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                   FAQ/Walkthrough for Star Ocean: Second Evolution
                              for Playstation Portable
                                  Region: NTSC/PAL
    
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    FAQ/Walkthrough made by Damage_dealer (Igor Sheludko)
    E-mail: damagedealer@ukr.net
    Version 0.75
    This entire document is (C) 2008-2009 Igor Sheludko.
    All trademarks are property of their respective owners. No section of 
    this guide can be used without my permission. This includes, but is not 
    limited to posting on your website, making links to my guide, including 
    parts of my guide in your own, or making reference to any material 
    contained within. Only GameFAQs has permission to post this guide.
    
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    I. BEGINNING & BASICS
      IA. STORY INTRODUCTION
      IB. MAIN CHARACTERS
      IC. PRIVATE ACTIONS
      ID. BATTLE SYSTEM BASICS
      IE. CONTROLS
    II. WALKTHROUGH
      IIA. CLAUDE WALKTHROUGH
      IIB. RENA WALKTHROUGH
    III. SIDE-QUESTS, SECRETS AND POST-GAME STUFF
    IV. ITEM LIST
    V. EQUIPMENT LIST
    VI. SHOP LIST
    VII. SKILL SYSTEM, SPECIALTIES AND ITEM CREATION
    VIII. SPECIAL ARTS/SYMBOLOGY
    IX. RECRUITMENT GUIDE
    X. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
    XI. VERSION HISTORY
    XII. CREDITS
    XIII. CONTACT INFO
    
    Use Ctrl+F feature for easier navigation.
    
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    I.                          BEGINNING & BASICS
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    Following the exploits of humankindís journey across the stars, the STAR OCEAN
    saga comes to life in the completely remastered STAR OCEAN: Second Evolution,
    exclusively for the PSP system. Now with a revised game engine, an improved 
    battle system and fully voiced, all-new animated scenes displayed in 16:9 
    widescreen, players can experience their journey through the rich STAR OCEAN
    universe like never before.
    
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    IA.                         STORY INTRODUCTION
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    Space Date 366
    A young man transported by accident to an uncharted world during a survey 
    of an underdeveloped planet. The son of a hero, with much to prove, he 
    finds himself on the path to greatness.
    A young girl watches disasters befalling her worls and the arrival of a 
    mysterious meteorite. She waits for the arrival of a legendary hero. Child 
    with a good heart and the ability to use powerful magic, she waits for the 
    savior of her world.
    What twist of fate brought these two together?
    
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    IB.                          MAIN CHARACTERS
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    Claude C. Kenny
    Age: 19
    Height: 174 cm
    Weight: 68 kg
    Race: Human
    Type: Warrior
    Date of Birth: 1.23
    
    A Galactic Federation Junior Officer who has a hero for a father. At his 
    young age, he has already achieved the rank of ensign. However, due to 
    great expectations from his father, Admiral Ronyx J. Kenny, and the envy 
    from his peers, he is unable to believe in his abilities and is becoming 
    rebellious.
    Favorite Food : Steak
    
    Rena Lanford
    Age: 18
    Height: 161 cm
    Weight: 45 kg
    Race: Expelian
    Type: Symbologist
    Date of Birth: 5.13
    
    A young girl with healing powers whose origin is unknown. She lives in the 
    village of Arlia. However, due to her unusual appearance and the fact that 
    she possesses healing powers, she has suspicions regarding her birth.
    Favorite Food: Shortcake
    
    Celine Jules
    Age: 23
    Height: 167 cm
    Weight: 50 kg
    Race: Expelian
    Type: Symbologist
    Date of Birth: 9.18
    
    A princess symbologist who enjoys treasure hunting, she chooses money and 
    training over romance. She likes revealing clothes but her sense of style 
    is rather eccentric.
    Favorite Food: Baby Rabbit Risotto
    
    Ashton Anchors
    Age: 20
    Height: 180 cm
    Weight: 80 kg
    Race: Expelian
    Type: Warrior
    Date of Birth: 9.28
    
    A young swordsman whose innate cowardice brought him misfortune; as a 
    result, he became haunted by a double-headed dragon. Despite his humble 
    personality his sword skills are first class, and he fights using sword 
    arts that integrate symbology with his two swords.
    (Weight includes the double-headed dragon.)
    Favorite Food: Hamburger
    
    Dias Flac
    Age: 25
    Height: 192 cm
    Weight: 82 kg
    Race: Expelian
    Type: Warrior
    Date of Birth: 8.5
    
    He was a childhood friend of Rena, but a certain incident has left a deep 
    scar within him. Traveling in search of strenght, he became a vagrant sword 
    fighter. Cool-headed and unable to trust others , his skills as a swordsman 
    are considered to be the greatest.
    Favorite Food: Chicken Skewers
    
    Precis F. Neumann
    Age: 16
    Height: 155 cm
    Weight: 43 kg
    Race: Expelian
    Type: Warrior
    Date of Birth: 2.29
    
    A cheerful and perky expelian, descendent of the large dynasty of inventors 
    who a desire to travel and explore the world, finding new friends along the 
    way. She joins the party because of a little crush on Claude and a strong 
    will to journey through Expel.
    Favorite Food: Chocolate Crepe
    
    Opera Vectra
    Age: 23
    Height: 160 cm
    Weight: 50 kg
    Race: Tegragenesian
    Type: Warrior
    Date of Birth: 8.24
    
    A three-eyed woman who lands on Expel in search of her boyfriend, Ernest. 
    She has a strong personality which aids her in finding the one she loves - 
    that nasty archaeologist.
    Favorite Food: Apple Cider
    
    Bowman Jeane
    Age: 27
    Height: 175 cm
    Weight: 78 kg
    Race: Expelian
    Type: Warrior
    Date of Birth: 12.30
    
    Bowman is a pharmacist, a man of science. But, despite his calm appearance 
    sleeps a spirit of a true hero who is longing for a real life adventure. He 
    is also a friend of Keith, the translator, who lives near the university of 
    Linga.
    Favorite Food: Daikon Miso Soup
    
    Leon D.S. Gehste
    Age: 12
    Height: 135 cm
    Weight: 36 kg
    Race: Fellpool
    Type: Symbologist
    Date of Birth: 11.25
    
    This is a truly mysterious character, who is said to be a child prodigy, 
    who creates powerful weapons from rare materials. He works in the labs of 
    Lacour Castle, and eventually joins the party to find rare materials for 
    his weapon research.
    Favorite Food: Carrot Juice
    
    Noel Chandler
    Age: 24
    Height: 173 cm
    Weight: 74 kg
    Race: Nedian
    Type: Symbologist
    Date of Birth: 2.16
    
    Noel is from planet Nede, and he joins the party in the Cavern of the Red 
    Crystal on the journey to tame the last living Synard. He is fully opposite 
    to what Chisato is.
    Favorite Food: Big Tuna
    
    Chisato Madison
    Age: 22
    Height: 164 cm
    Weight: 52 kg
    Race: Nedian
    Type: Warrior
    Date of Birth: 10.22
    
    Chisato is a nosy female reporter who is said to have outstanding stealth 
    abilities, but it proves to be wrong after the team learns more about her. 
    Chisato joins the party in Nede itself, and decides to write a chronicle 
    about Claude's travels.
    
    Ernest Raviede
    Age: 35
    Height: 190 cm
    Weight: 90 kg
    Race: Tetragenesian
    Type: Warrior
    Date of Birth: 8.31
    
    An archaeologist from Tetragenes, boyfriend of Opera. He arrives at planet 
    Expel to do particular research, but eventually joins the party after Opera 
    convinces him to do so.
    Favorite Food: Hassaku Tea
    
    Welch Vineyard
    Age: 16
    Height: ???
    Weight: ???
    Race: It's a secret!
    Type: Warrior
    Date of Birth: ???
    
    A cheerful inventor girl, who enters planet Expel at unknown circumstances. 
    She is a clever chatter-box, and says that she runs an Inventor Guild at 
    some faraway planet, supposedly named Elicoor II.
    
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    IC.                            PRIVATE ACTIONS
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    Private Actions (PA)feature is a trademark of tri-Ace's Star Ocean series. 
    PAs are mini side stories starring certain characters.
    During PA sequences, the party splits up for a time, and the characters go 
    off individually. You control your main character alone, and special events 
    will occur, triggered by talikng to a certain character or going to a 
    certain location. PAs give you the chance to befriend certain characters to 
    recruit them into your party.
    Depending on where you are in the story, the PA may be very different. 
    Sometimes your characters split up and you can see the scenes between some 
    of them
    I advice you to try to explore this feature with differnt setups 
    of characters. The system of PA's is quite complex, so obviously more 
    than one playthrough is needed to trigger them all. Note that you can 
    complete the game without doing a single PA, but it will be your mistake, 
    as you'll miss out on so many things. I advice to do as much PA's as you 
    can.
    
    However, I will not include the contents of the PA's in this FAQ, as they 
    may contain huge spoilers. I will only mark some plot points where they 
    can be triggered. In the near future I am going to make a Private Action 
    FAQ of this game.
    
    (About Degrees of Feelings)
    How other characters feel about you is important. This Degree of Feelings 
    is affected by choices you make during Private Actions and the way you 
    treat your fellow team members. Another character's degree of feelings for 
    you will affect how they act towards you, how they assist you in battle, 
    and can even alter the ending of the game.
    
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    ID.                         BATTLE SYSTEM BASICS
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    SO:SE features a real-time combat system which will be familiar to SO2
    veterans. In battle, player can individually control any character in the 
    party. You can move characters around with the control 
    pad, and perform different types of attacks. Basic attacks are easy to 
    perform, and do damage with your equipped weapon. Multiple hits can 
    result in a combo. Basic attacks get the job done, but they are not the 
    strongest techniques which you can get. There are actually more advanced
    moves and skills out there to master.
    Another thing to take note of is a "Special Arts" feature. Special Arts 
    are powerful melee attacks that require MP to use. The more the certain 
    Special Art is used, the more powerful it becomes.
    Casting spells is done by symbologists and, like Special Art attacks, 
    these use up MP. However, spell-casting is timed, and can be easily 
    interrupted, so if you're controlling a magic user, be careful with 
    close enemies.
    A key to winning is having an organised group of characters with 
    properly set tactics. Strategy commands can be pre-set before any battle 
    starts, and also changed in the middle of the battle. All characters in
    the party fight according to the set strategy. Keep in mind that there 
    will be many different situations in the game which will require a whole 
    different strategy plan to use. Experimenting is the way to go.
    
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    IE.                            CONTROLS
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           L Button  -  Rotate Camera (while on World Map)
    
           R Button  -  Rotate Camera (while on World Map)
    
           D-pad     -  Move
     
           Thumbstick  -  Move
    
           Select    -  N/A
           
           Start     -  Switch Map (while on World Map)
     
           X Button  -  Confirm (Menu)/Examine/Hit (Battle)
    
           O Button  -  Back (Menu)/Change member (Battle)
          
           Square Button  -  Private Action (while on World Map)/Pickpocket
    
           Triangle Button  -  Menu/Battle Menu
           
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    II.                               WALKTHROUGH
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    IIA.                          CLAUDE WALKTHROUGH
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                                    SPOILER WARNING
          This walkthrough of Star Ocean: SE may contains some spoilers which 
         can ruin the game experience for you. I will try to cut their number 
              to minimum, although I'm not the one to blame if you see 
                     something you don't want to see (yet).
             Nevertheless, I will try to cut down the spoilers to minimum.
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    Space, the realm of infinite possibility.
    It has long inspired the dreams of
    billions. These dreams, countless in number, spread infinitely throughout 
    the universe...though some of these dreams are nightmares.
    
    A race of sentient being from Planet Lezonia discovered in Sector Gamma,
    declared war on the Terran Alliance, igniting the flames of ferocious warfare
    across the galaxy.
    
    S.D. 342. The battleship Calnus received a commendation for excellence in
    command for its victory in the battle against Lezonia.
    
    S.D. 346. The captain of the Calnus and his second-in-command successfully
    contained a mysterious virus outbreak on the underdeveloped frontier planet
    Roak. They were also able to prevent the tyrannical Jie Revorse's diabolical
    plan to conquer Earth.
    
    Thanks to his achievements, my father was promoted to admiral at the
    unprecedented young age of 38. I respected him more than anybody else in my
    life. I know that being a Federation officer is among the greatest accomplish-
    ments anyone can hope to achieve in this universe. But I am my own man. I'm no
    puppet; I'm not just the son of Admiral Ronyx J. Kenny, hero of the 
    Pangalactic Federation. So what am I doing here, of all places?
    
    S.D. 366. The gears of the universe continue to turn...
    
     - Ensign Claude C. Kenny
    
    And now the story begins...
    
    After watching the introduction scene in Milokeenia, you'll find yourself in
    the Sacred Forset of Arlia, trying to save some girl's life. Fight a pretty
    easy battle and get yourself familiar with the battle system. You'll jump to
    level 2 immediately :) Anyway, you have to go to the village of Arlia.
    
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    Arlia Village
    
    Recommended level: 2
    Items: Strawberry Jam, Blueberries, Rose Hip, Leather Armor, 200 Fol, 
    Blackberries, Resurrection Elixir
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    After the scene, go to NE house to find STRAWBERRY JAM. The north-westernmost
    house has BLUEBERRIES and ROSE HIP. Near the item shop you can find 3 chests
    with LEATHER ARMOR, 200 FOL, and a RESURRECTION ELIXIR. After exploring the
    town (talking with everyone) go to Rena's house. Scene follows. Wander around
    the room to wait for Rean to come. After a long scene go to Rena's house, 2nd
    floor to open the chest with BLACKBERRIES. Buy some Spectacle from the shop.
    Afterwards, exit the village via north exit.
    
    You'll be in the overworld map. A few words about it - you can save anywhere
    you want here, and sometimes use to level up. Now I'd suggest you to level up
    to at least level 5 here. The town of Salva is just north of Arlia.
    
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    Salva
    
    Recommended level: 5
    Items: Hefty Ring, Portrait B, Rena's Hairpin
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    Find a HEFTY RING between the two shops. Go to the mayor's house and open the
    chest on the 2nd floor to find PORTRAIT B. Explore the town a little bit, talk
    to everyone. Note that you can't go to the Salva Mines yet. Go back to Arlia.
    A scene follows. Return to Salva. Approach the mayor's house for another 
    scene. Enter Allen's mansion AKA mayor's house, go to the east room on the 1st
    floor to find RENA'S HAIRPIN. Touch the golden thingie in the NE corner to 
    open a secret passageway.
    
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    Salva Mines
    
    Recommended level: 5
    Items: Rose Hip, Blackberries, Iron, Spectacles, Blueberries, Gold, Gold
    Enemies: Lizard Axman, Kobold, Vorpal Bunny, Thieving Scum
    
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    After talking with a worker, save at the savepoint. Go north. Get ROSE HIP and
    BLACKBERRIES. Go norht for IRON. Keep on keeping on west, then go north to 
    save again. Do not go east yet, go west instead to find SPECTACLES, then
    return to the savepoint and go south a little and them west again for some
    BLUEBERRIES and GOLD. South and west again to the nest screen. Get GOLD from 
    the chest. Read the sign. This is where you'll be able to get a secret party
    member later in the game. Turn back for now and head to the savepoint. Save
    and finally head east.
    
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    BOSS: Allen Tucks
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    HP: 400 MP: 0
    Difficulty: Very Easy
    75 EXP, 300 Fol
    
    This boss is a joke. Just keep on mashing him while Rena heals you when needed
    and he'll go down in 20 seconds or less.
    
    Scene follows. You'll be back at the mayor's mansion. Back in Arlia, talk to
    the mayor before bedtime. After the scene go outside and to the left screem to
    find Rena standing on the bridge. After the scene, you can now go to Krosse.
    Private Actions also become available now. To reach Krosse City, go to Salva,
    and use the NW exit out of the town.
    
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    Krosse City
    
    Recommended level: 8
    Items: Wooden Shield, Leather Helmet, 500 Fol
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    First, go sleep at the inn. When the next day comes, go to Krosse West, to
    the Skill guild "Wisdom of Kings". This is the first skill guild you'll find
    in the game. Buy all the skill sets, they cost almost nothing. Afterwards, go
    to Krosse castle, which is to the north. At the castle, talk to the left 
    receptionist. Go downstirs to the armory to find WOODEN SHIELD and LEATHER 
    HELMET. Go to Prince's Chamber to find 500 FOL in the chest. Then talk to the
    soldiers at the 1st floor. Go north for a scene with the king of Krosse. You
    will get 600 Fol and a Travel Permit from him. Go back to the city. You'll 
    meet Celine at the plaza. After the scene, agree to go with her to the Krosse
    Cave (you can't decline her offer anyway). Celine will temporarily join you.
    You'll also get a Treasure Map key item. Your next destination is Krosse Cave,
    which is east of Krosse City.
    
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    Krosse Cave
    
    Recommended level: 8
    Items: Blueberries, Blackberries, Iron, Antidote, Artemis Leaf, Syrup,
    Lavender, ?Mineral, The Scream, Magic Canvas, ?Item, Antidote, Blackberries,
    Resurrection Mist, 600 Fol, Feather Pen, Lavender, Sweet Syrup, Stink Gel,
    Ancient Text, 700 Fol, Green Beryl, Walls of the Soul
    Enemies: Alraune, Armored Knight, Landworm, Slime
    
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    Go north to the next screen. Go west to get BLUEBERRIES. Return to the fork,
    go east and north. You'll come to a three-way fork here. First head strictly
    right to get BLACKBERRIES and IRON. Then return to the fork and go northeast.
    Nab ANTIDOTE from a chest. Go west two screens to get ARTEMIS LEAF and SYRUP.
    Return two screens right and go north into the hole. Get LAVENDER and ?MINERAL
    on your way. From here, go right, then right again to get THE SCREAM and MAGIC
    CANVAS. Back one screen, go left to get ?ITEM. Go west and south to get 
    ANTIDOTE and BLACKBERRIES. Return to the last fork and go south for three
    chests with RESURRECTION MIST, 600 FOL and FEATHER PEN. Go back to the fork
    where you found Lavender and ?Mineral. From here, take the path west all the
    way, grab another LAVENDER from a chest. From that place, go north and west to
    get SWEET SYRUP and STINK GEL. Back east, east again, east one more time to 
    reach a savepoint and a weird stone. A scene takes place. Save afterwards.
    Heal yourself and enter the passageway with a green light. You'll see five
    chests.  Open the leftmost one to find ANCIENT TEXT. Another scene. The other
    chests contain 700 FOL, GREEN BERYL, WALLS OF THE SOUL and the last (northern)
    one contains an enemy...
    
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    BOSS: Gargoyle x2
    =================
    
    HP: 1500 each MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    333 EXP, 1700 Fol
    
    With Celine's spells this boss is a joke. Keep hitting them with Claude, and
    have Celine casting her magic to quickly dispose of these little bastards.
    
    Return to the beginning of the dungeon. Here, you'll have an option to say
    goodbye to Celine or ask her to stay with you. The choice is yours. Anyway,
    our next destination is Kurik, which is pretty far away from where we are now.
    To get there, read the sign near the Krosse Cave to find out that Kurik lies
    north of Krosse. Follow the north road from that sign until you reach this
    port town.
    
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    Kurik
    
    Recommended level: 12
    Items: Lyre, Vegetables, Grains, Seafood
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    If you want to fight an uber-hard boss much much later in the game, do a PA in
    Kurik involving Philia. This Private Action MUST be done before the town is
    destroyed.
    Go to the mansion on the hill near the town's entance to get LYRE. Go to the
    western part of town. Enter the restaurant and open the chests for VEGETABLES,
    GRAINS, and SEAFOOD. Go to the dock on the south and talk to the ship captain.
    Scene follows. Go back north for another scene. Oops, out of money! Run around
    the town, visiting all areas until you find a boy in the eastern area near the
    weapon shop. After the scene, visit Ketil's house (near the entrance), the
    restaurant, the tailor shop and finally go speak with the kids playing at the
    dock for a scene. Talk to the ship captain, go north again. Dammit, the whole
    town is ruined. On the hill overlooking town, speak with the captain and go up
    to speak with Ketil. You'll get your Travel Permit back. Looks like now you
    have to go to Lacuer. But first we need to get to Marze. Marze is to the east
    of Krosse City.
    
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    Marze
    
    Recommended level: 12
    Items: Silk Robe, Sour Syrup, Purple Amulet, Silence Card
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    Go to Celine's house at the west side of the town, enter it and get a SILK 
    ROBE from a chest. Now, use the shops if you want and remember the place near
    the inn, where an old man is. You can pickpocket him (assuming you have Thief
    Gloves), and if your Pickpocketing specialty is at a high enough level, you
    can steal a Goodie Box from him. Goodie Box can rarely give you powerful items
    early in the game. Remember that you can buy Thief's Gloves at Hilton for a 
    whopping sum of 40000 Fol. But enough of that crap; go to the elder's house
    near the west entrance and witness a long scene. Rena will leave your party
    for a while. Return to the elder's house, and in the back room you'll find
    SOUR SYRUP, PURPLE AMULET, and a SILENCE CARD. When you're done, talk to the
    village elder and choose to rest. You'll get Mud Shoes eventually. It's time
    to enter the Forest of Symbols.
    
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    Forest of Symbols
    
    Recommended level: 12
    Items: ?Herb, Amber Robe, Smelling Salts, Illusion Doll, Mandrake
    Enemies: Witchette, Bugbear, Garuda Eagle, Robber Axman
    
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    Save beforehand. Go west at the intersection for a ?HERB. Go east thebn until
    you run into a fight with three bandits. It's easy, and gives a decent amount
    of EXP points. Keep following the only path, and you'll fight another group of
    bandits. When you'll come to an area covered with mud, equip the Mud Shoes to
    get past it. In this very area, turn north for an AMBER ROBE. Go back and
    continue left. Another group of bandits will ambush you. After taking care of
    them, go east for SMELLING SALTS. Go north and a little east for an ILLUSION
    DOLL. Then go north again. Take the east path to save. North again. On this
    screen, head east for MANDRAKE. Then go all the way west for a scene.
    
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    BOSS: Snow Ogre
    ===============
    
    HP: 3000, MP: 0
    Difficulty: Easy
    500 EXP, 1000 Fol
    
    Another joke of a boss, only now it has a decent amount of HP. Treat it like
    that Allen Tucks guy. With Celine's help, it should be quick and painless. 
    Have her casting Energy Arrow/Fire Bolt to quickly end the fight, while you
    hit him with eerything you've got.
    
    You'll be back in Marze. Try to leave the village and Celine will stop you.
    
    Ok, looks like now you have to go to Harley to get to Lacuer from there, but
    I highly advice you to start working on recruitment of some new party members
    from this point. If you want Ashton, go to Harley, speak with the two men near
    the entrance to find out about some dragon trouble in Salva Mines (Harley is 
    west from Marze). Then head for the Mines. Note that you can't get Opera and
    Ernest if you get Ashton.
    On the other hand, if you want Opera/Ernest, go to Krosse City and do a PA
    involving Ernest, the three-eyed man. It's the first step to getting Opera.
    
    So, assuming you want Ashton, go talk to those two men in Harley and return to
    Salva Mines. Enter the dungeon from the town.
    
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    Salva Mines Revisited
    
    Recommended level: 15
    Items: Blueberries, Silver, Maple Syrup, Brigandine, Cinderella Glass, Star 
    Ruby, Diamond, Gold Earring, Iron, Aquaberries
    Enemies: Gerel, Sandglass, Green Gelatin, Scylla, Werewolf, Beastmaster
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Take the path west for BLUEBERRIES and SILVER, if you haven't opened these
    chests already. Then go to the savepoint near the place where you fought Allen
    and save. From there head south till you can't anymore and go west. Now you
    can pass the previously unpassable point. Go north immediately for some MAPLE
    SYRUP. Then west.  On this screen, go north for a BRIGANDINE. Then take the 
    west exit. You'll see a running man. Go west for CINDERELLA GLASS. Then head
    south to save. Go right for a scene. You'll have to make a choice of "Take 
    responsibility/Avoid responsibility". Choose to take responsibility to get
    Ashton, or avoid it, if you want Opera. Anyway, after the scene, go right to
    get STAR RUBY and DIAMOND.Go back north TWO screens. Keep going north for a
    GOLD EARRING, and then east till the end for IRON and AQUABERRIES. Leave the
    Mines now, you're done here. When you attempt to leave Salva, a scene will be
    triggered if you have Ashton. That means you can now start his exorcising
    quest. Go back to Harley now.
    
    You can do some optional dungeons now, but we'll leave them for later. Head
    to Harley now (east of Marze).
    
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    Harley
    
    Recommended level: 19
    Items: Ring of Sadness, Leather Boots, 1200 Fol, Ring Mail, Sinclair
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    Go to Eleanor's home to get RING OF SADNESS. Don't forget to visit the Skill
    guild. Enter the Zandor's mansion on the top of the town. Right room on the 
    first floor has LEATHER BOOTS and 1200 FOL, and the right room on the second
    floor has RING MAIL and SINCLAIR. You're done here, so take a ship to Hilton
    for 120 Fol.
    
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    Hilton
    
    Recommended level: 19
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    Pay a visit to the inn to watch a scene at night. Visit the Skill guild to 
    upgrade you skill sets to level 2. Exit Hilton and go to Lacuer City, which is
    east of Hilton.
    
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    Lacuer City
    
    Recommended level: 20
    Items: Star Ruby
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    This town is pretty big like Krosse, has 4 weapon shops but sadly has only one
    chest item :( You can sign up for an Armory Contest at Lacuer Castle which is
    to the north. Talk to the receptionist and you'll need to choose one shop as
    your sponsor. Go to the east part of town pick one of four shops. Your new
    shiny Armory Contest Badge helps here. Whenever you're ready fo the contest,
    go to the inn and sleep there. After the scene, go to the Lacuer castle Arena
    on the 2nd Floor (Note that you can also find a STAR RUBY here on the first
    floor). After the scene go to the waiting room to the left and talk to a few
    combatants. Your first match is up next. It's very easy. Go talk to Celine or
    Ashton after the match. Soon you'll fight your second match which is no big
    difference from the first. The third match is a tad hard. Use all of your 
    items here if you need. The sasquatch can hit for 400 HP damage so beware.
    Your final match is against Dias Flac. You're destined to lose here. After the
    fight, go to your sponsor shop to claim the second place prize. You can also
    go Gamgee's shop now on the west part of town. You'll be rewarded with DEADLY
    EDGE sword! Your next destination is Linga, but now would be a good time to
    do Ashton's quest if you want. Refer to the Side-quests section for details.
    You can also recruit Welch in Lacuer now, if you have 4 or more party members.
    
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    Linga
    
    Recommended level: 27
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    During your first visit to this town you'll run into Precis. If you want to
    recruit her, exit the town and do a PA in it. Run to the Bowman's house for
    a scene. Voila, you can have Precis now! Note that you can't get Bowman if you
    have Precis. To advance the plot, go into the center house in the south part
    of the town. After the scene, go to the house in the left part of the northern
    part of town. Speak with Bowman there. Looks like you need to go to the Linga
    Sacred Grunds to prove that you've indeed been to Krosse Cave. Sacred Grounds
    are situated right next to Linga.
    
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    Sacred Grounds of Linga
    
    Recommended level: 28
    Items: Lavender, Ruby, Mixed Syrup, Wolfsbane, Maandrake Rainbow Diamond, 
    Clarisage, Chain of Might, Amulet of Antivenin, Rose Hip, Drill Puncher, 
    Lavender, Lavender, Twin Splicers, Athelas, Athelas, Artemis Leaf, Bubble 
    Lotion, Cinderella Glass, Medicine Bottle, ?Armor
    Enemies: Wolfhead, Coquettish Whip, Ooze, Blood Hound, Mandrake, Killer Rabbit
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Sheesh, from this point the dungeons will get more and more frustrating. Grab
    LAVENDER from the bush, descend the west stairs to a chest with RUBY. Go back
    east. At the next screen, go northeast to get MIXED SYRUP. Then head west 
    under the bridge to WOLFSBANE. From this place, go north, then continue north
    at the intersection. Descend the stairs to MANDRAKE. From here run south for
    RAINBOW DIAMOND and CLARISAGE. Looks like we've found an unknown herb. But
    we're not done here yet.  Return to the last intersection, go south, at the
    next fork go east. Keep going east until you find CHAIN OF MIGHT. Run up the
    stairs and head immediately north. Keep going north, and you'll come to a
    three-way fork. Take the center path. Grab AMULET OF ANTIVENIN. From here go
    west making a turn around the dragon skeleton and grabbing ROSE HIP along the
    way. Continue east, take DRILL PUNCHER and go south in the tunnel. Head east
    for LAVENDER. Return west. Go west this time and then north. Descend to the
    dragon skeleton. Run under it for another pathetic LAVENDER. Go back the way
    you came and go immediately east for ATHELAS and TWIN SPLICERS. From this
    chest, go right through the rock wall to the savepoint. Continue north for a
    scene.
    
    ================
    BOSS: Visseya x3
    ================
    
    HP: 10000 each, MP: 100 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    3150 EXP, 21000 Fol
    
    This boss is not hard at all. Keep spanking th larvas with Claude (and Ashton
    if you have him), while Celine kills them from afar. Thet might swallow your
    characters which looks funny, and you won't be able to move your character
    for a while. Just hit the larvas with another characeter, and they'll spit you
    out.
    
    After the battle, nab three chests with CINDERELLA GLASS, MEDICINE BOTTLE and
    ?ARMOR. Go back to the place with Twin Splicers and go west. Now run south.
    At the three-way fork, take the right path for ATHELAS. Now take the left path
    to descend the stairs. Run east for ARTEMIS LEAF. Go back west and south for
    a BUBBLE LOTION. You're done here, so backtrack to the entrance.
    
    Return to Linga and talk with Bowman again. Go to Keith's house for a scene.
    At Bowman's house, go to the 2nd floor and talk to Bowman in the bedroom.
    
    Now's the time to go to Lacuer. If you want to get Welch, do a PA here, cause
    soon enough she'll be unavailable. In the Lacuer castle, open the chest with
    10000 FOL in the Royal Bedchamber. Go to the Symbological Weapons Laboratory
    on the ground floor (accessible through the east hall). Leon will give you a
    Combo Link and join the party temporarily. Your next destination is Hoffman
    Ruins place. Go to Hilton and talk with a man in blue armor. Choose "We're all
    set! Let's go!". From the Hoffman coast, go through the woods to the place.
    
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    Hoffman Ruins
    
    Recommended level: 36
    Items: Stone Cure, Ricochet Bracelet, Angelic Headband, White Clip, Holy Mist,
    Green Beryl, Tedious Hand Stick, Breeze Earring, Orichalcum, Custard of Life,
    Gold, Primavera, Diamond, Medicine Bottle, Blackberries, Green Beryl, Storm
    Ring, Primavera, Amulet of Freedom, Sour Syrup, ?Herb, Fruit Syrup, Hot Syrup,
    Hammer Charm, Mechanic's Toolbox, Daze Bomb, Aquaberries, Hexagram Card
    Enemies: Protector, Bowlady, Black Slime, Axman of Doom, Whelp
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Dammit, this place is even more frustrating than the Sacred Grounds of Linga.
    Run up the stairway. After a little scene, go through the newly opened door.
    Head immediately east to a savepoint. Go back, enter the first door on the 
    left for STONE CURE. The second door has RICOCHET BRACELET. Go further north-
    east for ANGELIC HEADBAND and WHITE CLIP. Back at the savepoint, enter the
    green elevator.
    At the intersection go northeast for HOLY MIST and GREEN BERYL. Continue south
    east. Get TEDIOUS HANDY STICK for Welch from the chest. Go northeast and pull
    the lever to blow up the rocks. You HP will be halved, so heal right away. Go
    northwest for BREEZE EARRING, then northeast for ORICHALCUM and a little 
    further south for CUSTARD OF LIFE and GOLD. Go back to the explosion site and
    run southeast. Grab PRIMAVERA here. Don't pull the lever, there's nothing
    there. Go south. On this screen, take DIAMOND and MEDICINE BOTTLE from the
    chests. Run southwest for BLACKBERRIES. Then head south for GREEN BERYL. Keep
    going south, and then move a little east for a STORM RING. Go south again. At
    the next screen, grab PRIMAVERA and save. The boss is up ahead, but let's get
    all th remaining chests. Go southwest, making a little turn. Don't blow up the
    rocks take AMULET OF FREEDOM from the chest and go west for SOUR SYRUP and 
    ?HERB. Return northeast. The northeast again, then east. Keep going east, then
    northeast again. Continue east again. Take the FRUIT SYRUP. Go southwest for
    HOT SYRUP and HAMMER CHARM. Now go southeast. In this area open the chests for
    MECHANIC'S TOOLBOX and DAZE BOMB. Return north. Then go northwest. Then head
    north again. Keep following the northwest path for 2 screens. Now head south-
    west to the chest with AQUABERRIES. And finally move down south to HEXAGRAM
    CARD. Backtack to the savepoint by going south, south, southwest and east.
    Save and go north for a scene.
    
    ================
    BOSS: Halfynx x2
    ================
    
    HP: 36700 each, MP: 100 each
    Difficulty: Medium
    10000 EXP, 10000 Fol
    
    Treat these two baddies like any other boss. Keep using Helmetbrak, Rock
    Explosion and everything else that you feel will help. Keep them away from
    Rena, so that she won't fall from their attacks. There's nothing more to say,
    really, just hack away and heal when needed.
    
    You will obtain the Energy Stone after the battle. Return to the entrance. If 
    you already have Opera, and have seen the crashsite in the Sacred Forest,
    then you'll run into Ernest, possessed by a ghost. Win a quick battle and you
    will have an option to leave Ernest in the group. If you choose not to, he AND
    Opera will leave the party forever. Run to the coast and return to Lacuer. 
    Head for the castle throne room for another scene. The Lacuer Front Line Base
    is north from Lacuer.
    
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    Lacuer Front Line Base
    
    Recommended level: 43
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    The weapon shop here has some good weapons. Go left on the second screen. Then
    go norhtwest. Enter the commander's office for a scene. Go talk to Dias after
    it. After the conversation talk with Rena. On the next day, run back to the
    first screen to save. Talk to the people in the general store and go up for a
    scene.
    
    ===========
    BOSS: Cynne
    ===========
    
    HP: 21000, MP: 200
    Difficulty: -
    0 EXP, 0 Fol
    
    You can't win this battle. You have to survive for 1 minute and it will end.
    Just keep healing yourself until you're through with it.
    
    Go to the hospital room, and another scene takes place. You'll fight three
    Stone Statue first, that aren't hard at all, and then you'll fight Cynne once
    again. You're destined to lose, so just let him smite you off. Claude will
    come to his senses on an unknown seashore. After the scene with Leon, go north
    on the world map to reunite with your party in the village of Eluria.
    
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    Eluria
    
    Recommended level: 43
    Items: Metal Fang, Rune Cap, Fists of the Giant, Shield Swords, Silver Robe,
    Silver Robe, Silver Greaves, Silver Greaves, Plate Armor, Plate Armor, Veil
    Piercer, Fine Shield
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    After the scene, talk to the village chief in the norhteastern house. Then go
    to the Armory and check the barrels all over the place to find METAL FANG, 
    RUNE CAP, FISTS OF THE GIANT, SHIELD SWORDS, SILVER ROBE x2, SILVER GREAVES
    x2, PLATE ARMOR x2, VEIL PIERCER and FINE SHIELD. As you leave, the youth will
    give and ID Card key item. After you leave Eluria, you'll see an interesting
    scene involving Ronyx.
    
    Now go to the Eluria Tower, northeast of Eluria village.
    
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    Eluria Tower
    
    Recommended level: 43
    Items: Holy Mist, Amulet of Flexibility, Steel Helmet, X Clip, Meteor Ring,
    Aquaberries, Sapphire, Music Editor, Paralysis Cure, Pixie's Bracelet, Crested
    Shield, Stone Cure, Star Ruby, Crystal, Super Puncher, Refreshing Syrup, 
    Crested Shield, ?Armor, Gale Earring, Splinter, Medicine Bottle, Murasame,
    Fists of the Giant
    Enemies: Darth Widow, Orange Gelatin, Elder Witchette, Goathead, Timekeeper,
    Defender
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north and use the ID Card.
    
    1F
    Go north for HOLY MIST, AMULET OF FLEXIBILITY, STEEL HELMET, X CLIP and METEOR
    RING. Take whichever stairs you want to 2F.
    2F
    Open the chests with AQUABERRIES, SAPPHIRE and PARALYSIS CURE. Go left for 
    MUSIC EDITOR, PIXIE'S BRACELET and CRESTED SHIELD. Go back east and continue
    north to the savepoint.
    3F
    Go west and north for STONE CURE and STAR RUBY. Take the eastern teleporter.
    4F
    Open the chests with CRYSTAL and SUPER PUNCHER for Precis. Take the west exit
    to 5F.
    5F
    Get REFRESHING SYRUP, CRESTED SHIELD and ?ARMOR. Talk to the minister statue
    and spell D-E-A-T-H. You'll obtain the Key Card. Take southwestern teleporter.
    4F
    Take western teleporter.
    5F
    Use the Key Card on the red pillars. After the scene, go west.
    
    Onboard Calnus, talk to Ronyx, when you'll gain control of Claude again. You
    will be sent back to Eluria Tower soon after. Take the northeastern teleporter
    to 6F.
    6F
    Save. Head north to meet an old friend.
    
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    BOSS: Cynne & Stone Statue x2
    =============================
    
    Cynne: HP: 21000, MP: 200
    Stone Statue: HP: 2200 each, MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    11350 EXP, 52100 Fol
    
    Now you can kick Cynne's ass finally. Get rid of Stone Statues and focus all
    of your attacks on the flying bastard. Soon enough he will die, since he has
    no potentially dangerous attacks and pathetic defense.
    
    Take the teleport which Cynne was blocking. The right door has SPLINTER and
    MEDICINE BOTTLE. The left door has MURASAME and FISTS OF THE GIANT. Run to
    the center room from the left room, open the chest with GALE EARRING and take
    the right exit.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Metatron
    ==============
    
    HP: 100000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: -
    0 EXP, 0 Fol
    
    Yet another battle you cannot win. Just let him destroy you. He will pay for
    that later.
    
    After some shocking events happening at the top of Eluria Tower, you'll find
    yourself on a different planet. The mayor of th city, Nall, will welcome you.
    After the scene, get out of the building and explore the city.
    
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    The Centropolis of Nede
    
    Recommended level: 51
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    First, pay a visit to the shops around the place. They have a very nice 
    selection of weapons and items for you. Beside, you should have enough Fol by
    now to buy all of the new equipment. The Skill guild here sucks. Don't forget
    to buy Lezard's Flask in the item shop, you'll need it. You can encountet
    Chisato in the west part of town, but the process of recruiting her is yet to
    begin. Exit the city in the south.
    
    Ok, our next stop is North City, to the north (of course).
    
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    North City
    
    Recommended level: 52
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    You'll run into Chisato again. Go to the north to the library, the Nedepedia.
    Run the materials about the history of Nede and Ten Wise Men here by talking
    to the operator. Then go east to get yourself a Psynard. A scene follows, and
    a boss battle begins.
    
    =============
    BOSS: Psynard
    =============
    
    HP: 43000, MP: 200
    Difficulty: Easy
    20000 EXP, 20000 Fol
    
    Yet again, non-hard boss that wants to get his ass kicked. 'Yawn'. Just keep
    using Helmetbreak to finish him off.
    
    You'll be transported to the Endangered Species Protection Area, i.e. Noel's
    home. He'll join your party for a while. Open the chests with 50000 FOL, PET
    FOOD and LIFE IN NATURE. Go north og Noel's house into the cavern.
    
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    Cave of Crimson Crystals
    
    Recommended level: 53
    Items: Resurrection Elixir, Dream Bracelet, Theory of Symbology, ?Mineral,
    Cinderella Glass, Eagle's Shawl, Chisato's Card, Fruit Syrup, ?Mineral
    Enemies: Peryton, Hellhound, Shockray, Red Balloon
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north. Turn to far east for RESURRECTION ELIXIR. Return to the fork and go
    straight north into the tunnel with yellow light. Get DREAM BRACELET, THEORY
    OF SYMBOLOGY and ?MINERAL here. Go back and run northwest this time. Grab
    CINDERELLA GLASS in the northwest corner and keep on running east. Exit this
    screen in southeast. Go straight east and descend the stairs. Chisato will
    appear yet again. Take EAGLE'S SHAWL from the chest, go back up and take the
    bridge. Pick up CHISATO'S CARD that she lost. You'll need it if you want to
    recruit her later. When you'll see a Psynard, keep going east and take the 1st
    bridge south you'll see. Go south and west in the end. Save at the savepoint.
    Go sout hagain for FRUIT SYRUP and ?MINERAL. Go north for a boss battle.
    
    ===================
    BOSS: Arachnovia x2
    ===================
    
    HP: 40000 each, MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Medium
    19500 EXP, 52000 Fol
    
    This boss isn't as hard as it may look, but keep an eye on your mages, though.
    They may die if they get in the way of Arachnovias. So all you need to do is
    not let the spiderwomans get to the back. Use every Special Art at your very
    disposal to take them out.
    
    You'll have an option to let Noel permanently join you. You also have Psynard
    now! Get back to the Centropolis and go into the north building. If you still
    have an empty spot in your party, you can recruit Chisato now. Speak to her
    at 2F (at the desk) to have her join you. Go talk to Nall at the top floor.
    He'll give you a Rune Code and a Combo Link. The next four dungeons can be
    hard, so make sure you're leveled properly. The first one we will visit is
    the Field of Wisdom, north of Centropolis.
    
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    Field of Wisdom
    
    Recommended level: 56
    Items: Faerie Elixir, Tiara of the Arc, Alpha Clip, Mirror of Knowledge, 
    Majestic Puncher, Fruit Syrup, Rune Metal
    Enemies: Rikka, Wizard, Magic Defender, Controller, Niquia HG
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Touch the center mirror to be teleported to anoother area, to the true Field
    of Wisdom. Go back using the mirror, and now take the right mirror for FAERIE
    ELIXIR. Go back and use the left mirror for TIARA OF THE ARC. Step on yellow
    tile. Examine the sphere to make it spin. Step on yellow tile again. Then step
    on west yellow tile. Touch the sphere and go back. Step on east yellow tile.
    Touch the sphere and go back. Step on southeast yellow tile this time. Touch
    the sphere and go back. Return to the starting three mirrors. Go through the
    left one again. Step on yellow tile. Go through the north mirror to find ALPHA
    CLIP and MIRROR OF KNOWLEDGE. Go through center mirror to MAJESTIC PUNCHER,
    FRUIT SYRUP and RUNE METAL. Go bakc. Touch the right mirror. Get on the west
    yellow tile. Examine the sphere and go back. Step on east yellow tile. Touch
    the last sphere to make it spin. You'll see a flash of light. Go back. Use the
    mirror. Then touch the left mirror. Get back to the entrance. Go through the
    middle mirror again. Step on the final yellow tile to be teleported to the
    altar.
    
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    BOSS: Magic Hand, Force Box, Guard Box & Magic Box x2
    =====================================================
    
    Magic Hand: HP: 60000, MP: 100
    Force Box: HP: 30000, MP: 100
    Guard Box: HP: 30000, MP: 100
    Magic Box: HP: 30000 each, MP: 100 each
    Difficulty: Hard
    20200 EXP, 82200 Fol
    
    Ok, it seems we now have a worthy enemy to deal with. Your first aim in this
    battle would be the boxes. Get rid of the Magic ones first, then kill the 
    Guard and Force ones. The boxes have 30000 HP each, so it's gonna take quite
    a while. The main threat in this battle is the big Magic Hand, as it shoots
    the white laser beam in front of itself. Anyone who gets in the way will die
    in seconds. Bring a whole lot of Resurrection Elixirs and Resurrection Mists
    here. If Rena already knows Raise Dead, it's gonna be a little easier then.
    Do not let your character stay in front of Magic Hand for long, run to the
    sides every now and then. Once the boxes are dead, you can fully focus on the
    Magic Hand. Use Helmetbreak to your advantage. Do not let the boss act by 
    hitting ALL the time and you'll emerge victorious soon enough.
    
    You will obtain the Orb of Wisdom. Backtrack to the entrance. Field of Might
    is situated northwest of Centropolis, in the snowy mountains.
    
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    Field of Might
    
    Recommended level: 57
    Items: Assault Bomb, Melt Potion, Armor of the Arc, Knuckles of the Moon,
    ?Armor, Sword of Marvels, Blackberries, Ring of Might
    Enemies: Athul Athul, Dark Crusader, Yeti, Ghast, Insane Lord
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Head all the way right. Fight three Yetis and don't let them get to the lever
    behind you. After the fight continue to the chests with ASSAULT BOMB, MELT
    POTION, and ARMOR OF THE ARC. Go back and take the northwest path into the
    cave. On the lower level, defeat three Yetis again (you get 54000 Fol every
    time you successfully defeat such group). Go south and east. Climb the ladder
    for KNUCKLES OF THE MOON. Keep going east. Head for the upper cave. Go north
    for ?ARMOR. Go left to find another pack of Yetis. Keep going west into the 
    cave for a SWORD OF MARVELS. Make absolutely sure you don't miss this awesome
    weapon for Claude! Then return east into another cave for BLACKBERRIES. Keep
    going east for another pack of Yetis. Exit this screen in southeast. Now go
    east and enter the upper cave again. At the fork where you found ?Armor, head
    right this time. Exit the are via southeast. On the next screen, take the
    northwest exit. Go west, climb the ladder. When you'll see two ladders, take
    the right one first for a RING OF MIGHT. Then take the left one. Save at the
    savepoint. Cross the bridge for a scene.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Guardian
    ==============
    
    HP: 130000, MP: 0
    Difficulty: Hard
    37500 EXP, 64000 Fol
    
    This boss is even harder than the previous one. He packs quite a punch, plus
    he can hit you multiple times, not letting you character heal properly. Keep
    Rena far from him, make sure you hold him in the corner with Claude. When you
    are low on health, run away to heal. Nevertheless, bring some Resurrection
    Elixirs with you so you can revive someone who has died. The hardest part of
    the battle comes when the boss is at 1/3 HP and activates his Final Form. He
    dives into the ground and buffs his defense by a lot. This is where you'll be
    dying the most. He will be returning each hit with a little blast, severely
    damaging your characters. Don't rush in now, or you'll be gone in a flash. The
    battle is quite long, but with proper healing you'll make it.
    
    Proceed north to the altar. Orb of Might is yours. Return to the beginning of
    the dungeon. If you haven't succeeded in the battles with Yeti and levers and
    lost all of them, then you won't be able to exit the dungeon by normal means.
    Go to the area where you found Knuckles of the Moon, and look for a place to
    call an echo. You'll be taken out of the dungeon by an avalanche. Field of 
    Courage is next on our list. It's southeast from the Centropolis.
    
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    Field of Courage
    
    Recommended level: 63
    Items: Sour Syrup, Medicine Bottle, Shield of the Arc, Idol of the Warrior,
    Luminous Slicers, Mithril Greaves, Amulet of Flexibility
    Enemies: Dark Crusader, Rikke, Otiph, Fenrir Beast
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    A great place for leveling up, if you're underleveled. Read the sign, go left.
    Grab SOUR SYRUP in this area, go back. Proceed northwest for a MEDICINE BOTTLE
    and then continue west for a SHIELD OF THE ARC. Go north. At the intersection
    take the left path to the little altar with an IDOL OF THE WARRIOR. Take it
    and run back east. Go east at the intersection for LUMINOUS SLICERS. Exit this
    screen via southeast. Get MITHRIL GREAVES from the chest and go west. At the
    next screen exit southeast. Go east for AMULET OF FLEXIBILITY, then continue
    southeast. Finally, go east to the elevator. Save afterwards. Choose to place
    the statue on the altar when you're ready.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Guardian
    ==============
    
    HP: 130000, MP: 0
    Difficulty: Medium
    375B00 EXP, 64000 Fol
    
    This Guardian is not as hard as the previous one, fortunately. It doesn't have
    a Final Form mode (or maybe I just killed him too quick), but it can do almost
    everything that the previous Guardian did. Either way, his defense is not high
    enough, so I recommend you to equip the Chain of Might/Ring of Might accessory
    combo on Claude. Coupled with the mighty Sword of Marvels, Helmetbreak can do
    9999 damage easily. Just keep repeating the Special Art until the boss is no
    more.
    
    Orb of Courage is yours now. Retrace your steps to the exit. The last Field
    is high up in the sky, close to the Field of Wisdom.
    
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    Field of Love
    
    Recommended level: 69
    Items: Serpent's Tooth, Holy Rod, Resurrection Mist, Hot Syrup
    Enemies: Master Wizard, Magic Defender, Nihua HG, Rikki, Joypad, Clear Gelatin
    
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    I hate this dungeon with a passion. It's fairly small (only five areas), but
    the random battles here happen every three steps or so. And I'm not kidding
    about this. Be sure to have someone with a Scouting Specialty at a maximum
    level. Otherwise, it's a good place for EXP farming.
    Once you enter through the blue door, you'll see a chest in the east. Get to
    it for SERPENT'S TOOTH. Then go northwest. Continue going west. In the next 
    area, touch the red orb to form a bridge, but don't cross it, go north. Take
    the HOLY ROD and RESURRECTION MIST from the chests and touch another red orb.
    Now go back, cross the little bridge and exit the screen in northwest. Keep
    going north, grabbing HOT SYRUP along the way. You'll come to a savepoint.
    Save and go north for a scene.
    
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    BOSS: Lavarre & Sunbreaker x2
    =============================
    
    Lavarre: HP: 60000, MP: 0
    Sunbreaker: HP: 30000 each, MP: 100 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    13800 EXP, 34000 Fol
    
    This is the easiest battle out of all the Four Fields boss fights. Go straight
    for Lavarre and finish her off with you sword. Then focus on the Sunbreakers
    and they'll die fast. A pushover battle, no less.
    
    As you lay your hands on the Orb of Love, congrats on beating the Four Fields!
    But we're still far from beating the game, though. Go back to the Centropolis,
    restock on supplies, and speak with Nall on the top floor of the city hall.
    Some scenes will take place, and you'll be taken to L'Aqua. From here, your
    party and Nall travel to Phynal, the final dungeon of the game. This is just
    the first visit, and it's going to be short. First you'll fight Takikodus and
    Mirre 64 two times in a row, and then...
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Zaphkiel
    ==============
    
    HP: 150000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: -
    0 EXP, 0 Fol
    
    This is just like the Metatron fight. You simply can't win. Let him finish you
    off.
    
    Your group will retreat back to Centropolis. Now it's time to go Armlock, to
    the Sealed Door. Armlock is southeast on the Energy Nede map.
    
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    Armlock
    
    Recommended level: 75
    Items: Mind Ring
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    After speaking with Nall's minion, explore the town for a bit. Visit the shops
    and the Skill Guild. Now you have finally obtained all of the Skills guild
    skill sets. When you're ready, meet Nall in the north to travel to the sealed
    Symbological Weapons Laboratory. Save when you'll have a chance. Go north.
    Navigate your way to mayor Nall for a scene. After it, go southwest, south,
    south, east, into the door with a chest containing MIND RING, back west, south
    and south for another scene. Back in Armlock, enter the house on the east (the
    that has a lot of steam coming out of it) to meet Dr. Mirage. You'll get Minae
    Cave Key Card from Nall. To get to the Minae Cave, fly a little west from
    Armlock.
    
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    Minae Cave
    
    Recommended level: 77
    Items: Fruit Syrup, ?Mineral, Encyclopedia, Refreshing Syrup, Smelling Salts,
    Mithril Mesh, Medicine Bottle, Smith's Hammer, Wonder Drug, Meteorite, 
    Lightning Gun, Athelas, Illusion Doll
    Enemies: Orange Balloon, Sunbreaker, Dark Water
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go up and use the key card. Go immediately northeast for FRUIT SYRUP. A little
    further northeast is ?MINERAL. Go northwest afterwards. Go west a little for
    ENCYCLOPEDIA. Run north to get REFRESHING SYRUP. Head north again. Now walk
    west for SMELLING SALTS, then north for MITHRIL MESH, which is a very nice
    piece of armor. Equip it on Claude. Proceed east a little to find a hidden
    chest with a MEDICINE BOTTLE. Go north for SMITH'S HAMMER. Go back south. On
    this screen, run south then northeast for WONDER DRUG and METEORITE. Exit east
    then. Take the LIGHTNING GUN from a chest, go south and east for ILLUSION DOLL
    and even further north for ATHELAS. Exit this screen in the north part. Keep
    on going north, exit via northwest. Save and proceed up for a boss battle.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Barchian
    ==============
    
    HP: 150000, MP: 400
    Difficulty: Medium
    14950 EXP, 55000 Fol
    
    This boss has only one attack, Pain Release, that hits you party for 3000-3500
    damage. If Rena won't succeed in using Fairy Light between the hits, you're
    as good as dead. But, don't be afraid, Barchian only starts using this attack
    faster when he's near to his death. I was even able to survive two consecutive
    hits with Claude without healing. If you heal when needed, and keep mashing
    him with Mirror Blade/Helmetbreak, you'll be fine.
    
    Looks like now you've got yourself some LEA Metal. That means Mirage can now
    craft us some kickass weapons, so return to Armlock as fast as you can. Mirage
    will also give N.P.I.D. Go to the Fun City, which is north of Armlock. Before
    going there, make sure you have at least 3 Amulets of Flexibility. Have 'em?
    Good, then enter the area for a scene. You'll get a Godslayer, Knuckles of
    Hope and Void Matter from Dr. Mirage. Save at the savepoint, talk to the man
    and choose "Visit mayor Nall". A scene will take place, and look who's here.
    It's...
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Zaphkiel
    ==============
    
    HP: 150000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: Medium
    18000 EXP, 50000 Fol
    
    The first of the Ten Wise Men comes to play. It's Zaphkiel, and he has a nasty
    attack called Cruel Bludgeon which he uses constantly. Well well well, I guess
    it WOULD be a mighty attack, if it weren't for our defense. At level 80, and
    with things like Mithril Mesh/Cloak of the Stars equipped, it'll be doing 1500
    or 2000 damage per hit, which is counterable with Fairy Light. That said, I
    can't see how you can lose this battle, only if you're extremely underleveled
    will you have trouble with Zaphkiel. Keep using Mirror Blade for a quick win.
    
    Equip your party with Amulets of Flexibility now. Exit the Arena to face the
    second Wise Man... err, Robot.
    
    =============
    BOSS: Jophyel
    =============
    
    HP: 160000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: Hard
    20750 EXP, 54000 Fol
    
    Now THIS is a whole different story, people. Pretty much like Zaphkiel, Jophy
    uses only one attack - Energy Rain. Hopefully you have those Flexibility
    amulets, or else you're stoned literally. Energy Rain hits for about 3500-4000
    damage and petrifies the character. I don't think it works 100% of the time,
    but somewhere close to it. Even with the Amulets you'll have a pretty hard
    time staying alive here. Get to Jophyel as fast as you can and start working
    on him with Mirror Blade. He uses Energy Rain like crazy, not stopping even
    for a moment. Fortunately you can cancel his attack if you're lucky. So rely
    on brute force and stay close to him, and use Resurrection Elixirs/Mists when
    needed.
    
    Save at the world map. Get back to Armlock ASAP. Approach Mirage's house for a
    scene.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Metatron
    ==============
    
    HP: 170000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: Easy
    24750 EXP, 58000 Fol
    
    Surprisingly, Metatron is too weak for a real Wise Man. His main feature is
    using Metablock or Metaguard for like 30 seconds. You can't damage him during
    this phase. Once the shield goes off, destroy the bastard with Mirror Blade.
    It's easy to stun Metatron, and when he's stunned, he's dead meat.
    
    After the scene, leave Armlock. You'll be told to go to L'Aqua. This is it, my
    dear reader, it's time to head for the final storyline dungeon of the game.
    
    L'Aqua is in the center of the map, a little northwest of the Field of Love.
    Once there, proceed north for a scene. Go into the infirmary on the right and
    talk to Nall. Choose "Yes, we're ready". From the Phynal pier, enter Phynal
    from the world map (save beforehand).
    
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    Phynal
    
    Recommended level: 80
    Items: Mithril Shield, Symbology Dictionary, Nuclear Bomb, Spark Whip, Shadow
    Cross, ?Item, Resurrection Mist, Beta Clip, Lotus Eaters, Atomic Puncher, 
    Mithril, Sylvan Boots, Fists of the Titan, Rune Shoes, Bouro, Medicine Bottle,
    Refreshing Syrup, Gigawatt Stunner, Thunderclap Rod, Dueling Helmet, Potion of
    Epiphany, Philosopher's Stone, Athelas, Dueling Suit, Goddess Statuette, Stone
    Cure
    Enemies: Takikodus, Erikodus, Niquia LM, Mirre 64, Medusa Lizard, Succubus,
    Dark Crusader, Master Wizard, Quidonya, River Slug, Phantom Phoenix
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north on the bridge to enter the Phynal tower. As you enter, you'll be
    thrown into a fight with another three of the Ten Wise Men.
    
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    BOSS: Zadkiel, Raphael & Camael
    ===============================
    
    Zadkiel: HP: 105800, MP: 200
    Raphael: HP: 85000, MP: 180
    Camael: HP: 45500, MP: 150
    Difficulty: Hard
    18000 EXP, 70000 Fol
    
    This battle is HARD. We have three enemies here, and all of them are quite 
    deadly. Your first target should be either Camael or Raphael. Camael has low
    HP, but Raphael can make your characters possessed for a LONG time. That being
    said, I would go for Raphael first. Keep using Mirror Blade until he bites the
    dust. Camael will occasionally heal his allies, but his healing powers are
    weak - they will recover about 1200-1500 HP per use. Once Raphael is gone, 
    quickly take out Camael. This won't take long. Once only Zadkiel is left, 
    start working on his HP and look out for his spells. You should win the battle
    eventually.
    
    Go back to the world map to save. It's safer that way:) Once back in Phynal,
    go north. Take northeast exit. Enter the red door to find MITHRIL SHIELD and
    SYMBOLOGY DICTIONARY. Go back south. Go through the far west door. Enter the
    first room you see for NUCLEAR BOMB, SPARK WHIP and SHADOW CROSS. Go back and
    take the path northwest straight to the teleporter.
    2F
    Go north. Enter the northwest door, go north again for ?ITEM and RESURRECTION
    MIST. Go back. Go through the northeast door now. Head northeast again to the
    teleporter.
    3F
    Go north. Keep on keepin' on north until you arrive at the four-way fork, go
    south. Keep going south to the teleporter.
    2F
    Follow the only way to BETA CLIP and LOTUS EATERS. Return to 3F.
    3F
    Go north 2 times. Run north again at the 4-way fork to the teleporter.
    4F
    Go north. You can find MITHRIL, SYLVAN BOOTS and FISTS OF THE GIANT in the 
    north room, ATOMIC PUNCHER in the western, and RINE SHOES in the eastern.
    Return to 3F.
    3F
    Go north. Exit the fork west this time. Keep going west to the teleporter.
    4F
    Follow the only path there is to another teleporter.
    5F
    Go north. Follow the single path to the savepoint. There's no point in going
    east this time. If you go north, you'll face a boss. Prepare for the fight by
    equipping your characters with Amulets of Flexibility/Anti-petrify armor and
    fire-damage-reducing accessories such Ruby, Star Ruby, Shadow Cross, etc.
    
    ======================
    BOSS: Michael & Haniel
    ======================
    
    Michael: HP: 180000, MP: 300
    Haniel: HP: 140000, MP: 200
    Difficulty: Very Hard
    46250 EXP, 65000 Fol
    
    The last three wise men were NOTHING compared to this battle. You'll be facing
    only two this time, but believe me, they're hard as hell without proper preps
    and strategy. Your one and only goal in this fight - destroy Michael as quick
    as possible. He uses fire spells like Eruption and Explode, but he also has a
    very damaging one - Spicule. Spicule does around 6000-6500 damage without fire
    protection, and a little less with protection. Haniel uses Blood Scylla and a
    laser beam that petrifies all that it touches. Since you don't want to die in
    a matter of seconds, rush to Michael and start using Mirror Blade and Mirror
    Blade only. Helmetbreak is bad because it can give him an opportunity to cast
    a spell. Set your other attacker to assault Michael as well. I also recommend
    equipping Ring of Might on Claude instead of Amulet of Flexibility, since he
    will be focusing mostly on Michael. With Mirror Blade doing about 5000-6000
    damage per hit, Michael should go down in about 2 minutes. Once he's gone, you
    almost win the battle. Just continue crushing Haniel till he dies, and watch
    out for Blood Scylla, of course.
    
    Go back to save. Then proceed north to the teleporter.
    6F
    This floor has no random battles, but it's annoying nonetheless. I'll cut down
    the explanation to only telling you the directions. East, then north. Press 
    the middle button on the apparatus. East, press the right button. Go north two
    times for BOURO, MEDICINE BOTTLE and REFRESHING SYRUP. Go south two times. 
    Press the middle button. Go west. Press left button. South, west, west. Press
    the switch. East, east, north. Press middle button. West twice. Press the 
    switch. East two times. Press left button. North and east. Press right button.
    West, north. Press the switch. South, east. Press left button. East, south.
    Press middle button. East, south, press the switch. You'll hear a short melody
    now. North, west. Press left button. North, west, north. Press middle button.
    East and north to the teleporter.
    7F
    Go north. Head west at the fork. Go west and north for a GIGAWATT STUNNER. Go
    back south, east and east again at the intersection. Run northeast for a save-
    point. Walk west and north for yet another boss.
    
    =============
    BOSS: Lucifer
    =============
    
    HP: 300000, MP: 5900
    Difficulty: Medium
    115000 EXP, 80000 Fol
    
    Suprisingly, Lucifer is way easier than Michael and Haniel. Maybe it's because
    he's alone, I don't know. The only spell you have to watch out for is Demon's
    Gate that can hit for 5500-6500 damage. Other than that, he can teleport all
    over the battlefield, so just keep Mirror Blading him to prevent it and maybe
    even stun him. Once you'll corner him, the job is almost done.
    
    Now that the traitor scum is dead, go north and east for THUNDERCLAP ROD. Then
    west and northto the teleporter.
    8F
    Go north to another teleporter.
    9F
    Go north. Enter the red door to obtain DUELING HELMET (one of the best helmets
    in the game) and PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. Keep going east and then south to the
    teleporter. 
    8F
    Go north. South and west. Save at the savepoint, it will change it's color to
    blue. That means that you've opened an optional dungeon, a voice gallery and
    you can now return to Nede to turn off Gabriel's limiter and make him an uber
    hard boss. But let's leave that for later. Go west till you see two red doors.
    Get POTION OF EPIPHANY, ATHELAS, DUELING SUIT (one of the best armors in the
    game), GODDESS STATUETTE, STONE CURE. Go back west to the savepoint. Prepare
    well to face the final boss. Once ready, go north 3 times. After the FMV scene
    you'll face HIM at last.
    
    ===================
    FINAL BOSS: Gabriel
    ===================
    
    HP: 500000, MP: 10000
    Difficulty: Hard
    150000 EXP, 90000 Fol
    
    Gabriel is a formidable foe even WITH the limiter. He'll be using Star Flare
    for 6000-7000 damage, Time if Truth and Divine Wave. He'll also start using
    Explode and Angel Feather once you deplete his HP by 250000. The same strategy
    you used for Lucifer applies here. Mirror Blade him to death, and if manages
    to pull off Star Flare, heal right away. Use Resurrection Elixirs when needed,
    set all of your comrades except the healer to go all-out on Gabriel. With this
    assault, the final boss of Star Ocean: Second Evolution will fall.
    
    Congratulations on beating the game. The ending you'll get is based on AR with
    the other characters. Once the credits roll, you'll see a FIN screen. You can
    not save, unfortunately, so just restart the game. If you have defeated 2000
    monsters total, you can start a new game on Galaxy/Universe difficulty. To
    unlock the remaining movies/voices, enter Virtual Expel (through the Old man
    in Fun City's arena), save there, go back to Phynal and save again.
    
                   -------THEIR ADVENTURE HAS JUST BEGUN.--------
    
                                        FIN
    
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    IIB.                         RENA WALKTHROUGH
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                                  SPOILER WARNING
          This walkthrough of Star Ocean: SE may contains some spoilers which 
         can ruin the game experience for you. I will try to cut their number 
              to minimum, although I'm not the one to blame if you see 
                     something you don't want to see (yet).
             Nevertheless, I will try to cut down the spoilers to minimum.
    ==============================================================================
    
    Space, the realm of infinite possibility.
    It has long inspired the dreams of
    billions. These dreams, countless in number, spread infinitely throughout 
    the universe...though some of these dreams are nightmares.
    
    A race of sentient being from Planet Lezonia discovered in Sector Gamma,
    declared war on the Terran Alliance, igniting the flames of ferocious warfare
    across the galaxy.
    
    S.D. 342. The battleship Calnus received a commendation for excellence in
    command for its victory in the battle against Lezonia.
    
    S.D. 346. The captain of the Calnus and his second-in-command successfully
    contained a mysterious virus outbreak on the underdeveloped frontier planet
    Roak. They were also able to prevent the tyrannical Jie Revorse's diabolical
    plan to conquer Earth.
    
    Thanks to his achievements, my father was promoted to admiral at the
    unprecedented young age of 38. I respected him more than anybody else in my
    life. I know that being a Federation officer is among the greatest accomplish-
    ments anyone can hope to achieve in this universe. But I am my own man. I'm no
    puppet; I'm not just the son of Admiral Ronyx J. Kenny, hero of the 
    Pangalactic Federation. So what am I doing here, of all places?
    
    S.D. 366. The gears of the universe continue to turn...
    
     - Ensign Claude C. Kenny
    
    And now the story begins...
    
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    Arlia Village
    
    Recommended level: 2
    Items: Strawberry Jam, Blueberries, Rose Hip, Leather Armor, 200 Fol, 
    Blackberries, Resurrection Elixir
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    After the scene, go to NE house to find STRAWBERRY JAM. The north-westernmost
    house has BLUEBERRIES and ROSE HIP. Near the item shop you can find 3 chests
    with LEATHER ARMOR, 200 FOL, and a RESURRECTION ELIXIR. After exploring the
    town (talking with everyone) go to Rena's house. Scene follows. Wander around
    the room to wait for Rean to come. After a long scene go to Rena's house, 2nd
    floor to open the chest with BLACKBERRIES. Buy some Spectacle from the shop.
    Afterwards, exit the village via south exit. Save and go to the Sacred Forest
    to for a cutscene. You'll meet Claude here. He will level up, and you will
    return to Arlia together. 
    
    You'll be in the overworld map. A few words about it - you can save anywhere
    you want here, and sometimes use to level up. Now I'd suggest you to level up
    to at least level 5 here. The town of Salva is just north of Arlia.
    
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    Salva
    
    Recommended level: 5
    Items: Hefty Ring, Portrait B, Rena's Hairpin
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    Find a HEFTY RING between the two shops. Go to the mayor's house and open the
    chest on the 2nd floor to find PORTRAIT B. Explore the town a little bit, talk
    to everyone. Note that you can't go to the Salva Mines yet. Talk to the people
    around the village.
    
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    Salva Mines
    
    Recommended level: 5
    Items: Rose Hip, Blackberries, Iron, Spectacles, Blueberries, Gold, Gold
    Enemies: Lizard Axman, Kobold, Vorpal Bunny, Thieving Scum
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    After talking with a worker, save at the savepoint. Go north. Get ROSE HIP and
    BLACKBERRIES. Go norht for IRON. Keep on keeping on west, then go north to 
    save again. Do not go east yet, go west instead to find SPECTACLES, then
    return to the savepoint and go south a little and them west again for some
    BLUEBERRIES and GOLD. South and west again to the nest screen. Get GOLD from 
    the chest. Read the sign. This is where you'll be able to get a secret party
    member later in the game. Turn back for now and head to the savepoint. Save
    and finally head east.
    
    =================
    BOSS: Allen Tucks
    =================
    
    HP: 400 MP: 0
    Difficulty: Very Easy
    75 EXP, 300 Fol
    
    This boss is a joke. Just keep on mashing him while Rena heals you when needed
    and he'll go down in 20 seconds or less.
    
    Scene follows. You'll be back at the mayor's mansion. Back in Arlia, talk to
    the mayor before bedtime. After the scene, you can now go to Krosse.
    Private Actions also become available now. To reach Krosse City, go to Salva,
    and use the NW exit out of the town.
    
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    Krosse City
    
    Recommended level: 8
    Items: Wooden Shield, Leather Helmet, 500 Fol
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    First, go sleep at the inn. When the next day comes, go to Krosse West, to
    the Skill guild "Wisdom of Kings". This is the first skill guild you'll find
    in the game. Buy all the skill sets, they cost almost nothing. Afterwards, go
    to Krosse castle, which is to the north. At the castle, talk to the left 
    receptionist. Go downstirs to the armory to find WOODEN SHIELD and LEATHER 
    HELMET. Go to Prince's Chamber to find 500 FOL in the chest. Then talk to the
    soldiers at the 1st floor. Go north for a scene with the king of Krosse. You
    will get 600 Fol and a Travel Permit from him. Go back to the city. You'll 
    meet Celine at the plaza. After the scene, agree to go with her to the Krosse
    Cave (you can't decline her offer anyway). Celine will temporarily join you.
    You'll also get a Treasure Map key item. Your next destination is Krosse Cave,
    which is east of Krosse City.
    
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    Krosse Cave
    
    Recommended level: 8
    Items: Blueberries, Blackberries, Iron, Antidote, Artemis Leaf, Syrup,
    Lavender, ?Mineral, The Scream, Magic Canvas, ?Item, Antidote, Blackberries,
    Resurrection Mist, 600 Fol, Feather Pen, Lavender, Sweet Syrup, Stink Gel,
    Ancient Text, 700 Fol, Green Beryl, Walls of the Soul
    Enemies: Alraune, Armored Knight, Landworm, Slime
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north to the next screen. Go west to get BLUEBERRIES. Return to the fork,
    go east and north. You'll come to a three-way fork here. First head strictly
    right to get BLACKBERRIES and IRON. Then return to the fork and go northeast.
    Nab ANTIDOTE from a chest. Go west two screens to get ARTEMIS LEAF and SYRUP.
    Return two screens right and go north into the hole. Get LAVENDER and ?MINERAL
    on your way. From here, go right, then right again to get THE SCREAM and MAGIC
    CANVAS. Back one screen, go left to get ?ITEM. Go west and south to get 
    ANTIDOTE and BLACKBERRIES. Return to the last fork and go south for three
    chests with RESURRECTION MIST, 600 FOL and FEATHER PEN. Go back to the fork
    where you found Lavender and ?Mineral. From here, take the path west all the
    way, grab another LAVENDER from a chest. From that place, go north and west to
    get SWEET SYRUP and STINK GEL. Back east, east again, east one more time to 
    reach a savepoint and a weird stone. A scene takes place. Save afterwards.
    Heal yourself and enter the passageway with a green light. You'll see five
    chests.  Open the leftmost one to find ANCIENT TEXT. Another scene. The other
    chests contain 700 FOL, GREEN BERYL, WALLS OF THE SOUL and the last (northern)
    one contains an enemy...
    
    =================
    BOSS: Gargoyle x2
    =================
    
    HP: 1500 each MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    333 EXP, 1700 Fol
    
    With Celine's spells this boss is a joke. Keep hitting them with Claude, and
    have Celine casting her magic to quickly dispose of these little bastards.
    
    Return to the beginning of the dungeon. Here, you'll have an option to say
    goodbye to Celine or ask her to stay with you. The choice is yours. Anyway,
    our next destination is Kurik, which is pretty far away from where we are now.
    To get there, read the sign near the Krosse Cave to find out that Kurik lies
    north of Krosse. Follow the north road from that sign until you reach this
    port town.
    
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    Kurik
    
    Recommended level: 12
    Items: Lyre, Vegetables, Grains, Seafood
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    If you want to fight an uber-hard boss much much later in the game, do a PA in
    Kurik involving Philia. This Private Action MUST be done before the town is
    destroyed.
    Go to the mansion on the hill near the town's entance to get LYRE. Go to the
    western part of town. Enter the restaurant and open the chests for VEGETABLES,
    GRAINS, and SEAFOOD. Go to the dock on the south and talk to the ship captain.
    Scene follows. Go back north for another scene. Oops, out of money! Run around
    the town, visiting all areas until you find a boy in the eastern area near the
    weapon shop. After the scene, visit Ketil's house (near the entrance), the
    restaurant, the tailor shop and finally go speak with the kids playing at the
    dock for a scene. Talk to the ship captain, go north again. Dammit, the whole
    town is ruined. On the hill overlooking town, speak with the captain and go up
    to speak with Ketil. You'll get your Travel Permit back. Looks like now you
    have to go to Lacuer. But first we need to get to Marze. Marze is to the east
    of Krosse City.
    
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    Marze
    
    Recommended level: 12
    Items: Silk Robe, Sour Syrup, Purple Amulet, Silence Card
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    Go to Celine's house at the west side of the town, enter it and get a SILK 
    ROBE from a chest. Now, use the shops if you want and remember the place near
    the inn, where an old man is. You can pickpocket him (assuming you have Thief
    Gloves), and if your Pickpocketing specialty is at a high enough level, you
    can steal a Goodie Box from him. Goodie Box can rarely give you powerful items
    early in the game. Remember that you can buy Thief's Gloves at Hilton for a 
    whopping sum of 40000 Fol. But enough of that crap; go to the elder's house
    near the west entrance and witness a long scene. Rena will leave your party
    for a while. Return to the elder's house, and in the back room you'll find
    SOUR SYRUP, PURPLE AMULET, and a SILENCE CARD. When you're done, talk to the
    village elder and choose to rest. You'll get Mud Shoes eventually. It's time
    to enter the Forest of Symbols.
    
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    Forest of Symbols
    
    Recommended level: 12
    Items: ?Herb, Amber Robe, Smelling Salts, Illusion Doll, Mandrake
    Enemies: Witchette, Bugbear, Garuda Eagle, Robber Axman
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Save beforehand. Go west at the intersection for a ?HERB. Go east then until
    you run into a fight with three bandits. It's easy, and gives a decent amount
    of EXP points. Keep following the only path, and you'll fight another group of
    bandits. When you'll come to an area covered with mud, equip the Mud Shoes to
    get past it. In this very area, turn north for an AMBER ROBE. Go back and
    continue left. Another group of bandits will ambush you. After taking care of
    them, go east for SMELLING SALTS. Go north and a little east for an ILLUSION
    DOLL. Then go north again. Take the east path to save. Go west from the
    savepoint to find FLAME SWORD. Back and north again. On this screen, head east
    for MANDRAKE. Then go all the way west for a scene.
    
    ==============================
    BOSS: Azam Gille & Shielder X4
    ==============================
    
    Azam Gille: HP: 21000, MP: 0
    Shielder: HP: 2200, MP: 0
    Difficulty: Medium
    920 EXP, 3750 Fol
    
    This boss is not hard, just keep on mashing him while controlling Dias and
    keep Rena healing you when needed. Chaos Sword should do the job.
    
    You'll be back in Marze. Try to leave the village and Celine will stop you.
    
    Ok, looks like now you have to go to Harley to get to Lacuer from there, but
    I highly advice you to start working on recruitment of some new party members
    from this point. If you want Ashton, go to Harley, speak with the two men near
    the entrance to find out about some dragon trouble in Salva Mines (Harley is 
    west from Marze). Then head for the Mines. Note that you can't get Opera and
    Ernest if you get Ashton.
    On the other hand, if you want Opera/Ernest, go to Krosse City and do a PA
    involving Ernest, the three-eyed man. It's the first step to getting Opera.
    
    So, assuming you want Ashton, go talk to those two men in Harley and return to
    Salva Mines. Enter the dungeon from the town.
    
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    Salva Mines Revisited
    
    Recommended level: 15
    Items: Blueberries, Silver, Maple Syrup, Brigandine, Cinderella Glass, Star 
    Ruby, Diamond, Gold Earring, Iron, Aquaberries
    Enemies: Gerel, Sandglass, Green Gelatin, Scylla, Werewolf, Beastmaster
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Take the path west for BLUEBERRIES and SILVER, if you haven't opened these
    chests already. Then go to the savepoint near the place where you fought Allen
    and save. From there head south till you can't anymore and go west. Now you
    can pass the previously unpassable point. Go north immediately for some MAPLE
    SYRUP. Then west.  On this screen, go north for a BRIGANDINE. Then take the 
    west exit. You'll see a running man. Go west for CINDERELLA GLASS. Then head
    south to save. Go right for a scene. You'll have to make a choice of "Take 
    responsibility/Avoid responsibility". Choose to take responsibility to get
    Ashton, or avoid it, if you want Opera. Anyway, after the scene, go right to
    get STAR RUBY and DIAMOND.Go back north TWO screens. Keep going north for a
    GOLD EARRING, and then east till the end for IRON and AQUABERRIES. Leave the
    Mines now, you're done here. When you attempt to leave Salva, a scene will be
    triggered if you have Ashton. That means you can now start his exorcising
    quest. Go back to Harley now.
    
    You can do some optional dungeons now, but we'll leave them for later. Head
    to Harley now (east of Marze).
    
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    Harley
    
    Recommended level: 19
    Items: Ring of Sadness, Leather Boots, 1200 Fol, Ring Mail, Sinclair
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go to Eleanor's home to get RING OF SADNESS. Don't forget to visit the Skill
    guild. Enter the Zandor's mansion on the top of the town. Right room on the 
    first floor has LEATHER BOOTS and 1200 FOL, and the right room on the second
    floor has RING MAIL and SINCLAIR. You're done here, so take a ship to Hilton
    for 120 Fol.
    
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    Hilton
    
    Recommended level: 19
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    Pay a visit to the inn to watch a scene at night. Visit the Skill guild to 
    upgrade you skill sets to level 2. Exit Hilton and go to Lacuer City, which is
    east of Hilton.
    
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    Lacuer City
    
    Recommended level: 20
    Items: Star Ruby
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    This town is pretty big like Krosse, has 4 weapon shops but sadly has only one
    chest item :( You can sign up for an Armory Contest at Lacuer Castle which is
    to the north. Talk to the receptionist and you'll need to choose one shop as
    your sponsor. Go to the east part of town pick one of four shops. Your new
    shiny Armory Contest Badge helps here. Whenever you're ready fo the contest,
    go to the inn and sleep there. After the scene, go to the Lacuer castle Arena
    on the 2nd Floor (Note that you can also find a STAR RUBY here on the first
    floor). After the scene go to the waiting room to the left and talk to a few
    combatants. Your first match is up next. It's very easy. Go talk to Celine or
    Ashton after the match. Soon you'll fight your second match which is no big
    difference from the first. The third match is a tad hard. Use all of your 
    items here if you need. The sasquatch can hit for 400 HP damage so beware.
    Your final match is against Dias Flac. You're destined to lose here. After the
    fight, go to your sponsor shop to claim the second place prize. You can also
    go Gamgee's shop now on the west part of town. You'll be rewarded with DEADLY
    EDGE sword! Your next destination is Linga, but now would be a good time to
    do Ashton's quest if you want. Refer to the Side-quests section for details.
    You can also recruit Welch in Lacuer now, if you have 4 or more party members.
    
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    Linga
    
    Recommended level: 27
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    During your first visit to this town you'll run into Precis. If you want to
    recruit her, exit the town and do a PA in it. Run to the Bowman's house for
    a scene. Voila, you can have Precis now! Note that you can't get Bowman if you
    have Precis. To advance the plot, go into the center house in the south part
    of the town. After the scene, go to the house in the left part of the northern
    part of town. Speak with Bowman there. Looks like you need to go to the Linga
    Sacred Grunds to prove that you've indeed been to Krosse Cave. Sacred Grounds
    are situated right next to Linga.
    
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    Sacred Grounds of Linga
    
    Recommended level: 28
    Items: Lavender, Ruby, Mixed Syrup, Wolfsbane, Maandrake Rainbow Diamond, 
    Clarisage, Chain of Might, Amulet of Antivenin, Rose Hip, Drill Puncher, 
    Lavender, Lavender, Twin Splicers, Athelas, Athelas, Artemis Leaf, Bubble 
    Lotion, Cinderella Glass, Medicine Bottle, ?Armor
    Enemies: Wolfhead, Coquettish Whip, Ooze, Blood Hound, Mandrake, Killer Rabbit
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Sheesh, from this point the dungeons will get more and more frustrating. Grab
    LAVENDER from the bush, descend the west stairs to a chest with RUBY. Go back
    east. At the next screen, go northeast to get MIXED SYRUP. Then head west 
    under the bridge to WOLFSBANE. From this place, go north, then continue north
    at the intersection. Descend the stairs to MANDRAKE. From here run south for
    RAINBOW DIAMOND and CLARISAGE. Looks like we've found an unknown herb. But
    we're not done here yet.  Return to the last intersection, go south, at the
    next fork go east. Keep going east until you find CHAIN OF MIGHT. Run up the
    stairs and head immediately north. Keep going north, and you'll come to a
    three-way fork. Take the center path. Grab AMULET OF ANTIVENIN. From here go
    west making a turn around the dragon skeleton and grabbing ROSE HIP along the
    way. Continue east, take DRILL PUNCHER and go south in the tunnel. Head east
    for LAVENDER. Return west. Go west this time and then north. Descend to the
    dragon skeleton. Run under it for another pathetic LAVENDER. Go back the way
    you came and go immediately east for ATHELAS and TWIN SPLICERS. From this
    chest, go right through the rock wall to the savepoint. Continue north for a
    scene.
    
    ================
    BOSS: Visseya x3
    ================
    
    HP: 10000 each, MP: 100 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    3150 EXP, 21000 Fol
    
    This boss is not hard at all. Keep spanking th larvas with Claude (and Ashton
    if you have him), while Celine kills them from afar. Thet might swallow your
    characters which looks funny, and you won't be able to move your character
    for a while. Just hit the larvas with another characeter, and they'll spit you
    out.
    
    After the battle, nab three chests with CINDERELLA GLASS, MEDICINE BOTTLE and
    ?ARMOR. Go back to the place with Twin Splicers and go west. Now run south.
    At the three-way fork, take the right path for ATHELAS. Now take the left path
    to descend the stairs. Run east for ARTEMIS LEAF. Go back west and south for
    a BUBBLE LOTION. You're done here, so backtrack to the entrance.
    
    Return to Linga and talk with Bowman again. Go to Keith's house for a scene.
    At Bowman's house, go to the 2nd floor and talk to Bowman in the bedroom.
    
    Now's the time to go to Lacuer. If you want to get Welch, do a PA here, cause
    soon enough she'll be unavailable. In the Lacuer castle, open the chest with
    10000 FOL in the Royal Bedchamber. Go to the Symbological Weapons Laboratory
    on the ground floor (accessible through the east hall). Leon will give you a
    Combo Link and join the party temporarily. Your next destination is Hoffman
    Ruins place. Go to Hilton and talk with a man in blue armor. Choose "We're all
    set! Let's go!". From the Hoffman coast, go through the woods to the place.
    
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    Hoffman Ruins
    
    Recommended level: 36
    Items: Stone Cure, Ricochet Bracelet, Angelic Headband, White Clip, Holy Mist,
    Green Beryl, Tedious Hand Stick, Breeze Earring, Orichalcum, Custard of Life,
    Gold, Primavera, Diamond, Medicine Bottle, Blackberries, Green Beryl, Storm
    Ring, Primavera, Amulet of Freedom, Sour Syrup, ?Herb, Fruit Syrup, Hot Syrup,
    Hammer Charm, Mechanic's Toolbox, Daze Bomb, Aquaberries, Hexagram Card
    Enemies: Protector, Bowlady, Black Slime, Axman of Doom, Whelp
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Dammit, this place is even more frustrating than the Sacred Grounds of Linga.
    Run up the stairway. After a little scene, go through the newly opened door.
    Head immediately east to a savepoint. Go back, enter the first door on the 
    left for STONE CURE. The second door has RICOCHET BRACELET. Go further north-
    east for ANGELIC HEADBAND and WHITE CLIP. Back at the savepoint, enter the
    green elevator.
    At the intersection go northeast for HOLY MIST and GREEN BERYL. Continue south
    east. Get TEDIOUS HANDY STICK for Welch from the chest. Go northeast and pull
    the lever to blow up the rocks. You HP will be halved, so heal right away. Go
    northwest for BREEZE EARRING, then northeast for ORICHALCUM and a little 
    further south for CUSTARD OF LIFE and GOLD. Go back to the explosion site and
    run southeast. Grab PRIMAVERA here. Don't pull the lever, there's nothing
    there. Go south. On this screen, take DIAMOND and MEDICINE BOTTLE from the
    chests. Run southwest for BLACKBERRIES. Then head south for GREEN BERYL. Keep
    going south, and then move a little east for a STORM RING. Go south again. At
    the next screen, grab PRIMAVERA and save. The boss is up ahead, but let's get
    all th remaining chests. Go southwest, making a little turn. Don't blow up the
    rocks take AMULET OF FREEDOM from the chest and go west for SOUR SYRUP and 
    ?HERB. Return northeast. The northeast again, then east. Keep going east, then
    northeast again. Continue east again. Take the FRUIT SYRUP. Go southwest for
    HOT SYRUP and HAMMER CHARM. Now go southeast. In this area open the chests for
    MECHANIC'S TOOLBOX and DAZE BOMB. Return north. Then go northwest. Then head
    north again. Keep following the northwest path for 2 screens. Now head south-
    west to the chest with AQUABERRIES. And finally move down south to HEXAGRAM
    CARD. Backtack to the savepoint by going south, south, southwest and east.
    Save and go north for a scene.
    
    ================
    BOSS: Halfynx x2
    ================
    
    HP: 36700 each, MP: 100 each
    Difficulty: Medium
    10000 EXP, 10000 Fol
    
    Treat these two baddies like any other boss. Keep using Helmetbrak, Rock
    Explosion and everything else that you feel will help. Keep them away from
    Rena, so that she won't fall from their attacks. There's nothing more to say,
    really, just hack away and heal when needed.
    
    You will obtain the Energy Stone after the battle. Return to the entrance. If 
    you already have Opera, and have seen the crashsite in the Sacred Forest,
    then you'll run into Ernest, possessed by a ghost. Win a quick battle and you
    will have an option to leave Ernest in the group. If you choose not to, he AND
    Opera will leave the party forever. Run to the coast and return to Lacuer. 
    Head for the castle throne room for another scene. The Lacuer Front Line Base
    is north from Lacuer.
    
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    Lacuer Front Line Base
    
    Recommended level: 43
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
     
    The weapon shop here has some good weapons. Go left on the second screen. Then
    go norhtwest. Enter the commander's office for a scene. Go talk to Dias after
    it. Talk to the people in the general store and go up for a scene.
    
    ===========
    BOSS: Cynne
    ===========
    
    HP: 21000, MP: 200
    Difficulty: -
    0 EXP, 0 Fol
    
    You can't win this battle. You have to survive for 1 minute and it will end.
    Just keep healing yourself until you're through with it.
    
    Go to the hospital room, and another scene takes place. You'll fight three
    Stone Statue first, that aren't hard at all, and then you'll fight Cynne once
    again. You're destined to lose, so just let him smite you off. Dias will join
    the party finally. Rena will come to her senses on an unknown seashore. After 
    the scene, go north on the world map to the village of Eluria.
    
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    Eluria
    
    Recommended level: 43
    Items: Metal Fang, Rune Cap, Fists of the Giant, Shield Swords, Silver Robe,
    Silver Robe, Silver Greaves, Silver Greaves, Plate Armor, Plate Armor, Veil
    Piercer, Fine Shield
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    After the scene, talk to the village chief in the norhteastern house. Then go
    to the Armory and check the barrels all over the place to find METAL FANG, 
    RUNE CAP, FISTS OF THE GIANT, SHIELD SWORDS, SILVER ROBE x2, SILVER GREAVES
    x2, PLATE ARMOR x2, VEIL PIERCER and FINE SHIELD. As you leave, the youth will
    give and ID Card key item. After you leave Eluria, you'll see an interesting
    scene involving Ronyx.
    
    Now go to the Eluria Tower, northeast of Eluria village.
    
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    Eluria Tower
    
    Recommended level: 43
    Items: Holy Mist, Amulet of Flexibility, Steel Helmet, X Clip, Meteor Ring,
    Aquaberries, Sapphire, Music Editor, Paralysis Cure, Pixie's Bracelet, Crested
    Shield, Stone Cure, Star Ruby, Crystal, Super Puncher, Refreshing Syrup, 
    Crested Shield, ?Armor, Gale Earring, Splinter, Medicine Bottle, Murasame,
    Fists of the Giant
    Enemies: Darth Widow, Orange Gelatin, Elder Witchette, Goathead, Timekeeper,
    Defender
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north and use the ID Card.
    
    1F
    Go north for HOLY MIST, AMULET OF FLEXIBILITY, STEEL HELMET, X CLIP and METEOR
    RING. Take whichever stairs you want to 2F.
    2F
    Open the chests with AQUABERRIES, SAPPHIRE and PARALYSIS CURE. Go left for 
    MUSIC EDITOR, PIXIE'S BRACELET and CRESTED SHIELD. Go back east and continue
    north to the savepoint.
    3F
    Go west and north for STONE CURE and STAR RUBY. Take the eastern teleporter.
    4F
    Open the chests with CRYSTAL and SUPER PUNCHER for Precis. Take the west exit
    to 5F.
    5F
    Get REFRESHING SYRUP, CRESTED SHIELD and ?ARMOR. Talk to the minister statue
    and spell D-E-A-T-H. You'll obtain the Key Card. Take southwestern teleporter.
    4F
    Take western teleporter.
    5F
    Use the Key Card on the red pillars. After the scene, go east to the elevator.
    
    Save. Head north to meet an old friend.
    
    =============================
    BOSS: Cynne & Stone Statue x2
    =============================
    
    Cynne: HP: 21000, MP: 200
    Stone Statue: HP: 2200 each, MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    11350 EXP, 52100 Fol
    
    Now you can kick Cynne's ass finally. Get rid of Stone Statues and focus all
    of your attacks on the flying bastard. Soon enough he will die, since he has
    no potentially dangerous attacks and pathetic defense.
    
    Take the teleport which Cynne was blocking. The right door has SPLINTER and
    MEDICINE BOTTLE. The left door has MURASAME and FISTS OF THE GIANT. Run to
    the center room from the left room, open the chest with GALE EARRING and take
    the right exit.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Metatron
    ==============
    
    HP: 100000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: -
    0 EXP, 0 Fol
    
    Yet another battle you cannot win. Just let him destroy you. He will pay for
    that later.
    
    After some shocking events happening at the top of Eluria Tower, you'll find
    yourself on a different planet. The mayor of th city, Nall, will welcome you.
    After the scene, get out of the building and explore the city.
    
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    The Centropolis of Nede
    
    Recommended level: 51
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
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    First, pay a visit to the shops around the place. They have a very nice 
    selection of weapons and items for you. Beside, you should have enough Fol by
    now to buy all of the new equipment. The Skill guild here sucks. Don't forget
    to buy Lezard's Flask in the item shop, you'll need it. You can encountet
    Chisato in the west part of town, but the process of recruiting her is yet to
    begin. Exit the city in the south.
    
    Ok, our next stop is North City, to the north (of course).
    
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    North City
    
    Recommended level: 52
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    You'll run into Chisato again. Go to the north to the library, the Nedepedia.
    Run the materials about the history of Nede and Ten Wise Men here by talking
    to the operator. Then go east to get yourself a Psynard. A scene follows, and
    a boss battle begins.
    
    =============
    BOSS: Psynard
    =============
    
    HP: 43000, MP: 200
    Difficulty: Easy
    20000 EXP, 20000 Fol
    
    Yet again, non-hard boss that wants to get his ass kicked. 'Yawn'. Just keep
    using Helmetbreak to finish him off.
    
    You'll be transported to the Endangered Species Protection Area, i.e. Noel's
    home. He'll join your party for a while. Open the chests with 50000 FOL, PET
    FOOD and LIFE IN NATURE. Go north og Noel's house into the cavern.
    
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    Cave of Crimson Crystals
    
    Recommended level: 53
    Items: Resurrection Elixir, Dream Bracelet, Theory of Symbology, ?Mineral,
    Cinderella Glass, Eagle's Shawl, Chisato's Card, Fruit Syrup, ?Mineral
    Enemies: Peryton, Hellhound, Shockray, Red Balloon
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north. Turn to far east for RESURRECTION ELIXIR. Return to the fork and go
    straight north into the tunnel with yellow light. Get DREAM BRACELET, THEORY
    OF SYMBOLOGY and ?MINERAL here. Go back and run northwest this time. Grab
    CINDERELLA GLASS in the northwest corner and keep on running east. Exit this
    screen in southeast. Go straight east and descend the stairs. Chisato will
    appear yet again. Take EAGLE'S SHAWL from the chest, go back up and take the
    bridge. Pick up CHISATO'S CARD that she lost. You'll need it if you want to
    recruit her later. When you'll see a Psynard, keep going east and take the 1st
    bridge south you'll see. Go south and west in the end. Save at the savepoint.
    Go sout hagain for FRUIT SYRUP and ?MINERAL. Go north for a boss battle.
    
    ===================
    BOSS: Arachnovia x2
    ===================
    
    HP: 40000 each, MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Medium
    19500 EXP, 52000 Fol
    
    This boss isn't as hard as it may look, but keep an eye on your mages, though.
    They may die if they get in the way of Arachnovias. So all you need to do is
    not let the spiderwomans get to the back. Use every Special Art at your very
    disposal to take them out.
    
    You have a Psynard now! Get back to the Centropolis and go into the north 
    building. If you still have an empty spot in your party, you can recruit 
    Chisato now. Speak to her at 2F (at the desk) to have her join you. Go talk to
    Nall at the top floor. He'll give you a Rune Code and a Combo Link. The next
    four dungeons can be hard, so make sure you're leveled properly. The first one
    we will visit is the Field of Wisdom, north of Centropolis.
    
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    Field of Wisdom
    
    Recommended level: 56
    Items: Faerie Elixir, Tiara of the Arc, Alpha Clip, Mirror of Knowledge, 
    Majestic Puncher, Fruit Syrup, Rune Metal
    Enemies: Rikka, Wizard, Magic Defender, Controller, Niquia HG
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Touch the center mirror to be teleported to anoother area, to the true Field
    of Wisdom. Go back using the mirror, and now take the right mirror for FAERIE
    ELIXIR. Go back and use the left mirror for TIARA OF THE ARC. Step on yellow
    tile. Examine the sphere to make it spin. Step on yellow tile again. Then step
    on west yellow tile. Touch the sphere and go back. Step on east yellow tile.
    Touch the sphere and go back. Step on southeast yellow tile this time. Touch
    the sphere and go back. Return to the starting three mirrors. Go through the
    left one again. Step on yellow tile. Go through the north mirror to find ALPHA
    CLIP and MIRROR OF KNOWLEDGE. Go through center mirror to MAJESTIC PUNCHER,
    FRUIT SYRUP and RUNE METAL. Go bakc. Touch the right mirror. Get on the west
    yellow tile. Examine the sphere and go back. Step on east yellow tile. Touch
    the last sphere to make it spin. You'll see a flash of light. Go back. Use the
    mirror. Then touch the left mirror. Get back to the entrance. Go through the
    middle mirror again. Step on the final yellow tile to be teleported to the
    altar.
    
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    BOSS: Magic Hand, Force Box, Guard Box & Magic Box x2
    =====================================================
    
    Magic Hand: HP: 60000, MP: 100
    Force Box: HP: 30000, MP: 100
    Guard Box: HP: 30000, MP: 100
    Magic Box: HP: 30000 each, MP: 100 each
    Difficulty: Hard
    20200 EXP, 82200 Fol
    
    Ok, it seems we now have a worthy enemy to deal with. Your first aim in this
    battle would be the boxes. Get rid of the Magic ones first, then kill the 
    Guard and Force ones. The boxes have 30000 HP each, so it's gonna take quite
    a while. The main threat in this battle is the big Magic Hand, as it shoots
    the white laser beam in front of itself. Anyone who gets in the way will die
    in seconds. Bring a whole lot of Resurrection Elixirs and Resurrection Mists
    here. If Rena already knows Raise Dead, it's gonna be a little easier then.
    Do not let your character stay in front of Magic Hand for long, run to the
    sides every now and then. Once the boxes are dead, you can fully focus on the
    Magic Hand. Use Helmetbreak to your advantage. Do not let the boss act by 
    hitting ALL the time and you'll emerge victorious soon enough.
    
    You will obtain the Orb of Wisdom. Backtrack to the entrance. Field of Might
    is situated northwest of Centropolis, in the snowy mountains.
    
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    Field of Might
    
    Recommended level: 57
    Items: Assault Bomb, Melt Potion, Armor of the Arc, Knuckles of the Moon,
    ?Armor, Sword of Marvels, Blackberries, Ring of Might
    Enemies: Athul Athul, Dark Crusader, Yeti, Ghast, Insane Lord
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Head all the way right. Fight three Yetis and don't let them get to the lever
    behind you. After the fight continue to the chests with ASSAULT BOMB, MELT
    POTION, and ARMOR OF THE ARC. Go back and take the northwest path into the
    cave. On the lower level, defeat three Yetis again (you get 54000 Fol every
    time you successfully defeat such group). Go south and east. Climb the ladder
    for KNUCKLES OF THE MOON. Keep going east. Head for the upper cave. Go north
    for ?ARMOR. Go left to find another pack of Yetis. Keep going west into the 
    cave for a SWORD OF MARVELS. Make absolutely sure you don't miss this awesome
    weapon for Claude! Then return east into another cave for BLACKBERRIES. Keep
    going east for another pack of Yetis. Exit this screen in southeast. Now go
    east and enter the upper cave again. At the fork where you found ?Armor, head
    right this time. Exit the are via southeast. On the next screen, take the
    northwest exit. Go west, climb the ladder. When you'll see two ladders, take
    the right one first for a RING OF MIGHT. Then take the left one. Save at the
    savepoint. Cross the bridge for a scene.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Guardian
    ==============
    
    HP: 130000, MP: 0
    Difficulty: Hard
    37500 EXP, 64000 Fol
    
    This boss is even harder than the previous one. He packs quite a punch, plus
    he can hit you multiple times, not letting you character heal properly. Keep
    Rena far from him, make sure you hold him in the corner with Claude. When you
    are low on health, run away to heal. Nevertheless, bring some Resurrection
    Elixirs with you so you can revive someone who has died. The hardest part of
    the battle comes when the boss is at 1/3 HP and activates his Final Form. He
    dives into the ground and buffs his defense by a lot. This is where you'll be
    dying the most. He will be returning each hit with a little blast, severely
    damaging your characters. Don't rush in now, or you'll be gone in a flash. The
    battle is quite long, but with proper healing you'll make it.
    
    Proceed north to the altar. Orb of Might is yours. Return to the beginning of
    the dungeon. If you haven't succeeded in the battles with Yeti and levers and
    lost all of them, then you won't be able to exit the dungeon by normal means.
    Go to the area where you found Knuckles of the Moon, and look for a place to
    call an echo. You'll be taken out of the dungeon by an avalanche. Field of 
    Courage is next on our list. It's southeast from the Centropolis.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Field of Courage
    
    Recommended level: 63
    Items: Sour Syrup, Medicine Bottle, Shield of the Arc, Idol of the Warrior,
    Luminous Slicers, Mithril Greaves, Amulet of Flexibility
    Enemies: Dark Crusader, Rikke, Otiph, Fenrir Beast
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    A great place for leveling up, if you're underleveled. Read the sign, go left.
    Grab SOUR SYRUP in this area, go back. Proceed northwest for a MEDICINE BOTTLE
    and then continue west for a SHIELD OF THE ARC. Go north. At the intersection
    take the left path to the little altar with an IDOL OF THE WARRIOR. Take it
    and run back east. Go east at the intersection for LUMINOUS SLICERS. Exit this
    screen via southeast. Get MITHRIL GREAVES from the chest and go west. At the
    next screen exit southeast. Go east for AMULET OF FLEXIBILITY, then continue
    southeast. Finally, go east to the elevator. Save afterwards. Choose to place
    the statue on the altar when you're ready.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Guardian
    ==============
    
    HP: 130000, MP: 0
    Difficulty: Medium
    375B00 EXP, 64000 Fol
    
    This Guardian is not as hard as the previous one, fortunately. It doesn't have
    a Final Form mode (or maybe I just killed him too quick), but it can do almost
    everything that the previous Guardian did. Either way, his defense is not high
    enough, so I recommend you to equip the Chain of Might/Ring of Might accessory
    combo on Claude. Coupled with the mighty Sword of Marvels, Helmetbreak can do
    9999 damage easily. Just keep repeating the Special Art until the boss is no
    more.
    
    Orb of Courage is yours now. Retrace your steps to the exit. The last Field
    is high up in the sky, close to the Field of Wisdom.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Field of Love
    
    Recommended level: 69
    Items: Serpent's Tooth, Holy Rod, Resurrection Mist, Hot Syrup
    Enemies: Master Wizard, Magic Defender, Nihua HG, Rikki, Joypad, Clear Gelatin
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    I hate this dungeon with a passion. It's fairly small (only five areas), but
    the random battles here happen every three steps or so. And I'm not kidding
    about this. Be sure to have someone with a Scouting Specialty at a maximum
    level. Otherwise, it's a good place for EXP farming.
    Once you enter through the blue door, you'll see a chest in the east. Get to
    it for SERPENT'S TOOTH. Then go northwest. Continue going west. In the next 
    area, touch the red orb to form a bridge, but don't cross it, go north. Take
    the HOLY ROD and RESURRECTION MIST from the chests and touch another red orb.
    Now go back, cross the little bridge and exit the screen in northwest. Keep
    going north, grabbing HOT SYRUP along the way. You'll come to a savepoint.
    Save and go north for a scene.
    
    =============================
    BOSS: Lavarre & Sunbreaker x2
    =============================
    
    Lavarre: HP: 60000, MP: 0
    Sunbreaker: HP: 30000 each, MP: 100 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    13800 EXP, 34000 Fol
    
    This is the easiest battle out of all the Four Fields boss fights. Go straight
    for Lavarre and finish her off with you sword. Then focus on the Sunbreakers
    and they'll die fast. A pushover battle, no less.
    
    As you lay your hands on the Orb of Love, congrats on beating the Four Fields!
    But we're still far from beating the game, though. Go back to the Centropolis,
    restock on supplies, and speak with Nall on the top floor of the city hall.
    Some scenes will take place, and you'll be taken to L'Aqua. From here, your
    party and Nall travel to Phynal, the final dungeon of the game. This is just
    the first visit, and it's going to be short. First you'll fight Takikodus and
    Mirre 64 two times in a row, and then...
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Zaphkiel
    ==============
    
    HP: 150000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: -
    0 EXP, 0 Fol
    
    This is just like the Metatron fight. You simply can't win. Let him finish you
    off.
    
    Your group will retreat back to Centropolis. Now it's time to go Armlock, to
    the Sealed Door. Armlock is southeast on the Energy Nede map.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Armlock
    
    Recommended level: 75
    Items: Mind Ring
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    After speaking with Nall's minion, explore the town for a bit. Visit the shops
    and the Skill Guild. Now you have finally obtained all of the Skills guild
    skill sets. When you're ready, meet Nall in the north to travel to the sealed
    Symbological Weapons Laboratory. Save when you'll have a chance. Go north.
    Navigate your way to mayor Nall for a scene. After it, go southwest, south,
    south, east, into the door with a chest containing MIND RING, back west, south
    and south for another scene. Back in Armlock, enter the house on the east (the
    that has a lot of steam coming out of it) to meet Dr. Mirage. You'll get Minae
    Cave Key Card from Nall. To get to the Minae Cave, fly a little west from
    Armlock.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Minae Cave
    
    Recommended level: 77
    Items: Fruit Syrup, ?Mineral, Encyclopedia, Refreshing Syrup, Smelling Salts,
    Mithril Mesh, Medicine Bottle, Smith's Hammer, Wonder Drug, Meteorite, 
    Lightning Gun, Athelas, Illusion Doll
    Enemies: Orange Balloon, Sunbreaker, Dark Water
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go up and use the key card. Go immediately northeast for FRUIT SYRUP. A little
    further northeast is ?MINERAL. Go northwest afterwards. Go west a little for
    ENCYCLOPEDIA. Run north to get REFRESHING SYRUP. Head north again. Now walk
    west for SMELLING SALTS, then north for MITHRIL MESH, which is a very nice
    piece of armor. Equip it on Claude. Proceed east a little to find a hidden
    chest with a MEDICINE BOTTLE. Go north for SMITH'S HAMMER. Go back south. On
    this screen, run south then northeast for WONDER DRUG and METEORITE. Exit east
    then. Take the LIGHTNING GUN from a chest, go south and east for ILLUSION DOLL
    and even further north for ATHELAS. Exit this screen in the north part. Keep
    on going north, exit via northwest. Save and proceed up for a boss battle.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Barchian
    ==============
    
    HP: 150000, MP: 400
    Difficulty: Medium
    14950 EXP, 55000 Fol
    
    This boss has only one attack, Pain Release, that hits you party for 3000-3500
    damage. If Rena won't succeed in using Fairy Light between the hits, you're
    as good as dead. But, don't be afraid, Barchian only starts using this attack
    faster when he's near to his death. I was even able to survive two consecutive
    hits with Claude without healing. If you heal when needed, and keep mashing
    him with Mirror Blade/Helmetbreak, you'll be fine.
    
    Looks like now you've got yourself some LEA Metal. That means Mirage can now
    craft us some kickass weapons, so return to Armlock as fast as you can. Mirage
    will also give N.P.I.D. Go to the Fun City, which is north of Armlock. Before
    going there, make sure you have at least 3 Amulets of Flexibility. Have 'em?
    Good, then enter the area for a scene. You'll get a Godslayer, Knuckles of
    Hope and Void Matter from Dr. Mirage. Save at the savepoint, talk to the man
    and choose "Visit mayor Nall". A scene will take place, and look who's here.
    It's...
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Zaphkiel
    ==============
    
    HP: 150000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: Medium
    18000 EXP, 50000 Fol
    
    The first of the Ten Wise Men comes to play. It's Zaphkiel, and he has a nasty
    attack called Cruel Bludgeon which he uses constantly. Well well well, I guess
    it WOULD be a mighty attack, if it weren't for our defense. At level 80, and
    with things like Mithril Mesh/Cloak of the Stars equipped, it'll be doing 1500
    or 2000 damage per hit, which is counterable with Fairy Light. That said, I
    can't see how you can lose this battle, only if you're extremely underleveled
    will you have trouble with Zaphkiel. Keep using Mirror Blade for a quick win.
    
    Equip your party with Amulets of Flexibility now. Exit the Arena to face the
    second Wise Man... err, Robot.
    
    =============
    BOSS: Jophyel
    =============
    
    HP: 160000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: Hard
    20750 EXP, 54000 Fol
    
    Now THIS is a whole different story, people. Pretty much like Zaphkiel, Jophy
    uses only one attack - Energy Rain. Hopefully you have those Flexibility
    amulets, or else you're stoned literally. Energy Rain hits for about 3500-4000
    damage and petrifies the character. I don't think it works 100% of the time,
    but somewhere close to it. Even with the Amulets you'll have a pretty hard
    time staying alive here. Get to Jophyel as fast as you can and start working
    on him with Mirror Blade. He uses Energy Rain like crazy, not stopping even
    for a moment. Fortunately you can cancel his attack if you're lucky. So rely
    on brute force and stay close to him, and use Resurrection Elixirs/Mists when
    needed.
    
    Save at the world map. Get back to Armlock ASAP. Approach Mirage's house for a
    scene.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Metatron
    ==============
    
    HP: 170000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: Easy
    24750 EXP, 58000 Fol
    
    Surprisingly, Metatron is too weak for a real Wise Man. His main feature is
    using Metablock or Metaguard for like 30 seconds. You can't damage him during
    this phase. Once the shield goes off, destroy the bastard with Mirror Blade.
    It's easy to stun Metatron, and when he's stunned, he's dead meat.
    
    After the scene, leave Armlock. You'll be told to go to L'Aqua. This is it, my
    dear reader, it's time to head for the final storyline dungeon of the game.
    
    L'Aqua is in the center of the map, a little northwest of the Field of Love.
    Once there, proceed north for a scene. Go into the infirmary on the right and
    talk to Nall. Choose "Yes, we're ready". From the Phynal pier, enter Phynal
    from the world map (save beforehand).
    
    ==============================================================================
    Phynal
    
    Recommended level: 80
    Items: Mithril Shield, Symbology Dictionary, Nuclear Bomb, Spark Whip, Shadow
    Cross, ?Item, Resurrection Mist, Beta Clip, Lotus Eaters, Atomic Puncher, 
    Mithril, Sylvan Boots, Fists of the Titan, Rune Shoes, Bouro, Medicine Bottle,
    Refreshing Syrup, Gigawatt Stunner, Thunderclap Rod, Dueling Helmet, Potion of
    Epiphany, Philosopher's Stone, Athelas, Dueling Suit, Goddess Statuette, Stone
    Cure
    Enemies: Takikodus, Erikodus, Niquia LM, Mirre 64, Medusa Lizard, Succubus,
    Dark Crusader, Master Wizard, Quidonya, River Slug, Phantom Phoenix
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north on the bridge to enter the Phynal tower. As you enter, you'll be
    thrown into a fight with another three of the Ten Wise Men.
    
    ===============================
    BOSS: Zadkiel, Raphael & Camael
    ===============================
    
    Zadkiel: HP: 105800, MP: 200
    Raphael: HP: 85000, MP: 180
    Camael: HP: 45500, MP: 150
    Difficulty: Hard
    18000 EXP, 70000 Fol
    
    This battle is HARD. We have three enemies here, and all of them are quite 
    deadly. Your first target should be either Camael or Raphael. Camael has low
    HP, but Raphael can make your characters possessed for a LONG time. That being
    said, I would go for Raphael first. Keep using Mirror Blade until he bites the
    dust. Camael will occasionally heal his allies, but his healing powers are
    weak - they will recover about 1200-1500 HP per use. Once Raphael is gone, 
    quickly take out Camael. This won't take long. Once only Zadkiel is left, 
    start working on his HP and look out for his spells. You should win the battle
    eventually.
    
    Go back to the world map to save. It's safer that way:) Once back in Phynal,
    go north. Take northeast exit. Enter the red door to find MITHRIL SHIELD and
    SYMBOLOGY DICTIONARY. Go back south. Go through the far west door. Enter the
    first room you see for NUCLEAR BOMB, SPARK WHIP and SHADOW CROSS. Go back and
    take the path northwest straight to the teleporter.
    2F
    Go north. Enter the northwest door, go north again for ?ITEM and RESURRECTION
    MIST. Go back. Go through the northeast door now. Head northeast again to the
    teleporter.
    3F
    Go north. Keep on keepin' on north until you arrive at the four-way fork, go
    south. Keep going south to the teleporter.
    2F
    Follow the only way to BETA CLIP and LOTUS EATERS. Return to 3F.
    3F
    Go north 2 times. Run north again at the 4-way fork to the teleporter.
    4F
    Go north. You can find MITHRIL, SYLVAN BOOTS and FISTS OF THE GIANT in the 
    north room, ATOMIC PUNCHER in the western, and RINE SHOES in the eastern.
    Return to 3F.
    3F
    Go north. Exit the fork west this time. Keep going west to the teleporter.
    4F
    Follow the only path there is to another teleporter.
    5F
    Go north. Follow the single path to the savepoint. There's no point in going
    east this time. If you go north, you'll face a boss. Prepare for the fight by
    equipping your characters with Amulets of Flexibility/Anti-petrify armor and
    fire-damage-reducing accessories such Ruby, Star Ruby, Shadow Cross, etc.
    
    ======================
    BOSS: Michael & Haniel
    ======================
    
    Michael: HP: 180000, MP: 300
    Haniel: HP: 140000, MP: 200
    Difficulty: Very Hard
    46250 EXP, 65000 Fol
    
    The last three wise men were NOTHING compared to this battle. You'll be facing
    only two this time, but believe me, they're hard as hell without proper preps
    and strategy. Your one and only goal in this fight - destroy Michael as quick
    as possible. He uses fire spells like Eruption and Explode, but he also has a
    very damaging one - Spicule. Spicule does around 6000-6500 damage without fire
    protection, and a little less with protection. Haniel uses Blood Scylla and a
    laser beam that petrifies all that it touches. Since you don't want to die in
    a matter of seconds, rush to Michael and start using Mirror Blade and Mirror
    Blade only. Helmetbreak is bad because it can give him an opportunity to cast
    a spell. Set your other attacker to assault Michael as well. I also recommend
    equipping Ring of Might on Claude instead of Amulet of Flexibility, since he
    will be focusing mostly on Michael. With Mirror Blade doing about 5000-6000
    damage per hit, Michael should go down in about 2 minutes. Once he's gone, you
    almost win the battle. Just continue crushing Haniel till he dies, and watch
    out for Blood Scylla, of course.
    
    Go back to save. Then proceed north to the teleporter.
    6F
    This floor has no random battles, but it's annoying nonetheless. I'll cut down
    the explanation to only telling you the directions. East, then north. Press 
    the middle button on the apparatus. East, press the right button. Go north two
    times for BOURO, MEDICINE BOTTLE and REFRESHING SYRUP. Go south two times. 
    Press the middle button. Go west. Press left button. South, west, west. Press
    the switch. East, east, north. Press middle button. West twice. Press the 
    switch. East two times. Press left button. North and east. Press right button.
    West, north. Press the switch. South, east. Press left button. East, south.
    Press middle button. East, south, press the switch. You'll hear a short melody
    now. North, west. Press left button. North, west, north. Press middle button.
    East and north to the teleporter.
    7F
    Go north. Head west at the fork. Go west and north for a GIGAWATT STUNNER. Go
    back south, east and east again at the intersection. Run northeast for a save-
    point. Walk west and north for yet another boss.
    
    =============
    BOSS: Lucifer
    =============
    
    HP: 300000, MP: 5900
    Difficulty: Medium
    115000 EXP, 80000 Fol
    
    Suprisingly, Lucifer is way easier than Michael and Haniel. Maybe it's because
    he's alone, I don't know. The only spell you have to watch out for is Demon's
    Gate that can hit for 5500-6500 damage. Other than that, he can teleport all
    over the battlefield, so just keep Mirror Blading him to prevent it and maybe
    even stun him. Once you'll corner him, the job is almost done.
    
    Now that the traitor scum is dead, go north and east for THUNDERCLAP ROD. Then
    west and northto the teleporter.
    8F
    Go north to another teleporter.
    9F
    Go north. Enter the red door to obtain DUELING HELMET (one of the best helmets
    in the game) and PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. Keep going east and then south to the
    teleporter. 
    8F
    Go north. South and west. Save at the savepoint, it will change it's color to
    blue. That means that you've opened an optional dungeon, a voice gallery and
    you can now return to Nede to turn off Gabriel's limiter and make him an uber
    hard boss. But let's leave that for later. Go west till you see two red doors.
    Get POTION OF EPIPHANY, ATHELAS, DUELING SUIT (one of the best armors in the
    game), GODDESS STATUETTE, STONE CURE. Go back west to the savepoint. Prepare
    well to face the final boss. Once ready, go north 3 times. After the FMV scene
    you'll face HIM at last.
    
    ===================
    FINAL BOSS: Gabriel
    ===================
    
    HP: 500000, MP: 10000
    Difficulty: Hard
    150000 EXP, 90000 Fol
    
    Gabriel is a formidable foe even WITH the limiter. He'll be using Star Flare
    for 6000-7000 damage, Time if Truth and Divine Wave. He'll also start using
    Explode and Angel Feather once you deplete his HP by 250000. The same strategy
    you used for Lucifer applies here. Mirror Blade him to death, and if manages
    to pull off Star Flare, heal right away. Use Resurrection Elixirs when needed,
    set all of your comrades except the healer to go all-out on Gabriel. With this
    assault, the final boss of Star Ocean: Second Evolution will fall.
    
    Congratulations on beating the game. The ending you'll get is based on AR with
    the other characters. Once the credits roll, you'll see a FIN screen. You can
    not save, unfortunately, so just restart the game. If you have defeated 2000
    monsters total, you can start a new game on Galaxy/Universe difficulty. To
    unlock the remaining movies/voices, enter Virtual Expel (through the Old man
    in Fun City's arena), save there, go back to Phynal and save again.
    
                     -------THEIR ADVENTURE HAS JUST BEGUN.--------
    
                                         FIN
    
    ==============================================================================
    III.               SIDE-QUESTS, SECRETS AND POST-GAME STUFF
    ==============================================================================
    
    =================================
    SIDE-QUEST: EXORCISING THE DRAGON
    =================================
    
    You can start this quest after getting Ashton. Go to Marze, enter the elder's
    house and go to the backroom. Climb the little ladder and read a book about
    exorcism. This will trigger a scene. Go to the Krosse castle and speak with
    the king to get a permission to enter the Mountain Palace. You'll also get
    3000 Fol. The Mountain Palace is southwest of Kurik. Just head left instead
    of crossing the bridge that leads to Kurik.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Mountain Palace
    
    Recommended level: 23
    Items: Crystal, Lunar Charm, Crested Rod, Emerald Ring, Faerie Statuette, 
    Amber Robe, ?Mineral, Damascus, Faerie Cologne, Wolfsbane, ?Herb, Resurrection
    Elixir, ?Jewelry, Cestus, ?Mineral
    Enemies: Thieving Scum, Slime Pool, Archer, Fudd, Petri Gevel, Sandglass,
    Hound
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Open the chests for CRYSTAL and LUNAR CHARM. Talk to the soldier guarding the
    door and he'll let you through. At the intesection go up, and then go north-
    east at another. At the next intersection go east. Take the stairs in front of
    the door down to FAERIE STATUETTE and EMERALD RING. Go to the last fork and
    head up. At the next fork go up again. Three chests with CRESTED ROD, AMBER
    ROBE and ?MINERAL. Go back and right. Follow the path till the end to get to
    three chests containing DAMASCUS, FAERIE COLOGNE and WOLFSBANE. Go all the way
    back to the 2nd intersection, take the northwestern path, then follow this way
    further. In the tunnel you'll find ?HERB and ARTEMIS LEAF. Back out of the
    tunnel and go up in the other tunnel till the end for RESURRECTION ELIXIR, 
    GLITTERING EARRING and ?JEWELRY. The nest room has a savepoint. Go further
    right. Open the chests for CESTUS and ?MINERAL. Then go up for a scene.
    
    ===============
    BOSS: Nightmare
    ===============
    
    HP: 9000 MP: 100
    Difficulty: Medium
    1000 EXP, 2200 Fol
    
    This boss is not that hard, but it's fast and this may be a problem. It does
    not have weaknesses to exploit, so rely on brute force. Have Claude and Ashton
    bombard it with a set of attacks. Helmetbreak is very good here, if it hits
    the target. Do not let the boss reach Rena/Celine, as it may kill them in a
    matter of seconds. Otherwise you'll be fine.
    
    
    You have Sacred Chalice now. Back to the entrance. Your next point of interest
    should be Lasgus Mountains, where you supposedly can find King's Tears. So go
    there. Lasgus Mountains are a little west of Krosse.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Lasgus Mountains
    
    Recommended level: 26
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: Black Balloon, Sorceress, Savant, Cockatrice, Flyray, Kobold King
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    The path is pretty damn straightforward here, just press X to climb the trails
    up and you'll get to the nest and a savepoint. Heal up and prepare for a boss.
    
    ===========
    BOSS: Zinae
    ===========
    
    HP: 20000 MP: 300
    Difficulty: Semi-Easy
    2075 EXP, 3200 Fol
    
    This boss is not hard at all if you know what you're doing. First off, it's a
    bird, and it's flying, so use Helmetbreak often. It's basically everything you
    need to do, as Ashton will help you out form the ground. Just lock the darn
    bird into a corner and keep using Helmetbreak repeatedly until it dies.
    
    Woohoo. Looks like now you have everything you need to perform the exorcism
    ritual. Go back to the Salva Mines, to the place where you met Ashton for a
    scene. Heh, looks like he likes Creepy and Weepy after all... Anyway, quest
    completed.
    
    =======================================
    SIDE-QUEST: RECRUITING OPERA AND ERNEST
    =======================================
    
    You can start this quest after doing the PA with a three-eyed man in Krosse
    City. Go to Hilton, and speak with a three-eyed woman in the bar. Go to
    the Krosse castle and speak with the king to get a permission to enter the 
    Mountain Palace. You'll also get 10000 Fol. The Mountain Palace is southwest
    of Kurik. Just head left instead of crossing the bridge that leads to Kurik.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Mountain Palace
    
    Recommended level: 25
    Items: Crystal, Lunar Charm, Crested Rod, Emerald Ring, Faerie Statuette, 
    Amber Robe, ?Mineral, Damascus, Faerie Cologne, Wolfsbane, ?Herb, Resurrection
    Elixir, ?Jewelry, Cestus, ?Mineral
    Enemies: Thieving Scum, Slime Pool, Archer, Fudd, Petri Gevel, Sandglass,
    Hound
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Open the chests for CRYSTAL and LUNAR CHARM. At the intesection go straight, 
    then straight again. You'll find Opera here. Agree to help her out. Descend 
    the stairs and go north. Save and go into the room.
    
    ====================
    BOSS: Fire Lizard x2
    ====================
    
    HP: 5000 each, MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Medium
    2000 EXP, 8000 Fol
    
    This battle is quick. Focus at one Lizard at a time, and look out for its fire
    breath. Keep piercing them from all sides and you should be done in no time.
    
    At the next intersection go east. Take the stairs in front of the door down to
    FAERIE STATUETTE and  EMERALD RING. Go to the last fork and head up. At the 
    next fork go up again. Three chests with CRESTED ROD, AMBER ROBE and ?MINERAL.
    Go back and right. Follow the path till the end to get to three chests 
    containing DAMASCUS, FAERIE COLOGNE and WOLFSBANE. Go all the way back to the
    2nd intersection, take the northwestern path, then follow this way further. In
    the tunnel you'll find ?HERB and ARTEMIS LEAF. Back out of the tunnel and go
    up in the other tunnel till the end for RESURRECTION ELIXIR, GLITTERING 
    EARRING and ?JEWELRY. The nest room has a savepoint. Go further right. Open 
    the chests for CESTUS and ?MINERAL. Return to the entrance.
    
    Go to the Sacred Forest now that you have Opera, and witness the crashsite
    there. Ernest will join you soon enough in Hoffman Ruins.
    
    ======================================
    SIDE-QUEST: GETTING THE SCUMBAG SLAYER
    ======================================
    
    After the Lacuer Armory Contest, go to Salva and find Ruddle there. Tell him
    "Go north". Travel to Marze, find Ruddle in the item shop and tell him "It's
    further east of here". Then go to Hilton and find Ruddle near the bar. Tell
    him "You just need to travel by boat again". Finally go to Harley, and find
    Ruddle in the west part of the inn. He will reward you with a Scumbag Slayer
    sword, which is very useful in Maze of Tribulations.
    
    ===============================================
    SIDE-QUEST: CLASSIFIED INFORMATION OF NEDEPEDIA
    ===============================================
    
    You must recruit Chisato for this quest. Once you have been to North City and
    have read all the materials in Nedepedia, go to the Princebridge town in the 
    west.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Princebridge
    
    Recommended Level: 55
    Items: Faerie's Elixir
    Enemies: N/A
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    This is Noel's hometown. Explore the city, visit the shops and head to the
    Princebridge University second floor. In the westernmost room you'll find a 
    chest with FAERIE'S ELIXIR. Talk to director Leifath, then with professor 
    Parel on the first floor. Speak with Leifath again and go to Centropolis. With
    Chisato in your party, do a PA here. Find her at the third floor of Nede Times 
    and return to North City. Go to Nedepedia and speak with the operator. Go to
    Princebridge again and talk to Leifath. Choose "That's actually us" and "Tell
    him". Talk to Leifath again, read all th files. After the scene, go talk to
    professor Parel. He'll give a PANDORA'S BOX. Give it to Leifath. Exit the town
    and do a PA. Leave the town again and enter it normally. Speak with Leifath.
    Now you have all the materials about Ten Wise Men.
    
    ====================================================
    POST-GAME SIDE-QUEST: EXPLORING THE OPTIONAL DUNGEON
    ====================================================
    
    Once you have reached the final savepoint in Phynal (8F), the optional super
    hard dungeon becomes available. It is called the Maze of Tribulations. This
    maze is situated in Expel. How do we get to Expel, if we're in Nede? Go to the
    Fun City arena, and speak with an old man in the back of it. He offers you to
    go to Virtual Expel. Accept the proposition and you will be back in Expel, in
    the village of Arlia, the place where it all started. The maze is situated in
    the southwest corner of the map, surrounded by mountains. Before going there,
    make sure to restock on healing items, spectacles and everything else you 
    might need. The most important part is equipment, though. I will list the
    characters I used for beating this dungeon and their equipment. Also, take
    note that I used Celine and Ashton, who are by all means NOT the best party
    members in the game. To have a better party, I advice you to swap them for
    Opera (if you have her) and Chisato (or Dias, if you're on Rena's playthrough)
    so that you'll be more successful in beating the dungeon.
    
    Claude (Level 90)                 Rena (Level 90)
    HP: 7365/7365                     HP: 7269/7269
    MP: 478/478                       MP: 489/489
    Weapon: Godslayer                 Weapon: Knuckles of Hope
    Armor: Dueling Suit               Armor: Robe of Deception
    Shield: Mithril Shield            Shield: Rune Buckler
    Helmet: Dueling Helmet            Helmet: Tiara of Isis
    Greaves: Star Greaves             Greaves: Laced Boots
    Acc 1: Ring of Might              Acc 1: Star Guard
    Acc 2: Chain of Might             Acc 2: Faerie Ring
    
    Celine (Level 90)                 Ashton (Level 90)
    HP: 7321/7321                     HP: 7489/7489
    MP: 538/538                       MP: 486/486
    Weapon: Rod of Snakes             Weapon: Holy Cross
    Armor: Robe of Ishtar             Armor: Dueling Suit
    Shield: Hand of Kali              Shield: Gauntlet of Air
    Helmet: Tiara of Isis             Helmet: Dueling Helmet
    Greaves: Rune Shoes               Greaves: Star Greaves
    Acc 1: Star Guard                 Acc 1: Talisman
    Acc 2: Emerald Ring               Acc 2: Berserker Ring
    
    The majority of this equipment is created via the Blacksmith Super specialty
    and the Customization item creation. To increase the success of creation,
    use Orchestra Super specialty during the process. Not to mention that you must
    have the Magical Rasp item in your inventory. You can buy it in the Shady
    shop for 350000 Fol. The Shady shop is found on the island between Field of
    Might and Princebridge town on planet Energy Nede.
    
    A few more words about the Maze of Tribulations: it has 13 floors, that are 
    not very big, but all have puzzles in them. There is a boss on each floor, and
    each floor has different random enemies. There's a shortcut to B9 on B1, and
    a teleport to B1 on B6 and B13. Oh, and also - the dungeon has NO savepoints,
    meaning you'll have to backtrack a lot (each two floors or so) to save. You 
    can also use Jewels of the Frog that teleport you out of the dungeon. You can
    buy them from Santa the Merchant who is found randomly at floor 6. Be aware 
    that they are costly (300001 Fol), so keep enough money to buy a few.
    Well, now that I have informed you of everything you need to know, let us
    begin the journey through the Maze of Tribulations, starting from basement
    floor 1.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B1: Ruins of Symbols
    
    Recommended Level: 90
    Items: Nectar, Combo Substitute, Nuclear Bomb, tri-Emblum, Sirloin, Wonder 
    Drug, Blueberries
    Enemies: Living Armor, Grim Wing, Phantom Knight, Enchantress
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    All hail to "Mission to Deep Space", baby! Yeah, that brings back memories...
    Go north. You can find NECTAR here in the north room. Go east, making a little
    curve fot a COMBO SUBSTITUTE. Head south now, and then east for NUCLEAR BOMB.
    Return west and take the path south. Walk into the south room for TRI-EMBLUM.
    Go back north and through the north door for SIRLOIN an WONDER DRUG. Return
    south, and go west this time. Ignore the switch, keep going west and then go
    north. Enter the northwest door for BLUEBERRIES. Go back south and east. Now
    flip the switch. Enter the door that has been opened, and face the first boss
    of the dungeon.
    
    ==========================================
    BOSS: Dark Enchantress & Phantom Knight x2
    ==========================================
    
    Dark Enchantress: HP: 160000, MP: 500
    Phantom Knight: HP: 23000 each, MP: 60 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    93000 EXP, 20000 Fol
    
    The Dark Enchantress is a joke if you have the equipment I listed above. Get
    rid of the Knights first, and move on to the witch. She'll go down soon enough
    after taking a few Mirror Blades in the face.
    
    She'll give you Bunny Shoes as a reward. Go north and descend the stairs to
    B2.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B2: Lover's End
    
    Recommended Level: 90
    Items: Combo Link, Organic Vegetables, Reflecting Plate, Resurrection Mist
    Enemies: Phantom Axman, Giant, Hunter Slime
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north a bit and read the tablet. This should give you a hint on how to 
    effectively complete the puzzle. Go east two times, then south. Turn Milena
    statue south and Luke statue north so that they face each other. Examine the
    floor between them to find COMBO LINK. Go back north, and west. Turn south,
    making a little curve for ORGANIC VEGETABLES. Go back north and west to the
    tablet room. Go west, then south. A little further south, turn Yuffie south.
    Go south again, turn Lloyd east. Go east, turn Cistina south. Return north,
    turn east to get to Feila. Turn her east. Go into the room above her for
    REFLECTING PLATE and RESURRECTION MIST. Go back south and head west. Keep 
    going south to find Sharon. Turn her west. You'll hear a sound. Go back north
    and west. Enter the northwest room and go east. Now enter the big red door and
    prepare for a boss.
    
    ===================================
    BOSS: Blood Gerel & Hunter Slime x4
    ===================================
    
    Blood Gerel: HP: 60000, MP: 0
    Hunter Slime: HP: 20000 each, MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Easy
    23750 EXP, 41000 Fol
    
    This is laughably easy. All of the enemies here are pretty much similar, only
    that the Gerel here has 3x more HP. But that shouldn't be a problem, since he
    is no different from the slimes. Just hunt them down one by one and heal when
    needed.
    
    You will the Seraphic Garb armor, which is best armor available at the moment.
    Hopefully, we'll be getting more of these soon:) Descend the stairs to B3.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B3: One-way Cave
    
    Recommended Level: 95
    Items: Ring of Lightspeed, Nectar, Nectar, Dream Crown, Sirloin, Wonder Drug,
    Sylvan Mail
    Enemies: Phantom Goathead, Enchantress, Blood Gerel, Lesser Devil
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Read the tablet, go north, then north again, west and finally south. Here, go
    south a little for RING OF LIGHTSPEED and NECTAR. Then continue south and 
    south again for another NECTAR. Run east three times for DREAM CROWN, SIRLOIN
    and WONDER DRUG. Go north four times, then west and south to the next screen
    to grab the last treasure on this floor which is SYLVAN MAIL. Go south and
    west to return to the entrance of this floor. If you have been following the
    directions I gave you, then the puzzle is completed, so take the path west and
    into the newly opened door for a boss.
    
    ====================
    BOSS: Dreamcaster x3
    ====================
    
    HP: 35000 each, MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Medium
    45000 EXP, 90000 Fol
    
    This battle can be quite challenging due to the Dreamcasters' ability to stop
    time for a short bit and attack you while you are stunned. I suggest using
    Helmetbreak here, cause during this Special Art Claude jumps in the air, and 
    the time-stopping gas can't reach him. After a few Helmetbreaks each 
    Dreamcaster will go down, cause they have small HP.
    
    You'll get Magic Gumdrop after the battle. Proceed to B4.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B4: Altar of the Dancer
    
    Recommended Level: 100
    Items: Extinction, Nectar, Onyx Earring, Mallet Charm, Resurrection Mist,
    Organic Vegetables, Seraphic Garb, Mystical Shamisen
    Enemies: Jabberwabbit, Hunter Slime
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go through the east wall to get Leon's EXTINCTION spell, and through the west
    one for NECTAR. Go north and speak with the mistaken warrior. Go into north-
    west room for ONYX EARRING and into northeastern for MALLET CHARM. Go east for
    RESURRECTION MIST and ORGANIC VEGETABLES. In this area, go north into a room.
    Go through the wall and raise the lever. You'll hear a door opening somewhere.
    Go back, further east and north for SERAPHIC GARB. Return south, and go west
    two screens. You're supposed to be back in the area with the mistaken warrior.
    Take note that the center north door is open now. Enter it, and play a song
    for the goddess. Choose a character with Music specialty at level 10, and who
    knows Listening and Rhythm Sense talents. In my case, it was Claude. You'll
    get MYSTICAL SHAMISEN instrument as a reward for you song. Go back, continue
    west and north, Go through the wall again for a boss.
    
    ==============
    BOSS: Mirre 32
    ==============
    
    HP: 190000, MP: 0
    Difficulty: Medium
    100000 EXP, 50000 Fol
    
    This little critter can fire lasers at you that can chain hit for thousands of
    damage. That's about the only somewhat dangerous attack it has, so counter it
    with Mirror Blade. Once engulfed in the Mirror Blade torrent of hits, Mirre
    won't be able to live long.
    
    Be aware that this level is great for level building, if you lack them. Once
    in the fight with Blood Gerels, wait for them to multiply and finish the 
    battles with hundreds of thousands of EXP. Be careful with the Lesser Devils, 
    though, as they can totally slay you if they'ere in large group. Anyway, 
    continue to B5. 
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B5: Woman's Revenge
    
    Recommended Level: 105
    Items: Refreshing Syrup, Ring of Lightspeed, Wonder Drug, Sirloin, Nectar,
    Faerie Ring, Seraphic Garb, Phantom Slayer
    Enemies: Lady Chimera, Mighty Ape, Dragon Axman, Greater Goathead
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north for a bit to get REFRESHING SYRUP and RING OF LIGHTSPEED. Proceed 
    north for a scene. When prompted, choose the answers "Puffy!" and "Beasts".
    You'll fight a Phantom Salamander next, but you must run away for now, as you
    will be doing 1 HP damage to it per hit. Go northeast (the upper exit), go
    north for a WONDER DRUG, then south, making a curve to SIRLOIN. Go 2 screens
    south and west (go through the wal) to NECTAR and FAERIE RING. Go two screens
    back to the place where you found Sirloin and go east. Enter the north room
    for SERAPHIC GARB, then continue south and east. Keep going south dor another
    scene with Puffy. Choose "Help her" and fight three Dreamcasters. After the
    battle, examine the floor to get PHANTOM SLAYER. Equip it on Rena. Go west
    until the door behind gets closed, then west again and north. Exit this area
    in northwest. Now take the lower east exit to face the Salamander again.
    
    ========================
    BOSS: Phantom Salamander
    ========================
    
    HP: 811200, MP: 0
    Difficulty: Very Easy/Hard
    41313 EXP, 52000 Fol
    
    With Phantom Slayer equipped, take control of Rena, approach the boss and do
    one hit. You have won the battle. If you somehow DON'T have it, then you're in
    for a long ride, taking away Salamander's 811200 HP one by one. Heh heh.
    
    You will obtain the Orb of Fire. Go back to the previous area. Exit it via
    upper east exit, go south, east, south, east to a red door. Use Orb of Fire on
    it and descend the stairs to B6.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B6: Nest of Thieves
    
    Recommended Level: 110
    Items: Dream Crown, Antidote
    Enemies: Dreamcaster, Dragon Axman, Metal Scum, Thieving Scum, Jabberwabbit
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Exit the starting screen in northwest, go west and north. At the intersection
    go west for DREAM CROWN, east for ANTIDOTE. Go back south to the area with
    stone statues. You may run into Santa the Merchant here, so buy some Jewels of
    the Frog from him, and if you have the money - tri-Emblems, the best accessory
    in the game. Press the switch at the southeasternmost thief statue to open a
    door. Go west and north to face a boss. If you have the Scumbag Slayer from
    the Ruddle's quest, equip it.
    
    ========================================================
    BOSS: Thieving Scum LV99, Thieving Scum x3 & Dreamcaster
    ========================================================
    
    Thieving Scum LV99: HP: 40000, MP: 0
    Thieving Scum: HP: 3 each, MP: 0 each
    Dreamcaster: HP: 35000, MP: 0
    Difficulty: Medium
    65004 EXP, 50030 Fol
    
    Ignore the regular Scum, as they will die immediately without your help, and
    focus on Dreamcaster. The strategy from the previous battles applies here too.
    Once it is gone, prepare to attack the LV99 Scum. If you have Scumbag Slayer,
    it will be a breeze, and if you don't, try to keep up with his incredible
    speed by equipping Bunny Shoes that you got on the 1st floor. He'll go down
    pretty quick, as he has measly 40000 HP.
    
    Ok, the northeastern exit here is the stairs to B7, and the northwestern is 
    the teleport to B1. Use it to save, especially if you haven't been saving till
    now.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B7: Altar of the Goddess
    
    Recommended Level: 115
    Items: Organic Vegetables, Mallet Charm, Phantom Slayer, tri-Emblum, Marenne 
    Oysters, Refreshing Syrup, Resurrection Mist, Flawed Orb, Bunny Shoes, Sunset
    Island, Crazy Cow
    Enemies: Crimson Beast, Thieving Scum LV99, Magus, Robinette, Ultimate Avenger
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north twice. Read the tablet. Go east and north into the room for ORGANIC
    VEGETABLES. Go back, then south a little and east into another room for MALLET
    CHARM. Finall, go south and through a wall for a second PHANTOM SLAYER weapon.
    Go east from the tablet, making a little curve south to find TRI-EMBLUM. Go
    further east, take the first path south you see, amke a little curve for a 
    chest with REFRESHING SYRUP. South again for MARENNE OYSTERS and RESURRECTION
    MIST. Go back north two times and east again. Then keep going south, approach
    the south wall and walk through it for a FLAWED ORB. Craft it with one of your
    characters to get Orb Of Fire. Go back north, then west two times. Place the
    orb at the altar to open the north door. Proceed through it to meet another
    obstacle.
    
    ===================
    BOSS: Mithril Eater
    ===================
    
    HP: 600000, MP: 400
    Difficulty: Medium
    60500 EXP, 60000 Fol
    
    Much like the boss from the Minae Cave, this one uses only Pain Release, which
    can hit for whopping 8000-8500 damage, so be ready to interrupt him with your
    attacks/spells of your mages. As I have noticed, Pain Release tends to hit 
    only the characters that are close to the Mithril Eater, so your casters will
    be left unharmed for the most time. The quickest strategy to defeat this fella
    would be to get behind its back and use Mirror Blade like there's no tomorrow.
    The Eater is stunnable, so use that to your advantage.
    
    You'll get Mindhealer, the best rod for Celine, Leon or Noel after the battle.
    Go northwest for BUNNY SHOES, SUNSET ISLAND and CRAZY COW. Go northeast to B8.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B8: God of Food
    
    Recommended Level: 120
    Items: Lavender, Amoeba Soup, Seraphic Garb, Scumbag Slayer, Legendary Otoro,
    Mallet Charm, Refreshing Syrup, Wonder Drug, Marenne Oysters, Mindhealer, Ooze
    Cocktail, Slimy Gelatin
    Enemies: Star Protector, Killer Ape, Dreamcaster, Vile Hound, Phantom Devil
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Grab LAVENDER on the immediate right and go north two times. Take the first
    east path you see, go east again and walk through a wall for AMOEBA SOUP and
    SERAPHIC GARB. Go back west, south and east for SCUMBAG SLAYER. Back north and
    northwest. Take the northwestern exit now. Go west and north for LEGENDARY
    OTORO and MALLET CHARM. Go back south and follow tha way south for the next
    two screens. Open the chests for REFRESHING SYRUP, WONDER DRUG and MARENNE
    OYSTERS. Go back north, open the chest with MINDHEALER in the northwest corner
    and go through northern and southern walls for OOZE COCKTAIL and SLIMY GELATIN
    respectively. Exit screen by going north. Then keep going east and a little
    north in the end to meet the God of Food. Feed him the food you are proposed 
    to. Keep repeating it until you have the opportunity to feed him with non-food
    and him something that is not food for a scene. Go south through the newly
    opened door to meet you final opponent on this floor.
    
    ==================
    BOSS: Elysian Slug
    ==================
    
    HP: 450000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: Easy
    75000 EXP, 42000 Fol
    
    This boss is laughably easy, if you know what you're doing. Keep using Mirror
    Slice or even Helmetbreak for a quick win, as this boss does nothing except
    swallowing your characters and spitting them out petrified. Use Condition Cure
    or Stone Cure items to heal them and repeat the process until it's dead.
    
    You'll get Gelatin Steak as a reward. Yeah, not a very good reward >_> Anyway,
    now that you've beaten first 8 floors, you can safely use Jewel of the Frog to
    return to the entrance, or you can go back to floor 6's teleport. Do so to get
    back to the world map to heal and restock on items. We will be using the short
    cut to B9 from now on, so don't be afraid to leave.
    To get to B9 from B1, from the entrance to the Maze of Tribulations go north,
    the west and south. Enter the northwest door and walk on the tiles (not the
    red ones) until you fall down to B9.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B9: The Sealed Casket
    
    Recommended Level: 125
    Items: Artemis Leaf, Valiant Boots, Resurrection Mist, Wonder Drug
    Enemies: Brigand Ogre, Cockatrice King, Phantom Mollusk, Robinette Captain
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Alright, kids, the games are over now. From here on out, you'll be facing the
    toughest and deadliest random enemies in the game. On this floor, beware of
    the Cockatrice Kings who can petrify with EVERY single hit. Also, Brigand 
    Ogres and Robinette Captain hit very hard and have a pretty high guard rate.
    Open the right chest for ARTEMIS LEAF. Go through the wall for VALIANT BOOTS,
    that are the very best piece of leg armor. Go back and west for two times, and
    north for RESURRECTION MIST. Go north and east. Keep going east till you can't
    anymore and move south for WONDER DRUG. Go back north, and exit this screen
    northwest. Immediately go south, then west. Go through the north door, ignore
    the coffin and keep going to north to reach the stairs to B10. Where's the 
    boss, you say? Ah, we'll deal with him later.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B10: Moment of Courage
    
    Recommended Level: 130
    Items: Scumbag Slayer, Bunny Shoes, Valkyrie's Boots, Refreshing Syrup, 
    Rainbow Diamond, Valkyrie's Boots, Philosopher's Stone, Valiant Boots, Meteor
    Swarm, Mindhelaer, Organic Vegetables
    Enemies: Dreamcaster, Manic Gunner, Mirre 128, Gastric Slug, Mind Flayer, Life
    Flayer
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Ok, this floor is even more frustrating than the previous one. First of all,
    it has some nasty enemies such as Mind Flayers (will rob you of your MP in
    seconds), Life Flayers (will destroy your HP in seconds, if you're not careful
    enough) and Manic Gunners. Secondly it represents a 4x4 grid. To enter the
    other rooms, you must step on tiles in the first room that are representing
    those rooms.
    
    The grid looks like this:
    .---------------.
    |   |   |   | G |    G - green tiles (normal rooms)
    |---------------|
    |   |   |   |   |    R - red tiles (rooms with increased enemy encounter rate)
    |---------------|
    |   |   |   |   |    Y - yellow tiles (rooms with HP-sap effect)
    |---------------|
    | G |   |   |   |
    '---------------'
    
    G are the green tiles. The southwestern shows the room where you are right now
    and the northeastern shows you the room that has the stairs to B11. Ok, as you
    probably want to nab all the chests, we'll be using two routes. The first one
    looks like this:
    
    .---------------.
    | R |   |   | G |
    |---------------|
    | Y | G | R |   |
    |---------------|
    | G |   |   |   |
    |---------------|
    | G |   |   |   |
    '---------------'
    
    Step on the corresponding tiles and go through the northern door. Go north 
    again for a SCUMBAG SLAYER. Then north one more time for BUNNY SHOES. Go back
    south and east two time to get VALKYRIE'S BOOTS. Go back west two times and
    south to the first room with the grid. Return to B9 and back to reset the grid
    again. Now step on the tiles like this:
    
    .---------------.
    |   |   |   | G |
    |---------------|
    |   |   |   | R |
    |---------------|
    |   |   |   | Y |
    |---------------|
    | G | Y | R | R |
    '---------------'
    
    Go east for REFRESHING SYRUP, then east again for RAINBOW DIAMOND, VALKYRIE'S
    BOOTS and PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. Go east one more time to get VALIANT BOOTS. Go
    north, grabbing ORGANIC VEGETABLES, MINDHEALER and Celine's METEOR SWARM spell
    along the way. In the northeasternmost room you'll face a boss.
    If you don't want any trouble getting the treasures, use this route:
    
    .---------------.
    |   | G | G | G |
    |---------------|
    |   | G |   |   |
    |---------------|
    | G | G |   |   |
    |---------------|
    | G |   |   |   |
    '---------------'
    
    I recommend at least getting Valkyrie's Boots and Meteor Swarm, though.
    
    ==================
    BOSS: Geo Guardian
    ==================
    
    HP: 400000, MP: 100
    Difficulty: Easy
    75000 EXP, 100000 Fol
    
    This is just like the Guardian from the Field of Courage. It's slow, easily
    stunnable, but has some decent HP. Keep it busy with Mirror Blade or any other
    Special Arts till it's gone.
    
    Descend the stairs to B11.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B11: Dragon's Den
    
    Recommended Level: 135
    Items: N/A
    Enemies: Mind Flayer, Aulbear, Gastric Slug, Phantom Mage, Hellmaster
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Equip your characters with something that protects from petrification and
    proceed north to face the boss of this little floor.
    
    ===================
    BOSS: Dragon Tyrant
    ===================
    
    HP: 550000, MP: 1000
    Difficulty: Hard
    450000 EXP, 1200000 Fol
    
    Ok, this guy here is no pushover. He can hit a lot, and he hits hard + he can
    petrify you. But since you have those Amulets of Flexibility, that shouldn't
    bother. Remember that if he can chain hit you - he WILL kill you. Be ready to
    use Resurrection Elixirs/Mists when needed. He flies around the battlefield a
    lot, so getting to him might be a little chore. Once you've locked in the 
    corner, keep on using Mirror Blade and replenishing your MP with Blackberries.
    That being said, he should go down pretty soon, giving you some nice EXP and
    Fol.
    
    You will get a Backstab combat skill as your reward. This is a very useful
    skill, so level it up to 10 as fast as you can. For now, you can't proceed to
    B12, so escape the dungeon via the teleporter. Once you have saved, enter the
    Maze again. You'll have an option to split your party. IF you're on Claude's
    playthrough, go with Rena, if you're on Rena's playthrough, go with Claude or
    Dias. Now only two of you party members can enter B12. Go ALL the way to it,
    using the shortcut (and yeah, I recommend escaping from battles for the time
    being).
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B12: Warrior's Temple
    
    Recommended Level: 135
    Items: Valkyrie's Bracelet, Battle Suit, Battle Suit, Bunny Shoes
    Enemies: Dreamcaster, Hellmaster, Gastric Slug, Phantom Mage, Aulbear, Mind
    Flayer
    
    ==============================================================================
    
    Go north. Then west for VALKYRIE'S BRACELET and BATTLE SUIT. Return east, and
    go east for BATTLE SUIT and BUNNY SHOES. Go back west. Once ready, take the
    north path here to face another boss.
    
    =============
    BOSS: Phoenix
    =============
    
    HP: 350000, MP: 6300
    Difficulty: Medium
    500000 EXP, 500000 Fol
    
    Since there's only two of you, be extra careful when attacking and heal a lot.
    I was using Claude for attacking, and Rena for healing. Phoenix is just like
    Zinae, but use a few more dangerous attacks like Crushing Charge and Magnum
    Tornado. Both are easily interruptable, and the Charge is easily guardable.
    He also uses Blood Scylla rarely. Keep using Mirror Slice until you win.
    
    You will obtain an awesome Holy Sword Farewell. Equip it on Claude, and go
    back to B11, since you can't go to B13 now. Use the teleporter to get back to
    floor 1. Regroup with your party and take the shortcut to B9. On the way to
    B10, examine the coffin to initiate a boss battle.
    
    ===============================
    BOSS: Sorcerer & Dreamcaster x3
    ===============================
    
    Sorcerer: HP: 700000, MP: 30000
    Dreamcaster: HP: 35000 each, MP: 0 each
    Difficulty: Hard
    295000 EXP, 300000 Fol
    
    Quickly get rid of the Dreamcasters so they won't get in the way, while taking
    some serious damage from the Sorcerer. He can petrify with his regular spells,
    and he can use Shadow Flare for 7500-8000 damage. To prevent getting hit, get
    behing (Backstab should kick in sooner or later), and start slaying him with
    Mirror Blade. He can be stunned, too, so use that to your advantage. He has a
    lot of HP, so you might need to use Blackberries once or twice.
    
    After the battle, you will get the Demon Sword Levantine, the best sword in 
    the game. Equip it on Claude, and give the Farewell to someone else, like 
    Ashton. Alright, now the path to the final boss of this dungeon is open, but I
    still advice to go to B1, save and restock on items. If you've been collecting
    all the treasures in the Maze, you should be well ready to face your final
    opponent. Keep in mind that levels doesn't matter here as much as the equips.
    Go to B12, examine the northmost door to open the way to B13.
    
    ==============================================================================
    Maze of Tribulations B13: Cave of the Archangel
    
    Recommended Level: 140
    Items: Valiant Mail, Valiant Shield, Archangel's Bracelet
    Enemies: Soul Master, Rock Demon, Dreamcaster, Hell Savant
    ==============================================================================
    
    This floor contains the nastiest enemies in the world. Soul Master can cast a
    bloody Extinction to wipe your party completely in about two hits. I mean, be
    very careful on this floor. The path here is pretty straightforward. Go all
    the way west to raise a lever (grabbing a VALIANT MAIL along your path), then
    go all the way east and raise another lever (grabbing VALIANT SHIELD along
    your path). Job done. The north door to the final boss of the dungeon is open
    now. Heal your HP/MP fully and enter it for a scene. Also, make sure you have
    all the equipment from Maze of Tribulations at your disposal.
    
    =======================
    BOSS: Gabriella Celesta
    =======================
    
    HP: 1000000, MP: 20000
    Difficulty: Hard
    550000 EXP, 80000 Fol
    
    Gabriella is damn fast. Really fast. While she moves, she sprays some kind of
    electric beams all around herself that hit for whopping 5000-5500 damage. Her
    spells are pretty deadly too, but you can interrupt her with your own ones.
    Your Special Art of choice here would be Mirror Blade yet again. Spam it like
    there's no ****ing tomorrow. With some help from your other melee character,
    Gabriella will losing her HP pretty rapidly. But don't think it's that easy -
    she can easily fly away from you, and you'll have to catch her again to keep
    spamming Mirror Blade. Heal when needed, replenish your MP in time and there's
    no doubt that you will emerge victorious soon after.
    
    After the battle, she will give you the Silver Trumpet. What's it for? I'll
    tell you later. Open the chest for ARCHANGEL'S BRACELET and leave the dungeon
    for good, if you've gotten all the treasures, that is. There will be no random
    enemies for this only time, but once you'll reenter the Maze, they will return
    again.
    
    Congratulations on beating this accursed dungeon, ironically called the Maze 
    of Tribulations! Now that was indeed a tribulation.
    
    ===================
    UBER-LEVELING TRICK
    ===================
    
    This is almost like the Arch Phoenix trick from Star OCean: First Departure.
    Once you have obtained the Silver Trumpet, learn the melody called The Devil
    Aria. Have someone with Music Specialty at level 8 play it while being in the 
    world map to summon Dragon Tyrant, the boss from Maze of Tribulations B11. It
    gives you 450000 EXP upon defeating, which can multiplied by using Experience
    Cards, created via the Art item creation. Apply the strategy above to defeat
    him with ease and watch your levels skyrocket to 200 and beyond.
    
    =================================
    SIDE-QUEST: SPANKING ISERIA QUEEN
    =================================
    
    Iseria Queen is a hidden boss, that is summonable from playing The Devil's 
    Aria melody at the world map with Music specialty at level 10. Beating Iseria
    Queen is not easy, and requires certain preparation. Once again, it's not 
    about the levels, it's all about the right equipment and strategy. I have
    managed to defeat her once by sheer luck, and I'm gonna tell you how I did it.
    My team was the same that I used for the Maze of Tribulations - Claude, Rena,
    Celine, Ashton. Here are their setups:
    
    Claude (Level 151)                Rena (Level 151)
    HP: 9999/9999                     HP: 9999/9999
    MP: 822/822                       MP: 840/840
    Weapon: Demon Sword Levantine     Weapon: Knuckles of Hope
    Armor: Seraphic Garb              Armor: Seraphic Garb
    Shield: Valiant Shield            Shield: Valkyrie's Bracelet
    Helmet: Dueling Helmet            Helmet: Tiara of Isis
    Greaves: Valiant Boots            Greaves: Valkyrie's Boots
    Acc 1: Ring of Might              Acc 1: Amulet of Flexibility
    Acc 2: Chain of Might             Acc 2: Faerie Ring
    
    Celine (Level 149)                Ashton (Level 149)
    HP: 9999/9999                     HP: 9999/9999
    MP: 870/870                       MP: 828/828
    Weapon: Mindhealer                Weapon: Holy Sword Farewell
    Armor: Seraphic Garb              Armor: Seraphic Garb
    Shield: Hand of Kali              Shield: Valiant Shield
    Helmet: Tiara of Isis             Helmet: Dueling Helmet
    Greaves: Valkyrie's Boots         Greaves: Valiant Boots
    Acc 1: Amulet of Flexibility      Acc 1: Amulet of Flexibility
    Acc 2: Faerie Ring                Acc 2: Archangel's Bracelet
    
    Even though Iseria Queen is strong against darkness, Demon Sword Levantine is
    just fine, if Claude's attack is 9999 or somewhere near it. I was still doing
    9999 damage per hit despite her resistance. I have equipped everyone with the
    Seraphic Garbs, the best armors in the game, and Amulets of Flexibility to 
    prevent petrification. Note that I didn't put it on Claude, as I needed all
    the power he has with Ring of Might/Chain of Might combo. With equipment out
    of the way, let's start the battle.
    
    ==================
    BOSS: Iseria Queen
    ==================
    
    HP: 3300000, MP: 20000
    Difficulty: Very Hard
    1000000 EXP, 50000 Fol
    
    In terms of speed, Iseria Queen is like Gabriella Celesta. She moves fast and
    hits hard. Just like Celesta, she sprays light beams all over the battlefield,
    along with some pillars of light, instantly petrifying the characters (without
    the required protection). The beams can hit for 6000-7000 damage, so heal 
    right away. If we could use Mirror Blade on Celesta at least 50% of the time,
    Iseria is a whole different story. She guards every hit like crazy, so in 
    order to damage her significantly, you must assault her from both sides with
    your melee characters. Hopefully, the Guardbreak should kick in, and you can
    pull off some nifty 60000-70000 damage on her. With that out of the way, let's
    talk about the spells she uses. It's either Shadow Flare or Meteor Swarm that
    can instanlty cause 9999 damage to the WHOLE party. To find some protection
    from that onslaught, I had to cast Celine's Reflection all the time, along 
    with other magic-resistance-increasing items. Fortunately, Rena or Claude were
    surviving the attack every time it hit, so I that could revive my party back.
    However, you must focus all of your strenght on preventing Iseria Queen from
    using her spells, as some time she CAN wipe out the whole party, if you're not
    lucky enough. This will probably be your longest battle in the whole game, but
    with enough skills, you should be able to make it.
    One more thing. If everything else fails, and Iseria Queen keeps killing your
    party, you can use the cheap Bloody Armor strategy. Bloody Armors are the kind
    of armors that keep reducing your HP throughout the battle while you take zero
    damage from everything. Just set Rean to heal you all the time, while your
    melee fighters are beating the crap out of Iseria Queen and taking no damage
    at all. The Bloody Armors are dropped by Dark Crusaders in the Field of Might,
    Field of Courage and Phynal.
    
    ======================================
    THE FINAL CHALLENGE: GABRIEL UNLIMITED
    ======================================
    
    This is a version of the final boss, turned into the hardest boss in the game.
    To turn Gabriel's limiter off, you must do the following:
    1. Do a PA in Kurik with Philia BEFORE the earthquake and the destruction of
    the town.
    2. After saving at the final savepoint, do a PA in the Centropolis of Nede,
    so that Philia will make Gabriel more powerful.
    It will also add some bonus conversations before/after the battle.
    Preparations for Gabriel Unlimited should be precise and thorough. Here's my
    party, and my stats:
    
    Claude (Level 202)                Rena (Level 203)
    HP: 9999/9999                     HP: 9999/9999
    MP: 999/999                       MP: 999/999
    Weapon: Demon Sword Levantine     Weapon: Knuckles of Hope
    Armor: Seraphic Garb              Armor: Seraphic Garb
    Shield: Valiant Shield            Shield: Valkyrie's Bracelet
    Helmet: Dueling Helmet            Helmet: Tiara of Isis
    Greaves: Valiant Boots            Greaves: Valkyrie's Boots
    Acc 1: Ring of Might              Acc 1: Ring of Fusion
    Acc 2: Berserker Ring             Acc 2: Faerie Ring
    
    Celine (Level 200)                Ashton (Level 200)
    HP: 9999/9999                     HP: 9999/9999
    MP: 999/999                       MP: 999/999
    Weapon: Mindhealer                Weapon: Demon Sword Levantine
    Armor: Seraphic Garb              Armor: Seraphic Garb
    Shield: Hand of Kali              Shield: Valiant Shield
    Helmet: Tiara of Isis             Helmet: Dueling Helmet
    Greaves: Valkyrie's Boots         Greaves: Valiant Boots
    Acc 1: tri-Emblem                 Acc 1: tri-Emblem
    Acc 2: Faerie Ring                Acc 2: Archangel's Bracelet
    
    *I got the second Demon Sword Levantine by defeating Iseria Queen (she drops
    them with 11% probability)
    **I've also equipped Celine and Ashton with tri-Emblem, as I felt they needed
    some serious increasement in stats
    ***You might want to equip Reflecting Plates to negate his Explode and Song of
    the Gods attacks.
    Now that you have done those two PA and saved at the final savepoint, go north
    a few times to meet your final enemy. This time, the REAL final enemy.
    
    =============================
    FINAL BOSS: Gabriel Unlimited
    =============================
    
    HP: 1500000, MP:
    Difficulty: Very Hard
    1237250 EXP, 60000 Fol
    
    Luckily, Gabriel is not as fast as Gabriella/Iseria, but he can cast spells
    WHILE MOVING. And this is a major problem. When using your Special Arts, your
    timing must be precise in order to not let him escape and continue casting his
    spells. There are many spells at his disposal: Star Flare, Southern Cross, 
    Explode, Stone Rain. They do great damage, up to 9999. The most dangerous ones
    I consider Song of the Gods (9999 physical damage) and Divine Wave (instant
    death to all party). You REALLY have to hope for the Guts effect to kick in,
    otherwise it's game over. Hopefully, I haven't seem him doing this attack more
    than twice per battle, or maybe I was just lucky to defeat him quickly. You 
    absolutely have to master you Mirror Blade usage here, cause it's the only way
    to stop him from using those attacks and inflicting maximum damage on him. He
    doesn't have as much HP as Iseria Queen, so it should be faster. You might 
    want to bring Resurrection Elixirs/Mists, Stone Cures, Potion of the Wind to
    this battle too. Don't hold out on any of the items you have, cause this is 
    the last battle in the game. If you have mages, have them cast Reflection and
    Angel Feather. These spells are a must throughout the whole battle.
    One more thing. If everything else fails, and Gabriel keeps killing your 
    party, you can use the cheap Bloody Armor strategy. Bloody Armors are the kind
    of armors that keep reducing your HP throughout the battle while you take zero
    damage from everything. Just set Rean to heal you all the time, while your
    melee fighters are beating the crap out of Iseria Queen and taking no damage
    at all. The Bloody Armors are dropped by Dark Crusaders in the Field of Might,
    Field of Courage and Phynal. You still have to watch out for the Divine Wave,
    though.
    
    Once you have defeated him, you can congratulate yourself on beating every
    challenge the game has thrown at you. You have now truly beaten Star Ocean:
    Second Evolution!!!
    
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    IV.                                ITEM LIST
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    IN PROGRESS...
    
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    V.                              EQUIPMENT LIST
    ==============================================================================
    
    IN PROGRESS...
    
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    VI.                                SHOP LIST
    ==============================================================================
    
    ARLIA
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    Arlia Goods
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Sandals             10 Fol
    Rose Hip            230 Fol
    Lavender            490 Fol
    Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    
    SALVA
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    The Faerie's Tear                The Jeweled Dagger
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE               
    Necklace            1200 Fol     Longsword           200 Fol
    Ruby Earring        6000 Fol     Twin Fury           850 Fol
    Silver Barrette     1300 Fol     Brass Knuckles      110 Fol
    Iron                200 Fol      Leather Helmet      50 Fol
    Silver              200 Fol      Leather Armor       300 Fol
    Gold                300 Fol      Sandals             10 Fol
    Rose Hip            230 Fol      Leather Greaves     50 Fol
    Athelas             660 Fol
    Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol
    Spectacle           8 Fol
    
    The Kicking Dolphin
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Strawberry Jam      50 Fol
    Raspberry Jam       60 Fol
    Apple Jam           70 Fol
    
    KROSSE
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    The Rare Trinket                 The Fattened Goose
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Aquaberries         105 Fol      Seafood             500 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol      Fruit               80 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol       Grains              145 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol      Meat                300 Fol
    Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol     Vegetables          30 Fol
    Rose Hip            230 Fol      Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Stone Cure          450 Fol
    
    The Royal Hunt
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    
    Broad Sword         400 Fol
    Venomous Stingers   2000 Fol
    Rod                 10 Fol
    Leather Helmet      50 Fol
    Padded Helmet       120 Fol
    Padded Armor        600 Fol
    Robe                10 Fol
    Wooden Shield       120 Fol
    Boots               40 Fol
    Iron Greaves        110 Fol
    
    KURIK
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    The Border Guard                 Street Stand #1
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    
    Sinclair            860 Fol      Banana Crepe        90 Fol
    Hard Knuckles       300 Fol      Chocolate Crepe     115 Fol
    Rod                 10 Fol
    Padded Armor        600 Fol
    Robe                10 Fol
    Wooden Shield       120 Fol
    Round Shield        500 Fol
    Boots               40 Fol
    Boots of Happiness  80 Fol
    Iron Greaves        110 Fol
    
    Milly's Favorites                Street Stand #2
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Aquaberries         105 Fol      Orange Sherbet      15 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol      Vanilla Ice Cream   30 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol
    Anklet              400 Fol
    Mandrake            150 Fol
    Wolfsbane           360 Fol
    Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol
    Gold                300 Fol
    Harmonica           500 Fol
    Magic Canvas        1000 Fol
    Magical Clay        600 Fol
    
    Bakery
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Hotcake             340 Fol
    Egg Sandwich        250 Fol
    Grains              145 Fol
    Vegetables          30 Fol
    Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    
    MARZE
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    The Newt's Eye                   The Golden Cauldron
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Flame Blade         4800 Fol     Seafood             500 Fol
    Cestus              1400 Fol     Fruit               80 Fol
    Ruby Wand           600 Fol      Grains              145 Fol
    Open Helmet         500 Fol      Meat                300 Fol
    Magical Cap         600 Fol      Vegetables          30 Fol
    Ring Mail           1200 Fol     Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    Silk Robe           1800 Fol     Radish Miso Soup    300 Fol
    Round Shield        500 Fol
    Suede Boots         200 Fol
    Iron Greaves        110 Fol
    Deadly Poison Bomb  300 Fol
    Flare Bomb          450 Fol
    Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Blueberries         600 Fol
    Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    
    HARLEY
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    The Sunken Vessel                Oceans of Fire
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Aquaberries         105 Fol      Ruby Wand           600 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol      Silk Robe           1800 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol       Knight's Shield     1000 Fol
    Magic Canvas        1000 Fol     Boots of Happiness  80 Fol
    Magical Clay        600 Fol      Plate Greaves       800 Fol
    Thief's Gloves      40000 Fol    Brigandine          3500 Fol
    Anklet              400 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol
    Stone Cure          450 Fol
    
    Red Dragon
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    ITEM                PRICE
    Luxury Grape Juice  100 Fol (100 Fol + (250 x minutes played))
    Seafood             500 Fol
    Fruit               80 Fol
    Grains              145 Fol 
    Meat                300 Fol
    Vegetables          30 Fol
    Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    Bean Paste Bun      140 Fol
    Gyoza Dumplings     280 Fol
    Shumai Dumplings    280 Fol
    Tuna Sashimi        2000 Fol
    Sashimi             2800 Fol
    
    HILTON
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    Seaside Knickknacks              Bender Instruments
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Aquaberries         105 Fol      Harmonica           500 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol      Cembalo             8000 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol       Feather Pen         20 Fol
    Iron                200 Fol      Conductor Baton     85 Fol
    Silver              200 Fol
    Gold                300 Fol
    Ruby                400 Fol
    Sapphire            800 Fol
    Green Beryl         500 Fol
    Feather Pen         20 Fol
    Thief's Gloves      40000 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Mandrake            150 Fol
    Rose Hip            230 Fol
    Artemis Leaf        720 Fol
    Wolfsbane           360 Fol
    Lavender            490 Fol
    Athelas             660 Fol
    Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol
    Antidote            140 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol
    Stone Cure          450 Fol
    
    The Trusty Harpoon
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Venomous Stingers   2000 Fol
    Cestus              1400 Fol
    Splinter            1300 Fol
    Iron Helmet         1200 Fol
    Ring Mail           1200 Fol
    Silk Robe           1800 Fol
    Round Shield        500 Fol
    Leather Boots       105 Fol
    High Heels          120 Fol
    Brigandine          3500 Fol
    
    The Whale's Belly
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Luxury Grape Juice  100 Fol (100 Fol + (250 x minutes played))
    Steamed Bun         360 Fol
    Bean Paste Bun      140 Fol
    Chicken Shish Kebab 500 Fol
    Seafood             500 Fol
    Fruit               80 Fol
    Grains              145 Fol
    Meat                300 Fol
    Vegetables          30 Fol
    Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    Cola                300 Fol
    
    LACUER
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    The Smith's Source               Culinary Carnival
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Aquaberries         105 Fol      Luxury Grape Juice  100 Fol (same as before)
    Blackberries        200 Fol      Seafood             500 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol       Fruit               80 Fol
    Amulet of Antivenin 5000 Fol     Grains              145 Fol
    Fountain Pen        460 Fol      Meat                300 Fol
    Mandrake            150 Fol      Vegetables          30 Fol
    Rose Hip            230 Fol      Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    Artemis Leaf        720 Fol
    Wolfsbane           360 Fol
    Lavender            490 Fol
    Athelas             660 Fol
    Strength Bottle     230 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol
    Pet Food            10 Fol
    Smith's Hammer      250 Fol
    Stone Cure          450 Fol
    
    The Counterpunch
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Sinclair            860 Fol
    Plate Helmet        7000 Fol
    Brigandine          3500 Fol
    Buckler             650 Fol
    Silver Greaves      5200 Fol
    Sweet Syrup         300 Fol
    Mixed Syrup         500 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    
    The Knockout
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Farcutter           12300 Fol
    Leather Helmet      50 Fol
    Leather Armor       300 Fol
    Wooden Shield       120 Fol
    Leather Greaves     50 Fol
    Sweet Syrup         300 Fol
    Mixed Syrup         500 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Twin Splicers       3000 Fol
    
    The Straight Jab
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Guthgwine           4500 Fol
    Padded Helmet       120 Fol
    Padded Armor        600 Fol
    Knight's Shield     1000 Fol
    Plate Greaves       800 Fol
    Sweet Syrup         300 Fol
    Mixed Syrup         500 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Crested Rod         1200 Fol
    
    The Savage Slayer
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Walloon Sword       3900 Fol
    Iron Helmet         1200 Fol
    Ring Mail           1200 Fol
    Round Shield        500 Fol
    Iron Greaves        110 Fol
    Fruit Syrup         600 Fol
    Refreshing Syrup    800 Fol
    Strength Bottle     230 Fol
    Violence Pill       140 Fol
    Heavy Whip          3000 Fol
    
    LINGA
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    The Academy Co-Op                CSV Pharmacy
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Mechanic's Toolbox  1200 Fol     Apple Jam           70 Fol
    Reference Book      2300 Fol     Aloe Jam            80 Fol
    Amber Robe          4000 Fol     Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Magic Canvas        1000 Fol     Blackberries        200 Fol
    Magical Clay        600 Fol      Blueberries         60 Fol
    Feather Pen         20 Fol
    Magical Camera      9800 Fol
    Magical Film        900 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Fountain Pen        460 Fol
    Pet Food            10 Fol
    Thief's Gloves      40000 Fol
    Smith's Hammer      250 Fol
    Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol
    Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol
    Premium Paper       150 Fol
    
    Jeane's Medicine House
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Mandrake            150 Fol
    Rose Hip            230 Fol
    Artemis Leaf        720 Fol
    Wolfsbane           360 Fol
    Lavender            490 Fol
    Athelas             660 Fol
    Antidote            140 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol
    Stone Cure          450 Fol
    Strength Bottle     230 Fol
    
    LACUER FRONT LINE
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    Armory                           Lacuer Shop
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Farcutter           12300 Fol    Walloon Sword       3900 Fol
    Crested Rod         1200 Fol     Guthgwine           4500 Fol
    Plate Helmet        7000 Fol     Taloned Knuckles    1400 Fol
    Brigandine          3500 Fol     Heavy Whip          3000 Fol
    Knight's Shield     1000 Fol     Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Buckler             650 Fol      Blackberries        200 Fol
    Silver Greaves      5200 Fol     Blueberries         60 Fol
    Plate Armor         13400 Fol    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Fine Shield         6800 Fol     Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol
    Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol     Pet Food            10 Fol
                                     Crystal             500 Fol
                                     Green Beryl         500 Fol
                                     Sapphire            800 Fol
                                     Ruby                400 Fol
    
    ELURIA
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    Armory
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol
    Stone Cure          450 Fol
    Pet Food            10 Fol
    Seafood             500 Fol
    Fruit               80 Fol
    Grains              145 Fol
    Meat                300 Fol
    Vegetables          30 Fol
    Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    
    CENTROPOLIS OF NEDE
    -------------------
    
    Hyperion Weapons
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Searing Sword       17000 Fol
    Luminous Slicers    18000 Fol
    Cestus of Poison    15000 Fol
    Hecaton's Punch     16200 Fol
    Silver Rod          9800 Fol
    Majestic Puncher    14000 Fol
    Light Whip          14000 Fol
    Theory of Symbology 7000 Fol
    Megawatt Stunner    15000 Fol
    Steel Helmet        16000 Fol
    Silver Robe         10000 Fol
    Plate Armor         13400 Fol
    Fine Shield         6800 Fol
    Silver Greaves      5200 Fol
    Tense Handy Stick   15000 Fol
    
    Gracy's 
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Lezard's Flask      120000 Fol
    Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol
    Mandrake            150 Fol
    Rose Hip            230 Fol
    Artemis Leaf        720 Fol
    Wolfsbane           360 Fol
    Lavender            490 Fol
    Athelas             660 Fol
    Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol
    Magic Canvas        1000 Fol
    Magical Clay        600 Fol
    Fountain Pen        460 Fol
    Beret               40000 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Amulet of Antivenin 5000 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol
    Stone Cure          450 Fol
    Premium Paper       150 Fol
    Thief's Gloves      40000 Fol
    Pet Food            10 Fol
    Conductor Baton     85 Fol
    Magical Film        900 Fol
    
    Empyrean Cuisine
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Seafood             500 Fol
    Fruit               80 Fol
    Grains              145 Fol
    Meat                300 Fol
    Vegetables          30 Fol
    Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    Steak               600 Fol
    Flat Soda           200 Fol
    
    NORTH CITY
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    The Blue Flask                   Clone Foods
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Lezard's Flask      120000 Fol   Seafood             500 Fol
    Mandrake            150 Fol      Fruit               80 Fol
    Rose Hip            230 Fol      Grains              145 Fol
    Artemis Leaf        720 Fol      Meat                300 Fol
    Wolfsbane           360 Fol      Vegetables          30 Fol
    Lavender            490 Fol      Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    Athelas             660 Fol      Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Strength Bottle     230 Fol      Blackberries        200 Fol
    Cembalo             8000 Fol     Blueberries         60 Fol
    Harmonica           500 Fol
    Pipe Organ          12000 Fol
    Piano               30000 Fol
    Lyre                5000 Fol
    Violin              21000 Fol
    Feather Pen         20 Fol
    Conductor Baton     85 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Mechanic's Toolbox  1200 Fol
    Luxury Grape Juice  100 Fol
    Smith's Hammer      250 Fol
    Iron                200 Fol
    Gold                300 Fol
    Silver              200 Fol
    Green Beryl         500 Fol
    Sapphire            800 Fol
    Ruby                400 Fol
    Crystal             500 Fol
    Diamond             9000 Fol
    
    The Noble Psynard
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Eagle's Claws       20000 Fol
    Cestus of Poison    15000 Fol
    Hecaton's Punch     16200 Fol
    Light Whip          14000 Fol
    Steel Helmet        16000 Fol
    Tiara of the Arc    8600 Fol
    Mithril Coat        15000 Fol
    Steel Armor         52000 Fol
    Crested Shield      36600 Fol
    Laced Boots         4100 Fol 
    Silver Greaves      5200 Fol
    Safety Shoes        3200 Fol
    
    ARMLOCK
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    Peddler                          The Kitchen Knife
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Aquaberries         105 Fol      Seafood             500 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol      Fruit               80 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol       Grains              145 Fol
    Smith's Hammer      250 Fol      Meat                300 Fol
    Mechanic's Toolbox  1200 Fol     Vegetables          30 Fol
    Iron                200 Fol      Eggs and Dairy      10 Fol
    Silver              200 Fol
    Gold                300 Fol
    Ruby                400 Fol
    Sapphire            800 Fol
    Green Beryl         500 Fol
    Crystal             500 Fol
    Diamond             9000 Fol
    Magic Canvas        1000 Fol
    Magical Clay        600 Fol
    Thief's Gloves      40000 Fol
    Fountain Pen        460 Fol
    Pet Food            10 Fol
    Potion of Lilith    150 Fol
    
    The Weapon Factory
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Force Sword         50000 Fol
    Blade of Ruin       190000 Fol
    Lotus Eaters        188000 Fol
    Knuckles of the Moon50000 Fol
    Grizzly Clasp       140000 Fol
    Ruby Rod            80000 Fol
    Atomic Puncher      170000 Fol
    Spark Whip          160000 Fol
    Encyclopedia        50000 Fol
    Lightning Gun       158000 Fol
    Alpha Box           139900 Fol
    Annoying Handy Stick45000 Fol
    
    PRINCEBRIDGE
    ------------
    
    Fernes & Gable                   The Pridgey
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Antidote            140 Fol      Seafood             500 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol      Meat                300 Fol
    Stone Cure          450 Fol      Eggs & Dairy        10 Fol
    Resurrection Elixir 3600 Fol     Hamburg Steak       200 Fol
    Faerie Statuette    400 Fol      Beef Croquette      420 Fol
    Mirror of Knowledge 1200 Fol     Steak               600 Fol
    Amulet of Antivenin 5000 Fol
    Amulet of Freedom   6000 Fol
    Amulet of Flexibility 7000 Fol
    Pet Food            10 Fol
    
    Merchant of the Snow
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Dictionary          20000 Fol
    Holy Cloak          30000 Fol
    Beret               40000 Fol
    Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol
    Magic Canvas        1000 Fol
    Magic Clay          600 Fol
    Feather Pen         20 Fol
    Conductor Baton     85 Fol
    Magic Camera        9800 Fol
    Magic Film          900 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Fountain Pen        460 Fol
    Pet Food            10 Fol
    Thief's Glove       40000 Fol
    Smith's Hammer      250 Fol
    Iron                200 Fol
    Premium Paper       150 Fol
    Mechanic's Toolbox  1200 Fol
    Weighty Ring        800 Fol
    
    FUN CITY
    --------
    
    Fun City Giftshop                Fanfic Convertion
    
    ITEM                PRICE        ITEM                PRICE
    Keen Kitchen Knife  12000 Fol    Fanfic              800 Fol
    Feather Pen         20 Fol       Fanfic!             3000 Fol
    Fountain Pen        460 Fol      Fanfic!!!           10000 Fol
    Magical Camera      9800 Fol     Fanfic X            10000 Fol
    Magical Film        900 Fol
    Premium Paper       150 Fol
    Mechanic's Toolbox  1200 Fol
    Conductor Baton     85 Fol
    Beret               40000 Fol
    Aquaberries         105 Fol
    Blackberries        200 Fol
    Blueberries         60 Fol
    Crown               1600 Fol
    Harmonica           500 Fol
    Spectacles          8 Fol
    Evening Gown        5000 Fol
    Pin Heels           300 Fol
    Antidote            140 Fol
    Paralysis Cure      180 Fol
    Stone Cure          450 Fol
    Strawberry Jam      50 Fol
    Raspberry Jam       60 Fol
    Apple Jam           70 Fol
    Aloe Jam            80 Fol
    
    Rainbow Cafe
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Luxury Grape Juice  100 Fol (100 Fol + (250 x minutes played))
    Chicken Doria       520 Fol
    Orange Soda         110 Fol
    Apple Crepe         200 Fol
    Hotcake             340 Fol
    Chicken Shish Kebab 500 Fol
    Egg Fried Rice      300 Fol
    Gyoza Dumplings     280 Fol
    Strawberry Rice Cake2250 Fol
    Cola                300 Fol
    
    MAZE OF TRIBULATIONS
    --------------------
    
    Santa
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Moonstone           1500 Fol
    Orichalcum          10000 Fol
    Meteorite           5200 Fol
    Mithril             15000 Fol
    Damascus            6400 Fol
    Rune Metal          7000 Fol
    Green Beryl         500 Fol
    Sapphire            800 Fol
    Ruby                400 Fol
    Star Ruby           10000 Fol
    Crystal             500 Fol
    Philosopher's Stone 50000 Fol
    Diamond             9000 Fol
    Rainbow Diamond     14000 Fol
    Santa's Boots       10000000 Fol
    tri-Emblem          5000000 Fol
    Jewel of the Frog   300001 Fol
    
    ENERGY NEDE ISLAND
    ------------------
    
    Shady Shop - For a Few Fol More
    
    ITEM                PRICE
    Wizard's Cap        65200 Fol
    Mithril Helmet      83400 Fol
    Mithril Mesh        250000 Fol
    Wizard's Armor      240000 Fol
    Steel Armor         52000 Fol
    Crested Shield      36600 Fol
    Gauntlet of Air     105000 Fol
    Mithril Greaves     76000 Fol
    tri-Emblum          31419 Fol
    Wyrm King's Ribbon  12000 Fol
    Magical Rasp        350000 Fol
    
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    VII.              SKILL SYSTEM, SPECIALTIES AND ITEM CREATION
    ==============================================================================
    
    There are four basic skill "schools", or, as the game refers to them, sets 
    of skills in Star Ocean: Second Evolution. They are called Knowledge, 
    Sense, Technical and Combat skill sets.
    There are largely three reasons for learning skills. The first is to 
    acquire the bonus provided by each skill. For example, learning certain 
    skills will boost your INT. The second reason is to acquire specialties 
    that you can learn by combining certain skills. There are over 10 of them, 
    such as Crafting and Compounding, but it can take a lot of work to learn 
    them all. The last reason for learning skills is to improve your combat 
    abilities. Combat Skills (CS) will give you advantage in battle and will 
    make some tough fights a lot easier.
    To acquire specialties, make sure you visit the Skill Screen and press 
    Triangle. This will display a window indicating how close you are to 
    acquiring various specialties. As a test, try learning a skill and see 
    how far along you are towards acquiring a related specialty. You should 
    see a specialty displayed: "Cooking ***". Each star indicates a different 
    skill you need to learn before you can acquire the specialty. A filled 
    star indicates a skill you have learned. As you will see from the Skill 
    System, each specialty requires 1 to 3 skills to be learned. Once a 
    specialty is displayed, you'll know exactly which skills you'll need to 
    acquire and imrove it. The specialty level depends on the levels of the 
    skills which are needed to learn this specialty. I.e., if you see Art 
    Specialty is LV 2, it means that your Sketching and Aesthetics skills are 
    at LV 2.
    For example, when you've just started your game, I advice you 
    to learn the Herbology skill. This skill increases the amount of health 
    recovered when using Blueberries and Blackberries.
    You also have to note that the skills you need to learn are sometimes not 
    displayed. That means you need to visit other towns and purchase skill 
    sets that contain the missing skills.
    You can only have up to 999 unused skill points at any time. Don't keep 
    saving these points or you might end up wasting them and later in the 
    game you'll find yourself lacking those valuable points.
    There is also a thing called Item Creation, a trademark of the Star Ocean 
    series. You can create useful and even invaluable items using Crafting, 
    Compounding, Customization, Machinist, etc. Machinist in particular lets 
    you create items that boost your success rate in Item Creation (you may 
    want to master this Specialty as soon as possible), while Customization 
    lets you create powerful weapons from the ones you already have by adding 
    different materials (such as Sapphire, Green Beryl, Orichalcum, etc.) to 
    them. My advice is to ALWAYS save the game before starting Item Creation 
    and reload if you fail, as you don't want to lose rare and great items so 
    easily.
    
    ============
    SKILL GUILDS
    ============
    
    KROSSE CITY
    -----------
    
    Wisdom of Kings
    
    Knowledge 1         300 Fol
    Sense 1             400 Fol
    Technical 1         400 Fol
    
    HARLEY
    ------
    
    Neptune's Wisdom
    
    Knowledge 2         1500 Fol
    Sense 2             1600 Fol
    Technical 1         400 Fol
    Combat 1            400 Fol
    
    KURIK
    -----
    
    The Wise Mariner
    
    Knowledge 1         300 Fol
    Sense 1             400 Fol
    Technical 1         400 Fol
    Combat 1            400 Fol
    
    HILTON
    ------
    
    Ocean Survival
    
    Knowledge 2         1500 Fol
    Sense 2             1600 Fol
    Technical 2         1600 Fol
    Combat 2            1600 Fol
    
    LACUER
    ------
    
    Sense 3             2700 Fol
    Combat 1            400 Fol
    Combat 2            1600 Fol
    Combat 3            4500 Fol
    
    LINGA
    -----
    
    Brain Flare
    
    Knowledge 1         300 Fol
    Knowledge 2         1500 Fol
    Knowledge 3         2700 Fol
    Technical 3         3600 Fol
    
    THE CENTROPOLIS OF NEDE
    -----------------------
    
    Celestial Sapience
    
    Knowledge 1         300 Fol
    Knowledge 2         1500 Fol
    Sense 1             400 Fol
    Technical 1         400 Fol
    
    NORTH CITY
    ----------
    
    Knowledge 3         2700 Fol
    Sense  2            1600 Fol
    Technical 2         1600 Fol
    Technical 3         3600 Fol
    
    ARMLOCK
    -------
    
    Sharpened Skills
    
    Sense 3             2700 Fol
    Combat 1            400 Fol
    Combat 2            1600 Fol
    Combat 3            4500 Fol
    
    ==========
    SKILL LIST
    ==========
    
    Sketching        Music Knowledge
    Performance      Item Knowledge
    Mineralogy       Herbology
    Eye for Detail   Aesthetics
    Penmanship       Effort        
    Determination    Resilience
    Danger Radar     Biology
    Mental Science   Knife
    Recipe           Keen Eye
    Whistling        Animal Training
    Smithing         Technology
    Faeriology       ESP
    Piety            Purity
    Aesthetic Design Courage
    Poker Face       Imitation
    Machinery        Operation
    Guardbreak       Backstab
    Counter          Feint
    Power Burst      Hasten Speech
    Body Control     Qigong
    Sidestep         Godspeed
    Trance           Concentration
    Recast           
    
    SKETCHING - The ability to exactly replicate the shape of an object on 
    paper.
    MUSIC KNOWLEDGE - A general knowledge of music. Raises AGL by 1 per LV.
    PERFORMANCE - The ability to play instruments. Raises AGL by 1 per LV.
    ITEM KNOWLEDGE - Knowledge of various items. Raises sell prices by 3% per 
    LV.
    MINERALOGY - Knowledge of precious metals. Raises INT by 3 per LV.
    HERBOLOGY - Knowledge of various herbs. Raises the restorative effects of 
    Blueberries/Blackberries by 3% per LV.
    EYE FOR DETAIL - The ability to do detailed work with your hands. Raises 
    AGL by 1 per LV.
    AESTHETICS - The ability to find pleasure in studying objects of beauty.
    PENMANSHIP -  Intellectual manual labor needed for creating written works. 
    Raises DEX by 1 per LV.
    EFFORT - The will to push one's self towards one's goals. Lowers EXP 
    needed to level up.
    DETERMINATION - The will to meet all challenges. Lowers SP needed for 
    each skill.
    RESILIENCE - The will to withstand pain and suffering. Raises CON by 2 per 
    LV.
    DANGER RADAR - The ability to detect immediate danger. Raises STM by 3 per 
    LV.
    MENTAL SCIENCE - Knowledge of the mind and supernatural powers. Raises MP 
    by 5 per LV.
    BIOLOGY - Knowledge of all living creatures. Raises HP by LV-squared x 10.
    KNIFE - The ability to cut with a knife required by all aspiring chefs. 
    Raises STR by 10 per LV.
    RECIPE - Knowledge of how to make food. Boosts the effects of eating a 
    favorite dish.
    KEEN EYE - A keen eye for good ongredients. Raises the restorative effects 
    of cooked dishes.
    WHISTLING - The ability to put your fingers in your mouth and blow hard to 
    produce a piercing sound.
    ANIMAL TRAINING - The ability to train an animal to do specific tasks.
    SMITHING - The ability to forge metals. Raises DEX by 2 per LV.
    TECHNOLOGY - The ability to distill liquids and use lab equipment. Raises 
    STR by 10 per LV.
    FAERIOLOGY - Knowledge of faeries and the source of life. Raises INT by 2 
    per LV.
    ESP - The ability to receive messages from an otherworldly presence. Could 
    they be signs?
    PIETY - Knowledge of the gods. Raises a random ability value.
    PURITY - A mind that is open to the whims of the Gods of Creation.
    AESTHETIC DESIGN - Balancing beauty and might. Raises STR, INT, AGL and 
    DEX by 6 per LV.
    COURAGE - Courage can help one keep one's nerves, even in front of a crowd.
    POKER FACE - The ability to act cool ander any circumstances. Raises GUTS 
    by 3 per LV.
    IMITATION - The ability to correctly grasp the details of an object and 
    make them your own.
    MACHINERY - Knowledge of machines.
    OPERATION - The ability to use machines properly.
    GUARDBREAK (CS) - Randomly ignores an enemy's defense when attacking.
    BACKSTAB (CS) - Randomly teleports character behind enemy's back. (This 
    skill can be found ONLY in the Cave of the Seven Stars).
    COUNTER (CS) - Trigger a counterattack when button pressed while blocking.
    FEINT (CS) - Randomly guarantees attack to land, regardless of hit 
    accuracy.
    POWER BURST (CS) - Randomly boosts attack power.
    HASTEN SPPECH (CS) - Cuts casting time for spells.
    BODY CONTROL (CS) - Reduces daze time.
    SIDESTEP (CS) Randomly evades enemy attacks.
    GODSPEED (CS) - Increases movement speed with each level. Randomly 
    teleports character into attack position.
    QIGONG (CS) - Randomly boosts defense.
    TRANCE (CS) - Randomly increases spell damage.
    CONCENTRATION (CS) - Randomly prevents incantation to be interrupted by 
    enemy attacks.
    RECAST (CS) - Cuts waiting time between spells.
    
    ==============
    SPECIALTY LIST
    ==============
    
    !!!!!To be learned, Specialties first need some certain skills to be bought 
    and learned. For example, if you want to learn Survival Specialty, at first 
    you must buy (and learn) Herbology and Resilience skills.!!!!!
    
    SPECIALTY              SKILLS NEEDED TO LEARN
    Art **                 Sketching, Aesthetics
    Oracle ***             ESP, Piety, Purity
    Music **               Performance, Music Knowledge
    Customization ***      Eye for Detail, Smithing, Aesthetic Design
    Appraising ***         Item Knowledge, Mineralogy, Herbology
    Crafting ***           Mineralogy, Eye for Detail, Aesthetics
    Writing *              Penmanship
    Train ***              Effort, Determination, Resilience
    Scouting *             Danger Radar
    Compounding ***        Biology, Herbology, Mental Science
    Cooking ***            Knife, Recipe, Keen Eye
    Familiar **            Whistling, Animal Training
    Alchemy ***            Technology, Mineralogy, Faeriology
    Survival **            Herbology, Resilience
    Pickpocketing **       Courage, Poker Face
    Replication *          Imitation
    Machinist **           Machinery, Operation
    
    And now, a detailed explanation a what each specialty does:
    
    ===================
    ART (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to breath life into paintings and 
    sculptures created by yourself.
    Via Art, you create battle cards and such.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Graphic Tool (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Magic Canvas, Magic Clay
    
    ======
    ORACLE - The special ability to pick up useful (or not) messages from the 
    Tria, the Gods of Creation.
    A joke specialty where you get messages from tri-Ace developers. You'll 
    only need it at the end of the game to use it in the Oracle Room. Be sure
    that this specialty is LV 10.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    =====
    MUSIC - The special ability to write music and play instruments.
    This ability is very useful. If you wanna know why, check the UBER-LEVELING 
    TRICK section and the section about Gabriella. It also helps you in other
    various situations.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Music Editor
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Fountain Pen
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Conductor Baton
    
    =============================
    CUSTOMIZATION (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to modify one's weapons
    into something new and improved.
    This is the ability which you'll want to master first. Use it to make 
    super weapons from synthesizing them with various minerals.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Magical Rasp
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    ==========================
    APPRAISING (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to identify items with 
    names that begin with a question mark.
    Useful specialty. Whenever you an item with ? (for example, ?Mineral),
    appraise it and see what you'll get.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Element Analyzer (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Spectacles
    
    ========================
    CRAFTING (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to craft gems and precious 
    metals into original accessories.
    You'll need this specialty, believe me. You can make great accessories from 
    the minerals, such as Berserker Ring, Regeneration Ring, Ring of Might, 
    Earring of Frenzy and such.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Soldering Iron (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    =======================
    WRITING (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to pen books in skills you
    have learned that raise the reader's skill level.
    With this specialty, you can teach the skills one character had learned 
    to other character. Not very useful, but it helps sometimes.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Word Processor (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Fountain Pen
    
    =====
    TRAIN - The special ability to lower one's attributes in return for 
    gaining more EXP in battle.
    Quite a good specialty, especially if you want to level up faster.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    ========
    SCOUTING - The special ability to raise or lower the frequency of battles
    at will.
    This specialty is not very needed as it sometimes doesn't affect the 
    battles frequncy at all, no matter how much times you use it.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    ===========================
    COMPOUNDING (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to compound two herbs 
    to create medicine.
    This specialty will let you make useful healing herbs, which will aid 
    you when you'll run out of items.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Steril Glove (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    =======================
    COOKING (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to process raw ingredients 
    into food.
    This specialty will let you cook supporting dishes, although IMO Master 
    Chef is better.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Keen Kitchen Knife
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    ========
    FAMILIAR - The special ability to train an animal to leave dungeons and 
    other places to go shopping.
    This is a must, if you're constantly running out of items for healing. 
    Just send a bird and it will bring the shop to you, and you won't even 
    have to exit the dungeon!
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    =======================
    ALCHEMY (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to turn iron into gems and 
    other precious metals.
    One of the most valuable specialties. You can make Orichalcums, Mithrils, 
    Moonrock and even Philosopher's Stones with it. These metals will then 
    help you make powerful weapons, armors and accesories. So, literally, 
    Alchemy is the fundament of making equipment in SO: SE.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Triangle Flask (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Iron
    
    ========================
    SURVIVAL (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to forage an area of the 
    world map for useful items. Costs 4MP per attempt.
    Survival is almost the same as Cooking.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Survival Set (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Only MP
    
    ===========================
    REPLICATION (ITEM CREATION) - The special abilities to create an exact 
    replica of an item.
    replication is good, because you can duplicate diffent using it. Too bad 
    some REALLY good items like Philosopher's Stones can't be duplicated.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: RIRICA (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Magic Camera 
    
    =========================
    MACHINERY (ITEM CREATION) - The special ability to create a variety of 
    useful machinery for an adventurer. 
    Quite a good specialty. Let's just say that it lets you make items which 
    increase success rate for almost all other kinds of specialties.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Mechanic's Toolbox
    
    ====================
    SUPER SPECIALTY LIST
    ====================
    
    !!!!!To be learned, Super Specialties (SS) first need some certain 
    specialties to be learned to an average level by the members of your party. 
    For example, if you want to learn Orchestra Super Specialty, a couple of 
    your characters must first learn Music and Art Specialties!!!!!
    
    SUPER SPECIALTIES      SPECIALTIES NEEDED TO LEARN
    Master Chef            Cooking, Compounding
    Orchestra              Music, Art
    Enlightenment          Train, Survival
    Bunny Call             Familiar, Scouting
    Publication            Writing Technology
    Group Appraising       Appraising , Crafting
    Blacksmith             Customization, Alchemy
    Contraband             Pickpocketing, Replication
    
    ===========
    MASTER CHEF - An SS where everyone works together to cook up luxurious food 
    and drinks.
    Via this SS, you can make very good dishes which will restore your HP/MP.
    Especially good when you're in Seven Star Ruins.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Keen Kitchen Knife
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    =========
    ORCHESTRA - An SS where everyone plays their instruments together in an 
    orchestral performance led by a conductor's bacon.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Conductor Baton
    
    =============
    ENLIGHTENMENT - An SS where everyone makes a few sacrifices to earn more 
    skill points per level.
    A good SS, especially in the beginning of the game.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    ==========
    BUNNY CALL - An SS where everyone shouts out Bunny's name as loud as they can.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    
    ===========
    PUBLICATION - An SS where everyone contributes to an amazing book that 
    they can all be proud about publishing.
    I don't really understand the point of this one.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Word Processor (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Fountain Pen
    
    ================
    GROUP APPRAISING - An SS where everyone works together to determine the 
    correct value of an object.
    Very valuable SS which will help to lower prices in shops. Use it whenever 
    you buy expensive items.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM APPRAISING: Spectacles
    
    ==========
    BLACKSMITH - An SS where everyone works together to craft armor from 
    various precious metals.
    No comments. Making powerful armors via Blacksmithing is the only way to 
    go, if you're going for Gabriella or Seven Star Ruins.
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: Magical Rasp (Create via Machinery)
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Smith's Hammer
    
    ==========
    CONTRABAND - An SS where everyone conspires to create items that aren't 
    quite legit. Will crime pay in the end?
    Contraband lets you make some good cards which are used in battle, but 
    most of the time it's the infamous Bounced Checks that keep eating your 
    Fol like Crazy. BTW, if youhave a Bounced Check in your inventory, sell 
    it as fast you can!
    REQUIRED SUPPORT ITEM: N/A
    SPECIAL SUPPORT ITEM: Premium Paper
    
    ============
    TALENTS LIST
    ============
    
    Talents are additional "specialties" which give you 100 SP bonus when you 
    learn them. You can acquire the talent with practice. By repeatedly 
    performing a certain specialty, you may eventually acquire the necessary 
    talent. They also improve your success rate in item creation type which is 
    related to the learned talent. For example, learning Design Sense boosts 
    your success rate in Art.
    Each character has starting talents and secret talents which have to be 
    learned. The maximum amount of talents one character can have is 10.
    
    IN PROGRESS...         
    
    ==============================================================================
    VIII.                     SPECIAL ARTS/SYMBOLOGY
    ==============================================================================
    
    IN PROGRESS...
    
    ==============================================================================
    IX.                          RECRUITMENT GUIDE
    ==============================================================================
    
    There is a total of 12 original playable characters from the PSX 
    version of SO, and one completely new - it's Welch Vineyard from Star 
    Ocean: Till the End of Time.
    The mandatory characters are Claude and Rena.
    
    !!!!!I highly recommend you to read this before doing any recruiting 
    in order to not get frustrated and lose characters you wanted to have!!!!!
    
    Celine Jules - after talking to the king of Krosse, you'll find her at the
    main street of the Krosse City. After the scene, agree to help her explore
    the Krosse Cave, and after finding the Ancient Text, you'll get an option
    to let her join your party permanently.
    
    Ashton Anchors - wait until you'll be needing to go to Lacuer, and go to 
    Harley. Speak with a sailor and an old man there, and they'll tell you about
    some dragon problems going on in Salva. Go to the Salva Mines and get to the
    point which you couldn't pass earlier (the one where the warning sign about
    dragons is), head left until you see Ashton. After the conversation, he will
    ask you to join him. Note that you CANNOT get Opera and Ernest if you'll get
    Ashton.
    
    Precis F. Neumann - simple. Do a Private Action in Linga, and find Precis in:
    a) a house in the southwest corner of Linga, if you're doing a Rena 
    walkthrough;
    b) Bowman's pharmacy in Linga, if you're doing a Claude walkthrough.
    After the scene you get an opportunity to let her join you.
    
    Opera Vectra - well, Opera is a nasty character to recruit. You'll have to
    perform a number of events in order to successfully obtain her. First off, you
    can't get her if you already have Ashton, and vice-versa.
    1st step: Do a Private Action in Krosse early in the game, and meet a three-
    eyed man in this PA. 
    2nd step: After the Armory Contest, go to the Hilton tavern and you'll meet
    Opera there. She'll ask you if you've seen a three-eyed man in Krosse. Tell
    her you did, and she'll run off. 
    3rd step: Go to Krosse and speak with the King. He'll give you permission to
    go to the Mountain Palace where Opera went. Go to the Palace, head north and
    then left to find Opera and get her to join you.
    
    Bowman Jeane - he will ask you to join automatically if you don't have Precis.
    
    Ernest Raviede - he will automatically join after completing the Hoffman Ruins
    if:
    - you already have Opera
    - you have explored the Mountain Palace to find signs of Ernest's past 
    residence
    - you have seen the PA in Arlia involving Opera and the spaceship crash site 
    in the Sacred Forest.
    
    Leon D.S. Gehste - available only in Claude's walkthough. Automatically joins
    when you finally reach the Ell Kingdom.
    
    Dias Flac - available only at Rena's walkthrough. Automatically joins at the
    Lacour Front Line.
    
    Noel Chandler - automatically joins you.
    
    Chisato Madison - find her ID Card in the Cave of Crimson Crystals and speak
    with her in the mayor's house in the Centropolis of Nede to get her join you.
    
    Welch Vineyard - after the Armory Contest, if you have at least four party
    members, go to Lacuer and do a PA there. Speak with her on your way to the
    castle. It is recommended to recruit her before entering the Hoffman Ruins.
    Well, you can technically get her AFTER entering them, but not after defeating
    the boss of the Ruins.
    
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    X.                     FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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    1. What is this game?
     - This is a remake of Star Ocean: Second Story (PSOne), which was 
    created by tri-Ace and published by Enix in year 1999 and proclaimed the 
    best Star Ocean game ever, even after SO: Till the End of Time came out.
    
    2. Is this game turn-based or real-time?
     - Real-time action RPG.
    
    3. Does this game have any connection to Star Ocean: First Departure?
     - Yes, a little. One of the main protagonists in SO: First Departure, 
    Ronyx J. Kenny, is the father of Claude C. Kenny, the main character of 
    SO: Second Evolution.
    
    4. When was this game released?
     - In Japan - 04/02/2008
       In United States - 01/19/2009
       In Europe - 02/13/2009.
    
    8. How many characters are there?
     - 2 mandatory and 11 optional.
    
    9. I heard there is a new character. Who is it?
     - Welch Vineyard from Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.
    
    10. What is the max amount of characters who can be in your party?
     - 8.
    
    11. What is the max level?
     - 255.
    
    12. Does this game have a 9999 HP cap?
     - Yes.
    
    13. How long is this game?
     - The main story is about 30 hours. The optional stuff is 10 hours more at
    most.
    
    14. So who ARE the Ten Wise Men?
     - Play the game. You'll find out.
    
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    XI.                           VERSION HISTORY
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    November 20, 2008 (Version 0.1) - The skeleton of the FAQ created.
    November 21, 2008 (Version 0.15) - Beginning & Basics completed.
    June 24, 2009 - (Version 0.2) - Recruitment guide added.
    June 24, 2009 - (Version 0.25) - Claude walkthrough started.
    June 25, 2009 - (Version 0.27) - Shop List added.
    June 25, 2009 - (Version 0.29) - Skills/Symbology FAQ added.
    June 25, 2009 - (Version 0.3) - Claude walkthrough updated.
    June 25, 2009 - (version 0.31) - Rena walkthrough started.
    June 25, 2009 - (Version 0.32) - Side-quests/secrets section added.
    June 27, 2009 - (Version 0.35) - Claude walkthrough updated.
    June 28, 2009 - (Version 0.37) - Claude walkthrough updated.
    June 28, 2009 - (Version 0.4) - Side-quests/Secrets section updated.
    June 29, 2009 - (Version 0.45) - Claude walkthrough completed.
    June 29, 2009 - (Version 0.5) - Rena walkthrough started.
    June 30, 2009 - (Version 0.52) - Item Creation section updated.
    June 30, 2009 - (Version 0.55) - Rena walkthrough completed.
    July 1, 2009 - (Version 0.6) - Maze of Tribulations walkthrough started.
    July 2, 2009 - (Version 0.65) - Maze of Tribulations walkthrough completed.
    July 2, 2009 - (Version 0.7) - some mistakes in Rena's walkthrough fixed.
    July 3, 2009 - (Version 0.75) - Side-quests/secrets section completed.
    
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    XII.                            CREDITS
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    Thanks to all the users of the GameFAQs message board of this game.
    Some information was taken from A l e x's walkthrough for PS One version 
    and from http://na.square-enix.com/starocean/secondevoltion/.
    
    Also, my thanks go to:
    
    FoxyAreku - for the Recruitment guide which was very helpful, when I was
    playing the game myself;
    noz3r0 - for some info on side quests;
    VeghEsther - for providing a handful of helpful tips;
    Prima's Official Strategy guide - for some info on equipment (since I have
    not been able to get the Bradygames guide).
    
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    XIII.                         CONTACT INFO
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    This guide is copyright (c) Damage_dealer 2008/2009.  
    It is only meant to be posted on www.gamefaqs.com
    I am aware this guide is incomplete in terms of some content, but I 
    will try to update it every now and then. Send any questions, 
    corrections, suggestions or feedback to damagedealer@ukr.net
    Not everything has been verified in the American version before being 
    included in the FAQ, so if you've found a mistake, feel free to e-mail 
    me at any time.
    
    

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