One of the most satisfying parts of playing the old fashioned way Final fantasy games is the plethora of secret items and collectibles that can be obtained if players are exploratory enough. But some side quests are hard to figure out without a guide outlining what can be found and how to find them, even for the most exploring players. Resources like PlayStation Magazine (and other gaming magazines, by extension) became popular over time and eventually led to comprehensive color guides for video games.
The widespread use of the internet has made it easier than ever to network players, so there are plenty of sources outlining where to find special items and how to get them. From easily overlooked content to programming errors, there are some things that could prove difficult to come by if players don’t know the ins and outs of the game.
ten The Dragons’ Den has tons of top tier gear (Final Fantasy VI)
Locke’s Zwill Cross Blade is one of the most coveted items to be found in the Dragon’s Lair. Its stats include a 30% increase in evasion, a 25% increase in magical evasion, and a 25% chance to inflict sleep on enemies when attacking. It is the most powerful dagger in the game. Unfortunately, crossing the Dragon’s Den is no easy task. Not only are the dragons stronger than they were before, but players must also use three different groups to successfully cross the dragon lair. Having a guide is a big help for this dungeon.
9 Players can find the apocalypse after completing the ancient forest (Final Fantasy VII)
Apocalypse is one of the best weapons for Cloud, surpassed only by Ultima Weapon. Additionally, Apocalypse has three materia slots and comes with a triple AP bonus, making it a fantastic weapon for mastering materia. The catch is, he’s waiting for Cloud at the end of the Ancient Forest, an optional area that requires players to successfully solve puzzles. A guide is very handy for this and will save players time and headaches.
8 PuPu card requires players to complete a very specific side quest (Final Fantasy VIII)
UFO? the side quest is not only specific, but it is also completely missed. If players fail to collect Occult Fan Magazines in Final Fantasy VIII, they will not be able to fulfill the conditions to manifest the UFO that leads to the PuPu card.
Additionally, players must encounter the UFO at specific locations on the map and fight it before PuPu spawns on Balamb Island where Balamb’s Garden was located. Since occult fan issues only give vague clues, a guide is almost needed to complete this quest.
7 Obtaining the Prima Vista miniature decoration requires a specific side quest (Final Fantasy IX)
Players must activate this side quest by talking to Morrid after visiting his tower. He will offer to give the Mini-Prima Vista to the party if they bring him three types of rare coffee beans. From there, players will need to locate the beans strewn across Gaia and bring them back to Morrid before entering the portal to Shimmering Island later in the game. It’s one of those easily missed items in the game. start Final fantasy games where exploration was the key to accomplishing certain in-game achievements. Guides are essential for perfectionist players who want all achievements and collectibles.
6 Odin’s materia is locked in the Shinra mansion (Final Fantasy VII)
The Shinra Mansion in Nibelheim is a completely optional foray for Cloud and the party, so it’s possible to miss or skip this location. Completing it gives a lot of rewards and a new party member, so it’s definitely worth considering. The Odin Materia is one of the rewards found here, but players must successfully find the code for the safe on the second floor. There are code clues strewn around the mansion, but they’re easy to ignore. A guide is the best way to get there.
5 The Blade of Sleep can easily be missed on the Dreadnought (Final Fantasy II)
This weapon is located behind an unopened cell grid on the second floor of the Palamecian Dreadnought. It’s a useful sword that can put enemies to sleep, including some bosses, which means fights will be easier if players can grab this weapon. Unfortunately, there is no clear way for players to figure out how to access the chest behind the cell gate. However, a guide will reveal the hidden passage that leads to the chest. The Dreadnought cannot be revisited, so the blade must be acquired on its first visit.
4 Knife is a powerful throwing item that can be missed (Final Fantasy IV)
The key to getting the knife is to complete the optional side quest involving Yang and his wife. If players visit Yang’s wife while he’s resting in Sylvan’s cave, she’ll give Cecil a frying pan to hit Yang on the head with. If the player dutifully hits Yang and returns the pan to his wife, she will give up the knife.
Edge can throw the knife and deal 9,999 devastating damage. A guide is sure to point out this treasured item so that players don’t miss it.
3 Players must steal Genji gear from Gilgamesh (Final Fantasy V)
Gilgamesh can be encountered several times over the course of Final fantasy v, but he will only carry the Genji gear with him during a few encounters. Genji equipment is one of the strongest that Final Fantasy V has to offer, so acquiring it should be high on any player’s priority list. Some fights with Gilgamesh can be skipped or missed, so a guide will be helpful in indicating which encounters Gilgamesh will be carrying Genji gear.
2 Final Attack Materia Can Be Permanently Missed (Final Fantasy VII)
There are two important things to know about Final Attack material. First of all, it must be won via the Battle Square at the Gold Saucer. There is also a list of achievements that players must complete before the secret duel unlocks in Battle Square. These requirements are specific enough, but the most important thing to know is that Final Attack’s materia can be missed if the player’s materia inventory is full.
Normally the game will ask players when their inventory is full before accepting a materia reward, but a programming error prevents this from happening in the original. Final Fantasy VII only for Final Attack material. A guide will ask players to make sure they have inventory space before attempting the secret duel.
1 Excalibur II is locked behind a secret feat (Final Fantasy IX)
Excalibur II is the most powerful weapon available to Steiner in Final Fantasy IX, but it’s really easy to miss. The only way to access Excalibur II is to go to the game’s last dungeon, Memoria, within 12 hours of playing. Reaching this point of the game in 12 hours is hard enough, but it’s even more difficult on some ports of Final Fantasy IX. There are tricks to spoof the in-game clock to make it easier, but regardless, this hidden achievement almost requires a guide to help players achieve this weapon accomplishment.
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