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Carbon Ocelot's Final Fantasy IX Walkthrough

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
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Side Quests
Friendly Monsters
Stellazio Coins
Frog Catching
Blue Magic
Racing Hippaul
Mordid's Coffee
Jewels / Gems

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Ragtime Q and A
As you are walking around in the forests, you'll probably come across a guy named "Ragtime" at some point. When he shows up, you'll hear different music. If you hear the music and some guy show up with an 'X' on one side and an 'O' on the other, that's Ragtime. If anything else shows up, see the Friendly Monsters Section. You'll wanna answer his questions right everytime to get a cool prize!

Note that you can meet Ragtime at any point you're wandering in a forest - provided it's been more than 20 seconds since your last battle. If you're explicitly looking for Ragtime, make sure you PAUSE for 20+ seconds after each battle. You can run into him a maximum of four times before you get to the outer continent, and then another six times before you get Hilda Garde 3. After than, the remaining six encouters are unlocked.
Since the system determines how many seconds you'll be able to move with the controller button depressed, you can game the system by repeatedly tapping the direction button instead of holding it down. Ragtime encounters, however, do not follow this algorithm and can happen any time you're moving around in a forest. By exploiting this concept, you can rapidly get all available Ragtime appearances in any forest - including four back-to-back encouters in the forest just outside the Ice Cave toward the beginning of Disc 1 - netting you a quick 7,000 gil.
Here are the questions and their answers. Plus, for each correct answer you give him, you get something in return. Remember, "O" is TRUE and "X" is false. Here's the list for that first:

  1. 1000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  2. 1000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  3. 1000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  4. 2000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  5. 2000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  6. 3000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  7. 3000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  8. 4000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  9. 4000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  10. 5000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  11. 5000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  12. 6000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  13. 6000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  14. 7000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  15. 7000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.
  16. 10,000 Gil, 0 Exp, 0 AP, No Items.

Here are all the questions and their answers. The number next to the answer signifies what order I got the questions in when I met him while writing this walkthrough. As allways, YMMV (Your Milage May Vary):

Question Answer
"I want to be your Canary" was writen by Lord Afon. False (2)
Chocobo Forest is located between Lindblum and South Gate. True (4)
The Theater Ship Prima Vista was built in Artania Shipyards. False (1)
The 15th Lindblum war started in 1600. False (3)
Lindblum Castle is larger than Alexandria Castle. True (7)
Some Mus are friendly and don't attack. True (9)
Berkmea Cable Cars have been running for 8 years. True (10)
Only one desert exists in the entire world. False (12)
Conde Petie is a village of Goblins. False (14)
Prima Vista means love at first sight. False (11)
Treno's cafe, Card Carta, is member's-only. True (13)
Bobo Bird is a bird that brings you fortune.
(OK, the Lindblum Inn statue says "Bobo Birds are symbols of good fortune, according to an Olgan Myth. Despite that, however...)
False (15)
You can defeat Ragtimer. True (16)
Theater Ship Prima Vista uses Mist as its source of energy. True (5)
Fossil Roo is a tunnel that connects Treno and Alexandria False (6)
Lindblum's Air Cabs opperate around the clock. True (8)

Defeating Ragtime
After you have answered all the questions, the *next time* you encounter Ragtime he'll deliver your score. If you've gotten them all correct, you'll get a bunch of XP (5963 for me), but no AP. Oh, and you'll also receive a bunch of Gil and a Protect Ring . I'm not sure if having Quina's Millionaire skill affects the outcome, but I received 89,445 Gil on time, but 59,630 another. @.@ The Protect Ring will block 50% of all elemental damage and lets you learn both Half MP, Mag Elem Null, and Long Reach. Long Reach is super useful for putting fighers in the back row, and Mag Elem Null let's you cast elemental magic, but have it do non-elemental damage (this allows Vivi to reflect-all firaga against an enemy that would otherwise be healed by fire type damage.)