Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Six: End of a Generation

April 21, 2015: Welcome to Terminus

We made it to Lashute on planet Terminus. One of the women there said, “We wanted Siren and Lune to start another war, but we needed Rhys to bring Satellite back. And that’s exactly what that old fool did!”

The women at the start of the city told us that our deaths awaited us here.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Five

April 1, 2015: Castle of Silence

We found Laya’s Pendant in the Castle. Even though Laya can’t equip it, I still gave it to her to hold.

We went to the temple. It reacted to Laya’s Pendant and teleported us to the planet Elysium, which Siren programmed to plunge into the sun of its system.

We went to the town of Aerone and found the hidden path to the moon known as Dahlia…

There, a guard told us to find the Aero Parts for Wren down the stairs. “Use them to reach the sky city on Frigidia.” Oh, boy. “There, you may find the strength to combat evil.”

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Four

March 14, 2015: Terror in Techna

Our new weapons – wow. I thought Sari hit hard before…

In Techna’s castle dungeon, we met an old man who said that our Power Topaz proved our courage and worth, and that we had earned the right to see our “true world”.

Somehow, I got two details wrong in this conversation: I misidentified the old man as a woman, and power instead of courage as the virtue that the Topaz proved we had.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Three

August 21, 2012: Let’s try to start Ayn’s quest properly by talking to everyone in Agoe.

Ugh, time to relearn what everything is/does.

So, we’re supposed to find “the legendary Satellite”.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part Two: Cille Season/Fighting Evil by Moonlight, Winning Love by Daylight

August 18, 2010: Special thanks to Phantasy-Star.net ‘s strategies page for helping me over the hump.

Now that we’ve got Lyle in the party, I think the overworld music has changed.

Lyle joins Rhys’ party in exchange for help repairing the weather control system in Aridia, the desert region.


August 19, 2010: Ugh. After a tough dungeon, Lyle inexplicably leaves the party, only to challenge Rhys in combat in Shusoran. He’s easily dispatched, despite his spe- excuse me, TECHS

Then, you reunite with Lena, who was the one that set Rhys free at the outset of the game. She tells you that you must insert the Moon Stone and Moon Tear into Aridia’s satellite control system to realign the moons.

Lena joins you along with Lyle. She has no techs and little HP, so she’s bringing up the rear.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom Part One: Orakian My Brain

Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom

Japanese Title: Successors of Time: Phantasy Star III

Developer/Publisher: Sega

JP Release: April 21, 1990

North America Release: July 1991

United Kingdom Release: 1991

When I was a child, I liked to reread this Prima Games strategy guide that collected two-page guides, tips, and codes for several dozen Sega Genesis games that were popular in the early ’90s. Among these were Phantasy Star II and PSIII. I was interested in PSIII because its premise promised three generations of storylines to play through, with branching paths and different characters depending on which hero chose which love interest to take as his wife at the end of each generation. I later read in magazines that PSIII was considered the black sheep of the franchise because of its gameplay differences and how it shared little in common with Phantasy Star and its sequel. The story of why and how it became a black sheep is due at the end of this LP. :3

I did not get to play any PS games until I got the Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection in 2009. I started a playthrough of PS, which is on hold after getting… maybe halfway through it?I started a game of PSII, which is also on hold. Then, in summer 2010…

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper Tournament of Champions Finale

Prepare for a most unexpected result.

Team Muscle – Updated Stats

1. Warrior of Light | Level: 71

HP: 5734

Attack: 234

Defense: 246

Magic:  86

Resistance: 159

Mind: 81

Accuracy: 115

Evasion: 135

Speed: 105

2. Luneth | LV: 71

HP: 4935

ATK: 295

DEF: 203

MAG/MND: 87

RES: 132

ACC: 118

EVA: 125

SPD: 135

3. Cloud | LV: 76

HP: 5354

ATK: 283

DEF: 192

MAG: 90

RES: 185

MND: 112

ACC: 118

EVA: 123

SPD: 137

4. Squall | LV: 70

HP: 4913

ATK: 286

DEF/RES: 146

MAG/MND: 102

ACC: 118

EVA: 122

SPD: 121

5. Wakka | LV: 76

HP: 4970 

ATK: 201

DEF: 207

MAG: 112

RES: 213

MND: 115

ACC: 117

EVA: 123

SPD: 135

6. Lightning is still LV 47, but I equipped her with the Overstrike weapon Gladius, which boosts her ATK to 258

The Rest

7. Refia

8. Vaan

9. Orlandeau

10. Lann

Overall: 1. Cloud: 53 points

2.  Wakka: 52

3. Warrior of Light: 48

4. Squall: 46

5. Refia: 43

6. Luneth: 42

7. Lightning/Vaan: 40

8. Orlandeau: 30

9. Lann: Nine

Team Magic – Updated Stats

1. Maria | LV: 74

HP: 4406

ATK: 147

DEF: 188

MAG: 231

RES: 236

MND: 153

ACC: 112

EVA: 123

SPD: 126

2. Arc | LV: 72

HP: 3811

ATK: 145

DEF: 175

MAG: 276

RES: 284

MND: 320

ACC: 118

EVA: 128

SPD: 131

3. Lenna | LV: 79

HP: 3695

ATK: 122

DEF: 133

MAG: 247

RES: 239

MND: 315

ACC: 118

EVA: 128

SPD: 129

4. Terra | LV: 76

HP: 5061

ATK: 189

DEF: 168

MAG: 344

RES: 275

MND: 115

ACC: 118

EVA: 128

SPD: 134

5. Shantotto | LV: 47

HP: 2588

ATK: 102

DEF: 68

MAG: 198

RES: 123

MND: 97

ACC: 114

EVA: 124

SPD: 116

The Rest

6. Rosa

7. Garnet

8. Alphinaud

9.  Reyn

10.  York

Overall: 1. Arc: 72

2. Terra: 71

3. Lenna: 63

4. York: 55

5. Maria: 54

6. Alphinaud: 53

7. Garnet: 40

8. Rosa: 29

9. Shantotto: 28

10. Reyn: Nine

Interestingly, the results for Team Muscle were far more balanced than the results for Team Magic.

THE ULTIMATE CLASH — CLOUD VERSUS… ARC?

I can’t believe it — in the end, their overall stats were… tied. I accept this result, even though it kind of feels like it negated weeks of work. ;-;

When all is said and done, Team Muscle and Team Magic are tied. What did we learn from this undertaking? Apparently, that the game is quite balanced.

The fandom at large counts Ramza, Orlandeau, and Onion Knight among its favorite characters. On the flip side, we have the likes of Ricard, Quina, Kimahri, most Core characters (especially Bard and Summoner), Cyan, Red XIII, Gabranth, Wol, Cid (FFVII), Freya, Serah (:(), and Irvine on the bottom. Characters like Cloud and Beatrix are more likely to split the fandom.

I tend to find certain skill types more effective than others. My least favorites include Dragoon (which leaps to mind), Thief, Machinist, Summon magic (due to its lack of ability uses compared to Black and White magic), Songs, and Dances. I tend to use more general physical and magical skills.

Now that we’re finally done with this gargantuan project that took about a month, I hope to start my next LP soon, a long and winding one about doom — though not the most popular one. 😉

It’s a game that I tweeted about recently. 

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Tournament of Champions Part 15


Core Characters

1. Tyro | Physical/Magic Hybrid | Level: 75

HP: 5314

Attack: 216

Defense: 164

Magic: 208

Resistance: 156

Mind: 192

Accuracy: 118

Evasion: 125

Speed: 117

2. Warrior | Physical Attack | LV: 46

HP: 3149

ATK: 118

DEF: 129

MAG/MND: 37

RES: 84

ACC: 111

EVA: 124

SPD: 76

3. Knight | Physical Attack | LV: 50

HP: 2610

ATK: 142

DEF: 150

MAG: 57

RES: 106

MND: 62

ACC: 114

EVA: 124

SPD: 75

4. Monk | Physical Attack | LV: 45

HP: 2834

ATK: 190

DEF: 91

MAG: 50

RES: 94

MND: 65

ACC: 117

EVA: 124

SPD: 105

5. Red Mage | Master of Magic? Yeah, right. | LV: 50

HP: 2073

ATK: 74

DEF: 64

MAG: 141

RES: 101

MND: 106

ACC: 111

EVA: 121

SPD: 91

6. Black Mage | Offensive Magic | LV: 57

HP: 2035

ATK: 70

DEF: 65

MAG: 154

RES: 135

MND: 92

ACC: 111

EVA: 122

SPD: 94

7. Magus | Offensive Magic | LV: 46

HP: 1912

ATK: 55

DEF: 58

MAG: 139

RES: 125

MND: 105

ACC: 111

EVA: 124

SPD: 81

8. White Mage | Healing Magic | LV: 70

HP: 2844

ATK/DEF: 91

MAG: 146

RES: 190

MND: 194

ACC: 115

EVA: 125

SPD: 101

9. Devout | Healing Magic | LV: 47

HP: 2229

ATK: 64

DEF: 53

MAG: 158

RES: 118

MND: 151

ACC: 117

EVA: 121

SPD: 81

10. Samurai | Physical Attack | LV: 44

HP: 2736

ATK: 107

DEF: 113

MAG/MND: 50

RES: 82

ACC: 110

EVA: 121

SPD: 93

11. Dragoon | Physical Attack | LV: 44

HP: 2529

ATK: 159

DEF: 120

MAG: 60

RES: 95

MND: 50

ACC: 117

EVA: 123

SPD: 112

12. Dark Knight | Physical Attack | LV: 47

HP: 2486

ATK: 135

DEF: 95

MAG: 63

RES: 79

MND: 53

ACC: 114

EVA: 129

SPD: 76

13. Spellblade | Offensive Magic | LV: 44

HP: 2276

ATK: 105

DEF: 113

MAG: 66

RES: 77

MND: 50

ACC: 110

EVA: 124

SPD: 102

14. Viking | Physical Attack | LV: 49

HP: 3321

ATK: 164

DEF: 110

MAG: 48

RES: 76

MND: 55

ACC: 114

EVA: 121

SPD: 91

15. Berserker | Physical Attack | LV: One

HP: 145

ATK: Nine

DEF/RES: Six

MAG/MND: Four

ACC/EVA: 20

SPD: 69

16. Ranger | Physical Attack | LV: 47

HP: 2169

ATK: 121

DEF: 76

MAG: 53

RES: 77

MND: 58

ACC: 118

EVA: 136

SPD: 101

17. Thief | Physical Speed | LV: 44

HP: 2125

ATK: 95

DEF: 87

MAG: 51

RES: 85

MND: 55

ACC: 111

EVA: 123

SPD: 136

18. Bard | Physical Support | LV: 44

HP: 1809

ATK: 70

DEF: 62

MAG: 92

RES: 96

MND: 90

ACC: 111

EVA: 121

SPD: 88

19. Ninja | Physical Speed | LV: 49

HP: 2460

ATK: 170

DEF: 107

MAG: 84

RES: 159

MND: 81

ACC: 117

EVA: 127

SPD: 134

20. Gladiator | Physical Attack | LV: 46

HP: 3149

ATK: 139

DEF: 111

MAG/MND: 52

RES: 83

ACC: 114

EVA: 124

SPD: 94

Overall: 1. Tyro: 134 points

2. Ninja: 105

3. White Mage: 93

4. Monk/Dragoon: 86

5. Knight: 84

6. Black Mage: 73

7. Devout/Gladiator: 72

8. Viking: 69

9. Dark Knight/Red Mage/Ranger: 67

10. Spellblade: 65

11. Warrior: 63

12. Magus/Thief: 62

13. Samurai: 60

14. Bard: 55

15. Berserker: Nine

Tyro advances to the next round of the ToC to represent Core characters. 

I decided to change my criteria a bit to make sure there were an even number of participants on each side. The two “teams” represent physical and magical power:

Team Muscle: 1. Warrior of Light

2. Luneth

3. Refia

4. Cloud

5. Squall

6. Wakka

7. Vaan

8. Lightning

9. Orlandeau

10. Lann

Team Magic: 1. Maria

2. Arc

3. Rosa

4. Lenna

5. Terra

6. Garnet

7. Shantotto

8. Alphinaud

9. Reyn

10. York (while he is a Physical/Magic Hybrid, I needed another member for Team Magic and he has the highest MAG of all the hybrids)

So the 10 members of each team will face off against each other. In the end, the stats of the mightiest member of each team will be compared to determine the ultimate character. 

Core Characters: Overall LV: 945

Average LV: 47.25

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Tournament of Champions Part 14

There are no Final Fantasy XV characters available yet, so I’ll move on to Final Fantasy Tactics and “Beyond” characters. 

1. Ramza | Physical Support | Level: 54

HP: 3823

Attack: 281

Defense/Evasion: 122

Magic: 97

Resistance: 111

Mind: 80

Accuracy: 117

Speed: 126

2. Agrias | Physical Attack | LV: 53

HP: 3897

ATK: 155

DEF: 144

MAG: 62

RES: 89

MND: 87

ACC: 114

EVA: 121

SPD: 100

3. Delita | Physical Attack | LV: 50

HP: 3748

ATK: 148

DEF: 152

MAG: 58

RES: 104

MND: 68

ACC: 111

EVA: 121

SPD: 97

4. Ovelia | Healing Magic | LV: 47

HP: 2585

ATK: 74

DEF: 65

MAG: 99

RES: 122

MND: 161

ACC: 111

EVA: 121

SPD: 116

5. Mustadio | Physical Support | LV: 51

HP: 3505

ATK: 146

DEF: 114

MAG: 64

RES: 115

MND: 79

ACC: 111

EVA: 137

SPD: 143

6. Orlandeau | Physical Attack | LV: 57

HP: 4511

ATK: 212

DEF: 182

MAG/MND: 69

RES: 117

ACC: 113

EVA: 124

SPD: 147

7. Gaffgarion | Physical Attack | LV: 55

HP: 4236

ATK: 144

DEF: 112

MAG: 69

RES: 94

MND: 79

ACC: 111

EVA: 121

SPD: 123

Overall: 1. Orlandeau: 43 points

2. Ramza: 39

3. Mustadio: 30

4. Agrias: 29

5. Ovelia: 27

6. Gaffgarion: 25

7. Delita: 21

Orlandeau advances to the next round of the ToC to represent FFT.

I wonder if they will ever add Final Fantasy Tactics Advance characters. 

Beyond Characters

There are only two Beyond characters as of this writing, and both of them are from World of Final Fantasy. 

Lann (left) and Reyn (right)

1. Reyn | Offensive Magic | LV: 1

HP: 180

ATK: Nine

DEF: Seven

MAG: 12

RES/MND: 10

ACC/EVA: 20

SPD: 92

2. Lann | Physical Attack | LV: 1

HP: 211

ATK: 12

DEF/MAG/ RES/MND: Eight

ACC: 20

EVA: 21

SPD: 89

Both advance to the next round to represent Beyond characters. 

I haven’t used them yet due to their lack of particularly useful Soul Breaks. ^^;

Next time, the 20 Core characters will be pitted against each other.