10. Opus 8 : Shining Concerto
You'll have the usual barrage of scenes that comes with a new Opus. When you're ready head to Sleepy Hollow - Church Ruins for a boss fight. He's as strong as ever and quite hard to break. I just used dragon form. You'll get an earth score for winning. You'll have another boss fight. He has a big AoE attack he charges up that can wreck your party, but is otherwise not too bad. You can try to use Sonia to break him when he's casting but he's fairly hard to break. Not quite as bad as the previous boss, but still rough. You'll get a Dark Score for winning. After a bunch of scenes, you have to return to Marga. After a bunch of scenes you'll get the "Shining Star" trait. Head to each of the events. Talking to Sonia will unlock the "Princess Knight" trait. Talking to Kirika will give you the "Blossom Diva" trait. The final battle is next, so do the usual. Rapple's quest is called "Alchemist's Dream" and requires a Philosopher's Stone. To make it you need 1 Hihiirokane, 3 Magic Nectar and 1 Forbidden Talisman. The Hihiirokane is best farmed in Silent Badlands, check the two search points by the northwest exit and then zone out and check again. The Magic Nectar is a consumable you might have 3 of already. If not you can make them with Afterworld Dew (Sleepy Hollow when it's foggy) and either 1 Cordyceps or 1 Twilight Amber. The Cordyceps come from the Marasmius in Ladlum Caverns, so that's probably easiest. The Forbidden Talisman is a drop from Heart Snatchers. There should be some in Ladlum Caverns by now, otherwise you'll have to hoof it to the Logos Tundra to fight them there. For Fernando's quest "Septet of the Heart" you need 1 Dragon Maw Scale. You might have one already, otherwise the Ahsgrimm in Thirsting Wastes can drop one.
Kirika - "It's okay. I'm here for you."
Sonia - "We can stop him."
Rinna - "I'm scared, too..."
Agnum - "Skewers for good luck!"
Marion - "I should be thanking you."
Lestin - "My friends."
Excella - "When it's over, let's have fun together."
Jinas - "I say the exact same thing to you, Jinas."
There's a couple things we can do before we do the boss that will make it easier. The first is getting the purple aspect Almighty. It boosts every stat by 5%, but since Yuma's concerto boosts purple aspects, it becomes about 35% or so, so pretty broke. To get it, you'll need to use the grimoire. Save, do the abyss dungeons, and use sigils that boost the rank to S. You'll probably have to use to sigils that raise it rank B, if you highlight a sigil you'll see what it does to the dungeon rank. Once it's S, do the dungeon. If the chest at the end is white, you have it. If not reload your save and try again.
The other thing to make is the aspect Combo Fang. This makes your normal attacks hit twice, so each attack in dragon form will do damage twice. To make one you need 2 Emperor Fangs from Emperor Dragons, and you need 3 Buzzing Wings from Bloodsuckers, which you should be able to find in Elmore Greatwood now. The Emperor Fangs are the real problem, because Emperor Dragons are hard to find. You can find one in Lost Garden when the weather is windy. You can talk to Stella to find what the weather is, though you can usually see the wind walking around town when it's happening. When one spawns steal some from it. You probably have it by now, but if not this will count as a rare aspect, giving you an achievement.
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With both of those, you're ready to roll. I was using Lightning Strike, Almighty, God Strength, Conqueror Strength and Assault Groove on Yuma at this point. The Conqueror Strength can be purchased from Liselotte, the God Strength can be made with 2 Warrior Strength, 1 Hero Strength, and 1 Conqueror Strength (all purchased from Liselotte). Head to the Lost Garden, and go to the event there. After a short scene you can talk to a party member to get their ending, if they have a heart over their head. I chose Rinna for my first run, it doesn't matter who you choose though. After you choose one a scene starts, then go to the event marker for the final fight.
In dragon form the fight should pose no real problem to you. If you're struggling you can try swapping out something for Fusion to help survive a bit easier. After he dies, you'll have the finalfinal boss. He has two attacks you need to watch out for. The first is when he charges up for a bit and then roars or whatever in front of him, it will do a ton of damage. The other is when he burrows, when he comes out of the ground he will do a ton of damage to anyone on top of him. Stay behind him, so if he uses the roar attack and kills everyone, you can turn into a human and revive them all. Or he does it to you, in which you can tank it (or revive Yuma). For the burrow just stay away and wait for him to get back up. Use dragon form again.
Once it's dead you'll have a ton of scenes, and then unskippable credits (they don't show up in future endings thankfully). You'll get 2 achievements afterward.
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Now return to Marga. Buy a Master Egg sigil and Bullet Witch sigil from Liselotte, then save. Use both sigils in the grimoire (should make it S rank) and then do the dungeon. It's a boss fight. Take down Marion first and then go for Rinna. If you get the white chest, you'll get the Sorcerous Rumble tuning. Equip this on Rinna. It makes her spells instant cast, which is super broke. We'll get a spell called Storm for her that hits every enemy, that combined with this tuning makes fights hella quick.
Our next step is getting everyone's affection up so we can get the rest of the endings, which we will also combine with powerleveling to 100. To start with make the Power of Love tuning for Yuma to equip, as this will boost the affection gain from battle. You need a Chicken Heart, 3 Broken Arrows, and 2 Imp Wings. The Chicken Heart drops from Thunderbirds, who you can find in either Windia Grasslands during some weather conditions, or in Sharion Coast. The Broken Arrows come from Hunter Skeletons. The only place I've spotted them is Logos Tundra - Highwolf Trail. There's a group by the northwest exit. Steal 'em or kill 'em. The Imp Wings come from the torch enemy, which you can find in Djingharna Ruins - Daybreak Garden. You probably have them by now. With that aspect made and equipped on Yuma, what I did was run the Egg Hunt sigil twice, just killing the big enemies and the eggs. An alternative is using 3 Master Eggs and killing every enemy group, then you only need to run one. Using Master Eggs can get pretty expensive though, so I ended up just using Egg Hunts, up to you though.
Anyway, you run Egg Hunt twice of 3 Master Eggs once, and then do night events and any dates that pop up, and then run the grimoire again. As a reminder, the girls have a trait with a red heart icon when you get their ending, and the guys have a trait with a red house icon when you get their ending. Jinas and Excella don't have this, so I'd consider them done when you've gone on 5 dates. Remember that your first date with Excella gives the Glass Sigil, DO NOT USE! The first date with Jinas gives a Full Moon Sigil, DO NOT USE! Otherwise you void an achievement. As you level up, Rinna will learn the force Storm, use this from now on. It does massive damage to every enemy on the field, which makes fights much faster. Here's the traits for each character's endings.
Kirika - Dream to Reality
Sonia - Princess's Feelings
Rinna - Cuddly
Agnum - Traveling Bandman
Marion - Fluttering Maiden
Lestin - Elise's Disciple
With everything done head back to the Lost Garden and go to the event. Go through each character's ending now. The fights should be much easier, either using dragon form or spamming Storm with Rinna should end the fight much quicker than before. You still have to skip a billion scenes but you don't have to watch the credits again. Ending with Lestin Messenger of Peace, Yuma gets Vow of Peace.
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Once you have the rest of the endings, return to Marga. Talk to Alfriede (with the talk option) for an achievement.
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Now go to Rapple and make every aspect you don't already have one of. There's an achievement for making 50 unique aspects. I actually got this before I went through the first category (beast) so you should have no problems getting this.
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Our next project is getting the rest of the tunings from the sigils. Unless you did some extra work you should only have the tuning from Bullet Witch (Rinna's). So buy an Imperial Blade, Magician Knight, Shining Princess, Shining Priestess, Beowulf's Revenge, Berserker's Blade, Imperial Ninja and Magician's Eye sigil.
Magician's Eye : Beat Catastrohpe
Imperial Ninja : Earth Rhythm
Berserker Blade : Burst Finale
Beowulf's Revenge : Radiant Roar
Shining Priestess : Protection Song
Shining Princess : Charging War Cry
Magician Knight : Soaring Victory Cry
Imperial Blade : Apocalypse
Next up, we're going to do an around the world trip to kill all the rare level 100 monsters. They will pose no real problem at this point, just slaughter them with Yuma's dragon form. Since we haven't been to some of these places in awhile, remember that there's a page with the world map in the walkthrough.
Boss name - Tuning they give - Location
Urd - Flurry Bowstring - Glaucus Falls - Northwest exit of Elmore Greatwood - Creek Path.
Chaos Blood - Cannon: Typha - Dragon Shrine. Northeast exit of Djingharna Ruins - Noontide Garden
Abyss Dragon - Sorcerous Rhythm - Gaelritz prison - Top Floor
Shadow Knight - Mage String - Gaelritz Prison Library of Memories
Vortec - Echoing Medlody - Maelgius Cathederal - Top of Fort Gahal
Hell Master - Hermes Horn - Dragon Shrine - Logos Tundra - Blue Cavern northeast exit.
Mad Bull - Hardcore Rush - Old Castle Theater - Northwest exit of Mount Glanciel - Platina Peak.
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If you aren't level 100 yet, grind it out using the Egg Hunt or Master Egg sigils, but you likely are by now.
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