This article is from the Final-Fantasy and other Square Soft Games FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Zitzmann) with numerous contributions by others.
If you encounter an enemy which you can't defeat, there is one of two
One: You may be getting ahead of your party and putting them up against
monsters which - at your party's experience levels - are too difficult
for your party. In this case, you need to go backwards and gain more
experience by fighting enemies which are more of a match for your party.
Two: In a battle - in a video game or in real life - most of your
chances of winning depends on your strategy. You need to come up with a
strategy which is effective enough to defeat your enemy, or your enemy
has a better chance of winning than your party does:
- In all Final Fantasy games, the character at the top of your party's
battle formation is the character who is going to be attacked more, make
sure that character has a lot of HP and a very good defense rating. Keep
your weaker and less defensive party members near the bottom of your
party. (Note: This does not apply to Chrono Trigger.)
- Don't waste magic by overhealing a player or overkilling an enemy when
using spells, use only minor spells to heal minor wounds or do minor
damage to enemies.
- Conserve your most powerful attacks and spells until you **really**
- Your most powerful character should attack the most powerful enemy,
the last thing you want (especially in Final Fantasy I) is to have
everyone jump on the same enemy.
- Buy new armor as your currency allows. However, there are times when
you'd be best off shopping around before you make any decisions on what
armor to buy. You might see some armor in one town which looks like a
good buy, but if you go to another nearby town, you might find some
better armor for only slightly more money. Example: In Final Fantasy VI,
Albrook sells Diamond Vests, but the other towns in the vicinity sell
Diamond Armor with much better defensive power.
- Fight fire with ice, ice with fire, water with lightning, and sacred
power with the undead.
- And always keep an eye on your characters' HP levels so you know who
needs to be healed and who can fight...