MAX TIME 10:22:00
-Control Cid. After getting pass the toad mini-game, choose B-C-D and
hop onto the balance.
-Control Eiko. Save your game first at the Room on the right.
TARGET TIME 08:53:00
-The encounter rate in the castle is pretty low. Even with the few
encounters, try to escape. Otherwise use Vivi's magics and Freija's
normal attacks for higher damage. No walkthrough provided for this
dungeon. But be sure to light up all the candlesticks along your way
and be wary of the 9 lights puzzle in the middle.
-After the Library puzzle, save your game. TARGET TIME 08:58:00
-Light up the candles so that the shadows on both sides are pointing
towards the left. Go up the stairway.
-VALIA PILLAR, HP:12000, MP: About 10000
There are 2 methods to defeating it. Either by bringing its HP to 0 or
MP to 0. Quina's Reraise/Limitglobe method should be used for bringing
down its HP. For the MP method, use Quina's MAGIC HAMMER repeatedly.
Eiko should cast Carbunkle's Ruby Light for protection.
-Control Zidane. Head back to Kuja's Room. Joins up with the rest of
the members. Head back to where the HildaGaldy was and climb down the
ladder. Events will ensue towards the Sealed Continent.
-After disembarking, Save your game. Best party to take along,
Steiner,Vivi and Salamander.
TARGET TIME 09:17:00
-Here after some events, head to the right and buy a couple of stuff
from the shop. Things to buy are OCTAGON STAFF, FLAMEDAN, BLACK CAP etc
Save your game here.
-At the entrance, head left to collect the hidden 9693GIL then head
right. Climb down the rope. Push the lever down 3 times to climb down
the well. From the rope, walk down towards the 'screen' and a battle
with the Red Dragons ensues. Use Vivi's Blizzaga and Steiner's Blizzaga
After the battle, change equipment and abilities, with Devil Damage Up
and POISON GUARD enabled. Steiner also equips his FLAMEDAN.
With the Devil Damage Up and MP Attacks, Zidane, Salamander and Steiner
should deal high damage to the boss. If lucky, it'll defeated in 2
turns, otherwise 3 turns. Ignore the effects of the Virus attacks.
-Save your game when you wake up in the guestroom. After acquiring the
airship Hildagarde3, if you have about 15 minutes or more spare time
before 09:54:00, you can opt to visit the next 3 locations. But the
Kuwan Cave sidequest is more useful.
-Take the opportunity to defeat the monster at the Weapon Shop. The
first monster gives 15000GIL, while the second monster gives the ELMACE
SHOES. Personally, I'll just go for the money if I'm rushing on time.
Kuwan Cave (Optional)
-Bring Vivi and Quina into your active party and head to Kuwan Cave,
east of Treno. After some events, check the grandfather clock on the
balcony and receive the ELMACE SHOES. This method of getting the shoes
is faster than getting it in Treno. The ELMACE SHOES is a very
important accessory, so make sure you equip it on Zidane to learn its
-Go to the left path and solve the puzzle to enable you to buy weapons
from the shop. The more important things to buy here are EARTH ROBES
(at least 2), and BLACK ROBE for Vivi at the Combine shop.
-Save before entering. TARGET TIME 09:53:30
-Recommended party Zidane, Steiner, Vivi and anyone else. Change all
your equipment to their weakest (preferably initial equipment if you
still have them). Encounter rates are pretty low so if you're lucky
there'll be NO encounters. Ignore solving the trapwall near the
elevator. Before taking the 4 medals at the top of the castle, re-equip
Steiner with his FLAMEDAN.
-DHARGA, HP:28884-32349, To Steal: ORIHALCON
It is VERY IMPORTANT that Zidane steals the ORIHALCON from Dharga. In
the meantime, Vivi can Concentrate for a few turns and cast FIRAGA and
Steiner can use his FLAMEDAN + ADDED EFFECTS ability to inflict HEAT on
Dharga if you are lucky. If you think you take too much time to steal
the ORIHALCON, reset and try again. The ORIHALCON will last you up to
the last dungeon.
-Return to the castle entrance and be careful of the traps on the floor
on your way back at the save point. At the entrance, Zidane will run
back to look for Salamander. After finding him, save at the Moogle Save
Point before exiting.
The 4 Shrines
-Head to the shrines in the following order. The airship's direction
will be set for the next destination so it's not necessary for you to
steer it unless needed.
Water Shrine – South of Ipsen
Fire Shrine – North East at Sealed Continent
Wind Shrine – South edge of Lost Continent
Earth Shrine – West of the Desert Empress (map will be shaking)
Only Zidane + Quina for this battle. Abilities to enable are DEVIL
DAMAGE UP and MP Attack, if Zidane has the ORIHALCON equipped, he'll
deal about 5000 damage. Equip the EARTH ROBE on both characters to
absorb its earthquake attacks. Cast Reraise on Quina if he is too weak.
After about 3 hits by Zidane, Quina can choose to devour the Lich to
learn Blue Magic Earthquake.
Alternatively, Quina's Blue magic Mantra Magic may deal a speedy one-
shot lethal attack if you're lucky.
3-5 Terra ~ Pandemonium
MAX TIME 11:13:00
-After the battle with the Lich, head towards the Sealed Continent,
land your ship and save your game. TARGET TIME 10:09:00
Then fly off toward the Shining Island.
-Chase after the Mystery Girl. Get the ELIXIR along the way just beside
-Control Zidane. Before proceeding, change the equipment on Steiner and
Salamander to appropriate ones. Head off to the left path and enter the
first house. Then go to the house on the north and descend to the
basement to talk to the Mystery Girl.
-Control Eiko. Get the ELIXIR beside Freija. There is a hidden path
along the lake beside the bridge that leads to the treasure box
containing the FLASH CAP. Head across the bridge and talk to Vivi. Then
go to the first house on the right to release the Moogle in the blue
urn. Buy some equipment from him (DEFENSER, AVENGER, HOLY LANCE, 3
HYPNOCROWN etc) and save your game.
TARGET TIME 10:32:00
Reset your game and start from your save point and you'll realise
Stiltskin the Moogle is there, so buy off the item package from him!
Get out and go to the bridge again, where Eiko will meet Salamander.
Then go north into the glowing gate.
-Control Zidane. After a series of events between Zidane and Eiko,
Zidane will be inside Pandemonium. Equip the ELMACE SHOES (if you don't
have AUTOHASTE fixed yet) and a EARTH ROBE before venturing deeper.
Enable POISON GUARD, MP Attacks, FLYING DAMAGE UP, BEAST DAMAGE UP if
any. After a long series of speech, Zidane will start a chain series of
POISON GUARD comes in useful. Freija and Salamander will join in after
each turn to help out. Salamander will deal great damage together with
Steiner and Quina will start the battle first. Cast Reraise on Quina
for saftey reasons. After Abadon pass 2 turns, Zidane will appear.
Zidane and Steiner then concentrate on pounding Abadon.
-SHIELD DRAGON, HP:10920
Zidane will deal average damage about 2000 or so, but Zidane is
protected well from the earthquake attacks if you have the EARTH ROBE
on. Garnet will appear anytime when Zidane's HP goes into the low
yellow range. If you have trance at this time, it'll be the best as the
attacks will kill the dragon in 2 turns. Otherwise you will have to be
patient and Zidane goes up for each attack while Garnet can either heal
or cast powerful summons to help.
-Head back to the throne room after the battle with the Shield Dragon
to do necessary party adjustments, purchases and save your game!
TARGET TIME 10:53:00
-Be careful of the Glowing Light traps and reset when you fall for the
traps. At the Elevator Control, set the number to '4' and head
upstairs. Take the south path and warp your way until you reach the
second Save Point.
TARGET TIME 10:57:30
-There will be 3 consecutive battles ahead. Prepare your team.
Recommended party are Zidane, Steiner, Vivi, Salamander/Eiko. Enable
FLY DAMAGE UP, Maneater, MP Attacks, AUTOHASTE, AUTOREGEN, ILLUSION etc
Armor that protects against Thunder and Wind are of utmost importance.
(HYPNOCROWN, CORAL RING etc)
-SILVER DRAGON, HP:23697-24597
Zidane, Steiner, Salamander attacks while Vivi casts Blizzaga. If your
levels are high, you could defeat it in 1 turn. Salamander can help
further by throwing WINGEDGES.
Zidane, Steiner, Salamander attacks, Vivi casts Blizzaga or Flare. If
you have Eiko instead, heal constantly or cast RUBY LIGHT. Tough
Protection against Thunder spells are best here. Otherwise Eiko can
cast her RUBY LIGHT for protection. If Salamander is in use, throw
WINGEDGES or SHURIKENS for big damage. Tough battle too!
-After the battles, return to Branbul to gather Mikoto and the rest of
the Branbul villagers to the Invincible. Thereafter the FMV and a short
sequence, Disc 3 ends.
TARGET TIME 11:13:00
4-1 Last Dungeon ~ Excalibur II
MAX TIME 12:00:00
Black Mage Village
-After the events in Black Mage Village, form your party (same as the
Garland Battle party is good) and fly off to the Iifa Tree!
-DRAGON LORD, HP:53199-58699
Vivi equips OCTAGON STAFF, Steiner equips a RIBBON, both Zidane and
Salamander/Eiko equips the HYPNOCROWN. Enable FLY DAMAGE UP and MP
Attacks, Salamander throws items or Eiko heals, Vivi cast Blizzaga with
his SORCEROR ROBE on. It will be defeated in about 10 turns or so.
-Save your game at the rotating Save Point. TARGET TIME 11:23:00
-Party recommended. Zidane, Freija/Eiko, Steiner, Vivi. Choose Eiko if
you have 2 or more PHOENIX PINION left and equip one on Eiko. Get the
hidden 'LOVE OF KAIN' spear hidden at the back of the pillar near the
save point and put it on Freija. Equip a REFLECTRING on Vivi and enable
AUTOREFLECT if any.
Zidane, Steiner MP Attacks + DEVIL DAMAGE UP. Vivi does Blizzaga on
himself and Freija jumps. If Eiko is here, choose RUBY LIGHT. If you're
lucky, her MUSTARDBOMB might get reflected back to her and cause
Once Marilis dies, she'll cast SWORD RAIN! At your current level,
you'll most likely get wiped out by it. Time your attacks of Zidane and
Steiner such that Freija will JUMP first, before the other 2 commence
attacking, that way, Freija will still be alive if the other 2 score a
finishing strike. If Eiko is chosen, pray that REBIRTH summon will
activate after the party is wiped out.
-Get the RUNECLAW in the trails after the Marilis battle, prepare for
the next one. Save your game!
Zidane, Steiner and Salamander MP Attack + DEVIL DAMAGE UP. Tiamat has
a high defense anf mainly uses wind-based attacks, so adjust your
equipment accordingly. Enable TEMPERATURE GUARD if any to guard against
its Breath attack.
-Save your game at the water cavern near the Kraken.
Kraken is a very agile boss. It will act after each character's action,
and its attacks take up a lot of time so be very sure you have ELMACE
SHOES or AUTOHASTE enabled. Steiner should have the CORAL RING equipped
if any. The party should equip armor that absorbs or guard against
WATER attacks, like RIBBON, DIA GAUNTLET, OCTAGON STAFF etc.
Vivi should cast THUNDERGA, while Steiner attacks with THUNGERGA SWORD,
which should deal about 8000+ damage if coupled with the CORAL RING. If
everyone had their water-armor up, this battle should be easy but time-
-Get the 'MACE OF ZEUS' at the left corner of the platform between the
2 ladders as you approach the Lich. Equip FLAMEDAN on Steiner and EARTH
ROBES on the rest of the party.
Be wary of its LV 5 DOOM spell, so watch out for your level value
before engaging it. Guard against its earthquake spells either
equipping EARTH ROBE or enabling AUTOLEVITE from the FEATHERED BOOTS.
Zidane and Salamander/Eiko attacks/heal while Vivi can equip a REDCAP
and cast FIRAGA, Steiner casts FIRAGA SWORD on the Lich. This Chaos
should be the easiest among the four if you have appropriate items. Do
not take too long though.
-Thereafter this glorious battle, QUICKLY check your time and check on
the pillar second from the right. There should be a '!' mark indicating
the position of the weapon we are all looking for. After reading the
note by CID the FIRST, you'll acquire the sword, EXCALIBUR II!!!!!
As a side note.. After having followed this entire FAQ, if you were
not able to achieve the ExcaliberII due to the 12 hour time limit
which expired before the death of Hades, I would just like to say
that any true Square gamer could accomplish this simple task, and
you are a disgrace to the world of the true gamers.