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I just started a playthrough of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and I really want to make the best possible decision. Is the choice merely personal preference/style of gaming or are some choices in fact much better than others?
I think keep sword; discard staff made the game a little easier overall.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 - Beginning Game Options (Tutorial)
Final Mix difficulty works just fine as a starting point. Also, take the sword and drop the staff... and pick dawn.
Choose sword, sac shield.
I like Proud Mode, pick up Staff, drop Sword, 'Dusk' leveling option.
Which weapon do I pick up?
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX
Staff: Better magic strength; +2 MP by endgame
Sword: Better physical strength; +1 Item slot
Shield: Better defense; +2 Item slots
Note: The extra MP and item slots are the most significant changes because they cannot be gained by any other substitute method (i.e. stat-up items).
Order of skills learned by level up depending on the weapon you pick up (via FSLink)
Which weapon do I give up?
Giving up the Sword lowers your Strength
Giving up the Shield lowers your Defense
Giving up the Staff lowers your Ability Points
Note: You can obtain stat up items for each of these.
What's this about different level up rates?
As for the experience gain questions, there are 3 options:
- Dawn: Quick level ups for early levels, slow level ups at later levels
- Day: Normal level ups throughout
- Dusk: Slow level ups for early levels, quick level ups at later levels
This choice is made by your answers to Selphie, Wakka, and Tidus's questions on Destiny Islands.
First answer: points toward Dawn
Middle answer: points toward Day
Third answer: points toward Dusk
Note: You see what you are getting after answering the questions and it gives you the option to reconsider.
Final Mix: Beginner question....
Definitely go with the first one if you're playing on Proud. Wand lets gets you extra MP at the end and Shield gets you extra item slots and some really useful abilities early on.
Sword only if you want to hack and slash on an easy difficulty.
I'd drop magic if I were you