Nothing wakes you up like a steaming hot cup of HEAL in the morning.

Final Fantasy (NES): Items
CABIN250 GThe Cabin restores more HP than a Tent, but less than a House. If you can't afford a House, the Cabin is a nice alternative.
HEAL60 GHeal potions are incredibly important throughout the game. Keep 99 of them in stock at all times, especially when attempting to complete a dungeon.
HOUSE3000 GThe House is like an Inn that can be used anywhere (at least, anywhere on the world map). It restores quite a bit of HP and it also restores MP, in addition to saving your game. BEWARE: it restores your MP AFTER it saves your game, so your party will NOT have restored MP in your save game unless you use a Tent right after you use a House (this may be a programming mistake, but that's life. Always use a Tent right after you use a House). Although the House is a very useful item, at 3000G apiece, you'll not be using them much until later in the game, when G is more abundant.
PURE75 GPure potions are important in the beginning of the game. Your party will be poisoned frequently around ElfLand and Melmond. Keep alot of these handy, just in case; there's nothing worse than being stranded far from town, poisoned, with no way to cure yourself. Once your White or Red Mage learns PURE, however, the Pure potion loses it's importance.
SOFT800 GSoft Potions are essential when fighting monsters who use petrification attacks, like Coctrice and Medusa. If all four of your party memebers are petrified, the game is over, so Soft Potions are even more important than Pure Potions when you are far from town. The White Mage spell SOFT is a level 6 spell, so you won't be getting it for quite awhile; you'll be relying upon Softs for quite some time.
TENT75 GThe Tent is an inexpensive and effective way of saving your game when you are far from town. The HP it restores will be helpful in the beginning of the game, but even towards the end of the game, the Tent is still a great way to save your game quickly.
Jan 06, 2010 06:16 PM PST

Red mages can't learn PURE...

Jan 11, 2010 08:16 AM PST

can they?

Jan 13, 2010 03:11 PM PST

On your magic page, it says only WM can learn PURE......

Jan 16, 2010 09:09 AM PST

yes they can learn pure

Jan 19, 2010 08:00 AM PST

This game really needed a hi-potion

Jan 22, 2010 08:29 AM PST

it says you cant get soft potions til level 6 but cant you get some kind of soft before that somewhere

Jan 24, 2010 08:49 PM PST

The SOFT magic spell is a level 6 spell. The soft potion can be bought as early as Elfland.

Jan 26, 2010 11:09 PM PST

The most agonizing part of saving up for magic and silver swords in Elfland was wasting gold on frikkin PURE potions after an unfortunate bout with Asps or Arachnids or werewolves.

Feb 04, 2010 01:51 PM PST

I hated the marsh cave. all the preperation was painfull. But the overall exp obtained was worth it

Feb 15, 2010 10:03 AM PST

@Um...:i didn't have to go through that cuz i never bought a silver sword

Feb 18, 2010 03:40 PM PST

pure magic or potion are a must to challenge marsh cave

Mar 15, 2010 01:04 PM PDT

I use to spend just as much time with buying potions for the Marsh Cave, as I did getting the crown..shoddy shop process =[

Mar 15, 2010 09:23 PM PDT

As per a NP suggestion:

1) find a controller with a turbo button

2) find a shop that sells what you want at the top of the list

3) start buying the item

4) use a book or something to hold the button down

5) come back in 15-30min

6) ....

7) profit ???

Mar 16, 2010 06:35 AM PDT

They had NES controllers with turbo?

Mar 16, 2010 07:10 PM PDT

You never knew the sheer ecstasy of the NES Advantage, did you?

Mar 17, 2010 02:16 AM PDT

Naw, I'm a pretty basic cat.

Mar 17, 2010 03:00 AM PDT

The .... advantage was the big honker with classical joystick and turbo-pause 'slow motion' button right ? If so... I had one, but generally didn't like it. It's size made it uncomfy to hold in lap, and also uncomfy to play from bed from late at night.

Did have one of the multitap/4 player things (volleyball, Swords and Serpeants!). It offered a toggle switch for turbo on A or B... but... if it was across the room, that meant getting up frequently or just learning to ever so gently tap the buttons for single-click action :)

Many third party controllers later in the console's life also offered turbo functionality.


In all honesty, since I grew up with tiny lil japenese handheld b&w liquid crystal button masher stuffs and early NES games... the only time I ended up using the turbo button was Jackal and the FF1 buying frenzy :).

Mar 18, 2010 04:39 PM PDT

Jesus, I lost my NES Advantage. I have no idea what happened to it. Now I sit and cry.

Mar 21, 2010 10:08 PM PDT

Bummer, dude. I love that thing to pieces.

Jun 21, 2010 11:34 PM PDT

Paying for one heal at a time is so painful!

Jun 22, 2010 12:56 PM PDT

Did that in other Final Fantasy games before realizing you could buy a lot in one shot, that and my inventory got full due to each potion was one item.

I do not buy Cabins and Houses I just use Tents.

Jul 13, 2010 06:41 AM PDT

Whenever I go into a dungoeon I take two houses, one for before, one for after.

Jul 13, 2010 04:57 PM PDT

and what in the world is the lute for???

Jul 25, 2010 12:52 AM PDT

@Fairies: There's another plate blocking your way in the last dungeon, after you fight the Phantom. Where the Rod shattered the plate in the Earth Cave, this one gets taken out by the Lute. Acoustic resonance or something like that, I suppose

In the later stages of the game, buying Heal potions is positively painful. I would happily pay one or two thousand Gil to buy 10 at once, rather than sit there doling out 60 Gil. One. Potion. At. A. Time.

Feb 27, 2016 06:53 PM PST

@Fairies in bottles The LUTE is for later in the end of the game you must use it to make a stair way.

Feb 27, 2016 06:54 PM PST

@spacecowboy_1127 Yes,they can.

Nov 27, 2016 03:15 PM PST

Are Houses even Worth the gold? ... They Dont even Full heal

Jan 20, 2017 11:00 AM PST

Heal potions are not good for the environment. I wish they sold them in gallon jugs.

May 26, 2017 05:17 PM PDT

Eh, just let those fools die and then have the White Wizard of the Party cast LIF2

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