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Eldorado Gate Volume One
System, Story, Combines, Items and Secrets FAQ
Version 1.Complete?
November 2000 @ Ben Wood sonsaru@hotmail.com

FAQ Sections

1 Intro

2 Basic System
2.1 Menus
2.2 Fighting
2.3 Elements
2.4 Side Story - Light Element Equipment, worth the hassle?
2.5 Magic

3 Character and Scenario Information
3.1 Awaken Gomez!
3.2 A Test for Kanan
3.3 Radia, Thieves Daughter
3.4 Character Powers

4 Combines Information
4.1 Combining for Abilities
4.2 Basic combines information
4.3 Hammers
     4.2 + Light Hammer Recipe
4.4 Bows
4.5 Knives
4.6 Armour
4.7 Suits
4.8 Robes
4.9 Battle Trophies

5 Items and Accessories
5.1 Orga Stones / Exchange Items
5.2 Cards
5.3 Some useful Accessories

6 Secret Map Areas

7 Other Tips

8 Final Stuff

1 Introduction

Eldorado Gate is Capcom's new bi-monthly RPG. According to
Japanese sources there are going to be Seven volumes in total.
After four volumes, at three characters coming in per volume, all
twelve main characters will have been revealed, and then..

I love the idea of strongly linking games, ala Shining Force 3,
and once the potential of some of the systems come into their own
in the later Volumes I think Eldorado Gate is going to be quite
an experience.

This FAQ is intended to be pretty much as complete as I am going
to take it on the first time out. Rather than update this one, I
am more likely to just do a FAQ for the second volume. This
document started life as a list of combines for my own use, hence
the emphasis on that section ^-^. If I get a lot of questions
concerning a certain point then I may update to answer them. I
know there are a lot of things which I could have added, like
shop menus, the weapon description boxes and stuff, but all of
that is pretty easy to figure out. I guess ^-^. Well anyway,
there is still plenty here to get your teeth into.


2 Basic Menus

This section will deal a little with the Menus in the game and
the main systems with which you will have to deal.

2.1 Basic Menus

Pressing start opens the basic menu during the game. Here are
what the options are and how they branch off. If a word starts
with a Capitol letter then it is a choice.

1 Magic Crystal
2 Equip
3 Status
4 Important Items
5 Options

1 Magic Crystal - Character - magic type - Crystal -Use   -Recipient
                  to use it   Life          to use   Combine
                              Fire                   Add to list
                              Water
                              Leaf
                              Wood
                              Combines list

Magic Description Box - appears once you get to "crystal to use"
section.

Name of spell
Required Mind stat
Strength
Area of effect
Special effects

Notes - selecting Combine allows you to use a second and then
even a third crystal on top of the first one you select, by
taking you back to the Magic Type part of the above tree. For a
more detailed explanation see the Magic section, but basically
watch the effects in the Magic Description Box by trying
different combinations. Once you have combined once or twice, you
can select "Add to list" and then select this combination from
the "Combines List" when you next choose your magic, so you do
not have to do useful combinations again and again. You can
record up to 16, the "add to list" option becomes "remove from
list" is you select it from the list itself.

2 Equip - Put on -  Character -         Weapon -  Hammer
                                                  Knife
                                                  Sword
                                                  Bow
                                                  Staff
                                                  Food
                                                  Gun
                                        Armour -  Armour
                                                  Suit
                                                  Breastplate
                                                  Robe
                                      Accessory - Accessory list
           Remove -     Character -   Weapon
                                      Armour
                                      Accessory
           Drop -    Weapon
                     Armour
                     Accessory
           Order -   Weapon
                     Armour
                     Accessory

Notes - When dropping the items are arranged in the same sub-
categories as for equipping. Order puts all the selected category
in order starting with the strongest and going down.

3 Status - Character - Status screen

On the Left -
HP  Now / MAX
Attack strength     Affects the damage of your attacks
Defence             Effects how much damage you take
Mind                Effects spells you can cast
Speed               Effects how fast you take your turn during
combat
Dodge               Effects chance of dodging attacks
Element             The characters basic element
Space for Badge     Once awakening occurs this space is filled

On the right -
Current equipment - Weapon, Armour, Accessory
Special Skills

4 Important Items

Allows you to read a brief description of the Story based items
you are carrying. At least in Volume 1, you will use these at the
right time without having to open this menu.

5 Options

Test speed - from Fast 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 Slow
Sound output - Stereo or Monaural
Screen positioning - if your TV shifts the picture around, you
can alter it by selecting this and using the D-pad. X / Y axis
displayed
Controls - Type A / Type B.
Return to default settings
Exit


2.2 Battle Menu

1 Attack
2 Magic Crystal
3 Defence
4 Run
5 Special Skill (if you have any)
6 Equip
7 Auto (only appears for lead character)

1 Attack. Then select the enemy you wish to attack. If there are
more than one, going down the list goes from left to right across
the screen.

2 Magic. Opens the magic menu as explained in the Menus section.
If it is an attacking spell then the final choice becomes which
enemy to use the spell on.

3 Defence. Greatly increases defence value for the round, but can
do nothing else.

4 Run. Try to escape.

5 Special Skill. Only displayed if that character has a special
skill to offer. Then opens selection of special skills, and this
leads to choice of enemy if appropriate (see skills section).

6 Equip. Opens the equip menu for that character - i.e. goes
straight to the "put on - character" part of the above tree. You
cannot just remove or drop or order equipment during battle.

7 Auto. Let the machine handle the battle using AI.


2.3 Elements

Every enemy (and character for that matter) has an element. There
are five in the game - Life, Fire, Ice, Wood and Light. Life is
purely for healing, Fire, Ice and Wood have the old Paper
Scissors Stone relationship -

Fire beats Wood
Wood beats Ice
Ice beats Fire

and Light is pretty effective against them all.

Amour and weapons have an element, as well as your characters.
Gomez is Fire, and so he works better with Fire equipment. It
might also mean that he is naturally disposed to getting it in
the neck from Ice damage. Still, this next point is one of the
most important in the entire game, so burn it into your memory.
Defence and attack increases are all very well, but especially
for the bosses and against magic the best protection is armour
that is strong against that element type. So if you are playing
as Kanan and you carry an Ice Yamabato no Katabira over from the
last time around (the best armour she can equip in Volume 1) even
though the defence rating is ten points lower, when you are in
the Leaf dungeon in the Black Temple you will still want to
change to the Fire Suzume no Katabira which you find in there
before the boss, or he will have your head on a pole. The Element
is the MOST important thing for boss battles, at least, and then
look at Defence and Hit point boosting. It is possible to swap
the Element of a piece of kit around through Combining (section
4), and change equipment during a battle, so as long as you have
it in your inventory it is OK. This is certainly not a game where
you get the "best" equipment and sell everything else.


2.4 Light Element Equipment - Worth the Hassle?

As detailed in the combines guide, it is possible to make
equipment which has the Light element. Whilst this stuff got a
bit of a bashing on the official Japanese Capcom El Gate BBS, I
reckon that it certainly has it's uses.
     It costs a lot to make. If you take a look over the recipe
for the Light Sledge hammer, yes, it costs a lot. I was a finical
ruin and had to do a number of Scenarios again purely as fund
raisers. That many Heavy Hammers alone, not to mention the number
of costly combines once you get near the end of the process.
     However, especially in Volume One when you cannot come to
Terra Fortuna between the scenarios, it is nice to be able to
carry an all purpose weapon or armour across. Fair enough, if you
make the Light Jackal Armour for Gomez, come his final boss you
are still going to want to change to the Leaf Heavy Armour which
you pick up during the Scenario, because that magic is going to
hurt otherwise. But you will only take 1 point of damage from
almost everything else in the Scenario, and a Light Sledge hammer
will kill almost everything with one blow and do more damage to
the final boss than the Leaf Heavy Hammer, which as high as you
can go in the Scenario without combining. A much better deal than
carrying a Leaf Sledge across and then being at a disadvantage
prior to the final boss. Therefore, I think they have their
merits but be warned, you will sink a Titanic load of cash into
these and with the combining shop only a Grade 9 and being able
to complete each scenario pretty easily on what they give you, it
is not worth breaking your back putting together Light stuff for
everyone just to find you have to replace it as soon as Volume 2
starts.


2.5 Magic

Magic works by the use of Magic Crystals. You will generally pick
these up by beating monsters, or lying around the areas. You can
buy them but I have never had to ^-^. There are a few ways to
tell what element a monster is. Watch the hit effect when you
attack them - a large attack with a circle which radiates out
from them means that you are using an attack to which they are
weak - or look at the type of Magic Crystal which they drop when
they are defeated. To be honest, you can also often tell from the
actual colour of their picture as well. It is that simple.
Using powerful magic is based upon two things. Firstly, your Mind
stat. The higher this is, the stronger the magic you can use.
Unfortunately, in Volume 1 only Radia (and even then with use of
an accessory) can take this to a significant level.
     Second is combining the Magic Crystals. When using them,
rather than just casting one at a time you can combines up to 3
together produce different effects. There are few things to
remember with this system, most importantly that no matter what
you combine with it, the spell will come out according to the
Element of the Crystal you select FIRST. So a Fire, plus an Ice
plus a Heal will equal Fire-on at 54 strength, as will Fire plus
Leaf plus Leaf or any other combination of two basic Crystals
plus a Fire first.
     This is one of the beautiful things about this system. Say
you are in the middle of a Fire dungeon, but you only have 15 or
so Ice Crystals and you need to keep on doubling these up to have
any effect on the enemy. If you doubled the Ice every battle then
you would only go about 7 battles or so - but, seeing as you will
get more than 1 Fire Crystal back after each battle, you can use
1 Ice to start with and then back it up with Fire Crystals to
boost the strength without using your Ice up so quickly.
     W Crystals attack all the enemies on screen. Adding one of
these at any point to the mix will turn the spell into a W spell.
You CAN have W heal as well.

So Ice + W Leaf + Heal will give you a W Ice-n at 54 strength

Above the -n spells are the -in spells. As mentioned earlier,
from the looks of things only Radia is able to casts these, after
she has been awakened and with the Knowledge Shoes equipped. To
make one of these you need an -n crystal, plus two basic spells.
You can start with a basic and then add the -n, and obviously you
can also make them W, which means right at the end of Radia's
chapter you can see ten new spells which no-one else can use.
Using these on a regular basis is something to look forward to in
the following volumes.
     A final note are the Heal Boosters which Gomez gets during
his final dungeon. These will make Heal stronger in combine with
a Heal spell, but without the unwanted effect for the muscle
bound one of putting up the required Mind for the spell. Useful
for him, certainly.


3 Character and Scenario Info

The main reason I have not included anything about the areas you
pass through or even the elements of the bosses you face is
because, with the general info here, you should not have too much
trouble beating anything which you come across. At least here in
Volume 1, you are always provided with a chance to get the right
gear for each boss.  If hints are required, I have worked them
into the "story", and from reading these accounts you should also
be able to work out pretty much where to go. Seeing as I finished
each Scenario six or seven times, I did not think it was worth
putting too much emphasis on "now go here" or whatever because
once you have done them once for yourself, you will not have to
worry about that.


3.1 Awaken, Gomez!!

So Gomez, all round beer engine who has trouble with the ladies,
gets himself into a bar fight. A strange man named Bantoros sorts
his little problem out for him, but in return he asks for an Orga
Stone from the town to the north. What could have been a simple
quiz the locals job gets a little more involved when he saves
Marsha from bandits on route, who is off to visit her injured
Grandfather Bui. Gomez comes to stay with them for a while,
Marsha, Bui and Peck, but is quickly up to his old tricks and
Marsha has to use up her savings to bail the Drunken One out from
the latest aftermath of his boozing. So Gomez starts to work in
the local Magic Crystal mine to pay her back, to the north of the
town, but on his third day of gathering crystals for the foreman
her Grandfather loses all the money Gomez has made so far to the
local money lender, Guard, who lent him money to fix up the town
after a fire the year before. Gomez goes to Garudo's house in the
town, but if he gets into another fight then he is going to get a
comfy cell on death row, so there is not much he can do. Back to
work at the mine then - where he proceeds to discover the Orga
Stone in the mine. However, Bantoros takes it from him - as
agreed - and the Special Attack Stone he gets in return is not
going to cut it with Guard, who has also heard of Gomez find. So
Marsha is taken, and with Gomez unable to disturb the peace again
or he is a dead man, he is forced to take a beating and ends up
tossed into the mine. However, falling down another hole and a
lucky meeting with the strange Kabul's leads to his Awakening.
The power of the Buffalo is his, along with that well known
Buffalo trait, the Counter Attack! And no one is going to argue
with a tasty status boost across the board either. It turns out
that he is one of the successors of the spirit of the Prime
Demon, and he has to gather the twelve companions together and
bring about the Prime Demon's resurrection. Does this sound like
a good idea to you? Anyway, leaving the mine a new man (how can
you fall down a hole, and then another hole, and still come out
higher up than where you fell in?) Bantoros gives him a tip off
that our money lending friend who caused the fire himself, in
order to bring about just such a situation as this, and that he
is making his escape with Marsha from the port town. A brief
Ninja based blockade interlude later and we have one large
fortress and a final show down, leading to a battle with Drako,
the pirate who's muscle is behind Garudo's operation. Gomez even
get to save the girl along the way. With the cleansing of the
Island, Bantoros appears and declares it "Terra Fortuna", a
rather liberal translation but it seems to be what Capcom wanted
according to the instructions, and whilst you get to watch a load
of Kabul's fooling around the main thrust of the plot gets
explained to Gomez. So now, he knows a lot more than we do! The
end.


3.2 A Test for Kanan

Criminal master mind that she is, we join Kanan the night before
she is to be killed for the heinous crime of stealing a single
loaf of bread. For her sick mother, no less. But a crime is a
crime, and things look pretty grim prior to the arrival of a
caped man offering her a strange mask, which he promises will
save her. The following day, with Minister of the town Freman
presiding, it looks like she is for the chop. But then, cursing
the townsfolk, slips the mask on and quickly turns the tables.
     With the help of her siblings Kanan escapes, but after they
leave her to hold off the guards she comes a cropper against a
large under ground beastie (Heat or Ice Tank, depending) and is
saved by good old Gomez, now firmly in the pay of Bantoros by all
accounts, although pulling off a more humanitarian approach.
Bantoros tells Kanan than she has to make amends for her crime
somehow, and also that her family have been taken prisoner. Sure
enough, once she gets up into the church the oh-so-evil Freman
appears and offers her family up as sacrifices to the dark Gods.
He also, however, gives her the Orb which allows her into the
Dark Temple, should she want to try and save her folks.
     Well, I wonder. Across the desert and into the temple, and
time to challenge three dungeons, Leaf, Ice and Fire
respectively. Along the way, the Dark Race offer their various
levels of advice and mockery. At each confrontation with one of
the Gods, she is forced to don a new mask at the expense of one
of her senses - first speech, then hearing and finally sight.
Once she loses her sight, Gomez turns up again, incredibly
impressed by her desire to save her family no matter what. And so
the final challenge is thrown down - to go back to the town. Once
there, another execution is about to take place. Of course, Kanan
would want to save her family, and in a final act she has to save
someone totally unrelated to her - like this little girl, about
to pay for robbing some milk. However, the final mask this time
is in exchange for her life.
     It all turns out to have been an evil scheme of Freman. He
wants the masks, but he does not want to lose all his senses, so
he exploited Kanan by giving her the first mask, and manipulating
everything since then. His plan kinda backfires, however, when
Kanan slides the fifth mask onto her nose and proceeds to kick
his sorry rump, with a few hammer blows from Gomez for good
measure. I will say one thing, for a blind deaf and dumb girl she
can still handle herself in a fight.
     Smote by a cheap blow at the last minute, she is whisked off
to safety, but her powers do not awaken yet. Rather, it is
suggested that her senses may be restored if she helps in the
bigger test of reviving the Prime Demon. Then she is packed off
to Terra Fortuna. Poor girl, must be wondering what the hell is
going on.


3.3 Radia, Thieves Daughter

At only four years old, poor little Radia gets to see her light-
fingered father Radigen boiled alive, and then her mother desert
her. Her father, as he simmers to his grave, swears revenge -
mainly because a doctor told him he was going to live to be one
hundred, and only making thirty kinda upsets him and his plans.
Ten years later, and our also light fingered protagonist is
happily robbing the townsfolk. Like father, like daughter. Her
childhood friend Chao is in a spot of bother, someone having
"borrowed" his boat, and Radia sets out to find out what is going
on - after the appearance of Gomez, who tells her that she is to
becomes one of his companions. I don't think she is impressed.
She makes her way through the nearby woods and then, with Gomez
help, trounces Shinyore, the boat "borrower", stealing one of the
Statue keys along the way. It then turns out that this is where
her mother has been all this time, having re-married. Her mum
wants back a ring which she gave to Radia's father, and asks
Radia to go to Salamander Isle and get it from his grave. She
promises another of the Statue keys in return. Quite why Radia
knows she wants these at the moment is beyond me, but still, off
we go. Chao goes along to help fight off the undead, but it does
not go quite to plan and the ghost of Radigen, her father, gets a
rude awakening. Impressed by Radia's thieving when they get back
to town - seems that only she can see him, at the moment - he
proves that his own skills have not diminished by robbing the
townsfolk of their life force, so that he can be reborn. It seems
that he can only steal when Radia can, however, so Chao gets a
reprieve here. After draining almost everyone, including his ex-
wife, Gomez has "planted" another of the keys on Chao in exchange
for a boat trip, and so he gets the ageing treatment as well.
Having stole one from a guard and another from her mother (rather
than exchange the ring and the key, they steal them from each
other, which means she gets aged as well) that makes four keys,
which means Radia can unlock the statue in front of the church,
in the town. For some reason. Anyway, she vows to stop her father
who is going to come back at full power come the next full moon
and then kill everyone in the town, in return of having killed
him.
     Her failed attempts to rob back everyone's life lead to a
painful lightening induced headache, but Gomez rescues her from
the adrift boat which her adoring father casts her out in, and
strange voices then tell her to leap into the volcano. No! Don't
listen to the voices! Oh, OK then. Well, with the statue along
the survival rate is high, and after a suitably fiery dungeon
Radia gets the Fox Badge and her Rob skill also wakes up, along
with a nice across-the-board stats increase. A short climb
through the ruins later and it is father vs. daughter again, but
this time Radia gets the favours - and robs everyone's life back
as well - and he is cast back to the grave. Putting the statue
back in the square sees everything back to normal, and Radia is
whisked off to Terra Fortuna to probably wonder, along with the
rest of us, what the hell is actually going on.

3.4 Character Powers

Gomez - Once awakened, he has the power of Counter. When this is
selected, rather than attack he will Counter-attack any enemy
which uses a physical attack on him. Magic cannot be countered,
at least by Gomez at this point. If you think it is a little
weak, it is because the damage he does back is proportional to
the damage he receives - so if some Man-eating Croc is only doing
one point of damage, it is only going to get one point back. Can
be used as a high risk manoeuvre on bosses, but the chances of a
physical attack over a magical one are not always that good.
However, if it pays off then the damage can be big, far more than
a normal hammer hit would do.
He can also strike twice in one round with his hammers, which
comes out randomly and is rather useful. This can happen at any
time, before or after his awakening.

Kanan - She relies on the Mask powers for her status to increase
during this one, and she does not get her awakening.

Radia - Steal. Allows you to select an enemy to steal from. Can
fail, obviously. Can only steal once from each enemy. Generally,
you will steal Magic Crystals. It is possible to steal a Light
element Yamabato no Fuku from the Golden giants which appear on a
very low frequency in the Volcano dungeon (have to go back there
after awakening). The chances of them carrying it is also pretty
small. This is the best thing I have managed to find in Volume
One. Will probably be better when she is in a party with other
characters and does not have to waste her turn.


4 Combines Information

Currently, all the weapons are written with the Japanese name
simply romanized, aside from a little "cleaning up" of the
Katakana renderings. Seeing as I cannot display Kanji or Katakana
in a document, even if I translated the names into English it
would not really place them in any position relative to the ones
in the game. I suggest that if you cannot read Katakana or the
Kanji you use the relative strengths of the weapons to put a name
to the face, as it were, or order your weapons and they should
then be listed in the pretty much the reverse of my strength
tables - i.e. I started with weakest at top and the game starts
with strongest at top.

Principle / easiest way of getting is shown

The number is the Scenario you can find it in, the letter means
as follows:
1X - Terra Fortuna in Volume 1
S - Starts Equipped with first time through Scenario
B - Buy   F - Find  T - Battle Trophy (see end for letters)

Hit  /  ele  =  if there is a slash then the first  is  how  many
enemies  it  hits, the second the number of element blocks.  Some
weapons  have 2 rather than 1, which makes them even stronger  in
that element.

Lev  and  then a number is the level of Combining shop which  you
need  to make that item. The lowest in Volume One is 9 (the lower
the  better)  and so there are some things you cannot  make  this
time around.

If  the product is in Italics, this is the key / first / only way
you can make this item.


4.2 Volume 1 Complete Hammers

Name                Attack    Hit/Ele   Scenario
Sabita Kanazuchi         1         1         1TA
Kaburi no Senfu          1         All       1F
Bronze Hammer            3         1         1B
Double Hammer            4         1         1B 2B
Yamaneko no Kanazuchi    5         1         Combine
Iron Hammer              6         1         Combine
Heavy Hammer             7         1         1F 2B 1XB
Steel Hammer             9         1         Combine
Koakuma no Testsu        12        1 / 2     Combine
Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  14        1         Combine
Sledge Hammer            17        1         Combine

Combines

One                 Two                      Equals
Sabita Kanazuchi    Sabita Kanazuchi         Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Kaburi no Senfu          Sabita Kanazuchi
                    Bronze Hammer            Sabita Kanazuchi
                    Double Hammer            Sabita Kanazuchi
                    Yamaneko Kanazuchi       Haiiro inu Kanazuchi
                    Iron Hammer              Sabita Kanazuchi
                    Heavy Hammer             Sabita Kanazuchi
                    Steel Hammer             Sabita Kanazuchi
                    Koakuma no Testsu        Sabita Kanazuchi
                    Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Sledge Hammer            Sabita Kanazuchi

Kaburi no Senfu     Kaburi no Senfu          Lev 8 or lower
                    Bronze Hammer            Bronze Hammer
                    Double Hammer            Double Hammer
                    Yamaneko no Kanazuchi    Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Iron Hammer              Iron Hammer
                    Heavy Hammer             Heavy Hammer
                    Steel Hammer             Steel Hammer
                    Koakuma no Testsu        Koakuma no Tetsu
                    Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  Haiiro inu Kanazuchi
                    Sledge Hammer            Sledge Hammer

Bronze Hammer       Bronze Hammer            Bronze Hammer
                    Double Hammer            Iron Hammer
                    Yamaneko no Kanazuchi    Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Iron Hammer              Iron Hammer
                    Heavy Hammer             Heavy Hammer
                    Steel Hammer             Steel Hammer
                    Koakuma no Testsu        Koakuma no Tetsu
                    Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  Hiiro inu Kanazuchi
                    Sledge Hammer            Sledge Hammer

Double Hammer       Double Hammer            Double Hammer
                    Yamaneko no Kanazuchi    Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Iron Hammer              Iron Hammer
                    Heavy Hammer             Heavy Hammer
                    Steel Hammer             Steel Hammer
                    Koakuma no Testsu        Koakuma no Tetsu
                    Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  Haiiro no Kanazuchi
                    Sledge Hammer            Sledge Hammer


Yamaneko Kanazuchi  Yamaneko Kanazuchi       Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Iron Hammer              Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Heavy Hammer             Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Steel Hammer             Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Koakuma no Testsu        Yamaneko Kanazuchi
                    Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  Lev 7 or lower
                    Sledge Hammer            Yamaneko Kanazuchi

Iron Hammer         Iron Hammer              Iron Hammer
                    Heavy Hammer             Steel Hammer
                    Steel Hammer             Steel Hammer
                    Koakuma no Testsu        Koakuma no Tetsu
                    Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  Haiiro inu Kanazuchi
                    Sledge Hammer            Sledge Hammer




Heavy Hammer        Heavy Hammer             Heavy Hammer
                    Steel Hammer             Koakuma no Tetsu
                    Koakuma no Testsu        Koakuma no Tetsu
                    Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  Haiiro inu Kanazuchi
                    Sledge Hammer            Sledge Hammer


Steel Hammer        Steel Hammer             Steel Hammer
                    Koakuma no Testsu        Sledge Hammer
                    Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  Haiiro inu Kanazhuchi
                    Sledge Hammer            Sledge Hammer

Koakuma no Testu    Koakuma no Tetsu         Koakuma no Tetsu
                    Haiiro inu no Kanazuchi  Haiiro inu Kanazuchi
                    Sledge Hammer            Lev 8 or lower

Haiiro Inu no Kanazuchi Haiiro Inu no Kanazuchi Haiiro Inu Kanazuchi
                    Sledge Hammer            Lev 8 or lower

Sledge Hammer       Sledge Hammer            Sledge Hammer


Note I am aware that the romanization of "Koakuma no Testu" is
wrong


Light Sledge Hammer Recipe

Bronze    12
Double    12
Heavy     20

Bronze + Double * 12 = 12 Iron

Iron + Heavy * 12 =  12 Poison Steel (just does)

Poison Steel + Poison Steel * 2 = 2 Confuse Steel

Steel + Heavy * 8 = 8 Koakuma

Koakuma + Koakuma * 4 = 4 Poison Koakuma

Poison Koakuma + Poison Koakuma * 2 =  2 Confuse Koakuma

Confuse Koakuma + confuse steel *2 = 2 Para sledge

Para sledge + para sledge = Light Sledge


4. 3 Volume 1 Complete Bows

Name                Attack    Hit/Ele   Scenario
Sabita Yumi              1         1         2F
Bronze Bow               2         1         2S
Koumori Bow              4         1 / 2     2F
Air Bow Gun              5         All       Combine
Simple Bow               5         1         2F
Iron Bow                 6         1         2B
Steel Bow                8         1         Combine
Onsoku no Yumi           11        1         Combine
Long Bow                 13        1         Combine
Battle Bow               14        1         Combine

One                      Two                      Equals

Sabita Yumi              Sabita Yumi              Sabita Yumi
                         Bronze Bow               Bronze Bow
                         Koumori Bow              Koumori Bow
                         Air Bow Gun              Sabita Bow
                         Simple Bow               Simple Bow
                         Iron Bow                 Iron Bow
                         Steel Bow                Steel Bow
                         Onsoku no Yumi           Long Bow
                         Long Bow                 Long Bow
                         Battle Bow               Battle Bow

Bronze Bow               Bronze Bow               Impossible in Vol 1
                         Koumori Bow              Air Bow Gun
                         Air Bow Gun              Impossible in Vol 1
                         Simple Bow               Simple Bow
                         Iron Bow                 Iron Bow
                         Steel Bow                Steel Bow
                         Onsoku no Yumi           Onsoku no Yumi
                         Long Bow                 Long Bow
                         Battle Bow               Battle Bow

Koumori Bow              Koumori Bow              Onsoku no Yumi
                         Air Bow Gun              Koumori Bow
                         Simple Bow               Koumori Bow
                         Iron Bow                 Koumori Bow
                         Steel Bow                Koumori Bow
                         Onsoku no Yumi           Koumori Bow
                         Long Bow                 Koumori Bow
                         Battle Bow               Koumori Bow

Air Bow Gun              Air Bow Gun              Impossible in Vol 1
                         Simple Bow               Simple Bow
                         Iron Bow                 Iron Bow
                         Steel Bow                Steel Bow
                         Onsoku no Yumi           Onsoku no Yumi
                         Long Bow                 Long Bow
                         Battle Bow               Battle Bow

Simple Bow               Simple Bow               Iron Bow
                         Iron Bow                 Onsoku no Yumi
                         Steel Bow                Steel Bow
                         Onsoku no Yumi           Onsoku no Yumi
                         Long Bow                 Long Bow
                         Battle Bow               Battle Bow

Iron Bow                 Iron Bow                 Iron Bow
                         Steel Bow                Steel Bow
                         Onsoku no Yumi           Onsoku no Yumi
                         Long Bow                 Long Bow
                         Battle Bow               Battle Bow

Steel Bow                Steel Bow                Steel Bow
                         Onsoku no Yumi           Long Bow
                         Long Bow                 Battle Bow
                         Battle Bow               Battle Bow

Onsoku no Yumi           Onsoku no Yumi           Onsoku no Yumi
                         Long Bow                 Steel Bow
                         Battle Bow               Battle Bow

Long Bow                 Long Bow                 Long Bow
                         Battle Bow               Lev 8 or lower

Battle Bow               Battle Bow               Battle Bow


4.4 Complete Volume 1 Knives

Name                     Attack    Hit/Ele   Scenario
Sabita Knife             1         1         3F 1XB
Air Rapier               2         All       Combine
Sparrow Dagger           3         1         3B
Bronze Knife             5         1         3F
Hoshikuzu Knife          7         1 / 2          3F
Iron Knife               9         1         3TC
Bishops Dagger           10        1         3F
Steel Knife              11        1         Combine
Touzoku no Knife         12        1         Combine
Snel Knife               14        1         Combine

Combines

One                 Two                      Equals

Sabita Knife        Sabita Knife             Sabita Knife
                    Air Rapier               Sabita Knife
                    Sparrow Dagger           Sparrow Dagger
                    Bronze Knife             Bronze Knife
                    Hoshikuzu Knife          Hoshikuzu Knife
                    Iron Knife               Iron Knife
                    Bishops Dagger           Sabita Knife
                    Steel Knife              Snel Knife
                    Touzoku no Knife         Touzoku no Knife
                    Snel Knife               Snel Knife

Air Rapier          Air Rapier               Touzoku no Knife
                    Sparrow Dagger           Iron Knife
                    Bronze Knife             Iron Knife
                    Hoshikuzu Knife          Hoshikuzu Knife
                    Iron Knife               Iron Knife
                    Bishops Dagger           Air Rapier
                    Steel Knife              Steel Knife
                    Touzoku no Knife         Touzoku no Knife
                    Snel Knife               Snel Knife


Sparrow Dagger      Sparrow Dagger           Sparrow Dagger
                    Bronze Knife             Air Rapier
                    Hoshikuzu Knife          Hoshikuzhi Knife
                    Iron Knife               Iron Knife
                    Bishops Dagger           Lev 8 or lower
                    Steel Knife              Steel Knife
                    Touzoku no Knife         Touzoku no Knife
                    Snel Knife               Snel Knife

Bronze Knife        Bronze Knife             Bronze Knife
                    Hoshikuzu Knife          Iron Knife
                    Iron Knife               Iron Knife
                    Bishops Dagger           Bronze Knife
                    Steel Knife              Steel Knife
                    Touzoku no Knife         Touzoku no Knife
                    Snel Knife               Snel Knife

Hoshikuzu Knife     Hoshikuzu Knife          Hoshikuzu Knife
                    Iron Knife               Hoshikuzu Knife
                    Bishops Dagger           Hoshikuzu Knife
                    Steel Knife              Hoshikuzu Knife
                    Touzoku no Knife         Hoshikuzu Knife
                    Snel Knife               Hoshikuzu Knife


Iron Knife          Iron Knife               Iron Knife
                    Bishops Dagger           Steel Knife
                    Steel Knife              Steel Knife
                    Touzoku no Knife         Touzoku no Knife
                    Snel Knife               Snel Knife

Bishops Dagger      Bishops Dagger           Sparrow Dagger
                    Steel Knife              Steel Knife
                    Touzoku no Knife         Touzoku no Knife
                    Snel Knife               Snel Knife

Steel Knife         Steel Knife              Steel Knife
                    Touzoku no Knife         Touzoku no Knife
                    Snel Knife               Snel Knife

Touzoku no Knife    Touzoku no Knife         Touzoku no Knife
                    Snel Knife               Snel Knife

Snel Knife          Snel Knife               Snel Knife



4.5 Complete Volume 1 Armour

Name                HP   Defence   Dodge/Ele Scenario
Bronze Armour       0    1         0         1F
Sabita Yoroi        3    0         0         1B
Shell Armour        3    2         0         1B
Iron Armour         7    5         0         1B 1XB
Lynx Armour         10   3         -3        1? 2B
Heavy Armour        12   7         0         1? 2B
Tsukai ma no yoroi  15   8         -6 / 2    Combine
Steel Armour        17   9         0         15 Stones
Jackal Armour       26   10        0         Combine

Combines

One                 Two                 Equals

Bronze Armour       Bronze Armour       Bronze Armour
                    Sabita Yoroi        Shell Armour
                    Shell Armour        Shell Armour
                    Iron Armour         Iron Armour
                    Lynx Armour         Lynx Armour
                    Heavy Armour        Heavy Armour
                    Tsukai ma no yoroi  Tsukai ma no yoroi
                    Steel Armour        Steel Armour
                    Jackal Armour       Jackal Armour

Sabita Yoroi        Sabita Yoroi        Sabita Yoroi
                    Shell Armour        Shell Armour
                    Iron Armour         Iron Armour
                    Lynx Armour         Lynx Armour
                    Heavy Armour        Heavy Armour
                    Tsukai ma no yoroi  Tsukai ma no yoroi
                    Steel Amour         Steel Armour
                    Jackal Armour       Jackal Armour

Shell Armour        Shell Armour        Shell Armour
                    Iron Armour         Iron Armour
                    Lynx Armour         Iron Armour
                    Heavy Armour        Iron Armour
                    Tsukai ma no yoroi  Tsukai ma no yoroi
                    Steel Armour        Steel Armour
                    Jackal Armour       Jackal Armour

Iron Armour         Iron Armour         Heavy Armour
                    Lynx Armour         Iron Armour
                    Heavy Armour        Tsukai ma no yoroi
                    Tsukai ma no yoroi  Tsukai ma no yoroi  
                    Steel Armour        Steel Armour
                    Jackal Armour       Jackal Armour

Lynx Armour         Lynx Armour         Lynx Armour
                    Heavy Armour        Heavy Armour
                    Tsukai ma no yoroi  Tsukai ma no yoroi
                    Steel Armour        Steel Armour
                    Jackal Armour       Jackal Armour

Heavy Armour        Heavy Armour        Heavy Armour
                    Tsukai ma no yoroi  Tsukai ma no yoroi
                    Steel Armour        Steel Armour
                    Jackal Armour       Jackal Armour

Tsukai ma no yoroi  Tsukaima no yoroi   Tsukai ma no yoroi
                    Steel Armour        Jackal Armour
                    Jackal Armour       Jackal Armour

Steel Armour        Steel Armour        Impossible in Vol 1
                    Jackal Armour       Impossible in Vol 1

Jackal Armour       Jackal Armour       Impossible in Vol 1



4. 6 Volume 1 Complete Suits

Name                     HP   Defence   Dodge/Ele Scenario
Body Suit                0         2         0         2F
Suzume no Katabira       2         3         9         2F
Flat Suit                4         4         0         2B
Simple Suit              8         5         0         2TB
Koakuma no Shouzoku      10        6         0 / 2     2F
Heavy Suit               13        7         0         Combine
Yamabato no Katabira     12        9         9         Combine
High Leather Suit        18        11        0         2TD


One                 Two                 Equals

Body Suit           Body Suit           Body Suit
                    Suzume no Katabira  Flat Suit
                    Flat Suit           Flat Suit
                    Simple Suit         Simple Suit
                    Koakuma Shouzoku    Koakuma Shouzoku
                    Heavy Suit          Heavy Suit
                    Yamabato no KatabiraYamabata no Katabira
                    High Leather Suit   High Leather Suit

Suzume no Katabira  Suzume no Katabira  Suzume no Katabira
                    Flat Suit           Heavy Suit
                    Simple Suit         Simple Suit
                    Koakuma Shouzoku    Koakuma Shouzoku
                    Heavy Suit          Heavy Suit
                    Yamabato no KatabiraYamabato no Katabira
                    High Leather Suit   High Leather Suit
                    
Flat Suit           Flat suit           Flat Suit
                    Simple Suit         Simple Suit
                    Koakuma Shouzoku    Koakuma Shouzoku
                    Heavy Suit          Heavy Suit
                    Yamabato no KatabiraYamabata no Katabira
                    High Leather Suit   High Leather Suit

Simple Suit         Simple Suit         Simple Suit
                    Koakuma Shouzoku    Yamabato Katabira
                    Heavy Suit          Simple Suit
                    Yamabato no KatabiraKoakuma Shouzoku
                    High Leather Suit   Simple Suit

Koakuma no Shouzoku Koakuma  Shouzoku   Koakuma Shouzoku
                    Heavy Suit          Koakuma Shouzoku
                    Yamabato no KatabiraSimple Suit
                    High Leather Suit   Koakuma Shouzoku

Heavy Suit          Heavy Suit          Heavy Suit
                    Yamabato no KatabiraYamabata no Katabira
                    High Leather Suit   High Leather Suit

Yamabato no KatabiraYamabato no KatabiraYamabato no Katabira
                    High Leather Suit   Yamabato no Katabira

High Leather Suit   High Leather Suit   High Leather Suit


4. 7 Complete Volume 1 Robes

Name                HP   Defence   Dodge/Ele Scenario
Yabureta Robe       -2   1         0         3F
Cotton Robe         0    2         0         3B
Tsukai ma no Vest   2    3         0 / 2     Combine
Flat Robe           5    4         0         3B
Simple Robe         7    5         0         3F
Suzume no Fuku      8    6         3         3F
Kilt Robe           11   7         0         1XB
Yamabato no Fuku    12   8         0         Combine
Koakuma Vest        13   9         0 / 2     Combine
Leather Robe        17   10        0         Combine
Linen Robe          18   11        0         Combine

Combines

One                 Two                      Equals

Yabureta Robe       Yabureta Robe            Tsukai ma no Vest
                    Cotton Robe              Cotton Robe
                    Tsukai ma no Vest        Tsukai ma no Vest
                    Flat Robe                Flat Robe
                    Simple Robe              Simple Robe
                    Suzume no Fuku           Suzume no Fuku
                    Kilt Robe                Kilt Robe
                    Yamabato no Fuku         Yamabato no Fuku
                    Koakuma Vest             Koakuma Vest
                    Leather Robe             Leather Robe
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe

Cotton Robe         Cotton Robe              Cotton Robe
                    Tsukai ma no Vest        Flat Robe
                    Flat Robe                Simple Robe
                    Simple Robe              Simple Robe
                    Suzume no Fuku           Suzume no Fuku
                    Kilt Robe                Kilt Robe
                    Yamabato no Fuku         Yamabato no Fuku
                    Koakuma Vest             Koakuma no Vest
                    Leather Robe             Leather Robe
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe

Tsukai ma no Vest   Tsukai ma no Vest        Tsukai ma no Vest
                    Flat Robe                Flat Robe
                    Simple Robe              Simple Robe
                    Suzume no Fuku           Suzume no Fuku
                    Kilt Robe                Kilt Robe
                    Yamabato no Fuku         Yamabato no Fuku
                    Koakuma Vest             Koakuma Vest
                    Leather Robe             Leather Robe
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe
                    

Flat Robe           Flat Robe                Flat Robe
                    Simple Robe              Flat Robe
                    Suzume no Fuku           Kilt Robe
                    Kilt Robe                Flat Robe
                    Yamabato no Fuku         Flat Robe
                    Koakuma Vest             Flat Robe
                    Leather Robe            Flat Robe
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe
                    

Simple Robe         Simple Robe              Simple Robe
                    Suzume no Fuku           Kilt Robe
                    Kilt Robe                Yamabato no Fuku
                    Yamabato no Fuku         Yamabato no Fuku
                    Koakuma Vest             Koakuma Vest
                    Leather Robe             Leather Robe
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe

Suzume no Fuku      Suzume no Fuku           Lev 8 or lower
                    Kilt Robe                Yamabato no Fuku
                    Yamabato no Fuku         Suzume no Fuku
                    Koakuma Vest             Suzume no Fuku
                    Leather Robe             Suzume no Fuke
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe

Kilt Robe           Kilt Robe                Kilt Robe
                    Yamabato no Fuku         Koakuma Vest
                    Koakuma Vest             Koakuma Vest
                    Leather Robe             Leather Robe
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe

Yamabato no Fuku    Yamabato no Fuku         Yamabato no Fuku
                    Koakuma Vest             Leather Robe
                    Leather Robe             Leather Robe
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe

Koakuma Vest        Koakuma Vest             Koakuma no Vest
                    Leather Robe             Linen Robe
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe

Leather Robe        Leather Robe             Leather Robe
                    Linen Robe               Linen Robe

Linen Robe          Linen Robe               Linen Robe



4.8 Abilities Combines

Here is how the abilities attached to a weapon change. This is
based on the same weapon / armour. The element of the one you
select first is what carries across, aside from Light element
which cannot be carried over. Th only way to make something
higher from a light item is to combine it with another light
item.

1 + 1 = 2 Posion         (2 items)

2 + 2 = 3 Confuse        (4 items)

3 + 3 = 4 Paralyse       (8 items)

4 + 4 = 5 Light          (16 items)

5 + 5 = 5

Passing up and down seems to only work within ones very closely
related to each other, within a few points of stats difference.
Aside from the previously detailed Light Hammer recipe, if you
wish to work out any other Light equipment experimentation is
called for.


4.9 Trophies

To the best of my knowledge, these are the only way to get these
things in each Scenario, aside from combining.

Vol. 1

TA   Sabita Kanazuchi         - Ghost Sword       - The Mine
TB   Simple Suit              - Black Armour      - Fire Dungeon
TC   Iron Knife               - Land walker       - Volcano
TD   High Leather Suit        - Furiman           - Final Boss
     Note - the chance of him dropping this is very low and you
     cannot equip it during Volume One, however worth having to
     carry over. You just have to save before and fight him over
     and over until he drops it.


5 Important Items and Accessories

5. 1 Orga Stones

If you explore all the dungeons carefully, every pathway, then
there should only be two stones which will really give you any
trouble. These brief descriptions should be enough to help you
find them.

Kanan - In the passage way under the house at the beginning,
totally hidden behind a small wall.

Radia - In the final tower, after the volcano, almost hidden by a
wall in one of the rooms furthest to the right.

Exchange Items -

Makes sure you get these as soon as you have enough stones, from
the Kabul behind the counter in the screen directly up from where
you teleport into Terra Fortuna.

5 Stones - Dragon Fang
One of the most useful items in Volume 1, nice stats boost across
the board and also puts up change of special attacks coming out.
A gift on Gomez.

10 Stones - Protect from Lower Mind
Stops your mind stat being lowered during battle. Pretty useless
in Volume 1, might come into it's own later. Maybe.

15 Stones - Steel Armour
Comes as Light attribute already, the only way to get this item
in Volume 1. Spend some cash, make a light Tsukai ma no Yoroi,
and a Light Jackal Armour is yours. See section on Light
Attributes, but I reckon it is worth it.

Items

5. 2 Cards

Some cards do things when equipped, although generally not very
much. Whilst the Ten, Chi and Hito cards have a use in the
exchange, at the moment the others do not seem to do much are
seem to be pretty much just for collecting. However, likely to
have similar counterparts in the other volumes and so worth
getting at least one of each, as they might do something along
with the later ones, later.

Ten no Card
1 Mine, first floor, ride belt going left and search barrel. Does
not sparkle.

Chi no Card
2 Kuuru Village, after temple before the boss, go to market stall
on far right and talk to guy under market stall awning (he can't
be seen).

Hito no Card
3 Pot just before (and right in front of) Radigen (final boss)
Does not sparkle.

Mighty Card
Exchange the Ten, Chi and Hito cards for this with one of the
Kabuls in Terra Fortunia (go up the right exit from the screen
with the shops, the Kabul you can see at the top as soon as you
enter the next screen).

Sunday Card
1 In the area around Kanon's house, does not sparkle

Monday Card
1 Along the wall at the top of the screen just before the Ninja's
flee from their boss right at the end of the isle dungeon. Does
not sparkle.

Tuesday Card
2 Green dungeon, towards end splits to right with guy giving you
advise on the order of the buttons (asks yes / no question
first), hole just above him has it in. Does not sparkle.

Wednesday Card
3 In the church at the beginning (may have had to pick it up with
Kanan in 2 and had it stolen) Sparkles

Thursday Card
3 To right of screen with guys in the water tower, sparkling.

Rainbow's Red Card
1 Search around the pots to the left of the screen after beating
the final boss, before escaping the collapsing dungeon

Tarot - Majishian
1 Once you are thrown into the Mine, avoid the second hole and
search the top of the screen.

Tarot - Puriesutesu
2 Just before the Desert ends, take the left branch, push the
rock and down the steps to get the chest with it in.

Tarot - Enpuresu
3 In the grave yard, grave above the final hidden stairs you go
down to get to the tomb


5. 3 Items

Tough Armband  HP + 10
2 Beat IceTank, left sparkling afterward. Sells for a tidy sum
compared to most other accessories in volume 1.

Knowledge Shoes  Mind + 5
2 Dropped by the Jewel Crows (Houseki no Karasu) in the Fire
Dungeon. These monster appear quite rarely, run away often and
drop this item even more rarely, so can be hard to get. Put on
Radia and lets you use the Level 3 type spells once her powers
are awoken.

Radaigen's Mantel
3 Go back to his grave after beating him, keep on going in and
taking the Ice magic until you get the Mantel.


6 Secret Map Areas

These will just give you the general times / places to look for
the secret areas, from this you should be able to find them
pretty easily.

Gomez
At any point during the first Scenario, move the cursor on the
map over the wood south of the harbour town. The item you get
from this chest raises your chance of enemies dropping items, and
so is very useful for picking up Trophy items. Especially
Freman's High Leather Suit, if you can get one of these on Gomez
and Kanan.

Kanan
Before entering the Desert or after finishing the Black Temple,
move that cursor on the map screen up the patch of woodland
around the top left of the map. The item is just a normal
accessory.

Radia
At any point during her Scenario, just down from the woods which
you pass through, in what looks like a kind triangle of rock with
trees in the middle. As of yet, no idea what the "mysterious
paper" from here does yet.

7 Other Tips

Search
You can search anything, and will often find Crystals and money
which does not sparkle. Most of the cards and decent items do not
sparkle either, so worth checking everywhere.

Ice and Fire Tank
In Kanan's story, the boss who wipes you out in the underground
passage. You can beat the first one, Ice Tank, with two double
Leaf spells. You can find two leaf stones in the section before
it, and combine these with an Ice or something. He will not
attack the first round. You might have to wait until you have
some better armour, seeing as she will still carry over from the
end what she has equipped even though you cannot change her stuff
in-between.

It's mother which then fights you, the Fire Tank, seems
impossible to beat in Volume One. I have tried every approach, as
have many people on the Official BBS, and it seems to be no good
in Volume One. The Producer?? of the game recently said in a
Japanese Magazine that if you got all critical attacks and dodged
all his attacks, it might be possible, but this alone seems
impossible. A critical attack only does 2 points of damage and I
have dodged maybe once all the times I have tried, even with
better equipment on. Looks like one to come back to once a few
more Volumes have passed.

8 Final Stuff

You can reach me at Sonsaru@hotmail.com with questions and
whatever. The only help I had for this was from the Japanese
Official Eldorado Gate BBS which is located on Capcom's official
Japanese site, Capcom.co.jp. You have to be able to read Japanese
to get anything from this, and if you can then you will be able
to find it easily enough ^-^ Although they are all Japanese,
well, if someone from there is reading this then thanks for your
help guys! Between everyone there, this game has been played to
*death*.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and you never know, I might see you
again for Volume Two ^-^.

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