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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest

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Title Screen

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest

Also known as: Final Fantasy USA Mystic Quest (JP), Mystic Quest Legend (EU)
Developer: Square
Publishers: Squaresoft (US), Square (JP), Nintendo (EU)
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: September 10, 1993
Released in US: October 5, 1992
Released in EU: 1993

CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is a side-entry in the Final Fantasy series that was marketed as a simplified RPG for beginners. It was made specifically for the US market, as evident by its later release in Japan under the name "Final Fantasy USA". As a result, it's considered something of a black sheep in the series due to Square's seemingly condescending decision to develop a deliberately dumbed-down spinoff game for Americans instead of localizing Final Fantasy V (which was released just two months later but deemed "not accessible enough to the average gamer").

Still, it's a modestly enjoyable experience on its own merits, with an excellent soundtrack by Ryuji Sasai.

Unused Elemental Defense Graphics

No protection from these!

Four small menu icons representing defense against earth, physical damage (including player axes, but not swords or claws), indirect attacks (including Phoebe's bow and Tristam's shurikens), and reverse drain. Reverse drain does nothing on its own, but if paired with drain protection it will cause the damage and healing dealt by drain-elemental attacks to be reversed.

Resistances against the attack types themselves exist and are used, but only for enemies - no items, not even the unique ones equipped by allies, offer any protection against these four damage types. Furthermore, while enemies can have a weakness to explosives, it appears to be unaccounted for in these elements - if a confused hero attacks himself with a bomb, he won't resist it even with all eight active.

Unused Enemy Data

Below the Dark King entry 0x146E3-0x146FE and just before the attack data, there are two additional entries for enemies. Given their identical (and unusual) stats and being unable to find them anywhere within the game engine, they appear to be unused.

Raw Values: 90 01 28 1E 14 0A A0 C0 32 32 50 28 50 00 90 01 28 1E 14 0A A0 C0 32 32 50 28 50 00

Converted to Enemy Data (both entries)
HP: 400 Strength: 40 Defense: 30 Speed: 20
Magic: 10 Unknown:A0 C0 32 32 Spell Resistance:

Earth + Fire

Status Resistance:

Fatal + Petrify

Spell Weakness:

Water + Wind



Gold and EXP values are currently unknown.

Silence Status

One of the eight status ailments in the game, Silence is attempted to be inflicted by a couple of attacks, such as the Mage's Muffle. Regardless of resistance or lack thereof, it never seems to get set.

Nevertheless, the status does exist, complete with accompanying effects.


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Confirm whether or not this can actually detect different versions or if it always results in the same values. (Numerous personal attempts result in the same 2, 1, 3 result across multiple SNES revisions, and across various emulators. This test may not actually function or is showing something else like internal driver revisions.)

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Chip Info.png

Pause the game, then press Start + Select to display the versions of your SNES console's CPU, PPU1, and PPU2 chips. This only works on the first US release, though, and was removed from the Rev. A version and the Japanese release.

Revisional Differences

In addition to the above, the first US release also contains a sound processor bug that can cause a major freeze in any area that, ironically, plays the frozen-over Falls Basin music. Said music also plays in the Mine and the Spencer's Place waterfall.

Since the game can be saved at any point, this is only a minor annoyance.

Regional Differences

Title Screen

US Japan Europe
Final Fantasy- Mystic Quest-title.png Final Fantasy USA - Mystic Quest (Japan) title.png Mystic Quest Legend (Europe) title.png

The Japanese and European versions removed "Final Fantasy" from the title screen.

Gameplay Balance

In the English versions, the Life spell instantly kills non-undead enemies. In the Japanese version, it instantly kills undead enemies.