WORLD MAP (TO THE GURGU VOLCANO) My Level: 22 Alright, no more avoiding this. Now that you have gotten the upgrade to the prestige classes, purchased some of the best gear available, and a few more spells.... It's time to do my least favorite event in this game. The Gurgu Volcano. It will be significantly easier if you have followed along with me. If you went with the game's somewhat recommended path and done this quest before the Ice Cave then you are in for a world of frustration. Without the prestige class upgrade and better gear from Gaia, this is THE hardest event in the game. Nothing else comes close. If you have the airship, fly west of Crescent. Simple enough. If you don't, this will be a little trickier. Use the canoe to go through the rivers. From Crescent go south into the river, then follow the crescent shape of the river, then go left, up, and left. Now go west at the first fork. Follow that path until there is another fork, go north. At the next fork, go to the right to find another, go left here. Another fork soon follows, go left. And you're here. Now go into the volcano. It's much less annoying to just fly there if you have the airship. GURGU VOLCANO My Level: 22 It looks like a red version of the Ice Cave, complete with damage floors. The lighter colored tiles are meant to be lava. You take 1 Health Point of damage each time you step on one. It may not seem like much but it adds up FAST since you also have monster encounters to worry about. In other words do NOT walk on those lava tiles unless you have to. Make your way to the upper left corner of this circular first room. You'll have to go across some lava. This next room has a shorter path at the bottom but there are several lava tiles and you could lose a lot of Health Points walking across those. Go into the maze in the large room in front of you first to get some treasures. Most of the chests in here are guarded by Fire elementals. Remember the Earth elementals from the Earth Cave? These guys are just like them only Fire instead of Earth for their element. The first chest you can get to has a Silver Helmet, you won't need it. The chest south of you has 1520 gil. Go north of where the Silver Helmet was. The path splits in two with narrow smaller mazes going left and right. The left mini maze has a chest with a Giant Sword. The one on the right has 4150 gil. Now go north and to the left. Approach the two chests next to each other through another mini maze to the south. They have a total of 1545 gil. South of this are 12 treasure chests! Their treasures include Silver Gauntlets, another Silver Helmet, a Cabin, 2 Heal Potions, 6710 gil, a Pure Potion, a Silver Axe, and a Silver Shield. Make your way back up the path but turn right to find a path that leads down to a door. Go through that door to be back in the lava path by the stairs. You have no choice but to go through the lava, to the stairs at the far left. You're in a hallway-like room with more laval tiles spread out across regular floor. Go right, you have to step on four consecutive lava tiles to do this, and then make your way to the stairs at the right. Try to plan your path in here to avoid as many of the lava tiles as you can. The next room sucks. Lots of lava in here. Start at the lower left corner of the platform your on. Go directly south through some lava to find more regular floor. From this platform go to the lower right corner of it and head south through more lava to the next platform. Head straight east to the next platform. Now, go to the lower right corner of this platform to be lined up with the stairs and head straight east through more lava to get to the stairs. Heal up with potions if you have enough to spare after this! More lava in here.... Not as bad as the last room though. Go south, then left, south, left in that order to get through the right chambers to find the next stairway. Like in the last room you will want to try to plan your path to avoid as many lava tiles as you can. You'll need to step on several in here unfortunately. The next area has treasure rooms. Some of the chests are guarded by Grey Worms. The first room you come across has a Soft Potion and 2750 gil. The next treasure room has 1760 gil. The treasure room to the far left has a Pure Potion, 8220 gil, a Flame Shield, and an Ice Sword. Southeast is a treasure room with 165 gil. East of that is a treasure room with 2000 gil, a House, and an oddly empty chest. There is one last treasure room in this part of the volcano and it is south of you. In there is a Wooden Staff and 1250 gil. Go down the stairway south of you to get to the last chamber of the volcano. You're in the middle of a path leading to 8 different rooms. The only ones that have anything in them are the middle left and lower left. The middle left has an optional boss, the Red Dragon, guarding a chest. The lower left has Kary the fiend of Fire. Go after the easier of the two first which is the dragon. You also do not have to fight him so that is worth noting too. Defeat him to get a Flame Armor. Give the Flame Armor you just got to either your Knight or Ninja. If you have not already then also give the Flame Shield to either of those two classes as well as the Ice Armor and Ice Shield if you have those. Now go to the room south of you in the lower left corner of the chamber to battle the main boss of this area, Kary the fiend of Fire. She is my least favorite boss in the game. Make sure everyone is maxed out for their Health Points. After this extremely tough boss step on the warp tile to get back outside, the fire crystal will be lit!