2. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Burning Earth General hints and tips

As soon as you start, the game tells you to open up your journal by pressing Start. The Journal is made of different pages which tell you:
- The current task (the Journal itself)
- Stats: Quest Items (story-related objects necessary to proceed: if you have them, they're displayed here), Health Upgrades (get six of them to add a segment to your health bar), Power and Secrets (see below)
- Move Points: this menu allows you to view and redistribute the Power points among your three skills (Combos, Ranged, Special) to increase or decrease the power of a specific type of attack
- Combos: this allows you to view the combos available with your current "Combos" skill level
- Options: self-explanatory
- Quit: shortcut to the title screen menu

The "Power" is a gauge which you fill by collecting yellow orbs. The yellow orbs are found widely throughout the game, mostly by defeating enemies, destroying common objects (crates, etc.), and also in the silver treasure chests. Every time you fill the Power gauge you will "level up" your characters (every character). After every level up you can spend another point to upgrade their three skills: Combos, Ranged, Special.

Each of the three skills has a range of power from 0 to 3, which means you need a total of 9 Power points to max-out your characters' skills. You can redistribute the skills of a character in the Move Points menu of your journal. From the most useful to the least useful, you should upgrade Ranged, then Combos, then Special.

The Ranged skills are the most powerful and effective in combat, and they typically increase the area of effect and add a "stun" effect to your ranged attacks (those you make when you press B). In order to make your ranged attacks more powerful you have to hold B to charge the ranged attack, and then release when you "hear" that the charge is finished (you hear a sound and you also see a sort of "maxed out aura" around your character, like if he/she has finished gathering the strengths to attack).

Upgrading the "Combos" skill is not a priority because your charged ranged attacks are usually a better choice in fight, although in the later Chapters of the game it starts to become important to perform quick "stun" combos to interrupt the stronger enemies' attacks. The best combo for every character is the XXB combo (this combo needs to be unlocked by spending a few Power points on the Combos skill), since it's a quick combo that stuns the opponents. An opponent is stunned when you see some yellow stars above his head, and he can't act for a few seconds while in this condition. It's possible to stun an opponent continuously with multiple stun-combo attacks, thus scoring an easy victory (if he's always stunned he can't hurt you). Note that bosses cannot be stunned.

The Special attacks of your characters are rarely if ever used in the first five-six Chapters, but they become important especially in Chapter Seven, where the strongest and largest fights of the game will ensue. The Special attacks are those performed by pressing RT, and they are possible only if you collect a "Special Attack Card", as I call them. A character can hold up to three Special Attack Cards at once, and every time you use a Special attack with that character he will consume a Special Attack Card. Special attacks are particularly useful against large groups of enemies, and they will often instant-kill all the enemies around you (for example casting a tornado on them). They are basically useless in boss fights though.

There are some cheat codes available. You can input them in the "Code Entry" menu (press LB from the title screen). Here they are:
- Double Damage: 90210
- Unlimited Special Attacks: 66206
- Unlimited Health: 65049
- Max Level: 89121
- 1 Hit Dishonor (i.e. one-hit-kill): 28260

The PS2 version of the game (possibly also the versions for other consoles), unlike the x360 version, also has these two other cheats available:
- All Bonus Games (i.e. every character unlocked in Combat Arena, every Boss Battle unlocked, every Appa Adventure unlocked): 99801
- All Gallery Items (i.e. every Image, Audio and Movie unlocked): 85061

# Shields

ShieldAbility (Min/Max)Maximum HP (Min/Max)ATB Speed (Min/Max)Guard Defense (Min/Max)
Night Lotus-500/5,6000/550/240
Default Shield.
Ultima Shield: if you complete the four "trials" in the Final Dungeon before the boss, the Night Lotus will become "Ultima Shield", which has Maximum HP +8,000, ATB Speed +20, Guard Defense +330. Ultima Shield is reset to Night Lotus on New Game+.
Nemesis-4,800/5,6000/5220/240
Buy for 420,000 Gil (Hard) in Luxerion and Final Dungeon.
Megalesia-2,800/5,6000/5150/240
Buy for 165,000 Gil (Day 10+) in Luxerion and Final Dungeon.
Hesperides-1,600/5,6000/5100/240
Buy for 36,000 Gil in Luxerion (always), Research Camp (Day 1--5), Final Dungeon.
Juno Sospita-900/5,6000/570/240
Treasure in The Ark - Day 2. You can also buy it for 2,600 Gil (Day 1--5) in Luxerion and Research Camp (The Wildlands).
Knight's PledgeDefender Lv 2/315,000/18,000-15/-10100/110
Buy for 420,000 Gil (Hard) in Luxerion and Final Dungeon.
Guard of AvalonDefender Lv 2/39,000/18,000-15/-1070/110
Buy for 165,000 Gil (Day 10+) in Luxerion and Final Dungeon.
Dame du LacDefender Lv 1/35,000/18,000-15/-1050/110
Buy for 36,000 Gil in Luxerion (always) and (only in Day 1--9) The Dead Dunes.
PendragonDefender Lv 1/33,000/18,000-15/-1030/110
Buy for 2,600 Gil (Day 1--9) in Luxerion and The Dead Dunes.
PrytwenDefender Lv 1/31,500/18,000-15/-1020/110
Buy for 500 Gil (Day 1--5 in Luxerion, Day 1--7 in The Dead Dunes).
Deicide-2,000/2,40010/15350/400
Buy for 420,000 Gil (Hard) in Yusnaan and Final Dungeon.
Blasphemy-1,000/2,40010/15280/400
Buy for 165,000 Gil (Day 10+) in Yusnaan and Final Dungeon.
Renegade-500/2,40010/15220/400
Buy for 36,000 Gil in Yusnaan (always) and (only in Day 1--5) in Jagd Village.
Infidel-200/2,40010/15160/400
Buy for 2,600 Gil (Day 1--5 in Jagd Village, Day 1--9 in Yusnaan).
Double Cross-100/2,40010/15100/400
Default Shield. You can also buy it for 500 Gil (Day 1--5) in Yusnaan and Jagd Village (The Wildlands).
Cleopatra's PraiseMagic +350/500-10/15130/180
Buy for 330,000 Gil in Jagd Village (The Wildlands) and Final Dungeon.
Juliet's SorrowMagic +250/500-10/15100/180
Buy for 228,000 Gil (Hard) in Jagd Village (The Wildlands) and Final Dungeon.
Kore SoteiraMagic +200/500-5/1580/180
Buy for 155,000 Gil (Day 10+) in Jagd Village (The Wildlands).
Iseult's LamentMagic +150/500-5/1560/180
Buy for 26,000 Gil (Day 6+) in Jagd Village (The Wildlands).
Deirdre's TearsMagic +100/500-5/1550/180
Buy for 5,200 (Day 6+) in Jagd Village (The Wildlands).
Les Fleurs du MalGuard Efficiency +18%/22%3,200/4,00040/45-
Buy for 500,000 Gil (Hard) in Research Camp (The Wildlands).
Gilded LilyGuard Efficiency +18%/22%2,500/4,00035/45-
Buy for 250,000 Gil (Hard) in Research Camp (The Wildlands).
Nobless Veronique
Buy for 180,000 Gil (Day 10+) in Research Camp (The Wildlands).
Il Nome Della RosaGuard Efficiency +14%/22%2,000/4,00030/45-
Buy for 42,000 Gil (Day 6+) in Research Camp (The Wildlands).
Ghostly BloomGuard Efficiency +14%/22%1,500/4,00025/45-
Buy for 4,000 Gil (Day 6+) in Research Camp (The Wildlands).
Crystal SilenceFire Guard +80%/90%9,200/12,000-15/-10-
Ice Guard +80%/90%
Buy for 360,000 Gil (Hard) in The Dead Dunes.
Carnelian ChoirFire Guard +70%/90%5,500/12,000-15/-10-
Fire Guard +70%/90%
Buy for 32,000 Gil (Day 10+) in The Dead Dunes.
Aquamarine WaltzFire Guard +70%/90%2,600/12,000-15/-10-
Ice Guard +70%/90%
Buy for 4,000 Gil (Day 8+) in The Dead Dunes.
Dark DiscordLightning Guard +80%/90%9,200/12,000-15/-10-
Wind Guard +80%/90%
Buy for 360,000 Gil (Hard) in The Dead Dunes.
Emerald EnsembleLightning Guard +70%/90%5,500/12,000-15/-10-
Wind Guard +70%/90%
Buy for 32,000 Gil (Day 10+) in The Dead Dunes.
Amethyst AnthemLightning Guard +70%/90%2,600/12,000-15/-10-
Wind Guard +70%/90%
Buy for 4,000 Gil (Day 8+) in The Dead Dunes.
Lominsan Escutcheon-2,000/5,6000/5110/240
Complete Canvas of Prayers quest "Roadworks III".
Ul'dahn Crest-5,000/18,000-15/-1055/110
Complete Canvas of Prayers quest "Roadworks I".
Gridanian Sigil-700/2,40010/15240/400
Complete Canvas of Prayers quest "Roadworks II".
Echidna GauntletStrength +350/500-10/15130/180
Buy for 330,000 Gil (Hard) in Yusnaan and Final Dungeon.
Apis GauntletStrength +250/500-10/15100/180
Buy for 228,000 Gil (Hard) in Yusnaan and Final Dungeon.
Yale GauntletStrength +200/500-5/1580/180
Buy for 155,000 Gil (Day 10+) in Yusnaan.
Chiron GauntletStrength +150/500-5/1560/180
Buy for 26,000 Gil (Day 6+) in Yusnaan.
Dragoon GauntletStrength +100/500-5/1550/180
Buy for 5,200 Gil (Day 6+) in Yusnaan.

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