In most RPGs, weapons are a vital component to defeating monsters and leveling up; no game is complete without them. However, as many gamers know, weapons can be VERY expensive almost to the point of breaking the bank i.e. spending every last dime or level grinding to make enough money to buy new weapons for everyone on the team; the same principle applies in Shining Force II.
The problem with doing this is that you can have enough money to buy weapons in that first town, but nowhere near enough to buy any in the second town onward; your team’s chances of success becomes more grim than Kratos fighting Ares in Round 2 without his chained blades in God of War.
This happened to me the last time I played Shining Force II and I can tell you that there is nothing worse than having a promoted party using weak weapons, I didn’t know what to do but I did come up with an idea.
The basis of every Shining Force II battle consists of twelve characters in one active party which means that other characters are standing in the inspection room or HQ waiting to get their chance to get tagged into battle. Strategically, I needed a plan to buy good weapons for my promoted people without going broke and I did; here’s what to do.
Give same weapon users hand-me-downs
This very useful strategy will come in handy when you’re faced with buying that new weapon and another character has a weaker weapon that is barely putting a dent into the monsters, so what you can do is to give your hand-me-downs to a character who uses the same weapon. For example, let’s say Bowie (HERO) get his hands on a Counter Sword and he has the Critical Sword.
This is where it will all start!
Give that Critical Sword to either Jaha (BRN) or Slade (NINJ) hence making it easier for gamers to get weapons for other characters; there’s no reason to buy every sword user a Counter Sword because promoted characters’ strength don’t decrease if they use a Buster Sword or a Battle Sword.
The main point here is affordability, weapons increase your characters’ attack and defense so it is worth noting that buying all of your characters new weapons is a must but so is saving money for other things like healing items or buying “deal” items.
Sell the weapon of characters taking a rest i.e. not in battle (optional)
Now this strategy is completely optional as I have it in the heading, but sometimes weaker weapons especially if they are promoted weapons will fetch a pretty penny when being sold at the shops; its not necessary for characters not participating in battle to keep weapons in their possession or weapons that are getting old. Incidentally, you can sell the weapons of characters who are not in battle.
I’d sell that Freeze Staff, it’ll be worth more!
The rationale is that you need every dime that you can muster, so while it seems like a good idea to let your non-participant characters keep their weapons, it’s actually better to sell them. The logic behind this is twofold; those characters will be given new weapons upon being put into battle and the older weapons, provided that they are promoted weapons, can be given to other characters.
With the weapons being older, they can be used to weaken enemies to make it easier for under leveled characters to destroy those monsters so it is not to say that those older weapons will not come in handy because they will; most weapons will still hit for a lethal amount of damage even if they do seem weak.
Trade out characters every five levels
Whenever I play this game, I aspire to get every character on an even level and that includes those who you go back for at Creed’s Mansion to recruit after you get the Sky Orb. However, with a huge assortment of characters, one can easily become overwhelmed; I was no exception. I can tell too that there are characters in the game that some gamers prefer and will not bother using anyone else.
Look at those levels, this is trash!
That’s all fine and good, but trading out characters every five levels is a good medium because it can give gamers the chance to assess every character’s strength and weakness especially if you’re going to send a Gladiator (GLDT) into a battle alongside a Baron (BRN) and a Sorcerer (SORC); by the way, that’s a good combo.
Another reason to do this is because you’ll be able to save money on weapons, but you’ll also be able to get to know the characters as well as assess their battle potential; it is easy to send Taya (SORC) into battle alongside Kazin (SORC) but Kazin is a little more proficient than Taya so it wouldn’t be wise to put her in Kazin’s place.
Buy as you go along
A good strategic way of saving money on buying weapons for your characters or the ones that you’ll be taking into battle with you is to buy as you go along; don’t feel obligated to work harder than you have to in order to get money for weapons, it is best to buy them as you go along.
The reason for doing this is because if you buy as you go along, you’ll fare better in the long run when you need money for healing drops or healing seeds which is always a must buy when playing this game.
Saving money on expensive weapons can save you a lot of time and headache especially if you buy as you go along, trade out characters every five levels before going into battle then you’ll be okay to buy weapons later on if you need to. Also, don’t forget to give your characters hand me down from other characters because that character will have a weapon in case you decide to put them in.
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