The main walkthrough is in a “power style”. That is, optional tasks are covered as soon as they become available. Side quests are incorporated in the walkthrough. While shops detail are in a different section. If you follow the guide closely you will find most of the time you are too strong for enemies. Bosses that are supposed to hold you a few turns won’t even play a single turn. If you do not prefer this style then you can always play differently using the guide in your own way. The guide includes another walkthrough in the appendix section. That walkthrough is dedicated entirely for Excalibur II. The second walkthrough do not include maps or screenshots because the main walkthrough already have them. It would be wise if you played the game normally first then give Excalibur II a try. You will be referring to the main walkthrough, especially the maps during your run-through for the sword. The second walkthrough also end when you have obtained the sword. From that point you can use the main guide to complete remaining side quests.
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You can access the main menu by pressing the triangle button. The item menu allows you use, arrange or view key items you have. In the ability section you can either use or equip an ability on the character. The equip menu is where you can equip your character with weapons, armors & add-ons. You can also use the optimize feature which automatically choose the best available equipments for a character. The status screen shows information of your character equipments, needed exp to attain next level and abilities learned. The order feature lets you decide who should be in the front or back row. The card menu is where all information of your cards are stored. Finally the Config menu is where you can set up the game to your liking. Important things in the Config menu are ATB and Battle Speed. Setting ATB to “wait” gives you the flexibility of choosing your commands in battle while the enemy waits. In “Active” mode the enemy plays without waiting for your command choice.