STAR OCEAN 5: THE LAST HOPE
                        ***************************
                      FAQ and Walkthrough version 1.20
                                 
                          Started  March 25, 2009
                          Finished June 04, 2009
                          Updated  Oct 19, 2010
                        
                        Copyright 2009 Brett Reichert

                            bdreichert@yahoo.ca
 

Greetings fellow game players, my name is Brett and this is my first FAQ. I 
have always wanted to contribute, but between school and work I have not had
the time. Fortunately I have been granted the opportunity to write this FAQ 
for one of my favorite RPG series, Star Ocean. GameFAQs has been helping me 
out since 97, its time I gave back.

This is my first FAQ so if anyone finds any inconsistencies or errors please
e-mail me so they can be fixed.

This will be a "generally" spoiler free walkthrough. 

Anyway..enough about myself. Advance Forward!!!!!


Table Of Contents
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Calnus..........................................................0001

Aeos............................................................0002

Lemarus.........................................................0003

Alanaria Citadal................................................0004

Celestial Ship..................................................0005

Cardianon Mothership............................................0006

Earth 1957......................................................0007

Roak............................................................0008

Purgatorium.....................................................0009

Aeos Part 2.....................................................0010

Miga Insect warren..............................................0011

EN II...........................................................0012

Old road to the sanctuary.......................................0013

Nox Obscurus....................................................0014

Palace of Creation..............................................0015

Seven Star Dungeon..............................................0016

Wandering Dungeon...............................................0017

FAQ.............................................................0018


                                Walkthrough
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Before you Start
****************
In this Game The map is very helpful. Events or actions can be performed at
any ! exclamation symbol on the map. Depending on the type of action these
can be purple or pink in color.

Also visible on the map will be the Save point/Rejuvenation Point symbol. It 
Appears as a rather unique floating orb.

Open every chest you find, you gain experience and Party skill points for open
ing chests. Even if you have a full 20/20 items from a chest, drop some of 
them so you can open the chest and get that valuable experience and SP.
You can drop items by hitting the Select button on the item screen.

Save the stat boosting seeds and bizarre fruit you find throughout the game.
A small stat boost may be nice but they are nothing when compared to the 
benefits of synthesizing those boosts into weapons and armour later on in the
game. If you use them up it can take hours to find more.

Calnus 0001
***********
The story begins aboard the Calnus. Go down the Stairs from the training room
and through the door with the save point beside it. This is the bridge of the
Calnus. Talk to Reimi to Trigger a cut scene.

Aeos 0002
*********

Aeos : Landing Point
--------------------

Items in this area:

*Snipers Bangle
*Blueberries x3
*Blackberries x2
*Iron x1
*Insect egg x2
*Herb harvest point x1

Talk to Rich  (a soldier standing at the base of the Calnus stairs) to receive
the Snipers Bangle. Talk to Reimi and everyone else while collecting all the 
items laying around. When you have collected all the items Talk to Reimi again
to trigger a cut scene and proceed.

And in case you are wondering what to do with the harvest point, you can do 
nothing until Reimi is in your party.

Aeos : Landing Point Cont.
--------------------------

Items in this area:

*Big berries
*Wind Gem
*Iron x2
*Insect leg 
 Warped Carapace
*Herb harvest point x2
*Ore Mining Point x3

That gigantic scrap of metal which previously blocked the path is now gone 
and you are free to explore. Pick up any items you find along the way.

With Reimi in the party you now have the ability to utilize the herb harvest
points. This is accomplished by pressing b. You will receive different items
based upon how high a level Reimis 'harvest' skill is. For example, at level
1 you will likely get one type of item - maybe 2. At level 10 (max) you will
likely receive 4 different items one or two of each. If you happen to have
any extra skill points, put them on Reimes 'harvest' skill and max it out as 
soon as possible.


Aeos : Urd Falls Cave
---------------------

Items in this area:

*Iron x2
*203 fol
*Blackberries x2
*Blueberries x2
*Fresh sage x2
*Fresh sage
*Defense seeds
*Ore mining Point x3
*Herb harvest point 

Follow the cave through to the other side, its really more of a tunnel than
a cave. Watch the walls for 'holes' surrounded in green moss; search them to
find items.


Aeos : Northern Coast
---------------------

Items in this area:

*Natural water x2
*Wind gem
*Attack seeds
*Ore mining point x2
*Herb harvest point x3
*Iron x3

In this area you will find both a Rejuvenation point and a Save point. Use
them as you see fit before jumping down onto the beach area. There is a boss
coming up so I advise saving.

Once you jump onto the beach head toward the wounded soldier on the ground
to trigger a cut scene. 

You now face.... Armaros!!!

*********
*Armaros*
*********

Armaros is quite tough for a first boss. To fold him like yesterdays laundry
just attack but save your MP. His shell will absorb a lot of damage and
it will seem as though your not really getting anywhere. After sustaining 
a certain amount of damage to his shell he will change his stance revealing 
his weak point. At this point unleash all your strongest attacks, combos,
and blindsides to ruin his day.

Once Armaros falls, head back to the Calnus through Urd falls cave at the end 
of the beach.


Aeos : Exploration base
--------------------

Items in this area:

*Lemon
*Blueberries
*S.manual 'scan enemy'


Base Shop Omega                         Base Shop Alpha
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                         ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Eldarian Bow................500         Blueberry...........40
Silver Bangle...............800         Blackberry..........60
S. manual 'Anthropology'....800         Aquaberries.........30
S. manual 'Botany'..........900         Fresh sage..........150
S. manual 'Entomology'......600         Uncooked pasta......100
S. manual 'First aid'.......2000        Raw animal meat.....60
Repair kit..................100         Common egg..........30
                                        Vegetables..........60
                                        Seasonings..........20
                                        Olive oil...........80


Son of a building block! There is a huge base erected where the Calnus was.. 
Head inside and track down the captain to trigger another cut scene and 
advance forward. Also stock up on any items you may need at the stores. There
is also a bridge which leads the way to another area west of the base. (west 
being referred from the map when you press start).


Aeos : Northern Coast
---------------------

Items in this area:

*Big berries
*Chest shrouded in darkness 

Not much here except a good shortcut to the beach and an darkness chest.
You cannot open this yet, nor will you be able to for a while. Just leave
it for now and head back to the exploration base. 

I will provide a list of Dark energy chests later in the walkthrough, once 
you gain the ability to open them.


Aeos : Exploration Base
-----------------------
Talk to the Captain again, and a cut scene will ensue. You are promoted to 
captain of the Calnus! Woot Woot!

Calnus
------
Go to the main console to travel to Lemarus. Before getting there you have 
the opportunity to perform some private actions, gather and complete quests, 
or you could just go to Edge's room to sleep until you arrive.

Lemarus 0003
************

Lemarus : Thalia Plains 
-----------------------

Items in this area:

*Aquaberries
*255 fol
*Blackberries x2
*Accuracy seeds
*Blueberries x2
*Bizarre fruit
*S.manual 'Hide'
*Monster jewel
*Vile goop x2
*Herb harvest point 
*Ore mining point x3

Head away in any direction from the Calnus to reach Triom.

Triom
-----

Items in this area:

*Chest encased in ice
*Basil x2

Item Store                              Weapon store
^^^^^^^^^^                              ^^^^^^^^^^^^
Blueberries......40                     Blessed sword..........700
Blackberries.....60                     Mystic chain mail.......1000
Aquaberries......30                     Snipers bangle.........800
Basil............30                     Silver bangle..........800
Fresh sage.......150                    Sacrificial doll.......500
Hot chocolate....50                     Bowstring..............100
Vile goop........300
Ge gen tang......400
Empty bottle.....40
Natural water....120

Talk to the guy right beside the entrance to get some basil. You can sleep
for free in one of the houses, so use that to your advantage. Head to the 
biggest house to trigger a cut scene and advance forward.

You now have Lymle in your party. She is annoying.

Head back out into Thalia plains again. Go across the bridge towards the 
frozen lake to Alanaria Citadel.

Alanaria Citadel 0004
*********************

Alanaria Citadel 1st floor
--------------------------

Items in this area:

*Shining stone x2
*S.manual 'treasure sense'
*Guardians Armour
*Chest entwined in ivy

Head around  and pick up the shining stones. They are the keys to this dungeon
You will find large irregular shaped stones where the shining stones can be 
placed. They then begin to float and complete the passageways of the above 
floors.

Alanaria Citadel 2nd floor
--------------------------

Items in this area:

*Shining stone x2 
*Guardians Rapier
*S.manual 'Focus'
*Chest shrouded in darkness 

You can access this level from 2 different staircases on the bottom level.
One of the shining stones is hidden up the broken staircase that would have
led to 3rd floor.

Alanaria Citadel 3rd floor
--------------------------

Items in this area:

*Chest suffused with light
*S. Manual 'Chain combo'

After inserting the Shining stones into all the floating platforms you will 
gain access to the top floor. This floor is straightforward. It consists of a 
save point and a boss battle.

You will face....Dragon Newt!!!

*************
*Dragon Newt*
*************
I can offer no strategy for this Boss as he is far too easy. Just unload on 
him with everything you have.

After you defeat him you will find a sealed chest on the balcony. After 
sliding down the tapestry you will find the chain combo chest, grab it before
leaving. 

There will be a village visible in the distance.


Wooday Village
--------------

Items in this area:

*Hot chocolate
*Support card
*Fresh sage x2
*Blackberries
*Anti-stun amulet

Three leaf books                              Wooday Weapon shop
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
S.manual 'Botany'............900        Blessed sword..........700
S.manual 'Parapsychology'....1000       Torch bow..............800
S.manual 'Chain combos'......3000       Flame wand.............1500
S.manual 'Pickpocketing'.....200        Mystic chainmail.......1000
S.manual 'First aid'.........2000       Bandit gloves..........3300
S.manual 'Elusion'...........1000       Snipers bangle.........800
S.manual 'Taunt'.............800        Silver bangle..........800
                                        Sacrificial doll.......500
                                        Iron...................400
                                        Bowstring..............100

Thousand gods general store
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Blueberries........40                   Mysterious paint.............80
Blackberries.......60                   Support card.................80
Mixed syrup........100                  Rivet........................80
Aquaberries........30                   Rust.........................20
Basil..............30                   Alchemists water.............300
Fresh Sage.........150                  Vinegar......................40
Hot chocolate......50                   White rice...................60
Vile goop..........300                  Raw animal meat..............60
Rich cheese........180                  Raw fish.....................80
Go Gen Tang........400                  Common egg...................30
Sharkskin..........80                   Vegetables...................60
Empty bottle.......40                   Olive oil....................80
Natural water......120                  Special worshite sauce.......120
Magic brush........200                  Fresh cream..................100
Earth paint........80                   Pie crusts...................60
Fire paint.........80

Follow the path at the back of the village to Lutias house. A cut scene occurs
and you will need to head back to  Triom again. You can find an Anti-stun 
amulet on the floor of the weapon shop.

Van elm region
--------------

Items in this area:

*Bigberries x2
 Blueberries x2
*Vile goop
*51 fol
*Farie orchid
*Health seeds
*Aquaberries x3
*Herb harvest point x3
*Ore mining point x3

Thanks to the Treasure sense skill acquired in the Citadel, you will be able 
to all treasure on the map. A green patch of grass indicates Herb harvest
points and the Tan stone indicates Ore mining points. And in case you were
wondering the Treasure chests indicate Treasure chests. 

Triom (revisited)
-----------------

Go and talk with the elder. A cut scene will occur and you will acquire the 
fire ring. Talk to the mysterious woman standing by the tree in the center of
the village to have your ring charged for free. You may now open the ice chest
found in the village by the entrance.

Head toward Wind swallow valley. To get there head down to the frozen lake in 
Thalia plains and you will find an area blocked by a huge block of ice. Bust 
out the fire ring and show that ice who is boss!

Wind swallow valley
-------------------

Items in this area:

*Ore mining point x3
*Blueberries x2

Wind swallow valley... not much to it. Just walk straight through.
                             
Celestial Ship 0005
*******************

Celestial Ship 1st floor
------------------------

items in this area:

*Plastic explosive 
*Blackberries x4
*Bigberries x2
*S.manual 'Critical hit'
*Ice chest <Bigberries, Blueberries x4>
 

The Celestial ship is not a very big dungeon. You will find plastic explosive
scattered all over (they appear as a twinkle of light as you walk by them).
You can use these by placing them on doors (most of which are locked) and 
using the fire ring to detonate them or by placing the explosive on a door 
with damaged electrical wires exposed near the door. 

If you happen to run out of plastic explosive, and still have some doors to 
open just leave the ship and re-enter to re-spawn the explosives.

You will be ecstatic to find you are now able to open all chests encased with
ice, with your trusty fire ring.

Follow the map to the center of the ship. Check the console and a Cut scene 
will occur. After that you may access the central elevator.

Celestial Ship 2nd floor
------------------------

Items in this area:

*Fresh sage  x2
*Ice chest <Power bracelet>

Use the Save point and the Rejuvenation point and prepare for a battle.

You now Face Barachiel!!!

***********
*Barachiel*
***********
To wipe the floor with Barachiel set your BEAT to Rush mode. Also have a few
points on the 'Critical Hit' skill. This boss is not hard but he has some 
powerful attacks so keep your HP up at all times.

Once he falls, a cut scene occurs and then its time to head back to the Triom.
 
Watch the Cutscene at Triom and then head back to the Calnus.

Calnus
------
Aboard the Calnus you can now choose to travel back to Aeos or go on to the 
Cardianon mothership.

Also you now have the ability to create items. 

Before departing to the Cardianon mothership, stock up on items as there will
be no shops for quite a while.

Cardianon Mothership 0006
*************************

Cardianon mothership dock
-------------------------

Items in this area:

*Bigberries x2
*Defense seeds

Is it just me, or does the Cardianon mothership look a lot like Deep space 9?
Hmmmm.

Follow the map to reach the Cardianon mothership 1st floor.

Cardianon mothership 1st floor
------------------------------

Items in this area:

*Basil x5
*Defense breaker
*Thunder ring
*Blackberries x3
*Wisdom bracelet
*Fortitude potion
*S.manual 'Taunt'

Be sure to grab the Thunder ring as you cannot proceed without it.

Cardianon mothership basement 1
-------------------------------

Items in this area:

*Monster jewel
*1010 fol
*S.manual 'Auto healing'
*S.manual 'Chain combos'
*Thunder armlet
*Ice Chest <Crystal>

Straight forward area. just follow the map to reach Basement 2.

Cardianon mothership basement 2
-------------------------------

Items in this area:

*Ice Chest <Silver>
*Laser oscillator
*Lil vending machine 001
*Universal device
 Gunpowder

Item Store
^^^^^^^^^^
Blueberries.........40                  Compact poison bomb........800
Blackberries........60                  Compact stun bomb..........800
Ripeberries.........200                 Compact freezing bomb......800
Basil...............30                  Compact sleep bomb.........700
Fresh Sage..........150                 Scrambling unit............300

The item store in the wall comes in handy. Stock up on anything you need.
There a a few things to do here: 

1.View the cut scene of frozen cardianon in stasis.
2.Check the console outside the stasis room to 'electrify it'.
3.Charge the thunder ring up on the electrified console.
4.Get the ID off the corpse in the frozen cardianon room.
5.Use the thunder ring on the locked door you passed earlier and register the 
  ID
6.Open the door with the registered ID to trigger cut scene.
7.Meet Bacchus 
8.Escape !

Bio lab basement 1
-----------------

Items in this area:

*Attack bracelet
*Alchemists water
*Comet robe

Get to the Choppa!!! gooooo!! 
Nothing to do here .. just keep running
You may notice that Bacchus can pretty much destroy any enemy by himself. He 
is the man! Galvanic Shock!!! Galvanic Shock!!!

Bio lab 1st floor
----------------

Items in this area:

*Fresh sage x3

Use the Rejuvenation point and stock up on any items you may need at the 
vending machine store. As you exit you will be ambushed by a few groups of 
enemies.

Lab entrance
------------

Items in this area:

*Cardianon bow

Keep on truckin to reach the next area.

Cardianon underworld
--------------------

Items in this area:

*S.manual 'Rage'
*Dragon scale Armour
*EM bomb x4
*Ice chest <Icicle rapier>

Don't forget the Ice chest, as you will not have another opportunity to come 
back to the mother ship after you escape.

Control tower
-------------

Items in this area:

*Streaked chain mail
*Compact stun bomb x8

This area is like a slap in the face. You haven't saved for a long time and
you are hours into a lengthy dungeon. When will the madness end!!??
If you have managed to maintain sanity until this point congratulations.

Anyway..

The force fields open someways but not others, some you have to run into 
before they turn off. 

The stairs you want to get to are the ones at the northern most part on the
map. 

The only advice I can offer at this point is to muddle through as best you 
can. Using the map helps. 

Stock up on any items you need at yet another Store in the wall.

Control tower generator area
----------------------------

Items in this area:

*Sturdy bracelet
*Poison Cider

If you happen to make it down here grab the items and go back upstairs.
there is nothing to do here.. yet.

Control tower 1st floor
-----------------------

Items in this area:

*Element breaker x2
*Booster wand

Here you will find more force fields. They suck. This floor is a lot easier to
navigate than the first area with force fields.

Control tower 2nd floor
-----------------------

Items in this area:

*Compact poison bomb x4
*Ice Chest <S.manual 'Mind flare'>
*Power bracelet

Once again, don't continue on without taking opening the Ice chest.

Control tower 3rd floor
-----------------------

Items in this area:

*S.manual 'Fury boost'
*Riot potion
 Anti paralysis amulet
*Bronto Armour

This area has a rotating turntable in the center of the room. Grab the items
and move on. 

Control tower 4th floor
-----------------------

Use the save point, you have finally reached the boss.

You now face.... Sahareil!!!

**********
*Sahareil*
**********
No real strategy for this guy. Just keep your Hp max and use ripeberries to 
supplement you magic healing. Criticals and blindsides will dominate this 
sucka.

After beating him, follow the path and dash your way to freedom. The path will
lead back down to the Control tower generator area. A cut scene will then 
ensue and you will escape the mothership.. but not really...

Calnus
------
Back on the Calnus talk to everyone and another cutscene will occur involving
a black hole... sweet jesus!!! Just when you thought it was over...

But wait.. you arrive at Earth...except...now your in the past..whoa.

Earth 1957 0007
***************

Abandoned town
--------------
 
Items in this area:

*Aquaberries x2
*Blueberries x4
*Thornberries
*Silver armlet

Head over to the fence opening by the phone. Save and enter the bunker.
E GAD!! it was a trap...didn't see that coming at all....

Military facility
-----------------

Items in this area:

*Aquaberries x2
*S.manual 'scan enemy'
*Ice Chest <Compact freezing bomb>
*Alien Arc
*S.manual 'No guard'
*Dragon scale
*Aliens robe

Talk to everyone in the holding cell and eventually you will be released 
remotely by Klause.

Follow the hallways and save at the save point. Don't forget the Ice chest as 
you will not be able to return after escaping.

If you feel like fighting, the enemies here will give a buttload of 
experience.

If you don't feel like fighting (I sure didn't) follow the halls to the save
point and prepare for another boss.

You now face...the Genomic beast!!!

***************
*Genomic beast*
***************
This beasts rush gauge rises very rapidly. Avoid him while he's in rush mode,
and hit him with everything you have when he is not rushing. He is not too
difficult but has an annoying rush attack.

After the beast falls, it is time to escape.

Experiment area
---------------

Items in this area:

*Foal snaps
*Plasma cannon
*Compact stun bomb
*Fresh sage
*Ice chest <Compact freezing bomb x3>

Be sure to grab the Plasma cannon and the Ice chest. You will see a cut scene
and escape the planet.

Calnus
------
Somehow you make it back to the future. Anyway.... Bacchus suggests landing on
nearby planet Roak for repairs.

It is your only option as the engine is ruined. 

You also have Meracle at you disposal now. She is cute and annoying. Joy....

Planet Roak 0008
****************

Northeast Astralian Coast
-------------------------

Items to in this area:

*Holy water x2
*Blueberries x3
*2986 fol
*Basil x2
*Riot potion
*Herb harvest point x5
*Ore mining point x5

If there was a way to go on vacation somewhere in a video game, this is one
beach I would certainly visit.

This is a vast area. Search along the shoreline to score some items. You will
eventually see a cut scene involving a fluffy bunny. 

Also, with Bacchus in the party, you can mine for ore. If you have any 
extra skill points spend them on his 'mining' skill.

Tatroi area
-----------

Items in this area:

*Barrier spirit water
*DANGER DO NOT DRINK x3
*Bunny feed
*Herb harvest point x5
*Ore mining point x2
*Herb mining point x5

Follow the path, until you reach the stone walls of Tatroi.

Tatroi
------

Items in this area:

*Anti curse amulet
*Blackberries x2
*Bigberries x2
*Giri's gift box
*Aquaberries x4
*12000 fol
*Ripeberries 
*Ivy entwined chest

Tool shop                               Bcat material shop
^^^^^^^^^                               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Tent........................4000        Lacquer....................200
Gunpowder...................80          Aramid fiber...............800
Magic brush ................200         Carbon fiber...............1000
Fire paint..................80          Fur pelt...................2000
Wind paint..................80          Tafetta ribbon.............200
Thunder paint...............80          Hand spun thread...........100
Light paint.................100         Empty bottle...............40
Healing paint...............80          Rivet......................20
Parchment...................400         Neck chain.................80
Repair kit..................100
Alchemists water............300

Roomy foods                             Eds weapons
^^^^^^^^^^^                             ^^^^^^^^^^^
Rich cheese.................180         Blessed sword..............700
Natural water...............120         Silvance...................5000
Vinegar.....................40          Bastard sword..............11000
Uncooked pasta..............100         Torch bow..................800
Raw animal meat.............60          Icicle rapier..............4000
Raw fish....................80          Flame sword................1500
Common egg..................50          Dargonscale armour.........3500
Vegetable...................60          Mystic chainmail...........1000
Seasonings..................20          Blizzard protector.........1200
Special worshite sauce......120         Comet robe.................2400
Fresh cream.................100

Good grocers                            Lovesong accessories
^^^^^^^^^^^^                            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Blueberries.................40          Bandit gloves..............3300
Blackberries................100         Sniper bangle..............800
Bigberries..................60          Silver bangle..............800
Aquaberries.................30          Earth armlet...............15000
Basil.......................30          Anti-freezing armlet.......5000
Fresh sage..................150         Sacrificial doll...........500
Hot chocolate...............50          Warning brooch.............1000
Glowstick...................90
Vile goop...................300
Pickled plum................20  

Fez's books
^^^^^^^^^^^
S.manual 'Entomology'.......600
S.manual 'Ornithology'......1100
S.manual 'Chain combos'.....3000
S.manual 'First aid'........2000
S.manual 'Fury boost'.......4000
S.manual 'Elusion'..........1000
S.manual 'Taunt'............800
S.manual 'Hide'.............1200

Lots of stuff to buy....Stock up on the latest weapons and grab any healing
items you may need.

A cut scene will occur and you will enter an easy battle. You must then go 
outside Tatroi to the 'cool lookin' tent outside the city walls.

You will witness a few cut scenes involving flaming zombies and fluffy 
bunnies. Yes ... I'm not kidding... lol big time..

If you happen to own a HD tv, it  looks like the you could pet the bunny 
through the screen....simply amazing graphics.

Anyway..

Off to Astral city. Head back into Tatroi and head to the barge in town. It is
located in the area behind the bar and item/weapon shop.

Astral City
-----------

Items in this area:

*Swept hilt
*Monster jewel
*Riot potion x2
*Basil x4
*126 fol
*Chest shrouded in darkness
*Chest entwined in ivy


Whole heart foods                       Mobius 1 stop shop
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Pumpkin extract.............200         Anti-paralysis amulet......8000
Sweet fruit.................200         Sacrificial doll...........500
Natto.......................300         Warning brooch.............1000
Ge gen tang.................400         Tent.......................4000
Natural water...............100         S.manual 'Hp boost'........8000
Uncooked pasta..............120         S.manual 'Critical hit'....4400
Raw animal meat.............60          S.manual 'Fury boost'......4000
Raw fish....................80          S.manual 'Hide'............1200
Common egg..................30          Iron.......................400
Vegetables..................60          Wool.......................200
Seasoning...................20          Silk.......................400
Special sauce...............120         Satin ribbon...............400
Fresh cream.................100         Parchment..................400
                                        Map of Astral..............1000

Happy skip grocer                       Treasure hunter weapons
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Blueberries.................40          Blessed sword..............700
Blackberries................100         Bastard sword..............11000
Bigberries..................60          Torch bow..................800
Aquaberries.................30          Sylphs saber...............19800
Basil.......................30          Dragonscale armour.........3500
Fresh sage..................150         Bronto armour..............3800
Hot chocolate...............50          Astral armour..............6000
Glowstick...................90          Mystic chainmail...........1000
Vile goop...................300         Blizzard protector.........1200
                                        Streaked chainmail.........2400

You will find 126 fol on the floor of the 1 stop shop. Besides that there is
not much to do here, (You will likely be low on funds thanks to the shops in
Tatroi), so just head to the Castle. 

To gain access to the Treasure hunter weapons shop you must complete the quest
'The careless shopkeeper'. You will find the careless shopkeeper outside of 
his weapons shop in Astral after defeating the Black eagle. He will ask you
to find his key, as he had lost it in the bar the night before. Go to the 
Tatroi bar and ask the bartender who will be standing outside the bar to 
get the key.

Castle
------

Items in this area:

*Health seeds 
*Herb harvest point 
*Famed sword 'Veinslay'

Behind the throne you can find Veinslay in a chest.

Not much to do here except watch a cut scene. Then you gotta 'hit the streets'
to find the Black eagle.

Head back into Astral city. Question a few people, (nobody knows anything), 
then head back to Tatroi. Head to the Colosseum and talk to the guy out front. 
You can also talk to the the old lady by the goods stand. Head down to the 
city entrance and you will find that it is guarded. Talk to the guards then 
head back to the Colosseum to gain entrance.

Colosseum
---------

You don't actually get the opportunity to explore the Colosseum yet. You just 
fight the Black eagle

You now face... Black eagle!!!

*************
*Black eagle*
*************

This is a one on one fight between Edge and the Black eagle. Its not too tough
although I must admit that I died while fighting him. Just pay attention to
your HP, as his attacks pack a punch. Give him the taste of a few blindsides 
and critical attacks then, unlike myself, you should be victorious on your 
first try. 

You now may explore the Colosseum

Items in this area:

*Bunny feed
*10 fol
*S.manual 'Berserk'

Not much to do here yet, so just head back out to the tent outside Tatroi
and try to catch a bunny.

You will find the bunny in the 'Tatroi area' just outside of the city. Go 
across the bridge closest to the tent, and you should be able to find a bunny
in the forested area after you cross.

Also You can find a Bow weapon inside the tent, grab it before heading into 
the desert.

You can travel into the desert now, which is accessible from the hole in the
stone wall outside of Tatroi.

Astral Desert
-------------

Items in this area:

*Silver chalice
*Fanting potion
*Attack seeds
*Bandits gloves
*9856 fol
*Defense seeds
*Herb harvest point x3
*Ore mining point x4

This is a big area to explore. You can examine the sickly looking Cacti in the 
area but cannot do anything about them yet.

If you want the harvest and ore points you will have to ditch the bunny. If 
you enter the quicksand you will appear near the entrance to the desert you 
came in from. Grab everything laying around and head to the next area.

BOOO YAAAA !!!!!

Congratulations you are now on Disc 2!!!

Tropp area
----------

Items to find in this area:

*Bigberries x3
*Magic capacitor
*Ebony 
*4445 fol
*Platinum
*Herb harvest point x3
*Ore mining point x2

Check the shoreline beside Tropp to find the platinum. Then enter the city of 
Tropp.

Now if you are like me and you see a chest or mining/harvest point and cannot 
resist the incredible urge to recklessly obtain the contents of said chest 
or mining/harvest point without any regard to personal safety, then you will
lose your bunny and be stuck in the desert.

Never fear, you can always take the shortcut through the cave to the 
Purgatorium, you will find the entrance close to some ancient looking pillars.

In addition you may wonder "gee, I would certainly like another fluffy bunny 
to ride" well fear not, you may 'catch' more fluffy bunnys not far outside of 
Tropp under a tree cluster.

Tropp
-----

Items in this area:

*Stamina pie x2
*Bizarre fruit
*Chest shrouded in darkness
*Chest shrouded in darkness

Rascals guild
^^^^^^^^^^^^^
S.manual 'Anthropology'.....800         S.manual 'First aid'.......2000
S.manual 'Botany'...........800         S.manual 'Auto healing'....4200
S.manual 'Entomology'.......600         S.manual 'Stun'............3500
S.manual 'Parapsychology'...1000        S.manual 'Fury boost'......4000
S.manual 'Ornithology'......11000       S.manual 'Elusion'.........1000
S.manual 'Demonology'.......2200        S.manual 'Taunt'...........800
S.manual 'Appetite'.........1800        S.manual 'Convert'.........2500
S.manual 'Chain combos'.....3000        S.manual 'Hide'............1200
S.manual 'Hp boost'.........8000        
S.manual 'Critical hit'.....4400          
 
Morgans weapons                       
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                      
Silvance....................5000       
Icicle rapier...............4000      
Sylphs robe.................19800       
Wand of wonder..............5800    
Vermilion claws........... .5800      
Bronto armour...............3800     
Streaked chainmail..........2400       
Volcanic chainmail..........7700    
Comet robe..................2400        
Blueberries.................40       
Red herb....................10

Avoid talking to the first person you will come across, hanging outside the 
Inn, he is crazy and will eat the letter Fez gave you to deliver to his 
brother. 

Grab everything you need (no blackberries in this town BTW) Head over to 
Sarah's friends house. She isn't home, so continue on to the Cave to the 
Purgatorium. 

Cave of Purgatorium
-------------------

Items in this area:

*Riot potion x3
*Basil x2
*Resurrection elixir
*Lesser demons fetish
*Ice chest <Barrier spiritwater>
*Herb harvest point x2
*Ore mining point 

In this cave you will want to take the exit that leads to the Purgatorium 
area.

You will also see some 'flying red things' that come with an accompanying high
pitch noise. This is not the sound of your own insanity...or is it..?
Grab as many flying red things as you can as they will come in handy later.

Purgatorium area
----------------

Items in this area:

*Fresh sage x2
*Herb harvest point x2
*Ore harvest point x2

Not much to this area. Just follow the path up the hill, then enter the
Purgatorium.

Purgatorium 0009
****************

Purgatorium
-----------

Items in this area:

*Wide range EM bomb x3
*Poison relief unit 
*Flare robe
*Chest blazing with fire
*Purgatorium stone
*S.manual 'Trap evasion'

Grab the Purgatorium stone (quest item) at the top of the first flight of 
stairs to the left.

You may notice there are doors which cannot be opened. Check around and you 
will eventually trigger a cut scene.

Then its back off to Tropp. woo hoo...

At Tropp you will be able to enter the residence of Lady Elayna and after a 
Cut scene you will have the key to the Purgatorium. 

And on top of all that you will gain Myuria as a party member.
Hooray!!!

Off to the Purgatorium!......again.

You will now be able to open the blocked door and continue on in the dungeon.
It is at this point you will be able to obtain 'Trap evasion'.

Then continue on to Purgatorium B1

Purgatorium B1
--------------

Items in this area

*Holy water
*Bow of wisdom
*Runic metal x3
 Bracterite
 Quantum processor
 Fire gem

The key to this dungeon is to light the urns which the statues point at. If 
you fail you fight an enemy. This same puzzle is replicated many times in the
dungeon, sometimes the statue will point to an urn that is behind a wall.

In one of the rooms you will encounter a boss.

You now face...Guardian

**********
*Guardian*
**********
This guy has a lot of HP, just blindside and combo him to death.

You will receive the Light ring which allows you to open any chests which are
shrouded in darkness.

You will need to use it often in this dungeon. Fortunately you can recharge it
(it only has one charge) at any light crystal you find. They are scattered 
throughout the dungeon. 

Purgatorium B2
--------------

Items in this area:

*8000 fol
*Majestic Armour
*Fresh sage x2
*Recipe memo #14
*Chest entwined in ivy <Recipe memo #24>

More statue pointing and urn lighting. For one you must memorize the order in
which the statue points at the urns and light them accordingly.

Purgatorium B3
--------------

Items in this area:

*Fresh sage x2
*S.manual 'Focus'
*Ancient cannon
*Ivy entwined door
*Sylphides mal 
*Folklore plate

Unfortunately you cannot open the Ivy door yet, which is too bad because the 
items inside are pretty good.

Purgatorium B4
--------------

Items in this area:

*Chest suffused with holy light

Boss time 
You now face...Tamiel

********
*Tamiel*
********
This guy can be quite difficult. He will spawn minions. Get rid of them.
He is quite easy at first but gets much harder when he is about to die. Use 
everything you have at your disposal (strength potions,hyper potions, etc.)
and try to avoid that horrible laser move he has..He can also counter your
blindsides quite well so set your BEAT to Rush.
 
Send him flailing back to his god, then head back to Tropp

Tropp 
-----
Open the darkness chest (if you have a charge) and talk to people to gain any
quests that may have sprung up. 

You are done for now on Roak so when you are ready grab a fluffy bunny and 
head back to the Calnus.

Calnus
------
A cut scene will occur and Sarah will join the party. You will also receive a 
distress signal to return to Aeos.

You may also take this opportunity to perform private actions, collect new 
quests, create quest items or open darkness chests.

Here are a list of darkness chests locations you may want to open:

*Aeos N.coast. across the bridge west of base (Chest --> 19800 fol)
*Alanaria citadal 2nd floor (Chest --> Sacred Scepter)
*Astral (Chest --> Earthrock mail)
*Tropp (Chest --> S.manual 'Augury')
*Tropp (Chest --> Anti-fog amulet)


Otherwise just head back to Aeos.

Aeos part 2 0010
****************

Destroyed base
--------------

Items in this area:

*S.manual 'Scan enemy'
*Blueberries
*Lemon x3

Whoa. All your base are been destroyed. O NO! 

At this point you may head over to that darkness chest across the bridge 
located in Aeos Northern coast.

You may want to hit all the mines and harvest points as well. 
This is optional.

When you are ready to advance the story, head east inside the destroyed base.
there will be an exit that was not there previously.

This will lead to the undersea tunnel.

Undersea tunnel
---------------

Items in this area:

*Defense seeds

Follow the tunnel. The enemies here can be tough, but there is a rejuvenation
point up ahead so unload everything you have on the enemies.

Southern reaches
----------------

Items in this area:

*Aquaberries x2
*Monster jewel
*Cursed cider
 Vile goop
*Herb harvest point x7
*Ore mining point x7

This is a big area, collect everything and fight as much as you can. Use the 
Rejuvenation point to level your characters as you see fit. When you go beyond
the save and rejuvenation point you will be ambushed so be prepared.

You now face...An Ambush!!!

********
*Ambush*
********
Normally an ambush in this game is a good thing, giving you a SP bonus on the 
bonus board. This however is not the case, this battle is hard. you will 
face 7 waves of Phantom soldiers. Be prepared to pull out all the stops using 
everything you have to give yourself the advantage. I used the following 
strategy to win (after being stomped a few times). 

1.Set your characters to 'Gang up with full force'
2.Control your best healer in battle.
3.Use EM bombs if you have any they are really effective in this battle.
4.Use DEF, INT, and ATK boosting items at the start of battle.
5.Eat any stat raising food you may have prior to battle.
6.Craft anti-silence into weapons and Armour and use anti-silence charms.
7.Keep HP up and heal anyone that dies immediately.

Using any or all of these methods will ensure success. If you still have a 
problem try synthesizing some additional attack onto your weapons.

After defeating the enemy hoards there will be a cut scene and you will lose
Faize and gain Arumat as a new character.

Items in this area: (Post ambush)

*Chest shrouded in darkness <Light charm>
*Recipe memo #29
*Glowstick x4
*35003 fol
*Ice chest <Regen symbol>
*Bigberries
 Blueberries
*Steel x2
*Herb harvest point x3
*Ore mining point x4

Follow the path down the beach and inland a bit to find the Miga insect 
warren.

Miga insect warren 0011
***********************

B1
--

Nothing here but a save point and a swirling sand pit. Hop on in to get to B2.

B2
-- 

Items in this area:

*Blackberries
 Basil
*Aluminum
*Ore mining point x4

Follow the map to the next area. You have the option of following a path, or
jumping down a swirling pit.

B3
--

Items in this area:

*Patent Accuracy seeds
*Hurricane claws
*Vile goop 
*Steel x2
*Ice Chest <Nature wand>
*Ore mining point x3

There are 2 swirling sand pits that lead to the bottom level. One will take 
you to the boss area (has a save point) and one will not. You will have to go
down both of them to get all the items in B4.

B4
--

Items in this area:

*S.manual 'Charge'
*Glowstick x3
*Recipe memo #11
*Ice Chest <Monster jewel x2>
*Chest suffused with holy light
*Ore mining point x4
*Natural water
 Basil
 Vile goop
*Broken metal cutting blade

After using the save point head towards the unsettling bug carcass in the 
background. 

You now face...Armaros Manifest!!!

******************
*Armaros Manifest*
******************
This boss can go one of two ways. 1. He will kill you and make you wish you 
were never born. 2. You will kill him within 2 minutes of the battle starting.

I went with option 1 the first time I fought it. I managed to juggle it for
a whopping 850 hit combo. Unfortunately I ran out of healing and resurrection
items after half an hour of fruitless attacking.

For option #2 follow this strategy:

1.Set your attacking Characters BEAT setting to blindside. (It will be all 
  the better if some of your characters have the ability to enter combos 
  while after performing a blindside).
2.Use anything that will raise your stats prior to and during battle.
3.Attack until rush gauge is full.
4.Enter blindside with rush mode and watch him die.
5.LOL, as Armaros falls within minutes of the battle beginning.

This may take 2 or 3 blindsides depending on your level and weapons. His weak
point is exposed with a blindside attack. This is the key to his defeat.

For all intents and purposes you are now done on the planet Roak. Go to the 
Colosseum to battle and check the towns for some new quests.

After wrapping up the loose ends. head to the Calnus

Calnus
------

Take this opportunity to: create some items/synthesize new equipment, or 
perform some private actions.

Then head to EN II (Finally...)

EN II 0012
**********

Dock
----

Items in this area:

*Patent intelligence seeds
 Void recovery unit
*Ice chest <Health seeds, Bunny feed, Ripberries x2>

Follow the map to the next area.

EN II Central elevator room
---------------------------

Items in this area:

*Recipe memo 18
*Physical stimulant x2
*S.manual 'Emergency repairs'

Head across the 'superfast' transport, once across pick up the items and then
head to the central elevator.

You have the option to go to: Centropolis, Old road to the sanctuary, and 
monitor rooms A, B ,C.

You will want to head immediately to monitor room A

EN II Monitor room A
--------------------
Talk to Gotto to initiate a cut scene. After the scene head to centropolis via
elevator.

Centropolis
-----------

Items in this area:

*Health seeds
 Magic seeds 
*Bizarre fruit
*Holy water x4
*19000 fol
*Perfect berries x2
*Recipi memo #23

Dr. Fensets defense tools               Red claw weapons 
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Astral Armour...............6000        Observers sword............36000 
Majestic Armour.............8000        Saints bow.................33000
Earthrock mal...............10800       Sylphs saber...............19800
Oval Armour.................3600        Booster wand...............3000
Volcanic chain mail.........7700        Plasma cannon..............4000
Star protector..............34500       108 lightning cannon.......36000
Aliens robe.................3300        Slasher claws..............48000
Flare robe..................10000       Observers spear............51000
Feathered robe..............12000

Silkworms retro shop
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Blessed sword...............700         Mystic chain mail..........1000
Silvance....................5000        Blizzard protector.........1200
Bastard sword...............11000       Streaked chain mail........2400
Eldarian bow................500         Aqua robe..................800
Torch bow...................800         Comet robe.................2400
Alien arc...................5400        Bandit gloves..............3300
Icicle rapier...............4000        Sniper bangle..............800
Flame wand..................1500        Silver bangle..............800
Wand of wonder..............5800        Sacrificial doll...........500
Vermillion Claws............5800        Warning brooch.............1000
Dragonscale armour..........3500        Alchemists water...........300
Bronto armour...............3800

Meltina Jewelers
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Magic bracelet..............900         Anti-silence amulet........4000
Stallion snaps..............3000        Anti-pumpkin amulet........5000
Fire armlet.................15000       Raven amulet...............4000
Wind armlet.................15000       Green talisman.............48000
Earth armlet................15000       Earth talisman.............9000
Water armlet................15000       Water talisman.............9000
Thunder armlet..............15000       Wind talisman..............9000
Anti-poison amulet..........8000        Thunder talisman...........9000
Anti-stun amulet............4000

Flaming fist explosives
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Poison relief unit..........300         Compact freeze bomb........800 
Melting unit................500         Compact silence bomb.......800
Mobilization unit...........300         Scrambling unit............800
Speech rest unit............1000        Rust.......................20
Vision enhancement unit.....900         Magic capacitor............800
dispelling unit.............1200        Micro Circuit..............400
Intelligence breaker........500         Micro hadron cell..........3200
Defense breaker.............400         Laser oscillator...........3000
EM bomb.....................400         Mystery electronic circuit.1300
Wide range EM bomb..........1200        Mystery mobile frame.......1800
Compact poison bomb.........800         Universal device...........400
Compact stun bomb...........800

MiniMinis Rejuvenation shop
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Blueberries.................40          Aquaberries................30
Bigberries..................100         Basil......................30
Blackberries................60          Fresh sage.................150
Mixed syrup.................100         Hot chocolate..............50
Perfectberries..............1200        Red herb...................100
Physical stimulant..........800         Glow stick.................90
Mental stimulant............1000        Holy water.................120
                                        Resurrection elixir........2000

Masterful materials
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Tent........................4000        Healing paint..............80
Ash.........................800         Mystic paint...............60
Cashmere....................600         Attack card................60
Velvet ribbon...............800         Attack card +..............400
Dwarven embroidered cloth...400         Healing card...............60
Magic brush.................200         Healing card +.............400
Light paint.................80          Support card...............40
Water paint.................80          Support card +.............300
Fire Paint..................80          Parchment..................400
Wind paint..................80          Fine parchment.............600
Thunder paint...............80          Repair kit............... .100
light paint.................100         Swept hilt.................200
Dark paint..................100         Guitar parts...............200
Ni paint....................160
All purpose cement..........2400

Greens skill guild
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
S.manual 'Anthropology'.....800         S.manual 'No guard'........3000
S.manual 'Botany'...........900         S.manual 'First aid'.......2000
S.manual 'Entomology'.......600         S.manual 'Auto heal'.......4200
S.manual 'Parapsychology'...1000        S.manual 'Stun'............3500
S.manual 'Ornithology'.......1100       S.manual 'Fury boost'......4000
S.manual 'Demonology'.......2200        S.manual 'Elusion'.........1000
S.manual 'Zoology'..........1500        S.manual 'Rage'............3000
S.manual 'Appetite'.........1800        S.manual 'Steal'...........19800
S.manual 'Chain combos'.....3000        S.manual 'Taunt'...........800
S.manual 'Hp boost'.........8000        S.manual 'Berserk'.........2500
S.manual 'Mp boost'.........8000        S.manual 'Scan enemy'......1500
S.manual 'Fast cast'........8000        S.manual 'Convert'.........2500
S.manual 'Critical hit'.....4400        S.manual 'Hide'............1200
                                        S.manual 'Mindflare'.......3000

Front desk                              Imitation gallery
^^^^^^^^^^                              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Thornberries................100         Mysterious scepter.........48000
Basil.......................30          Grim reaper................39000
Red herb....................100         Holy Chain mail............58000
Pumpkin extract.............200         Mighty varigear............41000
Seaweed.....................30          Sorcerers robe.............32000
                                        Sighting unit..............500
                                        Bunny feed.................80
Magical Foods
^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Riot potion.................600
Fanting potion..............200
Natto.......................300
Natural water...............120
Vinegar.....................40
White rice..................60
Uncooked pasta..............100
Common egg..................30
Vegetables..................60
Seasonings..................20
Olive oil...................80
Special worshite sauce......120
Fresh cream ................100
Pie crusts..................60


 "Anything you guys want - we got", Anything you wanna do - do it". 
                                                            
                              ~Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the movie

This place has everything. Upgrade your equipment and get some new skills, 
then head to the old road to the sanctuary.

To open the Magical foods shop you must complete the quest 'the secret recipe'
which you receive in the shopping area from the Magical chef. To find the 
secret recipe have someone pickpocket the researcher in the flora and fauna 
shop. It is the same person who gives you the fireflies quest.

Don't forget to visit the Imitation gallery, a hidden shop. To find it look at
the eastern portion of the map. Similar to Tatroi or Astral there is a alley
which heads off on its own. Go there to find the shop. Recipe memo #23 is 
inside.


Old road to the sanctuary 0013
******************************

Old road to the sanctuary
-------------------------
Enter the sanctuary and you will find a big wall covered in vines with a guy 
standing beside it. He will tell you to get the Wind ring to get rid of the 
vines. This is a quest and it must be complete to continue past the viney 
wall.

Centropolis
-----------
The guy beside the viney wall will suggest to talk to the Front desk shop 
owner. Go there and he will tell you it was buried under one of the graves in 
the graveyard. Head up to the graveyard and search the second row of graves
immediately right of the stairs. On the last grave you will find a note that 
says:
 
"Do not disturb the graves of our fallen comrades. I have left the ring
with the unyielding graveskeeper". 

This is somewhat of a riddle. There is no grave keeper in town (I talked to 
everyone). The people in the graveyard are mourning and don't know anything.
So what is unyielding and serves as a grave keeper? How bout the big tree?
Search it to find the ring Then head back to the Old road to the Sanctuary.

Old road to the sanctuary 
-------------------------

Items in this area:

*Poison relief unit x3
*Ebony 
*S.manual 'Focus'
*Disintegration stone
*Recipe memo #15
*S.manual 'Haggling'
*Bracetate
*30003 fol
*Ice chest <Ravenstaff>
*Chest shrouded in darkness <Recipe memo #3>
*Chest entwined in ivy <S.manual 'Bunny call'>

Lots of cool stuff here, this place is kind of a big maze. This is also a good 
area to level up. Remember you can just head back to Centropolis to heal up.

If you have any anti-paralysis amulets/items they will come in handy.

Once you feel ready head to the next area.

ENII Sanctuary
--------------

Items in this area:

*Holy chain mail
*Memorial plate
*Recipe memo #28
*Biocloth
*Herb harvest point x2         
*Ore mining point x2

Grab the stuff from around the edges of the central platform and heal up at 
the rejuvenation point.

Then head to the central platform.

You now face...Kokabiel!!!

**********
*Kokabiel*
**********
No real strategy for this guy. Just kill off the Kokabiel spawn and he will
become vulnerable until he spawns more. Keep the heat on and he will croak.

Watch the cut scenes (there is a few) after defeating Kokabiel and heading 
back to see Gotto.

Take the Calnus to Nox obscurus, when you are ready to proceed.

Once you get to the Nox you may visit areas you have previously visited via
teleporter. 

Here are some areas with ivy chests you may want to return to now that you 
have the Wind ring:

*Alanaria citadel 1st floor (Chest --> Blue talisman)
*Crashed ship (Chest --> Recipe memo #25)
*Crashed ship (Chest --> Anti-freezing amulet)
*Tatroi (Chest --> Physical stimulant x3)
*Purgatorium b2 (Anti-void amulet)
*Purgatorium b3 (Ivy entwined wall)
*Urd falls cave (Rock wall)

Nox Obscurus 0014
*****************

Ravine of extinction
--------------------

Items in this area:

*Void recovery unit
 Fresh sage
*Hot chocolate x2
*Ripeberries x2
*Mana cloth
*68000 fol
*Recipe memo #12
*Vilegoop x4
*Insect egg x2
*Chest shrouded in darkness <Darkness charm>
*Herb harvest point 
*Ore mining point x2

This place has lots of stuff. Be sure you are ready before heading down the 
cliff, as you will not have the opportunity to return for quite some time.

You can use the bubbles like elevators to ascend the numerous cliff faces.
Also, try to avoid the purple gas clouds that cover the field - they will 
poison you.

Pulsating bog
-------------

Items in this area:

*Nightmare wand 
*Disintegration stone x2
*Magic seeds
 Fresh sage
*Ripeberries
*Monster jewel x2
*Blueberries x19

Talk to the guy laying near the exit to have any ring charged for free (I 
strongly suggest the Wind ring if it is not already charged).

Talk to the other guy laying near the ring charging guy to receive a quest 
involving delivering a letter.

Halls of termination
--------------------

Items in this area:

*Bizarre fruit
*53 fol
*Mental stimulant x3
*Mana cloth
*Health seeds 
*Herb harvesting point x3             
*Ore mining point x3
*Disintegration stone x2
*Dragon scale
*Chest suffused in holy light

There are a number of floating diamond shaped things in this area. When you 
enter the area that surrounds them all enemies will be alerted to your 
presence. To make things worse if you fight them you will not be able to use 
ANY attacks or magic that require MP. 

Fortunately you can destroy these terrible floaty diamonds by blasting them 
with your Wind ring. You will gain 4200 exp and 10 sp per diamond floater. 
Once destroyed, the aura of dark energy surrounding them disappears and you 
can fight the enemies normally.

Save your game, witness a cut scene then enter... THE PALACE OF CREATION !!

(Que eerie music from FF7 in the mansion where you meet Vincent)
(If you are unfamiliar with that eerie tune just think of the Halloween theme)

Palace of creation 0015
***********************

Area 1
------

Items in this area:

*Aquaberries x4
 Tent
*81000 fol
*Dragon scale x2
*Physical stimulant

Everything is frozen. There is a rectangular shape on the map in the center of 
the room, go onto the balcony across from it and step onto the platform with a 
light pillar on it. It will activate and time will resume.

Grab the items and head to the next area.

Area 2
------

Items in this area:

*Ice chest <Sea serpent harpoon>
*15 fol
*Monster jewel
 Fresh sage x4
*Poison order
 Frozen order
 Silent order
 Pumpkin order
 Danger do not drink
*Bizarre fruit x2
*Attack seeds
 Health seeds
*Scrambling unit x3

This is a cool looking area. I would like to visit a place like this. 
Anyway follow the light pillars and they will transport you from rock to rock.
Once you have collected all the items head to the next area.

Area 3
------

Items in this area:

*Ice chest <Magic seeds>
*Mental stimulant x3
 Ripeberries
*Disintegration stone x2
*Mercury
*Mithril
*108000 fol
*Meteorite
*Thunderbolt gear
*Parchment x9

This is a cool place. It is easy to navigate and there is lots of open space,
making it easy to avoid enemies if you are weary from many battles.

This is also where the dungeon gets weird. You can get to area 4 or 5 from 
here as there are 2 different exits.

I would advise going to area 5 first. You will need to pick up the serpent 
staff that lies in area 8. 

Area 5
------

Items in this area:

*Bracerite
*S.manual 'Attack boost'
*Shadestone

There will be a bunch of ice in front of the pendulum in this room, which 
looks remarkably similar to area 1. Ride the pendulum to the next area. Rather
than area 6 you will arrive in area 8. whoa.

Area 8
------

Items in this area:

*Serpent staff

Examine the mirror behind the statue holding the staff and then search the 
statue. You will receive the staff.

Head to the next area (it will be area 7)

Area 7
------

Items in this area:

*Mana cloth
*Blackberries x2
 Thornberries 
*Fresh sage x4

Head across the broken bridge (which is not supported by ANYTHING) and jump 
down.

With the serpent staff you can break the chains holding the pendulum in place.
Unfortunately upon climbing the stairs, they will turn to dust and you will 
fall. 

Head out the door to area 4

Area 4
------

Items in this area:

*Vulcan discharger
*Darkness gem x2
*Monster jewel 
 Tent
 
This is the worst area in the dungeon. It is difficult to navigate and to make
matters worse, the portals are hidden from view and you must search for them.
Run around the perimeter of each rock platform to find all portals. 

You can reach area 7 from 2 different portals and area 6 from a portal as 
well.

Area 7 will take you to the end, but area 6 is full of treasure. I suggest 
going for area 6 first.

Area 6
------

Items in this area:

*Mithril
*Rivet
*Duhallans armour
*Pumpkin extract x3
 Resurrection elixir x2
*Chest entwined in ivy <Dulhallans armour>
*Chest shrouded in darkness <Holy sword 'Farewell'>
*Chest engulfed in flames
*Meteorite

This is a good area to visit because you will receive the a strong new weapon,
and there is a rejuvenation point. Use the point to gain a level or two before
heading back to area 4.

There is a door here that has swirling energy blocking the way. You cannot 
open this yet so just keep going.

Area 4
------

Muddle through the portals as best you can to reach area 7. This of course 
will be the entrance to area 7 that has you enter the top part above the 
stairs that turn to dust. 

Area 7
------

Don't go down the stairs, there is no way back up. Use the Serpent staff on 
the chains to the pendulum. You now may cross and head to the next area.

Audience chamber
----------------

This is it. Save your game and head up the freaky stairs. 

You now face...The Apostle of creation!!!

*************************
*The Apostle of creation*
*************************
This first part is not too hard just unleash your best attacks and juggle him 
around. he will fall without too much trouble

After he falls you will see a cut scene and have navigate through a dark
tunnel. Follow the light, that is the key. If you touch the crystals that 
seem close, you will have the opportunity to fight previous bosses.

Once you get to the light, another cut scene occurs and the real fight begins.

You now face...Satanail!!!

**********
*Satanail*
**********
This guy is tough. You will not be able to damage him at all until you destroy
the colorful balls surrounding him. I was on level 66 when fighting him and I 
defeated him on my first try. Just keep  everyone alive, keep HP maxed, 
increase your stats prior to (with food) and during the battle(angel feather). 
Play carefully and you will be victorious.

you will now view the exiting conclusion to the star ocean story and a special
character ending, which will be different depending on who you interacted with
the most during private actions.

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

At this point you may walk away and never play star ocean again. But 
technically you are not finished the game.

Star ocean offers the opportunity to test your metal against powerful hordes
unlike any you have faced. It also gives you the opportunity to create and
synthesize the most powerful weapons. 

You still face powerful enemies and multiple dungeons of hellish nightmares.

Personally I think that walking away now is like walking out on a movie 30
minutes before the ending. It is a complete and utter waste.

Feel like taking the challenge? then save your clear data, and reload. 
You will start at the last save point which is in the audience chamber. Head 
to the big room on the left as you head up the audience chamber stairs. 

You now face...The Dark Dragon!!!

*************
*Dark Dragon*
*************
If you can beat the 'end boss' you should have no problem with the dark dragon.
Unleash the beast on this guy until he falls and you will receive the 
darkness ring for your efforts.
 
With that ring you can open up all the holy light chests. Most of these 
contain the final moves for each of the characters. I advise opening them 
before continuing to the next dungeon. 

Here are the locations that you will want to visit with the light ring.

*Alanaria citadel 3rd floor balcony (Chest --> S.manual 'Trinity blaze')
*Purgatorium b4 (Chest --> S.manual 'Savage sparrows')
*Miga insect warren B4 (Chest --> S.manual 'Dragon roar')
*Old road to sanctuary (Chest --> S.manual 'Godslayer')
*Halls of termination (Chest --> S.manual 'Plasma cyclone')
*Palace of creation 6th floor (holy light wall)
*Tatroi Colosseum (holy light door)


Head across the hall from where you fought the Dark dragon to be transported 
back to the Calnus. When your ready head to the Colosseum at Tatroi. enter and 
head around the perimeter. You will find a holy light doorway. Vanquish the
holy light and enter.

Seven star dungeon 0016
***********************

This place can be tough but if you have everyone's final special arts 
(especially Arumat's Dragon roar) you will be fine. Be prepared to gain at 
least 10-20 levels per each of the 7 levels. 

Basement 1
----------

Items in this area:

*Aquaberries x2
*Platinum 
*Bracetate
*Cane
*Stone fragment

Area boss:

*****************
*Temple Guardian*
*****************
Personally I think this guy was easier than the dark dragon. Unleash the fury
on him and he will fall easily

Grab the stone fragment and head back to the beginning of the dungeon. There 
will be four reliefs surrounding the ball of light u can search to move up and
down in the dungeon. Place the stone fragment in the relief which is not lit 
up.

You may now access Basement 2.

Basement 2
----------

Items in this area:

*Ripeberries
*Stone fragment
*Moonstone
*Chest shrouded in darkness <Evil spirits bow>
*Chest entwined in ivy <Stone fragment>

Area boss:

********************
*Red eagle ranger  *
*Blue eagle ranger *
*White eagle ranger*
*Black eagle ranger*
********************
These guys can be a handful. Focus on one at a time in no particular order.
Set tactics to Gang up on foes. Use lots of area attacks (hound grenade, 
dragon roar, explosion). Blindsides work well too. Once one of them falls keep
the heat on and the rest will fall shortly afterword.

Now that you have the moonstone you may be tempted to use it. Don't do it. 
Save that precious moonstone and soon (basement 7) you will gain the ability
to duplicate it. Just pretend you never found it and continue on.

Place the stone fragments in the unlit reliefs and head to the next area.

Basement 3
----------

Items in this area:

*Disentegration stone x2
*180000 fol
*Gold x4
*Ice chest <Stone fragment>
*Chest entwined in ivy <Sylph stone x2>
*Stone fragment

Area boss:

*****************
*Sahariel shtaym*
*****************
Attack from a distance, building your rush guage meter, until he rears up
exposing his core. Once exposed uleash the fury, rinse and repeat. 

Once he falls put the stone fragments in the Reliefs. And head down to the 
next area.

Basement 4
----------

Items in this area:

*Stone fragment
*Chest engulfed in flames
*Chest suffused with holy light <S.manual 'Sunflare'>
*Basil x2
*Green beryl
*Stone fragment
*Poison relief unit
*Stone fragment
*Stone fragment

There is no boss in this area. Whoop whoop!! 
If you have your bonus board filled with exp bonus (mine was about 80%) you 
can fight those trees for a whopping 200000 exp +. Good for some easy level 
increases.

Place the stones in the reliefs and head onward.

Basement 5
----------

Items in this area:

*Unicorn lance
*Stone fragment
*Chest shrouded in darkness <Shadow rose>
*Fresh sage
*Chest engulfed in flames
*Stone fragment

Area boss:

***********
*Shadow(s)*
***********
I ended up fighting Shadow Arumat, Reimi, and Sara. I dont know if they are 
fixed or randomly chosen.

In any case, they are not hard, just keep on the heat and they will fall.

Once you have dusted them, place the fragments in the reliefs and go to the
next area.

Basement 6
----------

Items in this area:

*Stone fragment
*Stone fragment
*Chest suffused with holy light <S.manual 'Scintillant stream'>
*Stone fragment
*Stone fragment

There are 2 area bosses. O boy!

Area boss:

******************************
*Custom newt & Custom dragoon*
******************************
The dragoon is weak to blindsides. The newt is just weak period, although he 
has a lot of HP. Gang up on them one by one to crush them quickly.
 
Area boss:

*****************
*Wrathful Tamiel*
*****************
This is a tough battle. It was tough the first time you fought him it is even
tougher now. The same general strategy applies. Keep the heat on and dont let
his minions get on top of you. Watch out for the laser attack.

Place the stone fragments and head to the next level.

Basement 7
----------

Items in this area:

*S.manual 'Duplication'
*Void recovery unit
*Seven star cloak
*Thorstone
*Chest suffused with light <Star dipper>

Area boss:

******************
*Barachiel fallen*
******************
This guy is not hard. He does a smashing attack which exposes his weak point
on his tail. He is weak to blindside attacks as well. Keep moving building
up rush meter until he exposes himself - then unleash the dragon on him 
(figurativly it involves no real dragon) and he will fall. 

Now Barachial Fallen may be more difficult than I let on. The second I got the
duplicate skill, I maxed it out and began to synthesize monsterously powerful
weapons. I then returned to the dungeon after many hours of collecting magical
clay and synthing. See the FAQ for more details.

Now that you have the star dipper you can collect those wierd floating stars 
on each level     

Basement 1 --> Star of Reason
Basement 2 --> Star of Life
Basement 3 --> Star of Being
Basement 4 --> Star of Fortune
Basement 5 --> Star of Justice
Basement 6 --> Star of Faith
Basement 7 --> Star of Ruin

Once you have collected all the stars SAVE YOUR GAME. Head back down to the 
7th level of the dungeon and make your way to the swirling energy patch.

You will be transported to the Core of the Seven stars inner sanctum

Inner sanctum
-------------

Items in this area:

*Ice chest <Water ring>
*S.manual 'Max shockwave'

Once you have collected the items head to the middle platform. 

You now face...Gabriel celeste!!!


*****************
*Gabriel Celeste*
*****************
Holy Guacamole' this guy is tough. There are many ways to defeat him. I 
encourage developing your own strategy. The method I used to stomp him was:

I used Edge, Meracle, Reimi, and Sara. I Set Edge to manual so he does 
nothing. I Set Reimi to 'attack with full force' and set Sara to 'stay out of
trouble'. I then used Meracle (cause shes fast) and taunted Gabriel until he
began to chase her around. When Reimi would attack (Hunters moon, Savage
sparrows or Crimson squall), I would spam Gabe with a double X-claw combo.
When he was rushing I would lure him around allowing Reimi to continuosly 
attack. Then hit him with a few rush combos whenever Meracle had here rush bar
filled. Using this method I killed him in under 10 minutes.

I dont like the idea of using such cowardly tactics. But this guy is H-A-R-D.

I was on Level 177 the first time I fought him (and lost horribly I might add)
The second time I fought him I was level 200.

After winning he you reicieve Gabriels feather, which is a rare and important
item creation ingredient.

Congratulations....again. You have beaten the toughest boss in the Seven star
dungeon.

But wait if you call now, you can face another dungeon! with and even more
powerful enemy! O Boy!

Heres how to order!

Head over to EN II. Go to the Old road to the sanctuary. Talk to Bargo (the 
first guy you see hanging outside the entrance to the elevator) and he will
tell you that a new dungeon has appeared. Agree to enter and he will send you
to the Wandering dungeon.

Before you go you may want to visit these locations with your Water ring.

*Purgatorium 1st floor <Chest --> Lightning sword>
*Seven star dungeon basement 4 <Chest --> Bizarre fruit>
*Seven star dungeon basement 5 <Chest --> Golden Chalice>
*Palace of creation Area 6 <Chest --> Intelligence seeds x2>

Wandering dungeon 0017
**********************
The wandering dungeon is unique compared to the other dugeons you may have 
faced thus far. Its defining features are:

1.Every level is randomly generated.
2.All the treasure is randomly generated.
3.There are no save points.

The only constant is the boss encounters, which occur every second floor.

On the odd leveled dungeons you must complete a task given to you by locating
and examining a strange pillar. There are three tasks randomly generated, 
which include:

1."Defeat our assassins" This is an ambush of a number of fights (the number
   depends on how deep you are in the dungeon) of the local enemies of that
   level. 

2."Destroy the abhorrant crystals" For this task you must run around to each 
   room in the level searching and destroying colored crystals. Each crystal 
   correspondes to an element, and requires the elemental rings to destroy. 
   Expect to use Lymles 'charge' skill often.

3."Show us 'x' amount of Geostones" For this task you must seek out geostones, 
   which are only available in the wandering dungeon. You can obtain them from
   enemies or chests. This is the most arduous chore as you absolutly have to 
   fight enemies to complete this task. This can take a long time.

I offer the following advice for the Wandering dungeon.   

*Collect geostones ASAP - The first 5 levels of the dungeon, almost all of the
 enemies drop geostones. Fight them until you have 20, regardless of what task
 you are given from the pillar. If you have to use some before level 6, fight 
 again until stocked up.

 On levels 6-12 the enemies change and they drop significantly less geostones.
 If you get asked to show geostones, collection can take hours! Stock up early 
 to avoid this. Also, it may be coincidence, but when I stock up on geostones
 it seems that the frequency of the task "show us x amount of geostones" is 
 reduced. Either way it is a good idea to stock up.

 In addition, if you reach a point in the dungeon where the enemies change
 (every 6 levels), and you are required to give geostones, the pillar will 
 take all your geostones regardless of the amount asked for. This is the only
 drawback to stocking up early. (This is not really a drawback at all as long
 as you can get past levels 6-12).
 
 On a final note, geostones transfer from dungeon level to dungeon level but 
 they disappear completely if you leave the dungeon. So don't stock up and 
 then leave. 

*Open all chests - Unless you are rushing straigt through to level 20. Chests
 in this dungeon usually contain crap (I opened a 1 fol chest more than once)
 and can be very time consuming to open them all. There are also treasures 
 which are exclusive only to the wandering dungeon (such as the Plate of the
 Lost Monarch, Blazing wand, Blood Scepter, and Absolute protector) that you 
 can find as well. 

 Here are some of the items I found on my first attempt levels 1-19: Geostone,
 Moonstone, Magic clay, S.manual 'INT boost', Defense seeds, Patent Protection 
 seeds, Philosophers stone, Infinity saber, Intelligence seeds, Trident
 harpoon, and 20000+ fol.

*Levels 10 and up search EVERY room in each proceeding level for a chance to 
 find Santa. Santa is a funny alien who sells some really good stuff for 
 tons of money. He may show up at level 11, he may show up on level 19, or he
 may show up on 11 and 19. His appearance is random, like everything else in
 the dungeon. Also, he will not appear on the map unless you are in the same 
 room as he is - you HAVE to check every room to find him...bummer. Keep in
 mind he will only be in the terminating end rooms, never in the connecting
 corridors.
 
Santa maria
^^^^^^^^^^^
Binding sword 'Shiho murasame'............1200000
Fierce bow 'Reppu shingetto'..............980000
Sky sword 'Ama-no-murakumo................1500000
Nightmare wand............................30000
Divine wand 'Empyrean Reviria'............2000000
Ogre cannon 'Leigons howl'................1000000
Conqurers scythe 'Asura Vajra'............1200000
Battle armour 'God of hellfire'...........800000
Electroshock gear 'War diety'.............1300000
tri-emblem................................2000000
S.manual 'ATK boost'......................6000
S.manual 'INT boost'......................6000
S.manual 'Divine wave'....................1000000
Natto.....................................300
Disintegration stone......................30000
Armid fiber...............................800
Carbon fiber..............................1000
Rivet.....................................20
Laser ocsillator..........................3000
Sighting unit.............................500
Mystery electronic circut.................1300

There are a few more reasons to attempt the dungeon besides Santa's shop.

1.Philosophers stone - Needed to create some of the most powerful weapons 
  and armour in the game. Can be found in a chest or as a drop from the
  enemy 'Damascus Fort' found level 16 and up.

2.Dragon god scale - Also for item creation, can be obtained as a drop from 
  Dominator dragons (level 16 and up) they also drops Dragon blood crystal 
  as well, which are not as useful but still rare.

3.Micro heavy ion collider - for creating Bacchus last weapon, dropped from 
  Little mutant (level 12 and up).

4.Ethereal queens feather - For creating the final weapons and armour in 
  item creation. You get one from the Ethereal queen on level 20.

The dungeon bosses are the only constant in the wandering dungeon. They are 
a useful indicator as to finding out what level you are on. (the map does not
tell you). 

I will assume if you are capable of defeating Gabriel, you can handle 
the enemies and bosses in the wandering dungeon (with the exception of the 
Ethereal queen) Here is a list of the bosses you will face and some bare bones
suggestions on defeating them.

Level 2 - Prehistoric psynard
          "Hey uh Edge I couldnt eat the bird in the main story, so can I eat
           him here?" ~Meracle
           Casts explosion a lot, this can be annoying. Not hard at all just
           open up a can of the usual Kick A$$ and he will fall.

Level 4 - Ring Beast + Lizard tyrant x2
          The tyrants pose no threat at all..and well...neither does the Ring
          beast. Avoid his rush attack as it can knock you down and interrupt
          your moves. Annoying.

Level 6 - Arch spellmaster & Chimera beast
          The Arch spellmaster is a normal enemy in the dungeon. If you focus 
          your attention on the chimera beast, you will find the spellmaster
          dies rather quickly in the crossfire.

Level 8 - Incomplete Armaros 
          Same strategey as first Armaros. Take it easy until weak point is 
          exposed and then obliterate him with your best moves.

Level 10 - Armaros Manifest II
           This guy is the hardest fight in the dungeon besides Ethereal 
           queen. The strategy is the same as before (blindeside to attack 
           his tail weakness), but the minions he spawns are tough. Get rid 
           of them with an area affect attack before even trying to attack 
           Armaros. Ressurection units help a lot. Do not let his minions 
           get on top of you or it will be game over.(Probably 2 hours + 
           completely wasted as well).

Level 12 - Runaway dragon
           Taunt him and have him chase you around blindsiding as he 
           approaches. The rest of your team will continually attack and he 
           will fall. Not as half as hard as Manifest II.

Level 14 - Kokabiel Risen
           Two words: Dragon roar. Its hilarious how fast he falls with a 
           constant torrent of Dragon roar coming his way. Certainly the 
           easiest boss in the dungeon.

Level 16 - Shadow Edge, Bacchus, and Myuria
           A. You outnumber them. B. They're not that tough. 
           Show them whose moves are better and they will fall.

Level 18 - Shadow Meracle, Lymle, and Faize
           Finally the opportunity to boot Lymle, Faize, and Meracle into 
           next week. You know you want to. Its not like they make it hard
           for you....

Level 20 - Ethereal queen
           This is it, the most powerful enemy in the game. Bring your game
           face to this fight. Your characters should be at level 200 or
           higher. You will also need the best weapons and armour you can get
           your mitts on. Even that may not be enough. Just remember, while 
           she is difficult, she is not impossible.
           
              Says Luke Skywalker: "I won't fail you! I'm not afraid".
              Replies Yoda: (grimly) "Oh! You will be". "You will be".
                                             ~ Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

           If you can defeat 6 wing Gabriel without breaking a sweat, you 
           should be prepared for the Queen.

           She is very similar to Gabriel attack wise (powerful melee and 
           high level attack magic), with 2 notable exceptions: 
                        
                        1. She can cast divine wave in rapid succession
                           (this will not kill you but it will knock you back
                            which can get annoying).
                        2. She can cast Supernova which will annihilate 
                           any of the characters in her immediate vicinity.
           
           Similar to other bosses in the game she will seem almost easy 
           until you take enough HP off her, then she will become very cheap
           using Supernova and Divine wave almost exclusively.
           
           The characteristic which I think most defines her is that she will
           target the character who is doing the most damage to her. She 
           cannot be taunted. She cannot be lured. You can run up to her and
           punch her right in the face but if, for example, Reimi's arrows
           are causing more damage than said punch, she will ignore you and
           attack Reimi until she is dead or until you cause more damage than
           Reimi.

           This does not seem like a big issue until she starts casting 
           Supernova AKA instakill. Then you will be spending a considerable
           amount of time and effort just keeping the attacking characters 
           alive.
           
           The first time I tried her I used 2 melee characters with Reimi as 
           the ranged character. While this worked OK, the entire party was 
           wiped out twice by the end of the battle (thank you resurrection 
           units) and I though I was a goner for sure but then she croaked.
           I ended up using 54 of my 60 resurrection items, it was NOT an
           easy battle.
          
           For round 2 I used the following strategy:
           
           1.I used Sarah, Bacchus, Reimi, and switched between Edge, Meracle,
             and Arumat. 
           2.I set Sarah to do nothing, Bacchus and Reimi to Fight freestyle 
             with full force, and Edge, Meracle, and Arumat I controlled 
             myself.
           3.I placed Sarah in one corner, Reimi in another corner and 
             Bacchus in another corner. The idea is to have them spaced 
             from each other.
           4.The objective is to cause enough damage to her with
             Meracle (Drill claw), Edge (Raging strike), or Arumat (Dragon
             Roar) to catch her attention. This will allow Bacchus and Reimi
             to unleash Their ranged attacks while she follows you around.
           5.Run around avoiding her attacks and keeping her away from 
             everyone else until she decides you are a coward and goes for 
             one of the ranged attackers, this is when you strike to regain 
             her attention.
           6.Rinse and repeat.

           Now this is a modified version of the strategy I used to fight
           Gabriel. The best part is that if Bacchus and Reimi get too close
           divine wave will just knock you away (hopefully not into a group).
           
           Unfortunately this is not a "use this strategy and she will die
           for sure" type strategy. It worked for me, but this will not 
           guarantee a victory (sorry). I did however fare much better for
           round 2, using only 33 of my 60 resurrection items. 

If anyone has a good/different strategy and would be willing to contribute 
please email me.

After she falls there are  couple of things you can accomplish besides 
getting her feather.   

1.Search level 21 to find Santa (Again). He should be in one of the rooms.
  He will be shocked that you have defeated the queen and reward you with 
  recipe memo #27. He tells you it is top secret and the government does not
  want you to know about it. What could it be...the tri-emblem!!! O boy!!
  In the words of Welch: "how awesome is that....SO awesome!" (unfortunately 
  it requires 2 Gabriel feathers AND 2 EQ feathers to make..boourns).

2.Talk to Bargo (the guy that sends you to the wandering dungeon) and he will
  say: "It seems you defeated the most supreme being in existence. Nice 
  work!" (for some reason that made me feel really good...) He will then fork
  over Recipe memo #04 (Valkyrie Garb)      

And that, friends is the end of Star ocean 4. Boo Ya. Now you can brag to all
your friends or lack thereof, and be the hit of the next cocktail party you 
attend. Woo hoo.

FAQ 0018
********
Here is a list of some questions my friends and I came across while playing
Star ocean. Hope it helps.


Q: How do I open sealed Chests?

A: You will need rings which correspond to to the element sealing the chest.
   They are found as the storyline progresses in the following order.
   
   Fire - Obtain from Lymles Father -> opens Ice chests and ice walls.
   Thunder - Obtain on Cardianon mothership -> opens no chests
   Light - Obtain in the Purgatorium -> opens darkness chests and darkness 
           doors
   Wind - Obtain in EN II -> opens Chests entwined in ivy and ivy covered 
           walls, also destroys boulders.
   Darkness - Obtain post game from Darkness dragon (audience chamber)
              -> opens light chests and light walls.
   Water - Obtain in the Inner sanctum of seven star dungeon -> opens fire
           chests

   My question is why does the Fire ring not destroy ivy? Why ivy? last I 
   checked plants burn quite well....

Q: How can I take advantage of the Bonus board?

A: Blue Tiles   = 10% Exp boost.
                  Aquired by killing enemies with critical hits.
                  Stock up on blue tiles by targeting weaker enemies.
   Yellow Tiles = 10 % increase in Fol.
                  Aquired by killing multiple enemies with a single strike.
   Red Tiles    = 1% Restore HP/MP 
                  Aquired by killing enemies with skills or spells.
                  (Can make a difference in a long dungeon)
   Green Tiles  = +1 party sp
                  Aquired by being ambushed.
                  stock up by hanging out by doors or field entrances
                  to get ambushed by the same enemy over and over. 
                  Good for maxing your skills out early if you choose.
                  In addition, you gain a 50% bonus to Exp to a 
                  maximum of 200%, for each ambush
  You lose your bonus tiles if you recieve a critical hit from an enemy
  or die.    
   
Q: How do I select a target in battle?

A: You CAN target (lock-on) to specific enemies by depressing the left
   thumbstick. You CAN switch between enemies by running toward them
   or when casting symbology. You CANNOT switch from enemy to enemy with
   a push of a button.  
     
Q: How do I gain Rank with BEAT?

A: BEAT gains rank by number of battles fought, rather than experience.

Q: I found some Fireflies in a cave, what are they for?

A: The fireflies found in the cave to the purgatorium are for a quest given
   to you by a researcher in EN II, who hangs out In the flora and fauna shop.

Q: Can I get back to Cardianon mothership or Earth 1957? 

A: Nope. Grab all items from these places before you leave, you may never 
   return.

Q: How do I create 'X' item in item creation?

A: You cannot make all the items until you get Arumat. Even then you cannot 
   make all the items until certain requirements are fulfilled such as beating
   Gabriel or entering wandering dungeon. 
   
   To make all the items pair up the characters for each item creation 
   parameter. Then substitute in all other characters as the third person
   in the item creation slot.
  
   For example: Arumat and Bacchus have the highest engineering skills. Place
   them in the first two slots of the item creation screen. Then sub in all 
   other characters which will allow you to create all the items available
   for engineering.

Q: What are the best synthing items for weapons and armour?

A: There are many options when it comes to synthing, and it generally comes 
   down to a matter of opinion as to what is best. Here are some items that 
   have really helpful factors:
   
   *Patent Heath seeds --> HP +20 % (Armour)
   *Patent Magic seeds --> MP +20 % (Armour)
   *Patent Defense seeds --> Defense +20 % (Armour)
   *Patent Attack seeds --> Attack +18 % (Weapon)
   *Patent Protection seeds --> Guard +25 % (Armour)
   *Patent Accuracy seeds --> Hit +25 % (Weapon)
   *Patent Intelligence seeds --> INT +18 % (Weapon)
   *Curry rice --> Exp +20 % (Weapon)
   *Ultimate bomb --> Hp Damage +35% (weapon)
   *Mille-Feulle --> Fol +40 % (Weapon)
   *Vegetable stir-fry --> MP cost -25 % in battle (Weapon)
   *Hyper potion --> ATK/INT/DEF/HIT/GRD +5 % (Weapon or Armour)
   *Crystal --> Increases critical hit chance
   *Blue talisman --> Nullifies HP damage 25 % of the time (Weapon)
   *Any status nullifiers.
   *Tri-emblem --> Rush guage charge +3, immunity to paralysis, mp cost -15%
                   adds 2 hit chances per attack
                   The best part about the Tri-emblem is the stat increases.
                   ATK +200 DEF +100 INT +200 HIT +100 GRD +100
                   After selecting the 4 factors I wanted, I used the Tri-
                   emblem to fill the max synth limit.
 
   All of these percentages are for weapons and armour but when synthed with 
   a wrist or neck item the factor will remain the same but the percentages 
   will be reduced. For example ATK +18 % on a weapon will become ATK +10 %
   on a bangle.
   
   The Curry rice can be learned as a cooking skill. The Mille-feulle is
   learned from recipi memo No. 8. This recipe is a reward for completeing
   the 'Where's the recipe' quest on ENII. 
   
   The quest is obtained from the Magical chef in the centropolis mall. To 
   complete the quest you must pickpocket the young-at-heart researcher at
   the centropolis research lab (the same person who gives you the firefly
   quest).
            

Q: Where is the best place to make fol and level up?

A: There are a number of places and enemies which are suitible for levelling
   and Fol farming. I personally used the same enemy for both. The Metal 
   scumbag. The scumbag can be found on the very first level of the seven 
   star dungeon. They also like to hang out with Hades crabs so I fought 
   them all too.
   
   Using a set of equipment with exp +20% factors (weapons, armor, and 
   accesories and optionally the Exp bonus board bonus) you can gain 1
   lvl per battle (sometimes 2) all the way to lvl 255. If you are strong
   they will probably die before running away but if you are weak, use
   scumbag slayers and Bacchus's black hole shpere to keep them from 
   running away and breaking the bonus board. 

   Using a set of equipment with fol +20% factors (weapons, armor, and 
   accesories and the fol bonus board bonus) you can gain millions of 
   fol per battle. Keep the scumbags from running away and the bonus
   board from being destroyed by using black hole sphere. 
   

Q: I keep running low on MP, what can I do?

A: In the beginning of the game using special moves will drain your MP faster
   than you can replenish it. Here are a few methods of conserving MP that 
   I found while playing:

   1. Set your characters to 'Gang up on foes without using MP' on the Tactics
      setup screen.
   2. Synthesize some Mp restoration items to, increase total MP (Magic 
      bracelet) or to slowly regenerate MP (Regeneration symbol)
   3. Frequently use Symbolic weapon. Edge Learns this at level 46.
   
Q: How do I enter the Colosseum?

A: To enter the Colosseum you must complete the 'Find the receptionist' quest.
   You gain this quest after beating the purgatorium from the girl outside
   the Colosseum gates. To solve this quest head to the Mobius 1 stop shop
   in Astral and go upstairs. Have a Red herb at the ready to solve the quest.
  
Q: Is there a way to enter the off limits caves in Tatroi?

A: Yes there is. You need to complete the 'Ogre battling' quest from Lias.
   He is found outside the Astral knights building in Astral. To finish the 
   quest you must defeat 30 Ogres (found in Astral desert). After finishing
   this quest, talk to him again to receive the 'Rumble in the caves' quest.
   You may then gain access to the caves from Astral across the bridge closest
   to the Knights building. O yea. and if you want 100 % monster and treasure
   chest data you must complete this dungeon.

Q: What do I do about the sickly cacti in the desert?

A: In Tropp you will come across 'the curious youth' near the entrance. He will
   give you a bucket which can be used to water the cacti in the desert. You
   can fill your bucket at the oasis (there are two) in the desert.

   Head outside of Tropp and water the first cactus you come across. It will
   then point in the direction of the next cactus to be watered. Follow the 
   path of the cacti and you will be rewarded with many a stat increase seed.

   
Q: How do I enter the Seven star Dungeon?

A: You can enter After you beat the main storyline and save the clear data.
   Load up the clear data and you will still be in the audience chamber. Head
   up the stairs and go into the room (previously empty) to the left. You will
   face the Darkness dragon. Defeat him and he will give you the Darkness 
   ring.

   Head to the Colosseum in Tatroi and follow the corridor to the left all the
   way to the end. You will find a door blocked with holy light. Destroy the
   light to enter a room with a teleporting glyph. This is the entrance to the
   Seven star dungeon.

Q: Where do I find the Moonstone?

A: You can find the Moonstone Post game in the Seven star dungeon B2. You can
   Also find it as a drop from the Jade golems in the Wandering dungeon or 
   from a chest in the wandering dungeon. (The chests are all random you will
   just have to be lucky)

Q: Hey, my level maxes out at 200, why wont they go any higher?

A: In order to remove the level cap and reach level 255, you must complete
   at least 50% of the battle trophies for each charactar.


Q: How do I Duplicate items?


A: There is no trick to duplication items in Star ocean. There is a skill
   for Arumat you receive in the Seven star dungeon (Basement 7) called 
   'Duplication'. This will allow you to duplicate any item (almost) for the
   price of Magical clay. This is a tremendously helpful skill, as some of the
   more rare items (Moonstone, Philosophers stone) are hard to obtain. 

   The magical clay needed for duplication depends on the rarity of the item
   being duped, for example: Moonstone = 1 magical clay, where as Philosophers
   stone = 11 magical clay. The amount also goes up if you are playing on 
   a harder difficulty. 

   You can find magical clay at mining points from Roak to Nox obscurus. It 
   Can also be stolen/dropped from Bone Knights on the first few levels of 
   the Seven star dungeon. You can greatly increase your chances of stealing
   by synthing 'one hit chance per attack' factors into your weapons, 
   armour and bangles. This factor is gained from the Slayers bangle, or 
   the Ashlay Bernbeldt monster jewel (Ashlay is found in the Ranked No. 1
   in the tatroi collesium. Your chances can be increased further by 
   using close range attacks (Hitting the attack button right beside the 
   enemy)

   I stole all of my magic clay from the same bone Knight in the seven star
   Dungeon, by stealing, running away, then re-entering the battle over and
   over.
                             
Q: How do I enter the Wandering Dungeon?

A: You must defeat Gabriel Celeste in the Seven star dungeon. Then head over 
   to the Old road to the sanctuary in EN II. There, a man named Bargo will 
   tell you a new dungeon has appeared. He will send you to it if you choose.

Q: Where do I find the Philosophers stone?

A: You can find the Philosophers stone in a chest in the Wandering dungeon.
   you may also find it as a drop item from the Damascus Fort enemies in 
   level 16+ of the wandering dungeon.

Q: Why are there no quests or shop orders in this walkthrough/faq?

A: Quests - My notes are incomplete when it comes to quests. The only ones I 
   mention in the walkthrough are the ones that pertain to the story or open
   a shop or dungeon. I may add quests at a later date.
   
   Shop orders - Why do you need shop order info? just go to the shops and get
   what they need. I don't think it requires advice. Now it may save some fol
   at stores you frequent often and grant valuable party SP, but personally, 
   for the most part, I thought it was a waste of time.


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* I would like to thank Tri-ace for continuing the Star ocean series

* I would like to thank Square-Enix for being a name I can trust to produce 
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* I would like to thank the DOOM TURTLE for giving me ideas for the FAQ section

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