Final Fantasy IV Information
Any% No64 Single Segment (Edge+Excalbur) [Seed 25] Guide

Jason Lynch <jason@calindora.com> (Aexoden)

Introduction

These are my notes for the Edge+Excalbur route of the Final Fantasy IV Any% No64 Single Segment speed run. I am nowhere near the world record holder in this category or any other, so there are probably faster ways to do things. These notes currently assume you are familiar with the various techniques and strategies used while running Final Fantasy IV.

This run uses extensive step manipulation and requires you to be familiar with step routes. In addition, this guide assumes you are on seed 25. Details about step routes (particularly the optional steps in each area) and the process of obtaining a particular seed are currently beyond the scope of this guide.

Walkthrough

Prologue

Begin the game and after gaining control, immediately proceed to Cecil's room to finish the introduction.

D.Mist

Menu

  • Unequip Kain: Iron (arms)
  • Set battle speed and battle message to 1.

Walk to the chocobo forest, optionally pick up the carrot, and ride a yellow chocobo to the Misty Cave.

Encounters: Misty Cave

Step 8
Imp x3, SwordRat x1 (5.993s)
Step 23
SandMoth x2, Larva x2 (6.745s)
Step 52
Imp x3 (5.927s)

D.Mist (465 HP)

HP
465
Party
*Kain (10:2300) / empty / *Cecil (10:3000) / empty / *empty
Kain
Jump
Cecil
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Kain
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Kain
Jump
Cecil
Fight

D.Mist turns to mist.

Cecil
Parry
Kain
Wait until note before high long note
Jump
Cecil
Wait for "Now, get ready to fight!"
Duplicate shield slot
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Kain
Jump
Cecil
Fight

Continue with Fight and Jump until D.Mist falls. There is a small chance of a third cycle, depending on damage rolls.

Girl

After the battle, exit the cave.

Enter Mist and trigger the scene.

Girl

HP
65000
Party
*Kain (10:2650) / empty / *Cecil (11:3350) / empty / *empty
Inventory Goals
Shadow (shield) to top left
Carrot to third left
Iron (arms) to middle

Rearrange your inventory during animations.

Officer

After the scene, head to Kaipo.

Officer x1, Soldier x3

HP
Officer: 221 / Soldier: 27
Party
empty / empty / *Cecil (11:3350) / empty / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (10:2650)
Cecil
Run Buffer
Fight
Cecil
Run Buffer
Fight
Cecil
Run Buffer
Fight

Tellah

Menu

  • Move Rydia down one slot. (Form, A, Down, A)
  • Equip Cecil: Shadow (shield)
  • Unequip Cecil: Shadow (shield) in same slot

Head to the Kaipo item shop.

Shopping

  • Sell empty slot where Shadow (shield) should be.
  • Buy 70 Cure1, 70 Life, 70 Heal, 70 Ether1.

Visit Rosa in the northeast house.

Just before exiting Kaipo, take one step to the right.

Head to the Watery Pass and recruit Tellah.

Encounters: World Map

Step 3
Sand Man x4 (6.863s)
Step 21
Imp x4 (6.657s)

Encounters: Watery Pass-South B1F

Step 4
Pike x2, EvilShel x2 (7.140s)
Step 16
CaveToad x3 (6.889s)
Step 18
EvilShel x3, WaterBug x1 (7.059s)

Octomamm

You should fight a formation of three Pikes before the Watery Pass-South save room.

Encounters: Watery Pass-South B1F

Step 15
Pike x3 (7.082s)

Encounters: Watery Pass-South B2F

Step 42
Pike x2, EvilShel x2 (7.140s)
Step 63
Pike x3 (7.082s)

Pike x3

HP
65
Party
*Tellah (20:54873) / Rydia (1:0) / *Cecil (11:3830) / empty / *empty
Shadow Party
Kain (11:3130)
Cecil
Parry
Tellah
Cast Lit-1 on all enemies

Continue through the remainder of the Watery Pass.

Encounters: Watery Pass-North B2F

Step 5
Zombie x4 (7.142s)

Pick up Darkness (sword) in the last room of the cave.

Encounters: Watery Pass-North B1F

Step 17
CaveToad x2, Mad Toad x2 (7.159s)
Step 52
Zombie x4 (7.142s)

Encounters: World Map

Step 1
Imp x4 (6.657s)

Step Route

Take 110 extra steps in Waterfalls B1F.

Enter the other cave and proceed until Octomamm.

Octomamm

HP
2350
Party
*Tellah (20:54993) / Rydia (3:120) / *Cecil (11:3950) / empty / *empty
Shadow Party
Kain (11:3250)
Inventory Goals
Shadow (sword) to top right
Ether1 to below Life
Survivors
Rydia and Cecil
Cecil
Equip Darkness (sword)
Fight
Tellah
Cast Lit-1
Rydia
Cast Chocb
Cecil
Fight

The damage variation by Octomamm in this fight makes it difficult to map it out exactly. Chocb isn't worth enough to justify raising Rydia until late in the battle.

Ultimately, Tellah needs to kill himself before the battle ends. If Rydia is killed, he will also need to revive her so she survives. After Octomamm has been reduced to one tentacle, it should be safe for Tellah to cast Lit-1 twice more if Rydia is alive, or once more if he needs to revive her.

Edward

Menu

  • Underflow Rydia's MP.
  • Change rows, and swap Tellah and Rydia. (Form, Left, A, Down, A)
  • Move Cecil down one slot. (Form, Down, Down, A, Down, A)

Exit the cave and enter Damcyan.

Encounters: World Map

Step 6
SandWorm x1 (6.741s)

Step Route

Take 1 optional step and 8 extra steps in Damcyan.

Head to the top of the castle and watch the scene.

Antlion

Take the hovercraft to the Antlion cave.

Encounters: Antlion B2F

Step 9
Weeper x1, Turtle x1, Basilisk x1 (7.281s)
Step 33
Basilisk x1, Turtle x1 (7.088s)
Step 38
Turtle x2 (7.440s)
Step 79
Turtle x2 (7.440s)

Encounters: Antlion's Nest

Step 8
Weeper x2 (7.114s)

Antlion

HP
1000
Party
Rydia (6:720) / *empty / Edward (5:388) / *Cecil (12:4550) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (11:3850) / Tellah (20:54993)
Inventory Goals
Cure1 to below Shadow (sword)
Survivors
Rydia and Cecil
Cecil
Fight
Edward
Use Cure1/Fight
Rydia
Cast Chocb
Cecil
Fight

Ideally, enough of Antlion's counters will hit Edward to kill him off. While he's alive, have Edward keep Rydia and Cecil healed as necessary. Once Edward dies, have Cecil heal if necessary.

WaterHag

Make your way out of the cave.

Encounters: Antlion B1F

Step 3
Turtle x1, Imp x2 (7.056s)
Step 19
Turtle x1, Imp x2 (7.056s)

Board the hovercraft and return to Kaipo, parking directly to the left of the town.

Head to the northeast house and use the SandRuby on Rosa.

WaterHag

HP
47000
Party
empty / *empty / Edward (5:388) / *empty / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (12:4600) / Tellah (20:55743)
Edward
Fight
Edward
Fight
Edward
Fight

It is usually enough to simply hold A for the duration of the fight. If Edward misses once or twice, he may need to heal himself.

MomBomb

Immediately before exiting Kaipo, step one tile to the left.

Board the hovercraft and travel to Mt. Hobs.

Climb the mountain and meet Yang at the top.

Encounters: Mt.Hobs-West

Step 10
Cocktric x3 (8.010s)
Step 22
GrayBomb x2, Bomb x2 (8.757s)

Encounters: Mt.Hobs Summit

Step 1
Skelton x4 (8.058s)

MomBomb

HP
MomBomb: 10800 (800) / Bomb: 50 / GrayBomb: 100
Party
Rydia (7:1470) / *Yang (10:2061) / Edward (7:1188) / *Cecil (12:5300) / Rosa (10:2139)
Shadow Party
Kain (13:5400) / Tellah (20:56543)
Inventory Goals
Cure1 to top left
Cecil
Fight
Edward
Use Cure1/Fight
Rosa
Use Cure1/Fight
Yang
Fight
Rydia
Cast Chocb
Cecil
Fight
Edward
Use Cure1/Fight
Rosa
Use Cure1/Fight
Yang
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Edward
Use Cure1/Fight
Rydia
Cast Chocb
Rosa
Use Cure1/Fight

Once you have done 800 damage, you can stop attacking. At this point, parry until Yang's turn.

Yang
Wait for "Exploding!"
Wait one second after "Exploding!" disappears
Kick

At this point, everyone either fights or cures if necessary.

Dragoon

Step Route

Take 2 extra steps on Mt.Hobs-East.

Head onward down the mountain and travel east toward Fabul.

Encounters: World Map

Step 30
Imp Cap. x3, Needler x1 (7.869s)

Head to the King's Room and offer to help.

General x1, Fighter x2

HP
General: 320 / Fighter: 65
Party
empty / *Yang (10:2553) / Edward (8:1680) / *Cecil (12:5792) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (13:5892) / Tellah (20:57035) / Rosa (10:2631)
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Fight
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Fight

Weeper x1, Imp Cap. x1, WaterHag x1

HP
Weeper: 100 / Imp Cap.: 37 / WaterHag: 48
Party
empty / *Yang (10:2826) / Edward (9:1953) / *Cecil (13:6065) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (13:6165) / Tellah (20:57308) / Rosa (10:2904)
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight Weeper
Cecil
Run Buffer
Fight WaterHag
Yang
Fight
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Fight

General x1, Fighter x2

HP
General: 320 / Fighter: 65
Party
empty / *Yang (11:2989) / Edward (9:2116) / *Cecil (13:6228) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (13:6328) / Tellah (20:57471) / Rosa (11:3067)
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Fight
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Fight

Garogyle x1

HP
160
Party
empty / *Yang (11:3262) / Edward (9:2389) / *Cecil (13:6501) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (13:6601) / Tellah (20:57744) / Rosa (11:3340)
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Yang
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Yang
Fight
Cecil
Fight

Weeper x1, Imp Cap. x1, WaterHag x1

HP
Weeper: 100 / Imp Cap.: 37 / WaterHag: 48
Party
empty / *Yang (11:3368) / Edward (9:2495) / *Cecil (13:6607) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (13:6707) / Tellah (20:57850) / Rosa (11:3446)
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight Weeper
Yang
Run Buffer
Fight WaterHag
Cecil
Fight
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Yang
Fight
Cecil
Fight

General x1, Fighter x2

HP
General: 320 / Fighter: 65
Party
empty / *Yang (11:3531) / Edward (10:2658) / *Cecil (13:6770) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (14:6870) / Tellah (20:58013) / Rosa (11:3609)
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Yang
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Edward
Run Buffer
Fight
Yang
Fight
Cecil
Fight

Dragoon

HP
65000
Party
empty / *empty / empty / *Cecil (13:7043) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (14:7143) / Tellah (20:58286) / Rosa (11:3882)
Cecil
Fight Cecil

Twins

Step Route

Take 10 optional steps in Fabul.

Walk to the Inn, watch the scenes, leave Fabul, and head for the ship.

After the scenes, head east to Mysidia.

Shopping

  • Buy FlameRod
  • Buy 10 Gaea (helm), 10 Gaea (armor), 10 Silver (arms), 1 Paladin (shield), 1 Paladin (arms)
  • Sell 70 Cure1, Shadow (sword)
  • Buy 70 Cure2

Head to the House of Wishes and talk to the elder.

Milon

Return to the world map and travel east to Mt.Ordeals.

Encounters: World Map

Step 1
Raven x1 (7.843s)
Step 30
Raven x1, Cocktric x3 (8.406s)
Step 50
Raven x1 (7.843s)
Step 82
Raven x1, Cocktric x3 (8.406s)
Step 84
Raven x1 (7.843s)
Step 104
Needler x2, SwordRat x2 (7.908s)

Climb the mountain until you reach the summit.

Encounters: Mt.Ordeals-7th station

Step 11
Lilith x1, Red Bone x2 (8.488s)

Once on the summit, continue until you are even with the final bridge.

Menu

  • Equip Porom: */*/Gaea/Gaea/Silver
  • Equip Palom: */FlameRod/Gaea/Gaea/Silver
  • Equip Cecil: Black/*/*/*/*
  • Equip Tellah: */*/Gaea/*/Silver
  • Fully heal the party.

Milon

HP
Milon: 3000 (2300) / Ghast: 170
Party
Porom (10:1957) / *empty / Porom (10:1957) / *Cecil (13:7043) / Tellah (20:58286)
Shadow Party
Kain (14:7143) / Rosa (11:3882) / Yang (11:3804) / Rydia (8:1962)
Inventory Goals
Paladin (shield) to 2R
Cecil
Use Cure2 on Ghast
Palom
Use Cure2 on Ghast
Porom
Cast Twin
Tellah
Use Cure2 on Ghast
Cecil
Use Cure2 on Ghast
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight
Tellah
Use Cure2/Parry
Palom
Cast Twin
Cecil
Fight
Tellah
Use Cure2/Parry
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight

Milon Z.

Menu

  • Fully heal the party.
  • Cast Piggy on all.
  • Change rows.

Milon Z.

HP
3000
Party
*Porom (11:2907) / empty / *Porom (11:2907) / Cecil (14:7993) / *Tellah (20:59236)
Shadow Party
Kain (14:8093) / Rosa (12:4832) / Yang (12:4754) / Rydia (10:2912)
Inventory Goals
Rod, Darkness (sword), Carrot, Leather (helm), Leather (armor), IronRing (arms) to bottom

Cecil should Fight and everyone else should use Cure2 on Milon Z.

Paladin

Enter the tomb and watch the scene.

D.Knight

HP
1000
Party
*empty / empty / *empty / Cecil (1:0) / *empty
Shadow Party
Kain (15:9093) / Rosa (13:5832) / Yang (13:5754) / Rydia (11:3912)
Cecil
Equip Paladin (shield)
Inventory Management

Karate

Head down the mountain.

Encounters: Mt.Ordeals Summit

Step 9
Revenant x1, Ghoul x3 (8.550s)

Encounters: Mt.Ordeals-3rd station

Step 2
Ghoul x1, Red Bone x2, Skelton x2 (8.687s)
Step 8
Zombie x2, Ghoul x2 (7.741s)

Encounters: Mt.Ordeals

Step 4
Red Bone x1, Skelton x3 (8.152s)

Encounters: World Map

Step 3
Imp Cap. x3, Needler x1 (7.869s)
Step 8
Needler x2, SwordRat x2 (7.908s)

Walk to the chocobo forest and take a yellow chocobo back to Mysidia.

Talk to the elder, and then go to Baron via the Serpent Road.

Go to the back of the Inn and talk to Yang.

Guard x2

HP
200
Party
*Porom (12:3907) / Cecil (1:0) / *Palom (12:3907) / empty / *Tellah (20:60236)
Shadow Party
Kain (15:9093) / Rosa (13:5832) / Yang (13:5754) / Rydia (11:3912)
Cecil
Run Buffer
Cover Tellah
Palom
Parry
Porom
Parry
Tellah
Cast Virus on all enemies
Cecil
Inventory Management (clear spot for Baron key Cure2 to 1R)

Karate

HP
4000
Party
*Porom (12:3907) / Cecil (1:0) / *Palom (12:3907) / empty / *Tellah (20:60236)
Shadow Party
Kain (15:9093) / Rosa (13:5832) / Yang (13:5754) / Rydia (11:3912)
Cecil
Wait for "ACHOOOOO"
Fight

Baigan

After the scenes, head to the Baron weapon and armor shop.

Shopping

  • Buy 10 Headband, 10 Karate
  • Buy Thunder (rod), IceClaw, Thunder (claw)

Enter the Old Water-way and continue until Castle Baron 1F.

Encounters: Old Water-way

Step 39
Crocdile x1, Pirahna x2 (9.427s)
Step 46
Crocdile x1, Pirahna x2 (9.427s)

Encounters: Castle Baron B3F

Step 11
Crocdile x2 (10.142s)

Menu

  • Underflow Tellah's MP.
  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.
  • Equip Cecil: */*/Headband/Karate/Paladin
  • Equip Yang: Thunder/IceClaw/Headband/Karate/Silver
  • Swap Porom and Tellah

Baigan

HP
3500
Party
*Porom (12:3907) / Cecil (1:0) / *Palom (12:3907) / Yang (13:5754) / *Tellah (20:60236)
Shadow Party
Kain (15:9093) / Rosa (13:5832) / Rydia (11:3912)
Inventory Goals
Baron, Staff, Cloth to bottom
Iron (arms) to second from top right
Survivors
Cecil and Tellah
Cecil
Run Buffer
Cover Tellah
Yang
Fight Porom/Yang
Palom
Cast Fire2 on Yang
Tellah
Equip Thunder (rod)
Cast Meteo
Porom
Fight Porom
Cecil
Fight Porom/Yang/Palom
Cecil
Wait for Meteo
Inventory Management

Kainazzo

Menu

  • Use Life on Yang.
  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.
  • Change rows.

Head to the throne room to fight Kainazzo.

Kainazzo

HP
4000
Party
Porom (12:3907) / *Cecil (10:2410) / Palom (12:3907) / *Yang (13:5754) / Tellah (20:62646)
Shadow Party
Kain (16:11503) / Rosa (14:8242) / Rydia (12:6322)
Survivors
Cecil and Tellah
Inventory
Ether1 (1L), Cure2 (1R), Life (2R), Headband (3L), Gaea (3R), Silver (4L), Karate (6L), Baron key (6R, disappears after fight), Iron glove (7L)
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Fight
Tellah
Cast Lit-3
Cecil
Wait for Lit-3
Inventory management during death animation

Dark Elf

After the scenes, fly north to Mist.

Shopping

  • Buy 10 Dancing

Go to the northwest house and get Tiara and Change (rod).

Menu

  • Use Ether1 on Tellah.
  • Cast Exit.

Fly to Toroia and enter the castle.

Visit Edward. After the scene, cast Exit.

Head north to the chocobo forest.

Encounters: World Map

Step 11
Cannibal x1, Treant x2 (8.763s)
Step 21
Python x1, StingRat x2 (8.706s)

Take a black chocobo to Cave Magnes. Enter the cave and continue until the crystal room.

Encounters: Cave Magnes B1F

Step 5
Ogre x2 (8.324s)
Step 47
Cave Bat x3 (9.602s)

Encounters: Cave Magnes B2F

Step 3
Ogre x1, Panther x2 (8.715s)
Step 35
Panther x2 (8.349s)

Encounters: Cave Magnes B3F

Step 53
Cave Bat x3 (9.602s)

Encounters: Cave Magnes B4F

Step 5
VampGirl x1, Cave Bat x6 (11.709s)

Menu

  • Equip Cid: */*/Headband/Karate/Iron
  • Change rows and swap Tellah and Cid.
  • Swap Cecil and Tellah.
  • Move Yang down a slot.

Talk to the Dark Elf. After the scene, talk to him again.

Dark Elf

HP
22000 (2000) (pre-change) / 3000 (post-change)
Party
empty / *Cecil (13:5160) / Cid (20:26754) / *Yang (13:5754) / Tellah (21:65396)
Shadow Party
Kain (17:14253) / Rosa (15:10992) / Rydia (14:9072)
Survivors
Cecil, Yang and Tellah
Cecil
Run Buffer
Fight
Yang
Fight
Cid
Fight
Tellah
Cast Virus on Cid
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Fight Yang
Cecil
Fight
Tellah
Wait for "ME CHANGE!"
Cast Weak
Yang
Duplicate IceClaw
Fight

FlameDog

Get the crystal, leave the crystal room and cast Exit.

Take the black chocobo back to the chocobo forest, get a yellow chocobo and return to Toroia.

Step Route

Enter the extra steps area and take 3 optional steps in the Toroian Castle.

Talk to the clerics, cast Exit and board your airship.

Once in the Tower of Zot, head to the Fire (sword) chest.

Encounters: Tower of Zot 1F

Step 14
Carapace x2, Ice Liz x2 (9.206s)

Encounters: Tower of Zot 2F

Step 7
Marion (summons Puppet) x1, Puppet x2 (9.054s)
Step 18
Jelly x1, Slime x2, Cream x1 (7.654s)

Menu

  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.

FlameDog

HP
1221
Party
empty / *Cecil (14:7160) / Cid (20:26754) / *Yang (14:7754) / Tellah (21:67396)
Shadow Party
Kain (17:16253) / Rosa (16:12992) / Rydia (15:11072)
Survivors
Cecil, Yang and Tellah
Cecil
Run Buffer
Cover Tellah
Yang
Fight Yang
Tellah
Cast Ice-2
Cecil
Single Duplicate Weapon
Fight Yang

Cecil can also run buffer, then use a dancing dagger on Yang if needed.

Magus Sisters

Continue to the top of the tower.

Encounters: Tower of Zot 3F

Step 1
Marion (summons Puppet) x1, Puppet x2 (9.054s)
Step 13
Centaur x2, IceBeast x2 (9.608s)
Step 18
Centaur x2, IceBeast x2 (9.608s)
Step 50
Centaur x2, IceBeast x2 (9.608s)

Encounters: Tower of Zot 4F

Step 45
Marion (summons Puppet) x1, Puppet x3 (9.745s)

Menu

  • Underflow Tellah's MP.
  • Revive Yang if necessary.
  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.

Magus Sisters

HP
Sandy: 2500 / Cindy: 4300 / Mindy: 2200
Party
empty / *Cecil (14:7733) / Cid (20:26754) / *Yang (14:8327) / Tellah (21:67969)
Shadow Party
Kain (18:16826) / Rosa (16:13565) / Rydia (15:11645)
Inventory Goals
IceClaw to bottom
Survivors
Cecil and Tellah
Cecil
Run Buffer
Cover Tellah
Yang
Fight Yang/Use Cure2/Parry
Tellah
Cast Meteo
Cecil
Use Cure2/Parry
Yang
Fight Yang/Use Cure2/Parry
Cecil
Wait for Meteo
Inventory management

Valvalis

Enter the door, watch the scene, talk to Kain and watch the next scene.

Menu

  • Equip Cecil: Fire/*/*/*/*
  • Equip Cecil: Dancing/*/*/*/*
  • Equip Kain: */Fire/Headband/Karate/*
  • Equip Rosa: */*/Gaea/Gaea/Silver
  • Swap Kain and Cecil.
  • Swap Cecil and Rosa.
  • Revive all dead party members.

Valvalis

HP
6000
Party
*Cid (20:26754) / Rosa (18:18065) / *Kain (19:21326) / Cecil (16:12233) / *Yang (14:8327)
Shadow Party
Rydia (16:16145)
Inventory Goals
Wind, Silver, Gaea (armor), Headband and Karate to bottom

Kain should be level 19 at this time. If he (for whatever reason) is only level 18, after the first two jumps, have him alternate between Fight and Jump.

Kain
Jump
Cecil
Use Cure2 on Cecil
Yang
Parry
Rosa
Cast Slow
Cid
Fight
Cecil
Use Dancing
Kain
Jump
Yang
Fight
Cid
Fight
Rosa
Cast Slow
Cecil
Use Dancing
Yang
Fight
Kain
Jump
Cid
Wait for Jump
Fight
Rosa
Use Cure2/Heal on Cecil/Parry
Cecil
Use Dancing
Yang
Fight
Kain
Jump
Cid
Fight
Rosa
Use Cure2/Heal on Cecil/Parry
Cecil
Use Dancing
Yang
Fight
Kain
Jump

Continue this cycle until she's dead.

Calbrena

Leave the castle and travel to Agart.

Use Magma on the well and then go underground.

Menu

  • Swap Cid and Cecil.
  • Swap Rosa and Cid.

Enter the castle and talk to the king.

Calbrena

HP
Cal: 1000 / Brena: 300
Party
*Cecil (17:14608) / empty / *Kain (19:23701) / Rosa (18:20440) / *Yang (15:10702)
Shadow Party
Cid (20:26754) / Rydia (16:16145)
Kain
Run Buffer
Jump Blue
Cecil
Use Dancing on Orange
Yang
Kick
Rosa
Cast Slow on all enemies
Cecil
Use Dancing on Orange
Yang
Kick
Rosa
Use Cure2 on Cecil (if below 650)/Cast Mute on party
Kain
Jump Blue
Cecil
Use Cure2 on Cecil/Parry
Yang
Kick
Cecil
Use Cure2 on Cecil/Parry
Rosa
Use Cure2 on Cecil/Parry
Kain
Jump Blue
Cecil
Use Dancing on Orange
Yang
Kick

Golbez

Golbez

HP
22001 (3000)
Party
*Cecil (18:16108) / Rydia (17:20020) / *Kain (20:25021) / Rosa (19:21940) / *Yang (16:12202)
Shadow Party
Cid (20:26754)
Kain
Run Buffer
Jump
Cecil
Equip Fire (sword)
Inventory management
Wait for "And you, Cecil!"
Fight
Kain
Jump
Cecil
Fight
Rydia
Parry

Dr.Lugae/Balnab

Immediately after gaining control, cast Warp and get the crystal.

Step Route

Take 3 optional steps in the Castle of Dwarves.

Head to the top of the right tower and get Strength (ring).

Return to the shop area.

Shopping

  • Buy 10 Rune

Travel through the passage underneath the Castle to the Dwarf Base, heal at the pot and exit to the underworld, making your way to the Tower of Bab-il.

Encounters: Underworld Map

Step 50
Tortoise x1, Dark Imp x2 (8.709s)
Step 52
Armadilo x2 (8.613s)
Step 102
Armadilo x2 (8.613s)

Enter the Tower of Bab-il and make your way to the CatClaw on 3F.

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 1F

Step 7
FlameDog x2 (9.034s)

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 2F

Step 19
FlameMan x1, FlameDog x2 (9.403s)
Step 26
Marion (summons EvilDoll) x1, EvilDoll x2 (9.130s)

Collect the CatClaw and head to just before meeting Dr.Lugae.

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 3F

Step 45
BlackLiz x2 (8.521s)

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 4F

Step 49
Tortoise x2, BlackLiz x1 (9.294s)

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 5F

Step 4
Chimera x1, Tofu x3 (9.974s)
Step 42
BlackLiz x3 (9.181s)

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 7F

Step 34
Stoneman x1, Medusa x1 (8.931s)
Step 41
Alert (summons Naga) x1 (8.513s)

Menu

  • Equip Yang: */CatClaw/*/*/*
  • Equip Kain: */*/*/*/Strength
  • Equip Rydia: Change/*/Tiara/Prisoner/Rune
  • Equip Rosa: */*/*/*/Rune
  • Swap Kain and Yang.
  • Fully heal the party.

Approach Dr.Lugae to begin the scene.

Dr.Lugae x1, Balnab x1

HP
Dr.Lugae: 4416 / Balnab: 4000
Party
*Cecil (19:22774) / Rydia (19:26686) / *Yang (16:12202) / Rosa (19:21940) / *Kain (21:31867)
Shadow Party
Cid (21:34920)
Inventory Goals
Move Darkness (crystal), Silver, Whip, Fire and Prisoner to bottom
Yang
Fight Balnab
Cecil
Equip Dancing
Use Dancing on Dr.Lugae
Kain
Jump Dr.Lugae
Rydia
Inventory management until "Beat them up!"
Cast Titan
Rosa
Cure2 non-critical/Parry
Yang
Fight Dr.Lugae
Cecil
Use Dancing on Balnab
Kain
Jump Dr.Lugae
Yang
Fight Balnab
Rosa
Parry
Cecil
Use Dancing on Dr.Lugae

Dr.Lugae

Dr.Lugae

HP
6600
Party
*Cecil (19:22774) / Rydia (19:26686) / *Yang (16:12202) / Rosa (19:21940) / *Kain (21:31867)
Shadow Party
Cid (21:34920)
Yang
Fight
Cecil
Use Dancing
Kain
Jump
Rydia
Cast Titan
Rosa
Wait for Laser
Use Life
Yang
Fight
Cecil
Life Rosa/Use Dancing
Kain
Jump
Rosa
Use Life/Use Cure2/Parry
Yang
Fight
Rydia
Cast Titan

Dark Imps

After the battle, head to the cannon room.

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 8F

Step 8
Stoneman x2 (9.583s)
Step 25
Tofu x4 (10.040s)

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 6F

Step 7
Alert (summons Naga) x1 (8.513s)

Dark Imp x3

HP
199
Party
*Cecil (20:25774) / Rydia (19:29686) / *Yang (17:15202) / Rosa (19:24940) / *Kain (22:34867)
Shadow Party
Cid (21:37920)
Yang
Run Buffer
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Kain
Fight
Rydia
Cast Ice-1

Edge

Leave the Tower of Bab-il the way you came.

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 5F

Step 28
Chimera x2 (8.680s)
Step 34
Chimera x1, FlameMan x1 (10.077s)

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 4F

Step 43
Chimera x2 (8.680s)
Step 45
Chimera x2 (8.680s)

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 3F

Step 19
BlackLiz x3 (9.181s)

After the scene, fly to Baron and get the airship hook installed.

Get the hovercraft, fly to Eblan, and enter the cave.

Step Route

Take 1 optional step and 10 extra steps in Cave Eblana B2F.

Shopping

  • Buy Ice (shield)
  • Buy IceBrand, Blizzard

Continue through the cave until you meet up with Edge.

Encounters: Pass to Bab-il

Step 15
Skull x3 (9.719s)
Step 31
Skull x3 (9.719s)

Encounters: Pass to Bab-il 2 (second visit)

Step 5
Ironback x1, Armadilo x1, BlackLiz x1 (9.219s)

Q.Eblan/K.Eblan

Menu

  • Equip Edge: CatClaw/CatClaw/*/*/*
  • Swap Rydia and Edge.
  • Swap Edge and Kain.
  • Swap Kain and Rosa.

Head through the Tower of Bab-il to reach Edge's parents.

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 1F

Step 5
Balloon x4 (7.139s)
Step 11
Balloon x3 (7.103s)
Step 70
Egg (Lamia) x1 (9.097s)

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il B2F

Step 1
BlackCat x3 (7.153s)
Step 24
Mad Ogre x1, BlackCat x1, Balloon x2 (7.186s)
Step 25
Balloon x4 (7.139s)
Step 65
Mad Ogre x1, BlackCat x1, Balloon x2 (7.186s)

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il B3F (second visit)

Step 11
Egg (Green D.) x1 (7.721s)
Step 37
Mad Ogre x3 (7.080s)
Step 40
Grudger x1, Mad Ogre x1, Balloon x2 (7.174s)

K.Eblan x1, Q.Eblan x1

HP
K.Eblan: 60000 / Q.Eblan: 60000
Party
*Cecil (20:26938) / Rosa (20:26104) / *Rydia (20:30850) / Kain (22:36031) / *Edge (25:64777)
Shadow Party
Cid (20:26754)
Inventory Goals
Dancing (single), CatClaw, Fire, Short, Paladin (shield) to bottom.
Dancing/Legend to top right.
Edge
Parry
Kain
Equip Blizzard
Parry
Cecil
Equip IceBrand
Equip Ice (shield)
Parry

At this point, the only thing left is to wait the battle out. Use the animation time for inventory management (but keep in mind that it's not 100% free). You can also have Edge dart extra blades to clean out your inventory.

Rubicant

Rubicant

HP
25200
Party
*Cecil (20:26938) / Rosa (20:26104) / *Rydia (20:30850) / Kain (22:36031) / *Edge (25:64777)
Shadow Party
Cid (20:26754)
Edge
Cast Flood
Kain
Run Buffer
Jump
Rydia
Cast Ice-2
Cecil
Fight
Rosa
Parry
Edge
Cast Flood
Cecil
Fight
Kain
Jump
Rosa
Use Life on Kain/Parry
Edge
Cast Flood
Rydia
Cast Shiva
Cecil
Fight
Kain
Fight
Rosa
Use Life on Kain/Parry

Lost the Dark Crystal!

After the scenes, enter the crystal room and then proceed to exit the tower.

Encounters: Tower of Bab-il 6F

Step 37
Sorceror (summons Ironman) x1, BlackCat x2 (7.396s)

Fly to the Castle of Dwarves and land to the left of the castle.

Step Route

Take 4 optional steps and 8 extra steps in the Castle of Dwarves.

Enter the castle and visit Cid in the infirmary.

Menu

  • Unequip Kain: Strength (ring)
  • Cast Exit.

Board your airship and fly to the Land of Monsters. Enter the cave and proceed to the town.

Step Route

Take the full secret passage on the Land of Monsters B3F.

Encounters: Land of Monsters B1F

Step 27
Red Eye x2 (12.271s)
Step 32
Red Eye x2 (12.271s)

Encounters: Land of Monsters B2F

Step 39
Conjurer (summons RockMoth) x1 (8.231s)

Encounters: Land of Monsters B3F

Step 16
Red Eye x3 (7.426s)

Once in the town, collect the Rat (tail) and cast Exit. Afterward, fly to the sealed cave.

Enter the cave and watch the scene.

Big Whale

Fly back to the Castle of Dwarves and go to the throne room.

After the scene, cast Exit and fly to the overworld.

Switch airships, pick up the hovercraft and fly to the Grotto Adamant next to Silvera.

Step Route

Take 4 extra steps in Grotto Adamant.

Exchange Rat (tail) for Adamant.

Fly to Mysidia, land directly to the left of the town and watch the scene.

Board your airship, fly to Kokkol and get Excalbur.

Return to the surface, switch to the Big Whale and fly to the moon.

FuSoYa

Travel to the Hummingway Cave and head inside.

Step Route

You must take exactly 16 steps inside the Hummingway Cave.

Shopping

  • Buy 50+ Elixir.

Exit the cave and board your airship.

Fly to the Lunar Path and follow the path to the Crystal Palace.

Encounters: Lunar World Map (after Lunar Path)

Step 2
Procyote x1, Pudding x2 (7.864s)

Encounters: Lunar World Map

Step 4
Procyote x1, Pudding x2 (7.846s)
Step 13
Juclyote x1, Procyote x2 (7.927s)

Enter the palace and meet FuSoYa.

Grind Start

Return to the Big Whale.

Encounters: Lunar Path

Step 7
Juclyote x1, Procyote x2 (7.927s)

Encounters: Lunar World Map

Step 12
Slime x1, Tofu x1, Pudding x1 (7.532s)
Step 22
Juclyote x2, MoonCell x2, Grenade x1 (8.033s)

Encounters: Lunar Path

Step 31
Slime x1, Tofu x1, Pudding x1 (7.532s)

Fly back to Earth, watch the scenes and enter the Giant of Bab-il.

Make your way to the Giant of Bab-il Lung.

Encounters: Giant of Bab-il Chest

Step 57
Horseman x1, Beamer x2 (7.676s)
Step 74
Horseman x1, Beamer x1, Machine x1 (7.729s)
Step 82
Horseman x1, Beamer x2 (7.676s)

Encounters: Giant of Bab-il Stomach

Step 47
Machine x2, Beamer x3 (7.913s)

Encounters: Giant of Bab-il Passage

Step 22
MacGiant x1, Machine x1, Beamer x1 (7.736s)
Step 27
Horseman x1, Machine x2 (7.744s)

Menu

  • Underflow FuSoYa's MP.
  • Fully heal party.
  • Equip Rydia: Dancing/*/*/*/*
  • Equip FuSoYa: Change/*/Gaea/*/Rune
  • Equip Rosa: Lunar/*/Wizard/*/*
  • Swap Cecil and Edge.
  • Swap Rydia and FuSoYa.
  • Swap Rydia and Cecil.

Grind Stop

Next, move along to fight the grind fight.

Encounters: Giant of Bab-il Lung

Step 8
Searcher (summons D.Machin) x1, Beamer x2 (7.918s)

Searcher (summons D.Machin) x1, Beamer x2

HP
Searcher: 5500 / D.Machin: 15000 / Beamer: 1800
Party
*Edge (25:69777) / Rosa (21:31104) / *FuSoYa (50:1007865) / Cecil (21:31938) / *Rydia (20:35850)
Shadow Party
Kain (23:41031) / Cid (20:31754)

This fight is dynamic enough that exact command sequences are probably useless.

Strike First
FuSoYa should cast Lit-3 on a Beamer while Edge parries immediately. Wait on Rydia's turn until Lit-3 is cast, then parry back to FuSoYa.
Back Attack/Surprise
Edge casts Flood. FuSoYa waits, then casts Quake. Rydia waits for third Beam, then parries. Continue as normal.

FuSoYa should begin by casting Quake to clear the field. Once you parry back to his turn, the rest of the sequence is the same as below:

Edge
Fight
FuSoYa
Cast Weak on D.Machin
Rydia
Fight
Rosa
Use Life on D.Machin
Cecil
Use Life on D.Machin

There are enough ATB variables that this may not always work perfectly. Each Life use counts as an additional dragon kill. You need to kill at the very least 14 dragons, but 15 dragons is ideal.

After the dragons are dead, execute the following points:

  • Cecil should duplicate his weapon slot.
  • Cast Weak on Searcher.
  • Kill everyone but Edge.
  • Edge uses Dart or Fight to end the battle.

Elements

Menu

  • Equip Cecil: Excalbur/*/*/*/* (duplication)
  • Elixir Edge if necessary. (It shouldn't be on this route.)
  • Move Excalbur and Elixir to the top of the inventory.

Continue to the Elements battle.

Elements

HP
65000
Party
*Edge (48:716977) / Rosa (21:31104) / *FuSoYa (50:1007865) / Cecil (21:31938) / *Rydia (20:35850)
Shadow Party
Kain (48:688231) / Cid (46:678954)
Edge
Dart Excalbur
FuSoYa
Cast Fire3
Rydia
Use Dancing on Rydia
Rosa
Cast Slow
Cecil
Cover Rosa
Edge
Dart Excalbur
FuSoYa
Cast Wall on FuSoYa
Edge
Dart Excalbur
Rosa
Use Elixir
Cecil
Use Elixir
FuSoYa
Cast Ice-3 on FuSoYa
Edge
Dart Excalbur
Cecil
Use Elixir
Edge
Wait for Ice-3
Dart Excalbur

CPU

Step Route

Take 4 extra step in the Giant of Bab-il CPU.

Menu

  • Use Life on Cecil if dead.
  • Use Life on Rosa if level 19 or lower.
  • Use Elixir on Edge, FuSoYa and Cecil.
  • Swap FuSoYa and Cecil.

CPU

HP
CPU: 20000 / Attacker: 2000 / Defender: 2000
Party
*Edge (48:730310) / Rosa (21:31104) / *Cecil (23:45271) / FuSoYa (50:1021198) / *Rydia (20:35850)
Shadow Party
Kain (48:701564) / Cid (46:692287)
Edge
Dart Excalbur at CPU
Cecil
Fight CPU
FuSoYa
Cast Quake
Cecil
Fight CPU
Edge
Dart Excalbur at CPU
FuSoYa
Cast Quake

If Cecil doesn't get his turn before Maser, cast Meteo instead of Quake.

Lunar Subterrane

After the scene, make your way back to the Crystal Palace.

Encounters: Lunar Path (second)

Step 21
Red Worm x1, Procyote x1, Juclyote x1 (7.817s)

Encounters: Lunar World Map

Step 6
Procyote x1, Juclyote x2 (7.889s)

Lunar Core

Continue your descent into the Lunar Core, stopping at the chest with Protect (ring).

Encounters: Lunar Subterrane B1

Step 18
Warlock x1 (6.190s)
Step 30
Warlock x1, Kary x1 (6.206s)

Encounters: Lunar Subterrane B2

Step 15
RedGiant x2 (6.556s)

Encounters: Lunar Subterrane B5 Room

Step 10
King-Ryu x1, Ging-Ryu x1 (6.606s)
Step 18
King-Ryu x1, Ging-Ryu x1 (6.606s)

Collect Protect (ring).

Menu

  • Unequip Edge: */*/Bandanna/Bl.Belt/*
  • Equip Cecil: */*/Bandanna/Bl.Belt/Strength
  • Equip Kain: */*/Headband/Karate/*
  • Equip Edge: */*/Samurai/Samurai/Protect
  • Swap Edge and Rosa.
  • Swap Kain and Rydia.

Continue to the Lunar Core.

Encounters: Lunar Subterrane B5

Step 2
King-Ryu x2 (6.606s)

Encounters: Lunar Subterrane B5 Room

Step 8
Tricker x1 (6.589s)

Step Route

On the last visit to Lunar Subterrane B5, enter the Pink Puff Room and take 4 extra steps.

Encounters: Lunar Subterrane B6

Step 15
Blue D. x1 (9.202s)

Encounters: Lunar Subterrane B6 Room

Step 7
D.Fossil x1 (6.206s)

Step Route

Take 2 extra steps on Lunar Subterrane B7.

Encounters: Lunar Subterrane B7

Step 14
King-Ryu x1 (6.573s)
Step 46
D.Fossil x1 (6.206s)
Step 48
Tricker x1 (6.589s)
Step 68
D.Fossil x1 (6.206s)

Zemus

Continue to the final battles.

Encounters: Lunar Core B2

Step 19
EvilMask x1 (12.945s)

Encounters: Lunar Core B3

Step 8
Behemoth x2 (8.353s)

Encounters: Lunar Core B4

Step 13
Breath x1 (12.862s)
Step 19
Breath x1 (12.862s)
Step 45
Breath x1 (12.862s)

Zeromus

After the scenes, begin the final battle.

Zeromus

HP
110000-120000
Party
*Rosa (21:31104) / Edge (49:780310) / *Cecil (29:95271) / Rydia (20:35850) / *Kain (49:751564)

All of Kain's turns in which he fights should be done by holding A.

Cecil
Use Crystal on Zeromus
Rosa
Cast Bersk on Cecil

Zeromus transforms.

Kain
Fight
Edge
Dart Excalbur
Rydia
Use Dancing

Zeromus shakes.

Kain
Fight
Rosa
Wait for Nuke
Use Elixir on Nuke Target

Zeromus casts Nuke.

If Cecil was the Nuke target, use the Cecil Nuke strategy below. Otherwise, continue with the current strategy.

Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Fight

Zeromus casts Big Bang.

Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Use Elixir on Edge
Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Use Elixir on Kain

Zeromus shakes.

Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Fight
Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Fight

Zeromus shakes.

Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Use Elixir on Edge

Zeromus casts Big Bang.

Edge
Dart Excalbur

Zeromus casts Black Hole.

Kain
Use Elixir on Edge

Zeromus casts Nuke.

Edge
Dart Excalbur

At this point, Kain may be either alive or dead. Zeromus may get up to three Meteos off if Edge continues darting. If Kain is dead, having Edge use an Elixir if the first Meteo hits may be necessary, but more research is ongoing.

Kain fighting doesn't appear to have any significant impact, but I cannot definitively say it's always useless.

Zeromus Cecil Nuke Strategy

Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Use Elixir on Edge

Zeromus casts Big Bang.

Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Use Elixir on Kain

Zeromus shakes.

Edge
Dart Excalbur

Zeromus casts Big Bang.

Kain
Use Elixir on Edge

Zeromus casts Black Hole.

Edge
Dart Excalbur

Zeromus shakes.

Kain
Use Elixir on Kain
Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Fight

Zeromus shakes.

Edge
Run Buffer
Dart Excalbur

Zeromus casts Big Bang.

Kain
Use Elixir on Edge
Edge
(Run Buffer) (may not be necessary)
Dart Excalbur

Zeromus casts Black Hole.

Kain
Use Elixir on Kain
Edge
Dart Excalbur

Zeromus casts Nuke.

Kain
Use Elixir on Nuke target
Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Fight
Edge
Run Buffer
Dart Excalbur

Zeromus shakes.

Kain
Fight

Zeromus casts Meteo.

Edge
Dart Excalbur
Kain
Use Elixir on Edge

Zeromus casts Meteo.

Edge
Dart Excalbur