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  Hi all. This FAQ was originally written for the Japanese release of the game.
I have added some details about the American release of the game. For the most
part both versions of the game are the same. Just a few name changes here and
there to worry about. I have left most of the names as they appear in the
Japanese version. Most are similar enough that you should know where I am
talking about. This FAQ contains spoilers to a degree, but only when absolutely
necessary to explain where to go. Consider that fair warning…besides why bicker
about spoilers when you are already cheating by reading this drivel? Now
then….on with the FAQ.



I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH; YOU CAN NOT ACCOMPLISH MOST OF THESE QUESTS UNTIL LATE
IN THE GAME. YOU MUST HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR AIRSHIP AND HAVE ALREADY REVISITED
BEVILLE AND TALKED TO THE ALCOLYTE AND MIKA!!!!!!


ALSO, AS IT IS MY MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTION, YOU CAN NEVER, NEVER, NEVER,
NEVER, EVER REENTER THE BEVILLE TEMPLE OR THE AL BHED HOME!!!! IF YOU MISS
ANYTHING THERE YOU ARE OUT OF LUCK!



Airship Passwords and Coordinates

In your airship menu you have 3 options

List
Password
Coordinates

We are concerned with the latter 2.

First we have some passwords. These can be found by reading the Al Bhed symbols
scattered throughout Spira once you have enough of the dictionaries to actually
read them correctly. Here are a few passwords to enter.


Japanese version codes:

They must be entered in hiragana. If you don’t know hiragana, go find a cheap
book at B&N or the like. Even the $10 travel size books usually have the 2
Japanese alphabets listed.

GO tsu DO HA N DO  = Kinokoiwa Valley Bottom  (the lowercase tsu means use the
smaller tsu from the middle of the character list)

BI KU TO RI A SU = Bisaido Ruins 1
MU RA SA ME = Bisado Ruins 2


American version codes:

For the American release the codes must be entered in all capital letters

GODHAND
VICTORIOUS
MURASAME

Once you enter these, you can select the new area from the list (it will even
show up with a little box that says ‘NEW’.

Then there are the coordinates. You can freely move the cursor around the map.
On the left X,Y,Z coordinates are shown. Z is just elevation and is
unimportant. So here are some X,Y locations to use. Just press the O button to
search these spots and the new location will appear in your List menu.


X-74 Y-36 = Omega Ruins
X-15 Y41 =  Sanubia Sand Dune
X-16 Y-57 = Ebon Temple (Anima)
X-31 Y-73 = Bisaido Rainbow Waterfall
X-34 Y-58 = Mihen Abovewater Ruins
X-42 Y-57 = Kinokoiwa Battle Ruins


The Celestial Mirror & Powering up your Ultimate Weapons

    Now that you have all these new locations you may notice there are a few
boxes that you cannot open. These are magically sealed and required the
celestial mirror. So let’s go through what we need to do to get one….

Start off in the Nagi Plains/Calm Lands (the huge open grassy field area with a
small shop area in the center) Depending on what entrance you came from there
should be a chocobo rider who will give you a chocobo to ride nearby. Once you
are riding the chocobo, head to the southeast corner of the map. You will see a
small yellow feather near what looks like a broken bridge. Press the O button
(while still riding the chocobo… some people are DENSE) and you will jump down
to a small ledge. Continue down the path to the very purdy Remaria Shrine.

Inside the shrine you can face challenges against the summon spells you have
earned thus far. You will need to beat all 8 aeons here eventually. After
toying with this for a bit, head outside to the right side of the temple. Talk
to the chocobo and you can race in a mini game against another chocobo. If you
make it to the center before the other chocobo you are rewarded with a cloudy
mirror… but it isn’t magically charged yet. Note that you can continue to race
and gain other items, but it requires avoiding the flags and opening as many
chests as possible. The max number of chests you can open and still win is 5.
You get REALLY good stuff for this game. Win once with 1 chest, then with 2
chests, etc.

Now take your cloudy mirror to the forest of Makalania south of Nagi
Plains/Calm Lands. There is a mother and son standing together near the
beginning of this town. Talk to each of them a few times. Then go right and
then north. There will be a small area with a few people standing around. Talk
to each of them. One of them (the boy’s father) will run off. Go back to the
first area and talk to the mother and father a few times each. Now run up the
glowing, sparkly path to the left. Talk to the son and head up the north path.
You can now charge your mirror (only need to do this once). Your mirror will
now open the chests and walls that contain each character’s ultimate weapon.
Also note that once you have a power up scroll for an ultimate weapon, you need
to return here to have it imbued with the special powers.

Ultimate Weapons

  Keep in mind that the weapons stink at first (they keep you from gaining
AP!!!) but after you power them up, they rock. You must have the powered magic
mirror to open the chests and walls that contain the ultimate weapons!!!! It is
also very important to note that you cannot win some of these items until late
in the game!!! For instance; playing the butterfly mini game when you first get
to that part in the game will only award you a sphere or other simple item. You
must come back to these areas and games after you have your airship.

Note that the American version refers to the 2 power ups by their planetary
name and either crest or sigil.

Tidus
Ultima Weapon
Location:Northwest Nagi Hill
Power up Items:
Sunday Scroll => Ebon/Yevon Dome chest after fight with Yunaleska, the 3 part
battle with giant medusa head demon. (go down stairs in rear of room twice to
make chest appear.)
Sunday Holy Scroll => win last Nagi Hill chocobo race with a time of 0:0:0

Yuna
Nivarna
Location:Nagi Hill
-Collect all monsters from Nagi Hill/Calm Lands, use mirror to open box. (More
on this below)
Power up Items:
Monday Scroll) => Beside Island Beach
Monday Holy Scroll => Defeat all summons at Remaria Shrine and release
summoner’s spirit.

Lulu
Knight of Tamanegi (Onion)
Location:Barji=Ebon Shrine (outside Anima’s temple), under lake where monster
breaks through the wall (after 2nd fight with him)
Power up Items:
Tuesday Scroll => Guadoslam, Go to the farplane. It’s over there on the left.
Tuesday Holy Scroll => evade thunder 200 times continuously at Thunder Hill.
Must be 200 times in a row, without being struck by lightning at all. To evade,
wait for a bright white flash and press the O button at the same moment. You
will jump back instead of getting hit and falling back. This will take you
quite some time. Note that some areas have more lighting that others.

Wakka
World Champion
Location:Get from Bartender at Luka Cafe after you win a few Blitzball
Tournaments.
Powerup Items:
Wednesday Scroll =>Locker inside Blitzball Locker room in Luca.
Wednesday Holy Scroll => Blitzball prize…must win all of Wakka’s overdrives
first. I won 60 games of Blitzball before winning this scroll. It was a prize
for a Ranking tournament of 10 games.

Kimahri
Longinus
Location: Thunder Hill
-Activate 3 stones at Thunder Hill by pressing square. Find the Sabotender
ghost and follow him to a small ruin. Press square. It’s on the first map and
near the right edge of the screen. Looks a little like a collapsed lighting
tower.
Powerup Items:
Thursday Scroll => Box at Gagazetto Mountain
Thursday Holy Scroll => Second Butterfly Mini-game in Makarania Forest (see
below)

Rikku
God Hand
Location:Bottom of Kinoko Canyon (use airship coordinates from above)
Powerup Items:
Friday Scroll => West of Sanubia Desert in a whirlpool of sand, just before
Home.
Friday Holy Scroll => Clear the Sabotender Event at Bikanel Island (more on
this below)

Auron
Masamune
Location: Kinoko Canyon Street
-Get rusted sword from Nagi Hill (on the map just before you enter the stolen
fayth cave… Go to the northeast exit, then go under the second bridge instead
of over it then go to the right. There are a few people here, near them is a
sword stuck in the ground. Press O to grab it.
-Go to Kinoko Canyon Street (this is the area just south of the remains of the
magic cannon destroyed during operation Mihen), Find an elevator stone on your
left and go up and use the sword on the statue of a man standing over a dead
behemoth. Then use your powered mirror on the symbol on the wall.
Powerup Items:
Saturday Scroll =>South of old Mihen Street
Saturday Holy Scroll =>Collect enough monsters for the Monster Trainer to
unlock 10 special battles. (More on this below)

Nagi Hill Chocobo Races and Tidas Ultimate Weapon
To gain Tidas best weapon and holy scroll, you need to complete the Chocobo
races at Nagi Hill. To begin, find the STATIONARY person riding a chocobo near
the entrance (any entrance you come from, the rider will be nearby) One of the
options is to race. You must complete each race to unlock the next. The last
race is against another rider. Wining this once will allow you to pass the
guard in Northwest Nagi Hills to get Tidas ultimate weapon. To get to the
location of the weapon you must be on foot! The path is too small for a chocobo
to reach.
  Wining the last chocobo race with a time of 0:0:0 will earn the Holy Scroll
power up for Tidas weapon. To attain this time you need to gather as many
balloons as you can and avoid all the birds. The more balloons you collect, the
lower your time. If you have trouble, purposely time out by getting stuck on
the first turn in the path and letting the timer run out at 2 minutes. During
the following race, the birds will be easier to dodge. ***note*** this cheat
will NOT work on the American version.

Catching the Butterflies

   In the Makalania Forest you will find a parrot-man playing a harp. After
talking to him, to your immediate left is a butterfly. Upon touching it, you
begin another mini game challenge. You must collect all the blue butterflies
without touching ANY of the purple ones before the timer runs out. Touching a
purple butterfly starts a battle and costs you a few seconds. After completing
the first challenge, a similar challenge awaits on the next screen past the
parrot-man. Kimari’s Holy scroll is won from this second challenge….. but it is
very important that you do this after you have the airship. Otherwise you will
just win a sphere or an ether. Try not to pop a blood vessel on this one. I got
a little irate at this part (>_<)*~@#$! In the American version you only need
win the first challenge. The second challenge contains only a teleport sphere.

Capturing Monsters

   Capturing monsters is a pretty fun/tedious side-quest in the game. It is
required for quite a few of the optional quests. Start off by heading to Nagi
Plains/Calm Lands. To the east of Nagi plains is a shop with a dragon wrapped
around it. This is the monster trainer. The weapons he sells here have a
special ability that let you capture monsters for him.  Any monster (except
mechanical ones) that you kill with these weapons is considered captured. When
you capture one of every creature from a given area, you receive a prize and
you also unlock a special battle. You get to fight this battle once for free.
Afterwards you may select the boss from the list and fight it again for a small
fee. If you gather 10 of each creature from an area you unlock another special
battle. One bonus to these fights is that dying will simply return you to the
trainer, and not “Game Over” you.
    At first, the only area available for creature capturing is Nagi Plains.
Once you have captured one of every creature from Nagi Plains, return to the
Monster Trainer. A chest will fall from the sky when you talk to him. This
chest contains Yuna’s Ultimate weapon, and requires the Celestial mirror to
open. Now, if you talk to the Monster Trainer you can bring up a list of all
the areas in the game where you can capture creatures. The next area you should
work on is Gagazeto Mountain. Collecting 10 of every creature at the mountain
earns you a special seal that will remove one of the barriers that block your
path to the final Aeon in the game.

The regular area selection screen looks like this:
Bisaido                                                            Kirika
Mihen                                                              Kinoko
Jyoze                                                              Thunder
Plains
Makaranya Forest                                          Bikanel Desert
Nagi Plains                                                     Cave Under the
Valley
Gagazeto Mountain                                       Inside the body of Sin
Omega Ruins                                                  Area Conquest
Species Conquest                                          Original

Here is a rundown of each area’s monsters, in the order they appear on the
monster trainer list:

Bisaido
Dingo – small dog
Condor – small bird
Water Pudding – a small blue slime

Kirika
Daisonikusu – a lizard-like enemy
Killer Bee – yep, it’s a bee.
Aero Element – a floating yellow magic symbol
Barusemu- a small seed-shooting plant

Mihen
Mihen Fang – the first of many reused enemies… a small dog
Ipiria – another lizard type creature
Float Eye – a grey eyegore, a winged creature with one large eye
White Element – a floating blue magic symbol
Rarudo – small shell armored critter with fat claws
Valve – a small brown dragon
Bomb – a floating ball with pointy “hair”
Dual Horn – Beast with 2 large horns on his back

Kinoko
Raptor – another lizard
Gandaruva – Floating purple goblin with a peacock-like tail
Thunder Pudding – Not an offical Jello flavor…. A green & yellow slime
Red Element – Floating red magic symbol
Ramashyutou – blue & yellow dragon
Garuda – a large winged creature.

Jyoze
Garumu – a dog
Shimarugu – small brown bird
Bite Bagu – another bee
Snow Pudding – light blue slime
Banipu – small shell armored critter with fat claws and weird yellow jelly on
his back
Bajirisuku –  large orange serpent dragon
Ochyu – Huge plant with several tall arms

Thunder Plains
Meryujinu – a lizard
Aero Jyu – a red floating goblin remake
Buiru – a green eyegore
Gold Element – floating yellow magic symbol
Kusariku – blue dragon with spikes going down spine
Raruva – a floating demon skull
Iron Giant – a huge armored warrior with a large sword in hand
Sabotenda? – the tiny cactus guy himself

Makaraya Forest
Suno Urufu – Hey! It’s another dog!
Shumeruke – and another lizard too!
Wasp – oh look another bee!
Evil Eye – a Blue eyegore clone….
Ice Pudding – is it ice or is it pudding?
Blue Element – floating blue magic symbol
Murufushu – small shell armored critter, with ice crystals on his back
Mafuto – small shell armored critter, with smoke coming out of him
Kushibosu – spike legged reptile
Chimera – a beast with several different animal heads and a snake for a tail

Bikaneru Desert
Sand Wolf – dog
Arukyuone – small black bird
Mushyuiushyu – green dragon with horns
Zuu – a huge black bird
Sandworm – a huge worm… the spice must flow!
Sabotenda – the real tiny cactus guy <-- really good AP

Nagi Plains
Sugoru – dog
Nebirosu – a red bee
Flame Pudding – a red slime
Juriddo  - another little armor critter
Hedge Viper – black serpent dragon
Ogre – a fat Chewbaca
Claw – a white tiger with really big whiskers
Chimera Brain – a black & red version of the Chimera
Moruboru – a large plant with many eyes and teeth, tentacles for legs

Cave Under the Valley
This is the area where you find the Aeon Youjimo
Youi – lizard again
Garukimasaera – Red floating goblin
Dark Element – a floating black magic symbol
Nizuheggu – red dragon with large horns
Soun – a brown mushroom
Varaha – white beats with 4 horns on this back
Ehijyu – a spike legged reptile
Ghost – a floating demon skeleton with a glowing tail
Tonbery – a small green guy with a knife and a lantern

Gagazeto Mountain
This area includes the snowy mountain, the caves and the underwater parts of
the caves.
Bandersnatch – a…. wolf, not a dog, yeah that’s it
Aliman – yellow eyegore clone
Dark Pudding – Bill Cosby’s favorite slime
Grenade – a blue bomb type enemy
Guratto – a blue seed-shooting plant
Grendel – blue beast with 4 horns on his back
Ashura – a 4 armed yeti
Mandrake – huge plant with tall arms
Behemoth – a giant purple beast with a brown Mohawk
Supurashya -  piranha fish, sometimes in groups of 2 or 3
Akeorosu – angel-like fish
Rising Spike – a large fish with 2 huge horns

Inside the Body of Sin
Anti Sansan – blue mushroom
Rise – another ghost enemy
Urufuramaita – iron giant on the right
Urufuramaita-   iron giant on the left
Devil Mosorisu – dragon skeleton in stone
Great Moruboru – a stronger version of the moruboru
Barubatoisu – a fat demon wearing huge armor
Adamantium – giant turtle
King Behemoth – a stronger version of the behemoth that casts Meteo as it dies

Omega Ruins
Zarasu – the final lizard enemy
Death Float – the last eyegore
Black Element – a floating black magic symbol
Haaruma – a familiar looking armor critter
Piuroborusu – a golden bomb creature
Spirit – a demon ghost
Mechii – a spike legged reptile
Master Claw – an orange tiger with long whiskers
Master Tonberi – a stronger version of the tonberi from the cave under the
valley
Varuna – a demon that looks a lot like Diabos.

I didn’t bother listing the names of the special battles. All you really need
to know about these is that you earn them by collecting monsters. No, I didn’t
keep track of what area unlocked which battle… I just earned them all as fast
as I could. To unlock all the special battles, collect 10 of every creature
from every area. Then you need to defeat all the special battles to unlock the
final special battle – a super powered version of the Omega weapon. He is
painful. If you defeat this battle you earn 10 Master Spheres. These spheres
will instantly earn ANY one sphere on the sphere board from any location.
Almost useful, but would have been more helpful about 50 hours earlier in the
game (^_^;;
  So you want tips for defeating all the special battles? Go get all the
ultimate weapons and power ups first! You need to be able to hit for 99,999 to
be able to defeat many of these battles. Having at least one character over
9,999 HP helps a lot too. I used Tidas, Rikku and Wakka for all the battles and
just healed and used Overdrives. There are a few tricky battles where you need
to cast reflect on yourself and cast magic on yourself to hit the enemy, but
this is nothing new to the world of Final Fantasy. If you take the time to do
all the other stuff first, the super battles are a lot easier. They are still
pretty hard though! Also note, special battle 1,2 & 3 are not the direct
translation of the names of these menus. I just didn’t feel like digging
through my dictionaries to look them up. I am sure the creature names are a bit
off too, but mostly this list is just to help you figure out what creature you
are missing.

Getting Second Overdrive for Valfor

    Go back to Besido and talk to the woman and dog by front left side of
Valfor’s temple. If they aren’t there wait a bit and they will show up. Or walk
around and talk to everyone. You’ll know you have it when some yellow text pops
up. Apparently you can do this fairly early in the game, but I got it rather
late (^_^;;
   Also note, this is the ONLY summon that gets a second overdrive. Valfor
needed it anyhow. His other one sucked.

Getting Aeon Youjimbo.

    Go to the northeast exit of Nagi Plains (popular area isn’t it?) Now go
under the second bridge instead of over it. Take a left on the next area into a
cave area. Follow the path onward and you will fight against Youjimbo and then
continue on. At the end of the cave you will reach the summon chamber. 
Youjimbo tells you he doesn’t work for free. Offer him some cash for him to
join. He asks for 300,000 but apparently some people have offered him less and
gained him anyway. Personally I gave him 310,000. I figure there has to be a
difference. Some have said you gain some extra items this way. I am not sure.
Now when you cast him, he has 2 commands. Pay him to attack, and return. Paying
him 1 coin will get his 3 regular attacks. Paying him 0 coin will make him
leave. If the enemy can be killed with an instant death spell and you pay him
over 100,000 coin, he hill do a special attack and chop them in half. I guess
they count this as his overdrive since when his meter fills nothing happens.
This is best viewed by saving first and then giving him all your money. Then
reset after you see it. You won’t need to use it most of the time since it is
so darn costly and doesn’t work on bosses.

Magic Pots

    A common enemy from several Final Fantasy games, the Magic pot makes a
return in Youjimbo’s dungeon. If you have the ability to see enemy data you
will notice that these have a HUGE amount of hit points. There are 5 places to
attack. 4 of them are good, 1 is bad. You can gain elixirs, phoenix downs, and
other items by attacking the good ones, but be careful! Choose the bad ones and
the pot will explode for massive damage. So far, tossing an item to the Magic
pot has had the same result as attacking it, so save your elixirs.

Getting Aeon Anima.

You’ll need the coordinates at the top of the FAQ to get to this area. Before I
begin on the requirements for gaining entrance to Anima’s fayth chamber, a word
of warning; you will have a semi hard fight with the water beast from the
beginning of Tidas’ journey in Spira. He is MUCH stronger and you’ll be forced
to use Tidas, Wakka, and Rikku. Be sure to have stone ward on your party
members so the battle doesn’t end right away.
  Once that is taken care of, you need to light the 6 seals to unlock the
barrier guarding Anima. To do this you need to solve the optional destruction
sphere puzzles found in each Aeon’s shrine. All of these optional puzzles
involve locating the destruction sphere that you use somewhere to open a way to
a hidden chest. Each hidden chest will contain a special item.***NOTE THAT
THESE ITEMS ARE NOT IMPORTANT*** It is just a bonus for completing the extra
puzzle. The seal you see is the important part. There is no menu that will tell
you have them. AFTER KILLING SEYMOR IN SHIVA’S TEMPLE YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED
TO ENTER THE SHRINES UNTIL NEAR THE END OF THE GAME. I suggest you stay at each
shrine until you get the destruction sphere and open the treasure chest. I will
NOT list the way to solve the shrine puzzles other than to say, after you open
the way in or out of the shrine, keep messing with things and you will be
rewarded. Some of them are pretty tricky and require resetting the pushable
pillars a few times, or pushing a pillar off a cliff with different stones in
them (that’s enough of a hint. Don’t email me asking how to solve these.)
    Since many have written me about the item in Ebon/Yevon Dome, I will try
and point you in the right direction. Ebon/Yevon Dome is the last area listed
on your airship’s location list (Zanarkaland). You need to get to the room with
all the floor panels that you light up by touching them. You should notice the
monitor is now displaying 7 white squares. You must light up only the 7 white
squares on the floor of the 2 rooms to get the destruction sphere. From there
you should be able to figure it out.
    Once you have all 6 special items use the airship to go to X-16 Y-57 =
Ebon/Yevon Temple. This is the first area of the game. You need to jump in the
water. Dive down and explore with the X button (to leave this area again use
the Square button) Be warned! You must fight the boss from the beginning of the
game and he isn’t playing this time. After the fight enter the door and swim
up. Enter this door and you will be in a room with a magical seal and 6
statues. As you walk in from of each statue it will light up if you have the
stone. Here is the order they are arranged by (you can touch them in any order,
but this may help if you are missing one)


Upper Left=Besido - Valfor’s Shine
Middle left=Macalainia - Shiva’s Shrine
Bottom left=Ebon/Yevon Dome – Puzzle area just before the fight with Yunareska
(giant medusa head boss) ***NOTE*** this is the one everyone misses. You have
to leave the shrine and go one your airship, talk to the people at Beville
temple, and then return to solve the puzzle!!!!
Upper right= Beberu/Beville - Bahamut’s Shrine (YOU CAN NEVER RENETER,GET IT ON
THE 1st GO!!!) ***NOTE*** you REALLY can’t miss this one. It has no puzzle. It
is blocking your path out of the temple. If you miss it you are a total tool
and beyond my help.
middle right=Djoze - Ixion’s Shrine
bottom right=Kilika – Ifirit’s Shrine


Once all 6 are little the way is cleared and you get Anima. Boy he’s strong,
isn’t he? On your way out, search the stone rubble that the giant fish broke
through (at the beginning of the game) for the chest that has Lulu’s Ultimate
weapon, and then press square to exit the water.

Revisit the Aeon Shrines

    After you slay Seymore you will not be allowed to renter the summon shines.
After you gain access to your airship, visit Beville temple and talk to the
alcolyte and Mika. Now you will be able to visit the shrines again. By
resolving the puzzles in the shines you can also talk to the Fayths themselves
now and get some nifty items. Visit Guadoslam and return to the farplane for a
few more scenes as well.

Getting the Last Aeon, The Magu 3 Sisters

    Note that getting this one takes some effort, and also note that you will
almost never lose once you have them. You need to have all the other aeons
first. Go get them all. You need to capture the creatures from Nagi Valley/Calm
Lands and then 10 of each creature from Gagazeto Mountain for the monster
trainer to give you one key item (see monster capture section elsewhere in this
FAQ). Then go to the Remaria Shrine and battle against each of your summons.
Once you beat them all, the woman will give you an item. You then use the 2
items to break the 2 seals blocking the door. Once the seals are gone, Yuna
walks in, and then walks out and you have the overpowered & goofy looking Magu
3 Sisters aeon. The Magu 3 sisters were the babel tower boss battle in FF4 (FF2
in the states). This is an odd choice for a last aeon in the game, but they are
pretty strong. Make sure to challenge the summoner on your way out to battle
the Magu sisters and gain Yuna’s Holy scroll. Pretty simple battle with Anima
really. If you have his Overdrive ready, it’s a one-move win.

Custom Super Weapons and Armor

    You can make custom super weapons and armor if you have a lot of time and
Gil. I advise using these only with a blank 4 slot weapon or armor. You can buy
these from a boy at the beginning of the Makaranya Forest once you have your
airship.  Here are a few of the better things you can do with your equipment:

Exceed Max Damage

With this ability equipped on your weapon you can hit for a max of 99,999
instead of only 9,999. You need 60 Dark Matter. You can win these from many of
the special battle fights at the Monster Trainer. When you equip this ability
on a weapon, the name of the weapon changes as well.

Exceed Max HP

A lot harder to earn, this ability is equipped in your armor and allows you to
have more than 9,999 HP. It is very hard to raise your HP very far past 9,999
though, even if you use the additional abilities of HP +30% and the like. To
gain the Exceed Max HP ability you need 30 Wings of Heaven. The only method I
know of to gain these items is by using the Wairu (Bribe) command. If you bribe
the Maruboru in Nagi Plains/Calm Lands and pay the amount 540,000 he will leave
behind 2 to 4 Wings of Heaven. Very expensive, but well worth it when you want
to beat the special battles. You also get 30 of them for capturing 10 of every
enemy for one area of the game.

Auto Haste

     Automatically casts haste on you at the beginning of battle.You need to
steal 80 Chocobo Wings (not feathers) from the Sabotenda/ Cactuars found in
Bikanel Desert. You can only steal 2 at a time. The best place to get these
fast is the cactuar “village” area opened by removing the sandstorm (see
Sabotender mini games below) Once you have this in your armor though, you will
have a much easier time.

Auto Phoenix

     This ability is equipped on your armor. When a fellow party member dies in
battle, you will automatically use a phoenix down on them. Save you a lot of
turns if you die a lot. You need 30 Mega Phoenix items for this ability. Not
sure of a good place for them, but the Monster trainer gives you 99 of them at
one point for capturing creatures.

No Random Encounters

    There is an ability you can add to armor equipment to avoid random battles
completely. The ability is called "enkaunto nashi" (no encounter). You need 30
"kiyome no shio" (purifying salts). You can steal these from zombie Ebon
soldiers in the Ebon Dome. I have also found a few weapons and armor that have
this ability already while fighting in Omega Ruins and inside the body of Sin.

Sabotender mini games

    First, in the Thunder Valley there are several stones with the Sabotender
symbol carved into them. You can activate some of them by pressing square on
them. When you have 3 of them activated, go to the southern area of the Thunder
Valley. You can see a faint ghost of a Sabotender running around. Follow him
and press square. You will pray at a shrine ruin and gain Kimari’s best weapon.

    In the desert before Rikku’s home, there is another stone with a Sabotender
symbol on it. Press square to activate it and remove the sandstorm. Now you
have to catch 10 Sabotender in a mini game. Here’s how it works. After
activating the stone once, go back to the beginning of the desert area. You
will see a Sabotender on the right, next to the first save point. Talk to him
and you will play a game of “Red light, Green light” You can only run at him
when he isn’t looking at you. If you keep running you lose. There is also a
timer. If you catch him you get to fight him and gain a good bit of AP. Even if
you fail you gain a special sphere. Take this sphere back to the Sabotender
stone. You need to repeat this process, looking for 10 different Sabotender
total, returning with each stone before searching for another. Here is a list
of where to find them. Note that the order may be different for you. Sorry
there aren’t a lot of good landmarks to go by to give better directions.

1.Near Save Point at Oasis
2.Save point inside tent (just touch the save point then cancel)
3.Search the 20% off sign near the Sabotender stone
4.2 Sabotenders running back and forth near ruins to the west
5.Save point at somewhere in the desert
6.lower left corner of save point near ruins
7.west side of the cactus statue area
8.Go back to the first save point in the desert, watch a small scene, then go
to the roof of your airship
9. Inside a treasure chest to the southwest
10. Inside a whirl of sand in Sabotender stone area.

    Once you get all 10, the sandstorm in the desert will subside and you can
get the 2 chests below.

Locked Chest in Al Bhed Home

    When Al Bhed is under attack you can find a room to the right that has a
unique treasure chest. This one has a combination lock one it. The trick to
this puzzle is first to have enough of the Al Bhed books to know what it is
saying and then using the clues to do math for the answer. Or you can just
input 5633 and be done with it. Not to worry if you missed this one though,
it’s just a sphere, not a super important item.

Jeckt Shoot

    The Jeckt Shoot is Tidas Father’s signature move in Blitzball. You learn it
on the boat journey to Luca. The move is learned in a basic “whack a mole”
fashion. I learned it pretty fast by using the smash the buttons a whole lot
technique and got it on my third try. During the normal storyline, you only get
one shot at learning the move. If you failed to get the move, return to the
boat with your airship by visiting the second village (the one with Huts and
docks) Get on the boat to the south and choose the second option (Luca) Now go
to the deck of the ship. Press the O button on the Blitzball and keep at it
till you get it. The move makes winning Blitzball games a lot easier. There is
also a Jeckt Shoot 2 that you can win as a prize in the Blitzball tournaments,
but you must have earned all 3 of Tidas Key Abilities listed on his data page.
The Jeckt Shoot 2 hit’s 3 people and then turns the ball invisible before
shooting to the goal. There could possibly be a Jeckt Shoot Mark 1, but
personally I needed a break from Blitzball, so I’ll get back to this sometime.

Gaining Tidas’ Overdrives

    To gain Tidas’ overdrives, just keep using them over and over. After a
while you will learn the next one up.

Gaining Wakka’s Overdrives

    You can win new overdrive roulette types in the Blitzball Ranking and
Tournament modes. So far I have found 3 additional Overdrives in this way,
Attack Roulette, Status Roulette, and Ooruka Roulette. In my opinion, Attack
Roulette is the best. You can attack all targets 6 times or hit a lone enemy 18
times!!! If you have Wakka’s ultimate weapon powered up and use this Overdrive,
things just die.

Lulu’s Overdrive

   Because many people seem to have trouble with this, here is the skinny on
Lulu’s Overdrive. Simply rotate the right analogue stick clockwise as fast as
you can. The number will go up the more you rotate the stick. I’ve gotten her
to cast 8 times this way. From what I have heard recently, the more you level
Lulu, the easier it is to cast multiple times and the number raises.

Gaining Auron’s Overdrives

    For Auron, you need to find different Jeckt Spheres laying about the world.
Every time you view one of these spheres you learn more about Basaraka, Jeckt
and Auron’s journey 10 years ago. Some of these will give Auron a new
Overdrive. You need to find all 10 to gain Auron’s final overdrive. Jeckt
Sphere locations are available in Muni Shinobu’s FAQ on gamefaqs.com

Kimari’s Overdrives

    Kimari has an ability called Dragon Sword. Whenever you use this ability
you drain HP and MP from the enemy. If the enemy has a blue magic skill that
Kimari can learn, he will gain it automatically. His overdrive meter will also
fill all the way up, allowing you to test it out. Just try out his Dragon Sword
on all the enemies you can. The only one that seems remotely tricky to earn is
“Sunshine “ which you get from the Omega Weapon.

Rikku’s Overdrives

    Rikku’s overdrive combines items to create special attacks and powerups
during battle. You have to choose any 2 items to combine; even 2 of the same
kind will work. There are a lot of combinations to try. Have fun. I don’t feel
like going through the headaches involved in trying all the combinations.
Someone else will take care of it soon I’m sure (^_^)

Tidas and the Women of FFX

    There are a few parts of the game that vary depending on which female
character you have battled with the most and healed often. First is the scene
where you ride the snowmobile. I got a scene with Lulu where we talked about
Chap. Others have gotten to ride with Rikku and she kisses Tidas on the cheek.
I’m sure there is a scene with Yuna too, but have not heard about what happens
yet.
    Another thing that changes depending on which girl you use the most is
Tidas final overdrive. The girl that throws the ball to Tidas is the girl
you’ve used the most. Right now Lulu throws the ball for me. The giggle is
nice. }:-)

Memory Spheres

    You will notice Memory spheres in many of the game’s inns. There is even
one at the first location of the game at the underwater Ebon Shrine to the left
on the first map. Using these combines all of your Al Bhed Books into a Al Bhed
dictionary that can be shared between other FFX saves. This way you can find
all 26 books and then start a new game and understand what the Al Bhed people
are saying (well if you know Japanese anyhow) Elsewhere on Gamefaqs.com is a
detailed FAQ on the locations of the books, written by Muni Shinobu. Check it
out, and make sure not to miss books 19-22 as they are one shot only with no
way to get later.

Music and Movie Players

    In Luca there is a theater where you can playback music and video from the
game. Any music you have heard already, and any videos you have seen can be
replayed as often as you like. Dolby 5.1 can even be turned on if you support
it and have an optical cable attached to your system. To view the movies, you
must first purchase video spheres for the movies from the short guy on the
right, inside the theater. For music it’s the guy on the left next to him.
After you buy the items just go to the counter to go to the auditorium area and
playback to your hearts’ content. Note that you can view all of the video in
the game with the exception of the ending. To unlock all 50 of the videos, wait
till after you finish all of the fights against Sin. Then return to the Luca
Theater. I am still missing a few of the songs myself so I’m not sure how to
gain the last few of those.

HELP! I am hopeless stuck on this boss battle with
Seymour/Dragon/Yunaleska/Jeckt!

  Regardless of which of these boss battles you are referring to here is a
simple strategy to follow for the under leveled gamer. Stop at the save point
just before the boss battle. Get in several fights where you do your best to
raise every character’s Overdrive meter to full. Next, do the same with all of
Yuna’s Aeons. Once you have done this, save your game. Sometimes even with
everything just right, the game can decide you aren’t going to win. If you
still can’t win even after having each aeon use it’s overdrive and using all of
your character’s overdrives, you need to level, Period. Run in circles and
fight for 2 to 3 hours to catch up to the level the game wants you to be at for
the fight.
  Apparently a lot of people can’t see the most obvious of solutions… To defeat
the flying dragon that you fight on the airship, simply have Tidas or Rikku use
the Talk trigger command ONCE. This will tell Cid to move the airship further
away from the enemy. Now he will have a much weaker attack. The airship will
also fire rockets at him sometimes. Just remember that only Wakka and Lulu have
distance attacks (unless you’ve been leveling enough to give someone else
worthwhile spells.) *Note* The second time you fight this enemy, in the
underwater battle, simply throw a couple Phoenix downs on him to kill him
easily.

Help! Sin just vaporized me! Game Over man!

Yes, you need to kill him before he does that attack. Stick with regular
attacks and Overdrives. The aeons take too long. Remember to have Tidas or
Rikku tell Cid to move the Airship closer with the special command as well.
Don’t be caught off guard by the whole “I will vaporize you now” attack of his.

Al Bhed Book Locations

    Muni Shinobu wrote a great FAQ for locating all 26 of the books (also on
gamefaqs.com). Besides being able to understand what the Al Bhed are saying,
collecting all 26 and visiting Lin on your airship will reward you 99 Reverse
Keys. You can use these to add the Double Overdrive ability to any 3 weapons.
This makes your Overdrive meter fill up twice as fast. Also note you cannot get
back into Al Bhed’s Home once the missiles blow it to smithereens. Make sure
you get books 19-21 on your first go through the town!!! You also only have 1
shot at book 22 in beville temple.

How long is the game?

  The game is all on one DVD ROM. If you mean how long does it take to beat and
view the ending, about 45-50 hours. The total number of gameplay hours is
closer to 75-80. Maxing out the characters requires a lot of time leveling,
gaining gil, and fighting tough enemies at the monster trainer…and all for
nothing other than bragging rights and one useless key item. The average RPG
gamer will play about 55 hours. Die hard peeps will stick it out. My Japanese
save has 220 hours with all the characters maxed in all stats with 75,000 HP
(and no Gameshark BS either)

Can I play the Japanese FFX on my American PS2?

   No. There is NO WAY. Seriously. Yes, I am aware of all the different
modchips on the Market. There is the OrigaChip, which is only for early model
Japanese PS2s that allows US game playing, …but they have 28 wires and are
buggy ass hell. There is also the NeoKey 1-3 and USB version NeoKey Chips…
These allow you to play bootleg copies of Import games, and WILL NOT PLAY
IMPORT ORIGINALS….  there is no bootleg version of FFX currently and if one
becomes available I want nothing to do with it. Most Boots of DVD games have
corners cut, such as degraded video and sound, allowing it to take up less
space. Also, there is no version of the Gameshark CDX that bypasses the PS2
country code either. There is no functional “Swap Method” either.
    In short the ONLY way to play the Japanese version of FFX is on a Japanese
UNMODED PS2. If you have a Japanese PS2 that has a chip installed, you will
have to remove it in order to play.

Are the Japanese Voices much better than the American ones?

Yes….and no. Personally, I thought Square should have hired better actresses
for the female parts. Tidas sounds like a goofball in both versions.
A lot of people complained the Suare cheated and didn’t resynch the lips to the
voices with the American release…well, I’m here to tell you the voices didn’t
match the lips that well in the Japanese version either.

Will this game swallow my soul?

Yes. It will. Take a shower beforehand and bring a change of clothes.

Props and Shouts

    That is all for now. I don’t see many more updates in this FAQ’s future,
unless something big is found. A good portion of this FAQ was made possible
with the help of some of the people on the FFX message board at
www.gamefaqs.com . Props to Iori Kusanagi, Mucals, MATEK, Bravni, DarkLoser, JL
Lee, Muni Shinobu, Peas on Earth and everyone else on the FFX message board for
info and generally making the message board fun to hang out in.

You can mail me at dokiwaku@earthlink.net if you have trouble understanding
anything about my FAQ and I may help you out. If you ask a question that is
easily answered by actually READING this FAQ, I will make fun of you and call
you insulting names. Try to keep the questions specific…at the very least try
to write the question in comprehensible English. Letters written in ALL CAPS go
directly to the recycle bin. No questions about Gameshark codes as I do not own
one for the PS2.

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