Final Fantasy V Any% Guide

Jason Lynch <jason@calindora.com> (Aexoden)

Introduction

These are my notes for the Any% Final Fantasy V speedrun, specifically run on the RPGe English translation. This guide is very much a work-in-progress, and I've only begun running the game, so I wouldn't rely on these for the moment.

General Concepts

While this guide is primarily my notes used during runs, they may be useful to others learning the run, so I'll first go over some general concepts that apply throughout the guide.

Assumptions

This guide makes the assumption that you are following along from start to finish. Menuing instructions assume that your characters are already equipped as per the guide, and won't list equipment that is staying the same. If you attempt to join in the middle, you may miss this or similar points.

This guide is primarily meant to serve as my notes for personal best attempts. As such, they generally tend to err on the side of less safety. In some cases, notes are made regarding potential safer strats for beginners, but they may not be entirely consistent throughout the document.

Conventions

This guide uses the following conventions:

Resources

The following resources should prove invaluable to either help during a run or to help you learn the run in the first place:

Step Route

This guide is intended to be used with a step route. The step route is not technically required, but it makes things a lot safer, saves time, and makes things more consistent. I will attempt to list backups in case you are not using the step route or if you have fallen off the route, but I make no guarantees in this regard.

Walkthrough

Prologue

After choosing New Game, you will begin a new run on seed zero. Unlike FF4, this is guaranteed and there is no need to identify your seed. However, like FF4, if you have to reset at any point, your seed will change.

When the introductory sequence concludes, you will be in control of Boco near Tycoon.

Step Route

Take 26 extra steps before entering the Meteor at Tycoon.

Enter the Meteor at Tycoon and make your way to the cutscene.

Battle: Goblin x2

Battle Information
HP
1
EXP
6
Party
*Butz (1:0) / *empty / *empty / *empty
Battle Plan
Butz
Fight (hold A)
Butz
Fight (hold A)

Menu

After the battle, you will be asked to name Butz.

  • Set Butz's name to B. (Down, B, B, B, Up, Right, Right, A)

After the scenes, begin making your way toward the pirate cave.

Step Route

Take 8 extra steps before the earthquake sequence.

During the earthquake sequence, move up, fighting battles as you go.

Battle: Goblin x2

Battle Information
HP
1
EXP
6
Party
*Butz (1:6) / *empty / *empty / *empty
Battle Plan
Butz
Fight (hold A)
Butz
Fight (hold A)

Battle: Goblin x2

Battle Information
HP
1
EXP
6
Party
*Butz (2:12) / *empty / *empty / *empty
Battle Plan
Butz
Fight (hold A)
Butz
Fight (hold A)

After the earthquake sequence, continue until just outside the entrance to the cave.

Step Route

  • Take 32 extra steps after the earthquake sequence.
  • Take a half step by opening the menu as you step onto the last tile before the cave.

Menu

  • Set battle speed to 4.
  • Set message speed to 1.
  • Set command set to Short.
  • Set cursor to Memory.
  • Set reequip to Empty.

Pirate Cave

Make your way through the cave and board the ship.

Step Route

After the cutscene by the spring, be sure to go left first instead of down to avoid the event tile.

Battle: Stroper x2, Steel Bat x1

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Step Route

Take two steps off the ship and onto the land.

Reject the pirate's offer to help and make your own way to the Wind Shrine.

Wind Shrine

Begin making your way through the Wind Shrine.

Step Route

Take 6 extra steps before entering the save point room.

On the final floor, use the secret passage and enter the nearby room to collect the Broad sword. Continue on to engage Wing Raptor.

Battle: Wing Raptor

Battle Information
HP
250
EXP
0
Party
*Butz (2:18) / *Lenna (1:0) / *Galuf (1:0) / *empty
Spoils
PhenixDwn
Battle Plan

The turn order here is not entirely consistent. Watch for Galuf's turn to equip the Broad sword.

Faris
Fight (hold A)
Lenna
Fight (hold A)
Galuf
Equip Broad
Fight
Butz
Fight (hold A)

At this point, simply hold A to Fight until the battle is over.

Continue to the crystal and watch the cutscene.

Menu

  • Job: Butz to Blue Mage. (Left, Left) [Optimize]
  • Job: Faris to Blue Mage. (Left, Left) [Optimize]
  • Job: Galuf to Blue Mage. (Left, Left) [Optimize]
  • Job: Lenna to Thief. (Right, Right) [Optimize]
  • Move Lenna and Galuf to the back row. (Left, A, A, Down, A, A)

Afterward, begin making your way to the exit by walking back the way you came.

Step Route

  • Make sure to avoid the Wing Raptor trigger tile by walking left after leaving the doorway.
  • Take 8 extra steps in the room after the save point.

Battle: Black Goblin x2

Battle Information
HP
20
EXP
40
Party
*Butz (2:18) / Lenna (1:0) / Galuf (1:0) / *Faris (3:50)
Spoils
Leather Shoes (Discard)
Battle Plan

Defend until Goblin Punch hits a Blue Mage. Don't use more than one Potion.

After Goblin Punch connects, everyone should Fight.

Continue out of the Wind Shrine and then make your way to Tule.

Tule and Torna Canal

Head to the Tule Magic Shop.

Shopping

  • Buy Fire, Bolt and Cure.

Collect the PhenixDwn behind Zokk's House and then enter the house.

After the scenes, continue on to and through Torna Canal.

Step Route

  • Ensure you sail on the trigger tiles in front of the Torna Canal gates.

Battle: Octoraken x2

Battle Plan

Run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Battle: Sucker x2

Battle Plan

Run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Step Route

On the second tile in the narrow passage after the second battle, open the menu.

Menu

  • Job: Galuf to Black Mage. (Left, Left, Left) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Lenna to Black Mage. (Left, Left, Left) [Optimize]
  • Job: Butz to Black Mage. (Left, Left, Left) [Optimize]
  • Move Butz and Faris to the back row and swap them. (Left, A, A, Up, A, A, A, Down, A)
  • Job: Faris to Black Mage. (Left, Left, Left) [No Equipment]
  • Use a Potion on Faris if needed.

Continue down to engage the boss.

Battle: Karlabos

Battle Information
HP
650
Party
Faris (3:60) / Lenna (2:10) / Galuf (2:10) / Butz (2:28)
Spoils
Tent
Battle Plan

Everyone should cast Bolt.

Ship Graveyard

Menu

  • Job: Faris to Thief. (Right, Right) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Lenna to Blue Mage. (Left, Left) [Equip Broad]
  • Job: Galuf to Blue Mage. (Left, Left) [Optimize]
  • Job: Butz to Blue Mage. (Left, Left) [Optimize]

Make your way through the Ship Graveyard, collecting the 990 Gil in the skull crate and the Potion chest along the way.

Step Route

  • Before entering the first door, take 7 extra steps.
  • In the room after the room with the map on the desk, take 16 extra steps and then exit and re-enter the room.
  • When entering the room with the skull crate, take 8 extra steps, and head back a floor.
  • Take 9 extra steps on this previous floor and then continue onward.
  • After the Potion chest, take 4 extra steps.
  • Take 2 extra steps before entering the rest area.
  • When on the ship in between the two rock segments, enter and exit the door.
  • After opening the chest switch, walk immediately left and up to walk on the trigger tile.

Battle: Siren

Battle Information
HP
900
Party
Faris (3:60) / Lenna (2:10) / Galuf (2:10) / Butz (2:28)
Spoils
Bronze Armor
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Lenna
Use PhenixDwn on Faris/Cast Goblin Punch
Butz
Use PhenixDwn on Faris/Cast Goblin Punch
Galuf
Use PhenixDwn on Faris/Cast Goblin Punch

Repeat this strategy until Siren dies. Only use the PhenixDwn on Faris if she dies.

Carwen

Make your way toward the town of Carwen.

Step Route

Come to a complete stop and open the menu when reaching the corner in the mountains below two large mountains.

Menu

  • Use PhenixDwn or Tent if any characters are dead.
  • Job: Butz to Black Mage. (Left, Left, Left) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Galuf to Black Mage. (Left, Left, Left) [No Equipment]

Step Route

  • Travel directly south from the menu, and when reaching a wall, take a half step on the next step to the right.
  • Take another half step after traveling south from there, when leaving the middle of the three tiles next to the water.

In Carwen, collect the Ice Rod in the hidden chest and leave. Make your way toward the North Mountain.

Step Route

  • Head east from Carwen and come to a complete stop and open the menu when hitting the mountains.
  • Head north and take a half step east after hitting the mountains there.
  • Head north and when even with the lower of the two-wide mountain wall to the left at the top, take another half step when stepping onto the last tile moving left.

North Mountain

Make your way through the mountain, paying attention to step route and battle notes below.

Step Route

Take 6 extra steps in the first cave.

Battle: RockGarter x2

Battle Information
HP
120
EXP
92
Party
Faris (3:60) / Lenna (2:10) / Galuf (2:10) / Butz (2:28)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Lenna
Defend
Butz
Cast Fire
Galuf
Swap Bronze (armor) and Ice (rod)
Swap Knife and Leather
Cast Fire

Step Route

  • Take 14 extra steps in the second cave.
  • On the first map with poison plants, take 16 extra steps and re-enter the cave.
  • Inside the cave, take 16 extra steps and then continue back to the poison plants.
  • Take 4 extra steps immediately before the battle with Magisa.

Battle: Magisa

Battle Information
HP
650
Party
Faris (4:83) / Lenna (3:33) / Galuf (3:33) / Butz (3:51)
Spoils
Whip
Battle Plan
Faris
Wait for Magisa to attack
Use PhenixDwn on any dead character
Anybody
Use PhenixDwn on Faris if she died/Equip Knife and attack whoever died if not Faris
Anybody
Equip Ice (rod)
Use Ice (rod)

If Lenna was forced to equip the Knife, make a mental note to replace it with Broad in the next menu.

Continue to the top of the mountain, and after the scenes, make your way to and land in front of Worus Castle.

Worus

Make your way to the throne room and watch the scene.

Menu

  • Job: Galuf to Thief. (Right, Right) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Butz to Thief. (Right, Right) [No Equipment]
  • Equip Lenna: Broad (if she had to equip the Knife)

Afterward, exit the castle.

Step Route

Take a half-step when boarding the Hiryuu by holding A as you're moving onto the tile.

Board the Hiryuu and head to Worus Tower. (Fly directly north until you see mountains to the northwest, then turn west. The tower will shortly come into view.)

Inside the tower, make your way to the second floor, where there will be an encounter (if on step route).

Step Route

Take 6 extra steps by going left to the wall and then back to the right when entering the second floor.

Battle: RikaldMage x1, IceSoldier x2

Battle Information
HP
RikaldMage: 100, IceSoldier: 160
Party
Faris (4:83) / Lenna (3:33) / Galuf (3:33) / Butz (3:51)
Battle Plan
Faris
Steal from IceSoldier
Butz
Steal from IceSoldier
Galuf
Steal from IceSoldier

Run away once you either get the Mythril (sword) or if you exhaust your steal attempts. If you fail to steal, you will need to use a backup strategy for Galura.

Continue to the last floor, where you'll see a chest.

Step Route

  • Take 4 extra steps after the battle.
  • Take 8 extra steps on 6F.
  • Take 6 extra steps on 7F.

Collect the Ether in the chest and continue to the next floor, ensuring you open the menu before moving.

Menu

  • Job: Butz to Blue Mage. (Left, Left) [Optimize]
  • Job: Faris to Knight. [Equip Mythril (helm)]
  • Use PhenixDwn or Tent if anyone is dead.
  • Use Potion on Faris twice.
  • If no Mythril (sword), Job: Galuf to Blue Mage. [Left, Left) [Optimize]

Move forward to begin the battle against Galura.

Battle: Galura

Battle Information
HP
1200
Party
Faris (4:83) / Lenna (3:33) / Galuf (3:33) / Butz (3:51)
Spoils
HiPotion
Battle Plan

If you successfully stole the Mythril (sword), follow this strategy:

Galuf
Defend
Faris
Guard
Lenna
Cast Goblin Punch
Butz
Cast Goblin Punch
Galuf
Defend
Faris
Guard
Lenna
Defend
Butz
Cast Goblin Punch

Otherwise, use a simplified strategy where Faris uses Guard and everyone else casts Goblin Punch.

If Faris is at some point afflicted with Sap, this fight could get very dodgy.

Collect the job crystals and then after the scenes, enter the meteor and travel to Karnak.

Karnak

Begin the walk to Karnak, keeping in mind the step route.

Step Route

Head directly west, and when hitting the mountain, come to a complete stop and open the menu.

Menu

  • Use PhenixDwn or Tent if anyone is dead.
  • Job: Faris to Thief. (Right, Right) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Butz to Black Mage. (Down, Left) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Galuf to Black Mage. (Down, Left) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Lenna to Red Mage. (Left, Left) [No Equipment]

Step Route

  • Head north and follow the coastline until the right half of a diagonal below a triangle that points into the sea. Take a half-step to the left.
  • Take another half-step after hitting the mountains after turning south. Take the half-step to the west.

In Karnak, make your way to the armory.

Shopping

  • Sell Whip, Broad x1, Dagger, Leather (armor), Mythril (helm), Bronze, Knife, Mythril (sword), Ether, Leather (shield).
  • Buy Ice (rod).

For the sake of clarity, you are selling everything except Potion, HiPotion, Tent, PhenixDwn, and a single Broad (sword).

Watch the scenes in Karnak Castle, and then make your way back to the town. Be careful when taking steps in Karnak Castle, as they affect the step route (except for the prison cells).

Once back in town, return to the armory to complete the shopping trip.

Shopping

  • Buy 2 Ice (rod), 2 Thunder (rod).

Afterward, leave the town and head to the Steamship.

Steamship

Make your way through the Steamship, paying attention to the step route.

Step Route

  • After entering the first elevator, immediately return to the previous room.
  • Take 4 steps and then go back into the elevator, before returning again to the previous room.
  • Take 8 extra steps this time, and then go back into the elevator and continue.

Pick up the PhenixDwn in the chest to the right, and then continue back to the left.

Step Route

  • Take 8 extra steps before entering the next room.
  • After falling from the conveyor belt, take 4 extra steps before entering the room.

Be careful while moving through the lever room. After flipping the two levers next to each other, you should get an encounter when you reach the southmost tile of the grate.

Battle: Crew Dust x2, Defeater x2

Battle Information
HP
Crew Dust: 240, Defeater: 260
EXP
560
Party
Faris (4:83) / Lenna (3:33) / Galuf (3:33) / Butz (3:51)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Lenna
Equip Ice (rod)
Use Ice (rod)

Continue on until just before the boss battle.

Menu

  • Cast Cure with Lenna on the entire party until fully cured.
  • Job: Lenna to Time Mage. (Down) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Faris to Black Mage. (Down, Left) [No Equipment]

Continue to engage the boss.

Battle: LiquiFlame

Battle Information
HP
3000
Party
Faris (5:223) / Lenna (5:173) / Galuf (5:173) / Butz (5:191)
Spoils
Fire (bow) or Flame (scroll)
Battle Plan
Lenna
Equip Ice (rod)
Use Ice (rod)
Faris
Swap Potion and Thunder (rod)
Swap Ice (rod) and PhenixDwn

At this point, the boss will transform into either its hand or its tornado form. If the tornado form, simply have Faris equip and use another Ice (rod). Otherwise, see below:

Faris
Fight
Anybody
Use PhenixDwn on Faris or Lenna if they died
Anybody
Equip Ice (rod)
Use Ice (rod)

If you ran out of PhenixDwn earlier, the inventory instructions won't necessarily be right. The rods should end up on the top row.

Menu

  • Job: Faris to Thief. (Right, Right) [No Equipment]
  • If not on step route, give the !Black ability to Faris.
  • If not on step route, Job: Lenna to Red Mage. (Left, Left) [No Equipment]

Continue forward to the crystal room. After the scenes, go back to the previous room and use the healing pot. Make your way to main prison floor, collect the 2000 gil in the chest, and then go to the next floor. From the main floor, head to 2F and collect the chest, also with 2000 gil. Make your way to the exit of the castle.

Potential Battles

If you aren't on step route, you may encounter one of two formations.

For the single Karnak, simply wait for it to Escape.

For the Sergeant and three Karnaks, have Faris and Lenna cast Fire on everyone, and have the other two equip Thunder (rod) and cast Bolt on everyone. You will need to heal after the battle.

Eventually, you'll meet the boss.

Battle: Sergeant x1, Karnak x3

Battle Information
HP
Sergeant: 1000, Karnak: 140
EXP
460
Party
Faris (5:223) / Lenna (5:173) / Galuf (5:173) / Butz (5:191)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Lenna
Equip Thunder (rod)
Use Thunder (rod)
Butz
Equip Thunder (rod)
Use Thunder (rod)
Galuf
Move Fire (bow) to 1L
Move PhenixDwn to 4R

Ancient Library

Begin by heading right and then up to enter town. (This is to avoid the event tiles where the castle once stood.) Once in town, head to the armory and then to the magic shop.

Shopping

  • Sell Fire (bow) or Flame (scroll).
  • Buy 2 Mythril (knife), 2 Fire (rod), 3 Ice (rod).
  • Buy Kunai from new merchant.
  • Buy Life from the left merchant at the magic shop.

Begin the long walk to the Ancient Library, being careful to follow the step route instructions.

Step Route

  • From the town, walk south two tiles and then west to cross over the castle event tiles and continue west.
  • When reaching the first full dark green tile after crossing the light green area, take a half-step to the south.
  • When reaching the mountains, walk left and then down, before continuing to the west. On the last full tile before the ocean, take another half-step.
  • Head south. On the first full green tile after the last desert tile in the column, come to a complete stop and open the menu.
  • Head east after hitting the mountains. Come to a complete stop again on the last full green tile before the light green tiles.
  • From here, head south and east to enter the library.

Inside the library, continue until reaching Ifrit.

Battle: Ifrit

Battle Information
HP
3000
Party
Faris (6:338) / Lenna (6:288) / Galuf (6:288) / Butz (6:306)
Spoils
Flame (scroll)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Anybody
Equip Ice (rod)
Use Ice (rod)
Anybody
Equip Ice (rod)
Use Ice (rod)
Anybody
Swap Mythril (knife) and Fire (rod)
Swap HiPotion and PhenixDwn
Swap HiPotion and Ice (rod)
Swap HiPotion and Potion
Swap HiPotion and Tent

Menu

  • Use PhenixDwn on anyone who died in the Ifrit battle.

After leaving the room with Ifrit, continue onward. Be sure to take the diversion to the south to collect the Stealth (robe).

Step Route

  • On step route, collect the chest from below.
  • After returning to the moving bookcase room, take 4 extra steps before continuing.

Collect the PhenixDwn at the bottom left of the dark room. Continue onward.

Battle: Page 32

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Eventually, you'll reach the room with Mid. Move forward to engage Byblos.

Battle: Byblos

Battle Information
HP
3600
Party
Faris (6:338) / Lenna (6:288) / Galuf (6:288) / Butz (6:306)
Spoils
Protect (potion)
Battle Plan
Anybody
Wait for Byblos
Use PhenixDwn on anyone who died.
Anybody
Equip Fire (rod)
Use Fire (rod)
Anybody
Equip Fire (rod)
Use Fire (rod)
Anybody
Finish any remaining inventory from the Ifrit battle (ensure first slot is empty)

After battle, open the menu to prepare the team for the first item duplication.

Menu

  • Job: Faris to Ninja. (Right, Right, Right) [Equip Kunai and Stealth (robe)]
  • Job: Lenna to White Mage. (Down, Left) [No Equipment]
  • Cast Cure with Lenna on the party until fully cured.
  • Job: Lenna to Thief. (Right, Right) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Galuf to Thief. (Right, Right) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Butz to Thief. (Right, Right) (Ability: !Black) [Equip Mythril (knife)]

Step Route

Take 4 extra steps after Byblos.

Battle: Page 128

Battle Information
HP
700
Party
Faris (6:338) / Lenna (6:288) / Galuf (6:288) / Butz (6:306)
Battle Plan
Faris
Equip Mythril (knife)
Throw location where Mythril (knife) was
Anybody
Steal (repeat until Ether is stolen)
Anybody
Use Ether on Faris

After all this is complete, simply run away. If for some reason, you end up fighting Page 64, throw the Flame (scroll).

Talk to Mid to begin the cutscenes, and then leave the library to begin the trek back to Karnak.

Step Route

Travel west and then north along the mountains. Come to a complete stop next to the middle of the three eastmost mountain tiles and open the menu.

Menu

  • Move everyone to the front row, in a downward order, so you finish on Galuf.
  • Job: Galuf to Knight. [No Equipment]
  • Job: Lenna to Mediator. (Left, Left, Left) [No Equipment]

Continue onward, and if on step route, you will run into an encounter shortly.

Step Route

Ensure you stay as close to the water as possible. The encounter will be on the last green tile before the desert.

Battle: Zuu x1, GrassTurtle x1, Aegil x1

Battle Information
HP
Zuu: 850, GrassTurtle: 250, Aegil: 180
Party
Faris (6:338) / Lenna (6:288) / Galuf (6:288) / Butz (6:306)
Battle Plan
Faris
Throw Broad (sword) at Aegil
Butz
If the throw did less than 160, cast Fire on all, otherwise Defend
Lenna
Catch Aegil

After all this is complete, simply run away.

Step Route

  • Continue straight north, and once on the first full green tile after the first desert tiles, come to a complete stop and open the menu.
  • Continue north until you reach the water, then go east. Once you align with the dark green tile that sticks into the light green tiles from the east, go north, and come to a complete stop on that tile.
  • When approaching Karnak, ensure you walk directly to the south of the mountains to avoid the castle event tiles.

Enter the town and talk with Cid at the Pub.

Step Route

When leaving town, again walk directly south and then west into the Steamship to avoid the event tiles.

Crescent and Grind

Once in control of the ship, make your way toward Crescent, following the below instructions if following step route:

Step Route

  • Travel south to leave the bay, and then follow the coastline eastward. After you pass a triangle pointing south, continue east as far as possible on the ship, and then go one tile south to come to a complete stop before opening the menu.
  • From here, go south only as far as needed to clear the land to the east, and continue east until below the middle of the three land tiles on an island to the north (just barely visible). Come to a complete stop and open the menu on this tile.
  • Afterward, head directly south and turn east after passing the shrine.
  • Continue east, veering slightly south as you encounter land, until you arrive at an island. On the left tile of the smaller south horizontal shoreline, come to a complete stop and open the menu.
  • From here, continue east, veering south until you reach the second island past this one, then turn south. Crescent should be visible to the east. Ensure you enter the bay on the northmost tile to avoid the event tile.

Enter the town, watch the scene, and then proceed to the black chocobo forest.

Catch a black chocobo and then fly to Lix (fly directly south until you reach mountains, and then turn west, folowing the northern boundary of the taller peaks).

Inside Lix, you will need to shop from the two merchants on the upper floor of the armory and item shop, starting with the uppermost.

Shopping

  • Sell all Protect (potion), Ether and Potion.
  • Buy 41 Thunder (scroll), 1 Water (scroll), 5 Shuriken and 11 Kunai.
  • Buy 3 GrnBeret and 2 Stealth (robe).

After making your purchases, leave town and board the black chocobo. If you are exactly on step route, you can half-step onto the black chocobo. Fly to the west, going around the larger peaks to the south twice, and to the north twice. Land on the lowest forest tile directly above the light green area near Istory.

Menu

  • Job: Lenna to Ninja. (Right, Right, Right) (Ability: !Dimen) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Galuf to Ninja. (Right, Right, Right) (Ability: !Black) [Optimize]
  • Job: Butz to Ninja. (Right, Right, Right) (Ability: !Black) [Optimize]
  • Job: Faris to Thief. (Right, Right) [Optimize]

You now need to defeat 3 formations of dragons. If you are on step route, it will be your next three encounters.

Step Route

  • The first battle will be on approximately step 14 or 15.
  • The second battle will be after eight more steps.
  • The third battle will be after 30 more steps.

Battle: MiniDragon x5

Battle Information
HP
1000
EXP
2500
Party
Faris (6:338) / Lenna (6:288) / Galuf (6:288) / Butz (6:306)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Anybody
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Anybody
Throw Thunder (scroll)

In particular scenarios, you may need to throw a third scroll in the first battle.

Step Route

If you are not on the chocobo tile after the last encounter, half-step onto the chocobo.

From here, fly east to the mountain, and then south. Once you reach the desert, you'll need to veer slightly to the east, but you've been here before. Your destination is the Ancient Library. Land in the forest directly west of the Library.

Ancient Library and Quicksand

Enter the Ancient Library, watch the scenes, and then begin your trek to the desert.

Step Route

  • Take a half-step when walking onto the last green tile before the mountains when first entering the valley.
  • Take another half step when beginning to move west at the final larger diagonal approaching the desert.

On one of these half-steps, you should do your following menu.

Menu

  • Give the !Escape ability to Faris. [Optimize]

Continue to the battle with the Sandworm.

Battle: Sandworm

Battle Information
HP
3000
Party
Faris (13:3713) / Lenna (13:3663) / Galuf (13:3663) / Butz (13:3681)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Anybody
Throw Shuriken
Anybody
Throw Shuriken
Anybody
Throw Shuriken

To traverse the quicksand, walk across the sandworm until the second lowest row, but exit east from that row. From here, head south.

Battle: Sand Bear x1, Sand Killer x1, Sand Porky x1

Battle Information
HP
Sand Bear: 1000, Sand Killer: 620, Sand Porky: 420
EXP
920
Party
Faris (13:3713) / Lenna (13:3663) / Galuf (13:3663) / Butz (13:3681)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Anybody
Throw Water (scroll)

From here, head south to the quicksand, then west one tile, then south again.

Battle: Sand Bear x1

Battle Plan
Faris
Escape

Step south onto the quicksand. From here, head west one tile and the south to the end.

Airship Get!

From here, you need to walk to Gohn.

Step Route

  • Head directly south until you hit the mountains. Take a half-step to the west.
  • Again, head directly south until hitting the mountains. Take a half-step to the east.
  • Hug the mountains to the west to take advantage of an event tile, and then enter the ruined town.

Walk to the tile leading to the large staircase in the middle. Afterward, head directly west until you hit a wall and head north until a scene. Then return to the main staircase and continue onward.

Continue through the scenes until the battle with Crayclaw.

Battle: Crayclaw

Battle Information
HP
2000
Party
Faris (13:3943) / Lenna (13:3893) / Galuf (13:3893) / Butz (13:3911)
Spoils
Ice (bow) (DISCARD)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Anybody
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Anybody
Throw Thunder (scroll)

After the battle, fly again to the ruined city for a cutscene. (Head north until a peninsula appears to the far north, then head east.) Afterward, return to the Crescent platform.

After more scenes, fly to the Tycoon Meteor. (Head north until roughly even with the peninsula, and then head west.) Be careful not to half-step the landing, if on step route.

Head into the meteor, and collect the adamantite. Afterward, open the menu to prepare for the boss.

Menu

  • Job: Faris to Red Mage (Up, Left, Left, Left) (Ability: !Black) [Optimize, Equip Ice (rod)]

Move downward to engage the boss.

Battle: AdamanTiMi

Battle Information
HP
2000
Party
Faris (13:3943) / Lenna (13:3893) / Galuf (13:3893) / Butz (13:3911)
Spoils
TurtleShell
Battle Plan
Butz
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Galuf
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Lenna
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Faris
Use Ice (rod)

Menu

  • Job: Faris to Thief (Right, Right) (Ability: !Black) [Optimize]

At this point, return to the platform at Crescent by flying east until the peninsula is visible, and then flying south. After the scenes, fly up to the ruins.

You want to engage the cannons from right to left, using the template battle plan below.

Battle: Rocket x2 or FlameGun x2

Battle Information
HP
Rocket: 2500, FlameGun: 2400
Party
Faris (13:3943) / Lenna (13:3893) / Galuf (13:3893) / Butz (13:3911)
Spoils
Protect (potion) or Speed (potion)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Butz
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Galuf
Throw Thunder (scroll)

After defeating the four sets of cannons, move on to fight the primary cannon.

Battle: Sol Cannon x1, Launcher x2

Battle Information
HP
Sol Cannon: 22500, Launcher: 10800
EXP
10
Party
Faris (13:3943) / Lenna (13:3893) / Galuf (13:3893) / Butz (13:3911)
Spoils
HiPotion x2, DarkMatter
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Butz
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Galuf
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Lenna
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Faris
Defend
Butz
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Galuf
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Lenna
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Faris
Defend
Butz
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Galuf
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Lenna
Throw Thunder (scroll)

Begin making your way through the Lonka Ruins.

Step Route

  • Take 12 extra steps in the first room of the ruins, and then exit and re-enter the room.
  • Take 4 extra steps before leaving the first room.
  • Take 6 extra steps in the second room.

Battle: Whirl Demon x1, LonkaKnght x2

Battle Information
HP
Whirl Demon: 1000, LonkaKnght: 860
EXP
307
Party
Faris (13:3953) / Lenna (13:3903) / Galuf (13:3903) / Butz (13:3921)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Butz
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Galuf
Throw Thunder (scroll)

Battle: Lamia x1

Battle Information
HP
900
EXP
122
Party
Faris (13:4260) / Lenna (13:4210) / Galuf (13:4210) / Butz (13:4228)
Battle Plan
Faris
Defend
Butz
Throw Shuriken

Battle: Lamia x1

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Step Route

  • Take 2 extra steps on 5F, specifically in the room where you arrive via stairs, and immediately head northward through a door to the left.
  • In the following room, enter the side room to the right, return, and continue onward.
  • Take 6 extra steps before menuing.

Menu

  • Job: Lenna to Mediator (Down, Left, Down) [No Equipment]

Talk to Tycoon to engage ArchaeAvis.

Battle: ArchaeAvis

Battle Information
HP
1600
Party
*Faris (14:4382) / *Lenna (14:4332) / *Galuf (14:4332) / *Butz (14:4350)
Spoils
Giant (potion)
Battle Plan

You need to count the damage from the first round.

Faris
Defend
Butz
Throw Shuriken (hold A)
Galuf
Throw Thunder (scroll)
Lenna
Release
Faris
If less than 1500 damage, cast Fire. Otherwise, Defend.
Everybody
Wait a second
Defend

Repeat the last instruction until the battle ends.

After the battle, head up into the crystal room and watch the scenes.

Fly to the Tycoon meteor by flying east to the other continent and then flying north. After the cutscene, open the menu.

Menu

  • Job: Lenna to Samurai (Left, Down) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Butz to Chemist (Up, Right) [Equip: Mythril (knife), GrnBeret]
  • Job: Faris to Samurai (Left, Down) (Ability: Dash) [Optimize]

Enter the meteor and watch the scene. Afterward, fly to the Worus meteor (head straight north until the river is visible, then fly east).

Battle: Puroboros

Battle Information
HP
1500
Party
*Faris (14:4382) / *Lenna (14:4332) / empty / *Butz (14:4350)
Battle Plan
Faris
Gil Toss
Butz
Set the Drink cursor to the Giant (potion)

Fly to the Gohn meteor by flying east until a continent passes to the south, and then turning south. Land on the green tile to the left of the meteor.

Battle: Chim.Brain

Battle Information
HP
3300
Party
*Faris (14:4382) / *Lenna (14:4332) / empty / *Butz (14:4350)
Spoils
PhenixDwn
Battle Plan
Faris
Gil Toss
Butz
Defend
Lenna
Gil Toss

Afterward, fly to the Karnak meteor by heading north to the desert and then turning east.

Menu

  • Use a HiPotion on Butz if he is not at full health.

Battle: Titan

Battle Information
HP
2500
Party
*Faris (14:4382) / *Lenna (14:4332) / empty / *Butz (14:4350)
Spoils
HiPotion
Battle Plan
Faris
Gil Toss (hold A)
Butz
Drink Giant (potion) (hold A)
Lenna
Gil Toss (hold A)

Fly to the teleporter which is very near to the southeast.

Galuf's World

After arriving, immediately use a Tent.

Battle: Abductor x1

Battle Information
HP
1500
Party
empty / empty / empty / *Butz (14:4350)
Battle Plan
Butz
Wait for Abductor to attack
Fight Butz

Watch the scenes, and eventually you'll be in control of Galuf.

Menu

  • Job: Galuf to Thief (Right, Right) [No Equipment]

Make your way to the basement of the castle.

Battle: Jail Bear x1

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Menu

  • Job: Galuf to Samurai (Left, Down) [Optimize]

Battle: Gilgamesh

Battle Information
HP
11500
Party
empty / empty / *Galuf (14:4332) / empty
Battle Plan
Galuf
Gil Toss

After the scenes, make your way outside the castle.

Step Route

  • Walk all the way to the bottom of the room, then walk left to only walk on one Gilgamesh event tile.
  • After going up a floor, take 6 extra steps.

Once outside the castle, head to the Big Bridge.

Step Route

Take a half-step when leaving the entirely brown tile in the second patch after heading west from the castle.

In the first Big Bridge map, walk one tile left, then go up. You will have to fight a battle.

Battle: Lil'Chariot x3

Battle Information
HP
480
EXP
900
Party
*Faris (14:4382) / *Lenna (14:4332) / *Galuf (14:4332) / *Butz (14:4350)
Battle Plan
Faris
Gil Toss

After the battle, head north until just before the gap in the walls by the towers, and then head to the right side and continue up to the top. Inside the room, you should menu.

Menu

  • Move everyone to the back row, moving upwards.
  • Job: Butz to Samurai (Left, Down) [No Equipment]

Move forward to engage Gilgamesh.

Battle: Gilgamesh

Battle Information
HP
6500
Party
*Faris (14:4607) / *Lenna (14:4557) / *Galuf (14:4557) / *Butz (14:4575)
Battle Plan
Faris
Gil Toss
Lenna
Gil Toss
Butz
If anyone is below 343HP, use HiPotion/If not, shift commands up one person
Galuf
Wait for ATBs to fill
Gil Toss
Faris
Wait for speech
Swap Thunder (scroll) and PhenixDwn
Swap HiPotion and TurtleShell
Swap Kunai and Speed (potion)
Swap DarkMatter and Mythril (knife)
Gil Toss
Lenna
Gil Toss
Butz
Inventory Management

After the battle, continue upward. On the second Big Bridge map, again head to the left side, until a tile away from the gap this time, head to the right, move up 2 tiles, then go to the center.

Grociana

Begin making your way east toward Rugor.

Step Route

Take a half-step when stepping onto the fully green tile while heading east.

Menu

  • Use PhenixDwn on anyone who is dead.
  • Use HiPotion on anyone below 190 HP.
  • Sort inventory.
  • Job: Butz to Chemist (Up, Right) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Lenna to Thief (Right, Right) [No Equipment]

Battle: Lunenta x1, Dilure x2

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Step Route

  • Take a half-step when leaving the tile in between the mountains and the bottom tile of the inlet.
  • Take another half-step when leaving the last grass tile before entering the forest.

Inside Rugor, head to the Item Shop. Visit the left merchant and then the right merchant.

Shopping

  • Sell Protect (potion), Thunder (scroll).
  • Buy 51 HiPotion, 21 PhenixDwn, 21 MaidnKiss, 11 Eyedrop, 21 Antidote.
  • Buy 11 Revivify, and Speed (potion) if needed.

At this point, continue on the walk to the forest where you meet the moogle.

Step Route

  • Take a half-step when leaving the higher of the lower diagonal coast tiles.
  • Take another half-step when leaving the lowest alcove of the first mountains.
  • Take another half-step when leaving the tile next to the upper right tile of the lake.
  • Take yet another half-step when leaving the tile aligned with the right edge of the mountains.
  • Ensure you hug the coastline until you enter the no-encounter area.

Talk to the moogle and then enter the cave.

Moogle Sequence

Enter the water, and you'll come to a fixed encounter.

Battle: Acrophese x4

Battle Information
HP
900
EXP
1640
Party
*Faris (14:4607) / *Lenna (14:4557) / *Galuf (14:4557) / *Butz (14:4575)
Battle Plan
Lenna
Defend
Faris
Gil Toss
Butz
Defend
Galuf
Gil Toss

Step Route

Take 4 extra steps on the first platform.

Continue again into the water.

Battle: Acrophese x4

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Battle: Acrophese x4

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Step Route

Take 2 extra steps on the second platform.

Battle: Acrophese x4

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Battle: MooglEater x2

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Step Route

Take 4 extra steps on the third platform.

Battle: MooglEater x2

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Eventually, you'll come to a moogle and skeleton. Move up to engage the boss.

Battle: Tyrasaurus

Battle Information
HP
5000
Party
*Faris (14:5017) / *Lenna (14:4967) / *Galuf (14:4967) / *Butz (14:4985)
Battle Plan
Anybody
Use PhenixDwn on Tyrasaurus

Continue until the PhenixDwn actually connects.

After the scenes, you'll need to make your way through to the Moogle Village. If not on step route, simply stay away from the desert tiles. Otherwise, follow the below instructions:

Step Route

  • Head straight north until reaching the forest tiles. From here, head to the northeast corner of the nearest forest section.
  • Take a half step as you step onto the desert.
  • Head east and enter the forest area as soon as possible. Follow that forest area north up to the single diagonal tile.
  • Go east from here, and three steps in (when below the last diagonal to the north before the single horizontal tile), come to a complete stop and open the menu.
  • Continue east and exit the desert when the grass is one tile above you.

Enter the Moogle Village by entering the forest and going north until there is an open path to the west, and then going straight east.

Talk to the moogle at the upper right corner of the village. Inside the house, talk to the moogle again, and then take the third and fifth chests with 10000 gil and the Dancing (dagger).

Go outside and move down one tile to wait for the moogle.

Bal and Kelb Sequence

After finally gaining control in the castle throne room, collect the Exit spell in the secret passage to the left, and then head up the stairs on the right side of the room, continuing to the roof to speak to Cara.

Exit the castle and begin the walk toward Kelb. Or, at least, you would, except you get attacked.

Battle: Abductor x1

Battle Information
HP
2500
Party
*Faris (14:5017) / *Lenna (14:4967) / *Galuf (14:4967) / *Butz (14:4985)
Battle Plan
Lenna
Wait for attack
Use PhenixDwn on anyone dead/Defend
Faris
Gil Toss

Now, continue to Kelb, following the step route if appropriate.

Step Route

Take two steps east, and then head directly north across the dark brown area until the next diagonal grass tile is directly to the east. Come to a complete stop and open the menu.

Menu

  • Job: Galuf to Thief (Right, Right) [Optimize]
  • Job: Lenna to Samurai (Left, Down) [Optimize]

Step Route

Take 4 extra steps before entering Kelb.

Inside Kelb, enter Kelgar's house, take a single step up, then try to leave. After the scenes, leave the town to the north.

Step Route

Take 2 extra steps before entering Hiryuu Valley.

Hiryuu Valley

Make your way through the mountain until the map with all the skeletons, following the step route if appropriate.

Step Route

  • Take 6 extra steps on the second non-cave map.
  • Take 6 extra steps after crossing the bridge. During the steps, there will be an encounter. Simply run away.
  • Inside the next cave, take 8 extra steps.
  • Outside the cave, take 2 extra steps and re-enter the cave.
  • Take 4 extra steps inside the cave, and then exit and keep going.

Collect the Bone Mail from the skeleton, and enter the cave. Inside the cave, go two tiles below the door and head to the right.

Immediately go to the left, enter the door, and flip the switch.

On the way back, collect the 7000 gil in the chest.

Continue onward and enter the newly opened cave.

Inside the cave, go to the left, and collect the Coronet from the chest on the left.

Battle: ZombieDrgn x1

Battle Information
HP
4590
EXP
1648
Party
*Faris (14:5017) / *Lenna (14:4967) / *Galuf (14:4967) / *Butz (14:4985)
Spoils
DragnFang
Battle Plan
Anybody
Use PhenixDwn on ZombieDrgn until it connects

Continue back to the entrance of the cave and now head to the right path.

Step Route

On the way past the entrance to the cave, exit and re-enter.

Battle: ZombieDrgn x1

Battle Information
HP
4590
EXP
1648
Party
*Faris (14:5429) / *Lenna (14:5379) / *Galuf (14:5379) / *Butz (14:5397)
Spoils
DragnFang
Battle Plan
Anybody
Use PhenixDwn on ZombieDrgn until it connects

Step Route

  • Enter the save point room and leave.
  • Take 14 extra steps before leaving the cave.

Outside, head to the right and follow the path until you reach the boss.

Battle: HiryuuPlant

Battle Information
HP
12000
Party
Faris (15:5841) / Lenna (15:5791) / Galuf (15:5791) / Butz (15:5809)
Spoils
Elixir
Battle Plan
Galuf
Defend
Faris
Gil Toss
Lenna
Gil Toss
Butz
Defend
Galuf
Defend
Faris
Gil Toss
Lenna
Gil Toss

Menu

  • Job: Galuf to Time Mage (Left, Left, Up) [No Equipment]
  • Use Galuf to cast Exit

Big Boat and Barrier Tower

Begin making your way back to the Castle of Bal.

Step Route

  • Take 2 extra steps before entering Kelb.
  • From Kelb, head due south, and when you reach the last tile before the green diagonal tile, take a half-step when leaving the fully brown tile.

Menu

  • Job: Galuf to Thief (Right, Right) [Optimize]

Inside the castle, sneak in, and make your way to to talk to Cara in bed and then the Hiryuu on the roof.

Fly north through the valley, exit to the ocean, and then fly the short distance north to Guido's cave. Land as close to the forest as possible.

After the scenes, fly to the ship armada by flying due east to the center of the brown patch, then turning south until the mountains are in view at the bottom of the screen, following them east, and then turning south.

After the short scene on the ship, head inside and take a nap.

When you awake, make your way to the top of the ship, and eventually work down to fight the single stationary enemy.

Battle: Gabbledegak x1

Battle Information
HP
1200
EXP
888
Party
Faris (15:5841) / Lenna (15:5791) / Galuf (15:5791) / Butz (15:5809)
Battle Plan
Galuf
Use HiPotion on Galuf
Faris
Gil Toss

Menu

  • Job: Butz to Thief (Right, Right) (Ability: !Combine) [Optimize]
  • Job: Faris to Chemist (Up, Right) (Ability: !Gil Toss) [No Equipment]

Battle: Gilgamesh

Battle Information
HP
8888
Party
Faris (15:6137) / Lenna (15:6087) / Galuf (15:5791) / Butz (15:6105)
Spoils
Gold (shield) (DISCARD)
Battle Plan
Butz
Wait for ATB to fill
Combine PhenixDwn and Dark Matter on Gilgamesh
Faris
Move DragnFang to 2L
Swap Antidote and Flame (scroll)
Swap TurtleShell and Revivify
Move cursor to Speed (potion)

After the battle, head down to the submarine and enter the Barrier Tower. Begin heading toward the top.

Step Route

  • On the first floor, take 10 extra steps, leave the room, and re-enter.
  • On the second floor, take 10 extra steps.

On the second floor, collect the 9000 gil in the chest you walk directly by.

Continue upward, and then on 6F, collect the 18000 gil in the chest.

On 9F, go to the right.

Step Route

  • Take 4 extra steps on 8F.
  • Take 12 extra steps on 9F.
  • Take 2 extra steps in the save point room.
  • On the next map, reach the first tile of the stairs, and then return to the save point room.
  • Take 8 extra steps in the save point room.

Continue the roof and engage Atmos.

Battle: Atmos

Battle Information
HP
19997
Party
Faris (15:6137) / Lenna (15:6087) / Galuf (15:5791) / Butz (15:6105)
Spoils
DarkMatter
Battle Plan
Butz
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Faris
Faris
Drink Speed (potion)
Lenna
Gil Toss
Faris
Gil Toss
Butz
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Faris
Lenna
Move Mythril (knife) to 2L
Defend
Faris
If Slow 2 was cast, drink Speed (potion)/Gil Toss
Faris
Gil Toss
Faris
Gil Toss

After the scenes, enter the submarine and exit again.

Menu

  • Job: Faris to Ninja (Left, Down, Left) (Ability: !Escape) [Optimize]
  • Job: Lenna to Time Mage (Left, Left, Up) [No Equipment]

Make your way to Guido's cave. Travel due east until you hit a wall, head north (going around the rock) until a bunch of rocks pass on the left, at which point turn west until you hit a wall, then go north. The cave should come into view.

Guido's Cave

Step Route

  • After exiting the submarine, take 4 extra steps and re-enter the submarine before continuing.
  • On B2F, take 2 extra steps.

Get the rock out of the middle chest.

Step Route

Take 8 extra steps after picking up the rock.

Drop the rock in the top left chest, and then head into the open door.

Step Route

Take 1 extra step in front of the switch.

Hit the switch and then leave the room. Collect the rock and then head down to the bottom left chest.

Battle: Radiator x2

Battle Plan
Faris
Escape

Step Route

Take 4 extra steps after the encounter.

Drop the rock into the bottom left chest, and then head into the newly opened door. Simply pass through the next room.

On B3F, head to the left and go down to the hidden passage.

Battle: Metamorpha x1

Battle Plan
Faris
Escape (hold A)

Continue, hit the switch, and then make your way back toward the newly created doorway.

Battle: Metamorpha x1

Battle Plan
Faris
Escape (hold A)

Step Route

  • Take 4 extra steps before leaving the room.
  • Take 10 extra steps in the final room.

Battle: Metamorpha x1

Battle Plan
Faris
Escape (hold A)

Battle: Metamorpha x1

Battle Plan
Faris
Escape (hold A)

After that encounter and emerging into the room, make sure to head right. Continue to visit with Guido.

Menu

  • Use Lenna to cast Exit.

From here, head to Mua. Head west to the wall, and then head north until you're one tile below the coral that appears.

Head west, shifting slightly north when you hit the wall, and continue west until you see two coral close together. Continue past those coral until you're one tile west of a third coral that appears. Head directly south until you pass the rocks, and then head east.

Surface and then enter the Great Forest of Mua.

Menu

  • Use PhenixDwn on Galuf.
  • Job: Galuf to Samurai (Left, Down) [Equip Coronet and Bone Mail]
  • Job: Lenna to Thief (Right, Right) (Ability: !Gil Toss) [Optimize]
  • Job: Faris to Chemist (Up, Right) (Ability: !Gil Toss) [Optimize]

Open the forest, and then after the scenes, head north until even with the hedge (if on step route, you will get an encounter on a great tile to turn), and then head due east.

Battle: GajraGajri x2, MiniMage x2

Battle Information
HP
GajraGajri: 75, MiniMage: 1100
EXP
2700
Party
Faris (15:6137) / Lenna (15:6087) / Galuf (15:5791) / Butz (15:6105)
Battle Plan
Lenna
Gil Toss

Battle: GajraGajri x2, MiniMage x2

Battle Information
HP
GajraGajri: 75, MiniMage: 1100
EXP
2700
Party
Faris (15:6812) / Lenna (15:6762) / Galuf (15:6466) / Butz (15:6780)
Battle Plan
Lenna
Gil Toss

When aligned with the hole in the tree, head north and enter the tree. Head directly through the next room.

On the next forest map, head north until even with the center of the trunk of the tree to the left, and then simply head due right.

Battle: Mammon x2, GajraGajri x2, MiniMage x1

Battle Information
HP
Mammon: 1700, GajraGajri: 75, MiniMage: 1100
EXP
3500
Party
Faris (16:7487) / Lenna (16:7437) / Galuf (16:7141) / Butz (16:7455)
Battle Plan
Lenna
Gil Toss

Continue heading east until you hit the wall, then head north a few tiles, veer east two tiles, then continue north to activate the tree.

Step Route

  • Take 2 extra steps before entering the tree.
  • Take 4 extra steps in the next room.

On the next forest map, head north (veering around the tree), turn right at the hedge, and go until one tile before the flowers (and even with the branch of the tree you pass).

Turn north, and continue north, veering east around the tree until even with the tip of the highest branch of the second tree.

Battle: Wyrm x1

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Turn west at this point, and continue until the scene.

After the fire begins, collect the Aegis (shield) in the chest, and then wait on the tile below the bottom of the group of three flames.

Step Route

Take 2 extra steps before reaching the waiting tile.

Wait until the moogle moves, and then exit the cave.

Head south one tile, then due west until you hit the wall. Head north to the tree, go around it to the left, and keep going north.

Battle: GajraGajri x2, MiniMage x2

Battle Information
HP
GajraGajri: 75, MiniMage: 1100
EXP
2700
Party
Faris (16:8362) / Lenna (16:8312) / Galuf (16:8016) / Butz (16:8330)
Battle Plan
Lenna
Gil Toss

Go left around the bushes and continue north to open the path to the Elder Tree. After the scene, enter the tree.

Battle: GajraGajri x2, MiniMage x2

Battle Plan

Simply run away from the battle (hold L+R).

Step Route

Take 6 extra steps before entering the tree.

Menu

  • Use HiPotion on the entire party.

Move forward to engage the boss.

Battle: Seal Guardians

Battle Information
HP
7777
Party
Faris (17:9037) / Lenna (17:8987) / Galuf (16:8691) / Butz (17:9005)
Battle Plan
Lenna
Gil Toss
Butz
Combine Antidote and Revivify on Faris

If Faris dies here, use PhenixDwn on her and Defend until her next turn.

Faris
Gil Toss
Galuf
Gil Toss

Battle: Exdeath

Battle Information
HP
50000
Party
empty / empty / Galuf (16:8691) / empty
Battle Plan
Galuf
Use PhenixDwn on Galuf

Wait through the scenes, and eventually you'll gain control on the world map.

Exdeath's Castle

Fly to Exdeath's castle. From your current location, fly to the west until you pass over the last burned tree in your current row, then turn south. Turn west when you reach the water, and then turn south again to follow the peninsula. Fly until the second to last fully two-wide row of the peninsula, and then turn west. Land when you hit the mountains.

Step Route

  • Take 8 extra steps before entering the castle.
  • After your third extra step, take a half-step (and menu) when leaving that tile (to ultimately take 7 extra steps).

Menu

  • Swap Faris and Lenna.
  • Ability: Lenna to !Escape [Optimize, Remove Dancing]
  • Job: Butz to Mediator (Up) [Optimize]
  • Job: Cara to Mediator (Up) [Optimize]

Continue making your way through the castle, remembering to take a step right at the dead end to trigger the scene.

Step Route

  • Take 4 extra steps on 2F, then exit and re-enter.
  • After the castle transformation, take 8 extra steps before continuing.

Battle: Magic Drgn x1, TwinLizard x1, Wall Mage x1

Battle Plan
Lenna
Escape

Battle: Magic Drgn x3, Arage x1, Blind Wolf x1

Battle Information
HP
Magic Drgn: 2900, Arage: 1050, Blind Wolf: 900
EXP
2448
Party
Lenna (17:8987) / Faris (17:9037) / Cara (16:8691) / Butz (17:9005)
Battle Plan
Lenna
Defend
Faris
Gil Toss
Cara
Catch Magic Drgn
Butz
Catch Magic Drgn
Lenna
Defend
Faris
Gil Toss

Be careful with the next few floors, as it's necessary to take various secret passages.

Step Route

On 6F, take 10 extra steps and then exit and re-enter.

On 7F, you'll need to menu to prepare for the DragnFang dupe.

Menu

  • Job: Cara to Ninja (Left, Down, Left) (Ability: !Smoke) [Optimize, Remove both Kunai]
  • Job: Faris to Thief (Right, Right) (Ability: !Combine) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Lenna to Knight (Ability: !Escape) [Optimize]
  • Job: Butz to Thief (Right, Right) (Ability: !Combine) [No Equipment]
  • Use two HiPotion on Lenna.
  • Swap HiPotion and PhenixDwn.

Step Route

Take 8 extra steps before reaching the switch.

Battle: Red Dragon x1, BlueDragon x1

Battle Information
HP
Red Dragon: 7500, BlueDragon: 6900
Party
Lenna (17:9599) / Faris (17:9649) / Cara (17:9303) / Butz (17:9617)
Battle Plan
Cara
Equip Mythril (knife)
Throw original Mythril (knife) location
Faris
Combine MaidnKiss and Revivify on Red Dragon
Butz
Combine MaidnKiss and Revivify on BlueDragon
Lenna
Guard
Cara
Throw empty location again
Faris
Steal from BlueDragon
Butz
Steal from BlueDragon

At this point, repeat the stealing process (with Lenna Guarding and Cara Defending) until you succesfully steal. After that, escape from the battle via Escape or Smoke.

Finish taking your extra steps (if on step route), and press the switch to stop the bridge.

If you mistarget the bridge, defeat the enemies with Gil Toss, Combine Eyedrop and DragnFang or throw Kunai.

Step Route

  • If the bridge is in the dead center, ensure you take 2 extra steps, avoiding the skulls.
  • On 8F, take 16 extra steps, exit and re-enter.
  • On your second visit to 10F, take 4 extra steps, and then return to 9F.
  • On 9F, take 4 extra steps, and then continue back to 10F and keep going.
  • On 11F, ensure you step to the right early, so you avoid one of the chest event tiles.

Once you reach 13F, go up a few steps and then stop to menu.

Menu

  • Job: Lenna to Chemist (Up, Right) (Ability: !Gil Toss) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Cara to Knight (Ability: !Gil Toss) [Optimize, Equip Mythril (knife)]
  • Use two HiPotion on Cara.

Move forward to engage Exdeath.

Battle: Exdeath

Battle Information
HP
32768
Party
Lenna (17:9599) / Faris (17:9649) / Cara (17:9303) / Butz (17:9617)
Battle Plan
Faris
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Lenna
Butz
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Lenna
Lenna
Drink Speed (potion)
Cara
Guard
Lenna
Gil Toss
Faris
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Butz
Defend
Lenna
Gil Toss
Cara
Guard
Lenna
Gil Toss
Faris
Defend
Butz
Defend
Lenna
Gil Toss

World 3

Walk north to enter Castle Tycoon and watch the scenes. When you gain control, go out to the balcony to talk to Cara. Exit the castle and head toward the pirate cave to collect Boco.

Once you have Boco, begin working your way around the world toward Guido's cave. On the way, you'll have to deal with the Antlion scene.

Battle: Antlion

Battle Information
HP
8100
Party
empty / empty / Cara (17:9303) / Butz (17:9617)
Battle Plan
Butz
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Cara
Cara
Gil Toss
Butz
If Sonic Wave hits Cara, Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Cara/Defend
Cara
Gil Toss

After the scenes, continue to Guido's cave, remembering to dismount before you enter the cave. After yet more scenes, you'll find yourself in the Ancient Library. Exit the library and begin the walk to the desert.

Step Route

  • Take a half-step when stepping onto the last tile before the mountains force you to go south.
  • Take another half-step after you hit the wall to the south, and prepare to menu.

Menu

  • Job: Faris to Bard (Left, Left, Left) (Ability: !Gil Toss) [Optimize]

In the forest, take one step to the south to avoid the event tiles. Continue to the Pyramid.

Battle: Gargoyle x2

Battle Information
HP
5000
Party
empty / Faris (17:9649) / Cara (17:9303) / Butz (17:9617)
Battle Plan
Butz
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Faris
Faris
Gil Toss

Menu

  • Ability: Faris to !Combine [No Equipment]

Enter the Pyramid and go up the stairs down the hallway with a door. When you enter the room with the switches, several snakes will pop out. You'll very likely have to fight one of these.

Optional Battle: Aspis x1

Battle Information
HP
1280
EXP
266
Party
empty / Faris (17:9649) / Cara (17:9303) / Butz (17:9617)
Battle Plan
Butz
Combine HiPotion and PhenixDwn on Aspis

After the battle, ensure you are facing up to avoid fighting the other one. Hit the first and third switches when you have a chance, and make your way to the next floor.

On the next floor, wait for the spikes to come out, walk to the middle, wait for the stairs, and then proceed to the next room.

In the next room, avoid the monsters and make your way to the platform with the mummy. If you do accidentally encounter one of the monsters, there is a backup:

Optional Battle: MachinHead x1

Battle Information
HP
7210
Party
empty / Faris (17:9915) / Cara (17:9569) / Butz (17:9883)
Battle Plan
Butz
Combine DragnFang and Eyedrop on MachinHead
Faris
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Cara
Cara
Gil Toss
Butz
Combine Eyedrop and DragnFang on MachinHead if needed/Use Antidote on Faris
Faris
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Cara
Cara
Gil Toss

Menu

  • Ensure Butz and Faris are in critical HP. If not, you'll need to walk around some more first.
  • Sort the inventory.
  • Use two HiPotion on Cara.
  • Use Antidote on everybody.
  • TODO: Potentially fix inventory if anything needs doing here. Ultimately want antidote, revivify, antidote, turtleshell visible, plus darkmatter

Move forward to engage the mummies.

Battle: Mummy x3

Battle Information
HP
2900
Party
empty / Faris (17:9915) / Cara (17:9569) / Butz (17:9883)
Battle Plan
Butz
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Cara
Faris
Defend
Cara
Gil Toss

Menu

  • Ability: Faris to !Black [No Equipment]
  • Ability: Butz to !Escape [No Equipment]
  • Job: Cara to Mediator (Up) (Ability: Cover) [Optimize]

Step Route

After the save point room, you need to assess if you are on step route. You should get the following encounter as you walk down the hallway, even with the doorway tile to the left. If not, you'll need to adjust your extra steps acoordingly.

Battle: ZephyrZone x1

Battle Plan
Butz
Escape

Step Route

  • Take 6 extra steps before going up the stairs, unless you need to adjust your steps.
  • If you need to take an extra single step, you can do so off the quicksand switches on the next floor.

Battle: ZephyrZone x1

Battle Plan
Butz
Escape

Step Route

  • On the next floor, take 12 extra steps.
  • When moving toward the Guard (ring), ensure you don't walk too far to the left before going onto the vanishing tiles.

Collect the Guard (ring), and then continue to the tablet.

After the scenes, leave the Pyramid and walk back to the Elder Tree.

Menu

  • Job: Butz to Mediator (Up) [No Equipment]

Battle: Merugene

Battle Information
HP
20000
Party
empty / Faris (17:9915) / Cara (17:9569) / Butz (17:9883)
Battle Plan
Faris
Cast Fire
Cara
Release
Butz
Release

Final Preparation

Begin making your way to the airship.

Step Route

When you hit the mountains before you're forced to turn north to exit the mountain range, come to a complete stop and open the menu.

Menu

  • Job: Butz to Thief (Right, Right) (Ability: !Escape) [No Equipment]

Step Route

Take a half-step when stepping onto the bridge in front of the castle.

After the scenes, fly to the Mirage forest (nearly straight north) and land in the little nook on the south end of the forest. Enter the town, which can be any of the upper left 6 tiles of the forest.

Inside the town, head to the armory.

Shopping

  • Sell 61 DragnFang and Guard (ring).
  • Buy 3 Running (shoes).

Step Route

Ensure you hold A as you leave Mirage to half-step onto the airship.

Leave the town, board the airship, and fly to the entrance to the Cleft of Dimension (east the short distance to the bay, and then due north).

Cleft of Dimension

On the first part of the desert, go east whenever possible. Otherwise, go south. Once you're directly below the staircase to the next section, head north.

Battle: Land Crawl x1

Battle Plan
Butz
Escape

Be sure to move east one tile as soon as you're up the stairs, so you don't accidentally go up onto the wrong tile.

Battle: Ammona x5

Battle Plan
Butz
Escape (hold A)

After the next quicksand ride, simply hold right until you reach the doorway. Make your way until you reach the forest section, following the step route if appropriate.

Step Route

  • When entering the room with the two visible chains, immediately exit back to the previous map.
  • Take 12 extra steps on the previous map, and then continue.
  • When you reach the next map, take 12 extra steps, and then return to the previous map.
  • Take 14 extra steps on the previous map.
  • Repeat the previous 12/14 combo again and then continue.
  • When you reach the chain elevator, exit back to the previous map.
  • Take 10 extra steps in the previous map, and then continue.

In the forest, head east, north, and then west into the tiny gap. Veer east around the tree, and go north until you reach the hedge. Go east until the path opens back up toward the south.

Battle: MossFungus x3

Battle Plan
Butz
Escape (hold A)

Go east until you hit the flowers, then head south, weaving your way southeast to get the Ribbon in the chest. After collecting the Ribbon, go east, veer south around the tree, and continue east and south into the alcove.

Battle: MossFungus x1, White Flame x4

Battle Plan
Butz
Escape (hold A)

Step Route

  • Take 12 extra steps after the tree activation scene.
  • Take 2 extra steps before menuing and triggering the boss fight.

Menu

  • Move Butz, Lenna and Faris to the front row.
  • Job: Faris to Normal (Left) (Ability: !Escape, !Combine) [Optimize]
  • Job: Cara to Thief (Right, Right) (Ability: Cover) [No Equipment]
  • Job: Butz to Red Mage (Up, Left) (Ability: !Combine) [Equip Running (shoes)]
  • Use Butz to cast Life on Lenna.
  • Equip Lenna: Optimize, Equip Mythril (knife).

Battle: Calofisteri

Battle Information
HP
18000
Party
*Lenna (17:9599) / *Faris (17:9915) / Cara (17:9569) / *Butz (17:9883)
Battle Plan
Faris
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Butz
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Lenna
Gil Toss
Cara
Defend
Faris
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Lenna
Butz
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Lenna
Lenna
Gil Toss
Faris
If Lenna is hit by Age, Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna/Defend
Butz
Combine MaidnKiss and Antidote on Lenna
Lenna
Gil Toss

Step Route

Take 8 extra steps after the battle.

Continue through the cave portion of the dungeon, paying attention to step route if appropriate.

Step Route

  • When reaching the waterfalls, take 6 extra steps and then enter and exit the cave.
  • Enter and exit the cave in the middle of the map.
  • Go down the waterfall, and then enter the cave to the left.

Avoid Omega by taking a step downward and moving quickly after exiting the cave.

Step Route

  • Enter the cave, do four loops around the room, and then go back a map.
  • Do one loop outside the cave.
  • Do one more loop inside the cave and continue.

Talk to the book to engage Apanda.

Battle: Apanda

Battle Information
HP
22200
Party
*Lenna (17:9599) / *Faris (17:9915) / Cara (17:9569) / *Butz (17:9883)
Battle Plan
Faris
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Butz
Combine Revivify and TurtleShell on Apanda
Lenna
Gil Toss
Faris
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Lenna
Butz
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Lenna
Lenna
Gil Toss
Faris
Use PhenixDwn on Cara
Butz
Defend
Lenna
Gil Toss

Exit the library and make your way through the floating castle.

Battle: AvisDragon x1

Battle Plan
Faris
Escape

Battle: AvisDragon x2

Battle Plan
Faris
Escape

Battle: Catastroph

Battle Information
HP
19997
Party
*Lenna (17:9599) / *Faris (17:9915) / Cara (17:9569) / *Butz (17:9883)
Battle Plan
Faris
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Butz
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Lenna
Defend
Faris
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Lenna
Butz
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Lenna
Lenna
Gil Toss
Faris
Defend
Butz
Defend
Lenna
Gil Toss

Step Route

Take 6 extra steps before entering the final hall in the castle.

Once you enter the hall, make sure you take the left path, and after your first attempt at exiting the room, open the menu.

Menu

  • Ability: Faris to !Gil Toss, !Combine [Optimize]

Attempt to exit again to engage the boss.

Battle: Halicarnaso

Battle Information
HP
33333
Party
*Lenna (17:9599) / *Faris (17:9915) / Cara (17:9569) / *Butz (17:9883)
Battle Plan
Faris
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Butz
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Lenna
Gil Toss
Faris
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Faris
Butz
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Faris
Lenna
Gil Toss
Faris
Gil Toss
Butz
Defend
Lenna
Gil Toss

Continue to the roof, and then open the menu, before moving forward to engage the boss.

Menu

  • Ability: Faris to !Hide, !Combine [Optimize]

Battle: Twin Tania

Battle Information
HP
50000
Party
*Lenna (17:9599) / *Faris (17:9915) / Cara (17:9569) / *Butz (17:9883)
Battle Plan
Faris
Hide
Butz/Lenna/Faris
Wait through four Twin Tania actions (including Effective)
Show
Faris
Use HiPotion on Faris
Faris
Defend
Faris
Defend
Faris
Combine PhenixDwn and DarkMatter on Twin Tania

Make your way through the final part of the dungeon.

Step Route

Take 6 extra steps in the second room.

Battle: Gorchimera x2

Battle Plan
Faris
Hide

Battle: Gorchimera x2

Battle Plan
Faris
Hide (hide A)

Step Route

Take 2 extra steps before entering the teleporter.

Battle: CrysDragon x1

Battle Plan
Faris
Hide (hide A)

Activate the cutscene with Exdeath, and when they're over, prepare for your final menu.

Menu

  • Job: Faris to Red Mage (Up, Left) [No Equipment]
  • Cast Life with Faris on Lenna and Butz
  • Job: Faris to Knight (Ability: !Combine) [Optimize, Remove shield]
  • Job: Butz to Dancer (Left, Left) (Ability: !Combine) [Optimize]
  • Job: Lenna to Samurai (Left, Down) (Ability: !Combine) [Optimize]

Battle: Exdeath

Battle Information
HP
49001
Party
*Lenna (17:9599) / *Faris (17:9915) / Cara (17:9569) / *Butz (17:9883)
Battle Plan
Butz
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Faris
Guard
Lenna
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Butz
Combine DragnFang and HiPotion on Lenna
Faris
Combine HiPotion and DragnFang on Lenna
Lenna
Gil Toss
Butz
Combine MaidnKiss and Revivify on Exdeath
Faris
Guard
Lenna
Gil Toss
Butz
Defend
Faris
Guard
Lenna
Gil Toss

Repeat the last three commands until Exdeath is dead.