Final Fantasy IV DS Minigame Guide

        Minigame Guide

(c) RevenantThings (Kyle Johnston)

Table of Contents

1. Updates
2. Introduction
3. Math with Rydia
4. Concentration with Rosa
5. Goblin Assault with Cecil
6. High Jump with Kain
7. In the Forest with Edge
8. Credits, Thanks and Legal Information


1. Updates

4/14/08  - Localization information, editing

1/6/08   - v1.0 updates. Corrections, additional information

12/22/07 - v0.8 updated. Basic information covering all the games, some reward
           information and basic strategies.


2. Introduction

Welcome to the DS remake of Final Fantasy IV, my personal favorite of the FF
franchise. There are a number of new features in this game, one of which is the
inclusion of minigames. These are completely optional and require the touch

Of course, there are some pretty great benefits for investing time in these 
games. For one, obtaining high scores will increase your Whyt's stats, 
making him a more effective character. The formula for determining your Whyt's
stats is the combined average of the three top scores and then dividing that
number by 100. 99 is the highest number your Whyt can get in each stat.

You can also net some medicine such as Potions, Ethers, and status healing 
items, which (especially early on) can be a great way to beef up your arsenal 
for free.

The items that you can win are given based on the score you get during each 
run. The possible items and corresponding scores are as follows:

0-999: Nothing
1000-6999: Potion, Antidote, Eyedrops, Echo Herb, Golden Needle
7000-9998: Ether, Hi-Potion, Phoenix Down, Unicorn Horn, Cottage
9999: Remedy, Hi-Ether, X-Potion

So where/how/when do you get to play these? Whenever you meet a Fat Chocobo!
You first encounter this giant beast in Kaipo. FFIV fans also know that you can
summon Fat Chocobos in Chocobo Forests (provided you have a Gysahl Green to 
spare), in the Dwarves' Castle, and aboard the Lunar Whale. You can also summon
one instantaneously through the use of the Gysahl Whistle. 

Select your Whyt from the Fat Chocobo's menu (the top option) and you will 
be able to select from a number of mini-games based around what characters you 
have in your party. Keep in mind that only the final 5 party members (Paladin
Cecil, Rosa, Rydia, Kain and Edge) have minigames. For those that can't read
Japanese, the minigames are the second option in the Whyt menu.

Here's how the format of each section will look.

==Minigame Name==

Basic description of minigame

==How to Play==
Instructions on how to play

==Time Limit==
Time or other restrictions during gameplay

==Enemy Data==
Information on monsters (how many points they are worth, how many hits they 
take to get knocked out)

==Strategies and Hints==
Useful tips to get the perfect scores

==Stat Increased==
What stat will increase for Whyt upon completion

The item you receive for getting perfect scores (9999).


3. Math with Rydia

Help Rydia with her homework!

==How to Play==
This is a basic math game in which you try to reach "10" using the four numbers
and basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). You can 
arrange the numbers and symbols as you see fit with the stylus. Think of it as
the card game "24" only with smaller numbers to work with.

You also have two buttons available on the bottom right side of the screen. The
left button goes back one step, so if you make an error, use this! The right
button will replace the current set of numbers with all new ones, so if you get
stumped, use this!

==Time Limit==
60 Seconds

==Strategies and Hints==
You get more points if you chain together solutions. So if you avoid using the
replacement feature (the right button), you can get a higher score! If you keep
a chain going from the beginning, it shouldn't take you more than 9 correct 
solutions to reach 9999 points.

A useful hint is to close the DS screen and do the math on your own. The time
will not be used up. This is the most effective way to complete the minigame if
you find yourself having trouble.

==Stat Increased==

Rydia outfit for your Whyt


4. Concentration with Rosa

Rosa is in deep prayer.

==How to Play==
Ever played Majora's Mask? There is a mini-game similar to this one in which 
the postman tries to record your sense of timing. This time Rosa takes part in
a prayer.

This game relies solely on your internal clock. You have three rounds that give
you different numerical goals. Get as close to the goal for the most points! If
you go over more than a couple seconds after the goal, you don't get any 

==Time Limit==
N/A (3 consecutive tries)

==Enemy Data==

==Strategies and Hints==
The game tries to mess you up by having a ticking clock at various speeds. By
all means, DO NOT TRY TO USE THIS CLOCK! It will only mess you up and equal 
failure. Your best bet would be to find a stopwatch (my phone has a built in
stopwatch on it, you can find one online at this address: Press "Start" on the stopwatch just as 
you touch your stylus to the screen. 

For safety's sake try releasing the stylus just before the numerical goal (if 
the goal is 13, try hard to stop it at 00:12:80). This is useful in finding out
how close (or far) your timing on the stopwatch is as compared to the game.

yuyami has compiled this list of scores for your various times (remember, you
can go over or below):

Perfect - 4000
Within .01/.05 seconds - 3000
Within .1 seconds - 2000
Within .15 seconds - 1000
Within .3 seconds - 500
Within 1 second - 250
Within 2 seconds - 100

==Stat Increased==

Rosa outfit for your Whyt


5. Goblin Assault with Cecil

Cecil defends your Whyt against a Goblin attack!

==How to Play==
Tap the goblins as they run at you from the left side of the screen to deal 
damage. Different color/size goblins will take more hits and are worth various
amounts of points. The longer you play, the more (and faster) the goblins run 
at you. 

You have two hearts that are your health. Get hit twice and you lose all your
points. Your Whyt stands at the bottom right corner with "Escape?" above 
him. Prior to getting hit a second time you MUST escape in order to save your
points. If you don't escape, you lose your points.

==Time Limit==
N/A (play until you Escape or die)

==Enemy Data==
Green Goblin (30 points, 1 hit)
Red Goblin (50 points, 1 hit)
Purple Goblin (80 points, 3 hits)
Giant Green Goblin (200 points, 10 hits?)

==Strategies and Hints==
Occasionally you'll obtain a "bomb" item, accessible at the bottom left screen.
Tap that to instantly destroy any and all goblins on the screen. Save these for
the very dangerous times! Also, if you're focused on Cecil you'll notice an 
exclamation mark above his head ocassionally. This happens when a giant green 
goblin appears. 

The purple goblin and the giant green goblin both must be attacked multiple
times to be killed. If you attack them once, they stops for a while, giving you
more time to focus on others. Use this to stall them if too many appear.

You can also cheat relatively easy with an extra stylus, stick, finger, etc. 
Have yourself or another on watch and take out any goblins you miss. This is by
far the easiest way to get a guaranteed perfect score.

==Stat Increased==

Paladin Suit for your Whyt


6. High Jump with Kain

Train Whyt in the arts of the Dragoon!

==How to Play==
Rotate the stylus around Kain as fast as you can for 10 seconds to
leap high into the air. The faster you keep rotating, the higher Kain will jump
(you can see how high you will jump by looking at the bar on the left). Tap the 
birds as they fly at you to have your Whyt incinerate them. Get hit and the 
game is over. You score more points the higher you are able to jump.

==Time Limit==
10 seconds (to build up momentum), then the game lasts until you get hit.

==Enemy Data==
Birds. Fast ones and slow ones. One hit knocks all of them down.

==Helpful Tips==
Quick strokes around Kain really help. About the time you get 3500 points the
birds will really start to pick up speed. Many users have found it easier if 
you focus on Kain and use periphreal vision to knock out the birds.

I haven't done it, but you may want to try the cheating method described in the
Cecil minigame as well if this game turns out too tough for you.

==Stat Increased==

Dragoon outfit for your Whyt


7. In the Forest with Edge

Training in the forest, Edge and your Whyt are attacked by a number of 

==How to Play==
Just like Cecil's game, you need only to tap the enemies to take them out. But
unlike Cecil, you will actually see Edge throw a shuriken. He can only throw a
couple at a time. 

If an enemy is not killed quickly, it will launch an attack in your direction. 
You can deflect it (if your aim is good enough) with a shuriken to avoid being
hit. If you tap and hold down the stylus on Edge, he will cloak himself (as 
part of a tree). You can take three hits before the game ends.

==Time Limit==
60 Seconds

==Enemy Data==
Death Flower (150 points, 1 hit)
Treant (300 points, 2 hits)
Great Malboro (3000 points,  20 hits?)

==Strategies and Hints==
Your first priority should be to attack any enemy that shows up first. Leave an
enemy out too long and they'll attack you. Multiple attacks will end your game
quickly unless you can cloak yourself quick enough. It's my opinion that you 
should never try to deflect attacks. It's based too much on chance and usually
ends up in the enemy favor. Never be afraid to cloak yourself!

After about 30 seconds the Great Malboro will appear in the center of the 
screen. He is tough, and enemies will still appear on the sides. He definitely 
is worth the large points, but if you can't take him down, it's probably better
to grab the points from the numerous smaller creatures.

If you defeat the Great Malboro the game ends. Make sure you have at least 6999
points before killing him to get the perfect score (that and make sure you give
yourself enough time to finish him off before you run out of time).

==Stat Increased==

Ninja outfit for your Whyt


8. Credits, Thanks and Legal Information

FFIV TranWiki - Specifically, the following users
                 Doink - hosting the wiki
                 xk8 - Edge's camoflauge
                 BelmontSlayer/TheMatrixMaster - translation patch
                 Raganook/Ayos Lunar - translation patch
                 Jeatin/Stone Sword - translation patch
FFIVDS Board  - Information, requests, assistance and the following users
                 runedh - Basic How-to information, strategy contributions
                 Firionel20 - Information on stats, strategy contributions
                 captainj_ - suggestions and strategies
		 SBAllen - minigame item rewards
                 yuyami - Rosa scores information
Square-Enix    - Remaking this great game.
GameFAQs       - The boards and the FAQs and for blowing when it comes to
                 moderations and submitting information

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