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Chicobo Card (Disc 2, after FH):
If you successfully call a Chocobo in all the Chocobo Forests, you can get the Chicobo Card. Basically the way this works is you walk around
pressing Triangle until you hear the cheep sound change and see the red bar on the bottom right of the screen jump around more. (If that
doesn't make sense, pay the kid to teach you how to do things.) When the sound and red bar change, you're ready to blow the Ziner. Use the
card-talk button to switch to that and use triangle to call the chicobo.
1. The Beginner's Forest:
To get to this forest, head to Shumi Village (waaay up north on the map) and look off to the left. There's a small circular patch of forest
there. (Hey, why not stop of at Shumi Village for a bit of Ultima Magic, while you're at it?) Pull up the menu with Square (card-talk) and
chose Sonar. Go toward the back of the forest and blow the whistle with triangle (menu escape) as you walk around. Eventually it should be
obvious where things change. Use square to switch to Ziner and blow it to call down a single Chocobo. Talk to that Chocobo with X (main
select) and you should see the mother chocobo drop down. Now switch back to sonar and look along the back left wall until you get a hit. Use
the Ziner there and the mother chocobo should go dig up an Aura Stone for you. Talk to the Mother to ride it out of the forest, and go south
to the next island down.
2. The Basics Forest:
Ride the chocobo you caught in [1. The Beginner's Forest] south, then go left around the mountains until you see a small dome of forest pretty
much directly south of the other one. You don't need to bother dismounting - just ride straight in to that forest. Select the sonar and find
the spot near the middle back where it goes off. Use the Ziner and three will come down - one at first, and two that follow it. Next, walk
directly on top of the front right chocobo and blow the ziner again. Two of them should fly away, leaving a lone chicobo you can talk to in
order to summon the mother. Use the sonar along the back-left snow bank to find the next treasure. When you find it, use the Ziner and the
mother should dig up a Flare Stone for you. Ride this chocobo out of the forest to...
3. The Roaming Forest:
Ride the chocobo south into the water, then continue south until you see another shoreline. That should allow you to get to Trabia Garden.
Head around the mountains east of the garden. Use the sonar to find the right spot (I pressed triangle as soon as I arrived and they dropped
down - YMMV) then use the Ziner to call them. You should see two. Use the sonar to find the spot between them and use the Ziner there to
make a third drop, then watch them all head back up. Go almost all the way out and use the sonar to find the spot by the log where the Ziner
will call a single Chicobo. Talk to it to summon Momma. Use the sonar to find a spot WAY in the back where you can blow the ziner to get a
Shell and Holy Stone. Ride the mother chocobo alllll the way back north to the first forest near Shumi Village.
4. The Solitude Forest:
Get back in Garden and head to the northern most point of the Centra continent (it's due south of the island of Balam.) You should see the
forest surrounded by mountains at the northern edge of the contient. Park the garden south of those mountains and walk around them on foot.
Use the sonar to find the place just left and behind the chocoboy where it goes off. Talk to the chicobo to summon mama. Talk to Chocoboy to
get him to move (begin a card game if you have to, but I don't think you need to beat him.) Use the sonar to see where you'll need to tell
mama to dig. I had to step aside in order to switch to the ziner, but I was able to get right back and use the ziner where the chocoboy was
standing, which causes the mother to dig up a Protect Stone and a Meteor Stone. Ride the chocobo out of the forest and head southwest to get
5. The Fun Forest:
This one is located near Edea's Lighthouse. If Galbadia Garden is near the lighthouse, you'll want to ride a Chocobo here. Use the sonar to
find the first spot to use the ziner (just right of the middle of the clearing). Three should drop. Next, find the spot in the clearing just
right of chocoboy. A fourth should drop. Finally, find the spot down and left of Chocoboy and blow the ziner twice. Talk to the lone
chicobo to summon mama. Use the sonar to find the dig spot way in the back right of the clearing where you can get a Meteor Stone, a Flare
Stone, and an Ultima Stone! Ride the chocobo out of the forest and head south-east until you come to a desert. Just south of that is...
6. The Enclosed Forest:
South of the desert at the far eastern edge of the Centra continent is a tiny forerst kind of hidden next to two other larger forests. Ride
the chocobo from the previous forest here. Use the sonar to find the following spots, and blow the ziner when you find them: 1) just down and
lef from chocoboy; two chicobos come down. 2) Just back and right from the left-most Chicobo; one comes down, one goes up. 3) Just left of
the big rock where the chicobo just flew up from; one comes down. 4) Way in the back, just right of the forked tree; one comes down. 5) In
the middle of all the chicobos; all go up, one comes down. Talk to him to summon mother. Use the ziner all the way right (behind the rock)
to have mama dig up a Metero Stone, a Holy Stone, and an Ultima Stone. Ride the mother out of the forest and...
7. The Final Forest:
Ride the Chocobo from the previous forest north a big and go around the little mountain range until you see a shoreline you can use. Ride
north along the east side of the continent and look at the water color. You want to follow the shoreline until you see a place where you can
turn north toward the next continent up. Do so, and follow it's shoreline around the east side of the continent. You should come to an inlet
heading west relatively soon. Follow that north until you come to a shoreline of a very thick forest. Go across this forested area and
continue north until you come to a second shorline of a thick forest. You'll follow a cliff face northeast a bit, and then you'll see a spot
where you can cut through and head north. Do so and continue north and a bit west. You should eventually come to yet another domed chocobo
forest area. Head inside and talk to Chocoboy. After chatting with him, head foward a bit and watch the chocobos do a fun dance. Do you
recognize the dance waltz music? That's right! It's the same track from the dance party where you first met Rinoa! When there's only one
lone chicobo left, talk to him for the Chicobo Card. Talking to him again will grant you a Gyshall Green (at the expense of 600 Gil). Talk
to Chocoboy again and (despite the typo) have him call you a Chocobo so you can leave.
One Final Note: Once you get chicobo, you can cheat if you're playing the PC version
of the game. Otherwise, you're probably SOL if you're playing on an Emulator, etc.
Shumi Village (Disc 2, after FH):
To complete this area, go to shumi village (Just North of Trabia Garden on a little island). Now, DRAW ULTIMA from behind the guys.
after each bullet in the paragraph below EDIT: OK. It looks like this recharges when your allowance is recharged. Go to the elevator and go down.
You will be given special permission to hang out here. Note the blue and red orbs in the elevator, reminicent of the orbs on Norg's device. It
doesn't mean anything, but it's sorta cool to see.
Complete this on Disc 2, then return to Shumi Village when you first get the Ragnorok on Disc 3. Visit the Elder, then go visit the statue. Talk to
all three of them and then try to leave, then talk to Master Fisherman. Talk to the elder, then leave and head out. After a long cut scene, you'll be
back on the elevator. When you leave, head back one last time to hear the last little bits of the story, then you can leave for good. While you're
there, if you would like to hear an interesting spin on the "Eyes on Me" song, head into the Inn and examine the Moogle-in-a-snow-globe at the far
- When you get down, enter the first doorway, the Inn, and save your game upstairs.
- Leave the inn and go all the way to the last hut. That's the Sculptur, in the back. Talk to him.
- Go to the next to the last hut and talk to Artisan. Then try again. Read the Timber Maniacs magazene on his couch.
- Go to the next hut over and talk to the Elder.
- Go back and talk to Sculpter.
- Look beside the statue for Blue stone (if you need it, there's a Firaga draw point behind the statue).
- Look at the rocks by the only hut you can't enter (near the entrance) for Wind stone. Give the stone to Sculpter.
- The life stones are in the tree roots to the right of the Moomba outside the Elder's hut, get them. Go and give them to Sulpter.
- Get the shadow stones (just to the right of the Ultima Draw Point) and take them to Sculpter.
- For the water stones, go talk to artisan about the stone he uses to wash dishes. (You'll have to select the stone from his sink, if I remember right.)
- Now you should be able to get your reward. Talk to sculpter, though. It's fun.
- Go see the elder. When you try to leave, you'll get little something. If you are confused, have squall explain it to you after you leave the hut.
- After you hear the loud cry, go and visit the Sculpter again.
- Then go back draw more Ultima. You didn't forget, did you? It's worth your while! Actually, you do have to at least get on the elevator to get to the next level.
- After you get Ultima, go back and visit Elder. He'll tell you to go and see Atendent helping Sculpter.
- Go talk to Attendant. Go talk to Sculpter. Go talk to the elder. He'll ask you to talk to the Moomba outside.
- Do so, then go and talk to Assistant again. Then leave the shop and come back.
- Talk to him, then to Sculpter. Now go and tell the Elder what is happening, and get a bit of info.
- Now go talk to Sculpter again, then Assistant. Twice. Now go back and talk to Elder. Now go talk to Artisan.
- Hmmm. What to do? What to do? Didn't he give you a bit of a hint earlier? Oh alright. I'll tell you. Go and talk to the guy at FH with the Moomba doll. He'll give you what you need (the doll.) Take it back to Shumi Village (draw ultima both ways!) and walk to Artisan's house.
- The doll contains a message that makes everything turn out better. After delivering it, head outside and meet the fisherman!
- Talk a bit and Artisan will be happier. Now head over to the shop and talk to all 3 of them.
- Now go talk to the elder for a cool gift. I got a Status Guard.
Winhill (Disc 2, after FH):
Head over to Winhill to learn a little more about that cute little area, as well as solve a fun puzzle. Make sure you party consists of
Squall, Zell and Quistis. When you first walk into town, talk to the 'seedy' ;) looking characters and then head to the main mansion. It's
right next door to Ellone's Parent's house. Follow the directions below for a prize.
Anyway, give the last piece to the guy and you will get your final reward. A holy stone. What a jerk! Anyway, Didn't this remind you at least a little bit of the Shumi Village deal? Hmm. I think I'll go back there
and get more Ultima.
- Talk to the man on the stairs a few times, then go down and talk to his wife. Their precious vase is missing! You've got to help them
find it! (Always the hero, ain't ya Squall?)
- You did remember to have Squall, Zell and Quistis, right? That's the key to getting the last piece. If Quistis isn't there, the joke
won't be made. Go look at the suit of armor. You'll get a vase piece. Show that to the man on the stairs and you'll be told to let him know
if you find more pieces. Here's a hint: There are four total.
- Optional: Head over to Elle's house and look at her parent's picture. If you want, head upstairs and save your game and/or draw curaga.
- Head upstairs in Raine's Pub and talk to the new owner until she tells you about the flowers. Then talk to the cat. o.O
- Now go down stairs and smell the flowers closest to the door.
- Go over to where Raine appears and she will become a cat. After a few moments, you will be able to pet the cat. When you do, you receive
a Vase Piece. Go back and talk to the man on the stairs in the mansion.
- Now go outside and talk to all the other people around the area. The guy on the bench doesn't think to highly of Laguna. The Dispel
draw point is still at the bottom of the stairs on that screen. The other draw points from Laguna's visit are still here, too - though one is
all used up.
- Go over the bridge and toward the old lady. When she ducks inside her house and slams the door, follow her. Go look at the white
flowers by the doorway and tell the lady you like flowers. After her story, smell them. This is Vase Piece Two. Don't bother trying to get
more info out of the lady, she won't talk to you. Head out and go give the stair guy this Vase Piece.
- Now continue down the path and you'll run across a Chicobo. Time yourself just right and you can bump into him! The first three times
you kick him you'll get a treat (including the third Vase Piece). After that, however, if you keep doing it a big Chocobo will come and kick
you! It's worth it just to see it. :) Go and give this piece back to the owner. You are now only lacking one Vase Piece.
From time to time during the game you run across "timber maniacs" magazenes. When you do, read them, then go
and look at Selphie's BBS back on garden. There is some interesting stuff to learn there, and they are pretty funny. If anyone is
interested, check out the "Timber Maniacs" section of the "Magazines" page. There you'll find out which TM magazines match to which Laguna
Islands Closest to Heaven and Hell:
OK, strictly speaking, this is not (in my opinion) a side quest. All this entails is
going to the farthest west and east islands and drawing some cool spells. Oh yeah, the toughest monsters exist here too so be carefull. It's
a good place to level up, I suppose, but I don't really see any other reason to go here, though. I get the spells/stuff I need through enemy
drawing and Card Mod.
OK. To get here you must be at Ultimecia's Castle. Unless you know what you are doing (or wanna REAL challange) DON'T
come here. If you do, here's how you fight this battle. Take the main party to the Green Circle by the fountain. Now take the dummy party up the main
stairway and to the right. Go through the doorway there and down the stair to where the Rope is. Pull the rope the run to the green circle there.
Switch to the REAL party. Head around the fountain and through the doorway to where the black cloud usually is. Go there and kick some Ultima Butt.
Since you think you are cool enough to get here, I'll let you figure out just how to beat this guy. I will say this, however: If you can't have at least
one guy with 9999 HP, don't bother. You WILL NOT win. Oh yeah, I beat this guy in 51 seconds. Anyone able to top that? Ok, maybe a few more hints:
Aura is your friend. And don't junction Water or Holy to attacks, but you CAN draw-cast ultima, if you want. Oh yeah, and if you see the words "Terra Break," or "Medeo Flame" either summojn GFs, or kiss your
hiney adios! Really. I mean it. Basically to beat this guy, you have to do REAL damgage, REAL quick. By the way, that 51 seconds I mentioned above? That
was the only time I DID beat him. So don't feal bad if you keep getting worked! Alright, enough people have asked, so I'll tell you my strategy that
sorta helps. Have one character cast Aura on Squall, and another character immediately AFTER that use a Holy War. That will allow you to not get killed.
Let Squall use his Renzokuken three times, then have the character's get ready to do it again as soon as the Holy War wears off. I know, he gets a
couple of free shots, but you shouldn't get hurt. I had Squall's Lion Heart connect twice while fighting him, and STILL this guy kept comming. What a
pain. On the plus side, you get the 3-stars, and the GF get 250 AP! I went through 4 Holy War's doing this, btw; it's a real pain the nose.
If you haven't already got all the optional GF, you might go through that first. Once you're done, if your guys are fast enough, you can earn your GF their abilities REALLY fast on
Cactaur Island. Simply go to the island where you got Cactaur, and walk around in the desert. If you can beat these guys, you'll earn 20 AP for EACH ONE!!! I usually disable Ribbon on my guys and enable Initiative
instead. That lets my guys strike first, which gives them a SLIGHT chance at hitting something. Heh heh. If you can hit them, you can get your GF Abilities in no time. During the course of killing off Cactaurs, you may
end up with a large quantity of Cactaus Thorns. Use the GFAbl Med-RF (Eden) to turn 100 into a "Hundred Needles."
Obel Lake (Disc 1, after Timber):
When you've first left Timber, there's a large lake near by.
You'll notice an isthmus that reaches into the center of the lake. Head out onto the isthmus and press 'x' at the end.
You'll see a message saying "It's Obel Lake." with two options: 1) "Throw a rock" and 2) "Try humming." Choose option 2)
Try Humming." You'll see a note saying, "A black shadow rose to the surface." Now select "Try humming again." You'll
get a message saying, "Black Shadow ...Hello human. What a lovely tune." followed by "(There's something large there...)
Press X again and you'll get a note saying "Thanks for speaking to me again. Can you do me a favor?" You'll have two
options: (What is it) and (I don't want to hear it...) Select Option 1 (What is it) and he'll reply, "It's my friend Mr.
Monkey... Can you find him for me? Please..." Press 'X' again and he'll say, "Mr. Monkey should be in a forest
somewhere. Keep walking around, and I'm sure you'll find him." Press 'x' again and you'll see "If he's not around,
perhaps he took a train towards dollet?" Head away from the lake a few steps, then come back and press 'X' again. This
time select "throw a rock." You'll see a message with a bunch of dots and "The rock skipped n times." where n is some
number. Keep doing this until you see a message saying, "The rock skipped many many times."
Now leave the lake and get on the tracks heading north toward Dollet (past the staition you exited at for Galbadia
Garden). On the Dollet - Hasberry Plains, you'll see the tracks cross a road. Just West of that is a small forest along
the North of the plains. Wander around in there until you see a note saying "There's the monkey!" You'll have the option
to sing or "throw a rock." Select "Throw a rock" and he'll either taunt you or say "...OUCH! ...D-Darn it! ...You're
gona pay for that!" If he just taunts you, leave the forest, come back, and throw another rock until it hits him. He'll
throw a rock at you and run away. "...Upon inspecting the rock, it looks man-made, and has some carving on it..." "U R H
A E O ...Is this... part of something?)
Leave the forest and head back to the lake. Hum again and you'll "relay the whereabouts of Mr. Monkey" to the
shadow. Keep talking to him and he'll eventually say, "Oh, yeah... At the beach in Balamb, something special washes
ashore at times."
When you can again get to Balamb, and search along the shore for the 2nd rock (S T S L R M).
If you keep talking to the shadow, he'll eventually say, "Oh, yeah... You'll find something on an island east of Timber, too." When
you have a chance, search those islands for another rock "It looks man-made, and it has some carving on it. (R E A I D R).
If you keep talking to the shadow, you should get "There's also something on top of a mountain with a lake and a cavern." This one is a
bit more tricky, and requires the Ragnarock to find. You'll have to land on top of the mountains directly north of the Galbadia Prison. Once
there, you'll find a rock by a bird warming an egg that says, "E A S N P D." Take all four rocks back to the shadow and he'll put them in
order to spell out "Mordred Plains has treasure." Those planes are in the north-western part of the Esthar contient. If you search there,
you'll find another fun puzzle, with a Three Stars for loot! You know how you can use tripple to cast three spells on your turn? Well three
stars lets a GF learn an ability that makes that only cost one magic instead of three!
Random Mysterious Hint: "Oh, yeah. Do you know what? Take a break at the railroad bridge." I don't know if this
is related, but if you search around on the railroad tracks bridge to the north (on the way to Dollet), you'll find a fire
draw point. Whee.
Random Mysterious Hint: "Take some time off at Eldbeak Peninsula. I bet it's a beautiful place." If you go to the very nothern tip of
this continent and look east, you should see a bit of another continent. Head there and go to the tip - you'll know you're there because you
can see a bit of Dollet off in the distance. Search around until you see "There is a stone pillar. If you look closely, there's something
written on it. TRETIMEASUREATMINOFFDESILE. OK, so the hint is to "take some TIME OFF at..." So if you take that out of the middle, you're
left with treasureatmindeisle, or "treasure at minde isle." That's the island off the coast of Esthar, near the big desert.