Final Fantasy 8

Esthar City - Seeking Treatment at Lunar Base

Items:
1x Pet Pals Vol. 5, 1x Pet Pals Vol. 6, 1x Occult Fan IV, 1x Ward's Card, 1x Solmon's Ring

Magic:
Blizzard - Esthar's main compound.
Curaga - within Esthar, refer to walkthrough
Quake - outside Dr. Odine's Lab.
Tornado - hidden, at shopping compound.
Life - at the walkway (Tear's Point)
Reflect - at the statue at Tear's Point

Save Pts:
Shopping Compound (hidden)
Inside Presidential Palace.
Right Side of Esthar from Odine's Lab.

GFs:
Doomtrain

Notes:
Malboro's Tentacles allows Quistis to learn Bad Breath.


Esthar City
Bite Bug - Fire*, Scan
Gayla - Thunder*, Sleep, [Meltdown]
Mesmerize - Cure*, Esuna, Life, {Dispel}

Great Plains of Esthar
Malboro - Bio, Demi, {Quake}
Mesmerize - Cure*, Esuna, Life, {Dispel}
Caterchipillar - Thunder*, Cure*, [Slow], {Stop} (near mountains)
Hexdragon - Fire*, Protect, Shell, {Reflect --> Flare} (near mountains)


Next you will meet up with someone familiar.. Dr Odine and his assistant, Aide and he will invited Squall and his party into a flying car. They will be heading for Esthar's Presidential Palace.

At the high-polished building, you will have a sequence. Odine will tell Squall that necessary arrangements have been made at Lunar Gate which will take Squall to Lunar Base. Meanwhile, they will asked Squall to leave Rinoa at the Presidential Palace. Have a card game with Odine [don't vomit over the rules!] and get Ward's Card.

 __________________      _______________________
|                  |    |                       |
|President's Room  |____|  Presidential Palace    --> Elevator
|                   ____   | OIV             |  
|__________________|    |_______________________|

OIV stands for Occult Fan IV. You need to wander around all parts of Esthar and return back here.. you will find Odine's assistant regarding the misplacement of magazines. After he leave, you will find the Occult Fan IV.

Now in this huge city, you surely need a map for entering. How should we begin?. Elevators are very important, as walking for such long distances can be tiring [our hands are already quite sore on the Boost section..]. The left path leads to the President's room, where you find soldiers guarding it. Head right and board the elevator and followed by CGI of the elevator moving into the city. Here is the map of city.

Esthar City Map
______________________________________________________________________
|                            <E>                        |LEGEND       | 
|           _ _ _ _ _         |          _ _ _          |-------------|
|          |         \        |         /    |          | E   Elevator|
|          |         [2]--- [ 1 ]--- [10]    |          | []  Area    |
|          |          E               E|     |          | --  Path    |
|          |                           |     |          |             |
|         [3]-- [4] -- [5]            [9]-- [11]        |             |
|          |            |              |     |          |             |
|          |            [6]__          |    [12]        |             |
|   [20]--[17]E________/     \_[7]_____|     |          |             |  
|          |_             ______/      |     |          |             |
|            |           /             |     |
|            \_ [16]-- [15]-- [14] --[8]----[13]        |             |
|                        |            |                 |             |
|                      [18]          [19]               |             |
|                                     |                 |             |
|                                  WORLD MAP            |             |
|_______________________________________________________|_____________|

[1] It is the main compound of the city, there is a Draw Point here. [Blizzard] Most of them are card players.

[2] Left Elevator Junction. Just go to the elevator and pick your destination.

To Odine's Laboratory
Via Airstation
Via Inner Skyway

[3] The area with the red pipe of the left.

[4] A busy street and you will be able to view the picture of the main city.

[5] A path with a yellow travelling duct on the left with the elevator.

[6] A busy street with the town folks being dressed in green.

[7] A street with yellow duct on the right. You will find a draw point [Curaga]

[8] The Front Gate of Esthar City, exit to the Rent-A-Car station. Head here after done with your shopping. Right of it is the Esthar Shopping Mall. Here are the prompts:

To Presidential Palace
To Shopping Mall
To Odine's Laboratory
Cancel

[9] The path heading upwards with intersecting the path below. On the sides were the green pipe and the yellow pipe.

[10] Right Wing Elevator Junction. Just go to the elevator and pick your choice.

To City Entrance
via Shopping Mall
via Inner Skyway

[11] Screen with the red pipe on the right of the street.

[12] Red pipe on the right and a trace of the green pipe. There is a construction works.

[13] The Shopping Mall. Refer below for more details.

[14] The horizontal street with the "LEFT SIDE" and "RIGHT SIDE" letterings on the pipe.

[15] Odine's Labortary Elevator Junction

To Presidential Palace
To City Entrance
To Airstation
Cancel

[16] Here you will find a stop for the elevator and the Save Point.

[17] The red pipe on the right with the elevator. The left path leads to the Airstation.

To Presidential Palace
To Odine's Labortary
Cancel

[18] Entrance of Odine's Labortory. Can't enter it yet. A guard prevent you from doing so. There is a Draw Point here. [Quake]

[19] The Rent-A-Car Platform. To rent a car, examine the panel and pay 3,500 gil to rent a car. If you want to walk. Stand on the platform, and choose first option to exit the town. There will be an CGI of the elevator platform moving.

[20] Esthar Airstation. You will know the usage of it later.

<E> E stands for the elevator.

Well hopefully you should have no problem, by using my map. Now I suggested that you do some shopping, so head for the Shopping Mall!


Shopping Mall
Just simply approach any of the shops and you will be asked to do shopping or not [left: YES, right: NO] Next you will be shown this screen.

   _________________________________________________________
  |            S H O P P I N G    D I R E C T O R Y         |
  |   _________________              ___________________    |
  |  | Rinnin's Store  |            |  Cloud's Store    |   |
  |  |_________________|            |___________________|   |
  |   _________________              ___________________    |
  |  |  Johnny's Shop  |            |  Don Juan's Shop  |   |
  |  |_________________|            |___________________|   |
  |   _________________              ___________________    |
  |  |  Karen's Shop   |            |  Cheryl's Store   |   |
  |  |_________________|            |___________________|   |
  |                     ____________                        |
  |                    |    EXIT    |                       |
  |                    |____________|                       |
  |_________________________________________________________|

Just simply choose the shop and pick them to shop by pressing the X button. Here is the shopping list. Visit all shops and you will get a bonus item if you are lucky. Well, you will be quite surprised to find the name, Cloud in the Shopping Directory. Anyway Cloud is not a usable character in FF8 as we know.....


The Shopping Mall's Shopping List
For the complete shopping list, refer to Part II for more details.

* NOTE: Without GF Tonberry's Familiar Faces

 ________________
/ Rinnin's Store \_____________________________________________________
|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Name of Item   |  Functions                             | Cost/Sell  |
|----------------|----------------------------------------|------------|
| G-Potion       |  Restores 200 HP for GF                | 200 / 100  |
| G-Hi-Potion    |  Restores 1,000 HP for GF              | 600 / 300  |
| G-Returner     |  Remove K.O status for GF              | 500 / 250  |
| Pet House      |  Restores all GFs' HP. Use at a Save   | 1000/ 500  |
|                |  Point.                                |            |
| Ammonisa Grass |  Makes GF forget an ability            | 1000/ 500  |
| HP-J Scroll    |  Allows GF to learn HP-J               | 5000/ 2500 |
| Str-J Scroll   |  Allows GF to learn Str-J              | 5000/ 2500 |
| Vit-J Scroll   |  Allows GF to learn Vit-J              | 5000/ 2500 |
| Mag-J Scroll   |  Allows GF to learn Mag-J              | 5000/ 2500 |
| Spr-J Scroll   |  Allows GF to learn Spr-J              | 5000/ 2500 |
| Pet Pals Vol.5 |  Rinoa's Limit Breaks manual           | 1000/ 500  |
| Pet Pals Vol.6 |  Rinoa's Limit Breaks manual           | 1000/ 500  |
|----------------|----------------------------------------|------------|
 _______________
/ Cloud's Store \______________________________________________________
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
| Name of Item   |  Functions                             | Cost/Sell |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
| Potion         | Restores HP by 200                     | 100 / 50  |
| Phoenix Down   | Removes K.O status                     | 500 / 250 |
| Eyedrop        | Cure Darkness                          | 100 / 50  |
| Soft           | Cure Petrify                           | 100 / 50  |
| Remedy         | Cure all status aliments               | 1000/ 500 |
| Tent           | Restores All HP. Use at Save Point     | 1000/ 500 |
| Fuel           | Restore lost fuel for rented vehicles  | 3000/1500 |
| General Ammo   | Use in Irvine's Limit Breaks           |   20/10   |
| Shotgun Ammo   | Use in Irvine's Limit Breaks           |   40/20   |
| Darkness Ammo  | Use in Irvine's Limit Breaks           |  300/150  |
| Flame Ammo     | Use in Irvine's Limit Breaks           |  500/250  |
| G-Potion       | Restores GF's HP by 200                |  200/100  |
| G Hi-Potion    | Restores GF's HP by 1000               |  600/300  |
| G-Returner     | Removes K.0 status for GF              |  500/250  |
|----------------|----------------------------------------|-----------|
 _______________
/ Johnny's Shop \______________________________________________________
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
| Name of Item   |  Functions                             | Cost/Sell |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
| Potion         | Restores HP by 200                     | 100 / 50  |
| Hi-Potion      | Restores HP by 1000                    | 500 / 250 |
| Phoenix Down   | Removes K.0 status                     | 500 / 250 |
| Antidote       | Cures Poison                           | 100 / 50  |
| Soft           | Cures Petrify                          | 100 / 50  |
| Holy Water     | Cures Curse/Zombie                     | 100 / 50  |
| Remedy         | Cures all status aliments              | 1000/ 500 |
| Tent           | Restores all HP. Use at a Save Point   | 1000/ 500 |
| Pet House      | Restores all GFs' HP. Use at a Save Pt | 1000/ 500 |
|----------------|----------------------------------------|-----------|

Don Juan's Shop
PS: This is a weapon upgrading shop. For more information on weapon 
    upgrading refer to Part II.

 ______________
/ Karen's Shop \_______________________________________________________
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
| Name of Item         |  Functions                       | Cost/Sell |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
| Weapon Mon Mar       | Guide in upgrading your weapons  | 1000/ 500 |
| Weapon Mon Apr       | Guide in upgrading your weapons  | 1000/ 500 |
| Weapon Mon May       | Guide in upgrading your weapons  | 1000/ 500 |
| Weapon Mon Jun       | Guide in upgrading your weapons  | 1000/ 500 |
| Weapon Mon Jul       | Guide in upgrading your weapons  | 1000/ 500 |
| Weapon Mon Aug       | Guide in upgrading your weapons  | 1000/ 500 |
| Combat King 001      | Zell's Limit Breaks manual       | 1000/ 500 |
| Combat King 002      | Zell's Limit Breaks manual       | 1000/ 500 |
| Combat King 003      | Zell's Limit Breaks manual       | 1000/ 500 |
| Pet Pals Vol. 1      | Rinoa's Limit Breaks manual      | 1000/ 500 |
| Pet Pals Vol. 2      | Rinoa's Limit Breaks manual      | 1000/ 500 |
|----------------------|----------------------------------|-----------|

Cheryl's Shop: CLOSED for the Time Being. I guess it could be the 
               my mistake for reading the shop title carefully. In fact
               one of the shop has the Centra Shop logo, which means
               adding this shop, there are 5 Item Shops!


Now head for the Tears' Point, which is located at the south-east of the World Map from the city. Make sure you have accquired the Mug ability from the Diablos. If not try to gain some levels. SAVE your game. BTW, it is safer to drive a car! [Note that you can't get into any random battles through driving a car.] (make sure you have enough Fuel, which will automatically be used..)

Now exit the city and head to the outskirts of the city. Next head south-east of the continent of the World Map. It's called the Tears' Point. Next examine the Draw Point [Life] along the path and head up. Now in front of the statue, examine the Draw Point [Reflect] and pick up the Solomon's Ring. Next you need to steal Malboro Tentacles with the Diablos' Mug ability. After you reach the requirements shown in the table below, you will be able to summon the Doomtrain by using the Solomon's Ring.


Getting Doomtrain
Requirements for GF Doomtrain
Quantity Name of Item
1xSolomon's Ring
6xRemedy +
6x Steel Pipe
6xMalboro Tentacles

Before you can get Doomtrain, make sure you have the following abilities:

GF Alexander

GF Siren

GF Diablos

Magic

* Don't include any ST-Def-J for the remaining characters, especially Sleep! Junction the above all to one member. Have the spells mentioned above to one character. Sleep, Berserk, Confuse and Silence (if necessary)

To Defeat Malboro

At the battle:
Once you encounter a Malboro, you will find yourself in deep shit. The Malboro will cast Bad Breath on all members. All members except for the member whom was protect with all the protection will be under a haywire series of pain (which includes all status ailments, except for Petrify and Doom). Now have that character use the Treatment [Esuna/Remedy for those without Treatment] command on himself/herself Next cast Treatment on other members. Next mug the Malboros. If the Malboro use the Eerie Sound Wave or Dissolving Acid, cast Curaga on that character [BTW, summon Cerberus beforehand, to make life easier.] or if you have Recover, will be much better. Selphie can do her part as the best support character. Just Mug and hold L2 and R2 to escape. For those whom want to defeat the Malboro, just attack and draw-cast Demi from the Malboro [summon GF Diablos could be a waste of time..]. After sometime, the Malboro will start to use Bad Breath once again. For how to junction, refer to Basic Tutorial at Section 1.0

1x Solomon's Ring:
It is stated above in the walkthrough.
6x Steel Pipe:
You can get it by using Mug Command on Wendigo [green gorillias with yellow spots, found at the deserts of the Great Plains of Galbadia]. You can also refine Elastoid's Card for a 1:1 ratio.
6x Malboro Tentacles:
For those whom have problems in getting this, you can refer to my Monsters FAQ. Refer to the paragraph under "At the battle"
6x Remedy +:
For this case, you need to get at least 60 Remedy [which can be brought from the shop.] Next use Alexander's Med LV Up to convert them to Remedy+ in a 6:1 ratio manner.

So you have all the requirements huh? Just use that item from the Item Menu just like for Diablos and you will summon the Doomtrain! The Doomtrain can be gotten in Disc 4 even if you haven't gotten the Solomon's Ring during this visit. But if you do not have Alexander, I suggest you have get it at Disc 4 [but it will be difficult.]. One more reminder, Malboros have very low encounter rate and they will not appear here anymore after your space visit. Head for Lunar Gate.

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