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Golden Sun
Also known as: Ougon no Taiyou

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CHEATS, HINTS AND PLAYING TIPS

BUTTON COMBINATION CHEATS

NAMING CHARACTERS

On the screen where you give a name to Robin, push Select, Select, Select, and you will be able to input a name for Gerald, Ivan and Mary after you confirm a name for Robin, instead of starting the game.
Also, after you do the above, if you press on the + Control Pad:
Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Right, Down, Left, Up, then Select, you will also be able to custom input the names for 3 other in-game characters including Jasmine.

TELEPORT

With this cheat, you will be transported to the sanctum in the last town you visited:
When you first start your game go to "Continue". When you select your file, hold:
L + R + Start + Select

GENERAL: HINTS AND PLAYING TIPS
Easy experience and gold:
Walk outside towns and battle monsters, but do not wander too far away. Use Herbs, Nuts, or anything else that cures your characters. When you run out of magic to heal or need to buy more Herbs, return to town. Go inside the inn or item shop and get cured. Note: You may want to do both. All the gold that you received from battle goes towards curing yourself, but is worth it since you will gain levels faster. Repeat those steps until reaching the desired level. Note: You may want to repeat this trick when you see a change of monsters levels.
Easy experience: Go to an area with Drone Bees, such as Lamakan Desert. Get into a battle that includes Drone Bees. Kill all the enemies except for the Drone Bees. Keep defending until the enemies look for allies and there are about six enemies on the screen. Start killing them one by one. When you are deciding who to attack, have all your characters attack the same bee or you can have two characters attacking two different bees. Kill the bees one by one or two by two and they will keep coming back. If you are fast enough, you can gain easy experience. Basically all you have to do is keep pressing A when you have six bees on the screen.
Easy money:
Before you enter the portal in Sol Santum at the start of the game, take all of Jenna's items and sell them.
Easy money (2):When you get to Crossbone Isle, use Douse on the pink tornado and fight him for lots of experience and money. Go into the cave and when you exit it will be back. There are no monsters on the isle so you can just walk around to restore Psyenergy.
Easy items: Immediately before entering the portal to the elemental stars in Sol Sanctrum, take all of Jenna's items and give them to Isaac or Garet. Note: You will never have another chance to do this.
Quick complete healing: When you are nearing a purple Psynergy Stone, such as in Vale or Venus Lighthouse, set all of your Djinn, have Mia cast Wish Well until you are fully healed, and use the Stone. You will be completely healed and ready to fight again.
Dijiin: Make sure you set your Dijiin the way you want before a battle. If you know you are going to fight a lot of enemies, it would be a good idea to have your Dijiin ready to summon. If you are going to fight a small number of enemies you should not have it ready to summon.
Psyenergy: Use your Psyenergy wisely. You should not just use your Psyenergy at any time, because you will quickly run out. You should only use it when needed or when it will stop you from receiving considerable damage.
Herbs: Carry plenty of herbs in dungeons. Even a small task in a dungeon can wipe you out. You will save more money by doing this than by having to revive one of your team members. You will also always have all your team members ready to fight.
Inns: Use the inns whenever needed. Inns are your best and cheapest source to get healed quickly. Use them even for minor damage, or just to recover lost Psyenergy. Inns are inexpensive and efficient.
Altmiller Cave: When you get to the bottom floor where you have to turn the stones in sequence, use Reveal to see the stones in color. You do not have to memorize the sequence. This is also useful if you want to just walk by Babi, without listening to his long speech.
Barricade: When you get to the barricade look to the left to see a box taller than Isaac. Use your Psyenergy to move it.
Colosso: Once Issac is admitted into Colosso, if you lose any of the fights the first time you try, Isaac will wake up and it will be just before you began competing in Colosso. This only works the first time you fight in Colosso; otherwise you lose permanently.
Ivan: Keep close watch on Ivan's health. Ivan is the youngest of your group. He is only 15, while the others are all 17. He will get hurt faster. Give him more defensive equipment and less offensive equipment because he uses more Psyenergy than direct attacks.
Use Reveal to find items: Use Reveal to find items that are in boxes, ovens, jars, graves, etc. instead of wasting your time looking. Use Reveal near jars and other small storage objects. If you see sparkles off the object, it means there is an item inside.
Use cursed objects: Obtain the Cleric Ring from Crossbone Isle. This ring is found in a chest and will remove the "effects of a curse" allowing you to use the item and be able to move.
Aura Gloves: Defeat the Manticores in the Suhalla Desert to receive the Aura Gloves that boost elemental resistance.
Feathered Robe: Use Wind Djinni on the Grand Golems to kill them. Sometimes you will get a Feathered Robe, but the odds of getting it is low. It is Mia's best armor.
Game Tickets: Buy items from either Item Shops, Weapon Shops, or Armor Shops. You can get about four Tickets from each Shop in each Town.
Giant Axe: If you destroy an Earth Golem with a Wind Djinni, you will have a slight chance of obtaining the Giant Axe. It is very rare, but your attack rises by +158 and it unleashes Meltdown.
Kikuichimonji: To get Ivan's ultimate weapon, the Kikuichimonji, go to Venus Lighthouse and start killing Fenrirs. The Kikuichimonji drops rarely off of them. Just keep fighting and killing them until that happens.
Lucky Medals: Throughout the game, search gravestones. Usually you will find Lucky Medals.
Spiked Armor: Defeat a lot of monsters in Venus Light House to get this item. It will increase your attack power.
Turtle Boots: When you get through the Barricade, there is a small island with a bridge up near it. There are some woods there. Press A and Isaac will search. Keep pressing A until you find the Turtle Boots.
Unicorn Ring: Defeat a great number of monsters in Venus Light House . This item is used to remove poison from a party member.
Zodiak Wand: The Zodiak Wand is sometimes dropped by monsters in the Venus Lighthouse. The Zodiak Wand unleashes Shining Star.
Selling rare items: If you have rare Items, you can sell them to shops and they will be put under rarities. If you want them back, you have to buy them. This is useful for good, but unusable weapons (such as cursed objects).
Venus Lighthouse items: Keep killing the monsters at the Venus Lighthouse. They may eventually drop Celestial Wand that unleashes Shining Star. You may also get a Blessed Mace which heals 200 HP when used. Neither of these are extremely strong, but are useful. Shining Star usually gives the enemy Delusion.
Venus Lighthouse entrance: Use "Reveal" on the painted wall in the beginning. It will lay a "scholar" near the wall. The "Carry Stone" will be in there.
Cheap weapons: If you enter a new town, always buy the cheap weapons first. Even though they may not seem strong, they are good enough to help you get to the next town, village, cave, etc. This is a good way to not spend as much money.
Warp back to Sahulla: Use the following trick to warp back to Sahulla when one of the Tornado Lizard's storms catch you. Use any Psyenergy move besides the ones that heal you or douse. The storm will fly up in the air and land near by Sahulla.
Tempest Lizard: After you return from fighting Dead Beard on Cross Bone Isle. Use the Red Tornado to warp to Suhulla. Then, go back to the desert and the Red Tornado should be back. This time use Douse and instead of a Tornado Lizard, the Tempest Lizard will appear.
Snow: Cast the water Psynergy "Douse" in the snowy northern town of Imil. The game does not show the usual dousing water spell. Instead, it shows frozen snowflakes falling from the sky.
Mercury Lighthouse: To finish Mercury Lighthouse, you must have Mia on your team. To get to the top of the lighthouse stand in the hands of the goddess and use Mia's Ply. This allows you to walk on water on selected squares. Once you have completed the puzzles, you will fight Satarous.
Fleeing: When you are in a battle with monsters, you have about an 85% chance of escaping if you select "Flee" immediately. This helps if you are on a mission.

DEFEATING HINTS
Any Boss:
You only need two Djinn, Granite and Flash, to defeat any Boss in the game. Set them to any two characters. On the first turn, attack with everyone but one of these two. For example, Issac has Granite and Garet has Flash, Issac should use Granite, nearly nullifying all responding attacks. On the next turn, attack/summon/whatever with Ivan and Mia, but set Granite with Issac and use Flash with Garet. The next turn, set Flash again and use Granite. Repeat those steps until you win the battle. This makes your characters nearly invincible, with even the Fusion Dragon doing damages as little as 13 for its most powerful attacks.
Fighting Bosses again: Go to "Battle" at the menu, then talk to the lady at the counter. Answer "Yes" to battle a monster, then step into the circle.After a few rounds with battling, you should meet one of the Bosses from the game. Note: You must be level 16 or higher.
Dead Beard: Go to Crossbone Isle, and go all the way through until you find a pirate ship. Go onto the pirate ship. Go to the north side of the ship, towards the treasure ship. You will run into a huge Dead Pirate named Dead Beard. Dead Beard is more difficult than the Fusion Dragon you fight at the end of the game. It is highly recommended that you are at level 30 before you fight him, After you defeat him, take the treasure. The other treasure chest near the sail is a mimic.
Fusion Dragon: The Fusion Dragon is weak against water and has 5200 to 5300 HP. Attack with regular attacks, except for Mia. Mia should use the Psyenergy Wish Well to heal the group. When she runs low on Psyenergy, use an Energy Star. Repeat this strategy. If you feel lucky, use Bind with Ivan to bind the Fusion Dragon's Psyenergy.
Menardi: Menardi is weak against Water and has 3,000 HP.
Saturos and Menardi permanently: Begin with all Djinn sets. Defensive ones are very helpful. Saturos and Menardi have 3000 HP, 260 EP, and 3000 EXP.
Saturos in the Mercury Tower: Since Saturos is a fire adept, use Mia's two Dijnii frequently. Also, watch Ivan and Garet's HP..
Saturos: Saturos is weak against Water and has 3,000 HP
Tret: If you can use magic enough with Isaac and Garet, you will get Spire (for Isaac) and Volcano (for Garet). Use Flint with Isaac, Volcano with Garet, and Ray with Ivan, then do the same thing but instead of Flint, use Venus with Isaac. Then, when Flint is recovering, use Spire. Keep using this method and it should only take a few turns.
The thieves: To defeat the thieves in Vault, use your Djnii and Psynergy frequently. Have herbs, etc. handy before the battle. Keep an eye on Ivan's HP.

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