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Final Fantasy VII Best Places for EXP/AP/Gil Guide

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                   by Anthony Morales (a.k.a. Fantasy Gamer)
                          fantasy_gamer_x@yahoo.com

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            "Leveling up? Mastering materia? Building up a fortune? 
                           This guide's for you!"


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 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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 1.0 - Introduction

 2.0 - Best Places for EXP, AP & Gil
    2.1 - Disc 1
    2.2 - Disc 2
    2.3 - Disc 3

 3.0 - Miscellaneous
    3.1 - More EXP & GIL!
    3.2 - More AP!
    3.3 - The Author

 4.0 - Legal Stuff

 5.0 - Version History

 6.0 - Credits

 7.0 - Parting Words

====================
 1.0 - INTRODUCTION
====================

This is my third game guide!

Actually, this is  just a  micro-FAQ.  A list of the best places to level up to
say the least.  I don't know if you will agree,  but I believe  the information
found in this  guide is  one of  the most  demanded info  by those new to Final
Fantasy VII... (just check the different FF7 message boards).

Sure,  guides telling  you how to  make your characters  too powerful makes the 
games little less challenging, but not all gamers plays the game for challenge.
If I may say, many would want to finish the game just for the sake of finishing
it. I don't  see any  thing wrong  about that.  Well, games  are there  just to
entertain us. 

For those level up freaks, leveling up as high as you can is one of the fastest
and easiest way to beat most RPG's.  With this guide,  you'll be leveling up in
no time.  Level up  to your  heart's  content!  If you're happy  with that,  my
efforts for this guide will be compensated already :)

Happy gaming!

                                                              
                                                                        FG
                                                            
Baguio City, Philippines
14 October  2003
08 February 2004 (updated intro)

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 2.0 - BEST PLACES FOR EXP, AP & GIL
=====================================

I did not  list all the  enemies in the following areas.  I included  only the
best sources of EXP / AP in each place. EXP / AP / GIL received vary depending
on the number of enemies appearing at each battle encounter.


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 2.1 - DISC 1
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


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 JUNON, PATH
-------------

In the path going to the Underwater Reactor, where you saw a platoon of soldier
practicing their drill, you will see a red switch at the wall.  Press it and an
alarm will sound. This will trigger you to have random enemies in that area.

 --> Death Machine
          EXP :  900
          AP  :   80
          GIL : 1200

 --> Slalom 2x or 3x
          EXP : 1400-2100
          AP  :  140- 210
          GIL : 3000-4500

WHAT'S GOOD? This is the first GREAT place to level up.

-------------
 MIDEEL AREA
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 --> Head Hunters x3 or x4
          EXP : 1950-2600
          AP  :  240- 320
          GIL : 3000-4000

 --> Crysales x3
          EXP : 2400
          AP  :  210
          GIL : 1800

 --> Spirals x2 or x3
          EXP : 1400-2100
          AP  :  160- 240
          GIL : 2600-3900
      
 --> Sea Worm
          EXP : 1300
          AP  :  200
          GIL : 5000


WHAT'S GOOD? Spiral + Morph = Guard Sources!
             Best level up place before going to the Northern Cave.
              
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 CORAL VALLEY
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 --> Bound Fats + Malldancers
          EXP : 1920-2260
          AP  :  208- 332
          GIL : 2450

WHAT'S GOOD? Enemies are easy, while giving good amount of EXP.
             Bound Fat + Morph = Dazer (Paralyze. Effective vs RUBY)

------------
 WUTAI AREA
------------

     Tail Vault/Razor Weed/
 --> Edgehead/Thunder Bird/
     Bizarre Bug    
          EXP : 1190-1665
          AP  :   96- 152
          GIL : 1080-1480      

WHAT'S GOOD? Bizarre Bugs gives X-Potion when defeated. Essential when doing
             the SCIENM Challenge.

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 2.2 - DISC 2
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

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 SUNKEN GELNIKA
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 --> Unknown
          EXP :  1500
          AP  :   150
          GIL :  5000 

 --> Unknown 2
          EXP :  3000
          AP  :   300
          GIL : 10000

 --> Unknown 3 
          EXP :  2000
          AP  :   200
          GIL :  7500

 --> Serpent
          EXP :  1400
          AP  :    70
          GIL :  2500

WHAT'S GOOD? S-O-U-R-C-E-S-!

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 CACTUS ISLAND
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If you don't know, you can find this island directly south of Cosmo Canyon.

 --> Cactuer 
          EXP : 1000
          AP  :  100
          GIL : 1000

WHAT'S GOOD? Cactuer + Morph = Tetra Elemental (before disc 3!)


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 2.3 - DISC 3
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


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 NORTHERN CAVE
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 --> Magic Pots x1 or x2
          EXP : 8000-16000
          AP  : 1000- 2000
          GIL : 8500-17000

 --> Master Tonberry
          EXP : 6000
          AP  :  200
          GIL : 6800

 --> Dark Dragon 
          EXP : 5000
          AP  :  350
          GIL : 2500
         
 --> Dragon Zombie 
          EXP : 4000
          AP  :  300
          GIL : 2800

 --> Death Dealer 2x
          EXP : 3600
          AP  :  400
          GIL : 2400

 --> 3 Movers (rare)
          EXP :     0
          AP  :  2400
          GIL : 90000


WHAT'S GOOD? Magic Pots 2x + EXP Plus   =  32000 EXP!
             Mover + Apocalypse/Javelin =   7200 AP !
             Mover + Gil Plus           = 180000 GIL!
             Mover + Morph              = Protect Ring
             Tonberry + Morph           = Ribbon

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 3.0 - MISCELLANEOUS
=====================

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 3.1 - More EXP & GIL
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Do you know that  there is a special  materia that doubles the amount of EXP &
GIL you gain from battles? Yap! That's right... EXP & GIL Plus materia!

Go to Gold Saucer's  Wonder Square.  Change your  GP for Items.  When choosing 
the item to get,  choose the one with ????????,  which costs 2000 GP, you will 
receive the EXP Plus materia. The one that costs 1000 is the Gil Plus materia.

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 3.2 - More AP
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

If you think that AP was left out, you're wrong!

Most characters will  acquire at least  2 weapons with double  growth weapons,
while others are lucky enough to acquire triple growth weapons.  Most of these
weapons have unlinked slots, but there are also very few that has linked ones.
Besisds weapons, there are also 2 armors that allow for double materia growth.
Unfortunately, both armors have unlinked slots.  Here's the list of all equips
that allow double/triple materia growth:

 Weapons
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Peace Maker
     Location: Kalm Town, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () ()

Magic Comb
     Location: won from Fort Condor battle, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () ()

White M-Phone
     Location: Gongaga, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () ()

Force Stealer
     Location: Given by Rufus, buy at North Corel
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () ()

Wind Slash
     Location: Cargo Ship, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () ()

Motor Drive
     Location: Costa del Sol Villa
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () ()

Wizard Staff
     Location: Mt. Corel, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () ()

W Machinegun
     Location: Mt. Corel, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () ()

Black M-Phone
     Location: Cave of the Gi
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Wizer Staff
     Location: won from Gi Nattak
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Platinum Fist
     Location: Tifa's house (given by man in cape), buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Twin Viper
     Location: Shinra Mansion, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Rune Blade
     Location: Mt. Nibel, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Plus Barrette
     Location: Mt. Nibel, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Powersoul
     Location: Mt. Nibel, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Drill Arm
     Location: Cid's house, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Viper Halberd
     Location: Corral Valley, buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Javelin
     Location: Gaea's Cliff
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : ()=() ()=() ()

Buntline
     Location: buy at Junon (Disc 2)
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

Rising Sun
     Location: steal from Diamond Weapon
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : ()=() ()=()

Apocalypse
     Location: Ancient Forest
     Growth  : Triple
     Slots   :() () ()


Scimitar
     Location: Junon Underwater Reactor
     Growth  : Triple
     Slots   : ()=()

 Armors
--------

Platinum Bangle
     Location: Costa del Sol
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () ()

Rune Armlet
     Location: buy at Bone Village
     Growth  : Double
     Slots   : () () () ()

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 3.3 - The Author
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Real Name: Anthony Lawrence M. Morales
User Name: Fantasy Gamer
Gender   : Male
B-day    : February 24
Country  : Philippines

First Visited GameFAQs.com   : ?? June   2000
Joined GameFAQS Message Board: 27 August 2002, 1:48:35 AM (GFAQs time)

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===================
 4.0 - LEGAL STUFF
===================

This guide is solely  intended for the public  use in the world wide web.  All
information  and work  in this  document  is copyright ゥ 2003, 2004 by Anthony 
Lawrence M. Morales. Without my permission, no other site may post this guide,
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=======================
 5.0 - VERSION HISTORY
=======================

This guide was made after I got  tired of topics from beginners like "Where is
the best place to level up?".  Another reason why I made this guide is for the
sake of convenience.  It's too cumbersome to browse at a monster FAQ/list just
to look for  the info about  exp, ap or gil.  So, I made this  little guide to
help them.  I tried to post it at GameFAQs,  but unfortunately it was rejected
for 'oversaturation'.  I looked at the net for a possible host for this little
(but I think, very helpful)  guide and I found  Neoseeker who  gave my guide a
chance.

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(Version 0.99)
14 October 2003  - started the Best Places for EXP and AP Guide.
14 October 2003  - finished Version 0.99.
     30 October 2003 - submitted to neoseeker.com
     30 October 2003 - Version 0.99 posted in neoseeker.com

(Version 1.0)
08 February 2004 - started first update.
08 February 2004 - finished.
                 - changed the format a little.
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(Version 1.1)
23 April    2004 - started second update.
23 April    2004 - finished.
                 - minor corrections were made.

(Version 1.2)
23 May      2004 - started third update.
                 - changed my title/heading design
23 May      2004 - finished.

(Version 1.3)
27 July     2004 - started fourth update.
                 - space adjustments where made to make the pararaphs look
                   better.
                 - added info about double/triple growth equips.
27 July     2004 - finished.
     28 July    2004 - submitted to NeoSeeker.

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===============
 6.0 - CREDITS
===============

I would like to express my gratitude to the following who helped me make this
guide in any way:

-+- Squaresoft (now Square-Enix)
    For making one of the best games of all times, and the best RPG for me. 
    (fave party: Cloud, Cid and Barret/Yuffie)

-+- www.NeoSeeker.com
    For hosting this guide... (my third guide).

-+- THE ONE READING THIS
    This guide is made for you!

    --> My avid readers
        Thanks for the continuous support!

    --> My e-mailers
        Thanks for the time!

Special Thanks to:

-+- Fantasy Gamer
    For encoding, editing and testing this guide. 

=====================
 7.0 - PARTING WORDS
=====================

I WILL BE GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Tell me what you think about this guide... comments,  suggestions,  added info,
corrections, and constructive criticisms are all welcome.

I WILL APPRECIATE IF YOU WILL FIRST TELL ME YOUR GFAQs USER NAME (if you have).

If you think you should be given credit but was not included in the list, mail/
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Don't hesitate to e-mail me if you have anything in your mind regarding gaming.
I am one of the most hospitable FAQ Contributors here. You're guaranteed to get
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sick, (3)I'm VERY busy, (4)I'm on a vacation or (5)I'm already dead :(

I will be more than willing to help in any way I can. God bless!

Fantasy Gamer
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"Let's mosey!"



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                   THANK YOU FOR READING! HOPE YOU LIKED IT!
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           Final Fantasy VII - Best Places for EXP, AP & GIL Guide
                        Date Started  : 14 October 2003
                        Date Finished : 14 October 2003                              

                   by Anthony Morales (a.k.a Fantasy Gamer)         
(0.0590/d/web2)