Posted on June 27, 2019
Romancing SaGa 3 Complete Walkthrough Guide Book/ロマンシング サ・ガ3完全攻略編
Worth getting? Yes!
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Romancing SaGa 3 Complete Walkthrough Guide Book Overview
Continuing on with my Romancing SaGa 3 Guide Book series, we have the Romancing SaGa 3 Complete Walkthrough Guide Book! Aside from this book and the Romancing SaGa 3 Adventure Guide Book that I posted about recently, this leaves only the “Romancing SaGa 3 Fundamental Knowledge Guide Book” left in the trilogy of official SFC Guide Books for the game! Good news – I ordered the Fundamental Knowledge Guide Book this week, so after this overview goes up I should be able to get the last book done here sometime soon, completing the series!
Anyways, onto the book itself. The Romancing SaGa 3 Complete Walkthrough Guide Book is exactly what it sounds like – its a book that is designed to get you from the beginning of the game to the end of the game, doing everything possible along the way. Every side-quest, every zone in the game, every character you can recruit along the way, and of the course the main quest, everything is described in utmost detail. There won’t be a single secret left to discover after you’re done with this Guide Book!
The flow of the book is fairly straight-forward – a few pages that cover how to use the book are included first, which cover what certain markers within the book mean, where certain information can be found on any given page, stuff like that. Once that’s done, another few pages are dedicated to walking you through each Main Character’s intro scenario.
Once the character-specific intro section is done, the book does something really awesome (though I guess, expected?) – it introduces each individual recruitable character in the game! While some people could consider this to be a bare-minimum (it usually is) in a Complete Walkthrough, Romancing SaGa 3 has a ridiculous amount of total playable characters. I believe there’s around 30 characters, and each one has its own introduction, a detailed guide on how to recruit them, AND a full-body illustration! That’s insane!
I could go through all 30 character introductions, but I think that would just make the post drag on and on, so instead i’ll include some introductions from characters other than the main characters. I have the main characters’ introductions listed already in my Romancing SaGa 3 review and again in the Romancing SaGa 3 Adventure Guide Book overview, so it would be a waste to just repeat them again when we can actually see some of the other characters!
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Guide Book “Characters” Section
シャール (Shaaru, Sharr?) – Might be a bit of an iffy name translation there, but Sharr is a ex-warrior who ended up losing his hand. While he can’t perform very well in battle when you first meet him, there’s a way to help him return to top fighting shape.
ウォード (Uoodo, Wod?) – Another iffy name (definitely supposed to be “Ward”) translation. The Guide Book describes Wod as the Number 1 character out of all 20+ that seems fit to be called a Warrior. Wod is proficient with pretty much any weapon, and with his high speed he’s definitely fit for the frontlines!
ロビン (Robin) – Robin is an interesting character for the fact that there are two versions of him. ライム (Raimu, Lime) Robin is known as “Fat Robin” amongst players of the fan translation, whereas トラックス (Torakkusu, Trucks) is know as “Thin Robin” (can’t really argue with that though, I guess…). The Guide Book describes Lime as the “Real” Robin, and Trucks as “a fake”. Both characters excel with Short Swords.
ボストン (Bosuton, Boston) – Boston is a kind of character that i’ve never seen before. It’s a playable Lobster! Being a Lobster, Boston’s weapons of choice are his very own pinchers. Boston makes a very strong “Unarmed” fighter, and as you might expect from a Lobster, he’s immune to water-elemental damage! Definitely a great pick!
ゆきだるま (Yukidaruma, Snow-man) – Snow-man is another cool character that you never seen in other games. A living, sentient Snow-man! Snow-man has fairly high HP and Defense. Best used as a tank, Snowman excels with blunt weapons. If memory serves, he’s also resistant to fire damage!
The reason I chose most of these characters is because I ended up using them in my own party throughout the game (except for Boston, he’s just such an out-of-left-field character that I had to include him). Like I mentioned above, there are a lot more characters to show, but for now i’ll keep it at just these 5.
Well then, onto the main part of the overview!
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Guide Book “Guide” Section
As you would expect, the “Guide” section is the meat of the Romancing SaGa 3 Complete Walkthrough Guide Book. This section consists of more than 100 pages dedicated to each separate area in the game. Each area in the game has a screenshot of its location on the world map, along with descriptions of various possible events in the area, tips on how to recruit whatever characters are in the area, along with what kinds of items you’ll find there.
Area descriptions range from not very detailed at all to fairly detailed. Areas that are mainly just a long empty pathway to the next dungeon, for example, usually just have shop data/treasure lists and some in-game screenshots, while cities and important event-related areas are much more fleshed out.
One thing that I did notice right off the bat is that there aren’t really any encounter-tables. Now, I understand that it would be almost impossible to include those on a per-map basis considering monster tiers change based on how many times you fight against a particular enemy type. For example, fighting 30 or so “snake” type monsters means that you’ll start encounter stronger “snake” monsters all throughout the game. As far as I know, you could end up encountering the hardest possible goblin monsters within the first map of the game if you sit there and grind goblins forever.
They could have included a small table that at least shows what monster types you’ll encounter (elementals, goblins, snakes, wolves, and so on) since weapon types/magic elements do get bonuses/resisted depending on what type of monster you’re fighting (edged weapons lose damage against skeleton-type enemies, and so on). I think it would make perfect sense to help players prepare for certain enemy-types within a “Complete Walkthrough”. No point in walking a player through an entire dungeon if they get killed instantly (this is Romancing SaGa, getting triple-overkilled by something suddenly out of nowhere happens all the time).
One good thing is that they do cover bosses pretty decently. They’ll talk about what kind of attacks they use, what elements their attacks are and what elements you should use against them, as well as covering any other gimmicks the boss might have. Thankfully, Romancing SaGa 3 doesn’t have too many gimmicky bosses, but there are still enough where it would be really nice to know about them ahead of time so you can prepare beforehand.
I personally feel that the section of the Guide Book that got the most love and attention is the short section that covers the Abyss Guardian fights. This section is literally a complete walkthrough start to finish that describes every single step in the process of finding and defeating each of the Abyss Guardians. In comparison to the regular “Guide” section, this section is much more detailed and full of information.
I guess this might be because technically, everything outside of the Abyss Guardian stuff is considered side-quest stuff, mechanically. As far as I know, you’re absolutely able to start the game and head straight to your first Abyss Guardian, and then keep going directly to the next Guardian until you get to the end of the game, assuming you grind enough in each Abyss Guardian dungeon (I think the only pre-requisite to fighting your next Guardian is just your main character’s HP).
So, assuming the Abyss Guardian stuff is considered the “main quest”, I guess it makes sense for this section to be much more fleshed out than the rest of the Guide Book. We also have to consider the fact that the Abyss Guardian stuff makes up a much smaller portion of the game, so since there isn’t as much to cover, they were probably able to delve much deeper into everything. The book itself is already really big for an SFC Guide Book, 241 pages to be exact! If they went into the same amount of detail for the rest of the guide, it probably would have ended up being a 400+ page tome…
One big point for me personally is that there doesn’t seem to be a bestiary OR an item list. Out of all the Guide Books i’ve covered until now, I think each one that looked like it should have a Bestiary or Item List had one, even if it was just text-only. In the back of the book there is a list of monster names, but that’s it. No stats, no pictures, no information that you would actually like to have about them.
I don’t think that takes away from the Guide Book per-se, and I guess if you take the name literally, it should only provide you information to get from Point A to Point B, progression-wise. I’ve just been spoiled by other “Complete Walkthrough”s from Square that went the extra mile and included cool illustrated item lists and stuff like that, so that being absent from a 200+ page Complete Walkthrough is just a bit unfortunate.
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Guide Book Review
All in all, the Romancing SaGa 3 Complete Walkthrough Guide Book has a ton of information packed in its 200+ pages. If you ever got stuck throughout the game and couldn’t find out where to go or what to do next, this is just the guide you need. You’ll never miss anything related to any of the quests or how to recruit certain characters/unlock certain areas.
Though, as I just mentioned, there isn’t a proper Bestiary or Item List in the Romancing SaGa 3 Complete Walkthrough Guide Book, so if you’re wanting to go all out and have everything at your fingertips, you’ll need to couple this with the Romancing SaGa 3 Adventure Guide Book. These two books together will give you everything you’ll ever need to know about Romancing SaGa 3.
Now, while the guides for other games, like Final Fantasy IV, could each be used pretty decently separately, I feel like these two Romancing SaGa 3 Guide Books are better used together. If I had to pick only one, though, i’d pick the Romancing SaGa 3 Adventure Guide Book based solely off of the fact that it still has a walkthrough portion (though less detailed) while also having item lists AND a decent Bestiary. For most games it wouldn’t matter much, but in punishing games like the Romancing SaGa trilogy, knowing what enemies you’ll be facing and where/how to get the best equipment is invaluable.
Worth getting? Yes!
If you still haven’t checked it out yet, please take a look at my Romancing SaGa 3/ロマンシング サ・ガ3 review for the Super Famicom!
You can also check out my overviews of the other 2 official guide books below!