The best Synth Shop for specialty items is near the
end of the game, when you travel through Memoria. The
only problem is that you have to find an optional Boss,
Hades, to get it. When you defeat him, Hades will "open
up" a synth shop offering the following items:
|Robe of Lords
||White Robe, Black Robe
||Teaches Reflect-Null and Concentrate.
Highest defense for magic users: +46 Defense, +5 Magic
Defense, +1 Strength, +1 Speed
defense for a knight/lancer: +62 Defense, +32 Evade, +27
Magic Defense, +17 Magic Evade
||Dark Matter, Rebirth Ring
||Teaches Mag Elem-Null, Long
Reach and Half MP
||Pumice Piece x 2
||Teaches Bahamut and Healer
||Teaches Ramuh and Thundara
and High Tide
||Teaches Shiva and Blizzara
||Ore, Eye Drops
||Ore, Dead Pepper
||Teaches Ability Up and Accuracy
Absorbs Shadow Damage.
|Save the Queen
||Javelin, Silver Gloves
||Beatrix's Sword - teaches nothing
and cannot be equipped by anyone else. Merely a novelty.
||Phoenix Down, Gysahl Greens
||Echo Screen, Vaccine
||One of the few places
you can actually purchase Ethers (along with Stilzkin)
find Hades, you have to go to the room where Quina thinks
s/he is swimming underwater. Go into the alcove behind the
coral on the right and face Zidane towards you, as if walking
forward. You'll have to repeatedly tap the X button while
moving back and forth along the wall until you get a response.
You'll get one opportunity to refuse to fight.
In this fight, you'll probably want to stick with magic or
special attacks. If so, place everyone in the back row to
take some of the brunt off of his devastating Cleave attack.
The best skills to have equipped include Clearheaded, Loudmouth,
Antidote, Auto-Life, Auto-Regen, and Auto-Potion. Since a
number of Hades' attacks have to be charged up with his sword,
Auto-Haste is also a good idea. It'll allow you even more
turns between attacks. Equip everyone with equipment that
will absorb Shadow Damage, like the Ninja Gear, Egoists Armlet
or Pumice Pieces.
|Experience Gained: 65,535
|Stolen Items: Robe of Lords, Battle Boots, Running
Shoes, Reflect Ring
Hades likes to charge his sword to cast either Curse or Doomsday.
With you Shadow-enhanced equipment, Doomsday shouldn't be
much of a problem. Curse, on the other hand, will leave you
with every bad status in the book. Equipping as many of the
status-canceling abilities will help, but you'll still need
to use Remedies or the Mini Spell to cure the Mini Status.
Having Quina cast Angel's Snack will do this all in one shot.
Your main goal is to have Zidane stealing at all times. Equip
him with Master Thief and Bandit to aid in stealing some great
items. If you use Steiner, equip him with the Ragnarok and
use Shock, which should cause around 8000 - 9999 points of
damage each turn. Another plan would be to have Vivi and Garnet/Dagger
in together. Have Garnet/Dagger cast Reflect on herself and
give Vivi the Reflect X 2 ability. Have him cast Flare on
Garnet/Dagger and bounce it at Hades for double damage (anywhere
between 6000 - 9000).
The whole battle comes down to causing as much damage as
possible initially and then recovering from castings of Curse
and Doomsday. If you keep either Eiko or Garnet around, this
shouldn't be too hard. Just make sure to equip Shadow-proof