When the unnamed old man asked me whether I would get the Ragnarok esper or the Ragnarok sword, I chose the sword because as I remember, the only perk of getting the Ragnarok esper is that I'll get to learn the Ultima skill. However, I can learn the Ultima skill through the Cursed (Paladin) Shield. Makes sense to choose the sword.
|I'll just leave you hanging old man 'til I figure out what to do|
As the Ragnarok sword fell into my hands I was suddenly hit by a sinking feeling in my gut. For the Cursed Shield to turn into the Paladin Shield, I have to wear it and win 250 battles. Holy shit.
Now, you may be thinking, "Psh, 250 battles? You wreck through more than 500 battles in one quest arc! That's NOTHING."
Allow me to be overly dramatic for a moment: Here's the thing, you can't go around doing your normal story progression WHILE wearing the Cursed Shield. You just can't. You know why?
This is what the Cursed Shield does:
The Cursed Shield is the worst shield in the game. It gives negative stat penalties, such as -7 to Strength, Speed, Stamina, and Magic and no boosts whatsoever to Defense, Evasion, Magic Defense, and Magic Evasion. It inflicts Doom, Silence, Berserk, Confusion, and Sap on the wearer. It also makes the user weak to Fire, Ice, Lightning, Poison, Earth, and Water. (FFWikia)
Fun! This makes it virtually impossible for me to complete a whole dungeon, much more go up against a boss while one of my characters is wearing the Cursed Shield. And if I am to finish your 250 battles, that means I have to grind and grind and grind.
Now for the kicker: Well... most of the ill effects can be negated with a Ribbon.
|Take off your ribbon and WHAT ARE YOU?!|
Also, the Safety Bit can take care of the Doom status. So okay, I was being overly dramatic but for some reason, during my playthrough, I accidentally sold my Safety Bit because it wasn't in my inventory. I know, I'm a fool.
That Doom status, as luck would have it, is one of the biggest roadblocks to this task. The win won't count if your equipped character dies in the battle. Now consider this, the game is turn-based. How many battles will be rendered invalid by the equipped character dying just as one of my other characters finishes off the enemy? Yes.
You also can't lug around a dead character with the cursed shield and just go on your merry way. Oh no, sir.
Last weekend, I equipped Cyan with the Cursed Shield (sorry bro) and I headed to the area with the weakest monsters. Left-right-left-right then hold X once encounter begins. It's like automated battles, only I have to actually press the buttons!
|Homer gets it.|
I shit you not, I was holding the controller with one hand and chatting with my boyfriend on YM with the other hand. I wasn't even looking at the screen. I just listen for the changes in background music which tells me whether the battle is over and I can walk around for a new random encounter.
I wasn't even keeping tabs of the number of battles. I just kept blindly doing it until....
|Good job Cyan!|
There really is no shortcut. You have to win 250 battles wearing the Cursed Shield. That's it. Most fans would argue that it would only take you around two hours to finish this. I argue that 2 hours is a LOT of time to spend doing one thing over and over and over--- wait.
For anyone who'd tell me, Nicole stop being a big baby; It's just a little more work. This is why videogames are so easy these days, because of crybabies like you.
Hey, what if I tell you that you can get your cake and eat it too? That you can actually work hard to get good equipment without the mindless button mashing. Crazy, right?
A friend has phrased it pretty well:
|We share the same sentiments regarding Chrono Trigger|
See, there has to be a more elegant way to challenge the Player into getting the ultimate weapons. An incredibly challenging tower. A string of unique bosses. An intricate, branching storyline. Anything aside from blindly mashing buttons.
But hey, there are games out there that do a great job with their reward system. I'm just glad I have my Paladin Shield right now so I can finally start... grinding... for... the... Ultim-- fuck.