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Elmofongo: I have to admit it I have never beaten Final Fantasy 6 at all and I feel like I should beat it now and close the book, I just beaten Final Fantasy 4 just recently and I have not beaten it until now (took me more or less 3 days)

Now the help I am asking is simple, There are a lot of party members with really unique classes so I am asking which characters are best to make a balanced party.

My best party in FF 1 and 4 was Attackers plus 1 White Mage and Black Mage, who makes better Attackers and Mages in 6?
You're going to have to eventually somewhat level grind nearly all the characters at least a little bit because of reasons mentioned above.

As for what party members are the best, you can really fine tune the character leveling by equipping them with magicite/espers, so it's kind of hard to mess up unless you reach the level cap of 99 without paying attention and even then you'll still probably pound the game into dust. You'll notice on the magicite's info that it lists a stat bonus upon the character leveling up (Strength +1 for Ifrit I think for example), just look at that and pick the appropriate bonus for whatever you think works for the character. Any character can learn any spell from magicite by the way. You really don't "have" to use specific characters, but I always recommend Terra (Morph), Sabin (Blitz/Martial Arts), Celes (Runic, absorbing spells will come in handy for a few parts), Locke (Steal which can be upgraded to also do damage via accessory), Edgar and Cyan. Strago is nice too because of his Blue Magic, but it can be a pain for him to learn Blue Spells.

There's a good place to grind in a forest area near the end of the game that I used to use all the time, but I won't say more as not to spoil the game.

Finding the rare accessories that give you POWERFUL abilities also helps too.
The game isn't that hard so I normally used who I felt like.

My main party generally consists of Celes, Cyan, Locke, and Terra
Locke isn't the best stat wise but he's good for stealing items(especially rare ones during boss battles).
Sorry dude, but you're gonna need THREE parties at the end.

Just keep the 12 you like the most relatively up to date, but you can't go wrong with the original 4.

I'd rank them...

Sabin
Edgar
Locke
Terra
Celes
Shadow
Cyan
Mog
Strago
Relm
Setzer
Gogo
Gau
Umaro
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Elmofongo: I have to admit it I have never beaten Final Fantasy 6 at all and I feel like I should beat it now and close the book, I just beaten Final Fantasy 4 just recently and I have not beaten it until now (took me more or less 3 days)

Now the help I am asking is simple, There are a lot of party members with really unique classes so I am asking which characters are best to make a balanced party.

My best party in FF 1 and 4 was Attackers plus 1 White Mage and Black Mage, who makes better Attackers and Mages in 6?
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haydenaurion: You're going to have to eventually somewhat level grind nearly all the characters at least a little bit because of reasons mentioned above.

As for what party members are the best, you can really fine tune the character leveling by equipping them with magicite/espers, so it's kind of hard to mess up unless you reach the level cap of 99 without paying attention and even then you'll still probably pound the game into dust. You'll notice on the magicite's info that it lists a stat bonus upon the character leveling up (Strength +1 for Ifrit I think for example), just look at that and pick the appropriate bonus for whatever you think works for the character. Any character can learn any spell from magicite by the way. You really don't "have" to use specific characters, but I always recommend Terra (Morph), Sabin (Blitz/Martial Arts), Celes (Runic, absorbing spells will come in handy for a few parts), Locke (Steal which can be upgraded to also do damage via accessory), Edgar and Cyan. Strago is nice too because of his Blue Magic, but it can be a pain for him to learn Blue Spells.

There's a good place to grind in a forest area near the end of the game that I used to use all the time, but I won't say more as not to spoil the game.

Finding the rare accessories that give you POWERFUL abilities also helps too.
The whole reason I ask about this is because Final Fantasy 6 has the largest selection of party members, which to me is this games flaw, with some of the characters seem unnescessary like Gau, and to some degree Shadow, whats his stake at the story.

Game is good so far for me and I love the story so far( this is the most serious story driven Final Fantasy I have ever seen) but my beefs is to some degree the setting in that I don't like the Robots and Machinary in this game, you have robots but you still use swords? and personally this game is sort of colorless, oh its not gray and brown but Final Fantasy 1 and 4 and even 7 had more color than 6.

But those grips are small.
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Elmofongo: some of the characters seem unnescessary like Gau, and to some degree Shadow, whats his stake at the story.
They both have backstory development, but you may have to go out of your way to find it and decide what it means.

Spoiler links:
http://www.ffextreme.com/ff6/sidequest-p9.html
http://www.cavesofnarshe.com/ff6/gamefaq.php#Q15
http://www.cavesofnarshe.com/ff6/w_item.php?item=memento+ring
Any way you play FF6 is fine. I personally like to play without using Espers - except on Terra, Celes and Relm, my magic users - to make my other characters' abilities stand out more and add a little more difficulty to an otherwise easy game.

Grinding is not useful at all in this game -the only thing that matters is the equipment you use on each character. Don't waste your time grinding except if you're trying to teach magic spells to your party members (by equipping Espers) or you want to raise their HP because it's too damn low (there are Espers which raise your HP by a large margin when you level up and have them equipped).

Judging by your last post, you're still halfway in the game: in this case, Edgar and Sabin mop the floor with enemies. So does Gau, because he plain rocks and is easily one of the most useful characters in the game, but you have to spend a little time in the Veldt to get great rages. Most other characters aren't really that much useful until very late in the game, so you can use whoever suits your tastes at this point of the game. You'll have fun any way you play it, because FF6 is that good!
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geoconker: Any way you play FF6 is fine. I personally like to play without using Espers - except on Terra, Celes and Relm, my magic users - to make my other characters' abilities stand out more and add a little more difficulty to an otherwise easy game.

Grinding is not useful at all in this game -the only thing that matters is the equipment you use on each character. Don't waste your time grinding except if you're trying to teach magic spells to your party members (by equipping Espers) or you want to raise their HP because it's too damn low (there are Espers which raise your HP by a large margin when you level up and have them equipped).

Judging by your last post, you're still halfway in the game: in this case, Edgar and Sabin mop the floor with enemies. So does Gau, because he plain rocks and is easily one of the most useful characters in the game, but you have to spend a little time in the Veldt to get great rages. Most other characters aren't really that much useful until very late in the game, so you can use whoever suits your tastes at this point of the game. You'll have fun any way you play it, because FF6 is that good!
Right now I am SPOILER


At the cave of the sealed gate at the esper cave and of course Kefka caught us, but I reset to get the Ultima Weapon

(This game gives you the Ultima Weapon this early :P)
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Elmofongo: At the cave of the sealed gate at the esper cave and of course Kefka caught us, but I reset to get the Ultima Weapon

(This game gives you the Ultima Weapon this early :P)
Initially the weapon isn't all that powerful, since the damage it does is based on the HP of the user. Towards the end of the game, though, it's hands down the most powerful weapon, particularly because it completely ignores the target's defense.
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BadDecissions: Really, any of those characters will do. There are late-stage levels where you have to set up multiple parties and send them through dungeons simultaneously, and even before then there are parts of the game where your party is abruptly restricted, so trying to isolate a single perfect party and then stick to it doesn't work as well with this game as it does with others--you'll regret it if you ignore all but four characters.

But for day-to-say use I'd probably use assassin and Edgar of the characters you list.
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Elmofongo: I am back, Spoilers:

Already I have espers and I am going to get more in the imperial facility, how far away am I now?

Also I ahve a problem, Celes the Rune Knight everytime she attacks she loses MP and I don't know why. Is there a way to stop it?
How far are you from what?

(Fair warning, I'm on vacation and can only check the internet sporadically, so it might take time for me to get back to you on anything you ask)
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Elmofongo: The whole reason I ask about this is because Final Fantasy 6 has the largest selection of party members, which to me is this games flaw, with some of the characters seem unnescessary like Gau, and to some degree Shadow, whats his stake at the story.

Game is good so far for me and I love the story so far( this is the most serious story driven Final Fantasy I have ever seen) but my beefs is to some degree the setting in that I don't like the Robots and Machinary in this game, you have robots but you still use swords? and personally this game is sort of colorless, oh its not gray and brown but Final Fantasy 1 and 4 and even 7 had more color than 6.

But those grips are small.
Yeah, there were alot of characters I never used and Gau was one of them because of how you have to wander around that boring area to have him learn how to fight like the monsters and most of those fighting styles weren't even that good, so I can definitely see where you're coming from with that gripe. Some of the characters are really more there for the story and even then some have minimal impact on the story as you said.

The setting was quite a change and is what I consider to be the start of the "darker" feel of what would become Final Fantasy 7. I guess the "industry meets sword & sorcery" never really bothered me at the time I first played it. Of course I was only 12-13 years old at the time FF6 came out. Damn I feel old now, lol.
Post edited May 18, 2013 by haydenaurion
I think one of the pluses is the game's Really deep and you're pretty free to build the party the way you want by what characters you find effective, I'll give some character advice.

Tera: She's probably my fave characters, a very balanced character and Morph is very powerful boss Killing move, she can also use the best weapons in the game so she can be a great physical character as well.

Celes: She's kinda like Tera without Morph, Runic is nice in certain parts but I kind find it worthless after the beginning, still she has great stats and a character that you could build how you want. So if you want another Tera or don't like Tera as a character, she's a good choice.

Locke: He's the thief and he can steal, well other than that he's also pretty balanced so you can build him how you want. I'm not the biggest fan of him since I kinda find him boring gameplay wise and he spends a lot of time out of the party in the late game.

Realm: statwise, she's the best mage in the game. She's a magic Powerhouse but a bit vulnerable but there's some really good armor that's unique to her and Strago.

Strago: I don't like him, Blue magic is a pain in the butt to learn and there's a lot of level dependent spells that really turn me off and his stats aren't that great.

Mog: Mog is Awesome when you first get him, Dances really make the midpoint battles much easier but they sorta lose luster. Still he's a decent character and can make a good dragoon if you want one.

Edgar: His Tools are Great but kinda peak early, you can get his most powerful Tool before you even get Magicite. That said he is a good fighter and even late game the tools add a good option for saving MP.

Sabin: He either rocks or sucks depending if you can use his blitzes. I can't so I don't use him. Still try him out and if you can use him, he's awesome.

Cyan: He's a decent fighter, some don't like him but he's good if you use his skills right. You want to be sure that he goes last so everyone's charging their ATB while he's charging his Sword tech. I do kinda have a problem with his equips since he can't use some of the best weapon in the game but he does get some great weapons.

GoGo: Gogo can be fun to mimick skills or magic, but he's a bit gimmicky.

Shadow: Shadow's Really cool but you have to do some special stuff to keep him in the party. Just be sure to stock up on special throwing items if you plan on using them, they're really good.

Umaro: He's powerful but you can't control him.

Gau: Gau can be really interesting to use but he takes a bit of work to make good and his skill makes it so you can't control him. I do find he can use some powerful magic before you can normally get it but that's really only good early on.
I honestly never finished the game, got to the boss and had my party wiped by his third version ... said fuck it I don't really care what happens.
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Sogi-Ya: I honestly never finished the game, got to the boss and had my party wiped by his third version ... said fuck it I don't really care what happens.
Spoiler




Great I killed Shadow :(

How was I suppose to know that the clock had to be at 00:05 for him to arrive, infact how was anyone suppose to know that?!
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Sogi-Ya: I honestly never finished the game, got to the boss and had my party wiped by his third version ... said fuck it I don't really care what happens.
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Elmofongo: Spoiler

Great I killed Shadow :(

How was I suppose to know that the clock had to be at 00:05 for him to arrive, infact how was anyone suppose to know that?!
SPOILERS



Some hints were provided in earlier posts, but it really is hard not to kill Shadow in your first playthrough ;)

Oh well, now you're in the World of Ruin, and everything changes drastically for the better. I suggest exploring everywhere to recruit your party members back and a few new others to your team!
i liked Edgar and Cyan as fighters
Cyan is strong and his first Bushido move takes no longer than attack but is more powerful
Edgar is also nice and his tools cost no mana but can be very strong (especially stuff like drill)
if umaro has that special berzerking item he can be very strong, dealing mass damage
Post edited May 19, 2013 by dragonbeast