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    Star Ocean FAQ
    Super Famicom
    Version 1.0
    Made by Exdeath
    E-Mail: db3f@uwrf.edu
    Page: http://www.uwrf.edu/~db3f
                        Exdeath’s Star Ocean FAQ
    This is the Star Ocean FAQ. This copyright belongs to me and 
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    If you would like to help me with this Strategy Guide, E-Mail me 
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    Version Info:
    -Version 1.0    
         *Basic sections added
         *Combat system and characters
         *Frequently asked questions
         *Partial Item Creation info 
    About Star Ocean
    Approval Ratings
      -Ways to change Approval Ratings
    Private Actions
    Combat System
      -Combat Controls
    The Characters
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Item Creation
    About Star Ocean:
    Star Ocean was made by Enix and produced by Tri-Ace. It 
    came in 1996, when the Super Famicom was heading for a 
    downfall, and the next generation systems were getting more 
    popular. Along with Tales of Phantasia, Star Ocean is the 
    largest Super Famicom cart made at 48 MB. It’s specially 
    rendered sound chips provide a possible 3 layers of sounds 
    during background music. It’s graphics are also very crisp, 
    and it is easily the best looking Super Famicom game. During 
    the battle, the characters actually talk! Before doing special 
    attacks, they usually call out what they’re doing, and before 
    and at the end of each battle, they say various things. This was 
    certainly ahead of it’s time as a Super Famicom game. Other 
    unique features are it’s Active Time Battle System, Private 
    Actions, unique Skills System, Link Combos, and much more. 
    Perhaps the most unique game made.
    Approval Ratings:
    This game is very unique in that every character has opinions 
    about each of the other characters. Depending on what you 
    do throughout the game, other characters can like or dislike 
    the other members. Approval Ratings start out at a set rate 
    between characters, and are changed through what you say 
    during certain situations. Even in battle, when one of your 
    characters is being beaten up, and none of the other members 
    go over there and help him, the beaten character’s AR 
    towards the other characters go down. If someone goes to 
    help that character, the character’s AR for that character 
    will go up. The end of the game, and especially ending rely 
    heavily on AR toward each character. There are multiple 
    endings depending on AR, characters, and what you’ve 
    done in the game.
    Ways you can change AR:
    1) Questions other characters ask you, or your actions to 
    other characters. This seems to be the biggest way to change 
    AR through the game. The nicer you are to particular characters, 
    the more the AR will increase. So, basically, be nice to your 
    characters throughout the game. :)
    2) In battle. Sometimes when another character is being beaten 
    by the enemy, he/she will ask for help. If your one or more of 
    your characters run up and help that character, your AR for that 
    character will be raised. Similarly, if you don’t help that character, 
    your AR for he/she will be lowered. Also, sometimes a 
    character will thank another character for being healed. 
    This affects AR for the characters as well.
    Private Actions:
    In almost every town, you can do a private action. This is 
    another unique feature about the game. When you get to a 
    town’s gate, and in the upper-right corner says “Private 
    Action”, press Y, and your characters will split up and explore 
    the town or castle. Sometimes you can get special things 
    through Private Actions, but it’s not even necessary to do it 
    at all if you don’t want to. It’s a good idea, though, as you 
    can get a lot of great things through Private Actions that you 
    can’t otherwise get. 
    Combat System:
    The combat system is probably the most unique part of Star 
    Ocean. It takes part in active time, and you must plan strategies 
    to overcome most battles. In this way, all of the characters 
    attack each other at the same time. One very unique thing is that 
    your characters can run around on the battlefield and make 
    different tactics to beat the enemy. You may only control one 
    character at a time in battle, but your other characters will follow 
    the tactics you provide for them. Most of the bosses require 
    special tactics that are tough sometimes, and most of the time 
    very difficult, so mastering the battle system will become a 
    Combat Controls:
    A: This targets the enemy. When you press A, target arrows 
    appear over the enemies. You can switch enemies you want to 
    attack. When you press A again, you will attack that enemy. If you 
    target an enemy and press L or R, you will preform Hissatsuwaza 
    you have assigned to that character. Pressing B will cancel targeting 
    of any enemy.
    B: You can select the character you want to control. Press B, 
    scroll to the character you want, and press B again. You can 
    control any of the characters. When you use this option, however, 
    Ratix will sit still, so he can be attacked, and he won’t fight back. 
    That is why through the whole game, just use Ratix as the character 
    you control, unless you want to cast a particular spell or use a 
    special Hissatsuwaza another character has.
    Y: You can run manually on the battlefield. Press Y, move the 
    cursor to a selected point, and then press A. You will run to that 
    place on the battlefield, but if you encounter an enemy on the way, 
    you will automatically attack it.
    X: This goes to the menu in which you can select various things 
    in battle:
    Item: Selected character will use the item you choose.
    Run: Run from battle. Your characters will run to the edge of 
    the screen. You’re vulnerable during this time, of course. 
    Tactics: You can change the tactics of each individual character. 
    Since Ratix is controlled by you, he cannot use Tactics.
    Change: You can choose another character on the roster to enter 
    the battle that is not currently in the party. This option is useful 
    when characters get low on HP or MP, and you can always 
    switch back to any other character. This is also helpful when 
    certain characters are very weak in the current battle.
    Special: This allows you to use the Jumon you have. Milly, Joshua, 
    and Ronixis are the only ones that can use this, since they’re the 
    only ones that have Jumon.
    L/R: Press these while targeting to use the characters’ pre-assigned 
    Hissatsuwaza. The Hissatsuwaza that is assigned can be controlled 
    from the main menu..
    Start and Select Buttons aren’t used at all in battle.
    The Characters:
    *Note: I’m taking these right out of the manual for the game. 
    Ratix Farrence
    Age: 19
    Clan/Race: Fellpool
    Country of origin: Clatos Village.
    Class: Kenshi
    Height: 174 cm
    Weight: 68 kg
    Favorite food/drink: Hoikoro
    About him:
    He’s the main character of your adventure. He, Milly, and Dorn 
    protect the village of Clatos at all costs. His father was the 
    leader of the Clatos protectors before him, but he died. You 
    basically decide how you want to shape Ratix throughout the 
    game through Approval Ratings.
    What I like about him:
    -He’s very agile and quick, and his swords do a lot of damage. 
    -He’s the overall most powerful fighter in the game, and his 
      secret Hissatsuwaza is extremely powerful.
    What I don’t like about him:
    Well, there isn’t much not to like, except for the fact that you 
    can only get his best Hissatsuwaza through Ougi only by 
    having Ashlay in your party.
    Milly Kiliet
    Age: 18
    Clan/Race: Fellpool
    Country of origin: Clatos Village.
    Class: Houjutsushi
    Height: 164 cm
    Weight: 46 kg
    Favorite food/drink: Fruit Parfait
    About her:
    Milly has been friends with Ratix for a long time. She is 
    studying under her father’s fighting skills. She uses staves, 
    and is overall the best healer in the game. She really loves 
    Ratix, and is always daydreaming about him. She gets to be 
    really jealous of Iria. 
    What I like about her:
    -Dispel is really useful later in the game when you’re turned 
      to stone by Medusa Eyes.
    -The best healer in the game, will receive the strongest 
      healing abilities.
    What I don’t like about her:
    -She dies extremely easy, and she doesn’t have any good 
      fighting attacks. 
    -She dies easier than anyone else in the game, because she 
      has the lowest defense. If you have 3 other members of 
      the party that are stronger, I suggest you use the “Astral 
      Shift” formation. 
    Dorn Marto
    Age: 19
    Clan/Race: Fellpool
    Country of origin: Clatos Village.
    Class: Kenshi
    Height: 181 cm
    Weight: 75 kg
    Favorite food/drink: Steak 240
    About him:
    He is Ratix’s best friend, and also helps him and Milly to 
    protect the village. His sister was killed by a raid of thieves, 
    which is why he is strongly protecting the village. He really 
    likes Milly, and would do anything for her. 
    What I like about him:
    -Is similar to Ratix in agility and swordsmanship.
    What I don’t like about him:
    -Well, I can’t really tell very much what I like and don’t like 
      about him, because you play him for a VERY short amount 
      of time at the beginning of the game.
    Ronixis J. Kenny
    Age: 38
    Clan/Race: Human
    Country of origin: Earth.
    Class: Monshoutsukai
    Height: 179 cm
    Weight: 64 kg
    Favorite food/drink: Matsutake
    About him: 
    He’s the captain of the Federation Starship Kalnas. He’s 
    called to investigate Roak, and beams down to the planet 
    as he finds Roak. He is taught Magic by Milly when they 
    are separated from Ratix and Iria in the gateway. He uses 
    a bow in battle, and is very talented in attacking Magic.
    What I like about him:
    -Has very powerful attack spells similar to Joshua’s.
    -He’s a better attacker than the other spellcasters in the 
      game in that he uses a bow that can reach enemies from 
      far away.
    What I don’t like about him:
    -Like all spell casters in the game, he’s weak, and dies easily. 
    -He starts off pretty powerful, but during the later stages of 
      the game, Joshua is an all-around better character.
    -Like Joshua, sometimes he constantly casts spells that heal 
      the enemy, this gets rather annoying.
    Ira Silvestolie
    Age: 23
    Clan/Race: Human
    Country of origin: Earth.
    Class: Kakutouka
    Height: 171 cm
    Weight: 48 kg
    Favorite food/drink: Tama no Hikari.
    About her: 
    She’s the chief science officer serving under Ronixis. She is a 
    martial arts expert, and she is good at talking to people, 
    unlike Ronixis. She gets irritated and flustered if something 
    bad happens. She’s intelligent, and she is a good fighter.
    What I like about her: 
    -She’s really strong, especially at the beginning of the game, 
    and makes good hits, and has some nice early hissatsuwaza. 
    -Nice combos later in the game.
    What I don’t like about her:
    -She is really weak, especially towards the beginning of the 
    -Her attacks are often too slow to be very useful, and does 
    not have very good agility.
    Frequently Asked Questions:
    Here are some common things you can get stuck at in Star 
    Ocean. A lot of these questions were asked by me when I 
    was first going through the game.
    Q: The King of Van is testing me in a cave. I’m at the end, 
         and there are 7 doors. The middle door is locked, and 
         I can’t get by. There are switches in the other 6 rooms. 
         What am I supposed to do to proceed?
    A: On the stone in front of this room, it reads “OXOOOXX 
         from where the sun rises.” The sun rises from the East, so 
         it’s changed to “XXOOOXO”. The “O” in the middle can 
         be ignored because it refers to the door you’re trying to 
         open. A “O” refers to a switch you need to hit, and you 
         can just ignore the “X” rooms. What confuses most people 
         here is that you have to hit the switches in the right order, 
         starting from right to left (similar to the sun, east to west). 
         So, go all the way to the far right room, hit the switch, then 
         skip the next door to the right, and hit the switch in the 
         room 2 rooms from the right, ignore the center “O” and hit 
         the switch in the room 2 to the far left, and you can enter.
    Q: I hear you need the “Ocarina” to get Perisie. Where is it?
    A: After you’ve beaten the Velcant Pirate’s hide-out, you 
         find a girl in the jail there. She doesn’t respond to anything 
         you say, and when you return to Portmis, she runs off. 
         Notice that a small sparkling object is dropped when she 
         falls down. Go over to this object, and press “A”, and you 
         will receive it.
    Q: After the private action in Sylvalant, Milly is supposed to give 
         me a “Omamori”. I didn’t get one. What happened?
    A: If you have Ashlay in your party, she doesn’t give one to you. 
        But, you can still get them by using Milly’s “Customize” item 
        creation, and customizing a “Magical Persia”.
    Q: I have 8 characters in my party, and I want a different 
        character to join me. Is there any way I can ditch someone 
        in my party to make room for this new character?
    A: If you don’t want Marvel, there is a way to lose her. Go to 
        the Sylvalant Ruins (you can enter here secretly from slightly 
        north of a bridge close Sylvalant, just enter the crack in the 
        wall). Behind a locked door here that is only accessible 
        through the king of Sylvalant, and a few rooms down, along 
        the left side of the wall are 2 rows of 3 small pillars. Go along
        this path. Once here, head into the door north of it and there 
        will be a small cut scene, and Marvel will die. Now you can 
        leave and put someone else in the party.
    Q: In the final dungeon, I keep running into Medusa Eyes! 
         These are utterly annoying! They keep petrifying my 
         characters, and I keep having to play it over! Anything I 
         can do to get by here safely?
    A: Yes, having Milly here and the Dispell Jumon works really 
         well, it will un-petrify one party member. It’s also a good 
         idea to stock up on Stone Checks here by using Art and 
         duplicating them. If you don’t use Milly or Stone Checks, 
         you’ll be forced to using Cure Stones or Recure Bottles, 
         and you want to conserve your items for late in the lair.
    Q: How do I work the link combos?
    A: After you get the “Link Combo” skill, build it up a few 
         levels, then check the “Tokugi” screen. You can now 
         scroll over and create combo links by assigning 
         hissatsuwaza to second, third, and forth pages (you get more 
         pages the more levels you bring it up). The more you build 
         the skill up, the more hissatsuwaza you can link. Certain 
         combinations of link combos work better, but it’s really 
         good to experiment with a lot of combinations, and pick 
         the ones you like the most.
    Item Creation:
    This is yet another interesting and unique feature about Star 
    Ocean, the ability to temper your weapons with ore, make 
    weapons that suit your style, duplicate items by art, or even 
    cook herbs for your party to use. Each character’s Talents 
    play a large role in how often you will succeed certain item 
    creations. For example, for using the “Customize” item 
    creation, the talent “Originality” is needed if you want this 
    to succeed more easily. Talents are randomly chosen at the 
    beginning of the game, but you can possibly gain new Talents 
    throughout the game, but that doesn’t happen too often. 
    Also, thanks to Ian Kelley (ikelley@sas.upenn.edu) for 
    giving me a lot of information on Item Creation. 
    You can create various special items for combining various gems 
    and minerals that you have. The more rare a stone it is that you 
    are working with, the harder it is to create different items. In 
    other words, it’s very easy to make a Poison Check, while making 
    a Regenerate Ring is very hard, even with a Kiyo na Yubisaki 
    skill rating of 10. Saiku is overall the toughest item creation to 
    Here is a list of some the Saiku items you can create, thanks to 
    Ian Kelley <ikelley@sas.upenn.edu>:
    Iron: Poison Check, Stone Check, Paralyze Check
    Gold: Gold Ring, Gold Idol, Gold Brooch, Stone Check
    Silver: Silver Idol, Poison Check, Silver Ankh, Silver Ring
    Ruby: Ruby Persia, Berserk Ring, Flare Ring, Shield Ring
    Sapphire: Necklace, Aqua Ring, Feat Symbol, Paralyze Check
    Green Beryl: Talisman, Fairy Ring, Crown, Emerald Ring
    Crystal: Reflect Ring, Resist Ring, Kaeru, Paralyze Check
    Diamond: Brooch, Pretty Idol, Purple Mist, Reverse Doll
    Star Ruby: Star Crest, Star Necklace, Star Ring, Protect Ring
    Rainbow Diamond: Magical Drop, Magical Persia, Dream Crown
    Moonite: Misty Symbol, Lunar Talisman, Lunatic Ring, Lunar Tablet
    Orihalcon: Levitate Ring
    Kenja no Ishi: Piyohan, Mental Ring, Regenerate Ring, Dream Crown
    Failed Saiku:
    Waraeru Katamari, Hen na Katamari, Busaiku na Yubiwa, Hen na 
    Ningyou, Hazukashii Kazari, Sense Nai Yubiwa, Heppo Konakazari.
    -Ian Kelley, for putting up with so many of my annoying questions 
    having to do with this game. :)
    -Enix and Tri-Ace, for making what is definitely one of the greatest, 
    if not the greatest, console RPGs of all time.
    -My friends, for putting me to work on this FAQ. 

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