Time to stomp some Fire Fiend butt! You know, there's a place in FF9 called the Gulug Volcano. Gulug is an alternate translation of Gurgu. The place features a remix of the same music from here.
This floor is easy enough, just head up left and up. Watch out, the floor that's colored differently is lava. This lava is damaging just like the ice floor in the Ice Cave. Walk as straight as you can to take as little damage from the lava floor as possible.
There are 2 ways to handle this floor. You could just walk straight to the left and go to the next floor, or go inside and raid the chests.
If you decide to skip the treasure (or even if you don't, really), watch out for the lava floor. Step carefully to walk on it as little as possible to avoid damage, or walk on as much as possible to avoid enemies.
Watch out if you decide to get this, there's a Fire or 2 waiting in front of it.
There's a Fire or 2 to the left of this one. I usually don't bother with it.
There's a Fire or 2 guarding this one too. The Giant Sword is the thing that got me suspecting that there weren't really any weapon modifiers. The stupid thing isn't even as good as the Silver Sword you should already have. Sell it off.
There's some okay money.
This chest is so not worth it. It's a pitily amount of cash and there's Fire or 2 guarding it.
Just don't even bother going up here.
There's a Fire or 2 waiting in this spot.
This is okay, but you may have one already.
There certainly are a lot of these.
What the hell?
That's a little better.
There's a Grey Worm waiting here.
What the %@^#@!?
Okay, here we go.
Yeah, yeah, good, good.
Oh, even better.
Nice, but you probably have one.
I dunno, use it if you like.
There's nothing of interest on this floor. Just head to the right and do your best to avoid the lava.
This floor's nothing special either. Just head to the bottom right corner and avoid the lava.
This is yet another "nothing floor". Just make your way down to the bottom-left corner.
This floor has a lot of good treasures. I suggest you go get them all. If you want to be a big sissy and just speed thru tho, you basically just have to keep going down.
Oh, son of a @$%@#%!! A cheapo item, and it's guarded by an Agama, nice. This is one of those linked chests. It shares its contents with 3 other chests on the next floor.
Ah, that's better.
Not bad, I suppose.
Yes!!!!! This is the best thing here. It's the best sword for quite some time. This chest is linked with another one on this floor.
This is another good one. There's also a Grey Worm guarding the spot.
Watch out, there's a Grey Worm waiting here.
This is the other chest that holds the Ice Sword. Get one, and the other won't be there.
There we go.
Now that's the kinda items you should be getting.
Not bad, but watch out there's an Agama waiting for you.
Oh poo, and there's another Agama here.
The only things of concern on this floor are the Flame Armor to the left, and of course the Fiend of Fire to the lower-left.
This is one of those chests that are linked to the one on the previous floor.
As is this one.
And this one.
There's an Agama here. You have to fight the stupid thing twice. Argh.
Yes, yes, very fine armor. There's a Red Dragon guarding it.
The Red Dragon can be pretty hard. Be sure to get everyone's HP up before the fight. You may want to use AFIR because the Blaze attack can really hurt.
Just like the Earth Fiend's room, you see the ball, the altar, and the teleporter.
You know, that's really not all that impressive.
Kary is the only major boss that got a name change from the Japanese version. Her original name was Marilith. Unlike what you would expect, Kary is NOT weak to Ice spells. She's actually weak to status-changing spells like STUN and SLEP (even FEAR can work), but I don't know if it's worth trying. Use AFIR, FAST, and the most powerful attack spells you have (even FIR3). And obviously, your fighting types should fight.
This is supposed to say "The Altar of the Fire.", but it was left out of the NES version. Step on the teleporter to get the heck out of here.
You've killed another fiend, good for you. Now get your sorry butt back to Crescent Lake.