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Okay, guys. This is it. THIS IS IT.
THIS IS... well, almost the end. We still have about one more update to go. BUT WE'RE ALMOST THERE MAN WE'RE SO CLOSE.

When we last left off we got Bahamut, ran around inside the Giant of Bab-il, fought the Four Fiends again, blew up the Giant, found out that Golbez is Cecil's brother, got Kain back, and went back to the Moon. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Previous episodes






Before I went back to Lunar's Lair, I zipped on back to Kokkol's.




And this is why! Kokkol's now has a shop, where you can buy a whopping three items. I recommend you stock up on Ninja stars (expensive, but totally worth it later), and buy some Samurai arrows for Rosa (second strongest of all the arrows).



Oh yeah, one difference between the original and the GBA version: in the GBA version, you can go here before you go to the final dungeon and choose who to take with you (I think there maaaaay be a cutscene introducing this feature, but I can't remember). You can ALSO go to this one place -- I think where Mt. Ordeals is -- called the Cave of Trials, where you can fight these different monsters and get everyone's ultimate weapons and such. It was pretty cool, if a little tedious -- I remember having to switch my party members around, go to the Cave of Trials, go back, switch my party around AGAIN, go back, get the remaining weapons... I think I may have messed up at some point and had to make the trip, like, several times :B durrhurr




NOT IN THIS VERSION, BUCKO





"It MIGHT be, anyway, I don't really know. I mean, I guess."




D'aawwwww.





I'LL VISIT YOU EVERY DAY




Anyway, NOW go back to the Moon :B And go back through the LUNAR PATH AFKGJDG




Shot of the outside of the castle, since I apparently didn't get a pic of this before. duhhh



O HAY, A DOOR




Chattin' with the crystals.



AND WHAT AWESOME WEAPONS THEY ARE








maybe because this place is huge and annoying grr argh



Anyway, enough of that.










It actually does this little flash every time the colors change, but I didn't always get it. lol






















And here we are! That little sequence is pretty intense when you first do it, but once you do it several more times it sort of loses its charm :B

Anyway, some of the enemies here have a chance of dropping rare items. It's not likely, but you have a chance. LEMME MAKE YOU A LIST

Behemoth -- Power Robe
Blue D. -- Dragon Whip, Dragoon Spear
Evil Mask -- Glass Helmet
FatalEye -- Protect Ring
Kary -- Atemis Arrows, Heroine Robe, Artemis Bow
Pink Puff -- Pink Tail (more on this later)
Red D. -- Dragoon Spear, Crystal Ring
RedGiant -- Rune Axe
Warlock -- Ribbon Helmet

Sadly, I didn't get any of these while I was here :'(

Also, the Red Wings theme plays the whole time you're here.



LET'S GET RIGHT TO WORK







Wooo! Already getting us some awesome equips. Give this to Edge.










Eh, this one sucks. I didn't equip it on anyone.



Alright, here's our first weapon.



Be sure to have Rosa cast Float on everyone beforehand. Saves you a bit of trouble later.





Hey, he sort of looks like the dragon guy in Spirited Away. What's his name, again? I wanna say Haku, but I don't know for sure.



He does this A LOT. I didn't notice that much of a difference, personally.



And this is why you cast Float!

But yeah -- Cecil and Edge attack, Kain jumps, Rydia summons Bahamut, Rosa cures/attacks, blah blah.





YAAAAAAYYYY




<3



At this point, I teleported out and went back in. TOO LAZY TO GO BACK, EHHHH
Protip: If you ever start running low on HP and MP, just teleport out, use the health-restoring tiles in Lunar's Lair, save, and go back in. That's what I did until I (FINALLY) came across a save point later. Even at this point in the game, it's just good to save your items :O



Has a chance of instakilling an enemy, but very rarely connects. Doesn't work on bosses or undead things.



For Rydiaaaaaa. She started doing over 1000 points worth of (physical) damage with this baby :>






Woooo Kain equips!



This place is so pretty.








At this point, I'm too strong for Behemoths to be threatening anymore.



Another crappy item. Sell it.



JUST TO SHOW YOU HOW MUCH YOU CAN LOSE AT THIS POINT AHUFGHFDG




hi bluey lol

These guys are annoying. Their physical attacks are really strong and the blue one can cast Blizzard on everyone and I just hate it >( Resort to the usual pummeling method.






Wooo!



For Cecil. Very awesome |3



Give this to Rydia or Rosa. I chose Rydia because i like her better she dies all the time. GOD, RYDIA.









DELICIOUS CRYSTAL EQUIPS



OH YEAH I FORGOT TO MENTION
There are actually some hidden summons in FFIV, but they're hard to get -- you just fight certain monsters and they have a chance of randomly dropping an item (like, say, "Bomb Item"). You can get an Imp summon (Imp or Tricker), the Mage summon (Mage), the Bomb summon (Balloon or Grenade), and the Cocatrice summon (Cocatrice, Roc Baby or Eagle). I've never gotten one of these and I can't find much about it online, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but that's what I've heard :O





Anyway, Tricker does this. BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CAST LIGHTNING ON IT?









It started doing this for a while, AND THEN










D'OH!
In the Japanese Easytype version of FFIV, Tricker's weakness was changed to fire, and instead of killing everybody it just cast Piggy on them instead. UNFAIR >O








More for Ceciillllll



For Rosa, I believe.






So, about Pink Puffs. You can only get them in this room. They have a 1/64 chance of appearing, and then a 1/64 chance of dropping a Pink Tail. Should you get the Pink Tail, you can then go to that one tail freak and get some more adamant, which you can then take to Kokkol, and he'll give you the Adamant Armor, which is the best armor you can get in the game. It can be worn by all members of your party, is GREAT protection against physical attacks, and also very resistant to all kinds of spell types and status effects. I think in the GBA version, you can get sirens (items) to summon them with, but not in the original version. You just have to keep walking around.
I walked around in this room for a really long time, and eventually just got impatient and left. It probably would've been better if they had done this earlier in the game, instead of in the final dungeon where the last boss is just a few rooms away, but y'know. :B




There's an invisible path connecting these two sections. TALK ABOUT UNFAIRLY VAGUE SECRETS.



I transported onto some stairs, which led me up to another transporter. What was the point of that




Haha, oops. Completely spaced out, sorry guys :B



Give this to Rydia or Rosa. Whoever you didn't give the first one to.



FINALLY A SAVE POINT JESUS CHRIST



Oh hey, a weapon.




...alright, then.






Wyvern pretty much just uses Nuke and MegaNuke over and over. I casted Wall on Rosa to reflect MegaNuke back at it, which helped. 'Had everyone else attack and so forth.







YEEEEESSSSSSSS pretty sure this is Cecil's best weapon in the game.




Oh.
Oh yeah.
That's real nice. |3








Foooorrrrrrrr either Rydia or Rosa, I think. Man, I like how everyone else is getting equips just for them, while Rydia and Rosa have to share. WHAT IS THIS
In Japan*Easytype*FFIV, this does not have any penalties to Wisdom and Will.




MINE
I think the screen starts rumbling all crazy-like.







Right, so this is the first thing it does. For all the fellow FF nerds out there, "Count" is basically just "Doom" -- once that there timer runs out, everyone will die. So OH BOY MORE TIMED BATTLES. Don't worry about curing or anything, just attack this thing with all you've got. Cecil should attack, Kain should jump, Edge should throw a Ninja Star or two, Rydia should call Bahamut, and Rosa should use Aim (make sure she has her Artemis Arrows equipped). Be quick about your decisions OR IT COULD COST YOU YOUR LIFE



It also likes to speed up the timer like an ASS.



OH WOW cutting it really close there. I ALWAYS WIND UP JUST BARELY SCRAPING BY IN TIMED BATTLES





WOOOOOOO



aw yeah aw yeah aw--



...well, that was anticlimatic.



dum dee dum oh hey treasure chests i think i'll--



AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA



Hahahaha, sacred ribbon.



Yeah, these guys aren't too tough. I think they cast Wall on themselves or something.




They heal, but you're probably going to be doing more damage than they can heal, so.



They can cast Virus on you, though, which drains your HP and is annoying. But it's still not too bad.



Cecil's Crystal Sword does 9999 damage on them, by the way. GO CECIL WHOOP WHOOP






Give these to Rydia and Rosa (anyone can equip them, but I give them to the girls. though the thought of Kain with a little ribbon tied to his helmet or something is pretty hilarious). These block out a lot of the damage of most types of magic, as well as make the wearer immune to all status effects. In JapanEasyIV they also absorb Fire, Ice, and Lightning, using that energy to heal the wearer.



Alright guys, we're on the Crystal Path. There's only a few more rooms until we're in the last one.
Within the Giant plays for these rooms.



...EvilMask kind of looks like my old art teacher.

Oh yeah, whenever you run into an enemy on the Crystal Path, the boss battle music plays instead of the regular battle music. Probably just to intimidate you or something :B




woooooo swoorrrrrddd



HEY CECIL'S HALF LUNARIAN








Ogopogo starts the battle off by doing two shots of Big Wave, putting you at a great disadvantage.




It also uses BLAZE CONSTANTLY ARG

Anyway, just do the usual. Attack, Jump, Bahamut, blah blah blah



Hahahaha, didn't go so well that time :B






WOOOOOOOOOOO
I accidentally sold this, once. It makes me tired just thinking about it.



I teleported out, since I thought I should pick up some more Ninja Stars before moving on. Actually, I went back a room first, since you can't teleport out of the Crystal Path. Weird.




THE AFTERMATH OF MY SUPPLY-GETTING



Anyway.
Let's do this.
For real.







Oh wow, I don't think I've ever seen two Behemoths at once, before. Cool :B





Pretty sure this is the last room on the Crystal Path.



GUHUDGH I jumped when I saw that sprite. I don't know why it freaks me out as much as it does :<





It just kept doing this, didn't attack or anything. I just ran off. Shut up.



AAAAAAA this one actually DID attack, but it only did like... 20-60 damage or something. Again, I ran off.



We're heeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrreeeeee.





GUH I forgot how freaky Zemus' sprite was.
Also awwwwwww little Golbez sprite. He got smaller :B





...nice.




wtf slow what is wrong with you. ATTACK, MAN.






This one didn't even go through >( FUSOYA I SWEAR








Some better shots of Holy, here.



SWING YOUR ARMS FROM SIDE TO SIDE ow ow stop hitting me




Zemus: Oh you two are just so silly :3 You little scalliwags, you~







THERE you go, jesus. Why didn't you two do that in the first place >( I am so disappointed in you







WELL ZEMUS IS DESTROYED THE END THANKS FOR PLAYING YOU'VE ALL BEEN A FINE AUDIENCE







Edge: CONSUMED WITH EVIL YEEEEAAAAHHHH *air guitar*

Yes I know what he meant shut up






I like how he seems to be mixing his dialect, here









WHAT? YOUR ZEMUS IS EVOLVING!

*DUN. DUN. DUN. DUN. DUN. DUN. DUN DAAAAAAAAA DUN. DUN. DUN. DUN. DUN. DUN. DUN DAAAAAAAA*






CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR ZEMUS EVOLVED INTO ZEROMUS!

















Stop healing him already, jeez. Also, I'm beginning to question whether or not all these spells FuSoYa is casting are fitting in with his 190 MP >O


















...well, crap.









MEANWHILE





Y'know, I just start imagining Butthead's laugh whenever I read this



















I was retarded and missed the shot, but those ladies in the purple dresses said "You're our last hope!" and stuff.























...and that's where I'm gonna leave off. Hahahaha, cliffhanger.

On a side note hey official FFIV DS site. It's in Japanese, but it's real easy to navigate. LOOK AT HOW AWESOME EVERYONE LOOKS OH MAN. Dark*Cecil, Yang, Edge, and Kain look especially badass, if you ask me (Yang looks so cool that I actually blurted out OH MAN YANG LOOKS AWESOME when I saw him). Palom kind of looks like a girl, though. Golbez sounds awesome and Kain's voice is a lot deeper than I imagined. Also, why do Cecil, Kain, and Edward have purple lips? What is this.
And haha, I like how Kain's BEAUTIFUL FLOWING HAIR is actually visible in this version. You can sort of see it in his profile shot in the original, if you look, but it's real easy to miss. THIS TIME HIS HAIR IS IN YO FACE

ack people nagging me gotta go

Date: 2007-11-20 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarla.livejournal.com
Man, Zeromus sounds familiar...wasn't that the name of the next-to-last boss in FF9, too? FF9 actually had a lot of references to 4 if I remember right. HMM.

Date: 2007-11-21 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doxinator.livejournal.com
Naaaahhh I don't think there was a Zeromus in FF9 :O I remember there being a boss in there that was similar to Zeromus, though, like how the battle was executed and stuff. Maybe it was the final battle..?

Man, now I wanna play that game again.

Date: 2007-11-23 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarla.livejournal.com
Dang, I swear I fought a Zeromus somewhere at some point. THIS IS GOING TO DRIVE ME CRAZY NOW.

Date: 2007-11-20 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melaniedavidson.livejournal.com
:D

Hahahha "Heeeeyyyy, looks like you turned out a Paladin after all! Gimme five!"

"It MIGHT be, anyway, I don't really know. I mean, I guess."

I mean, I know you're supposed to have SOME big destiny, and here you are trying to save the world, but it COULD be something else.

"And they've been in there for quite a long time" HINT HINT STOP SCREWING AROUND AND SAVE THE WORLD ALREADY >(

Dragon fossil WHY IS THE FOSSIL ON FIRE

There are actually some hidden summons in FFIV, but they're hard to get -- you just fight certain monsters and they have a chance of randomly dropping an item (like, say, "Bomb Item"). You can get an Imp summon (Imp or Tricker), the Mage summon (Mage), the Bomb summon (Balloon or Grenade), and the Cocatrice summon (Cocatrice, Roc Baby or Eagle). I've never gotten one of these and I can't find much about it online, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but that's what I've heard :O

Ooooooo that's pretty cool. :O Are they one-use items, or do they let Rydia learn the summon?

Wait, so Tricker lies about its weakness? Or what?

It probably would've been better if they had done this earlier in the game, instead of in the final dungeon where the last boss is just a few rooms away, but y'know.

Hahhaha yeah. Like how in Earthbound there's the 1/128 item that's the best possible weapon for Ness, and it's like, right before you get to Giygas. I mean, I got three Swords of Kings (although, like an idiot, I messed up saving the screenshot after I got the third. I have a screenshot (http://pics.livejournal.com/waywardoctagon/pic/000b1pyw) where I have two at once, though! And did you know you can't drop it, so if you get two and save afterwards it'll be in your inventory forever?) and I got two Star Pendants (I gave up before the third) but by the end I just did not have the patience to mess around with Kraken.

Holy shit that's a nasty attack. D: count, I mean. And a pathetic amount of gp and exp, too, what is this, it's a minor boss battle!

ARE YOU HARDCORE ENOUGH FOR THIS WEAPON?

And he's in the MIDDLE OF THE SCREEN D:

Ooooo, Holy is cool.

Hahhahahah OH HI. WE DEFEATED THE END BOSS FOR YOU. :D
Okay I know they probably didn't really but still. :B

CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR ZEMUS EVOLVED INTO ZEROMUS!
*sporfle*

"Death only increased Zemus' hatred!"
But now he can't do anything about it! Sucks to be him! :D oh wait

Oooooooooo :O

Oh wow Edge looks awesome. All BADASS NINJA HELLO with huge ninja throwing things. :D
My god does Cecil ever look like a woman. A kind of flat-chested woman but STILL. :D And do does Kain, a little bit. So it's like this is femmeslash. :D
Is Rosa seriously wearing a swimsuit and a cape? WTF? And Rydia, too. Sheesh.
Edited Date: 2007-11-20 07:29 am (UTC)

Date: 2007-11-21 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doxinator.livejournal.com
EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE IN THIS GAME, IT'S GERAT

Yeeeeah, that's what I'm fuzzy on XD I'm assuming it's a one-time item, unless you can use it on Rydia or something. Kind of like the level 4 limit breaks in FF7. I JUST DON'T KNOOOOWWW

I don't think it lies, but I think it does slaughter you if you take too long to kill it, and I think it also slaughters you if you don't use a lightning attack on it. Again, I didn't experiment much and I couldn't find anything online :O

OH WOW holy crap that is completely amazing, I would never have the patience for that :O :O I am in awe.
what was OH YEAH but yeah, I never understood that. Especially for Earthbound, where the final battle isn't... well, you know. Don't wanna spoil it for those who haven't played BUT YOU KNOOOWWWWW

I KNOW and then the weapon isn't even that great >( STUPID PLAGUE I HATE YOU

I GOT THE DUMBEST GRIN ON MY FACE WHEN I SAW EDGE HE LOOKS SO COOL
AND YES OH MY GOD with the purple lips and the mascara and the pretty hair and dainty features and auhalkjga. FINAL FANTASY: WHERE EVERYONE LOOKS LIKE A WOMAN, ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE A MAN
And yeah, seriously XD And what are those things on Rosa's knees? They look like knee guards/knives or something.

Date: 2007-11-21 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melaniedavidson.livejournal.com
EVEN ROCKS I GUESS

*nodnod* Yeah, I guess it makes sense that it'd be a one-use kind of thing. :O

Huh, I guess I just thought because it said "Thanks a lot!"... :O But then its hp goes down a lot sooooo.

8D THANK YOU THANK YOU although to be honest, I did find a way of... streamlining the grinding a little. See, I was using an emulator to play, and it had a fast-forward function. For the Swords of Kings, I went nearly all the way to the end of that area, to the room with the tubes. I saved there, since it was a safe place and the right kind of Starmen would usually spawn outside. Then, with the fast-forward button held down, I'd zip outside, fight a Starman if I could (fast-foward button held down and just hitting enter or whatever over and over--I'd done enough leveling beforehand that the Starmen weren't major threats), then zip back inside and save (if I took major damage or ran into an annoying enemy, I didn't save). I got a lot of leveling done this way. I did basically the same thing with the Psychic Psychos for the Star pendants. If you want to see, I made a bunch of journal entries (http://waywardoctagon.livejournal.com/tag/earthbound) about Earthbound, when I was playing. The first ones aren't that interesting; I was just keeping track of my leveling (so if/when I played again I'd have a good yardstick as to where they should all be, levelwise). (In fact, I was making them all private at first, so I wouldn't be spamming my flist, but then I forgot to do that for one and Mouette commented on it and sounded interested, so I just started flocking them to a specific friends group instead. :B I added you to the group, so you should be able to see them now. Actually I guess now there's no reason to filter them buuuut whatever. Here's (http://waywardoctagon.livejournal.com/50845.html) the specific entry.)
Yeah, I do know what you mean. :X So it's really just a BraggingRightsReward, I guess.

DUDE YES. :D

Date: 2007-11-20 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marigold-tales.livejournal.com
AGH ONCE MORE WITH THE LIGHTS man didn't they of the children when they made this game gosh what about them seizures

It's Haku. And, yeah, you're right. :o

Ogopogo. Really...? xD IT'S A COOL-LOOKING DRAGON-THING, THOUGH

it is kind of creepy. :< I guess 'cause it's see-through and just...jiggly lookin'. I dunno.

I like how Zeromus just kind of...sits there. While Cecil wakes up and talks to Golbez. I wonder if he's too busy cackling insanely over his triumph?

almost done ALMOST DONE WOOOO~!

Date: 2007-11-21 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doxinator.livejournal.com
I KNOW MY GOD I am so ashamed of you, Square.

I can't even describe it, it's just so faint yet apparent and it's all evil-looking and :<. Do not want Breaths and Minds

HE'S LAUGHING TO HARD TO MOVE or he's in terrible pain. WHATEVER, SAME THING

I'M WRITING THE LAST EPISODE AS WE SPEAK :D

Date: 2007-11-21 07:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neutraltwin.livejournal.com
WHOOPS TOO SLOW haha wow you cap fast when you need to. :D

THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE I knew it was something like that. I was so severely tempted to bring Edward and Cid into the final dungeon with me, but (even after running through the Cave of Trials a bunch of times and getting all the weapons) I thought "Ehhh, better stay canon."

:O whoa that Flame Whip does some damage! I can just see Rydia wielding that whip like a pro...and scaring the crap out of Edge and Cecil in the process. XD

Oh man, I cannot remember the names of those giant winged eyeball things. I think it starts with A...?

Whoa, that Crystal sword kicks Excalbur's butt, too. Final weapons <3

Kain with a ribbon XD. "I'M A PRETTY PRETTY PRINCESS"

"Right on yeeaahhhh!" God, I love Edge. I could just see him playing wicked air guitar on his Masamune back in his room.

*blink blink* You worked a Pokemon reference into the final sequence of FFIV? YOU ARE TALENTED, GOOD SIR

Date: 2007-11-25 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doxinator.livejournal.com
SOMETHING ABOUT SETTING A DEADLINE JUST REALLY PUT ME INTO GEAR FOR SOME REASON

YEAH I really wanted to take Edward and... I can't remember who else, I think it might've been Yang or something, but I wanted to take Edward and then eventually just wound up staying with the canon crew, I dunno why. I just wanted an AUTHENTIC FFIV EXPERIENCE or something, I don't even know.

Hahahaha I can see her turning into like... the Franziska of FFIV.

Uhhh man I can't remember their names, either. I don't think it started with an A, though :O Hmmm...

AND YOU GO THROUGH ALL THAT TROUBLE TO GET EXCALBUR, TOO

ahahahahaha I CAN SEE THAT TOO, NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT.

i've got sum madd skilz

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