In this guide, I share tips on the 99 Frog Catching Side Quest of Final Fantasy IX. It’s pretty tedious as the frogs take 10 years to respawn and even more frustrating when trying to complete it on Disk 4. However once successful, Quina unlocks the secret boss fight against her mentor Quale. Which when defeated, will give you her Ultimate Weapon, the Gastro Fork. As a bonus, encountering a Gigan Toad in Qu Marsh and having Quina eat the creature, will give her the insanely powered Frog Drop ability.
There’s a brutally difficult Hades Boss in Final Fantasy IX, but defeating him will unlock a Synthesis Shop… which can turn the Hammer Item from the Stellazio Coin Side Quest into Steiners Tinfoil Armor. Keeping the Hammer until the end will instead reveal a secret cutscene, whereas beating Ozma before Hades unlocks a small Easter Egg.
There’s a SuperBoss hidden in Final Fantasy which requires a few Side Quests to complete before being able to meet him. You need to get yourself a Chocobo and collect every Chocograph Treasure Chest with the Hot and Cold Minigame. Once finished, you should have Stenier and Garnet’s Ultimate Weapons, whereas I’d recommend finding Zidane’s as well at one of the Chocobo Dive Spots. At this point, Ozma can be accessed but it will be much harder to defeat until completing the Friendly Monsters Side Quest. Which if you’re playing any of the ports, can use the Analog Thumb Flicking technique to reduce a chance of encountering regular enemies… or equipping the 9999 Damage Assist to make them go by faster. Then equipping the correct Armor/Abilities, and using Shadow Based Attacks is pretty much all that’s left.
Mu – Village of Dali (Fields) Ghost – Treno (Fields) Ladybug – Black Mage Village (Forest) Yeti – Burmecia (Fields) Nymph – Iifa Tree (Fields) Jabberwok – Oeilvert (Forest) Feather Circle – Esto Gaza (Forest) Garuda – Gizamaluke’s Grotto (Forest) Yan – Vile Island (Forest)
I was doing my usual rounds of Frog Catching and stumbled upon a Glitch. Luckily the Switch Port has Auto Save after entering a new location, otherwise I might have lost quite some progress due to this
Probably my favorite Side Quest in Final Fantasy IX as I didn’t even realize it was even a Side Quest in the first place. Twas just putting save when I chose the Mognet option, next thing I know I’m intrigued by the Moogles letters telling of the “legendary delivery hideout” Mognet. Alongside Slitzkin, the traveling merchant… it really made saving the game and finding Moogles something to look forward too.
I have finally finished Final Fantasy IX for the games 20th Anniversary, but it seemed my characters weren’t prepared for the Final Boss. Not wanting to miss this day, I rushed through the final section here and did my best at the last boss. However it was taking too long without any progress, feeling frustrated I did the unthinkable and applied the 9999 Damage Boost Assist in this FF9 Port. I wasn’t proud of myself and overall didn’t feel satisfied with this experience, souring the ending here. To which I swore I’d redeem myself, complete the missing Side Quests and legitimately battle this Boss soon after. The Redemption Final Fantasy IX Boss Battle can be viewed here:
This is an optional Boss fight only available twice in the game, even then it was pretty bootleg and forced the characters to attack with only magic when the pages were open… otherwise physical moves do barely any damage.