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20th Jul '17 6:16:37 PM TravisWells
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* ''Amulets & Armor'' does it both ways: Picking a character class from one of the two magical families (Arcane or Holy) will give you a set of runes to cast spells with, and each spell is recorded as a note page in your inventory. You can pick up more as you play through the levels, but you're free to cast any spell at any time, the notes are just a reference for the player. You need the right runes, however, so even if you memorize an Arcade spell, a Cleric (who has holy runes) can't cast it. (In theory you could pick up the runes, as they're just items, but in reality there isn't a full set in the levels)
20th Jul '17 6:05:54 PM HylianFox
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* Averted in the NES game ''VideoGame/{{Magician}}''. Although you get scrolls that automatically add spells to your list, as long as you know the runes for each spell you can add them manually at any time, even at the very start of the game.
15th Jul '17 9:51:03 AM nombretomado
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* The attacks in ''SonicAndTheSecretRings''.

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* %%* The attacks in ''SonicAndTheSecretRings''.''VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings''.
4th Jul '17 7:54:41 AM Piterpicher
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* ''TheBattleOfOlympus'' has Prometheus "teach" the player how to draw fire from the Staff of Fennel (hold up on the controller when pressing B) but even if you already know this ahead of time, it won't work until you talk to him.

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* ''TheBattleOfOlympus'' ''VideoGame/TheBattleOfOlympus'' has Prometheus "teach" the player how to draw fire from the Staff of Fennel (hold up on the controller when pressing B) but even if you already know this ahead of time, it won't work until you talk to him.
14th Jun '17 8:57:57 PM Kazuto
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* Rather amusingly lampshaded in ''Resident Evil 4''; one of Leon's early objectives is to find a church, where Ashley Graham is being held prisoner. The church door is actually locked, however, and Leon has to go find a key. It's completely possible to avoid this entirely and go get the key immediately. When Leon reports to Hunnigan he's recovered it, she irritably asks him if he's even ''been'' to the church yet.Leon replies in a rather confused tone that he has, regardless of whether he had in that particular playthrough.

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* Rather amusingly lampshaded in ''Resident Evil 4''; one of Leon's early objectives is to find a church, where Ashley Graham is being held prisoner. The church door is actually locked, however, and Leon has to go find a key. It's completely possible to avoid this entirely and go get the key immediately. When Leon reports to Hunnigan he's recovered it, she irritably asks him if he's even ''been'' to the church yet. Leon replies in a rather confused tone that he has, regardless of whether he had in that particular playthrough.
29th May '17 3:12:35 AM Sonofstranger
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*** Averted with the Bomber's Hideout, which requires a pass code that's randomly generated when a save file is created. You're supposed to go through a hide-and-seek quest in order to learn the pass code from the leader, but if you reload the save file to the beginning and try the same code, they'll let you in. While this seems kind of pointless since you have to do the quest anyway, it's essentially the {{Metagame}} for [[{{Speedrun}} speedrunners]] who use the in-game timer.
25th May '17 10:07:30 AM TheNicestGuy
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* ''VideoGame/YearWalk'': There are a couple of puzzles that are supposed to be solved by finding the solution elsewhere, but there's nothing stopping you from solving them immediately if you already know (or looked up) the answer. The Steam version of the game acknowledges the trope by rewarding you with the "Cheat Walk" achievement if you do.
20th May '17 10:07:00 AM nombretomado
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** Earlier ''{{Ultima}}'' games avert this. In Ultima 4, 5, and 6, you need to learn the proper mantra for each Virtue; but they are the same in every game, and if you remember them from the previous installment, it'll still work.
** But played straight in Ultima IX: you must complete the tedious, repetitive quest for each Shrine of Virtue to learn the corresponding Word of Virtue, which you have to use to cleanse the shrine. If [[ObviousBeta the game]] [[GameBreakingBug lets you]].

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** Earlier ''{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games avert this. In Ultima 4, 5, and 6, you need to learn the proper mantra for each Virtue; but they are the same in every game, and if you remember them from the previous installment, it'll still work.
** But played straight in Ultima IX: ''VideoGame/UltimaIX'': you must complete the tedious, repetitive quest for each Shrine of Virtue to learn the corresponding Word of Virtue, which you have to use to cleanse the shrine. If [[ObviousBeta the game]] [[GameBreakingBug lets you]].
31st Mar '17 7:02:46 PM Doug86
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* In ''BreathOfFireII'', CuteBruiser Katt has several high grade attack spells in her inventory, but lacks the MP to use them. The only way to use them is to find the Black Shaman (which won't unlock until you've [[GottaCatchEmAll found all the others]]) and fuse Katt with her and the Blue Shaman (one of the first Shamans you can find), at which point Katt will become a LightningBruiser (at least until she takes enough damage to undo the fusion).
** You can also get a house resident who will boost Katt's AP stat roughly threefold, allowing her to use the much more physically powerful Black/Red fusion, but this is something of a GuideDangIt even by the standards of BreathOfFireII.

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* In ''BreathOfFireII'', ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'', CuteBruiser Katt has several high grade attack spells in her inventory, but lacks the MP to use them. The only way to use them is to find the Black Shaman (which won't unlock until you've [[GottaCatchEmAll found all the others]]) and fuse Katt with her and the Blue Shaman (one of the first Shamans you can find), at which point Katt will become a LightningBruiser (at least until she takes enough damage to undo the fusion).
** You can also get a house resident who will boost Katt's AP stat roughly threefold, allowing her to use the much more physically powerful Black/Red fusion, but this is something of a GuideDangIt even by the standards of BreathOfFireII.''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII''.
5th Mar '17 5:15:40 PM nombretomado
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* ''DungeonSiege II'' has its Chants that you can use at Incantation Shrines, that is if you have found the appropriate scroll first. Even if you know the words to use. Downplayed in the NewGamePlus modes, wherein you can use chants you learned the first time through, but you still can't use chants you never found in earlier playthroughs until you do find them.

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* ''DungeonSiege II'' has its ''VideoGame/DungeonSiegeII'':
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Chants that you can use at Incantation Shrines, that is if you have found the appropriate scroll first. Even if you know the words to use. Downplayed in the NewGamePlus modes, wherein you can use chants you learned the first time through, but you still can't use chants you never found in earlier playthroughs until you do find them.
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