How To Use Summons And Get Prism Equipment
The Casino Trick
Fooling Around On The Status Screen
Radical Dreamers ~ Le Tresor Interdit Lyrics
Radical Dreamers SNES: Music, Info, Walkthrough
There are really five types of Elements in CC. Here's a quick run-through.
Regular Elements: You can use these Elements once in any battle, but they don't disappear after battle. Certain Elements require that the person equipping them must have the same innate Element as the Element color. Elements have a natural level slot on which they must be equipped, but also usually have a range of slots higher and lower than that which they can be equipped on.
OK, this is a long one. First off, how to even start getting Prism Equipment? No one will sell it until Zappa learns how. To do that, you have to beat the Black Dragon the "real" way, then return to Marbule once you have Serge, buy the Master Hammer, and take Zappa to meet himself. You can now buy Prism equipment using the Smith Spirit item.
Problem: Not only do you need an extra-rare Rainbow Shell to forge Prism equipment, you also need one of every Shiny material. The only way to get Shiny materials is to beat regular enemies using Summons; you'll get one Shiny material for every enemy killed by a Summon. Shiny materials correspond to Elements. If you use a Green Element Summon against normal enemies, you'll get a Shiny Leaf after battle. Blue = Shiny Dew, Red = Shiny Ember, Yellow = Shiny Sand, Black = Shiny Soot, and White = Shiny Salt. Enemies won't drop their normal items after battle if you beat them using Summons, and if you beat bosses with Summons you won't get any Shiny materials.
Another method of getting Shiny materials is to disassemble special accessories. Since you can steal these accessories from certain enemies, it might be easier than getting Summons to work. Here's a list of who has what (if you see "drops", that means that the enemy drops it, as opposed to being able to steal it from him):
So to the other method: Using Summons. This is tough because you need to get the Field Effect all one color first, and most enemies will use their own techniques to screw it up. The easiest way, of course, is to have the "Field" Elements (RedField, GreenField, BlueField, YellowField). These automatically turn the Field effect that color. So, for example, have one Yellow-innate character have a Yellow Summon equipped, and have another character have the YellowField Element equipped. (You can put it as low as Level 3 with no ill effects.) Build the character's Levels up to the required amounts, then wait until the enemies have used Elements. Right afterwards, use the Field and then the Summon!
Wuh-oh... there's no Field Element for Black or White! This one's a bit tougher. Say you want to use the Black Summon. Give one of the other characters (I'll call him Char1) a Black Element (any one) on his Level 1 slot, and give the other character (Char2) TWO Black Elements in the Level 1 slot. Build up the Element Levels. Now, wait until the enemies have used their Elements. Make sure Char2 has a full 7 points of Stamina. Right away, have Char2 use a Black Element, then Char1 use his Black Element. Unless Char2 has a really low Stamina rating (giving him/her a Stamina Belt or Ring can remedy that), he/she should be back up to 1.0 Stamina, which is enough for him/her to use the second Black Element. Now the Summon character can call the Summon, and voila!
Even so, the Prism equipment costs over 20,000G a pop, so you may not be able to get this stuff the first time around. It's good for New Game+, though.
You can try out the casino in the S.S. Zelbess any time you like. But there's an easy way to get the higher-level prizes. When the wheel is turning, keep pausing the game until you see that the compass points between S and W. Now hold the X button (or whatever you set the Action button to) down and unpause the game. It'll hit N every time! You'll get a Rainbow Shell for the Level 1 Prize, and after that you'll get Denadorites. Levels 2-4 Prizes aren't worth getting.
Looking at a character's stats show the polygon character, spinning around slowly. But you can manipulate the image yourself by pressing the Triangle key. The character stops spinning and the following options are now available to you:
As well, I've provided the lyrics and translation for the ending theme, Radical Dreamers ~ Le Tresor Interdit, as graciously provided by Nora Stevens of the Opera House. Click here to see them.
Radical Dreamers, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-type game which happens to be the prequel to Chrono Cross, was released for the Bandai Satelliview (BS), an only-in-Japan add-on to the SNES, in 1996. With the dedicated work of online fans, you can now play it in English! Search Google for the ROM; you can find the patch at the Whirlpool.
RD had much of the same music as Chrono Cross. You can listen to a variety of tunes in SPC format by checking out this link. To play SPCs, you'll need either a stand-alone program or a plugin for Winamp. Check Zophar's Domain for them. In particular, the following tracks were remixed and reused in Chrono Cross: Gale, Star Stealing Girl, Viper Manor, The Frozen Flame, and Summer Day (which was used as the Another World main continent theme).
Leandro Pardini has written an excellent FAQ/walkthrough for this game which can be found here, including how to get the neato bonuses. While a bit weird (and sometimes hilarious), the game's pretty cool. Definitely recommended. 8-)