MiscellaneousSo, you are probably wondering what this pointless page is about. Well, no! It is not pointless! Since Grandia II is not a game where you must absolutely go everywhere and talk to everybody in towns you pass by, you may have missed some interesting aspects. Moreover, you can not come back in all the villages after some point in the game. The main attractions of this section are the Cyrum Bazaar and the Hut of Trials, but there are also other varied things such as "books to read" and "people to talk to". Scroll down to see. :P As you may have observed by looking at the table below, everything is sorted by town (except for the last two titles on the page). If you know similar tidbits that are not listed and should be, please, feel free to contact me. To tell the truth, I ORDER you to do so. :P
Your First Book
The Secret to a Long and Passionate Marriage
So? Something Worth my Time?
Yes. Talk to the Grandma and Grandpa in town (they are taking a walk somewhere, preferably near a tree). They have long tales to tell you. Especially Grandpa. :P
Moreover, Phiria sent me extra information about the TRUE location of the first Poff Nut! After finishing Garmia Tower and meeting Millenia for the first time, Elena will join your party. In Carbo Village talk to Lenny, the little boy that was crying for Elena earlier. She will explain to him why she has to leave and he will give her a Poff Nut as a farewell present. Neat, huh?
You Should Talk to...
...the guy with light blue hair near the southern exit before leaving the town. He gives you a Poff Nut and explains what is its purpose. It should theoretically be your fourth one. You could return in Durham Cave and feed Carro with it, but it would be useless. You will meet Carro again later.
St. Heim Papal State
Holy Annals of the Ages of the Gods - Chapters 1 to 4
Holy Book of Granas - Books I to III
Let's Sing the Song of Light
The Holy Light - Books 1 to 3
There is an old man in the Squeak-baas pastures that gives you a tip about the Raul Hills (your next destination). If you talk many times to the drunk dude standing near the Inn, he will eventually tell you that he has a son, Mark, living in Cyrum Kingdom. He will ask you to deliver him a message and if you accept, reward you with a Poff Nut. Wow.
Where is Mark?!
You can visit the stands or talk to the people around the Castle Square with Elena and Millenia. Depending on who accompanies you, different things will happen as resumed in the cool table below.
*Are you telling me you have trouble beating that ugly guy at arm wrestling? And you want tips?! :P Sure, no problem. The three first rounds are relatively easy to win. It gets harder on the two last ones because Hemble seems to have more power and endurance. My personal strategy is: always try keeping your power a bit higher than his and when your endurance runs out, recover some until it reaches the last "e" in the word "Endurance" on the screen. Or some other point between that "e" and the middle of the gauge. Do that as long as Hemble has power. He will eventually weaken and consequently, victory will be yours. Keep in mind that you might have to try more than twice before winning two times in a round.
However, Brendan McAndrew (yes, the one and only! :P), sent me another strategy to beat Hemble. I haven't tested it yet, but I think it makes sense, so here it is nonetheless: all you have to do is press R1 and X at the same time for about half a second, then release them both for another half a second, then repeat, and repeat, going back and forth. You can basically ignore Hemble completely while using this method in the first three rounds. In the last two, you may want to hold both buttons for a bit longer than half a second when Hemble is pushing at full power. "Using this method, I never lost once... it takes a while, and you will never win quickly, but it worked well for me." stated Brendan. Another satisfied customer!
More About Ryudo's Past
By "talking" (= "pressing the action button") to the tombstones near the entrance to Grail Mountain, you can learn more about Ryudo's past. I am sure you already knew it, though. :P "Talk" to the firetower and Ryudo's house door to learn even more crazy facts about the same subject.
The Hut of Trials
After your first visit into the Hut of Trials, under the Elder's invitation, you can return there as many times as you wish. Inside is the Walnuts mini game, supervised by a giant Carro. What is so special about it? Well, each time you succeed to make Carro happy, the guy waiting for your return outside the Hut gives you a different special item. The trick to make Carro squeals and acts cute is to collect a number of nuts that is equal or higher than the one indicated on the lower right counter.
Here are the numbers given on the counter ("Nuts" column) for each visit and the corresponding items you get. Obviously, the Book of War is the most interesting.
I used to say I didn't have tips for this mini-game, but many thanks go to Soon Sin for sending me some. :D Here they are (I like the term "nut grabbing"...):
Soon Sin even sent me a screenshot of the 26/24 attempt, so I might as well show it to you all too. :P
What Was Carro's Purpose?
No idea. :P Carros are completely useless. You interact with them only three times in the game: in Durham Cave, in Cyrum Castle Secret Passage and in the Hut of Trials (read the corresponding parts of the Walkthrough for more details). If you want to know where the Poff Nuts are, look at the Valuables page. Some links there will undoubtedly bring you back to this page. :P
I Like to Play Through my Games a Second Time When Beaten Once. Will There Be Something Different?
(Long titles are fun. :P) You are supposed to find new treasures in certain places, but nothing rare and super. At least, this is what I believe. I can not be 100% sure if everything "new" I have found the second time was truly new. Maybe it was already there the first time, but I did not see it. Moreover, an Electrum Stone, for example, is not really an item I would call "rare and super". :P So, this is why there is no list of "New Items You Can Find the Second Time you Play Through the Game" here. However, if you think you got something that should be mentioned, let me know.