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                 Final Fantasy X-2 - Cactuar Searching Guide
                                  Version 1.0

                   by Anthony Morales (a.k.a Fantasy Gamer)
                          fantasy_gamer_x@yahoo.com
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 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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 1.0 - Introduction

 2.0 - Cactuar Searching Guide
     2.1 - Mission Time
     2.2 - Cactuar Locations

 3.0 - Miscellaneous
     3.1 - Everything's Coming Up Cactuars
     3.2 - Cact-War Tip
     3.2 - The Author

 4.0 - Legal stuff

 5.0 - Version History

 6.0 - Credits

 7.0 - Last Words

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 1.0 - INTRODUCTION
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This is my sixth game guide!

They're prickly... they're full of thorns... they're so energetic... they're the
Cactuars! Have you managed to catch all of the Cactuars back in Final Fantasy X
at the Bikanel Desert? Well, now our elusive friends are no longer content with
the boring yellow sand. They've travelled all over Spira in seach of their true
identity.

Find them and catch them! Ooops! They will not surrender their flag that easily
now. You have to fight and tame them before they will agree to return to their
home! Your good lookin', cutey face will not work for them this time.

This guide will help you locate all the 10 Gatekeepers throughout Spira. Let's
find out what each of them have learned in their journey. This is a 'must' to
achieve Episode Complete in the Bikanel Desert...

Happy gaming!

                                                                  Fantasy Gamer

Bagui City, Philippines
15 December 2003

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 2.0 - CACTUAR SEARCHING GUIDE
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 2.1 - Mission Time!
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Chapter 3: Bikanel Desert

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                             - Cactuar Search -

                We got a request from Marnela of the Cactuar
                 Nation. She wants us to find ten cactuars.
                       They've run off all over Spira.

                             =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                              Mission Time!!!
                             =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

                 The Ten Gatekeepers have ventured into the
                  world proper to train. Round them up and
                bring them home to the Cactuar Nation! Think
                 you can unravel the Cactuar Mother's clues
                            and sniff them out?


                     Objective: Find the Ten Gatekeepers.
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 2.2 - Cactuars Locations
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---------
 LOBIVIA
---------

Mother's Clue: "I am Lobivia's mother.
               "Lobivia was supposed to head north from the Oasis with his friends."
               "But I haven't heard a thing from him since."
               "Oh, I suppose Lobivia's always had a bit of wanderlust."
               "He's probably off wasting time in some good-for-nothing place 
                     this very moment."
               "Call it motherly instinct."

Location     : The one, and ever beautiful Oasis of Bikanel!


---------
 TOUMEYA
---------

Mother's Clue: "She says she's Toumeya's mother."
               "Toumeya always dreamed of seeing waters vaster than our little
                    Oasis. And now he's finally getting his wish."
               "Sands whiter than the desert, a gentle breeze, glistening
                    sunlight... and more water than can be imagined."
               "I can't wait to hear the tales he'll have to tell."

Location     : A place wit hlots of water. Where could it be. Maybe he's in
               Macalania Lake... oops we can't go there in this game. How about
               in Moonflow? He's not here. Besaid? In the water falls... lots
               of water! Not here, either. Where could he be? Oh... sands. There
               is only one place with white sand... BESAID BEACH. you'll him
               sunbathing there!


---------
 LOBEIRA
---------

 Mother's Clue: "According to his mother, Lobeira loves getting into cramped
                     spaces."
                "He left with only one thing in mind: finding the most
                     comfortable box in existence."
                "He finally found a monst splendid treasure chest in the home of
                     a sphere hunter."
                "How long it's been since I heard from him, I can hardly say..."
                "Oh, my careless little Lobeira."
                "I've told you a thousand times to be careful of boxes with locks
                     on them."

 Location     : "Home of a sphere hunter" eh? That's easy! Yuna's from Besaid. On
                to Besaid! ... Looked at each house... the temple... the cave...
                he's not here! "Home of a sphere hunter"... the Celsius! No clue
                here. We can't access the Al Bhed home either. Any idea? I got
                it. Isn't it, Leblanc's Syndycate a sphere hunter? Yeah! On to
                Guadosalam! Go to the Hidden Passage and check one of the rooms
                here. You'll find him in a treasure chest.


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AREQ & ARROJA
--------------

Mother's Clue: "I am the mother of those inseparable brothers, Areq & Arroja."
               "Areq & Arroja love being together."
               "It seems they met some large yellow birds on a wide, open plain."
               "Arroja is having such a good time he said he's put off seeing
                    snow, whatever that is."

Location     : Large yellow bird... a Chocobo? Mi'ihen! Nope. It's a large open
               plain. Only the Calm Land fits in that description. I looked at
               every corner, evey area of Calm Land, but I can't find him! Snow?
               Maybe the peak of Gagazet... it's quite wide, anyway. Not here?
               Hmmm... wide, open plain... with snow... walk, walk, walk... go
               to the area between Calm Land and Mt. Gagazet. You'll see these
               brothers riding a Chocobo... how sweet!


--------
 ISLAYA
--------

 Mother's Clue: "I am the mother of Islaya the sage."
                "I am oft called the wise Mother."
                "Islaya embarked to follow in the footsteps of our cactuar
                     forebears who left the desert in ages past."
                "Islaya, my sage son, have you found the Cactuar Stones they
                     left so long ago?
                "Try, not to get burned to a crisp, and take good care of
                     yourself."

 Location     : "Burn"... by fire... Kilika... no ,no ,no... Thunder Plains'
                Thunder! To easily find him, start from Macalania Woods and exit
                to the south. You'll be in Thunder Plains near the waiting shed.
                Go a little east and you'll see him near a cactuar stone.


--------
 CHIAPA
--------

 Mother's Clue: "I am Chiapa's mother."
                "Little Chiapa is doing just fine. I'll let him be a little
                     while longer."
                "Be a dear & leave him alone just a touch more, would you?"

 Location     : Got the clue? He, he. From Besaid Island to Zanarkand Ruins...
                You can NEVER find him. Benzo's translation is wrong. What the
                mother cactus is saying is "LEAVE CHIAPA ALONE!"

                Seriously, that's all for now.



 Chapter 5: Bikanel Desert
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                             =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                              Mission Time!!!
                             =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

                 The Ten Gatekeepers have ventured into the
                  world proper to train. Round them up and
                bring them home to the Cactuar Nation! Think
                 you can unravel the Cactuar Mother's clues
                            and sniff them out?


                     Objective: Find the Ten Gatekeepers.
________________________________________________________________________________


 Mother's Clue: "I am Chiapa's mother."
                "He says he's going to meet up with some friends."
                "The meeting point? It's some secret place high, high, high up-
                     somewhere he can take in town and the woods."

 Location     : "High, high, high up". This is very easy. Mt. Gagazet... (-_-)
                Sorry, he's not there. Don't forget the word "secret" and
                "town and the woods". Woods... Kilika Woods... Town... Kilika
                Town... but where? There's no high place in Kilika! Not so fast!
                From Kilika Town... go pass the bridge in the woods, then turn to
                right. While walking... you'll find a tree lying over the water.
                Press O and you'll climb it...


------
 ERIO
------

 Mother's Clue: "I've gotten word from Erio."
                "His message read: Two brothers, my friends, to a spring went we,
                     I get to see snow... what rhymes with we?"
                "He may never listen to his parents, but I can't help but love
                     my sweet little Erio."

 Location     : Now, I'm 100% sure. He's in Gagazet. See the clue? Two brothers...
                spring... snow. He's not in the hot spring!!! You missed the
                word "went". That means they were there before. Where is he now?
                From the top, go down the mountain until you reach Mt. Gagazet -
                Prominence (just go to the menu and you'll know if you're there).
                It's the place south of the area with pillars. You'll see him
                sitting in the snow near the cliff.


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 BARTSCHALLA
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 Mother's Clue: "I am Bartschalla's mother."
                "My daughter simply adores money."
                "She left the desert in search of a 'man of means' - whatever
                     that is."
                "It turns out our 'man of means' isn't quite what you'd expect,
                     hoho! Managed to save up quite a bundle."
                "Turns out it's a former summoner!"
                "Don't get caught green-handed, Bartschalla!"

 Location     : 'Man of means'... 'Former summoner'... Isaaru! On the way to
                Zanarkand! Unfortunately it's not our 'man of means' :( Let's
                go visit Dona in Kilika... see? She's at the base of the stairs
                in Dona's house... I think our 'man of means' is not always a
                man.


---------
 FRAILEA
---------

Mother's Clue: "I hate to admit, but my Frailea can be a bit of a handful."
               "He's really a very nice boy who just wants to be around
                    friends."
               "But he always seems to be falling in with the wrong crowd."
               "I'm worried he may not even be travelling at all."

Location     : Talk to Marnela... <SPOLERS!>

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                               =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
                                Mission Time!!!
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                 Who'd have thought the last cactuar would be so
                   close? Use the help of the nine gatekeepers
                      you've already tracked down to bring
                                that rascal home!


                      Objective: Find the tenth gatekeeper.
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 * The dungeon is pretty simple so no prob here.

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 3.0 - MISCELLANEOUS
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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 3.1 - Everything's Coming Up Cactuars
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Be the first to witness the power of the Gatekeeper acquired during their travels.
They've teamed up with their newfound friends, and they're coming right for you!
Conserve ammo, time your shots arefully, and show that desert punk how it's done!


                                  CONTROLS
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X      Fire!
R1     Dodge the Cactuar's attack
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* Press X to shoot at the Cactuar.
  Reduce their HP to zero and victory is yours!

* If the Cactuar's counterattack connects, you'll lose bullets equal to his
  Strenghth.

* The game will end if you run out of ammo, so use R1 and dodge those attacks!



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 Gatekeeper No. 1
 Name: Lobivia
 ____________________

 Free spirit, lover of
 detours,  and average
 in every possible way!
 ____________________

 HP           10
 Strength     3/10
 Agility      2/10

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 Gatekeeper No. 2
 Name: Toumeya
 ____________________

 Off on a south sea
 cruise? Still, he
 longs for his desert
 home...
 ____________________

 HP           10
 Strength     3/10
 Agility      3/10

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 Gatekeeper No. 3
 Name: Lobeira
 ____________________

 The comfiest treasure
 chest bedding in Spira!
 Now on sale!
 ____________________

 HP          12
 Strength    7/10
 Agility     2/10

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 Gatekeepers 4 & 5
 Name: Areq & Arroja
______________________

 Together they can
 conquer anything!
 (But Areq does all
 the heavy lifting.)
______________________

 HP           16
 Strength     6/10
 Agility      4/10

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 Gatekeepr No. 6
 Name: Islaya
______________________

 One with cactuars of
 ages past, the story
 will cry for heaven's
 vengeance when hit!
______________________

 HP           12
 Strength     6/10
 Agility      5/10

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 Gatekeeper No. 7
 Name: Chiapa
_____________________

 Flanked by fluffy
 fiends,  and faster
 than a flying Flan!
_____________________

 HP           9
 Strength     6/10
 Agility      4/10

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 Gatekeeper No. 8
 Name: Erio
_____________________

 His brothers are his
 strength. Watch out
 for those counters!
_____________________

 HP           15
 Strength     8/10
 Agility      4/10

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 Gatekeeper No. 9
 Name: Bartschella
_______________________

 Ready to step into the
 line of fire... if the
 price is right!
_______________________

 HP           12
 Strength     8/10
 Agility      5/10

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 Gatekeeper No. 10
 Name: Frailea
______________________

 Bad cactuars can't
 put on a good face...

 Hint: Open wide!
______________________

 HP         10
 Strength   6/10
 Agility    3/10

*********************



                                   ==============
                                    GREAT NEWS!!!
                                   ==============


      Contrary to popular belief, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BEAT ALL THESE PESKY
      CACTUARS in order to get the 'Covenant of Growth Garment Grid',
      which will give you double EXP and AP...

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Covenant of Growth


                  /O\
                 / | \
                /  |  X Yellow
               /   |   \
              /    |    \
             O-----O-----O
              \    |    /
               \   |   /
         Blue   X  |  /
                 \ | /
                  \O/



Blue X   - Double AP
Yellow X - Double EXP


Legend:
 O - slot for dress sphere
 X - colored crystal
 - - connection
 / - ibid.
 \ - ibid.
 | - ibid.

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      I'm pretty sure! I tried it and it really works! All you need is to
      beat the last gatekeeper, Frailea and you'll receive the Garment
      Grid. I have beaten ONLY Lobivia and Bartschella before I decided to
      take down Frailea, so this note is pretty reliable. Don't worry, 
      Frailea is very easy to beat. Just take a closer look at the mouth
      and know the rhythm and you'll be all right.

      If you did not get him in the first try, you can still visit all 10
      Gatekeepers at the Cactuar Nation once you beat Angra Mainyu.


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 3.2 - Cact-War Tip
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1. Look at Yuna, her head moves from left to right. She's following the movement
   of the target. Shoot just before she looks to the right. Using this strategy,
   you don't even have to look at the Cactuar. This is the strategy I use. However,
   in the fight against Frailea, this will not work because the Cactuar is accompanied
   by 2 other Cactuars.

2. If you love "Bust-a-Groove" or "Dance Revolution", you'll be fine with just
   learning the rhythm and start shooting when you got the timing.

3. Once you hit the Cactuar, repeatedly press X until you tear them down. This
   will, usually, finish them off with the least effort... especially for those
   with very low agility. If it did not work, reset the game and try again. I saw
   this tip on the board. Pretty useful for those Cactuars with very low Agility.

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 3.3 - The Author
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Real Name: Anthony Lawrence M. Morales
User Name: Fantasy Gamer
E-mail   : fantasy_gamer_x@yahoo.com
Gender   : Male
B-day    : February 24
Country  : Philippines

First Visited GameFAQs.com   : ?? June   2000
Joined GameFaqs Message Board: 27 August 2002, 1:48:35 AM (GFAQs time)

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                               VIII. LEGAL STUFF
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This guide is solely intended for the public use in the world wide web. All
information and work in this document is copyright  2003-2004 by Anthony Lawrence
M.Morales. Without my permission, no other site may post this guide, nor is anyone
allowed to reproduce this guide, in any way, for commercial purposes.

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we deserve the credit for all our hard work.

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                              IX. VERSION HISTORY
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I like to make a guide concerning my favorite FF Fiend. Unfortunately, in Final
Fantasy X, I got the game pretty late in 2002 so many has beaten me to it already.
Now, dream come true!

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(Version 0.99)
10 December 2003 - started the Cactuar Searching Guide.
15 December 2003 - finished.
   15 December 2003 - submitted to GameFAQs.
   15 December 2003 - posted at GameFAQs.

20 December 2003 - started first update.
                 - corrections was made on how to get the 'Covenant of Growth'
                 - no version change.
20 December 2003 - finished.
   20 December 2003 - submitted to GameFAQs.
   20 December 2003 - posted at GameFAQs.

(Version 1.0)
04 January  2004 - started second update.
                 - important corrections made.
04 January  2004 - finished.
   04 January  2004 - submitted to GameFAQs.
   04 January  2004 - posted at GameFAQs.

05 January 2004 - started third update.
                - missed a minor correction in the last update.
05 January  2004 - finished.
   05 January  2004 - submitted to GameFAQs.
   04 January  2004 - posted at GameFAQs.

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                                  X. CREDITS
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I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the following who helped me make
this guide in any way:

-+- Squaresoft (now Square-Enix)
    For breaking the tradition of "no direct sequel" in the Final Fantasy Series.

-+- www.GameFAQS.com/ Jeff "CJayC" Veasey
    For hosting this guide (my 6th FAQ)... in this great site. Hah, in just a span
    of one day, this guide was posted!

-+- www.neoseeker.com
    For hosting, too, this guide.

-+- GameFAQs Final Fantasy X-2 Message Board Users
    For all the help I get whenever times are tough for me.

    --> Green Card, SpEKKiO, without a cause, manrek2002, Andrew Rowan, Kevin Ferrer,
        Andy Hogenson, FrOzen, WeaponRad
        For giving me the missed clue for Lobivia.

    --> Split Infinity, Jonyoda, Right Wings
        For correcting my miscellaneous.

-+- THE ONE READING THIS
    This guide is made for you!

Special Thanks to:

-+- Fantasy Gamer
    For encoding and editing this guide.

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                               XI. PARTING WORDS
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I WILL BE GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Tell me what you think about this guide... comments, suggestions, added info,
corrections, and constructive criticisms are all welcome.

I WILL APPRECIATE IF YOU WILL FIRST TELL ME YOUR GFAQs USER NAME.

If you think you should be given credit but was not included in the list,
contact me and I'll make the appropriate actions.

Don't hesitate to e-mail me if you have anything in your mind regarding gaming.
I am one of the most hospitable FAQ Contributors here. You're guaranteed to get
a reply as soon as I read your mail :)

I will be more than wiling to help in any way I can. God bless!

Fantasy Gamer
---
"Let's mosey!"

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                   THANK YOU FOR READING! HOPE YOU LIKED IT!
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                  Final Fantasy X-2 - Cactuar Searching Guide
                        Date Started : 10 December 2003
                        Date Finished: 15 December 2003

                                by Fantasy Gamer
                           fantasy_gamer_x@yahoo.com