Title: Growlanser III Author: William Tran Date: July 15, 2005 Completed: July 20, 2005 Email: Basilikontron@gmail.com Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Preparation III. Equipment IV. Where to Battle V. Battle Strategies VI.Blessing Bells VII. Skills VIII. Final Preparations IX. Schwartzhaas Mission X. So What Now XI. Frequently Asked Questions XII. Legal XIII.Credits and Thanks I. Introduction Hey all! THis FAQ is soley designed for those completionists who wish to do everything possible in Growlanser III and challenge themselves. If you remember, the first battle at Schwartzhaas is the one in which you must escape on the bridge with Annette and Slayn. Of course, many wonder if it is actually possible to win this battle by destroying all the enemies. Well, I decided to test this and realized that it is possible to achieve a Mission Complete by destroying all the enemies. ***This FAQ does contain minor spoilers and is intended for you to read this from top to bottom. Enjoy.*** ***This FAQ stricly concerns the battle at Schwartzhaas in which your only available characters are Slayn and Annette. There are two more battles in this city but they are easily winnable*** II. Preparation 1. New Game+: I do not think this is possible on a regular game. You have the option of creating a Clear Data Save (New game+) upon completing the game. 2. 9 Blessing Bells: This is the Arena Prize (Voltone) for 2 on 2 Battles. You will have to fight the arena five times in order to get the maximum 9 Blessing Bells. 3. 9 Fairy Tears: This is also a prize for the 2 on 2 Battles; however, you will only have to fight it once. 4. 3 Fighter's Fists 2 Muscular Growths 2 Lvl 4 Quickness 1 Lvl 4 Faint Guard (optional) 1 Lvl 2 Quickness (optional) 3 Lvl 2 Deft Wind (optional) 1 Lvl 4 Arms Might (Optional) These gems can be bought from the Gem Store in Voltone 5. Good Armor: Preferably the Final Guard for Slayn and Louve Armor for Annette. The Final Guard is the prize for the Damage Competition (Arena) and the Louve Armor is located at the end of the Voltone Well (Optional Dungeon). In order to gain access to the Voltone Well, you must complete the optional dungeon Trial Cave which is located north of Lindenberg. If you agree to the Dungeon Mistress's proposal, she will go to Voltone where you can talk to her and then climb down the ladder to the Voltone Well Dungeon. Now Start the New Game+. Your astrological sign actually determines your growth rate for Slayn. For my FAQ, i chose Aries. III. Equipment 1. ASAP, Use the 9 Fairy Tears on Annette's Ring. This will change her gem slots into a 5-5-4. 2. Equip Annette with the 2 Muscular Growths and a Fighter's Fists. 3. Equip poor Slayn with just 2 Fighter's Fists. You are now ready to start the grueling and monotonous practice of battling. IV. Where to Battle 1. Next to the Federation Outpost is a patch of land that is yellow, brown,and green. 2. You know you are on it when you fight "Green Slimes" in battles. 3. Only fight battles here because green slimes have the most experience at this time. 4. The experience you earn from these battles ranges from 20-26. As you level up, this experience grows smaller, usually -2 experience per level. V. Battle Strategies 1. These battles are easy of course, so there's no real strategy besides auto-battle. (Press Start) 2. However, the "Silm" monsters (green unicorn thing that gives you an item if you keep it alive), is actually good for experience. KILL IT!!! 3. Level up both characters to Level 9 or 10. 4. If you decided to make Slayn an Aries, his HP will grow 8 HP/level. Annette generally grows 14 HP/level. VI. Blessing Bells 1. Give both Slayn and Annette a Blessing Bell. 2. Fight a battle. 3. Watch the stats grow (especially Annette's) 4. Level both characters to Level 9 or 10 5. Repeat Steps 1-4 until you run out of Blessing Bells. 6. If you just cannot battle anymore, I quit when I had 3 blessing bells left. Slayn had about 450 HP and Annette 570 HP. Slayn's STR was about 250 and Annette 350. Both had about 400 in DEF after equipping their best armor. VII. Skills 1. Equip limit definitely. This will allow Slayn and Annette to equip their best armor with about 200 and 230 STR respectively. 2. You will be extremely prepared to fight the battles so skills will not affect the battle that much. However, fighter-oriented skills like Hit Up, Attack Wait Down, Critical Hit, etc. will be beneficial. 3. Same strategy applies for Magic and Techs. 4. FYI, i did not spend any of my master points on Magic. Slayn & Annette spent all their points on Critical Hit, Attack Wait Down, Hit Up, Equip Limit, Dash & Bait. VIII. Final Preparations 1. When you feel that you are strong enough, equip the Final Guard and the Louve Armor. Other equipment is up to you. 2. FYI, My Annette had Lvl 4 Arms Might, and 2 Lvl 4 Quickness. 3. My Slayn had a Lvl 2 Deft Wind and Lvl 1 HP Recovery. 4. Things to note: Even if you are all-powerful, Annette can still be fainted (is that the right word?) by the enemy soldiers if she is surrounded. A Lvl 4 Faint Guard might be necessary. 5. Save If you haven't done so already, initiate the Schwartzhaas Mission after getting the Mission Briefing by Annette's Father at Voltone. IX. Schwartzhaas Mission 1. Aggressival General's Stats: 270 ATK, 300 DEF, 138 HIT, 105 ATW, 175 MOV, 500 (estimate) HP 2. Make sure your stats are better if not comparable. 3. At the start of the battle, move back to your army and kill the closest units. If you like, you can have Slayn charge up a Fire Arrow (level 1 or 2) to kill the Mages. Forget about your army, THEY HAVE TO DIE IN ORDER TO GET A MISSION COMPLETE (yes, ironic). 4. The 2nd hardest enemy will be the Aggressival Commander (the guy with the green hat). However, Annette can take him down in one strike. 5. If you are strong as you are supposed to be, everyone will be doing 1 damage to you with the exception of the Aggressival General who does about 30. 6. Attack the Aggressival General like any normal enemy. It will take about 4-6 strikes to kill him. You will then receive a powerful ring 7. After you defeat all the units that do not reappear 4 soldiers continue to spawn in. If you destroy these four soldiers before another spawns in, you get a Mission Complete. 8. Every set of 4 soldiers is two levels higher than before, so you better get the Mission Complete before level 22. To accomplish this, have the four soldiers follow you to the end of the bridge. This is done to bunch them up. Kill them all quickly. Deft Wind will help. Good job. Mission Complete. X. So What Now 1. The end result probably wasn't worth the effort so what should you do now? 2. Play the game again. It's a great game. 3. Defeat Simone at the Featherian Tower. She will still escape though. The key is to use the Blessing Bell trick on Monika until she has a good amount of STR and Transport Wings. 4. Beat Vincent during the 2nd battle at Schwartzhaas. The key is Monika with Transport Wings. XI. Frequently Asked Questions Q. Why am I leveling up to 9 or 10? A. THe Blessing Bell lowers a character's level by 10. If you use it on someone lower than 11, then the character just goes to 1, meaning that you cheated the character a few levels. Because we want to have as much strength as possible, you do not want to do that. I just give you the option of using the item at 9 or 10 instead of 11 because this is a really monotonous process. Earning 400 experience with 7-10 experience battles is really taxing. Q. I can't kill the 4 soldiers to get a Mission Complete!!! A. If the bridge strategy does not work, you might have the Tech Inferno in Slayn's skill list. Purchase this skill and keep Slayn's MP as high as possible. When the four soldiers have you surrounded, use the skill. If you are like me, you will do about 150+ damage which is sufficient to kill them all. If they are still alive, chances are, their levels are in the higher twenties, in which case it's not possible to kill them. Sorry. Q. Is there another way to increase stats? A. Yes. Gale Apples, Wisdom Apples, and Life Apples. Of course, these won't increase your stats significantly to matter. So how about you just read this FAQ? Q. This FAQ is awesome! Do you have any more challenges? A. Unfortunately no. The fact that you can become powerful the minute you start playing shows that there are no more real challenges. However, the one that is more commonly known is beating Clive in the mines for the first time. Of course, if you do this strategy, you'll have no problem with Clive. Q. Is it OK if I just level up one character instead of both Annette and Slayn? A. I have not tried this, but from my experience, I say it will not work. The problem is that if either one dies, it's over. The other problem is that it will be really hard to achieve the Mission Complete with only one character doing the damage. Annette or Slayn alone probably cannot kill 4 soldiers before one spawns in. Q. Can you save Annette's Uncle? A. Unfortunately, no. When I killed all the soldiers with Martin still alive, this caused four more soldiers to appear. He must die in order to get the Mission Complete (ironic) Q. If you save Annette's Uncle, can you see him again? And does that mean Zion will still need another soul? A. You are reading too in depthly and once again, YOU CANNOT SAVE HIM Q. You are awesome! Can I give you a dollar for your efforts? A. Email me at Basilikontron@gmail.com and we'll chat. Q. Can you be more specific on your Schwartzhaas Mission? A. Well, I did not actually start the Muscular Growths on Annette until I already used a Blessing Bell, so Annette wasn't as strong as she could have been. However, Slayn was about 450 HP and Annette was 570 HP by the time I was strong enough to fight the battle. Annette's strength was about 350 and Slayn was like 250. These were just enough to overcome the required strengths to equip the armors. Annette did 100 damage to the General on critical and Slayn was like 80. I started the battle running back to our army and then proceeded to kill whoever. Annette along with Slayn then killed the General. After that, we waited for the four soldiers to surround us before killing them. Mission Complete XII. Legal This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,private use. It may not be distributed publicy without my permission because I wrote this FAQ and did this long, daunting process. Copyright 2005 William Tran XIII. Credits and Thanks I would like to thank Career Soft and Atlus Co. for making this game I would like to thank Alex Eagleson and Gerald Guess for helping me create my FAQ using their formats. I would like to thank Working Designs in translating and distributing this game to the United States.