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Final Fantasy VI Walkthrough

Written by  Djibriel

3.1: Mission Briefing

This isn't a side-quest. This ain't no disco, and it ain't no country club either. This is ellll-ayyy. No, wait, that's not right at all. This is a heaping course of game dessert. The majority of the content added for the GBA is contained herein: the Dragon's Den.

In case you'd forgotten this was a game, here are some real only-in-a-game mechanics for you! You've raided Kefka's Tower, fought the bad man himself, are (hopefully) carrying around weapons you stole from whatever the heck it was you fought before Kefka... yet you didn't fight him, he's still there, Magicite still exists. It's hard to say if Celes and her merry men are actually aware that they fought Kefka already, as no indication is given either way. If so, then Shadow has to live with the memory of repeated and successful suicide attempts... he was a dark character to begin with, but this certainly takes it to a new level. Awkwardness aside, we'll need preparation! As I said, while the Dragon's Den is still a cakewalk if you know where to look for entirely-too-powerful combinations, most of you won't want to do that and/or have better things to do than train for levels and spells and thus have a fairly challenging time in the Dragon's Den. Yes, a much more challenging time than in Kefka's Tower. Kefka came a long way, but there's a good reason the dragon, and not the clown, is the Chinese symbol of power and masculinity.

More than anything, the Dragon's Den is one very long dungeon, so ensure you won't run out of consumables. Have 99 Phoenix Downs. Have at least 20 Tents. If you have a few folks out there who lack the ORaise/OArise spells, you'll need to have these overstocked. Revival is serious business, after all. Tents are just useful to have in general, but you'll want to make sure you have plenty for this particular run. Take some stuff for Shadow, too: 99 ShurikenFuma Shuriken, 99 SkeanFlame Scrolls, 99 SkeanWater Scrolls, 99 SkeanLightning Scrolls. Shadow's stuff is just there to maximize his damage output. You should be rolling in the Gil by now, you Scrooge McDuck of the World of Ruin. If you feel like a big spender, you can also take this expansion pack along for Shadow: 8 SwordFlametongues, 8 SwordThunder Blades, 6 RodHoly Rods. You'll like those against the bosses, I'm sure.

The Relics are of utmost importance, so don't pass up on them. Have four of each of RelicReflect Rings, RelicRibbons, RelicPrayer Beads, and RelicAngel Wings. RelicReflect Rings, RelicPrayer Beads and RelicAngel Wings are store-bought, so no worries there. You should have enough RelicRibbons, as there were 4 chests holding them so far (5 if you let the SwordRune Blade rest). Even if you made a boo-boo concerning the RelicRibbons, you can steal one from Brachiosaur; bring Relm with the RelicHypno Crown and don't equip a RelicBrigand's Glove and you should be fine as long as you're level 27 or higher.

You can also take along four ShieldTortoise Shields or other pieces of Imp equipment; if you're wondering why, you'll want to take a quick look at the Pimp Your Imp page. Taking along some elemental shields isn't a bad idea, either. Four each of the ShieldThunder Shield, ShieldFlame Shield, and ShieldIce Shields will come in handy for various fiends to ensure that you're absorbing and reducing as many types of damage as possible. You can bet a SwordFalchion at the Colosseum for a ShieldFlame Shield (fight an Outsider), and a ShieldFlame Shield for an ShieldIce Shield (after fighting a Metal Hitman).

You might even want three RelicWard Bangles, one for each party. The Dragon's Den takes ages to complete, honest to God. Not that you won't love every minute of it, but the countless random encounters might up your level and/or get on your nerves more than you'd care for, and running away is for sissies. For this reason I advise you getting three RelicWard Bangles, which decrease the frequency of random encounters, by utilizing the Colosseum. A RelicWard Bangle can be found by betting a RelicSnow Scarf (fight a Yojimbo), which can be found by betting ArmorBehemoth Suits (fight an Outsider), which you can find on the Veldt. If you plan on using RelicMolulu's Charm, of course, you'll only need two bangles since Mog's party will fight no random battles at all.

Three or four SwordLightbringers and a ShieldPaladin's Shield are entirely optional in every sense of the word, but they help out tremendously. Getting multiple SwordLightbringer is nasty, but having them certainly helps out Terra, Celes and Locke a lot in the Dragon's Den. Every time you fight Kefka, you can steal a SwordRagnarok sword from the Lady on the third tier and keep hold of it afterwards. You will likely switch Locke to the DirkValiant Knife for boss fights, but the SwordLightbringer sure makes him a lot more dependable and defensive for the many random encounters you'll face (last paragraph notwithstanding). Edgar is also capable of wielding the illuminating blade, but will want to stick to his Dragoon set-up, which prevents use of the SwordLightbringer. If you put a RelicMerit Award on Sabin, the SwordLightbringer will definitely be his best choice, so that's something to consider as well. As far as the ShieldPaladin Shield goes, it's a good shield that you'll probably already have due to hours of grinding for learning spells, Rage hunting and gathering of necessary items while equipped with a ShieldCursed Shield and a RelicRibbon.

Levels aren't that important, but about level 35 is definitely a suitable level where you'll face plenty of challenge without being bothered with lower HP and damage output than would be expected from you. Offensive spells aren't that important, they'll just increase your damage output in a situation where you should be able to play defensively enough (in other words, damage output shouldn't really matter since the enemy simply won't be able to kill you). Additionally, by the time you get to this point, you probably will have a wide variety of spells available; however, here are a few worth keeping in mind.

OSilence, OStop and ODeath will halt a large number of random encounters. If you know when to apply these, it's game, set, match. OBanish is a generally superior option because it stops counter-attacks, even if it is less accurate. ORasp is important because there's one enemy in the Dragon's Den that must be ORasped to death. Yes, that's tedious, but even more so if only one character of the team fighting it knows how to ORasp in the first place. OEsuna, OCura, ORaise, OCuraga, OArise and OReraise - you know, most of the defensive magic spells. OEsuna, OCura and ORaise will heal you up after battle, and ORaise can be used to instant-kill any Undead creature you encounter. OCuraga, OArise and OReraise are simply spells that make a great addition to your team when fighting a particularly nasty opponent.

OVanish, OHastega, and OValor are your typical buffs. I'm not listing OProtect and OShell as you won't be casting them (OMighty Guard, EsperGolem and OForce Field should take care of that). OVanish is vital in some strategies, too. OValor works best around those characters with quick and easy single-target violence, such as Edgar, Shadow, Cyan and others with competent weapon options.

OOsmose and OQuick are useful not so much for all-party strategy but for individual usage; OOsmose makes sure you won't have to spend items as you can regain MP in every fight and OQuick just increases versatility, damage output, negates the downside of Cyan's Bushido system and makes it so that you can avoid counter-attacks if you play your cards right.

Your true mages (Terra, Celes, Relm, and Strago) should all know spells for any situation. This means pretty much the top-tier elemental spells, OFlare and OFlood. The elemental spells are the most powerful, OFlare is non-elemental and OFlood flies past OReflect and Runic while being unblockable. OMeltdown and OUltima are both spells that make a great addition as they're simply more powerful, but they're not as necessary as the 'standard' spells.

There are two Rages that are worth paying special attention to in the Dragon's Den. Obviously Rafflesia and Fiend Dragon will both function normally but should be avoided on principle since their attacks break logic. The two Rages that are awesome here are Magic Urn and Io. Magic Urn is mentioned earlier as the ultimate defensive Rage, and it may come in handy if you find yourself in a pickle. Io is a Rage with great defensive properties and extreme damage potential. Since Io's Flare Star is based off of the opponent's level (which in the Dragon's Den tends to be severely bloated), you'll find the attack to be Gau's weapon of choice.

That's about it! If you're not ready now, you'll never be. The Dragon's Den is located just north of Dragon's Neck, where the Colosseum is located. See those two little islands? The left one, there's where you gotta be. As soon as you try to descend, you should find yourself in the same situation as when attacking Kefka's Tower. Did you really expect anything but another twelve-character dungeon tackle?

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