Final Fantasy IV Information
Any% NoCW Guide

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

Introduction

These are my notes for the Final Fantasy IV Any% Yes64 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.

Helpful References

Walkthrough

Prologue

Begin the game and gain control.

Menu

  • Set battle speed and battle message to 1.

Step Route

If on seed 92, take at least one extra step before finishing the introduction sequence.

Pick up the tent on Castle Baron 1F (the rightmost chest) and head to Cecil's room to finish the introduction.

D.Mist

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

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!"
Single duplicate shield slot
Fight
Cecil
Fight
Kain
Unequip shield
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 and head toward Mist. One step before the town, turn left, hold X, and use a tent. During the tent, hold right, and once you begin moving, hold X again.

Menu

  • Equip Kain: Iron (shield)
  • Unequip Kain: Iron (shield) in same slot
  • Unequip Kain: Iron (arms)
  • Save the game, reset, and reload.

Walk past Mist, and head into town from the right side. Head to the weapon shop.

Shopping

  • Sell empty slot where Iron (shield) should be.
  • Buy 10 Dancing (dagger).

Head to the northwest house, pick up Tiara and Change (rod), exit the house, and trigger the scene.

Girl

HP
65000
Party
*Kain (10:2650) / empty / *Cecil (11:3350) / empty / *empty
Inventory Goals
Dancing to top right
Tiara/empty/Change/Carrot to top left
Iron to 7L

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

  • Equip Rydia: */*/Tiara/*/*
  • Move Rydia down one slot. (Form, A, Down, A)

Visit Rosa in the northeast house.

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

Head to the Watery Pass and recruit Tellah.

Octomamm

Continue through the remainder of the Watery Pass, picking up Darkness (sword) in the last room of the cave.

Enter the other cave and proceed until Octomamm.

Octomamm

HP
2350
Party
*Tellah (20:54873) / Rydia (1:0) / *Cecil (11:3830) / empty / *empty
Shadow Party
Kain (11:3130)
Inventory Goals
Shadow (sword), Rod to bottom
TrashCan to 3R, Carrot to 4R
Change to 2L
Cecil
Equip Darkness (sword)
Fight
Tellah
Equip Change
Cast Lit-1
Rydia
Equip Dancing
Use Dancing
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight
Tellah
Cast Life1 on Rydia/Cast Lit-1
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight
Rydia
Use Dancing
Tellah
Inventory Management
Cast Cure2/Cast Lit-1
Cecil
Fight
Tellah
Cast Cure2/Cast Lit-1
Rydia
Use Dancing
Cecil
Inventory Management
Fight
Tellah
Duplicate weapon slot
Cast Life1/Cure2 on Rydia/Cast Stop on Tellah
Cecil
Fight
Rydia
Use Dancing
Tellah
Parry

Repeat the last three commands until the battle is over.

Edward

Leave the cave, and open the menu at the appropriate location for the Damcyan clip. Don't actually bother with the Damcyan clip unless you're on a terrible seed.

Menu

  • Equip Tellah: Change/*/*/*/*
  • 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. Head to the top of the castle and watch the scene.

Antlion

Take the hovercraft to the Antlion cave.

Pick up the Life in the chest along the way.

Antlion

HP
1000
Party
Rydia (4:400) / *empty / Edward (5:388) / *Cecil (11:4230) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (11:3530) / Tellah (20:55273)
Inventory Goals
Cap to 4L
Cecil
Use Life on Rydia/Parry
Edward
Equip Dancing
Use Dancing
Rydia
Use Dancing
Cecil
Inventory Management
Parry
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing
Cecil
Parry
Rydia
Use Dancing

WaterHag

Make your way out of the cave.

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 (6:888) / *empty / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (11:4030) / Tellah (20:55773)
Edward
Fight
Edward
Fight
Edward
Fight

It is usually enough to simply hold A for the duration of the fight.

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.

MomBomb

HP
MomBomb: 10800 (800) / Bomb: 50 / GrayBomb: 100
Party
Rydia (6:900) / *Yang (10:2061) / Edward (8:1688) / *Cecil (12:4730) / Rosa (10:2139)
Shadow Party
Kain (12:4830) / Tellah (20:56573)
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing
Cecil
Fight
Rosa
Parry
Yang
Fight
Rydia
Use Dancing
Edward
Use Dancing/Parry
Cecil
Fight/Parry
Rosa
Parry

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
Rydia
Use Dancing on GreyBomb
Edward
Use Dancing on GreyBomb
Cecil
Fight
Rosa
Use Aim on weakest Bomb
Edward
Use Dancing on GreyBomb
Yang
Fight

Dragoon

Head onward down the mountain and travel east toward Fabul.

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

General x1, Fighter x2

HP
General: 320 / Fighter: 65
Party
empty / *Yang (?:?) / Edward (?:?) / *Cecil (?:?) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (?:?) / Tellah (?:?) / Rosa (?:?)
Inventory Goals
Dreamer to bottom
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Fight

Weeper x1, Imp Cap. x1, WaterHag x1

HP
Weeper: 100 / Imp Cap.: 37 / WaterHag: 48
Party
empty / *Yang (?:?) / Edward (?:?) / *Cecil (?:?) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (?:?) / Tellah (?:?) / Rosa (?:?)
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing on Weeper
Cecil
Run Buffer
Fight WaterHag
Yang
Fight

General x1, Fighter x2

HP
General: 320 / Fighter: 65
Party
empty / *Yang (?:?) / Edward (?:?) / *Cecil (?:?) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (?:?) / Tellah (?:?) / Rosa (?:?)
Inventory Goals
empty/Cap to top left
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Fight

Garogyle x1

HP
160
Party
empty / *Yang (?:?) / Edward (?:?) / *Cecil (?:?) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (?:?) / Tellah (?:?) / Rosa (?:?)
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing
Yang
Fight
Cecil
Fight

Weeper x1, Imp Cap. x1, WaterHag x1

HP
Weeper: 100 / Imp Cap.: 37 / WaterHag: 48
Party
empty / *Yang (?:?) / Edward (?:?) / *Cecil (?:?) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (?:?) / Tellah (?:?) / Rosa (?:?)
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing on Weeper
Cecil
Run Buffer
Fight WaterHag
Yang
Fight

General x1, Fighter x2

HP
General: 320 / Fighter: 65
Party
empty / *Yang (?:?) / Edward (?:?) / *Cecil (?:?) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (?:?) / Tellah (?:?) / Rosa (?:?)
Edward
Run Buffer
Use Dancing
Cecil
Fight
Yang
Duplicate FireClaw slot
Fight

Dragoon

HP
65000
Party
empty / *empty / empty / *Cecil (?:?) / empty
Shadow Party
Kain (?:?) / Tellah (?:?) / Rosa (?:?)
Cecil
Fight Cecil

Twins

Walk to the Inn and watch the scenes.

Menu

  • Equip Yang: FireClaw/FireClaw/*/*/*
  • You should now have 254 FireClaws.
  • Equip Rydia: */*/Cap/*/*
  • Equip Cecil: Black/*/*/*/*

Leave Fabul, and head for the ship.

After the scenes, head east to Mysidia.

Shopping

  • Buy 10 Gaea (helm), 10 Gaea (armor), 10 Silver (arms), 1 Paladin (shield), 1 Paladin (arms)
  • Buy 70 Cure2, 70 Life, 70 Heal, 70 Ether1
  • Sell 70 FireClaw (twice)

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

Milon

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

Climb the mountain until you reach the summit.

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

Menu

  • Equip Porom: */*/Tiara/Gaea/Silver
  • Equip Palom: */Change/Gaea/Gaea/Silver
  • Equip Tellah: Change/*/Gaea/*/Silver
  • Fully heal the party.
  • Swap Cure2 and Cap.

Milon

HP
Milon: 3000 (2300) / Ghast: 170
Party
Porom (10:1957) / *empty / Porom (10:1957) / *Cecil (13:6473) / Tellah (20:58316)
Shadow Party
Kain (13:6573) / Rosa (11:3882) / Yang (11:3804) / Rydia (7:1392)
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 (13:7423) / *Tellah (20:59266)
Shadow Party
Kain (14:7523) / Rosa (12:4832) / Yang (12:4754) / Rydia (9:2342)
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 (14:8523) / Rosa (13:5832) / Yang (13:5754) / Rydia (10:3342)
Cecil
Run Buffer
Equip Dancing
Use Dancing
Cecil
Run Buffer
>Use Dancing
Cecil
Equip Paladin (shield)
Use Dancing
Cecil
Run Buffer
Use Dancing

Karate

Head down the mountain.

Walk to the chocobo forest and take a yellow chocobo back to Mysidia. Make a note if your chocobo was unacceptable.

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 (20:60266)
Shadow Party
Kain (14:8523) / Rosa (13:5832) / Yang (13:5754) / Rydia (10:3342)
Cecil
Run Buffer
Use Dancing
Palom
Equip Dancing
Use Dancing
Porom
Inventory Management (clear spot for Baron key Cure2 to 1R/Dancing to 4R)

Karate

HP
4000
Party
*Porom (12:3907) / Cecil (1:0) / *Palom (12:3907) / empty / *Tellah (20:60266)
Shadow Party
Kain (14:8523) / Rosa (13:5832) / Yang (13:5754) / Rydia (10:3342)
Cecil
Wait for "ACHOOOOO"
Fight

Baigan

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

Shopping

  • Buy 10 Headband, 10 Karate
  • Buy 13 Cure (staff) (four times), 8 Thunder (claw), 58 IceClaw, 68 FireClaw, 96 IceClaw, 20 Cure (staff)

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

Menu

  • Underflow Tellah's MP.
  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.
  • Equip Cecil: */*/Headband/Karate/Paladin
  • Equip Yang: */IceClaw (from stack of 58)/Headband/Karate/Silver
  • Swap Porom and Tellah

Baigan

HP
3500
Party
*Tellah (20:60266) / Cecil (1:0) / *Palom (12:3907) / Yang (13:5754) / *Porom (12:3907)
Shadow Party
Kain (14:8523) / Rosa (13:5832) / Rydia (10:3342)
Inventory Goals
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
Use Dancing on Yang/Porom/Palom
Tellah
Cast Meteo
Porom
Parry
Cecil
Use Dancing on Porom/Yang/Palom
Palom
Use Dancing on Yang/Porom/Palom
Cecil
Wait for Meteo
Equip Legend
Move Ether1 to 1L

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
Tellah (20:62676) / *Cecil (10:2410) / Palom (12:3907) / *Yang (13:5754) / Porom (12:3907)
Shadow Party
Kain (16:10933) / Rosa (14:8242) / Rydia (12:5752)
Survivors
Cecil and Tellah
Inventory
Ether1 (1L), Cure2 (1R), Dancing single (2L), Life (2R), Headband (3L), Gaea (3R), Silver (4L), Dancing Stack (4R), Thun Rod (5L), Tiara (5R), 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 to Toroia and enter the castle.

Visit Edward. After the scene, use an Ether1 on Tellah and cast Exit.

Head north to the chocobo forest.

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

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
*Cid (20:26754) / Tellah (21:65426) / *Cecil (13:5160) / empty / *Yang (13:5754) /
Shadow Party
Kain (17:13683) / Rosa (15:10992) / Rydia (13:8502)
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
Fight

FlameDog

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

Take the black chocobo back to the chocobo forest.

If your yellow chocobo was unacceptable, keep catching and releasing yellow chocobos until it's acceptable.

Catch a black chocobo and land accordingly, walking the rest of the way to Toroia.

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

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

Menu

  • Fully cure Cecil and Tellah.

FlameDog

HP
1221
Party
*Cid (20:26754) / Tellah (21:67426) / *Cecil (14:7160) / empty / *Yang (14:7754)
Shadow Party
Kain (17:15683) / Rosa (16:12992) / Rydia (14:10502)
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.

Menu

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

Magus Sisters

HP
Sandy: 2500 / Cindy: 4300 / Mindy: 2200
Party
*Cid (20:26754) / Tellah (21:67999) / *Cecil (14:7733) / empty / *Yang (14:8327)
Shadow Party
Kain (17:16256) / Rosa (16:13565) / Rydia (15:11075)
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: Staff/*/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 (19:20756) / Cecil (16:12233) / *Yang (14:8327)
Shadow Party
Rydia (16:15575)
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.
  • Change background color to 11,7,6 to access safety save during the glitch.

Enter the castle, observe 63 screen transitions, and talk to the king.

Calbrena

HP
Cal: 1000 / Brena: 300
Party
*Cecil (17:14133) / empty / *Kain (19:22656) / Rosa (18:19965) / *Yang (15:10227)
Shadow Party
Cid (20:28654) / Rydia (16:17475)
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 (17:15633) / Rydia (17:18975) / *Kain (19:24156) / Rosa (19:21465) / *Yang (16:11727)
Shadow Party
Cid (20:30154)
Kain
Run Buffer
Jump
Cecil
Equip Fire (sword)
Inventory management
Wait for "And you, Cecil!"
Fight
Kain
Jump
Cecil
Fight
Rydia
Parry

By the end of this fight, your inventory should match the inventory below:

↓ Top of Inventory ↓
Cure (staff) x13FireClaw x68
Thunder (claw) x8(any)
(any)(any)
IceClaw x96Cure (staff) x20
...
Cure (staff) x13FireClaw x114
Cure (staff) x13(any)
(any)Cure (staff) x13
IceClaw x57Staff x1
↑ Bottom of Inventory ↑

Glitch Time

After the scenes, cast Warp, get the crystal, and exit the crystal room.

Go left until you reach the Mage Room.

Go down one tile, then left to the trigger tile.

Go left twice to reach the trigger tile, and then trigger the cut scene to eliminate Kain.

Menu

  • Move the top stack of Cure staves to the third slot on the right (just above the 20 Cure staves).

Exit the Sealed Cave, and then go right, down, left. Go down once more to recruit FuSoYa.

Menu

  • Move Life1, Mute, Bersk to the bottom of FuSoYa's white magic.
  • In FuSoYa's black magic, swap Fire1/Stop and Warp/Nuke.

Leave the room and return to the Mage Room.

Go straight up to leave the area, then head left until the Mage Room again.

Go straight up to leave the area again. If you are not pushed through the next room, go up.

Go up, left, up, and then left until you reach the save room with Chocobo music.

Go two steps to the right to save, and then go up.

Bacon Time

The next three rooms carry a bacon risk, and depend on the following variables:

Room -45
Time taken to reload save file. Mashing A should be fine. I believe this is cumulative through your run, so if you have problems with this room, wait a little bit on the load game screen. Typically, this will only be an issue during a learning run with several safety saves.
Room -46
Determined by in-game timer. Consult the bacon chart or the in-game timer calculator. Probably not worth worrying about pausing during battles until you are reasonably consistent and below 2:08.
Room -47
Determined by GP. This route should always be good here. If you have problems, consult the NoCW GP Calculator.

After passing through those three rooms, go left until you reach the Castle of Dwarves.

Head down the stairs, open FuSoYa's magic, move upt Co to the top, then cast Exit.

Go to the second tile from top (right, up, left) and then defeat Zeromus with upt Co.