XENOSAGA EPISODE II: JENSEITS VON GUT UND BOSE DOUBLE TECH FAQ (v1.0, 7-6-04) by Edward Chang (chang.459(at)osu.edu) Revision History v1.0 (7-6-04) First version. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. Character Double Techs 3. ES Double Techs -ES Asher -ES Dinah -ES Zebulun 4. Frequently Asked Questions 5. Credits 1. INTRODUCTION This is an FAQ for Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Bose. It deals with Double Techs, semi-secret skills that are new to the Xenosaga series. Double Techs are what they sound like - techniques performed by two characters at the same time for big damage and/or other effects. This FAQ will list the double techs in the game as well as how to obtain them. Double techs require Stock to use. Each double tech is listed with a stock requirement - most require 2. This means that to perform the double tech, each character involved must have 2 or more stock. In order to actually perform the tech, one character must be the current active turn, and the other must boost. Thus, double techs consume a certain number of stock per character and one boost. Each double tech can only be used once per battle. Double techs also exist on the ES, where they take a slightly different form. Each of the three ESs in the game has a 'main' pilot - the ES Asher has Jr., the ES Dinah has KOS-MOS, and the ES Zebulun has MOMO. Each ES also has a copilot, and who the copilot is determine what double techs that ES can use. ES Double Techs require Energy Charge (EC) to use (boost is not necessary). Every attack an ES performs gives 25 EC; using Stock gives 100 EC. Unlike character double techs, ES double techs can be used as many times per battle as desired. This FAQ makes use of SJIS encoding in order to display Japanese characters. I included this feature so that if you do not know Japanese, you can easily match up the characters on your TV screen to the characters in this guide. You will need to have support for viewing Japanese characters on your computer, however. Certain versions of Windows should have it built in; otherwise, you'll either need to get a program like NJStar Communicator, or you'll need to get Japanese character support for Internet Explorer (free from Microsoft) and open this file in IE instead of Notepad/Wordpad. 2. CHARACTER DOUBLE TECHS In the first few battles in the game, you'll receive a quick tutorial on the game's battle system. At one point you'll be introduced to double techs, where Jin and Chaos's double tech, Hyoumonken, will be displayed. This is the only double tech in the game that you get for free. All others must be obtained by completing specific G2 Campaign missions or by getting and using certain rare items from bosses. Each double tech listed here will explain how to earn that double tech. Gravity Fist 重力拳 Shion and KOS-MOS Stock: 2 This tech causes physical, bashing damage to one enemy. As an added bonus, it can cause L Slow status on them, making it slightly more useful than most of the other techs. Learning this double tech requires you to obtain the New Double Tech Awakening Book Two 新二人技覚醒書弐, which is a rare steal from Orguia, the boss in the Ormus Stronghold. Duo Buster デュオバスター Shion and KOS-MOS Stock: 3 This tech causes ether beam damage to one enemy. The damage can be huge against enemies weak against beam, but it's a pity that it costs 3 stock and yet only hits one enemy. To learn this double tech, you must complete G2 Campaign #36, which basically requires finishing ALL of the other G2 Campaign missions, then speaking to Valtell ヴァルテル in Second Miltia City Sector 2. Angelic Requiem 大天使の鎮魂歌 Shion and Jr. Stock: 2 This tech causes physical piercing damage to all enemies. Rather nice for taking out large groups of humanoids, who tend to be weak against pierce. To learn this double tech, you must complete G2 Campaign #5. This mission is assigned by Jun ジュン in the Uzuki residence after the Shion Visits Home event; it requires you to complete a sliding block puzzle within 3 minutes. You can try as many times as you need. Duo Spell Ray デュオスペルレイ Shion and Chaos Stock: 2 This tech causes ether beam damage to one enemy. A little bit risque, perhaps? To learn this, complete G2 Campaign #17, assigned by Bonnie ボニー in the Foundation. She wants you to help her get a job, so you have to find her a manners book and a pink dress. See my G2 Campaign FAQ for fuller details on this mission, which has some other complex requirements. Burst Veil バーストヴェール Shion and MOMO Stock: 1 This tech supports your party rather than attacks the enemy by giving your party Burst Veil status, which basically doubles the effect of any Veil spell you cast. If you're in the habit of casting Veil-type spells for elemental protection, this can be a good tech to use, especially since it's 'cheap' at 1 stock each for Shion and MOMO. To learn this tech, finish G2 Campaign #8, which involves helping Ligi リージ at the power grid in Second Miltia. You have to navigate through the maze of electrical power grids and hit the switch in the back within 5 minutes. You can try as many times as you want, so don't panic about it. Eiyuu Kenbu (Hero's Sword Dance) 英雄剣舞 Shion and Jin Stock: 2 This tech causes physical slashing damage to a single enemy. (It's very pretty too). No real special attributes. To learn this double tech, finish G2 Campaign #34 after clearing the Ormus Stronghold. Talk to Carlos カルロス in Second Miltia, and he'll ask you to survey people for the best date spot. Answer "Second Miltia" 第二ミルチア to complete the mission. Houou Aikiken (Phoenix Love Spirit Sword) 鳳凰愛気剣 Shion and Jin Stock: 3 This double tech causes ether, aura-elemental damage to one enemy. This can be nice as neither Shion nor Jin normally has access to aura attacks, but again the stock cost is a little more than the tech is worth. To earn this double tech, you need the New Double Tech Awakening Book Three 新二人技覚醒書参, which is a rare steal from Margulis, the boss in the Labyrinth. Cross Fist クロスフィスト KOS-MOS and Ziggy Stock: 2 This causes physical, bashing damage to one character. Pretty plain. To earn this double tech, you must finish G2 Campaign #22. Talk to Johnny ジョニー after clearing the Ormus Stronghold in front of the bakery in the Foundation, and accept his mission of playing paper-rock-scissors with everybody in the area. If you win a certain amount of them, you'll be given this tech as a reward. Cross Hilbert クロスヒルベルト KOS-MOS and MOMO Stock: 2 This causes no damage, but instead causes H Lost status on all enemies. H Lost prevents enemies from using Ethers, so this spell can be pretty nice if you're up against some spellcasters. However you're not likely to get much use out of this. To learn this, finish G2 Campaign #30. After reaching Old Miltia, talk to Clive クライブ in King's Shop in the Foundation, and then pick up all five cats and find them a suitable owner. Their locations are as follows: -Marcello マルセロ, Second Miltia, Spaceport -Valentina ヴァレンティナ, Second Miltia City, Moby Dick Cafe -Anuze アニューゼ, Second Miltia City, 40 Publishing Agency -Nascha ナーシャ, Kukai Foundation City, Bar -Kagari カガリ, Kukai Foundation City, Laundromat After delivering all of the cats, return to Clive for the reward. Dancing Rondo ダンシングロンド KOS-MOS and Chaos Stock: 3 This causes physical, bashing damage on one opponent. It costs 3 stock, and thus isn't usually worth the damage. However, it's pretty funny to watch. To earn this tech, finish G2 Campaign #28. To do so, you must first beat the game, then reload the clear save file and play through all of the secret dungeons. Finally, Kite カイト in the Iron Man bar in the Foundation will ask you to defeat Mad Skeltar, who can be found on top of the tower in the Heavenly Ruins. See my G2 Campaign FAQ for more details. Hyoumonken (Frozen Sword) 氷紋剣 Jin and Chaos Stock: 2 This causes physical, slashing and ice damage against one enemy. Ice damage is the hardest kind of elemental to get, so this can be pretty good. This is the only double tech you learn for free. Ziggy Strike ジギーストライク Ziggy and MOMO Stock: 3 This causes physical, bashing and fire damage against one enemy. Not that worth the stock, though it causes lots of damage and is HILARIOUS. G2 Campaign #32 is the one to beat to earn this skill. To do so you need to pay off Matthews' 10 million G debt to K2 at the Spaceport in Second Miltia, then you must talk to Kamikaze カミカゼ in the Elza. Life One ライフワン Chaos and MOMO Stock: 3 Another support double tech, this casts "Saiai no Kachi" (Beloved Student) on all of your characters, which will heal them to max automatically if they should die. Since the spell Saiai no Kachi costs 60 EP, not to mention 4800 class points and 9600 skill points just to learn, this is a huge benefit! It's too bad you can only cast it once per battle. Try casting it during every boss fight. To learn this you need the New Double Tech Awakening Book Four 新二人技覚醒書四, which is a rare steal from the Pope, the boss of the Omega System. Elemental Nocturne 精霊の夜想曲 Jr. and Chaos Stock: 2 This skill causes ether/aura damage to all enemies. Very nice effect. To learn this skill, complete G2 Campaign #9; this involves helping Maple メイプル in Second Miltia find her stuffed teddy bear, which you can do simply by chasing the thief around Second Miltia. After seeing three cutscenes, examine the shiny object on the ground to pick up the bar, and return it to Maple. Silver Duet 白銀の二重唱 Jr. and MOMO Stock: 2 This causes ether damage to one enemy. Not that spectacular, although very pretty-looking (and cute, I guess). To earn this, you need the New Double Tech Awakening Book One 新二人技覚醒書壱, which is a rare steal from Albedo, the boss of MOMO's Deep Domain (Winter). Burning Chorus 灼熱の合唱 Jr. and Ziggy Stock: 2 This causes physical piercing and fire damage to all enemies. Again an awesome double tech. Complete G2 Campaign #23, which involves helping Panache パナシェ on the Elza. Go to Narcissus ナルシサス in the Vector Section 2 in Second Miltia to get a battery, then return to Panache and use the scanning device next to him. Rinse and repeat until you reveal the culprit's face. 3. ES DOUBLE TECHS ES Double Techs do not need to be learned; they depend solely on who the copilot is. However, some double techs need 300 Energy Charge. Since 200 is the normal maximum, the only way to perform these double techs is to equip the special accessory "EMAX300", which raises your maximum to 300. You can get three of these items - convenient, since there's 3 ESs in the game. -One is a normal item drop from Icasaar, Pellegri's ES, which you'll fight in the Ormus Stronghold. -One is a rare item drop from Nagurufar, the giant cannon you'll run into in the Submerged City. -One is a reward for G2 Campaign #24, which involves taking a quiz after completing the game. See my G2 Campaign FAQ for full details on the quiz as well as the answers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ES ASHER (Pilot: Jr.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Shoot Buster シュートバスター Energy Charge: 100% Subpilot: Ziggy, Jin, Shion, Chaos Causes ether beam damage to one opponent. Can be good since the Asher does not have ether attacks or beam attacks in its normal attack complement. Blast Gatling ブラストガトリング Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Shion Causes physical piercing damage to one opponent. Kouyoku Tenshou (Wings of Light Sky Thrust) 光翼天衝 Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Jin Causes physical, slashing and aura damage to one opponent. Can cause great damage, so use it if you have the EC to spare. Ice Wind アイスウィンド Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Chaos Causes ether ice damage to one opponent. Corona Buster コロナバスター Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Ziggy Causes ether fire damage to one opponent. Odin Buster オーディンバスター Energy Charge: 300% Subpilot: Shion, Chaos Causes ether beam damage to one opponent. Kind of a waste for 300% EC. Gekkoujin (Moonlight Blade) 月光刃 Subpilot: Jin Causes ether and aura damage to all opponents, making it pretty good. This is the only way the Asher can attack multiple enemies. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ES DINAH (Pilot: KOS-MOS) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Spiral Fist スパイラルフィスト Energy Charge: 100% Subpilot: Ziggy, Jin, Shion, Chaos Causes physical bashing damage to one opponent. Not great, but sometimes worth it. Tornado Fist トルネードフィスト Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Shion Causes physical bashing and lightning damage to one opponent. If the enemy is weak against lightning, go for it. Souryuuzan (Dual Dragon Slash) 双龍斬 Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Jin Causes physical slashing damage to one opponent. Pretty basic. Hadoushou (Wave Palm) 波動掌 Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Chaos Causes physical bashing and aura damage against one opponent. Again, aura damage is scarce, so utilize this if you need it. Meteo Fall メテオフォール Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Ziggy Causes ether fire damage to one opponent. X-Buster Energy Charge: 300% Subpilot: Shion Ah, nostalgia from XS1. Causes ether beam damage to all opponents, great if the opponent is actually weak against beam. Zantetsujin (Iron Cutting Blade) 斬鉄刃 Energy Charge: 300% Subpilot: Jin Causes physical slashing and aura damage to one opponent. Great damage, though you probably won't see this happening too often. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ES ZEBULUN (Pilot: MOMO) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rain Arrow レインアロー Energy Charge: 100% Subpilot: Ziggy, Jin, Shion, Chaos Causes ether beam pierce damage to all enemies. One of the best ES attacks, as you can easily attack all enemies as soon as the battle starts if you equip a Quick Charge (starts the battle with 100% EC). Starlight Arrow スターライトアロー Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Shion Causes ether pierce damage against one opponent. If there are multiple opponents, it's usually better to just use Rain Arrow. Hiten Kongoukyuu (Flying Thunderbolt Bow) 飛天金剛弓 Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Jin Causes ether pierce and aura damage to one opponent. This has the added effect of nullifying enemy benficial status effects, making it one of the best ES double techs. Use it often if necessary. Ice Rondo アイスロンド Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Chaos Causes physical slash and ice damage to one opponent. Power Dancing パワーダンシング Energy Charge: 200% Subpilot: Ziggy Causes physical bashing and fire damage to one opponent. Can cause a lot of damage. Aerod エアッド Energy Charge: 300% Subpilot: Ziggy, Jin, Shion, Chaos Ah, nostalgia from Xenogears! This causes Ether and Beam damage to all opponents. It will cause TONS of damage to enemies susceptible to beam, so use it often if you come across such an opponent. Big Meteo ビッグメテオ Energy Charge: 300% Subpilot: Ziggy Causes ether fire damage to one opponent. Good damage, although it's usually more efficient energy charge-wise to do Power Dancing. 4. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q. If I missed getting a double tech, can I go back and get it? A. If the double tech is learned from one of the rare item drops from bosses, the answer is NO. Thus it is crucial you learn Psycho Pocket as fast as possible so you can perform the double ether Rare Steal (Psycho Pocket + Analyze). If the double tech is learned from a G2 Campaign, you can get it at any time provided you haven't already failed the mission. If you have, tough luck. Q. How do I use a character double tech? A. With one of the pair active and both having enough stock, Boost to the other character in the pair, then go to the menu and choose "Double". Q. How do I use an ES double tech? A. Make sure the subpilot is who you want it to be and that you have sufficient energy charge, then go into the menu and select "Special". 5. CREDITS Thanks go to: Namco and Monolith Soft for the great RPG. This FAQ Copyright 2004 to Edward Chang. Redistribution in any form, including reprinting in electronic or print media, without express permission of the author is strictly forbidden.