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Breath Of Fire: Dragon Quarter
Released in February 2003 in the US, Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter is simply the best Breath of Fire game, period.

 

Run (EU): 0:54:xx by Jeff 'Cosmos' Vughs, done in 12 segments

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In this run there is no abuse of glitches, Sol system, soft safes and cheating.
The PAL version has 9 save tokens instead of 1 that the NTSC version has, these are used to save at fixed save spots, called telecorders, and are found in the dungeons. Because of this an segmented run on the NTSC version would never be faster then a segmented run on PAL version.
The segments are for luck manipulation, i will explain in each section below where i needed this.

In BoF5dq every item is random, except the drops of bosses and monsters and the bleu boxes, the bosses/monsters depend on wich turn a it is defeated. The item/weapon shops have random set of items, all the normal/rare boxes have different item drops and the monster paths/spawns are random even the stats of monsters and bosses can diffrent a little bit.
When you start a new game, for the whole game the following are determined: monster spawn and paths, weapon and items in the store.
Each time you load a game the following are determined: all normal/rare boxes, monster/boss stats.

Segment 1:
Start the game, go to the store, sell heal kits and tonic, buy 20 meat and 4 bombs for the dungeon. I slash the first 2 boxes, and it spawned 2 meat and i pick this up. I used some meat to make the path clear, when i get to the worms i killed 3 in 1 slash its possible kill all 4 in one slash, picked up the heal kits.
At the danger room i grouped the monsters with meat, dropped 2 bombs, and on the right time dropped an extra meat to lure and slash, Detonate the bombs to clear in my EX turn. i did the same at the second Group and get the blue chest for the skill kick. I saved at the telecorder. Ingame time: 0.05m

Segment 2:
Short segment, i used luck manipulation, to get an power boost for segment 3, saved at the telecorder, 0.06 ingame time.

Segment 3:
I buy 9 sleep mushrooms and 2 bombs, in the next box there could have been 240 party exp(low chance), but it was 240 zenny.
Cyclops boss encounter, i positioned myself to get 60 total ap to end my turn faster and used the power boost and slice till i had 0ap left and his life is at 75%. I let him hit me, and waited my turn till i had max AP, to slice and finish him, its very important to do it in this order, otherwise cyclops could kill me, he gets angry when he hits 50% hp. I Had some lucky crits. I try to get all the useful boxes there were, it totaly depends on luck what i get, but of course with the items in this segment are useful. The spider danger room is harder then it looks, it took me alot of retrys, to get a fast time, the monsters are extremely fast so i need the distracted with meat all the time. I think its possible to do this slightly faster with some good monster placements.
When i cleared the room i use D-dash and made a tiny mistake by bumping into the wall, this took me 1 second, the danger room is the hardest part and i was happy it gone so well. I D-dash the whole segment, at the last room i D-dashed throug a box, and picked up 1 meat, it could have been an power boost, wich i needed, but it was such a small amount of time lost, i accepted it(2 second lost). Saved at 0.11 ingame time.

Segment 4:
I sell a piece of armor, and my shields. The tactics for the boss encounter, i need to put 3 G-flares down, on the right spot, Lin shall use push back skill on Bosch into the fire and the 2nd ranger need to be pushed towards the 3rd ranger, after this, Ryu will D-breath.
It depends on Nina her G-flare damage how long i have to hold my D-breath, the D-counter hits 2.10, this is perfect. I bought meat and bombs afterwards, i lost a second because i needed to think where my lurid dust was to sell, get the save token and save, ingame time 0.13.

Segment 5:
This was a luck manipulation segment, i needed the power boost, it has a very low chance that this item drops, if the item drops i must do a danger room and an boss battle perfectly.
In the danger room i throw some meat to lure the Group towards the edge of the platform, i get my save token. And bomb the group, put 2 extra bombs on the ground and EX turn,detonate bombs and use dragon and D-breath, fast method, but hard to pull off the right accepteble amount of D-counter usage.
After this battle i made a mistake and slash in vain (i was outside of the item range, misjudged). I get the items and the blue chest for the extra page. After this il run and go to the next boss encounter, the three rangers, if its Ryus turn il D-breath and the battle is over, i got 9.05% on the D-counter, this is accepteble. I walk to the telecorder and save, ingame time is 0.17.

In cutscenes, if i press start the game says pause, this is the only real pause in the game where the timer does not count, the whole CGI movie at the end + credits does not count, every other thing it will count.

Segment 6:
I sell all the defense gear, and buy a +4 strongsword, and buy bombs. In the room with the money bug, i must lure him to the edge of the room and kill it with 2 bombs in an EX turn, every time this bug gets hit the lower the money it drops. I get 10K zenny from it, and loot the chest in the next room with 600 party exp in it(low chance).
In the Danger room everything went well, i use the sleep mushrooms to lure them and make them sleep, after they are grouped i bomb them down, put extra bombs on the ground and EX turn to detonate and kill them. I make a mistake and slash in vain after this battle, i pick up all the items that i wont use, i thought i needed the money for a later segment, but in the end this didnt turn out that way lost 4 second because of this.
One of the boxes to the telecorder had an reflex, i hoped this would be a power meal, but it wasnt necessary, reflex isnt bad either. I save at the telecorder ingame time 0.24.

Segment 7:
I buy 40 prox bombs and use some items, my 4 heal kits, reflex/protein stat and learn the skill kick, after this i equip kick and vertslash and level Ryu to 16. The next battles are three straight boss encounters, there is some luck involved how everything goes, the First turn i must wait and hope that Lin and Nina are dead, and i hope that Ryu is not targeted and still with high hp. After the First turn Ryu has enough AP to kick the rangers to form 1 line, after this i go in dragon mode and D-breath all the rangers except 1 till they are finished, D-counter 14,86%, this is great.
After this i get in the back of the last ranger and use power boost as normal Ryu, i had to be Lucky with the crits to finish him, i think X slash has a higher crit percentage then most other skills but i aint sure. The battle versus the robot was easy, i just needed to do enough damage with my dragon and it was a must finish him with low damage D-breath otherwise he wont die after 3 turns.
In the last battle i fight Zeno, she HAS to kill Nina, and preferbly Lin, but only Nina was killed, after the battle i get less xp for Ryu then it could have been, but its accepteble. I pick up Zeno her sword, its an very good sword, and i was certain that i needed it, but i didnt, 2 seconds lost. I save at 0.28 ingame time.
Note that in this segment, it took some time to kill all the bosses, if Ryu didnt crit or did slightly less damage then in this video, i needed to restart, the AI was unpredictble and frustrating to.

Segment 8:
In this segment there are 2 danger rooms, with 1 boss in it, and 2 other boss encounters.
I walk to the danger room throwed a meat at the big bat and i put a mushroom at the other side of the wall, i lured all the bats to the unreachable meat and used prox bombs to damage them, i put 2 bombs down ex turn and clear the pack. This isnt easy, it has a very high screw up mechanism, but its extremly fast, and it went perfect.
I dont pick up the loot, and go to the First boss encounter, this was straight forward and easy.
I go to the next danger/boss room, the method i used, is extremely fast, i D-dash through the boss, and it will follow me, i go down the little stairs and use prox bombs, the boss gets pushed back after each hit, but its stuck against the wall, so the next prox bomb will hit him too, in the end i put 3 bombs on the Floor, ex turn and finish him, this went perfect.
Before the last boss i got 240 exp out of the chest(low chance) and leveled Ryu till 25, this boss is the most frustrating of the whole segment, because i need a critical hit in my dragon form to kill it, otherwise he wont die, many perfect segement were lost because of this battle, but i reproduced it with the crit. Saved ingame at 0.35.

Segment 9:
I had a lot of different strategies in this speedrun, but this segment changed the hole endgame part.
All because of the sword Celtis +1, i knew i could buy this sword when i did segment 1, but never thought why i must buy the most useless sword in the game. But when i picked this sword up at an random box in this segment, i saw that it has a high attack power, and if i can use this attack power, it would give me more possibillities, and i knew immediatly this would be the most important item of the run. Celtis has bad stats, but the game mechanics gives this sword a chance, the baddest stat of this sword is the -20% hit, if you stand in the back of the boss you get an 100% hit rate, always. The other stats like slow speed, were easy to surpass, just equip a faster sword for the battle and get the fast turn and switch to the slow celtis in the battle itself. The minus magic defend and none free skill slots didnt matter.
This segment has 2 bosses, the First boss encounter i D-breath the fake rangers and get a D-counter of 41.82% this isnt great but not bad either. The rest i just kill with vortex.
After this i go to the next boss, Bosch again, heg ets killed in 2 hurricanes with the celtis this i have high chance to do 2k+ damage. I save at the telecorder ingame time 0.41.

Segment 10:
I begin with walking to the item shop and buy 1 bomb, maybe i could have used 1 less bomb in segment 5, but in the end this didnt cost me much time. I go in the dungeon and run to the danger room.
When i arrive at the danger room i throw a meat at the boxes to lure the monsters in 1 group, in this group walks the ??host??, if the host dies all the skeleton monsters die and the room is cleared. When i throw a proxbomb at those skeletons it does a great amount of damage and make them immobile this is needed because they are very fast and the host is very slow. I need to seperate the host from the pack, i do this by throwing prox bomb at his back and the explosion pushes it towards me ot of the pack. After throwed 3 prox bombs hes far enough from the others, i put 1 bomb on the ground en slice him toward it, with this EX turn i detonate to bomb to finish him.
After this i skip everything till the boss, the First regent, i need to kill him with my celtis, i need to stand in his back for this. After he is kiled i walk to the save spot and pickup 1500 party exp on my way (low chance, never seen it till this recorded moment, i hoped for the 1000xp), the ingame time is 0.46.

Segment 11:
In this segment i need to end with a total D-counter of 76.45, yes i calculated everything out, and everything had to go well. I can just use the strong sword in this segment, the 2 boss encounters are easy because they have lower hp than most of the others(i take the left route?s).
I D-dash alot and run till the first pandora's box, if i kill it in a EX turn i get a 7th sense, i do it with 3 bombs.
After this i run to the First boss encounter, girl with pet, the pet cant be killed, the girl can, thats all i need. When the boss is dead i run to the next pandora's box and kill it like the First to get an extra 7th sense. Before the next boss i need a D-counter of aprox 68.38%.
The 2nd boss encounter is the hardest part, i must do it fast and, he must walk like i want. The boss always begins first and he always uses stealth, i cant target him, but if i throw 2 G-flares with Nina and he walks into it and it combos, he is out of stealth. To stack 2 G-flares perfectly is hard(took me around 3 seconds), when under stress(remember i need the perfect D-counter to get here), Lin and Nina must get out of the way so i need the AP on both, but G-flare isnt free. One G-flare isnt enough to hit the boss out of his absolute defence, awich is a kind of barrier. When he is out of stealth i can target him with dragon mode Ryu, and kill him. I walk to the save telecorder with an ingame time of 0.51, and a D-counter of 76.45, perfect.

Segment 12:
In the endgame segment i need to defeat three bosses and an "event" boss, Elyon, Bosch for the third time and Dragon Bosch and the big dragon. In this segment i have 0.04% of D-counter to spare with pure walking, this isnt alot. The walking mechanism Works as follows, rougly minimal 8 to maximal 20 foot steps are needed for a 0.01% increasement, in this segment i can easely get 0.05% instead of the 0.04%, its a little bit 50/50 chance for those numbers. So there are much retrys only because of this.
Elyon need to be killed with 7th sence in dragon mode(7th sense stacks with dragon mode, power booster does not) and the celtis. Bosch needs to be killed with pure the celtis, i need 2 crits for this (extremly low chance, very frustrating and many retrys!), in this recorded segment, he did 3 crits! I couldnt believe it. The last real boss was D-Bosch, i need to kill him with 3 twisters, 7th sense and the celtis. At the event boss you need to hold your d-breath to the max, 100%, i began with 99,99 so i needed to hold it for 0.01% if i calculate this as damage: w/o any dragon charges on Ryu in his dragon mode, this means i do 1 damage. But the damage reconition begin every 0.05%, so i dont see any damage done. After this event, the whole ending begins and i am asked to save my game, i save with a final time of 0.54.

Global comments
All in all i made i think roughly 15 seconds of mistake in the whole run. If i do this run again i know a way to end it with 0.53(this isnt easy), i think a TAS can get a time of 0.52, maybe a 0.51, but i think that beyond this is not possible. Because there arent any known glitches for this game where it is possible to skip parts of the game. I wont do a single segment for this game, because this game is to much dependend on luck with items and crits and AI behavior to get the fastest speedrun, it will be too frustrating.

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