Gamer Guides logo

Bravely Default
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Vincent Lau
First Published: 14-02-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-09-2020 / 02:15 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 23-09-2020 / 18:56 GMT

With the winds blowing in Ancheim once again, peace can finally return to the realm. Before that occurs though, return to Ancheim when it’s night time (just wait on the world map until night falls). If you obtained the Merchant asterisk, there will now be a blue exclamation mark inside the city, near the magic store.

If you forgot where the magic store is, it’s found to the left of the giant clock in the centre of the city (or check the bottom screen).

If you forgot where the magic store is, it’s found to the left of the giant clock in the centre of the city (or check the bottom screen).

Approach the new mark to discover a new entrance immediately to the left of the magic store. Step foot inside and you’ll be in the foyer of the Grand Mill Works; head for the top-left corner where the next blue exclamation mark is and inspect the door to enter the dungeon.

Enemy Tips : The mill is full of merchantry grunts intent on keeping you out, dead or alive. The thugs use Psych Up to bolster their attack and Eye Gouge to inflict blind. The blades prefer to use Final Strike to deal extra damage at the end of the turn and Carotid Strike to drop your magic defence.

Finally you have the mages who cause huge damage with Fira –if you have Abate Fire (Black Mage Level 4 ability), then now’s the time to equip it. If you bested Orthros, these guys should be manageable, especially if you have Mythril weapons.

To: Floor 2 Treasure Room

The Grand Mill Works only contains two floors, but you’ll be weaving between the two floors a lot, so be careful you don’t get confused! From the second floor entrance, there’s a crossroad after the first corner; go down first to find a chest with a Remedy inside. Next, go up at the crossroad and take the stairs leading upstairs.

Follow the path upstairs, turning at the next junction to avoid a dead end, to find a chest containing a Phoenix Down and a set of stairs leading down. Downstairs again, you’ll emerge in an isolated room with three chests, one locked and the others hiding a Thumbing Claw and Earthing Rod .

To: Floor 3 Lever Number 1

Return to the second floor crossroad and head right this time, up the stairs. Upstairs on the third floor, you’ll be greeted by another crossroad. Up ahead, the Adventurer awaits, as well as an elevator currently barred off. From this new crossroad, continue right to find a lever –pull this to deactivate the first part of the gate blocking off the elevator.

To: Floor 3 Lever Number 2

Next, head downwards from the third floor crossroad to find stairs leading down–from here, follow the winding path, which will take you between the two floors. Along the way you’ll find chests containing an X-Potion (2nd floor; bottom-right), Hi-Potion (3rd floor; bottom-right) and Ether (2nd floor; top-right).

At the very end, you should emerge in the top-left corner of the third floor where another lever lurks–drag it down to deactivate the second gate, opening the way to the third floor elevator. Now head backwards and return to the elevator, letting it take you upstairs.

Atop Ancheim

Once you step outside the elevator again, you’ll be atop Ancheim. Carefully make your way right, while enjoying the night time scenery, until you’re above the royal palace; inspect the door at the end to enter.

You’ll emerge near the top of the royal palace; on the right side, there will be a blue exclamation mark–go there to eavesdrop on the king and his dastardly scheme and then prepare for a boss battle!

Boss: Khamer VIII and Khint

Level HP Weak to
20 6000 (Both) Nothing

Okay, you know the drill by now; Khint will be supporting his benefactor with his sword magic. Except this time Khint won’t run away, so now you can finally pile the attacks on him.

Khamer VIII is adept at using Time Magic , such as Stop , which makes a party member immobile for a few turns, Veilga , to raise his party’s evasion, and Quara , which deals moderate earth damage to your party.

We recommend focusing your attacks on Khamer because Stop and Quara are annoying. Once Khamer nears half HP he will start to Default, before attacking twice the next turn.

Against either of these fiends, magic is good because of their low magic defence. Your best bet is probably to play it safe by Defaulting until you’ve max BP and then wait for a suitable opportunity to shower Khamer or Khint with attacks.

When Khamer starts to Default, you may want to take your chances and attack him on the turn he attacks twice (but not with everybody). Later in the battle, Khint will start to Brave and attack twice, before going immobile the next turn. As usual, throw all your attacks on him during his downtime.

Note : Succeed and you’ll earn a double whammy of asterisks. Spell Fencers add Black Magic spells to their weapons to inflict extra damage or ailments on enemies. Time Mages cast time-bending magic recorded in Time Magic scrolls and their Time Slip ability lets you restart any battle once if your party gets wiped out.

After this act of regicide, Ancheim will be without a ruler, so only time will tell if you truly brought peace back to Ancheim…

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    14 February 2014
  • Last Updated
    10 September 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

Share this free guide:

Welcome to the most comprehensive guide to the Final Fantasy-esque JRPG from RPG veterans Square-Enix. Inside our essential guide to the entire game we're leaving no stone unturned as we show you:

  • A complete breakdown of the combat and game mechanics.
  • How to rebuild Norende in record time (for the very best upgrades).
  • All of the Jobs and the craziest combinations to destroy all enemies with.
  • How to conquer the main story (and get the true ending).
  • Easy-to-follow tricks to pummel every boss into the ground with!
  • Every single item, weapon or piece of armor in the game.
  • A complete enemy bestiary (and what items you can steal from them).
  • Killer tricks needed to beat all of the ultra-tough Nemeses bosses.
  • Exclusive 720p HD videos.

Get a Gamer Guides Premium account:

Discord logo
Remove this ad
Subscribe to Premium
Remove this ad - Subscribe to Premium