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FAQ's and Strategy Guides
For playing tips, move lists and other information, please read the Final Fantasy Tactics FAQ from www.GameFAQs.com.
13th Zodiac Stone
To get the 13th Zodiac Stone you must go into the Deep Dungeon (Found in Chapter 4 in Warjuliis Trade City.) After you defeat the final boss, a Byblos will join your team. He has awesome abilities and the 13th Zodiac Stone!
Chicken Trick
For this you'll need either a mediator or an oracle. A mediator is best. First learn any skill that lowers brave points. Then all you have to do is lower someone's brave points below 10. They'll turn into a chicken. They can't attack, they just run away.

NOTE: They gain 1 brave point every turn, so keep it under 10 or they'll turn back.

Defeat Velius
To defeat Velius, bring along at least one summoner that knows Lich, a chemist with a Mythril Gun, and anyone with a strong attack (like a knight or a ninja.)

First, move within four spaces of Velius and use wave fist. Then you should get another turn. Use wave fist again and then jump across the water on the right.

I think Velius gets his turn next and he'll use Cyclops. While he's charging, move your guys away from the target. If he targeted a certain person, attack him directly with that person. Hopefully, you'll have a summoner left. Cast Lich (It'll hit him for around 500, and he has 1000hp)

By now he should be almost dead. Just use anything you can to finish him off

Defeat Wiegraff
To defeat Wiegraff at Riovanes Castle, become a monk and learn WAVE FIST, CHAKRA and MOVE-HP UP. A Bracer will help as well.

Start out by getting as close to him as you can. Then use wave fist. He will then use Lightning Stab and run away. DON'T FOLLOW HIM. Run back to where you started and use chakra. He will then move to where he started. Now repeat all this until he's dead.

Defeating Balk
Balk is a difficult enemy to beat. At first glance, this battle in Murond Death City looks fairly simple: Balk is standing in the midst of four monsters (one of each of the following: Behemoth, Hyudra, Hydra, and Tiamat). You find out pretty quickly that this battle isn't going to be one of the easy ones.

Here's my take on how to beat Balk and his crew of beasts.

First, use the sword duping trick to make a number of "Excalibur" and "Save the Queen".

Change Ramza's job to Knight if you don't have him there already, and equip both the swords stated above (must have the Two Swords ability from the Ninja job class [900 JP]). This will automatically put him in [Haste] and [Protect].

Have whatever ability you want for your secondary action ability. Use Blade Grasp for your Reaction ability, Two Swords for Support ability, and Move-HP UP for Movement.

NOTE: This combination of abilities and items works well with ANY character, but you may not have spent enough time with everyone, having Ramza the only one capable.

For the rest of my team, I included Mustadio as an Engineer (with Mythril Gun), Orlandu as Holy Swordsman (with Excalibur and Save the Queen if possible), Agrias as Holy Knight, and a Ninja.

Equip the best armor you have (Reflect Armor works OK here). The Defense Armlet is the best accessory to have (so Balk can't use his Snipe skills on you), but Rubber Shoes (accessory) are useful when Balk tries to shoot you with his Lightning-aligned Blast Gun. Use whichever is handy, but equip the Defense Armlet(s) on your best character(s).

Use Mustadio's "Snipe" ability on the monsters to paralyze them. Pick each one off in turn with Ramza and the Ninja going up close with Two Swords, while Agrias and Orlandu get them with Lightning Stab (or the best skill you have).

Note: You can just attack the Behemoth until its health is "Critical". It'll leave you alone. The three other monsters can hit you with their firey breath (and from fairly far away), so make sure you kill them off completely.

You can't paralyze Balk, so you have to concentrate on surrounding him. He runs away easily and can hit you with his Blast Gun, so go after him quickly (once you've eliminated the monsters). Try to break his Blast Gun first with Orlandu's Hellcry Punch. After that, he's easy to defeat with ANY ally. Good luck!

Duplicate Weapons
Set the Ninja "Two Swords" skill on anyone. Equip a shield in their right hand, and the item you want duplicated in their left. Nnow go to a shop that sells the items you want duplicated, choose "BEST FIT" and buy them. Next, go to the formation screen and remove the items. You should now have two of the item you had in the left hand.

For example, to duplicate Excaliber, go to Lionel castle's shop. You'll get a second Excalibur for only 10 gold!

Easy Level Gain
In any battle, kill all of the enemies but one. Form a circle around him to prevent his escape, then proceed to attack your own party. This is an easy way to gain experience as long as you don't kill your own people.
Easy Level Gain and Job Points
Before you can do this you'll need to learn ACCUMULATE and (if possible) the JP-UP skill. You also need at least one monk with the CHAKRA skill for this to work.

Walk across any green dot until you are attacked, then kill all but one enemy. Next, find five squares that form an + and are on the same height level. Have the monk stand in the center with all other characters in the adjacent squares. Use accumalte over and over and when your attacked just use chakra to gain back your health. Repeat as desired.

Equipment Tip
When fighting battles against other humans, be sure to check their equipment. Sometimes they have items not available in stores. Use a mediator to invite them into your party and strip them after the battle, or use a thief to steal their belongings.
Gain 5 or more Levels in One Fight
You know how you get exp with one hit? What if your character is so strong, it kills with one hit. What if you can hit someone over 20 times without your guidence and safely return home. What you need is a wizard, and an oracle or mediator.

What you do is you turn your enemies into frogs. It is time consuming, but it is worth it. (You can increase chances by using oracle "pray faith." Once that is done. and I know this sounds weird, turn your strong character into a frog. Then with oracle or mediator, put him into berserk. This will allow him to fight on auto-battle without running away. Keep your character well healed. Then move the rest of your characters far away from the fight. Frogs VS Frogs. Put them on auto battle in "Run like a rabbit" mode so they don't interfere. They shouldn't interfere.

Leave it on over night. By morning that character will rise 5-10 levels, and have over 2000-5000 jp points.

Get Cloud
This tip must be done during Chapter Four. Not that you should have about six empty spaces in your formation screen before attempting this.
  1. Go to Zeltennia Castle and listen to the rumor called "Cursed Island"
  2. Buy a flower from Aeris at Zarghidas Trade City then go to Goug machine city with Mustadio. The screen will fade and go to a scene of Mustadio, Ramza and a steel ball.
  3. Go to the bar in Goland Coal City and listen to the rumor of the "Ghost of Colliery"
  4. After this, go to Lesalia Imperia and the screen should shown a scene of a bar. When you leave, invite Beowulf to join your party.
  5. Now that you have Beowulf, go to Goland Coal City and you will fight 4 battles here and save Reis. After you save Reis you will get a Zodiac Stone that will trigger the steel ball.
  6. Return to Goug Machine City again and add the Robot to your party.
  7. Now that you have the robot, go to Nelveska Temple. You will fight another robot kill him and you will recieve a stone that will bring Cloud to your world.
  8. Now go back to Goug Machine City and you will trigger the time portal machine and it will suck Cloud from the future bringing him to your world.
  9. Now go to Zarghidas Trade City and save Cloud from the thieves that are punking Aeris. Note: if this part didn't work make sure that you killed Dycerag and his Zodiac Soul Adramelk.

When Cloud joins your party all he can do is defend and attack. You'll need to find his Materia Blade so that he can use all of his limit attacks from Final Fantasy VII.

The Materia Blade is located in the Bervania Volcano. Set your party's on Move-Find Item Then go to the highest tall rock and go to the top of it.

How to get the Chaos Blade
On level nine of the Deep Dungeon you should fight a team of ninjas. Ready your CATCH ability. If you're lucky, one of the ninjas will throw a Chaos Blade at you. If you catch it you get to keep it!
Instantly Kill Undead
To instantly kill an undead (ghouls, skeletons, etc), simply throw them a Phoenix Down. You will never miss and they'll die instantly!

Warning: When you kill undead this way a timer will appear. If you don't finish the game before the timer reaches 0 the undead will rise again.

Mime Job
The requirement for the job mime is level 8 item user, level 8 beginner knight, level 5 summoner, level 5 talker, level 5 Fu-sui-shi (Element user) and level 5 dragon knight.
Mini-Games - Japanese
Sometimes when you go to the bar and accept a mission, you will get a book. You can use that book to play a little mini game. There are four books in all.

Note: This tip only works in the Japanese version.

Music Test - Japanese
In the Japanese version, enter your name as B-G-M-Ki-Ki-Ta-I to access the Music Select screen.
Quick Level Up and Job Points
To level up fast, first learn the squire skill "accumulate" for 300 jobpoints. Then learn the job skill "jp up", then go into a battle. You can re-enter monster battles and keep fighting them as long as you want, just find a green dot on the main map and walk over it until you fight. Once you have the battle under control, kill all but one enemy. Then use the "accumulate" skill over and over again until you have your desired level.
Raise Bravery Permanently
When you reach chapter two, purchase the Square ability CHEER UP for Ramza. Once you've acquired it, go into battle and use it on everyone on your team. It will temporarily raise their BRAVE by 5 points, and provide a permanent 1-point increase.

You can get your Brave up to 97. This works great if you have the Blade Grasp skill because the enemies will only have a three percent chance of hitting you!

Ultimate Summon
After beating the battle in the holy land of Myurond, go to the seaport Wo-jirius. Following an short event you can go into Dieve dungeon, and from the tenth floor of the basement you will be able to learn the ultimate summon (equivalent to Knights of the Round from FFVII.)
Weigraf and Velius: Two Birds with One Stone!
When you encounter Weigraf for the last time(just before he becomes Velius) you cankill him easily by following these instructions:

Make sure Ramza is a Squire with two sword ability or a Ninja with HP Restore and the support skill Guts equipped.

When you start the battle it's just you (Ramza) and Weigraff. Don't attack him, instead keep away from him and use Yell and Accumilate repeatedly when it's your turn.

Eventualy this will raise your speed and level high enough that you don't have to worry about his Lightning Stab or Earth Slash attack.

When you are getting 3 to 4 consecutive turns in a row (Check the AT list) wait until the beginning of the next cycle then attack. Your two-sword ability should kill Weigraff in one turn and Velius will be dispatched before anyone else even gets a turn.

This should make what was the hardest battle in the game quite simple. Good luck!

Zodiac Stones
Aries, acquired after defeating Wiegraf.

Taurus, Found hidden in Goug Machine city.

Gemini, acquired after beating Duke Elmdor in Limberry castle.

Cancer, acquired after beating the steel giant.

Libra, in the possession of thunder god Cid.

Scorpio, acquired after vanquishing Draclau.

Sagittarius, The high priest gives this stone to Meliadoul.

Capricorn, Acquired after defeating Dycedarg.

Aquarius, found in the deep coal mine in Goland.

Pisces, given to Alma by Izlude while he was dying.

Leo, Elidibs has it in the last deep dungeon level.

Virgo, Altima possess the last stone in the Graveyard of Airships.