Guide Dang It: Final Fantasy
Guide Dang Its
for the mind-bendingly
popular Final Fantasy
series. Hold on, it's going to be a long ride.
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
can be found at the Strategy Guide Dang It page
- Which the guide is happy to reveal.
- The Strategy & Analysis chapter describes itself as having "a specific focus on details that the game itself does not reveal." It is not necessary for a first playthrough, but will repay close reading if you unlock Hard Mode.
- Locating the Rare Merchant is something of a Luck-Based Mission with the help of the guide. Without the guide, you may not even know that he exists.
- Secret achievements show up again.
- Obligatory obscure sidequest: Completing the three-star quest "A rose by any other name" requires an item only available as part of the one-star quest "Voices from the grave." To start that, you have to speak to four specific NPCs during the day and then speak to three ghosts after midnight. One of the ghosts gives you the item.
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is no exception, either. Finding a way to get through the barrier to the final level is only hinted at in a few of the numerous random encounters.
- Let's just say the entire plot counts. Want to see the complete stories of De Nam, figure out what to do with the letter from Tida, or unlock the complete stories of the caravans? Want to get all the hints to finding the ??? chalice? Want to learn about the miasma and the crystals from the Carbuncles which are never actually mentioned in-game? Want to kill the Lich? Want to enjoy the incredibly rich and vast lore the game has to offer? Better shell out the cash for that guide, sucker!
- If you chose blacksmith as your family's job background, you won't be able to get some of the best weapons or items in the game unless you actually create more players with different family jobs. While you don't have to switch players, you're clueless until you look online for help.
- Also, Final Boss in his final form, the spheres of your family members, which are memories, are actually ultimate magicite displayed as ????, allowing you to cast Blizzaga, Thundaga, Firaga, Curaga, and Invincibility (they are randomized) without any charge time. However, to change the spheres into those spells before Raem eats them, you have to cast Cure on them and there's nothing in the game that hints you this. While it can be possible to beat him without those items, it can be harder and having most of your memories eaten results in a Game Over.
- Let's not forget the very long side-quest that ends in you getting 1,000,000g for everyone currently in your party.
- There's also a number of Artifacts that can only be obtained on certain maps, on certain cycles, and by getting a minimum number of points at the end of the level. The Life Ring, an artifact that replaces the same type of magicite, requires the player to be in Conall Curach and beat the boss with at least 302 points. The only reliable way of doing this is to play one-player with a Game Boy Advance linked to the second controller slot (it shows your bonus condition) and keep entering and leaving until you get "Kill Monsters" as your bonus qualifier. Then kill absolutely every single monster, because otherwise you won't have enough points to earn it. And then hope the RNG is in your favor, because it's only a 1 in 8 chance of spawning like any Artifact. Additionally, there game says that you can only get one of each ring, ever. The opportunity to get more for your other characters opens after 5 years in-game. Other rings also require specific conditions to appear, but nowhere near as insane.
- Blue Magic in general can sometimes feel like this. Some of these spells are ludicrously powerful, reaching almost gamebreaker status, but these are invariably extremely rare, or even one of a kind. Didn't bring your Blue Mage along to fight the boss that has it? TOO BAD.
- Final Fantasy VII has some of this with its relationship values. It was calculated by how many times you chose to speak to the other characters, and when forced to speak, what answers you gave. Avoiding as many conversations as possible with the female characters (including optional Yuffie) left you with Barret...for the one scene in the entire game that this affected. Completely pointless but for some dialog.
- In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Minerva is MADE of this. This Bonus Boss requires you to look up guides every step of the way. Locating the best armor in the game will require this, in addition to learning how to craft the best fusion materia in the game that is mandatory to surviving more than 10 seconds in her presence. Did we forget to mention she spams One-Hit Kill Ultima spells that leave you barely alive even if you block it while wearing said best gear and materia in the game? You'll need a guide to BEATING her too. Also, her Limit Break Judgment Arrow disables Phoenix Downs. Thankfully, you can Mug her for 99 of them.