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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestXI'' has a nice item compendium, all sorted by item type. Thus, you know what all the weapon types are as soon as you receive it, well before you've encountered several of the characters.
** The greatest example among them is Axes. When you think you've recruited everyone and are nearing the end of the game, you won't have encountered an axe wielder. This is a big hint that you haven't found everyone yet, though it doesn't point directly towards [[spoiler: Hendrik, who has been an antagonist who uses swords up until then]].


* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', Samus' Notes on the Phazon Suit obtained from defeating the Omega Pirate state that it will protect you from taking damage from blue phazon. Up to this point, all of the phazon you've encountered is blue and there is no indication that other colors even exist until you reach the [[VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Impact Crater]], which is brimming with ''[[BlueAndOrangeContrast orange]]'' phazon that nothing in the game will protect you from.



* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', Samus' Notes on the Phazon Suit obtained from defeating the Omega Pirate state that it will protect you from taking damage from blue phazon. Up to this point, all of the phazon you've encountered is blue and there is no indication that other colors even exist until you reach the [[VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Impact Crater]], which is brimming with ''[[BlueAndOrangeContrast orange]]'' phazon that nothing in the game will protect you from.

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* In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', Samus' Notes on the Phazon Suit obtained from defeating the Omega Pirate state that it will protect you from taking damage from blue phazon. Up to this point, all of the phazon you've encountered is blue and there is no indication that other colors even exist until you reach the [[VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Impact Crater]], which is brimming with ''[[BlueAndOrangeContrast orange]]'' phazon that nothing in the game will protect you from.

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* In ''WebComic/YokokasQuest'', Yfa's feathers and Grace's lucky card deck appearing in their weapon slots on the status screens give indications of how they fight before this is ever shown in the comic itself.


** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Besaid]] temple's destruction sphere treasure is a staff for Yuna. Tidus hasn't met her at that point, but the inventory screen says her name, albeit in grey text. Though you do see Yuna before this, as most of the game is a {{Flashback}} in the form of Tidus telling his story.

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** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Besaid]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Besaid temple's destruction sphere treasure is a staff for Yuna. Tidus hasn't met her at that point, but the inventory screen says her name, albeit in grey text. Though you do see Yuna before this, as most of the game is a {{Flashback}} in the form of Tidus telling his story.


* In chapter 18 of ''FanFic/PaperMarioX 2'', [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] finds [[spoiler:a pair of Super Shoes]] instead of an upgrade for himself, and instantly knows that the upgrade belongs to [[spoiler:[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]]].

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* In chapter 18 of ''FanFic/PaperMarioX 2'', [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] finds [[spoiler:a pair of Super Shoes]] instead of an upgrade for himself, and instantly knows that the upgrade belongs to [[spoiler:[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]]].

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** You will also find, eventually, that while maps are among the items you can give as presents to the others, none of your teammates particularly like them, implying the existence of another recruit who likes maps more than any other gift. [[spoiler:Admittedly, it doesn't imply that said recruit is ''Loghain''.]]


** Subverted however in ''VideoGame/ShiningForceII'', where Talos can drop his sword, which can only be used by the Giant class. No Giant ever joins the team.

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** Subverted however in ''VideoGame/ShiningForceII'', where Talos Taros can drop his sword, which can only be used by the Giant class. No Giant ever joins the team.


** Subverted however in ''VideoGame/ShiningForce II'', where Talos can drop his sword, which can only be used by the Giant class. No Giant ever joins the team.

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** Subverted however in ''VideoGame/ShiningForce II'', ''VideoGame/ShiningForceII'', where Talos can drop his sword, which can only be used by the Giant class. No Giant ever joins the team.


* ''{{VideoGame/MOTHER|1}}'' has this in Magicant, where a present containing a Sword can be found. At this point, all the player has in their party is Ninten; the Sword goes on the final member of the party, Teddy, and it just so happens to be his InfinityMinusOneSword as well.

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* ''{{VideoGame/MOTHER|1}}'' ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' has this in Magicant, where a present containing a Sword can be found. At this point, all the player has in their party is Ninten; the Sword goes on the final member of the party, Teddy, and it just so happens to be his InfinityMinusOneSword as well.


* Pretty much the case for every game in the ''VideoGame/{{Shining}}'' series which generally has multiple character classes and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. However this can work in it's favour at times because multiple characters can be the same class.
** In the ''VideoGame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' later weapon shops end up selling claw-type weapons. They belong the GuideDangIt hidden character Doyle.

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* Pretty much the case for every game in the ''VideoGame/{{Shining}}'' series which generally has multiple character classes and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. However this can work in it's its favour at times because multiple characters can be the same class.
** In the ''VideoGame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' later weapon shops end up selling claw-type weapons. They belong to the GuideDangIt hidden character Doyle.


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* An unusual example in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. The "End: Lost in the Waves" DLC has you control the second generation units in battle against the first generation fathers, who have CameBackWrong as Vallite zombies. They all use generic Silver-grade weaponry... except [[spoiler:Takumi]], who has his own personal weapon, the Skadi. This is a major hint that [[spoiler:he is resurrected as a Vallite zombie in the ''Conquest'' route and serves as the FinalBoss]].


* In ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'', Samus can pick up powerups which are incompatible with her Power Suit. The fact that you don't get the fix that by the time you face Mother Brain, the FinalBoss of the [[VideoGame/Metroid1 original game]], tells you your adventure isn't over just yet...

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* In ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'', Samus can pick up powerups over the course of the game which are incompatible with her Power Suit. The fact that you don't get the to fix that by the time you face Mother Brain, the FinalBoss of the [[VideoGame/Metroid1 original game]], tells you your adventure isn't over just yet...



** In [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second game]], you can acquire an upgrade for the "squadmates with geth shield technology" during Tali's loyalty mission, before you meet up with Legion.

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** In [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second game]], you can acquire an upgrade for the "squadmates with geth shield technology" during Tali's loyalty recruitment mission, before you meet up with Legion.Legion. This was likely an artifact from earlier builds, given the DummiedOut scenes of what would've happened if you recruited her with Legion already in your party.


** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Besaid]] temple's destruction sphere treasure is a staff for Yuna. Tidus hasn't met her at that point, but the inventory screen says her name, albeit in grey text.

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** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Besaid]] temple's destruction sphere treasure is a staff for Yuna. Tidus hasn't met her at that point, but the inventory screen says her name, albeit in grey text. Though you do see Yuna before this, as most of the game is a {{Flashback}} in the form of Tidus telling his story.


** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' you can purchase spells for Time Mages and Summoners in Walz, shortly before acquiring those job classes.

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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' you can purchase spells for Time Mages and Summoners in Walz, Walse, shortly before acquiring those job classes.


* At one point, in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Explorers of Darkness/Time/Sky]]'' you find yourself in what feels like the point of no return. But, once there, enemies start dropping treasure boxes. These boxes do not appear before this time, and can only be opened at a shop in Treasure Town. So, that means that you will return to Treasure Town.

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* At one point, in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Explorers of Darkness/Time/Sky]]'' you find yourself in what feels like the point of no return.PointOfNoReturn. But, once there, enemies start dropping treasure boxes. These boxes do not appear before this time, and can only be opened at a shop in Treasure Town. So, that means that you will return to Treasure Town.

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