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Final Fantasy IV Walkthrough

Written by  Sabin
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36. Rotten to the Core

Enemies: Red D., Blue D., Behemoth, EvilMask, Breath, Mind, PinkPuff, Ogopogo, Zemus
Treasures: ShurikenFuma, KatanaMasamune, OElixir, Whistle


Get used to holding down L and R to run away. The monsters here are extremely difficult. So difficult, in fact, that all battles are played with the boss music. It's so difficult that the easiest enemy you'll encounter is a Behemoth. That's right, he's the easiest. So do yourself a favor, do like the Flock of Seagulls song and run so far away. The only good this area serves is if you need to do some massive leveling before Zemus.

Anyway, you'll notice you're now in a crystalline-type atmosphere. Head to the right and down the stairs. Go all the way to the left to find the next set of stairs and a treasure chest. Go down the stairs and the right. You'll notice two ways to go. Going right leads onward. Going down leads you up to an altar with a sword hovering over it. You should know that this is another optional boss. The treasure you get is Edge's ultimate main-game weapon, well worth it, believe you me. So put your dukes up and take what's coming to you.

Ogopogo
ogopogo
Type
HP
GP
EXP
Attack
Hit %
None
37000
0
61100
150
99
Magic Atk.
Speed
Defense
Evade %
Mag. Def.
Mag. Ev. %
127
38
4
55
40
50
Level
Stolen/Dropped Items
Dropped Item %
62
None
0
Added Attack Properties
Status Immunities
None
None
Elemental Absorb
Weakness
None
None
 
Strategy
 
As a result of him being a palette swap of Leviathan, he has one of his same moves. And, even better, you get to see it right away! Before you can make a move, he lambastes you with, not one, but two Big Wave spells. That takes a good chunk of HP away from everyone. On top of his dual Big Waves, he also can use Big Wave just once, and also a fairly strong physical attack. Be careful when using magic here. This guy counters just about every offensive magic spell with something. He counters any offensive black, white, or ninja magic with Weak, a move that, by name, weakens your character to very low HP. He also counters any offensive attacking summon with Blaze, a fire attack that gets everyone.

Edge will strike with his physical attack, as will Cecil. Kain will Jump. Rosa is going to be the quintessential healer, throwing around OCure3 and OCure4 like firemen throw out candy at a parade. Rydia is left out in this battle somewhat. Leave the black magic out of this round. If Rosa needs help healing, have Rydia summon OAsura. However, if it looks as if your team can sustain a hit from Blaze, have her summon up OBaham to show him what for. As long as you keep everyone in high HP levels and keep Cecil, Kain, and Edge striking, then Ogopogo will fall. And you will have Edge's greatest damage inducing sword in the game.
 




If you're anything like me, after a battle of that magnitude, you're going to want to run back to the save point to heal up and save it so you won't have to do that battle again. At any rate, head down the stairs into the next room. Head to the right and down the stairs. Snag the treasure. Find the next stairs and go down them. Grab the treasure and head to the right until you find a transporter. Head down the stairs to find another treasure. There's another set of stairs to go down. Run to the left to find another treasure. Snag it and then head down and the right. You'll find another transporter. This is the final floor. Run to the left and down the stairs. Run to the right and down the stairs. Run to the left to find the transporter. Easy enough. Now, it's time for some (optional, thank goodness) fun!

The PinkPuff Escapade



This is the one aspect of the game that has driven many gamers insane trying to accomplish, yours truly included. If accomplished, though, this quest will get you the most helpful piece of equipment in the game, by far. So much so that Zemus' best move becomes as ineffective as a toothpick against a tank for one of your party members.

Where you want to be is on B5 of the moon's core, so you're headed back up a level or two. You're in the right room if it's the one where you earlier nicked a OCabin. If you have s built up in your item stash, now's the time to bust them out. Otherwise, it may take hours of enemy encounters in that one room until you come across one. Once you're in the right room, note that this probably will take forever, unless you're amazingly lucky. But if you beat the odds, you'll encounter a PinkPuff, which is a palette swap of the much used slime sprite. As a battle, this is no problem at all. But what you're looking for after you defeat the puff is if he drops a OPink Tail. The problem is that it's not an automatic drop. In fact, these little guys drop any item only 5% of the time, and of that five percent, the odds are 1/64 that they actually drop a Tail. So you have the combination of wanting the rarest drop from a monster that doesn't drop items often and is rare to even find. The odds work out to be one in 1280 that you'll get the tail from a particular Pinky. You may be after the OPink Tail for a long, long time. But believe me, if you get the OPink Tail, it will all be worth it.

If you are lucky enough to have a OPink Tail drop from a PinkPuff, cast OExit immediately. Work your way back to the Lunar Whale. It may be daft to completely go back to the beginning after you went all this way, but you'll thank yourself. Hop in the whale and head back to Earth. Find your way back to Mythril Village. Hop in the hovercraft and go to the cave on the island. Talk to the little man who'll give you some Adamant in trade for the OPink Tail. You should be experienced since upgrading the NameLegend to the NameExcalibur, so you should know to bring this Adamant to Kokkol in the Underworld. He'll take the ore and forge the most powerful armor imaginable.

Congratulations, you have just received the ArmorAdamant. This armor is so good that it should be considered being cheap if you use it. The defense power it bears is +100. That is really, really good if you consider that Cecil's Crystal armor—the second best in the game—is +25. And this isn't an armor that's restricted to just the knights (Cecil and Kain). Everyone in the game can equip this strong armor.

The Final Battle



Now, continuing on, with or without your awesome armor... the next room you see, as you go up the stairs, you'll find FuSoYa and Golbez confronting Zemus.

When you gain control, get ready for the fight of your life.

Zeromus
zeromus
Type
HP
GP
EXP
Attack
Hit %
None
61000
0
0
174
99
Magic Atk.
Speed
Defense
Evade %
Mag. Def.
Mag. Ev. %
32
69
1
90
17
60
Level
Stolen/Dropped Items
Dropped Item %
96
Steal/50% Drop: ODrkMatter
33% Drop:
16% Drop:
2% Drop:
0
Added Attack Properties
Status Immunities
None
None
Elemental Absorb
Weakness
None
None
 
Strategy
 
Enjoy this battle. It is indeed the final battle of the storyline, so have fun with it. First things first, you can't battle Zeromus unless you have Cecil use the OCrystal on him. After you do that, Zeromus transforms into his true form. And dang, is he ugly. Not only in his grotesque appearance, but also in his fighting style. Do not be fooled. This guy is the hardest, longest battle in the entire game. Save the best for last was the mantra, I guess.

Zeromus' moves are plentiful. His most prolific move is Big Bang, a large electric attack that destroys a bunch of HP. Not only that, but your HP also ticks down little by little after the attack. This is the move you'll have to worry about the most. On top of that, he has a move called Black Hole. This takes away any and all status effects that anyone—you or he—has inflicted on them. Meaning if you had Cecil on Haste, there goes his Haste. If you had Zeromus on Slow, there goes his Slow. If Edge had reflect, there goes his reflect. If you've managed to turn Cecil into a giant, fire-breathing cheetah... you get the picture. He has a fairly strong physical attack. However, even though I say it's fairly strong, this is the worst move he has in his bag of tricks. Other moves you'll have to look out for are OHoly, OFlare, OBio, and OMeteo. That is one tall order, I must say.

As for your how your characters should react to this behemoth of a boss, it's actually nothing new. Your plan should be inflicting lots and lots of damage while keeping everyone alive. Easier said than done, believe me, I know. Cecil is going to strike with his sword. Kain is going to use Jump. Edge will use his Throw command. Throw anything and everything you have for some heavy damage. When you're out of things to throw, have him use his physical attack. Rosa is going to keep everyone's HP up, obviously. OCure4 is your best friend in this battle. When someone goes down, use OLife2 to bring them back up. If there is any moment where everyone's alive and their HP is substantial, have Rosa give Zero a blast of OHoly. Rydia is going to use a trifecta of OFlare, OMeteo, and OBaham as her main methods of damage.

Rydia also becomes a secondary healer. If additional healing or reviving is necessary, have her summon OAsura and hope for the normal face for curing or purple face for reviving (the orange face is very useless in this battle as OArmor is essentially non-effective). This battle will probably require the use of and to replenish Rosa and Rydia's MP. Have Cecil, Kain, or Edge use them when necessary. Also, if a OLife is necessary, have them use one as well.
 
Zeromus
zeromus_201
Type
HP
GP
EXP
Attack
Hit %
None
65000
0
0
32
85
Magic Atk.
Speed
Defense
Evade %
Mag. Def.
Mag. Ev. %
0
53
0
0
0
0
Level
Stolen/Dropped Items
Dropped Item %
47
Steal/50% Drop: ODrkMatter
33% Drop:
16% Drop:
2% Drop:
0
Added Attack Properties
Status Immunities
None
None
Elemental Absorb
Weakness
None
None
 




This battle will take a bit of time for success. It may take a bunch of tries as well. If you keep losing and get frustrated, take on some of the tough foes in the moon core to get leveled up. Then take another crack at it. If you gain two levels at a time per every two times you get beaten by Zeromus, you should see noticeable results every time. It may take some time. But when you see that first blast across the screen signifying his demise, you'll feel like a million bucks as you watch him slowly disintegrate.

After the battle, lean back and watch how it ends. You earned it.

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