Pay close attention now, children. I'm not going to repeat myself.

Walkthrough Introduction
  1. Select a Party
    Choose and name your characters...
  2. Game Basics
    Menu screens, town layout...
Recommended levels: 0
Relevant Maps:

    Welcome to Final Fantasy! I hope you're prepared for a great gaming experience. You will soon find out why this is my favorite game of all time. I hope you agree with me.

    I. Select a Party

    When you first start the game, you will see a short paragraph describing the basic plot of the game. As it says, the world is in trouble. But not to worry, the Light Warriors are here. Who are the Light Warriors, you ask? YOU ARE! (bet you didn't see that coming)

    Hitting a button will bring you to this screen. Pressing LEFT or RIGHT will allow you to select a text display rate. I always use 7. Next, it's time to load a game or start a new one. Picking New Game will allow you to create some characters. NOTE: This game is from 1987. That's pretty OLD! Final Fantasy has been around a long time. Man, I feel old now.


    Now it's time to choose some characters. There are six to choose from: Fighter, Thief, Black Belt, Red Mage, White Mage, and Black Mage. You can take any combination of characters you want. But be careful; this is a one-time only decision, and it's a very important one. If you want, check out my Characters page, or you can take the party I always use: Fighter, Thief, White Mage, Black Mage.

    Now, name your characters. You only get 4 letter names, so be creative. Once that's done with, you are ready to play!

    II. Game Basics

    Your party first appears right here. This is the World Map. You can travel between towns and dungeons on the World Map. Eventually you'll get vehicles to make travel faster and easier, but for now, you have to walk. If you walk around for awhile, you'll note that you have to fight random enemy encounters. Get used to it, random battles are your major source of income. Don't go off fighting yet, however; you need equipment first. Notice that only one character is shown here? Whoever is the first person in your party is the one who appears on the World Map. How do you change the order of your party members, you ask? Hit SELECT.

    This is where you can change the order of your party members. Press A to select a character, then choose another and press A again, and they'll switch. Simple, isn't it. When a party member dies or is poisoned, he will automatically move to the back of the party. Use this screen to move him back when he's healed. For now, just hit B to leave this screen, and head north, into town. It doesn't matter which town picture you walk on, they all take you to Coneria.


    This is Coneria, the Dream City. It's quite the bustling little town, isn't it; people are walking all over the place. You can talk to them by facing them and pressing A. You can also examine items in this way; examine the fountain, for example, and see what it says. But, for now, head north to the weapon shop. Once inside, you'll see a list of equipment for sale. Certain characters can only equip certain kinds of equipment. For now, buy a Rapier and give it to your Fighter, then leave the shop, and press START.

    This is the screen where you can change your party's equipment, use items and magic, and view your party's stats. You're here to equip the Rapier you just bought. Select WEAPONS in the menu, and you'll see a screen with each party's equipment. Select EQUIP, and select the Rapier. See the little E? That means it's equipped. WARNING: you can have the best sword or armor in the world, but it's not going to do you any good if it's in your backpack! Make sure to equip your armor and weapons.

    You'll also notice the four Orbs in the upper left. Notice how they're all dark? Hmmmm. Maybe you can get them to light again, somehow...


    You may be wondering, how do I save my game? Well, there are a couple ways. You can either use a Tent, Cabin, or House; or stay at the Inn. Staying at the Inn restores all of your HP and MP, in addition to saving your game, so you'll be visting them quite often. All towns have an Inn, luckily.

    Most towns also have a Clinic. This is where you can revive dead party members. It's expensive though, so try not to die (he he he... like you can help it anyways). Most towns also have an Item Shop, where you can purchase Items (obviously). Go to my Items page if you'd like a list of the items.

    On to chapter I!
    Jan 11, 2010 03:05 PM PST

    Dude i felt like a idoit when i read this. Why? cause i thought buying equiptment would auto equipt it to the charicter i gave it to

    I made this website
    Jan 11, 2010 03:17 PM PST

    I made it all the way to ElfLand once without equipping anything.

    Jan 11, 2010 03:43 PM PST

    If you were gonna go without equipping anything, why didn't you use blackbelts? Even though you hate them, it makes sense.

    Jan 19, 2010 07:39 AM PST

    The names I use are Leon Alec Elia Vane

    Feb 02, 2010 07:00 PM PST

    What are the chances of getting walkthroughs for the other versions of the game

    Feb 02, 2010 07:32 PM PST

    FYI: This is the best Walkthrough ever.

    Feb 04, 2010 01:56 PM PST

    agreed best walkthrough ever

    Feb 25, 2010 08:27 AM PST

    The xtra infromation in the beginning of the game is all ways helpfull

    Apr 03, 2010 07:25 PM PDT

    nice walkthrough

    Jun 16, 2010 03:58 AM PDT

    Was that on purpose Brian, or did you just not realize nothing was equipped?

    Jun 17, 2010 07:01 PM PDT

    I actually got the ship without equipping anything, but i thought that when you purchased something, it was automatically equipped. I was like, wow, my characters really suck. XD

    Jul 08, 2010 11:12 AM PDT

    you should probably note that party order affects how much that character gets hit.

    Jul 21, 2010 12:31 AM PDT

    @InsanityBringer It's in the strategies area

    Jul 29, 2010 01:45 PM PDT

    Those names are HORRID!

    Jul 30, 2010 08:33 AM PDT

    Note: I'm talking about the one's in the picture.

    Apr 25, 2016 08:11 PM PDT

    When I first rented this game as a kid in the late 80's, I found that a high-level black-belt can kill the last boss in one hit (2000 points of damage). The next time I rented it, I tried a party of 2 black-belts because I was so impressed with them and 2 fighters to babysit them early in the game. I found that this grouping of characters speeds up your progress through the game and simplifies it by not having to deal with spells. Also, since you don't have to save up gold for spells (or equipment for black-belts) you can get the weapons/armor your fighters need quicker. In fact, you can easily max out your gold (all 9's). I think I got there well before level 37. Just use potions and magic items for your magic needs. By the way, great walkthrough. I used it 12 years ago when emulators came out and I got the bug to play FF again for the nostalgia of it. I am now using it to play on my original NES with my 5-year old.

    Jun 27, 2016 10:15 AM PDT

    I prefer this walkthrough:


    Not that this is bad, it's actually one of the best I've seen, but you can probably get a bit better!


    Nov 13, 2016 09:26 PM PST

    I just bought the new NES Classic Mini. It came with 30 pre-loaded games and FF1 is one of them! Time to re-live the glory days. lol

    Dec 29, 2016 12:34 AM PST

    Just beat the game with help to this walkthrough. Thanks, it was a great adventure!!!

    Jan 20, 2018 02:07 PM PST

    This walkthrough was brought to you by the Lefein research corporation, Dr. Unne, and Bikke the Pirate who "is still the hardest worker in town"

    Apr 18, 2018 12:15 PM PDT

    Final Fantasy - Best Game Of All Time.

    Apr 28, 2018 01:43 PM PDT

    Awesome page

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