The Let's Play Archive

Final Fantasy IX

by Mega64

Part 93: Level 1 run - Chapter 13

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: He was also eating her ♥ majresty a barbecued fish and silence soup and a rock-fisted potato stew but he also ate just bread.

Bye again Quark. I'll miss your carefree attitude and impressive lobes.

I can get her nameplates.

Bort has bad stats. This is because Marcus had bad stats. Her base magic stone count is 12, which is just enough. Her speed is good and that's all that counts, really. Her magic is okay-ish too.

This is where I really feel the absence of the Madian's Ring. Trolls 'n' Gnolls (the 'olls) both cast Blizzara.

It's precarious if I get to flee, more or less.

Oh, right, boss.

Hilgigars has 3 attacks that all instantly kill whoever they hit.

My offense are Papito's Bio and Gitan swinging his sword. It's not very good damage. I miss Quark. Hell, I miss Tinhank.

Don't have a cow, man!

I've been too busy reviving my characters. I need to cast Floa-


Earthquake wipes everyone all the time without Float.

Welp! I take this chance to arm Gitan with a bit more strength and Man Eater.

This time, Bort gets a turn first thing and drops the Float.

However, Hilgigars hates Gitan.

Papito's Bio doesn't hit as hard as Gitan's attacks, and he only gets two before running out.

Gitan doesn't have Float due to being punched, but the other 3 get through.

Kurki is slain dick-first, but that's okay, it's not Gitan.


Papito has enough MP to cast Fira after two Bios. It's not much but it's not nothing.

Curaga follows the usual rules: Annoying, but not a big deal as he's not killing us.

Also, the menu there is an Ether on Papito. They aren't that valuable, I'm serious.

We're back to the regular schedule.

And Papito's second Fira after depliting his MP again finishes off Hilgigars. Gitan got to attack twice. Thankfully, there was only one Earthquake the whole fight.

Abilities! 9 AP is a lot. If Gitan hasn't mastered Auto-Potion by now, then you'll need to do some stoppin'. Kukri has plenty of chances before she needs it mastered, at least.

Please be a good card...

That's all the explanation Hilgigars gets. He's hard like Beatrix 3 is. I have to fight him basically like normal but am level 1.

The conversation skips to here if you've never summoned anything with Bort. Fenrir is useless in this run. Whatever damage it would've done to Hilgigars, Bort's time and MP are better spent keeping the offense going and Float active.

7-directions and good stats? Be still my beating heart!

I get this thing since I sucked at plays. Dunno if it'll ever be useful.

Cheeseburgers, ones that make me fail to die, save points, girls that have levels.

Anyway I mess up the moogle allocation but it doesn't matter.

Disc 2 won't go gentle into that good night. The Fifa Tree is dangerous as heck.

Oh, welp, can't even get there.

Then Bort's passive chance to cast Phoenix on a part wipe kicks in! It doesn't deal damage but it revives the whole party which is slightly useful.

Note she doesn't need to actually know the Phoenix summon for this to happen. You just need the pinions.

The revive is good enough for a Flee.


Carbuncle is an eidolon that will make me fail to die. It's about the only summon Bort will ever actually use.

There are 3 screens of jogging from the entrence to the save moogle. They're very perilous.

Subject A: Stropers. Stropers tend to use Sweep which is unavoidably a total party wipe.

Unless Phoenix kicks in again...!


well then

Attempt 2, and Gitan makes it past the first and second screens without beefing it!

This screen is long enough that you're bound to get a few encounters on it.

Like more Stropers. Thankfully, Gitan usually can Flee before they sweep.

Zombies are common too. They have two attacks that are instant kills, one that deals damage equal to their current HP, and a literal instant death spell.

Mocchi is your sign you made it past the branches.

But also your sign that shit's only going to get worse.

One to Tidal Flame Garnet for the hell of it; Unknown number lost to plant spiders spawn numbers; died to Flans without Flee; Untimely crit pushed Sealion to fatally Blizzara; less work to suicide on optional Type A fight than to win or reset; incredible number of resets for phoenix down RNG; and then again; Marcus gained levels; Snared by the Mandragoras leaving Quan's Dwelling; Only one on a pointless phoenix down rng; Antlion did not cooperate; Again, Antlion did not cooperate; Soldiers beaten too hard once; twice; thrice; Gitan lied Cleyrans died; Tinhank and Marcus didn't make it; bonus fourth Soldier beating; Alexandrian Gauntlet toll: Beatrix 3, Beatrix vs Bandersnatch 2, Beatrix vs Bandersnatch 1, Beatrix 3; Knuckleheaded death to Ralvuimago; Actually two of them; dunked by Hilgigars; Stroper sweepstakes.