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                  Kingdom Hearts 2 - Stat Maxing FAQ/Guide
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    Table Of Contents
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    001. About
    002. Why Stat Max?
    003. The Setup
    004. Let's Get Started.
    
    	0041. Level 99 Trick
    	0042. Lucky Lucky's
    	0043. Treasure Hunting
    	0044. Money Trick
    
    005. Synthesis
    
    	0051. Collecting / Buying Gems
    	0052. Collecting Mythril
    	0053. Info You Will Need
    	0054. Collecting Synth Items
    
    006. FAQ
    007. Special Thanks
    008. Info
    
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    001. About
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    This guide is meant to hopefully save people some time when trying to stat
    max. Stat maxing is a long task that takes a lot of time and patience. I am
    going to help you minimize the time spent stat maxing. This guide will cover
    everything you need to know but will not cover any of the story so spoilers
    should be minimal. This guide follows the US version, not Final Mix.
    
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    002. Why Stat Max?
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    There is nothing in this game that needs to be stat maxed for. You can beat
    everything with normal stats but maxed stats just looks good, and it gives
    you that true 100% feeling =).
    
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    003. The Setup
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    This guide assumes that you have completed the game up to at least the Alter
    of Naught. If you are not to the Alter of Naught do so before continuing with
    this guide. I will cover everything else you need to know.
    
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    004. Lets Get Started
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    Stat maxing is a very long drawn out process with a lot of repetition. If you
    want to dominate, this FAQ is for you.
    
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    0041. Level 99 Trick
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    Now you have a choice, you can either level up to 99 now using a simple trick
    and make farming items faster or you can just level up while your farming.
    It's your choice.
    
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    What you will need:
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    Gullwing Keyblade
    Experience Boost Ability
    Magnega
    Critical HP
    
    
    Go to the Pride Lands. From the ship go to the Stone Hollow. Make sure you
    remove any healing abilities from your party and go get your health down to
    critical. Exit there and take a right, the door to the Kings Den is on the
    right side. Go through to Pride Rock. There will be hundred's of Thrusters up
    here to kill. Stand in the middle of them and cast Magnega. Now jump and help
    take a few of them out till you can cast again. Continue doing this until all
    the thrusters are gone. Exit the area and come right back, they will respawn.
    Once you get to about level 54 you can just stand and cast Magnega and not
    worry about running out of magic.
    
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    0042. Lucky Lucky
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    The next step to stat maxing is to get all the available Lucky Lucky abilities.
    There are 7 all together, 3 gained from upgrades, 3 from weapons, and 1 from an
    accessory. With all 7 stacked it makes farming for items a lot more bareable.
    
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    Sora
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    What level Sora gains the Lucky Lucky ability depends on if you picked the 
    sword, the shield, or the staff during Dive Into The Heart
    
    Level 41 if you picked the sword.
    Level 53 if you picked the shield.
    Level 99 if you picked the staff.
    
    Sora's next Lucky Lucky comes from the Sweet Memories keyblade, you can get
    this by completing the Spooky Cave minigame in 100 Acre Woods.
    
    Sora's third Lucky Lucky comes from the Lucky Ring, you can get this by
    completing the Pain and Panic Cup in the underworld.
    
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    Donald
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    If you already beat the game you should already have Donald's Lucky Lucky
    ability. But just incase you didn't. It is a bonus level after you defeat
    the Nobodies with The King in Twilight Town.
    
    Donalds second Lucky Lucky comes from a weapon. The Meteor Staff, it is
    obtained in a chest at Port Royal. (Ship Graveyard - Seadrift Keep)
    
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    Goofy
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    Again, you should already have this but just incase. You get it as a bonus
    level after you beat Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed on the first trip to The Pride
    Lands.
    
    Goofy's second Lucky Lucky comes from a weapon. The Genji Shield, it is
    obtained by completing the Titan Cup in the underworld.
    
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    0043. Treasure Hunting
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    Alright now, before we start farming and synthing like crazy, there are a few
    chest that need to be found. Heres a list of everything you will need from
    them. While your collecting these chests it might also be a good idea to fight
    everything you see. Might as well start collecting synth materials now and
    kill two birds with one stone.
    
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    Recipes
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    Gaurd Recipe - 100 Acre Woods - The Expotition - Makes defence/attack boost.
    Skill Recipe - Radiant Garden - Ansem's Study - Makes ap boost/magic boost.
    
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    AP Boosts
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    Twilight Town - Market Street : Tram Common
    Twilight Town - Underground Concourse
    Twilight Town - Sunset Terrace
    
    Radiant Garden - Burough
    Radiant Garden - Postern
    Radiant Garden - Corridors
    Radiant Garden - Restoration Site
    Radiant Garden - Crystal Fissure
    
    Land Of Dragons - Village Cave
    Land Of Dragons - Ridge
    Land Of Dragons - Throne Room x 2
    
    Beast's Castle - Courtyard
    Beast's Castle - The West Hall
    Beast's Castle - Dungeon
    
    Olympus Coliseum - Cave of the Dead Passage
    Olympus Colliseum - Underworld Cavern Entrance
    Olympus Colliseum - Underworld Cavern Atrium
    Olympus Colliseum - The Lock
    
    Disney Castle - Courtyard
    Timeless River - Waterway
    
    Port Royal - Town
    Port Royal - Isle De Meurta Powder Store x 2
    Port Royal - Ship Graveyard Seadrift Keep
    
    Halloween Town - Hinterlands
    Halloween Town - Santa's House
    
    Agrabah - Agrabah
    Agrabah - Bazaar
    Agrabah - Cave Of Wonders Valley Of Stone
    Agrabah - Cave Of Wonders Chasm Of Challenges
    Agrabah - Cave Of Wonders Treasure Room
    
    Pride Lands - Elephant Graveyard
    Pride Lands - Wildebeast Valley
    Pride Lands - Oasis
    
    100 Acre Wood - Pooh's House
    100 Acre Wood - Piglet's House
    100 Acre Wood - Rabbit's House
    100 Acre Wood - Kanga's House
    100 Acre Wood - Spookey Cave x 2
    
    Space Paranoids - I/O Tower Hallway
    Space Paranoids - Central Computer Mesa
    
    The World That Never Was - Fragment Crossing
    The World That Never Was - Memory's Skyscraper
    The World That Never Was - Ruin And Creations Passage
    
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    Power Boost
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    Olympus Colliseum - Underworld Entrance
    
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    Defence Boost
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    100 Acre Wood - Piglet's House
    
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    Magic Boost
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    100 Acre Wood - Kanga's House
    
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    Mythril Gem
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    Twilight Town - Underground Concourse
    
    Radiant Garden - Postern
    
    Port Royal - Town
    
    Halloween Town - Candy Cane Lane
    
    Agrabah - Bazaar
    
    Pride Lands - Wildebeast Valley
    
    100 Acre Wood - Piglet's House
    100 Acre Wood - Spookey Cave
    
    Space Paranoids - Canyon
    
    The World That Never Was - Nothing's Call
    The World That Never Was - Naught's Skyway
    
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    Mythril Crystal
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    Twilight Town - Underground Concourse
    Twilight Town - Tunnelway
    Twilight Town - Sunset Terrace
    Twilight Town - Mansion Foyer
    Twilight Town - Mansion Dining Room
    
    Radiant Garden - Corridors
    
    Land Of Dragons - Throne Room
    
    Port Royal - Ship Graveyard Seadrift Row
    
    100 Acre Wood - Rabbit's House
    100 Acre Wood - Spookey Cave
    
    Space Paranoids - Pit Cell
    
    The World That Never Was - Fragment Crossing
    The World That Never Was - Memory's Skyscraper
    The World That Never Was - Naught's Skyway
    The World That Never Was - Ruin And Creations Passage
    
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    0044. Money Trick
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    You won't need to know this till later but when it comes time you'll need a 
    lot of $. I figured I should explain this now before I get to into explaining 
    the synthesis.
    
    Recomended : Jackpot Ability
    Location : Tower - Sorcerer's Loft
    
    Start at the Sorcerer's Loft and go down the Wayward Stairs to the Moon Chamber
    Once in the Moon Chamber you will come across 4 Gambler Nobodies. Look at them
    carefully, some of them will begin flying with cards rotating vertically under
    them, ignore the rest and watch the ones doing this. If none are doing this,
    exit the room, and re enter and it`ll reset there actions.
    
    When one of the Gamblers doing this action land they are about to start the
    dice game. Get somewhat close to him and a reaction command will appear saying
    "Stop Dice". Use the stop dice command and a mini game will come up. All you
    have to do is press triangle whenever the reaction command is showing O. You
    might mess this up a few times, but with a little practice you`ll be getting
    it everytime. Everytime you get it each Gambler will drop up to 250$. Thats
    1000$ everytime you do this. After you get the money, go back to keeping an
    eye on the one doing the action.
    
    If there is more then one doing the action watch them all, if one does his
    first, it might not make the other ones doing it give money, so while your
    collecting the money keep an eye on the ones still doing it. Give priority to
    playing the mini game, not collecting the money. I've had times when 3 of them
    were doing the action, one lands, I get it, another lands, I get it, the third
    lands and I get it too then when I collect the money I'd get 2250$.
    
    
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    005. Synthesis
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    Now it's time to start the longest part of stat maxing, the synthesis. By now
    you should have lots of items to start synthesis with. If not just run through
    all the levels right quick with all 7 Lucky Lucky's equipped and you should
    have a decent number of synthesis items after this. 
    
    I recommend you get your synth mog to level 9 before starting. When your 
    leveling up your Mog try not to use Serenity Stones/Crystals and Energy 
    Crystals, you'll thank me later. It will save you quite a bit of time. Just 
    synth what ever you can and make sure you always use Bright materials while 
    synthing to level up your moogle.
    
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    0051. Step 1 - Collecting / Buying Gems
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    The first thing I recommend doing is making it so you can purchase Twilight 
    and Dense Gems. These are a very important part of stat maxing and its easier 
    to buy them then find them, now that you know the money trick. You will need 
    to find 25 of each to make them available for sale. Heres the best ways to 
    find them.
    
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    Dense Gem
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    Dropped by Samurai
    
    The best room to find Samurai is Naught's Skyway in The World That Never Was.
    There is 7 of them in this room, that's the most there are in any room they 
    are in. See below for collecting strategy.
    
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    Twilight Gem
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    Dropped by Assassin
    
    The best room to find Assassin is Hall of Empty Memories in The World That
    Never Was. There is 4 of them in this room. I'm pretty sure it's the only room
    you can find them in. See below for collecting strategy.
    
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    Collecting Them
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    The best possible way to collect these is to enter TWTNW at the Twilight's View
    save point. Go through the level till you get to Proof Of Existence. Exit the
    World and reenter at Twilight's View. Repeat till you have 25 of each gem. If
    you get all the Dense Gems before the Twilight Gems you don't even need to go
    to Naught's Skyway anymore. You can just use the Proof Of Existence save to get
    close to The Hallway Of Empty Memories.
    
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    0052. Step 2 - Collecting Mythril
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    Mythril plays a huge role in stat maxing, they are by far the most annoying.
    Here's the synth recipes for the mythril's we'll need.
    
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    Mythril Gem
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    2 Dense Gems
    1 Dense Crystal
    2 Twilight Gems
    1 Twilight Crystal
    
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    Mythril Crystal
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    2 Dense Gems
    1 Dense Crystal
    2 Twilight Gems
    1 Twilight Crystal
    1 Serenity Stone
    
    Now do you see why I showed you the $ trick and how to be able to buy the gems?
    You will need A LOT of them since every AP and Magic Boost needs a Mythril Gem
    and every Power and Defense Boost need Mythril Crystal.
    
    Now that the gems are easily excessible, I'll show you the best way to get the
    other needed items.
    
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    0053. Step 3 - Info You Will Need
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    Ok, here's some last minute info your going to need before stat maxing. Here
    I'll cover the synth recipes and synth item locations. See Step 4 for the best
    possible ways to get the synth items.
    
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    AP Boost
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    1 Mythril Gem
    2 Power Crystals
    2 Dark Crystals
    2 Frost Crystals
    
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    Magic Boost
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    1 Mythril Gem
    2 Power Crystals
    2 Dark Crystals
    2 Frost Crystals
    1 Serenity Crystal
    
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    Defence Boost
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    1 Mythril Crystal
    2 Blazing Crystals
    2 Lightning Crystals
    2 Lucid Crystals
    
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    Power Boost
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    1 Mythril Crystal
    2 Blazing Crystals
    2 Lightning Crystals
    2 Lucid Crystals
    1 Serenity Crystal
    
    As you can see it's going to take ALOT of Mythril and Crystals to do this. Only
    use your Energy Crystals when making AP and Magic Boosts since Dark Crystals
    are so hard to get. Remember earlier I said to save your Energy and Serenity
    Crystals? This is why. The only thing more annoying to get then those is the
    Dark Crystals >.<
    
    Here is a list of the enemies that drop the needed synth items. Check Step 4
    for specific strategies. I'm not going to list the serenity's since you
    shouldn't have to spend much time looking for them.
    
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    Power Crystal
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    Morning Star :
    
    Beast's Castle - Ballroom, Entrance Hall, The West Hall
                         
    Olympus Coliseum - Cave Of The Dead Entrance, Underworld: Caverns Atrium
                         
    Port Royal - Isle De Meurta Powder Store, The Black Pearl, Ship Graveyard
    Seadrift Keep
                         
    Radiant Garden - Borough, Castle Gates, Ravine Trail, Restoration Site, The
    Dark Depths
    
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    Dark Crystal
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    Air Pirate :
    
    Land Of Dragons - Encampment, Checkpoint, Village Cave
    
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    Frost Crystal
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    Living Bone :
    
    Pride Lands - Elephant Graveyard, Savannah, Wastelands
                                                                                
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    Blazing Crystal
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    Crescendo :    
    
    Olympus Coliseum - Cave Of The Dead: Passage, Underworld: Caverns The Lost Road
    
    Crimson Jazz :
    
    Agrabah - Agrabah, Sandswept Ruins, Cave Of Wonders: Valley Of Stone
    
    Beast's Castle - Ballroom, Bridge, Entrance Hall, The West Hall, The West Wing
     
    Olympus Coliseum - Cave Of The Dead: Entrance, Underworld: Caverns Atrium
    
    Radiant Garden - Bailey, Corridors
    
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    Lightning Crystal
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    Devastator :
    
    Space Paranoids - Canyon, Dataspace, I/O Tower: Hallway
    
    Strafer :
    
    Space Paranoids - Canyon
    
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    Lucid Crystal
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    Neoshadow :  
    
    Agrabah - Agrabah
    
    Beast's Castle - Courtyard, Bridge
    
    Halloween Town - Halloween Town Square, Graveyard, Candy Cane Lane
    
    Land Of Dragons - Encampment, Mountain Trail, Ridge
    
    Olympus Coliseum - Cave Of The Dead : Passage, Underworld Caverns : The Lost
    Road
    
    Port Royal - Town, Isla de Meurta : Powder Store, Isle de Meurta Moonlight Nook
    
    Pride Lands - The Savannah, Elephant Graveyard, Wildebeest Valley, Wastelands,
    Jungle
    
    Radiant Garden - Borough, Bailey, Corridors, Castle Gate
    
    The World That Never Was - Memory's Skyscraper
    
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    Dense Crystal
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    Berserker :     
    
    Twilight Town - Tower: Wayward Stairs
    
    The World That Never Was - Naught's Skyway, Addled Impasse, Naught's Approach
    
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    Twilight Crystal
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    Sorceror :
    
    The World That Never Was - Nothing's Call, Ruin and Creation's Passage
    
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    Energy Crystal
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    Book Master : 
    
    Radiant Garden - Borough
    
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    0054. Step 4 - Collecting Synth Items
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    Now that you have all the info you will need it's time to start collecting
    synth items. You can use the synth item locations listed above, they work fine,
    but from my experience (stat maxed 3 times) these are the best ways to get the
    synth items. I'll just list what worlds and what areas to farm in, these are
    the absolute best spots available. By best I mean the number of enemies that
    drop is greatest in that area.
    
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    Things To Remember
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    1. ALWAYS have all 7 Lucky Lucky equipped.
    
    2. ALWAYS kill the enemy as fast as possible, I find the faster you kill them
    the better the drop.
    
    3. Pick which stat you want to upgrade first and go for those Crystals. Pick 2
    or 3 of the worlds listed below.
    
    4. Magnega is your best friend, I recommend doing magic first cause spamming
    magnega makes farming A LOT quicker.
    
    5. The best method I found is stick to one world till you get a good # of them,
    then go to the other world and try to get the same #, switch back and forth
    until you have a good supply of them.
    
    6. When your switching back and forth between worlds collecting Crystals,
    always stop at Radiant Garden and do that area a few times to collect Energy
    Crystals. For every Energy Crystal you get its 3 less other Crystals you need.
    
    7. There are a few Crystals not listed here but don't worry, the only reason I
    didn't list them is because they will come naturally if you follow my steps.
    
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    Best Areas
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    Beast's Castle : Power Crystals & Blazing Crystals
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    Enter at Beast's Room and fight every room till you arrive at The Entrance 
    Hall (don't bother with The Secret Passage theres nothing useful
    there). 
    
    Once you get to The Entrance Hall kill the enemies in The Ballroom then
    walk out to The Bridge and kill the enemies there. 
    
    Go back to the Entrance Hall and exit through The Parlor. Sometimes The 
    Entrance Hall and the Bridge have nobodies instead of heartless, just exit and 
    re enter the room till heartless appear. 
    
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    Radiant Garden : Energy Crystals
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    Enter at Merlin`s House, go outside and defeat all the Bookmasters, there 
    are 4 outside the door, then go straight then left and theres 2 more, then 
    get up on the high ledge to find 3 more. 
    
    
    
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    Space Paranoids : Lightning Crystals
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    Enter at Pit Cell, go to The Canyon and defeat all enemies here. 
    
    Then go to The Database, clear this room. 
    
    Back track and go to the I/O Tower: Hallway, clear this room and thats it for
    this area.
    
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    The World That Never Was : Dense Crystals & Twilight Crystals
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    Enter at The Brink Of Despair and go through every room killing everything 
    till the Alter of Naught, even the side rooms in Proof Of Existence. 
    
    There are a few small things you don't have to kill, you'll figure it out. 
    
    You'll get ALOT more Dense then Twilight so once you have a good stock of Dense
    you can start entering at Proof of Existence instead of Brink Of Despair. 
    
    
    
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    Pride Lands : Frost Crystals
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    Enter at Stone Hollow, kill everything in the Elephant Graveyard.
    
    Exit to Savannah, kill the enemies that appear when you enter the Savannah.
    
    Then go to the Wildebeest Valley entrance, kill the enemies by this entrance
    then enter Wildebeest Valley, kill the enemies here. 
    
    Go to The Wasteland and kill the enemies here. 
    
    Once your finished with The Wasteland run right to The Oasis and your finished.
    
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    Land Of Dragons : Dark Crystals
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    Enter at Bamboo Grove, go to The Encampment, fight everything. 
    
    Then go to The Checkpoint and go straight to the other side, kill enemies. Exit
    from that corner then come right back to The Encampment. 
    
    Go to other corner and kill these enemies, exit area and come right back again. 
    
    Return to The Encampment and if you left and returned in the areas I specified 
    the enemies in The Encampment should have respawned. 
    
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    Finishing Points
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    1. Remember to do these area's over and over till you have a good stock of 
    each crystal.
    
    2. The Crystals that I didn't list should come to you naturally while
    collecting the ones I did list.
    
    3. Even with these time saving tricks this is still a long drawn out process.
    Good Luck.
    
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    006. FAQ
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    Q. Why would you write a guide for stat maxing?
    
    A. It took me so long to figure out the best way to stat max, why spend all
    that time figuring it out not to share it?
    
    Q. How long did it take you to stat max Sora?
    
    A. About 20 hours my first time with no help, this guide should make it a 
    little quicker.
    
    Q. Whats the point in Stat Maxing? Nothing needs it
    
    A. Well I'm an avid 100% goer and it makes the Paradox Cups a joke.
    
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    007. Special Thanks To :
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    1. Me =) for actually commiting to something and seeing it through.
    2. The people at GameFAQ's for having such a great site.
    3. The people who wrote the great FAQ's that helped me 100% the game in the
    first place.
    4. The people at Square Enix for making such a great game.
    
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    008. Info
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    E-Mail : david_ellis4@hotmail.com
    Forum Name : Dave4202
    
    Copyright 2009 David Ellis
    
    Any questions, comments, things you'd like to add, feel free to contact me.

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