Story Walkthrough: Balamb Garden (Chapter 1) | Final Fantasy VIII

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This is the story walkthrough for Chapter 1 (Balamb Garden) for the game Final Fantasy VIII. Read on for more information about objectives, items, and bosses within this section.

Story Walkthrough: Balamb Garden (Chapter 1)

Objective
1 Important After the scene, access your Study Panel and turn it on. Access the tutorial to gain the GF Shiva and Quetzacotl.
2 Head out of the room and you will bump into a lady. You can choose to go on a tour with her or not, but it won't affect the story.
3 Talk to the man standing near the elevator to gain access to your first set of cards.
4 Head to the front gate to meet Quistis and recieve a tutorial about GFs.
5 Exit the area and head to the Cavern to the upper right (Note: try to draw blizzards from glacial eyes outside.)
6 Choose the shortest time limit, then head inside the cavern.
7 Boss Battle: Ifrit
8 After the battle, head back to the garden, then proceed to your dormitory and get changed. (The Dormitory is the area at the northern area of the circle.)
End of Chapter 1

Chapter 1: Balamb Garden - Item List

Item Quantity Location
Cards x7 Can be obtained from a man standing by the elevator.
Occult Fan I x1 Go to the library and check the books to obtain Occult Fan I.
Phoenix Dawn x4 Automatically obtained
Potion x6 Automatically obtained
Remedy x2 Automatically obtained
Tent x5 Automatically obtained
M-Stone Piece x5 Automatically obtained
Cure Random Can be obtained from the Draw Point inside the school, near the front gate.
Cure Random Located at the northern part of the map outside Balamb Garden.
Blizzard Random Can be obtained from Draw Point at the top of the Fire Cavern location.
Fire Random Can be obtained from Draw Point inside the Fire Cavern.

7 Cards

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Acquire your first 7 cards from the man standing by the elevator. You can acquire them by talking to him after exiting the room.

This is a missable item you can never receive from a different scene. These level 1 monster cards include Geezard, Funguar, Red Bat, Gayla, Gesper, Fastitocalon-F and Caterchipillar.

The game has a side mini-game called Triple-Triad, and these cards will be a good start to challenge players.

Occult Fan I

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Visit the library. Go near the library's pile of books and obtain Occult Fan I. This item can be acquired any time you visit the library.

Cure Draw Point

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In your way to the front gate, you can find a Draw Point in the Balamb Garden. This Draw Point gives you random quantity of Cure spells.

Cure Draw Point

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Go outside the Balamb Garden. Head to the northern part to chance upon a Cure Draw Point.

Blizzard Draw Point

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Before entering the Fire Cavern, go to the top. There is a Blizzard Draw Point there.

Fire Draw Point

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Enter the Fire Cavern located at the East Side of Baland. Move forward until you encounter a Draw Point. This Draw Point gives you Fire Magic that you can use against other elemental mosters later on.

Chapter 1: Balamb Garden - Boss Battle

Ifrit

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Keep using the blizzards you stocked up, then use potions when your HP is low. The battle will end very quickly.

Tips and Strategy on How to Beat Ifrit

Chapter 1: Balamb Garden Available Sidequests

None.

Final Fantasy VIII (FFVIII, FF8) Related Links

Main Story Chapters

Main Party
Chap. 1:
Balamb Garden
Chap. 2:
Dollet Exam
Chap. 3:
Training Center
Chap. 4:
Timber
Chap. 5:
Galbadia
Chap. 6:
Tomb of The Unknown King
Chap. 7:
Deling City
Chap. 8:
D-District Prison
Chap. 9:
Galbadia Missile Base
Chap. 10:
Balamb Garden Rebellion
Chap. 11:
Fisherman's Horizon
Chap. 12:
Balamb Town
Chap. 13:
Trabia Garden
Chap. 14:
Balamb VS Galbadia
Chap. 15:
Orphanage
Chap. 16:
White Seed Ship
Chap. 17:
Great Salt Lake
Chap. 18:
Esthar
Chap. 19:
Lunar Base
Chap. 20:
Ragnarok
Chap. 21:
Lunatic Pandora
Chap. 22:
Ultimecia Castle
Laguna Dream
Laguna Dream 1:
Deling
Laguna Dream 2:
Centra
Laguna Dream 3:
Winhill
Laguna Dream 4:
Trabia Canyon
Laguna Dream 5:
Esthar
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