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06-19-2014, 08:49 PM
This will be a Let's Play but with much more input from everyone! You will help me decide who will have which jobs, who to use in battle, which abilities to set, and so on! Hopefully I can get some help with this :jess:

*Note: I have the all job classes + abilities unlocked, so as soon as I introduce the characters, you can give me which job(s) they should have and which abilities.

To avoid this taking forever, there won't be votes, but I'll still go with what seems to be the most popular option by the time I play again.

Let's get started :jess:

We start out with a narrative


Am I the only one who has never had summer homework?


I decide to stick with the default character name


This is something I get to fill out!


Who am I kidding


I would like that!


That's the only one I have a problem with

So we see our young hero getting ready to leave for summer vacation, but


Turns out Luso has a problem with tardiness, so the teacher tells him to go clean up the library.

The teacher/librarian man who should be there isn't there, but Luso finds a book!


He's very well mannered


Then he spots a line asking for a name, so he puts his own in

Which leads to this:


I've never had any of my books do this :(

And then he falls down a hole



This trio here seems ready to take on this giant chicken when who should crash the part?


Nope, that doesn't look like Mr. Randall at all :|


How odd of him to offer some strange kid to join his clan. He tells Luso that if he joins the clan he can get injured, but not killed. Luso agrees and the mystery fellow summons a judge for Luso to swear an oath to


And he gets some... interesting new clothes


They have the introductions and then the battle begins!


No ranged weapons is not really a problem :greenie:

So we win the tutorial fight and Luso realizes something


Cid wants to know more about what's going on, but Luso is hungry, so they head to the tavern

Tavern food is the best food




Cid agrees to help Luso find his way home, but for now, Luso wants to know if the clan has a name


First order of business

Decide a name for the clan please :jess:

06-20-2014, 06:36 AM
Why not clan Centurio, as an homage to FFXII?

06-20-2014, 07:08 AM

Brilliant plan!

Also, here is a super neat image for you to utilize in your adventures:


And this nifty wikia list of FFTA2 Jobs (http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Final_Fantasy_Tactics_A2:_Grimoire_of_the_Rift_Jobs?file=FFTA2_Job_List.png) and their relevant statistics! Also, that's where I just hijacked the image above from.

06-20-2014, 07:10 AM
Yar, I was going to write up a guide when it comes time for u guise to help me decide job classes, but now you've saved me the trouble :jess:

06-20-2014, 03:28 PM
Why not clan Centurio, as an homage to FFXII?

Because FFXII's clan is already in this game, as you find out way later.

06-23-2014, 06:06 PM
Well I am going by popular vote and clan Centurio was the only one suggested, so that it is!

Luso introduces himself to his new Clan!


Afterwards, Luso asks Cid if fighting monsters is all Clans do. Cid responds that its mostly that but there is also some other stuff


But of course before then we need a welcoming party!


Now I need you to decide the jobs for each member!

Each can have 1 or 2 jobs. Feel free to suggest for multiple characters!


http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195351/finalfantasy/images/6/69/FFTA2-SoldierSprite.gifSoldier - Soldiers employ the arts of war to weaken and slow opponents
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194241/finalfantasy/images/1/1d/FFTA2-HumeWhiteMageSprite.gifWhite Mage - White mages use curing magicks to mend allies' wounds and restore them to health
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194140/finalfantasy/images/8/88/FFTA2-HumeArcherSprite.gifArcher - Archers stand out of harm's way, raining arrows upon their foes from afar
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194154/finalfantasy/images/4/45/FFTA2-HumeBlackMageSprite.gifBlack Mage - Black Mages wield the elemental powers of fire, ice, and lightning to decimate foes
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193533/finalfantasy/images/8/8a/FFTA2-BlueMageSprite.gifBlue Mage - These peculiar mages can learn the abilities of beasts and monsters, making them their own
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193829/finalfantasy/images/e/e9/FFTA2-FighterSprite.gifFighter - Fighters are masters of the sword who put offense over defense
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194210/finalfantasy/images/f/f2/FFTA2-HumeHunterSprite.gifHunter - Hunters are at their finest when fighting monsters and other beasts of the wild
http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194314/finalfantasy/images/7/73/FFTA2-HumeIllusionistSprite.gifIllusionist - Mages who weave illusion to overcome their foes
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194918/finalfantasy/images/9/99/FFTA2-NinjaSprite.gifNinja - Powerful swordsmen who can wield two weapons at once and use secret skills to evoke the power of wood and earth
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195051/finalfantasy/images/9/96/FFTA2-PaladinSprite.gifPaladin - Their sturdy defense enables paladins to endure punishing attacks. They also possess a variety of abilities to aid their allies
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195116/finalfantasy/images/5/58/FFTA2-ParivirSprite.gifPavrir - The parivir are swift and skillful combatants who finish their foes with flair
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080630112737/finalfantasy/images/d/db/FFTA2-SeerSprite.png Seer - With skills to restore magick power, this is among the most potent job to which a hume can aspire
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194227/finalfantasy/images/1/1e/FFTA2-HumeThiefSprite.gifThief - Dexterous and nimble, thieves excel at stealing from unwary and evading blows


http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193500/finalfantasy/images/1/1c/FFTA2-BeastmasterSprite.gifBeastmaster - Beastmasters use the innate gifts of the Nu Mou to command beasts to do their bidding
http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194942/finalfantasy/images/0/09/FFTA2-NuMouBlackMageSprite.gifBlack Mage - Black Mages wield the elemental powers of fire, ice, and lightning to decimate foes
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195036/finalfantasy/images/6/6a/FFTA2-NuMouWhiteMageSprite.gifWhite Mage - White mages use curing magicks to mend allies' wounds and restore them to health
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193325/finalfantasy/images/7/71/FFTA2-AlchemistSprite.gifAlchemist - A master of transmutation, the alchemist can alter nature at a whim
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193353/finalfantasy/images/a/ae/FFTA2-ArcanistSprite.gifArcanist - The archmages practice the forbidden arcane arts
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195003/finalfantasy/images/e/e1/FFTA2-NuMouIllusionistSprite.gifIllusionist - Mages who weave illusion to overcome their foes
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195302/finalfantasy/images/5/5f/FFTA2-SageSprite.gifSage - The arts of the sage are rooted in long years of study
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195316/finalfantasy/images/d/d3/FFTA2-ScholarSprite.gifScholar - Scholars pore over the yellowed pages of ancient tomes in search of the lore that is their power. Whole armies have fallen before their might
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080721014643/finalfantasy/images/c/c6/FFTA2-NuMouTimeMageSprite.gifTime Mage - These accomplished mages can alter space and time


http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193806/finalfantasy/images/a/a6/FFTA2-FencerSprite.gifFencer - Wielding a deadly rapier, the light-footed fencer strikes swift and sure
http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195550/finalfantasy/images/d/d2/FFTA2-VieraArcherSprite.gifArcher - Archers stand out of harm's way, raining arrows upon their foes from afar
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195606/finalfantasy/images/2/25/FFTA2-VieraWhiteMageSprite.gifWhite Mage - White mages use curing magicks to mend allies' wounds and restore them to health
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193408/finalfantasy/images/b/bd/FFTA2-AssassinSprite.gifAssassin - The finely honed skills of the assassin enable her to strike with deadly force
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193753/finalfantasy/images/6/6a/FFTA2-ElementalistSprite.gifElementalist - The elementalist calls on spirits of nature to lend her strength
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193953/finalfantasy/images/f/ff/FFTA2-GreenMageSprite.gifGreen Mage - The green mage lends support on the battlefield, shielding allies and crippling foes
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195141/finalfantasy/images/f/fd/FFTA2-RedMageSprite.gifRed Mage - The Red Mage commands not only white and black magicks, but also those uniquely her own
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195330/finalfantasy/images/7/72/FFTA2-SniperSprite.gifSniper - These elite hunters stalk their prey with immense greatbows
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195417/finalfantasy/images/8/8e/FFTA2-SpellbladeSprite.gifSpellblade - Spellblades use their blade arts to damage and afflict foes with assorted maladies
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195435/finalfantasy/images/e/e6/FFTA2-SummonerSprite.gifSummoner - Summoners call powerful Espers from the world of illusion to fight at their side


http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195622/finalfantasy/images/6/69/FFTA2-WarriorSprite.gifWarrior - The Warrior is a master of melee combat, wielding one and two-handed swords with ease
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195635/finalfantasy/images/0/0d/FFTA2-WhiteMonkSprite.gifWhite Monk - White monks eschew the steel of swords, tempering instead their fists and bodies
http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193521/finalfantasy/images/2/2f/FFTA2-BishopSprite.gifBishop - The bishop is a powerful mage equally skilled in offense, restorative and supportive magicks
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193548/finalfantasy/images/f/fc/FFTA2-CannoneerSprite.gifCannoneer - Cannoneers support the front line with fire from their hand-cannons
http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193722/finalfantasy/images/b/b8/FFTA2-DefenderSprite.gifDefender - Well protected, defenders stride the battlefield with little fear. They can even nullify certain attacks entirely
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193736/finalfantasy/images/a/a3/FFTA2-DragoonSprite.gifDragoon - Masters of the spear. Dragoons leap high into the air, striking foes with deadly force
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193935/finalfantasy/images/e/ef/FFTA2-GladiatorSprite.gifGladiator - Gladiators wake the magick that sleeps within the quiet steel of the blade with their sparring techniques
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194346/finalfantasy/images/8/87/FFTA2-MasterMonkSprite.gifMaster Monk - The martial arts of the master monk are without equal
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195457/finalfantasy/images/6/66/FFTA2-TemplarSprite.gifTemplar - Templar knights wield powerful weapons and have a repertoire of potent support magicks
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195531/finalfantasy/images/3/3b/FFTA2-TricksterSprite.gifTrickster - Tricksters spin a web of deception, twisting the flow of battle to their advantage


SEE LUSO for available jobs


http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193341/finalfantasy/images/4/42/FFTA2-AnimistSprite.gifAnimist - Animists have learned the secret language of the animals, tapping their primal powers in battle
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194638/finalfantasy/images/a/ac/FFTA2-MoogleBlackMageSprite.gifBlack Mage - Black Mages wield the elemental powers of fire, ice, and lightning to decimate foes
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194744/finalfantasy/images/e/e2/FFTA2-MoogleThiefSprite.gifThief - Dexterous and nimble, thieves excel at stealing from unwary and evading blows
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193616/finalfantasy/images/9/9f/FFTA2-ChocoboKnightSprite.gifChocobo Knight - Chocobo Knights harness the innate abilities of their feathered mounts
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718193917/finalfantasy/images/2/2f/FFTA2-FlintlockSprite.gifFlintlock - The flintlock supports his allies with magickally charged cannon actions
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194107/finalfantasy/images/d/d8/FFTA2-GunnerSprite.gifFusilier - Moogle machinists crafted the first guns, so it is no surprise that moogle fusiliers fire them with the greatest skill
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194333/finalfantasy/images/f/f0/FFTA2-JugglerSprite.gifJuggler - Mayhem-making moogles in motley who juggle a variety of implements to dazzle and destroy
http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194700/finalfantasy/images/5/50/FFTA2-MoogleKnightSprite.gifMoogle Knight - The moogle knight stands equal to any hume or bangaa warrior in bravery, if not in height
http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718194842/finalfantasy/images/e/ee/FFTA2-MoogleTimeMageSprite.gifTime Mage - These accomplished mages can alter space and time
http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718195511/finalfantasy/images/9/9f/FFTA2-TinkerSprite.gifTinker - One of the many brands of the machinist, the tinker wages battle with his clockwork creations

Now then, back to the game!


Good to know~


I'll let you guys pick the optional ones when they become available and who to dispatch on dispatch missions


This means that the problem won't actually be a problem until we pay for it


Alrighty let's take a look at our first mission!


I'll also let you guys decide who will be used in battle!


Luso goes running off without preparing and Cid thinks he's hopeless

Task: Choose job classes and who will be used in the upcoming battle!

Dat Matt
06-23-2014, 06:57 PM
Personally, using your party I would go for this set up.

Luso - Paldin / Fighter
Ransem - White Mage / Sage
Koteni - Elementalist / Red Mage
Rafgold - Defender / Gladiator
Hurst - Archer / Hunter
Ian - Fusilier / Flintlock

I would remove the Moogle for another Viera and the Nu Mo for another Bangaa, but that's just me. I hate don't really like either of those races.

06-23-2014, 07:03 PM
That's just the default party they gave me so I'll stick with it~

Those are some good job suggestions thank you :jess:

Dat Matt
06-23-2014, 07:22 PM
I remember when I initially started playing the game, I changed the Archer Human into a White Mage and set him down that route. Not too long after I found a white mage in my travels and they were so much better than the guy I leveled up from like lvl3 - lvl7. I basically chose classes that were similar enough to the Characters starting class, as they tend to have an stat advantage in those roles.

I also opted against suggesting

Luso - White Mage
Ransem - White Mage
Koteni - White Mage
Rafgold - Bishop
Hurst - White Mage
Ian - Time Mage

I'm nice like that.

06-23-2014, 07:27 PM
You do seem like a White Mage fan xD

Dat Matt
06-23-2014, 07:45 PM
I love white mages. Super useful as a side job.

06-23-2014, 07:57 PM
Stats in this game are based on the job you have when you gain a level. Each job has its own growth amounts, and its own base starter stats. So if you start as an Archer and gain a few levels as an Archer, you're going to get a lot of Archer stats. So when you switch to White Mage, you won't have nearly as high magic as someone who started White Mage and leveled as it.

That said, if you pick the right jobs to level (and get some luck, as each job actually has a growth "range" of about 3 points per stat), you can actually max several stats with enough persistence. I don't recommend it unless you are as insane as I am.

So, for stats, you need to determine if you want to spread stats out among several jobs for well rounded characters, or focus on specific jobs to optimize them.

06-23-2014, 08:32 PM
I was personally thinking 1 to 2 jobs each and maxing those out as opposed to spreading them around. Just sticking to those jobs

06-23-2014, 09:10 PM
Well, certain jobs are also just better than others for stats. Paladin is ideal for boosting a Hume's defense. Paravir (in addition to being just frelling awesome) has the highest Hume Strength growth, etcetera. So even if you want to make an ideal Archer, raising as a Paravir can be a huge help, etcetera. It can get really, really complicated if you want to push stats to their tops.

I actually created charts to calculate exactly how many levels I would need to get in each job to balance stats as perfectly as possible for my characters for my perfect save file.

06-26-2014, 06:28 PM
Okay so I took Mr. Shauna's suggestions, and here is what our party looks like!


Time to head to the mission~


Luso likes the chocobos, which is nice to see. Soon they hear a howl


The chocobos obey and go off screen


Fire is forbidden this fight. Luso asks about the laws


Luso finds them slightly annoying, as do I, but Cid explains that they bring certain benefits to the fight, such as a clan privilege, being able to revive your allies, etc


I choose Bonus EXP for this fight and I use everyone but our viera. I was deciding between leaving the sage and the illusionist out, because the both have fire magicks, but the viera was at a higher level, so that decided it!

The battle went pretty easily and here are the results!


06-26-2014, 06:34 PM
Alright the wolves leave and Cid and Luso discuss finding his home


He says he wishes he had paid more attention to it


They then notice a journal on Luso's person, and both are confused by it




Oh my :erm:


A convenient excuse

So they decide this must be linked the the magic book that sent him here and want to learn more about it


He decides a wizard would, despite knowing nothing about this world. We head back to the pub


Apparently bandits are blocking the road and asking for money and such


I like how he just jumps in to things without much thought :|

So Cid decides he's going to ditch me to study my journal or something


Uh huh

So now I can choose to do this optional quest:


Or I can skip straight to the story quest:


You guys decide :monster:

06-27-2014, 12:48 PM
The side quests in this game are definitely better than the main quest, so I vote to do as many of them as you can, as early as possible.

06-27-2014, 04:01 PM
You want as much free stuff as possible. Sidequest it up!

07-02-2014, 07:38 PM
I will do all of the sidequests I can!

Let's do some now, actually!


Hmm all of my characters have reaction abilities and I don't care enough to take them off. Oh well!






Umm, sorry.


Yes, really

So like rational adults, they decide its time to fight! Sure enough, I get penalized


Something of note that happens in battle:


So our Moogle pall uses Fury!


The battle goes on for a while and I accidentally use a suicide attack with my bangaa (oops :shobon:) and eventually I win


They allow me to use the Green Mage job and also offer for me to meet with them and chant and stuff every month! Luso declines


Now on with the story mission!





I had something else in mind :|


This of course leads to a battle since we insulted their bandit pride also by implying we'd never heard of them


In this fight I use everyone but the Nu Mou


The battle goes on for a little while before I am finally victorious!


Yaaay we have an MVP :jess:




They then have a bit of a spat when Luso talks about touristy things and Cid thinks he isn't taking things seriously


Some mission results there.

Also, need more help from you. Decide which skill to improve first :monster:


In the meantime, I'm going to do 2 more side missions!


First one!


All of that is pretty straightforward


Of course there are monsters just hanging out everywhere


By going to the conveniently shiny squares!

I find a few things that aren't the thing I'm looking for...


Ew :-/

But finally:


I like how the randoms actually talk in this game :jess:


And I got a cactus fruit for another mission later!

Next mission:


No problem :jess:


Well that makes healing a little more of a pain in the butt :|

Thankfully, my Viera can heal one square at a time


Well they're being rude


And we of course decide to jump in and help him!

After a long enough battle, I finally manage to win!


EXCUSE ME :nonono:


Uh huh :colbert:

He does unlock the dragoon class though! Which would be super cool if I didn't use a class unlocking cheat :greenie:


Yaay MVP :jess: I always like it when there's an MVP. It's like rewarding them for their good work!


And that's all I have for now!

Remember to pick the clan skill :monster:

Thanks for reading :jess:

07-03-2014, 01:34 AM
Most Clan Trial unlock a new Clan Skill in addition to the stat boosts. They can be repeated indefinitely.

The points stack constantly, and are used to unlock missions, so don't be afraid to do them all if you haven't unlocked all skills or maxed the clan stats.

Also, the laws can be a bit weird. Knockback, for example, will ruin you if you get a crit.

"Jump" in to help the Dragoon. Heh.

Loony BoB
07-07-2014, 12:22 PM
Does FFTA2 actually start you out with 99,999,999 gil!? xD

07-07-2014, 03:21 PM
Hahaha no xD

Loony BoB
07-07-2014, 03:23 PM
How did you get it then? :o Or am I reading it all wrong?

07-07-2014, 03:24 PM
I used a cheat code so I could get my posts up sooner without having to do extra grinding and stuff :monster:

07-07-2014, 03:24 PM
Does FFTA2 actually start you out with 99,999,999 gil!? xD

She's bending certain circumstances. It also doesn't start you with all jobs unlocked or all abilities learned.

Personally, I'm fine with it. This is all for fun anyway.

07-07-2014, 03:25 PM
Yeah I'm mostly trying to show the story but I'm terrible at tactics games games so they take me a good amount of time to get through. Plus I have a job now, so when I do get a chance to play, this way I can breeze through it more easily and get the updates up

Loony BoB
07-07-2014, 03:25 PM
Ohhh, I didn't know you could do that. Reminds me of back in the late 80's and early 90's when cheat codes in games were normal. The challenge was finding a magazine that would have them. x)

07-07-2014, 03:40 PM
Ohhh, I didn't know you could do that. Reminds me of back in the late 80's and early 90's when cheat codes in games were normal. The challenge was finding a magazine that would have them. x)

Oh, they're not built in codes. Most emulators come with Action Replay features built in, though, so since she's emulating the game, she can cheat.

I kind of wish more games had them built in too. Challenge is great, but sometimes you just want to have fun.

Loony BoB
07-07-2014, 03:55 PM
Aye, particularly with LP's like this.

07-07-2014, 07:51 PM
Update time!

Some more sidequests~


This one was pretty easy. No fight or anything.


Very straightforward person

Luso asks if he really wants to give up the book or if he would rather just try and find a cactus fruit on his own


Aww that's sad :(

But on the brightside, doing that allowed the boys life to be saved, yay :D


Now I will be killing bunnies for a dish


How convenient that they're weak against fire :colbert:





Sure enough, the fight is won and the man gets his bunnies


Now that that's done, we get to hit the road to Camoa!



Luso is impressed


Cid tells me of someone he knows who might have information


This really sketchy fellow


Cid wants to know if he knows where we can find a wizard


The Seeq makes some comments that are useless so we start to leave when he calls us back saying he might know someone


Cid is suspicious and Luso goes all out thinking this is regular tomato picking when I think its fairly obvious these are going to be killer tomatoes

But before we get to that, sidequest time!


I get to find a beetle in a haystack!


This is actually a pretty easy mission and it doesn't take too long. However, the scarab beetle was of course like the second to last shiny I searched :/


And that's all for now :monster:

Next time its us VS killer tomatoes!

07-08-2014, 02:38 PM
Beetle hunting could be far worse. Several people in Ivalice keep monsters as pets. At least you didn't have to try to catch one of the beetle-like Antlion enemies (which I figured I would have to when I first started that mission).

Dat Matt
07-24-2014, 10:10 PM
They seem to really hate the use of magic in the early game. I noticed the 99,999,999 gil on an early post so I assumed there was som hijinks going on here,

How are you enjoying the team so far? Not wanting to switch all your characters out for Viera and humes yet?

07-24-2014, 10:11 PM
So far so good :up: I like variety in my party