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This article is about the 1991 release. For the current version, see Adventures of Mana.

Final Fantasy Adventure (Mystic Quest in Europe, and Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden or "Legend of the Holy Sword: Final Fantasy Gaiden" in Japan) is a spin-off title from Square's (now Square-Enix) Final Fantasy series released for Nintendo's Game Boy handheld console. Despite being marketed and named as a Final Fantasy title, its Zelda-like action-adventure gameplay set it apart from its parent series. It would go on to become the first entry in the Mana series.

It has received two remakes since its initial release: Sword of Mana on the Game Boy Advance, which changed many aspects of the plot and gameplay; and Adventures of Mana on iOS, Android and PlayStation Vita, which was more faithful to its source material, though featured improved graphics and music.

Gameplay[]

The gameplay is similar to the original The Legend of Zelda for the NES: the world is viewed from a top-down camera angle, it is divided up into many different squares that can fit on the screen, and the main character can move up, down, left, and right across the screen. The player can interact with individuals within towns by gathering information and buying or selling items and equipment. A variety of enemies can be battled on a field screen to gain experience, GP, and items. Within dungeon areas, a number of puzzles may be present and required to be solved in order for the player to advance. The player can also save at any point. A number of weapons can be found throughout the game to maneuver through obstacles such as cutting through trees and thorns.

The main character possesses several statistics, including hit points, power, and stamina, which can all increase upon gaining an experience level. Magic spells, which expend the character's MP, can be used to heal oneself or damage enemies. These spells can only be found in certain locations or obtained from other characters at specific plot intervals. In addition, the protagonist has a power gauge that affects his attack strength—the higher the gauge, the stronger his attack will be. The speed at which it fills is directly affected by the character's will level. The gauge will slowly fill up over time, but once the main character attacks, the gauge is emptied. When the gauge is completely filled up and the main character attacks with a weapon, he will perform a special attack.

One additional non-player character may occasionally accompany the main character in the story and can perform different activities to aid the main character in his quest. The game introduced the ability to kill townspeople, something that many role-playing video games of the time lacked.

Characters[]

Hero FFA.jpg Sumo (Hero): A teenage gladiator and slave of the Dark Lord of Glaive. One day after another victory in the Dark Lord's arena, Sumo returns to the slave quarters to discover his friend Willy near death. Willy tells Sumo that "mana is in danger" and to find a man named Bogard of the Gemma Knights, before passing away. This sets Sumo on the path of adventure, as he escapes from Glaive and is thrown down a waterfall by his former master.
Fuji FFA.jpg Fuji (Heroine): A young girl about the same age as Sumo who he meets shortly after surviving his fall. Her dying escort, Hasim entrusts her safety to Sumo when he saves them from monsters and tells him to bring her to Bogard. She travels with Sumo to Wendel and joins him as a traveling companion at several points in the story. She's a descendant of the Mana Family who created the Tree of Mana.
Darklord FFA.jpg Dark Lord: The main antagonist for most of the game. He's the ruthless and tyrannical ruler of the nascent Glaive Empire who seeks to gain the power of Mana to use to conquer the world. He is a skilled swordsman with a large army at his command.
JuliusFFA.jpg Julius: The Dark Lord's right-hand man and adopted son, he is a powerful sorcerer and the key to the Dark Lord's success so far. While he aids his master in tracking down Fuji for most of the game, he's eventually revealed to have plans of his own that don't require the Dark Lord to live.
Amanda FFA.jpg Amanda: Formely introduced as a gladiator slave of the Dark Lord, she later escape from her prison and reveals herself to be Lester's brother. She later rejoins Sumo in Medusa's dungeon while in search for a cure to save her brother.
Lester FFA.jpg Lester: A traveling bard and Amanda's brother. He is taken hostage then turned into a parrot by Davias. He is later cured by Sumo with the help of Amanda's Tears and then agree to temporarily join Sumo to avenge his sister's death.
Bogard FFA.jpg Bogard: A former Gemma Knight who secluded himself in a cabin north of the village of Topple. Though at first he tries to turn Sumo away and appears to want no part in the events unfolding, his strong sense of duty compels him to assist the newly-minted hero when Fuji is captured by Glaive.
Marcie FFA.jpg Marcie:
Watts FFA.jpg Watts:
Cibba:
Hasim:
Willy:
Dr.Bowow:
Chocobo:
Fuji's Mother:

Plot[]

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The Hero (named by the player, officially called Sumo) is a prisoner of the Dark Lord. One day, the Hero's friend informs him of the Dark Lord's goals, and he urges him to seek a Knight named Bogard. As the Hero escapes imprisonment, he learns that the Dark Lord is seeking a key to the Mana Sanctuary in order to control the Mana Tree, an energy source that sustains life. The Hero is befriended by the Heroine (named by the player, officially called Fuji) who is also seeking Bogard. The two find Bogard, who recommends they seek out a man named Cibba. During their journey to meet him, the Heroine is kidnapped. With the aid of a mysterious man, she is later rescued by the Hero. When they meet Cibba, he plays a message left by the Heroine's mother, who reveals she is a descendant of the guardians of the Mana Tree and her pendant is the key to it. The mysterious man, upon discovering that the heroine holds the pendant, reveals himself to be Julius, the Dark Lord's advisor and kidnaps her. The Hero then attempts to rescue the Heroine, but he fails and is knocked off of Julius's airship. However, the Heroine gives the Hero the pendant just before he falls.

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The Hero is then reunited with Amanda, an escapee from his prison, who steals the pendant in order to win her brother Lester's freedom. The mayor of Jadd, Davias, takes the pendant, but he transforms Lester into a parrot. The Hero and Amanda confront a Medusa for its tear, which will break the spell. They kill it, but Amanda is infected by the Medusa's attack, causing her to transform into one herself. The Hero reluctantly kills her, and uses her tears to break Lester's spell. Lester avenges Amanda's death by killing Davias, who reveals that he gave the pendant to the Dark Lord. The Hero confronts and defeats the Dark Lord; however, Hero discovers that the Heroine is under Julius' mind control and has opened the entrance to the Mana Tree. Julius reveals he is the last survivor of the Vandole Empire, the empire who attempted to control the Mana Tree years ago, and handily defeats the Hero.

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Realizing he is powerless to defeat Julius, the Hero learns from Cibba about a powerful sword called Excalibur. Cibba helps him find the Excalibur only to find a rusty sword instead. He explains that the rusty sword is the Excalibur and would reveal its true strength to whoever it finds worthy. The Hero then raises Dime Tower to reach the Mana Sanctuary and meets a robot known as Marcie. After reaching the top, the tower begins to collapse and Marcie sacrifices himself by throwing the Hero across. After obtaining and passing the sword's trials, the Hero confronts and defeats Julius at the cost of the Mana Tree's life. The Heroine's mother reveals she is the current Mana Tree and before dying, asks the Heroine to succeed her position. The Heroine agrees and bids farewell to the Hero as she becomes the next Mana Tree, and the Hero her guardian.

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Characters
Heroes
Sumo · Fuji
Other Party Members
Amanda · Bogard · Cibba · Lester · Marcie · Watts
Villains
Dark Lord · Julius · Davias
Non-Player Characters
Monsters
Enemy List
Air Element · Ape · Barnacklejack · Basilisk · Beholder · Blood Owl · Bulette · Chibidevil · Cobra · Dark Stalker · Death Crab · Death Flower · Death Gauntlet · Death Scorpion · Demon · Denden · Doppel Mirror · Dragonfly · Duck Soldier · Earth Element · Evil Sword · Eye Spy · Fire Moth · Gall Fish · Garasha · Gargoyle · Gas Cloud · Ghost · Griffin Hand · Goblin · Green Slime · Grell · Guardian · Killer Bee · Land Leech · Lizardman · Magician · Mammoth · Mandrake · Manta Ray · Mega Xorn · Mimic · Minotaur · Molebear · Mummy · Mushboom · Ninja · Ogre · Orc · Pakkun Lizard · Phantasm · Porcupine · Poto · Pumpkin Bomb · Rabite · Red Wisp · Roper · Ruster · Saber Cat · Sahagin · Saurus · Sea Dragon · Shadow Zero · Skeleton · Snowman · Swamp Man · Tarantula · Tortoise Knight · Walrus · Wererat · Werewolf · Wizard · Wonder · Zombie
Boss List
Jackal · Hydra · Vampire · Megapede · Medusa · Mind Flayer · Metal Crab · Cyclops · Grinder · Chimera · Dark Lord · Marilith · Kraken · Ifrit · Lich · Mantis Ant · Garuda · Dragon · Red Dragon · Zombie Dragon · Julius
Items
Item List
Recovery Items
Candy · Potion · Elixir · Ether · Eye Drops · Mole Whiskers · Antidote · Gold Needles · Unicorn Horn · Hi-Potion · Hi-Ether
Magic Items
Fireball · Ice Missile · Ice Rocket · Thunder Arrow · Thunderbolt · Baby Monkey · Lambsy's Pillow
Stat Buffing Items
Crystal · Bacchus's Wine · Athena's Kiss · Ea's Tear · Adaman Brew
Selling Items
Saurus Fang · Gold Dust · Opal · Ruby Baubles
Tool Items
Mattock · Keyring
Magic Book Items
Book of Curing · Book of Fire · Book of Sleep · Book of Healing · Book of Ice · Book of Silence · Book of Thunder · Book of Flare
Key Items
Amanda's Tear · Skeleton Key · Silver Key · Moon Mirror · Rust-B-Gone · Chunk of Mythril · Mana Pendant
Equipment
Weapon List · Armor List
Weapons
Broadsword · Mythril Blade · Rusty Sword · Blood Sword · Ice Brand · Dragon Buster · Excalibur · Sickle · Morningstar · Mantis Sickle · Battle-Axe · Were-Buster · Demon Axe · Chain Flail · Flame Flail · Wind Spear · Thunder Spear
Armor
Bronze Armor · Iron Armor · Mythril Armor · Gold Armor · Diamond Armor · Flame Armor · Ice Armor · Dragon Mail · Samurai Armor · Bronze Shield · Iron Shield · Mythril Shield · Gold Shield · Diamond Shield · Fire Shield · Ice Shield · Dragon Shield · Aegis Shield · Bronze Helm · Iron Helm · Mythril Helm · Gold Helm · Diamond Helm · Samurai Helm
Locations
Settlements
Bogard's Cabin · Dwarf Cave · Glaive Empire · Ish · Jadd · Lorim · Menos · Topple · Wendel
Dungeons
Forbidden Mines · Airship · Shifting Sands · Eastern Cave · Hidden Waterfall · Crooked Boulder · Old Mansion · Dime Tower · Gaia Pass · Glaive Castle · Mana Sanctuary · Marsh Cellar · Mt. Illusia · Kett Manor
Fields
Glass Desert · Palmy Desert · Marshes · Mushboom Forest · Steppe · Wendel Beach · Westlake
Terms
Gemma Knight · Mana Tree · Mana Sword · Stats in Adventures of Mana
Game Mechanics & Script
Version Differences · Adventures of Mana Trophies
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Main Series
Collection of Mana (Final Fantasy Adventure · Secret of Mana · Trials of Mana) · Dawn of Mana
Spin-offs
Legend of Mana · Children of Mana · Friends of Mana · Heroes of Mana · Rise of Mana · Circle of Mana
Remakes
Sword of Mana · Adventures of Mana · Secret of Mana (2018) · Trials of Mana (2020) · Legend of Mana (2021)
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