Decided on going to the Farplane dungeon by route of Kilika. Once there, after a bit of traveling, I encountered an aeon called Shiva. Between her 14,800 HP, blizzaga, and diamond dust, she was a pretty simple battle. After her, a save point appeared in her place.
Trekked on and faced yet another boss battle: Mindy/Sandy/Cindy. The key to this difficult battle was taking out Mindy (9,788 HP), then Sandy (10,330 HP), and finally Cindy (12,240 HP). Some problems were the different attacks each aeon gave, like demi, or water spells. For defeating them, I got 2 Faerie Earring and a set of Crystal Gloves.
Encountered the last aeon to face, Anima, who had 36,000 HP. Use Rikku to steal a Fury Shock from it. Some problematic attacks it did were Oblivion, which would damage at least 700 HP to each party member in just one blast. It would also cast Pain on individuals. For beating it, I got a Tetra Band. I also got an Immortal Soul Garment Grid.
Went further, and encountered Leblanc, Ormi, and Lagos in a flowerbed area. Used Leblanc to purchase necessities, and continued in.
A miniature puzzle appeared, where you'd step on a musical button which would give you a code to input at the local piano gizmo. The first batch was So Mi* Re*, Do* Ti, La, So. The second was Fa Mi, Fa, So Do.
In this area with the musical buttons and pianos were very hard monsters. Some I'd have to flee from, because they'd either drain too much time/MP, or because they were too strong. I made sure, however, to take down the random Marlboros and wolves. It was kind of useful to have acessories to combat status effects, like especially Confusion. That one effect can cause a character to use any item from the inventory, or to strike at the other party members.
Anyhow, continued on in, and realized why getting those musical notes jogged down was so important. There was basically a mini-puzzle to step on each musical note at a time. It was important to try out each airlift first, then coordinating the lifts. After that, Nooj, who noted that Baralai was possessed by Shuyin.
The first of a series of end-game Boss Battles was Vegnagun's Tail, which was 34,200 HP. It was quite easy, but only the preliminary battle.
The next were its legs for 18,220 HP.
After that was where it got more difficult. Vegnagun had 33,040 HP, its Right Bulwark had 3000 HP, and its Left bulwark had 3,000 HP. I used Paine's Black Mage "Firaga" on all three points to take down the bulwarks first.
Right after Vegnagun the first was dispatched, went into a very difficult battle. The Right Redoubt was 2,500 HP, the Left Redoubt was 2,500 HP, and the main Vegnagun was 38,450. It was quite challenging considering that the Right and Left Redoubts could be revived after a few turns. Another main problem was that a lot of status effects could be casted on each party member, so I made sure to use Remedy potions on each character. I made sure to use Paine's Power and Armor Breaks, and also utilized Firaga from Paine's Black Mage Dressphere.
Once the boss was beaten, I expected to finally see the ending. Instead, I got yet another (though the last) battle, and this time with Shuyin!
Shuyin had 23,850 HP, but was no pushover. His one major attack, Terror of Zanarkand, would pound a character down to 0 HP. He also utilized Force Rain versus the entire party. His Spin Cut would be the last damaging of attacks, but still would chop down a bit of HP.
With Shuyin finally defeated, I got to watch the absolute end of this game.
In this playthrough, got 65% completed and saved New Game Plus data.
I can't believe I finished this game in such a short time. It's been less than a month since starting up a game of this.
One thing that's clear in my head right now is my memory of the very last battle boss, Shuyin. After defeating a whole string of bosses, finishing off Shuyin was quite gratifying. However, while battling him, I kept thinking to myself, "I HATE HIM!!!!!" Basically, if I had lost this particular battle, I'd have had to go through the ENTIRE string of bosses, yet again. Luckily, that wasn't the case and I was treated to the ending right after this.
No, I didn't get the perfect game ending (though I wish I did!!!! - To see Tidus...), but just completing this game felt satisfying somewhat.
One of my favorite characters is certainly Leblanc. She's really cute, and her obsession with Nooj is even cuter. I do hope they hook up.
As for Vidina, I learned that it means "Future" in Al Bhed. At first when it was mentioned, I was confused by the name choice.
On a final note, this game is corny at times, but cute. It's a much lighter-toned Final Fantasy, so my guess would be that some love it, some hate it. Me, I enjoyed it. It was fun.
Log 12 - THE FINAL LOG!