Final Fantasy 8

Ultimate Weapon Upgrading

This really too maddening! I have virtually received over 200 e-mails on weapon upgrading... Is it that hard? It also took me a day to understand the system [JP version, I don't know much about Japanese!] Here you will only find answers to the Ultimate Weapons [final weapons for each character] and how to get the ingredients.

First of all, I need to start off with the following facts [some of them are good news and bad news..]

1. You don't necessary need the Weapon Mon Magazines to get the weapons. I have actually play back an old file [which I have forgotten to get the magazine, Weapon Mon 1st Issue]. As a result, I ended training and gotten numerous amounts of ingredients for the Lion Heart. As I was about to tune up Irvine's weapon, Exector, which is found Weapon Mon Aug. I found the Lion Heart is upgradable... as I have gotten the requirements! So it is not necessary to get them unless you have gotten the requirements.

2. Squall's Lion Heart can't be gotten in Disc 1... Why? In Disc 1, you are only limited to traveling within the Galbadia Continent which makes it impossible to get to the ingredient, "Dragon Fang". However, it's possible to get it at Disc 2 onwards. I have found another place to encounter Blue Dragons. Plus it applies to almost all other characters. You may need to play card intensively... by getting over 20x Elynole's Card [that's mad..] and convert them through Card-Mod-RF. Still, I would prefer to get the first few weapons before that fight begins.

3. Rare Items such as Moon Curtains, Med Kit, Doc's Code can't be gotten from battles, instead you need to undergone a couple of refinement process. This makes me earned for the Accessories to come back. This will work much easier if you have gotten a Pocketsation. [unfortunately, I don't own one.]. For those whom have read the Monsters FAQ (also found in GameFAQs), you will seen the ultimate disaster in getting 1x Holy War..

4. Certain weapons required items are very hard to get... Examples are Adamantine, Energy Crystals etc. [the monsters that own them are even more tougher. One good example is the Ruby Dragon which has an awesome HP of 89,100 at Level 100] But it's possible to defeat it.


Locations of Junk Shops
Balamb Junk Shop - left of the screen of the town centre.
Deling Junk Shop - in the Parade road
Dollet Junk Shop - found within Noutilus
FH Junk Shop - found on the right of town centre, cross the planks
Esthar Junk Shop - it's Don Juan's Shop!
Man at Garden - it's the Card Magician Joker! You will find him at the Training Center (randomly)

I hope you basically know what the menu setup looks like. If not, refer to the diagrams below [this diagram looks identical to the Junk Shop

menu]:

   ___________________________________________________
  |                 Title of Junk Shop                |
  |___________________________________________________|
  |  Squall Lionhart                                  |
  |___________________________________________________| 
  |               |                                   |  
  | Steal Pipe    |    Revolver            100        | 
  | 1        (3)  | |> Keer Trigger        200        |
  |               |    Cutting Trigger     400        |
  | Screws        |    Flame Saber         600        |
  | 2        (30) |                                   |
  |               |___________________________________|
  |               | Strength 45%  -> 48%^             |
  |               | Accuracy 255% -> 255%             |
  |_______________|___________________________________|



Well, time for some explanations. The numbers in the brackets are those that you have in your ITEM inventory. If the numbers on the left exceed the numbers in the brackets, then you will be unable to perform an upgrade.

In case, my English is a bit too hard to understand...

      _ _ _ _ _ the name of the ingredient
 ____/_____________
| Adamantine       |
| 1           (0)  |
  |             \_ _ _ _ _ avaliable in your item inventory
  |__ requirements



In this above case, you can't perform an upgrade. The weapon [as you may guess it's the Lion Heart]. Why, you don't have the item produce an upgrade. (0) is definitely less than 1. It is pretty easy to understand.

If that's not clear, there's nothing I can do...

Note that you can degrade your weapon back to it's original form, but the used materials will be gone forever. If the number 48 is yellow in color, that means there is an increase in attacking power. But if the color of the digits is red, that means that your previous upgraded weapon is much better than the weapon you have chosen to upgrade to. [For example, Flame Saber is obviously a better weapon compared to the Cutting Trigger.]

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE (regarding combat) You can't get an item from a monster by winning IF you had to steal from a monster during combat. How to equip Mug? Refer to the Basic Tutorial.

Examples:

1. You fought 2x Adamantoise and you mug one of them [get an item, let's say Whisper for an example.]. You will not get Adamantine even though you have defeat the other one. Adamantine can be ONLY obtained if you defeat BOTH Adamantoise and do not mug them!
2. You fought 1x Ruby Dragon and you mug it [get: Inferno Fang] and when you defeat it you get nothing.
3. You fought 1x Ruby Dragon and defeat it. You will mostly get Fury Fragment or Inferno Fang [between level 20 ~ 40] or Energy Crystal [level 80 and above]

Okay, time for the requirements..


Lion Heart - Squall Leonhart
Name: Adamantine
Quantity needed
: 1x
What it does: Allows GF to learn Vit +60%
Where to get it: Defeat 2x Adamantoise / Mug BGH251F2 during FH (Disc 2)
Encounter Monster: Long Horn Island, it's located in the north-western area of Galbadia. North from the forest at Dollet, you will find a stretch of land that resembles a horn. You will encounter it on the shores (rarely)

Card Mod: Minotaur's Card --> 6x Adamantine
Refine: 10 Orihalcons -> 1x Adamantine [GFAbil Med-RF].


Name: Dragon Fang
Quantity needed
: 4x
What it does: A dragon fang with recovery force
Where to get it: Defeat 1x Blue Dragon
Encounter Monster:
- Island closest to Hell (about 1/10 chance)
- Winter Island (where you find the Shumi Tribe), go near the mountains. (about 3/10 chance)

Card Mod: n/a
Refine: n/a


Name: Pulse Ammo
Quantity needed
:12x
What it does: Ammo that contains powerful energy.
Where to get it:
Through Ifrit's Ammo-RF [you must gotten F Mag-RF]
* 1x Power Generator --> 20x Pulse Ammo
* 1x Laser Cannon --> 5x Pulse Ammo
* 1x Energy Crystal --> 10x Pulse Ammo

Encounter Monster: I would recommend you to get Energy Crystal as there is a huge variety of monsters that possess it. The rest considered "extremely" rare. To get Energy Crystal:
- Defeat Level 80 and above Ruby Dragons/ Behemoths
- Defeat Level 50 and above Elynoles

I would go for Elynoles as there is a secret area where you can encounter them to as much as you want! Refer to Section 5.10 for more details. If you have problem doing that, level up to level 80 and the commonly found Ruby Dragons. [you can encounter more frequently at hilltops of Esthar.]

Card Mod: 10x Elynole's Card --> 1x Energy Crystal
Refine: n/a


Shooting Star - Rinoa Heartilly
Name: Windmill
Quantity needed
: 2x
What it does: Windmill containing wind energy
Where to get: Defeat Abyss Worm/ Thrustaevis
Encounter Monster:
Abyss Worm
Galbadia- Dingo Desert (Outside D-District Prison)
Esthar- Khaskabald Desert

Thrustaveis
Great Plains of Galbadia
Galbadia- Montersou Plateau (hilltops)

Card Mod:
1x Abyss Worm's Card -> 1x Windmill
1x Pandemona's Card -> 100x Windmill

Refine: n/a


Name: Regen Ring
Quantity needed
: 2x
What it does: Allows GF to learn HP +20%
Where to get
Defeat Torama
Defeat Chimera
Defeat Mesmerize

Encounter Monster:
Torama: Great Plains of Esthar (after Lunar Cry)
Chimera: Island closest to Heaven/ Khaskabald Desert
Mesmerize: Trabia-Bika Snowfields/Hawkwind Plains.

Card Mod: 10x Chimera -> 1x Regen Ring
Refine: n/a


Name: Force Armlet
Quantity needed
: 1x
What it does: Allows GF to learn Spr +40%
Where to get: Defeat Malboro/Ochu Brought at Esthar Pet Shop with Familiar for 20,000 gil.
Encounter Monster: Malboro/Ochu - Island closest to Heaven
Card Mod: n/a
Refine: 10x Mag-J Scrolls -> 1x Force Armlet [GFAbil Med-Ref]


Name: Energy Crystal
Quantity needed
: 2x
What it does: Allows GF to learn SumMag +30%
Where to get it:
Defeat Behemoth (rare).
Defeat Elnoyle.
Defeat Ruby Dragon (Level 80 and above)

Encounter Monster:
Behemoth/Elnoyle - Esthar City
Ruby Dragon - Esthar- Nortes Mountains /Island closest Hell.

Card Mod: 10x Elnoyle's Card --> 1x Energy Crystal
Refine: n/a


Ehrgeiz - Zell Dincht
Name: Adamantine
Quantity needed
: 1x
What it does: GF learns Vit +60% Ability
Where to get it: Defeat 2x Adamantoise / Mug BGH251F2 during FH (Disc 2)
Encounter Monster:
Long Horn Island, it's located in the north-western area of Galbadia. North from the forest at Dollet, you will find a stretch of land that resembles a horn. You will encounter it on the shores (rarely)

Card Mod: Minotaur's Card --> 6x Adamantine
Refine: 10 Orihalcons -> 1x Adamantine [GFAbil Med-RF].


Name: Dragon Skin
Quantity needed
: 4x
What it does: Durable dragon skin
Where to get it: Defeat high levels Anacondaur. (rare)
Encounter Monster:
Galbadia- Hasberry Plains [forests and hilltops]
Timber- Vaulny Canyon [forests]

Card Mod: n/a
Refine: n/a


Name: Fury Fragment
Quantity needed
: 1x
What it does: -
Where to get it:
Mug Blue Dragon or Defeat (low levels) Ruby Dragon.
Defeat Grendel (rare).

Encounter Monster:
Blue Dragon - Trabia- Winter Island, Island closest to Hell.
Ruby Dragon - Island closest to Hell/Esthar- Nortes
Mountains/ Centra- Lenown Plains

Card Mod: 4x Blue Dragon's Card -> 1x Fury Fragment
Refine: n/a


Save the Queen - Quistis Trepe
Name
: Malboro Tentacle
Quantity needed: 2x
What it does: Allows Quistis to learn Blue Magic, Bad Breath.
Where to get it: Mug/Defeat Malboro
Encounter Monster: Island closest to Heaven/ Esthar- Grandid Forests
Card Mod: 4x Malboro's Card -> 1x Malboro Tentacle
Refine: n/a


Name: Sharp Spike
Quantity needed
: 4x
What it does: -
Where to get it: Defeat/Mug Death Claw/Grand Mantis.
Encounter Monster:
Death Claw - Galbadia Garden (Disc 2), Centra- Lenown Plains (forests)
Grand Mantis - Centra- Lenown Plains

Card Mod:
1x Grand Mantis' Card -> 1x Sharp Spike
1x Death Claw's Card -> 1x Sharp Spike

Refine: n/a


Name: Energy Crystal
Quantity needed
: 4x
What it does: Allows GF to learn SumMag +30%
Where to get it:
Defeat Behemoth (rare).
Defeat Elnoyle.
Defeat Ruby Dragon (Level 80 and above)

Encounter Monster:
Behemoth/Elnoyle - Esthar City
Ruby Dragon - Esthar- Nortes Mountains /Island closest Hell.

Card Mod: 10x Elnoyle's Card --> 1x Energy Crystal
Refine: n/a


Exector - Irvine Kinneas
Name: Dino Bone
Quantity needed
: 2x
What it does: Improves compatibility with Brothers by 3
Where to get it: Defeat T-Rexaur [mug at low-levels]
Encounter Monster:
Balamb- Accauld Plains (forests), Island closest to Hell
Balamb Garden- Training Center

Card Mod:
1x Armadodo's Card -> 1x Dino Bone
2x T-Rexaur's Card -> 1x Dino Bone
1x Sacred's Card -> 100x Dino Bones

Refine: n/a


Name: Moon Stone
Quantity needed
: 1x
What it does: Improves compatibility with Alexander +3
Where to get it: Mug Torama / Mug Elnoyle.
Encounter Monster:
Both - Esthar City
Torama - Great Plains of Esthar/ Deep Sea Deposit

Card Mod: n/a
Refine: n/a


Name: Star Fragment
Quantity needed
: 2x
What it does: Allows GF to learn SumMag +20%
Where to get it: Mug Iron Giant/ Defeat high levels T-Rexaurs
Encounter Monster:
Iron Giant - Deep Sea Deposit/Lunatic Pandora/Esthar City.
T-Rexaur - Balamb Garden- Training Center/ Balamb-
Accauld Plains/ Island closest to Hell

Card Mod: 3x Iron Giant -> 1x Star Fragment
Refine: n/a


Name: Screws
Quantity needed
: 18x
What it does: Allows you to remodel weapons
Where to get it: Mug or defeat Geezard / Defeat GIM-47N
Encounter Monster:
Geezard - Galbadia- Montersou Plateau/ Dollet- Hasberry Plains/ Great Plains of Galbadia/ Timber-Vaulny Canyon.

Card Mod: 1x Geezard's Card -> 5x Screws
Refine: n/a


Strange Vision - Selphie Tilmitt
Name: Adamantine
Quantity needed
: 1x
What it does: Allows GF to learn Vit +60%
Where to get it: Defeat 2x Adamantoise / Mug BGH251F2 during FH (Disc 2)
Encounter Monster:
Long Horn Island, it's located in the north-western area of Galbadia. North from the forest at Dollet, you will find a stretch of land that resembles a horn. You will encounter it on the shores (rarely)

Card Mod: Minotaur's Card --> 6x Adamantine
Refine: 10 Orihalcons -> 1x Adamantine [GFAbil Med-RF].


Name: Star Fragment
Quantity needed
: 3x
What it does: Allows GF to learn SumMag +20%
Where to get it: Mug Iron Giant/ Defeat high levels T-Rexaurs
Encounter Monster:
Iron Giant - Deep Sea Deposit/Lunatic Pandora/Esthar City.
T-Rexaur - Balamb Garden- Training Center/ Balamb-Accauld Plains/ Island closest to Hell

Card Mod: 3x Iron Giant -> 1x Star Fragment
Refine: n/a


Name: Cursed Spike
Quantity needed
: 2x
What it does: Allows Quistis to learn Blue Magic, Lv? Death Where to get it: Defeat Creeps, Death Claw, Forbidden Mug or defeat Tri-Face.

Encounter Monster:
Creeps - Ultemicia's Castle, Galbadia Garden
Death Claw - Centra- Lenown Plains, Galbadia Garden
Forbidden - Centra Ruins, Esthar- Nortes Mountains

Card Mod: 1x Tri-Face Card -> 1x Cursed Spike
Refine: n/a


Well, that's all for weapon upgrading. If it isn't clear, there is really nothing that I can do.

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