Final Fantasy IX Tips and Tricks Guide - Part 1
The sprawling tale of Final Fantasy IX is one that will take 40-60 hours to see the end of. Although it's not as difficult as other JRPGs like the Shin Megami Tensei or Fire Emblem series, there are quite a few battles that can lead to unexpected roadblocks. In this tip guide we'll attempt to highlight the toughest non-optional fights and the best habits to practice to get the most enjoyment of your trip through Final Fantasy IX.
In The Beginning
Throughout the beginning hours of the game, your party will be fairly fluid. Don't worry about leveling or abilities until you exit the Petrified Forest and instead focus on learning the flow of battle and enjoying the story.
As you play, pay attention to the concepts introduced. Of particular importance is the elemental traits of enemies. Attacks will do more or less damage, or even heal your enemies based on their elemental attributes.
Each piece of equipment has an ability attached to it. Once the AP requirements are met, the character using the equipment gains permanent use of that ability. This means sometimes the chance to learn a powerful ability outweighs the chance to equip a weapon with more powerful stats.
Hold on to your equipment, especially your starting gear. Not only can you use the synthesis system to combine older equipment into powerful new equipment.
Make sure your priority with Vivi is elemental spells. At the earliest opportunity you should be learning the Fire, Thunder, and Blizzard spells appropriate to your place in the game. Doing so ensures you're always in a position to exploit elemental weaknesses in enemies to the fullest.
For Zidane, synthesize the Ogre weapon. This weapon will be much stronger than what you currently have and will be useful for quite a while.
Dagger is more useful as a healer/buff type than a summoner, at least initially. It's tempting to focus on flashy summons but it's detrimental to utilize her powerful white magic.
Check back for part 2 of our guide so you can dominate at Final Fantasy IX, coming soon!