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Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir
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Complete Game Walkthrough v1.2
by: glennkcl



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Table of Contents
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1.	Version History
2.	Introduction
3.	Tips
4.	Walkthrough
5.	Extras
6.	Contact
7.	Thanks/Credits



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1.  Version History
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07/29/05	Version 1.2: Just minor changes, so I'm not sure it warrants a
			     new version update, but then again who reads these
			     anyways, right? Made some additions to the easter
			     eggs section.

07/21/05	Version 1.1: Yeah okay, call me a liar. I know I said I probably
			     wouldn't come back to the guide, but I kept track
			     of goodies that I just had to share. I do it for
			     the fans man...the fans. Enjoy the easter eggs and
			     the image crystal locations in the new "Extras"
			     section.

07/19/05	Version 1.0: (Complete) I noticed the absence of walkthroughs of
                             any sort for this game, and figured I'd break the
                             ice by making one. I suspect that I'm over and done
                             with this guide, so I don't plan on making any
                             version updates. I welcome feedback nonetheless...



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2.  Introduction
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Good ol' Ed and Al return in Square's second installment of the FMA franchise.
Ah, FMA...it seems like only six months ago that we saw you. Wait...we DID see
you only six months ago, in the first game dubbed, "Broken Angel."

What's nifty about this game is that it includes a bonus DVD with 2 episodes
from season 2 of the anime series, which is slated to debut in September on
Cartoon network. Die hard fans who can't wait to see what happens next in the
story should gobble it right up.

FMA 2 takes a lot of what was wrong with the first one and skillfully overhauls
it here. In addition to the newly rendered cel-shaded graphics, the battle
system has been improved and alchemy skills have been added. New original
animation augments the already compelling universe of FMA, and even in-game
scenes are fully voiced by characters from the show.

From the Square Enix website:

"FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 2 begins in Lior, the desert city that the Elric brothers,
Edward and Alphonse, encounter in the first episode of the anime series. Just as
the brothers are unveiling the secrets of a cult called Leto, they engage in a
battle with creatures from the unknown. Immediately after this, they encounter a
mysterious woman who hands the brothers a ring and then disappears without a
trace."

This walkthrough aims to provide a fairly complete guide for the player who just
wants to finish the game, but is in no way comprehensive. Like the first one,
you can replay the game with all the items you've previously earned. During a
second playthrough, you can also hunt for crystals that unlock game art in the
gallery. Alas, this walkthrough does not cover those features. (As of v1.1 it
does!)

Otherwise, it's still a pretty decent walkthrough if I do say so myself. So away
you go now, and don't forget to wash behind your ears.



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3.  Tips
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- During the in-game tutorials, the game neglects to teach you one move Ed can
  do: the high kick. To do it, tap the left analog stick away from the direction
  Ed is facing and press [square] and [X]. Use it with your handblade to get a
  longer and cooler looking combo! Try this one:
	
	[square]x3 => [triangle]x3 => high kick => slide kick => foot sweep

- Counterattack, counterattack, counterattack.

- Al is STILL a much better shot than you are. This is, of course, in reference
  to the first game which takes place AFTER the events of this game. I guess its
  more accurate to say that Al HAS ALWAYS BEEN a much better shot than you?

- Reloaders are plentiful. Don't be afraid to reload mountable weapons. There
  are more than enough reloaders in the game to keep your trigger finger happy.

- Al is a lot more helpful than you may initially give him credit for. Don't
  forget about how strong Al is, despite his lack of initiative to fight. Egg
  him on by constantly tapping the R1 button when Al is near enemies.

- Use tonics as you obtain them. They permanently increase Ed or Al's stats by
  1 point, so there is no point in saving them for later use. Early in the game,
  use vials at your descretion. It may be wise to save them for the bosses.

- If, however, you're of the anal variety, and you feel incomplete without
  obtaining every single item in the game and acheiving the highest possible
  rank on every single boss, do save those tonics for subsequent playthroughs.
  Like the first one, you can keep all the items you have in your inventory for
  the second go around, and getting an A-rank on some of those bosses require
  an extraordinary amount of help.

- Speaking of increasing stats, NEVER distribute your bonus points or tonics on
  Al. He's just fine the way he is.

- Because Al can carry transmuted weapons as well, use him as a "transport" to
  take certain types of weapons into boss fights or heavily guarded areas. If
  you discover that a certain type of weapon works particularly well on a boss,
  then it can't hurt to have TWO of those weapons with you. To prevent Al from
  using the weapon, press R1 as soon as you enter a new area and Al will drop
  his weapon to do a foot sweep.



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4.  Walkthrough
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*  Chapter 1: The Desert City Lior  *
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  Lior Town Square
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Items: Elixir (S) x4 

Our story begins when the brothers arrive at the desert city of Lior. The game
introduces a few basic tutorials here as you explore the town. Make sure you
find all four chests containing the Elixir (S) item. Head north to find a save
point, and proceed into the next area.

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  Lior Residential District
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Items: Elixir (S) x2

Ed and Al will be greeted by Leto Cultists, and the game will give brief
tutorials on offensive manuevers and alchemy skills. Defeat the wave of enemies
to learn about leveling up, and look for two chests containing two more
Elixir (S) items.

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  Lior Business District
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Items: Elixir (S) x3

Another wave of enemies approach as you enter this area, and again their defeat
is mandatory. A second wave of cultists appear, and after you finish them off, 
one will have left a Lead Bangle item for you. After reviewing the accompanying
tutorial, equip the Lead Bangle on Ed and proceed north on the map.

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  Lior Temple Approach
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Items: none

A considerable number of cultists will swarm you in this area, but you can make
short work of them by transmuting the various wooden barrels into clusters of
mice-bombs. These mice-bombs will scamper around the room trying to track your
enemies, and explode on contact. They won't hurt you nor Al, however, so
transmute to your heart's content.

Once you finish off the last cultist, a few events will unfold before you find
yourself inside the temple's walls.

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  Temple of Leto: Prayer Hall  
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Items: Elixir (S) x2; Lead Ring

More cultists await a beating from Ed and Al, so make sure you defeat them
before you search the temple for treasure. Afterwards though, call Al over to
the southwest corner and perform an alleyoop up to the ledge. Climb the ladder
to reach the western balcony, and look for a Lead Ring at the end of the room.
Return to the fist floor to acquire two more Elixir (S) items, and alleyoop up
the southeastern ledge this time to climb the ladder. A save point is available
before heading through the doors.

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  Temple of Leto: Easthall 2F
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Items: none

You can use the previously employed method of transmuting barrels into mice-
bombs to finish of most of the enemies here. For your additional benefit, there
are a few suction devices to keep them clustered in one big group!

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  Temple of Leto: Westhall 2F
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Items: Reloader; Elixir (S) x2

No enemies in this room, although you will have to deal with the sentry guns
mounted on both sides of the narrow corridor. No worries however, as this is
where the game introduces a tutorial on transmuting large weapons. Transmute a
cannon from the nearest torch, and destroy the sentry guns within range. If you
have trouble hitting some of the further guns, there are additional torches
along the way. Note that each destroyed sentry gun drops a reloader item, so
remember to stock up on a few before they disappear.

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  Temple of Leto: Westhall 1F
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Items: Reloader; Elixir (S)

A new enemy appears, and the game will give tutorials on defensive manuevers.
The counterattacking skill is one of the most useful techniques in the game, so
try and familiarize yourself with it here. You'll find that if you try to defeat
the statue with your handblade, you'll only be chipping away at the statue's HP.
Use R2 to counterattack and make short work of the statue.

After the first one falls, three more will greet Ed and Al from two sides. You
can counterattack all three of them until they're destroyed, but a newly
available (and much faster) way to destroy them has become available in the form
of bombs. Transmute bombs from the clay pots on the floor. Each statue will take
two direct hits before crumbling.

Before you leave the area, replenish your bomb supply by transmuting another
pot.

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  Temple of Leto: Egress
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Items: Reloader; Elixir (S)

A small group of odd black creatures appear from the dark puddle on the floor.
They're neither strong nor powerful, but dealing with them in large groups can
get frustrating (as you'll learn later in the game) since they scatter and may
try to get away from you. Better to use a nearby suction device to keep them in
one place, and toss the bombs into the group. Once you defeat them, you're auto-
matically taken into the next room, so you may want to make it a point to open
the two chests in the area before you kill the last enemy.

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  Temple of Leto: Easthall 1F
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Items: Reloader

It's a good idea to make use of that save point in this room as the next room
will be your first boss fight in the game. Approach the large double doors to
the north after you've done so.

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  Temple of Leto: Charnel House
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Items: Lead Armor

After a lengthy dialogue and a movie sequence, your first boss fight against the
lion chimera begins.

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| Boss: Lion Chimera |
+--------------------+

Don't expect to run up to the Lion Chimera and mash the attack button to win.
This kitty is fairly capable of taking your attacks and returning the favor with
powerful swipes or lunges. Keep Al close and track it as it runs around the
room. Command Al to attack when he's close and try to counterattack the Lion
Chimera if it comes at you swinging. You'll have to be quick tho, as this boss
doesn't telegraph it's attack like the statues did. When the Lion Chimera rears
itself up to attack with a flame breath, circle around him and use that opening
to get in a quick combo with the lance. Have Al attack with you at the same time
to get a high combo score.

	A-rank item: Lead Earring
	B-rank item: Lead Earring
	C-rank item: Lead Earring
	D-rank item: Lead Earring

After you beat the Lion Chimera, you'll have to chase down Cornello. Before you
exit the Charnel house, head up the stairs to the northwest corner and open the
hidden chest in front of the door for a Lead Armor accessory. Head out the door
to the northeast to resume chase.

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  Temple of Leto: Secret Passage
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Items: Elixir (S)

The metal barriers in front of you can be transmuted into large steel balls that
do massive damage on enemies. Hit the balls in the direction you want them to go
and they should be able to kill all the enemies in front of you. You'll have to
be careful using these weapons however. Both Ed and Al can take damage from them
too while they're rolling around, so make sure not to get in their path. Repeat
this tactic on the enemies around the corner and follow Cornello out from the
south.

Pay attention to the background as Cornello runs down Easthall. You'll notice
that he'll run past a kitty in a box on the floor. After the event and movie 
sequence, Ed and Al will wind up back in the Temple Egress, and you'll have the
Ring of Riddles accessory in your inventory.

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  Temple of Leto: Egress
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Items: none

Save your game but DO NOT exit the temple. Remember that little kitty you saw in
the cut scene with Cornello? We're gonna go pick him up. Exit to the north and
head back to Easthall 1F.

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  Temple of Leto: Easthall 1F
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Items: Tama

Walk north and round the corner to find Tama on the ground. Approach it to
trigger a scene with Al. After the scene, you'll have Tama in your inventory.
Equip (can you equip a cat?) Tama on Al and return to the Egress.

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  Temple of Leto: Egress
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Items: none

Save your game again if you haven't done so and exit through the doors. Another
boss fight will begin shortly.

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  Temple of Leto: courtyard
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Items: none

+--------------------+
| Boss: Leto Statues |
+--------------------+

In this two part battle, your first obstacle is to defeat five white Leto
Statues. They're larger, tougher, and more powerful than their smaller brethren,
but they're only slightly faster and still telegraph their attacks for you.
Again, countering their attacks cause the most damage, but if you've collected a
lot of reloaders during your time in the Temple, you can transmute a cannon from
one of the torches and make short work of them altogether. Try not to use any of
the other transmutable objects in the stage for this fight, as you'll want to
save them for the real boss fight afterwards. This one also doesn't count
towards your boss scorecard afterwards, so you're free to take as much time or
as much damage as you want.

+----------------+
| Boss: Cornello |
+----------------+

Before the battle with Cornello begins, you'll be given a tutorial on Rage
attacks. Additionally, your rage meter will be filled so you can try out your
new skill. This is fortunate, as it will make achieving a high combo score a
cinch. Cornello calls a bunch of cultists to his aid, so begin the battle by
transmuting a suction device. When they're in a group, unleash a Rage attack,
and you should rack up a fairly decent combo score while disposing of most of
the cultists. The remaining ones, including Cornello, will be momentarily
stunned after the Rage attack, so take this opportunity to transmute (or reload)
a cannon and focus your attacks on Cornello. Once you get Cornello in your line
of sight, fire the cannon rounds in rapid succession and you'll juggle Cornello
for a few quick hits. If he falls, wait for him to recover before firing again. 
The cannons should be all you need to defeat Cornello, but if the remaining
cultists make trouble for you, don't forget about the other suction device and
the mice-bombs in the area as well.

	A-rank item: Charm of Renewal
	B-rank item: Charm of Renewal
	C-rank item: Elixir (M)
	D-rank item: Elixir (S)



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*  Chapter 2: Trouble in East City  *
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  East City: Plaza
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Items: Alchemy Tonic; Elixir (S); Dog Tag

Before you chase after the mysterious man, take the time to explore the area for
a chest containing an Alchemy Tonic and another containing an Elixir (S). Enter
the alleys afterwards. After the initial event with three bandits in the next
area, return here to obtain the Dog Tag accessory near the wreckage of the car.

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  East City: Backalleys
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Items: Alchemy Vial; Elixir (S)

Three bandits impede your progress. Defeat them for access to the backalleys. As
you proceed, you'll encounter various other bandits that guard the area. They're
all easy to defeat, but transmuting washtubs from the trashcans will stun all
bandits on the screen, making your job that much easier. Find the manhole and
head into the sewers afterwards.

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  Sewers: Entrance
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Items: Belcini; Reloader; Elixir (S)

Another cat awaits rescue behind a trashcan on the southwest corner of the map.
After Al picks up Belcini, follow the mysterious man deeper into the sewers.

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  Sewers: Central Chamber
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Items: Knife

Examine the shiny object on top of the metal steps to obtain the Knife accessory
and continue into the next area.

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  Sewers: Main Sluiceway
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Items: Reloader

Your quest after the mysterious man must be put on hold as now you must find a
way to cross the rushing torrent of water. Look for a chest next to the steps,
and return to the entrance of the sewers.

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  Sewers: Entrance
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Head to the door you couldn't previously enter to find yourself in a different
section of the central chamber.

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  Sewers: Central Chamber
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Items: Elixir (S)

Pick up the item in the corner of the room. Move along; there's nothing to see
here.

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  Sewers: Floodgates
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Items: none

Before you figure out how to close the floodgates, you'll be attacked by a group
of bandits eager to stop you in your tracks. Transmute a machinegun from the 
pile of debris near Ed and let Al do most of the dirty work. Since he's a much
better shot than you are, Al should be able to defeat most of the bandits. Mop
up whatever he doesn't finish to begin a cut scene. After the event, transmute
the burning control panel into a cannon and knock down those floodgates! Why Ed
can turn this cannon into one with unlimited ammo and not others, I dunno...

Retrace your steps back to the main sluiceway to resume your chase after the
mysterious man. Along the way you'll encounter a save point, and all the areas
are now infested with bandits.

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  Sewers: Main Sluiceway
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Items: Protection Vial

Now that the water has been shut off, you can cross over to the other side by
going down into the flowbanks and take a ladder up the other side. There are
bandits all over the area, but take advantage of your surroundings and make the
most of the objects around you.

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  Sewers: Materials Storage
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Items: Reloader; Bulletproof Vest

Transmute two wrecking ball cranes in the large open area before you. Let Al
operate one while you man the other, and enjoy the sight of flying enemies.
After you clear the area, head to the room in the upper northwest, defeat the
enemies there, and claim a Reloader and a Bulletproof Vest. The mallet is also
available here for the first time in the game. Fans of the previous game will
remember the mallet as a great tool to gain levels with. It's not quite the same
level of cheese this time around, but its still a great weapon for building
combos. Take it with you if you want to get a high combo score easily in the
next boss fight.

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  Sewers: Depths
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Items: Elixir (M); Charm of Renewal; Strength Vial

There are quite a few bandits to deal with in this room, so use those
transmutable weapons liberally. Because of all the bandits in this area, there's
a good chance that you'll have a Rage attack saved up before the fight ends. Try
to save the Rage attack for the boss instead of wasting it on these small frys.
Make sure you visit the top of the platform on the northeast end of the depths
to plunder two chests. Visit the save point to replenish your health and save
your game, because a boss battle is about to begin.

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  Sewers: Water Treatment Facility
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Items: none

+------------+
| Boss: Bald |
+------------+

Hopefully you come into this battle with two things that will make your life
much easier: a Rage attack and a mallet. Assuming you have both, use your Rage
attack right away. If you give Bald enough time, he'll call forth a small group
of bandits to help and you'll have to deal with them as well. A Rage attack will
stun Bald, giving you a window to launch an offensive wave that will deplete
much of his HP. All around the room are small piles of steel pipes that will
transmute into firecrackers. The firecrackers do quite a bit of damage to Bald,
but lose their tracking effectiveness the further their target is from them. 
This is why it is necessary to stun Bald, a runner and a blocker, before you
attack with the firecrackers.

Again, after you activate a Rage attack, find a pile of pipes nearest Bald and
transmute them into firecrackers. As the firecrackers do their trick, use the 
mallet to achieve a high combo. After you fulfill your combo requirement, ditch
the mallet and opt for the sword. When Bald recovers, stun him again with the
washtubs and look for some more firecrackers to repeat the strategy. Continue 
this strategy and Bald should fall rather easily. If you run out of washtubs and
firecrackers, use the suction devices to keep Bald from running away, and finish
him off with melee weapons.

	A-rank item: Lucky Pouch
	B-rank item: Lucky Pouch
	C-rank item: Elixir (M)
	D-rank item: Elixir (S)



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*  Chapter 3: The Tucker Mystery  *
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  Tucker Manor
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Items: Strength Tonic; Protection Tonic; Alchemy Tonic

Save your game before you explore the house. Grab the Strength Tonic at the top
of the stairs and go into the library on the west end of the house for an event.
Scattered around the library are Tucker's research notes, which will reveal
haunting information about the nature of his experiments. After you find all the
notes, alleyoop to the top of one of the shelves for a chest. Remember this part
of the house, because you'll return here later to rescue another kitty. Head
down into the cellar when you're ready.

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  Tucker Manor: Laboratory
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Items: Dog Collar

Look for a shiny object on the floor to acquire the dog collar. Exit the room
from the east.

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  Tucker Manor: Storeroom
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Items: none

A flock of winged snake chimeras attack when you enter. Defeat them and move on.

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  Tucker Manor: Back Storeroom
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Items: Elixir (S)

Two smaller brothers of the first Lion Chimera boss guard this room. They have
nearly all the attacks of their bigger boss brother but don't do as much damage.
That said, a pair of them can still be formidable. Transmute a dummy Ed or two
from the boxes laying around, and use the mice-bombs to knock off some of their
HP. Defeat them one at a time.

Proceed through the hole in the wall to trigger the next event, but you won't be
exploring the next area just yet. When you regain control of Ed, return to the
library in Tucker Manor to rescue a kitty who has mysteriously appeared atop the
bookshelves.

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  Tucker Manor
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Items: Scratches

Scratches sits in a box on top of one of the center bookshelves. Alleyoop Ed
onto the bookshelf to activate the event and pick up Scratches.

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  Sewers: Sluiceway
---------------------

Items: Reloader; Elixir (M); White Loincloth

More lion chimeras can be found in the sluiceway, and they happen to love their
fire breath here. This makes them difficult to approach, so transmute a
boomerang from the debris on the floor and attack them individually from a
distance. Another group of lion chimeras sandwich the sluiceway on the opposite
end, but they're more aggressive than the first group. As you approach the end
of the sluiceway, turn towards the north and look for a large steel drum and
transmute it into a shotgun cannon. The shotgun cannon works wonders against the
lion chimeras, but it comes with only five shots! Make each shot count, as more
lion chimeras will appear in place of fallen ones. Reload when you run out of
ammo, and remount the weapon if you get knocked off. Trying to take on the
entire group of lion chimeras with melee weapons is more trouble than its worth.
Explore the rest of the sluiceway for chests after you defeat all the chimeras
and exit through the door when you're ready.

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  Sewers: Exit
----------------

Items: Elixir (M)

It's an empty room until you approach the lone chest in the corner, at which
point winged snake chimeras fall from the ceiling. Finish them off and save your
game before you go up the ladder. It may also be in your best interests to
revisit the sluiceway to build a Rage attack. The next boss fight can be tough!

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  East City Freightyard
-------------------------

Items: Elixir (S); Fasthold Gloves

+------------+
| Boss: Scar |
+------------+

Scar is a formidable boss and can be intimidating if the player goes in without
a strategy to beat him. His attacks are capable of draining nearly half your HP
and he can also counterattack most of your punches. He also has a considerable
amount of HP, and in your current state, most of Ed and Al's attacks do very
little damage. As a matter of fact, the game is betting that you'll lose this
battle, which is why you're NOT required to defeat Scar to advance the game.

Fortunately, there is a bevy of hidden options in this battle to even the tale
of the tape. All of the containers and crates in this level can be destroyed
(not by you, by Scar) and some will reveal additional weapons or chests for you
to use. Pay particular attention to the large green containers in the upper
northwest corner of the map. Behind these containers is the IMMENSELY useful
Artistic Cow that causes tremendous damage, although it can hurt Al and Ed too.

If you have a Rage attack saved up, don't be hasty to use it. If your goal is
to obtain a high boss rank, you may need to do some prep work. Begin the battle
by avoiding Scar's initial energy wave attack and transmute and equip some
shurikens from the object near the crates in the center. Lure Scar into a corner
(either the corner of a map or the corner of two containers) and unleash a Rage
attack. Having stunned Scar with the Rage attack, unload all your shurikens into
Scar. If done properly, the shurikens should push Scar into the corner without
giving him a chance to escape. Do not command Al to attack if he's far away.
Al's shoulder charge will knock Scar off his feet and cancel your combo with the
shurikens. If he's close to Scar, however, feel free to call up Al's service. It
will only add to the combo.

Now that you've achieved a good combo, alleyoop to the top of large green
container in the northwest corner and wait for Scar to destroy it. You may have
to do some taunting to get Scar to destroy the crate. When he does, transmute
the jar behind it into the powerful Artistic Cow and let it go to town on Scar. 
Going to town on Scar, however, does require a bit of coaxing on your part. The
cow is much slower than Scar and will occasionally miss. Your best bet is to
always keep the Cow between Ed and Scar in a straight line. As Scar runs towards
Ed, he should run right into the path of the Cow's attack. Alternatively, you
can also use the center crates to keep a barrier between Ed and Scar. Make sure
the Cow is on Scar's side, and position yourself across the crates from Scar.
Unless he destroys the crates, the Cow should hit Scar over and over again as he
tries to run towards Ed.

When the Artistic Cow expires (turn him into some Beef!), you'll have knocked
off at least half of Scar's HP. For the remainder of the fight, keep a safe
distance from Scar as he dances around you, and watch for him to do his rushing
attack. When you see him coming, press R2 for a quick counterattack and repeat
this strategy until Scar is beaten. Again, it isn't necessary to defeat Scar to
advance the game, but you do get a pretty useful item for doing it.

Behind the wooden crates on the south side of the map is a chest containing the
Fasthold Gloves. Behind another green container on the east wall is a chest
containing an Elixir (S) item. Don't forget to pick them up sometime during your
fight with Scar.

By the by, I think the best time I've ever seen for this battle was somewhere
in the neighborhood of three minutes...I kid you not.

	A-rank item: Sunglasses
	B-rank item: Sunglasses
	C-rank item: Sunglasses
	D-rank item: Sunglasses



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*                                *
*  Chapter 4: Back in Resembool  *
*                                *
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  Rockbell Home: Front Yard
-----------------------------

Items: Amazon Wrench; Camaraderie Crest

+-----------------+
| Boss: Armstrong |
+-----------------+

Strangely enough, Armstrong is considered a boss even tho you fight him at the
beginning of this chapter. He is also another boss where your victory isn't
required to progress in the game. Like Scar, however, beating Armstrong will
yield items you can't obtain anywhere else.

Armstrong's battle is particular because you can't use any alchemy skills.
"Physical combat is the name of the game" as Armstrong would say, so concentrate
exclusively on building combos with Al and effectively using counterattacks.

Armstrong's most punishing attack is his "Majestic Muscle Mambo" (PLEASE turn up
your speakers when he says this) which is a flurry of punches that you can't
escape from. If his final punch connects, you'll be sent flying halfway across
the stage and will likely be knocked dizzy. Because of this, it is wise to keep
your HP at a fairly high level at all times. Try to avoid it altogether by
listening for a tell-tale chime before he executes this move.

Try to sandwich Armstrong between Ed and Al at all times. Circle around him
until he's between the two brothers. Armstrong has a tendency to block, but he
can't block whoever is attacking him from behind! Try to get a combo going
between Al and Ed to cause the most damage.

If you neglect healing Al (you may be low in healing items after the battle with
Scar), Armstrong will likely knock him out at least once during this battle. You
can't bring Al back because alchemy is forbidden, so you'll be on your own for a
few minutes if Al gets KO'd. If you're left alone with Armstrong, concentrate on
counterattacking Armstrong until Al revives himself.

After defeating Armstrong, your co-op tactics with Al will have moved him so
much that he presents to you the Camaraderie Crest. Additionally, you also
receive the Bond of Brotherhood if you get a high enough score.

	A-rank item: Bond of Brotherhood
	B-rank item: Bond of Brotherhood
	C-rank item: Elixir (M)
	D-rank item: Elixir (S)

-----------------------------
  Resembool: Outlying Hills
-----------------------------

Items: Elixir (M)

Follow the dirt path up the map to find a save point. It's not necessary to save
your game here since there's another save point in the next area. When you 
approach the mouth of the caves, you'll be ambushed by a small group of golems
posing as humans. Defeat them and enter the caves.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 1
-------------------

Items: Reloader

The cave is made up of multiple chambers that branch out in different
directions. It can be easy to get lost in the caves, but savvy players might
notice that there are maps along the walls in all of the chambers. The maps
always highlight the currently occupied chamber, so look for a map on the wall
to orient yourself if you get lost. In this first chamber, there are three exits
to choose from. From the event that transpires, you'll find out that the eastern
exit is blocked off and you must go spelunking to find the missing puzzle
pieces. To start, take the western exit.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 2
-------------------

Items: Strength Tonic; Fireguard Cloak

When you head into the southern area of this chamber, a new golem will appear
near the waterfall. There are four of these types of golems in the caves, and
each one possesses a piece of the puzzle. You must defeat all four golems to
gain access to the room in chamber 1. These golems have strong attacks and can
summon smaller golems to their aid, but they're not difficult to kill. Ed
automatically receives a piece of the puzzle when the golem is destroyed. Return
to chamber 1 and take the northern route.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 3
-------------------

Items: Gold Ring

By now, Ed has learned how to transmute the final weapon in his learned alchemy
menu, making it complete. Use the hammer to break the wooden boards. There are
three exits in this cave including the one you came in from. Take the eastern
exit first.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 4
-------------------

Items: Elixir (M); Gold Bangle

No pieces of the puzzle to be had in this chamber, but the Gold Bangle accessory
is probably worth your time. Retrieve it from one of the chests in the chamber,
and swarms of floating golems will engulf the room. They're not particularly
dangerous, and even at these numbers they're easily defeated with just one swipe
of your sword. The problem with this room is that they spawn incessantly. Your
instinct may be to remain in this room to build levels with these enemies, but
tragically, each golem only gives you 5 measly EXP points and its tough to pull
off a combo on them. Take heart though! They DON'T respawn infinitely (there are
only a few HUNDRED or so to defeat), but if you're patient enough to kill all of
them, a new enemy which only appears later in the game will make a preview. This
blob-like golem has awesome defense but not a lot of HP, so you can take him out
pretty handily. When you do, your reward is 700+ EXP points!!! Return to Chamber
3 and find the exit to the west.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 5
-------------------

Items: Alchemy Tonic

There's a circular path around this chamber and a small room to the south. 
Explore this southern room for an item and look for the accessible exit to the
north.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 6
-------------------

Items: Gold Armor; Protection Vial

Chamber 6 is the largest chamber yet, and the second piece of the puzzle is
found here. There are a lot of enemies that guard this chamber, so take your
time as you fight to get to the big golem that has what you're looking for. As
you approach it, look for boulders that you can transmute into shurikens, and
you may even be able to kill the golem from a distance without engaging it at
all. Return to chamber 5 and take the exit to the west.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 7
-------------------

Items: Reloader; Advancement Guide

There is a small room to the south of the chamber still boarded up by wooden
planks, so head there before you exit. Find the pick axe that transmutes into
a pogo stick for a creative way to defeat the golems in the room. Claim the 
spoils of victory and take the exit to the west.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 8
-------------------

Items: Protection Tonic; Elixir (M)

The third piece of the puzzle is guarded by a golem in the southern room of this
chamber. By now you should be able to transmute lv 2 gauntlets from the
boulders, so use them to make short work of the golems. A large group of golems
appear as you try to exit this chamber. It wouldn't hurt to defeat them all for
some good leveling, but if you're running low on healing items or HP, play it
safe and run away. Return to chamber 7 and exit to the north.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 9
-------------------

Items: Elixir (M)

The fourth and final piece of the puzzle is found in this room. The two oil
lamps near the entrance can be transmuted into taming rods that do massive
damage on enemies. Collect the last piece and save your game before you exit to
the south.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 5
-------------------

Items: Gold Earring

You'll be back in Chamber 5 on a high ledge that was inaccessible from the way
you came in. Two small golems are minor nuisances as you try collect the Gold
Earring accessory. Once you open the chest, make your way back to Chamber 1.

-------------------
  Cave: Chamber 1
-------------------

Save your game but do not go through the doors. Approaching the doors with all
pieces of the key will trigger an event that opens the doors, but don't go
through just yet as there are some things left to do in this area. The boss is
waiting in the next area, some prep work may be in order to make things easier.
First and foremost, exit the caves altogether to pick up another kitty. When you
return, consider the following:

	- If you haven't learned how to create lv2 gauntlets yet, level up
          until you do. Gauntlets can be transmuted from boulders, and lv2
          gauntlets are glowing with flames.
	- Equip both Ed and Al with the gauntlets, but save all of its uses on
          the upcoming boss fight. Even though you're equipping Al with one, the
	  strategy here is to have Al drop his gauntlets as soon as the boss
          fight begins, effectively giving you TWO gauntlets to use on the boss.
	  You'll find that Ed is much more effective with the gauntlets than Al
	  is anyway.
	- As with most of the boss fights, its always a good idea to build up
	  your Rage attack bar before the fight starts. Do so in one of the
	  chambers.

-----------------------------
  Resembool: Outlying Hills
-----------------------------

Items: Ryuke

Ryuke can be found along the fence. Approach him to watch an amusing scene
between Ed and Al. Afterwards, return to chamber 1 of the caves, save your game,
and prepare yourself for a boss fight as you enter the newly accessible area.

------------------------------
  Cave: Alcove of the Circle
------------------------------

Items: none

+---------------------+
| Boss: The Phantom 1 |
+---------------------+

As you'll eventually learn, this mysterious creature was actually a woman named
Elma in a previous life. A turn of events has made her into quite a formidable
enemy, so don't go easy on her by any means. This battle with the Phantom can be
either incredibly challenging or incredibly easy, depending on your battle
strategy. If you did your homework and subscribed to some of the tips laid out
earlier, this battle will be much shorter than it has to be.

If both Ed and Al have taken gauntlets into battle, command Al drop his right
away. You don't want Al wasting the gauntlet on the golems that appear in this
fight, and you especially don't want it getting knocked out of his hands by a
critical hit.

Run right up to the Phantom and wail away with Ed's own gauntlets. It's best to
focus your attention exclusively on her while you have the gauntlets because
they're only good for about 30 hits. If golems happen to get caught in your
barrage of attacks, all the better. They will only add to your combo score, but
keep the Phantom as your primary target. When the gauntlet is used up (or gets
knocked away), find the one that Al dropped and continue your offense strategy.

Without the gauntlets, you'll find that the Phantom is MUCH more resistant to
your attacks. If you do happen to lose the gauntlets, make use of the oil lamps
around the arena and turn them into taming rods. While they're not as effective
as the gauntlets (they knock her down), they still do considerable damage and
a much better alternative to your bare fists.

The Phantom's attacks are powerful if you get caught in them. She can create
large bell objects to rise from the ground and knock Ed off his feet. They can
only be destroyed with either the hammer, the taming rods, or the gauntlets. She
also uses them to ricochet fireballs around the room as the fight winds down, so
try and beat her as quick as possible. The Phantom also summons golems to her
aid in regular intervals during the fight.

You can choose to use the Rage attack anytime you feel comfortable, but I like
to save it for a moment when she has summoned a lot of golems. It's a great way
to give yourself some breathing room if you find that there are too many enemies
on the screen to deal with at once. Use it before Al gets knocked out.

Sometime during the battle, you'll have to try to get a good combo going if
you're aiming for a high boss rank. Wait until there are a few golems in the
arena, combo one, then look for another. Repeat until there are no more standing
enemies left to combo!

	A-rank item: Armlet of Absorption
	B-rank item: Fullmetal Bracer
	C-rank item: Elixir (M)
	D-rank item: Elixir (S)



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*                                         *
*  Chapter 5: Bord'wan: the Dead Village  *
*                                         *
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--------------------------
  Bord'wan: Village Gate
--------------------------

Items: Elixir (M)

Lieutenant Hawkeye joins your party and is actually fairly adept at holding her
own. You won't need to protect her or anything because she can't actually die.
If she takes enough damage, she'll be knocked out momentarily, but like Al she
revives herself after a few minutes. Nonetheless, coming to her aid if she gets
in trouble is more than just chivalrous. If you keep her from ever being KO'd,
you can obtain an extra item before the chapter concludes. The road through the
village will bring about many golems, so it never hurts to have another pair of
helping hands.

-----------------------
  Bord'wan: West Road
-----------------------

Items: Armlet of Piercing; Alchemy Vial

More enemies appear as you make your way deeper into the village. Always try to
defeat all the enemies. Nobody gains levels by not fighting!

----------------------------
  Bord'wan: Village Square
----------------------------

Items: Lucky Haversack

After the event, open the chest near the save point and save your game. The
path to the village square now branches into two directions, but for the 
moment you can only take the southern path. If you try to head to the northeast,
Al and Hawkeye will try to convince you otherwise. Try to do it anyway to watch
their reactions.

---------------------------
  Bord'wan: South Road
---------------------------

Items: Charm of Renewal

Step 1: Kill bad guys. Step 2: Follow road. Step 3: Exit east.

------------------------------
  Bord'wan: South Road Annex
------------------------------

Items: Strength Vial

A new golem type introduces itself by rolling towards you. It's the strongest
and toughest type of golem in this chapter, but between the three of you in the
party, this golem shouldn't be too much of a problem unless you've wandered a
little further into the map and caused smaller floating golems to appear. 
Another big golem appears a little further down the road.

---------------------------
  Bord'wan: Elder's House
---------------------------

Items: Ring of Vows - His

Approach the burning house to trigger an event. Learn the fate of the residents
by picking up the diary near the front door and obtain the Ring of Vows - His
accessory. The area becomes filled with floating golems after you read the
diary. As in the fourth chamber of the caves in the previous chapter, the golems
seem to respawn forever but there is a limit. The same blob golem appears if
you're patient enough to kill all floating golems again. Return to the village
square afterwards.

----------------------------
  Bord'wan: Village Square
----------------------------

Items: Ring of Vows - Hers

This time the village square appears to be occupied with a few villagers; yet
there is something strange about their behavior. Not surprisingly, they turn
into golems, and you must defeat all of them in order to move on. After the
dialogue that follows, save your game and take the northeast exit out of the
village square. Before you exit, look for the shiny object on the floor near the
road to obtain the Ring of Vows - Hers accessory.

-----------------------
  Bord'wan: East Road
-----------------------

Items: Elixir (M)

The dilapidated old wagon that sits before you can be made much better use of as
a tractor. Take one for a ride and use it to get rid of the two big golems in
this area. The smaller golems that appear may be too quick to destroy with the
tractor, so get your hands a little dirty if the tractor doesn't work. Continue
up the road and into the next area.

---------------------------
  Bord'wan: Mountain Pass
---------------------------

Items: Reloader; Red Loincloth

Two large golems roll towards you as soon as you enter the mountain pass, so try
to side step them and head towards the wheelbarrow a little further up the road.
Transmute it into a suction device and attack the cluster of enemies while they
are incapacitated. Just around the elbow is another spawning point for floating
golems, but other golems will roll in from the forest as well. There is no prize
for slaying all the floating golems this time; the blog golem has wisened up and
does not appear. Exit to the south when you're done playing exterminator.

-----------------------
  Bord'wan: Outskirts
-----------------------

Items: Elixir (M)

Return here after the events in the house for the most amusing kitty rescue yet.

------------------
  Secluded House
------------------

Items: Bullet of Faith; Journeyman's Guide; Elixir (L)

If you've managed to keep Hawkeye in good shape the entire way here, look for a
shiny object near the door and examine it to obtain the Bullet of Faith. If she
was knocked out even once, you won't be able to obtain this item.

Explore this house to learn a thing or two about the history of the golems and
the role they played in the lore of an ancient city. Take the ladder upstairs
and search the pile of books in the south end of the balcony for a required
item. Before you head into the backroom to save your game, exit the house again.

-----------------------
  Bord'wan: Outskirts
-----------------------

Items: Antonio

Antonio sits near the side of the house. Walk up to Antonio and watch as Al's
part-time kitty sheltering job gets him into trouble with Ed and the lieutenant.
Return to the house and save your game before exiting from the back.

----------------------
  Bord'wan: Cemetary
----------------------

Items: none

+--------------------+
| Boss: Horned Golem |
+--------------------+

Let's get this announcement out of the way immediately: the horned golem is your
toughest boss battle yet. Even with some pre-battle prep work, this boss doesn't
give you anything. You're on your toes the entire battle, and if you relax for
even a bit the horned golem will make you pay.

As a quick reference for those who are trying to get a high boss rank, you must
win this battle in five minutes or less, obtain a 100+ hit combo, and take less
than 750 points of damage for a perfect game. An A-rank is between 13-15 points
on any boss, so you DO have a bit of leeway but not much. The difference between
four and five points on the combo score is one shot of the shotgun; the
difference between four and five points on the damage score is one hit of his
energy beam.

The first thing the golem usually does is eject eggs from its back. Left
unchecked, these eggs will hatch imp golems unless you can transmute them into 
something a little more useful for your purposes. There are a few things you can
transmute from the eggs; watch the transmutation icon to know what you're
getting.

You can create two shotgun cannons from the two wagons in the cemetary. These
cannons will most likely be the preferred way to obtain a high combo, but one
must be careful to make every shot of the cannon count. To do this, lure the
horned golem until he's literally within point blank range and activate a frenzy
(you DID build a frenzy before this battle, RIGHT?) to stun the golem in place.
Hop into the cannon and unload on the golem until you run out of ammo.

As a side note, every transmutable object in the cemetary comes in pairs. There
are two shotgun cannons on each end of the map, but you'll also find that there
are two suction devices as well as two extending staffs. The latter two items
can be quite effective when used in conjunction.

Transmute a wheelbarrow into a suction device and wait for the horned golem to
get trapped. When it does, find the mining tools nearby and transmute them into
an extending staff. Since the staff magically extends, keep a safe distance from
the golem and attack. The golem will try a body slam attack, but the suction
devices will prevent him from going anywhere for a while. Keep attacking, but
make sure not to get too close to the shock radius when the golem lands from a
body slam (or dodge it with a backflip) or else Ed's staff will get knocked out
of his hands.

Repeat this strategy with the other suction device and you should be able to
deplete a good amount of the horned golem's HP. If Ed drops his staff, retrieve
the other one and attack until you lose it.

When you finally have no choice but to engage the golem at close range, wait for
him to create more eggs and quickly find one that will offer the gauntlets. That
said, transmute AS MANY of the eggs as you can before the horned golem attacks
you and pick up the gauntlet after you know you can't reach anymore eggs. If you
neglect the eggs too many times, the entire stage will be filled with imp golems
before you know it.

Get up close and personal with the horned golem, and introduce yourself with the
gauntlets as many times as you can. By now, the golem will have lost enough HP
to get serious with you. When it rears up on its hind legs, it's getting ready
to do one of two things: cover the area with fireballs, or shoot a massively
damaging energy beam from its mouth. Learn to distinguish between the two (the
golem won't turn to face you when it does the energy beam attack) and sidestep
them accordingly. If he's getting ready to cover the area with fireballs, 
quickly step into his body and attack. When you're nearest to him, his own 
fireballs can't hit you. When he's using the energy beam attack, get over to his
side or back and get in as many hits as you can.

	A-rank item: Armlet of Retribution
	B-rank item: Armlet of Retribution
	C-rank item: Elixir (M)
	D-rank item: Elixir (S)



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*                                         *
*  Chapter 6: Siam-Sid: City of Illusion  *
*                                         *
*******************************************

---------------------------
  Siam-Sid: South Quarter
---------------------------

Items: Strength Tonic; Elixir (L); Elixir (XL); Fullmetal Armor

Upon reaching Siam-Sid, Ed discovers that its citizens are less than hospitable.
Fortunately the game doesn't require you to speak to any of the NPC's in the
city, so merrily make you way through south quarter and pick up the items along
the way. As you walk through the city, see the statues of the four-legged
golems around? Take out your hammer, jump, and hit it in the head. See how it
shatters? Remember this when these innocent looking statues get "unfriendly."

-----------------------------
  Siam-Sid: Grand Promenade
-----------------------------

Items: Reloader; Elixir (L) x2; Fullmetal Earring; Protection Vial; Roxanne

Pick up Roxanne behind one of the small obelisks on the east side of the
promenade and rejoin Hawkeye and Glostner just outside the entrance to the Spire
of Lebis. After the event, you'll find yourself back in the grand promenade,
only now all the citizens have been replaced with golems. Defeat them all to buy
Hawkeye and Glostner some time to escape.

---------------------------
  Siam-Sid: South Quarter
---------------------------

Items: Elixir (L)

Those previously static golem statues have now become laser turrets set to
target YOU. Take them out with the hammer, but be careful walking past the other
golem statues. Those don't shoot you, but are set to fall on top of you when you
get close enough, so take measured steps and avoid getting stunned. A doorway to
a road heading north has now been opened in the south quarter, so take it into
the next area. A familiar golem guards the exit, but has added a deadly new
attack to his arsenal. This golem now shoots a powerful purple laser beam from
its mouth which can juggle you the entire length of the beam if you get caught
with a direct hit. Needless to say, this can drain massive amounts of HP very
quickly, so take him out fast and hard.

----------------------------
  Siam-Sid: Merchant's Way
----------------------------

Items: Elixir (L); Alchemy Vial; Alchemy Tonic

Watch your back as you cross Merchant's Way. Enemies can appear both in front of
and behind Ed and Al.

--------------------------
  Siam-Sid: West Quarter
--------------------------

Items: Strength Vial; Elixir (XL); Fullmetal Bracer; Elixir (L) x2; Flurry Guide

The golem knights are strong foes but moderate in number. The hammer works well
against them as do your counterattacks, so don't rush things and take your time.
Use your Rage attacks as you build them to get rid of multiple enemies, and also
look for throwing knives transmutable from barriers. It's a projectile weapon
with a spread effect and has a high attack power, so use them to clear a room
quickly and painlessly. The turrets here usually guard treasure chests, so take
care as you try to obtain them.

There is a save point at the top of the steps. Use it before you drop through
the hole in the roof of the nearby building and into the next area.

--------------------------
  Siam-Sid: Holy Quarter
--------------------------

Items: Elixir (L); Fullmetal Ring

Various golems can be found in the Holy Quarter, so be on guard as soon as you
enter. Use the available katanas to even the field a little.

-----------------------------
  Siam-Sid: Residential Way
-----------------------------

Items: Reloader; Protection Tonic; Elixir

This short avenue resembles Merchant's Way, but you'll traverse this road having
to face more powerful golems. Defeating the first few enemies will summon a pair
of extra large golems that defend the exits. Defeating them can be tricky - 
while focusing your attention on one, the other on the opposite side of the map
can shoot its purple laser at you and catch you in a corner. A Rage attack
really helps in this area, but the taming rods can make short work of the
enemies too.

---------------------------
  Siam-Sid: North Quarter
---------------------------

Items: Fullmetal Earring; Strength Tonic; Reloader x2; Elixir (L);
       Elixir (XL) x2; Protection Vial; Fullmetal Armor

After you defeat the enemies in the first area, transmute some lv 2 bombs for
yourself and climb the rope ladder to the other side of the buildings. As soon
as you enter the small enclosed courtyard, transmute a few flamethrowing devices
scattered around the floor to help you defeat the enemies that appear. Climb the
other rope ladder, defeat the remaining enemies, and rejoin Hawkeye and Glostner
at the top of the steps of the Temple. If you're trying to obtain an A-rank on 
the next boss, bring a mallet with you as well.

-------------------
  Temple of Lebis
-------------------

Items: Elixir (L); Elixir (XL)

Save your game and collect the two items in the chest in front of the save
point. Enter the temple chamber to trigger an event and approach the pedestal
overrun with moss to learn more about the Glostner's relationship with Elma and
Crowley. A boss fight follows.

-----------------------------------------
  Temple of Lebis: Cloister of Devotion
-----------------------------------------

Items: none

+--------------------+
| Boss: Spider Golem |
+--------------------+

As big as the spider golem is, it's actually not a tough boss compared to the
previous golem you had to fight. It's most damaging attack is a body slam, but
it will cast a tell-tale shadow on the ground so you can avoid it fairly easily.
At regular intervals, this boss will retreat into its puddle and summon other
golems to attack you. You must defeat its minions to get the boss to reappear.

Most of it's attacks are easy to avoid if you don't get caught up in button-
mashing the boss to death. It is especially vulnerable after it's body slam, so
you can take advantage of those moments to help reach your target combo with the
mallet. When the spider golem lowers itself, it is getting ready to shoot green
beams from its eyes, so stand in front of one of its legs to avoid them.

Don't bother using your Rage attack on this boss. It doesn't do much damage and
does nothing for your combo score. Instead, use it on one of the small groups of
golems it will summon. I like to save it for the humaniod golems instead of the
floating or imp golems, which are easily defeated anyway.

	A-rank item: Moon Medal
	B-rank item: Moon Medal
	C-rank item: Elixir (M)
	D-rank item: Elixir (S)

                                                  

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*                                 *
*  Chapter 7: The Spire of Lebis  *
*                                 *
***********************************

----------------------------------------
  Spire of Lebis: Hall of Displacement
----------------------------------------

Items: none

After the stylish and entertaining arrival of Mustang and Armstrong, Ed and
company will resume their journey inside the Spire of Lebis. Their first stop
beyond the Square of Lebis is a room with three transmutation circles that serve
as transportation devices. The three military officers are whisked away in each
trasnmutation circle, and Ed must choose one to follow.

Each transmutation circle takes you to the same map, but you will get a 
different item near the end depending on which officer you follow. Mustang will
give you the Flame Gloves, Armstrong will give you the Strong-Arm Gauntlets, and
Hawkeye will give you the Bullet of Resolve. IMHO, no one item is better than
the others, but since you've already partied with Hawkeye, following one of the
State Alchemists will give you a chance to see what they can do.

Hawkeye is to the West, Mustang is to the North, and Armstrong is to the East.
Pick your favorite character and move on.

--------------------------------
  Spire of Lebis: First Ascent
--------------------------------

Items: Reloader; Elixir (XL) x2; Alchemy Vial; Tear of Lebis

Transmuting the rock cubes at the top of the steps into spiked balls and sending
them down the stairs can damage or defeat a few of the golems that wait at the
bottom. Take another flight of stairs down to the north for a chest. You'll end
up at the top of a ledge that overlooks a great hallway. Before you jump down
into the hallway, transmute the stone debris into columns and let them fall on
the golem knights that wait for you below. If you're successful, you can take
away a lot of HP from a distance, making your work up close much easier. After
you defeat all the enemies, head north into the next level of the spire.

---------------------------------
  Spire of Lebis: Second Ascent
---------------------------------

Items: Elixir (XL) x3; Alchemy Tonic

The humaniod golems camping at the end of this hallway are a pain. From all the
way across the room, they shoot laser beams at you and your party, but golems
will appear as you try to reach them. Nonetheless, its best to get rid of them
ASAP before you deal with the rest of the enemies, since the duo of laser beams
can do quite a number on Ed and Al if left unchecked. Transmute a dummy from the
rock pile nearby to draw their fire, and dispose of them quickly when you reach
them. After they fall, another pair appears BACK at the mouth of the stairs, and
you'll have to backtrack to get rid of those as well. On your way, more golems
will continue to spawn. Make use of those dummies and Rage attacks if you have
one available.

The turn takes you to another great hallway where large golems stand on either 
side and shoot purple beams that crisscross the width of the hallway. Katanas
are available from the broken barrels and will help tremendously.

--------------------------------
  Spire of Lebis: Third Ascent
--------------------------------

Items: Tear of Lebis; Elixir (XL) x2;

When you reach the square chamber at the top of the steps, the doors will close
and trap you in the room with a group of enemies that you must defeat. A Rage
attack will work wonders here, but the suction device/shotgun cannon combination
will also take care of clusters of enemies quickly. After you defeat all the
enemies, the character you followed will give you a special item and the doors
will re-open.

The small room to the north can be fun. Many floating and imp golems will
appear, but all the barrels in this room can be transmuted into firecracker
bombs. As you cross the room, transmute the barrels along the way, and watch the
firecrackers hit their mark and clean the room for you. The remaining enemies
won't be a challenge without their numbers.

The last chamber leads to a flight of stairs into the next level of the spire,
but many golems await you here. Transmute the golem statue found nearby into a
tractor and mop up the enemies before you proceed.

---------------------------------
  Spire of Lebis: Fourth Ascent
---------------------------------

Items: Alchemy Vial; Elixir (XL) x3; Tear of Lebis x2;

The hallway ahead marks the last floating golem spawn point in the game, but
like the previous one, no special incentive prompts you to stay. The ledge at
the end of the hall will drop you into the last chamber of the spire before the
boss fight. Once you drop down, you've reached a point of no return because you
can't jump back up to the hallway from the chamber below. With that in mind, 
make sure you obtain all the chest items and equip your characters with the
proper weaponry for the boss fight in this level. Personally, I like to use the
gauntlets, and they can be found in the large square chamber on this map.

Enter the door to the north when you're ready.

-------------------------------------
  Spire of Lebis: Hall of the Twins
-------------------------------------

Items: none

Work yourself into a Rage and save your game. Your next encounter will be with a
much nastier version of Elma.

--------------------
  Queen's Chambers
--------------------

Items: none

+---------------------+
| Boss: The Phantom 2 |
+---------------------+

It's my personal opinion that Elma revisited is the toughest boss battle in the
game. The Phantom hasn't lost any of her speed, but she HAS gained more HP,
defense, and power. This arena is large, but it only means you'll have to cover
a lot more ground as you chase her around the room before you can get close
enough to hit her.

All of her old attacks have returned but she's added a new transmutation spell
to her repertoire. She tosses a glowing cloud into the circular garden in the
center of the room and creates a vortex that sucks you in. If you get caught,
black arms slap you around for massive damage and has a chance to dizzy you,
leaving you open for another attack.

Like your first encounter with the Phantom, the gauntlets are the best weapons
to use against her. If both Ed and Al have taken one into this battle, make sure
you command Al to drop his so he doesn't get it knocked away from one of the
Phantom's attacks.

With the gauntlets, you should be able to take away a good chunk of HP from the
Phantom before she gets aggressive. Try to save your Rage attack for multiple
enemies as she will summon golems to her aid once more. You'll have to keep Al
fairly healthy at all times, however, or you run the risk of losing your Rage if
Al gets knocked out.

When the gauntlets break, opt for your handblade or the sword. If you have
trouble with the melee weapons (She can break your combo and juggle you in the
air for a combo of her own), there are four taming rods in the area that will do
considerable damage without giving her a chance to counterattack. 

The longer this fight drags on, the messier the room will get. When you've taken
away a portion of her HP, Elma will summon the large golems from the air. They
appear in the corners or near the center, but they shoot their purple laser
beams at you from a distance, rapid fire projectiles when you're close, and
alchemic bombs when you're point blank. While dealing with both the Phantom 
and golems, the Phantom will summon those large cylindrical objects from your
previous battle to further get in your way. Finally, she can still create those
fireballs that can ricochet off walls and bells, except she does it with much
greater frequency this time around. The room can look quite literally like a war
zone after a few minutes.

Good players can defeat her quickly, great players will do it without taking a
lot of damage, but only great players with a little luck will get a decent combo
score. The trick is to use the two automatic machine guns in the stage, but
getting Elma to stand still for them to connect is a lesson in patience. When
you're ready to attempt your combo, make sure you've transmuted both of them and
lure Elma near the center of the stage. She's a blocker, so use a weapon that
can break her defense (the gauntlets, the taming rods, or your hammer) and hit
her as the machine guns are shooting at her. When her defense breaks, the
machine guns will add to your combo. However, be careful not to knock her down.
If she gets knocked down, the window of opportunity to continue your combo may
close, and you'll have to start the process all over again.

	A-rank item: Alluring Cologne
	B-rank item: Armlet of Absorption
	C-rank item: Elixir (XL)
	D-rank item: Elixir (L)

-----------------------------
  Underspire: First Descent
-----------------------------

Items: Tear of Lebis x3; Reloader

Save your game before you begin. After a difficult fight with Elma, the last
thing you want to do is start all over because of a silly mistake. The two
statues in front of you can be transmuted into gatling guns. Chests can be found
in the two small terraces that flank either side of the path. If you open the
chests, golems appear (in addition to the two blob golems on the east terrace).

The pair of large golems near the north should be taken out from a distance with
the shurikens. Turn them into lv 2 shurikens if you can for added damage.

------------------------------
  Underspire: Second Descent
------------------------------

Items: Elixir (XL) x4; Reloader; Elixir (L) x2; Tear of Lebis; Alchemy Tonic x2;
       Strength Vial; Protection Vial; Alchemy Vial; Strength Tonic x2;
       Protection Tonic x2; Armlet of Perception; Ophelia; Evasion Guide

The second descent of the Underspire is huge but can yield much bounty if one
takes the time and effort to collect all the items. The seventh and final kitty
also awaits rescue in this map, and as you'll see, it's the most difficult
rescue mission yet.

The huge golem statues on either side of the map create gusts of wind that can
blow you off the main path. You'll end up in the ditches on either side of the
path, so its best to observe the patterns before you walk blindly up the road.
That said, most of the ditches have chests, so you may want to pay them a visit
anyway before you try to cross the upper path.

After you cross the first set of wind machines, you'll arrive at a series of
stone obelisks and the next set of wind machines. The upper path is now split
in the middle with a wide gap, and the wind machines pull you towards the east.
The gusts from the first wind machine here are not that strong, so you can walk
against the force that pulls you. Before you get to the second machine, pause
and observe the ground. The floor glows brighter here than on the first machine,
indicating that the winds are stronger and WILL pull you down into the cavern
below. However, if you cross the path AFTER the machine stops, you won't have
enough time to make it all the way across. Begin to cross BEFORE the winds
cease, so that it stops just before it pulls you off the path, and cross the
rest of the way when the air is calm. Get to the stone pedestal that blocks you
from the winds of the third machine, retrieve the chest items there, and use the
pull of the winds to help you cross the gap to the other side.

Once you're on the other side, try to get on the very narrow strip of terrain
that bridges the gap to the north. Get as close to the next wind machine as you
can without being blown off and watch for a good moment to cross. You must cross
the winds created by two wind machines here without any pedestals to block you
from falling. As soon as the winds stop, head northwest as quickly as you can.
When the machines start blowing (sucking?) again, you'll have gone inland enough
to get safely to the strip of terrain not affected by the winds on the other
side (Actually, you have enough time to walk straight across to the other side,
but doing it this way provides some room for error). Open all the chests for a
variety of goodies, but do NOT fall off the ledge.

After you collect all the chests, head back up to the northwest corner of that
small strip of terrain safe from the winds. Jump down from the northwest corner
to find useful Ophelia, and watch her rescue and the humorous after-effects!

Thankfully, you've been enemy-free this whole time, but the rest of the descent
is still infested with enemies. In the large cavern below, find the path to the
west and take it to the third and final set of wind machines. By now you should
have enough experience with the machines to cross without much trouble, so
retrieve the rest of the items in this stage and exit to the north.

-----------------------------
  Underspire: Third Descent
-----------------------------

Items: Earring of Blades; Elixir (XL) x3; Armor of Blades; Bangle of Blades;
       Ring of Blades; Elixir (L)

A few feet from the entrance to the Third Descent is another point of no return
similar to the one in the Spire of Lebis. The ledge is too high for Ed to jump
up to once down in the lower area, but this time around all the potentially
necessary weapons can still be found ahead.

As you proceed, remember to check the layout of the map. The Armor of Blades,
Bangle of Blades, and Ring of Blades can only be obtained with a little help
from Al.

------------------------------
  Underspire: Fourth Descent
------------------------------

Items: Elixir (XL) x2; Elixir (L)

It's a straight shot to the final boss from here, so take the time to defeat the
remaining enemies to get the experience needed for another level if either Ed or
Al is close to leveling up. Equip Al with Ophelia and any stat boosting item.
For the target combo on the next boss, I like to equip Ed and Al with lv1
shurikens each, so if you follow the boss strategy, hike back and retrieve one
for each brother. Save your game one last time before your encounter with the
next boss. It's a two-fer, and A-rank seekers may need to play it a few times.

It's also worth it to note right now that as with the first FMA game, a new game
plus option is available after you beat it the first time. Bonus art can be
unlocked during the next playthrough, but all items, accessories, bonus points
and learned alchemy skills are also saved. The enemies and bosses are much
stronger during subsequent playthroughs, but keeping your skills and goodies
make it very managable.

By now Ed and Al should be in the neighborhood of level 35. If you do plan on
playing the game a second time, it may be worth your time to level up a bit. At
level 40, Ed learns to create lv3 stonespikes. At level 45, Ed learns learns to
create three rockblockers. These skills carry over, and won't have to be
relearned! BTW, at level 99, Ed learns to create the awesome lv2 flash grenade.
They're rare in the game to begin with, but at lv2 can kill all the enemies on
the screen, even bosses! Are you patient enough?

-------------------
  King's Chambers
-------------------

Items: Crimson Stone (2nd playthrough)

+---------------+
| Boss: Crowley |
+---------------+

The final showdown with Crowley begins here with round one of your two part 
battle. Crowley may be a lot of things, but he's no push-over, so don't let down
your guard for a minute. His alchemy skills parallel Ed's in many ways: Crowley
can also transmute weapons, create stonespikes, and counterattack your moves.

If you equipped the Elric brothers with lv1 shurikens, you can get a good combo
off on Crowley right away. Crowley usually begins the fight by charging at you,
but since the brothers start on the opposite end of the circular arena, you can
both chuck shurikens at Crowley until you run out. You may miss a few times, and
you can't command Al to throw those shurikens any faster than he does, but with
your combined efforts you should be able to pull off about a 20 hit combo. Make
sure you're using lv1 shurikens tho; the lv2 shurikens will knock Crowley off
his feet.

The rest of the battle should be fairly simple. There isn't a "better" time to
use Rage attacks in this fight, so use it up if you have it saved. It should
drain a solid chunk of his HP, but Crowley is so tough that it probably won't
stun him like it does other enemies. This is no button-mashing contest either.
Crowley is very skilled in counterattacking and will send you flying from
behind if you just mindlessly press the attack button. During melee encounters,
I have found that the sword works best if you are careful with your defense as
well.

If Al is equipped with Ophelia, he will become much more aggressive and execute
longer flurries of punches. Crowley will occasionally turn his attention to Al,
and when he does, make sure you let him have it with a few hits of your own.

Most of Crowley's alchemy attacks are preceded by verbal clues, giving you time
to block or avoid them once you learn his patterns. If your reflexes are good,
you can counter his regular sword attacks, but sometimes Crowley will "counter
your counter." If you see this happen, you can perform yet ANOTHER 
counterattack, effectively "countering his counter from your counter." Whew!

	A-rank item: Glass Samurai
	B-rank item: Sun Medal
	C-rank item: Elixir (XL)
	D-rank item: Elixir (L)

+---------------------+
| Boss: Golem Crowley |
+---------------------+

In Crowley's final form, he has taken his power to create golems and transmuted
himself into a golem as well. He has gained much more HP and power from his
previous form, and he's got a whole new bag of tricks. Most of his attacks are
now area attacks. He can summon huge energy balls that cause splash damage even
if you manage to avoid the main impact. Defensively, Crowley is also tougher to
hit this time around. Attacking head on will usually prompt Crowley to retreat 
backwards, and he can block a lot of attacks as well.

The sword is still your weapon of choice in this battle. Keep Al close and try
to get behind Crowley during his attacks. Combo him with Al and keep up this
tactic in the beginning. When Crowley transmutes a sword, he is getting ready to
do a very damaging attack. He'll charge at Ed from wherever he's standing and
pummel Ed with a combination of blows. His last swing sends Ed flying backwards,
but creates a wave of spikes from the ground that catches you as you fall for
added damage. When you see Crowley coming for you, make sure you sidestep this
attack.

At some point during the battle, Crowley will create a bunch of rectangular
pillars outfitted with eyelets that shoot lasers if you stand in front of them.
Although they can cause trouble for you and Al, they're actually quite helpful
since you can re-transmute them into weapons for yourself. When you see these
pillars come up out of the ground, run around and transmute as many as you can
into weapons while doing your best to avoid their laser beams. From each group
of pillars that he creates, you can usually find at least one that will turn
into firecracker bombs and one that will turn into shurikens. Both will help you
tremendously because they can hit Crowley from a safe distance.

It's never good news when Crowley takes to the air, because it means he's going
to do one of two things. If he floats up to the middle of the room, he's
preparing a huge fireball storm that covers the entire arena with fireballs.
You'll have to nearly hug the walls for a safe spot to stand. If he simply rises
a few feet into the air anywhere else, he's going to create a big ball of fire
that sends waves of flames coming out from different directions. Keep running to
avoid the waves.

You have plenty of time to defeat Crowley with a high score, and by now you
should also be stocked up on healing items. The only thing that may give you
trouble in obtaining a higher boss score is the combo. Use the shurikens like
you did before, but since Crowley is a floater, it's safe to use lv2 shurikens
if you have them. Even so, you may need to command Al to get in a few hits of
his own as well. Congrats! You just beat the last boss in the game!

	A-rank item: Whetstone of Ages
	B-rank item: Galaxy Medal
	C-rank item: Tear of Lebis
	D-rank item: Tear of Lebis

After you defeat Golem Crowley, you'll end up behind the King's Chambers in a 
hallway with a grid floor. During a second playthrough, if you managed to
collect all the image crystals, there will be a chest at the end of the hall
containing the Crimson Stone.

--------------
  Underspire
--------------

Items: none

A series of events will reveal the last bits of Lebis's tragic fate. Look for
the glowing red orbs floating around the white room to activate a previous
memory of Lebis. When Ed comes to, Glostner shows up and teaches Ed how to
destroy the crystal. Remove the three pillars that surround the bloody fountain
using alchemy, and rid the world of golems forever.

Congratta-dooby-doo!



============
5.  Extras
============

------------------
  Alchemy Skills
------------------

As you progress and gain levels, Ed learns to upgradge certain objects to more
powerful versions. Check the list to find out what you learn at which level.

Level 14:  Create 2 Rockblockers
Level 16:  Lv2 Gauntlets
Level 18:  Lv2 Bombs
Level 20:  Lv2 Cranes
Level 21:  Lv2 Stonespikes
Level 24:  Lv2 Steel Balls
Level 26:  Lv2 Shurikens
Level 40:  Lv3 Stonespikes
Level 45:  Create 3 Rockblockers
Level 99:  Lv2 Flash Bombs

---------------
  Easter Eggs
---------------

Fans would take pleasure in some of the easter eggs that have been scattered
around the game. A few can only be seen on the second playthrough, and a few
references to the first game that only those who played would recognize.

- When you turn on the game, when the Square Enix logo is shown, one of the
  characters in the game will say "Square Enix". The character that says it
  depends on the date set in the PS2. Adjust the date and restart the game if
  you want to hear all the voices.

- In Lior, if you peer into the window of the post office, you will notice that
  Lust and Gluttony are both standing inside.

- In Lior, to the left of the fountain (while facing the drunk) there is a small
  shop with a sign on top that reads: "Broken Angel". This is the title of the
  first game.

- During a second playthrough, after Al fixes the radio in the cutscene, a red-
  haired girl comes into view. She is Armony Eiselstein from the first title.
  After the scene ends, she can be found near the Broken Angel store.

- Throughout Lior, there are wanted signs that show the face of a military
  officer. This is the Military Man at the end of the first stage of the first
  game.

- During a second playthrough, there is a stand near the Broken Angel store that
  displays all the cats you "rescued" during your previous run through the game.
  When you examine the stand, Al will sit down to watch the cats for a while. If
  you have rescued Ophelia (chapter 7), each of the previous six cats will meow
  but Ophelia makes a variety of animal noises each time you examine them.

- After the car bombing in East City, look for a small jewelry shop across from
  the HQ building. Inside stand three military men. On closer examination, its
  Breda, Feury, and Falman from the series.

- During a second playthrough, if you return to the plaza after defeating the
  terrorists in the alley, you'll find Lt. Hawkeye standing outside the HQ
  building. When you approach her, you'll trigger a scene where she goes and
  picks up a stray puppy, then runs off with it. This is a running gag in the
  series.

- When you are in Sewers: Main Sluiceway, there are measurement marks beside
  each of the ladders which are marked in meters. You can measure the height
  (and it's correct) of the two boys, with Edward being 4'9" (1.5 meters) and
  Alphonse's armor being 6'5" (2 meters). (Thanks to pianofreak531!)

- After you finish the game, there is an epilogue scene after the credits. As
  Ed, Al, and Armstrong are entering the train, a man dressed in a black State
  Alchemist uniform can be seen standing off to the side. This is General Genz
  Bresslau, or "The Armor Piercing Alchemist" from the first game.

- In several areas in the game, it is possible to transmute a small wind-up cow
  that weilds a giant paint brush. In addition to being an awesome weapon, the
  cow is also a caricature of the creator of the series, Hiromu Arakawa.

- In the anime, there are two mentioned instances of an "ancient city that was
  wiped out in a single night." Lebis seems to fit the description.

--------------------
  Accessories List
--------------------

Lead Ring
Gold Ring
Fullmetal Ring
Ring of Blades
Lead Bangle
Gold Bangle
Fullmetal Bangle
Bangle of Blades
Lead Armor
Gold Armor
Fullmetal Armor
Armor of Blades
Lead Earring
Gold Earring
Fullmetal Earring
Earring of Blades
Moon Medal
Sun Medal
Galaxy Medal
Armlet of Piercing
Armlet of Absorption
Armlet of Retribution
Arlmet of Perception
Fullmetal Bracer
Bulletproof Vest
Fireguard Cloak
Fasthold Gloves
Bond of Brotherhood
Lucky Pouch
Lucky Haversack
Alluring Cologne
Glass Samurai
Whetstone of Ages
Crimson Stone
Charm of Renewal
Advancement Guide
Journeyman's Guide
Flurry Guide
Evasion Guide
Knife
Dog Tag
Sunglasses
Amazon Wrench
Camaraderie Crest
Strong-Arm Gauntlet
Bullet of Faith
Bullet of Resolve
Bullet of Discipline
Flame Gloves
Ring of Vows - His
Ring of Vows - Hers
Milk
Ring of Riddles
Crimson Shard
White Loincloth
Red Loincloth
Dog Collar
Tama
Belcini
Scratches
Ryuke
Antonio
Roxanne
Ophelia

----------------------
  Crystals Locations
----------------------

Crystals unlock bonus art in the gallery. Look for them in these areas during
your second playthrough. No, I won't tell you exactly where they're located.
It's more fun if you find them yourself!

CHAPTER 1
Lior-Fountain Plaza
Temple-Easthall 2F
Temple-Westhall 1F
Lior-Residential District
Lior-Business District
Lior-Temple Approach
Temple-Prayer Hall
Temple-Charnel
Temple-Egress
Temple-Westhall 2F
Temple-Secret Passage
Temple-Easthall 1F
---------------------------
total crystals to point: 12

CHAPTER 2
East City-Plaza
East City-Back Alleys
Sewers-Entrance
Sewers-Depths 
Sewers-Main Sluiceway
Sewers-Materials Storage
Sewers-Central 
Sewers-Floodgates
---------------------------
total crystals to point: 20

CHAPTER 3
Tucker Manor
Tucker Manor-Labratory
Tucker Manor-Back Storeroom
Tucker Manor-Storeroom
Sewers-Sluiceway
Sewers-Exit
East City-Frieght Yard
---------------------------
total crystals to point: 27

CHAPTER 4
Rockbell Home-Front Yard
Resembool-outlying hills
Cave-Chamber 1
Cave-Chamber 2
Cave-Chamber 3
Cave-Chamber 4
Cave-Chamber 5
Cave-Chamber 6
Cave-Chamber 7
Cave-Chamber 8
Cave-Chamber 9
---------------------------
total crystals to point: 38

CHAPTER 5
Bord'wan-Villiage Gate
Bord'wan-Villiage Square
Bord'wan-Outskirts
Bord'wan-East Road
Bord'wan-Mountain Pass
Solitary House
Bord'wan-South Road Annex
Bord'wan-South Road
Bord'wan-West Road
Bord'wan-Elder's House
---------------------------
total crystals to point: 48

CHAPTER 6
Siam-Sid-Grand Promenade
Siam-Sid-Merchant's Way
Siam-Sid-South Quarter
Siam-Sid-North Quarter
Siam-Sid-Residential Way
Temple of Lebis
Siam-Sid-Holy Quarter
Siam-Sid-West Quarter
--------------------------
total crystals t point: 56

Chapter 7
Spire of Lebis-First Ascent
Spire of Lebis Second Ascent
Spire of Lebis-Third Ascent
Spire of Lebis-Fourth Ascent
Underspire-First Descent
Underspire-Second Descent
Underspre-Third Descent
Underspire-Fourth Descent
---------------------------
total crystals to point: 64



===============
6.  Contact
===============

Feel free to email me at: glennkcl@yahoo.com (and be nice...)



======================
7.  Thanks/Credits
======================

Author: Dat be me, yo.
Extras: SQEX QA team.

Thanks to:  Square-Enix		for being groovy
	    GameFaqs.com	for being the bee's knees
	    the reader		for being peachy keen



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