I wrote this, and please do not copy it and sell it or any such nonsense. Please use this if you are struggling to get ahead in this wonderful game or to get a sense of completion.
At this moment, there are two versions of this online. One at wikigameguides.com and one at wikicheats.gametrailers.com
If you are reading this guide before you start playing a new game, it is
advisable to make sure these things are done before you get to Yunalesca:
This guide bases on that you are done with Yunalesca, done talking to Maester Mika and being able to go fight with Sin. We obviously do not want to do that until we are a bit stronger. Let us start the guide!
Airship to Calm lands and make sure you capture at least 5 of each monster
Train a Chocobo(north calm lands), and go to Remiem Temple. To get there ride to the extreme southeast in calm lands, find chocobo feather, run out of the screen(east)and over the bridge. Go left to look at sphere. Go right and race the chocobo to get Cloudy mirror. Go into the temple and beat every available aeon.
Go to Macalania woods, help mother and child to find their man/father(they are standing straight north from Thunder plains, find the man where your party stayed while Tidus and Yuna had their kissy moment). Then help the mother and father find their boy, he is standing at a crossroad on the magical macalania road. Power up the cloudy mirror there. Then run around the forest and capture at least five of each monster here:
Walk to Thunder plains. And capture 5 of each monster:
Fly to Mt. Gagazet, run south and to the area between mt.gagazet and calm lands and down to the valley. Go get the Rusty sword(head is in the valley). Then run into the Cavern of the Stolen Fayth. Capture five of each and get Yojimbo if you skipped him earlier:
Go back to Zanarkand ruins, and get the last Chest from the temple there(to find out how check any decent walkthrough).
Go to Baaj Temple(X:14 Y:60), equip some stone ward on tidus and wakka(maybe even rikku) and save the game at the closest save point for easy reset. Jump in to the water and fight the monster, make sure you get no encounter weapon(or reset game and try again). Go inside and get Anima.
Go back to calm lands and race chocobo lady: get less than 0:00:0 and Tidus’s sigil. Tips:
After you get the sigil ride straight north/northwest to pick up Caladbolg. Ride to monster arena. Open the chest and talk to the guy. Ride to Remiem Temple
Beat Anima Aeon. Get Magus sisters from the door above the summonlady, then beat them. Send the woman to the farplane
Fly to Djose highroad, and head South west, to Mushroom rock. Capture 5 of
Head north as soon as possible, and get Aurons Masamune. Continue west, and then north again, to be on your way to the “Command center”. Go to the save sphere at the elevator.
Fly to Djose highroad and head east capturing(One or two of these monsters
(e.g. Ochu) can be found on the “real” Djose highroad north past the sign near Thunder Temple)
Fly to Mi’Hihen Highroad and capture five of
Get to the airship and enter GODHAND as password. Go there and get Rikku’s ultimate weapon.
Fly to Bikanel Island and Capture five of
Do the cactuar side quest, check out any decent walkthrough for this. Remember to capture the Cactuars. Use the No encounter weapon for this sidequest. Get Rikku’s Sigil in the valley there.
Go to Kilika and get 5 of
Go to Besaid and get five of
Go to Zanarkand Ruins and teleport to cave Exit. Run from here down to the foot of mt. Gagazet getting five of each:
Walk to Calm lands, and go to the monster arena dude, talk to him, and receive a lot of nifty items. Check over the “Fight monsters” to find out if you have any monsters you do not have 5 of, note them, and go get them. Get Nirvana from the chest before you leave.
Now for Wakka’s ultimate weapon. Go to Luca, and Aurochs locker room, find Wakka crest in one of the closets.
Enter Blitzball at a savepoint.
I will make this guide making an asumption you have not played blitzball up to this point at all and have not recived any prizes except the one you got for the Blitzballcup early in the game. Remember to save your game often while you are doing this:
When you have acquired all of these things, go to the bar at Luca square, go into the bar and talk to the bartender and get World Champion.
If I missed any Sigils for our characters, find a walkthrough to help you find them.
Head to Macalania and powerup the ultimate weapons for Yuna, Rikku, Auron, Tidus, Wakka.(You are welcome to get Kimahri’s and Lulu’s ultimate weapons, but not needed. I find both peoples sigils amazingly tedious to get)
Coordinates 70,35, Omega Ruins. At this point do not strafe to far away from the save sphere, and save the game between encounters! This way you wont loose any captures if you die(which you might). If you have them, equip = Berserk ward/proof, confu ward/proof and perhaps some poisonward in there. Capture one of each monster:
Ok, now its time for Wakka, Auron and Tidus to equip their ultimate’s. Head to Sin and Beat him to the ground. Then Beat him another hole.
When inside him make sure you capture one of each:
Do not proceed in the story. Before you leave make sure Yuna is leveled enough so that Anima has at least 180+ Strength
Head back to Monster Arena, and get more nifty items.
Now, make sure you equip ultimate weapons, and formation: auron, tidus,wakka.
Fight One-eye, switch auron for Yuna, Summon Anima, and just“attack” him. Get Triple AP weapons for wakka, Yuna and Tidus with 2 free slots, (if you like get one for everyone) sell of any equipment you
do not need.
Customize these 3 weapons with: Overdrive -> AP and Triple Overdrive
Equip these on Yuna, Wakka and Tidus. Then set overdrive mode to Comrade,and Stoic for Tidus. Fight Don Tonberry, and make Tidus Attack him; Wakka and yuna defend + revive Tidus. When Don Tonberry stops retaliating, flee from the fight. This will give alot of spherelevels,
You can do this much faster using this method, if you have the time. Then take the time to make Rikku kill alot of fiends. I mean up in the hundreds, if not even a thousand. Easiest way is to have an autocontroller fighting the first monster at monster arena over and over. Now make Rikku attack Don Tonberry instead of Tidus. Rikku's health should be low right? . Spherelevels will come very fast indeed.
Complete the sphere grid with all three characters(Yuna, Wakka and Tidus). Get activations spheres by extracting/distilling them from Kottos. Open Locks as you go. To get level X spheres you can (save before bribing incase of the horrific "miss"):
Now I go to Macalania to buy four slot armours(empty) for tidus/wakka/yuna from Watz.
Customize these for Auto-haste(Bribe – Machea - 360,000 – 60 Chocobo Wings)
Optional: put break HP-limit on armour(kill Shinryu for wings to discovery)
Go back to Omega and Sin to get 5 of each monster. The fiends should not pose to any real threat anymore, except for those who give you status afflictions. So have fun, but be careful.
Go back to monster arena. Buy 99 Clear Spheres, move Yuna, Tidus and Wakka to the same place in the sphere grid, preferably a corner. I use 99 dark matter on Yuna’s armour for Ribbon and get her Break HP limit. (its best to use the ribbons now, since all the monsters you will fight now + dark aeons might drop dark matter and you can not have more than 99)
During both this part and the next part Gil might be a problem. The best monster to fight for cash is the "mimic" at the Omega ruins. Make sure you switch in Rikku with her fully loaded ultimate weapon for the Gillionaire effect.
For those who really want to stat max, this next part will be very interesting indeed.
We will now perform the task of reengineering the sphere grid. We will use clear spheres to clear all HP 200 spheres, MP <40 spheres and any <4 spheres whilst upgrading! You can buy clearspheres from the monstertrainer
Equip Ultimate weapons, and Fight Juggernaught for 40 strength spheres (minus any you already have). Fill out Sphere grid with Strength spheres, and activate them as you go with Tidus, follow up with yuna and wakka.
Fight Tanket for 51 Defence spheres (use quick hit).
Use the same rule as above and fill out the sphere grid with them.
Fight One-Eye for Magic Defence Spheres. You need 46. But you might already have these, from when you kicked him around for weapons earlier.
Have anima learn haste(and reflect and slow if you are feeling protective)
Fight Jumbo Flan for 47 magic spheres, and this is how;
Quick hit Hornet for 59 accuracy.
Attack Fenrir for 42 agility
Pteryx will die for 44 evade
Kill Vidatu for 18 MP spheres
Kill Ironclad for 33 HP spheres (enough for 9999hp on all characters). If you want to max HP and have armor for this, please, keep killing him for more spheres
Kill Greater Sphere for 58 luck spheres.
And kill Earth eater for Fortune spheres 58 per character(at least 174)
Now do the sphere level trick with all your characters. What i usually do when I am done doing this I delete one or two of each statsphere to see if all my characters stats remain over 255. If so you might free up som space for more HP spheres.
Some people want to get the max amount of HP, and there is an easy way for this.
Some people cut off some of the statmaxing in LUCK, others in Accuracy and Evasion. In my honest opinion I would take off some of the statnodes in both Accuracy and Evasion for the HP 300 leaving the luck at 255(as this will most surely be enough to evade and hit everything).