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Ragtime Mouse's Quiz Show

Guide by  Shotgunnova
Contributor
Edited by  Rangers51
CoN Webmaster

The Ragtimer is a friendly monster that shows up in forests and challenges the player to answer questions, acting as a sort of game show host. To answer, the player attacks the 'O' or 'X' creatures that accompany it, standing for true and false respectively, to answer. Ragtime Mouse, while accompanied by the Friendly Monster music, is not part of the Friendly Monsters sidequest. It can appear only a certain number of times per game disc, so once you've answered these maximum number of questions, whether you get them correct or not, you won't see him again until you transition.

On disc one, you can meet him up to four times; for disc two, the number rises to six; discs three and four share seven appearances, for a grand total of seventeen. To get a chance at all of the questions (and the reward at the end!) you must be sure to see him every possible time per disc. One "trick" to making the ragtimer show up with a high probability is to walk in the forest and once you've found it a first time, move in the same spot by flicking the analog stick gently or by quickly tapping the d-pad. If you do it right, the animation of moving leaves won't happen. Of course, this is slow going for the most part, but it sure beats trial and error and does seem to work quite well.

Ragtime Mouse
Ragtime Mouse
Type
Level
HP
MP
Gil
Exp
Attack
Magic Atk.
None
31
3584
1045
59630
23852
43
15
Evasion
Defense
Mag. Def.
Mag. Evade
Speed
Strength
Spirit
Eaten Magic
4
255
255
5
25
15
25
None
Stolen Items
Dropped Items
Dropped Card
None
Slot 1: δProtect Ring
None
Elemental Absorb
Elemental Immunities
None
None
Elemental Resistence
Elemental Weakness
None
None
Status Immunity
Petrify, Venom, Virus, Silence, Blind, Trouble, Zombie, Confuse, Berserk, Stop, Auto-Life, Trance, Defend, Poison, Sleep, Regen, Haste, Slow, Float, Shell, Protect, Heat, Freeze, Vanish, Doom, Mini, Reflect, Gradual Petrify
  
True
True
Type
Level
HP
MP
Gil
Exp
Attack
Magic Atk.
Flying
11
589
377
0
0
20
10
Evasion
Defense
Mag. Def.
Mag. Evade
Speed
Strength
Spirit
Eaten Magic
0
255
255
0
21
10
15
None
Stolen Items
Dropped Items
Dropped Card
None
None
None
Elemental Absorb
Elemental Immunities
None
None
Elemental Resistence
Elemental Weakness
None
Wind
Status Immunity
Petrify, Venom, Virus, Silence, Blind, Trouble, Zombie, Confuse, Berserk, Stop, Auto-Life, Trance, Defend, Poison, Sleep, Regen, Haste, Slow, Float, Shell, Protect, Heat, Freeze, Vanish, Doom, Mini, Reflect, Gradual Petrify
  
False
False
Type
Level
HP
MP
Gil
Exp
Attack
Magic Atk.
Flying
11
594
376
0
23852
20
10
Evasion
Defense
Mag. Def.
Mag. Evade
Speed
Strength
Spirit
Eaten Magic
0
255
255
0
21
10
15
None
Stolen Items
Dropped Items
Dropped Card
None
None
None
Elemental Absorb
Elemental Immunities
None
None
Elemental Resistence
Elemental Weakness
None
Wind
Status Immunity
Petrify, Venom, Virus, Silence, Blind, Trouble, Zombie, Confuse, Berserk, Stop, Auto-Life, Trance, Defend, Poison, Sleep, Regen, Haste, Slow, Float, Shell, Protect, Heat, Freeze, Vanish, Doom, Mini, Reflect, Gradual Petrify
  

Questions and Answers

There are sixteen questions that the mouse can ask, but the order in which he asks them is randomized.

The 15th Lindblum War started in 1600
FalseFalse
"I Want to Be Your Canary" was written by Lord Afon
FalseFalse
The theater ship Prima Vista was built in Artania Shipyards
FalseFalse
Chocobo Forest is located between Lindblum and South Gate
TrueTrue
Some Mus are friendly and won't attack
TrueTrue
Berkmea Cable Cars have been running for 8 years
TrueTrue
The theater ship Prima Vista uses Mist as its energy
TrueTrue
Lindblum Castle is larger than Alexandria Castle
TrueTrue
Lindblum's air cabs operate around the clock
TrueTrue
Fossil Roo is an underground tunnel that connects Treno and Alexandria
FalseFalse
Prima Vista means 'love at first sight'
FalseFalse
The Bobo bird is a bird that brings you fortune
FalseFalse
Only one desert exists in the entire world
FalseFalse
Treno's cafe, Cafe Carta, is members-only
TrueTrue
Conde Petie is a village of Goblins
FalseFalse
You can defeat Ragtime Mouse
TrueTrue

Once you've gone through sixteen questions, encounter the Ragtime Mouse a seventeenth and last time. When it appears, the X and O monsters will be defeated and he'll give out prizes. Getting all questions correct earns a δProtect Ring, 5963 EXP and somewhere between 50000 and 89445 Gil; if you miss one to three questions, you'll get only the accessory, with no EXP or Gil; get four or more answers wrong and you get nothing!

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