Chapter 2: Pleroma
After the worlds second longest set of cut scenes, you'll have control again.
This time, however, you're not Shion. You are now Ziggurat Industries "Ziggurat
8" - soon to be known as Ziggy. You're invisible, so don't worry too much about
being seen (or heard, actually). Head slightly right and save your game. You
don't REALLY want to watch the whole cut scene again if you screw up, do you?
After that, head up the ramp and directly right. You can blow up some suff here
to get a Scope . From where you get the Scope , head maybe two steps up and blow
up the red barrel for 2x Ether Upgrade S . Go examine the A.G.W.S. if you want,
then try and go up the ramp to the upper right.
Watch the cut scenes and then you get to have some real fun. You have to
make your way right. You'll want to hold down R2 to keep from having your
footsteps echo and bringing the enemy running. If you head up the stairs at the
top of the screen, you can get a feel for what the layout of the area looks
like. Essentially, you'll want to run, er no, walk to the right without walking
into a guy. I usually go just watch to see which way the guys are walking, the
step into their pattern.
On the next screen to the right, there's a Revive hidden in a box at the
bottom left. At the top, there are two boxes. Blow them both up, and they'll
reveal a doorway heading left. Go left and walk left (behind the wall) until you
get to the chest. There's a Snake Hunter (it prevents poison) in there. Equip
it. Just above the chest is a wall you can blow up, behind which is hidden Segment
Head back down the hidden corridor and slowly walk past the guard at the
top. Just past that fire pit, you can hide in a little walk way at the top, and
wait for the next set of guys to go past. Follow him all the way around his
fire pit an you can get by without being seen. Go on to the next screen to your
right. Just so that you know, in the center of this screen is a hidden chest
containing the Segment 11 key. If you blow up the center box thing, you'll find
it - but be ready to fight a LOT of guys to get it.
Walk all the way across the walkway and on the next screen, read the sign.
Wander to the bottom right corner and listen to what ziggy says about the
A.G.W.S. there. You need to distract it. On the lower left is a crain.
Hmm... Why don't you try pressing that switch? While the A.G.W.S. is looking
at the remains, head back to the right and go down the ladder. (Incidentally,
if/when you defeat this guy, you'll get Decoder 4 , which will net you a Theif's Ring from Segment Address 4.) Keep going right on to the
Watch the cut scenes and get ready to fight. You should be able to take these
guys no trouble. My Ziggy started with over 400 HP, though.
After the battle and ensuing cut scene (that's Momo, btw), you'll need to find
locate the Master Key. Head down the stairs at the bottom left of the screen.
On the next screen, you can avoid the people and robots if you are carefull. Go
down the stairs and head straight back to the right along the top wall. Just
past the car, you'll find some boxes you can blow up, and just down from that is
a doorway. Go through the doorway. On your left is a room with six boxes.
The lower right is a Bio Sphere . The upper right is an Ether Pack S. The lower
center is a Med Kit S. The upper middle is 100G. The upper left is a Revive .
The lower left, however, hides a pair of cyber crabs - I don't recommend
fighting them. Anyway, head back to the hallway, and go through the first
(well, only, I guess) door on your right.
Fight the Remote Activation Unit. Guard, then hit him with the Triangle -
Triangle - Circle combo a couple of times. In the chest up and right of where
that robot was, you'll find the Master Key. Heal up, then head back to Momo the
way you came. Unlock the door to the left of Momo's cell first. There's a save
point in there. The next cell over has a Speed Stim in a box. Now go open
Momo's cell and say hi.
Try to go back the way you came, and you'll have to turn back. Instead,
take the down and left. Have MOMO use her healing ether and have ziggy attack
(if you get in battles). The chest in this room has 2x Veil . Anyway, head down
and right to the door again. Head into the control room. When the cut scene
ends, press the red button on the right hand counter, then head out through the
door. Head across the hall and down the ladder.
Watch the cut scene, then head left. Blow up the barrels along the way to
get medkits. A little ways on, you'll see a door at the top of the screen.
Head through it to the chapel. The chest at the front has an Ether Upgrade Z .
At the top left is 2x Ether Pack . On the right is 2x Ether Pack S. When you've
collected the stuff here, head back to the corridore and continue left, picking
up the goodie (2x Revive , etc). If you aquire 60 Skill points, be sure to get the
Poison Guard skill. When you get to the slick pipes, you'll want to use the
walk (hold R2) and use the arrow pad instead of the control stick. It's a lot
easier that way.
Contine on and pick up the Ether Pack en route. At the far end, BE SURE YOU
ARE REAY TO FIGHT, then head up the ladder. Have MOMO use Sheep beam to put the
left (Mercurio) and right (Mercurio) enemies to sleep. Have Ziggy use one
triangle on the middle guy, then guard to built up his attack to hit the guy in
the middle. Don't let Ziggy use his BMP55SX , though. Thi will attack ALL
enemies and wake them up. Let the red guy (Zolfo) shoot his subordanents.
Remember, Ziggy can throw an Ether Pack to MOMO. If you can keep them all
asleep, it's much easier. ;)
As soon as the battle's over, be sure to adjust your items, if you need to. You can get 2x Bio Sphere from blowing up the fork lift and 8x
Med Kit S from the chest. Yup. 8x. Wow. There's nothing else to do here or back, so head to the upper right and into the command room.
First things first - Save. Use the Battle Formation menu option to place momo directly behind ziggy if you aren't going to level up a bit.
Head out the door at the top of the screen, and fight some soldiers. You can level up, then go back and save as much as you want, here. FWIW,
I actually head right all the way to the Mecurio A.W.G.S. near the crane. With MOMO behind Ziggy feeding him health kits, it's not that hard
to defeat this guy. Use the Decoder 4 you get from the battle on the Segment Address 4 red door a few screens to the left to get a Thief Ring .
When you're ready to go on, save in the control room, place MOMO behind Ziggy in the Battle Formation screen, use items to restore you
health and ether. Be aware of what accessories you have equipped. If possible, try not to equip anything you don't have duplicates of so that
your future characters can learn them. To get to the next boss, head out the door and quickly go left at a walk. Watch the cut scenes, and
get ready to fight. This guy is tough. MOMO will be doing full-time healing. Have Ziggy guard, then attack using his Kicks. Ziggy will
also need to heal from time to time. Be aware of what elements he's immune to, and don't use that kind of attack. (e.g., When he's absorbing
lightning attacks, don't use lightning fist.) Defeating this enemy will net you 3000 gold, 1200 XP (each), 29 T.Pts, 30 E.Pts, and 13 S.Pts.
Oh. And a Purple Ring .
Now it's time to watch some more cut scenes. Who's that guy by the nurse
looking Realian? Hmm... Well, we'll watch more cut scenes. When you are
finally back to being Shion, take the curry and head out the lower left door and
talk to the Captain. Heh heh. Now head out the upper exit. You should receive
an email from Vector about the EVS plug-in. You can now use the E.V.S. plates
to re-visit places you've been before. The door straight ahead is your first
destination. Search the couch cushons here until you find the Disarm Key . The
next area up is the passenger cabin. It's empty now, so go around it and head
up and slighly off to the right, to save. After that, head left and down, and
enter the elevator.
Watch some cut scenes, and then blow stuff up to get an Ether Pack . Ahead and to the right is a door at the top of the screen. In there
is 2x Med Kit and 2x Ether Upgrade S . Head down the ladder in that area and keep going down. At the very lower level is another save point.
Save and talk to Chaos. Head down one more screen, then get on the elevator. Go left and get on the elevator on the other side of this room.
Head up, and go through the door. Watch more cut scenes. And more... OK. Here we are... No wait. There's more cut scenes. When you are
back in control of Shion, go out the lower door and down the elevator. At the bottom of the next screen you can get to the hanger, where you
can pick up a Coat Beam from the blue chest. When you get back to the A.W.G.S. hanger, you can talk to Tony. He'll ask for your help finding
the Hazardous Area Map . The next time you talk to Captain Matthews you can get the map, and Tony will give you a Med Kit DX for helping out.
When you have control again, leave the place where Kosmos is, and head back to
where you ran into Chaos. Save.
You can now walk around and get familar with the Elsa. Explore everything,
and blow up what ever you can. To the right of the room where you met chaos you
can get 350 G from blowing up boxes in the corridoor. Further up, you can blow
stuff up to get access to a hidden door. You can get an Ether Upgrade A and 50
Head back to the room where you met chaos and go out the upper door. Blow
up some stuff here to find Segment Address 8. In the middle of the room is a
flashing green light. Use the key you found to unlock it, and press the
button. The slide going right has 200 G hidden there, and the one going left
leads to a secret passage. Blowing up stuff in the secret passage reveals 50 G,
a Bio Sphere , a Spirit Pendant and a chest with Decoder 10 .
Leave the secret area and continue up and to the left. There are four boxes
you can blow up here, which contain a Med Kit , 5x Ether Upgrade A , and a Bio
Sphere. Futher along the corridore, you'll come to a door on the far left.
This door leads to the Catapult deck. There are lots of things to blow up here.
You can get an Ether Upgrade S , locate Segment Address 14, a Fiber Suit , and 250
G. When you've gotten everything, head back through the door on the right, and
head up to the door on the upper right - the one that leads to the ladder. Go
up the ladder and leave that room. Head left and get on the elevator (note:
don't try to get on the cargo elevator yet, that's not possible.)
Head up to the first floor and talk to Allen. It's good for a laugh, if
nothing else. Head down to the bar and talk to the Robot there. You can get a
Card Passpor there. You should now have three of the four passports. Head back
past the crews quarters and save again. Notce the "E.V.S." display at the top of
the golden thing? That means you can link your simulator up to it! Check out
your Drill Passport and Battle Passport . You can also play the card game, but be
repared to spend an hour or so the first time you play it. You MUST go through
the whole tutorial and be sure you understand it. There are some things you
simply won't understand otherwise.
Most importantly, though, the EVS lets you access places you've been before. Go to Menu -> U.M.N. -> EVS and re-enter the Kosmos
Simulator. Now that you've got the key, go get that red door you missed earlier (Segment Address 10). You shouldn't have any trouble with
these enemies at this point. If you want to level up, you should try going back to Pleroma with just Shion. It might be a good idea to save
first, though. If she's good enough, go kill the A.G.W.S. that you faked out with the crain. He's guarding Decoder 4 . This gets into the
doorway hidden in Pleroma (two screens left from that, up the hidden staircase). If you missed it before, where all the Realians were
detonated on the Woglinde, you can now find a chest with a Stim . You can also try and take on some of the more dangerous enemies if you'd
like to farm Ether Packs. As soon as you enter the simulator, there are two golems. Personally, I like to wait until the next section when I
can come back to the Woglinde as Shion, chaos, and Kosmos - then you should be able to take these on no problem - and they're great for
farming all 4 types of points as well as Ether Pack S items. To farm easily, run up from this area to the red door (Segment Address). Pop in
and then leave quickly to respawn the Golems. You can now run down (I dodge around the other enemies - they're kind of worthless) and use the
Red barrel to get all three characters a starting Boost. This makes the battle WAY quicker and you can always get the Golden Egg. This is
probably my second favorite level up spot.
When you're ready to go on to the next stage of the game, (I spent about 30 hours playing the card game, heh heh) head to the brige.
You'll volunteer to check out the Catapult. Talk to the captain to get the map Tony wants, then head out and down the elevator. Go down the
ladder in the upper-right room of this level. When you get to the bottom, head out the door. To your left is the catapult deck, but you
probably want to go down all the way to meet Tony for a Med Kit DX. If you talk to the repair bot at the top of the screen here, you can use
the A.W.G.S. Tuning menu to upgrade your VX-10000. As long as you're there, get the 5x Ether Upgrade A in the boxes on your left. Now head
back to the Cataput Deck, then examine the thing in the middle. You'll see a cut scene that implies you should do something. Don't worry,
it's lying. ;) Head down to the bottom of the screen to trigger another email in the Hack This side quest. See the emails section for more
information! You can save now if you like, and if you want all the fun of a dentist visit, be sure to stop off and say "hi" to Kosmos. When
you're ready to move on to the next thing, head back to the bridge.
Guess who's coming to dinner?
After a bit of a cut scene with Ziggy and MOMO, and even more of a scene with Shion, then more, then more. A little more. A little more...
OK. Time to go. When you first appear as Shion, Kosmos, and chaos, you have the opportunity to leave the bridge and visit the save point and
store. However, you can also dive into the environment simulator and revisit places you've been before. I like to head to the Woglinde and
farm Golem enemies (see above) to get lots of points and Ether Pack S items. When you're ready to move on, make sure you unequip all
interesting accessories and take the Elevator to B1. Be sure to check any and all boxes as their contents have magically restocked! At the
bottom of the elevator, start blowing stuff up. Here is a list of everything you can get. Finding all the boxes is left as an excercise for
the reader. ;)
3 x Ether Pack
2 x Bio Sphere
1 x Escape Pack
4 x Antidote
8 x Skill Upgrade A
2 x Ether Upgrade A
2 x Ether Upgrade S
2 x Frame Repair A
2 x Med Kit S
3 x Escape Pack
When you run into the corridor, you decide to use the magnetic floors. Head up and go down the ladder. At the bottom of the stairs, you'll
become Ziggy and MOMO. Be sure to check your position, equipment, skills, etc, then head toward the bottom of the screen. Don't forget to
blow stuff up on the sides and get more good stuff. Besure to take advantage of MOMO's Ether "Life Shot" between battles if you need to heal
up. If you farmed some of the Ether Pack S items earlier, this are shouldn't be difficult. Go out the door, and head right. You'll meet up
with Shion. After a bit of cut scene, you are all 5 guys. Go to the menu, and choose "Battle Formation" to chose who you want in the party.
I chose Shion, Chaos and Ziggy. You can run around and do some leveling up, if you want. These enemies keep coming back. When you get to
lab one, you can save. Don't forget, you can head right and get more stuff over there. Talk to the ever-obvious Cherekov, and head down.
You can't go down either the left or right sides, so head down the
elevator, then go down the center of the A.G.W.S. (You can walk around to
keep from getting attacked, btw.) Be sure to heal up just before heading
down past this screen. Check you're using the equipment you want, and that Shion has the ability to use her "Shock Blade" with some combination. It
will do "Slow" against M type enemies if you use the default BXS001V ammo. Look at Charcters -> Shion -> Equip and Tech Attacks -> Shion -> Use
Be sure you have everything in place, then head
around the platform and attack the DOMO Carrier. Use characters that can
take the damage he'll deal out, and don't let him place his tremor attack
in the critical hit slot. That just sucks. Also, don't use the
A.G.W.S. I recommend Shion, Chaos and Kosmos. Let Shion and Chaos (or
Kosmos) build up three (at least) boosts, then attack him back to back,
over and over. Be sure to use the boosts to jump in if he's about to
"tremor" too. If you transfer Shion's medica skill to KOSMOS,
everyone can heal using ether, too. Chaos can heal everyone, though, and
he can take a lot of damage. That's why I think he's a good one to have
You'll get Anti-Beam Armor when you're finished. Then you'll watch a bunch more cut scenes, and eventually get control of Shion, Ziggy and
MOMO. Head up and right into the kitchen, then head up and left from there. Enter each of the octagonal cabins. Decline to call it a night,
though. Feel free to stop off at the UMN store (grey spinny thing) and sell off your Scrap Iron , and you'll probably want to save your game
again. Show them the bridge, then head down the elevator. Show them the catapult deck, both labs and the hanger. At the far end of the
Catapult Deck, you should receive an email if you are following the Investment Emails. You may have to visit Ziggy's room (see below) and get
the dividend before you can trigger this email - I'm not certain. See the Emails side quest area for more information. Just up and right
from the yellow save point in the room that MOMO and Shion nominate for Ziggy to use, you'll get an email, if you are following the Investment
Emails side quest (see the emails side quest for more infomation). Despite the fact that you didn't get the boxes in the hanger when they
refreshed, you can't get them now. Don't forget to show them Hanger 2 (where you fought the DOMO Carrier). Head back up to the area where
the crew cabins are and save at the save point by the bridge. You can use the E.V.S. to revisit any area you missed, and you can take MOMO
and Ziggy with you. It might be worth it to try and get the things you missed on the Woglinde, or to farm Golems with these characters, too.
After you've shown them around, head back up to cabin 2 (the lower one) and "Call it a day." Watch a bunch more cut scenes, then...