I found out today that this magazine with a goofy name called BOO! Monthly changed its name to Occult Fan. Its articles were always interesting.
Note found at Dollet
Occult Fan (オカルトファン, Okaruto Fan?) is a magazine in Final Fantasy VIII with four issues to collect. They provide information about the UFO? sidequest, as well as the Guardian Force Doomtrain. It is not necessary to read the magazines to obtain the Doomtrain or to do the UFO? sidequest. Two of the magazines are missable.
Magazines[edit | edit source]
Occult Fan I[edit | edit source]
Mysterious Monster Death!!! Odell Burk (67) of Timber was tending to his field when he found a dead monster after hearing a loud impact sound. Mr. Burk said it occurred while he was making a fence with steel pipes. An extremely strange death!
Occult Fan I
The magazine is found on a bookshelf in the library in Balamb Garden. If the Library Girl with a Pigtail or another library committee member is standing in the way, the player can try exiting the library and returning until she is no longer there. Occult Fan I features a story about Odell Burke, who heard a loud noise while making a fence out of steel pipes, only to discover a dead monster as if it was hit by a runaway train. This magazine gives clues for the player on one of three items needed to obtain Doomtrain—the Steel Pipe. The dead monster appears to be a Wendigo, one of the two enemies where Steel Pipes can be dropped or stolen from. The magazine can also be bought from Karen's Shop in Esthar City with the Familiar ability learned on the GF Tonberry.
Occult Fan II[edit | edit source]
It's an Unidentified Flying Object! On the left is a photo shot in Esthar. Take a look at the unidentified flying object in the center. Have you ever seen any monster or airplane like this!? Some say it may be Esthar's secret weapon, but residents of the area say it appears when there is a major Malboro outbreak.
Occult Fan II
After winning a game of Triple Triad against the pub owner in Dollet, the magazine is found by repeatedly examining the magazine stacks on the floor in his 'private room'. Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with the UFO, which can be spotted a number of times in specific places via random battle. It instead features the GF Doomtrain from a distance, and gives the player another clue as to which items they must have 6 of to summon him: Malboro Tentacle. The magazine can also be bought from Karen's Shop in Esthar City with the Familiar ability learned on the GF Tonberry.
Occult Fan III[edit | edit source]
Summoning Legend Revealed! Look at this picture. This is a confidential photo of what is assumed to be a ring that summons a legendary GF. Legend goes that it was a ring that belonged to a royal family. Its name and whereabouts are unknown. The legend says you must have 666 items to summon the GF.
Occult Fan III
The magazine is obtained from the Master Fisherman as soon as the party reaches Fishermans Horizon (down the ladder on the third screen). It features the item used to summon Doomtrain—the Solomon Ring and describes the quantity of additional items needed to be used with the Solomon's Ring. If the player misses talking to Master Fisherman, the magazine is lost.
Occult Fan IV[edit | edit source]
Unidentified Flying Object Revealed!? Our research on the deadly flying object revealed that a Devil (left) may be flying and attacking people. Another theory calls it an alien (right). Neither has been proven, but the people that were attacked all owned ST Full Recovery Medicine.
Occult Fan IV
The magazine is obtained from the Presidential Aide in the Presidential Palace in Esthar City. The player must leave the Palace, talk to another aide at the Esthar Airstation and come back to find it. It can only be obtained before Lunar Cry. The magazine features two unidentified beings, but also hints on the third item needed to obtain Doomtrain—a Remedy+.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[edit | edit source]
A legendary magazine, now out of print.
The first issue of a legendary magazine, now out of print.
Occult Fan returns as a special trade accessory that grants +4 Luck when equipped, and can only be found in two sections of the Confessions of the Creator.
Four issues of Occult Fan can be found in treasure chests in Grymoire, alluding the player of secret areas and how to navigate through the Phantom Sands. The reporting for each issue was done by Biggs.