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Shining Force is Classic
Shining Force is an absolute classic in the tactical RPG genre, outshined only by its sequel. And it's a virtual console title, so it's dirt cheap. Everybody should experience it, but we here at Brighthub realize that your skills may have been softened by today's easier games. Not to worry, as I've come to the rescue with some helpful Shining Force secrets and hints.
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This one is the only actually cheat of the bunch, but it's easy to pull off and gives you a nice little boost. Enter SEGA as your name and you'll begin with +1 HP and +1 MP.
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There's a tricky way to name every character in the game. Start a new game and name your character. Before moving on, highlight end, then hold A, B, and C on controller two and press Start. On controller one, press A, C, and Start. This will cause a new character to appear. Name that character and another one will appear, and so on and so forth, until you've named every character in the game.
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Secrets and Hints
These are cheats or unlockables, but more Shining Force secrets and hints that should help you along.
Get Jogurt to join your team.
You meet Jogurt in chapter 1, where you can talk to him. There's a way to get him to join your team in chapter 4. When in Pao Town 1, before the caravan moves, go to the priest's hut in the northwest area of town. Once inside, walk along the west wall until you see Jogurt in the top left corner of the screen, where he'll be flapping his arms, trying to fly. Once he's done flapping, he'll join your team.
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In the battle against Elliot, kill the lower artillery next to Elliot using Jogurt and you'll get the Jogurt ring.
Bikini Clad Tao
When you enter the cave where you get Zylo and the moonstone, check the walls for the sugoi mizugi. Once you get it, give it to Tao and then go to headquarters. When you enter your next battle, Tao should be wearing a bikini.
Unlimited Fire Axes
In the battle with Elliot, there's a lizard man wielding a fire axe. Kill him (from a distance, getting close is dangerous) with at least one empty item box to get his axe. Give the axe to Like or Gort after they're promoted. Use the Egress spell to come back and do it all over again, giving you access to unlimited fire axes.
In chapter 4, the first battle will take place on a ship. Use a flier to search the wood to the left of the figure head and you should find a hidden moonstone.
There's a trick to turning everyone in your current group into dogs for a single battle. Get Jogurt to join your team (I explain how above) and have him kill someone. He'll receive a ring, which you can equip someone with to turn them into a dog. Afterwards, unequip the ring and they'll stay a dog. You can then take turns equipping and unequipping everyone in your party until you're leading a pack of dogs.
Egress comes in handy a few times! To use it to get a lot of EXP, enter a battle, kill a few enemies, and then use Egress to exit. You'll keep the EXP you gained and you'll be able to repeat the same battle, for even more EXP.