Star Ocean: The Last Hope: Walkthrough

       .               Star Ocean: The Last Hope (XBOX 360) Walkthrough

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  I   Table of Contents    I
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To find and jump to any topic in this FAQ, press Ctrl+F to FIND, then type in
the code for a specific section, like so: "Roman Numeral + Period + Letter +
Period + Number + Period".

Ex. The "Introductions" for this game (Star Ocean: The Last Hope, in case you
don't know what game you're reading about) would be "I.b." (without the quotes).

Also keep in mind that a single roman numeral will also have a period after it.

Ex. "Game Mechanics" is "II." (again, no quotes).

I. Introductions
 a. This Guide
 b. The Star Ocean Series and Star Ocean: The Last Hope
 c. Methods of Organization
  1. Indicators
  2. Abbreviations

II. Game Mechanics
 a. Basic Gameplay Controls
  1. Field & Menus
  2. Battle
 b. Advanced Battle Strategies

III. Walkthrough
 a. Getting Started


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  I   Introductions (I.)   I
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 ===About This Guide (I.a.)===

Hello reader! Welcome to OdinOurSavior's (Tri-Ace much?) FAQ for Star Ocean: The
Last Hope (which shall henceforth be called SO4 for the purpose of simplicity),
the fourth (not counting that freaky GBA release that nobody could play due to
the Japanese's game snobbery) entry into Tri-Ace's Star Ocean series. This is
actually my first guide, so bear with me. In this FAQ I will do my best to
outline everything you will need to know to make it through this game with the
most comfort possible (I may at some point get around to writing separate Chaos
Mode --the "uncomfortable" difficulty setting-- strategies, but don't hold your
breath).

Now, here's a little bit about me. I've been an -avid- gamer since I was about
five years old. I played mostly action/adventure/etc. games for about two years
until *gasp* Pokemon Blue *gasp* took over my life for a while. That was the
beginning of what I consider my true gaming career; now I generally refuse to
play anything other than RPGs. I started playing Tri-Ace's masterpieces when I
picked up a cheap, used and *collector's edition* version of Star Ocean: 'Til
the End of Time (A.K.A. SO3 or SOTET) at my local GameStop(TM). Since then I've
played Radiata Stories, Valkyrie Profile, and, of course, the original Star
Ocean (regrettably, I haven't gotten around to SO2 yet...).

I've been wanting to write a guide for quite some time now, but circumstances in
school haven't permitted me to do so. When I heard the release date for SO4, I
just knew it would finally be the right game at the right time (it tends to
quiet down a bit for me near late February). I consider myself a somewhat
organized person, so I'll break down the methods I'll use to organize this FAQ
in a little bit. I also like to inject some *sometimes humorous* commentary
into my work. I hope that will keep you entertained. If you don't get some of
it, don't worry. Most of it will probably be directed towards Star Ocean
veterans.

I'll try and keep as many spoilers out of my guide as possible. Other than what
you'd find in the instruction manual, any spoilers will hopefully be minor
mistakes on my part (please email me if I leave any obvious ones).

So, without further ado, onto the appetizer! (That was the salad...)

 ===About Star Ocean (I.b.)===

Hmmm...where to start? Star Ocean is what I guess you'd call a "Space Opera",
officially speaking (In other words, a fancy term that Sci-Fi Buffs Anonymous
uses way too much). The first Star Ocean, published in 1996 by Tri-Ace,
was one of the largest and most complex RPGs released before the end of the
SNES' lifetime...too bad North American gamers didn't get to play it (Japanese
bastards strike again). We all had to wait either for a translated ROM, or spend
months learning tid-bits of Japanese so that we could understand an imported
version. For those of you who have a desire to play it, I suggest investing
$20-25 for the PSP remake. It is actually much better than the original (in my
humble opinion), and has extra bonus features.

Star Ocean: The Second Story was released for the Playstation in 1999 by (can
you guess?) Tri-Ace. Many North American gamers got their first taste of Star
Ocean's plethora of customization options and great replayability with SO2.
Like SO1, SO2 was re-released for the PSP with the subtitle "Second Evolution".
Again, I haven't picked it up yet, but I'm sure it's another good investment.

My personal favorite, Star Ocean: 'Til the End of Time, was released later in
the Playstation 2's lifetime; 2004. SOTET brought back tons of *heart warming*
cameos from the past 2 games, as well as Tri-Ace's *debatable* masterpiece,
Valkyrie Profile. With fully 3D gameplay, an *arguably* epic storyline, and
-tons- of content, gamers have constantly been posting clips from their games
on YouTube since it's release.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope... The moment you've all been waiting for... Well,
I'll be writing this guide as I go, so I can't tell you that much about the game
yet, other than that it was released on Tuesday, February 23, 2009. For your
knowing pleasure, games aren't available until the day after they're released.
Yes, I learned that the hard way.

Here's a general timeline of events in the Star Ocean universe, starting with
SO4, then going in order from SO1-SO3 (I'm quoting from SO1, SO3 and SO4's
instruction manuals, and, my friend and yours, Wikipedia for SO2):

"A.D. 2064...Planet Earth was on the brink of destruction.

Clashes between the World Republic Federation and the various nations that
opposed it sparked the outbreak of World War III.

Weapons of mass destruction, employed with complete impunity, razed the land in
the blink of an eye. People believed it was the end of the world.

The dire situation forced the two opposing factions to negotiate a cease-fire,
reaching an agreement in only two weeks. But while the war may have ended,
it's effects remained.

With the deteriorating environment, Earth's population was drastically reduced.
Those who survived the conflict lived a confined existence, trapped in
underground cities.

Countries joined together to form the Greater United Nations, and turned their
eyes skyward...to space. With the establishment of the USTA, or Universal
Science and Technology Administration, man began to seek new worlds beyond the
stars.

Fast-forward to A.D. 2087, the first year of the new Spacedate calendar.
Thanks to the success of Professor Trillas Bachtein's warp drive experiments,
mankind's dream inched ever closer to reality.

The USTA secretly began to implement its SRF Project...the Space Reconnaissance
Force.

S.D. 10. At last, the first official SRF mission..."

-SO4 chronicles the main character, Edge Maverick's, journey to find planets
habitable for human life in space.

"Roak is an underdeveloped planet filled with abundant nature and diverse forms
of life. On the southernmost tip of the continent of Muah, stands the tiny,
remote border town of Kratus.

And in that town, a girl named Millie runs down the country lane. Her
destination: the town's defense force headquarters where she will find her
friends Roddick and Dorne.

Despite being in the so-called "defense force", Roddick and Dorne are simply
killing time, bored in a town where there are never any accidents, incidents,
or tasks in general. Millie, hardly in a position to pass them over, takes them
along to patrol around the town

And then, the story begins..."

-SO1 begins with Roddick's journey to rescue a certain friend. He then
becomes sucked into a world of intergalactic conflict, along with many
characters recruited in the story.

^^^^^Star Ocean 2's story + an outline

^^^^^Star Ocean 3's story + an outline

^^^^^Timeline with dates

 ===My Methods of Organization (I.c.)===

Throughout this guide, I will use many different indications for new and
important topics. I will also use some abbreviations and figures of speech
throughout. I have explained these methods below (in no particular order):

 ---Indicators (I.c.1)---

*==========*  ----------> Designates a major topic or section break.

I----------I
I   TEXT   I  ----------> Used to introduce a new section.
I----------I

 ===TEXT===  ----------> Introduces a sub-section.

 ---TEXT---  ----------> Introduces a sub-sub-section. ^_^

   -TEXT-  ---------->    A word with hyphens on both sides is either stressed
                          or highly emphasized.

   *TEXT*  ---------->   I'll use this to denote one of three things:
                          1. Something I find interesting/amusing
                          2. Something I want you to notice
                          3. Other such random things I deem worthy of note

   (TEXT)  ---------->    If you've been through the 3rd grade, you should know
                          how to use parentheses by now. On the off chance that
                          you don't, I'll use them to include information I feel
                          is necessary but doesn't work in a sentence. ^_^

/~~~~~~~~~~~\
* BOSS NAME * ----------> There's a boss coming up!
\___________/

# OBJECT NAME # --------> This is a collectable object (item, ability, etc.)!
                          It may even be missable. Get it!

>``````````````<
> OBTAINABLES  < -------> The list that I will put at the beginning of every
>______________<          new area walkthrough. I won't detail how to get every
                          item during an area walkthrough (only very important
                          or missable items), so refer to this list to make sure
                          you're getting everything.

..................
. PA with "name" . -----> A distinguishing, and recurring, feature in every
..................        Star Ocean is the "Private Action" system. I'll
                          interrupt the action to warn you about Private
                          Actions (henceforth PAs).

!!!!!!!!!
! GRIND !  -------------> I recommend you level up/farm the recommended item if
!!!!!!!!!                 you see this. I will most likely include a strategy
                          for the most efficient way to do so at the moment.

$$$$$$$$$
$ Welch $  -------------> After you see this I will detail the most efficient
$$$$$$$$$                 way I know of to create a certain item or items.

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
% Name of Collection Object % -> The "Collection" system has a variety of
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%    collectable trophies, spaceships, monster info
                                 and weapon info. I will only put the names of
                                 collection items in this box.

& Cameo! & ----------> I'll sometimes mention cameos -appearances or otherwise-
                       from previous games.

[Name of Battle Trophy]  --> This means that what you're about to acquire is
                              a battle trophy.

 ---Abbreviations and Figures of Speech (I.c.2)---

SO1 - Star Ocean 1 (SNES) or Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP)
SO2 - Star Ocean: The Second Story (PSone) or Star Ocean: Second Evolution (PSP)
SO3 & SOTET - Star Ocean: 'Til the End of Time
SO4 - Star Ocean: The Last Hope
PA - Private Action
IC - Item Creation
LAS - Left Analog Stick
RAS - Right Analog Stick
D-pad - Directional pad
LT - Left Trigger
LB - Left Button
L3 - Left Analog Stick Button (push down LAS)
RT - Right Trigger
RB - Right Button
R3 - Right Analog Stick Button (push down RAS)
A - The Green "A" Button
B - The Red "B" Button
X - The Blue "X" Button
Y - The Orange/Yellow "Y" Button
Start - The "START" Button
Back - The "BACK" Button
Left - Left button on the D-pad, A.K.A. "Left Directional Button"
Right - Right button on the D-pad, A.K.A. "Right Directional Button"
Up - Up on the D-pad, A.K.A. "Up Directional Button"
Down - Down on the D-pad, A.K.A. "Down Directional Button"
NMG - The "No Movement Glitch"
HUD - The "Heads Up Display"; In other words, all of the data and information
      you see on the screen
Cross - In this guide, I'll call intersections crosses for the well-being of my
        own fingers
!! - Double exclamation marks indicate a red exclamation mark that appears on
     the minimap
N - North in relationship to the map, not the compass or the character's default
    position
S - South in relationship to the map, not the compass or the character's default
    position
E - East in relationship to the map, not the compass or the character's default
    position
W - West in relationship to the map, not the compass or the character's default
    position
1st - First
2nd - Second
3rd and Etcetera - Duh!
Rinse and Repeat - Return to the first step of a method or strategy than repeat
                   it
To Infinitum/Nauseum - Literally, "To Infinity or Nausea". You should repeat the
                       event in question "forever" or until you get tired of
                       doing it over and over again. *Please don't do anything
                       forever. I don't need any lawsuits because some fool
                       decided their death of choice was playing a video game
                       until they die.*  ^_^
SS - A "Save Sphere" where you can save the game.
NPC - A non-playable character
Etc. - "Etcetera". Used to signify that there is more to a list than what is
       mentioned. Example: Weapons, armor, etc. *3rd grade, people*
A.K.A. - "Also Known As"
Rec. Room - The Calnus' Recreation Room
++ - Represents the "door/entrance" symbol on the minimap.
EXP - Experience Points
HP - Hit points
MP - Magic Points
ATK - Base attack rating; affects attack's power
DEF - Base defense rating; affects amount of damage taken
HIT - Base hit, or accuracy, rating; affects the % chance you have of breaking
      through an enemy's guard
GRD - Base % of guarding an enemy's attack; affects the % chance you have of
      taking no damage from an enemy's attack
INT - Base intelligence rating; affects power of magic "symbols" and INT-reliant
      special arts
LCK - Base luck rating; affects % chance character will critical a hit or be
      revived via "Fury".
CRT - Base critical hit calculation; affects damage a character will do with a
      critical hit. Expressed as CRT*DMG.
DMG - The base amount of damage a regular physical attack will do.
DE - "Dead-end"
HS - Healing Sphere
SP - Skill Points


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  I   Game Mechanics (II.)   I
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In this section I'll explain everything you'll need to know to be able to play
the game. Later, in my "Advanced Battle Strategies" section, I'll give you some
tips to make battles more fun and strategical.

 ===Basic Gameplay Controls (II.a.)===

  ---Field and Menus (II.a.1)---

   Field.

LAS - Move character
RAS - Change camera angle
RT - Toggle between walking and running modes
LT - Nothing
RB - Makes the camera revert to a default angle
LB - Nothing
X - Sprint for a short distance when in running mode
A - "Examine" object character is facing
B - Cancel; in some cases it will cancel your examination of an object
Y - Opens main menu
R3 - Makes camera face the direction the character is facing
L3 - Nothing
Left - Nothing
Right - Nothing
Up - Nothing
Down - Nothing
Start - Toggles between regular HUD and an enlarged map
Back - Toggles on/off individual HUD features, starting with the compass, then
       the minimap

   Menus.

^^^ Ugh. I'll fill this out later. ^^^

  ---Battle (II.a.2)---

LAS - Moves currently controlled character
RAS - Adjusts camera
A - Attacks currently targeted enemy
LAS + A - Performs a situation-dependent attack
Hold B - Ready up for Jump or Blindside; also charges up the Rush Gauge
LAS while holding B - Jumps in direction you press LAS; also initiates a
                      "Blindside" attack if enemy target appears around
                      currently controlled character
X - Activate Rush Mode
RB - Toggles controlled ally in order
LB - Toggles controlled ally in reverse order
Right or Left on D-pad - Toggles between manual and auto modes on currently
                         controlled ally
R3 - Toggles on/off "Angle Lock" camera mode
L3 - Locks on/off your currently targeted enemy
LT or RT - Activates Special Art or Symbol assigned to respective trigger
X + LT or RT with full rush gauge - Activates a Rush Combo
Start/Back - Toggles minimap on and off
Y - Menu, or "Command Circle"

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  I   Walkthrough (III.)   I
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     ===Disc One (III.a.)===

 ---Getting Started (III.a.1.)---

Congratulations on your purchase of Star Ocean: The Last Hope! First things
first, pop in disc 1. Now watch as epicness unfolds during the opening cutscene.
Once that gets over with, pres the magical start button. Damn, this is gonna be
a good game!

Feel free to mess with the Settings or try out the Battle Simulator if you want
to get a head start in battle. Once you've done everything you want there...
press *NEW GAME*!

The first thing you'll need to choose is your preferred difficulty setting.
Only the Earth and Galaxy Modes are available right now, so take your pick.
Earth mode is the easiest. The other option, Galaxy, is normal mode. I'll be
writing this guide for the Galaxy difficulty, so all the strategies I detail
will work for Earth mode (law of superposition, anyone?).

 ---The Battle Simulator (III.a.2.)---

>```````````````````<
>    Obtainables    <
>                   <
>       NONE        <
>___________________<

After watching a short cutscene that introduces the game and it's first two main
characters, you'll be taken to the Battle Simulator. If you already experimented
with it before you started the game, great. If you didn't though, you should
definitely do it now. Start by selecting option A, Basic Curriculum. Then choose
option 1, Moving. *In case you miss something* (like I did the first time by
getting trigger happy and pressing A too many times), you can look back at the
"Game Mechanics" section in my guide for all the information.

Once you finish a lesson, like the "Moving" lesson you should have just
finished, simply select the "Next Lesson" option (or you can retry the lesson
if you need to). When you finish Curriculum A, "Basic Curriculum", you won't
be able to choose "Next Lesson". Choose "Change Curriculum" and pick Curriculum
B, "Blindside Curriculum". Repeat this one like the last one. By the way, do
you notice how if you retreat far enough from the enemy, it seems to forget
about you?...remember the NMG, anyone?

Finish off all the curriculums before moving on. Once you've finished all of
the curriculums you can try out everything you've learned in the "Battle
Practice" option.

-Phew-. That was tedious. Exit the Battle Simulator. Watch a cutscene.

& Cameo! &

And now, ladies, gentlemen and gamers, the game truly begins (A.K.A. "The Main
Course")! 

 ---The Calnus (III.a.3.)---

>````````````````````````<
>     Obtainables        <
>                        <
> -Weapon Data 122       <
> -Recipe Memo 5 x 1     <
> -Spaceship Data 1      <
> -Spaceship Data 4      <
>________________________<

You'll find yourself playing as Edge. The game will give you a basic overview of
how to move around in the field. *If for some reason you want/need to revisit
the Battle Simulator, it's right behind you* Run E to a cross. Examine the
!! to learn that Edge's room is number 01. The most important thing to do right
now is to find Edge's room and save. Head E again to a 2nd cross. If you look at
the panel above the N door, you'll see that it says 01. Enter this room. The
flashing purple and white sphere is an SS. SS's appear as *purple circles* on
the minimap (I'm quite the poet...). Go ahead and save now. You can go *try and
peek* into the women's room in the most SE room in this area, but Edge won't let
you. Other than that, there's nothing more to do on the upper floor. Backtrack
to the 2nd cross that you came to and go down either set of stairs to the
Recreation Room. They're the green "plus sign" icons on the minimap.

Once in the Recreation Room, you'll find *NPCs!* Nobody has anything
particularly interesting to say, so don't bother talking unless you're that kind
of person (A.K.A. a completionist). There's another SS at the W side of the
room, just in case. Turn around and head through the E ++ to enter the
Meeting Room.

Head straight E and examine the !! to get a foreshadowing of Item Creation.
Now head through the N door and examine one of the boxes on a shelf to get...

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% Weapon Data 122: SRF-Issue F98 Assault Rifle %
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There's nothing more to do in the S room, so go back to the Recreation
Room. Head back W toward the SS and enter the ++ to the Flight Deck. The man
sitting in the chair, Bawles, isn't important. Just talk to Reimi. When
prompted, answer "Yeah. We should get moving." (unless you want to keep
exploring the ship...who would want to do that now?) to initiate a cutscene.

& Cameo! &

Talk to Reimi, who's lying on the floor right now. Once the cutscene is done,
you'll be standing on the Planet Aeos...but don't go anywhere yet! Immediately
turn around and go back into the Calnus for a couple more obtainables. Talk to
Van, the guy standing next to the entrance to the Meeting Room. He'll give you
# Recipe Memo 5 #. Now head into the Flight Deck and examine the two computer
terminals on the W side for...

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% Spaceship Data 1: SRF-003 Calnus %
%                and               %
% Spaceship Data 4: SRF-001 Aquila %
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

You can talk to Bawles here for the Battle Simulator...bah! Save if you really
want to, but there's an SS right outside in Aeos. Leave the Calnus.

 ---Planet Aeos: Landing Point (III.a.4.)---

>``````````````````````````````````````<
>    Obtainables                       <
>                                      <
> -Sniper's Bangle x 1                 <
> -Broken Metal Cutting Blade x 1      <
> -Blueberries x 3                     <
> -Blackberries x 2                    <
> -Iron x 1                            <
> -Insect Egg x 2                      <
> -Bigberries x 1                      <
> -Wind Gem x 1                        <
> -103 Fol                             <
> -Iron x 2                            <
> -Insect Leg x 1, Warped Carapace x 1 <
> -Weapon Data 118                     <
> -Harvesting points x 3               <
>    -Aquaberries                      <
>    -Blueberries                      <
>    -Insect Egg                       <
>    -Lemon                            <
>    -Pickled Plum                     <
>    -Vegetables                       <
>    -White Rice                       <
> -Mining points x 2                   <
>    -Iron                             <
>    -Silver                           <
>______________________________________<

Walk E and save at the SS. Find the NPC Rich NW of the SS. After talking, he'll
hand over a # Sniper's Bangle #. Equip it now by opening up the main menu,
going to the "Items" section, then "Equip Items". Choose Edge and equip it on
his Wrist Accessory slot. Before you go on your merry way, talk to Reimi next
to the SS. This leads to you first real battle with...

 /~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\
 * Adephaga x 2 *
 \______________/

Okay. There's absolutely nothing challenging about this battle. Take this chance
to practice all of the battle skills, like jumping, chaining your
attacks efficiently, blindsiding, etc. Also take the time to get familiar with
the Adephaga's attack patterns. You'll notice that every time an Adephaga
initiates an attack, it rears back and lifts its claws; if you see this, try
pressing B and LAS at the same time to jump away. Just keep attacking and you'll
do fine. You'll get 2 EXP, 32 Fol and your monster data entry for Adephaga will
fill up 6% when you beat them. Congratulations on your first *likely*
satisfying victory.

Pro Strategy - I can guarantee you 2 to 3 battle trophies from this battle,
depending on your skill and, like with most, a good bit of luck. As soon as
the battle starts, lock on to your current target with L3 (this will only be
efficient if you do it very, very quickly. If you can't, that's all right. It's
optional). Immediately run forward (but don't attack just yet). When your range
becomes "close" start an AAA combo. Once all 3 attacks have landed, start
holding up on the LAS while continuing to tap A. If you're lucky you'll [Land
10 consecutive hits unassisted] if the untargeted enemy doesn't interrupt your
combo (called juggling in this case). As soon as you kill the 1st Adephaga,
begin trying to get a long A combo against the next one, *from the front*
This will net you [Land 10 consecutive hits from in front]. Now you've got the
two hard parts out of the way. The only thing to do now is press LT or RT to
initiate Edge's special art Rising Blade. If a 1st Rising Blade doesn't kill the
last Adephaga, just use one more to [Defeat an enemy using a special art].

If you can't get it the first time, simply reload your save and try again. *You
can skip the cutscene by pressing Start* And there you go! Three early-game
battle trophies. *I'll bet that if you're skilled enough, you could squeeze a
4th trophy out of the two Adephagas. There's really no need, though*

Board the Calnus yet again and head for the Flight Deck to watch a cutscene.
Reimi will join your party afterwards. *W00t!* Back out on Planet Aeos, play it
safe and save again.

With Reimi in your party, you can now use her "Harvesting" field skill to
harvest items from any green glows you see around the field. You should also
remember that because now you have two party members, you can switch between
them with LB and RB in battle.

Head NW of the SS and open the chest for the # Broken Metal Cutting Blade #.
You'll get 2 EXP and 2 Party SP from getting the loot. EXP and Party SP are
obtained whenever you pick up goodies or complete quests, etc. Just N of where
you are, there's a shining green orb that contains # Blueberries x 3 #.
Keep heading N into a large area with three more green orbs that contain
# Blackberries x 2, Iron x 1, Insect Egg x 2 #. Once you've picked up all of
those, head back towards the Calnus. Just to the E of the SS is a green glow
that you can now harvest because you have Reimi. *Note that while the contents
of chests and orbs -don't- respawn, harvesting points -do-, but only if you
enter the Calnus then come back. The EXP you gain from harvesting this glow will
be enough to level up Edge.

!!!!!!!!!
! GRIND !
!!!!!!!!!

As you probably guessed, now is a great *but very cheap* time to level up and
get some SP and item creation ingredients. *By the way, Welch's item creating
shop is now available at the !! in the meeting room of the Calnus*

Here's how to grind right now: make the most of the harvest point that's so
close to the Calnus. After you harvest, just enter the Calnus then come right
back out. Rinse and repeat to infinitum/nauseum. Also, with all the SP you'll be
getting, you can go to the "skill" menu and level up Reimi's harvesting level
so that you'll start getting items faster. Unfortunately, you're not actually
getting a chance at -better- items, only a higher acquisition rate. I recommend
at least getting both Edge and Reimi to level 3 for the SP gaining. Level up
Smithery (Edge) to level 2. Also level up Cooking and Harvesting (Reimi) to
level 2. You can level up both of their respective special arts if you want,
but it's not necessary yet.

Take a moment to go to the meeting room and do the tutorials for the item
creation interface. Before you do, though, save at the SS in the Rec. Room.
After you take the tutorials, select "Launch Interface". Welch will "say hi".
Press B to go back one menu and you'll get...

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% Weapon Data 118: Gesture Rod %    & Cameo! &
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Here comes why I had you save. Launch the interface a 2nd time, the choose to
create new recipes. Put both Edge and Reimi in the Group 1 area, then press
Start. What you've just begun is the classic art of Star Ocean Item Creation.
^_^

$$$$$$$$$
$ Welch $
$$$$$$$$$

You'll see a pointer start rotating clockwise. For every rotation of the
pointer you have a chance of inventing a new recipe. There's only one recipe
that you can create now, and that's # Pickled Plum Rice #. *For every rotation
of the pointer you also lose 1 Party SP* So, if you don't get the Pickled Plum
Rice on the first rotation, reload your last save. -Never- waste even 1 Party SP
if you can help it.

Now, if you go to the "Create Items" section, then choose Cooking, you can see
the required ingredients for the Pickled Plum Rice. We don't have any seaweed
yet, so therefore we can't make it right now. Seaweed comes near the end of
Planet Aeos, so we'll sadly have to wait a while. Note also the recipe (5) for
the Storm Blade that you can create with smithery. You should have the Broken
Cutting Blade, but neither of the other two ingredients. The Wind Gem is
coming up relatively soon, but the repair kit comes, again, at the end of Planet
Aeos.

That's all that can be done with item creation right now, so go back outside the
Calnus. It's time to keep going. Remember the piece of wreckage that was
blocking your way to the N? Well, now it's gone. N we go! As soon as you pass
the spot where the wreckage was, you'll see a cutscene where Reimi totally owns
Edge. Head all the way W to get an orb with # Bigberries x 1 #. If you head into
the N DE here, you may see an Adephaga walking around on the field. You
should fight all the enemies you find at this point in the game; if you get
badly hurt, *don't use a healing item*, just return to the Calnus and rest in
Edge's Room! Don't go off trying to find anymore chests or orbs just yet.
We're gonna have some fun with Battle Trophies.

You should go to Reimi's BEAT menu and change her to BEAT: B. She is more
efficient this way when you're not using her. Leave Edge on BEAT: S.
If you want, you can switch back and forth between Edge and Reimi to try and
get more of their individual battle trophies like...

[Defeat an enemy with a knockdown attack] (Edge)
[Pull off five Blindsides] (Edge)
[Deal at least 100 points of damage] (Edge)
[Win without being targeted] (Reimi)
[Land four consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Land nine consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Land 15 consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Land 22 consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Land 30 consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Land 39 consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Land 49 consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Defeat an enemy using only jump attacks] (Reimi)

And, once Edge levels to 4, you should get [Deal Exactly 55 points of damage]
(Edge) without trouble. Trophies like that one are always fairly automatic.
Just keep blindsiding and you'll pull off five Blindsides -and- deal at least
100 points of damage. Pretty sweet, if you ask me my own humble opinion.
Now that you got all of Edge's, go to the tactics menu and switch your leader to
Reimi. Get all of the ones I listed for her that have "consecutive" in their
title by just tapping A at long range all the way through a few battles. To
defeat an enemy using only jump attacks, turn Edge's battle tactic to "Don't do
anything", then just use Reimi to defeat one enemy with only jump attacks. Turn
Edge back to "Gang up on foes with full force" once you're done. Know that if
you run out of enemies to fight, you can go back into the Calnus and they'll
all respawn. *You may also get more battle trophies if you're lucky* I got
[Register 10 preemptive attacks] (Edge) and [Attack first time five times in
a row] (Edge).

Phew. From the DE where you fought you first "field" Adephaga, go E and
hug the E wall until you find a green orb under a giant cobweb. Open it to get
# Wind Gem x 1 #. Keep heading N and pass the 1st cross. When you come to a 2nd
cross go NW and follow the path all the way N, then turn east into the small
DE to nab an orb with # Iron x 2 #. Go back to the 2nd cross and go E.
Straight E you'll get # 103 Fol # from the orb under the "log bridge" you see
above you. Now head N around the rock to find a harvesting point.

Keep going E. There are two S-facing DEs with glowing brown mining points,
but we don't have a character with the field skill "Mining" yet. So, keep going
straight E until you run into the far-E wall. Head N to find a third mining
point, then come back south hugging the E wall to find an orb with # Insect
Leg x 1, Warped Carapace x 1 #. Before moving on, I was level 6 (I recommend at
least being level 4).

Now you have two choices. Go back to the Calnus and rest once more if you need
to, or continue into the ++ which leads to...

 ---Planet Aeos: Urd Falls Cave (III.a.5.)---

>``````````````````````````````````````````````````````<
>  Obtainables                                         <
>                                                      <
> -203 Fol                                             <
> -Iron x 2                                            <
> -Seasonings x 2, Warped Carapace x 1 (Earth Barrier) <
> -Attack Seeds x 1 (Earth Barrier)                    <
> -Fresh Sage x 2                                      <
> -Blackberries x 2                                    <
> -Blackberries x 2                                    <
> -Blueberries x 3                                     <
> -Harvesting point x 1                                <
>    -Aquaberries                                      <
>    -Bizarre Fruit                                    <
>    -Blackberries                                     <
>    -Blueberries                                      <
>    -Insect Egg                                       <
>    -Seaweed                                          <
>    -Vegetables                                       <
>    -White Rice                                       <
> -Mining points x 5                                   <
>    -Iron                                             <
>    -Silver                                           <
>______________________________________________________<

There tends to be an Adephaga lurking right at the entrance. If you fight it,
you'll notice a bat enemy. In addition to the Adephaga, Adephaga Drus and
Killer Wasp enemies from the Landing Site, you'll also be pitted against two new
kinds of enemies: Giant Bats and Gerels. Giant Bats are nothing to be worried
about, but the Gerels can reproduce when they have critical HP by using their
"Schism" skill. Watch out for that. I got [Attack first 10 times] (Edge) from my
2nd battle in here.

Head to the most SW DE and grab two orbs for # 203 Fol # and # Iron x 2 #. Now
it gets rather simple; just follow the trail due N. Fight any enemies along
the way. If you feel like it, set Reimi to "Don't do anything" and start a
battle off with a special art to get [Attack first with a special art] (Edge).
Make sure to turn Reimi back afterwards. I also got [Defeat 100 enemies] (Edge)
a bit later.

Keep going N until there's a Gerel on the field. Fight it, then look at your
minimap. See how there's a large room just off to the E? There's some loot in
there, but we'll have to get it later since it's blocked off by fallen rocks.
There's a moss-covered hole N of here (hug the E wall) with # Blueberries x 2 #.
Don't get greedy and reach in again, or it'll spray you with poisonous gas and
lower your HP.

*Have you gotten Seaweed as a drop from a Gerel yet?* We can use it later to
create Pickled Plum Rice.

Keep heading N until you see the two Gerel that are close to each other.
Wait until they're very close, then score a preemptive attack on the one closest
to you. Not only are you getting a preemptive attack, but once you beat the
1st group, you'll ambush the 2nd too! Once that's done head W into the small DE
that looks out over the waterfall and score # Fresh Sage x 2 # from the orb.
Head S...okay, I lied. Head N again. ^_^ Hug the E wall until you see a glowing
green hole in the wall. Examine it for # Blackberries x 2 #. Go N. At the cross,
go E. At the end of this DE you'll find another green hole with # Fresh
Sage x 1 # and the cave's only harvesting point. Hopefully you get a Bizarre
Fruit from the harvesting point (I'll explain why later), but if not don't
worry.

Back at the cross, go NW. Hug the E wall as you make your way N to find an orb
and a "poisonous item hole" right next to each other. Get # Blackberries x 2 #
from the orb and snatch # Defense Seeds x 1 # out of the hole.

You've gotten everything available to you right now in the cave, so you have
two choices again: 1st choice is go back to the Calnus with and make a new
armor for Reimi, and 2nd is to do a bit of grinding. You should make
the armor if you like using Reimi.

*If you got the Bizarre Fruit*, congratulations! You just got one of the
rarest "food" items in the game. In addition to healing you a bit, like most
foods, the Bizarre Fruit also generates a stat-boosting seed when a character
eats it. Stat-boosting seeds permanently increase a party members' respective
stats. Example: Defense Seed boosts DEF stat.

$$$$$$$$$
$ Welch $
$$$$$$$$$

Before you get all giddy about creating a new armor for Reimi, check your items
to make sure you have all five possible irons. If not, check my lists and see
where you missed one. Save in the Rec. Room (you may as well rest later, too).
Head to the Launch interface in the Meeting Room. *Note that Edge's smithery
level should be at least level 2. You should also use all/most of your Party SP
right now to get Reimi's harvesting to level to level 5. You'll want it later.
There's no point in getting her cooking level higher, since you can't cook 99%
of anything there is yet.

Note that you'll be making Reimi's # Iron Protector # which requires her current
SRF Protector and 4 irons. Unequip her SRF Protector now. Open up the launch
interface and invent a new recipe with Edge and Reimi in group 1. Hopefully
you'll come up with the recipe for the Iron Protector immediately. If not, you
should know what to do by now, right? Now go to the creation menu and create the
Iron Protector. Congrats! Equip the armor on Reimi. You can also create the
Pickled Plum Rice now, if you want.

Now head all the way back through the Urd Falls Cave. This time, head out W
into...

 ---Planet Aeos: Northern Coast (III.a.6.)---

>```````````````````````````````````<
>        Obtainables                <
>                                   <
> -Natural Water x 2                <
> -Attack Seeds x 1                 <
> -Wind Gem x 1                     <
> -81 Fol                           <
> -Seaweed x 1, Warped Carapace x 1 <
> -Iron x 3                         <
> -Fresh Sage x 2                   <
> -Seaweed x 1                      <
> -Bigberries x 1                   <
> -Protection Seeds x 1             <
> -19,800 Fol (Dark Barrier)        <
> -Harvesting points x 4            <
>    -Blueberries                   <
>    -Defense Seeds                 <
>    -Fresh Sage                    <
>    -Insect Egg                    <
>    -Lemon                         <
>    -Pickled Plum                  <
>    -Seaweed                       <
>    -Vegetables                    <
> -Mining points x 4                <
>    -Iron                          <
>    -Silver                        <
>___________________________________<

Save at the SS SW of you!

In the Northern Coast, 2 new monsters are introduced: Polyphaga and Killer
Chelae. Head N then W to find a Polyphaga blocking your way to # Natural
Water x 2 #. Man, that Polyphaga is quite a bit tougher than anything we've
encountered thus far. Kill it's Killer Wasp cohorts first, then charge up a
Blindside to do nice damage to it. Also keep practicing jumping away from it;
it hits hard.

There's nothing to gain in the SE loop, so head W of the SS. When you get to the
cross, take the NW path and you'll find a -dah-da-da-daahh- healing sphere. HSs
are great places to grind at. So let's...

!!!!!!!!!
! GRIND !
!!!!!!!!!

HSs restore all of your HP and MP, so now's the time to get those red tiles
on your bonus board. Do you remember how? I didn't think so. All you have to do
is get a "Skill-only finish"; basically, kill an enemy with a special art. You
can use all of your MP in one battle then come back to the HS for a tune-up.
Red tiles restore 1% of your HP and MP after battles, so I recommend racking
up 5. Then start getting "critical finishes"(EXP) by lowering an enemy's HP then
Blindsiding it. Fill in the remaining slots on your bonus board with blue tiles
and green tiles. Get as many ambushes as you can for the green SP boost tiles.
You should...

[Pull off 20 Blindsides] (Edge)
[Defeat 200 enemies] (Edge)
[Win 20 battles without using MP] (Reimi)
[Land a critical hit from behind] (Reimi)
[Land three critical hits in a row] (Reimi)
[Win with the Rush Gauge maxed out] (Reimi)
[Defeat an enemy using a close-quarters attack] (Reimi)
[Land four critical hits in a row] (Reimi)
[Defeat an enemy using a wake-up attack] (Edge)

Edge's trophies should come naturally if you're fighting enough battles and
Blindsiding lots of enemies. Reimi's are a bit trickier. Winning 20 battles
without MP is simple; just don't use her special art for 20 battles while you're
doing her other trophies. To land a critical hit from behind, approach an enemy
from the front then do a Blindside and attack from the back; easy. To land 3,
then 4 critical hits in a row, you'll need to turn Edge to do nothing. Now
just do four successful Blindsides in a row; don't forget to attack once, and
only once! Reimi's critical Blindside attacks can't be combo'd. Winning a battle
with the Rush Gauge maxed out will probably come naturally if you play as Reimi
every now and then. Just keep attacking and try to keep it at 100% (you may also
have to turn Edge to "manual"...no, you don't have to make him "Don't do
Anything". Yes, I just remembered that from SO3. Sorry).

To defeat an enemy with a close-quarters attack (you remember how, don't you?
Get to *very close* range and press the LAS toward the enemy while pressing A)
you'll need to have Edge on auto just long enough to kill all of the enemies
except one. Then turn him to manual and go up with Reimi to finish off the last
enemy with a close-quarters attack.

Back to Edge. To defeat an enemy with a "wake-up" attack, you'll need to be
knocked down first. Common sense, really. So, this is actually a pretty
dangerous trophy to get right now because it involves purposefully getting
hurt. It's not that hard though, once you get the hang of it. 1st, find a
Polyphaga wandering around on the field; you need a Polyphaga to get knocked
down. When you enter the battle, turn Reimi to manual.

You can kill -one- of the Polyphaga's cohorts, but certainly not two. You need
enemies other than the Polyphaga. Get one, preferably both, of the
Polyphaga's cohorts to low health. Now comes the hard part. Run around to get
oriented before you try this. Stand safely in front of the Polyphaga. Have you
noticed it's two different attacks yet? If not, here you go. It's first attack
makes both of it's claws glow red; it'll swipe once with it's right claw, then
once with it's left. This is not the attack you want it to do (jump away if
you can). It's 2nd attack is the one you want; it's claws will glow purple.
If you're standing in front of it when it does this, you'll be knocked down.

Once knocked down, wait 1-2 seconds (any more and Edge will get up without doing
a wake-up attack) then press A. If you timed it right, you should have one of
the Polyphaga's cohorts right next to you when you do a wake-up attack. You'll
know it's a wake-up attack if Edge jumps up and spins his sword around. The
wake-up attack will kill the enemy closest to you and you'll get that battle
trophy! Now turn Reimi back to auto. Congrats.

Now that you're done getting trophies, I recommend getting to level 8-10 here if
you're not already. If you have the patience to get to level 10, Edge will
learn his 2nd special art, Stampede Slash. Raise it to level 2 and set it to
both special art slots in the "Battle Config" menu. Try it out. ^_^

*Okay!* Back to the game at hand.

From the HS start heading S. Harvest the 1st point at your right. Now head all
the way S until you get to a cross; head E and get # Attack Seeds x 1 # from an
orb. Go W, then SW until you reach another orb in a DE for # Wind Gem x 1 #.
Go N out of the DE to a cross and go NW here. Hug the W wall to find another
harvesting point and an orb with # 81 Fol #. Go E to a cross, then go N. Head
W at a 2nd cross to find a 3rd harvesting point by the !! ledge that you can't
jump up on to.

That's it on the upper part of the coast. Go save...there's a boss coming up
soon. If you don't have many tiles on your bonus board, take the time to get at
least a lot of blue ones on it right now. Green tiles are also great.
Head to the HS to heal one last time, then jump off the N !! ledge.
There are some Killer Chelae down here, which you should definitely fight. Go
SW to find a harvesting point at a DE, then an orb N of it that has
# Seaweed x 1, Warped Carapace x 1 #. Hug the shore as you move W to find
# Iron x 3 # in another orb. I got [Register 50 preemptive attacks] (Edge) in a
battle against Killer Chelae at this point. You might also get [Land 1000 hits
in total] (Edge) at this point. Don't worry if you don't, it's automatic.
Also try to [Pull off 50 blindsides] (Edge).
Keep going E until you approach the yellow icon on your minimap. You'll see
a cutscene and meet a new character. This character will help you in a battle
against...

/~~~~~~~~~\
* Armaros *
*  40 EXP *
* 609 Fol *
*  Other  *
\_________/

This guy can be pretty tough depending on your level. If you got to level 8-10
like I suggested it won't be too bad though. The 1st thing you'll need to know
about Armaros is that he has a giant shell on his back that absorbs most of the
damage you try to deal to him. I suggest turning Reimi and your new character,
Faize, to manual as soon as the battle starts, because Edge is the character
you'll be using to destroy this guy's shell. Before using Edge for the shell
though, toggle with LB so that you're controlling him, then just tap LT or RT
once to make him use his special art (which is actually a symbol) Earth
Glaive.  & Cameo! &  Armaros is weak to Earth, so by using *Earth* Glaive you'll
get [Use an earth symbol against an enemy weak to earth] (Faize). Now switch
back to Edge.

Here are two ways to destroy Armaros' shell without trouble. The first involves
using Edge to Blindside, then combo, the enemy. I'll detail this method now.
With the other characters on manual, move forward with edge and use a blindside
on Armaros. When it begins being slo-mo, do a 3 combo of A, then use a
close-quarters attack to knock him into the air. Immediately after that, start
tapping A again to initiate an aerial combo. On the 3rd hit, use Rising Blade.
Rinse and repeat until the shell-fish's protection is destroyed.

The second way can only be done if you're level 10 and you set Stampede Slash
to one (preferably both) of your special art slots. Start this method the
same way of the previous method. Initiate a blindside and do a 3 combo with A.
But now, instead of doing a close-quarters, press RT to start doing Stampede
Slash. When Edge starts doing the 1st Stampede Slash, start tapping LT. As soon
as Edge finishes the 1st Stampede Slash, he'll do a 2nd one. At the outset of
the 2nd Stampede Slash, start tapping A. Once done with the 2nd Stampede Slash,
Edge will do a 3 combo. *Do the 2nd method in Rush Mode for best results*

Both methods will destroy Armaros' shell efficiently and without risk to the
very weak (level 3!) Faize. Like the quintessential RPG boss, Armaros gets
slightly harder once you've destroyed his barrier. He starts using a special
move called Electric Fist that does quite a bit of damage. Evade it at all
costs. *Turn Reimi and Faize back to auto* Keep doing the same thing with
Edge that you did to destroy the shell, and eventually he'll go down. If you
kept all of the tiles on your bonus board, expect every character to level up.

Pro Strategy - We're gonna be gettin' -lots- ah trophies now! Turn -everyone-
to manual. I'm assuming that because you're reading the pro strategy, you
know how to do everything I tell you, so I'm going to tell you -what- to
do, not always how to do it. I'm also assuming that you did these things before
the battle:

1. Got Edge and Reimi to level 10.
2. Got Edge's BEAT: S level and Reimi's BEAT: B level to 10.
3. Leveled up Edge's Stampede Slash to 2, but not higher.
4. Set Stampede Slash on both of Edge's special art slots.
5. Lastly, and somewhat leastly, healed at the HS before jumping down to fight.

Alrighty, let me count...here come 17 battle trophies in -one- battle! Good
luck!

I'll try listing these in the order that you should get them, but there's
always wiggle room. Here they are:

[Land 10 consecutive hits unassisted] (Faize)
[Land 20 consecutive hits unassisted] (Faize)
[Land 30 consecutive hits unassisted] (Faize)
[Land 60 consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Land 72 consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Land 85 consecutive long-range attacks] (Reimi)
[Land 20 hits during Rush Mode] (Edge)
[Land 20 consecutive hits unassisted] (Edge)
[Land 30 consecutive hits unassisted] (Edge)
[Land five critical his in a row] (Reimi)
[Land six critical his in a row] (Reimi)
[Land seven critical his in a row] (Reimi)
[Deal at least 100 points of damage] (Reimi)
[Land a critical hit on an enemy's weak point] (Reimi)
[Deal at least 100 points of damage] (Faize)
[Use an earth symbol on an enemy weak to earth] (Faize)
[Land a hit on an enemy's weak point] (Faize)

Sound fun? There's actually one I didn't list, but that's because -I- couldn't
get it (it's to deal 500 points of damage with Edge). I won't list anything
in this guide that I can't do myself. Instead of listing strategies in a
paragraph, like I usually do, I feel this requires a "bulleted" format. Without
further ado...

1. To get the first 3 trophies listed, switch to Faize at the beginning of the
battle. Make sure that Armaros is targeting another character, then go to town
with his *amazing* A combos. Remind you of a certain half-clothed man with a
katana? *Don't let Faize die!*
2. Switch to Reimi and make Armaros forget about Faize and target you. Now
do 85 consecutive long-range (that just means that you can't do any short-range
attacks in between) attacks.
3. Switch to Edge and make Armaros target you. Charge up your Rush Gauge to
100% using the "holding B" method. Armaros' Rush Gauge should now be at 0%.
Initiate a blindside and during the slo-mo part, go into Rush. Do a 3 combo,
chain it into an RT Stampede Slash, then an LT Stampede Slash, then into
another 3 combo. Repeat until you [Land 30 consecutive hits unassisted] (Edge).
4. Switch back to Reimi. Now do 7 blindsides with one A attack. After the 7
blindsides, destroy Armaros' shell if it hasn't been already. Do one Rush'd
blindside and you should do a critical hit that hits it's bright blue weak
spot. You'll do 100 damage too.
5. Switch to Faize and use his special art-that's-really-a-symbol Earth Glaive.
It should do all 3 of the last battle trophies at the same time. If not do it
again.
6. If Earth Glaive doesn't kill Armaros, do what I couldn't. *I do -know- how to
do it, though* Switch once again back to Edge, charge up his rush gauge, then do
a blindside with no A attacks; instead use only Stampede Slash. If the last hit
of Stampede Slash lands before Armaros dies, it will [Deal at least 500 points
of damage] (Edge).

If your bonus board gets destroyed, or if Faize dies (you'll want him to get the
EXP from your blue bonus board), reload your save file. Note that you'll
*have to regain all your blue bonus board tiles if that happens!* Not fun. I
know firsthand.

-Yeah-! That was fun!!!

You'll see another cutscene once you beat Armaros, then be back at the Northern
Coast, exactly where it left off. You can't go back the way you came, so head
E and hug the N shore again. If either Edge's or Reimi's respective BEATs
become Rank 12, switch them to the opposite. Leave Faize on BEAT: B. Faize also
has a battle skill called Pride that you can set in the Battle Config menu.
As you continue to make your way E towards the Urd Falls Cave, you'll find
# Fresh Sage x 2 # and # Seaweed x 1 # in two orbs...just kidding! The 2 Fresh
Sage are in a real chest! At this area I got 13 battle trophies, all of which by
playing as Faize. I got [Defeat an enemy using only weapon attacks] (Faize) by
not using his special art-that's-a-symbol Earth Glaive in a battle. To [Defeat
an enemy using a close-quarters attack] (Faize), I did exactly that. I also got
[Reduce an enemy's HP to 2] (Faize). You can reduce an enemy's HP to any number
between 1-9 for other trophies.

[Reduce an enemy's HP to 1] (Faize)
[Reduce an enemy's HP to 3] (Faize)
[Reduce an enemy's HP to 4] (Faize)
[Reduce an enemy's HP to 5] (Faize)
[Reduce an enemy's HP to 6] (Faize)
[Reduce an enemy's HP to 7] (Faize)
[Reduce an enemy's HP to 8] (Faize)
[Reduce an enemy's HP to 9] (Faize)

The easiest way to get all of the following trophies is to turn Edge and Reimi
to manual...who'd have guessed? Find and engage a trio of Gerel. Flee to remove
five tiles from your bonus board. Now engage that trio again. Kill one of
the Gerel, but not the other 2, by using only Earth Glaive. This gets you
[Defeat an enemy using only symbols] (Faize). Here's how to...

[Get 3 bonus board tiles in one battle] (Faize)
[Get 4 bonus board tiles in one battle] (Faize)
[Get 5 bonus board tiles in one battle] (Faize)

Kill one of the remaining two Gerel with a critical to get one blue tile. Now
get the only remaining Gerel's HP very low, but don't kill it. Leave it alone
now and let it split twice using Schism. Kill the low HP one with a critical for
another blue tile. Rinse and repeat until you get five blue tiles in a row.

All done here! Head into the Urd Falls Cave at the NE corner of the field.
Once inside, hug the E wall all the way S. At the bottom get # Blueberries x 3 #
from the orb, then jump down at the !!. Now make your way all the way back to
the Calnus. *Don't forget to save as soon as possible!*

When you enter the area that used to be called the Landing Point, notice that
it's now...

 ---Planet Aeos: Base Area (III.a.7.)---

>``````````````````````````````````````````````<
>    Obtainables                               <
>                                              <
> -Lemon x 3                                   <
> -Blueberries x 2                             <
> -193 Fol                                     <
> -Skill Manual "Scan Enemy" x 1               <
> -Blueberries x 1, Blackberries x 1           <
> -Uncooked Pasta x 1, Olive Oil x 1           <
> -Pickpocketing x 19                          <
>   -Duncan, Aquaberries x 1                   <
>   -Jakov, Bigberries x 1                     <
>   -Jeter, 230 Fol                            <
>   -Ector, Aquaberries x 1                    <
>   -Bawles, 1 Fol                             <
>   -Rose (SRF), Fresh Sage x 1                <
>   -Kaye, Monster Jewel x 1                   <
>   -Curious Eldarian, Bizarre Fruit x 1       <
>   -Supreme Command Gaghan, Monster Jewel x 1 <
>   -Chad, Seaweed x 1                         <
>   -Commander Grafton, Natural Water x 1      <
>   -Donald, Blueberries x 1                   <
>   -Rose (Eldarian), 10 Fol                   <
>   -Van, Pickled Plum x 1                     <
>   -Pazal, Seasonings x 1                     <
>   -David, Olive Oil x 1                      <
>   -Lilia, 300 Fol                            <
>   -Airi, Protection Seeds x 1                <
>   -Alton, Uncooked Pasta                     <
> -Shops x 2                                   <
>  -Base Shop: Alpha                           <
>   -Bluberries                                <
>   -Blackberries                              <
>   -Aquaberries                               <
>   -Fresh Sage                                <
>   -Uncooked Pasta                            <
>   -Raw Animal Meat                           <
>   -Common Egg                                <
>   -Vegetables                                <
>   -Seasonings                                <
>   -Olive Oil                                 <
>  -Base Shop: Omega                           <
>   -Eldarian Bow                              <
>   -Silver Bangle                             <
>   -Skill Manual "Anthropology"               <
>   -Skill Manual "Botany"                     <
>   -Skill Manual "Entomology"                 <
>   -Skill Manual "First Aid"                  <
>   -Repair Kit                                <
> -Recipe Memo 20                              <
> -Collections x 6                             <
>   -Spaceship Data 12                         <
>   -Spaceship Data 15                         <
>   -Spaceship Data 16                         <
>   -Spaceship Data 6                          <
>   -Spaceship Data 7                          <
>   -Spaceship Data 8                          <
>______________________________________________<

Wait a minute...where's the Calnus? Oh. Save at the SS just outside the giant
military base, but don't go in just yet. Remember that upper !! ledge in the
Northern Coast that you couldnít get up on? Go as far N as you can to find...
a...-bridge-! ^_^ What wonderful things technology can do for us! Cross the
bridge, then hug the W wall to find # Bigberries x 1 #. Keep hugging the W wall
N until you see a large purple mist. There's a chest in it, but you can't get
it for a while. Keep hugging the wall to get # Protection Seeds x 1 #.

Head back to the base and enter near the SS. Head straight W and find a chest
with # Lemon x 3 # lurking in the shadows by the large crates. Head S around the
bottom of the building, then go a bit N to find # Blueberries x 2 #. You may
have to toss two of the blueberries you already have (or use them) to pick
these up. Now go to the SW corner and get # 193 Fol #. Hug the W wall N past
another ++, then turn W and grab # Skill Manual "Scan Enemy" # from a chest. Go
to the item menu and use the manual on Faize, who's the only character who can
use it. Enter the base at the S-most ++. As soon as you enter you'll see a chest
with # Blueberries x 1, Blackberries x 1 #. Head W, then N, to find # Uncooked
Pasta x 1, Olive Oil x 1 #.

You can rest in any of the pods on the walls of this room. There are 3 computers
in this room with...

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
% Spaceship Data 12: Zagzagel (Eldarian Cruiser)   %
% Spaceship Data 15: Rednuht (Eldarian Battleship) %
% Spaceship Data 16: Sol (Eldarian Shuttlecraft)   %
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Head N to the main room and save. Now enter the N-most room to find 3 computers
with...

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
% Spaceship Data 6: SRF-002 Balena     %
% Spaceship Data 7: SRF-004 Dentdelion %
% Spaceship Data 8: SRF-005 Eremia     %
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Check in with Commander Grafton for a cutscene. Go for a short stroll to the
exterior of the base, then come back in and talk to Rose in the circular center
room to learn that Supreme Commander Gaghan wants to see Faize. Go into the N
room and talk to Supreme Commander Gaghan, then to Grafton for another cutscene.
Now talk to Faize and he'll give you your first # Monster Jewel x 1 #. Monster
jewels can be turned into accessories if you have 100% completion of a certain
monster's data. If you have any monsters in your Collections section at 100%,
you can make an accessory right now, although I suggest you hold off until there
are some better monsters. If you really want to use this jewel, though, using
Adephaga Drus data is best; it gives you an ATK +5 boost and HP +100. Again, I
suggest holding off until later.

Before you examine the !! in the center of the Flight Deck, we have lots of
stuff left to on Aeos, and we can't come back for a while either.

First off, save right outside. Go over the bridge to the Northern Coast, and
head to the Urd Falls Cave. If you haven't already, try to fight most enemies
you see so that you can get 100% data on all of Aeos' monsters. When you
finally get to the Urd Falls Cave, make your way SE. Jump down at the !! then
go slightly E to find another !!. This your first...

.................
. PA with Reimi .
.................

Examine the flowers to start a conversation with Reimi. Later, you'll have three
possible responses: telling Reimi that she's beautiful nets you the most
affection points, telling her that both she and the flowers are beautiful is
fairly neutral, and telling her that the flowers are beautiful is negative.
Take your pick.

During the time that you head to and from the Urd Falls Cave, be sure to switch
to Faize for at least a second of each battle to get [Fight 50 battles]
(Faize).

Save before reentering the base. There's lots of stuff coming up. Enter the base
and go to the sickbay. Talk to the red-haired Eldarian, Airi, then answer "Of
course." to start...

|---------------------|
| The Missing Patient |
|      10 EXP         |
|      24 SP          |
|_____________________|

Airi has lost a patient! Oh nos! Go outside and start off toward the Calnus.
The guy you're looking for is named Rich, and he's supposedly looking at the
ocean, but he's just not quite tall enough to see over that wall... "Tell him
about Airi" and he'll go back. Go back and talk to Airi to wrap up the quest.

Head across the base to the reasearch lab. Make sure that you only have 19
blueberries and aquaberries, respectively. Talk to purple-haired Lilia. She
tells you that she needs 10 insect legs. Respond "Sure, why not?" to start...

|---------------|
| Leg Collector |
|    20 EXP     |
|    18 SP      |
|_______________|

Check your inventory to make sure you have at least 10 insect legs. If you
don't, go fight some adephaga (you'll probably have close to 20 by now, though).
Talk to Lilia again and you'll give her the legs. She'll give you blueberries
for your travails. She'll immediately ask you if you wnat to collect insect eggs
for her now. Say "Um, I guess so..." to begin...

|---------------|
| Egg Collector |
|    30 EXP     |
|    20 SP      |
|_______________|

If you don't have the 8 insect eggs that she needs, they can be obtained from
various harvesting points. Talk to her again to hand over the eggs. She'll give
you some measly aquaberries...but there's more! She'll also fork over # Recipe
Memo 20 x 1 #.

Save your game at the central SS. Head into the NE room to find two shops. Talk
to the E clerk to open up Base Shop: Omega. Scroll down to the "Accept Orders"
section. If you have the 5 lemons for his 4th order, hand 'em over in return for
300 Fol, 30 EXP and 26 SP. *Whatever you do, don't do the order for irons; we
need at least 4 later, and he wants 5* If you have the patience, though, you can
go slaughter some Polyphaga for their rare Iron drop, then do the order. I
suggest fighting as Faize if you do this, with his Entomology skill at a minimum
of level 5 to speed things up. Scan every enemy you face for [Scan 10 enemies]
(Faize). You may also get [Stab enemies 1000 times with a rapier] (Faize). If
you get at least 9 irons, you may as well give the clerk 5 for 700 Fol, 30 EXP
and 30 SP.

You can finally buy that Repair Kit for the Storm Blade recipe! You should also
pick up an Eldarian bow for Reimi, 1 of each "science" skill manual, and 3
"First Aid" manuals, if you can spare the bacon. If not, you only need to get 1,
really. Once you're done here, use the "science" manuals on their respective
characters, and use the first aids on everyone. You'll need to go to the battle
config menu and set First Aid as a battle skill for it to be in effect.

Now walk over and talk to the female clerk. You should have plenty of White
Rice, Pickled Plum and Seaweed, so do the top 3 orders here. You'll get 300
Fol, 30 EXP and 32 SP for the 3 White Rices; 500 Fol, 20 EXP and 20 SP for the 5
Pickled Plums; 800 Fol, 30 EXP and 22 SP for the 5 Seaweeds. This shop sells
all of the different kinds of ingredients that you've come across thus far. I
suggest getting 5 of each if you can, so you can make future recipes.

Go back to the Calnus and go to the meeting room. First things first, go
upstairs and examine the nearest !!. Put Faize in room 1 with Edge if you want
them to gain some affinity. Now go and find Welch in the meeting room. She'll
"introduce" herself to Faize. Launch the interface and...

$$$$$$$$$
$ Welch $
$$$$$$$$$

Make Edge's Smithery level 3 if you haven't already. Leave Reimi's cooking level
2 and Faize's alchemy level 1. Put Edge, Reimi and Faize in a group; they should
come up with the recipes for Shell Armor and Hunting Bow. Now leave Reimi and
Faize in the group to come up with Ochazuke and Otherworldly Cuisine. Now leave
Edge and Faize in the group to come up with the Iron Saber. That's it for now,
folks! Go and create Edge's Storm Blade with that Repair Kit you should've
gotten at Base Shop: Omega. Also, if you have 4 irons left, make a Shell Armor
(you should definitely have enough Warped Carapaces).

Go ahead and equip everything, with the Shell Armor on Faize. Save at the SS
outside the Flight Deck...and we're off! Examine the !! in the middle, then
when Faize asks if you want to leave, say "Yes, I'm so -done- with this
planet!!!"...

Watch a cutscene.

"Star Ocean, here we come!" -Edge       Yeah....

 ---Calnus (III.a.8.)---

Go N from the !! and talk to Reimi for a Private Action. With Shimada. SOB. Save
outside. Now go approach Reimi and Faize at the E side of the Rec. Room for
another. Lastly, head up to the 2nd floor and talk to Reimi in her room. By the
way, these PAs are required to make time flow in the Calnus, and there are no
response options.

Go back down to the Rec. Room and talk to them both again. Saying that Earth
really does have all kinds of people is the more neutral option, while saying
sorry to Faize will make him like you more. There's a final PA if when you
leave the Rec. Room and come back in. Talk to Reimi and Faize. If you choose to
answer Faize by saying that you went through a bit of trauma, both Reimi and
Faize will like you more, and you'll enable a follow up PA when you land on the
next planet.

After the last PA the Calnus will reach it's destination. Enter the Flight Deck.
*Seriously, no awesome landing cutscene? Bah*

 ---Planet Lemuris: Triom Village (III.a.9.)---

>``````````````````````````````````<
>      Obtainables                 <
>                                  <
> -Demon Amulet x 1                <
> -Blueberries x 2                 <
> -Basil x2                        <
> -Bigberries x2                   <
> -Recipe Memo 2 x 1 (Ice Barrier) <
> -Pickpocketing x 14              <
> -Shops x 3                       <
>__________________________________<

Talk to both of your party members then leave the Calnus. Then go back in! Go up
to the 2nd floor and talk to Faize for a...

.................
. PA with Faize .
.................

The first PA has no response options. Go back and talk to Faize again. The 2nd
PA also has no options. Talk to Faize one last time to trigger the 3rd. *Note
that the 3rd PA only occurs if you answered "Well, there was a bit of trauma I
went through..." in the PA about why Edge uses a sword* Saying "Tell me
something about yourself, then." is the more neutral option here.

Head back out of the Calnus once you've done the PAs with Faize and head E to
Triom Village. Enter to see a cutscene. And feel very powerful...

After the cutscene you get your 4th character, Lymle. Before you go off to
Alanaire Citadel, though, go back into Ghimdo's house and pick up # Demon
Amulet x 1 # from the very pretty chest on the E side. You should equip this to
Lymle, since she needas the DEF boost; she's only level 1. It also gives her an
INT boost since her special arts are all INT based. Go to the SE corner of the
village to grab # Blueberries x 2 # from another chest. There's 3rd chest, but
it's blocked by an ice barrier. The EXP gained from opening this chest will
Lymle up to 2. Talk to the Big-Hearted Man in the S part of the village for
# Basil x 2 #. Exit the village then reenter and talk to the man again. This
time he'll give you # Bigberries x 2 #. Man, it pays to be a god.

You can rest and save at the Residence here in Triom Village. Don't be afraid to
take advantage of it later on. Head to the E of Ghimdo's house to the skill shop
"Tiger Dojo". Pick up the three lower skill manuals, all of which are for Lymle;
if you don't want to spend the cash, you don't necessarily have to get
Parapsychology, which makes drops from undead enemies more common. We won't be
seeing that many undead here. Use the manuals on Lymle then head to "Reflected
Moon Weapons".

The Blessed Sword that you can get here for Edge is actually not as good as his
current Storm Blade, but if you've got Fol to spare, pick it up for a later
recipe. Same for the Mystic Chainmail. The most important thing here is the
Bowstring, though, which is necessary for Reimi's Hunting Bow recipe. You can't
do any of the orders yet.

Now go to W to "Can-Can General Goods" and pick up some Earth Paint, Fire Paint,
Attack Cards and Support Cards; 5 of each should do. Once again, none of the
orders can be finished yet.

Go back to the Calnus for some serious item creation. Make every character's
respective item creation skill level 3, then save and talk to Welch.

$$$$$$$$$
$ Welch $
$$$$$$$$$

Put Lymle in a group with Edge and Faize first. They'll come up with recipes for
the Flame Sword, Symbol Card "Ice Needles", Fortitude Potion, Monster Jewel, and
Resistance Potion. Now switch Edge out with Reimi. They'll now come up with
recipes for Pasta Pepperoncino, Lemon Juice, Ceasar Salad, Symbol Card
"Healing" and Symbol Card "Antidote". Now switch Faize with Edge. You'll come
up with the recipes for -lots- of Symbol Cards: Fire Bolt, Silence, Sacred Pain,
Explosion, Wind Blade, Lightning Blast and Blast Hurricane. Now just remove Edge
to come up with the recipe for Oyakodon. Switch Reimi with Faize to come up with
Symbol Card "Earth Glaive".

The Fire Gems required for the Flame Sword can be obtained from later enemies,
as well as the 2 irons required for the Hunting Bow. You can make some of the
food recipes at this point, but none of them are truly necessary. The Monster
Jewel won't be makeable for a while. There are plenty of fire-weak enemies here
on Lemuris, so you use 3 of your five Fire Paints to make an Explosion Card, and
the other 2 for a Fire Bolt Card, if you want. Symbol Cards are usable items
allow any character to use the denoted symbol. That's it for now!

Save at the SS in the Calnus then head out into...

 ---Planet Lemuris: Thalia Plains (III.a.10.)---

>````````````````````````````````````<
>  Obtainables                       <
>                                    <
> -Aquaberries x 3                   <
> -Aquaberries x 1, Blackberries x 2 <
> -255 Fol                           <
> -Darkness Gem x 1                  <
> -Blueberries x 2                   <
> -Vile Goop x 2                     <
> -Aquaberries x 2                   <
> -Blackberries x 2                  <
> -401 Fol                           <
> -Accuracy Seeds x 1                <
> -Monster Jewel x 1                 <
> -Bizarre Fruit x 1                 <
> -Skill Manual "Hide"               <
> -Harvesting Point x 2              <
> -Mining Point x 5                  <
>____________________________________<

Let me first suggest that you set Lymle to "stay out of trouble" for a while;
she's far too weak to do you much good, and she'll die easily. Make as if you're
going back to Triom, but keep heading E around it to pick up # Aquaberries x 1,
Blackberries x 2 #. I got [Defeat 400 enemies] (Edge) at this point. Start
heading back to the Calnus, but this time go N. As you make your way N, hug the
N wall to nab # Aquaberries x 3 # from a chest. If you head a bit E you'll see
an Earth barrier. Seriously? Is that really necessary, tri-Ace? Bah. Head back
into Triom and exit NE.

Get # 255 Fol # from the chest on the S side of the giant rock, the go S and
harvest the point. By the way, when Lymle turns level 6, I began to use her.
Level 6 is also when she learns Healing, the "cure" symbol. Keep going S to
pick up # Darkness Gem x 1 #. Cross the N bridge. You should get [Use a fire
symbol on an enemy weak to fire] (Lymle) if you use Fire Bolt every now and
then. Go E for # Blueberries x 2 #.

When playing as Lymle, try getting a lot of her trophies. I got [Defeat an enemy
using only Fire Bolt] (Lymle), [Run one kilometer in battle] (Lymle) and [Roll
forward 123 times] (Lymle). You may have to turn the others to manual. Stay
tuned for more, folks.

Start going W while hugging the S wall to come upon # Vile Goop x 2 # behind a
rock. Keep going all the way W to grab # Aquaberries x 2 # from the chest N of
a bridge. If you cross this bridge you'll enter the Van Elm Region, where there

is a very dandy harvesting point. You may get a Bizarre Fruit from it! There are
two more harvesting points in the general vicinity, but they're blocked by an
earth barrier. Bah. Unfortunately, you'd have to go back and forth between the
Calnus if you wanted to farm this harvesting point, which is rather inefficient.

*Don't forget to heal and save when you need it; the lizard enemies when coupled
with Mist Graves can be dangerous*

See if you can get [Win without being targeted] (Lymle) and [Obtain a Bonus
Board tile] (Lymle). Go back and head N at the main cross. Hug the W wall up to
find...snow! And # Blackberries x 2 #. Keep hugging the W wall for # 401 Fol #.
Go NE for # Accuracy Seeds x 1 #. Cross the frozen river hugging the N wall to
get a # Monster Jewel x 1 #. Yay! Don't go using it yet; save it (you saved the
other one too, right?) for good monsters. I got [Defeat 10 enemies with
Cerberus] (Lymle) here. Keep going E to find # Bizarre Fruit x 1 # on the N side
of the 2nd rock. Go SE into a DE to find a harvesting point. Trek -all- the way
back W torward the Alanaire Citadel. You may also want to head back to Triom and
heal before you do. I got [Defeat 10 consecutive enemies with Cerberus] (Lymle)
about now. If Lymle gets to level 13, she'll learn the symbol Wind Blade.

Save at the SS just outside the citadel, but don't go in yet; head N to snatch
# Skill Manual "Hide" x 1 #. You can teach this to either Faize or Lymle. Now
try and enter the citadel. There's a short, and somewhat amusing, cutscene about
Edge. Afterwards, Edge will gain his first symbol, Healing! If you're bonus
board is empty, take some time to fill it up. You'll reap the rewards inside the
citadel. I got [Fight 100 battles] (Faize) before entering the citadel, just by
chance.

 ---Planet Lemuris: Alanaire Citadel (III.a.13.)---

>```````````````````````````````````````````````````<
>   Obtainables                                     <
>                                                   <
> -Anti-poison Amulet x 1                           <
> -Shining Stone x 1                                <
> -Skill Manual "Tresure Sense" x 1                 <
> -Blue Talisman x 1 (Ivy Barrier)                  <
> -Shining Stone x 1                                <
> -Guardian's Rapier x 1                            <
> -Shining Stone x 1                                <
> -Skill Manual "Focus" x 1                         <
> -Shining Stone x 1                                <
> -Guardian's Armor x 1                             <
> -Sacred Scepter x 1 (Dark Barrier)                <
> -Shining Stone x 1                                <
> -Skill Manual "Trinity Blaze" x 1 (Light Barrier) <
>___________________________________________________<

Okay. Once inside, experiment with figting many of the enemies. The large Stone
Golems are important; they're the only source of iron on this planet, and you'll
need some later. Unfortunately, none of the characters we currently have has a
field skill which increases drop rates from demons. Bah.

The Alanaire Citadel has a plethora of giant blue obelisks. Some can be
activated just by pressing A, but to activate others you'll need certain key
items exclusive here, called shining stones. You'll find them throughout the
dungeon. There are two "activateable" obelisks and two "non-activateable" ones
on the ground floor. Activate the two obelisks on the W side of the ground floor
and pick up # Anti-poison Amulet x 1 # and # Shining Stone x 1 # from 2 treasure
chests. I got [Earn a total of 10000 Fol] (Lymle) here.

Now that you're done on the ground floor head up the W ramp and activate the 2
obelisks on the way. Go back a bit and enter the W wing (West Wing, anyone?).
Take the 1st N to get # Skill Manual "Treasure Sense" x 1 #. Treasure sense is
a passive field skill that only Lymle can learn. It makes the locations of
treasures appear on your map...SWEET! Teach it to her immediately.

*From here on out I wont describe the location of every treasure. I am confident
that you, as a gamer, are able to utilize Treasure Sense effectively. I may yet
list some -very- important or missable items, though. Happy treasure hunting!*

Finish up in the W wing and head up past the 4th obelisk. You'll be outside, so
go S and up the stairs to the 2nd floor. If you've activated all 4
afformentioned obelisks, you should be able to cross these upper catwalks. Get 3
treasure chests. One of them has a new rapier for Faize, and another has the
Skill Manual "Focus" for Reimi.

Take the S staircase to reach a small chunk ofthe outside area with another
Shining Stone. I got [Deal exactly 111 points of damage] (Reimi) here-ish. Go
all the way back down. Activate all of the bottom-floor obelisks, grab the
Guardian Armor in the E wing, and move on up. If you've been using Lymle
diligently, you'll have probably figured out that Hatchet Reel is brilliant; try
to get [Defeat 30 enemies with Cerberus] (Lymle). Also do a Rush Combo with
Edge's Rising Blade to get [Deal at least 500 points of damage] (Edge).

On the 2nd floor there's another Shining Stone and an item blocked by a dark
barrier. There's also an HS. Take the catwalk S to find 3 obelisks lined up. One
is already activated, but you'll need 2 Shining Stones regardless. Ride the 4th
obelisk up to the 3rd floor and save at the SS right there. If you feel like it,
go back and heal at the HS; there's a boss coming up. Fill up your bonus board
and head in to fight...

/~~~~~~~~~~~~~\
* Dragon Newt *
*   9563 HP   *
*    19 EXP   *
*    176 Fol  *
*    Demon    *
\_____________/

This guy's got some serious tough-factor. I suggest turing Edge's BEAT back to
Strike and Reimi back to Burst. Leave Faize and Lymle alone. Before the battle,
make Faize and Lymle's tactic to "stay out of trouble" so that they'll just cast
symbols from afar.

This is the first boss that has Blindside counters. Whatever you do, don't try
to Blindside, or you'll see half of your Bonus Board fly out the window. A good
strategy for this fight is to leave Edge to his own devices while controlling
Reimi. At the beginning of the battle, use Reimi's Focus skill to boost her
damage potential for 30 seconds (every 30 seconds you shoud re-cast it). Keep
Reimi at long-range and take turns between firing off regular attacks and using
Sonic Thorn. When her Rush Guage reaches 100%, activate a Rush Combo with
Seraphic Thunder (it does slightly more damage than Sonic Thorn). Rinse and
repeat. If all goes wrong, just keep sniping. Hopefully, Lymle will assist with
Healing when she needs to.

Pro Strategy - This isn't a great boss battle to get trophies in due to the
Dragon Newt's insane speed. If you can get any, congratulations. If you want to
excersize your pro-ness, use Blindside counters on our buddy the newt. Make sure
to use a character who can! This is a great a time as any to learn how. Just
don't screw up. ^_^

*Folks, here is where I stop telling you how to get battle trophies. I may point
them out here and there, but the only time you'll get them for sure is in the
pro-strategy sections for boss battles*

If you want a bit of humor after the morose cutscene that follows the Dragon
Newt, examine all of the pillars on the walls. One of them has an interesting
inscription...

Go N and examine the !! outside. Watch Reimi get pissed. Nab the chest NE of
you for the "Chain Combos" skill manual. This is an awesome manual, so choose
who to teach it to wisely (in other words, definitely not Faize or Lymle). I
picked Edge, simply because I like using him more than Reimi. Head E to enter...

 ---Planet Lemuris: Woodley Village (III.a.12.)---

|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
|   Obtainables         |
|                       |
| -Blackberries x 2     |
| -Curing Sheet x 1     |
| -Fresh Sage x 2       |
| -Anti-Stun Amulet x 1 |
| -Pickpocketing x 13   |
| -Shops x 2            |
|_______________________|

Save at the SS inside the Inn, then go to the N-most house. This is Lutea's
(Lutie's) house. Head into the W room and talk to Lutea to recieve a Symbol
Stone. Head straight S out of Lute's house and talk to the village weather
forecaster, who'll tell you how to get back to Triom Village. There's an
"Accomodating Woman" in the SE part of Woodley that gives you a hot chocolate.

Go to the Thousand Gods General Store. Talk to the clerk and accept her quest.
Find the girl near the W ++ to send her back to her mother. Talk to her mother
again for 50 EXP and 8 SP. Now go talk to the Foolhardy Girl to accept her
quest. It turns out she was outside because she was looking for her cat, Sir
Francis, who's in the Silent Forest. Oh well, too bad for her. We'll get the cat
later; we have more important cats to skin now.

Now that the General Store is open, get enough of all the ingredients so that
you have total of 5 each. You should definitely get 20 rivets though; they're
a pretty bargain.

Go to Woodley Weapon Shop VIII. Get yourself a Torch Bow, Flame Wand, a pair of
Bandit's Gloves, and as many as 10 irons and bowstrings for future recipes.

Now go shop at Three Leaf Books in the NE corner of town. The "Pickpocket"
manual is practically a giveaway, so pick one up. Also get 2 "Taunt" manuals, 1
for Edge and 1 for Reimi. If you have the Fol to spare, use it on as many more
"Chain Combo" manuals as you can spare.

Teach everyone their respective skills, then equip Edge with the Bandit's
Gloves. With pickpocketing learned and the gloves on, Edge is now fully equipped
for thievery. Press B when next to an NPC to steal from them.

*BE WARNED! Every time you pickpocket, there's a 20-30% chance that one of your
teammates will notice. You won't be told if they do, but you'll know if you
pickpockted too much at the end of the game when you don't get anyone's special
ending. Pickpocket at your discretion. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!*

To pickpocket successfully, Edge's pickpocket level will need to be higher than
the unfortunate NPC's. There are only two worthwhile steals in Woodley (three if
you count Sir Francis, the cat we'll rescue later; he gives you another
Anti-Poison Amulet, which isn't that great anyway): You can get a Fire Gem from
Lutea, which is a necessary item for one of the shop's orders, and a Magic
Bracelet from Elmirre, Oracle Aspirant. To be able to steal successfully from
both of the said NPCs, you'll need Edge's pickpoceting level to be 6. Save
first, children! ^_^

Save, then head E out of the village into the...

 ---Planet Lemuris: Van Elm Region (III.a.13.)---

|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
|  Obtainables                     |
|                                  |
| -Skill Manual "Chain Combos" x 1 |
| -Blueberries x 3                 |
| -Bigberries x 1, Blueberries x 2 |
| -Vile Goop x 2                   |
| -Aquaberries x 3                 |
| -51 Fol                          |
| -Health Seeds x 1                |
| -Harvesting Points x 6           |
| -Mining Points x 3               |
|__________________________________|

There's a harvesting point SE of the village. Keep an eye out for new enemies;
there are some sweet ones, the Apprentice Scumbag in particular. When you get
this guy's monster data up to 100%, you can make a jewel that gives you 15% Fol
increase at the end of every battle. Around the first bend to the W there's a
harvesting point.

When and if Lymle gets to level 18, she'll learn Scorching Star, another awesome
Cerberus-skill. Make your way dead-S here until you get to the tip of the S
peninsula. Here lies the famed Faerie Orchid, which you'll need to get through
the forest... Head back N and go E at the main cross. You'll find Sir Francis,
the lost cat, here in the forest. Talk to him to pick up # Curious Cat x 1 #.
*I had to* ^_^ Go back to Woodley and return the cat for 50 EXP and 32 SP.
     
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