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    Fishing FAQ
    By Alex
    Version 3.0
    Email= Rauru36@aol.com
    Last Updated 9-1-01
    This document copyright 2001 to Alex Gibney.
    No reproduction of this document is allowed without explicit permission from
    Alex Gibney.
    I.  Version History
    II.  Overview
    III.  Controls
    IV.  How to Get Started
        a. Getting a Rod
        b. Getting Bait
        c. Getting a Pond
    V.  Fishing
    VI.  Tips
    VII.  Bait
    VIII.  Fish
    IX.  The Legendary Fish
    X.  Exchanging Fish Points
    XI.  Get Rick Quick!  (It really works!)
    XII.  Record Catches
    XIII.  Closing
    I.  Version History
    9-1-02:    [v3.0]  Whoa!  It's been a while!  Yeah, I've kinda stopped playing
    Dark Cloud recently, but I continue to get fish records.  Posted some, keep 'em
    8-19-01:   [v2.7]  Sorry I haven't updated, I've been on vacation for a while.
    ^_^  Loads of new things, including MANY fish records, info on the Mardan, and
    some bait stuff.
    7-25-01:  [v2.0]  Today I posted how to steal Poisonous Apples, thanks Derrick!
     I also updated the Diamond's stats.
    7-22-01:  [v1.8]  Today I got some information about the Aquamarine and the
    Turquoise, thanks Willy Death!
    7-20-01:  [v1.5]  Busy today! I got info about the Mellow Banana, thanks Willy
    Death!  I also got some more record catches, check them out!  Additionally, I
    received info on the price of a Potato Cake, thanks to PAE82575@aol.com.
    Moreover, I learned about the Tarton, thanks Joseph!  Finally, I put in where
    you can buy Poisonous Apples.  (Lana's Store)
    7-19-01:  [v1.0]  Today I got some info pertaining to the carrot and the
    Umadakara, as well as the potato cake, from SpectralDragon.  We also got some
    more Record Catches!  Send 'em in, folks!
    7-13-01:  [v.94]  Today I filled the Legendary Fish section, and started the
    Record Catches section.  Send in your best!
    7-12-01:  [v.9]  Well, CJayC still thinks there isn't enough content on my Faq,
    and I agree.  I added a Tips section, hopefully I'll get that full of great
    ways to improve your fishing skill.  I also added the Get Rick Quick section.
    It really works!
    6-25-01:  [v.6]  Added a Fish section, as well as updated the Bait section with
    different combat items that also work as bait.
    6-24-01:  [v.4]  Started a Fishing FAQ for Dark Cloud.  Added all the sections.
     Hope to add a section for the various fishing places.
    II.  Overview
         In Dark Cloud, you can take a break from defeating bad guys and building
    towns, and go fishing!  Fishing, when you know how, can be a fun way to get
    items, rare weapons, or even pass the time.  When you fish, depending on how
    big the fish is that you catch, you get FP, or Fish Points.  After you
    accumulate a fair amount, you're then able to spend them on Items, such as
    Revive Powder; Gems, such as Diamonds; and Weapons, such as the Matador
    slingshot for Xiao.  Your catches are recorded in the Fishing Log, helpfully
    placed on every fishing sign.
    III.  Controls
         In this section I'll outline the controls used for fishing.
    [R1]-Rotate Camera Right
    [R2]-No Use
    (R3)-No use(Square)-Select/Change Bait
    [L1]-Rotate Camera Left
    [L2]-No Use
    (L3)-Turn Left or Right
    (Circle)-Stop Fishing
    (X)-Cast/Reel In
    (Triangle)- No Use
    {Select}-No Use
    To Initiate Fishing:
    Walk up to a Fishing sign, and press (X).
    IV.  How to Get Started
         a.  Getting a Rod
              Before you can fish, you need a rod, right?  Right!  Pike, Paige's
    father, is extremely into fishing.  Yet, he doesn't have a rod for you.
    Actually, you get the rod from Alnet.  After you finish her house (which means
    collecting and placing her actual house, Alnet, Cabin, Carl, Lamp, Llama, and
    the Stairway), she gives you a fishing rod in a scene.  Alright!
         b.  Getting Bait
              Ok, so you have your rod.  Now you need bait.  Some bait can be
    easily found in the dungeons.  Open up some chests, or defeat some enemies that
    drop bait.  A great place to buy bait is Queens.  Look around in all the
    different shops.
        c.  Getting a Pond
              Now you have a Rod, some Bait, all you need is a Pond!  For Norune
    Village, the Pond is encased in Atla, in the dungeon.  In Matamaki Village, you
    can fish at the Waterfall.  You can also connect the rivers and fish at Peanut
    Pond, the pond near the entrance to the Wild Owl Forest.  In Queens, you can
    fish in the ocean near Rando? shop.  In Muska Racka, you can fish at the
    Oasis, found in Alta in the Sun/Moon Temple.  Place or find your pond, and
    you're ready to go!
    V.  Fishing
         This is it, the moment you've been waiting for... FISHING!  ^_^  Here I'll
    discuss how to fish.
    First:  Get to a pond.  Of course, you must have the Fishing Rod.  Walk up to
    the sign near the pond and press (X) when there is an exclamation point above
    your head.  There will be 4 choices:  Fish, Exchange FP, Fishing Log, and Quit
    Fishing.  Move the pointer to Fish, and press (X).
    Second:  You should now be in a similar screen, only you can't walk a certain
    distance away from the pond.  You'll notice in the lower left corner there is a
    little menu.  It has 3 choices, (X) Cast, (Square) Change Bait, and (O) Quit.
    Below the last choice is a picture of a hook and the word Bait.  To the right
    of that, your current bait is displayed.  It should say 'No Hook' right now.
    Press (Square).  Your Inventory will be brought up.  Find and select a bait;
    any bait will do for now.
    Third:  Now your choice of bait will be shown on the bottom of the menu.  Walk
    along the edge of the pond, until you see a fish or two.  Position yourself so
    you are facing straight towards them, and press (X).  You'll cast your line
    out, and your bait will sink to the bottom, with the bobber on top of the
    Fourth:  Now you wait.  If the fish swim around your bait, wait until your
    controller starts to rumble.  It should be a soft rumble, not the huge
    vibration one.  You should see the floater bob up and down.  Look closely at
    the bobber.  When it goes underwater, press (X).  If you timed it right, the
    fish will start to tug the line away from you.  Now tap (X) as fast as you can,
    to reel it in.  And there you have it!  You've caught a fish!  When you catch
    it, it's name will be displayed, along with the size in centimeters and the
    record for the biggest fish of that type that you have caught.
    VI.  Tips
    In this section, I'll list several tips that should help even the worst
    fisherman land good sized fish, or even the Legendary Fish.
    1...If the fish don't seem to be biting, you have a couple of option.  First,
    you can try a different bait.  Many fish only eat certain types of bait.
    Second, try moving the rod around while it is cast.  You can do this be using
    the Left Analog Stick.  Lastly, you could reel the line back in, and move to a
    different spot around the body of water.
    2...Want to catch a legendary fish, but it's not anywhere near the right time?
    Don't worry,there's plenty you can do.  You can enter the dungeon, and collect
    some more Atla.  Or,if you've collected it all, you can place it around your
    village.  You can also go into the dungeon to level up while you're waiting for
    time to tick by.  Another trick is to go into the Options menu and set the
    Clock Speed to 'Fast'.
    3...Many people say their game is screwed up somehow, because they reel their
    line in when the bobber is underwater but they never catch anything.  What they
    are actually doing is pulling the bobber under when the fish is just nibbling.
    When it is nibbling, the bobber bounces up and down but doesn't go COMPLETELY
    underwater.  However, when the fish has swallowed the hook, THEN the bobber
    will go underwater, COMPLETELY, for seconds at a time.
    4...Ever drop in bait, only to have it all eaten by the fish?  Avoid this by
    quickly reeling your line in if fish start to nibble but don't bring the bobber
    completely under. If they eat your bait, you lose it!
    VII.  Bait
         In this section, I'll talk about the various types of bait, their
    advantages, and their disadvantages.
         Batton:  An average bait, except for catching Tarton.
    !Catches!  Negie, Nonky, Tarton.
         Bomb Nuts:  Surprisingly, this attack item can be used as bait.
    Unfortunately, it will not catch many fish.  You'll be lucky if you can catch
    one of the three fish that like it.
    !Catches!  Negie, Niler, Nonky
         Carrot:  A pretty good bait, it can catch the alternative to Legendary
    fish, Umadakara.
    !Catches!  Gummy, Umadakara
         Evy:  This bait is only good for catching fish at the ocean in Queens.
    Don't try to use it anywhere else; fish won't go for it.
    !Catches!  Kaji, Piccoly
         Gooey Peach:  Originally an attack item, the Gooey Peach can catch a few
    fish as well.
    !Catches!  Negie, Nonky
         Mellow Banana:  A recovery item, the Banana can also be used to catch
    !Catches!  Gobbler, Negie
         Mimi:  This bait is only good for catching Gummys at Matataki Village's
    Peanut Pond.
    !Catches!  Gummy
         Minon:  This particular bait has one purpose: determining if a fish is a
    legendary.  If you suspect a fish in water is legendary, simply cast in a
    Minon.  If the fish is attracted to the Minon, then it is not a legendary fish.
     Other than that, the Minon is just a basic bait.
    !Catches!  Negie, Niler, Nonky
         Mopper:  A poor bait.  Sell it.
    !Catches!  None So Far
         Petite Fish:  This bait has received much praise from most people; it
    attracts a variety of fish in different waters.
    !Catches!  Baku Baku, Hama Hama, Heela
         Poisonous Apple:  This is the only bait that will catch the Mardan
    Garayan.  All other fish hate it.
    !Catches!  Mardan Garayan
         Prickly:  The most common bait, Pricklys are most useful in Norune.  The
    fish there seem to like it, especially Gummys.
    !Catches! Gummy
         Throbbing Cherry:  This attack item is also a decent bait.
    !Catches! Den, Gummy, Negie, Nonky
    VIII.  Fish
    Baku Baku:  Found in Matataki Village's Peanut Pond.  Likes Petite Fish.
    Baron Garayan:  Found in Muska Racka pond.  Likes Potato Cakes ONLY.  Legendary
    Bobo:  Found in Muska Racka pond.  Likes Potatao Cakes.
    Den:  Found in Muska Racka pond.  Likes Throbbing Cherries, Potato Cakes.
    Gobbler:  Found in Matataki's Peanut Pond, Norune Village.  Likes Mellow
    Banana, Prickler.
    Gummy:  Found in Norune Village Pond, Matataki Village's Peanut Pond.  Likes
    Prickly, Throbbing Cherries, Potato Cakes, Mimis.
    Hama Hama:  Found in Queens.  Likes Petite Fish.  (n.b. The Hama Hama is the
    only fish in Queens that likes bait OTHER than Evy.
    Heela:  Found in Muska Racka pond.  Likes Petite Fish, Potato Cakes.
    Kaji:  Found in Queens.  Likes Evy.
    Mardan Garayan:  Found in Muska Racka pond.  Likes Poison Apples ONLY.
    Legendary Fish.
    Negie:  Found in Muska Racka pond.  Likes Throbbing Cherries, Bomb Nuts, Mellow
    Banana, Minon, Batton, and Gooey Peach.
    Niler:  Found in Norune Village Pond.  Likes Bomb Nuts, Minon.
    Nonky:  Found in Norune Village Pond, Matataki Village's Peanut Pond.  Likes
    Minon, Gooey Peach, Potato Cakes, Bomb Nuts, Batton, Throbbing Cherries.
    Piccoly:  Found in Queens.  Likes Evy.
    Tarton:  Found in Matataki Village's Peanut Pond.  Likes Batton.
    Umadakara:  Found in Matataki Village's Peanut Pond.  Likes Carrot.
    IX.  The Legendary Fish
          The Legendary Fish are the Baron Garayan and the Mardan Garayan.  In this
    section,       I'll list ways of catching both of them, and which are the most
          The Baron Garayan has the potential to give you the most FP in the game.
    It is a huge fish, found in the Muska Racka pond at Dusk.  You can catch it
    with a Potato Cake, which can be bought at Brooke's shop in Muska Racka for 400
    Gilda.  You better buy a few, because you're probably going to mess up and
    catch a bad fish.  You see, the Baron will only go for Potato Cakes, but the
    other fish in the pond (Heela, Den, Bobo) will eat them too, so you have to be
    careful.  When you see a real Baron Garayan, you'll probably be able to tell
    because of it's huge size.  Even so, you had better check by casting in a
    Minon.  If the fish goes for it, then it is NOT a Baron.  However, if it
    doesn't, then it's a Baron.  Toss in a Potato Cake as close to it as you can.
    If other fish start trying to get to the Potato Cake, simply reel it in and try
    again.  When the Baron bites your hook, reel him in and gaze at the amount of
    FP you get, which can be anywhere from 300-800.
         The Mardan Garayan is easily confusable size-wize with other fish in the
    pond, yet it is actually much easier to catch.  The Mardan only eats Poisonous
    Apples.  It is the only fish in the game that eats them, so you can catch one
    every time.  It is also caught at Dusk.  If you suspect a fish is a Mardan,
    just toss in a Poisonous Apple. If it is, it'll bite, and you can reel it in.
    Mardans generally give 200-500 FP.   Poisonous Apples cost 120 Gilda.  There's
    a great trick to getting rich later in my FaQ, in section XI.
          The Baron Garayan will give you more FP usually, but it can be hard to
    catch.  However, the Mardan Garayan is extremely easy to catch, even if it can
    only give you up to 500 FP.  Even better, when you catch a Mardan Garayan, it
    will speak to you when you try to open a chest with a trap.  It will tell you
    what trap the locked chest is locked with.
         Overall, I would try to catch as many Mardan Garayans as I possible.  They
    are easy to catch and can easily give you 450 FP, which is great.
    X.  Exchanging Fish Points
           Once you've caught a variety of fish, you'll probably have plenty of
    Fish Points saved up.  You can spend them on many things.  The following is a
    list of what you can exchange, and how many Fishing Points they require:
    Antidote Drink.....5 pts.  Restores a poisoned character to normal status.
    Holy Water.........5 pts.  Deals major damage to the Undead.
    Soap...............5 pts.  Heals 'Gooey' condition.
    Mighty Healing.....15 pts.  Heals all conditions.
    Dinoslayer.........50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Dino' attribute.
    Undead Buster......50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Undead' attribute.
    Sea Killer.........50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Sea' attribute.
    Stone Breaker......50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Stone' attribute.
    Plant Buster.......50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Plant' attribute.
    Beast Buster.......50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Beast' attribute.
    Sky Hunter.........50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Sky' attribute.
    Metal Breaker......50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Metal' attribute.
    Mimic Breaker......50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Mimic' attribute.
    Mage Slayer........50 pts.  Boosts 'Anti-Mage' attribute.
    Amethyst...........100 pts.  +10 Ice, +10 Dragon, +10 Mage
    Aquamarine.........100 pts.  +5 Ice, +10 Sea, +10 Sky
    Diamond............100 pts.  +5 to all 'Anti-' attributes.  +10 to Metal
    Emerald............100 pts.  +10 Magic, +10 Dragon, +10 Plant
    Garnet.............100 pts.  +5 Attack, +10 Fire, +10 Beast, +10 Rock
    Opal...............100 pts.  +10 Endurance, +10 Metal, +10 Mage
    Pearl..............100 pts.  +10 Endurance, +10 Thunder, +10 Undead
    Peridot............100 pts.  +5 Attack, +10 Holy, +10 Plant, +10 Beast
    Ruby...............100 pts.  +10 Speed, +10 Fire, +10 Mimic
    Sapphire...........100 pts.  +10 Magic, +10 Wind, +10 Sky
    Topaz..............100 pts.  +5 Attack, +10 Speed, +10 Undead, +10 Sky
    Turquoise..........100 pts.  +10 Ice, +5 Rock, +5 Mimic
    Tsukikage..........1100 pts.  Sword with sacred power of moon beam.
    Matador............1400 pts.  Slingshot made of ox horn.  Very powerful.
    Magical Hammer.....1800 pts.  Hammer with magical power.  Makes attributes more
    Fairy's Ring.......1300 pts.  Legendary armlet made by fairies.
    Scorpion...........1400 pts.  Lance with poisoned blade.  Puts enemy in poison
    Blessing Gun.......1500 pts.  Device emits magical attribute.  Attacks various
    Mardan Eins........2500 pts.  Sword dwelled in by Lucky Mardan Garayan.
    XI.  Get Rich Quick!  (It really works!)
         Ever wanted to be the richest guy in Norune Village?  Well now you can,
    following the guaranteed path to riches, exclusive to my FaQ.  You can post
    on a webpage or another FaQ, AS LONG AS you give full credit in the following
    manner:  "This method copyright Alex Gibney (Rauru36@aol.com)".  As long as
    you've got that, great.  Now, the actual method!
         If you've ever caught a Mardan Garayan, you know that they can easily give
    you 200-500 Fish Points.  Well, if you notice on my list of exchangeable items,
    you'll notice that you can get a Mighty Healing for 15 FP.  Now, a Mighty
    Healing can be sold to any store for 150 Gilda.  So, say you catch a Mardan
    Garayan worth 300 FP.  The most Mighty Healings 300 FP can buy is 20 (300
    divided by 15).  Then, if you sell your 20 Mighty Healings for 150 Gilda each,
    you end up with 3000 Gilda (20 multiplied by 150).  What's great is that a
    Poisonous Apple, the bait which the Mardan Garayan goes for, only costs 120
    Gilda.  So, if you catch a 300 FP fish, you make a profit of 2880 Gilda!  This
    can be spent on gems, healing items, or more Poisonous Apples, to make more
    money!  Try it out
    for yourself!  Look in the Legendary Fish section of my guide, and use that to
    help you catch a Mardan Garayan.
         The Potato Cake, as I've been told, can be stolen from Moon Diggers on the
    9th level of the Moon Sea.  Simply use anyone with a weapon with Steal ability.
     They can also be killed for moderate Abs.  Thus, you have an easier way to
    catch Barons.  I still think it's a bit easier to catch Mardans, but you can go
    your own way.
         The Poisonous Apple, a vital part to this plan, costs 120 Gilda and can be
    bought in Lana's Store, in Queens.  You can also steal it from the witches in
    the Wise Owl Forest, the Moon Sea, and the Demon Shaft.
         Now, why is it that I say to catch Mardan Garayan, and not a Baron
    Garayan, which can get you more FP?  I'll tell you why.  Baron Garayan are
    caught with Potato Cakes.  To begin with, these things cost 400 Gilda each.
    What's worse is that other fish go for the Potato Cake too.  You can easily
    lose a valuable Potato Cake if you aren't careful.  However, Mardan Garayan are
    the ONLY fish that go for Poisonous Apples, so it is completely safe.
    XII.  Record Catches
         What's the largest fish you've caught?  Want to share with the rest of us?
     E-mail me with your largest size fish in centimeters, and I'll put it up in
    here.  My E-mail address is Rauru36@aol.com.  I no longer ask for pictures, as
    not one person sent one.  *wince*  So instead, I provide each record owner's
    email address.  If you don't believe them, chew them out.  ;)
    Baron Garayan.....278 cm (Randroid2000@aol.com)
    Baron Garayan.....268 cm (grapeiris@hotmail.com)
    Baron Garayan.....265 cm (lightelf3@hotmail.com)
    Baron Garayan.....253 cm (Oppius 15@aol.com)
    Baron Garayan.....251 cm (bigjaydaman711@hotmail.com)
    Baron Garayan.....242 cm (scaborath@yahoo.com)
    Baron Garayan.....242 cm (baddaddygroove@hotmail.com)
    Baron Garayan.....236 cm (Rebel3636@aol.com)
    Baron Garayan.....231 cm (BPtrS1087@aol.com)
    Baron Garayan.....228 cm (saiyan_prince72@hotmail.com)
    Baron Garayan.....226 cm (BigFatSponge@netscape.net)
    Baron Garayan.....226 cm (kybmx@hotmail.com)
    Baron Garayan.....225 cm (bigmike872@hotmail.com)
    Baron Garayan.....217 cm (moe1aa@home.com)
    Baron Garayan.....216 cm (Masa Playa@aol.com)
    Baron Garayan.....214 cm (Lee_Eric_Kirwan@hotmail.com)
    Baron Garayan.....207 cm (Eqc6@hotmail.com)
    Baron Garayan.....203 cm (Imsweetness23@aol.com)
    Baron Garayan.....199 cm (Rauru36@aol.com)
    Baron Garayan.....198 cm (scaboroth@yahoo.com)
    Bobo..............117 cm (Rauru36@aol.com)
    Den...............179 cm (DashRLEBOT@cs.com)
    Den...............173 cm (saiyan_prince72@hotmail.com)
    Den...............171 cm (Socializer555@aol.com)
    Den...............171 cm (talonstrike@hotmail.com)
    Den...............169 cm (Masa Playa@aol.com)
    Den...............165 cm (Rauru36@aol.com)
    Den...............160 cm (baddaddygroove@hotmail.com)
    Den...............159 cm (Eqc6@hotmail.com)
    Gobbler...........157 cm (Goredeck@aol.com)
    Gobbler...........144 cm (pizzaboy_14@hotmail.com)
    Gobbler...........132 cm (Rauru36@aol.com)
    Gobbler...........120 cm (talonstrike@hotmail.com)
    Kaii..............163 cm (monkey_boy13@hotmail.com)
    Mardan Garayan....146 cm (alexwillhelm@hotmail.com)
    Mardan Garayan....132 cm (Masa Playa@aol.com)
    Mardan Garayan....131 cm (talonstrike@hotmail.com)
    Mardan Garayan....127 cm (pizzaboy_14@hotmail.com)
    Mardan Garayan....126 cm (Rauru36@aol.com)
    Negie.............155 cm (saiyan_prince72@hotmail.com)
    Negie.............140 cm (alexwillhelm@hotmail.com)
    Negie.............131 cm (baddaddygroove@hotmail.com)
    Negie.............121 cm (Rauru36@aol.com)
    Nonky.............163 cm (Goredeck@aol.com)
    Nonky.............150 cm (hawk_of_war@hotmail.com)
    XIII.  Closing
         In ending this FAQ, I'd like to acknowledge several people...
         CJayC, for eventually accepting this FAQ.  (http://www.gamefaqs.com)
         My friend Dave for helping out on so many aspects of the game.
         SCEA, for making a great game.
         SpectralDragon, for informing me about the Umadakara and stealing Potato
    Cakes from Moon Diggers.  (spectral_dragon@hotmail.com)
         Willy Death, for informing me about the Mellow Banana, the Aquamarine, and
    the Turquoise.  (dragon_of_death@yahoo.com
         PAE82575, for alerting to me the price of the Potato Cake.
         Derrick, for informing me about the Diamond and where to steal Poisonous
    Apples.  derrick.geliberte@attws.com
         Seeker, for telling me that the Gobbler is caught with a Mellow Banana in
    Peanut Pond.  (trcar@frognet.net)
         Jason, for telling me that the Negie is caught with a Mellow Banana in
    Muska Racka.  (jmwellm@home.com)
         DashRLEBOT, for letting me know I didn't specify where to buy Poisonous
    Apples.  (DashRLEBOT@cs.com)
         Mike, for informing me that Gobblers may be caught in Norune Village with
    a Prickler.  (Kornn86@aol.com)
         Myself, for taking the time to write this.  (Rauru36@aol.com)
         If you want to contact me for comments, suggestions, questions, concerns,
    befuddlements, raves, rants, arguments, therapy sessions, or if you just need
    someone to talk to, I'm there.
         Email me at Rauru36@aol.com, or IM me.  Thanks!

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