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Just like in real life, money makes things a lot easier in
Bravely Default. Unlike in real life, we have a handy guide that lets you make
as much of it as you want in a matter of minutes.
Things can get rather difficult in Bravely Default, and
although you'll get the best loot (not to mention helpful job classes) by
completing side quests and defeating the game's various bosses, having a decent
bankroll can still be a big help. While the following guide takes a bit of prep
work, once you have everything set up you'll never have to worry about money
Step #1. Thieves Like UsThe first thing you'll want to do is train one of your characters to be a
thief. You'll unlock both the thief and merchant jobs in the first sub quest, which
can be combined to make decent cash early in the game. The boss battles in the first
sub quest can be surprisingly difficult, so if you're having trouble beating
them, you may want to progress a little further in the main storyline.
The thief job's level-one ability is steal, and its specialty
doubles the likeliness of success, so as soon as you equip the job, you're
ready to start nabbing items from enemies during battle. Stealing from bosses
awards you with some pretty nice gear as well, so having a competent thief in
your party is a good idea.
Each character can also equip a second ability set from
another job, and in the early game the merchant's skills complement the thief
nicely. The merchant's level-two ability allows him or her to sell an item to
an enemy at 2.4X what a merchant is willing to pay. This will no longer be important
once you complete the next step, but in the early hours of the game, stealing
high-value items from the right enemies and then selling them back on a
subsequent turn is both lucrative and satisfying.
Step #2: Finding The Right EnemyA few hours into the game, you'll unlock the ability to rebuild
the town of Norende via a Facebook-like minigame. That may sound lame, but don't
ignore this option; upgrading the shops in your village gives you access to
some decent equipment, and the villagers will periodically gift you items to
boot. If you upgrade the weapon shop to level six, you'll unlock the ability to
purchase the Angel Bow, which will give your thief a major attack boost.
Eventually, you'll progress far enough in the main game to
unlock nemeses. These powerful beasts will invade your village and pose a serious
challenge to your party – however, you don't have to fight them if you don't
want to. Nemeses are sent to your game by friends and other players on the
Internet, and will come and go from your village every couple of days. You'll
want to keep your eye out for a specific nemesis, but are free to ignore the
Tapping on a nemesis icon reveals its details, including its
level, how long it will stay in your game, and who sent it. What you're looking
for is a level 25 creature called Mammon – the name might be in Japanese (as seen above), but
it's the blond-haired woman who has angel wings and creepy monster arms
coming out of her back. Once you find one, get your thief ready and enter the
The goal of the fight isn't to beat the nemesis, but to steal
its item and then run away. There are two different variations of Mammon; one
carries an ether (boo!) and is of little use to you. The other type carries an
elixir, and is your ticket to limitless money.
Why, you ask? Because elixirs are the most powerful potions
in the game. They restore 9999 HP and 999 MP, effectively returning your
character to full health and magic regardless of what level they are. As such
they are extremely expensive; a merchant will buy them for 25,000pg apiece.
As soon as you find an elixir-carrying Mammon, you should
protect it from the village screen; this will ensure it never leaves unless you
defeat it – which you're definitely not going to do.
Step #3: ProfitOnce you've got the right Mammon, attaining huge amounts of money is pretty
easy. Start a fight from the village screen, leverage your thief's BP to steal four times during your first move, and set the rest
of your characters to run. Assuming your thief has higher agility than the rest
of your characters (which is highly likely), he or she will attempt to steal
the precious item four times (you can only steal it once, but there's always a
chance you might fail a couple of tiimes). After your thief's turn, the rest of your party will make you flee the scene of the crime. Pressing the "Y" button during
combat will automatically perform the last set of commands you performed,
making it easy to repeat the battle quickly; you can also press right on the
d-pad to speed up the battle animations, saving you even more time. After you have a dozen or so elixirs, just head to the nearest merchant and
sell them for an exorbitant amount of cash. At level
11, your thief learns the Rob Blind ability, which allows you to steal two items
instead of one. This means for every time you battle Mammon, you'll be making
There are a couple of other perks to relying on this method
for your money needs. First, it allows you to use the growth egg. Upgrading Norende's
accessory shop to level 10 allows you to buy the item, which doubles your EXP
and JP (used to level up your job) when equipped. This boost comes at the
expense of money; battles will no longer reward any gold – but that won't
matter if you're stealing and selling elixirs anyway. The growth egg costs a
cool 500,000pg, which will only take you a couple of minutes collecting elixirs.
However, elixirs aren't just good for selling; they are a
huge help during battles should your healer go down or run out of magic. I
often keep a dozen or so elixirs on me at all times just in case I get into a pinch
during a boss battle. They won't bring a party member back to life – but
stocking up on Phoenix Downs before a battle will no longer be a problem,
The best part of this method is that because nemeses are
fought from your village, you can do it at any time – even in dungeons. If you
find your entire party on death's door and out of magic, there's no longer any need
to return to an inn; simply pull up the village menu, rob Mammon a couple of
times, and you're good to go.
While this money-making method may seem cheap (and
ultimately is), it also cuts down on what little grinding Bravely Default
requires. Most weapons and equipment are paced out over the course of the game
anyway, so having unlimited money doesn't instantly let you buy all the best
equipment – you just won't have to grind low-level enemies to afford them once
they become available.
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