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The sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance seriously toned down the most glaring bugs, worked over and generally fixed its game breakers, but it introduced a whole list of new ones.

  • Mirror Items, which reverses the effect of items. Antidotes inflict Poison, Eyedrops inflict Blind... and X-Potions do 200 points of damage. Guaranteed. With the accuracy of a standard attack. Your newly-recruited Seeq Ranger can now do more damage than your most seasoned units and can inflict nearly all the Standard Status Effects in the game. For real lulz, team up with a Green Mage that knows Tranq (which raises accuracy. Oh yes), then go to town with 70% accuracy instant-death Phoenix Downs, Toad-inflicting Maiden's Kisses, etc. Combine with the ability that doubles the effects of items for laughs.
  • The Paladin/Parivir/Geomancy combo. You get access to the best weapons and armors in the game, and Geomancy makes your Elemental Powers do x1.5 damage against everything that isn't strong against all of them. You can also inflict status effects on top of it all.
    • It gets better, the Paladin job allows you to wear one of five different types of elemental absorbing robes/armor, shields that can absorb either fire or ice attacks, and two swords that can negate or even absorb Holy-type damage. Combined with the broken setup for the magic users listed below, the equipment options makes the class damn near unkillable in later missions where elemental damage is more common. Add the fact that the enemy units will NEVER check to see if their elemental attacks will actually harm the target, and...
    • Even if not paired with the Paladin's superior equipment choices, the Parivir is a Game-Breaker on its own. Its Flair skillset includes several Blade abilities, which deal double damage, cause status effects and have an elemental effect, at no MP cost. Combined with Geomancy, which lowers enemy elemental resistance (essentially, making every enemy but the Tonberries and a Bonus Boss weak to all elements), the Parivir can deal triple damage plus debuffs at zero cost, making it a better choice than even Dual Wield. The only drawback is that the Blade abilities only work with bladed weapons — which have the greatest stats in the game by far.
  • Ranger + Item Lore (which doubles the effectiveness of potions) + Mirror Items (which lets you use items for the opposite effect) + Hi-Potion/X-Potion = 200/400 damage, with the same accuracy as a normal physical attack. In a game where most of the enemies have less than 400 HP. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Note it mostly counts as a Crutch Character that happens to last until the end of the main quest. After that damage per attack starts needing to be higher than 400.
    • Another fun Mirror Items combination that can break maps wide open: Mirror Items + Tranq (Green Mage spell that boosts accuracy) + Phoenix Down = an instant KO with very high accuracy.
  • Lucking out in getting the materials for a powerful ability early (or abusing the Auction House once your clan takes over the entire region, or getting lucky with the trade function) can cause this.
  • In addition, while other Game-Breaker(s) from the first game were removed, it's still possible to put enemies to sleep (or better yet, Stop) to increase the hit chance of all effects to 100%. Including instant-kill abilities that normally have around 30%.
  • Parivir, a.k.a. Yojimbou. Remember how much of a Game-Breaker Dual Wielding was in the first game? It's outdated. The Parivir can simply walk up to something and hit it for double damage, for free, without having had to grind 999 AP. The other similar free abilities have half accuracy; the Parivir's don't. And he has multiple skills to do it with, each carrying a different element and different ailments.
    • Adding the passive skill Geomancy lets you also strike enemies neutral to any of the available elements (e.g. almost any enemy in the entire game) as if they were weak to the element used, bringing the damage up to triple of your standard attack. Still for free, at full accuracy, and causing a status.
  • There exists the Hume Illusionist/Seer combo. Magick Frenzy, surprisingly, works with Illusion spells. Meaning that the unit can stand in one spot, hit all enemies with the Illusion spell, then smack all the enemies upside the head with his equipped weapon (even more so if he's using Dual Wield, although you'll have to compensate Half MP for dual wield). To prevent total abuse, while Nu Mou can also be Illusionists, only Humes can use the Seer job.
    • Geomancy is arguably a better support ability for the Illusionist/Seer combo, Recharge/Ether Shot/Elemental Rend MP makes half MP unnecessary and Dual Wield takes time to master in a class with relatively low Magic growth not to mention that the weapon damage in minor compared to the Illusion.
    • Dual-wielding weapons makes the Magick Frenzy effect ridiculous in itself when you have a physically-based class using High Magick abilities, allowing you to strike multiple foes in an area of effect with your two blades. From a distance. Add in the random chance that you can dish out critical hits with the physical attacks provided by Magick Frenzy, and it gets completely crazy even if the unit's low Magick damage makes the damage from the spell itself negligible.
    • As a bonus: You can equip weapons that deal elemental damage, equip your caster and their clanmates with gear that absorbs that element, and use Magick Frenzy to cast healing spells as well as damage spells. Fun fact: You can actually Magick Frenzy when casting Recharge (which restores 24 MP to the casting unit), allowing it to restore some HP along with the MP if you absorb the element your weapon deals damage with. The animation for this is amusing: The unit goes through the Restore animation, then disappears, reappears on the spot, hits itself in the face, and does the little cheering animation for receiving healing.
  • Elemental Rend MP. Arming a Dragoon (or Templar) with Arts of War and an elemental Lance lets him "Reverse" Rend MP two mages wearing the appropriate absorbing robes for massive amounts of mana. THIS is how you spam Geomancy-powered Illusions.
    • A less extreme version: a Hume Fighter with an elemental blade and Soldier moveset as an extra command. It's less intense, but in some team builds it may be more practical with only one target in need of MP and can also lead to a faster and stronger MP feeder (due to Ninja levels and Dual Wielding if the player is so inclined to train a feeder that much)
  • The MP system of this game means that the Blue Magick "Matra Magick" (which switches MP and HP values) can reduce an enemy with several hundred hit points to death if used early enough in the battle. Used with the Reverse Rend MP trick (or a White Chocobo Rider's Choco Recharge) this can make situations that pit the player against one or two extremely powerful enemies much easier.
  • Though it may not be on the same level as the other combos, the Viera Summoner/Red Mage deserves a mention. Combine Summons (powerful wide area magick), Red Magic (for Doublecast), and the support ability "Blood Price" (Cast From HP), and you've got a caster that can quickly tear enemies to shreds or heal, buff, and revive all of your units at once right off the bat. That the Summoner job offers the best Magick stat growth among Viera jobs is just icing on the cake. It does take a while to set this combo up though.
    • For giggles, give her the Chameleon Robe (Absorb Holy). As long as she's in range, the Summoner can spam Doublecasted Maduin (extremely high Holy damage) for free in a wide area. It is extremely overwhelming.
    • For even more fun, add a Chocobo Knight with the Critical: Quicken and Smile Toss abilities, equipped with a Venus Blade. Have your doublecasting summoner hit the Chocobo Knight with Ramuh (since Chocobo Knights are weak to lightning, this should activate the Critical: Quicken ability and make the Chocobo Knight move immediately afterward) followed by Ifrit (which it absorbs thanks to Venus Blade). Then have your Chocobo Knight hit the summoner with Smile Toss, which allows them to move instantly. You now have an infinite loop, in which your enemies will never get a turn. By constantly moving your Chocobo Knight to where the enemies are, you can keep hitting them with the splash damage until they all die, with nothing they can do about it.
    • Forget Doublecast. Assassin + Seventh Heaven (Bow) + Summoning Magick + Blood Price = Swiss Army Knife character. Need to kill someone? Ultima Shot them from afar! Need to heal yourself and your entire dead party? Cast Phoenix for essentially no charge! Once you have the setup, those two moves will get you through the entire game.
  • As noted above, the Ultima skills, with a 32 MP cost, usually fall under Awesome, but Impractical. However, the support ability "Halve MP" (available to Bangaa, Hume, Nu Mou, and Viera) + the MP Channeling (double MP regen) Clan Privilege + any job that uses ranged weapons = deal 300-500 points of damage every turn at any distance. Like the Double Casting Blood Price Summoner above, this takes a long time to set up, since the Ultima skills have a 990 AP cost and Halve MP has a 400 AP cost.
    • The best class for this is the Bangaa's Trickster: now that Ultima is a VERY powerful magic-based attack (instead of being based on physical attack power), the Trickster, which has Nu Mou-like Magic Power, Ninja Speed, and Cards which have extremely high range, as well as access to Halve MP, you can spam Ultima Sword EVERY turn (as long as you also have MP Channeling active), one-shotting pretty much every enemy, before they can even move, from halfway across the stage.
    • Another good option here is to equip your resident Sage with two Reverie Shields, the Azure Tear, Red Shoes, and Ninja Gear. This puts his evasion up to 70%. Combine this with the aforementioned method of using Ultima every turn and you've got a supposedly spell-oriented class, on a Nu Mou no less, running around the field, dodging the vast majority of attacks, and PUNCHING ENEMIES IN THE FACE FOR MASSIVE DAMAGE since Ultima uses your weapon animation and you don't have a weapon equipped. And this is just the primary job, you can stick White Magick on the secondary and you've got an unkillable Ultima machine. Of course, this isn't remotely feasible until incredibly late in the game because the Azure Tear can't be obtained until the third ascent of Brightmoon Tor, and without it you can only reach 50% evasion. Which is still pretty good.
    • Spear wielding Bangaas also make good abusers as their Ultima attack will target two squares instead of one.
  • One of the subtly strongest moves in the game is Smile Toss, a skill of the Moogle Juggler. It does the exact same thing as the Time Magic "Quicken", except it does not cost any mana to use. A hasted Juggler (which has excellent speed growth) using his turns to Smile-Toss his slower but more powerful teammates can completely subvert the usual turn order of the battle, allowing you to control the tempo of battle by having your powerhouses take many more turns than they normally would. Having two Moogles smiletossing each other will let you fill their mana up as much as you want and position them wherever you like on the battlefield, allowing you to even beat certain missions before the enemy even gets a turn. Careful use of this strategy is as disgustingly powerful and possibly moreso than simple CT calculations in classical Final Fantasy Tactics, as you can even reprioritize turn orders and force their opponent's turns to be delayed as a result of a Quickened character stealing their turn opportunity.
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  • Passive ability Shieldbearer (any character can equip shields) + Black Mage + Fire Shield (absorb fire) + Ice Shield (absorb ice) + Thunder Robe (absorb thunder) = Completely immune to Fire, Ice, Lightning. note  Bonus Boss Black King Nware actually gets in on this. It really makes him a bitch to beat.
    • Mitigated by his lack of status protection, allowing you to cripple him with your status ailment of choice. The real pain is the high evasion granted by his shields, which makes it dicey to actually hit him.
  • Ether Shot is almost required to properly abuse many Nu Mou jobs and completely bypasses the MP system. Additionally a Cannoneer can abuse the Half MP/Ultima combo with less power (but the same range) as a Trickster.
  • An understated one, but the auction houses can get you really good items early on in the game. If one was so inclined, from about a fourth of the way into the game (with sidequests it can feel more like 1/8th) a player could potentially reproduce a majority of the game breakers mentioned on this list by using the cottage in Aldanna Range to sleep past a year, select "exhausted" or the third option after Luso mentions it and the first option after the first rest, to restart the auctions and refresh their rewards, allowing for a great selection of abilities before the Lord of the Flowsand fight.
  • Another fun one is a crew of Nu Mou Scholars. Build your party right and they can damage the entire enemy party while constantly refilling your party's HP or MP. Stagger this properly and you become stupidly unkillable.
  • The Bangaa Cannoneer happens to have an ability to assist in any MP-heavy skills, the Ether Shell - an ability that allows the user to replenish 60 MP to another unit at no cost. Not much on its own, but add to one of the above... and even in this game, set one up with a Fusilier that's equipped Onslaught and mastered Ultima Charge, and every time that Moogle acts, someone is checking out.
    • You can also Ether Shell another Cannoneer with the Gladiator skillset and has the ability Ultima Sword. You can even have them Ether Shell each other and have both be able to pump out Ultimas for their next two turns — ten turns with the Halve MP passive skill equipped. Yikes.
  • For your Gria units, have your Ravager master the Sneak Attack ability, which doubles damage from back attacks, and the Unscarred ability, which gives a massive boost to your stats if your HP is full. Then give both abilities to a Hunter, whose huge attack range will generally keep her out of trouble. Add the Regenga clan ability to make sure your Gria's health stays full even if she does take a hit, and you've got a devastating long-range unit that can one-shot almost every regular enemy. As a bonus, Unscarred will also boost the Hunter's Sidewinder (double damage against monster-class enemies) and Ultima Shot (triple damage) attacks.
  • Stopshot is ridiculous. Imagine a skill that inflicts the same amount of damage as a regular attack, while also having a high chance inflicting Stop, making the target completely defenseless for about 3/4 of the length of a normal fight, at which time it wears off. While stopped, all of a unit's turns are skipped, meaning it cannot generate MP, move, or act in any way. If the unit has an ability that would normally allow it to counterattack when struck, it does not trigger. A stopped unit has a 100% chance of being hit by any attack for which it is a valid target, including moves that sacrifice accuracy for power. Stopshot costs no MP to cast and, when fired from a gun (as is the point of the Fusilier class), can target almost any square on a normal battlefield. This is in a game where most fights are 6v6, so losing any unit to Stop is a significant disadvantage. Losing two or three to a single gun-toting Moogle is entirely possible, especially if said Moogle receives Haste, allowing it to act (and therefore fire Stopshot) much more frequently.
  • Vaan has an ability called Life of Crime that deals damage based on the number of times he has used the Steal command. Use Steal enough and Life of Crime will deal a guaranteed 999 damage every time it's used. But why stop there? By making Vaan a ninja and having him Dual Wield shields (and giving him the right armor), you can get his Evasion to 80%. Combine this with his Razor's Edge ability, which increases Evasion by 20, and he becomes almost completely unhittable - status effects still work, but that's what the Debuff Resistance clan privilege is for. This allows Vaan to beat most maps entirely by himself.
  • Time Mages have the single most powerful support skill in the game: Hastega. This spell casts Haste in an area of effect, allowing your party members to have many turns over the opponent before they can act. With the P-Ability Halve MP, Hastega can be cast as early as soon as your Time Mage is able to act. While normally slow and may require a Juggler partner to cast Smile on them, Moogle Time Mages have the benefit of starting of as a Juggler or Thief class with high base speed and growth, and since time magics' effects are independent of a unit's magic growth they get all the benefits with no drawbacks.
  • The Hunter's Sidewinder ability is obscene all on its own. It's effect is simple: It deals double damage to monsters. Most encounters in the game are with monsters (particularly if you're doing sidequests,) up to and including the final boss. This alone allows a Hunter to single-handedly carry the clan through most missions. Couple it with the Attack Up Support skill the class can learn and line up your shot just right and you'll be dumpstering most monsters before they can even approach. Gria Hunters can fly off to some obscure corner of the map and fire this move off without ever getting punished for it, while Hume Hunters have access to the Archer's Focus skill to make the attack powerful enough to one-hit kill damn-near anything.

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