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Chapter 8: The Forgotten Adventure

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* DARK CLOUD 2  -  PS 2           8th WALKTHROUGH   *
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*        Chapter 8: THE FORGOTTEN ADVENTURE         *
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*       Kay Allan (KitKatt)     December 15, 2004   *
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MAX'S NEW TASK.
 * Opening Video.

CHAPTER 8: THE FORGOTTEN ADVENTURE [Bonus Stage].
 * Latest World Map Choices.
 * Ixion Has Gone.
 * Shop Inventories.

THE ZELMITE MINE
 * This Walkthrough.
 * Weapons.
 * Complete Dungeon Map.
 * Floor 1. Get the Zelmite!
 * Floor 2. Moon Mole.
 * Floor 3. Powerful Frog.
 * Floor 4. Evil bat Invasion.
 * Miner's Breakroom
 * Floor 5. Crossroads of Destiny
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  [Moon Path --> Floor 6]     \
                             [Sun Path --> Floor 9]
 * Floor 6. Scary Face.
 * Floor 7. Powerful Wild Boar.
 * Floor 8. Murderous Tank. [WHITE SEAL]
 * Dead End 1.
 BOSS 1: Keeper of the Loot~~Burst One & Two.

 * Return to Floor 5: Crossroads of Destiny.
 * Floor 9. Which One? -----
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  [Moon Path --> Floor 10]   \
                            [Sun Path --> Floor 14]
 * Floor 10. The Old Woman Saw It.
 * Floor 11. A Giant Snake.
 * Floor 12. Undaunted Soldiers.
 * Floor 13. Hell Ward 1.
 * Dead End 2.
 BOSS 2: Exploding Skeletal Dude.

 * Return to Floor 9: Which One?
 * Floor 14. Road to Truth
 * Floor 15. Crossroads. ----
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  [Moon Path --> Floor 16]    \
                             [Sun Path --> Floor 18]
 * Floor 16. Lost Road.
 * Floor 17. Indecision.
 * Dead End 3.
 BOSS 3: Flappin' Brothers.

 * Return to Floor 15: Crossroads.
 * Floor 18. Little Dragon Army.
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    [Moon Path ---> Floor 19]   \
                               [Sun Path ---> A Suspicious Opening]
 * Floor 19. Captain returns.
 * Floor 20. Hell's Turning point
 * Floor 21. Mummy Heaven.
 * Dead End 4.
 BOSS 4: Battle Plant Squad - The Mandrakerz.

 * Return to Floor 18: Little Dragon Army.
 * A Suspicious Opening.
 BOSS 5: Immortal Clown - Metal Flotsam.

 * Floor 22. Ward 3 Entrance.
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                            [Sun Path --> Floor 28]
 * Floor 23. Flotsam's Broken Army.
 * Floor 24. Hell Ward 3~~Wellside Gossip.
 * Floor 25. Devil Elemental.
 * Floor 26. Mariner.
 * Floor 27. Ultimate Snake.

 * Return to Floor 22: Ward 3 Entrance.
 * Floor 28. Omen. [WHITE seal]
 * Floor 29. Anxiety.
 * Floor 30. Firm Belief.
 * Floor 31. Seeping Light

 * Zelmite Mine Depths.
 FINAL BOSS: Dark Genie.

 THE END!

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> The scene shows Fountain Square and a person standing on the area in front of
  Palm Brinks Station.


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**  OPENING VIDEO  **
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> Max runs up to the person, who turns out to be Mayor Need.

  + Mayor:  Hey Max. I've made a decision.
  + Max:    About what?
  + Mayor:  I've decided I'm going to revitalize the whole area.
            - And the first step is to expand the Blackstone Railroad to cover all
              of it!
            - What do you reckon, Max? Will you help?
  + Max:    ... yeah. Of course.

> The scene changes to show the interior of a mine.
  + Mayor:  Okay then. I've got a favor to ask.
  +         - I want you to go to the mine and search out some Zelmite, which we
              need for fuel.
  + Max:    (puzzled) Some Zelmite?
  + Mayor:  Even if we lay the tracks, we don't have enough Zelmite for the train
            to run.
            - I feel like somewhere in Palm Mine there's a huge deposit waiting
              to be discovered.
            - And I want YOU to look for it.
  + Max:    Okay! I got it.
  + Mayor:  You know the way into the mine, don't you? (view of mine entrance) It's
            in the park.
            - I'll have it opened for you, so go and have a look. I'm counting on
              you, Max.


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> Chapter 8's title is displayed.
  + Then Max is shown standing in front of the Station.

  + SAVE!!! at the Save Point in front of Cedric's shop.

> WEAPON BUILD-UPS:
  + Check the FAQ Walkthrough 7: Palace of Flowers which gives the last two major
    weapons on each development path.
    - Find (use [Ctrl F]) the section titled: FINAL WEAPONS.

> THIS CHAPTER IS FAIRLY EASY TO START WITH, BUT GETS WORSE AND WORSE AS YOU GO
  THROUGH.
  + My weapons were at max when I started.
    - BUT they were not good enough against monsters in Floor 24: Hell Ward 3.
      + And I was never able to equip the Ridepod's best distance weapon, the Nova
        Cannon IV.
        # I was able to make it, but it wouldn't allow the exchange.

> You take this Chapter at your own risk.


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> You can no longer access the future.
  + No more Time Gates.
  + Nor can you access Kazarov Stonehenge or the Moon Flower Palace.

> Go to the Palm Zelmite Mine in the park.
  + The barrier is gone and a Save Point is beside the tracks into the mine.
  + In the middle of the Tracks you find the red Exclamation Point to give you
    entry into the mine.

> If you press [X] you are shown the map of the Mine.
  + Move the cursor to the first 'room' marked ENTER and Press [X] to return to
    the mine entry.
  + You can use this as a shortcut whenever you want to save at the mine entrance.
    - This applies no matter where you are in the World map.

> Now Palm Brink's choices show:
   ?  Palm Brinks
   S  Station
   D  Underground Channel
   D  Zelmite Mine


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> Everything from the future has returned there, including the brightly colored
  train, Ixion.
  + The train, Blackstone One, is back in use.

> People still on the train:
  + Car behind the engine:
     Pau, Mina, Dr. Dell .... Note: Pau displays the dungeon floor map.

  + Middle Car:
     Mayor Need

  + Last Car:
     Julia, Rufio, Fabio, Granny Rosa, Corinne, Conda.


> Cedric:
  + He can be found in his house in Heim Rada.
  + More conveniently, he can be found in his former place by the train (next to
    the middle car's door).
    - Best place is Sindain Station.
    - He is NOT on the platform of the Station in Palm Brinks.
    - He is NOT in his Palm Brinks shop.
  + You can still enter either:
     The Fishing Contest.
     Finny Frenzy


> You have access to 'Extras' in the loading menus:
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        |  New Game   |
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        |  Continue   |     ________________________
        |_____________|     | Spheda Practice Area |
        |   Extras    | --> |______________________|
        |_____________|     |      Free Race       |
        |   Options   |     |______________________|
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> Changes:

  + The cost of the following items has gone up:
    - Repair Powder ........... 200 G
    - Gun Repair Powder ....... 300 G
    - Armband Repair Powder ... 300 G

  + Sindain:
    - Adel now sells 'Tasty Water'.
    - Although not new, Gordon sells 'Plum Rice Balls'.
      # The description says that eating these makes Max thirsty.
      # NOT TRUE: It clears any Status changes as well as completely healing.

  + Cedric:
    - He's in his house in Heim Rada.
    - He also stands in his old spot beside the Train's middle car door.
    - New Items:
      # Steve's Hammer Arm ... 800 EXP
      # The Buggy ............ 800 EXP [Don't use against Bosses]

  + Rufio:
    - He now sells all 10 types of Crystal.
      # Power Crystal ........ 200 G.
      # All other crystals ... 150 G.
      
  + The biggest changes are in Morton's Sundries.
     NOTE: There are no commas in shop prices; to make it easier to read, I have
           added them:  10,000 G instead of 10000 G.

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 |Garnet           | 10,000 G | Chill +10;  Exorcism +10;  Scale +10.
 |Amethyst         | 10,000 G | Attack +10; Lightning +10; Smash  +5.
 |Aquamarine       | 10,000 G | Durable +5; Chill +10; Cyclone +10; Scale +5.
 |Diamond          | 30,000 G | Smash +10; every other attribute +5.
 |Emerald          | 10,000 G | Flame +10;  Exorcism +10;  Beast +10.
 |Pearl            | 10,000 G | Durable +10; Lightning +10; Exorcism +10.
 |Ruby             | 10,000 G | Flame +15;  Smash +15.
 |Peridot          | 10,000 G | Attack +5;  Flame +8; Exorcism +8; Beast +8.
 |Sapphire         | 10,000 G | Durable +5; Flame +5; Cyclone +15; Exorcism +5.
 |Opal             | 10,000 G | Lightning +10; Smash +10.
 |Topaz            | 10,000 G | Chill +10;  Cyclone +10; Scale +10.
 |Turquoise        | 10,000 G | Attack +5; Lightning +5; Beast +10; Scale +10.
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 |Wealth Coin      |  4,500 G | Increases amount of Gilda dropped by monsters.
 |Poison Coin      |  4,000 G | Sometimes poisons monster.
 |Time Coin        |  6,500 G | Sometimes puts a STOP on monsters action.
 |Bandit Coin      |  7,000 G | Sometimes steal item from monster.
 |Absorption Coin  | 10,000 G | Uses damage to monster to heal during fight.
 |Healing Coin     | 10,000 G | Heals as Max walks through the dungeon.
 |Bull's Eye Coin  |  6,500 G | Increases accuracy and chance of Critical Hit.
 |Experience Coin  | 12,000 G | Increase ABS build-up.
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 | Improved Bomb   |  1,000 G | Flame +2.
 | Final Bomb      |  3,600 G | Flame +3.
 | Ridepod Fuel    |  2,000 G | Only place you can buy (may be in rocks on Floors)
 | Seal-Breaking   |          |
 |         Scroll  |  1,500 G | One or two might come in handy!
 | Gold Paint      |  1,000 G |
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> Max enters and exits each floor of the Zelmite Mine on a mining car or 'trolley'.

  + To exit go to the LEFT side of the Trolley.

  + The scene shows the title:
     Zelmite Mine ......... Large letters
     We Meet Again ........ Very small letters.

  + The interior of the mine shows the tracks laid in the mine previously.
     Dungeon Key .......... A can of 'Trolley Oil'.
     Locked Area Key ...... A rusty key.


> There is no georama, so you don't get geostones.
  + You can, however, play Spheda.


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> Dungeon Floor Descriptions:
  + Since you have successfully reached this point:
    - I am assuming you'll be needing a lot less information.
    - So it is limited to what is helpful to successfully get through each floor.

> Information given for each floor:
  + Box Charts are used to:
    - Give the goals for each floor, including:
      # Time Goal.
      # The Spheda Prize.
      # The Wipe-Out Goal.
      # Total number of monsters on a single walk-through of the floor.
    - List the monsters on the floor and how many you can expect.
      # The first time a particular monster is listed, information on items
        dropped by the monster is included in the same line.
        * On some items, the word 'Crystal' has been shortened to 'Crys'.
        * On other items, the word 'Powder' has been shortened to 'Pdr'.
      # If necessary:
        * 'Scrap of Metal' has been shortened to 'Scrap Metal'.
        * 'Hunk of Copper' has been shortened to 'Hunk Copper'.
    - Where a monster is particularly difficult, additional information is given.


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     PUT GERALD IN YOUR PARTY IF YOU STILL NEED TO UPGRADE GUNS...

          OTHERWISE, TAKE PAU SO YOU START WITH A MAP OF EACH FLOOR...


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> For the final and best weapons, see Chapter 7.
  + Find (Ctrl + F) and look for Final Weapons.

  + I found that by spectrumizing the lesser weapons and synthesizing them to the
    following weapons, I quickly got these up to full power:
    # LEGEND ............. Hammer.
    # Supernova .......... Gun.
    # Island King ........ Sword.
    # Dark Cloud ......... Sword.
    # Five-Star Armlet ... Armband.


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> As you can see, there are a lot of choices to be made.
  + There are five bosses (four of them at dead ends) plus the Final Boss.
    - This Walkthrough takes the paths in the order that will reach the Bosses as
      numbered on the map.
    - The numbers in square brackets, such as [5] are the numbers given to the
      Floors in this Walkthrough.

  + One Dead End (#3) MUST be completed in order to get the Dynamite needed to
    open the final floor. 

  + Each choice is between a Sun Path and a Moon Path.

    * = Sun Path
    ( = Moon Path

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                          [18] ( -->[19]-->[20]-->[21]-->[DEAD END 4]
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[DEAD END 3]<--[17]      /
               /        /                                      [13]----[DEAD END 2]
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          [16]<-- ( [15]<---[14] * <--[9] ( -->[10]-->[11]-->[12]
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      [3]--->[4]--->[Miner's]--->[5]  ( -->[6]--->[7]--->[8]--->[DEAD END 1]
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    [2]             [Room   ]
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  [1]
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[PALM BRINKS]
  (entrance)

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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:20 |
|O Spheda                      [PRIZE: 1x Healing Coin] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                        only MAX'S GUN:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (22) |
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|Dark Flower       |Flora   | 6 |KEY|  Forest Dew; Soap.
|Whitebeard        |Undead  | 4 | - |  Sticky Clay; Protector Crystal; Carrot.
|Ore Robber        |Undead  | 6 | - |  Holy Crystal; Petite Fish.
|Fairy Helper      |Beast   | 6 | - |  Wind Crystal; Bread.
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> Use the gun and you shouldn't have any trouble.

  + Spheda is a LITTLE more difficult than the Moon Flower Palace.
    - The only hazard are the ridges along the mine walls.
      # if the Spheda Sphere lodges on one of those, you'll have to use a 'hit'
        to bring it back into play.
  

     ONWARD...


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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:00 |
|O Spheda                   [PRIZE: 1x Bull's Eye Coin] |
|O Clear all without healing:               Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (22) |
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|Mallone           |Flora   | 6 |KEY| Antidote Drink.
|Mine Moler        |Beast   | 6 | - | Sticky Clay; Protector Crystal; Carrot.
|Ore Robber        |Undead  | 6 | - |
|Whitebeard        |Undead  | 6 | - |
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> The Mine Molers are difficult (but not impossible) to hit with Max's gun.
  + Use his Hammer.
    - But aim carefully as they leap and damage Max.
    - They may hit you with a curse and you won't be able to equip the Spheda Club.

>  Because of the hat it wears, the 'Mallone' is named after 'Bugsy Mallone', a
   Chicago gangster from the 1920's.
  + It's a pumpkinhead with a steel barrel body. 


     PREPARE FOR THE NEXT FLOOR BY GETTING LOTS OF DIFFERENT BOMBS...


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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             08:50 |
|O Spheda                        [PRIZE: 1x Potato Pie] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (24) |
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|Gamal             |Aquatic | 6 |KEY| Poison; Sea Dragon Crystal.
|Dark Flower       |Flora   | 6 | - |
|Thunder Drake     |Reptile | 6 | - | Thunder Element; Lightning Crystal.
|Wind Drake        |Reptile | 6 | - | Wind Element; Wind Crystal; Wind Stone.
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> This is a DIFFICULT Floor.
  + WATCH MAX'S HP!!!
    - IT REALLY DOESN'T TAKE MANY HITS TO WIPE OUT HIS HP!!!
    - HE'S ON HIS OWN, SO IF INCAPACITATED, GAME IS OVER.

  + It takes, for example, 7 improved Bombs to defeat the Gamal.
    - Buy 20x each of Regular, Improved, and Final Bombs from Morton's.
  + There are so many flying critters, you need to use the Final Bombs.
    - That means you'll have to make more on the Floor.

 Bomb:
       Ideas = Candle + Pot + Weapon Shop Sign
   Materials = 1x Flame Crystal + 5x Gunpowder + 1x Wind Crystal

 Improved Bomb:
       Ideas = Candle + Coal + Egg
   Materials = 1x Bomb + 3x Flame Crystal + 3x Wind Crystal

 Final Bomb:
       Ideas = Candle + Cinders + Oven
   Materials = 10x Bomb + 7x Flame Crystal + 1x Power Crystal


> OTHER ITEMS:
  + These work fairly well and add to your arsenal of weapons:
    - Lightning Stone.
    - Wind Stone.
    - Chill Stone
    - Flame Stone.

> Weaknesses:
    Gamal ........... Chill, Lightning.
    Dark Flower ..... Flame.
    Thunder Drake ... Wind.
    Wind Drake ...... Lightning.


     MAKE STEVE'S LASER ARM IV (SEE BELOW FOR THE IDEAS & MATERIALS)...


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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:45 |
|O Spheda                 [PRIZE: 10x Almighty Healing] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                      only the RIDEPOD:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (22) |
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|Holy Drake        |Reptile |  4 |KEY| Holy Element; Holy Crystal; Holy Stone.
|Darker            |Undead  |  5 | - | Silver Ball; Holy Crystal; Mighty Healing.
|Evil Bat          |Beast   | 11 | - | Bundle of Hay; Wind Crystal; Holy Water.
|Mimic (Chp8)      |Magical |  2 | - |   Nothing.
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> Spheda Goal.
  + Make sure you have no more than 10 Mighty Healing.

> Wipe-Out Goal.

  + Problem is that the Nova Cannon III takes too long to defeat the Holy Drake.
    - The Drake is firing back all the time which uses up LOTS of HP/Fuel.

  + Best Weapon is the Laser Arm IV, BUT you'll need a diamond (costs 30,000 G at
    Morton's Sundries).
    - Steve's LASER ARM IV (100 WHP):
           Ideas = Legend of the Moon (Scoop) + Energy Pipe + Blue Lantern
       Materials = 1x Diamond + 4x Holy Stone + 4x Gold Bar

    - Even with the arm:
      # Because the Bat moves, you may miss.
      # Holy Drake takes two or three shots.
        * Keep moving sideways as you shoot to avoid its breath attack.
      # Mimic takes 5 or 6 (stay away, if it leaps, it takes out about half of
        Steve's HP).
    - LOCK-ON to each monster AND be prepared to back away.


> Comparing Stats:
  + Nova Cannon III:
     Attack ...... 435
     Chill .......  50
     Lightning ...  50

  + Laser Arm IV
     Attack ...... 800
     Exorcism .... 100


> 'Pennies from Heaven'.
  + The second time I went onto this floor, the first critter I defeated was an
    Evil Bat.
    # Several gilda coins, a bag of gild, and a 'Bundle of Hay' dropped off the
      ceiling around the spot I was standing.
      - Just circle around to pick them up.
    # Every time I defeated a bat while on this floor, more gilda dropped and a
      couple of times, I also got 'Holy Water'.

  + I was trying to get 'Holy Stone' (from the Holy Drake) for a Resurrection
    Powder needed for Floor 18: Little Dragon Army (nasty floor):
    - So I went into this floor several times.
    - Whenever I defeated an Evil Bat, the Gilda kept falling!!
    - When I defeated two quickly, the Gilda more than doubled! 
    - But when I went into another floor, then came back to this one, the 'Pennies
      from Heaven' stopped falling.


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> Refueling Steve:

  Steve's RIDEPOD FUEL (You can make a max of four (20x Stamina Drink), while on
                        the floor):
        Ideas = Luna Stone Shards + Mud + Stardust Pond
    Materials = 20 Poison + 5 Improved Bomb + 5 Stamina Drink

> To make Stamina Drink:
  + You can make 4 at a time with a max of 20.
    - BUT you'll need to keep refilling your Mighty Healing and Tasty Water.
    - You'll also need 600 'Super Hot Pepper' to make 20x Stamina Drink.

       Ideas = Bottle + Chinese Lantern  + King Mardan
   Materials = 5x Mighty Healing + 2x Tasty Water + 30x Super Hot Pepper


     NO MONSTERS ON THE NEXT FLOOR...


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**   MINER'S BREAK ROOM  **
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> WELL! WELL! WELL!
  + Look who turns up!!!

> VIDEO:
  + Max is walking along some tracks into a large open area.
    - Suddenly a blue spark flashes and expands into a large blue globe.
    - When it clears, Monica is there.

  + Max:     (totally surprised) How did you get here?
  + Monica:  I asked Crest and she let me have a Starglass.
             - I used it, and well, it brought me to THIS time period!
             - After what happened with Griffon, time travel was forbidden in my
               time...
             - But, hey! No sense in sticking so closely to the rules, huh?
             - Where ARE we, anyway?
  + Max:     This is the Palm Brinks mine. I'm just about to start looking for
             some Zelmite.
             - They need it to expand the Blackstone Railroad.
  + Monica:  (bouncing) Sounds like fun! Let me help!
  + Max:     OK!


     MAKE SURE YOU USE THE EXIT SO YOU CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT FLOOR...


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**  FLOOR 5 CROSSROADS OF DESTINY  **
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> Two Paths:

                *
  [Miner's]    / 
  [Break  ]-->[5]  ( -->[6]--->[7]--->[8]--->[DEAD END 1]
  [Room   ]

  + Moon Path (optional) to Floor 6: Scary Face.
    - Gets you to BOSS 1.
  + Sun Path  to Floor 9: Which One?
    - Path to deeper in the mine.
  + The Symbol (sun or moon) is on the wall above the exit trolley.

_________________________________________________________
|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:46 |
|O Spheda                            [PRIZE: 1x Garnet] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (20) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Fire Ghost        |Spirit  | 4 |KEY| Fire Element; Flame Crystal; Flame Stone.
|Danger Bomb       |Windup  | 4 | - | Gunpowder; Flame Crystal; Improved Bomb.
|Evil Bat          |Beast   | 4 | - |
|Snow Ghost        |Spirit  | 4 | - | Chill Element; Chill Crystal; Chill Stone.
|Stone Guard       |Darkling| 4 | - | Sturdy Cloth; Protector Crys; Repair Powder.
|__________________|________|___|___|


=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 5
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

> Unless you REALLY want the medal, don't bother to get the Wipe-Out Goal.
  + It's expensive replacing and/or making the bombs.
    - It takes too many bombs to defeat the monsters.
    - It's hazardous to your character's health.

  + I decided it wasn't worth the bother.
    - BUT if you do, lock-on before you throw and toss the next one before the
      critter recovers from the first.
      # You'll need SEVERAL Final Bombs for each critter
    - If there are three or four monsters fairly close together, a Final Bomb will
      affect all.
      # You'll still need several.
  + The 'Stone Guard' is like the Masked Tribesman, only silvery Grey.
    - Wait till the turn their backs.
 

> Max's Supernova can defeat 'Stone Guard' even if it has its mask toward him.

     CHOOSE THE MOON PATH...


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**  FLOOR 6: SCARY FACE  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             08:40 |
|O Spheda                           [PRIZE: 1x Amethyst]|
|O Clear all without healing:               Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (21) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Stormflower       |Flora   | 5 |KEY| Forest Dew; Wind Crystal; Prickly.
|Cabuble           |Beast   | 5 | - | Sturdy Rock; Power Crystal; Premium Chicken.
|Darker            |Undead  | 5 | - |
|Face of Yaksa     |Magical | 5 | - | Poison; Destruction Crystal; Holy Water.
|King Mimic (Chp8) |Magical | 1 | - |  Nothing
|__________________|________|___|___|


=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 6
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> Use Max at first.
  + If his health gets low, change to Monica.
    - If her health gets low too, use the Ridepod.


     NEXT FLOOR: ANOTHER WIPE-OUT WITH ITEMS GOAL...


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**  FLOOR 7: POWERFUL WILD BOAR  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:20 |
|O Spheda                        [PRIZE: 1x Aquamarine] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (22) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Spider Lady (Chp8)|Darkling| 2 |KEY| Thunder Element; Protector Crys; Gooey Peach.
|Evil Bat          |Beast   | 6 | - |
|Fire Ghost        |Spirit  | 2 | - | Flame Element; Flame Crystal; Flame Stone.
|Ghoul             |Undead  | 6 | - | Holy Crystal; Stone
|Ram Z             |Beast   | 6 | - | Sturdy Cloth; Hunter Crystal; Mimi
|__________________|________|___|___|


=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 7
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

> Hazards:
  + Ghouls poison you.
  + Spider Lady (Chp8) fires a purple spitball that makes you thirsty.


     HAVE CEDRIC REPAIR THE RIDEPOD FOR THE NEXT FLOOR'S WIPE-OUT GOAL... 


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**  FLOOR 8: MURDEROUS TANK  **
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> There's a WHITE SEAL (cannot use healing items or cure status problems).
  + THIS INCLUDES REFUELING THE RIDEPOD.
  + You may want to use a Seal-Breaking scroll.

_________________________________________________________
|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:50 |
|O Spheda                        [PRIZE: 1x Potato Pie] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                      only the RIDEPOD:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (24) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Ummagumma         |Darkling| 4 |KEY| Prickly
|Angry Cannon      |Windup  | 6 | - | Scrap Metal; Destruction Crys; Gun Repair P.
|Evil Bat          |Beast   | 6 | - |
|King Mimic (Chp8) |Magical | 2 | - |
|Mimic (Chp8)      |Magical | 2 | - |
|Rock Face         |Magical | 4 | - | Sturdy Rock; Destruction Crystal; Stone.
|__________________|________|___|___|


     WHEN DONE, HAVE CEDRIC REPAIR STEVE...


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**   DEAD END 1  **
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> You are shown the two bosses.
  + The name is 'Nail Burst'.

  + After seeing the bosses, you are at a passage-way to the Boss chamber.


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**   BOSS 1: KEEPERS OF THE LOOT ~~ BURST ONE & TWO  **
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> These are BOSS-Level Vanguards.
  + And there are two of them!

> Strategy:

  + Use the Ridepod and try to lure them out one at a time.
    - Go as far as possible to one side.
    - As you pass one, it will go into the 'whirling dervish' style attack.
    - Just keep going.

  + Lock-On and fire from the furthest distance while still being Locked-On.
    - It takes a few more shots at this distance.
    - But they won't shoot back (sitting ducks)!


> REWARDS:

  + There are two treasure chests in the room.
    - One contains a 'Sun Stone'.
      # Keep this for Steve's Samurai Arm IV (you can make it after defeating
        Flotsam).

    - The other contains a 'Healing Coin'.


     EXIT THE SAME WAY YOU CAME IN AND SAVE!!!...



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**   RETURN TO FLOOR 5: CROSSROADS OF DESTINY  **
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> From 5, take the Sun Path to Floor 9.

                  [9]
                  /
                 /
                *
               / 
  [Miner's]-->[5]--> (  [DONE
  [Break  ]
  [Break  ]


> Reminder of monsters on this floor.

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|Fire Ghost        |Spirit  | 4 |KEY|
|Danger Bomb       |Windup  | 4 | - |
|Evil Bat          |Beast   | 4 | - |
|Snow Ghost        |Spirit  | 4 | - |
|Stone Guard       |Darkling| 4 | - |
|__________________|________|___|___|



     CHOOSE THE SUN PATH THIS TIME......


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**  FLOOR 9: WHICH ONE?  **
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> The title: 'Which One?' refers to which path will you take?


                                        [13]-->[DEAD END 2]
                                         /
                                        /
                                       /
        * <--[9]  ( -->[10]-->[11]-->[12]
             /
            *
           /
         [5]



  + Moon Path (optional) to Floor 10: The Old Woman Saw It
    - Leads to BOSS 2.

  + Sun Path  to Floor 14: Road to Truth
    - Leads deeper into the mine.

_________________________________________________________
|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             08:50 |
|O Spheda                             [PRIZE: 1x Pearl] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                   only MONICA'S SWORD:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (21) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Faery             |Spirit  | 6 |KEY| Light Element Heart-throb Cherry
|Mimic (Chp8)      |Magical | 6 | - |
|Iron Spear        |Windup  | 3 | - | Escape Powder
|Ram Z             |Beast   | 6 | - |
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 9
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> The Faery (like a Sylph) doesn't come down lower, just keeps firing at you.
  + WATCH MONICA'S HP!!!

  + She'll have to use her power attack and even then she could be incapacitated.


     CHOOSE THE MOON PATH...


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**   FLOOR 10: THE OLD WOMAN SAW IT  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:00 |
|O Spheda                     [PRIZE: 1x Fruit of Eden] |
|O Clear all without healing:               Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (12) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Spider Lady (Chp8)|Darkling| 6 |KEY|
|Ummagumma         |Darkling| 6 | - |
|__________________|________|___|___|


   THIS FLOOR WAS EASY...

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**  FLOOR 11: A GIANT SNAKE  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:25 |
|O Spheda                           [PRIZE: 1x Peridot] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (17) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Ghoul             |Undead  | 6 |KEY|
|King Mimic (Chp8) |Magical | 2 | - |
|Sand Dragon       |Reptile | 1 | - | Life Element; Sea Dragon Crystal.
|Iron Spear        |Windup  | 2 | - |
|Rock Face         |Magical | 6 | - |
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 11
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

> 'Sand Dragon' is actually a snake.
  + MOVE if it dives into the ground.


     THIS IS ANOTHER EASY FLOOR...


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**   FLOOR 12: UNDAUNTED SOLDIERS  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:40 |
|O Spheda                          [PRIZE: 1x Sapphire] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                      only the RIDEPOD:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (20) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|R. Club           |Card    | 4 |KEY|   Nothing
|R. Diamond        |Card    | 4 | - |   Nothing
|R. Heart          |Card    | 4 | - |   Nothing
|R. Joker          |Card    | 4 | - | Gun Repair Powder; Stone.
|R. Spade          |Card    | 4 | - |   Nothing
|__________________|________|___|___|



     MAX'S SUPERNOVA WORKS WELL ON THIS FLOOR...


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**  FLOOR 13: HELL WARD 1  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:50 |
|O Spheda                     [PRIZE: 1x Witch Parfait] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                        only MAX'S GUN:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (14) |
|_______________________________________________________|
______________________________________
|Wind Drake         |Reptile | 2 |KEY|
|Iron Spear         |Reptile | 5 | - |
|King Mimic (Chp 8) |Reptile | 3 | - |
|R. Joker           |Flora   | 4 | - |
|___________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 12
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

> Fire continuously at the Wind Drake.
  + If you fire first it usually doesn't get a chance to fire back.

  + The Iron Spear is like an Arthur.
    - Fire first and fast.


     IS STEVE READY FOR THE NEXT BOSS?...


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**   DEAD END 2  **
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> You are shown the FIVE bosses.
  + The name is 'Rare Jacket'.

  + After seeing the bosses, you are at a passage-way to the Boss chamber.


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**  BOSS 2: EXPLODING SKELETAL DUDE  **
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> BOSS form of the Master Jacket.

  + BEWARE: TWO HITS AND YOU'RE INCAPACITATED.
    - They run toward you and you may not have time to fire.

  + Try to take them on one at a time.
    - Throwing Holy Stone (if you have some) causes a lot of damage.

  + Otherwise:
    - Use the Ridepod (RECOMMENDED!!!!!).
    - Steve has greater reach and can stand further away.
      # It takes SIX to NINE hits to defeat one Rare Jacket (they all seem to
        need a different amount!).
      # You'll need to repair his gun.
        * It takes 2x Repair Powder to refill once.
        * I had to fill up twice after the first emptying of the gun.

> REWARDS:
  + One Absorption Coin (when synthesized to a weapon, you heal as you fight).

  + One Moon Stone.
    - Chill .................. 15
    - Flame ..................  0 (zero)
    - All other attributes ...  8


     EXIT THE SAME WAY YOU CAME IN AND SAVE!!!...



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**   RETURN TO FLOOR 9: WHICH ONE  **
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     [15]<---[14] * <--[9]--> (  [DONE
                       /
                      *
                     /
                   [5]


> Reminder of monsters on Floor 9.
____________________________________
|Faery             |Spirit  | 6 |KEY|
|Mimic (Chp8)      |Magical | 6 | - |
|Iron Spear        |Windup  | 3 | - |
|Ram Z             |Beast   | 6 | - |
|__________________|________|___|___|


     CHOOSE THE SUN PATH...


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**  FLOOR 14: ROAD TO TRUTH  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             10:30 |
|O Spheda                     [PRIZE: 1x Witch Parfait] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (19) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Death Mouse       |Beast   | 5 |KEY| Hunter Crystal.
|Duke Balloon      |Magical | 5 | - | Wind Crystal; Bomb Nut.
|Plutos            |Aquatic | 5 | - | Poison; Lightning Crystal.
|Scarecrow         |Flora   | 4 | - | Antidote Drink
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 10
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> All critters move faster then previous monsters of the same kind.

  + Watch out for the Scarecrow (like the Pumpkinhead).
    - It throws a nasty firebomb!


     NEXT YOU'RE AT ANOTHER CROSSROAD OF DECISION...


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**   FLOOR 15: CROSSROADS  **
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> More choices...
  + However, BOSS 3 MUST be defeated.


 [DEAD END 3]<--[17]
                 /
                /          *
               /          /
             [16]<--- ( [15]<---[14]


  + Moon Path to Floor 16: LOST ROAD
    - REQUIRED~~you need the dynamite.

  + Sun Path  to Floor 18: LITTLE DRAGON ARMY

_________________________________________________________
|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             10:50 |
|O Spheda                        [PRIZE: 1x Moon Stone] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|          only MAX'S RIGHT-HAND WEAPON:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (18) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Great Tree        |Flora   | 2 |KEY| Rolling Log; Flame Crystal; Poison Apple.
|  Small Tree      |Flora   | ? | - |   Nothing  [Thrown out by Great Tree].
|Hell Fairy        |Beast   | 6 | - | Wind Crystal; Bread.
|Mimic (Chp8-2)    |Magical | 4 | - |  + Takes more shots to defeat.
|Mystery Plant     |Flora   | 6 | - | Forest Dew; Soap.
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 150
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

> Wipe-Out Goal is VERY difficult.
  + Getting up close, means major damage to Max.
    - WATCH HP!!!
  + Power attack is essential, but Max will kick a downed critter.
    - May prevent success with the Wipe-Out goal.



     CHOOSE THE MOON PATH (REQUIRED)...


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**  FLOOR 16: LOST ROAD  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             11:20 |
|O Spheda                   [PRIZE: 1x Level-Up Powder] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                      only the RIDEPOD:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (24) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Ebony Tortoise    |Aquatic | 4 |KEY| Water Element; Sea Drag Crys; Mellow Banana.
|Bolter            |Aquatic | 8 | - | Water Element; Protector Crystal; Stone.
|Elite Corsair     |Undead  | 6 | - |   ???
|Platinum Gear     |Undead  | 6 | - | Unknown Bone; Flame Crystal; Poison Apple.
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 16
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

> Cautions:
  + The Bolter is a turtle that rolls.
    - It has spikes on its shell that cause great damage.
  + The Platinum Gear throws a dart which poisons you.
    - Put an Anti-Poison Amulet in an Active Item Slot.
  + Ebony Tortoise has a long neck.
    - Shots often have no effect.
    - Move left or right after each shot and try again.


     YOU'RE HEADED FOR THE NEXT DEAD END (MINES ARE FULL OF THEM)...


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**   FLOOR 17: INDECISION  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             11:35 |
|O Spheda                   [PRIZE: 1x Level-Up Powder] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (22) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Behemoth          |Beast   | 2 |KEY| Water Element; Power Crystal.
|Bandou            |Undead  | 4 | - | Sturdy Cloth; Hunter Crystal; Mimi.
|Demon Puppet      |Magical | 6 | - | Scrap Metal; Destruction Crys; Holy Water.
|Mystery Plant     |Flora   | 6 | - |
|Shadow            |Undead  | 4 | - | Silver Ball; Chill Crystal; Mighty Healing.
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 17
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> Cautions:
  + Bandou is a ram-type monster.
    - Runs fast.
  + Demon Puppet fires magic along the ground.
    - It's a demon head, a huge hand and a double-bladed weapon.


> Ridepod:
  + Check his EXP points.
    - If they are at 80,000 or more, convert to Gilda by:
      # Using EXP to get 10x Super Alloy Body from Cedric (at Sindain Station).
      # Sell these to Conda (at 550 G each) and buy Gold Bar.
    - Repeat UNTIL exp IS BELOW 70,000.



     MAKE SURE THE RIDEPOD IS READY FOR THE BOSS BATTLE...



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**   DEAD END 3  **
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> You are shown the two bosses.
  + The name is 'Sphinx'.

  + After seeing the bosses, you are at a passage-way to the Boss chamber.


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**  BOSS 3: FLAPPIN' BROTHERS  **
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> These are Griffons with Sphinx heads.
  + They run toward you very fast, then leap and fire darts.

  + ONLY USE THE RIDEPOD!!!
    - You'll have a LOT of dodging to do.
      # Will probably need to fill the Fuel/HP gauge at least once (2x Fuel).
      # Will have to fill the Gun's gauge at least once (2x Fuel).

> REWARDS:
  + Three chests.
    - One with Dynamite (needed when really deep in the mine).

    - One with Poison Coin.

    - And one with Experience Coin (increases ABS build up).


     	EXIT AND SAVE!!! AND GET THE RIDEPOD REPAIRED...


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**   RETURN TO FLOOR 15: CROSSROADS  **
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> Reminder of the monsters on this floor.

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|Great Tree        |Flora   | 2 |KEY|
|  Small Tree      |Flora   | ? | - |
|Hell Fairy        |Beast   | 6 | - |
|Mimic (Chp8-2)    |Magical | 4 | - |
|Mystery Plant     |Flora   | 6 | - |
|__________________|________|___|___|


     TAKE THE SUN PATH THIS TIME...


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**   FLOOR 18: LITTLE DRAGON ARMY  **
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> Two Paths:
                       /
                      *
                     /
                  [18]  ( -->[19]-->[20]-->[21]-->[DEAD END 4]
                   /
                  *
                 /
    DONE] ( <--[15]


    Moon Path (optional) to Floor 19: LOST ROAD.
    Sun Path  to BOSS Floor: IMMORTAL CLOWN~~METAL FLOTSAM

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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             11:40 |
|O Spheda                   [PRIZE: 2x Level-Up Powder] |
|O Clear all without healing:               Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (15) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Fire Wyrm         |Reptile | 3 |KEY| Fire Element; Flame Crystal; Flame Stone.
|Holy Wyrm         |Reptile | 3 | - | Holy Element; Holy Crystal; Holy Stone.
|Ice Wyrm          |Reptile | 3 | - | Chill Element; Chill Crystal; Chill Stone.
|Thunder Wyrm      |Reptile | 3 | - | Thunder Element; Lightng Crys; Lightng Stone
|Wind Wyrm         |Reptile | 3 | - | Wind Element; Wind Crystal; Wind Stone.
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 18
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> THIS IS A NASTY FLOOR.
  + YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE YOUR METHOD.

  + Good opportunity to use the Gemron Badge Transformation, if it still needs
    upgrading.
    - The wyrms (sounds like Worms) don't fight back!
    - However they do take a LOT of Breath Attacks (about 15 shots each) to defeat.
    - The safest method is the Gemron Badge but it takes TIME.

  + Max's Supernova is better than Monica's Five-Star Armlet.
    - Because it defeats each monster more quickly.
    - But the monsters tend to cluster in threes or fours.
      # you will likely become incapacitated.
    - Max's Hammer can hit the Breath Balls back and damage the monster as long as
      he is positioned correctly.

  + Ridepod works but huge damage is done unless he keeps dodging.
    - The problem is the clusters gang up on him.

> You are unlikely to fill the Time Goal OR the Without-Healing Goal.
  + It CAN be done IF.
    - Max creeps closer to each monster JUST until the yellow diamond appears.
      # Then fire FAST.
      # Be prepared to dodge their Breath Balls.
      # And if Max is hit while you're pressing [X], Max will do his power attack!


     TAKE THE MOON PATH...


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**  FLOOR 19: CAPTAIN RETURNS  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             12:00 |
|O Spheda                     [PRIZE: 1x Fruit of Eden] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                   only MONICA'S MAGIC:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (14) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Great Tree        |Flora   | 2 |KEY| 
|  Small Tree      |Flora   | ? | - |
|Elite Corsair     |Undead  | 8 | - | 
|Oyakata           |Undead  | 4 | - | Chill Crystal; Petite Fish.
|__________________|________|___|___|


> For the first shot when firing the Armband, hold [X] for a count of six before
  releasing it, then keep firing as rapidly as you can.


> Caution:
  + Both Elite Corsair (pirate-type monster) and the Oyakata (Captain-like monster)
    will run at you REALLY FAST.
    - Move backwards and fire rapidly.
    - The Corsair is defeated faster than the Oyakata.
      # AND the Oyakata hits take more of Monica's HP.
  + WATCH MONICA'S HP!!!


     FOR THE NEXT FLOOR, MAKE SURE THE RIDEPOD IS REPAIRED...


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**   FLOOR 20: HELL'S TURNING POINT  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             11:55 |
|O Spheda                   [PRIZE: 2x Level-Up Powder] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                      only the RIDEPOD:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (20) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Ladha             |Magical | 2 |KEY| Thick Hide; Stamina Drink; Repair Powder.
|Bandou            |Undead  | 6 | - |
|Moonlight Hulk    |Magical | 6 | - | Life Element; Power Crystal; Escape Powder.
|Titan             |Magical | 6 | - | Sturdy Rock; Destruction Crys; Stamina Drink.
|__________________|________|___|___|


> Watch out for the Moonlight Hulk.
  + It fires a green spitball at you.
    - I don't know what the effect was as I was only hit once (without effect).


     BEWARE THE REVENANT AND ITS POISONOUS SPITBALL...


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**   FLOOR 21: MUMMY HEAVEN  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             09:25 |
|O Spheda                     [PRIZE: 2x Stamina Drink] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (22) |
|_______________________________________________________|
______________________________________
|Revenant          |Undead  | 16 | - | Holy Crystal; Stone.
|Dark Keeper       |Magical |  2 | - | Sturdy Rock; Destruction Crystal; Stone.
|Fire Wyrm         |Reptile |  2 | - |
|Holy Wyrm         |Reptile |  2 | - |
|__________________|________|____|___|


> Well, at least you can heal on this floor.

  + The Revenant fires a poison spitball.



     GET READY FOR THE NEXT BOSSES...


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**   DEAD END 4  **
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> This is the last of the Dead Ends.

> You are shown the six bosses.
  + The name is 'Mandora'.
    - They are the Boss form of Himarras.

  + After seeing these bosses, you are at a passage-way to the Boss chamber.


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**   BOSS: BATTLE PLANT SQUAD~~THE MANDRAKERZ  **
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> They look like squashed down Himarras with blue flower hats.
  + Their attacks are the spin attack and spitballs.
  + They move fast, so watch your HP!

> While Max can defeat each one pretty quickly, they eat his HP FAST.

  + He can do it, if:
    - you press and hold [X] and watch his HP.
    - And if they come one at a time...

  + You may prefer the Ridepod.
    - But he will have to keep dodging.


> REWARDS:
  + 2x diamond (one in each chest).


     SAVE!!! AND THEN RETURN TO FLOOR 18... 


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**   RETURN TO FLOOR 18: LITTLE DRAGON ARMY  **
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               (
              /
            [22] * 
            /
           /
       [BOSS 5]
         /
        *
       /
     [18]--> (  [DONE


> Reminder of the monsters on this floor.

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|Fire Wyrm         |Reptile | 3 |KEY|
|Holy Wyrm         |Reptile | 3 | - |
|Ice Wyrm          |Reptile | 3 | - |
|Thunder Wyrm      |Reptile | 3 | - |
|Wind Wyrm         |Reptile | 3 | - |
|__________________|________|___|___|


     TAKE THE SUN PATH THIS TIME AND YOU FIND FLOTSAM IS BACK!!!... 


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**   A SUSPICIOUS OPENING  **
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> VIDEO:
  + Max and Monica walk across the floor of a huge mine open area.
    - They hear familiar laughter.
  + Max:      That voice?!
  + Monica:   It can't be!

  + They look up into the distant ceiling to see a figure drop down.
  + Flotsam:  Okay, folks, this time you're definitely gonna be toast.
              - You think I can let you off lightly after what you've done to me?!
  + Max:      Hang on, so Flotsam wasn't being controlled by Griffon?
  + Monica:   Guess he's just rotten on his own.
  + Flotsam:  Ha! Who cares about Griffon, anyway?
              - I've got a new bossman now.
              - Griffon was a girl scout compared to this guy!

  + Flotsam continues to laugh.
  + Max:      A new boss?

  + Flotsam's title shows.


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**  BOSS 5: IMMORTAL CLOWN~~METAL FLOTSAM  **
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 SCOOP: FLOTSAM REVIVED
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> The first thing that Flotsam does, is charge toward you.
  + Take the photo before he gets to you.
    - Then dodge out of the way!!!


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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 NEW INVENTIONS
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> Steve's final weapons can be invented now.

  + Steve's Samurai Arm IV (the ideas are all Scoops):
         Ideas = Flotsam Revived! + A Surviving Soldier + Legend of the Moon
     Materials = 2x Diamond + 25x Rolling Log + 25x Scrap Metal

  + Steve's Nova Cannon IV:
         Ideas = Flotsam Revived! + Pot Torch + The Sun
     Materials = 5x Holy Stone + 15x Sticky Clay + 1x Sun Stone


> Stats:
  + Samurai Arm IV (one slash and most are defeated!!! But Lock-On to the bats!!):
    Attack ....... 1800
    Lightning ....   50
    Beast ........   50
    Scale ........   50

  + Nova Cannon IV:
    Attack ....... 1600
    Lightning ....   50
    Chill ........   50

  + The Samurai Arm is stronger, but you have to be close up.

NOTE: I didn't have the Holy Stone to make the Nova Cannon IV, but I was able to
      make the Samurai Arm IV.
      + I equipped the Arm, using 'Exchange'.
      + When I made the Nova Cannon IV, I could NOT equip it.
        - I checked and could 'exchange' ANY other weapon, but not this Nova
          Cannon (the word 'Exchange' was dark).
        - I even tried to equip Nova Cannon III and then exchange with IV, but I
          could not.
      + Perhaps equip Nova Cannon IV BEFORE first time you equip Samurai Arm IV??
        - I can't go back to find out as I only have the one game saved.


> You should still have the Sun Stone.
  + You can get the diamonds from Morton's Sundries.
    - The Holy Stone is going to be a problem.
  + You can get Holy Stone on the following floors:
    - Generally only one each time through the floor (and some of the time, none!).

       Floor  4: Evil Bat Invasion .... Holy Drake
       Floor 18: Little Dragon Army ... Holy Wyrm
       Floor 21: Mummy Heaven ......... Holy Wyrm

NOTE: Second time through Floor 21, one of the treasure chests gave me 7x Holy
      Stone.
      + It may not happen another time through, but its worth while to go to this
        floor more than once.


     IS STEVE READY FOR BATTLE?...


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> BATTLE STRATEGY AGAINST FLOTSAM:

  + It is essential to use the Ridepod, because Flotsam is FAST!!!
    - Make sure Cedric repairs Steve.
    - Carry a full load of Ridepod Fuel.


> He flies around and throws Bombs that take lots of HP OR Fuel.
  + It isn't easy to hit him when he's flying around.
    - But he drops down several time during the fight.

  + Just keep firing AND dodging.
    - I was able to do it with only one refueling.
    - And filled up the weapon gauge once only.

  + (But I was surprised that the fight finished so quickly.)


> VIDEO (When he's defeated):
  + Flotsam:  Ack...!! Me, lose? (furious) Of all ridiculous---
  + Monica:   What are you talking about?
              - You've lost LOTS of time already!
  + Max:      Yeah!
  + Flotsam:  Well... I expect he'll be taking care of you shortly...
              - Hee hee hee...

  + Flotsam explodes.
  + Monica:   Who could 'he' be?
  + Max:      Who knows?

> Video ends with Max facing the exit.


     WALK TO THE EXIT, REPAIR STEVE, AND SAVE...


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**  FLOOR 22: WARD 3 ENTRANCE  **
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> Choices again...
  + You can take the short-cut on the Moon Path
    # 22 --> 28 --> 29.

   OR
  + The long way around
    # 22 --> 23 --> 24--> 25 --> 26 --> 27 --> 29.

   OR
  + You can do both
    # 22 --> 23 --> 24--> 25 --> 26 --> 27 --> 28 --> 29.
    - This Walkthrough does both.



             [24]---->[25]---->[26]
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            /                  /
          [23]               [27] 
          /                  /
         (                  /
        /                  /
      [22]  * --> [28]-->[29]----->[30]
      /

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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             12:30 |
|O Spheda                            [PRIZE: 1x Garnet] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (23) |
|_______________________________________________________|
______________________________________
|Smiling Wolf       |Beast   | 6 | - | Gunpowder; Hunter Crystal.
|Dark Alchemist     |Darkling| 6 | - | Hunk Copper; Protector Crys; Double Pudding.
|King Mimic (Chp8-2)|Magical | 1 | - |
|Last Guardian      |Darkling| 6 | - | Scrap Metal; Protector Crys; Repair Powder.
|Revenant           |Undead  | 4 | - | 
|___________________|________|___|___|


=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 22
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> The Last Guardian is another of those critters that hide behind a mask.
  + It seems to be slower than previous ones.

  + If it gets poisoned from your weapon, it loses 340 HP every few moments.
    - Don't rely on it, because the critter has about 8500 HP.

  + The Ridepod's Samurai Swords IV cut through the mask.


> A single shot from the Smiling Wolf does an awful lot of damage.
  + And it takes SEVERAL shots to defeat it.
    - This gives it more time to fire back.
    - So watch HP.


> It also takes more shots to defeat this King Mimic.



     THIS IS THE LONG WAY AROUND (THE MOON PATH)...


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**  FLOOR 23: FLOTSAM'S BROKEN ARMY  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             12:00 |
|O Spheda                          [PRIZE: 1x Amethyst] |
|O Clear all without healing:               Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (24) |
|_______________________________________________________|
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|Imp               |Spirit  | 6 |KEY| Light Element; Heart-Throb Cherry.
|Cerberus          |Magical | 4 | - | Destruction Crystal; Heart-Throb Cherry.
|Incuder           |Darkling| 6 | - | Prickly.
|Krau Mauness      |Windup  | 4 | - | Hunk Copper; Lightning Crys; Repair Powder.
|Mimic (Chp8-2)    |Magical | 4 | - |
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 23
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> Krau Mauness is a Vanguard-type monster.
  + Try to stay out of reach of its spinning attack.
    - If close enough, it also uses the purple rings attack.

> Other monsters:
  + The Cerberus is a Stone Dog type of monster.
    - It moves pretty fast.
  + The Incuder hides inside a skull-shaped mask.
    - Don't get too close.
  + The Imp is a Sylph-like critter.
    - It flies into your face and keeps firing.

> WATCH HP!!!
  + It is difficult to fill the Wipe-Out goal of 'No healing' because of that Imp.


     SAVE BEFORE YOU TACKLE THE NEXT FLOOR...

        AND

          CARRY PLUM RICE BALLS (FROM GORDON AND THEY *DON'T* CAUSE THIRST)...


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**   FLOOR 24: HELL WARD 3~~WELLSIDE GOSSIP  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             13:00 |
|O Spheda                        [PRIZE: 1x Aquamarine] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                      only the RIDEPOD:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (20) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Bambamchoo        |Darkling| 6 | - | Thunder Element; Protector Crys; Gooey Peach
|Busy Moler        |Beast   | 6 | - | Sticky Clay; Power Crystal; Carrot.
|Dead Rope         |Reptile | 2 | - | Life Element;  Sea Dragon Crystal.
|Mrs. Gourgon      |Darkling| 6 | - | Sturdy Cloth; Lightning Crystal; Potato Cake.
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 24
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> THIS IS A BAD, BAD, BAD, FLOOR.
  + NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, YOU'RE NOT LIKELY TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE FIRST TIME.
    - I HAD TO START OVER ABOUT SIX TIME BEFORE I MADE IT THROUGH.

  + PUT THE FOLLOWING IN MAX'S AND MONICA'S ACTIVE ITEM SLOTS:
    - AN ANTI-CURSE AMULET
    - AN ANTI-PETRIFY AMULET

  + DON'T EVEN BOTHER TO TRY FOR THE RIDEPOD WIPE-OUT GOAL... 


> The real problem is that 'Busy Moler'.
  + If it gets within reach, HP (and Fuel/HP) is gone within moments.
    - You'll need a lot of healing.

  + Watch out for when the Dead Rope (Snake) dives into the floor.
    - Move before it can come up from under you.
    - If you get fairly close, it probably won't dive.


  BUT POSSIBLE STRATEGIES...

> RIDEPOD:
  + The Laser Arm IV:
    - Works but needs too many hits to defeat each monster.
    - You have to keep dodging.
  + The Samurai Arm IV defeats the monster with fewer hits.
    - But you have to get in close.
    - That Busy Moler eats Steve's Fuel/HP.
  + The Ridepod's body takes up so much of your view, it is difficult to keep
    track of the monster you are working on.
    - You HAVE to Lock-On if you're using the Laser Arm.
      # The 'automatic' transfer of the Lock will switch your attack to another
        monster usually at the worst moment.
        * This can be VERY confusing.


> MAX or MONICA:
  + Max's Gun won't hit the Busy Moler unless Max is close.
    - Which puts him in danger of being incapacitated.
    - His hammer is too difficult to control so it doesn't always take out the
      Moler when it is close.

  + Monica's Armband hits the Moler but it takes too many shots to defeat it.
   - Her sword WILL take it out if it's close.
   - Be prepared to run and dodge.


> USE MAX FOR EVERYTHING BUT THE MOLER...

     USE MONICA FOR THE MOLER...

         WATCH YOUR HP, A SINGLE HIT IS ENOUGH TO WIPE MOST OF IT OUT...


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**  FLOOR 25: DEVIL ELEMENTAL  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             13:10 |
|O Spheda                           [PRIZE: 1x Diamond] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                        only MAX'S GUN:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (20) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Magma Servant     |Spirit  | 4 |KEY| Fire Element; Flame Crystal; Flame Stone.
|Snow Servant      |Spirit  | 4 | - | Chill Element; Chill Crystal; Chill Stone.
|Tempest Servant   |Spirit  | 4 | - | Water Element; Protector Crystal; Soap.
|Thunder Servant   |Spirit  | 4 | - | Thunder Element; Lightng Crys; Lightng Stone. 
|Wind Servant      |Spirit  | 4 | - | Wind Element; Wind Crystal; Wind Stone.
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 25
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> In comparison with the previous floor, this one's a piece of cake.

  + BUT DON'T LET *ANY* SERVANT GET WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE.
    - Those hands hit pretty hard...


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**  FLOOR 26: MARINER  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             13:20 |
|O Spheda                   [PRIZE: 1x Level-Up Powder] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                   only MONICA'S SWORD:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (24) |
|_______________________________________________________|
_____________________________________
|Mariner           |Aquatic | 6 |KEY| Glass material; Sea Dragon Crystal; Evy.
|Garuda            |Beast   | 6 | - | Protector Crystal; Cheese.
|Iwanosuke         |Magical | 6 | - | Rough Rock Destruction Crystal Stone
|Sweet Dynamite    |Windup  | 6 | - | Gunpowder; Flame Crystal; Final Bomb.
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 26
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> NOT, NOT, NOT A GOOD FLOOR FOR A SWORD!


> The Iwanosuke is a rolling boulder.
  + Hit it before it starts to roll.


> Don't let the Mariner (a fish wearing a Chinese Coolie hat) get within reach of
  you.
  - Two hits from its spear takes almost all your HP.


> The Garuder heals itself, so keep firing.


     SOME MORE OF THOSE DIVING SNAKES...


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**   FLOOR 27: ULTIMATE SNAKE  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             12:30 |
|O Spheda                             [PRIZE: 1x Pearl] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (24) |
|_______________________________________________________|

NOTE: When I finished this floor, the game gave a total of 24 monsters on the
      floor, but I only counted 22 as shown by totals in the Monster notes.
      + These totals are shown below:

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|Wraith             |Undead  | 6 |KEY| Glass material; Flame Crystal; Holy Water.
|Dead Rope          |Reptile | 2 | - |
|Iron Ghost         |Windup  | 6 | - | Scrap Metal; Power Crys; Gun Repair Powder.
|King Mimic (Chp8-2)|Magical | 2 | - |
|Mrs. Gourgon       |Darkling| 6 | - | 
|___________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 27
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

> The Iron Ghost is one of those pirate cannons.
  + Its head is a skull with glowing, flashing, purple eyes.
    - One hit from its bomb and you're dead.

> The wraith is a Night Stalker type of monster.
  + Watch out for its flaming fireball.
    - Try to fire at it first and press and hold [X].


> If you wish, you can go straight to Floor 29 from this floor.
  + Or you can do Floor 28.


  IF YOU WANT TO COMPLETE ALL FLOORS, GO TO FLOOR 22 AND TAKE THE MOON PATH...

       OTHERWISE GO TO FLOOR 29...


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**  RETURN TO FLOOR 22: WARD 3 ENTRANCE  **
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> Reminder of monsters on this floor

______________________________________
|Smiling Wolf       |Beast   | 6 | - |
|Dark Alchemist     |Darkling| 6 | - |
|King Mimic (Chp8-2)|Magical | 1 | - |
|Last Guardian      |Darkling| 6 | - |
|Revenant           |Undead  | 4 | - |
|___________________|________|___|___|


> Now you're on the final stretch:

                                     [FINAL BOSS]
                                        /
                                       /
                                     [31] 
                        [DONE]       /
                          /         /
                         /         /
    [22] * --> [28]--->[29]----->[30]


     TAKE THE SUN PATH AND USE A SEAL-BREAKING SCROLL ON THE NEXT FLOOR...


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**   FLOOR 28: OMEN  **
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> THERE IS A WHITE SEAL ON THIS FLOOR.
  + No healing of fixing Status Problems.
    - Use a Seal-Breaking Scroll (Morton's Sundries has them for 1,500 G.

> THIS IS ANOTHER REALLY BAD FLOOR.
  + YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID IT!!!

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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             12:30 |
|O Spheda                              [PRIZE: 1x Ruby] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|          only MAX'S RIGHT-HAND WEAPON:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (18) |
|_______________________________________________________|
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|Minotaurus         |Beast   | 4 |KEY| Sturdy Rock; Power Crystal; Double Pudding.
|Bone King          |Undead  | 4 | - | Unknown Bone; Escape Powder.
|King Mimic (Chp8-2)|Magical | 2 | - |
|Spinning Saucer    |Windup  | 4 | - | Scrap of Metal; Lightng Crys; Repair Powder.
|Tiamat             |Reptile | 4 | - | Super Hot Ppr; Sea Drag Crys; Escape Powder.
|___________________|________|___|___|


> Spinning Saucer is a Vanguard-type Monster.
  + DON'T let it get close.
    - Back up if you have to.

> Minotaurus is a Gyumo-type monster.
  + Two hits and its all over for Max.

> Bone King is bad news.
  + One hit from its along-the-ground attack and 95% of Max's HP is GONE!!!
    - HEAL AS SOON AS YOU'RE HIT.
  + It can fire even when it is being hit constantly!
    - And it can fire through the mine walls!!!

> If you get a bunch of monsters together, try to lure them one at a time.


     WELL, YOU MADE IT, NOW FOR THE LAST PARTS OF THE MINE...


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**  FLOOR 29: ANXIETY  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             12:30 |
|O Spheda                           [PRIZE: 1x Peridot] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                   only MONICA'S MAGIC:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (18) |
|_______________________________________________________|
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|RSF Club          |Card    | 4 |KEY|   Nothing
|RSF Diamond       |Card    | 4 | - |   Nothing
|RSF Heart         |Card    | 4 | - |   Nothing
|RSF Joker         |Card    | 2 | - | Gun Repair Powder; Stone.
|RSF Spade         |Card    | 4 | - |   Nothing
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 29
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> These are harder to take out than the R. Clubs.
  + But, if you can keep them away from you, you'll do okay.
    - They DO run toward you.
    - The closer they get, the more HP your hits take out.


     SAD TO SAY, IT IS NOT GETTING ANY EASIER...


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**  FLOOR 30: FIRM BELIEF  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             12:30 |
|O Spheda                          [PRIZE: 1x Sapphire] |
|O Attack and defeat all enemies using                  |
|                            only ITEMS:    Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (24) |
|_______________________________________________________|
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|Flying Steel      |Windup  | 2 | - | Escape Powder.
|Iron Ghost        |Windup  | 4 | - |
|Minotaurus        |Beast   | 6 | - |
|Sweet Dynamite    |Windup  | 6 | - |
|Tiamat            |Reptile | 6 | - |
|__________________|________|___|___|


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 FINAL ADVICE ~~ FLOOR 30
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

> Flying Steel is an Arthur-type monster.
  + Don't be afraid to run when it comes at you or when it fires those grenades
    into the air.


     OH NO! NOT MORE OF THOSE BONE KINGS...


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**  FLOOR 31: SEEPING LIGHT  **
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|O Time limit to defeat all Monsters:             12:30 |
|O Spheda                             [PRIZE: 1x Topaz] |
|O Clear all without healing:               Not Cleared |
|  Total Monsters Defeated                       0 (24) |
|_______________________________________________________|
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|Tiamat             |Reptile | 6 | - |
|Bone King          |Undead  | 6 | - |
|Flying Steel       |Windup  | 5 | - |
|King Mimic (Chp8-2)|Magical | 3 | - |
|Spinning Saucer    |Windup  | 4 | - |
|___________________|________|___|___|



     BUT MAMA, DO I *HAVE* TO...


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**  ZELMITE MINE DEPTHS  **
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> GET PREPARED.
  + Make sure Steve has been prepared and you have 5 Ridepod Fuel.
  + Make sure you have plenty of healing items.

> When you get to the Mine Depths, you find a barrier of rock.
  + Use the Dynamite you found in Dead End 3.
    - If you don't have it, here's the Map.
    - Go back to Floor 15: 'Crossroads' and complete the Moon Path.


[DEAD END 3]<--[17]
               /                                               [13]----[DEAD END 2]
              /        *                                        /
             /        /                                        /
          [16]<-- ( [15]<---[14] * <--[9] ( -->[10]-->[11]-->[12]
                                      /
                                     *
                                    / 
       [3]--->[4]--->[Miner's]--->[5]  ( -->[6]--->[7]--->[8]--->[DEAD END 1]
       /             [Break  ]
     [2]             [Room   ]
     /
   [1]
   /
 [PALM BRINKS]
   (entrance)


> VIDEO:
  + Max sets the dynamite, then runs.
    - He and Monica walk across the cavern floor.
    - They see two colored Stalactites.

  + Max:     (pointing) Got it! Right there! Zelmite Ore.
             - This can be turned into fuel for the Blackstone rail trains.
  + Monica:  Wow! It's pretty.
  + Voice:   Ah-hah-hah-hah-haaa!
             - So you think you can take my jewels, eh? I'll not allow it!

> The floor shakes as a huge monster drops down in front of them.

  His title shows: Dark Genie.

  + Monica:  (scared) Uh, what is it?!
  + Max:     I guess this is the new boss that Flotsam was talking about.
  + Monica:  Huh? This thing?
  + Genie:   Eh? Friends of Flotsam are we?
             - He came to me asking me to make him strong, which I did. But how
               soon he has betrayed me.
             - I guess he just didn't have what it takes.

> The Genie looks down at them.
  + Genie:   Oh, actually, you two don't look so bad.
             - (pleasantly) I'm quite hungry just now... I don't suppose you would
               mind if I ate you?
  + Monica:  (indignant) Eat us? What are you, crazy? No way!
  + Genie:   Sorry. I think I'll just eat you anyway.

> And he puts his hand down toward them.


> Video ends with Max (or Monica) facing him.


     I CAN ONLY GIVE A LITTLE ADVICE...
  

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**   FINAL BOSS: DARK GENIE    **
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> YEAH!! IT'S THAT BOSS FROM THE FIRST DARK CLOUD GAME!!
  + Its gonna be a long, long battle.

> This is one bad dude...
  + He flies around dropping mini-versions of himself.
    - They keep coming...
    - Never-Ending Battles????

> STRATEGY IF YOU WANT A HACK AND SLASH FIGHT:
  + Alternate between Max and Monica.
    - He needs his strongest gun against the Dark Genie.
    - She needs her strongest sword against each Mini Genie.
      # If it is at its highest power, just keep hitting (they'll gang up on her).

  + Defeat the little ones, but keep firing at Dark Genie TOO!
    - He flashes blue with each hit.

  + Repeat.


> STRATEGY IF YOU WANT A QUICK END:
  + Equip the Ridepod with the Laser Arm IV.
    - Lock on to the Genie.
      # The Ridepod can dodge the mini-genies.
    - Except for dodging the little genies, ignore them.
    - Keep firing at Dark Genie.
  + Won't take long.

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> When defeated, the minis disappear, the Dark Genie drops to the floor and has a
  temper tantrum!
  + He screams and begins to shrinks until he has shrunk away.

> VIDEO:
  + Max:     He's gone.
  + Monica:  What was it anyway?
  + Max:     I don't know.
             - But let's go and let the Mayor know about this Zelmite deposit!
             - With this, the Blackstone Railroad should be able to expand!
  + Monica:  OK. Let's go back to town!

> We see the Station.
  + The Mayor starts a speech.

> Ending VIDEO cannot be paused (but you might want to turn the console off).

  + You get scenes from the game as the acknowledgments are displayed and the
    song is sung.


                                 THE END...


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     WELL THAT'S IT GUYS!!!...

          IF YOU'VE GOT THIS FAR, YOU'RE SHARP DUDES!!!...

               GAME OVER!!!...


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