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Guide: How to get a sorted weapon inventory in Chrono Cross
« on: April 04, 2022, 05:13:17 pm »
So Chrono Cross has no option to sort weapons, armor, or accessories. That always bothered me, and one day, having played the game so many times I had nothing else to do in it, I decided to make a meticulous plan to get a sorted weapons inventory. I'm assuming the RD Edition also won't have this option, so it should work for that too.

Note that this is just for weapons, but you can also do it for armor and accessories. However, those are much easier, because unlike with weapons, there aren't any armors in the game that can't be disassembled, and they can be equipped on anyone (with some female / child size exclusive exceptions). Accessories are even easier because you can equip three of them on every character (excluding helmets). If you want to do this, I leave it up to you to figure out which armors and accessories are unique and one of a kind that you probably shouldn't miss.

Anyway, here's my guide for the weapons part. Please let me know if you spot any contradictions or errors. I have done it successfully myself on my PS1 copy of CC, but I don't know if I wrote all my steps down correctly.

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You can go with any order of weapon types you want. But personally, and for the sake of this guide, I’m going with:

Swallows
Daggers
Axes
Hammers
Guns
Gloves
Staffs
Boomerangs
Kitchen Utensils
Swords
Rods
Shots
Cards
Lures
Picks
Carrots

IMPORTANT NOTE: As you progress through the game certain weaker types of weapons cannot be forged anymore. It’s best to forge everything you can as soon as possible so have at least one of each. Try not to disassemble the weaker weapon tiers, just spread them out on characters you don’t use much.

One of the goals of this savegame is to recruit every character. Recruit every character you can whenever you can, except for Janice. You don’t want Janice until the time is right.

Start a New Game
Recruit Poshul
Save before fighting Karsh
If Karsh drops Bone Axe continue, otherwise reload until you get it
Do not let Kid join you
Save before choosing Viper Manor guide
Choose Pierre as guide
Make a separate save with Pierre in party
Load save before choosing Viper Manor guide
Choose Nikki as guide
Make a separate save with Nikki in party
Load save before choosing Viper Manor guide
Choose Guile as guide and continue. You want Guile because the Porcelain Rod is his starting weapon and that’s the only way you can get it in the game.
Save before choosing to save Kid or not
Don’t save Kid, recruit Glenn, Macha and Doc (DON’T SAVE THE GAME UNTIL ALL ARE RECRUITED)
Make a separate save with Glenn, Macha and Doc in party
Load save before choosing to save Kid or not
Save Kid, recruit Korcha, Razzly and Mel (DON’T BRING RAZZLY TO HYDRA FIGHT) and continue
Save before fighting Dead Head
If you steal Bronze Axe from Dead Head continue, otherwise reload until you get it
After becoming Lynx and recruiting Harle, make a separate save with Harle in party

DO NOT RECRUIT JANICE. Recruiting Janice will net you the (right now) useless Carrot weapon only she can equip and cannot be disassembled, and after a New Game+ you’ll still have it (or even multiple) which ruins the whole thing.
DO NOT DO MASTERMUNE QUEST. You only get one Sea Swallow in the game, and doing Mastermune takes it away permanently.
DO NOT COLLECT VIPER’S VENOM. Viper’s Venom can only be equipped on Viper and can’t be disassembled,
DO NOT COLLECT RAZZLY’S LVL 7 TECH. It gives you the Floral Rod which can only be equipped on her and can’t be disassembled.
DO NOT COLLECT PLASMA PISTOL YET. Plasma Pistol can only be equipped on two characters and can not be disassembled.

After obtaining the Chrono Cross, make a separate save with Chrono Cross in inventory
Make a separate save before Terra Tower
Save the game right before TD

Before beating the game or doing anything else, you should forge, equip and disassemble weapons until you have these in this order:

   ⁃   Sea Swallow
   ⁃   Copper Swallow
   ⁃   Steel Swallow
   ⁃   Silver Swallow
   ⁃   Stone Swallow
   ⁃   Spectra Swallow
   ⁃   Ivory Dagger
   ⁃   Bronze Dagger
   ⁃   Iron Dagger
   ⁃   Mythril Dagger
   ⁃   Prism Dagger
   ⁃   Bone Axe
   ⁃   Bronze Axe
   ⁃   Iron Axe
   ⁃   Silver Axe
   ⁃   Stone Axe
   ⁃   Rainbow Axe
   ⁃   Great Hammer
   ⁃   Ferrous Gun
   ⁃   Argent Gun
   ⁃   Denadorite Gun
   ⁃   Spectral Gun
   ⁃   Shockwave Gun

After you have this, COLLECT THE PLASMA PISTOL. Then continue forging / equipping disassembling to get:

   ⁃   Bone Glove
   ⁃   Bronze Glove
   ⁃   Iron Glove
   ⁃   Mythril Glove
   ⁃   Granite Glove
   ⁃   Spectral Glove
   ⁃   Silver Staff
   ⁃   Stone Staff
   ⁃   Spectral Staff
   ⁃   Steelerang
   ⁃   Silverang
   ⁃   Rockerang
   ⁃   Prismarang
   ⁃   Spatula Ca20
   ⁃   Besom Cu29
   ⁃   Ladle Fe26
   ⁃   Frypan Ag47
   ⁃   Saucepan SiO2
   ⁃   Crystalpan C6

DO NOT beat the game before you at least have these sorted. You can only ever have one character who can equip Swallows, and after a New Game+ you will have 2 Sea Swallows which can’t be sold or destroyed in any way.

After Kitchen Utensils there’s nothing more you can do right now, the next weapon you need is Bone Sword which can only be gotten through recruiting Pierre.

Beat the game
Save the “cleared game” on a separate save
Continue+ on Pierre save
Beat the game, overwrite “cleared game” save
Continue+ on one of your saved games where you have access to Viper’s Venom. Make sure Bone Sword is first after Kitchen Utensils, then get:

   ⁃   Bronze Sword
   ⁃   Steel Sword
   ⁃   Silver Sword
   ⁃   Stone Sword
   ⁃   Spectral Sword

Go whoop the Mystic Trio at the Bend of Time to get Slasher
Collect Viper’s Venom
Now forge / collect the Rods in your inventory in this order:

   ⁃   Porcelain Rod
   ⁃   Brass Rod
   ⁃   Iron Rod
   ⁃   Mythril Rod
   ⁃   Denadorite Rod
   ⁃   Rainbow Rod

Collect Razzly’s level 7 tech and get the Floral Rod
Now get:

   ⁃   Bronze Shot
   ⁃   Steel Shot
   ⁃   Silver Shot
   ⁃   Stone Shot
   ⁃   Prism Pellets
   ⁃   Private Deck
   ⁃   Pack of Lies
   ⁃   Bronze Lure
   ⁃   Iron Lure
   ⁃   Mythril Lure
   ⁃   Stone Lure
   ⁃   Prism Lure

Next you need Porcelain Pick. Only place to get it in the game is recruiting Nikki.
Beat the game, overwrite “cleared game” save
Continue+ on Nikki save
Beat the game, overwrite “cleared game” save
Continue+ on one or more of your saved games as you need to collect / forge all the remaining Picks
Beat the game, overwrite “cleared game” save
Continue+ on Glenn, Macha and Doc save
Beat the game, overwrite “cleared game” save
Continue+ on Harle save
Beat the game, overwrite “cleared game” save
Continue+ on before TD save
Use Chrono Cross to get characters from separate saves (you should have all characters EXCEPT Janice)
Recruit Janice, beat the game and overwrite
Continue+ on before Terra Tower save
You should now have Carrot at the bottom of your weapon list
Go through Terra Tower and collect Betta Carrotene, which should go below Carrot
   
Congratulations, you have all characters and a perfectly sorted weapons list.
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