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Artist Spotlight: Cardiacs

Welcome to Artist Spotlight, where members of the sub can draw attention to some of their favourite bands, or maybe help guide you through a more daunting discography! cultofneurisis will be talking about Cardiacs.
Welcome to the land of Cardiacs
This is one of those bands that isn’t on your favorite streaming service, so this will largely be done with YouTube links — you are encouraged to click on all of the links as we go through! And with that said, this first track that I’ve linked above has the lyrics:
This is EVEN
Things are fine odd
But we all like it EVEN
This is EVEN
And I don’t think I could more aptly describe Cardiacs if I tried. But this is an artist spotlight, so here I go: Do you like theatrical chaos? Psychedelic soundscapes? In-your-face pop music? Progressive rock? I would say that all of these (and other phrases) equally describe Cardiacs, a band that went so far to even create some of their own instruments, like the Television Organ. Cardiacs themselves always just referred to themselves as a pop band. And there's a bit of truth here. (If you are a pophead, looking at you theNealCutter, please don’t be upset when this is not what you expect!) Yes, they're rooted in rock, they dove into psychedelia, and they are often turned up to 11, but it is always super catchy. And if this is hard to wrap your head around, just revert back to the EVEN description! (:
I know that I’ve mentioned a few times here that Radiohead in particular is on record citing Cardiacs as a major influence, and I would imagine that to a bunch of people who know nothing about Cardiacs but lots about Radiohead that that is attention-grabbing, so I’m letting you know near the beginning that this will be addressed! Ctrl+F Radiohead if that was the only part you cared about!
Self-proclaimed: “The most secret, unique, yet biggest cult band this England has ever seen” (and I don’t think that is far from the truth), the band’s roots were surrounded by weirdness and controversy. From the quickest of Google image searches, here is one and two pictures of the way they present themselves (sorry for the tiny sizes). The chaotic pop music of sorts that was the focus of their early career paired with clown-like make-up, dressing up ranging from wacky Halloween to standard business attire, paired with Tim and Sarah Smith making out and groping each other on stage (supposedly by first hand accounts, I wasn’t there). If the music itself and the beyond quirky attitude of the performances weren’t enough to ostracize this band from the industry and the mainstream, a publication ran a story that Tim and Sarah Smith (the ones engaging in PDA on stage) were in fact brother and sister. The weirdness of everyone involved made all outsiders to the Cardiacs culture bubble made that pill very easy to swallow — because of course if any people were going to be incestuous it would be those people. But what is remarkable is that yes, Cardiacs did manage to create their own new culture. Every album is self-financed, produced, and recorded. They were never allowed “in” to the accepted music world, but their identity touched enough people to keep them moving, whether it be total misfits or people who found the total change of everything in music and performance as they knew it to be refreshing. Oh, and Tim and Sarah Smith were not siblings, rather husband and wife (though later they did divorce).
Despite how much I believe Cardiacs and similar Tim Smith projects have developed their sound over the numerous decades their records have been released, here is some generally consistent aspects of the music across the whole time period, almost lending itself to a vague description of what Cardiacs is made of: Lots of odd metering — Tempo changes — Tons of chords — Tons of group vocals — Tons of falsetto
With that much out of the way, let’s move in to the music. A place so dense that this music should be at the top of ZiggyShoegazer’s list with how he’s brought up “headphone-core” a few times this week. The world of Cardiacs is so expansive that I’m going to limit myself to the major full lengths (please don’t tear my head off for not including Ships and Irons). I also want to make clear that every single one of these albums I’m going to talk about I am heels-over-head in love with. I’m singling out tracks to talk about, but truly every single song is on the same level as every other track, even if what I say makes that sound otherwise!
A Little Man and A House and The Whole World Window (1988)
After a string of EPs and the building up of this core fanbase and, honestly, separate world apart from everyone else, including a snail-mail based fan club that Cardiacs used to keep in touch with everyone, the time had finally arrived for the first record that can be obtained in ways other than a limited number cassette only at their shows (all other records before this one). The Seaside has since been remastered and rereleased (the record just before this one) and is absolutely worth checking out if this is an era of Cardiacs that you love. Anyway…
The best way for me describe this time of Cardiacs’ life would be with the phrase: organized cacophony. The instrumentation involves guitars, bass, drums, vocals, keys, and saxophone — but in a chaotic yet still cohesive way. Fans who have been fortunate enough to see them perform remark on how perfectly performed each song was, this wasn’t just “racket” or “noise” (not trying to throw shade at noise music, don’t kill me), this was a very defined kind of chaos. I would make a comparison here to The Dillinger Escape Plan, another band notorious for being called racket and noise with very precisely written music.
The track from this record that best defines this period of time (to me) is the track R.E.S.. Right off the bat, there are juxtaposing lines with a very simple drum beat, a sort of swing rhythm in the melodic instruments, and extra beats placed through out the verse that throw off what you might have thought was the established groove. The phrasing itself is still fairly simple, just a bit off, and is still repetitive despite its oddness. Using rhythms as a binding agent, this song explores different areas in a way that still seem connected. Later on in the track (3:02) is one of my favorite guitar solos.
Possibly my favorite song from this album is Victory Egg, which quite literally is that previous definition that I floated: organized cacophony. A simple melody is established by Tim in the vocals (I would usually refer to someone by their last name, but given that there are 3 Smiths in this band…) and over time more instruments, melodies, rhythms, a fanfare, etc. come and join in a way that still feels totally intentional before the song climaxes. This track doesn’t fully capture the sporadic nature that I believe permeates through most of Cardiacs’ earlier works which is why I started by mentioning R.E.S.
On Land and In The Sea (1989)
Here we have hit a landmark. Expanding upon the previous organized cacophony, more layers of instruments, melodies and counter-melodies, this record feels more cacophonous in its own way. This record also includes one of two songs that I most frequently see cited as “the best Cardiacs song ever”: The Everso Closely Guarded Line. An 8 minute album closer that manages to not feel too long, or even that long at all. With this record, it feels like Cardiacs have honed in their writing skills from an organized chaos to more organized chaos, but with a perfect pairing between classical forms of writing based on theme and the traditional pop forms of writing based on verse-chorus structure, and throwing in prog’s use of tons of different sections. Throughout Everso we have:
Intro - (0:00)
A (0:37) - complete with an overwhelming amount of layers in the form of tons of vocal lines in the background, as well as the hecticness of all of the rhythms
A (1:07)
B (1:33)
C (1:47)
A (1:58)
D (2:10)
Pre-chorus (2:22)
Chorus (2:56)
E (3:11)
F (3:25)
A (3:56)
A (4:09)
D (4:21)
Pre-chorus (4:32)
Chorus (5:09)
E (5:25)
F (5:39)
F (6:52)
I’ve broken it down into the more distinct bites that the piece is in, but the bold sections are fully repeated. Using that as a starting point, this song could still function looking like:
Where the bold parts of each are equivalent.
Mare’s Nest and Buds and Spawn are two other stand outs to listen to from this record that both continue on the meshing of thematic writing with pop writing. All of these use a very Cardiacs tool of strategic temporary ritardando (slowing down of the tempo, as can be heard between 4:40 and 4:50 on Everso).
I believe it is at this point (the height of the sax-involved organized cacophony era of Cardiacs) that the influence on Radiohead and, in particular, OK Computer can be best heard. A common trait of the songs is the use of tons of different chords used in the context of a sort of pop song. The most often cited song of Radiohead’s that shows off this influence is a track that recently got rereleased with the 20th anniversary edition: Polyethylene (specifically part 2). Jumping to the 50 second mark of the song, we have a catchy chord-based song where the chords are constantly changing, as well as the presence of odd meters (in the established thematic melody (thematic melodies also being something Cardiacs does often) at 0:50, we have 9/8 and 4/4 back and forth. In the chorus at 1:35 we have the phrasing 4/4, 3/4, 3/4, 4/4, before going back to that thematic melody).
Heaven Born and Ever Bright (1992)
This is the record where instead of moving towards more chaos, as the On Land had done with tons of layers, Cardiacs downsize the band into a core set of members. This has made many fans of Cardiacs dislike this record, because Sarah’s saxophone and William Drake’s keyboard (do I start using last names? Use all first names?) were considered integral parts of the Cardiacs sound, and they were now being used sparingly. But with the stripping down of the core instrumentation, what is left is a more focused sound (a rock leaning one at that) amidst the trademark organized cacophony that they have created.
Goodbye Grace and Bodysbad are two of my favorites from this record that are both used by me for when I need to get amped up for something. The core line-up has lent itself to be more hard-hitting!
The Sea Nymphs by The Sea Nymphs (1992)
Here we approach the first non-Cardiacs release of this write-up consisting of Tim Smith (mastermind behind everything on this artist spotlight, guitars, vocals), Sarah Smith (woodwinds, vocals), and William Drake (keys, vocals). Many of the staple aspects of what someone enveloped in this universe would expect are present, however if you stripped the drums away from Cardiacs and had the songs more concerned about the space and atmosphere they were creating, The Sea Nymphs is what you’d get. Female vocals also become more involved on this release.
Lily White’s Party is the absolute highlight of the record for me — sounds of nature, all-encompassing synths, and juxtaposing swaths of group vocals (and I say juxtaposing with how much layering there is compared to the stripped down nature of the track).
A more upbeat yet still amazing track from this era would be A Thousand Strokes And A Rolling Suck.
Sing to God (1997)
The other landmark record — or, more specifically, double LP. It’s going to be difficult to not make this one record the whole spotlight… This record was also on that 4chan megalist or whatever it was that Woolite123 was going through! The way that I can describe this record in the progression of Cardiacs is basically by them taking a little of everything from every era. Despite one line below saying something similar to that opinion, I’m going to cheat and drop a Wikipedia block here to adequately capture the hype this record should have for you:
Sing to God presents a unique sound that critics found hard to classify, and is seen as "a record that is scarcely comparable to anything else by anyone else." A journalist from PIEmag said the album was "more original and dynamic than ever before; they mix their classic Cardiacesque, huge orchestral harmonies with delicate pop, fast rocking and furious, at times almost Naked City-ish jazz structures. To add yet another dimension to their music, they experiment with sound and production in a way we haven't heard since the heyday of Psychic TV, or even the old 'kraut' bands like Faust, Neu!, Can etc.." Benjamin Bland of Drowned in Sound said that "somewhat approximate to the notion of Cardiacs squared, Sing to God essentially takes everything Cardiacs had always been and ramps it up to maximum." He noted that "this is a record drenched in deranged pomposity, from the massive riffs to the expansive keyboards and theatrical vocals. That's without even mentioning the bits that sound something like Sgt Pepper being performed by a Frank Zappa conducted London Symphony Orchestra on speed." Sean Kitching of The Quietus said the album is "the pinnacle of Tim Smith's studio mastery and exhibits elements of the gentler side of his Sea Nymphs project alongside the full-on helter skelter, breakneck velocity more usually associated with the band. It is also, despite the richness of its orchestration and more experimental tendencies, decidedly a pop record–one as quintessentially English sounding as Pink Floyd’s seminal Piper at the Gates of Dawn or XTC’s classic English Settlement." He also commented that the album marked the point where "Smith's ability to express the music inside his head really began to transcend any sort of identifiable genre and turned Cardiacs into something truly unique." Philip Whitehead of Sputnikmusic said "there is a wide range of styles on display here with the album spinning off in all sorts of directions at unexpected times but it's never 'too much' for the listener, with the softer tracks coming in at perfect times to provide a break after the chaos of Tim Smith let loose, and the closers on each disc do their part perfectly to end proceedings."
As evidenced by the very first song I linked at the beginning of the spotlight declaring how this is EVEN, the use of much more vocal layering on this record becomes apparent. It makes me giddy to say that this sort of vocal layering that you here on those accented words become a very regular thing now!
The first single showcases how the bass lines sound groovier than ever (and the sax later on in the instrumental section), still with the element of chaos at the front with the butting-heads layers and odd number of measures in phrases, in Bellyeye.
Insect Hoofs On Lassie shines a light on the use of dynamics, the back-and-forth at its height at 1:40 into the track (though this interplay is accentuated if you listen to the whole song!) The super layered vocals with the layers climbing up the octaves are involved, like with many of these songs, throughout! The section around 1:25 has a contradictory part of the sax playing straight eighth notes while the rest of the band is in a triplet feel — it makes me smile every time trying to tap out each instrument’s rhythm simultaneously.
Manhoo, the second single, is one of the most straight-forward catchy songs (still with all of the Cardiacs chords you’ve come to know and love) and those vocal layerings and processings throughout. Multiple iconic guitar licks used through the song like at 0:40 and 3:49. Honestly one of my favorites, if that is even possible to choose.
Earlier I had mentioned Everso being one of two songs that I most frequently see cited as “the best Cardiacs song ever” — the other one is from this record, and it is called Dirty Boy. Vocal layers that get stretched out to the point of being more layers, with the key word being stretched. On this track, Cardiacs hint at the next step in their progression by taking their time with this song. Slightly less frenetic than many other notable Cardiacs tracks, it doesn’t lose any intensity as it ramps upwards chromatically or through the amount of stuff going on. 5:52 hints at the outro with the first super-elongated vocal line.
Not only is there a track looking toward the future sounds of Cardiacs, there is a track that serves as a blast from the past. Nurses Whispering Verses was a track off of The Seaside, that album that I said came before the first record I discussed here! The frenzy of the very early sound of Cardiacs clashing with the drawn out hinting of the future sounds makes it so that so many ideas are present on one album.
Because of how many ideas are condensed into one record, it really does become hard to talk about because it is doing so much in so many different directions. I took the approach of pointing out some of the various directions it went in, but I’m not sure how much that accomplishes. Also, having so many ideas be so fully formed across a double length record, this album can probably be hard to digest. I personally (despite having previously always listened to double albums all the way through) listened to CD1 over and over and over again until I was ready to move on, as if CD2 was an entirely separate moment of their career. The connecting features (like the vocals, the transitions, and overall attitude/mood of Sing to God) are apparent after having gone through it all and I listen to it all as one now, but I wouldn’t be afraid to take it slowly!
Guns (1999)
This is tied for my favorite record of the ones I’m covering in this spotlight! The record’s opening track, Spell With A Shell does a perfect job at explaining the direction Cardiacs are now moving in: plodding along throughout the track with minor changes like at 0:52 for sort-of climaxes within the same territory that function the same way that minimalism composers use minor changes to show the emotional depth within that area of music. The pulsing synth of this track helps lend itself to how the psychedelic side of Cardiacs are really being pushed to the front of this record, allowing you to space out — but in a totally different way than The Sea Nymphs record! Female vocals peeking their way through in the background too!
Wind And Rains Is Cold is another of my favorites (yet refer back to where I said you can’t trust this to mean over the others!) — Still working with a steady tempo as the song resides in the same few sections, this time as a back and forth duet between Tim and Sarah — and I’m in love with having both male and female vocals on anything…
The keys parts on Jitterbug (Junior Is A) are just as hectic as ever, but not in the in-your-face way of the past. The psychedelic qualities that I mentioned earlier are driving the chaos now, allowing for a more overwhelming experience to be embraced as opposed to a my-head-is-exploding-in-a-good-way experience! Just like with Dirty Boy, Jitterbug hints at its outro at 2:18! You might be thinking, “Cult, are you sure the track was hinting at its outro at 2:18 when the song is 7 and a half minutes long?” — the answer is yes, because the outro is more than 2/3 of the song! As a result, I believe it is one of the more polarizing tracks of their career, but all who like it (like me) are in love with it. Definitely full speed ahead into the psychedelic area (but keep in mind when I say psychedelic, I don’t mean the world’s definition of it, I mean their definition of it).
Pony by Spratleys Japs (2001)
Our next non-Cardiacs release is the other album tied for my favorite. This project is a duo between Tim Smith and Joanne Spratley. Despite not being a double length record, I feel this album similarly condenses many ideas into one package the way Sing to God does, so wish me luck on not staying here too long.
The best way for me to describe Spratleys Japs would be to call the genre that they are playing “post-Cardiacs” where “post” here is a modifier that means “a more drawn out version”, y’know, sort of like rock—>post-rock, metal—>post-metal, hardcore—>post-hardcore — is this analogy falling apart? Whatever, as long as you understand where I’m coming from…
Unlike The Sea Nymphs, Spratleys Japs still has prominent drums! Fanny is Cardiacs continuing the journey where they left off in Guns: plodding along even more and even slower, building to even bigger yet perhaps more minute climaxes, and just as engrossing in a “Cardiacs psychedelic” way! (The closer, Don’t You Ail, Flash The Sea To Steam also fits this description!)
Vine feels like a half-and-half between Cardiacs and “post-Cardiacs”/Spratleys Japs, all of the upbeat catchiness (and female vocals and vocal layering continuing from StG and Guns), but then the second half feels like a “post-Cardiacs” outro.
This time, we’ll splice together Spratleys Japs and The Sea Nymphs for the track Fear. I hilariously see this song almost as an analogue to Neutral Milk Hotel’s Communist Daughter. Stripped down song where the first half is led by vocals and the second half is led by a horn. You have permission to yell at me for this statement.
The three shining moments of this record that define this sound of “post-Cardiacs” or just “Spratleys Japs” are on Oh, Cabinet, and Pony. Longer and even slower tracks, a distinct focus on dynamics and the way a song changes in small amounts over time and manages to bring you somewhere else (like with minimalism), yet still retaining the awesome amount of chords, the sing-it-yourself-even-if-it’s-instrumental catchiness, and the dense layering and instrumentation. Both Oh and Cabinet continue upon their previous tracks in ways that tie the album together through arrangement. In those two longer tracks: Oh spends more of its time honed in on dynamics, whereas Cabinet is more of straight psychedelic drone. In fact, Oh’s accentuated sense of dynamics is so perfectly done that I don’t think the YouTube version can possible do it justice (not that a YouTube version of any of this stuff with how dense all of the music is will be optimal). But driving at night with Oh blasted because the beginning is so quite and so mood-inducing brings about quite a splash when the song explodes!
Tim Smith has a heart attack, a stroke, and then another stroke (2008)
…history ceased to be created by Cardiacs. Unless we consider the undignified shenanigans of Tim Smith who ‘fell’ into a pool filled with shit and is still crawling and scratching his way out of it. The ALPHABET BUSINESS CONCERN wishes it to be known that, whilst maintaining complete control of his artistic output, they disassociate themselves ENTIRELY with his recent illness and, in fact, fail to recognise it as an excuse for not fulfilling his duties.
Cardiacs will always be here. As for me, I'm still fighting them critters who are trying their best to stop me. But they are losing.
Multiple tribute CDs were created by the friends of Cardiacs covering Cardiacs, The Sea Nymphs, and Spratleys Japs songs with all proceeds going towards Tim Smith’s recovery. Multiple benefit festivals have been put on with all proceeds going towards Tim Smith’s recovery.
On The Dry Land by The Sea Nymphs (2016)
Almost a decade later, and 15 years since the last full length release of a Tim Smith project, the first post-stroke release has been brought out. It is almost entirely made up of sessions from the time of the first The Sea Nymphs record, which I imagine is what let itself be the first to be released. Producing is likely a much smaller step to accomplish than playing guitar or singing, both of which might not happen for a long time.
Big River offers what, to me, is an emotional song just from being so stripped down a song around Tim Smith after what had happened. Singer-songwriter-y except for the bare instrumentation that eventually flows over the track.
Cut Yourself Kidding, the second longest track on the album, feels very Cardiacs in nature with the chords, vocal melodies going all over the place, falsettos — yet still very The Sea Nymphs due to the lack of drums and a non-psychedelic focus on space.
A fun throwback to the earlier record while also confirming that these tracks are from the original sessions is The Black Blooded Clam, which utilizes the opening bit from The Spirit Stout of the first record as the backbone to the track!
Wrap Up
What this band has accomplished musically resonates with me so viscerally that it really is difficult for me to describe. I wanted to do this spotlight because it seemed that too many people here had no idea who this band is, but I find myself either not being able to articulate the way these things make me feel, or become repetitive in my quest to describe it objectively, or tap out for help with the Wikipedia throw in. Hopefully this wasn’t so awful, but all that really matters is listening to the band, not reading this write-up! (:
If you have the time, I would recommend starting with either On Land and In The Sea for the earlier era of Cardiacs or Sing to God for the later era.
If I had to boil this down to a 5 track playlist (despite this not being on Spotify) I would probably go with…
The Everso Closely Guarded Line
Lily White’s Party
Wind And Rains Is Cold
Dirty Boy
Too many ideas to cover, I’m not backing down from 6. :X I chose this order specifically too, but it would really serve you better to listen to a full record and branch out from there if you like what you hear!
This only scratches the surface of the sphere of Cardiacs. There are other Cardiacs releases worth listening to as well as all of the side projects of the people not named Tim Smith. On top of all of that, I personally have not listened to many major acts coming out of the UK, including notable acts XTC and Gentle Giant, so you guys here at /ListeningHeads might even be able to articulate things about this context better than I can! You are encouraged to leave your thoughts! (:
Playlist: u/ericneedsanap has been keeping a playlist up to date of five songs from each artist that the spotlight writer picks. He'll update it with this week's picks soon.
Ok that's it for this week's Artist Spotlight! If you think there's anything more to be said or if you disagree with something, feel free to give your opinion in the comments! And if you decide to check them out based on the spotlight, make sure to check back in and say what you thought! If you want to do an artist spotlight yourself, fill out this form. And here is a list of all past and upcoming artists spotlights, in case you'd like to read more of them and so you don't try to apply to do an artist that's already taken! See you next week, when u/remjensen is going to talk about Radiohead!
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  7. Find and kill Big monsters at world (Midgardsormr, Griffon etc.) (Hunts included)
  8. Find and kill all 3 types of Cactuars
  9. Clear all Photo Op (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-photo-op-locations/) (http://www.randomchievos.com/2016/12/all-photo-op-locations-final-fantasy-xv-ffxv-fotoshooting-collecitbles/)
  10. Broken cars & Rescue quests (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-rescue-quest-locations/) (https://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/74735031)
  11. Clear all Imperial Base Strongholds (Currently 3 available)
  12. Obtain Unique loots from all Imperial Base Strongholds (Cerberus, Gravity well etc.)
  13. Obtain 14 Oracle Ascension coins from defeating Adamantoise quest (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5i9pzh/you_can_get_up_to_14_oracle_ascension_coins_afte)
  14. Acquire 1x Hunter's Medal (Limit break magic, from completing Menace Beneath Lucis quest)
  15. Watch all Special Events at Camp (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5h1dcc/special_events_at_resting_spots/)
  16. Clear all training at camp ( Blue diamond bracelet reward for last trial)
  17. Summon each Astal at least once (Ramuh, Titan, Leviathan and Shiva)
  18. Summon Carbuncle at least once (Easy mode when you are dying. Resurrection plus stats buff)
  19. Complete all Dungeons (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5g5e12/all_dungeon_locations_on_map_spoilers/)
  20. Clear all Menace Dungeons (Sealed Doors) (http://www.itechpost.com/articles/61482/20161203/final-fantasy-xv-guide-to-unlocking-dungeons-locations-and-rewards.htm)
  21. Obtain all unique loots from Menace Dungeons (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5hycea_few_tips_for_collecting_all_the_loot_in_the/)
  22. Clear Pitioss Dungeon for loots/Genji Glove/Black Hood (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0VMJ8oEmYw)
  23. Clear Pitioss Dungeon in 1 min 30 seconds (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5jevcb/pitioss_dungeon_completed_in_1_minute_34_seconds/)
  24. Aquire all Royal Arms (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5h1e5n/armiger_weapons_locations_and_stats/)
  25. Obtain all Limit break Magic (Flare/Freeze/Electon) (Details/location below)(https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5g6448/small_guide_to_crafting_limit_break_spells/)
  26. Acquire 14 Magic Flasks, 28 Magic Flasks in ng+ (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5j41k4/psa_theres_a_14th_magic_flask_list_of_all_flask/)
  27. Acquire all weapons (Including Ulric daggers, details below) (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5gr4uy/weapons_all_of_them_organized_and_notated/)
  28. Acquire all upgradable weapons and upgrade them (Cid, Carem Carrots)(http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/upgradeable-weapons-cid-sophiar-master-mechanic/)
  29. Acquire Thermal Suit (Details below)
  30. Acquire all accessories (https://battlecalculator.com/final-fantasy-xv/final-fantasy-xv-accessories)
  31. Acquire all unique accessories for Noctis (Soul of Thamasa, Robe of the Lord, Field Medicine, Applied Sorcery, Thieves' Way 1&2, Black Hood and Auto-changer)
  32. Acquire all unique accessories for Gladio (Megaphone, Black Belt)
  33. Acquire all unique accessories for Ignis (The Good Chamberlain, The Grand Chamberlain)
  34. Acquire all unique accessories for Prompto (Target Scope, Camera Strap)
  35. Acquire 4x Moogle charms (Details/location below)
  36. Acquire 3x Friendship Band (Details/location below)
  37. Obtain max 99 items such as Mega-potion, Mega-Elixir, Mega-phoenix, Rare coins and Debased stuff without farming (Require Fittest Survival skill 999AP)
  38. Acquire all Key Items (http://finalfantasyxv.wiki.fextralife.com/Key+Items)
  39. Acquire 4x Ribbons (1x from end of frog quest, 1x from lvl 99 hunt, 2 from exchanging 80 oracle ascension coins or wait for ng+)
  40. Acquire 8x Magitek V2 Suits (See below: MX Angelus 0 with Armiger Accelerator 1min 10secs) (Details/location below)
  41. Acquire 1x Stone wall, Magic Guard (Exchange Oracle Ascension Coins) (Details/location below)
  42. Obtain all justice monsters arcade machine level rewards (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5fr2k9/justice_monsters_five_rewards/danh4ft/)
  43. Level 99 for all 4 Characters (Just play along and clear all sidequests and saving up exp for 3x exp hotel stay will get you to 99)
  44. Max Ascension Grid (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5hbo11300_aphour_the_three_valleys_shield_of_just/)
  45. Attain Max Gil (Justice Monster Reward @99 Chests, Wind-up Vexxo sells for 500k each)
  46. Purchasable items all at x99 (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18DIv9Eptux4Iuyc79CdW3vEVfU9FYhFP48R-DcOJcF4/edit#gid=0)
  47. Purchase all available Soundtracks and MP3 players (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5fq9w2/all_locations_for_the_regalia_soundtracks/)
  48. Complete all Fishing (True end game hardiness! Pink Jade Gar is the hardest to catch (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ALPRCseF4ofcXhe0hvPmM7s2mjA83ib65XRY00EHunI/edit#gid=0&fvid=404493913)
  49. Obtain all rods and reels, all lures and lines (Best Rod @ end of fishing quest, best reel is in Arena for purchase with medals)
  50. Complete and fill all dishes (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5ifi01/every_single_final_fantasy_15_dish_recipes_where/)
  51. Missable dish and stuffs (Details below)
  52. Purchase/Exchange all Arena items (http://www.gamersheroes.com/game-guides/final-fantasy-xv-arena-totomostro-guide/)
  53. Win all Chocobo races (7 of them) (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5ghfyu/tip_chocobo_faster_riding/)
  54. Chocobo's hidden pears colours (http://www.itechpost.com/articles/60638/20161201/final-fantasy-xv-guide-hidden-chocobo-pear-locations.htm)
  55. Purchase/Acquire all Regalia Mods and upgrades (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/car-customization-ffxv/)
  56. Regalia Secret Paint Samples (https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5jbhiz/2_secret_paint_colors_for_the_regalia_no/.compact)
  57. Fly and crash Regalia Type-F (Like a man!) (Details/location below)
  58. Obtain all Cactuar Statue for Talcott Sidequest (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BfOn51EdqA)
  59. Try out both active and wait mode
  60. Get a massage at Galdin Quay
  61. Laugh at least once at the jokes in game (Puny like yours!)
  62. Cry at least once for the end story (You know..)
  63. Bring Iris for a joyride during tour event, take pictures and camp together
  64. Refuel at Hammerhead, let your SO knows how great Cindy is.
  65. Play darts!
Finish The Story
If you finish the story already, do wait for SE to release the 3 dlc episode for the brothers (Side story) as well as patch to include more cutscenes in chapter 13 and hopefully much more for better understanding of FFXV story. Rumors are they will be release sometimes this year. Ring of Lucii will be buffed with coming patches too.
The next upcoming is the Gladio DLC which was mentioned to include a boss fight! (Gilgamesh)!!
FFXV Bestiary/Enemies Compendium
There are 3 types of enemies in FFXV, they are Daemons, Beasts and Imperial Forces.
Gladio's Fittest Survival
If you want x99 of items like mega-potions, mega-elixir, mega-phoenix, rare coins or the debased stuffs without any farming, get Gladio's Fittest Survival ASAP. It is located in the exploration section of your Ascension grid. it cost 999 AP though.
Ascension Grid Guide
Techniques List Abilities
Limit Break(Gladio, Ignis, Prompto) - Allow character's techniques to break the damage limit.
Tech Strike - Adds to the tech bar when Noctis lands attacks.
Tech Damage - Adds to the tech bar as Noctis takes damage. (Amount = Damage/500)
Quick Tech - All Tech Bar replenishment increased by 10%.
Dawnhammer - Powerful greatsword slash. Depletes tech bar by two.
Royal Guard - Calls Gladio to protect Noctis with a shield. Depletes tech bar by one.
Cyclone - Damage nearby enemies with shield shockwave. Depletes tech bar by two.
Impulse - Frontal sweep area attack. Can break limbs. Depletes tech bar by three. (9999x2 damage to each enemy / AOE attack)
Libra Elementia - Exploits an enemy's elemental weakness. Depletes tech bar by one.
Regroup - Gathers allies. Rescues any allies in Danger status and quickly restores HP. Depletes tech bar by two. (Very useful heals in early game)
Enhancement - Casts Flameboost, Frostboost, or Stormboost on Noctis based on the weaknesses of the player's current target. Depletes tech bar by one. (Can be stacked 3 times if the elements are different. Details below)
Overwhelm - Focuses the party on one enemy at a time. Noctis retains normal attacks. Allies attack with Deathblows. Depletes tech bar by two. (Overused and OP attack if combined with Bow of clever)
Sagefire - Devastating Fire attack with daggers. Can break appendages. Depletes tech bar by three. (Very strong tech if enemy is weak to fire, damage upward of 50k)
Snapshot - Take photos in battle. Up to five can be saved. Depletes the tech bar by one.
Starshell - Draws enemy attention in a wide radius with a firearm. Causes Light damage and Enervates daemons. Depletes tech bar by one.
Gravisphere - Draw enemies in an area to the center with machinery. Depletes tech bar by two. (Use Gravity well machinery weapon on Prompto instead for the free cast)
Piercer Pierce target with a firearm to hit multiple enemies in a line. Reduces enemy defense. Depletes tech bar by one. (Most useful Tech from Prompto to reduce defense for increase damage deal)
Recoil - Deal heavy damage to a single enemy with machinery. Can break enemy appendages. Depletes tech bar by two.
Trigger Happy - Area attack with a firearm. Can break appendages. Depletes tech bar by three.
Eclipse - Iris's technique that attacks one enemy. Depletes tech bar by two.
Highwind - Aranea's technique. Depletes tech bar by three.
Lion's Roar - Cor's technique that is an upward slash that releases a shockwave that moves in a single line. Depletes tech bar by one.
Limit Breaks
Always get limit break for link-strikes if you want to see big numbers. Friendship bands increase the number to link-strike activated.
If you are looking for limit-break for tech abilities, Ignis sage fire has the highest damage output when limit break. You may see 50k >damage but most players are using overwhelm instead. Sagefire damage depends on the fire weakness of enemies. Bow + Overwhelm depends on your strength, with minor increment with additional magic stats.
For aoe, do try impulse from Gladio with 2x 9999 damages to each enemy. If there are 5 enemies, you can expect 50k damage per tech activation.
For tech limit break, Ignis ranks first for the sagefire, second will be Gladio to break the limit for impulse to see more than 9999x2.
Do play around more techs, they can be fun!
The most expensive item in game is Arapaima Roe which cost 100k each, too time consuming if you want to max it out at 99.
Easiest limit break magic to farm is Zu Beak, which i can max it out at 99 in a few hours of farming. Details of the fastest farm method below.
Cheapest magic spell is 99 sheep milk for 990 gil + any 99 element makes x6 duelcast spells, 8 cast if you upgrade your magic in ascension grid. This provides 9999x2 damage per cast.
Ring of Lucii
Everyone knows right now the ring is pretty much useless other than Holy, even that is only useful second to magic spells on invulnerable flans and custards.
SE will be implementing changes and buff to the ring to make it more useful and fun, especially at chapter 13.
i have a few runs with the ring for the sake of experience, which is slow to kill but kinda fun.
Using sword of father, scepter of pious, bow and Ring of Lucii.
Acessories are hypno crown/Adamantoise Bangle, applied sorcery and robe of the lord.
This build is pretty simple. Run like a madman into the midst of enemies and start playing Holy dodge, activating impulse and if your brothers got aggro, i will >cast death or demi. I am sure this ring will be useful next time so i am sharing this to all of you in advance.
Fastest Farming Zu Beak
Note: On the latest patch update, You cannot teleport back to the entrance to keep your hunt quest, keep your Regalia at the hunt quest area and teleport back to reactivate the quest, at least you will still get the reward for each hunt completion.
There are a few guides out there for farming Zu Beaks, most of the parts mention here will be about the same. There is a few differences in my method for getting higher drop rates. The first time i tried to farm for zu beaks, about 10 kills i get non of them to drop, i then realised that speed of killing it provides the greatest difference in drops. If you can kill it very fast, 3x zu beaks drops per kill are almost guaranteed. You will require Apocalypse and Zwill dagger for fastest kill speed. Each kill takes about 30 secs minus the running and cutscene.
Use critical or drop food if you like, i prefer critical as i find zu beaks drop easily if killed fast. Only prepare meal at the camp inside Rock of Ravatogh though as you need the saved rest location.
Head to the outpost located at the base of Rock of Ravatogh and pick up the hunt "Feathered Giant of the Firesmoke".
Prepare the meal at the camp in Rock of Ravatogh.
Go and kill Zu, this is where there is a difference here. To kill it in 30 secs or lesser is doable, i did this around lvl 60-70s. I also farm experience and keep them for the 3x hotel stay.
Use your apocalype greatsword and spam warp-strike to the beak. do not hit anywhere else as the damage are lower. By the time you warp-strike till your mp is less than half, it will fall down and be vulnerable.
Switch to your zwill dagger and warp to it's beak again and hold your attack button, it will be dead in 1 or 2 combos.
Zu will die even before flying to the air, have some practice it will be easy.
Right when Zu dies, before combat ends, open up your map and "Return back to the Entrance". This is so the hunt quest is not completed and you can save alot of your time.
Fast travel back to the camp inside Rock of Ravatogh and repeat. You will get 99 beaks very fast.
Do note not to use armiger when fighting Zu unless you are too weak to do much damage, the reason is that whenever i use armiger Zu dies too quickly and while i am in that mode, i am not able to teleport out to entrance (greyed out).
Royal Arms
Notable strong royal arms are the trident of the oracle, bow, star and katana for warp strike spamming. Katana is good for ground enemies only though.
One tip for those who do not know, attack with your royal arms when your armiger bar is full andwhen your hp is low, activate armiger, armiger chain when bar is running out. Your HP will be filled up. You do not need to keep using potions unless you are activating bow+overwhelm often. You can also equip Megaphone and black choker for the hp regen. Grand Chamberlain on Ignis is all you need for healing and remember to put blackbelt on Gladio too.
Gladio's Impulse works better with multiple mobs in aoe. 9999x2 to all aoe targets.
Comprehensive moveset guides for all basic weapons
Comprehensive moveset guide which includes video as well as explanation on the directional combo for combat. Do check it out!
Other links for combat movesets for your info.
http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/74560055?jumpto=6 http://www.tweaktown.com/news/55405/final-fantasy-xv-master-attacks-combos/index.html
Secondary abilities of Weapons list
Materials for upgrading weapons from Cid
Cactuar Needle (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-cactuar-needle-locations/)
Coeurl Whiskers (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-coeurl-whiskers-locations/)
Dynamo Locations (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-dynamo-locations/)
Glass Gemstone (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-glass-gemstone-locations/)
Hydraulic Cylinder (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-hydraulic-cylinder-locations/)
Metal Scraps Locations (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/metal-scraps-locations-ffxv/)
Rusted Bit (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-rusted-bit-locations/)
Sky Gemstone Locations (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-sky-gemstone-locations/)
Sturdy Helixhorn Locations (http://www.gosunoob.com/final-fantasy-xv/ffxv-sturdy-helixhorn-locations/)
About Key of Prosperity
Key of Prosperity Can be equipped on any brothers, the only slot that i feel is appropriate is on prompto so as to keep everyone hp high enough with v2 suits.
Another option is to use Adamantoise Bangle instead on prompto.
This key does not affect V2 suit drops as i have tested it with 100 kills run, the drop is the same without this item, about 1 V2 suit at around 60-80 kills.
About Tech Turbocharger
Tech Turbocharger: A device for Noctis that accelerates the tech bar replenishment rate, but freezes the Armiger bar.
I predict many will be abusing this accessory for spamming of bow+overwhelm, making the game a slideshow. Try to avoid this though. This accessory is good to level up your buddies tech skills.
About Armiger Accelerator
Few points i found, warp-striking does not increase the armiger bar much, normal hits provide the largest gain. Number of hits and damage affect the amount gain. Aoe damage provides the biggest gain.
Zwill daggers on MX Angelo kill with Armiger accelerator is about 1 min 10 secs.
Flayer and Balmung on MX Angelo kill with Armiger accelerator is about 1 min 30 secs.
If you are using Armiger Accelerator, you can now use all other different weapons for fun.
Farming MX Angelus 0 Location and Spawn
They can basically spawn anywhere but the easiest place i find is at the area above Hammerhead, around the haven and the imperial airship will spawn frequently. Sometimes there is a bug where nothing spawns, in that case just reload your save and you are good to go.
The fastest method to farm for Magitek V2 Suits are explained below.
Magitek suit V2 is an accessory item. Gives +2,000HP, +100strength, +70vitality.
MX Angelus 0 with Armiger Accelerator 1min 10secs
Armiger Accelerator is pretty fun, using Zwill daggers the bar will fill up really fast. Below is the video capture from my ps4.
The Key of Prosperity, as i predicted does not help much as i have killed several MX with no V2 drops.
Guaranteed critical food buff
Strength clothing
Sword of Father, Axe of the Conqueror
Armiger Acelerator, 2x Magitek V2 Suits
All relevant Armiger skills in Ascension Grid.
Carbuncle buff, No Enhancement needed
The kill takes about 1 min and 10 secs.
MA-X Angelus-0 spawn without the 90% damage reduction
Adamantoise 6 mins kill + Loadout
I came across this youtube video and you might want to check it out if you intend to farm admantoise for the materials.
Level 1 Adamantoise Kill
Check this thread out for a lvl 1 kill using Equalizer food buff (More damage if the level in difference is great)
Tips on Jedi Tonberries
If you are not sure if you can attack without being hit, hold dodge and wait for the tonberries to attack you for the parry and counter-attack.
The only tech skill you need to cheese Tonberries are ignis's Overwhelm (any weapons, although bow give you the fastest kill). Activate it whenever there is 2 bar of tech.
You do not need any potions or healings as you will not get hit by the Jedi. Once you get used to their routine attack you can start throwing some attacks in-between blocking.
May the force be with you!
FFXV Experience Table
There is a recent thread on how much experience to get to level 99.
The estimated experience needed is about 3.2 million for level 99. If you are using the 3x hotel stay you can divide the number by 3. You can take a look at the thread if you are interested.
High quality Map of Lucis with item locations and fishing spots
World and Dungeon maps including unmarked items, quests
All Dungeon locations on Map
Total of 12 Dungeons to explore in FFXV
All Menace Dungeon Maps
Total of 8 Menace Dungeons. Located in:
Keycatrich Trench - LVL 55
Fociaugh Hollow - LVL 65
Glacial Grotto - LVL 65
Daurell Caverns - LVL 72
Balouve Mines - LVL 78
Steyliff Grove - LVL 86
Crestholm Channels - LVL 92
Costlemark Tower - LVL 99
Guide To Unlocking Dungeons, Locations And Rewards
Total of 12 Dungeons, 8 of them include Menace Dungeons (Sealed doors) and 1 secret dungeon (Pitioss)
Great list of info consolidated by dfoley323 (Google Sheet)
Acquiring Regalia Type-F
You have to be in post game.
Clear out the 3 imperial base stronghold below for the Car parts. Two of them will be done through story quests.
Fermouth Garrison - located in northern Leide, near the Prairie Outpost (Story)
Aracheole Stronghold - southeast of Lestallum and northwest of the Disc (Story)
Fort Vaullerey - southwest of the Old Lestallum outpost
Once you have all three parts, you’ll receive a quest titled “Into Unknown Frontiers,” asking you to speak with Cindy. Drive over to Hammerhead and show her your new parts, at which point she’ll install them into the Regalia, finally giving you the Type-F upgrade and the ability to fly.
You may find additional type-f car part in Arena to boost the speed of your car.
Now go and crash the car! Be warned you will be game over!
Battlecalculator's info site (Meals, fishing, equipments etc.)
Acquire Ultima blade early in Chapter 3
How to get all 5 legendary weapons
Once you’ve completed Chapter 15 and returned to the open world head to Lestallum, it’s the town in the North West just before The Vesperpool.
You should now find a new NPC here that has a special quest for you, his name is Randolph. Randolph is a legendary blacksmith that will offer you a series of quests, each more challenging than the last and each offering a legendary weapon as a reward.
There are 5 quests to be completed for the 5 legendary weapons.
Oracle Ascension Coin Exchange and Locations
Oracle Ascension Coins are a form of end-game currency that you can collect throughout the game. They are scattered across the world
There is an oracle coin vendor later in the game, in Altissia, who accepts the coins as currency. His name is Alessio, and he can be found in a cafe in the northeast of the city.
Below is the list of items you can exchange with Alessio
Megalixir - Restores max HP and MP for entire party (1)
Fire Crest - Greatly reduces fire damage (4)
Ice Crest - Greatly reduces frost damage (4)
Lightning Crest - Greatly reduces lightning damage (4)
Dark Crest - Greatly reduces dark damage (8)
Mighty Guard - Greatly reduces fire, frost, lightning, and dark damage (20)
Stone Wall - Greatly reduces fire, frost, and ballistic damage (30)
Ribbon - Protects the wearer from all status ailments (40)
Ulwaat Berries Location(For sidequest and dish)
You’ll only be able to solve this once you reach the Brave New World quest. Go to the house near the lighthouse by the Cape Caem outpost in the south. Talk to Iris – she’ll be on the porch. Choose the option to tend the garden, and she’ll give you some seeds. Plant them and leave, then return a day later.
You’ll get 5 Caem Carrots from your harvest. As soon as you pick them, Tony, a fancy restaurant owner will appear. He’ll offer you stuff in exchange for the carrots. He’ll offer some weapons, car parts and most importantly, ulwaat berries.
Frogs of Legend Quest
Last quest for finding the rainbow frogs (Reward: Ribbon)
Frogs of Legend is a quest in Final Fantasy XV. It is the last step in the Professor’s Protege chain. It involves helping Sania find rainbow frogs. The frogs are extremely hard to find, and she won’t help you at all. There are no markers on the map to help you. Best tip is to listen to the sound frogs make while near bodies of water.
Below is gosunoob website with detailed location to look for the rainbow frogs.
Ulric's Kukris Location - How to spawn Psychomancer
The daggers can be found in Insomnia, and they’re guarded by a lvl 85 Psychomancer. Here’s what you need to do:
Go to Insomnia. If you’ve already left, you can use Umbra’s powers to get back there.
Fight the Ifrit.
Go to the elevator after the boss fight and ride it. Ride it back down.
Go back to the boss arena and kill the Red Giants there.
Keep going back until you find the Psychomancer. He should be at the spot where you spawn at the start of the area. If he isn’t, keep running around Insomnia, killing stuff across both sides of the city, periodically checking to see if he’s appeared.
Defeat him, and you’ll get the daggers.
Cerberus Sniper Rifle Location
Located at Fort Vaullery Imperial Base
Black Choker Location
Hunting Quest: Devils Cry Curses (Lestallum, Thoroughfare); Hunter Rank 6 reward
Obtainable: Costlemark Tower Wiz Chocobo Post (Chapter 15), Costlemark Tower maze (Chapter 15)
Target Scope Location
Made a video on the exact location to find Target Scope in Crestholm Channel.
Thermal Suit Location - Secret Attire
Do note there is an error in the guide below, once you pick up the Thermal Suit, all 4 characters can wear them. There are 4 suits total.
Locations of all friendship bands
Balouve Mines
Glacial Grotto
Crestholm Channels
Moogle Charm Locations
Daurell Caverns
Crestholm Channels
Lambath Haven (Gladio tour)
Pitioss Dungeon
Justice Monster Five (10k)
Music Location
FFII - Longwythe
FFIII - Coernix Station Alstor
FFIV - Hammerhead
FFV - Galdin Quay
FFVI - Taelpar
FFVIII - Hammerhead
FFIX - Coernix Station - Cauthess
FFX - Wiz Chocobo Post
FFXI - Burbost Souvinir Emporium
FFXII - Ravatogh
FFXIV -Coernix Station Lestallum
Dissidia - Old Lestallum
Dissidia 012 - Old Lestallum
Type-0 - Altissia
Stamina refresh
Release your sprint button right around between ST to automatically refill your stamina bar.
Enhancement Stacking
You can stack up to 3x enhancement provided it is 3 different elements. It is easier for you to achieve 2x enhancement stacks, save your time.
Best Clothing and Accessories (Subjective)
Strength/Magic Clothing for all if you are using the guaranteed critical dish.
Swap out for Ribbons if needed.
Noctis Gladio Ignis Prompto
Magitek V2 suit Megaphone The Grand Chamberlain Target Scope/ Key of Prosperity
Magitek V2 suit Black Belt Magitek V2 suit Magitek V2 suit
Armiger Accelerator Magitek V2 suit Magitek V2 suit Magitek V2 suit
Black ChokeRibbon Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon
Magitek suit V2 is an accessory item. Gives +2,000HP, +100strength, +70vitality.
Gravity well is the best machinery for Prompto, he will activate free gravity with it without using the tech.
You can use Tech turbo charger but it is too much overkill if you use it to spam bow+overwhelm, you will be watching a slideshow. Try not to ruin your ffxv experience by abusing this accessory.
Best DIshes

1. Golden Tail Soup (Best Offensive dish)

Guaranteed Critical Hits
Increase HP Recovery Rate by 150%
Require Kujata Marrow (Bought in Lestallum)
Require Platinum Myrltrot (Bought in Altissia)
Require Allural Shallot (Bought in Lestallum)

2. Lasagna al Forno (Highest Exp dish)

Increase Maximum HP by 4000
Increase Exp earned by 100%
Nullifies Fire, Ice and Lightning
Require Jabberwock Sirloin (Bought at Meldacio Hunter HQ)
Require Cleigne Darkshell (Bought in Altissia)
Require Fine Cleigne Wheat (Bought in Lestallum)

3. Papa Bird and Baby Bowl (Best dish for drop rates)

Increase HP by 1000
Increase exp earned by 40%
Increase enemy drop rate by 100%
Require Basilisk breast (Have to be farmed)
Require Birdbeast Egg (Bought in Lestallum)
Require Saxham Rice (Bought in Altissia)

4. Grilled Mighty Barramudi (Best status protection dish)

Prevent most Status Ailments
Nullifies Fire, Ice and Lightning
Requires Mighty Barramudi Fillet (Bought in Altissia)
Requires Kettier Ginger (Bought in Lestallum)

5. Fried Tide Grouper (Second best strength dish)

Increase Attack by 500
Require Tide Grouper Fillet (Bought at Cape Caem or Regalia?)
Require Garlic (Bought in Lestallum or Altissia)

6. Longwythe's peak (highest strength but have to farm)

Increase Attack by 600
Increase HP by 4000
Increase HP Recovery Rate by 200%
Require Adamantoise Meat (Have to farm)
Require Kettier Ginger (Bought in Lestallum)
Favourite Dishes for 4 Brothers
Favourite Dishes for 4 Brothers affects their tech skills and there is a recent thread on this, you may want to take a look. https://www.reddit.com/FFXV/comments/5jd8bs/psa_eating_favourite_food_makes_techs_stronge
How to get Aranea as a permanent Party Member
Chapter 3 - Pilgrimage (Quest): Talk to a person South West of the Chocobo Ranch.
Chapter 3 - A Stroll for Two (Tour): Accept the invitation to go around town with Iris when prompted while following the main quest.
Chapter 3 (also available in the first half of chapter 4) - Disk (Photo Op): Around the centre of the northernmost horizontal Road above the mountain (it looks like a giant rock-like structure on the map.
Chapter 8 - Magical Flask: Can be obtained by talking to Cor in the bottom of the lighthouse around the end of the chapter.
Chapter 10 - Chilled Food Tin (Camping)
Chapter 14 - Weapons: 'Hyperion Greatsword and Quicksilver gun are sold in Chapter 14 Hammerhead.'
Chapter 15 - Minor Items/Incomplete scene: Get all 14 people in the restaurant before triggering the Adamantoise quest. it's the Adamantoise one. 'One person never shows up. Wiz just leaves a note on the table, but he still does count as 1 person. Wiz just leaves a note on the table, but he still does count as 1 person.'"
New Game Plus
Note that by starting New Game+ you’ll overwrite your original save.
Most of your stuffs are carried over.
DLC on Dec 22
The Holiday Pack (Free Version) includes:
Warrior’s Fanfare: A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Offense outside of training.
Nixperience Band: A device that stops experience points from being tallied, preventing the party from leveling up for an added challenge.
Carnival Passport: An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a fun-filled carnival for a limited time.
Choco-Mog Tee (available late January 2017): An exclusive T-shirt featuring everyone’s favorite fluffy and feathery friends. Colorful, comfy and appropriate for any carnival-goer.
*The premium Holiday Pack + DLC includes:
Ring of Resistance: A protective piece of jewelry that renders the entire party to be resistant to magical friendly fire.
Tech Turbocharger: A device for Noctis that accelerates the tech bar replenishment rate, but freezes the Armiger bar.
Armiger Accelerator: A device for Noctis that accelerates the Armiger bar replenishment rate, but freezes the tech bar.
Blitzer’s Fanfare: A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Time outside of training.
Tactician’s Fanfare: A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Finesse outside of training.
Key of Prosperity: A lucky charm that increases the rate at which fallen foes leave behind items of value.
Stamina Badge: A device that enables Noctis to sprint and hang without expending stamina.
Carnival Passport: An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a fun-filled carnival for a limited time.
Festive Ensemble (available late January): A fancy and fun outfit perfectly suited for enjoying the festivities. The darling design puts all who see it in high spirits
Holiday Pack + Exclusive Photo Frames (available late January): Additional themes the player can add to Prompto’s photos when sharing over social media.
Final Fantasy XV's Prompto Records Special Holiday Message for Fan
Final Fantasy 15 Cup Noodle Ad: New Nissin Commercial
Lots of favourite soundtracks suggested by reddit members
My Favourite Soundtracks
Final Fantasy XV OST - Apocalypsis Aquarius (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n0d787aByk)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Apocalypsis Noctis Extended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7y3XNIdGVQ)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Careening Into Danger (Dream Battle) Extended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suors1Bg4OM)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Gratia Mundi HD
Final Fantasy XV OST - Love Lost Extended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n0d787aByk)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Menu Theme (Prelude) Extended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7owY3xbMk_I)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Noctis' Dream Extended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTsWCfB-4Ps)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Noctis Extended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzodKbkwObs)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Somnus (Instrumental) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYvH4MzWYOI)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Somnus Extended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJVY9grIxlk)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Valse di Fantastica (Morning Arrangement) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-SWJG5w3HA)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Valse di Fantastica Extended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xG3Rci-hA4)
Final Fantasy XV OST - Wanderlust Extended (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itaad5O7HYk)
Solidarity - Brotherhood- Final Fantasy XV Soundtrack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDI97z9Rcv8)
Vector To The Heavens - Yoko Shimomura - Memoria (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf8hdNL7ZUA)
Community uploaded Screenshots/Wallpaper! Enjoy!
All the awesome cutscene photos, screenshots and wallpapers for you desktop or phone. There are even pictures of Carbuncle, or Iris/Aranea to choose from!
Credit to all FFXV contributors as well as the reddit community. Happy New Year 2017!
I will be adding more fun stuff in this thread. Check back once in a while! Cheers!
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