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Old 05-29-2013   #1
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Obscure Final Fantasy IX Sidequest Finally Discovered

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news...lly-Discovered
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If you're in North America and think you've completed Final Fantasy IX, you may have missed a spot.

As with any geek-centered hobby, gamers are highly capable of compiling encyclopedic volumes of hidden facts. We've seen fans produce complex walkthroughs, analyze convoluted ARGs, and even speedrun entire games seemingly without breaking a sweat. So when it comes to a highly-recognized game like Final Fantasy IX, one would imagine that every nook and cranny was long ago scoured for its secrets. In this case, that isn't quite accurate. According to the Final Fantasy IX Ultimania, a detailed Japanese-exclusive game guide, there's an entire late-game sidequest that missed the collective radars of North American players. The omission is somewhat understandable however; the quest only activates upon entering FFIX's final dungeon, and advances over the course of nine trips back to the castle of Lindblum.

The game's relevant content is depicted in the attached video, but what isn't shown is how complex the quest's advancement becomes. Upon entering the final dungeon, the player must immediately turn around, return to Lindblum, and pay a visit to Nero brothers Zenero and Benero. If you then return to the dungeon, kill the Nova Dragon, and revisit the same location, the brothers are replaced by Genero, another sibling trying to find them. The sequence can be repeated up to nine times, with a new brother appearing at each iteration, slowly advancing as the dungeon is completed. Eventually, Zidane finally exclaims "That's one huge family", and a chest spawns in the Nero household with your well-earned reward.

It's totally understandable that this sidequest isn't common knowledge. Not only does it require multiple trips across Lindblum when you should be saving the world, there are a total sixteen scenes that help advance the quest. While only nine visits are needed to access the chest, I imagine only the most obsessive players would follow the trail to its end after any more than two. The advancement points are listed below for any game completionists out there, but their challenge won't be completing the quest; it will be still completing the game in the twelve hours required to unlock the powerful Excalibur II sword. Have at it, perfectionists!

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...so what the hell is the reward? Does the chest have anything of note?
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The chest contains a Protect Ring.
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Oh wow, that's kinda interesting.
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was it always in the game or did they add it to the port version of it on PSN?

if not someone should sue brady games for having an incomplete 'complete' guide for it... and give me most of the proceeds.
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I used to send in corrections to Prima guides all the time. It was almost like a bonus game, trying to find what they missed.
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lol, but an entire sidequest missed and hidden for like 15 years? makes me wonder what other secrets are still waiting to be found in other old games.
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lol, but an entire sidequest missed and hidden for like 15 years? makes me wonder what other secrets are still waiting to be found in other old games.
From what I read about this sidequest, it was actually known to the Japanese since the game was released (it is specifically mentioned in the Ultimania guide), so it was more a case of no one who came across the Japanese reference (or lack of English reference) putting 2 and 2 together.
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