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User Submitted Strategies
Last note on Hades - Hades also has the highest EXP reward for any single foe in FFV Advance. Coincidently, he also is exploitable, much like the Mover(s)! In order to take Advantage of Hades, quicksave ANYWHERE in Lethe Court (except for The Void). Afterwards, CONTINUE the game you just quick saved. Proceed to get into 2 fights anywhere in Lethe Court. Hades will ALWAYS be the second fight you encounter (if you quicksaved.) Due to the fact that Hades is a rather dangerous foe until you get your levels up, it is strongly advised that you perform this trick near the entrance to Lethe Court. This way you can return to the save point in the Abyssal Falls ASAP to save your hard earned EXP. Extra note: If you fight Hades in the shadowed gate area of lethe court, the two fights that follow Hades will ALWAYS be against Ironclads. I suggest killing the two Ironclads since they cough up 10,000 EXP each. The only thing that you might not like is the fact that the fight before Hades is a worthless fight against a King and regular Behemoth, who sadly give NO EXP. If you opt to fight Hades on the Stairs of Destiny, the first fight will be against a Claret Dragon and a Great Dragon. This will give EXP, but you will have to contend with the Claret Dragon's annoying Flare on death feature.
On Dark Arts: Hades has the ultimate Dark Arts spell, Doomsday. Unfortunately, that also means your necromancer has to kill him. In order to pull this off, put !White on your Necromancer and have them cast holy AFTER you've laid 1-2 Rapid fires onto Hades. You may want to keep track of how much damage your rapid fires do in order to ensure you don't do TOO much damage. If you don't want to put !White on your necromancer, you can also put !Time on him and have your necromancer use Quick followed by two shadow flares. But why go that route when Hades has such an exploitable weakness?
Hades is deserving of being the last normal monster in the bestiary. For one, he takes 2 !Rapid Fires and still some extra damage on the side before he bites the dust. And for two, if you don't kill him fast enough, he will use Almagest. And if you do not have mighty guard up, you will most likely get a game over unless your at a ridiculously high level. Suffice to say, the best way to kill him IMO is as follows: Start off by having one free lancer either cast Mighty Guard or just attack with two good weapons (I.E. Excalibur, Ragnarok, Loginus, etc.) Next have another free lancer use Rapid Fire with dual wielding Apocalypse and another weapon. Repeat with another free lancer. Most likely after this, Hades should be dead. If he however is still living (and casting annoying spells like Death and Reaper's Sword), then have someone use holy on him. Or better yet, dual cast Holy. Being undead, Hades will most likely take maximum damage from Holy. 9999x2 will easily eat up any left-over HP on the king of the underworld's life bar.
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