Final Fantasy VIII Tips and Hints
Low Level Advantages
Since the enemies level up as
you do, try to keep your level as low as possible for easier battles. As long as
your magic is good, defeating your opponents will not be a problem. Draw high
level magic when your level is low to increase your status.
You can increase all your stats by using GF Eden's Devour ability by
eating the following.
Hp: Rinoa in Adel + 10 HP, Ruby Dragon + 10 HP
The following trick requires Doomtrain, Eden
and Tonberry. You also need Doomtrains ability Forbid Med-RF, Edens ability
GFAbl Med-RF, and Tonberrys Familiar and Call Shop abilities. You also need to
have been to all of Esthers Shops. Go to Esther Pet Shop in the Call Shop
ability, then buy either Giant's Rings, Power Wrists, Force Armlets, or Hypno
Crowns. Refine them with GFAbl Med-RF into their next form:
Str: T-Rexaur + 1 Str
Vit: Adamantoise + 1 Vit
Mag: Behemoth + 1 Mag
Spr: Malboro + 1 Spr
Spd: Pu Pu + 1 Spd
If you eat a Cactuar your health is fully replenished.
10 Giant's Rings to 1 Gaea's Ring
Then, use the Forbid Med-RF to turn them into
10 Power Wrists to 1 Hyper Wrist
10 Force Armlets to 1 Magic Armlet
10 Hypno Crowns to 1 Royal Crown
1 Gaea's Ring to 1 HP Up
It takes 150 000 000 gil just to get 100 of the
status ups, each. Although this will take a long time, is shorter to do it this
way then to eat monsters. You can also Refine Vit Ups by buying Vit-J Scrolls
and using the GFAbl Med-RF to Refine 10 into 1 Orihalcan, then Refine 10 of
those into 1 Adamantine, then use Forbid Med-RF to turn 5 of those into 1 Vit
Up. You also can Refine Spd Ups by fighting a lot of Cactuars on Cactuar Island,
and getting 100 Cactus Thorns then Refine them with GFAbl Med-RF to 1 Hundred
Needles then Refine that using Forbid Med-RF, into 1 Spd Up.
10 Hyper Wrists to 1 Str Up
10 Magic Armlets to 1 Spr Up
10 Royal Crowns to 1 Mag Up
This trick works on Disc three with the Recov Med-RF. Go outside of
Esther to encounter a monster called a Mesmerize. After you defeat it, you will
get an item called the Mesmerize Blade. Get 100 of those and then use the Recov
Med-RF on it to get 200 Mega Potions. Sell the 200 Mega Potions for 1,000,000
gil. This trick works better if you have the Mug ability.
Equip one character with Auto-Haste, Initiative, and Junction 100
Pain spells to their attack. They will go first, and blind/poison/silence the
target monster (this works well against Behemoths). Have another character cast
Zombie on the helpless monster, and have the third character use the Revive
ability on the Zombied monster. Behemoths cannot see to counter attack, and
Silence keeps them from using their high-level magic. In all Final Fantasy
games, undead monsters are injured by curative magic, and killed by Life spells,
Phoenix Downs, etc. Use this technique when fighting the Behemoths in the Deep
Sea Research Center on the south-western-most corner of the world map to
accumulate experience and build your characters. Note: This only works on
monsters that are susceptible to Death magic. Bosses are immune to this trick,
as are Ruby Dragons and Imps. Those opponents must be killed by traditional
means; however the Diablos summon kills most Imps in one hit.
Start the game as usual and get Squall, Quistis and your GFs leveled
up (over 20 for people with GF equipped). Complete the Ifrit sequence and go on
to the regular Dollet Town mission. Finish everything up to the spider robot.
Knock it out once, then when it begins repairing itself, use another summon (two
if it takes that long to get back up), knock it out with a GF again, then run
away as Zell suggests. This results in 50 AP points, which can be repeated as
long as you watch the timer.
Take Balamb Garden to Edea's house and go north
until you find a large desert (Kashkabald desert). You can fight Cactuars,
Chimeras, and Abyss Worms if you stay on the sand. Find a Cactuar or two, and
kill them. Each one defeated will result in 20 AP, which is helpful for learning
moves that require a lot of AP, such as Alexander's Revive.
Get to level 43 or higher and draw or refine an item into 100 Curaga.
Do not level up. Instead Junction 100 Curaga to HP. If you are not at 9999 HP,
put on HP +20%, HP +40%, or HP +80 %.
Have magic Full-Life, learn GF HP-j and HP +80%. Equip Full-Life on
HP Magic and have Ability HP +80% equipped.
Allow the credits to complete after the final FMV sequence to see
Squall and Rinoa.
Quick movement in
When first at Balamb Garden, after you give the tour to Selphie,
approach the the directory and press Action. When the directory screen
appears, move the pointer to where to wish to go and press Action. You
will appear in the hallway in front of that location. Note: This only works at
the beginning of the game.
Dancing soldiers on
You can toy around a bit with the Missile Control Panel. Choose to go
to the equipment inspection screen to see the equipment used by the Galbadian
Army. Hold Triangle + Square and press Up or Down.
The scene will switch to either a dancing Galbadian Soldier or Elite Soldier.
Lunch Lady's kid
if you talked to the Lunch Lady to the left in the Garden, she will
tell you about her son and how he went out on his own. You can actually meet him
after the Boss Battle in FH (with BGH251F2). In this part of the game, you will
be left alone. Meet up with Irvine at the top of the elevator, then go back the
area where you just fought the Boss and talk to the teenager in yellow. If you
ask if he is the Lunch Lady's son he will board the Garden.
Laguna - Lunatic
When you become Laguna for the second time in the game (before
Galbadia Garden) you will be in a weird Centra Ruin (its actually part of
Lunatic Pandora). After walking around a bit you will end up in a room with
three doors on the ground. Go to the upper right corner of the first one and you
can break the handle. Leave, then return and try this on the one to the far
right. It will not break yet. Also try it on the one to the far left. After
that, you will reach a room near the exit and a little bomb is will be on the
floor. Hit the red one first, then the blue/ The other doors will open now. You
cannot do anything about this until on Disc 3, when you enter Lunatic Pandora
with Zell and Edea. Find the room with three elevators, go down the third one,
and take the stairs to the right. Climb down the ladder and head left. Keep
going and you will end up in a room with the three doors Laguna worked with. You
can now enter them and get some great items.
Laguna - Timber Maniacs
You can read the Timber Maniacs you find at the computer in Balamb
(second floor class room). Go the Garden Festival page and there should be a
page called Sir Laguna's Page. You can only see it after you get Selphie back
from the missile base mission.
Laguna - Traffic jam
When you first enter Deling City as Laguna, go to the hotel, then
immediately leave. There will be a traffic jam on all roads because Laguna
parked in the middle of the road.
Zell - Pushups
When you are in Disc 1 at the Galbadian Garden, find the area where
students doing pushups. When you are leaving, go back to that hallway and you
should see Zell also doing pushups.
Zell - Entering his
When Balamb Town is invaded by Galbadia, go to the Inn. Once you
cannot get in, go to Zell's house and go to his room. He will let you in this
time (and any other time after you cleared out Balamb).
Zell - Armageddon Fist
To use Zell's Armageddon Fist, simply use his two weakest moves
(Punch Rush and Booya) repeatedly. It only takes fractions of seconds to do each
move, and with good stats, each move does around 5000 HP damage. In four seconds
you can do each move five times which is 50,000 damage. With 11 seconds, you can
do over 150,000 damage. After casting Meltdown, Aura, and using only one
Holy-War Omega Weapon can be defeated with 15 hits of Armageddon Fist only.
Note: The strength stat should be at 255 for best results.