S.S. Liki

Get it? Liki… as in, leaky boat… anyways, the first scenes happen on the S.S. Liki on your way to Kilika. Talk to Wakka to get the story rolling again.

Traveling on the S.S. Liki
Tidus and Wakka on the S.S. Liki

Make your way to the bottom level of the boat after you have spoken with Wakka. Down here you will meet O’aka XXIII, merchant extraordinaire! O’aka is your traveling salesman throughout the game and you can utilize his services to purchase items as you need them (Potions, Tents, etc.).

Lulu, Wakka and Tidus on the S.S. Liki
First meeting with O’aka XXIII

O’aka will request a donation of gil from you. The amount of gil you donate (if you choose to donate any at all) will reduce the prices of his items later on in the game according to the following schedule:

- Donate 0 to 100 gil and the cost of items increases by 100.00%
- Donate 101 to 1000 gil and the cost of items increases by 50.00%
- Donate 1,001 to 10,000 gil and the cost of items increases by 20.00%
- Donate 10,001+ gil and the cost of items will be discounted by 30.00%

The best recommendation would be to donate 1,001 gil to him as he does have items which you will want to purchase later on in the game. Aside from that, you don’t really need your gil at this point in the game anyway. You will have additional chances to donate to him later.

Enter the room across from O’aka XXIII to find a treasure chest containing a Remedy.

Walk over to the suitcase lying on the ground and kick it twenty times to receive up to twenty Potions. Once you have a total of twenty Potions in your inventory you won’t receive anymore from kicking the suitcase.

Hidden Remedy item
Kicking the suitcases for free Potions

Enter the ‘Power Room’ right beside O’aka XXIII. You’ll find some Chocobos inside the room and the crew member inside will make fun of you for having never seen a Chocobo before. What’s more important though is that there is an Al Bhed Primer (volume III) in the bottom-right section of the screen.

Chocobos on the S.S. Liki
Al Bhed Primer Vol III

Go back up to the deck and wander over to Yuna. Tidus will overhear the crowd talking about Lord Braska. Speak to Wakka after that which will cause the crowd around Yuna to disperse.

Afterwards go over and talk to Yuna. There are a few more cutscenes to watch before the game continues.

Yuna with a crowd around her
Yuna and Tidus on the S.S. Liki

Once the cutscenes have concluded you will be thrown into battle against more Sinscales. The Sinscales are fairly easy to defeat. You can also change your party members if you would like to at any time by pressing L1 Button during the battle.

You will be given the option to begin attacking Sin’s fin directly after you have defeated a few Sinscales. Because of the distance factor only Lulu, Wakka and Kimahri (using his Lancet ability) are capable of hitting it, which means it would be a good idea to have all three of them in your party if you can manage.

Tidus and Yuna battling against Sinscales
Boss Battle against Sin

Sin’s movement from side to side has no impact on the battle which will end after you deal 2,000 damage to the fin directly.

Tidus will be swpet up into the water and Wakka will jump into the water to save him. The two will then be ambushed by Sinspawn Echuilles whilst underwater.

Boss Battle: Sinspawn Echuilles

HP: 2,000

Defeating any of the Sinscales will just cause new ones to spawn in their place. Focus all of your attacks directly on Sinspawn Echuilles.

Tidus and Wakka battling against Echuilles
Boss battle against Sinspawn Echuilles

Start off by using Tidus’ Cheer ability to raise his attack power and defensive power which will reduce the amount of time you will have to spend healing your party members. You can also use Wakka’s Dark Attack skill to blind Sinspawn which will make the battle much easier.

Aside from those two tactics this battle is fairly straight forward. Continue attacking until the battle is over.

There is a cutscene that follows once the battle has concluded.

Cutscene of Kilika being destroyed
Sinspawn destroying Kilika

Kilika - Dock

The first thing you should do when you arrive in Kilika is save your game (as always) at the Save Sphere.

Take a left at the fork in the road and continue on down the docks until you find the crowd of people. You will now get to observe Yuna as she performs a “sending”.

Docks of Kilika
Yuna performing the sending in Kilika

Kilika - Residential Area

The game continues with Tidus waking up in the Kilika Inn. Use the Save Sphere and then exit the Inn.

Datto will tell you where to go, which is off to the right side of the screen, but before you head that direction, go into the hut in the top-left section of the screen to find a treasure chest. The chest contains three Potions.

There is also a small child sitting in a hut on the left side of the screen. Go near her to initiate a scene which involves the nearby hut collapsing as Tidus saves the child.

Tidus and Wakka in the ruins
Tidus saving the small child

Go back and follow Datto in the direction that he ran (to the right side of the hut Tidus woke up in) and enter the hut at the top of the screen. There is a treasure chest in this hut (now that you saved the small child) that contains an Ether.

There is also an Al Bhed Primer (volume IV) sitting on the desk. Wakka can be found to the right of this hut by taking a right at the fork in the road.

The docks of Kilika
Al Bhed Primer Vol IV

There is an equipment shop in this area between where the ship docks and the hut. You can purchase a few interesting items there including some upgrades weapons and armor. That being said, you can get buy without purchasing it at this stage of the game, so save your gil.

After you have spoken to Wakka, head back west until you reach the Kilika Woods. Save at the Save Sphere and then go talk to your party. Yuna will ask Tidus to become one of her guardians and to accompany her on the remainder of their journey, to which he agrees.

The group in Kilika Woods
Kimahri in Kilika Woods

The first thing you will notice as you enter the Kilika Woods is a huge fiend in the middle of the pathway up ahead. This fiend is called Lord Ochu.

Lord Ochu an optional boss that you can choose whether or not you wish to fight. There are strategies for defeating Lord Ochu provided below, and the rewards are definitely worth it, but before then you should explore a few areas of Kilika Woods to pick up some items and loot. This is also a good opportunity to level up your characters before initiating the battle.

Head towards the east side of the woods and taking a right at the crossroads. Your first battle within Kilika Woods will provide a quick tutorial on how to use Kimahri’s Lancet ability. At the end of the pathway is a treasure chest that contains two Mana Spheres.

Battle against monsters in Kilika Woods
Opening the Mana Sphere treasure chest

Backtrack to the entrance and use the Save Sphere again if you need to replenish your HP or MP as you walk by.

Make your way down the west path and stop once you reach the fork in the road (shown in the screenshot below). There is a hidden pathway which leads to a treasure chest that contains Scout, a new Blitzball weapon for Wakka.

Secret pathway in Kilika Woods
Opening the treasure chest containing Scout

Continue north along the rest of the pathway and then keep going north once you reach the next path. This pathway will curve to the right where you will run into a group of guards.

Speak to the leader after the other two guards have left and you will receive a free Hi-Potion.

Tidus in the Kilika Woods
Picking up a Hi-Potion in Kilika Woods

Keep going north and take the path that leads off to the left side of the screen once you come across it to find a treasure chest that contains a Luck Sphere.

You can use the Luck Sphere to add a Luck +4 node to an empty path somewhere in a character’s Sphere Grid. Add it to a character that you are planning to use for the remainder of the game.

If you are looking for advice on which party members are the best to use for end-game content you should check out the Characters section.

Treasure chest containing a Luck Sphere
Using a Luck Sphere

It’s now time to fight Lord Ochu before moving on to the next area. There are some steps that you can take to prepare for the fight that will make the battle much easier.

The best party to use for this optional boss fight is one made up of Tidus, Wakka and Lulu. Make sure each of these characters is fully healed before initiating the fight. You can use Yuna’s Cure spell outside of battle by selecting the “Abilities” option in the game menu.

Approaching Lord Ochu in the Kilika Woods
Initiating the battle against Lord Ochu

Run straight at Lord Ochu when you are ready to begin the fight.

Boss Battle: Lord Ochu

HP: 4,649

Make sure to keep on top of healing either by using Potions and Antidotes or by switching out one of your party members for Yuna. Lulu should use Fire magic throughout the fight and as often as she can because Lord Ochu is weak to fire-based magic attacks.

Boss battle against Lord Ochu
Lord Ochu falling asleep

If you find yourself having trouble defeating Lord Ochu you can utilize either of the two strategies:

1) Wander around fighting enemies within Kilika Woods until you build up Overdrives for each of your party members
2) Switch one of your party members out for Yuna and have her summon Valefor

Lord Ochu will regain HP when it uses Sleep on itself. Bombard it with attacks rather than focusing on any healing in order to stop it from regaining too much health.

Head south and speak to the Crusader (Luzzu) to receive a free Elixir once the battle is over. Follow the pathway leading east and then follow it as it curves north until you reach a bridge.

There are a few more cutscenes to watch as you ascend the stone steps followed by another boss battle. This one is not optional.

Speak to Luzzu for a free Elixir
Tidus crossing a bridge on the way to the Kilika Cloister of Trials

Boss Battle: Sinspawn Geneaux

HP: 3,000

The battle starts off with Sinspawn Geneaux encased in a shell-like structure. It is immune to attacks in this form and, while it may be vulnerable to magic attacks, any attacks will be absorbed by the Geneaux’s Tentacles (which surround the party).

Initiating the battle against Sinspawn Geneaux
Boss battle against Sinspawn Geneaux

Start off by attacking the Tentacles at the back of the battlefield. Focus all of your attacks on one single Tentacle until both of them have been defeated.

Battle against a closed Sinspawn Geneaux
Lulu using Focus during the battle against Sinspawn Geneaux

Be careful using Water magic on the Tentacles as they will absorb this type of damage and will heal themselves. The only magic you will want to use (if you have Lulu in your party at all) is Fire magic.

Sinspawn Geneaux

The shell will open up once Sinspawn Geneaux drops below 2,400 HP. You should attack the main body with Water and Poison-based magic spells that you have and you can also start attacking the main body with regular, physical attacks at this point.

Continue your way up the staircase after you’ve defeated Sinspawn Geneaux. A couple more cutscenes will follow.

Kilika Temple
The Luca Goers at the Kilika Temple

The party will run into the Luca Goers as they exit the Kilika Temple. Continue north and into the temple. Don’t forget to save your game!

Lady Dona at the Kilika Temple
Tidus in the Kilika Temple

Sit down and pray with Wakka (or stand and watch him if you so choose) to get the game moving again. Lady Dona will exit the temple only to make fun of the team on as they make their way out.

The rest of the team will descend in the the Cloister but will ask you to remain outside; just wait until the elevator pops back up and then try to take it down (only to have Dona and Barthello force you to take it down).

Tidus again

Click on the link below for information on how to complete the trial:

Kilika Cloister of Trials Walkthrough

The rest of the party will not be happy to see Tidus in the antechamber of the temple. You will have to continue talking to both Wakka and Lulu to keep the story moving.

Try to leave the Antechamber after you have spoken to both of them. The story will continue and you will now have the Aeon, Ifrit.

More conversations and flashbacks will transpire as the group attempts to leave the temple. Work your way back through Kilika Woods and then back through Kilika until you reach the docks.

There is a shop just off to the side of the docks where you can purchase any pieces of equipment that your team might be missing.

Crowd congratulating Yuna
Disembarking from Kilika on the S.S. Winnow

Head over to the S.S. Winno once you are ready and choose to disembark.

S.S. Winnow

Grab the treasure chest at the back of the room for a free Hi-Potion and then leave the room that Tidus starts off in and make sure to save your game at the Save Sphere which is very important this time around due to an upcoming mini-game (that you can’t retry!).

Take the stairs up to the deck and go through the door into the Bridge to find an Al Bhed Primer (volume V) on the ground.

Hi-Potion Treasure Chest
Al Bhed Primer Vol. V

Head to the back of the boat for a cutscene involving the Luca Goers and Yuna. Talk to Yuna after they leave to have them continue their conversation.

Go up the stairs afterwards and eavesdrop on the conversation between Lulu and Wakka and then wander over to the front of the ship. Go near the Blitzball to initiate a mini-game.

Confrontation with the Luca Goers
Tidus with the Blitzball just prior to the Jecht Shot

This small mini-game provides you with an opportunity to obtain the Jecht Shot for Tidus which is an awesome move to have in your arsenal for later on during Blitzball games and tournaments.

The Jecht Shot Challenge will begin after a short cutscene involving Tidus and Jecht in the past. The practice mode will teach you how to complete the mini-game. You have to press the D-Pad Directional Pad Buttons as well as X Button depending on where the prompt appears on the screen.

Jecht Shot Challenge instructions
More instructions for the Jecht Shot

During the practice round there will be little boxes showing you what to press (as shown above). During the actual mini-game, the buttons that you need to press will correspond to where the text appears on the screen (what the game refers to as a ‘memory’). This can be a bit confusing the first time you see it. It looks like the screenshots below:

Playing the Jecht Shot Challenge screenshot
Jecht Shot Challenge

Be prepared so that it doesn’t catch you off guard. This is a mini-game which you may want to attempt multiple times if you fail it to ensure that you get the Jecht Shot. Especially if you plan on investing some time into Blitzball.

Talk to Yuna to initiate another cutscene.

Tidus speaking with Yuna
Tidus and Wakka on the S.S. Winnow

The game continues in the seaside town of Luca.