The Moonflow

Moonflow - South Bank Road

You will be fighting Belgemine again very shortly in another one of Belgemine’s challenges. Again, it doesn’t necessarily matter whether you win or lose as the items that are on the line for winning are very insignificant. However, it may be a good idea to begin preparing for this battle as soon as you ender the Moonflow South Bank Road. Add Yuna into your party and begin charging (and saving) her Overdrive for the battle.

There are also a lot of Ochu that you will be fighting in this area. They are not too difficult but the battles can be made much easier by equipping weapons and armor that have the ‘Poisonward’ or even a “Consfuseward’ attribute.

Just off to the side of where Shelinda is standing is a small pathway that leads to a treasure chest. The chest contains three Lv. 1 Key Spheres.

Tidus on the Moonflow South Bank Road
Treasure Chest along the Moonflow South Bank Road

Continue along the pathway until you run into the two Ronso. There is a chest behind the entire group of them that contains an X-Potion. There is another part of the pathway that goes off to the right. Follow it along to find a treasure chest that contains three more Lv. 1 Key Spheres.

Treasure Chest with an X-Potion on the Moonflow South Bank Road
Another treasure chest on Moonflow South Bank Road

Boss Battle: Belgemine - Second Challenge Versus Ixion

HP: 6,000

Make sure that you charge Yuna’s Overdrive before you initiate this battle. The tactics for the fight are fairly straightforward. Initiate your attack by using Hellfire and then use Ifrit’s ‘Fire’ attack on himself which will actually heal Ifrit for a significant amount of HP.

Yuna challenging Belgemine to a fight on the Moonflow Road
Ifrit battling against Belgemine’s Ixion

Belgemine’s Ixion will use Haste on itself which means that you are going to be subjected to a barrage of attacks relatively quickly. The goal of this fight is to keep yourself healed up while storing up Overdrive attacks to unleash Hell Fire on Ixion as often as you can. Two Hell Fire attacks will usually defeat Ixion depending on your level and how much you have trained Yuna.

If Ifrit is defeated you will have an opportunity to summon Valefor in order to complete the fight.

The price for successfully defeating Belgemine is two Dragon Scales. You will receive six Smoke Bombs if you lose the fight. You will also receive a Summoner’s Soul no matter what the outcome of the battle. Dragon Scales are used to teach your Aeons new abilities (as per the explanation given once you receive the Summoner’s Soul).

Just past Belgemine is a trail that darts off to the left. There is a treasure chest at the end of the path that contains a Magic Def Sphere. Continue down the pathway until you reach the banks of the Moonflow. Part way down the pathway the story will continue.

Magic Def Sphere on the Moonflow South Bank Road
The whole party on the banks of the Moonflow

Moonflow - South Warf

Start off by grabbing the treasure chest for two free Phoenix Downs and the talk to O’aka XXIII if you need to refill any items. Continue left and you will find the rest of your team next to the Shoopuf. Continue west past Auron to meet up with the Crusaders. Talk to Maechen for information and stories about Shoopufs. Grab the treasure chest behind Lulu to snag 5,000 gil.

Potion in a treasure chest at the South Warf
Save Sphere at the Moonflow South Warf

Save your game and then head back to the Shoopuf docking station. In preparation for an upcoming fight, you may wish to equip Tidus and Wakka with any weapons they may have the ‘Lightningstrike’ ability. Talk to the Hypello (the little blue people) to ride the Shoopuf across the Moonflow.

Choosing to ride the Shoopuf at the Moonflow South Warf
The whole party riding the Shoopuf over the Moonflow

Boss Battle: Extractor

HP: 4,000

Tidus and Wakka will be thrust into battle against the Extractor after Yuna gets hauled overboard. The fight is relatively straightforward. Start off by having Tidus his special abilities - Tidus should use Cheer and Haste on both characters (use Haste on Tidus first so that he can use Haste again faster and get rolling with attacks). If you do enough damage to Extractor when it goes up to deploy depth charges you can stop it from releasing any. Other than that there really is no strategy to this fight.

Boss battle against the Extractor
Extractor using Depth Charges

Save your game again at the Save Sphere once you arrive at the opposite shore. One screen west of this area is an Al Bhed Primer vol. XII which you should pickup. Go west one more screen to find a treasure chest that contains an Ether.

Opposite bank of the Moonflow
Picking up the Al Bhed Primer Vol. XII at the Moonflow

Continue to head westwards on the North Bank of the Moonflow until you’re interrupted by another cutscene. Rikku now joins your team as a playable character. She is a great addition to your team and I highly recommend using her. Click on the Characters section for more information.

Tidus running into Rikku for the first time
Tidus meeting Rikku cinematic on the Moonflow

Headshot of Rikku

Head northward and you will enter into the next scripted battle. Rikku can use her Steal ability to open up treasure chests in the middle of a battle. You will also get a quick explanation regarding Rikku’s Overdrive ability which is called Mix. For a more in-depth explanation check out the Overdrive section under Rikku.

Rikku demonstrating her Steal technique
Instructions for how to use Rikku’s Overdrive called Mix

Grab the next treasure chest off to the right of the screen for four free Antidotes. Continue northward until you reach the next screen.

Tidus picking up Antidotes on the way to Guadosalam
Treasure Chest on the way down the Moonflow North Bank Road

Moonflow - North Bank Road

This first trail provides a good opportunity to train Rikku up a few levels and many of the fights will utilize the mid-battle treasure chests that you just received an explanation about. There is one more treasure chest at the end of the pathway that contains a Mega-Potion. Just past the entry way up ahead is the entrance to Guadosalam.