This guide was made by Buster WolfBuster Wolf.

Introduction

Final Fantasy is the first entry of the Final Fantasy series, it was initially Squaresofts last hope as they were facing bankruptcy. However the game proved to be a huge success (despite having many bugs). It has since been ported to different consoles which this guide will hopefully cover all of them. Bestiary hunters will want to use Ctrl+F and type the 3 digit number with the # in front to find specific enemies you are missing.

Character Choice

At the start of the game you are given a choice between 6 starting classes to which you make a party of 4 to begin your adventure, each with their advantages and disadvantages.

Fighter/Warrior

The overall tank of the group, all forms of physical attacks should impact him the least as he is capable of equipping highly durable armor compared to the other classes as well as having one of the highest HP pools among them all.

NES/PS: The Fighter is extremely expensive to upkeep early game specially due to the Silver/Mythril Sword which is incredibly powerful for the point in the game it is at, also including armor upgrades which are required for the best tankability.

DoS+: Not as expensive to upkeep compared to the NES version, but still the most expensive member of the group to keep in tip top condition.

Class Upgrade: Knight
The Fighter/Warriors class change is the Knight which is capable of equipping even better armor and weapons including an exclusive weapon at endgame. They also gain White Magic spells up to level 3 so they can provide some light healing/support in place of a White Wizard.

Black Belt/Monk

The physical bruiser of the group, his effectiveness is based more around his level compared to the rest of the group, however he is the cheapest class as you hardly need to buy any equipment for him.

NES/PS: A good class to have as you will not need to worry about dumping money on this class after the early portion of the game. Due to the damage formula for the Black Belt they will not be good barehanded until around level 8 where the Nunchaku (which stop being sold around this point) are rendered obsolete, also their Absorb is equal to their level if they have no armor equipped. On NES there is a bug where the Absorb is not updated until you check the armor screen.

DoS+: The Monk has been buffed significantly compared to the NES version where a Monk can go barehanded and without equipment from the start (the starting equipment hinders them) thus they have absolutely no cost dependency as equipment they would use (Ribbon/Protect Ring (until STA is 64 then just the Ribbon by itself)) can be found for free. The Monk is mainly dependent on Stamina for defense (and partly offense) when certain parts are unequipped as follows

Hands ATK = [STR / 2] + [(STA + 1) * 3 / 4]
Unarmed HLM = [STA / 8]
Unarmed ARM = [[STA / 4] * 3 / 2]
Unarmed GLV = [STA / 8]

Class Change: Master
The Black Belt/Monks class change is Master which makes them even stronger with no weapon equipped.

NES/PS: The Master is oddly a downgrade as they get less Magic Defense per level up compared to Monk (from 4 to 1) though a Ribbon should cover that weak point. On NES there is a bug like Black Belts Absorb, unlike Black Belt however the bug is different in that the game checks to see if you have a weapon equipped and will make Absorb equal to your level if unarmed, you can take advantage of the bug by having Ribbon & ProRing on for their effects without body armor to stay with higher defense than you should without looking at the armor screen on level ups.

DoS+: The Master stays true as an upgrade unlike the NES version since Magic Defense was fixed for this class. The formula gets altered for the Stamina dependency which are as follows

Hands ATK = [STR / 2] + STA
Unarmed HLM = [STA / 8]
Unarmed ARM = [STA / 2]
Unarmed GLV = [STA / 8]

Thief

The Thief has high evasion and accuracy, though the weapon selection is very limited (for practically two-thirds of the game). They have the highest success rate for running from battles among the group.

NES/PS: The Thief is bar none the worse class due to having no access to magic spells or very good equipment. While their class upgrade is miles better the point you get it at is after the hardships of the game.

DoS+: Much more viable thanks to the upgrade to their stats. While they still have the same problem of limited equipment they start off having 2 hits compared to other classes and will often get more hits earlier than others to compensate for their bad equipment draw.

Class Upgrade: Ninja
The class change for Thief is Ninja which is basically a Knight-light capable of equipping nearly the same equipment barring a select few. Contrary to the Knight, Ninja has access up to level 4 Black Magic which due to their high speed often make them act first to get a buff off before an ally.

NES/PS: As mentioned the hard part of the game is basically done with by the time you get this class, though it is a major upgrade compared to the Thief as you should have a good pair of better equipment waiting by the time you class change.

DoS+: Due to added content this class is invaluable to a party specially since having a Haste user get the buff off before an attacking member makes bosses a breeze to fight, specially the bonus dungeon bosses.

Red Mage

The Red Mage is the jack of all trades class of the group, capable of using most White and Black Magic as well as getting a decent array of equipment.

NES/PS: Due to INT being bugged the Red Mage is just as good of a caster as the White and Black Mage. Due to having better equipment choices it is generally a better choice because of the spell charge system since physical attacks are more dominant throughout the game and magic having a limited range of damage/healing. At certain levels they are able to use higher level spells.

Lv 2 Spells: 2
Lv 3 Spells: 6
Lv 4 Spells: 10
Lv 5 Spells: 15
Lv 6 Spells: 20
Lv 7 Spells: 26

DoS+: With INT fixed the Red Mage has been nerfed to now actually be a jack of all trades since their magic is not nearly as effective as a White or Black Mage. At certain levels they are able to use higher level spells.

Lv 2 Spells: 4
Lv 3 Spells: 9
Lv 4 Spells: 15
Lv 5 Spells: 22
Lv 6 Spells: 29
Lv 7 Spells: 37

Class Change: Red Wizard
The class change for Red Mage is Red Wizard which is a minor upgrade of the Red Mage (nearly non existent on DoS+) with a few weapon upgrades from the Red Mage and a few White & Black magic spells that couldn't be previously learned.

White Mage

The White Mage is the overall healer of the group, mainly specializing in healing and buffing spells from the White Magic category and a few undead harming spells. At certain levels they are able to use higher level spells.

NES & Origins/DoS+
Lv 2 Spells: 2/3
Lv 3 Spells: 5/8
Lv 4 Spells: 8/13
Lv 5 Spells: 12/19
Lv 6 Spells: 16/26
Lv 7 Spells: 20/33
Lv 8 Spells: 25/39

Spell Charge System: A vital member regardless what the other 3 members are. Though the spell charge system is to their detriment as they have a limited number of spells they can use, a large supply of HEAL Potions would be needed to otherwise cover for the lack of one.

MP System: With the addition of Ethers which weren't present in the original they are more manageable to use MP for healing outside of battles.

Class Change: White Wizard
The class change for White Mage is White Wizard which allows for higher level White Magic to be usable.

Black Mage

The Black Mage is the overall magic nuker of the group, mainly specializing in debilitating and damaging spells from the Black Magic category, will tend to have the lowest HP among other classes. At certain levels they are able to use higher level spells.

NES & Origins/DoS+
Lv 2 Spells: 2/3
Lv 3 Spells: 5/8
Lv 4 Spells: 8/13
Lv 5 Spells: 12/19
Lv 6 Spells: 16/26
Lv 7 Spells: 20/33
Lv 8 Spells: 25/39

Spell Charge System: The main downside of this class is the damage dependent mostly on magic which is rather scarce due to the spell charge cap being 9. Due to the INT stat being bugged a Red Mage is a better pick compared to this class.

MP System: With the addition of Ethers which weren't present in the original they are more manageable to use MP for crowd control during battle as they can use all of their MP provided you have enough Ethers to upkeep them until you can substitute their MP use for items with the same effect as magic.

Class Change: Black Wizard
The class change for Black Mage is Black Wizard which allows for higher level Black Magic to be usable.

Stats

Stats determine how well your characters will preform this is a basic overview incase you don't know what each stat does.
Stat Effect
STR Effects your DAMAGE/ATK value.
AGL Effects your Evade.
INT Effects your magic damage/healing. Bugged on NES & Origins.
VIT/STA Effects how often you will get good HP gains. Also Monk/Master stats from DoS+.
LUCK Effects how often you will run. Doesn't fully work on NES version.
DAMAGE/ATK How much damage your weapon will deal.
HIT%/ACC Effects how many hits you do. Every 32 points = 1 more hit (2 if unarmed).
ABSORB/DEF Defense against physical attacks.
EVADE%/EVA Effects how well you avoid physical attacks.

HIT%/ACC & EVADE%/EVA is not percentage based, it is out of 255 not 100.

Status Ailments

Ailment Player effect Enemy effect Notes
Confusion No effect. Uses physical attacks on its teammates. No enemy uses the Confuse spell or attacks able to deal confusion.
Darkness Lower Hit rate. Lowers Hit rate. Does nothing in all versions. Is cured after battle.
Mute Can't use spells and items Can't use special abilities Origins onward can use Potions while under this condition. Is cured after battle.
Poison Lose a small amount of HP in battle (2 on NES), lose 1 HP per step outside of battle. Can be killed in battle, but not outside. No effect. Can't inflict on enemies.
Sleep Unable to preform actions. Unable to preform actions. Eventually wears off, is cured after battle if still under ailment.
Stone Character is turned grey in their weak pose, counts as a dead member. Instant death. Can be cured with SOFT Potion/Gold Needle.
Stun/Paralysis Unable to preform actions. Unable to preform actions. Is cured after battle if still under ailment.

On the NES version characters hit by Poison or Stone are sent to the back row of the party after battle if they were still under the ailment. Stone had to be cured outside of battle in that version since a SOFT Potion couldn't be used during battle by the affected character.

The Adventure begins

After picking your party and naming them your adventure in Final Fantasy is ready to begin. Note for shops if I write the base class only their class change is also able to equip/use it. Word of warning those playing the NES version there is no auto-targeting like later entries of the series so plan your attacks carefully otherwise you will have a wasted attack, also any drop listed are not meant for this version as no enemies drop an item, same for Origins. Origins players have the option of turning auto-target on or off as well as choosing between Normal Mode which plays like the NES version with the spell charge system or Easy Mode which plays like current Final Fantasy games with the MP system. The maps presented in this guide use the tile set from Origins in mind so NES players will not travel as far in dungeons.

NES: Do not get into a random battle as your characters do not have any equipment on and thus will deal low damage and take a lot from the IMPs around Coneria. Head to town and buy the best weapons your characters can equip. For armor look at what your two best members can equip as they will take more physical attacks compared to the bottom two. If you have any spare money buy some spells for your mages then head out and grind to level 3, make sure to switch your party by pressing Select so your main tanks are at the top.

PS+: Unlike the NES version your characters have some equipment on so you can immediately grind to level 3 (which will take no time for you). If you are using a Monk on DoS+ remove his equipment as he will be better unequipped. Once you enter Cornelia you will not be allowed to leave unless you talk to a guard who will lead you to the King.

Coneria/Cornelia Area

Enemies
South of Coneria/Cornelia
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP (NES/PS+) Gil Weakness Drop Notes
IMP/Goblin #001 8 4-8/4 4 1.5/6 6

IMP/Goblin - Is nothing to be afraid of as you should be able to one shot them with any class (barring Black Mage) with weapons bought from Coneria/Cornelia.

North of Coneria/Cornelia
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP (NES/PS+) Gil Weakness Drop Notes
IMP/Goblin #001 8 4-8/4 4 1.5/6 6
GrIMP/Goblin Guard #002 16 8-16/8 6 13/18 18 Potion
WOLF/Wolf #003 20 8-16/8 0 24 6
MADPONY/Crazy Horse #004 64 10-20/10 2 63 15 Potion

GrIMP/Goblin Guard - Stronger than the previous IMP/Goblin though they should still fall all the same.
WOLF/Wolf - Might be a slight threat due to having more HP than GrIMP/Goblin Guard.
MADPONY/Crazy Horse - Can be quite a deadly enemy if you fight it this early due to your lack of HP, if you have bought the Fire or Thunder Black Magic spell use it to defeat it faster.

Town of Coneria/Cornelia

Inn cost: 30
Weapon Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Attack Accuracy User
Wooden Nunchaku/Nunchaku 10 8 12 0 Black Belt/Monk, Ninja
Small Knife/Knife 5 4 5 10 Fighter/Warrior, Thief, Red Mage, Black Mage
Staff 5 4 6 0 All except Thief
Rapier 10 8 9 5 Fighter/Warrior, Thief, Red Mage
Iron Hammer/Hammer 10 8 9 0 Fighter/Warrior, White Mage, Ninja

NES/PS: If using a Fighter, Thief or Red Mage buy a Rapier for each one of them. If you are using a Black Belt buy a Wooden Nunchaku for them. If using a White Mage buy an Iron Hammer for them. If using a Black Mage buy a Small Knife for them.

DoS+: If using a Warrior, Thief or Red Mage buy a Rapier for each one of them. If you are using a Monk remove all equipment from them. If using a White Mage buy a Hammer for them. If using a Black Mage buy a Knife for them.


Armor Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Defense Evade Weight User
Clothes 10 8 1 -2 2 Everyone
Wooden Armor/Leather Armor 50 40 4 -8 8 Fighter/Warrior, Black Belt/Monk, Thief, Red Mage
Chain Mail 80 65 15 -15 15 Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage, Ninja

When deciding what Armor to buy look at your party to see which members will be in the first two slots as they will take the most physical attacks. Those two should be the ones you buy for and leave the other two bare (or what they started with for those playing the Origins and onward ports.).


White Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
CURE/Cure 100 50 Heal 16-32 HP to one ally. Restores a little HP to one ally. 3 White Mage, Red Mage, Knight
HARM/Dia 100 50 Deal 20-80 damage to all undead enemies. Deals damage to all undead foes. 5 White Mage
FOG/Protect 100 50 Increase ally absorb by 8. Raise one ally's defense (+8). 3 White Mage, Red Mage, Knight
RUSE/Blink 100 50 Increase casters Evade by 80. Raise caster's evasion (+80). 3 White Mage, Knight, Red Wizard

CURE/Cure - The lowest tier healing spell which is very useful in the long run, get this for your Red Mage & White Mage if you are using one or both.
HARM/Dia - The lowest tier undead damaging spell White Mages have to deal with undead enemies which are pretty prevalent in this game.
FOG/Protect - Not a really worthwhile buffing spell which can be stacked up to a total of 255. You can skip this since 8 Defense for one party member doesn't make too much of a difference.
RUSE/Blink - A good spell if you are planning to have your White Mage act as a tank since it can be stacked up to a total of 255. Later in the game the Knight can use this which is very beneficial for them.


Black Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
FIRE/Fire 100 50 Deal 10-40 damage on one enemy, deal more if enemy is weak to Fire. Deals fire damage to one foe. 5 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
SLEP/Sleep 100 50 Can put all enemies to sleep. Puts all foes to sleep. 3 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
LOCK/Focus 100 50 Decreases one enemies evade by 10. (Bugged, always misses on NES) Lower one foes evasion (-10). 3 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
LIT/Thunder 100 50 Deal 10-40 damage on one enemy, deal more if enemy is weak to Lightning. Deals lightning damage to one foe. 5 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja

FIRE/Fire - The lowest tier Fire damaging spell which is very useful in the early game, this is a good early spell to get for Red Mage and Black Mage since you will want it for a tough enemy in the next area and around Coneria/Cornelia.
SLEP/Sleep - A good crowd control spell if you want some enemies to get off your back, you can choose to get it if you want, though I would wait until after having FIRE/Fire & LIT/Thunder first.
LOCK/Focus - A pretty worthless spell since there is no reason to worry about lowering one enemies evade.
LIT/Thunder - The lowest tier Lightning damaging spell which is very useful in the early game, this is a good early spell to get for Red Mage and Black Mage for when we eventually get the Ship.


Item Shop
Item (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Effect NES/PS Effect DoS+
HEAL Potion/Potion 60 40 Heal one ally for 30 HP outside of battle (16-32 in battle). Restore 50 HP.
PURE Potion/Antidote 75 50 Remove poison from an ally. Cure poison.
Phoenix Down N/A 500 N/A Revives one KO'd ally.
TENT/Sleeping Bag 75 50 Restores 30 HP and saves game. Restores 100 HP.

If you have any spare Gil from grinding to level 3 I would suggest buying a couple of HEAL Potion/Potions at least 4. After you are done with purchases and grinding you can go to the Castle and speak with the King who will tell you his daughter has been kidnapped by a knight named Garland who took her Northwest to the Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine. Make sure to use the Inn to get your Spell Charges/MP back when you are ready to head out.

To the Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine

Suggested Level: 3
When you are ready exit the town and head to the Northwest, those playing on DoS+ will notice a cave to the left, there is nothing we can do there yet as we are blocked off from entering due to a statue. The Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine is located at the northern most point of the area head inside to begin the rescue.

Enemies
Outside of the Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP (NES/PS+) Gil Weakness Drop Notes
IMP/Goblin #001 8 4-8/4 4 1.5 / 6 6
GrIMP/Goblin Guard #002 16 8-16/8 6 13 / 18 18 Potion
MADPONY/Crazy Horse #004 64 10-20/10 2 63 15 Potion
BONE/Skeleton #005 10 10-20/10 0 9 3 Fire.pngHoly.png Echo Screen
SPIDER/Black Widow #006 28 10-20/10 0 30 8
CREEP/Gigas Worm #007 56 17-34/17 8 63 15 Fire.png

BONE/Skeleton - A weak undead monster, you should have no trouble dispatching them, unless you fight against a group of 4 don't worry about using HARM/Dia.
SPIDER/Black Widow - Not too much to worry about, despite its appearance you don't have to worry about being Poisoned as it can't do that.
CREEP/Gigas Worm - A pretty nasty enemy to meet early, use Fire on it if you have the spare charge/MP as you don't want them getting too many attacks off.

Inside the Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP (NES/PS+) Gil Weakness Drop Notes
IMP/Goblin #001 8 4-8/4 4 1.5/6 6
GrIMP/Goblin Guard #002 16 8-16/8 6 13/18 18 Potion
WOLF/Wolf #003 20 8-16/8 0 24 6
BONE/Skeleton #005 10 10-20/10 0 9 3 Fire.pngHoly.png Echo Screen
SPIDER/Black Widow #006 28 10-20/10 0 30 8
CREEP/Gigas Worm #007 56 17-34/17 8 63 15 Fire.png
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf #008 72 14-28/14 0 93 22 Antidote
WrWOLF/Werewolf #009 68 14-28/14 6 135 67 Attack may Poison, 3 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
ZOMBIE/Zombie #010 20 10-20/ 0 0 24 12 Fire.pngHoly.png Staff
GHOUL/Ghoul #011 48 8-16/8 6 93 50 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze

GrWOLF/Warg Wolf - Basically a stronger WOLF/Wolf.
WrWOLF/Werewolf - Can be a bit dangerous if they manage to Poison you, you may want to defeat these first to reduce the risk of being Poisoned when encountered. If they live they will recover 3 HP per turn (not on NES).
ZOMBIE/Zombie - Is not too dangerous as they are only slightly stronger than BONE/Skeletons, if you meet a group of 4 consider using HARM/Dia to take them out.
GHOUL/Ghoul - Has weaker attack than ZOMBIE/Zombie, but is a bit more durable. Their attack has a chance to Stun/Paralyze if they hit.

Map

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine Map
Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine Map

The Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine is not too large of an area, if you want to face Garland now and save Princess Sarah simply walk up and talk with him to initiate the battle, however if you want the treasure that you can get now you can choose to do that to. There are 4 rooms at the corners of the temple, however we are only able to access 2 of the 4 rooms those being the lower left and upper left. The lower left room has a Cap/Leather Cap any character can equip it, it provides 1 Defense with -1 Evade and a Weight of 1, I would suggest giving it to your main tank. The upper left room has a HEAL Potion/Potion in the chest in front of the door and a CABIN/Tent in the other chest. When you finish collecting the treasure head back to where the entrance was and head into the room in the center and speak with Garland to fight him.

Boss
GARLAND/Garland (#012)
HP: 106 (NES & PS)/ 212 (DoS+)
Attack: 15-30 (NES)/ 15 (PS+)
Defense: 10 (NES & PS)/ 8 (DoS+)
EXP: 130
Gil: 250
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: N/A
Drop: Longsword (Rare)
Garland is a very simple boss fight so feel free to go all out with your offensive magic and heal anyone who gets below 20 HP.

After you have defeated Garland you will need to walk up to Princess Sarah to have her teleport you back to the Kings room. In gratitude the King will ask for a bridge to be built to help your group traverse to the East so you can go to the town there to get a ship, if you attempt to leave without speaking to Sarah she will stop you and will give you a Lute which currently has no importance yet. Those on NES need to talk to the King for the bridge to appear and the Princess so she can give you the Lute. If you have not reached level 4 I would suggest to do some grinding before continuing, as well as buying at least 3 PURE Potion/Antidotes for the trip.

Gaining our Sea Legs

Suggested Level: 4
Make sure you have rested up at the Inn to get your spell charges/MP back to full after getting to level 4 if you didn't already reach it. Make your way North to reach the newly built bridge and see a small cutscene. You can choose to go to the North to a cave or East to the next town.

If you choose to go North
Enemies
Near Matoyas Cave
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
WOLF/Wolf #003 20 8-16/8 0 24 6
CREEP/Gigas Worm #007 56 17-34/17 8 63 15 Fire.png
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf #008 72 14-28/14 0 93 22 Antidote
ASP/Cobra #013 56 6-12/6 6 123 50 Attack may Poison
OGRE/Ogre #014 100 18-36/18 10 195 195
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief #015 132 23-46/23 14 282 300

ASP/Cobra - Has low attack, but has a chance to Poison you with their physical attack.
OGRE/Ogre - Pretty durable as well as powerful and will often be paired with CREEP/Gigas Worm, while good for grinding later it can be a pain to fight before upgrading equipment.
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief - Basically a stronger OGRE/Ogre.

Head North into the mountains and then circle around through the West upward until you see a cave you can enter. This is Matoyas Cave the broom on the outside gives you a hint to access the World Map (B Button + Select). Entering the room you will see Matoya herself, apparently she is missing a crystal eye that was stolen from her, we are unable to help her at the moment. There are 3 chests in here from top to bottom they have a HEAL Potion/Potion, another one and a PURE Potion/Antidote. When you are done leave and make your way to the East.

If you choose to go East
Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP (NES/PS+) Gil Weakness Drop Notes
IMP/Goblin #001 8 4-8/4 4 1.5/6 6
GrIMP/Goblin Guard #002 16 8-16/8 6 13/18 18 Potion
WOLF/Wolf #003 20 8-16/8 0 24 6
MADPONY/Crazy Horse #004 64 10-20/10 2 63 15 Potion
CREEP/Gigas Worm #007 56 17-34/17 8 63 15 Fire.png
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf #008 72 14-28/14 0 93 22 Antidote
OGRE/Ogre #014 100 18-36/18 10 195 195
IGUANA/Lizard #016 92 18-36/18 12 153 50

IGUANA/Lizard - Is very durable and can be tough, though they will always be alone in this area.

Head under the mountains and to the East for a long trek through the forest and then South to the town.

Pravoka

Welcome to Pravoka, you will find that the town is in trouble as they are being attacked by pirates, you can choose to fight them now or after you do some shopping. Either way the Weapon, White & Black Magic shops are on the right side of town while the Armor & Item Shops are on the left.

Inn cost: 50
Weapon Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Attack Accuracy User
Iron Hammer/Hammer 10 8 9 0 Fighter/Warrior, White Mage, Ninja
Short Sword/Broadsword 550 450 15 10 Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage, Ninja
Hand Axe/Battle Axe 550 450 16 5 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja
Scimitar 200 160 10 10 Fighter/Warrior, Thief, Red Mage

NES/PS: If you are using a Fighter/Warrior or Red Mage buy a Short Sword for them, if you have another member that can also equip it don't buy another one as there will be a large list of equipment you will want for the next dungeon. If you are using a Thief don't buy the Scimitar as the next town (which we go to immediately after this) has a better weapon.

DoS+: If you have a Warrior or Red Mage buy a Broadsword for them. If you are using a Thief don't buy the Scimitar as the next town (which we go to immediately after this) has a better weapon, additionally an enemy in the sea has a chance to drop the very same weapon we could buy.


Armor Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Defense Evade Weight User
Wooden Armor/Leather Armor 50 40 4 -8 8 Fighter/Warrior, Black Belt/Monk, Thief, Red Mage
Chain Mail 80 65 15 -15 15 Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage, Ninja
Iron Armor 800 640 24 -23 23 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja
Wooden Shield/Leather Shield 15 12 2 0 0 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja
Gloves/Leather Gloves 60 50 1 -1 1 Everyone

If you are using a Fighter/Warrior don't buy the Shield here as a better one is sold in the next town (which we go to immediately after this). Since it is pretty cheap you can choose to buy Gloves/Leather Gloves for everyone except your Black Belt/Monk if you want. If you have the spare gil go ahead and buy the Iron Armor for your Fighter/Warrior.


White Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
LAMP/Blinda 400 250 Remove Dark from an ally. Cures darkness. 3 White Mage, Red Mage, Knight
MUTE/Silence 400 250 Prevent enemy from using magic. Prevents all foes from casting spells. 5 White Mage, Red Mage, Knight
ALIT/NulShock 400 250 Lessens damage from Lit attacks. Reduces lightning damage by half. 8 White Mage, Red Mage, Knight
INVS/Invis 400 250 Increase Evade of target by 40. Raise one ally's evasion (+40). 3 White Mage, Knight, Red Wizard

LAMP/Blinda - Useless spell since the Darkness status doesn't work in all versions of this game.
MUTE/Silence - A good spell to prevent enemies from using their special attacks.
ALIT/NulShock - Not really worth getting unless you are on DoS+ where you will want this for the bonus dungeons if you go for them early.
INVS/Invis - A good spell to help your tank take less hits from an enemy.


Black Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
ICE/Blizzard 400 250 Deal 10-80 damage on one enemy, deal more if enemy is weak to Ice. Deals ice damage to one foe. 8 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
DARK/Dark 400 250 Inflict Dark status. Blinds all foes with darkness. 5 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
TMPR/Temper 400 250 Increase the damage of an ally. (Bugged, doesn't work on NES) Raise one ally's attack (+14). 10 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
SLOW/Slow 400 250 Lower enemies HIT total to 1. Reduces all foes' number of attacks. 5 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja

ICE/Blizzard - You won't have much of a use for this unless on NES where the Black Mage won't have anything to do with level 2 spell charges.
DARK/Dark - Useless spell since Darkness doesn't work on enemies.
TMPR/Temper - Useless on NES due to a bug, very much needed to speed up boss fights on remakes, it stacks up to a total of 255 in battle.
SLOW/Slow - Good for certain bosses to lower their hit count to make them more manageable.


Item Shop
Item (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Effect NES/PS Effect DoS+
HEAL Potion/Potion 60 40 Heal one ally for 30 HP outside of battle (16-32 in battle). Restore 50 HP.
Ether N/A 150 N/A Restore 50 MP.
PURE Potion/Antidote 75 50 Remove poison from an ally. Cure poison.
Eye Drops N/A 50 N/A Cures darkness.
Phoenix Down N/A 500 N/A Revives one KO'd ally.
TENT/Sleeping Bag 75 N/A Restores 30 HP and saves game. Restores 100 HP.
CABIN/Tent 250 N/A Restores 60 HP and saves game. Restores 200 HP and 100 MP.

When you are finished shopping or chose not to talk to Bikke the leader of the Pirates to initiate the battle

"Boss"
PIRATE/Pirate x9 (#017)
HP: 6 (NES & PS)/ 24 (DoS+)
Attack: 8-16 (NES)/ 8 (PS)/ 10 (DoS+)
Defense: 0
EXP: 40
Gil: 40
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: N/A
Drop: Leather Shield (Rare)
They are very weak (pathetically so on the NES & Origins versions) that you should have no trouble dispatching them as they should go down in one hit from everyone (except White Mage on later ports).

After you've defeated them Bikke gets scared and offers his apologies and promises not to terrorize the town, as well as giving you control of his ship which will now belong to you, it will be docked outside of Pravoka waiting for you.

Sailing the closed Sea

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
SAHAG/Sahagin #018 28 10-20/10 4 30 30 Lightning.png Potion
R.SAHAG/Sahagin Chief #019 64 15-30/15 8 105 105 Lightning.png
KYZOKU/Buccaneer #020 50 14-28/14 6 60 120 Saber
SHARK/Shark #021 120 22-44/22 0 267 66 Lightning.png
OddEYE/Bigeyes #022 10 4-8/4 0 42 10 Lightning.png May Stun/Paralyze with Gaze

SAHAG/Sahagin - Has high agility so it will tend to dodge attacks at low levels (on NES/PS) they tend to come in large groups, but are otherwise not too threatening.
R.SAHAG/Sahagin Chief - Basically a stronger SAHAG/Sahagin.
KYZOKU/Buccaneer - Is much tougher than their "boss" counterpart PIRATE/Pirate and can be a threat early. It is a very good enemy to farm for money if you don't want do the ship minigame (end of this guide).
SHARK/Shark - Is a pretty strong enemy as well as being quite durable, you will want to use LIT/Thunder if you encounter one (or two).
OddEYE/Bigeyes - Has very low HP and high evade, all it will do is Gaze in an attempt to Stun/Paralyze the member it targets.

Now we have access to the sea though all we have access to is the portion of the world we are in, if you didn't go to Matoya's Cave you can go now by passing under the bridge by Coneria/Cornelia. There is one new area we can go to now that we have the Ship (technically two, but we can't do anything in the other area), make your way West back to where Coneria/Cornelia is and from the dock head South until you hit a piece of land and go to the dock on the West and head Southward.

Elfland/Elfheim

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
WOLF/Wolf #003 20 8-16/8 0 24 6
CREEP/Gigas Worm #007 56 17-34/17 8 63 15 Fire.png
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf #008 72 14-28/14 0 93 22 Antidote
ASP/Cobra #013 56 6-12/6 6 123 50 Attack may Poison
OGRE/Ogre #014 100 18-36/18 10 195 195
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief #015 132 23-46/23 14 282 300
ARACHNID/Tarantula #023 64 5-10/5 12 141 50 Attack may Poison

ARACHNID/Tarantula - Not very powerful, unlike SPIDER/Black Widow this one has a chance to inflict Poison on the party member they attack.

You can enter the castle to find out what the problem for the area is, turns out the Prince has been cursed by the Dark Elf Astos and has been sleeping for 5 years (what?). The Healer next to his bed speaks of a medicine that will wake the Prince up, but he doesn't know where it is. Afterward you can visit the town and look at their shops, the weapon store is under the Inn with the Level 3 Black Magic shop next to the Inn and Level 3 White Magic shop above it. The upper left of the town features the level 4 magic shops with the item shop below them and the Armor shop at the bottom left. A little easter egg if you check the left most grave near the level 3 White Magic shop in the NES & Origins version it says "Here lies Erdrick." Erdrick being a character in the Dragon Quest/Warrior series, however all other versions say "Here lies Link." the same Link of Legend of Zelda fame.

Inn cost: 100
Weapon Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Attack Accuracy User
Iron Nunchaku 200 160 16 0 Black Belt/Monk
Large Dagger/Dagger 175 140 7 10 Fighter/Warrior, Thief, Red Mage, Black Mage
Iron Staff/Crosier 200 160 14 0 Fighter/Warrior, Black Belt/Monk, Ninja
Sabre/Saber 450 360 13 5 Fighter/Warrior, Thief, Red Mage
Silver Sword/Mythril Sword 4,000 3,200 (Origins only) 23 15 Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage, Ninja

NES/PS: If you are using a Fighter/Warrior or Red Mage buy a Silver/Mythril Sword for them. If you are using a Thief buy the Saber for them. If you have a Black Mage don't buy the Large Dagger/Dagger for them as we can get it for free in the next dungeon.

DoS+: If you are using a Thief you can buy the Saber for them, though I would wait and see if Buccaneers in the sea drop one before you finish level grinding incase you get one for free.


Armor Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Defense Evade Weight User
Iron Armor 800 640 24 -23 23 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja
Copper Bracelet/Copper Armlet 1,000 800 4 -1 1 Everyone
Iron Shield 100 80 4 0 0 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja
Cap/Leather Cap 80 65 1 -1 1 Everyone
Wooden Helmet/Helm 100 80 3 -3 -3 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja

If you are using a Fighter/Warrior buy the Iron Armor if you didn't already from Pravoka, also the Iron Shield & Wooden Helmet and pass the Cap to the next character in line.


White Magic Shop (Level 3)
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
CUR2/Cura 1,500 1,000 Heal 33-66 HP to one ally. Restores HP to one ally. 10 White Mage, Red Mage, Knight
HRM2/Diara 1,500 1,000 Deal 40-160 damage to all undead enemies. Deals damage to all undead foes. 8 White Mage
AFIR/NulBlaze 1,500 1,000 Lessens damage from Fire attacks. Reduces fire damage by half. 8 White Mage, Red Mage, Knight
HEAL/Heal 1,500 1,000 Heal 12-24 HP to all allies. Restore a little HP to entire party. 10 White Mage

CUR2/Cura - The second tier healing spell, get for your Red Mage if you are using one since they can't learn HEAL/Heal, you can choose to buy this for White Mage, but HEAL/Heal will heal more for the same cost.
HRM2/Diara - The second tier undead damaging spell White Mages have to deal with undead enemies which are pretty prevalent in this game.
AFIR/NulBlaze - A nice spell to have to reduce Fire elemental damage, though it should be saved for purchase later when you have more gil.
HEAL/Heal - The lowest tier group healing spell for the White Mage which has the same cost as CUR2/Cura, it will heal more overall than CUR2/Cura since you are targeting you whole party instead of one member.


White Magic Shop (Level 4)
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
PURE/Poisona 4,000 2,500 Removes Poison from an ally. Cures poison. 3 White Mage, Red Mage
FEAR/Fear 4,000 2,500 Makes enemies more likely to run. Drives all foes away in terror. 10 White Mage
AICE/NulFrost 4,000 2,500 Lessens damage from Ice attacks. Reduces ice damage by half. 8 White Mage, Red Mage
AMUT/Vox 4,000 2,500 Removes Silence from an ally. Cures silence. 3 White Mage, Red Wizard

PURE/Poisona - You won't really need spell as you can buy more than enough PURE Potion/Antidotes to cover the cost of this spell (if you get Poisoned more than 50 times per playthrough I don't know what to tell you, also DoS+ can get Antidotes as drops.)
FEAR/Fear - An interesting spell which if used in succession will cause enemies to run away, won't work on undead as they resist it.
AICE/NulFrost - A nice spell to have to reduce Ice elemental damage, though it should be saved for purchase later when you have more gil.
AMUT/Vox - Don't bother with this spell, there are only 3 enemies in the main game that can Silence your party with 1 more on DoS+, but those enemies will likely not use Silence (unless you purposely keep them alive long enough). The one on DoS+ will, but you will have Ribbons by then so it won't work and items that have the effect of spells, also it gets cured after battle making it even more worthless.


Black Magic Shop (Level 3)
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
FIR2/Fira 1,500 1,000 Deal 30-120 damage to all enemies, deal more if enemy is weak to Fire. Deals fire damage to all foes. 15 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
HOLD/Hold 1,500 1,000 Paralyze an enemy. Paralyzes one foe. 10 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
LIT2/Thundara 1,500 1,000 Deal 30-120 damage to all enemies, deal more if enemy is weak to Lightning. Deals lightning damage to all foes. 15 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
LOK2/Focara 1,500 1,000 Decrease enemy evade by 20 (Bugged, raises instead of decrease on NES). Lowers evasion of all foes (-20). 10 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja

FIR2/Fira - The mid tier Fire damaging spell which is very useful for most of the game with the abundance of undead present, this one hits all enemies instead of one.
HOLD/Hold - Not too useful since it aims at one enemy rather than a group.
LIT2/Thundara - The mid tier Lightning damaging spell, this one hits all enemies instead of one. You will want this for the Marsh Cave since the enemy guarding an item we need doesn't resist this element while resisting all others.
LOK2/Focara - An upgrade to LOCK/Focus, but still not useful since you don't want to waste spell charges/MP lowering an enemies evade.


Black Magic Shop (Level 4)
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
SLP2/Sleepra 4,000 2,500 An enemy may fall sleep. Puts one foe to sleep. 15 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
FAST/Haste 4,000 2,500 Double an allies number of hits. Doubles one ally's number of attacks. 15 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
CONF/Confuse 4,000 2,500 Enemies will go after their own. Causes foes to turn on each other. 15 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja
ICE2/Blizzara 4,000 2,500 Deal 40-160 damage to all enemies, deal more if enemy is weak to Ice. Deals ice damage to all foes. 18 Red Mage, Black Mage, Ninja

SLP2/Sleepra - Has higher accuracy than SLEP/Sleep and can bypass enemies and even bosses who resist Sleep due to being Non-Elemental.
FAST/Haste - A very nice buff you will want to get, though it should wait until after Marsh Cave.
CONF/Confuse - A nice crowd control spell to have enemies hit themselves rather than your party.
ICE2/Blizzara - The mid tier Ice damaging spell, it is slightly more powerful than FIR2/Fira & LIT2/Thundara.


Item Shop
Item (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Effect NES/PS Effect DoS+
HEAL Potion/Potion 60 40 Heal one ally for 30 HP outside of battle (16-32 in battle). Restore 50 HP.
PURE Potion/Antidote 75 50 Remove poison from an ally. Cure poison.
SOFT Potion/Gold Needle 800 500 Removes stone from an ally. Cures stone.
Echo Grass N/A 50 N/A Cures silence.
CABIN/Tent 250 160 Restores 60 HP and saves game. Restores 200 HP and 100 MP.
HOUSE/Cottage 3,000 2,000 (Origins only) Recovers 120 HP and saves game, recovers Spell Charges. Fully restores party's HP and MP.

The HOUSE is bugged on the NES version if you choose to not save it will not replenish your spell charges, also loading a game after saving from a HOUSE will still deplete your spell charges due it restoring them after saving instead of before so you would need to use a TENT or CABIN after the HOUSE to keep them.

Prepping for the Marsh

The upcoming dungeon Marsh Cave is one of the hardest dungeons in the game relative to the level you would be at so there is some grinding to do. For NES/PS version you want to hover somewhere around Level 9 (10 if you want a Lv 4 spell charge for Red Mage) at least while the DoS+ version you want to be somewhere around 13 (15 if you want Lv 4 magic for Red Mage). I will list what equipment/spells you will want to get in order of importance for the cave to have an easy time based on what you may be using.

NES/PS
Silver/Mythril Swords for Fighter/Warrior & Red Mage (4,000 gil per at Elfland)
Sabre/Saber for Thief (450 gil at Elfland)
Iron Armor for Fighter/Warrior (800 gil at Pravoka & Elfland)
Iron Shield for Fighter/Warrior (100 gil at Elfland)
Wooden Helmet for Fighter/Warrior (100 gil at Elfland)
HEAL & HRM2 for White Mage (1,500 gil per at Elfland)
CUR2 for Red Mage (1,500 gil at Elfland)
FIR2 & LIT2 for Red & Black Mage (1,500 gil per at Elfland)
30 HEAL Potion/Potions (60 gil per)
3 CABIN/Tents (75 gil per at Coneria & Pravoka)
20 PURE Potion/Antidotes (75 gil per)

DoS+
Broadsword for Warrior & Red Mage (550 gil per at Pravoka)
Iron Armor for Warrior (640 gil at Pravoka & Elfheim)
Iron Shield for Warrior (80 gil at Elfheim)
Helm for Warrior (80 gil at Elfheim)
Heal & Diara for White Mage (1,000 gil per at Elfheim)
Cura for Red Mage (1,000 gil at Elfheim)
Fira & Thundara for Red & Black Mage (1,000 gil per at Elfheim)
10 Potions (40 gil per)
5 Tents (160 gil per at Elfheim)
Saber for Thief (360 gil at Elfheim) if you didn't get one as a drop from Buccaneer
20 Antidotes (50 gil per)
10 Ethers (150 gil per at Pravoka)

Places to grind

  • If you want to get more gil than experience I would recommend doing battles on the sea as you will get a lot more gold than exp from those battles (unless SHARK/Shark appears often)
  • If you want more experience than gil I would recommend being either close to Elfland/Elfheim or on the left side of the mountains nearby, though you will want to bring PURE Potions/Antidotes due enemies who can poison you.
  • If you want to level super fast you will need FIR2/Fira & HRM2/Diara. Read the end of the guide.

Treck through the Marsh

Suggested Level: 9-10 (NES/PS), 13-15 (DoS+)
When you feel ready and have rested up make your way though the mountains West of Elfland/Elfheim. There is a path that will lead West which you should pass up the first one as it will lead to a dead end, the second one will lead to the Marsh Cave with a path North which you can go to if you want to though there won't be much to do there, the King inside had his Crown taken by Astos that is hidden in the Marsh Cave and he is unable to retrieve it so he asks for you to get it. Continue South and you will be at the Marsh Cave.

Enemies
Near Marsh Cave
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP (NES/PS+) Gil Weakness Drop Notes
GrIMP/Goblin Guard #002 16 8-16/8 6 13/18 18 Potion
WOLF/Wolf #003 20 8-16/8 0 24 6
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf #008 72 14-28/14 0 93 22 Antidote
WrWOLF/Werewolf #009 68 14-28/14 6 135 67 Attack may Poison, 3 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
OGRE/Ogre #014 100 18-36/18 10 195 195
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief #015 132 23-46/23 14 282 300
ARACHNID/Tarantula #023 64 5-10/5 12 141 50 Attack may Poison
GHAST/Ghast #024 56 8-16/8 10 117 117 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
SCORPION/Scorpion #025 84 22-44/22 10 225 70 Spider's Silk Attack may Poison

GHAST/Ghast - Will often appear in large groups and are notorious for their chain Stun/Paralysis due to getting multiple attacks.
SCORPION/Scorpion - Is pretty powerful for this point in the game and has a chance to Poison you with its physical attack.

Inside Marsh Cave
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
BONE/Skeleton #005 10 10-20/10 0 9 3 Fire.pngHoly.png Echo Screen
SPIDER/Black Widow #006 28 10-20/10 0 30 8
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf #008 72 14-28/14 0 93 22 Antidote
WrWOLF/Werewolf #009 68 14-28/14 6 135 67 Attack may Poison, 3 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
ZOMBIE/Zombie #010 20 10-20/10 0 24 12 Fire.pngHoly.png Staff
GHOUL/Ghoul #011 48 8-16/8 6 93 50 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
ARACHNID/Tarantula #023 64 5-10/5 12 141 50 Attack may Poison
SCORPION/Scorpion #025 84 22-44/22 10 225 70 Spider's Silk Attack may Poison
SHADOW/Shadow #026 50 10-20/10 0 90 45 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may cause Darkness
SCUM/Green Slime #027 24 1-2/1 255 84 20 Fire.pngIce.png Hi-Potion Attack may Poison
CRAWL/Crawler #028 84 1-2/1 8 186 200 Attack may Stun/Paralyze
MUCK/Gray Ooze #029 76 30-60/30 7 255 70 Lightning.png
GARGOYLE/Gargoyle #030 80 12-24/12 8 132 80
R.BONE/Bloodbones #031 144 26-52/26 12 378 378 Fire.pngHoly.png

SHADOW/Shadow - Is not too tough for this point in the game, their attack has a chance to cause the Darkness status which doesn't work so it is nothing to worry about. Oddly encounters with this enemy are programmed to be an ambush or preemptive never a normal battle.
SCUM/Green Slime - Is a physical wall and will likely take 1 damage per hit from every physical attack, its physical attack is weak, but has a chance to Poison the member it hits.
CRAWL/Crawler - Deals very low physical damage, but has a very high chance to Stun/Paralyze the member they hit since they can hit up to 8 times.
MUCK/Gray Ooze - Contrary to SCUM/Green Slime this one has low physical defense, but has pretty high physical attack. It is a rare encounter so you are likely not going to encounter it often.
GARGOYLE/Gargoyle - Doesn't look too strong though its agility is quite high thus it can deal nasty damage when it hits up to 3 times.
R.BONE/Bloodbones - Can be a pretty nasty enemy due to its strength, however it will mostly appear with groups of other undead so a HARM/Dia with FIR2/Fira should deal a lot of damage to it and its undead allies.

Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
SHADOW/Shadow B1
SCUM/Green Slime All
ZOMBIE/Zombie B1 & B2
GHOUL/Ghoul B1 & B2
BONE/Skeleton All
CRAWL/Crawler All
ARACHNID/Tarantula All
SPIDER/Black Widow All
MUCK/Gray Ooze All
WrWOLF/Werewolf All
GARGOYLE/Gargoyle B2 & B3
R.BONE/Bloodbones B2 & B3
SCORPION/Scorpion B2 & B3
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf B2 & B3

Map B1

Marsh Cave Floor B1 Map
Marsh Cave Floor B1 Map

The Marsh Cave is one of a couple of dungeons that contain duplicate chests, these are chests that when opened in one area will be considered open in another and will be emptied. The first floor has two paths you can choose between, the upper path which leads to a small area with treasure or the lower path which progresses though the dungeon while containing some of the same treasure as the upper path.

Map B2

Marsh Cave Floor B2 Map
Marsh Cave Floor B2 Map

Depending on the path you chose you'll either be on the top left room of this map or the bottom, the top is simply a treasure trove full of chests while the bottom will lead you further into the Marsh Cave. On the upper path you can find a Large Dagger/Dagger for your Black Mage if you are using one, 680 gil and a Short Sword/Broadsword. The Short Sword/Broadsword chest causes 2 other chests to be empty while the 680 gil chests causes 1 chest to be empty. The lower path only has 680 gil & a Short Sword/Broadsword in a chest (as 2 of them are in this area, but due to duplicate chests you can only get 1) so I would recommend going for the upper path first if you are going for all treasures.

Map B3

Marsh Cave Floor B3 Map
Marsh Cave Floor B3 Map

This is a large floor made up with 4 rows and 4 columns of small room, the rooms on the lowest row (4,1-4,4) are all locked for us as we need a special key to unlock them. Room 1,1 contains Iron Armor (NES) or Phoenix Down (PS+) getting this chests empties one at room 2,2. Room 2,1 contains a Copper Bracelet/Copper Armlet which if you didn't buy one at Elfland/Elfheim you can use this one, preferably on one of your two lower members that need defense since it give more defense than the evade penalty. Room 2,2 contains a HOUSE/Cabin which will be useful for when we leave with the spoils from Room 3,2 which is the one we came here for as it has the Crown we need for the King at Western Keep, there is a fixed encounter tile in front of the treasure chest.

Fixed Encounter
WIZARD/Piscodemon (#032)
HP: 84
Attack: 30-60 (NES)/ 30 (PS+)
Defense: 16
EXP: 276
Gil: 300
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: Fire.pngIce.pngStone.pngParalysis.pngPoison.pngBlind.pngSleep.pngSilence.pngConfusion.pngMind.png
Drop: None
While not exactly a boss this enemy is flagged as unrunable so you will have to defeat it to get the Crown, it will appear in as little as a group of 2 to as much as a group of 4. Despite the name WIZARD on the NES they have no magic attacks and can hit really hard with its physical attack. They are resistance to Fire & Ice so use LIT2/Thundara while spreading out your attacks to bring them down.

After the battle with the WIZARD/Piscodemon open the chest to collect the Crown and then make you way out of here while collecting the treasure in Room 1,4 which contains 295 gil. Those on DoS+ who've played the Ship Minigame enough to win an Emergency Exit can use it to quickly get out without having to back track. I would recommended going back to Elfland/Elfheim to restock a bit, if you are using a Red Mage and haven't gotten to Level 10 (NES/PS) or 15 (DoS+) do so and get the FAST/Haste spell, then make your way back to the Western Keep (North from where you went West then South to get to the Marsh Cave) and save outside.

Operation: Fetch Quest

We are ready to begin a long series of events. Enter the Western Keep and speak to the King, turns out he was Astos in disguise and attacks you.

Boss
ASTOS/Astos (#033)
HP: 168 (NES/PS)/ 420 (DoS+)
Attack: 26-52 (NES)/ 26 (PS)/ 30 (DoS+)
Defense: 40 (NES/PS)/ 18 (DoS+)
EXP: 2,250
Gil: 2,000
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: N/A
Drop: Mythril Sword (Rare)
Astos can be the first challenging boss since he has actual spells in his repertoire such as RUB/Death which can instantly kill a party member (if unlucky that it connects), SLOW/Slow & SLO2/Slowga to lower your hit count, SLEP/Sleep to cause a unit to be unable to act, FAST/Haste to increase his hit count as well as FIR2/Fira & LIT2/Thundara to damage your entire party. If you bought MUTE/Silence you can shut down Astos' magic use and will have him resort to his physical attack which is not too much to worry about. If you have FAST/Haste use it on your strongest physical attackers to take Astos down, also it would be recommendable to put your mages as the tanks for this battle since Death has a higher chance to miss them.

After defeating Astos you will receive the Crystal Eye which you should go back to Matoya's Cave and give it to her, you may have noticed a room on the Southwest of the screen as you entered the King's room, you can't access that area yet as we need an item that we are getting soon to open the door. When you give Matoya her Crystal Eye back she will give you an HERB/Jolt Tonic in return which will wake up the sleeping Prince of Elfland/Elfheim so make your way back there. When you return to the castle speak to the Healer who will apply the HERB/Jolt Tonic and wake the Prince up, as he wakes up wondering if he's still dreaming he will give you the Mystic Key this item opens up a lot of options for us in terms of items & equipment we can now get. When leaving the castle don't fully go all the way down as you have one tile you can go to the outer perimeter of the castle to a room in the upper right corner which has 4 chests which contain a Silver Hammer/Mythril Hammer a weapon upgrade for your White Mage as it has 12 Attack and 5 Accuracy (which is 3 & 5 more respectively than your Iron Hammer/Hammer), 400 gil (NES)/800 gil (PS+), 330 gil (NES)/700 gil (PS+), & Copper Gauntlets/Bronze Gloves for your Fighter/Warrior which has 2 Defense with -3 Evade and a Weight of 3 (which is 1 more Defense and 1 less evade than the Glove/Leather Gloves you had).

Now that we are in possession of the Mystic Key we can go to a couple of old areas for some new goodies, let's start with Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine the first dungeon of the game. When we were here previously we only had access to the left half of the area, now we have access to the right half. Both areas are guarded by GARGOYLE/Gargoyles the same ones we fought at the Marsh Cave who should pose no threat, note the upper right room you have to fight them twice, once when you enter to get both chests and one more when you have to leave. The lower right room has a Rune Sword/Rune Blade in it this can be equipped by the Fighter/Warrior, Thief & Red Mage it deals extra damage to spellcaster like monsters (not on NES due to a bug) it has 18 Attack and 15 Accuracy and is one of the strongest weapons the Thief can equip. The upper right room has a Were Sword/Werebuster in the chest leading into the room which is exactly like the Rune Blade except a Thief can't equip this, the Were Sword/Werebuster deals extra damage to enemies who are were type enemies (not on NES due to bug), and a SOFT Potion/Gold Needle. Those on NES/Origins can sell the swords if you have the Silver Sword/Mythril Sword for Fighter/Warrior & Red Mage.

Next area for our trip is Castle Coneria/Cornelia, at the castle take the Eastern path from where you start to enter the treasure room, you could've come here earlier, but these doors were locked by the Mystic Key. The left room has an Iron Armor, an Iron Shield (NES)/Tent (PS+) & TNT/Nitro Powder…why they would have that in the castle is beyond me, but it is important due to the fanfare. The right room contains a Iron Staff (NES)/Cottage (PS+), a Sabre/Saber & Silver Knife/Mythril Knife if you were using a Black Mage this is a nice upgrade for them, the Mythril Knife has 10 Attack and 15 accuracy (3 & 5 more respectively than the Large Dagger/Dagger found from the Marsh Cave). If you haven't done so yet since Astos sell excess equipment and rest up at Coneria/Cornelia and then head back to the Western Keep where we fought Astos.

At Western Keep you should've noticed the room Southwest from where we fought Astos, previously we didn't have the Mystic Key to access it though now we do so follow the path East of where the throne room is and circle around to the room at the bottom. The treasure room has 3 chests all guarded from the bottom, if you don't want to fight the enemies open the chests from the sides. The left chest contains a Power Staff which you can give to your Black Mage if you have one, though while more powerful than the Silver Knife/Mythril Knife (12 vs. 10) it does not provide boosted accuracy thus having lower damage (15 vs. 0), it is better sold since you can get a lot of gil for it. The middle chest contains a Falchon/Falchion if you already have the Rune Sword/Rune Blade you won't need this weapon other than extra gil for selling. The right chest contains Iron Gauntlets/Steel Gloves for the Fighter/Warrior this gives 4 Defense with -5 Evade and a Weight of 5, equip it on them as it is better than the Copper Gauntlets/Bronze Gloves.

Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense (NES/PS+) EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
MUMMY/Mummy #034 80 30-60/30 20 300 300 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
IMAGE/Wraith #035 86 22-44/22 12 / 4 231 231 Fire.pngHoly.png Crosier Attack may Stun/Paralyze

MUMMY/Mummy - Guards the left and right chests since you have no reason to hold back use FIR2/Fira and HARM/Dia or HRM2/Diara (if you bought it) to take care of them, their physical attack has a chance to sleep the member it hits.
IMAGE/Wraith - Guards the middle chest, their physical attack has a chance to stun/paralyze the member it hits. Strategy is the same as MUMMY/Mummy for it.

With that done either rest at Elfland/Elfheim or make you way to the Marsh Cave and use a HOUSE/Cottage outside (NES players use a Tent afterward to keep your spell charges) and make you way back to B3 of the cave. With the Mystic Key we now have access to the bottom row of rooms we didn't on our previous visit. Room 4,1 has a WIZARD/Piscodemon encounter one tile right of the entrance so go around that, the chest has a new fixed encounter with COBRA/Anaconda if you approach from the top. The chest contains a Silver Bracelet/Silver Armlet which can be equipped by everyone, it gives 15 Defense with -1 Evade and a Weight of 1, you can give it to any member who doesn't already surpass 15 Defense already and needs it (including Black Belt/Monk if they aren't Lv. 15 on NES). Room 4,2 has a WIZARD/Piscodemon encounter to the left of the chest and COBRA/Anaconda encounter on the bottom, on NES you have to pick one of these two encounters while Origins onward can skip the encounters by taking the extra tile to the right, this chest contains a Silver Knife (NES)/Antidote (PS+). Room 4,4 has a fixed encounter with WIZARD/Piscodemon that you can't avoid, the chest contains 1,020 gil.

Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense (NES/PS+) EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
COBRA/Anaconda #036 80 22-44/22 12/10 165 50 Attack may Poison

COBRA/Anaconda - Is basically a stronger ASP/Cobra, you shouldn't have problems dealing with these enemies.

When you finish make you way back to Elfland/Elfheim buy enough SOFT Potion/Gold Needles so that you have at least 5 and restock on HEAL Potion/Potions and get up to 60 also restock on PURE Potion/Antidotes and Ethers at Pravoka for Origins players using MP and DoS+. Sell the extra equipment you have no use for and rest at the Inn at Coneria/Cornelia.

Onto new Venture

After you've restocked on items and have the TNT/Nitro Power sail along the coast of Coneria/Cornelia and follow it West then North until you see a place to dock your ship. Head West and South until you see mountains and head into the cave. This is the Dwarf Cave/Mount Duergar you could've explored here earlier, but you wouldn't have much to do. Head up from the entrance to a room with 2 chests the bottom having 575 gil and the other having 450 gil. The other room at the top has a Dwarf who is looking for a material called ADAMANT/Adamantite, those using a Fighter/Warrior will want to remember this NPC for later if you choose to class change. With the Mystic Key we have access to the room on the bottom left which is a treasure trove with 7 chests. The top left corner contains a CABIN/Tent and an Iron Helmet/Great Helm which can be equipped by the Fighter/Warrior and has 5 Defense with -5 Evade and a Weight of 5 (2 more defense and 2 less evade than the previous Wooden Helmet/Helm). The center of the room contains a Dragon Sword/Wyrmkiller the best weapon the Thief will have until near the end of the game, it has 1 more attack than the Rune Blade and the same accuracy, its special effect is added damage to Dragon type monsters (not on NES due to bug), a Silver Knife (NES)/Ether (PS+) and a Wooden Helmet (NES)/Potion (PS+). The right side of the room contains a Silver Armor/Mythril Mail which has 18 Defense -8 Evade and a Weight of 8, the Fighter/Warrior should have a better piece of armor (Iron Armor), but those using a Red Mage can finally give him a better armor than the Chain Mail, 575 Gil and a HOUSE/Cottage. After ransacking the treasury talk to the Dwarf outside of this room and he'll ask to use the TNT/Nitro Powder to open the canal so the West can be traveled through since it was blocked off. Those on DoS+ will notice a whirlpool as the camera scrolls down, like the cave you saw near the Chaos Shrine this is another bonus dungeon we can go to later as like the previous one it is blocked by a statue. Make your way back to the Ship and sail to the newly opened path to see the town of Melmond.

Melmond

Enemies around here from the dock upward are the same as those from Elfland/Elfheim. Those under the docks and to the West however have some new enemies.

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
SPIDER/Black Widow #006 28 10-20/10 0 30 8
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf #008 72 14-28/14 0 93 22 Antidote
GHOUL/Ghoul #011 48 8-16/8 6 93 50 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
OGRE/Ogre #014 100 18-36/18 10 195 195
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief #015 132 23-46/23 14 282 300
ARACHNID/Tarantula #023 64 5-10/5 12 141 50 Attack may Poison
GHAST/Ghast #024 56 8-16/8 10 117 117 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
SHADOW/Shadow #026 50 10-20/10 0 90 45 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may cause Darkness
HYENA/Hyenadon #037 120 22-44/22 4 288 72 Power Plus
TIGER/Lesser Tiger #038 132 22-44/22 8 438 108 X-Potion

HYENA/Hyenadon - Is not too terribly strong of an enemy, they are an uncommon encounter though.
TIGER/Lesser Tiger - Can be somewhat of a threat if it comes in groups of 3, they are a pretty rare encounter though.

The town of Melmond is a pretty bleak place, the townspeople speak of a Vampire that destroyed the Clinic (NES) and Item Shop so you will not be able to stock up on items here. At the Northeast of the town you meet the "famous" Dr. Unne, at the moment he has nothing of importance for us. If you want to use the Magic for your White & Black Mage you must be level 12 on NES/PS and 19 on DoS+.

Inn cost: 100
Weapon Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Attack Accuracy User
Iron Staff/Crosier 200 160 14 0 Fighter/Warrior, Black Belt/Monk, Ninja
Sabre/Saber 450 360 13 5 Fighter/Warrior, Thief, Red Mage
Long Sword/Longsword 3,000 1,200 20 10 Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage, Ninja
Falchon/Falchion 450 360 15 10 Fighter/Warrior, White Mage, Ninja

DoS+: While the Longsword seems like a good purchase for your Warrior or Red Mage we can get the same weapon NES players have had since before Marsh Cave if you are using either of those 2 classes.


Armor Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Defense Evade Weight User
Steel Armor/Knight's Armor 45,000 36,000 34 -33 33 Fighter/Warrior
Silver Bracelet/Silver Armlet 5,000 4,000 15 -1 1 Everyone
Iron Helmet/Great Helm 450 360 5 -5 5 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja
Copper Gauntlets/Bronze Gloves 200 160 2 -3 3 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja
Iron Gauntlets/Steel Gloves 750 600 4 -5 5 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja

While the Steel Armor/Knight's Armor may seem like a worthwhile armor to have it's better to save money as we will eventually get armor that is as powerful without the large weight hindrance. The Silver Bracelet/Silver Armlet is definitely worth the cost as everyone can equip it, those on NES whose Monk isn't at level 15 you will get a slight boost to defense with a minimal evade drop.


White Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
CUR3/Curaga 8,000 4,000 Heal 66-132 HP to one ally. Restores a lot of HP to one ally. 20 White Mage, Red Mage
LIFE/Life 8,000 4,000 Revives a slain ally with 1 HP (Doesn't work in battle on NES). Revives one KO'd ally. 20 White Mage, Red Wizard
HRM3/Diaga 8,000 4,000 Deal 60-240 damage to all undead enemies. Deals damage to all undead foes. 25 White Mage
HEL2/Healara 8,000 4,000 Restore 24-58 HP to all allies. Restores HP to entire party. 25 White Mage

CUR3/Curaga - The third tier single target healing spell, a nice spell to get for party members who take a big hit and need healing fast.
LIFE/Life - Necessary on NES where you don't have Phoenix Downs to revive members who die and don't want to walk back to a Clinic, do know that it won't work in-battle on that version. Remakes can decide if you want it or Phoenix Down for reviving dead members.
HRM3/Diaga - The third tier undead damaging spell White Mages have, this one is a bit overkill as not many undead have the HP to warrant buying unless on NES and you want to beat the next bosses in one round with a Red or Black Mage using FIR3/Firaga.
HEL2/Healara - The second tier party healing spell for White Mages. HEL2 on NES is bugged as one would expect, however it's bugged in a good way, in battle it functions like the HEL3 spell instead, but outside it acts like it normally would.


Black Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
FIR3/Firaga 8,000 4,000 Deal 50-200 damage to all enemies, deal more if enemy is weak to Fire. Deals fire damage to all foes. 30 Red Mage, Black Mage
BANE/Scourge 8,000 4,000 Can instantly kill all enemies. Instantly kills all foes. 28 Black Mage, Red Wizard
SLO2/Slowra 8,000 4,000 Lowers an enemy HIT count to 1. Reduces one foe's number of attacks. 18 Red Mage, Black Mage
WARP/Teleport 8,000 4,000 Move the party back one floor. Transport party to previous floor. 5 Black Mage

FIR3/Firaga - The high tier Fire damaging spell which is very useful for most of the game with the abundance of undead present.
BANE/Scourge - An instant death spell that doesn't have too high of a hit rate so it will often miss.
SLO2/Slowra - Is good for lowering 1 enemies hit count since it will hit more often than SLOW/Slow, unlike SLOW/Slow it is counted as Non-Elemental so it can bypass enemies who have Time resistance.
WARP/Teleport - Will take you back 1 floor when used in a dungeon.

Those who have a Fighter/Warrior or a Red Mage will want to explore an area we can access with the Ship. From the dock at Melmond head South until you see the bottom tip of the island that looks like tail and head West until you see land and sail under it to dock your Ship.

Enemies
Crescent Island
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
SCORPION/Scorpion #025 84 22-44/22 10 225 70 Spider's Silk Attack may Poison
COBRA/Anaconda #036 80 22-44/22 12/10 165 50 Attack may Poison
BULL/Minotaur #039 164 22-44/22 4 489 489 Knife
GIANT/Hill Gigas #040 240 38-76/38 12 879 879 Tent
TROLL/Troll #042 184 24-48/24 12 621 621 Fire.png 9 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
PEDE/Ankheg #050 222 39-78/39 20 1194 300 Attack may Poison

BULL/Minotaur - Can hit pretty and can hit twice per attack.
GIANT/Hill Gigas - Is basically a stronger OGRE/Ogre.
TROLL/Troll - Is about as dangerous as BULL/Minotaur with the added weakness of Fire, they regenerate 9 HP every round they are up (not on NES).
PEDE/Ankheg - Is quite dangerous as they can hit very hard and up to 3 times as well as possible Poison with their attack.

When you leave your ship head West and hug the lake as you go counterclockwise and head into the town. Don't be afraid to go all out with your magic since you can rest in the town if you need to.

Crescent Lake

This area we aren't supposed to visit yet technically as we need to finish the Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth to get more access of the map, but you can shop here since the stores allow you to buy stuff barring the level 6 magic shops which we shouldn't worry about yet. You can visit the Circle of Sages on the Eastern part of town if you want to get info on what to do.

Inn cost: 200
Weapon Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Attack Accuracy User
Silver Knife/Mythril Knife 800 640 10 5 Fighter/Warrior, Thief, Red Mage, Black Mage
Silver Sword/Mythril Sword 4,000 3,200 23 15 Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage, Ninja
Silver Hammer/Mythril Hammer 2,500 2,000 12 5 Fighter/Warrior, White Mage, Ninja
Silver Axe/Mythril Axe 4,500 3,600 25 10 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja

DoS+: The Mythril Sword which we didn't have access to is finally in our grasp and is a much better weapon to use until you class change (if you choose to do so).


Armor Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Defense Evade Weight User
Silver Armor/Mythril Mail 7,500 6,000 18 -8 8 Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage, Ninja
Silver Shield/Mythril Shield 2,500 2,000 8 0 0 Fighter/Warrior
Buckler 2,500 2,000 2 0 0 Fighter/Warrior, Thief, Red Mage
Silver Helmet/Mythril Helm 2,500 2,000 8 -3 3 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja
Silver Gauntlets/Mythril Gloves 2,500 2,000 6 -3 3 Fighter/Warrior, Ninja, Red Wizard

With the exception of Silver Armor/Mythril Mail all Silver/Mythril equipment is an upgrade for the Fighter/Warrior, if you have a Thief or Red Mage the Buckler is an option of a shield for them to increase their defense.


White Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
SOFT/Stona 20,000 13,000 Removes Stone from an ally. Cures Stone. 10 White Mage
EXIT/Exit 20,000 13,000 Takes the party out of a dungeon. Transports party out of dungeon. 25 White Wizard, Red Wizard
FOG2/Protera 20,000 13,000 Increase all allies Absorb by 12. Raises party's defense (+12). 20 White Mage, Red Wizard
INV2/Invisira 20,000 13,000 Increase all allies Evade by 40. Raises party's evasion (+40). 25 White Mage, Red Wizard

SOFT/Stona - You won't often find yourself using anywhere near enough SOFT Potion/Gold Needles to make this spell worth getting.
EXIT/Exit - Is very nice for getting out of dungeons without the hassle of backtracking, and is also the only way NES players are able to leave the endgame dungeon.
FOG2/Protera - A good spell for buffing the groups defense, more useful on DoS+ where there are bosses worth using it for.
INV2/Invisira - A nice spell to buff the groups evade making more hits less likely to hit, I would not recommend buying since there is an item that casts this as a spell for free.


Black Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
LIT3/Thundaga 20,000 13,000 Deal 60-240 damage to all enemies, deal more if enemy is weak to Thunder. Deals lightning damage to all foes. 35 Black Mage, Red Wizard
RUB/Death 20,000 13,000 Can instantly kill an enemy. Instantly kills one foe. 30 Black Mage
QAKE/Quake 20,000 13,000 Can instantly kill all enemies. Calls an earthquake to swallow foes. 32 Black Mage
STUN/Stun 20,000 13,000 Paralyze most enemies with less than 300 HP. Paralyzes one foe. 20 Black Mage

LIT3/Thundaga - The high tier Lightning damaging spell which is good to have another multi target option on a different spell charge/magic level.
RUB/Death - The least accurate instant death spell, I wouldn't recommend it over doing damage which would secure a kill over this.
QAKE/Quake - The worst of the instant death spells because a lot of enemies resist Quake and thus is not worth getting.
STUN/Stun - An upgrade to HOLD/Hold though just as worthless.


Item Shop
Item (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Effect NES/PS Effect DoS+
HEAL Potion/Potion 60 40 Heal one ally for 30 HP outside of battle (16-32 in battle). Restore 50 HP.
Hi-Potion N/A 150 N/A Restores 150 HP.
Ether N/A 150 N/A Restore 50 MP.
Phoenix Down N/A 500 N/A Revives one KO'd ally.
PURE Potion/Antidote 75 N/A Removes poison from an ally. Cures poison.
CABIN/Tent 250 160 Restores 60 HP and saves game. Restores 200 HP and 100 MP.
HOUSE/Cottage 3,000 N/A Recovers 120 HP and saves game, recovers Spell Charges. Fully restores party's HP and MP.

When you finish upgrading your equipment head back to Melmond to continue your quest.

Crystal of Earth shine forth!

Suggested Level: 12 (NES/PS), 19 (DoS+)
From Melmond head West while hugging the South side of the continent, you will eventually come to an opening to the South and a choice of going West, the West leads to Titan's Tunnel/Giant's Cave though we won't be able to go far as the Titan blocking the path wants a Ruby. Follow the path South and follow in between the mountains to enter the Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth.

Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense (NES/PS+) EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
SPIDER/Black Widow #006 28 10-20/10 0 30 8
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf #008 72 14-28/14 0 93 22 Antidote
WrWOLF/Werewolf #009 68 14-28/14 6 135 67 Attack may Poison, 3 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
ASP/Cobra #013 56 6-12/6 6 123 50 Attack may Poison
OGRE/Ogre #014 100 18-36/18 10 195 195
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief #015 132 23-46/23 14 282 300
ARACHNID/Tarantula #023 64 5-10/5 12 141 50 Attack may Poison
GHAST/Ghast #024 56 8-16/8 10 117 117 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
GARGOYLE/Gargoyle #030 80 12-24/12 8 132 80
WIZARD/Piscodemon #032 84 30-60/30 16 300 276
MUMMY/Mummy #034 80 30-60/30 20 300 300 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
IMAGE/Wraith #035 86 22-44/22 12/4 231 231 Fire.pngHoly.png Crosier Attack may Stun/Paralyze
COBRA/Anaconda #036 80 22-44/22 12/10 165 50 Attack may Poison
BULL/Minotaur #039 164 22-44/22 4 489 489 Knife
GIANT/Hill Gigas #040 240 38-76/38 12 879 879 Tent
TROLL/Troll #042 184 24-48/24 12 621 621 Fire.png 9 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
SPECTER/Wight #043 52 20-40/20 20 150 150 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
OOZE/Ochre Jelly #044 76 32-64/32 6 252 70 Fire.pngIce.png
COCTRICE/Cockatrice #045 50 1-2/1 4 186 200 Gold Needle Attack may Petrify

BULL/Minotaur - Can hit pretty and can hit twice per attack.
GIANT/Hill Gigas - Is basically a stronger OGRE/Ogre.
TROLL/Troll - Is about as dangerous as BULL/Minotaur with the added weakness of Fire, they regenerate 9 HP every round they are up (not on NES).
OOZE/Ochre Jelly - Is a very rare encounter though shouldn't offer too much of a problem.
COCTRICE/Cockatrice - Is the most dangerous enemy you'll face as they can come in large groups (as little as 2 to as much as 6) if they ambush you while appearing in a large group you may consider your run dead as their physical attack (while very weak) has a chance to Petrify your characters.

Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
COBRA/Anaconda B1
BULL/Minotaur B1 & B2
ASP/Cobra B1 & B2
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief B1-B3
OGRE/Ogre B1-B3
GARGOYLE/Gargoyle B1 & B2
ARACHNID/Tarantula B1 & B2
MUMMY/Mummy B1 & B3
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf B2 & B3
WrWOLF/Werewolf B2 & B3
TROLL/Troll B2
GIANT/Hill Gigas B2
WIZARD/Piscodemon B3
SPECTER/Wight B3
GHAST/Ghast B3
IMAGE/Wraith B3
COCTRICE/Cockatrice B3
OOZE/Ochre Jelly B3

Map B1

Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B1 Map
Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B1 Map

The Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth entrance sports 4 paths you can go through, the path to the left has a lot of fixed encounter points which will always feature a GIANT/Hill Gigas and occasionally an IGUANA/Lizard (for those who missed the bestiary entry at Pravoka). The North and second South paths have treasure which is guarded on a certain side by an EARTH/Earth Elemental.

Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
EARTH/Earth Elemental #041 288 66-132/66 20 1,536 768 Fire.png Remedy

EARTH/Earth Elemental - Has a very strong physical attack, thankfully it will always be by itself here. Do note that this enemy is flagged as unrunable so be sure you are committed to fighting it.

The path East will lead to the next floor.

Map B2

Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B2 Map
Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B2 Map

This floor features a labyrinth like maze which often have dead ends, the room at the East has 3 treasures none of which are guarded while the Southern room that branches near the stairs is guarded by an EARTH/Earth Elemental when you enter the room so you will have to fight it twice if you are going for the treasures. The Coral Sword from the Eastern room is another weapon the Thief can equip, though the Dragon Sword/Wyrmkiller has the exact same stats, the only difference (for non NES players) is that the Coral Sword deals extra damage to aquatic enemies.

Map B3

Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B3 Map
Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B3 Map

This floor features many dangerous enemies ranging from Stun locking undead via SPECTER/Wight + GHAST/Ghast in large groups & IMAGE/Wraith, an enemy that is unrunable WIZARD/Piscodemon (remember it from Marsh Cave?) and the enemy that may give you a game over if unlucky COCTRICE/Cockatrice (uncommon encounter). Of the 3 floors we've been to this one is more linear compared to the other 2 since there's not too many branching paths. For NES players the chest labeled C4 on the map forces you to fight the EARTH guarding it as you can't go around it. Make your way to the center room to face the mini boss of the area.

Mini Boss
VAMPIRE/Vampire (#046)
HP: 156 (NES)/ 280 (PS+)
Attack: 76-152 (NES)/ 76 (PS+)
Defense: 10 (NES)/ 26 (PS+)
EXP: 1,200
Gil: 2,000
Weakness: Fire.pngHoly.png
Resistance: Earth.pngIce.pngStone.pngParalysis.pngPoison.pngBlind.pngSleep.pngSilence.pngConfusion.pngMind.pngDeath.png
Drop: None
Pretty much a pushover for the point of the game he is at, moreso due to having a weakness to Fire and HARM/Dia spells the battle shouldn't last more than one round. In the off chance he lives he has a DAZZLE/Gaze attack that may Stun/Paralyze a party member, he will recover 14 HP every round he's alive (not on NES).

After you defeat the Vampire open the chest near him to get the Star Ruby. You can continue to the end of the room, but without a certain item we can't proceed forward so backtrack out of the cave and head back to where the path branched and go West to the Titan's Tunnel/Giant's Cave.

Titan's Tunnel/Giant's Cave

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
GrWOLF/Warg Wolf #008 72 14-28/14 0 93 22 Antidote
OGRE/Ogre #014 100 18-36/18 10 195 195
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief #015 132 23-46/23 14 282 300
ARACHNID/Tarantula #023 64 5-10/5 12 141 50 Attack may Poison
TIGER/Lesser Tiger #038 132 22-44/22 8 438 108 X-Potion

With the Star Ruby in hand make your way to the Titan who will eat the Ruby and then walk off, the path South from where he was blocking has a couple of treasures which have (from left to right) a Silver Helmet/Mythril Helm, 450 gil, 620 gil & a Great Axe. Head North to leave the cave and follow the path outside leading to another cave, this being the Sage's Cave. Follow the path ignoring the first door which has a room full of pots that have nothing inside them, speak to the old man who tells you the Vampire wasn't the main cause for the land rotting, a more fearsome foe who lies deeper is the cave is the real cause. He will then give you the Earth Rod which will allow us to traverse further into the Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth.

With the gil obtained from the Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth you may want to restock on items and if you want you can buy the Steel Armor/Knight's Armor from Melmond for your Fighter/Warrior if you want, additionally those on the NES version using a Fighter with a Silver Sword as his weapon may want to grind to level 14 so that his HIT% is 64 so he can get an extra attack off, a good spot to do some grinding is in the path left of B1 of the Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth as all encounters will have a GIANT and can be done in quickly with little worry of healing. When you have finished your resupplying head back to B3 where we fought the Vampire and continue to the end of the hall and use the Earth Rod to open the path to B4, NES players have to actually use the ROD as an item from the menu.

Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth revisit

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense (NES/PS+) EXP (NES/PS+) Gil Weakness Drop Notes
GrIMP/Goblin Guard #002 16 8-16/8 6 13/18 18 Potion
WrWOLF/Werewolf #009 68 14-28/14 6 135 67 Attack may Poison, 3 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
ARACHNID/Tarantula #023 64 5-10/5 12 141 50 Attack may Poison
GHAST/Ghast #024 56 8-16/8 10 117 117 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
WIZARD/Piscodemon #032 84 30-60/30 16 300 276
MUMMY/Mummy #034 80 30-60/30 20 300 300 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
IMAGE/Wraith #035 86 22-44/22 12/4 231 231 Fire.pngHoly.png Crosier Attack may Stun/Paralyze
BULL/Minotaur #039 164 22-44/22 4 489 489 Knife
GIANT/Hill Gigas #040 240 38-76/38 12 879 879 Tent
EARTH/Earth Elemental #041 288 66-132/66 20 1,536 768 Fire.png Remedy
TROLL/Troll #042 184 24-48/24 12 621 621 Fire.png 9 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
SPECTER/Wight #043 52 20-40/20 20 150 150 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
OOZE/Ochre Jelly #044 76 32-64/32 6 252 70 Fire.pngIce.png
COCTRICE/Cockatrice #045 50 1-2/1 4 186 200 Gold Needle Attack may Petrify
Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
WIZARD/Piscodemon B4
SPECTER/Wight B4
GHAST/Ghast B4
IMAGE/Wraith B4 & B5
TROLL/Troll B4 & B5
COCTRICE/Cockatrice B4
GrIMP/Goblin Guard B4
WrWOLF/Werewolf B4
GIANT/Hill Gigas B4 & B5
OOZE/Ochre Jelly B4 & B5
ARACHNID/Tarantula B4 & B5
BULL/Minotaur B5
MUMMY/Mummy B5
EARTH/Earth Elemental B5

Map B4

Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B4 Map
Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B4 Map

This floor has a couple of branching paths few leading to a dead end. The chests on this floor are guarded by new enemies all of which you can choose to skip (except for one SPHINX/Sphinx encounter as it's in between 2 chests.

Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
WzOGRE/Ogre Mage #047 144 23-46/23 10 723 723 Eye Drops 7 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
SPHINX/Sphinx #048 228 23-46/23 12 1,160 1,160

WzOGRE/Ogre Mage - Has an array of spells at their disposal such as RUSE/Blink which they will often use to increase their evasion to take less damage, DARK/Dark, SLEP/Sleep, HOLD/Hold & ICE/Blizzard.
SPHINX/Sphinx - Is not too tough when compared to other enemies in the Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth as their attack is pretty low though they have pretty high HP.

Map B5

Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B5 Map
Earth Cave/Cavern of Earth B5 Map

A very small floor with no treasure on it, keep towards the West side of the room and you will meet the first of the elemental Fiends.

Fiend of Earth
LICH/Lich (#049)
HP: 400 (NES)/ 800 (PS)/ 1,200 (DoS+)
Attack: 40-80 (NES)/ 40 (PS+)
Defense: 40
EXP: 2,200
Gil: 3,000
Weakness: Fire.pngHoly.png
Resistance: Ice.pngStone.pngParalysis.pngPoison.pngBlind.pngSleep.pngSilence.pngConfusion.pngMind.pngDeath.png
Drop: Dry Ether (Rare)
This can be a hard fight and is advised to try and get AICE/NulFrost up as quick as possible hopefully before his first attack as it can be quite devastating to your party. Lichs spell cycle goes ICE2/Blizzara > SLP2/Sleepra > FAST/Haste > LIT2/Thundara > HOLD/Hold > FIR2/Fira > SLOW/Slow > SLEP/Sleep, he will occasionally do a physical attack which has a chance to Stun/Paralyze you though he will often use a spell in the order listed above. If you have FIR2/Fira or FIR3/Firaga you will want to use those as often as possible if you can, otherwise cast FAST/Haste on your strongest attackers.

After Lich has been defeated the Earth Crystal will be restored to its shining glory, those on DoS+ will notice a statue of Lich gets removed from a certain area, that is the entrance of the Earthgift Shrine. It is located in the cave near the Chaos Shrine you saw as you were heading there, I would not recommend going there yet at least not before Class Change so remember it for later. Take the teleporter behind Lich and make your way back to Melmond and then rest at the Inn and prepare for the next area. If your Red Mage got to level 15 (NES/PS) or 22 (DoS+) you can buy FIR3/Firaga & CUR3/Curaga at Melmond for them.

When you are done get on your ship and head to Crescent Lake, if you didn't already go there before from Melmond sail South until you see the tip of the island at the top of your screen then head West to where you will be able to dock your ship. When you leave your ship head West and hug the lake as you go counterclockwise and head into the town. While we aren't able to use the magic you can buy here yet (some require class change) there is a key item we can get here. Go to the Eastern side of town to meet the Circle of Sages, you can talk to all of them if you want, but the one you want to talk to is the first sage from the center two on the right he will give you the Canoe.

With the Canoe we now have access to 3 areas we can go to, the developers intend you to go to Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg first, though you can also choose the Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice or Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials, personally I always go for class change as early as possible which you will need to go to the Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice and Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials.

River encounters

With the Canoe in hand we can now travel in rivers, on the NES version there are 2 separate tables for battles in rivers, Southern Hemisphere (bottom half of the map) & Northern Hemisphere (upper half of the map). All versions after the NES have these encounters bugged and thus you are able to fight the tougher Northern Hemisphere encounters on the Southern and vice versa.

Southern (NES only)
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
CARBINE/Piranha #051 92 22-44/22 0 240 20 Lightning.png
GATOR/Crocodile #053 184 42-84/42 16 816 900 Lightning.png
OCHO/Ochu #055 208 20-40/20 24 1,224 102 Lightning.png Attack may Poison
HYDRA/Hydra #057 212 30-60/30 14 915 150

CARBINE/Piranha - Aren't too tough though appear in large groups.
GATOR/Crocodile - Is pretty powerful, you will want to deal with them first.
OCHO/Ochu - Has a lot of HP and isn't very strong, the only thing dangerous about it is that its physical attack can Poison.
HYDRA/Hydra - Can hit pretty hard, but otherwise isn't too tough compared to other enemies.

Northern (NES, all continents on remakes)
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
CARBINE/Piranha #051 92 22-44/22 0 240 20 Lightning.png
R.CARBINE/Red Piranha #052 172 37-74/37 20 546 46
GATOR/Crocodile #053 184 42-84/42 16 816 900 Lightning.png
FrGATOR/White Croc #054 288 56-112/56 20 1,890 2,000 Lightning.png
OCHO/Ochu #055 208 20-40/20 24 1,224 102 Lightning.png Attack may Poison
NAOCHO/Neochu #056 344 35-70/35 32 3,189 500 Attack may Poison
HYDRA/Hydra #057 212 30-60/30 14 915 150

R.CARBINE/Red Piranha - Are tougher than their counterpart and do not have the Lightning weakness.
FrGATOR/White Croc - Is a very dangerous enemy specially on remakes, a Thundara spell will not be able to kill it. A Thundaga is recommended, otherwise aim for it first.
NAOCHO/Neochu - Is a stronger OCHO/Ochu, it is the strongest River encounter in terms of HP and defense though it shouldn't be too tough to defeat. Like its counterpart its physical attack can Poison.

Into the Frying Pan

Suggested Level: 15 (NES/PS), 22 (DoS+)
The difficulty of Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg depends more so on when you get to it, if you do it before class changing it will be a bit difficult without gear from the Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice & Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials, if you do it after you should have little difficulty. To get to the Volcano from Crescent Lake follow the river and head West at the first intersection, then head North and follow the path and turn East then North then West when the path branches, then head West and make your way to the volcano in the center of the area.

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief #015 132 23-46/23 14 282 300
IGUANA/Lizard #016 92 18-36/18 12 153 50
SCORPION/Scorpion #025 84 22-44/22 10 225 70 Spider's Silk Attack may Poison
MUCK/Gray Ooze #029 76 30-60/30 7 255 70 Lightning.png
HYENA/Hyenadon #037 120 22-44/22 4 288 72 Power Plus
BULL/Minotaur #039 164 22-44/22 4 489 489 Knife
GIANT/Hill Gigas #040 240 38-76/38 12 879 879 Tent
WzOGRE/Ogre Mage #047 144 23-46/23 10 723 723 Eye Drops 7 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
SPHINX/Sphinx #048 228 23-46/23 12 1,160 1,160
PEDE/Ankheg #050 222 39-78/39 20 1194 300 Attack may Poison
R.GOYLE/Horned Devil #058 94 10-20/10 32 387 387 Attack may Stun/Paralyze
PERILISK/Pyrolisk #059 44 20-40/20 4 432 500 Ice.png Gold Needle Gaze can petrify or instantly kill
FIRE/Fire Elemental #060 276 50-100/50 20 1,620 800 Ice.png
R.HYDRA/Fire Hydra #061 182 20-40/20 14 1,215 400 Ice.png Red Fang
GREY W/Lava Worm #062 280 50-100/50 31 1,671 400 Ice.png
CEREBUS/Hellhound #063 192 30-60/30 8 1,182 600 Ice.png
AGAMA/Fire Lizard #064 296 31-62/31 18 2,472 1,200 Ice.png
R.GIANT/Fire Gigas #065 300 73-146/73 20 1,506 1,506 Ice.png
Red D/Red Dragon #066 248 75-150/75 30 2,904 4,000 Ice.pngStone.pngPoison.png

R.GOYLE/Horned Devil - The difficulty lies in what version you are playing, if NES you really don't want to see it as they will often use FIR2 which can be deadly for your party. From Origins onward they no longer are as threatening since they won't use Fira as often and will mostly stick to physical attacks which can paralyze as well as the spell Hold and Fire on a single member.
PERILISK/Pyrolisk - Is more dangerous than its cousin COCTRICE/Cockatrice, but not in the same sense the Pyrolisk won't petrify with its physical attack instead it has a Gaze that will do that, in addition it has SQUINT/Gaze which can instantly kill a member.
FIRE/Fire Elemental - Like its cousin EARTH/Earth Elemental has a strong physical attack and it also flagged as unrunable so keep your HP up incase you run into him when he's not guarding a chest.
R.HYDRA/Fire Hydra - Doesn't deal a lot of damage with its physical attack, but can use CREMATE/Blaze to hit your entire party.
GREY W/Lava Worm - Has a strong physical attack, but is quite slow so it should be dead before it gets to attack.
CEREBUS/Hellhound - Is not physically strong and it has access to SCORCH/Blaze, but it will not deal too much damage. If it is encountered with WzOGRE/Ogre Mage the battle can be unrunable.
AGAMA/Fire Lizard - Is not a big threat due to it always being by itself, it has HEAT/Blaze to hit your entire party, but it should be dead before it gets the chance to use it.
R.GIANT/Fire Gigas - Is basically a stronger GIANT/Hill Gigas.
Red D/Red Dragon - Is a very dangerous enemy, having a strong physical attack it has a mighty Blaze attack which will deal heavy damage to your party without AFIR/NulBlaze up.

Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
SPHINX/Sphinx B1
R.GOYLE/Horned Devil B1 & B2
WzOGRE/Ogre Mage All
GrOGRE/Ogre Chief All
HYENA/Hyenadon B1-B3
PEDE/Ankheg B1 & B2
SCORPION/Scorpion B1
BULL/Minotaur B1, B4 & B5
MUCK/Gray Ooze B1 & B2
GIANT/Hill Gigas B2 & B3
IGUANA/Lizard B2 & B3
PERILISK/Pyrolisk B2 & B3
R.HYDRA/Fire Hydra B2-B4
FIRE/Fire Elemental B2, B3 & B5
CEREBUS/Hellhound B3-B5
GREY W/Lava Worm B4 & B5
R.GIANT/Fire Gigas B4 & B5
AGAMA/Fire Lizard B4 & B5
Red D/Red Dragon B4 & B5

Map B1

Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B1 Map
Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B1 Map

Not really much to this area, it introduces the dungeon gimmick of lava damage tiles which deal 1 HP damage per step and you will not get into encounters while in lava.

Map B2

Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B2 Map
Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B2 Map

This floor has a large treasure trove which has some chest that are guarded by FIRE/Fire Elemental with one being guarded by a GREY W/Lava Worm. The only new equipment here is the Giant Sword/Great Sword it can be equipped by Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage & Ninja, however it is weaker than the Silver Sword/Mythril Sword (21 vs 23), but has more accuracy (20 vs 15), it also has the special effect of dealing more damage to giant type enemies (not on NES), when you finish getting treasure go down the stairs.

Map B3

Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B3 Map
Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B3 Map

From B2 you will start on the upper map which is basically navigating to the stairs leading to B4.

Map B4

Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B4 Map
Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B4 Map

You will originally start on the lower portion coming from B3 which is a heavily filled lava room, the stairs here lead to the lower map from B3 (points up) which is a straight shoot to the next set of stairs that lead back to the upper portion of B4. Back on this floor in the upper portion is a large amount of treasure rooms most having a GREY W/Lava Worm or AGAMA/Fire Lizard guarding the chest. New equipment here is the Ice Sword/Ice Brand which is stronger than the Silver Sword/Mythril Sword (and even Flame Sword if you went to Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice first) being equipable by Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage & Ninja having an Attack of 29 and Accuracy of 25, it will deal Ice elemental damage when attacking (not on NES). There are technically 2 Ice Sword/Ice Brands on this floor, but only one can be obtained due to dupe chests. Another new equipment here is the Ice Shield which can be equipped by Fighter/Warrior & Ninja, it is better than the Silver Shield/Mythril Shield by 6 points of defense (Flame Shield has the same defense) it also reduces damage from ice element attacks (which does work on NES(!)). This doesn't stack with AICE/NulFrost so remember that for later gear, if you did Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice it would be better to have the armor and shield of a different element.

Map B5

Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B5 Map
Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg B5 Map

If you collected the SOFT Potion/Gold Needle from the previous floor only one chest will be left for you to get here, head West and enter the room defeat the AGAMA/Fire Lizard blocking the way and heal up before facing the Red D/Red Dragon guarding the chest, in this one lies the Flame Mail which can be equipped by Fighter/Warrior & Ninja if you were using the Steel Armor/Knight Armor this provides the same amount of defense, but removes a lot of weight so you can dodge more attacks, additionally like the shield from the previous floor it provides ice resistance, if you did Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice first you can use the Ice Shield in combination to receive less damage from fire & ice attacks. The Fiend of Fire waits for your challenge in the bottom left room

Fiend of Fire
KARY/Marilith (#067)
HP: 600 (NES)/ 1,200 (PS)/ 1,440 (DoS+)
Attack: 40-80 (NES)/ 40 (PS+)
Defense: 50
EXP: 2,475
Gil: 3,000
Weakness: Paralysis.pngBlind.pngSleep.pngSilence.pngConfusion.pngMind.png
Resistance: Fire.pngLightning.pngStone.pngPoison.png
Drop: Golden Apple (Rare)
She has a pretty strong physical attack (6 arms = 6 hits) which is what she will often do, she does have a spell cycle which goes
FIR2/Fira > DARK/Dark > FIR2/Fira > DARK/Dark > FIR2/Fira > HOLD>Hold > FIR2/Fira > HOLD>Hold
So it is recommended to start the battle with AFIR/NulBlaze. She is vulnerable to Silence to stop her magic and Slow to reduce her damage.

After KARY/Marilith has been defeated the Fire Crystal will be restored to its shining glory, those on DoS+ will notice a statue of Marilith gets removed from a certain area, that is the entrance of the Hellfire Chasm. It is located on the Cardia Islands that has 2 holes and no forest around it, it is the lower hole. You can choose to do it and the other dungeon after you have class changed and done the shopping for spells.

Beware of Frostbite

Suggested Level: 15 (NES/PS), 22 (DoS+)
The Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice is the next area where you can experience a game over, personally I would go through 2 trips on the NES version due to the abundance of enemies that can wipe your party (and no saving whenever you want). First trip being to go straight for the FLOATER/Levistone and a second trip later to go for treasure with a special glove equipment to reduce the number of enemies that can kill you after going through class change (or after getting the Airship). To get to the Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice from the port where you put the Ship follow the coast North hugging the the Western edge and enter the small opening Northward, you can dock your ship at the small port or use the river to dock you ship. Follow the path until you get to an intersection, then go North, East along the path, ignore the upper route you see and continue West. At the next intersection DoS+ players can go South, however this is a bonus dungeon that we have no access to due to the Fiend we need to defeat. From that intersection head West and follow the path to arrive at the Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice.

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
GHAST/Ghast #024 56 8-16/8 10 117 117 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
R.BONE/Bloodbones #031 144 26-52/26 12 378 378 Fire.pngHoly.png
WIZARD/Piscodemon #032 84 30-60/30 16 300 276
MUMMY/Mummy #034 80 30-60/30 20 300 300 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
IMAGE/Wraith #035 86 22-44/22 12 231 231 Fire.pngHoly.png Crosier Attack may Stun/Paralyze
SPECTER/Wight #043 52 20-40/20 20 150 150 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
COCTRICE/Cockatrice #045 50 1-2/1 4 186 200 Gold Needle Attack may Petrify
FROST D/White Dragon #068 200 53-106/53 8 1,701 2,000 Fire.pngLightning.png
FrWOLF/Winter Wolf #069 92 25-50/25 0 402 200 Fire.png Ice Shield
SORCERER/Mindflayer #070 112 1-2/1 12 822 999 Phoenix Down Attack may instantly kill
FrGIANT/Ice Gigas #071 336 60-120/60 16 1,752 1,752 Fire.png
WRAITH/Specter #072 114 40-80/40 12 432 432 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Stun/Paralyze
GrPEDE/Remorazz #073 320 73-146/73 24 2,244 1,000
MAGE/Dark Wizard #074 105 26-52/26 40 1,095 1,095 Red Curtain

FROST D/White Dragon - A pretty scary monster to run into specially if there are two, not only is its physical attack strong it can do BLIZZARD/Icestorm which can deal major damage to your entire party.
FrWOLF/Winter Wolf - While physically weak and frail it can be dangerous since they can appear in large groups and have FROST/Icestorm to hit your entire party which due to massive numbers can deal a lot of damage without AICE/NulFrost up, it's not as strong as FROST D/White Dragons BLIZZARD/Icestorm.
SORCERER/Mindflayer - The most dangerous encounter in this area, do not let that low attack value fool you it can hit up to 3 times and its physical attack has the chance to instantly kill the member it hits which happens more often than you'd expect, even with instant death protection it will still go through due to it being counted as a non elemental attack. Additionally they have TRANCE/Mind Blast which can paralyze your entire party leaving you at their mercy. If you get the chance you will want to run from this battle for now.
FrGIANT/Ice Gigas - Basically a stronger GIANT/Hill Gigas, if they are paired with FrWOLF/Winter Wolf (which they usually are) the battle will be flagged as unrunable.
WRAITH/Specter - A pretty powerful undead enemy that has a chance to stun/paralyze the member it hits, it will tend to come grouped with other undead enemies in an attempt to stun lock you into submission.
GrPEDE/Remorazz - Is quite powerful, though it will appear by itself so it shouldn't be too much trouble to dispatch.
MAGE/Dark Wizard - Another dangerous enemy, this one has access to FIR3/Firaga & LIT3/Thundaga which can do major damage to your party specially since they can come in up to groups of 4. They also have BANE/Scourge & RUB/Death to instantly kill your party or one member, there's also SLO2/Slowra & STUN/Stun which they will rarely use, like SORCERER/Mindflayer you will want to run if you get the chance.

Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
WIZARD/Piscodemon B1
COCTRICE/Cockatrice B1
MUMMY/Mummy B1
R.BONE/Bloodbones B1 & B3
WRAITH/Specter All
IMAGE/Wraith B1 & B2
SPECTER/Wight B1 & B2
GHAST/Ghast B1 & B2
FROST D/White Dragon All
SORCERER/Mindflayer B2 & B3
MAGE/Dark Wizard B2 & B3
FrGIANT/Ice Gigas B2 & B3
FrWOLF/Winter Wolf B2 & B3
GrPEDE/Remorazz B3

Map B1

Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice B1 Map
Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice B1 Map

You start on the large stretch at the top left and must make your way to the stairs leading to B2.

Map B2

Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice B2 Map
Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice B2 Map

You start in the outer rim, regardless which way you take to the stairs at the lower left is basically the same length. This leads to a very small trail (not mapped) which leads to the inner room. The chest on the right is guarded, but given enemy you fight (MAGE/Dark Wizard) it's not worth going for Clothes which is a basic armor piece, if you are going for all treasures I would suggest running from the battle. The Flame Sword from the other chest we can get to is a weapon that can be used by Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage & Ninja with 26 Attack and 20 Accuracy which is 3 Attack and 5 Accuracy higher than the Silver/Mythril Sword so give it to your better attacker, it can also deal fire elemental damage when attacking (not on NES). You will have no choice but to fall down one of the broken ice tiles to continue.

Map B3

Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice B3 Map
Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice B3 Map

The area you start at has a forced encounter tile right below you which you have to step on as it's in front of the door which will have a WRAITH/Specter with possible other undead that could stun lock you. This floor has ice spike tiles that damage you when you walk over them which also makes it possible to not run into encounters on them, the upper left room is guarded by a FROST D/White Dragon in front of the chest so make sure to heal up before stepping on it. The chest it is guarding has an Ice Armor which can be equipped by Fighter/Warrior & Ninja it has 34 Defense with -10 Evade and a Weight of 10, if you were still using Iron Armor or Steel Armor/Knight's Armor this has better defense as well as not weighing too much so your Evade will increase, it also reduces damage from fire element attacks (which does work on NES(!)). This doesn't stack with AFIR/NulBlaze so remember that for later gear, if you did Gurgu Volcano/Mount Gulg it would be better to have the armor and shield of a different element. The room in the lower left is filled mostly with gil the last 2 chests being guarded in between by Winter Wolf who you may want to avoid. The stairs at the lower right of the room lead back to B1, but you will be on the lower left side.

The room with 3 chests features an Ice Shield which has 12 Defense with no Evade and a weight of 0, it is better than the Silver/Mythril Shield if you still have it, it can be equipped by Fighter/Warrior & Ninja. The tile below this chest will to the center room in B2 that we didn't have access to, but if you are playing on a physical NES cart I would suggest taking the stairs you see outside of the room to leave the cave and save because losing all the progress you made can be devastating especially if you don't want to go through getting everything again. When ready drop down through the tile to end up back in the center of B2 in front of the FLOATER/Levistone, do note that it is guarded by a mini boss.

Mini Boss
EYE/Evil Eye (#075)
HP: 162
Attack: 30-60 (NES)/ 30 (PS+)
Defense: 30
EXP: 3,325
Gil: 3,325
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: Earth.png
Drop: None
EYE/Evil Eye has a slew of abilities at its disposal, it will mainly use the spell list more often than the skill list with physical attack being a rare sight.

Prior to Dawn of Souls its spell list went: XXXX/Kill > BRAK/Break > RUB/Death > LIT2/Thundara > HOLD/Hold > MUTE/Silence > SLOW/Slow > SLEP/Sleep
With the skill cycle going by: Gaze (Stone) > Gaze (Death) > Gaze (Paralyze) > Gaze (Damage)

Dawn of Souls changed the spell cycle to go: Thundara > Hold > Silence > Kill > Slow > Break > Sleep > Death
With the skill cycle going by: Gaze (Damage) > Gaze (Paralyze) > Gaze (Stone) > Gaze (Death)

This is the first enemy that has MUTE/Silence to shut down your magic use (and Drink command on NES), but it's so far down on its list that it should never be able to get that far unless you let it get enough turns. Physical attacks should be more than enough to kill it within the first turn before it gets to attack.

After defeating EYE/Evil Eye the FLOATER/Levistone is yours for the taking, drop down a broken ice tile and make your way back to B1 and go to the exit. Navigate through the river and sail back to the original port (to get to Crescent Lake). If you chose to sell stuff at Crescent Lake and have a Thief you plan on class changing soon do not sell the equipment you got from the Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice as the Ninja can use all of them. From the dock leading to Crescent Lake head South while hugging the continent, skip the first river spot you can dock by and dock at the second one that's closer to the desert and use the Canoe to get on that piece of land and walk in the desert to get your Airship, NES players have to use the FLOATER to get their Airship.

Road to Adulthood

Suggested Level: 15 (NES/PS), 22 (DoS+)
This portion talks about doing class change it is recommended that you have done the Ice Cave/Cavern of Ice as you will need the Airship to fully class change, if you did get the Airship leave it where it is if you are following this guide. From the dock leading to Crescent Lake head South while hugging the continent, skip the first river spot you can dock by and sail close to the second one that's closer to the desert, from here head straight South until you hit another continent, then head straight West until you hit another part of this continent. Follow the continent West while hugging it and you will eventually come to an open spot go in and hug the Southern portion while going North and East and dock you ship in the river head West and South to enter the Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials.

Enemies
Outside
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
SPHINX/Sphinx #048 228 23-46/23 12 1,160 1,160
OCHO/Ochu #055 208 20-40/20 24 1,224 102 Lightning.png Attack may Poison
HYDRA/Hydra #057 212 30-60/30 14 915 150
GrPEDE/Remorazz #073 320 73-146/73 24 2,244 1,000
Saber T/Sabertooth #077 200 24-48/24 8 843 500
WYRM/Wyrm #079 260 40-80/40 22 1,218 502
SAURIA/Basilisk #082 196 30-60/30 20 1,977 658 Gold Needle Gaze may Stone
CATMAN/Weretiger #084 160 30-60/30 16 780 780 Sleeping Bag 8 HP Regen per turn (not on NES), attack may Poison

Saber T/Sabertooth - Will appear with CATMAN/Weretiger, it is weaker and thus can be left for last after CATMAN/Weretigers are defeated.
WYRM/Wyrm - A bit strong, but shouldn't be too hard to handle.
SAURIA/Basilisk - Is not too terribly strong, but has Gaze attack that can petrify the member if it hits.
CATMAN/Weretiger - May appear in groups with Saber T/Sabertooth and is the higher priority between the two.

Inside
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense (NES/GBA+) EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
MUMMY/Mummy #034 80 30-60/30 20 300 300 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
R.GOYLE/Horned Devil #058 94 10-20/10 32 387 387 Attack may Stun/Paralyze
SORCERER/Mindflayer #070 112 1-2/1 12 822 999 Phoenix Down Attack may instantly kill
ZomBULL/Minotaur Zombie #086 224 40-80/40 14 1,050 1,050 Fire.pngHoly.png Great Axe
WzMUMMY/King Mummy #087 188 43-86/43 24 984 1,000 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
MEDUSA/Medusa #088 68 20-40/20 12/10 699 699 Attack may Poison, Gaze may Stone
MANCAT/Rakshasa #089 110 20-40/20 30 603 800
ZombieD/Dragon Zombie #092 268 56-112/56 30 2,331 999 Fire.pngHoly.png Megalixir Attack may Stun/Paralyze

ZomBULL/Minotaur Zombie - A slightly tougher BULL/Minotaur with Undead characteristics, those who fought these at the Peninsula of Power should have no trouble with them, it is flagged as unrunable.
WzMUMMY/King Mummy - Can hit pretty hard, though it is often grouped with weaker MUMMY/Mummies making it prime choice for physical attacks while mages take care of the weaker ones.
MEDUSA/Medusa - Not too physically strong, the danger with her besides appearing in large groups is her Gaze attack may petrify a member, though the hit rate for her tends to be very low, she also has a chance to Poison with her physical attack.
MANCAT/Rakshasa - Might not seem too powerful, but it has access to the spells FIRE/Fire, FIR2/Fira, DARK/Dark, SLEP/Sleep, SLOW/Slow & CURE/Cure. They tend to appear in as little as 3 which can be troublesome if a couple decide to do FIR2/Fira on your entire party.
ZombieD/Dragon Zombie - Has a strong physical attack that may Stun/Paralyze, unlike other Dragons it doesn't posses a breath attack to hit your party lowering how threatening it could be, however it is unrunable.

Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
ZomBULL/Minotaur Zombie B2
R.GOYLE/Horned Devil B2 & B3
MEDUSA/Medusa B2 & B3
MANCAT/Rakshasa B2 & B3
MUMMY/Mummy B2 & B3
WzMUMMY/King Mummy B2 & B3
SORCERER/Mindflayer B2 & B3
ZombieD/Dragon Zombie B2 & B3

1F
Not really much to this floor, walk up to the old man and speak with him. This allows you to go to 2F from the throne in the Northwest room since you have the Crown which is needed even though you have no way of getting here without it. Interestingly NES players do not need to speak with this man which would mean you could go through the area without the CROWN.

Map 2F

Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials 2F Map
Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials 2F Map

This is basically a teleporter maze a rather simple one though, the room in the upper right has a chest that if you get here empties another chest later, those going for bestiary completion can choose to fight the enemy in a later dungeon, for those who choose to fight it now…

Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
MudGOL/Clay Golem #090 176 64-128/64 7 1,257 800 Potion Attack may Poison

MudGOL/Clay Golem - You don't want to let this guy live specially if you get unlucky to fight a group of 3 because he has access to FAST/Haste which will leave a nasty dent on whoever he hits the following turn, he resist all elements so magic won't be of much help.

The chest he was guarding has the Zeus Gauntlet/Gauntlets which has the same stats as a Silver Gauntlet/Mythril Gloves, but can only be equipped by Knight, Ninja & Red Wizard all of which are class changes we currently don't have yet. However you won't be using it as equipment because this is the first instance of us getting an item that casts a spell when we use it during battle, this one in particular casts LIT2/Thundara for free. If using a White Mage they no longer have a need for their physical attack as you should have them use this in battle from now on. After getting it continue on to 3F.

Map 3F

Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials 3F Map
Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials 3F Map

A fairly linear path, the room in the top right corner is guarded by…

Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
NITEMARE/Nightmare #091 200 30-60/30 24 1,272 700 Ice.png Snort can cause Darkness

NITEMARE/Nightmare - Has a pretty strong physical attack, it will often use SNORTING/Snort which causes Darkness though it will often miss. Even if you get afflicted by the ailment it doesn't work.

The chest it was guarding the room to has the Heal Staff/Healing Staff which can be equipped by Ninja and White Mage, it has the same stats as the Wooden Staff/Staff, but when this weapon is used as an item in battle will cast HEAL/Heal. Definitely a weapon you want around for some small healing. Those on NES can avoid the second fight against the encounter since the corner can be used to walk around it. Another noteworthy new equipment here is the Gold Bracelet/Ruby Armlet equipable by everyone with a Defense of 24, 9 points better than a Silver Bracelet/Silver Armlet. The treasure we came for to prepare for class change is the Rat's Tail, after taking the chest step in front of the throne to fight ZombieD/Dragon Zombie guarding the exit then step on the throne to warp back to 1F and leave. Make your way back to where you ship is then sail back to where the Airship was when it was unearthed, where we are headed to is the Cardia Islands which is a small chain of islands near the Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials. Fly back the way you sailed to get to the Castle of Ordeals/Citadel of Trials, West and slightly South of it are the small chain of islands, the one you want to look for is the one with 2 holes and a forest patch on it, enter the right hole.

Afterward follow the long hallways and speak with Bahamut who upon seeing your Rat's Tail will now bestow you with upgraded classes. Note while Knight & Ninja on NES and Origins Normal don't have spell charges immediately they will get it every odd level after the change, but they will only go up to a max of 4. In the chance you got here before level 15 on all versions Knight and Ninja will not be able to learn magic yet even though on Origins Easy & DoS+ they will still gain MP. Those on DoS+ will notice the island below where Bahamut is also had 2 holes, the bottom hole is the location of the last bonus dungeon which you will have access to after defeating the Fiend of Fire. The other hole (pre-DoS players see only one) has a treasure trove which include 10 gil (NES)/Elixir (PS+), a HOUSE/Cottage & 500 gil. The island left of it has a CABIN/Tent in the upper room and 575 gil (NES)/Dry Ether (PS+) & a SOFT Potion/Gold Needle in the lower room. A lone island to the very right surrounded by forests has 2 treasure troves the closest to the entrance having 2750 gil, 2000 gil & 1455 gil, while the other one on the left side of the room having 160 gil (NES)/X-Potion (PS+), 9500 gil, 2750 gil & 1520 gil.

Worldwide Shopping Trip

After all of that you should be somewhere around Level 18 (NES/PS) or 33 (DoS+). With class change upon us and an Airship to use we can go around the world buying spells for our characters which is what we'll start with

Coneria/Cornelia
Knight
Spell Charge: RUSE/Blink
MP: Cure

Ninja
SLEP/Sleep

Pravoka
Ninja
Temper (not on NES)
SLOW/Slow

Elfland/Elfheim
Knight
Spell Charge: CUR2/Cura & AFIR/NulBlaze
MP: NulBlaze

Ninja
FAST/Haste

Melmond
FIR3/Firaga & CUR3/Curaga for Red Mage if you didn't already

Crescent Lake
Red/White Wizard
EXIT/Exit!
Protera@

Red/Black Wizard
LIT3/Thundaga!

!Red Wizard on NES/PS won't have access to spell charges until level 20.
@Only if going for bonus dungeons on remakes.

Those are all towns we've been to so time for a new place. This area is the top right of the map from Crescent Lake head straight South you will eventually see the town on the right side in the Airship only accessible town of Gaia.

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
IGUANA/Lizard #016 92 18-36/18 12 153 50
GIANT/Hill Gigas #040 240 38-76/38 12 879 879 Tent
TROLL/Troll #042 184 24-48/24 12 621 621 Fire.png 9 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
OCHO/Ochu #055 208 20-40/20 24 1,224 102 Lightning.png Attack may Poison
HYDRA/Hydra #057 212 30-60/30 14 915 150
FrWOLF/Winter Wolf #069 92 25-50/25 0 402 200 Fire.png Ice Shield
FrGIANT/Ice Gigas #071 336 60-120/60 16 1,752 1,752 Fire.png
GrPEDE/Remorazz #073 320 73-146/73 24 2,244 1,000
WYVERN/Wyvern #078 212 30-60/30 12 1,173 20 Attack may Poison
MANTICOR/Manticore #080 164 22-44/22 8 1,317 650 Tent

WYVERN/Wyvern - A weaker version of WYRM/Wyrm their danger mainly comes from them being in groups of up to 3, its attack can potentially Poison a member it hits.
MANTICOR/Manticore - Not terribly strong, the danger comes from its STINGER/Poison Darts attack which can potentially Poison your entire party.

Gaia has a number of shops though they have very few things to buy, however there is a very important glove equipment you definitely want now (specially DoS+ players going to bonus dungeons). The residence speak of a faerie who was living in the spring, but she hasn't been seen for sometime. The level 7 magic shops are right in front of the entrance, the Inn is to the left of that with the Weapon/Armor shop to the left of that, above the Inn is the level 8 magic shops, the item shop is along the road leading up on the western side of town.

Inn cost: 500
Weapon Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Attack Accuracy User
Cat Claw 65,000 8 22 35 Knight, Ninja, Red Wizard, Black Wizard

This is simply too expensive to even consider buying when there are much better weapons we can get for free or already have, specially since these are exclusive to class changes.


Armor Shop
Item Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Defense Evade Weight User
Gold Bracelet/Ruby Armlet 50,000 40,000 34 -1 1 Everyone
ProRing/Protect Ring 20,000 16,000 8 -1 1 Everyone

Gold Bracelet/Ruby Armlet - If you have the spare gil go ahead and get them as it will last a pretty long time until it needs to be replaced.
ProRing/Protect Ring - Definitely get this for everyone, this piece of equipment has the ability to resist death attacks (exception being QAKE/Quake & CRACK/Earthquake) which you will really want (specially for those wanting to grind the EYE/Evil Eye later).


White Magic Shop (Level 7)
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
CUR4/Curaja 45,000 30,000 Restores all HP to an ally. Fully restores one ally's HP. 35 White Wizard
HRM4/Diaja 45,000 30,000 Deal 80-320 damage to all undead enemies. Deals damage to all undead foes. 35 White Wizard

CUR4/Curaja - The ultimate single target healing spell, you will want this incase someone took too large of a hit and you want them back at full HP.
HRM4/Diaja - The ultimate undead damage spell for White Mage, not really necessary since HRM2/Diara is the highest you'll really need (even on DoS+ in bonus dungeons).
White Wizard on NES/PS won't have access to spell charges until level 20.


White Magic Shop (Level 8)
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
FADE/Holy 60,000 40,000 Deal 80-320 damage to all enemies. Damages all foes with holy light. 50 White Wizard
WALL/NulAll 60,000 40,000 Protects against status effects and lowers damage. Reduces damage from spells by half. 40 White Wizard
XFER/Dispel 60,000 40,000 Removes elemental resistances from an enemy (Bugged, on NES only works when used on party, not enemy). Negates one foe's magical defenses. 35 White Wizard

FADE/Holy - Is Non-Elemental in this game and White Wizards shouldn't really be using Lv 8 Spell Charges or MP for damaging spells when equipment used as items suffice enough to kill everything, unless you are on DoS+ and are planning to get a certain Staff that doubles this spells power.
WALL/NulAll - It is not really told that this gives one character resistance to all forms of elemental damage and instant death attacks (except SORCERER/Mindflayer), the problem is that it only works on one character rather than the party like the other spells of this line.
Dispel - From Origins onward removes beneficial buffs from the target which you won't find yourself doing often.
White Wizard on NES/PS won't have access to spell charges until level 25. From DoS+ it's level 39 to learn these.


Black Magic Shop (Level 7)
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
ICE3/Blizzaga 45,000 30,000 Deal 70-280 damage to all enemies, deal more if enemy is weak to Ice. Deals ice damage to all foes. 40 Black Mage, Red Wizard
BRAK/Break 45,000 30,000 Destroys an enemy in one hit. Petrifies one foe. 30 Black Wizard

ICE3/Blizzaga - The high tier Ice damaging spell which is good to have another multi target option on a different spell charge/magic level.
BRAK/Break - An instant death spell on enemies, though spells this late are better used as a damage option on multiple rather than just one.
Black Wizard on NES/PS won't have access to spell charges until level 20.
Red Wizard on NES/PS won't have access to spell charges until level 26.


Black Magic Shop (Level 8)
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
STOP/Stop 60,000 40,000 Possibly stuns all enemies. Stops time and paralyzes all foes. 30 Black Wizard
ZAP!/Warp 60,000 40,000 Possibly destroys all enemies. Banishes foes to another dimension. 30 Black Wizard
XXXX/Kill 60,000 40,000 Destroys most enemies with less than 300 HP. Instantly kill one foe. 40 Black Wizard

STOP/Stop - A party wide STUN/Stun, not really worth getting.
ZAP!/Warp - An instant death spell that is more accurate than BANE/Scourge.
XXXX/Kill - A more accurate RUB/Death.
Black Wizard on NES/PS won't have access to spell charges until level 25. From DoS+ it's level 39 to learn these.


Item Shop
Item (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Effect NES/PS Effect DoS+
HEAL Potion/Potion 60 N/A Heal one ally for 30 HP outside of battle (16-32 in battle). Restore 50 HP.
Hi-Potion N/A 150 N/A Restore 150 HP.
PURE Potion/Antidote 75 N/A Remove poison from an ally. Cure poison.
Ether N/A 150 N/A Restores 50 MP.
Phoenix Down N/A 500 N/A Revives one KO'd ally.
CABIN/Tent 250 160 Restores 60 HP and saves game. Restores 200 HP and 100 MP.
HOUSE/Cottage 3,000 2,000 Recovers 120 HP and saves game, recovers Spell Charges. Fully restores party's HP and MP.

After you have done your shopping (or eying the wares for later) enter your Airship and head West you will see a lot of mountains and a river with a waterfall, we'll go there after the next shopping trip. Head South and you should see a town however you won't be able to land near it so head South a bit and find a spot to land near the river, then take the river up to the town and enter.

Enemies
Desert
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
TIGER/Lesser Tiger #038 132 22-44/22 8 438 108 X-Potion
WzOGRE/Ogre Mage #047 144 23-46/23 10 723 723 Eye Drops 7 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
CEREBUS/Hellhound #063 192 30-60/30 8 1,182 600 Ice.png
GrPEDE/Remorazz #073 320 73-146/73 24 2,244 1,000
ANKYLO/Desert Baretta #076 352 98-196/98 48 2,610 1
Saber T/Sabertooth #077 200 24-48/24 8 843 500
WYRM/Wyrm #079 260 40-80/40 22 1,218 502

ANKYLO/Desert Baretta - Can deal a lot of damage if its attack hits, later remakes give him high magic defense making physical the better option.

Near Onrac has the same encounters as Gaia. The town of Onrac doesn't have too many shops available, though what they have something worth looking at. The item shop is North of the entrance, with the magic shops in the center of the town and Inn on the lower left.

Inn cost: 500
White Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
ARUB/NulDeath 45,000 30,000 Protects allies from Rub attacks. Enhances party's defense against death. 28 White Wizard, Red Wizard
HEL3/Healaga 45,000 30,000 Heal 48-96 HP to all allies. Restores a lot of HP to entire party. 38 White Wizard

ARUB/NulDeath - Is good to have for enemies with with QAKE/Quake and CRACK/Earthquake that bypass a ProRing/Protect Ring, not told it also grants protection from all status ailments so it acts as a supplementary Ribbon for parties without said equipment.
HEL3/Healaga - The highest tier party healing spell, this is very much needed on remakes if you plan to do bonus dungeons.
White Wizard on NES/PS won't have access to spell charges until level 20.
Red Wizard on NES/PS won't have access to spell charges until level 26. From DoS+ it's level 37 to learn these.


Black Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
SABR/Saber 45,000 30,000 Increase casters attack and HIT% (Bugged, on NES it does nothing). Raise casters attack (+16) and accuracy (+10). 25 Black Wizard
BLND/Blind 45,000 30,000 Blinds most enemies with less than 300 HP. Blinds one foe with darkness. 25 Black Mage

SABR/Saber - Would be a good spell…if you could choose the target, there is a piece of equipment that has this spells effect which you should aim to get on remakes since the spell does nothing on the NES version.
BLND/Blind - Is useless cause the Darkness status ailment doesn't work.
Black Mage/Wizard on NES/PS won't have access to spell charges until level 20.


Item Shop
Item (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) Effect NES/PS Effect DoS+
HEAL Potion/Potion 60 N/A Heal one ally for 30 HP outside of battle (16-32 in battle). Restore 50 HP.
Hi-Potion N/A 150 N/A Restore 150 HP.
PURE Potion/Antidote 75 N/A Remove poison from an ally. Cure poison.
SOFT Potion/Gold Needle 800 500 Remove stone from an ally. Cures petrify.
Ether N/A 150 N/A Restores 50 MP.
Remedy N/A 1500 N/A Cures ailments except stone and KO.
CABIN/Tent 250 N/A Restores 60 HP and saves game. Restores 200 HP and 100 MP.
HOUSE/Cottage 3,000 2,000 Recovers 120 HP and saves game, recovers Spell Charges. Fully restores party's HP and MP.

There is a submarine made out of a barrel in the lower right corner of town, however we can't enter because we need an item to breath underwater in order to use it, we don't have access to it now, however we can get some in a short moment.

Under the Waterfall and the Sea

From Onrac head to the river and follow it to the North into the waterfall.

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
MUMMY/Mummy #034 80 30-60/30 20 300 300 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
PERILISK/Pyrolisk #059 44 20-40/20 4 432 500 Ice.png Gold Needle Gaze can petrify or instantly kill
WzMUMMY/King Mummy #087 188 43-86/43 24 984 1,000 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
MudGOL/Clay Golem #090 176 64-128/64 7 1,257 800 Potion Attack may Poison
NITEMARE/Nightmare #091 200 30-60/30 24 1,272 700 Ice.png Snort can cause Darkness
Gas D/Green Dragon #108 352 72-144/72 16 4,068 5,000

Gas D/Green Dragon - A very rare encounter here much more common in the endgame dungeon, it has a strong physical attack and can use Poison Gas to damage the party, it is also flagged as unrunable.

Map

Waterfall Cavern Map
Waterfall Cavern Map

A labyrinth with many dead ends, while here if you aren't already at 50,000 Gil (40,000 on Origins Easy and later remakes) you will want to get as close as you can for what we will buying after leaving. The forced encounter tile can have WzMUMMY/King Mummy, MUMMY/Mummy, COCTRICE/Cockatrice or PERILISK/Pyrolisk (as much as 9 will take) if you have EXIT/Exit you won't have to fight it twice, the robot walking around this room has a Warp Cube which we will need for later. The Wizard Staff can only be equipped by Black Wizard, it has 15 Attack and 15 Accuracy, when used as an item it will cast CONF/Confuse. The Ribbon is a headgear that everyone can equip, it has the same defense and evade as a Cap/Leather Cap, but it gives resistance to all elements, when paired with ProRing/Protect Ring all forms of instant death will fail on the person equipped with them (except for attacks from SORCERER/Mindflayer since its attack is counted as non-elemental with Death added). The Defend Sword/Defender is a weapon that can be equipped by Knight, Ninja & Red Wizard, it has 30 Attack and 35 Accuracy which is 1 Attack and 10 Accuracy more than the Ice Sword/Ice Brand, when used as an item it will cast RUSE/Blink.

After leaving make your way back to your Airship or head into the desert that is West of Onrac, you will notice a small desert patch separated from the rest with a small forest next to it, those on NES can land in the center (due to a bug) where we will find a caravan selling a Bottle for 50,000 Gil (40,000 on Origins Easy and later remakes). After buying that bottle if you go back in, those on NES/PS will see HEAL Potion/Potion, PURE Potion/Antidote & SOFT Potion/Gold Needle being sold. Those on DoS+ however will see

Item Cost Effect
Giant's Tonic 1,500 Temporarily increase HP by 200.
Faerie Tonic 1,500 Temporarily increase MP by 200.
Strength Tonic 1,000 Temporarily increase Attack by 10.
Protect Drink 1,000 Temporarily increase Defense by 10.
Speed Drink 1,000 Temporarily increase Accuracy by 32.

These items are stat boosting items that can be used in battle on any ally. These are handy items for those wanting to tackle the bonus dungeons at lower levels before entering the final area of the game.

With the bottle in hand head back to Gaia by heading West and then go North once you see the river in the center of some forest. Upon entering the faerie will free herself and head to the Northeast portion of town (not on NES) so head up there and speak to her (NES players have to use the BOTTLE on the water) and she will reward you with the Oxyale which will allow us to use the barrel submarine to enter the next dungeon, so go back to Onrac and prepare to submerge.

Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine

Suggested Level: 18 (NES/PS), 33 (DoS+)
Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
R.SAHAG/Sahagin Chief #019 64 15-30/15 8 105 105 Lightning.png
SHARK/Shark #021 120 22-44/22 0 267 66 Lightning.png
WzSAHAG/Sahagin Prince #093 204 47-94/47 20 882 882 Lightning.png
GrSHARK/White Shark #094 344 50-100/50 8 2,361 600 Lightning.png Wyrmkiller
BigEYE/Deepeyes #095 304 30-60/30 16 3,591 3,591 Lightning.png Gaze may Stun/Paralyze, Flash may cause Darkness
SeaSNAKE/Sea Snake #096 224 35-70/35 12 957 600 Lightning.png
LOBSTER/Sea Scorpion #097 148 35-70/35 18 639 300 Lightning.png Attack can Poison
SeaTROLL/Sea Troll #098 216 40-80/40 20 852 852 Lightning.png 10 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
GHOST/Ghost #099 180 93-186/93 10 990 990 Fire.pngHoly.png
WATER/Water Elemental #100 300 69-138/69 20 1,962 800 Ice.png
NAGA/Water Naga #101 356 9-18/9 8 84 20 Lightning.png

WzSAHAG/Sahagin Prince - They will always appear with 8 R.SAHAG/Sahagin Chiefs (7 if 2 happen to show), they have more attack than R.SAHAG/Sahagin Chief, but will likely be your main target for physical fighters while your Zeus Gauntlet/Gauntlets will wipe out the others.
GrSHARK/White Shark - Is a stronger SHARK/Shark who they can often appear with, in later remakes they have high magic defense so a Thundara may not kill them, though their physical defense is pretty low.
BigEYE/Deepeyes - Like its cousin from the start of the game OddEYE/Bigeyes it will mainly use Gaze to Stun/Paralyze your members, in addition to that it has Flash to cause Darkness to your party which does not work.
SeaSNAKE/Sea Snake - Will often appear in large groups though they aren't too much of a threat since a LIT2/Thundara or Zeus Gauntlets/Gauntlets use should decimate them.
LOBSTER/Sea Scorpion - Not too threatening specially due to having low HP of the enemies here coupled with the Lightning weakness, their attack has a chance to Poison.
SeaTROLL/Sea Troll - Basically a slightly stronger TROLL/Troll, it having a weakness to Lightning makes them not as threatening. If they live they will recover 10 HP per turn (not on NES).
GHOST/Ghost - Has a monstrously high physical attack, the strongest of non boss monsters within the main game and they will usually be in groups of 2 to 5. Their HP is very low so a HRM2/Diara or FIR2/Fira should be able to take them out before they do major damage to your group, it is flagged as unrunable.
WATER/Water Elemental - It has a very high physical attack stat which can hurt, oddly unlike the other enemies it is weak to Ice instead of Lightning, it is flagged as unrunable.
NAGA/Water Naga - While its attack is low, it has a slew of magic it can use such as LIT2/Thundara, HOLD/Hold, SLOW/Slow, DARK/Dark, LIT/Thunder, LOCK/Focus & SLEP/Sleep.

Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
SeaTROLL/Sea Troll All
LOBSTER/Sea Scorpion All
SeaSNAKE/Sea Snake All
NAGA/Water Naga 3F
WATER/Water Elemental 1F, 3F & 4F
GrSHARK/White Shark All
SHARK/Shark 1F, 3F & 4F
WzSAHAG/Sahagin Prince 2F-4F
R.SAHAG/Sahagin Chief 2F-4F
GHOST/Ghost 2F & 4F
BigEYE/Deepeyes 1F, 2F & 4F

Map 3F

Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 3F Map
Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 3F Map

Instead of starting at the top or bottom of the area we actually start in the middle, additionally unlike some previous dungeons there are no duplicate chests so you will get an item more than once, NES players will have to back out to sell stuff (or drop something) if you are going for all treasures. This area has 5 floors and we want to go up first so head to the Northeast section of the room while also getting the treasure along the way.

Map 4F

Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 4F Map
Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 4F Map

We start at the top right and must make our way to the bottom right, however this floor has some treasure that is of value, namely the Opal Armor/Diamond Armor that can only be equipped by Knight, it provides 42 Defense 8 more than Flame Mail/Ice Armor and has the same weight as the Flame Mail/Ice Armor, this armor gives resistance to Lightning (which does work on NES(!)). This is the second best armor for Knight in the main game (3rd best on DoS in terms of pure defense, 4th on PSP counting the added superboss drops) and like the other elemental armors doesn't stack with ALIT/NulShock. Another item you will find on this floor is the Light Axe which can be equipped by Fighter/Warrior & Ninja it has 28 Attack and 15 Accuracy, when used as an item it will cast HRM2/Diara. The last item is the Mage Staff/Mage's Staff it can be equipped by Black Mage & Ninja it has 12 Attack and 10 Accuracy, when used as an item it will cast FIR2/Fira. After collecting the treasure make your way to the lower right to get to the next floor.

Map 5F

Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 5F Map
Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 5F Map

This floor has no random encounters (the encounter table doesn't count this floor). This floor has a lot of rooms some with a mermaid inside and some with treasure, the new equipment we can find are the Opal Bracelet/Diamond Armlet, the Opal Helmet/Diamond Helm, Opal Gauntlets/Diamond Gloves and the Opal Shield/Diamond Shield. The Opal Bracelet/Diamond Armlet can be equipped by everyone, it provides 34 Defense which is 10 more than the Gold Bracelet/Ruby Armlet this should go to the second main tank as it's the only one in the game (remakes included). The Opal Helmet/Diamond Helm can only be equipped by Knight, it provides 8 Defense, 2 more than the Silver/Mythril one you've had for a long while and having the same Evade/Weight thus it is a slight defense upgrade. The Opal Gauntlets/Diamond Gloves can only be equipped by Knight, it provides 8 Defense like the ProRing/Protect Ring, but has 3 Weight hindering evade, it is better sold since it doesn't provide instant death protection. The Opal Shield/Diamond Shield can only be equipped by Knight, it provides 16 Defense 4 more than Flame/Ice Shield, but since the Lightning resistance doesn't stack the Armor is the better choice while this is better sold. There is a key item within these chests the SLAB/Rosetta Stone a certain famous doctor will be wanting to take a look at this, but that can wait until after we finish this dungeon. When you are done cast EXIT/Exit or WARP/Teleport (twice) to start back at 3F or manually go back down. Back at 3F this time we want to take the upper left set of stairs while getting the treasure along the way.

Map 2F

Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 2F Map
Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 2F Map

We start on the lower right section and need to head to the stairs at the top, going up those stairs leads to a very small pathway (not mapped) which leads to another pair of stairs up into a room in the upper left of 4F (also not mapped), the room there has no treasure inside so head to the lower right portion of the room which leads to the right room mapped on 3F. In that room take the stairs on the lower section of the map which leads to the upper left section of this map. This floor has the second Ribbon (if you went to Waterfall Cavern), another Light Axe (not a dupe chest so there's your second one) and a new equipment piece. The Power Gauntlet/Giant's Gloves which can be equipped by Knight, Ninja & Red Mage it has the same stats as the Zeus Gauntlets/Gauntlets except that it casts the SABR/Saber on the user, those on NES may as well sell this as it is useless due to SABR doing nothing and ProRing being better, those on remakes will want to keep this for boss fights for their main physical damage dealer. The chests labeled C4 & C5 you will want to open from below C5 as it has the safer enemies guarding it. After finishing head to the Northwest portion of the floor to reach the stairs.

Map 1F

Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 1F Map
Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine 1F Map

A large floor with paths that lead mainly to the same area follow the path and head to the boos room where the Fiend of Water waits for your challenge.

Fiend of Water
KRAKEN/Kraken (#102)
HP: 800 (NES)/ 1,600 (PS)/ 1,800 (DoS+)
Attack: 50-100 (NES)/ 50 (PS+)
Defense: 10 (NES)/ 60 (PS+)
EXP: 4,245
Gil: 5,000
Weakness: Lightning.png
Resistance: Earth.pngFire.png
Drop: Kikuichimonji (Rare)
He has a pretty nasty physical attack as he can hit up to 8 times (having 8 tentacles and all), he has a special attack called Ink that he can use occasionally which can cause Darkness to your party, but since Darkness doesn't work this is a free turn for you. He has pretty high magic defense so Thundaga would be your best bet to exploit his elemental weakness.

After Kraken has been defeated the Water Crystal will be restored to its shining glory, those on DoS+ will notice a statue of Kraken gets removed from a certain area, that is the entrance of the Lifespring Grotto. It is located in the whirlpool West of Mount Duergar and East of Melmond you can only get in via the Ship which should be back near Crescent Lake.

Fortress in the Sky

While inside the Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine there was an item called SLAB/Rosetta Stone in one of the chests on Floor 5, this item is needed to progress with the story as we need 2 items to be able to access the next dungeon one of them you need to be able to understand the residences in order to be given it. With the SLAB/Rosetta Stone head back to Melmond and speak to Dr. Unne who teaches us how to speak the language of Lufenian (despite that we never talk) so we are now able to understand them. Head back to Gaia and head South and park in the one tile that isn't a forest tile near the mountain.

Enemies
Lufien/Lufenia area
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
GIANT/Hill Gigas #040 240 38-76/38 12 879 879 Tent
TROLL/Troll #042 184 24-48/24 12 621 621 Fire.png 9 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
FrWOLF/Winter Wolf #069 92 25-50/25 0 402 200 Fire.png Ice Shield
WYVERN/Wyvern #078 212 30-60/30 12 1,173 20 Attack may Poison
TYRO/Allosaurus #083 480 65-130/65 10 3,387 502 Strength Tonic
ZomBULL/Minotaur Zombie #086 224 40-80/40 14 1,050 1,050 Fire.pngHoly.png Great Axe

TYRO/Allosaurus - A pretty strong enemy with a lot of HP, in later remakes it has a lot of magic defense making physical the better option.

These enemies you would face on the Peninsula of Power near the start of the game so they should be no problem by now, follow the path East and South to eventually reach the town of Lufien/Lufenia.

Lufien/Lufenia

If you didn't not learn the language of the Lufeninan from Dr. Unne you will not be able to understand anyone, those on remakes get the obligatory Cid mention from the person at the entrance. The item we need to open the next area is given to us by the Lufenian to the right of us from the entrance, make your way to him to get the Chime which is needed to access the Mirage Tower. You may be wondering where the magic shops are since we've had only 3 choice for level 8 spells, from the top right corner of the town you will notice a small space you are able to enter, go through it and head right until you see the White and Black magic shops.

White Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
LIF2/Full-Life 60,000 40,000 Restores a fallen ally to full HP (Does not work in battle on NES). Revives one ally and fully restores HP. 40 White Wizard

LIF2/Full-Life - A good spell to fully revive someone to get them back up with no extra healing.


Black Magic Shop
Spell (NES/PS+) Cost (NES/PS Normal) Cost (PS Easy/DoS+) NES/PS effect DoS+ effect MP Cost User
NUKE/Flare 60,000 40,000 Hits all enemies for 100-400 damage. Blast all foes with light and heat. 50 Black Wizard

NUKE/Flare - The only worthwhile level 8 spell for Black Wizard which you may as well get, unless on DoS+ where you can get an item that casts this for free (which you can get for your entire party).

After you are done head out of Lufien/Lufenia and head back to your Airship and fly to the desert South of where the Airship was parked and land on the single non desert tile then head West and slightly North to enter the Mirage Tower, make sure that you went to the Waterfall Cavern to get the Warp Cube because if you don't have it you will be forced to get it.

Mirage Tower

Suggested Level: 21 (NES/PS), 37 (DoS+)
Enemies
Outside
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
ANKYLO/Desert Baretta #076 352 98-196/98 48 2,610 1
WYVERN/Wyvern #078 212 30-60/30 12 1,173 20 Attack may Poison
R.ANKYLO/Baretta #081 256 60-120/60 38 1,428 300
TYRO/Allosaurus #083 480 65-130/65 10 3,387 502 Strength Tonic
Sand W/Sand Worm #085 200 46-92/46 14 2,683 900 Attack may Poison
T REX/Tyrannosaur #103 600 115-230/115 10 7,200 600

R.ANKYLO/Baretta - Weaker version of its cousin who you can also run into, like ANKYLO/Desert Baretta it has high magic defense so physical attacks are a better option.
Sand W/Sand Worm - Not too terribly strong though it has access to CRACK/Earthquake which can possible kill party members that don't have a Ribbon equipped to protect from Quake elemental.
T REX/Tyrannosaur - One of the two rarest monsters within the main game with an incredibly powerful physical attack, it has high magic defense so physical attacks are a better option.

Inside
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP (NES/PS+) Attack (NES/PS+) Defense (NES/PS+) EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
MUMMY/Mummy #034 80 30-60/30 20 300 300 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
COCTRICE/Cockatrice #045 50 1-2/1 4 186 200 Gold Needle Attack may Petrify
VAMPIRE/Vampire #046 156 / 280 76-152/76 10 / 26 1,200 2,000 Fire.pngHoly.png Gaze may Stun/Paralyze
PERILISK/Pyrolisk #059 44 20-40/20 4 432 500 Ice.png Gold Needle Gaze can petrify or instantly kill
CEREBUS/Hellhound #063 192 30-60/30 8 1,182 600 Ice.png
Saber T/Sabertooth #077 200 24-48/24 8 843 500
WYVERN/Wyvern #078 212 30-60/30 12 1,173 20 Attack may Poison
WYRM/Wyrm #079 260 40-80/40 22 1,218 502
CATMAN/Weretiger #084 160 30-60/30 16 780 780 Sleeping Bag 8 HP Regen per turn (not on NES), attack may Poison
WzMUMMY/King Mummy #087 188 43-86/43 24 984 1,000 Fire.pngHoly.png Attack may Sleep
MEDUSA/Medusa #088 68 20-40/20 12/10 699 699 Attack may Poison, Gaze may Stone
NITEMARE/Nightmare #091 200 30-60/30 24 1,272 700 Ice.png Snort can cause Darkness
BADMAN/Black Knight #104 260 44-88/44 38 1,263 1,800 Deathbringer
CHIMERA/Chimera #105 300 30-60/30 20 2,064 2,500 Ice.png
GUARD/Guardian #106 200 25-50/25 40 1,224 400 Lightning.png
Blue D/Blue Dragon #107 454 92-184/92 20 3,274 2,000 Fire.png

BADMAN/Black Knight - Not too terribly strong of an enemy so it should be no trouble to dispatch.
CHIMERA/Chimera - It has access to Blaze which would be pretty nasty to party members who don't have fire resistance, specially if a group of 3 show up.
GUARD/Guardian - A relatively weak enemy who should pose no threat.
Blue D/Blue Dragon - A pretty dangerous enemy to find since it has access to THUNDER/Thunderbolt which can deal around 150 to members without Lightning resistance, it is flagged as unrunable.

Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
NITEMARE/Nightmare 1F
BADMAN/Black Knight 1F
VAMPIRE/Vampire All
CHIMERA/Chimera 1F & 2F
GUARD/Guardian 1F & 2F
MEDUSA/Medusa 1F & 3F
Saber T/Sabertooth All
CATMAN/Weretiger All
CEREBUS/Hellhound 2F & 3F
WzMUMMY/King Mummy 2F & 3F
MUMMY/Mummy 2F & 3F
COCTRICE/Cockatrice 2F & 3F
PERILISK/Pyrolisk 2F & 3F
Blue D/Blue Dragon 2F & 3F
WYVERN/Wyvern 3F
WYRM/Wyrm 3F

Map 1F

Mirage Tower 1F Map
Mirage Tower 1F Map

A very short floor given that the stairs up are within view and you are able to take them through a massive shortcut that is the doors above you, however this floor has some nice treasure to get, NES players are likely going to have to drop armor since you are going to run out of space from the limited inventory. The new equipment available here are the Aegis Shield, Heal Helmet/Healing Helm & Vorpal Sword. The Aegis Shield can be equipped only by Knight, it has the same stats as the Opal Shield/Diamond Shield, however the Aegis Shield has the benefit of providing protection from Poison and Stone which is the best shield for the Knight in the main game. The Heal Helmet/Healing Helm can be equipped by Knight & Ninja it has the same stats as the Silver Helmet/Mythril Helm that was replaced by the Opal Helmet/Diamond Helm, however when used as an item it will cast the HEAL/Heal spell. The Vorpal Sword can be equipped by Knight, Ninja & Red Wizard it has 24 Attack with 25 Accuracy it is weaker than the weapons you likely have now (Defense Sword/Defender and Ice Sword/Ice Brand). After taking all the treasure take the stairs up to 2F.

Map 2F

Mirage Tower 2F Map
Mirage Tower 2F Map

Unlike the previous floor we are forced to walk the perimeter to get to the stairs up and treasure trove. The new equipment available here are Thor's Hammer, Sun Blade and the Dragon Mail. Thor Hammer/Thor's Hammer can be equipped by Knight, Ninja & White Wizard is has 18 Attack with 15 Accuracy this is the strongest hammer in the game the White Wizard can equip (unless on DoS+ where War Hammer is much stronger), when used as an item it will cast LIT2/Thundara similar to the Zeus Gauntlets/Gauntlets. The Sun Sword can be equipped by Fighter/Warrior, Red Mage & Ninja it has 32 Attack and 30 Accuracy while more powerful than the Defense Sword/Defender (32 vs 30) it has 5 less accuracy and should be given to whoever has the Ice Sword/Ice Brand. The Dragon Mail can only be equipped by Knight and has the same stats as the Opal Armor/Diamond Armor, but the Dragon Mail provides resistance to the primary 3 elements of Fire, Ice and Lightning compared to just Lightning from the Opal Armor/Diamond Armor, this is the best armor for the Knight in the main game. After taking the treasure exit the room and head upward to the stairs to 3F.

Map 3F

Mirage Tower 3F Map
Mirage Tower 3F Map

An extremely small room head into the room to fight the forced battle against Blue D/Blue Dragon, then take the teleporter up to the next area. If you did not go to the Waterfall Cavern to get the Warp Cube you will not be able to go and have to leave Mirage Tower and go there then come back to proceed.

Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress

Suggested Level: 21 (NES/PS), 37 (DoS+)
Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
NAOCHO/Neochu #056 344 35-70 35 32 3,189 500 Attack may Poison
R.HYDRA/Fire Hydra #061 182 20-40/20 14 1,215 400 Ice.png Red Fang
SORCERER/Mindflayer #070 112 1-2/1 12 822 999 Phoenix Down Attack may instantly kill
EYE/Evil Eye #075 162 30-60/30 30 3,325 3,325
MANTICOR/Manticore #080 164 22-44/22 8 1,317 650 Tent
MEDUSA/Medusa #088 68 20-40/20 12/10 699 699 Attack may Poison, Gaze may Stone
MANCAT/Rakshasa #089 110 20-40/20 30 603 800
MudGOL/Clay Golem #090 176 64-128/64 7 1,257 800 Potion Attack may Poison
NITEMARE/Nightmare #091 200 30-60/30 24 1,272 700 Ice.png Snort can cause Darkness
BADMAN/Black Knight #104 260 44-88/44 38 1,263 1,800 Deathbringer
CHIMERA/Chimera #105 300 30-60/30 20 2,064 2,500 Ice.png
GUARD/Guardian #106 200 25-50/25 40 1,224 400 Lightning.png
RockGOL/Stone Golem #109 200 70-140/70 16 2,385 1,000
AIR/Air Elemental #110 358 53-106/53 4 1,614 807 Ether
GrNAGA/Spirit Naga #111 420 7-14/7 16 3,489 4,000
EVILMAN/Death Knight #112 190 55-110/55 32 2,700 3,000
GrMEDUSA/Earth Medusa #113 96 11-22/11 12 1,218 1,218 Glance can Petrify
SLIME/Black Flan #114 156 49-98/49 255 900 1,101 Fire.png
SENTRY/Soldier #115 400 102-204/102 48 4,000 2,000 Lightning.png
WzVAMP/Vampire Lord #116 300 90-180/90 28 2,385 3,000 Fire.pngHoly.png Hermes' Shoes
FIGHTER/Dark Fighter #117 200 40-80/40 38 3,420 3,420

RockGOL/Stone Golem - Not as threatening as MudGOL/Clay Golem since they have SLOW/Slow as their spell instead of FAST/Haste, like its cousin it is resistant to all elements making physical the better choice.
AIR/Air Elemental - Weaker than the WATER/Water Elemental from Sea Shrine/Sunken Shrine so it shouldn't pose too much of a threat.
GrNAGA/Spirit Naga - Is quite a threat to meet up with, it won't use its physical attack often and will generally use Magic such as SLOW/Slow, SLEP/Sleep, FIRE/Fire, LIT/Thunder, HEAL/Heal, RUSE/Blink, DARK/Dark, MUTE/Silence or the attack Poison Gas. This is the second enemy in the game that can use MUTE/Silence, but it's very rare for it to be cast and you likely have a Ribbon on everyone who could use magic anyway not counting battle items that cast spells.
EVILMAN/Death Knight - This enemy can be pretty dangerous as he has access to NUKE/Flare & XXXX/Kill, however he will tend to not use magic in favor of physical attacks. He also has XFER/Dispel & BLND/Blind, but those are nothing to worry about.
GrMEDUSA/Earth Medusa - Pretty weak though they may appear in large groups (up to 4), but otherwise can be threatening depending one how many members don't have Ribbon or Aegis Shield to protect from her petrifying Glance.
SLIME/Black Flan - Like SCUM/Green Slime from Marsh Cave they are a physical wall, however they don't have anything special about them so a FIR2/Fira or Mage Staff/Mage's Staff use should take it out easily.
SENTRY/Soldier - Much more threatening than GUARD/Guardian having more attack and HP than it, there tend to only be 1 of it so it should be easy to take out with Lightning elemental attacks.
WzVAMP/Vampire Lord - Has low level spells such as ICE/Blizzard, LIT/Thunder, SLEP/Sleep & STUN/Stun all of which aren't very threatening, interestingly on NES there is a bug where if they cast AFIR due to them being weak to Fire it does nothing for them.
FIGHTER/Dark Fighter - Despite its name it has a slew of spells to debuff your party (XFER/Dispel), buffs (WALL/NulAll, FOG2/Protera & INV2/Invisira) and even healing (HEL3/Healaga, CUR3/Curaga & CUR4/Curaja), they can make a battle get out of hand if left alive long enough.

Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
BADMAN/Black Knight 1F
GrNAGA/Spirit Naga 1F, 2F & 5F
AIR/Air Elemental 1F, 2F, 4F & 5F
EYE/Evil Eye 1F & 2F
EVILMAN/Death Knight 1F & 2F
NITEMARE/Nightmare 1F & 2F
MANTICOR/Manticore 1F-3F
GrMEDUSA/Earth Medusa 1F & 2F
SLIME/Black Flan 1F, 2F & 5F
CHIMERA/Chimera 2F & 3F
RockGOL/Stone Golem 2F & 3F
GUARD/Guardian 3F & 4F
SENTRY/Soldier 3F & 4F
MANCAT/Rakshasa 3F & 4F
MEDUSA/Medusa 3F & 4F
R.HYDRA/Fire Hydra 3F & 5F
WzVAMP/Vampire Lord 3F & 4F
FIGHTER/Dark Fighter 3F & 4F
NAOCHO/Neochu 4F
SORCERER/Mindflayer 4F & 5F
MudGOL/Clay Golem 4F & 5F

Map 1F

Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 1F Map
Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 1F Map

Four paths we can choose to go to the left, right and bottom having treasure while the top leads to the next floor. The only new equipment here is the Bane Sword/Razer, it can be equipped by Knight, Ninja & Red Wizard, it has 22 Attack and 20 Accuracy which is weaker than weapons you already have by now, however when used as an item it will cast BANE/Scourge, if lucky you can use that to kill the Fiend here and even KARY/Marilith and Kraken if you chose to not kill them yet. When you finish getting the treasure head up to the next floor.

Map 2F

Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 2F Map
Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 2F Map

This time we have 7 directions to choose from with the Southern path being the exit, those who are using a Knight will want to get the item in the Southwest path as it will create one of the best weapons a Knight can equip (not counting DoS equipment & the PSP Superboss drop), this floor also has the 3rd and final Ribbon of the main game (4th if DoS+ players did Hellfire Chasm and defeated Rubicante). New equipment here are the White Robe & Black Robe. The White Robe can only be equipped by White Wizard, it provides 24 Defense and -2 Evade with a Weight of 2 if you are still using the Gold Bracelet/Ruby Armlet this has 1 less Evade while providing the same Defense, it also provides protection against Fire & Death, when used as an item it will cast INV2/Invisira. The Black Robe similarly can only be equipped by Black Wizard, it has the same stats as White Robe, but provides protection against Ice & Time, when used as an item it will cast ICE2/Blizzara. When you are finished go down the Southern path to go to the next floor.

Map 3F

Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 3F Map
Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 3F Map

Another floor with 4 paths the exit this time being on a small split to the left and downward rather than being directly in a room, at this point NES players are likely out of space for armor so you will have to decide on if you want all chests open or throw away equipment you aren't using. The new equipment on this floor are Katana/Sasuke's Katana and ProCape/Protect Cloak. Katana/Sasuke's Katana can only be equipped by Ninja, it has 33 Attack and 35 Accuracy which is an upgrade to whatever weapon they have (unless those on DoS+ got Kikuichimonji as a drop from Kraken or Rubicante). The ProCape/Protect Cloak can be equipped by nearly every class (Black Belt/Monk & Master can't) it provides 8 Defense and has -2 Evade with a Weight of 2, it is the only shield the Mages can equip (unless on DoS+ and got Zephyr Cape or Elven Cloak). There is a lookout point you can check near the start of the floor on remakes to see 4 points converging on one location. When you are finished head to the left and go up to the next floor.

Map 4F

Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 4F Map
Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 4F Map

This floor infinitely loops, but as long as you go 2 blocks vertical (up or down) and 2 blocks horizontal (left or right) you will reach the teleporter to the next floor.

Map 5F

Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 5F Map
Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress 5F Map

A long straight path that leads to the Fiend of this fortress, however there is a special encounter that you can only get on this bridge only. The Fiend of Wind will otherwise wait for your challenge.

Machine of Death
WarMECH/Death Machine/Warmech (#118)
HP: 1,000 (NES)/ 2,000 (PS+)
Attack: 128-256 (NES)/ 128 (PS+)
Defense: 80
EXP: 32,000
Gil: 32,000
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: Earth.pngFire.pngLightning.pngIce.pngStone.pngParalysis.pngPoison.pngBlind.pngSleep.pngSilence.pngConfusion.pngMind.pngDeath.png
Drop: Genji Armor (Rare)
This can be a tough battle, moreso if it ambushes you and uses NUCLEAR/Nuke/Atomize which will deal around 300+ damage to your party. Depending on your party and level a White Wizard should stick exclusively to HEL3/Healaga to keep everyone alive while you FAST/Haste your damage dealers and use White Robe if not on White Wizard for INV2/Invisira to reduce hits taken. The NES version was meant to recover 2 HP per round, but doesn't due to a bug, from Origins onward it recovers 100 HP per turn it is alive. Most don't know that you can run (since unrunable battles don't tend to have a chance of preemptive or ambush) if you feel your party can't handle it. The encounter rate on NES is higher (3/64) compared to remakes (1/64).
Fiend of Wind
TIAMAT/Tiamat (#119)
HP: 1,000 (NES) / 2,000 (PS) / 2,400 (DoS+)
Attack: 49-98 (NES) / 49 (PS+)
Defense: 10 (NES) / 80 (PS+)
EXP: 5,496
Gil: 6,000
Weakness: Poison.pngStone.png
Resistance: Fire.pngIce.pngLightning.pngEarth.png
Drop: None
She will usually choose between her physical attack or her skill cycle which is THUNDER/Thunderbolt > POISON/Poison Gas > BLIZZARD/Icestorm > BLAZE/Blaze. Despite being a boss she is vulnerable to instant death attacks like BANE/Scourge from the Bane Sword/Razer and BRAK/Break, she is otherwise not too tough.

After Tiamat has been defeated the Wind Crystal will be restored to its shining glory, those on DoS+ will notice a statue of Tiamat gets removed from a certain area, that is the entrance of the Whisperwind Cove. It is located near Cavern of Ice on the path South near the route to get to it. We are now ready for endgame, it is recommended that your weakest party member has around 375 max HP at least because of the nasty surprise the first boss will very likely use, also if you are using a Knight and picked up the ADAMANT/Adamantite a certain Dwarf at the Dwarf Cave/Mount Duergar will make the Xcalber/Excalibur for you, only a Knight can equip it, it has 45 Attack and 35 Accuracy and is the Knights best weapon (unless on DoS where Ragnarok & Ultima Weapon are better or the Barbarian Sword on Anniversary Edition), one neat thing about Excalibur is that it targets all enemy types and weaknesses which help it deal more damage than the strongest weapon Masamune attack power wise, though this effect is not present on the NES version, however Xcalber should still be in a Knights hand regardless. Those on remakes should take the time to fill any bestiary entries you may have missed, though if one of them was Green Dragon (108) don't worry about finding it at Waterfall Cavern as the final dungeon has a floor where they appear very often. For those on remakes beating the final boss will cause the game to start all over keeping your kill counts on enemies and having you create a new party, while no enemy is missable you will want to make sure you have every enemy defeated if you want a full bestiary (including all forms of the added superboss for Anniversary Edition players).

Time Warp - A Journeys End

Suggested Level: 23 (NES/PS), 44 (DoS+)
Our journey is coming to a close and it starts where our journey began, those on NES if you don't have the LUTE make sure to get it from Princess Sarah at Coneria Castle. We take our final visit into the Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine, those on the Anniversary Edition will notice a hooded figure appear who you may have seen in Cornelia make their way to the back of the temple, this opens an exclusive area for this version know as the Temple of Time which houses the new Superboss of this version. Make your way straight North and "talk" to the Purple orb which will leave behind a portal for us to walk into.

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past)

Enemies
Name (NES/PS+) Bestiary # HP Attack (NES/PS+) Defense EXP Gil Weakness Drop Notes
SHARK/Shark #021 120 22-44/22 0 267 66 Lightning.png
EARTH/Earth Elemental #041 288 66-132/66 20 1,536 768 Fire.png Remedy
FIRE/Fire Elemental #060 276 50-100/50 20 1,620 800 Ice.png
GREY W/Lava Worm #062 280 50-100/50 31 1,671 400 Ice.png
AGAMA/Fire Lizard #064 296 31-62/31 18 2,472 1,200 Ice.png
R.GIANT/Fire Gigas #065 300 73-146/73 20 1,506 1,506 Ice.png
Red D/Red Dragon #066 248 75-150/75 30 2,904 4,000 Ice.pngStone.pngPoison.png
FROST D/White Dragon #068 200 53-106/53 8 1,701 2,000 Fire.pngLightning.png
FrWOLF/Winter Wolf #069 92 25-50/25 0 402 200 Fire.png Ice Shield
SORCERER/Mindflayer #070 112 1-2/1 12 822 999 Phoenix Down Attack may instantly kill
FrGIANT/Ice Gigas #071 336 60-120/60 16 1,752 1,752 Fire.png
MAGE/Dark Wizard #074 105 26-52/26 40 1,095 1,095 Red Curtain
SAURIA/Basilisk #082 196 30-60/30 20 1,977 658 Gold Needle Gaze may Stone
MudGOL/Clay Golem #090 176 64-128/64 7 1,257 800 Potion Attack may Poison
NITEMARE/Nightmare #091 200 30-60/30 24 1,272 700 Ice.png Snort can cause Darkness
ZombieD/Dragon Zombie #092 268 56-112/56 30 2,331 999 Fire.pngHoly.png Megalixir Attack may Stun/Paralyze
WzSAHAG/Sahagin Prince #093 204 47-94/47 20 882 882 Lightning.png
GrSHARK/White Shark #094 344 50-100/50 8 2,361 600 Lightning.png Wyrmkiller
BigEYE/Deepeyes #095 304 30-60/30 16 3,591 3,591 Lightning.png Gaze may Stun/Paralyze, Flash may cause Darkness
SeaSNAKE/Sea Snake #096 224 35-70/35 12 957 600 Lightning.png
LOBSTER/Sea Scorpion #097 148 35-70/35 18 639 300 Lightning.png Attack can Poison
SeaTROLL/Sea Troll #098 216 40-80/40 20 852 852 Lightning.png 10 HP Regen per turn (not on NES)
WATER/Water Elemental #100 300 69-138/69 20 1,962 800 Ice.png
NAGA/Water Naga #101 356 9-18/9 8 84 20 Lightning.png
BADMAN/Black Knight #104 260 44-88/44 38 1,263 1,800 Deathbringer
CHIMERA/Chimera #105 300 30-60/30 20 2,064 2,500 Ice.png
Gas D/Green Dragon #108 352 72-144/72 16 4,068 5,000
RockGOL/Stone Golem #109 200 70-140/70 16 2,385 1,000
EVILMAN/Death Knight #112 190 55-110/55 32 2,700 3,000
GrMEDUSA/Earth Medusa #113 96 11-22/11 12 1,218 1,218 Glance can Petrify
SLIME/Black Flan #114 156 49-98/49 255 900 1,101 Fire.png
WzVAMP/Vampire Lord #116 300 90-180/90 28 2,385 3,000 Fire.pngHoly.png Hermes' Shoes
FIGHTER/Dark Fighter #117 200 40-80/40 38 3,420 3,420
JIMERA/Rhyos #120 350 40-80/40 18 4,584 5,000 Ice.png Power Staff Stone Gas can petrify
WORM/Purple Worm #122 488 65-130/65 10 4,344 1,000 Emergency Exit
IronGOL/Iron Golem #123 304 93-186/93 100 6,717 3,000 Toxic can instantly kill

JIMERA/Rhyos - A slightly upgraded CHIMERA/Chimera whom they will often be in a group with them, its POISON/Stone Gas can petrify your party, though by this point everyone should have protection from Stone.
Worm/Purple Worm - Has a pretty nasty physical attack and later remakes give it a lot of Magic Defense making physical a preferred option.
IronGOL/Iron Golem - The rarest encounter in the game which has an instant death attack called Toxic which will hit anyone who doesn't have resistance to Poison, as you should have Ribbons on everyone you should not have to worry outside of him having more defense than other Golems.

Floor Encounters
Enemy Floor Number
WORM/Purple Worm 1F & B4
Frost D/White Dragon 1F
CHIMERA/Chimera 1F & 2F
SLIME/Black Flan 1F & 2F
ZombieD/Zombie Dragon 2F, 3F & B4
FrGIANT/Ice Gigas 2F
FrWOLF/Winter Wolf 2F
JIMERA/Rhyos 2F
WzVAMP/Vampire Lord 2F, 3F & B4
BADMAN/Black Knight 3F
Gas D/Green Dragon 3F
MAGE/Dark Wizard 3F
Fighter/Dark Fighter 3F
MudGOL/Clay Golem B1
RockGOL/Stone Golem B1 & B4
GrMEDUSA/Earth Medusa B1
EARTH/Earth Elemental B1
SAURIA/Basilisk B1
Grey W/Lava Worm B2
R.GIANT/Fire Gigas B2
AGAMA/Fire Lizard B2
FIRE/Fire Elemental B2
Red D/Red Dragon B2
WATER/Eater Elemental B3
LOBSTER/Sea Scorpion B3
SeaSNAKE/Sea Snake B3
SeaTROLL/Sea Troll B3
WzSAHAG/Sahagin Prince B3
GrSHARK/White Shark B3 & B4
BigEYE/Deepeyes B3
NAGA/Water Naga B3
SHARK/Shark B4
EVILMAN/Death Knight B4
NITEMARE/Nightmare B4
SORCERER/Mindflayer B4
IronGOL/Iron Golem B4

Map 1F

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) 1F Map
Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) 1F Map

Those on the NES version take note that this is a no turning back point for you, all other versions will have a symbol on the floor where you started which allows them to exit this area, NES players without the EXIT spell will not be able to leave this dungeon. Start by making your way to the Southeast corner as the stairs in the Southwest lead to an empty room that has no means of progressing in this dungeon. This will lead to a small area in Floor 2F in which you must get to the next set of stairs to the East of it which lead to the 3rd floor in the Northwest.

Map 3F

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) 3F Map
Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) 3F Map

A map was skipped, but it will appear below this one due to how little was explored. Our goal for this floor is to make it to the center room through the South of the area, when you have made you way to the door inside you will face a mini boss.

Mini Boss
PHANTOM/Death Eye (#119)
HP: 360
Attack: 120-240 (NES)/ 120 (PS+)
Defense: 60
EXP: 1
Gil: 1
Weakness: Fire.pngHoly.png
Resistance: Earth.pngIce.pngStone.pngParalysis.pngPoison.pngBlind.pngSleep.pngSilence.pngConfusion.pngMind.pngDeath.png
Drop: Elixir (Rare)
If you remember the EYE/Evil Eye this is basically the same thing, but slightly stronger. Like that enemy it has access to a lot of spells which it will use in order of STOP/Stop > ZAP!/Warp > XFER/Dispell > BRAK/Break > RUB/Death > HOLD/Hold > MUTE/Silence > SLOW/Slow. This is the 3rd and last enemy in the main game that will try to silence you, but it's far down the list to worry. Its Gaze attack can instant kill, but everyone should be protected from it. In the off chance you don't kill it in one turn it will recover 18 HP (not on NES).

After the PHANTOM/Death Eye has been defeated you can help yourself to the treasure chests the left contains 45,000 Gil (NES) or a Dry Ether (PS+), while the right one contains 65,000 Gil (NES) or a Megalixir (PS+). After you have collected the treasure (or decided to ignore it) go to the center slab and use the Lute Princess Sarah gave you (NES players if you didn't get it you will have to go back to Corneia castle to get it, if you don't have EXIT to get out you will have to reset your game.) which will open a path to 2F in the center room.

Map 2F

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) 2F Map
Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) 2F Map

On this floor we have to leave the room and go to the Northwest which leads back to 1F. On 1F we start at the Northeast and must make our way West to the stairs in the Northwest corner.

Map B1

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B1 Map
Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B1 Map

We start in the Southwest corner and must traverse all the way around to the Southeast of the room. Warning before approaching the stairs make sure you are fully healed in order to survive a nasty surprise.

Lich Refight
LICH/Lich (#124)
HP: 500 (NES)/ 1,000 (PS)/ 2,800 (DoS+)
Attack: 50-100 (NES)/ 50 (PS+)
Defense: 80
EXP: 2,000
Gil: 1
Weakness: Holy.png
Resistance: Ice.pngStone.pngParalysis.pngPoison.pngBlind.pngSleep.pngSilence.pngConfusion.pngMind.pngDeath.png
Drop: None
Lich has had a major update to his spell list only using Level 8 spell this time around with the cycle being NUKE/Flare > STOP/Stop > ZAP!/Warp > XXXX/Kill and losing the Fire Weakness he previously had. NUKE/Flare if he uses it on the first turn will deal hefty damage around 375 at the least. Go all out and hopefully kill him before your weaker mages drop.

Map B2

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B2 Map
Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B2 Map

In this area the exit is within view from where we start, however we have to travel all the way around to reach it. There are some extra treasures you can choose to go for before moving to the next floor. The room below to the left has another ProRing/Protect Ring in the chest near the entrance and in the room South and East of that section will have another Katana/Sasuke's Blade which we already got from Sky Fortress/Flying Fortress. The room below on the right has another ProCape/Protect Cloak which you can equip to your other Mage character if you have a second one (and haven't done bonus dungeons on GBA+ which have better cloaks for them) and the other room mostly East of there has 26,000 Gil (NES) or another Megalixir (PS+), when done collecting the treasure make your way back to the stairs leading the to next floor.

Marilith Refight
KARY/Marilith (#125)
HP: 700 (NES)/ 1,400 (PS)/ 3,200 (DoS+)
Attack: 60-120 (NES)/ 60 (PS+)
Defense: 60
EXP: 2,000
Gil: 1
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: Fire.pngLightning.pngIce.pngStone.pngPoison.png
Drop: None
Her spell cycle has been updated to have FIR3/Firaga replace FIR2/Fira, BLND/Blind replace DARK/Dark & STUN/Stun replace HOLD/Hold, same strategy as last time will still work.

Map B3

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B3 Map
Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B3 Map

A very simple floor where both paths converge into the same area in the South, there is no treasure here so you can book it to the stairs in the Southeastern room.

Kraken Refight
KRAKEN/Kraken (#126)
HP: 900 (NES)/ 1,800 (PS)/ 3,600 (DoS+)
Attack: 70-140 (NES)/ 70 (PS)/ 60 (DoS+)
Defense: 70 (NES/PS)/ 80 (DoS+)
EXP: 2,000
Gil: 1
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: Earth.pngFire.png
Drop: Eye Drops (Rare)
Not much of a change compared to last time though now Kraken has access to LIT2/Thudara, same strategy as last time still works.

Map B4

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B4 Map
Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B4 Map

You can choose to go straight for the exit by going to the East to go to the next floor, however this floor has not only a very rare, but there is also a special weapon hidden at the very Southeast. The Masmune/Masamune is the strongest weapon in the game that can be used by every class including with an attack of 56 and accuracy of 40, it is recommended to give it to a weaker character so they can contribute better to normal encounters.

Refight already?
TIAMAT/Tiamat (#119)
HP: 1,100 (NES)/ 2,200 (PS)/ 5,500 (DoS+)
Attack: 75-150 (NES)/ 75 (PS+)
Defense: 90
EXP: 2,000
Gil: 1
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: Earth.pngFire.pngIce.pngLightning.png
Drop: Rune Staff (Rare)
It hasn't been too long since we fought Tiamat, this time however she has a spell cycle which she will use more over her skills her spells cycle between BANE/Scourge > ICE2/Blizzara > LIT2/Thundara > FIR2/Fira. Other than her higher defense the old strategy will still work.

Map B5

Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B5 Map
Temple of Fiends/Chaos Shrine (Past) B5 Map

This floor offers much needed breathing room as it has no random encounters so feel free to use your Heal Potions/Megalixir to get back into tip top shape. There is only one room on this floor which houses…Garland? After revealing the plot of the game Garland will transform into.

Final Boss
CHAOS/Chaos (#128)
HP: 2,000 (NES)/ 4,000 (PS)/ 20,000 (DoS+)
Attack: 100-200 (NES)/ 100 (PS+)
Defense: 100
EXP: 0
Gil: 0
Weakness: N/A
Resistance: Earth.pngFire.pngLightning.pngIce.pngTime.pngStone.pngParalysis.pngPoison.pngBlind.pngSleep.pngSilence.pngConfusion.pngMind.pngDeath.png
Drop: None
In all versions this fight is basically a damage race to hopefully defeat him before he uses CUR4/Curaja in his spell cycle to fully heal himself. His physical attack has a chance to Stun/Paralyze the member he hits.

His spell cycle will go ICE3/Blizzaga > SLO2/Slowra > LIT3/Thundaga > CUR4/Curaja > FAST/Haste > FIR3/Firaga > ICE2/Blizzara > NUKE/Flare
While his skill cycle will go INFERNO/Blaze > SWIRL/Tsunami > TORNADO/Cyclone > CRACK/Earthquake

IF you have a member without a Ribbon you will want to cast WALL/NulAll on them as they won't have protection from CRACK/Earthquake since Earth elemental attacks bypasses a ProRing/Protect Ring. Use FAST/Haste on your main fighters (and Giant's Gloves + Temper in later versions) while your White Mage heals every turn to keep the party up. Go all out with your magic after you have buffed up (except your healer who should focus on keeping everyone alive) and he should hopefully go down before before CUR4/Curaja goes off.

After you have defeated Chaos enjoy the ending to the game, those on remakes can replay the game over again if you choose to save after the credits keeping your bestiary entries.

Miscellaneous

Ship Minigame

In nearly every version of Final Fantasy 1 there is a special minigame called 15 Puzzle that can be accessed only when using the Ship. Depending on the version you are playing you will need to hold A/X and press B/O either 55 times (NES & Origins) or 22 times (DoS+) to get access to this. This minigame can be used to gain gil and items (100 gil only on NES) to help your journey.

Level Grinding

Early levels
For the early portion of the game (ie. before Marsh Cave) a good place to grind is the Peninsula of Power which you get there from Pravoka. Head Southeast and follow the path until you reach where you can choose to go down or up, go up and stop before you reach the tip of the Peninsula. The enemies here are near endgame level though you won't always run into the enemies you would want to use for grinding which are ZomBULL/Minotaur Zombie with TROLL/Troll both weak to Fire with ZomBULL/Minotaur Zombie also being weak to Dia, another encounter you would want have FrWOLF/Winter Wolf. These encounters you will need FIR2/Fira & HRM2/Diara for ZomBULL/Minotaur Zombie.

Mid to late levels
The EYE/Evil Eye gives a large amount of EXP for minimal effort due to its small amount of HP. All you would need is ProRing/Protect Ring to protect against Death which you can buy immediately after finishing the dungeon when you get the Airship, though NES players may want to wait on it until you have a good amount of Ribbons for your members incase of its Gaze attack that can petrify you. NES/PS max level is 50, DoS+ is 99.