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  1. Small but important thing, like important as in this should be mentioned in the OP and probably also included as part of a readme of some kind.
    The patch is for an Unheadered Rom, if you try and patch it on a Headered Rom you're probably just going to get a black screen on start-up.

    Easy way I check for this is just using a tool called TUSH (The Utility for SNES Headers) which lets you easily just select a Rom file and it will tell you if it's Headered or not and then lets you add or remove a Header as needed. (In this case you would be looking for Unheadered as I already mentioned, so if it says it has a Header just remove it and you should be good to go.)
    https://www.romhacking.net/utilities/608/

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  2. Personally I actually found the BNW Colosseum to be interesting, as it's more about trading out gear that you might not be using for something more interesting.

    Some good examples, lets say you want dual Orochis for Shadow, and you're not using Cyan's Masamune because you already have him on the Mutsunokami (Which you have because you didn't really care about Relm's Ross Brush.) so you can trade in that Masamune you're not using for that extra Orochi have have dual throwing knife action.
    Or you can trade out the Ninja Mask because your setups for both Locke and Shadow give them counters without the need for it, letting you get an extra Cat Hood so you can equip both Gau and Relm with one at the same time.
    Or maybe none of your character builds end up using the Atma(Omega) Weapon, so you can swap it out to a Mirage Vest. (Very relevant in the new version coming up)
    You don't use the Avenger, so you swap it out to a Wing Edge, which you can then swap to an extra Punisher. (Which them swaps back to the Avenger if you want.)

    And of course the list goes on.
    I guess my point to take away from this is don't look at the Colosseum as "I have to give up my good stuff to get anything" rather look at it as "Here is this piece of gear I'm not using, this lets me swap it out for something I will end up using more."

    Honestly I'd say the hardest part is that there's usually no taksies-backies in most trades, so you need to already have your characters builds figured out so you know what you will and won't be using and can make decisions accordingly, which can make it tough when you wanna try out something gimmicky but then 2 hours after the fact you realize it doesn't work out quite as well as you'd hope, in which case your best bet is to make a separate save before you fully commit to anything. (Which then can have the issue of needing to replay certain sections if you figure out something isn't working out too well much later after the fact even if you did make a separate save.)

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  3. You have to finagle it a bit, but one way you can figure out your EL spread is by removing all gear from a character (don't forget relics!) and then comparing what their current stats are vs their base stats. (character base stats are listed in the printme.)
    For HP and MP you have an extra step, first you look at the HP/MP you would have at your level (also in the printme), then you add the character's extra base HP/MP to that number, and then compare that number against your current HP/MP. (Or subtract it by that number to see how much extra you're getting.)
    Quick example of what I'm talking about, lets say I have a level 25 Terra with 890 HP and I wanna figure out how much of that is from EL, First I look at what HP I'd have at level 25 normally (680) then add her base HP to that (+60 for a total for 740) then subtract that from what her current HP is, 890 - 740 = 150, so I know she's getting an extra 150 HP from ELs which can be from 5 Unicorn ELs or 5 Phoenix ELs.

    This can be made easier if you have access to the character planner in the unlockme. (named BNWCP)

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  4. Maybe keep the minor random loot chests around that just contain consumables and Gil but appear at random and respawn, but major chests that contain gear and spells would be the 100% spawn chance one time only chests?
    Vanilla TZA already kinda does it like this, but many of the major chests still don't appear 100% of the time for some reason so you end up having to go through a specific room 2 or 3 times just to make sure you actually got everything.

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  5. I'll admit I tend to end up a bit overleveled myself in the WoB just because I wander around the dungeons more to make sure I got everything, especially Zozo and the IMTRF, in my last playthrough I think I had Gau at level 18 after the IMTRF just because I used him for both sections and basically had to stop using him for the rest of WoB just to stop him from getting overleveled. (Though the reduced encounter patch should hopefully help with this incidental grinding through exploration.)

    On Locke being so prevalent in the WoB, although he gets a lot of use here I think it's balanced out by how late you're normally going to get him in the WoR with Phoenix Cave usually being one of the later stops you make. (Unless of course you go out of your way to spelunk it early.)

    But basically if you want to avoid a character getting overleveled, you need to switch to a B-team whenever you go to the next location, switching off your higher level guys the just got done in one dungeon for the lower level guys in the next one.
    The unfortunate side effect of this is that is can kinda suck if you have a favorite character that you like to use, but at the same time you don't want them them to get overleveled and ROFLstomp everything they come across. (No.Exp Egg coming back when? :P )

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  6. Woah, and here have I been recently playing XII and noticing how unfortunately easy it is to overlevel and just roflstomp everything without even trying, and noting that regualr enemies usually die too fast for setting statuses on them to be worth it when you can just kill them in 2 hits.

    Unfortunately I only have the PS4 version of FFXII:TZA and not the PC version, so I won't be able to play it, but I'm definitely interested in how this continues to develop. (Certainly gives me a good reason to pick up the PC version on a sale at some point.)

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  7. I don't know about the other bosses, but it almost sounds like part of the problem with Hidon is that players aren't given a good reason to keep killing off the Hidonites throughout the whole fight after the first time, probably not something directly damage related but something strong enough that just getting damaged by Black Omen would be preferred.
    I don't know what exactly though, like maybe he starts using Rasp a bunch if the Hidonites are left alive for so long, and that timer gets reset after clearing them, so if you try to just leave one alive your MP starts getting drained away but if you keep on top of clearing them you don't lose as much of your resources over the course of the fight. (Or something along those lines anyway.)

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  8. I know it's just brainstorming, but I'm honestly not too keen on the idea of nerfing the Gem/Soul boxes mp reduction when it's already a late game item that you only get one of, especially if it's only for the sake of trying to make Chakra more appealing.
    Though if too much MP is really a problem I guess nerfing the Circlet to +25% mp could work to also make the Magic Cube a little more special, but then that creates a problem of why would you use the Circlet over the Red Cap in many instances.

    Another thing I wanna comment on is that I notice items are being considered as a factor of how MP self sustaining a character is, but many casual players including myself are going to prefer the free option when possible even by KT at least for randoms, so that right there is why I would consider using Chakra with someone like Terra or Celes so that way I could save my supply of items for the bosses.
    (And totally not also because I end up forgetting to stock up on items before going to KT and I'm already half-way through so I don't wanna have to go back, nope. :poker:)

    I think the main issue is it's just that Chakra and Mantra are all Stamina Sabin really have to offer with an added bonus of being able to decently hit a Holy weakness with Aura Bolt which can be nice.
    Maybe if Mantra leaned more heavily on Stamina instead of HP that would probably help, as it sounds like part of the problem is that Terrato Sabin steals some of Stam Sabin's thunder by being better at using Mantra, maybe change the its formula to 1/10 (Users Current HP + ((Stamina * 2) * Level))?
    Another thing that could indirectly buff Stam Sabin is maybe buffing Sonic Boom to more appropriate end game power levels to like 42 or even 45, about the same power as Setzer's pre-nerf Airship Slots, which I think is fair considering even with Magic gear on and the Nirvana Band Sabin ends up with around a whopping 39 magic and doesn't get it until level 30 besides, while Setzer has access to a +2 Mag esper and starts with his Def Ignoring wave clear option that also sets Sap and doesn't have to level up for it so it made sense there why 45 power was too much.

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  9. If possible, perhaps have it still respect resist if you only resist a single element and neutral the other, only going to neutral damage if you resist one/ weak the other.
    And maybe also keep Null one/Resist other to null the damage rather than resist.

    Or I guess maybe a more direct way of putting it, maybe have it be:
    Fire Resist + Wind Neutral = Resist
    Fire Null + Wind Resist = Null

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  10. If you keep this up you're going to have a bad time, and basically ruin the hack for yourself most likely, even level 10 is pretty high that early on in the game and that's about what level you're expected to be at when you return with Banon.

    Basically any issues you run into at this point are going to be on you, as the hack is designed that you can just go through the game fighting randoms along the way and you will always be around the level that's fair with room to grind for an extra 2 or 3 levels if you feel like things are a bit too hard for yourself.

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    I don't need advice, the encounter is simply broken

    This is a really bad attitude to put towards any game, not just limited to here.
    Assuming your strategy is already perfect when you're clearly having trouble and putting it at the fault of the encounter or the balance, rather than analyzing your approach and looking for ways to improve, is going to make things hard for you whether the game is something like Dark Souls, something more PvP oriented like Overwatch, or even a simple platformer like Mario. (Kind of a silly example I know, but the same philosophy can apply.)

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  12. I feel like we're partially losing sight here of what Stamina is even about, and asking it to be a better DPS stat is kinda missing the point of what it's even for in the first place, which is as a tanking stat against magic damage and statuses, while also offering some character specific utility. (Like Mog stumbling on Dance less.)
    Like for me, the reason I enjoy Stamina Strago is because it lets me put him in the front row without having to worry about him dying letting him get full damage from his Rod hits, combine that with a Black Belt and he throws out a decent amount of free counters besides while I have him do other things.

    I think part of the point of Unicorn Edgar is that he can be a good team tank, and with the newer inherent Cover bonus spears give he still gets both of his relic slots while other party members have to give up a slot for a Knight Cape or Hero Ring in order to do so, and besides that he gets the Gungnir which also gives him +50% hp at no downside, with the only other source of of +50% hp in the game having obvious big downsides that you have to build around to make it work.

    Also remember part of the point in this hack is you can never have your cake and eat it too, being immortal is going to come at a cost if you go all in on it, and in this case that cost is doing rather mediocre damage, in fact it could be argued trying to attack with your tank should feel like a wasted turn, because you did that instead of using any of his utility options so someone else who does have the better damage doesn't have to do it and can attack instead.
    Like have Edgar set slow instead of someone else, or have him open fights with Noiseblaster or Mute, that sort of thing, and leave the damage dealing to others that don't have to do the "Status Chores" because Edgar can already take care of them.

    I'm going to say something crazy here and actually state that Unicorn Edgar's low damage might really be a good thing, see I notice Edgar has this huge amount of status utility that doesn't rely on any of his stats that I don't think is really getting fully capitalized upon because he's usually regulated to a damage role of some kind. (In fact in BTB's own utility list Edgar has the highest total amount of utility available out of anyone.)
    Like suddenly what tool you use doesn't really have to do with trying to get out more damage anymore, you use Flash because you want to Blind enemies or Bio Blaster for the AoE Poison, not because of the damage itself.

    So yeah crazy rant over, now I really feel like I wanna try out Unicorn Edgar on my next playthrough. (Along with a front row Stam/Speed Relm that focuses on Brush healing. lol)

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  13. 2 hours ago, JohnFuklaw said:

    I agree with the above posts, unicorn edgar may be the tankiest character but he seriously likes an offensive presence, especially since Gungnir lost its "effective against floating enemies" property. It would be better if Edgar had 30 or 36 Stamina to begin with instead of his pitable 24, that way you could mix some Golem in there to give him a little more power for his chainsaw and counter-attacks. Using Phantom Celes on my current run and I can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that Vigor/Stamina is a perfectly excellent tank option. So my unsolicited two-cents is that higher base Stamina and Gungnir getting the extra damage effect from thrown weapons like it used to have (and maybe an increase to 180 BP) would make Unicorn Edgar an attractive and powerful C/C build, up there with Cyan and Celes.

    Would it work to just give the Gungnir +7 Stamina to give Edgar some more Stamina, or would Mog gain too much benefit from that as well?

    edit: Just taking this idea a little further, what are the thoughts on giving all spears some amount of Stamina?
    Like +2 to the Mythril Pike, +3 to the ele spears (Trident, Fire Lance, Longinus) +5 to the non-ele spears (Stout Spear, Partisan) and +7 to the Gungnir as I already mentioned above.
    Would this help defensive spear set-ups without being too much of a buff to Dragooning, or would this end up more under the territory of buffing something "just because" and not really serve any purpose?

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  14. I'm amused that this quick and dirty stat hack that was made as a joke is starting to slowly take off as more and more people keep trying it, and then it keeps getting small tweaks to make it more "fair".
    Maybe one of these days I should give it a shot as well since I have a problem of over exploring areas and getting a bit too much exp anyway.

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  15. Speed sorta has a soft cap now in terms of its raw effectiveness, with the example used being:
    Strago (31 speed) == 4 turns
    Terra (48 speed) == 5 turns
    Celes (71 speed) == 6 turns
    Shadow (126 speed) == 8.4 turns
    So I guess as far as speed is concerned you could try and aim for around 90~ as just a general min-max amount. (Though looking at the example it looks like you consistently get about 2 more turns for every +40 speed over 30, so it's not falling off too hard even if you commit to it.)

    Also keep in mind equipment makes a big difference in stats as well, a good example here being Shadow, as just putting 20 levels into Fenrir puts him at 82 speed so then if you feel like you don't need more speed than that you can equip him with Genji Armor to boost his Vigor and Stamina more and just ignore speed boosting gear.
    In short, you have to really go all in with both EL and equipment in order to hit numbers over 100 on a single stat, it's not like some games where the soft cap is something you can trip over easily just because you're investing in a preferred stat, and even if you do reach into the "soft cap" you're still getting about 90% effectiveness from it as opposed to something like only 50% effectiveness for investing past the soft cap. (Dark Souls comes to mind in this regard with how its stat soft caps hit hard once you get past them.)

    The Readme already covers much of this, but Stamina is in a somewhat similar boat, though some of its defensive benefits have a soft cap of around 90-96 for some like lowering Magic Damage variance and lowing the damage taken penalty that Morph suffers from, other things like the chance to Cover or the damage of special attacks that use Stamina such as Aura Bolt or the Atma Weapon will continue to get stronger as you put in more Stamina.
    But again though you have to really push your whole setup to break past 100 Stamina, as most Stamina setups will hit around 80-90 anyway because of certain pieces of gear you might want to use like a Black Belt that benefit from Stamina, but don't necessarily give Stamina themselves.

    So I guess the quick and dirty TL:DR of it is the soft cap for Stamina and Speed is about 90-96, but most setups won't break far past that unless you purposefully put all your gear into maxing out a specific stat.

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  16. He doesn't use Elixirs when you play to his elemental gimmick, or at least he's not supposed to at any rate.
    If you're not sure about what his current weakness is when he does a barrier change you can always just use Scan to check it, but even if you do throw a "wrong" spell at him the worst that should happen is it just does no damage. (Or does it absorb? I don't quite remember at the moment.)
    I could be wrong on this, but I think you can also technically use non-elemental magic without him using an Elixir, but he does counter stuff like that with a strong attack (Overkill I think?) since it's circumventing his gimmick, so don't use stuff like that too much or you'll die from all the counters. (Though maybe he does still use an Elixir? I don't quite remember in this case.)

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  17. There's one in the Unlockme as part of the Printme in there that contains some extra hidden information. (Though it doesn't tell you everything  ;))
    Try stealing stuff from the Dahling type enemies, like in Ozer's Mansion if you haven't been through there already. (Can be easy to miss those as I don't think any more appear in that area besides the ones in the forced chest encounters the first time through.)
    Also Witches in the Phoenix Cave give what I'd consider an actually important item if you're a fan of using Gau.
    Bringing Locke to Cyan's Dream is a good idea too if you want some more chances at stuff before the final dungeon. (Though nothing is really missable there since you can find some cousins of the enemies there in other locations.)
    It's also worth mentioning that in general enemies of the same type will have the same kind of steals on them. (Except for Gum Pods :P)

    edit: Oh and as an extra note to avoid confusion, the Fanatic's Tower enemies are their own group as far as steals go, even if they share sprites of enemies found elsewhere.

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  18. 6 hours ago, WicForever said:

    My gift to you @A Dummy Hope you enjoy it! (It did not like my file...so YouTube it is)

    Merry Christmas!

    Thank you, it's simple yet also sweet, like getting a Christmas card in video form. (and Final fantasy/Mario RPG themed to boot!)

     

    12 hours ago, ronlyn said:

    Of course I love megaman. I'm actually thinking of record my run of it

    Thanks @A Dummy

    That's a relief, I was getting a little anxious when making it that it might not be something relevant to your interests, so I'm glad that it worked out after all.

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