Hello, I came here from SDA (if anybody cares) to find out if the people here can help me. I am planning to do speedrun attempts on this game in the near future and the first thing I'll be doing is trying to drastically improve my boss times. However, regarding the rest of the game, I am still relatively clueless as to how to achieve the best time. My main questions are:
1) How to level? Killing enemies in your path vs. running through and simply grind in a good room before bosses.
2) What is the "fastest" level to be for each boss, meaning when is it worth to grind a bit to kill a boss faster and when is it better not to?
3) Is there a good and fast way to make use of the extended air combo sequence break to the mountains? What I mean is: Is it ever worth it to go there to powerlevel, saving time? About which level should you be to be able to kill reasonably fast? Which equip?
4) Are there any sequence breaks besides the ones involving the extended air combo?
This is the first place I started looking around so I am still very uninformed about this game (speedrun wise) and I hope you guys can help me.
Any opinions/answers are appreciated. If there is a good, recent speedrun video of this game (probably the WR is held by a Japanese runner, I am guessing at least) that would be of GREAT help. If anybody does runs of this game already: a written guide of what you are doing (and maybe why) would also be good.
There's a topic on SDA for the PC version already, though I don't think it's been updated in a while. Anyway, I asked a skilled player known as "gaiachaos2000" (seriously, check some of his YsF videos on YouTube, if you haven't already) for advice for the would-be runner, and here's the important stuff he told me (the first thing is regarding a run done by another user - not sure if it's up on Nicovideo anymore):
This is the link. You need to register in order to view the videos. www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/13236369 . These videos are not his best, keep in mind. He could have easily trimmed off several minutes from the boss battles...if he had fought the bosses my way.
First things first, you need to learn the shortcuts. Check his videos.
You don't need to use boost to cross the cliffs. You just have to dash-jump and then do five consecutive slashes in the air. This requires some practice.
Double jump: You need it to cross faraway platforms (shortcuts) later in the game, especially in the castle and to beat Istersiva in a short period of time. Whoever said otherwise isn't very smart. You could complete the game w/o the double jump, but you would have too much time added to the timer.
Guillen: You can skip it altogether.
Wind ring: Get the wind elemental ring and the emerald right after you obtain the winged talisman from Elena. I think that way is much faster. You do not need the wind ring to beat Gyalva.
Very easy and easy modes: Double jump not needed at all because nearly all the bosses can be killed in less than 30 seconds.
Normal, hard, nightmare, and inferno: You need the double jump if you want to speed things up. Skipping the double jump will result in longer boss fights. You will also have to a lot of trial and errors to figure out Adol's optimal level before proceeding to fight a boss.
I don't think I can help you much more than that, as I don't know a whole lot of "advanced" stuff about this game. You could try contacting gaiachaos for more assistance, but he did tell me (a little while back) he wanted to do a run himself someday.
YouTube is how I contacted him, but I think he also goes by "BlackBean" on these forums (at least, I think that's him).
About going to the Elderm Mountains early, I don't know if it's worth it for early leveling, but in the Nicovideo run, it was the first place the guy went, in order to get larger gold drops from the pots and such (I don't remember what he bought, though - one of the weapons, I think). I'm not sure of the specifics, but you can get there without Double Jump by using Boost mode + jumping slashes, or something like that (really tricky to do, as I recall).
I guess you posted this before I was in your stream :S Anyways, as I already told, I tried YouTube and his xanga site, just have to wait now. I still couldn't find that speedrun on nicovideo, all I can find is either time attacks or casual stuff. Not knowing the name of the runner doesn't help either :/ I think I know all the major sequence breaks now that are confirmed to work and be useful, however, if there has been a new discovery recently, I wouldn't know about that one. Guess it will come down to gaiachaos since he a) knows probably more about time savers and boss strats than every other westerner b) knows the good Japanese players and could give me names maybe.
Also, the Elderm Mountain skip isn't too hard, I tried it 3 times and can do it consistently now. It's just doing two jump slashes as soon as you star the jump and then, chaining a neutral air attack and after that continuing with airstrikes (in case you were curious :x)