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|Name||Level||Unlock Conditions||Mirages||Rewards (Initial)||Rewards (Subsequent)||Gil|
|Mountain Mirages 1||20||Clear Chapter 9||Stack: (Mythril Giant, Copper Gnome, Mini Golem) x2||Balance Seed||Potion x5||426|
|Mountain Mirages 2||40||Clear Chapter 9||Stack: (Mythril Giant, Copper Gnome, Mini Golem) x2||Earth Spellstone x2||Earth Hammer x2||1026|
The Rainbow Shore
Once you make landfall, Rikku and Adamantoise part ways from you, although Rikku asks Adamantoise if she can stay with him a bit longer. They sail away as Lann promises to imprism him one day. Save for one chest, this area is pretty empty, so grab it and head to the next area.
The Dragon Scars
This area is basically a straight shot from start to finish, however there are several flutter points along the way for chests, as well as a mandatory fork to the right on the third area, forcing you to fight Cerberus, the first mini-boss. Cerberus is imprismable, however it will likely take many tries. Additionally, you can only meet its condition once per prismtunity, and maxes at the second level, so meeting it again will not increase your success rate. Luckily, with over 13000 health, and a 25% resistance to the elements needed, you will get several opportunities before it dies. The biggest danger is it killing you while you spam imprism on it, due to it countering with a physical attack each time it breaks out.
|Frigicite x5||Scar 1, Chest in left fork|
|Hi-Potion x3||Scar 1, Chest in the alcove at the top of the ridge area|
|Phoenix Down x2||Scar 1, Chest in middle ridge|
|Wobblestoppers x3||Scar 2, Chest behind first Red Dragon|
|Frigicite x4||Scar 2, Chest in alcove|
|Ether x3||Scar 2, Chest on south side of second ridge|
|Remedy x2||Scar 2, Chest on the north side of third ridge|
|Cure Seed||Scar 2, Chest north of final Flutter point|
|Remedy||Scar 3, Chest after first Flutter point|
|Hi-Potion x2||Scar 3, Chest after second Flutter point|
|Dragon Scale x5||Scar 3, Chest at end of loop in middle of area|
|Memento (Cerberus)||Secret Area, Reward for beating Cerberus|
|Fluffiflower||Secret Area, Chest behind Cerberus|
|Wobblestopper x2||Scar 3, Chest on south side of first ridge|
|Phoenix Down||Scar 3, Chest on north side of second ridge|
|Fire Resistance+ Seed||Scar 3, Chest on middle of third ridge|
|Hi-Potion||Scar 4, Chest after Flutter point|
|Arma Gem x3||Scar 4, Reward for beating boss|
Beating it or imprisming it, however, will grant 25800 XP, as well as granting you either your first XL Mirage, or access to your first XL Mirage. As the help bubble that pops up after the fight informs you, Cerberus is different from regular Mirages, in that it is too big to fit into a stack, as well as too powerful to be freely controlled the way your other Mirages are. Instead, it acts more like a summon, or as an extra health pool if worst comes to worst. Summoning XL Mirages requires both twins to be alive, and has stats and skills separate from your stacks. Additionally, rather than giving you a game over, it disappears if it runs out of HP. Each turn it is out uses up AP, and you cannot use items while it is active, however at higher levels it has monstrous stats, more than you will be able to attain with stacks, acting as a handy tool for boss fights.
Another thing to note is that, due to not fitting in stacks, XL Mirages will only get 8% XP from battles, unless you transfigure them into a smaller form for grinding. They also tend to have admittedly small Mirage Boards, relying on skills and boosts from other forms in their family to really excel.
Near the end of the area you will see a pair of red feathery wings and a Save Crystal. The upcoming boss fight will either be extremely easy or extremely difficult, depending on your available Mirages and Mirajewels. This will likely be your first real grinding point, because it demands a very specific setup of stats and skills to beat.
After the fight, a second dragon attempts a sneak attack on Lann, only to be punched into the atmosphere by Tifa a girl in a cowboy hat. She seems shocked that it actually worked... but what would have happened if it didn't? As you follow her to the next area, the Masked Woman appears to convene with the Plumed Knight, and they discuss that the Azure Prophecy is coming true, deciding that they must then fulfill the Crimson Prophecy swiftly, possibly in response, possibly as prevention.