Final Fantasy XVI: Platinum’s Dominant

Trophy 16: Think, Mark!

Official Description: Defeat 10 notorious marks.
Type: Bronze
Earned on: July 8th, 2023
Overall Earned: #2063

Monster hunting side distractions are almost as Final Fantasy as moogles and people named Cid nowadays. The 10th mark was the Nine of Knives just before the entrance to Kupka’s now Mothercrystal-less mountain lair.

Trophy 17: The Pen Is Mightier

Official Description: Open 10 letters at the reading table.
Type: Bronze
Earned on: July 8th, 2023
Overall Earned: #2064

I love getting letters from NPCs in games! It really makes them feel like friends and whatnot. The 10th letter I made Clive read was the starter for the Blacksmith’s Blues II side quest. August seems like a really awesome friend. Blackthorne is lucky to have him!

Trophy 18: Twin Flames

Official Description: Unite the flames.
Type: Bronze
Earned on: July 9th, 2023
Overall Earned: #2065

Prince Dion/Bahamut time! I don’t think I mentioned him yet (he’s definitely one of my favourite characters). Dion is the son of the emperor of the Holy Kingdom of Sanbreque, Sylvestre. Clive’s cruel mom married Sylvestre and is technically Dion’s step mother. Um… awkward.

For some background babbling, Clive’s mom had another kid with Sylvestre and manipulated him enough to make her son the heir to the throne instead of Dion. The emperor dude is also becoming quite cruel towards his citizens and Dion becomes incredibly pissed off about all that.

Dion finally snaps when the usurper of his throne turns out to be the evil Ultima. Dion tries to murder the false princeling, but his dad takes the deathblow instead. Ultima does something along with that to super trigger Dion, who then becomes the light dragon Bahamut and goes on a rampage murdering anyone in his path.

Meanwhile, Clive is in the same city to make the next crystal go smashy. Joshua made a pact with Dion previously and is also in the city to try and calm his berserk friend. You know what that means right?? The big brotherly reunion I’d been waiting for all game happened! And yep, I definitely cried during that moment.

The brothers team up to take out Dion in an epic dragon space battle (a little too over-the-top for my tastes but cool nonetheless). Joushua/Phoenix saves Dion, the mothercrystal fueling Dion goes bye-bye, and Clive accidentally absorbs Dion’s Bahamut powers while trying to help him. Oh and Ultima casts something called ‘primogenesis’ that plunges the world into eternal greyness and causes aetherfloods everywhere. Depressing.

Trophy 19: The More You Know

Official Description: Help Harpocrates attain a knowledge level of 5.
Type: Bronze
Earned on: July 9th, 2023
Overall Earned: #2066

Harpocrates is the wise cool dude you visit periodically if you want to update the game’s lore database thingy. I love how the characters are animated in the retro Final Fantasy style.

Trophy 20: It’s Over 50,000

Official Description: Deal an enemy 50,000 damage while it is staggered (excluding battles in the Hall of Virtue and while fully primed as Ifrit).
Type: Silver
Earned on: July 9th, 2023
Overall Earned: #2067

Unleashed all the things on Svarog (optional dragon hunt) during one of his staggers to get this one.

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