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Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition

How to Save Marbule & Fight the Black Dragon

By
Vincent Lau

This page explains how to save Marbule and fight the Black Dragon in Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition.

During your mission to obtain the relics belonging to the six dragons, you can undertake a sidequest to save Marbule from the spectral monsters that have infested it.

(1 of 2) Return to the S.S. Zelbess in Home World.

Return to the S.S. Zelbess in Home World. (left), Bring Fargo from Another World to visit his Home World self. (right)

S.S. Zelbess

(1 of 2) Nikki and his troupe will perform a concert.

Nikki and his troupe will perform a concert. (left), Before departing, Fargo will obtain his Level 7 Tech. Remember to equip it! (right)

Otherwise, bring Fargo with you and head for the S.S. Zelbess in Home World. It’s still moored at the north-east side of the main island. Make for the captain’s cabin and speak to this world’s Fargo. Your Fargo (from Another World) will take over the ship and bring it next to Marbule.

From here, Nikki and his performers will hold a concert. It’s quite long, so sit back and enjoy the show. (Or fast-forward and mash the Action button.) When you regain control, depart the S.S. Zelbess. Fargo will obtain his Level 7 Tech, Invincible. (For the record, it doesn’t actually make him invincible.)

Marbule

(1 of 2) Beat up all the monsters–every last one of them.

Beat up all the monsters–every last one of them. (left), Once the monsters are all gone, youll hear a dragons cry. (right)

You’ll automatically arrive at Marbule. The once-spectral monsters plaguing the town are now very real–and fight-able. Without further ado, go around the place, mowing down all the monsters along the way. So long as you’re properly geared, you can probably enable Auto-Battle and fast-forward, while browsing the net or something.

After clearing away all the monsters that are outside, head for the cave towards the north-west and defeat the remaining monsters inside. If successful, a message box will appear, saying that a dragon’s cry can be heard. No dragon can be found here–not in this world anyway, so exit Marbule.

(1 of 2) Return to the S.S. Zelbess and visit the dining area.

Return to the S.S. Zelbess and visit the dining area. (left), Save Miki from her depression by letting her fight for you. (right)

Next, head over to the portal in Opassa Beach to swap to Another World. Then travel back to Marbule (Another World). Return to the cave where the last bunch of monsters were–you should find the Black Dragon slowly waking up. Because of its long sleep, it’s feeling a bit rusty and wants to use you as exercise…

How to Defeat the Black Dragon

(1 of 2) This dragon is kind of scary.

This dragon is kind of scary. (left), Dont leave home without the Black Plate! (right)

The Black Dragon is intimidating and has some menacing attacks, but honestly it could be far worse. For attacks, it can use Dark Breath and Gravity Bomb to hit all your characters and potentially inflict Curse, which causes stamina loss when hit. It can also use standard Black Elements, most notably Freefall.

Black Innates are good here, as they’ll take reduced damage from most of the Black Dragon’s attacks. This will naturally include Lynx. White Innates may sound good on paper, but keep in mind they’ll take more damage. Still, feel free to use them if you’re confident.

(1 of 2) The dragon will counter White Elements with Anti-White.

The dragon will counter White Elements with Anti-White. (left), Use recovery Elements like Recover All and Heal All to keep your party healthy! (right)

Regardless, White Elements are the way to go, but there’s a caveat. After being hit by a White Element, the Black Dragon will cast Anti-White. So make sure to equip an Angel Charm or pack Elements to cure it (Black Out and Panacea). This is important because it could prevent you using Recover All and Revive.

Towards the end, the Black Dragon can use Seal-All to prevent your party from using all Elements. Obviously, this will be awkward for healing. Thankfully, you can partially mitigate this by carrying Charm accessories; other than the Angel Charm, the Sea Charm and Forest Charm would be useful.

Also, you could place a Freefall trap near the beginning, to negate damage from Freefall. The Black Dragon doesn’t use it often, but any little helps (plus you get to keep it). Besides that, do your best to color the Field Effect White (or anything that’s not Black), while routinely topping up your party with Recover All, Heal All, Cure Plus etc.

After the Fight

For defeating the Black Dragon, you’ll earn the Grim Reaper Summon Element and the Black Relic.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
    Adventure, RPG
  • Guide Release
    6 April 2022
  • Last Updated
    10 May 2022
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