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    I typically just use Zidane/Vivi/Garnet/Steiner, since I feel like that's a very balanced party, and it also feels like the most "classic" one.
    Same. Also Zidane/Dagger/Vivi are the most plot interesting characters, so I like keeping them around. There's an argument to have more Eiko but... eh, Eiko annoys me. Even when Dagger's lost her voice I tend to keep her in my party in place of Eiko.
    Most arguments for Eiko seem to have something to do with her being the better White Mage, and while this is true, I typically prefer Garnet, since she seems to have better Summons.
    Eiko does have a few interesting Summons herself though, which are more focused on defense.

    I have always found the part when Dagger loses her voice to be incredibly cool, I have never seen a character in a game become so traumatised that it affects their battle skills like that.
    Sure, I have seen several characters get injured and handicapped in various ways, but I have never seen anyone else than Dagger become psychologically affected to the degree that they lose their ability to talk and to think clearly.
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    Eiko is better for not just having the better White Magic selection, but also having Dbl. White as her Trance mode which makes her pretty versatile and gives you dualcast Holy, which will trump anything Dagger can pull damage wise. None of this is helped by the fact that while Dagger certainly has the better summon selection in terms of raw damage, she doesn't really get access to it until Disc 3, which she spends half of in her traumatized state, meaning she really doesn't get super useful until Disc 4.

    Course I use Quina as my healer/support character, so it really just comes down to playstyle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Kanno View Post
    Eiko is better for not just having the better White Magic selection, but also having Dbl. White as her Trance mode which makes her pretty versatile and gives you dualcast Holy, which will trump anything Dagger can pull damage wise. None of this is helped by the fact that while Dagger certainly has the better summon selection in terms of raw damage, she doesn't really get access to it until Disc 3, which she spends half of in her traumatized state, meaning she really doesn't get super useful until Disc 4.

    Course I use Quina as my healer/support character, so it really just comes down to playstyle.
    I have kinda wanted to try out the party Zidane / Freya / Quina / Steiner at some point, just because those guys could easily deal consistent 9,999 DMG once they are sufficiently powered up.

    Imagine spamming Thievery, Dragon's Crest, Frog Drop, Shock and Climhazzard, along with the occasional White Wind and Mighty Guard, that seems pretty awesome.
    It may take a long time to watch all the sequences for some of those attacks, but this would be an advantage if you have Auto-Regen activated on everyone.
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    It's a pretty devastating party combination and the one I used to make short work of Ozma. The only real kicker here is that it takes a long time to grind the parameters for Frog Drop and Dragon's Crest since you need to be vigilant with Frog catching and the easiest way to farm dragon's is using Lv.5 Death to take out Grand Dragons, which itself becomes available rather late in the game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf Kanno View Post
    It's a pretty devastating party combination and the one I used to make short work of Ozma. The only real kicker here is that it takes a long time to grind the parameters for Frog Drop and Dragon's Crest since you need to be vigilant with Frog catching and the easiest way to farm dragon's is using Lv.5 Death to take out Grand Dragons, which itself becomes available rather late in the game.
    Steiner's moves "Climhazzard" and "Shock" might be enough for most situations.
    In fact, I would say that "Climhazzard" is probably my favourite move in the entire game, it's basically a very powerful MT attack that you always have available after you have learned it;
    I always use it whenever Steiner has enough MP for it if there is more than one enemy on the screen.
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    Surprised to see so much affection for Vivi. I dump him first chance I get because his playstyle is the most uninspired. Just Focus a lot and cast a spell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forsaken Lover View Post
    Surprised to see so much affection for Vivi. I dump him first chance I get because his playstyle is the most uninspired. Just Focus a lot and cast a spell.
    Dual cast and being cute as a button really helps, not to mention his magic damage is more consistent than the summoner's damage due to the dumb way summons were handled in this game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forsaken Lover View Post
    Surprised to see so much affection for Vivi. I dump him first chance I get because his playstyle is the most uninspired. Just Focus a lot and cast a spell.
    Vivi is popular largely because he is an awesome character.
    I don't think anyone can resist those curious innocent eyes.

    Of course, one of the best ways to use him is to have him cast Doomsday over and over while your party is wearing Shadow-resistant equipment (preferably equipment that absorbs Shadow magic, obviously), that's kinda like wearing Fire- or Earth-absorbing equipment in FF6 while spamming Merton or Quake.
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    Oeilvert: Zidane, Dagger, Freya, Quina. I won't separate Zidane and Dagger, and Dagger is still having concentration issues, so she won't be too useful in the Desert Palace. Some playthroughs I switch Amarant and Quina.
    Desert Palace: Eiko, Vivi, Steiner, Amarant. Eiko heals; Vivi can enable Steiner's magic swords. Amarant brings some offense and can restore MP with his Chakra ability.

    Memoria: Zidane, Dagger, Freya, Amarant. Plenty of offense and Dagger keeps everyone healthy. Plus it keeps her with Zidane. Dagger has weapons with no back row penalty, so she can do some damage. It's those reasons I choose her over Eiko.

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