott
    Statue and the Rusty Nails in a normal treasure chest on the bottom floor.
    
    In Delta: Hideous Organ Market Scaffold, you will find the Ice Bar in the
    Gott Statue.  Keep this for when you convert to MUTATION so you can get a
    rare item.  (See question w for details)
    
    In Theta: Dog Dancing Passionate Tri Pansy, you will find the Ceramic Helm in
    the Gott Statue and some Soul Blades in a normal treasure chest on the bottom
    floor.
    
    I won't ruin the fun, but in Theta: Chosen Hopeless Nothingness, go into it
    prepared, because there's a certain boss that gives many players trouble.
    I'll let you find out just who that is.
    
    ***
    dd) Any hints on playing the game as I go through it?
    ***
    
    Take it SLOW!  Sure the story is gripping and all that, but if you rush
    through the story like crazy, you'll probably wind up weaker than you should
    be.  Take some time with this game and enjoy it.  I've played through game
    several times, and I frequently find myself quitting right around the time I
    beat the game.  I've remedied this a little bit by visiting a few random
    areas every time I do a storyline dungeon.  Doing this helps me get some EXP
    so I'll be better prepared for the dungeons ahead.  Try and balance out the
    side-quests with the storyline.  It'll increase your replay value when you
    play.
    
    
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