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Dot.Hack Part 2: Mutation Walkthrough

.Hack//Mutation Walkthrough
Version 1.45 (First Version started on 06/08/2003)
Written by Jennifer Johnson (jens2you2001@yahoo.com)
10/09/2003

Copyright 2003 Jennifer Johnson.
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--Introduction--

This is a full Walkthrough for .hack//Mutation, the second installment of the
.hack series.  If you find any errors, or think I should add something else in,
please let me know at jens2you2001@yahoo.com.  My gamefaqs.com screenname is
jenesca.

 --Version History--

1.00--The Walkthrough portion is complete, just need to be fine tuned a little.
I am still working on the After beating the game section and the grunty
section.

1.10--Fixed some formatting in the walkthrough section.  Finished the After
beating the game sections, added the Grunty Racing prizes for the Theta
server.  Added some info to the Miscellaneous section.  Also updated the
raising Grunties section.

1.15--Fixed an error with the virus core that you get from DD'ing Magus (Thanks
to Nate D. for pointing this out to me).  Added some info to the Walkthrough.
Added more information to the Miscellaneous section.

1.20--Added some Gameplay tips and some more info to the walkthrough.  Fixed a
mistake in the directions for the dungeon going to Net Slum, thanks to Andrew
Aibinder (Red Nibia) for this information.

1.25--Added more to the walkthrough.  Changed the format for the walkthrough
a little bit.

1.30--Finished adding information to the Walkthrough.  Added a formula for
getting the Poison Grunty on Theta Server.  Added more to the Miscellaneous
section.  Fixed some errors.

1.35--Fixed some errors and formatting problems.

1.40--Added some tips for Grunty Racing.

1.45--Added more information to Grunty Racing.  Also added keywords to get the
Rare Weapons.  Moved the Goblin Tag information to its own section, it is no
longer part of the walkthrough.

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==Section 1 - Contents==-------------------------------------------------------
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Section  1 - Contents
Section  2 - Gameplay Tips
Section  3 - Walkthrough
Section  4 - After Beating the Game
Section  5 - Goblin Tag
Section  6 - Raising Grunties
Section  7 - Racing Grunties
Section  8 - Miscellaneous
Section  9 - Email Information
Section 10 - Credits

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==Section 2 - Gameplay Tips==--------------------------------------------------
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--Always be on the lookout for good trades.  Check your Ryu Book III, it shows
what characters you have met, what items they have to trade, and whether or
not they are online.

--Check your friends affection levels in Ryu Book 5.  The max level for
affection in .hack//Mutation is 500.

--When in dungeons always break boxes, barrels, bones, and eggs to obtain
good items.  If you can find a room that has 10-12 items to break, enter
and reenter several times to stock up on items like Health Drinks, Healing
Potions, Recovery Drinks, antidotes, restoratives, elemental items (relating
to the element of the field you are in).

--Data Drain for Virus Cores, you need to do this to get Virus Cores to hack
the gates, however do it in moderation, if Kite's picture in the skills section
is turning Green to Orange, stop and kill monsters normally until he is a nice
shade of blue.

--Periodically check all of your Ryu Books to see if you have met the criteria,
to get new wallpapers, music, and movies.

--Buy a good supply of Fairy Orbs, and Fortune Wires.  Fairy orbs are very
helpful in dungeons, and Fortune Wires are good for getting the better
treasures.

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==Section 3 - The Walkthrough==------------------------------------------------
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Please Note:  In dungeons I will sometimes give directions.  The directions
are always for the quickest way to the exit.  And the direction given is always
according to your map in the right hand corner of the screen.

--In the beginning--

After the opening sequence you will be on your desktop, you will have new email
and news.  Check your email you will see one from BlackRose, reply to it with
"I hope so."  for a +20 to affection.  You will also have received two emails
from CC Corp regarding the Flag Race.  You can now race the grunties that you
raise in flag races, provided that you have raised all types for the particular
server.  **You may also receive another email from the third party member you
took to fight Skeith asking if you are okay, I received one from Gardenia and I
answered "I'm okay"  and it raised her affection +20.**

Do anything else you want to on the desktop, save if you like, then pick The
World.

Check the postings on the boards.  Then go ahead and Log In to The World.

You will start out on the Theta Server.  You will meet up with BlackRose, who
will tell you that they need to go back to Theta:  Chosen Hopeless Nothingness.
So lets get ready to go back to the dungeon where we fought Skeith.  Go ahead
and do some trading to upgrade armor and weapons for Kite and BlackRose,
everybody should have new stuff to trade.  Put BlackRose into your party, and
when you are ready go to the Chaos Gate and head for Chosen Hopeless
Nothingness.

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Theta Chosen Hopeless Nothingness-Area where you defeated Skeith.
Lvl.  28 Element:  Earth
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Elemental item:        Well Water
Grunty Food:           Immature Egg X 7, Golden Egg X 1
Enemies & Virus Core:  Cursed Blades-A
                       Metal Goblin-A
                       Mantis-B

You can clear the field if you want to but it isn't necessary.  In the dungeon
there are no enemies to fight so go ahead and use a fairy's orb to find the
quickest way to the exit if you want to.  You will see a series of scenes and
then you will leave the dungeon and go back to town.

--Highland City-Dun Loireag--

You will then see a scene where Kite is approached by a shopkeeper and will
exchange his Book of Law for the Book of Absolute.  Like the Book of Law
this one will be utterly useless as well.

You will receive notification that you have new mail.

Log out

--Desktop--

New Emails:
1.  Anonymous:   Come to Theta:  Soaring Sky Bounded Abyss
2.  Aura:  Garbled Email

Log into The World

--Highland City-Dun Loireag--

Don't worry about equipment and items, go to the Chaos gate and go to Soaring
Sky Bounded Abyss.

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Theta Soaring Sky Bounded Abyss-Area mentioned in the Anonymous Email
Lvl.  13 Element:  Wood
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Watch the scene and afterwards you will be back in town.  You should receive
another message that you have mail.

Log Out

--Desktop--

New emails:
1.  If you have affection levels of 250 for your friends you should receive
emails from all of your allies (except for Mia and Elk), the way you answer
their emails can raise their affection.
2.  Lios:  Allowing you to go to the Lambda server.  He tells you to meet him
in the town, he is in disguise as an NPC shopkeeper.

Log In

--Highland City-Dun Loireag--

Go to the Chaos Gate and choose other servers.  Pick the Lambda server.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Go ahead and trade, and check out the shops.  You can also raise grunties here
as well.  The Grunties for Lambda Server are Bony, Snakey, and Noble Grunty.
The Bony Grunty will have a Golden Grunty (+30 to HP) to trade, the Snakey
Grunty will have a Silver Grunty (+15 to SP) to trade.

When you are ready visit the weapon shop, you will find Lios.  He will tell you
to investigate the protected areas and you should check the boards.  He will
give you Virus Core P.

Log Out

--Desktop--

Now the fun begins!  There are a few new keywords for you to try out.  You
should always read everything on the board.  I will only mention ones where
keywords are given, or are important to the story, but read everything so you
can understand what is going on in The world.

Check the boards:
1.  Lambda Collapsed Pagan Remains:  It seems they are holding a trading
convention here.
2.  Lambda Lightless Distant Dead Lands:  This is where the Nuke Usagimaru Show
is playing.
3.  Lambda Detestable Vengeful Sunny Demon:  Challanged to a game of tag by the
Golden Goblin.
4.  Lambda Dolorous Evil Eyed Widow:  Protected area where girl like figure was
seen.

New Emails:
1.  Gardenia:  Inviting you to Lambda Quiet Oblivious Cabbage
2.  Helba:  Telling you about the new Virus Cores (IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
THIS ONE!!)

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

You will meet Mia and Elk.  Something is wrong with Mia's voice, but anyways
they want to go to the protected area Lambda Dolorous Evil Eyed Widow with you.
So when you decide to go there put them in your party.

Now you can start calling up your other friends to go dungeon crawling with
you.  Also you can start raising their affection levels by giving them gifts.
Do a lot of trading to upgrade their armor and weapons.  I will not specify any
particular weapon or armor, because it is really up to you and what you prefer.
But for Kite I always bring along 3 or 4 different weapons for him all with
different elemental attacks so I can take advantage of elemental weaknesses in
battle.

To move the storyline along you must go to Lambda Dolorous Evil-Eyed Widow.  I
like to do the optional dungeons first.  I will put it in the Walkthrough the
way I do them, but you certainly don't have to do them this way.

First lets head to the dungeon where the Nuke Usagimaru Show is playing:

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Lambda Lightless Distant Dead Lands-The Nuke Usagimaru Show
Lvl.  30 Element:  Fire
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Field:
Grunty Food:           Grunt Mints
Enemies & Virus Core:  Mystery Rock-B
                       Tetra Armor-B
                       Mu Guardian-B

Since Kite is alone don't bother clearing the field unless you really want to.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Golden Egg X 3, Invisible Egg X 3.
Elemental item:        Burning Oil
Enemies & Virus Core:  Mystery Rock-B
                       Tetra Armor-B
                       Mu Guardian-B
                       Phoenix Queen-B

When in the dungeon you will see a scene with Nuke and some other players, when
the scene is over you will have to go down to the lowest level of the dungeon.
Since Kite is alone, I use a Fairy's orb on each floor so that I can find the
quickest way possible to get to the next floor.  If you need the experience and
are feeling confident go ahead and fight and complete the dungeon.

On Floor B2, along the way you will run into a player named Moonstone, even
though nothing happens this is an important event.

**Note:  Floor B3 does not have any enemies so go around collecting the
treasure boxes, and breaking the boxes to get some good items.**  Nuke will be
in the largest room to the north.

You will come into a room where Nuke is fighting a Pumpkin King, Kite will run
in to help him:

--Pumpkin King-Darkness Tolerance--

Heal when needed, use thunder based attacks, I like using Thunder Coil.  You
can Data Drain this monster for a Flaming Rod.  Not to hard at all.

You will then get Nuke Usagimaru's member address.  Kite will automatically
return to town.  **Note:  There is no Gott Statue in this dungeon**

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Next head to the trading convention at:

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Lambda Collapsed Pagan Remains-A trading convention is being held here.
Lvl.  32 Element:  Earth
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Field:
Grunty Food:           Root Vegetable
Enemies & Virus Core:  Hysteria-D
                       Death Crane-D
                       Smiley Ray-F

You can bring friends along for this one, so go ahead and call two party
members to help you out.  Now since you have friends I recommend clearing the
field to get expereience and items.  When you are ready, head to the dungeon.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Golden Egg X 4, Immature Egg X 2.
Elemental Item:        Well Water
Enemies & Virus Core:  Specter-E
                       Hysteria-D
                       Grand Cold-D
                       Bone Army-D

Floor B1
Once in the dungeon go North, you will see a scene with Rachel, who is doing
some trading.  She will ask you to get the Love Archery.  Go North.  I will
give the directions for the quickest route to the dungeon, however I recommend
going through the entire dungeon, fighting all monsters, opening all treasure
boxes, and breaking all the boxes and barrels.  The easiest way to do this is
to use a fairy's orb on each floor.

Next go East, North, West, North, Down.

Floor B2
Go North, East, North, West, North, North, Down.

**You will see another scene with Moonstone on this floor.**

Floor B3
Go North, North, and then East to get to the Gott Statue.  You will then get
the Love Archery and you will automatically go to B1.  Hand out the items,
and then talk to Rachel.  You now have Rachel's Member Address!  You will
automatically return to town.

-Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica-

Now head to the first Protected area.  You must take Mia and Elk for this
dungeon so add them to your party, give them any new armor and weapons that
will benefit them, and then head to the Chaos Gate.  (FYI this is the only time
that you can have Mia in your party, after this dungeon she will not be
available until you beat the game, so raise her affection to 500 now unless you
don't mind waiting.)

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Lambda Dolorous Evil Eyed Widow-Protected Area posted on the MessageBoard
Lvl. 30 Element:  Water
Virus Cores needed:  P X 1
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Field:
Grunty Food:           Cordyceps
Enemies & Virus Core:  Mu Guardian-B
                       Red Scissors-B
                       Tetra Armor-B

Clear the field if you want, and then head to the dungeon.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Bear Cat Egg X 4, Golden Egg X 1.
Elemental Item:        Pure Water
Enemies & Virus Core:  Mu Guardian-B
                       Tetra Armor-B
                       Red Scissors-B
                       Phoenix Queen-B

Note:  All directions given are for the shortest way to the exit, I highly
recommend clearing and exploring the entire dungeon.

Floor B1
Go North, West, North, West, South, Down.

Floor B2
South, South, East, North, North, Down.

Floor B3
Go North for a boss fight.

--Data Bug Mu Guardian-Magic Tolerance--

Use your best skills to Protect Break him.  Have Elk heal.  After he is Data
Drained you will recive Virus Core M, and he will be a regular old Mu Guardian.
Finish him off, and you will see a scene.

You will automatically return to town.

**Since you were unable to get the Gott Statue the first time through, grab a
 couple friends and return to the dungeon**

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Log Out

--Desktop--

Check the boards:
Lambda Nameless Seeker's Prairie:  A Protected Area
Lambda Detestable Vengeful Messenger:  Goblin Tag challange #7

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Next go to the dungeon that Gardenia invited you to in an email:

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Lambda Quiet Oblivious Cabbage-Gardenia's Dungeon
Lvl. 35  Element:  Fire
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For this dungeon you must bring Gardenia.

Field:
Grunty Food:           Grunt Mints
Enemies & Virus Core:  Specter-E
                       Armor Evil-E
                       Skate Rat Ark-E

I recommend clearing the field, but be careful the enemies are pretty powerful.
The Skate Rat Ark's can resurrect so take them out first, they have fire
tolerance, so use water spells on them.  Specter's have darkness tolerance
so use Kite's thunder coil and any thunder based spells.  Armor Evil's like
their name suggests are evil!!, these guys can do tons of damage so take them
out quickly, I suggest using spells, so you can stay back at a safe distance.

When you are done go to the dungeon.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Invisible Egg X 5, Golden Egg X 1
Elemental item:        Burning Oil
Enemies & Virus Core:  Skate Rat Ark-E
                       Armor Evil-E
                       Green Wyrm-F
                       IronBall Mania-F
                       Specter-E

B1
You will see a scene.  Then head North, North, East, North, Down.

B2
Another scene.  Then head North, North-you will see another Moonstone scene,
Down.

B3
North, North, East to get to the Gott Statue leave then head North.  You will
have to fight a Skate Rat Ark.

--Skate Rat Ark-Fire Tolerance--

Since it has fire tolerance use water spells, and your best attacks.  This will
be pretty easy.

You will get the Crystal Stone.  Gardenia will leave, and Kite will return
to town.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Log out

--Desktop--

1.  Now if you have done the Nuke, Rachel, and Gardenia dungeons you should
receive a new email from Moonstone.  He invites you to a new area Lambda
Bottomless Guffawing Raw Ore.  You also get his member address!

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Now you have two choices:

1.  Moonstone's Dungeon
2.  Protected Area to move the storyline along.

First let's head to the Protected Area.

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Lambda Nameless Seeker's Prairie-Protected Area
Lvl. 32  Element:  Wood
Virus Cores Needed:  B X 2
----------------------------------------------------

Field:
Grunty Food:           Mandragora
Enemies & Virus Core:  Death Crane-D
                       Phalanx-D
                       Smiley Ray-F

Clear the field if you want

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Immature Egg X 2, Golden Egg X 1.
Elemental Item:        Holy Sap
Enemies & Virus Core:  Great Sled Dog-E
                       Hysteria-D
                       Death Crane-D
                       Phalanx-D

Note about enemies:  The Hysteria mages have Thunder tolerance so cast darkness
spells.  Death Cranes have Wood tolerance so cast Earth spells.

B1
North, North, North, Down.

B2
North, West, West, North, Down.

B3
North, East, North to the boss fight.

--Data Bug Scorpoid-Water tolerance--

Use fire skills if you got them, otherwise use your best attacks.  Data Drain
for Virus Core N.  For the regular scorpoid keep hitting him with fire
attacks.  If you want you can Data Drain him again, I got a Spiked Guard.

You will automatically go back to town.

**If you want the Gott statue, you will have to make a second trip to this
dungeon**

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Now put Moonstone in your party and go to the dungeon he invited you to.

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Lambda Bottomless Guffawing Raw Ore-Moonstone's dungeon
Lvl.  35  Element:  Fire
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You must have Moonstone in your party for this dungeon.

Moonstone will tell you to defeat all the monsters in the dungeon.

Field:
Grunty Food:           Snakey Cactus
Enemies & Virus Core:  Armor Evil-E
                       Skate Rat Ark-E
                       Ironball Mania-F

Clear the field to help level up Moonstone.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Bloody Egg X 4, Golden Egg X 2
Elemental Item:        Burning Oil
Enemies & Virus Core:  Hysteria-D
                       Armor Evil-E
                       Skate Rat Ark-E
                       Ironball Mania-F

You must defeat all enemies in the dungeon, so I won't give directions.  Use
a fairy orb to find all enemies easily.

When on Floor B3, I recommend getting the Gott Statue before defeating the
monsters on that floor.  Go West, North, East, East to the Gott Statue.

When you have defeated all the monsters there will be a scene, and Moonstone
will leave.  Kite will automatically return to town.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Log Out

--Desktop--

New Email:
1.  Lios:  He wants you to report on your investigation back in Lambda root
town.

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

In Carmina Gadelica you will see a scene with Lios.  After that you will get
notification that you have mail.

Log Out

--Desktop--

Read the boards.

New email:
1.  BlackRose-Asking if you are doing the right thing.  Answer however you
want.
2.  Lios-Gives you a new area to investigate.  Lambda Ressurecting Confused
Judgement.

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

BlackRose will be waiting for you and she will give you virus core M.

Now your next dungeon will be Lambda Ressurecting Confused Judgement, I
recommend trading for some good armor and weapons for Kite, BlackRose and a
third character (I recommend a Wavemaster.)  Also stock up on items like
Ressurects, healing potions, antidotes and restoratives.  Also buy some of the
bloods to help boost your stats.  You don't have to do any of this if you
don't want to, but trust me you will be glad you did!

Now lets go to the next dungeon you must have BlackRose in your party, invite
a third party member and let's go!

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Lambda Ressurecting Confused Judgement-Protected Area Lios wants you to
investigate.
Lvl.  34  Element:  Fire
Virus Cores needed:  M X 2, E X 1, D X 1.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Field:
Grunty Food:           Snakey Cactus
Enemies & Virus Core:  Hackberry King-E
                       Hysteria-D
                       Metal Eraser-E

Clear the field if you wish and then head to the dungeon.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Golden Egg X 2, Bloody Egg X 1.
Elemental Item:        Burning Oil
Enemies & Virus Core:  Specter-E
                       Skate Rat Ark-E
                       Hysteria-D

B1
North, You will see a scene, North, East, North, Down.

This floor has no enemies so go around collect the treasure chests and break
the eggs to stock up on restorative, antidotes, healing potions, and burning
oils.

B2
North, You will see a scene, North, East, North, West, North, Down.

B3
There is only one way to go so follow the map.  When you come to a doorway
with a purpley haze in front of it, this should be a warning you are going
to fight a boss.  Use any strengthening items you have and make sure that you
are fully healed.  Now get ready for:

==Phase 2--Innis--The Mirage of Deceit--Magic Tolerance==

First have Kite cast a speed charm on himself and BlackRose.  If you brought a
Wavemaster command them to be on First Aid!.  If not then have Kite act as the
healer.  Kite and BlackRose should then use their best skills, but do not use
magic, he has a tolerance.  Also he has an attack that can cause status effects
so cure those right away. I'm unsure of how much life you have to take off him
but just keep plugging away until you can protect break Innis.  Data Drain
Innis for Segment 1.

After Innis is Data Drained, he should have a much more manageable amount of
HP (3000).  Same strategy applies.  Use your best skills, and keep your
characters healed and you should be able to take him down.

You will automatically return to town.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

There will be a scene with Lios.

Log Out

--Desktop--

Check Email.  Kite will contemplate his powers.

New Email
1.  Aura:  Garbled Email as usual but she does give you a new set of keywords.
Lambda Merciless Grieving Furnace.
2.  BlackRose:  Telling you not to listen to Lios anymore, and act on your own
accord.  (Good idea in my opinion)

Also there should be some new News so read that if you like.

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

In Carmina Gadelica you will meet Mistral, everyone on Lambda server is acting
strangely.  She wants to go with you to Lamda Merciless Grieving Furnace.

As before trade for better equipment for Kite and Mistral, stock up on Healing
Potions, Antidotes, Restoratives, Mage's souls, and Ressurects.  Buy some
bloods if you can.  Now put Mistral and one other person in your party and
head to the Chaos gate and go to:

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Lambda Merciless Grieving Furnace-Area written in Aura's Email
Lvl.  35  Element:  Fire
--------------------------------------------------------------

Field:
Grunty Food:           Grunt Mints
Enemies & Virus Core:  Hackberry King-E
                       Armor Evil-E
                       Ironball Mania-F

Clear the field, any experience you get will come in handy.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Invisible Egg X 2, Golden Egg X 1.
Elemental Item:        Burning Oil
Enemies & Virus Core:  Hackberry King-E
                       Valkyrie-D

Go to every room and break every box and barrel to stock up on items.  Use a
fairy's orb to make it easier on each floor.  I highly recommend clearing out
the dungeon but I will give directions for the shortest route:

B1
North, East, South, East, North, Down.

B2
Just keep going North.

B3
To the North, until you get to a doorway with the purpley haze, you know what
that means!  Use any strengthening items you have and head through the door
to face:

==Cubia Core-Physical & Magic Tolerance==
  5000 HP

The Cubia Core will start out with physical tolerance, so have Kite and the
others use Magic!  It might be a good idea to put Mistral on First Aid! as
well.  Now Cubia has friends that will pop up from time to time, the only one
you need to worry about is Repth Gomora it likes to heal Cubia so if you see
it be sure to take it out (use spells I've found that to be the easiest).
Every time Cubia does an attack where it tells you the name he seems to change
his tolerance, so make sure you look to see whether he has magic or physical
tolerance when attacking him.  If he has physical use magic spells.  If he has
magic use physical attacks.  So basically concentrate on the Cubia Core, watch
his tolerance level, and kill the Repth Gomora ASAP.  Just keep at it and
heal when necessary and you will be victorious.

After some scenes you will automatically return to Root Town.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Back at Root Town, Mistral will give you Forestlore.

You will get notification that you have new mail.

Log Out

--Desktop--

Check the boards:
1.  You will get another challange to play tag by Zyan R at Lambda Detestable
Vengeful Scent.
2.  Marlo wants to talk to you at Lambda Stalking Silent Footstep.

New email:
1.  Natsume:  Just telling you that she is going to become stronger.
2.  Sanjuro:  He has found another powerful sword at Lambda Bitter Hot-Blooded
Sand Trap.
3.  Piros:  He wants revenge on the cat that embarassed him at Lambda Shapeless
Haunted Holy Ground.

There is also new news so read that if you would like, and then go to the
world.

Check the boards one more time:
1.  There is a monster named Level 10 Vine that will raise your level X10, but
it seems to be a hoax, it can be found at Lambda Bottomless Hopeless Footstep.

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

You have numerous things you can do, to move the storyline on you must complete
the Piros dungeon, so if you don't feel like doing everything you can just skip
to that one.

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Lambda Stalking Silent Footstep-Marlo wants to speak to Kite.
Lvl.  38  Element:  Water
-------------------------------------------------------------

Kite must be alone for this dungeon.

Field:
Grunty Food:           Mushroom
Enemies & Virus Core:  King Snakoid-D
                       Great Sled Dog-E
                       Voodoo Goblin-D

Clear it if you want but I don't recommend it since Kite is alone.  But if
you are confident go for it!

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Invisible Egg X 1, Golden Egg X 4.
Elemental Item:        Pure Water
Enemies & Virus Core:  Headless King-E
                       Great Sled Dog-E
                       King Snakoid-D

You will see a scene with Marlo and Peace & Justice.

B1
Just go North.

B2
North, West, North, East, North, Down.

B3
North, West, West to Gott Statue leave to the East, continue North.

You will find Marlo fighting a:

--Hades Hound--
  1730 HP--Fire tolerance

Use your best skills, use water spells if you got them.  Data drain him for a
Blitz Spear if you want.  Shouldn't be too hard.

Marlo will then give you his member address!

Kite will automatically return to town.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Now let's go check out that hoax!

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Lambda Bottomless Hopeless Footstep-Lvl 10 Vine is rumored to be here.
Lvl.  39  Element:  Wood
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Field:
Grunty Food:           Mushroom
Enemies & Virus Core:  Orochi-F
                       Mummy Scissors-D
                       King Snakoid-D

Grab two friends for this dungeon.  Clear the field for good experience.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Invisible Egg X 2, Golden Egg X 2.
Elemental Item:        Holy Sap
Enemies & Virus Core:  Mummy Scissors-D
                       Voodoo Goblin-D
                       Pumpkin King-E
                       Statue Menhir-E

B1
North, North, East, East, South, Down.

B2
South, West, North, West, North, Down.

B3
North, East, North, East to Gott Statue, leave to the West, North, West, North
Kite will find Natsume fighting a:

--Hackberry King-Wood Tolerance--

You probably have fought a ton of these already.  So just do your best.

After a scene, Kite & Co will return to town.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Next Sanjuro has found another sword he wants, let's help him out.

-----------------------------------------------------
Lambda Bitter Hot-Blooded Sand Trap-Sanjuro's Dungeon
Lvl.  39  Element:  Fire
-----------------------------------------------------

You must have Sanjuro in your party for this dungeon.

Field:
Grunty Food:           Snakey Cactus
Enemies & Virus Core:  Orochi-F
                       King Snakoid-D
                       Pumpkin King-E

As always clear the field for experience.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Golden Egg X 2, Bloody Egg X 3.
Elemental Item:        Burning Oil
Enemies & Virus Core:  Druid Witch-D
                       Nobabunga Soul-D
                       Pumpkin King-E
                       King Snakoid-D
                       Orochi-F

B1
North, West, South, South, East, Down.

B2
East, North, West, North, West, South, Down.

B3
South, West, West, North to Gott Statue

You will get the Demonic Sword, which Kite will give to Sanjuro.  Sanjuro will
give Kite the Blades of Bond.  Sanjuro will leave the party.  Kite will
return to town.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Alright now let's help Piros out:

---------------------------------------------------
Lambda Shapeless Haunted Holy Ground-Piro's Dungeon
Lvl.  40  Element:  Darkness
---------------------------------------------------

You must have Piros in your party for this dungeon.

Field:
Grunty Food:           La Pumpkin
Enemies & Virus Core:  Star Fish-D
                       Voodoo Goblin-D
                       Sand Hill-F

Clear the field as always (and listen to Piros lovely theme music!)

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Golden Egg X 1, Bloody Egg X 1.
Elemental Item:        Cooked Bile
Enemies & Virus Core:  Headless King-D
                       Voodoo Goblin-D
                       Mummy Scissors-D
                       Killer Box-D

B1
There is only one way to go.

B2
North, East, East, North, North, North, Down.

B3
North, East to Gott Statue, leave to the West, North to find Mia.

There will be a scene, Piros will log out.  Kite will return to town.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Log Out

--Desktop--

New Email:
1.  BlackRose:  Telling you that the boards are back online.

Check the boards
1.  Read everything, but the one to pay attention to is the Epitaph of Twilight
post written by 01.
2.  You should also have gotten another tag challange at Lambda Detestable
Vengeful New Truth.

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

You will meet up with BlackRose who mentions the post about the Epitaph of
Twilight and that she emailed 01.  She says they will have to wait for the
reply.

You will get notification that you have email.

Log Out

--Desktop--

Check the boards
1.  Bear wants to meet up with Mimiru at Theta Rejecting Oblivious Wavemaster.

New Email
1.  Linda:  It seems Balmung is investigating a strange room found by Orca at
Lambda Dying Madness Haunted Land.

Log In.  Head to Theta Server.

----------------------------------------------------------------
Theta Rejecting Oblivious Wavemaster-Bear is meeting Mimiru here
Lvl.  38  Element:  Wood
----------------------------------------------------------------

Field:
Grunty Food:           Mandragora
Enemies & Virus Core:  Statue Menhir-E
                       Mummy Scissors-D
                       King Snakoid-D

Clear the field, watch out for the Statue Menhir's they can revive so take them
out first.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Golden Egg X 1
Elemental Item:        Holy Sap
Enemies & Virus Core:  King Snakoid-D
                       Mummy Scissors-D
                       Statue Menhir-E
                       Pumpkin King-E

B1
You will see a scene with A20.
North, West, South, South, East, North, Down.

B2
North, West, South, South, South, Down.

B3
There is only one way to go.  After you have grabbed the Gott Statue, you will
see a scene.  Kite will get Mimiru's Sword.  Kite will automatically go back
to town.

--Highland City-Dun Loireag--

Now switch back to the Lambda server.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Now grab some friends and go to:

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Lambda Dying Madness Haunted Land-Balmung is investigating a room that Orca had
discovered.
Lvl.  38  Element:  Wood
Virus Cores Needed:  N X 1, F X 1, D X 1, B X 2.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Field:  Jungle Field
Grunty Food:           Piney Apple
Enemies & Virus Core:  Killer Box-D
                       Mummy Scissors-D
                       StarFish-D

Use a Fairy Orb to find your way around, this is set up exactly like a
dungeon.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Invisible Egg X 3, Golden Egg X 1.
Elemental Item:        Holy Sap
Enemies & Virus Core:  King Snakoid-D
                       Mummy Scissors-D
                       Killer Box-D
                       Voodoo Goblin-D
                       Statue Menhir-E

B1
Just go North.

B2
North, North, North, East, East, Down.

B3
Just follow the path.

You will see a scene and you will get Epitaph 01.

Kite will automatically go back to town.

**There is no Gott Statue in this dungeon.**

Log out

--Desktop--

New Emails
1.  Lios:  Telling you to standby.
2.  BlackRose:  Telling you to meet Wiseman at Lamda Dazzling Sage's Arctic.

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Now for the rest of the required dungeons BlackRose is pretty much required
to be in your party, now is a good time to give her any weapons and armor
that will benefit her.  Also giving her a good supply of healing items is also
a good idea.

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Lambda Dazzling Sage's Arctic-You will meet Wiseman here.
Lvl.  42  Element:  Water
----------------------------------------------------------

You must take BlackRose along.

Field:
Grunty Food:           Cordyceps
Enemies & Virus Core:  Starving Ogre-E
                       Moonlighter-E
                       Scorpioid-F

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Golden Egg X 1, Bear Cat Egg X 7
Elemental Item:        Pure Water
Enemies & Virus Core:  Moonlighter-E
                       Starving Ogre-E
                       Druid Witch-D
                       Franken-D

B1
West, North, North, East, East, South, East, North, Down.

B2
North, North, East, North, West, West, North, Down.

B3
To get to Wiseman just head North, he is in the farthest room.
To get the Gott Statue go North, North, West, West.

You can stock up on Recovery Drinks and Pure Water's on this floor.

There will be a scene.  Kite will return to town.

Log out

--Desktop--

New Email
1.  Wiseman:  He wants the Spark Sword in exchange for information on the
Epitaph of Twilight.  The Spark Sword can be found at Lambda Blooming
Promised Walkway.

Log In

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Lambda Blooming Promised Walkway-Area where the Spark Sword is located.
Lvl.  44  Element:  Wood
Virus Cores Needed:  D X 2, F X 2, E X 3.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

BlackRose is required.

Field:
Grunty Food:           Mandragora
Enemies & Virus Core:  Grand Electric-D
                       Temple Knight-E
                       Dalaigon-F

The Dalaigon enemies in this area are a good source of Virus Core F's if you
need any.

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Immature Egg X 3, Golden Egg X 3.
Elemental Item:        Holy Sap
Enemies & Virus Core:  Grand Electric-D
                       Temple Knight-E
                       Big Eyes-F
                       Ironball Titan-F

B1
North, West, West, South, South, South, East, Down.

B2
Follow the path there is only one way to go.

B3
North, you will come to a doorway with a purple haze so get ready for:

--Data Bug Dalaigon--
HP 3570 (after Data Drain)

Use your best skills. Have somebody on full time healing, his breath attack
can be pretty powerful.  Data Drain him for Virus Core O.  Continue using
your best skills (but not fire based)  Data Drain him again (if you want) I got
a Sonic Blade.

Kite will get the Spark sword for defeating him.  He will automatically return
to town.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Back in town you will see a scene.

**If you want the Gott statue you will need to make another trip to this
dungeon.**

Now you need to return to Lambda Dazzling Sage's Arctic to trade the Spark
Sword to Wiseman.

---------------------------------------------------------------
Lambda Dazzling Sage's Arctic-Wiseman is waiting for you here.
Lvl.  42  Element:  Water
---------------------------------------------------------------

BlackRose is required.

Yep you have to go through the dungeon again.  You need to go to the same
room you met Wiseman in before, so use a fairy's orb or use the directions
I gave above.

When you get to Wiseman you will give the Spark Sword to Wiseman.  After a
scene Wiseman will give you his member address! Plus he will give you the
Spark Sword, (which is a rare sword).  Kite will return to town.

Log Out

--Desktop--

New Email
1.  You may have received a bunch of emails from your friends.  I don't know
what the requirment is to get them but I think it means your affection level is
500, and this is their ending email.
2.  BlackRose:  Questioning Wiseman's Email.
3.  Wiseman:  Giving you information about the Epitaph of Twilight, and telling
you to find the Net Slum.

Check the boards:
1.  There is a strange guy talking about Net Slum at Lambda Scattering Fossil's
Milestone.

Log In

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

BlackRose will log in after you, she wants to go with you to Lambda Scattering
Fossil's Milestone.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Lambda Scattering Fossil's Milestone-Strange guy was spotted talking about Net
Slum.
Lvl. 46  Element:  Fire
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

BlackRose must be in Party.

Field:
Grunty Food:           Oh No Melon
Enemies & Virus Core:  Dark Horse-D
                       Sphinx Menhir-E
                       Grand Electric-D

Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Golden Egg X 3, Bloody Egg X 1.
Elemental Item:        Burning Oil
Enemies & Virus Core:  Inferno-E
                       Dark Horse-D
                       Ark Prince-E
                       Headhunt Lord-E

B1
North, North, North, East, East, North, Down.

B2
North, West, North, North, North, Down.

B3
North, North, West to Gott Statue, leave to the East, North

You will see a scene and a new set of keywords will be revealed.

Lambda Pulsating Worst Core-where Net Slum is located.

--Cultural City-Carmina Gadelica--

Kite will return to town, where he will meet up with Balmung.  Balmung will
give him Virus Core Q.

For this next dungeon BlackRose is required, for your third person I recommend
a Wavemaster, if you don't want a Wavemaster then bring someone who can be a
reliable healer, try giving them the Imp's Earrings so that they cast Ola Repth
to heal the whole party.

Now stock up on healing items.  Give some to your other teammates as well.
Get the best armor that you can, and some good weapons.  This is the party that
I used and the armor I had equipped:

Kite:                 BlackRose:             Mistral:
Bloody Blades         Blade 3000             Great Elite
Imp Earrings          Imp Earrings           Imp Earrings
Segmentart            Armor of Hell          Priest's Stole
GoblinGloves A        Cursed Hands           Geist Ring
Powered Boots         Rare Greaves           Devil Greaves

Now get ready to go to:

-----------------------------------------------------------
Lambda Pulsating Worst Core-Area where Net Slum is located.
Lvl.  48  Element:  Fire
Virus Cores needed:  O X 1, F X 3, E X 3, Q X 1.
-----------------------------------------------------------

Field:
Grunty Food:           Twilight Onion
Enemies & Virus Core:  Harpy Queen-E
                       Mad Witch-D
                       Prince Ark-E

Listen to what BlackRose says. "East North South West North.  The gates to
paradise will open."

In the field you will encounter some enemies to Data Drain for some good
weapons.  Ones of note are the Mad Witch DD them for Treasure Wand and the
SWORD a nice weapon for your Blademasters.  Also DD the Harpy Queen for the
Great Elite a nifty weapon for your Wavemasters, and the Jishuwen a weapon for
your Long Arms.


Dungeon:
Grunty Food:           Bear Cat Egg X 6, Golden Egg X 3.
Elemental Item:        Burning Oil
Enemies & Virus Core:  Squidbod-E
                       Easter Rock-E
                       Harpy Queen-E
                       Prince Ark-E
                       Dalaigon Anecdot-F
                       House Golem-F

There are also some good enemies to DD in the dungeon:  The Squidbod, DD for
the Fishskins, a twin blade weapon.  Also Easter Rock for 8 Key Guardian for
the heavyaxeman.

B1
You have to enter the doorways in the directions that BlackRose keeps reciting.
If you mess up she will keep repeating it for you. When you successfully get to
the end, go down.

B2
North, West, North, East, East, North, East, Down.

B3
East, North, East, South, South, West, West, West, Down.

B4
West, West, West, South, East, South, Down.

B5
There is only one way to go.  There will be a door with the purple haze.  DON'T
use any strengthening items to boost stats.  Go through the door to find:

--The Net Slum--

You will see a scene, to continue on with the story you must talk to everybody
in Net Slum, but before talking to the last person, this is a good time to use
your Stat Boosting items.  There will be another scene and you will get
Harald's Note 2.  Yet another scene and then you will have to face:

==Phase 3--Magus--The propagation==

Put your Wavemaster on First Aid!  and tell BlackRose to attack Magus (Use
Designate target).  Now for Kite, he has the most important job of all.  You
may have noticed that Magus drop leaves and they all have timers over them.
Kite must attack and destroy all the leaves before the timer hits 0, if not
Magus will do a devastating attack that could kill your characters instantly.
So have Kite run behind Magus and just attack the leaves, that is all.  The
only time he should stop is if your healer has a status effect cast on them,
just cure them, and continue attacking the leaves.  There will be a brief
moment when he won't drop leaves so attack him, it is brief but you need all
the help you can to bring his HP down.  Just keep at it, and you should be able
to Protect Break him.  Data Drain him for Virus Core U.

Now Magus has 4500 HP, much better.  But he can still hit hard.  He also does
not drop leaves anymore so just have Kite and BlackRose use whatever they got
to take him down.  This is the final boss so don't be shy give him all you
got!!  Keep plugging away and you will win.

Congrats!! You have beaten Magus, and also the game.

You will see a scene.  Then you will be prompted to save your game.  Do so.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
==Section 4 - After beating the game==-----------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

After making your data flag, you will be on your desktop.  There will be new
news to read and also new email.

New email:
1.  From Rika@Bandai-telling you of a new dungeon at Theta Bitter Fantasy
Mirror World.
2.  From Rika@Bandai-giving you information about the data flag.

Check the boards:
There should be a final tag challange at Lambda Detestable Vengeful Gate.

Log in, and head to Theta Server.

--Highland City-Dun Loireag--

----------------------------------------------------------------
Theta Bitter Fantasy Mirror World-Area mentioned by Rika@Bandai.
Lvl.  50  Element:  Fire
Virus Core needed:  U X 1
----------------------------------------------------------------

Make your way to the entrance of the dungeon.  For this dungeon I brought
along Mia and Wiseman.

Dungeon:
Enemies:         Wander Demon-F
                 King Worm-F
                 House Golem-F

Grunty Food:     Bear Cat Egg X 4.
Elemental Item:  Burning Oil

B1
North, West, North, North, East, South, East, Down.

B2
North, West, West, North, East, East, North, Down.

B3
There is only one way to go.  When you get to the doorway with the purpley
haze, heal yourself and enter.  Head toward the magic portal to face:

--Anglomore--
  9999 HP

If you brought a Wavemaster have them heal.  Otherwise have everybody use their
best skills, and have Kite do the healing.  I used Thunder Dance the entire
time and it worked fine.  Data Drain him for the Crimson Raid a rare twin blade
weapon.  After the fight you will get Lucky Shoes, a very nice piece of
equipment for Kite.

Now all that left is to do your final Goblin Tag Challange.

That's it for the extras at the end of the game!  Go ahead and do any leveling
up and collecting of rare weapons, and get ready for the next installment of
.hack!

Also make sure to visit Delta Hidden Forbiddon Holy Ground and see the four
flashbacks from .hack//Sign.  Make sure you have these four key items before
converting the data to Outbreak:  M:Wavemaster, M:TwinBlade, M:HeavyAxeman, M:
LongArm.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
==Section 5 - Goblin Tag==-----------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Goblin Tag Challange #6:

-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Lambda Detestable Vengeful Sunny Demon- Play tag with the Golden Goblin
Lvl.  30  Element:  Fire
Grunty Food:  Oh No Melon
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Kite must be alone.  You will go up against Stehoney R.  Use a speed charm and
chase that bad boy down!!   A good attack I have found to use on him is Thunder
Coil, do your best and you will eventually win.  You will receive Goblin Cap A
for defeating him.

Also once you have beaten Stehoney R, if you log out and check the boards you
will see another tag challange at Lambda Detestable Vengeful Messenger.

Goblin Tag Challange #7:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Lambda Detestable Vengeful Messenger-Play tag with the gob 7th challange
Lvl.  30  Element:  Darkness
Grunty Food:  La Pumpkin
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

As always Kite must be alone.  This guy is fast and can be tricky.  If you
want, cast a speed charm on yourself.  Jonue R is pretty fast so I recommend
casting magic spells or using scrolls on him.  I used MeJuk Kruz on him, it
took two castings to take him down.  You will get Goblin Mail A for defeating
him.

You will get your next Tag Challange at Lambda Detestable Vengeful Scent.

Goblin Tag Challange #8:

--------------------------------------------------
Lambda Detestable Vengeful Scent-8th tag Challenge
Lvl. 35 Element:  Water
Grunty Food:  White Cherry
--------------------------------------------------

This is the 8th tag challange.  Kite must be alone as always.  Use a speed
charm, and then do your best to keep up with him.  Magic seems to always miss.
An attack I found that works really well is Orchid Dance, there is a good
chance of getting an elemental critical.  Also trying Wood scrolls or spells
might be good too, but whenever I used magic it always missed.  For defeating
Zyan R you receive Goblin Gloves A.

After defeating Zyan R you will get your next challange at Lambda Detestable
Vengeful New Truth.

Goblin Tag Challange #9:

------------------------------------------------------
Lambda Detestable Vengeful New Truth-9th tag Challange
Lvl.  38  Element:  Fire
Grunty Food:  Grunt Mints
------------------------------------------------------

Kite must be alone.  You must defeat Albert R, he has an Earth Tolerance.
Easiest way to do it is to cast a Moon scroll and put him to sleep, and then
use Wood Based spells and attacks.  You will get Goblin Boots A.

You will get your final tag challange after beating the game.

Goblin Tag Challange #10:

------------------------------------------------------------
Lambda Detestable Vengeful Gate-Tag Challange from Martina R
Lvl.  42  Element:  Water
Grunty Food:  Mushroom
-------------------------------------------------------------

Martina R is very fast, and she casts a health charm on herself, so she also
heals quickly as well.  First cast a Beast Bane (You can buy these at the
Theta server magic shop) on her (this cancels out her magic tolerance), then
cast The Moon on her (this will put her to sleep), then hit her with any magic
you have.  You should eventually win and she will give you Imp's Praises.

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==Section 6 - Grunty Raising==-------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Grunty types for Lambda Server:

--Bony Grunty
--Snakey Grunty
--Noble Grunty

-How to get:

Bony Grunty:  Formulas

1.  11 Golden Eggs
     1 Twilight Onion
     5 White Cherries
     1 La Pumpkin
     1 Mandragora
     5 Invisible Eggs

2.  13 Golden Eggs
     6 Cordyceps
     3 Piney Apples
     3 Grunty Mints
     2 Mandragora

Snakey Grunty:  Formulas

1.  11 Golden Eggs
     5 Bloody Eggs
     5 Cordyceps
     3 Piney Apples

2.   5 Oh No Melon
     3 Cordyceps
     2 Piney Apples
    15 Golden Eggs

3.  11 Golden Eggs
     1 Twilight Onion
     1 Oh No Melon
     5 White Cherries
     1 Piney Apple
     5 Invisible Eggs

Noble Grunty

--Just feed him one type of any food.  Whatever you have the most of do not
waste Golden Eggs on him.

Grunty Types for Theta Server:

--Poison Grunty
--Iron Grunty
--Noble Grunty

-How to get:

Iron Grunty:  Formulas

1.  6 Golden Eggs
    1 Snaky Cactus
    1 Mandragora
    2 Immature Eggs
    4 Piney Apples
    1 Mushroom
    2 White Cherry
    1 Oh No Melon
    2 Grunt Mint
    2 Twilight Onion

Poison Grunty:  Formulas

--Thanks to ZynX for providing this info.
1.  4 Piney Apples
    3 Snakey Cactus
    1 Immature Egg
   11 Golden Eggs

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==Section 7 - Grunty Racing==--------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

You can race your grunties as long as you have raised every type of Grunty for
that particular server.

--Theta Server--

For the prizes you can get each prize 3 times, after that you will just get
a common item.  Example:  Place 1st 3 times you get 1 Golden Grunty each time
for a total of 3.

Prizes:
1st Place:  (Image 51)  Golden Grunty
2nd Place:              Silver Grunty
3rd Place:              Divine Cross

Common items after Placing:
1st 3 times:            !Ivory Bracelet
2nd 3 times:            !Silver Scarab
3rd 3 times:            !Yellow Candy

If you do not come close to rankings:
Consolation Prize:  Fortune Wire

If you come very close but do not make the rankings:
Consolation Prize:  Speed Charm

-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Here are my times for Grunty Racing on Theta Server:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

1st Place:  00:19:60
            Iron Grunty

2nd Place:  00:19:66
            Iron Grunty

3rd Place:  00:19:70
            Iron Grunty

I got all three items for Placing 1st, 2nd & 3rd.  This is the end result.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

--Lambda Server--

Prizes:
1st Place:  (Image 52)   Golden Grunty
2nd Place:               Silver Grunty
3rd Place:               Emperor's Soul

Common items after Placing:
1st 3 times:             Stonecall
2nd 3 times:             Water Summon
3rd 3 times:             Light Cross

If you do not come close to rankings:
Consolation Prize:  Fortune Wire

If you come very close but do not make the rankings:
Consolation Prize:  Fairy Orb

-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Here are my times for Grunty Racing on Lambda Server:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

1st Place:  00:18:46
            Bony Grunty

2nd Place:  00:18:56
            Bony Grunty

3rd Place:  00:18:60
            Bony Grunty

I got all three items for placing 1st, 2nd & 3rd.  This is the end result.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------
--Grunty Racing Tips--
----------------------

(Thanks to Angel of Life for these.)

1.  The best choice on Grunty racing is to choose the Iron grunty on the Theta
Server or the Bony Grunty on the Lambda server.

2.The best order to grab flags is:

Theta race:   Green, Red, Purple
Lambda race:  Purple, Red, Green

3.  A good way to race is to run close to the first flag, and start going the
other way.  This way your grunty will "slide" to the flag.

(Thanks to Tomio Tran for these tips):

-To get the 2nd place Grunties use the 2nd grunties on the list not the
Iron or Bony, but the Snakey or Poison, they will not have as much speed as
the Iron or Bony but they have really good traction and is good practice
before using the faster ones (it's possible to get 1st place with them, but
you have to be real good at racing, I made the cut time with a 2nd rate grunty
by 2 milliseconds.)

-The Iron and Bony grunties are for getting first
When trying to get first place and you have had enough practice, don't go all
out and try to win with the best time when only trying to get the first golden
grunty. If you do, it will be hard to beat your score, so in Theta, don't quit
when you bump into a person this could be important to getting your next golden
grunty.

-This takes time to learn but when you have to stop and do a quick 180
you immediatly press back on the analog so you're going the way you came,
press R2, and press up, this has to be done quickly and is vital to saving
time.

-When breaking with a fast grunty that doesn't have any good traction
(Iron or Bony), you should press back on the analog and make sure you slide
backwards into the flag and barely touch it with your tail this is also
vital to getting 1st place.

-When turning with a fast grunty (Iron or Bony) you realize you will
have a tremendous slide, but this is normal, to make it easier, turn at a
sharp angle so you can stop sliding sooner and head forward, this is
especially important in the Lambda server.

-In Theta you should ride on the edges of the wooden planks, this cuts
a couple of seconds off your time.

-Don't use R2 to straighten the camera view when you're view is crooked
because it makes it so you can't turn with the analog and you just keep
going straight, to stop this you have to stop your grunty, which is a
waste of time.

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==Section 8 - Miscellaneous==--------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-------------------------------
==New Characters for Volume 2==
-------------------------------

Nuke Usagimaru-Long Arm
Rachel-Blademaster
Moonstone-Twin Blade
Marlo-Blademaster
Wiseman-Wavemaster (you cannot use Wiseman until after you have completed the
game.)

------------------------------------------
==How to see Flashbacks from .hack//Sign==
------------------------------------------

Warp to:

==Delta Hidden Forbiddon Holy Ground--Area that BlackRose gave to you in
.hack//Infection.==

You can see four flashbacks:  (May be spoilers for the TV show)

Flashback #1:  Bear & Mimiru confront Tsukasa about his real life person.
You will receive a Golden Grunty and Key Item M:Wavemaster.

Flashback #2:  You see Sora asking BT for her member address.  You will
receive a Silver Grunty and key item M:Twin Blade.

Flashback #3:  Subaru discusses Tsukasa with Bear, Mimiru, BT and the Silver
Knight.  You will receive a Golden Grunty and M:Heavy Axeman.

Flashback #4:  The fight between Sora and Crim.  You will receive a Silver
Grunty and Key Item M:Long Arm.

These flashbacks can be seen at certain times of the games just keep checking
back to see if you can get the flashback.

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==Elemental Items==
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The elemental items can be found in the dungeons by breaking, boxes, crates,
barrels and eggs.

--Burning Oils-Found in any Fire Element Dungeon.
--Well Waters-Found in any Earth Element Dungeon.
--Pure Waters-Found in any Water Element Dungeon.
--Sports Drinks-Found in any Thunder Element Dungeon.
  To get Thunder fields use the keyword Twin Hills in Part C.
--Cooked Bile-Found in any Darkness Element Dungeon.
--Holy Sap-Found in any Wood Element Dungeon.

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==Interesting Areas==
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Lambda Capricious Unending Corridor
--The Gott Statue contains Chinese Food (used to trade for the Super Wufei)
Also a chest in the dungeon contains the rare twin blade weapon Gemini Soul.

Lambda Bottomless Soul Kaleidoscope
--The Gott Statue contains a BL Yokohoma, a book that raises your water element
+3.

Lambda Lightless Scacred Remains
--The Gott Statue contains Bent Glasses (a Rare Armor)

Delta Hideous Organ Market Scaffold (Originally in .hack//Infection).
--You can get the Ice Bar (used to trade for the Key Axe).

**All of these areas I got off the GameFAQs Messageboards, I'm sorry but I
don't remember who originally posted it**

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==Rare Weapons==
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When looking for high level fields to find some of these monsters, try using
the Keywords Chosen Hopeless __________.  These types of Fields will normally
be Level 50.

--Twin Blades--

Fishskin--DD from Squidbod
--Can be found at Lambda Chosen Hopeless Wavemaster

Blades of Bond--Given to you by Sanjuro after completing his dungeon.

Crimson Raid--DD from Anglomore (Bonus Dungeon after beating the game).

Gemini Soul--Located in a chest at Lambda Capricious Unending Corridor.

--Wavemaster--

Great Elite--DD from Harpy Queen.
--Can be found at Lambda Chosen Hopeless Wavemaster

Rod of Pattern--DD from Wander Demon.
--Can be found at Lambda Chosen Hopeless Wavemaster

--Long Arm--

Super Wufei--Trade with Annri by using Chinese Food.

Jinshuwen-DD from Harpy Queen.
--Can be found at Lambda Chosen Hopeless Wavemaster

--Heavy Axe--

Key Axe--Trade with Panta by using the Ice Bar.

8 Key Guardian--DD from Easter Rock.
--Can be found at Lambda Chosen Hopeless Fort Walls (Dungeon)

--Heavy Blade--

Lavaetinn--DD from House Golem.
--Can be found at Lambda Chosen Hopeless Fort Walls (Field & Dungeon)

Blade 3000--DD from Easter Rock.
-Can be found at Lambda Chosen Hopeless Fort Walls (Dungeon)

--Blademaster--

SWORD--DD from Mad Witch.
--Can be found at Lambda Chosen Hopeless Fort Walls (Field)

Bureido-DD from King Worm.
--Can be found at Theta Bitter Mirror Fantasy World

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== Section 9 - Email Information==---------------------------------------------
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If you have any questions or comments please email me at jens2you2001@yahoo.com.
Any help would be appreciated.  Also if you find any errors please email me
and let me know.

When emailing me information and you would like credit for please tell me:

--Your GameFAQS screen name.

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==Section 10 - Credits==--------------------------------------------------------
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-Bandai for making such a great game.

-GameFAQs.com for posting my walkthrough on their site.

-Nathan Quinn (Akodo)-For telling me about the .hack//sign flashbacks and the
grunty racing prizes for Theta server.

-Thanks to David (MedicatedEmotion) for telling me about the lesser prizes on
Lambda Server.

-Thanks to ZynX for providing me with a formula to get the Poison Grunty.

-Thank you to Angel of Life and Tomio Tran for providing me with Grunty racing
tips.

-Thanks to everyone who has emailed me and given suggestions or made comments
about my guide, I really appreciate it!!

This walkthrough can be posted at:

GameFAQs.com
dothackers.net
thevgnation.com

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