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Xbox Live - Final Fantasy III Windows Phone Achievement Guide

When the first Final Fantasy arrived on Windows Phone, all of its Achievements were secret and thus couldn’t be viewed by players. We quickly posted a Mini-Achievement Guide to help get players on-track.

Now Final Fantasy III has appeared on Windows Phone, once again with Xbox Achievements. This time, the Achievements aren’t secret. But they do require plenty of time and effort to unlock. You just might need a guide! And wouldn’t you know it? Windows Phone Central is proud to present our latest Achievement Guide, filled with tips and resources for dedicated RPG players and Achievement hunters.

Progression

Final Fantasy III Windows Phone Achievement Guide

Cloud of Darkness

  • Gone adventuring with the Wind: Defeat Djinn and obtain the Wind Crystal.
  • Some Like It Hot: Defeat Salamander and obtain the Fire Crystal.
  • Release the Kraken: Defeat Kraken and obtain the Water Crystal.
  • Quieting the Tremors: Defeat the Titan and obtain the Earth Crystal.
  • Warriors of Light: Defeat the Cloud of Darkness.

You’ll fight the Cloud of Darkness immediately after defeating Xande in the Crystal Tower. But you can’t beat it that first time. Just lost right away, triggering a cut scene. You’ll then proceed to the final area, the World of Darkness. The Cloud is the final boss there.

Eureka dungeon

Final Fantasy III Windows Phone Achievement Guide

Eureka entrance

  • Glutton for Arms: Obtain every weapon in Eureka, the Forbidden Land.

The entrance to this optional dungeon can be found at the bottom floor of the Crystal Tower, near the end of the game. You’ll see the door immediately after entering the Tower, straight ahead from the Tower’s entrance.

To open the door and enter the Forbidden Land, you’ll need the Eureka Key. It can be obtained during normal progression after defeating a powerful pair of NPCs (Doga and Unei) within Doga’s Grotto. The elderly pair also provides the Syrcus Key, which you need to enter the Crystal Tower. See this article for more information about Eureka.

Money

  • For a Rainy Day: Save up 50,000 gil.
  • Who wants to be a Gillionaire?: Save up 500,000 gil.

Earning gil won’t be a problem if you seek out the hidden dungeons and raise your characters’ job classes to 99. You can also farm gil by encountering an enemy like the Greater Demon who summons other monsters. Don’t kill the summoner, just the summoned monsters. You’ll rack up lots of gil by the time you decide to finish off the summoner.

What do you do with all that gil? Why, it can be spent on Shurikens – the Ninja class’s most powerful throwable item. One of the Shops in Eureka sells Shurikens for 65,500 gil apiece.

Summons

Final Fantasy III Windows Phone Achievement Guide

Bahamut

  • My Little Esper: Obtain a summonable creature.
  • No Such Thing as Too Many: Obtain all the summonable creatures.

The Evoker, Summoner, and Sage classes can summon creatures called espers during battle. The actual spell cast varies by character class. New espers can be bought or found by defeating certain bosses. There are eight espers to find:

Treasure chests

Final Fantasy III Windows Phone Achievement Guide

  • Nose for Treasure: Open 50% of all treasure chests.
  • I, My, Me, Mine: Open every treasure chest.

Finding all of the treasure chests could be one of the hardest Achievements in the game. You’ll have to visit every location, including optional dungeons like Eureka and ???.

The best way to make sure you don’t miss any chests is by using a walkthrough that points them out. GameFAQs also has maps of the various dungeons that should be helpful.

Bestiary

  • Collecting is Half the Battle: Complete 50% of the Bestiary.
  • Filling Up the Grotesquerie: Complete the entire Bestiary.

There are 226 monsters in the game (including bosses). You’ll have to visit every single dungeon, including Eureka and the ??? Dungeon in order to find them all.

Luckily you can check your progress by viewing the in-game Bestiary. You can view it by talking to the bestiary Moogles in the town of Gysahl or on the Invincible airship. Check this page for a complete Bestiary list and links to monster locations.

Legendary Smith and ??? Dungeon

Final Fantasy III Windows Phone Achievement Guide

  • One Sword to Slay Them All: Obtain the Ultima Weapon from the Legendary Smith.
  • Steely Resolve: Defeat Iron Giant.

During normal progression, players will first meet the Legendary Smith during a quest to restore Princess Sara’s pendant. Upon bringing Orichalcum to the Smith, your final reward for this quest chain will be the Ultima Weapon.

Afterward, the Legendary Smith randomly appears in 10 specific places. Talk to her when one of your characters has reached a job level of 99 and she will provide that class’s unique Job Master item.

Final Fantasy III Windows Phone Achievement Guide

Iron Giant

The Iron Giant is a boss enemy who only appears in the optional ??? Dungeon. You’ll need to have received all four letters from the Four Old Men and Prince Alus in order to unlock the dungeon.

Getting those letters in the mobile version involves a complicated series of steps that differs from the DS game:

  • One character must reach level 99 and receive a Job Master Item from the Legendary Smith
  • Defeat all bosses in Eureka
  • Open approximately 80% of the treasure chests in the game
  • Complete all optional dungeons and obtain every summonable boss monster

After completing those requirements and receiving the necessary letters through Mognet, hop into the Nautilus airship. Look for a shadow in the water halfway between the Floating Continent and the Dalg continent to the east.

Defeating the Iron Giant is no easy task. You’ll want to have everyone leveled up into the nineties before attempting it. Put all four characters in the back row and equip them with two shields instead of weapons. Then attack with magic spells until he cries “Superman” and plummets back to the Earth. Something like that!

Jobs

Final Fantasy III Windows Phone Achievement Guide

  • When I Grow Up I Want to Be…: Attain level 99 with any job.
  • Jack of All Trades: Attain level 99 with all jobs.

Characters start out as Freelancers. After obtaining the Wind Crystal, six more classes unlock. The fire, Water, and Earth Crystals also unlock new jobs. There are 22 normal jobs and one hidden job: Onion Knight. The Onion Knight gets the highest stats in the game, but only at job level 92 and above.

To unlock the Onion Knight, you’ll need to complete 25% of the Bestiary. The NPC Topapa will then send a letter informing you that three children have been kidnapped. Rescue them in the Altar Cave (the first area of the game) and you’ll gain access to the hidden job.

Job level is separate from a character’s overall level. Attacking, defending, and performing other actions during battle earns an invisible stat called Job Points. When a character accumulates 100 Job Points, he or she will gain one level in that job.

With most jobs, the number of Job Points earned from battle decreases by 10-60 percent after reaching level 14 in that job. The exceptions are Freelancer and Scholar, which gain JP at the same rate all the way up to level 99 (thank goodness).

Players can switch a character’s job at any time. However, the character will enter the Job Adjustment Phase after making the switch. His or her stats will be reduced by about 12.5 percent during this time, which lasts from 2-10 battles. After the phase ends, the character will switch to the new job. Read this guide for more job info.

More Resources

I’ve linked to several helpful pages within the guide. Here are a few more websites with useful Final Fantasy III information:

We hope this guide has helped! Stay tuned, and we’ll either update with a treasure chest guide or create our own.

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Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

22 Comments
  • Paul, do you know someone from Square Enix?
  • Ha, I was wondering the same thing: how'd he write up the thorough FFIII announcement article and this detailed achievement guide on the same day the game was unexpectedly released unless he knew it was coming beforehand! Jealous. But good work, Mr. Acevedo. Good work.
  • Thanks man! Hope it helps people.
  • dat price ._.
  • Agreed.  I understand that it's more expensive because of lower volume on WP, and that Xbox certification takes time and money as well, but it's $8 on iOS and Android.  Double the price is a little crazy, in my opinion.   When you consider that the NDS remake that this is based on came out 7 years ago, and that it's been on iOS for 2 years and Android for 1, it's even more insane.  I mean, I'm glad to see stuff like this come to Windows Phone, but $10 would have been reasonable.  $16 is too much.
  • It's just on sale on those platforms right now. It will go back to $16 shortly.
  • Aaah, that does make more sense now, missed that part.
  • Wasn't FF 1 only $10? I thought that was robbery but still bought it. This I can't justify unfortunately. I still hope it does well though as I would love Sqeenix to keep supporting WP!
  • The first Final Fantasy was $7. Part 3 is a much larger and better game, though.
  • I won't spend a penny for this game. Too much expensive for God's sake! And it's a phone's game. I'll wait for some kind of promo until it reduces its price.
  • So, you will spend a penny on the game, just not sixteen-hundred of them.
  • Wait for the red stripe deal then. That's what I'm thinking of doing since I haven't been playing games on my phone as of late.
  • Not a phone game. It's a phone port of a very good DS game.
  • If you loved RPG and especially Final Fantasy series, you would defenitely buy this game. It has a nice story and you'll have to spend hours of hours grinding (although this is not required to finish the game). When I first saw the price, I thought that was insane, but I still bought it anyway because I love the final fantasy series. And now I've been playing the game whenever I have free time since I bought it. And it has a lot of things for you to explore, play and enjoy. So it worths the price. And don't forget you can always try it first. Or download a NDS Emulator and FF3 ROM then play for FREE :D
  • Bloody great game. Well worth it even at that price just because it bring hours of mobile gaming
  • Looks like fun, but i'm going to wait until it goes on sale to buy.  $16 is just too much for a game i'll probably only spend a few hours on before forgetting.  I think to date, the only expensive (at the time) WP game that I ever completed was "The Harvest".
  • This is obviously a game for people who really want to complete it and follow the narrative. I think it's useless to claim it's expensive or not if one's just looking for a time waster, this game is not for you.
  • Also its one for true final fantasy fans ive played ever FF game out until now. And will always love the epic series what ever way for people that think its expensive that's your opinion but when you seen this series since the start on the nes you do wanna pay just because square have always made good games. But what i would really like to see if secret of mana. On mobile it would be one world. And the rest of the classic games.
  • Awesome game but it's way too expensive. 7 bucks is a fair price.
  • Well, it's a Hell of a lot cheaper on WP than it is to buy a copy of the game on DS in Australia so I don't understand why people are boo hooing about the price, go do a paper run or something.
  • I'm gona make video walkthroughs, anyone interested?
  • Sure, if they're good!