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Title: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 01:58:37 PM
Music: Omen, movement 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRCh1CMrYak)

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When the game starts with dark, rolling thunderstorm and the game title is backlit by fire, you can pretty well guess that things are going to get pretty bad before they get better. Sure enough, some parts of 6 make the events of Final Fantasy 2 look bright and cheery by comparison.

Music: Omen, movement 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKXfymkL2A0)

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We're off to a great start!

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Who, like that guy in the blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo down in the bottom right? That guy?

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Biggs: Bah! Probably just another wild goose chase.

Yes, Biggs just replied to himself.

Wedge: I don't know. They wouldn't have let us use her unless they were confident that the information was good.
Biggs: Ah, yes...our witch. I hear she fried fifty of our Magitek armored soldiers in three minutes... Kinda makes your skin crawl, don't it?
Wedge: Relax. With that thing on her head, she's a mindless puppet. The girl won't even breathe unless we tell her to.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 02:26:42 PM
Music: Omen, movement 3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDLgr321qS8?t=2m21s)
The music in Final Fantasy 6 on the Super Nintendo was heavily orchestrated and amazingly well-done. Series composer Nobuo Uematsu was so satisfied with his work on FF6 that he's been quoted as saying that he could retire happy after completing it. The tinny sound chip on the Game Boy Advance? Doesn't even come close to doing it justice.

Most of the music links I'm putting up will be from the SNES version.

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The opening credits roll as the three soldiers walk their powered armor through the snowfields.

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On the SNES version, the music runs out when the credits do. But because the credits are longer, or the animation is slower, or for whatever reason, the music ends long before the robots are finished marching. The music cuts right as the credits for the "sound programmer" appear, too, for maximum irony.

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The town they're marching toward appears fully in the SNES version, shown here. In the GBA version, the smaller screen means they didn't bother even trying to get the town onscreen. So the music cuts out early, and the background scrolling happens late. Did anyone even try to playtest this sequence? I mean, you can't miss it, it's the very first thing that happens in the game.

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One more gripe to get out of the way: the game is dark. Like, not just thematically -- the palettes used tend to be shades rather than tones or tints. Compare:

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Squeenix brightened the colors to make them easier to see on the GBA's not-backlit "made of reflectonium, the most reflective material known to man" screen, but they just... don't look as good.

Okay. Back to the opening narrative. There's no music in this section, just whistling gusts of wind.

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That's right! Nobody's safe from us!

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The video intro for the Playstation release (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKDQa_85n64) shows the Narshe guards using rifles against the Magitek armor our heroes ride in, but those look more like axes or warhammers to me.

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The characters don't even have a "hit enemies with equipped weapon" Fight command yet. The only options are Magitek (to use the weaponry installed in the walking mech) or Item (to drink a potion).

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The beams are so effective against infantry that it only takes one shot to down... well, pretty much any resistance I meet during this entire sequence. The as-yet-unnamed girl has a better-equipped mech than the other two, adding some sort of biological poison gas, concussive missiles, and a dimension-shredding teleport device along with the elemental beams and self-repair systems.

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She also has more traditional Final Fantasy series spells in Cure and Fire.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 02:37:33 PM
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The guards do their best, siccing the dogs on the party, but one attack hound versus three walking death machines? No contest.

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There's not much exploring to do. The Magitek armor is too big to fit down alleyways.

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Introducing the pincer attack. If an enemy attacks a character who's facing the other way, extra damage is dealt to that character. Characters will turn to face their targets as their attacks are selected, which turns their back to at least some enemies on the field. Pincer attacks are often solved by wiping out one side of the enemies at a time, so every attack after that makes another character face the enemies that remain, minimizing the damage taken.

Of course, none of that matters yet, because there ain't no stopping this mech we're on.

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The guards bring out... trained... mammoths? But one blast of toxic gas is enough to defeat all who stand in our way.

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"Esper", alternately "ESPer", meaning someone capable of using extrasensory perception, is an artifact of the hotly debated Ted Woosley translation work of the SNES era. I'm in the camp that Woosley did a pretty good job overall given the time and software space limitations he was under, but "esper" is a pretty crummy word to describe the creatures herein. The Japanese word was "genjuu", which is most often translated as "phantom beast".

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Who wants to watch the intro videos over and over again? The game throws the first save point at the party here. As usual for the series (since they were introduced in FF4), it's a place to use a Tent to restore HP/MP and save the game, tasks that can always be performed on the world map once we get there.

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The mineshaft is populated by rats who look a bit like the ones from Final Fantasy 2. As a teenager playing the game for the first (several) times, I thought the big red parts of these creatures were their eyes, rather than the single yellow pixel further down. To be fair, even with the eye in the right place they still don't look very much like actual rats. Actual rats have necks.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 02:46:49 PM
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Biggs smashes the poorly-constructed wooden fence.

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Music: The Decisive Battle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxKb48wvt60)

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Biggs: Hold it! This thing's a...! They must have trained it to guard the mines!
Wedge: What are you talking about? You know what this is?
Biggs: Ever heard of a lightning whelk? It's a monster that absorbs lightning...
Wedge: ...and stores the energy in its shell!
Biggs: Right. So whatever you do, don't attack the shell!
Wedge: Got it!

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Ymir has two targets, the head and the shell. Attacking the shell with anything -- beam, missile, or magic -- prompts a Mega Volt electrical counterattack. It's not immediately fatal, but it means you spend a turn using Heal Force before pressing the attack further. The head is more vulnerable and does not counterattack.

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Like the Mist Dragon and Wing Raptor before it, Ymir makes sure the player is familiar with active-time battling. It periodically retreats into the shell, making said shell the only target -- and one that still counterattacks. Take a break, heal any damage you've taken, and wait for the creature to reemerge.

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Hmm... wait for the creature to reveal its weak point, then shoot missiles... did I accidentally start a Metroid LP?

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Bosses in this game get a very dramatic death sequence.

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If you deplete the shell's HP instead -- all 50,000 of it, one barely-100-damage beam at a time, pausing to heal from the counterattack each time -- your reward for the fight is an Ether instead. So why bother?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 02:52:20 PM
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I'm attacked between the boss fight and the next cinema sequence. In Exdeath-like frustration with the monster's poor form I cast it forever into an interdimensional void.

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Music: Esper World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fe0wNariU)

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The girl, robbed of her independent will and mute for the game thus far, takes some initiative in approaching the frozen beast.

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That's narration, not dialog.

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As last words go, I've heard better. Wedge vanishes.

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Biggs likewise disappears, forever banished to play stupid shell games in Norstein Bekkler's lab.

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Electricity arcs between the esper and the Magitek armor, leading to the latter exploding in a cloud of flame and smoke.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 02:58:54 PM
Music: Awakening (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGMeiRCH_n8)

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The girl gets out of bed...

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Runs out of the room...

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...and steals an Elixir from her host's clock.

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That accomplished, I guess I oughta go back and talk to the guy.

Old Man: My, my! And I just removed the crown!
Girl: My head...hurts...

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Old Man: It was robbing you of your thoughts -- making it so you'd do whatever they told you.
Girl: I can't remember a thing...
Old Man: Don't worry. It'll all come back to you... In time, that is.
Girl: ...

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Every character gets a short description over a black screen like that, leading to the naming screen. To prevent more Brentai-the-Paladin nonsense I'm keeping the default names unless there is some massive surge of support to change them.

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"Tina" in Japan, but that sounds a lot less exotic to English-speakers.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on September 27, 2013, 03:03:45 PM
Perhaps we could name all characters Brentai

Also: NAME MOG MOTHRA (or MOGTHRA)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 03:04:36 PM
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Old Man:  There's no time to explain! You need to get out of here! These fools aren't going to listen to reason. This way! Quickly!

Yeah, those "fools" who think you're the person responsible for the dozen or so carcasses in the street, the scorch marks on the building walls, and the giant roasted escargot in dire need of some drawn butter back in the mines. How silly of them!

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Whatever he was planning to do to buy some time, it didn't work.

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The path leads back into the mountains, where the caves hold encounters that are a bit more taxing now that Terra's not the pilot of a massive mobile beam cannon.

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Well, shit. Found almost instantly. I guess the guards know these caves better than she does.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 03:05:05 PM
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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 03:05:21 PM
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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 03:08:19 PM
Music: The Gestahl Empire (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFoGXzSbDw8)

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Kefka gives his new thrall a test run, leading to the aforementioned "fried 50 soldiers in three minutes" incident. Who has a new weapon turn on his own soldiers, anyway?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 03:10:23 PM
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Gestahl: The lost power of magic has returned to us! We are the chosen ones!

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On the SNES version, you could see Gestahl's audience from the start, but the GBA has a smaller screen, so it has to scroll down so you can see Gestahl isn't talking into a camera or anything.

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Two of the four people behind Gestahl we've seen already. Two are likely to become important later.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 03:23:56 PM
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Music: Locke (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joNmYWYFZQg)

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...and shocked, SHOCKED at the very allegation that he may have at any point acquired any goods that did not belong to him legitimately!

Old Man: Ha! Semantic nonsense!
Locke: There's a huge difference!

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Locke: Anyway, is there something you need me to do?
Old Man: There is indeed. ...I met the girl.
Locke: ...!? You don't mean...?
Old Man:  The city guard is pursuing her as we speak. This city has the strength to stand up to the Empire, but it won't use it. The people are just too stubbornly independent to join an underground resistance group like the Returners. I tried to explain that the Empire was controlling the girl, but they wouldn't even listen...
Locke: All right... So, you want me to get her out of Narshe?
Old Man: That would be the idea. Make your way to Figaro for the time being...

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Locke has about as much trouble finding Terra as the Narshe guards did.

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...speaking of.

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Wonderful, there's a whole bunch of 'em.

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That's what I said.

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Why? Because we had to introduce the moogles somehow, that's why. This was the first appearance the little mascots made in the USA, except maybe for one of the spinoff Gameboy games I don't care enough to check the release date for. The higher-quality spritework and their always-squinty eyes make it pretty clear why their Japanese name is "mole-bat".

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Moogles are also used now and then to break the fourth wall. In this case, you get instructions on how to switch between the three parties available to you for this scenario.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 04:16:04 PM
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This fight may be the first one where you notice each character has their own battle intro animation. The Moogles make a little surprised emote before hopping into place -- it's most obvious when you've got four in a row.

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At the end of the battle, someone... learns to dance...?

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It's Mog, in this case, who is higher-level and better-equipped than the other Moogles across all three parties.

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There's room for many more dances, but all he knows is Twilight Requiem.

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But his Will-o-the-Wisp attack annihilates this Megalodoth.

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Mog's party has removed all the enemies that wander through the caves, looking for Terra... so I take all his equipment and put him aside.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0214.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0216.png)
Locke can fight the Narshe guard boss.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0217.png)
...or maybe not, since the first thing that happens is he throws a Net at Locke, causing Stop status. Locke's out of the fight.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0218.png)
Net is an obnoxious trick, but not a fatal one.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0219.png)
Victory comes eventually.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Esperath on September 27, 2013, 04:22:05 PM
This was the first appearance the little mascots made in the USA

They were definitely in Secret of Mana.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 27, 2013, 05:02:04 PM
Huh. Secret of Mana came out a full year and a half before Final Fantasy 6 on the SNES, so I stand corrected.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on September 27, 2013, 05:10:44 PM
someone say mana
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 12:47:21 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/mooglemarks.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 12:51:29 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0222.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0224.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0226.png)

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0228.png)
...open a passage back above ground? It sure does.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0230.png)
Terra: You... saved me?
Locke: Save your thanks for the moogles!
Terra: Ugh... I can't remember a thing... It's like my mind's trapped in a fog...
Locke: You lost your memory!?
Terra: A man said it would eventually come back...eventually...
Locke: So, you've got amnesia. Don't worry! I won't leave your side until your memory returns!
Terra: ...?
Locke: I'm not gonna up and abandon someone just because they lost their memory! I'll keep you safe! I promise!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 12:55:00 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0241.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0242.png)
Like the Greenhorn Club in Tule, the adventurer's school here is an ingame tutorial that teaches how the combat system, leveling up, and other game mechanics work.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0246.png)
It's also got a handful of treasures worth nabbing.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0244.png)
Some treasure chests also teach game mechanics...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0247.png)

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Terra is recognized the instant she steps into town, so to avoid any further trouble, the pair leave.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 01:12:31 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0251.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0252.png)
Just a bit south of the snowy mountain town is a temperate forest, just south of that is a huge, blistering desert. Hooray for video game geography!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0253.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0254.png)

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0256.png)

Music: Castle Figaro (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CakDtYSzTyY)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0258.png)
The king and Locke headbang at each other a bit in hushed conversation. The character sprite animation is leaps and bounds above what it was in Final Fantasy 5, and it's a shame how poorly this screenshot LP is going to capture some of it.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0260.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0261.png)

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King: Oh... my apologies! How rude of me to turn my back to a lady on our very first meeting!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0265.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0266.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:14:56 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0267.png)
Locke: Well, I'll catch you two later!
Edgar: So, you're an Imperial soldier, right? Don't worry. Figaro and the Empire are allies. Feel free to rest here for as long as you'd like. It's not in my blood to harm a lady!
Terra: Why are you being so kind to me? Is it because of my... abilities?
Edgar: I'll give you three reasons. First of all, your beauty has captivated me! Second... I'm dying to know if I'm your type! I guess your... abilities... would rank a distant third.
Terra: ...? What's the matter?
Edgar: Guess my technique's getting a bit rusty...
Terra: Hmm... I suppose a normal girl would have felt something from those words. But... not me...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0280.png)
It's a settled area and I'm free to roam and talk to people now.

Guard: Now that Gestahl has the power of Magitek at his command, he's set his sights on world domination.

Soldier: You wouldn't know by looking at it, but this castle is loaded with advanced technology. For example... Whoops! Heh... It's all top-secret!

Guard: Figaro Castle is the most advanced structure in the world!

Librarian: Scholars all over the world are studying magic. But you can only learn so much about something without seeing it...

Scholar: The ancients once wielded a force known as "magic". Those who mastered the art were called "magi".

Yet Another Guard: Figaro has an alliance with the Empire.

Chambermaid: Our king showers his attention on women. Young, old, pretty, or plain... No one is safe!

Maid: Not too long ago, the king tried to hit on the high priestess. Oh, did she ever let him have it! I'm sure he's made a pass or two at you already, hasn't he?
Terra: ...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0283.png)
Nice view.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:18:50 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0294.png)

Music: Coin Song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4_ewaO7SA4)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0295.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0296.png)
Edgar: Are you blind? Haven't you seen how thin his face has become?
Youth: ...? ...What do you mean?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0299.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0302.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0303.png)

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High Priestess: He was just a boy when he left -- even smaller than his brother. I often wonder where he is now, and what he's doing...

If it weren't for limited graphical space on the original cartridge, I'm sure they would have picked a different sprite for Sabin in that scene. He's supposed to be a scrawny teenager, but he shows up as a tank-top wearing muscle-head.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:22:47 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0307.png)

Little girl: His Highness said he'd marry me when I got old enough!

Lookout on the West Tower: The Gestahlian Empire has already overthrown all three of the other nations on the southern continent. It's only a matter of time before they make their way up here...

Lookout on the East Tower: The advanced weapons and other items we manufacture here are shipped to South Figaro.

Engineer: The Figaro Castle engine room is down those stairs. The engines are currently undergoing maintenance so we can be ready to move at a moment's notice if the need arises.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0314.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0315.png)
The prisoners will raise a stink...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0317.png)
...literally, in some cases...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0319.png)
...but generally don't have much important to say.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0320.png)
There's a reference to the last game locked up in here, too.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:30:03 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0321.png)
Chancellor: I've heard tell that the entire matter was settled by the flip of a coin...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0323.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0324.png)

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Music: Kefka (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cGvzrNoEtY)

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Kefka: Edgar, you pinhead! Why do you have to live out in the middle of the stinking desert? These recon jobs are the pits!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0332.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0333.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0334.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0335.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0336.png)

Kefka laughs. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyZoe-r9qb0) I should probably keep the link to that video handy, since he tends to do it a lot in scenes he's in.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0338.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:36:20 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0341.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0342.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0343.png)
*shove*

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0344.png)
I get to control Edgar for a bit now, rather than Terra.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0345.png)
Now's as good a time as any to give him the Mithril Spear I nicked off of Mog. Locke and Terra can't use it, but it's a sizeable boost to Edgar's attack power.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0362.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0363.png)
And while the Figaro citizens who badmouth their king don't have anything new to say, they at least have the decency to be ashamed of saying it to his face.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0346.png)
Edgar: Just what is the Empire up to?
Imperial Escort: That's none of your concern.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0349.png)
Edgar: We have an alliance...
Imperial Escort: An alliance? With this miserable little sandpit? Don't make me laugh!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0352.png)
Kefka: A girl of no importance recently escaped from us. We heard she found refuge here.
Edgar: This wouldn't have to do with that "witch" everyone's been whispering about, would it?
Kefka: Lies! She merely stole something of minor value! Is she here?
Edgar: That's a tough one... There are more girls in here than grains of sand in the desert. A man couldn't possibly keep track of them all!
Kefka: Oh, Edgar... You know you only stand to lose from trying to hide her from us! Hee-hee-hee... I truly hope nothing happens to your precious Figaro!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0364.png)
Edgar: Where's Terra?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0366.png)

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Edgar: Being a king's not all tea and crumpets. If you'll excuse me...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:39:28 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0372.png)

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Terra: Locke, right? ...Edgar told me about you. Is it true that you're a thief?
Locke: I'm a TREASURE HUNTER!
Locke: On the surface, Edgar pretends to support the Empire. Truth is, he's collaborating with an underground resistance group called the Returners. I serve as their go-between. The old man you met in Narshe is one of us, too.

I don't know why nobody wants to say the guy's name. It's "Arvis".

Terra: The Empire... But, I'm an Imperial soldier!
Locke: Not anymore. They were using you. That's all! Things are different now.
Terra: It's just... I don't know what I should do. Whenever I try to think, it just makes my head hurt even worse...
Locke: All that matters is that you make your own decisions from now on. You don't have to think too hard right now. You'll know what you want to do when the time comes.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0388.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:42:05 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0389.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0390.png)

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Kefka: Bring me the girl. Now!
Edgar: I have no idea what you're talking about!
Kefka: Oh? Then...enjoy the barbecue! Hee-hee-hee!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0397.png)
It's dated now, but when the game was new, a Beavis and Butt-head reference was topical.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:44:06 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0401.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0402.png)

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0404.png)

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0407.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0410.png)
Kefka How utterly delightful! Hee hee hee!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0413.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0415.png)

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0419.png)
The whole castle begins shaking!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:45:47 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0422.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0421.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0424.png)
The towers on the sides of the castle are drawn in, towards the central structure.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0425.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0426.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0427.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0428.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0429.png)
Well, that's one way to put out a fire.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:49:32 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0430.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0431.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0432.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0433.png)
Mental note: despite their lumbering frames and massive bulk, a Magitek armor is capable of outrunning a chocobo.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0434.png)
Magitek Armor attacks with Metal Punch (despite those imposing claws), Metal Kick (despite the very real risk of tipping over, given their construction) and Tek Laser (which lacks the elemental properties in party-controlled Magitek).

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0435.png)
Edgar has an automatic crossbow, which deals more damage than even his upgraded spear, and always hits every enemy on the screen.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0436.png)
Terra has her tricks, too.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0437.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0438.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0439.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 05:56:16 AM
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Locke: What made you jump like that all of a sudden?
Edgar: D-d-did y-y-you just see what I saw? You did, right? Right!?
Locke: Yeah, this kid's really something, huh?
Edgar: Really... something!? That was magic! MA-GIC!
Locke: M-M-M-M-MAGIC!? She used magic!?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0452.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0454.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0455.png)
Dude, harsh.

Edgar: What...what exactly was that just now?
Terra: I'm sorry, I...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0458.png)
Locke shoves Edgar out of the way. You'd think a king would be better at diplomacy.

Locke: I didn't mean to make such a big deal out of it.
Edgar: Nor did I, it just... surprised me. I mean I've never actually seen magic before! Where did you...?
Terra: ...
Locke: It doesn't matter, does it, Edgar? Terra can use magic and we can't. That's all there is to it. The fact is... her magic could really help us right now.
Terra: Thank you, Locke! Thank you, Edgar!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0472.png)
Terra winks, a split-second graphical change that I completely fail to screenshot.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0474.png)

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The Magitek pilots finish the cigarette break they were taking while the party worked out their interpersonal problems and the battle resumes. But there aren't any gimmicks on either side, and it's just a matter of time before someone runs out of HP.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 06:03:06 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0480.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0481.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0482.png)
"Son of a submariner" in the SNES version.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0483.png)
Terra: Were those bad people? I... I'm scared...
Edgar: Terra, there's someone we'd like you to meet...
Locke: Like I told you before, we're members of the Returners...
Edgar: Would you be willing to meet our leader? Magic is going to be the key to winning this war.
Terra: Magic...
Edgar: That esper reacted to your magical powers. There's got to be a relationship...
Terra: I don't know any more than you do. These powers just come naturally to me.
Edgar: But no human is born with the powers you have!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0493.png)
Terra's chocobo stops, as stunned as anyone at Edgar's terrible manners.

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Terra: ...What should I do?
Edgar: The Empire will be coming after us. They want your powers for their own. And if they get them, the world is done for. Terra, you want to understand your own powers, don't you?
Edgar: Then I think you should meet with Banon. He may be able to help you find out more about why you have them.
Terra: ...
Locke: Please... Edgar's right.
Edgar: There's a cave just south of here that leads to South Figaro. Let's head in that direction.

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Chocobos are now over-the-shoulder views on a Mode 7 map.

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Wark!

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on September 28, 2013, 08:27:00 AM
Stop swooning!

I do enjoy how for the first part of the game, everyone wants to stick their dick in Terra, but then Locke meets Celes and everyone just gives up.

I guess when the game's female cast is an emotionless amnesiac girl, an emotionless amazonian girl, and a kid, (and possibly a mime) you don't really get a lot of romance options.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 28, 2013, 08:30:18 AM
Hmm... Locke has his kneejerk "YOU HAVE AMNESIA YOU ARE MY WARD NOW I WILL ALWAYS PROTECT YOU BECAUSE BACKSTORY" and Edgar flirts as a way of saying hello. Sabin and Banon skip it and everyone else is during/past the post-Celes forgetting of it, so :shrug:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on September 28, 2013, 08:42:05 AM
Well, there's also Setzer wants Maria's dick. Annnnnd Ultros probably has had lewd thoughts about his niece, being a japanese octopus and all.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Metal Slime on September 28, 2013, 08:57:32 AM
Protip: Don't loot the chests in the Figaro Cave until you are on Locke's scenario and you'll get slightly better items.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on September 28, 2013, 09:04:24 AM
To prevent more Brentai-the-Paladin nonsense I'm keeping the default names unless there is some massive surge of support to change them.

I would have much rather been Brentai-the-Treasure-Hunter than Brentai-the-Paladin, but that's life I guess.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Rico on September 28, 2013, 11:46:03 AM
Brentai the inventor king is the one who hits on everyone.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 01:21:18 AM
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Edgar: South through the cave, and eastward to South Figaro. We'll then make for the Returner headquarters in the north. Return to the castle and pass the word along.
Soldier: Do I look like I can burrow through the goddamn sand or something? Understood, sire! Take care!

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Final Fantasy games tend to swing pendulum-like between "detailed character customization system" and "static character mechanics with better-defined character development".

Final Fantasy 3 introduced the job system with interchangeable, nameless characters.
Final Fantasy 4 had static you-learn-X-spell-at-Y-level improvements with characters that developed over the story.
Final Fantasy 5 refined the job system and allowed skills to be transferred between jobs for the first time, but characters didn't really develop more than "adventurer", "princess", "Mary Sue", and "pirate who is also a princess".
Final Fantasy 6 swings back the other way. It's basically Everyone Gets Character Development: The Game, but each character is stuck doing their own special ability for the entire story (with one major exception to be found in the middle of act two). Most of the characters we'll be recruiting have shades of previous standard jobs, but almost always with a twist.

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Terra's job is given as "Magitek Elite". This is functionally "red mage"... sort of. Her special ability until further notice is the ability to use magic, with a fondness for fire-elemental spells. But there's no clear-cut line to say she gets "offensive" or "defensive" magic, because without further interference she'll learn Cura, Raise, Arise, and Teleport -- along with Firaga, Holy, Break, Flare, and Ultima. Her equipment isn't particularly mage-like, either: she can equip robes and flails, or go for heavy armor and knightswords.

Locke's job is given as "Adventurer". This is functionally "thief" (although he'd be offended to hear it)... sort of. He's got the Steal ability, the speed, and the fondness for knives and boomerangs... but like Terra, can equip heavy armor and knightswords.

Edgar's job is "Machinist". This is functionally... um... ah... hmm. Edgar's skills don't really have an analogue to the established job system, because there's not a job where you buy your damage- and status-dealing skills in a shop and deploy them without MP cost or other penalty. His go-to skill for now is summoner-esque, with attacks that damage, confuse, or poison the entire enemy party, but later he supplements it with single-target attacks and the ability to inflict elemental weaknesses on foes.
Given his speed and vitality scores, Edgar is functionally the opposite of a summoner, and his equipment preference is for spears, shields, and heavy armor.

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As MetalSlime alluded, and despite the lack of anything in the game indicating this might be the case, the chests in this cave have some crappy gear now. If you wait until the next time you're obligated to travel through this dungeon, they're better. So I skip them.

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It's not a long cave and doesn't have a boss.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 01:29:34 AM
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...wow. Small town.

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There's only one tiny shack, and the garden has one cabbage and one turnip growing in it. I thought South Figaro was a bustling merchant town where Figaro castle's machines were sold?

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This free HP/MP restore! He loved free HP/MP restores!

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Who's that guy?

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Man: Sure do! Left a couple of days ago, soon as he heard Master Duncan had been killed. Headed up into the mountains! They say Duncan's son Vargas is missing, too... I don't like it one bit!

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The man walks off, and there's nothing left to do here.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 01:37:59 AM
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That's more like it.

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Well, they're an upgrade. I don't know if I'd say they're of the utmost quality...

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Which is where the Returners Hideout is, so this is actually important information.

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Well, was a famed martial artist.

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Yeah, a long while. Like, ever.

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"I only like people who give me alcohol" is a surprisingly rare character type in video games, considering how common it is in real life.

Little Girl: What kind of dummies would go and make the Empire mad?

Little Boy: Did you see how cool Figaro Castle looked as it moved along through the sand? ...No? Well, I suppose that would have been kind of hard, what with it being underground and all...

Another Boy: The big house at the north end of town belongs to the richest family here.

Man: This town's defenses are tight. Even with their Magitek armor, the Imperials won't find it easy to get inside.

Housemaid: I wonder if it'll really come to war? Maybe I should return home now, before it's too late...

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...hey, you know how this nation is a monarchy and the king is standing right there? Any particular reason I can't nip an incident of traitorous collaboration right now?

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God, even his kids are Imperial sympathizers! EDGAR DO SOMETHING
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 01:46:09 AM
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While previous games allowed the equipping of accessories from the same equipment menu that handled weapons and armor, this game has renamed them "Relics", gave them their own equip menu, and gave each character two slots for them instead of just one.

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This guy demonstrates Sprint Shoes by running directly into the wall. Sprint Shoes have no in-battle effect, but double the movement of the party around towns and dungeons (like the Sprint skill in Final Fantasy 5). In the SNES version, they were a lot more useful, but like previous games in the franchise the Game Boy Advance version has added a B button dash.

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Not very! The richest guy in town is in his mansion writing letters to the enemy on how they can best raid the city. Might wanna pack up and leave now.

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Ruffian: He's always grumbling about how the kid never seems to be making any progress.

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Yeah, this isn't the SNES version where this building got reskinned into a "cafe". It's a bar through and through, and that isn't bottled water on the tables.

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That's an awfully terrible thing to say about somebody, Edgar. You know what? I bet he wouldn't. I bet he wouldn't kill his best friend, even if his best friend were begging him to. That just doesn't seem like the sort of thing this person would be capable of, even if he tried.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 01:49:46 AM
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The rich man's house is full of secret passages. One behind the manor nets you an Elixir...

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...his basement has some money...

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...and the sub-basement, which we're going to pretend isn't a dungeon just like we're pretending the man isn't about to turn over the entire city to the Imperials, has a pair of Hermes Sandals and a Hyper Wrist.

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Both of them go to Edgar. The Hyper Wrist increases Strength and the Hermes Sandals double speed. So now Edgar can crank out extra damage with his Autocrossbow, and do it faster too.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 01:54:48 AM
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South Figaro is full of background information but does not, itself, advance the plot in any way. If you want to skip out on the equipment and your first relics, there's nothing stopping you from going straight from the previous cave to...

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...the base of Mt. Kolts.

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Surprise, it's full of monsters.

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One of the main reasons you can skip the equipment in South Figaro is that some even nicer stuff is available to be found here.

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Edgar's other tools are the Bio Blaster, which poisons all enemies, and the Noiseblaster, which confuses all enemies. Partywide confusion is pretty nice at this low level when monsters don't have defense against it. Every attack on the party is a major chunk of HP (and thus potions or magic to heal), so making the enemies turn those attacks on each other is a double savings of time and effort.

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Not really a "secret" passage, but it took me a few playthroughs before I ever tried walking over here.

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The Gigas Glove improves the damage of the wearer's Fight command. It doesn't affect special skills, though, making it somewhat less useful than the Hyper Wrist.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 02:01:18 AM
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As you proceed through the dungeon, you can occasionally catch a glimpse of a shadowy form moving around ahead of you. (This is one of those times when the bigger screen size on the SNES was advantageous to have. The shadow would have appeared humanoid there, rather than the round shape of an SD sprite silhouette with the head cut off by the top of the draw area.)

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Confusing Cirpius has them employ Break and Beak skills on one another for instant KOs.

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It's even better in a mixed party, where they effortlessly dispatch monsters more difficult than themselves.

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There's a save point partway through. It's a welcome sight because Terra was starting to run low on MP from all the cure spells she'd cast.
Previous games had Tents and Cottages, which varied in how much of the party's missing HP and MP they'd restore. In this game, Tents restore all HP and MP, but there's still a lesser version: the Sleeping Bag. It can only be used at a save point or on the world map, like a tent, but only benefits one character. What's the rest of the party doing while the one character sleeps in the bag? Just... lie down on the rocks, wishing they'd thought to bring a bedroll, getting no benefit from the rest?

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Huh? No, actually we're looking fo--

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 02:07:34 AM
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Locke: You were the one sneaking around us the whole way up here, weren't you?
Vargas: And if I was?
Vargas: Hmph. Well, it doesn't really matter who you are. I've got no plans to surrender. Woe is the day you met me... it'll be the last day of your lives!

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Vargas attacks with a couple of trained bears. Ipooh are tubby little cubbies all stuffed with murderous intent, and you have to take them out before you can reach Vargas.

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Vargas's rare steal is a Mythril Claw, but I didn't get it from him this time.

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After battling back and forth for a while...

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Terra, Locke, and Edgar turn back and forth as each person talks.

Vargas: He chose you as his successor!
Sabin: That's not true! Our master--
Vargas: It's true and you know it! It's written in that ugly sneer across your face!
Sabin: He wanted you to be his successor, not me! He knew you had the most potential...
Vargas: I'm sick of listening to your lies! I've got far more than just potential! Why don't you see for yourself?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 02:13:17 AM
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Vargas: My father was right to see so much in you!
Sabin: I guess there's no avoiding this...
Vargas: Fate made us train together, and now fate will send you to your doom!

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Vargas: Get ready to join your beloved master!

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Sabin takes a moment to remind himself how to use his special skill. This is a big dead-end point for many players, because the instructions repeat themselves without being able to precisely tell the player where they're going wrong.

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Select the Blitz command, and while the cursor is pointing at Sabin, enter the Street Fighter-style commands for one of his techniques. The one given in the game is left, right, left, and confirm with the A button.

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Do it right, and Sabin attacks with a lightning-fast flurry of powerful punches.

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Sabin: Vargas... If only you hadn't been so consumed by pride...

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It's not the usual "boss dies" animation, so it's not clear if Sabin had to kill Vargas, or if Vargas is just fleeing to lick his wounds and reconsider his path in life. Either way, we never see him again.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 02:24:35 AM
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Sabin: Brother?
Locke: ...Brother? You're his twin brother!?
Terra: His...brother? At first, I thought you were another one of Vargas's bears...

In the SNES translation, "I thought you were just some bodybuilder who strayed from his gym..."

Sabin: You thought I was a...bear? I guess I'll, uh...take that as a compliment! Anyway... Edgar, what are you doing here?
Edgar: We're on our way to the Sabre Mountains.
Sabin: To the Returner hideout, no doubt?
Sabin: So, the wheels are finally turning... I've been watching from a distance, hoping the world would come to its senses. The way things were going, I was afraid Figaro would end up as a puppet state.
Edgar: A means of striking back has presented itself. There will be no more playing lapdog to the Empire... I'm through with that act.
Sabin: Think a "bear" like me could be of any help?

In the SNES version... totally unchanged! But it makes so much more sense now that you realize he's referring to Terra's case of mistakenly ursine identity!

Edgar: You'd join us? Sabin...!
Sabin: I think Duncan would rest easier knowing his training helped bring peace to the world.
Locke: Well then, let's get going!

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Sabin is a Monk, which is functionally a Monk... sort of. Most Monks in this series have no magical talent whatsoever, and rely on smacking enemies with their bare fists (or splitting damage from a physical attack to all targets with a flying kick). Sabin's Blitz moveset prompts for the sort of input you'd expect in a one-on-one fighting game -- Final Fantasy 6 was released right at the height of Street Fighter 2's popularity, see. Right now Sabin has the flurry of punches he used against Vargas, a Hadouken-style holy-elemental laser, and a flying suplex.

I used to grind everyone up to level 13 before fighting Vargas, because Sabin joins at average party level plus two. At level 15, Sabin learns Phoenix Dance, a fire-elemental attack that hits all enemies -- it makes the next few sections of the game much easier.

Every other Blitz Sabin learns is another quarter-circle on the controller input. Aura Cannon is QCF, Phoenix Dance is a half-circle, and so on. But this is an RPG, not a fighting game, and was always intended to be played on a controller with a cross-shaped directional input rather than a joystick. So there's a trick to getting those to work right: any diagonal directional input can be substituted for either of the two directions that make up the diagonal.
Aura Cannon there demands a down-left diagonal. But because of this -- bug? feature? whatever it is -- you can press either down or left instead. So Aura Cannon turns from a tricky QCF on a cross pad to either down-down-left or down-left-left. Easy and reliable!

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New character in the party and his interpersonal conflict solved, the mountain dungeon comes to a close.

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The next destination in this tiny valley is... another mountain path.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Thad on September 29, 2013, 03:10:38 AM
The music in Final Fantasy 6 on the Super Nintendo was heavily orchestrated and amazingly well-done. Series composer Nobuo Uematsu was so satisfied with his work on FF6 that he's been quoted as saying that he could retire happy after completing it. The tinny sound chip on the Game Boy Advance? Doesn't even come close to doing it justice.

[...]

One more gripe to get out of the way: the game is dark. Like, not just thematically -- the palettes used tend to be shades rather than tones or tints.



If we're not averse to patches, there are pretty solid ones that fix the graphics and sound.  (The sound one is mono but actually replaces the Opera House sequence with a recorded orchestration, singing and all.)

"Esper", alternately "ESPer", meaning someone capable of using extrasensory perception, is an artifact of the hotly debated Ted Woosley translation work of the SNES era.

It's "Woolsey".  The L is before the S.

I'm in the camp that Woosley did a pretty good job overall given the time and software space limitations he was under, but "esper" is a pretty crummy word to describe the creatures herein. The Japanese word was "genjuu", which is most often translated as "phantom beast".

I think "eidolon" is the best English equivalent they've come up with.  But I never had a problem with "Esper".

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Who else spent weeks thinking Shadow's headband was his face?

Protip: Don't loot the chests in the Figaro Cave until you are on Locke's scenario and you'll get slightly better items.

I think they're better still if you wait until WoR, but I could be mistaken.

The treasure chests in Narshe definitely change.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 29, 2013, 04:10:45 AM
It's "Woolsey".  The L is before the S.

This is one of those things that my brain knows but the muscle memory in my fingers does not. Like how I always, always type "applie" instead of "apple". That comes up from time to time in my line of work.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: François on September 29, 2013, 04:41:32 AM
Tool and Blitz are the first symptoms of what makes me dislike this game's mechanics. You're given so much free stuff, that's so much better than everything else and costs nothing or almost nothing to use, that half the other systems in the game end up being noob traps that you only use if you don't know better or want to intentionally hobble yourself, despite how they are far more interesting to play with. Other FF games have their overpowered elements but at least you had to work for them most of the time. Here, within the first hour, you have a guy with a Dark Wave that doesn't cost HP and works against undead, and another guy with a free Holy spell.

Why is Gestahl bothering with magic when he could just try to reverse-engineer the autocrossbow? Dude has access to anti-personal missile technology, he should put two and two together.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Metal Slime on September 29, 2013, 04:48:10 AM
北斗の拳 - HOKUTO NO KEN - SENTOO (FATAL K.O) - OST (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8RPXWDKdqQ#)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on September 29, 2013, 05:29:15 AM
Tool and Blitz are the first symptoms of what makes me dislike this game's mechanics. You're given so much free stuff, that's so much better than everything else and costs nothing or almost nothing to use, that half the other systems in the game end up being noob traps that you only use if you don't know better or want to intentionally hobble yourself, despite how they are far more interesting to play with. Other FF games have their overpowered elements but at least you had to work for them most of the time. Here, within the first hour, you have a guy with a Dark Wave that doesn't cost HP and works against undead, and another guy with a free Holy spell.

Why is Gestahl bothering with magic when he could just try to reverse-engineer the autocrossbow? Dude has access to anti-personal missile technology, he should put two and two together.

The tools command seemed a bit lazy, yeah. Maybe they could have made you buy arrows or some kind of comsumable, but eh, even then, buying arrows like we buy shuriken wouldn't have been fun either. As a kid, I loved using the Tools command, at that point in the game.

For Blitz, the balancing isn't quite right, I think we all agree on that, but having to input a sequence to use the attack was a great idea to mix up the turn-based element. It might have worked a bit better if there had been stages of each attack, where you'd have to hit a button, each successful stage adding more damage (essentially, like Paper Mario eventually did), but from a gameplay perspective, Blitz was a great idea.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Thad on September 29, 2013, 05:38:44 AM
This guy demonstrates Sprint Shoes by running directly into the wall. Sprint Shoes have no in-battle effect, but double the movement of the party around towns and dungeons (like the Sprint skill in Final Fantasy 5). In the SNES version, they were a lot more useful, but like previous games in the franchise the Game Boy Advance version has added a B button dash.

Or autodash, even.

On my latest playthrough I've never gotten around to buying a pair.

Do they stack with the autodash?  They did in the PS1 version but I don't think I've ever tried in the GBA version.  If they do, they're potentially useful in ticking-clock scenarios like the Floating Continent and the burning house (though less useful than the Ward Bangle -- I made it through the burning house with Celes equipped with a Ribbon and Ward Bangle; getting a Ribbon by that point required stealing it from the Ultima Weapon on the Floating Continent, which is a tedious and obnoxious process, and really anything that blocks Stone would have done just fine).

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...and the sub-basement, which we're going to pretend isn't a dungeon just like we're pretending the man isn't about to turn over the entire city to the Imperials, has a pair of Hermes Sandals and a Hyper Wrist.

Wait, how come I don't recognize the sub-basement?

And if he has a dungeon in his sub-basement, why the fuck do the imperials lock Celes up in a closet?

More grist for Locke's "they were just waiting for me to walk past that closet so she could infiltrate the Returners" paranoia (http://www.corporate-sellout.com/index.php/2013/07/24/part-2-begins-now/).

This is a big dead-end point for many players, because the instructions repeat themselves without being able to precisely tell the player where they're going wrong.

That and if you use one of his other, more powerful Blitzes, it doesn't work; it has to be Raging Fist.

This is one of those things that my brain knows but the muscle memory in my fingers does not. Like how I always, always type "applie" instead of "apple". That comes up from time to time in my line of work.

The last time I took a typing test (probably late 2005/early 2006), my only error was typing my own name instead of the word "that".

Tool and Blitz are the first symptoms of what makes me dislike this game's mechanics. You're given so much free stuff, that's so much better than everything else and costs nothing or almost nothing to use, that half the other systems in the game end up being noob traps that you only use if you don't know better or want to intentionally hobble yourself, despite how they are far more interesting to play with. Other FF games have their overpowered elements but at least you had to work for them most of the time. Here, within the first hour, you have a guy with a Dark Wave that doesn't cost HP and works against undead, and another guy with a free Holy spell.

Why is Gestahl bothering with magic when he could just try to reverse-engineer the autocrossbow? Dude has access to anti-personal missile technology, he should put two and two together.

Yeah, we had a recent conversation over in the FFF thread (http://brontoforum.us/index.php?topic=939.msg260756#msg260756) about how the game's mechanics could be rebalanced to make it more of, well, a game; I put my thoughts together and reworked and expanded them a bit on my blog (http://www.corporate-sellout.com/index.php/tag/final-fantasy/).
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 30, 2013, 12:27:39 PM
Music: The Returners (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7W8ueywPys)
Uematsu's newfound love for synth strings and brass really shines through here.

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Banon is all beard, like FuSoYa.

Terra: Esper...?
Edgar: It seems the Empire had complete control over her.
Banon: Carrier pigeons have kept me informed. I also heard that she wiped out fifty Imperial soldiers in mere minutes...
Terra: No, that's not...!
Locke: Terra!
Edgar: For heaven's sake, Banon! This girl doesn't remember anything!
Banon: Hiding from the truth won't change it! Perhaps you've heard this story before? Once, when people were still pure and innocent, there was a box they were told never to open. But someone went and opened it anyway, unleashing all the evils of the world. Pride... envy... greed... wrath... gluttony... The only thing that remained in the box was a single ray of light: hope.
Terra: ...
Banon: Your power is a gift, not a curse. No matter what happens, you must remember that. You are this world's last ray of light... our final hope.
Edgar: Banon!
Banon: I've grown weary with the hour... Allow me to rest for a while.

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Terra wakes up in one of the few bedrooms the Returner's Hideout has to offer. I guess they sleep in shifts. Terra's goal now is to get input from Locke, Edgar, and Sabin before going to find Banon and decide whether to throw her hat in with the Returners.

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Her other goal is to loot the Hideout for all it's worth, including this hard-to-find White Cape.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 30, 2013, 12:44:25 PM
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Locke: If no one stands up to the Empire, more people will be left like me. That's why I joined the Returners.
Terra: But, there's no one important in my life. I have no family...no friends...
Locke: That's not true! And besides, I'm sure there are people who feel you're important to them. Those people are counting on you, too...

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Sabin: He's always thought of my needs before his own, ever since we were little. I think you should trust him, too. But don't tell him I said that! He'll turn red as a tomato!

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Dohohohohoho!

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Edgar: And if we force our ideas on you, we're no different than the Empire. So... we want you to decide for yourself.

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Pff, Terra's not your maid, people. Pick up your own trash.

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The other Returners are a bit more straightforward.

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That's still an awfully big thing to ask someone.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 30, 2013, 12:48:17 PM
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Returner: But too many innocent lives are being lost to the Empire while we stand here and do nothing... Please, lend us your strength! This relic will keep you safe.

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There's no skill acquisition through job master in this game, so standard abilities are granted by relics instead. Sprint Shoes give Dash, as mentioned previously... and the Genji Glove gives the valuable Dual-Wield.

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Terra: But... I'm scared...
Banon: We'll succeed if we all work together. Never give up hope! I have a plan. Would you please gather everyone together?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 30, 2013, 12:59:36 PM
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Heh.

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Banon: We all know that the Gesthalian Empire is using its Magitek power to wage war. The question is, where did they get that power?
Edgar: I had Locke dig around for information. It seems the Empire has been gathering scholars from around the world to study espers.
Locke: Narshe's esper was also the reason for the Imperial assault there.
Terra: Are you saying there's some kind of connection between espers and Magitek?
Banon: Espers and Magitek... Only one possible link comes to mind.
Edgar: You don't mean...
Banon: The War of the Magi.
"No!"
"That's impossible...!"

Those are the nameless Returners around the table piping in.

Locke: My grandma used to tell me bedtime stories about magical machines... ...Those stories were true?
Edgar: You're saying we're on the verge of a second War of the Magi?
Banon: It's only a guess. The war took place a thousand years ago, and every historian has a different theory. But one theory says that energy drained from espers was used to power machines... ...and that ordinary humans were also infused with the same energy.
Terra: So that's what Magitek power is...
Edgar: If we're going to fight Magitek enemies, we need Magitek weapons of our own.
Banon: No! That would bring about another War of the Magi!
Edgar: Then what do you propose?
Banon: I was wondering if we might able to have a chat with an esper...
Edgar: ...With an esper!?
Banon: It's risky, but that esper reacted to Terra before... If we could get it to react to her again, we might just be able to wake it up.
Edgar: Do you really think that would work?
Banon: I can't say for sure, but I believe it's our best shot... Of course, we can't do anything without Terra's help.
Locke: Terra...
Terra: I'll do it.
Sabin: I'm not entirely sure I understand the plan... but what the hey! This sounds like it'll be fun!

So instead of stealing or reverse-engineering Magitek weaponry, because doing that would cause another War of the Magi, we're going to try to wake up an actual living Esper that's been in torpor for 1000 years and use that to fight Magitek power instead. That's so much better!

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The inevitable!

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Dear Japan: you are bad at foreshadowing.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 30, 2013, 01:37:00 PM
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Edgar: Locke!
Locke: I know... "Someone" has to sneak into South Figaro to slow down the enemy, right?
Edgar: This is right up your alley. We're counting on you.
Locke: Terra... Wait for me... I won't be gone long. ...And watch out for a certain lecherous young king who shall remain nameless. The guy moves in like a hawk!
Edgar: Locke!
Sabin: Edgar... Old habits die hard, eh?
Banon: What about us?
Edgar: We can escape down the Lethe River and make our way to Narshe. I'm curious about that esper they found in the mines...
Banon: Very well. I'll ready the raft by the back entrance. It's risky, but we don't have much of a choice at this point.
Edgar: It's not safe here. Come with us to Narshe... It could be a chance for you to gain a better understanding of your abilities.
Banon: We've no time to dilly-dally. Let's make for Narshe!

If Terra says no three times, eventually Banon gives up asking, and the meeting is skipped. Just as Terra expresses her doubts in her own abilities to provide hope to anyone, the wounded Returner stumbles in with the news of South Figaro (and the Genji Gauntlet). And since Terra can't just hang around, she escapes to Narshe with everyone else.

If you say yes to Banon straight away, he gives Terra a Gauntlet and the Genji Glove becomes unavailable. The Gauntlet allows Double-Grip instead of the Genji Glove's Dual-Wield. Gauntlets are in short supply (while Genji Gloves are theoretically infinite in number) but Genji Gloves allow for higher damage output overall.

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Anyway, Banon signs up into the active party. You can tell he won't stay long, because he didn't get a custom name screen. His Pray ability doesn't scale well, either; it's a free Cura. That's plenty enough to keep everyone in top shape now, but if it lasted into lategame, no one would ever need Curaga.

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No Phoenix Downs allowed! Once Banon hits 0 HP, everyone gives up and goes home.

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So there are, of course, battles to be fought to give Banon a chance to die.

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There are branches to take, but all of them lead to the end, so :shrug:

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The second branch leads to a loop. If you go up, the raft travels in a circle and you get the same prompt again. This allows an infinite number of random battles, in case you want to level up Banon a bit

Or set your Config menu to "Memory", put Banon on Pray duty and Edgar on the Autocrossbow, and strap down the controller button overnight. Banon will keep everyone healed up in random battles while everyone else kills monsters, and without any further oversight you can come back to the game at level 30 or so. Or spend two days doing it for level 50 or so. Or whatever.

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I do zero loops, incidentally.

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Another short cave with a save point and we're nearing the end of the river area.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 30, 2013, 01:41:53 PM
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Ultros: You're up the creek without a paddle! And I'm not gonna let you through! ...Does that make me a bad octopus?

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Ultros: Seafood Soup is NOT on the menu!

Ultros counters fire-elemental attacks -- which at this point means Terra's Fire spell -- with Ink. But everyone I can equip is wearing Silver Spectacles, negating that issue.

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Ultros: I'd love to get my tentacles around her... *sluuuuuuurp*

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Ultros always opens with a lecherous comment and slaps Terra with a tentacle.

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On his next turn, he slaps Sabin. Then there's a party-wide tentacle whip, followed by an attack on Banon without further comment. If you haven't leveled Banon up or put him in the back row, one Tentacle is enough to oneshot Banon and end the game.

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After you pound on Ultros enough, he ducks back underwater in search of an easier meal.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 30, 2013, 01:47:01 PM
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Edgar: It's probably just hiding down there.

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Terra: Something's stuck to my leg!
Edgar: Terra! Get away from there!

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Sabin: I'm gonna smash it with a blitz!
Edgar: No! Sabin!!!
Sabin: Out of my way, Edgar!

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bloop

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Terra: Sabin...
Banon: Oh, he'll be fine!
Edgar: Are you sure, Banon? ...Sir?
Banon: You're his brother! You should know better than any of us. Any second now he'll flop back up onto the raft, right as rain!

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Funny thing about fighting a giant octopus underwater. Sabin's at a sharp disadvantage.

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Banon: ...
Edgar: I think he missed the "onto the raft" part. Ha-ha...
Terra: Sabin!!!
Edgar: Sabin! You're on your own now!

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on September 30, 2013, 01:57:53 PM
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But what of Sabin, who was swept away by the raging waters?
And how is Locke faring after having penetrated the Empire's defenses in South Figaro?
Is all going according to plan...?


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The game's overall narrative will pick up once all three scenarios are done, but there's some questing to do before we get back to Banon's initial plan.

Uh, kupo.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: TA on September 30, 2013, 03:33:38 PM
Or set your Config menu to "Memory", put Banon on Pray duty and Edgar on the Autocrossbow, and strap down the controller button overnight. Banon will keep everyone healed up in random battles while everyone else kills monsters, and without any further oversight you can come back to the game at level 30 or so. Or spend two days doing it for level 50 or so. Or whatever.

You're hurting yourself long-term if you do this!  I mean, not that much, since it's a damn easy game, but maybe in the postgame dungeon.  Since you'll gain all those levels with zero Magicite stat boosts.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 11:40:28 AM
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Terra, Banon, and Edgar: still stuck on this goddamned river raft.

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Still fighting the same monsters.

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The party ends up right beside Narshe, though. Banon's escape plan was sound, despite the complications Ultros and Sabin brought on.

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Not much reason to go back to the South Figaro cave, and Figaro Castle is still underground, so into Narshe we go.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 11:42:39 AM
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Banon: Please, I can explain!
Guard: Get out of here now, or you'll regret it!

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BANON PUNCH

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EDGAR PUNCH

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Edgar: And that, my friends, is why I can't stand men. It's like they don't even have ears!
Terra: I'm sorry, it's all my fault...

Well, it's not like they could make this scenario that easy.

It's still pretty easy though.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 11:46:31 AM
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Remember this hidden passage?

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Because Edgar does. Somehow.

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The caves lead up the mountainsides, where all the coal mining gets done.

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Here come the new enemies, same as the old enemies.

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Partway through there's a puzzle-ish sort of cavern. The blue light traces a path through the cave, and you have to follow it.

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If you take the wrong path, you're surrounded by spinning lights. Face the orange one and hit the A button to continue.

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Or screw up intentionally to make sure your Bestiary is filled out, because these guys don't show up anywhere else.

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As soon as you take the wrong path, hold up and the A button. By the time the lights appear, the orange one will be right above your character, so you'll tag it every time as soon as the game starts looking for input. As many times as I've played this game I probably could have the path through this area indelibly inked onto my brain, but with this trick I've never needed to actually know it.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 11:51:09 AM
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The enemies revert to "Terra escaping Narshe for the first time" mobs, indicating I'm back in areas I've seen before.

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Yep. Looks awfully familiar.

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Only now that I'm not cornered, knocked unconscious, and driven out of the area as part of the rescue, I'm free to explore a little. There's a moogle colony, for instance.

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...not that any of them have anything worthwhile to say.

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Back in through Arvis's back door.

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Banon: Arivs! How do things stand here in Narshe?
Arvis: Same as always. The town's neutral. I've tried to convince them to side with the Returners, but it's no use. Of course, maybe with you and the king of Figaro here...
Edgar: How are the townspeople?
Arvis: Everyone's a little on edge since the esper was discovered.
Banon: We believe Terra may be able to help us get answers to our questions about the esper.
Arvis: Well, the townspeople are still quite curious about it as well. If we approach them in the right way, there's a good chance they'll agree to let her see it.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 11:53:42 AM
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Locke's scenario is also a pretty short one.

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Imperial Troops are everywhere, blocking not only the exits but the routes around town.

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"Hey! Call me a treasure hunter, or I'll rip your lungs out!" on the SNES. Locke's really sensitive about being called a thief.

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The merchant is easy to beat up, but has a Plumed Hat to steal.

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Comes with the rest of his outfit.

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Getting in there's going to be tricky.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 11:55:23 AM
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Maybe I can sneak in disguised as an Imperial soldier?

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Soldier: One of them leads to another house, and the other leads outside of town.

That's... interesting to know.

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You can guess where this is going.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 11:57:25 AM
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Cider-loving old drunk guy: Hmm? Secret passage? Well, yes, there is a tunnel from here to the mansion on the north end of town... Go downstairs and tell my grandson the password. It's, uh... ummm... I forget!

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Oblique nod to Final Fantasy 2 here: a better translation of the first guess is "Wild Rose".

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The password is "Courage", though.

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Look familiar?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 12:00:25 PM
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Sure, why not? It's got all the accouterments an invading force would possibly need. There's even a dungeon in the second basement.

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Yeah, no kidding?

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WALLOW IN YOUR MISERY, TRAITOR

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If you choose to not change Locke out of his disguise, it happens automatically later. There's a glitch that lets you leave town in disguise and stay that way for the rest of the game, but I'm not doing it in this playthrough.

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For Thad's sake: push straight down into this wall.

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Then there's a stairway to the right.

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And there you are.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 12:06:26 PM
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Her who? Locke peers into the door for a moment before this line.

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This line makes a lot more sense in the SNES version. In that version, the guard punched his prisoner several times before stepping back and saying his line. Since the release of the SNES version and the GBA version, Japan got their own ratings board. Since the Japanese ESRB frowns on the beating of women who are chained to the wall, and Squeenix wanted the game to have a Japanese E-for-Everyone rating, they nixed the face-punching.

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Guard: Quiet!
Celes: Kefka's planning to poison every last man, woman, and child in the kingdom of Doma.
Guard: Shaddap!
Guard: Hmph! Run that mouth of yours while you still can...

But you just told her to--

Guard: Your execution's tomorrow.

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And Celes slumps to the floor, from... well, not from direct physical abuse. Maybe they're not feeding her?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 12:11:36 PM
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That didn't take long.

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Giggity. Staring won't get you anywhere, so might as well unfasten those manacles.

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Locke: Name's Locke. I'm with the Returners.
Celes: You're a Returner!? I'm... or at least I was... General Celes. Now I'm nothing but a traitor...
Locke: Well, let's get going!
Celes: ...!? You'd take me with you? ...No. I can barely walk. I'd never make it out of here. I appreciate it, but... Even if you got me out, you wouldn't be able to protect me. I'm better off waiting here for the executioner. At least that way I'll keep my pride...
Locke: I'll protect you! Trust me! You'll be fine! Let's go!

Consider it this way: if you're cut down in your escape, you're not any less dead than you are getting executed for treason.

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Haha, "stealing is wrong". How do you think I even got this far?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 12:12:56 PM
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BOOGUM!

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Winding the clock reveals a hidden door.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 12:18:55 PM
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This rich South Figaro guy sure has really gigantic basement space.

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As alluded to by the soldier in the pub, this part's filled with random encounters.

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Celes has two special commands. She has Magic, like Terra does -- but with a focus on Blizzard spells rather than Fire. And she has Runic, which doesn't appear to do anything but waste a turn.

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The se-- third basement area has a few secret passages of its own.

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This section has a Dry Ether and an X-Potion...

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And a well-hidden Ribbon. There's one available in the World of Balance that doesn't have to be stolen! Ribbons in this game are relics rather than headgear, and provide immunity to all status ailments without the boost to raw stats like they gave in previous games.

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The main path has an Earring to match. Earrings boost magic attacks by 25%, and stack with themselves if you have more than one to equip at a time. Considering the number of special skills that are based on magic, like Sabin's Blitz moves, they're a precious commodity.

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Locke: You remind me of someone... What's it matter, anyway? I'm helping you because I want to!

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The passage leads outside, where the guard blocking the way out of town for Locke at the beginning of the scenario doesn't seem to care that Celes is making a break for it.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 12:21:12 PM
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Just one more obstacle between Locke and Narshe...

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The South Figaro Cave has occasional rumbling noises as you pass through.

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New monsters, too.

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And assuming you didn't open the chests on your way through previously, better items.

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Awfully hard to talk about in a screenshot LP, that's what it is.

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Better heal up, just in case.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 12:25:33 PM
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rumble rumble rumble earthquake

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Celes: If that thing hits us with its magic... ...they'll be scrubbing two big scorch marks off the wall!
Locke: So what are we supposed to do!?
Celes: Don't worry! I'll draw its magic with my runic blade!
Locke: And you'll be okay!?
Celes: Just you watch!

This is a tutorial battle re: Celes's Runic ability. If she's equipped with a sword, Runic becomes available. Once activated, until Celes's next turn, the first spell anyone casts gets absorbed into the blade. The spell hits Celes instead of its intended target, and instead of the normal spell effect, Celes gains as much MP and the spell cost the caster in the first place.

Runic affects both enemy and ally magic, though -- so if Terra and Celes are ever in a party together, I have to be careful about whose spells Runic absorbs.

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But frankly?

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I ain't give a damn about your tutorial battle.

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I mean, I just explained everything myself.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 01, 2013, 12:26:39 PM
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The guard that Terra and company ran into outside the cave doesn't appear to be an issue for Locke and Celes. Or maybe the guard just chases them out into the world map like he did to Terra's party. :shrug:

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 03, 2013, 12:48:47 PM
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Sabin is just dumped onto the world map, with no particular place to go but that little house over there.

Music: Shadow's theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUH_UZlGIKs).
Having a vaguely Spaghetti-Western sounding theme for a Ninja is pretty weird, it still doesn't deserve what the GBA soundchip did to it.

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Despite looking like an Imperial soldier, this guy's a merchant. Conveniently, he sells Shuriken. Only 30 gil each!

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Sabin: You don't happen to know how I could get to Narshe, do you? I got separated from my friends.
Shadow: The Empire has set up camp just beyond the forest to the east.
Sabin: The Empire!? What are they doing here?
Shadow: They seem to have their eyes set on Doma Castle.
Sabin: So Doma's next, huh...? But I need to get to Narshe right away!
Shadow: Your only road passes through Doma. I can take you there if you'd like. Just know that I may leave you at any time...

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He's not joking about leaving at any time. The end of every battle has a tiny chance of him going "WELP I GUESS I'M DONE HERE" and wandering off by himself.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 03, 2013, 01:06:01 PM
Music: What? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0NXjmf83B0)
You know what's fun? Searching for a song on YouTube called, depending on the version of the game, either "??" or "What?". It's the song that plays in odd circumstances. Not mysterious, just... odd. Like this one:

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Aged Man: You the clockmaker? I been waitin' for ages!
Sabin: Uh, no, I'm not the clockmaker...
Aged Man: There she is, hangin' up on that wall over there! Ain't been tickin' for a year now! Five years, was it? Shucks, maybe it's been ten, I don't remember!

Aged Man: Oh, got it! Lawnmower repairman, eh? Couldn't provide worse service! Grass's fifty feet high out back!

Aged Man: No more lip, repairman! Fix that stove, on the double! It'll be on your conscience when I freeze to death!

Aged Man: Hmm? Then you must be... You're here to fix my bed! It's been creakin' like all git-out!

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No clock in the game actually moves, you can't see his backyard, and his bed seems fine... but the stove is nuclear-hot to the touch.

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Aged Man: A kid? I don't have any kids! Ugh, why'd you have to bring up kids? Makes me sick just thinkin' about it! I think it's time for you to leave now! Go on, git! Or I'll toss you out onto the Veldt, too!

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...so. Merchant, ninja, crazy repair-obsessed guy. Sabin's off to a great start.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Romosome on October 04, 2013, 06:35:27 AM
He brings up kids himself, then says that? In the SNES I thought Sabin said something about kids and he replied. Translation error which way?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 07:59:08 AM
He's too kooky to pay attention to what he, himself, is saying.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Romosome on October 04, 2013, 08:45:44 AM
I think that actually is a screwup. Direct japanese script translations have the party going "No child could be this mischevious" after the stove blows up at them (assuming someone screwed with it to make it that way I guess), then the old man flipping out.

[spoiler]I only care because the characterization of this guy as a really bad drunkard, rather than just nuts, is something easily missed and it's a lot more tragic[/spoiler]
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 10:31:44 AM
Music: Troops March On (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXfgua475sk)

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The Camp has no world map sprite. It's just a patch of desert blocking the way into Doma. There are an awful lot of soldiers here.

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Soldier B: Oh, you mean--
Soldier A: Shhh! Keep your voice down! If Kefka catches us, we're toast!
Soldier B: They say Kefka's plotting to drive away General Leo so he can take over his position as general...

Kefka is court magician, but not a proper military officer. Taking over a position as general is kind of weird, but he is Gestahl's right-hand man.

Soldier B: Don't even joke about something like that. If that freak becomes our general, I'll quit!
Solder A: Shhh! What if he hears you? You'll be locked up!
Solder B: All right, all right!

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Soldier A: Yes, sir! Kefka, sir! What a pleasant surprise! How are you today, sir?
Kefka: Please, spare me your petty small talk! Just do your job! And don't let me catch you slacking, or I'll make you regret being born!

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Soldier B: What's wrong with that guy, anyway? It's like General Leo got all the good qualities a man could have, and Kefka got stuck with the rest...
Solder A: Shhh! I just told you to keep it down! How many times are you gonna make me say it? You've gotta be more careful! General Leo may be a decent man, but Kefka... that guy's twisted!

At this point Kefka pounces in, yells "Gotcha!" and roasts Soldier A with his magic.

Well, no, that doesn't happen, but for Soldier A to finally join in the gossip and then immediately get punished for it? Heh heh.

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Captain: The two of you will join the assault squad! Get moving!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 10:33:41 AM
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The troops spread out and try to climb the walls of Doma castle.

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Doman Sentry So, this is it...

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Music: Cyan's theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2k3Pdaf5pw)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 10:41:49 AM
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You can attack the mooks first, if you want.

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Cyan -- technically Ka-yen but nobody's going to argue much if you pronounce it like the color -- is a Samurai... sort of. He's slow and strong, uses katanas as weapons, and his special skill is Bushido; but he lacks some of the trademark skills Final Fantasy 5 gave the Samurai job like gil-throwing and barehanded blade-catching.

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There are eight attacks in the full skillset, but he only knows three to start. When you choose Bushido, the meter slowly fills up. Press the button when the proper number is highlighted to use that attack.

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Attack #1, useable immediately, is Fang. It's a solid hit that never misses against one random target.

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Attack #2, after a short wait, is Sky. Which... does nothing.

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...until Cyan is attacked, that is.

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Sky triggers a staggeringly powerful counterattack each time Cyan is hit between the activation of Sky and his next turn. When Cyan is the only target for the enemies, it turns him from a slow, methodical fighter into a lightning-quick death-dealing counterattack machine. This strike did over 700 damage, while Sabin's Blitzes or Shadow's shuriken might do around 200.

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The captain was defeated handily and easily. You grunts have no chance.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 10:46:55 AM
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...without what?

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There are enough soldiers off on the Doma raid for Sabin and Shadow to have a look around the Imperial Camp. This stuck chest can be ignored, hit to open it without penalty, or kicked...

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...to prompt the guard dogs outside to attack. This is the only place in the game to find Dobermans, so why not. During the fight, Shadow deftly parries a hit...

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...and sets his attack dog on the dog who struck him. Shadow is a ninja... sort of. Most ninja in the series don't journey with dogs they use to deflect attacks and counter for them. He can't even dual-wield without the same item everyone else uses. He is pretty good at throwing weapons, though.

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These guys are even dumber than the Genome soldiers from Metal Gear Solid. As long as you don't talk to them, they don't notice you're there.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 10:53:38 AM
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Time to duck behind a barrier and eavesdrop on some more conversations!

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Well, they are samurai. Standing around waiting for the perfect chance to strike is kind of their thing.

Soldier: General... We're ready to storm the castle as soon as you give the order...
Leo: Patience! If we attack now, there will be too many unnecessary casualties.
Soldier: But... General! I'm prepared to lay down my life for the Empire at any time!
Leo: You're from Maranda, are you not?
Soldier: Huh? I mean, yes, sir, I am, but... why do you ask, sir?
Leo: You would have me go there and deliver the news of your passing to your family? What would I say when I handed them your sword? How could I even look at them? You're a human being before you're a soldier. Don't be so eager to throw away your life. Emperor Gestahl wouldn't want you to die for nothing.
Soldier: Yes, sir!

The soldier departs.

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...to be replaced immediately by another, also named "Soldier".

Soldier: A carrier pigeon arrived from Emperor Gestahl!

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This is Leo's response when he turns away to read. He's not baffled by carrier pigeon technology.

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Soldier: Understood, sir.
Leo: I'll leave the rest in your hands.
Soldier: Yes, sir.
Leo: Listen to me... Don't rush things. That's all I ask.
Soldier: Sir! Leave it to us, sir!
Leo: I'm counting on you.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 11:07:55 AM
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Whoops! Can't run off without more words words words words words

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Kefka: Anyone who touches it'll be pushing up daisies! Hee-hee...

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Kefka: Hmph! I'll take care of things faster than you ever would!
Leo: Nothing dirty, Kefka! They may be enemies but they are still human beings. Try not to forget that.
Kefka: We needn't show mercy to those who side with the Returners. ...Which is good, because I never seem to have any of the stuff.

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Soldier But, General Leo said--
Kefka: Leo's not here anymore. I'm in charge now. Fork it over!
Soldier: Some of our people are being held prisoner inside the castle! If any of them were to drink the water...
Kefka: Who cares? They're the ones who were stupid enough to get caught by the enemy!

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PAWNCH

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Sabin: Kefka! Wait!
Kefka: "Wait", he says... Do I look like a waiter?

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 11:10:59 AM
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DOES HE LOOK LIKE A WAITER

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Before catching up with Kefka, take a moment to loot the nearby tent.

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Whoops.

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Satellite is only difficult because it can berserk party members. Sabin is currently beet-red with righteous fury. It sounds an alarm when near death, calling two Imperial Soldiers into the fight.

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Right. Back to business.

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The battle plays out the same.

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He won't hold back in... calling the guards on us.

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Templars have a habit of countering hits with an Axe attack.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 11:15:38 AM
Music: Kefka's theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcMDlgdnZPI)

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The river turns a sickly purple color.

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*whump*

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The next sentry slumps over the parapet and falls to the unforgiving ground below.

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The camera pans around as Doman soldiers wordlessly die, often faceplanting without warning.

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Sentry: What a low-down, contemptible...!
Cyan: We must warn the king!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 11:26:49 AM
Music: The Unforgiven (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiZZXLbW8V8)

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King: Who's there...?
Cyan: Cyan, Your Excellency!
King: Oh, Cyan... My sight is failing... I cannot see your face...
Cyan: Excellency! Please, you must be strong!
King: Cyan... You have defended this realm since the days of my father  before me... I thank you... for your service. Urgh... Forgive me... I failed to protect our kingdom...
Cyan: No, Excellency, the fault lies not with thee!
King: I fear for your family... Ohhh... my chest burns... with every breath..
Cyan: Speak not, my lord! Save thy strength!
King: Go...to your family...*cough*...*gasp*... ...
Cyan: Excellency!
Sentry: Sir Cyan!
Cyan: There may still be survivors in the castle!
Sentry: Let's split up and search...

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Most of the passages inside the castle are blocked by Doman corpses. Only one room left to check...

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...and it's Cyan's.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 11:30:55 AM
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Why yes, that is Cyan charging into the Imperial camp with the sole intention of personally swording every single soldier stationed there.

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Bit early with the screenshot here, as the enemies haven't zoomed onscreen yet. But Cyan is uncontrollable here, and attacks foes with regular hits or Fang every turn.

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This prompts another battle, identical to the one before it.

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By the way? Don't stand in front of Cyan when you talk to him each time.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 11:50:11 AM
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Another auto-fight! I think this one includes a Templar.

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Sabin: No need for thanks! I'm Sabin, from the kingdom of Figaro. We should get out of here!
Cyan: But I must avenge my family and my countrymen...!
Sabin: If we stick around any longer, we'll have an entire regiment down our throats!
Offscreen Soldier: There they are! This way!
Sabin: Hoo boy... I have an idea... Follow me.

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Sabin: I'll explain later! Just climb in!

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Sabin pushes Cyan into the pilot's seat.

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Sabin: Oh, for...! Thou art getting to be quite a pain in the-- Great, now I'm even starting to talk like you!
Sabin: Listen! See that lever? The one right by your hand? Push it down.

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The controls on Magitek armor must be awfully intuitive, or Sabin has a lot of questions to answer about how he knows how to pilot one. Anyway, Cyan starts turning mad donuts.

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Cyan bodychecks a few soldiers out of the way on his uncontrolled rampage.

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Shadow found his own Magitek armor, too.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 11:56:40 AM
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All three party members can fire the elemental lasers and use the free healing Magitek Armor provides. Which is good, because there are several fights with similarly-equipped Imperials on the way out of camp.

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Cyan:    Narshe? I believe the only route passes through the forest to the south, but--
Sabin: All right! If we're going into the woods, I guess we won't be needing these hunks of scrap metal anymore. Let's get going!

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Back on the world map, Cyan has become a permanent addition to the team.

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Dog-type attacks are ineffective against Flying-type monsters.

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Alas, poor Doma! You never stood a chance, because the game needed a really obvious example of Kefka's lack of humanity.

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Forest to the south, got it. (Can't miss it, really.)

Music: Phantom Forest (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8K7fVoQv9o)

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Sounds like a cheery place.

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It's full of g-g-g-g-GHOSTS! And that's okay, because ghosts aren't immune to shurikens and katanas and blasts of holy chi energy.

Huh. A monk, a ninja, and a samurai make up the party in this scenario. How East-Asia! Never thought about it before.

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What's that in the background? Looks like a locomotive...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:06:26 PM
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Sabin: There could be survivors. Let's take a look inside.

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Cyan: Sir Sabin!
Sabin: We can't just wander around out here all day. We have to check inside!
Cyan: Sir Sabin!

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wiiiiiiiink

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Cyan: We must leave at once! This is the Phantom Train!

The whistle blows. It is a lonesome, mournful sound.

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Cyan: We must get off this train at once!

Music: Mystery Train (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytJ33HOy3es)

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Cyan: I fear we are too late.
Sabin: What did you say this train was?
Cyan: This is the Phantom Train... It carries the souls of the departed to their... final destination.
Sabin: ...Wait a second. You're saying this train's giving us a one-way ride to... the afterlife!?
Cyan: Unless we find a way off, I am afraid that is exactly where we will end up...
Sabin: Well, I'm afraid that's a trip I'm going to have to pass on!

Heh heh, "pass on"? On the Phantom Train? I see what you did there, Sabin.

Sabin: If it won't let us off, then we'll stop it ourselves. Let's make for the engine.

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Needless to say the train is filled with ghostly random encounters. Sabin's Aura Cannon is quite effective against all of them.

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Not all of the ghosts are hostile, though. A couple run shops, and some will join the party as temporary members. They're not very good party members, with low stats and no equipment, but they can soak a few hits otherwise intended for the living.

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Conductor: The Phantom Train ferries the souls of the departed to the other side. Once the souls arrive, they are granted their eternal rest. You want to stop the train? Search every corner of the engineer's compartment... I'm sure there's a way.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:11:35 PM
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Sabin: These? ...Huh? They're all blank!
Conductor: This train carries the dead to the afterlife. It's a little tough to be making timetables with as much conflict in the world as there is right now.

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Hmm, a switch! Why don't we press it and see?

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Sabin: Cyan... You're not... scared, are you!?
Cyan: Wh-what dost thou mean? It's not as though I have an aversion to machines... ...or try to stay away from them as much as humanly possible... or anything like that!
Sabin: Cyan... So, you're afraid of machines!

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:14:08 PM
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dum dum dum

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Eventually you get to a car with no other exits, and the entrance is blocked by a ghost when you step inside.

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So you beat up the ghost, of course.

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2spooky
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:16:42 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba1504.png)

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Because his cunning plan won't work otherwise, Sabin absorbs Cyan back into his map sprite. Traveling in groups must be a lot easier in fantasy games, where the entire party turns into a giant version of the lead character.

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Monastic training has its advantages. No way Cyan could have made that jump by himself.

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Why can't I go through the entire train this way? This is a breeze!

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Oh. The rooftops are easily broken, that's why.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:23:53 PM
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In a move that's certain to have no dire consequences for the souls of the dead whatsoever, Sabin decouples the rear cars. Without conveyance to the afterlife, the ghosts are forced to wander the world in undead torment, their hatred and jealousy of the living drives them to attack wayfarers and travelers the world over.

And no one notices, because that's kind of how things are anyway. At least Final Fantasy 2 gave a good reason for there to be killer monsters roaming everywhere.

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Well, no big deal. On to the dining car!

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Sabin and Cyan have a standard conversation, where Cyan throws his hands up and lets Sabin eat whatever he wants. If you have either of the two optional party members, they each get their own scene if they're placed as party lead. Shadow feeds his dog, while the ghost just silently chows down.

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Once you're done, don't forget to sneak around behind the phantom waitstaff and steal the Earring available here. Those things are darned useful.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:28:28 PM
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Elsewhere, with a different chest...

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Siegfried: If I were you, you overmuscled moose, I'd grab Grandpa there and run away while you still can!
Sabin: "Greatest windbag" is more like it. You're the one who had best beat a brave retreat.
Siegfried: What!? Brazen words for a man about to be spitted upon my blade like a plump and juicy pig! En garde!

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Siegfried: You kids had better get ready! Hi-yaaaaaa!

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Block.

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Block.

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Pathetic damage. Siegfried attacks eight times in his initial flurry, but either misses or gets blocked half the time, and does single-digit damage when he does land a hit.

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He flees after being hit once.

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The Siegfried Rule: Just because you are weird does not mean you are important.

Anyway, Siegfried takes the treasure and runs away. :shrug:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:41:11 PM
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The next cabin over from Siegfried has treasure data, but no treasure chest graphics. You can grab the Tent from its invisible chest, but short of a walk-through-walls cheat code, there's no way to get the Fairy Ring beside it.

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The next car over from that has actual chests in it... and an Apparition. You know, now's as good a time as any to talk about the Ghost's special skill. It's Possess.

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Possess removes the user from the fight, and kills whatever enemy it's used on. Ghosts can't leave the Phantom Train (or participate in the boss fight at the end of it), so it's kind of a useless ability to have. You can kill one enemy in a random encounter! Whee, so can Aura Cannon, Fang, or Shuriken.

If Possess is hacked or glitched into any other part of the game, it becomes an utter game breaker. Since it's not supposed to be used on anything but random encounter monsters, no enemy in the game is coded with an immunity to Possess. It can be used to defeat anything, even fights you're not supposed to win, even the final boss, instantly.

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As it is, Possess forces the ghost who used it out of the party.

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No problem.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:47:15 PM
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Once you throw the switch, the train whistle screams again...

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And you're forced into one of the oddest battles in the game. You're fighting the Train you've been riding on the entire time, by running from it down the tracks. You'd think you could evade the battle by just running anywhere other than where the tracks go, but whaddyagonnado?

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Well, you can exploit one of the most famous bugs in the game. See, most monsters that are particularly large are coded as such. "Heavy" monsters in Final Fantasy 5 got over status ailments quickly and were immune to many attacks.

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A similar designation exists in Final Fantasy 6. One of the effects is that the monster becomes immune to Sabin's Meteor Strike suplex attack.

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The developers forgot to add that designation to the Phantom Train.

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So yes, Sabin just lifted a locomotive engine, leapt into the air, turned it upside down, and smashed it into the ground. Somehow this does not instantly end the fight by derailing the train.

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There's more to the fight, but who cares? Sabin just suplexed a train!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:49:38 PM
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Cyan knocks Sabin out of the way as he dashes toward his departing departed family.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:50:45 PM
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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 04, 2013, 12:51:05 PM
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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on October 04, 2013, 01:13:25 PM
AIN'T NO GETTIN' OFFA THIS TRAIN W--

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Oh.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on October 04, 2013, 04:20:51 PM
Kefka is court magician, but not a proper military officer. Taking over a position as general is kind of weird, but he is Gestahl's right-hand man.

Chiming in data from a friend:

(8:13:48 PM) Magi: He could easily be considered "court mage" and also a general as well, because he's high ranking, and probably their most powerful magic user who isn't brainwashed
(8:15:06 PM) Magi: Okay, yeah, it doesn't say he was demoted to general, I think I just confused the information with the SNES translation that said that there were three generals, and litsed Kefka as a general
(8:15:17 PM) Magi: "- 3: Around the time his ward Celes ascends to the rank of Leuitenant, Kefka has a nervous breakdown, and developes many personal eccentricities. He is deemed unfit for his position in empire and is demoted. However, due to his many years of service, The emperor sees it fit to keep Kefka around to do the jobs no one else is willing to do. 26 year old Leo Chirstophe is promoted, and Kefka develops a deep hatred for him.
"

Re: The court mage comment Edgar makes earlier:

(9:50:12 PM) Magi: ガストラ皇帝直属の魔導士ケフカ
(9:50:52 PM) Magi: Yeah, it does more or less say "The sorcerer of Emperor Gastahl's direct supervision"
(9:52:30 PM) Magi: So court magician makes sense as a translation

tl;dr: He was a military, but got booted, and now he's the Empire's Cleaner.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: François on October 04, 2013, 05:34:29 PM
Soldier B: What's wrong with that guy, anyway? It's like General Leo got all the good qualities a man could have, and Kefka got stuck with the rest...

(http://francois.brontoforum.us/miscpic/twins.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on October 04, 2013, 09:44:25 PM
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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 03:50:15 AM
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Edgar and Locke cannot possibly be in the fight with the Phantom Train. :disapprove:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 03:58:26 AM
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That's what the area intro window said, yeah.

Cyan: To the south of here lies the Veldt. 'Tis a wild and dangerous land, inhabited by all manner of ferocious beasts...
Sabin: But if we turn around and go back, the Empire will be waiting for us.
Cyan: Hmm... The village of Mobliz lies on the eastern coast. If we can make it through the Veldt, we could head there...
Shadow: I have served my purpose...

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It's not that Shadow has filled his purpose, since you're not to Narshe yet. It's that he's seen Sabin's impulsiveness, knows what's coming next, and wants no part of it.

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Because the next step is to intentionally leap down a waterfall.

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And it's a biiiiiiiiiig waterfall.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba1645.png)
There are plenty of carnivorous fish to be fought on the way down, too.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba1646.png)
Including a sub-boss...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba1650.png)
...who can be one-shotted with Sky.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 04:02:29 AM
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Shadow was right to bamf out when he did.

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Music: Gau's theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ2EbzzM-KQ)
You thought Shadow's theme was an odd fit for the character? Check this one out.

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The kid panics and runs away.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 04:12:53 AM
Music: The Veldt (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i6XKpAPv_s)

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The Veldt is a wide, flat chunk of the overworld map. Random encounters here are all enemies you've met before -- meeting an enemy for the first time is what triggers it appearing on the Veldt. Most of what appears here are monsters from the Lethe River, the Phantom Forest, and the Imperial Base, since those monsters appear in more varied mob formations. Sadly, none of these monsters give experience.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba1664.png)
Sometimes after battles, Gau shows up again complaining that he's hungry. There's nothing to do but hit him so he goes away.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba1666.png)
As Cyan said, Mobliz is a little village on the far side of the Veldt.

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Some townspeople are amazed you even made it to this remote backwater.

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Most give background information or clues on what you're supposed to do next. Since Gau got an introductory snippet and a name screen, it's no surprise that you need to figure out how to recruit the hungry feral child.

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Hint: This item shop is the first one to sell "Dried Meat", described as "Cures an empty stomach".

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There's a mention of a wounded soldier, and some people who are willing to play postman for you.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 04:23:03 AM
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Injured Lad: I tried to flee, rather than help them attack Doma, but they came after me... I barely escaped alive. Now I can't even move. I'll never see Lola again... There's a letter on the desk. Would you be kind enough to bring it to me?

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Lola's Letter: The flowers in the garden will soon bloom, and announce the arrival of spring. How are you doing? I'm worried. I so wish that I could fly to your side and be with you! Please think only about getting better, and try not to push yourself too hard. Rest knowing that I spend every day thinking only of you, and wishing I could see you...
Lola

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The letter sent, we can either continue the game or prompt it to come up with her reply.

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For whatever reason, asking this guy about the Serpent Trench takes up enough time for the postage pigeon to reach Lola, for her to pen a response, and the pigeon to return to Mobliz.

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Send her a record, talk to the guy about the Trench...

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Deliver a potion, listen to the Trench speech...

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Send a letter, how 'bout that Trench...

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...deliver a book, etc. etc.

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Injured Lad: I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please, accept this as a token of my appreciation.

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The Tintinnabulum is a tiny chime that restores HP as you walk around. It's sort of an out-of-battle Regen effect. Something that closes wounds and restores health seems like it'd be useful to a wounded soldier, but it only works while walking. And he can't. So...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on October 05, 2013, 04:36:57 AM
Quote
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I still remember having to convince my boss at Squeenix that this actually happens (http://brontoforum.us/index.php?topic=17.msg167#msg167).

(Also. (http://brontoforum.us/index.php?topic=4986.msg193046#msg193046))
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 04:39:25 AM
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Guess what's next! If you guessed "go back onto the Veldt, fight until Gau shows up, and throw Dried Meat at him", you're right!

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Cyan: I am Cyan, and this is Sabin.
Gau: You Cyan, you Sabin... Me want more food!!!
Sabin: Sorry, all gone!
Gau: You go... get more for me.

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With each line of dialog, the speaker -- Sabin or Gau -- will hop toward the other. The other hops back, intimidated, but they get a bit closer each time...

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The two wrestle one another, leaping around in circles.

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Sabin: You're pretty tough... for a little guy!
Gau: Wah-ha-ha! That fun! You strong!

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They wrestle again, in faster circles this time. But Gau jumps out and stops, leaving Sabin wrestling with himself for a couple of laps before he catches on.

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Gau: You fall for it! Fall for trick!
Sabin: Shut up!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 04:41:39 AM
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Cyan: And thou, o wild one... Who might thou be?
Gau: Thou?

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u mad bro

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 04:48:12 AM
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Cyan: Let us not dwell on such things. Sir Gau, I have a feeling we will get along quite well. Wilt thou join us?
Gau: Oh!!! Gau give you present!
Sabin: Right... What manner of rubbish do you suppose he's gonna give us?
Gau: Gau's treasure... shiny, shiny! Shiny, shiny, shiny!!!
Sabin: ...Can anything be THAT shiny?
Gau: Mr. Thou like shiny thing?
Sabin: Mr. Thou's that one -- over THERE!
Sabin: A shiny thing, eh? Locke's gonna be jealous when he hears about this!
Gau: Who Locke? He bad man? Maybe he try steal Gau's treasure!

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Gau is spinning in place, having a minor fit about the possibility of someone stealing his shiny, shiny, shiny thing.

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Of course, I get two screenshots of him facing the same direction, so it looks like he's just facing away from Sabin instead of rotating in place.

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Gau: Shiny thing here! Where Sabin is, that Mobliz! Cyan stand place river bring you... Gau stand... Crescent Mountain! Moon-shape mountain! Shiny thing there!

I never understood what the hell Gau was going on about until this translation. If you superimpose a map of the Veldt on where everyone is standing, it becomes clearer: Cyan is standing on the northwest corner where you start after the Baren Falls sequence. Mobliz is in the northeast, near where Sabin is standing. And Gau is standing where the next area is, Crescent Mountain, where there's a cave with a shiny shiny shiny thing inside.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 05:03:11 AM
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Gau doesn't really have abilities based on any job that had been introduced into the series when Final Fantasy 6 came out. It wasn't until Tactics Advance that the series saw a skillset like his again: Gau is a Morpher! ...sort of.

Gau has two special abilities: Rage and Leap. Rage replaces the Fight command, so there's no "punch a dude" command for Gau. Leap only appears while on the Veldt.

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The Veldt, as I said earlier, spawns mobs that you've seen elsewhere. Gau can Leap at them. This immediately ends the battle you're in and removes Gau from the party.

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After a few more battles on the Veldt, Gau will reappear and rejoin your party.

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The monsters in the mob Gau intially Leapt onto, and the monsters in the mob where he reappeared, are added to his Rage list.

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Gau's Rage ability is available anywhere. Rage lets you select one of the monsters Gau has Leapt onto, and when activated, Gau pretends to be that monster for the remainder of the battle. He's really good at pretending! Gau picks up the monster's innate elemental resistances, weaknesses, and immunities, as well as their status vulnerabilities, immunities, and innates. For the rest of the fight, Gau will either use a physical hit (based on the monster's -- some claw, some bite, some punch, etc.) or a single special move that the monster employs.

For example, if Gau pretends to be a Bomb monster, he gets automatic Float status, absorbs fire, is weak to ice and water attacks, and becomes immune to Blind, Zombie, Imp, and Poison -- just like an actual Bomb. He alternates between punch attacks and Blaze every subsequent turn.

In this picture, Gau is pretending to be a Magitek Armor. He gains Protect status but becomes weak to Lightning, gains a bevy of status immunities standard to machines, and can fire Magitek Lasers.

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Conveniently, in the process of collecting screenshots for this explanation, Gau picked up one of the most important earlygame Rages: Stray Cat. Stray Cat gives no elemental changes or status immunities, but its special attack is Cat Scratch. Cat Scratch is a single quadruple-power hit, does more damage than even Cyan's Sky, and is a hell of a lot easier to pull off.

Gau had a completely game-breaking build in the SNES version by equipping a Merit Award relic, but he can't equip that in this version, so it's moot.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 05:07:12 AM
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Now that we have one of the more complicated party members, let's proceed!

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Cyan: And where exactly might it be found, Sir Gau?
Gau: Gau... forget!
Sabin: Shall we look around?

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Gau hands over a potion he's found, but it's not the shiny shiny shiny treasure.

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As Sabin goes to investigate, Gau sneaks up behind him and roars.

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...startling Sabin into to dropping 500 gil into the crevasse.

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lol u mad

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 05:12:28 AM
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Gau: Treasure, treasure!
Cyan: 'Tis nothing but a dirty glass bowl...
Sabin: Kind of looks like it would fit over your head... Hmm...! I wonder if we could use this? It might let us breathe underwater.

Only because, like before in the Phantom Train, other people cease to exist on the map screens after they merge with the party leader. How else would one diving helmet fit three people?

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I assume it's a tiny mountain stream that feeds into the ocean, since the Serpent Trench is clearly an ocean current between the Veldt and a town near the center of the map. I know, I saw the introductory sequence for it plenty of times while I delivered letters.

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Gau is somewhat less enthusiastic about going, and this is a guy with a pretty fair chance of just pretending to be a fish and ignoring any problems with underwater travel.

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Sabin and Cyan jump in without him.

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And while reluctant, Gau eventually joins them.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 05:17:37 AM
Music: Serpent Trench (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox-zAnGUfZ4)

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The Serpent Trench is a bit like the Lethe River, only with more Mode 7. You can't control where you're going and the fights are unavoidable.

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Gau can use Megavolt attacks with the Belmodar rage, and underwater enemies generally do not like electricity.

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Eventually you're given a choice of direction to go, left or right, and if you go right you get to a tiny underwater cavern.

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Inside is an X-Potion.

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Go right at the next fork for another cavern.

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Inside is... a door. On hinges. With a doorknob. It's obviously a manufactured item that's been installed, but who the hell put a door in this cave under the ocean?

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There's no boss in the Serpent Trench, so you just wash up at the harbor in Nikeah.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 05:30:36 AM
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Nikeah is a bustling harbor town with plenty of merchants set up in the streets.

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And I don't know if it's Nikeah specifically or if my game is just oddly buggy, but the menus for these shops have screwed-up window displays. Good thing there's no submarine in this game, huh?

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Why is this important? Because it's just a simple walk to get from the old drunkard's house where Sabin started this scenario to get to Nikeah, but you can't do it during this scenario because there are mountains in the way. You'd miss Cyan and Gau and a lot of plot development, but good lord this scenario could stand to be much shorter. Banon's and Locke's scenarios are barely a sneeze compared to this one -- it took almost as many screenshots to get through Sabin's scenario as it did the entire game up to that point!

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Midwife: It was a problem birth. The mother didn't survive, and the man couldn't take it... went loony, 'e did! Thought 'is baby was some kind of monster and threw it out! Poor little thing never even 'ad a chance...

GUYS HAVE YOU FIGURED OUT WHO THAT OLD GUY IS YET HUH

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Cyan does not take flirting well. "Licentious howler" is a pretty good line, too.

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Dancer: Hey, do you like these? I call this one Humpty, and this one Dumpty!

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The dancer grabs Cyan and drags him toward the bar, and he reacts so violently that he dashes straight into the opposite wall and bounces off.

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Sabin: Cyan, you're too easy!
Cyan: Th-thou art unaffected by these... charms!?

They're called breasts, Cyan. Possibly boobs. Or tits. Or funbags. Mammaries. Sweater puppies. Ta-tas. Melons. Hooters. Jubblies. Mounds of joy. Weapons of mass destruction. Or if you prefer, Humpty and Dumpty.

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More evidence for fanficsters to write Sabin as gay. Referring to himself as a "bear" earlier may not have helped.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 05:33:42 AM
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And then EVERYONE IS ATTACKED BY LEVIATHAN THE SHIP SINKS THE PARTY WASHES UP ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE WORLD SABIN'S SCENARIO CONTINUES INDEFINITELY

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SABIN AND CYAN MUST SNEAK THROUGH SOUTH FIGARO BUT DO NOT HAVE LOCKE'S ABILITIES WITH STEALTH AND RUN INTO PROBLEMS AT EVERY TURN

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THE CAVE FROM SOUTH FIGARO IS FULL OF POWERFUL MONSTERS AND YOU MUST TRAVERSE IT A THIRD TIME BECAUSE FUCK YOU THAT'S WHY

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Whew.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 06:31:35 AM
Music: Mines of Narshe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fnTJ5SF2uM)

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Arvis: That's not what we asked!
Elder: What you ask is the same.
Banon: Ha! You're absolutely right.
Arvis: Banon!
Banon: We're asking you to spill your blood. Emperor Gestahl is racing to acquire ever greater Magitek power. That's the reason he wants the esper that was discovered here. If we allow the Empire to continue amassing weapons of Magitek destruction...

I have a new euphemism for boobs now. Thanks, Banon!

Banon: ...history's greatest mistake will be repeated.
Elder: The War of the Magi...
Unnamed Narshe Guard: The legendary conflict that laid waste to the world...
Another Guard: You're saying it could happen again?
Elder: I had thought humans to be wiser creatures...
Sabin: Edgar!

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Edgar: Who have you brought along?
Cyan: I am Cyan, a warrior from the kingdom of Doma.
Gau: Uwao... Gau!

It may be worth noting that "Gau" is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a creature's growl or roar. If the game originated in the English-speaking world, he'd be called "Rawr" or something similar.

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Cyan: Kefka... poisoned them...
Elder: Barbaric!
Banon: Elder!
Elder: But... that was because Doma was collaborating with the Returners. As long as we remain neutral, we have nothing to fear from the Empire.
Locke: Think again!

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Terra: Locke!
Locke: The Empire's poised to attack Narshe as we speak!
Edgar: What!?
Banon: Locke, where did you get your hands on information like that?
Locke: Celes here was one of the Empire's gener--
Cyan: So it is her! I thought she looked familiar. Sir Gau, step aside!

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Cyan doesn't wait for Gau to do so. He flings Gau into the wall, forcing Terra to leap back out of the way to avoid getting a faceful of feral child.

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Cyan: The woman single-handedly responsible for the decimation of Maranda... Stand and meet thy judgment, Imperial b--

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Locke: Celes has promised to join the Returners! She's fighting on our side now!
Cyan: Be that as it may...!
Locke: I promised I'd protect her, and I won't give up a woman I've sworn to protect!
Edgar: Locke... You still haven't gotten over that, have you...?
Terra: I was also an Imperial soldier.
Cyan: WHAT!?
Edgar: The Empire is evil, but that doesn't mean that all of its citizens are.
Sabin: I'm going to have to defer to my brother on this one...

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Yeah, way to stand around gabbing instead of sending out the alarm and equipping everyone to fight off an attack, guys.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 06:43:59 AM
Music: Troops March On (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFIdghMTatw)

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Soldier: Kefka, sir... What about the civilians?
Kefka: What about them? Kill them all!
Soldier: But, sir, Narshe is a neutral city...!
Kefka: Idiot! Read my lips -- mercy is for wimps! There's a reason "oppose" rhymes with "dispose"... If they get in your way, kill them! March!

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Banon: They're here for the esper...
Elder: We moved it up into the cliffs above the valley.
Edgar: Then that's where we'll make our stand!

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Everyone files out.

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Edgar: Don't go falling for him now, thinking he was protecting you out of love back there.
Celes: Thanks for your concern, but I'm a soldier, not some love-starved twit.
Edgar: So much for my next suggestion...

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Terra: You can use magic, too... can't you? But... it's different from mine.
Celes: I was raised to be an Imperial Magitek knight. When I was still very young, I was artificially infused with magic.
Terra: ...Is it possible for you to love other people?
Celes: ...? Are you mocking me?

Terra's worried about ever being able to feel emotions other people do. Celes is just frigid. Her magic is thematically appropriate!

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Everyone has something to say to Celes!

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At this point the party lines up. You can talk to them to switch them into the active party, allowing you to manage everyone's equipment.

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Once that's done, you can talk to Banon to initiate the Imperial attack on Narshe.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 06:50:30 AM
Music: Save Them! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGHbjU0Ahcw#)

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As with the battle to protect Terra from the Narshe guards, you have three parties at your disposal here. Unlike that event, you're not given a bunch of moogles to round out the ranks. Like that event, we'll be winning with a concentrated strike force, rather than hanging back and playing defensively.

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The party with magic, tools, blitz, and bushido is the strike force. Locke/Celes and Gau will be hanging back to protect Banon, because despite his general irrelevance to the plotline from here on out he's the last person standing between the Imperials and the Esper -- if the enemy reaches Banon, I lose!

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Kefka: Excellent! Now I won't have to hunt you down later!

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Kefka gives his trademark screechy laugh.

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And calls in the regiment he'll be using to kill us all.

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The enemy troops have a maze to wander through, which is probably why this location was chosen as the easiest to defend.

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There are a lot more enemies this time, though. Individual fights aren't difficult, but keeping everyone healthy enough that you don't have to stop and heal up outside of battle or switch to a secondary party can be a little rough.

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Brown soldiers are tougher fights than green soldiers...

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...and the last brown soldier is the toughest of all.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2047.png)
He's vulnerable to Cyan's third Bushido technique, Wheel, though. It cuts his HP in half and inflicts Sap, making the battle a bit less burdensome.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2048.png)
As Doma taught us, if you take out the commander, the rest of the army flees...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 06:57:01 AM
Music: Decisive Battle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjw35-qkb_s)
This is the boss music that's played for every battle since Ymir, but this seems like an appropriate time to actually link it.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2050.png)
Kefka has some basic magic at his command: Fire, Thunder, Poison, and Drain; and a weak physical attack. His only dangerous move is Blizzara, which powerful enough to oneshot virtually anyone in the party. If Celes is present, having her Runic every turn can absorb most of Kefka's assault.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2051.png)
As it is, he never gets a chance to Blizzara anyone. Fang, Aura Cannon, and Autocrossbow whittle him down while Terra keeps everyone patched up with Cure.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2052.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2054.png)
He's not slain, of course. He just flees. You get a Peace Ring for winning; the irony of getting a relic that grants mental clarity from a homicidal maniac is not lost on anyone. If he poisons entire castles and kills innocent civilians when he had this ring, what's he going to do now that he doesn't?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2055.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2057.png)
All the other soldiers vanish. Locke, Celes, and Gau never had to lift a finger, and that's just the way things should be.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2058.png)
Locke: Is it all right?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 06:59:46 AM
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Edgar: Whew... The esper's safe.
Cyan: It also appears to be... alive.
Sabin: Is that even possible...?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2064.png)
There's a flash!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2065.png)
Locke, you might wanna--

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2067.png)
...uh, not stand directly between the esper and Terra right now.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2068.png)
So of course he climbs up and stands in the exact same spot.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2069.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2070.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 07:03:33 AM
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Edgar: They're reacting to each other!

Music: Esper World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fe0wNariU)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2073.png)
Hey, the esper remembered its name.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2075.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2076.png)
Valigarmanda starts shining again, just like he did in the mines when Terra approached it in Magitek armor.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2078.png)
Terra: Please... tell me! Who am I? Who!?
Locke: Terra!
Celes: The esper... It's responding to her!
Edgar: Terra... Get away from that thing...!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2088.png)
Terra and the esper glow blue, and again, electricity arcs between them. Whatever Valigarmanda was doing in the mines before, it resumes now...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2089.png)
...and Terra transforms into a furry humanoid, with feral eyes and claws.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 07:08:23 AM
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Terra spins wildly in place...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2091.png)
...and rockets offscreen.

I rented this game a few times before purchasing a copy for myself. I had reached this scene at the end of my first rental, the day before I had to take the game back. It was after midnight, I was the only one awake in the house. I'd just finished a damned difficult battle (I played defensively with three parties of around equal strength, and didn't know how to properly utilize Gau's Rages, so he was kind of useless. It was hard.), finally reached this ancient magical beast I'd been trying to get back to for the entire game, and it transforms one of my central party members into... something. Terra's scream (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuboSvySltE) as she launched into the sky sent a shiver down my spine.

I had to save at the next opportunity and wait a couple of weeks before I could rent the game again. This is one hell of a time to cut off a narrative.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2092.png)
Anyway. Terra flies into the distance as a tiny sparkle of light.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2094.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2095.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2097.png)
And spends a while flying uncontrollably around the world map.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 07:15:23 AM
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Locke: Uhhhn...
Celes: Are you awake?
Locke: ...Where's Terra!?
Celes: She turned into a... something... and flew off. She looked like...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2104.png)
Celes would know. She grew up in the Imperial capitol, got infused at an early age, and presumably had access to all sorts of intel on the central source of the Empire's military might. She's probably seen a number of espers in her day.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2105.png)
Edgar: Something happened to Terra... There must be some sort of connection between her and that esper... We need to find her! Witnesses said she went streaking westward across the sky, beyond Figaro.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2111.png)
Celes: Locke...
Edgar: Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Empire will be back again for that esper.
Sabin: And someone needs to protect Banon...
Cyan: A former Imperial soldier... But still... We must help her!
Edgar: Let's split up. Those who aren't searching for Terra will stay here to guard against further attacks. Figaro Castle can shuttle the others to the western province. It shouldn't be hard to track down clues in Kohlingen or Jidoor as to Terra's whereabouts.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2121.png)
Terra's gone. Everyone else is available. Form me a party!

Some things to remember:
If there's an empty slot, I can pick up Shadow too.
Edgar and Sabin get a special scene if they're both present.
Locke gets a special scene if he's present.
Both of those scenes can be viewed later if the needed characters aren't present.

Voting is open!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Metal Slime on October 05, 2013, 07:23:24 AM
I'm going to go with a party I never used in all my playthroughs.

Celes, Gau, Cyan, and Shadow
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on October 05, 2013, 08:10:21 AM
Quote
If there's an empty slot, I can pick up Shadow too.
Edgar and Sabin get a special scene if they're both present.
Locke gets a special scene if he's present.

Uno, dos, tres.  This is not difficult.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 02:13:53 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2122.png)
While you guys vote, I'm gonna do a thing. It starts by putting Gau in the party.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2130.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2131.png)

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2133.png)

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2139.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2140.png)
As I said, you can hire Shadow in Kohlingen. So I do!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2146.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2148.png)
...who then ditches me. Bastard!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2149.png)
Okay, reload and try again.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 02:17:24 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2150.png)

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Shadow checks to see if it's time to leave the party after winning a fight. So instead I run from every battle.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2152.png)
I head back through Figaro, through the cave to South Figaro, across Mt. Kolts, through the Returners Hideout...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2153.png)
...down the Lethe River, through Doma...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2154.png)
...through the Phantom Forest, down Baren Falls...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2155.png)
...to the Veldt! Where Gau leaps away.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2156.png)
Shadow is left by himself.

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Shadow leaves Gau behind on the Veldt, swims through the Serpent Trench, takes the ship from Nikeah to South Figaro...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2162.png)
Incidentally, a sailor smuggles you out of town in a chest to keep you out of Imperial grasp.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2164.png)
Shadow goes back to Narshe.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 05, 2013, 02:19:53 PM
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However! Shadow doesn't go into Narshe. Instead he does his bit about having earned his pay...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2167.png)
...and leaves!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2168.png)
So, um...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2169.png)
At this point my party is completely empty. The game has no idea what to do.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2170.png)
Leaving the menu takes me to a glitched out part of the Narshe map.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2171.png)
Most of the menu options don't work. Trying to bring up a status screen crashes the game entirely. This is a fatal glitch, and demands you reset to a point where you can put someone in the party to get into Narshe or complete the next stretch of the game.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Beat Bandit on October 06, 2013, 01:20:41 PM
Separating the pages for the next batch of updates seems like as good a place as any to bring this up.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba0076.png)

When I first saw this image, I thought the counterattack was him reemerging from the shell holding a machinegun in its head stalk. I never want to believe anything different.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 06, 2013, 02:27:11 PM
I'm going to go with a party I never used in all my playthroughs.

Celes, Gau, Cyan, and Shadow

Seconding this. Seems like it would be a fun challenge.

That glitch is awesome.

I remember, on my third ever playthrough, a friend of mine lent me his SNES Game Genie, and I discovered that there was a code for walking through walls. So I input the code during the intro sequence, and walked out of Narshe with Vicks and Wedge. Then, I went to the castle, and managed to walk past that guy guarding the engine room. After fighting off the tenticle boss and recruiting the king (whose default name was ???????????), I left the castle, to discover I was now in the World of Ruin, without an airship.

My team was thus WEDGE, VICKS, ?????????? (Terra), and ??????????? (Edgar)

It's probably possible to go further, but I hadn't quite figured out a way to power level, so I just got rocked by the WoR monsters and then stopped trying.

You should try it, see how far you can go.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Sharkey on October 06, 2013, 11:21:24 PM
Fuck yeah, you're doing this. Loving the attention to details I somehow never noticed. Especially boss fight shenanigans. I never realized you got a marginally better reward for wailing on an electric snail shell in blatant and tedious defiance of prior exposition. I did that, but I didn't notice you got an ether for it.

Also still calling dibs on Setzer because vanity. Fixed dice and master's scroll, motherfuckers.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on October 07, 2013, 05:10:56 AM
R2 isn't doing the name thing.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 07, 2013, 05:20:08 AM
"Sharktzer" doesn't even fit.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Niku on October 07, 2013, 07:23:28 AM
Although now I want to see a completely different version of Rocket Knight Adventures.

(http://i.imgur.com/aLfDZsC.jpg)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 07, 2013, 11:23:19 AM
I'm going to go with a party I never used in all my playthroughs.

Celes, Gau, Cyan, and Shadow

Seconding this. Seems like it would be a fun challenge.

One of you forgot to vote; Cyan only got one in the poll and will be sitting out this round.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 07, 2013, 11:39:34 AM
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Locke got seven votes, Celes six. Edgar, Sabin, and Shadow were tied at five, so I rolled a die in IRC to see who got to sit out. Turns out it's Sabin.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2173.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2174.png)
In addition to some money and a Reflect Ring, the treasure shack holds a Thief Knife and a Thief's Glove. Who was that old guy, anyway?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2175.png)
Anyhow, the way to Kohlingen is still through Figaro.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2176.png)
As the ranks round out, it'll probably become less and less likely that Edgar and Sabin get to share the spotlight. But I'll get around to their backstory eventually.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2177.png)
We saw the look on his face when we kicked his sorry arse out of Narshe. Pretty similar?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2178.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2180.png)
The shopkeepers in Figaro are loathe to take money from their own royal family, but if Edgar is the party leader, you can get a half-price discount on anything they sell.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2181.png)
...which includes most of Edgar's tools.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2182.png)
Anyhow, off we go.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 07, 2013, 12:00:18 PM
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Previously, Edgar had problems dealing damage to single targets. Autocrossbow and Bio Blaster are nice, but hit all enemies evenly. The Drill remedies this shortcoming! It never misses, ignores the target's Defense value, and does grievous damage. Add Edgar to the list of characters who will never need any further use of the Fight command.

There was a bug in the Japanese version that allowed characters to equip any item as armor. The Drill, equipped as a hat, became famous as the most broken example of the bug -- it made the character wearing it virtually invincible. In a nod to this, there's a Machine set of armor in Dissidia, where the Drill takes the place of the helmet. It doesn't make the wearer nigh-invulnerable, though.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2188.png)
The Flash does less damage than the Autocrossbow, but causes Blind status.
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2184.png)
Anyway, north of Kohlingen is a tiny house.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2185.png)
Kooky old dude: My coliseum will be a monument to the glory of battle! ...If I can ever finish it, that is. No one'll help me.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2187.png)
The real draw to this place is the Hero's Ring stashed in a pot. It boosts both physical damage and magic damage, like a combination Gigas Glove and Earrings. It stacks with Earrings but not Gigas Gloves. :shrug:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 07, 2013, 12:11:03 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2189.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2195.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2196.png)
Terra's the talk of the town in Kohlingen.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2190.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2191.png)
Sure did.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2192.png)
Some people are too self-obsessed to remember the flying glowing feral humanoid that stopped by, though.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2197.png)
And some are more concerned about people who don't even live there anymore.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2198.png)
Thanks to the law of conservation of detail, though, you know it's important.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 07, 2013, 01:52:48 PM
Where was the poll? Didn't see it in this thread.

R^2 is this going to be a completely by-the-books Sabin-whole-game in-bed-by-9 playthrough of FF6
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 07, 2013, 02:34:34 PM
I added the poll when I got to the partybuilding point, and took it down when I started playing the next section. I'll put it back up next time I'm offered a custom party.

Sabin will be in the party if he's voted in. And I go to bed at 10, Mountian time.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Sharkey on October 08, 2013, 12:45:54 PM
I don't really think Gau's theme is incongruous with his character. I mean he's fucking weird and provides irritating comic relief so one might conceivably expect something offbeat and whacky, I guess. On the other hand, even in a game where pretty much everyone has a tragic backstory, "feral child abandoned in the wilderness by alcoholic father driven mad by grief over the death of his wife" is pretty damn sad. Or it would be if I didn't find both Gau and his mechanic annoying as fuck.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 10:43:27 AM
Music: Forever Rachel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TzPDsBNtsw)

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2202.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2203.png)
Locke: There's supposed to be an amazing treasure hidden somewhere in this mountain. We're gonna find it!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2206.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2207.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2208.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2209.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 10:45:47 AM
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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2211.png)

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Locke: Wait! Just let me talk to her...!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2216.png)
Ouch.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 10:48:46 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2217.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2218.png)
Rogue: With you here, she can't even do that...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2220.png)
Locke: When I finally returned, I found out that Rachel had been killed in an Imperial attack. Her memory had returned just before she died. The last thing she said was... my name. I never should have left her side. I... I failed her...

So now we know why Locke is so quick to swear protective oaths over any woman he happens to chance across.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2225.png)
HOA Member: Crazy old coot sits in there mashing up smelly old herbs all day... I even heard he's got a ghost in his basement!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2227.png)
Hey, who's that on the bed?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2228.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 10:51:33 AM
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Crazy old coot: Hee-hee-hee... Had to use my herbs, I did! Couldn't very well refuse with you begging me like that...

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Crazy old coot: Of course, of course! The love of your life will sleep here just like this forever... ...and ever... and ever! Hee-hee-hee...
Locke: If there were a way to... call her spirit back...
COC: A way to call her back, eh? ...You mean like that legendary treasure? Hee-hee-hee... Oh yes, I suppose if you had that... you might be able to bring her around! Gwee-hee-hee-hee!

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Everyone turns and files out.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 10:54:38 AM
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As promised, I pick up Shadow at the pub.

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Trek, trek, trek through the wilderness...

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There's a different city a bit south of Kohlingen.

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It's a Libertarian paradise!

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It's a Libertarian wet dream! Poor people are all crooks and liars, drive them from your city!

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The biggest house of the richest person in Jidoor is at the northernmost part of town. There's an art gallery inside.

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...huh.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 10:58:07 AM
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There's no plot development in Jidoor, either. It's entirely possible to walk straight from Figaro castle straight to this next destination:

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Zozo, the town of gypsies, rogues, and thieves. It's always raining. There's no part of town that isn't a slum.

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Brigands and robbers roam the streets, presumably stealing from each other because there's no one in the entire city who earns an honest living.

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There are even corpses lying in the gutters, and no one cares.

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Remember: everyone in the town lies. So if someone tells you not to do something...

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...you'll eventually end up doing that exact thing.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 11:08:04 AM
Music: Slam Shuffle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYYGCo4bL5M)

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Most of the residents not trying to kill you are oddly fixated on the time.

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So remember, everyone in the city lies. So everyone has told you what time it's not. By talking to everyone you can process-of-elimination how to set this clock.

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The chainsaw is another tool for Edgar. It's even stronger than the drill and also ignores enemy defense. A quarter of the time, the chainsaw skips dealing damage and instead tries to instant-kill the enemy.

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And having brought up those Veil Dancers -- what the hell, game? The Veil Dancers are capable of casting Fira, instantly slaying anyone they hit with it at this point. So why does anybody give a damn about the Empire training magicians when this common street thug can use more powerful black magic than the Imperial generals?

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I mean, that's assuming anyone gives a damn about magic with monsters and giants running around. The Hill Gigas -- formerly HadesGigas on the SNES, presumably mistaken for "Hell Gigas" and censored -- is fond of Magnitude8. That's an earth-elemental attack that hits everyone in the party for over 200 damage. I could cast Float to negate the earth damage, but Celes doesn't learn that spell...

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There's a relic here that changes Locke's "Steal" command into "Mug", allowing him to hit foes on steal attempts. This is... about the right place for it to be, really.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 11:11:42 AM
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Well, that's awfully nice of you! I guess we finally found a single good soul here in this rainy city of thie--

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Dammit, he was lying too.

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But with Blizzard, Shuriken, and the Drill, I manage to chew through his HP pretty quickly. (The Drill is better in boss fights, since it never tries to instakill.)

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Locke manages to nick some bling in the confusion.

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In a move vaguely reminiscent of Gilgamesh on the Big Bridge, Dadaluma chugs a couple of potions and drops Protect on himself partway through the battle.

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He also whistles for help, but by that point one more drill bit in his skull ends the fight. Oh well! There goes another guy who serves as a momentary roadblock but with no effect on the greater narrative.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 11:14:58 AM
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The game has uncoupled dialog from anyone in particular, since there's no telling who will be in the party at this point. I guess I'll refer to lines like that as just "Party".

Ramuh: This girl is your friend, I presume?
Party: Terra... Is she all right?
Ramuh: So, her name is Terra... ...Terra, you say? Interesting...!

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Terra pops out of bed and craws across the floor, growling.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 11:25:41 AM
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Party: You're an esper!? Don't espers live in another world?
Ramuh: That doesn't mean there's anything stopping us from living in this one. Espers come in a variety of forms. My appearance is similar to your own, so I can live here as one of you... ...without a fear of anyone discovering the truth.
Party: Why hide the fact that you're an esper?
Ramuh: Humans and espers are incompatible creatures.
Locke: But my grandma told me that humans and espers once lived side by side... Of course, that was only a bedtime story...
Ramuh: No, that was no fairy tale. That was the truth. Humans and espers used to live together in harmony. At least... until the War of the Magi.
Party: Until the War of the Magi...?
Ramuh: It took place long ago... Espers fought humans who had been infused with magical powers extracted from other espers. After the meaningless war had ended, the espers fashioned a new realm to which they exiled themselves. They feared that if they remained, it would only be a matter of time befor etheir powers were targeted again.

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Ramuh: I narrowly escaped that same fate, and now I am here with you.

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Nobody bothered to move Terra back into her bed while Ramuh gave that expository dump. Locke finally does the job.

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Party: So Terra's... an esper?
Ramuh: No, she's a bit different from us...
Party: She looks like she's in pain...
Ramuh: She is afraid of what she is, and that is a painful thing.
Party: What can we do to help her?
Ramuh: Once she understands her true nature, the fear and doubt should subside.
Party: Is there nothing we can do?
Ramuh: The others of my kind who are trapped in Gestahl's Magitek Research Facility may be able to help her.
Party: And if we can get inside that facility, you're sure we'll find them?
Celes: ...The Magitek Research Facility? Your people are in there?
Ramuh: I escaped alone, abandoning my friends and hiding here like a coward. But I fear I can remain here no longer.
Party: What do you mean?
Ramuh: Gestahl's methods are mistaken. You can't drain an esper's powers by force -- that weakens them. Only when we become magicite can our powers be transferred in full.
Party: What are you saying?
Ramuh: I am going to turn myself into magicite so that I may lend you my strength.
Party: Magicite...?
Ramuh: Magicite is an esper's power in its purest form. When an esper dies, magicite is all that is left behind...
Party: But...!

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 11:28:34 AM
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Nice, traditional summon beast.

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Promoted from minor boss!

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...kind of out of nowhere!

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There have been some monsters by this name in previous games, so kind of weird to get it as an esper.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 09, 2013, 11:33:25 AM
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Celes: I was asleep when I they performed my infusion, so I don't know for sure. But... I've heard rumors to that effect.

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Edgar: We'd best split up again. We still need to beef up our defenses in Narshe.
Cyan: That would indeed be wise.

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Sabin: But alone...?
Locke: Don't worry. I'll go with her.
Celes: Locke!
Cyan: It may not hurt to have a few more people along.

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At this point, Shadow leaves. Locke and Celes are required for this next bit, but voting is open for the other two party members!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on October 10, 2013, 10:52:35 AM
Gau, Sabin
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Thad on October 12, 2013, 02:19:18 AM
Or set your Config menu to "Memory", put Banon on Pray duty and Edgar on the Autocrossbow, and strap down the controller button overnight. Banon will keep everyone healed up in random battles while everyone else kills monsters, and without any further oversight you can come back to the game at level 30 or so. Or spend two days doing it for level 50 or so. Or whatever.

You're hurting yourself long-term if you do this!  I mean, not that much, since it's a damn easy game, but maybe in the postgame dungeon.  Since you'll gain all those levels with zero Magicite stat boosts.

You can come back later and do it with Setzer's Slot -- if you've just got the button getting whacked repeatedly it'll always fail and use his free heal ability.

There are eight attacks in the full skillset, but he only knows three to start.

I once got him early enough that he only had two.  Must have run from a lot of battles or something.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 04:06:09 AM
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Locke: If we need to change party members, I guess we'll just head back to Narshe...
Celes: So... how are we going to get there? The Empire's on the southern continent... They've closed down all the harbors, so there aren't even any ships sailing there anymore.
Locke: The town of Jidoor to the south is full of wealthy aristocrats... One of them might know a way in. "Where there's a gil..."
Celes: Locke.
Locke: Yeah?
Celes: Why are you coming with me?
Locke: Hmm? Well... there's the rumor about that legendary treasure being there and all... ...I just wanted to have a look around.

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Once again, the poll was tied, this time for second place. Cyan secured his spot, but the last slot was tied between Edgar and Gau. And the coinflip went... to Gau. Dammit.

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Anyway, I have the first four espers.

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Espers do three things. First, they teach magic! Each esper teaches one to five spells, at different learning rates. Ramuh hear teaches Thunder quickly, Poison less quickly, and Thundara rather slowly.

Kirin teaches a few curative spells, such as Cure, Esuna, and Poisona -- Kirin's Cura is the slowest spell I can learn at this point, at only 1x modifier. Siren teaches Sleep, Silence, Slow, and Fire; all rather quickly at 5x or faster. Cait Sith teaches Confuse, Imp, and Float.

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From here on out, battles will start giving magic AP. Multiply the magic AP earned after battle by the learning rate for any given spell, and the character will learn the product as a percentage of that spell. When it hits 100%, they learn the spell completely and can cast it forevermore.

So with those two AP, whoever has Ramuh equipped has (2 AP x 10 learn rate) 20% of Thunder, (2 x 5) 10% of Poison, and (2 x 2) 4% of Thundara.

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The second thing espers do is boost character stats. Some espers have level up bonuses, giving a boost to strength, stamina, speed, magic, HP growth, or MP growth whenever a character levels up with that esper equipped. Ramuh here gives Stamina +1, Cait Sith gives Magic +1, Siren gives HP+10%, and Kirin gives nothing.

The HP bonus is based on what the character would have earned at level up, not their max HP. If Celes has 350 HP and would normally get 50 more at level up, equipping Sirens HP+10% turns 50 into 55 (add 10% of the gain), not turning 50 into 35 (adding 10% of Celes' maximum HP).

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The last thing espers do is allow summon magic: characters can summon the esper they have equipped once per battle. Ramuh blasts enemies with electric damage, Kirin regens the whole party, Siren and Cait Sith silence and confuse all enemies respectively.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 04:13:52 AM
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Jidoor and Zozo are at the westernmost edge of the world map. Gau levels up on the easternmost part. So I go back through Figaro, South Figaro, Mt. Kolts, and the Lethe River. Thankfully I can walk to Nikeah from the old man's house, renting a chocobo to make it to Baren Falls. Skipping the hike through Doma and the Phantom Forest is much appreciated.

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After wandering for hours, mostly searching for a Hill Gigas and not finding it, I get Gau the rages for Veil Dancer (Blizzara), Aspiran (Gigavolt, basically Thundaga), Mu (Snare, an instant-kill), and Anguiform (Aqua Breath).

I was shooting for Hill Gigas to get Magnitude8, but I'll take what I've got. Back in Jidoor...

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Aristocrat: ...What, did you think I was going to suggest launching yourself from a catapult? Are you daft?

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Auctioneer: I've heard you can get one in the Imperial capital of Vector...

Locke's participation: justified.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 04:17:37 AM
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There's a man in a tuxedo panicking in the largest mansion up north.

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Impresario: Sorry, I mistook you for someone else. Wow, you could pass for Maria in a heartbeat! ...Oh dear, we're really in trouble this time...

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The Impresario dropped a letter on his way out.

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Maestro: Everyone just calls him "Impresario". He's been in a tizzy ever since that letter arrived.

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Maestro: Were you born on a farm, son?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 04:20:24 AM
Music: Sharkey's theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwCLc---8MU)

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Celes: If we had that airship, we'd have our way into the Empire...
Locke: Let's set up a meeting with this Setzer.

So let's comb the town for rumors, shall we?

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Man: He's also a big fan of the opera. Of course, I heard he only goes there to see the leading lady...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 04:30:03 AM
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So I head south, to the opera house.

Music: Spinach Rag (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87sdMg4zEcU)

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Impresario: He'll probably appear right at the climax of the first act. He loves to make an entrance... *sigh*...

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Impresario: Dear me, no! You'll ruin the performance! I'll lose my job!
Celes: But if you don't do anything...!
Impresario: Oh, this is simply horrible! I want the performance to be a success... but I don't want Maria to be abducted!

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Locke: We'll use a decoy. Once he's got her, we'll follow him right back to his airship. If all goes well, we should be able to commandeer it!
Impresario: Are you mad!? If anything should happen to Maria...

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Impresario: Come again?
Locke: You said Celes looks like Maria, right?
Celes: Now just a minute...
Impresario: Brilliant!
Celes: H-hold on here! I'm a former general, not some opera floozy!

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Celes storms away... into the dressing room.

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I am told it's not uncommon for stage performers who look good to take center stage, while someone more... vocally talented stands just out of sight and provides the singing. So while it'd be pretty contrived for Celes to be a star opera soprano without any training or practice whatsoever, chances are good there's a real singer just out of sight onstage providing the vocals while Celes, in the bustier and makeup, lip-synchs.

That's all way more than the game needs to tell to make the story happen, but it certainly helps suspend disbelief.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 04:31:34 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2466.png)

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Ultros throws a letter toward the party...

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...where it lands just out of sight, behind them.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 04:39:09 AM
I still haven't figured out how to do my own video recording, so the best I can do is trawl YouTube for the opera scenes. A screenshot LP won't do them justice, but now I'm torn: do I post the SNES videos with the better music, or the GBA videos with the better script?

Here's the most comprehensive video I could find, although I'd rather it be split into three parts so I could post the interstitial scenes it skips. Oh well!

Opera House (All songs) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pojPL1quRA#)

Pause the video at 2:25 for this scene, where Locke gets up and walks around.

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Impresario: Oh, I hope this works...

Gau: Owau! Pretty song, pretty song!
Cyan: Where art thou going? Thou should relax and enjoy the show!

Gau thinks it's pretty, Cyan the warrior-poet enjoys the spectacle. Should you bring them along, Edgar is pretty indifferent, IIRC, and Sabin is confused why everyone's singing.

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A push-up bra and a professional makeup artist can do wonders for any battle-scarred military officer.

Celes: Locke... Why did you stand up for me when you did?
Locke: ...Because I'm tired of standing by and doing nothing while I lose the girls I like.

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Celes: I have to go on stage soon. This next scene's an important one. Maria starts to worry that something's happened to Draco, and pours her feelings into song.
Locke: Shouldn't you check the score one last time?

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The game tells you all the lyrics and stage directions to pull the iconic opera scene off flawlessly.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 04:43:03 AM
As the video above shows, the game prompts at a few points for the next lyrics. You can, of course screw up and ruin the entire scene.

Music: Screwing up the Opera (https://youtu.be/0w5neFPat1w?t=30s)

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The game kicks you out of the entire opera house as a functional game over.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 04:51:47 AM
Pause the video above at 6:55, after Celes's big performance and the following wedding waltz, for this scene:

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Ultros moved his letter into the dressing room.

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Impresario: But how is he planning to disrupt the opera?
Party: ...With that!?

Now go watch the rest of the video. Following the declaration of a duel:

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 05:01:48 AM
Music: Duel 4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuQFXeRHC2g)
Duels one through three were parts of the opera linked in the video.

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Ultros is quite prescient in his estimate: you have exactly five minutes to reach him.

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But while the passage to the catwalks is to the left, you have to go to the right and talk to a stagehand to unlock the door leading there.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2514.png)
Otherwise you can't get further than this.

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The catwalks themselves are full of vicious rats. If you kill the brown Stunners before the gold Goetia, the Stunners respawn, forcing you to spend even more time killing them.

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Oh no! Somehow dicking around for the better part of a minute means I'm too late!

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There's no gruesome splatter. Ultros throws the 4-ton weight offscreen...

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And you're shunted back to the world map for another other try.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 05:04:34 AM
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Ultros flips over the party, rears back...

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And in tackling the party off the catwalks, falls off himself.

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The party lands on Draco, and Ultros lands on Ralse. So no one's terribly hurt, but...

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A confused murmur runs through the crowd.

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The crowd seems to appreciate it, since there's a cheer and a few whistles.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 05:14:13 AM
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Ultros: I challenge you to a duel!
Impresario: Hmm... might as well make the most of this. MUSIC!

Music: The Grand Finale? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkFR7Z2SG2M)
One of my favorite tracks in the game. I cannot adequately describe why. I just like it.

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Ultros: Long time no see! Did ya miss me?

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Ultros, being a waterborne creature by nature, is not fond of electric attacks. All that time on the Veldt gave everyone enough time with Ramuh to learn Thundara, but Gau doesn't even need that. He pretends to be a floating jellyfish, and zaps Ultros with Gigavolt instead.

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This Ultros form has 2550 HP, by the way. Gau just took him from full health to barely hanging on by his fingernails in one shot. Er, if octopuses had fingernails.

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Ultros: I feel like such a sucker. Well, kids, hate to ink and run... but I AM an octopus!

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 05:19:06 AM
Music: Sharkey's theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwCLc---8MU)

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Setzer drops in from the catwalks. Why didn't we see him up there?

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He spins Celes around...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2556.png)

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...and when he grabs her, she's back in her usual costume instead of the opera dress. That's... handy.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 12, 2013, 05:20:21 AM
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And the curtain falls. The opera's over!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on October 12, 2013, 05:43:35 AM
I love that Locke follows Celes around like a puppy in order to protect her, then the moment he hears some job is going to come kidnap a girl with amorous intentions he's all like "OH OH I KNOW LET'S GIVE HIM CELES"

One of my favorite tracks in the game. I cannot adequately describe why. I just like it.

Circumstance.  It pretty well captures the feeling of a confused orchestra pit trying to make the best out of a ridiculous situation.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 12, 2013, 06:11:18 AM
I love how Ultros just rolls with it. He's all welp my plan to murder Celes didn't work so now I will pretend (?) to be King of the Octopi and duel onstage also whats up I enter through a wooden floor as if it was water

I'd say you couldn't improve a scene as good as FF6 Opera without adding Ultros into it, but, well, they did.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Thad on October 12, 2013, 06:37:19 AM
I had to save at the next opportunity and wait a couple of weeks before I could rent the game again. This is one hell of a time to cut off a narrative.

Yeah, my latest playthrough it occurred to me how perfectly the game would function episodically (http://www.corporate-sellout.com/index.php/2013/07/18/the-sublime-symmetry-of-ff6s-first-act/).  (I'd argue that the game is essentially five acts: first act ends here, second continues through Terra's origin story, third through the reforming of the world, fourth through acquisition of the Falcon, and fifth being the remainder.)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2209.png)

I decided at this point that maybe Locke should have been Bale.

Then again, Setzer's got a dead girlfriend too.  And the climax of Dark Knight Rises DOES revolve around a flying machine.

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Remember: everyone in the town lies. So if someone tells you not to do something...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2281.png)
...you'll eventually end up doing that exact thing.

But that's the one honest man in town!

He's not lying, he's concerned for your safety.

I still haven't figured out how to do my own video recording, so the best I can do is trawl YouTube for the opera scenes. A screenshot LP won't do them justice, but now I'm torn: do I post the SNES videos with the better music, or the GBA videos with the better script?

FF6A Sound Restoration Hack v1.1! (Opera House demo revisited) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfEONvW42CI#)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on October 12, 2013, 06:44:09 AM
Live performances of the entire Opera song have become a thing at Final Fantasy concerts in the past 4-5 years, once Square-Enix realized people cared about more than FF7 and stopped pretending we cared about FF13
Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy - Opera "Maria and Draco" (FFVI) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2f-SeMxpkE#)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 14, 2013, 02:06:12 PM
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Celes finds the door locked, and pounds hopelessly against it a few times.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2568.png)
Not to escape, but to make sure Setzer is truly gone. She winks at the camera with an audible ting.

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Celes: Enough!
Locke: But the real show starts now. It's time for Act Two! Where's Setzer?
Celes: He should be right back.

...sure enough...

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Celes: Setzer, we need your help. We need to get to Vector. Your ship is the only--
Setzer: If you're not Maria, then we have nothing to talk about.

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Locke: And that you were the world's greatest gambler...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2582.png)
Gau joins the lineup but says nothing. "Uwao!" might not have changed Setzer's mind much.

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Celes: Then you'll...?
Setzer: Don't misunderstand me. I still haven't said I'll help you.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 14, 2013, 02:10:15 PM
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Setzer takes us to the casino area of the Blackjack.

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Pretty swanky!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2588.png)
I can see my house from up here!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2589.png)
Anyway, I guess we'd better talk to the guy.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 14, 2013, 02:37:49 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2590.png)

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Celes delivers the line. Cyan is standing right there. Man. Miranda and Doma represent.

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Cyan: I lost my friends, my family...

Gau again remains silent.

Setzer: ...Hmm.
Celes: We're at least together in hating the Empire, right? So, please...
Setzer: Yo uknow, I think you may be even cuter than Maria.
Celes: Huh?

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Setzer: All right! If you... If Celes becomes my wife, I'll help you. Otherwise...
Locke: WHAT!? Are you crazy!?
Celes: ...Fine.
Setzer: Great! It's settled!
Celes: But I have some conditions... We flip this coin. If it's heads, you help us. If it's tails, I'm yours. Well, Mr. Gambler?
Setzer: Ha! I like it! I accept.
Locke: Celes... Are you serious...? If you marry that guy...
Cyan: There is no telling what manner of dishonorable things he might do to thee...

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Setzer: ...A valuable trinket indeed. I've never seen a double-headed coin before.
Celes: I'm afraid you've been hustled, Mr. Gambler. But that's part of the game, now, isn't it?
Setzer: Ha! How low can you stoop? ...I love it! All right, I'll help you. Gambling against the Empire, with nothing to lose but my life...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-earthbound/lpeb4549.png)

Setzer: I haven't felt so excited in years!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2621.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 14, 2013, 02:42:56 PM
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Setzer: When things fall, they fall... Life's a game of chance. You play your cards, and Fate plays hers...
Locke: They'll spot us in the air from miles away if we try to fly this thing into the Empire. We'd better land a safe distance away.
Setzer: That sounds like a good idea. I'll stay on board and keep the ship ready to take off at a moment's notice.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2631.png)

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That's not Vector beside us. Setzer didn't just ignore the plan and fly right up to the Imperial capitol.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Rico on October 14, 2013, 03:08:02 PM
No Edgar and Sabin bonus scene in Figaro and not having them for the coin toss on the Blackjack is kinda sad. Was it really worth making R^2 use Chargy Mc Chargetime and Gau?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 14, 2013, 03:18:13 PM
The scene in Figaro is still a thing that can and will happen, and once I show off that scene, I'll get to the changes the two evoke on the Blackjack.

Context, man.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Classic on October 15, 2013, 12:22:49 AM
Well, Gau did trivialize the ultros battle in a way I haven't seen before.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 05:18:21 AM
I get the feeling that if the RNG had been a liiiitle more generous Gau would have blasted Ultros away in a single turn.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 11:03:05 AM
Music: Under Martial Law (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Ukzu-FGZE)

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It may be worth mentioning that Albrook is the town on the southern side of the continent. Setzer flew across the breadth of the landmass to get here -- flying past Vector to do it.

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2641.png)

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Signs of the Empire's oppression are everywhere.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2649.png)
Wasn't magic supposed to be unknown before the game began? Cripes.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2651.png)
Scholar of Ancient Weaponry: Two weapons known as Ultima Weapons were used during the War of the Magi a thousand years ago. One was a sword whose blade sprang from its wielder's strength. The other was a monster born for destruction.

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Are they cheerier places to be than this?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 11:08:46 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2661.png)

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Tzen is the same dreadful place as Albrook, sure enough. The shops sell slightly better helmets, though.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2671.png)

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Maranda is quite a ways away, on the southwest tip of the continent. Thankfully, there's an easy way to reach it from Tzen.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2673.png)

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That was a snap!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2679.png)
Nobody recognizes Celes. That's probably good.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2682.png)
The Imperial guards bitch about being stationed in a podunk backwater, with nothing better to do but bet on dogfights.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba2688.png)
But hey, Lola lives here. We can drop by and give our regards for the wounded guy back in Mobliz.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 11:13:47 AM
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There's another chocobo stable in the forest near Maranda, so getting to Vector in the center of the continent is easy enough.

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Wow, rude.

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Talking to this kid restores 1 HP to the party each time you do it.

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"But I have no idea what she looks like, honestly. I mean, she's probably not as pretty as that blonde woman with you."

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Saying "No" pits you against... two Guards. They might remind you of the guys in Narshe from the beginning of the game, because that's exactly who they are. I guess these are supposed to be Imperial guardsmen, though.

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We've come a long way since Terra stumbled out of Arvis's backdoor.

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Anyway, this lady provides a full heal when you talk to her. I guess she was a Returner sympathizer, testing you with the blood of two outmatched mooks in guard uniforms. :shrug:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 11:18:45 AM
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Magitek Research Facility? That sounds like where we need to go!

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The north part of town is patrolled by soldiers. And these are smarter than the ones in other places -- if you walk past them as they wander around, they attack.

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Defeating them is easy, but you have to retreat back to the town entrance before anyone notices you're brawling in the streets.

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Manage to sneak past the patrols and you can make it to the pub.

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Apathetic Man: That's cool, I don't judge! Wanna hear something juicy? All the soldiers at the Magitek Research Facility can use magic now. All thanks to that genius, Cid, apparently... Here's another one for you... That Kefka guy? They say he was Cid's first experimental Magitek knight. The process hadn't been perfected yet. Kefka ended up with extraordinary magic power, but it shattered his mind...

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The soldier in here is too drunk to fight you. Or keep his mouth shut about Gestahl's personal assistant.

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I'm hoping they are or this was a really risky quest with no reward.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 11:22:33 AM
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Sneak past more guards, including some Proto Armors, and...

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...you reach the Palace. It looks like a giant industrial pyramid though.

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Trying to slip in gets you nearly spotted by the patrols, of course.

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Oh, um.

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Balls.

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Oh yeah? Suck it, un-EMP-shielded machine!

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...o... oh.

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Then taste steel!

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...o... oh. Nothing works against this guy. All attacks do 0 damage, and he's immune to any status effect or... or anything!

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You can either run away or die fighting.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 11:32:14 AM
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Returner: I'll distract the soldiers. Use this box to climb up onto those steel beams and sneak into the research facility.

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If the guy actually vomits as part of his drunken act, I'm pretty impressed, really.

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Can you imagine how frustrated this would make him? I THREW UP FOR YOU, SHIT, YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE AND YOU BLEW IT, WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 11:40:34 AM
Music: Devil's Lab (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMK-y8w6YhA), because nothing says "I am an industrial monster" like laying down your rhythm with clanging metal.

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The Magitek Factory is a maze of pipes, conveyor belts, hooks and cranes, and elevators.

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There's some good treasure to be found here, like the game's first enchanted weaponry.

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Enemies here include Sergeants, Belzecue attack dogs, Proto Armors, and Onion Knights. All of them have really high defenses, and are weak to electricity and water attacks -- as is typical of machines. Since even the humanoid and canine monsters attack with special moves like "Program 65" and "Program 95", the implication is probably that everything here is cybernetic, rather than fully biological.

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I get a lot of mileage out of Ramuh's summon, Thundara, and Gigavolt here.

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In my efforts to thoroughly explore the factory, I found a passage I'm pretty sure I'd never known was there. Huh. The fire- and lightning-themed swords are easy to find, and I always wondered where the ice one that would complete the set was. There's also a Zephyr Cloak, a relic that gives a flat chance to evade physical attacks, in here.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 11:43:40 AM
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That screechy laugh!

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Stands to reason he'd be here, really.

Kefka: I'll collect more espers... I'll extract their magic... And then......... I'll revive the Warring Triad!

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Kefka kicks the blue-skinned lady into a wall, then throws her offscreen.

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Kefka then bodily hurls the horned humanoid onto a conveyor...

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...where he falls into a chute.

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Nowhere to go but down...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 11:52:59 AM
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It's pretty foolish to expect basic human empathy from Kefka at this point, but man, throwing two people down a garbage chute to die?

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Ifrit and Shiva trade off being the enemy for this boss-ish battle. Both are crazy-resistant to physical attacks -- Cyan does double-digit damage at most with Bushido moves -- and null six of the eight elements used to attack. Ifrit absorbs fire and is weak to ice, and Shiva absorbs ice but is weak to fire. Celes knows Blizzard naturally, and Siren taught everyone else Fire. So chipping away at them is possible, but very slow.

After being hit five times, each one of the two will switch off to the other. But if three of those five hits were magic attacks, they'll use Firaga or Blizzaga first, easily slaying a party member. So Locke and Cyan resorting to physical hits is still pretty important.

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In Final Fantasy 5, Ramuh joined you because he recognized Ifrit. Now Ifrit stops attacking because he recognizes Ramuh.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 12:00:10 PM
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DO YOU MIND RANDOM ENCOUNTER I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMETHING HERE

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Shiva: I can see why Ramuh entrusted you with his power...
Ifrit: Gestahl has captured many more of us. They're all here, being drained of their powers. I, too, suffered my turn in one of the capsules...
Shiva: When they finish draining us of our powers, they dump us down here to die. We haven't much time left...

You know, now that I look closely, that's not garbage strewn all over the floor. That's a ribcage, there, and a skull there...

Shiva: We and Ramuh were siblings, each of us born with a different elemental power. If Ramuh was willing to give you his strength, then we shall do the same...

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Shiva's Last Words: I'm sure they will lend you their strength as well...

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Shiva teaches Blizzard, Blizzara, Rasp (damages MP), Osmose (drains MP), and Cure. Her summon is Diamond Dust, a blast of ice-elemental magic.

Ifrit teaches Fire, Fira, and Drain. His summon is Hellfire, a blast of fire-elemental magic. Crazy, I know. Ifrit gives +1 Strength if someone levels up while equipped with him.

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It's a long climb out of the garbage/corpse dump.

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Yeah, finally.

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There's a sword that petrifies enemies hidden behind one of the first set of glass tubes.

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And shortly thereafter... this guy!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 12:03:52 PM
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Number 024 attacks with Confusion hits and is fond of using Barrier Change to swap out his elemental weakness. But unlike most other monsters in the Facility, his defense isn't so stupidly high it's a waste of time just smacking him. So most of this battle is spent on Bushido and Catscratch.

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Eventually, he does Barrier Change. His weakness is easy enough to figure out: he uses attacks of the opposite element. In this case, he starts with Acid Rain, a partywide water-ish attack.

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Everyone has had plenty of practice with Ramuh by now.

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BZOT there goes over half his HP to end the fight in a jiffy.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 12:08:27 PM
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There are all sorts of creatures floating in the tubes here.

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...is that a unicorn?

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Espers: We will follow Ifrit's example... Our power we entrust to you...

Guys wait hang on, we should probably

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Get out of here first, because

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... because the Empire doesn't know how magicite works and we

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don't want to be the ones revealing... it... to...

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...god dammit.

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Nice job fucking up everything, guys.

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We at least have the sense to pick up the magicite instead of just letting Cid collect it for his own research.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 12:14:28 PM
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Cid: General Celes! Who are these shady characters? Your underlings?
Celes: No... You see, I...
Cid: Is it true you worked your way in amongst those rebels as a spy?

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Kefka: General Celes! We needn't keep up the charade any longer. Bring me those magicite crystals!
Locke: Celes! You... tricked us!?

Well, that's what you get for thinking with your survivor's guilt instead of your brain, Locke.

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"The subplot where I join as a traitor, am revealed so you all doubt me, and then sincerely turn to your side of the conflict was scrapped on the editing-room floor early in production! That kind of thing doesn't happen until that stupid cat puppet shows up in the next game!"

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Cyan doesn't need any more reason to doubt Celes, but Locke taking Kefka's word for it is a bit odd.

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Celes: Locke... Believe me...
Locke: I.........
Kefka: NOW!

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Celes: Locke... Let me protect you for once... And maybe... ...maybe then you'll believe me.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 12:18:21 PM
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"So, uh... why are you helping us, now?" "And what's with that raincoat? It only rains in one city in the entire world, and you look like you're wearing a full-body condom."

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"I know, right? Hello, fashion disaster!"

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"...Kefka made you wear a yellow rubber overcoat with a reservoir tip?"

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"...oh. We're having two different conversations, aren't we."

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 12:32:21 PM
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Anyway, at the bottom of the elevator is a save point and a chance to assume control again. I got six new espers (eight total counting Shiva and Ifrit), so:

Unicorn is a step up from Kirin as a healing esper. It teaches Cura at x4 and Esuna at x3, but Safe, Shell, and Dispel are slow coming. Its summon is Healing Horn, which is a partywide Esuna.

Madiun teaches Fira, Blizzara, and Thundara all at x3. His summon is the decidedly non-elemental Chaos Wave, and his level-up bonus is Magic +1.

Catoblepas, as we saw in Final Fantasy 5, is fond of petrification attacks. It teaches Bio at x8, Break at x5, and Death at x2, and uses Demon Eye to petrify enemies when summoned. It gives a 10% boost to HP gained at level up.

Phantom is a ghostly wraith that teaches Gravity, Berserk, and Vanish. Vanish turns the target invisible, making every physical attack miss but the next magic attack sure to hit (and remove the Vanish effect). Summoning Phantom adds Vanish to the whole party. Phantom gives +10% to MP gained at level up.

Carbuncle, again returning from Final Fantasy 5, also retains its shtick from that game. It teaches a variety of support magic: Reflect, Haste, Safe, Shell, and Teleport... but slowly. Summoning Carbuncle bathes everyone in reflective ruby light.

Bismarck is a whale of an esper, teaching Fire, Blizzard, and Thunder each at x20 and Raise at x2. Its summon is Breach Blast, which hits all enemies with water-elemental magic. His level-up bonus is an impressive Strength +2.

Whew! I think that's the most espers the game ever throws at you at a time, so later summaries won't be so long. Back to the escape sequence...

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Cid: But I also forced her to become a Magitek knight... If I ever get to see her again, I want to apologize... for all of my mistakes...

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Goddamn that screechy laugh!

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Music: Save Them! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGHbjU0Ahcw#)

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These low-res Mode 7 cart tracks were about all the SNES could handle, I expect, but they sure look like a big ol' sack of crap on more modern hardware.

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There are a couple different kinds of Magna Roaders that attack while you're escaping.

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Followed shortly by yet another boss, Number 128. His arm-claws are also viable targets to be destroyed, hampering his offensive power somewhat, but they eventually grow back.

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Also he can Haste himself. :shrug:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Zaratustra on October 15, 2013, 12:36:30 PM
I remember being stuck for ages on these bosses because you can't grind your level up or change party members.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 12:38:25 PM
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The cart ride ends by crashing into a Magitek armor patrol and knocking it out. So yay for that.

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This save point appearing out of nowhere was a lot easier to see on the SNES version, when its appearance was actually onscreen.

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Setzer: ...Where's Celes?
Locke: ...
Setzer: Don't give me that visible silence bullshit, boy, I was going to marry that girl yesterday. Where the fuck did she go? We can talk about it later. Let's get out of here!

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The two cranes extend so slowly it's amazing the airship hasn't flown away by the time they're out.

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Setzer: That probably would've been a good idea... ...But it seems we're a bit too late! Here they come!
Cyan: Gah! What are those mechanical monstrosities!?
Gau: Uwao! Waou!!!

waou

such crane

very good line

I must fight boss now

waou
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 12:42:21 PM
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One crane absorbs fire, and after absorbing three fire attacks, roasts the party. The other crane absorbs electricity, and after absorbing three electric attacks, zaps the entire party.

Oh, and the cranes will merrily cast Fira and Thundara on each other to make those things happen.

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Each crane can also grab and shake the deck to use Magnitude8, but since I've had Cait Sith equipped for a while now casting Float isn't a problem.

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Since Setzer is fighting for his airship as part of the party now, you can experiment a little with his Slots command.

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Line up icons that are the same to use special attacks.

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In this case, Chocobo Stampede. How did he get those chocobos up here, anyway?

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When one crane is gone, the other will cast Magitek Barrier on itself to provide it Protect and Reflect. But at this point, the battle is nearly won anyway.

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Is that all the bosses to fight? All of them? Are we sure? Absolutely positive? I'd hate to forget any! That's it? Really? Okay, good! Back to the original "get the fuck out of here" plan!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 15, 2013, 12:45:26 PM
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...well, except Celes. :whoops:

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 01:53:59 PM


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Terra: I remember now... I was raised in the esper world...

Music: Esper World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fe0wNariU)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 01:56:38 PM
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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 02:02:14 PM
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Maduin: She must have wandered in from the other world by mistake.

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Young Woman: You're... an esper? What's this pendant around your neck?
Maduin: ...I'll give it to you. A charm from the esper world!
Young Woman: The esper world... So, that is where I ended up...
Maduin: Everyone is at a loss as to how you, a human, could have made it into our world...
Young Woman: You're the one who saved me, right? My name is Madeline. I was sick of living in the human world. It's nothing but a vortex of greed and hate... So I wandered out into the storm, and before I knew it, I was here...
Maduin: They say that humans and espers... can't coexist.
Madeline: So... you don't want me here, right?
Maduin: No, I'm just... not sure.
Madeline: I'll return to my own world tomorrow.
Maduin: All right... Someone can show you the way back.

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The esper elder, having eavesdropped on the entire conversation, stares at the camera as if to say "Well... shit."
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 02:06:40 PM
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Yeah, but what are the odds of that ever happening, flashback dude? There are other espers around to talk to -- some look like wolfmen, some like fairies, some like dragons -- but none of them say anything particularly interesting.

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Two sparks, one from Maduin and one from Madeline, are left behind after they fly away.

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...and the two sparks combine into a baby. It's not like they were going to show explicit dicking in an SNES game. Hell, publishers still can't get away with that kind of thing, even if it's dummied out and unlocked purely by hacking.

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SURPRISE DOES THIS EXPLAIN ANYTHING
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 02:10:49 PM
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Gestahl: After all that time spend decoding the secrets of those ancient texts... Now it's time to reap the rewards! Grab them! Riches to any man who captures an esper! GO!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 02:16:44 PM
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Maduin: You mean... the magic barrier?
Elder: I'll create a tempest to sweep all the invaders out of our realm, then I'll seal the gate. Even among espers, the power to create a magical seal is limited to a single bloodline. I am the last of that line...
Maduin: But at your age...
Elder: I may not survive. And without me, you will never again be able to open the gate.
Maduin: Madeline...
Madeline: The other world holds nothing for me.
Elder: Then it's decided. We have no other choice.
Heretofore unnamed wolfman-type Esper: This is all because of that human woman!
Maduin: Nonsense!
Esper: She could have led them here for all we know!

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Madeline doesn't have to take this kind of passive-aggressive abuse! She bolts.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 02:20:06 PM
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Maduin: Madeline, she...!
Elder: Oh, no... But it's already too late! I've begun activating the seal. You won't be able to return!
Maduin: I don't care!

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The soldiers are sucked offscreen.

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Gestahl follows suit.

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Maduin: I know!
Madeline: ...Thank you.
Maduin: Will you come back home with me?
Madeline: Yes, of course...

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Whoops. The fumbled infant has no way to resist getting pulled out of the gate.

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Madeline either loses her grip from the shock or lets go intentionally, it's hard to say which.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 02:21:39 PM
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Gestahl casually murders Madeline.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 02:41:08 PM
Music: Awakening (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jodD2izuo6M)

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Terra: I'm the daughter of an esper and a human... That's why I have these abilities... But I should be okay now. I can control this power, as long as I only use it in short bursts.

This unlocks Terra's special skill -- now that everyone can use magic from Espers, she needs a unique ability. It's "Trance", originally "Trans" in Japanese as short for "transform", or "Morph" in the SNES version. She turns into her glowing pink feral form, doubling her damage output and halving the damage she takes from magic. It only lasts a little while; the longer it's not used, the longer it lasts in the battle it's activated. Once it wears off (or upon command), Terra reverts to a human.

Dissidia Final Fantasy - Terra's EX Burst (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5X1kDAEltU#)
Trance is Terra's EX Mode in Dissidia.

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Locke: Those espers in the research facility must've been the ones they grabbed that day. And Celes's power... came at the expense of one of them.

Popular fan theory is that Celes's power comes at the expense of all of them. Why would the Gestahl empire train a supersoldier that nullifies magic attacks when the Gestahl empire is the only force that possesses them? Celes wasn't intended as a military leader for her whole career -- her ultimate goal was to lead another raid on the Esper World, shutting down any counterattack from the magical beasts therein and allowing the Empire to capture another set of test subjects.

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Locke: Hmm... Maybe we should head back and see.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 02:54:58 PM
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Setzer gives free access to his airship, meaning I can go just about anywhere in the world at a whim.

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The inside of the airship is a homebase of sorts, as seen on the Invincible and Lunar Whale in previous games. The bartender is a free HP/MP restore. There's an item vendor and a guy who lets you unequip party members. You can talk to anyone else to switch party members around, too.

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The goal is Narshe, but...

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...in the back woods of Tzen we find a thief who broke into the Magitek Research Facility while we were in there wrecking the place.

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Seraph is a curative esper, teaching Cure at x20 and Cura at x8 -- much faster than Kirin! Regen at x10, Raise at x5, and Esuna at x4. Not bad! Summoning Seraph will restore the HP of the entire party.

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And in Jidoor...

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The Auction House is functional.

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Oh! Um... that's nice. Didn't expect to see that first off.

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The Auction House doesn't actually handle auctions. It's a shop that works very, very slowly, but every item has a set price that you win as the final bid. You can't get Golem for any more or less than 20,000 gil.

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Golem teaches Cura, Protect, and Stop, all at x5. Summoning him works the same way it does in Final Fantasy 5, letting Golem absorb incoming enemy attacks until his HP runs out. His level-up bonus is Stamina+2.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 03:02:38 PM
Music: Spinach Rag (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc4IZCTycBY)

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The next auction highlights why the Auction House is so terrible.

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A full one-quarter of the time, the auctioneer will offer this "rare" talking chocobo.

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And the spoiled kid in the front row wants it...

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While everyone else is bidding, the little brat is begging for the stupid thing.

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Until daddy caves in and buys it for him.

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Ha ha ha!

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Hilarious when seen once!

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Certainly not required viewing for a quarter of all the auctions!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 03:04:13 PM
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Tedious!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 03:05:40 PM
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Now we're talkin'!

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Zona Seeker is only 10,000 gil.

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Zona Seeker teaches Rasp at x20, Osmose at x15, and Shell at x5. Summoned into battle, he casts Shell on the whole party. Its level-up bonus is a studly Magic+2.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: TA on October 16, 2013, 03:29:09 PM
The part that always annoyed me the most about the Auction House is, like

Okay fucker

I've got more than 500k and I want my Talkobo

Lemme fuckin' bid here
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 16, 2013, 04:48:36 PM
THANKS FOR BEING A TRAITOR CELES NOW GIVE ME THE MAGICITE

Celes: Nope.

Locke: OMFG U BETRAY MY MIND IS FULL OF FUK

Celes: No, seriously, Locke. You found me chained up in a basement getting the shit kicked out of me Poison was originally a woman in Japan. And I'm not even remotely doing anything these people are saying. Like if I was gonna betray you I'd do it right now, and I'm not. Plus you're listening to that crazy psychopathic clown over me. You know, the girl who saved your life like 500 times with cure magic.

Locke: OMFG NO UR SPY CURE FOR SPYING ALL PLAN 2 STEEL MAGICITE MY MIND IS FUL OF FUK

Celes: FINE I'M NOT SPEAKING TO YOU OUTSIDE OF INNS AT NIGHT

Locke: FINE I'M NOT SPEAKING TO YOU ON BOATS

Celes: FINE I'M RECRUITING YOU LAST IN WOR

Locke: FINE I'M THE BEST CHARACTER IN THE GAME ONCE YOU GET GENJI/OFFERING

Celes: X-MAGIC MOTHERFUCKER DO YOU SPEAK IT

Locke: HAHA WHAT IS WITH THESE HAWKEYE THINGS THEY PROC 4x DAMAGE
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 16, 2013, 05:01:21 PM
Cyan: WHERE MASHEEN HATE MASHEEN

Edgar: MASHEEN HERE

Sabin: THIS IS BECAUSE I AM A BEAR

Shadow: PEACE OUT MOTHERFUCKERS

Relm: HAHA I PAINT TUMBLWED GAME NOW FUL OF FUK 246 SCIMITAR SAVE CORUPT

Strago: HOW DOES RAPHAEL GREET DONATELLO

Relm: I DUNNO GRANDPA HOW

Strago: HIDON

Gau: THOU? THOU? THOU? THOU? THOU? THOU? THOU? THOU? THOU? UAWU?

Mog: Whats up fags try to hit me nah you can't I'm wearin' mah snow muffles shits so coze

Umaro: I HAVE A HURLY GLOVE ATTACK THATS A MARIO RPG REF

Setzer: DICE YOU ARE DRUNK GIMME UR LOADED

Gogo: LOL I'M BARAM

Shadow: Really?

Gogo: WHO FUCKIN' KNOWS MAYBE I'M DARRYL

Setzer: Really?

Gogo: Lol no I'm Leo

Terra: Really?

Gogo: nah im gilgamesh

Zeigfried: Really?

Gogo: nah bro I'm --

Interceptor: RUFF RUFF RUFF RUFF RUFF RUFF RUFF WILD FANG
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 16, 2013, 11:39:30 PM
My mind is now full of fuk.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Zaratustra on October 16, 2013, 11:44:16 PM
It's possible Locke picked the worst time to be like "wait do I even know this person I've pledged to protect 4eva"

I'm not sure why everyone just forgets about her afterwards, though.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 17, 2013, 11:33:27 AM
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So, back to Narshe.

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Banon: How did things go in Vector?

Poorly.

Arvis: I see... We'd been trying to work out a plan to make use of Narshe's resources and Figaro's machinery, but... ...We just don't have enough troops to storm the Empire.
Banon: We have to resort to guerrilla tactics, taking back each town they've raided one at a time and build our forces with re-liberated conscripts open the Sealed Gate...

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If Terra's not in the party for this conversation, she comes in now. She wasn't, so she did.

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Arvis: We'll never beat the Empire without their help.
Banon: The Sealed Gate lies to the Empire's east. When we open it, the espers can attack from there while we launch an invasion from the north.
Party: An attack on two fronts...
Banon: We must reestablish the bond of trust that once existed between humans and espers. The espers must be made to understand. And there is only one among us who can make them...

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 17, 2013, 11:34:49 AM
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At least he doesn't have a pact with hell, or a Dreadnought, or access to a cyclone.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 17, 2013, 11:37:01 AM
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BUT BEFORE THAT

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The shed full of treasures with one locked chest, remember that one? It has an event now.

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Escape!

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The party gives chase, into the mines.

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Uh... hey, who's that?

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In his desperation, Lone Wolf takes a hostage.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 17, 2013, 11:40:13 AM
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There's nothing you can do while Lone Wolf has a knife to the moogle's throat, but wait a while...

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You're given a choice. Do you rescue the innocent moogle, or do you grab the Gold Hairpin from Lone Wolf before kicking him over the edge? The Gold Hairpin is a relic that halves MP use, and that's pretty good...

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But the moogle is Mog, the leader of the moogle troop who rescued Terra back at the beginning of the game, and he's now a fully recruitable party member.

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Seems legit.

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Lone Wolf lets go of the cliff and plummets, presumably to his demise. And nothing of value was lost.

...except that Gold Hairpin. :disapprove:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 17, 2013, 11:59:52 AM
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Hey look, he found a new mythril spear.

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Jump is as it has been in previous games, removing the character from the fight for a little while and letting them attack upon their return. If the character is equipped with a spear, the landing attack does double damage -- that's not a documented feature, but c'mon, you should know this already. Edgar and Mog are the only two characters who equip spears normally, and Edgar generally has better things to do, so Mog's the go-to dragoon for the game.

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Mog is a Geomancer... sort of. His special skill is Dance, but doesn't get any of the abilities Dancers got in Final Fantasy 5, so :shrug:. He has eight dances to learn, each one associated with a kind of terrain. When he's Dancing, the player loses control of Mog, and Mog automatically uses one of four attacks each turn. Which set of four attacks depends on the dance, of course.

The rare attack for each dance is an animal of some sort, so I guess technically Mog is also a Trainer with !Animals... sort of.

Mog already knows Twlight Requiem from the beginning of the game, when he fought in a cave. The attacks for Twilight Requiem are Cave In (reduce target's HP to 25% and Sap it), Snare (kills an enemy and disallows final attacks), Will o' the Wisp (fire damage to one target), and Poisonous Frog (inflicts poison damage and poison status ailment).

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Plains areas teach Wind Rhapsody. That moveset is Wind Slash (wind damage to all targets), Sunbath (HP restore to all allies), Plasma (lightning-elemental to one target), and Cockatrice (HP damage and petrify).

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Forest areas teach Forest Nocturne. That moveset is Leaf Swirl (damage to all enemies), Forest Healing (removes status ailments), Will o' the Wisp, and Wombat (HP damage to one target).

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Sandy areas teach Desert Lullaby. That moveset is Sandstorm (wind damage to all enemies), Antlion (kills a target), Wind Slash, and Meerkat (Hastega).

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Mountain paths teach Earth Blues. That moveset is Rock Slide (HP damage), Sonic Boom (HP damage and Sap), Sunbath, and Boar Brigade (HP damage, ignores defense).

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Aquatic areas -- the Lethe River and the Serpent Trench -- teach the Water Harmony. That moveset
includes El Nino (water damage to all foes), Plasma, Apparition (confuse a target), and Raccoon (healing of HP damage and status ailments).

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Urban or indoor areas teaches the Love Serenade. That moveset is Will o' the Wisp, Apparition, Snare, and Tapir (removes status ailments).

The last dance, unobtainable for now, is the Snowman Rondo learned from icy areas. That one allows use of Snowball (half target's HP), Avalanche (ice-elemental vs. all enemies), Snare, and Arctic Hare (HP restore).
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 17, 2013, 12:03:09 PM
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East of Vector and Albrook is indeed a small outpost.

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I thought this place was supposed to be heavily guarded!

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Well, you heard the man.. uh, whichever man it was speaking. Terra's a mandatory addition to the party for this next segment, but the other three members are up to you. Voting's open until it's not anymore, three highest win a spot in the group for the torturous Cave to the Sealed Gate.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Defenestration on October 18, 2013, 05:12:15 AM
Mog, all day
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on October 18, 2013, 06:17:52 AM
I'd say Sabin can prove useful, as his Aurabolt and Fire Dance should make mincemeat of the undead foes inside the cave.  At least, I THINK that's what lives in the Sealed Gate?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 18, 2013, 10:12:20 AM
Out of seven options, five of them are tied.

Dammit, people. This is why we can't have nice things.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: patito on October 18, 2013, 10:37:17 AM
I got you one tie breaker. Just one more to go.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 01:00:01 AM
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The much-ignored Sabin manages to break tie, along with Gau and Mog. Do you guys have something against my controlling my own party or something?

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Here, Terra, hold this. It's your dad's corpse.

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Having Gau in the party means another trip to the Veldt, which is made a lot easier by having an airship. No more manually wandering across the world map and taking the Lethe River and Serpent Trench courses anymore, no sir!

In addition to everyone learning a bunch of spells from all the magic AP without experience handed out on the Veldt, Gau manages to pick up Rages for Destroyer (Reraise), Magna Roader (Bio), Litwor Chicken (Quake), and Wyvern (Cyclonic). The monsters out of the Magitek Research Facility and the southern continent overworld are no joke, yo.

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Sabin's level gets adjusted upward a bit from when he was last in the party, so he's picked up Rising Phoenix. It's a fire attack that hits the entire enemy party. Because of the bug/feature I mentioned before, it's an easy left-down-down-down-right on the control pad.

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Mog, caught up in his dancing, uses Wind Slash on Gau when he reappears from Leaping. If Gau is hit with anything, he flees (and stays Leapt) instead of rejoining the party.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 01:07:45 AM
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I do a little wandering around the remaining areas of the world map to spawn a couple new creatures on the Veldt. The tiny triangle-shaped island in the upper-right corner of the map has Leaf Bunnies and Darkwinds, like outside of Narshe... and this guy. Wherever he is.

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GAAAAH

The Intangir ("Sleeping Lion" in Japanese) is invisible and immobile while it's asleep. This gives it the usual benefits to being invisible: all physical attacks miss, but all magic attacks hit.

In the SNES version, the "all magic attacks hit" clause bypassed any immunities the creature normally had. So you could cast Death, or Snare, or another instant-kill move to instantly wipe this (or any other) guy out. In this version, that much-lauded bug has been fixed: magic attacks will still always hit, but immunities is immunities, and Intangir is immune to instant death.

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He's open to Stop, though. Now the trick is to whittle down his thirty two thousand HP before that spell wears off!

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Since my maximum damage output is around 1000, and that's with Catscratch or Gigavolt... that plan fails. Intangir counters every attack with Meteor, or in this case, blasts everybody as soon as he shakes off the Stop condition...

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...then goes back to sleep (turning invisible again).

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If Mog hadn't been in the air for a Jump at the time, that would have been a party wipe. Let's... revisit this later.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 01:10:30 AM
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There's a locked door in the downstairs of that building, but it won't open. Even if Locke were in the party. That's probably a guy who could handle a set of lockpicks.

Or Lockepicks, I guess.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 01:17:33 AM
Music: Esper World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fe0wNariU)

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There's an Assassin's Dagger early on. It was an endgame legendary weapon in Final Fantasy 5, here relegated to the first half of the game. I can instantly slay monsters it hits, but only Locke and Shadow can equip it and neither of them are here.

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Not that you'd want to try instantly killing anything. Almost every monster in this cave is undead. Roger is correct in surmising that Aura Cannon is useful here, as every monster inside is weak to holy-elemental attacks. Rising Phoenix is less so, because many of them absorb fire.

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There's a maze-ish puzzle sort of thing early on, where the bridges snap back and forth between two configurations. If you're on a section as it disappears, you get dumped into the lava for HP damage and have to restart.

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I'm sure this item name makes a lot more sense to the Japanese. It turns Setzers Slot command into Zeninage. Maybe Heiji is the samurai who put the idea of throwing money at enemies into the Japanese cultural consciousness?

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Anyway, the rest of the cave isn't any better about traps and tricks.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 01:21:59 AM
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Here you're presented with two switches. Pull one, and...

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...a ninja pops out to kill you!

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"The big stairway"? Where are you even talking about? For years I thought this guy meant a treasure somewhere else, like the passage where you find Ultima Weapon (which is just south of a stairway-ish part), or like, the secret passage in South Figaro in the rich guy's basement. None of them were particularly satisfying explanations, so I chalked it up to translation weirdness.

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Flip this nearby switch (hope it doesn't break the bridge I'm on again...)

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And it creates a stairway...

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Hey, that was pretty big...!

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Searching this little area gives you an Invisibility Scroll, a Water Scroll, a Gold Needle, and a couple thousand gil. Mystery solved, teenage R^2! :shrug:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 01:29:40 AM
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This switch opens up the nearby cave...

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Inside is, yes, the Ultima Weapon! As the guy in Albrook said, this version is tied to the user's strength -- in this case, their current HP. More HP equals more attack power. Since it's still pretty early in the game, only one character has more than 1000 HP maximum right now, so Ultima Weapon is pretty puny.

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The area also has two Magicite Shards, which are consumable items that summon a random esper. Including espers I don't have yet. Including the endgame one that blasts enemies and allies alike with powerful magic. So these basically never get used. :hurr:

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Terra starts running out of MP in the later sections of the cave, so she resorts to chucking Hi-Potions at the monsters for steady damage.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 05:36:10 AM
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Music: Uwee-hee-hee! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyZoe-r9qb0)

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Actual Music: Metamorphosis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snB2bheteVg)

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Kefka: Uwee-hee-hee!!! Just like the Emperor said! "Give them Terra, and they'll open the gate for us!" In other words... You've been playing into our hands all along! Hee-hee-hee...

So... the slave crown, the defense of Narshe, and the wrecking of the Magitek Research Facility to get Maduin back... was all part of your cunning plan? That seems awfully hard to believe.

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Kefka: I'm here to open the way to my promised glory!
Party: You'd better think again, Kefka!
Kefka: Oh dear... You want to fight, don't you? This is just dreadful!

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The next bit happens whenever you hit Kefka once, so I make it count as best I can with Cyclonic.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 05:40:25 AM
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Nice! Good job, Terra!

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whoashit, hit the dirt!

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Kefka gets blown away...

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...and Terra blown back into the party.

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...is covered by a rockslide.

That went well!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 05:44:57 AM
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Thankfully, the espers busting out opens a little passage in the last room of the Cave that leads back to the second room. That skips a lot of tedious dungeoning.

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Party: The espers all flew off together... The Imperials all ran off, too, as if they were afraid of something.

"Something"? Maybe "espers"?

Party from the Gate: Which way did the espers go?
Party left behind: Towards the Imperial capital... ...Vector.

Thanks, I'd totally forgotten where that was.

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Terra: I can feel them... They're getting closer...
Locke: You can feel what?
Terra: There! A flash!
Locke: What was that!? It couldn't be... The espers!? They're coming this way! Terra, watch out!

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Locke valiantly pins Terra to the deck while espers go by.

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Same for Setzer.

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As the espers fly past the ship, things get progressively redder and shakier.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 05:47:31 AM
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Locke: Where are they going?
Terra: They were angry...
Locke: They were... angry?
Terra: No... You mustn't go... Please, don't go!
Setzer: More importantly, why are we shaking? Is it because of the espers?

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Classic on October 19, 2013, 05:52:04 AM
Final Fantasy parties have an ability to survive improbable falls that rivals serial superhero comic book characters.
[spoiler]NO DON'T LET CID DIE[/spoiler]
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 05:57:11 AM
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Lucky enough we got grounded on land, I suppose. We could be drifting over the ocean, end up at a ship graveyard, have to fight a bunch of undead stuff and Siren...

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You start near Maranda, the goal is Vector.

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It doesn't have to be an arduous journey, though.

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Most of Vector is on fire.

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Easiest siege ever.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 06:10:56 AM
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Is he? Last time an Emperor expected me...

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...it did not go well.

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'Sup, G-dawg.

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Cid: The espers came to save their friends... When they learned that none of them were alive, they ravaged the entire city...

Hold on, either you're telling me there were only nine espers in the entire facility that you've been basing all your research on -- the ones that I now possess -- or you're telling me that after twenty years of having live specimens suddenly you learn about magicite and they're all dead. HMMM.

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Soldier: We're hanging up our weapons for good. The war is over.
Gestahl: The power of those espers... I had no idea. They'll destroy the entire world if we don't do something. We're utterly helpless against them. We must find a way to calm their rage.
Cid: Men should never lust after power they have no means to control...

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...and, to summarize, four minutes until dinner is ready. So run around the entire Imperial palace and talk to as many soldiers as you can.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 06:19:42 AM
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So get crackin'. In the hallway, outside in the entrance courtyard, in the barracks, up one side of the palace and down the other, there are 24 soldiers to talk to.

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Naturally, some of them fight you instead, whynot

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The guy in the barracks bathroom is a bit flushed you caught him with his pants down.

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You can visit Kefka in prison, too, but all that does is eat up the clock.

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Welp, that's everybody...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 06:30:16 AM
Music: The Returners (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7W8ueywPys)

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So here's the deal with the banquet. Gestahl will talk and discuss, and it's your job to be the most impeccably diplomatic set of freedom fighters you can be. So he starts off asking for a toast. The most diplomatic answer here is neutral between the two factions, even though in this party one hometown is a cavern, one hometown is the subject of dispute, and one hometown is the beast-filled plains near Mobliz. So here's the Figaro and Vector, everybody.

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Leave Kefka in prison, rather than pardoning him or executing him.

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That's still a sore point for a lot of people. Point out that the use of poison is contemptible, but don't force Gestahl to apologize again.

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Remove any doubt that Celes is one of the Returners -- don't even hint that she might have been a spy. Either way, Gestahl admits that Kefka lied, and Celes was a legit traitor to his cause.

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At this point Gestahl asks if you have any questions for him. Politely but firmly insist that he answer all three before moving on.

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...but don't ask any more than once.

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Side with him on the espers razing his capital issue. He's the one who brought them into this world, but it's impolite to point that out.

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Because you're a Final Fantasy villain and that's what you do? At this point Gestahl asks you which of the three questions from before you asked first.

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Getting tired of dinner? How big is this meal, anyway?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 19, 2013, 06:31:40 AM
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me
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 06:38:48 AM
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For whatever reason, taking a break from dinner to spar with the royal guard is a good idea. :shrug:

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w/e man

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Gestahl: All right. I swear right here and now that there will be no more fighting. And now, I have a favor to ask... After they attacked us, the espers flew off northward, towards Crescent Island. We have no way of knowing when they'll decide to go on another rampage. We need to find them and convince them to set aside their aggression before that happens. But... considering all that the Empire has done to them, I doubt they'll be willing to listen to us. That's why... I need to borrow Terra's power. Terra is the only one who can bridge the gap between human and esper. I have a Magitek armor transport ship moored in the port of Albrook... I had hoped to send it to Crescent Island with all haste.

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Agree immediately. This is the next plot point, so you have to, but you're still being judged so it doesn't benefit you at all to be reluctant.

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If Cyan is in the party here, Leo apologizes to him personally.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 06:44:44 AM
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Terra: Locke... Thank you.
Locke: The rest of you stay here. I smell a rat...
Edgar: As do I... It's hard to trust the emperor just like that...
Cyan: We'll remain here and watch for anything out of the ordinary.
Locke: Thanks. You'll be our eyes and ears. Keep your guard up!
Edgar: Right. You be careful, too!

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The more soldiers you talk to and the more diplomatic you are at the dinner banquet, the better rewards you get from this guy. Somehow I managed to not offend anyone despite bringing an ascetic monk, a woodland sprite, and a feral child to a dinner with a head of state, so...

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This always happens regardless of how poorly you do. It's a baseline.

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Doma's deserted, but there are some treasures inside I can take now.

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There's treasure there, too.

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A personal gift from the Emperor...

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...and the final reward for a perfect score is the Ward Bangle, which cuts random encounters in half. So yay for that.

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So, funny thing. Ultima Weapon in this game is a bit like the Excalipoor in the previous game: attack power 255, with a multiplier. The multiplier on Excalipoor was always .01, but Ultima Weapon's depends on your HP.

But like the previous game's Goblin Punch, Locke's Mug command bypasses that multiplier. So as long as he's stealin', he hits with the strongest sword in the game.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 19, 2013, 06:49:15 AM
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Walk to Tzen, rather than Albrook, and hop a chocobo back to Maranda.

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There's a scene in the airship that a lot of players miss if you do.

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Setzer: The shock from our crash really banged up the engine. It’s gonna take a while to fix…
Cid: Let me help you! I know my way around an engine!
Setzer: I think I’ll pass.
Cid: You know, we could really speed this baby up if we axed the casino and streamlined her a bit…
Setzer: …That’s not open to discussion. Now, will you please get out of here?

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Cid: Oh well… Would have been at least twice as fast, too… Maybe three times…

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Setzer: It may be hard to believe, considering how I live now, but I used to be a driven man.
Terra: …Really?
Setzer: I wanted to make this the fastest ship in the world, and fly it across the open sky… That was always my dream.
Terra: Is that any different from what you’re doing now?
Setzer: Back then, there was a person who kept me working towards my dream… The pilot of the Falcon, the fastest airship ever made. At times we were friendly rivals, and at times we were simply friends. We’d always talk about our dreams… Like which of us would be the first to sail beyond the sky to the stars. But then she vanished along with the Falcon, and that was the end of youthful dreams.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Classic on October 19, 2013, 06:57:10 AM
Maybe the problem with Gau (other than that his game breaking abilities are way more opaque than the drill) is that he has no real stakes in this world-at-war scenario and never gets any. So he's got nothing worthwhile to add to any of the story segments of the game as a reward for bringing him along.

I'd say it's like bringing Shale or Dog along in DA:O, but they actually toggle a surprising amount of shit by tagging along.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on October 19, 2013, 07:04:48 AM
Almost every monster in this cave is undead. Roger is correct in surmising that Aura Cannon is useful here, as every monster inside is weak to holy-elemental attacks.
:glee:

Rising Phoenix is less so, because many of them absorb fire.
Oh right.  LAVA cave.  :nyoro~n:

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Whenever I see this line, I just picture it being said in the flimsiest deadpan voice imaginable.  "I didn't do it.  Yeah, that's the ticket."
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: TA on October 19, 2013, 07:43:32 AM
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I'm sure this item name makes a lot more sense to the Japanese. It turns Setzers Slot command into Zeninage. Maybe Heiji is the samurai who put the idea of throwing money at enemies into the Japanese cultural consciousness?

Sorta!

Gil Toss references a popular series of Japanese novels from the 1930s about a policeman in the Edo period named Zenigata Heiji, who captured criminals by throwing coins at them. (http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Gil_Toss#Trivia)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Classic on October 19, 2013, 08:06:24 AM
Who is also referenced by other Zenigatas across media?

Lupin the Third Opening Second Season (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm99tmzmXkk#)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on October 19, 2013, 04:36:40 PM
Koichi Zenigata is implied to be the grandson of Heiji Zenigata in the same way that Arsène Lupin III is the grandson of Arsène Lupin.  Symmetry, you see.  I think Monkey Punch can't canonize it because somebody still owns the character in Japan though.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: TA on October 19, 2013, 04:52:55 PM
Descendent of Heiji Zenigata, surely.  Not grandson.  Since the Heiji books were set in the 1600s and all.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 10:55:42 AM
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A chocobo from Maranda back to the Observation Post nets me the treasures promised by Gestahl's lackey.

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There's a fire sword in the oven. In addition, there's a couple Elixirs, an Angel Ring, a Reflect Ring, and Angel Wings, Hermes Sandals, an Alarm Earring that prevents enemies from sneaking up on the party, and some money.

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I can't leave the continent with the airship busted up, and the folks in Tzen or Maranda don't have anything new to say, so it's back to Albrook.

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I get the feeling I'm going to find your battered corpse in a back alley somewhere before too long.

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Another Imperial General...? You don't mean...

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Would you believe we've met? Either Leo's truly oblivious or he's being uncharacteristically dickish.

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Chalk one up to "oblivious", then.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 10:58:30 AM
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Only slightly less comforting than it is laughable.

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You know what a free stay at the inn means, right?

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Midnight cutscene!

Music: Celes's Theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2ddgMrhfYM)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:10:49 AM
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Leo: I hear your emotions have returned...
Terra: ...It's strange, isn't it? The Empire used me, controlled my very thoughts... and now here I am, cooperating with the same people.
Leo: Yeah. Sucker. People are people. Not everyone in the Empire is like Kefka.
Terra: So... what about you?
Leo: I knew you were half esper and being made to suffer through horrible experiments... ...Yet I did nothing. I'm no better than Kefka.
Terra: If a human and an esper can love one another... Do you think a human and I could love each other?
Leo: Of course!
Terra: But... I don't even know what it feels like to love someone.
Leo: You're still young. ...Someday you'll know. I"m sure of it.

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"That other guy in there won't stop groaning and retching."

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Shadow: I didn't mean to listen in.
Terra: So...
Shadow: I can't help you. Those are answers you'll have to find for yourself.

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Shadow: There are people in this world who have chosen to kill their own emotions. Remember that.

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Just in case you felt the game was getting too seriously dramatic, there's a short scene of Locke being seasick to provide a little comic relief. I guess the wisecracking purple octopus with the Kansai-ben was busy elsewhere.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:13:11 AM
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Dear Japan: you are bad at foreshadowing.

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Leo: I'll go with Celes. Terra, you go with Locke and Shadow. If you find any clues as to where the espers may be hiding, report back at once!

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Jesus Christ, you're both in third grade.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:17:13 AM
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Crescent Island is more of a triangle, really. Its name is not ingeniously appropriate. It's got mountains and forests and one tiny little village.

Music: Strago's Theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceO109hcfZo)

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You can technically come to Thamasa as soon as you get the airship -- Chimera are native to the area and Gau already has that Rage, for instance -- but the townspeople are so xenophobic of strangers that they tell you in no uncertain terms to fuck right back off.

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That... doesn't sound like a very good way to run an inn.

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:shrug:

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What an odd town.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:19:06 AM
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The woman interrupts herself like she'd just spotted Solid Snake. Terra... waves.

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Hmmm.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:22:16 AM
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Locke: So, you know about espers?
Strago: Nope, can't say I do! Don't know a thing. Not one thing!

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Suddenly, a girl erupts from the doorway like it's somebody's ass.

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Huh, two party members at once.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:31:10 AM
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After blurting out her hometown's mysterious and totally not foreshadowed at all secret, Relm resumes running around poking things and getting on everyone's nerves. She must have left her attention span upstairs.

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Strago: Go back to your room!
Relm: Why do I have to go to my room? You never let me have any fun!
Strago: Because I said so! Now shoo!
Relm: ...Fine.

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Relm: Hmph!

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Strago: My apologies.
Shadow: It's fine. He usually doesn't like other people, though...
Strago: Anyhow... I'm terribly sorry, but I really don't think I can be of any help to you folks.
Locke: I, uh... I see...
Strago: We're just your ordinary, quiet little village... You're not going to find anyone who knows about any of those esper things here, I'm afraid! Not in Thamasa!

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Terra: Let's have a look around the village.

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Strago: Sorry I couldn't be more helpful!
Shadow: Interceptor!

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Relm comes back downstairs, doggy in tow.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:35:22 AM
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That is indeed more reasonable. You know what a nearly-free stay at the inn means, right?

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Midnight cutscene!

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Terra: Something happened to Relm?
Strago: Yes! She was on fire... and then it caught the neighbor's house on fire... and... Oh, I can't even think straight anymore, but...! Please! You have to help her!

Strago, Terra, and Locke file out. Locke turns, to...

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Shadow stirs in bed but doesn't move. Locke leaves, and Interceptor runs off.

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He really doesn't care about anybody but that dog.

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The whole town is bathed in a red hue...

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...on account of its largest house being ablaze.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:38:43 AM
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Flames BEGONE!

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I know, right? What an amazing twist that no clues had been dropped about at all!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:43:16 AM
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Strago actually says whole words, and even punctuates properly, but the text box is only onscreen for a split-second so I missed the timing by a hair.

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Everyone lines up and casts a Flames BEGONE at the house.

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...which collapses further.

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Strago: It's no use! The fire's too strong!
Mayor: They were storing an awful lot of flame rods in there...
Strago: I'm going in!
Terra: Wait... I'll go with you.
Locke: Count me in, too. I'm not gonna let an old geezer go in there on his own!
Strago: Who are you calling a geezer!? I'm only seventy, and fit as a fiddle! "Geezer", he says...

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The house collapsing further prompts everyone to shut up about how old Strago is and get about rescuing the little girl trapped inside.

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Bit warm in here.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:55:30 AM
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Strago doesn't know any white, black, or gray magic like Locke and Terra have in spades from studying with magicite. He does know two abilities in his Lore skillset, though.

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Given the proliferation of fire-elemental Balloons in the house -- they're the only sort of enemy encountered here -- having an all-enemies water-elemental attack is a nice asset.

I mean, Locke and Terra both know Blizzara, and Locke's switched out the Ultima Weapon for an ice-elemental sword, but still.

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This door is trapped. Each time you try to open it, four Balloons catch you in a pincer attack.

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Well, that's helpful.

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Flame Eater is oddly complicated for such a minor boss. He regularly uses Bomblet to spawn more Balloons into the battle -- if the battle goes on long enough, he summons a far more powerful Grenade instead. He counters attacks with Fira or Fireball, and after several rounds, casts Protect and Reflect on himself to bounce his fire attacks off of.

He counters Gravity-elemental attacks with either Gravija or Flare, but being a boss, is immune to Gravity spells. They always miss, and never prompt the counterattack. :shrug:

Flame Eater isn't weak to water, so Aqua Breath isn't particularly effective against him. Blizzara works wonders, though. There are two really simple ways to beat Flame Eater.

One is to cast Rasp on him a few times; he only has 480 MP, and when he runs out, he dies. Several enemies in the game are sufficiently magical that running out of MP will kill them; Flame Eater is the first one that makes it particularly viable as an overall strategy. Zona Seeker teaches Rasp at x15, so even if you don't start the burning house dungeon with it memorized, both Terra and Locke can pick it up by the time you reach Flame Eater.

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The other strategy is to break the Ice Rod you just picked up. Doing so casts a superpowered Blizzara, enough to shave off about two-thirds of Flame Eater's HP. It can oneshot him if you spec someone better than Strago is here -- Terra's leveled up with magic-boosted espers, so a couple of Earrings and a broken Ice Rod probably would have done near the damage cap.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:57:25 AM
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The house collapses further, and the screen goes dark...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 12:02:39 PM
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Terra, Locke, Strago, and Relm are knocked unconscious. Only Interceptor is left to fight off the encroaching Balloons, and his Wild Fang and Takedown counters can't hit flying opponents...

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Thankfully, this is when Shadow shows up.

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He charges the bunch of Balloons, and in a display of far more combat prowess than he possesses when he's in the party, destroys them all.

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um

Look, okay, Smoke Bomb is a consumable item that lets you escape from battle. Presumably the cloud of opaque smoke obscures the party's flight from whatever monsters might be trying to keep them around.

But this isn't a battle. It's just a hazardous location. There's no one to fool or mislead with the smoke bomb -- and since it's a burning building, there's probably plenty of smoke around anyway. I've always thought Shadow should use a Teleport Stone instead, since it's also a consumable item available in this game, and as the name implies, is actually a magical artifact that allows instantaneous interdimensional travel!

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But in defiance of all logic, throwing a nageteppo on the ground gets everyone to safety.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 12:13:05 PM
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Relm: Yeah. Thanks, Grandpa...
Strago: These folks are the ones you should be thanking!
Relm: Thank you.
Strago: I guess our little secret is out now...
Locke: Everyone in this village can use magic, can't they? What is this place...?
Strago: This is... ...the village of the magi. A long, long time ago, humans used magicite to acquire magical powers... Those who gained the ability to use magic were the people known as the magi.
Locke: I didn't think there were any magi left in the world...
Strago: After the War of the Magi, the espers fled to a new world beyond the Sealed Gate. They wished to live in peace, without fear of their powers being used by others. That left only humans in this world, and the ordinary ones feared the magi's power. The horror of the war was still fresh in their minds... It soon turned into an inquisition. Magi were hunted down and executed. Oh, there were trials, of course... but they were merely for show.
Terra: Even though the only difference was that they could use magic...
Strago: The few who managed to escape took up shelter here. They were our ancestors. Our powers have weakened as our magi blood has thinned, but they remain... in some form or another.
Terra: If you're up to it... do you think you'd be willing to help us?
Strago: You said you're looking for some espers, right? Well, I do owe you one for saving Relm... I'll help you find your espers.
Relm: I wanna go, too!
Strago: I think not, young lady!
Relm: Fuddy-duddy...
Locke: But... where do we start?
Strago: Hmm... If they came this way, they may be hiding in the mountains to the west.
Locke: Why there?
Strago: Those mountains are teeming with magical energy. According to legend, they're a sacred place to the espers.
Terra: Perhaps the magic of that place drew them there after they went berserk...

At this point, Shadow leaves. He's heard his lead, and is off on his own.

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There's a Memento Ring hidden in the corner. Its description says it prevents instant death attacks, but no one can equip it.

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Oh, Shadow.

Locke: You're leaving?
Shadow: I'll search for the espers my own way.

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Relm comes out of the house to bid Interceptor farewell.

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Shadow's out of the party, Strago's in.

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Most players don't like Strago much, but I've always had a weakness for blue mages, so goshdarnit I like him.

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The mayor begs you not to tell anyone that people in Thamasa can use magic, and one villager drops the hint that you can break rods to unleash powerful magic. Other than this person giving a minor backstory fill-in, there's nothing else to do in Thamasa.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 12:28:14 PM
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This mountain path wasn't even here before. Apparently only Strago knows where to find it.

Music: Mt. Kolts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzOJsg_gXuk)
Yes, this is the typical "mountain dungeon" theme, and it's played a couple of times already. It's just kind of terrible so why link it?

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As all mountain dungeons do, this one has both outdoor and indoor areas. And occasionally Relm pops up while you explore, because she's a strong-willed precocious little shit and doesn't listen to anybody.

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Halfway up the mountain are... these things!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 12:42:48 PM
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Terra:  The warring Triad?
Locke: There are letters chiseled into the back of these things... So, uh, what's this "Warring Triad"?

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In case you somehow missed that Relm is following you, she shows up here and hides out of sight while the rest of this conversation goes on.

Locke: So... they're the gods of magic?
Strago: You could say that.
Terra: This place is brimming with magic...
Strago: Those three gods are the creators of magic...meaning they also created the espers. It's said that the espers once enshrined images of the gods in a holy place. This must be it...
Terra: The espers must have been drawn here by the magic of these statues.
Locke: So what happened to the gods after they made the espers?
Strago: Supposedly, they tired of their fighting and turned themselves to stone. Legend has it they can be found beyond the Sealed Gate, resting in their eternal slumber.
Terra: I wonder if their magic is what connects the gate to the esper world?
Locke: Hmm...
Terra: If the espers were drawn here by these statues, they could be just up ahead...
Locke: It's worth a look.

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Inscription on Leftmost Statue: Three gods descended from the heavens. Fearing one another's power, the gods began to war. Those mortals caught amongst their fighting became espers, and were forced to fight endlessly as slaves to the gods.
Inscription on Rightmost Statue: Realizing their power begot naught but strife, the gods at last agreed to seal away their strength. With the last of their fading magic, the gods returned the espers' free will, then turned themselves to stone. The last words they left to the espers were these: "Never must we be woken."
Inscription on Center Statue: In reverence towards the gods were these statues made, and in prayer that their power would ne'er again be stirred. Let them serve as a warning to future generations of the three gods who once descended from the heavens...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 01:08:13 PM
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GAHHHH

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Ultros falls from the ceiling and smashes the party apart.

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Ultros: Now I'll finally be able to get some respect from Siegfried! Ohhh! They're all glowy and sparkly! So purdy...
Locke: Hey squidbrain! Don't you ever learn?
Ultros: Well, Mama always said I was a slow learner... but at least I never give up!

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I think I prefer the SNES's "I always was a slow learner... but I eat fast!" before he attacks. Oh well.

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It's another Ultros fight. The music doesn't even change.

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BZORT

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BZAP

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As a last-ditch effort, Ultros will Haste and Protect himself... then apologize for using such a cheap tactic.

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Probably should have used Shell, though.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 21, 2013, 01:25:35 PM
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third grade

you kidding? Third Graders at least will interact with each other by pulling hair and then meeting in secret to confess they "like you" and then maybe hold hands. Locke and Celes are acting far, far less mature. We're talking full blown emo teen here.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 01:27:32 PM
Music: Relm's Theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhAnxWSQoKo)

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Relm drops in from above! Apparently she crawled up to where Ultros was hiding a moment ago.

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Strago: Relm! I thought I told you to stay home!
Relm: I wanted to practice my drawing. I am a budding virtuoso, after all! Hey there! What's your name?
Ultros: How dare you ask me my name! As if anyone wouldn't already know the great Ultros!
Locke: A pint-sized virtuoso...and an egotistical octopus. Do I even want to know what's next...?
Relm: Hey, Ulty... Why don't you pose so I can draw your picture?
Ultros: Ult... Ulty!? The nerve of this brat! Look, I'm not one of your kiddy friends, and I don't want a stinking portrait!
Relm: Forget it, then! *sniffle*... *sob*... I didn't want to draw your picture anyway! It's okay... I'll just jump off this ledge -- then everyone will be happy!

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Damn melodramatic preteen girls.

Terra: How dare you tease a little girl like that! If anything happens to her, I'm not going to forgive you!
Ultros: I'm... I mean... I didn't... Well, geez, whaddaya want me to do?
Locke: Let her draw your picture. Maybe she'll even make you look good! I'm not cut out for this sort of thing...
Ultros: ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...Oh, all right. Uncle Ulty really, really wants you to draw his picture.
Relm: Hee-hee-hee... You're gonna love it!
Strago: At any rate, get over here!

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Relm's special skill is, indeed, combat art.

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Using it creates a copy of Ultros! She's pretty good!

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Tentacle slap!

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Seeing himself as he truly is gives Ultros an identity crisis...

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...so he flees. This is a weird game, sometimes.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 21, 2013, 01:32:01 PM
best scene in game Uncle Ulty for President
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 01:44:01 PM
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Strago: G-Gramps!?
Terra: It wouldn't hurt to bring her along, would it?
Strago: Oh, all right already! Not like you stay at home when you're told, anyway...
Relm: Yay!

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Relm is a Pictomancer, which is like a Trainer... sort of. Not really. Rather than catching monsters and saving them to use later, she whips up a copy of the monster then and there. The monster then uses a physical hit or a special attack -- not necessarily the same as Gau's Rage for the monster would grant -- against a random target.

Most monsters are immune to their own special attacks and elemental attacks. OH NO THE MONSTER OF FLAME HIT ITSELF WITH A FIRE ATTACK AND ABSORBED IT is pretty well par for Sketch. Relm's sort of useless.

Except wow! Look at that Magic stat! It's the highest natural magic in the game! Except Terra has several points higher on account of being in the party for esper-boosted level ups. Relm's sort of useless.

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She can equip the Memento Ring, though -- and in fact starts with one.

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Uselessness in action! These Adamankarys use Blaster when sketched, for the usual instant-death or paralysis or whatever. But Adamankary is immune to Blaster! Haw!

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Relm's lack of useful abilities aside, these Venobennu can use White Wind on themselves, and indeed always do so after three turns if they're not alone by then.

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It's Strago's first blue magic Lore spell learned! Unlike in Final Fantasy 5, Strago needs only see the attack happen; he doesn't need to be hit by it. So he needs to be alive and conscious, and not suffering from any sort of mentally-debilitating status effect. Or blinded.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 01:47:17 PM
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Later on, the party finds... a fairy!

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The creature turns and snarls at Relm, who recoils.

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There are more covered up by Terra's textbox, she's not reacting in awe to only five espers.

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Locke tells Strago and Relm to run for it, and they do so without hesitation.

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Except whoops

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Espers there too.

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Locke enters a fighting stance, while Strago and Terra chant. Boy, sure would be useful to have Celes around in case of imminent magical attack, HUH LOCKE
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 01:55:29 PM
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Strago: I sense... incredible magic power in Terra. No... it's more than just magic...
Locke: I wonder if she's gonna go ballistic again!
Yura:   You're... different from the others. You possess the same power we do... I can feel it.
Terra: Yes.
Strago: You're all young espers from the world beyond the gate, aren't you?
Yura: Entering this world is forbidden, but we wanted to do something for our friends who'd been turned to magicite. We gathered at the gate. And just then, Terra appeared...
Terra: I could feel the strength of your emotions from the other side of the gate.
Yura: When Terra opened the gate for us, we were finally able to escape.  But the moment we stepped into your world, we completely lost control of our powers. We destroyed an entire city, and attacked people who had done no wrong...
Terra: The same thing happened to me... When that power suddenly stirred inside me, I had no control over it...
Strago: There must be something in your world that dampens your powers. Freed from their reins, your powers ran wild...
Yura: It seems even we espers can lose our senses and do unforgivable things. ...I'm truly sorry.
Locke: The Empire wants to make peace with you. Why don't you come with us?
Yura: ...They would forgive us?
Locke:  Let's head back to Thamasa and meet with General Leo.
Terra: Right!

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Leo: Locke! It seems you found the espers. I owe you a debt of gratitude. I am Leo, a general of the Empire. Might I have your name?
Yura: I am Yura. What we have done to your people is inexcusable. We are in no position to ask for your forgiveness, but...
Leo: Speak no further. We did not seek you to chastise you for past mistakes. It is we who ought to be ashamed. We thought of you only as a means by which to wage war. How close we came to bringing about a second War of the Magi!
Yura: We must put this all behind us.
Locke: I think our work is finally done. It looks like true peace is finally upon us.

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Locke: Celes...
Celes: Please, don't say anything...
Relm: Those two are hot and heavy, huh, Grandpa?
Strago: They're young, dear...

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Aw, lookat'em blush! Well, we brought peace to the world! The Empire has disarmed, the espers are sorry for what they did, and we didn't even have to fight any sort of giant warrior-sorcerer in plate mail with a terrifying second form to make it happen! Cue the "everybody laughs" ending!

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Relm and Strago laugh!

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Leo, Terra, and the soldiers laugh!

From offscreen, Kefka laughs! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyZoe-r9qb0)









...wait, hold on...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:00:14 PM
Music: Kefka's theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcMDlgdnZPI)

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Kefka bounds onscreen and the Magitek armor follows him. They weren't just standing there the whole time.

Although that would be hilarious.

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Kefka sets his Magitek soldiers about roasting the party into submission. Only Leo thought to duck.

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Kefka: Hee-hee-hee... Emperor's orders! I'm to turn all these espers into magicite! Behold! A magicite mother lode!

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Kefka zaps Yura!

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The man sure knows how to ruin a peace conference.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:01:57 PM
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Leo forgot to duck this time. Hmm. Well, time for the opposite sort of ending from the one almost within our grasp! This is just a regular game over.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:06:54 PM
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Nah, actually you're given control of Leo.

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There's nothing urgent going on, so Leo swings by the inn and takes a little nap. It's only one gil!

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The object of much schoolyard legend back in the burgeoning days of the World Wide Web, Leo is under the player's control now. But there was no character description or naming screen when the party met him, so don't go thinking it's permanent.

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Unlike Celes, who was found wearing naught but prisoner's garb, Leo has some top-tier equipment.

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Despite refusing a Magitek infusion, he's still got a better Magic stat than most of the playable characters started with.

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...and there's no fleeing, since those Magitek armors who have been walking around and shooting people turn out to be the immobile Guardian once Leo takes a closer look. Nothing to do but...

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Leo's special skill is Shock, a technique where he spins his sword and flings it upwards to cause a massive explosion for HP damage to all enemies.

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And as an expert swordsman, whenever he attacks he hits four times.

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Kefka didn't stand a chance with his middling magic. Poison is the worst he could do.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:12:59 PM
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I'm pretty sure nobody ever says "Show yourself!" outside of video games.

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Leo: My liege!
Gestahl: I'm sorry I had to deceive you, Leo. It was the only way to get the magicite. You understand, don't you?
Leo: But, emperor...
Gestahl: Don't say anything. I understand how you feel.
Kefka: Uwee-hee-hee... That's right! Our top priority is collecting magicite now!
Leo: But my liege, then... What have I been fighting for?

zero.jpg

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Gestahl: I'd like you to take a well-earned rest... A very, very long rest! Mwa-ha-ha!

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Gestahl vanishes in a puff of smoke.

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...and Kefka appears in his place.

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Kefka: That was an illusion -- just like my Gestahl! You really are a slow one. And always, always...

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Leo: K-Kefka... Y-you're insane...
Kefka: Hee-hee-hee... I'll tell your "liege" I had to dispose of a traitor!

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KASTAB

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Leo flickers away, which ever since Final Fantasy 2 has meant someone is dead, dead, DEAD.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:15:05 PM
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Another rush of espers flies by. In fact, they're... exactly the same sprites as the ones used when Terra opened the gate in the first place.

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The espers take off from the western half of the southern continent and fly north to Thamasa.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:21:15 PM
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Kefka: But I'm so happy to see you! After all, you've brought me more presents! And they're all just what I wanted -- magicite! Well, I wouldn't want to turn you down after you came all this way! First, let's neutralize those pesky powers of yours...

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Neutralizing all that powerful magic also disjoined whatever it is that makes Magitek armor work. So the guys in armor just... sort of vanish. No telling what Square game they ended up in, either.

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Kefka fires off small bursts of magic, which go offscreen and return to him as magicite shards.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:22:03 PM
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The palette-swap of Ifrit attacks his best, but Kefka's neutralized him already. All of the attacks are absorbed.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:28:48 PM
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The screen goes dark as a victorious Kefka laughs.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:42:46 PM
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When the game resumes, everyone has recovered. Well, except Leo.

Terra: People only seem to want power, don't they? Do they really want to be like me? I... I wanted you to teach me so much more...

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Locke: Not only Leo, but Shadow, too... Curse the Empire!

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Celes: You're so sweet...
Relm: Don't worry, your friend Relm will take care of you!
Locke: Now I'm worried about Edgar and the others back in the Empire...
Terra: I hope they're all right...

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Spoiler: they are.

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Cyan: Thanks to King Edgar, we managed to escape before the trap was sprung.
Locke: Good work, Edgar!
Edgar: The lady who brought us tea tipped me of to the whole crooked plot... I'd barely finished exchanging pleasantries with her when she just blurted it out!
Sabin: ..."Pleasantries"?
Edgar: Did you think I could be so rude as to meet a lady and not make any moves at all? It was a matter of courtesy, dear brother! Courtesy!
Locke: General Leo's dead... Kefka... murdered him.
Cyan: Sir Leo? Dead!? What a terrible waste... He was one of the few people in the Empire who truly understood.
Edgar: We need to rethink our plans. Let's return to the airship.
Strago: Would you mind if I accompanied you?
Edgar: And you would be...?
Locke: He's from this village.
Terra: He's a descendant of the magi. He'll be useful to have along.
Strago: The Empire has abused its power for the last time. We cannot allow them to get away with this.
Relm: I wanna go, too!
Strago: I think not, young lady!
Sabin: We can't have kids getting in our way!
Relm: Who do you think you are, trying to tell me what to do, you overfed muscle-man!?

Muscle-heads? Hate 'em!

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Relm: Grr...! I'm gonna paint your picture!
Party: N-no, Relm! stop!
Strago: Oh, all right already! Not like you stay at home when you're told, anyway...
Relm: Yay!
Sabin: All right, let's go!

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Edgar: ...How old are you?
Relm: Ten... why?

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...pretty creepy, Edgar.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:47:42 PM
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Setzer: Said they'd found some statues or something...
Strago: It couldn't be...!

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Gestahl: The Warring Triad is waiting just beyond that door... I need only to reach out and claim it for my own, and all of my dreams will be fulfilled!

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Terra: The island... Something's happening! The earth is crying out...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on October 21, 2013, 02:50:38 PM
Terra can hear the cries of the planet!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:52:19 PM
Music: Catastrophe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkSI0YzgSRc)

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A slow pan over the easternmost side of the southern continent...

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Suddenly, the earth is rent asunder...

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...and a chunk of it is lifted away!

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A looming shadow is cast over faraway Jidoor...

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...as an entire continent floats into the sky.

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Gestahl found his Warring Triad. He's about to go all Palamecia on the world, you can just tell.

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Terra: Those things?
Strago: They're said to have turned themselves to stone facing one another. That way, each one's power would be neutralized by those of the other two. If the three were ever moved out of their perfect alignment... ...the resulting power imbalance would destroy the world as we know it.
Terra: What!?

Ha ha ha you guys thought the Crystals in previous games were particularly fragile cosmic keystones, huh? Well, this time the world is fucked if the statues so much as move, how about that?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 02:59:11 PM
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Rather than flying around the world map, you can now fly directly to the Floating Continent, wherever it may be.

But there's some stuff to do first, of course.

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Back in Thamasa, there's some background exposition.

Gungho: I come back here for the first time in ages, and the place looks like it's been through a war! What in the world happened?
Strago: G-Gungho!?
Gungho: Oh, Strago! Have you come back to hunt Hidon? You haven't changed a bit, have you? Back when you were young, you tried so hard to hunt down Hidon... but then you gave up and quit before you found him.
Strago: I didn't quit! It's just... I sort of... I mean... The thing lives in Ebot's Rock, and after the place sunk, well...
Gungho: Always have to make excuses, don't you? You're pathetic!

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Oh btw Intangir has started showing up on the Veldt because you just have to encounter a monster to make it appear there. Killing the monster isn't necessary, which is good! Because I'm still not able to do that.

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Gau leaps on it, though.

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Intangir gives Gau all the elemental absorbs and immunities that the Intangir normally carries. Kid's basically invincible now, except his special skill... it's Transfusion. Transfusion removes the user from battle and gives someone else all his HP and MP.

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It's a Lore, too, so now I can have two characters do it. Yay, hooray.

(Cast Silence on Gau, then have him Intangir Rage. He won't use Transfusion and can slowly whittle down the enemy with physical attacks while remaining largely unkillable.)

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Roulette is another Lore. It kills a random target, enemy or ally.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 03:10:49 PM
So, I'm assembling the party for the Floating Continent. It's a tough dungeon!

Terra has spent most of her recent level-ups with Zona Seeker, giving her the highest Magic stat in the party. She can transform to increase it even more, of course.
Locke can be used to steal some neat stuff while on the Continent, such as Angel Rings, Genji Gloves, and a Ribbon.
Cyan remains slow but strong... although he's been in the party so much for various parts that he knows more spells than most. His Magic stat is still pretty low, though, so he's not a particularly effective mage...
Edgar doesn't care about magic, he's got SPIRAL POWER
Sabin can nail the plentiful monsters on the Floating Continent with fire and holy attacks. He's still the only source of holy-elemental damage I have.
Celes isn't as good at magic as Terra, doesn't know as many spells as Cyan, and has a pretty crummy special ability. She also puts the party at a slight disadvantage later on.
Strago has several Lores to learn on the Floating Continent. I usually take him along when I'm not LPing, because I still like blue mages.
Relm isn't any better on the Floating Continent than she is anywhere else.
Setzer will require a full stock of Echo Screens and careful use of the pause button to align his slots into useful configurations to be much use.
Mog is stuck in mountain terrain for the entire Continent. Jumping will probably remain his best bet.
Gau is still... surprisingly useful! Given how hard he is to manage, I think I have a pretty comprehensive Rage list going. I will grant that having natural access to -ara level magic makes him somewhat less useful, since now anyone can Fira or Blizzara and I don't have to use Templar or Veil Dancer Rages to make that happen. He still has Gigavolt, Cyclonic, Quake, Reraise, and CatScratch, though.

Anyway, poll's goin' up.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Thad on October 21, 2013, 04:29:18 PM
I'm pretty sure nobody ever says "Show yourself!" outside of video games.

MST3K Season Five-Six Intro (High Quality) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puFHjs9YaOY#)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 21, 2013, 04:30:47 PM
WAIT I MESSED UP

CHANGE CELES TO RELM
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: TA on October 21, 2013, 05:14:52 PM
There is a special important Celes-only thing on the floater!  You can't not bring Celes!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on October 21, 2013, 05:46:52 PM
I'm pretty sure nobody ever says "Show yourself!" outside of video games.

And my fantasies.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Classic on October 21, 2013, 06:02:41 PM
When I got depressed in... '02? '03? I ground 7 Genji gloves with Locke.
...
On the PS version.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 21, 2013, 06:12:37 PM
Celes for the story, Locke for the chance at the loots, and Gau for the WE'RE BEING DIFFERENT.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Rico on October 21, 2013, 06:12:51 PM
Music: Mt. Kolts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzOJsg_gXuk)
Yes, this is the typical "mountain dungeon" theme, and it's played a couple of times already. It's just kind of terrible so why link it?
It does happen to be one of the best tracks on Balance and Ruin (http://ff6.ocremix.org/), though. Real instruments and a little style do a lot to improve it.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Metal Slime on October 21, 2013, 07:39:27 PM
It's neat thing that the Floating Continent has the same general shape as the overworld map version...however I think they got the scale off just a little bit....
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Zaratustra on October 21, 2013, 08:33:28 PM
Did you ever visit Figaro with Edgar + Sabin?

Also didn't Gau have a scene with his father?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 21, 2013, 11:16:09 PM
Celes for the story, Locke for the chance at the loots, and Gau for the WE'RE BEING DIFFERENT.

Actually I forgot how brutally crappy Relm is without Control, so... alright LEAVE MY VOTES WHERE THEY LAY
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 21, 2013, 11:21:08 PM
Actually I forgot how brutally crappy Relm is without Control, so...

How did I not stress this enough
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 22, 2013, 02:54:04 AM
Doesn't really change anything, because she's got like 3 votes.

I liked using her because (1) she's adorable, and (2) it was basically the challenge of having having an all-melee/magic character at that point in the game, which, considering I'd beaten the game like six times, seemed like a fun handicap.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 22, 2013, 03:36:56 AM
WH—

Just ONE vote for Mog???

What is happening???
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 22, 2013, 05:01:21 AM
Don't worry later he will be entirely invincible because he is wearing a coat

IT'S AURA LANCE DRAGON HORN TIME

NO MOG NO
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 22, 2013, 05:15:09 AM
Not even a coat. Just a scarf. That's why it's for characters who consider clothing largely optional.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 11:42:06 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4219.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4220.png)
And now for the much-coveted, ballyhooed Figaro scene.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4221.png)
Once Sabin runs off to look around, go take a nap.

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Sabin: And yet it's different... Mom and Dad are gone... Nothing can ever really be the same... Not after what happened...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4228.png)
Begin flashback!

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Edgar: So... Dad... didn't make it...

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High Priestess: Your father just said he would entrust Figaro to the two of you. Those were his... last words.
Sabin: You all make me sick! Everyone's saying that the Empire had Dad poisoned... ...and the only thing any of you can think about is who'll be the next king! No one's even sad! None of you probably cared when Mom died after we were born, either...
High Priestess: That's not--
Sabin: You're just as bad as the rest of them!
Edgar: Sabin...
Sabin: Empire of murderers...! They won't get away with this!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 11:46:49 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4245.png)

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Sabin: Let's forget this crazy kingdom, and live our lives how we want to! You said you didn't want to be a king, right?
Edgar: A life of freedom, huh...? ...What do you think would happen to Figaro if both of us left? There'd be no one to take the throne. Dad was counting on us to take care of the kingdom...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4252.png)
Edgar: If it's heads, you win. Tails, I win. The winner chooses whichever path he wants... no regrets, no hard feelings. Okay?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4256.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4257.png)

In a noble sacrifice of his own dreams and ambitions, Edgar is using a double-headed coin. If you bring Edgar to the opera house and he's there for the first meeting with Setzer, Celes will pause and take the coin from Edgar before flipping it to con Setzer into helping. If Sabin is also there, once the deception is revealed, he'll put two and two together and cry "That coin! Brother!"

But that's the end of it.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 11:52:13 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4259.png)

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Sabin: Don't you ever doubt that! I'm sure he's beaming with pride, wherever he is.
Edgar: Ten years...
Sabin: Where has the time gone...?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4266.png)

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Fade to black, end character backgrounds.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 12:20:12 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4270.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4271.png)

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Back in the present, the people of Albrook are not happy with current developments.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 12:26:43 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4273.png)
All right, before we leave this world behind, there's one last thing to do: bag an Intangir.

Since it's so damned difficult and tedious to do legit, we're going to cheese it.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4274.png)
Echo Screen!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4275.png)
Setzer's Slots command has many different possibilities. You may get a powerful attack, you may summon a random esper, and you might get a mismatch that heals a uselessly small amount of HP for the party.

And true to the gambler's roots, the rules are stacked in favor of the house: the RNG for the game often makes it flat-out impossible to get the best combinations. Even if you match jackpot on the first two reels, the last one will skip the match on the last reel no matter how good your timing is.

For whatever reason, using an Echo Screen as soon as the battle starts gives you one "fair" spin, and by "fair" I mean "you can pause the game to make sure the reels provide you the symbols you're looking for."

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4276.png)
I see no reason not to stack the deck back in my favor.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4277.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4278.png)
Joker's Death kills all enemies, even if they're otherwise immune to instant death. (Careful with it: the game makes 7-7-BAR a lot easier to get than 7-7-7 -- and the BAR retargets Joker Death at your own party.)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4279.png)
Intangir still gets his death counter. Alas, poor Setzer cannot reap the benefits of his own longshot gamble.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4281.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4282.png)
In the game's coding, Joker Death is a modified Level 5 Death spell... and Level 5 Death is a Lore. So after using Joker Death, Strago learned Level 5 Death. Close enough!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4283.png)
I'll take it!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 12:36:07 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4284.png)

Music: Save Them! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGHbjU0Ahcw)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4285.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4286.png)
"Why 3?" "Because fuck you, that's why! Get below deck!"

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4287.png)
Celes for the pain, Locke for the loot, Strago for the Lore.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4288.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4290.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4292.png)
Naturally, the Imperial Air Force interferes in the approach.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4293.png)
Which means there are several battles with Sky Armors and Spitfires before you can accomplish anything.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 12:44:58 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4297.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4298.png)
That... is... something strange.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4299.png)
The odd creature floats around the airship, giving you enough time to fight off a couple more Sky Armor/Spitfire pincer attacks.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4300.png)
Before dropping off... Oh, dammit.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4302.png)
Ultros: This is our last battle! Promise!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4305.png)
Oct, oct, octopus, Ultros.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4307.png)
Loves to tease us, Ultros.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4308.png)
He'll be popular, Ultros!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4309.png)
Raw wheat, raw rice, Ultros.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4310.png)
Shabba dabba doobie dabbAAAAAAAHHH SHIT

Ultros: Mr. Typhon's taciturn, but his strength'll blow you away! Heh-heh...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4314.png)
It's a few more Thundaras before Ultros paffs like regular enemies dying do. I guess this really was our last battle.

Typhon's a bit tougher, but he's weak to water and I brought Strago. Aqua Breath is water/wind, so it does more damage than I've seen any other attack so far do.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4316.png)
When Typhon runs out of HP, he uses a partywide Snort attack. Call it a draw?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4318.png)
...except you're blown off the airship entirely.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 01:00:19 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4319.png)
On the way down, you're attacked by the Air Force and his two attached armaments. He's totally not a reference to the R-9 fighters from R-Type.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4320.png)
Missile Bay fires Missile and Launcher. Laser Gun uses Atomic Rays, Magitek Laser, and Diffracting Laser.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4321.png)
Like most machines, they're weak to water and electricity.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4322.png)
It's a tool for Edgar.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4323.png)
The Bit is not even remotely like the attack-absorbing Bit from R-Type. Well, except in that it absorbs attacks -- namely, using magic or summoning espers will draw the magic harmlessly into the Bit. It's like a permanent Runic for the enemy side.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4325.png)
Air Force then starts counting down to use Wave Cannon. A chargeable Wave Cannon is totally not at all like the chargeable Wave Cannon attack used by the R-9 figh-- okay, fine. It's an R-Type reference.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4330.png)
While Celes and Locke chip away at the Bit so they can start using their magic again, Strago just goes to town with Aqua Breath. Lores don't count as magic for the purposes of Runic, so they pass right by the Bit system too.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4331.png)
Thankfully, the airship was directly over the Floating Continent when Typhon blew everyone off.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 23, 2013, 01:06:57 PM
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Shabba dabba doobie dabbAAAAAAAHHH SHIT
So, one thing I noticed about Mr. Chupon, that I never noticed before?

His ass? IS ANOTHER FACE (http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120605193860/finalfantasy/images/4/47/VIUltrosArt.png). If he wasn't already nightmarish enough, the man is a living flying demon catdog.

Also apparently that's an exhaust pipe poking out from his midsection. Which... raises many other questions.

I mention this because, even knowing this, and even taking into account that Mr. Chupon is perhaps the single most horrifying monster in any Final Fantasy game, the friendship between he and Ultros is by far the most adorable companionship in all of gaming.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 01:15:27 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4332.png)

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Shadow: Tried to off me the second I had served my purpose...
Party: Shadow! We thought you were dead!
Shadow: Is Interceptor all right?
Party: He's fine. Come on, let's go!
Shadow: Just leave me here.
Party: Sorry, that's not happening!

Shadow joins the party. The conversation implies that Interceptor isn't present now, but I'm not sure if it's actually the case that Interceptor is left behind somewhere while Shadow is fighting on the Floating Continent. I can't recall if I've ever seen him counter with Wild Fang or Takedown up here.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4341.png)
Anyway, after all that fighting -- from the dozen or so Sky Armor/Spitfire fights, to Ultros and Typhon, to Air Force -- everyone's exhausted and running low on MP. I stop for a rest before taking on the Floating Continent.

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In addition to being a straight-up maze, the Floating Continent has plenty of hidden paths. This was an unadorned hillside before the party approached it and opened the way forward.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4344.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4358.png)

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Powerful monsters roam the Floating Continent, above and beyond any that were found when the continent was earthbound. Misfits are the most common, and are fond of refilling their HP at a party member's expense with a draining Lifeshaver attack. Dragons counter attacks with Snort and hold Genji Gloves as their rare steal -- I don't need to stockpile them here, since now they'll appear on the Veldt and I can stock up there if I want. Apocryphos counter attacks with Level 3 Confuse, Level 4 Flare, and Level 5 Death when they're alone, so I pick up those Lores for Strago. Finally, Brainpans are the most annoying enemies around; they attack with Smirk to cause Stop status, then follow with 1000 Needles -- but that's another Lore for Strago.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4348.png)

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Gigantos opens the battle with two strong attacks and a near-fatal Throat Jab. He continues that sort of thrashing throughout the fight, and counters attacks with more Throat Jabs. There are two ways to win: summon Phantom to vanish the whole party, meaning all of Gigantos's attacks miss...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4353.png)
...or just nail the sumbitch with Level 5 Death.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4355.png)
Your reward is a new ninjato for Shadow to use.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on October 23, 2013, 01:17:13 PM
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Ultros and Typhon DLC Battle (Uninvited Invertebrate) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB3b9NkXuRE#ws)

Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 01:24:07 PM
So, one thing I noticed about Mr. Chupon, that I never noticed before?

Did you not ever see his summon in Final Fantasy 7?

http://youtu.be/AvErgY6HpX8?t=6m34s (http://youtu.be/AvErgY6HpX8?t=6m34s)

Makes it pretty obvious there's another face back there. Not sure what the deal is with the exhaust system, though.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on October 23, 2013, 01:37:30 PM
With Yoshitaka Amano on art duty, sometimes it's just better not to ask. (http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/2244/hxnb.jpg)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 01:54:46 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4356.png)
It's a delicate balance, doing a Let's Play. I somehow have to show that this dungeon is the most difficult so far, without resorting to "and then there's THIS hidden path, and I fought THIS monster, and THIS monster, and then had to find the hidden path HERE..." without it getting dull. There's a lot less context in a screenshot LP, it's true.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4364.png)
After going through almost the entire Continent, including the late-dungeon save point, you're given a chance to return to the Blackjack. Strange that you're given the chance now, because by the time you're strong enough to get this far you're probably strong enough to muscle through and finish the dungeon.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4369.png)
Although I will grant...

Music: Battle to the Death (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH40gYZhwWI)

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There's this guy between where we are now and muscling through to finish the dungeon. You know you're in trouble when the boss has a new, unique battle theme!

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Ultima Weapon: I am power both ancient and unrivaled... I do not bleed, for I am but strength given form... Feeble creatures of flesh... your time is nigh!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4377.png)
What? Oh hell no. I reload from save probably fifteen or twenty times.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4379.png)
...so many times, in fact, that I miss the "Stole Ribbon!" window when it pops up. But I stole a Ribbon, Ultima Weapon's rare item. I didn't get a single Genji Glove or Angel Ring while I was here, so I'm damned sure not missing out on this one!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4380.png)
Ultima Weapon has strong physical hits and uses powerful magic. He starts using Flare and Blaze, and as he drops in HP, he starts mixing in Quake, Meteor, and Bio. Near 0 HP he uses Mind Blast to cause a bunch of status ailments, then starts charging up Flare Star for massive fire-elemental damage to everyone involved.

But Ultima Weapon is another beast borne of magic power. Once he runs out of MP, he dies -- and does so without starting his "low HP" attack patterns. So while using Rasp to deplete at most 300 of his 5000 MP is a slow method to defeat him, it's certainly safer.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4381.png)
Yep. Just take it slow.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4382.png)
After helping defeat Ultima Weapon -- he was good at handing out Hi-Potions -- Shadow excuses himself from the party.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:00:40 PM
Music: Catastrophe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkSI0YzgSRc)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4383.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4384.png)

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If Celes isn't in the party, she walks up to fill Shadow's now-vacant spot. So there's really no reason to bring her along because she's a part of this scene anyway. Oh well.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4386.png)
Gestahl: Behold! The Warring Triad!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4388.png)
The statues glow, and the sparkles flowing between them start getting rerouted into Gestahl instead.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4390.png)

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In response, Gestahl knocks Celes aside and paralyzes the rest of the party. There's a pause after he blasts Locke and Strago, as if to say "What, really? You didn't bring anyone else? I've got this extra blast right here just in case. Nobody, though? Huh."
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:14:21 PM
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Gestahl: Why don't I give you and Kefka the task of creating progeny to populate my new Magitek empire?
Kefka: Kill the others and we'll forgive your treachery!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4397.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4398.png)

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After Celes turns around, Gestahl takes a step to the left and speaks his line.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4401.png)
Kefka starts, and panics a little. Gestahl just ignored him and offered the world to Celes! Raw deal!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4402.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4403.png)

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Celes turns, lunges, and stabs... oops, Kefka. That blade was clearly meant for Gestahl, but the two of them moved around while her back was turned.

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Despite having been in fights before, Kefka panics at the sight of his own wound.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:19:01 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4410.png)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 23, 2013, 02:20:43 PM
So, one thing I noticed about Mr. Chupon, that I never noticed before?

Did you not ever see his summon in Final Fantasy 7?

http://youtu.be/AvErgY6HpX8?t=6m34s (http://youtu.be/AvErgY6HpX8?t=6m34s)

Makes it pretty obvious there's another face back there. Not sure what the deal is with the exhaust system, though.
Huh. Never knew he was in 7. Weird.

Glad his summon's about as batshit as it should be.

I love that, at no point during FF6, were Ultros and Mr. Chupon on anyone's side.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:23:13 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4417.png)

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Kefka approaches the Triad and is knocked away.

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Gestahl: Kefka, stop! If you revive them, they'll destroy the very world we want to rule! There's no value in that!
Kefka: Shut up!

A fight swoosh! For...

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Gestahl and Kefka!

Kefka: Mad...? Emperor Gestahl, what are you saying? This is the perfect chance to show them the power of the Warring Triad!
Gestahl: Oh, Kefka... You poor, hopeless thing! I'm afraid you leave me no choice! No hard feelings, now... I'm just going to use this power you've unleashed to put you to sleep...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4436.png)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:25:10 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4440.png)

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Kefka mockingly wags a finger.

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Kefka mockingly wags the other finger.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:29:27 PM
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Kefka kicks Gestahl before answering:

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Kefka: By standing at the center of the Warring Triad, of course! They absorb all the magic sent their way. ...Or hadn't you noticed?
Gestahl: ...!
Kefka: Triad! Your first victim has stepped forward! Show this useless old man your true power!
Gestahl: No! Kefka! Stop playing around!
Kefka: I said, SHOW HIM YOUR POWER!

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A lightning bolt strikes, barely missing Gestahl and Kefka.

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Wow, I'm really bad at taking screenshots of lightning bolts. Another strikes just behind the two again, blasting them away from one another.

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Kefka: You're way off! Where're you aiming!?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4474.png)
Kefka: More to the right!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4476.png)
Gestahl makes it a few steps before being knocked down by another near miss.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4478.png)

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ZOT

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:33:29 PM
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Kefka kicks Gestahl a few more times.

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As when Leo died, the screen goes dark with Kefka laughing.

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Kefka turns, warms up...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4490.png)
...and flings Gestahl to his death.

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Fling!

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Well, that's no good.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4498.png)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:37:18 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4502.png)

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Shadow swoops in from... uh, somewhere...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4504.png)
Scoops up Celes from where she was hanging onto the cliffside...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4507.png)
...and shoves one of the statues up against another, pinning Kefka between them.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4508.png)
The Triad being moved out of alignment breaks the spell paralyzing all party members not named Celes.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4509.png)

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The party charges in to help, but is blasted aside by a wave of force from the Triad.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4511.png)
Shadow: I'll find my way back! Trust me!
Kefka: You can't escape me!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4515.png)
Kefka hucks another sparkle of magic a few screens to the right of the center stage where the Warring Triad stand.

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There's a time limit. Needless to say, you want to be off the Continent before it runs out.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:41:49 PM
Music: Metamorphosis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snB2bheteVg)

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There are Naude in the way in random encounters to eat up the clock, of course. They're not difficult; one application of Rasp drains all their MP for a KO and leaves them without the spell power to use their Silence counter before they go. My bafflement with these enemies comes instead from one of the strategy guides I read for the SNES version of the game: it called these monsters "bovine-headed".

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/naude.PNG)

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At several points the continent forces a pause in your flight to fall apart, almost under the party's feet.

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There's a fragile bit of land just below this Elixir. If you approach from the left, it falls away and you can't reach the item orb. You have to go around a gap and approach from the right.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:49:49 PM
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The sparkle Kefka threw out was in fact Nelapa.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4531.png)
It starts the battle by casting Doom on the entire party -- one person twice if there aren't four present, not that that makes any difference.

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Nelapa's entire purpose is to stall the party, so his four elemental immunities and auto-Reflect are there just to be a pain to navigate around. After being attacked six times, he casts Roulette to kill someone, so magic doesn't work and fighting is risky. However, Lores don't reflect and don't trigger his Roulette counter... and Nelapa only has 2800 HP. A few applications of 1000 Needles ends the battle without a hitch.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4536.png)
It teaches Strago a new Lore, too. Whatever happened to that guy, anyway?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4538.png)
As tempting as it may be...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4539.png)
It'd be kind of a dick move to leave Shadow behind to die.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4540.png)
He takes his sweet time, though, to make sure you've reeeeeally thought about whether or not to save your own hide.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4544.png)
Whew, there he is. With five seconds to go, and that's before he spoke his line.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4547.png)
Jump for it!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4548.png)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:53:31 PM
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Sparks fly off of the unbalanced Warring Triad in chaotic, erratic ways...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4551.png)
...many of them falling to the earth below.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4552.png)

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Where the magic strikes, the earth is rent asunder -- a mountain rises, then one slope immediately collapses and forms a pit...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4556.png)
...before a fissure opens.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4557.png)
Several Imperials and Returners are in the path of the new chasm.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4558.png)
Several of them fall into the rift as it's torn open...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4559.png)
...and are surely crushed when the ground spasms the pit closed again.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 23, 2013, 02:56:12 PM
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Human and monster alike are tossed into new fissures, and pulled up mountains as they're formed underfoot.

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Explosions wrack the countryside all over the world.

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Entire continents are ripped apart.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4572.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 23, 2013, 03:12:43 PM
Kill Cid, because I want to see if the suicide scene is a callback to the "Celes throwing Flowers off the Opera balcony" like I just noticed while reading this LP. Yeah, I might be a bit thick.

My memory says it is.

And also because saving Cid has absolutely no effect on anything. Rumor says you can't get Palliwhatever Esper if you don't save him, but that's false.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 23, 2013, 03:46:44 PM
Seconded.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on October 23, 2013, 03:52:32 PM
The fact that the Esper you get from that island is the one whose special attack is making the entire party do a massive jump was lost on me until about two days ago.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Sharkey on October 23, 2013, 07:22:19 PM
Music: Sharkey's theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwCLc---8MU)

Your offering is acceptable.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Niku on October 24, 2013, 06:12:59 AM
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Shabba dabba doobie dabbAAAAAAAHHH SHIT
So, one thing I noticed about Mr. Chupon, that I never noticed before?

His ass? IS ANOTHER FACE (http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120605193860/finalfantasy/images/4/47/VIUltrosArt.png). If he wasn't already nightmarish enough, the man is a living flying demon catdog.

Also apparently that's an exhaust pipe poking out from his midsection. Which... raises many other questions.

I mention this because, even knowing this, and even taking into account that Mr. Chupon is perhaps the single most horrifying monster in any Final Fantasy game, the friendship between he and Ultros is by far the most adorable companionship in all of gaming.

I met most of my friends on Prodigy back in the day entirely starting through an SNES A-L thread titled "MR. CHUPON'S BUTT"
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Zaratustra on October 24, 2013, 06:16:49 AM
Cid just sort of vanishes either way as soon as you leave the island, I think.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Classic on October 24, 2013, 07:04:42 AM
No. He hangs out there and says something unimportant.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: TA on October 24, 2013, 07:52:08 AM
He's really better off dead.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Classic on October 24, 2013, 07:57:09 AM
Because he doesn't change out of his...
...
Apparel?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Sharkey on October 24, 2013, 08:02:14 PM
It has been a while, but isn't "fuck him with dead fish until he dies from it" an option? From his costuming I think he might have had a premonition.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 25, 2013, 08:58:42 AM
Music: There Isn't Any.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4615.png)

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Slow pan over the sea to a tiny island. The sea itself is sickly purple, the sky stained red with atmospheric dust from the major remodeling of the continents. The land itself is rocky and barren, with only a handful of trees.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4617.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4618.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4619.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4620.png)
Enter Cid.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4622.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4623.png)

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Celes: How... how long have I been sleeping?
Cid: One year, as of today. I was starting to think you might be out for good.
Celes: A whole year... You've been taking care of me all this time?
Cid: Yes... And I must say, I'm a bit knackered... We're on a tiny, deserted island. After the world was torn apart, I awoke to find us here.
Celes: After the world was torn apart...? So, that wasn't just a dream... What about everyone else? ...Where's Locke?
Cid: I don't know. For all I know, this island could be the only part of the world that's still above water. Ever since that day, the world's been sliding deeper and deeper into ruin. Plants wither, and animals waste away. The other people who were here with us all gave up hope... One after the next, they flung themselves from the northern cliffs in despair...

In the SNES translation, which had to tiptoe around direct mentions of suicide thanks to Nintendo's censorship policies, Cid says that leaping off the cliff "Perked 'em right up!"

I think the bitterly ironic line works better, honestly.

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Cid: Celes... Try not to take it so hard. We can still live our lives together in peace! You're the closest thing to family I have left in this world...

That'd be true even if you were complete strangers, though.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4642.png)
Celes: Or should I say... Granddad? Is it all right if I call you that?
Cid: Granddad, eh? Heh-heh... You're going to make an old man blush! All of a sudden I have a granddaughter! *hack*... *cough*...
Celes: Hee-hee! Granddad...
Cid: Ha-ha-ha... *hack*! *cough*!
Celes: You must be hungry, Granddad...
Cid: I... actually haven't had anything to eat since I fell ill three days ago.
Celes: What would you like?
Cid: Well, unless I ask for fish, I won't get anything! That's all there is here.
Celes: I'll go catch some.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 25, 2013, 09:11:55 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4654.png)

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Celes puts Cid to bed to get some rest...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4732.png)
...and heads out to explore the island a bit. Oh no! Monsters!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4733.png)
...monsters that waste away and die without Celes lifting a finger. The world really has gone to hell.

(Monsters inflicted with automatic Sap status is actually a bug -- it's supposed to be Regen, but it's coded wrong. Apparently the devs liked the idea of monsters who waste away in their own misery, because the coding error has lasted across generations. I like to think whoever realized Angel Whispers and similar monsters weren't working right snuck into auto-Sap onto the monsters on this island to illustrate how everything's dead and dying and there's nothing anyone can do about it.)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4656.png)
Fish have started showing up near the beach near Cid's shack. Celes has to wade into the shallow water, wait for one to swim by, and snatch it up.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4657.png)

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After each meal -- you can feed him multiple fish at a time -- Cid will give a line indicating his general well-being. There are four different kinds of fish, each moving at different speeds in the water. The fastest fish will help him recover, and any other will kill him.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4661.png)
Each time you enter the shack, Cid can be just spotted walking from the stove and getting into bed. Hey! You're supposed to be resting!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 25, 2013, 09:18:53 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4665.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4666.png)

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This actually took a lot longer than the screenshots indicate, because it takes several fish to get Cid to improve from one quote to the next... and sometimes, no delicious fish will spawn at all, and you have to go talk to Cid emptyhanded to get more fish to spawn. Talking to Cid also reduces his health slightly, as you've basically shrugged and told him he can go hungry for the day.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4669.png)
Cid: Celes... I finally finished the little project I've been working on at night. Go on downstairs and take a look!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4672.png)
Turns out the shack has a downstairs, and inside is a raft.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4673.png)
Cid: Celes... You have to leave this place. I'm sure your friends are still alive somewhere, waiting for you!
Celes: ...I know they are. I'll go. But I'll be back! And I'll bring them all back to see you!
Cid: You bring that Locke fellow, too, now, you hear?

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Celes takes the raft, waves goodbye, and sets sail for... hey! There is another landmass in the world! This would be a short, depressing game if it turned out the entire world was flooded and the place you came from was the only landmark around. Besides, they did that twist in Final Fantasy 3.

Anyway, that's what happens when you save Cid. "Hey, I'm better! You should go away." "Yeah, bye."
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 25, 2013, 09:22:56 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4686.png)
So let's see what happens when you either can't find any good fish for too long, or talk to Cid too many times until he wastes away, or for expediency's sake shove as many nasty fish down his gullet as you can fit.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4688.png)
Hey, this time he stayed in bed! He must really be ill.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4690.png)

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Music: Celes's Theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2ddgMrhfYM)

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They're hard to make out in the screenshot, but tiny sparkles come out of Celes's face as she winces.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 25, 2013, 09:24:37 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4701.png)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 25, 2013, 09:25:42 AM
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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 25, 2013, 09:28:52 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4719.png)

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Celes has survived worse. Dropping into the sea barely leaves a scratch.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4721.png)
In the SNES version, Celes accuses the seagull of having nursed her back to health.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4725.png)

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Granted, in this version she still talks to the thing like she expects it to respond, so maybe she did wang her head on a rock or something.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 25, 2013, 09:36:11 AM
The image of a seagull barfing food into unconcious Celes' mouth will be forever burned into our minds
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 25, 2013, 09:36:37 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4730.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4735.png)
...a note?

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From this point on, the game plays out exactly the same. Whether Cid lives or dies makes no difference to the story from here. If he lives, he wanders around the shack on Solitary Island and says one line no matter who talks to him, so it's pretty clear his unsatisfying-to-the-narrative survival was thrown in at the last minute.

And as for Celes jump from the cliff mimicking the path of the bouquet she threw from the stage at the opera... sssssssort of? Not really. The flowers are flung into the air, while Celes just drops from the cliff. Once both bodies start descending they accelerate in about the same way, but the similarity can probably be chalked up to the programmers trying to approximate a descent of ten meters per second per second without a whole lot of options.

Which is, looking back, my biggest gripe with the opera scene. It really doesn't matter. They could have had the story in the opera mirror the greater events of the story of the game, or provide some sort of character background beyond Celes being a general and not an opera floozy, but... didn't. It was an amazing setpiece back in 1994, but the whole sequence could have been skipped and the game wouldn't have suffered for it.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on October 25, 2013, 09:44:07 AM
I dunno, I think they intentionally set it up so it'd look familiar, if nothing else. In both cases Celes (or at least the character she's playing) is filled with despair. Throwing the flowers off the balcony is symbolic of Maria throwing away her feelings of love for Draco, Celes mentions Locke on the cliff. They both fall off a high place on the right toward the left.

Just seems a bit too similar to be a coincidence.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Classic on October 25, 2013, 10:56:25 AM
Unfortunately, if FF6's weakness is that it's too episodic, it's going to wallow in that weakness even more.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: François on October 25, 2013, 11:23:06 AM
Dang, you can say that again. I must have tried to play this game like three or four times from the beginning before I scrounged up the motivation to go any further past the beginning of the world of ruin. I so loathed the mechanics that once the plot stopped immediately driving me forward I just lost all interest.

To the game's credit though, I did eventually manage to power through and complete it, unlike, say, FFs 4 and 8.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: François on October 25, 2013, 12:40:36 PM
You know, giving it a bit more thought, I think I know what took the wind out of my sails. After the floating continent, the game stops being plot-driven and starts being more character-driven. Of course there's nothing inherently wrong with that. In fact, I usually could stand the game right up until you get your new airship. But since almost all the characters are optional and their segments are so episodic, it just never gets the chance to gel back into a legitimate ensemble piece until the ending rolls around and people start actually interacting with one another again.

I guess in a way, the World of Ruin almost kinda feels like postgame content, and I rarely go for that even in games that I love to begin with.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:56:29 AM
For all the shock and amazement you might get from the destruction of the entire world as a close to act three of a video game... that there is a "World of Ruin" in the game, with most of the same locations as the overworld map you start in, is spoiled by the pack-in map that came with the game. And hey, there are two landmarks named after this "Kefka" fellow, I bet he's important!

Music: From That Day On... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4MTtc8rQx4) The typical town theme of the World of Ruin.

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Celes makes landfall near Albrook, The Town That Can't Catch a Break.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4750.png)

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The first location named for Kefka is, yes, the Tower of Kefka, which now sits at the center of the southern continent between Albrook and Tzen. To show just how chaotically rearranged the world is, Maranda isn't even on this continent anymore.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4756.png)

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Since this is the first town you visit in the World of Ruin, several people do their best to set the tone for the game from here out. And that tone is "bleak".
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:58:05 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4752.png)

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There are a few hints that the rest of your party is, in fact, still alive somewhere.

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No small part of that is the shop equip screen, which shows everyone you recruited in the World of Balance hopping up and down when you indicate you might buy something they can equip. Spoilers weren't really a thing in 1994...

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Painter: I have no idea why he didn't like it... I even painted that thing he originally asked for in the background! Anyway, I sure didn't need a painting of the emperor, so I sold it to a rich man in Jidoor named Owzer.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4765.png)
Bird-watcher: I'd hate to think what would happen if some poor sod in an airship ran across that thing...

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Scholar: "Eight dragons seal away its awesome might... the might of the one called Crusader... And when the eight fall, the one again shall rise...

Of course, there are several people around who hint heavily at sidequests to do later, nonsensical as they may be. Who even cares how people in airships might feel? There was only one in the world, and it snapped in half.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 01:03:24 AM
Music: Dark World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC-GNr1eqHU). The background music for the overworld kicks in after Celes lands her raft, and it's... hollow is about the best word I can think of to describe it.

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Heading north to Tzen on one of the hot tips from an Albrook citizen, Celes walks past the tower of assembled debris and detritus. This is the Tower of Kefka (SPOILERS: FINAL DUNGEON HERE) but she can't get in.

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As Celes enters Tzen, there's a flash of light, and an explosion! The ground shakes, and everyone runs off in a panic.

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This guy explicitly tells you to equip something that will prevent Petrify status -- like one of the Amulets they sell at the relic shop -- but I've had Celes equipped with a Ribbon since she made landfall here.

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Sabin: Oh...! Celes!
Celes: Let me help you!
Sabin: Wait! If I move, the whole house'll collapse. First... save the child that's in there! I don't think I can hold this up much longer... You've gotta hurry! ...Urgh!

Yep, Sabin just happened to be in the right place at the right time to use his train-suplexing might to act as the one load-bearing support for an entire rather large house.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4794.png)
He can only do it for six minutes, though.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 01:08:06 AM
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It's a tough call. Do you use the Ward Bangle to prevent running into so goshdarned many random encounters, or Hermes Sandals or the Alarm Earring to make escaping from said encounters easier?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4796.png)
Of course, it wouldn't be a timed dungeon without treasures to grab.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4797.png)
...and fake treasures to slow you down.

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Having done a couple of fire and tornado drills at the preschool where I work, I can attest that in times of emergency and disaster, it is the nature of small children to stand agog and do absolutely nothing to assure their self-preservation.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 01:14:14 AM
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Sabin: Of course I am! Did you think a little thing like the end of the world was gonna do me in?

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Celes: I'm sure we're not the only ones! We need to find everyone! And then...
Sabin: ...smash Kefka, and deliver peace unto the world! All right, count me in!

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And Sabin joins the party! This half of the game lacks narrative thrust; it's basically just wandering around finding old friends and solving their personal dilemmas. If the game weren't already packed to the brim with as much data as would possibly fit into an SNES cart already, I think it would have been better to have a scenario- or chapter-based structure where two or three people go out and find a few friends, then the groups meet up by contrivance or design. But as we'll soon see, Celes and Sabin were the only ones looking, so :shrug:

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GUYS WHERE DO YOU THINK I SHOULD GO NEXT IF ONLY SOMEONE WOULD GIVE ME A HINT
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 10:36:25 AM
Actually, for all my snark, Mobliz is an optional destination. The next plot point is at Nikeah, which is still at the opposite end of the Serpent Trench from Mobliz (although the entire Veldt is elsewhere). And it's such a long walk across the world map to get to Mobliz that I skipped the scenes there while I had only Celes and Sabin and came back later.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4827.png)

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...then I discovered that the Chocobo Stable near Tzen is still in business.

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As the rumors said, Mobliz is a burned-out ghost town. Except for one child...

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A stack of boxes in the basement of the postman's house has been moved, revealing a door.

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Inside is a cavern full of children and salvaged furniture, guarded by a boy that Sabin could easily lift out of the way with one hand.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 10:44:45 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4841.png)

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Terra's your... what now?

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Party: Terra, come with us! There's no saving this world unless we defeat Kefka once and for all...
Terra: I know... But...

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 10:47:26 AM
Anyway, I'm sure the kids can fill us in.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4850.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba4851.png)
Oh, so she didn't spend the entire last year pregnant with... (four... five...) octuplets? Who develop really fast for at-most-three-month-olds? That's comforting.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 10:53:14 AM
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Terra: The very day the world collapsed, Kefka turned his LIght of Judgment on this village. The adults... these kids' parents... They all died trying to protect their children.

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There's never any stated reason for why Kefka might have made Mobliz his first target upon attaining godlike power. But then, it's Kefka -- he doesn't have much of a reason for anything, he destroys and kills because it amuses him to do so.

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Duane's all big talk until Katarin shows up. He flees then.

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Katarin: Please, forgive him. It's just... if we lose Terra, we lose the only thing that's holding this village together.
Terra: I don't know why these kids need me... And it's not like there's anything forcing me to protect them. It's the strangest feeling... But once that feeling took root inside of me, I lost the strength to keep on fighting. I feel like I'm on the verge of understanding something important. It's hard to describe... But the harder I look for the answer, the more I lose my strength to fight.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 11:01:02 AM
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Despite having just said she wasn't strong enough to fight, Terra runs outside to handle the legendary monster we heard about back in Albrook.

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I happen to know that Humbaba is weak to poison attacks. Terra knows Bio. But since she's lost her strength, it does 0 damage.

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She's lost the strength to defend herself, too.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 11:15:21 AM
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Yeah, not so tough without your bullshit plot invincibility, huh?

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It takes a few applications of Bio, but Humbaba is driven away. He flees, but isn't slain, so you can be sure this will come up again later.

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Yeah, pretty pathetic showing out there, Terra.

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Terra: Maybe after a little more time has passed... I need to understand what's happening to me.

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Fenrir teaches Teleport, Banish, and Stop. Summoning him casts Image on the whole party, making each character immune to three physical hits. If his magicite is equipped on level-up, there's a bonus of +30% MP to be had.

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This is also around the point I check to see if Sabin learned the next Blitz when his level got adjusted upwards, and sure enough, he did. Chakra takes Sabin's current HP, divides it by the number of other party members, and heals each of them for that amount. He doesn't heal himself, but there's no detriment to him either, making it better overall than Transfusion but not as good as White Wind.

In the SNES version, the biggest value of Chakra was that it could instant-kill any enemy it was used on. This took some finesse -- you had to have someone choose to cast Confuse on Sabin, then before that spell resolves, give the command for Sabin to use Chakra. Once confused, any character uses the last command they were given, but things that targeted the party are done to the enemy and things targeting the enemy are done to the party. So Sabin would Chakra all the enemies on the field.

But the formula for how much healing is done calls for the number of party members Chakra affects, not the number of targets. So in the formula (Sabin's current HP) / (party members), using Chakra on monsters makes (party members) in this case 0.

The game resolves divide-by-zero errors by dealing 65,000 damage to anything targeted by the attack that caused the error. Nothing has that much HP in the SNES version, so that's an unavoidable instant kill.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 11:23:02 AM
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There's another stable in the forest south of Mobliz. Overall this game is pretty good about putting chocobos in places where they're useful.

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On the way through the Serpent Trench, we pass the Cult of Kefka Tower in the mountains. It's that little blue bar in the valley, there. Things rendered in Mode 7 can't stand up straight! It'll be another sequel on a different platform before there's a polygon-modeled world map!
Despite what the screenshot looks like, chocobos can't cross over mountains, so I can't get into the tower yet.

And that's a good thing.

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Wark!

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Returner: I don't know if there's anything I can do for you now, but I did hear something you might be interested to know... Apparently, four espers escaped from that Magitek Research Facility not long before you guys snuck in there. There's no way of knowing if they're still alive, but if you could find them, I bet they would lend you their power!

"So hey, this is a remake of the game, so we added some new stuff, you know? And this is what it is. There's four more espers that weren't in the SNES version, so get crackin' looking for them!"

Also, this isn't one of those games where you can beat your summoned monster in a fight and it agrees to join you. Espers are only good to me dead, so I doubt they'll just happily accompany us on our jolly quest.

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Somnambulist: When I tried to sleep there, monsters came for me in my dreams... Oh, it still frightens me just to think of it!

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There's no sailing to South Figaro from here... not yet, at least.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 11:25:16 AM
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If all you want is some booty, that harlot who accosted Cyan is still hanging around at the bar.

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Once you talk to all the brigands, one of them stands on the table and calls for the rest. They file out.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 11:32:34 AM
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Celes: Aren't you... Edgar?

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Gerad: I have no idea what you're talking about... I'll take this, too, kid!

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Celes: Don't play dumb with me! Edgar? ...You didn't lose your memory, did you?
Gerad: Listen... It grieves me to have to disappoint such a beautiful lady, but I've been Gerad since the day I was born!
Celes: I've never met anyone else who'd flirt with a "lady" he was trying to shake off his tail...
Gerad: Being polite to ladies is common courtesy the world over!

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Henchman: Ho-ho-ho, do we ever!
Gerad: Then lead the way. I'll take charge once we're in.

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Sabin and Celes sneak aboard the boat by leaping off the dock and crouching down in what should be plain sight. :shrug:

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 11:42:45 AM
Music: Kids Run Through the City (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6527MAys3PU). Notably, South Figaro is the only place in the World of Ruin to use the World of Balance town music.

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That doesn't make any sense.

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...start? It's been a year. What have you been doing?

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You'd think Sabin would react in some way to this happy news, but there's nothing scripted. He's an optional party member, after all -- you don't have to go into Tzen at any point.

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The little girl is still giving out quest hints disguised as innocuous children's songs.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 11:45:24 AM
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Celes: You are Edgar, aren't you?

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Gerad: Case of mistaken identity, my dear. Give it up!

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...you're not a server in this pub, are you.

...oh.

...ohhhhhhhhhh...

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 ::(:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 11:50:45 AM
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Guess what! You get to go through the Cave to South Figaro again!

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I... what? Of all the people to have survived the globe-spanning cataclysm, Siegfried made it?

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There are all sorts of monsters in the Cave, but only the Cruller is capable of using any magic. Usually one summon of Phantom is enough to make it through this next section almost unscathed, but in this playthrough those Crullers were a bit generous with their casting of Fira on the party. I had to keep reapplying Vanish to ward off the other monsters.

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But like, this guy? Can't lay a finger on me.

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Hey, question. If I'm invisible, how come we're still hiding?

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Henchman: How about that, eh?
Gerad: Nice.
Henchman: Used to have me a pet turtle...

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The Crimson Robber band hops over the turtle's shell and into the passage beyond its underground pond. Followed by... yes, Siegfried.

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There would have been treasures to be had in this next section, except the robbers got them all already. They're thieves, what did you expect?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 11:56:24 AM
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The tunnel leads to a collapsed wall behind one of the cells in the Figaro castle dungeon.

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It's never an issue for the party, but the air in the castle is stale and deprived of oxygen. The castle's stuck underground for some reason, so no fresh air is getting in, and the residents are suffocating. This is... not really made clear in the SNES version.

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The engineer who moves the castle around is too weak to stop you from going down to the engine room, so...

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Whatever "it" is, it's jamming the engines Figaro uses to burrow through the sand. With the entire castle stuck in reverse -- or whatever -- they can't resurface.

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Gerad: I'll keep this thing busy! You guys go get the treasure!
Henchman: But... boss! That's awfully dangerous!
Gerad: Just get moving!

The thieves run out of the room.

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Edgar: What are you standing around for, Celes!?
Celes: Edgar! It is you!

Surprise, Gerad is actually Edgar. In Japanese, his name was "Geoff"; without the anagram it may have been a little less obvious that the person in question was Edgar after all. The Figaro twins might have had a long-lost triplet brother! You don't know!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:07:36 PM
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Celes and Sabin join Edgar in cleaning out his clogged-up engines. Each Tentacle has different elemental absorbs and weaknesses, so this fight can be really drawn-out. Furthermore, the Tentacle's favorite tactic is to use Entwine or Stun on the party to inflict them with Slow status. If anyone is slowed, a Tentacle will then Grab them and remove them from the fight while draining their HP. It takes thirty seconds for anyone to be released from a Grab, making the battle even lengthier.

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The trick is to equip Sabin and Celes with Hermes Sandals. Having auto-Haste makes the character immune to Slow, and anyone who can't be Slowed can't be Grabbed. You're then free to use magic or physical hits to take the Tentacles out one by one.

Edgar autoequips your best weapon, shield, and armor when the fight starts, but you can't access his Relic equip screen, so he tends to get Grabbed and drained and there's nothing you can do about it.

Two of the Tentacles (top-left and bottom-right) are vulnerable to Petrify, and the bottom-left one is vulnerable to instant death. Knowing that at any point in the last twenty years would have let teenage R^2 approach this battle with rather less apprehension.

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It's a difficult battle, but if you can keep two party members from being Grabbed, it's winnable. Having all three party members in the Tentacles' grip is a good way to lose, though.

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Edgar: I'd heard Figaro had run into some kind of trouble. I wanted to help, but how was I supposed to get here with the castle stuck beneath the sand? Then I caught wind of the rumor that those guys had escaped from the dungeon...
Celes: So you used them...
Edgar: Bingo. And obviously, I couldn't let them find out I was the king of Figaro...
Celes: ...Because they'd just escaped from your own jail.
Sabin: You could've told us.

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Thief: That monster must've gotten him...
Henchman: Poor boss... didn't even last as long as the last boss...
Robber: Oh well... Let's go.

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Edgar: I couldn't care less about treasure. What we need to worry about is Kefka. Those guys haven't done anything wrong... not really.
Celes: So... you'll come along?
Sabin: Let's go shake things up again!

And Edgar joins the party!

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The thieves may have swiped everything from this vault, but they didn't notice that the sword stuck to this statue isn't purely decorative.

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Hmm. Turns out Edgar wasn't ever in the party when I had espers equipped to people. He doesn't know a single spell.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:11:24 PM
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Every citizen of Figaro breathes a sigh of relief, because sighing is once again an option.

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An oblique poke at no small number of the Final Fantasy fandom, who insist on spelling his name "Cefca", the way it appears on Japanese-printed media.

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The shop sells Debilitators now, but I don't need one. Locke managed to swipe one from Air Force's arm, remember? Used in battle, the Debilitator gives one enemy a new elemental weakness. It stacks with itself, so after enough time it's possible to have an enemy weak to all eight.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:14:05 PM
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Everyone can breathe? Good! We're going back undergrou-- underwater!

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After this random encounter, I can truly say I beat Cancer.

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Kohlingen looks about the same, and is in about the same place as it was in the World of Balance.

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Whoops.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:16:24 PM
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Wow, the guy who worked on Setzer's airship doing this job sure didn't take the end of the world too well. You look thirty years older, sir!

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Sure is, budd-- hey, who's that?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:23:43 PM
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Setzer: So, you survived...
Celes: Come with us! We're going after Kefka.
Setzer: Hmph... I just don't have the drive to do that kind of stuff anymore.
Celes: What are you talking about!?
Setzer: I'm a gambler... My world has always been one where a man's spirit could soar free... Not anymore. I feel like the weight of this world is crushing me. It's just too much to bear... And on top of that, I've even lost my wings...
Celes: You fought with all your heart before the world was ruined! That couldn't have been easy either, but you seemed to bear that just fine!
Setzer: That was then... All my dreams are gone now.
Celes: If you need a dream to chase after, then why don't you find yourself a new one? Like taking back our world.

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In the SNES version, this conversation was a bit too brief. "Hey Setzer, come on." "Don't wanna." "Please?" "Okay." The GBA script takes some heat for lacking some of Woolsey's original charm, but in this scene it certainly does a better job: Setzer is drinking himself to death out of sheer depression, and would have succeeded unless Celes had shown up with a few encouraging words.

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Setzer: ...You'd chase after it with me, then? My new dream? Thanks...  ...I think it's time to pay a visit to Darill's tomb.

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The tomb in question is just southwest of Kohlingen. There's a brief cut to the world map to show you.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:31:29 PM
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Setzer: Yeah... She was really something. The world could've turned inside out and she'd never have even flinched.

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Not just Darill's... there are two skellingtons in alcoves on either side of the entrance. And... they're about twice as tall as the party members' field sprites. Who the hell is buried here, giants?

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Needless to say Sabin's Aura Cannon gets another heavy workout here.

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Meanwhile, Setzer is stuck throwing dice. Take Setzer's level times two and multiply it by his die roll, and that's the damage output. It's luck-based, but still steadier than using Slots and cheaper than equipping him with Heiji's Jitte for Zeninage.

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Well, it's a tombstone. That's only sensible.

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Oh, this must be a puzzle.

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Sure, I'll just take the inscriptions on those four other tombstones...

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...and put them up so that they spell a reference to the developer's old company name in reverse! How intuitive!

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...wait... who has? Didn't Setzer commission this tomb for his friend? Shouldn't he already know this?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:40:17 PM
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Well, whatever. The Growth Egg is a relic that doubles the experience points its holder gains after battle.

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Growth Egg sidequest aside, the tomb proper is a maze of switchbacks and... well, switches. First you flip the one at the bottom of this room to open a door, then you flip another one elsewhere to flood this room, then you jump on a turtle and ride it to the door opened previously. It's not as easy to work out as I make it sound, especially with other passages distracting you with tombstone-carving puzzles.

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"Presenter" in the SNES version, and for his cameo in Bahamut Lagoon. The message indicating the monster ambush wasn't correct in this case: the monster wasn't in the box, the monster uses a treasure-chest-like protrusion off its body to lure in its prey: greedy adventurers!

Gary Gygax would be proud.

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It's possible to instant-kill the Angler Whelk with petrification, but in this case, Catoblepas missed.

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So Setzer fires away with Banish, trying to suck the creature into an interdimensional rift.

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And after a few tries, manages to suck in... its shell!

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I like to think the rift is stuck around the creature's neck, unable to close. While its body helplessly flails around in an interstellar vacuum, we're free to smack around the Angler Whelk's head.

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Yep.

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Why bother? Unlike Ymir, both the Angler Whelk's head and the Angler Whelk's shell drop the same item: new claws for Sabin. And unlike Ymir, it's possible to kill both in the same battle. And if you do, both parts drop a set of claws!

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You're goddamn right Genji Glove. The Dragon Claws are holy-elemental, so Sabin now does around 3000-4000 damage per turn to the undead monsters in the tomb. There's no kill like overkill!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:45:45 PM
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For no reason other than we've reached the end of a dungeon, there's a boss fight. Dullahan always opens with Level ? Holy... which is a Lore that's hard to find elsewhere. Dammit, where's Strago when you need him?

The multiplier for this spell filling in the "?" is the last digit of the party's current gil, so it's likely to change every battle.

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In this case, it's not a useful spell to have used.

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Northern Cross, though, which has a chance of freezing the entire party solid? That's a useful spell to cast. The status can be removed by hitting the frozen character with a fire-elemental attack, but Sabin's only slightly better with magic than Edgar... and doesn't have any fire spells. He could equip the Burning Knuckle, but given his FIGHTIN' POWER I'm pretty sure it'd just KO whoever he tried to thaw out.

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Oh. Um. Hmm.

That's not good.

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Thankfully it doesn't take long before Celes and Edgar thaw naturally. They revive Sabin and hit Setzer with a basic Fire spell, everyone heals up with Cura and Chakra, and we turn the tables on Dullahan. That was a pretty close call!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:50:41 PM
Music: Epitaph (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwWNkIS9Ek). Just as Locke gets a slow, sad version of his theme song for scenes with his lost love, Setzer gets a slow, sad version of his theme for this scene with his lost best friend/rival/maybe-not-entirely-platonic life partner.

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Setzer: What are you trying to prove by pushing your ship to its limits? It's pointless!

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Setzer: You can't be serious! When I take the Falcon from you, it'll be because I left you a mile behind in a race! Until then, I'm not letting you out of my sight!
Darill: Ha! Good luck with that!

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Whoooooosh! There's really nothing like flying!

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whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 12:56:37 PM
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Darill: I'll fly past the clouds and see the stars closer than anyone ever has before!
Setzer: Be back by sunset! I'll be waiting for you on our hill!

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Away she goes!

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Sploosh! I'm not sure how you hide a zeppelin underwater, but that's where it comes out.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 26, 2013, 01:00:06 PM
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You don't enter Kefka's tower and initiate endgame by walking in from the ground. You land on top of the tower and infiltrate from what can generously be called its roof!

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A carrier pigeon flies by!

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Good question.

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The pigeon flies us to Maranda, which as a woman in Kohlingen hinted, is the first step to re-recruiting Cyan. But judging from the polling throughout the World of Balance, nobody likes Cyan. And I have an airship, with the world at my beck and call! I have better things to do than chase down overly-guilty technophobic samurai.

Hmm. Should I open polling for where to go next?

...

...nah.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Rico on October 26, 2013, 02:17:33 PM
An oblique poke at no small number of the Final Fantasy fandom, who insist on spelling his name "Cefca", the way it appears on Japanese-printed media.
Nevermind that they still want to pronounce it Kefka, even though the Italian pronunciation would be more along the lines of Chefka.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on October 26, 2013, 03:46:21 PM
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Oh, so she didn't spend the entire last year pregnant with... (four... five...) octuplets? Who develop really fast for at-most-three-month-olds?
Not in your fan fics, any way.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 12:43:36 AM
Music: Dark World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC-GNr1eqHU)

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So rather than go to Maranda and look for Cyan, we're going to Narshe. Inasfar as there's "sequence" to the World of Ruin, I no longer care about it.

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Lone Wolf: Nothing left in this town anyway, 'cept for that one lousy moogle... Doors are all locked, and you'd have to be some kinda treasure hunter to get 'em open...

Um... how is this a problem for you, exactly? Meh, whatever...

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There are monsters roaming the streets... now? Again? I mean, technically the game opened with Narshe being deserted and hostile.

Also: those Lukhavi are a lot less dangerous than they were in Final Fantasy Tactics.

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Most of the doors are locked, it's true.

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Arvis's house is still open, though. Arvis himself does not appear in the game anymore, his dramatic role as an ally of the Returners against the evil Empire now obsolete. It's safe to assume he died in the cataclysm.

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Through the mines we go, to the now-empty Moogle village.

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Mog: I'll help you fight, kupo!

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Mog is so overjoyed to see the party that he dances around for a while. In this instance, it doesn't involve bursts of flame or falling rock or razor-sharp winds.

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Mog: He can be a little... wild... though, kupo. He should be here in the mines somewhere! He'll help if I order him to! Let's look for him... kupo!

And Mog joins the party. Hooray!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 12:48:07 AM
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Molulu? This was just "Moogle Charm" on the SNES... who's Molulu?

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...oh. Molulu was the one immediately after Mog in the ranks of the moogles who helped rescue Terra. According to the developers, she was Mog's girlfriend... or whatever moogles have in mated pairs. So lest it escape your attention, the game hints heavily that you found Mog in the deserted cave where his friends used to live except they all died horribly and now all he does is sob over the one keepsake he has to remember his significant other by.

Even the comic relief characters can hint heavily at how screwed up the world has gotten.

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Anyway, Molulu's Charm is something only Mog can equip. It prevents all random encounters for the party he's in.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:03:49 AM
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North of Tzen, there's a pentagram-shaped mountain range with a tiny valley in the middle. There are hints throughout the game of what you find there, but rather than go get them I'm just going to do this the way I did my first playthrough: land in the middle and see what happens!

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This sort of thing is why I say Molulu's Charm prevents all the encounters "for the party Mog is in". The game's quite fond of splitting everyone up, and all parties not including Mog are going to get bogged down by random encounters normally.

Music: Esper World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fe0wNariU)

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This is the Phoenix Cave, where the two teams have to work together to ensure progress. In this case, one party steps on a switch that retracts spikes from a passage.

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...allowing the second party to do likewise for them. Having Mog in (or in this case, as) one party makes the whole trip a lot faster. Random encounters with strong monsters are extremely common in here, so having half your exploration team skip that part of the dungeon is a big relief.

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One party reveals the stones, the other hops across.

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Most of the chests are empty! What a gyp! It's like some greedy thief has already been through here!

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Here's a fun little game bug for multiple-party dungeons. Stand one party on a save point...

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...then switch and use a Tent. The player isn't even supposed to know about the dungeon at this point in the game, so we're a bit underpowered. Random battles here are hard. Being able to Tent my fighting party when I need to is a welcome respite.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:09:00 AM
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Sabin levels up to 30, learning his next Blitz attack: Razor Gale is a wind-elemental attack to the entire enemy party.

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Argh! I had to hop across lava for this! How disappointing!

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I'm pretty sure draining water onto lava is a pretty lousy way to accomplish anything outside of video game logic. By any reasonable standard the whole dungeon would be filled with steam and everyone inside would be severely scalded.

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Anyway, Razor Gale definitely makes things easier overall. Those Face enemies counter attacks with 1000 Needles, which isn't the instantly-fatal attack it was on the Floating Continent, but it's still 2/3 of anyone's maximum HP. And those Necromancers counter attacks with Gravija in addition to their favorite zombie-inflicting move. Setzer there is still standing at zero HP, but looks a bit ill. He's a zombie. That's bad.

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Hullo, what's this?

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Yikes!

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The Red Dragon, as you may assume, is fond of fire-elemental or fire-themed attacks. Fireball, Fira, Level 4 Flare, regular Flare...

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...Flare Star...

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...Southern Cross...

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Maybe more, but Southern Cross deals about 2000 damage to the entire party, so that's that.

I really am doing this the way I did on my first playthrough! Land in the mountains, see what happens, split up, explore the cave, and go OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT before dying. Of course, I didn't die at the Red Dragon back then, it was a regular encounter that did me in. Stupid Face and their stupid 1000 Needles counter...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:14:08 AM
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This actually turned out to be a major roadblock, because like an idiot I saved state in the middle of this fight. Well, it's not like I'd want to ever come back through the cave just to fight this guy anyway.

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I am willing to admit I cheesed my way to victory.

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The Red Dragon was the first of the Eight Dragons mentioned in Albrook, see. You don't miss following up on a clue like that.

Oh, and inside that tempting-looking chest was a Dragon Horn. It's a Relic that makes Jump attacks consecutive -- after landing once, the character immediately leaps and lands again, for up to four hits. I'm not about to take Molulu's Charm off of Mog, but with the Dragoon Boots/Dragon Horn combo, he will deal death to all who stand before him.

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With the lava cooled (but still... bubbly...), Mog can walk on it. THIS MAKES SENSE OKAY SHUT UP. Inside that chest is a Ribbon. Guess one thing in here was too tough for whoever came here first to snatch!

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You know you're getting to the end when the two parties meet up.

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They have to, because opening the way to dungeon's end requires two switches to be pressed simultaneously, and you can't split a party of four into two parties of two to make that happen. THIS MAKES SENSE OKAY SHUT UP
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:21:05 AM
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Aha! So you must be the dirty thief who looted this dungeon before I could!

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"All who? There's just me, kupo."

Locke: Behold, the legendary treasure that can undo death itself...

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Locke: It is. Legend has it that the Phoenix turned itself to stone ages ago... It seems the story was true. But now it's filled with cracks. I don't know if it still has the strength to perform miracles... Rachel... I failed her. I broke my promise and lost the only thing that was real to me... So until I do what I said I'd do... Until I restore my honor... ...I'm nothing but a no-good liar.
Party/Mog: So, you're headed to Kohlingen...?

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Yes, apparently.

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Old Man: Don't think it's gonna be calling back any wayward spirits like that! Nope, nuh-uh! Too bad, really... Too bad...

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Do your best, Phoenix!

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FUCK
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:26:24 AM
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Music: Forever Rachel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TzPDsBNtsw)

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Locke: Rachel...
Rachel: The Phoenix used the last of its power to give me some time... But I must leave again soon... Before my time is gone... There's something I must tell you... Something I never had a chance to say...
Locke: ...
Rachel: Locke...... You made me so happy... In my last moments, my memory returned... I drifted off thinking of you, and I was truly, truly happy... So let me now say the words I never had the chance to say... Locke... Thank you.

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Rachel: I have to go now... But thank you so much for all the happiness you've given me... Please, let go of the chains that bind your heart... I release you... Give your love to the one who now dwells within your heart... Love her... as you loved me... Phoenix... Be reborn! And give your power to Locke!

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Rachel dissolves into three sparkling lights...

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...which drift to the head and wings of the Phoenix.

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The Phoenix then becomes more vivid, turning from a dull, translucent red to a bright, fiery hue.

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Locke: I'm all right. Rachel put my heart at ease... From here on out... everything'll be okay. Let's go! We've got a job to do!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:29:11 AM
Music: Locke's Theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV6yJIJ7DXw). It's a brief interlude, but the music shifts to something rather more upbeat and hopeful to reflect Locke's state of mind.

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Locke runs back inside the herbalist's house.

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...and comes back out with an X-Potion, a Phoenix Down, an X-Ether, an Elixir, a Flame Shield, and a Valiant Knife.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:31:08 AM
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Next stop: the Veldt, why not?

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Because after the end of the world, Gau went back to doing what he's good at: living with monsters. Thankfully, he recognizes the party as soon as they arrive, and...

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NO MOG NO

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Well, it'll be a few more battles before he shows up again. No more overzealous dragooning from you, little moogle!

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Recruiting Gau is as simple as that.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:39:35 AM
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A magicite washes up on the shore of Solitary Island, waiting to be collected by anyone who thinks to return. Let this forever disprove the rumor Quetzalli is the reward for saving Cid! Because that guy is still dead, dead, dead, and I'm learning Hastega and Slowga anyway.

Oh, right, the new-esper rundown. Quetzalli teaches Haste and Slow at x20, Hastega and Slowga at x2, and Float at x5. It doesn't have a level-up bonus, and when summoned, all party members hop on its back as it flies into the air, initiating a Jump attack from the whole party. As Roger pointed out, the esper you get on Solitary Island is the one that makes everyone do a big, dramatic leap from a great height.  :perfect:

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What's next? Mobliz is next.

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When you enter the house that used to have the wounded Imperial soldier resting inside, a dog follows you in...

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...and vanishes behind the bookcase.

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Mobliz was controlled by a conservative leadership who believe strongly in abstinence-only education for teenagers.

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Duck behind the bookcase to find another cellar with Terra inside.

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Katarin: I'm so happy that I'm going to have a child... But when I told that to Duane, he turned cold all of a sudden...

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Duane: I acted like an idiot. But everything's okay now! So, please... come back home with me.

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This teary reconciliation is interrupted by thundering noises from outside.

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Of fucking course he is.

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Fine, fine.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:46:54 AM
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I'll get you this time.

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Humbaba is still weak to poison attacks. Locke and Celes blast him with Bio, Gau Rages as Magna Roader to... also blast him with Bio, and Mog does his Dragon Horn jump. Even with everyone else exploiting an elemental weakness, the biggest damage-dealer here is Mog. That's how great spear/Dragoon Boots/Dragon Horn combo is.

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Eventually Humbaba gets sick of the beatdown and starts using his Humbaba Breath to say ba-ba to Locke and Mog.

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Which in turn prompts Terra to come outside...

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Terra! Best karate skill still inside you! Time let out!

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Terra joins the battle against Humbaba. This time she remembered to root through the party's backpack and auto-optimize her equipment, so she doesn't die in one punch to the solar plexus from Humbaba this time.

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This is the result of a Bio from Celes.

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...and here's one from Terra.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:52:00 AM
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Needless to say, Humbaba does not last long under the dedicated toxic assault of an esper, a feral child, and a Magitek knight. This is how the battle ended without me using a single healing move.

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Hooray! Yay! You won! Hooray! SKRRRREEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHH (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuboSvySltE)

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Terra you can be sad if you need to and everything but seriously, these small children being afraid of you?

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TOTALLY FUCKING JUSTIFIED
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 01:58:54 AM
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Terra: I think... I finally understand. The feeling that's been growing inside me...

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The entire game does a head-fake on Terra's character development. We knew all along she'd discover the emotion humans call "love" at some point, but... When she's rescued from Narshe there's a tease for her and Locke, then Locke meets Celes and that gets mostly dropped. Then Terra meets Leo and there's a hint of closeness between them... and then Leo gets murdered. Cut to the World of Ruin, where Terra discovers maternal love rather than romantic love, and leaves the shipping to Locke and Celes.

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Terra: Children, Mama has to go away for a while to make the world a safer place for you to live! But I promise I'll be back as soon as I can!
Children, collectively: "Mama... I'm not gonna cry!" "Me either!" "I'll be good, so come back soon!" "Don't forget, you promised!"

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Terra: I'll fight! I'll make this world a place where life can flourish, and children can grow up in peace!

Terra rejoins the party, hooray! And thanks to her clearing up her emotional turmoil, the duration of her Trace ability is doubled.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:06:13 AM
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Let's see, who's next?

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...was that a dog barking?

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Sure was.

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Almost every fight in this cave is with a Twinscythe, called "Toe Cutter" in the SNES version. The Japanese name is "Tuu Kattaa", or "Two Cutters". Good effort, guys.

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The hunters who make camp inside the cave give a few hints on how to recruit Gau. Namely, have a place in the party for him when you fight on the Veldt.

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They also tell you a good spot to level up later.

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Oh, balls. Gorgimera are only non-Twinscythe random encounter in the Cave. They're rare, but...

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They're not nice. They use a Rampage move that gives them four attacks at once -- and those attacks can be any combination of physical hits, Fireball, Snowstorm, Megavolt, Magnitude8, and Flare Star. And if that wasn't enough, they counter incoming attacks, too.

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Whew!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:09:22 AM
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The Death Warden ambushes the party here...

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...so Celes casts Raise on it and we all move on with our lives.

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The two Dragon Claws trick sure was helpful, but now I have a claw that's arguably better. Tigerfang has higher attack power, but Dragon Claws boost Sabin's magic attacks, making his Blitzes better. I might still Genji Glove 2x Dragon Claws anyway.

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What, am I sayin' it wrong?

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Oh, hey, that explains the dog. Interceptor is trying to find someone to help Shadow, who is clearly not doing well.

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And when we reach Shadow to rescue him, a monster ambushes the party!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:14:26 AM
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Hello, fellow living creature! What a nice day to have a functioning metabolism, huh?

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I'm going to attack you with clouds of toxic slime, which is effective against living creatures!

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Well, that wasn't too bad, although Mog looks a little worse for wear. Somebody grab Shadow, we're outta here.

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But as the party turns to walk away, the King Behemoth gets back up and attacks again!

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This time it's an undead creature, and it has different attacks.

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Celes casts Raise on it...

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...and we all move on with our lives.

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We're taking the Behemoth hides with us as a trophy, though.

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"Back to" Thamasa? Huh?

Shadow is only here if you waited for him to catch up before fleeing the Floating Contient. If you didn't wait, he's left behind when the airship tries to escape, and dies in the cataclysm. In that case, the person you find here is Relm. Shadow can justify his presence here because the Ichigeki he's looking for is in the next room over, but why Relm would ever be in this cave is a mystery for the ages.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:15:43 AM
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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:18:08 AM
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Shadow: It's only a scratch. I've had worse.

This is no time to be quoting Monty Python, sir.

Shadow: And I've got this guy watching over me.

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Bark bark!

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There's nothing more that can be done for Shadow, so might as well have a look around Thamasa.

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Leo: still dead.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:28:06 AM
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Hey, looks like that old guy north of Kohlingen finally got the funding and labor to build his Coliseum.

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Oh, right! Johnny C. Badd (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=260oetpb9mM) is now stuck in your head.

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This guy reports that he told "your friend with the bandana", who is currently in the party, to talk to the Emperor twice, because that hint will lead to another clue where to find where the Emperor hid some legendary treasure. What could it mean? :mystery:

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It's possible to fight Siegfried in the Coliseum, and he's a hell of a lot more competent than the boob you met on the Phantom Train.

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Coliseum Owner: I figure it'll take him about a hundred years to work it all off...

Oh, so before you opened your Coliseum you did student loans?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:34:06 AM
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So here's the deal. To fight in the Coliseum, you bet an item. You then choose a single member of your party to do battle, which is done automatically under a randomized AI script. If you win, you get a different item to replace the one you wagered away. If you lose, your item is just plain gone.

The autobattle is fantastically stupid, though. Chances are good characters with self-destruct moves, like Gau or Strago, will use those attacks for an instant loss. You can't Transfusion yourself, idiot! Even characters with good attacks will use spells and abilities at random, such as Celes using Runic on monsters that don't use traditional magic or anyone casting Scan or Dispel instead of doing something useful. So it's a crapshoot, and savescumming is expected.

Oh, and as Ultros warned: if you bet a common item, or nearly anything store-bought, or something like that, your opponent is Typhon. He opens the battle with Snort, forcing you out for a forfeit.

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Anyway, we're betting this much-coveted Ichigeki.

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...so the fight is against Shadow, who's been looking for it.

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Go, Moogle death from above!

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Wow, Shadow actually survived. I'm impressed.

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He does not remain standing after the second Jump attack. I get my Ichigeki back, because of course my first illustration for how the Coliseum works is a special event that breaks some of the rules. :shrug:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:40:46 AM
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If you think about it, this is really a depressing thing to say.

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Shadow: Perhaps I should... All right! It's time to put my skills to the ultimate test!

Shadow rejoins the party... permanently this time! No more "I've earned my pay" and vanishing after a battle, no more scripted points where he runs off to make room for the next recruit. He's with us for good.

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Hmm... next stop...

Music: Magic House (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSdv6EcfvuU). Apparently this theme was originally slated to appear as an alternate dungeon theme in Final Fantasy 2, but was unintentionally dummied out when Nasir just plum forgot to link it to any dungeons in the game. From what I've read, it showed up in an orchestral remastering of early Final Fantasy music before this game was released.

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Signpost man: Of course, the world map's a lot different now...

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As in real life, being adequately wealthy lets you ignore the problems the rest of the world struggles with. Jidoor is a town that sees the cataclysm that rent the entire world apart as... something to keep an open mind about. A good subject for art.

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Serves him right for leaving it out in the open.

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Too rich for my blood at the moment.

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No telling why the guy doesn't get a name until the World of Ruin, since his mansion is a place you have to go to advance the plot in the World of Balance.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:45:40 AM
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Dark in here, though.

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And if you try to climb the stairs into the gallery, you're shoved away by an unseen force.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5495.png)
...was... was this always here?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5496.png)
Diary: Just spent an absolute fortune on a new painting. It's quite a large one, so I won't be able to put it on the first floor with the others. I'll have to think about where to display it later.
Next page: An artist came from Zozo today. Showed me his "work". What a waste of time.
Next page: Lamp on the stairwell was broken, so I bought a new one at the item shop. 'Twas a tad pricey, but now everything's all bright and cheery with just a flip of the switch.
Next page: I invited an artist here from Kohlingen. Skills weren't quite up to par... I guess it's asking too much to expect a painter to have more talent than a wet sponge.
Next page: I've been feeling strange lately. Ever since I had that picture painted... I've been hearing things, too -- strange sounds. They seem to be coming from the cellar.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5508.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5510.png)
2spooky4me. But at least it mentioned where the lightswitch is.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5511.png)
Which opens the way to the gallery.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:53:18 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5512.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5513.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5514.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5515.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5516.png)
Hey, that's a really good likeness...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5517.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5518.png)
So if you can put together "I finished the portrait of Gestahl" and "Talk to the Emperor twice", you can examine this painting a second time to find the letter that tells you where to find Locke and the Emperor's legendary treasure. Locke's been looking for that treasure since before you met him on the World of Balance, and you get your first hint that it exists in the auction house here in Jidoor, but... if the Emperor had a piece of magicite that long, how did he not know what magicite did until the raid on the Research Facility?

Anyway, this is a half-dozen tiny hints and plot threads coming together... for a quest we already did. Oh well.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5520.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5521.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5522.png)
They are indeed! Rafflesia are fond of Entice, which is like a super-charm ability that can't be dispelled or removed except by killing either the user or the victim.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5525.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5526.png)
Rafflesia aren't the only living painting in here!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5527.png)
Defeating the two lovely ladies reveals a door into Owzer's cellar.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 02:59:02 AM
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This is about the point where Terra, Locke, and Mog catch up to Celes's impressive magical expertise, so I swap Celes out for Sabin since he has a better skillset. Celes might be heartbroken about it all, but she can

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/celeswithit.png)
...deal with it.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5531.png)
Hum de dum, just walkin' through the creepy dark basement of a cursed art gallery...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5532.png)
Gyah!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5533.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5534.png)
I've been sucked into a painting by a lonely spinster!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5535.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5536.png)
It's... not for moogles, actually. Mog can't equip it.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5537.png)
Turns the user into an undead creature, so that the effects of healing and death magic are reversed for them.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5538.png)
Owzer's mansion is a teleport maze. Take a wrong turn, and chances are good you get dumped back out of this doorway painting.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5540.png)
Take the right path and you proceed through the cellar.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:09:59 AM
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The last obstacle is a painting of... what the hell is that? Whatever it is, it counters with Doom, tries to poison and sleep the party, and is weak to fire. :shrug:

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5545.png)
In the final room of the basement, you find Owzer watching Relm paint. I have stared at Owzer's sprite for minutes at a time, trying to figure out how he's put together. Clearly those little beady things on top are his eyes, but is that horizontal line beneath them his mouth or his chin? Is he reclining on a sofa? Amano's official character art helps (http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/owzer.jpg)... it turns out he's just an unpleasantly toadlike sort of man.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5548.png)
Party: ...A monster!?
Owzer: Yes... It hides in the painting. It won't show itself...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5551.png)
Owzer: Relm! You mustn't attack the picture of the goddess! It'll only make matters worse!

How would she, anyway? Paint a portrait of the portrait she's painting? That sort of thing sounds like it'd cause the universe to recurve on itself, tear the laws of physics as we know them apart, and fill my inventory with a bunch of glitchy random items. That sounds like the sort of thing a poorly-thought-out Sketch could accomplish.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5554.png)
Chadarnook: This painting's the best I've had in a long time... No one's denying me this treat!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5556.png)
Well, that's... that's... par for the course for this screwed-up dungeon, honestly.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5560.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5561.png)
Chadarnook switches back and forth between its two forms semi-randomly -- a switch can happen after a random amount of time, or whenever the demon form gets hit with five attacks. The Goddess form is functionally invincible, reforming when defeated, and has some nasty HP-draining counterattacks. When she's active, it's generally a good idea to take a breather and heal the party... except she also has Entice.

The demon is the real target. He likes lightning-elemental attacks, and is weak to fire and holy. Fire and holy is what Sabin does best! Also wind.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5562.png)
I won't lie, I got trolled hard by this boss switching back and forth between its forms.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5565.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5566.png)
But eventually prevail.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:25:37 AM
Music: Relm's theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhAnxWSQoKo)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5567.png)
Owzer: Oh, thank you... That picture's worth more to me than my own life!
Relm: ...Really?
Party: So... what was a monster doing in that painting?
Owzer: I guess I should start at the beginning. I'd been looking at this lovely stone I'd bought at the auction house... All of a sudden, I was overcome with desire for a painting of Lakshmi. I had a few different artists try to paint it for me, but none of them really gave me what I was looking for. It was right around that time that I heard about little Relm. I brought here straight here and set her to work. But then that thing came along and possessed her painting... It must've been lured here by that stone.
Party: Where's the stone now?
Owzer: Oh, the stone? It's over in that bookcase.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5579.png)
Owzer: Whatever it is, I sure don't need it anymore. If you want it, you can have it!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5581.png)
Lakshmi is better than Seraph, but not as good as Phoenix.

Oh hey, I never described what Phoenix did. Phoenix teaches Curaga, Raise, Arise, and Reraise, then tops it off with Firaga. Summoning it is effectively a Phoenix Down on the entire party.

Lakshmi teaches Cure, Cura, Curaga, Regen, and Esuna, and does most of those fast: Cure is x25, Regen and Esuna are x20, and Cura at x16. But at this point in the game Cura is showing its age and almost everyone knows Esuna from Seraph already, so teaching Curaga at x1 (compared to Phoenix's x2) is kind of a letdown. When summoned, Lakshmi heals the entire party's HP. Her level-up bonus is Stamina +2.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5582.png)
Anyway, blah blah Owzer blah blah painting blah blah Relm joins the party hooray.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5584.png)
So we're off to this Cult of Kefka tower we passed by earlier, with Relm in tow.

Music: The Fanatics (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpolIKYChFA). Check out those digitized voices!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5585.png)
Hey, is that... Strago?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5586.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5587.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5589.png)
Relm: Grandpa, you idiot! What were you thinking?
Strago: Oh, Relm... I was sure you were...
Relm: Did you really think I was gonna check out before you, you old geezebag!?
Strago: Oh, you're as foul-mouthed as ever, bless your heart!
Relm: Come on, Grandpa. You're coming along with the rest of us!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5597.png)
Strago: All right... Guess I can't be leaving everything up to you whippersnappers!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:29:00 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5601.png)
Pff, I already know the hint.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5599.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5600.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5602.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5603.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5605.png)
Pah, I got your strong magic right here.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5609.png)
Dum dee dah, climbin' a tower without any random encounters...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5606.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5607.png)
There's a secret switch to the right of this chest.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5608.png)
Which opens the way to the last of Edgar's tools. The Air Anchor kills its target the next time said target takes an action. Also in the tower is a Genji Shield and a Kagenui.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5613.png)
See? I reached the top of the tower just fine! So there!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:34:10 AM
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What, you think I'm going to go inside that little closet on the top floor and steal the Cult of Kefka's most precious treasure? Pissing off the Cult of Kefka sounds pretty dangerous. Screw that! I'm going back to Narshe.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5615.png)
With Locke in the party, I can un-Locke the doors scattered around town.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5617.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5618.png)
He can give you the magicite as-is, or sharpen the edges and strap a pommel onto it and make it into a sword.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5620.png)
Espers are great and all but I'll take the knightsword plz

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5622.png)
Aw yeah, that's the stuff.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5623.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5624.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5625.png)
This gift is... decidedly less awesome.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5626.png)
The Cursed Shield absolutely destroys the wearer's stats, gives them a weakness to six elements (all but holy and poison), and inflicts Doom, Silence, Berserk, Confusion, and Sap in every battle. Terra wears it along with a Ribbon to null the worst effects.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:37:26 AM
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While I'm in the area, north of Narshe is this little copse of trees.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5629.png)
B... Banon?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5630.png)
Oh. No, it's Duncan. He does look a lot like Banon, though.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5632.png)
Guess Sabin should come back here, huh.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5634.png)
Sabin: Master Duncan... I'm so glad you're safe...!
Duncan: Oh, dear... Sabin, you aren't... crying, are you?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5639.png)
That... sounds familiar.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5640.png)
Duncan: ultimate badass.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:38:27 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5642.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5645.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5646.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5649.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5652.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5658.png)


(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5642.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5645.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5646.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5649.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5652.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5660.png)
Duncan and Sabin have a sparring session, culminating in both of them flying into the air and beating the crap out of each other in the sky.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:43:30 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5662.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5663.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5664.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5665.png)
Meeting Duncan unlocks all eight of Sabin's Blitz techniques, if you haven't reached the level where he learns them normally -- 23 for Chakra, 30 for Razor Gale, 42 for Soul Spiral, and 70 for Phantom Rush. And how did you get this far at level 23, anyway?

Soul Spiral, also known as "The Blitz Nobody Ever Uses" and "Dammit Sabin Now You Can't Fight in the Coliseum", removes Sabin from the battle and heals the rest of the party. Phantom Rush is a massive single-target attack, its input is a full 360 on the control pad. Or thanks to the bug I mentioned when I talked about Blitz inputs before, a lengthy but simple "left, up, up, up, right, down, down, down, left".
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:48:56 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5667.png)
Well, off to Maranda. Guess it's about time I went back and did what the game intended me to do first.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5668.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5677.png)
Yes yes, this whole half of the game is resolving everyone's personal conflicts.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5670.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5672.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5675.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5676.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5681.png)
As an aside, look in the top-left corner of this screenshot. That little chimney in the corner there is the only place that background object appears in the entire game. Isn't that fascinating?

...no? Oh well.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:52:36 AM
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Wow, Lola. You and your new boyfriend must be hitting it off pretty well.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5684.png)
Lola: Look closely -- they're all handmade! Real flowers won't bloom anymore, so he made me these from silk! And he just sent me this letter!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5687.png)
The anonymity of having any party members possibly present forced the developers to put a generic quote here. Even though it's Terra speaking, who you'd think would know the fate of Mobliz as a surety.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5689.png)
Obviously Forged Letter: I believe I should be able to return to thy side before too long...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5691.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5692.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5694.png)
Up and away, little pigeon!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5697.png)
The pigeon flies around somewhat aimlessly for a while before deciding which city to go to.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5698.png)
Might as well follow it.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5699.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 03:56:35 AM
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The pigeon flies north of the city, into the mountains.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5702.png)
And we can't follow, despite the ease of just knocking the door in. :shrug:

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5703.png)
One Honest Man: The monsters up there are quick! If you go, you'd better have a way of making sure you'll be able to hit 'em. Like one of those, you know... sniper whatchamacallits!

Or any number of attacks that never miss.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5706.png)
He sells it for a paltry 1000 gil.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5709.png)
Yay.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5710.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5714.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5711.png)
The enemies here are indeed too quick to hit with regular attacks.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5712.png)
Phantom Rush never misses, though. You're intended to come through here with Celes, Edgar, Setzer, and maybe Sabin. Tools, Blitz, and most Slot attacks never miss. So really it's only Celes who'd be out of luck, and she'd just use magic. :shrug:

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5715.png)
That's nice. I mean, it's not "let the moogle die" nice, but... that's nice.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 04:00:14 AM
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Hmm, there's a chest over there I can't reach.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5717.png)
This switch oughta... yeah, the chest opened!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5718.png)
...and a monster came out!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5721.png)
Despite being the first dragon in line if you try to recruit Cyan when the game hints you should, the Storm Dragon is one of the harder ones. It's wind-themed, and that's a tough element to null or absorb, and one of its stronger moves is actually non-elemental. It tends to counter with a powerful physical attack, too.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5722.png)
But I have Phantom Rush for dealing with that sort of thing.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba5723.png)
...And Arise for when things go poorly for the party.

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And an supermode where Terra can now strike with Thundara -- the Storm Dragon's weakness -- and do as much damage as a Phantom Rush.

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Not as tough as the Red Dragon was, chief.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 04:04:30 AM
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Confession: I have only now realized the error of my ways, and taken up this quill in hopes of correcting a great wrong. Your boyfriend, who you believed to be in Mobliz, passed away some time ago. I have been writing to you in his stead. We humans have a tendency to become trapped in the past and refuse to move on. I implore you not to let this happen.

Hypocrite.

Confession: Now is a time for you to look forward, and rediscover love and all of the other joys of life...
     Cyan

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Cyan himself is on the cliffside beyond this cave...

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...attaching a letter that is not his heartfelt confession to another carrier pigeon.

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...and reciting poetry.

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Cyan: But... however did thou find me? W-wait! T-tell me thou did not read my letters...!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 04:06:10 AM
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Cyan rushes inside and hurredly cleans up all the evidence.

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Like it matters, we saw it all on the way in.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 27, 2013, 04:09:05 AM
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Cyan: I decided to pay a visit to Maranda. I learned that she had long since stopped receiving replies, but still sent a letter each day. I could not bear to stand by and do nothing... As I wrote to that girl, I began to realize that I was no different from her... I was refusing to move on. I could not let go... I will no longer live in the past. We must all look to the future now.

Okay, so not hypocrite. Just took him some time to come around.

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Still locked?

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Locke's in the party, you know. We didn't have to come out here and look for this.

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He really is a warrior-poet, trained in both martial and marital arts. :ohmy:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on October 27, 2013, 07:47:37 AM
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Because after the end of the world, Gau went back to doing what he's good at: living with monsters. Thankfully, he recognizes the party as soon as they arrive, and...

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NO MOG NO

Entire playthrough justified for this one moment.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 27, 2013, 12:01:41 PM
Amazing
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on October 28, 2013, 05:50:41 AM
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The enemies here are indeed too quick to hit with regular attacks.

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Phantom Rush never misses, though. You're intended to come through here with Celes, Edgar, Setzer, and maybe Sabin. Tools, Blitz, and most Slot attacks never miss. So really it's only Celes who'd be out of luck, and she'd just use magic. :shrug:

Nevermind that with the Evade Bug on the prior SNES/PSX releases, it was all a moot point anyway since Evade didn't even matter...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Classic on October 28, 2013, 06:02:36 AM
They fixed the evade bug in the GBA version? I did not know that!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 28, 2013, 12:24:22 PM
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Now that I've got everyone recruited, I stop off near Maranda for a detour. The desert south of here has two monsters living in it.

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The more common is the Slagworm, who will absolutely murder you dead with their Sandstorm counterattacks and powerful physical hits.

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They're vulnerable to Death, though. This nets the party a nice 1881 experience each, and 5 magic AP. I gain a whole bunch of levels on these guys.

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The other enemy is the rarer Cactuar, which uses 1000 Needles almost exclusively. These guys are tricky: their Evade and Magic Evade are crazy high, and their Defense good enough that most hits only do 1 damage. They only have three HP, though, so the game's ubiquitous "always hits" and "pierces defense" attacks work just fine. The reward for using a single Blitz, Shuriken, Bushido technique, or Drill on them is 10 magic AP and 10,000 gil.

By the time I'm done grinding, some party members have experience levels in the mid-forties and almost everyone knows almost all the spells available for this point in the game -- all the World of Balance espers' spells, plus those from Quetzalli, Fenrir, Lakshmi, and Phoenix.

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Walking back to Maranda after a desert sojourn, I get into a fight with a monster that drops a Reed Cloak. Reed Cloaks are pretty terrible most of the time, but they work quite well if the wearer is inflicted with the Imp status.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 28, 2013, 12:27:02 PM
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For some reason, Shadow doesn't walk into bed at the inn like normal people. He splits from the party and slides backwards.

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There's no music for this nightmare cutscene that happens under odd and mysterious circumstances. The only sound is the noise a Gravity spell makes, over and over -- and on the GBA soundboard, it's positively eardrum-destroying.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 28, 2013, 12:30:55 PM
After more fighting and staggering back to Maranda to rest, there's another nightmare at the inn:

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Aha, so it's Shadow having these nightmares! Since he doesn't talk about himself much -- or indeed, ever -- it's the only way to get some characterization for the guy. It also sort of explains why he reluctantly slides into bed, rather than just lying down like a normal person.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 28, 2013, 12:33:55 PM
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Anyhow, places to be.

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I fight my way back through the mines, to the snowfield where the Returners fought off the Imperial raiding party.

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Doing so teaches Mog his last dance.

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There's also a dragon back here.

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...a dragon I don't get a single decent shot of. Here's him initiating an attack, making him flash into silhouette.

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Here's his one decent attack, Absolute 0, which does a lot of ice damage.

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Here's him dying. Oh well. The ice dragon is blue, and otherwise not noteworthy in the slightest.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 28, 2013, 12:40:39 PM
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Beyond the ice field, of course...

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Is where Valigarmanda sleeps.

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You get to fight to break him out of his icy prison. This is particularly easy if you picked up Phoenix first and practiced to get Firaga, because surprise! The icy creature is weak to fire.

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Everyone in this party knows Firaga, and everyone but Locke has a habit of switching back to Zona Seeker when they level up for that +2 Magic bonus.

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Valigarmanda: I suppose that is of little consequence. But what of this devestation that fills the air? Could the War of the Magi have lasted a thousand years? That foolish, unending war... Hmm...? You would seek to put an end to it...? Then I shall put my trust in you...

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Valigarmanda (with roots in "varied" and "salamander", although you may call him either Charmander or Amandad if you like) is a simple esper with simple tastes: he teaches Firaga, Thundaga, and Blizzaga at x1. Summoning him hits all enemies with a fire-, thunder-, and ice-elemental attack. Like Zona Seeker, he gives +2 Magic on level up.

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The battle with him collapses part of the cliff, too.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 28, 2013, 12:51:33 PM
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Inside the cliff face is a small-ish cavern. It's not a large dungeon, but it's full of turnbacks and trap doors, so it feels longer than it really is.

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Oh, and don't flip switches unless you want to trigger a cave-in.

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Midgardsormr teaches Quake, Gravija, and Tornado -- high-powered and dangerous black magic. Summoning it deals earth-elemental damage to all enemies. Its level-up bonus is HP+30%.

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Oh, and swiping it pisses off the yeti that lives in the caves.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 28, 2013, 01:10:48 PM
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The Yeti is barely a speedbump compared to most other World of Ruin boss fights. He likes to use regular attacks and Tackle, then mix in Snowstorm, Snowball, or Avalanche to make sure you haven't turned invisible.

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After around a third of his HP is gone, the Yeti snarfs a Green Cherry. For most characters, that just removes Imp status. For the Yeti, it gives him Protect, Shell, and Haste. It'd give him Regen, but he's immune to that because of a bug.

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But again: not a hard battle.

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Surprise! It's a semi-hidden character! Umaro is a Berserker... sort of. He's not controllable in battle and attacks on his own. He's not equippable, but carries a good weapon in the Bone Club in one hand and wears some of the best armor in the game, the much-coveted Snow Scarf, on his body. He can't equip espers or use magic, but you can give him relics to customize him a teensy bit. He's a prime candidate for the Gauntlet (since it increases attack power for characters holding a weapon in one hand and nothing in the other) and can put on that Berserker Ring I found not too long ago to start flinging allies at enemies for extra damage.

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According to the dev team, Mog once fed Umaro when Umaro had collapsed in the snow from exhaustion. Now the big guy owes the little guy.

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That's the end of the cave, but I missed something.

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Tonberries! These guys are what you'd expect, walking slowly towards the party in order to Knife them. They use mostly physical hits as they walk around, but counter all magic with Holy. And that's problematic.

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But if you Vanish the party and refrain from using magic, you can chip away at the Tonberries without them being able to hit or counter.

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Invisibility even makes everyone immune to their dreaded cleavers, so they just warp back to the left side of the screen and start over.

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They don't drop anything or give anything useful for being in a chest, but I think I can run into these guys on the Veldt now, and it's possible to steal female-only element-absorbing Minerva Bustiers from them.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 28, 2013, 01:36:33 PM
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Then there's the triangle island, where the Intangirs lived in the World of Balance.

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Now it's inhabited by Zone Eaters.

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The "Zone" in this case is the party, who are devoured one by one.

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om nom nom

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To be swallowed alive is... not a game over! It's a secret dungeon!

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One full of monsters!

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...and dudes who push you off bridges!

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...and treasure!

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...and collapsing ceilings that were a lot less of a problem on the tighter controls of the SNES!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 28, 2013, 01:50:25 PM
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...and... wait, who's that?

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Oh! And an Easter Egg referencing the previous game! A reference nobody got back in 1994, because we'd never played Final Fantasy 5 back then. This of course led to all sorts of rumors about who this mysterious "Gogo" character could be under all those hoods and robes, from Gestahl gone incognito to Darill or Leo back from the grave.

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Gogo: I have been idle for too many years... Perhaps I ought to mimic you. Tell me, what are you doing here?

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Gogo: Then I guess that means that I shall save the world as well. Lead on! I shall copy your every move.

Gogo is a Mimic... sort of. He lacks a Fight command, and instead has... well, Mimic. It copies the last action of whichever party member went before him. But wait, there's more! Going into Gogo's status screen lets you equip him with other skills: magic,  item, or the otherwise-unique abilities of each party member. Need someone else who can use Tools? Blitz? Throw? Lore? Sketch? Really, Sketch? What is wrong with you?

Gogo's stats are fair-to-middlin', and he can't equip espers, so he's never as good at anything as the original party members are.

In the very early versions of the game -- the brainstorming phases where Celes was a spy for real and Terra was a male and half of an adventuring duo -- the idea for recruiting Gogo was that the player would find him across towns and villages, pretending to be one of the party members. You'd recruit Gogo by bringing him the character he was mimicking at the time. That was eventually dropped and Gogo got stuck hanging out in a worm's intestines.

But...

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I rather have a feeling relics of Gogo's recruitment explain a few odd things that have cropped up before.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on October 28, 2013, 02:12:14 PM
You need the Sketch Command if you want to give Gogo Control though.  Which is marginally better.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 10:28:38 AM
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Clean-up questing continues. Back to Solitary Island! Again!

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In this case, to track down some desert creatures. The Land Rays here use Mighty Guard when sketched.

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...which is good for Strago. And good for Relm, because this is the only reason Sketch is worth using. In case you missed it before, the Peepers can use White Wind too.

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Crawlers use Traveler, which deals damage equal to the number of steps I've taken in the game divided by 32 -- or just shy of 2000 damage. It'd be one of the easiest (if most tedious) spells in the game to grind up to the damage cap, except the MP cost is based on game time. So the more time you spend walking back and forth, the more expensive it gets.

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Crawlers also use Dischord of their own volition, allowing Strago to half an enemy's level.

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Sprinters, which can be encountered semirarely in areas that are infested with Crawlers, teach Aero. There's only one Aero spell in this game, rather than the standard improvement with Aera and Aeroga.

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The Malboros in Darill's Tomb, not surprisingly, teach Bad Breath.

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Lookin' pretty good, Strago. And despite her being my highest-leveled character -- she had the most catching up to do with her spell list while I was fighting Slagworms and Cactuars -- it's about time to kick Relm to the curb.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 10:35:39 AM
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As has been hinted heavily, Deathgaze roams the skies above the World of Ruin. Each time you get in the airship, he picks an area of the world map to hang out in. And if you happen to fly by... rargh!

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Deathgaze opens every fight with Level 5 Death, but it misses everyone but Relm -- and she's wearing the Memento Ring to null it. After that, it's just a matter of staying healed from Blizzaga or Aero, reviving anyone hit by Doom or Death, and blasting him with Firaga.

Dude hates Firaga.

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Whoa, crazy.

Usually, Deathgaze flees after taking some damage and killing a few dudes. Deathgaze never recovers HP, even once he flees, so the player is intended to whittle him down over several encounters. According to his battle script, he's supposed to flee on his third turn, no matter what. But he didn't! He hung around and lashed at the party with his usual death-and-ice magic, and we blasted him with fire until he died of it. At 55,555 HP, that's just plain not something you're supposed to do the first time you meet him.

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Deathgaze horks up Bahamut upon his death. Bahamut teaches Flare at x2, uses Mega Flare when summoned, and gives intrepid level-gainers HP+30%.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 10:41:04 AM
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If you choose to stop, there's not many places to go -- much of Figaro is outside, and you can't go outside on account of being underground.

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But you can go back through the prison cell passage, which leads to a new cavern complex under the strait separating Figaro from Kohlingen.

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Whoa, Enuo? He's fallen a long way from the necromancer that threatened the entire world in the backstory of Final Fantasy 5. Now he's some sorta squidgy intestine creature crawling around a semisecret cave harassing passersby in random encounters.

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Enuo are pretty good about teaching any blue mages present how to cast Tsunami, though.

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And then there's this asshole. The Master Tonberry generally behaves like the Tonberries encountered previously, except he counters everything with Traveler and uses Barrier Change to make himself extra-hard to kill.

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When your enemy uses near-fatal set-damage counters, the best thing to do is have a moogle jump on his head over and over.

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The reward is a strong holy-elemental dagger.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 10:43:26 AM
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The cavern isn't the main attraction, though. There's a sunken city too.

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Sepia-tone means flashback, as usual.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: TA on October 30, 2013, 10:44:26 AM
Back on my ol' SNES copy, if you did the Vanish/X-Zone trick on Doomgaze, as he was known then, you didn't get Bahamut.  It just skipped that sequence.

Vanish/Doom worked fine though.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 11:05:25 AM
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whoooosh ka-shing

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Odin dispatches his foes by cleaving them in twain.

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His next opponent is... not a ghost, actually. That's a hooded wizard robe with a living wizard inside it.

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One who scoffs at Zantetsuken. Must be immune to instant-death attacks.

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A subtle nod to Final Fantasy 5, where Break Sword is one of the quicker was to defeat Odin and earn his summon.

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Locke's grandma sure knew her fairy tales. (Whoever is first in the party is relating this story to the others. It makes plenty of sense if it's, say, Terra or Strago. Rather less if it's Shadow, or Gau... or Umaro.)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 11:12:51 AM
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The Samurai Soul can be a tough opponent.

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But if you confuse him...

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He'll kill himself with Assassin Blade.

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The reward is the Master's Scroll. The person equipping this scroll can !Rapid Fire instead of fighting, hitting four times for half damage each time. There are almost as many bugs with Master's Scroll and weapons as there are with Mug and weapons, so they go great together! Mugging with the Master's Scroll means Locke gets to stabby-stealy four times a turn.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 11:19:05 AM
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Odin magicite uses Zantetsuken on summon. I know, crazy huh? It teaches Meteor at x1, and gives Speed +1 on level-up. Speed+1? Wow! An esper finally gives a Speed bonus!

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Diary: I have fallen in love with Odin. It is a forbidden love, I know... But the flames of passion obey not rule or reason... Every time I think of that noble man, my heart flutters, and fans the flames yet more! And who could rightly fault it? When the fighting ends, I shall tell him... I must...

If Terra is present here, she'll ponder the possible relationship between a human and an esper, but not in any groundbreaking sort of way. Just "Huh. Turns out I'm not as unusual as I thought."

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Should you return to the surface, and explore Figaro, one of the scholars has something new to say.

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So stand in front of the throne on the right...

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...take five steps, and hit the button usually reserved for searching or interacting with things. There's a thud from the next room over!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 11:28:30 AM
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Was that stairway always here? (No, it just appeared from the take-five-steps switch.)

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There's a dragon in the basement!

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It's blue!

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In addition to the water-elemental attacks you'd expect, including Tsunami and Aqua Breath, the Blue Dragon will cast Slow on itself, then follow with Rippler. Rippler trades status buffs and ailments between the caster and the target -- so the Haste possessed by a party member will be given to the Blue Dragon, and the Slow Blue Dragon cast on itself is transferred to the party member.

...except Strago blocked Rippler. Haha, I screwed up your strategy, Blue Dragon! Suck Force Shield!

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Blue Dragon really isn't difficult.

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Rippler is kind of terrible as spells go. Most statuses prevent Lore from being used -- Berserk, Silence, Confusion, and so on -- so it's not as useful as you'd think. Furthermore, a bug in this version of the game prevents it from working on anything that's immune to Imp... so come to think of it, it may have been Strago's Ribbon that blocked Rippler, rather than his shield. Well, whatever.

In any case, it's better than the Rippler bug from the SNES version. In both games, many things are treated as a change in status that's hard to set or dispel. Cyan's second Bushido technique? The counterattack is set by a status flag. Piloting Magitek armor? There's a status flag that changes the sprite to include the armor, and change the Fight command to Magitek. Shadow's habit of blocking attacks with Interceptor? Oh yes, that's a status too.

In the SNES version, Rippler could swap around every status, even those hidden flags. An enemy casting Rippler on Shadow would steal Interceptor from him. And since nothing sets the Interceptor flag -- it's just innately on Shadow -- defeating the enemy means you never get Interceptor back. He stops protecting Shadow forever.

If an enemy Ripplers Shadow and steals Interceptor, then Strago Ripplers that enemy, the Interceptor status is instead transferred to Strago, and the dog protects the old blue mage for the rest of the game instead. Weird.

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Anyway, that's one more dead dragon.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on October 30, 2013, 11:53:25 AM
Probably my favorite sidequest in the game. Was not even remotely expecting it, either, the first time I played it.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 12:00:10 PM
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Sabin: I told you, I'm not--
Aged Man: Now, hurry up and fix that chair over there! You're gonna need to stand on it so you can fix the roof!

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Gau: Uwaoh...
Sabin: Come on, Gau... don't you think?
Gau: Fa-ther...?
Sabin: Yeah. That guy's gotta be your dad!
Gau: ...? ...Gau... dad!? Uwaooo Gau!
Sabin: All right! Let's go tell him! He needs to know you're his son! Wait a minute... This is a once-in-a-lifetime event! We should at least dress you up a bit! Let's go to Jidoor and get you spiffed up!

Music: Johnny C. Badd (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoQmQn7J0fk)

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Sabin: No, Gau! How many times do I have to tell you not to eat with your fingers?
Gau: Uwao...
Sabin: Don't say "uwao" when you mean "sorry"!
Gau: Yaoh!
Sabin: ...

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Terra: Oh, but I liked those others ones so much, too...!
Sabin: *mumble* ...everything you liked... ...boy wouldn't even be able to move...
Terra: What was that!?
Sabin: N-nothing! Didn't say a thing! ...Whew. That was close...
Celes: What to do, what to do... Oh, this is nice! ...But I need something that would look good on Gau, don't I? Hmm...
Sabin: Oh, pick something, already...!
Celes: What did you say!?
Sabin: ...N-nothing!
Cyan: Now this is a fine and jaunty little hat!
Sabin: Maybe if he were a clown...
Cyan: What was that? If he wore a crown? Ha! We don't want his father thinking he's some kind of prince, now, do we?
Sabin: ...
Sabin: I know just the thing!

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Sabin: It's perfect! Functional, yet sporty!
Anonymous someone in the party: That's, uh... not exactly what I had in mind...

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To be fair, you're letting the monk who literally grew up on a mountain retreat veto any ideas that come up.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 12:06:43 PM
Music: Gau's Theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ2EbzzM-KQ). The melancholy cello piece is fitting for the scene, but still... an odd fit for the character. :shrug:

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Sabin: You're gonna go in there now and show your father what a fine young man you've become!
Gau: Yaoooh...

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Aged Man: Who in blazes are you? Oh! Repairmen!?
Sabin: Sir... You had a son once, didn't you? You did... right?
Aged Man: ...A son?
Sabin: Yes. You see, sir... he's alive. ..Gau, speak up!
Gau: Fa-ther...
Aged Man: Huh? What? What's all this business about a son? I don't have a son!

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Aged Man: I grabbed the thing and rushed off to the Veldt with it... Thing was crying like crazy by the time I got there...
Sabin: But, sir...!
Aged Man: I left the child there... And then I turned around and ran, trying not to look back...
Sabin: I'm trying to tell you...
Aged Man: Then all of a sudden the crying stopped. I turned around... ...and there was some frightful monster! Never seen anything like it... Hideous! Still gives me the shakes when I think about it...
Sabin: I give up... This guy's hopeless...
Aged Man: But you, young man... Your parents must be proud to have such a fine son! I still dream about being chased by that demon child... Terrifying, those dreams...
Sabin: Why you old...! Running your mouth, not even so much as thinking about Gau's feelings! You want me to beat some sense back into you!?

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 12:13:20 PM
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There's no reward but closure for having Gau reunite with his father, so on to the next thing.

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Back up the Cultist's Tower, this time without Molulu's Charm.

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All the enemies here are Level X0 Magic, getting tougher as you climb. All commands except Magic and Item are locked here -- characters can't even fight. All unique abilities are also unavailable, even ones that are largely passive, such as Trance, or are actually a kind of magic, like Lore. The only character who can physically hit in the Tower is Umaro, because he's wild like that.

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My goal for this visit is in one of the treasure rooms.

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It's the Holy Dragon! And he's a pushover, because he only does two things.

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One of them is Holy, which bounces off of the target's Reflect Ring and heals the dragon of negligible damage.

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The other is Dispel, trying to get rid of the Reflect status and failing because it's from a relic.

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w/e man

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On the way out I happen to run into some Magic Urns. They're virtually unkillable and spend all their time throwing healing items -- Ethers, Potions, and Remedies -- at the party. They'll eventually Flee, but finding them here means they can show up on the Veldt. And that's nice. Raging as a virtually-invincible monster is a good thing for Gau to do.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on October 30, 2013, 12:19:42 PM
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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on October 30, 2013, 03:02:53 PM
Quote
If an enemy Ripplers Shadow and steals Interceptor, then Strago Ripplers that enemy, the Interceptor status is instead transferred to Strago, and the dog protects the old blue mage for the rest of the game instead. Weird.

Wasn't he Strago's dog to begin with?

Also that scene making fun of the way Final Fantasy protagonists dress was a couple generations before its time.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 06:56:27 AM
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Hey, you know where we haven't been yet?

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I completely forgot to visit Doma after the Imperials pulled out in the World of Balance. There's not much here, but I almost missed some treasures, consarn it.

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Hey, free inn.

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Sure is nice to be able to rest for free now and then. Setzer doesn't have the Falcon crewed like the Blackjack was, so the bartender that gives everyone free healing on board isn't there anym...

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Cyan? Cyan, wake up.

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Nyeaaah! Tiny hyperactive children!

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Curlax: I'm Curlax!
Moebius: I'm Moebius!
All three: We're the Dream Stooges!
All three: This man's soul is ours!

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The party follows the Dream Stooges -- named "dream" in Spanish, "dream" in French, and "dream" in Italian originally -- into Cyan's mind.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:01:04 AM
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That's a problem.

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Other party members are visible in different areas, but this place is a door maze, where the door you come out of may not lead back where you came from if you turn around and go through it again.

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But I've done this scenario so many times I'll probably never forget my way around for as long as I live.

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And then there's this door, which pushes you back out no matter what...

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But if you've got everyone together, there's a fight instead of a dead-end.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:05:43 AM
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Curlax, Laragorn, and Moebius each have their own tricks and strategies and blah blah blah. When they're together, they can Delta Attack to petrify a party member -- more elegant that just giving a special name to bouncing -ra magic off of Reflect, huh?

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Curlax, weak against ice, dies first. Because he can cast Arise, you see.

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After that you've pretty well won, since the Stooges can't Delta Attack or revive one another. I take out Laragorn next, since he has a habit of running off and hiding like a Bard. Also because his battle sprite looks like he's flipping off the party.

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Moebius is next to go.

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Ready to proceed? Let's proceed.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on November 02, 2013, 07:08:10 AM
WH

IT'S

CURLY

LARRY

and

MOE

WHAT IS THIS MADNESSSSSSSSSS
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:16:09 AM
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While Doma plays its usual high-pitched recorder theme, and the Dreamscape plays the Phantom Forest music, the redux of the Phantom Train has no music at all -- just the clack-clack of the train going down the tracks.

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It'd be soothing if it weren't for all the random battles.

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Cyan is here, being chased by phantoms.

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Each car on the train is a set of switch puzzles.

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Like for this one you flip the right switch to move a sofa, the middle switch to move some boxes, the right switch to move the sofa back, the left switch to open the path forward, the right switch to move the sofa again, and the middle switch to clear the boxes out of the way forward since that's where they go when they were moved the first time. Then you can proceed! Oh, and there are random battles as you're running back and forth, of course.

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Then once you're done you're given a pop quiz on what the chests in the last car looked like, and if you've forgotten, you can't proceed.

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The goal is the locomotive engine, of course.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:20:42 AM
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Not for what's inside the engineer's cabin, but because it takes you to another dream-warp.

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This time you're in a cave. A mineshaft, from all the tools and stuff lying around. But Cyan didn't have any traumatic experiences in a mine!

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Oh. Since we're all in Magitek armor again, this must be the part of him that's terrified of machinery.

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Maybe those guys chasing him now are robots or something, I dunno.

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All the enemies here certainly are. Check out the feral child who's barely able to string two words together pilot that super-advanced mecha!

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Terra, should you bring her along, is still using an upgraded model with missiles and stuff.

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The map here is a simple loop. To complete it, you have to turn around and go back the way you came.

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Stupid dream logic. Hey Cyan, wait up!

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Ach, crivens.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:27:35 AM
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Party: Where are we!? What is this place?
Spectre of Elayne: You're inside... Cyan's mind. My husband, Cyan, continues to torment himself... Over what happened to Doma... what happened to the world... and what happened to us... And because of the depth of his despair, a monster known as Wrexsoul has latched on to him. Wrexsoul is a monster formed of the countless souls lost in the course of that ancient conflict...

There's a lot to be said for villains made of the amalgamated mass of tortured spirits. At least this time he isn't really a tree.

Spectre of Owain: They're hurting my dad! Help him!

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The spectres drop a save point.

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There are a few flashbacks of Cyan's happier memories scattered around Doma, should you care to look for them. This one is Cyan and Owain sparring.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:29:49 AM
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spoing!

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listen here u little shit

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:shrug:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:35:27 AM
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So here's the deal. Those two Soul Savers exist solely to prolong the fight while Wrexsoul is gone.

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And by "gone" I mean "off the battlefield until you kill the right one of your own party members, causing him to reappear.

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fwoooom

Wrexsoul always possesses first off, while the Soul Savers pound you with magic. You can use Banish to remove both Soul Savers from the fight at once, suppressing their ability to revive themselves after they die -- at this point the game goes "Huh, there are no enemies left, I guess you won." even though someone is still walking around possessed by Wrexsoul.

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In this case, petrifying Sabin causes Wrexsoul to appear.

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And later he chooses to posses Terra, who I don't even have to kill because she's equipped with the Cursed Shield and has had Doom status in every fight so far. So Doom kills her...

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Wrexsoul reappears...

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...and Terra is revived thanks to the Reraise I put on her. It's like I knew this would happen!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:38:18 AM
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Un-doomed, Terra takes on her monstrous esper countenance and blasts Wrexsoul with Flare.

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Sabin manages to pick out a good and proper target for Phantom Rush, too.

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If you Banish the Soul Savers without defeating Wrexsoul, he doesn't drop the Guard Bracelet. Guard Bracelet is auto-Protect and auto-Shell combined, so that's nothing to sneeze at.

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Cyan: I could hear my wife and son calling out to me... Their voices gave me the strength to hold on.

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GOD WHAT NOW

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...oh.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:40:56 AM
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Cyan: Elayne...
Spectre of Elayne: Thank you, my love...
Spectre of Owain: You really are strong, Dad!
Cyan: No... I couldn't do anything... Not then... and not now... I am a man without honor...
Elayne: No... You've always had more than enough.

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Hey, on the throne there...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 07:53:05 AM
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Cyan would have eventually mastered these techniques by himself (Tempest at level 44, Oblivion at 70), but clearing up his mental state unlocks them all. It sure would have been nice if, like how Terra's personal development doubled the duration of her Trance, Cyan's quest doubled the speed of his Bushido concentration. But it doesn't! Getting to Oblivion takes a damned long time, and while it tries to instant-kill all enemies, it can (and often does) still miss.

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And don't forget to nab the Alexander magicite on your way out! (I have done this before.)

Alexander does holy-elemental damage to all enemies when summoned, and teaches Holy at x2! Finally, someone other than Sabin can hit a weakness to holy! Alexander also teaches Protect, Shell, and Dispel at x10, and Esuna at x15.

In the Japanese version, the boss I just fought was named "Alexsoul", implying that the swirling mass of spirits from the War of the Magi was in fact a corrupted esper, and by defeating it the party purifies Alexander's soul as well as Cyan's.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 08:17:20 AM
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Meanwhile, back in Thamasa...

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Strago: Who did this to you?
Gungho: It was Hidon, that legendary beast you and I used to hunt... Almost had him, too...
Strago: Hidon!?
Gungho: Oooh... *cough*, *wheeze*...
Strago: G-Gungho!?
Gungho: Strago... Please... avenge me... Oooh... *cough*, *wheeze*...

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Strago: You're right... I grew old and stopped even thinking about pursuing the dreams of my youth...

Well, you did have a granddaughter foisted on you.

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Strago: ...I need to face the thing I ran from all those years ago. I need to get the best of it. It's a matter of pride, dear.
Relm: It's a matter of you being a stubborn old man! You're my grandpa! I can't just sit and watch while you make things harder for yourself than they have to be!
Strago: I'm sorry, Relm... It means a lot to me that you care so much. ...But Hidon's a tough beast to track. Its name comes from the old word for "hidden", after all! No one'll ever find him if I don't go.

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Yeah!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 08:26:35 AM
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I've been taking my lowest-leveled characters on these sidequests for a while, and Umaro has just started to fall behind. He can stand next to Gau on Team Uncontrollable, then! Might as well make the most of things -- check that Gauntlet-boosted attack power!

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The tiny island north of Thamasa has a cave on it now. Gungho must have opened it up when he went looking for Hidon.

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It's dark inside.

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The tricky part of Ebot's Rock isn't finding Hidon, it's getting past this little bastard.

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Chest: Gimme somethin' ta eat! Or I won't let ya through! I love me some coral! You got any on ya?

We do not, having just arrived.

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So we are sent instead through a teleporter maze, where each teleport panel takes you to a random room. Most caverns have treasure chests, and inside each chest is between one and five chunks of coral. One room is the entrance, one is the chest's passage, and one room has a save point.

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While you randomly search random rooms for random amounts of coral distributed randomly, you get into... yes, random encounters. Every monster has Teleport Stones that can be stolen from them or picked off their corpses, just in case you get lost or stuck and need to get out quickly.

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It takes 22 chunks of coral to satiate the chest.

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The chest sits by itself all the time, and demands to be fed by anyone who passes by. I can't decide if I'm annoyed at it or want to make it a role model for all my decisions in life.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 08:30:37 AM
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The next section is really easy!

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Because Hidon is about a dozen paces beyond where the chest sat. Fun fact: That's the same sprite as would be used for Typhon, if Typhon was ever viewed from the front.

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Hidon himself is fond of poison attacks. Each Erebus budding off of him is different, with attacks and elemental weaknesses/absorbs not possessed by its brethren. The guy in the back has auto-Reflect, too.

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Wiping them out isn't difficult, but it sure pisses Hidon off.

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He then attacks with Grand Delta, a powerful nonelemental spell.

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Team Catscratch-and-Yetismash destroy Hidon immediately thereafter.

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If you're not interested in learning Grand Delta, you can just huck a Holy Water or Phoenix Down at Hidon. He's undead, so that's good for an instant KO.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 08:34:55 AM
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Strago: Gungho, listen to me! I defeated Hidon!
Gungho: You... WHAT!?

Gungho starts hopping up and down.

Gungho: Y-you beat Hidon? You're lying!

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Strago: Ho-ho-ho... Well, a little monster like Hidon could hardly expect to stand up to the likes of me!
Gungho: I can't believe it... But it looks like I have to concede defeat! You showed me up, old man!
Strago: Ho-ho-ho...

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Gungho finally stops hopping.

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That they did.

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Yeah, it was pretty easy after that stupid/awesome chest got out of the way.

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Mostly you took on a healing/support role but w/e man take the glory you want.

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...you're a mage. A seventy-year-old mage. Nobody's going to believe you just beat the thing down, man. At least pretend like you used magic to do it.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 08:39:55 AM
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Gungho: Hmm? Oh, I think he finally tired himself out from all that jabbering and nodded off. But... do you think it's okay to leave him like this, with him thinking I was really hurt?
Relm: Don't worry about it! If we hadn't tricked him, he'd have spent the rest of his life doing nothing but talk. And even if you were faking, that monster wasn't!
Gungho: I don't know how a man like him ever managed to raise a granddaughter as wonderful as you...
Relm: Yeah? Well, I don't know how anyone could be as terrible an actor as you! Strago is probably the only man alive who would fall for a performance like that!

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The next morning...

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Sometimes you have to talk to Gungho a few times to make it happen, but if you missed Grand Delta (by killing Hidon without destroying his minions first), you can go back and do the coral-collecting to try for it again.

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Anyway, next. I've been here twice, and still haven't taken the treasure at the top.

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It's about time I did, don't you think?

Um.

Followers of the Cult of Kefka are said to have sold their souls to his service. And um, Strago was one of those. Is this literally the soul of a guy from Thamasa? Anyway, it allows doublecast.

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What? No, I'm taking it back for Strago! It was his in the first place for all I know!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 08:45:04 AM
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Meanwhile, a robed figure or phantom sneaks up behind the cultists...

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...and attacks! The Magic Master's shtick is Barrier Change, and his... well, master of magic. He's basically Omnicient, except he doesn't need to reset the battle when he's hit physically because you just can't do that here.

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You can Berserk him, though. That cuts down on all the Barrier Changing and spellcasting.

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You can then Vanish everyone and blast him at your heart's content.

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And after a long battle, he's finally reduced to 0 HP, so one more counterattack and we're good, right?

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That counterattack is Ultima. ::(:

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Splat.

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It's a damned dirty trick, really. This is not an easy dungeon to traverse, because it's a straight hallway full of powerful monsters. This fight is a pain in the ass if you don't know how to shut him down (or justifiably assume that Magic Master would be immune to spell-sealing status effects). And then he just straight up kills you as a final attack. Hope you had Reraise set up! Which in turn means: Hope you went and got Locke before you even tried this!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 08:53:36 AM
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The Soul of Thamasa having been earned, I... well, hell, that stupid shield still isn't uncursed yet. I take Locke and Gogo down to Solitary Island and have them steal from Land Rays and Peepers. Peepers have Elixirs and a rare steal, and Land Rays have Megalixirs. I get a couple of each.

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Oh no!

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It only takes about half an hour before the shield's bloody curse is finally undone.

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Wow! Such shield! Very elemental absorb. Wow. Paladin Shield absorbs holy, lightning, ice, and fire -- then nulls water, earth, wind, and poison attacks. If it's elemental, the wearer ignores it.

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That's in addition to the crazy bonuses to defense, magic defense, evade, and magic evade, no less. And to top it all off, equipping the shield teaches Ultima at x1. Since I had the Ragnarok magicite that teaches Ultima fashioned into a sword, this is the only way I had left to get the spell in this game.

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I'll grant I'm not quite ready for endgame...

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...but I can sneak into Kefka's Tower with Molulu's Charm and steal stuff from the early parts of the dungeon, right?

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Like these, a fan favorite of twinks everywhere. Fixed Dice do the same kind of unblockable, never-miss damage as the regular Dice do... but there's an extra die. So you have (Setzer's level x2) x3d6 damage.

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I'll go over Kefka's Tower in more detail when I actually explore it for realsies. For now: it's a three-party dungeon, and only one party has the Molulu Charm, so without the teamwork to advance all three parties I reach dead-ends regularly.

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But once I leave for the airship, I can put Mog in other parties and sneak through that way.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 08:58:17 AM
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The Gold Dragon is the lightning-elemental beast.

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You can tell because he's hitting the party with Thunder. Not Thundara or Thundaga or Giga Volt or whatever else. Thunder. He's not even trying, honestly.

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It's almost a mercy kill.

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I take of Molulu's Charm to get into a few fights here (in order to get the monsters I find to show up on the Veldt, for Gau's edification). But uh... monsters here are hard. Random fights were tougher than that legendary dragon I just slew!

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And before I'm done, the final path gets me ambushed by Inferno. Dude's got a crazy high damage output with Atomic Rays and his special Sobat counter, and when his arms are still active, he has a fondness for Delta Attack.

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It's a tough battle, too.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 09:03:01 AM
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But Inferno blocks the way to the last dragon.

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Skull Dragon is, yes, poison-elemental. So he's weak to fire and holy, but not actually undead!

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He also dies at 0 MP, and only has 2000 MP in the first place. Depleting his MP with Rasp is faster than blasting him with Holy spells.

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And since he's not undead, I can bring characters who are low on MP (from, say, random battles) and have them refill with Osmose. Osmose from an exhausted character tends to pull more MP out of Skull Dragon than Rasp can do as straight damage -- except for morphed Terra, who can do 800+ MP damage with Rasp thanks to her raw magic power.

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Skull Dragon has 2000 MP + Terra can do 800 MP damage per turn = this is not a lengthy fight.

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Wait... what? Aw, buttons, who did I forget?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 09:05:11 AM
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The last one's hiding out at the Opera House.

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The first switch... barks. That's weird.

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The second switch turns off the house lights, baffling the audience.

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The third switch is a trapdoor...

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...that dumps you onto the stage. Who designed this crazy opera house, anyway?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 09:12:21 AM
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The Earth Dragon is last! And, not surprisingly, the earth-elemental one of the bunch. If I were a smarter man, I'd have gone back to the Auction House in the World of Balance for Angel Wings... or at least kept some of the Gaia Gear armor for sale back then. As it is, only Strago has auto-Float.

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Locke has the Paladin Shield, though, so that helps with Quake and similar effects from the Earth Dragon.

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But if you cast Float to avoid that sort of thing, Earth Dragon removes it with 50Gs. And he learned a thing or two from Catastrophe, because if he can't remove Float? He'll just murder you with a powerful, physical Honed Tusk instead.

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Like any good ground-type, Earth Dragon is weak to wind and water.

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Bringing Strago along was a great idea.

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Crusader teaches Meteor at x10 and Meltdown at x1, and gives MP+50% on level up. But it's the worst summon in the game: Crusader is actually three espers, and their summon puts the party's battle in the center of the esper's ongoing war. As far as raw magic power goes, only two attacks beat it -- and those are enemy exclusives. The problem is, it hits both enemies and allies! By the time you're doing any damage to the enemy, you're wiping out your entire party in the process!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 09:23:51 AM
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The seal is broken and I am free... You who defeated the legendary eight... I shall await you at the Dragon's Horn...

Turns out defeating the eight dragons unlocks a bonus dungeon. Whee.

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All right, I got a bunch of stuff. Come with me, assassin boy.

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Shadow is one of the better people to take into the Coliseum. Any character who knows a useless ability in their entire skillset or spell list isn't a good choice, so that removes Sabin, Strago, Gau, Mog, and... well, anyone who bothered to learn Sleep or Imp spells, really. But Shadow will never use his Throw command in the Coliseum, and I never taught him any magic, so all he does is fight. Nice and predictable.

Other good candidates for the Coliseum are Setzer, who will never use Slot; and Umaro, who only ever fights anyway.

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With the Paladin Shield and Ribbon running defense and a Master's Scroll boosting his damage output, Shadow does a pretty good job.

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Master's Scroll also never misses, making the Cactuar standing between my Elixirs and the Rename Cards I want a simple matter. Rename Cards are good for two things: using them lets you change a character's name.

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Betting them puts you in a battle with a Fiend Dragon for a pair of Miracle Shoes.

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These handy little things give the wearer Protect, Shell, Regen, and Haste. That's nothing to Snort at.

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Oh, and this Ragnarok sword?

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Sic 'em, boy!

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Nets you the Lightbringer. It was hands-down the best sword in the SNES version, and with the new content in the GBA version, it... still might be. It's attack power 255, always performs a critical hit (at the cost of 20 MP), randomly casts Holy, and gives +7 to Strength/Speed/Stamina/Magic, and +50 to Evade and Magic Evade.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 09:28:35 AM
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Good job, Shadow, let's take a quick--

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Man, this guy can't even get a good night's sleep.

Baram: How bad is it? ...This isn't m-my blood... is it, Clyde?
Clyde: Don't worry, you're gonna be okay!

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Clyde: Don't talk! The town's just a bit farther...
Baram: You don't have to pretend. I know. This is... my blood, isn't it? I'm done for... Get going! Leave me here. I'll only slow you down.
Clyde: But...!
Baram: You wanna get caught?

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Baram: You know what they'll do to me if they catch me alive! I don't want to have to go through that... Touch my arm.

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Baram: Please, before I wet myself and have to die a coward... Just take your knife, and--
Clyde: I can't do it!

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 09:35:16 AM
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Remember when this game had a plot? Me too. Anyway, I go dick around on the Veldt for a few hours.

Gau's Rage has two purposes: in the World of Balance, it gets you a few moves well before you're supposed to have them: Quake, Reraise, an effective Thundaga. In the World of Ruin, there are only a handful worth having, because you don't need Rages to cast powerful magic anymore. Magic Urn is a top contender, because Gau gets all their elemental absorbs and status immunities when he Rages as one. His special skill is Curaga, so he can keep the rest of the team in top shape, too.

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Rafflesia is a good one, too. Its special skill is Entice, which has enemies turn on each other and can't be removed or cured. They're only one screenshot apart in this LP, but I wandered for hours between Magic Urn and Rafflesia. It'd been so long I almost forgot to take a screenshot.

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The other reason to dick around on the Veldt is to fight monsters again. The Behemoth King and White Dragon appear here, the only bosses to do so. And while the White Dragon doesn't drop another Holy Lance...

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...you can still skin the Behemoth King's two forms and wear 'em like a suit.

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Betting one of those Behemoth Suits at the Coliseum earns you a Snow Scarf for Gau or Mog. Umaro can wear it, but he's already got one. Snow Scarf is one of the best pieces of armor in the game: it gives 128 defense and 90 magic defense, +10 to evade and magic evade, absorbs ice, and nulls fire.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 09:40:45 AM
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I'm running out of sidequests to do! Might as well level up a bit, since people are still juuust under level 40.

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Well, shit. Cornered by Tyrannosaurs. This forest has the fan nickname "Jurassic Park", because almost all you find here are Tyrannosaurs (and because Jurassic Park was a lot more topical in 1994).

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Tyrannosaurs who can open rifts in spacetime and pelt you with meteors.

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They're worth more EXP than almost any other monster in the game, though.

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And they drop odd imp-only weapons.

But really? The Slagworms near Maranda give almost as much EXP, and are a lot less dangerous because they're vulnerable to Death. I can do without a supply of Impartisans as I level-up, I think.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on November 02, 2013, 09:41:58 AM
but but but you can throw them for 9999 dam

and you won't get economizers
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on November 02, 2013, 11:31:53 AM
Crusader teaches Meteor at x10 and Meltdown at x1, and gives MP+50% on level up. But it's the worst summon in the game: Crusader is actually three espers, and their summon puts the party's battle in the center of the esper's ongoing war.

Crusader's Japanese name? Jihad.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 02, 2013, 12:00:36 PM
Yeah, I discovered the main benefit of Tyrannosaurs before too long. Once you're strong enough to reliably win? You can fight two of them. And that's a lot of experience points.

Also I forgot to put up the poll. There are some three-party dungeons coming up, including the final one. Twelve characters get to come along! But I have fourteen, thanks to Gogo and Umaro showing up. So I'm putting up a poll, where the two characters who get the fewest votes don't participate in Kefka's Tower or the Dragon's Den. Somebody's gotta stay behind!

As of this writing:
Terra is a globe-cracking magician. I've been able to get her the most level-ups holding Zona Seeker or Valigarmanda, so she's got the raw magic power to blast away anything in her path. Is likely to be holding the Soul of Thamasa for a long time.
Locke is the only thief treasure hunter I've got. He tends to level up with strength-boosting espers, so his Mug damage is tops.
Cyan is also extra-super strong but his Bushido meter can't be sped up by anything ever. His level 4 and level 7 Bushido hit several times, so if I'm willing to wait he can easily break damage limit.
Shadow is at a disadvantage, as my dedicated Coliseum fighter I never gave him any espers. He has no magic and no level-up bonuses. He should be fine standing in the back row and hucking Fuma Shuriken, though.
Edgar has all the tools for success.
Sabin is starting to lose effectiveness simply because his battle commands are a pain to enter. Left up up up right down down down left A to do 9999 damage is a lot more complicated than selecting "Flare" from a list.
Celes is not as good a magician as Terra and her unique skill is still situational at best. If she goes, she's going in a party with Edgar, Cyan, Setzer, Mog, or Umaro because those guys can fight without magic.
Strago is a blue mage and blue mages are awesome. Mighty Guard is a little less useful now that I have Miracle Shoes, and the versatility of Lore is starting to suffer in comparison to white/black/gray magic.
Relm still sucks noodles, but her magic power is pretty good. She's a second Terra with crappier equipment.
Setzer has Fixed Dice and I know how to abuse Slot, so he's both fashionable and capable.
Mog is a terrifying Dragoon to behold.
Gau is missing one of his three endgame Rages, for a guy I just can't convince to ever show up on the Veldt. But he's got Magic Urn and Rafflesia, and goshdarnit Catscratch is still a pain train.
Gogo can do anything half-assedly.
Umaro does exactly one thing but does that thing very well.

So vote away. Whoever loses the popularity contest gets kicked to the curb and shunned forever. Just like real life! Hahaha!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on November 02, 2013, 03:51:56 PM
Well I know for certain I'd want Shadow to sit out.  No sense in risking your Colosseum fighter accidentally gaining skills!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on November 02, 2013, 04:55:56 PM
Crusader teaches Meteor at x10 and Meltdown at x1, and gives MP+50% on level up. But it's the worst summon in the game: Crusader is actually three espers, and their summon puts the party's battle in the center of the esper's ongoing war.

Crusader's Japanese name? Jihad.

THAT is how you localize.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 03, 2013, 02:30:43 AM
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It's Leviathan, the first of the Advance-version-only espers. As you'd expect, he's very fond of water-elemental attacks and is weak to lightning. He always opens with Tsunami...

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...and counters any lightning-elemental hits with El Nino, which is Spanish for "The Nino".

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Only I had the foresight to equip everybody with Reed Cloaks beforehand. Reed Cloaks are utter crap -- their defense value only applies if the wearer is in Imp status -- but they do absorb water-elemental hits.

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I don't know what Leviathan was expecting. He can hardly hurt anyone in the party, and I can crank out some pretty impressive damage.

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Leviathan teaches Flood, a new water-elemental spell, at x2. Strago used to be the most reliable source of water-elemental damage with Aqua Breath and Tsunami, so now he's a hair obsoleted. Summoning Leviathan, yes, hits with water-elemental damage. His level-up bonus is Stamina +2.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 03, 2013, 02:42:35 AM
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Oh my yes, I've butchered hundreds of them.

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Oh. Um. Hmm. Pretend nobody heard me say that, then.

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Hmm.

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Well, there is this little patch of desert I've been carefully avoiding...

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Haatmadesa! Some cactuars live long lives and grow huge. This cactuar is one of those.

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The Gigantuar has a Cactuar's natural evasion, so this is a fight where Sabin and Cyan bring the pain while Strago and Celes keep everyone healed. Gigantuar attacks almost exclusively with 1000 Needles, which can't be evaded, reduced, blocked, or absorbed. And as he gets hurt more and more, Gigantuar starts using 1000 Needles several times in a row. This is a battle that can only be won by having enough hit points.

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Regular Cactuars fight by "bundling up something", then unleashing 1000 Needles. If they're not slain quickly, then their "workload increases tenfold!" and they use 1000 Needles ten times in a row. The Gigantuar does something similar: right before he dies, he blasts 1000 Needles ten times. And there's nothing you can do about it but soak it up.

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But he does it, you know, right before he dies.

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Cactuar magicite teaches Teleport at x20, Vanish at x10, and Hastega at x5. No new spells here, sorry! Its summon is likewise iffy, since it just summons a Cactuar to use 1000 Needles at all opponents and rarely summons Gigantuar to use 10,000 Needles? for 9999 damage to all opponents instead. I guess one needle misses.

But Cactuar really shines in its level-up bonus: Speed +2. Only one other esper in the game gives a Speed bonus, and it's only +1.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 03, 2013, 02:54:58 AM
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Yep, gotta do this crap again.

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Oh hey, neato. Got what I was looking for on the first try.

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It's expensive, but again, I've killed hundreds of Cactuars by now, and those little guys are worth 10k each.

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Hmm.

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Not much to do with this, really...

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Merit Awards are a relic that allows the character to equip any equipment, such as having anyone use Lightbringer instead of the Terra/Edgar/Locke/Celes knightsword-users-by-default. Gau and Gogo explicitly can't equip it, thanks to some game-breaking bugs on the SNES version.

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You know when Excalipoor is grafted into a game, Gilgamesh is sure to follow suit looking for it.

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I wish I'd read up on the Gilgamesh battle before doing this fight, because hoo boy Gilgamesh is good at blue magic. He opens with a chance to use Aero or Dischord, follows with a shot at 1000 Needles, follows that with either Stone or Aqua Breath, and on his fourth turn has a shot at using Quasar. That's one I don't have yet!

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Alas, I pummeled him too quickly. He does the bit from Final Fantasy 5 where he protects, shells, and hastes himself, followed by a Jump attack. At this point all his attacks turn to physical hits of varying power, culminating in throwing Lighbringer, Zantetsuken, or Mutsunokami at the party.

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But again, I pummeled him far too quickly for that to happen.

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Gilgamesh teaches Quick at x1 and Valor at x5. Quick allows the caster to take two actions, and Valor triples the damage of the targets' next physical hit.
Summoning Gilgamesh drops his three favorite swords onto the battlefield. Gilgamesh will pick one and hit the enemy with it: Excalipoor does 1 damage, Masamune pierces enemy defenses, and Excalibur hits all enemies for holy damage. Sometimes Gilgy will in turn summon Enkidu to blast the enemy with magic instead.
Gilgamesh's level-up bonus is Strength+2. I've had Bismarck since a story event in the World of Balance, but it's nice to have a backup for that kind of bonus.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 03, 2013, 02:59:45 AM
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Back in the subterranean castle, there's another feature in the basement I skipped before. It's a statue of Maria! How did this get here?

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Oh wait, no, it's limited graphic resources.

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Odin is obsoleted: Crusader teaches his Meteor spell ten times faster, and Cactuar gives a better level-up bonus. So I transformed Odin into Raiden.

Raiden teaches Quick at x1. He gives Strength +2 at level up, and his Shin Zantetsuken is more likely to kill stuff when he's summoned. He's a bit of a poor man's Gilgamesh now, but Gilgamesh wasn't in the SNES version of the game, so back then it actually became a sort of tough call whether you wanted to level up with a Speed bonus or learn Quick. Of course, you could just level everyone up to the maximum, then transform the magicite and start learning Quick... if you wanted to invest that much time into things.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 03, 2013, 03:05:53 AM
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People seem to be doing pretty okay, overall... I mean... their stats could be better, but I only just now got the magicite that gives really good bonuses. Hell, for the first third of the game I only had Stamina +1 or Magic +1... if that. So... eh. I think I could do better. I'm starting over.

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I mean, I'll save my progress in case things aren't markedly better, of course.

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Dum de dum...

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La dee dah...

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Seen all this before, yep...

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Glossing over old stuff...

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Doing this over does give me a chance to try some stuff I didn't think to do before. Ever tried to take Terra to the Sealed Gate by herself?

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Or just skip over Shadow until he's forcefully introduced at Albrook?

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Well, buttons.

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Guess it's back to my last save...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 03, 2013, 03:10:39 AM
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Which is... back... outside... Maranda. In the World of Ruin.

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This is the legendary level-reset bug. If you save your game, then quicksave to return to the title screen, and then start a new game, the game gets really confused about which of the two games you're playing. If you never save in the new game, and party-wipe, you're returned to your last save in the previous game.

You keep all your spells. You keep all your items. You keep all the espers, Bushido techs, Blitzes, Rages, and Lores...

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...and even the stat boosts from the first game. But every character who got recruited in the second game gets reset to the experience level they had in that game. In this case, Terra was at level 20 when the party wiped in the mountains in Thamasa, so she's back to that instead of the level 63 I had her at before.

Cyan, Edgar, Sabin, and Setzer reset even further: they're at level 13. Gogo and Umaro, not recruited in the other game, don't reset. They're still at level 64 and 63 respectively... but who cares, they don't get esper bonuses at level up anyway!

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Ah, there we go. Now that's a decent set of stats!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 03, 2013, 03:27:11 AM
So voting is still open for the endgame dungeon runs, but it almost hardly matters in game terms anymore.

Terra is strength 75, speed 70, stamina 70, magic 110. She can fry fifty monsters in just three minutes... if she stops to do her nails first.
Locke is strength 110, speed 80, stamina 65, magic 75. He'll rip your lungs out.
Cyan is strength 115, speed 40, stamina 75, magic 85. In a game where pretty much everyone is statted to hit the damage cap with any single attack, his ability to charge up and hit four times is not to be scoffed at.
Shadow is strength 120, speed 100, stamina 60, magic 35. While he now knows all the spells available, he can throw shuriken instead of spellcasting. That's probably good enough.
All the ladies swoon over Edgar's 125 strength, 60 speed, 100 stamina, and 35 magic. Like Shadow, I see no reason to have him cast spells instead of using his own abilities.
Sabin is a pure damage-dealer at 125 strength, 55 speed, 50 stamina, 125 magic. He can probably hit damage cap with any attack Blitz he knows.
Celes may be the closest I have to a generalist (or is that... former general-ist?) at strength 80, speed 70, stamina 75, and magic 100. She can fight and she can cast and she can crow, but she still has kind of a crappy unique skill.
Strago is strength 45, speed 85, stamina 45, magic 120. Yep, that's a magus all right.
Relm is strength 30, speed 90, stamina 75, and magic 115. She remains a Terra backup, because Sketch doesn't even call her own stats -- it uses the strength or magic of the monster she's sketching. :shrug:
Setzer is strength 40, speed 110, stamina 80, and magic 100. He has Fixed Dice and Joker Death, it's not like his strength and magic actually matter for anything he does.
Mog flies through the skies with 120 strength, 40 speed, 50 stamina, and 95 magic. Like Cyan, this adorable dragoon knight can hit multiple times a turn, and like Cyan, it takes him a few seconds to do so.
I never know which way to go with Gau. Most of his good moves are magical in nature, but while raging he has a 50% chance each turn to do a physical hit. So I gave him strength 100, speed 80, stamina 50, and magic 105. His raw hitting power may well have obsoleted Catscratch... now I need to find a rage that does reliable nonelemental damage to all enemies instead.
Gogo didn't reset and couldn't get esper bonuses even if he did, so he's still at strength 25, speed 30, stamina 20, and magic 26. I do get to customize his skillset, though.
Umaro's lack of esper bonuses likewise holds him back. He's strength 62, speed 33, stamina 46, and magic 37. Even willowy Celes is stronger than he is, and Mog can effortlessly beat him in arm-wrestling now. And while he used to be one of the faster party members, Cactuar's been awfully good to everyone else. So he's just plain outclassed. Sorry, buddy.

In terms of being able to win the game, it hardly matters who's in the party anymore. Everyone's an unstoppable god-beast in their own way. Voting is still open and I'm pretty sure I left everyone the option to change votes if they feel like it. I still need two guys to bench while everyone else goes to save the world.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 03, 2013, 03:32:07 AM
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All that level griding sure did leave me a lot of Impartisans.

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They can be bet at the Coliseum for Cat-Ear Hoods, the best helmet in the game for Relm.

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Cat-Ear Hoods, in turn, can be wagered for Rename Cards, which in turn transform into Miracle Shoes. So now I have six or seven of those! Because if there's anything scarier than an unstoppable god-beast, it's an unstoppable god-beast with auto-haste, -regen, -protect, and -shell.

But otherwise, Shadow will probably be throwing Impartisans rather than Fuma shuriken for any party he's in. That "attack power only applies when the user's an imp" thing isn't called when the weapon is thrown, so they hit awfully hard.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 02:39:25 PM
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This scene plays out when you enter Kefka's Tower for the first time, but the storyline in the second half of the game is so weak, why not hold off on showing it until I'm ready to storm the Tower for realsies?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 02:48:14 PM
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Cyan and Shadow stay behind. You guys have only yourselves to blame.

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Remember how somebody said that Kefka's Tower is made of debris? Some of it is recognizable as areas from previous points in the game. Mostly from Vector. Since the Tower is halfway between Albrook and Tzen, it's believable that the Tower is built on top of Vector's ruins.

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In Kefka's former cell is this familiar-looking fellow.

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It's Ultima Weapon, back with more power and a dumber name!

Ultima Buster: Forged an eternity ago and left here... Forgotten in the mists of time... Long have I pondered what I should do... Long, long have I pondered... But now it seems I have an answer...

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Ultima Buster glows, and the gears in the machinery on his back begin spinning. Apparently if you have a thousand years to try to decide what to do, "kill the first people you see" is the decision you come to.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 02:56:48 PM
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Locke nabs a Crystal Orb. It's a rare steal, but I already got one from beating the Gold Dragon and all it does is increase the equipper's maximum MP by 50%. Everyone's MP is 999 from the level reset bug, so... :shrug:

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Ultima Buster is fond of -aga level magic, Southern and Northern Cross (one is fire, one is ice), Tsunami, Quake, Meteor, Flare Star, Flare, and eventually... Ultima. Strago uses Grand Delta and Setzer tosses dice. Hardly seems fair, does it?

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Who said life was fair? Next!

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Ultima Buster was sitting on a save point.

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The third party has a mostly unobstructed path to get to this checkpoint. There are two switches on either side of a sealed door. Hmm...!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 03:01:37 PM
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Back with party two, here's this guy. Dark Force! Well, Dark Force is the one on the bottom who looks like Wrexsoul. There's shades of Azulmagia in this guy, since he knows almost all the blue magic in the game.

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...okay, that went poorly.

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Blinds, silences, and slows anything that has Reflect status up. I don't think in twenty years and literally dozens of playthroughs I've ever cast it, honestly.

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Casts Holy on monsters with a level divisible by a nigh-random number.

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Now we're talkin'.

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Quasar is only cast by two monsters in the game, so getting it can be rough. It's... about as good as Grand Delta. :shrug:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 03:12:01 PM
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Team two helps out team one. Team one has two obstacles in their path, one each for the other teams to clear for them. Needy bastards.

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Team two reaches the checkpoint.

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Team one keeps getting caught by Fiend Dragons, which have a nasty habit of casting and recasting Heartless Angel. Heartless Angel drops the whole party's HP to 1. It gets tedious to stop and refill everyone after every fight, even with Gau Raging Magic Urn to get Curagas for free.

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Ah, there we go. Teams two and three open the door for team one to go through.

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Team one can then climb up to the ledge above and drop an Ultros-style weight onto the switch so that team two or three can go through the door, loop around, and do the same for the team that remains.

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Because there's another three-switch checkpoint inside.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 03:23:46 PM
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Oh yeah, I forgot there was one more Magitek robot I owe a hidin'.

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Guardian is vulnerable to attacks now. There is no explanation for why this is the case.

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Guardian loads several "battle programs" as the fight goes on. Initially he attacks with Magitek Laser, Atomic Rays, and Missile -- typical Magitek robot stuff. But before long he loads Ultros's battle program, and starts hitting with Ink and Tentacles and Entwine. Weird. He also has programs for Dadaluma (Shockwave and thrown weapons), Air Force (Diffractive Laser and a countdown to Wave Cannon), and Ultima Weapon (Flare, Meteor, and Flare Star).

Oh, and turns out sketching him does Mighty Guard. So that's cool.

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Regardless of battle program, Guardian is as weak to wind and water as any other mech. 60,000 HP go awfully fast when I'm doing just shy of ten thousand per Thundaga from every party member.

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Guardian was also perched on a save point.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 03:30:32 PM
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And then I cast Teleport to leave.

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...and rearrange the parties.

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I'll skip over the third dungeon crawl for the sake of brevity and get right to the point after the Guardian fight. Having just taken a nap in the middle of Kefka's stronghold, the party continues to find... one of the Warring Triad. Um.

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Demon's favorite trick is to hit somebody with Stop, then use Blaster on the person locked in time so they can't dodge the instant-death attack. Failing that, he'll just blast everyone with Metal Cutter, Flare Star, Meteor, or Wave Cannon. But sometimes he... does nothing for a turn. What is this, Dragon Quest?

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You can't afford to dick around, sir! Not with this party!

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The reward is the best lance in the game -- well, it was in the original version. I give it to Mog, since Edgar has a chainsaw to use instead.

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Yeah! Strike a pose.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 03:37:56 PM
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Meanwhile, another party is fighting the Goddess statue. Goddess is tricky not because of her direct HP attacks or HP (which is the lowest of these endgame bosses). She counters attacks with Overture, which dominates a party member into using a Paladin-style Cover whenever anyone else attacks Goddess. She's also fond of Entice, the same attack Rafflesia uses to super-charm party members.
Her signature move is Cloudy Heaven, which gives everyone 10 seconds to live -- but instead of just killing the afflicted when the timer runs out like Doom would, Cloudy Heaven instead transforms the victim into a zombie. It even bypasses Zombie immunity from relics like the Ribbon or Amulet! Weak! In the face of so many dirty tricks, her use of Thundaga or Quasar (she's the second monster who can cast it) seems like a break.

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Did I mention she has the lowest HP of all the endgame bosses, though? Because she does.

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Yeah! Strike a pose.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 03:44:26 PM
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I'm controlling three parties. My enemy is the Warring Triad. You can work this out.

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Fiend uses a bunch of ice attacks. You wouldn't think endgame bosses would have such exploitable gimmicks, but they do.

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After whittling him down a little, Fiend's aura starts trembling. Which doesn't sound good for him, but it is! A trembling aura gives Fiend Reflect, Haste, and Image, meaning magic starts bouncing off and physical attacks start missing. He also starts picking out targets for Fiendish Rage, an ultrapowerful physical hit.

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And in a last-ditch effort to protect himself, he starts dropping Force Field once in a while. Force Field picks and element at random and nulls it for the rest of the fight. I think he picked wind, in this case. Oh well.

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A Dispel will get rid of all those beneficial statuses. If Strago wasn't wearing Miracle Shoes already, he could try to Rippler Fiend's good stuff onto himself instead.

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Once his defenses are back down, he keeps his weakness to Holy. Or everything's weakness to Ultima. Whatever works.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6731.png)
Force Field is the final Lore, too. It's why I rearranged the parties; I had Strago in a place that would have kept him from fighting Fiend -- and Fiend is the only monster in the game to cast Force Field. Even Quasar gives you another chance in the Advance version, since Gilgamesh can cast it! But no, miss Force Field here and it's gone forever.

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6734.png)
Yeah! Strike a... Gau, you're not even trying.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 03:47:36 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6735.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6736.png)
Would that be bad?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6738.png)
The next room is a dead end for all three parties. Once all three switches are pushed, columns of light shine down from above...

Music: The Fanatics (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpolIKYChFA#ws)
I forget to link music sometimes. Sorry.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6740.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6741.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6742.png)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 03:58:12 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6746.png)
Boy, removing the blue box and just printing ingame text directly on the field sure makes it hard to read. Guess I'll be transcribing most of this conversation.

Kefka: I've acquired the ultimate power! Observe...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6749.png)
Of course, as Final Fantasy scenes go, it's pretty well-animated, so I guess not all of the text needs transcribing.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6750.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6751.png)
Kefka then flings the two party members he telekinetically lifted back at the party.

Party: To be destroyed? Maybe it is! But people can always rebuild, and new lives will always be born!
Kefka: And time will destroy all those as well. Why do people insist on creating things that will inevitably be destroyed? Why do people cling to life, knowing that they must someday die? ...Knowing that none of it will have meant anything once they do?
A party member, usually Terra: Because it's not the end that matters! It's knowing you have something to live for right now, at this moment! Something you've worked for... Something that's worth protecting!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6759.png)
Whoever it is who gets the courage to speak up, Kefka flings them around a little.

Same party member: As long as you have that... that's enough!
Kefka: And did you all find your "somethings" in this broken world that just won't die?
Same party member: Yes!

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Locke: A person worth protecting.
Edgar: A peaceful kingdom.
Sabin: A loving brother who always looks out for me! Gah-ha-ha-ha!
Celes: Someone willing to accept me for who I am.
Strago: An adorable little granddaughter.
Relm: An obnoxious grandpa... who I couldn't live without!
Setzer: Wings from a dear old friend!
Mog: New pals, kupo!
Gau: These people! All them! Uwaooo!

If Cyan were present, his line would be "A wife and child who live on within me." If Shadow were here, he'd mention "Friends... and family." Which is the most in-character development he gets, since nobody else gets to see his nightmares. Umaro and Gogo stay mum, since Umaro is just paying a favor back for Mog, and Gogo... well, Gogo would probably just repeat whoever said a line before him.

But... it has an effect. Kefka stops, and turns, looks at the ground beneath him in thought...
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 04:04:38 PM
Music: Kefka's Theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcMDlgdnZPI)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6773.png)
...and doesn't get it. He's too far gone into his madness to understand basic human affection or empathy, and his lack of understanding really cheeses him off.

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Kefka: Every last one of your sickening, happy little reasons for living!
Party: No! Kefka, stop!

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Kefka charges up and fires his Light of Judgment, throwing flames up from Darill's Tomb to Kohlingen... but missing both.

Kefka: I wield the greatest power in existence! You may as well be the dirt on the bottom of my boots! Or the dirt stuck to the bottom of that dirt!

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Kefka: I'll create my own empire... of death!

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Party member, usually Terra: People will always have dreams!
Kefka: No! I'll destroy the entire world! There won't be anything left to dream about!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6789.png)
Kefka: Hee-hee-hee! But what fun is destruction if no "precious" lives are lost?

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Kefka fires another Light of Judgment, but... across the ocean. Zapping a bunch of fish doesn't rate very high on the Terrifying-Show-of-Insurmountable-Power-o-Meter.

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Every single party member present lines up to give Kefka a well-deserved asskicking.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 04:13:24 PM
Music: Dancing Mad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbXVNKtmWnc)
In true Advance-port fashion, the rendition of Dancing Mad in this game is horribly butchered. Dancing Mad has four movements, to correspond with the four parts of this battle. In the SNES version, they flowed into one another seamlessly. In the Advance version, once you defeat one phase of the battle, the music hard-cuts to the next movement. It's jarring.

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Anyway, the first phase is against Visage and his two buddies Long Arm and Short Arm. The two Arms mostly hit with physical attacks, occasionally pausing for a Shockwave or Razor Gale... which aren't all that dangerous as they only hit one person. Visage himself is the head monster around here, and he's fond of Dread Gaze for petrification and Sapping Strike for... well, Sap.

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Visage is weak to Fire... not that it matters. Terra's Meltdown is pretty damned good at hitting for 9999 damage anyway. And she can Dualcast it.

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Visage casts Quake as he dies, but Terra's got the Paladin Shield and nulls earth attacks, so she ain't give a damn.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6799.png)
Hard cut to the next movement of the background music. ::(:
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: TA on November 05, 2013, 04:18:33 PM
I always preferred the Black Mages rendition of Dancing Mad.
The Black Mages - Dancing Mad (full song) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YNfX1oU2XA#)

Whatever else might be good in Balance and Ruin, they absolutely butchered this piece.  Which is a travesty, because it's one of the best tracks in gaming period.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 04:21:33 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6800.png)
If anyone has dropped to 0 HP or is suffering from a crippling status ailment when one tier of the boss dies, they're replaced for the next tier. This big ol' tangled granfalloon is four targets: Tiger is the face on the lower-right there, you know, the one that looks like a tiger. Power is the blue guy sitting on Tiger's head. Machine is the mess of gears and wires just left of Power. And Magic is the guy hanging off the amalgamation off to the left, by himself.

Tiger uses Flare Star, Southern Cross, and Northern Cross. Power just hits people. Machine uses Magitek-style attacks like Diffractive Laser and Atomic Rays. Magic casts powerful spells (and is vulnerable to utter shutdown thanks to a vulnerability to Silence).

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6801.png)
The good news about Meltdown is that it hits all allies and enemies by default, so nothing really changes if Terra takes a Level 3 Confuse spell poorly. Her own Paladin Shield absorbs Meltdown, making it a full heal for her. Mog nulls it with his Snow Scarf.

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Every part of this tier hits with a counterattack when it dies. The most dangerous is Power's 10-Hit Combo, which... hits ten times. Which gently removed Terra's Confuse status with one hit; she parried or blocked the other nine with her Evasion-boosting equipment. Then Regen kicked in and she recovered the damage the one hit had done before he even finished his combo. Ha ha!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on November 05, 2013, 04:22:02 PM
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Chainsaws and suplexing trains, and THIS is how you repay them!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 04:25:59 PM
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That's Lady in the back and Rest in the front. Lady only has 9999 HP, and each turn will either cast White Wind to heal herself and Rest, or Repose to totally kill a party member. Rest uses attacks that hit every target on the battlefield, like Meltdown, and Lady absorbs them to keep her HP high for White Wind. It's a clever combination.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6804.png)
Locke's presence in this tier was carefully planned. At this point somebody kills Lady with Ultima. Nothing absorbs Ultima.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6806.png)
There's something nice to be stolen from Rest, too. In the SNES version, you only got these prizes until the end of the final battle, then the game's over and who cares. In this version, there's postgame content, so you get to keep them.

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Well, I've killed everybody else off, you know what that means. One last final attack from Rest -- it's Repose, which Terra evades -- and we're off to the next and final tier.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Rico on November 05, 2013, 04:35:24 PM
Whatever else might be good in Balance and Ruin, they absolutely butchered this piece.
This is perhaps an understatement. As much credit as zircon should get for organizing Balance and Ruin in the first place, he should be banned from ever writing an arrangement of anything ever again with that awful, self-indulgent, not-even-cleverly-arranged-or-disguised America in the middle of Dancing Fucking Mad, of all the pieces on the album.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on November 05, 2013, 04:35:45 PM
You're determined to make Terra the main character, aren't you?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on November 05, 2013, 04:38:54 PM
The first time I played this I thought the bottom fight (Visage or whatever) was Kefka. I was actually surprised by how demonic and ripped he got. I remember saying "damn Kefka you been working out?"
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 04:41:53 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6809.png)
Terra, Relm, Setzer, and Terra face off agai-- hey, wait a minute!

Yep, there are twelve characters present. And if you kill off every one of them, the game will need exactly thirteen to fill all the slots available. Since the game is a cobbled-together mess of bugs exceeded in severity only by the bugs in the original SNES version, the game goes HEY WHO DO I USE UHHHH YOU COME ON and fills the slot with the first character data it finds. So Terra gets to pull double-duty in this fight, battling alongside herself.

I'm pretty sure there's a fanfiction plotbunny in there somewhere.

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Kefka, for his part, has gone six-winged angel. Only two are visible on the sprite, but models done in other media have him with six feathery wings and two bat wings. Eat your heart out, Sephiroth!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6813.png)

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Kefka does that screechy laugh again and the final battle begins!

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Man with the magic power of two Terras I bet I don't even need all this fancypants equipment. So Terra A unequips...

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...and Terra B unequips. Because why have two Terras if you can't duplicate items or watch them make out (and the game does not include spritework of Terra making out with herself).

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Kefka always starts the battle with Heartless Angel to drop everyone's HP to 1. So as soon as he gets a turn, he'll do Heartless Angel. He threatens that the end draws near and he's ready to use his ultimate attack, Forsaken, when he's around half HP.

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I have two doublecasting Terras, Relm, and Setzer with Fixed Dice/Master's Scroll.

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Everyone's at near-full HP. That's not post-Megalixir stuff. Kefka never got to pull of Heartless Angel. I think he got a counterattack off on Relm at one point, but other than that? The final boss never even got to move.

Aw yeah.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on November 05, 2013, 04:41:54 PM
Whatever else might be good in Balance and Ruin, they absolutely butchered this piece.
This is perhaps an understatement. As much credit as zircon should get for organizing Balance and Ruin in the first place, he should be banned from ever writing an arrangement of anything ever again with that awful, self-indulgent, not-even-cleverly-arranged-or-disguised America in the middle of Dancing Fucking Mad, of all the pieces on the album.

For what it's worth, someone on OCR expressed much the same, and here was his response:

Quote from: zircon
Dancing Mad was not a track dropped for time reasons, even though it was one of the last ~10 or so completed. I chose the style I did (classic progressive rock) because I feel that other artists have remixed Dancing Mad to perfection in a more straightforward epic style with metal & orchestral elements. For example, the Black Mages' version, Prince of Darkness' 'Prancing Dad', and virt's original take on it, to name a few. I saw little sense in repeating the excellent work those artists have done, and instead chose to look at Uematsu's own inspirations; namely, bands like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Genesis, etc.

Here are a few examples that inspired me. These may have been among the very same songs that influenced Uematsu himself when writing the original track. Just listen to parts of Tarkus and you'll hear what I mean!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TACC1z7hcA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TACC1z7hcA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgpnlLz7WR0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgpnlLz7WR0)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8f-Qb-bwlU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8f-Qb-bwlU)

Regarding a change in tone, or the lack of 'malice', I think that may simply be the way we chose to cut down on the repetition + length of the original. Rather than sticking very closely to the long, dirge-like, baroque-inspired sections with heavy church organ and long solos, I sought to condense things into a shorter piece that had a higher average energy level. Again, other artists have done the full 12+ minute version very well and while I could have gone for that approach, I just don't think it would have been adding anything new or musically interesting to the world of game remixes.

I worked hard to create an interpretation of the original that switched up the rhythms, harmonies, and melodies in a way that I believe Mr. Uematsu would respect, given the type of source material that heavily influenced this arrangement; not to mention the cameos of "I Like to Live in America" and "Fanfare for the Common Man", two staples of ELP It appeals to the prog rock aspect of the original track over the heavily baroque and slower portions, and though I knew from the start that some people would miss those sections, I would definitely do it again the same way if given the chance.

Either way, I appreciate you listening to this piece and the rest of the album!

I...don't recall listening to B&R's dancing mad. I need to give the whole album a relisten.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 05, 2013, 04:42:30 PM
You're determined to make Terra the main character, aren't you?

Nope, just setting up a bug.

My favorite bug.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on November 05, 2013, 04:50:13 PM
YOU SAID THERE WOULD BE MAGIC KEFKA WHERE IS THE MAGIC

JUST TAKE A MAGICITE YOU YOU

DOUBLE TERRA
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: TA on November 05, 2013, 04:51:39 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6811.png)
Kefka, for his part, has gone six-winged angel. Only two are visible on the sprite, but models done in other media have him with six feathery wings and two bat wings. Eat your heart out, Sephiroth!

(http://i.imgur.com/O6Z0BWf.png)

And presumably matching sets on the other side.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Rico on November 05, 2013, 06:31:31 PM
not to mention the cameos of "I Like to Live in America" and "Fanfare for the Common Man", two staples of ELP It appeals to the prog rock aspect of the original track over the heavily baroque and slower portions, and though I knew from the start that some people would miss those sections, I would definitely do it again the same way if given the chance.
The torrent came with liner notes on a lot of the tracks including that one. The problem isn't with his concept, it's that he executes those parts of it incredibly poorly. The America one I have the most problem with is just a straight 8-measure quote of the chorus played over the top. It's not a more obscure section, it's not separated, it's not worked into the pedal part, it's none of the many things that could have been done to make tribute while actually arranging the two pieces. It's just, "Haha, I can totally just play this right over the top haha!"
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 01:43:58 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6825.png)

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Cyan and Shadow run in, just so they can be a part of the escape sequence.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6827.png)

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Terra morphs.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6829.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6830.png)

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A few shards of magicite fly out of the party's possession...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6832.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6833.png)
...and disintegrate.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6835.png)

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(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6839.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 01:50:02 PM
Music: Balance is Restored (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rNpeBAjAiI). As is typical of Advance ports of Final Fantasy games, they just didn't care about music sync with these long pieces. Read the posts at your own pace, and if you happen to get through all of them before the music cuts out... well, that's the opposite of what happens in-game, but whatever.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6841.png)
As the ending theme warms up, a book's pages start turning on their own.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6844.png)
Each character gets their own section of the ending as their leitmotif plays its part in the music.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6846.png)
In this case, Cyan, Celes, and Edgar are leaving one of the puzzle rooms, when the stairs collapse out from under Edgar.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6847.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6848.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6849.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6850.png)
Cyan waffles around a simple pressure plate for quite a while, examining it from every angle and possibility.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6851.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6852.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6854.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6855.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 01:52:37 PM
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Setzer is next! Let's just ignore that the music has moved on to the leitmotif for the brothers Figaro by now.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6858.png)
Setzer's escape is cut short by a wall appearing in front of him, then a choice of passages to either side.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6859.png)
...so he flips a coin, whynot.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6860.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6861.png)
Better go to the right after all.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6862.png)
That left door looks awfully explodey.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6863.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6864.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6865.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 01:55:44 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6866.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6867.png)
In a vain effort to keep up with the music, some of the video scenes get a little rushed. Here the coin and table it's on start fading out by the time Sabin's name credits have faded in.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6868.png)
Edgar tries to jimmy open a door, when...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6869.png)
Collapsing girder! Good thing this muscle-head was here to catch the falling debris and keep it from crushing Edgar.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6870.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6871.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6872.png)
By raw stats, the moogle is stronger than you are. DWI

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6873.png)
The guy can suplex a train and act as the central support beam for a critically-damaged manor house. One little girder is nothing, so Sabin throws it away offscreen and everyone escapes.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 01:58:32 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6874.png)
The tiny moogle figures dance around the tree, then hop off the music box and march away. Aww.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6875.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6876.png)
It's hard to tell because Mog's "arms raised" sprite looks like his hands are behind his giant moogle noggin, but he's hanging on for dear life when the floor collapses. That's twice that's happened to Edgar now; maybe he should be more careful!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6877.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6878.png)
Edgar finds a wall switch...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6879.png)
...that operates a nearby crane.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6880.png)
I didn't get the joke until Mog specifically denies he's an arcade crane game prize in this version.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:01:00 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6881.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6882.png)
As the moogle figurines approach the bone carving, the jaw of the carving falls open and the eyes light up. The first moogle in line stops so abruptly that the other figurines crash into the back of him and everyone falls over.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6884.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6885.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6886.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6888.png)
UMARO CARES NOT FOR YOUR BULLSHIT HUMAN CONCEPT OF "DOOR"

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6889.png)
Setzer and Celes escape through the other passage, while Umaro enjoys another victory cry.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:03:59 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6890.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6891.png)
By the time Gogo's name is onscreen, his prop is already faded out. Sloppy.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6892.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6893.png)
Another collapsed floor, another scene with Edgar. Are you doing this on purpose?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6894.png)
It's not clear how Celes knows this in the first place.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6895.png)
Other than "We need a flimsy excuse for Gogo to do his thing."

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6897.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6898.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6899.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6902.png)
Celes and Gogo stop for a moment once Edgar and Setzer escape.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6903.png)
Celes takes a step to the right to leave, and Gogo, still mimicking her, also takes a step to the right...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6904.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6905.png)
...and falls into the chasm.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:07:09 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6907.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6908.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6909.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6910.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6911.png)
Gau hops on a stone and rides it down the side of the collapsing tower. Which would be a grand shortcut if everyone were escaping to ground level, rather than trying to get to the airship hovering above. Oops!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6912.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6913.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6914.png)
Gau grabs Celes and flings her onto another stone, before riding yet another offscreen.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:10:20 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6915.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6916.png)
Locke's name comes first, but Celes's leitmotif is the first in the theme music.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6919.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6921.png)
Of course it is. Edgar's right there.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6922.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6924.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6926.png)
The music changes from Celes's theme to Locke's just as he dives for the save. Or... the perfect timing was there on the SNES version. At this point the music is somewhere around Shadow's theme.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6928.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6930.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6931.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6932.png)
As the floor threatens to continue falling, Locke drags Celes to safety. What a guy!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:13:31 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6933.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6934.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6935.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6936.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6937.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6938.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6939.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6940.png)
*paff*

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6941.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:17:15 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6942.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6943.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6944.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6945.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6946.png)
I know this is supposed to be a running gag but good lord lay off it already.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6947.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6948.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6949.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6950.png)
Aww.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:20:00 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6951.png)
This part of the music has long since finished, and the last few scenes play out in silence. This is the gap around 10:57 on the music I linked previously.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6952.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6953.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6954.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6955.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6956.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6957.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6958.png)
As the screen fades, the tower starts shaking. Shadow isn't even trying to escape -- he's come to grips with his past misdeeds, and is willing to lay down and die in penance.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:23:47 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6960.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6961.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6963.png)
Strago really only has two character hooks: he never found Hidon and he is old. Except I did the sidequest where he found Hidon, leaving exactly one other thing to talk about in his ending.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6964.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6965.png)
Strago the game has set you up to be the awesomest mage caster guy, can't you like fly up to the hook or something?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6966.png)
To be fair, seeing a seventy-year-old man repeatedly leap something like five times his body height is still pretty impressive.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:34:16 PM
As the first movement draws to a close, there's a charmingly old-school "AND YOU!" at the end. But I missed the screenshot trying to line up the prop being onscreen with the text. Rushed again!

Anyway, this begins the second movement of the ending theme. If you stopped the music around the 11:00 mark, start it up again.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6967.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6968.png)
Terra, we're... we're on the airship. We're above the collapsing tower. We don't really need to escape anything anymore.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6969.png)
Terra flies away anyway. :shrug:

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6971.png)
So Setzer fires up his big ol' zeppelin and follows her. This totally makes sense, shut up.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6972.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6973.png)
*paff*

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6976.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6978.png)
Okay, so apparently the airship... landed somewhere? Why did I have to grab a hook to leave the dungeon if the Falcon wasn't hovering overhead?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6979.png)
Anyway, the group escapes.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:45:13 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6981.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6982.png)
SETZER SHE JUST DROPPED OFFSCREEN WHY ARE YOU NOT BEHIND THE WHEEL JESUS

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6983.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6984.png)
A dive through the clouds!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6985.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6986.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6988.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6989.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6990.png)
Everyone's laid flat by Setzer's nosedive.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:47:35 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6991.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6993.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6994.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6996.png)
Celes looks at everyone in turn. Nope, not Terra, not Terra, not Terra...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba6998.png)
She was behind you the whole time! :lol:

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7000.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7001.png)
Let's not discount that you somehow maneuvered a dirigible to catch a falling object on deck rather than on the gas balloon.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:49:49 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7003.png)
Anyway, roll credits.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7005.png)
Which are, again, out of sync with the music. This is about the point where the music gives out, despite that there's more ending video to be had. Alas.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7006.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7008.png)
"Hey Duane, c'mere, you gotta see this."

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7009.png)
I'm a bit curious which of the four-year-olds managed the delivery.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7010.png)
As Duane holds his newborn for the first time...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7011.png)
...some of the kids rush outside to watch the Falcon pass overhead.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7013.png)
Terra waves at them.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:51:24 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7015.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7016.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7017.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7018.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7023.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7024.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:53:51 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7026.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7027.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7028.png)
Figaro castle: Still There.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7029.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7030.png)
As the music reaches a crescendo...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7031.png)
...or would, on the SNES...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7032.png)
...Terra lets her hair down to blow in the wind.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7033.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7034.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7035.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7036.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7038.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7042.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7043.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7044.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 06, 2013, 02:56:53 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7045.png)
Pff, like that's really the end. I've got postgame content to do! Which isn't really postgame, since I could have gotten to the Dragon's Den bonus dungeon anytime after defeating the eight dragons and earning Crusader. But the equipment inside is better than the stuff in Kefka's tower, so I did Kefka's tower first.

Anyway, first thing is to nip by the Coliseum and trade that Ragnarok sword I swiped during the final battle for another Lightbringer.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7046.png)
Which combined with DOUBLE TERRA and the item duplication that allowed means I have three Lightbringers and two Paladin's Shields. The Celestriads I earned legit while level-grinding, since you can't unequip relics in the middle of battle.

Next up: Dragon's Den! Should I assume Shadow and Cyan are staying behind again?
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: patito on November 06, 2013, 05:53:51 PM
Shadow and Gogo died on the way back to their home planets.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Sharkey on November 06, 2013, 09:58:42 PM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7024.png)

If you walked back and forth across that square 255 times the plant will have died and the little girl here is crying.

Also her mother is dead.

Also the little girl is Aeris.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Friday on November 07, 2013, 12:57:27 PM
But then when you play 7 you can resurrect Aeris by plugging in a SNES controller and inputting the code XABY 50 times and then the Konami code

If done correctly you'll hear a chime and General Leo will become the final boss of the Gold Saucer's Rock Paper Scissors 3D fighter
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Mothra on November 07, 2013, 02:18:21 PM
k@@l
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 01:08:32 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7048.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7047.png)
Who's ready for some POSTGAME BUT NOT REALLY DUNGEON

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7049.png)
As covered previously, Gogo and Shadow didn't make it off of Kefka's Tower. They're out of the game.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7050.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7051.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7052.png)
It's another three-party teamwork dungeon, with some passages arbitrarily blocked off by elemental seals.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7053.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7054.png)
And monsters, of course. Lots of monsters. Lots and lots of monsters. Monsters every few steps. Monsters with really annoying gimmicks and counterattacks. So many monsters! So. Many. Fucking. Monsters.

And here I am with two parties who can't equip Molulu's Charm.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7055.png)
As you might expect from a dungeon called the Dragon's Den, there's a dragon blocking the path forward. Just chillin'.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 01:14:21 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7056.png)
Ice Dragon is back! In Pog form! Ice Dragon looks like one of the Vector Lythos enemies back in Kefka's Tower, so now he steals their strategy: he splits into four targets, with each sprite sitting on top of the other so it's impossible to tell who any single-target spells are hitting. If you hit the wrong target, they counterattack with physical hits or Avalanche.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7058.png)
Cyan casts Quick on himself.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7059.png)
Quick gives the user two turns in a row. And importantly for Cyan, it stops time for everyone else while the caster does his thing. That means Cyan has all the time in the world to charge up his Bushido skills. Twice.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7060.png)
I stick with Eclipse for this fight since it targets all enemies, but there's no reason not to abuse Quick/Flurry or Quick/Oblivion later.

Well, except that for all I've played I've never gotten Oblivion to hit a single enemy even once, but Flurry! Flurry is four hits that ignore the target's defense. That's a good one.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7061.png)
Ice Dragon's counters are nothing to worry about, so I mop the floor with him pretty easily.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7062.png)
And earn what would be an ultimate weapon for Setzer, except he already has Fixed Dice and I don't care.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7063.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7064.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7066.png)
Some of those arbitrarily blocked paths are open!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 01:19:33 AM
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I find the next dragon hanging out in the Phoenix Cave-like area... but there's no way to reach him. Time for teamwork!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7071.png)
It's worth noting that while I've played Final Fantasy 6 an embarrassing number of times on the SNES, I've only played the Advance version through once. So I'm getting through this dungeon mostly blind, through the sort of raw experimentation the developers expected.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7074.png)
So the last two screenshots involve about an hour's play time of arranging and rearranging the party on switches that create stepping stones out of the lava. Since the stepping stones that each switch creates are never within line-of-sight of the switch itself, just figuring out what I've accomplished became an ordeal.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7076.png)
Anyway, the next dragon is the Storm Dragon redux. Once he's taken some damage, he cloaks himself in wind to bring his speed and evasion up. But uh... I leveled with Cactuar and have a bunch of attacks that never miss, so...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7078.png)
Right.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7079.png)
It's a lance for Edgar, the one person who can equip Lightbringer but doesn't have one. So that's... kinda nice?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7080.png)
Gross!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 01:27:12 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7081.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7082.png)

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O... kay...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7086.png)
Red isn't the immediate problem, though.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7088.png)
Blue is. Blue Dragon mk.II is almost exactly the same as Blue Dragon the first. Only instead of using Slow on itself and Rippler on anyone with Haste, it drops Poison/Slow/Blind on itself and Ripplers those onto anyone with Haste, Protect, or Shell. Since I have two people in Miracle Shoes, that's all the prompting he needs.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7090.png)
Relm, this is why Sketch sucks and I hate you.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7091.png)
Oh well. Like most Johnnys against a team of Timmys, he loses horribly. Alas, poor Blue Dragon.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7092.png)
A sword for Celes that's not as good as the Lightbringer she's holding. Next!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7093.png)
You make it sound like somebody's going to have a baby.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 01:34:30 AM
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Yep, this shit again too.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7096.png)
Eventually I remember that I have a party with Mog and Molulu's Charm, so I let Edgar's group to the bulk of the exploring from here on out. If I feel the need to switch people between parties, I can do that without leaving the dungeon.

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Earth Dragon starts the battle with 50Gs, Magnitude8, and Quake all in a row. He's no longer immune to earth-elemental attacks like he was in the Opera House -- he absorbs them instead. That makes sense!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7100.png)
I flattened him so quickly he didn't even have a chance to use his new gimmick.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7101.png)
Better in raw attack power than the Tigerfangs, but the Tigerfangs give a bonus to Sabin's magic that the Godhand doesn't. If I hadn't artificially pumped Sabin's magic up to absurd levels already that would be something of a dealbreaker.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7102.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7104.png)

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Red Dragon starts his new gimmick as soon as the fight begins. He's invincible! And every time he attacks he wears down his own HP.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7107.png)
He has instant-kill claw attacks, his usual Flare Star and Firaga, Meltdown, and... Ultima.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7108.png)
And just in case you try to circumvent the Ultima partywipe by casting Reraise, he follows with Flare.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7109.png)

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...and then dies.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7111.png)
A sword for Terra that also isn't Lightbringer.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7112.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 01:40:29 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7113.png)

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Yep, this shit again too.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7115.png)

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Hey, that's nice. Free Celestriad! These doodads reduce the cost of anything that costs MP to cast to 1. Terra has one because otherwise the Soul of Thamasa doublecasting would chew through her MP like nobody's business. Strago has one because it means his Lores also only cost 1 MP. Celes has one because she's a prime magic user too. I give this one to... Cyan. He only ever casts the one spell, but it's 99 MP each time.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7117.png)
If you get knocked off the bridges by the guys who wander around looking for people to knock off bridges, you fall into a sub-basement with blue flames wandering about.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7119.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7122.png)

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Each flame is a new, annoying miniboss!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7130.png)
I can't imagine having to fight through all that every time you're knocked off a bridge above. I can use save states to avoid it, but man, on an actual Game Boy? I'd have just given up.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 01:46:41 AM
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Molten eyes, get it?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7134.png)
The deeper parts of the dungeon are more switch-and-rock puzzles.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7135.png)

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Skull Dragon's new gimmick is that if he's reduced to 0 HP but has any MP left, he revives. It's not really a new gimmick if it means I Rasp him to death, you know...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7137.png)

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I also get the Scorpion Tail, a flail for Gogo. :shrug:

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7140.png)
Meanwhile, a few corridors away... The Holy Dragon was a chump in his first form, but he's the most dangerous dragon of the eight in his second. Enjoying his aids gives him Regen and powers up his attacks -- which now include Heartless Angel and Saintly Beam, which hits the whole party for holy-elemental damage.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7141.png)
He also counters everything with Curaga to restore about 6000 HP to himself. So while the way to win before was to have Reflect on the party, the way to win now is to cast Reflect on the dragon.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7143.png)
Anyone who can use Heartless Angel is an asshole.  :rage:

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A new katana for Cyan. Since he can only use katanas and those are on a linear progression, it's a solid upgrade.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7145.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 01:51:00 AM
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Like I said before, I'm doing this without a guide. I had no way of knowing all the inscriptions for the blank tombstone from before were two or three screens away in the same room.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7147.png)
There's also a Gold Dragon at the end of the hallway. Gold Dragon has a permanent Runic effect on, so any spellcasting this party does gets absorbed.

Look at this party.

Look at it.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7149.png)
Lucky me I ran into this guy with the Molulu's Charm party. Nobody here relies on spells to do damage. Drill, Phantom Rush, Jump, and Mug win the day.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7150.png)
A new dagger for Locke that is, yes, not Lightbringer.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7151.png)
I'm pretty sure that's all of 'em.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 01:58:53 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7152.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7153.png)

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That's a lot of chests.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7156.png)
One of them has Umaro's new item. There are eight dragons and fourteen party members, so some items just have to be found without killing dragons, I guess. With this, his strength is almost to the levels my other fighters have! Good for you, Umaro!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7157.png)
Other chests have monsters, natch. Plague does his usual thing, hitting everyone with Doom and following with Haste so they die faster.

But not faster than Plague himself. He drops the Angel Brush for Relm. It's not better than the Lightbringer Magus Rod she's already got.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7158.png)
Neslug doesn't bring anything new to the Ymir-standard fight, either. He drops Gungnir for Mog. Which would be good if Mog weren't already doing 9999 damage per jump with the Radiant Lance he's been carrying. Are you starting to catch on that the rewards in this dungeon aren't really that great?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7162.png)
The Flan Princesses died so quickly to Ultima and Fixed Dice I honestly have no idea what their gimmick is. I think they used Entice or Overture or something. Whatever. They drop Oborozuki, the best weapon for that other guy I left on the airship.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7166.png)
And yet, through all the useless crap I had to murder something for, I get the Dueling Mask for free. :shrug:

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Finally.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7168.png)
Three different diverging routes through the dungeon lead to this passage. When two parties stand on their buttons, the third button turns into a warp.

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It took literally hours, using the emulator's fast-forward button almost constantly, and eventually resorting to a cheat code to null random encounters, to get here. This dungeon isn't as objectively terrible as the one in FF5A, and doesn't involve the level reset from FF2A... but it's still tedious as hell.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 02:02:25 AM
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God, why is that even a problem? Let's go!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7173.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7175.png)
You look like Ultima Weapon.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7176.png)
What? You invited me. I got your stone slab!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7177.png)
Well, I did beat Ultima Weapon before, then Ultima Weapon But Better again in Kefka's Tower...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7178.png)
Yeah, I know, but I try to make my Let's Plays reasonably comprehensive.

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...dragonkind?

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I am strength given form, I am matter/I am antimatter, blah blah

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7182.png)

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 02:13:27 AM
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Oh, so not the new model of Ultima, then? Well, whatever.

Kaiser Dragon is a subquest that was dropped from the SNES version. There's data in the cart for this boss fight and his intro speech, but there's no way to actually get to the guy in-game. So when the devs needed a new bit of extra content to put into the Advance rerelease... well, he's right there. So they built a new dungeon for him, put the eight dragons back in with the gimmicks a few scraps of code indicated they would have, and called it a day.

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Kaiser Dragon has 65,500 HP... five times. When the battle begins, he uses Barrier Change to determine his next phase, choosing one of eight available. He then attacks along the elemental theme of whatever his phase is -- if it's fire, he uses Meltdown and Flare Star; if ice, Avalanche and Northern Cross; if water, Aqua Breath and Tsunami, and so on -- until his HP is depleted. Once his 65,500 HP is gone, he uses Barrier Change to switch to a new phase and begins again.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7186.png)
So, fun fact. Kaiser Dragon's base defense and magic defense are both 200, and that's a lot. Ultima, Grand Delta, and Flurry all ignore the target's defense value, so that doesn't matter. Only Umaro is at a disadvantage in this fight.

Well, not that anyone else but Cyan really matters much at all. Terra and Strago take healing duty while Cyan casts Quick and charges up his Bushido. Flurry hits four times, at 9999 damage per hit thanks to Cyan's massive Strength and Flurry's ability to pierce defense... and Cyan does it twice thanks to Quick. 9999x4x2 is 79,992 non-elemental damage. Each of Kaiser's phases lasts for exactly one of Cyan's turns.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7200.png)
The only speedbump I run into is Kaiser's ice phase, where he uses Southern Cross to freeze Cyan and Terra solid. A blast of Meltdown hits everyone with a jolt of fire, thawing the two of them out (and hitting Kaiser for another 9999).

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7204.png)
Kaiser's last form mixes elemental attacks: Meltdown, Quake, Hyperdrive, Flash Rain, Gale Cut, Absolute Zero... and he likes Last Breath to instant-kill, or Revenge Blast to do max HP - current HP damage. And that's probably a lot. He can use Heartless Angel immediately followed by Mind Blast, given half a chance. Oh, and his final pre-death counter?

It's Ultima.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 02:16:57 AM
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Ah, a new magicite! The fourth of the four new espers in this game.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7210.png)
It had better be!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7211.png)

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Yep. The last magicite, and the last spell in the game it teaches... is gravity-themed. Most enemies at this point are immune to having their HP split by gravity spells, and those that aren't are so weak I might as well use Ultima or Flare and kill them outright. I don't even care about that HP bonus!

This whole dungeon was a waste of time.

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We out.

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...can't wait.

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Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 02:26:24 AM
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As in FF5 Advance, the last thing you can do is fight a bunch of monsters in a row.

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There are 128 of them here.

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...starting with Imperial Soldiers and Magitek Armor. From the World of Balance. Siiigh.

The first set of enemies are from Mount Kolts, the Lethe River, the Imperial Camp, then Phantom Train... even the fish from Baren Falls pop up in the most tedious battle yet!

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The fifteenth battle is the Death Warden from the Cave on the Veldt. Which isn't notable because it's difficult -- it's definitely not --

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--but because it shows that monsters can still do their unique drops or steals in the Soul Shrine.

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Battle 24 is against two Gigantoses. They'd be threatening if I were still level 25 or so! But now Throat Jab deals about 200 damage to anybody in my party, and my HP are about octuple what they were back when I fought them to begin with, so.

I do get two Sasuke ninjato for winning. :shrug:

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Battle #32. And I don't have Setzer here to cheese a victory!

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I will just kill you normal.

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Glutturns are new. And by "new" I mean "they do the thing Magic Urns did in the last game".

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7235.png)
I don't... have any ethers.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7237.png)
I will just kill you normal.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 02:30:26 AM
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Battle 53...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7242.png)
Battle 62...

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The point of Glutturns isn't to give away all your good healing items, of course.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7247.png)
Each one has a good thing to steal. The one that demands X-Ethers gives you a shot at another Master's Scroll. The two that come later (that I missed thanks to the RNG determining I just shouldn't fight them this round through the Shrine) give a shot at Celestriads and Souls of Thamasa -- the only way to get more than one Soul of Thamasa in the game.

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Battle 87 is against the Brachiosaur -- "Brachioraidos" in Japanese, like the superboss in FF4 Advance -- which was the strongest monster in the SNES version. It hits with Disaster and other nasty stuff, but drops the Celestriad once in a while. How much of a threat is it now? Well, I already have four Celestriads, and only one of them was free...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7249.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7250.png)
Battle 97. Fiend Dragons are still assholes.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 02:33:50 AM
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Then I fight all eight of the original dragons. Here we see Gold Dragon opening with Thunder, as is his habit.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7253.png)
Even Locke can Rasp for over 1000 MP. Skull Dragon doesn't stand a chance.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7256.png)
Battles 117, 118, and 119 are against Demon, Goddess, and Fiend. Getting near the end!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7257.png)

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The run-up on the last round is all the new dragons, from the Dragon's Den.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7262.png)
With that in mind, the last fight is nearly a foregone conclusion.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7266.png)
...he did Heartless Angel right before Cyan killed him. So Heartless Angel, followed immediately by Ultima.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7268.png)
...you utter asshole.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7269.png)
Fuck this shit, we out.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:14:34 AM
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Why am I back here again? (I'll not post the hourlong sojourn through the Dragon's Den.)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7272.png)
For this guy. He looks like Ultima Weapon, right?

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7273.png)
He looks a lot like Ultima Weapon. He's Omega Weapon, actually!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7280.png)
I knew I stole that other Ultima Weapon for a reason...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7281.png)
SUCK GENJI GLOVE MASTER'S SCROLL ULTIMA WEAPON, JERKFACE

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I'm pretty sure that should be doing a lot more damage than it is, but whaddyagonnado

Omega Weapon has three lives at 65,500 HP each, like Kaiser Dragon had his five. Omega also dies if you chip his MP down to 0 (from its own 65,500), but given his Magic Defense I can't get Rasp to do more than 500 or so damage at a time -- and that's Terra using Trance.

Furthermore, Omega Weapon counters attacks. On his first life, he uses either Freezing Dust -- being frozen solid is a status that can't be blocked -- or Dischord. Having your level halved in any hit or damage calculations for the rest of the fight is a big deal.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7283.png)
Omega uses one or the other no matter what he's hit with, so every hit has to count. If Strago uses Forcefield to null out elemental attacks -- because Omega is also capable of Flare Star, Tsunami, Southern Cross, Quake, Aero, Atomic Rays, Absolute Zero, Wave Cannon, and Magnitude8 -- Omega gets confused and counters to the first person in the party instead of Strago himself. I spent a lot of this first round with Terra frozen solid, only to thaw her out with a fire spell, another Forcefield to go off, and Terra to get frozen again.

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Terra can output about 5000 damage eight times a turn, so two of her turns are usually enough to deplete Omega's HP for one phase of the battle. Omega steps up his game in the next phase, adding Gravity Bomb and Metal Cutter to his repertoire. He now counters twice for each time he's hit: once with an attack or Missile, and then with another Missile or Blaster.

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Everyone's job is playing defensively so Terra can bring the thunder to Omega. Strago sets up Forcefields and Mighty Guard, Celes keeps everyone's HP up with dualcast white magic, and Sabin spends most of his time keeping everyone Reraised.

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Oh, and did I mention? Every twenty seconds Omega charges up for a super attack, either Grand Delta, Mind Blast, or Forsaken. Grand Delta seems to be the most common, for about 6000 damage to the whole party. Mind Blast (pictured here) comes up once, but three people blocked it and Terra ignored whatever it was supposed to do. :shrug:

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At the end of his second phase, Omega drops Heartless Angel.

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I have just enough time to recover from that before Forsaken comes up. That's about 8000 damage to everybody.

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But Terra only needs enough time to get one Quick off. Quick is two turns, and two turns is all it takes for her to crank out enough damage to remove all the HP in Omega's final phase.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7292.png)
...man, at least finishing the Soul Shrine would have given me a bragging rights reward. All you get for beating Omega is to see your lead character pose. There's not even a victory fanfare!
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:18:08 AM
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Well, anyway. Let's go back a bit and see how things could have been, shall we? Kefka moves some statues, starts a nasty magical reaction...

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7295.png)
We're off!

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7297.png)
First difference: leaving Shadow behind on the Floating Continent.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7298.png)
kaboom, world destroyed, etc. etc.

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Next difference: skip Tzen entirely.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7300.png)
Mobliz, too.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7302.png)
Fighting off the Tentacles can be tough with only Celes immune to being grabbed.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:21:59 AM
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Super-fast-forward continues. If you get Cyan before Gau, he has a hint for getting Gau. It's weird how many people push you in that direction since all you have to do is go to the Veldt.

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So I do.

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Cyan also has some encouraging words for Lola, should you return to talk to her.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7314.png)
Pick up Mog and Umaro...

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In the Cave on the Veldt, Interceptor stands watch over a wounded Relm. Shadow got exploded, fell a mile or two to the ground on chunks of debris, got exploded at least one more time, and fell into a fissure that ripped open the earth from underneath him. We won't be seeing him again... so Relm takes his place.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7322.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:25:45 AM
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It's a brief dream.

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If you left Shadow behind, you can't get Relm until you finish the Cave on the Veldt. Owzer's mansion is still cursed if you go inside, but you can't get into the mazey basement parts.

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So I go pick up Relm from Owzer's, then hit up Gogo.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7335.png)
And that's it! Let's hit up Kefka's Tower.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7336.png)
Not present: Terra, Locke, Sabin, Shadow, Strago.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7340.png)
Super-fast-forward continues.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:29:54 AM
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Lookin' pretty sparse.

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During the conversation, there were parts where Terra mouthed off to Kefka before. Since she's not available here, Edgar does the job instead... and glitches out a little. Rather than returning to the ranks of the party, he hangs there in the air while everyone (including Edgar himself) gives their reasons for living.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7344.png)
Terra and Locke are on those spires in a full party. Edgar and Celes do it now.

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At the end of Kefka's speech, we cut away. Terra looks up with a start, and runs out of the basement.

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Terra flies away! Good thing nobody saw her do it, since we skipped the part where everyone realizes and comes to grips with her esper form.

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Kefka gets some extra threats in after Terra's cutscene. He doesn't say that if she's already present.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7353.png)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:37:57 AM
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I take on the final boss gauntlet, with the... um, "handicap" of everyone being in Imp form.

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There's a set of imp equipment, of which the Impartisan and Reed Cloak are half. The shield slot is a modified tortoise shell, and the helmet is a special water-filled saucer. All combined, they give the wearer ridiculously high attack, defense, magic defense, evade, and magic evade. So equipped, being an imp makes several characters better.

Less versatile, yes -- you still can't use magic -- but virtually invincible to attacks that aren't unblockable or defense-piercing.

The Saucers are only available by stealing, so I had to hack them in. Don't judge me.

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Everyone can pound away with Impartisans for nearly the damage limit each time they hit. Imp y Cyan there has the Master's Scroll, while Imp Celes is wearing Dragoon Boots. Imp Gau doesn't get a fight command, and Rage is sealed while imped, and his magic except for the Imp spell itself is cut off, so... he's kinda useless.

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Though not so useless I don't make it to the next tier. That damage on Cyan, there? A full-power Thundaga from Magic.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7357.png)
Gau resorts to throwing Super Balls. They're 10,000 gil each, good for one use, and do random damage to all enemies. They're a waste of money in any situation but this one.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7361.png)
Boing boing boing

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By the end of this tier, Rest's double Repose counter knocks out Cyan and Gau.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7365.png)

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Celes smacks Kefka with a jump attack before he can do his prebattle speech. NO CELES NO

Actually I am okay with this.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7369.png)
Kefka manages to move a couple of times, and even threaten to use Forsaken on everyone.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7372.png)
My only regret is that I didn't do the Phoenix Cave and earn a Dragon Horn.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:43:02 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7373.png)

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Whoosh! Terra flies in.

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The rest of this scene plays out as before, with the magicite disintegrating and so on.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7382.png)

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Cyan's and Setzer's parts of the ending are also the same.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:47:53 AM
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Without Sabin there to catch the girder, Edgar is unceremoniously crushed to death, and you never see him again.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7390.png)
Nah, he jumps out of the way, leaving the three to slowly push the girder off the platform they're on.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7394.png)

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Mog, Umaro, Gogo, and Gau's sequences are the same, which is doubtless why they feature Celes, Edgar, and Setzer in supporting roles in the first place.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:52:00 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7403.png)

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Celes drops Locke's bandana, as before...

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...but it's Setzer who dives in to rescue her. Not that it changes the music, it still (in versions not desynched) switches to Locke's theme when he does.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7411.png)

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She says this even if Cid lives... which now that I think about it, means she never found the bandana in the first place. :shrug:

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Terra's bit remains the same, even though she's only added to the party in a cutscene.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 10:55:04 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7417.png)

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Edgar also hops around Relm.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7422.png)

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Relm just can't catch a break.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7425.png)

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7426.png)

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Stunning everyone with a useless threat, Relm then powers through the crowd and offscreen.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 09, 2013, 11:00:16 AM
(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7428.png)

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Characters not recruited get a portrait hovering over wherever their home is. Mog and Umaro get Narshe, Cyan gets Doma, Gogo gets the Zone Eater's Belly dungeon, and Gau gets the Cave on the Veldt even though that's not where you find him. Celes, Edgar, Setzer, and Terra get their own scenes as usual since you can't miss them; Sabin and Locke modify the scenes they'd otherwise be in.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7432.png)
Relm, Shadow, and Strago all get the same pan over Thamasa.

(http://www.intentionallyblank.net/images/lp-ff6gba/lp-ff6gba7434.png)

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The rest of the ending plays out the same way. That's another LP in the can, and the end of my "Let's Play Every Goddamn Final Fantasy Game from the Game Boy Advance" series.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on November 09, 2013, 03:18:09 PM
(http://djbluewater.com/ThankYouForPlaying.jpg)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on November 09, 2013, 03:23:22 PM
I guess that really was
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on November 09, 2013, 03:23:26 PM
(http://brentai.brontoforum.us/images/horatio2.jpg)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Brentai on November 09, 2013, 03:23:32 PM
The final Fantasy.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: on November 09, 2013, 03:28:15 PM
YEEEEAAAAAAAAHH (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YMPAH67f4o#)
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on November 12, 2013, 12:51:29 PM
I love that since the late game of FF5 and FF6 just get into such ridiculous Monty Haul levels, the bonus content had to figure out how they could out-cheese the cheesiest the players have ever been.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: R^2 on November 12, 2013, 03:21:04 PM
...but they didn't, because Quick/Flurry or Genji Glove/Master Scroll/Ultima Weapon can still oneshot every phase of the superbosses.
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Roger on November 12, 2013, 03:30:33 PM
LET ME DREAM
Title: Re: Who Needs the Fight Command, Anyway? Let's Play Final Fantasy 6 Advance!
Post by: Sharkey on November 13, 2013, 10:57:40 AM
Definitely served to remind me why I always got completely bogged down in the WoR. I mean, I still love the transition from melancholy to completely soul-crushing desolation and despair, but it really could have used one more strong act between "gather up all your guys (or at least the ones you give half a fuck about)" and "let's kill the Joker because we finally ran out of tedious shit to do." There really needs to be just a bit more interaction between the characters between those two points.