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Version FINAL

Written by Samus Knight 7/03/2003
Email samusknight@talgrp.com (Read note below!)

NOTE: As of July 12th, 2003 my ISP provider is requiring me to cancel my
account and create a new account. So my email address will no longer be
valid at that point. Due to abusive use (spam mail, viruses), I will not
be posting my new address at that point. I apologize for any inconvenience.
If you wish to contact me please do so via AIM, GameFAQs message board, or
PSO. Thank you and happy gaming! See you on Ragol.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

* What's New/Version History
* IMPORTANT NOTE
* INTRODUCTION
* FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
* EXPLANATION: HOW TO CREATE A MERGE
     - * FORMULA: HOW TO CREATE A MERGE
          - ELEMENTAL MERGES
          - ASSIST MERGES
          - RECOVERY MERGES
* EXPLANATION: LEVELS NEEDED TO CREATE MERGES
     - ELEMENTAL MERGES
     - ASSIST MERGES
     - RECOVERY MERGES
* EXTRA STUFF
     - * Soon To Come
     - * Credits/Thanks
     - * Contact Info
     - * Legal Info



* What's New/Version History:

v0.9  - Just wrote the FAQ. Much is still needed to be fixed.
v1.0  - Added some more information and spruced up the FAQ.
V1.1  - Fixed a slight typing error. Merges have low defensive and evasion
        power, not offensive power. Also added the "What's New" column and
        fixed up the FAQ a little more.
v1.2  - Added the required levels to create a specific merge. Changed the
        what Shifta/Deband Merges increase to coverage.
v1.3  - Added by how much each merge increases a technique by and added a
        few websites to the list of those who can display my FAQ.
v1.4  - Added some information and added an important section. Please read
        it before sending me emails or attempting to contact me.
v1.5  - Restored the contact info and a little bit more. Possibly the
        final version...
FINAL - This is the final version. Added some information to clear up a few
        questions I have been asked.
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* IMPORTANT NOTE:

     This is probably the last update I will be doing to the FAQ. Everything
has been pretty much been covered. I am no longer giving out permission
to use my FAQ on any other sites so please do not ask. Please keep all
questions related to the contents of the FAQ. Also check the FAQ carefully
before asking a question already covered. It makes getting an answer alot
easier.


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* INTRODUCTION:

     Many people go about asking for help on what amplifiers are for and how
they are used. So here I have compiled some answers on what amplifiers are,
what they are used for, and how to create a merge from one. I hope this
information is of help to you. Now onto the FAQ!
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* FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: What is an amplifier?

A: An amplifier is an item when combined with a barrier, creates a shield
which can increase the effects of certain techniques. Amplifiers are in
green boxes with white font so you have to look more harder to obtain one.

Q: I found a (Insert name) Barrier. What does it do?/What is a barrier?

A: There are several types of barriers. Support, Recovery, Green, Blue, and
Red. You can tell the difference between these kinds of barriers because
their names are all in capitals. Don't confuse them with the common barrier.
These look like any common armor as they are not labeled by a red box.
Barriers are in blue boxes but are in capitals so they are easy to spot.
With an exception to the Red, Blue, and Yellow Merges which are considered
9 star rare items and are labeled in red boxes, all merges are in blue boxes
when created and remain in capital letters.


Q: Why can't I create a merge? I have Amplifier of (Insert Name) and
(Insert name) Barrier!

A: Some amplifiers can only be combined with a specific barrier. Like a
Amplifier of Zonde can only be combined with a Yellow Barrier. Try any
other one and you can't combine the two. Also some you must be a specific
level for some barriers to successfully combine the two.


Q: What are the advantages to merges?

A: Some merges increase the effective power of a technique making it stronger.
Equip a Zonde Merge and the power of your Zonde will be greater. Also the shield
will appear on your character's left arm. There are some merges that increase the
power of all techiques of a certain kind. These merges are called Red, Yellow, and
Blue Merges. Red increases Fire techniques, Yellow increases Lightning, and Blue
increases Ice. Plus a merge of a certain elemental type can increase your
resistance to that type when equipped.


Q: What are the disadvantages of merges?

A: The defensive (DFP) and evasion power (EVP) of merges are incredibly weak.
The elemental resistance they increase is only of what technique type they
increase so while a Foie Merge may increase your Fire resistance (EFR), it
has no effect to your other resistances. Also since they increase technique
power, they're really only suitable for force characters.


Q: Where can I find amplifiers/barriers?

A: Amplifiers and barriers can be found virtually everywhere. However people
seem to have more luck finding them at the Seaside Area on Episode 2. Some
people have even claimed to have found merges themselves so keep an eye out
for those as well. An alternative to getting barriers if you have trouble
finding those is to trade photon drops in Gallon's Shop to Paganini. 1-15
photon drops gets you Recovery and Assist Barriers. 16-99 photon drops adds
Blue, Yellow, and Red Barriers to the list. These barriers won't have any
extra added defense or evasion so choose carefully if you want to waste
drops on one or find it yourself. For more information on photon drops check
out a FAQ on Photon Drops.

Q: I found a Star Amplifier but your FAQ doesn't cover anything on it!

A: Star Amplifier although named "amplifier", isn't related to the kind used
on barriers to create merges. Star Amplifier is used on a fully grinded wand
type weapon to create Twinkle Star or Spirit Garment to create Brightness
Circle.

Q: Can I use your FAQ on my site?

A: See the important note at the top of the FAQ.
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* EXPLANATION: HOW TO CREATE A MERGE

     To create a merge, you must have the respective amplifier and barrier.
Equip the barrier and hilight the amplifier in your item pack. Select Use and
you will create a merge named after the amplifier used. 
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* FORMULA: HOW TO CREATE A MERGE

FORMULA KEY

Amplifier of XXXXX + YYYYY BARRIER = ZZZZZ MERGE

XXXXX = Type of Amplifier used.
YYYYY = Type of Barrier equipped.
ZZZZZ = Type of Merge created from combined Barrier and Amplifier.

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ELEMENTAL MERGES
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Amplifier of Yellow + YELLOW BARRIER = YELLOW MERGE
Amplifier of Zonde + YELLOW BARRIER = ZONDE MERGE
Amplifier of Gizonde + YELLOW BARRIER = GIZONDE MERGE
Amplifier of Razonde + YELLOW BARRIER = RAZONDE MERGE
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EXPLANATION:

     Yellow Merge increases the power of all lightning techniques by 20%.
Zonde, Gizonde, and Razonde Merges increase the power of their respective
spell-types by 30%.

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Amplifier of Red + RED BARRIER = RED MERGE
Amplifier of Foie + RED BARRIER = FOIE MERGE
Amplifier of Gifoie + RED BARRIER = GIFOIE MERGE
Amplifier of Rafoie + RED BARRIER = RAFOIE MERGE
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EXPLANATION:

     Red Merge increases the power of all fire techniques by 20%. Foie,
Gifoie, and Rafoie Merges increase the power of their respective
spell-types by 30%.

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Amplifier of Blue + BLUE BARRIER = BLUE MERGE
Amplifier of Barta + BLUE BARRIER = BARTA MERGE
Amplifier of Gibarta + BLUE BARRIER = GIBARTA MERGE
Amplifier of Rabarta + BLUE BARRIER = RABARTA MERGE
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EXPLANATION:

     Blue Merge increases the power of all ice techniques by 20%. Barta,
Gibarta, and Rabarta Merges increase the power of their respective
spell-types by 30%.

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ASSIST MERGES
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Amplifier of Shifta + ASSIST  BARRIER = SHIFTA MERGE
Amplifier of Deband + ASSIST  BARRIER = DEBAND MERGE
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EXPLANATION:

     Shifta Merge increases the coverage (range) of Shifta while Deband
Merge increases the coverage (range) of Deband.

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RECOVERY MERGES
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Amplifier of Resta + RECOVERY BARRIER = RESTA MERGE
Amplifier of Anti + RECOVERY BARRIER = ANTI MERGE
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EXPLANATION:

     Resta Merge increases the coverage (range) of Resta while
Anti Merge increases the coverage (range) of Anti.

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* EXPLANATION: LEVELS NEEDED TO CREATE MERGES

     To create certain merges you must be at least a specific level.
Thanks to PSO-World.com for the information:

FORMULA KEY

XXXX MERGE      - LVYY

XXXX = Type of Merge.
YY   = Level needed to create Merge.
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ELEMENTAL MERGES
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FOIE MERGE      - LV06
GIFOIE MERGE    - LV12
RAFOIE MERGE    - LV18
RED MERGE       - LV24
BARTA MERGE     - LV07
GIBARTA MERGE   - LV14
RABARTA MERGE   - LV19
BLUE MERGE      - LV25
ZONDE MERGE     - LV08
GIZONDE MERGE   - LV15
RAZONDE MERGE   - LV20
YELLOW MERGE    - LV26
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ASSIST MERGES
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SHIFTA MERGE    - LV16
DEBAND MERGE    - LV14
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RECOVERY MERGES
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RESTA MERGE     - LV11
ANTI MERGE      - LV13
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EXTRA STUFF
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* Soon To Come:

- THIS VERSION IS THE FINAL VERSION SO NO MORE WILL BE ADDED.

* Credits/Thanks

     Let's face it, a FAQ can't be created without a little help. So this section
is to give credit and thanks to those who contributed information and more.

- GameFAQs posters on the PSO Ep. 1&2 message board for most of the info collected.
- GameFAQs for adding my FAQ to their website. Thanks! 
- PSO-World for the Level requirements and the percents on which each spell is
  increased by for a merge. Visit www.planetdreamcast.com/psoworld for more
  information on merges.
- To you, the reader. Without you this FAQ probably wouldn't even exist.
- All those who asked for help on how to create a merge or what amplifiers and
  barriers are for.

* Contact Info

     Before you attempt to contact me, remember that I am not giving permission
anymore to use my FAQ and I probably won't be updating it any longer. Also check
the FAQ carefully before asking any questions that are already answered here and
keep questions related to the contents of this FAQ. Thanks!

AIM Screen Name: SamusKnight2K
Email Address: samusknight@talgrp.com (Read note at top of FAQ)
GameFAQs Screen Name: SamusKnight2K

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