The following is a list of shops available in Final Fantasy VIII. The game has a general shop used in many shop fronts that always sells the same basic items. In addition to the general store, there are some unique shops that sell special items.
The support ability Familiar is needed for some items to become available in Timber and Esthar City, and the Haggle and Sell High support abilities can be used to modify the shops' prices. The Call Shop menu ability can be used to access shops from the menu; this is especially useful beyond the point of no return when the towns are no longer accessible, although if the player can get a chocobo to reach Ragnarok they can find a shop there.
Unlike most previous Final Fantasy games, the shop buildings don't have interiors in Final Fantasy VIII; entering a shop just opens the shop menu.
List of shops
The general store is the basic shop accessed via various points: Balamb Garden training center (CC Joker appears randomly in the righthand screen of the area), Balamb Town train station, Timber item store, Dollet town square, Deling City shopping arcade, D-District Prison Floor 8, Fishermans Horizon and downtown Winhill. In the time compressed world, CC Joker will sell items from the general store aboard the Ragnarok (even if the player did not complete the Card Club quest). There also exists a dummied general shop, called Trabia Shop, with the same items.
The shop in Winhill can also be used as Laguna; in fact, Laguna's pool of gil is independent of the money the main party has, and thus the only use of Laguna's money is to spend it in the shop, as the player can still get the items to the main inventory and use them with the main party.
Timber's item store is a general store, but the other shops have unique items. The souvenir shop cannot actually be used to buy anything, as everything but the "naughty magazine" is out of stock and the party is not of age to purchase one. During an event, the player can also buy a drink from the pub to the drunk man to get past.
Junction-items (marked with a [note]) become available at the pet shop after the player has Familiar.
Timber Pet Store
|GF Items||Cost||Group Items||Cost|
|HP-J Scroll[note 1]||10,000|
|Str-J Scroll[note 1]||10,000|
|Vit-J Scroll[note 1]||10,000|
|Mag-J Scroll[note 1]||10,000|
|Spr-J Scroll[note 1]||10,000||Magazine||Cost|
|Item Scroll||5000||Pet Pals Vol. 3||1000|
|Amnesia Greens||5000||Pet Pals Vol. 4||1000|
- Familiar ability required
|Owl's Tears||Out of stock||Model Train||Out of stock|
|Map of Timber||Out of stock||Naughty Magazine||Out of stock|
Esthar City has a shopping mall where the shops are accessed via a computer terminal. These shops have the game's best stock, but some are initially closed. Shops can yield items randomly when the player tries to access them. Don Juan's Shop is a junk shop.
|Pet Pals Vol. 5||1,000|
|Pet Pals Vol. 6||1,000|
|Giant's Ring[note 1]||20,000|
|Power Wrist[note 1]||20,000|
|Force Armlet[note 1]||20,000|
|Hypno Crown[note 1]||20,000|
|Mega Phoenix[note 1]||10,000|
|Weapons Mon 1st[note 1]||50,000|
|Weapons Mon Mar||1,000|
|Weapons Mon Apr||1,000|
|Weapons Mon May||1,000|
|Weapons Mon Jun||1,000|
|Weapons Mon Jul||1,000|
|Weapons Mon Aug||1,000|
|Combat King 001||1,000|
|Combat King 002||1,000|
|Combat King 003||1,000|
|Combat King 004[note 1]||1,000|
|Combat King 005[note 1]||30,000|
|Pet Pals Vol. 1||1,000|
|Pet Pals Vol. 2||1,000|
|Occult Fan I[note 1]||35,000|
|Occult Fan II[note 1]||35,000|
|Demolition Ammo[note 1]||800|
|Fast Ammo[note 1]||100|
- Familiar ability required
The shop is always closed. The player may receive a Rosetta Stone for trying to access it.