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Final Fantasy VI Walkthrough

Written by  Djibriel
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1.2: Escape through the Mines

Cave
6/16
1
1
5/16
2
5/16
2
Monster formations: Silver Lobo, Silver Lobo, Guard Leader Megalodoth, Silver Lobo

Enemies: Wererat, Spritzer, Bandit, Silver Lobo, Megalodoth, Guard Leader

Treasures: Elixir, Phoenix Down, Sleeping Bag

Terra wakes up alone, scared, and confused. An old man found you in the mines and nursed you back to health, but to make matters worse, you have to flee as soon as there's somebody to explain the situation to you. Such plot device! You get the fact that Narshe guards outside are trying to get to you. Scones will not be involved in the meeting, so you'd better make a run for it.

Remember when you were in the Back Row? Let's stick to that.

When you awoke, you received two Sleeping Bags (from the old man, we could assume). Sleeping Bags are like Tents, but for one person only. They completely restore HP/MP and remove any status ailment except for Zombie, but are only usable on a Save Point or the Overworld Map. Before you go, grab the Elixir in the clock.

Remember those Magitek attacks you just did? They're gone. Your party members have been magically consumed, and your magical tank of happiness exploded under your seat. Everything you love is finite. But don't fear too much, for a Final Fantasy tradition of old is about to set in: You can now hurt stuff with pointy things that you push into them using your muscles. Use it to your advantage.

If you're in for some leveling, I suggest moving to the Front Row. You'll take more damage, sure, but you can also kill Wererat and Spritzer with a single Attack command now, which is much more MP-friendly in the long run. If you seek to breeze through, stick to the Back Row and use OFire. Out-of-battle OCure is your friend.

These monsters and monster formations seem awfully familiar, don't you think? The difference is, though, now you're by your lonesome, without magical machines of malice and maniacal maiming under your command. I guess we can do it the old-fashioned way, then. Double Spritzer should be taken care of with a multi-target OFire spell, as should a double Wererat. Start the Bandit/Spritzer battle off with an multi-target OFire spell and finish Bandit off with a physical. You can't do anything about !Wrench now, so suffer in silence.

There are two chests here. Feel free to grab the left one; it contains a Sleeping Bag. Later it turns into an Elixir, which is much better, but you can steal them in large quantities by then so there's no need to wait. It'd be best to leave the right chest alone; while the Phoenix Down it now contains is nice, the RelicGuard Bracelet Relic it transforms into later will be much nicer.

When you're past the two chests and the Save Point, remove Terra's DirkMythril Knife and ShieldBuckler, and press on. The Narshe Guards will corner Terra, but she has a plan: Quickly, she collapses down a conveniently thin layer of rock that caves in underneath her. One could argue this isn't so much a plan as it is sheer luck, but I'm willing to give our heroine some credit here. Three flashbacks will be seen now: Terra getting her Slave Crown from Kefka, Terra being tested as the Imperial weapon she was meant to be, Terra at an Imperial parade. Behind the Emperor here, from left to right: Kefka Palazzo, General Leo Christophe, and General Celes Chere. A cozy bunch.

Locke arrives to the game! Locke and the old man chat about bygones and memories past, while the old man takes care of some exposition. Basic points: The Empire is evil, the Returners are fighting the Empire, and Narshe should join the Returners, but right now has not done a thing. Locke manages to reach Terra before the Narshe guards do, which is a good thing all in all. Terra is still unconscious, so she needs to be rescued. Locke is your new permanent character. That naming screen sure is a dead give-away, is it not? You can now control him using your controller. It won't be for long though, as the half dozen enemies, which come storming into the place, will ensure Terra is captured and Locke smacked around. But lo and behold, there are eleven Moogle friends for you to exploit as well! Sadly, you cannot enter their equipment menus, except for one, Mog. How bizarre. Foreshadowing?

Equip Locke with the equipment you snatched from Terra; the ShieldBuckler will be especially nice. You can put Mogret, Molulu, Moguel and Cosmog in the Back Row, as their weapons will still do full damage. Now, head into battle. Already know which team you want to use for the boss battle - it should be either the Locke party or the Mog party. Try to avoid fighting with this group, and catch the other monsters with your inferior groups. If you fail, the monsters will reach Terra, prompting Locke to say: "No...! I failed her..."

There are two battles here. First, I'll talk about the battle you engage in when you meet the walking monsters. This is the Megalodoth and the Silver Lobo formation. Aim all attacks on the Megalodoth at first, then the Silver Lobo. Don't bother using Steal with Locke; they carry nothing of importance. If you use Mog's party, you will notice that Mog learns the Twilight Requiem after one battle. Have him use this Dance for the other battles, as it kills stuff dead very seriously.

Steal is a new command, and while you will eventually encounter it in other forms, at this time it's just Locke's. Let's talk a bit more about it.

Each monster has two slots in which they can carry items. One slot holds the item you'll most commonly see being stolen, which is generally called the 'common steal'. The other item is the one you'll want, and this is the 'rare steal'. Locke has, when he successfully steals, an 87.5% chance of going for the common steal, and a 12.5% chance of going for the rare steal. If one of these spaces is empty, it will be ignored in the decision between the two items. If the common steal slot is empty, you're already looking at a 7/8 chance of missing before the success rate is even calculated.

Even if both slots are occupied, your Steal attempts won't always be successful. Remember, it is the opponent's interest to keep hold of its belongings. The chance of Steal working depends entirely on your level and the opponent's level. Speed is no issue, so raising it won't increase the success rate of Steal. What will make for a better thief is the RelicThief's Bracer. The Thief's Bracer doubles your chances at stealing. It won't stack with another RelicThief's Bracer (the +5 on Speed will, but the special effect won't). Steal will let you steal all sorts of items: Healing potions, weapons, armor, relics, you name it. What you can't steal: Vital body parts, girlfriends, money, dignity.

On to Mog! Mog's Dance skill is limited to the Twilight Requiem for now, a Dance he will learn as soon as he has fought one battle here. The Twilight Requiem will have the following random effects every turn:

7/16 Cave In - Removes 75% of target's current HP
6/16 Snare - Sets KO to a single enemy, prevents final counters
2/16 Will o' the Wisp - single-target magical, Fire-elemental attack
1/16 Poisonous Frog - single-target magical, Poison-elemental attack, also sets Poison

Guard Leader
Guard Leader
Bestiary #278
Type
Level
HP
MP
Gil
EXP
Humanoid
8
420
150
350
0
Strength
Magic Atk.
Evasion
Defense
Mag. Def.
Mag. Evade
60
9
0
110
140
0
Stolen Items
Dropped Items
Common: Hi-Potion
Status Immunities
Elemental Immunities
poison
None
Elemental Absorb
Elemental Weakness
None
poison
Lores
Command Immunities
None
None
 
Strategy
 
Unless both Mog's team and Locke's team have been beaten down severely, there's no good reason to use the four-generic-Moogle party against the Guard Leader. Between the other two, the choice is up to you. As you cannot get a Game Over in this part of the game - a defeated party is sent back to a certain point with all characters at 1 HP - you can always fight Guard Leader with Locke until you have stolen a DirkMythril Knife. If you have trouble with the actual 'killing' part of the Guard Leader battle (Power-wise, not moral-wise), Mog has extremely dangerous attacks to offer, so you can use him for that.

If you picked Mog's team, the Twilight Requiem will make short work of the fight regardless. If you picked Locke's team or the third and inferior party, you will want to kill one Silver Lobo and then focus your attack on the Guard Leader. As long as he's not alone, he won't use !Charge, an extremely strong physical attack that can kill weaker units in the Front Row. He will, on the other hand, use the Net attack to stop some of your party members. You can try to stall if Locke is hit if you want to. Expand Full Strategy
  

Before you engage in the Guard Leader battle, remove Mog's LanceMythril Spear and ShieldMythril Shield. Equip the Shield on Locke if you're fighting the Guard Leader with him.

For some trivia knowledge some would appreciate, Molulu is Mog's girlfriend. Molulu is the weakest Moogle you'll find here and stands next to Mog on the battlefield on the second position of his group. Male chauvinist pig explanation of Molulu's weakness: She's a woman. Family-friendly support group-evading explanation: Although lacking in combat experience, Molulu excels in other areas and is exhibiting fine moral fiber in supporting her lover in battle anyway. At any rate, the RelicMolulu's Charm you'll find later in the game, a Mog-exclusive Relic, is supposed to be given to him by Molulu.

Caves of Narshe: Final Fantasy VI
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