Weekly /r/FinalFantasy Question Thread – Week of April 12, 2021

1 : Anonymous2021/04/12 17:00 ID: mpi5kp
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2 : Anonymous2021/04/13 04:49 ID: guc7jnn

I know there is no official art or promotional material for Spirits Within depicting it with traditional Final Fantasy logo art, and in the traditional Final Fantasy text font, but has anyone ever come across some fan art like this? I would very much like to see something of that sorts.

3 : Anonymous2021/04/13 09:11 ID: gucp08h

Damn guys, I'm having some difficulties with the last boss of FF1. I've tried to beat him multiple times already with all characters just under lvl 60 and with the best gear, to no avail. My setup is knight-red wizard- monk- monk. My problem is that my damage output is quite low, but the biggest problem is that my red wizard can only use curaga and he can't keep up with the damage from the boss. Currently I'm leveling them even more, hopefully that will help. Do you have any suggestions?

ID: gudey0x

Using buffs will help a lot. If you have the Giants Glove you can use it to cast Saber so your Knight and Monks can do damage. If you don't have the Giants Glove then you can use the Red Wizards Temper spell. It can be bought in Pravoka if you don't have it.

On the defensive side you have Haste, Protera, and Invisira. Unfortunately you can't use NullAll as it is exclusive to the White Wizard so you're going to have to settle for NullDeath to protect against instant death & paralysis and possibly NullBlaze Etc to protect against his elemental attacks. Finally you should equip any Ribbons if you have them.

ID: gudd1oz

Do you have the giant’s gloves? Have your knight and monks use them as an item to cast saber on themselves and boost their damage output. Haste would also help but I can’t remember if the red wizard has access to the spell.

ID: gueex1f

If you're playing GBA / PSP / mobile, it might be worth your while to farm elixirs from Death Eyes in the last dungeon so your attackers can use them during battle when things get tough while you devote RW to buffing/healing.

You may also want to consider traveling back to the Desert Caravan to buy all the boost potions so your knight and masters can buff each other while RW is on standby healing duty. They're 1000-1500 gil each. I'm not sure which ones stack, so you might want to save and test how much can stack before finalizing your inventory. But at least 1 of each for 3 of your main attackers (6000 gil each).

4 : Anonymous2021/04/14 00:13 ID: gufkpst

Are story related questions allowed here? I got something about it FF7 I was hoping to get clarified.

ID: gufq93i

Yes, but you should spoiler tag your questions or they will likely be removed.

5 : Anonymous2021/04/15 09:08 ID: gul46px

For anyone interested, the FF7 Remake concert in London (Royal Albert Hall) just went on sale:

Looks like there's already a queue though.

6 : Anonymous2021/04/18 01:03 ID: gux6xda

I just started FF XII The Zodiac Age and I don't really understand the license boards. I picked the black mage job thing for vaan and I used the points to unlock stuff, but I don't know how to actually use that stuff. For example I unlocked poach, but I don't know where to find it in the battle menu. Could someone explain it?

ID: gux989m

The license board allows you to use those abilities, but you still need to acquire them before you can actually use them. Try checking the magick and technick shops for them. However, some of them can only be obtained from chests or as rewards.

7 : Anonymous2021/04/18 09:09 ID: guyabyn

I beat FFX about a year ago and figured it was time to get around to FFX-2. I am enjoying it so far and figured I'll look up if it has any missables to keep an eye out. Imagine my surprise that I finished the prologue and I'm already missing things. I like to play games without guides but it seems it's almost required for FFX-2? Would I be missing much story, which ultimately is what I care for more if I don't?

ID: guyh63u

Getting 100% in a single playthrough of X-2 is really difficult. It's easy to miss something even if following a guide. So yes, to do everything a guide is absolutely required.

It also has different endings based on what your percentage is plus some other requirements. There's a normal ending, a good ending which builds on that, and a perfect ending which adds an extra scene.

100% is required for the "perfect" ending, but you don't have to do it in a single playthrough. There's a point in the game where you can choose between two factions, so if you play a second time you can pick up some more percentage points by picking the other faction.

Just try to do as many sidequests as you can when they come up and you should at least be able to get the "good" ending. Like I said, the perfect ending just adds an extra scene so it's not substantially different to the good ending. You can always just watch it on youtube if you don't feel like playing the game again to do the things you missed.

8 : Anonymous2021/04/12 17:46 ID: gua0yqt

I've looked through the "Where should I start" page and looked at different rankings of FF in other places and I'm still overwhelmed with the possibilities. I wanted to see if there is an entry in the FF games that is somewhat similar to Dragon Quest XI? I've gotten through a decent amount of the game so far and I am already looking into more from the series, but I also thought about giving FF a try. As of right now, I think I am stuck between FFVI and FFX. I would love any advice people can offer on what may be a good decision or what aspects of your favorite title may align with DQ?

ID: gubglgu

I personally highly recommend FFX, which is maybe the closest the Final Fantasy series has ever gotten to Dragon Quest, though even here there's some big differences, in Dragon Quest XI, speed only decides turn order, so the fastest (and coolest) character may act first, but he still has to wait for every single other character and monster to act before he can act again, no matter how slow the slowest character or monster is.

In FFX's Conditional Turn Based System, not only can you see exactly whose turns are coming up in the UI, but a single character or monster is totally capable of getting two turns back to back, and character-turns can even shift back and forth based on what action is currently highlighted by your selection, using an item and guarding for example are actions that delay your character's next turn less than usual, meaning you may be able to act sooner after using them, casting the spell "Haste" which is essentially "Accelerate" will similarly lead to more turns, though "the action of casting Haste" has a longer delay than usual, so the first turn after self-casting Haste tends to look very similar to a turn spent just attacking, which has no delay modification whatsoever.

Other FF-titles I would not recommend if you are looking for titles similarly to DQXI, Pre-X's "Active Time Battle", which was last seen heavily modified in FFX-2 and FF12's "Active Dimension Battle" can become downright chaotic at times, at the very least compared to DQ XI's or FFX's "more comfy" battle systems.

Active Time Battle (Final Fantasy prior to X) features a gauge that shows the progress towards getting a turn in the UI (called ATB or ATB-Gauge) that fills over time, once a character's ATB-Gauge is filled, their action can be selected, while the same happens for the enemy, though the enemy's ATB-Gauge is hidden from sight, it tends to work the exact same way, there's some fringe cases where the enemy breaks rules, like Final Fantasy IX's superboss Ozma whose ATB fills to 100%-1 whenever you are capable of selecting a character's action, meaning if you don't select your actions quickly while he's performing his, he's just gonna spam his moves down your throat.

Moves are queued based on when they were selected, if two characters have a full ATB-Gauge, then an enemy whose ATB-Gauge ends up being full just before you select an action for the second character will result in your first character acting, then the enemy, then the second character, Final Fantasy X-2 takes this system up to 11 (or 10-2, rather) with actions being capable of being performed simultaneously and ATB-Gauges being capable of being slowed when attacks connect.

ID: gua9835

Maybe try IX. All the main FF games up to X are turn based like DQ, but IX in particular has a more whimsical style like DQ does.

9 : Anonymous2021/04/13 22:10 ID: guf6bjb

Had a question

I'd like to play ff4 but I don't really know the best way to play because im split, the Nintendo ds version seems to be the best single version with the most added content, however the PSP version has the two sequel entries, my question is does the PSP have all the meaningful added content in it to just say "okay just play the psp version" or should I play the ds version and then pop over to the psp version to play interlude and after years after?

ID: gug5nrk

The difference between the two versions isn't as simple as saying that the DS version has more content. The PSP version and DS versions each have different bonus dungeons, so you have to play both in order to see all the content. The PSP version allows you to include all the main characters at the end of the game whereas the DS version updates the ability system so that characters can learn new abilities. The DS version is also more challenging. You could argue that these are two different games that follow a similar story.

Ideally, the best thing to do would be to play both. However, if you don't want to go that route, I would recommend the PSP version first. This is partly because it's based on the original version of the game (and therefore more in line with what the original developers intended) and partly because it will be more similar to the two sequels. If you ever decide to replay it, you can then go with the DS version and see what's different in it.

10 : Anonymous2021/04/14 21:55 ID: gujdd00

Is ff16 multiplayer based?

ID: guk5c45

No. It'll be a singleplayer game, though it's possible (but unconfirmed) it could have some multiplayer aspects similar to XV's Comrades

11 : Anonymous2021/04/12 17:50 ID: gua1inz

So I just got to fishermans horizon In FF8 and Squall is like 5 levels over the rest of my party. Ive heard the game scales to squalls level so some of the boss fights have taken a bit longer than usual. I was wondering If theres ever a moment squall isnt in the party So i cancatch everyone else back up. Also should I be turning bosses into cards? Im not planning on playing triple triad but i dont want to be crazy over leveled

ID: guaivqx

IF you want to level everyone but Squall up...you can just kill him. He won't get XP when dead...but I''m pretty sure enemies scales to the average party level, so leveling up other characters would bring the average up. Also you can't Card bosses.

ID: guq28jk

Bosses don't give experience in VIII. So you don't have to worry about that.

12 : Anonymous2021/04/13 09:04 ID: gucomff

Hi. So I have finished 7 Remake and i want to start the original. I don't like turn based combat and generally i am not good at it. So my first question is, how hard is it?

I also heard that you can quickly get under levelled. So we we have to grind? If that's true, how grindy is it?

ID: gucorlu

As far as I can remember the grinding is not too bad. It's also not too hard, definitely worth to play, let me know how you like it after you've started.

ID: gucy6n6

If you're decent at turn based games you aren't gonna be underleveled in VII. If you want a bit of extra boost at some point, you can go grind for a bit, but it's not normally even needed.

13 : Anonymous2021/04/14 12:35 ID: guhb8cn

Having just finished the first draft of my write-up on FF2, I'm currently doing my research on Final Fantasy III's development history in the lead up to my first playthrough. I'm not going to lie, FF3 feels intimidating, and the lack of information on inspiration and development aren't helping.

Is there anything I should know going into FF3? Any missable stuff or bonus content? Any tips to help make the journey more comfortable? I'm playing the Famicom version.

No spoilers, please.

ID: guj4ogh

Glad to hear you're playing the famicom version. In my opinion it's the most difficult Final Fantasy game ever made. The last section of the game is one of (if not the most) brutal stretches you can experience in any RPG. I no longer complain about grinding levels because of my experience with the original version of FF3. It's also one of my favorite NES games. It's a really big game - much more expansive than FF1 and FF2.

Some non-spoiler tips:

The maps are big and you will get lost. There's a couple of ways in-game to deal with this though.

You cannot over-grind in this game. If you think you need to level up then you probably do. If you think your level is high enough then you probably need to grind more.

There are a few boss fights where a specific job setup is either necessary or extremely difficult otherwise. The game provides hints leading up to these moments, so be sure to speak with everybody.

Yes there are missable secrets so be sure to do a lot of exploring including underwater. The best secrets in this game are at the end of some very difficult dungeons, so be prepared. The lack of any save points in certain areas can be tricky as well.

At one point, FF3 was going to get a WonderSwan remake like FF1, 2 and 4 did. Unfortunately due to the crazy number of sprites in FF3, the game itself wouldn't actually fit on a wonderswan cartridge. Meaning that FF3 is actually larger than FF4 if you give them both 16-bit graphics.

Strongly suggest playing the game with the new ChaosRush translation. It's the best.

Here's your Get Out of Jail Free card. Try not to use this if you can help it. Here's a video showing how it works.

The Onion Knights in the original game are NOT useless. If you level them up enough, they'll eventually become the strongest job available. Give a high-level Onion Knight a bunch of Onion equipment and they basically turn into gods.

FF7 was heavily influenced by aspects of FF3. Certain characters, locations and themes directly inspired the development of FF7. Chrono Trigger has a big influence as well.

It is absolutely possible to kill Nepto.

This is a pretty good walkthrough if you want to be sure you're not missing anything.

That's probably enough. Have fun!

14 : Anonymous2021/04/15 16:08 ID: guma4i6

How does FFXV perform on PC? I've heard mixed opinions and many people especially on Steam claim that it stutters quite a lot even on beefy rigs

ID: gutdpua

It depends on your hardware specs. Youtube

[CPU] [GPU] [ffxv] benchmarks

to get a good idea how your system will perform. If you want a more accurate test, download the free demo and benchmark it:

15 : Anonymous2021/04/16 01:50 ID: guodefc

Hello all! I am launching and playing X for the first time, remastered port on steam. The game itself does not recognize ANY inputs for my wireless xbox one controller, but the launcher does. I have tried everything I can think of to no avail. Has anyone else had this problem and what can be done to fix it?

ID: gutdhc1

Check Steam controller config settings. Ensure it's set to Xbox controller and not gamepad. If that doesn't work, update your bluetooth drivers or use a USB cable.

16 : Anonymous2021/04/16 03:32 ID: guoomfc

Is Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac age as good of a game to start with as the original XII? I'm asking cuz I wanted to start with either X or XII as everyone was saying but The Zodiac Age version of XII is the only one on Xbox Gamepass right now.

ID: guora2u

The general opinion around here is that TZA is a straight improvement over the original and is the definitive way to play XII. There's really not any reason to play the original over TZA.

17 : Anonymous2021/04/16 05:31 ID: guoz76o

Why does Vaan drink out of a bag on the Congratulations screen when I beat a boss? I have him using a katana so I’m wondering if it’s some manner of samurai cultural reference, given that Auron in FFX had his large bottles.

ID: gup0aei

Most characters also have generic animations that don't use their weapons regardless of which weapon they currently have equipped, a few that I know off the top of my head include...

Vaan throwing an apple in the air, catching it, then taking a bite out of it.
Balthier adjusting his sleeves and shirt, then posing with his arms on his belt.

The one with the drinking bag is not related to the Katana.

18 : Anonymous2021/04/16 06:32 ID: gup3og7

In FFX2 can you play sphere break outside of the tourney? Or is it just a one time thing?

ID: gupfuv4

You can, yeah. All the players are at the two hallways that lead to the locker rooms at the stadium in Luca

19 : Anonymous2021/04/16 09:07 ID: gupdrx2


ID: gurb416


ID: gupfm61

What do you need items for? If Yuna is levelled up, she should have plenty of healing spells to keep you alive.

Anyway, I think the nearest merchant is Wantz(Oakka's cousin) part-way up Mt. Gagazet. It's a bit of a walk from where you are, but there's no closer alternatives if you want to get items

20 : Anonymous2021/04/17 05:30 ID: gut7m5w

On FF6, I just gotten to the part where you can fly the flying ship(Seltzer’s ship) yourself. Is there a best party to choose now? Or should I try to level all of the characters up evenly and spread the playtime amongst all of them? Or should I choose a specific four and stick with them?

ID: gut8waw

In later dungeons, you have to split your roster in three different teams. So it helps immensely to ensure 12 of them are sufficiently developed.

ID: guyxuzh

If you haven't progressed the story yet, make sure you pop over to Tzen - there's a thief in the woods in the upper right that sells an esper that's the best source of healing spells for most of the game.

BlackRiot is correct about making sure your roster is balanced, because you'll have to use all your characters. If you want some more focused advice - Make sure Setzer, Sabin and Edgar know at least a couple of spells, because you'll be forced to use them at one point.

21 : Anonymous2021/04/18 00:57 ID: gux640t

is there a way to change party members in FF4? i'm at the final dungeon, just before the last boss and i know Rydia is with me, but she isnt in the party. im playing the Steam version

ID: guyhb9v

Not in the Steam version, unless there are mods for it.

You could switch party members at that point in the GBA and PSP versions, but not in the 3D remake. Which is a shame because it really feels like you should be able to.

22 : Anonymous2021/04/18 13:50 ID: guyv9fq

How do I go back to Junon from Cosmo Canyon? I am wandering around aimlessly in a jungle-like place and I just keep having monsters ambush me anywhere. I forgot to collect the enemy skill materia at Shinra building and i feel like restarting the whole game

ID: gv0w3la

You go back to Costa Del Sol and talk to one of the sailors at the docks. You have to pay a small amount but then you can take a boat back to Junon.

23 : Anonymous2021/04/19 05:17 ID: gv1t12j

I’m torn between 5 and 6 so I figured I’d ask Reddit! I’m an old fart and remember the day my dad purchased FF1 and ever since I’ve been an originalist, meaning I like my healers in white robes! Needless to say I wasn’t a fan of 12 but thankfully 7 had a story that helped me overlook my healer having a sword!

With that being said I’ve never played 5 or 6 and I need a new game for my phone. I know both are beloved of the series but does either stand out for my preference of standard characte

/jobs? Good story line?

25 : Anonymous2021/04/14 10:38 ID: guh1cjq

Why don't PS+ users get the FF7r upgrade?

26 : Anonymous2021/04/14 19:29 ID: guitt1y

Getting a major game for free less than year after release is a pretty sweet deal, and they wouldn't do it if there wasn't a way to make some money off it. In this case they're expanding the fanbase by giving it out for free to people, and keeping fans who already bought it happy with the free upgrade and make some money from the people buying it based on the free game along the way.

27 : Anonymous2021/04/16 13:56 ID: guq3k1k

Why is Lulu... dressed the way she is?

She seems to be a walking manifestation of big titty goth gf with no real reason as to the culture that spawned her.

28 : Anonymous2021/04/16 18:56 ID: gur8qba

I don't need to know why. I just need more characters like her.

And Paine. Paine is too godlike.

29 : Anonymous2021/04/17 00:35 ID: gusefkb

There isn't an explanation in game, so I just choose to believe it is a counter-culture fashion statement. Much like it is in the real world.

30 : Anonymous2021/04/16 22:35 ID: gus0v2p

Her designer was a dude who has a strange affinity for buckles and belts in his character art. Most of the clothing in FF games is pretty questionable, but I also remember 10 being especially bad in that regard, as your party of a woman in a bondage dress, a teenager in short-shorts and a guy in whatever the eff this is would face off against the world's most horrible summoned beasts.

31 : Anonymous2021/04/17 06:49 ID: gutdd82

Watsonian: summoners and their guardians can wear whatever they please given [game spoilers] how the entire populace knows they'll all die fighting Sin. Case in point: Dona.

Doylist: Nomura used her design to modernize black mages. As we know, it succeeded. He also threw on a lot of belts on her to challenge the visual programmers and graphic designers to challenge the PS2 platform and their attention to consistency:

32 : Anonymous2021/04/13 04:43 ID: guc6yjv

If you already have Final Fantasy VII remake for PS4 do you have to buy it again to play the new Intergrade with Yuffie on PS5?

33 : Anonymous2021/04/13 09:09 ID: gucow4v

If you bought it on PS4, if it didn't come free from plus, you will get the free upgrade on PS5. But, you will need to pay for Yuffie DLC. We don't know how much that will cost but you don't need to pay full price for Intergrade.

If you got Remake from PS Plus, you will need to pay for Intergrade. And when you get it, Yuffie DLC will be included in it.

Summary: Paid on PS4 ---> Free Upgrade But Need To Buy Yuffie DLC

PS Plus ---> No Free Upgrade, No Yuffie, Need to Pay Full Price to Get Intergrade, That Will Include Yuffie DLC

34 : Anonymous2021/04/19 05:08 ID: gv1sbj8

List your questions here and people will answer it.


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