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Run #1: Classic Job
White Mage White Mage Thief Monk


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2019-06-19 05:17:52 And we're underway on a classic jobs run. A little different this year. First, I'm doing my classic run on Android rather than SFC. Also, doing all this self-contained to my tablet rather than uploading screenshots to my PC. Old dog, new tricks. #FF5FJF2019
2019-06-22 05:00:59 In this version, you can buy one big batch of cheap gear at Karnak before they lock you out. Usually I get a bunch of Lightning Rods, but with no rod users, I thought "I wonder if I can just buy whatever and sell it for more." Yup. Totally a thing. #FF5FJF2019
2019-06-22 05:03:29 Somehow, incredibly, I actually failed first try Karnak escape with a Thief. Must've spent too much time dawdling. Got it no problem second try. #FF5FJF2019
2019-06-28 14:11:44 Byblos was a major pain in the butt. He shuts down all my offense. I tried a few tricks in vain, but the only thing that really helped was to grind, and grind, and grind. I killed so many of these guys before discovering all you steal is a Trident. #FF5FJF2019
2019-06-30 17:42:31 Been moving right along on this file. I didn't really notice this at first, but these Thief-ability highlights of hidden passages are actually overlaid on top of the characters. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-01 02:28:10 With my big beefy puncher off traveling the galaxy, I was worried about this fight with Mister Manticore. Not sure why, though. After a couple Protect spells, I set Faris to Mug, set the mages to Cura on the party, and auto mode did the rest. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-01 02:34:02 This party is awash in gil and items. Rather than use one of my 99 tents here, I was curious what would happen if I used a cottage instead. Does the cutscene require a tent specifically? The answer is: No. The Tent Islanders do not discriminate. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-02 01:52:34 This part was a bit silly. Galuf and friends sneak by while crouched to not be seen by these guys (who totally saw him on the way in). But with the Thief dash on, you're just zooming around the floor in the crouched position. Looks painful. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-04 06:14:09 Kick! Punch! It's all in the mind! I've always wondered why !Kick is the only command ability that can't be learned. Only Monks can use it, ever. The other day it occurred to me, maybe it's an issue with not wanting twenty different kicking sprites? #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-04 06:17:33 On mobile, there's this little dancing chocobo that shows up next to the time, right on the hour. He's very quick. The only way to catch him is to know he's coming. I sat by a wall clock watching the second hand, and still only caught the fade out. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-08 02:32:26 With this being a somewhat awkward FF1 party, I'll take every advantage I can get. It took me F-O-R-E-V-E-R to grind out two of these for two White Mages, but the task is now complete. Frog Lenna is very happy. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-09 02:34:09 I made the horrifically poor decision of trying Reflect strats (as in, trying to cast and maintain Reflect) when I have access to both Shell and Curaga. Thankfully, I was able to recover from my own attempt at self-sabotage and pull out the win. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-09 02:43:25 Not a fan of Krile. This version is bugged such that your lead characters are attacked much more. With Krile taking over as my Monk, proper tactics put her in the lead spot, making her my walking sprite. Here we see Gilgamesh attacking a little kid. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-11 17:45:05 Of all the little side things to do in this game, Gil Turtle in world 2 is the one I always forget. He's a pain to fight, and he gives you squat. Still, it's nice to pay him a visit once in a while, with the right party. 15 minutes into the fight... #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-11 17:48:55 You may be looking at the time in the corner and thinking this fight's gone on 10 hours. No, that was not continuous, but it is very slow going. He's down to 13k now, may have to finish tomorrow. Poor Lenna looks like she really has to go pee. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-15 03:34:54 Got back to that Gil Turtle fight yesterday. Who knows how many hours I actively facilitated it, but it was at this point I finally discovered I can stack up to three Blink images on a character. Boy, that would've helped! Maybe I should reset? /s #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-15 03:39:37 Aaand my grand prize. No item, just 5000 gil, which is not nearly enough to cover the costs of all the items I spent (not that this party is hard up for money). I did keep all three floaters alive the whole battle, though. Achievement unlocked? #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-15 03:48:26 "Excuse me, Mister Wolfie. Caaaan... Can IIIII... Can I buy some anteedotes? I have to get some anteedotes for Mister Ersatz." "Uhhh sure kid. But where's your mother?" #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-16 02:36:01 Went into this fight expecting it to be a big heal-fest. I wasn't expecting my White Mages to also be my biggest damage dealers with Staves of Light. A slightly rocky road, but Exdeath went down first try. On to world 3! #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-17 04:08:52 Having finally arrived at Chicken Knifetopia, I zipped through the pyramid, hoping to reacquire Lenna. Melusine had me worried for a while. Form after form, I could barely do damage. Then she turned into a vulnerable form, and the fight ended quick. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-18 02:45:07 Alright, the Sage's Staff..... What do you mean I have to take two more. You don't have any more Sage's Staves, do you? #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-18 02:48:57 Had some time to charge up the Chicken Knife with free encounter flees. Except, I'd forgotten to leave a monster-in-a-box in Pyramid, and all the ones in Island Temple are inescapable. Ended up coming all the way out here for this guy. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-20 01:18:11 "No, no, that's just Krile. You see, our Monk has to be first, because this is on Android, and there's a targeting bug, and Krile has to be our Monk, because this is Four Job Fiesta, and that's what her grandpa was assigned, but then he died..." #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-20 01:25:56 One of those conundrums where you need offensive magic to get offensive magic. Thankfully, Magic Lamp exists. I swear, I drained that thing dry as a bone, getting in a few Choco Kicks as well, barely triggering Omni's aggressive late phase. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-22 02:05:20 Halicarnassus getting fresh with... Krile? Clearly they weren't expecting anyone but Bartz in the lead. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-22 02:09:34 One Hermes Sandals, one Reflect Ring, and a whole lotta Holy castings later, and Twintania is no more. Faris and Krile were there to show us what not to do, I mean uh, for moral support. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-24 02:30:30 I decided 4x Hermes Sandals is the best strategy going forward, given that Reflect Rings are obviously out of the question. Tried to raise cash off Movers, but I just didn't quite have enough offense for that. Made it work by selling stuff instead. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-25 02:15:48 Shinryu kept exclusively killing my White Mages, despite this version's aforementioned tendency to target your leads. It was as if he were still aware behind his Berserked exterior, trying desperately to save the battle in the only way he could. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-25 02:19:21 Having more trouble than I expected against Neo Exdeath. I'm always solid coming out of the first form, and I always survive Almagest (thanks to Shell on each character), but I run out of steam super quick, trying to keep everyone healed. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-28 18:33:43 I grinded (ground?) levels from 34 up to 43. Level grinding is super-easy in this version. I took another stab at NXD, and I could see a world of difference. Faris just ate an Almagest without Shell. My healers could actually keep up. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-28 18:43:33 And my first completion of the Fiesta. And yes, that is dancing chocobo swag. Very well-timed, given I was still actively fighting NXD at 14:59. I cheated a little, though. I didn't have access to a second hand, so I sat on pause to catch it. #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-29 04:02:44 The offense was bit lacking, until I got Chicken Knife and then Holy, and after that all bets were off. Not much else to say about this solid crew, except we'll probably see them again, when it comes time to do the bonus dungeon. :) #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-29 06:10:16 So last night, after wasting Neo Exdeath, but before I got home, I started up my next run. I could get this far at least without knowing my first job. Why are only Bartz and Faris alive? You'll see. :) #FF5FJF2019
2019-07-30 03:30:20 That's right! This time I'm trying a two-character Fiesta! I chickened out on doing solo Bartz for now, but I'm confident I can finish this, especially with Blue Mage as my first gig. Bad Boss Karl took more tries than usual, but I got him. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-03 05:20:21 It took me FOREVER to find a frog in Walse Tower. I was starting to think it was a tower without frogs. Was about to try Shiva's lair, froggie finally showed up before I could leave. Stayed to grind anyway, for levels, for rod money, and for these. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-03 05:23:23 Was soooo close to getting out of here with zero Phoenix Downs used, when I got sniped at the end. I did eventually get the Elf Cape at the cost of only one Phoenix Down. I'll take It! #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-03 05:28:29 One reason I chose this two character Fiesta for my tablet run on my commute is, I don't have to stop when I get to a crystal and find Internet and get my next assignment. My new job is assumed to be a dead character. Also, 45 rods? Yes, please! #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-05 01:53:45 Level 5 Death was trickier than usual to learn with only two people. Normally I get it at level 15, but luckily I arrived right at level 20. Oh, and I definitely did not get all the way through here and die to L5D right at the end. Nope, not me! #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-06 01:55:37 Extra update due to the peculiarity of this run. Had some trouble clearing Library, and not just from Level 5 Death. One guy would Moon Flute me, then cycle into another guy who hit me with Aera. Thanks to Death Claw, the boss was the easiest part. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-06 01:59:36 Added both White Mage and Black Mage to my repertoire. This run is such an embarrassment of riches when it comes to magic abilities. Really hoping my fourth job is a tough body who can hit hard and hold a shield. Even Dragoon would make my day. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-06 02:04:17 One of the last segments where I can still double up on a job (by presuming White Mage and Blue Mage are the dead characters). Taking advantage of it, both by cracking rods, and by giving that boss ABP to a job that can use it. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-07 03:22:20 It's just so unfortunate that early White Wind is so extremely useful to any party other than a White/Red Mage party, and yet White/Red Mage is best suited for helping you get it early. Still, it's useful and it's not like I'm going to pass it up. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-07 03:25:50 Managed to be at the right level to learn Level 4 Quarter off this guy. Took forever to encounter him, got good luck, killed him... and realized I forgot to put Learning on a living character. Took a few more tries, but I did eventually get it. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-08 02:35:00 Archeoaevis was a fair bit of trouble. I had no problem cycling through his early forms with rods, but his final form kept kicking my butt. I couldn't remember if there was an easy strat available to me. The high-MP Aqua Breath seemed my best bet. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-08 02:39:49 I was still a half-hour away from Internet. I didn't want to advance to world 2 without knowing my fourth job, lest I leave behind something important. Instead, I did some errands that could be useful, depending on what my fourth job might be. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-11 03:16:11 Welcome to Tent Island Resort, home of camping accommodations famous in this world and the next. Unfortunately, there are no vacancies right now, except for one small room for two. I'm afraid your two friends will have to stay behind. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-11 03:21:28 This is it. The only fight in the entire game with neither Bartz nor Faris. You do have options with level 1 Galuf, depending on what jobs are available. Any rod class will do the trick. Elven Mantle and a shield gave me key blocks between two rods. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-11 03:24:57 Most of Big Bridge was a Breeze, but this fight was super-difficult with only two people. Basically, any time one character went down (usually to two jump attacks), it was impossible to recover. Probably should've learned Magic Hammer earlier. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-11 03:28:38 And my fourth job is... Bard! Actually kind of a waste here. With only two peeps, I can't be setting one aside for stat boosting songs, and I'm already plenty equipped for undead. Not the beefy shield-holder I was hoping for. No complaints, though. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-12 02:56:40 This fight was exactly as difficult as my desire not to use Elixirs. Aqua Breath cleared out the flowers every time, but that shit gets expensive. Ethers just weren't cutting it. Three Elixirs did the trick, though. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-15 03:00:19 For this two character challenge, if I do a full restore, I seek out a random encounter, kill Lenna and Galuf, and then flee. This was the first spot in the game where I had a non-random inescapable encounter right after a forced full restore. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-15 03:04:45 Immensely grateful for this little treasure. I can pass it back and forth between Bartz and Faris until I get a second one in the Pyramid. Oh, and Bard did come through big time against the usually scary undead Red Dragon here. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-16 03:07:59 Atomos wasn't nearly as difficult as I was fearing. All I had to do was get sleep to land, then go to town with Bio or whatever. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-18 03:29:46 The Crystals fight went well, thanks to careful planning. Earth one was a gimme, and Shell and Curaga protected me as I spammed Firaga one target at a time. Then my mages switched roles, as Aqua Breath was my only good offense against the fire one. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-18 03:50:50 This part was super-dumb with level 1 Galuf. First time, I forgot to Give Galuf a job, which he should technically have. Technically a rules violation, I guess? That alone wasn't enough to reset, but also, I didn't think to do the Bone Mail trick... #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-18 03:50:52 I decided it would be faster to redo the Crystals fight and use Bone Mail rather than slog through 90 damage hits. So I restarted... But the Bone Mail trick doesn't work on this version! I had to slog anyway. Thankfully, there's an "auto" function. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-19 03:03:19 Just for the fun of it, I decided to pay Gil Turtle another visit. This one went muuuuch quicker, thanks to Turtle's vulnerability to ice, with 2000 damage a pop. I actually came out ahead this time, although really, it's about sending a message. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-19 03:11:58 I crossed Big Bridge on my way to Exdeath's castle. Never thought of visiting it later. Bonus awesome for being able to cue Gilgamesh music on demand! Also, since Galuf ran out of lives, now I kill off Krile, which I feel much less bad about. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-24 15:00:35 I almost always fight Gilgamesh here, which ensures his appearance during the Necrophobe fight in the Void. This time, for a lark, I decided to skip it. A gamble with only two characters, but I have no shortage of elemental attacks for Necrophobe. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-24 15:03:11 I have a bit more to say about this fight, which I'll do on my main account once Fiesta's over. But for now, suffice to say, Exdeath got mathed. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-24 15:08:03 Something to note for future two-character Fiestas. Once you arrive in world 3, all encounters are turned off. Thus, I have no way to dispatch Krile before Antlion. Maybe in the future I can leave that one monster-in-a-box in Tule for that purpose. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-24 15:15:37 Normally, I flee through the Pyramid to get Lenna back before returning to actually clear the dungeon. But with a two character Fiesta, I'm free to dig in right away. This does change my route a bit. Bard and Black Mage were the heavy hitters here. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-24 15:20:24 With the airship, I embarked on a world piano tour. How often is Crescent Island the last piano you get? Since I was back in Carwen anyway (for piano and Mighty Guard), why not pick up this elusive cottage while dancing to that catchy Carwen music? #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-24 15:24:30 Melusine was fine. Wendigo was fine. But this was a fight I was legit concerned about. You can cheese Omniscient, but this guy demands beats. I went full Shield plus Elven Mantle plus Mirage Vest plus maybe even Main Gauche as well. And I did win. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-24 15:26:43 And with Holy and Flare both collected, and with two characters worth of top gear (much cheaper than four characters), it is off into the Void I go! Even now, it's not too late to catch Blue Magic spells I missed along the way... right? #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-26 03:46:21 I wasn't expecting to kill Omega, but I did test a theory. I can't completely lock him out with Romeo's Ballad, but it does stop his counter-attacks. In one attempt, I got four hits of Thundaga on him this way. I'll come back to him after NXD. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-26 03:52:02 I decided not to cheese Azulmagia with Self-Destruct. Turns out, he was a bit difficult. I needed that second Hermes Sandals just to keep up. I had to open an old Fiesta file to figure out my last missing Blue spell, which I "Learned???!?!!?!??!" #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-26 03:54:06 And as soon as I got them, the Hermes Sandals came off, and the Reflect Rings came on. Well, after a casting of Mighty Guard for float. Poor, predictable Catastrophe. Always picks rock. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-26 03:56:40 I was feeling bold, so I went from a Twintania victory straight into the Void and to Necrophobe. But I paid for my hubris. Silly me, I got the jump with Hermes Sandals, but I just fired Magic Lamp twice, and never did Mighty Guard. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-27 03:39:44 Necrophobe was no problem, even without Gilgamesh. (Well, once I tossed up a Mighty Guard anyway.) One thing I noticed, in the SFC version, hiding with a Bard while everyone else is dead is an auto-flee. But it doesn't work that way in this version. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-27 03:44:03 I didn't get a ton of use out of Bard, compared to my other three jobs. But Apollo Harp is the way to go against Shinryu. Had to set up Berserk and Blink in the previous fight to fire them off quick enough with Auto. Main Gauche giving me an edge. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-28 06:19:04 At last, we come to the one true gatekeeper of two-character Fiesta. The tree-man himself, Neo Exditty. I'm going to comment heavily here because I think it's interesting. First, White Hole is a massive pain, but at least Aegis Shield stops petrify. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-28 09:28:50 And there I was, later that same night, back at attempt #2. Tree form hadn't given me too much trouble, provided that I had Hermes Sandals and Libra and strong single attacks, and thus could time my attacks to skip his hellbent mode consistently. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-29 02:27:48 Attempt #3 went super quick. Exdeath landed on his spell track where he just does White Hole every turn. If it was Faris with Aegis Shield, I could sorta keep up. But Bartz took two turns to recover each time. There was no way to stay ahead there. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-29 03:53:36 Continuing my Monday night commute home, attempt #4 went much like attempt #3. Exdeath wasn't quite on the White Hole every turn train, but he was doing it often enough that I couldn't survive. I'd have to get lucky with White Hole AND Meteor. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-30 03:32:45 Immediately after attempt #4, I jumped into attempt #5. Got through tree form again. Fired off Magic Lamp immediately to reduce NXD's magic attacks. So far, so good. #FF5FJF2019
2019-08-30 03:32:47 Grand Cross number one has me super-concerned. I assume that discoloration on Bartz is old status? I have no way of restoring lost levels, so I had to cure that immediately with Esuna, leaving Frog Faris to die for a while.
2019-08-30 03:32:49 I got everyone recovered just in time to eat an Almagest. But with Mighty Guard going, it's actually the least of my worries. (Well, except when NXD does Dispel followed immediately by Almagest. That sucks.)
2019-08-30 03:32:51 Another Grand Cross. I foolishly queued a Firaga while I knew GC was coming, maybe hoping I could quickly kill the GC part since I knew it was getting low. Better to just wait and have an item-using member at the ready.
2019-08-30 03:32:53 Aaaand Meteor, right on schedule. Faris was dead on contact. Whatever bug seems to result in the first member getting more targets seems to affects Meteor hits as well. Will Bartz survive this time?
2019-08-30 03:32:55 Holy crap! It happened!! All four Meteor hits landed on Faris. Bartz got hit for a tiny amount right after, but still had plenty of juice for Arise. This crew of two is still in it!
2019-08-30 03:32:56 Interestingly, Grand Cross part was already on the verge of death when Meteor came flying in. Just another shot or two, and I was down to two hopefully manageable portions. I still don't know which part did Meteor, or whether there's another one in my future.
2019-08-30 03:32:58 You'll notice the time stamp in the corner moved along a couple hours. Just after crossing the Grand Cross hurdle, my commute was done. I stepped off the bus knowing I had the run in hand. Still, I did my usual evening routine before picking up again.
2019-08-30 03:33:00 Watching NXD's HP very closely. The fewer turns I allow him, the better, but I still have to ensure I get everything right. Lower Almagest section to near death, then lower front section to near death, then fire Holy/Firaga back-to-back.
2019-08-30 03:33:02 And I did it!! Bartz and Faris had all the tools they needed to do anything except survive Meteor or a barrage of White Hole. All I had to do was get lucky on those two things, and Blue/White/Black magic could do the rest.
2019-08-31 15:45:22 Here was my 2 Live Crew. Took some work on Neo Exdeath, and I was unable to beat Omega, but everything else went great. I'd like to try two-character Fiesta again next year. I'm just nervous about how difficult it'll be without top tier jobs. #FF5FJF2019