And now, presenting... Topic: Blade Dancer Lineage of Light System: PSP Type: Walkthrough/FAQ Current version: 1 Lasted Updated: 12/4/06 Author: Arkfullofsorrow (Afton "Brian" O'Sullivan) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Version history: # Date Update 1 12/4/06 This is the main walkthrough, main game walkthrough and most side quests complete. I can't imagine updating it too much more. This guide to copyright 2006. If you wish to post this guide at any other site, please use the email address above to recieve permission first. First the game basics will be discussed. Here will essentially be a re-interation of the instruction book with some commentary from myself. There will also be some hints and tips strewn about, some of which may have moderate spoilers. So if any of this sounds unappealing to you, you may want to head straight to the walkthrough (search code ! WALKTHROUGH). GAME BASICS ECT A. Out of battle game controls First the controls. More specifically, first the out of battle controls. The D Pad and the L and R buttons have the function of changing the view. The D Pad assumes a first person perspective and the buttons atop the PSP cut the camera in the respective direction. I can't remember a single moment in the game I was particularly thankful these options were open and I can't say as though I ever particularly recommend pressing either button. The knob just below the D Pad is used to move your guy around. Yeah. The Square button is the target button. Little in the overworld is accomplished without first being targeted - opening a door, a chest, talking to somebody on your terms requires targeting. You need to be reasonably close and in (although not always) unobstructed view before being allowed to target something/someone. It's like Dragon Warrior all over again. The X button is the interaction or approval button. This button interacts with whatever you're selecting. The Triangle button brings up the menu screen. If you think I'm going to go through all of this, you've got another thing coming. I will go through the main parts of it before long, though. There will be times you need to use, give or show an item to another character in the game. This might take some time to figure out, but this is time you won't need to spend thanks to me. This is how to do this process in Blade Dancer: Target intended party, although get closer than maximum target range (Square) + Menu (Triangle) + Select Item (X) + locate item in list and select it (X). Done. You're welcome. Oh, and last and certainly not least, press the Select button on the baseline on the PSP to bring up a map of the area. Much of the guide is explained in terms of the map presented by pressing Select. if there is a direction in in the guide (in the southeast corner, in the central area, and so on) it is in terms of the map summoned by Select. That should just about do it for the non-battle controls. Now for the battle controls. This is much easier. B. The battlefield before battle But before that, let's talk about getting into battle real quick. When on the overworld, enemy encounters are denoted by skulls. When you hear a high- pitched growling sound, an encounter has spotted you. White skulls are a standard regular encounter for an RPG - should be very beatable but not a non-entity. These skulls generally approach you with moderate aggression. More challenging are the fights denoted by red skulls. Except to take potentially heavy damage from such a skull. They come with a great deal of aggression, and if you're weakened and you see a red skull, don't bother healing up as they'll probably detect you and charge after you should you do so; instead run away for a while and then heal. PROTIP: When running away from a skulls, try to stay in as straight a line as possible since your traveling speed and the skulls' traveling speed is equal. When making turns while being chased, try to avoid altering its trajectory too because of this speed equality. Easier battles are denoted by blue skulls. These skulls either float along ignoring you or they make an effort to run away. I generally don't recommend fighting these battles for the time, effort, energy and resources are better spent elsewhere. Grey skulls are the toughest encounter battles, usually. When two blue skulls merge/morph together, you'll hear a squeaking noise. These are generally the the only gray battle encounters in the game. A gray skull can merge with another blue skull to create an even tougher encounter. Such encounters from merged skulls are always against one big, bad enemy. Also, battles are different depends on you leads your party, this can be changed with the Arrange menu command. If Lance leads, the battles will be the way they are, he is the standard by which other leaders are judged. If Gozen leads, monsters are more aggressive but your guys hit harder. If Felis leads, monsters are less aggressive but they drop less items. If Tess leads, enemies drop more items and the Lunameter fills faster. You also may notice that in this Arrange option of the menu, you can change the row of the characters. This goes as follows: If a character is the in front row, their Lunar Clock ticks faster but they are more likely to be attacked. If a character is in the back row, their attacks are more accurate but their Lunar Clock ticks slower. Lunar Clocks are explained in a minute. C. Battle Controls Okay, the battle controls. Don't worry about the triangle or square buttons in battle. I reckon they don't do a thing and the game can easily be completed without laying a finger on them during battle. To select a command, it's X. To select a character or an enemy, it's left or right on the D Pad or Knob and then X unless the one selected by default is the desired target. L and R file through the different types of stuff you can use. I'll expound on this in a few. D. In battle Now to explain the Interface. The number beside a character's name is their HP. Once this number goes to zero, they're knocked out. If all characters are knocked out at once, you lose and will have to restart from the last save point. The circle besides their name is the Lunar Clock. As it spins around and changes color, the owner of that clock's turn is drawing nearer. They are ready to act, but you needn't automatically do so, after one complete rotation of this clock has been made and an exclamation mark appears within it. When the character is ready, highlight their name by pressing the Left or Right buttons/knob until the desired character's name is highlighted. Press X to initiate an action. That thing on top there is the Lunameter. Think of it as a communal pool of Magic Points: shared by the entire battlefield - all your friends and foes alike. It is depleted at the end of a battle as extra experience if any remains. It always begins at zero. The Lunameter is the pool for which Lunabilities can be used. Lunabilities are selected by pressing X on the Luna option given when a character's Lunar Clock is finished ticking. There are different types of Lunabilities: - Single (a character uses an attack on an enemy/enemies) - Group (if multiple characters have their Lunar Clocks full, they can join together to nail the entire enemy party with multiple attacks of the user's element - the more characters joining in on the attack, the more damage done to the enemy) - Heal (restores HP or nullifies negative status effects) - Assist (Increases your statistics or lowers enemy statistics; inflicts enemy with a status effect) These different types are switched with the push of the L/R buttons and filed through and selected like everything else. When triggering a Lunability, they will often take at least a couple ticks of the Lunar Clock to charge up. During this time of charging, it is possible for the character's concentration to be broken if they lose enough HP while charging. If this happens, the character's Lunar Clock will reset, they will not perform the Lunability and the Lunar Points that would've been spent on the Lunability will now go back to the Lunameter. Enemies also have Lunabilities. They also take Lunar Points from the Lunameter if they have to use a Lunability. Their concentration can also be broken by taking enough damage. So it is recommended to knock the crap out of the enemy the instant they start to charge a Lunability. As you probably have guessed, Lunabilities are special attacks, powerful ones at that. PROTIP: Personally I recommend aggressively using the Lunameter. The Lunabilities are what makes most of the enemies who are fearsome as fearsome as they are. Hogging the Lunameter using simple attacks will greatly reduce the enemy's chances of pulling something rockin' from the Lunameter themselves. I tend not to use group Lunabilities. This is pretty much the strategy usable to win any battle against a single enemy when you get four characters: ( / means or, basically) Lance - Blast Blade / Heat Blade / Solar Edge Gozen - Feet of Fury / Mighty Combo / Death Combo Felis - Restoras / Restore Tess - Attack / Wilt / Wilt II / Zephyr magics And when facing off against several enemies: Lance - Primal Heat Gozen - Death Cannon Felis and Tess - the -braxis spells work well enough. Although for moments when enemies attack you in groups, perhaps it would be best to fight them one at a time as to prevent them from getting more hits. Fire beats Wind, Wind beats Earth, Earth beats Water and Water beats Fire. I'm pretty sure this is the chain of elemental effectiveness, but don't quote me on this. As stated earlier, it's not essential you adjust your party paradigm because of this; party statistics and equipment are more important than element. E. Party statistics/equipment Speaking of party statistics and equipment, well, here they are. This is what pops up upon selection of the Status option from the Menu. SPECIES - what species the character is LEVEL - the character's experience level, impacts all other statistics HP - the current life bat of the character EXP - amount of experience accumulated since previous level / amount needed to accumulate until the next level ATT - Elemental attribute PWR - how physically strong the character is, impacts physical attacks ENR - how resilient a character is, impacts physical defense DEX - how skilled a character is, impacts hit % rate AGL - how fast a character is, impacts enemy's hit % rate INT - how intelligent a character is, impacts strength of magic PSY - how mentally aligned a character is, impacts magic strength and defense LGC - how a character's logic abilities are, impacts magic defense Such totals are largely impacted by the character and their equipment. Speaking of which, it's really simple. Any character can use any piece of protective gear in the game. Only one character can use each weapon - their face shows when the weapon is highlighted I think. Weapons break if overused - you can see how much life they have left in them in a short meter beneath that of your weapon. Some weapons are more durable than others, but most are good for 30-50 swings. Some weapons and armor have elemental attributes or special statistical bonuses to them. I tend to ignore the elementals (although if I find an accessory of a particular element I believe it's best suited for the character of that attribute). The other noteworthy aspect about equipment is that all of them have a minimum experience level requirement you must meet before being allowed to use it. This might seem unusual to those reared on games where equipment was just equipment and have never heard of the phrase armor class before, but this is one of the realities here. Also, one more thing about equipment. Usually the items made and found are better than the ones bought at the same level. Usually the weapons and accessories found in chests are roughly equal as far as usefulness is concerned to items you can buy at the next highest armor class/level bracket. Just so you know. F. Item Crafting Item crafting is a cute little diversion in Blade Dancer, although I myself found it a bit frustrating. It is only vital you craft one item to progress the story - you can make it just fine without crafting a single weapon, accessory or item. Every single item in the game is either a component of a larger item or can be broken down into larger items. If you wish to see how an item is made, you can take it to an Appraiser located in one of the three towns in the game. For 100 Gold, they'll take something apart and tell you how it's made. A moderately useful function, I suppose. Usually, while trying to experiment with trying to make something new, I just ended up failing. Actually, the items I had in mind happened not to form a mixture. There are very few moments I successfully concocted a mixture, and those will be documented here in the walkthrough as I did them. Granted there are others, but the ones before you should suffice. PROTIP: When crafting weapons, I usually like to make a weapon from another, used weapon so it's almost like I have two weapons. To do this, wait until a weapon is almost broken then start trying to concoct all sorts of other crazed weapons. The new weapon isn't likely to be brand new, but it will be at at least half endurance. Whenever a new weapon is being crafted in the walkthrough, the weapon being used to create another weapon is always almost broken. G. Missions Missions are also quite a huge part of Blade Dancer. Yeah, they're fetch quests, every last one of them. You're only required to do a couple of them, but I recommend doing several, though I recommend bypassing probably a majority of them. I incorporate the ones I advise doing within the walkthrough, so if you'd rather not do them and you see them come up in the text, just pass on by it. I believe missions to be generally a good way to earn extra experience and money, there's a good chance you'll want to do some, at least in the first half of the game until you have all four characters and are ready and have all the skills listed in their strategy above. Missions are also quite frustrating for a few different reasons. First, it seems you have to do them in some kind of order. A non-playable character can have something useless to say at one point during the game, but after you reach a certain point, they then open up and ask you to do a mission. Kind of bogus since you'll probably have to talk to them multiple times at multiple points in the game before they have something non-useless to say. And once somebody has something useless to say once, most people don't want to risk wasting more time finding them again. Toward the end of the walkthrough (search for VIII to find them), I have listed a series of side Missions in the order in which I myself was able to do them, although it should be noted I waited until very late in the game to do them (the ones likely able to be done earlier probably start at around VIII G). I don't recommend doing many (or virtually any) of these if you're just interested in simply beating the game. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ! WALKTHROUGH I. Jade A. Port Turn on the game, select a New Game and watch the show. When you first gain control, at a harbor of sorts, walk forward a few steps and watch another show. Walk up and around the stairs, perhaps speaking to the various human populators along the way, and make your way to the Great Door for another short scene. B. Marketplace As you might except, from the Marketplace area, a wide array of markets can be reached. Speak to the man standing outside the Weapons Dealer and answer in the affirmative to receive Side Mission - Crafting 1. Speak to the man standing inside this room to receive Side Mission - Adventurer's Proof 1. Crafting 1 is doable right away, although it involves spending all your money and receiving a weapon you won't be able to use for quite some time. 1. Item Merchant (Southwest area of Marketplace) Potion - 150 - Restore a little bit of HP Holy Water - 300 - Cure all aliments Angel Kiss - 1500 - Revive teammate with some HP Skill Potion - 700 - Increases Dexterity Power Potion - 700 - Increases Power Energy Potion - 700 - Increases Energy Agility Potion - 700 - Increases Agility Wisdom Potion - 1000 - Increases Intelligence Logic Potion - 1000 - Increases Logic Para Potion - 500 - Paralyzes an enemy Tranquilizer - 500 - Put an enemy to sleep Poison - 500 - Poisons and enemy Dark Potion - 500 - Blinds an enemy Heal Scroll - 1500 - Heals a little bit of HP (whole party) Cream - 50 - Used to make pies Spice - 250 - Spices imported from the mainland Crisp Lettuce - 300 - Fresh, Crunchy Lettuce Colored Berries - 550 - Enjoy three flavors Fresh Juice - 150 - A refreshing juice that heals HP Stir Fry - 700 - A sizzling stir fry that increases Power The only items I truly recommend a Potions and to a lesser extent other healing items as for a long while items will be your main source of HP restoration. I also advise generally having a supply of a half dozen Para and Sleep Potions as many a tough battle can be made easier for many enemies, even some of the toughest in the game, can be paralyzed and put to sleep. 2. Crafting Broker (North-northwest area) Sandbone Hilt - 80 - Cheap Hilt made from cheap bone Iron Blade - 150 - Cheap sword blade forged from iron Rock Orb - 150 - Magical orb for staffs made from sand Heavy Bowstring - 120 - Cheap strong soaked in Beast Blood Silver Fitting - 200 - Fitting made from Silver: Used for Ornaments Silver Chain - 250 - Polished Silver chain: Used for Ornaments Silver Buckle - 300 - Ornate Silver Buckle: Good for making belts Silver Inlay - 250 - A lovely Silver Inlay: Good martial for rings Spring Water - 10 - Pure water taken from the springs Herb - 50 - A restorative herb used in many medicines Sandstone - 10 - A solid block of sand: Has many uses Hemp String - 60 - String woven from strands of dried grass Iron - 60 - An ingot made of melted iron ore Softwood - 40 - Cheap wood that's easy to find 3. Weapons Dealer (Northeast Area of Marketplace) Short Sword - 200 - Short and functional sword (Equip LVL: 1, ATK 5) Broadsword - 500 - Steel-bladed sword (Equip LVL: 5, ATK 9) Long Sword - 1000 - Sword with a long, sharp blade (Equip LVL: 10, ATK 20) Cutlass - 2000 - A favorite of many pirates (Equip LVL: 20, ATK 30) 4. Equipment Vendor (South area of Marketplace) Rock Earring - 100 - Earring made from Rock Ore and Silver Fitting - EARRING (Equip LVL: 1, DEF: 1, INT: 2) Rock Cuff - 500 - Cuffs made from Gold Fitting & Rock Orb - EARRING (Equip LVL: 5, DEF: 3, INT: 3) Rock Stud - 800 - Stud made from Rock Orb and Moon Fitting - EARRING (Equip LVL: 10, DEF: 7, INT: 4) Rock Choker - 120 - Choker made from Silver Chain and Rock Orb - NECKLACE (Equip LVL: 1, DEF: 1, LGC: 1) Rock Necklace - 620 - Made from Gold Chain and Rock Orb - NECKLACE (Equip LVL: 5, DEF: 3, LGC: 3) Rock Torque - 850 - Torque made from Moon Chain and Rock Orb - NECKLACE (Equip LVL: 10, DEF: 7, LGC: 4) Rock Bracelet - 150 - Made from Rock Orb and Heavy Bowstring - BRACERS (Equip LVL: 1, DEF: 2, PWR: 2) Rock Bangle - 550 - Made from Silk Bowstring and Rock Orb - BRACERS (Equip LVL: 5, DEF: 5, PWR: 3) Rock Armlet - 880 - Made from Steel Bowstring and and Orb - BRACERS (Equip LVL: 10, DEF: 10, PWR: 4) Rock Ring - 110 - Made from a Silver Inlay and Rock Orb - RING (Equip LVL: 1, DEF: 1, DEX: 2) Solid Ring - 520 - Made from a Gold Inlay and Rock Orb - RING (Equip LVL: 5, DEF: 3, DEX: 3) Hard Ring - 820 - Made from a Rock Orb and Moon Inlay - RING (Equip LVL: 10, DEF: 7, DEX: 4) Rock Rope - 200 - Made from Silver Buckle and Rock Orb - ARMOR (Equip LVL: 1, DEF: 3, ENR: 2) Rock Belt - 700 - Made from Rock Orb and Gold Buckle - ARMOR (Equip LVL: 5, DEF: 6, ENR: 3) Rock Girdle - 1100 - Made from Rock Orb and Moon Buckle - ARMOR (Equip LVL: 10, DEF: 10, ENR: 4) Metal Rope - 1500 - Made from Metal Orb and Silver Buckle - ARMOR (Equip LVL: 15, DEF: 18, ENR: 5) Rock Toe Ring - 130 - Made from Hemp Strong and Rock Orb - ARMOR (Equip LVL: 1, DEF: 2, AGL: 2) Rock Anklet - 530 - Made from Rock Orb and Silk String - LEGGINGS (Equip LVL: 5, DEF: 4, AGL: 3) Stone Anklet - 840 - Made from Rock Orb and Steel String - LEGGINGS (Equip LVL: 10, DEF: 8, AGL: 4) Before moving too far away, I recommend picking up a Necklace and Ring of some sort (an earring comes free pretty soon). You also may wish to pick up another Short Sword as they can be crafted into a better weapon with an item regularly dropped by a beginning enemy. NOTE: Shops are pretty few and far between in Blade Dancer, and when they are stumbled upon, any store providing a certain type of good will be exactly the same as any other, meaning all Item, Weapon, Accessory and Crafting dealers will all carry the same products at the same time. Only difference is that some products will be available as your characters change and as your levels increase. Although there will be other points in the game these items can be bought, they won't be listed again. For future store listings, they are pretty much (the items already listed in this guide, but not mentioned in those particular tables) + What is currently listed in those tables. It is not essential you buy anything from the stores at the current moment. The pathway to the Plaza is the door in the far east of the Marketplace. Near this doorway is Baretta, a person for whom a Mission (Side Mission - Delivery Request) can be completed now. Accept her request and head down over to the Port and Deliver it to Irving (how to complete one of these Missions: select the person for whom the item is for with the Square button, bring up the Menu with the Triangle button, select Item, select use and select target). Then return to Baretta, speak to her and deliver the second lunch to Basra in the Residential area, he stands near the Inn. Finally return to the Marketplace once more Baretta, speak to her and take a third Mama's Lunch to Arnie, who stands at the port as well. C. Plaza Speak to the man standing by the east side of the waterfall here for Side Mission - A Hero's Song. The South door of this area leads to Lumines Field. Walk toward this door for a show and a Potion Recipe. The North doorway out leads to the Imperial Palace. The door of interest now is the East door, the West door has a save point nearby (select it to use it). The East door leads to the Residential Area. D. Residential Area Slightly north along the path of where you'll first enter is an Inn. In here, you can rest to recover for 10G (talk to woman behind the desk near entrance), find another Side Mission - Request 1 (talk to man near entrance), and a Potion (in a chest in the floor in a room). A house in the far north also has a Potion in a chest, and another house in the far north has a chest with two Energy Potions. In the far north you will also find an Appraiser. After you've gone through all this, it might be a good idea to head out into Lumines Field (return the to Plaza first to get there) and familiarize yourself with the battle system by fitting off a few enemy encounters. This will also help build experience, which you're also likely to need. II. Lumines Field This is your introduction to the overworld. The most noteworthy aspect about the overworld are the floating, drifting skull heads afoot. These represent enemy encounters. When they spot you, they'll emit a shrieking noise and they will begin to chase you. They move the same speed as your character, so as long as you're moving a fairly straight line, you should be able to avoid a confrontation if desired. You can see what type of enemy you can except to encounter by examining the skulls from a distance with the square button. A. Main Gate (Enemies: Wild Wolf, Highway Robber, Jade Snake) Just as you enter Lumines Field, hug the west wall and follow it around. Doing so should yield a Skill Potion within a Treasure Chest. Heading several steps due south of this chest is another chest behind a tree. In it you should find a Gladius. Heading south will lead to the next screen, as denoted by the red marking on the Select Map and Load Screen. I don't recommend visiting this area until you're Level 3 at least, 4 would be even better. * Craft - Gladius = Short Sword + Beast Bone (NOTE: whenever I mention the crafting of new weapons, the weapon being used to make a new one will always be almost always broken - this means you will pretty much be getting two weapons with one) B. Waterfall (Enemies: Wild Wolf, Highway Robber, Jade Snake, Knight Robber) Knight Robbers are kinda tough, although generally well worth fighting, but I wouldn't mess with three of them at once. At least not without the Gladius. There's a treasure chest with an Agility Potion in the northwest section of this area near a tree, and a chest in the southwestern portion of the area right across the water with Bone Earrings. This item is located in a corner and it is not too unlikely you're have a run-in with an enemy. Continuing along the road will lead you to the next area, the Grotto. Just before you go here, there's a chest near a tree to the east of the doorway to the Grotto. There's a Power Potion inside. C. Grotto (Enemies: Highway Robber, Bandit Knight, Jade Snake, Water Elemental) Heading basically due east from the entrance will lead you to a treasure chest once again right behind a tree. It has two Potions inside. There's a Wolf Fang Necklace in a chest in the far north land indentation. Cross the water and follow a fairly narrow off-road pathway west to find a chest with Holy Water in it. Beware, though, you're almost guaranteed to encounter upon an 'Unknown' group including powerful (for your lone character at this point) Water Elementals. I would bypass this for the time being as well as any other group of 'Unknowns' until you're at Level 5 and well-armored. Continue down past the Holy Water along this path and you should find a person, Chin. Speak with them to advance Side Mission - Request 1 along. Continue down the road path to reach the next section, Dragon Lake. D. Dragon Lake (Enemies: Bandit Knight, Highway Robber, Water Elemental, Jade Snake, Wild Wolf) There's a Hide Bangle in the chest very close to the doorway to Grotto, just to the west of it. There's an Agility Potion in a chest tucked away in the northwestern spot of the area. You're likely to pass a Save Point and the entrance to Heaven's Doorway on your way to this potion. Heaven's Doorway is not something you'll need to worry about, now or perhaps ever. The pathway to the Spena Forest is in the Southwest parts of this area. * Craft - Broadsword + Beast Hide = Hunter Sword Spring Water + Herb = Potion III. Sepna Forest A. North Forest Because, for this very moment, I don't anticipate spending more than a few moments in this forest, its barely worth noting, but... Enter and head pretty much due south. Two large men should be blocking a path. Approach them, watch a show and prepare for a battle. BOSS: Gozen HP: 90 This should prove to be a very simple battle. Just go on in, and hit him until his HP goes down to 0. Occasionally, he'll land an attack slightly more powerful than his regular attacks, but the battle should be over within four turns or so. When your HP gets down far enough, go ahead and use a Potion. He has no Lunabilities so you don't have to worry about depletion of that gauge (not that you'd need any of that here). After the battle, watch the show. When you regain control, you'll find yourself back in Jade, specifically in the Residential area. There are now new items for sale since the last time we checked in the shops found in the Marketplace. They're listed below. Equipment Vendor Metal Earring - 1200 - Made from Silver Fitting and Metal Orb - EARRING (Equip LVL: 15, DEF: 10, INT: 5) Metal Cuff - 2000 - Cuffs made from Gold Fitting and Metal Orb - EARRING (Equip LVL: 20, DEF: 15, INT: 6) Metal Choker - 1250 - Choker made from Silver Chain and Metal Orb - EARRING (Equip LVL: 15, DEF: 10, LGC: 5) Metal Necklace - 2100 - Necklace made from Gold Chain and Metal Orb - NECKLACE (Equip LVL: 20, DEF: 15, LGC: 6) Metal Bracelet - 1300 - Made from Metal Orb and Heavy Bowstring - BRACERS (Equip LVL: 15, DEF: 15, PWR: 5) Metal Bangle - 2300 - Made from Silk Bowstring and Metal Orb - BRACERS (Equip LVL: 20, DEF: 20, PWR: 6) Silver Ring - 1200 - Made from Metal Orb and Silver Inlay - RING (Equip LVL: 15, DEF: 10, DEX: 5) Gold Ring - 2000 - Made from Metal Orb and Gold Inlay - RING (Equip LVL: 20, DEF: 14, DEX: 6) Metal Belt - 2500 - Made from Metal Orb and Gold Buckle - ARMOR (Equip LVL: 20, DEF: 25, ENR: 6) Metal Toe Ring - 1230 - Made from String and Metal Orb - LEGGINGS (Equip LVL: 15, DEF: 12, AGL: 5) Silk Anklet - 2150 - Made from Silk String and Metal Orb - LEGGINGS (Equip LVL: 20, DEF: 17, AGL: 6) Weapons Dealer Saber - 5000 - A thin steel blade that excels in dicing - SWORD (Equip LVL: 20, ATK: 40) Leather Cestus - 250 - A glove made from Beast Bone - GLOVE (Equip LVL: 1, ATK: 3) Baghnakh - 600 - A glove with claws - GLOVE (Equip LVL: 5, ATK: 8) Iron Claw - 1200 - A military grade Baghnakh - GLOVE (Equip LVL: 10, ATK: 15) Steel Baghnakh - 2100 - A glove with steel claws - GLOVE (Equip LVL: 15, ATK: 24) Jamadhar - 4800 - A bladed steel glove - GLOVE (Equip LVL: 20, ATK: 35) While you're here in town, you might as well get some new equipment for the essentially naked new guy. Remember, he cannot, for the time being, equip anything with an Equip LVL higher than 5. You'll also want to pick up as much Level 5 gear for Lance as possible (buy the armor last or pass it up as you'll find some before long). When you think you're ready, go ahead and mosey on over back to Spena Forest once again. This time we're going to spend a little more time there (although now I recommend getting used to having multiple persons in battle by hanging around the Main Gate area of Lumines Field and doing the Jade Patrol side Mission - speak to the guard by the gate to Jade and accept to do this). III. Sepna Forest A. North Forest (Enemies: Fire Elemental, Morehard Fighter, Bone Arm, Skull Head, Hungry bat, Fairy Orb, Rabid Snake, Sleeping Lily) The Fire Elementals are trouble for this point in the game. Be ready to go at them with all you've got. In the Northeastern space of the map, there's a chest with a Heal Scroll within. The south area of the map (previously blocked by the giants) has a chest with a Vigor Ring inside. The passage south leads to the Dark Path. The passage East leads to the Ancient Lake. I recommend going this route first. B. Ancient Lake There's a Para Potion in a chest in the northernmost space of this area, it is on the western side of the area. You'll be confronted with an enemy encounter on your way to this one. Due Southeast of this for a little while is a chest with a Tranquilizer within. There isn't a great deal you can do at this point now, so turn back and head toward the North Forest, more specifically the Dark Path we previously dismissed. Before doing this, I recommend turning around and heading back to the Marketplace of Jade and buying the stronger equipment Lance and afford and don. Think at least Level 5 Armors all around and a Long Sword for Lance. C. Dark Path As you take several steps down the Dark Path, a scene interrupts, watch it and continue the path (the one generally heading south is the only path you can take at the current moment). Make use of the Life Point while you're at it (stand on it to use - can reuse once you've left and returned on the screen). There's also a Beast Bone Belt in this section that is not too hard to see and an Angel Kiss that is (it's nestled near the huge log about halfway between the belt and life point). D. Dark Knoll Head a few steps in and watch the show. Prepare for a major battle. BOSS: Ibrid HP: 200 EXP: 200 Gold: 2000 This is one of those times when it might help to be at a slightly lower level than if at a higher level. Being at a lower level means Ibrid will get the first attack in, meaning the Lunar gauge fills, probably enough to use Heat Blade every time. Because you're essentially using all the Lunar Gauge, Ibrid won't be able to counteract with Lunabilities of his own, which are his strongest points (Double Attack and Triple Fang, although you probably won't see either). After the battle, watch the show. Another battle will ensue, don't bother trying to win it. After this, watch another scene, and walk back to Jade's Residential zone when you can. Walk into Costner's House, in the Southeastern part of the Residential area. Watch the show and head back to the Dark Path of Spena Forest. Return to the Dark Knoll later on to receive to treasure chests: Holy Water and a Stone Katar. E. Dark Path This time take the path heading west that was previously blocked. You'll be interrupted by a short scene when the path is coming up. There's a chest near this crux which you can finally pick up, it has a Blood Girdle inside. Before heading to the next event, I advise getting sidetracked a little in this forest if you're not sick of looking at it. Take the Southeastern path to reach the Owl's Hideout. F. Owl's Hideout (New enemy: Armored Fist, Spena Wolf, Man Eater, Bone Head) NOTE: Enemies her are generally much tougher and really seem to like going after Gozen. Make sure you're stocked with over a dozen Potions and equipped with largely Level 10 armors all around... Man Eaters can inflict sleep and have higher defense than most, so I'd target them first. Also, Bone Heads like to consume your Luna gauge, so do so before they do). A few steps after you enter is a chest with a Bone Bagnhakh. If you do anything in this side part of the Spena Forest, get this. You won't likely have to face any enemy encounters in doing so, and it's a great weapon right out of a chest. The other path out leads to the Double Bridge. G. Double Bridge Close In the Southeast, where you should be at the current moment, there's a treasure chest with a Heal Scroll in it in a corner just before you reach the bridge. Go ahead and cross to get a Psyche Toe Ring in a chest in an opposite corner. * Crafting - Spring Water + Herb + Beast Blood = Potion Turn back to the Dark Path and use the pat furthest to the east. H. Ancient Ruins Roughly due east of where you enter this room is a chest in a little crevice with a Potion inside. There's a structure in the middle, the ruins themselves, where we find two treasure chests: Stunning Saber, Hide Stud. You can go ahead and enter the structure you see there if only the chest (Fang Ring) and Save Point right there. Next let's go to the exit furthest south to the other part of the Double Bridge. I. Double Bridge Nothing truly noteworthy here, just a couple of enemy encounters. Follow the path until you reach the Fairies Clearing. J. Fairies Clearing The path is pretty straightforward. The first chest you'll come upon, about one-fourth of the way down the path, has a Poison ingredient in it. You'll likely have to fend off an encounter if you take it. The chest about three- quarters of the way down the path is also semi-guarded by an encounter, it has a Blood Armlet in it. A chest in the northwestern corner of the path has a Wolf Fang (a glove) in it. Now take the path close to this chest. * Crafting - Iron Claw + Beast Hide = Wolf Fang K. Rainbow Spring There's one chest in this part of the area, it's off to the side in that gulf- like area on the map, it's a Psyche Potion. The other side of this is a path to Domerune Point. L. Domerune Point Again, you do not need to come here now, you will later. You'll find every shop available in Jade here, with some new stuff that probably wasn't there before (will be noted when this town is discussed in full). It's just good to know you won't have to scamper back to Jade whenever you want to buy a couple of supplies. If you're feeling frisky, you can accept some of the Side Missions here now, they are detailed in the full section dedicated to Domerune Point. Backtrack a few screens to the Ancient Ruins. Meander your way to the far eastern path out. M. Rainbow Spring There's a Mid Potion pretty much all the way down the path. That is all. Return to the Ancient Ruins and use the far north passage out. N. Ancient Lake Just walk to the nearest other passage out, a few steps away on the far east of the map. There's nothing else worth mentioning here. O. Moonlight Glade There's an enchested Wisdom Potion on the western edge of the place about halfway to the other passage, and a Y Fang Choker very close to that other end. P. Lunar Tower Close to the water neat the path to the Moonlight Glade there's a chest with a Logic Potion within. Closer to the tower itself is a chest with a Fire Hide cuff within it. And then... IV. Lunar Tower (Enemies: Stone Jar, Liquid Elemental, Mystic Bit, Morezard Warrior, Screw Bat) A. New Moon Floor Note the narrow hallway. Encounters here will be especially difficult to avoid. Make your way down the narrow hall before you. There will be a door that opens before terribly long. If you accepted the Adventurer's Proof 1 Mission, a stationary skeleton will be waiting for you there. Here a boss battle will ensue against an Evil Bone Warrior. It'll hit for about 50 HP, it's not terribly fast or impervious to attack and has about 600 HP or so. Anywho, proceed through to another room and watch a show. Now return to Jade as suggested. You take a shortcut to Jade in the Ancient Lake area of the Spena Forest (it's the very obvious-looking ridge on the Select to the north). B. Jade Take a few steps in and watch a show. Now might be a pretty good time to complete Crafting Request 2 (received by speaking to the man beside the weapon store after you've completed his first request) and Adventurer's Proof 1 (speak to the man inside the weapon store again to get Adventurer's Proof 2 after you officially complete the first one). Now is also a good time to do Demanding Man 1 from the guy by the counter in the Inn, give him a Beast Bone, you should have several, tom complete. Now leave and head to the Ancient Ruins in Spena Forest. Yes, some enemies are still going to jump at you with some aggression. * Crafting - Cutlass + Beast Blood + Poison = Poison Sword C. Ancient Ruins Enter the structure and watch the show. A Boss battle will ensue. BOSS: Morezard Captain HP: About 280 The other guy is along for the battle, so don't fret. Enemy attacks aren't too powerful. Use Lunabilities liberally because the Captain's Lunas are the only really respectable attacks you're likely to see. First focus attacks at one of the Guards that the Captain brings with him (perhaps using Primal Heat during Lance's turn to keep the Lunar Gauge lowered), then the other when the one you're focusing on falls (they have about 100 HP each the Guards do). Then attack the big guy. Heal when needed, which probably will be never in this fight. After the battle, step into the structure (Half Moon Base) and onto the Return Point dead ahead (you're allowed to use this point now that you've beaten the Morezard Captain). Use the Save Point if needed. Before proceeding, you may wish to make sure you're amply equipped (see: the most powerful armor you can afford, healing items). You may wish to get at least one character to Level 20 to make use of the Level 20 equipment you've been finding lately. D. Half Moon Floor (Lunar Tower) (Note: that Return Area used to come here cannot currently be used to warp back) (Enemies: Pyro Bit, Morezard Shaman, Water Jar, Morezard Sargent, Evil Egg) There's a Poison Ring in the chest in the north corner of this area. Okey... Thins are getting a little tougher. Once again, you find yourself in a narrow hallway in aggressive enemies. Unless you're luring the first encounter toward the circle you've entered, you'll probably have no time after that fight to recover before the next one happens. You're more likely to have a chance to use Potions between the second and third fights. The Aquas gate awaits along the path after that. Entering this triggers a show and then... BOSS: Morezard Wizard HP: 240 Just fight it like a random encounter for it's absolutely no more difficult that the encounters you've been facing. One Solar Heat move with a decent weapon is enough to completely take out the Wizard, and I suggest doing this because that Lunar Gauge fills up in a hurry. The lizards the wizard has around him are probably tougher than the man himself - they can actually take some hits (but not really). After the battle watch the show. Right across from the Aquas gate is the Polarus Gate, a chest with a Heal Book lies on its inside. If you want, you can try to sift through a bunch of skull heads to find a chest in a corner of a room further down this hallway with a Wolf Slayer in a chest. I recommend trying for it - it's a pretty awesome weapon even if you're not going to be using it for quite some time. Go down the steps just behind the Polarus-gate opened door. E. New Moon Floor Step on the emblem in the middle of the room to open the gate in front of you. There's likely to be an enemy encounter in the first room beyond the gate. Moving clockwise along the path will end you to a room where a treasure chest is in a corner - a Freedom Medal - a pretty great Level 20 Necklace. You're likely to run into a battle with Evil Eggs, a durable and powerful enemy while getting it. Don't be afraid to Run from this one. You've already seen the most of this floor, so walk counterclockwise to the entrance out of here. You'll be interrupted by a scene when you first get out. Walk back to Jade. Another scene will halt your progress when you reach the gates of Jade. F. Jade There's some new stuff in the equipment shops now: Weapons Dealer Great Sword - 9000 - A heavy sword used by imperial guards (Equip Lvl: 30, ATK: 60) - Sword Zarkan Katar - 8500 - A battle glove made from Zarkan techniques (Equip Lvl: 50, ATK: 55) - Glove Wood Staff - 300 - A wooden staff that can be used for clobbering (Equip Lvl: 1, ATK: 4) - Staff Halo Staff - 650 - A wooden staff with a metallic orb (Equip Lvl: 5, ATK: 9) - Staff Magician's Staff - 1250 - A staff with a magic orb (Equip Lvl: 10, ATK: 16) - Staff Mage Cane - 2000 - A wooden cane used by veteran healers (Equip Lvl: 15, ATK: 25) - Staff Warlock's Staff - 5000 - A luxury staff with a metal orb (Equip Lvl: 20, ATK: 34) - Staff Sorcerer's Staff - 8300 - A hard wooden staff used by veteran healers (Equip Lvl: 30, ATK: 50) - Staff Equipment Vendor Metal Stud - 4000 - Made from Moon Fitting and Metal Orb (Equip Lvl: 30, DEF: 24, INT: 7) Metal Medallion - 4100 - Medal made from Moon Chain and Metal Orb (Equip Lvl: 30, DEF: 30, LGC: 7) Metal Armlet - 4300 - Made from Medal orb and Steel Bowstring (Equip Lvl: 30, DEF: 30, PWR: 7) Metal Ring - 4300 - Made from Metal Orb and Moon Inlay (Equip Lvl: 30, DEF: 24, DEX: 7) Metal Girdle - 5000 - Made from Metal Orb and Moon Buckle (Equip Lvl: 30, DEF: 34, AGL: 7) Metal Ankle - 4300 - Made from metal Orb and Steel String (Equip Lvl: 30, DEF: 25, AGL: 7) Go ahead and pick up whatever equipment the new character might need in preparation for the next section. Now you can accept Adventurer's Proof 2 from the man in the weapon vendor in Jade. Upon acceptation, there should be a Morezard in the Owl's Hideout portion of the Spena Forest. Fight it (like you would an encounter), beat it and bring the Dragon Blade back to this man. By now, you should also have 3 Mid Potions, or at least the items with which to make them. Go to the Inn, right by the entrance is Brogess. Accept his Mission, select him and use 3 Mid Potions on him to complete Side Mission - Request 2. Note that in certain areas of Spena Forest (like Fairies Clearing for one), enemies will have become much stronger (Miracle Orb, Bush Python, Skull Head, Coyote to name a few), although still nothing you are unable to handle (the Skull Heads are quite tough to handle at this point in the game, though). Head over to the Gallema Desert (Dark path, far south to Owl's Hideout, to Double Bridge, to the Desert). V. Gallema Desert (Enemies: Storm Elemental, Winged Beast, Cockatrice, Inferno Jar, Thief, Wonder Egg, Dragon Spawn, Lost Soul, Desert Python) NOTE: The Wonder Eggs are really the only enemy I remember after looking back at this section. With scant exception, encounters here can be bypassed if desired because of the wide open spaces that make timing your travels across the desert easier. A. Last Oasis There's a Revive Book in the Northwestern corner of the area. It's very likely you'll have to deal with an encounter in getting it. There is a Mana Staff in a chest tucked away in that suspicious-looking sand crevice close to the dead center of this map. In the far Southeast portion of the map, there's a chest with a Mid Toe Ring within. In the fat Southwest portion, there's a chest with 2 Mid Potions within. The passage leading to the next section is very near this chest. B. Overlord Cliff There's a chest in the far eastern-kinda northern point of the map with a Beast Katar - you'll likely have to meander your way through some narrow paths to get it. There is a treasure just to the west of the suspicious middle structure, a Poison Bracelet. In that structure is also a save point, but ignore otherwise. There a treasure chest in the crevice near the path to the sand dune, just north and east of it. It has two heal Scrolls. * Crafting - Steel Baghnakh + Beast Blood = War Bagnakh C. Sand Dune In the Northeasternmost spots of the map, there's a chest with an Angel Kiss inside. The far north point of this map is the Earth's Doorway, don't sweat this one now. There's a Blue Medallion tuckered away near the center of the map in the corner there. In the far southern section of this area, there's a chest with a Dark Potion within. This chest is near the pathway to the next area, Rem Village. D. Rem Village There's an Inn (with a Fire Belt in a chest in one of the rooms on the second floor, and another with a Peace Earring within), Weapon Vendor, Equipment Seller, Appraiser, the whole shot. You can get a side mission here right now upon speaking to Norton, the man near the Item store. Side Mission - Holy Oil. If/When you do this Mission, don't bother going to Jade. Instead head to the Rainbow Spring (I went to the part of the spring from Fairies Clearing just before Domerune Point). There's a large tree close to the passage near Domerune Point that should be sparkling near its roots. Examine to find what you're looking for this Mission. He'll give you an Earth Bracelet when you've completed this. Nephrem Mountain is just to the village's south, but I don't recommend even entering this place now. I do recommend heading back to the Overlord Cliff into the structure in the middle (the Full Moon Base). Make sure you have good equipment (~Level 20 armors, weapons you're confident in, ~30 Potions) and enter the structure in the middle, the Full Moon Base. Step on the Return Area in the middle there. E. Full Moon Floor (Enemies: Morezard Priest, Aqua Bit, Zom Bat, Liquid Force, Zephyr Elemental) Another Lunar Tower moment. Follow the path through the Zephyrus Gate and watch the show. Stay low for now - walk the path. You should see a Metal Necklace in a chest in a corner and a Paralyze Bow in the other. Keep following the pretty short path. There's another chest in another corner of a room right down a set of stairs, this one with a Hydro Belt inside. This room also has a Life Point within. Walk through the upcoming hallway and examine the Moon Gate for a brief scene. * Crafting - Saber + Beast Bone + Beast Fang = Claymore * Warlock's Staff + Beast Bone + Tranquilizer = Sleep Staff F. Half Moon Floor There's a chest in the corner of that first room there with a Wise Staff within - it's behind some pillars. You can go around and open up the path to the Dark Gate if you wish (and get that Wolf Sword you might have skipped out on earlier). Walk the path and take the first passage available on the west-central area of the Select map. G. New Moon Floor Walk to the entrance at the South Side of the area. When you get far enough, a scene will interrupt you. You can now walk back up to the Full Moon Floor and open the Moon Gate. H. Full Moon Floor Open the Moon Gate, but before doing so, make sure your HP is at or very near its max. Make sure you're confident in your equipment and stock. You can always retreat to a town and restock (although walking all the way there is a pain). When you're ready, open the gate, a scene will ensue and then a Boss fight follows. BOSS: Dread Knight HP: ~3000 What makes this guy truly deadly is his Luna abilities which either hit all characters for respectable damage or focus on one character for very high damage. Prevent him from using these by aggressively using Luna abilities of your own - his abilities don't cost all that much Luna points. Have Felis use Restoras I pretty much every round. Don't get greedy trying to get the best Lunability off - Heat Blade and Mighty Combo are great even if not the most powerful as they're often the difference between using a Lunability and Dread Knight using his. Really, there isn't much to this fight, and it's hard to lose if your HP is kept up (preferably by that said Restoras I) and keeping him from using Lunabilities. When the battle ends, watch the show. Pick up the Heal Book in the southwest corner of the room of these events, then walk on out. Of the Lunar Tower. Walk on out of the Lunar Tower, and return to Jade. I. Jade If you wish, there are a few new products for sale at the stores - take a gander. Weapons - Mythril Sword - 15000 - A slender magical sword (ATK: 80, Equip Lvl: 40) Dark Sword - 27000 - A dark blade forged by a skilled blacksmith (ATK: 100, Equip Lvl: 50) Mythril Baghnakh - 13500 - A battle glove with magical blades (ATK: 74, Equip Lvl: 40) Striker - 25000 - A glove for expert warriors only (ATK: 92, Equip Lvl: 50) Empathy Cane - 13000 - Staff made of Mold Wood using Melphin techniques (ATK: 65, Equip Lvl: 40) Divine Staff - 26000 - An expensive Empath Staff (ATK: 84, Equip Lvl: 50) Sniper Bow - 13500 - Designed specifically for snipping (ATK: 82, Equip Lvl: 40) Great Bow - 25000 - The most advanced Sniping Bow (ATK: 150, Equip Lvl: 50) Equipment Vendor - Lunar Earring - 6000 - Made from Silver Fitting and Magic Orb (Equip Lvl: 40, DEF: 32, INT: 8) Lunar Cuff - 8000 - Made from Gold Fitting and Magic Orb (Equip Lvl: 50, DEF: 40, INT: 9) Magician's Stud - 13000 - Made from Moon Fitting and Magic Orb (Equip Lvl: 60, DEF: 52, INT: 10) Lunar Choker - 6500 - Choker made from Magic Orb and Silver chain (Equip Lvl: 40, DEF: 32, LGC: 8) Lunar Necklace - 8500 - Necklace made from Gold Chain and Magic Orb (Equip Lvl: 50, DEF: 40, LGC: 9) Dark Medal - 13500 - Medal made from Moon Chain and Magic Orb (Equip Lvl: 60, DEF: 52, LGC: 10) Lunar Bracelet - 6700 - Bracelet made from Magic Orb and Heavy Bowstring (Equip Lvl: 40, DEF: 40, PWR: 8) Lunar Bangle - 8800 - Made from Magic Orb and Silk Bowstring (Equip Lvl: 50, DEF: 50, PWR: 9) Lunar Armlet - 14000 - Made from Magic Orb and Steel Bowstring (Equip Lvl: 60, DEF: 60, PWR: 10) Lunar Ring - 6500 - Made from Magic Orb and Silver Inlay (Equip Lvl: 40, DEF: 32, DEX: 8) Darknight Ring - 8500 - Made from Magic Orb and Gold Inlay (Equip Lvl: 50, DEF: 40, DEX: 9) Dark Moon Ring - 13500 - Made from Magic Orb and Moon Inlay (Equip Lvl: 60, DEF: 52, DEX: 10) Dark Moon Belt - 7500 - Made from Magic Orb and Silver Buckle (Equip Lvl: 40, DEF: 45, ENR: 8) Lunar Belt - 12000 - Made from Magic Orb and Silver Buckle (Equip Lvl: 50, DEF: 55, ENR: 9) Lunar Girdle - 16000 - Made from Magic Orb and Moon Buckle (Equip Lvl: 60, DEF: 65, ENR: 10) Lunar Ankle - 6450 - Made from Magic Orb and String (Equip Lvl: 40, DEF: 33, AGL: 8) Night Anklet - 8750 - Made from Magic Orb and Silk String (Equip Lvl: 50, DEF: 50, AGL: 9) Magic Anklet - 14500 - Made from Steel String and Magic Orb (Equip Lvl: 60, DEF: 60, AGL: 10) * Crafting - Battle Bow + Beast Blood + Beast Hide = Wolf Bow As is the case with recently-introduced equipment, it's not likely you'll be able to utilize the bulk of this equipment. You will, though, want to stock up whatever you need (think level 20 stuff and up at least, preferably 25) considering the events to come, especially for the new girl. But you're really here to head to the Palace Front from the north passage from the Plaza. From there walk north and speak to an Imperial Guard. Watch the scenes. Go ahead now and accept Adventurer's Proof 3 from the man in the weapon store, Crafting 3 from the man standing beside the weapon store, and Request 3 from the man standing very close to the entrance of the Inn. This is done in the Lunar Tower... You need to find three encounters, one on each of the three floors: New Moon Floor - northeast room, opposite of the tower's entrance; Full Moon Floor - the back of the floor; I forgot where the last one is, but I know they're near some pillars. You can complete Crafting 3 right now if you wish. Chances are pretty good you're carrying both items her already needs now - Moonbone Hilt and Steel Blade. If not, both items can be bought right now from the crafting broker in this very area of Jade. After this, it's off to Domerune Point. VI. World Phase II There are stronger enemies now populating every part of the overworld. Lumines Field - Most of the skulls here will still be blue, although the occasional Zephyr Snake, Morezard Captains, Killer Coyotes will get cocky. Generally speaking, most of the enemies here, like the thieves and knights, Lumines Pythons, Death Flowers will stay out of your way. With all this blue around, you might imagine these enemies are largely non-entities and there's little worth noting among them. Oh, a weaker enemy encounter can now morph into a stronger one, here morphing into a Zephyr Snake. Spena Forest - You'll find things like Cursed Snakes Morezard Magicians, Tarantulas, Deathgrips most of whom running. Enemies can morph into Death Wolves, they can hit. (Remember how to get to Domerune? Dark Path - its easternmost path, Ancient Ruins - it's South Path, and the rest is linear). Once you reach the Ancient Ruins, enemies start to get a little tougher, with Bats and Hellhounds and Morezard Champions attacking a little more aggressively. Most of the enemies will still attempt to avoid confrontation until they turn into Lunar Wolves. Enemies like Cold Skulls and Hammerhands don't make things any easier. Eventually you'll get to Domerune Point. Speak to the Imperial Guard standing beside the passage to Domerune to receive (and probably complete) the mission Domerune Patrol. A. Domerune Point Head to the upper level of the place near the area's weapon and accessory stores. The first person you see should be Scotch. Speak to him for a scene. Walk back down to the lower level and speak to the Appraiser in the northeast corner of the Plaza for another show. This will get to the Dragon Flute RCP. We can get one of the items, the King Snake Blood, right now. First we must head to the Gallema Desert. Before that, I recommend training until your guys are at Level 30, which shouldn't be too long, for this opens up many new weapon and armor possibilities. When you're ready, re-trace your steps to the Dark path, take the path furthest south and take the linear path to the Desert. B. Gallema Desert New, stronger enemies abound, although most will probably not hunt you down with great aggression. Gallema Pythons, Assassins, Wind Forces, Magma Jars, Cursed Corpses and others will generally stay the hell out of your way. Sometimes they may attack if in groups of four, but even then they're still quite passive. What you don't want to hear is the squeaking noise denoting an enemy transformation. When this happens, you'll either get a Silent Face or a Dead Face. I absolutely do not recommend fighting Dead Faces at this point. If you must fight a Silent, and this isn't something I recommend either, be ready to use all sorts of stat-boosting items and be ready for a long, grinding battle. At the Overlord Cliff area of the Desert, Check the middle area. At about the center of the area, perhaps slightly south and east, there should be a large snake waiting for you if you've accepted Adventurer's Proof 3 in Jade. Walk up to the Dune Serpent and fight it (ridiculously easy battle) and receive the King Snake Blood. Take this item back to the man in Jade to complete Adventurer's Proof 3 to receive a Burning Medal for your troubles. Or Continue following the path until you reach Rem Village once that is over. C. Rem Village Walk on through stocking up on what you need, resting if necessary. Go though the southern path out of town. The guard near Rem Village should have a new Side Mission for you. Use Mystical Fangs on him to complete. D. Nehprem Mountain (Enemies: Dire Wolf, Necroborg Warrior, Evil Fist, Blast Rock, Cursed Blade, Firedrake, Geo Elemental, Jaws of Evil) E. Dragon Cemetery Walk along the path, it is very straightforward. The first chest you encounter has a Guard Stud within. The next chest in the southwest portion of the area has a Revive Book in a chest slightly off the path. You can obtain the other two components of the King Snake Blood right now. There's an enemy that is the result of a morph, a War Dragon. Defeat it, while kind of a battle of attrition, is more beatable than a battle against the faces in the desert. War Dragons drop Mystical Bones and Mystical Fangs. Just don't let those War Dragons turn into Pyrosaurs or Wyvern Kings. You're not likely to be strong enough to comfortably battle either one of these enemies. F. Dragon Waterfall Another very straightforward path. The first circled platform space has a treasure chest with 2 Mid Potions within. An Angel Kiss is on that third circular platform area. Note that these paths are especially narrow and the circular areas are quite densely populated with skull heads. This means quick and easy enemy merging and morphing. This also means that as they merge, you have an extra couple of seconds to make a break for it. G. Volcano Valley This place has less enemies, but some enemies lurk nonetheless. There are two chests here including a Fairy Cane. Be fully healed and respectably equipped and stocked. The Remains are located at the southwestern part of this area. Select them and use the Dragon Flute. BOSS: Syphlen HP: ~3000 Syphlen's attacks aren't particularly strong and his defenses aren't particularly strong either, so you can go at him with your multi-attack Lunabilities at your pleasure. His attack power is roughly equal to that of a War Dragon, so as long as you're using Restoras regularly you shouldn't have to worry. If you see Syphlen begin to ready his Lunability, Mystic Breath, hit him over and over like you always do whenever enemies need to be put back in their place. Again, my preference is to aggressively use Lunabilities to prevent him from even starting to get off Mystic Breath. After that's done, watch the show. Head back to the Lunar Tower. You can now enter thruogh the portals stationed across the land. Don't be stupid and just enter the one in the Full Moon Base in the Gallema Desert. It's a pretty short walk and it's pretty close to where you need to be in the Tower. * Crafting - Zarkan Katar + Monster Bone + Monster Fang = Fury Bite Monster Bone + Para Potion + War Bow = Freeze Bow Great Sword + Monster Bone + Monster Fang = Barbarian Sword H. Lunar Tower (Enemies: Unholy bat, Morezard Bishop, Wind Bit, Aqua Force, Aqua Jar, Death Egg, Morezard Hunter, Quake Jar) Enemies' Skulls are no longer predominately blue and will pretty much all be attacking aggressively. They can also merge and morph into other, bigger, meaner enemies, none of whom I recommend fighting now. Chances are non- terrible that you'll have to deal with a big ol' Mystic Lizard right out of the Full Moon Base. You should charge right out of the gate as there are two skull heads close to each other and you. Charge them and keep them from morphing. Anyway, walk though the place the same way you did to fight the Black Knight. Step on that obvious-looking circle in the center of that one room and watch the show. When you next gain control, there is little else you can do besides go forward and watch another show, and prepare for a boss fight. BOSS: Kanga HP: ~3000 First of all, you'll want to rid yourself of the guards around him, a Mage and a Warrior, they're just annoying. He has quite high defense, so stick with strong, single-strike Lunabilities. He also hits quite hard at 100-150 damage per hit, he also has Lunabilities of his own but tends to be pretty conservative with them. Kanga can be paralyzed and poisoned, so that's good. Again, hog the Luna meter and keep your HP up and have good equipment. It's not that hard. Watch the show when you win the battle. There's a Freezing Bow right there just to the right of the big ol' rock in a chest. Exit the roof the same way you entered. In a nearby room, there's a portal that will take you to the Full Moon Floor of the Lunar Tower as well as any of the three towns we've visited. Now your days of wandering the fields are over. Head on over to Nephram Mountain now. I. Side Quests The purpose of this section is to get your levels to about 40 as this opens up a world of fresh new equipment for you. Plus, enemies are getting tougher. If you'd rather not do this, and I can understand, I suggest trying your skills with encounters in the Lunar Tower. Request 4 - Warp to Domerune, speak to Juan by the Inn, Warp to Jade, walk toward the palace, give the letter to one of the palace guards, Warp back to Jade, speak to Juan, done. Charm of Courage - Warp to Rem. Speak to Marianne by the lake, Warp to Domerune, walk around the Fairies Clearing via the Ancient Ruins to the other side of the Fairies Clearing. Find a fairy waiting along a western wall. Beat the enemies before you. Warp back to Rem and give the glasses to Marianne, watch the show. Done. Late Husband - Warp to Jade and walk to the Residential area. Enter a house in the south part of the are and speak with Catalina. Warp to Rem and enter the desert. Enter the Sand Dune area, first one outta Rem. Your enemy is very close to the dead center of the map. Confront him, beat him to death, warp back to Rem and use Flynn's Knife on her. Done. Request 5 - Warp to Domerune. Speak to Sonya, she stands by the Inn. Trek about six screens to the Owl's Hideout. Find a logger along the southern borders of the area. Use Sonya's lunch on him. Walk back to Domerune and Speak to Sonya. Done. What, that's all I get? Should've done it earlier. Well I had enough. How are the levels looking? 38, 39? Good enough. Time to move on. it's likely to be kind of a Long time before you see another store, so I recommend you have two spare weapons instead of the usual one. J. Nephrem Mountain (Enemies: Terra Wolf, Geo Force, Wind Core, Eruption, Death Orb, Wind Core, Poison Fang, Death Blade, Necrobug Hunter, Necro Fist, Wind Core) (NOTE: Terra Wolves are quite fast and it might be difficult getting some Lunabilities off against them... the Geo Forces can paralysis-enducing powers and the Eruptions poison-causing ones) K. Dragon Cemetery Encounters start pretty far apart, so you can heal up after every battle. L. Dragon Waterfall Here, enemies are closer together. Hopefully they won't get all morpy on you. M. Volcano Valley Walk through this place as well, this time going through the southeast passage out. There should be an Earth Choker in the chest on the way if you haven't already picked it up. Approach the door for a scene. I suppose it's time to start a new count. VII. Beyond the Second World Phase A. Forgotten Prison - Top Floor (Enemies: Grave Hunter, Armored Berserk, Dark Ninja, Jail Spider, Morezard Wizard, Night Helm, Elemental Seeker) (NOTE: Enemies merge to form Necro Giants, an enemy I actually recommend fighting should you be confronted with such a situation in respectable health. Just watch the hell out for its Swing Attack. If you're interested in doing as many side Missions as possible, I recommend fighting every Elemental Seeker you can find.) First get the Water Necklace in the chest in this first room. Then head to the room furthest southwest in the area. There's a Life Point here as well as a Goddess Kiss within a chest. Step on the Magic Circle in this room and proceed fourth. The Iron Bars due west of the path from Volcano Valley are now movable, so examine them and proceed through. Proceed though the path of stairs and stuff. Soon you'll find a chest with an Exorcist Belt within. Continue down the path (probably fighting off an encounter on the way). Look and the Old Device, pull the switch and memorize the pattern (try to memorize colors, not places). Do not leave the area in between the time you first receive this combination and the time you return to the first room where the crest switches are. Then proceed to the southeastern part of the area, the part that was previously covered in lava. In the far southeastern part of the area, there's a Magic Circle, but don't step on it before you speak to the man in the room. I actually recommend turning around, and at least saving your game, if not turning all the way around and perhaps looking into the sidequest chances you've just been given. Anywho, after you step on that Magic Circle, the passage out in the southwest become an option. So go there. B. Spiral Staircase Walk the path. Eventually, you'll stumble upon a Storm Ring within a chest. Slightly further along the path, a scene awaits. Finish walking the path. C. Center Floor You can get the Illusion Bangle from where you stand upon entry to the area. Walk the path, and eventually a Ghost Woman will be standing there. Speak to her and get the Lantern that drops beside you. Continue walking the path and take the northern path when it forks. Heal up and use the Lantern on the flashing pile below. You will fight a Saddened Soul. It can be paralyzed, so I advise doing that. Its defenses can also be Wilted, so I also advise doing that. His attacks can Paralyze, so watch out for that. Just keep whacking away (he has no Lunabilities that I know of). Return the ring that is dropped to the Ghost Woman for a 10 Point increase in the Lunar Gauge. When that's finished, keep going along the path collecting the 2 Potions and Steel Heart Ring along the way bypassing the crests for the time being. Step on the Magic Circle in kind of the eastern portion of the select map. Walk down to the Iron Bars that once blocked your path, they are at the southeast part of the Select map. * Crafting - Monster Blood + Monster Fang + Mithril Sword = Brave Sword Check out the Old Device in the Middle section, south end of the Select map. Memorize the pattern (mine was Blue, Yellow, Red in that order). Retrace your steps around to the Crests we surpassed earlier and input that pattern here. Activate that one and trudge down to the northwestern section that was blocked earlier. Walk the path, Take the Poison Anklet from the chest and activate the Magic Circle. Walk to the southeast part of the area, move the bars and to the next area. D. Spiral Staircase This is a different one, but still the same. Walk down the path far enough here and prepare for a boss fight... BOSS: Valen HP: ~3800 You can freeze, wilt and charm him. Hilariously easy fight if you have one of the Level 40 bows that do this or the Fairy Staff. After the fight, watch a show, then collect the Holy Water Book in a chest in the Northwest part of the room, then the Elixir in another chest just behind the pillar. Go east through the passage to move on. E. Necro Factory Walk along the path, there is a Heal Book in the southwest corner of the good-sized rectangular room there. There's an Earth Bangle along the Southern wall of the circular room. There's a whole mess of enemies in this circular room, by the way, so watch out for them. Hopefully, they'll have a morphing party giving you ample to make it to the next area alive. F. Necro Factory II First take the north path and walk along until you can a pathway going south. Take it and walk along it leading you to a magic circle somewhere in the middle of the room. Then walk toward the passage to the first Necro Factory until you reach the fork, this time take the path that goes south. This will lead you to another Magic Circle, step on it and watch the platform go down. Re-enter that path and go all the way around to the northeast and around to the southwest area of the section. Walk up using the Life Point and taking the passage in the southwesternmost area of the room out. G. Spiral Staircase Walk along, when you get to the end, watch the show and prepare for a battle. BOSS: Shadow Warriors HP: ~1000 each These guys are probably a little statistically stronger than your guys and likely with the same Lunabilities. Once again, aggressively hog the Lunameter having the woman use Restoras I every time. Focus attacks on one character at a time as they're all pretty strong. After the battle, watch the show and take the two chests, Toxic Earring and \ Revive Book. You're going to have to walk out of the place now, so get to it. Okay, you can if you wish just head on over to Vemos Island as suggested by the scene. If you really want to try this, warp to Domerune Point and take the ferry to Venmos. Personally, I'd do a few side quests first. If nothing else, do the ones requiring the Heaven Seal and the Earth Seal - these two alone should probably give you enough extra training to complete the game. * Crafting - Glory Katar = Mithril Baghnakh + Monster Fang VIII. Side Extravaganza First, because we're probably right here in Rem Village, speak to Smith for some information about elemental cores. You can also now buy information from Cliff who stands close to the save point here. First let's tackle those cores because those are the only ones I truly recommend doing. But in doing another one of the side quests, one you've probably already accepted you can pretty much finish the elemental cores mission. A. Inheritance Chances are good if you're reading this, this one's already in your list of Missions, so we might as well knock this one off. It's moderately amusing. Warp to Jade and walk your way thruogh the city and Lumines Field until you reach the very end, Dragon's Lake, near the save point there. On the way there, you can fight the guardian of the Wind Core if you haven't already done it. Use the Heaven's Seal on the Heaven's Doorway to initiate a boss fight... BOSS: Chrome Dragon HP: ~5000 I've only seen one Lunability out of this guy - Tornado Breath - but it is quite strong dealing ~250 HP across the whole party. His regular attack is about half as strong. Once again, best way to victory is to Wilt his defenses, hog the Lunameter and keep your HP up. Next get to the Gallema Desert either by warping or walking. I recommend the latter because this way gets you a Life and in Spena (a quick detour to Spena's Ancient Lake can enable you a fight with the Tidal Guardian, the Wind Core boss) and you cross paths with the guardian of the Earth Core, Tremor Guardian. Walk to the Earth's Doorway located at the far north of the Sand Dune area of the desert. Use the Earth's Seal on the Doorway and fight... BOSS: Roadhound HP: ~5000, maybe a little less He's a quick one, so Wilt him and hog the Lunameter like crazy. Other than improved speed, Roadhound's not as tough of an opponent as the Chrome Dragon. Make your way through Rem, Nephrem Mountain and the Forgotten Prison back to Gessai (perhaps taking down the Torrid Guardian in the Volcano Valley along the way) in the southeastern corner of the Top Floor. BOSS: Lunamaster HP: 4500 Again, pretty fast, but not fast enough to use Lunabilities. He only has one, Eternal Gate, but it seems to be easy enough to pound out of him. His regular attack doesn't seem to be as strong as that of the other bosses in this section, and that's a plus. Walk on out of the place with the rewards when you're done. B. Elemental Cores Okay, in doing this, you should need no other swords for the rest of the regular game. First, speak to Smith near the well in Rem Village. He'll give you a Moon Hilt and tell you stuff about Elemental Cores. If you haven't found them already, the elemental cores are being guarded by four dragons scattered about the overworld. If you completed the Inheritance Mission, you probably already have at least two, maybe three or even four of the cores obtained. They're located in the following places: Wind Core - Lumines Field, Main Gate Water Core - Spena Forest, Ancient Lake Earth Core - Gallema Desert, Last Oasis Fire Core - Nephrem Mountain, Volcano Valley All you need is one to make the sword, and if you only get one, I recommend getting the Fire Core. The sword itself will have an elemental property given to it by the core fused to it. To make the sword, combine the Dancing Blade, the Moon Hilt and any single core you like. The result, regardless of the element will be a weapon equal to the Dark Sword in power (gets the job done, but could be better), but very endurance (won't break for reasonable people) and gives very good statistical bonuses all around. After this, I recommend skipping down to IX. Really. Okay, these next four sidequests require 5 Soul of that respective element, if you don't have them, you can hunt down Elemental Seekers in the Forgotten Prison. Or better yet, screw it. C. Forest Ruins You'll need five Water Souls to do this one. You're probably still in Rem after that Core-related excursion, so speak to Gary near the save point in town and give him 5 Water Souls. Warp to Domerune and walk south to the Fairies' Clearing. Along the path in the water to the east, you should see a sparkling spot on which you should use the Fairy Axe. Toss it in and fight the Dark Fairy. Dark Fairy hits pretty hard and has pretty high defense, but nothing you can't Wilt down. The Lunameter is all yours, so use it as however you wish. D. Mountain Ruins I recommend skipping this one. It's a pain in the ass. Give Gary 5 Wind Souls and listen to wait he has to say. Walk over to the Dragon Waterfall of the Nephrem Mountain. When you get to the Old Ornaments, use the Requiem Flower on it. This is more difficult than it should be because the various weaker enemies are very close to each other here and quickly fuse into various aggressive Dragons who will touch you in the time it takes to select the Old stuff, file through the various menus and select the Requiem Flower, enemies might have followed and fused and attacked you. Fight the Prince of Darkness who appears, absolutely weaker than the various Dragon you probably fought to get a chance to fight this guy. E. Desert Ruins Give Gary 5 Earth Souls and walk to the southwestern corner of the Overlord Cliff area of the Gallema Desert. Watch the show and prepare for a battle with Greed Rock. High defense, pretty slow earth thing. Beat the not out of it as usual, collect the spoils and move on. While we're here, tough... F. Master Goken Head to the Full Moon Base in the Gallema Desert (Overlord Cliff area). Speak to the man within. Fight Master Goken. He's not too hard and just beat him like any other. He sometimes inflict berserk with his attacks, but I wouldn't sweat that. G. Ornamental Beast Warp to Domerune and make it to the Docks area. Along the way, you'll want to make sure you have 10 Metal Orbs, and you can buy some from any Crafting Broker including one at Domerune's Plaza now). Speak to Rosette, she stands on the far eastern dock of the Select map. Talk to her, hear her out and give her 10 Metal Orbs. H. Request 6 Speak to Benton near the Inn if you've completed the other five request missions and accept the mission. Warp to Rem and wait until night. Enter Nephrem Mountain and find the Nephrem Thieves, one very close to the entrance and closer to the Lighbra Gate. The other would be standing in virtually the same spot, but closer the passage to Dragon Waterfall than the Rem Village and the final one is standing on basically the point farthest south on the Select map. Approach and defeat the bandits (real easy at this point in the game) and warp back to Domerune. Give him the three items and one by one to finish the mission. I. Hopeless Affliction Visit Batten in the Docks of Domerune, near the center of the area. Hear him out and give him a Mystical Hide when he's finished. If you don't have one, find one from pretty much any Dragon as he suggests. J. Sleepless Man Speak to Emeril standing on the southern portions of the Docks of Domerune. Then jet on over to Rem on find Dr. Boza standing near the water in the east-central parts of the area. Give him Emeril's Letter (triggering a new mission - The Prescription). Enter Nephrem Mountain and beat the snot out of the Dark Bringer who waits near the center of the Volcano Valley. Getting the Eternal Claw back to the doc will complete The Prescription. Brining the actual remedy back to Emeril in Domerune will complete this Mission. K. Private Journal Speak with Jeff, also along the docks of Domerune in that southern space there. Speak with Nathaniel and then Jessica while leaving the area. This triggers another mission - Thieves Request. Leave town and move one area south to Fairies Clearing to find the Bastard Dragon very close to the passage to the spring. Beat the Bastard Dragon (HP ~3000, a little tougher than those for previous missions). Bring the news to Jessica to complete her mission and bring the Private Journal back to Jeff to finish that mission. L. Helen's Day Near the entrance in Domerune, is Helen, speak to her. Give her some Fairy Milk. Various Fairies drop Fairy Milk, you should have some by now. Give it to her to complete the Mission. M. Aquaria's Portrait Before you're allowed to even accept this one, you must first accept another mission via a visit with Harry in a house in Jade's northwestern Residential area. Talk to him, then head back to Domerune and seek Pedro at the Docks. After speaking with him, head over to Nephrem Mountain and walk the Dragon Cemetery path about 2/3 of the way through. There should be a chest with some Lapis Lazuli in a chest in one of the corners there. Speak with Pedro to hand over the stone, speak with him again to pass some time and speak with him one more time to receive the portrait. This completes the Aquaria's Portrait Mission, but to complete the Remembrance Mission, bring the Portrait back to Harry at his residence in Jade. N. True Taste Speak with Coral in Jade along the west side of the Plaza. Then speak to Arnie at the Harbor to hear about the ingredient. Then go out to Lumines Field and seek the Vagabond Rogue in basically the southernmost point on the map. Beat their asses (HP: ~500 each) and take the Wheat back to Carol in Jade. O. Experimental Materials I recommend bypassing this one. I found it highly annoying. Speak with Ward at night, he hangs around the southern areas of the Residential zones of Jade. Jump on over to the Half Moon Floor of the Lunar Tower, and in the southwesternmost point of the room, the Abyss Knight awaits. Defeat him and take the lens back to Ward. Then bring it to the Oasis in the Gallema Desert during the daytime. Mosey over to the Last Oasis area and select the option to drop the Magic Lens into the Oasis to turn it into the Light Lens. Bring it back to Ward to claim your reward. Well that's all I got for the time being. I'm sure there are certainly other missions to be found, and perhaps some day I will find them. But this should suffice for the time being. IX. Endgame A. Domerune Port Make you way to Domerune. Buy 99 Potions, make sure you have at least two full weapons for everybody (except possibly for those who have near-infinite use weapons). Stay at the Inn. Buy accessories (think Level 40 stuff or higher for all, at least). When you think you're finished preparing, head over to the far eastern passage out of the Plaza to the Docks. Walk through the area and speak to the man near the save point. Answer in the affirmative and watch the show. B. Vemos Island - Dark Stairs (Enemies - Ghoul Head, Lunar Python, Berserk Bones, Death Bloom, Grave Grip, Bloodspawn, Pyro Elemental, King Rock... Most should be very blue, but they fuse into Necros Skulls - not very strong, but they have an annoying silence attribute with their attacks; Grave Grips are also kind of a hassle with their paralyzing/freezing attributes) Walk the path fighting the battles as you see fit. C. Dark Citadel No enemies or anything else to see here. Just walk up to the gate and watch the show. D. First Fire Floor There are two Large Potions in a chest very close to the entrance and a Holy Water Book along the outer western edge. For now, just pass through the southern way out. In that next room, just fall straight down. You'll find yourself in the place's underground, so just walk north and east past the operable iron bars up the stairs. You should find yourself in the middle of the Fire Floor. Heal up, and speak to the ugly thing in the middle. BOSS: Pyro Guard HP: 3700 The guard can throw fire at you, increase its attack power and restore its health. Don't let it do any of these things by hogging the Lunameter. As always, Wilt the defenses away and hammer away like nothing. Collect the Dark Evidence when you beat the Pyro Guard and collect the Storm Medal from the chest in the northwestern corner of this inner area. Head back to the outer area of the room and to through the southern passage to the other room of the Fire Floor. In here here's also a Save Point and Moonstone Shard. Now walk to the middle area there. E. Earth Floor Just to the northwest of the portal to the Fire Floor, there's a chest with a Protect Ring inside. Slightly to its northwest is a chest with an Ancient Bow inside. In the apparent dead-end to the northwesternmost point in the room, is an Earth Key, get it. Then head back along the southern path and unlock the Iron Bar gate, use the Earth Key on it. As you come down the stairs there, there's a suspicious hallway with a Revive Tome within. Walk through the northeastern passage out to the next part of the Earth Floor. There's a Sacred Earring in a chest in the far northern areas of the room just next to the orange stuff on the Select Map. In the southwestern corner, a Frost Ankle. There is a set of stairs in the south-central part of the room, climb up them, make your way around the upper area of the room, climb down, a prepared to face... BOSS: Terra Guard HP: 4000 Just fight it like you would any other major battle. The chest close to the Terra Guard has a Heal Book inside. Climb back up the stairs and collect the previously untouchable Gate Key from the chest. Walk back down and take the passage to the south out of here to there outer wall. F. Outer Wall (NOTE: Now enemies are going to be fusing into Bone Guardians) Because this is so narrow, you'll likely have to face a couple Bone Guardians before proceeding. Walk the path, there's a Skill Book near the gate at the end of the path in a chest. Use the Gate Key on the door and proceed through, perhaps collecting the Ashura Katar in the chest close to the portal out of here before stepping on it. Walk the paths and step on the other portal to the Wind Floor. G. Wind Floor (Enemies: Necroguardian, Dark Hand, Dark Helm) The chest slightly to the southwest of the portal to the Earth Floor has a Psyche Book within. The chest a bit to its northeast has a Heal Bible in it. Walk along the path until you reach the western pathway to the next Wind Floor section. When here, first follow the path straight until you're at an intersection at roughly the south-central part of the room. Take this path north to find a Goddess Kiss in a chest. Next, follow the path to the north- western corner of the room. As you go north near the dead center of the Select map, there's a Wisdom Cane in a chest. Enter the passage to the northwest to proceed. In the next floor, preferably take the western route around because that way leads to a Logic Book in a chest. Enter the middle area, perhaps collecting the Cure Girdle in the northeastern corner of it, and also using the Life Point within it, and use the Old Device. Now go back to the first room of the Wind Floor and find the set of Three Crests (they're very close to the path to the second room of the Wind Floor) and step on the crests accordingly. Follow the newly created path very close to where you're standing to reach... BOSS: Zephyr Guardian HP: 3500 Zephyr Guardian moves quickly and uses the Lunameter aggressively. So you move just as fast and make even more liberal use of the Lunameter. Other than that, just fight it as you would any other enemy of this stature. After that's out of the way, get the Wind Key in the chest behind him, then get an Angel Kiss in the chest in the southeast corner of this room. Take the key to the southwest corner of the second room of the Wind Floor and use it on the gate you see there. H. Outer Wall No enemies here, just two chests: Black Blade and Holy Water Book. I. Water Floor First follow the elevated path. There's a passage along this elevated path along the south side of the room to the next Water Floor. Take this path for two chests: Seal Key (a key item) and a Revive Tome way down at the south side of the elevated path. Return to the first room of the Water Floor. Remaining elevated, walk toward the northeastern part of the area of the Select map. Fall down the gaseous part to find a chest with a Logic book within. While here, meander around so you are just to the west of the big orange rectangle on the Select map. Here you should find the Pain Gate - open it. Making your way westward should lead to a chest with an Energy Book inside. Continue in this direction, toward the corner to do battle with... BOSS: Aqua Guard HP: 4500 He can poison your guys, and as you might expect, he can also throw water. He also uses the Lunameter very aggressively, so don't hesitate when using abilities. After that, walk toward the southern passage to the next Water Floor, this time on the ground. Walk the path, perhaps collecting the Psyche Book in a corner near the center space of the Select map. Walking this path eventually leads you to the Seal Gate, use the Seal Key on it (there's a chest near it with Holy Water inside). Just on the other side of this gate are two chests: Two Elixirs and Demon Evidence, the latter being a key item. Now walk back to the first Water Floor and up to the elevated path. Walk up to the northeast area that had a foggy surface. Walk over the fog and take the western path. Grab the Water Key from the chest at the end of at. Now walk to the lower part of the area again this time curling around to the northwestern part of the room. Open the door with the Water Key. There's a Heal Tome in a chest in one of the corners there as well as a Save Pont. Step on the middle circle when ready. J. Roof Gee, I wonder what's gonna happen here. Walk forward a few steps and watch a show. BOSS: Dread Knight HP: 5000 Not actually as tough as you might think. The regular negative status ailments (paralyze, charm, and so on) don't work, but he can be wilted. Annoying thing about this guy is that he dodges quite well. So what can't be dodged? Lunabilities. His strong physical attacks (~120 on my guys, over 300 if critical which happens quite often) fill up the Lunameter just enough for your guys to work it down. And you better do so because his Lunabilities are, as is per usual with major boss battles (or any enemy at all for that matter), the main concern of the battle. So pound away at him with Blast Blade-Final Combo/Feet of Fury and Restoras and you should win no problem. After the battle, watch the show. Then prepare for another battle. BOSS: Dark Lord HP: 8000 Once again, not as tough as you may imagine. Or maybe you don't imagine it to be too terribly tough. Anywho, You'll be fighting this battle with just those three characters, so there will be no Wilting. Not like that's a terribly essential skill here, just something that would shorten the fight. Basically, the Dark Lord everything the Dread Knight is, but moreso. Higher stats all around (this means more attack evasion), higher resistance to effects, higher attack and more critical hits. Nothing you can't handle. Once again, his Lunabilities are your main concern here. X. Multiplayer Uh, yeah, that.