The Let's Play Archive

Final Fantasy IX

by Mega64

Part 95: Level 1 run - Chapter 15

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: And then when they landed on Treno aeverything was okay and they had a card game but while they were gone a hundred disasters happend

This is my team for the end of disc 2. Taking both white mages would be better, but Kukri runs off after the first mistodon fight so I'll just take Owen Wilson from the start.

Mr. Stroper has one last chance to ruin my day. He only slaps Bort again.

Goodbye Mr. Stroper, and go to hell.

Mistodons! While they're nonissues if you have Insomnia at normal levels, here they're slight issues.

Gitan mutes them with Butterfly Sword-based Soul Blades. Head Attack sucks but Fira is a OHKO on everyone, while Gitan and Owen Wilson survive the physical.

Mist is a gigantic pain. Bort has the magic defense to survive and Gitan gets by on raw HP. Otherwise I have no Shadow damage countermeasures. And the sleep can kick in on Bort since she doesn't have magic stones, really.

Hey, look, I'm actually casting Cura! WOW!

Besides that, it's mostly Stopping.

Side-LP challenge: Replace Bort's text box with a funny caption.

Reward: Props in a video later.

Second Mistodon fight has a single one. Standard strategies apply. Owen Wilson spends the battle like his character spent the second half of Anaconda: dead.

At least one Mistodon encounter is assured on this screen. It's another loner.

Owen Wilson's major contribution here is Chakra.

It recovers MP, one more than a Stop costs.

And he recovers one more than a Chakra costs when using it on himself.

Waow, I'm an MP battery!

He survives the third fight, and Bort nets Ability Up. That'll be more than a little useful later.

I wanted to make a joke about MP costs here, but Leviathan costs 42 and Kukri has 46. Damn.

Well that is disc 2 over, since the rest is cutscenes. Cutting the update in half here would be kinda lame.

So let's go on to the heart-pounding hippo fitness segment.

I get him high enough level to get Tantarian. This is a real beaut. The card tournament is almost here.

I don't buy much at the moment. Money is tight. Gotta save up.

I try to round out my card collection for the tournament with one last kick.


These persist through resets, too. When the cards are determined is something I don't know. If it weren't for Tantarian and Antlion I'd be kinda screwed.

"But boss, doesn't that require levels?"
"Then I'm off to get laid! YEEHAW!"
"Christ what an asshole."

Ratchel's back! More importantly, the Coral Ring is back! This thing had been sitting on her forever, as the last chance to equip her before this is right before Beatrix 3.

I am an unabashed Tintrix shipper.

Now we're at Treno now! Holy damage immunity is important, as a lot of endgame bosses cast Holy!

This is Gitan's motivation. My motivation is the first place prize. It's essential at level 1. I gotta have it. This is the Battle City Tournament I've been referring to, and why I've cared about sources of good cards.

This is my deck of choice. Dryad and Zuu came from Cleyran kids, so only one of these, Antlion, dropped from a battle. Ramuh's arrows are disappointing, but the rest are good.


oh come on


Round two happens I guess. Auto-cropping borders on screenshots also happens.

Cardona isn't much of a card shark.

RIP Quark 1710-1800

I save between every round to preserve my good cards in case I get really unlucky and lose, but this time it really matters.

Or I win easily. Huh. I credit Tartanitan and Dryad hitting their weaknesses and Sand Scorpion's decent stats.

Auto-Life is the crux of disc 3 and 4 level 1. This Rebirth Ring is all but mandatory as the first boss that regularly uses a non-elemental party-wide attack is right before they show up in synthesis shops.

And, hey, it's handy to have it for free.

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; resources depleted by zombies; Stroper sweepstakes 2; ran out of magic tags; Stroper sweepstakes 3; Auto-Potion; Beaten to Bort; zombie-on-zombie violence; more zombie-on-zombie violence; Stroper sweepstakes 4; Stroper sweepstakes 5; Magic Elevator Ride zombies: Gitan striked, Roulette suicide, Roulette suicide 2, Gitan striked 2; Counter and Auto-Potion do not mix; Ramuh and Shiva insisted on sucking.