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                     Final Fantasy X-2 - Cactuar Searching Guide
                                      Version 1.0
    
                       by Anthony Morales (a.k.a Fantasy Gamer)
                              fantasy_gamer_x@yahoo.com
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     TABLE OF CONTENTS
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     1.0 - Introduction
    
     2.0 - Cactuar Searching Guide
         2.1 - Mission Time
         2.2 - Cactuar Locations
    
     3.0 - Miscellaneous
         3.1 - Everything's Coming Up Cactuars
         3.2 - Cact-War Tip
         3.2 - The Author
    
     4.0 - Legal stuff
    
     5.0 - Version History
    
     6.0 - Credits
    
     7.0 - Last Words
    
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     1.0 - INTRODUCTION
    ====================
    
    This is my sixth game guide!
    
    They're prickly... they're full of thorns... they're so energetic... they're the
    Cactuars! Have you managed to catch all of the Cactuars back in Final Fantasy X
    at the Bikanel Desert? Well, now our elusive friends are no longer content with
    the boring yellow sand. They've travelled all over Spira in seach of their true
    identity.
    
    Find them and catch them! Ooops! They will not surrender their flag that easily
    now. You have to fight and tame them before they will agree to return to their
    home! Your good lookin', cutey face will not work for them this time.
    
    This guide will help you locate all the 10 Gatekeepers throughout Spira. Let's
    find out what each of them have learned in their journey. This is a 'must' to
    achieve Episode Complete in the Bikanel Desert...
    
    Happy gaming!
    
                                                                      Fantasy Gamer
    
    Bagui City, Philippines
    15 December 2003
    
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     2.0 - CACTUAR SEARCHING GUIDE
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     2.1 - Mission Time!
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
    Chapter 3: Bikanel Desert
    
    _________________________________________________________________________________
    
                                 - Cactuar Search -
    
                    We got a request from Marnela of the Cactuar
                     Nation. She wants us to find ten cactuars.
                           They've run off all over Spira.
    
                                 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                                  Mission Time!!!
                                 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
                     The Ten Gatekeepers have ventured into the
                      world proper to train. Round them up and
                    bring them home to the Cactuar Nation! Think
                     you can unravel the Cactuar Mother's clues
                                and sniff them out?
    
    
                         Objective: Find the Ten Gatekeepers.
    _________________________________________________________________________________
    
    
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     2.2 - Cactuars Locations
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
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     LOBIVIA
    ---------
    
    Mother's Clue: "I am Lobivia's mother.
                   "Lobivia was supposed to head north from the Oasis with his friends."
                   "But I haven't heard a thing from him since."
                   "Oh, I suppose Lobivia's always had a bit of wanderlust."
                   "He's probably off wasting time in some good-for-nothing place 
                         this very moment."
                   "Call it motherly instinct."
    
    Location     : The one, and ever beautiful Oasis of Bikanel!
    
    
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     TOUMEYA
    ---------
    
    Mother's Clue: "She says she's Toumeya's mother."
                   "Toumeya always dreamed of seeing waters vaster than our little
                        Oasis. And now he's finally getting his wish."
                   "Sands whiter than the desert, a gentle breeze, glistening
                        sunlight... and more water than can be imagined."
                   "I can't wait to hear the tales he'll have to tell."
    
    Location     : A place wit hlots of water. Where could it be. Maybe he's in
                   Macalania Lake... oops we can't go there in this game. How about
                   in Moonflow? He's not here. Besaid? In the water falls... lots
                   of water! Not here, either. Where could he be? Oh... sands. There
                   is only one place with white sand... BESAID BEACH. you'll him
                   sunbathing there!
    
    
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     LOBEIRA
    ---------
    
     Mother's Clue: "According to his mother, Lobeira loves getting into cramped
                         spaces."
                    "He left with only one thing in mind: finding the most
                         comfortable box in existence."
                    "He finally found a monst splendid treasure chest in the home of
                         a sphere hunter."
                    "How long it's been since I heard from him, I can hardly say..."
                    "Oh, my careless little Lobeira."
                    "I've told you a thousand times to be careful of boxes with locks
                         on them."
    
     Location     : "Home of a sphere hunter" eh? That's easy! Yuna's from Besaid. On
                    to Besaid! ... Looked at each house... the temple... the cave...
                    he's not here! "Home of a sphere hunter"... the Celsius! No clue
                    here. We can't access the Al Bhed home either. Any idea? I got
                    it. Isn't it, Leblanc's Syndycate a sphere hunter? Yeah! On to
                    Guadosalam! Go to the Hidden Passage and check one of the rooms
                    here. You'll find him in a treasure chest.
    
    
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    AREQ & ARROJA
    --------------
    
    Mother's Clue: "I am the mother of those inseparable brothers, Areq & Arroja."
                   "Areq & Arroja love being together."
                   "It seems they met some large yellow birds on a wide, open plain."
                   "Arroja is having such a good time he said he's put off seeing
                        snow, whatever that is."
    
    Location     : Large yellow bird... a Chocobo? Mi'ihen! Nope. It's a large open
                   plain. Only the Calm Land fits in that description. I looked at
                   every corner, evey area of Calm Land, but I can't find him! Snow?
                   Maybe the peak of Gagazet... it's quite wide, anyway. Not here?
                   Hmmm... wide, open plain... with snow... walk, walk, walk... go
                   to the area between Calm Land and Mt. Gagazet. You'll see these
                   brothers riding a Chocobo... how sweet!
    
    
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     ISLAYA
    --------
    
     Mother's Clue: "I am the mother of Islaya the sage."
                    "I am oft called the wise Mother."
                    "Islaya embarked to follow in the footsteps of our cactuar
                         forebears who left the desert in ages past."
                    "Islaya, my sage son, have you found the Cactuar Stones they
                         left so long ago?
                    "Try, not to get burned to a crisp, and take good care of
                         yourself."
    
     Location     : "Burn"... by fire... Kilika... no ,no ,no... Thunder Plains'
                    Thunder! To easily find him, start from Macalania Woods and exit
                    to the south. You'll be in Thunder Plains near the waiting shed.
                    Go a little east and you'll see him near a cactuar stone.
    
    
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     CHIAPA
    --------
    
     Mother's Clue: "I am Chiapa's mother."
                    "Little Chiapa is doing just fine. I'll let him be a little
                         while longer."
                    "Be a dear & leave him alone just a touch more, would you?"
    
     Location     : Got the clue? He, he. From Besaid Island to Zanarkand Ruins...
                    You can NEVER find him. Benzo's translation is wrong. What the
                    mother cactus is saying is "LEAVE CHIAPA ALONE!"
    
                    Seriously, that's all for now.
    
    
    
     Chapter 5: Bikanel Desert
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    
                                 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                                  Mission Time!!!
                                 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
                     The Ten Gatekeepers have ventured into the
                      world proper to train. Round them up and
                    bring them home to the Cactuar Nation! Think
                     you can unravel the Cactuar Mother's clues
                                and sniff them out?
    
    
                         Objective: Find the Ten Gatekeepers.
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    
    
     Mother's Clue: "I am Chiapa's mother."
                    "He says he's going to meet up with some friends."
                    "The meeting point? It's some secret place high, high, high up-
                         somewhere he can take in town and the woods."
    
     Location     : "High, high, high up". This is very easy. Mt. Gagazet... (-_-)
                    Sorry, he's not there. Don't forget the word "secret" and
                    "town and the woods". Woods... Kilika Woods... Town... Kilika
                    Town... but where? There's no high place in Kilika! Not so fast!
                    From Kilika Town... go pass the bridge in the woods, then turn to
                    right. While walking... you'll find a tree lying over the water.
                    Press O and you'll climb it...
    
    
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     ERIO
    ------
    
     Mother's Clue: "I've gotten word from Erio."
                    "His message read: Two brothers, my friends, to a spring went we,
                         I get to see snow... what rhymes with we?"
                    "He may never listen to his parents, but I can't help but love
                         my sweet little Erio."
    
     Location     : Now, I'm 100% sure. He's in Gagazet. See the clue? Two brothers...
                    spring... snow. He's not in the hot spring!!! You missed the
                    word "went". That means they were there before. Where is he now?
                    From the top, go down the mountain until you reach Mt. Gagazet -
                    Prominence (just go to the menu and you'll know if you're there).
                    It's the place south of the area with pillars. You'll see him
                    sitting in the snow near the cliff.
    
    
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     BARTSCHALLA
    -------------
    
     Mother's Clue: "I am Bartschalla's mother."
                    "My daughter simply adores money."
                    "She left the desert in search of a 'man of means' - whatever
                         that is."
                    "It turns out our 'man of means' isn't quite what you'd expect,
                         hoho! Managed to save up quite a bundle."
                    "Turns out it's a former summoner!"
                    "Don't get caught green-handed, Bartschalla!"
    
     Location     : 'Man of means'... 'Former summoner'... Isaaru! On the way to
                    Zanarkand! Unfortunately it's not our 'man of means' :( Let's
                    go visit Dona in Kilika... see? She's at the base of the stairs
                    in Dona's house... I think our 'man of means' is not always a
                    man.
    
    
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     FRAILEA
    ---------
    
    Mother's Clue: "I hate to admit, but my Frailea can be a bit of a handful."
                   "He's really a very nice boy who just wants to be around
                        friends."
                   "But he always seems to be falling in with the wrong crowd."
                   "I'm worried he may not even be travelling at all."
    
    Location     : Talk to Marnela... <SPOLERS!>
    
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                                   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                                    Mission Time!!!
                                   =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
                     Who'd have thought the last cactuar would be so
                       close? Use the help of the nine gatekeepers
                          you've already tracked down to bring
                                    that rascal home!
    
    
                          Objective: Find the tenth gatekeeper.
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    
     * The dungeon is pretty simple so no prob here.
    
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     3.0 - MISCELLANEOUS
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    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
     3.1 - Everything's Coming Up Cactuars
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
    
    Be the first to witness the power of the Gatekeeper acquired during their travels.
    They've teamed up with their newfound friends, and they're coming right for you!
    Conserve ammo, time your shots arefully, and show that desert punk how it's done!
    
    
                                      CONTROLS
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    X      Fire!
    R1     Dodge the Cactuar's attack
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    * Press X to shoot at the Cactuar.
      Reduce their HP to zero and victory is yours!
    
    * If the Cactuar's counterattack connects, you'll lose bullets equal to his
      Strenghth.
    
    * The game will end if you run out of ammo, so use R1 and dodge those attacks!
    
    
    
    *********************
    
     Gatekeeper No. 1
     Name: Lobivia
     ____________________
    
     Free spirit, lover of
     detours,  and average
     in every possible way!
     ____________________
    
     HP           10
     Strength     3/10
     Agility      2/10
    
    *********************
    
     Gatekeeper No. 2
     Name: Toumeya
     ____________________
    
     Off on a south sea
     cruise? Still, he
     longs for his desert
     home...
     ____________________
    
     HP           10
     Strength     3/10
     Agility      3/10
    
    *********************
    
     Gatekeeper No. 3
     Name: Lobeira
     ____________________
    
     The comfiest treasure
     chest bedding in Spira!
     Now on sale!
     ____________________
    
     HP          12
     Strength    7/10
     Agility     2/10
    
    *********************
    
     Gatekeepers 4 & 5
     Name: Areq & Arroja
    ______________________
    
     Together they can
     conquer anything!
     (But Areq does all
     the heavy lifting.)
    ______________________
    
     HP           16
     Strength     6/10
     Agility      4/10
    
    *********************
    
     Gatekeepr No. 6
     Name: Islaya
    ______________________
    
     One with cactuars of
     ages past, the story
     will cry for heaven's
     vengeance when hit!
    ______________________
    
     HP           12
     Strength     6/10
     Agility      5/10
    
    *********************
    
     Gatekeeper No. 7
     Name: Chiapa
    _____________________
    
     Flanked by fluffy
     fiends,  and faster
     than a flying Flan!
    _____________________
    
     HP           9
     Strength     6/10
     Agility      4/10
    
    *********************
    
     Gatekeeper No. 8
     Name: Erio
    _____________________
    
     His brothers are his
     strength. Watch out
     for those counters!
    _____________________
    
     HP           15
     Strength     8/10
     Agility      4/10
    
    *********************
    
     Gatekeeper No. 9
     Name: Bartschella
    _______________________
    
     Ready to step into the
     line of fire... if the
     price is right!
    _______________________
    
     HP           12
     Strength     8/10
     Agility      5/10
    
    *********************
    
     Gatekeeper No. 10
     Name: Frailea
    ______________________
    
     Bad cactuars can't
     put on a good face...
    
     Hint: Open wide!
    ______________________
    
     HP         10
     Strength   6/10
     Agility    3/10
    
    *********************
    
    
    
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                                        GREAT NEWS!!!
                                       ==============
    
    
          Contrary to popular belief, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BEAT ALL THESE PESKY
          CACTUARS in order to get the 'Covenant of Growth Garment Grid',
          which will give you double EXP and AP...
    
    ________________________________________________________________________
    
    Covenant of Growth
    
    
                      /O\
                     / | \
                    /  |  X Yellow
                   /   |   \
                  /    |    \
                 O-----O-----O
                  \    |    /
                   \   |   /
             Blue   X  |  /
                     \ | /
                      \O/
    
    
    
    Blue X   - Double AP
    Yellow X - Double EXP
    
    
    Legend:
     O - slot for dress sphere
     X - colored crystal
     - - connection
     / - ibid.
     \ - ibid.
     | - ibid.
    
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    
    
          I'm pretty sure! I tried it and it really works! All you need is to
          beat the last gatekeeper, Frailea and you'll receive the Garment
          Grid. I have beaten ONLY Lobivia and Bartschella before I decided to
          take down Frailea, so this note is pretty reliable. Don't worry, 
          Frailea is very easy to beat. Just take a closer look at the mouth
          and know the rhythm and you'll be all right.
    
          If you did not get him in the first try, you can still visit all 10
          Gatekeepers at the Cactuar Nation once you beat Angra Mainyu.
    
    
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     3.2 - Cact-War Tip
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
    1. Look at Yuna, her head moves from left to right. She's following the movement
       of the target. Shoot just before she looks to the right. Using this strategy,
       you don't even have to look at the Cactuar. This is the strategy I use. However,
       in the fight against Frailea, this will not work because the Cactuar is accompanied
       by 2 other Cactuars.
    
    2. If you love "Bust-a-Groove" or "Dance Revolution", you'll be fine with just
       learning the rhythm and start shooting when you got the timing.
    
    3. Once you hit the Cactuar, repeatedly press X until you tear them down. This
       will, usually, finish them off with the least effort... especially for those
       with very low agility. If it did not work, reset the game and try again. I saw
       this tip on the board. Pretty useful for those Cactuars with very low Agility.
    
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     3.3 - The Author
    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
    
    Real Name: Anthony Lawrence M. Morales
    User Name: Fantasy Gamer
    E-mail   : fantasy_gamer_x@yahoo.com
    Gender   : Male
    B-day    : February 24
    Country  : Philippines
    
    First Visited GameFAQs.com   : ?? June   2000
    Joined GameFaqs Message Board: 27 August 2002, 1:48:35 AM (GFAQs time)
    
    Boards I don't fail to visit: Final Fantasy VII
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                                   VIII. LEGAL STUFF
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    This guide is solely intended for the public use in the world wide web. All
    information and work in this document is copyright  2003-2004 by Anthony Lawrence
    M.Morales. Without my permission, no other site may post this guide, nor is anyone
    allowed to reproduce this guide, in any way, for commercial purposes.
    
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    Please do not take the credit for someone's work. We authors spent lots of
    sleepless nights just to be able to present guides for you gaming enthusiasts...
    we deserve the credit for all our hard work.
    
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                                  IX. VERSION HISTORY
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    I like to make a guide concerning my favorite FF Fiend. Unfortunately, in Final
    Fantasy X, I got the game pretty late in 2002 so many has beaten me to it already.
    Now, dream come true!
    
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    (Version 0.99)
    10 December 2003 - started the Cactuar Searching Guide.
    15 December 2003 - finished.
       15 December 2003 - submitted to GameFAQs.
       15 December 2003 - posted at GameFAQs.
    
    20 December 2003 - started first update.
                     - corrections was made on how to get the 'Covenant of Growth'
                     - no version change.
    20 December 2003 - finished.
       20 December 2003 - submitted to GameFAQs.
       20 December 2003 - posted at GameFAQs.
    
    (Version 1.0)
    04 January  2004 - started second update.
                     - important corrections made.
    04 January  2004 - finished.
       04 January  2004 - submitted to GameFAQs.
       04 January  2004 - posted at GameFAQs.
    
    05 January 2004 - started third update.
                    - missed a minor correction in the last update.
    05 January  2004 - finished.
       05 January  2004 - submitted to GameFAQs.
       04 January  2004 - posted at GameFAQs.
    
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                                      X. CREDITS
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    I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the following who helped me make
    this guide in any way:
    
    -+- Squaresoft (now Square-Enix)
        For breaking the tradition of "no direct sequel" in the Final Fantasy Series.
    
    -+- www.GameFAQS.com/ Jeff "CJayC" Veasey
        For hosting this guide (my 6th FAQ)... in this great site. Hah, in just a span
        of one day, this guide was posted!
    
    -+- www.neoseeker.com
        For hosting, too, this guide.
    
    -+- GameFAQs Final Fantasy X-2 Message Board Users
        For all the help I get whenever times are tough for me.
    
        --> Green Card, SpEKKiO, without a cause, manrek2002, Andrew Rowan, Kevin Ferrer,
            Andy Hogenson, FrOzen, WeaponRad
            For giving me the missed clue for Lobivia.
    
        --> Split Infinity, Jonyoda, Right Wings
            For correcting my miscellaneous.
    
    -+- THE ONE READING THIS
        This guide is made for you!
    
    Special Thanks to:
    
    -+- Fantasy Gamer
        For encoding and editing this guide.
    
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                                   XI. PARTING WORDS
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    I WILL BE GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU!
    
    Tell me what you think about this guide... comments, suggestions, added info,
    corrections, and constructive criticisms are all welcome.
    
    I WILL APPRECIATE IF YOU WILL FIRST TELL ME YOUR GFAQs USER NAME.
    
    If you think you should be given credit but was not included in the list,
    contact me and I'll make the appropriate actions.
    
    Don't hesitate to e-mail me if you have anything in your mind regarding gaming.
    I am one of the most hospitable FAQ Contributors here. You're guaranteed to get
    a reply as soon as I read your mail :)
    
    I will be more than wiling to help in any way I can. God bless!
    
    Fantasy Gamer
    ---
    "Let's mosey!"
    
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                       THANK YOU FOR READING! HOPE YOU LIKED IT!
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                      Final Fantasy X-2 - Cactuar Searching Guide
                            Date Started : 10 December 2003
                            Date Finished: 15 December 2003
    
                                    by Fantasy Gamer
                               fantasy_gamer_x@yahoo.com