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    Character FAQ by Meeple Lard

    Version: 0.5 | Updated: 09/26/09 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

                    Final Fantasy 6 Advanced Character FAQ
                     Date: 6/4/09    Version: 0.4
    Table of Contents:
    FAQ History
    Legal Stuff
    1. Overview of the game itself
    2. Introduction to the FAQ
    3. Summary of the FAQ
    4. Abbreviation Index
    5. The characters!
    6. Character Growth Suggestions
    7. Temporary Characters
    8. Character Team Suggestions 
    9. Equipment Locations
    10. Character Rankings
    11. Frequently Asked Questions
    12. Credits
    FAQ History:
    Version 0.1
    -Creation of FAQ. I refuse to go into detail here
    Version 0.2
    -Fixed a universal mistake of spelling "Apocalypse" as "Apocolypse" as 
    well as a less universal spelling mistake of "Snow Scarf" as 
    -Changed a few more outdated instances in terms of names
    -Removed that extraneous mention of 9999x8 regarding Locke in 
    Miscellaneous info section (in that there were two of them, now there's 
    only one)
    -Added in a new way to get some equipment here and there
    -Added to the FAQ section
    -Added a few more comments on characters
    -Started the Team section
    -Added in the Abbreviation Index
    Version 0.3
    -Added in a few more set ups here and there
    -Some grammatical errors fixed (mainly spelling), which this FAQ 
    really, really needs.
    Version 0.4
    -Fixed up some grammatical issues
    -Added some more info here and there
    -Editted some set ups
    -Added another question to FAQs
    Version 0.5
    -Changed all instances of “Battle Power” to “Attack” as its listed in 
    -Added in “Temporary Charactrs” section.
    Legal Stuff: 
    This FAQ is a copyright of Meeplelard, and should be found only at 
    GameFAQs.com.  Should someone want to use Info from my FAQ for some 
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    Meeplelard@Hotmail.com, or ask me directly on instant messenger, either 
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    1. Overview of the Game Itself
    Ok, I think at this point you know what Final Fantasy 6 is.  Its the 
    6th installment in an ever growing series that has started back on the 
    NES, a game about a war 1000 years prior set civilization back a bit, 
    and now an evil empire is trying to use magic to take over the world, 
    and there's a mysterious girl in giant armor that attacks a city for 
    the sake of a frozen esper...come on, I know you've played this.  If 
    you haven't, why are you reading this FAQ?  What? Personal amusement or 
    tips before you start the game? Well, in that case, this is a FAQ about 
    game play, NOT about plot; if you want plot details, play the game or 
    something, or find some plot summary somewhere else.  Yeah, I know, I 
    sound like a jerk, but who's the bigger jerk? The jerk who doesn't tell 
    plot details in a game play FAQ, or the jerk who goes into a character 
    FAQ hoping to find plot details cause they're too lazy to play the 
    game? ...no, don't answer that.
    So what is FF6 Advanced? Well, after a point, Square-enix decided they 
    could milk a lot of money by re-releasing some older games, especially 
    if they threw in some random extra features here and there.  This 
    started with Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls, which was Final Fantasy 1 and 
    Final Fantasy 2, using their FFOrigins graphics, rebalanced and some 
    aspects changed here and there, with new dungeons in FF1's case and a 
    new after game in FF2's case.  This led to the creation of the 
    "Advanced" series, which was the 3 SNES Final Fantasy's (aka Final 
    Fantasy 4-6) being released, with some additions that fit the game, and 
    an after game.  In Final Fantasy 6 Advanced's case, the game had a few 
    noteworthy bugs removed (Evade, Blind, and Vanish/Instant Death spell 
    are the big ones), and three new Espers added on.  It also had a new 
    translation, for better or worse.
    If its not obvious, this FAQ is based on the Final Fantasy 6 Advanced, 
    but by this point, it should be obvious.  Oh, also note that, to avoid 
    confusion, the game that this is a "remake" of was originally released 
    in the US as "Final Fantasy 3" back on the SNES.  When it was ported 
    and re-released on the PSX (complete with random extra features like an 
    intro and ending FMV!), it was given its proper name in "Final Fantasy 
    6."  While most people know this by now, there are some who still don't 
    and get confused over this fact.  Sad, but true, felt it was worth 
    2. Introduction to the FAQ
    If this FAQ seems kind of familiar based on the name and table of 
    contents, the person writing it...well, maybe perhaps cause it is.  I 
    wrote a FAQ for the original version of this game (or at least, FF3US, 
    since its SLIGHTLY different than FF6j) and figured I'd write one for 
    this version too.  So...why not just C+P the old FAQ and shove it here?  
    The reason being that FF6 Advanced has more changes than you might 
    think offhand?  I'll get to that later.
    For those that this FAQ does NOT seem familiar, the FAQ exists to take 
    an in-depth look at each character, note their strengths, weaknesses, 
    miscellaneous strategies, good set ups for them, random objective facts 
    like their base stats, what have you.  I'm trying to take as an 
    objective as possible stance on these characters though bare in mind 
    that I am a puny mortal, so there's a good chance I'll accidentally 
    fall into the realm of subjectivity, so don't get all crazy if I do.  
    I'll be forced to unleash the trained death gorillas...which aren't yet 
    trained...nor do they actually exist yet...on you if you do.
    Regardless, why write this FAQ, ignoring that I already wrote one? The 
    reason being a lot of people take a look at a character, see a scrubby 
    skill set, and dismiss them as useless.  Sadly, this smacks some 
    characters like Celes who have other redeeming features.  Other 
    characters have a nice skill here and there, and absolutely nothing 
    else, yet because the player is too lazy to even try anything else, the 
    character looks relatively great.  Other characters get the hype they 
    deserve, but for all the wrong reasons, like take Edgar who gets hyped 
    sometimes for his late game Tools worth, when Tools are rather 
    unimpressive by that point, however, they totally ignore what really 
    makes him good in his potentially strong set ups due to equipment.
    Now, why write this FAQ since I already wrote one?  FF6a added in a few 
    changes since the previous versions of the game.  Most notable is the 
    fact that Evade now works and M. Block is no longer the god stat it use 
    to be. This alters some set ups as now some weapons like the 
    Swordbreaker have an actual use.  A few other differences include how, 
    compared to the SNES version anyway, the game uses Japanese MP Growths 
    so your MP is higher throughout the entire game (most notable early on 
    when that 30 extra MP you have matters when your magic costs 4-5 MP 
    each.) It also added in Dragon's Den and Soul Shrine, as well as new 
    equipment that alter characters.  Lastly, name changes...this is 
    another huge reason.  The old FAQ used terms like "Stunner," "Tempest," 
    "Offering" and "Pummel" while in FF6a, those don't exist and the 
    equivalents are "Kagenui," "Kazekiri," "Master's Scroll" and "Raging 
    Fist" respectively.  If its not obvious, I'll be using FF6a terms best 
    to my ability, though I might accidentally slip in an old translation 
    term, since I'm use to it; if I do, feel free to e-mail me so I correct 
    it, for consistency purposes.
    3. Summary of the FAQ
    Alright, now that you know what this FAQ is about, how am I going about 
    doing it? Ok, sure, everyone at level 99 with godly equipment can rip 
    apart crap easily enough, since levels are factored into algorithms and 
    you have over 9k HP, etc, but that isn't much of a FAQ now is it? No, 
    I'm assuming reasonable levels.  This is to say, levels you'd get if 
    you didn't level grind much (something beyond, say, level 50 feels over 
    leveled, at least prior Dragon's Den.)  Naturally, I'll be assuming 
    reasonable levels throughout the game, relative to that point of the 
    game.  So while level 50 at, say, Kefka's Tower isn't too bad, level 50 
    at the Floating Continent is clearly over leveled, let alone level 50 
    at the Narshe Battle sequence cause you abuse the Lete River Tricks.
    Naturally, I won't assume you're doing a challenge either.  This isn't 
    to say I might bring up as a side note about a characters worth during 
    an LLG or something, but primarily, I'll be focusing on normal play.  
    This is to say, all equipment allowed, no trying to avoid levels 
    (though again, no trying to GAIN them for no other purpose beyond power 
    leveling), Espers allowed, what have you.  If you restrict yourself, 
    that's your own fault, I don't know how you play, I'm going to assume 
    universal normal playing styles.
    In other words, don't expect to see much hype regarding the Genji Glove 
    + Master's Scroll + Ultima Weapon + Valiant Knife (or in the after 
    game, Ultima Weaponx2) being 9999x8, cause really, that set up won't 
    happen at levels that are reasonable.
    I'll also evaluate characters over the course of the game. I mean, 
    sure, Sabin having great damage with Phantom Rush is nice in the second 
    half of the game for damage, but what about before he gets that? 
    There's a whole half of the game earlier, so how he is without that 
    kind of matters, be it good or bad on a relative scale.
    Also, if this is the first time you've read one of my FAQs, I try to be 
    humor toned and not totally serious at times, cause who wants to read a 
    total wall of text and have nothing but seriousness? What? You do? 
    Well, tough! If you want a serious FAQ, go read something else, as this 
    one is going to be an attempt to entertain while providing good info! I 
    mean, geez, why must all of you be critics? ...ok, I apologize for that 
    outburst, but my point stands! 
    Anyway, intro Mumbo Jumbo is done, now for cheese, cake, pie, and THE 
    4. Abbreviation Index
    I will be using a lot of abbreviations, acronyms, short hand, whatever 
    you want to call them, in this FAQ.  Why? Cause it's a lot easier to 
    write "FC" than "Floating Continent" every time, and it saves space.  
    However, while this lingo is pretty common talk on the message boards, 
    I can't assume everyone who reads these FAQs is common message board 
    folk.  So without further ado, here are the abbreviations!  Note that 
    some might not have been used, but I can't keep track of everything I 
    use, so I'm listing them anyway! 
    HP: Hit Points. Damn near every RPG, and many nonRPG games for that 
    matter, have these; they're what lets you live.
    MP: Magic Points. What you need to cast magic, every time you cast a 
    spell, a certain value, dependant on the spell, is subtracted from 
    this.  A lot of RPGs use this fundamental too (though, recently, RPGs 
    have been moving away from using tradition MP...)
    MHP: Maximum HP. Refers to the HP score where you are considered "Fully 
    CHP: Current HP. The exact HP score you have, which is what matters for 
    MMP: Maximum MP. Pretty much self-explanatory
    CMP: Current MP. Also self-explanatory.
    ST: Single Target. Hits only one enemy/ally.
    MT: Multitarget. Hits more than one enemy/ally.
    WoB: World of Balance. Refers to the section of the game starting from 
    the very beginning until the end of the Floating Continent (IOWs, the 
    first half of the game)
    WoR: World of Ruin. Refers to the part of the game that is after the 
    Floating Continent (IOWs, the second half of the game.)
    FC: Floating Continent. A specific dungeon that often gets abbreviated, 
    mostly because it's a big dungeon that's used as a landmark for the 
    halfway point.
    ATB: Active Time Battle.  The style of combat FF6 takes, where battles 
    are sort of real time, instead of strictly turn based.  Anytime this is 
    mentioned, it's referring to an aspect of the battle system (like "ATB 
    Gauge" refers to the little bar that fills up to indicate a character's 
    AKA: Also Known As. I assume most people know this, but in case you 
    don't, this basically means the thing in question has an alternate name 
    or way to refer to it.
    IOW: In Other Words. See above, except this exists more as a clarity 
    statement, rather than referencing the item in a possibly more 
    recognizable manner...if that makes sense.
    IIRC: If I Recall Correctly. Basically, this indicates I am speaking 
    out of memory, and haven't quite double checked it, as in, I am only 
    human, I can make mistakes when I rely on my own memory, this is here 
    to indicate a chance of error.
    FF6: Final Fantasy 6. If I have to explain what this is, I will cry...
    5. The Characters!
    Alright, yeah, see? Told you I'd come to the character themselves! 
    Well, first and foremost, the set up of the FAQ.  Kind of important you 
    know what things are going to look like, so C+Ping from the OTHER FAQ I 
    made like this, and modifying when modifying is necessary, here's how 
    the layout will be done! 
    #Class Name#
    Extra HP: The HP gains + This = Raw HP.  Given how FF6's HP system 
    works, this is the ONLY difference in HP, so don't expect characters to 
    have varying HP scores.  It is worth noting, in fairness, that Gau now 
    gets a unique helmet (the Dueling Mask) that adds 25% HP, and Umaro 
    gets a unique relic (Bone Wrist) that adds 50% HP, so if they have 
    unexplained HP boost coming from somewhere, that'd be why.
    Extra MP: The MP version of the above
    Strength: Stat that determines physical damage.  Generally, 1 point of 
    Strength = 2 points of Attack, as a quick comparison
    Speed: This + 20 = Characters Linear speed, or rather, how fast the ATB 
    gauge raises.  Just need to note this so you know just how fast 
    characters are.  Also, near as I can tell, it plays a role in how much 
    the ATB gauge starts filled at the beginning of the battle.
    Stamina: Stat that determines HP healed from Regen and Tintinnabulum, 
    damage done from Poison and Seizure, and the hit rate of certain 
    attacks?yeah, this stat sucks, just listing it for completion purposes 
    (same with Extra HP)
    Magic Power: Determines damage dealt by magic attacks.  All things 
    considered, this is a raw multiplier
    Attack: Character's base Attack.  This + Weapon's Attack = True Attack.  
    Note that the status screen will claim its 10 higher than this w/ no 
    weapons.  This is cause you're ACTUALLY equipped with a weapon that has 
    10 Attack (Fists, or "Empty" as the game calls it), odd as it sounds.
    Defense: Characters base defense.  This + Helmet + Shield + Armor + 
    Relics (if anyway) = True Defense.  Higher this value, lower damage you 
    take from physicals.
    Evasion: How good you are at dodging physicals.  Note that this stat is 
    a bit misleading, since it uses 128 as a base, not 100, despite the % 
    symbol, so yeah, for true evade, divide the value you have by 128.
    Magic Defense: See Defense, more or less, changing what should be 
    Magic Evasion: The Magic version of evade
    Desperation: Also known as "Near Fatal Attacks"; characters use this 
    move when they are at low HP (when they crouch, IOWs) and use the Fight 
    Command, with a 1/16 chance of kicking in.  All character's 
    Desperations are Magical Attacks that ignore Evade and Defense.  The 
    exception to this are Relm and Strago's which are simply instant death 
    that doesn't fail barring Immunity.
    Special ability: What their unique ability is. 
    Effects: Quick explanation of the special ability.
    Character Analysis: 
    Lengthy look at the character, descriptive and such.  The boring yada 
    yadas.  The meat of the FAQ or something.  Also, I will be noting how 
    the character changed compared to their original self, if there's a 
    significant difference.
    Strategies for Character X throughout the game: 
    Point by point tips for how to make the character effective at 
    different parts of the game.
    Character X's Ultimate and Noteworthy equips:
    Ultimate and/or Noteworthy weapons listed here (no particular order)  
    If you are curious where to get these, they will be listed later in the 
    See above, replace Weapon with Helmet
    Figure this part out for yourself <_<
    Note: I am skipping Shields, since for all characters, ultimate shields 
    are universal (sans Umaro, whose speshul)  This just saves time, and 
    makes things look overall cleaner.  The exception to this is the 
    Crystal Shield, which is a decent supplement shield usable only by 
    Terra, Celes, Edgar, Setzer and Cyan.  For those wondering, the 
    universal Noteworthy shields are Paladin's Shield, Genji Shield, Aegis 
    Shield, Thunder Shield, Force Shield and Tortoise Shield (even if you 
    aren't an Imp, this has some uses due to that 30% Evasion and Magic 
    Note 2: Some items I'm just listing for completion purposes, even I 
    myself don't believe they are actually worth using.  This is just to 
    avoid later complaints like "What about the X weapon!" or "You Forgot 
    Armor Omega!" and such.  Its mostly just showing they have that option 
    End game Character X Set Ups: 
    Several set ups, and descriptions about them for making a character 
    useful later in the game.  Things to aim for, per se, in the WoR. I 
    will be factoring in Dragon's Den here, mind, so if you don't have 
    something cause its really late, look at the list of noteworthy equips 
    to find a supplement, or look for a different set up that keeps that in 
    Set Ups are done in this order: 
    Right Hand (usually weapon)
    Left Hand (usually Shield)
    Relic 1
    Relic 2
    Description of Set Up here.  Do note that I am purposely trying to 
    avoid some exclusive equips in these set ups, so don't expect to see 
    "Paladin's Shield" unless the set up desperately calls for it (like 
    128% Evasion 128% Magic Evasion set ups, for example.)  Often though, I 
    will be noting alternatives for equips to save space (like saying Red 
    Cap/Genji Helm) for this reason, as well as it partially coming down to 
    what the user wants.
    In fact, to help explain this, I'll show you one universal set up that 
    works for just about any character! This also lets me get this out of 
    the way now, and explains why I listed certain equips on every 
    character when no one ends up using them <.<   
    Death God Dragoon Imp: 
    Tortoise Shield
    Reed Cloak
    Dragoon Boots
    Dragon Horn
    For this set up to work, if the equipment and name don't give it away, 
    you MUST, and I must emphasize this again, ****MUST**** have the 
    character in question under Imp status.  Done that part? Good.  This 
    set up yields a totally one dimensional character who is also a 
    complete tank to physical AND magic damage, who immunes Water to boot.  
    Since Impartisan still counts as a spear, it gets the full benefit of 
    Jump, and is being used with its 255 Attack as well.  If you have 
    a character you want to use, but feel like they're lagging on damage or 
    defenses, you might consider this Imp set up, though it does change 
    their sprite, so it might not feel like that character.  Granted, this 
    set up has a few noteworthy flaws.  For starters, uses both Relic 
    slots, so only thing guarding you against Status effects is that Magic 
    Evasion (which Tortoise Shield does grant a decent amount, in 
    fairness), which also applies to enemies casting Imp on you, thus 
    REMOVING the status, yielding you with a near defenseless (to 
    physicals) character wielding a weak weapon.  Also, being an Imp, it 
    can't cast any magic but the Imp spell, so it can't fall back to 
    utility purposes.  Finally, if you are hit with a status, you can't 
    heal using a Remedy item (Esuna still works, mind, since that doesn't 
    heal the Imp status.)  Despite these flaws, this set up isn't half bad, 
    just indicating it's not PERFECT.
    ...see how I did that? Yeah, equipment descriptions will look something 
    like that (though they won’t all be THAT long).  Again, while that was a 
    demonstrative one, it *WAS* a serious set up, just a universal one, so 
    instead of indicating it for every damn character, figured I'd toss it 
    here.  So it's serving a dual purpose (demonstrating how sets are going 
    to look, and showing a universal set up.)
    Miscellaneous Info about Character:
    Bringing up a few points about the character, be it positive, negative, 
    non-factors or whatever, which just didn't seem to fit anywhere else, 
    for people to take as they will.  
    Skill set:
    Lists the characters skill set, if they have one.  For Terra and Celes, 
    this will be their natural magic.  If character has an actual skill set 
    (meaning not just Steal, for example), and its NOT Magic, I'll give 
    thoughts about the abilities as well. 
    Final Thoughts:  quick recap of the character, and my personal thoughts 
    on them.
    The order of characters I'm going in...well, since apparently going in 
    order of appearance threw some people off regarding my previous FAQ, 
    I'll be going in order of numerical character value.  This is the same 
    order characters appear in shops and on the airship, purely cause 
    that's the number they were programmed as.
    | TERRA |
    #Magitek Elite#
    Extra HP: 40
    Extra MP: 16
    Strength: 31
    Speed: 33
    Stamina: 28
    Magic Power: 39
    Attack: 12
    Defense: 42
    Evasion: 5%
    Magic Defense: 33
    Magic Evasion: 7%
    Level Readjustment: +0
    Desperation: Riot Blade 
    Special Ability: Trance/Revert
    Effect: When used, all damage dealt is doubled, and all magic damage 
    received is halved.  This does not effect damage if it ignores defense 
    (see Ultima) or if the damage follows some special algorithm (like 
    Gravity.)  While in Trance status, healing from Regen status and damage 
    from Poison/Seizure status are doubled as well.  Using this does *NOT* 
    reset the ATB gauge, as she gets a turn instantly; same applies to 
    Revert.  After using Trance, her ATB gauge will turn into a Green Bar 
    that slowly decreases, which when emptied, she will automatically (as 
    though a free action) revert back to normal.  Trance's length is based 
    on how many Magic Ability Points earned after fight (the kind that 
    teach Magic, IOWs), and you need at least 8 for the command to even 
    work.  Note that Terra does NOT start the game with Trance, only gains 
    this after a certain plot event when she rejoins.  Also worth noting 
    that when she rejoins in the World of Ruin, Trance's length doubles.  
    If Terra is under some status that stops the ATB Gauge (Sleep, Stop and 
    Freeze, for example), and the gauge runs out while she's in this 
    status, she will remain in Trance status until either Revert is used, 
    or the end of battle, due to a bug.  Note that Trance's damage boost is 
    a multiplier in the same vain as Critical Hits, Jump and Berserk, so if 
    one of those is in effect, the damage boost won't be strictly double 
    (it actually adds 1 more Mult to damage, in practice, so if you have 
    Berserk, you'd be doing 2.5x damage (1 base, 1 from Morph, 0.5 from 
    Berserk), not 3x damage, if that makes sense)
    NOTE: Terra has another special feature related to her.  If she’s in 
    Magitek Armor, she will gain 4 new moves IN ADDITION to the usual 4 
    Magitek Attacks (Fire Beam, Ice Beam, Thunder Beam and Heal Force), those 
    being Magitek Missile, Confuser, Bio Blaster, and Banisher.  These 4 
    moves are unique to her and no one else has access to them.
    Character Analysis:
    Terra is one of the most respected, often debated as the best, 
    character in the game.  Between her good magic stat, great equipment, 
    and Trance turning her into a nasty boss fighter, she has a strong case 
    for this argument.  While it may sound unintuitive that a character 
    whose special is totally situational and needs to be used 
    conservatively is top tier, this actually is a good example of how FF6 
    characters are not based entirely on their skill set.  In fact, even if 
    situational, Trance is one of the few skill sets not rendered obsolete 
    by Magic or Fight.
    Terra’s early game appearance isn’t particularly amazing, admittedly.  
    Her primary function here is acting as your healer, which would be her 
    niche.  Her being a little underleveled hurts her durability and damage 
    some, though, considering all the Fire Weak enemies, her offense tends to 
    be fine, so long as you don’t mind spending some MP.  The underleveled 
    aspect tends to work itself away by the Lethe River, which go figure, is 
    the point of the game where her healing is near useless due to Banon, 
    though her offense remains good since every enemy there is weak to Fire 
    (downside? Sabin exists and makes her look relatively worse now.)  
    Basically, Terra’s somewhat middling in the early parts of the game; not 
    bad, but hardly stellar either.
    Terra's relative greatness starts showing when she rejoins.  Despite 
    that this is the point of the game you get Trance, that's the not 
    reason (mostly cause its still a while until you fight your first 
    boss.)  The reason is because Terra's equipment starts to show at this 
    point, with all that magic boosting stuff, and stronger magic is now 
    available to teach her, which off her game best (for that time) magic 
    turns her into a quick Death Goddess.  There's also Osmose existing, 
    which kills MP arguments, being a spell that makes MP a self-renewable 
    resource.  It’s nice too, since Terra is forced into the next few 
    sections of the game (Sealed Cave, and the whole Thamasa arc), so 
    you'll want your characters at your strongest.  When faced against a 
    boss? Outcomes Trance, and watch the boss go splat in only a few turns.  
    To be blunt, if set up properly, using Trance, Terra can actually one 
    hit kill Flame Eater, and hit the damage limit on bosses like Ultros.
    It’s worth noting that Terra does learn some magic naturally.  However, 
    most beyond the early game, there's a good chance she'll learn these 
    spells through Espers faster anyway, since a lot of them are gotten at 
    levels higher than you'd like, or Espers teach them earlier than you'd 
    expect, what have you.  For what spells she can learn, refer to a bit 
    further down in Terra's "Skill set" section.
    When the World of Ruin kicks in, and Terra rejoins, she only gets 
    better.  As a minor boost, mentioned earlier in the skill part, Trance 
    now has double the duration.  The main things Terra gets now, however, 
    are the godly equipment options.  While things like the Enhancer isn't 
    as good as it use to be (due to Evasion working properly), they're 
    still damn fine equipment, since the +7 Magic Power is certainly not 
    something to scoff at. And then there's the Minerva Bustier, which is 
    about as good an armor as you'll get in this game beyond arguably the 
    Snow Scarf.  Sporting defenses just a bit below the Genji Armor, it 
    grants a good boost to stats (most importantly +4 Magic Power), 10% 
    Magic Evasion, resists all 8 elements, including nullification of the 
    big 3 (Fire, Ice and Lightning, for later reference when I say "Big 
    3"), as well as Wind.  This armor alone secures Terra's spot in 
    equipment greatness, as only one other character (Celes) gets this.
    Its worth noting that Terra has a good amount of availability, only 
    really missing the early WoR, so that she has plenty of Esper Time to 
    secure that her stats never quite fall behind.  I suppose this isn’t so 
    much an advantage as it is more just her evading a flaw, as she doesn’t 
    particularly stand out in Esper time.  She does miss the Factory, but 
    given the Esper Boosts there are meager at best, and the way her levels 
    tend to end up and how the better Espers are available around the same 
    time she joins, she’ll break even in practice.  Its also worth noting 
    that cause most of the noteworthy Espers don’t appear until close to when 
    she rejoins that she is never really falling behind on Magic; the same 
    applies later in the WoR where she can be recruited before just about any 
    new Esper barring Fenrir, whose only noteworthy spell is Banish which is 
    taught pretty fast anyway.
    While at first glance, Terra might seem like a strict mage, especially 
    with all the plot hype, the second highest Magic score in the game, 
    those early magish equips and the low end physical stats, she is in 
    fact not that.  Terra is actually more closely resembling a Red Mage 
    type character; she might be better with Magic than physicals, but her 
    physical side isn't a total lost cause.  Her weapons are never bad, in 
    fact, early on she gets Rune Blade which has Critical Hits at the cost 
    of MP, (though it does less damage and costs more than casting Fire, so 
    advised against using it for damage purposes), in addition to boosting 
    Evasion as a bonus, and when she rejoins, the Elemental Swords exist for 
    nailing weaknesses, the Morning Star works if you want to keep her in the 
    back row, and Ultima Weapon exists for ignoring defense (though its power 
    is a bit limited at lower levels and being HP reliant makes it probably 
    not optimal.)  Later in the game, she gets some really nasty weapons in 
    things like the Lightbringer, Ragnarok, and Apocalypse, all of which have 
    255 Battle Power (in practice), +7 vigor and 100% Critical Hit rates at 
    the expense of MP (and unlike, say, Ultima Weapon, these get boosted with 
    Speaking of those last three weapons...
    Terra is one of the only 4 characters to naturally get Lightbringer 
    (meaning no Merit Award) and thus can STILL achieve perfect evasion, 
    though actually has to work for it now, as it can only be achieved with 
    Paladin Shield or dual Lightbringers.  Disregarding that set up? Just 
    being able to use the darn thing is notable enough, since its an evil 
    little weapon that is completely unmatched in greatness; even Dragon's 
    Den stuff can't compare.  If you for whatever reason missed 
    Lightbringer (or Ragnarok for that matter; despite mentioning it above, 
    I tend to assume you get Lightbringer if you have a Ragnarok, since its 
    generally better in everyway.  From now on, assume I'm skipping 
    Ragnarok for that reason), Terra can still get a reasonably strong 
    weapon in Apocalypse in Dragon's Den.  Not quite the same level of 
    Lightbringer, but still pretty darn good and better than her other Non-
    Lightbringer options (which says a decent amount on its own, since 
    Terra's weapon draw is hardly lagging), and also one of the only 
    Dragon's Den weapons actually worth noting; it also doubles as a nice 
    compliment to Lightbringer for physical set ups with Terra using Genji 
    All in all, Terra's damn good character.  While her uses might not be 
    quite as obvious as other characters due to a situational special 
    ability, she doesn't really need anything more than that; a special 
    that works well in situations combined with a nice equipment draw and 
    stats to bolster a good universal skill set, and even brings in a 
    competent physical and decent defenses at the same time.  All in all, 
    as I said earlier, she's sort of like a Red Mage, except taken a level 
    up cause she more excels at both Magic and Physical damage, instead of 
    being balanced in them.
    Strategies for Terra throughout the game:
    -Put Terra in the back row, until/unless you seriously start 
    considering using her physical with non Chain Flail/Morning 
    Star/Lightbringer weapons (all row ignoring.)  She has enough MP to 
    last her in the early parts, and you want your healer to not die.  Not 
    to mention early game Edgar is sufficient enough for offense.
    -Speaking of MP, due to the nature of the early game, those early 
    Sleeping Bags you get work well for refilling her MP mid dungeon.  In 
    fact, having her cast Cure on the entire team, then using a Sleep Bag on 
    her is just as effective as using a Tent.
    -Genji Glove + Gigas Glove works nicely as a combo if you want to 
    conserve MP for Terra on Lethe River or Narshe Battle sequence, though 
    the latter might be tough to justify given Locke wants that combo more, 
    so probably best to just keep Terra acting as a mage.
    -Give Terra the Silk Robe and Magus Hat for Narshe Battle Sequence; 
    defense loss from Iron Helm is negligible, and only Green beret is 
    debatably better than Magus Hat, though that is usable by everyone and 
    they have worse supplemental options anyway (barring Celes, who also 
    gets Magus Hat.) Silk Robe's boost to Magic Power, better speed (Iron 
    Armor lowers speed by 2), and higher magic defense make it a better 
    option as well.
    -If you want, give Terra an Earring or two as well, for the extra 
    punch.  This partially relies on what team Terra is paired with granted 
    (if she's paired with, say, Edgar, I'd advise against it, since Edgar 
    can cover offense well enough by himself, so Terra can focus on casting 
    Cure to keep the team alive.)
    -Speaking of Narshe battle Sequence as well, it’s worth noting that Terra 
    is best separated from Celes.  First off, they both have Cure, so they 
    fill the same role there.  Next off, Celes makes Heavy Armors immediately 
    casts Tek Barrier at the beginning of the fight, which grants Reflect, 
    which means now Terra can’t hurt them either; such a flaw does not occur 
    if Terra is separated from Celes.
    -When Terra rejoins, get her the Ara spells (recommended through 
    Maduin, unless you're fine with just one, in which case, I suggest 
    Shiva), Osmose (recommended through Zona Seeker; if you don't have him, 
    Shiva works too), and Bio (Catoblepas.)  Obviously, teaching her healing 
    magic through Seraphim is a good idea too, but that is something you 
    should be doing with every character anyway (more healers is always a 
    good thing!)
    -Its also around this time that you should start deciding whether you 
    want Terra to be a Mage or a Fighter, and try to raise her appropriate 
    stat accordingly.  Especially if you choose fighter, as you'll need as 
    many Strength boosts as possible for it to have an impact, so you will 
    want that head start.
    -White Dress is probably Terra's best armor in the World of Balance.  
    While worse defensively than the Golden Armor and the Gaia Gear, the +5 
    Magic Power more than makes up for it.  Gaia Gear might be worth 
    considering though, as it stops a few attacks on the Floating 
    Continent, so don’t forget it exists.
    -Elemental Weapons should be Terra's weapon of choice, due to the Magic 
    Power Bonus, and how she can often hit a weakness with one of them for 
    optimal physical damage, especially if the random spell kicks (though 
    probably requires Front Row here for best effects.)  Morning Star 
    doesn't hurt if you want to keep her in the back row and use her as a 
    fighter, just be sure to give her Genji Glove.
    -Once Terra gets the Mystery Veil, it'd be a wise idea to keep this on 
    her.  The only time I might advise against this is if you feel you need 
    defenses, then use Red Cap for its HP and Strength Boosts (Genji Helm and 
    Oath Veil are just not worth it on her).  This should be Terra's helmet 
    of choice regardless, though, if she's going the Mage path, at all points 
    in the game (those above options mainly exist for Fighter Terra route.)
    -Speaking of Armors, Minerva Bustier all the way once that’s available.  
    Really is no competition in this regard, especially with evade fixed, 
    making Force Armor not as good as it use to be.
    -Terra’s weapon of choice should ultimately be Lightbringer/Apocalypse 
    (depends on what everyone else is using.)  Before then? Enhancer for Mage 
    Terra, Organyx for Fighter Terra, with Gladius/Excalibur on the side to 
    hit Holy Elemental weakness (maybe a Man Eater, if you want to conserve 
    -Obviously, if taken down the mage route, Terra should be learning 
    strong spells.  I don’t just mean “Teach her Ultima!”, I mean just give 
    her some late game spell(s) so that her damage is kept up to par.  For 
    what kind of spells I mean, check the Frequently Asked Questions section.
    -Use Trance SPARINGLY in Dragon's Den, more so than usual.  I say this 
    because not a single enemy in Dragon's Den gives you AP, so once Terra 
    runs out, its either leave Dragon's Den to "refuel" Trance, or just 
    continue the rest of the way without it.  This isn't to say that Terra 
    becomes worthless without Trance, but its something to keep in mind 
    when you plan on using it.  Ideally, best fight to use Trance on is 
    probably Skull Dragon, cause she her “offense” benefits most due to the 
    nature of that fight.
    Terra's Ultimate and other Noteworthy equipment
    Weapons (listed in no particular order):
    Ultima Weapon
    Mystery Veil
    Red Cap
    Genji Helm
    Oath Veil
    Green Beret
    Genji Armor 
    Minerva Bustier
    Force Armor
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    End Game Terra Set ups:
    Set Up of Evil: 
    Paladin's Shield
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Zephyr's Cloak
    Prayer Beads
    Perfect Evade and Magic Evasion yields near immortality, especially 
    since it also nulls things like Meltdown due to the shield.  Granted, 
    the flaw of this set up is, due to the Paladin's Shield, only one 
    character can take advantage of it.  It also isn't as high on offense 
    as you might like, though its hardly bad (Lightbringer alone takes care 
    of that.)
    Set Up of Evil Mark 2:
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Genji Glove
    Prayer Beads
    Also gives the Perfect Evasion and Magic Evasion, however, this one is 
    a bit more free due to how there's unlimited Lightbringers, instead of 
    using a lone Paladin’s shield.  Also this set up implies you've finished 
    the game at least once, so it’s mostly a Dragon's Den/Soul Shrine thing.  
    Anyway, advantages to the above set up is its much stronger offensively, 
    however it lacks total 
    elemental immunity, and has much lower defense and magic defense which 
    can matter against attacks Leaf Dance or something which cannot be 
    blocked but don't ignore defense, as well as back hits in a Surrounded 
    attack.  Nevertheless, this is an extremely effective set up, 
    especially for Terra on the Fighter Route.
    Set Up of Relative Balance:
    Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
    Mystery Veil
    Minerva Bustier
    Given the set up isn't trying for anything in particular other than 
    overall balance without using rare, not unique or easy to get enough of 
    equipment (Paladin's Shield and Lightbringer anyone?), what Relics you 
    want are up to you, though I highly recommend against using Master's 
    Scroll, as all it does is essentially split Apocalypse damage among 4 
    hits while making it cost 0 MP; not really worth the relic slot, or 
    wasting a rare relic when the effect that matters (Evade ignoring) can 
    be covered with a store-bought relic in Sniper's Eye.  For Genji Shield 
    vs. Aegis Shield, depends what you want.  Genji Shield is better on 
    physical defense (especially noteworthy for Fighter Terra who will 
    probably be in the front row), while Aegis Shield is better against 
    magic and status.
    Terra Smash: 
    Red Cap/Green Beret
    Minerva Bustier
    Genji Glove
    While I'm not a fan of the Genji Glove in general (late game anyway), 
    Terra is probably the sole character in the game who can use it 
    effectively, since she gets 2 very strong Automatic Critical Hit 
    weapons in Lightbringer and Apocalypse, without having to use the Merit 
    Award.  Anyway, Red Cap was mainly chosen cause lowish defense means 
    defense boosts won't be that noticeable, so HP will matter more, and 
    then the Strength and Speed Boosts are just icing.  Green Beret is an 
    alternative, giving less HP than Red Cap, but offering 10% Evasion, which 
    can help mitigate this set ups downsides as well. Minerva Bustier, as 
    always, serves its purposes of stopping elemental damage, which covers 
    Terra’s magic resistances well for the most part.  As usual, a second 
    Lightbringer replacing Apocalypse is ideal, but that isn’t always readily 
    available.  This is most likely the best use you’ll get out of the Genji 
    Glove this late, in any event.
    If you want, swap out Apocalypse for Ultima Weapon since depending on 
    your level, this might do more damage (ESPECIALLY if the enemy has high 
    defense), though do note you lose that 20% Evade and Magic Evasion.
    Nukage Personified: 
    Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
    Mystery Veil
    Minerva Bustier
    Soul of Thamasa
    If you want to maximize Terra's magic damage, this is the set up you'll 
    want.  If you don't want to use Lightbringer for whatever reason, 
    Apocalypse works too, or if before the Dragon's Den, Enhancer fits.  
    Obviously, Paladin's Shield works here, as always, but you only have 
    one, and its best to avoid using it when possible, in case someone else 
    has more need of it (with the Minerva Bustier, Terra's not exactly 
    starving for Elemental Protection.)
    Magic Tank Half Esper Go!: 
    Force Shield
    Reed Cloak
    White Cape
    White Cape
    Terra is one of the only characters in the game who can actually max 
    out that Magic Defense stat.  With this set up, she pulls that off; 
    note that nothing less will work, and Terra has the 3rd highest Magic 
    Defense stat (Umaro not included, since he can't use equipment like a 
    normal character anyway), and she just barely hits it too, so yeah.  
    This set up makes Terra immune to any magic that doesn't ignore 
    defense, while resisting some elements just in case something like 
    Meltdown comes her way, though, the physical defense is pitiful.  A 
    clean hit and she'll probably die, so using Lightbringer is kind of a 
    must for that 50% Evasion to provide SOME compensation (some mid battle 
    buff couldn’t hurt either.)  This is definitely a set up where I strongly 
    urge sticking with Lightbringer like I suggested, as Apocalypse isn't 
    going to be enough here, ESPECIALLY if you want physical damage as Terra 
    is going to need 
    that back row, which Lightbringer ignores while Apocalypse does not.  
    If for whatever reason you feel like you need that extra magic tank 
    (might matter against the likes of Holy Dragon in Dragon's Den, for 
    example), then remember this set up.
    More Damage than you'll ever need...at high levels:
    Ultima Weapon
    Ultima Weapon
    Red Cap
    Minerva Bustier
    Master's Scroll 
    Genji Glove
    While I am very much not a fan of this set up (stylish as it maybe; how 
    can you NOT love a Pink Mystical Entity dual wielding Blue 
    Lightsabers?), I'm listing it anyway.  This would be the highest damage 
    potential you can get from a physical set up after a certain level with 
    Terra, and it is one of the ways you can hit constant 9999x8, assuming 
    your HP is max, though you do need to be over leveled beyond reason 
    (we're talking something above 80), so its really not that reasonable 
    of a set up considering all the downsides (like totally lacking a 
    shield, or the evasion to offset it like Apocalypse gives.) Red Cap is 
    listed here cause Terra's defenses will be too low for Genji Helm to 
    salvage, so the HP Boost, as well as the stat bonus you get on the 
    side, will probably be better, though, it does make maxing out your HP 
    for full Ultima Weapon use a bit tougher, and you may wish to use Genji 
    Helm anyway.
    For what its worth, an alternative way to get that 9999x8 threshold is to 
    use Lightbringer/Apocalypse, and have Terra use Trance, providing the 
    enemies defense isn’t too high.  Again, this requires ridiculously high 
    levels, and its pretty much entirely novelty.
    More Damage than you'll ever need...at high levels Mark 2:
    Ultima Weapon
    Red Cap
    Minerva Bustier
    Master's Scroll
    Genji Glove
    Another set up I'm listing for completion purposes.  Better than the 
    above since at least Lightbringer grants defenses to make up for lack 
    of shield, but otherwise?  You'd probably be getting better damage off 
    using Apocalypse in that weapon slot and Gigas Glove in that first 
    Relic Slot, until the damage limit starts hurting you.  Note that this 
    set up can also hit 9999x8 on most things at those extremely high 
    levels, though Terra will probably need to be tranced unless the 
    defense is low.  As a side note, Apocalypse works too for the 9999x8 in 
    this case, just Lightbringer is naturally better.
    Unorthodox use of Equipment:
    Tortoise Shield
    Reed Cloak
    Prayer Beads
    Prayer Beads
    This set up grants near perfect evasion (Green Beret can max it out, 
    but at a cost of Magic Defense), which makes you get past most physical 
    damage, and the Imp stuff grants good magic defense to cover that side.  
    This set up is an alternative to the "Max out both evasions" set up, 
    generally worse, but not completely so as there are still a few moves 
    (like Forsaken) that this nails better than the 128/128% Set Ups.  
    Another advantage is the only significantly rare equip here is 
    Lightbringer, and even that can be horded with patience.  This set up 
    still manages to have over 80% Magic Evasion too. If you are bold, you 
    can drop a Prayer Bead, and make the evasion merely excellent instead 
    of perfect, and put in a relic of your choice.  Regardless, good Set Up 
    for Mage Terra, defensively anyway, and probably works for Fighter 
    Terra due to Lightbringer.
    Miscellaneous Stuff regarding Terra: 
    -Terra is one of the easiest characters to get back in the World of 
    Ruins.  Simply requires beating a boss (twice if you didn’t do the first 
    half earlier) that isn't particularly hard, especially if you grabbed the 
    early Minerva Bustier via Coliseum, and she joins.  As a fun side note, 
    Terra rejoining forces you into a 3 party team, which makes getting Gau 
    right after her ideal since you're already set up for that.  In any 
    event, try to take advantage of this and get Terra back as early as 
    -Terra is the only character in the game with easy access to the Drain 
    spell.  While other characters can only learn it at a x1 rate from 
    Ifrit, Terra learns it naturally and at a relatively low level to boot 
    (its conceivable to have it by the Narshe Battle Sequence, for 
    example.)  Not all that useful, but still interesting to note (and part 
    of why her SCC is so easy.)
    -Infinite Esper Form! Well, for one battle anyway.  If you actually 
    read the description on Trance, you'll notice the thing about the Auto 
    Revert not kicking in if Terra is disabled at the time through something 
    like Stop or Sleep. If Terra's gauge is running out soon, hit her with 
    the status, wait for the gauge to run out, then cast Esuna on her.  
    Useful trick against Kaiser Dragon, for example, who is actually a long 
    fight so if you can pull this off, it might help.
    -Despite how they ignore defense (...and random variance), breaking 
    Rods to cast spells does not ignore Trance.  Terra breaking an 
    elemental rod when Tranced, and hitting a weakness can yield some 
    rather drastic results.  Shields work too, naturally, but hitting the 
    damage cap with them outside of Trance is not hard at all, so its vaguely 
    -Similar to the above, (Fixed) Dice, despite ignoring defense, also do 
    not Ignore Trance.  So if you hand Terra the Merit Award, and give her 
    Fixed Dice for some unknown reason, keep this in mind!  In fact, if you 
    really want a lot of mayhem, do what I just said, and then add on Berserk 
    Status, and naturally, Master’s Scroll.  I do not suggest you do this 
    normally, mind, hence why I’m listing it here; it’s a novelty set up, not 
    much else.
    -Trance + Quick = Infinite Loop! Well, until you run out of Trance.  
    Basically, what you do is cast Quick. Your first action use normally, 
    then Trance.  Terra will automatically get a free turn thanks to 
    Trance, yet the game still reads that as a Quick turn, so you can 
    recast Quick.  Cast Quick again (You might have to swap characters, 
    mind; this is most notable with Terra alone), do the same thing, only 
    this time using Revert.  Keep this up, and Terra can keep cheesing the 
    enemy out!  Note that a similar thing can be pulled off with Dualcast 
    from a Soul of Thamasa, but that's a bit of a bug you might want to 
    avoid abusing (and Soul of Thamasas aren't easy to come by either...)  
    Note that due to the nature of ATB system, this infinite loop isn't 
    perfect, but it still can be fun to play with.
    -As a fun random fact, Terra is one of the few PCs who at level 99, 
    will naturally have 999 MP (actually her theoretical value is in the 4 
    digits, but there's that 999 cap), meaning if you're into getting that 
    value for level 99 purposes, you never need to give her an MP boosting 
    -While this is a general item dupe trick, it should be mentioned here 
    cause it’s directly related to Terra.  Bare in mind that I’m not 100% on 
    the specifics of this, so I might be a bit off.  If in the final tier of 
    the final battle, if you reach it with less than 4 characters, that empty 
    slot from what I understand will be replaced with Clone Terra.  This 
    Terra Is identical to your Terra in everyway, down to its stats and 
    equipment.  Once you beat Kefka and save the game, this Clone Terra 
    disappears.  So how does this help?  Well, if you have Terra as one of 
    the few characters who made it to the Final Tier, there will be 2 Terra’s 
    present there; the original and the clone.  You can thus remove the 
    equipment in the Clone Terra’s hands and put it in your inventory.  The 
    Terra you have when you load a clear game will still have the same stuff 
    as the original Terra, and the Clone will cease to be as usual…however, 
    the stuff you removed from the Clone will remain cause it will be in your 
    inventory, and the game will read it as such!  This means you can 
    actually get infinite number of anything Terra can hold in her hands if 
    you are willing to go through the effort.  Noteworthy things that were 
    finite in supply before are Fixed Dice, Valiant Knife and Paladin’s 
    Shield (in addition to potentially having the Cursed Shield and Paladin’s 
    Shield in your inventory at the same time!)
    -If you read the Queen’s Diary in the Ancient Castle, Terra will get a 
    unique line if she’s in your party.
    -Terra is the only character who will show up in the Game’s Ending even 
    if you DO NOT recruit her.  By extension, she’s one of two characters 
    (Setzer being the other) whose personal ending scene in the montage has 
    no alternative scenarios (be it a whole new scene or the “Face over Town 
    of Importance”)
    Skill set: 
    While Terra lacks a unique skill set with actual...umm...skills, she 
    does get magic naturally, so I suppose its only fair I tell you what 
    spells she learns naturally and when here.
    Lv 1: Cure
    Lv 3: Fire
    Lv 6: Poisona
    Lv 12: Drain
    Lv 18: Raise
    Lv 22: Fira
    Lv 26: Teleport
    Lv 33: Cura
    Lv 37: Dispel
    Lv 43: Firaga
    Lv 49: Arise
    Lv 57: Holy
    Lv 68: Break
    Lv 75: Graviga
    Lv 86: Meltdown
    Lv 99: Ultima
    And while she has access to these next moves like…never (only two 
    sections of the game, and they’re both really short), I might as well 
    toss them here since they are technically related to her.  Only listing 
    the Unique Moves.  
    Magitek Missile: 
    Non-Elemental Damage to one enemy, ignores defense, adds Siezure (note 
    that everything you use this on is either immune to Siezure or gets one 
    shotted by it, so you’ll never notice that part <_<)
    Confuses all enemies.
    Instant Death to one enemy
    Bio Blast:
    Deals Poison damage to all enemies, inflicts Poison and Siezure status.
    Ending thought:
    Its easy to see that Terra garners so much respect from most people.  
    Terra starts off a little slow, picks up somewhat later, and as the 
    game goes on, she gets better and better.  This, combined with no real 
    flaws beyond being somewhat unimpressive early game make her an 
    outstanding character, one defiantly worthy of being Top Tier, if not 
    the games best character.  Once you start having full range of choices 
    in your team, she's always a prime option to consider.
    | LOCKE |
    Extra HP: 48
    Extra MP: 7
    Strength: 37
    Speed: 40
    Stamina: 31
    Magic Power: 28
    Attack: 14
    Defense: 46
    Evasion: 15%
    Magic Defense: 23
    Magic Evasion: 2%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Desperation: Mirage Dive
    Special Ability: Steal/Mug
    Effects:  Steals an item from the opponent.  Chance of success is based 
    on Locke's current level compared to the level of the monster he's 
    stealing from.  Chance of success is doubled with Thief's Bracer on.  
    With Brigand's Glove on, Steal becomes Mug, which works exactly like 
    the "Fight" command as if it had an "Add: Steal" attribute to it.  Note 
    that Mug does not allow for replacement effects to occur (like Wing 
    Edge's "X-death" ability), but addition affects (like Lightbringer's 
    random Holy spells) will still work.  Enemies can have up to two 
    potential items to steal; a common steal which occurs 7/8 times, and a 
    rare steal at 1/8.  You can only steal once per enemy.  If the enemy 
    has only one kind of steal, and the success is made against the empty 
    slot, the game treats it as a failure (so if you go for #128's 
    Kazekiri, and Locke made a successful steal against his common slot 
    which is empty, the game will just give a normal failure message.) If 
    there is nothing to steal at all, the game will make note of this as 
    Character Analysis: 
    If there is anyone who can be considered a strict fighter with no 
    strings attached in FF6, that would probably be Locke.  With a great 
    weapon selection, low magic stats, and moderate physical stats, as well 
    as lack of a noteworthy special ability (at least as far as damage 
    goes), Locke relies on his physical game to hurt things.  Due to how 
    FF6 works with physical damage though, this means he is rather lagging 
    in the early parts of the game, and its only later on that he starts 
    becoming something worth noting.
    Locke big thing comes from the Valiant Knife.  This weapon ignores 
    defense, meaning its much stronger than the lowish Attack would 
    imply, and in addition, gets linearly stronger as Locke loses HP.  This 
    makes him an ideal candidate for the Master's Scroll, regardless of 
    levels, especially since the Valiant Knife's HP Bonus ignores the 
    Master's Scroll's Damage/2 per hit penalty (though do note that its 
    base damage does not.)  Outside of that, Locke has some other 
    noteworthy, main one being one of the four natural Lightbringer users.  
    Unfortunately though, unlike characters like Terra or Celes, Locke's 
    poor magic stat with very little to boost it with means he's hard 
    pressed to work with any weapon for pure defensive reasons, at least in 
    a way that'd make him stand out.  This is especially bad since the only 
    weapon that boosts his Magic Power significantly is (ie more than +2), in 
    fact, the Lightbringer.  To Locke’s Credit, he has a lot of time to work 
    away his Magic Power deficit in the WoB, but I’ll get to that later.
    One thing Locke does like in FF6a is how Evasion now does something.  
    Due to this, a few of his weapons get better, most notably would be the 
    Main Gauche early in the game, with its evasion bonus, and his base 15% 
    Evasion, makes him a bit more durable than he originally was.  While 
    these boosts are minor, they still are ones, and make him a little 
    better.  As a fun side note, the Valiant Knife also gives an evasion 
    boost itself, so go figure, Locke’s most significant weapon of all things 
    got improved.
    Another “niche” Locke has is the best speed in the game, in all ways.  
    His starting speed is game best, and throughout the game, as early as Mt. 
    Koltz with the Main Gauche, he gets weapons that boost his speed, as well 
    as a few other equips like the Ninja Gear that do so as well.  This 
    sounds like a nice touch, but sadly, his speed isn’t high enough to 
    really be noticeable, and for a good part of the game, he doesn’t have 
    much use for his turns.
    What do I mean? Well, early in the game, Locke has absolutely nothing 
    going for him.  He gets slightly stronger weapons than others, but until 
    the Genji Glove kicks in, its not going to offset specials like Magic, 
    Tools, Blitz, etc, especially since Locke requires front row, while all 
    the other characters do not.  Genji Glove helps offset this some, but he 
    doesn’t really stand out on damage, and again, still requires Front Row.  
    After Narshe Battle Sequence, he finally gets Back Row damage!  Except he 
    still doesn’t really stand out since his damage isn’t very special, 
    and/or he lacks true utility worth like Celes has (such as being a 
    healer.)  Espers kick in, Locke ABSOLUTELY requires Ramuh to pull his 
    weight in that dungeon; the enemies have ludicrous defense, and Locke has 
    no way around it otherwise.  This is a good idea, though its worth noting 
    that Celes could make use of Ramuh as well, and do more drastic things 
    with it.  Locke finally gets a neat weapon in the Hawkeye when that 
    dungeon ends…except now things are spiking somewhat, and he’s just 
    becoming unreliable.  To Locke’s credit, he has plenty of time to learn 
    Ara spells and such, so he can make a passable mage, which is probably 
    the best you’ll get out of him early, though he’s not exactly stellar at 
    it (contrast to someone like Terra who has such a Magic Power advantage, 
    her use with the skill set stands out.) 
    So what of Locke in the WoR?  Well, WoR Locke has the Valiant Knife 
    from the get go, so right there that's a boost.  Further more, with 
    relics like the Master's Scroll coming up, Locke suddenly got a decent 
    amount of damage and has some twink potential worth noting that lets 
    him become a competent character, much more than his first half of the 
    game self.  Its a pity Locke is practically a pure fighter though; his 
    new weapon from Dragon's Den, the Zwill Crossblade, is pretty darn nice 
    on paper, however, Locke will most likely be used for his physical 
    damage and Zwill Crossblade doesn't really allow that much for that 
    particularly well (barring hitting enemies weak to Wind).  Pity really, 
    as its the kind of weapon someone like Cyan or Sabin would kill for, yet 
    it was given to a character who really doesn't have much use for it.  
    Doesn't help the weapon is still completely inferior to 
    Lightbringer...though then again, what isn't?
    One advantage Locke has to his name is usability.  In the WoB, you're 
    forced to use him a lot, and he's available at all points when you have 
    Espers, so you can teach him a fair amount of spells for a head start, 
    at least, and raising him as a Mage can work in the short run if you 
    boost his Magic Power given he has plenty of levels to work with, to 
    offset that low starting Magic Power.  However, you’ll also want as many 
    Strength boosts as possible if you want to use him as an effective 
    fighter, so you may want to give him an early start in raising his 
    Strength.  Regarding the Lightbringer being his only Mage weapon, its 
    worth noting that while Locke has time to offset his low Magic Power with 
    Esper time, he’ll never catch the girls, and thanks to the Phoenix Cave, 
    Edgar probably offsets what little edge Locke has on him, so Locke never 
    really ends up an ideal candidate for that weapon anyway, at least for 
    magic purposes.
    Ok, so I've talked about his weapon options and usability throughout 
    different points, but never once mentioned his armor, did I?  If I did, 
    I have a bad memory, or was too lazy to read over my own FAQ, but 
    that's not the point.  Locke's armor selection isn't too shabby, though 
    its definitely not anything all that special either.  He gets some 
    noteworthy armors in Force Armor for example, but misses out on the big 
    ones like Minerva Bustier and Snow Scarf.  Basically, his armor is very 
    much not noteworthy, be it good or bad, since while he does get a few 
    important things mid game like Gaia Gear and Power Sash, he still 
    misses out on some of the really good stuff like I said before, so in 
    the end, I suppose you could call his armor draw average.
    So what of Steal then?  There's sadly not all that much special that 
    can be stolen.  There are a few interesting items here and there, but in 
    the grand scheme of things, nothing particularly special.  Its best use 
    is saving/making money, as its not particularly great at the getting rare 
    stuff in bulk or getting strong equips early.  There are a few gems he 
    can nab here and there, though I won’t get into what they are mostly 
    cause this FAQ is long enough; you can refer to the Bestiary (be it a FAQ 
    or the game itself) for what kind of interesting things he can nab, if 
    you so care (especially since what is worth stealing is subjective.)
    All in all, Locke is a character you use for his weapon selection, and 
    maybe if you want to help monetary issues some at points in the game.  He 
    tends to get some really big fans for one reason or another, and some 
    will even try to go as far as saying he's the best character, but in 
    reality, he's fairly middling by the end, with a pretty bad start, and 
    never really being anything close to Top Tier at any point in the game.
    Strategies for Locke throughout the game:
    -When Edgar first joins, give his Mythril Blade to Locke.  Edgar won't 
    really be using his weapons ever at this point (Autocrossbow is flat 
    out better), and Locke has nothing but his physical, hence its the best 
    use of it.  Plus it saves money.
    -Giving Locke one of the Gigas Glove or Hyper Wrist is another way to 
    improve his worth; do note that Edgar might want one of these as well, 
    so its a tough call as to whether you should give Locke them or not, as 
    its between making your best character better, or improving the worth of 
    someone who needs it.
    -When you first get it, give Locke the Genji Glove.  If it was on Terra 
    for the Lethe River, then be sure to remove it form her before doing 
    Locke’s scenario!  It’s really the only way he's going to do any sort of 
    damage throughout the next few sections of the game.  If you got the 
    Gauntlet instead, use that anyway, even if it’s clearly worse than Genji 
    Glove, its better than nothing. A Gigas Glove or Hyper Wrist would be 
    advisable too, given you start having enough of those to go around.
    -Try to steal the 2nd Air Knife from Tunnel Armor.  The extra damage 
    should help some with the Genji Glove, after all.  If you were unlucky 
    and got a Bio Blaster instead, though, don't bother resetting; using 
    the Main Gauche works well enough (especially since now the evade does 
    -In the Magitek Factory, it might be wise to give Locke Ramuh; he 
    doesn't have any way of hurting enemies otherwise due to their high 
    defense, Genji Glove be damned, so Locke would like at least something, 
    and Thunder, let alone the Ramuh summon, give him at least something 
    approaching damage there.  It doesn't hurt to give Locke Ramuh right 
    from the start, actually, to give him a head start in learning spells, 
    hopefully learning Thundara somewhere in the factory.  Equipping Locke 
    temporarily with elemental weapons for the Magic Power Boostlike the 
    Icebrand doesn't hurt either.
    -After the Factory, Locke will have access to a lot of useful weapons 
    between the Elemental Swords and Hawkeyes.  While equipping Hawkeyes and 
    staying with them the entire way seems effective, the best way to use 
    Locke is to actually micromanage his weapons consistently so that he’s 
    constantly hitting elemental weaknesses, defaulting to Hawkeye whenever 
    he can’t.  This does require Front Row, but you may find that relying on 
    Hawkeyes is a bit unreliable, where as while the Elemental Swords are 
    weaker, they are hitting their weaknesses 100% of the time, yielding more 
    net damage than Hawkeyes.
    -Assassin’s Dagger is probably Locke’s best weapon for Mage purposes 
    early on (if not the entire game pre-Lightbringer.)  Boasting an Evasion 
    Boost, and Magic Power Boost, its ideal for those purposes.  However, do 
    NOT use it as a weapon against enemies in the Sealed Cave; they are 
    undead and will heal as a result. 
    -When Locke rejoins in the second half of the game, he should be given 
    the Valiant Knife and really, think of it as stapled onto him.  It’s his 
    big unique thing, and what makes him good, best make use of it.  I can 
    see taking it off if you wanted to give him Lightbringer, which 
    naturally is never a bad idea (unless you're still using Master's 
    Scroll, but I'll get into why that's a bad idea later on in section 9.) 
    In fairness, weapons like the Sniper or Wing Edge have some situational 
    use that you may be able to take advantage of, but for the most part, 
    Valiant Knife is his weapon.  This extends even into Dragon's Den, 
    where, despite the Zwill Crossblade, Valiant Knife remains Locke's best 
    overall weapon (barring Lightbringer, of course.).
    -If you're using the Valiant Knife for that matter, Master's Scroll would 
    be a very wise thing to give Locke. This is the thing that turns Locke 
    from "bottom tier" to "competent character" really.  There's even some 
    unique and cute ways to enhance the effects of Master's Scroll using the 
    Red Cap and such.  Do note that, unless you completed the Soul Shrine and 
    grabbed a second one from a Glutturn, its best to keep Locke and Setzer 
    in different teams, since they both want the Master's Scroll, unless you 
    plan on using Locke with Lightbringer of course.
    Locke's Ultimate and other Noteworthy equipment
    Weapons (listed in no particular order):
    Ultima Weapon
    Wing Edge
    Zwill Crossblade
    Valiant Knife
    Red Cap
    Genji Helm
    Green Beret
    Priest's Miter
    Genji Armor 
    Force Armor
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    End Game Locke Set Ups:
    Canon Cannon:
    Valiant Knife
    Aegis Shield/Genji Shield/Thunder Shield
    Red Cap
    Genji Armor
    Master's Scroll
    Locke's best overall damage set up.  I know you're thinking "What about 
    Genji Glove" and I'll get to the weaknesses of that later.  Valiant 
    Knife + Master's Scroll is always a good set up, especially when the HP 
    loss damage bonus increases 4 fold, since that ignores the Master's 
    Scroll damage penalty.  Genji Armor was chosen over Force Armor since 
    it boosts Strength, and considering Locke's probably going to want 
    Front Row, he's going to need that extra defense.  For shield, though, 
    defense differences are a bit less, so it depends what you're aiming 
    at.  If Magic Defenses go with Aegis Shield, if physical, go for Genji 
    Shield, and if you want elemental resistance (this set up is completely 
    lacking in any), Thunder Shield works.  Also note the Red Cap strategy 
    explained in miscellaneous info works rather well with this set up.  You 
    can use Muscle Belt if you want to further exploit the HP Manipulation 
    trick more, though you may prefer a different filler relic.
    The Legendary Seesaw Combo: 
    Valiant Knife
    Ultima Weapon
    Genji Helm
    Genji Armor
    Master's Scroll
    Genji Glove
    Why did I name it the way I did? Because this set up has been hyped 
    from long before the game got hacked like crazy, hence the legendary 
    part, and Seesaw refers to how the weapons work.  Valiant Knife gets 
    stronger as your HP goes down, and Ultima Weapon gets stronger as HP 
    goes up.  The issue is, granted, that Ultima Weapon doesn't REALLY get 
    stronger at higher HP; more along the lines that its damage decreases 
    as you lose HP, since it alters damage literally based on your Current 
    HP relative to your Max HP, not like Valiant Knife which just shoves 
    the HP Loss into damage.  Any who, Genji Armor used cause its best 
    defense and he needs the defenses in this set up, and it boosts 
    Strength to boot.  Genji Helm is the defense reasons again, though I 
    suppose Red Cap might work as a substitute.  The Set Up has decent 
    damage, I guess, and was the original 9999x8 (couldn't get 2 Ultima 
    Weapons (aka Atma Weapon) easily in the original FF6), but considering 
    all the downsides, is it worth it?  I, alongside many others, 
    personally don't think so, as the set up listed above isn't that far 
    off offensively, much better defensively, and isn't as reliant on 
    relics (notice how the set up before this only requires one Relic, 
    while this one requires two?), but hey, you might disagree.  This is 
    another case of me listing it mostly to avoid someone shouting my ass 
    off for forgetting this set up.
    Set Up of Evil: 
    Paladin's Shield
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    White Cape
    Prayer Beads
    This set up is exactly like Terra's version, except I through on the 
    White Cape instead of the Zephyr Cloak, since Locke already 128% 
    Evasion, figured he'd like the minor defense boosts White Cape 
    gives, since it too covers the Magic Evasion. More or less the same 
    Applications as what Terra has, for the whole nigh invincibility thing.
    Conversely, you can give Locke that Zephyr Cloak back and replace his 
    helmet with something else like a Red Cap or whatever, if you want to 
    increase his offense, or a Genji Helm if you are afraid of back attacks 
    or unevadable magic.
    Set Up of Evil Mark 2:
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Genji Glove
    Prayer Beads
    Also should look familiar, since Terra had this same set up as well.  
    If you can get your hands on a second Lightbringer, this is probably 
    the better set up of the two 128% ones, especially for a fighter like 
    Locke.  Main reason of course is that, while losing elemental 
    resistance which matters for moves like Meltdown, there are unlimited 
    Lightbringers and only one Paladin's Shield.  
    Head Towards the Light:
    Aegis Shield/Genji Shield/Thunder Shield
    Red Cap/Genji Helmet/Circlet
    Force Armor/Genji Armor
    Ok, you're looking at this set up and probably thinking "What's with 
    all the alternatives?"  Well, basically, the concept behind this is 
    that its Locke using Lightbringer in a manner that doesn't require two 
    nor does it require that sole Paladin's Shield.  For what to use where…it 
    really depends on what you want.  For example, Circlet is best for Magic 
    Damage purposes, Red Cap is better for physical damage purposes, and 
    Genji Helmet is best for overall defenses, providing you equip the other 
    Genji Stuff alongside it (Augmenting Returns.)  In any event, this 
    flexible set up has two purposes.  One is its well balanced for Locke 
    overall, letting him act as a fighter or a mage, while retaining a good 
    defensive backing.  The other is that it opens up things like the 
    Master’s Scroll for characters like Setzer who also want it.
    More Viable though still risky High Damage Set Up:
    Valiant Knife
    Red Cap
    Genji Armor/Force Armor
    Master's Scroll
    Genji Glove
    Similar to that set up with Terra where she uses Lightbringer and 
    Ultima Weapon together, except Locke's using Valiant Knife instead 
    cause, well, its just a better weapon.  More viable than the Ultima 
    Weapon set up mostly cause Lightbringer's damage doesn't get hurt as 
    Valiant Knife's raises, and its at least makes up for the lack of a 
    shield to some extent, not to mention the +7 Vigor boosts the full 
    damage set up.  Not a set up I recommend, just throwing it out there 
    for another option though.  Force Armor vs. Genji Armor comes down to 
    the usual Magic Evasion and Elemental Resistance (especially since you 
    lack a shield here) against Stat Boosts and higher defenses.
    Unorthodox use of Equipment:
    Tortoise Shield
    Reed Cloak
    Prayer Beads
    Prayer Beads/Zephyr Cloak
    Same thing as Terra's, only Locke's version has actually maxed evasion, 
    so it might be a bit more viable on him, as well as Zephyr Cloak being 
    a potentially better equip since it grants extra Magic Evasion for the 
    sake of losing 3% effective evasion (remember, only values below 128% 
    matter.)  Granted, unlike Terra, Locke's magic power leaves a bit more 
    to be desired, so this might end up worse overall, and his magic 
    defense is significantly worse (this matters when your magic defense is 
    that high, due to the concept of augmenting returns.)    In Locke's 
    case though, he might be a bit more flexible than Terra due to the 
    higher base evasion, as he can drop that Relic Slot and have 115% 
    Evasion (instead of 105%), which might be high enough all things 
    considered.  Regardless, still a neat set up, something worth looking 
    Massive Over leveled Damage...the MANLY version:
    Ultima Weapon
    Ultima Weapon
    Red Cap
    Genji Armor/Force Armor
    Master's Scroll 
    Genji Glove
    See Terra’s set up with a similar name…except this one is worse for a 
    number of reasons.  The big one? No Minerva Bustier, leaving you far more 
    open to Magic Attacks than hers.  Its really a pure novelty set up, and 
    the only real advantage it has on Locke’s Seesaw Set Up is doing 9999x8 
    in the Back Row at max HP.  Like I said, pure novelty, and only listing 
    it for completion purposes.
    Miscellaneous stuff regarding Locke:
    -Master's Scroll + Brigand's Glove, the never ending myth.  Sadly, while 
    this combo seems excellent on paper for multi-stealing purposes, but its 
    not as good as it seems.  IIRC, there is a bug where once you steal, 
    the game will claim you steal that same object several times in a row, 
    regardless of target, even though you only steal it once.  Also, I seem 
    to recall that the game doesn't make the check to steal 4x, its actually 
    only once, and the game just reiterates the steal message multiple 
    times.  Not certain on this, but basically, this combo isn't worth it 
    at all.  Better off just sticking to Thief's Bracers for raising steal 
    -The never ending dungeon of doom!  Well, ok, not really, but Locke is 
    quite possibly the hardest and most annoying character to get in the 
    WoR.  He has easily the longest dungeon of any character (Phoenix 
    Cave), and said dungeon has annoying enemies too (one of whom is 
    unrunnable), and requires two parties (though, one party, to be fair, 
    could just be Mog solo w/ a Moogle Charm).  Granted?
    -Locke is needed to get Ultima and/or Lightbringer (at least, prior to 
    the final battle, where Gogo and Shadow can be used as substitutes), 
    unless you like wasting time getting Terra to level 99 (at which point, 
    its useless.) Both Ragnarok AND the Paladin's Shield require Locke to 
    obtain.  This is probably the best reason to get him, as they are nasty 
    objects you'll want, regardless.
    -Thief's Bracers DO NOT STACK.  Well, ok, the speed boosts do, but not 
    the Steal aspect.  Thought I should throw this out, as its an often 
    enough asked question.  So don't bother equipping a 2nd Thief's Bracer 
    unless you like another +5 to speed or something.
    -Abusing the HP Boosting Equips properly!  What do I mean?  For the 
    explanation below, I’ll be using Red Cap as an example, but it works with 
    Muscle Belt and Green Beret too, just adjust the values to reflect proper 
    boosts instead (Muscle Belt is 50% and Green beret is 12.5%, FYI).  
    Anyway, a neat way to inflate Locke's damage with the Valiant Knife, 
    especially with the Master's Scroll equipped, is to actually take off 
    that Red Cap.  This will lower his HP back to his normal maximum HP, 
    assuming it was a value above that.  Then re-equip the Red Cap, and DO 
    NOT heal him.  This will suddenly add 25% of Locke's HP BEFORE the Red 
    Cap was equipped into his damage, which is especially nice with the 
    Master's Scroll due to how that ignores the damage penalty per hit.  
    Confused?  Maybe numbers will explain better.  Suppose Locke had 1000 HP 
    normally, so with Red Cap, that would become 1250 (1000*1.25.)  Now, Red 
    Cap only increases the MAX HP, not the Current HP, so while Locke's max 
    HP will be increased to 1250, his Current HP will still be 1000, so 
    that's 250 difference between current HP and Max HP, and that HP Loss 
    gets added to Valiant Knife's damage.  Mind, Locke's HP will likely be 
    higher than that, just used 1000 cause its a simple and easy value to 
    work with. Regardless, it’s a way to use Valiant Knife's HP Loss -> 
    Damage conversion without Locke actually having to receive damage.  Note 
    that if you equip Muscle Belt alongside one of the HP Helmets, you’ll 
    have to un-equip BOTH for the strategy to work best.
    -Mug cancels out replacement effects, as some people call them.  
    Basically, while random spell casting (such as Ice Brand's Blizzard) 
    still works, because those bytes are differently, and thus are Addition 
    Effects (damage dealt first, THEN the special effect kicks in), True 
    Special Effects (often called Replacement Effects) are ignored.  Ultima 
    Weapon now acts like a normal 255 Power Sword, for example, same with 
    Valiant Knife acting like a normal 159 Attack weapon. Weapons like Wing 
    Edge or the Assassin's Knife won't ever have their instant death, Blood 
    Sword won't drain HP and do normal damage regardless of the user or 
    enemies HP, weapons like Lightbringer won't have 100% Critical Hit rate 
    anymore (likewise, it won't use up MP either), what have you.  If there 
    is anything odd about a weapon that isn't stat related or a random spell 
    casting, Mug removes it.
    -Related to the above, however, for an interesting use of Mug, equip 
    that and the Ultima Weapon together.  Suddenly, Ultima Weapon is now a 
    normal weapon with 255 Attack.  Sure, sounds meh, but then 
    consider you can do this somewhere halfway through the World of 
    Balance.  Not particularly useful, but still neat considering how early 
    it is.
    -If Locke is in your team when you do Gau's Father sequence alongside 
    Edgar, you'll get an extra bit of dialogue (and extra bit of Gau 
    makeover) in that sequence for added humor.
    -Common knowledge, but thought I'd toss it out anyway.  If you bring 
    Locke to Rachel's House and the Old Man's Basement in WoB Kohlingen, 
    you can get some extra scenes regarding Locke and Rachel's back story.  
    Again, no real use to this in the long run, but still neat to see.
    -If you do not recruit Locke in the WoR, his ending scene which he shares 
    with Celes will be altered to compensate for the lack of him.
    Skill set: 
    Locke doesn't really have a skill set.  He has Steal, and with a 
    specific equip, that becomes Mug.  There isn't much to say beyond this.  
    I guess I can tell you the Steal Algorithms, at least briefly, which 
    are essentially...
    (Locke's Level + 50 - Target's Level)% = Steal Rate
    If Thief's Bracer is equipped, than Steal Rate is doubled.
    There is a 87.5% chance of stealing from the Common Steal slot, and 
    12.5% chance of stealing from the Rare Steal slot
    If Locke tries to steal from an empty slot, but the enemy has a steal 
    in the other slot (like Number 128 has a Rare Steal being Kazekiri, but 
    no Common Steal), then the game treats it like a normal failure.
    NOTE: If someone else is using steal (like Gogo), then use that 
    character's level, naturally.  Mug works the same way, but with does 
    normal physical damage as well.
    Ending Thought:
    Locke has one of the worst, if not the worst, starts in the game, and 
    stays considerably below average for the entire first half of the game, 
    but picks up a bit and becomes decent enough in the second half of the 
    game.  He's not exactly the most valuable of character, he's not the 
    worst either (though he might feel like it often in the early parts of 
    the game.) Not really worth the hype he sometimes get for the Master's 
    Scroll + Genji Glove set up or whatever, but that doesn't mean he's 
    strictly bad too.  A decent character if built properly, but somewhat of 
    a project.
    | CYAN |
    Extra HP: 53
    Extra MP: 5
    Strength: 40
    Speed: 28
    Stamina: 33
    Magic Power: 25
    Attack: 25
    Defense: 48
    Evasion: 6%
    Magic Defense: 20
    Magic Evasion: 1%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Desperation: Tsubame Gaeshi
    Special ability: Bushido
    Effects: When selected, a bar will gradually raise, below a set of 
    numbers.  Pressing A again signifies you are ready to act.  What move 
    is used is determined by the highest highlighted number, each having 
    predetermined moves (so if 1, 2, 3  and 4 are all highlighted, 
    whatever move is assigned to 4 will be used.  In this case, it'd be 
    Flurry.) There are up to 8 Levels of Bushidos.  Note that in order to 
    use a Bushido, the weapon being used must be compatible with Bushido 
    (can be checked on the weapon's stat screen), though its worth noting 
    that all of Cyan's weapons he can use normally are compatible anyway 
    barring the Impartisan, so this factor is trivial. Also note that none of 
    Cyan's Bushidos are targetable, and that unlike other nonFight/Jump 
    commands, time still moves during this, so "Wait" does not help this 
    cause.  Lastly, while Cyan is charging his Bushido, no other commands can 
    be given to any other character without interrupting (thus resetting) the 
    charge time.  Do note that moves that were commanded to be used before 
    Cyan started charging, as well as actions that are activated naturally 
    like counter attacks from Black Belt or Gau's Rages.
    Character Analysis:
    There's not much good to say about Cyan, sadly.  A lot of people will 
    love him for the "able to break the damage limit (9999) without a relic 
    slot!" aspect, without yielding to the fact that it only becomes 
    significant at levels too high to largely care.  Nevertheless, if the 
    stats didn't give it away, Cyan doesn't make a very good mage at all.  
    Decent physical stats, but game worst Magic Power and lacking in the 
    department to boost those stats (Genji Armor and Circlet are his only 
    options) make for a pretty sad mage.  As a fighter, Cyan is lacking in 
    any real noteworthy weapons, though he gets a quirky one here and 
    there.  For what its worth, he's also the second slowest character in 
    the game, as only Strago is slower.
    Cyan's major flaw, without a doubt, comes from his charge times, and 
    how in general the moves he gets from them not really being worth the 
    time it takes, in addition to lacking any sort of compensation.  There 
    are ways to make the charge times easier to work with through 
    manipulating your turns, but that still wastes time for the rest of the 
    team, so even though it feels like your saving time on Cyan, its still 
    harming the overall team output.  The fact that his Bushidos can't be 
    targeted doesn't help, especially in the cases of Flurry and Tempest, 
    where he can end up spreading his 4 hits among multiple enemies, yielding 
    a weak Multitarget move, instead of a strong Single Target move.  Now, 
    I'll be honest; I've experimented with Bushidos in hacking and found that 
    if some of the moves were improved, they would be worth the charge time 
    (like if Tempest was equivalent to Chain Saw on each hit, for example), 
    but in the end, he often comes out being Sabin who gains charge times 
    for the sake of doing a bit more damage, which is harder to boost too 
    (in general, Magic Damage is easier to boost than Physicals) so that 
    damage edge isn't much.  In fairness, his armor selection isn't TOO bad, 
    getting most of the same things Locke gets, though misses out on some 
    moderately useful things (Ninja Gear and Gaia Gear to name a few.)
    To his credit, Quick can be used to offset the charge times, and give 
    him unlimited time to charge.  This sounds great, right? I mean, what's 
    better than giving Cyan unlimited time to charge his moves for a mild MP 
    Cost (MP late game is a minor factor overall)?  Well, the thing is, 
    Bushidos you'll find aren't quite as strong as you'd like them to be, and 
    you might as well stick with Magic, Dragoon Set Ups, Blitzes, etc. for 
    similar damage that does NOT require Quick to be used.  In actuality, 
    Quick is often used as an argument for saving Cyan's worth, and while its 
    true it makes Bushidos a lot more valuable...its not really making Cyan 
    uber, more just having the largest noticeable effect on him.  What do I 
    mean? I mean Quick makes ANYONE in FF6 brutal; its a nasty evil spell to 
    begin with.  Cyan's improvement from the spell is high mostly relative to 
    himself without it; the fact that he NEEDS the spell a lot more than 
    others says something in and of itself.
    So what of his lower end moves, the ones that need less charging?  
    Well, Sky gets random hype for its excellent early game damage, which I 
    admit is high, though its very situational, so not the most practical of 
    things.  Tiger really just lacks any useful applications, since early FF6 
    is lacking in Large, High HP Randoms that can be hit with Instant Death, 
    and when they start appearing, you already have REAL Instant Death for an 
    even better effect. When you start hitting moves like Flurry, the charge 
    times become apparent, so refer to the above.  Fang, now, that's decent 
    for the early parts of the game.  Like Blitz, it succeeds at killing most 
    of what it hits, so this makes Cyan not that much worse than Sabin, and 
    can pull his weight during the Narshe Battle Sequence.  It’s not long 
    after that, though, that Cyan's worth starts dropping gradually, 
    especially in the Magitek Factory where enemies make a mockery of 
    Flurry (high defense and it doesn't ignore it), and his damage with 
    Fang is clearly worse than, at very least, what Edgar and Sabin can do 
    reliably (and you only have 2 open slots, since Celes and Locke are 
    Regarding Cyan’s Esper Time?  He’s entirely non-stand out in this regard.  
    He quite clearly loses to Terra, Setzer, Edgar, and Sabin, is roughly 
    even with Celes and Locke, and beats the rest.  This doesn’t sound like 
    much of a flaw, but it ties in with another aspect of Cyan’s; his game 
    worst Magic Power.  Because his Magic Power is the lowest in the game, 
    and unlike other low Magic Power characters like Edgar or Locke, he lacks 
    the Esper Time and/or equips to make up for it.  While Magic is a good 
    fall back for most characters, once you start relying on that argument, 
    Cyan still falls short.  Its also worth noting cause it ties in with one 
    of his set ups (Kazekiris), and it’s a good example as to why this combo 
    isn’t quite as amazing as you’d first think, since the low Magic Power 
    does well to offset the potential.
    So what about his equipment options? Armor wise, I covered; he doesn’t
    Stand out one way or another in this regard. As far as his weapons 
    go...Cyan kind of got the short end of the stick, at least until Dragon's 
    Den.  Any weapon he gets that doesn't boost stats or have some sort of 
    special effect is pretty much meaningless; Fang does more than a physical 
    and ignores row to boot.  As such, right there that makes most of his 
    weapons pretty pointless outside of Black Belt purposes. Useful ones? 
    Asura, if only cause its his first one and free, so that’s kind of a 
    default thing.  Kazekiri has a unique effect in being the only weapon 
    that randomly casts a MT spell, AND said effect is even compatible with 
    the Master's Scroll.  Downside? Master's Scroll lowers the damage of 
    physical Bushidos (so this means Fang, Tempest and Flurry), so Cyan 
    pretty much becomes a one trick pony and pure Random Encounter slayer, 
    and not a particularly good one late.  It’s a decent weapon early, I 
    suppose.  Murasame and Mitsunokami are both useful if only cause they 
    give evasion boosts, so at least they serve a purpose that compliments 
    Bushiods.  His bets weapon overall is Zanmato (at least, for Bushido 
    purposes.)  Only weapon of his that boosts Strength, and gives a nice 
    +30% Evade, it compliments Bushidos rather well.  Being Holy Elemental 
    has some minor applications I suppose.
    All in all, Cyan is a character that wasn't thought out well.  Low 
    Magic score with little boosts forces him into being a fighter, which 
    he isn't good at either, and his lack of really special equips barring 
    maybe the Kazekiri, which runs off his game worst Magic Stat anyway, 
    rounds out to be a rather low end character. Some people try to support 
    him coming with a lot of quirk ways, but these set ups tend to benefit 
    Cyan and only Cyan, while hurting the other three members of the party, 
    so its actually hurtful more than helpful in the grand scheme of 
    things.  Oh, and do not fall for "Genji Glove + Master's Scroll on Cyan 
    = Win!"  Outside of maybe Kazekiri, Cyan is one of the WORST characters 
    to do that combo with.
    Strategies for Cyan throughout the game:
    -When you get to South Figaro, be sure to buy one extra Heavy Shield 
    for your team (you should only need 3, granted.  Celes gets one in the 
    dungeon she rejoins in, and Locke will probably sacrifice his for a 
    Genji Glove); Cyan will want to make use of that after all.
    -Don't ever bother buying a weapon for Cyan.  All his noteworthy 
    weapons are found in chests or stolen.  It’s a waste of money since Fang 
    will always out damage his physical; only point to his physical is 
    targetable damage (or alternatively, with Black Belt), but its worth it 
    since its significantly worse than Fang in general and it requires giving 
    up Back Row anyway.
    -If you can pull it off, try to steal that Kazekiri from Number 128 on 
    the mine cart ride; if you miss it, you'll be left with only one 
    Kazekiri from the Sealed Cave until the Soul shrine, which kind of 
    hurts his use (he'd like to Genji Glove Kazekiris for, say, IAF 
    -When Cyan gets Murasame on the Floating Continent, keep that equipped 
    at all times until you get the Mutsunokami or Zanmato, at least if you 
    plan on using Bushidos.  Anytime you want to use his physical, opt for 
    Zantetsuken or Kazekiri, since those at least allow him something 
    special to occur.
    -Keep Cyan in back row until you get Kazekiri for that matter; Kazekiri 
    gives Cyan a reason to use his physical, any other weapon outside of 
    Zantetsuken does not.
    -Even though those Masamunes and Murakumos look nice, they're better 
    spent at the coliseum for more Holy Lances for Edgar or Mog to make use 
    of (or as throwing ammunition for Shadow.) Again, they lack any real 
    useful application over Murasame for Bushidos, and are flat out worse 
    than Zantetsuken in everyway (weaker and no special effects.)
    -For Cyan's WoB armor, give him the Power Sash.  Minor loss of defenses 
    from Golden Armor is worth the boost to Vigor and Speed you get from 
    it.  Twist Headband couldn't hurt either, though I'd suggest he stays 
    with Green Beret or Priest’s Miter for the defensive edges they give 
    being more significant than Twist Headband's offenses.
    Cyan's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
    Priest's Miter
    Red Cap
    Genji Helm
    Green Beret
    Genji Armor
    Force Armor
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    End Game Cyan Set Ups:
    Undefined Generic Set Up:
    Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield/Genji Shield
    Red Cap/Genji Helm
    Genji Armor/Force Armor
    Remember what I said about Locke's Lightbringer without perfect evasion 
    set up?  Well, same logic applies here.  Cyan lacks any real specific 
    set ups, and now that Magic Evasion is no long universal evasion stat it 
    use to be, its harder to make a call between Force Armor and Genji Armor, 
    or the shields.  Basically, it depends what you want.  Again, rather than 
    telling you what to use, I’ll just say try to think of the set up as a 
    whole and consider what equip compliments each other, if you want this to 
    be effective.
    He's still no Wind God though: 
    Genji Helm/Circlet
    Genji Armor
    Master's Scroll
    Genji Glove
    While I personally don't like this set up (mostly cause it gives up 
    your only Master's Scroll before Soul shrine), this is Cyan's best set 
    up for beating random encounters probably.  Genji Helm vs. Circlet is 
    there for if you want more defenses or if you want more damage (Cyan 
    would really like that +4 Magic Power.) Anyway, this set up means 
    you'll get 4 Wind Slashes on average; that's effectively a 192 spell 
    power attack being tossed each turn, though it is unreliable and 
    totally screwed by Wind Immunity/Absorption.  This set up also has 
    a flaw of needing front row (the Wind Slashes DO get halved in back 
    row), and it kills the use of Bushidos since Master's Scroll halves 
    their damage, sadly, and since it uses both Relic slots as well as 
    running off Cyan’s Game Worst Magic Power, him opting for Magic as a 
    reliable back up doesn’t quite cut it.
    If you don't understand the name, its a reference to an old set up 
    involving Gau with a Merit Award (That sadly doesn't work in this 
    version) <_< 
    He's no Wind God mark II:
    Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
    Genji Helm/Circlet
    Genji Armor
    Master's Scroll
    Similar to the above, except in this set up, Cyan's trading damage for 
    the ability to take a damned hit.  This set up probably works nicely 
    with a Black Belt, mind, but wasn't sure if that was worth calling 
    default, as you may prefer a different filler relic.  
    Miscellaneous Info on Cyan:
    -Psycho Cyan Glitch!  Basically, this makes Cyan attack an unlimited 
    amount of times due to some combination of glitches; before you say 
    anything, people tend to throw this out for Cyan's worth cause its no 
    better than abusing that old Vanish/Doom glitch.  In any event, the way 
    it works is you kill Cyan, revive him, have him cast Sky, then Imp him.  
    He'll counter any physical, be it yours or the enemies, by attacking a 
    limitless amount of times.  
    -Not many people realize this, but Cyan gets a weapon at the end of the 
    "Cyan's Soul" sequence.  That weapon is the "Masamune." Should be good, 
    having to go through an entire sequence to get it, and that the game 
    makes it look great and such, right?  Especially since it’s the Masamune 
    in an FF game?  Actually, the weapon is below the Murakumo in power 
    (yes, that weapon you get simply by beating Red Dragon), and thus 
    inferior in everyway (in fact, betting Masamune at Coliseum gives you a 
    Murakumo.)  Talk about a massive disappointment.
    -I know I've said it a few times before, but I need to emphasize this 
    BUSHIDOS.  At least, the physical ones.  Master's Scroll halves ALL 
    physical damage a character has, including stuff it doesn't effect 
    directly.  So this counts for attacks like Fang and Flurry, which is 
    not something you want to take advantage of.  Its quite depressing 
    considering a lot of old strategies that suggested “Genji Glove + 
    Offering” for the SNES version use to single Cyan out as a good candidate 
    for that cause he’s a “Strong Fighter”. 
    -You're probably wondering how Valor would make Cyan a stronger 
    character, since tripling Tempest's Damage would make breaking 9999 
    matter, right? Not quite.  Valor only affects the next physical HIT, as 
    in, only the first hit of multi-hit attacks gets tripled.  So if Cyan 
    was doing 8000 damage total with Tempest, meaning 2000 a hit, only the 
    first hit would be boosted to 6000, and the other 3 would do 2000, 
    meaning you do 12000 total, instead of the expected 24000.
    -Do NOT attempt the famous Dragoon Combo with Cyan using Kazekiri.  It 
    sounds nice and a decent alternative to Master's Scroll for Wind 
    Slashes, however, there is a bug associated with it.  If Cyan uses Wind 
    Slash on anything but his LAST hit of jump, it'll be used on the rest 
    of the actions (due to a different bug that WOULD be beneficial), 
    however Cyan won't come down, and become "Invisible" thus he can't be 
    seen or manually targeted.  However, you can't perform actions with him 
    either, so really, you just kind of lost a character permanently.  
    Avoid if possible.
    Skill set:
    Cyan's skill set is learned through levels.  HOWEVER, after you beat 
    Cyan's Soul, Cyan learns ALL Bushidos at once, regardless of level.
    Sword tech's listed in order of level.  So first one is level 1, 2nd is 
    level 2, all the way to level 8.
    Obtained at Level 1
    Effects: Physical damage to one foe
    Comments: Probably most useful Bushido in general, only cause it's to-go.  
    Beats his fight command for raw damage pretty much always, unless Genji 
    Glove and/or Master’s Scroll is involved, late game.
    Obtained at level 6
    Effects: Puts Cyan into a counter mode, of sorts.  When hit with a 
    physical attack, he counters with a non-elemental magic attack
    Comments: Great damage early on, but a bit hard to trigger being a 
    counter only.  Later in the game, though, Fang out damages it (you 
    heard me), and given its not exactly an insured trigger, its not a 
    particularly good move.  You could use a Knight’s Code to help trigger 
    this more, but again, you’re often better off just using Fang.
    Obtained at level 12
    Effects: Deals damage equal to 50% of enemies HP, adds Seizure Status
    Comments: Not particularly useful.  Bosses tend to be immune to it, and 
    Dispatch tends to kill enemies anyway making Gravity pointless.  Late in 
    the game, when doing half damage is more than Dispatch, these enemies 
    like to be immune to it as well or you’re better off just casting some 
    Instant Death spell, which hits all the same enemies with a better effect 
    and is instant.
    Obtained at level 15
    Effects: Attacks random enemies with 4 separate attacks.
    Comments: Not bad on damage, though, this is the first move where the 
    charge times start actually becoming apparent.  Also note that unlike 
    Fang, this does not ignore defense, so it's worthless on a high defense 
    enemy (like those in the Magitek Factory.)  Probably the last Bushido 
    that's actually worth the wait, all things considered.
    Obtained at level 24
    Effects: Magic damage and MP damage to one foe, heals Cyan for an 
    amount equal to the damage done, both HP and MP wise, restricted by 
    Cyan's Max Hp and MP.
    Comments:  Not particularly useful, really.  Drain and Osmose more or 
    less do the same thing, this move just puts them into one attack, and 
    adds an annoying charge time on, and you can't aim it.  For the most 
    part, its easier to use one of those two moves, as rarely you need to 
    heal BOTH HP and MP.  One advantage it has, I suppose, is it ignores 
    defense, so against the rare enemy it might be better.
    Obtained at level 34
    Effects: Non-elemental magic damage to all enemies, randomly inflicts 
    Comments: Alright, this is where the Charge times start outweighing the 
    use.  Eclipse is effectively an improved version of Sabin’s Razor Gale on 
    paper, but the charge times really kill its use (as does Cyan's base 
    magic score)  Not particularly useful, though, if you can get the time up 
    without killing all enemies and not harming your own team, then by all 
    means, use it.
    Obtained at level 44
    Effects: Attacks random enemies with 4 separate attacks.  Difference 
    between this and Quadra Slam is that this Ignores Defense
    Comments: The move that Cyan gets a lot of hype over. However, the 
    charge times really limit the use of this otherwise fine move.  Its 
    about as strong as Phantom Rush, and due to how algorithms work, Hyper 
    Wrist actually raises its damage decently.  Besides that?  It's damage 
    is generally matched with a magic spell hitting a weakness, or Sabin's 
    Phantom Rush, or Shadow's Throw, or whatever.  It's damage, relatively 
    speaking, is just too low to consider useful, and it loses use on 
    multiple foes since its likely to spread hits out, let alone has the 
    chance of hitting the wrong foe several times in a row.  Note that if 
    you have Quick, this should be the move Cyan is using, as its his 
    strongest move by far.
    Obtained at level 70
    Effects: Instant Death to all enemies, dicing style (ala Odin, for 
    Comments: WAAAAY too long a charge time to consider this useful.  With 
    things like Banish, and Odin/Raiden around, you're better off just 
    using those, and enemies will die, for MP cost instead of an annoying 
    Charge time.  Likely the most useless Bushido, as unlike Tiger, it 
    takes a while to build up, and unlike the others, there are very easy 
    ways to mimic this through Magic.
    Ending Thought:
    Cyan’s Hype comes from two areas.  One camp is all about the “over 9999 
    without a relic slot!” and the other is “Kazekiri pwnage!!1!”  In truth?  
    Neither is all they’re cracked up to be, and combined with Cyan’s game 
    worst Magic Power, and iffy equipment selection, he doesn’t really came 
    out to be much of a character.  I know some people say he’s still 
    effective and usable, and to some degree, it’s true!  But this is more 
    that FF6 is an easy game in general, and most characters can be made 
    effective through this; Cyan’s relative worth is clearly not very high, 
    and there’s a reason many go as far as to call him one of the worst 
    characters in the game.
    | SHADOW |
    Extra HP: 51
    Extra MP: 6
    Vigor: 39
    Speed: 38
    Stamina: 30
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 23
    Defense: 47
    Evasion: 28%
    Magic Defense: 25
    Magic Evasion: 9%
    Level Readjustment: +0
    Desperation: Shadow Fang
    Special ability: Throw
    Effects: Shadow chooses from a list of "Throw able" weapons.  Throwing 
    one weapon causes permanent loss of the item.  When a weapon is used in 
    this manner, its damage is doubled, and it ignores defense, evade, all 
    other factors but elemental affinities are ignored.  When throwing 
    scrolls, the affect is based on the scroll itself, and it ignores 
    normal Throw aspects.
    Miscellaneous extra for Shadow:
    Interceptor (aka Dog Block):  Anytime a "basic physical" is used on 
    Shadow, blockable or not, there is a 50% chance Shadow will dodge it, 
    via Interceptor.  The block can trigger any evade animation, however, 
    so this might be credited to the shield or weapon, despite Interceptor 
    being the reason.  When the Dog Block animation occurs, there's a 50% 
    chance of him countering with Wild Fang or Take Down (equal chance of 
    both), both attacks being magical and unable to hit flying enemies.  
    Status is active on Shadow the entire game unless it’s on the Floating 
    Continent, or he is hit with Rippler. 
    Character Analysis:
    Every Final Fantasy game has their Ninja, and...ok, fine, NOT every 
    Final Fantasy game has their ninja, as I'm aware about half the series 
    is lacking in that department, but that's got nothing to do with this!  
    Stop nitpicking ;_;.  Anyway, Shadow is indeed the ninja of FF6, 
    sporting the usual good physical stats, high speed, and high evade.  
    What he has that most Ninjas don't though is a competent magic score, 
    in that its middling instead of lower end.  This makes Shadow a well 
    rounded character.
    Shadow's main thing he has going for him is Throw.  Its got damage 
    similar to Blitz, and can be targeted like Tools.  This is to say, its 
    pretty damn sweet, since it has no real downsides while stays good 
    throughout the entire game.  It also adds in two Physical Immunity 
    options with Shadow Scroll and Invisibility Scroll, cause apparently 
    28% Base Evasion, evade boosting equipment and Interceptor weren't 
    enough.  Well, Throw has a downside in that you lose whatever you hit 
    the enemy with, but you could always not throw the rare stuff.  
    Shurikens, and later on Fuma Shurikens, are dirt cheap and can be 
    bought in a bulk of 99 right when they're first available.  Shadow can 
    also use this to hit every elemental weakness in the game so his boss 
    damage can jump quite a bit, though elemental weapons (since they're 
    actual weapons and not just Throw ammunition) cost a bundle.  
    Basically, Shadow is a character who almost never has a reason to use 
    his physical, so he can work with a pure defensive weapon if he wants. 
    So what of Shadow's equipment? His Armor options are a bit lagging, 
    sadly.  His armor is effectively Locke without a few options, most 
    notable being the lack of Force Armor.  His weapons, now, aren't half 
    bad.  Unlike Sabin and Cyan, two characters who often never use their 
    physical, Shadow can actually take advantage of his "useless Fight" 
    command, in that he can focus on weapons that are purely passive on stat 
    boosts.  For example, early on he gets the Thief Knife which is 10% to 
    both evasion stats and+3 to Speed; this is better than anything what Cyan 
    gets for most of the game, and unlike Locke, he sacrifices nothing in 
    return.  He also gets a few other nice options along the way like 
    Swordbreaker or the Assassin's Dagger.  This keeps him as a nice evasive 
    tank to physicals, without hindering his offenses at all.
    So what's Shadow's flaw then? For starters, his utter lack 
    of...well...existence in the WoB.  Sure, he's useful when you first get 
    him, but then he leaves at the Barren Falls, at the latest (possibly 
    earlier if the game doesn't like you.) The next time he's available you 
    have to pay him for his services, a four digit price too when that's 
    still kind of pricey, and he can leave whenever he wants after battle.  
    Third time he's barely with you, so it’s really not until the Floating 
    Continent (and thus, the World of Ruin) that Shadow can be made full 
    use of.  Sure, he's nice on the Phantom Train, but that dungeon is 
    fairly weak in general, and he doesn't really stand out compared to 
    Sabin and Cyan anyway (they all kill things in one hit, Shadow just has 
    better speed and targeting, but needs to use items, if dirt cheap ones)  
    Also, this has the side effect of him not knowing any magic on the FC 
    (Well, you can give him some earlier, but that requires going out of your 
    way), which hurts his use some, though you can teach it to him pretty 
    quickly there at least.  Similarly, his Esper time is pretty horrid as 
    well, so his good starting stats get compensated as a result.
    It should be clear that Shadow likes the evade bug being fixed, given 
    the 28% Base Evasion and how all those evasion boosting equips (most 
    notably Swordbreaker) suddenly have a purpose.  Furthermore, proof he 
    likes this version of the game is his Dragon's Den weapon, the 
    Oborozuki, is actually pretty good. Raising all the important stats he 
    wants, and then giving a slight Magic Evasion bonus, its definitely one 
    of the best of the new weapons in the game.  
    All things considered, Shadow is a well rounded character.  He's 
    certainly not top tier, but considering his damage always solid, he's 
    got decent stats and weapons, passable (though unremarkable) armor 
    options, and he can even target his damage to boot, which is something 
    most damage specials cannot.  He's got his flaws, but for the most 
    part, he covers his bases enough, its only a pity you couldn't use him 
    more in the first half of the game.  His magic isn't as bad as you'd 
    expect too, though don't expect to see me hyping it as special either.
    Strategies for Shadow throughout the game: 
    -This might sound odd, but when Shadow first joins, take off his armor, 
    and give it to Sabin, and vice versa.  I know Kenpo Gi < Ninja Gear, 
    but the fact is that Shadow is a temporary character, and Sabin is not; 
    Shadow can do just fine with a weaker armor anyway thanks to Interceptor 
    and his evade covering most physicals.
    -From the traveling merchant, buy 99 Shurikens right off the bat.  
    Shurikens are cheap, and its worth it to insure Shadow always has good 
    ammo.  You can continually restock on the Phantom Train from merchant 
    ghosts, mind, should you run out (...and you shouldn't...)  It couldn't 
    hurt to buy some scrolls as well, and if you want, use an Invisibility 
    Scroll and watch as Shadow single handedly takes down the entire 
    Imperial Camp with the exception of the Satellite from the Monster in 
    the Box (which Shadow Scroll SHOULD cover for the most part as well.)
    -Do NOT buy Shadow when you get the chance in Kohlingen.  Zozo is not a 
    place to take lightly, and you don't want to suddenly have Shadow leave 
    you there midway, even if he is pretty good there.  If it’s after Zozo? 
    Well, Shadow will leave in the middle of the Opera, which means you 
    practically get no use out of him; and by “middle” I mean “before Ultros’ 
    shenanigans start.”
    -Giving Shadow Seraphim is probably the first thing he should bother 
    with. He doesn't need any offensive magic early in the game, since 
    Throw is sufficient on offense (especially when you factor Scrolls are 
    flat out better than Ara spells ANYWAY), so you might as well stick 
    with getting him some healing magic.
    -Speaking of Scrolls, if you can afford some, get some scrolls for 
    Shadow before starting the Floating Continent; they are pretty powerful 
    for the time, and worth spending some money on, especially if you're 
    into Veldt Grinding for the purpose of getting Gau some rages, in which 
    case, you'll have plenty of cash to spend on Throwing Ammunition.  
    Also, around this time, stocking up on Sakuras, since this is the only 
    part of the game those are available, and they're the best weapon 
    Shadow can use for Wind Elemental Ammunition by far (and wind is a 
    rarish element to boot).  Also, if you want Shadow’s best Throw damage, 
    Darts would be that weapon, though it is kind of pricey, and probably 
    better to just stick with Shurikens as those would last you.  Or you 
    could use those Sakuras I told you to buy if you want, as they're 
    slightly weaker, but MUCH cheaper than Darts.
    -Shadow should always be using weapons that boost stats.  In the WoB, 
    these would be Thief's Knife (+10% to both evades, +3 Speed, added 
    bonus of random Stealing, if you're into that), and Assassin's Dagger 
    (+10% Evasion, +3 Speed, +2 Magic Power, randomly inflicts instant death 
    with physical.)  WoR, its probably best to keep Shadow with a 
    Swordbreaker for the most part, as the evasion that gives is 
    more useful than what most other weapons yield, barring maybe Thief 
    Knife’s Magic Evasion boost.
    -In the WoR, Shadow can get a plethora of nice elemental weapons to 
    throw at enemies, and abuse just about any weakness in the game 
    (besides Wind, which I said earlier, requires Sakuras.)  Getting a 
    decent stock of these never hurts.  Similarly, this would be the time 
    Shurikens start falling behind sadly, however, at the same time, Fuma 
    Shurikens are store-bought, and are relatively cheap, so stocking up 
    on 99 of those should be a priority if you're using Shadow.  Falchions 
    are another good thing to stock up on; they're considerably stronger 
    than Fuma Shurikens, but much more expensive, so keep on eye on your 
    -If you don't mind taking the time, stealing Impartisans from Greater 
    Mantis' is the best way to use Throw.  See, Throw ignores special 
    aspects of weapons, this includes the whole "Need to be an Imp to use 
    this Attack!" aspect Impartisans have, so when thrown, they 
    actually use their listed Attack of 253! This is MUCH stronger 
    than anything else Shadow can throw, which he can reasonably stock up on 
    in bulk.  Its time consuming, but if you can snag a bunch of these, it'll 
    be worth it.
    -If Falchions are too expensive, and Impartisans are too annoying to 
    get, you could always try to stock up on Pinwheels at the Coliseum.  
    Betting a Fuma Shuriken yields a Pinwheel, for beating up a fairly easy 
    enemy in Chaos Dragon.  This is still kind of time consuming, but its 
    much cheaper (expenses wise) than Falchions (and stronger to boot), and 
    somewhat faster than hording Impartisans, call it the balance of the 
    Shadow's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
    Thief's Knife
    Assassin's Dagger
    Red Cap
    Priest's Miter
    Genji Helm
    Green Beret
    Genji Armor
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    Standard Generic Shadow Set Up without a Witty Name: 
    Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
    Green Beret
    Genji Armor
    This set up gives Shadow 108% Evasion (out of 128%, remember) before 
    any Relics, which is to say, he's pretty much set on the physical side.  
    Magic...Green Beret was tossed on cause it gives him that slight HP 
    boost while still supporting the evasion.  I chose not to include Genji 
    Shield here because Shadow does not need anymore physical defense, 
    hence he'd rather focus on his magic durability, or elemental 
    resistance.  Nice strong set up that doesn't require any relics, granted 
    it does require Dragon's Den, though Swordbreaker makes a decent 
    substitute before then.
    Just Like a Final Fantasy Ninja:
    Red Cap/Priest's Miter
    Genji Armor
    Genji Glove
    Gives Shadow 128% Evasion and keeps a relic slot open.  Pretty nifty, 
    though getting two Oborozuki's isn't the easiest of things (requires 
    giving up a Zwill Crossblade at the coliseum) This set up has some flaws 
    in that Shadow is practically defenseless on the magic defense end, 
    outside of the 20% Magic Evasion his weapons combined give him, hence why 
    he'll need to rely on Red Cap's HP boost or Priest's Miter's Magic 
    Evasion as well.  I'm personally more a fan of giving him a shield, 
    sacrificing that bit of evade, and letting a combination of high Evasion 
    and Interceptor cover most hits, but if you like the Genji Glove, this 
    would be the set up Shadow would use with it.  
    And now to mimic Blade Grasp:
    Tortoise Shield
    Red Cap
    Genji Armor
    Prayer Beads
    The defense is no worse than the above set up, however, the magic 
    defense and Magic Evasion is MUCH higher, as well as canceling Water as 
    a bonus.  You lose out on 7 Speed and Strength though.  This might be 
    more practical due to the overall better defenses on the magic end 
    (when you have 128% Evasion, you don't care about defense much, 
    especially when Interceptor can cover your backside in Surrounded 
    attacks), so feel free to opt for this set up instead.
    Umm...That Aint Right: 
    Paladin's Shield
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Merit Award
    Normally, I am not a fan of Merit Award set ups, however, in this case, 
    I'm willing to make an exception.  The reason is that, for once, Shadow 
    actually has unique use of one in a manner no one else does.  Shadow is 
    the *ONLY* character in the game who can get perfect Evasion and Magic 
    Evasion and still have a relic slot open.  Why does this work?  First 
    off, he breaks a Magic Evasion benchmark (every x8% = One Benchmark, so 
    8%, 18%, etc.), AND he breaks *3* Evasion benchmarks.  This means he 
    doesn't need either the Prayer Beads OR the Zephyr's Cloak.  As such, 
    Shadow can use that last relic slot for whatever he wants, without 
    sacrificing anything defensively.  Flaw of this set up? It uses that 
    lone Paladin's Shield, so it could hurt the overall set up of your team 
    in specific circumstances.  Because of the free Relic slot, though, you 
    COULD use Genji Glove and give him a second Lightbringer (or heck, Save 
    the Queen in the second hand would suffice), and still max out both 
    evasions, though that sort of defeats the purpose of 128/128 Evasions 
    with a free Relic Slot.
    Unorthodox use of Equipment?Ninja Style:
    Tortoise Shield
    Reed Cloak
    Prayer Beads
    Most effective version of this set up yet, due to the weapon of choice 
    not being Lightbringer (yes, I'm aware that weapon is infinitely 
    better) and how Shadow doesn't use his Fight command or rely on major 
    offensive stats.  Shadow caps his evasion, and doesn't even require 
    Lightbringer to pull this off.  Ok, there's less Magic Evasion, but 
    still, you get the point by now.  Perfect evasion with a bunch of high 
    magic defense stuff yields a nice tank.  Again, something unintuitive, 
    but should prove effective.
    Miscellaneous Info about Shadow: 
    -Remember that Shadow CAN be turned into a makeshift Thief with the 
    Thief’s Knife, due to its random “Mug” aspect.  No, he’s not exactly 
    reliable at it, and he’s nowhere near as effective as Locke and Gogo, 
    cause not only is it random, but lacks Thief’s Bracer too.  You can, 
    however, should you get a second Thief’s Knife, use Genji Glove to up the 
    steal rate some, by giving him 2 chances per attack to initiate the 
    random Mug effect (ups the rare to 75% chance of using at least one Mug a 
    turn, instead of 50%, in case you don’t wanna do the math), and to 
    increase the number of attempts at stealing per turn, a Black Belt can 
    aid there, as each counter attack Shadow uses is another chance for him 
    to attempt a steal.  This all applies to Locke as well, of course, but 
    its probably just easier to give him a Thief’s Bracer and use Steal 
    outright, though Thief’s Knife + Black Belt combo would give him an extra 
    random chance to Steal each turn, while still keeping that Thief’s Bracer 
    so that might not be a bad idea, if stealing is your thing.
    -Most people know this, but anyway, I'll say it still.  Sleep at an inn 
    with Shadow in your team, and there's a chance you might see a scene.  
    This scene is Shadow's dream, and a part of Shadow's past.  There are 
    four dreams seen this way (NOT 7)  Should you lose count, the last 
    Dream Shadow has is one where he's in Thamasa.
    -Also common knowledge, but should be pointed out.  On the floating 
    Continent, do NOT leave without waiting for Shadow.  If you leave, 
    something will happen and he'll be gone for good.  Instead, get there, 
    choose "Wait", and when the clock hits "0:05", Shadow will come, and 
    all is well :)
    -If you are wondering, you can get a 5th Dream by just getting Shadow 
    in the WoR.  This dream, unlike the others, always happens in the same 
    place (right after you beat King Behemoth), and it doesn't matter WHICH 
    dreams you've seen or not, they'll always appear.  
    -Shadow does not have interceptor on the FC.  He’ll get him back in the 
    WoR, though, so don’t worry.
    -NEVER let Shadow get hit with Rippler.  Or if he is, hope Strago/Gogo 
    is in your team and let them Rippler the enemy.  Shadow getting 
    Ripplered loses Interceptor PERMANATLY.  Having another ally rippler 
    interceptor will get him back, maybe not on the right character, but 
    hey, he's back!  To give him back to Shadow, just have Shadow in a team 
    with a Rippler user, and have him confuse them just before they use 
    Rippler (IE have Shadow cast Confuse, before Shadow casts Confuse, tell 
    them to cast Rippler, but make sure Shadow's spell comes off first, and 
    only AFTER the Command to use Rippler was issued)
    -Shadow has a unique Relic (well, shares it with one person; that 
    person should be obvious because they come EQUIPPED with it) in the 
    Memento Ring, which is functionally identical to the Safety Bit.  This 
    is handy as Safety Bits aren't the easiest things to come across, so an 
    advantage to using Shadow is sort of like adding an extra Safety Bit to 
    your options, which is never a bad thing.
    -Shadow will never use Throw in the Coliseum.  This can be a good 
    thing, since it means if you were careful about what magic you taught 
    him, he can win fights without you worrying about stupid actions.  Its 
    also good because he won't, say, throw that nice Lightbringer you got 
    out of idiotic AI either.
    Skill set:
    Shadow's Throw skill set can throw many weapons.  It’s hard to evaluate 
    ALL of them, though, I'll mention the "Throw Only" abilities, those being 
    the Shurikens and the Scrolls.
    Bought at various shops
    Effect: Physical damage to one foe.
    Comments: Cheap, efficient, and easy to find.  The damage is too good 
    for just 30 GP, and it has no flaws.  Shadow’s Work Horse weapon for the 
    WoB, when he’s available.  Stock up on lots of these.
    Fuma Shuriken:
    Bought at various shops
    Effect: Physical damage to one foe.
    Comments: The WoR's answer to the Shuriken, more or less.  This is 
    better in everyway, just a more expensive, but still easy to horde lots 
    of given later in the game, you have more money.  Good default source of 
    damage for Shadow.
    Gotten in a few chests around the WoR, and through betting a Fuma 
    Shuriken at the Coliseum
    Effects: Physical damage to one foe
    Comments: The "Ultimate" Star weapon.  This would be good if they 
    weren't a bit of a pain to get lots of.  Yes, its easy enough, but 
    probably not worth your time, better to just buy some Falchions, or nab 
    some Impartisans, and use those instead.  As I said before, this is kind 
    of the middle ground of the two.
    Shadow Scroll: 
    Bought at various shops
    Effects: Adds Image status to the user
    Comments: Nifty little trick.  More fun than useful, likely, but it can 
    still serve some use.  Granted, not as useful as it use to be, since 
    Shadow has lots of evade (something evade bug took away), and 
    Interceptor (always had this, granted), so he's hard enough to hit with 
    physicals anyway.  Admittedly, Gogo can use this too, and makes somewhat 
    more use of it, so its best use is probably NOT on Shadow.
    Invisibility Scroll: 
    Bought at various shops
    Effects: Adds Clear status to the user
    Comments: Early on, it's decent.  Later, though, you get the Vanish 
    Spell, which basically makes this ability kind of worthless, and a 
    waste of money.
    Fire Scroll:
    Bought at various shops
    Effects: Fire Elemental Magic damage to all enemies
    Comments:  A bit pricey when you first can get these, but for good 
    reason.  This thing kicks ass.  It’s your best magic damage in the WoB 
    as far as consistent attacks go, and does massive damage when hitting 
    weakness.  Think of this as a Level 2.5 for damage (Better than an Ara 
    spell, but worse than an Aga)  If you can afford these, stock up on 
    lots of these early, they are quite nice.
    Water Scroll: 
    Bought at various shops
    Effects: Water Elemental Magic damage to all enemies
    Comments: Water version of the Fire Scroll.  Do note that the new Flood 
    spell taught by the new esper Leviathan is identical to this in 
    everyway, for how the spells work anyway, so not as useful as it use to 
    Lightning Scroll: 
    Bought at various shops
    Effects: Lighting elemental Magic Damage to all.
    Comments: Lightning version of the above two.  Probably best Lightning 
    damage you'll get until Thundaga, at least for groups.
    Ending Thought: 
    Shadow is a fine well-balanced character.  Throw gives him good damage 
    the entire game, and he can serve as a passable back up mage should the 
    time be needed (though there are probably better options for this one).  
    Some interesting equipment options in weapons give him some variety, as 
    well as being able to hit every elemental weakness in the game fairly 
    easily.  I hate to say this (cause its so controversial), but the more I 
    think about it, the more Shadow just strikes me as an improved Sabin, 
    even his damage is a little worse, the ability to target it (and probably 
    better against bosses due to the elemental thing) gives him the edge.
    | Edgar |
    Extra HP: 49
    Extra MP: 6
    Strength: 39
    Speed: 30
    Stamina: 34
    Magic Power: 29
    Attack: 20
    Defense: 50
    Evasion: 4%
    Magic Defense: 22
    Magic Evasion: 1%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Desperation: Royal Shock
    Special ability: Tools 
    Effects: Selects a Tool from a list of ones that are in your current 
    Inventory.  Only one Tool of that type is needed to use the attack.  
    Tools can be used indefinitely, with absolutely no penalties or 
    Character Analysis:
    As one of the most respected characters throughout the entire game, 
    you'd expect Edgar to be good, right? RIGHT? YOU EXPECT HIM TO BE GOOD 
    AND YOU KNOW IT! ...ok, I apologize for that outburst.  Anyway, 
    thankfully, Edgar does not disappoint.  While its true gets a bit 
    more love than he deserves, especially for Tools in later parts of the 
    game, he's by no means a bad character.  Edgar probably falls into this 
    really odd class of characters who are about as good as they are hyped, 
    but for reasons completely different to their hype.  What do I mean?  
    Well, as I said only a few sentences ago, people tend to see Edgar and 
    often immediately think "Tools = Awesome = Edgar R0><0RZ!" or something 
    (mind the L337 speak >_>;)  While this logic works fine for the first 
    half of the game, Edgar's Tools just kind of stop improving, damage wise 
    after the Chain Saw, which is gotten in Zozo; sure, there are Air Anchor 
    and Debilitator, but they're not something you use for damage.  That 
    alone should indicate that Tools are going to go on a decline, and really 
    they do.  Thankfully, though, Edgar has other uses besides Tools! 
    However, back to the issue of Tools, the good thing about them is that 
    they do, in fact, dominate the early parts of the game, and remain 
    solid throughout the rest of the World of Balance.  Make no mistake; 
    Auto Crossbow and Bioblaster are among your best forms of damage when you 
    first get them, both Single Target and Multitarget, until Sabin arrives.  
    Even after Sabin arrives, Edgar's still your best form of MT damage until 
    Gau arrives, and DESPITE then still, Edgar's got the edge of reliability 
    that Gau never has.  To add to that, Noiseblaster just kind of dominates 
    random encounters, being Multitarget Confusion that cannot fail.  Its 
    pretty clear who the dominant force is through the early game.  These 
    first three tools are all Edgar gets through the Narshe Battle Sequence, 
    but frankly, they are all he needs for the most part.  However, after 
    Narshe Battle Sequence, some new abilities and equipment start 
    appearing, like Sabin getting Rising Phoenix making him much better on 
    MT Damage, or Celes getting the White Dress for a magic boost, what 
    have you.  This doesn't bode well for Edgar...except that he too gets 
    some new tools!  Flash works for Edgar to keep his MT damage up, even if 
    not the same relative dominance of the Auto Crossbow, its serviceable 
    enough, and being magical, gets you through the Magitek Factory at very 
    least.  Drill, and the soon to come Chain Saw, make Edgar have good 
    consistent Single Target damage as well, which unlike Aura Cannon and 
    Fang, can even be targeted, which comes in handy against multipart bosses 
    like the Cranes.  The fact that they ignore defense makes them even more 
    useful too, since you are about to go into a high defense area.
    Tools start having a noticeable decline around the time Terra rejoins.  
    This isn't strictly cause its Terra, mind, but because of what's 
    available around that time, which she also just happens to take advantage 
    of.  Ara class spells and Bio are now much easier to get (Ifrit, Shiva, 
    Maduin and Catoblepas primarily), and you get Mog soon who just rips 
    apart stuff with Dances this early, to give you a few ideas.  Granted, 
    Edgar still remains a solid enough character, he's just making a sort of 
    noticeable decline at this point.  It doesn't help that he can't use the 
    Gaia Gear, though he makes up for this some by being able to use the 
    Golden Shield, when most other characters are stuck with Mythril Shield.
    Then comes the World of Ruin.  It’s about now that Tools stop being 
    dominant.  They'll last Edgar a while, but there's definitely a point 
    where they just stop being adequate enough.  For example, Drill is 
    Edgar's best consistent damage (Chain Saw can randomly use an Instant 
    Death version), and that is completely outclassed by Shadow's 
    Shurikens, which actually matter now that Shadow is a normal character 
    and not an unstable Temp.  Doesn't help that Shadow has an upgrade in 
    Fuma Shurikens, AND how Scrolls out damage Flash (let alone when they hit 
    weakness).  What does Edgar get in terms of Tools? The relatively 
    pointless Debilitator, and the even less useful Air Anchor.  OUCH! Looks 
    like Edgar's big skill set that lasted him the entire first half of the 
    game just got beaten with a massive nerf stick.  Is there any hope for 
    Edgar in the second half of the game? 
    As a matter of fact, there is!  Edgar is one of the only characters in 
    the game who can use Spears (excluding the Impartisan), which means he 
    makes a fine Dragoon Character.  Dragoon set up wasn't really worth 
    much early in the game, since Drill > Jump, and Dragon Horn didn't 
    exist, not to mention Spears weren't that good.  However, Edgar can now 
    use stronger weapons (Holy Lance comes to mind, which can be gotten 
    fairly early to boot), and the Dragon Horn suddenly makes those 
    relatively  useless Dragoon Boots something not to be ignored.  This 
    combo keeps Edgar at least a workable character through the rest of the 
    So what of his Non-spear Equipment?  Edgar happens to be one of the 
    four natural Lightbringer users!  That alone is worth mentioning.  He's 
    got most of the same stuff Locke gets on armor, though misses out on 
    Gaia Gear and Power Sash early game, but gains the better store-bought 
    shields in the higher end store-bought shields, and gets a few other 
    equips in the Royal Crown and Red Jacket (neither of which are that 
    useful, but they're there.)  He can also use the Enhancer, so this 
    salvages his lowish magic stat some, making him a potential secondary 
    mage if you need him for that.  I'll be honest though; Edgar's use mainly 
    comes from the Dragoon Set Up, as without that, he ends up being an 
    inferior clone of Terra and Celes, who can use all the same noteworthy 
    equips he gets otherwise, except they get female specifics like Minerva 
    Bustier instead of Red Jacket and Royal Crown (LOSING TRADE, in Edgar’s 
    case), MUCH better Dragon's Den weapons, and have higher Magic Stats 
    which matters a lot more than Tools does later on (also roughly equal 
    Esper Time, so Edgar doesn’t have time to catch up).  Basically, Dragoon 
    Set Up is what keeps Edgar at least unique compared to those two, though 
    in an area like Dragon's Den or Kefka's Tower, you can't use both in 
    every team, it might not hurt to use Edgar in the same vain as those two 
    if you need to shift around roles or something, as he’s a decent 
    supplement to those two.
    Edgar, like most Force Armor users, isn't a fan of some of the changes 
    in FF6a.  Enhancer went from "fairly godly store-bought weapon" to just 
    merely solid, and Force Armor got considerably worse, due to Magic 
    Evasion no longer being worse.  Furthermore, his new weapon in Longinus 
    is in running for the worst of all the new equips.  I know you're 
    thinking "A new spear for Edgar, better stats than anything else he can 
    use? How can that not be useful?" There's a good reason its not useful, 
    but I'll get into that later.  But onto…
    Strategies for Edgar throughout the game:
    -Shove Edgar in the back row.  There's no reason to keep him in the 
    front row, as Tools, Jump AND Lightbringer all ignore the back row.
    -If for whatever reason Edgar's weapons matter early game (and they 
    shouldn't), you can get a nice free Mythril Spear for him by stripping 
    Mog of his equipment during the "Save Terra!" sequence, and give that 
    to Edgar.  Naturally, that Mythril Sword Edgar COMES with should be 
    given to Locke, since he needs his physical more than the other two 
    (Edgar has Tools, Terra has Magic)
    -Speaking of Weapons, never use Edgar's Fight command in the WoB...or 
    heck, never use it unless he's equipped with Lightbringer or Fight 
    happens to be labeled "Jump."  Tools are pretty much always the better 
    option, especially early on.
    -Giving Edgar those Hermes Sandals, Gigas Glove and/or Hyper Wrist 
    early on you get in South Figaro and Mt. Kolts is a good way to 
    optimize his offensive worth.  Granted, Locke also wants those so his 
    damage lags less, though Hermes Sandals should be given to Edgar 
    regardless, since boosting his speed is most important.
    -Bioblaster is your best friend in the Narshe Battle Sequence.  It will 
    one hit kill whole groups of Corporals, which has the side effect of 
    causing the Hunting Hound they sometimes come with to run.  The Heavy 
    Armor and Fidor won't die, but they still take good damage, and 
    typically aren't threatening by themselves anyway (especially if you 
    were smart and paired Edgar with either Terra or Celes, for healing 
    -Rune Blade is a good weapon to give Edgar at this point (assuming you 
    grab it now, rather than waiting for it to “turn” into a Ribbon in the 
    WoR).  Since he never is using his physical, the 10% Evasion will benefit 
    him more than any other weapon.  Especially after Narshe Battle Sequence 
    where Celes probably prefers a Chain Flail which does more damage in the 
    Back Row anyway without expending MP.
    -Don't forget to nab the Drill and Flash when you go through Figaro 
    again!  We don't want Edgar falling behind now do we?  This also 
    applies to getting the Chain Saw in Zozo.
    -Its probably a good idea to give Edgar that Hero's Ring you got from 
    the Future Coliseum.  Edgar's damage is good on both ends, instead of 
    being primarily magical (like Celes or Sabin) or primarily physical 
    (like Cyan.) This will boost both Drill/Chain Saw and Flash, which will 
    help you out somewhat in the Magitek Factory when you want to optimize 
    both Edgar's Single Target and Multi-target damage.
    -At this point, I think its pretty clear that until somewhere in the 
    World of Ruin, Edgar's strategy should consist of "Spam Drill, Chain 
    Saw, and Flash" for his most effective use in general.  So I'll just 
    say that, and move onto the next point which is much later in the game!  
    -Naturally, Edgar should take priority in learning defensive spells (like 
    Healing) in the WoB, since he doesn’t need the offensive push from magic.  
    Not that having side options for damage hurt of course; after all, Edgar 
    casting an Ara on something weak to it can very well out damage 
    Drill/Chain Saw, just saying it shouldn’t be his PRIORITY.
    -Dragoon Set Up. Take advantage of this as soon as you can get the 
    items (Coliseum guides can help with this.)  The main items you want 
    are Dragoon Boots (which are store-bought, at very worst), Dragon Horn 
    and Holy Lance to get the combo started.
    -Unless of course you’re using Edgar as a Mage of sorts, in which case, 
    give him at least Enhancer, and just keep his Magic built up.  Again, 
    though, as I noted before, Edgar as a mage is resigning him to a 
    generally inferior Terra/Celes, of course…
    -You could hand him Lightbringer and just keep him with that, but then, 
    that weapon is hax.  If you want to Genji Glove it, and only have one, I 
    recommend using Organyx, Man Eater, or Gladius/Excalibur/Holy Lance, 
    depending on enemy. 
    -Do NOT use Longinus, under…really any circumstance, especially Dragoon 
    Set Ups.  It looks great at first, but note that unlike other Spears, it 
    does not grant the same damage bonus with Jump; other spears give 2x 
    damage, Longinus gives 1.5x damage (same as any other weapon), so it 
    comes out much worse than Radiant/Holy Lance as a result.  Pity, as its 
    got the perfect stats to be a good Dragoon Weapon too…
    Edgar's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
    Holy Lance
    Radiant Lance
    Ultima Weapon
    Priest's Hat
    Red Cap
    Genji Helm
    Royal Crown
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Genji Armor
    Red Jacket
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    Utterly Boring Dragoon Set Up:
    Holy Lance/Radiant Lance
    Aegis Shield/Genji Shield/Thunder Shield
    Red Cap/Genji Helm
    Force Armor/Genji Armor
    Dragoon Boots
    Dragon Horn
    As usual, the equipment doesn't have a defined purpose here, so you'll 
    have to make the call on equipment there based on what you want and 
    what is available.  For Holy Lance vs. Radiant Lance...well, its not 
    easy to make that call either.  Radiant Lance is more reliable, but Holy 
    Lance (thanks to random Holy castings) has more potential, and is 
    elemental (which is a double edged sword of course), so which you want 
    probably depends on enemy and/or playing style.
    Set Up of Evil: 
    Paladin's Shield
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Zephyr's Cloak
    Prayer Beads
    If you're getting Deja Vu, its because you already saw this set up 
    twice, once with Terra and once with Locke (well, Locke's was 
    *SLIGHTLY* different).  Basically, the 128% Evasion and Magic Evasion 
    set up rears its ugly head again, yielding a near un-killable 
    character.  And again, this set up is possible with only one character 
    due to that Paladin's Shield, so...
    Set Up of Evil Mark 2:
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Genji Glove
    Prayer Beads
    You can use this one instead as well! A little weaker defensively, 
    stronger offensively, and there are unlimited Lightbringers while only 
    one Paladin's Shield, you may choose to opt for this one, assuming you 
    have the necessary resources and wish to use Edgar like this.
    Set Up of Vague Pointlessness:
    Genji Shield/Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
    Genji Helm/Red Cap
    Force Armor/Genji Armor
    If you don't feel like abusing the hell out of the Lightbringer, but 
    you DO feel like taking advantage of it on Edgar, this is a pretty 
    generic set up for it.  Why is it vaguely pointless?  Mostly cause 
    Terra and Celes can do the same thing, except they can use Minerva 
    Bustier instead of two inferior armors Edgar is stuck with.  I suggest 
    only using this if you either have enough Lightbringers to go around, 
    or if you don't like the Dragoon Set Up, and you are content giving 
    Terra and Celes their Dragon's Den weapons (or alternatively, they’re not 
    in the same team as Edgar), yet want Edgar to pull his weight, while not 
    giving up that Paladin's Shield.  Phew that was a mouth full.
    Massive Over leveled  Damage...the MANLY version:
    Ultima Weapon
    Ultima Weapon
    Red Cap
    Genji Armor/Force Armor
    Master's Scroll 
    Genji Glove
    More or less the same thing as what Terra used, except lacking the 
    Minerva Bustier (hence why its MANYLY!!!), so its overall weaker.  
    Basically the set up you use if you want Edgar's damage to be as high 
    as possible at higher levels, which is to say, this set up really 
    doesn't do much for you, especially if Edgar's at low HP.  Usual Force 
    Armor vs. Genji Armor thing applies here, naturally.
    Slightly less damage, but actual defenses!:
    Ultima Weapon
    Red Cap
    Genji Armor/Force Armor
    Master's Scroll
    Genji Glove
    Pretty much the same thing as what Terra used again, nixing the Minerva 
    Bustier, again.  Worse damage, better defenses, only really use if you 
    want to make use of the 8 Hit combo that isn't really as great as it 
    sounds (this is why I die a little each time I post these set ups ;_;.) 
    Again, I recommend against using the Master's Scroll in a manner like 
    this, especially since you're likely to get more damage, while keeping 
    a shield, with the Dragoon Set Up anyway.
    Unorthodox use of Equipment:
    Tortoise Shield
    Reed Cloak
    Prayer Beads
    Prayer Beads
    Same thing we saw with Terra and Locke.  By now, you should know how it 
    works; amazing evasion complemented by lots of magic defense.  What 
    applies to Edgar more or less is the same that applied to Terra.  Just 
    note that Edgar is probably the worst user of this set up.  For starters, 
    low Magic Power, barely beating out Locke, so he's going to be less 
    damaging than Terra (and Celes for that matter) magically, and his 
    Strength advantage over Terra is barely higher.  His magic defense is 
    significantly worse too, so the Magic Tanking part doesn't kick in as 
    well, and unlike Locke, he lacks the high base evasion to allow some 
    flexibility.  Mind, this set up is still good, just saying that of the 
    characters who use this, Edgar is probably ends up worst in practice 
    when using this, if only technically, compared to the others.
    Miscellaneous Stuff regarding Edgar:
    -Edgar gets a 50% Discount if he's in the FRONT of your party at Figaro 
    shops (IE his sprite is the one being shown), for obvious reasons.  The 
    game will give the same dialogue if he's in your team, but the discount 
    won't occur (maybe cause they have less respect for him following the 
    orders of someone else? Who knows.) Something to take advantage of when 
    you want normal store-bought items (like Hi Potions and such) which can 
    be bought anywhere.
    -More interesting, in South Figaro, in the WoR, Edgar also gets the 
    discount, but the game never even hints you are getting one.  Just have 
    Edgar talk to the guys, and someone else, and notice the price 
    difference.  You'll be pleasantly surprised :)  Doesn't work in South 
    Figaro when you first get there, unfortunately.  Useful for stocking up 
    on Tridents for Shadow or something.
    -For reasons unknown, and quite arbitrarily, after Terra speaks to 
    Edgar for the first time, an Auto Crossbow gets added to your inventory 
    for free.  This means if you think you are slick in buying an Auto 
    Crossbow before talking to Edgar, all you did was waste money, as you 
    are about to get one anyway.  Quite nice how the game outright hands 
    one to you, possibly so Edgar always has at least ONE option for Tools 
    (you'll note that Noiseblaster and Bio Blaster are store-bought in 
    South Figaro, but not Auto Crossbow.)  Note that when I say “reasons 
    unknown” I don’t mean “this is a weird bug”, it’s more just “why did the 
    programmers do that? And why didn’t they give us an indication of that?”
    -Edgar is one of the only characters forced into your team in the WoR, 
    so whether you like it or not, you're getting him!  This also means he 
    gets some extra Esper time, which can be taken advantage of.
    -Common knowledge by now, but if you have Edgar sleep at Figaro with 
    Sabin in your team, you can trigger a scene with both characters 
    explaining their past, and the usual resolve happens (though in this 
    version of the game, the music keeps playing instead of dramatic 
    silence in the last scene, odd...) 
    -Also, if Edgar and Locke are in your team when you do Gau's Father 
    sequence, you'll get an extra bit of dialogue (and extra bit of Gau 
    makeover) in that sequence for added humor. 
    -If you did not recruit Sabin in the WoR, Edgar’s ending scene (which he 
    shares with Sabin) will be changed to compensate for the lack of Sabin.
    Skill set:
    Edgar's skill set, Tools, is based on what Tools he has.  There are 8 
    of them, all with unique abilities.  I'll list what they do, and how to 
    get them, generally (meaning not EVERYWAY)
    Auto Crossbow: 
    Obtained at: Figaro Castle, after Terra talks to Edgar, an Auto 
    Crossbow will be added to your inventory.  Can also buy one at the shop 
    in Figaro
    Effects: Physical damage to all foes.
    Comments: Great Tool early on.  MT damage better than what he has with no 
    downsides? Yes please!
    Obtained at: Figaro Castle shop, and the weapon Shop in South Figaro.
    Effects: Does Poison Elemental Magic damage to all enemies, inflicts 
    Poison status
    Comments: Interesting alternative to Auto Crossbow.  Use it in a 
    similar manner, and experiment which is better, as its situational.  In 
    most case, this is better against single targets while Auto Crossbow is 
    better against groups, but this isn’t strictly the case.
    Obtained at: Obtained at: Figaro Castle shop, and the weapon Shop in 
    South Figaro.
    Effects: Adds confusion status to all enemies
    Comments: Great Tool early on, since this confusion can only fail if 
    the enemy is immune. That immunity thing tends to start kicking in 
    later in the game, as well as other nasty status effects start 
    appearing to be used.  Still fun to play around with, and should last you 
    well into the first half of the game.
    Obtained at: Figaro Castle, after the Narshe Battle sequence
    Effects: Non elemental Magic damage to all
    Comments: Replaces Bioblaster and Auto Crossbow for Edgar's MT damage 
    later on.  Decent, though not stellar.  Its best use is in the Magitek 
    Factory, where enemies have high physical defense, this gives you some 
    crowd control.  Not bad, but nothing to go crazy about.
    Obtained at: Obtained at: Figaro Castle, after the Narshe Battle 
    Effects: Non elemental physical damage to one foe
    Comments: Great tool when you first get, its definitely one of Edgar's 
    best.  Does high damage, and ignores defenses so the damage is always 
    good too.  One of Edgar's prime sources of offense, at least in the WoB 
    Chain Saw: 
    Obtained at: Zozo, complete the clock puzzle
    Effects: Non elemental physical damage to one foe, 25% of the time, it 
    instead will be turned into an attack that does no damage and just 
    inflicts instant death, indicated by animation (its basically 2 attacks 
    on one tool, a damage version and an instant Death version.  The latter 
    NEVER does damage, for the record.  Its hit or miss, like most instant 
    Comments: Excellent Tool, no mistake.  Does the best RAW damage of any 
    tool, and easily his best option if the enemy is vulnerable to instant 
    death, as the Drill's one advantage over it is gone.  Mind, on bosses, 
    it’s a bit risky, as any time Edgar uses the Instant Death version, 
    it’s a wasted turn, you might want to use Drill instead.  Regardless, 
    this is one of Edgar's selling points early on, be sure to take 
    advantage of it.
    Obtained at: Stealing from one of the Cranes or Air Force in the WoB, 
    Figaro Castle in the WoR.
    Effects: Adds a random weakness from one of the 8 elements in the game.  
    IF enemy is already weak to an element, it skips that element, and 
    chooses an element he's not already weak too.  Weaknesses dealt by 
    Debilitator override innate resistances
    Comments: Not as useful as it sounds, sadly.  This because random 
    encounters tend to die too fast before you can make full use it (being 
    single target doesn't help) and most bosses after you get it are weak 
    to something already, let alone that something being one of the Big 3 
    (Fire, Ice and Lightning.) Bosses that aren't weak? Edgar is better off 
    just using his turns for strict offense, rather than making the enemy 
    weak to a useless element like Earth vs. a Flying enemy or Poison 
    against like anything.  Possibly Edgar's Worst Tool. 
    Air Anchor: 
    Obtained at: Secret Room in fanatics tower.  Also gained by betting 
    Genji Armor at the coliseum.
    Effect: Gives enemy a "Status" where after their next turn goes, they 
    die.  Note that the death does NOT kick in until AFTER their turn, so 
    should the enemy kill you on their last turn, its game over.  Does some 
    minor physical damage upon success.  
    Comments: This tool sounds great.  What's more fun than watching 
    enemies kill themselves, or threatening them with the words "Move and 
    you're dust?"  Well, beyond the novelty factor, how good is this tool?  
    Well, remember how I ranted about the Debilitator being a bad tool, 
    possibly his worst?  I was wrong.  THIS is his worst tool, easily.  I 
    mean, if you wanted to kill something with instant death, wouldn't it 
    be easier to just cast Death or Banish? That way the enemy dies, and 
    they don't get a free action.  Plus this weapon doesn't work on bosses.  
    Really, it’s a pitiful, pure novelty Tool, meant to pass off as Edgar's 
    "Ultimate Tool" when its really rather pathetic.
    Ending Thoughts: 
    Edgar is kind of like FF6's version of a Jeigan, to borrow a term from 
    Fire Emblem.  He starts the game off incredibly brutal and evil, but 
    slowly declines.  Granted, he never actually declines below a certain 
    level, as he's always a solid character, and works well.  Good 
    character so long as you use him properly, and get out of the mind set 
    that Tools are godly, since they do eventually decline.  Use him to 
    your hearts desire or something.
    | SABIN |
    Extra HP: 58
    Extra MP: 3
    Strength: 47
    Speed: 37
    Stamina: 39
    Magic Power: 28
    Attack: 26
    Defense: 53
    Evasion: 12%
    Magic Defense: 21
    Magic Evasion: 4%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Desperation: Tiger Break
    Special ability: Blitz
    Effects: Using this prompts the player to enter a button combo.  If 
    successful, a Blitz is used.  Which blitz is determined by what button 
    sequence is pushed (For example, Left Right Left is Raging Fist)  If 
    Button sequence does not correspond with a Blitz among those already 
    learned, then it’s a failure.  Failures result in no attack, and a 
    wasted turn.  
    Character Analysis: 
    If Shadow is the token Ninja of FF6, Sabin is the token Monk.  Except 
    that Sabin doesn't really work like most other monks for the most part.  
    You might think that looking at his stats, he's a fighter.  Having one 
    of the highest strength and Attack scores, and one of the lowest 
    Magic Power scores, he must be a fighter, right?
    That would be the problem many people who make Sabin their fighter run 
    into.  Sabin, outside of a short section in the middle of the game where 
    Burning Fist is the best weapon available, has a fundamental lack of 
    noteworthy weapons.  By this I mean his weapons lack any sort of 
    special feature to make them good for "Fight" purposes.  They also don’t 
    really stand out in power much either, for that matter.  Furthermore, 
    his Blitzes for the most part are based off Magic Power, NOT Strength 
    like you'd expect.  What this means is that raising Sabin for Strength 
    is a good example of raising a character the wrong way due to a 
    stereotype, and not looking at facts and such.  Yes, you read that 
    right; Sabin's Blitzes are often based off his low magic score, which 
    is why the damage isn't as high as you'd expect from the Spell Powers 
    of those attacks, assuming you bothered to check the algorithm or attack 
    guides.  Yeah, it’s incredibly unintuitive that the game’s “Monk” is 
    functionally a mage, but that’s the truth.
    This isn't to say Sabin's damage is BAD though.  That's pretty much the 
    one thing he has going for him.  Sabin's damage is consistently good 
    throughout the entire game, with the exception being late WoB and Early 
    WoR where the Ara class spells come in, as do characters with stronger 
    attacks (Aqua Breath is a stronger attack, for example, than Aura 
    Cannon, and it comes on a character with somewhat higher Magic Power), 
    when Sabin is still relying on moves he had early in the game.  
    Unfortunately for Sabin though, the damage he has can never be 
    targeted, which hurts the ST damage, and its also all he has until he 
    gets Rising Phoenix a bit later on.  For this reason, Sabin's high 
    damage is mostly just coloring, since he tends to one hit kill random 
    encounters, which most characters not named Locke do anyway, and you 
    don't fight enough noteworthy (pseudo-)bosses early in the game either 
    (stuff like Satellite, for example, counters all Blitzes with Megazerk, 
    which means Sabin can only use one unless you got that lone Ribbon on 
    him.) By the time the Single Target damage starts mattering (around 
    Zozo), other characters like Edgar or Gau start become comparable in this 
    regard.  To his credit, he also gets Rising Phoenix around now, so he's 
    the second best consistent MT Damage dealer you have outside of Edgar.
    The first time in the game that Sabin's damage is actually 
    significantly higher than anyone else's, and during a point when it 
    matters (as in, there are randoms that can actually take hits now, as 
    well as actual competent bosses) would be right after you get the 
    Falcon, when Sabin gets Phantom Rush.  This move is, in fact, Sabin's 
    best damage, and will be your best damage until you get some of the 
    later game equips like Master’s Scroll, or late game spells like the 
    Agas.  The attack still has the flaw of being unable to be targeted, 
    granted, which can hurt at times, so its not the be all, end all move 
    some people make it out to be, but it does keep Sabin's offense up at 
    least.  Razor Gale coming around the same time is nice too for keeping 
    his Multitarget damage up, as he wasn't going to last forever with Rising 
    Phoenix after all.
    Sabin's big failing would be his equipment though.  He's a Magic Power 
    reliant character who doesn't get a single Magic Boosting equip until 
    the WoR, where a few things like Circlet and Tiger Fangs appear.  Due 
    to this, he basically must be raised with Esper Boosts to have full 
    impact, cause his equipment surely isn't salvaging him.  His armor 
    options aren't exactly something to be hyped either. His Best armor, 
    the Red Jacket, is probably the 2nd worst of the ultimates in the game 
    (only Gogo's Magus Robe is worse), so Sabin's pretty much a pure cannon 
    character.  He does at least get Gaia Gear for the Floating Continent, 
    but he wastes some other decent options like the Power Sash due to how 
    he has little use for his Strength stat.  To Sabin’s credit, he is 
    probably the character with the most Esper time in the game, being 
    available for all the big points in the WoB (barring Thamasa), and pretty 
    much the entire WoR, so he does have a lot of time to salvage that Magic 
    Power stat, which is always a plus.
    Sabin ends up being a favorite among new players, cause he is so 
    straight forward and requires little to no effort to figure out how to 
    use him, and as a result, they'll even start using and hyping him in 
    very odd ways (like claim he's a strong defensive fighter based on his 
    base stats, when his armor more than speaks otherwise.) This leads to 
    him being one of the most overrated characters in the game.  At the 
    same time, however, players who are a bit more experienced at this game 
    will automatically hate Sabin cause of all the newbee love he gets, and 
    start deeming him as one of the worst characters in the game.  As such, 
    Sabin gets over hated and underrated by some people.  The end result is 
    that Sabin is overall an averagish character.  He's got points where 
    he's pretty good (early Post-Falcon era), and points where he kind of 
    lags, even obsolete possibly (Floating Continent, where his damage 
    doesn’t stand out at all, and he has nothing to compensate.) He's not 
    strictly a bad character, but he's not this be all end all character 
    either, don't fall into either trap.
    I will say, though, that one flaw Sabin has is not really bringing much 
    to the table compared to Gogo or Shadow.  Gogo can use Phantom Rush 
    too, and thanks to Magic Stat Boosts, the low Magic Power is 
    compensated for, AND he can use a bunch of other nice skill sets as 
    well (though he has even worse armor in fairness, but better Magic 
    Evasion...), where as Shadow isn't that far behind on damage 
    (especially if he's abusing those elemental weaknesses, where he 
    probably ends up AHEAD), however this damage can be targeted, and he's 
    better in all ways defensively.  This would be one of the reasons Sabin 
    kind of suffers late game; he just doesn't have anything else to 
    deliver besides damage, where as other characters have damage not far 
    from his, and have other things to offer.
    So what about Sabin's new weapon, the Godhand? Well, remember how I 
    said Longinus is merely ONE of the worst weapons in Dragon's Den for 
    Edgar? Godhand would be the other one.  Yielding a very minor boost in 
    attack and strength over the Tigerfang makes its damage increase 
    rather minor, and its Holy Elemental, which is a minor quirk at best 
    (Holy Immunity/Absorption and Weakness are pretty rare; most things 
    weak are undead anyway, so its kind of moot.) Worse? It doesn't boost 
    Magic Power, while Tigerfang does, so it’s a worse weapon to use Blitzes 
    with.  Not exactly an interesting weapon in any event, probably 
    something that should be ultimately viewed as a Trophy, and not much 
    else unless you REALLY like that Black Belt or something.
    Strategies for Sabin throughout the game:
    -If its not obvious, it should be.  Sabin goes in the back row, like 
    most characters.  Blitzes ignore row, take advantage of this.
    -Also, give Sabin a shield cause, well, he doesn't come with one. 
    Giving him Mog's Mythril Shield wouldn't be a bad idea, since other 
    characters can use better supplements in the Heavy Shields, while he's 
    stuck with the Buckler.  Also, giving him Shadow's Ninja Gear as I 
    suggested before isn't a bad idea either.
    -Earrings are probably Sabin's best friend.  Damage is what he has, and 
    this raises that, you should have him with one on at most parts, at 
    least any point after the Narshe Battle Sequence (he can get away 
    without ones before then, since enemies tend to die to Aura Cannons 
    -Never bother buying any weapons for Sabin.  Blitzes do more damage 
    anyway, and Zozo gives you a weapon stronger than anything he can buy 
    for like the rest of the game for free anyway.  Similarly, don't bother 
    giving Sabin any helmet that isn't the Green Beret once you get that.  
    Twist Headband and Tiger Mask both might look nice, but they're pretty 
    much meant for physical fighters only, and Sabin doesn't really use 
    much in physical attacks.  The Evasion and HP Boosts the Green Beret 
    give are definitely better.
    -However, due to that strong weapon mentioned above, it might not be a 
    bad idea to give Sabin a Black Belt; he probably makes most use out of 
    it compared to other characters, sans maybe Cyan with Kazekiri or Locke 
    with Hawk Eyes.
    -It might not be a bad idea to buy two Poison Claws for Sabin when he 
    first rejoins in the WoR, as Humbaba reacts pretty violently to that, 
    so Genji Glove w/ those might be an odd case for Sabin to use those.  
    Of course, if you don't want to spend the cash, it’s not that big a deal 
    -When you get the Falcon, getting Phantom Rush should be your #1 
    Priority regarding Sabin, so go find it and fast!
    -Once Sabin gets the Tigerfang, keep him with that the rest of the 
    game.  Its Sabin's best weapon, even if Godhand is slightly stronger, 
    it doesn't boost Magic Power, so ends up worse in practice, and it can 
    be gotten early.  Also, Sabin probably is going to want a Circlet to 
    boost his damage, though you may prefer something more defensive like 
    Genji Helm, so its debatable.
    Sabin's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
    Red Cap
    Priest's Miter
    Genji Helmet
    Green Beret
    Red Jacket
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    The only freaking Set Up Sabin should use:
    Tiger Fangs
    Genji Shield/Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
    Red Jacket
    The usual distinction in Shields kicks in, so choose based on what you 
    want.  Circlet boosts his damage, Red Jacket is flat out his best 
    armor, and Tiger Fangs are his best overall weapon.  Really, only 
    variations you can make to this set up might altering his helmet for 
    something more defensive (like a Genji Helm.) Do not bother with Genji 
    Glove set ups for Sabin since, well, not only do many characters use 
    them better, Sabin probably only gets hurt by it.  Just stick with 
    basic Phantom Rush spams.
    Monks Are Suppose to Fight, Dumass!:
    Red Cap
    Red Jacket
    Genji Glove
    Master’s Scroll
    I only listed this set up for those curious about a PHYSICAL SABIN!!! 
    Build.  I’m gonna be blunt here.  You see Terra’s Genji Glove set ups 
    that don’t use Ultima Weapon?  Notice how they only use one Relic slot 
    too, and that relic is *NOT* the incredibly elusive Master’s scroll?  
    Well, those set ups do MORE DAMAGE, and don’t completely fail on defenses 
    like this one does.  Alternatively, this set up gives up what little 
    defense Sabin has for…less damage than his Blitz based set ups, and 
    requires front row!  I really shouldn’t have to explain why you should 
    avoid this set up.
    Miscellaneous Info on Sabin:
    -Sabin can kill Vargas before the tutorial.  Just use Raging Fist right 
    on the spot, and he dies.  Or you could try and kill him with damage, 
    but given Vargas' HP, and how he hits you with a Countdown Effect, 
    you'd need to be really high leveled.
    -This isn’t particularly useful, and it’s probably well known by now, but 
    its fun to do nonetheless.  In the fight with Phantom Train, use the 
    Meteor Strike; Sabin will quite literally SUPLEX A TRAIN.  Never mind he 
    was RUNNING AWAY FROM IT at the same time.  Its worth watching at least 
    once, in any event, if you haven’t seen it.
    -Sabin at Figaro also provokes lines from the shop keepers! Pity they 
    don't give him his brother's discount…
    -For fun, have a confused Sabin use Aura Bolt, and see if he hits 
    himself.  Or heck, do that with ANY Blitz.  They are all hilarious to 
    watch him attack himself in nonsensical manners.  Worth anything?  No, 
    not really, just novelty.
    -Sabin is the ONLY optional character you can get before the Falcon.  I 
    suggest you make use of this.
    -Sabin is required to start Gau's Father sequence.  Why him? Who knows, 
    he just is (well, ok, he plays a big part in the scene, but lets not 
    get into that)
    -See that point regarding Edgar for that extra scene in Figaro? Well, 
    seeing as Sabin is the other element required for that, I think it 
    belongs in this section or something, so yeah, you need Sabin to 
    trigger it.
    -If you do NOT recruit Sabin in the WoR, his ending scene with Edgar 
    changes, to compensate the lack of him.  It also helps indicate just how 
    ridiculously strong Sabin really is (at least in the sense of brute 
    strength), if apparently holding up an entire house wasn’t a good enough 
    Skill set:
    Sabin's Blitzes are all gained at different levels, except Bum Rush, 
    which can be gained in an optional plot sequence.  All of them have a 
    special command sequence, though, you can check that up yourself in 
    game.  As a side note, trying a sequence before Sabin learns it WILL 
    result in a failure; no trying Phantom Rush before the plot sequence or 
    before Sabin is level 70.
    Raging Fist:
    Gained at level 1
    Effects: Physical damage to one enemy
    Comments: Not bad early game, though, kind of obsolete from the get go, 
    since Sabin will have Aura Cannon, which is generally superior.  It does 
    have a few good moments, like against Holy immune early game enemies like 
    Ifrit and Shiva.
    Aura Cannon:
    Gained at Level 6
    Effects: Holy elemental magic damage to one enemy
    Comments: Sabin's best Blitz for raw ST damage for quite a while (until 
    he gets Razor Gale or Phantom Rush, basically) Besides being elemental 
    (which is a double edged sword), this Blitz has no flaws, and is about on 
    par with an Ara spell for power.
    Meteor Strike: 
    Gained at level 10
    Effects: physical damage to one enemy, fails against some enemies, does 
    half damage if more than one enemy is alive
    Comments: I don't know WHAT Square was thinking but…seriously, a Single 
    Target attack that does NOT ignore Split?  Well, that's not exactly 
    what it is, coding wise, but effectively, that's what they made it.  
    This move CAN be stronger than Aura Cannon, but generally, since 
    multiple enemies exist often, and Bosses tend to be immune to this, 
    it’s a pretty bad Blitz.  Heck, if more than one enemy is alive, Raging 
    Fist will do more damage.
    Rising Phoenix: 
    Gained at level 15
    Effects; Fire elemental magic damage to all enemies
    Comments: Solid Blitz.  Not much for raw single target damage, but its 
    good for crowd control.  Sabin's only decent means of taking out groups 
    throughout the WoB, and the WoR prior to Razor Gale anyway.    
    Gained at level 23
    Effects: Heals allies for an amount equal Sabin's current HP/party 
    members excluding Sabin, THIS DOES NOT TARGET Sabin.  Also cures 
    several status ailments.
    Comments: Pretty sad Blitz.  By the time you get it, Status isn't much 
    of an issue, and you will likely already have Esuna and Cura by then 
    anyway.  The healing isn't worth much anyway, and Sabin MUST be at high 
    HP for it to even register as healing.  Its nice, I guess, when you 
    first get Sabin in the WoR, since if Sabin's at full HP, its free full 
    healing to Celes, should she just have been hit with something nasty. 
    If you want Sabin to heal, just have him cast Cura, even off his Magic, 
    it'll end up the better option 95% of the time.
    Razor Gale:
    Gained at level 30
    Effects: Wind elemental magic damage to all enemies
    Comments: Great Blitz.  This is basically like a "Rising Phoenix 2" of 
    sorts, nixing the different element.  Great for crowd control, and not 
    too shabby on the raw damage department either.  One of the few Wind 
    attacks in the game doesn't hurt either, given how rarely that element is 
    Soul Spiral:
    Gained at level 42
    Effects: Heals whole party for massive amounts, and recovers just about 
    every negative status in the game, removes Sabin from the battle, and 
    he is then considered dead (unlike a Sneezed character who is just 
    considered out of the battle, ala Run)
    Comments: Horrible Blitz.  Yay! Fully heal the team at the cost of one 
    character's life that you can't recover until the end of the battle!  
    Chances are, by the time you get this, Curaga already exists anyway.  
    Avoid this Blitz unless you are absolutely desperate and are confident 
    you can win without Sabin!
    Phantom Rush: 
    Gained at level 70, or by meeting Duncan in his Hut
    Effects: Non elemental magic damage to one foe
    Comments: Sabin's best Blit, barring MAYBE Razor Gale (Raw damage vs. MT 
    Damage argument, etc.) This attack hurts make no mistake.  Its this move 
    alone that Sabin gets love.  While it's not as good as broadcast, likely, 
    it's still pretty damn effective.  Sabin should be doing nothing but 
    using this whenever he gets a turn once this move is available, besides 
    maybe against large groups where Razor Gale might be a better option.  
    It's generally his best damage by far until really high levels, when 
    Master’s Scroll physical out powers it (though, this goes for ANY 
    character, mind, not just Sabin)
    Ending Thoughts: 
    To be blunt, Sabin is not worth the hype, be it good or bad.  Haters 
    will act like he's the worst thing ever, when he clearly is not that 
    bad, meanwhile, inexperienced players will act like he's equivalent to 
    FFT's Orlandu (who gets a bit overhyped as well, but is generally more 
    deserving of it) for brokenness in game, or even just hype him for all 
    the wrong reasons.  Sabin is a pretty averagish character in general.  
    He has good damage, both MT and ST, and that's about all he has.  Not 
    the IDEAL CHARACTER!!! or anything, but not a horrid one either.  A 
    typical “good at what he does” character and not much else.
    | CELES |
    #Rune Knight#
    Extra HP: 44
    Extra MP: 15
    Strength: 34
    Speed: 34
    Stamina: 31
    Magic Power: 36
    Attack: 16
    Defense: 44
    Evasion: 7%
    Magic Defense: 31
    Magic Evasion: 9%
    Level Readjustment: +0
    Special Ability: Runic
    Effects:  Celes can only use this ability if she is equipped with a 
    weapon tagged "Runic.” When this is used, it puts Celes in "Runic" 
    status until she acts again or activates its effect.  Under this status, 
    she'll absorb the next spell, regardless of its source, providing the 
    spell can be hit by Runic.  If spell can not be hit by Runic, then it is 
    ignored entirely.  Once one spell is absorbed, Celes loses this status 
    until she uses Runic again.  When Runic absorbs a spell, Celes regains MP 
    equal to the amount of its MP cost.  Note that the elemental absorption 
    rules apply here in REVERSE, so absorbing a spell with Runic while you 
    absorb that element resorts in MP DAMAGE, for example.  
    Character Analysis:
    I'm going to be relatively brief with Celes.  Why? Because frankly, 
    it'll seem like I'm reiterating a lot of the stuff I said earlier for 
    Terra.  Yes, Celes and Terra are very much carbon copies of one 
    another, outside of Runic vs. Trance, some minor stat differences 
    (well, +3 Magic Power kind of matters, I suppose), the natural spells 
    they learn (which becomes kind of pointless once you get Espers) and 
    their Dragon's Den weapon.  Well, if you want to be technical, Terra 
    can use the Cotton Robe and Celes cannot, and their Desperations are 
    slightly different (Celes has 1 more spell power on hers!), but yeah, 
    otherwise, they're practically the same character.  Using a lot of the 
    philosophy behind what makes Terra good in this game follows for Celes 
    as well.  This includes the great equipment, flexibility between Mage 
    and Fighter options, good early game healer, what have you.  Basically, 
    the rest of this section will focus on anything different Celes has 
    that makes her stand out compared to Terra, as otherwise, its the same 
    stuff over again.
    First off, their early game stuff is a little different.  They share most 
    of the same spells, only difference being Blizzard vs. Fire, which 
    doesn’t seem like much, and Celes seems to have the edge in Runic vs. 
    Nothing.  However, this isn’t strictly the case; for the section of the 
    game Terra and Celes share (Narshe Battle), there’s one enemy where Runic 
    is useful on, and it’s a boss (Kefka.)  Flipside, Terra has subtle, 
    somewhat more significant advantages.  The first is how much better Fire 
    is in practice compared to Blizzard.  The spells are about equal in 
    damage, but Fire hits weakness on 3 enemies during that section (one of 
    them is a pseudo boss), while Blizzard hits none, so Terra has the 
    effective edge in offense, IN ADDITION to the fact that Terra can hurt 
    Heavy Armors (one of the NON Fire Weaks, go figure) with her magic, while 
    Celes has them provoke their little Reflect status, making her 
    offensively useless against them once you factor in their high defenses 
    (she can runic Magitek Lasers, though, providing you let them live that 
    long).  Terra also effectively has more MP than Celes, not only due to a 
    (negligible) higher base, but Fire’s costs 1 less MP than Blizzard.  
    Doesn’t sound like much until you consider Terra can cast 12-13 Fire 
    spells per single Ether where as Celes can only cast 10 Blizzard spells.  
    Not to mention, negligible as it may be, Terra’s healing is also slightly 
    better than Celes’ due to higher magic power.  Drain vs. Imp is pretty 
    much insignificant overall, as you won’t be using either much at this 
    Yes, I just went into depth regarding Terra vs. Celes in the Narshe 
    Battle Sequence, but its one of the only areas they actually share in the 
    WoB.  The other WoB area they share is the Floating Continent, where 
    Terra just kind of dominates for a number of reasons.  For starters, the 
    Trance > Runic scenario kicks in, which I’ll get to a little bit later. 
    More importantly, though, is the Esper time.  Terra just had a whole lot 
    of time to learn magic, boost her magic power with Espers, etc. that 
    Celes didn’t have, and Celes really needs to play catch up.  There’s just 
    no legitimate reason to choose Celes over Terra at this point.  Celes 
    does get a chance to make up for lost ground right after the Floating 
    Continent, where she’s available for the entire early WoR, mind, so by 
    the time Terra rejoins, Celes has had some time to close the gap some, 
    but on the Floating Continent, it’s a significant loss. 
    ANYWAY, the main difference between Terra and Celes would be Runic vs. 
    Trance.  Trance as I noted is an excellent method for butchering bosses 
    if used intelligently, and its one of Terra’s selling points.  Runic is 
    defensive, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, its worth 
    defensively isn’t nearly as good as Trance’s worth offensively.  It has 
    too many holes in terms of what it hits, and can actually mess you’re 
    your team.  For example, lets have Celes use Runic, hoping to nab the 
    enemy’s spell, HOWEVER, the enemy acts instead using something NOT 
    Runicable, and bypasses it completely.  Right there, Celes has wasted her 
    turn.   But what if during this sequence, you had Relm try and cast 
    Flare?  Now Celes ends up absorbing that, and suddenly, Relm wasted HER 
    turn too!  That’s two character turns wasted, all cause things didn’t 
    quite end up how you wanted!  In the end, Runic is only really useful if 
    its something that Healing can’t deal with, which in most cases can be 
    summed up as “Ultima” for things that Runic can actually work with, which 
    very few things use.  Furthermore, many Runicable attacks have easier 
    means of getting around them, like Elemental resistance. Its good earlier 
    on when your healing is much worse, hence the usual suggestion of using 
    it on Narshe Kefka (Tunnel Armor is a given), but once you get Cura, 
    you’re probably better off using Celes’ turns for that rather than Runic 
    (or alternatively, have Celes go on the offensive and have someone else 
    heal when you need it.)  In the end, there’s a reason Trance gets a lot 
    more respect than Runic, and that’s mainly cause its uses are not only 
    more obvious, but generally more practical, where as Runic is just TOO 
    niche for its own good.
    The other main difference doesn't occur until Dragon's Den.  This is 
    when Celes gets her first arguable noteworthy advantage on Terra.  Save 
    the Queen is easily one of the best Dragon's Den weapons, sporting 
    stats that make it kind of like a chibi-Lightbringer.  This isn't to 
    say its strictly better than Apocalypse mind; don't make that mistake.  
    The two are merely different, in that Apocalypse more takes advantage 
    of the offensive end while Save the Queen is more defensive.  
    Basically, Celes becomes a better defensive character than Terra, 
    Lightbringer cheese aside (which they both can use ANYWAY), however, 
    she's pretty much forced to act as a Mage using this weapon, since its 
    damage is a bit disappointing despite the 255 Attack. Keep this 
    in mind when you decide who you want to be a Mage and who you want to 
    be a Fighter (it use to be often Terra = Mage, Celes = Fighter due to 
    their starting stats, but somehow, I suspect the Dragon's Den weapons 
    will shift the way people raise those two.) Regardless, Save the Queen 
    vs. Apocalypse is like the biggest difference Terra and Celes have, 
    outside of maybe Runic vs. Trance, and its the first actual significant 
    case that Celes has for use over Terra, though again, bare in mind that 
    Save the Queen, like Apocalypse, is still inferior to Lightbringer in 
    everyway, so its mostly there as a substitute should not enough 
    Lightbringer’s be available.
    So in the end, Celes is pretty much the same damn character as Terra, 
    with a worse special, and a different (though still rather useful) 
    niche on her Dragon's Den weapon.  This is by no means a bad thing 
    granted, as Terra without Trance still has all those nice goodies in 
    the godly equipment selection, and well rounded enough to be molded as 
    a mage or a fighter, which Celes can very well fit.  Definitely a 
    strong character.
    Strategies for Celes throughout the game:
    -Don't buy any equipment for her in South Figaro as a pre-emptive 
    measure when she joins.  It’s a waste of money, first of all, as she'll 
    get stuff in the dungeon anyway, and secondly, there's better stuff 
    that can be gotten in Kohlingen and Nikeah ANYWAY (if you did Sabin's 
    Scenario first, keep this in mind.)
    -Give her the Silk Robe for the Narshe Battle Sequence.  Slight defense 
    loss for better Magic Defense and +1 to Magic Power is worth it, 
    especially considering Iron Armor lowers your speed (by a negligible 
    -If you don't have enough Green Beret's for the Narshe battle sequence 
    (this depends on how many Satellites you fought on the Veldt), get a 
    Magus Hat for Celes too.  Slight Defense is nothing compared to +5 to 
    Magic Power at the time.  In fact, Magus Hat may still be better than 
    Green Beret anyway, though at least here it’s debatable.
    -Wouldn't be a bad idea to give Celes one (or both) of those Earrings you 
    got during the Scenario sequence.  In fact, one of them is outright 
    found in Locke's scenario, you might as well give her that one.
    -Celes should be taken to beat Kefka in Narshe.  His Blizzara STINGS 
    like nothing else at the moment, so having Runic there is quite 
    helpful, along with stopping annoyances such as Confuse or Drain.  Best 
    paired with someone with high Offense like Sabin or Gau w/ Stray Cat 
    -Remember to Re-equip Celes after the Opera house sequence, as for some 
    reason, they decide to strip her naked for that sequence (probably for 
    Ultros purposes).  This includes her Esper too, as a reminder
    -Celes should stick with the White Dress for the Magitek Factory.  +5 
    to Magic Power and higher Magic Defense is a lot more useful than a 
    minor defense boost from the Mythril Mail, especially considering Magic 
    is going to be quite helpful in the next area.
    -Giving Celes Ramuh for the Magitek Factory can be pretty mean.  With 
    magic power boosting equips along with Two Earrings/Hero Rings, summoning 
    Ramuh is incredibly brutal there, so long as you don't mind the MP cost.  
    The enemies here have considerably worse Magic Defense than physical 
    defense, and most are weak to Lighting to boot.
    -Get the Minerva Bustier ASAP.  Its one of Celes’ big selling points 
    (much like Terra’s), and can be gotten incredibly early.  In fact, you 
    can get it before facing Dullahan, though the prospect of leaving the 
    dungeon, getting the armor and returning is probably not worth the time, 
    so you might as well just grab it after you get the Falcon.
    -When using Celes in the WoR, apply similar strategies to her as you 
    would Terra, unless they involve Trance.  Yeah, cheap shot to end this 
    section faster, but I really don't feel its necessary to retype all 
    that junk about Terra for Celes, when its easier to just say that.  
    What about Copy and Paste?  Still too much work <_<
    -Ok, so there is one last comment I have, sue me? *is sued* ...should 
    have seen that coming.  Anyway, in Dragon's Den, unless the weapon 
    being replaced is named Lightbringer, I highly recommend you give Celes 
    Save the Queen.  Sporting +7 Magic Power, and +40% to both evasion 
    stats, its unlikely Celes will want any other weapon.
    Celes's Ultimate and other Noteworthy equipment
    Weapons (listed in no particular order):
    Ultima Weapon
    Save the Queen
    Mystery Veil
    Red Cap
    Genji Helm
    Oath Veil
    Green Beret
    Genji Armor 
    Minerva Bustier
    Force Armor
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    End Game Celes Set ups:
    Set Up of Evil: 
    Paladin's Shield
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Zephyr's Cloak
    Prayer Beads
    If this Set Up doesn't look familiar, you haven't been paying close 
    attention to Terra, Edgar and Locke.  Basically, this is the usual 
    128/128 set up, and Celes is the 4th and last character who can use 
    this.  Of course, this still has the "uses that lone Paladin's Shield" 
    thing so you might prefer...
    Set Up of Evil Mark 2:
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Genji Glove
    Prayer Beads
    Same use as above, the usual "Has better Offense, worse on defenses, 
    can actually be given to more than one character" uses.  Of course, 
    given Lightbringers aren't the easiest thing to harvest, you might just 
    prefer settling with...
    The Almost Perfect Evasion:
    Save the Queen
    Green Beret
    Force Armor
    Genji Glove
    Prayer Beads
    See what I mean about Save the Queen giving Celes a niche?  This set up 
    grants Celes the perfect magic evasion, and ALMOST perfect Evasion (as 
    in, 1% less.)  Its very clearly inferior to the above two, not for the 
    evasion reasons, but cause the first one gives perfect elemental 
    immunity and higher defense against things that get through, while the 
    latter set up gives somewhat higher offense, and full back row 
    compatibility with it.  So what does this set up have? Not needing to 
    go out of your way to get more than one Lightbringer, or wasting that 
    lone Paladin’s Shield so its a nice supplement if you still have only 
    You Might As Well Rename her Beatrix:
    Save the Queen
    Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
    Mystery Veil
    Minerva Bustier
    Soul of Thamasa
    If you aren't going to abuse the hell out of Lightbringers, this works 
    as a nicely balanced set up.  Save the Queen's usual greatness is being 
    used here, as are the trademark Mystery Veil and Minerva Bustier that 
    Celes loves to take advantage of as much as Terra does, and the two 
    shields...well, as usual, they come down to "What do you want more?"  
    Regarding the name of this set up? If you've played FF9, you might get 
    the reference.  Soul of Thamasa was tossed on here because, frankly, if 
    you're using Celes with Save the Queen, there's a VERY good chance 
    you're using her as a mage, might as well maximize on it, right? Seeing 
    as she's also one of the best mages in the game, though feel free to 
    drop it if you want to give it to Relm or something, should they be in 
    the same team.
    Maybe Renaming Her Meliadoul Would Work Better:
    Save the Queen
    Save the Queen 
    Mystery Veil
    Minerva Bustier 
    Genji Glove
    If you really want to abuse Save the Queen's evasion stats, this is 
    how.  If you ask me though? This set up largely isn't worth it.  You 
    could get the same evasion boosts from an Aegis Shield in that second 
    arm slot, and a Prayer Beads from that Genji Glove Slot, and you'd have 
    much higher defenses, as your evade isn't perfect either.  The one 
    advantage this set up has is more offense; it gives Celes a bit higher 
    speed, another +7 Magic Power (which, if you don't mind dropping those 
    Prayer Beads, would get offset by the prospect of another Earring), and 
    obviously, two weapons instead of one.  If you really want evasion, 
    want to avoid using Lightbringer and Paladin's Shield, AND want the 
    best damage you can get, I suppose this set up is the way to go, but 
    frankly, that's a very situational case, and getting that second Save 
    the Queen isn't exactly the easiest thing to do, especially since one 
    of the two methods (Soul Shrine) for the second StQ takes LONGER than 
    just getting another Lightbringer, all things considered (the other 
    method involves losing Apocalypse, if you're wondering.)
    Nukage Personified: 
    Genji Shield/Aegis Shield
    Mystery Veil
    Minerva Bustier
    Soul of Thamasa
    Identical to the set up Terra has with the same name.  Basically Celes 
    acting as a mage at her finest.  If you want, you can drop that 
    Lightbringer and use Save the Queen instead for similar results...but 
    then that'd just be the same as an earlier set up, so I figured I'd 
    throw a Lightbringer specific set up cause, well, I can! Bwahahahah! 
    *torched on the spot*
    More Damage than you'll ever need...at high levels:
    Ultima Weapon
    Ultima Weapon
    Red Cap
    Minerva Bustier
    Master's Scroll 
    Genji Glove
    Terra had this very same set up.  It’s the best physical damage Celes 
    can get, ESPECIALLY since Celes can't use Apocalypse like Terra can and 
    thus, would need to dual wield Lightbringers for anything else.  The 
    problem is, though, this set ups damage is disappointing at lower 
    levels, and the defenses are just flat out bad.  Not a set up I 
    recommend unless you're really into the 8 Strikes thing, or are 
    extremely over leveled and need to break that damage cap.
    More Damage than you'll ever need...at high levels Mark 2:
    Ultima Weapon
    Red Cap
    Minerva Bustier
    Master's Scroll
    Genji Glove
    Similar to the above, except it has actual defenses from Lightbringer's 
    evasion to compensate for the loss of a shield.  Again, not something 
    I'd recommend.  You could probably get away with Save the Queen here, 
    given Master's Scroll removes the Automatic Critical Hit rate anyway (and 
    the Rnadom Holy castings too), so in this case, you're just losing a bit 
    of Evasion and +7 Strength, but personally, I'd just avoid this set up in 
    Unorthodox use of Equipment:
    Tortoise Shield
    Reed Cloak
    Prayer Beads
    Prayer Beads
    You know what? Since I'm lazy, I'll just say this.  Everything that 
    applies to Terra in this set up applies to Celes as well.  I suppose 
    the one difference is that you could use Save the Queen, if you don't 
    mind dropping some evasion, if you want to hold onto that Lightbringer 
    for someone else, but that's about it for differences.  Ok, fine, she 
    has better evasion and Magic Evasion, but worse Magic Defense.
    Miscellaneous Info on Celes:
    -If you're wondering, there are a total of two equip differences 
    between Terra and Celes. The first is the obvious Dragon's Den 
    distinction; Terra gets Apocalypse, Celes gets Save the Queen. The 
    other is how Celes misses out on one armor that Terra gets, that being 
    the almighty COTTON ROBE bought in South Figaro's WoB.
    -Of all the weapons Celes can use, only three of them don't work with 
    Runic.  Those are the Chain Flail, the Morning Star, and the Ultima 
    Weapon.  So yeah, chances are, if Celes has a weapon, she can use 
    -Celes gets some extra Dialogue if you bring her to Locke's Past 
    sequences in WoB Kohlingen, at the Opera House.  Sure, its only one 
    more line, but still.  Also gets one more line if she's in your party 
    for when you meet up with Locke in the WoR.
    -Saving Cid does NOTHING game play wise.  Unless you have some moral 
    side of you forcing you to save him, or just like to see that raincoat 
    weirdo whenever you want, its likely easier to just kill the bastard.  
    That, and it adds to Celes' character more, oddly.  
    -Celes, like Terra, naturally hits the MP Cap at level 99, so if you're 
    a perfectionist in this regard, its worth noting Celes NEVER needs an 
    Esper Boost in MP (and yes, her theoretical MP score WOULD be in the 4 
    digits as well)
    -Celes is the first character gotten in the WoR!  This means she can 
    get some more Esper time in.  Note that at the beginning of the WoR, 
    Celes' level is refactored to be equal to whatever the average of all 
    the characters you have thus far (if Gau is on the Veldt, he doesn't 
    count, for example.  Nor does Mog if you missed him in the WoB), so 
    don't think of doing something like "Raise Characters, and ignore 
    Celes, so can abuse the WoR!"  as its not going to work.
    -Celes has a minor glitch associated with her. I call this minor since 
    it won't mean much in the long run, given its related to what spells 
    she can learn.  See, for some reason, Celes learns two spells (Haste and 
    Confuse) at the same level, which isn't that weird, until you consider 
    they're actually listed separate from one another, with Berserk being in 
    between both (so the order would be Haste -> Berserk -> Confuse.)  
    Normally, this doesn't matter, however, whenever Celes rejoins with her 
    level refactored, should she somehow his level 32 without Confuse being 
    learned, she won't learn it due to this oddity in spell listing.  Again, 
    its rather minor, as you could always just teach Celes (and good chance 
    you already have since its available early) Confuse through an Esper, but 
    if you're playing an NMG or something, keep this in mind.
    -If you don’t recruit Locke, Celes’ scene in the ending which she shares 
    with Locke will change to factor him out.  While I said saving Cid has 
    absolutely no impact beyond the scene you saved him, its fun to note that 
    this scene makes ESPECIALLY little sense if you DID save Cid, but skipped 
    recruiting Locke.
    -GENERAL MOGHAN! No, I’m not crazy, and its not a simple case of just 
    renaming Celes “Moghan” and there’s a reason I specifically chose that 
    name.  Essentially, there’s a way to skip recruiting Celes altogether in 
    South Figaro, and finish it with Locke alone.  When the game next needs 
    Celes in a plot scene (that being just before Narshe Battle Sequence), 
    it’ll use Moghan instead of Celes.  The reason is because having never 
    met Celes, the game never properly replaced Moghan, the placeholder 
    moogle from the “Save Terra’ sequence, with Celes, so it just uses the 
    character in that slot.  This will result in having Moghan in the rest of 
    the game over Celes.  So what’s the purpose of this besides novelty? 
    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  Moghan is a complete garbage character, having 
    really bad stats, only actions Fight and Item, and it can’t change 
    equips.  How to activate this glitch?  You need to trick the game into 
    having Locke run past that guard at the eastern edge of town through 
    timing the menu and button presses right.  Its hard to explain, but just 
    know it involves tricking the game into making Locke walk through that 
    Skill set:
    Like Terra, Celes has only one special ability that has no set of 
    skills.  However, also like Terra, Celes has a bunch of spells she 
    learns simply by leveling up.  The list of those spells is as follows: 
    Lv 1: Blizzard
    Lv 4: Cure
    Lv 8: Poisona
    Lv 13: Imp
    Lv 18: Libra
    Lv 22: Protect
    Lv 26: Blizzara
    Lv 32: Haste
    Lv 32: Confuse
    Lv 40: Berserk
    Lv 42: Blizzaga
    Lv 48: Vanish
    Lv 52: Hastega
    Lv 72: Holy
    Lv 81: Flare
    Lv 98: Meteor
    Ending Thoughts:
    All things considered, Celes is just Terra without Trance, instead 
    getting an inferior special in Runic, and a somewhat different Dragon's 
    Den equip.  Its safe to say that she is one of the best characters in 
    the game.  She MAY be in Terra's shadow prior Dragon's Den, but you 
    could just always use both, and her effectiveness won't be compensated 
    (there is enough of the good stuff for BOTH of them to take advantage 
    of, after all.  Definitely a character you don't want to neglect.
    | STRAGO |
    #Blue Mage#
    Extra HP: 35
    Extra MP: 13
    Strength: 28
    Speed: 25
    Stamina: 19
    Magic Power: 34
    Attack: 10
    Defense: 33
    Evasion: 6%
    Magic Defense: 27
    Magic Evasion: 7%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Desperation: Sabre Soul
    Special Ability: Lores
    Effects: Basically, this is the magic skill set, with different spells, 
    and learned in a special way, but otherwise identical (costs MP, 
    affected by Silence, etc.)  Anytime Strago witnesses a new Lore (be it 
    used by the enemy, Relm's sketches, or Gau's rages), he will learn it 
    at the end of the battle, so long as he "sees" the attack.  
    Essentially, that means Strago must be in your party and not under one 
    of several status' (Blind, Petrify, Wounded, and Freeze are a few)  
    However, note that if the spell is cast, and THEN he gets hit with the 
    status later in the fight, he will still learn the spell.  
    Character Analysis:
    Going back to Stereotype classes after, if Shadow was the Ninja, and 
    Sabin was the monk, Strago is the Blue Mage.  If that's not obvious 
    based on how Lores work and his class name...well, you must not play 
    many Final Fantasy games or something.  Regardless, Strago is the first 
    character you get who'd fall under the classification of a pure 
    dedicated Mage.  Its a pity his Magic stat is a bit disappointing (one 
    point higher than Shadow), though he can get a lot of Magic Power 
    boosting equips to compensate at least.  His Lores skill set is mostly 
    just a variation of Magic in one way or another, often having some sort 
    of catch or quirk to the attack.
    So how does Strago hold up exactly? Well, when you first get him, he's 
    pretty good.  Aqua Breath, his primary damage Lore, is stronger than an 
    Ara spell by a significant amount, and unlike Sabin's Aura Cannon 
    (which is weaker anyway), Strago can scrape up a decent Magic score to 
    make that worthwhile.  Only flaw it has is that it can't be single 
    targeted, and is forced MT, meaning it can't focus on single enemies 
    unless there is one target available, and thus you'll always get the 
    halved MT value.  This flaw tends to be rather minor, but it still can be 
    annoying against scenarios like Ultros+Typhon on the Airship, where you 
    want to nail one of them, but you’ll end up healing the other.  His other 
    early Lores aren't particularly special, though Traveler can work as a 
    back up damage Lore if need be, Stone can be brutal if your level is 
    equal to the enemies (its an Intangr killer if you are level 26), and 
    White Wind is a nice supplement for Cura, especially if you like Reflect 
    status.  His other early games are just impractical (Revenge Blast for 
    example), or are just too situational (the Level reliant spells.)
    And this is where Strago's decline starts.  He has a nice strong start 
    in the WoB, but the WoR, what does he bring?  Not a whole lot.  Grand 
    Delta is reasonably strong, and Mighty Guard is pretty nifty, but the 
    Magic Skill set is still outclassing most of what he can do.  So he's a 
    dedicated mage, so that isn't such a bad thing, right? It is when you 
    consider Relm beats him in that department in everyway, having 10 
    points higher in Magic, and able to use some better equipment (most 
    notably the Cat-ear Hood), Strago's enhanced skill set just doesn't 
    quite compare as much as you'd like.  This would be Strago's big 
    failing; Lores just don't have enough to stand out compared to Magic, 
    and his stats just aren't good enough (having game worst base speed 
    doesn't help, though his best armor, the Behemoth Suit, does help cover 
    As far equipment go...pretty much what you'd expect of a mage.  Nothing 
    that strong defensively, good magic defense...though the Behemoth Suit 
    is weird in that it has the 2nd highest defense score (Reed Cloak 
    excepted), yet worse Magic Defense than the Genji Armor, so I suppose 
    he's not completely like that.  He does get a really good weapon in the 
    Magus Rod though, even if its not quite as good as it use to be since 
    the Evade bug was fixed, but nonetheless, its a equip to have.  It also 
    renders his Dragon's Den equip, the Stardust Rod, kind of pointless 
    since it has the same purpose, just gives 30% Magic Evasion which 
    automatically makes it better than any other stat it could boost, and 
    the special random Meteors cast by the Stardust Rod just aren't worth 
    much in the end.
    So really, how good is Strago? Not particularly good.  Similar to 
    Sabin, Gogo can fulfill any niche he has, and due to having access to 
    things like Blitz, he can pull off higher damage despite the lower 
    stats, so Strago's only real edge is higher defense, which just isn't 
    enough in this case.  Considering that Relm and Gogo both outclass him 
    in most ways that matter, Strago's uses are limited outside of when you 
    first get him.  Sad to say, but FF6 isn't exactly a game where Blue 
    Magic was godly (like it was in FF5 or FF7.)  However, unlike Sabin, 
    Strago lacks a lot of Sabin’s little minor bonuses, such like the 
    incredible Esper time, so he’s hit even harder by this Gogo factor, 
    making it even harder to justify using him, ESPECIALLY when other skills 
    do the damage thing better than Lores (like Blitz), and most of Lore’s 
    uses come from utility, which are stat independent.
    Strategies for Strago throughout the game:
    -I think it should be obvious by now, especially with his ability to 
    equip the Morning Star, Strago should go into the back row.  Being a mage 
    makes him want those defenses after all.
    -Strago's physical can be made rather effective, though, if he's in the 
    front row and able to nail a weakness.  Genji Glove + one of the 
    elemental rods tends to do more damage than you'd expect, especially if 
    the random spell casting kicks in.  Not that I recommend doing this, but 
    just know its there.
    -Strago should be using the Mythril Rod for the WoB, due to its Magic 
    Power increase, he doesn't have much use for anything else otherwise.  
    Similarly, that Tabby Suit you got from the mountain should go to him; 
    slightly worse defensively than the Chocobo Suit or Gaia Gear, but the 
    Magic Power boost is worth it, and unlike Relm, he doesn’t have access to 
    the White Dress, so it’s the best he’ll get.  For Helmet...tough call, 
    you might want Green Beret for overall defenses, Priest's Miter for that 
    quick boost to MP, or Magus Hat for that boost to Magic Power, its your 
    call.  Like with Sabin, Earrings are probably his best friend.
    -Even though Aqua Breath can keep Strago afloat for awhile, it wouldn't 
    hurt to teach him some Ara spells or Bio, just to keep his elemental 
    variety up.  If you face an enemy that nulls or absorbs Wind or Water 
    (like Ultros), the spell becomes useless, and you might want to be able 
    to focus your damage to one enemy in some cases, which Aqua Breath 
    can't do.  Not to mention that hitting weakness with an Ara spell or Bio 
    will out damage Aqua Breath to boot.
    -Try to get as many Lores ASAP.  There's a decent FAQ for at least one 
    version of this game (meaning you might need to check the SNES version) 
    that tells you the location of every potential place to learn Lores in 
    this game, and how to trigger them.  Do note that this FAQ won't factor 
    in the Soul Shrine or Dragon's Den, but those are relatively  minor 
    compared, as you can get all of them easily enough without those two 
    -In the WoR, Strago should have the Behemoth Suit stapled onto him, 
    especially since you now get two from the King Behemoth instead of one 
    (all that meant in the original was some Veldt hunting til you fought 
    another, so this mostly just saved time.) Its his best Armor barring 
    none, take advantage of it.  Similarly, he should be using the Magus 
    Rod, though if you don't have one or enough of them, give him a 
    Swordbreaker instead of that evasion boost is more valuable than 
    anything else he can use.
    -Fight Hidon ASAP for Grand Delta.  This is the best way to make Strago 
    worthwhile.  I know I said get Lores ASAP, but I feel this one deserves 
    its own mention, since Grand Delta is well above other Lores in damage; 
    only Aero comes anywhere near it (doesn't hit defense so has potential 
    for higher damage and can hit a weakness to boot.)  If you want, try to 
    get Aero before this (fight the birds near Kohlighen), if you want Strago 
    to have good damage on the way to Hidon, but its not overly important.
    -While originally you only had one chance to learn Force Field, in this 
    version, you get a second chance, as Fiend appears in Soul Shrine, so 
    don't feel too bad if you forgot to put Strago in your team that faces 
    him.  Do note, however, that Force Field is a little better in this game 
    as such enemies like Dragon’s Den Holy Dragon can get completely walled 
    by such a spell if you’re lucky, so you’ll probably want it.
    Strago's Ultimate and other Noteworthy Equips:
    Magus Rod
    Stardust Rod
    Priest's Hat
    Genji Helm
    Red Cap
    Green Beret
    Behemoth Suit
    Nutkin Suit
    Magus Robe
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    End Game Strago Set ups:
    Blue Magic Power!:
    Magus Rod
    Genji Shield/Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
    Behemoth Suit
    Strago's best set up for raw damage.  The usual "Choose Shield of your 
    choice" thing applies.  All equips here are centered around boosting 
    Strago's Magic Power, and then Magus Rod's Magic Evasion there 
    complements the set up defensively some.  This is pretty much the only 
    decent set up for Strago, now that Magic Evasion isn't the all purpose 
    stat it use to be, rendering 127% Magic Evasion set up kind of 
    meaningless overall.
    Miscellaneous Stuff regarding Strago: 
    -As a Reminder, Strago can STILL learn things if he is dead.  Rather, 
    if he's seen the attack while he was alive, and then is killed, he'll 
    still learn the Lore.  So don't start getting annoyed when Strago gets 
    killed midway in the fight, if he's seen the Lore, as he'll learn it.
    -Strago has one spell that's cost actually RAISES with the 
    Celestriad?that spell being Reflect ???, which costs initially 0.  
    Celestriad raises it to 1.
    -Strago can actually get some obscure status' easier than others!  With 
    Rippler, he can nab Trance, Interceptor, Rage, among other things if 
    used in odd ball fashions (used on an enemy who just ripplered a 
    different character, in conjunction with Confuse, what have you)  Yes, 
    you can see Strago suddenly undergo a sex change and look exactly like 
    Esper Terra.  Pity he can't use her equips >_>
    -Strago can help with stealing!  Dischord halves the enemies levels, so 
    using this raises the chances of stealing a bit.  Handy for getting 
    annoying things like stocking up on Impartisans and such.
    -Strago is yet ANOTHER character who naturally gets 999 MP.  Basically, 
    yeah, another character who needs no MP Boosts.  Meaningless? Sure, but 
    it might matter for you perfectionists out there.
    -If you do not recruit Strago, but DO recruit Relm, Relm’s little ending 
    sequence will change to compensate Strago not being there.  Strago is 
    also the only optional character to play an impact in another optional 
    character’s ending.
    Skill set:
    Strago's Lores are all gotten from monsters, besides the initial 3 he 
    starts with (Stone, Revenge Blast, and Aqua Breath)  It'd be annoying 
    to go through EVERY enemy and see who uses which Lore, and again, 
    there's already a very well written FAQ dedicated to obtaining Lores 
    written by Assassin (might have to check the SNES version mind), so 
    I'll just point you there to finding the Lores.  
    Effects: Adds a Counter to the enemy.  When the counter reaches 0, 
    Death is cast on the enemy, in a form that never fails beyond immunity 
    to the status.
    Comments: Not particularly useful.  By the time the counter hits 0, 
    Doom is likely to have hit by then.  Probably better to not bother with 
    this outside of completion purposes.
    Effects: Starts off selecting every target, and prompts the user to 
    press "A"  When pressed, the Cursor slows down til it stops on one 
    target.  This target is then hit by Doom in the same manner as 
    Comments: Kind of worthless, though, at least it can be used as a 
    theoretical last resort, as it WILL work the turn it's used, unlike 
    Condemned and its delay, so if you are going to die anyway, and the 
    enemy is vulnerable to Instant Death, why not, right?  Note that despite 
    a one believed claim, there is no way to control what target is hit by 
    this move; it actually takes a random number of targets from the position 
    you pressed the button and that target dies, so pausing to insure you get 
    the right target won’t work.
    Effects: Water elemental Magic damage to all enemies
    Comments: Against a Single Foe, its inferior to Aqua Breath in everyway 
    unless they absorb/null wind.  However, it ignores split damage, so its 
    better than Aqua Breath for crowd control.  Decent spell…or would be if 
    it was gotten earlier.  As it stands, you can get Flood, which is equal 
    against multiple targets, and better against single targets, around the 
    same time.
    Aqua Breath: 
    Effects: Wind/Water Elemental magic damage to all enemies
    Comments: This is quite nasty considering its one of Strago's initial 
    Lores, and when you first get, its in a dungeon with Water Weak 
    monsters.  It's stronger than an Ara spell, to boot.  Quite a good 
    spell, for when you first get Strago, and it’s a combo of two rarely 
    resisted elements, and two elements that most have problems applying as 
    Effects: Wind Elemental magic damage to all enemies
    Comments: This is the only Non Grand Delta attack spell worth using 
    throughout the WoR in the Lore skillset.  It’s on par with Aga spells for 
    damage, and its element is one that's rarely ever a factor.  Solid Spell 
    overall, really.
    1000 Needles:
    Effects: Does 1000 damage to one enemy, regardless
    Comments: Umm…er…this spell would be good if you got it and Strago much 
    earlier.  As is, by the time Strago joins, he's breaking 1000 easily 
    enough with Aqua Rake as is.  USELESS, except MAYBE in an LLG…maybe?
    Mighty Guard: 
    Effects: Adds Safe and Shell status to whole party
    Comments: The one spell in the entire Lore skill set that isn't matched 
    by anything in magic at all.  This is rather nifty, as it set ups a 
    full defensive layer for your team in one casting.
    Revenge Blast: 
    Effects: Damage equal to Caster’s Current HP subtracted from his Max 
    Comments: Worthless.  This is basically Locke's Valiant Knife with a 
    base damage of 0, and thing is, Strago's almost always has better 
    things to do with his MP than use it on a move that does "good" damage 
    only when he's about to die.  Granted, this is one of Strago's initial 
    Lores, not surprising it really isn't worth much.  
    White Wind: 
    Effects: Heals whole party for an amount equal to Caster’s current HP.
    Comments: An interesting healing spell.  Never really bad at any point 
    in the game, though, its worthless if Strago has low HP.  Eh, probably 
    better to just use Cura(ga), which will heal a sufficient enough amount 
    at any point of the game, and you won't have to worry about the 
    caster's HP.  Probably best quality of this spell is it’s a Healing 
    Spell that ignores Reflect AND Runic.
    Lv. 5 Death: 
    Effects: Instant Death to all enemies whose level is a multiple of 5 
    (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.)
    Comments: Pretty meh, as there isn't really much worthwhile that can be 
    hit with this.  Requires you to use Libra, or to actually look up the 
    enemies level, and its generally easier to just use straight out 
    instant death, or just knock off all their HP.  Make no mistake though; 
    it is good on things it can hit, just there aren’t quite enough to merit 
    use of this spell.
    Lv. 4 Flare:
    Effects: Non Elemental Magic damage to all enemies whose level is a 
    multiple of 4 (4, 8, 12, 16, etc.)
    Comments: Similar to Lv. 5 Death, this is too situational for any real 
    use.  It’s theoretically better than Grand Delta for MT damage if all 
    enemies can be hit by this move, but usually, that's not the case.  
    Easier to just use other damaging Spells to kill enemies.  Again, like 
    Lv. 5 Death, it has a few niche areas where it’s theoretically the best 
    option, just those aren’t enough to be worth considering.
    Lv. 3 Confuse: 
    Effects: Adds Muddle status to all enemies whose level is a multiple of 
    3 (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, etc.)
    Comments: Like its brethren, just too situational to really care about.  
    Besides, the existence of Noiseblaster, and the Cait Sith esper hurt 
    this things use as well, since both are also MT Confuse abilities, and 
    both never fail barring immunity.
    Reflect ???: 
    Effects: Adds Blind, Silence, and Slow to any enemy who has Reflect 
    Comments: Well, it’s the only spell in the game that has NO MP COST!  
    There's a reason for that; it sucks complete and utter ass, this move 
    serves pretty much NO purpose whatsoever, as not only is reflect status 
    rare (only really seen in Cultist’s Tower, where you can’t use the thing, 
    and the Ancient Castle area) but the enemies also have to be vulnerable 
    to the Status' as well (which go figure, most that have Reflect are…)
    Lv. ? Holy: 
    Effects: Pearl Elemental Magic Damage to all enemies if level is a 
    multiple of whatever the last digit in your GP is (so if your GP is 
    238497, then it'd be a Lv. 7 Holy, per se)
    Comments:  The best Level based spell, ONLY because it can be tweaked 
    to hit anything.  Good on Kefka's tower if you go in with a “Lv. 1 Holy”, 
    as NO enemy gives Gil that would effect that slot, and the spell is 
    probably Strago’s best form of MT damage, Magic Defense concerns aside.  
    Could be fun to muck around with, as a result, but might not be practical 
    enough to be worth bothering.
    Effects: Does damage equal to Number of Steps/32.  MP Cost goes up by 
    one point every 30 minutes.
    Comments: The MP Cost thing really hurts this move.  That, and the 
    damage is very disappointing.  End game, it’s doing, oh I dunno, 3000 at 
    best, when Grand Delta is able to hit nearly double that easily enough, 
    and it’s likely costing less.  Only thing you could argue about this 
    move is that its "easily built up" by running around a town senselessly 
    for hours, making it do massive damage early on…but I don't consider 
    that something standard AT ALL.  Granted, if you are playing an LLG, 
    this move is GREAT, as its one of the few attacks whose damage is 
    independent of the casters level, letting you do some actual damage 
    late game!
    Force Field:
    Effects: Nulls out a totally random element for the rest of the fight 
    on every.  This type of "protection" from the element overrides all 
    elemental features (weakness, absorption, what have you)
    Comments: This move has gotten considerably better with the existence 
    of Dragon's Den (use to be usable only after you beat one of the last 
    bosses in Kefka's Tower; I'll let you figure out how useful that is).  
    Given most of the Dragons use primarily one element, and sometimes that 
    element (Holy Dragon's for example) isn't easy to block, this move can 
    save your ass if you're lucky.  It can, however, also hurt you if you 
    null an element you are primarily using or the enemy is weak too.  IOW, 
    this spell is a completely niche spell with completely niche 
    Effects: Halves an enemies level.
    Comments: The only use this move has is for raising Steal odds.  Why?  
    Cause it fails on all the same things Death does, and that hits more or 
    less just as often, meaning why bother weakening the enemy when you can 
    outright kill them?  As such, only useful for stealing as it not only 
    makes the enemy weaker (thus less likely to kill you), but also raises 
    your odds of stealing since Steal is directly impacted by the target’s 
    Bad Breath: 
    Effects: Hits one enemy with Poison, Sleep, Mute, Imp, Confuse, and 
    Blind Status.
    Comments: Fun spell, however, it is slammed hard by the Imp Immunity 
    feature that this version of the game has, which is to say, any spell 
    that toggles Imp status will fail if the target is immune to Imp, 
    irregardless of what other status it may have.  As such, this spell has 
    no real practical worth, despite being really cute on paper.  Without 
    that Imp thing?  Its more a convenience thing as most of the status’ it 
    applies by itself are crippling enough alone, this would just serve to 
    not force you to look just what status enemies are vulnerable too.
    Effects: Heals Target's HP and MP fully, and recovers from most 
    status'.  User is then removed from battle, and HP and MP is reduced to 
    Comments: Uhh…this move sucks, as its basically fully restoring someone 
    at the cost of someone else.  Not really worth it, as a Remedy + Elixir 
    more or less would do the same thing, and its only an extra turn, for 
    the cost of that person not dying.  Avoid this move.
    Effects: Swaps status of user and Target, both positive and negative.
    Comments: This spell isn't all that useful, but it…s a lot of fun to 
    mess around with.  Also the cause of lots of bugs, glitches, and other 
    odd mishaps (none of which are serious)  Yeah, don't expect much of 
    this spell, beyond novelty.  Due note that due to the new way Imp 
    immunity works in this game, this spell, like Bad Breath, will also fail 
    against Imp immune targets, thereby lowering the fun value of this spell.
    Effects: Non Elemental Magic damage to one/multiple enemies.  Does 8x 
    damage if enemies level is equal to the casters.  Adds Confuse status.
    Comments: This spell is weak unless you hit enemy whose level is equal 
    to Strago's, which to be blunt, happens almost never.  Besides that?  
    It’s a damage spell with below 100% Accuracy, that adds confusion, and 
    its damage isn't anything special either.  Easier to just use some 
    other damage moves.  To be fair, its one of Strago's starting Lores, so 
    you shouldn't expect much.
    Effects: Non Elemental Magic Damage to all enemies
    Comments: This spell is like the Lore equivalent of Meteor.  What do I 
    mean?  Well, look at it this way; Meteor is to Ultima as Quasar is to 
    Grand Delta.  The spell is not bad by itself, but it’s completely 
    outclassed in everyway by Grand Delta, and since its likely gotten 
    later, you'll probably never use this spell, beyond its nifty animation 
    anyway.  As a side note, there is sometimes a rumor that this spell 
    lowers defensive stats or removes positive status effects, due to 
    idiotic mentioning in some FAQs and Players Guides (or bad wording in 
    that they simply meant it ignores defense.) This is COMPLETELY FALSE.  
    This is a pure damage spell, with no non-damage related side effects, 
    plain and simple, and its only special aspect is that it ignores defense.
    Grand Delta:
    Effects: Non Elemental Magic Damage to all enemies
    Comments: Lore's answer to Ultima…only it’s about half as strong, making 
    it just plain solid instead of totally overpowered.  Strago's source of 
    offense, late in the game, really, best to get this spell ASAP.  Does 
    good damage, both for single targets and for groups, and ignores 
    everything that matters too (defense and reflect, mainly)
    Effects: Does damage equal to the users Current HP, the caster dies as 
    a result of this.
    Comments: Seeing as this game isn't Pokemon (where Self-Destruct and its 
    more powerful brother Explosion have some strategic use), the move is 
    likely going to suck, right?  Guess what, IT DOES!  Strago's Worst Lore, 
    BY FAR.  You do more damage with just about all the other damage Lores, 
    and they don't have this huge downside.  At least Transfusion had a nifty 
    effect with its sacrifice, Self-Destruct doesn't even grant THAT much.  I 
    guess it’s good if you like watching old men go BOOM!
    Ending Thoughts:
    Strago has a lot of variety, and seemingly a lot to bring to the table.  
    The problem is, though, a lot of what he can bring to the table ends up 
    fairly under whelming in practice, so he ends up taking backseat to 
    other characters who simply bring less to the table, but do much better 
    at what they have.  Doesn't help that, again, Gogo pretty much can 
    render Strago obsolete for the most part.  Not a very good character, 
    even if he seems like it on paper, which is a pity too, as Blue Magic 
    is pretty cool in general.  As an interesting note, though, Strago 
    tends to LOVE challenges.  Sounds odd, but it has to do with how 
    Challenges tend to inflate Lores one way or another, be it a Low Level 
    Game where Traveler, or in how a Natural Magic Game bans magic on most 
    characters, making a lot of those otherwise obsolete Lores serve a 
    purpose; its weird and unintuitive, but Strago goes from one of the 
    lesser characters to one of the more useful ones when a challenge occurs; 
    keep this in mind should you wish to try a challenge.
    | RELM |
    Extra HP: 37
    Extra MP: 18
    Strength: 26
    Speed: 34
    Stamina: 22
    Magic Power: 44
    Attack: 11
    Defense: 35
    Evasion: 13%
    Magic Defense: 30
    Magic Evasion: 9%
    Level Readjustment: +0
    Desperation: Star Prism
    Special Ability: Sketch/Control
    Effects: Relm will make a "copy" of the enemy, and then one of two 
    commands will be used.  These commands vary depending on enemy, and 
    aren't always the most sensible either (Example: Ice Dragon's sketch 
    can yield Firaga) Relm's chance of success is based on her level 
    compared to the enemies (if her level > the enemies level, then she 
    will never fail).  Equipping a Beret increases chances by about 33%.  
    Not all enemies can be sketched.  If FakeMustache is equipped, then 
    Sketch becomes Control.  Control uses same chances of success for 
    Sketch, and chances can be increased by equipping a Hypno Crown.  When 
    Relm uses Control on an enemy, Relm forfeits all her turns for the 
    enemies.  When an enemies turn is prompted, one of up to 4 actions can 
    be used.  Control is broken when either the controller dies, or the one 
    affected by the status is hit with a physical attack.  What attacks can 
    be used from a controlled enemy vary from enemy to enemy, and are the 
    same as those the enemy can use in the Coliseum or under Confusion 
    status.  Not all enemies can be controlled.
    Character Analysis:
    Relm is, oddly, kind of the opposite of Strago.  No, I don't mean that 
    the little 10 year old virtuoso is a godly fighter (for all that this 
    would be awesome!) I mean in the sense that Relm has an utter lack of a 
    good skill set, but has great stats to compensate for it.  The main 
    selling point she has is that highest Magic Power in the game; I'm not 
    sure the logic, plotwise, that lets Relm cast spells better than a Half 
    Esper like Terra, but whatever the reason (probably gameplay balance 
    purposes, which tend to ignore plot, cause lets face it, a Fighter Mage 
    like Terra beating a skillsetless Pure Mage like Relm would be slightly 
    unbalanced), Relm has the highest magic power in the game, especially 
    after you factor in all those yummy equips.
    This alone makes Relm a pretty strong character.  She might not seem it 
    at first though, given she has no magic, and unlike Strago, doesn't 
    have a supplement move to carry her before she learns any, so she does 
    start off pretty bad.  Relm is totally reliant on the Magic skill set 
    to be worth anything, and this shows in some challenges (like Natural 
    Magic Games where Relm is practically worthless, being forced to rely 
    on her physical.)  Thankfully, Bio at least is taught pretty fast, and 
    that's a good way to get her a head start fast, though she should learn 
    the Ara spells ASAP if you really want to take advantage of her.  I 
    can't stress how much Relm needs magic to be worthwhile, because her 
    weapons suck (for...all that dual wielding Elemental Rods goes further 
    than you’d think); if you want to use Relm, she WILL need to be updated 
    on Magic.
    Now, I know you're saying "so what's so good about that? She's using a 
    generic skill set!" To this I say Relm uses it better than damn near 
    any other character in the game, sans maybe Terra but I’ll get to why 
    later.  That game best Magic Power and those mage equips aren't just for 
    show. She gets everything Strago gets on equipment, outside of the new 
    Dragon's Den item which largely is doesn't matter, and she adds a few 
    nice things to that list like the Mystery Veil for the early game, and 
    the Cat-Ear Hood, best helmet in the game outside of Gau's Dueling Mask, 
    later on.  These decent equips help secure her as, at very least, NOT a 
    worthless character like some people immediately assume she is based off 
    how bad Sketch and Control are (they...really do suck.)
    Now, Relm does have some serious flaws that need to be noted, however.  
    The first is that she’s a pure Mage, which while not bad in and of 
    itself, its quite crippling when you consider how late she joins.  She 
    has no innate spells like Terra or Celes, and far less Esper time than 
    both (Especially Terra.)  So she’s right off the bat a project character 
    which means she’s weak out of the gate.  Furthermore, her big niche, the 
    Game best Magic Power, is undermined by this lack of Esper time.  Terra 
    in most circumstances should pass her, even after the (mild) equip 
    boosts.  While true, not every character is Terra, this lack of Esper 
    time means characters like Celes, Edgar, etc. will close the normal gap 
    Relm has some, and thus hindering her usage some.  Furthermore, it’s hard 
    to justify using her over either Terra or Celes; both girls are similarly 
    good at magic thing once Esper time factors in, likely to know more 
    spells by the time Relm joins, and sort of crush her badly in defensive 
    What of Relm’s Dragon’s Den weapon then?  It’s very much the same as 
    Strago’s Stardust Rod, in that it’s just a “Magus Rod Wannabe.”  It does 
    give a nice big Speed Boost, admittedly, but that’s a losing trade 
    compared to the +30% Magic Evasion.  It has an extra niche of randomly 
    casting Confuse on the target, but why you are using Relm’s physicals is 
    beyond me, and there isn’t really enough enemies that late for confusion 
    to be worth anything.  All in all, another character who got the Short 
    End of the stick when it comes to the new equips, though to her credit, 
    she wasn’t someone who was in desperate need of a new weapon (though, 
    makes you wonder why Terra and Celes, the two characters with the best 
    overall equipment set in the game, got among the better Dragon’s Den 
    weapons, cause god knows they didn’t need them…)
    So Relm is yet another character who, despite her horrid skills, ends 
    up a solid character.  I'll grant she's probably the worst of the 
    females, but that doesn't mean she's necessarily bad.  She makes a fine 
    mage, and you have a total of 4 character slots, sometimes 12 to fill, 
    she's definitely someone who deserves some actual time to raise, and 
    some party time as a result.  Saying she's crappy should only occur due 
    to negligence, since she is a character who requires actual using to be 
    made solid, due to how the magic system works.  If there is any character 
    who is FF6’s Project character, Relm is probably that.
    Strategies for Relm throughout the game:
    -When Relm first joins, give her an elemental Rod (doesn't matter which 
    one, as long as its not Poison) Since she knows no magic at the time, 
    she has no use for the Mythril Rod, and the average damage from an 
    Elemental Rod is considerably better than her damage from the Morning 
    Star, especially if she can hit a weakness.  She might require Front 
    Row, unless it’s the IAF sequence though (where you’re forced into Pincer 
    Attacks, so Row is meaningless.)
    -Never bother with Sketch, except in a very select few cases, after the 
    fight with Ultros.  It’s just not worth it, trust me.
    -Start teaching Relm offensive magic ASAP.  Catoblepas gives Biox8 for 
    the fastest spell to learn, though the worst, it should be enough to 
    last her.  For the more important spells (the Aras), either go with 
    Maduin for the fastest net learning rate, or go with Ifrit or Shiva to 
    learn one of them (Ideally Ifrit cause its Element is better, and the 
    other spells Shiva teaches can be learned idiotically fast anyway) 
    -Or if you prefer, you could teach her the Aras on the way TO the FC, 
    and in the IAF sequence, give Relm a Genji Glove, Hero's Ring, and two 
    Thunder Rods, and watch her smite.  You'd be surprised what a little 10 
    year old girl built to be a mage can do with that combo when smacking 
    an elemental weakness when using a physical attack.
    -Relm has a few Armor options for the WoB.  Helmet is obviously Mystery 
    Veil, as that flat out kicks every other options ass, but armor is a 
    bit different.  Tabby Suit is best balance between Defenses and stat 
    boosts, Gaia Gear gives best defensive boosts, while White Dress is 
    likely most useful if you want offenses.  So…it’s between higher 
    defenses (and earth absorption), higher offenses, or a balance of both. 
    Chocobo Suit exists if you really want to raise her physical stats, but 
    probably isn't worth it.
    -Ignore the Regal Gown in the WoR.  Yes, you'd expect the armor to be 
    good, what with it being an Armor that only Relm can use, it must be 
    special, right?  Truth be told, the Magus Robe, effectively obtainable at 
    the same time (eg before Relm re-joins), is likely overall more useful.  
    All things considered, Regal Gown's BEST use is to turn into a Minerva 
    Bustier for the adult women to use.
    -Never give Relm a Brush.  They, for the most part, are just for show, 
    and a Rod is better pretty much always.  This even extends to the Angel 
    Brush from Dragon's Den, which is an inferior Magus Rod wannabe.  If 
    you lack enough Magus Rods?
    -Attempt to get a Cat-ear Hood for Relm ASAP.  It's not hard, just need 
    to nab an Impartisan or Tortoise Shield, and bet those at the Coliseum. 
    This will make the consideration of using Relm a bit more serious.
    -Grab a 2nd Magus Rod ASAP, that way, you won't have to fear problems 
    about using Relm w/ Strago or Gogo.  Only method of getting more than 
    one Magus Rod before the Soul Shrine is by betting Heal Rods (which are 
    useless anyway) at the Coliseum (the first Magus Rod is gotten from Earth 
    Dragon.)  Even if you don't mind using the Angel Brush as a supplement, 
    you get that late even by Dragon's Den standards, you'll want that second 
    one.  Before that second Magus Rod? Give her the Swordbreaker, the 
    evasion boost will benefit her better than anything else, for the most 
    part, barring maybe that Angel Brush's Magic Power.
    -Be sure to keep Relm's magic up to date.  Don't think her high Magic 
    Power is going to save the likes of Blizzara throughout the whole WoR, 
    as those will eventually taper off.  Make sure to at least give her one 
    high end spell.  See the Frequently Asked Questions section for what I 
    mean by “High End spells” yet again.
    Relm's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
    Magus Rod
    Angel Brush
    Cat-ear Hood
    Behemoth Suit
    Magus Robe
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    End Game Set Ups for Relm:
    Virtuoso with a Cannon: 
    Magus Rod
    Aegis Shield/Genji Shield
    Cat-ear Hood
    Behemoth Suit
    Soul of Thamasa
    Standard Relm Set Up. Relm is a mage, take advantage of this and nuke 
    the competition with her game best Magic Power and high magic boosting 
    stats.  For once, Thunder Shield isn't such a great choice since the 
    lower defensive stats
    Like Father like Daughter:
    Magus Rod
    Force Shield
    Cat-ear Hood
    Mirage Vest
    White Cape/Zephyr's Cloak
    White Cape/Zephyr's Cloak
    First off, I'll get this out of the way; whatever Relic you choose is 
    up to you.  Zephyr's Cloak grants Evade, White Cape grants more 
    defenses, and Imp/Silence immunity (not that EITHER should hit you with 
    this set up.) Now that that's out of the way...this set up has 128% 
    Magic Evade, AND Automatic Image status, so she's temporarily 
    invincible like those 128%/128% set ups (which Relm can also get, but 
    requires Merit Award, Paladin's Shield AND Lightbringer.)  Yes, other 
    characters (like anyone with Lightbringer and Shadow...) can pull this 
    off too, but figured Relm could use this set up more, since it requires 
    a bit less (even if Force Shields are limited until the Soul Shrine) 
    work.  Worth noting that Strago and Gogo are only 1% and 2% away from 
    perfect Magic Evasion with this set up, so if you REALLY want, you can 
    give this to them too, though they use the considerably worse Priest's 
    Miter instead of the Cat-ear Hood, AND they have worse stats to begin 
    with, so Relm's using it more effectively anyway (Well...Gogo COULD 
    bring more to the table with Blitz and such, I suppose). Regardless, if 
    you want Relm to be a defensive character, this set up might be worth a 
    look.  Regarding the name of this set up...well, I'll let you figure 
    that part out!
    Miscellaneous Info on Relm:
    -Not entirely Relm related, but sort of worth noting.  The Sketch Bug 
    does *NOT* exist in this version of the game in anyway, shape or form. 
    So if you are worried about Sketch screwing up your game, then you have 
    nothing to worry about.  Granted, there's still the issue of Sketch 
    being a really bad skill to begin with...
    -If you did NOT save Shadow, remember that you must go to the Veldt 
    Cave BEFORE doing Owser's house in the WoR, to get Relm.
    -Also remember Relm is needed to start the Hidon Side quest.  I believe 
    you don't actually need to bring her to the dungeon itself, but unsure 
    on this, though she is required to actually start it, however.
    -If you did not get Shadow, Relm will have her own dream in his place, 
    proving further an already obvious aspect (not saying what that is, 
    since it’s a spoiler, and by now, you should already know <_<)
    -Relm is yet another character with natural 999 MP, and like the 3 
    preceding her, actually has theoretically 4 digits. Does it matter? No, 
    not really, but there are perfectionists out there.
    -As a random benefit to using Relm, she gets her own unique version of 
    the Safety Bit, shared with one other character (if you've been reading 
    this FAQ, you should know who that is), in the Memento Ring.  There are 
    two of these (...well, three, but why would you need a third?), and it’s 
    a good idea to take advantage of this as Safety Bits are not the 
    easiest thing to come across, and this is functionally the same exact 
    thing (if you're wondering, the second Memento Ring can either be 
    gotten by stealing from Wrexsoul, or by checking that little crevice in 
    the top floor of Strago's House on the left hand side.  Relm COMES 
    EQUIPPED with the first, so it’s impossible to miss.)
    -Relm can help a lot when it comes to teaching Lores, thanks to Sketch 
    and Control, so its not a bad idea to bring Relm with you when you go 
    Lore hunting.
    -Cat-Ear Hood doubles the amount of Gil you get after a fight.  Given 
    this helmet, Merit Award be damned, is unique to Relm, its worth 
    mentioning in Relm's section as such.  This makes Relm the best 
    character by far to bring anytime you need extra cash.  Or conversely, 
    anytime you just are fighting for whatever reason (Lores, Rage hunting, 
    etc), bringing Relm as a 4th character is never a bad idea, just for 
    that extra money.  By taking advantage of this equip, she can halve the 
    time needed to raise that 500,000 for Excalipoor, or just simply 
    getting cash in general to buy other needed goodies (like, say, 
    ammunition for Shadow.)
    -Relm is the ONLY optional character in the WoR to get an alternate scene 
    should she be recruited in the ending.  If you recruit her, but not 
    Strago, her ending will be changed to compensate for the lack of Strago 
    (and said scene is somewhat more amusing than her standard one if you ask 
    me <_<.)
    Skill sets: 
    Since Relm's skill set is based off the enemy she's fighting, I'm not 
    going to bother saying much here.  Should you wish to see what enemies 
    can do with Control or Sketch, check the "Monster Statistics Guide" as 
    it explains fully, and coherently, what each monster has.  Though note 
    that this FAQ is based off the SNES version, so it uses outdated names, 
    as well as misses enemies exclusive to Dragon's Den.
    I suppose I can give a quick explanation on their algorithms though 
    (these won’t be EXACTLY how they work, but yield a good estimate.) 
    -Effectively, the Rate of success is Relm’s Level in relation to her 
    enemies.  So a level 40 Relm will have about 80% success rate on a level 
    50 enemy.
    -If the “Beret” is equipped on Relm, the Sketch Rate is increased by 
    about 33%; in the above example, Sketch would now have a 120% Hit Rate 
    (IOWs, it will never fail.)  The same applies to Hypno Crown and Control, 
    for that matter.
    -If Sketch is successful, it chooses one of two attacks predetermined by 
    the enemy sketched, a common one (75% chance) or a rare one (25% chance.)  
    If the move does damage, the attack is based off Relm’s Level but the 
    enemies respective stat (This is actually why Sketch in general never 
    does good damage with any regular damage move.  Enemy levels are 
    typically higher than your party’s levels and vice versa in the case of 
    stats, so Sketch takes the worst of BOTH worlds.)
    -Control’s actions are the same as those that the enemy can use when 
    under Confusion/Coliseum.  The attacks the enemy uses are the same as if 
    the enemy used the attack themselves, hence completely based off their 
    own stats. 
    -There are some enemies who are flat out immune to Sketch and/or Control, 
    and thus will always fail.
    Naturally, if Gogo is using either ability, replace all instances of Relm 
    with Gogo.
    Ending Thought: 
    If Strago is a prime example of how a great skill set can still yield a 
    mediocre character, Relm is the opposite, showing how a bad special 
    skill does not equate a character to being bad either.  Relm 
    compensates her bad skill set by having great all around stats (oh 
    noes! Low Strength and weak weapons (Attack wise) on a pure 
    mage!), decent equipment options, and that nice Magic Skill set to make 
    use of.  Sure, its universal, but Relm works better with it than most
    characters; she just takes a bit of raising.  Though, it is worth noting 
    that Relm ends up being nigh useless in many challenges, since a lot of 
    them have restrictions that just kill her use...which further proves 
    she's the opposite of her Grandfather, and not just in the sense of 
    jailbait little girl vs. ugly old man <_<.  Regardless, if you're doing a 
    challenge, Relm will probably not be a good option, for all that she's 
    not bad in a normal game.  Like I eluded to before, however, Relm’s still 
    got that initial hurdle to work over where she starts off weak, and even 
    after that, its hard to find uses for her over the other girls.  A half 
    decent character, in any event, who often gets overlooked for a number of 
    | SETZER |
    Extra HP: 46
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 36
    Speed: 32
    Stamina: 32
    Magic Power: 29
    Attack: 18
    Defense: 48
    Evasion: 9%
    Magic Defense: 26
    Magic Evasion: 1%
    Level Readjustment: +0
    Desperation: Red Card
    Special Ability: Slots/Gil Toss
    Effects: When used, slots will appear.  You are prompted to then press 
    A three times row.  Depending on timing, a different object will 
    appear.  Whatever is in the middle is the object of concern.  If the 
    three items match, then an attack based on what that is (for example, 3 
    Diamonds = Prismatic Flash) occurs.  If they don't match, the attack 
    "Mysidian Rabbit" is used.  Some attacks are rigged in your favor, 
    others are rigged against you.  In some cases, the game flat out 
    doesn't allow you to use certain abilities against some enemies.  
    If Setzer has "Heiji's Jitte" relic equipped, Slots is replaced with 
    Gil Toss.  Gil Toss does damage based on how much gold is thrown.  The 
    amount of thrown is users Level * 30, and damage to Gil thrown ratio is 2 
    to 1 (So 2 damage for every Gil thrown.)  Note that Gil Toss splits 
    damage among all enemies evenly, contrast to most Split Damage moves 
    where damage is just halved if targeting 2 or more enemies. 
    Character Analysis:
    Ah, Setzer.  The original Gambler of the FF series...even if there have 
    been all of like two after him or something.  Regardless, Setzer is a 
    rather interesting character.  His stats are, as you can tell, 
    relatively unimpressive, as he excels in nothing.  This is ok, though, 
    as his attacks are strong enough to get buy early on, and his later 
    moves (Fixed Dice, and to a lesser extent, Gil Toss) ignore his stats 
    anyway.  This makes Setzer a pretty unique character.  Furthermore, 
    should it matter, ALL of his unique weapons ignore row, so there is 
    never a reason to use him in the Front Row, unless you gave him the 
    Gladius or something.
    One neat thing about Setzer is he can use all the standard Heavy Class 
    equipment (why they chose a Gambler of all people to be a heavy armor 
    user, I don’t know…), as well as getting most of the Light Armor equips, 
    missing out mainly on the Power Sash.  This makes his defensive stats 
    better than you think, as well as keeps his armor options open.  Granted, 
    this is nowhere near the same armor variety as, say, Terra and Celes, as 
    far as quality goes, but it’s still not half bad at all.  His weapon 
    selection, though, isn't exactly inspiring until the Fixed Dice; it’s 
    essentially just a bunch of ranged weapons like Locke gets, except no 
    Hawkeye in the mix.  Well, ok, he can use the Man Eater and Gladius for 
    some minor defensive boosts, but by that point, Slots aren't going to be 
    doing enough damage, and Gil Toss is just a waste of cash and a Relic 
    That would be Setzer's flaw; in the second half of the game, he's kind 
    of lacking in anything that stands out.  That is unless you don't have 
    qualms in prematurely entering the final dungeon and raiding it some 
    (as in, go as far as you can into the dungeon without fighting any 
    bosses), which is where Setzer picks up his saving grace, the Fixed Dice.  
    I can't emphasize this enough; Setzer without his Fixed Dice is a pretty 
    sad character.  It’s similar to Locke without the Valiant Knife, except 
    there is no Lightbringer to fall back on.  So if you want to use Setzer 
    for something worth a damn, he WILL need those Fixed Dice.
    Though, Fixed Dice alone aren't quite enough; that's really only half 
    of the equation.  Setzer also needs the Master's Scroll as well.  Fixed 
    Dice aren't that strong by themselves, HOWEVER, they ignore the 
    Master's Scroll Damage Halving Penalty per hit, so unlike most weapons, 
    they actually Quadruple in power, and due to how Fixed Dice work, 
    multiple uses helps offset the randomness some.  In fact, one really 
    high roll on the Fixed Dice WILL make that attack worth it, even if the 
    other 3 rolls are all crappy.  That's one thing you have to watch out 
    for granted; Setzer's not what you call reliable.  On one hand, he can 
    dish out insane damage if you're lucky, on the other hand, he can do 
    piss poor damage as well.  It’s all a game of chance; what else did you 
    expect from a Dice weapon?  So what about his new weapon, the Final 
    Trump, from Dragon's Den? This weapon is kind of like Setzer's version 
    of Terra's Apocalypse, except significantly weaker, no evasion boosts, 
    and long ranged (also lacks Lightbringer to along with it for Genji Glove 
    set ups).  Its alright if you want to give the Master's Scroll to someone 
    else, and still use Setzer, I suppose, but generally, Fixed Dice are 
    So what about before Fixed Dice?  Well, Slots are probably strong 
    enough to keep Setzer afloat for a while, especially in the WoB where 
    they are downright strong.  Lots of people will hype Sabin's Rising 
    Phoenix and Aura Cannon Blitzes as being high damage, which I suppose 
    is alright...however they then will state that Slots are weak because 
    all they can pull off is "Chocobo Stampede" and "Prismatic Flash" (ok, 
    so I've heard "Chocobop" and "7 Flush" more often cause of the SNES 
    translation, but that's not the point!)  This really is where the logic 
    falls short.  Elemental concerns aside, Prismatic Flash is flat out 
    stronger than Aura Cannon, and against multiple targets, Prismatic Flash 
    is equal to Rising Phoenix.  What about Chocobo Stampede? That move 
    identical to Meteor (a respected spell in general) in everyway...with one 
    serious restriction in being unable to hit fliers, though.  This isn't 
    TOO bad, except that when you get Setzer, most enemies are in fact flying 
    for the next few dungeons (like most of the Floating Continent enemies), 
    so its actually a lot more limited in use, sadly.  These two are worth 
    noting mainly cause if you learn the timing of slots, they are never 
    rigged against you...in fact, they're often rigged FOR you.  Higher end 
    Slots are a bit tougher to pull off, though one noteworthy one is Dive 
    Bomb, which isn't rigged against you too often, and is pretty strong 
    (we're talking stronger than Aga spells here, and this is only the WoB!)  
    Anything above that though is typically not worth trying for, since the 
    chances of getting them are a bit too low to be worth it.
    All in all, Setzer's a pretty neat character, though he requires you to 
    actually put some effort into him.  Which is to say, actually bother 
    doing an early Kefka's Tower raid (in fairness, Fixed Dice are early in 
    Team 1's route, so you can pull this off early with some luck, if you 
    don't feel like grabbing Mog early), and learning the timing on his 
    slots.  He has Gil Toss too, but that's not really worth the Relic 
    Slot, or the Gil spent for that matter, so it’s probably a better idea 
    to avoid that.  Setzer should not be completely overlooked regardless 
    though, as he's not a bad character so long as you're willing to go those 
    few extra yards.
    Strategies for Setzer throughout the game:
    -Put Setzer in the back Row.  Besides the Gladius and Man Eater, 
    EVERYTHING Setzer has worth noting does the same damage in the back 
    row.  There's no reason to put him in the front row, EVER.
    -When Setzer first joins, start teaching him Healing magic.  He has 
    enough offense from the get go with Slots, might as well have him able 
    to cover another area.
    -Probably best to ignore Setzer's weapons for the most part, as Slots 
    tends to be better almost all the time, and his weapons are just a 
    waste of money.
    -As with most characters who have this option, stick with Gaia Gear for 
    Setzer's armor in the WoB.
    -Don't bother buying an extra Diamond Armor for Setzer when he first 
    joins, assuming you already have one on Celes and Edgar.  This is 
    because you get a Crystal Mail in Daryl's Tomb anyway, which is superior; 
    just keep Setzer with Gaia Gear or whatever he was using before the 
    World's Collapse.  No, its not that good, but it saves you some cash.  
    Also, in general, I recommend against buying Crystal Mails, as they're a 
    negligible improvement over the Diamond Armor, yet you're shelling out a 
    fair amount of cash for them.
    -And as with most male Force Armor users, Setzer should use that as his 
    choice of armor, at least if you have enough available.  Chances are, 
    though, you won't be using an Edgar, Cyan, Locke, and Setzer team 
    though (Celes and Terra have a much better "Consolation" option in the 
    Minerva Bustier (which is arguably better, but lets not get into that), 
    hence why this is the only team where it really matters THAT much.)  
    Though, thanks to Dragon's Den, and later Soul Shrine, you can get as 
    many Force Armors as you want, so this becomes a non-factor later.
    -Sshould you lack the Fixed Dice, and are using Setzer, Man Eater 
    or Gladius should be his weapon of choice, if only for their defensive 
    applications.  Death Tarot and Venom Darts have some applications with 
    instant death (especially Venom Darts since their instant death is 
    compatible with the Master's Scroll), but its probably just easier to 
    cast Death or Banish or something.
    -As soon as you get Fixed Dice, give them to Setzer, and never give him 
    anything else.  They are his best weapon by far.  It’s a good idea to 
    raid Kefka's tower early for these alone. Only time Setzer shouldn't be 
    using Fixed Dice is if you want a temporary defensive boost on turns he's 
    using healing (which is probably more micromanaging than its worth), or 
    if you prefer the steady damage of the Final Trump.
    -Setzer, like Celes, Sabin and Edgar, has the advantage of being 
    obtained BEFORE the Falchon in the WoR, meaning he can get some quick 
    extra work in.  Use that time for him to your advantage.
    -I should get this out of the way as well; NEVER use Dice.  They are a 
    bad weapon.  They work like Fixed Dice, except only use two dice 
    instead of three, and lack that damage bonus on triplets by extension.  
    Dice are NOT a good secondary weapon for, say, Genji Glove + Master's 
    Scroll (which you shouldn't be using anyway), to use with Fixed Dice 
    just cause they act like them and ignore Master's Scroll penalties.  
    Its a flat out bad weapon, and should be avoided.
    -Until Soul Shrine, I advise you not use Setzer and Locke in the same 
    team, since they both want Master's Scroll and there is only one of 
    them until you get there.  Of course, if you are using Locke for the 
    purposes of, say, Lightbringer, you probably aren't using Master's 
    Scroll (or rather, you SHOULDN'T)
    Setzer's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips: 
    Fixed Dice
    Man Eater
    Death Tarot
    Venom Darts
    Final Trump
    Priest's Miter
    Red Cap
    Genji Helm
    Green Beret
    Genji Armor
    Force Armor
    Reed Cloak
    Mirage Vest
    End Game Set Ups for Setzer:
    Heart of the...Dice?: 
    Fixed Dice
    Aegis Shield/Genji Shield/Thunder Shield
    Red Cap/Genji Helm
    Force Armor/Genji Armor
    Master's Scroll
    Like a lot of characters who can use Force Armor and Genji Armor, its a 
    tough call to say which is better, which leads to the usual "what 
    Shield and Helmet you want also depends on what you are aiming for."  
    I'll be blunt though; Fixed Dice ignore Strength, so Red Cap and Genji 
    Armor lose a bit of use there, though they still boost speed some and 
    thus, work for that purpose.  A nice balanced set up that takes 
    advantage of what Setzer is good at.  Just remember that for your second 
    relic, Fixed Dice ignore logic and such, so a Hero Ring wouldn’t be too 
    helpful, so probably best to opt for something defensive like Ribbon or 
    Miracle Shoes.
    Gambling Imp...OF DOOM!!!:
    Fixed Dice
    Tortoise Shield
    Reed Cloak
    Master's Scroll
    Yes, like the Imp Set up listed much earlier, except Setzer's own 
    personal take on it.  This works because Fixed Dice ignore anything 
    stat related outside of the users Level, which Imp doesn't effect 
    anyway.  As such, you can suddenly turn Setzer into an automatic tank 
    while he still makes use of the Fixed Dice.  Usual Imp downsides of 
    making the character on dimensional and limiting your Status immunity 
    exists, though, the latter isn't as bad as it sounds, as things like 
    Berserk actually HELP you in this set up, while things like Blind and 
    Silence (especially good since Silence immunity is on the same relic, 
    the White Cape, as Imp Immunity anyway), doesn't do squat, so its only 
    a select few that matter now.  A nice fun set up, if counter intuitive, 
    just remember to make Setzer an Imp before you use this, obviously.  Like 
    above, a defensive Relic would be ideal here, though DO NOT use White 
    Cape or Ribbon, as that will remove Imp Status, thus lowering Setzer’s 
    defenses dramatically.
    You’ve Activated My Trap Card!:
    Final Trump
    Final Trump/Fixed Dice
    Red Cap
    Mirage Vest/Genji Armor/Force Armor
    Genji Glove
    If you don’t like tossing the Master’s Scroll on Setzer, and can get your 
    hands on a second Final Trump, then this set up may be worth using.  If 
    you don’t want to get a second Final Trump, just use Fixed Dice and hope 
    for the best, though Fixed Dice without Master’s Scroll is a tad 
    disappointing, but figured it couldn’t hurt to acknowledge (might end up 
    beating a second Final Trump anyway, but naturally, unreliable).  Anyway, 
    Red Cap is tossed in for the extra HP and Strength.  Regarding his 
    Armors, Force Armor covers magic defensive angle with elemental resists 
    and Magic Evasion, Genji Armor boosts damage a bit more with +5 Strength 
    and raises defenses the highest, Mirage Vest mostly just to work away 
    that crippling defense stat, assuming you can end the fight fast.  Damage 
    isn’t too bad, but it’s a bit lacking in defenses, contrast to similar 
    set ups by Terra who doesn’t suffer quite as much (and does more damage 
    to boot), though he does keep Back Row.  Again, I don’t really suggest 
    this set up, it’s mostly just there in case you want to give that 
    Master’s Scroll to someone else, but still want to make use of Setzer.
    Miscellaneous Info on Setzer:
    -You can actually rig slots so to speak.  Or rather, unrig the slots 
    that are rigged against you.  Basically, use a very specific 
    Combination of moves in a fight, and now slots won't be rigged against 
    you, ever.  Yes, this includes Joker's Death.  Mind, you still have to 
    know the timing, but hey, its nice, innit?  I believe the easiest 
    unrigging method is just use an Echo Herb.
    -A way to cheese out slots is to press Start while they are rolling, 
    and when you finally see the thing you want ABOVE the marker, hold the 
    A button, and unpause the game.  Unless the slots are rigged against 
    you, this will pretty much always get you what you want.
    -There’s a way to rule out the rigging of slots entirely, such that you 
    can get whatever you want so long as your timing is right.  Basically, 
    have a character start using some spell.  When the name appears and they 
    go into casting, start Slots up.  From what I gather, if you do this 
    right, it will automatically undo the rigging and you can get ability you 
    want…including Joker Death.  Timing is everything here, but it lets 
    Setzer be a cruel person if you don’t mind cheesing out what was probably 
    an unintended little gimmick. 
    -As a random side note, using Joker Death apparently counts as using 
    Lv. 5 Death, at least as far as Lores go, so using this can teach 
    Strago Lv. 5 Death if you so wanted.
    -Fixed Dice, unlike other Defense Ignoring weapons and abilities, do 
    NOT ignore Multipliers, oddly.  This means it can take the benefits of 
    Berserk (especially good if using the Imp set up), and Trance (requires 
    Merit Award obviously) if you want, to really wreck some havoc. Pity it 
    cannot be given to someone with Rage anymore (both Gau AND Gogo can't 
    use Merit Award), as Catscratch Fixed Dice use to be fun as well.
    -Setzer will never use Slots in the Coliseum.  This is a good thing, as 
    it means, if you were careful on what spells to teach him, he can 
    really come in handy for winning specific fights, and you won't have to 
    worry about some idiotic actions.  
    -Setzer is the 3rd and last character required to get in the WoR!
    -Setzer is one of two characters (the other being Terra) whose own 
    personal ending in the montage has no variants.  This is because he’s a 
    required recruit, and unlike Celes and Edgar, shares his scene with no 
    Optional Characters.
    Skill set:
    Setzer's slots are all based on what you get.  I'll be listing the 
    options in order of difficulty (so first is easy to get, the last is 
    nigh impossible), per se.
    Mysidian Rabbit: 
    Obtained From: Any Failure
    Effects: Negligible Healing to whole party, recovers from Blind, 
    Poison, and Sleep
    Comments: Uhh…it’s a failure, you expect them to reward you with 
    something?  Yeah, basically, you get what you earned, more or less.
    Prismatic Flash: 
    Obtained From: 3 Diamonds
    Effects: Non Elemental Magic damage to all
    Comments: Rather decent, actually, for one of the easiest Slots to get.  
    Good for ST damage, due to hits high Spell Power, and MT damage isn't 
    too shabby either (Rising Phoenix level)  Should be Setzer's primary 
    Offense in the WoB.
    Chocobo Stampede:
    Obtained From: 3 Chocobos
    Effects: Non elemental Magic damage to all, misses flying targets
    Comments: A variation of Prismatic Flash.  This one is centered more 
    around crowd control, having much lower spell power, but ignores 
    defense AND Split Damage.  It's basically Meteor, actually, which is 
    rather nice.  Its main flaw is that it misses anything that has float 
    status (annoying on the FC), though.  Pretty solid move, though, 
    considering how easy it is to get.
    Dive Bomb:
    Obtained From: 3 Airships
    Effects: Non Elemental Magic Damage to all
    Comments: Nasty move, if you can learn its timing.  This move is 
    SOMETIMES rigged against you, but more often than not isn't.  Can be a 
    bit hard to learn its timing, but it'll pay off in the end.  The move 
    is easily one of the most damaging attacks in the WoB, and isn't half 
    bad in the WoR (Though, not stellar)
    Random Summon:
    Obtained From: 3 Bars
    Effects: Summons a random Esper except Odin, whether you have the Esper 
    or not doesn't matter.
    Comments: This is when getting moves is harder than its worth.  This 
    likely isn't that hard, but, it's too unreliable to be worth using.  Its 
    only real use is for morphing, actually, as it'll let Gogo Mime 
    Ragnarok's summon over and over again (something he can't do with 
    Magicite Shards due to how they work), if you want to morph some hard 
    to get items (like the Cursed Ring!)  Generally speaking, I wouldn't 
    bother with this beyond novelty, especially since you can get the Sword 
    and Esper in the same file due to clear game.
    Mega Flare: 
    Obtained From: 3 Dragons
    Effects: Non Elemental Magic damage to all
    Comments: This is, to be blunt, Setzer using the Bahamut Esper for 
    Free.  The attack in and of itself is fine, but its just the odds of 
    getting are too low for it be useful.  Shame, too, as this move is 
    basically his best Slots for raw damage, being better than Grand Delta 
    (Strago's best Lore) in everyway.
    Joker Death (Good Version): 
    Obtained From: 3 7s
    Effects: Kills entire enemy party, regardless if immune to instant 
    death or not (yes, this works even on the final boss) 
    Comments: This is the best Slots, hands down…at least as far as effects 
    go.  What's its problem?  The chances of getting this are incredibly 
    low, and the game even sometimes doesn’t let you use it in some fights 
    at that.  Though, should you be lucky enough to get this, your 
    opposition is gone.  This is nice if you are patient enough to dual 
    abuse slot tricks (the Pause + Accept method combined with Derigging 
    Joker Death (Bad Version): 
    Obtained From: 2 7s and a Bar
    Effects: Kills both the enemies side and your own
    Comments: This has the same likely hood to happen as the above…only 
    It’s a good thingin this case.  This being used is a game over, period 
    (unless you have Reraise, maybe), you want to avoid this like the plague.  
    Yeah, basically, this is a NEGATIVE slots.
    Ending Thoughts: 
    Setzer has a fair amount of potential, though how much of that 
    potential appears depends on how much you're willing to give him.  
    Requiring some rare items like the Master's Scroll does hurt his 
    flexibility use some, so you'll have to set parties up wisely if you 
    want him to be effective, and he needs you to actually grab those Fixed 
    Dice earlier than you usually would as well.  All in all, he’s a decent, 
    if a bit unreliable, character.
    | MOG |
    Extra HP: 39
    Extra MP: 16
    Strength: 29
    Speed: 36
    Stamina: 26
    Magic Power: 35
    Attack: 16
    Defense: 52
    Evasion: 10%
    Magic Defense: 36
    Magic Evasion: 12%
    Level Readjustment: +5
    Desperation: Moogle Rush
    Special ability: Dance 
    Effects: Adds "Dance" status to Mog.  Under Dance status, Mog can use 
    one of four attacks, what attacks vary on each dance.  All Dances have 
    frequencies spread out between 7/16 for first attack, 6/16 for second, 
    2/16 for the third, and 1/16 for the rarest.  Dances have a 50% chance 
    of success upon initial attempt, and once successful, the dance will 
    never fail again unless Mog dies and then uses a different dance (The 
    Terrain changes when Mog uses a "Dance" successfully), UNLESS on Home 
    Terrain, in which case, said dance never fails.  Dances are obtained by 
    finishing battles on new terrain with Mog in your party (yes, he can be 
    dead)  All Dances are considered magical.
    Character Analysis: 
    As the first playable Moogle in the FF series, Mog had to leave quite a 
    positive mark for his race! Well, one thing Mog does get credit for is 
    having next to no logic when it comes to how his character was made up.  
    Lets analyze him for a second.  Its a little small stuffed animal, in 
    essence, ok, that explains the low Strength...yet his Attack 
    somehow is higher than that of a seasoned adventurer in Locke.  Also, 
    despite being so small, his defense is the second highest (non-Umaro) in 
    the game, which normally would imply low Magic Defense…except he’s #1 in 
    that as well!  Decent Magic Power…but he’s best used as a fighter when 
    all is said an done.  Also, you’d think he’d use some small simple weapon 
    considering what he is…but his weapon of choice is a Spear, probably the 
    largest weapon class in the game.  Oh yeah, normally, you’d think he’d 
    have next to no combat experience, so he should join underleveled, right?  
    Nope! He joins at 5 LEVELS ABOVE average, the highest of any (permanent) 
    character in the game.  Needless to say, “O_o” somes up Mog well.  To 
    make matters worse regarding the randomness, Mog's equipment is all over 
    the place, outside of his weapons.  He can use the Golden Shield, for 
    example, but none of the other "exclusive" shields (Heavy Shield, Diamond 
    Shield, and Crystal Shield), as well as the other Golden Equips, yet 
    there is no armor upgrade he gets beyond the Diamond Vest until his 
    ultimate armor, the Snow Scarf, which turns the smallest member of the 
    cast into your best tank by far.  Um, yeah, Mog isn't what I'd call an 
    easy to classify character, so its best we just move onto how he works or 
    When you first get Mog in the WoB, his big thing will be his dances.  
    They're actually pretty brutal at this point, since they often have big 
    MT damage that can nail weaknesses, full healing, and tend to be on the 
    home terrain often, so the stumble aspect doesn't kick in.  Combine 
    that with a decent equipment selection for the time, Mog is a canon 
    with no real flaws beyond lack of controllability.  He also can double 
    as a Mage, being able to use the Magus Hat and having a decent base 
    Magic Power score, so teaching him a few attack spells wouldn't hurt 
    either.  Lastly, he tends to be an incredible tank at first due to 
    joining 5 levels above everyone else, giving him a nice big HP 
    advantage, as well as a damage boost to boot.  This does have the 
    downside for less Esper boosts in the long run granted, though the 
    difference isn't as big as you might think, since many characters will 
    lose those some of those levels anyway due to Thamasa, let alone they’ll 
    all have caught up by the WoR, so realistically only a few characters 
    have a true edge on him in this regard.
    However, Mog's method of playing kind of shifts dramatically in the 
    WoR.  Here, you'll likely be using him as a Dragoon, similar to Edgar, 
    so he's actually playing like a Fighter now, less like a mage.  Combine 
    that with a incredible defense score, suddenly Mog's a force to 
    consider using...in completely different ways than he was before.  Its 
    because of this sudden change in worth, and how Dances go from godly 
    to, well, crappy pretty rapidly that a lot of people will consider Mog 
    as a bad character.  However, this is also clear that these people 
    never got the Snow Scarf, one of Mog's big things, as they'll also 
    claim he has bad equipment.  Snow Scarf alone, combined with spears not 
    totally sucking ass, make for a decent enough selection of equipment 
    (also makes it easy to figure out what he wants <_<.)  In fact, you'd 
    be surprised how many people think Mog's only purpose in this game is 
    for the sake of the Molulu's Charm (unique Relic for Mog that stops 
    Random Encounters entirely), and even go as far as to get that Gold 
    Hairpin instead of him as such (which...is kind of silly; FF6 is not a 
    game where MP is a big deal, especially thanks to Osmose.) 
    Like Edgar, though, Mog's new Dragon's Den weapon isn't really a spear, 
    for Jump purposes.  Gungnir only gets the 1.5x damage that other 
    weapons get, instead of 2x damage like Spears get.  This naturally 
    kills a good amount of its use.  On the other hand, its also Mog's best 
    weapon for boosting Magic Power, so it still has some on paper use for 
    Mog should he have been raised as a Mage, so its not worthless the way 
    Longinus is, though you'll probably find yourself using Radiant Lance 
    or Holy Lance more often, since those two are overall better.  Do note 
    that Mog being raised as a Mage isn’t necessarily a bad idea, as he can 
    serve the purpose of a durable Magical cannon if you wanted, and his 
    Magic Power is competent enough to do the job, though, don’t expect the 
    damage values from him as you would from someone like Relm.  If you’re 
    using Mog as a mage, its cause you wanted a spell caster who can take 
    hits exceptionally well, not cause he can dish out big damage (this isn’t 
    to say his damage sucks, of course, just doesn’t stand out.)
    So Mog is a pretty damn good character...if you know how to use him.  
    Knowing what Dance is the right one to use makes him a beast in the 
    first part of the game, and second part of the game, he makes a scary 
    Dragoon whose also a bit of a scary tank at the same time.  Do not 
    underestimate the power of the little guy, even if the mascot 
    characters often end up crappy in the end, as Mog is clearly not 
    something to be taken lightly...even if he himself weighs a rather 
    small amount.
    Strategies for Mog throughout the game:
    -When you first get Mog, in the save Terra sequence, De-equip him.  
    This way, you can get an early Mythril Shield, and Mythril Pike.  Note 
    that Mog comes back with this anyway when he rejoins later, so you 
    really are getting free stuff here (unlike Shadow's Ninja Gear which is 
    mostly just equip transferring.)
    -You should always grab Mog instead of the Gold Hairpin.  Yes, halving 
    MP costs sounds nice, but consider it takes up a whole relic slot, and 
    that you can't grab Water Harmony outside of one chance in the WoR 
    (Leviathan fight), and Mog loses even MORE Esper levels than before 
    (when he joins in the WoR, his Level readjustment won't factor in if 
    you got him early on) if you grab him late.  That, and Mog is actually 
    a decent character here to boot.
    -Shove Mog in the Back Row, and give him Dragoon Boots.  That relic 
    should be somewhat a staple on Mog.  Early on, Hero's Ring is likely 
    the best option (boosts Jump's damage, AND his dance's damage), later, 
    better off with Dragon Horn, so his optimal damage (Jump) increases.
    -NEVER give Mog the Genji Glove.  Dragoon Boots will result in the same 
    thing, and doesn't sacrifice a shield.
    -Only reason to give Mog that Gladius is if you want Mog to have extra 
    defenses.  Though, honestly, with that 255 Defense score, something 
    tells me Mog won't care about physical evade much.  Suppose it MIGHT 
    matter if you give Mog a Force Shield or something.  Regardless, Holy 
    Lance is a better choice, since its a spear, and has random Holy 
    castings as well.
    -When you first get Mog in the WoB, I suggest taking a quick dance hike 
    to grab all the dances you can get (all but Snowman Rondo are 
    available)  ESPECIALLY Water Harmony, as the area coming up (the Sealed 
    Cave), to be blunt, its not very fond of that dance. (though, Mog does 
    have 50% chance of failure, being not the home dance)
    -Speaking of which, for the Sealed Cave, Mog's best option is likely 
    Water Harmony.  Unreliable, yes, but when he hits with El Nino, he hits 
    HARD.  Though, Twilight Requiem isn't bad if you are fighting nothing but 
    Zombones (Since the only thing they are immune to is Poison Frog, the 
    rarest of Dusk Requiem's dances)
    -IAF Sequence, Wind Rhapsody hands down.  Provides not only consistent 
    Healing, but Wind Slash can kill those fights in one casting 
    (Earrings/Hero's Rings can help insure this further) Plasma, while rare 
    and not favorable, WILL kill whatever it hits, and works nicely on Air 
    Force to boot.  Cockatrice?too rare to consider, be it positive or 
    negative.  Most evil part is, this dance is the home dance too, so no 
    real flaws into using it.
    -Floating Continent, Earth Blues all the way.  This dance is just 
    brutal, in general, and it’s the home dance too, should be quite 
    obvious as far as why to use it (it does have a flaw in that if Mog 
    uses Sonic Boom on an enemy immune to Instant Death, it’s a wasted 
    turn, but thems the breaks)
    -Be sure to get the Snow Scarf before you are serious about using Mog 
    in the WoR.  
    -Keep Mog with a Holy Lance (which you should try to get ASAP) or 
    Radiant Lance at all times.  Again, despite what it may seem, Gungnir 
    is NOT a spear in terms of Jump.  Only time you should be using Gungnir 
    is if you need a magic boost on Mog.  Otherwise, stick with the other 
    high end spears.
    Mog's Ultimate and Noteworthy equips:
    Holy Lance
    Radiant Lance  
    Genji Helm
    Priest's Miter
    Red Cap
    Green Beret
    Snow Scarf
    Reed Cloak
    Ideal End game Set ups for Mog: 
    Kain only wishes he was this Awesome:
    Radiant Lance/Holy Lance
    Genji Shield/Thunder Shield/Aegis Shield
    Red Cap/Genji Helm
    Snow Scarf
    Dragoon Boots
    Dragon Horn
    Ok, first off, your priority should be to hit 255 Defense; perfect 
    defense means Mog takes 1 damage from all physicals, 0 if he's in the 
    back row.  How you go about this is up to you.  The ways that work 
    above are Red Cap/Genji Shield, or Genji Helm with the other two 
    shields.  Red Cap combo grants more HP and some more damage, while the 
    other set ups yield more elemental resistance (Thunder Shield + Snow 
    Scarf stops 3 Elements and halves a 4th, if you're wondering) or more 
    magic defense; it depends on what you want.  Which Lance you want 
    depends on how lucky you feel; Holy Lance randomly casts Holy, but 
    Radiant Lance does more damage otherwise, its a tough call.  And yes, 
    this is a cheap shot at FF4 Kain in that his whole Dragoon hype thing 
    is being outclassed by a little white fur ball, even in the department of 
    tanking <_<
    Magic Tank in the form of a Moogle:
    Genji Shield
    Snow Scarf
    Soul of Thamasa
    Gives Mog the best Magic Power he can get while still keeping that 255 
    Defense.  If you're raising Mog a mage, then this would be the set up 
    you want.  Naturally, you might not have enough Soul of Thamasas to go 
    around, so make sure someone else doesn’t want it more before handing it 
    to him. 
    He Keeps Going and Going and nothing outlasts the energizer...Moogle?: 
    Paladin's Shield
    Circlet/Red Cap
    Snow Scarf
    Safety Bit
    This Set Up makes Mog damn near impossible to kill. I'm not a fan of 
    wasting that Paladin's Shield, but in this case, Mog is making special 
    use of it, per se.  He's got perfect defense so Physicals can't get him, 
    total immunity to Elemental attacks due to Paladin's Shield, Ribbon + 
    Safety Bit means that the only status that can hit him is Stop (which 
    can't be guarded outside of Reflect Ring in some cases) and he has good 
    Magic Defense (which you could also cast Shell mid-flight to bolster if 
    need be) for the non-elemental Magic.  Only thing that can do real damage 
    to him are the occasional Defense Ignoring spells that are non-elemental, 
    really, or those rare Specials that are Instant Death related, and some 
    of those run into decent Evasion and Magic Evasion anyway.  What Helmet 
    you want depends upon some one factor; this set up, Mog is going to act 
    as a Mage since, well, his physical damage is not going to impress you, 
    so Gungnir was kind of obvious here.  Circlet will give you the boost 
    to Magic Power, though, Red Cap will help push the Set Ups Defensive 
    purposes higher, giving that 25% HP Boost, to help defend against some 
    of those few defense ignoring moves you can't stop otherwise.  This set 
    up really deserves a look at if you don't mind giving Mog your 
    Paladin's Shield, as its a not an easy thing for most enemies to 
    overcome (though, don't think it alone will save you against the likes 
    of Kaiser Dragon.) 
    Mog Laugh at your Puny Magics!: 
    Force Shield
    Reed Cloak
    White Cape
    White Cape
    You know its odd; for all that I am not a fan of Gungnir much, I seem 
    to be using it a lot in these set ups <_<.  Gungnir's use here is 
    obvious; Mog has his Relics taken up, so he's going to be acting 
    as a Mage.  The concept behind this set up is Mog has 255 Magic 
    Defense, thus making him immune to all Magic that doesn't ignore 
    defense, while also bolstering a nice 82% Magic Evasion to stop those 
    pesky status spells or occasional Flare spells either.  The set up 
    especially asks Mog to be a Mage cause he has no real physical defense 
    at all. It is worth noting, however, that if Mog uses a Tortoise Shield 
    instead of Force Shield, he'll have 254 Magic Defense, loses 20% Magic 
    Evasion, HOWEVER, gets 30% Evasion, which makes him not totally 
    defenseless against physicals, though this also means he doesn't halve 
    certain attacks like Meltdown or Flare Star, losing Force Shield's 
    Elemental Resistance.
    Inverted Defenses Ahoy!: 
    Gungnir/Radiant Lance/Holy Lance
    Force Shield/Tortoise Shield
    Snow Scarf
    Normally, set ups tend to have higher defense than magic defense, at 
    least numerically, or conversely, they'll have incredible magic defense 
    with really bad defense, at least assuming none of these set ups are 
    evasion twinking in which case, things get messy.  This set up though 
    has impressive Magic Defense while retaining at least passable 
    defense…kind of the opposite of normal balanced set ups.  You'll note 
    the only thing here that grants defense is the Snow Scarf, and Mog's 
    defense still is adequate, to give you an idea of just how sick that 
    thing is, and it still has a very good Magic Defense score.  Force 
    Shield vs Tortoise Shield is tough call.  On one hand, Force Shield has 
    better magic defenses in everyway, and adds elemental resistances and 
    Shell status.  Tortoise Shield, however, adds 30% Evasion, which helps 
    cover the physical end, which is definitely the weaker side of the two.  
    As far as what weapon to use…well, how are you using Mog? If Dragoon 
    set up, Radiant Lance or Holy Lance would be ideal (which of those 
    comes down to personal preference, as usual), if Mog is being used as a 
    Mage, then go with Gungnir.  Naturally, what Relics you use depends on 
    how you're using Mog, so this is a very generalized set up.
    Miscellaneous Info about Character:
    -Mog is required for getting Umaro.  This means that if you want 
    everything, you must use Mog at least at some point regardless
    -Molulu Charm only works for one party, as a reminder.  Mind, it helps 
    turn things like Phoenix Cave into a one party area, effectively, since 
    only one party is fighting, while Mog runs right through
    -When Mog uses a dance, you lose control of him completely, unless he 
    dies.  Keep this in mind before using Dance with Mog.
    -And Mog is yet another character who naturally maxes out MP at level 
    99!  So yeah, no wasting Esper levels, consciously anyway, with MP 
    Boosts, as they're pointless for perfectionist reasons here.
    -If you're curious, Mog can actually max both evasion stats out as 
    well, if you don't mind using both Merit Award and Paladin's Shield.  
    Not that I suggest this due to what it requires, but just know its 
    there (check out, say, Terra or Locke's maxed evasion set ups, and just 
    replace Zephyr's Cloak with Merit Award.)
    Skill set:
    Below are a list of Mog's dances, how to get them, and what they 
    contain. (note that abilities are being listed in order of Frequency)
    Note that since this isn't an algorithm FAQ, I'm giving a 
    generalization of abilities only (much like any other character.)  IF 
    you want to see exactly what each dance does, check out Master Zed's 
    Attack Guide.
    Wind Rhapsody
    Home Terrain: Plains, Coliseum, the Veldt, and Sky (such as fights on 
    the Airship)
    Wind Slash: Wind damage to all.
    Sun Bath: Heals party's HP
    Plasma: Lightning elemental damage to one
    Cockatrice: Inflicts Stone status on target.  Note the game says it 
    does damage, however, the move misses entirely if enemy is immune to 
    Stone status, so that factor is moot.
    Evaluation of Dance:  Fairly solid.  Wind Slash is good MT damage, and 
    Sun bath is effectively full healing.  Cockatrice is a bit mehish, 
    though, it’s the rarest attack of the dance, thankfully.  Plasma isn't 
    particularly special, but doesn't hurt either.
    Forest Nocturne
    Home Terrain: Forests
    Leaf Swirl: Non Elemental damage to all
    Forest Healing: Recovers party from most negative status ailments
    Will o' the Wisp: Fire Damage to one
    Wombat: Non elemental damage to one 
    Comments: Probably the worst dance in the game.  Forest Healing being a 
    frequent attack really screws the dance's potential, and it has no real 
    tricks, beside Wombat which is oddly Mog's strongest damage dance…pity 
    its also the rarest.
    Desert Lullaby: 
    Home Terrain: Deserts
    Sandstorm: Wind Elemental damage to all
    Antlion: Instant Death to one
    Wind Slash: Wind Elemental damage to all
    Meercat: Grants Haste status to the whole party
    Comments: Pure novelty dance.  Not particularly useful, but not scrubby 
    either.  Main problem is there's no real use for a Desert Dance, in 
    general (if it had some good skills, that'd be one thing, but…it 
    Love Serenade: 
    Home Terrain: Towns and Indoors
    Will o' the Wisp: Fire damage to one
    Apparition: Confuses single target
    Snare: Instant Death to one
    Tapir: Recovers party from status
    Comments: Nifty for the confusion, and chance of instant death, though 
    quite lacking on damage.  Not much home terrain to take advantage of 
    this, the places that do its not worth it (Zozo, those few fights in 
    the Banquet sequence, Owzer’s House, among a few other places)
    Earth Blues: 
    Home Terrain: Mountains, and the Floating Continent
    Rock Slide: Non Elemental damage to one
    Sonic Boom: Reduces target's HP by 62.5%
    Sun Bath: Heals the party's HP
    Boar Brigade: Non elemental damage to one
    Comments: Nice dance.  Great when you consider the Floating Continent 
    is its home terrain as well.  Rock Slide does some nasty damage (its an 
    improved Flare, more or less), Sonic Boom is some Gravity damage, and 
    it has some healing, even if unreliable.  Boar Brigade is kind of just 
    there, though.
    Water Harmony:
    Home Terrain: Lethe River, Serpent Trench, and fight vs. Leviathan
    El Nino: Water elemental damage to all
    Plasma: Lightning Damage to one
    Apparition: Confuses enemy
    Raccoon: Heals party's HP and from most negative status effects
    Comments: This dance, frankly, kicks ass, pity the home terrain appears 
    almost never.  El Nino is quite nasty when you first get it, and Plasma 
    isn't half bad.  Raccoon, while rare, is probably the best single 
    healing ability in the game, having no flaws in and of itself, while 
    healing ludicrously high amounts along with status.  Apparition is 
    mostly novelty, but isn't bad.
    Twilight Requiem: 
    Home Terrain: Caves
    Cave In: Reduces Target's HP by 75%, adds Seizure Status
    Snare: Instant Death to one enemy
    Will o' the Wisp: Fire damage to one
    Poisonous Frog: Poison Damage to one
    Comments: Pretty average, this dance isn't much on raw damage, albeit, 
    since the only damage attacks are rare.  This dance has a few terrain 
    areas, but there are often better things to do with Mog’s turns.
    Snowman Rondo: 
    Home Terrain: Snowy Hills behind Narshe
    Snowball: Reduces enemy's HP by 50%
    Avalanche: Ice damage to all
    Snare: Instant Death to one
    Arctic Hare: Heals party's HP
    Comments: Pretty sad, considering how late you get it.  Only one area 
    is its home terrain, and the only thing worth fighting there (Ice 
    Dragon)…is immune to all its tricks.  Nothing really worth noting about 
    this dance at all. 
    Ending Thoughts:
    Mog is a pretty respectable character once you get it out of your head 
    that he's more than just Dances and Molulu's Charm.  Being a freakish 
    tank late game, and a good physical fighter thanks to Dragoon Set Up 
    (or conversely, a decent Mage, should you prefer that), he's definitely 
    has his uses in the late game.  Dances being dominant in the WoB 
    certainly are enough to secure his use over the Gold Hairpin, 
    especially giving him that extra time to learn some magic and some more 
    Esper levels too (let alone joining over leveled has its benefits.)  
    Despite being a total joke of a character in plot, he's no laughing 
    matter in battle...and he's so cute too, kupo ^_^ *shot for acting 
    | Gau |
    #Feral Youth#
    Extra HP: 45
    Extra MP: 10
    Strength: 44
    Speed: 38
    Stamina: 36
    Magic Power: 34
    Attack: 99
    Defense: 44
    Evasion: 21%
    Magic Defense: 34
    Magic Evasion: 18%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Desperation: N/A (Gau has no Desperation)
    Special ability: Rage/Leap
    Effects: When Gau uses Rage, you lose control of him in a manner 
    similar to Mog's Dance, and you won't regain control unless he dies 
    (and is revived), or you end the fight.  When in Rage status, Gau will 
    use one of two actions; the first is always a standard Fight command, 
    that despite its animation (which is dependant on the monster's), are 
    all identical, and the other move varies (like Stray Cat uses 
    "Catscratch" or Templar uses "Fira".)  Any Status immunities or 
    elemental factors (Null, Absorption or weakness) the enemy has is 
    transferred to Gau as well, though do note that this DOES stack with 
    equipment, in and Elemental cases, works on the same logic of 
    Absorption > Null > Weakness > Neutral.  Instant Death immunity is the 
    one exception here, as if Gau is immune before hand (with a Safety Bit, 
    naturally) and uses a Rage that isn't, he loses the immunity.  Other 
    random factors like Undead or starting status effects (such as 
    Templar's Auto Protect status) are also transferred upon using Rage.  
    In order to build up Rage, the command "Leap" must be used, which is 
    available only on the Veldt.  When using Leap, the battle there ends, 
    and Gau is lost temporarily.  Gau will then randomly reappear at the 
    end of a fight on the Veldt, so long as your team has a free spot 
    (meaning 3 characters or less), and learn any Rages of Monsters in the 
    fight he returns on; note that if you scare Gau off by accidentally 
    hitting him, he will NOT learn Rages as he has to actually rejoin.
    ...yeah, Rage is simply put the most complex special in the game, you 
    can see why I didn't write for him in the SNES FAQ <_<;
    Character Analysis: 
    Ok, I'm going to keep this short.  I'm mainly writing for Gau this time 
    cause, well, it feels like at least his objective facts like Stats and 
    possible set ups should be listed.  Gau is a character who has some of 
    the most potential in the game, be it early on when he's an incredible 
    powerhouse (though unreliable due to randomness), with a few tricks to 
    screw over bosses, or later in the game when he's got this really evil 
    defensive game due to how Rage's work.  He also gets a new equip in 
    Dueling Mask thanks to Dragon's Den.  If you're wondering, the Cat-ear 
    Hood use to be considered the best helmet in the game...Dueling Mask 
    beats it at *EVERYTHING* outside of doubling Gil, to give you an idea 
    how good it is.  It also grants 25% HP like the Red Cap.  Regardless, 
    Gau is one of these characters whose about as good as you let him; if 
    you don't mind Veldt Training, he'll be phenomenal so long as you know 
    what Rages to use.  If you hate training on the Veldt? You might as 
    well leave him on the Airship, as he won't be doing you very good 
    (he'll be a worse version of Mage Mog, in essence.) 
    See, it's already done! Short like I said, right?  Again, this isn't 
    cause I hate Gau, but rather, its cause to give a thorough analysis and 
    strategies on Gau would require a FAQ in and of itself, since he's a 
    very deep and complex character in terms of his game play worth.
    Strategies for Gau throughout the game:
    -Gau is someone who might prefer Front Row, if only cause he'll always 
    have that Physical as an option; this especially rings true for the 
    famous Stray Cat Rage, since Catscratch does not ignore row.
    -Rages to look out for early on are Stray Cat, Guard Leader, Templar, 
    Oversoul, Bomb, Spritzer, Trillium, Darkside, Cloud, Lesser Lopros, and 
    Acrophies. I won't get into why, but these are the stand out rages 
    available when you first get to the Veldt, assuming you fought these 
    enemies, for one reason or another.
    -Keep Gau's at least somewhat up to date.  I'm not going to tell you 
    what Rages to get at every point (beyond the bunch I mentioned above) 
    since after a point, it really becomes micromanaging, and you should 
    raise Gau at a pace you feel works for you.
    -Like with Mog, grab that Snow Scarf ASAP for Gau; its one of his big 
    advantages, and he's likely going to need it if you want to use Gau 
    -Similarly, when you get the Dueling Mask, that should be a staple on 
    Gau.  It is the best helmet in the game in every possible way (barring 
    the Saucer, which barely beats it in Magic Defense, and in Defense if 
    you're an imp, but that hardly counts), so take advantage of it.
    -I suppose its worth noting that Berserk is a beneficial status effect 
    for Gau, at least after he uses Rage.  Due to how Rage works, its script 
    overrides Berserk, but you’ll still get the damage increase (which I 
    think even applies to his magic, but not certain) from the status.  Its 
    generally not worth the use of another character’s turn, however, though 
    it doesn’t hurt to remind that it exists.  Bare in mind that many 
    worthwhile Rages (like Magic Urn and Night Shade) are immune to Berserk, 
    so this strategy is sometimes unusable.  Just be sure to use Rage FIRST 
    before you cast Berserk on him too.
    Gau's Ultimate and Noteworthy equips:
    (Gau cannot use weapons besides Impartisan which actually LOWERS his 
    Priest's Miter
    Green Beret
    Red Cap
    Dueling Mask
    Genji Helm
    Snow Scarf
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    End Game Set Ups for Gau:
    Who says 13 Year Old Boys can't drive tanks?: 
    Aegis Shield/Genji Shield
    Dueling Mask
    Snow Scarf
    Perfect Defense, lots of stat boosts from Dueling Mask and elemental 
    resistance as well.  Thunder Shield isn't really practical here as Gau 
    already resists every element in the game, including Absorbing Ice, and 
    depending on how you use him, he might resist more with his Rages.  
    Aegis Shield is flat out the superior Shield here (since Gau maxes 
    defense anyway, it gives superior magic defensive stats), though 
    there's a limited supply of them, hence why you might prefer Genji 
    Shield in this case.
    He's Still No Worker 8...:
    Force Shield
    Saucer/Dueling Mask
    Reed Cloak
    White Cape
    White Cape
    The perfect Magic defense set up.  Note that the Dueling Mask falls 
    short by literally one point, though give the Force Shield's auto 
    Shell, that's probably not going to matter; put Saucer on there for 
    perfectionist reasons.  Dueling Mask is probably better for the 
    elemental resists, Stat Boosts, and giving Gau *SOME* physical defense 
    (its still bad, though not as bad as Terra/Mog's similar set ups, and 
    he gets extra evade too.) 
    Balancing of Defenses?cause we can!:
    Force Shield/Tortoise Shield
    Dueling Mask
    Snow Scarf
    Sort of a hybrid of the above two set ups.  Having decent defense and 
    even better magic defense, this set up can take both types of damage 
    rather well, especially Magic with the Force Shield.  That's not even 
    considering the 25% HP Boost the Dueling Mask grants.  The Tortoise 
    Shield is listed since it grants an elemental resistance the Dueling 
    Mask doesn't cover (turns the Water resistance into Water Absorbing), 
    and adds 30% Evasion to help cover the lower (though by no means bad) 
    physical defense.  Which you want comes down to personal preference, 
    mind.  As usual, Gau will be about defenses, and this is about as good 
    as he'll get for balancing both, barring the use of the elusive 
    Paladin's Shield.
    Miscellaneous stuff regarding Gau: 
    -Regardless of how hard you try, Gau will always have empty slots in 
    his Rage list.  Siegfried and Typhon are both technically Rages, 
    however their formations (since they're pure coliseum enemies) never 
    appear on the Veldt.  As such, if you seem to have every enemy, this 
    would be why.  I heard Death Warden's formation used in the Soul shrine 
    DOES appear on the Veldt, so if you want him, you'll have to wait til 
    then, as the one found in the Box at in the Veldt Cave uses a different 
    formation (if you're wondering, the Veldt only shows Monster Formations 
    form 00 to 255, IIRC, and only if there is a Rage-able monster in that 
    list; Death Warden in the original had an unused formation that fell 
    within 00 to 255, while the one in the box was above that value.)  
    ALSO, note that for different reasons, Tonberries (NOT to be confused 
    with Tonberry) cannot be Raged due to their monster value.  They were 
    suppose to appear in the last slot, but that spot is value 255, or FF 
    in Hex, which is treated as null data universally for purposes like 
    this, as such, that would be another Rage you can't ever obtain.
    -Remember that to get a formation/monster to appear on the Veldt, you 
    have to encounter it.  Whether you fight it the whole way through, or 
    just run, it doesn't matter, just need to actually see it.
    -Despite them appearing on the Veldt, Proto Armor and LIVING King 
    Behemoth do not yield Rages.  If you're wondering why those two haven't 
    appeared on your list, that would be the reason.  Do note that the 
    UNDEAD King Behemoth still yields a Rage, however.
    -Just to clear this up, no; not a single new enemy from Dragon's Den 
    gives a Rage, so Gau gains no new skills beyond the 3 universal new 
    spells and 4 new Esper in FF6a.
    -Roulette used by Ahriman from Gau is *NOT* the same as a normal 
    Roulette.  Its actually just like casting Death, except it can't fail 
    beyond strict immunity to it.  This is because the targeting doesn't 
    work with Rage (since Rage tends to just use ST, MT, or randomly choose 
    one of the two if possible, completely ignoring oddities in targeting; 
    Roulette would be the only oddity that matters, near as I can tell), so 
    it just uses the effect, not the randomness part.  It DOES count 
    towards teaching Strago the spell Roulette though.
    -Gau has a few "status" moves that work on bosses! Or more precisely, 
    Rafflesia's Allure (which is an instant win to a boss if he has one 
    target, and no HP Loops, should it hit), Fiend Dragon's Northern Cross, 
    and Coco's Entice (I might be off on some of these names.)  These 
    aren't glitches, mind; there is just no way to immune these abilities 
    in game, on either end (barring Magic Evasion anyway, in Allure and 
    Northern Cross' case), so technically they are fair game, though this 
    is probably an oversight...
    -Despite how they appear in the Veldt, Proto Armor is not a rage-able 
    monster.  They are an odd exception in that they’re the only enemy that 
    functions like this, due to how the game works (its not a bug, more just 
    an odditiy.) 
    -Gau is another character who naturally gets maxed out MP...in fact, he 
    hits 999 on the dot, instead of reaching a theoretical 4 digit value.
    -Gau is also one of two characters who can actually become immune to 
    the Stop status.  This is because there is no equip that does this, yet 
    Rages can yield immunity to the status, so its a nifty little 
    advantage.  It should be obvious who the other is <_<
    -Even though this might sound silly to bring up, it matters due to 
    older versions of the game.  Wind God Gau *DOES NOT EXIST* in this 
    version of the game.  Gau cannot use Merit Award, as such, none of this 
    Kazekiri + Stray Cat Rage = Death to all! combos.  Saddening, yes; it 
    was a fun evil set up, but unfortunately, it's gone the way of the 
    evasion bug, Vanish/Death, among some other cheese in this version.  
    Though, this is especially worth noting cause Wind God Gau is 
    incredibly inconsistent whether he exists or not.  Similarly, the less 
    used other set up of Catscratch + Master's Scroll + Fixed Dice is gone 
    as well, due to the same "Gau can't use Merit Award" reasoning.
    Skill set:
    Gau's skill set relies on Rages.  This is also by far the biggest skill 
    set in the game, since even removing the unobtainable Rages, he's got 
    over 250 of them.  Due to sanity purposes, its better to just use a 
    Rage or Monster FAQ; the ones for the SNES version work well, though do 
    note the name differences will require you to mix and match.
    Ending Thoughts: 
    Not much to say, beyond Gau is ONE COMPLEX CHARACTER.  Again, I can't 
    go into depth regarding him, since well...notice how his Miscellaneous 
    Info is compared to everyone else?  Yeah...Gau is about as good as you 
    let him be, that's that.  He can work as a tank Mage if you really want 
    him too, but he'll be worse than Mog overall for that, at least until 
    Dueling Mask, which is late in the Dragon's Den.
    | GOGO |
    Note: For simplicity purposes, despite how its never actually been 
    officially stated who/what Gogo is, I'll just refer to Gogo with male 
    pronouns.   So don't start e-mailing me about "Gogo isn't necessarily 
    male!" as its just easier to do it this way than to say "s/he/it" every 
    Extra HP: 36
    Extra MP: 12
    Strength: 25
    Speed: 30
    Stamina: 20
    Magic Power: 26
    Attack: 13
    Defense: 35
    Evasion: 10%
    Magic Defense: 25
    Magic Evasion: 6%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Desperation: Punishing Meteor
    Special Ability: Mimic
    Effects: Gogo will use the same action as the one used by the character 
    immediately before him.  Should the action either be one that can't be 
    mimicked (Morph for example), or no action has been used yet, Gogo will 
    default to using "Fight."
    Other: Gogo can use any skill set of any other character in FF6, with 
    the exception of Trance, Leap, Shock, Health, Magitek, and Possess (note 
    that Health = Cura, Shock can be used via Yojimbo Rage, and Magitek can 
    be used if Gogo has "Fight" and is in the Magitek Armor section of 
    Cyan's Soul) Gogo's skill sets with these are based off of the skill 
    set of the "home" character (IE Gogo will know only Blitzes that Sabin 
    already knows), Magic command is based off whatever Magic the current 
    party has (IE if your team is Gogo, Terra, Gau, and Sabin, Gogo will be 
    able to use any spell that any of those characters know)  Gogo can only 
    use skill sets of characters that you have been "properly introduced" (IE 
    seen their Naming Screen)  If Shadow was not rescued on the 
    Floating Continent, Gogo can not use Throw.  For moves like Jump, 
    Dualcast, Control, Mug, and Giltoss, Gogo must equip the proper Relic, 
    and have the proper skill set equipped, to use those abilities (for 
    example, if Gogo wants Mug, he needs to equip the Brigand's Glove AND 
    have the "Steal" skill on)  To see EXACTLY what Gogo can use, check the 
    skill set section, if this sounds confusing.
    Character Analysis:
    Ah, Gogo; more variety than you could ever hope for in a character...at 
    least by FF6 standards.  He also has absolutely garbage stats and 
    equipment isn't much better.  This leads him to being a very niche 
    character.  He can do just about anything you want him too, but often, 
    its worse than the original character doing it, be it cause of the 
    garbage stats (his Bushidos will be worse than Cyan's, for example, due 
    to much lower Strength), or because his equipment holds him back (while 
    he steals just as well as Locke does, Locke has much better equipment 
    options so he tends to live longer, plus higher speed never hurts.)  If 
    you're wondering, yes, the variety does compensate for the stats and 
    equipment, but that doesn't mean Gogo suddenly becomes a massive 
    powerhouse or something.
    Gogo's equipment selection is essentially the same as Strago's, with a 
    different Dragon's Den equip, and loses out animal suits for things 
    like the Black Garb. This is a flat out losing trade, if you can’t tell, 
    for a number of obvious reasons (Behemoth Suit > anything Gogo can get, 
    for starters; Nutkin Suit too, for that matter.)  He can at least use all 
    the same important weapons, like Swordbreaker or the Magus Rod.  His 
    Dragon's Den Weapon...isn't particularly useful.  Yes, it does grant +4 
    to all his stats, and it randomly casts Bio and is much stronger than 
    anything else he can equip...but since when does Gogo care about his 
    basic physical when he has moves Throw or Blitz at his disposal?  The 
    weapon yields no real defensive advantages, and Magus Rod yields more on 
    the offense that Gogo cares about anyway; the boost he'd get on Throw 
    from the Strength Boost is too meager to compare about, you’d be 
    preferring those defensive gains from other weapons.
    One of Gogo's flaws though, how big varies from person to person, is 
    that he can't equip any Espers.  He can't use them to learn Magic (has 
    his own special method to determine his magic set, as noted earlier), he 
    can't use them to summon them in battle, and what seems to matter most, 
    he can't use them to boost his stats.  As such, his stats are completely 
    static beyond some equipment boosts.  That's right, see those garbage 
    stats? He's stuck with them.  Another flaw, and this one is unique to 
    this version of the game, is that Gogo can't even use Merit Award, 
    meaning now he's even stuck with his bad equipment selection too.  Yeah, 
    this hurts him pretty badly, though it doesn't make him unsalvageable.  
    The kind of equips he gets do help him out as they save his Magic score 
    some, meaning he can still whip out a decent Phantom Rush and Razor Gale 
    for consistent damage, as well as pull off a lot of Strago's tricks at 
    the same time.
    Its pretty clear what Gogo's purpose is; jack of all trades, master of 
    none.  He can do anything you want, but he doesn't do them all THAT 
    well, so you have to keep this in mind when using him.  He won't 
    suddenly cover for 3 characters at once because he can use 3 different 
    skill sets; Gogo is another point in the proof that a character is NOT 
    determined by their skill set.  Giving Gogo Tools does not turn him 
    into a second Edgar, since Edgar is a character who relies a fair 
    amount on his equipment late game.  Granted, someone like, say, Sabin, 
    who does rely on his special skill, can be replicated pretty easily by 
    Gogo.  How well Gogo replaces those characters varies depending on 
    their equipment, and how reliant on their special skills they were.  Do 
    NOT expect him to suddenly act as a clone to a character just because 
    he has their skills; I can't stress this enough.  While it works in 
    some cases, it doesn't work in ALL cases.
    Strategies for Gogo throughout the game: 
    -Gogo's Ultimate Armor is the Magus Robe; yes, that store-bought item 
    that Relm/Strago also get in Maranda.  You might as well buy it the 
    instant he joins, if not before.
    -The only two weapons Gogo should be using are the Magus Rod or the 
    Swordbreaker.  Swordbreaker has an extra benefit, granted, of allowing 
    Bushidos should you want Gogo to use those for whatever reason, though 
    Magus Rod tends to cover more important skills.  Whether you want more 
    Evasion, or Magic Power and Magic Evasion is your call.  As a side 
    note, BOTH weapons can use Runic, should you care.  Yes, its odd, but 
    Magus Rod is a runic compatible weapon, for one reason or another.
    -Like most characters, Gogo should be in the back row, especially since 
    he should never be using his fight command, ever.  This is only further 
    supported by the fact that his Dragon's Den weapon, the Scorpion's 
    Tail, ignores Row penalties.
    -What skill sets to give Gogo?  Well, Magic is good if the current team 
    has a good selection spells, Blitz and Throw are always solid for 
    damage options, though I wouldn’t use both at the same time (which you 
    use depends on if you want more raw damage in Blitz or more flexible, 
    targettable damage in Throw.)  Lore is nice for some variety, and good if 
    the magic selection in the team isn't much.  Other abilities have some 
    uses here and there, but for the most part, those are likely the most 
    Gogo's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
    Magus Rod
    Scorpion's Tail
    Genji Helm
    Priest's Miter
    Red Cap
    Green Beret
    Magus Robe
    Mirage Vest
    Reed Cloak
    Black Garb
    End Game Set ups for Gogo:
    Go Gogo: 
    Magus Rod/Swordbreaker
    Genji Shield/Aegis Shield/Thunder Shield
    Circlet/Red Cap
    Magus Robe
    I'll be honest; I'm not sure WHAT you want with Gogo, so this set up 
    pretty much covers all areas...well, if you look at its amount of 
    alternatives anyway.  Circlet for Magic Damage, Red Cap for defenses 
    and physical damage (Unfortunately, Gogo's defense is too low for Genji 
    Helm to really be worth much), the usual Shield nonsense that applies 
    for all characters, and then Magus Rod vs. Swordbreaker was explained 
    above.  Naturally, if you want Bushidos, which weapon you'll choose 
    should be obvious <_<.  Magus Robe tends to win for the most part on 
    Gogo's equipment options, hence why I figured he'd be using that.
    Miscellaneous Info regarding Gogo:
    -Do not forget that Gogo can Steal, much like Locke, so if you ever want 
    a specific item, or have kleptomania tendencies, Gogo is a good idea to 
    bring along, be it alongside Locke or in place of him.  Also, note that 
    Gogo in some ways is BETTER as a thief than Locke, due to how the 
    Colosseum works.  See one of the later points for how this works.
    -Miming Magicite Shards is not the same as Miming 3 Bars!  What do I 
    mean? When you use Mimic with a Magicite Shard, Gogo will mimic the use 
    of the item, which is to say, he can get a totally different summon 
    than the original use of that item.  So if Relm summoned Alexander when 
    she used it, Gogo can Mimic that, and instead, get Ifrit.  HOWEVER, if 
    you Mimic the 3 Bars Slots, Gogo will copy the actual Esper summoned.  
    This means that if Setzer were to summon Midgarsormr with 3 Bars, Gogo 
    would actually mimic the summoning part, and summon Midgarsormr as 
    well.  This isn't particularly useful anymore, granted, since now a lot 
    of people get the Esper Ragnarok instead of the Sword, given you can 
    get both in the same file due to a clear save, but still thought I'd 
    throw it out.
    -HOWEVER, Gogo is still helpful for getting that Cursed Ring.  This is 
    because with Gogo, you aren't restricted to a single (reliable) 
    Ragnarok summon a fight.  Have someone else summon Ragnarok, then have 
    Gogo continually mimic that until it hits.  Only thing close to a 
    reliable way to get that pure Trophy item.
    -Gogo would be the OTHER character can immune the stop status, and for 
    the same reason as Gau; he can use Rage.
    -If you use Gogo in the Fanatics Tower, you may have noticed he can't 
    use Magic there, only Mimic (and Item, if you gave that to him.)  This 
    is because the Fanatics Tower is, well, screwed up how it works.  
    Rather than removing everyone's skill set but Magic, Mimic and Item, it 
    removes everyone's skill set but Fight, Mimic and Item, but then turns 
    Fight into Magic.  It sounds screwed up, but trust me; that's how it 
    works.  The ending result is if you want Gogo to use the Magic skill 
    set in the Tower, give him Fight, not Magic, and it will work.  I know 
    it sounds odd, but trust me, that's how it works.
    -Gogo sadly can't use the Merit Award in this version, as I said 
    before.  Why? I'm not sure, might have to do with cheesing out Wind God 
    Gau set ups, and realizing Gogo can do the same.
    -Gogo *CANNOT* uncurse the Cursed Shield.  Any fights Gogo has the 
    Cursed Shield equipped does not count towards the amount of fights you 
    have the thing equipped.  Sad but true.
    -For multi hit actions, each one of their own rule.  Obviously, for 
    moves that by nature hit multiple times like Tempest or Flurry, Gogo 
    will do the full thing.  He also will Mimic entire Dualcasts as well, 
    so if you have Celes use Ultima twice with Dualcast, Gogo will do the 
    same.  However, for X-fight (What the Master's Scroll yields), Genji 
    Glove physicals and Multijump (as in, Jump with Dragon's Horn), Gogo 
    will merely use standard Fight commands, or in the case of Multijump, 
    he'll use normal Jump.
    -Gogo is one of the best characters to use in the Coliseum cause you 
    can quite literally control his actions.  If nothing else, you can just 
    give him nothing but "Fight" commands and watch him be insured to 
    damage the enemy.  This is also nice when trying to get, say, Celestriads 
    by stealing from Galypdes, as you can give Gogo nothing but Steal to 
    insure he will do nothing but that (I suggest giving him a Brigand's 
    Glove too, just so the fight will end within a reasonable time.)  The 
    only thing you have to be careful of is equipment; the limited equipment 
    options might hurt his performance here, so take that into account.
    -In an insulting scenario, Gogo naturally gets 998 MP, just BARELY 
    missing that natural 999 threshold.  Its especially insulting cause he 
    can’t even use Esper Boosts to get that last MP! He can use Priest’s 
    Miter, admittedly, but where’s the fun in that <_<?
    Skill set: 
    Gogo's Skill set is, well, dependent on others. He can use all other 
    skill sets in the game, with a few exceptions. If you want to see 
    exactly what Gogo can use...well, I suppose I can list the actual 
    Commands he can use himself:
    Fight (Jump w/ Dragoon Boots)
    *Magic (Dualcast w/ Soul of Thamasa)
    Steal (Mug w/ Brigand's Glove) 
    Throw (NOTE: If you did not wait for Shadow on the floating Continent, 
    Gogo will not know this)
    Sketch (Control w/ Fake Mustache)
    Slots (Giltoss w/ Heiji's Jitte)
    Dance (NOTE: If you didn't get Mog in the WoB, Gogo will not know this 
    until you recruit Mog in the WoR.)
    *As a reminder, Gogo’s use of Magic functions differently than other 
    characters.  He will only know magic of the characters in his current 
    party, and can’t equip Espers.  He’ll never know Magic permanently, and 
    he can actually LOSE spells as a result.
    NOTE: Anything listed in a () means you have to equip the listed Relic 
    and the base skill set for it to work, as in, if its not obvious by 
    now, to sue Mug, Gogo needs to have Steal equipped, and then.
    Ending Thoughts: 
    Gogo can do about anything you want him too, but whether he can do it 
    well is a different story.  If you're using Gogo, it better be for his 
    variety purposes, as he doesn't have much else really going for 
    him...well, ok, his damage is fine thanks to Throw/Blitz being among 
    his repertoire, but that isn't the point! Point is, many will claim 
    Gogo is the best character due to his variety, but his flaws are too 
    great for this to be case.  Don't get me wrong; Gogo is still a decent 
    character, I'm just saying he tends to get a little overrated at times.
    | UMARO |
    Extra HP: 60
    Extra MP: 0
    Strength: 57
    Speed: 33
    Stamina: 46
    Magic Power: 37
    *Attack: 198 (47)
    *Defense: 217 (89)
    *Evasion: 18% (8%)
    *Magic Defense: 158 (68)
    *Magic Evasion: 15% (5%)
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Desperation: N/A (Umaro does not have a Desperation)
    Special Ability: "Rage"
    Effects: When Umaro is in battle, you lose all control over him ala 
    Rage or Dance.  He will then only use Fight or "Tackle" commands.  If 
    he has the Berserker Ring equipped, then "Character Toss" may sometimes 
    be used, providing he actually has allies.  If he has a Blizzard Orb 
    equipped, he will randomly use "Snowstorm" at times.
    *Due to Umaro having the Snow Scarf and Bone Club permanently equipped, 
    his stats in game will always be the first value; the second value is 
    just a technical base that only exists in the hardware, and never 
    actually matters.
    Character Analysis:
    I'll be blunt here; Umaro sucks.  There's no real denying that either.  
    You can try to back him up all you want, but all you get is a character 
    who randomly shifts between doing low damage and moderate damage, no 
    equipment variety outside of Relics, and no real redeeming features.  
    Well, ok, he does always absorb Ice and resist Fire, and with the 
    Berserker Ring (which you SHOULD always have equipped, at least til 
    Dragon's Den), he changes that Fire resistance to absorbing and adds 
    Lightning immunity too.  But beyond that, he's a waste of those great 
    base stats.
    Now, you might think "you're only saying that cause you can't control 
    him!" but lets analyze this for a moment.  Ok, suppose you COULD 
    control him...he'd be a character who constantly does moderate damage 
    then, alright, fine...so how is this better than, say, Mog who can 
    achieve better defensive stats in everyway, and can shift equipment 
    around to his liking? Or someone like Sabin who doesn't need Relics to 
    use his big damage, thus can use Relics that augment it?  Sounds like 
    Umaro ends up being average at best there, if you ask me. Still not 
    convinced? Alright, lets use a parallel character in Gau, who often 
    gets bad rap due to his "uncontrollability."  Gau can choose one out of 
    250 some odd Rages, so long as you get them, and many of them give him 
    different defensive or offensive advantages...and he still has 
    equipment variety, ignoring weapons, and better defensive stats due to 
    Shields and Helmets.  He can also NOT be forced into uncontrollable 
    state, making him pull utility roles at very least as a healer, or 
    throwing items, or casting magic on enemies, what have you.  Even if 
    these aren't good uses of Gau (since other characters can do them 
    better), they are still something he has the option of doing that Umaro 
    does not.  If Umaro is left alone to fight an enemy, you basically pray 
    your ass off things go the way you want; you can't try to revive party 
    members, or cheese the quick spell, or what have you.  No, Umaro's 
    essentially Gau who can't change equipment, stuck in one set permanent 
    Rage that can be augmented by using up his relic slots.
    Now, in fairness, the Bone Wrist he gets from Dragon's Den does save 
    him some.  It gives him a hefty boost to all stats (+5 to the 4 base 
    ones, +10 to both Defenses and +10% to both evades), as well as 
    combines the Hero's Ring, Sniper's Eye, Hyper Wrist, and Muscle Belt 
    into one Relic.  Needless to say, this thing looks utterly awesome on 
    paper.  The fact that despite this Relic, Umaro still falls short of 
    being decent proves his worth beforehand; he's really a bad character.
    I suppose Umaro can be good if you get him ASAP, before characters 
    start getting their good stuff...I mean like you grab him after 
    Grabbing Mog (whose required) and maybe Phantom Rush (no reason not 
    too) only, but that means you already have access to Agas and Quake by 
    default, and feels silly when there's slightly easier characters to get 
    back like Terra, Shadow and Gau.  He also works if you really want a 
    physical fighter for Fanatics Tower I suppose, but...that's about where 
    his use ends.  He's a quirky character that was badly thought out, and 
    Square apparently realized that, tried to salvage his worth, and even 
    with a relic as strong as that, they didn't really succeed.  Well, I 
    suppose another thing Umaro has in his favor is not being total garbage 
    in an Natural Magic Game.  After all, he IS one of the only characters 
    who can ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING in the Fanatics Tower (Terra, Celes and 
    Gogo being the other three), so that's a point there, I guess, 
    but...yeah, shows that other characters need restrictions for Umaro to 
    even have any use.
    All in all, Umaro is simply not a good character at all.  Even 
    characters like Cyan got some sort of "saving grace" with Quick or 
    something letting them work well, but Umaro doesn't even get that.  
    He's a fairly one dimensional character, and isn't even that good at 
    his one dimension.  Avoid him unless you like berserk type characters 
    or something, as he's not someone worth hyping at all.  What's worse? 
    He can't use Esper boosts either, so he's stuck with those stats like 
    Gogo is as well.
    Strategies for Umaro throughout the game: 
    -Give Umaro the Berserker Ring.  That raises his chances of using 
    actually good moves, and boosts protection against two elements.  Do 
    not bother with Gauntlet as it won't raise his damage as much as been 
    hyped in the past, though Gigas Glove or Black Belt both work.  
    Blizzard Orb isn't really worth the hassle, though the option is there.
    -Umm...the only other strategy I can think of is when you get the Bone 
    Wrist, keep that on Umaro and never remove it.  Its his best relic by 
    far, and it doesn't even turn into anything useful at the Coliseum (ok, 
    Dueling Mask *IS* awesome but only Gau can use it outside of Merit 
    Award, and even the Dueling Mask doesn't justify wasting a Relic Slot 
    -Actually, I have one other strategy!  Interestingly enough, Berserk is 
    100% beneficial as a status effect for Umaro.  Due to how he works, he’s 
    always using Physicals anyway, the game just randomly replaces them with 
    some other action.  As a result, all Berserk does is increase his damage 
    of his basic physical (and possibly Storm) by 50% (Tackle and Character 
    Toss ignore defense, so they ignore this bonus.)  Not worth wasting the 
    turn of one of your allies, probably, but hey, its Umaro; you take what 
    you can get.
    Umaro's Ultimate and Noteworthy Equips:
    Bone Club
    Snow Scarf
    NOTE: This is being purely technical here, as these are the only equips 
    Umaro can use, and he comes with them; just felt like throwing them up 
    there for consistency purposes.
    End Game Set Ups for Umaro: 
    ...given Umaro can only use Relics, I'm not going to even bother here.  
    I'll just say "give him Berserker Ring and Bone Wrist, as they're his 
    best Relics" and move on.  Ok, he MIGHT prefer a filler relic in the 
    spot of the Berserker Ring, or in rare cases, the Blizzard Orb, 
    Miscellaneous Info regarding Umaro:
    -Umaro is a decent Coliseum Candidate since you know exactly what he'll 
    do, in essence.  This means you won't have to worry about him screwing 
    up set ups that are reliant on relics.
    -If you use the Unequip Guy on the Airship, note that he will NOT touch 
    Umaro's equipment.  Probably done so Umaro never loses his Weapon or 
    Armor (so no freebie Snow Scarf!  This also makes the Bone Club you can 
    get in the Coliseum junk outside of Coliseum Purposes or extra money), 
    but it also extends to his relic.  Something to keep in mind if you 
    can't find that certain relic you were looking for, and you used Umaro 
    -Black Belt allows Umaro to use his other commands.  This is because 
    the game randomly checks to see if his "Fight" will be replaced with 
    Tackle, Character Toss or Snowstorm, and Black Belt does nothing but 
    counter with a "Fight" command.  This makes Black Belt a better option 
    than it might sound at first for him.
    -Master's Scroll is NOT a good option for him though, since while it 
    doubles the damage of his basic attack, it HALVES the damage of 
    Character Toss and Tackle, so you get the same damage in the end, but 
    wasting a relic slot.
    -Character Toss is SUPPOSE to do extra damage when Mog is thrown, 
    however, due to an oversight in programming, where the boost was done 
    like any other Multiplier instead of a unique method, this is ignored 
    as Character Toss ignores defense, so its meaningless.  Just a random 
    piece of useless info!
    -Character Toss heals Sleep and Confuse status of the character thrown! 
    This actually kind of matters, especially since Umaro WILL always use 
    Character Toss on that character if that person has one of the two 
    -Just to clear an old rumor up, just in case.  Green Cherries do NOT 
    increase Umaro's Attack.  This was believed to be the case 
    because Umaro would use a Green Cherry in his boss form to trigger a 
    power up mid fight.  This is purely a battle script thing for his boss 
    form, and has no effect for the form that joins you at all.  Do not 
    fall for this silly rumor.
    -As a random fact, Umaro’s Character Toss was suppose to double in damage 
    if the character in question was Mog.  This would have been a neat 
    gimmick, except that because they programmed it like a Multiplier, and 
    Character Toss ignores defense, the boost gets overridden and becomes 
    completely useless.
    Skill set: 
    Umaro's Skill set is based on what you equip him with somewhat part.  
    They are used randomly, and rates also vary on what he uses.  Here's 
    the 3 special moves he gets, and the rates he'll use them with equips:
    Fight: Basic physical, no strings attached, etc.
    Tackle: Physical damage, same as his basic physical but ignores Defense 
    and evade. Usable naturally.
    Character Toss: Damage based on the combined total of Umaro and the 
    character's Attack; note that this will cap at 255, and the 
    lowest this can be is 198 (Umaro's Attack).  If the character 
    thrown has Sleep or Confuse status, then they will heal that status as 
    well.  If there are no valid allies (cause they are Dead, Jumping, 
    etc.), activating this would result in using "Tackle." Requires 
    Berserker Ring.  
    Snowstorm: Multitarget Ice Elemental Magic damage.  Requires Blizzard 
    The rates he'll use his moves are as follows: 
    First off, if a character is under Sleep or Confusion status, he WILL 
    use Character Toss on that character 100% of the time.  Otherwise...
    If no Berserker Ring or Blizzard Orb equipped:
    Fight 62.3%
    Tackle 37.7%
    If equipped with a Berserker Ring:
    Fight 37.3%
    Tackle 25.1%
    Character Toss 37.6%
    If equipped with a Blizzard Orb:
    Fight 37.3%
    Tackle 25.1%
    Snowstorm 37.6%
    If equipped with a Berserker Ring and Blizzard Orb:
    Fight 24.7%
    Tackle 25.1%
    Character Toss 25.1%
    Snowstorm 25.1%
    Ending Thoughts:
    Umaro sucks.  I know I said this many times already, but its pretty 
    much a fact.  Anyone who says otherwise is really reaching; especially 
    if its before the Bone Wrist.  I know I TRY to be objective when 
    looking at these characters, but all ways I look at Umaro, he ends up 
    being "he CAN do passable damage occasionally...and has nothing else 
    going for him" which kind of is the definition of a sucky character, at 
    least by this game’s standards.  Uncontrollable, not as strong as you'd 
    like, little variety on what he can use, especially since he requires 
    unique Relics for his moves...yeah.  Hate to say it, but Umaro is someone 
    who really has no real point in this game, and if you're a fan of Umaro, 
    I'm sorry, but the sooner you accept that he's worse than other 
    characters, the better.
    And so we reach the conclusion of the meaty boring doggy work part of 
    the FAQ! As in the part I feel totally uninspired to write, took me 
    forever, etc.  Rather than make this drag on, lets finally go to the 
    6. Character Growth Strategies
    A major question with characters that is asked is "how should I raise 
    this character?"  Well, obviously, with Espers! ...what? I'm suppose 
    tell you what KIND of espers? Oh, that's no fun...wait, right, who said 
    anything about writing a FAQ was fun? ...don't answer that.
    Anyway, raising a character depends on what you want.  First off, I'll 
    say this; specializing in on area, physical or magical, tends to work 
    better than dual raising.  Especially since Strength boosts are only 
    noticeable in bulk, you'll want as many of these as possible.  A good 
    way to raise a character is to try and max their Strength or Magic 
    Power (as in, 128) and then put the rest of the boosts in speed.  If you 
    want 9999 HP, 2 levels of Diabolos somewhere between level 31 and level 
    83, I believe, should be enough to hit 9999 (originally, you had to use 
    level ups of 68-69, 69-70 and 70-71 with Bahamut for the minimal 
    requirement, if you're curious.) I might be off, but point is, any 2 
    levels somewhere in the middle should work.  If you wish to Max MP, 
    well, any character I noted that does this naturally does it, obviously.  
    Other characters should just equip Crusader for a level (earlier = 
    better, in general), and that should be enough.
    Do note that for those being raised as Fighters (as in, Strength 
    boosts), the true cap is 128.  While 128 is the BASE stat cap, as in if 
    the character is naked, that is the highest value they can get, thus 
    the highest Espers can raise it naturally, stat boosts from equipment 
    (like Enhancer's +7 to Magic Power) are still functional.  Strength, 
    however, truly does cap at 128 due to how the algorithms work; any value 
    above 128 becomes meaningless.  It might not be a bad idea to work out 
    what equipment you plan on using, see what strength boosts occur, and 
    then raise your strength stat to the point where you can hit 128 with the 
    boosts from those being enough.
    Anyway, once the stat is maxed out, boost speed as much as possible.  
    This means use Cactuar for the rest of your levels, barring maybe those 
    few levels you're using Diabolos or Crusader if you want those perfect 
    9s in HP and MP.  Stamina boosts are NOT worth it.  You might have 
    noticed I haven't mentioned any boosting to Stamina, but that's simply 
    cause the stat plays such a little impact in general that boosting it 
    really isn't worth much; best to ignore it and move on.
    Esper Boosts work quite simply, for those who don't know by this point.  
    Some Espers have a bonus to stats.  When you have the Esper equipped, 
    they do nothing normally, but when you level up, that bonus is added to 
    your stats.  So take Ifrit's Strength +1; every time you level up with 
    Ifrit equipped, you'll get +1 to Strength on that character.  Naturally, 
    you'll want to take advantage of this, but I wouldn't get TOO upset if 
    you missed a level here and there, unless you are a perfectionist.
    To avoid confusion though, HP and MP boosts are *NOT* strict boosts to 
    the respective stat.  If you have 1000 HP and level up with Midgarsormr 
    (+30% HP), you will not have 1300 HP, or whatever it'd be factoring in 
    the natural HP Boost.  It doesn't work that way; that'd be cheap as hell 
    naturally, and in only a few level ups with Bahamut, let alone Diabolos, 
    you could have 9999 HP by level like 40 <.<  No, the way Esper Boosts to 
    HP and MP is that they are % bonus to the HP INCREASE you gain.  So in 
    that 1000 HP example, if you were to gain 100 HP on that level up, 
    yielding a total of 1100 HP after leveling, Midgarsormr would give you an 
    extra 30 HP, making the total 1130.  If that's not clear...I'm not sure 
    what else to say; reread the damn thing again and try to do the math 
    yourself. I mean geez, I can't spoon feed you this stuff...well, I COULD 
    but I'm a jerk and don't feel like it.
    Now, what Espers boost what stats? Well, for a complete list, just look 
    below! Some of these might not be worth bothering with, just listing 
    them for completion purposes: 
    Siren: HP +10%
    Catoblepas: HP +10%
    Midgarsormr: HP +30%
    Bahamut: HP +50%
    Diabolos: HP +100%
    Phantom: MP +10%
    Fenrir: MP +30%
    Crusader: MP +50%
    Ifrit: Strength +1 
    Bismark: Strength +2
    Raiden: Strength +2
    Gilgamesh: Strength +2
    Ramuh: Stamina +1
    Golem: Stamina +2
    Lakshme: Stamina +2
    Leviathan: Stamina +2
    Odin: Speed +1
    Cactuar: Speed +2
    Maduin: Magic Power +1
    Cait Sith: Magic Power +1 
    Zona Seeker: Magic Power +2
    Valigarmanda: Magic Power +2
    There are other Espers in the game, obviously, but those have no Esper 
    boosts, thus are totally meaningless for these purposes.
    So obviously, the whole argument of "Raiden vs. Odin" kind of just went 
    down the drain; Odin is no longer the only speed boosting Esper, and to 
    add to that, he's not even the best anymore thanks to Cactuar.  As an 
    added side note, Gilgamesh teaches Quick, so the argument is ESPECIALLY 
    silly now since both are just added flavor; IOWs, don't worry about 
    losing Quick cause you want perfect stats, as you'll get them 
    regardless of upgrading Odin to Raiden or not.  Personally, I’d go with 
    the upgrade for a few reasons, but that’s not important here.
    Anyway, you'll want to get as many levels as possible under any +2 
    Esper.  Mages naturally want Valigarmanda and Zona Seeker, Fighters 
    want Gilgamesh, Raiden or Bismark, and for speed boosting, you'll want 
    Cactuar.  If for whatever crazy reason you care about it and want 
    Stamina Boosts, Golem, Lakshme and Leviathan are what you want.  For 
    how to raise which characters...well, just check below!  Naturally Gogo 
    and Umaro are excluded from this list purely on concept of not being 
    able to use Espers.  Another thing to consider is how much more impactful 
    Magic Power is than Strength for their respective attacks, and how nearly 
    everyone can make good use of Magic Power to varying degrees, where as 
    some characters like Strago are total lost causes with physical damage.  
    A common suggestion that comes up, as a result, is “When in doubt, raise 
    Magic Power” which is not a bad suggestion at all, so keep that in mind.
    Terra: Either.  She's got good magic power and equipment to support 
    being a mage, meanwhile, she also has strong weapons to make use of the 
    fighter side.  Either strategy is viable, so use whatever compliments 
    your team better, such like a “Fighter Terra” may be overall worse than 
    “Mage Terra”, but it’d compliment some teams better, such like those 
    with, say, Relm, who need that Soul of Thamasa more desperately.  She 
    works well either way, even if technically the Mage Route is overall more 
    effective, the Fighter route tends to be a bit more flexible for a number 
    of reasons.
    Locke: Strength.  Locke's big thing comes from his weapon selection, 
    and notably, the Valiant Knife.  Combined with his low starting magic 
    score, and how he's using his basic physical from the start of the 
    game, he'll want as many strength boosts as possible, so the direction 
    is pretty clear.
    Cyan: Strength. Most of his Bushidos are physical, well the ones you're 
    likely to use anyway (only magic one that matters is Eclipse, I 
    suppose.) Only reason to boost his Magic Power is if you REALLY like 
    the Kazekiri.  I personally don't think its worth it, especially since 
    its a bad set up for bosses, but if that's what you like, feel free.
    Shadow: Either. Throws are Physical, so boost Strength.  HOWEVER, if 
    you plan on getting to level 99, it may be worth raising Magic Power as 
    even Shurikens will deal 9999 at level 99 with not many Strength 
    boosts.  Granted, since you fight most things below then, Shadow will 
    probably benefit from these boosts more.  Of course, Magic Power boosts 
    Scrolls which are good damage at different points so...yeah, can be a 
    tough call at times, Strength probably is the overall winner though.  
    Worth noting that due to how Throw works, Strength boosts are relatively 
    more significant for him than other characters who make use of them.
    Edgar: Strength. Dragoon Set Up is what you'll be using him as (at 
    least, for a reason over Terra and Celes), and that's primarily 
    strength based.  As an added bonus, enough strength boosts turn Auto 
    Crossbow into a Free Ultima at high levels, with a faster animation.  
    That can't be a bad thing, right?  Edgar can be made a half decent mage, 
    mind, but note that “Mage Edgar” has absolutely nothing worth noting over 
    Terra or Celes being used in the same vain.
    Sabin: Magic Power.  Sabin's big Blitzes are all magical.  The ones I'm 
    referring to are Aura Cannon, Rising Phoenix, Razor Gale and Phantom 
    Rush.  Pretty much at all points, one of those will be Sabin's primary 
    damage, and considering Sabin doesn't really do much with Strength 
    anyway (despite popular physical Sabin builds for new players), it is 
    recommended he go this route.  As I’ve noted earlier in the FAQ, despite 
    some popular newbee belief, Sabin is a pretty scrubby physical fighter, 
    both when compared to other characters being treated like that, or just 
    compared to what he can do with Blitz.
    Celes: Either.  See Terra, mostly.  I should note that you should 
    probably avoid raising both a Fighter, and make one of them a Mage.  I 
    personally suggest, if you do this, that Terra be made the Fighter and 
    Celes the Mage, since Save the Queen is pretty much a pure Mage weapon, 
    where as Apocalypse is a good Fighter weapon, though this is moot if you 
    get 2 Lightbringers of course.  This is contrary to how most people use 
    to raise them the other way around, due to how their base stats would 
    imply, but the equipment (and lesser extent, special skill) speak 
    Strago: Magic Power.  If Lores being Magical, having weak weapons, low 
    physical stats, lots of Magic Boosting equips and his class being 
    called "Blue Mage" didn't give it away (...ok, I take that back; FF5 
    Blue Mage wasn't half bad at fighting, and Sabin is a Monk who uses 
    Magic Power...), then I don't know what would.  Strago is pretty much a 
    lost cause as a fighter, so don't try to turn him into something he's 
    Relm: Magic Power. Similar to Strago except replace "Lores being 
    Magical" with "Game Best Magic Power."  Like Strago, she's a lost cause 
    as a fighter, so take advantage of that magic stat.
    Setzer: Magic Power. Only reason to raise Setzer as a Fighter is if you 
    REALLY like the Final Trump, and want to dual wield them (this requires 
    betting the Scorpion's Tail at the Coliseum, before the last part 
    of Soul Shrine anyway.) Otherwise, stick with good old Fixed Dice + 
    Master's Scroll, and raise something that'll effect things like Curaga 
    or Rasp (good for Dragon's Den's version of Skull Dragon), as well as 
    increase his consistent damage (let alone Multitarget).  This also boosts 
    his slots damage, so its decent thing to start out with early on, to give 
    Setzer that little extra push in the WoB, where he’ll be using Slots, 
    which are ALSO magical.
    Mog: Strength. Again, he's an oddball, and despite his stats and 
    appearance, he'll prefer the Strength for his Dragoon Set Up, which is 
    probably his most effective use.  If you really like the prospect of a 
    tank mage, I suppose Magic Power doesn't hurt (especially now that 
    Gungnir exists), but yeah, Mog is someone whose going to want Strength 
    overall, I think.  He's got spears for the Dragoon use, why not make 
    the most of it? 
    Gau: Both. No, I do not mean "Either" like Terra/Celes/Shadow. I mean 
    actually raise both.  Gau can ALWAYS use Extra Strength since he'll use 
    those physicals regardless of his Rage (and Catscratch is physical to 
    boot).  On the other hand, the only way he can do damage outside of 
    Rage is through Magic, and several of his rages use Magic anyway, so 
    its a good idea to get both his stats high.  Also, because Gau requires 
    little human input after Rage, he's actually going to be a bit faster 
    in practice than he is on paper.
    As I stated before, a decent philosophy to go by if you aren’t sure is 
    “when in doubt, raise Magic Power.”  Otherwise, this should help note 
    what characters are good being raised as what.
    7. Temporary Characters
    This section is dedicated to those characters who, you know, pop up, 
    disappear, and don’t return cause they’re either stupid, weaklings, the 
    game hates you, or they die.  I am only covering characters who actually 
    participate in a fight, so don’t expect to see “Maduin” here for example.  
    Similarly, no characters who you don’t actually control in any sort of 
    way, hence, “PC Kefka” wouldn’t be here either.
    Because there’s less to talk about these characters, I’m not going to be 
    all SPECIAL!!! About distinguishing them, and just list them, and maybe 
    make comments on them.  They also can’t change equipment, so I’ll just 
    list what they come equipped with!  I’m also gonna list when you actually 
    use them, in case you’re curious.  Like with Umaro, the first stat is 
    their actual stats as seen in game, while the second is their 
    hypothetical unequipped stat that you can never really access.  
    Anway…here they are!
    Class: Soldier
    Extra HP: 68
    Extra MP: 0
    Strength: 40
    Speed: 35
    Stamina: 46
    Magic Power: 29
    Attack: 62 (44)
    Defense: 132 (68)
    Evasion: 25% (15%)
    Magic Defense: 86 (50)
    Magic Evasion: 0%
    Level Readjustment: -3
    Special Ability: None.  However, do note Biggs is always in Magitek 
    Armor, so “Magitek” may apply if you REALLY want too <_<
    Equips: Mythril Sword, Buckler, Leather Cap, Leather Armor 
    Used During: During game’s “prologue” section.
    Class: Soldier
    Extra HP: 70
    Extra MP: 0
    Strength: 41
    Speed: 36
    Stamina: 45
    Magic Power: 28
    Attack: 65 (47)
    Defense: 134 (70)
    Evasion: 22% (8%)
    Magic Defense: 86 (50)
    Magic Evasion: 0%
    Level Readjustment: -3
    Special Ability: None.  However, do note Biggs is always in Magitek 
    Armor, so “Magitek” may apply if you REALLY want too <_<
    Equips: Mythril Sword, Buckler, Leather Cap, Leather Armor 
    Used During: During game’s “prologue” section.
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 50
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 18
    Speed: 12
    Stamina: 11
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 105 (35)
    Defense: 63 (47)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 37 (27)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Mythril Spear, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 54
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 18
    Speed: 14
    Stamina: 12
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 110 (1)
    Defense: 54 (38)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 36 (26)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: +0
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Morning Star, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 48
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 18
    Speed: 14
    Stamina: 12
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 66 (1)
    Defense: 58 (42)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 43 (33)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: 0
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Mythril Claw, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 64
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 17
    Speed: 14
    Stamina: 12
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 97 (11)
    Defense: 56 (40)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 42 (32)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: -3
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Chain Flail, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 55
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 16
    Speed: 14
    Stamina: 12
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 49 (11)
    Defense: 60 (44)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 39 (29)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: 0
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Mythril Sword, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    NOTE: Due to a bug mentioned in Celes’ section, it is actually possible 
    to use Moghan the entire game.  This does, however, come with a downside 
    of completely replacing Celes with a far inferior character.
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 51
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 20
    Speed: 14
    Stamina: 12
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 116 (21)
    Defense: 61 (45)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 40 (30)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Moonring Blade, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 52
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 24
    Speed: 14
    Stamina: 12
    Magic Power: 34 (33)
    Attack: 87 (27)
    Defense: 57 (41)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 41 (31)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: 0
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Chocobo Brush, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 53
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 19
    Speed: 14
    Stamina: 12
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 90 (20)
    Defense: 57 (41)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 41 (31)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: 0
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Mythril Spear, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 50
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 17
    Speed: 14
    Stamina: 12
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 82 (44)
    Defense: 43 (27)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 29 (19)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: 0
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Mythril Sword, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    Class: Moogle
    Extra HP: 53
    Extra MP: 9
    Strength: 20
    Speed: 14
    Stamina: 12
    Magic Power: 33
    Attack: 113 (11)
    Defense: 56 (40)
    Evasion: 17% (7%)
    Magic Defense: 43 (33)
    Magic Evasion: 5%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Special Ability: None.
    Equips: Boomerang, Buckler 
    Used During: Protect Terra sequence
    Class: Oracle
    Extra HP: 46
    Extra MP: 16
    Strength: 10
    Speed: 24
    Stamina: 11
    Magic Power: 38 (32)
    Attack: 117 (6)
    Defense: 110 (56)
    Evasion: 36%
    Magic Defense: 96 (51)
    Magic Evasion: 32%
    Level Readjustment: -3
    Special Ability: Pray – Heals entire party for free, can only be used 
    during battles.  
    Equips: Punisher, Magus Rod, Silk Robe 
    Used During: Lethe River, Terra’s Scenario
    NOTE: Despite the Punisher having 100% Crit Rate by expending MP, due to 
    how the game checks for MP, Banon is treated as having 0 MP, so the 
    attack does not in fact Auto Critical like its suppose to.
    Class: Ghost
    Extra HP: 26
    Extra MP: 1
    Strength: 14
    Speed: 15
    Stamina: 10
    Magic Power: 30
    Attack: 32 (22)
    Defense: 66
    Evasion: 0%
    Magic Defense: 52
    Magic Evasion: 0%
    Level Readjustment: +2
    Special Ability: Possess – User removs self from battle (ala Spiraler) to 
    instantly kill the target, can fail.  If the move fails, then the user 
    does not die.
    Equips: Punisher, Lich Ring
    Used During: Phantom Train
    NOTE: This is the first Ghost you get.  When the Ghost dies, irregardless 
    of circumstance, it leaves your team, and you’ll have to recruit another.  
    Note that where you recruit the Ghost doesn’t matter, and you can recruit 
    him as many times as you want.
    Class: Ghost 
    Extra HP: 20
    Extra MP: 1
    Strength: 4
    Speed: 8
    Stamina: 2
    Magic Power: 15
    Attack: 20 (10)
    Defense: 17 
    Evasion: 0%
    Magic Defense: 11
    Magic Evasion: 0%
    Level Readjustment: -3
    Special Ability: Possess – User removs self from battle (ala Spiraler) to 
    instantly kill the target, can fail.  If the move fails, then the user 
    does not die.
    Equips: Punisher, Lich Ring
    Used During: Phantom Train
    Note: This is the second Ghost you get.  In order to get him, you need 
    have had Shadow leave prematurely (before the Phantom Train, IOWs), and 
    already have recruitd the previous Ghost.  See the other notes regarding 
    the first Ghost for how he functions.
    Class: General
    Extra HP:
    Extra MP:
    Strength: 52
    Speed: 38
    Stamina: 41
    Magic Power: 36
    Attack: 227 (60)
    Defense: 186 (63) 
    Evasion: 42% (32%)
    Magic Defense: 145 (xx)
    Magic Evasion: 61% (31%)
    Level Readjustment: +5
    Special Ability: Shock – Does Non-Elemental, magical damage to all 
    enemies (as a side note, Gau’s Yojimbo Rage uses this very skill, if 
    you’re wondering how it compares to end game stuff)
    Equips: Crystal Sword, Aegis Shield, Golden Helmet, Golden Armor, Gigas 
    Glove, Master’s Scroll
    Used During: Kefka’s Attack on Thamasa
    8. Character Team Suggestions 
    Ok, I took time to think about this, and my conclusion is simple: 
    FF6 is a game where you play to your own accord, and really anything 
    can work out in the end due to the twinkish, semi-universal somewhat 
    customizable nature of the game.  As such, I will, instead of telling 
    you good teams to use outright, go along the method of "Catch a man to 
    fish, he eats for a day, yada yada yada yada FREE FISH FOR ALL!!!" 
    ...at least, I think that's how the saying goes...regardless...
    Ok, the times teams actually matter is when you have split parties.  
    The parts of the games you have split parties are the following: 
    Saving Terra in Narshe with Moogles (Due to how all teams are preset, 
    we are going to skip this)
    Narshe Battle Sequence after the Scenario Split
    Phoenix Cave
    Kefka's Tower
    Dragon's Den
    Why do those matter? Because if you don't like stripping your team and 
    reassigning stuff, you MAY find yourself running short on equipment, 
    especially with things like Aegis Shields or Red Caps which are in 
    limited supply.  If you play with a standard 4 party like most dungeons 
    in the game have, you'll find yourself with little difficulty 
    distributing equipment unless its something like a 
    Terra/Celes/Locke/Edgar team with only one Lightbringer so its a FIGHT 
    TO THE DEATH!!! over who gets that cheap shiny piece of metal that 
    HAPPENS to be the best weapon in the game...
    Anyway, this section will try to give you things to consider while you 
    split your parties up.
    *Narshe Battle Sequence*
    The characters available here are Terra, Locke, Cyan, Edgar, Sabin, 
    Celes and Gau.  Obviously, you will be making teams out of these 7!
    First off, lets go over the strengths and weaknesses of each character at 
    this point.
    Terra’s got passable offense with Fire, and should have enough MP with 
    the Ethers you have to get by.  She can be built to one shot a Foot 
    Soldier with using only one Earring (though random variance may hurt if 
    level is too low; a 2nd Earring will insure she’ll kill, mind), she hits 
    the weakness on both Dog enemies, and actually is the highest reliable 
    damage you’ll get on a Heavy Armor, since Fire is targettable, not forced 
    MT (like Bio Blaster), and can be used whenever.  This is of course all 
    secondary to her main use during this time, that being she’s one of your 
    two Healers, so she’s probably best paired with one of the higher 
    offensive characters like Edgar or Gau.
    Locke is pretty much deadweight UNLESS you give him Genji Glove (or 
    Gauntlet), Gigas Glove, and his two best weapons (Air Knives are ideal, 
    but you may only have one, so Main Gauche as a supplement.)  At least 
    here, his offense will be decent, though it requires Front Row, which 
    combined with no shield, makes him easily your frailest character.  As a 
    result, Locke will be your clear LVP, and might just be best suited as 
    Item Boy for the team that doesn’t have one of the girls to take on 
    healing roles.
    Cyan is pretty average here all things considered.  Fang is enough damage 
    to keep him going and it has little flaws beyond targeting.  Not really 
    much to say about him otherwise, just a consistent source of decent 
    enough damage.
    Edgar is pretty ruthless here.  Bio Blaster can clean entire battle 
    fields with a single casting, Auto Crossbow is good for finishing off the 
    things that survive, and he can even poison the pseudo-boss that is 
    Hell’s Rider, who happens to be weak to that element to boot.  He’s 
    pretty much a one man army, the only thing he MIGHT want is  another ally 
    with him to act as a warm body so he’s not taking all the punishment.  As 
    a result, one of the girls might be ideal, as they can not only help soak 
    up hits, but healing is more beneficial than anything else the other 
    characters may bring.
    Sabin is Cyan+ here.  His damage is better, which matters mostly for 
    Heavy Armors (of whom he can’t target directly, mind), Kefka and the 
    Hell’s Rider.  To be frank, he actually pairs up well with Cyan, since 
    having two consistent damage single target damage dealers works well as a 
    supplement for no Multitarget damage.  No, its not ideal, but you gotta 
    take what you can get, and furthermore, the two work well against, say, 
    Kefka, if you just want to overpower him.
    Celes is essentially Terra- here.  Her offense is just as good against 
    Foot Soldiers, but everything else its worse, as both dogs and the Rider 
    are weak to Fire, and Heavy Armors specifically use Tek Barrier when 
    Celes is in your team, but not with Terra, making her completely useless 
    offensively there. She also has worse resources, considering less MP and 
    more expensive magic, though she can Runic away Tek Lasers if you’re 
    lucky.  She DOES make an excellent choice against Kefka, though, since a 
    lot of what Kefka hurls at you is magic, and its one case where Runic 
    really shines through.  While Sabin and Cyan complimented each other 
    despite having the same general use, Celes and Terra are quite the 
    reverse; they should be split up.  Having 2 teams with a healer > having 
    one, and furthermore, the Heavy Armor aspect Celes provokes only furthers 
    to hurt the team when Terra is there, as instead of one character being 
    nerfed offensively, you have two.
    Gau is like an unreliable Edgar.  His effects are MUCH stronger, but his 
    abilities are far less reliable.  Catscratch is obscene damage for the 
    bosses her, he can actually hit Kefka with Stop through a few of his 
    Rages, and Guard Leader is pretty much a free screen clearer.  Of course, 
    he has to use these moves, and getting some of those Rages (Guard Leader 
    in particular) can be a chore.  Either way, I highly suggest you keep him 
    parted from Edgar, and ideally, with one of the healers, so you can keep 
    the team alive longer so that Gau has more chances for the good stuff.
    Personally, I split the teams up to be even, though some people like to 
    make one strong team and barrel through, others like to make 2 strong 
    teams and take advantage of a choke point, what have you.  Some people 
    even just make 2 teams of 3 characters, and put Edgar by himself.  
    There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, just whatever works. 
    PERSONALLY, I’d set things up like this (order of teams irrelevant):
    This puts a healer with each of the big MT damage dealers, and keeps 
    Terra and Celes separated.  I put Terra with Gau cause I figure someone 
    whose reliable against Heavy Armors would work better than someone whose 
    pretty much a pure defensive character there when paired with the more 
    unreliable Gau.  The team of 3 involves 3 ST damage dealers which is good 
    enough to make up for lack of any MT damage.  Furthermore, having Locke 
    in a team of 3 lowers his durability issues some, and with more 
    characters, you’ll need healing less, so the “item boy” healer strategy 
    works better here. Also, this set up allows all 3 teams to be adequately 
    prepared for Kefka.  Team 1 has Celes to runic away anything he hurls, 
    Team 2 has Gau (paired with a healer) to either out slug him fast, or hit 
    him with Stop status, Team 3 has 3 characters who may just be able to 
    beat him down before things get out of hand, depending on his actions.
    *Phoenix Cave*
    Phoenix Cave is the simplest of the Party Splits, since its only 2 
    parties.  Its also got a variable amount of options, not just cause of 
    who can be used, but also the options of what's available is entirely 
    up to the order you do things.  The one thing that IS a fact, though, 
    is that you won't have Locke for this dungeon, and you won't have cheap 
    crap like Ultima (...nixing a level 99 Terra which is hardly a 
    standard), Paladin's Shield or Lightbringer by extension.  At very 
    least, granted, you have Celes, Setzer and Edgar, and you most likely 
    will have Sabin.  You should probably have Terra and Gau, being they're 
    easy recruits, as well as Mog, Umaro and Cyan, since they’re in far 
    easier dungeons with some really killer rewards (adding to that, Mog is 
    probably the 3rd easiest recruit in the game.)
    Regardless, Phoenix Cave being a two party dungeon means that, in worst 
    case scenario, you can make one party, and shove Mog in the other with 
    Molulu's Charm, and treat the dungeon as normal, beyond the required 
    swapping. Obviously, do NOT throw Mog at Red Dragon if you decide to go 
    this route...
    If you feel like doing things LEGITLY? Well, that's a different story.  
    However, its hard to say what you'll have at this point, what you won't 
    have, who you'll have, etc.  So I'll just try to give you some 
    Elemental resistance is useful here.  For this reason, Terra and Celes' 
    Minerva Bustier will come in handy, as will those elemental Shields, 
    Umaro's Berserker Ring, the Snowscarf, what have you.  Make note of 
    what worthwhile elemental resistance you have (and by worthwhile, I 
    mean things that matter.  Resisting Fire and Ice is worthwhile, 
    resisting Earth is not, so don't think Gaia Gears are suddenly 
    valuable...), and how you can divi it up.  Things like Minerva Bustier, 
    Cat-ear Hood and Snowscarf being naturally restricted to specific 
    characters can help you with who to give what shield too.
    Next off, make sure the 8 characters you choose are up to speed not 
    only on levels, but on skills and magic as well.  For example, sending 
    in Mog cause you got him and his refactored leveled makes him one of 
    your highest leveled PCs might SEEM wise...but then you remember he is 
    totally lacking in magic, which could cost you, and make him less 
    worthwhile than, say, Relm, who despite being several levels lower, 
    would know some important spells like Cura that can save your ass.  DO 
    emphasize that since I know SOMEONE will say "But Mog can learn that 
    too!" and what not; this was merely an example, with two arbitrarily 
    chosen characters, you could swap the roles of both character's above, 
    and the point would remain the same, that being a well built character 
    can be more valuable than a higher leveled one.
    Beyond that? Not much else to say; Phoenix Cave is pretty routine 
    beyond the minor split party thing.
    *Kefka's Tower and Dragon's Den* 
    Yeah, figured I'd do these two together.  Why? Cause most of what 
    applies to one applies to the other.  In any event, since you have 3 
    parties here, you'll need at least 8, Non-Mog characters built up to 
    speed, if you're doing the Molulu's Charm Mog alone strategy.  I can't 
    recommend that here though, since unlike Phoenix Cave, there are these 
    things called "Bosses" that you might run into, or in the case of 
    Kefka's Tower, WILL run into, with all groups, so unless you want to 
    exit the dungeon, reconfigure teams, redo the dungeon again, you may 
    find yourself with Mog against Goddess alone, which might not be a 
    pretty sight if you aren't well built.  As such, I won't be considering 
    that strategy.
    First off, how lazy are you matters.  What I mean is do you mind 
    repeatedly unequipping each team, then re-equipping the others, just to 
    make equipment less of an issue? If you don't mind, then you can 
    probably get away with not much more than is needed for a standard 
    dungeon, at least until the final battle which may call for more than 4 
    characters due to its nature.  If you are too lazy?  Well, I'll help 
    you out.
    To help with the equipment redistributing, try and figure out which 
    equipment are relatively  permanent.  For example, if we take that ever 
    lovable Moogle in Mog, and had him built as a Dragoon, he'll be using 6 
    equipment.  Lets refer back to that set up, and break it down a bit.  
    Radiant Lance and Holy Lance are only usable by Mog and one other 
    person, that being Edgar.  If its the Holy Lance, getting a second one 
    of those is trivial, so Mog should never really unequip it beyond 
    specific "Enemy immunes Holy!" reasons.  Radiant Lance...well, depends 
    if you're using Cyan or not, since giving up that Mutsunokami for a 
    second Radiant Lance may or may not be worth your time (pity this isn't 
    FF6o, where the "Sky Render" was a piece of junk since Evasion was 
    bugged and did nothing, so the choice was obvious, Cyan being used 
    being a total nonfactor...), but more than likely, Mog's weapon is 
    static, and not shared with anyone besides Edgar.  Mog's Armor is 
    unique enough that removing it is a waste of time, and both relics are 
    something that should be kept on, since both can be gotten in bulk and, 
    again, only Edgar would be using them.  So that means the only thing 
    you have to worry about is the helmet and shield...and that's assuming 
    you don't have enough Thunder Shields to go around.  Basically, you can 
    save a lot of time by just removing Mog's Helmet and Shield (and 
    POSSIBLY his weapon if you only have one Radiant Lance...)
    Sorry for that complex example, but as you know, I drag on, but yeah, 
    you can save time in manners like that.  Try to figure out which 
    equipment you'd be using regardless on the character, alongside which 
    equipment is not contending with another character (so Minerva Bustier 
    is something Terra and Celes can use, but you can get two, so them 
    being glued to the girls doesn't hurt the overall set ups of your 12.)
    If you don't like "cheating the system" and want full set ups for 12 
    characters?  You'll probably have to go do some item farming, like 
    stealing from Mudd Sudds for Thunder Shields (which can be turned into 
    Genji Shields, if you need more of those too) in the Coliseum or 
    Kefka's Tower, grabbing maybe an extra Genji Armor here and there 
    through the Coliseum, what have you.  I am NOT saying go refight Kefka 
    3 more times for more Lightbringers in the case of Dragon's Den, mind.  
    Just make sure you have enough of high end stuff to go around.  Now, 
    while I can't exactly tell you what parties to use for a variety of 
    reasons, since a lot of the game is customizable, and unlike the Narshe 
    Battle Sequence, where character uses are still static, you could raise 
    characters differently from me.  HOWEVER, I can give you some advice of 
    how to set things up, in regards of what characters work well together, 
    or conversely, which characters should be split up.  If I do NOT 
    mention a character anywhere, it means mostly cause their team 
    compatibility is pretty universal, in that they don't conflict with 
    anyone on equipment, not going to be repetitive in uses, etc; it has 
    NOTHING to do with how I feel about that character:
    Locke vs. Setzer: Don't let the title mislead you; I am *NOT* saying 
    make a decision between the two, I just suck at labeling things.  What 
    I mean is that Locke and Setzer are both prime contenders for that lone 
    Master's Scroll (this is before Soul Shrine, so yes, it is a lone one.)  
    Its a relic that maximizes the uses of both, so if you're using them, 
    you'll probably be using this.  AS SUCH, Locke and Setzer SHOULD be 
    split up into different groups.  This way, when you're using Locke's 
    group, give him the Master's Scroll, when you swap to Setzer's, take it 
    off Locke, and give it to Setzer.  When you're going back to Locke, 
    swap the relic again.  OF COURSE, if you're using Locke for, say, 
    purposes of Lightbringer, then he probably won't be using Master's 
    Scroll, so it should go straight to Setzer.  
    If you’re a fan of the Kazekiri related set ups, then add Cyan to this 
    comparison, and keep him separated from Locke and Setzer as well.  As you 
    know, I personally am not, but I figure I should at least acknowledge it 
    Terra vs. Celes: See above.  Now, while the two girls don't really hurt 
    each other while being in the same team, it DOES hurt your team 
    flexibility a bit.  See, splitting the girls up means you are working 
    your elemental resistance around better, as it means you'll have at least 
    one character whose resisting every element in one way or another, and 
    won't have to worry about the Paladin's Shield.  It wouldn't be a bad 
    idea to place these girls separate from one another, if for that reason 
    alone.  Also, Lightbringer is something both girls are going to want, 
    so this lets you give it to both, should that be a factor.  Again, 
    Lightbringer thing excluded, Terra and Celes do NOT indirectly harm 
    each other by being in the same team, its more a case of hurting the 
    other teams by lacking their prescience; you want to balance out your 
    teams after all, you should probably split these girls up for that 
    reason.  Oh, both girls may want to be using that Soul of Thamasa if 
    taken down the mage route, so this splits that up as well, as an added 
    Mog vs. Edgar: First off, this assumes Edgar is using a Dragoon set up, 
    and not Lightbringer, for whatever reason.  That said…this is not a big 
    deal, but its still there, should you have only one Radiant Lance.  This 
    is mostly just listing for an "FYI!" if you only have one Radiant Lance, 
    and aren't a fan of the Holy Lance (a spear about equal to Radiant Lance 
    in practice.)  This also matters if you didn't go get a second Dragon 
    Horn for whatever reason, as they're both going to want to use Dragoon 
    Boots + Dragon Horn.  Again, this likely won't come up (either cause 
    you'll be using Holy Lance, you'll have two Radiant Lances, what have 
    you), but its something to consider, depending on what you have.
    Sabin and Gogo: Now, THESE are two character's that work well together.  
    See, the way it works is Sabin uses Phantom Rush, then Gogo mimics it.  
    If Sabin succeeds the Phantom Rush (don't mimic until you see the word 
    "Phantom Rush" appear atop), then Gogo will succeed too, you won't have 
    to worry about inputting the command again.  Razor Gale works too for 
    here, naturally. FURTHERMORE, this lets Gogo not have to use Blitz as 
    one of his skill sets, leaving some flexibility (so you can have, say, 
    Steal on Gogo, if that’s your schtick.)
    Cyan and Gogo: Similar to the above, mostly just in this case, it lets 
    you use two Bushido's in a row with worrying about the charge time only 
    once.  Granted, Quick exists too, but you might not know Quick for Cyan 
    or Gogo, or something, so yeah, this couldn't hurt.
    Gogo vs. Locke vs. Shadow: Ok, back to splitting up characters.  In 
    this case, these are the three characters who can steal.  Locke does it 
    naturally, Gogo can put "Steal" on his skill set, and Shadow can equip 
    the Thief's Knife for unreliable stealing method.  If you want to 
    always have the option of stealing, split these three characters up.  
    Note that, however, this is the ONLY reason to split these characters 
    up; otherwise the three really don't effect each other one way or 
    another being in the same team (different weapons, armor, uses, etc.) 
    In fairness, you can give the Thief's Knife to someone with the Merit 
    Award, HOWEVER, why would you waste a whole relic slot AND your weapon 
    slot solely for the purpose of an unreliable Thief? 
    Gogo vs. Strago: If nothing else, Lore does have a few neat moves here 
    and there, namely Mighty Guard, White Wind (good healing for Gold 
    Dragon in Dragon's Den), Force Field (Can save your ass against some 
    enemies like Holy Dragon in Dragon's Den), so you'll probably want to 
    split these two up, so Lores can be used in multiple teams.  Also has 
    the added benefit of splitting up Magus Rod users, if you don't like 
    wasting your Heal Rods or something.  If its a Magus Rod thing, 
    naturally, Relm should be separated from these two as well, being the 
    third user, though its worth noting Magus Rod isn't QUITE as big a deal 
    as it use to be, since Swordbreaker is a decent defensive weapon for 
    them, and Angel's Brush and Stardust Rod work for offensive 
    supplements, but still, depending on what kind of player you are, that 
    might still exist.
    Anyone relying on Magic Skillset: Try to split any character whose 
    primary source of damage is “Magic.”  Be it Terra, Celes, Relm, some sort 
    of Mage Locke or something, what have you.  This is because these 
    characters want Soul of Thamasa above all else, and to truly maximize 
    them, you’ll probably want them all to use it.  Splitting up as many of 
    these characters as possible lets you have 3 teams with adequate Dual 
    Casting mages and such.
    Now, I am NOT saying follow these exactly; these are just some things 
    to consider when you're making a team.  I mean, throwing Terra and 
    Celes in the same team, when you want to give both Lightbringer and the 
    Soul of Thamasa isn't a wise idea at all, or using Gogo/Shadow/Locke in 
    the same team when you like stealing and want to get everything from 
    every boss doesn't really work either.  I can't exactly tell you what 
    teams to use exactly, but, well, here's a quick example of set ups 
    considering all the above.  Again, DO NOT TAKE THIS LITERALLY, IT IS 
    More to come later, maybe...
    9. Equipment Locations
    This section tells you where to get equips I listed in this FAQ.  I 
    might miss a few since I'm mostly speaking from memory, so contact me 
    if such happens <_<  I'm leaving out silly trades that grant you 
    something far inferior, like trading the Lightbringer -> Zantetsuken or 
    Paladin's Shield -> Force Shield at the Coliseum (well, ok, the latter 
    has some theoretical use, maybe?) Also ignoring Ragnarok Summon cause 
    frankly, that tends to be the most annoying way to get items, and it 
    really isn't any easier than the methods I'm listing below due to its 
    nature, UNLESS its the only way to get multiple of them. Basically, I'm 
    listing ways to get some, not ALL ways; just cause I didn't list it 
    doesn't mean I forgot about it necessarily, it means it might be a bad 
    trade (see above) or just not worth the bother, or its cause I'm lazy 
    and the weapon is store-bought and there's no point in listing ALL 
    shops that sell it.  Also note that the dungeon names I'm using might 
    not be the ones the game uses, so don't take those word for word.
    Ragnarok: One can be gotten as soon as Locke rejoins after the Phoenix 
    Cave; go to Narshe and when the man asks you about Esper vs. Sword, 
    choose the Sword.  Note you can't get the Ragnarok Esper by doing this.  
    The other method involves stealing from Lady on Tier 3 of the final 
    battle, then making a clear game save.  Method two, mind, can be done as 
    many times as you want, though I should warn you it is tedious after the 
    first time.
    Lightbringer: Bet Ragnarok at the coliseum, this will be your prize if 
    you win.
    Enhancer: Buy it at Nikeah in the World of Ruins.
    Zantetsuken: Beat Blue Dragon in the Ancient Castle.  You can get more 
    by refighting him in the Soul Shrine.
    Organyx: Bet Ice Brand, Flametongue, or Thunder Blade at the coliseum, 
    this will be your reward should you win.
    Ultima Weapon: In the Cave to the Sealed Gate, sometime after the save 
    point (which is near the switch with the ninja), there will be switch, 
    which if you step on it, a room will appear out of a rock, for lack of 
    a better explanation.  This room has Ultima Weapon in it.  If you don't 
    get this before the Banquet, you missed it for good.  The other way to 
    get it is by stealing from Rest on Tier 3 of the Final Battle, and 
    making a clear game save.  Like with Ragnarok, the latter method can be 
    done an unlimited number of times, for all that you’ll probably get bored 
    Excalibur: Gotten by defeating Goddess in Kefka's Tower.  You can get 
    more by defeating her as many times as you like at the Soul Shrine 
    Apocalypse: Defeat Red Dragon in Dragon's Den. You can get more by 
    betting Save the Queen at the coliseum, or just refighting him at the 
    Soul Shrine.  Note that this must be the SECOND Red Dragon you defeat 
    in the Soul Shrine (who is followed immediately by Kaiser Dragon), not 
    the first, whom is the original one you met in the Phoenix Cave.
    Impartisan: Steal it from Greater Mantis, which can be fought around 
    Maranda. You can also win these from Tyranosaurs in the Forest west of 
    the Veldt (sometimes called "Dinosaur Forest"), but the chances are 
    1/8, its probably easier to steal.
    Valiant Knife: Obtained instantly when Locke rejoins after the Phoenix 
    Cave, so its impossible to miss as it comes with the one character who 
    can use it.
    Swordbreaker: Buy it at Maranda in the WoR.
    Wing Edge: One can be found in the Phoenix Cave.  Another can be found 
    in the Cave to the Ancient Castle.
    Sniper: Buy it at Jidoor in the WoR.
    Zwill Crossblade: Received when you defeat Gold Dragon in Dragon's Den.  
    You can get more by refighting him in the Soul Shrine; note that this 
    the second Gold Dragon in the Soul Shrine, as the first one you fight 
    there is the original one from Kefka's Tower, who if you remember was a 
    really freaking easy boss that failed in just about every way a boss 
    can...and debatably isn't the worst Dragon either -_-
    Assassin's Knife: Find this in the early rooms of the Sealed Gate.  
    Like Ultima Weapon, this can be missed permanently. More can be gotten 
    only by summoning Ragnarok on Ninja, Outsider and Covert.
    Thief’s Knife: Find in the Treasure House in Narshe.  If you want more, 
    Veil Dancers in Zozo have them as a rare steal (their common is a Hi 
    Potion, FYI.).  Dadaluma also has this as his Rare drop, so you may get 
    one if you’re lucky (he usually drops a Twist Headband, mind, and 
    considering the lack of save points in Zozo, I wouldn’t recommend 
    continually resetting to get a 1/8 drop from this particular boss.)
    Kazekiri: Get this in the Sealed Gate.  You can steal another one 
    beforehand from Number 128.  Note that both of these can be missed 
    permanently (though missing the nonSteal Kazekiri is pretty sad since 
    Murasame: Find this on the Floating Continent.  You can get more by 
    stealing from Kamui in the Zone Eater.
    Mutsunokami: Received by defeating Fiend in Kefka's Tower.  You can get 
    more by betting Radiant Lance at the Coliseum, or by refighting him at 
    the Soul Shrine.
    Zanmato: Received by defeating Holy Dragon in the Dragon's Den. You can 
    get more by betting the Godhand at the Coliseum, or by refighting Holy 
    Dragon in the Soul Shrine. Note that this is the second Holy Dragon you 
    fight, as the first is that pathetic piece of crap of you fought in the 
    Fanatics Tower originally (which can be refought on the Veldt, as a 
    random side note <.<) instead of the competent rematch you fought in 
    Dragon's Den.
    Ichigeki: You need this to get Shadow as is <_< >_>. You STILL want to 
    know where it is? Find it in the Cave on the Veldt.  You can get 
    another in the same way you can get more Assassin's Knives (as in, not 
    Kagenui: Get this in the Fanatic's Tower.
    Oborozuki: Get this by defeating Flan Princesses in the Dragon's Den.  
    You can get more by betting Zwill Crossblade at the Coliseum.
    Thief's Knife: Find this in the "Treasure House" in Narshe.  You can 
    get more by stealing from Veil Dancers in Zozo.
    Holy Lance: Get one by defeating Holy Dragon in Fanatic's Tower.  Note 
    that despite him appearing in the Soul Shrine and the Veldt, you cannot 
    get anymore through this method; the Holy Lance is given via a plot 
    sequence of sorts right after the fight (probably to make it a reward 
    of the fight, but at the same time, not let you abuse the Veldt with 
    him.)  If you want more, bet Cyan's Katana's at the Coliseum, at least 
    anything between Murasame through Murakumo, and keep betting what you 
    win.  If you're wondering, that Masamune you get from Cyan's Soul or 
    Murakumo you get from Red Dragon (Phoenix Cave) are excellent 
    candidates for becoming Holy Lances.
    Radiant Lance: Receive this after defeating Demon in Kefka's Tower.  
    You can get more either by betting Mutsunokami at the Coliseum, or by 
    defeating Demon again at the Soul Shrine.
    Longinus: Receive this by defeating Storm Dragon in Dragon's Den.  You 
    can get more by defeating him again at the Soul Shrine.  Note that this 
    is the second Storm Dragon you fight in the sequence, as the first is 
    the one you fought on Mt. Zozo.
    Tigerfang: Get this by defeating Death Warden, a Monster in the Box in 
    the Veldt Cave.  You can get more by refighting him in the Soul Shrine 
    (and after that, for whatever reason you want 3, fighting him on the 
    Veldt is now available), or by stealing from Great Behemoths in Kefka's 
    Tower or Dragon's Den.
    Godhand: Receive this by defeating Earth Dragon in Dragon's Den.  You 
    can receive more by betting Zanmato at the Coliseum, or by fighting him 
    again in the Soul Shrine.  Note that like the other Dragon's Den 
    dragons, which by now you should be seeing a trend, he's the second 
    Earth Dragon you face there, as the first is the guy you face in the 
    Opera House.
    Save the Queen: Receive this by defeating Blue Dragon at the Dragon's 
    Den. You can get more by betting Apocalypse at the Coliseum, or by 
    defeating him again at the Soul Shrine.  If I have to tell you the 
    whole "he's the second one you fight" thing again then...oh wait, I 
    just did, didn't I? Bah, need to stop doing that... 
    Magus Rod: Received by defeating Earth Dragon at the Opera House. You 
    can get more by betting Heal Rods (there are only two of these, mind) 
    at the Coliseum, or by refighting the bastard at the Soul Shrine.
    Gladius: Received by defeating Master Tonberry in the Cave to Ancient 
    Castle, and later, you can kick his ass some more in the Soul Shrine if 
    you want more of these.  
    Stardust Rod: Found in a chest in Dragon's Den.  Yes, you read that 
    right; no battles, just in a chest. You can get another by betting that 
    lone Angel Brush you have; yes, this would be one of the only limited 
    quantity Dragon's Den equips.  I've heard that Plague (the thing that 
    drops Angel Brushes) is a rare encounter in the Soul Shrine, but I have 
    yet to have anyone confirm this.
    Angel Brush: Received by defeating Plague in Dragon's Den.  Another can 
    be gotten by betting Stardust Rod at the coliseum.  See above regarding 
    the disclaimer.
    Fixed Dice: Find this in Kefka's Tower, path 1.
    Man Eater: Buy this at Maranda.  Additionally, you can get one a little 
    earlier through a rather obvious chest in Daryl’s Tomb.
    Death Tarot: Find this in the cave to the Ancient Castle.
    Venom Darts: Buy this at Kohlingen.
    Final Trump: Receive this by defeating Ice Dragon in Dragon's Den. You 
    can receive more by betting Scorpion's Tail at the Coliseum, or by 
    refighting the guy in Soul Shrine, yada yada yada, its the second one.
    Gungnir: Receive this by defeating Neslug in the Dragon's Den. You can 
    harvest more by betting Longinus at the Coliseum (of which, if you've 
    been reading this FAQ, you'll notice there's an infinite supply of.)
    Bone Club: Umaro comes with this equipped, stapled, duck taped, and 
    possibly super glued to him as well.  The point is, you don't need 
    anymore, don't bother looking for anymore.
    Scorpion's Tail: Defeat Skull Dragon at the Dragon's Den.  Get more by 
    betting Final Trump at Coliseum or by beating him again in Soul 
    Shrine...if you can't figure out where I'm going by now, you haven't 
    been reading this FAQ, and probably should be punted.
    Flame Shield: One is gotten when Locke rejoins the same way as the 
    Valiant's Knife, another is found in Cyan's Soul.  You can get infinite 
    supply of these by betting Falchions and Ice Shields at the Coliseum.
    Ice Shield: One is gotten on Mt. Zozo, another in Cyan's Soul.  You can 
    get infinite of these by betting Crystal Mails and Flame Shields at the 
    Thunder Shield: Found on Mt. Zozo and inside the Zone Eater.  You can 
    harvest more by betting Genji Glove, Genji Shield or Gauntlet at the 
    Coliseum, as well as stealing from Mudd Sudds in Kefka's Tower, fought 
    in the Coliseum and Kefka's Tower.
    Aegis Shield: There are only two of these in the game, period.  One is 
    found on Mt. Zozo, the other is found in a secret room in Kefka's Tower 
    (its right before the Conveyor Belt.) 
    Force Shield: One can be gotten by beating Ice Dragon in Narshe, 
    another gotten in the Kefka's Tower.  You can harvest more in the Soul 
    Shrine by picking on poor old Ice Dragon, but come on, you KNOW he's 
    asking for it.
    Genji Shield: Find in the Fanatics Tower. You can get more by betting 
    Thunder Shields at the coliseum.
    Paladin's Shield: Fight 256 Battles with the Cursed Shield equip, at 
    the end of the last fight, you will get a message indicating the curse 
    is lifed.  The Cursed Shield will then be replaced with the Paladin's 
    Shield.  As a reminder, battles that Gogo has the shield equipped DO 
    Tortoise Shield: Rare Steal AND Drop from Basilisk (can be found near 
    Maranda), can also be gotten by betting Reed's Cloak at the Coliseum.
    Crystal Shield: Store-bought in Maranda.
    Green Beret: Store-bought in a variety of places, by end game 
    standards, Albrook is a good place to start, though you should find a 
    bunch before this mind in a variety of manners that are so straight 
    forwards, its not worth mentioning.
    Priest's Miter: Most anywhere you can buy Green Berets, this will be 
    available alongside it...so I guess Store-bought at Albrook works here 
    Circlet: Store-bought in Jidoor in the WoR.
    Mystery Veil: Store-bought in Thamasa...in both worlds even!
    Oath Veil: Store-bought in Maranda WoR.
    Red Cap: One is found on Mt. Zozo, another in Kefka's Tower.
    Royal Crown: One is found in Figaro Basement; you can get more by 
    betting the Hypno Crown or Red Caps (and betting what you win) at the 
    Coliseum, though I HIGHLY recommend against at least the latter, given 
    those tend to be the better and more universally useful equip...
    Genji Helm: One is gotten in Daryl's Tomb. Another can be gotten as a 
    Common Drop from Gilgamesh (Note that he has a Rare Drop in Genji 
    Armor.)  Lastly, you can get more by betting Royal Crowns, Hypno Crowns 
    and Red Caps at the coliseum, and betting what you win til you get 
    this, though I recommend against the Red Caps since they have other 
    uses (Royal Crown and Hypno Crown tend to not matter enough meanwhile, 
    so go ahead with those!)
    Cat-ear Hood: Bet the Saucer or Impartisan at the Coliseum for this.
    Saucer: Steal from Tumbleweeds (found on the same island Doma is), or 
    by betting Tortoise Shields at the coliseum.
    Dueling Mask: Found in a chest in Dragon's Den (yep, no fighting 
    Genji Armor: Found inside the Zone Eater's Cave.  You can get more of 
    these by betting any of those animal suits that belong to Relm and 
    Strago specifically, with the exception of Behemoth Suit, and 
    continually betting what you win.
    Red Jacket: Found in Zone Eater's Cave. You can get more by betting a 
    Shuriken at the Coliseum and continually betting what you win until it 
    yields a Red Jacket.
    Minerva Bustier: Find in Kefka's Tower. You can get another by betting 
    the Regal Dress (find in Daryl's Tomb) at the Coliseum.  If you want to 
    keep that lone Regal Dress for pure perfectionist reasons, you can get 
    this via rare drop or steal (though they are level 99 so I HIGHLY 
    recommend against the steal part, especially since its rare...) from 
    Tonberries (NOT to be confused with Tonberry), or by stealing from 
    Goddess in Kefka's Tower or the Soul Shrine.
    Force Armor: Received by defeating Storm Dragon on Mt. Zozo. Another is 
    gotten in the Fanatic's Tower and Kefka's Tower in chests, and you can 
    steal one from Guardian (though he has a second steal, and is a high 
    level, so I recommend against this), as well as its a rare drop from 
    Shield Dragons in Dragon's Den.  For a less random chance to harvest 
    these, Storm Dragon can be refought in the Soul Shrine and will still 
    drop the armor.
    Mirage Vest: Bet the Thornlet at the Coliseum.  Thornlet can be 
    obtained by stealing from Hidon in Ebot's Rock (who yes, can be 
    refought.)  Note though that he has two steals, the other being a 
    Teleport Stone, so this isn't exactly the easiest of things to get.  An 
    alternative method for that Thornlet would be to use Ragnarok's 
    Metamorphose on Ahriman in Kefka's Tower (check the room where you 
    fought Gold Dragon) and hope things turn out the way you want (Gogo’s 
    Mimic can come in hand here.) Basically, yes, there is no quick and easy 
    way to get this armor.
    Magus Robe: Buy this at Maranda in the WoR.
    Black Garb: Buy this at Jidoor in the WoR.
    Reed Cloak: Rare Drop from Sprinters (found near Maranda among other 
    places in the WoR) and a Rare Steal from Tyranosaurs (found in Dino 
    Forest near the veldt.)
    Behemoth Suit: Defeat King Behemoth in the Veldt Cave and you will get 
    2 of these (one for each form he has.) You can then refight him on the 
    Veldt and get two more each time!  No, don't worry; he's actually a 
    pretty easy fight to get into if you attempt this ASAP as the only 
    formations that share his Pack are things in Kefka's Tower, so you WILL 
    be insured to fight him each cycle.
    Snow Scarf: Umaro comes with one genetically spliced with his skin...or 
    just a forced initial equip that you can't remove much to your dismay.  
    Now, for how to get Snow Scarfs you will CARE about, bet the Behemoth 
    Suit at the Coliseum, and I just told you how to get those.
    Bone Wrist: Find in Dragon's Den.
    Berserker Ring: Find this in the Veldt Cave.
    Blizzard Orb: Find this in the Ancient Castle
    Master's Scroll: Defeat Samurai's Soul in Ancient Castle to get this. 
    You can refight him in Soul Shrine for more of these.
    Soul of Thamasa: Find atop the Fanatic's Tower; you can only get more 
    of these by stealing from Glutturns in the Soul Shrine, as a RARE steal 
    (so I was told), and they are really high leveled, and apparently, its 
    the ones who like to hit you with Ultima, so you might want to think 
    twice before you start getting excited about a second one...
    Dragoon Boots: Store-bought in Tzen in the WoR, but you can get a 
    freebie in Magitek Factory early on.
    Dragon Horn: Find it in a chest near Red Dragon in Phoenix Cave.  You 
    can get more by betting Gold Hairpin or Charm Bangle at the Coliseum. 
    You can also bet Behemoth Suit, for an easy unlimited item to get a 
    hold of, and repeatedly bet what you win until it yields a Dragon Horn.  
    Its also randomly dropped by Great Dragons in Dragon's Den.
    Genji Glove: One can be gotten from Banon if you denied him 3 times or 
    denied him at least once and spoke to the Returner in the back. Another 
    is found in Cyan's Soul (Phantom Train section) and in the Sealed Cave.  
    Otherwise, its a rare steal from Dragons on the Floating Continent 
    (which means Veldt Grinding in the WoR! They also have Hi-Potions as a 
    common steal, so this is even HARDER than most Rare steals), or 
    Armodullahans in Dragon's Den.  Gilgamesh in the Coliseum also has a 
    Common Genji Glove up for stealing (Genji Shield is the alternative), 
    though keep in mind he is very high leveled, so your success rate is 
    likely not going to be very high.
    Hero's Ring: Found in a pot in the Future Coliseum north of Kohlingen 
    (yes, this is permanently missable.) If you didn't get the 
    Ether/Thunder Rod in the Figaro Cave, then this will be waiting there 
    as well.  Kefka's Tower and Zone Eater Cave have freebie ones with no 
    strings attached (yay!), and you can pay some 5 digit price for it at 
    the Auction House in Jidoor.  Betting a Guard Bracelet (which can be 
    stolen from Fiend Dragons) is your only source of LIMITLESS amounts of 
    Earrings: Store-bought at Albrook in the WoR (you can find a bunch 
    laying around before this, mind.)
    Gigas Glove: Store-bought in Albrook and Jidoor, you can find a free 
    one on Mt. Kolts mind.
    Hyper Wrist: Store-bought in Nikeah in the WoR; you can find a few of 
    these lying around before this for free, mind.  Of them, the only one 
    worth noting, cause its hidden thus easily overlooked (but not 
    permanently missable), is in South Figaro basement, in a hidden passage 
    BEFORE you meet Celes.
    Ribbon: You can find two in Kefka's Tower (one hidden, one plain in 
    site), another in a hidden chest in South Figaro basement, one in 
    Phoenix Cave, another one in Dragon's Den, and one is found in WoR 
    Narshe if you didn't pick up the Rune Blade.  FINALLY, you can also 
    steal these from Brachosaurs in the Dino Forest west of the Veldt (or 
    just do the Coliseum...that's probably easier here...), if you're bold.
    Miracle Shoes: Bet Rename Card at the Coliseum for this.  You can get 
    those either by betting Cat-Ear Hood and continually betting what you 
    win, or by betting an Elixir.
    Reflect Ring: Store-bought in South Figaro, Thamasa and Albrook in the 
    WoR; you can find two of these (one in Narshe, the other in the 
    Imperial Base by the Sealed Cave, provided you got enough points) 
    laying around before that for free mind.
    Memento Ring: Relm comes with one equipped, you can find another on the 
    second story of Strago's House hidden in the left hand wall (check that 
    little crevice spot in the middle.)
    Merit Award: Bet Excalipoor at the Coliseum, you will get this (yes, 
    you get this AND then fight Gilgamesh; pretty sweet deal if you ask 
    me.)  You can get more by betting Cat-ear Hoods at the Coliseum.
    Safety Bit: Find in the Fanatics Tower. You can steal more from Fiend 
    in Kefka's Tower and the Soul Shrine.  Using Ragnarok to Metamorphose a 
    variety of different enemies can yield this as well (like Level 90 
    Magics, though I highly suggest you find something less deadly...)
    Thief's Bracer: Find in the Treasure House in Narshe.  You can buy 
    these in Tzen in the WoR later in the game, should you want more.
    Brigand's Glove: Find in Zozo.  You can bet the Thief's Bracer for this 
    in the coliseum as well, should you want more.
    Fake Mustache: Find in Zone Eater Cave.  You can get more (for Gogo, I 
    suppose) by stealing from Still Life, found in Owser's House (though only 
    one of them there; yes, you can fight them on the Veldt, at very least, 
    if not the Soul Shrine.)
    Celestriad: Rare Steal from Galypdes, fought in the Phoenix Cave or the 
    Coliseum (I highly recommend the Coliseum cause of the Loop between 
    Murakumo and Holy Lance that gets you one.) And yes, this is easier 
    than the alternative of beating up the rare enemy in Brachosaur who has 
    a potential to kick your ass, for an item he only drops 1/8th of the 
    White Cape: Store-bought in Nikeah in the WoR.
    Zephyr Cloak: Store-bought in Nikeah in the WoR.
    Muscle Belt: Gotten by beating up Skull Dragon in Kefka's Tower (as 
    well as beating him up MORE in the Soul Shrine!) Can also be stolen 
    from Glasya Lebolas on Mt. Zozo, if you want more earlier.
    Prayer Beads: Store-bought in Nikeah in the WoR.  You can get a freebie 
    in Doma, mind.
    10. Character Rankings
    This section is going to be done in two ways.  First, the objective 
    part, which is just listing characters and how they rank on numerical 
    statistics, and the average, so you can really see who is "low" in a 
    stat and such.  The 2nd part is the subjective part, which is basically 
    me incorporating all that analysis mumbo jumbo into rankings and 
    such?yeah?I'll just post rankings.  Note that these stats are assuming 
    the character is naked without Esper boosts obviously.  Character 
    equipment can alter these things dramatically, so do not take these TOO 
    seriously; its mostly just FYI or something.
    For simplicity reasons, I'm just going to round to the nearest whole 
    Extra HP:
    1. Umaro 60
    2. Sabin 58
    3. Cyan 53
    4. Shadow 51
    5. Edgar 49
    6. Locke 48
    7. Setzer 46
    8. Gau 45
    9. Celes 44
    10. Terra 42
    11. Mog 39
    12. Relm 37
    13. Gogo 36
    14. Strago 35
    Average: 46
    Extra MP:
    1. Relm 18
    2t. Terra 16
    2t. Mog 16
    4. Celes 15
    5. Strago 13
    6. Gogo 12
    7. Gau 10
    8. Setzer 9
    9. Locke 7
    10t. Shadow 6
    10t. Edgar 6
    12. Cyan 5
    13. Sabin 3
    14. Umaro 0
    Average: 10
    1. Umaro 57
    2. Sabin 47
    3. Gau 44
    4. Cyan 40
    5t. Edgar 39
    5t. Shadow 39
    7. Locke 37
    8. Setzer 36
    9. Celes 34
    10. Terra 31
    11. Mog 29
    12. Strago 28
    13. Relm 26
    14. Gogo 25
    Average: 37
    1. Locke 40
    2t. Shadow 38
    2t. Gau 38
    4. Sabin 37
    5. Mog 36
    6t. Celes 34
    6t. Relm 34
    8t. Terra 33
    8t. Umaro 33
    10. Setzer 32
    11t. Edgar 30
    11t. Gogo 30
    13. Cyan 28
    14. Strago 25
    Average: 33
    1. Umaro 46
    2. Sabin 39
    3. Gau 36
    4. Edgar 34
    5. Cyan 33
    6. Setzer 32
    7t. Locke 31
    7t. Celes 31
    9. Shadow 30
    10. Terra 28
    11. Mog 26
    12. Relm 22
    13. Gogo 20
    14. Strago 19
    Average: 31
    Magic Power:
    1. Relm 44
    2. Terra 39
    3. Umaro 37
    4. Celes 36
    5. Mog 35
    6t. Gau 34
    6t. Strago 34
    8. Shadow 33
    9t. Edgar 29
    9t. Setzer 29
    11t. Locke 28
    11t. Sabin 28
    13. Gogo 26
    14. Cyan 25
    Average: 33
    1. Gau 99
    2. Umaro 47
    3. Sabin 26
    4. Cyan 25
    5. Shadow 23
    6. Edgar 20
    7. Setzer 18
    8t. Mog 16
    8t. Celes 16
    10. Locke 14
    11. Gogo 13
    12. Terra 12
    13. Relm 11
    14. Strago 10
    Average: 25 (yeah, Gau kind of destroys this average; without him, 
    average is 19)
    1. Umaro 89
    2. Sabin 53
    3. Mog 52
    4. Edgar 50
    5t. Cyan 48
    5t. Setzer 48
    7. Shadow 47
    8. Locke 46
    9t. Gau 44
    9t. Celes 44
    11. Terra 42
    12. Gogo 39
    13. Relm 35
    14. Strago 33
    Average: 47
    1. Shadow 28%
    2. Gau 21%
    3. Locke 15%
    4. Relm 13%
    5. Sabin 12%
    6t. Mog 10%
    6t. Gogo 10%
    8. Setzer 9%
    9. Umaro 8%
    10. Celes 7%
    11t. Cyan 6%
    11t. Strago 6%
    13. Terra 5%
    14. Edgar 4%
    Average: 11%
    Magic Defense:
    1. Umaro 68
    2. Mog 36
    3. Gau 34
    4. Terra 33
    5. Celes 31
    6. Relm 30
    7. Strago 27
    8. Setzer 26
    9t. Shadow 25
    9t. Gogo 25
    11. Locke 23
    12. Edgar 22
    13. Sabin 21
    14. Cyan 20
    Average: 29
    Magic Evasion:
    1. Gau 18%
    2. Mog 11%
    3t. Shadow 9%
    3t. Celes 9%
    3t. Relm 9%
    6t. Terra 7%
    6t. Strago 7%
    8. Gogo 6%
    9. Umaro 5%
    10. Sabin 4%
    11. Locke 2%
    12t. Edgar 1%
    12t. Cyan 1%
    12t. Setzer 1%
    Average: 6%
    And that's it for the boring objective stuff.  Subjective stuff to come 
    in a later version <_<
    10. Frequently Asked Questions
    The title is self explanatory.  This will be done in a Q&A session.  If 
    you're wondering, I am a lazy bastard so a lot of this is just C+Ped 
    from the original with terms changed.
    Q.  Why did you put Gau in this FAQ and not the previous one?
    A. Originally, I was told "don't bother giving Gau a half assed 
    section, just note otherwise." Later on, I realized that Gau kind 
    should have his own section, if only for objective points, and at very 
    least, I could give some set up advices on Gau.  You'll notice Gau in 
    this FAQ is a rather small section with little input compared to 
    others.  He's a complex character who to analyze him fully would 
    require his own FAQ really.
    Q. Why do you emphasize so much on equipment, and Magic Power more than 
    anything else?
    A. Alright.  First off, Strength is an oddly disappointing stat.  Yeah, 
    it does help damage, but not as much as you'd like.  At higher levels, 
    it makes a bigger difference, but at lower levels, its not enough.  
    Example?  At level 40, on a defense ignoring attack (So damage increase 
    is less with one that isn't), a Hyper Wrist(+50% Strength) on Edgar 
    with no Strength boosts of any kind does only 350 more damage; hardly a 
    10% increase in damage, on attacks like Drill or Chain Saw that do around 
    3000 or more at that point.  Raised in bulk, Strength helps, but again, 
    not as much as Magic Power does.  Stamina was ignored cause it sucks ass, 
    and Speed cause unless raised in even bigger bulk than Strength, its even 
    less noticeable due to FF6's ATB.  Magic Power helps augment, meanwhile, 
    not only the stronger attacks in FF6, but also makes the Magic skill set, 
    probably the best overall skill set in FF6, stronger at that, so having 
    High Magic Power can really save a character (see Relm, for example)
    Why equipment vs. Skill sets?  Well, with good equipment, you won't 
    need a good skill set.  Mog is a good example at how Dances are under 
    whelming in the WoR, but with a good spear, and the Dragoon Combo, he 
    does enough damage to out power most specials anyway to the point where 
    you don't care that he's missing a decent unique skill, especially 
    factoring in his ability to hit 255 Defense fairly easily because of 
    that Snow Scarf that only he and Gau can use.  Meanwhile, someone like 
    Sabin who relies on one or two attacks seems nice at first, will start 
    looking fairly lack luster as soon as other characters start gaining 
    comparable damage, and they'll have other noteworthy reasons to be used.  
    In the end, unless the skill is truly magnificent, chances are, it will 
    be outdone by Magic or by variations of the Fight command, since both are 
    more "Twinkish" than any skill set out there.  As an interesting side 
    note, its for these reasons that Trance is never truly obsolete, since 
    while other commands start getting outclassed by Fight (or variations of 
    it), and Magic, Trance simply augments both :)  What if you are already 
    hitting the damage Cap? Trance will still halve all magic damage done to 
    Terra, so it at very least has defensive applications (and besides, 
    Lightbringer at level 99 with Master’s Scroll at maxed Strength almost 
    never hits the damage cap, especially against high defense, so its STILL 
    useful for damage there!)
    You'll really find that a decent skill really doesn't make up for a 
    good equipment set up at all.  The only skill set that can really 
    offset bad equipment, somewhat, is Rage, but lets not get into that, 
    and Gogo kind of disproves this some by not being able to anywhere near 
    the full advantages of it that Gau can.
    Q. How big an influence to Strength and Magic Power have on characters? 
    A. Alright, someone requested I give raw numbers just for an idea.  The 
    following below are damages done at level 40, and before factoring in 
    defenses, weaknesses, random variance, Hero Rings, what have you, since 
    they are ALL multipliers of sorts, so everything gets affected equally 
    (meaning while the raw damage might change, proportionately speaking, 
    they'll remain the same.)
    Strength's Difference: 
    The following involves an Imp Sabin with his base Strength (47 which is 
    game best, nixing Umaro) against an Imp Gogo with his base Strength 
    (game's worst Strength at 25), both using Impartisans (this gives both 
    255 Attack.) The Strength difference is 22, if you're curious (47 
    vs. 25)
    Sabin's Damage: 3500
    Gogo's Damage: 3090
    A 400~ damage difference, considering that Sabin has nearly double Gogo's 
    Strength, he only manages to do about 12% more damage at level 40.  
    Given this, you can probably tell that Hyper Wrist would only make 
    Sabin's damage go up by another 500 damage at best, meaning with a 45 
    point edge on Gogo, having nearly TRIPLE Gogo's Strength at that, he 
    does roughly 30% damage more.  Those aren't very good ratios, considering 
    the numbers we're using.
    Note that with weaker equips, the damage difference won't change, so 
    Proportionately, Sabin's damage would be higher.  Granted, Sabin and 
    Gogo should never really have equal Attacks (well...now with the 
    Scorpion's Tail, Gogo might get somewhere close...), so this is just 
    pure hypothetical scenario.  Realistically speaking, Sabin should beat 
    Gogo with his physical damage, at least before factoring in special 
    aspects like Elemental Affinities or random spell casts anyway.
    Magic Power Differences:
    For this, I'm using Relm with her base Magic Power (44, game best) 
    against Cyan with his base Magic Power (25, game worst), both casting 
    Flare (60 Spell Power, even ignores Defense, so these values will be 
    accurate!).  Note this is a 19 Point Magic Power difference.
    Relm's Damage: 3514
    Cyan's Damage: 2099
    That's a 1415 Damage increase, or proportionately speaking, 67% more 
    damage than Cyan did.  Yes, that means even if Cyan uses 2 Earrings, 
    his damage will STILL be worse than Relm with no magic power 
    augmentations.  If we were to factor in Relm's magic power boosting 
    equips (Magus Rod, Cat-ear Hood, and Behemoth Suit) against Cyan's 
    (Circlet and Genji Armor), the difference would grow even further (now 
    Relm has just gained 10 more Magic Power on Cyan, effectively)
    You'll note Relm's base Magic Power is 176% that of Cyan's, which isn't 
    too far off from the proportional damage increase Relm gets
    Unlike Strength, though, you can change any spell for Flare in this 
    case, and the damage won't change proportionately much at all.  This is 
    cause Magic Power is a multiplier of Spell Power, so every spell gets 
    the same relative increase in damage with Magic Power (flip side is 
    that Magic Power is going to have a bigger impact on Ultima's raw 
    damage than that of Flare's, while a weaker spell like Poison is going 
    to have a less noticeable increase, assuming none of these moves hit 
    the damage limit)  Meanwhile, Strength is more or less just added onto 
    Attack, in a sense, so lower Attack = higher proportional 
    increase in damage.
    Ok, now that I've made you sick of the word "proportional", I hope this 
    answered you're question.  You'll note that despite Relm's Magic Power 
    edge on Cyan being lower than Sabin's Strength edge on Gogo, it makes a 
    FAR bigger impact on the attacks in question.  End result is that 
    higher base Magic Power means a lot more than higher base Strength, 
    same rule applies for the ability to augment those stats.
    Q. Why did you skip Merit Award in most cases?
    A. Merit Award starts creating character clones, really, and then it?s 
    a "use who you like" concept.  See, yes, you can make Sabin a great 
    Mage with 128% Magic Evasion and high Evasion, using the Merit Award to 
    give him Lightbringer and Force Armor, along with a Soul of Thamasa, 
    but…what does this prove about Sabin?  Absolutely nothing, its more so 
    explaining just how good the set up is in general.
    However, the Merit Award does help some characters out in ways that 
    others can't really take advantage of.  For example, Merit Award on 
    Terra lets her use Fixed Dice, which leads to a mean combo of Master’s 
    Scroll + Fixed Dice + Trance for some really nasty damage on bosses 
    (remember, the only thing Fixed Dice don't ignore are Multipliers) That's 
    combination that no other character can really apply (for all that, 
    beyond novelty, its not worth it, likely) Or note how Shadow can get 
    128% Evasion and Magic Evasion and STILL have a relic slot open, making 
    him near invincible with a shred of flexibility left, which is 
    something only HE can do.  Basically, Merit Award can help a character, 
    but it's rare that it actually gives a unique use to that character.  
    Q.  Why didn't you list X Relic in any set up?  Don't tell me you have 
    some beef with that like the Merit Award!
    A.  *Smacks Self*  Yes, I can't believe I forgot to point this out?so 
    I'll point it out here! 
    Basically, a lot of the "Good" relics are well, Filler Relics, as I 
    like to call them.  No, I don't mean filler in the bad sense, I mean it 
    more along the lines of that their use is universal that it works well 
    in just about any set up, if you have room for it.  Example? 
    Take this set up for Shadow:
    Thunder Shield
    Red Cap
    Genji Armor
    As you can see, this is a generally good set up, giving Shadow his best 
    weapon and armor, a good helmet for Strength Boosts and some defenses 
    and Thunder Shield for elemental resistance.  However, this set up is, 
    well, generic; it doesn't serve any SPECIFIC purpose.  As such, what 
    Relic to use becomes a tough call.  Hero's Ring would be good here, 
    naturally, cause it lets Shadow do more damage.  Alternatively, a 
    Miracle Shoes works for the added defensive benefits and Haste.  Ribbon 
    wouldn't hurt the set up either, giving you that protection against 
    pesky status effects.  See what I mean? None of these Relics serve a 
    specific purpose for THIS set up, more they serve the same general 
    purpose for any set up. 
    See, that's what I mean by "Filler Relic".  Its not a negative 
    Thing…more so the reverse.  It means the relic is not reliant on set 
    ups to effect their worth (usually, anyway.  Ribbon, for example, loses 
    a lot of value on a 128% Magic Evasion set up), so they can be used for 
    just about any set up.
    The following Relics are what I deem "Filler Relics" and what uses they 
    Miracle Shoes: Nice set of positive status effects, good for defenses 
    and more speed.  Added bonus, it immunes Slow and Seizure as well.
    Ribbon: Status Immunity, what's not to love?
    Safety Bit: Immunes some key big status effects, most notably instant 
    Death since the Ribbon does *NOT* cover that.  Note that Relm and 
    Shadow should use the Memento Ring instead, since its identical, yet 
    doesn't interfere with other characters, as Safety bits are not the 
    easiest things to get your hands on.
    Reflect Ring: So long as you don't need healing, or have ways to heal 
    through it (White Wind comes to mind), this is a nice defense against 
    Celestriad: I'm not a fan of these things (due to Osmose), but others 
    are, so figured I'd mention them; nice convenient Relic since it lowers 
    all MP Costs to 1.
    White Cape: Immunes some big status effects, raises Magic Evasion, and 
    both defensive stats
    Zephyr Cloak: Boosts both evasion stats for some added defense on both 
    Prayer Beads: 20% more evade, nice for covering physical weaknesses.
    Hero's Ring, Gigas Glove, Earrings: All are damage boosts, good for 
    just about any set up.  Hero's Ring is obviously the best, though its 
    also the hardest to get and often, Earrings and Gigas Glove work enough 
    for set ups ANYWAY, since many set ups are geared around one kind of 
    damage (be it physical or magical).  As a side note, a second Hero's Ring 
    has no more impact than putting an Earrings in that slot, as the physical 
    side does NOT stack.
    Muscle Belt: More HP doesn't hurt, if you want focus on taking hits as 
    best as possible, especially to defense ignoring attacks, this is the 
    relic to use.
    Note some of these MAY have been listed in some set ups already, but 
    that likely means you can remove them FROM the set up, if you wish to 
    alter it slightly (again, relics tend to be flexible, unless they are 
    absolutely crucial for a specific set up.  Example?  Dragoon Boots 
    and/or Dragon Horn on Mog for a physical set up is one that's relic 
    dependant) though I did my best to not factor these in unless 
    absolutely necessary (White Cape for 255 Magic Defense set ups, Prayer 
    Beads and Zephyr Cloak for perfect evasion set ups come to mind.)
    Yes, other good relics do exist, but they are either: 
    A. Too situational (Dragoon Boots/Dragon Horn, I'm looking at you)
    B. Too Elusive for most of the game (Master's Scroll and Soul of 
    Thamasa come to mind)
    C. Typically a worse version of something already up there (Gold 
    Hairpin is an inferior Celestriad, for example, or Guard Bracelet is 
    Marvel Shoes w/out the Regen or Haste, etc.)
    D. Just flat out aren't worth wasting a relic slot on in general (Back 
    Guard comes to mind)
    So yeah, don't worry, I didn't forget about them (ok, yes, I did, but 
    lets not get into that <_< >_>), nor do I hate them, its more like I 
    was too enwrapped in thinking of relics that fit set ups nicely that I 
    just didn't feel that mentioning "Filler Relics" was worth it.  That, 
    or it was a tough choice to choose what relic would work best, so I 
    took the lazy way out, and just listed them here, and mentioned a "fill 
    that spot with whatever you like."  Truth be told, it is hard to decide 
    which of the above relics work best, so I'll let you decide, based on 
    your playing style.  Still can't decide?  Then pick them out of a hat 
    or something, or just blindly choose the first one that comes to mind, 
    though, at least try to apply SOME common sense when choosing the relic 
    (like White Cape is outright needed in 255 Magic Defense set ups that 
    Gau, Mog and Terra can use.)
    Q. You mention a lot about ammo weapons for Shadow regarding Throw.  
    What are good weapons for throw, and where can I get them? 
    A. ...ok, yeah, I should be smacked for not mentioning this earlier 
    *gets smacked* Damn it! Smack me *AFTER* I finish this *Gets smacked* 
    ...geez, fine, whatever, I'll just get to the point *gets hit by a 
    truck* ...now you KNOW that was uncalled for...
    Anyways, I'm not listing EVERY weapon's location, only things that 
    might be worth bothering getting in bulk.  For example, while Darts are 
    the strongest weapon you can buy in the WoB that can be thrown, they're 
    too costly to really consider at this point, so not going to factor 
    them in.  Similarly, while you can throw Fire Rods for some Fire damage 
    early on before Flametongues can be bought, more often than not, the 
    cheaper Fire Scroll will do more damage anyway (Flametongues, due to 
    being somewhat stronger than Fire Rods, and getting indirectly inflated 
    from higher levels benefiting physical attacks more, given you'll be 
    throwing them later, actually will start out damaging Fire Scrolls, and 
    possibly Firaga as well.)
    First off, the Throw Exclusives were already noted in Shadow's own 
    section, so if you want to know how to get those, just look up.  For 
    NON Throw Exclusives...just see below.  Note that I am NOT going to 
    list EVERY way to get these weapons, much like I did with equipment, 
    just listing the easiest ways (or in the case of an item being 
    storebought in multiple shops, just the first shop that comes to mind.)
    Sakura: Bought in Albrook and post-Magitek Factory Narshe weapon shop.  
    Note that this is the only way to get this weapon, and its by far 
    Shadow's best method of Wind elemental damage outside of the Zwill 
    Crossblade, which is a pain in the ass to horde (requires lots and lots 
    of Soul Shrine fighting...).  If you don't stock up on this before you 
    finish the Floating Continent, its gone for good.
    Trident: Bought in Maranda and post-Magitek Factory Narshe in the WoB, 
    and in South Figaro in the WoR.  I advice you stock up on this later 
    more so than earlier, since Water Scrolls are probably stronger in the 
    WoB due to how Magic and Physical algorithms work.  In anyway, useful 
    for some consistent Water damage.
    Flametongue: Store-bought in Albrook in the WoR.  Best source of Fire 
    Damage in some cases.
    Ice Brand: See Flametongue, replace "Fire" with "Ice" especially since 
    Shadow has no "Ice Scroll" (granted, Blizzaga exists...)
    Thunder Blade: See the last two, just this is the lightning version.
    Holy Rod: Best easily renewable source of Holy damage via Throw.  
    Store-bought in Thamasa in the WoR.
    Gravity Rod: Best source of Earth damage, buy it in Maranda in the WoR.  
    To be honest, though, I wouldn’t bother stocking up on these; the number 
    of Earth weak enemies can be counted on your hands, and several of them 
    have easier weaknesses (elemental or status) to exploit anyway.
    Poison Rod: Buy it in post-Magitek Factory Narshe.  Unlike Sakura 
    though, while the only shop that sells this weapon goes away when you 
    reach the WoR, you CAN still get more of these from Twinscythe's in the 
    Veldt Cave, who have them both as a drop and a steal, should you need 
    to restock.
    Holy Lance: Best source of Holy Damage for Shadow, if you are really 
    bold, steal Murasame's, Masamune's or Murakumo's from wherever, and 
    keep betting those at the Coliseum, and then bet what you win to get 
    these.  I don't recommend this, mostly listing for completion (I am NOT 
    going to mention Excalibur though, let alone Zanmato...)
    Impartisan: Strongest weapon you can get in bulk, without having to 
    beat up the Final Boss repeatedly.  Steal from Greater Mantis for 
    easiest way to get these.
    Falchion: Buy in Maranda WoR.  This is a bit worse than Pinwheel for 
    single target non-elemental damage, but its faster to stock up on 
    though far more expensive.
    You can throw other stuff, yes, but these should be things to look out 
    for mainly, hence why I mentioned them.
    Q. You mention getting “Strong Spells” for mages and such.  What counts 
    as that for x part of the game? 
    A. …yeah, I probably should have elaborated.  First off, the WoB its 
    pretty simple, as all that’s available are the Ara Spells and Bio as far 
    as good damage.  The Ara spells take priority, given the amount of 
    weaknesses they can hit among the 3 of them (and fastest way to learn 
    Thundara for most of the game teaches you Fira and Blizzara along the way 
    anyway), though Bio is learned somewhat faster.
    But those are obvious.  The more important thing is probably the WoR.  
    Assuming we’re ignoring Ultima cause that spell is cheap, evil, 
    overpowered, and silly (and stupidly obvious as an answer)?  Well, 
    there’s a number of good spells that give your mages decent damage.  
    Those spells are the following, and I’ll list what Esper teaches them 
    andhow fast!  If you’re curious what spells Terra/Celes learn naturally, 
    and at what level, refer to their own section.  In general, most WoR 
    spells they get are too high that you’ll get them faster through Espers.
    Firaga:  Best Fire elemental spell in the game, and hits a ton of boss 
    weaknesses in the WoR to boot.
    Taught by: Phoenix (x3), Valigarmanda (x1)
    Blizzaga: Ice version of Firaga, self explanatory!  Ok, doesn’t hit as 
    many weaknesses on bosses, but not the point! 
    Taught by: Valigarmanda (x1) 
    Thundaga: Lightning damage and such.  Dare I say more?
    Taught by: Valigarmanda (x1)
    Holy: Not quite as strong as the –Aga series (odd, considering Holy in 
    most FF games is considerably stronger…), but still solid, and can nail a 
    few extra weaknesses.  Has a downside of not being MT though.
    Taught by: Alexander (x2)
    Flare: Good ST Non Elemental damage, and ignores defense so its damage is 
    consistent.  In general, this spell will be about even to an –Aga 
    assuming Middling Magic Defense and no elemental concerns.
    Taught by: Bahamut (x2)
    Meteor: The MT Counterpart of Flare, for the most part, with the added 
    bonus of ignoring Reflect.  Not particularly useful on bosses, but good 
    for crowd control.
    Taught by: Odin (x1), Crusader (x10)
    Quake: A stronger version of Meteor, though with elemental double 
    edgedness, and can’t hit fliers.  Despite what the FC may make you think 
    due to all the fliers, most of the WoR enemies do NOT Float, so this 
    spell ends up being rather exceptional at dealing with groups.  Just 
    remember to always have either Gaia Gear, Paladin’s Shield or Float 
    status on your team before casting it, or else you’ll be taking damage 
    too!  Actually, with Gaia Gear, you can turn this into a HEALING spell, 
    though it dramatically compensates your defenses.
    Taught by: Midgar Sormr (x3)
    Meltdown: An improved version of Quake with different elements.  This 
    spell hits really hard, though unlike Quake, blocking Fire/Wind isn’t 
    quite as easy as just simply casting Float.  Its also gotten much later, 
    so its only particularly useful in Kefka’s Tower/Dragon’s Den.  Still, 
    best spell you’ll get for groups barring Cheap Overpowered Blue Dome of 
    Destruction.  Just remember to have something that immunes either Fire 
    (like Red Jacket) or Wind (like Thunder Shield) on your entire team.  
    Like with Quake, you can make this spell heal you in addition to doing 
    damage, using Fire absorbing equips like Flame Shield (Wind absorbing 
    equips are somewhat…lacking…in this game), and the defensive downsides 
    are somewhat less prevalent.
    Taught by: Crusader (x1)
    Flood: Best Water damage most of your team can get.  A bit weaker than 
    most of the above spells, but its an extra element, and its another spell 
    that ignores reflect, which is nice for Fanatic’s Tower.  Decent 
    supplement if other characters are learning stuff.
    Taught by: Leviathan (x2)
    Ultima: Best. Spell. In. The. Game. Hands. Down. For. Offensive. 
    Purposes.  If you get this spell, all other attack magic becomes 
    completely worthless, outside of more damage to time, but that’s like 
    saying “Knights of the Round isn’t the best spell cause it takes too 
    long, even though it does almost 13x that of Bahamut Zero!” for FF7.  
    Seriously, if you have this spell, the only other attack spell worth 
    ANYTHING is Meltdown, and only for those gimmick set ups.    Yes, I know 
    I said I’m going to ignore it, but I lied, and instead just listed it 
    last <_< >_>
    Taught by: *Ragnarok (x1), Paladin’s Shield (x1)
    *To avoid confusion, this is the ESPER that teaches it.  The Sword does 
    not teach Ultima.
    As a reminder, most of these spells are taught on a summon with pure 
    offense, so they serve as a good option during the time the character is 
    learning the spell.  Bahamut is particularly worth noting, being rather 
    exceptional in power, and its only real downside is Once Per Battle.  
    Alexander, Valigarmanda, Leviathan and Midgar Sormr are all varying 
    levels of decent, but all have some sort of elemental thing to work with 
    (not a big deal with Alexander, but comes up all the time with 
    Valigarmanda.)  Additionally, Midgar Sormr can’t hit fliers.  Crusader is 
    a damage summon…except it probably will kill your team as well, so I’d 
    advise staying away from it. 
    More to come in later versions...maybe...or not...or you can stop 
    hoping and just move on with your life...
    12. Credits
    More or less C+Ped from the previous FAQ given its most of the same 
    First, I'd like to thank Squaresoft for making such a fine game.  Even 
    after many years, it remains one of my favorites (and I've played 100+ 
    RPGs?not to brag >.>)
    Next, I'd like to thank CjayC for making Gamefaqs, and letting this FAQ 
    be posted there.
    Another message of gratitude (Does that make any sense?) given to those 
    who supported me on this FAQ, mostly those from the FF6 General Board.
    I'd like to thank Master Zed and NeoElfboy for helping me with a few 
    random things (be it reading my random snippits, giving some opinions, 
    etc.) in this FAQ.  Sure, wasn't needed, and I know it was annoying, 
    but still, its nice to get some outside opinions from other experts.
    Thanks to Nephrite making the first attempts at "De-meeping" the FAQ
    And lastly, I'd like to give a really cliché and silly thanks to you, 
    the reader, for reading this FAQ?ok, I'll shut up.
    Well, that's it for the Character FAQ of FF6.  I hope you enjoyed it, 
    as it took me a long time to write this, and I put a lot of effort into 
    this.  Anyway, should you need help, contact me in the ways I mentioned 
    earlier.  I hope this FAQ helped give you insight on the characters of 
    FF6, and that you'll not get drawn in by some misconceptions (whatever 
    those maybe) again.
    Anyway, this is Meeplelard saying good bye, and good luck in the future

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