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-GENSOU SUIKODEN V-

CHARACTER GUIDE

>Version 1.1
>Created 3/8/2005
>Last updated 3/27/2005

by Eclesis

VERSION HISTORY----------------------------------------------------------------

1.1
-removed Notes & Trivia section
-fixed more typos
-edited Jean's section
-fixed timing on Boz
-added rest of battle skills

1.0
-fixed timing for Kathary
-added all characters
-fixed yet more typos
-added more battle skills

0.7
-fixed more typos
-free characters up to Sauronix

0.6
-created 3/8/2006
-characters up to Battle of Doraat
-not quite finished with all the battle skills/trivia
-fixed some typos

INTRODUCTION-------------------------------------------------------------------

Welcome to a characters guide for Suikoden V. Considering that this game is
essentially a matter of playing Pokemon for all the random shopkeepers and
passers-by who just happen to be Stars of Destiny, this is essentially a list
of all the recruitable characters and how to get them, listed in chronological
order of availability. This guide is based on the Japanese version of the game.

The purpose of this FAQ is for checking missing characters, for the most part,
since it's an awful lot of hassle going over every single town and dungeon
after every major event with a fine-toothed comb. I may, if I have the time,
throw in combat/stat details at some point, but for now it's just a list of
how to get the characters.

The usual disclaimers apply: I'm fishing romanizations and translations out of
in-game text, but use my own translations when there aren't any. I don't own
the artbook and therefore have nothing on the official translations if there
were any. Phrases, locations etc are for the most part translated literally,
though I have taken a few liberties to convey approximate meaning without
having results 20 words long that wish they were written in kanji. This
guide assumes knowledge of Japanese. I'm probably not going to update the
names and so forth when the English version is released since I won't be
playing the English version.

And of course, as with any FAQ, this is chock-full of spoilers, so read at your
own risk. I've tried to leave out specific detail on plot, but reference to
major events is kind of inevitable.

This FAQ is copyright to myself; you may repost it elsewhere as long as it's
posted unaltered in its entirety and credit is given. The lastest version of
this FAQ will always be posted to GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com). Also, this FAQ
is intended for personal use only, meaning it may not be sold or published as
part of any commercial transaction. All trademarks mentioned herein are
copyright to their respective creators.

TABLE OF CONTENTS--------------------------------------------------------------

0. Version History
1. Introduction
2. Basic Information
2a. Timing
2b. Choices
2c. Oboro's Agency
3d. Misc
3. Plot Characters (46)
4. Free Characters (63)
4a. Rainwall~ (3)
4b. Battle of Raft Fleet~ (3)
4c. Dawn Rune~ (5)
4d. Acquiring HQ~ (12)
4e. Battle of Relkar~ (7)
4f. Bandits in Sable~ (4)
4g. Attack on Beaver Lodge~ (2)
4h. Coronation~ (11)
4i. Battle of Doraat~ (6)
4j. Queen's Campaign~ (6)
4k. Visit to Sauronix~ (2)
4l. Battle at HQ~ (1)
4m. Assault on Stormfist~ (1)
5. Extra Characters (6)
6. FAQ
7. Credits


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SECTION 2: BASIC INFORMATION
===============================================================================

Basic information on how events and timing work.

-TIMING------------------------------------------------------------------------

Essentially, when a character's join condition is "after a certain event", the
event isn't considered completed until you go back to base and report in in
the council chamber. For instance, after finishing the Battle of Relkar, you
can't get any characters' events to occur until after you finish reporting in.

The game also keeps track of time - sometimes an event requires that you wait
awhile before advancing to the next step. In this case, just go poke around or
do other events and then come back later.

Note that you can't start collecting characters until after the first battle at
Rainwall after escaping Sol Falena, so don't worry about it in the prologue
parts of the game. You'll know you're in the prologue because combat at that
stage is a cakewalk due to the various Queensguard members who're always
tagging along.

There are a number of ways timing and choice wise to get the various
characters. The descriptions in this guide are essentially the ones for getting
a character as soon as they're available. There are different choices and
timing you can follow to get them as well, and as the game is rather long I
haven't had time to go test all of that.

Also, some characters require events to be completed awhile before they
actually join. The ones to watch out for are: Oboro, Muraad, Kirie.


-CHOICES-----------------------------------------------------------------------

If you're trying to just get people to join, normally it works to just be frank
about it and simply keep asking them. However, picking a different choice
sometimes initiates different events. Generally speaking it's not possible to
screw up choices so that someone doesn't join - you can usually find them
later. After a certain amount of time passes or a major event, you can usually
ask them again. There are of course exceptions to this rule.

Like most RPGs, it pays to be a busybody and stick your nose into everyone's
business. It also pays to be persistent, as there are characters who will only
join you after you've nagged them repeatedly as the game progresses.


-OBORO'S AGENCY----------------------------------------------------------------

After you get Oboro, you can use his agency to check background on characters
who have already joined and find characters who haven't yet (though you'll need
to have met them at least once first). Sometimes a character seems like they
should appear in a location and they're not; in this case, investigating their
whereabouts through Oboro will sometimes get them to appear.


-MISC--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Getting certain character combinations triggers events such as the letter box
and bathhouse. Depending on the timing at which you acquire various characters,
you may or may not be able to see these sub events (it's not always ideal to
acquire characters as soon as they're available).


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SECTION 3: PLOT CHARACTERS
===============================================================================

-TEMPLATE----------------------------------------------------------------------

>Basic template for character data:

===============================================================================
CHARACTER NAME
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat, support, or NPC
FUNCTION: Additional abilities/functions of the character at your base,
such as providing shops, minigames etc
BATTLE SKILL: The skill that this character provides in warfare
EVENT: Whether or not this character is required to fight in certain
event sequences (ie, whether you'll have to worry about level/
equipment for them). Obviously non-plot characters don't have
this section.
LINKED: Characters that join together. Note that sometimes if you lose
one of a set of characters that join together in warfare the
other(s) may leave.
PRE-REQ: Some characters require that you already have other characters
first.
AVAILABILITY: The event brackets when the character is available for
recruiting.
LOCATION: Where the character is found
CONDITIONS: Conditions for getting the character to join. Omitted for plot
characters.
NOTES: Misc notes
===============================================================================


Plot characters will join you automatically and you don't really have to worry
about them. They're usually pretty good in combat and won't die in warfare, but
sometimes it's possible to lose them during events.

===============================================================================
PRINCE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: Player character
BATTLE SKILL: Charge -> Dawn Magic
EVENT: Duh
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: From the beginning
LOCATION: Sol Falena
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

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RION
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: From the beginning
LOCATION: Sol Falena
NOTES: Rion will be in your party for most of the game.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
RAN
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Recovery (2)
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: Log
AVAILABILITY: After visiting Raft Fleet
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
LOG
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: Ran
AVAILABILITY: After visiting Raft Fleet
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
LUCRETIA MERCES
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: War God
EVENT: -
LINKED: Lelei, Cius
AVAILABILITY: After rescuing her from the Agate Prison
LOCATION: Rainwall
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

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LELEI
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: Lucretia, Cius
AVAILABILITY: After rescuing Lucretia
LOCATION: Rainwall
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
CIUS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: Lucretia, Lelei
AVAILABILITY: After rescuing Lucretia
LOCATION: Rainwall
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
KYLE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Recovery
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After rescuing Lucretia, when you return to Rainwall
LOCATION: Rainwall
NOTES: You get Kyle briefly as an NPC in the beginning of the game,
though he doesn't join officially until Rainwall. You'll need
him for a couple of events and a boss battle.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
RAAJA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
EVENT: -
LINKED: Kisara
AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Raft Fleet
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
KISARA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
EVENT: No
LINKED: Raaja
AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Raft Fleet
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
BOZ
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: -
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Raft Fleet
LOCATION: Rainwall
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
LUCELINA BARROWS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: Party organizer
BATTLE SKILL: Morale
EVENT: -
LINKED: Chack
AVAILABILITY: After finding the Dawn Rune
LOCATION: Rainwall
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
CHACK
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: Storage
BATTLE SKILL: Stabilize
EVENT: -
LINKED: Lucelina
AVAILABILITY: After finding the Dawn Rune
LOCATION: Rainwall
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
BIKKI
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: Teleporter
BATTLE SKILL: Wind Magic
EVENT: No
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After exploring the Sindal Ruins
LOCATION: Sindal Ruins
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
ZWIKE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Find Weakness
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: Lorelai
AVAILABILITY: After exploring the Sindal Ruins
LOCATION: HQ
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
LORELAI
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Find Weakness
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: Zwike
AVAILABILITY: After exploring the Sindal Ruins
LOCATION: HQ
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
ZERASE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: Tablet guardian / (Magic trainer)
BATTLE SKILL: Star Magic
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After acquisition of HQ
LOCATION: HQ
NOTES: Zerase is the only character early on who can teach high levels
of magic Skill proficiency once you find the manuals. Use her
Instructor skill from the skill menu.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
TALGEYU
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Earth Magic
EVENT: -
LINKED: Toma, Gesh, Sylva
AVAILABILITY: After restoration of Lordlake
LOCATION: Lordlake
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
GESH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: Farmer
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: No
LINKED: Talgeyu, Toma, Sylva
AVAILABILITY: After restoration of Lordlake
LOCATION: Lordlake
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
TOMA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Survival Instinct
EVENT: -
LINKED: Talgeyu, Gesh, Sylva
AVAILABILITY: After restoration of Lordlake
LOCATION: Lordlake
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
SYLVA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Medicine
EVENT: -
LINKED: Talgeyu, Gesh, Toma
AVAILABILITY: After restoration of Lordlake
LOCATION: Lordlake
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

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WASHEEL
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
EVENT: -
LINKED: Vorika, Oroc
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar
LOCATION: Relkar
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
VORIKA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: -
LINKED: Washeel, Oroc
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar
LOCATION: Relkar
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
OROC
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
EVENT: -
LINKED: Washeel, Vorika
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar
LOCATION: Relkar
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
DAIN
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: No
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After bandits in Sable
LOCATION: Sable
NOTES: Dain appears as early as Rainwall but doesn't join until after
Sable.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
ROY
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: (Feiren, Feiron)
AVAILABILITY: After bandits in Sable
LOCATION: Sable
NOTES: It's possible to lose Roy in the latter half of the game if you
select certain choices. You'll also need him for a plot boss
battle.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
FWARAFWAL
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Water Magic
EVENT: -
LINKED: Maroon
AVAILABILITY: After the attack on Beaver Lodge
LOCATION: Beaver Lodge
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
MAROON
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Gnaw
EVENT: No
LINKED: Fwarafwal
AVAILABILITY: After the attack on Beaver Lodge
LOCATION: Beaver Lodge
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
BERNADETTE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Water Magic
EVENT: No
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After the visit to Nilba
LOCATION: Nilba
NOTES: Bernadette starts with a Stream Rune (removable)
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
MIAKIS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Recovery
EVENT: -
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Doraat
LOCATION: HQ
NOTES: Like the other Queensguard members, you get Miakis briefly in
the prologue but she doesn't officially join until much later.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
GHALEON
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: -
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After the Queen's campaign, when you exit out of the fort after
being told to visit Spinax.
LOCATION: HQ
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
WAPON
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: -
LINKED: Gande
AVAILABILITY: After reaching the Twilight Forest via the dwarf tunnels
LOCATION: Dwarf tunnels
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
GANDE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: -
LINKED: Wapon
AVAILABILITY: After reaching the Twilight Forest via the dwarf tunnels
LOCATION: Dwarf tunnels
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
RYUUG
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After visiting Sauronix the second time
LOCATION: Sauronix
NOTES: You won't be able to use Ryuug and Laharl's dinos when you first
get them, so they'll be normal cavalry/ships for that first
battle.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
LAHARL
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After visiting Sauronix the second time
LOCATION: Sauronix
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
GEORGE PRIME
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After the boss battle in the Dino Nest
LOCATION: Dwarf Camp (officially join)
NOTES: 1) you'll get George early on but won't get him back until near
the end. If you're looking to have him equip the Saint's Garb
to make up for his bad magic defense, pay attention to how you
fight in the beginning.
2) except for the magic defense, George is about as good of a
straight fighter as Ryhalt.
3) George's Critical Rune isn't unique but it's not removable
either.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
CRAIG
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: -
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After the events at Goldias
LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
LANCE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
EVENT: -
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After the events at Goldias
LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
NOTES: The dinos can't participate as individual units in warfare, but
unlike Genou or Byakuren, they only take up one slot in normal
combat.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
FLAIL
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
EVENT: -
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After reopening the water gates in the Sindal ruins
LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
NICK
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: No
LINKED: Yoran, Axe
AVAILABILITY: After reopening the water gates in the Sindal ruins
LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
YORAN
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Survival Instinct
EVENT: -
LINKED: Nick, Axe
AVAILABILITY: After reopening the water gates in the Sindal ruins
LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
AXE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
EVENT: No
LINKED: Nick, Yoran
AVAILABILITY: After reopening the water gates in the Sindal ruins
LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
SHURA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: -
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After retaking Sable/Doraat, in the inn at Yashna
LOCATION: Yashna
NOTES: One of 3 characters with 5 stars in warfare
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
SHARMISITA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: No
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After retaking Sable/Doraat, in the inn at Yashna
LOCATION: Yashna
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
NIPHSARA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: No
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After retaking Sable/Doraat, in the inn at Yashna
LOCATION: Yashna
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
SHUN
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: -
AVAILABILITY: After the war phase of the assault on Stormfist
LOCATION: Stormfist
NOTES: -
===============================================================================


===============================================================================
SECTION 4: NON-PLOT CHARACTERS
===============================================================================

Non-plot characters can be picked up at will once you've met the conditions and
timing for them. Note that if their regiment is defeated in warfare, there's a
chance that these characters will die.

The list is arranged in order of availability, by major events.


-RAINWALL----------------------------------------------------------------------

The first free characters are available after you're given freedom of action
following the Defense of Rainwall.

===============================================================================
CORNELIO
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: Music test
BATTLE SKILL: Water Magic
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: Defense of Rainwall~
LOCATION: Howd
CONDITIONS: Enter his house in Howd and fight the Do-Re-Mi sprites.
NOTES: 1) you need Cornelio to get the various Do-Re-Mi sprites, but the
sprites are not Stars of Destiny.
2) you'll unlock the BGM test when you find all 5 sprites.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
SAIROU
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support
FUNCTION: Trade shop
BATTLE SKILL: Supply
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: Defense of Rainwall~
LOCATION: Trade shop, Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: 1) buy 6 units of salt at any trade shop(s)
2) talk to Sairou to trigger a rise in the price of salt in
trade.
3) sell the salt to the trader in Raft Fleet and talk to Sairou
NOTES: If you failed the initial event (the price drops before you find
and sell 6 salt), you can try again any time the salt price rises
again.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
EGGBART
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support (Find Potch)
FUNCTION: Minigame (checkers)
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After rescuing Lucretia
LOCATION: Tunnels to Agate Prison
CONDITIONS: You'll find Eggbart on the west end of the tunnels leading from
the Dwarf Camp to Agate Prison after rescuing Lucretia. Listen
to his rants WITHOUT pressing Circle until the prompt appears.
If you fail this you can try again by going back to Dwarf Camp
and re-entering the tunnels.
NOTES: You can acquire giant statues by beating Eggbart's minigames on
Expert Mode.
===============================================================================


-BATTLE OF RAFT FLEET----------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after defending Raft Fleet from the Bafram Fleet.

===============================================================================
SHINROU
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support
FUNCTION: Item shop
BATTLE SKILL: Supply
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Raft Fleet~
LOCATION: Item shop, Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: Talk to him in the item shop (all the way at the east end) of
Raft Fleet.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
JOSEPHINE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Fire Magic (2)
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~
LOCATION: Howd
CONDITIONS: Talk to her with Sayalise in the party.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
TAKAM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support (Find Shortcut)
FUNCTION: Mapmaker
BATTLE SKILL: Shortcut
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Cius or Lelei
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~
LOCATION: Agate Prison
CONDITIONS: 1) go to Agate Prison with either Cius or Lelei to open Takam's
cell and release him.
2) find his gear in the storage room with the save orb
NOTES: The only thing you'll use Takam's support ability for is to get
into Lunas.
===============================================================================


-DAWN RUNE---------------------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after the discovery of the Dawn Rune and relocation to
Raft Fleet.

===============================================================================
ZEGAI
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: Arms trainer
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Takam
AVAILABILITY: After discovering the Dawn Rune~
LOCATION: Forest north of Lunas
CONDITIONS: 1) Go to the forest north of Lunas with Takam to reveal the elf
path.
2) After meeting Ulda and talking to Isato, exit back out to the
world map, and return to the forest.
3) Go to the riverbed at the top of the mountain where you found
Ran and talk to Zegai.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
NORDON
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After discovering the Dawn Rune~
LOCATION: Raft Fleet or Lordlake
CONDITIONS: 1) if you've finished the chain of events involving Oboro's
investigation, he'll be in the inn at Raft Fleet and you can
persuade him to join there.
2) otherwise, he'll be in Lordlake after the restoration of
Lordlake, at which point you can recruit him.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
OBORO
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: Detective agency
BATTLE SKILL: Rumor
LINKED: Shigure, Fuyou
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~before the Queen's campaign
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: 1) after the Battle of Rainwall, visit Oboro's ship in Rainwall.
2) when asked to hire Oboro to investigate Lordlake, talk to him;
after Oboro accepts the job, go to the inn in Rainwall and
talk to Nordon a couple of times.
3) leave the inn, and follow the event sequence to the end.
4) after the Battle of Raft Fleet, talk to Oboro at Raft Fleet
and ask him to join.
NOTES: If you missed the investigation event, you can still get Oboro
to join by asking him 5 times. However, his ship disappears from
Raft Fleet after the Queen's campaign.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
SHIGURE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Ambush
LINKED: Oboro, Fuyou
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~before the Queen's campaign
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: See OBORO
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
FUYOU
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: Minigame
BATTLE SKILL: Rumor
LINKED: Oboro, Shigure
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Raft Fleet~before the Queen's campaign
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: See OBORO
NOTES: -
===============================================================================


-HQ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after acquiring HQ.

===============================================================================
MUROON
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Gnaw (2)
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: HQ
CONDITIONS: Talk to him at the docks of HQ and ask him to
join.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
BELCOOT
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Yashna
CONDITIONS: 1) Talk to Belcoot in front of the inn in Yashna
2) Enter the inn and talk to Marino. Ask her to join, and Belcoot
will join with her.
NOTES: Sometimes you'll find Belcoot but not Marino in Yashna; in this
case, advancing plot to the next event will sometimes get Marino
to show.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
MARINO
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support (Healing)
FUNCTION: Inn
BATTLE SKILL: Rest
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Yashna
CONDITIONS: See BELCOOT
NOTES: Marino's support skill is Healing, which heals your party about
10-25 HP per round.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
SUBARU
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: Fishing
BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Ran
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: 1) head to the main square (where the save orb is) of Raft Fleet
with Ran in the party to meet Subaru.
2) beat Subaru at fishing to get her to join.
NOTES: 1) the fishing minigame is a highly efficient source of income
from selling all the pots.
2) despite all appearances, Subaru is a girl.
===============================================================================

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WILHEIM
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TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: Mueller
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: Talk to him at the inn in Raft Fleet with a pretty girl in the
party (eg, Bikki)
NOTES: Although you can't use them in normal combat, Wilheim & Mueller's
cavalry is one of the strongest regiments in warfare.
===============================================================================

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MUELLER
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: Wilheim
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: See WILHEIM
NOTES: Joins with Wilheim
===============================================================================

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RYHALT
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Mueller
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Waterfall, south of Beaver Lodge
CONDITIONS: 1) head west out of Beaver Lodge and south along the river to
the Waterfall cavern, and talk to Ryhalt at the very end
2) return to base and talk to Mueller
3) go back to the Waterfall and talk to Ryhalt
NOTES: 1) dispite his innocous appearance, Ryhalt is easily the best
fighter in the game.
2) if you have Jean or Zerase in the party, you'll find Genou
instead of Ryhalt in the cavern. Just remove those characters
(or recruit Genou) to meet Ryhalt.
===============================================================================

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GENOU
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: (Zerase or Jean)
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Waterfall, south of Beaver Lodge
CONDITIONS: 1) in order to get Genou to appear, you'll have to have either
gotten the information about him from Fwarafwal, or have Jean
or Zerase in your party.
2) bring an elderly character (Azrad, Levi etc) to meet Genou.
You can successfully convince him to join if the elderly
character is one level beneath that of the protagonist or
higher.
NOTES: Genou takes up two party slots, and you can only use the special
Beast formations (Suzaku etc) when he's in the party. He also
can't be equipped with any gear other than accessories, or any
runes other than his default.
===============================================================================

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SORENSEN
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Ballista (2)
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Estlyze
CONDITIONS: 1) meet Babbage, Sorensen, and Lue in Babbage's workshop in
Estlyze.
2) go to the Revolving Bridge west of Rainwall and talk to the
soldier there.
3) return to the workshop and talk to Babbage. Head back to base
and take the boat to the Revolving Bridge with Babbage,
Sorensen, and Lue.
4) clear the events at the Revolving Bridge and return to Estlyze
to recruit Sorensen.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

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BASHTAN
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TYPE: Support (Appraiser)
FUNCTION: Appraiser
BATTLE SKILL: -
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Howd
CONDITIONS: 1) visit Bashtan's shop the first time you arrive in Howd and
listen to his grievances
2) talk to Bashtan with a ?Painting in your inventory. The event
trigger is random, so if you get the shop window instead of
event dialogue just cancel and try again.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

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ZUNDA
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TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: Menu frame changer
BATTLE SKILL: Shortcut
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Takam
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Dwarf Camp
CONDITIONS: 1) talk to Zunda at the Dwarf Camp and agree to show her windows
2) bring her to Haswaal's room in Lunas
NOTES: You can't go to Lunas without Takam in the party early on.
===============================================================================

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AZRAD
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Earth Magic
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After acquiring HQ~
LOCATION: Yashna/Estlyze
CONDITIONS: 1) you'll first meet Azrad in front of the Trade Shop in Rainwall
2) after acquiring HQ, go to the top room on the second floor of
Miroon's hot spring hotel to encounter a suspicious fortune
teller, who'll give you a Weird Book.
3) ignore the guy's advice and stick the book in storage. Wait
awhile and talk to Chack, and he'll give you the book back.
4) take the book back to the hot springs hotel and leave it with
the maid there.
5) go to Estlyze to find Azrad standing in the square next to the
fountain (if he's not there, ask Oboro to look for him and
he'll show up). When he asks if you've seen any weird books,
tell him yes, and take him to Yashna.
6) you'll fight a boss battle there, after which you'll get the
Orb of Judgement and can ask Azrad to join. If you don't ask
him immediately he'll be hanging out at the Trade Shop (on
the docks) of Estlyze where you can ask him again.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================



-BATTLE OF RELKAR--------------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after the Battle of Relkar.

===============================================================================
MONSEN
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TYPE: Support
FUNCTION: Armor shop
BATTLE SKILL: Aegis
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Relkar~
LOCATION: Relkar
CONDITIONS: 1) visit Monsen's shop when you first arrive in Relkar. Buy a
few items from him.
2) talk to Monsen after the Battle of Relkar.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
MURAAD
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TYPE: Support (Medic)
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Medicine
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the Battle of Relkar~
LOCATION: Relkar
CONDITIONS: 1) Muraad will show at various towns after war events. In order,
this will be Rainwall and Raft Fleet. Talk to him when you see
him in those locations (he'll refuse to join early on, just
keep asking).
2) ask him to join in Relkar after the battle
3) if you missed talking to him in Rainwall and Raft Fleet, you
can still get him to join later on by talking to him in each
location he visits. The earliest you can get him is Relkar.
NOTES: Muraad's support skill, Medic, heals your party about 30% after
each combat.
===============================================================================

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JEAN
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat, Support (Rune Shop)
FUNCTION: Rune Shop
BATTLE SKILL: Thunder Magic
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
LOCATION: Rune shop in Relkar
CONDITIONS: 1) meet Jean at the Rune shop in Sol Falena prior to the
engagement banquet at the beginning of the game. (THIS STEP
IS OPTIONAL)
2) visit the Crater and talk to the guard at the entrance
3) after the battle of Relkar, talk to Jean in the Rune shop in
Relkar, and agree to her request.
4) take Jean to the dungeon at the bottom of the crater and
proceed to the end of the dungeon.
NOTES: 1) you'll get some extra dialogue if you have Kyle in the party
when you meet Jean in Relkar, but it's not required to
trigger the event.
2) the dungeon that Jean asks you to take her to is significant
in that the mobs drop Drain Magic shards and there's a King's
Orb hidden in the final room, behind the wall of the little
alcove at the top of the stairs in the southwest corner.
===============================================================================

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TAYLOR
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TYPE: Support (Scan)
FUNCTION: Journalist
BATTLE SKILL: Rumor
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
LOCATION: HQ
CONDITIONS: 1) after you meet Taylor during the events, he'll be in front of
the inn (the small side tower on the southwest side of the
fort). Allow him to conduct his investigations.
2) you'll find him again at the top floor near the Sealed Room.
Again, give him permission to investigate.
3) finally, he'll be found in front of George's room on the
second floor. Ditto allowing him to investigate.
NOTES: You can read Taylor's newspaper by talking to him. After the
fortress expands, it'll be posted on the wall on the southeast
side of the bottom floor of the main tower.
===============================================================================

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NIKEA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
LOCATION: Estlyze
CONDITIONS: You'll find Nikea in the inn in Estlyze after the Battle of
Relkar. Defeat her in a duel to get her to join.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

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RINFA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: Minigame (cards)
BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: 1) meet Rinfa in the inn in Estlyze, and accept her challenge for
the card game. Whatever you do you'll lose.
2) find Rinfa again in Yashna, and she'll return your money
3) finally, challenge her again in the inn at Raft Fleet.
Regardless of whether you win she'll join, but if you lose
you'll have to pay 5000.
NOTES: It's possible to advance up to step 2 as early as acquiring the
HQ, but you can't get Rinfa until after Relkar.
===============================================================================

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DONGO
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support (Blacksmith)
FUNCTION: Blacksmith
BATTLE SKILL: Shortcut
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After the battle of Relkar~
LOCATION: Smithy, Dwarf Camp
CONDITIONS: 1) find the Iron Hammer in Lordlake after the restoration of
Lordlake, give it to Dongo, and upgrade any character's
weapon to level 10.
2) Give Dongo the Silver Hammer found in a house in Sable, raise
any character's weapon to level 12 or above, and Dongo will
come with you to HQ.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================


-BANDITS IN SABLE--------------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after clearing the bandit problem in Sable.

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FEIREN
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
LINKED: Feiron
PRE-REQ: Roy
AVAILABILITY: After the bandits in Sable~
LOCATION: Bandit hideout, Rambling Moutain
CONDITIONS: 1) during the bandit sequence, if you answered "I won't do that"
and "Welcome" to Roy during the two choices involving Roy,
Feiren and Feiron join automatically with Roy.
2) otherwise, after the events, return to the bandit hideout
and talk to them, and agree to help them take the stolen
goods back to Sable.
3) pick up the 3 stolen good boxes and take them back to Sable
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
FEIRON
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: Feiren
PRE-REQ: Roy
AVAILABILITY: After the bandits in Sable
LOCATION: Bandit hideout, Rambling Moutain
CONDITIONS: See FEIREN
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

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NAKURA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: Sagiri
PRE-REQ: Oboro
AVAILABILITY: After the bandits in Sable~before going to Nilba
LOCATION: Sable, upstairs in the Inn
CONDITIONS: 1) talk to the maid in the upstairs room at the inn, and talk
to Nakura.
2) leave and come back after awhile, and he'll wake up. Talk to
him.
3) talk to Oboro at Raft Fleet.
4) bring Oboro to Sable to talk to Nakura.
NOTES: The window for getting Nakura and Sagiri is very short.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
SAGIRI
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Ambush (2)
LINKED: Nakura
PRE-REQ: Oboro
AVAILABILITY: After the bandits in Sable~before going to Nilba
LOCATION: Sable, upstairs in the Inn
CONDITIONS: See NAKURA
NOTES: Joins at the same time as Nakura.
===============================================================================


-ATTACK ON BEAVER LODGE--------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after the attack on Beaver Lodge.

===============================================================================
ISABELLE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: Matthias
PRE-REQ: Azrad
AVAILABILITY: Attack on Beaver Lodge~
LOCATION: Howd
CONDITIONS: 1) after clearing the bandit problem in Sable, meet Isabelle and
Matthias in the back streets of Estlyze, near Babbage's
workshop
2) after the attack on Beaver Lodge, you'll find Boz with
Lucelina at Lucelina's usual place in your HQ. Approach
them to get Yuram's letter
3) follow the instructions on the letter and go to Howd with a
party of three or less. Persuade Isabelle to join after the
events there
NOTES: The second step appears to only be available after acquiring
Azrad, due to the event connection.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
MATTHIAS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
LINKED: Isabelle
PRE-REQ: Azrad
AVAILABILITY: Attack on Beaver Lodge~
LOCATION: Howd
CONDITIONS: See ISABELLE
NOTES: Matthias will leave if Isabelle dies in warfare. He also comes
equipped with a Whirlwind Rune, which is removable.
===============================================================================


-CORONATION--------------------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after the Coronation event and the first expansion of the
HQ.

===============================================================================
BYAKUREN
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Genou
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: HQ
CONDITIONS: After the Coronation event and the expansion of HQ,
attempt to leave the base via the bridge to the Sindal ruins at
the lower left, and you'll encounter and fight Byakuren. If you
have Genou, he can persuade Byakuren to join after the combat.
Otherwise, Byakuren will appear every time your base expands.
NOTES: Like Genou, Byakuren is a large character and will take up two
party slots.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
BABBAGE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support (Treasure Hunt)
FUNCTION: Activates the elevator
BATTLE SKILL: Ballista (2)
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Sorensen
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Estlyze
CONDITIONS: 1) after recruiting Sorensen and the base expands, bring
Sorensen to the Gear Room at the bottom of the base.
2) take Sorensen to the workshop in Estlyze to meet Babbage.
3) take Babbage to the Gear Room, at which point both Sorensen
and Babbage will leave the party.
4) wait awhile, return to the Gear Room and talk to Babbage.
NOTES: Babbage has an S in the Treasure Hunt skill, making him quite
useful as a support member.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
LUE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain (2)
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Babbage
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Estlyze
CONDITIONS: 1) after recruiting Babbage, bring Sorensen to the workshop in
Estlyze to meet Lue
2) agree to help her find the gear (it's by the door)
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
MIROON
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: Bathhouse
BATTLE SKILL: Rest
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Maroon, Muroon
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Tricolor Hot Springs Bathhouse, Yashna
CONDITIONS: 1) visit Miroon with Maroon and Muroon in the party, and agree to
help investigate the hot springs
2) exit through the back door of the bathhouse to the hot springs
cavern, and talk to the dwarves there (note that the monsters
in the cavern are rather tough for this stage of the game)
3) agree to let Miroon build a bathhouse in your fort
NOTES: It's probably easiest to do all the Beaver recruiting in close
sequence.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
MEROON
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Rest
LINKED: Moroon
PRE-REQ: Maroon, Muroon, Miroon
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Beaver Lodge
CONDITIONS: 1) requires that you've met Moroon at Baska Mountain at least
once
2) talk to Meroon in Beaver Lodge with Maroon, Muroon, and Miroon
in the party, and agree to take her to Moroon.
3) talk to Moroon at Baska Mountain, and take him to Beaver Lodge
NOTES: Joins with Moroon
===============================================================================

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MOROON
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Gnaw
LINKED: Meroon
PRE-REQ: Maroon, Muroon, Miroon
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Baska Mountain
CONDITIONS: See MEROON
NOTES: Joins with Meroon
===============================================================================

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RETSUO
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support (Cook)
FUNCTION: Cook
BATTLE SKILL: Gourmet
LINKED: Shunmin
PRE-REQ: Subaru
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: 1) talk to Retsuo and he'll mention trying to find a Spirit Fish
2) go fishing in Subaru's minigame until you capture a Wierd
Fish (Subaru will comment on it when you exit the minigame)
3) take the Weird Fish to Retsuo
NOTES: Joins with Shunmin
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
SHUNMIN
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support (Cook)
FUNCTION: Fish breeder
BATTLE SKILL: Gourmet
LINKED: Retsuo
PRE-REQ: Subaru
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: see RETSUO
NOTES: By giving Shunmin roe to raise, you'll increase both the items
available on Retsuo's menu and the types of fish you can catch
during fishing. However, if you're using fishing to raise money
by fishing up vases, it's probably better to hold off on giving
Shunmin the roe as it decreases the chance of getting vases.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
CHISAT
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support
FUNCTION: Voice changer
BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Bernadette
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Nilba
CONDITIONS: 1) you'll meet Chisat when you first go to Nilba. After the
Coronation, return to Nilba with Bernadette, and you'll run
into a pirate problem.
2) ask Chisat to help you with the problem, and you can get
her to join after the event.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
YARL
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: Neris
PRE-REQ: Bernadette
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Nilba
CONDITIONS: 1) after the Coronation event, go to Nilba with Bernadette and
proceed to the wharf where the Rino En Kuldes was to hear
about the Rune Cannon.
2) go to the inn in Nilba to meet Yarl and Neris
3) attempt to leave Nilba by ship, at which point Yarl and Neris
will ask to come with. Agree to let them board.
4) you'll automatically head towards the Ship Graveyard. Clear
this dungeon (there's a boss fight) and choose to destroy the
Rune Cannon.
5) ask Yarl and Neris to return with you to Falena.
NOTES: The choices during these events don't appear to make a difference
EXCEPT for the choice of what to do with the Rune Cannon. It
appears to be impossible to recruit Yarl & Neris if you chose
"I want one of those" at the end of the Ship Graveyard.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
NERIS
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
LINKED: Yarl
PRE-REQ: Bernadette
AVAILABILITY: Coronation~
LOCATION: Nilba
CONDITIONS: See YARL
NOTES: Neris comes equipped with a Wildfire Rune
===============================================================================


-DORAAT------------------------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after the fall of Doraat. Note that you can't go out and
do recruiting until after you talk to Zerase and get the tablets following the
events at Doraat.

===============================================================================
LEVI
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: Magic trainer
BATTLE SKILL: Fire Magic
LINKED: Beggen
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
LOCATION: Crater
CONDITIONS: Talk to him (may require you've met him once before)
NOTES: 1) Levi comes equipped with a Blue Gate Rune (not removable) and
Mother Earth Rune (removable), and is a high level elderly
character whom you can immediately use to recruit Genou if you
didn't feel like leveling Azrad.
2) Levi is the only Magic trainer who has an actual shop in the
fortress; Zerase and Eresh require you use their skill from
the party menu.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
BEGGEN
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge (2)
LINKED: Levi
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
LOCATION: Crater
CONDITIONS: See LEVI
NOTES: Beggen's Treasure Hunt skill can go up to SS rank.
===============================================================================

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NORMA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Recovery (2)
LINKED: Ernst
PRE-REQ: Levi
AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: 1) meet Norma and hear about her search for the "great wizard"
2) talk to her with Levi in the party after you get Levi
NOTES: Norma's Find Potch skill goes up to SS and said skill works even
if she's in a support slot.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
ERNST
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Recovery (2)
LINKED: Norma
PRE-REQ: Levi
AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
LOCATION: Inn, Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: See NORMA
NOTES: Ernst will leave if Norma dies in warfare.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
GAVAYA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Bikki, Norma, Feiren
AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
LOCATION: Raft Fleet
CONDITIONS: Talk to him with the Bikki, Norma, and Feiren (participants in
the Cute Girl combo attack) in the party.
NOTES: I've heard that it's possible to get him with Sayalise, Jean,
and Neris (Ladies) instead, but haven't confirmed this.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
RAVEN
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Oboro, Taylor, Eggbart
AVAILABILITY: Battle of Doraat~
LOCATION: HQ
CONDITIONS: 1) talk to the lord of Sable to hear about the stolen family
records
2) talk to Oboro at base, and you'll be asked to find a family
record
3) the right character for this is Eggbart. Speak to Eggbart to
receive the record, and return to Oboro
4) go to the inn at your HQ and rest for the night. You'll
automatically wake up and proceed to capture Raven
5) talk to Raven either in the empty room beneath the inn, or
the jail once your base has expanded to convince him to join.
NOTES: Raven's Crow Rune allows him to evade all single target physical
attacks, but only works indoors.
===============================================================================


-QUEEN'S CAMPAIGN--------------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after the Queen's Campaign. You'll need to finish off the
main event sequence at HQ before you'll be allowed freedom of
movement and party organization to collect pokemon.

===============================================================================
HASWAAL
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: NPC
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Rest
LINKED: Isato, Ulda
PRE-REQ: Takam
AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
LOCATION: Lunas
CONDITIONS: 1) bring Takam with you to the forest north of Lunas (see ZEGAI's
section) to get to Lunas and meet Ulda. You can talk to Isato
and ask him to join but he'll refuse. This step can be done
any time after you acquire Takam.
2) after the Queen's campaign, return to Lunas with Takam and
go to Haswaal's room in the temple
3) bring Haswaal, Isato, and Ulda out of Lunas using the hidden
path (you can replace Takam, since Ulda/Isato serve the same
function) and return to your HQ.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
ISATO
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain
LINKED: Haswaal, Ulda
PRE-REQ: Takam
AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
LOCATION: Lunas
CONDITIONS: See HASWAAL
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
ULDA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain (2)
LINKED: Haswaal, Isato
PRE-REQ: Takam
AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
LOCATION: Lunas
CONDITIONS: See HASWAAL
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
ERESH
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: (Magic trainer)
BATTLE SKILL: Thunder Magic
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Jean
AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
LOCATION: Crater
CONDITIONS: 1) sometime after the Queen's campaign, you'll get a letter from
Jean in the letterbox (the thing next to your room), asking
if you want to return to the ruins beneath the Crater.
2) take Jean with you to the ruins, and you'll find Eresh. Agree
to help her in her trial.
3) proceed to the room where Jean removed something from the
sealed tomb, and descend into the dungeon. At the end, you'll
fight a large boss (not terribly hard, especially if you have
the earth spell ). Eresh joins you after the fight.
NOTES: 1) Eresh shares the same Star as Yuram. If you get Eresh, you
cannot get Yuram later.
2) Eresh is equipped with a Blue Gate Rune and an Exorcism Rune,
neither of which is removable.
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
HAZUKI
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Charge
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Belcoot
AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~
LOCATION: Spinax Harbor
CONDITIONS: 1) meet Hazuki at Spinax WITHOUT Belcoot in your party, and
answer that you know him when she asks.
2) bring Belcoot with you to meet Hazuki.
NOTES: -
===============================================================================

===============================================================================
KATHARY
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Arrow Rain (2)
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Lucretia
AVAILABILITY: Queen's Campaign~Assault on Stormfist
LOCATION: Spinax Harbor
CONDITIONS: 1) after arriving at Spinax, talk to the guy standing near the
southwestern Save Orb to lean about Harshbill Harbor.
2) take the ship from Spinax into Harshbill, and talk to Kathary
who's standing by the gate out of the harbor.
3) return to Spinax and find Kathary on the bridge between the
east and west sides of the harbor, and she'll ask you to
take her to see Lucretia.
4) take Kathary to see Lucretia in the council room.
NOTES: 1) note that if you don't go to Harshbill prior to visiting
Sauronix/Forest of Twilight, you won't be able to get there
again until after the entire mess with Armess. It's very easy
to miss Kathary.
2) Kathary has the True Godspeed Rune, which allows you to dash
with the X button when she's in your party.
===============================================================================


-SAURONIX----------------------------------------------------------------------

Characters available after visiting Sauronix.

===============================================================================
LANIA
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TYPE: Support
FUNCTION: Sound effect changer
BATTLE SKILL:
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Miakis / Laharl
AVAILABILITY: Visit to Sauronix~
LOCATION: Sauronix
CONDITIONS: 1) talk to her with Miakis or Laharl in the party.
2) exit her shop and witness the dinos converge.
3) return to the shop and ask her to join.
NOTES: -
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KIRIE
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Fire Magic (2)
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Lorelai, Takam, Cius
AVAILABILITY: Visit to Sauronix~
LOCATION: Spinax Harbor
CONDITIONS: 1) BEFORE the Queen's campaign, let Kirie out of his cell at
Agate prison with Cius & Lorelai in your party.
2) after returning HQ, you'll meet Kirie at the entrance and
he'll head off somewhere.
3) when you explore the ruins in the Forest of Twilight, with
Zwike and Lorelai, Kirie will show up and join if you let him
come with you.
4) if you miss him here, he'll be in the final room of the Sindal
Ruins next to your HQ.
NOTES: Kirie will only be in Agate prior to the Queen's campaign.
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-BATTLE AT HQ------------------------------------------------------------------

Character available after either defending or reacquiring HQ.

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HALETH
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TYPE: Support (Bargain)
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Confuse
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: After reacquiring HQ
LOCATION: Harshbill Harbor
CONDITIONS: 1) after reacquiring or defending HQ vs the Armess forces and it
upgrades to the full-sized fort, go to the basement and you'll
encounter an event at the bar involving Log and some smuggled
wine, and he'll mention Harshbill.
2) go to Harshbill, and check the bottom left warehouse at the
docks to witness Log dealing with Haleth
3) wait awhile and return to Harshbill. When you enter the office
and talk to the guy who's standing where you normally find
Haleth, he'll tell you that Haleth's escaped.
4) to your HQ, in fact. You'll find him in the bar of HQ, where
you can ask him to join.
NOTES: -
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-ASSAULT ON STORMFIST----------------------------------------------------------

The only character that you can get after Stormfist is Yuram, and only if you
haven't gotten Eresh, since Yuram and Eresh occupy the same Star.

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YURAM BARROWS
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL:
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: Assault on Stormfist~
LOCATION: Rainwall
CONDITIONS: Talk to him at Rainwall after the assault on Stormfist and the
forces occupying Rainwall leave.
NOTES: -
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SECTION 5: EXTRA CHARACTERS
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Characters who're not part of the 108 Stars. The Do-re-mi sprites are bonus
characters who can't equip runes, skills, weapons, or armor other than
accessories, but gain very good defensive stats as they level. They're
recruitable via Cornelio's special rune if you have an extra slot in your
party (including inactive party members). The encounters are random across
certain areas, but if you kill it instead of capturing it it will appear again.
Note that the various colored Do-re-mi sprites around the Lordlake area are
not recruitable.

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SAYALISE
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: Wind Magic
EVENT: Yes
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: -
AVAILABILITY: From the beginning
LOCATION: Sol Falena
CONDITIONS: Automatic
NOTES: Sayalise joins from the very beginning and is in a number of
event sequences, but you lose her after the Queen's campaign.
===============================================================================

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RE-MI-FA
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Cornelio
AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
LOCATION: Howd
CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it during the initial event when
you recruit Cornelio.
NOTES: Is pink.
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FA-SO-LA
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Cornelio
AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
LOCATION: Forest southeast of Rainwall
CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it in the forest south of
Rainwall, across the bridge.
NOTES: The green one.
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SO-LA-TI
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Cornelio
AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
LOCATION: Mountain path between Yashna & Beaver Lodge
CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it.
NOTES: Blue! Yellow- er, just blue.
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MI-FA-SO
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Cornelio
AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
LOCATION: Forest southeast of Doraat
CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it.
NOTES: Yellow.
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LA-TI-DO
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TYPE: Combat
FUNCTION: -
BATTLE SKILL: -
LINKED: -
PRE-REQ: Cornelio
AVAILABILITY: After recruiting Cornelio~
LOCATION: Forest of Twilight
CONDITIONS: Use Cornelio's Rune to capture it.
NOTES: White.
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SECTION 6: FAQ
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1) What do you get for collecting all 108 stars?

The best ending(s). Whacky hijinks.

--

2) Do characters who fall in wars come back?

No, they don't. And sometimes other characters will leave. Any non-plot
character has a chance of dying in warfare if their troop is annihilated. It
doesn't appear to be possible to kill plot characters this way - they'll just
retreat from the battlefield.

--

3) Can you lose characters in other ways?

Generally speaking once a character joins they're there to stay unless
you get them killed in warfare. However, if you choose to defend your home
fort during the attack by Armess, you'll lose Roy and be unable to complete
the 108 Stars. Similarly, if you allow Belcoot/Ryhalt/Zegai etc to duel
Gilderick and lose, the character will die rather than having you Continue.

You'll also lose Sayalise to an event, but she's not one of the 108 and
there's no way around it.

-

4) Are there characters who become unavailable after the story advances to a
certain point?

Yes. Of note are Muraad, Oboro (and related characters), Nakura & Sagiri,
Takam, Kirie, Haleth, and Kathary. In particular, Nakura & Sagiri are easy to
miss because the window for recruiting them is quite short, as are Haleth
and Kathary.

-

5) A character's joined but they're not available in the roster when trying
to switch party members.

Probably because they're involved in the next major event. Characters such as
Sayalise, Kyle, Shigure & Sagiri etc are sometimes unavailable when they're
busy with plot. Roy stays unavailable for a pretty long while towards the end
of the game.

-

6) What characters are good in combat?

Depends largely on what Runes you have. A Boost/Strength/Blade Rune can make
just about anybody a decent fighter, while any magic Rune + Drain Magic will
make a decent mage.

That said, the game's built-in I Win Buttons are George, Ryhalt, and Zerase,
as they've got better stats than anybody else of their character type and
highly useful Runes to boot.

For most of the game you'll have the prince and Rion, both quite good mid-
range fighters. Once you acquire the Drain Magic Rune, put one on your mage
(Zerase, Jean, Levi etc) and one on your healer (hybrid character with good
MP progression, there's about two dozen of these, take your pick), and blast
away.

Ryhalt and George are the best frontline fighters by far, although George may
suffer in boss battles due to his low magic defense. Belcoot, Dain, Hazuki,
or Shigure are also quite decent.

For M/L range fighters, you can usually safely equip them with a Strength
Rune as they're less likely to get attacked. Kirie, Sagiri, and Kathary are
all pretty good L range fighters.

For mages you'll probably want to find ones with at least an A in the type
of magic you want them to use, though you can boost that with accessories. L
or M range weapon and good speed a plus, but the most important thing is that
they've got the right hand Rune slot free so you can give them Drain Magic.

Healing magic in this game heals fixed amounts regardless of the caster's
magic power, so really you can use anybody with a decent amount of MP.
Ideally you want a hybrid character (Kyle, Miakis, Lorelai etc) who can
equip 3 Runes and whose damage output isn't dependent on their MP so they've
got something to do when you're not in need of healing.

If you really have problems you could always make a tank with Firefly and
Wall Runes, though I've never really found that to be necessary, especially
if you equip your frontliners with Drain Runes or the Eyeball Ring.

Really, the combat in Suikoden isn't terribly hard or complicated, and you
can just go make a party of whatever characters you happen to like.

--

7) Why are certain characters available in regiment formation and not others?

You can use most characters in warfare. However, only certain characters can
be troop leaders, while others must be support. Usually leaders can also be
support, but support characters can't be leaders. There's also a difference
between the 2nd and 3rd slots - usually completely non-combatant characters
such as the doctors, Sairou & Shinrou, Lucelina etc can only be placed into
the third slot.

Each regiment can have up to two types of skills, and order of priority is
assigned via character order in the regiment, so if all three members have
different skills you won't be able to use the third member's skills. Usually
each character has 1 use of their skill, but certain characters have 2.

As hinted in the tutorial, magic-type abilities can only be used by Rune
Archer and Rune Bowship regiments, with the sole exception being the
protagonist.

You cannot use the Do-Re-Mi sprites, Genou or Byakuren in warfare. Beaver
regiments are amphibious but fight poorly on land; in water they're strong
against everything. You can only put Beaver characters into Beaver
regiments.

Similarly, Dino regiments are strong against everything in water and count
as cavalry on land. They move faster than Beavers, but again you can only
put Dino Knights into Dino regiments.

--

8) How many endings are there?

2 good endings (require all 108 Stars), 2 normal endings (split based on how
many characters you've collected and story choices), 7 bad endings.

--

9) 7 Bad Endings?

Usually you're given the choice to Continue if your party is defeated in war
or combat. However, there are certain points where it'll just skip you to the
Bad Ending or Gameover. These points are:

>Agreeing to Salm's proposal in Rainwall
>Losing the duel vs Roy at the bandits' hideout
>Losing any of the 3 boss fights immediately after the Queen's campaign. You
get separate Bad Endings (?) depending on which party lost.
>Losing the duel vs Gizel (just Gameover)
>Losing the duel vs Gilderick as Roy, if you chose to defend HQ

--

10) What's the clear save file?

You get bonuses for starting the game over on a game clear save. It allows you
to keep the following:

>group SP
>money
>items in inventory and storage (except for event items and the Sun gear set)
>option items such as the various frame, voice, music sets (the treasure chests
will contain money if you already have the item)
>formation and skill manuals (ditto treasure chests turning into money)
>list of items sold in the various stores around HQ (not
including certain trade items)
>the pieces you've won in Eggbart's minigame

In addition, you retain the protagonist's name and can use George in the final
battle. Character kill counts (relevant to being able to equip certain pieces
of gear) are not retained. Note that Runes/equipment that are actually
equipped on characters are not carried over, and neither is personal SP, so
you may want to de-equip useful items and convert all personal SP to group SP
prior to clearing the game.

Additional bonuses allow you to use Dash without Kathary in the party, from
the very beginning, and you can listen to Cornelio's music test without
collecting the Do-Re-Mi sprites.



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SECTION 7: CREDITS, THANKS, ETC
===============================================================================

-SPECIAL THANKS-

>King and the rest of the dev team at Konami. Their enthusiasm conveyed
through the official blog convinced me to get the game and put an obscene
number of hours into it.

>the folks over at 2-ch, without whose rumors, information, and occassional
flamewars, the world would be a much less interesting place.

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