STAR OCEAN: TILL THE END OF TIME ITEM CREATION FAQ (v1.1, 9-06-04) by Edward Chang (chang dot 459 at osu dot edu) Revision History v1.1 (9-6-04) Minor changes in formatting. v1.0 (9-2-04) First version. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Introduction 2. Creators 3. Specialties --Cooking --Alchemy --Craft --Compounding --Blacksmith --Writing --Machinery 4. Refining and Ultimate Weapons 5. Frequently Asked Questions 6. Credits 1. INTRODUCTION This is an FAQ for the PS2 RPG, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time Director's Cut. The US release will be the Director's Cut version, so this is the correct FAQ to consult if you're playing the US version. The Japanese version is the only version I own, however, and so spellings and names remain those of the Japanese version. For information on J-to-E name changes, check out Ammo's excellent guide on this on GameFAQs. This FAQ deals with Item Creation, a fundamental part of the game, which should be familiar to those who have played previous Star Ocean games. Item Creation is the way to create some of the most powerful items in the game. Thus, you'll want to dedicate yourself to the process starting early and building up over the course of the game. You can start Item Creation when you first arrive in Peterny and talk to Welch Vineyard in the Creator's Guild. Once you get the Telegraph, you'll start receiving updates from Welch and the guild about the progress of Item Creation. There are eight types of Item Creation. Each different specialty is capable of creating different kinds of items. The eight specialties are: Cooking; create food items Alchemy; creates jewels and other miscellaneous magic items Craft; creates jewelry and accessories Compounding; creates used items and medicines Blacksmith; creates weapons and armor Writing; creates books Machinery; creates guns and bombs Synthesis; fuses an item to a weapon to transfer attributes To do Item Creation, you'll have to use a factory. Most cities have factories, but Alias and Sir Felious do not. Cirlsour has two. There are two ways to do Item Creation: doing it yourself, or assigning Creators to do it. Self Item Creation To do it yourself, go to any factory and approach a bench. On the Item Creation screen, you'll have three choices; Creation Performance, Expand Factory Attributes, and Transfer of Creators. Under Expand Factory Attributes, you'll be able to expand that factory's abilities in exchange for money. In order to do a specialty at a factory, that factory has to be equipped for the specialty in question. Each factory comes preequipped to do a few specialties; if that factory isn't equipped for that specialty, you'll have to spend some money and "buy" that specialty. You can see what specialties your factory is equipped for in the lower left of the screen. Highlighted ones are already equipped. Here you can also add Lines to your factory. Most factories start with either 0 or 1 line. You need at least 1 line to do Item Creation; however you can have as many as three. I don't find multiple lines terribly useful, as all it does is save time and in many cases it might waste money. To do Item Creation yourself, pick Creation Performance. This will take you to the Creation screen itself. Now choose up to three people to put onto a line. You'll want to pick people who have a high talent for whatever you want to make. Pressing triangle will bring up a chart of each character's abilities - the higher the better. Keep in mind, though, that certain items can only be created if a certain Creator is part of the line. Put them into a line, and in the next blank under "Type" pick the actual specialty you want to do. Then under "Plan" you can pick one of two choices. "Original Creation" (創作オリジナル) will have your characters attempt to create an item from scratch. "Specify Plan" (レシピ指定) will have you choose an item that you will try to refine (i.e., improve its attributes). Once you choose a Type and a Plan, a cost will come up. The cost determines the item that you will come up with, so if you get an item that you like remember the cost that produced that item. If you want to change the cost, simply repick "Original Creation" and the cost will change. Refining factors have set costs and will not change much. Now press the square button to start creation. This will bring up two bars, Quality, and Time. Quality starts out full and slowly goes down. As time goes by, the Time Bar will fill up. Once the time bar reaches max, your selected characters will display an emotion (either happy or frustrated), and the time bar will drop to zero. If your characters' faces were happy, that means you succeeded in creating or refining an item. If your characters look frustrated, they failed to create anything. You can continue to let time go by to have your characters create multiple copies of an item, or you can stop the item creation by pressing X. This will show you what item you ended up creating. The chance of success is dependent on the rating of the item, the talent level of your creators, and the Quality bar (thus the chance of success goes down as time goes on). In general, the sum total of your line's talent should exceed the rating of the item by a fair amount if you want to succeed. Having specialty-specific items in your inventory can add another 20 to this talent total. The items and their specialties are: Cooking: All-purpose Knife (万能包丁), bought in Gemity Alchemy: Alchemy Stone (練金石), Mosel Sand Hills Craft: Angel Bust (天使の胸像), Palmira Plains Compounding: Multi Flask (マルチフラスコ), Alias Blacksmith: Smithy Hammer (スミッティハンマー), Flood's House in Recorder Writing: Magical Pen (マジカルペン), Shrine of Canan (needs Vanish Ring) Machinery: NC Program Disk (NC プログラムディスク), Moonbase Synthesis: None (Synthesis never fails) If you pick Recipe Designate, you will be prompted to choose an item in your inventory. This item will be the one that you attempt to improve. The Quality and Time bars still apply as above. However, an added requirement for Recipe Designate is that you need an associated Materials item for that Specialty. Thus, if you want to improve a piece of armor, you'll need "Blacksmith Materials", which will be consumed in the process; to improve a food item, you'll need "Cooking Materials". Keep in mind that success rate for refining is NOT dependent on the talent level of your creators in any way - in fact the success rate for any given turnaround time is approximately 30%. Thus, when refining, it's smartest to add creators that have factors that reduce time and/or cost - Maria has Cost -10% and Sophia and Mirage both have Cost -5%, so you should be able to save at least 20% off any refining process. NPC Item Creation You can also have specialized NPCs, known as Creators, create items for you. Provided they are in the factory you are currently in (you can move them around by choosing "Transfer of Creators"), you can pick them in lieu of one of your characters in the method above. Creators, unlike your characters, only have talents in one specialty, but in many cases they have values much higher than your characters do. Creators usually also have associated Cost and Time modifiers (given as + or - a certain percent); this affects the Cost and Time it takes to create an item, obviously. They can also be assigned to create items automatically while you go out and explore. To do either, you must first recruit the Creator. This will usually require you giving them either money or some sort of contract item. Once recruited, you must send the Creator to one of the factories. (Remember to send them to a factory that is equipped for whatever specialty they are!) Once there, they will automatically start creating items for you, and you'll receive an alert by Telegraph whenever they do. On the Telegraph menu (via the main menu screen), you can choose from Newest Info (最新情報), Accept Ratings (特?申請), View Information (情報参照), Change Orders (命令変更), and Alert (アラート). Under Newest Info, you can check on the latest inventions (アイテム), the latest items sold in the shops (ショップ), and newly announced Creators (クリエイター). Under Accept Ratings, you can patent any item that you've created and/or found. Select the item from the list then wait for the rating to come up. The higher the rating, the better public approval it has. View Information gives you a summary of all the info on Creation so far. Creator Information (クリエイター情報) gives you a list of the creators and if they're working for you (red) or not (blue). It also shows if they're currently working (実行中) or on standby (待機). Invention List (発-ｾ品リスト) gives a list of all items invented so far and who created them. Shop Information (ショップ情報) shows you what stores are selling what across the continent. The fourth option gives you a map of the continent and the location of the factories, and the last option gives a ranking of all the creators. Back on the main menu, Order Change (命令変更) lets you change the orders for any of your creators. You can tell them to work (the default) or to standby... there's really no benefit for standby, so you can probably just never touch this option. Finally, Alert (アラート) lets you choose when to be notified - if somebody not under contract patents an item (License), if some item is now on sale (On Sale), if one of your creators invented something (Invent), and if a new Creator is announced (Entry). Synthesis Synthesis works a little differently from the other specialites. First, no Creator specializes in Synthesis, so only your characters will be able to do so. Synthesis also requires a "Synthesis Materials", and there is no option to choose Original or Recipe Plan. Once you choose Synthesis, you'll be prompted to pick a weapon that you want to improve. Then you'll be prompted to pick an item to fuse to that weapon, in general an item that possesses the properties that you want that weapon to have. (For instance, fusing an item that raises your ATK by 30% has a good chance of giving the weapon the "ATK +30%" attribute). Benefits of Item Creation Item Creation can help your party in many ways. First, of course, you'll have new items to play around with - item creation is the only way to get many powerful and/or rare items, certainly much better than what you can get in stores. Second, when you create an item, and then patent it, limited copies of that item will go on sale in stores throughout Elicoor, so you will be able to buy it instead of struggling to find its base cost to create it. Third, any item you or one of your contracted creators creates and patents can be bought by you in stores for only 1/5th of its regular price. Finally, every thirty minutes or so spent in the field (not in battle, and not in towns), you will receive some amount of money based on the combined rankings of you and your contracted creators. 2. CREATORS Your player characters have skills in all specialties, and do not need to be recruited. Creators must be announced by Welch before they can be recruited. Most creators simply require Fol before they enter into a contract with you; however, some creators require specific items. (Player Characters) Fate (No Modifiers) Cooking 16 Blacksmith 29 Alchemy 14 Writing 34 Craft 20 Machinery 25 Compounding 30 Synthesis 12 Cliff (Time +5%) Cooking 9 Blacksmith 31 Alchemy 5 Writing 7 Craft 2 Machinery 36 Compounding 10 Synthesis 14 Nel (Time -5%) Cooking 30 Blacksmith 25 Alchemy 20 Writing 14 Craft 15 Machinery 5 Compounding 10 Synthesis 10 Roger (Time +5%) Cooking 2 Blacksmith 23 Alchemy 6 Writing 4 Craft 35 Machinery 20 Compounding 6 Synthesis 10 Maria (Cost -10%) Cooking 19 Blacksmith 4 Alchemy 22 Writing 22 Craft 10 Machinery 20 Compounding 25 Synthesis 15 Arbel (Cost +5%) Cooking 16 Blacksmith 30 Alchemy 15 Writing 4 Craft 12 Machinery 16 Compounding 16 Synthesis 15 Sophia (Cost -5%) Cooking 43 Blacksmith 6 Alchemy 36 Writing 15 Craft 33 Machinery 3 Compounding 15 Synthesis 25 Souffle (Time -10%, Cost +10%) Cooking 6 Blacksmith 5 Alchemy 12 Writing 6 Craft 40 Machinery 15 Compounding 11 Synthesis 20 Adlai (Time -25%, Cost +30%) Cooking 20 Blacksmith 27 Alchemy 4 Writing 11 Craft 3 Machinery 7 Compounding 5 Synthesis 15 Mirage (Time -5%, Cost -5%) Cooking 26 Blacksmith 17 Alchemy 18 Writing 16 Craft 30 Machinery 31 Compounding 27 Synthesis 22 (Initial Group) Damda Muda (Cooking 6) (Costs +10%) He's in the western block of Aquios. He'll need the 酔迎 liquor dropped by the thief enemies in the Duggus Forest. Milenia (Compounding 19) (Costs -20%) She's in the chapel in Alias. All she needs is 3800 Fol. Mayu (Cooking 20) (Costs -30%) She's in the kitchen on the third floor of the Kirsla Ruins (she's the one who gave you the key). You'll need to give her the "Soothing Kitty" (-?ｵネコ), which can be created by Craft (use Fayt, Nel, and Star Anise, cost 181-205) (Upon entering Aquios) Eliza (Alchemy 4) (Time -30%) She's wandering around the eastern district in Aquios. All she needs is 10000 Fol. Gratz (Blacksmith 25) He's in the factory on the outside of the Becquerel Mines. He needs 13500 Fol. Star Anise (Craft 20) (Time -30%, Costs -20%) She's inside the "Inn" in Surferio. She needs the Limited Dolphin (限定ドルフィン), which is in a treasure chest in the Duggus Forest. (After returning to Alias after the Becquerel Mines) Gossam (Compounding 9) (Costs +20%) He's in the northern part of Peterny. You'll need to give him the Fake Youth Medicine (若返りの-?ニセモノ)), which can be created by Compounding (Cost 5). Macwell (Alchemy 31) (Time +40%) He's in the eastern library of Aquios Castle. He needs the Prophecy Book 1 (-\言書1) in a treasure chest in the Shrine of Kaddan. Rigel (Cooking 47) (Time +40%) She's in the food store of Kirsla. Give her the Golden Curry (ゴールデンカレー) which you can create through Cooking (Fayt, Nel, Mayu, cost 41-47). (After returning from the Shrine of Kaddan) Misty Lear (Alchemy 50) She's wandering around the Bar Mountain factory. You can recruit her by giving her the Soul Gem (魂宝玉) which itself is in the Bar Ruins. Raias (Blacksmith 36) (Costs +20%) He's in the bar in Airyglyph. He needs 28000 Fol. Invention King Dejison (Machinery 6) (Time -20%, Costs +40%) He's wandering around the streets of Airyglyph. To get him, give him the Ultimate Destruction Unit (超絶破壊ユニット), which can be created by Machinery (Fayt, Cliff, Maria, cost 166). (After reaching Airyglyph coming from Ancient Ruins of Mosel) The Killer Chef (Cooking 75) (Time -30%) He's wandering around Surferio. Give him the All-Purpose Knife (-恃\包丁), which can be bought in Gemity. Cornelius (Writing 15) (Time -40%) He's in the weapon store in Airyglyph. Give him the Sunrise Dictionary (サンライズ辞書) found in the Moonbase. Barbatos (Craft 37) (Time -40%, Costs +50%) He's in the shade of one of the mountains in the Mosel Sandhills. Give him the Orc Jewelry (オークジュエリー) which is in the portion of the Kirsla Caves with the Hauler (take a left turn then a right turn, then stop; you'll need the Vanish Ring). (After defeating Crosel) Michel (Writing 35) (Costs +10%) He's wandering around the main avenue of Aquios. Give him 85000 Fol. Gusto (Blacksmith 60) (Time -20%) He's in the south section of Peterny. Give him 60000 Fol. Vanilla (Machinery 32) (Costs +30%) You'll have already met him (her?) in the Urza Lava Cave. Go back there and hand over 30000 Fol. (Entering the Eternal Sphere) Anthler (Alchemy 99) (Time -20%) He's in one of the rooms on the first floor of Aquios Castle. He'll need the Philosopher's Stone (賢者の石), created by Alchemy (Misty, Eliza, Sophia, cost 11- 12). Puffy (Compounding 57) (Time -40%) She's on Floor 5 of the Cave of Trials. Give her the Experimental All-Purpose Antidote (-恃\ 解毒剤試作タイプ) that's found on Floor 2 of the Cave of Trials. Aqua and Evia (Craft 49) (Costs +10%) They're in the Church in Peterny. All they need is 20000 Fol. (Returning to Aquios after FD Space) Meryl (Machinery 46) (Time +30%) She's in the east section of Peterny. She'll need the Doramera Tool Set (ドラメラ工具セット) which is in the Sphere Corporation. Count Nopperin (Writing 44) (Costs +40%) He's on the second floor of Airyglyph Castle. Recruit him with 150000 Fol. Boyd (Blacksmith 95) (Time +50%) He's in the store in Alias. He'll need the Broken Magic Sword (折れた-ｌ?, which can be bought for 100 Bunny Race Points in Gemity. (Returning from the Shrine of Kaddan for the second time) Chiriko (Craft 60) (Time +60%, Costs -10%) In the item shop at Surferio. She needs 82000 Fol. Sage Oseman (Writing 73) (Time +40%) He's in the church in Airyglyph. Give him the Skeptic in the Paranormal Book (専-?ﾂ奇懐疑書), which is created through Writing (Fayt, Michel, Cornelius, cost 5670-6210). Fortuneteller Ruid (Compounding 98) (Time +30%) She's in one of the homes in Surferio. Just give her 90000 Fol. (Extra) Isaac (Machinery 65) (Costs -50%) Isaac is never announced. Instead you can recruit him at any time after fulfilling certain conditions. First, you need Meryl, Vanilla, and Dejison all under contract. Then, you need two items, the Blueprints (設計図) given to you by Lumina after the Ladel/Lumina sidequest (see sidequests section), and the AI Program (AIプログラム) given to you by one of Brea's coworkers in the Sphere Corporation. After having all this approach the broken down robot in the western part of Surferio, and you'll get Isaac. 3. SPECIALTIES In this section I will list the most important items that can be created with each specialty, along with guidelines on how to create that item. Most items can only be created by a limited number of characters. For instance, the item "Philosopher's Stone" can only be created by Eliza or Souffle. That means that in order to create it, Eliza and/or Souffle MUST be part of your line. You can add extra creators to improve your chances, but that's not required. Each entry will also have listed a "base cost". This will help you estimate a baseline for what to shoot for when you choose "Original Creation". In order to determine the number to shoot for on the Creation screen, take the Base Cost, then apply the Creator's cost modifiers. Thus, in order to create the "Golden Curry", which has a base cost of 63, using a party of Mayu (Cost -30%), Maria (Cost -10%), and Sophia (Cost -5%), you should shoot for a cost of: 63 x (100%-30%-10%-5%) = 32.975 ~ 36.3825 in other words, shoot for a cost of approximately 33 to 36 Fol. The rating of an item represents the difficulty of creating it, from 1 to 100. The sum total of your line's talent should meet or exceed it; else it will be impossible to create the item. Now for the specialties. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ COOKING ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Cooking lets you create a variety of food items. I didn't find Cooking all that useful; it allows you to create various restorative items, but all foods can only be used in the field. Since you have a fair number of party members able to cast restorative spells, food really isn't that necessary and you can go through the entire game without creating a single item. Golden Curry ゴールデンカレー Base Cost: 63 Created By: Damda Muda, Mayu, Killer Chef, Fate, Sophia, Nel, Roger Rating: 65 The Golden Curry heals 50 HP, but its real purpose is to give to the Creator Rijeil in order to recruit her. If you attempt it with the first suggested party, be prepared to save and reload numerous times, as they just barely fulfill the Rating requirement. Jumbo Gyoza (Potsticker) ジャンボーギョーザ Base Cost: 280 Created By: Damda Muda, Cliff, Roger Rating: 40 This item heals 70% of one character's HP and MP. But like all food items, it can only be used in the field. Lovely! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ALCHEMY ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Alchemy is MUCH more useful in the Director's Cut version as all of the gems now have factors that can be synthesized to weapons, reminiscent of Customization from Star Ocean: Second Story. If you use this specialty well, you should be able to create some ridiculously powerful weapons early on, and thus blaze through the latter half of the game (at least until you reach the secret dungeons). Philosopher's Stone 賢者の石 Base Cost: 12 Created By: Eliza, Souffle Rating: 100 This item is necessary to recruit the best Alchemy creator, Anthler. Brownie Stone ブラウニーストーン Base Cost: 1050 Rating: 70 Created By: Misty Lia, Anthler, Fate, Souffle This item can be synthesized to a weapon to increase its number of attack by one. Alternatively, it can first be refined, and then synthesized to a weapon for a whopping two extra attacks. Damascus ダマスカス Base Cost: 1450 Created By: Eliza, Macwell, Misty Lia, Fate, Maria, Sophia, Nel, Arbel, Souffle Rating: 60 This extremely precious metal adds the factor ATK +100(1) to your weapon when synthesized, which further clones itself when refined. This means that if you manage to create one, you can get an additional 800 ATK for almost no effort! (Though not free... since it will cost you quite a bit of Fol). Shell Sapphire シェルサファイア Base Cost: 2400 Created By: Anthler Rating: 90 This adds the factor "Attack Effect: Freeze" to your weapons. Since enemies that are frozen die upon being hit again, this is almost as good as instant death! Dark Crystal ダーククリスタル Base Cost: 3700 Created By: Anthler Rating: 95 This adds the factor INT +500(1) to your weapon, which can be refined into an INT+1000. It can also add Attack Effect: Confuse if you let the synthesis go on for a second round. This is an extremely useful factor for Sophia/ Adlai to have. Orihalcon オリハルコン Base Cost: 5700 Created By: Eliza, Macwell, Misty Lia, Fate, Cliff, Nel, Roger, Arbel, Souffle Rating: 98 This adds ATK +500(1) and Survive by Guts: 50% Chance, both extremely useful factors for the late mid-game. It's extremely hard to create, though, and chances are you won't be able to make it until you recruit Anthler anyway. Still, you can get lucky with a party with Misty Lia in it, so if you have the Alchemy Stone go ahead and save and reload until you can make it. Star Homunculus 星のホムンクルス Base Cost: 10300 Created By: Macwell, Misty Lia, Anthler, Fate, Souffle Rating: 80 Synthesizing this item to a weapon will cause beams of light to attack the enemy when you are attacking or defending. You should first refine it to remove the "Chance of Breaking 50%" that comes along with it, though. You can also sell it for a lot of Fol - 100,000 approximately if it isn't patented (only 20,000 if it is). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CRAFT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Craft's primary purpose is creating useful accessories for your party. Since accessories have a number of unique effects, you'll be using this specialty a lot. Sadly the most powerful accessories in the game are only creatable by Chiriko, whom you cannot recruit until very late in the game. Mental Ring メンタルリング Base Cost: 220 Created By: Chiriko Rating: 80 This accessory lets the wearer regenerate 3% of their max MP at intervals during a battle. Refinement increases this to 6%. Very useful for Sophia and Adlai. Soothing Kitty 癒しネコ Base Cost: 241 Created By: Star Anise, Fate, Cliff, Nel, Roger Rating: 2 This item is required to make a contract with the Cooking creator, Mayu. Blue Talisman ブルータリスマン Base Cost: 260 Created By: Barbatos, Aqua & Evia, Maria, Sophia Rating: 20 This item has a 10% chance of reducing HP damage to 0. If refined, this chance increases up to 30%. This effect can also be synthesized to a weapon. Red Talisman レッドタリスマン Base Cost: 260 Created By: Barbatos, Aqua & Evia, Maria, Sophia Rating: 20 Similar to the Blue Talisman, this has a 10% chance of reducing MP damage to 0. Refining raises the chances up to 30%. Again, this effect can be synthesized to a weapon. Magic Bangle マジックバングル Base Cost: 300 Created By: Aqua & Evia, Chiriko, Maria, Sophia Rating: 20 Important for Sophia, this raises INT by 10% as well as boosting other INT increases by 10%. Both of these effects can be enhanced to 30% through refinement. Learning Ring ラーニングリング Base Cost: 640 Created By: Barbatos, Maria, Sophia Rating: 70 This item increases the EXP gained after each battle by 10%. Further refinement increases this to 20%. Thus, if you have five of these refined and synthesize them to a weapon, it's entirely possible to double the amount of EXP gained every battle. Holy Symbol ホーリーシンボル Base Cost: 1370 Created By: Chiriko Rating: 98 This item lets you absorb fire and water attacks to heal your HP and MP. By refining, you can add on the ability to absorb earth and air attacks as well. However, this also comes with a 10% chance of breaking. Refinement can reduce this to 1%, but it won't go any lower than that. Battle Boots バトルブーツ Base Cost: 2480 Created By: Chiriko Rating: 99 One of the best accessories in the game. This increases ATK and DEF by 5%, however, refinement can increase this to 30%. This effect can be synthesized to a weapon, and indeed the most powerful items in the game will have multiple ATK/DEF+30%'s synthesized to them. Star Necklace スターネクラス Base Cost: 4100 Created By: Chiriko Rating: 80 This useful accessory cuts casting time in half. It's especially recommended for your dedicated spellcasters, Sophia and Adlai. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ COMPOUNDING ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Compounding creates a variety of potions and pills for use by the party. You can create some good items with this specialty that go above and beyond the regular Blueberries and Blackberries you'll find, so it's worth it to invest a little time in this specialty. Youth Medicine (Fake) 若返り薬(ニセモノ) Base Cost: 5 Created By: Puffy, Cliff, Roger, Arbel, Souffle Rating: 65 This item is required to recruit the Compounding Creator, Gossam. Mixed Syrup ミックスシロップ Base Cost: 20 Created By: Milennia, Fortuneteller Ruid, Cliff, Sophia, Nel, Roger, Arbel Rating: 40 This heals a character's HP and MP by 30% each, but even better, it can be refined to 50%, 70%, 90%, or even 100% healing. It's also relatively cheap and relatively easy to create, making this a must-have item. Aphrodisiac Nanarin X 惚れ薬ナナリンX Base Cost: 26 Created By: Gossam, Fate, Souffle Rating: 1 This cures a party member 20 HP, but has the unique effect of reducing everybody's feelings towards that character by 1 point. This can be used to manipulate the endings of the game in order to get new endings (simply by feeding whoever Fate is paired with a bunch of this medicine, and then finishing the game again). There are two other Aphrodisiacs with base costs 56 and 86 that do exactly the same thing. Heroic Glass ヒロイックグラス Base Cost: 110 Created By: Millenia, Fortuneteller Ruid, Cliff, Sophia, Nel, Roger, Arbel, Adlai, Mirage Rating: 80 This item lets the user use Battle Skills without consuming any HP at all for 30 seconds. Further refinement increases this time to 60 and even 120 seconds! Insanely useful if you use lots of strong Battle Skills. Ressurect Mist リザレクトミスト Base Cost: 210 Created By: Fortuneteller Ruid, Cliff, Maria, Sophia, Nel, Arbel Rating: 10 This raises all party members from the dead, healing their HP/MP up to 30%. This can be further refined to improve the amount of healing. Like the Mixed Syrup, this is relatively easy to create, so you should try to have as many of these on hand as possible. Fresh Bottle フレッシュボトル Base Cost: 310 Created By: Milennia, Fate, Sophia, Nel, Roger Rating: 90 This useful item heals one character for 100% of their HP. It's pretty hard to create, though. Super Stun Bomb Type RMP-1 超スタンボムRMP1型 Base Cost: 731 Created By: Puffy Rating: 40 This extremely powerful bomb reduces an enemies DEF by 30%, does 8000 MP damage, and dizzies the opponent. Another bomb with the same cost does HP damage instead. Cinderella Beads シンデレラビーズ Base Cost: 1001 Created By: Everybody Rating: 90 Using this lets you get a 10% discount in stores. Refine it to get up to a 30% discount. Beauty Unit 美白ユニット Base Cost: 1001 Created By: Puffy Rating: 80 Same effect as the Cinderella Beads. Slightly easier to create. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ BLACKSMITH ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The specialty that creates new weapons and armor, this is the most important specialty in the game. If handled correctly, you can create vastly more powerful equipment than is available in stores to buff up your characters; you'll also be using plenty of Blacksmith late in the game to refine weapons and armor. Named Sword Vainslay 名剣ヴェインスレイ Base Cost: 400 Created By: Gast, Boyd Rating: 100 A good sword for Fate with an ATK of 900. Heroic Helm ヒロイックヘルム Base Cost: 400 Created By: Gast, Boyd Rating: 100 A good helm for Roger with an ATK of 1200. Mithril Guarder ミスリルガーダー Base Coast: 450 Created By: Gast, Boyd Rating: 100 A good weapon for Cliff and Mirage with an ATK of 1000. Astral Armor アストラルアーマー Base Cost: 4530 Created By: Gast, Fate, Cliff, Roger Rating: 99 A good armor for Fate, Cliff, and Roger; it has a base DEF of 140 with an additional factor of DEF +20 (which can be increased through refinement), as well as immunity to petrification and frozen status, and it has a 30% chance of nullifying any mage's physical attacks. Corpseless Iron Claw 無骸鉄爪 Base Cost: 6200 Created By: Gast, Boyd Rating: 100 A good weapon for Arbel with an ATK of 900. Elemental Force エレメンタルフォース Base Cost: 6720 Created By: Gast, Maria, Nel, Arbel Rating: 95 A good armor for Maria, Nel, Mirage and Arbel; it has a base DEF of 115 with an additional factor of DEF +5 (which can be increased through refinement), as well as halving all elemental damage. Ice Coffin アイスコフィン Base Cost: 6800 Created By: Gast, Boyd Rating: 100 A good weapon for Nel with a base ATK of 880. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ WRITING ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Writing is of middle importance, the most important of which is to write books that allow you to learn various skills. The unfortunate thing is that all of these books have exactly the same base cost, and so to create exactly the book you want will take more than a few tries. Skill Book "Double Up" スキルブック『ダブルアップ』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Sage Oseman, Maria, Sophia Rating: 90 Teaches a character the battle skill "Double Up", which increases HP and MP damage by 30%. Skill Book "Quick Charge" スキルブック『クイックチャージ』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Sage Oseman, Maria, Sophia Rating: 100 Teaches Sophia "Quick Charge", a support skill which reduces casting time by 50%. Skill Book "Guts Extend" スキルブック『Gutsエクステンド』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Sage Oseman, Maria, Sophia Rating: 99 Teaches a character the support skill "Guts Extend", which has a chance of maxing out a character's Guts instantly. Skill Book "Drain" スキルブック『ドレイン』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Cornelius, Count Nopperin, Cliff, Roger, Arbel Rating: 60 Teaches a character the battle skill "Drain", which increases the amount of Guts damage an attack does. Skill Book "Get Item" スキルブック『ゲットアイテム』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Michel, Count Nopperin, Sage Oseman, Fate, Maria, Sophia Rating: 60 Teaches a character the battle skill "Get Item", which can cause an enemy to drop an item if hit. Skill Book "Stamina Up" スキルブック『スタミナアップ』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Michel, Count Nopperin, Fate, Nel Rating: 60 Teaches a character the battle skill "Stamina Up", which reduces Guts consumption by 30%. Skill Book "MP Extend" スキルブック『MPエクステンド』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Sage Oseman Rating: 99 Teaches Sophia the support skill "MP Extend", which increases her Max MP by 40%. Skill Book "Lucky Star" スキルブック『ラッキースター』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Sage Oseman Rating: 99 Teaches a character the support skill "Lucky Star", which may cause a star to drop on to the battlefiend if hit. If the star is picked up, the Heat Up Gauge is filled by 30%. Skill Book "Training" スキルブック『修行』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Cornelius, Michel, Count Nopperin, Sage Oseman, Fate, Maria Rating: 40 Teaches a character the tactical skill "Training", which increases EXP by 40% but Guts Consumption by 300% if activated. Skill Book "Balance Condition" スキルブック『バランスC』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Cornelius, Michel, Fate, Cliff, Nel, Roger, Arbel Rating: 40 Teaches a character the tactical skill "Balance Condition", which can be activated as either "Protect HP" or "Protect MP". Protect HP takes HP damage, divides it by 7, and diverts it to MP instead; Protect MP takes MP damage, multiplies it by 13, and diverts it to HP instead. Skill Book "Cure Condition" スキルブック『キュアC』 Base Cost: 1500 Created By: Cornelius, Michel, Fate, Cliff, Nel, Roger, Arbel Rating: 40 Teaches a character the tactical skill "Cure Condition", which increases resistance to status effects but reduces DEF by 20% if activated. Skeptic in the Paranormal 専門猟奇懐疑書 Base Cost: 5400 Created By: Cornelius, Count Nopperin Rating: 65 This item is required to recruit the Writing Creator, Sage Oseman. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MACHINERY ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Machinery allows you to create various bombs as well as weapons for Maria. As you can create various Stun Bombs as well as refine guns for Maria, this specialty is second in importance only to Blacksmith. Piyopiyo Bomb ピヨピヨボム Base Cost: 35 Created By: Everybody except Sophia Rating: 15 When used, this bomb automatically dizzies an opponent. Extremely useful for interrupting an opponent's attacks. Invincible Unit -ｳ敵ユニット Base Cost: 61 Created By: Vanilla, Meryl Rating: 70 When used, this will make one character totally invincible for 30 seconds; however they cannot attack during this time period. Ultimate Destruction Unit 超絶破壊ユニット Base Cost: 180 Created By: Vanilla, Isaac, Fate, Cliff, Maria, Roger Rating: 80 This item is required to recruit the Machinery Creator, Invention King Dejison. Magnetic Hybrid Bomber 電磁ハイブリッドボンバー Base Cost: 431 Created By: Vanilla, Meryl, Isaac, Fate, Cliff, Maria, Roger Rating: 80 This is an extremely powerful bomb that damages an opponent by 2500 HP and MP as well as dizzies them. Miracle Heal Unit ミラクルヒールユニット Base Cost: 801 Created By: Meryl, Isaac Rating: 100 This is a powerful restorative item that restores all party members' HP by 90% - the equivalent of those hard to find Magical Berries. Particle Laser パーティクルイレイザー Base Cost: 7440 Created By: Meryl, Isaac, Maria Rating: 100 This is a good weapon for Maria, with a base ATK of 700. 4. REFINING AND ULTIMATE WEAPONS Creating new items is only half of Item Creation. The other aspect of Item Creation is using the "Recipe Designate" option in order to refine and/or synthesize items. This allows you to, in some cases, improve or add factors attached to any item. In particular, Refining is used to remove the negative factors from the "Ultimate Weapons" found in the Sphere 211 Secret Dungeon (see my FAQ/ Walkthrough for details). Some factors can be refined away; others can only be mitigated. A combination of refining ultimate weapons and adding refined factors through synthesis will generally make the most powerful weapons possible. This section will list each character's ultimate weapon and its factors; at the end it will list some recommended factors for addition to each weapon. Fate - Demon Sword Levantine 魔剣レヴァンティン Dropped by Super Brea (Floor 200) Factors: Chance of Breaking 30% Enemy DEF x5 Enemy ATK +30% Experience -90% Movement Speed -30% Battle Skill HP/MP Consumption x3 MP -1 every second ATK +1000 Enemy ATK +30% can give you problems. If refined, it will either disappear, or transform into Enemy ATK +30% Fol x5. If transformed, it can be further refined but this generally makes the enemies much stronger so be careful. If you want to remove the factors altogether make sure they are removed on your first try. As with all Ultimate weapons, refining can cause the ATK +1000 to duplicate itself. Cliff and Mirage - Valor Gauntlet ヴァローガントレット Dropped by Shadow Dragon (Floor 126) and Angered Azazel/Furious Beelzebub (Floor 181) Factors: Poisons Max HP -30% Experience -50% Chance of Breaking 5% Defense 1/2 ATK +1000 The All Allies Speed -50% that plagued many a player in the original version has been removed, making this weapon easily improved like all the rest. It's a good thing too, as you'll be getting not one but two of these in the Director's Cut, thanks to the fact that both Cliff and Mirage equip it. Nel - Death Bringer デスブリンガー Dropped by Revenge-Seeking Shelby (Floor 137) Factors: Enemies Attack More Poisons Guts Consumption x4 Chance of Breaking 20% Chance of Breaking 20% ATK +1000 All of Nel's negative factors can be easily refined away, making this one of the better Ultimate Weapons. Roger - Cross Helm クロスヘルム Dropped by Monjara Green (Floor 159) Factors: Max HP -30% MP -1 every second Enemy ATK +30% Chance of Breaking 30% Attack 1/2 ATK +1000 Like Fate, Enemy ATK +30% can either disappear or change to give more fol if refined. All other factors disappear easily. Maria - Dragoon Laser ドラグーンレイザー Dropped by Archdemon (Floor 170) Factors: Enemy DEF x5 Enemy DEF x5 Enemy ATK +30% Enemy ATK +30% Experience -50% ATK +1000 A really hard weapon to deal with. Again, like Fate and Roger, Enemy ATK +30% can disappear, or can change to something worse but with side benefits. It will take a lot of reloading if you want to clear this weapon of its negative attributes. If you can get two copies of this weapon from the Archdemon (via the Get Item skill), it's recommended that you refine one weapon normally, and purposefully refine the other one into the Enemy ATK +100%/Fol x10 version. This way, you can potentially get 20 times the normal amount of Fol you would normally get in battle. Arbel - Kirakuten Shell 喜楽天の邪爪 Dropped by Frenzied Biwig (Floor 147) Factors: Chance of Breaking 20% Chance of Breaking 20% Chance of Breaking 20% Chance of Breaking 20% Chance of Breaking 20% ATK +1000 A really easy weapon to get rid of all the factors. Just don't be tempted to use it beforehand. Souffle - Angelic Cape エンジェリックケープ Dropped by Reckless Belial (Floor 192) Factors: Emits Light when Attacking Emits Light when Defending Two Extra Attacks per Hit Unlike almost all of the others, this weapon has no negative factors. It also has the highest base attack in the game (at 3200). The biggest "downside" is that it has no ATK +1000, but with a base ATK so high, an ATK +30% will add more than 1000 points to your ATK anyway, so you don't even need it. Adlai - Tenken: Ama no Ohabari 天剣 天之尾羽張 Dropped by Enraged Crosel (Floor 115) Factors: Enemies Attack More Poisons Enemies Attack More MP -1 Every Second Enemies Attack More ATK +1000 Adlai's ultimate weapon. INT is more important than ATK for Adlai, so you might not even want to deal with this weapon; by using a 'lesser' weapon with more free slots, you can power up Adlai's INT more. Sophia - Jinki Ether Frozen 神器エーテルフローズン Dropped by Freya (Urza Lava Cave) Factors: ATK +1000 Sophia's Ultimate weapon, the only factor it has is ATK +1000. Unlike other characters, INT is more important for Sophia, so you should focus on INT. Thus, rather than using this weapon, using the Adept Staff (purchasable in Sealand) and then adding on INT +1000 and INT +30% factors onto that will give youa much better boost. Recommended Factors for Weapons ATK DEF +30% This factor comes from a refined Battle Boots; putting 3 or 4 of these on a weapon is usually a good idea and will help you get to 9999 ATK. ATK +1000 This factor is automatically on most of the Ultimate weapons; however it can also be added by synthesizing the Secret Battle Technique Book 闘技秘伝書 which is the prize for the S Rank single battle in the Arena at Gemity. Keep in mind that mathematically, if your ATK is more than 3333, adding an ATK DEF +30% will raise your ATK more than an ATK +1000. This means that in the case of most of the Ultimate Weapons, rather than having the ATK +1000 clone itself you should add ATK/DEF +30% instead. HP Damage Reduced to 0, 30% Chance This comes from a refined Blue Talisman. MP Damage Reduced to 0, 30% Chance This comes from a refined Red Talisman. INT +30% This comes from a refined Magic Bangle. Three Extra Attacks This comes from Lilith's Kin. Attack Effect: Freeze This comes from a Shell Sapphire. Movement Speed +30% This comes from Bunny Shoes. Emits Light when Attacking This comes from a Star Homunculus. 5. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q. I'm running out of Materials for Item Creation. Help! A. Santa, on Floor 3 in the Cave of Trials (after taking the elevator), can sell all of the Materials except for Synthesis to you. Synthesis Materials can be gotten in numerous numerous chests throughout the Sphere Corporation and the Cave of Trials. The magelike enemies in the Urza Cave Temple also drop Synthesis Materials. Q. How come all of the characters' "ultimate weapons" suck? A. The characters' ultimate weapons, which you'll find in the Sphere Corporation (past Floor 101), are the strongest weapons in the game. However they have a plethora of negative effects, such as reduced EXP or DEF, high chances of breaking, and so on. This is where Item Creation comes in to save the day. Refining each weapon (under Blacksmith, or in Maria's case Machinery) can erase most of the negative effect, and each weapon also has ATK +1000 built in as a bonus, which refining can duplicate. However, mathematically it is more efficient to add ATK/DEF +30% instead of duplicating the ATK +1000 factor. Q. How many Factors (in Item Creation) can an item have? A. Eight. Q. What does the number in parentheses after a Factor mean? A. That is the number of possible outcomes of a factor if the item is refined. A factor with no number means that that factor will not be changed by refinement. A factor with (1) means that there is only one possible outcome for refining. A factor with (2) means that there are two possible outcomes, only one of which will actually happen. 6. CREDITS Thanks go to: tri-Ace and Enix for the best RPG I have ever played. This FAQ Copyright 2003 to Edward Chang. Redistribution in any form, including reprinting in electronic or print media, without express permission of the author is strictly forbidden.