Final Fantasy IV SFC Any% NoCW Guide

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

Introduction

These are my notes for the Final Fantasy IV SFC Any% NoCW speedrun. While I am very familiar with the game and the speedrun, I am nonetheless nowhere near being the world record holder in this category or any other, so there are almost certainly faster ways to do things. That said, I do periodically update this document as new techniques and strategies are discovered, so if you follow them, you're probably not doomed to be perilously slow.

Do note, however, that this guide is much less updated than some of my others. You may wish to view the top runs at speedrun.comas they use slightly newer routing, though the inventory warps should be the same.

General Concepts

While these are largely my personal notes used when I actually run the game, a number of people have been using them to learn the run, so I will briefly go over some of the more general concepts that apply to the run. However, the notes will almost certainly still assume you are generally familiar with some of the techniques used speedrunning the game (such as item duplication and run buffering). If you are unfamiliar with these, there are other resources on this site that you may wish to examine.

Experience Path

Unfortunately, as it turns out, levels matter a lot in this run. As such, there is a lot of research into the best ways to allocate experience throughout the run. Experience is primarily manipulated using the following facts:

  1. Dead characters do not gain experience. Total experience from the fight is divided amongst living party members. Therefore, the fewer characters that are alive, the more experience the living ones collect.
  2. Characters in the so-called shadow party gain the same amount of experience as living party members. These are characters who have left the party and will later return.

The "perfect" path is a matter of personal preference and is always up for debate. I make my recommendations throughout this guide, but there are many ways to skin a cat, and you're welcome to develop your own path that suits your playing style better. You'll still want to keep in mind the following point:

Inventory Management

Another important aspect of any NoCW run is inventory management. You end up with a very full inventory and the exact locations of some of the items will be important by the end of the run. This guide makes some recommendations, but ultimately, you will need to come up with an inventory management scheme you're comfortable with.

Mimic Glitch

You have the option of using the Mimic Glitch (AKA Carrot/TrashCan) to defeat Milon and/or Milon Z. Learning these is beyond the scope of this guide, but it may be useful to know that you only need to pick up the Carrot or move the TrashCan to the top of the inventory if you intend to utilize these strategies.

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.

Conventions

This guide uses the following conventions:

Acknowledgements

This route was heavily inspired by the inventory warps devised by Myself086 for the SNES Any% NoCW route. Following that template (and after exhaustively searching all the SFC rooms), I devised a comparable item route for the SFC version, based on the superior 12-item route.

The remainder of the route, including the SFC-specific battle strategies and buying route, was initially put together by catastrophic4. Some modifications have been made since his work, but much of it still remains.

Of course, I must thank the entire FF4 speedrunning community for their unending helpfulness and drive toward improving all categories.

Resources

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

Differences from SNES

The following is a short, non-comprehensive list of major differences between the SFC and SNES releases, targeted toward speedrunners of the game:

Walkthrough

Prologue

Begin the game. During the introduction, you may wish to hold down B+Right+Down immediately before the battle with the Raven, in an attempt to avoid the Raven's attack. This is known as the BRD or BIRD skip. It may or may not work for you, depending on the awesomeness of your mashing. Finish the introduction and gain control.

Menu

  • Set battle speed (バトルスピード) and battle message (バトルメッセージ) to 1.
  • Set window color RGB (ウィンドウカラー) to 8,7,3.

Step Route

Unless you're relatively sure that you're on seed 92, your best bet is to take 0 extra steps in Castle Baron.

Check if your first encounter is either of the following:

  • World Map (Baron), Step 6: Imp x4
  • Misty Cave, Step 65 (first tile of northwest bridge): SandMoth x2, Larva x2 (followed by Larva x3 6 steps later)

If so, you are on one of the seeds with a Mist Clip encounter. To avoid it, you need to take 4 extra steps at some point. (Taking 2 steps will skip one encounter, only to cruelishly give you another on the Mist Clip).

If you take an extra step, you're on your own, but you should be safe if you're relatively close to hitting 92.

Pick up the Ether1 (エーテル) and Tent (テント) on Castle Baron 1F (the middle and rightmost chests) and then head to Cecil's room in the left tower to finish the introduction.

Walk to the chocobo forest, optinally pick up the Carrot (ギサールのやさい), capture a yellow chocobo, and ride to the Misty Cave (ミストのどうくつ).

Misty Cave (ミストのどうくつ)

Walk through the cave until you reach the boss.

Battle: D.Mist (ミストドラゴン)

Battle Information
HP
465
EXP
700
Party
*Kain (10:2300) / empty / *Cecil (10:3000) / empty / *empty
Battle Plan
Kain
Jump (ジャンプ)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)
Kain
Fight (たたかう)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)
Kain
Jump (ジャンプ)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)

D.Mist (ミストドラゴン) turns to mist.

Cecil
Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Kain
Wait until note before long high note
Jump (ジャンプ)
Cecil
Wait for "もとに もどる! いまがこうげきの チャンス!"
Duplicate shield slot
Fight (たたかう)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)
Kain
Jump (ジャンプ)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)

Continue with Fight and Jump until D.Mist falls. There is a small chance (just under 1%) of a third cycle, depending on damage rolls.

Mist Clip

After the battle, exit the cave and head toward Mist. When you approach the last tile before the town, hold left, and then hold X. When the menu opens, release the keys, and then use the Tent (テント). After the night is over, and Cecil lowers his arm, begin to hold right, and almost immediately after, begin to hold X (while continuing to hold right). Once the menu is open, you can release the keys.

Menu

  • Unequip Kain: Iron (armor) (アイアンアーマー)
  • Equip Cecil: Shadow (shield) (あんこくのたて)
  • Unequip Cecil: Shadow (shield) (あんこくのたて) in same slot, which will leave an "empty" slot in your inventory.
  • Save the game, reset, and reload.

Walk past the village tiles, and then enter Mist (ミストのむら) from the right side. Head to the weapon shop.

Shopping

  • Sell empty slot where you unequipped Shadow (shield) (あんこくのたて).
  • Buy 10 Dancing (dagger) (ダンシングダガー).

Head to the northeast grass field and pick up the Bomb Fragment (ボムのかけら).

Head to the northwest house, enter the fireplace, and pick up the Tiara (きんのかみかざり) from the first chest and Change (rod) (へんげのロッド) from the chest at the end of the long passage. Exit the house and trigger the cut scene.

Battle: Girl (おんなのこ)

Battle Information
HP
60000
EXP
0
Party
*Kain (10:2650) / empty / *Cecil (11:3350) / empty / *empty
Inventory Goals
Tiara (きんのかみかざり) to 1L
Dancing (ダンシングダガー) to 1R
Change (へんげのロッド) to 3L
Carrot (ギアールのやさい) to 3R
Bomb Fragment (ボムのかけら) to 4R
Ether1 (エーテル) to 5R
Iron (armor) (アイアンアーマー) to 7L
Battle Plan

Attempt to rearrange your inventory during the animations. Change rows (チェンジ) at the end for fist-pump swag strats.

Kaipo (オアシスのむらカイポ)

Step Route

If you are using a step route, this is when you need to start watching which steps you get encounters on.

Continue to Kaipo (オアシスのむらカイポ) in the middle of the desert. Enter the town and trigger the cut scene.

NPC Movement

NPC movement may seem random, but it's actually reasonably deterministic during this portion of the game. Assuming you walk perfectly and don't stand around, the NPCs will always be in the same location from run to run. This will remain true until Fabul. Learn where the NPCs will be and optimize your walking accordingly.

Battle: Officer (ジェネラル) x1, Soldier (バロンへい) x3

Battle Information
HP
Officer (ジェネラル): 221 / Soldier (バロンへい): 27
EXP
471
Party
empty / empty / *Cecil (11:3350) / empty / empty
Battle Plan
Cecil
Run Buffer
Darkness (あんこく)
Cecil
Run Buffer
Darkness (あんこく)

If any of the soldiers survive, either use Fight (たたかう) or Darkness (あんこく) as appropriate.

Menu

  • Equip Rydia: Tiara (きんのかみかざり).
  • Move Rydia down one slot. (Form (ならびかえ), A, Down, A)

Visit Rosa in the northeast house. Mash with B to avoid talking to Rosa repeatedly. Afterward, leave the house.

On the way out of town, pick up the Ether1 (エーテル) in the top pot next to the house to the south of the house Rosa is in.

Just before exiting the town (immediately after emerging from the door in the wall), take one step to the right, and then go down.

Head north to the cave and enter the Watery Pass (ちかすいみゃくみなみぐち).

Watery Pass (ちかすいみゃくみなみぐち)

Walk through the first part of the cave, recruit Tellah, and then continue to the end of the cave. In the last room, pick up the Copper Hourglass (どうのすなどけい) and Darkness (sword) (シャドーブレイド), and exit the cave.

Enter the other cave and proceed until you meet Octomamm (オクトマンモス).

Battle: Octomamm (オクトマンモス)

Battle Information
HP
2350
EXP
1200
Party
*Tellah (20:54873) / Rydia (1:0) / *Cecil (11:3821) / empty / *empty
Inventory Goals
Shadow (sword) (あんこくのつるぎ) to bottom
Rod (ロッド) to bottom
Staff (つえ) to bottom
Bomb Fragment (ぼむのかけら) to 2R
TrashCan (ゴミばこ) to 4R
Change (rod) (へんげのロッド) to 6L
Copper Hourglass (どうのすなどけい) to 6R
Battle Plan

The following turn order assumes nothing goes particularly badly. Depending on how the battle actually flows, you may need to have Tellah revive Rydia with Life1 (レイズ) or cure the party with Cure2 (ケアルラ). Research suggests it is optimal for Tellah to stop himself on his third turn, but you can delay this if you need to cure. If Tellah gets any additional turns after casting Stop, it's easiest to just Parry (ぼうぎょ).

Cecil
Equip Darkness (sword) (シャドーブレイド)
Fight (たたかう)
Tellah
Equip Change (へんげのロッド)
Cast Lit-1 (サンダー)
Rydia
Equip Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight (たたかう)
Tellah
Cast Lit-1 (サンダー)
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight (たたかう)
Rydia
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Tellah
Duplicate weapon slot
Cast Stop (ストップ) on Tellah
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)
Rydia
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Run Buffer
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight (たたかう)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)
Rydia
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)

At this point, just continue the pattern until Octomamm dies.

Immediately after the battle, open the menu.

Menu

  • Equip Tellah: Change (へんげのロッド) (finishes duplication).
  • Change rows and swap Tellah and Rydia. (Form (ならびかえ), Left, A, Down, A)
  • Move Cecil down one slot. (Form (ならびかえ), Down, Down, A, Down, A)

Exit the cave and enter Damcyan (ダムシアンじょう). Head to the top of the castle, watch the scene, and then take the hovercraft to the Antlion cave (アントリオン ちか1かい).

Antlion (アントリオン)

Follow the path to the second room. You may take either the left or right path, but the right path feels better to me. Your mileage may vary. Once in the second room, pick up the chest on the right side with an Antarctic Wind (なんきょくのかぜ).

Head to the save room and pick up the three chests: Life (フェニックスのお), Ether1 (エーテル), and Emergency Exit (ひじょうぐち).

On the way to Antlion's Nest (アントリオンのす), pick up the Spider Web (くものいと) in the chest in the upper left corner. Head to Antlion.

Battle: Antlion (アントリオン)

Battle Information
HP
1100
EXP
1500
Party
Rydia (4:400) / *empty / Edward (5:388) / *Cecil (11:4221) / empty
Inventory Goals
Cap (かわのぼうし) to 8L
Battle Plan
Cecil
Use Life (フェニックスのお) on Rydia/Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Edward
Equip Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Rydia
Inventory Management
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Cecil
Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Cecil
Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Rydia
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)

Immediately use the Emergency Exit (ひじょうぐち) to exit the cave. Board the hovercraft and return to Kaipo (オアシスのむらカイポ), making sure to park directly to the left of the town.

Kaipo (オアシスのむらカイポ) Revisited

Head to the house in the northeast corner of town and use the SandRuby (さばくのひかり) on Rosa.

During the night, Edward will loudly play his harp and an angry monster will attack.

Battle: WaterHag (サハギン)

Battle Information
HP
45672
EXP
800
Party
empty / *empty / Edward (6:888) / *empty / empty
Battle Plan
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Edward
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)

This method will guarantee finishing the battle within 3 turns. You may also opt to hold A and hope Edward doesn't miss too much. However, in the current formation his accuracy is approximately 47%. A potential alternate method is to change rows in the nearest menus on both sides of the fight.

The reason for the difference from the SNES version is that in the SFC version, Edward's initial harp is not a back-row compatible weapon, so he isn't immediately back-row glitched.

After waking up, leave the town, making sure to take a step to the left immediately before exiting.

Take the hovercraft to the entrance of Mt.Hobs-West (ホブスのやま にしぐち), parking directly to the left of the entrance.

Glitch Setup

This choice of parking location is not optional, and is actually critical to the glitch used later. If you park somewhere else, you will probably be unable to finish your run.

Mt.Hobs (ホブスのやま)

Climb the mountain and meet Yang at the top.

During Yang's solo battle, you can potentially manipulate yourself out of a longer battle by checking the damage rolls against this chart and pausing for a short while if you get a bad first kick.

Battle: MomBomb (マザーボム)

Battle Information
HP
MomBomb (マザーボム): 11000 (1000) / Bomb (ボム): 55 / GrayBomb (ペイニーボム): 111
EXP
2418
Party
Rydia (6:900) / *Yang (10:2061) / Edward (8:1688) / *Cecil (12:4721) / Rosa (10:2139)
Battle Plan
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)
Rosa
Aim (ねらう)
Yang
Fight (たたかう)
Rydia
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Edward
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)
Rosa
Parry (ぼうぎょ)

Rosa may need to cure if anyone (especially Rydia or Edward) gets hurt too much. MomBomb has an extra 200 HP compared to the US version, so you'll probably just end up wanting everyone to attack. Once you've done 1000 HP, parry until it's Yang's turn.

Yang
Duplicate weapon slot.
Wait for "ば く は つ  するーーー!"
Wait one second after the text disappears.
Kick (けり)
Rydia
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー) on upper GrayBomb (ペイニーボム)
Edward
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー) on lower GrayBomb (ペイニーボム)
Cecil
Darkness (あんこく)
Rosa
Aim (ねらう) on weakest Bomb (ボム)
Edward
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー) on rear GrayBomb (ペイニーボム)
Yang
Kick (けり)

Menu

  • Equip Yang: FireClaw (ほのおのつめ)/FireClaw (ほのおのつめ)/*/*/* (finishes duplication).
  • You should now have 254 FireClaw (ほのおのつめ).

Continue to the other side of the mountain, continue downward, and then head east to Fabul.

Fabul (ファブール)

Head to the King's Room and offer to help. (Do not mash the B button during this dialogue.)

Battle: Fabul Gauntlet #1 - General (キャプテン) x1, Fighter (バロンかいへい) x2

Battle Information
HP
General (キャプテン): 320 / Fighter (バロンかいへい): 65
EXP
800
Party
empty / *Yang (10:2544) / Edward (9:2171) / *Cecil (12:5204) / empty
Inventory Goals
Dreamer (ゆめのたてごと) to bottom
Battle Plan
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Antarctic Wind (なんきょくのかぜ)
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight (たたかう)
Yang
Fight (たたかう)

Depending on the Antarctic Wind damage rolls, you may not need Cecil and Yang to attack.

Battle: Fabul Gauntlet #2 - Weeper (レーシイ) x1, Imp Cap. (ドモボーイ) x1, WaterHag (サハギン) x1

Battle Information
HP
Weeper (レーシイ): 130 / Imp Cap. (ドモボーイ): 37 / WaterHag (サハギン): 64
EXP
477
Party
empty / *Yang (10:2810) / Edward (9:2437) / *Cecil (12:5470) / empty
Battle Plan
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Cecil
Run Buffer
Fight (たたかう) WaterHag (サハギン)
Yang
Fight (たたかう)

Battle: Fabul Gauntlet #3 - General (キャプテン) x1, Fighter (バロンかいへい) x2

Battle Information
HP
General (キャプテン): 320 / Fighter (バロンかいへい): 65
EXP
800
Party
empty / *Yang (11:2969) / Edward (10:2596) / *Cecil (12:5629) / empty
Inventory Goals
Cap (かわのぼうし) to 1L
<empty> to 2L/2R
Battle Plan
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Bomb Fragment (ボムのかけら)
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight (たたかう)
Yang
Fight (たたかう)

Battle: Fabul Gauntlet #4 - Gargoyle (ガーゴイル) x1

Battle Information
HP
160
EXP
315
Party
empty / *Yang (11:3235) / Edward (10:2862) / *Cecil (12:5895) / empty
Battle Plan
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Yang
Duplicate FireClaw (ほのおのつめ) slot

If for whatever reason you are unable to do the duplication in this fight, you can do it in either of the upcoming two fights.

Battle: Fabul Gauntlet #5 - Weeper (レーシイ) x1, Imp Cap. (ドモボーイ) x1, WaterHag (サハギン) x1

Battle Information
HP
Weeper (レーシイ): 130 / Imp Cap. (ドモボーイ): 37 / WaterHag (サハギン): 64
EXP
477
Party
empty / *Yang (11:3340) / Edward (10:2967) / *Cecil (12:6000) / empty
Battle Plan
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Yang
Fight (たたかう)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう) WaterHag

Battle: Fabul Gauntlet #6 - General (キャプテン) x1, Fighter (バロンかいへい) x2

Battle Information
HP
General (キャプテン): 320 / Fighter (バロンかいへい): 65
EXP
800
Party
empty / *Yang (11:3499) / Edward (10:3126) / *Cecil (13:6159) / empty
Battle Plan
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Yang
Fight (たたかう)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)

Battle: Dragoon (りゅうきし)

Battle Information
HP
65000
EXP
0
Party
empty / *empty / empty / *Cecil (13:6425) / empty
Battle Plan
Cecil
Fight (たたかう) Cecil

Walk to the Inn and watch the scenes.

Menu

  • Equip Yang: FireClaw (ほのおのつめ) (finishes duplication).
  • You should now have a stack of 255 FireClaw (ほのおのつめ) (and also your previous stack of 254).
  • Equip Rydia: Cap (かわのぼうし)
  • Equip Cecil: Black (sword) (デスブリンガー)

Head down the stairs and in the next room, pick up the Bacchus Wine (バッカスのさけ) in the bottom right pot.

Leave Fabul and head for the ship to the east.

Mysidia (ミシディア)

Walk east into Mysidia (ミシディア). Go to the armor shop on the left.

Shopping

  • Buy 10 Gaea (helm) (さんかくぼうし), 10 Gaea (armor) (だいちのころも), 10 Silver (ring) (ぎんのうでわ).
  • Buy 1 Paladin (shield) (ひかりのたて), 1 Paladin (gauntlet) (ガントレット).
  • Sell 70 FireClaw (ほのおのつめ) (twice from the stack of 254, should have 114 (い4) afterward).

Head to the House of Wishes (いのりのやかた) and talk to the elder. After the scene, head to the item shop on the right side of town.

Shopping

  • Buy 23 Cure2 (ハイポーション) (three times), 23 Life (フェニックスのお), 23 Gold Needle (きんのはり), 23 Echo Herbs (やまびこそう)
  • Sell 23 FireClaw (ほのおのつめ) (from stack of 255, which should leave 232 (せ2))

Exit the town and head east to Mt.Ordeals (しれんのやま).

Mt.Ordeals (しれんのやま)

Climb the mountain until you reach the summit.

Once on the summit, continue until you are even with the final bridge.

Menu

  • Equip Porom (for Twin strats only): */*/Tiara (きんのかみかざり)/Gaea (だいちのころも)/Silver (ぎんのうでわ).
  • Equip Palom: */Change (へんげのロッド)/Gaea (さんかくぼうし)/Gaea (だいちのころも)/Silver (ぎんのうでわ)
  • Equip Tellah: Change (へんげのロッド)/*/Gaea (さんかくぼうし)/*/Silver (ぎんのうでわ)
  • Fully heal the party (for Twin strats only).

If you are going to use the Mimic (Carrot) strategy, you should not equip or heal Porom. You can also opt to skip equipping the other characters, as well. I do recommend at least equipping Change on Palom to make the backup strategy more effective.

Battle: Milon (スカルミリョーネ)

Battle Information
HP
Milon (スカルミリョーネ): 3500 (2500) / Ghast (スカルナント): 170
EXP
3800
Party
Porom (10:1957) / *empty / Palom (10:1957) / *Cecil (13:6425) / Tellah (20:58277)
Inventory Goals
Cure2 (ハイポーション) to 1L
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15   14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Cecil
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Ghast
Palom
Bluff (つよがる)
Porom
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Ghast
Tellah
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Ghast
Cecil
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Ghast
Palom
Bluff (つよがる)
Cecil
Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Porom
Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Tellah
Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Palom
Bluff (つよがる)
Cecil
Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Porom
Twin (ふたりがけ)

If Milon doesn't die, you can either risk attacking with Cecil if you were close to the threshold (2500) or you can cast another Twin spell.

If your Porom is at full health, you should probably just abort and click that Twin tab instead.

Cecil
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Ghast
Palom
Inventory Management
Cast Fire1 (ファイア) on Porom
Porom
Run Buffer
Twin (ふたりがけ)
Tellah
Use Life (フェニックスのお) on Porom
Cecil
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Ghast

At this point, Milon should screech "Go, my children!" (or Japanese equivalent). Cecil's next turn should arrive before Palom uses the Cure2 (ハイポーション).

Cecil
Wait for Palom's Cure2 (ハイポーション)
Parry
Tellah
Cast Stop (ストップ) on Cecil
Porom
Run Buffer
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Ghast
Run Buffer
Cecil
Half-use Cure2 (ハイポーション) (don't select a target, but cancel back to the item selection instead)
Swap Cure2 (ハイポーション) and Carrot (ギサールのやさい)
Close menu and wait

This strategy is incredibly timing-sensitive. There are many ways it can go wrong, and the only way to really get good at this strategy is to practice it over and over. Porom's first run buffer has an incredibly short window, and in my experience, you must slightly anticipate it unless you have excellent reaction times. Regarding Tellah casting Stop, you may have better success if you have him wait a second or two before casting, but that never works for me.

Menu

  • Fully heal the party. Use up to 2 Ether1 (エーテル) if needed.
  • Change battle mode (バトルモード) to active (アクティブ).
  • Change rows and swap Porom and Tellah (Form (ならびかえ), Left, A, Up, A)

Walk across the bridge and engage Milon Z. (スカルミリョーネ).

Battle: Milon Z. (スカルミリョーネ)

Battle Information
HP
3523
EXP
4000
Party
*Tellah (20:59127) / empty / *Palom (11:2807) / Cecil (13:7275) / *Porom (11:2807)
Ideal Survivors
Cecil, Palom and Tellah
Inventory Goals
Paladin (shield) (ひかりのたて) to 2L
Rod (ロッド) to bottom
Darkness (シャドーブレイド) to bottom
Leather (はねつきぼうし) to bottom
Leather (かわのふく) to bottom
IronRing (てつのうでわ) to bottom
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15   14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan

Bluff (つよがる) three times then cast Twin (ふたりがけ).

Cecil
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション)/Parry

Cecil should execute this action as the damage from Milon Z.'s attack disappears. If he gets another turn, he should Parry (ほうきょ) immediately. Some people recommend a Run Buffer as well, though I haven't personally needed that.

Palom
Cast Ice-2 (ブリザラ) on Porom
Tellah
Run Buffer
Cast Stop (ストップ) on Cecil
Porom
Run Buffer
Twin (ふたりがけ)
Cecil
Half-use Cure2  (ハイポーション) (don't select a target, but cancel back to the item selection instead)
Swap Cure2 (ハイポーション) and TrashCan (ゴミばこ)
Close menu and wait

Tellah's menu should pop up before Palom uses the TrashCan (ゴミばこ), leaving you plenty of time to do any necessary inventory management.

After the battle, enter the tomb and watch the scene.

Battle: D.Knight (あんこくきし)

Battle Information
HP
4520
EXP
0
Party
*empty / empty / *empty / Cecil (1:0) / *empty
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Cecil
Equip Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Equip Paladin (shield) (ひかりのたて)
Inventory Management

In contrast to the SNES version, D.Knight here has 4520 HP, making the Dancing approach useless.

After the scenes, descend the mountain and head to the chocobo forest. Catch a yellow chocobo and travel back to Mysidia.

Glitch Setup

When you release the chocobo, check if you had a good chocobo using the yellow chocobo image. The top pixel of the chocobo should not be in one of the red areas if it goes right. If your chocobo goes left, congratulations, it's good no matter what.

Talk to the elder, and then head to Baron via the Serpent Road (デビルロード).

Return to Baron (バロン)

Go to the back of the Inn and talk to Yang.

Battle: Guard (バロンこのえへい) x2

Battle Information
HP
280
EXP
0
Party
*Porom (12:3707) / Cecil (1:0) / *Palom (12:3707) / empty / *Tellah (20:60027)
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Cecil
Run Buffer
Cover (かばう) Tellah
Palom
Equip Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Parry (ほうきょ)
Porom
Parry (ほうきょ)
Tellah
Cast Bio (バイオ) on all enemies
Cecil
Inventory Management

Battle: Karate (モンクそう)

Battle Information
HP
62000
EXP
0
Party
*Tellah (20:60027) / Cecil (1:0) / *Palom (12:3707) / empty / *Porom (12:3707)
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Cecil
Inventory Management until "うりゃうりゃー!"
Fight

After the scenes, head to the Baron weapon and armor shop.

Shopping

  • Buy 10 Headband (ねじりはちまき), 10 Karate (けんぽうぎ).
  • Buy 8 Thunder (claw) (いかづちのつめ), 68 IceClaw (こおりのつめ), 98 IceClaw (こおりのつめ).
  • Buy 14 Cure (staff) (いやしのつえ) (three times), 15 Cure (staff) (いやしのつえ) (twice).

Remember that pressing X will increase the buy count by 10.

Enter the Old Water-way (むかしのすいる) and continue until just before the Baigan battle on Castle Baron 1F (1かい).

Menu

  • Change battle mode (バトルモード) to Wait (ウェイと).
  • Underflow Tellah's MP.
  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.
  • Equip Cecil: */*/Headband (ねじりはちまき)/Karate (けんぽうぎ)/Paladin (ガントレット).
  • Equip Yang: IceClaw (こおりのつめ) (from stack of 98)/IceClaw (こおりのつめ) (from same stack)/Headband (ねじりはちまき)/Karate (けんぽうぎ)/Silver (ぎんのうでわ)

Move on to challenge Baigan.

Battle: Baigan (ベイガン)

Battle Information
HP
Baigan (ベイガン): 4444 / RightArm (みぎうで): 444 / Left Arm (ひだりうで): 444
EXP
4820
Party
*Tellah (20:60027) / Cecil (1:0) / *Palom (12:3707) / Yang (13:5515) / *Porom (12:3707)
Ideal Survivors
Cecil and Tellah
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Cecil
Run Buffer
Cover (かばう) Tellah
Yang
Fight (たたかう) Porom/Yang
Palom
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー) on Yang/Porom/Palom
Tellah
Cast Meteo (メテオ)
Porom
Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Cecil
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー) on Porom/Yang/Palom
Palom
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー) on Yang/Porom/Palom
Cecil
Wait for Meteo
Equip Legend (でんせつのつるぎ)
Move Ether1 (エーテル) to 1L

If you have the opportunity, any inventory management you do should probably begin to focus on setting up your inventory for the glitch. Refer to the Golbez section for more details on item placement. Once you're familiar with that, the Glitch Inventory section in the "Battle Information" block will help remind you the item ordering (by referring to the count of each item, as they're unique).

Menu

  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.
  • Change rows (たいけい).

Head to the throne room to fight Kainazzo (カイナッツォ).

Battle: Kainazzo (カイナッツォ)

Battle Information
HP
5312
EXP
5500
Party
Tellah (20:62437) / *Cecil (10:2410) / Palom (12:3707) / *Yang (13:5515) / Porom (12:3707)
Survivors
Cecil and Tellah
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Cecil
Cover (かばう) Tellah
Tellah
Cast Meteo (メテオ)
Cecil
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Tellah

Mash Warning

Do not mash X during the scenes, unless you're looking to mercy kill your run. In particular, once you're on the airship, pressing X at the wrong time will cause the game to lock up. Stick to A or B (or some other button) instead.

After the scenes, fly to Toroia (トロいアじょう) and enter the castle. Visit Edward on the left side of the castle, use an Ether1 (エーテル) on Tellah and then cast Exit (テレポ).

Head north to the Chocobo Village (チョコボのむら), catch a black chocobo, and fly to Cave Magnes (じりょくのどうくつ).

Cave Magnes (じりょくのどうくつ)

Head through the cave until you reach the crystal room (クリスタルルーム).

Menu

  • Equip Cid: */*/Headband (ねじりはちまき)/Iron (armor) (アイアンアーマー)/*
  • Change rows and swap Tellah and Cid (Form (ならびかえ), Left, A, Down, Down, A)
  • Swap Cecil and Tellah (Form (ならびかえ), Down, A, Down, A)
  • Move Yang down a slot (Form (ならびかえ), Up, A, Up, Up, A)

Talk to the Dark Elf. After the scene, talk to him again.

Battle: Dark Elf (ダークエルフ)

Battle Information
HP
23890 (3890) (pre-change) / 3927 (post-change)
EXP
6000
Party
*Cid (20:26754) / Tellah (21:65187) / *Cecil (13:5160) / empty / Yang (13:5515)
Ideal Survivors
Cecil and Tellah
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Cecil
Run Buffer
Use Bacchus Wine (バッカスのさけ)
Yang
Fight (たたかう)
Cid
Fight (たたかう)
Tellah
Cast Bio (バイオ) on Cid
Yang
Fight Yang (if weaked)
Tellah
Wait for "ナラバ スガタ カエルシカ ナイ!"
Cast Weak (トルネード)/Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Cecil

If Tellah is a pig when the time comes to cast Weak (トルネード), simply have him keep Cecil healthy while Cecil ends the fight.

After the battle, get the crystal, leave the room, and cast Exit (テレポ).

Take the black chocobo back to the Chocobo Village. While landing, hold the down button and walk back to Toroia.

Talk to the clerics, cast Exit (テレポ) and board your airship.

Tower of Zot

After Golbez is done taunting you, go up a floor and head to the chest with Fire (フレイムソード).

Menu

  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.

Battle: FlameDog (フレイムドッグ)

Battle Information
HP
1221
EXP
1708
Party
*Cid (20:26754) / Tellah (21:68187) / *Cecil (15:8160) / empty / Yang (13:5515)
Ideal Survivors
Cecil, Tellah and Yang
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Cecil
Run Buffer
Cover (かばう) Tellah
Yang
Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Tellah
Cast Ice-2 (ブリザラ)
Cecil
Single Duplicate Weapon Slot

Cecil can also run buffer, then use Dancing (ダンシングダガー) on Yang if needed.

Continue to the top of the tower.

Menu

  • Underflow Tellah's MP.
  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.

Battle: Magus Sisters

Battle Information
HP
Sandy (ドグ): 2591 / Cindy (マグ): 4599 / Mindy (ラグ): 2590
EXP
7500
Party
*Cid (20:26754) / Tellah (21:68756) / *Cecil (15:8729) / empty / *Yang (13:6084)
IDeal Survivors
Cecil and Tellah
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Cecil
Run Buffer
Cover (かばう) Tellah
Yang
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) on Tellah/Parry (ほうりょ)
Tellah
Cast Meteo (メテオ)
Cecil
Wait for Meteo
Inventory Management

Enter the door, watch the scene, talk to Kain and then finally watch the next scene.

Menu

  • Equip Cecil: Fire (フレイムソード)/*/*/*/* (finishes duplication).
  • Equip Cecil: Dancing (ダンシングダガー)/*/*/*/*.
  • Equip Kain: */Fire (フレイムソード)/Headband (ねじりはちまき)/Karate (けんぽうぎ)/*.
  • Equip Rosa: */*/Gaea (さんかくぼうし)/Gaea (だいちのころも)/Silver (ぎんのうでわ).
  • Swap Kain and Cecil. (Form (ならびかえ), Down, A, Down, A)
  • Swap Cecil and Rosa. (Form (ならびかえ), Down, A, Down, Down, A)
  • Revive all dead party members.

Battle: Valvalis

Battle Information
HP
8636
EXP
9500
Party
*Cid (20:26754) / Rosa (18:18072) / *Kain (19:20754) / Cecil (16:12479) / *Yang (13:6084)
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan

If Kain is only level 18, this will almost certainly be a different fight. I have not mapped out that version at all.

Kain
Jump (ジャンプ)
Cecil
Cover (かばう) Rosa
Yang
Build Up (ためる)
Rosa
Use Spider Web (くものいと)
Cid
Fight (たたかう)
Cecil
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Kain
Jump (ジャンプ)
Rosa
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) or Gold Needle (きんのはり) on Cecil/Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Cecil
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Cid
Fight (たたかう)
Yang
Build Up (ためる)
Rosa
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) or Gold Needle (きんのはり) on Cecil/Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Cecil
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Kain
Jump (ジャンプ)
Cid
Wait for Kain to land
Fight (たたかう)
Rosa
Use Cure2 (ハイポーション) or Gold Needle (きんのはり) on Cecil/Parry (ぼうぎょ)
Cecil
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー)
Kain
Jump (ジャンプ)
Yang
Build Up (ためる)

At this point, continue the pattern until she is dead.

The Underworld

After the scenes, leave the castle and take the airship to Agart (アガルトのむら).

Glitch Setup: Chocobo

This is your last chance to fix your yellow chocobo if you got a bad one. Head to the Chocobo Forest outside of Baron and keep getting yellow chocobos until you get a good one.

Use Magma (マグマのいし) on the well. Afterward, pick up the Arctic Wind (ほっきょくのかぜ) in the grass patch to the west of the well, and then fly to the Underworld.

Menu

  • Swap Cid and Rosa (Form (ならびかえ), A, Down, A)
  • Swap Rosa and Cecil (Form (ならびかえ), A, Up, Up, A)
  • Change battle mode (バトルモード) to Active (アクティブ).

Glitch Setup

At this point, you need to enter the castle and observe 63 screen transitions before talking to the King. When you first arrive in the throne room, your count is 3. You need to go back down the stairs and back up the stairs a total of 30 times to get your count up to 63. If you don't do this correctly, you will not be going to glitchland today.

Battle: Calbrena (カルコブリーナ)

Battle Information
HP
Cal (カルコ): 1369 / Brena (ブリーナ): 369
EXP
6000
Party
*Cecil (17:14729) / empty / *Kain (19:23004) / Rosa (18:20322) / *Yang (14:8334)
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Kain
Run Buffer
Jump (ジャンプ) center Blue
Cecil
Use Dancing (ダンシングダガー) on top Blue
Rosa
Use Arctic Wind (ほっきょくのかぜ)
Yang
Use Copper Hourglass (どうのすなどけい)
Kain
Jump (ジャンプ) bottom Blue

At this point, you need to ensure that Rosa casts Mute (サイレス) on the party. After that, you can eliminate the remaining dolls.

Golbez (ゴルベーザ)

Battle: Golbez (ゴルベーザ)

Battle Information
HP
23001 (4000)
EXP
15000
Glitch Inventory
14,232,1  96,15  14,68,8  14,114,15
Battle Plan
Kain
Run Buffer
Jump (ジャンプ)
Cecil
Equip Fire (sword) (フレイムソード)
Inventory Management
Wait for "セシル つぎは おまえだ!"
Fight (たたかう)
Kain
Fight (たたかう)
Cecil
Fight (たたかう)
Rydia
Cast Fire2 (ファイラ)

Your primary focus is setting up your inventory for the glitch. By the end of the fight, your inventory should match the following:

↓ Top of Inventory ↓
(any)(any)
(any)(any)
Cure (staff) (いやしのつえ) x14FireClaw (ほのおのつめ) x232 (せ2)
Change (rod) (へんげのロッド) x1(any)
(any)(any)
IceClaw (こおりのつめ) x96Cure (staff) (いやしのつえ) x15
...
Cure (staff) (いやしのつえ) x14
IceClaw (こおりのつめ) x68Thunder (claw) (いかづちのつめ) x8
(any)(any)
Cure (staff) (いやしのつえ) x14FireClaw (ほのおのつめ) x114 (い4)
Cure (staff) (いやしのつえ) x15(any)
↑ Bottom of Inventory ↑

Some of the inventory counts are flexible. You can use either 1 or 2 Change (へんげのロッド), and the second set of Cure (いやしのつえ) can be anywhere from 15 to 20.

Glitch Navigation

After the scenes, open the menu, finish setting your inventory to match the above, and use Rydia to cast Warp (デジョン). Get the crystal, and then walk down out of the crystal room.

Warning

The following instructions to get to the Stone Room are probably somewhat confusing and may not be 100% accurate.

Go left until you see the red room with the chocobo music. After that room, there will be two black rooms that you automatically exit. The next room will either be an underground town or a room that sort of flashes red. If you are pushed through this room automatically, continue to the next step. Otherwise, leave the room by pressing up.

From here, go up, left, up, and then left until you reach the Stone Room.

Go down one tile, then right to the trigger tile. (second tile from top)

Again, go down one tile, and then right to the trigger. (third tile from top)

Trigger the cut scene to eliminate Kain.

Menu

  • Move the top stack of Cure (staff) (いやしのつえ) to the fifth slot on the right just above the 15 Cure (staff) (いやしのつえ).
  • Change battle speed (バトルスピード) to 1.
  • Change window color RGB (ウィンドウカラー) to 11,7,3.

Exit the Sealed Cave, and then go left and right to hit the same trigger tile. Go down to recruit FuSoYa.

Menu

  • Move Life1, Mute, Bersk (レイズ, サイレス, バーサク) to the bottom of FuSoYa's white magic.
  • In FuSoYa's black magic, swap Fire1 (ファイア)/Stop (ストップ) and Warp (デジョン)/Nuke (フレア).

Leave the room and return to the Stone Room.

Go straight up to leave the area, then proceed to the room with chocobo music, following the same path as when you initially went to the Stone Room.

Save, and then go up.

Bacon Time

The next three maps carry a bacon risk, and depend on the following variables:

Floor -45
This is based on the time spent on the Load Game screen. In general, as long as you mash A whenever you load the game, you should be fine. You'll most likely have trouble with this if you did a lot of safety saving. If you do have a problem, just wait a little bit on the Load Game screen and try again.
Floor -46
This is determined by your in-game timer. Consult the Any% NoCW In-Game Timer Calculator for help. It's probably not worth worrying about pausing during battles until you are reasonably consistent on your times.
Floor -47
This is determined by your GP. If you followed these notes, it's very unlikely you will have a problem here. If you do have a problem, consult the Any% NoCW GP Calculator for a fix. There is a shop located on the same map where you safety saved (with the chocobo music). To get to it, go down once from the save point and press A.

After passing through those three floors, you're in the clear. Go left until you reach the Castle of Dwarves.

Head down the stairs, open FuSoYa's magic, move "upt Co" (ひずみ つめ) to the top, then cast Exit (テレポ). Upon arriving at the Stone Room, a dialog box will appear. There's nothing special about it, other than that if you were forced to reload from your safety save, it will likely be 84 pages of text you must scroll through. Consider this an incentive to not use your safety save.

Go to the second tile from top (left, up, right) and then go face Zeromus.

Battle: Zeromus

Battle Plan

Make sure to hold down the L and R buttons to run until Zeromus starts shaking. This will save about 12 seconds.

FuSoYa
Cast upt Co (ひずみ つめ)