TALES OF SYMPHONIA (PS2 VERSION)
Character FAQ
Written by : Aileron
Version : 1.25

Tales of Symphonia is (C) 2003-2004 Fujishima Kosuke, Namco Ltd.

 
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Table of Contents
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1)Introduction
2)Legal Stuff
3)Characters
  i)   Character Description
  ii)  Skills and Spells
  iii) Unison Attacks
4)FAQ
  i)   EX-Skills
  ii)  Battle Technics
  iii) Spell Avoiding
  iv)  Combos
5)Tips & Tricks
6)Credits
7)Revision History


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1) Introduction
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Tales of Symphonia is the 5th main Tales RPG series which was released for the 
Nintendo Gamecube on August 29 2003. The game was later translated in English
on July 13 2004, but Namco earlier announced that it will also be released for 
the Playstation 2. In this version, more features were added in exchange for
average loading times just like the PSX days. This FAQ was made to explain how
to use all 9 characters respectively.


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2) Legal Stuff
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This guide cannot be viewed on any website except GameFAQs or distributed 
publicly for profit without my permission. Use of this guide on any other 
website or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a 
violation of copyright. If you want to use any of the information in this FAQ 
or got any questions/suggestions, bring it up in the Tales of Symphonia(PS2) 
message board.


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3) Characters
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Here are the characters you can use in Tales of Symphonia. Most of the 
characters are using weapons never used in the Tales Series.
-Lloyd Irving
-Collet Brunel
-Genius Sage
-Refill Sage
-Kratos Aurion
-Fujibayashi Shihna
-Zelos Wilder
-Presea Combatir
-Regal Bryan

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i) Character Description
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Lloyd Irving
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Age    : 17
Gender : Male
Height : 173cm
Weight : 58kg
Class  : Swordsman
Weapon : Twin Swords

The main hero in this game and also the first main Tales character to wield 
Twin Swords. Found and adopted by a dwarf named Dike, he uses the Dwarven Vows 
as a guide in his daily life. He sets out on a journey along with his pet, 
Noishe to help Collet regenerate their world, Sylvarant.


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Collet Brunel
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Age    : 16
Gender : Female
Height : 158cm
Weight : 44kg
Class  : Miko(Chosen)
Weapon : Chakram

The main heroine and Lloyd's childhood friend. Due to her family lineage,
Collet is the chosen one who will regenerate the world, Sylvarant. A klutz in 
almost anything, she tries her best to play the role as the Chosen with some 
help from her friends, mostly Lloyd.


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Genius Sage
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Age    : 12
Gender : Male
Height : 141cm
Weight : 29kg
Class  : Sorceror
Weapon : Kendama

Lloyd's childhood best friend. True to his name, Genius, for his age, is very 
smart and is also a powerful spell caster. He wants to be treated as an adult 
eventhough he still acts like a kid.


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Refill Sage
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Age    : 23
Gender : Female
Height : 166cm
Weight : 49kg
Class  : Teacher
Weapon : Staff/Rod

Lloyd's teacher and Genius' elder sister, Refill is the calm one in troubling 
situations and is a hyper enthusiast of ancient ruins and relics. She joins 
the journey due to her experience and knowledge of the world and goes "Relical"
when the party visits any ancient ruin sites.


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Kratos Aurion
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Age    : 28
Gender : Male
Height : 186cm
Weight : 78kg
Class  : Magic Swordsman
Weapon : Sword/Dagger

A hired mercenary who protects Collet during her journey to regenerate the 
world. He is a mystery to the party. His purpose and history is a vague note
for everyone. A skilled swordsman who excels in Magic.


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Fujibayashi Shihna
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Age    : 19
Gender : Female
Height : 164cm
Weight : 48kg
Class  : Summoner
Weapon : Ofuda(Charms)

An assasin who was sent from the other world, Tethe Alla. Her mission is to 
stop Collet from regenerating Sylvarant but eventually failed. Just like her 
target, she too bears the fate of her own world.


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Zelos Wilder
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Age    : 22
Gender : Male
Height : 179cm
Weight : 68kg
Class  : Magic Swordsman
Weapon : Sword/Dagger

Zelos is the mega-playboy who has the charm that can make women (except for 
Shihna) feel like putty. Actually he happens to be the chosen one for his 
world, Tethe Alla. He doesn't play that role seriously though. He joins the 
party to make sure that they do not cause any trouble as they travel around 
Tethe Alla.


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Presea Combatir
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Age    : 12 
Gender : Female
Height : 138cm
Weight : 24kg
Class  : Axe Warrior
Weapon : Axe

To replace her ill-stricken father, Presea works as a lumberjack to help 
support her family. The Exsphere she wears, while enabling her to wield the 
heavy axe, has a side-effect that makes her emotionless. She joins the party 
to hitch a ride with them to her hometown, Ozette.


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Regal Bryan
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Age    : 33
Gender : Male
Height : 189
Weight : 85kg
Class  : Fighter
Weapon : Greaves

Regal was ordered to capture Collet in Tethe Alla with the promise of his 
prison sentence being reduced. Eventhough he carries an aristocratic air about
him, he is honourable and leaves his hands shackled for the guilt he feels over
his past sinful action.


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ii) Skills/Spells 
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In Tales of Symphonia, Namco created a new skill system where the player gets
to choose which type of skills they want for their charaters. There are two 
new features: 

1) Skill Tree
2) Skill Type 

The Skill Tree is similar to a regular table chart. With this feature, you 
have to use the Tokugi(Basic) skill and LVL up at the same time to get new 
skills. Once the requirements are met, you have to choose the Skill Type for 
the new skill.  

There are two Skill Types: Technical(T) and Strike(S). 

Technical is more on hitting multiple enemies but does less damage while Strike
focus more on power but only hits one or two enemies. Although both Types are 
almost the same, it comes down to personal preference when choosing which types
suits best for the characters.

To learn new skills from either T or S types, your Skill Gauge must be on one
of the two sides in the T/S Gauge. To manipulate the gauge, you must equip 
EX-Skills which has two types(T-Type & S-Type). For example: To make Lloyd's 
skill gauge to be on T-Line, equip T-Type EX-Skills and fight a few battles 
until the gauge is full.

All the characters have a barrier skill which lowers damage for any attacks
including spells. To activate it, press Down + Square. You can also equip the
barrier skill which is not advisable.

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Lloyd Irving
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-----
Basic
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Tokugi:
Majin Ken     (Default)           
Shunjin Ken   (LVL 4)
Chiri Sazame  (LVL 7)
Koga Hazan    (LVL 9)
Rekkuu Zan    (LVL 11)

Higi:
Shishi Senkou (LVL 14)

Ougi:
Hiten Shouku  (LVL 40)
Suigo Jin     (Event)

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Technical
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Higi:
Majin Ken-Souga    (LVL 16 + Majin Ken 50 times)
Fuujin Ken         (LVL 18 + Shunjin Ken 50 times)
Aki Sazame         (LVL 21 + Chiri Sazame 50 times)
Shinkuu Retsu Zan  (LVL 24 + Rekkuu Zan 50 times)
Koga Renzan        (LVL 27 + Koga Hazan 50 times)

Ougi:
Shikou Senpa    (LVL 30 + Shishi Senkou 50 times)
Majin Renga Zan (LVL 50 + Majin Ken-Souga 50 times)
Zankou Shigure  (LVL 59 + Aki Sazame 50 times)

------
Strike
------
Higi:
Gou-Majin Ken  (LVL 16 + Majin Ken 50 times)
Kuuha Shou     (LVL 18 + Shunjin Ken 50 times)
Sou'u Shou     (LVL 21 + Chiri Sazame 50 times)
Retsu Zanpuu   (LVL 24 + Rekkuu Zan 50 times)
Koga Retsu Zan (LVL 27 + Koga Hazan 50 times)

Ougi:
Shikou Shouha Jin (LVL 30 + Shishi Senkou 50 times)
Makou Jin         (LVL 50 + Gou-Majin Ken 50 times)
Mouko Gouha Zan   (LVL 54 + Koga Retsu Zan 50 times)

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Combination
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Ougi:
Majin Kuuga Shou    (LVL 32,Majin Ken=Higi 50 + Shunjin Ken=Higi 50 times)
Majin Souha Zan     (LVL 35,Majin Ken=Higi 50 + Koga Hazan=Higi 50 times)
Reppuu Kuuga Shou   (LVL 38,Rekkuu Zan=Higi 50 + Shunjin Ken=Higi 50 times)
Shikou Reppuu       (LVL 41,Shishi Senkou=Ougi 50 + Rekkuu Zan=Higi 50 times)
Shuu'u Souha Zan    (LVL 44,Chiri Sazame=Higi 50 + Koga Hazan=Higi 50 times)
Shishi Senretsu Ha  (LVL 47,Shishi Senkou=Ougi 50 + Chiri Sazame=Higi 50 times)
Shinkuu Senretsu Ha (LVL 53,Rekkuu Zan=Higi 50 + Chiri Sazame=Higi 50 times)

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Elemental/Special
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Tokugi:
Shunrai Ken (Shunjin Ken 200 times + Lightning Element)
Raiha Zan   (Koga Hazan 200 times + Lightning Element)
Kaen Rekkuu (Rekkuu Zan 200 times + Fire Element)

Higi:
Gansai Ken  (Gou-Majin Ken 200 times + Earth Element)

Ougi:
Houo Tenkuu (Hiten Shouku 200 times + Fire Element)

Hiougi:
Tenshou Souha Zan 
Requirements:
-Equip Material Blade.
-Obtain Eternal Sword and title "Jikuu Kenshi".
-HP must be less than 15%.
-Press Square + X + Circle.


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Collet Brunel
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Basic
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Tokugi:
Ray Thrust    (Default)
Piko Han      (LVL 8)

Higi:
Item Steal    (LVL 10)
Brandise      (LVL 12)

Ougi:
Reduce Damage (Event)

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Technical
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Higi:
Ray Shilese      (LVL 15 + Ray Thrust 50 times)
Piko Piko Hammer (LVL 19 + Piko Han 50 times)

Ougi:
Rimue Layer      (LVL 36 + Ray Shilese 50 times)
Range Wingle     (LVL 40 + Brandise 50 times)
Piko Rain        (LVL 44 + Piko Piko Hammer 50 times)
     
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Strike
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Higi:
Rune Steer     (LVL 15 + Ray Thrust 50 times)
Paraly Ball    (LVL 19 + Piko Han 50 times)

Ougi:
Steer Fennel   (LVL 36 + Rune Steer 50 times)
Solfeggi       (LVL 40 + Brandise 50 times)
Paraly Partita (LVL 44 + Paraly Ball 50 times)

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Technical/Strike
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Ougi:
Rover Item (LVL 28 + Item Steal 50 times)

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Combination
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Ougi:
Grand Chariot  (LVL 32, Ray Thrust=Higi 50 + Piko Han=Higi 50 times)
Stardust Cross (LVL 50, Piko Han=Higi 50 + Brandise=Ougi 50 times)

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Tenshi Jutsu
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Angel Feather (Unlock First Seal)
Holy Song     (Unlock Third Seal)
Reviverser    (Unlock Fourth Seal)
Judgement     (Event)
Grand Cross   (LVL 42, All spells must be learned)

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Elemental/Special
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Tokugi:
Poi Han   (Piko Han 200 times, Random)
Kochi Han (Piko Han 200 times + Ice Element)

Higi:
Poi Han*   (Piko Piko Hammer 200 times, Random)

Ougi:
Poi Han*   (Piko Rain 200 times, Random)

Hiougi:
Holy Judgement
Requirements:
-Both Holy Song and Judgement must be used at least 50 times.
-Collet must return back to normal.
-Cast Holy Song until you hear Collet chants with a different voice.

*The number of Poi Han in Piko Piko Hammer/Piko Rain depends on Collet's Luck
 stats.


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Genius Sage
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Basic
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Shokyuu:
Fire Ball    (Default)
Stone Blast  (LVL 3)
Wind Cutter  (LVL 5)
Aqua Edge    (LVL 7)
Lightning    (LVL 9)
Icicle       (LVL 11)

Joukyuu:
Add Pressure (LVL34)
Meteor Swarm (Event)

Ougi:
Force Field  (Event)

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Technical
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Chuukyuu:
Rock Break    (LVL 14 + Stone Blast 50 times)
Spread        (LVL 17 + Aqua Edge 50 times)
Air Thrust    (LVL 20 + Wind Cutter 50 times)
Eruption      (LVL 23 + Fire Ball 50 times)
Thunder Blade (LVL 26 + Lightning 50 times)
Ice Tornado   (LVL 29 + Icicle 50 times)

Joukyuu:
Raging Mist   (LVL 35, Eruption + Spread)
Tidal Wave    (LVL 38 + Spread 50 times)
Gravity       (LVL 42, Rock Break + Thunder Blade)
Grand Dasher  (LVL 47 + Rock Break 50 times)
Cyclone       (LVL 50 + Air Thrust 50 times)
Explode       (LVL 56 + Eruption 50 times)
Indignation   (LVL 61 + Thunder Blade 50 times)

------
Strike
------
Chuukyuu:
Grave         (LVL 14 + Stone Blast 50 times)
Aqua Laser    (LVL 17 + Aqua Edge 50 times)
Air Blade     (LVL 20 + Wind Cutter 50 times)
Flame Lance   (LVL 23 + Fire Ball 50 times
Spark Web    (LVL 26 + Lightning 50 times)
Freeze Lancer (LVL 29 + Icicle 50 times)

Joukyuu:
Spiral Flare  (LVL 35, Flame Lance + Air Blade)
Volt Arrow    (LVL 40, Flame Lance + Spark Wave)
Absolute      (LVL 44, Grave + Freeze Lancer)
Might Atlas   (LVL 48, Air Blade + Aqua Laser)
Bite of Earth (LVL 54, Grave + Spark Wave)
Prism Sword   (LVL 58, Might Atlas + Absolute)

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Special
-------
Hiougi:
Indignate Judgement 
Requirements
-Indignation must be used at least 50 times.
-Cast Indignation during Overlimit.


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Refill Sage
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-----
Basic
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Shokyuu:
First Aid     (Default)
Charge        (LVL 8)
Barrier       (LVL 10)
Recover       (LVL 12)
Sharpness     (LVL 14)
Dispel        (LVL 16)
Inspect Magic (LVL 20)

Chuukyuu:
Photon        (LVL 18)

Joukyuu:
Raise Dead    (Event)

Ougi:
Force Field   (Event)

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Technical
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Chuukyuu:
Nurse            (LVL 26 + First Aid 50 times)
Field Barrier    (LVL 29 + Barrier 50 times)
Recuperate       (LVL 32 + Recover 50 times)
Aggregate Sharp  (LVL 35 + Sharpness 50 times)
Esprade Erase    (LVL 38 + Dispel 50 times)

Joukyuu:
Heartless Circle (LVL 41 + Nurse 50 times)
Ray              (LVL 46 + Photon 50 times)
Resurrection     (LVl 50 + Heartless Circle 50 times)

------
Strike
------
Chuukyuu:
Heal          (LVL 26 + First Aid 50 times)
Flint Protect (LVL 29 + Barrier 50 times)
Restore       (LVL 32 + Recover 50 times)
Keenness      (LVL 35 + Sharpness 50 times)
Anti Magic    (LVL 38 + Dispel 50 times)

Joukyuu:
Cure          (LVL 41 + Heal 50 times)
Holy Lance    (LVL 46 + Photon 50 times)
Revive        (LVl 50 + Cure 50 times)

-------
Special
-------
Hiougi:
Sacred Shine 
Requirements:
-Ray or Holy Lance must be used at least 100 times.
-Cast Ray or Holy Lance during Overlimit.

Fairy Circle 
Requirements:
-Resurrection must be used at least 100 times.
-Cast Resurrection during Overlimit.


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Kratos Aurion/Zelos Wilder
==========================
-----
Basic
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Tokugi:
Majin Ken      (Default)
Shunjin Ken    (LVL 5)

Higi:
Senkuu Reppa   (LVL 23)
Raijin Ken     (LVL 40)

Ougi:
Guren Ken      (LVL 37)
Shugo Houjin   (LVL 38, Kratos Only)
Fuu Raijin Ken (LVL 52)
Suigo Jin      (Default)

Shokyuu:
Fire Ball      (Default)
First Aid      (Default)
Wind Cutter    (LVL 7)
Stone Blast    (LVL 10)
Lightning      (LVL 12)

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Technical
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Higi:
Majin Ken-Souga  (LVL 15 + Majin Ken 50 times)
Fuujin Ken       (LVL 28 + Shunjin Ken 50 times)

Ougi
Senkuu Shoureppa (LVL 44 + Senkuu Reppa 50 times)

------
Strike
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Higi:
Gou-Majin Ken     (LVL 15 + Majin Ken 50 times)
Kuuha Shou        (LVL 28 + Shunjin Ken 50 times)

Ougi:
Senkou Tsuijin Ga (LVL 44 + Senkuu Reppa 50 times)

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Technical/Strike
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Chuukyuu:
Air Thrust    (LVL 18 + Wind Cutter 50 times)
Thunder Blade (LVL 28 + Lightning 50 times)
Eruption      (LVL 31 + Fire Ball 50 times)
Grave         (LVL 34 + Stone Blast 50 times)

Joukyuu:
Heal Wind     (LVL 26 + Air Thrust)
Heal Stream   (LVL 47 + Grave)

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Combination
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Ougi:
Majin Senkuu Ha (LVL 49, Majin Ken=Higi 50 + Senkuu Reppa=Ougi 50 times)

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Tenshi Jutsu
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Judgement
Kratos - When Kratos officially joins the party.
Zelos - After using Shining Bind once.

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Elemental/Special
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Higi:
Gansai Ken (Gou-Majin Ken 200 times + Earth Element)
Dankuu Ken (Senkuu Reppa 200 times + Wind Element, Zelos Only)

Hiougi:
Shining Bind
Requirements:
(Kratos) ~Hien no Youei~
-Kratos must officially join the party.
-Equip "Judgement" title.
-Lloyd must not equip Material Blade or must not be inside the main team.
-HP must be less than 16%.
-Press Square + X + Circle.
(Zelos) ~Tenshika~
-Zelos must officially join the party.
-Majin Senkuu Ha must be used at least 100 times.
-HP must be less than 16%.
-Use Majin Senkuu Ha during Overlimit.

~Shouka~ Divine Judgement (Zelos Only)
Requirements:
-Judgement must be used at least 20 times.
-Cast Judgement during Overlimit.


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Fujibayashi Shihna
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-----
Basic
-----
Tokugi:
Sanriki Fu      (Default)
Yuugen Fu       (LVL 26)
Jyakou Fu       (LVl 34)

Higi:
Seikyuu Fu      (LVL 22)
Shoukyuu Fu     (LVL 30)

Ougi:
Sakuriki Fu     (Default)
Shouriki You Fu (LVL 40)
Fuujin Baku Fuu (LVL 56)
Shoudan Fu      (Default)

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Technical
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Higi:
Sanriki Shou Fu (LVL 37 + Sanriki Fu 50 times)
Yuugen Shou Fu  (LVL 44 + Yuugen Fu 50 times)
Jyakou Shou Fu  (LVL 52 + Jyakou Fu 50 times)

------
Strike
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Higi:
Sanriki Sei Fu (LVL 37 + Sanriki Fu 50 times)
Yuugen Sei Fu  (LVL 44 + Yuugen Fu 50 times)
Jyakou Sei Fu  (LVL 52 + Jyakou Fu 50 times)

----------------
Technical/Strike
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Ougi:
Hama Tou Fu (LVL 61 + Sakuriki Fu 50 times)

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Fujutsu
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Soumei Fu               (LVl 48)
Hyoukou Shou Fu: Mizu   (Obtain Undine)
Hyoukou Shou Fu: Kaze   (Obtain Sylph)
Hyoukou Shou Fu: Hi     (Obtain Efreet)
Hyoukou Shou Fu: Hikari (Obtain Luna)
Rikou Shou Fu: Chi      (Obtain Gnome)
Rikou Shou Fu: Koori    (Obtain Celsius)
Rikou Shou Fu: Kaminari (Obtain Volt)
Rikou Shou Fu: Yami     (Obtain Shadow)

-------
Shoukan (requires Overlimit)
-------
Kourei Shou Fu: Corin*   (Default)
Kourei Shou Fu: Mizu     (Obtain Undine)
Kourei Shou Fu: Kaze     (Obtain Syplh)
Kourei Shou Fu: Hi       (Obtain Efreet)
Kourei Shou Fu: Chi      (Obtain Gnome)
Kourei Shou Fu: Koori    (Obtain Celsius)
Kourei Shou Fu: Kaminari (Obtain Volt)
Kourei Shou Fu: Hikari   (Obtain Luna)
Kourei Shou Fu: Yami     (Obtain Shadow)
Kourei Shou Fu: Minamoto (Obtain Origin)
Kourei Shou Fu: Moto     (Obtain Maxwell)

* - You do not need to be in Overlimit.


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Presea Combatir
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-----
Basic
-----
Tokugi:
Bakusai Zan          (Default)
Kogetsu Sen          (Default)
Ressen Bu            (LVL 25)
Houshuu Geki         (LVL 28)

Ougi:
Shikou Metsuryuu Sen (Default)
Chisei Jin           (Default)

---------
Technical
---------
Higi:
Shougetsu Sousen   (LVL 33 + Kogetsu Sen 50 times)
Sousen Renbu       (LVL 36 + Ressen Bu 50 times)
Bakkai Renbu       (LVL 39 + Bakusai Zan 50 times)
Houshou Shuu Geki  (LVL 42 + Houshuu Geki 50 times)

Ougi:
Shoubu Retsu Gekka (LVL 41 + Shougetsu Sousen 50 times)
Kuusen Renten Bu   (LVL 45 + Sousen Renbu 50 times)
Renga Bakusai Jin  (LVL 56 + Bakkai Renbu 50 times)

------
Strike
------
Higi:
Gessen Kuuha        (LVL 33 + Kogetsu Sen 50 times)
Gasen Goubu         (LVL 36 + Ressen Bu 50 times)
Bakuen Shouha       (LVL 39 + Bakusai Zan 50 times)
Gansai Shuu Geki    (LVL 42 + Houshuu Geki 50 times)

Ougi:
Houshuu Chigaku Jin (LVL 56 + Gansai Shuu Geki 50 times)

-----------
Combination
-----------
Ougi:
Sougetsu Bakuren Bu (LVL 48, Bakusai Zan=Higi 50 + Kogetsu Sen=Higi 50 times) 
Fugaku Shuusai Geki (LVL 52, Bakusai Zan=Higi 50 + Houshuu Geki=Higi 50 times)

-----------------
Elemental/Special
-----------------
Tokugi: 
Shippuu Ressen    (Ressen Bu 200 times + Wind Element)
Raishuu Hou Geki  (Houshuu Geki 200 times + Lightning Element)

Hiougi:
Reppa Enshou Geki 
Requirements:
-Presea must return back to normal.
-Might Charge EX Skill.
-Shikou Metsuryuu Sen must be used at least 100 times.
-Activate Might Charge and use Shikou Metsuryuu Sen during Overlimit.

Hien Messhou Jin  
Requirements:
-Presea must return back to normal.
-Limit Over(Appeal+Might Charge) EX Skill.
-Shikou Metsuryuu Sen must be used at least 100 times.
-All characters except Presea in the main team must be dead.
-HP must be less than 11%.
-Activate Limit Over and use Shikou Metsuryuu Sen during Overlimit.


===========
Regal Bryan
===========
Chijou:
Resshuu Geki      (Default)
Hyou Honpo        (Default)
Tenpou Ryuu       (LVL 49)
Souryuu Renga Dan (LVL 64)

Taikuu:
Tengetsu Sen      (Default)
Hien Kyaku        (LVL 31)
Seiryuu Kou       (LVL 34)
Gekka Ryuurei     (LVL 57)
Hishou Tenshuu Bu (LVL 58)

Kuuchuu:
Yousou Shuu Geki  (Default)

Tokushu:
Hatsu             (LVL 53)

Kikou:
Chiyu Kou         (Default)

Ougi:
Fukei             (Default)

---------
Technical
---------
Taikuu:
Hien Ren Kyaku       (LVL 40 + Hien Kyaku)
Seiha Ryuukou        (LVL 46 + Seiryuu Kou)

Kuuchuu:
Yousou Moushuu Kyaku (LVL 43 + Yousou Shuu Geki 50 times)

Kikou:
Hakki Chiyu Kou      (LVL 52 + Chiyu Kou 50 times)

------
Strike
------
Taikuu:
Hiryuu Gaku        (LVL 40 + Hien Kyaku)
Seiryuu Shouha Kou (LVL 46 + Seiryuu Kou)

Kuuchuu:
Youshi Shuuraku    (LVL 43 + Yousou Shuu Geki 50 times)

Kikou:
Renki Chiyu Kou    (LVL 52 + Chiyu Kou 50 times)

----------------
Technical/Strike
----------------
Chijou:
Sazan Ka        (LVl 38 + Resshuu Geki 50 times)    
Garou Rentou Da (LVL 60 + Sazan Ka 50 times)

-----------
Combination
-----------
Kuuchuu:
Sanka Moushuu Kyaku (LVL 55, Sazanka 50 + Yousou Moushuu Kyaku/Youshi Shuuraku
                     50 times)

-----------------
Elemental/Special
-----------------
Chijou:
Retsuen Shuu      (Resshuu Geki 200 times, Fire Element)

Taikuu:
Hien Renten Kyaku (Hien Ren Kyaku 200 times, Wind Element)
Hien Rai Kyaku    (Hien Ren Kyaku 200 times, Lightning Element)

Hiougi:
Garen Zesshuu Geki
Requirements:
-Regal must reveal his true identity.
-Obtain the title "Lezareno Kaichou".
-Hatsu must be used at least 100 times.
-Use three different skills shown below before using Hatsu during Overlimit.
1)Chijou->Taikuu->Kuuchuu
2)Taikuu->Kuuchuu->Chijou
3)Kuuchuu->Chijou->Taikuu

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iii) Unison Attack
******************
Unison Attack is a new feature which lets your team perform a skill that is
equipped in their respective skill slots, combining them to create a new skill.
To perform a unison attack, you have to fill up the Unison gauge located at the
bottom left of the screen during battle by attacking the enemy. The combined 
skill will be used right after the Unison Attack.

You can only use one Unison Attack. If you use a skill that can be linked to 
two different skills/spells, You will activate the one that initiated the 
second requirement.

For example, I use Lloyd's Koga Hazan first during the Unison Attack, followed
by Lightning and Piko Han. Lightning can link to either Lloyd's or Collet's
skill, but it will combine with Piko Han to actiavte Mjolnir, not Shuusou 
Raizan.

Unison Attacks can cancel Enemy attacks such as Chuukyuu/Joukyuu Spells 
and Hiougis and also their Overlimit Mode. To cancel enemy attacks, you must 
activate the Unison Attack right after the enemy use its attacks.

--------------------
Unison Attack Skills
--------------------
Piko Hazan (Lloyd + Collet)
Requirements:
Koga Hazan + Piko Han
Koga Renzan + Piko Piko Hammer
Koga Retsu Zan + Piko Piko Hammer
Mouko Gouha Zan + Piko Rain


Stardust Rain (Lloyd + Collet)
Requirements:
Aki Sazame + Piko Rain
Souu Shou + Piko Rain
Zankou Shigure + Piko Rain


Shuusou Raizan (Lloyd + Genius/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Koga Hazan + Lightning
Koga Renzan + Thunder Blade
Koga Renzan + Spark Wave
Koga Retsu Zan + Thunder Blade
Koga Retsu Zan + Spark Wave
Mouko Gouha Zan + Indignation


Shikou Bakuen Jin (Lloyd + Genius/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Shishi Senkou + Eruption
Shishi Senkou + Flame Lance
Shikou Senpa + Explode
Shikou Shouha Jin + Explode


Shouha Juumonji (Lloyd/Kratos/Zelos + Lloyd/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Shunjin Ken + Shunjin Ken
Fuujin Ken + Fuujin Ken
Kuuha Shou + Kuuha Shou


Raijin Souha Zan (Lloyd + Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Koga Hazan + Raijin Ken
Koga Renzan + Raijin Ken
Koga Retsu Zan + Raijin Ken
Mouko Gouha Zan + Fuu Raijin Ken
Majin Souha Zan + Fuu Raijin Ken


Senpuu Kouha (Lloyd + Refill)
Requirements:
Rekkuu Zan + Photon
Shinkuu Retsu Zan + Photon
Retsu Zanpuu + Photon


Innocent Edge (Lloyd + Presea)
Requirements:
Majin Renga Zan + Bakkai Renbu
Makou Jin + Bakuen Shouha
Majin Renga Zan + Renga Bakusai Jin
Makou Jin + Renga Bakusai Jin


Ryuuko Metsuga Jin (Lloyd + Regal)
Requirements:
Majin Renga Zan + Yousou Moushuu Kyaku
Makou Jin + Yousou Moushuu Kyaku
Majin Renga Zan + Youshi Shuuraku
Makou Jin + Youshi Shuuraku


Mjolnir (Collet + Genius/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Piko Han + Lightning
Piko Piko Hammer + Thunder Blade
Piko Piko Hammer + Spark Wave
Piko Rain + Indignation


Photon Blast (Collet + Refill)
Requirements:
Brandise + Photon
Range Wingle + Photon
Solfeggi + Photon


Prismic Stars (Genius + Refill)
Requirements:
Tidal Wave + Ray
Grand Dasher + Ray
Cyclone + Ray
Explode + Ray
Indignation +Ray


Rock Mountain (Genius/Kratos/Zelos + Genius/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Grave + Grave
Rock Break + Grave
Grand Dasher +Grave


Gungnir (Refill + Lloyd/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Ray + Fuujin Ken
Ray + Kuuha Shou
Holy Lance + Fuujin Ken
Holy Lance + Kuuha Shou


Fukuin (Refill + Collet/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Ray + Angel Feather
Ray + Judgement
Ray + Grand Cross
Holy Lance + Angel Feather
Holy Lance + Judgement
Holy Lance + Grand Cross


Majou Kou Fu (Refill + Shihna)
Requirements:
Ray + Sakuriki Fu
Ray + Hama Tou Fu
Holy Lance + Sakuriki Fu
Holy Lance + Hama Tou Fu


Piko Kuu Reppa (Kratos/Zelos + Collet)
Requirements:
Senkuu Reppa + Piko Han
Senkuu Shou Reppa + Piko Piko Hammer
Senkuu Shou Reppa + Piko Piko Hammer
Senkou Tsuijin Ga + Piko Rain
Senkou Tsuijin Ga + Piko Rain


Raikou Ken (Kratos/Zelos + Refill)
Requirements:
Raijin Ken + Photon
Fuu Raijin Ken + Photon


Zanma Kuuga Shou (Shihna + Lloyd/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Sanriki Fu + Shunjin Ken
Sanriki Shou Fu + Fuujin Ken
Sanriki Sei Fu + Kuuha Shou


Genma Kuuga Shou (Shihna + Lloyd/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Yuugen Fu + Shunjin Ken
Yuugen Shou Fu + Fuujin Ken
Yuugen Sei Fu + Kuuha Shou


Jya Ei Ken (Shihna + Lloyd/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Jyakou Fu + Shunjin Ken
Jyakou Shou Fu + Fuujin Ken
Jyakou Sei Fu + Kuuha Shou


Zanma Getsu Eika (Shihna + Presea)
Requirements:
Sanriki Fu + Kogetsu Sen
Sanriki Shou Fu + Shougetsu Sousen
Sanriki Shou Fu + Shoubu Retsu Gekka
Sanriki Sei Fu + Gessen Kuuha


Genma Getsu Eika (Shihna + Presea)
Requirements:
Yuugen Fu + Kogetsu Sen
Yuugen Shou Fu + Shougetsu Sousen
Yuugen Shou Fu + Shoubu Retsu Gekka
Yuugen Sei Fu + Gessen Kuuha


Zanma Hien Kyaku (Shihna + Regal)
Requirements:
Sanriki Fu + Hien Kyaku
Sanriki Shou Fu + Hien Ren Kyaku
Sanriki Sei Fu + Hiryuu Gaku


Genma Hien Kyaku (Shihna + Regal)
Requirements:
Yuugen Fu + Hien Kyaku
Yuugen Shou Fu + Hien Ren Kyaku
Yuugen Sei Fu + Hiryuu Gaku


Piko Piko Houshuu Geki (Presea + Collet)
Requirements:
Houshuu Geki + Piko Han
Houshou Shuu Geki + Piko Piko Hammer
Houshou Shuu Geki + Piko Rain
Gansai Shuu Geki + Piko Piko Hammer
Houshuu Chigaku Jin + Piko Rain


Critical Blade (Presea + Genius/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Bakkai Renbu + Eruption
Bakkai Renbu + Flame Lance
Bakuen Shouha + Eruption
Bakuen Shouha + Flame Lance
Renga Bakusai Jin + Explode


Raisen Gouten Bu (Preasea + Genius/Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Ressen Bu + Lightning
Sousen Renbu + Thunder Blade
Gasen Goubu + Spark Wave
Kuusen Renten Bu + Indigntaion


Arc Wind (Presea + Kratos/Zelos)
Requirements:
Ressen Bu + Guren Ken
Sousen Renbu + Guren Ken
Gasen Goubu + Guren Ken
Kuusen Renten Bu + Guren Ken


######
4) FAQ
######

Each character has their own advantages/disadvantages. By creating a team that
erases almost all the disadvantages, you can defeat almost anyone.

************
i) EX-Skills
************
EX-Skills help increase a character's stats(HP, Attack, Defense, etc) or 
give a character more features such as Guard Status which prevents a character
from having any status effects or Concentrate which enables a character to cast
a spell even if the enemy interrupts them. 

Here's a list of some Normal and Compound EX-Skills for each character. I will
only list the ones that helps the character increase it's flexibility in battle 
and decrease their weakness.

============
Lloyd Irving
============
------
Normal
------
LVL 1:
Accuracy
-Increases Accuracy stat by 10%. 

LVL 2:
Dash
-Increases Lloyd's running speed in battle.

Personal  
-Player can run faster in towns and dungeons.

LVL 3:
Combo Plus
-Enables Lloyd to attack four times instead of three. 

LVL 4:
Sky High
-Enables Lloyd to attack in the air three times. If you use a Jump Attack, you 
 can only attack twice while in the air.

Canceller
-You can link two Tokugi skills instead of one. A must use for Lloyd which
 increases his variety while doing Skill Combos.

--------
Compound
--------
Guard Away (Accuracy + Dash)
-Does not receive any stun while using Back-Step(Back + Guard) but Lloyd will 
 still receive the same amount of damage from the enemy.

Mental Up (Eternal + Spirits)
-Lloyd has a small probability that his Max TP will increase after a battle.

Sky Cancel (Sky High + Canceller)
-You can use skills while in mid-air. You cannot use skills if you attack while
 in the air. The skills you can use is:
 Rekkuu Zan 
 Shinkuu Retsu Zan 
 Retsu Zanpuu 
 Hiten Shouku 
 Houo Tenkuu 

Aerial Guard (Well Guard + Immunity + Sky High)
-Gives Lloyd the ability to block in mid-air.


=============
Collet Brunel
=============
------
Normal
------
LVL 2:
Personal
-The holy bottle's effect will last longer in the world map and dungeons. 

LVL 3:
Recall
-This EX-Skill is similar to the Holy Ring or Holy Symbol.

LVL 4:
Angel Roar
-This will decrease the incantation time for Collet's spells. 

--------
Compound
--------
Search Item (Defend + Accuracy)
-A must need if you want to complete the Monster Zukan. Most of the items 
 dropped by the monsters have low percentages.

Accidental (Evasion + Vitality)
-Collet has a probability of not receiving any damage from enemy attacks.

Piko Han Revenge (Accuracy + Lucky)
-Collet will use Piko Han if she is attack by an enemy. The number of Piko Han
 she throws is random.

Life Steal (Vitality + Effective)
-Collet's HP will recover base on the number of hits done on to the enemy.

Mental Steal (Spirits + Effective)
-This is the same as Life Steal, but Collet's TP will recover instead.

Grace (Magical + Recall + Angel Roar)
-Prevents Collet from being interrupted by enemy attacks while casting a spell.

Item Getter (Accuracy + Magical + Lucky + Effective)
-This gives 100% success for Collet's Item Steal or Rover Item. A must use to 
 complete the Monster Zukan.

Angel Call (Eternal + Recall + Angel Roar + Effective)
-Collet will revive once automatically if she dies. A good counter to Collet's
 Reviverser. 


===========
Genius Sage
===========
------
Normal
------
LVL 1:
Defend
-Increases Defense stat by 5%.  

LVL 2:
Well Guard
-While blocking, the damage that is done by the enemy is futher reduced.

LVL 3:
Resume
-Reduces the incantation time by tapping the Circle Button. You must use Genius
 to use this EX-Skill.

LVL 4:
Keep Spell
-If the enemy interrupts Genius while casting, the incantation time for that 
 spell will not reset.

--------
Compound
--------
Magical Boost (Magical + Defend)
-Increase the effectiveness of all spells.

Technical (Magical + Spirits)
-All spells TP consumption will be lowered by 10%.

Randomizer (Defend + Resume)
-Genius will have a probability of having no incantation time when casting a
 spell but also gets a probability that the incantation time will increase.
 
Limiter (Personal + Eternal)
-Increases Overlimit time limit.

Spell Voltage (Dash + Keep Spell)
-The incantation time for the spell that is previously used during battle will 
 decrease.

Reduction (Resume + Speed Spell)
-The TP consumption for the spell that is previously used during battle will
 decrease by 25%.

Concentrate (Resume + Speed Spell + Keep Spell + Spell Charge)
-Prevents Genius from being interrupted while casting. 


===========
Refill Sage
===========
------
Normal
------
LVL 1:
Defend
-Increase Defense Stat by 5%.

LVL 2:
Lucky Boole
-Gives Refill a probability of not receiving any damage nor stun.

Personal
-All Healing Spells will cost 1 TP while standing on the Save Point. This does
 not work if you engage in a battle while standing on the save point. 

LVL 3:
Speed Spell
-Decreases incantation time for all Shokyuu spells.

LVL 4:
Good Job
-The time penalty when Refill uses an item is more faster.

Keep Spell
-If the enemy interrupts Refill while casting, the incantation time for that 
 spell will not reset.

Happiness Sing
-After a certain amount of time in battle, the amount of EXP or Gald will 
 increase after winning.

--------
Compound 
--------
Magical Boost (Magical + Defend)
-Increase the effectiveness of all spells.

Technical (Spirits + Good Job)
-All spells TP consumption will be lowered by 10%.

Lucky Magic (Lucky Boole + Happiness Sing)
-Gives Refill a probability of casting a spell without spending TP.

Limiter (Personal + Eternal)
-Increases Overlimit time limit.

Reduction (Combo Plus + Keep Spell)
-The TP consumption for the spell that is previously used during battle will
 decrease by 25%.

Spell Condense (Lucky Boole + Keep Spell + Happiness Sing)
-Gives Refill a probability of casting a spell with no incantation time.

Item User (Lucky Boole + Good Job + Happiness Sing)
-Increases the item's effectiveness in battle.

Concentrate (Speed Spell + Good Job + Keep Spell + Happiness Sing)
-Prevents Refill from being interrupted while casting. 


==========================
Kratos Aurion/Zelos Wilder
==========================
------
Normal
------
LVL 2:
Dash
-Increases Kratos/Zelos' running speed in battle.

Personal
(Kratos)
-After a certain amount of time while not encountering enemies, Kratos' HP will
 recover.
(Zelos)
-Enables Zelos to receive items from women. The item received depends on the
 Luck Stat.

LVL 3:
Slasher
-Kratos/Zelos can attack six times instead of three. All skills will not link 
 after the fourth attack.

Turnless
-Disables the Skill Level Rule.

LVL 4:
Speed Spell
-Decreases incantation time for all Shokyuu spells.

Sky High
-Enables Kratos/Zelos to attack in the air three times (six with Slasher). If 
 you use a Jump Attack, you can only attack twice while in the air (five with 
 Slasher).

--------
Compound
--------
Skill Boost (Magical + Spirits)
-Increases the TP Comsumption and Attack Power for all skills.

Spell Voltage (Magical + Personal)
-The incantation time for the spell that is previously used during battle will 
 decrease.

Chivalry (Strength + Slasher)
-All stats will increase depeding on the number of female characters in the 
 main team.

Limiter (Personal + Eternal)
-Increases Overlimit time limit.

Super Blast (Eternal + Slasher + Turnless)
-All skills can link after the fourth Slasher hit.

Aerial Guard (Well Guard + Immunity + Sky High)
-Gives Kratos/Zelos the ability to block in mid-air.


==================
Fujibayashi Shihna
==================
------
Normal
------
LVL 1:
Accuracy
-Increases Accuracy stat by 10%. 

LVL 2:
Dash
-Increases Shihna's running speed in battle. 

Vitality
-Increases Max HP by 5% 

Personal
-Prevents enemy encounter. The probability depends on the Luck stat.

LVL 3:
Extend
-Increases the effect duration for all Fujustu skills.

LVL 4:
Well Guard
-While blocking, the damage that is done by the enemy is futher reduced.

Combo Plus
-Enables Shihna to attack four times instead of three.

--------
Compound
--------
Hard Hit (Dash + Extend)
-If you counter an enemy attack, Shihna's attack will stun the enemy longer.

Life Up (Viltality + Eternal)
-Shihna has a small probability that her Max HP will increase after a battle.

Limiter (Personal + Eternal)
-Increases Overlimit time limit.

In Element (Eternal + Guard Magic + Speed Spell)
-Increase Attack Power if Shihna equips an elemental weapon.

Unelemental (Guard Magic + Combo Plus + Infinity)
-Shihna has a probability of reducing all elemental damage by half.


===============
Presea Combatir
===============
------
Normal
------
LVL 1:
Accuracy
-Increases Accuracy stat by 10%. 

LVL 2:
Rear Guarder
-Prevent Guard Break if enemies attack Presea from behind while blocking.

Dash
-Increases Presea's running speed in battle. 

Personal
-Presea has a probability to receive food items while walking in dungeons.

LVL 3:
Enduro
-Reduces stun while taking damage from enemies.

Might Charge
-Increases Attack Power after holding Circle for a certain time. One of the
 requirements for Reppa Enshou Geki.

LVL 4:
Critical
-Increases probability of giving Dizziness to enemies.

Saver
-All stats will increase if Presea is alone in battle.

Re-alive
-Recovers a certain amount of HP if Presea's HP is near zero.

--------
Compound
--------
Limit Over (Appeal + Might Charge)
-Increase Might Charge Attack Power but has a probability of failing. One of
 the requirements for Hien Messhou Jin.

Limiter (Personal + Eternal)
-Increases Overlimit time limit.

MC Defend (Might Charge + Well Guard)
-Presea cannot be stunned by enemy attacks after charging Might Charge except
 elemental attacks.

Variable (Strength + Critical)
-Attack Power is based on Presea's HP.

Guard Breaker (Might Charge + Saver)
-Enables Presea to Guard Break enemies after charging Might Charge.

Glory (Vitality + Enduro + Well Guard + Re-alive)
-Cannot be stun while receiving damage but Presea will still receive the same 
 amount of damage from the enemy.


===========
Regal Bryan
===========
------
Normal
------
LVL 1:
Accuracy
Increases Accuracy Stat by 10%.

LVL 2: 
Dash
-Increases Regal's running speed in battle. 

Vitality
-Increases Max HP by 5%.

Personal
-Receives 10% Discount and increase selling price by 10% in all shops.

LVL 3:
Combo Plus
-Enables Regal to attack three times instead of twice.

LVL 4:
Sky High
-Enables Regal to attack in the air twice. 

Guilty
-All stats increase if Presea is in the main team.

Flash
-You do not receive any stun when you cancel an attack.

--------
Compound
--------
Limiter (Vitality + Eternal)
-Increases Overlimit time limit.

Counter (Vitality + Flash)
-Press Circle while blocking an enemy attack.

Aerial Jump (Combo Plus + Flash)
-Enables Regal to jump while in mid-air

Counter Combo (Vitality + Guilty + Flash)
-Enables Regal to perform skill combos after using Counter.

Aerial Guard (Well Guard + Immunity + Sky High)
-Gives Regal the ability to block in mid-air.

Glory (Vitality + Well Guard + Guilty + Flash)
-Cannot be stun while receiving damage but Regal will still receive the same 
 amount of damage from the enemy.


*******************
ii) Battle Technics
*******************
Each character has their own styles of playing and have strong/weak points.
For example, Lloyd is considered the best character on offense, but lacks 
recovery when using skills. 

Before continuing, here's a small command list for certain moves:

Back Step     - Back + Square
Barrier Skill - Down + Square
Air Recovery  - Press Square while falling 

============
Lloyd Irving
============
-Use the Spin Attack as the last normal attack to do 2 hits. 
-Lloyd can do 5 normal attacks using Forward+Circle->Down+Circle->Circle
 ->Circle with Combo Plus EX-Skill.
-If the enemy is blocking, use Majin Ken, Majin Ken-Souga or Majin Renga Zan to
 decrease the recovery time after attacking.
-Mouko Gouha Zan's Knockdown effect does not work on large/heavy enemies.
-Using Hiten Shouku or Houo Tenkuu with the Sky Cancel EX-Skill will cancel the
 animation where Lloyd jumps back before executing the skill.
-Using any Ougi skill after Aki Sazame will cancel the last hit for that skill. 
-"Sky Cancelled" skills can be excecuted after an Air Recovery. 
-The Canceller EX-Skill  will enable Lloyd to use two Tokugi skills instead of
 one.
-Tenshou Souha Zan can be linked in skill combos after using a Knockdown skill.
-Lloyd has seven Knockdown skills:
Koga Retsu Zan
Mouko Gouha Zan
Shishi Senkou
Shikou Senpa
Shikou Shouha Jin
Shikou Reppuu 
Shishi Senretsu Ha


=============
Collet Brunel
=============
-Do not use Forward + Circle or Down + Circle as the first attack when fighting
 enemies up close.
-Use Down + Circle while in Mid-air as a Range Attack.
-If the enemy is blocking, use Paraly Ball to decrease the recovery time after 
 attacking. 
-Use Piko Han/Paraly Ball's bounce effect as a projectile attack.
-Poi Han has a probability to poison the final boss.
-Item Steal cannot link with any Ougi skills.
-When using Item Rover, Collet will randomly drop a few Piko Hans.
-Piko Piko Hammer, Piko Rain and Stardust Cross has a high chance of dealing 
 more hits against large or flying enemies.
-Steer Fennel has a high chance of dealing more hits against large enemies.
-Use Search Item and Item Getter EX-Skills to complete the Monster Zukan 
 faster. 


===========
Genius Sage
===========
-Only equip the Resume EX-Skill if Genius is being used by a player.
-With the Randomizer EX-Skill, constantly cast and cancel a spell until Genius
 cast it with no incantation time.
-Always stay behind to prevent enemies from targeting you.
-Only use normal attacks as a last resort.
-Cast Indignation Judgement during Overlimit.


===========
Refill Sage
===========
-With the Spell Condense EX-Skill, constantly cast and cancel a spell until 
 Refill cast it with no incantation time.
-Use Down + Circle as the first normal attack.
-Use the R1 button to choose the characters when casting a healing spell or a
 status increase spell.
-Photon has the ability to make fainted enemies stand up again.
-Use items with Refill if the Item User EX-Skill is equipped.
-Cast Inspect Magic or use Spectacles to get extra information about the enemy
 to complete the Monster Zukan.
-Fairy Circle heals 100% HP, increases Attack, Defense and Magic stats to all
 characters and deals Non-Element damage on all enemies.


=============
Kratos Aurion
=============
-Equip the Turnless Ex-Skill to increase the skill combo's variety.
-Use Down + Circle as the first normal attack on a single enemy.
-If the enemy is blocking, use Majin Ken or Majin Ken-Souga to decrease the 
 recovery time after attacking.
-Take the oppurtunity to use Shining Bind.
-Shining Bind can be linked in skill combos after using a knockdown skill.
-Kratos only has one Knockdown skill:
Majin Senkuu Ha


============
Zelos Wilder
============
-Equip the Turnless Ex-Skill to increase the skill combo's variety.
-Use Normal attacks(Circle) against multiple enemies.
-If the enemy is blocking, use Majin Ken or Fuujin Ken to decrease the 
 recovery time after attacking.
-Cast Divine Judgement during Overlimit.
-Shining Bind can be linked in skill combos after using a knockdown skill.
-Zelos only has one Knockdown skill:
Majin Senkuu Ha


==================
Fujibayashi Shihna
==================
-Always use Sakuriki Fu or Hama Tou Fu as the last skill in skill combos.
-Fuujin Baku Fuu can be used to attack knocked-down enemies.
-Four Fujutsu skills gives a special effect to ememies.
Sanriki Fu skills - Decreases Enemy Defense by 10% for a certain time.
Yuugen Fu skills  - Decreases Enemy Evade by 10% for a certain time.
Jyakou Fu skills  - Decreases Enemy Accuracy by 10% a certain time.
Shouriki You Fu   - Increase the time duration for knocked-down enemies.
-Using the Strike Type versions will increase the effects duration.
-Each summon spell gives a special effect to all characters when used:
Kourei Shou Fu: Mizu     - Heals 50% Max HP
Kourei Shou Fu: Kaze     - Increases Running Speed
Kourei Shou Fu: Hi       - Increases Attack
Kourei Shou Fu: Chi      - Increases Defense
Kourei Shou Fu: Koori    - Increase Accuracy
Kourei Shou Fu: Kaminari - Erases all status effects
Kourei Shou Fu: Hikari   - Increases Magic Attack
Kourei Shou Fu: Yami     - Erases all stats increase/decrease
Kourei Shou Fu: Minamoto - Increases Attack and Defense  
Kourei Shou Fu: Moto     - Increases Magic Attack
-Shihna has three Knockdown skills:
Sakuriki Fu
Hama Tou Fu
Fuujin Baku Fuu

===============
Presea Combatir
===============
-Equip Might Charge or Limit Over if Presea is being used by a player.
-Houshuu Geki can be used as a counter attack when the enemy is about to attack
 Presea. 
-Use Presea's Gansai Shuu Geki or Houshuu Chigaku Jin against multiple enemies.
-Use Down + Circle as the fisrt normal attack against ground enemies.
-Hien Messhou Jin cannot be used in the Coliseum single battles.
-Presea has three Knockdown skills:
Shikou Metsuryuu Sen
Houshou Shuu Geki
Gasen Goubu


===========
Regal Bryan
===========
-Use Forward + Circle as the first normal attack against flying enemies.
-Hyou Honpo is very effective against human-size enemies.
-Hyou Honpo can be used against the Dragon Knight.
-Certain Chijou Skills can hit multiple enemies within a certain arc.
-Kuuchuu skills cannot be used after a mid-air attack.
-All Chijou and Tokushu skills can link properly with Yousou Shuu Geki and its
 T/S versions in skill combos.
-Regal only has one Knockdown skill:
Tenpou Ryuu


*******************
iii) Spell Avoiding
*******************
It is possible to avoid enemy spells without using the Barrier Skill which uses
10% of a character's Max TP. There are four ways to avoid spells which is:

1) Running
2) Back Stepping
3) Jumping
4) Element Voiding/Adsorbing

Although it seems easy, it takes practice and timing to completely avoid the 
enemy's spell for the first three. The fourth one mostly applies to certain 
spells which are unavoidable like Tidal Wave. To use the fourth one, you need 
to equip armours/accessories that has Element Defense until the character 
adsorbs or does not take any damage from that spell. 

-------------------------------------
Spells that can be avoided by Running
-------------------------------------
-Lightning
-Eruption
-Air Thrust
-Rock Break
-Spread
-Grave
-Spark Web
-Explode
-Indignation
-Absolute
-Prism Sword
-Ray

-------------------------------------------
Spells that can be avoided by Back Stepping
-------------------------------------------
-Wind Cutter
-Stone Blast
-Lightning
-Eruption
-Air Thrust
-Rock Break
-Spread
-Ice Tornado
-Flame Lance
-Grave
-Absolute
-Spark Web
-Explode
-Cyclone
-Indignation
-Volt Arrow
-Might Atlas
-Bite of Earth
-Holy Lance
-Bloody Lance

-------------------------------------
Spells that can be avoided by Jumping
-------------------------------------
-Fire Ball
-Stone Blast
-Aqua Edge
-Icicle
-Eruption
-Rock Break
-Thunder Blade
-Air Blade
-Aqua Laser
-Grave
-Freeze Lancer
-Add Pressure
-Gravity
-Grand Dasher
-Spiral Flare
-Might Atlas
-Absolute
-Bite of Earth
-Holy Lance
-Bloody Lance
-Meteor Swarm*
-Indignate Judgement
-Divine Judgement

*Note* To avoid Meteor Swarm by Jumping, You must run to the end of the screen
       (away from the enemy) and jump at the 5th and 13th Meteor which hits 
       the corner.

-----------------------------
Spells that cannot be avoided
-----------------------------
-Raging Mist
-Tidal Wave
-Photon
-Dark Sphere
-Time Stop


Lloyd has another way to avoid enemy spells by jumping and using Shinkuu Retsu
Zan/Retsu Zanpuu->Hiten Shouku with the Sky Cancel EX-Skill. With these skill 
combos, Lloyd can avoid most of the unavoidable spells except Photon, Dark 
Sphere and Meteor Swarm.

There are 2 ways to avoid Time Stop or make yourself invincible:
1)Use Unison Attacks before Time Stop freezes all your characters.
2)Learn a new skill right before Time Stop freezes you.


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iv)Combos
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Just like the previous Tales games, you can create combos by doing a series of
attacks on an enemy. The first attack must connect to initiate a combo attack.
To create a skill combo, you need to link at least two or three skills at a 
time by following the Skill Level Rule.

The Skill Level Rule only lets a character link from one skill to another which
is more advance. For example, Tokugi skills can link to Higi and Ougi skills
while Ougi skills cannot link to any other skill. This rule only applies to
Lloyd, Collet, Kratos, Zelos, Shihna and Presea. 

Here's how to link skills via the Skill Level Rule:
Tokugi->Higi
Tokugi->Ougi
Tokugi->Higi->Ougi
Higi->Ougi

EX-Skills such as Lloyd's Canceller and Kratos/Zelos' Turnless EX-Skills breaks
the Skill Level Rule.

With the Canceller EX-Skill:
Tokugi->Tokugi->Higi
Tokugi->Tokugi->Ougi
Tokugi->Tokugi->Higi->Ougi

With the Turnless EX-Skill:
Tokugi->Ougi->Higi
Higi->Tokugi
Higi->Tokugi->Ougi
Higi->Ougi->Tokugi
Ougi->Tokugi
Ougi->Higi
Ougi->Tokugi->Higi
Ougi->Higi->Tokugi

You cannot link a Higi skill which is from the same Skill Tree as the Tokugi 
skill. In this case, I cannot link Majin Ken with Majin Ken-Souga or Gou-Majin
Ken. You can however link the Ougi skill from the same Skill Tree as the Tokugi
skill. This means I can link Majin Ken with Majin Renga Zan or Makou Jin.   

Regal uses a different type of rule when linking skills. He can only to link 
skills which are from 4 different categories. 

The 4 categories are:
Chijou  - Ground
Taikuu  - Anti-Air
Kuuchuu - Mid Air
Tokushu - Special

Kuuchuu skills can only be used while Regal is in mid-air. The only Tokushu 
skill, Hatsu, cannot link to any skill after using it.
With this rule, Regal can do the following:

Chijou->Taikuu
Chijou->Tokushu
Chijou->Taikuu->Kuuchuu
Chijou->Taikuu->Kuuchuu->Tokushu
Taikuu->Kuuchuu
Taikuu->Tokushu
Taikuu->Kuuchuu->Chijou
Taikuu->Kuuchuu->Chijou->Tokushu
Kuuchuu->Taikuu
Kuuchuu->Chijou->Taikuu
Kuuchuu->Chijou->Tokushu
Kuuchuu->Chijou->Taikuu->Tokushu

It is possible to activate an Unison Attack after a skill combo as long as the
character you are using is on the ground and the Unison Attack connects on to 
the enemy.  

Linking Hiougi skills are also possible as long as the character has a 
Knockdown skill(eg:Shishi Senkou). Regal is an exception because Hatsu will 
become Garen Zesshuu Geki after using three different skill during Overlimit.  

I will only list a few basic and advance combos for all the characters. Some of
the skill combos listed either requires the enemy to be near a corner or does 
not work on certain enemies due to their size. As long as you apply the Skill 
Level Rule, you can create more than 100 skill combos for each character.
  
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Lloyd Irving
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Normal:
-Majin Ken->Majin Renga Zan/Makou Jin
-Majin Ken->Kuuha Shou->Mouko Gouha Zan
-Majin Ken->Aki Sazame->Shikou Senpa/Shikou Shouha Jin/Shikou Senretsu Ha
-Majin Ken->Fuujin Ken->Reppuu Kuuga Shou/Shikou Reppuu
-Shunjin Ken->Majin Ken-Souga->Majin Kuuga Shou
-Chiri Sazame->Zankou Shigure
-Chiri Sazame->Koga Renzan->Shinkuu Senretsu Ha/Makou Jin
-Chiri Sazame->Gou-Majin Ken->Reppuu Kuuga Shou/Shikou Reppuu
-Chiri Sazame->Koga Retsu Zan->Majin Souha Zan
-Koga Hazan->Mouko Gouha Zan
-Koga Hazan->Aki Sazame->Makou Jin/Shuu'u Souha Zan
-Koga Hazan->Fuujin Ken->Shikou Senpa->Tenshou Souha Zan
-Rekkuu Zan->Kuuha Shou
-Rekkuu Zan->Aki Sazame->Shikou Shouha Jin->Tenshou Souha Zan

With Canceller:
-Majin Ken->Chiri Sazame->Shishi Senkou->Majin Renga Zan
-Majin Ken->Chiri Sazame->Majin Ken-Souga->Majin Kuuga Shou
-Majin Ken->Chiri Sazame->Gou-Majin Ken->Shikou Shouha Jin->Tenshou Souha Zan
-Majin Ken->Koga Hazan->Majin Ken-Souga->Majin Souha Zan
-Majin Ken->Koga Hazan->Majin Ken-Souga->Mouko Gouha Zan->Tenshou Souha Zan
-Majin Ken->Koga Hazan->Sou'u Shou->Majin Renga Zan
-Majin Ken->Koga Hazan->Fuujin Ken->Reppuu Kuuga Shou/Shikou Reppuu
-Chiri Sazame->Majin Ken->Majin Renga Zan
-Chiri Sazame->Majin Ken->Kuuha Shou
-Chiri Sazame->Koga Hazan->Aki Sazame->Shuu'u Souha Zan
-Chiri Sazame->Rekkuu Zan->Aki Sazame->Shishi Senretsu Ha->Tenshou Souha Zan
-Koga Hazan->Rekkuu Zan->Sou'u Shou->Shikou Reppuu->Tenshou Souha Zan
-Rekkuu Zan->Koga Hazan->Aki Sazame->Shikou Senpa/Shikou Shouha Jin

With Canceller + Sky Cancel:
-Majin Ken->Shunjin Ken->Shinkuu Retsu Zan->Hiten Shouku
-Majin Ken->Chiri Sazame->Shinkuu Retsu Zan->Hiten Shouku
-Majin Ken->Koga Hazan->Retsu Zanpuu->Hiten Shouku
-Shunjin Ken->Majin Ken->Shinkuu Retsu Zan->Hiten Shouku
-Chiri Sazame->Shunjin Ken->Shinkuu Retsu Zan->Hiten Shouku
-Chiri Sazame->Koga Hazan->Aki Sazame->Hiten Shouku


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Collet Brunel
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Normal:
-Ray Thrust->Rimue Layer
-Ray Thrust->Paraly Ball->Steer Fennel/Solfeggi/Grand Chariot
-Ray Thrust->Brandise
-Piko Han->Paraly Partita
-Piko Han->Brandise
-Piko Han->Rune Steer->Paraly Partita/Solfeggi/Range Wingle/Item Rover
-Piko Han->Ray Shilese->Grand Chariot


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Kratos Aurion/Zelos Wilder
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Normal:
-Majin Ken->Senkuu Reppa->Guren Ken
-Majin Ken->Senkuu Reppa->Majin Senkuu Ha->Shining Bind
-Majin Ken->Fuujin Ken->Senkuu Shou Reppa
-Majin Ken->Shugo Houjin (Kratos)
-Majin Ken->Raijin Ken->Majin Senkuu Ha->Shining Bind
-Shunjin Ken->Raijin Ken->Fuu Raijin Ken
-Shunjin Ken->Gou-Majin Ken->Senkuu Shou Reppa/Senkou Tsuijin Ga

With Turnless:
-Majin Ken->Fuu Raijin Ken->Kuu Ha Shou/Senkuu Reppa
-Shunjin Ken->Fuu Raijin Ken->Dankuu Ken (Zelos)
-Fuujin Ken->Majin Ken->Senkou Tsuijin Ga/Fuu Raijin Ken
-Senkuu Reppa->Majin Ken->Majin Senkuu Ha/Senkuu Shou Reppa/Senkou Tsuijin Ga
-Senkuu Reppa->Majin Ken->Majin Senkuu Ha->Shining Bind
-Senkuu Reppa->Majin Ken->Shugo Houjin (Kratos)
-Senkuu Reppa->Shunjin Ken->Fuu Raijin Ken
-Gou-Majin Ken->Fuu Raijin Ken->Majin Ken
-Raijin Ken->Fuu Raijin Ken->Majin Ken
-Fuujin Ken->Majin Ken->Majin Senkuu Ha->Shining Bind
-Fuu Raijin Ken->Majin Ken->Fuujin Ken/Senkuu Reppa


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Fujibayashi Shihna
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Normal:
-Sanriki Fu->Yuugen Sei Fu->Sakuriki Fu/Hama Tou Fu
-Sanriki Fu->Seikyuu Fu->Sakuriki Fu/Hama Tou Fu
-Yuugen Fu/Sanriki Fu->Jyakou Shou Fu->Fuujin Baku Fuu
-Yuugen Fu/Jyakou Fu->Sanriki Sei Fu->Sakuriki Fu/Hama Tou Fu
-Jyakou Fu->Shoukyuu Fu->Sakuriki Fu/Hama Tou Fu


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Presea Combatir
===============
Normal:
Bakusai Zan->Renga Bakusai Jin
Bakusai Zan->Gasen Goubu/Gessen Kuuha
Bakusai Zan->Shougetsu Sousen/Gessen Kuuha/Shoubu Retsu Gekka
Bakusai Zan->Sousen Renbu->Shoubu Retsu Gekka
Ressen Bu->Shougetsu Sousen/Gessen Kuuha/Shoubu Retsu Gekka
Houshou Shuu Geki->Shoubu Retsu Gekka
Gansai Shuu Geki->Renga Bakusai Jin/Fugaku Shuusai Geki/Sougetsu Bakuren Bu


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Regal Bryan
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Normal:
-Yousou Moushuu Kyaku->Seiha Ryuuko/Gekka Ryuurei
-Yousou Moushuu Kyaku->Souryuu Renga Dan->Hiryuu Gaku/Seiryuu Shouha Kou
-Youshi Shuuraku->Resshuu Geki->Seiryuu Kou/Hien Kyaku
-Sanka Moushuu Kyaku->Hien Ren Kyaku/Hiryuu Kyaku/Hishou Tenshuu Bu
-Hien Ren Kyaku->Sanka Moushuu Kyaku
-Hien Ren Kyaku->Yousou Shuu Geki->Garou Rentou Da
-Gekka Ryuu Rei->Yousou Moushuu Kyaku->Souryuu Renga Dan
-Hishou Tenshuu Bu->Yousou Moushuu Kyaku->Garou Rentou Da
-Hyou Honpo->Tengetsu Sen->Youshi Shuuraku
-Sazan Ka->Hienren Kyaku->Sanka Moushuu Kyaku
-Resshuu Geki->Tengetsu Sen->Yousou Shuu Geki->Hatsu
-Souryuu Renga Dan->Hishou Tenshuu Bu->Yousou Moushuu Kyaku->Hatsu
-Hien Ren Kyaku->Sanka Moushuu Kyaku->Hyou Honpo->Hatsu


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5) Tips & Tricks
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Defeat Sword Dancer 3 without getting any damage
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Requirements: Lloyd, Regal, Sky Cancel EX-Skill, Angel Feathers, Photon

At the start of the battle, jump and use Hiten Shouku to go behind the boss. 
Once you're behind, use this normal attack(Foward + Circle, Circle, Circle)
followed by Majin Renga Zan. Repeat this attack eventhough the boss is blocking
because the skill will break it's guard. Do not exceed more than 50 hits or 
else the boss will faint and will get invincibility when it gets up. Make sure
to off all the skills except Souryuu Renga Dan and Hatsu for Regal.

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Easy 20 Lemon Gummies
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Before taking the boat to Parumacosta in Izoold. Play the Emoball(Emotional 
Balloon) minigame and choose hard mode. Win 4 times to get 20 Lemon Gummies.

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Obtaining the Technical/Strike Rings before going to Parumacosta
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Before taking the boat to Parumacosta, head north of Izoold and cross the 
bridge. Head North-east to Luin but do not enter the town. Head Northwest from
Luin to find a treasure chest(Technical Ring). Cross the bridge up north and
walk to the stone to activate Long Mode. Head east to Balacruf Mausoleum and
look for a treasure chest(Strike Ring) west from the dungeon's location. 

By the time you go back to Izoold, your characters will gain a few extra LVLs 
and some gald to buy new weapons in Parumacosta. 
 
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Rune Bottle Gald Trick
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Requirements: Item Getter EX-Skill, Lloyd and Regal's Personal EX-Skill, 
              150000 Gald

Go to Flanoir and buy 20 Talismans with Regal's Personal Skill equipped for
144000 Gald. Then go to Gaorrachia Forest by entering from Ozette or Mizuho.
Go to the Save Point Area and fight the skull monster. If you fight a monster 
named Gate Guest, use Item Rover to get a Rune Bottle and some Gald from it. 
Go to another area and go back to the save point area again to make the monster
respawn.

Repeat this until you get 20 Rune Bottles and use them on the Talisman to 
change them into Blue Talismans. Fight the monsters again to get another 
20 Rune Bottles. Head back to Flanoir and sell the Blue Talismans for 440000 
Gald. Buy another 20 Talismans, use the Rune Bottles on them and sell the 
new Blue Talismans. 

Doing this trick, you will get around 750000+ Gald.
150000-144000+440000-144000+440000+Gald stolen by Collet+Gald obtained from 
Battles = 750000+ Gald.

If you repeat this trick, you will get around 600000+ Gald.


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6) Credits
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CJayC - for making GameFAQs.

Namco - for porting Tales of Symphonia over to the Playstation 2.

Taiwan John - for the Rune Bottle Gald Trick.

Kouli - for posting the new Hiougi requirements.

Holystar - For uploading the Presea VS Abicion Video which shows how to avoid
           Meteor Swarm

Eisei - For the information that learning a new skill during battle makes you 
        invulnerable to any Phsical Attacks.


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7) Revision History
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Version 1.25 (20/06/2005)
More updates on Skills, Spell Avoiding and Combos sections.

Version 1.22 (22/04/2005)
More corrections...

Version 1.20 (2/04/2005)
Minor corrections and added more skill combos.

Version 1.15 (28/02/2005)
Added some stuff including new info about Regal's hiougi and two deadly combos 
for Lloyd. 

Version 1.10 (11/02/2005)
Major rewrite on the Character Description and added info on the Battle 
Technics.

Version 1.00 (9/02/2005)
FAQ created. 


Copyright 2005 Aileron.