The story continues in the town of Alexandria and you now control a character named Vivi (though he hasn’t officially been named in the story yet). Proceed south from here.
The square with the large statue in the middle has a number of hidden items. The first is located in the left corner closest to the screen (shown in the screenshot below) which is a Zombie Card. At the very back wall behind the statue is a Lizard Man Card. There is a Sahagin Card in the doorway on the back left side. The last item is a Potion located near the statue on the left side. Return to the previous screen where Vivi started off.
Continue up the pathway and you will run into Rat Kid. On the left side of the screen are two hidden potions. On the right side of this pathway is a doorway which leads to the Residence of person sewing. On the left side of the room is a bed with 9 gil hidden near the baseboard. There is another Potion located near the table on the bottom floor. Lastly, there is a Fang Card located in the drawers up on the second floor. Exit the Residence back onto the street and proceed north to the next screen.
A quick scene involving some nobles from Treno will take place. Search the bushes near the camera view on the right side to find 33 gil. The bushes on the left contain a Goblin Card. Enter the Tavern/Pub on the far side of the screen. The wall on the left side of the room has 27 gil hidden on the floor. The barrel in the bottom left corner of the room contains a Flan Card and the barrel on the bottom right side contains another Potion. Go back out onto the street and continue to the left.
Enter the Item Shop on the right side of the screen. You can find 38 gil lying on the ground near the corner closest to the camera. Go back out and head north to find the Town Square.
There isn’t much that you can do in the Square just yet. Start off by examining the Ticket Booth and speaking to the Ticketmaster. Show the Ticketmaster your ticket and he will explain that it is a fake ticket. He will give you a Goblin Card, Fang Card and a Skeleton Card to make you feel better.
Now let’s begin gathering all of the items in the area. Head to the back portion of the square to find Hippaul standing on the right near the guards. On the opposite side of the pathway, near the cart wheel, is a Phoenix Pinion. Enter the Synthesis Shop on the farthest-right side of the screen. There is a hidden Ether on the right side of the room.
You can choose to jump rope with the three girls on the left side of the square. The “Jumping Rope Minigame” (if you can call it that) is fairly easy once you get the timing down. Ignore everything except for the exclamation point over Vivi’s head which tells you exactly when you need to jump. The prizes are not all that impressive:
20 Jumps: 10 gil
50 Jumps: Cactus Card
100 Jumps: Genji Card
200 Jumps: Alexandria Card
300 Jumps: Tiger Racket Card
1,000 Jumps: King of Jump Rope (Key Item - does nothing except offer an achievement to obtain)
Proceed down the alley to the left after you have finished in the Square to continue the story.
Proceed down the alleyway and Vivi will trip causing Dante the Signmaker to come down and scream at you. Rat Kid will make a return shortly after and will ask you about your fake ticket. It does not matter which response you select. Rat Kid will offer to help you watch the show if you become his slave. Again, it does not matter which choice you select. Follow Rat Kid into the next area to continue.
By the Steeple
Enter the house on the left before you make your way down to the Steeple. On the left side of the room you will find some Eye Drops hiding in the corner. Go into the Steeple (which looks like a large church) and search the right side of the room to find a Potion. There is also a Tent located just to the left of the entrance to the Steeple. Climb the ladder in the center of the room up to the bell tower and choose to “Pull [the] rope” when you reach the top. Doing so will reveal Hippaul’s treasure (an Ironite Card, Goblin Card and Fang Card).
Make your way back to the Alley and through on back to the Square. Then return to the Alley once more to find Rat Kid again. Speak to him and choose to become his slave this time when he asks you (“Alright”). Rat Kid will have you stand watch. Tell him that it is all clear and he will steal the ladder and proceed back towards the Steeple. Try to go up the ladder and you will be ambushed by a Moogle named Kupo.
Moogles are responsible for saving your progress throughout Final Fantasy IX in their “Moogle diary”. They are also involved in a side quest involving mail called Mognet. Speak to Kupo before you proceed up the ladder to have him give you a brief explanation of the side quest - but you can check the Mognet Central side quest section for more information. Save your progress before you continue and then proceed up the ladder.
Follow Rat Kid across the wooden planks to cross the rooftops. There is a chimney on the second rooftop, towards the bottom-left side of the screen, that you can examine to pick up 29 gil. You will be given the opportunity to name the character you are in control of as you approach the next rooftop. As mentioned on the previous page, this guide will continue to refer to each character by their default name, therefore it is suggested that you leave this character’s name as “Vivi”.
Travel across the wooden planks to the right of where Rat Kid, now identified as “Puck”, was previously standing by walking around the platform and down the stairs. On the far right side of the screen is another chimney that you can examine to find 63 gil. There is one last chimney towards the top-left side of the screen that has 92 gil hiding in it. Travel over to where Puck is standing (top-right side of the screen) to continue into the next area.
“I Want to Be Your Canary” Performance
There are a few short cutscenes before the next boss battle against King Leo, though this battle is entirely for show. You only have the option of either using a regular attack or using the “SFX” command which does not do any damage but serves to entertain the crowds. Don’t waste your time attacking the two Zeneros standing beside the King.
Zidane and Blank will be involved in a short sword battle scene following the fight with King Leo. Follow along with Blank’s commands and try to impress as many nobles as you can. You will receive the following prizes based on how well you do:
1-49 impressed: Ether
50-79 impressed: Elixir
80-99 impressed: Silk Shirt
100 impressed: Moonstone
You can attempt this as many times as you would like. You will obtain up to 1,000 gil as well once you are finished. The rewards listed above can be obtained slightly further into the game. Some tips for getting a higher score: turn the sound off and block the parts of the screen that you don’t need to see. Getting a score of 100 is incredibly difficult even with quick reaction times and the rewards are not that impressive so don’t waste too much time on this mini-game.