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 ====== Core Gameplay Changes ====== ====== Core Gameplay Changes ======
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 +Free Enterprise is based on the US version of Final Fantasy IV (originally released as Final Fantasy II), version 1.1.  Many Japanese version features are restored or can be restored using flags, but otherwise the gameplay matches this version, aside from the changes detailed in these docs.
 +===== Open world =====
 +
 +You begin the game with the airship Enterprise, offering you immediate open access to the entire overworld. The game has been extensively modified to allow dungeons and events to be experienced in any available order.
  
 ===== Progression ===== ===== Progression =====
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 In order to make all dungeons and key items accessible outside the normal story flow of FF4, the following progression changes have been made: In order to make all dungeons and key items accessible outside the normal story flow of FF4, the following progression changes have been made:
  
 +=== The Pass ===
   * Behind the Pass door in Toroia is a shortcut that leads directly to Zeromus. This is a one-way path; you cannot return from it.   * Behind the Pass door in Toroia is a shortcut that leads directly to Zeromus. This is a one-way path; you cannot return from it.
 +
 +=== Tower of Zot ===
   * The Tower of Zot is accessed by speaking to the green guard in the Clerics'​ chamber in Toroia Castle.   * The Tower of Zot is accessed by speaking to the green guard in the Clerics'​ chamber in Toroia Castle.
-    ​* The Earth Crystal is not required to enter the Tower of Zot, but it is required to complete it.+  ​* The Earth Crystal is not required to enter the Tower of Zot, but it is required to complete it. 
 +  * The Tower of Zot may be revisited after it is completed. 
 + 
 +=== Tower of Bab-il (upper) === 
 +  * You may jump back up to the overworld after falling through the crystal room trap door. 
 +  * You may revisit this area after completing it (the guard who blocks the way in vanilla FF4 has been removed). 
 + 
 +=== Giant of Bab-il ===
   * The Giant of Bab-il is accessed by speaking to the guard on the bridge of the Big Whale.   * The Giant of Bab-il is accessed by speaking to the guard on the bridge of the Big Whale.
 +  * The Giant may be revisited after it is completed.
 +  * You can leave the Giant by speaking to the sparkle at the entrance.
 +
 +=== Big Whale ===
   * The Big Whale is earned by bringing the Darkness Crystal to Mysidia.   * The Big Whale is earned by bringing the Darkness Crystal to Mysidia.
-  * Yang's wife will not give you the Pan (or other randomized reward) until you have found (and spoken to Yang) in the Sylph Cave. She will also not give you the Spoon (or other randomized reward) until you have used the Pan.+  ​* The Big Whale can land on moon craters. 
 + 
 +=== Yang's wife === 
 +  ​* Yang's wife will not give you the Pan (or other randomized reward) until you have found (and spoken to Yang) in the Sylph Cave. 
 +  * She will also not give you the Spoon (or other randomized reward) until you have used the Pan. 
 + 
 +=== Legend Sword ===
   * The Legend Sword is found as a key item, and does not come with Paladin Cecil (who begins with a Silver Staff instead).   * The Legend Sword is found as a key item, and does not come with Paladin Cecil (who begins with a Silver Staff instead).
 +
 +=== Hook ===
   * The Hook is found as a key item, and not installed by the engineers in Baron.   * The Hook is found as a key item, and not installed by the engineers in Baron.
 +
 +=== Character progression ===
 +  * Upon completing Mt. Ordeals, all Cecils become level 1 Paladins, regardless of whether or not they'​re in your party.
 +  * Upon completing Mt. Ordeals, all Tellahs gain their full spell sets, regardless of whether they'​re in your party.
 +  * During the Dwarf Castle battle cutscene, all Rydias will become adults and gain their adult default spells, regardless of whether they'​re in your party.
 +  * Upon completing the Tower of Zot, all Rosas will learn Exit, regardless of whether they'​re in your party.
 +  * Upon defeating the first Upper Bab-il boss, all Edges will learn Flood and Blitz, regardless of whether they'​re in your party.
 +
 +=== Minor progression changes ===
   * The Toroia Castle treasury may be accessed once you have found the Earth Crystal.   * The Toroia Castle treasury may be accessed once you have found the Earth Crystal.
   * There is no fire at the base of Mt. Ordeals.   * There is no fire at the base of Mt. Ordeals.
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   * The Falcon comes with the enhanced hull and Drill already applied.   * The Falcon comes with the enhanced hull and Drill already applied.
   * Any character may use the Crystal to transform Zeromus; it does not have to be Paladin Cecil.   * Any character may use the Crystal to transform Zeromus; it does not have to be Paladin Cecil.
-  * The Tower of Zot and Giant of Bab-il may be revisited after they are completed. 
-  * You may leave the Giant of Bab-il from its entrance. 
-  * After falling down the trap door in Upper Bab-il, you have the option to jump back up. 
-  * You may re-enter Upper Bab-il after completing it; the guard that blocks the way in vanilla FF4 has been removed. 
-  * The Big Whale can land on moon craters. 
-  * You cannot sail the ship from Fabul to Mysidia. 
   * A bridge has been added to the river south of Toroia to help people get airships unstuck from Toroia after finishing Zot. (There is a chocobo forest south of Toroia that can also be used to cross the river, but people often don't know about it.)   * A bridge has been added to the river south of Toroia to help people get airships unstuck from Toroia after finishing Zot. (There is a chocobo forest south of Toroia that can also be used to cross the river, but people often don't know about it.)
 +  * You cannot swim down the Waterfall.
 +  * The Pass door remains open after it is unlocked; you do not need additional Passes to reopen the door.
  
  
 ===== Story events ===== ===== Story events =====
  
-Most event cutscenes have been reduced to shortened versions.+Most event cutscenes have been reduced to shortened versions. Some cutscenes have been removed entirely.
  
 Characters will not leave your party due to story events (eg. you will not lose Kain if you burn down Mist). Characters will not leave your party due to story events (eg. you will not lose Kain if you burn down Mist).
  
 There are no solo story battles; your entire party is present when defending Fabul and in the mirror room fight atop Mt. Ordeals. There are no solo story battles; your entire party is present when defending Fabul and in the mirror room fight atop Mt. Ordeals.
 +
 +The SandRuby cutscene in Kaipo no longer includes the nighttime boss battle.
  
 ===== Recruiting/​dismissing characters ===== ===== Recruiting/​dismissing characters =====
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 Many items from the original Japanese version of FF4 were removed from the US release. Most of these items have been restored; these items use the names given to them from the PS1 English release of FF4. Many items from the original Japanese version of FF4 were removed from the US release. Most of these items have been restored; these items use the names given to them from the PS1 English release of FF4.
  
-Item prices have been altered to suit the balance of Free Enterprise. For full details, refer to the [[item stats table]].+Most item prices have been altered to suit the balance of Free Enterprise. For full details, refer to the [[item stats table]]. 
 + 
 +The Imp, Bomb, Cockatrice and Mage summon orbs have been removed to make room for the items that grant the five quest summons (Asura, Levia, Baham, Odin, and Sylph). 
 + 
 +The Medusa Sword has been removed from the game due to softlock risks. 
 + 
 +Since the Pink Tail is a key item in FE, PinkPuffs now directly drop Adamant Armors instead of Pink Tails. 
  
 ===== Dashing ===== ===== Dashing =====
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 By default, Free Enterprise removes the first check, so the anchor is always determined by party slot order regardless if Cecil is present. The original logic can be restored by applying the ''​-vanilla:​agility''​ flag. By default, Free Enterprise removes the first check, so the anchor is always determined by party slot order regardless if Cecil is present. The original logic can be restored by applying the ''​-vanilla:​agility''​ flag.
 +
 +===== EXP distribution =====
 +
 +Unlike vanilla FF4, battle EXP is not divided among party members in Free Enterprise; each surviving party member receives the full amount of EXP from defeated enemies. This is intended to both accelerate the grinding process and reduce the need to control EXP growth by taking down your own party members.
 +
 +Additionally,​ two EXP bonuses are in place:
 +  * To speed up the late game, earned EXP is increased by 100% once 10 key items have been found.
 +  * To help later-game recruits catch up to the rest of the party'​s growth, when your party has a full five members, any party member with a level at least 5 below the median party level receives a 100% increase in earned EXP.
 +
 +To disable the experience sharing and bonuses and return EXP distribution to its vanilla behavior, use the following flags:
 +  * ''​-exp:​split''​ restores vanilla EXP splitting.
 +  * ''​-exp:​nokeybonus''​ removes the 10 Key Item EXP bonus.
 +  * ''​-exp:​noboost''​ removes the low-level EXP bonus.
 +
 +Note that characters outside your party never receive EXP in Free Enterprise. (In vanilla FF4, characters that leave and later rejoin you continue to receive EXP while in the "​shadow"​ party.)
  
 ===== Glitches ===== ===== Glitches =====
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 By default, the "​FuSoYa Challenge"​ is enabled; for more details see [[FuSoYa changes]]. By default, the "​FuSoYa Challenge"​ is enabled; for more details see [[FuSoYa changes]].
  
-===== Miscellaneous changes ​===== +===== Golbez ​=====
- +
-The Imp, Bomb, Cockatrice and Mage summon orbs have been removed to make room for the items that grant the five quest summons (Asura, Levia, Baham, Odin, and Sylph). +
- +
-The Medusa Sword has been removed from the game due to softlock risks. +
- +
-PinkPuffs drop Adamant Armors instead of Pink Tails.+
  
 +The Golbez fight is normally a very plot-based battle featuring the return of Rydia. In order to support facing Golbez at any position with any party combination,​ the opening events of the battle have been changed to the following:
 +  * Golbez uses HoldGas to paralyze the party.
 +  * Golbez summons Shadow.
 +  * Shadow attempts to Demolish all but two of your party members. (It will make a maximum of three attempts to do so.)
 +  * Shadow retreats.
 +  * Golbez unparalyzes the party.
 +  * The battle proceeds as normal.
  
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