Weekly /r/FinalFantasy Question Thread – Week of May 10, 2021

1 : Anonymous2021/05/10 17:00 ID: n9a3hf
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2 : Anonymous2021/05/13 11:23 ID: gxyrsqk

Will the 'Which version you should play' guide be updated? It doesn't mention VIII remastered or how the Zodiac Age versions for PS4/Xbox/Steam now have the previously Switch exclusive features

3 : Anonymous2021/05/11 05:23 ID: gxp4kni

Zodiac Age, Type 0, or original FF7? Just beat FF7R and FFXV. Open to other suggestions as well obvi

ID: gxpfonk

idk what u like but my favourite of those was FFVII. i would say it has better story and characters than XII by quite a long way and the battle system is great. there's loads and loads to do in that game and its all pretty engaging. XII was my first ff and i love it. it has a really cool world thats fun to explore, lots and lots of side quests and hunts, also not lacking in things to do. but the battle system is pretty auto-fighty. can speak on type 0 as i gave up like five minutes in. wasnt for me.

4 : Anonymous2021/05/12 06:07 ID: gxtootl

What is the best way to use the barehanded ability in FF5? I'm just outside the North Mountain, and this ability seems pretty strong, it looks like I can slap it on any of the available jobs at this point - Knight, Thief, the mages - without any regard for each of their available weapons and quickly finish each battle. But is this truly a good idea? Or is it better to use their specialized weapons?

I'm playing the SNES version if it matters.

ID: gxurxyq

That’s perfectly viable as far as I know, though if your mages and other squishy jobs start dropping quickly you might consider slapping some shields on them as applicable. I use it quite a bit too, only swapping it out when there are other ability combinations I want to try out. It’s really nice once you get the ninja job too since it has inherent dual wield.

ID: gxyjq9b

It's a crutch ability that's great for the early game, but gets left behind eventually as it scales linearly while other damage formulas scale quadratically. But if you have it right now, no reason to not use it!

5 : Anonymous2021/05/13 14:39 ID: gxzdt16

I recently received a PS3 that has FF:VII and FF:IX on it. I started both and am just a couple hours in on each, but I want to pick one to play first so that I'm not playing them simultaneously. The only other FF's I've played is III on the DS, VI on the SNES classic, and the mmo when stormblood came out for a little while (I also tried XIII, the characters were a bit too cringe for my taste though so I never finished it).

Is there any reason to play VII for continuity purposes? I'm not sure if the games are tied in together story-wise. I will say though that IX letting me use a control stick and having a much clearer UI and controls is already selling me.

ID: gy015ks

All the games in the main series are independent of one another with separate worlds, characters, and stories, so VII and IX won't be tied together. Both of them are excellent games, often considered among the best in the series, so you can't go wrong with either one. If you're already liking IX more, you might want to stick with it, but I would suggest going back to VII when you're done.

6 : Anonymous2021/05/15 18:59 ID: gy8s7sl

How long are disc 2 and 3 for FFVII? I just finished disc 1 and am taking a little break, and I'm at ~22 hours. I see the average playtime according to howlongtobeat is 35ish. Is disc 2/3 really short compared to 1 or am I just a bit slower than average?

ID: gy96mlh

Disc 2 is about the same length as Disc 1. disc 3 is very short, it's just the final dungeon and some side content.

7 : Anonymous2021/05/15 20:39 ID: gy944h5

Does anyone know why both

and are private?

ID: gy9ctrr

I don't know, but

is the main XIV subreddit

8 : Anonymous2021/05/16 03:40 ID: gyadbca

Should I play the original FF7? I'm loving the remake so far but I know it's not the full story. Is it worth it just playing the original to see everything, or should I wait till the remake is caught up?

ID: gyamrgp

it is recommended since some of the changes in the remake has let many to believe that the remake may change the original story, some people even believe that the remake is actually somesort of sequel set in another timeline, that's how crazy some of changes are.

and even if the game does not change the story, there are going to be a lot of spoiler floating around.

9 : Anonymous2021/05/13 13:29 ID: gxz4py0

Can anyone confirm if FF7 Remake coming to steam/PC?

ID: gy01i35

No ports for FF7R have been confirmed. Based on Square Enix's treatment of past games in the series, it's highly likely that it will be ported to PC at some point, but until the company makes an announcement, the timing of that port is pure speculation. I would not count on one coming within the next year.

10 : Anonymous2021/05/16 09:00 ID: gyb1gv4

I’m new to the saga and I would like to try one of these games. I’ve Xbox game pass, so I have access to: VII, VIII, IX, X-X2, XII. Where should I start? Is one of these more “noob-friendly”? I’ve never played a FF

ID: gybuywc

All of those except VIII are generally quite noob-friendly. Best overview of what the series generally is would probably be X, and it's quite accessible thanks to voice acting and decent graphics. I personally wouldn't start with XII either if you want a traditional FF, it is a very different entry in the series (most post X are). However if any one of them seems especially interesting to you, go for that one, otherwise you can start with X. It's worth a note that it's generally not recommended to play X-2 directly after X as it's quite different and people usually don't like playing those two back to back, but it's up to you.

11 : Anonymous2021/05/10 17:33 ID: gxmqqmo

FFIX (spoiler i guess)

Probably the dumbest question here, just started IX after not playing for more than 10 years.

So I early in the game, the ship just crashed and Garnet kidnapped by a monster. I need to ask Steiner and Vivi to join me to rescue her, but I can't for the life of me find Steiner on the ship. I know he's in a room somewhere, I just don't know where. Already spent about an hour looking.

ID: gxn45a6

Just started replaying yesterday! Steiner is in the middle area in a room to the left. Vivi being in the bottom area and Baku on the top. Hope that helps!

12 : Anonymous2021/05/10 23:35 ID: gxo3pmh

Do any of you have any recommendations for Final Fantasy art books?

ID: gxvn7fa

The Sky

13 : Anonymous2021/05/11 06:00 ID: gxp7dzv

I'm playing Final Fantasy IX and I'm in Oeilvert. I'm standing right on top of a Chocobo track (tired from encounters!!!) and I can't find or call on a chocobo... I keep pressing on my Ghysal Greens but nothing. Anybody can help. 2 days on this area already *sob*

ID: gxpeh3l

Odd, it should work just fine. Without the chocobo though, you can look up a map and it's not that huge of a trek. Probably takes me like 10-15 mins on most playthroughs.

14 : Anonymous2021/05/11 08:08 ID: gxpg2lm

hiii 🙂 quick question about tonberry king GF in VIII. I just got the mobile balamb garden and a guide told me i could find this GF if i went into the dungeon and killed 20 tonberries in a row. First try i got killed by the first one, second i killed one and then got kicked out because of the time limit!!! hello??? difficult much?????

so my question is, do i have to kill them all within the time limit??? because thats literally never gonna happen. or, can i just cumulatively kill 20, exiting the dungeon to save after each one? TIA, also let me know if u think i should spoiler tag this more or whatever

ID: gxpkrl0

You can go through the ruins and finish the other thing to do there to get rid of the time limit. I'm pretty sure you can leave between kills too.

ID: gxpvlrt

The tonberries only attack on their own after 5 steps - before that, they'll just counter. They're immune to most instant death stuff, but not to Meltdown or Gravity attacks (Diablos, Demi, etc.). It also helps if you keep Irvine with AP Ammo or Squall with Lionheart at low health, and use their limits after a Meltdown cast. (You can Mug the tonberries for Chef's Knives, which can then refine into AP Ammo if you need it.)

The king can show up after you kill 18 tonberries, so, you might want to leave and save after killing that many, so you don't have to do it again in case you die against the king. Also, if you're at level 30 or above, the king has Full-Life magic that you can draw - You should try to draw as much of it as you can.

15 : Anonymous2021/05/11 15:28 ID: gxqmd1b

Can anyone tell me roughly how far through FFVII I am? I'm at 12 hours and have hit the part where Barrett kills a bunch of people in the golden saucer and we get thrown in the prison town I know I'm not that far, but I'm really enjoying it and want to know about how much more I have to look forward to.

ID: gxqvfob

You’re still in a quite early part of the main story. I’d say about 35% maybe.

ID: gxqn7pk

It's hard to put an exact percentage on it, since plenty of stuff in the latter discs is optional, but maybe about 25 to 33 percent? Looking at one of the FAQs for the game, the prison is section 14 out of 41. You still have quite a few significant story beats to hit, though.

16 : Anonymous2021/05/12 07:16 ID: gxttmm5

Are there any missable important items or recruitable characters in FFVI? The only FF games I've played are X and 7R and I don't think they had any of those, that I knew of at least. Planning on trying the GBA version, if that matters, and just felt like asking since I know that older games tend to have those things.

ID: gxvyx0e

Wait for Shadow.

You'll know what I mean when it happens.

ID: gxu18qf

There's a few recruitable characters. Only 1 is missable. Doing my best to not spoil anything but at some point you're going to be on a timer to run back to an airship. You'll get to a point where you need to jump down a whole and it asks you to confirm you want to do that. Don't, say no and just wait. Eventually something will happen and THEN you can go. If you go before that the character will be missed.

For missable rages (abilities for a character) I'd suggest googling it as it'd be quite a guide to type out.

For equipment. There's technically a bunch. For example you can miss out on bandana as you can't buy it later after a specific event in the game. However it's a low end shop purchased hat. You won't miss it. GBA version makes a ton of things missable.
I don't think playing normally though you'll miss anything too much. Except the character I mentioned, do that.

ID: gxub7iw

It's not a gamebreaking thing, but - Treasure chests in the Narshe caves and the cave to South Figaro "morph" after the game's first half. In particular, one in Narshe changes from a "meh" weapon to a Ribbon, one of the game's best relics. So, just don't open the chests in those two places, and you'll be fine.

17 : Anonymous2021/05/12 12:04 ID: gxudt4n

Should I play FF7 Part 1/2 first or FF15?

ID: gxuf5a6


18 : Anonymous2021/05/12 21:00 ID: gxwgdco

Hey I recently started playing FF1 on the PlayStation because my dad always played it when I was a kid. Anyway, I am stuck on the Ice Cave. I have died 3 times in there and I haven’t broken anything yet (Yay me) but it has come close. I seem to run into the Dark Wizards and the MindFlayers that absolutely destroy me no matter what my level is. I’m level 19 and my Party is: Warrior, Thief, Black Belt and Red Mage (I’m starting to think I made a mistake with choosing a thief) but no matter what I do I am forever stuck in a endless loop of death

ID: gy0qfgq

Oof - yeah, the thief isn't great, but the good thing about FF1 is that all party combinations are viable. For where you're at, level 19 is a little bit low IIRC, but doable. Also, that dungeon unlocks the airship, which significantly opens the game up, so it's not the worst thing to tough through it. A couple logistical things:

- Make sure the Black Belt is using his bare hands. That'll significantly increase the amount of damage he's doing.

- Don't rely on the Red Mage for healing. The best defense in FF1 is a good offense. If he has Fast, you want to use that for bosses, otherwise, you want to save his magic for the large mobs (5 to 9 enemies) that you run into.

- When it comes to healing, use potions, and try to top off between battles. Since (eventually) gold isn't much of an issue, there isn't much harm in using tons of potions.

- The "Run" command in FF1 usually isn't super effective... but if you're left with *just* the Warrior, he's tank-y enough that it can be useful. The boss at the end of the Ice Cave isn't as tough as an elemental fiend, so your Warrior might be able to solo it.

19 : Anonymous2021/05/13 00:25 ID: gxx6v76

I've been playing ever FF in numbered order, mostly so I can say I did it, but also to experience how FF storytelling evolved through the years. Should I include the sequels, like The After Years, Dirge of Cerberus, or X-2? And if yes, should I play them immediately after their respective predecessors, or strictly follow release order?

ID: gxyy4r0

Don't forget XII had a sequel on DS called Revenant Wings. Everyone forgets that one.

But anyway, I would reccomend you do it in release order. You run the risk of burning put if you play them back to back, especially IV After Years. That sequel was made way after the fact and retreads a lot of the same areas because it was designed to be nostalgic. If you just got done playing through those areas then it can get repetitive.

That said, I played After Years directly after the first time I played IV and it wasn't too terrible, but I have a huge tolerance for repetitiveness. So if you don't mind that kind of thing then go ahead and play them immediately after.

20 : Anonymous2021/05/13 17:32 ID: gy02b2b

Is it true that when playing Final Fantasy 2 on the disc version of Final Fantasy Origins, the game glitches out and is unplayable on the ps3? Currently playing 1 on origins on my ps3 and plan to play 2 next, but id hate to get 10+ hours in and have it glitch out on me.

21 : Anonymous2021/05/13 19:19 ID: gy0hzmn

As I would like to start playing the Final Fantasy series in release order on PS3, I looked for PSone classics of Final Fantasy 1 and 2 on the PSN store (europe). Unfortunately there are only PSP/PSVita versions of these two games.

Can I still play them on my PS3 or do I need to play them on my PSP? Thanks in advance for your help

ID: gy2z7eg

Is Final Fantasy Origins not on the PS Store anymore? That's what the PS1 bundle for 1 and 2 is called.

And you do need to play the PSP versions on PSP or Vita. They're also on mobile, I believe

22 : Anonymous2021/05/14 01:10 ID: gy1qaex

Am I over leveled? I'm close to mid 30s in FF7 OG and at where you first go to the golden saucer

ID: gy1unij

A little bit - You can beat the game in the 60s pretty easily, and you're not at the game's halfway point. However, FF7 OG isn't a particularly difficult game anyway, since by mid-game you can get access to powerful summons, good enemy skills and level three materia.

ID: gy3f5ib

I usually get to the Gold Saucer around Lv. 17/18, but I don't really grind anymore in the game. I do remember being way overleveled on my first playthrough though. Good times.

23 : Anonymous2021/05/14 04:26 ID: gy2b4pv

Looking for a spot of help with the World of Ruin section of FF6.. I didn’t know that the white dress was so optimal for Terra and Celes, so I missed it. Is there any way at all for me to get them now? If not, what would be the next best thing for them?

ID: gy3yis9

I mean, it's fine, but it's not a great piece of equipment - Terra and Celes will be in Minerva armor by the end of the game, and Relm can use a Behemoth Suit, so you're not missing much. If you're in the WoR, you can't buy it.

For FF6, more important than raw defense is the resistances that an armor gives you. As a result, Gaia Gear is boring, but everyone can equip it, and it absorbs Earth. Not many enemies use Earth, but still, it's perfectly reasonable armor to use deep into the WoR, until you find specialty armor for most people. (Minerva, Red Jacket for Sabin and Edgar, Genji Armor for other folks, etc.) Likewise, Green Berets and Bard Hats are boring, but depending on the version you're playing, the +10 they give to Evade or Magic Evade is more useful than a couple points of defense from other helmets.

24 : Anonymous2021/05/14 07:24 ID: gy2ovuv

How hard is it to pull of Zanmato on Braska’s final Aeon?

26 : Anonymous2021/05/14 17:09 ID: gy4d0vz

Which FF game/games should I play if I never played it before and want to get into FFXIV. I am not sure if there are any that are connected to the mmo story, as I have heard before that FF games are rather standalone with their own story and world. Maybe you could suggest me some numbers to dive in? Cheers!

27 : Anonymous2021/05/14 17:41 ID: gy4hf79

If you're mainly interested in XIV, you should just start playing XIV. There's loads of little references and characters named after other characters, but you don't need to know any of that going in since the games are indeed standalone.

That said, if you do want to experience other games in the series, IX, VII and X are commonly suggested for newcomers. XII is also very good

28 : Anonymous2021/05/14 19:53 ID: gy4zhh8

any news or rumors of a FFXIII remaster?

29 : Anonymous2021/05/15 14:25 ID: gy7u72a


30 : Anonymous2021/05/15 16:08 ID: gy86v2z

Is there any new news on 16? I recall there was going to be an update in 2021, just not sure when.

31 : Anonymous2021/05/15 23:57 ID: gy9qiay

the best we can hope is after FF7R intergrade.

32 : Anonymous2021/05/15 16:12 ID: gy87b3a

I only recently got into Final Fantasy and I just beat Final Fantasy 4 and I loved every second of it. I got Final Fantasy 5 but I'm confused on how the auto battle system works in this game compared to Final Fantasy 4. In Final Fantasy 4 I could give each character a command and they would spam that one command until they died or ran out of MP. In Final Fantasy 5 they seem to just take the attack action every time. Is there a way to customize what each character does when auto battling in Final Fantasy 5?

33 : Anonymous2021/05/15 16:24 ID: gy88upg


34 : Anonymous2021/05/15 22:20 ID: gy9fq8j

I just bought FF10 but I don’t know what to pick between Standard vs Expert Sphere Grid?

35 : Anonymous2021/05/15 23:08 ID: gy9l0bj

For first playthrough standard is always a good choice. Expert gives you flexibility earlier (characters aren't locked into their roles), but you need a plan for your characters to make it work. Standard also has more total nodes = more lategame power and also is just as flexible lategame if you want to do the optional stuff.

36 : Anonymous2021/05/16 02:20 ID: gya5kxo

In FFV does the knight(and by extension the freelancer with knight mastered) naturally have the 2 handed ability or do I have to actively equip it.

37 : Anonymous2021/05/16 03:13 ID: gyaarfg

Knights only have !Guard and Cover innately, any other ability gained by ABP needs to be equipped in an Ability Slot for it to become active.

Freelancers only learn !Guard and Cover as innate abilities once the Knight is mastered, alongside all positive, but none of the negative stat increases that are normally given to characters that select the Knight job.

That is unless another mastered job already provides a bigger stat-increase to the Freelancer, for this purpose if you master a Monk first, then the mastering of a Knight will as a result not give the Freelancer any stat-changes whatsoever, because the Monk has better positive stats than the Knight and has already provided those to the Freelancer job.

You can check if 2-Handed is active anytime by equipping any weapon that is labelled to support it in its description, if such a weapon is equipped while 2-Handed is active, then the weapon will automatically occupy the space of both Hands in the equipment screen, whereas normally it would only occupy one and the other would be empty.


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