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'''Hippaul''' is a minor character in ''[[Final Fantasy IX]]'' who lives in [[Alexandria]]. Hippaul's Father owns the Alexandrian Hotel and [[Zidane Tribal|Zidane]] notices that the boy seems to be more adept at managing it than his Father is.
 
'''Hippaul''' is a minor character in ''[[Final Fantasy IX]]'' who lives in [[Alexandria]]. Hippaul's Father owns the Alexandrian Hotel and [[Zidane Tribal|Zidane]] notices that the boy seems to be more adept at managing it than his Father is.
   
Something of a [[Tetra Master]] expert, Hippaul's stash of cards can be found in the Bell Tower of Alexandria, and his stash varies depending on when it is found. If found during Disc One the stash contains an Ironite Card, a [[Goblin (Final Fantasy IX)|Goblin]] Card and a [[Fang (Final Fantasy IX)|Fang]] Card. To accomplish this, the player ''must'' refuse [[Puck (Final Fantasy IX)|Puck's]] request of Vivi to see the show. After obtaining the cards, the player may return to him. On Disc Three, the stash will include rare [[Eidolon (Final Fantasy IX)|Eidolon]] Cards; [[Shiva]] and [[Ramuh]], as well as the other cards if they were missed on Disc One.
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Something of a [[Tetra Master]] expert, Hippaul's stash of cards can be found in the Bell Tower of Alexandria, and his stash varies depending on when it is found. If found during Disc One the stash contains an Ironite Card, a [[Goblin (Final Fantasy IX)|Goblin]] Card and a [[Fang (Final Fantasy IX)|Fang]] Card. To accomplish this, the player ''must'' refuse [[Puck (Final Fantasy IX)|Puck's]] request of Vivi to see the show. After obtaining the cards, the player can then return to him. On Disc Three, the stash will include rare [[Eidolon (Final Fantasy IX)|Eidolon]] Cards; [[Shiva]] and [[Ramuh]], as well as the other cards if they were missed on Disc One.
 
==Racing Hippaul==
 
==Racing Hippaul==
 
[[File:Hippaul.jpg|thumb|right|Hippaul racing]][[Image:Hippaul&HisMother.png|thumb|right|200px|Hippaul (right) and his mother]]Hippaul can also be challenged to a footrace at the beginning of Disc Three. The race is available for a very short time only, and the opportunity to race him ends as the player agrees to see [[Ruby (Final Fantasy IX)|Ruby]]'s play. Hippaul, along with his mother, can be found on the main street in Alexandria. His mother will mention that she wants her son to lose some weight. The player controls [[Vivi Orunitia|Vivi]] and must press [[File:Square-button.png]] and [[File:Circle-button.png]] in quick succession to beat him. Racing Hippaul is the only way to obtain the rare Key Item [[List of Final Fantasy IX Items#Athlete Queen|Athlete Queen]]. [[Genji Equipment|Genji]] and [[Ribbon]] Cards can also be won.
 
[[File:Hippaul.jpg|thumb|right|Hippaul racing]][[Image:Hippaul&HisMother.png|thumb|right|200px|Hippaul (right) and his mother]]Hippaul can also be challenged to a footrace at the beginning of Disc Three. The race is available for a very short time only, and the opportunity to race him ends as the player agrees to see [[Ruby (Final Fantasy IX)|Ruby]]'s play. Hippaul, along with his mother, can be found on the main street in Alexandria. His mother will mention that she wants her son to lose some weight. The player controls [[Vivi Orunitia|Vivi]] and must press [[File:Square-button.png]] and [[File:Circle-button.png]] in quick succession to beat him. Racing Hippaul is the only way to obtain the rare Key Item [[List of Final Fantasy IX Items#Athlete Queen|Athlete Queen]]. [[Genji Equipment|Genji]] and [[Ribbon]] Cards can also be won.

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Hippaul

Hippaul is a minor character in Final Fantasy IX who lives in Alexandria. Hippaul's Father owns the Alexandrian Hotel and Zidane notices that the boy seems to be more adept at managing it than his Father is.

Something of a Tetra Master expert, Hippaul's stash of cards can be found in the Bell Tower of Alexandria, and his stash varies depending on when it is found. If found during Disc One the stash contains an Ironite Card, a Goblin Card and a Fang Card. To accomplish this, the player must refuse Puck's request of Vivi to see the show. After obtaining the cards, the player can then return to him. On Disc Three, the stash will include rare Eidolon Cards; Shiva and Ramuh, as well as the other cards if they were missed on Disc One.

Racing Hippaul

Hippaul

Hippaul racing

Hippaul&HisMother

Hippaul (right) and his mother

Hippaul can also be challenged to a footrace at the beginning of Disc Three. The race is available for a very short time only, and the opportunity to race him ends as the player agrees to see Ruby's play. Hippaul, along with his mother, can be found on the main street in Alexandria. His mother will mention that she wants her son to lose some weight. The player controls Vivi and must press Square-button and Circle-button in quick succession to beat him. Racing Hippaul is the only way to obtain the rare Key Item Athlete Queen. Genji and Ribbon Cards can also be won.

Hippaul gains levels as he loses to Vivi during the successive races. He quickly becomes extremely fast and difficult to defeat. Every ten levels up to 80 the player is rewarded with a prize; there are no rewards at levels 90 or 100. Hippaul gains five levels if Vivi beats him by a lot, but he only gains one level otherwise.

Level 10Wyerd Card
Level 20Carrion Worm Card
Level 30Tantarian Card
Level 40Armstrong Card
Level 50Ribbon Card
Level 60Nova Dragon Card
Level 70Genji Card
Level 80Athlete Queen

There are several methods for making the game slightly easier: The most basic is to reconfigure the controller so that instead of Square-button and Circle-button, the buttons would be, say, L1 and R1. Another technique, albeit one with minimal effect, is to open the disc cover or disc tray, to slow the game down very slightly. It is worth noting that jumping the gun is impossible, so one can start pressing the buttons before the race begins to get into the rhythm. If the player is willing to treat the controller roughly, it can be easier, for example, to configure opposing shoulder buttons and place the controller upside down on a solid surface, rocking it left and right to press the buttons.

Etymology

The ideas for Hippaul and the item Athlete Queen appear to derive from a Greek Myth on Atalanta, where the huntress Atalanta decrees that the man who can beat her in a footrace becomes her husband. Many men die in the attempt, until a man named Hippomenes takes up the challenge and, with the help of the Goddess Aphrodite's golden apples, wins the race.

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