Lake Macalania is the area you reach in the Macalania Woods after you have defeated Spherimorph and have move north from where the Save Sphere was located.
Lake Macalania - Agency Front
You have reached another of Rin’s Travel Agencies. Start off by grabbing the Al Bhed Primer (Vol. XVI) that is sitting on the ground to the left of the entryway. Buy any items that you may need from O’aka XXIII.
Another reminder that Hi-Potions are now purchasable at the shop so stock up on some if you need them.
Walk over and talk to Clasko with his Chocobo to get the story moving again. He will ask you what job you see him doing: Chocobo Knight or Chocobo Breeder. If you select the Chocobo Breeder option you will run into Clasko later on in the game as the keeper of the Chocobos on the S.S. Liki.
Note: You cannot grab the treasure chest behind Clasko and his Chocobo until later on in the game.
Drop in to the Travel Agency and save your game at the Save Sphere before you continue.
Exit the Agency and travel west following the red arrow on the mini-map. You will be interrupted with a cutscene involving Tromell Guado discussing Maester Seymour’s quick disappearance in Guadosalam. Yuna will leave with Tromell Guado and will be ambushed by Al Bhed just up ahead.
Make sure that you and your party are ready for the next boss battle before you rush in. Yuna will not be participating in this battle (again). You have one more opportunity to go back to the Travel Agency to save or purchase items if you need to before you initiate the fight.
Equip any weapons you possess currently that have the Lightningtouch ability before you jump into the fray.
There is a small, floating machine called a Negator that disables all of your magic and summoning abilities. Your first priority in this fight is to take out the Negator using regular attacks. You will need to have Wakka defeat the Negator before you can attack with Magic.
Have your other party members use their skills and special abilities while Wakka is defeating the Negator. Start off by having Lulu use her Reflex ability as this will help your party members dodge Crawler’s counterattacks. Tidus should use Cheer while Negator is up and then use Haste on Lulu followed by each of the other party members.
Crawler has an ability called Mana Beam which takes three turns to fully charge. If you do enough damage to it during this period it will cancel the attack, however this will cause Crawler to release another Negator which will then have to be destroyed.
The Mana Beam attack can be prevented if the Negator is still active. Therefore, if you see that the counter is about to reach 1 or 0, leave the Negator up and active and it will protect you from the Mana Beam attack.
This boss is weak to Thunder and Lightning-based attacks. Lulu’s Thunder and Thundara attacks are extremely effective against the Crawler. Having Lulu use Focus on the team will also greatly increase the amount of damage done from her spells.
Lake Macalania - Crevasse
Grab the treasure chest just outside of Macalania Temple. It contains a Mega-Potion.
Macalania - Road
The Al Bhed soldier at the bottom of the stairs will give you 400 gil if you talk to her. Follow the pathway all the way around and head into the temple.
Macalania - Hall
Save your game at the Save Sphere again before you continue. Talk to Tromell and he will give you a Shell Targe. The Shell Targe is not a very good shield. The SOS Shell ability only activates when Rikku reached a critically low level of health.
Check out the Equipment Abilities section for more information on different abilities for weapons.
Melinda will rush over to greet you as soon as you enter the temple. There is a treasure chest at the back of the left side of the temple that contains 5,000 gil. There is another treasure chest on the opposite side of the temple, towards the camera’s location, that contains two X-Potions.
Attempt to walk up the steps and the team will be interrupted by one of the temple acolytes on the lower floor. The group will get to watch another sphere, this time involving Lord Jyscal.
Save your game and buy any items you need from O’aka XXIII as there is a boss battle incoming. At this point it should become pretty clear that O’aka XXIII is following you around!
Tidus, Yuna and Wakka will all have Trigger Commands available to them for this fight. Using Tidus’ Trigger Command to talk to Seymour will raise his Strength while using Yuna’s or Wakka’s will raise their Magic Defense attribute.
The Guado Guardians will step in front of Seymour if you try to physically attack him. They can be fairly difficult to defeat because they have an Auto-Potion ability which will cause them to use a potion on themselves every time they are hit. You can nullify this effect in one of two ways:
The next section of this boss battle is covered below.
The next boss battle begins as soon as the previous boss battle concludes. It involves battling Maester Seymour’s Aeon, Anima, which is the one that you witnessed defeating all of the fiends in Luca.
At the start of the battle Tidus will suggest that Yuna summon her new Aeon. The new Aeon will be called ‘????’ under Yuna’s summons (it’s Shiva).
You can use Blizzara on Shiva at any time to heal her HP back up to full health. Continue to heal Shiva until you can use her Overdrive ability, Diamond Dust, and then use that attack on Anima. Continue this pattern until Anima (or ????) is defeated. Use Diamond Dust while Anima is boosting to increase the amount of damage that it does.
“????” (Shiva) will likely die at some point in the fight. Hammer away at Anima with regular attacks to bring her (yes, it’s a she) down and be sure to keep your HP as high as possible as Anima’s Overdrive is pretty much an instant kill and a game over. Anima’s Pain move will also be an instant kill on one of your party members.
Macalania Cloister of Trials
Completing the Cloister of Trials in the Macalania Temple. The reward for completing the Destruction Sphere portion of this Cloiser is a Luck Sphere.
Macalania - Hall
Descend down the stairs for another short cutscene involving Tromell Guado and a group of people in the temple.
Macalania - Road
Buy any items that you need from O’aka XXIII and then save your game at the Save Sphere.
You will be chased by Guado Guardians as you proceed down the pathway and you will be thrown into a battle each time one catches you. They run faster than Tidus so a few battles are inevitable.
The Guado Guardians that you face are similar to the ones you saw during the fight with Seymour. They use the Auto-Potion ability to automatically heal themselves for 1,000 HP after every time they take damage so use Rikku’s Steal ability to prevent them from using this ability.
Lake Macalania - Crevasse
You won’t have the luxury of the Machina to traverse the crevasse as speedily this time. Choose to continue south (or to the right) when you reach the first fork in the road. Following this path will lead to a treasure chest that contains a Lv. 1 Key Sphere.
Save when you come across the one more Save Sphere as you have a boss battle coming up.
Boss Battle: Wendigo & Guado Guardians
HP: 18,000 (Wendigo)
This is another fight that is similar to the one against Maester Seymour. It involves two Guado Guardian sidekicks.
The Guado Guardians still have the Auto-Potion ability enabled so you will have to use Rikku’s Steal ability on each of them in order to prevent them from healing after every attack. The Guado Guardians will caste Haste and Berserk on Wendigo which will cause its attacks to be incredibly powerful.
You will want to use Wakka’s Dark Attack ability as Wendigo is susceptible to the Darkness status effect. It is also advisable to use Auron’s Power Break ability to lessen the damage done by any of Wendigo’s attacks that do connect. You can also use Auron’s Threaten ability to remove the effects of Berserk on the Wendigo.
The Guado Guardians will cast Protect and Shell on Wendigo if you kill them both. Whether or not the fight is easier with both Guado Guardian’s left alive or by killing them first and dealing with Protect and Shell is up for debate.
Wendigo can be defeated with either strategy. The Guado Guardians can negate the Darkness status effect though as they will use Eye Drops on Wendigo so according to this strategy guide it would be recommended that you defeat them first.
Lake Macalania - Lake Bottom
Save your game at the Save Sphere once the fight has concluded. Talk to each of your party members to continue the story.
Make sure to go back and grab the two treasure chests behind the characters you spoke to. One contains a Lv. 2 Key Sphere (beside Kimahri as shown below) and the one at the back by Auron contains an Avenger, a weapon for Tidus that has the Counterattack ability.
Speak to Auron to continue the story and then approach the party one more time. Sin will attack the party again at the end of the sequence. There are a few more flashback scenes involving Tidus back in Zanarkand before Tidus wakes up all by himself in a pool of water (again). Are you noticing a theme?
The next portion of the game takes place on Bikanel Island in the Sanubia Desert.