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Breath of Fire 5: Dragon Quarter Full Walkthrough and Guide By: Cyril firstname.lastname@example.org -------------------- Table Of Contents: -------------------- 1:Introduction 2:Version Information 3:Characters 4:Frequently Asked Questions 5:Battles 6:Skills 7:Combos 8:Skills List 9:Walkthrough: Section 1: Ranger HQ Section 2: Lift to Bi-Corp Section 3: Genic Processor Section 4: Old Waste Shaft Section 4: Dragon and Lift-Low Sector 10:SoL 11:Weapons List 12:Armor and Shield List 13:Items List 14:Misc Introduction: I have played all of the BoF games before, so I had extremely high expectations of this game. It did not let me down. Breath of Fire has always been the story of the dragon boy, Ryu, and his friends. While the characters may change, there is always the familiar faces of Ryu, as well as Nina to look upon. For those new to the BoF series, think of this as your first step into magnificence. This game is completely different then any other RPG I have ever played. And because of that, I decided to make a full guide, not just a boss walkthrough like I did before. While the transition from the normal turn based to this, may be hard for some people, I personally find it a breath of fresh air. Lastly note, that while I try to keep the spoilers at minimum with the guide, any normal walkthrough has spoilers. So unless you want to be spoiled, don't look past where you are supposed to be. And so, without further ado: Cyril's Breath of Fire 5 Guide Note: Some of this information may be a bit off, as I noticed some things change each time you go through...such as what items where, and enemy locations. Also the SoL ads many different things to the game. This is based off the first game. I hope to, in the future, have a SoL changes area... Version Information: Version .17: February 25th 2003: Added Weapon, Items, and Armor and Sheilds list, as well as ACCURATE box numbers, at least until Lift to Bi-Corp 4. Also did the first Bosch strategy. That is all for now, but I am not done updating it today. Just have a lot to type up. Verson .15: February 24th 2003: I made the whole thing more separated. Also added a few new SoL's, Skills, FAQ Section, and I am doing some updates. Finishing Old Waste Shaft, and starting on the later ones. Sorry I am taking so long people! NOTE: Since I decided to die again(I wanted to see if you get SoLs for dying farther in the game, and you do) I am not going to put some of the exact box totals in it just yet, at least until I write them all down and am positive on them. Version .11: February 22, 2003: Character info. Also more skills. I have like 10 pages of full walkthrough written down on paper from my own game. Perhaps I will start to type that up soon as well. Depending on how much I get done, I may submit it sooner then I thought I would. Version .10: February 21, 2003: Decided to start this guide. I start it on Word, and make sure the basic spelling is good. I am not too far in the game itself, but I do know that I am getting a lot better at the battles then I was originally. Starting battle info, skills info, and skills list. It is too late to do much more then that at this point. I am not submitting it yet. -------------------- Characters: -------------------- This is a section devoted to each character. It tells strengths and weaknesses, and my personal strategies with them. This is the layout: Character: The characters name. Starting level: The level the character starts at Weapon: The characters weapon Personal Skill: The characters personal Skill Profile: About the character Strengths: What the character is good at Weaknesses: What the character lacks at. Ryu: Starting level: 1 Weapon: Sword Personal Skill: Dash Profile: Ryu, your main character, is a low ranking Ranger who probably wont get far in the world. He is still devoted though, and will do what he must for people he cares for. He is good friends with Bosc. Strengths: Ryu is definitely your main attacker throughout the game. All of his skills are for attacking, and damaging enemies. While he starts the game off rather weak, he gets stronger very quickly. Ryu can equip the strongest armors, and he has high defense. Weaknesses: Well...normally one would consider it a strength, but I say it is a weakness. Ryu's transformation. It ads the D-Counter at the top, and limits your game play time. It makes me very stressed. Another of Ryu's weaknesses is the fact that he is so damned slow. He just doesn't attack enough for me. And early on, his skills just don't cut it. Plus, his Personal Skill ups the D-ratio. -------------------- Bosch: -------------------- Starting Level: 1 Weapon: Rapier Personal Skill: Kick Profile: Bosch has a high D-Ratio, making him a natural choice for a leader. He was born into an aristocratic family, and has high hopes for his own future. Strengths: For the short while you have Bosch, he is great. He has very strong physical attacks, and his skills do a lot of damage. In the beginning, he can use PoisonBite maybe 6 times in a row if he doesn't have to walk. His second level 2 Skill is also great. He is fast, compared to Ryu. Weaknesses: You do not get to keep Bosch for long. You may have accidentally use party EXP on him. But his personal skill makes starting battles with him harder, as it does not reach far. -------------------- Nina: -------------------- Starting level: 1 Weapon: Rod Personal Skill: Draw Items Profile: Not much is known about Nina. She is a young girl of twelve, who does not speak, but seems to want to protect Ryu. She looks up to him, and seems to love him. With little wings on her back, she is a mystery to our heroes. Strengths: Nina is the fastest character in the game. No doubt. She also has the longest range of movement in the game. Her skills are very helpful, as they hinder an enemy, and she works good as a support character. Weaknesses: Nina is weak physically. She takes a lot of damage, can not physical attack, and has low HP. She can not equip the strongest armors, and shields. She will get hurt easily, and early on, maybe killed in two hits from a foe. What makes her even worse is that she starts at level one. -------------------- Lin: -------------------- Starting level: 10 Weapon: Gun Personal Skills: Shoot, Blast Profile: Lin is a member of the Trinity. They are known as outlaws, and are hunted by the rangers. She and Ryu get off to a very bad start. She seems to be looking for Nina, and wants to protect her. Strengths: Lin is a great character to have lead the party. Her Personal Skill attack enemies from far away, and push them away so you can get by them. She is rather strong, and her skills usually cause harmful status effects to enemies. She is able to equip strong armors, and her weapons reach in battle is the longest in the game. If you want to finish a battle before it starts, she is the one you are looking for. Weaknesses: Her strengths are her weaknesses. To do a whole lot of damage with her, you have to combo, and that takes a lot of AP. Otherwise, her attacks just are not as strong as they could be. Nor are her skills. Not to downgrade her, she can do a lot of damage, she just doesn't do as much as she should. She is rather slow, and her Personal Action takes a while to shoot, leaving you vulnerable to attack in the meantime. -------------------- Frequently Asked Questions: -------------------- Is it possible to lower the D-Ratio?: I do not think so at this point. Though I have noticed that if you are running around aimlessly, and havnt gotten in a lot of encounters recently, then it will go up faster. Some other things, even though it is common sense, that make it rise faster: Using Ryu's Dash skill Transforming Ryu Using strong, and frequent, attacks when you are forced to have Ryu in Dragon form. And a hint to keeping it low (I had like 8% and I when I died, and the guide iteself had like 13%): During the Bosch battle, Ryu will usually attack last. At this point, Lin will attack before him, and if she has steal equipeed she can so the stealing(see battle)and have Nina use multiple Jolt attacks(if she doesnt move, she should be able to do around 120+ damage with them, and have Lin finish the first one off that same turn. Dont have Ryu Attack. Do the same thing, and then have Ryu kill Bosch with Twister. I ended this battle with 5%. The normal is around 6-8% though... How do I activate SoL?: You have to have either died before, or have beaten the game and saved after. The farther you are into the game, the more SoL movies you will see. To know if a movie is SoL or not, you will see a small marking in the bottom right corner that says SoL. The more you beat the game, the more movies as well. SoL also gives you all of your weapons you had equipeed when you died, and you retain all of your skills. You get half your money, and half your party EXP (or all on the latter I am not positive.) -------------------- Battles: -------------------- Battles in this game will remind you a lot more of Grandia then they do normal Breath of Fire. Capcom decided to completely ditch the entire old combat system, and go for a more technical fighting system. I am not going to explain all of the functions of the battle system(yet), but these few basic tips should help you begin. Battle Basics: Battles can be fought in many different ways. But the most important part is when, and how, you actually begin a battle. It is like Grandia. Either the enemy touches you first, or you touch it first. If you touch it first, then whatever character you have set as leader will get an extra attack, making the battle easier for you in the long run. A good strategy when starting a fight, is to throw some Dried Meat at an enemy, and let it rush for it. The enemy will ignore you completely, and go for the food. With this advantage, run up to the enemy, and press either X, or Triangle to attack him first. You will get an extra turn at the beginning of the battle with the character you are currently controlling, and when you win the battle, you will end up some extra experience called tactical experience. So all in all, this tactic is very helpful as it will allow you to finish battles faster. But be warned, if you come rushing at the monster, he can look up and notice you from a distance, and you might accidentally run into him, giving HIM the advantage in battle. It is a double edged sword, and you will have to hone the point to master this game. In battle, a character is totally reliant on AP. Ap allows a character to move, use magic, and use skills. Using items does not cost AP. You gain AP as you level up, or through an AP enhancing item. See the skills section for more information. Items are absolutely invaluable in this game. To use them, you have to press R2, and then O. Choose the item from a list and then the character/enemy to use it on. See the Items section for more information. -------------------- Skills: -------------------- Each character has certain skills they can learn from different enemies, and different skills they automatically come with when the character joins. Skills are the main attacks a character uses in battle. A character can learn skills three different ways: The first way is by coming with the Skill. Ryu himself comes with the Skills, Slice, Deathbringer, and Vert Slash when he starts the game. Another way a character can learn a skill is through getting attacked with it. When a character gets hit by a certain skill (Such as Ryu with Wild Swing) they have a chance to learn the skill through an item they will automatically receive. To make the chance greater that an enemy will actually use the skill you want, I suggest you have the character you want to learn the skill lead the party, as they seem to be attacked most. So if you are going to attack a Duke, and you want Ryu to learn Wild Swing, have Ryu at the head of the party, and have him go on the main offensive. That will maximize your chances of learning the skill. You have to have the steal ability quipped to get the item from the enemy you want the skill from, and the character with steal must be hit withe the skill. The last way a character can learn skills is through getting a treasure key through a boss, or stronger then normal monster, and opening a chest. These chests usually contain stronger skills then the ones you get from enemies. -------------------- Combos: -------------------- Combos are done by having a lot of AP, and by using multiple skills to link attacks together. You will notice, after you get one attack done, that in the lower right hand corner, a minature menu will say COMBO: And you will see a letter with a button. Usually a O. If you want to get the combo stronger, and use more AP, pres, and hold R2 and you will see the level 2 Skills. Currently, on my Ryu(I prefer Lin), I have Vert Slash, and Fang. So if I were to do a combo of just about 3 hits, I wouls press the buttons oike this: O, O(for an extra Slash hit), R2-O(for Vert Slash) , X. Also, R2 will keeo you on the level you were on with the last combo, so I could use Fang without having to press R2 again. This combo would be a Slash, Vert Slash, Fang Combo. Also, the longer the combo, the more damage each successive attack will do. This may not be EXACTLY right. But it should help you get the basics down. If you have played Xenogears, it is rather like that system, with the combo's. It takes a long time to completely understand. But if you decide to play with Lin(when you get her) you will be forced to learn it, as she is completely reliant on combos. -------------------- Skills List: -------------------- This is a list of the Skills I have found so far in this game. This is how it will look: Character Name: The name of the character that can use the skill. Level: I only do this at the beginning of the each level type, so three times per character. Also has the AP cost by it. Skill: The name of the Skill Type: The type of damage the Skill does. If an enemy defends against a certain type of power,(such as physical) then the skill of that same type will do lower damage. Location: Where you get the Skill Description: The description and effect(s) of the Skill. On the paragraph after I have the direct definition from the game. -------------------- Ryu: -------------------- -------------------- Level 1: 10 AP: -------------------- Skill: Slice Type: Physical Location: Ryu starts the game with this Skill Description: Slice is the equivalent of a normal physical attack. Weak, but for a O attack, it is quite strong. Lately, I have been using it more with Combo's. Normal Physical Attack Skill: Side Slash Type: Physical Location: get this skill after beating the Death Cow or the Goo element in Lift to Bi-Corp 2. Description: Side Slash hits a rather large range of enemies in the area in front of Ryu. Though it only does an extremely small amount of damage to them. Skill: Ogre Slice Type: Physical Location: Ryu must learn this skill from the Duke, or Duke Leaders in the Lift's to Bi-Corp levels. Description: Don't really use it, as to risky, but if you are willing to risk it....ouch... Accuracy -50% and, if hits, causes a critical attack of 75%. Skill: Kick Type: Physical Location: After defeating the Magma Nugget in the first Danger Room, you get a Treasure key. Use the key in the chest in the same room to get this skill. Description: Very, very useful. I find myself using this more and more. When paired with Nina and G-Flare etc, this Skill can obliterate all in its path. It pushes an enemy away from Ryu. Don't use it if you plan to combo though, as you wont be able to do anymore consecutive attacks after this. This is more of a finishing move. Attack Power 75% and Hit-Back power of 2.5 m. -------------------- Level 2: 20 AP: -------------------- Skill: Vert Slash Type: Physical Location: Ryu starts the game with this Skill Description: Very useful in the beginning of the game. A stronger normal attack. Attack Power 130%, and accuracy -20% Skill: Wild Swing Type: Physical Location: Ryu must get this skill from a Duke, or Duke leader in the Lift to Bi-Corp levels. Description: Like any other Wild Swing from BoF, I don't really use it too much. It can do a lot of damage if you get lucky though. I personally think that it is too much of a chance. Random Damage between 50% and 200%. Skill: Fang Type: Physical Location: You must learn this from Bosch during the battle in EndSector Borough. (See EndSector Borough) Description: The same as Bosch's skill. Is it worth it to waste D points on? Probably not, but if you want to get all the items, then go for this one. But when you get it, it is one of the better skills for Ryu. Attack Power 40% (regardless of enemy Defense Power.) -------------------- Level 3: 30 AP: -------------------- Skill: Deathbringer Type: Physical Location: Ryu starts the game with this Skill. Description: While strong, it takes a lot of AP, and so it is not worth it. I am a cheap wad. But against stronger enemies, this works wonders. Attack Power 125%(If it hits, Critical Attack is 100%) Skill: Roundsabre Type: Physical Loction: Locked treasure chest in CorpLab 3F Description: I havn't had time to use it, or else I would tell, I DO have it. I will try it out ASAP. Attack Power 150% -------------------- Bosch: -------------------- -------------------- Level 1: 10 AP: -------------------- Skill: Thrust Type: Physical Location: Bosch starts the game with this Skill Description: I personally overlook this skill for the second of Bosch's skills. I use that one far more frequently, as it is capable of doing more damage in the long run. Attack Power 25%(regardless of enemy defense.) Skill: PoisonBite Type: Physical Location: Bosch starts the game with this Skill Description: Good for wittling down enemies with high HP, I find it very useful. If you have a lot of AP, you can use this attack, maybe six times in a row, making it Bosch's greatest damage dealer. Attack Power 80%, Poisons enemy -------------------- Level 2: 20 AP: -------------------- Skill: Fang Type: Physical Location: Bosch starts the game with this Skill Description: I also tend to use the second skill more then I use this one. But if the enemy is hard to damage, it helps. It hits a small area. Attack Power 40% (regardless of enemy Defense Power.) Skill: Lion Smash Type: Physical Location: Bosch starts the game with this Skill Description: This is my main attack with Bosch, as it is very damaging, and works well. Attack Power 110%, Accuracy -20% -------------------- Nina: -------------------- -------------------- Level 1: 10 AP: -------------------- Skill: G-Flare Type: Trap Location: Nina starts the game with this skill Description: Nina makes a rather large area of the battlefield go up in flames, and stay there until an enemy hits it. When an enemy DOES hit it, it will take a large amount of damage. When an enemy runs into the flame, then the flame will extinguish. Magic that Blocks the movement of some enemies. Skill: Jolt Type: Magic Location: You get the Jolt item randomly from the enemy Hermits in the later levels of the Old Waste Shaft. Description: I love this skill...very useful early in the game. Nina seems to accumulate AP faster, and because of this, she can use this skill a lot. Thank god for no MP! If Nina is at max AP, she can attack with this baby at least 8 times! Great for damage dealing. Electric Magic Attack Skill: Flare Type: Magic Location: You have to win this item from the Ruby Goop in the Corp Lab. Description: Same as Jolt, but it takes you a LOT longer to get it. This is fire elemental, and seems to be abit more powerful the Jolt, as more enemies are weak versus fire. Fire Magic Attack Skill: Frost Type: Magic Location: You must win, or steal this spell from the Sapphire Goo's in Corp lab 3F and up. Description: By the time you get this, you will probably already have Flare and Jolt, making it almost useless. But it does quite a bit of damage to enemiees weak against ice. Ice Magic Attack Skill: Joltball Type: Trap Loaction: The locked treasure chest in Lift Lowersector 1. Description: Even more useful the G-Flare, Jolt ball not only seems to do more damage, but it paralyzes whatever enemy hits it for a turn. Maening that whoever hits it looses his(or her) attack for a turn. Use it like G-Flare, and you are in the money. Magic Trap that Stuns enemies that come into contact with it -------------------- Lin: -------------------- -------------------- Level 1: 10 AP: -------------------- Skill: Hey! Hey! Type: Shot Location: Lin starts the game with this Skill Description: This will be one of the main attacks you start your combos with, at least until you get another Skill. It doesn't do much damage, but it makes your other attacks a bit stronger. Almost required to ad status effects to enemies Adds Effect to Successive Attacks Skill: There! Type: Shot Location: In Old Waste 6F, you have to do the danger room near the end of the level. If you turn left, and search then monster, you will enter a danger room event, and when you kill all of the Roaches, you get a key. Head north from this room and open the treasure chest with your new key. The skill will be in it. Description: Another of Lin's Primary combo starters, this enhances the effect of the next attack in the combo. So if you use Stay Here! It will cast Bind instead of just lowering their movement. Doesn't up damage too much though. Useful, and in the hands of a trained warrior, deadly. Attack Power 70% and Increases Critical Chances -------------------- Level 2: 20 AP: -------------------- Skill: Stay Here! Type: Shot Location: Lin starts the game with this Skill Description: This skill lowers the distance an enemy can move. Useful, as Lin is able to stay far away from her enemies and attack, making her invulnerable at times. Attack Power 110% Reduces Enemy Movement Skill: Outta My Way Type: Shot Location: Lin starts the game with this Skill Description: Very useful when used with Ryu's kick, and any of Nina's Ground spells. This attack forces an enemy backwards, and even if it doesn't take extra damage from hitting a wall, then the enemy still has to expend more AP to attack you again. If you kick them into a Ground spell, the enemy will take damage. Only use this attack at the end of a combo, as you can not continue your combo after you use it. Hit-Back Effect -------------------- Level 3: 30 AP: -------------------- Skill: Blow Up! Type: Shot Location: Lin can learn this skill in Lift Sector 2. After one room with a fight with Dukes, you get the treasure chest key, and this will be the prize. Description: Very strong, and very useful. This attack hits a large area in front of Lin, and does quite a bit of damage. When you first get it, it does about 50 damage, but the damage quikly rises. As this is Lin's first level three Skill, you will use it a lot. Attack Power 150% -------------------- Walkthrough: -------------------- I follow the same basic formatting for every area of the game. I will give you exact directions on where to go, sometimes comment on enemies, and give guides for Bosses and Sub-Bosses. My format will look like this: Loaction: Where you will be Shops: If there is any, I will have the list of equipment you can buy Enemies: A list of enemies you will fight in the area Boss: The Boss, or Sub-Boss(es) in the area. Boxes: This is the number of boxes in the area Yellow, and White, as well as sometimes Red or Orange, but they go into the Yellow section.. I am still working on the items you get from them. Note: At the beginning of the game, you are allowed to choose the name for your main character. Usually it is Ryu, and so that is what I will refer to him as in this guide. Feel free to name him whatever you want. -------------------- Section 1: -------------------- -------------------- Ranger HQ 1F: -------------------- You start the game in a locker room on the first floor of Ranger HQ. Exit through the door above you, and walk into the hallway. To the North of you, you will notice a man standing by the window, and a doorway across from him. If you need some tips, go through the doorway to the right, and talk to the man in there. Usually talking to people will give you tips about battles, or the story. When you are done asking him questions, leave the room the same way you entered, and head up and to the left in the Main hallway. On the side of the screen, after the left turn, there is stairs. Go up them. -------------------- Ranger HQ 2F: -------------------- From the top of the stairs, go to Ryu's left, toward the screen. You will notice that to Ryu's right, right when you enter there is a guard. Remember that location, as you will need it in a few minutes. Head down this hall, and to the right when you have to. Talk to the rangers around here for hints. Go through the door at the end of this hallway. There are four Rangers in this next room, down the little set of stairs. Talk to then if you wish, and then go to the far right of the screen, and talk to Bosch, who is standing by the door to the Captains office. Talk to him, and you will both enter the office. You will watch a cut scene, and are then asked if you have any questions. If this is your first time through, I suggest you ask all of the questions. When you are done, and exited, head back out to the hallway and head to that door the ranger was guarding when you first entered Ranger HQ 2F. Go through it. -------------------- Lower Sector Junction: -------------------- Walk down the stairs. You can talk to the mom and kid if you want. It may make you feel good if you say that the kid can become a ranger. Head to the far left side, on Ryu's left. There are two Rangers over here, and two Telecorders (save points), as well as a door. I do not suggest you save your game just yet, as you will need all the Save Tokens you can get later. Go through the door on the left wall. -------------------- Lower Sector Borough: -------------------- Shops: Weapon: Armas Lower Sector: Ranger Edge +2 Buster Sword +1 Glacier +3 Pistol +3 Ranger Shell +1 Solid Ring +3 Ranger Suit +2 Slave Clothes +3 Wild Chaps +3 Item: Fresh Meat Dynamite Bomb Heal Kit Antidote Wake Up Mutimeds Tonic Escape You see another Telecorder toward the bottom of the screen, to Ryu's left. I still follow the no save plan. A rule to follow in this game: Don't save unless you are absolutely positive you need to. Such as clearing a whole area, or fighting a few Bosses and Sub-Bosses. Continue to the right of the screen, straight ahead for Ryu, and down. Go down the stairs to the right, and enter the main town of Borough. Go a bit to Ryu's right and straight ahead, and you will see a girl in the corner of a building. This girl is the appraiser. She also stores items for you, so use her often, you need all the inventory space you can get at all times. Head a little north of her, and you will see a man with a red shield, this is the arms merchant. You shouldn't buy weapons at this point, and you probably don't have the money anyway. A bit to the north of him, and to the left, are two people talking to each other. The younger one is the Item merchant. I suggest you spend all of your 300 Zenny on Heal Kits, as you will defiantly need them for what is coming up. After buying what you want, or need, go back around the junk in the middle, and go back up the stairs and through the door you originally entered to get here. -------------------- Lower Sector Junction: -------------------- Head directly across the screen and enter the second door. The door exactly opposite of the door you just exited, near the little boy and his mom. Go through it. -------------------- Lower Sector Air Lift: -------------------- Head straight down the stars in front of you, and continue in that direction until you trigger a cut scene. At this point Bosch joins your party. He will currently be leading your party. If you want to get Ryu back as leader press R1. I suggest having Bosch lead though, as he is a greater person in battle. Yes, battles ARE coming up soon. Head down the small set of stairs to your right, and through the long dark tunnel. -------------------- Section 2: -------------------- -------------------- Lift To Bi-Corp 1: -------------------- Enemies: Duke, Duke Leader, Nugget Boxes: Yellow: 2 White: 8 Head straight foward, and kick the two white boxes for some Fresh Meat. (To smash boxes, use either of your characters Personal Skills). A little ahead, after a short tutorial, break the next white box, and slowly proceed. You should see an enemy called a Duke. The best way to get rid of this foe, is to throw out your newly acquired Fresh Meat(only one mind you) when you are close enough, to taunt him. He will head to the meat, and completely ignore you, giving you an advantage for a first attack. To actually begin the fight, go run up to the feading monster and use a Personal Action when in the right range. It takes a while to perfect the exact ranges, but Ryu's is the longest at this point, but Bosch's attacks do more damage, so once you get good enough with Ryu's range, I suggest having Bosch lead if he is not already. When you are in battle, I find the best combos to be: Bosch: O, X, X,( X is continued depending on the number of AP you have. If you have a lot, you can do it six times or more!) or X, X, X. They are the easiest to pull off, and will do significant damage to the enmy. Ryu: He will keep this one for a while. X, O, O. That will do the most damage to enemies. Also, the X-Blade combo is supposed to be good, which is Slash, Side Slash and Vert Slash. (O, O, X, R2X) When you defeat the Duke, head up the hall, and up the stairs to the right. Enter the door here, and follow the hallway to another room, where a yellow box awaits. Yellow boxes always hold better items then white boxes do. head back out of the room, and head to the first intersection again, around where you fought the Duke. head over the small bridge to the right, but be warned of the enemies that are around here. Throw some meat out, and hope they go for it, instead of you. Head to the left, and you will see some boxes. After getting the boxes (I suggest killing the enemies before), head all the way to the right of the small bridge. Go through the doorway at the end. In this next room, you will notice a middle platform with 3 enemies on it. Throw some Fresh meat out, and attack them. If you kill them all, you get a treaure key. PICK THIS UP NOW! You will need it very soon. Continue heading straight across the bridge, and enter the next room, where evn more encounters await you. You will notice, straight ahead of you, a treasure chest. Before you go to open it, I suggest you kill all the enemies (4-5 sets depending on if you get more then one in an encounter). if you dont, they can get a sneak attack on you, and that is NEVER a good thing. When you have obliterated the threat, go back to the treasure chest across from the enterance, and you will get your first skill: "Steal". Very useful. I suggest you equip it on Ryu right away. From the chest, head right, and over another small bridge. And then head to Ryu's left. Head throught the large door, and back through one of the rooms you just went through (the one with the treasure key...This is the other side of the room) and go all the way to the end, and through the door. here, you will find a yellow Box, and it most likely contains a very useful, and ever so rare, Save Token. Head back through the doors, and go up the stairs slightly to the right of you. if you didnt kill the before, there may be some Dukes and Duke Leaders wating for you. When it is clear, go break the boxes, and head over to the right. You will see some boxes hidden behind the metal, unbreakable boxes. You can get some awesome items from these boxes. Namely, party experience and a good amount of Zenny. TIP: Do not use any party EXP on your party just yet. And do not use any at all on Bosch, if you do decide to use some, as it will be wasted. Also, if Ryu is hit by the Skills: Wild Swing, or Ogre Slice from the Dukes, and Duke leaders, and has the steal Skill equipped, then he can learn them as well. After you finish breaking the boxes, head to the left, and through the door on the far wall. The only one you have not entered yet. In this room, you will see a lift, and a girl behind it. Go talk to the girl (whom you just may recognize) and she will answer some questions, and give you tips about the game. You will see her quite a bit early on. To enter the lift, press X near the front. This will lead you to the next area. -------------------- Lift to Bi-Corp 2: -------------------- Enemies: None Boss: Death Cow, Goo Element Boxes: Yellow: 0 White: 6 Note: At any time during this dungeon, you can go back to Lower Sector Borough to get items, weapons, and anything else you may need. I suggest having at least 5 Heal Kits on you at all times, even if you have a lot of HP currently. After exiting the lift, go to the next room and there will be a Death Cow enemy. There is more of a chance you will get the Death Cow, but you can also get a Goo Element. This is a Sub-Boss who is very strong. Though you do get a good item for killing it, as well as a new Skill. I suggest you go for it, but it is your choice. it is best to initiate combat as Bosch, and you should try to get an extra turn by using a Fresh Meat before the battle. Sub-Boss: Death Cow LVL: 22 HP: 530 EXP: 88 Items: ??????? equipment, or a stat upping item. Strategy: The Death Cow is one tough customer. He is VERY strong, and has a lot of HP. If you have not fought all the enemies, and do not have a large supply of healing items on hand, then this boss could be almost impossible to beat. His normal attack the Skill "Wild Swing"(Which Ryu can learn if he has Steal equipped) does about 80 damage to a single character. His other skill, an ice spell, does about 25 damage to a range, but he ALWAYS gets an extra attack after, doing over 40 damage. So the damage can pile up very quickly. You will probably need to revive one character at least in this battle, so I hope you still have that Tonic you started with. For the offensive, I suggest you have Bosch use PoisonBite until Death Cow is poisoned, and then use LionSmash(or Poison if you think it will do more damage in the long run as two attacks for the price of one.) Try to LionSlash Death Cow until he has the lowest defense possible, and then attach with PoisonBite. Ryu should use Vert Slash as much as possible, as that is definately his strongest attack at this point. heal your characters if their HP gets below 90. You may want to have Ryu run to the corner, and use Bosch as bait while Ryu gains AP and unleashes a HUGE combo. This is a hard battle but when you win, you get the second treasure chest key. Sub-Boss: Goo Element LVL: 10 HP: 150 EXP: 50 Strategy: You are lucky if you get the Goo Element instead of the Death Cow. Each of the Goo Elements attacks do around 30 damage, and he has a range attack that can hit both characters for 30. He attacks twice a round, usually before both characters. He has high defense versus physical attacks and combo's and Skills that cast status effects dont work on him. He will take a lot of pounding. Attack with your strongest combo's, and try to end Ryu's with Deathbringer, as that will do the most damage. After beating the enemy(if you decided to skip it, just skip to the next paragraph) go pick up the treasure chest key, and get the chest which will be to your left. By opening this chest, you recieve a "Side Slash" Skill for Ryu. I also suggest going back to Borough now and getting more items to replenish any you may have used in battle. Head back to the right, and go all the way to the end, getting the boxes, and through the door. Continue heading foward, and you will see the girl again, next to the door. this time she will teach you about Skills. Go through the door, and break the box(es) for an item. You can not get through the door at the end of the hall, by the 3 boxes, so head up the short stairs to the side, and go through the door to the right. In this next room are two boxes. Head to the right, and go through the next door to the next lift going down. Press X to go down it, just like before. -------------------- Lift To Bi-Corp 3 [North]: -------------------- Enemies: Lil Lantern Bat, Lantern Bat, Hychee, Duke, Duke Leader Boss: Magma Nugget Boxes: Yellow: 0 White: 0 Head straight out of the room with the lift and make sure your trap is set to meat. In this next room, you will see a LOT of bats. You have to be strategic here, or they will easily make life far more difficult then it should be. The bats will either be on the lower level or the higher level. When they are on the higher level it is easier. Here is a good strategy: Start by throwing out a meat. The bats will swarm after you the second you enter the room if they are on the top level, so you have to be really fast. Here is a good Strategy to kill them off before they can completely overpower you. And they will if you dont kill them off quickly. Strategy: After you throw the meat out, you must close in a few seconds after. Make sure a few of them have swarmed the meat, as you need to make every hit count. Quickly change your Trap/Bait to Dynamite, a Bomb, or the Prox kit, if you have one. Use all of your Dynamite's and Bomb's against them, and then use the Prox bomb. That bombardment should weaken them enough to fight them easier. When you do initiate battle with them, you need to kill them swiftly, as while alone, they are not strong, in this large of group they can literally obliterate you. Their Flare does about 25 damage and their physical attacks do about 30. They have low defense, so you dont need too strong of attacks to kill them, especially after the onslaught you may have done before the actualy battle. If you didnt damage them before the battle at all, this battle WILL take a lot out of you. After killing the bats, kill any stragglers that you may not have fought, get the boxes, and head to the right, and through the door at the end. In the next room, head straight, at the intersection, and kill the Hychee's (You do not even have to do battle with them, if you slash them before the battle begins, you can kill them off without a scratch). Try and kill a many of them as you can, as they drop valuable Heal Kits. Open the yellow box a bit to the right. Head back to the first intersection, and fight the Hychee's that drop from the ceiling here. Be warned that it is really easy for them to get the drop on you here. Head left, killing the enemies you come to, and get the three white boxes you find at the dead end. Turn back around, and head straight down the hall, and go through the door. Head foward, and through the next door, head right. Go straight at the first intersection, and tak the two white boxes(you will most likely have to fight for them.). Head through the door to the left, and get the yellow box at the end of the short platform. head back to the intersection, and take the right path. There is a Duke leader directly behind that door, and he will most likely get the jump on you if you are not prepared. Even if you are prepared it is hard to get the jump on him. Actually, this battle may take a few tries to beat, as the Duke runs almost the entire time. be patient, and you will eventually kill him. Before you enter the next room, try and be healed as much as you can without being waseful with items. Preapare your skills, and get ready. When you are ready, enter the door at the end of the long platform. This room is what is called a danger room. There are quite a bit of these rooms in this game. The basic aspect of a danger room is this: Kill all the enemies, or you cant get out. So your goal is to kill all enemies, by whatever means necissary. There are a lot of enemies in here. Work from the first room using all the tactics and skills you have. Any type or Lure(fresh meat etc.) is extremely helpful in a danger room. When you have killed almost all of the enemies in the room, head over to the second side of the room and you will see the biggest Nugget you will ever see. approach him to initiate battle to get out of the room. Sub-Boss: Magma Nugget LVL: 18 HP: 400 EXP: 75 Items: Juju Strategy: This sub boss is definately easier then the Death Cow. To best kill this boss, have Bosch use PosionBite. Build up Bosch's AP, to almost max, and use a HUGE combo of O, X, X, X, X, X (continued). Each X should do around 30 damage, and that is the fastest way to kill him. But just because this boss is easier then the death cow, does not mean that it is less deadly. It can cast Jolt, to hit a character(or two!) for 30 damage, and he uses two physical attacks a round for 30 damage each. Magma Nuggets super attack, Lightning, does about 75 damage to a single character. Ryu should use Vert Slash. And for max damage, have Bosch use LionSlash before the big combos to allow not only him, but Ryu to do more damage for the AP price. Try to keep yourself over 70 HP at all times. After you win the Magma Nugget, you get an item (or two) and thr key to the treasure chest which was located behind him. The treasure chest holds the Skill: "Kick" a very useful skill. You should put it on Ryu's level one skills right away. Break the white box nearby. After finishing with this room go up the small set of stairs to the side, and enter the door. Go foward, and enter te next door to get to the next area. -------------------- Lift to Bi-Corp 3 [South] -------------------- Enemies: Magma Nugget Boxes: Yellow: 2 White: 5 The girl is here again, and this time she is going to teach you about the controls.(as if you need to know them...you already have been playing them game for a while now) Exit through the door to the left of the one you entered. After going through a few sets of doors that open automatically, you will fight a raging Magma Nugget. It is hard to get the jump over this one as he will see you before you see him. Kill him the exact same way you killed the other one. I actually found this one easier, though some may find him harder. After beating the Nugget, go to the next room, and go up the lift. Congrats! You have beat your first full dungeon! Now go pause the game and give yourslef a pat on the back. You totally deserve it. -------------------- Section 3: -------------------- -------------------- Approach South: -------------------- Head straight through the first door. -------------------- Genic Processor: -------------------- Watch the cut-scene, and then re-enter the room. Go up the small set of stairs to the left and through the door. -------------------- Approach West: -------------------- Go straight, and turn right when needed. Near the end, you will see the tutorial girl again. This time she will teach you about escaping from battles. In the next room, go up he lift. -------------------- Genetic Accumulater: -------------------- Enemies: Hychee, Odd Hychee, Nugget Boxes: Yellow: 3 White: 5 Go through the door and save at the telecorder, if you want to. I suggest you do, but you may want to wait just a tad bit longer. Continue following the hallway, after it turns left, continued down it usntil you reach two doors. (I dont remember what is in the straight one, but...go through it if you want). The door to the left is where you want to go. When you enter the room, break the white box directly to the left of you. Explore more of the room by heading foward. When you go foward, you will notice enemies. They Nuggets etc. can not get to you, as they are in cages, so don't worry about them. As you turn right in this room, you will notice enemies to the side above you. Go and kill the Hychee's and the Odd Hychee for Heal Kits. Again, if you have the first attack on the Hychee's, you wont actually need to fight them, they will die without battle. You will have to fight the Odd Hychee though. If you HAVE to fight them, use SnakeBite, and any other strategy you might prefer. In this short side area is a white box slightly around to the right, where you get a Mega-Aid Kit. Go back to the larger area, and head to the left, and through the door. Head straight foward, and enter the room on the right. Throughout the room, there are a lot of boxes, both Yellow and White. Most are in the corner after the first left. Go foward, and when you take a direct left, head left here, through the little crevices near the cages to the White box. Search around by going foward. This place is full of cages, and things to mar your way, but keep looking and get all the boxes that are in open view. When you have all of the items in this room, head ut of the door to the far left. In this next hallway, you will see an Appraiser. She will appraise any ??????? items you have, and will store Items for you. I know my inventory was busting it's seams at this point, so use her as much as possible. You need all the space you can get! Go through the next door and..... -------------------- Section 4: -------------------- -------------------- Bi-Corp Lift: -------------------- Shops: Items: Confushroom Sleepyshroom Dynamite Bomb Heal Kit Aid Kit Antidote Footloose Wake Up Tonic After a cut scene or two, you will end up here. To the right of you, is a woman, and the tutorial girl. Talk to the woman, and she will sell you items. I suggest stocking up on as many Heal Kits as you can, as Ryu is alone now. Some other equipment you might want to buy, is maybe one or two Footlooses, but it is not necissary, a the enemies that cause the statuses here drop them. But that is the main status here that is caused. You also may want to have a tonic, if you dont have one already. If you didnt save in the Genic Processor, I suggest you do so now, as it will be a while until your next save. And those save Tokens are so damned scarce. Head to the right of the woman, and you will enter the next area. -------------------- Old Waste Shaft 1: -------------------- Head through the first room, and in the second, you see a box. You can not open it just yet, as you do not have the key, so ignore it. Head through the second door, and make sure you have a lot of HP. -------------------- Old Waste Shaft 2: -------------------- Enemies: Worker Ant, Bind Spider Boss: Cyclops After an event, you will be forced directly into a boss fight with th Cyclops. Cyclops: LVL: 17 HP: 440 EXP: 70 Items: Treasure Key The Cyclops has very strong attacks, so try and keep your HP up. His normal attacks do 60+ damage, and he can use them twice. The best, and easiest way to beat the Cyclops is to run. That may sound odd, but you have a LOT longer range then he does, so if you run, you have an advantage. If you run your max distance, he will follow you, but he wont be able to reach you, as he does not have a lot of range. The best direction to run is toward the door, counter clockwise. When you get halfway done, ytou will notice a small area with a VERY small hole. Only you can get through that, the Cyclops can not, so he will start heading back the opposite direction. When you have max AP(you should at this point if you have not attacked him). When he gets close to you, go up and attack him with about 80 AP, and then run behind the small area(it is a small area in between some junk.) If you attack him, then run there, he cant hurt you, and will head to the opposite direction. On the next run, move SLIGHTLY in his direction, and he will turn around, and if you did it right, he wont be able to reach you. The next turn, you should attack him again, and then do the same thing over and over, until he dies. If you Choose to fight him like a man, then build up your AP by running away a few turns, and then let it all out on him. Heal on every turn, as you never know how much damage he can do. This tactic is rather wasteful, but if you want a faster fight, you may want to go this way. From RUDD, DAVE, (and another person, but this one is fuller): You do not need to run away all the time; nor do you need to have more than one hit point. All you need to do is get the Kick skill and equip it in the level one slot before entering this room. One your first attack, Cyclops charges up, so you have no fear of any hits. Just walk toward him until the second he lights up, telling you he is in range. Use your level three attack, Death-whatever, and then give him a kick. That will knock him back to the place he started advancing from, and with your remaining points, turn around and move back from Cyclops until you are at zero points and still have a greem area halo. You will then be back out of his range again on the next turn. If you keep doing EXACTLY that (in other words, don't get cocky, grasshopper), the battle will end with you having taken exactly no damage whatsoever. As it turns out, this is a fairly good strategy over all, and can be used in a lot of fights both prior to this and after. Just remember to equip your skills after you learn them! After the battle, and a scene, Nina joins your party. You also get Ryu's Personal Action, D-Dash. Use it as much as you want now, as later it wont be so cheap. Lastly, Nina starts at level 1. You may want to use some Party EXP to get her to at least level 7. Your choice. From where the cut-scene ends, go foward and up the ramp to the left. Follow the ramp right, and go through the left door. In this next room, a Bind Spider will drop down from the ceiling, he is rather strong, so finish him as fast as possible. This is also a good battle to test out the wonders of Nina's trap skills. G-Flare does a hell of a lot of damage for this point of the game, and can be used to protect characters. But the farther away you cast it, the more AP it takes to cast, so use it wisely. After this battle, head a bit foward, and destroy the Army Ant's. They will try to run, but you have to kill them all if you want the treasure key. After killing them, pick up the treasure key, and head back to the room where you fought the boss. Retrace your steps, and head back into the first room where you saw the chest (Old Waste 1) , and use the key on the chest for an ?????? item, which, when you get it appraised, will become an armor for Ryu. Head back to the same room you got the key in (foward, left, up the stairs, and right through the door), go straight at the intercetion. In this room there are a lot of enemies, but if you fight them all off, you can get some really good items from the boxes. I suggest you do it. After getting what you want from the room (or not) head out the door, and go directly to to your right, and enter the door here. In this room, there are more enemies, and a few more boxes. Get what you want from this room, and head out the door to the top right. Head straight from the doorway, turning right when needed. Beware of the spider that will drop down from the ceiling on you. Continue to follow the hallway to the end. Go through the door, and up the ladder to reach the next area. -------------------- Old Waste Shaft 3F: -------------------- Enemies: Goo Element, Hermit Go through the door in front of you. Head straight, then turn right through the next hallway. Go through the door at the end. In this room are 3 Yellow boxes and two doors. Head through the far door. (the one to the far left) and you will get $600. Go nack to the room with the two door, and head to the left, the other door that you didnt go through originally. Approach it and a cut scene kicks in. Lin now joins your party. Put Lin at the head of the party so that she can start battles with the jump on the enemy. She attacks both in, and out of battle, at a long range, making her very useful. Also note, that when Lin joins, you have an extra five item slots to hold items in. Head through the door straight ahead of you. The next battle will be against a Goo Element. He is rather strong, but not too much to worry about. The best way to kill him is to have Nina cast G-Flare and have Ryu and Lin knock him into it with Kick and Out of the Way. After you kill him, head out the door to the left, and through the hallway to the next room. The boxes in this room are actually enemies. Approach them and they will get up and try to attack you. Make sure you attack them first, as they can be strong. The only way to kill the Hermits is to have Nina use G-Flare, and having Ryu or Lin push him into it (with Kick or Out of the Way). other then that he is invulnerable. Also, try to get an item called a Jolt from them. They drop it after battle. This item allows Nina to learn her first attack skill, Jolt. Very useful. When you are done with the Hermits, head through the far door. Go up the ladder to the next area. -------------------- Old Waste Shaft 4F: -------------------- Enemies: Worker Ant, Bind Spider, Baby Rustphage Head through the door in front of you. The next room is a danger room, so heal up. This danger room has a lot of Bind Spiders. Normally, that wouldnt be too much of a problem, but the thing is, in the first part of the room alone, thereis about 7 spiders, so if you attack one, you get into an encounter with them all. The best way to go about this danger room is to have Nina constantly G-Flare the Spider's way, so they will be harmed if they hit you. Make sure you try and have three out at all times. If you got Nina's attack Skill, Jolt, that will help a lot as well. The Spiders will cast Shadow Stitch on your party members, making them bound to one spot for 3 turns (they will not be able to move). I hope you have some footlooses. Luckily, the Spiders usually drop Footlooses, giving you an advantage from them. If you can block that doorway in the middle of the room, the enemies wont try and escape, and you can kill them off, and they will be screwed. NOTE: After this, I suggest you go back to the Item shop and restock on healing items. You should do this a lot, most likely every two floors. There are usually item shops at the beginning of every dungeon, so you should restock often. After winning go through the door to the side (the one you were blocking with G-Flare) head straight, turn left, and follow the hall going through the door at the end. Beware, in this room there are more monsters. Head straight through the room, past the door on the right, and go through the door at the end. Head straight, and left through the hall, killing the roaches as you encounter them. Go through the door at the end. Head right, killing even more enemies. Get the three yellow boxes, and head through the door on the right. Go straight through this hallway and through the next room. In the third room, there are enemies. Kill them, and and break the red box for a ?????? weapon/armor. Head through the door on the right. Go down the hall, and go through the door to get to an open area. Head straight and get the red box slightly to the right. Ignore the enemies for now, as you can not fight them yet. Go through the door on the far side stright ahead of you. In this next room, talk to the girl, and go up the ladder. -------------------- Old Waste Shaft 5F: -------------------- Enemies: Hychee, Odd Hychee Sub-Boss: Devolve Head stright into the next room and kill the Hychees. Hope that they drop the Heal Kits. Now, killing Hychees is easier then ever, as with Lin you can slay them from a distance not risking anything. Break the box to the right and head left. Notice a large enemy in the middle of the hall. Attack him. Sub-Boss: Devolve LVL: 26 HP: 600 EXP: 145 Devolve can be a rather hard enemy if your party does not have a lot of healing items. His attacks usually do 80+ damage, so keep your HP above that number. The first thing you do is cast G-Flare in front of your characters to damage Devolve and protect your characters a bit. Devolve has a huge move range. Nina will be busy the entire battle with G-Flare, so Jolt won't be too much help here. Try to have 3 traps out at ALL times. Attack with your naormal strategy and combos. One of my faves at this point was with Lin. Have her use Hey! Hey! then use Stay Here!, and lastly use Out of the Way!. It does quite a bit of damage, and is useful for pushing him back. Have Ryu build up his AP bar and use X-Slash, or whatever other combos you decide to use with him. I personally prefer Slice, Vert Slash, Vert Slash, Vert Slash, Kick. This room is big. The doors at the very end, to the side, hold red boxes, and good items, so get them. When you get them, go through the door on the right. Follow the hallway, and head through the door at the end. In this next room, you cant get through the first door, so head right. Head through the area, get the box on the right, and head left. Through the next door, go straight across the yard, as there is nothing there, and through the next door. Climb up the ladder to the next, and last area of this dungeon. -------------------- Old Waste Shaft 6F: -------------------- Enemies: Devolve, Hermit, Baby Rustphage, Worker Ant, Sub-Boss: Boss Ant Head straight and kill the Hermits. You now reach a four way intersection. On the right is another Devolve, and a few treasures. You can go get them, but it is optional. Start by heading west (to the left). In this room, head to the left, and search the body of the dead Devolve. Enemies will jump out of it, and this room will become a danger room. It is not a hard danger room, as the enemies dont do too much damage. There will be about 9 enemies. After finishing the danger room off, get the Treasure Chest key, and head to the north room (right of the door you entered). In the treasure chest this time is Lin's Skill: There!. Very useful, especially paired with Stay There! Head back to the main intersection, and head north. Sub-Boss: Boss Ant LVL: 24 HP: 520 EXP: 132 If you kill all of the eneimes in this room (there are two main sets, one to each side of the junk), then you will trigger a harder battle with a Boss Ant. The battle is not really worth it, but if you want the EXP, go for it. Besides, who doesnt like a good challenge? *hears silence* uh... never mind... If you do decide to fight the Boss Ant, you can snatch a Fire Bomb from him. Ant does not like any type of close range combat, so get as close to him as you can, and he will have to waste a LOT of AP running away. Also, his close range attacks do not do a huge amount of damage (around 40), and they do not hit often. Use your main attacks, and you should win easily. Go through the northern door, and notice the Devolves. Dont worry, they wont attack you unless you attack them. And you do not want to in this room as they will overwhelm you. head to the left and get the Save Token (you will need this) go back to where you entered, and head through the door straight ahead of the other one you came from (it is on the left if you are coming from the Save Token's direction.) -------------------- EndSector Borough: -------------------- Shops: Weapons: Strong Sword +3 Buster Sword +1 Ranger Edge +2 Pyromaina +2 Glacier +2 Thor Hammer +2 Magic Wand Pistol +1 Auto Rifle +2 Hangun +1 Items: Fresh Meat Dynamite Bomb Heal Kit Aid Kit Antidote Footloose Wake Up Tonic Escape Head up the path, and on the left you will see a Telecorder. I suggest you save your game now. This is a town, so there is an appraiser, an Item Shop and a Weapon Shop. I suggest your first stop be the Appraiser and have her appraise all the ????? items you have. I had about 7. The Appraiser is to the left. But DO NOT GO THROUGH THE LEFT DOOR YET!!!!!! Equip whatever of the items you want, but IMO, Lin's Victorious weapon is not that good, and you get more money from it if you sell it. You will get a better weapon soon. If you have Any JuJu's from the Magma Nuggts, then make sure you use them on Nina, so she will be better at magic. Store items. After getting your items appraised, go over to the right area, and sell whatever ones you dont need at the weapons shop (the person on the right). At the item shop, I suggest you buy 10 minimum Heal Kits. Maybe even a few Aid Kits, so you can survive better (Soon you will have to begin relying on those totally!). I suggest waiting on buying any weapons or armor until you have enough healing items. If you are going to buy any at all, I suggest going for Nina's Thor Hammer +2, as she will be able to use better Skills. When you are done, heal up to as much as you need, and go through the door on the far left. Boss: Bosch, Battler Sgt, and Gunner Sgt. LVL: Bosch: 18, Gunner Sgt: 13, Battler Sgt: 12 HP: Bosch: 360, Gunner Sgt: 160, Battler Sgt: 160 EXP: Bosch: 300 Gunner and Battler Sgt: 160 each Strategy: This is a really easy battle normally, but the real challenge lies within stealing items, and getting through with the lowest D-Ration percentage possible. Each enemy in this battle has two sets of useful items. Before the battle, put LIn at the head of the party, and have her equipped with Steal. At the very beginning of this battle Ryu wioll transform into a dragon, and he is locked into that form. Lucky for you, the enemies will usually attack Lin, most likely giving you items on the first time they do. Both the Gunner and the Battler will drop a weapon and some money. Lin will almost always get the items. Have Nina use Jolt on them unstoppably, she should be able to do it about 6 to 7 times. That should get the first one REALLY close to death. Have Lin finish him off. Try to move Lin into the middle of the screen. Ryu will go last. Have him move over to the far side of the screen between Lin, and Bosch. Make sure he is out of Bosch's range. To get the lowest D-Ratio, dont have Ryu attack yet. On the next turn, Bosch will attack Lin, most of the time giving her the one time Skill, Fang, available nowhere else! He also has 6000 zenny on him if you want to steal that as well. Have Nina and Lin Kill the second Sgt the same way you did the first. If you have ANY spare AP with Lin after killing him, use it to attack Bosch. On this turn, Have Ryu fly up to Bosch and kill him with Twister. If you did this battle right, you should finish with 5%, about the lowest you can get for this battle. -------------------- SoL: -------------------- The SoL(Scenario Overlay) System is a system of where you play through the game multiple times, and see different movies, and more plot elements each time through. This is a list of changes you will notice. There are of course, spoilers in this section. Also, when I am done I plan to make this more in order.... To truly understand the story of BoF5, you have to play it through mulitiple times, to get more story each time. The first time you die, you also get more story. Basically it goes like this: You die once, and choose to restart at the beginning. You get a few extra scenes that fill out more of the story. If you beat the game, you get even more scenes. The more times you beat the game the more parts of the story you get filled out for you. This is a list of the movies that you get for doing each thing. One Death and Restart( from dying early on): The first new scene you see is the one that was eating at my curiosity for a while. You see this scene close to the beginning of the game, where Bosch asks to talk to the Captian alone, and Ryu is asked to wait outside. The second new scene is when you first enter Lower Sector Junction. You will be given a better view of the area. The third new scene is after the train crashes, and Ryu gets a vision of a dragon. The fourth new scene is after the second danger room in the game. On Old Waste Shaft 4F, you will see this scene. The fifth new scene is after you fight the Rangers in Low Sector Borough. After getting the ID card and entering the right door on the way to Corp Lab. Lin and Ryu talk about Nina. The sixth new scene is at Corp Lab 3F South in the room with the scientist. Nina goes and looks through the glass, and you see some of her memories. The seventh new scene is after you die (you have to be after Corp Lab 3F South) and in the very beginning, when you restart, you will see a movie with Nina and the scientist. Very depressing actually. The eighth new scene is after you go through the first area of Lift to BiCorp, and are heading down to Lift to BiCorp 2. You see a movie about the enviroment, the air, and the madness of the scientist. -------------------- Weapons List: -------------------- This is a weapons list, with the attack power, and speed of each weapon. You want a weapon with high attack, and low weight. Weapon: The weapon name Character: The character(s) that can equip the weapon Strength: The strength of the weapon, the higher the strength, the more damage Weight: How much a weapon weighs, the heavier it is, the slower your character will move Cost: How much the weapon costs -------------------- Weapon: Ranger Edge Character: Ryu Strength: 22 Weight: 6 -------------------- Weapon: Mandau Blade Character: Ryu Strength: 28 Weight: 12 Cost: 8,000 -------------------- Weapon: Buster Sword Character: Ryu Strength: 20 Weight: 12 -------------------- Weapon: Beast Blade Character: Bosch Strength: 28 Weight: 8 -------------------- Armor and Shield List: -------------------- This is the Armor list. The higher the defense, the less damage you take, and the higher the move, the more you will be able to move. You want an armor with High defense and high move. Armor (or Shield): The name of the armor, or shield Character: The character that can equip the piece of armor Defense: The defense power of the armor Move: The armor's move Cost: How much the armor costs -------------------- Armor: Ranger Suit +2 Character: Ryu Defense: 16 Move: 12 -------------------- Armor: Heavy Suit Character: Ryu Defense: 24 Move: 2 -------------------- Armor: HiRanger Character: Bosch Defense: 18 Move: 13 -------------------- Sheild: Ranger Guard Character: Bosch Defense: 15 Move: 3 -------------------- Sheild: Ranger Shell +1 Character: Ryu Defense: 5 Move: 3 -------------------- -------------------- Item List: -------------------- This is a list of the items in the game. Item: What the item is Description: Description, and effect of the item Cost: How much it costs -------------------- Item: Fresh Meat Description: Bait for enemies. If used during battle, restores 10 HP. Cost: 8 -------------------- Item: Dynamite Description: A Fire Element mini-bomb used by throwing at an enemy. Explodes at once, but is also useable in battle. Cost: 40 -------------------- Item: Bomb Description: A normal Bomb. When used on the battlefield, casues great fire elemental damage. Cost: 80 -------------------- Item: Heal Kit Description: Restores 50 HP Cost: 60 -------------------- Item: Aid Kit Description: Restores 100 HP Cost: 120 -------------------- Item: Antidote Description: Cures Poison status Cost: 20 -------------------- Item: Wake Up Description: Cures Confusion and Sleep status abnormalties Cost: 20 -------------------- Item: Multimeds Description: Cures all status abnormalties except Unconcious Cost: 100 -------------------- Item: Tonic Description: Restores unit from unconcious status. Restores half of max HP. Cost: 500 -------------------- Item: Escape Description: Allows you to retreat, even when a door can not be reached. Can not be used in boss battles. Cost: 320 -------------------- Item: Save Token Description: Required for saving on the Telecorder. Save data created with a Save Token will not be deleted when it is loaded. Cost: N/A -------------------- Item: JuJu Description: Increases Magic by 1 Cost: N/A -------------------- Misc: -------------------- EMailing me: email@example.com (also my MSN Messenger adress.) You can feel free to Email me about anything. But if you want help with this game, make sure to put Breath of Fire on the EMail title. I am rather lenient with my EMails, and am willing to respond to any question. Evn if you find it stupid, I will try and help as best I can. Any Suggestions, ideas, and corrections you have can be sent to my EMail as well. You can also IM me. If you dont have MSN, and want personal help, EMail me asking for it, and I will give it to you, if you have a legit question along with the request. Any help is welcome. Note though, that I have not currently beat the game. I am playing everday more and more, but I haven't beaten it yet. So if you are farthe in the game, I may not be able to help you. If that is so, I will tell you what the Official Guide says to do. Places this guide can be found: GameFAQs CheatCC IGN.com Usage: If you want to use my guide on your site, please EMail me frst. I want to be able to see where my guide is being posted. Email me the same way you would normally, and give me a full site URL to your site. What's left?: All of it. Everything. Literally. Hell, I have yet to FINISH the game. Contributors, and Special Thanks: Me: For getting off my lazy ass once again and doing a guide, even when I am still updating my SoA one every few days. And of course for wasting many hours of my life *cough*3 AM *cough* playing, writing, and typing up this guide. All the stress is worth it though. The Official Guide: For some of the HP and stats.... And two people, RUDD DAVE (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Devon Gunter (email@example.com) for the kick tips on beating Cyclops. Jesus Christ (firstname.lastname@example.org): For the X-Blade Combo And my friends that helped support me, and encouraged me to make another guide. CreepEme, and Hiei, as well as the people who didnt, my fellow Sporkians, and the people who find it their lifes job to torment me, Cybershell(he did encourage me), Ant P, Squall, EX, FLS, BA, and what the hell, IB. Even Chippy, whom I have completely made to hate me. Webster, Mariodood, and Hatre. Heh, it has been fun people! Lastly, Mikal, for being Mikal. Thanks for being yourslef, and accepting me for who I am (those of you that know me may find it hard to do that, but Mikal did it best.) And besides. If I didnt thank my "husband", then he would be furious at me! Copyright 2003 Stephanie Nutter AKA: Cyril Baldevar