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Final Fantasy VII Gold Saucer Guide

by mike tru   Updated to v1.00 on
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|                              Final Fantasy VII                             |
|                                 Playstation                                |
|                              Gold Saucer Guide                             |
|                                Version  1.00                               |
|                           Sunday, January 04, 2004                         |
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Contents:

         I                        About this FAQ
        I I                       Version History
       I I I                      Basic Information
        I V                       Battle Square
         V                        Chocobo Racing
        V I                       Event Square
       V I I                      Ghost Square
      V I I I                     Round Square
        I X                       Speed Square
         X                        Wonder Square
        X I                       Misc. Info
       X I I                      Notes and Thanks


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Mission Statement
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Looking through the many FAQs that are posted over the web pertaining to Final
Fantasy VII, I noticed that there was a lock of one FAQ in particular - a Gold
Saucer FAQ. In this FAQ I hope to show explore deeply into every aspect of the
Gold Saucer amusement park. I am a big fan of tables, so if you are not, just
be warned that this FAQ has more than its fair share of tables (25).

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|       I I                       VERSION HISTORY                            |
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Version 1.00     Just started out with the FAQ. At this point on the first
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                 section has a fair amount of information (some are finished
                 some still have a bit of work to get completed, but it is
                 finally presentable).

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|      I I I                      BASIC INFORMATION                          |
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What is Gold Saucer?     Basically the Gold Saucer is a giant amusement park
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯     that Square added into the game in dramatically
                         increase both replay value and to go along with many
                         parts of the story.
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How Much Does it Cost?     The first time you come to the entrance of Gold
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯     Saucer, you are asked if you would like to buy a
                           single day pass. If you chose this option, then it
                           will cost 3 000 Gil. The other option is a lifetime
                           pass for 30 000 Gil, which by the time you are
                           finished with the game, you will realize just how
                           good of a bargain this is.
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What can I do there?     You can do anything from race chocobos to fight a
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯     series of beasts. There is an arcade area where you
                         can play games. You can take a roller coaster ride
                         while shooting targets out. There is even an Inn if
                         you get a little tired (Be careful though, it's
                         haunted!) During the game, you will even go on a date
                         here and get to act out a play.
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What is this GP?     GP is pretty much like "Gold Saucer Money" you will earn
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯     GP if you do well in games or win chocobo races. However,
                     many of the games that you will come to enjoy will cost
                     GP, which can be hard to come by sometimes, especially
                     when you are looking to buy some good materia for a
                     couple thousand GP at a time. Don't worry, if you leave
                     the Gold Saucer for any reason, you will still be able to
                     hold onto any GP that you have earned.
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Where do I get GP?     You can earn GP from many of the games that are in Gold
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯     Saucer. Every once in a while, a person will show up
                       outside of the main entrance you will be able to buy GP
                       from him. It is also possible to win GP from winning
                       Chocobo races.
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Can I Buy GP?     It is possible to buy GP. Every once in a while a man will
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯     appear outside the entrance of the Gold Saucer (above the
                  save point). You will be able to buy up to 100 GP from him,
                  for 100 Gil per GP. However, he only appears about 13% of
                  the time, so you might need to enter and leave a few times
                  for him to appear.


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|       I V                       BATTLE SQUARE                              |
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The basic idea of Battle Square is a place where you can practice your
fighting techniques and strategies without there being game-ending
consequences. However, to make the game more interesting, Square added a
couple extra variables to the preverbal equation. One: Before each round of
fighting the proceeds the initial round you will be given a handicap that will
last until the end of the set of eight fights. Two: Each handicap will give
you a certain amount of battle points, or "BP", that accumulates until the end
of the round. Three: With enough BP you will be able to buy rare and unique
items and materia. Four: Get good enough, and you will be entered into a
special battle where you must fight some of the toughest enemies in the
game... by yourself.

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Basic Info
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Cost:             10 GP
Difficulty:       Varies
Necessity:        High

Before going into the actual arena, you will be asked whether you would like
to participate in the Regular Battle or the Special Battle. This, of course,
is assuming that you have already earned the Special Battle privileges.

To earn Special Battle privileges, you must first have bought W-Summon and
Omnislash. Once you have bought both of those, make sure that Cloud has
learned Omnislash and that he has Ultima Weapon. Once all of these
requirements have been met, then Dio will come out and invite him to the
Special Battle.

If you choose the regular battle, or haven't earned the Special Battle, you
will be asked which character you wish to participate. Choose and then you
will run into the arena.

The first round of fighting you will have no handicaps and will be a normal
fight. But once you beat that set of enemies you will be asked if you would
like to continue. Your choices are "Off Course" and "No Way!". Should you
chose to go on you will have a slot come up that you must stop. When it stops
you a handicap will be displayed and that will be caste upon you. If you are
able to beat that enemy you will be given the BP for that handicap and the
process will begin again. All in all you will fight eight rounds of enemies.
If at any time you chose to quit you will still receive you BP, however, if
you are killed, then you will receive none.

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Enemies - Regular Battle
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|                         R  O  U  N  D     O  N  E                         |
•=================·=======·==========·======·===========·===========·=======•
|       NAME      | LEVEL |    HP    |  MP  |   STEAL   |   MORPH   | MANIP |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•
| Dual Horn       |    30 |    2 500 |    0 | Pepio Nut |       n/a |   yes |
| Foulander       |    27 |      800 |  100 |       n/a |       n/a |   yes |
| Garuda          |    29 |    1 400 |  200 |       n/a |       n/a |   yes |
| Jayjujayme      |    28 |      640 |   20 |       n/a |       n/a |   yes |
| Razorweed       |    27 |    1 000 |  145 |       n/a |       n/a |   yes |
| Bizarre Bug     |    28 |      975 |    0 |       n/a |       n/a |    no |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•

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|                         R  O  U  N  D     T  W  O                         |
•=================·=======·==========·======·===========·===========·=======•
|       NAME      | LEVEL |    HP    |  MP  |   STEAL   |   MORPH   | MANIP |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•
| 8 Eye           |    30 |      500 |  220 |       n/a | MagSource |    no |
| Acrophies       |    35 |    2 400 |  220 | WaterRing |       n/a |    no |
| Adamantaimai    |    30 |    1 600 |  240 |AdamanBangl|       n/a |   yes |
| Bizarre Bug     |    28 |      975 |    0 |       n/a |       n/a |    no |
| Kelzmelzer      |    30 |      800 |    0 |  Antidote |  Antidote |   yes |
| Slaps           |    29 |      900 |   50 |       n/a |     Hyper |    no |
| Tail Vault      |    28 |      960 |    0 |       n/a |       n/a |   yes |
| Tonadu          |    30 |    1 600 |    0 | Bird Wing |       n/a |   yes |
| Under Lizard    |    29 |    1 400 |  140 |    Remedy |    Remedy |   yes |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•

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|                       R  O  U  N  D     T  H  R  E  E                     |
•=================·=======·==========·======·===========·===========·=======•
|       NAME      | LEVEL |    HP    |  MP  |   STEAL   |   MORPH   | MANIP |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•
| 8 Eye           |    30 |      500 |  220 |       n/a | MagSource |    no |
| Adamantaimai    |    30 |    1 600 |  240 |AdamanBangl|       n/a |   yes |
| Ancient Dragon  |    34 |    2 400 |  450 |       n/a |       n/a |   yes |
| Doorbull        |    35 |    2 800 |  160 | Hi-Potion |       n/a |    no |
| Jemnezmy        |    24 |      800 |   80 |       n/a |       n/a |    no |
| ToxicFrog       |    26 |      500 |  100 |   Impaler |    Remedy |   yes |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•

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|                         R  O  U  N  D     F  O  U  R                      |
•=================·=======·==========·======·===========·===========·=======•
|       NAME      | LEVEL |    HP    |  MP  |   STEAL   |   MORPH   | MANIP |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•
| Acrophies       |    35 |    2 400 |  220 | WaterRing |       n/a |    no |
| Boundfat        |    27 |      500 |   80 |    Dazers |    Dazers |   yes |
| Hippogriff      |    37 |    3 000 |  280 |       n/a |       n/a |    no |
| Ice Golem       |    40 |    4 000 |   30 | Hi-Potion |       n/a |    no |
| Jumping         |    24 |      999 |    0 |AntarcWind | Hi-Potion |   yes |
| Malldancer      |    32 |      600 |  100 | Pheo.Down | Hi-Potion |   yes |
| Trickplay       |    24 |    1 500 |  100 |       n/a |       n/a |    no |
| Vlakorados      |    -- |   33 333 |    0 | Carob Nut |    Elixir |   yes |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•

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|                         R  O  U  N  D     F  I  V  E                      |
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|       NAME      | LEVEL |    HP    |  MP  |   STEAL   |   MORPH   | MANIP |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•
| Frozen Nail     |    28 |    1 300 |  100 |       n/a |       n/a |   yes |
| Lessaloploth    |    34 |    2 000 |  400 | Pheo.Down |       n/a |   yes |
| Magnade         |    35 |    1 000 |  100 | Pheo.Down |       n/a |    no |
| Shred           |    32 |      900 |  100 |       n/a |       n/a |   yes |
| Snow            |    32 |    4 000 |  160 |   Circlet |       n/a |   yes |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•

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|                           R  O  U  N  D     S  I  X                       |
•=================·=======·==========·======·===========·===========·=======•
|       NAME      | LEVEL |    HP    |  MP  |   STEAL   |   MORPH   | MANIP |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•
| Cuahl           |    33 |    1 300 |   60 |Tranquilizr|Tranquilizr|   yes |
| Evilhead        |    28 |      740 |   45 |       n/a | HolyTorch |   yes |
| Headbomber      |    35 |    1 600 |  200 |Tranquilizr|Tranquilizr|   yes |
| Sculpture       |    32 |    1 700 |  100 |       n/a |       n/a |   yes |
| Stilva          |    40 |    2 000 |  300 |       n/a | HolyTorch |   yes |
| Zolokalter      |    30 |      950 |   90 |       n/a |  Antidote |   yes |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•

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|                      R  O  U  N  D     S  E  V  E  N                      |
•=================·=======·==========·======·===========·===========·=======•
|       NAME      | LEVEL |    HP    |  MP  |   STEAL   |   MORPH   | MANIP |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•
| Blue Dragon     |    41 |    8 800 |  500 |       n/a |       n/a |    no |
| Dragon Rider    |    35 |    3 500 |  180 | Hi-Potion |MindSource |    no |
| Gigas           |    40 |    6 500 |  100 |GigasArmlet|       n/a |    no |
| Gremlin         |    36 |    1 500 |  100 |      Tent |  X-Potion |   yes |
| Ironite         |    30 |    2 400 |  100 | Phoe.Down |       n/a |   yes |
| Malboro         |    44 |    4 400 |  900 |M-Tentacles|      n/a |    no |
| Tonberry        |    ?? |  ~35 000 |  ??? |TurboEther |    Elixir |    no |
| Wind Wing       |    36 |    1 900 |  350 | Hi-Potion | Phoe.Down |   yes |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•

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|                      R  O  U  N  D     E  I  G  H  T                      |
•=================·=======·==========·======·===========·===========·=======•
|       NAME      | LEVEL |    HP    |  MP  |   STEAL   |   MORPH   | MANIP |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•
| Ghost Ship      |    44 |    6 600 |  100 | Phoe.Down | GuideBook |    no |
| Ho-chu          |    ?? |    8 000 |  290 |   Circlet |    Ribbon |   yes |
| Sea Worm        |    22 |    9 000 |  200 |Drag Scales|Drag Scales|    no |
| Serpent         |    40 |   14 000 |  240 | WaterRing |Mind Source|    no |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•

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|                 S  P  E  C  I  A  L     B  A  T  T  L  E                  |
•=================·=======·==========·======·===========·===========·=======•
|       NAME      | LEVEL |    HP    |  MP  |   STEAL   |   MORPH   | MANIP |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•
| R1 Sea Worm     |    22 |    9 000 |  200 |Drag Scales|Drag Scales|    no |
| R2 Ho-chu       |    ?? |    8 000 |  290 |   Circlet |    Ribbon |   yes |
| R3 Unknown 3    |    52 |   15 000 |  150 |BoltArmlet | MagSource |    no |
| R4 Serpent      |    40 |   14 000 |  240 | WaterRing |Mind Source|    no |
| R5 Wolfmeister  |    43 |   10 000 |  200 |       n/a |       n/a |    no |
| R6 Behemoth     |    45 |    7 000 |  400 | Phoe.Down |       n/a |    no |
| R7 Max. Kimaira |    49 |    4 000 |  350 |       n/a |GuardSource|    no |
| R8 Proud Clod   |    ?? |  200 000+|  500 |       n/a |       n/a |    no |
•-----------------·-------·----------·------·-----------·-----------·-------•

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Handicaps     After each round of battle you will be awarded more BP. Here is
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯     a chart that shows just how much BP you will get each round
              depending on what handicap you were given the previous round and
              what round you are in.

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                           | Handicap              | Abbr |
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                           | Poison                | Pois |
                           | Toad                  | Toad |
                           | Mini                  | Mini |
                           | Break Summon Materia  | Summ |
                           | Break Support Materia | Supp |
                           | Break All Materia     | AllM |
                           | Break Accessory       | Acce |
                           | Break Item            | Item |
                           | Lucky Seven           | None |
                           | Halve Speed           | HSpe |
                           | Halve HP              | H-HP |
                           | Halve MP              | H-MP |
                           | Halve HP and Halve MP | Both |
                           | Zero MP               | 0 MP |
                           | Break Weapon          | Weap |
                           | Break Armor           | Armo |
                           | Time 30 Damage        | Time |
                           | Descend 5 Levels      | 5Lev |
                           | Descend 10 Levels     | 10Le |
                           | Restore HP            | ReHP |
                           | Break Magic Materia   | Magi |
                           •=======================·======•

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| HAND | ROUND 1 | ROUND 2 | ROUND 3 | ROUND 4 | ROUND 5 | ROUND 6 | ROUND 7 |
•======·=========·=========·=========·=========·=========·=========·=========•
| Pois |       4 |       6 |         |      16 |      33 |      82 |         |
| Toad |       6 |      10 |      19 |      44 |     130 |     520 |   3 069 |
| Mini |       5 |       8 |      16 |      36 |     108 |     453 |   2 940 |
| Summ |         |      18 |      37 |         |         |         |         |
| Comm |         |         |      17 |      41 |         |         |         |
| Indy |         |         |         |      99 |         |   1 014 |         |
| Supp |         |         |         |      91 |     279 |         |         |
| AllM |         |         |      59 |         |     463 |         |  10 000 |
| Acce |      10 |      18 |      35 |         |     248 |         |         |
| Item |      13 |      23 |         |     118 |     355 |   1 368 |   7 200 |
| None |       7 |       7 |       7 |       7 |       7 |       7 |       7 |
| HSpe |       5 |       7 |         |      19 |         |         |         |
| H-HP |      13 |      22 |      40 |      84 |     204 |         |         |
| H-MP |      12 |      20 |      36 |      73 |     173 |         |         |
| Both |         |         |         |      94 |     244 |     775 |   3 134 |
| 0 MP |         |         |         |      70 |     171 |     502 |   1 855 |
| Weap |         |      37 |      67 |     130 |         |   1 575 |         |
| Armo |         |      17 |      33 |         |         |     654 |         |
| Time |         |      15 |      26 |      54 |     130 |         |         |
| 5Lev |       5 |       8 |      13 |         |         |         |         |
| 10Le |         |      16 |      28 |      53 |     118 |     308 |     968 |
| ReHP |       1 |       1 |       1 |       1 |       1 |       1 |       1 |
| Magi |      15 |      28 |         |     145 |     445 |   1 755 |   9 425 |
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Spending BP     Once you have received your BP you will be able to spend them
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯     on buying some rare and useful items as well as some really
                helpful materia.

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| DISK ONE - BEFORE TINY BRONCO |            | DISK ONE - AFTER TINY BRONCO |
•===============================•            •==============================•
|         Item          |   BP  |            |         Item         |   BP  |
•-----------------------·-------•            •----------------------·-------•
| Potion                |    80 |            | Phoenix Down         |   100 |
| Phoenix Down          |   160 |            | Remedy               |   200 |
| Shrapnel              |   320 |            | Mimett Greens        |   400 |
| Ether                 |   640 |            | Enemy Lure           |   800 |
| Mimett Greens         | 1 280 |            | Choco Feather        | 1 600 |
| Fury Ring             | 2 560 |            | S-Mine               | 3 200 |
| Enemy Lure            | 5 120 |            | Pre-Emptive          | 6 400 |
| Pre-Emptive           |10 240 |            | Speed Plus           |12 800 |
| Speed Plus            |20 480 |            | Champion Belt        |25 600 |
| Champion Belt         |41 960 |            | Omnislash            |51 200 |
•-----------------------·-------•            •----------------------·-------•

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                       |     DISK TWO - DISK THREE     |
                       •===============================•
                       |         Item          |   BP  |
                       •-----------------------·-------•
                       | Remedy                |   100 |
                       | Enemy Lure            |   250 |
                       | Right Arm             |   500 |
                       | Pre-Emptive           | 1 000 |
                       | Reagan Greens         | 2 000 |
                       | Speed Plus            | 4 000 |
                       | Stardust              | 8 000 |
                       | Champion Belt         |16 000 |
                       | Omnislash             |32 000 |
                       | W-Summon              |64 000 |
                       •-----------------------·-------•

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Strategies
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   Early Game (Pre Temple of Ancients)
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Choose the character that is the most balanced in your party, because you do
not know which handicaps you will get. This way, no matter what you should be
safe. I generally choose Cloud. As far as your equipment goes, make sure that
you have the best weapon and armor that you have - you should also have White
Cape equipped to protect you from Frog. Once you have this much it comes down
to your materia set up...

The first and most essential materia that you should have is Enemy Skill. This
thing will work wonders for you. Make sure that you have Beta, Big Guard, White
Wind, and possibly Aqualung. Also equip your character with Long Range
(assuming that you are not using a long range weapon). If you have any strong
summons you should also try to put them in also.

As long as you have that set-up, you should be decent. But you should try to
have a large supply of Ethers to restore you MP usage.

Once you get there, your biggest problem will be recovering from the handicaps
that the game gives you, which most of the time will be fixed with White Wind.
As far as your attacks go, just check out what sort of HP the enemy has using
the chart above and if they are too strong for your normal physical attacks,
then simply use Beta or Aqualung or any summon to finish the enemy off.

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   Early Game (Post Temple of Ancients)
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Since you get your first Ribbon in the Temple of the Ancients, this is a major
turning point in your ability to win often in Battle Arena. Obviously, you
should have it equipped on your character. Once you do that give your
character their best weapon. As far as the armor goes, you should try to give
them the Dragon Armlet.

With your set-up you should have a few more materia slots open. With these
make sure that you have Enemy Skill (Big Guard, White Wind, Beta, and
Aqualung). You should try to have Restore with at least Regen, Counter Attack,
Long Range, and as many HP Plus materias that you have. Bahamut should also be
very helpful if you still have the room for it.

As soon as you begin to fight, cast Big Guard on yourself - this will set up
Barrier, MBarrier, and Haste. The next round cast Regen on yourself to keep
your HP up if you get hit. From there just attack with strong Enemy Skills, or
if you have good physical attacks, use them also. If your MP runs low be sure
to use Ethers and Turbo Ethers. At this point you should be able to win if you
have some skill, but if you get unlucky with the slots there is not much you
can do.

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   Mid-Game (Disk Two)
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This should be getting fairly basic at this point in the game. One of your
characters should have their ultimate weapon by this point in the game. Give
them that and equip them with that, one of the Ribbons, and any strong armor
that you like to have.

Materia setup should be the same as before, but this time you can rely more on
physical attacks than anything else. To do this simply equip a 4x Cut materia
or the Slash-All materia.

Just Big Guard, Regen, and hack away at the enemies. The first action in each
round of fighting should be used to counter whatever handicap you have had
inflicted on you (if possible). You should also try to save your limit (if you
get it) for the last battle if possible. To easily get around having to use
it, equip Deathblow or Mug and attack that way. From this point on, you will
not need to rely on strategy anymore. You should be strong enough to destroy
just about every enemy that gets in your way.


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|        V                        CHOCOBO RACING                             |
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Up until you are receive the Highwind, you will not be able to actually race
your chocobos. This, obviously is due to the fact that you are not able to
have any chocobos. However, if you are so inclined, you are able to bet on
races. I would not recommend doing this simply because it is long, tedious,
based on nothing more than luck, and you will not receive anything so
spectacular that it can not wait. In my next few updates, I will get
statistics and tendencies on the betting aspect of racing.

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Basics of Racing:
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Once you decide to start racing, you will need to have a chocobo in your
stables, preferably one that has been bred, but is not necessary. Once you do
that, go into the arena and talk to Ester (the lady standing on the left side
of the screen. She will ask you which chocobo you wish to race (if you have
multiple). Then she will ask you which course you would like to race in, the
long or the short. Then you will be off to the races! HA! HA! HA! Get it? It
was a pun... ha ha ha

                               The next thing that Ester will say to you is
     •===================•     that your chocobo will be racing in a specific
     | Class | Races Won |     class. There are a total of four different
     •=======·===========•     classes you can be in, depending on your skill
     |   C   |     0     |     If you have won a certain amount then you will
     |   B   |     3     |     move up to the next class as shown in the chart
     |   A   |     6     |     on the left. Each class you will face tougher
     |   S   |     9     |     opponents, however, you will receive better
     •-------·-----------•     prizes for winning - So it is a fair trade in
                               most cases. Once you get things figured out you
                               will be able to win almost always. Similarly to
how they asked during Snowboarding, if Tifa or Cid are in your party when you
choose to race, they will ask you if they can race. Likewise, there is no
change in effect other than they are racing, if you choose to allow it.

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It's Race Time:
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After you have decided to race you will come to a lineup screen. It is always
good to check out how good your opponents are. This is necessary for many
people for a while because there is one opponent, Teiho, that will always have
better stats than you. It is also nice to check out what sort of prizes you
will be getting once you win.

Press Start and you will off to the track. You have two different options for
how you are going to race. Manual and Automatic. I like to think of my chocobo
as a transmission, if you choose Automatic, then you don't ever have to do
anything to race, you just go. If you chose manual, then you are able to
control when you speed up and slow down and such. Most people prefer manual.

The key to winning chocobo races, especially when Teiho decides to show his
ugly face, is getting an early lead and NOT getting stuck behind other
chocobos. To do this, turn on your manual "transmission" and turn your chocobo
until you are to the side of the others and just go around them. Once you get
out in the front just watch your stamina and you should do fine.

There is one part in each track that is devastating to many chocobos. For the
short track, you fear space. For the long, the waterfall is your demise.
Either way, you have to prepare for it. These two spots are right at the very
end and will slow your chocobo down! This can be avoided by having colored
chocobos which are immune to the effect.

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Post-Race Celebration:
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After the race is over and you have won all of the cards will be turned over.
Each card has a different combination of two numbers from 1 to 6. They
represent which chocobos finished first and second. On the back of the card is
a symbol, this symbol matches up with one of the symbols next to the prizes on
the bottom of the screen. This is the prize that you will win - or you could
trade the prize for GP. After the race you will be given the option. The
following chart shows just how much each prize is worth, and what classes you
are able to win the prize in...

                  •====================•=========•==========•
                  | Item Name          | Class   | GP Worth |
                  •====================·=========·==========•
                  | Potion             |       C |        5 |
                  | Hyper              |     B C |       10 |
                  | Phoenix Down       | S A B C |       10 |
                  | Tranquilizer       |     B C |       10 |
                  | Hero Drink         | S A B   |       15 |
                  | Hi-Potion          |   A B C |       15 |
                  | Antarctic Wind     |   A B C |       20 |
                  | Bolt Plume         | S A B C |       20 |
                  | Fire Fang          |   A B C |       20 |
                  | Ether              |   A B C |       30 |
                  | Fire Veil          | S A     |       50 |
                  | Ice Crystal        | S A     |       50 |
                  | Swift Bolt         | S A     |       50 |
                  | Turbo Ether        | S A B   |      150 |
                  | Elixir             | S A B   |      200 |
                  | Counter Attack     | S A     |      300 |
                  | Enemy Away         | S A     |      300 |
                  | Megalixer          | S       |      300 |
                  | Precious Watch     | S       |      300 |
                  | Sneak Attack       | S A     |      300 |
                  | Chocobracelet      | S       |      400 |
                  | Cat's Bell         | S A     |      500 |
                  | Magic Counter      | S       |      500 |
                  | Sprint Shoes       | S       |      500 |
                  •====================•=========•==========•


•============================================================================•
|       V I                       EVENT SQUARE                               |
•============================================================================•


Besides a quick scene during your date during story mode, there is literally
nothing that you can do here.... Nothing


•============================================================================•
|      V I I                      GHOST SQUARE                               |
•============================================================================•


Outside of a quick scene during the story mode, there is not much you can do
in Ghost Square that you can not do in just about every city and town in the
game. There is a small shop with some basic items that you might need to stock
up on early in the game and there is a hotel where you can get some well
earned rest.

                     •===============================•
                     | Item              |   Costs   |
                     •===================·===========•
                     | Potion            |    50 Gil |
                     | Phoenix Down      |   300 Gil |
                     | Ether             | 1 500 Gil |
                     | Antidote          |    80 Gil |
                     | Maiden's Kiss     |   150 Gil |
                     | Cornucopia        |   150 Gil |
                     | Soft              |   150 Gil |
                     | Echo Screen       |   100 Gil |
                     | Hyper             |   100 Gil |
                     | Tranquilizer      |   100 Gil |
                     •-------------------+-----------•
                     | One Night (Hotel) |      5 GP |
                     •===================·===========•


•============================================================================•
|     V I I I                     SPEED SQUARE                               |
•============================================================================•


This game is a fairly simple game. You ride around on a roller-coaster while
shooting out targets. Each target has a designated point value. If you are able
to achieve a high score you will be rewarded with a prize.

                       •===========================•
                       | Score |       Prize       |
                       •=======·===================•
                       | 3 000 |    1 / 35 Soldier |
                       | 3 000 |          Masamune |
                       | 3 000 |     Super Sweeper |
                       | 5 000 | Umbrella (Disk 1) |
                       | 5 000 | Flayer (Disk 2+3) |
                       •===========================•

Note: Future updates will contain a information on targets and further
      explorations into this game.

•============================================================================•
|       I X                       ROUND SQUARE                               |
•============================================================================•


Round Square will take you on a tour of the Gold Saucer, you will be put into
a two person car (this means you must leave one of your party members behind
if you have three) and sent around the park. You will get to see a series of
FMVs that show you everything from Speed Square to Battle Square to Ghost
Square. All of this and it only costs you 3 GP!


•============================================================================•
|        X                        WONDER SQUARE                              |
•============================================================================•


Wonder Square is the arcade area of the amusement park. Here you will be able
to play your favorite mini-games that you have playing throughout the game, as
well as many others that you haven't. You are able to both win and buy prizes,
some of which are very unique and you will definitely want to pick up before
the end of your game.

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Arm Wrestling
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Cost:        100 Gil

Difficulty:  Sumo Wrestler (Medium)
             Wrestler (Hard)

Prizes:      1 GP (Sumo Wrestler)
             2 GP (Wrestler)

Description:     This game is a button-mashers dream. You will choose which
                 opponent you would like to face. You have two options, the
      Sumo Wrestler, and the wrestler. If you are able to beat them you will
      get 1 GP and 2 GP - respectively. In order to beat them you will need to
      tap the confirm button as quickly as you can. Not much to it, especially
      if you have a rapid fire controller.

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Basketball
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Cost:         200 Gil

Difficulty:   Varies

Prizes:       GP (amount will vary)

Description:     Step up to the free throw line and see how good you are. If
                 you are able to get the timing down on this game, then you
      will be able to rack up some serious GP. There is not too much I can do
      to help out with the timing. One pattern I have noticed - if you hold it
      as long as the lights are lit up that go around the platform that you
      behind Cloud's head then that will generally allow you to make the shot.
      The game will award you for every shot that you make. The first 10 shots
      that are made each net you 1 GP. After that every x1th shot will double
      your current GP award and add then add on the one for the shot made.

                           •===================•
                           | Shots Made |  GP  |
                           •============·======•
                           |          1 |    1 |
                           |          6 |    6 |
                           |         10 |   10 |
                           |         11 |   21 |
                           |         20 |   30 |
                           |         21 |   61 |
                           |         30 |   70 |
                           |         31 |  141 |
                           •============·======•

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Wonder Catcher
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Cost:         100 Gil

Difficulty:   None

Prizes:       Nothing!
              Potion
              1 GP
              3 GP
              100 GP
              Phoenix Down
              Elixir

Description:     We all have played these games before... The kind where you
                 throw your money into the game that has a claw that you want
      to pick up a stuffed animal that you would like to have, but you never
      can get it and you end up throwing away 5 bucks with nothing to show for
      it. Anyway I have heard of people getting other prizes - and as always,
      I will continue to test this out to get numbers more exact and to see if
      there are any rare prizes that I haven't gotten yet. These numbers were
      gotten after a total of 432 attempts.

                      •============================•
                      | Prize        | Probability |
                      •==============·=============•
                      | Nothing      |   29 .167 % |
                      | Potion       |   38 .657 % |
                      | 1 GP         |   20 .370 % |
                      | 3 GP         |    6 .944 % |
                      | 100 GP       |    1 .157 % |
                      | Phoenix Down |    3 .472 % |
                      | Elixir       |    0 .231 % |
                      •==============·=============•

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Random Woman
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Cost:         Varies

Difficulty:   None

Prizes:       None

Description:     There is a random woman that is standing right by the arm
                 wrestling machine. If you talk to her, you will be given an
      option to buy some items from her. Here are the items and how much they
      cost. The cost of the items DO NOT change throughout the game.

                     •===========================•
                     | Item           |   Cost   |
                     •================·==========•
                     | Potion         |     1 GP |
                     | Ether          |    20 GP |
                     | X - Potion     |    80 GP |
                     | Turbo Ether    |   100 GP |
                     | Gold Ticket    |   300 GP |
                     | ???????????    |   500 GP |
                     |    (Carob Nut) |          |
                     | ???????????    | 1 000 GP |
                     |    (Gil Plus)  |          |
                     | ???????????    | 2 000 GP |
                     |    (Exp Plus)  |          |
                     •================·==========•

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G-Bike
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Cost:         100 Gil

Difficulty:   Easy

Prizes:       2 GP
              10 GP

Description:     This is the first mini-game that you have played at any point
                 in the game. While running away from Shinra Headquarters
      during disk one, you had to defend the motorized vehicle with your
      swords while you were on a motorcycle. This game is an exact duplication
      of that game. This time around, however, you will be given points for
      every enemy that you can knock off of their bike, and will have points
      deducted for every time an enemy hits that vehicle that you must
      protect. If you are able to get 10 000 points then you will be rewarded
      with 10 GP, if you fail, then you will only be given 2 GP. As an
      additional reward, the first time that you get to the 10 000 point
      plateau, you will receive a Speed Source

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Fortune Teller
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Cost:         50 Gil

Difficulty:   None

Prizes:       You get to know your future (sort of)

Description:     Drop your 50 Gil in this machine and it will give you a
                 prediction for the future. Don't expect anything too specific
                 or for that matter actually correct.

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Mog House
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Cost:         100 Gil

Difficulty:   Easy

Prizes:       30 GP (once)

Description:     For many, this game will be hard the first few times around.
                 However, there is an extremely easy trick to beating this
      game with no effort. After following the long-winded story for a while
      you will be asked to feed the mog. Continue to give the mog food until
      you hear a chirping sound. At this point do not feed it any more and
      wait. There will be another round of feeding a little bit later. Do the
      same thing and wait for the story to pan out. Once you beat the game
      talk to the guy looking at the machine and he will give you the 30 GP.

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3D Battler
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Cost:         200 Gil

Difficulty:   Varies

Prizes:       2 GP
              20 GP

Description:     Glorified paper rock scissors. That's all this game really
                 is. You will have to face an opponent and choose High / Mid /
      Low. They will choose one of the three also. If you choose correctly you
      will attack. After 5 hits you will win the battle. If you are able to
      defeat three guys then you will receive 2 GP. If you can take down the
      fourth then you get 20 GP. I have not been able to get the fifth guy
      down so I don't know what happens next, if you have done it, email me
      and I will give you full credit.

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Submarine
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Cost:         200 Gil

Difficulty:   Varies (mostly easy)

Prizes:       Ink
              T/S Bomb
              Dragon Fang
              Dragon Scales
              Cauldron
              20 GP

Description:      This game is exactly like the Huge Materia side quest game
                  that you played mid-way through disk two. All you have to do
      is take out different types of enemy subs (The harder the level the more
      there are) all the while keeping yourself alive. Each time you beat the
      game you will receive 20 GP also you will receive the following prizes
      the first time you beat each given level.

                        •==========================•
                        | Level #  | Item Received |
                        •==========·===============•
                        | Original | Ink           |
                        | Level 1  | T/S Bomb      |
                        | Level 2  | Dragon Fang   |
                        | Level 3  | Dragon Scales |
                        | Level 4  | Cauldron      |
                        •==========·===============•

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Snowboarding
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Cost:         200 Gil

Difficulty:   Varies

Prizes:       30 GP
              100 GP
              300 GP
              Safety Bit
              All Materia
              Crystal Bangle

Description:     This game emulates the snowboarding adventure that you had in
                 the beginning of disk two, after leaving Icicle Inn. Every
      once in a while, if you have either Tifa or Cid in your party, they will
      ask you if they can play this game. If you allow them to, the game play
      will not change in any way. Your basic goal of this game is to go down
      the mountain in as quick of a time as possible. However, you do not want
      to fall down, and to make things just a bit more interesting you will
      have to collect balloons on the way down. You will be given points for
      Time (how long you take to get down the mountain), Style (how often you
      fall) and Balloons. Each balloon will is assigned the following point
      amounts...

   •=======•========•   At the end of each run you will    •========•=======•
   | Color | Points |   be given the overall point value   |  Score |  Rank |
   •=======·========•   of your run. Your points will      •========·=======•
   | Red   |      1 |   then be set into a category.       | 0-49   |   Bad |
   | Blue  |      3 |   These categories are listed to     | 50-69  | Awful |
   | Green |      5 |   the right, and what scores you     | 70-100 |  Good |
   •=======·========•   must get to obtain them.           •========·=======•

      Once you are able to score a good on the beginners track (Course A),
      then the intermediate track (Course B) will be open to you. Finally, the
      same applies to get Course C open. Likewise once you receive a good on
      any given level, you will receive your prize for that level, and they
      are as listed below...

                       •=============================•
                       |    Level   |      Prize     |
                       •============·================•
                       |  Course A  |          30 GP |
                       |            |     Safety Bit |
                       |  Course B  |         100 GP |
                       |            |    All Materia |
                       |  Course C  |         300 GP |
                       |            | Crystal Bangle |
                       •============·================•

•============================================================================•
|       X I                       MISC. INFO                                 |
•============================================================================•


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How often does the GP selling guy appear?
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Right now I am still working on an more precise number, but it appears to be
about once out of every 8 times by my current notes, but like I had mentioned,
I definitely will be experimenting much more extensively. Right now I have
gotten him to appear 41 out of 300 times attempts.

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What is the max GP?
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The max GP is 10 000.


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|      X I I                      NOTES AND THANKS                           |
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People that helped
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Dark Dragon:   Reminded me about the Speed Source you receive after you beat
               G-Bike for the first time.

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