The Sleeping Lion, Ep 1.1

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FFVIII x Mobius FF
Recall the special promise that you made, hidden deep in the recesses of your heart. Journey with the Seed-in-training, Squall, and help him overcome the trials he and his fellow students face.
~ In-game description

The Sleeping Lion Episode 1, Part 1 is the first story chapter for the Final Fantasy VIII Collaboration Event. It features Squall from Final Fantasy VIII going through his SeeD Candidate exams.

Event Details[edit | edit source]

  • Event type: Collaboration story region.
  • First appearance: August 1 - November 1, 2019 November 15, 2019.
The game service suffered a large-scale network outage in October 2019, preventing many players from logging into the game at all. In compensation, the event was extended an extra two weeks.
  • Second appearance: March 27 - June 30, 2020 (end of service)

How to Participate[edit | edit source]

  • Select "FFVIII: The Sleeping Lion Episode 1, Part 1" from the Act 2 world map -- its own red spot.

Upon entering this region for the first time, you are awarded the Squall job card. You MUST equip and use this job at all times while playing in this region. (you can also use the Squall Leonhart Ultimate Hero if you obtain it.)

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Play in this section introduces a new mechanic: the Draw System. Once this skill is learned, you can draw extra abilities out of your enemies, and use those abilities against them! Most spells are relatively common, but some are rare and quite powerful. See the separate page for details.

As you progress through the story, you'll gradually increase your SeeD rank. Each rank comes with a "stipend": a set of extra rewards. Your current SeeD Rank is shown by an icon in the top corner of your map screen.

  • The maximum Seed Rank for this region is 6, which you can earn by repeatedly defeating foes in the ending practice areas.

Story[edit | edit source]

Squall awakes in front of Balamb Garden, a bit unsure of where he is... or who he is. As he's waking, a girl greets him, worried about their coming exams. It takes a minute, but it all locks in. It's Selphie... er, Sophie, and they're classmates. Graff is nearby as well. Everyone is getting prepared for the SeeD exams.

Squall talks with Instructor Meia, who tells him that the Pandora simulator has been updated with newer foes, as practice for the exam. She recruits Sophie, and the three of them participate in a few simulated battles. Squall makes quick work of the simulated foes, and is pretty bored with it all, but Meia points out it's better to build skills without the risk. Still, if he wants a challenge... how about a fight against Ifrit? Not that much of a challenge, apparently.

After Ifrit is down, Squall finds a small crystal on the ground. It's a Rune... inside a simulator? Squall picks it up and gazes into it...

Wol is hiking up a hillside, while an Echo is explaining that Palamecia is getting weird. It's all the fault of that new Sorceress. So Wol needs to... whoops, vision over!

To be continued


Event Map[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VIII: The Sleeping Lion
Episode 1, Part 1: Balamb Garden

Beyond the boundaries of time and space lies Balamb Garden, a place where SeeDs train to one day vanquish a sorceress. Here, the Lion sleeps, unaware of the trials about to take place.

~ World Map description

There are 37 areas in total, with 14 treasure chests.

You must equip either Squall (Job) or Squall Leonhart (Job) as your main job, although you can select any Warrior Icon.pngWarrior job under that for your choice of skills and elements. You can set a Sub-Job, but it will not be used in this region -- Job Change Recast is locked out -- but your first ability there can be used for sub-attacks, and the Sub-Job's Ultimate Ability can be used during a Mobius Zone double-Ultimate attack.

Areas[edit | edit source]

The First Trial[edit | edit source]

Concentration in these early areas is on learning the new Draw System. Normal abilities are locked out -- you must use either normal attacks or Drawn abilities to win. Also, enemies are extraordinarily slow, so they're unlikely to ever get a chance to attack before you kill them.

Area Stamina Battles Description Reward
Infirmary - - (Starting point. No fight. Inaccessible after you start.) -
Graff 1 0 Set Squall in your main deck...
and talk to students in Balamb Garden!
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Balamb Garden 1 0 -
Pandora Rune 2 1 This is a tutorial for the FFVIII Collaboration battle system.
Try drawing from your foe!
-
Practicum 1: Start - - (Starting point. No fight. Inaccessible after you start.) -
To the Burning Caverns 2 1 This is a tutorial for the FFVIII Collaboration battle system.
Learn how to check what abilities your foes have.
-
Decimated Woodland 2 2 [FIRE]Fire and [WATER]water swarm sighted.
Try Drawing from different foes.
MetalCactuar4 Icon.png Metal Cactuar ★4
Seed fire.png Fire x200,000
Cavern Entrance 2 1 This is a tutorial for the FFVIII Collaboration battle system.
Learn how to check the effects of Drawn abilities.
GoldCactuar4 Icon.png Gold Cactuar ★4
Seed water.png Water x200,000
Soot-caked Crags 2 2 [FIRE]Fire and [WATER]water swarm sighted.
Check what your Drawn abilities do before using them.
-
Magma-laden Path 2 2 This is a tutorial for the FFVIII Collaboration battle system.
Use the Draw & Cast button.
Icon Gigantuar Bulb.png Gigantuar Bulb★3
Seed wind.png Wind x200,000
Unstable Lava Flow 2 2 [FIRE]Fire and [WATER]water swarm sighted.
Utilize Draw & Cast to claim victory.
Icon Extranger.png Extranger★4
Seed earth.png Earth x200,000
Soaring Walls 2 2 This is a tutorial for the FFVIII Collaboration battle system.
Use what you have learned to emerge victorious.
Icon SeeD Rank.png SeeD Rank 1:
Icon Gil.png Gil x100,000
Icon Mystic Tablet.png Mystic Tablet x3
Sweltering Outcrop 3 3 [FIRE]Red Dragon sighted.
Think about the best time to use Drawn abilities.
Seed light.png Light x200,000
Icon Elixir.png Elixir x3
Rumbling Volcano 3 4 [FIRE]Fire and [WATER]water swarm sighted.
Use the Draw ability to seize victory.
Seed dark.png Dark x200,000
Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Down x3
Ifrit's Cauldron 4 5 Boss Fire.pngIfrit awaits.
Use the Draw ability to seize victory.
Icon SeeD Rank.png SeeD Rank 2:
Icon Gil.png Gil x120,000
Icon Magicite.png Magicite x100

The Second Trial[edit | edit source]

The enemies here are a normal bunch as far as damage, but they are suprisingly tough. Your normal abilities will not do nearly as much damage as you expect. Rely instead on Drawn abilities to finish them off... but do stock some Draws for the last round of each battle.

In this section, you work your way through the town of Dollet and up to the antenna... and then back again with enemies in pursuit!

Area Stamina Battles Description Reward
Pandora Rune 2 2 The time for field training is upon you.
Use the Draw ability to seize the day.
-
Practicum 2: Start 4 2 [WIND]Wind, [LIGHT]light, and [DARK]dark swarm sighted. -
Road to Dollet 4 3 [WIND]Wind and [EARTH]earth swarm sighted.
Combine slotted and Drawn abilities for best results.
Icon Ether.png Ether x10
Overlook 4 3 [WIND]Mindflayer sighted. -
Dollet Gates 4 3 [WIND]Wind and [EARTH]earth swarm sighted. Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Down x3
Dollet Streets 4 3 [WIND]Wind and [EARTH]earth swarm sighted. -
Dollet Hall 4 4 [EARTH]Mighty Golem sighted. Icon Extranger.png Extranger★4
Dollet Plaza 4 3 [WIND]Wind and [EARTH]earth swarm sighted. Icon Crystal.png Crystal x10
Dollet Outskirts 4 3 [WIND]Wind and [EARTH]earth swarm sighted. -
Tower Path 4 4 [WIND]Mindflayer and [EARTH]Mighty Golem sighted. Icon Warp Shard.png Warp Shard x3
Communications Tower 4 4 A telecommunications tower rises high into the sky.
You hear an ominous rumbling in the distance.
Icon SeeD Rank.png SeeD Rank 3:
Icon Gil.png Gil x140,000
Seed fire.png Fire x500,000
Seed water.png Water x500,000
Tower Path 3 1 Omega is chasing you down!
Draw Thundara and cast it to halt Omega's advance.
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Dollet Outskirts 3 3 Omega is chasing you down!
[WIND]Wind and [EARTH]earth foes stand in your way.
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Dollet Plaza 3 3 Omega is chasing you down!
[LIGHT]Light and [DARK]dark foes stand in your way.
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Dollet Hall 3 3 Omega is chasing you down!
[WIND][EARTH][DARK]Multiple-elemental foes stand in your way.
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Dollet Streets 3 3 Omega is chasing you down!
[LIGHT]Light foes stand in your way.
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Dollet Gates 3 4 Omega is chasing you down!
[LIGHT]Light and [NONE]non-elemental foes stand in your way.
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Overlook 3 4 Omega is chasing you down!
[WIND][LIGHT][DARK]Multiple-elemental foes stand in your way.
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Road to Dollet 3 4 Omega is chasing you down!
[LIGHT]Light and [DARK]dark foes stand in your way.
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Escape Route 3 4 Omega is chasing you down!
[WIND][EARTH][LIGHT]Multiple-elemental foes stand in your way.
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Practicum 2: Start 4 1 Put an end to Boss Dark.pngOmega!
The crackling of lightning magic assaults your eyes.
Icon SeeD Rank.png SeeD Rank 4:
Growing Egg ★4
Icon Gil.png Gil x160,000
Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x1

The Third Trial[edit | edit source]

Area Stamina Battles Description Reward
Pandora Rune 2 1 This is a tutorial for the FFVIII Collaboration battle system.
Beware foes that absorb same-element attacks.
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Practicum 3: Start 4 2 Follow the mysterious feather through the woods.
Draw rare abilities from powerful foes.
-
Draw Point: Earth 4 1 This is a tutorial on draw points.
Draw an ability from an [EARTH]earth foe.
Icon Stone Shard.png Stone Shard x1
Icon SeeD Rank.png SeeD Rank 5:
Icon Gil.png Gil x180,000
Icon Elixir.png Elixir x5
Bewitching Grove 4 3 Follow the mysterious feather through the woods.
Lock: Icon Stone Shard.png Stone Shard x1
Seed fire.pngFire x400,000
Seed water.pngWater x400,000
The Sorceress Beckons 4 3 Follow the mysterious feather through the woods. -
Strigine Weald 5 4 Boss Dark.pngDemon Wall sighted. Seed light.pngLight x400,000
Seed dark.pngDark x400,000
Etheral Barrier 3 3 Follow the mysterious feather through the woods. Seed light.pngLight x400,000
Seed dark.pngDark x400,000
Draw Point: Water 2 1 This is a water draw point. Draw an ability from a [WATER]water foe. Icon Blizzard Shard.png Blizzard Shard x1
Draw Point: Fire 2 1 This is a fire draw point. Draw an ability from a [FIRE]fire foe.
Lock: Icon Blizzard Shard.png Blizzard Shard x1
Icon Fire Shard.png Fire Shard x1
Draw Point: Dark 2 1 This is a dark draw point. Draw an ability from a [DARK]dark foe.
Lock: Icon Fire Shard.png Fire Shard x1
Icon Pain Shard.png Pain Shard x1
Draw Point: Light 2 1 This is a light draw point. Draw an ability from a [LIGHT]light foe.
Lock: Icon Pain Shard.png Pain Shard x1
Icon Shine Shard.png Shine Shard x1
A Reunion 6 5 Boss Water.pngShiva awaits.
Lock: Icon Shine Shard.png Shine Shard x1
Icon SeeD Rank.png SeeD Rank 6:
Revolver+
Icon Gil.png Gil x200,000
Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x2

Icon Growstar.png Growstar
Icon Magicite.png Magicite x500
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x10

Key Items[edit | edit source]

  • Icon SeeD Rank.png SeeD Rank -- increases as the story progresses.
  • Icon Stone Shard.png Stone Shard
  • Icon Blizzard Shard.png Blizzard Shard
  • Icon Fire Shard.png Fire Shard
  • Icon Shine Shard.png Shine Shard
  • Icon Pain Shard.png Pain Shard

Special Fiends[edit | edit source]

Reference[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Music is from Final Fantasy VIII soundtrack.
Area FFVIII track name
opening movie Liberi Fatali
first areas Balamb Garden
going to the Pandora SeeD
inside Pandora Blue Fields
Battles Don't be Afraid
Battle victory The Winner
Boss Fight Force Your Way
Second Trial The Mission
The Chase Never Look Back