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Sock 2

As soon as there's a good shop, the enemies start to pile up. Man, I hope I won't have to expand the battle field any further...

Today's Tips:

  • For those of you who are in Guilds, make sure to keep your Guild Website bookmarked! You never know when a new member could join, and there is other information there that will help you chart your Guild's progress. Remember: The strongest guilds are the ones that cooperate and communicate best.

Hmm. This should be fun.

Hmmm...

A strange door has materialized...



Battle Window              Points upon Revival: 75
insert battle theme...

Currently in Play:
  • Demon Guard-B
  • Gorgant
  • Kolphyre's Double
  • Shadowcat
  • Electabuzz (Summon)
  • Ifrit (Summon)
  • White Witch-A
  • White Witch-B
  • Glalie (Summon)

Action Window

[Editorial note: Tyraraven was KO'd at the end of yesterday's action window, but I failed to mention it. My apologies. Also, upon request, Laurie has withdrawn from the competition.]

Demon Guard-A is covering Gorgant!
Demon Guard-B is covering Conjurer!

Shadowcat's Initiative allows it to act first!
Shadowcat yowls petulantly. One of the day's questions is lowered in value by 25%!

Straadin attacks! Terror-D takes 19 damage!
Tragically, Straadin's Fighter's Sword breaks at the hilt...

The Order of Beorn makes an announcement:

"If any other players, particularly guild leaders, are interested in establishing communications with the Order of Beorn, just shoot us a line gourry247@yahoo.com."


Joshua casts Cure! It's super-effective! Terror-D takes 120 damage!

Terror-D is defeated!
All SIA members receive 33 Experience and 19 Gold!
ERROR gains a level, reaching Level 13!
MrMSty gains a level, reaching Level 11!

Leviathan attacks! Demon Guard-A covers Gorgant! Demon Guard-A takes 17 damage!
Bainick casts Fire! Demon Guard-A takes 12 damage!
JuMeSyn attacks Shadowcat most egregiously! Shadowcat takes 18 damage!
Glalie uses Ice Beam! Conjurer takes 41 damage!
Prism attacks! Demon Guard-B covers Conjurer! Demon Guard-B takes 9 damage!
Seiryu attacks! Demon Guard-A covers Gorgant! Demon Guard-A takes 8 damage!
Macstorm attacks! Demon Guard-A covers Gorgant! Demon Guard-A takes 8 damage!
Boojum casts Fira! White Witch-A takes 21 damage! White Witch-B takes 20 damage!
Purelunatic attacks! Demon Guard-B takes 11 damage!
Alael uses a Ray Mote! It's super-effective! Demon Guard-A takes 88 damage!

Demon Guard-A is defeated!
Alael receives 295 Experience and 120 Gold!
Alael gains a level, reaching Level 9!

FirstAid casts Cure! Seiryu gains 60 bonus points!
Aurelius attacks! White Witch-A takes 19 damage!
Ken casts Aero! Conjurer takes 11 damage!
Goddess Atma attacks! Demon Guard-B takes 15 damage!
Xlash attacks! Conjurer takes 36 damage!
Weretiger Rei attacks! Shadowcat takes 7 damage!
Slashlen attacks! Genjuu suffers 44 damage!
Koala Bob attacks! Demon Guard-B takes 14 damage!
FoxKelfonne casts Blizzara! It's super effective! Ifrit takes 52 damage! Conjurer takes 22 damage!

Conjurer is defeated!
All Guild of Magus members receive 102 Experience and 23 Gold!
Boojum gains a level, reaching Level 10!
Leaper gains a level, reaching Level 11!

Ifrit is no longer under control!

Shinuzzo attacks! Demon Guard-B takes 9 damage!
MrMSty casts Aero! Demon Guard-B takes 20 damage!
Knighttrain casts Fire! Demon Guard-B takes 12 damage!
Electabuzz uses Thunderbolt! White Witch-A takes 40 damage!

White Witch-A is defeated!
All SIA members receive 22 Experience and 14 Gold!

A new White Witch-A is born in the fallen one's place, like a phoenix rising from the ashes...!

Raaj uses a Guild Permit! Raaj creates The Hidden Hand! (See details below.)

Witecat casts Fire! Demon Guard-B takes 10 damage!
Thinkfreemind attacks! Demon Guard-B takes 11 damage!
Arpijy attacks! Demon Guard-B takes 11 damage!
Maggie attacks! Demon Guard-B takes 11 damage!
Kolphyre attacks with the fury of his entire being! Kolphyre's Double takes 41 damage! Kolphyre's Double is poisoned!
SuperKyle attacks! Gorgant takes 32 damage!
Ice^Tiger attacks! White Witch-B takes 9 damage!
Arros Raikou attacks! Gorgant takes 8 damage!

Gorgant flexes her enormous muscles and charges up her power!
Kolphyre's Double attacks! DMJ suffers 41 damage! DMJ is poisoned...
White Witch-A casts NulFrost! Ifrit is made immune to the next Ice-Elemental attack!
White Witch-B casts Regen! Gorgant's wounds are gradually healing...
Ifrit uses Hellfire! Patternscribe suffers 67 damage! ProtoMan suffers 57 damage! Otaku Nick suffers 63 damage! Jwcooley suffers 74 damage! Smiley Elf suffers 64 damage!

Patternscribe is KO'd...
ProtoMan is KO'd...
Otaku Nick is KO'd...
Jwcooley is KO'd...
Smiley Elf is KO'd...

(All of these contestants will be revived in the next column.)

Tyraraven is revived with 75 points!





GUILDS
Don't go it alone!



Guild of Magus

Creator: Sandy
Type: Invite Only
You will be notified in case you are given an invitation- you may not freely join.

Order of Beorn

Creator: Sundoulos
Type: Invite Only
You will be notified in case you are given an invitation- you may not freely join.

Brotherhood of Lief

Creator: FirstAid
Type: Open
You are free to join this guild as long as your total level is 4 or less.

SOCK Intelligence Agency

Creator: Joshua
Type: Invite Only
The SIA has no open positions at this time.

The Healing Shield

Creator: Bainick
Type: Open
May freely join if the following is fulfilled:
You need to have begun the competition as Defender or Healer and have at least 2 levels combined of either to join!

The Hidden Hand

Creator: Raaj
Type: Semi-Open
The Hidden Hand intends to act as a highly coordinated and organized guild. Members must have AIM and be able to discuss SOCK nightly (on Tuesday to Friday) - preference will be given to those who are intending to become proficient in advanced or unusual classes, but others will be considered as well.



SHOPS
...New stock every week!



   Zaile's Items - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Item Effect Price
Antidote Cures Poison. 25 Points
Smelling Salts Cures Confusion. 25 Points
Echo Herbs Cures Silence. 35 Points
Flex Herb Cures Immobilize and Disable. 50 Points
Gold Needle Cures Stone or Paralysis 75 Points
Holy Water Cures Haunt or Curse. 75 Points
Vaccine Cures Virus. 75 Points
Remedy Cures all negative status. 150 Points
Energizer Increases Unarmed Attack Power by 2 permanently. 200 Points
Fighter's Star Increases Fighter Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
Defender's Star Increases Defender Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
White Mage's Star Increases White Mage Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
Black Mage's Star Increases Black Mage Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
Bolsterer Increases a Weapon's Power by 10% permanently. 250 Points
Rare Candy Levels up another piece of equipment when used. 250 Points


   Zaile's Weapons - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Weapon Equipped Effect Price
Wizard's Rod
Blk 1
Power 3; Break% 10
Magic Power + 10%
75 Points
Staff of Senselessness
Src 4
Power 15; Break% 10
50% chance of inflicting "Confuse" with attack
250 Points
Deathbringer
Fgt 18 or Sck 9
Power 60; Break% 10
25% chance of instant KO
950 Points


   Zaile's Armor - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Armor Equipped Effect Price
Summoner's Cloak
Sum 5
Break% 10
Summon Sacrifice Costs - 25%
250 Points
Force Armor
Def 14
Break% 5
Halves all elemental damage.
300 Points
Chicken Suit
Drg 3
Break% 5
Triples obtained Points and Experience,
but causes Confuse status (cannot be prevented)
1000 Points


   Zaile's Accessories - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Item Effect Price
Fighter's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Fgt level. 750 Points
Defender's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Def level. 750 Points
White Mage's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Wht level. 750 Points
Black Mage's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Blk level. 750 Points


   Zaile's Motes - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Item Effect Price
Might Mote Bestows "Might" status. 120 Points
Focus Mote Bestows "Focus" status. 120 Points
Immobilize Mote Causes "Immobilize" status to one target with 75% probability. 120 Points
Disable Mote Causes "Disable" status to one target with 75% probability. 120 Points
Protect Mote Bestows Protect status on one target. 100 Points
Ray Mote 35-70 Light-E dmg to one target. 80 Points
Umber Mote 60-110 Dark-E dmg to one target. 120 Points


Point Benchmarks
...Spend your points on rare items!



Benchmark Prize Choice
50 pts Fighter's Sword (Fgt 2; Power 15; Break% 1)

Wizard's Rod (Blk 2; Power 3; Break% 10; MagPwr + 10%)

Point Doubler (Doubles day's Pts when used)
75 pts Defender's Shield (Def 2; Break% 5; Absorbs 20 Pts of Dmg completely)

Cleric's Robe (Wht 2; Break% 20; Wht Magic Exp. Costs - 25%)

Gold Doubler (Doubles day's Gold when used)
100 pts AGG (Accessory: Gain bonus Gold when you write in a Q&A letter)

APG (Accessory: Gain bonus Points when you write in a Q&A letter)

AEG (Accessory: Gain bonus Experience when you write in a Q&A letter)
125 pts Everybody's Mace (Weapon: No prerequisite job level; Power 10; Break% 3)

Everybody's Guard (Armor: No prerequisite job level; Break% 10; Phys. Dmg. - 10%)

Wait Mode (Item: Freezes Sock 2 in time for user's choice of between 1 and 3 days.)
150 pts Guild Permit (Allows user to create a guild.)

Level-Up Star (Grants target with exactly enough experience to reach the next level.)

Blue Mage's Medal (???)
200 pts Point Doubler (Doubles day's Points when used.)

Gold Doubler (Doubles day's Gold when used.)

Exp. Doubler (Doubles day's Exp. when used.)
250 pts Staff of Aid (Weapon: Prereq. Wht 5; Power 5; Break% 10; Doubles power of Cure spells.)

Sneak Glove (Item: Steal a random item from enemy or opponent with 75% prob.)

Warp Stone (Item: Change points with another player, chosen at random.)
300 pts Mind Break (Armor: Prereq. Def 7; Break% 15; Magic Damage - 50%)

Goldgrabber (Weapon: Prereq. Fgt 5/Mer 12/Thf 1; Power 20; Break% 2; Gain 10% of target's Gold with successful attack.)

Hawk's Eye (Accessory: If equipped, Obscure and Obscurega spells have no effect upon you.)
350 pts Everybody's Lance (Weapon: No prereqs; Power 25; Break% 3)

Everybody's Shield (Armor: No prereqs; Break% 5; Absorbs up to 50 pts of damage completely.)

Thief's Medal (???)
400 pts Deep Pocket (Accessory: Increases Item Capacity by 2.)

Sneak Glove (Item: Attempts to steal random item from target with 75% probability.)

Iron Boots (Accessory: Prevents wearer from getting knocked over.)
475 pts Exp. Tripler (Item: Triples day's Experience when used.)

Bullseye (Armor: Blu 5; Break% 5; 50% prob. that any monster attack will be directed at wearer.)

Magnetic Apron (Armor: Mer 5; Break% 5; 50% prob. of obtaining any items used against you.)
550 pts Gold Tripler (Item: Triples day's Gold when used.)

White Magic Staff (Weapon: Wht 8; Power 5; Break% 10; White Magic Exp Costs -50%)

Black Magic Staff (Weapon: Blk 8; Power 5; Break% 10; Black Magic Exp Costs -50%)
625 pts Point Tripler (Item: Triples day's Points when used.)

Thiefknife (Weapon: Thf 5; Power 20; Break% 5; 25% prob. of stealing with successful attack)

Quickening Armor (Armor: Def 15; Break% 20; Eva + 25%, Can make a bonus guess on one question each day.)


Prize Shop
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Prize Points Required
Nintendo DS Lite Carrying Case 1000 Points
Q&A Guest Host Position 1500 Points
DS or PSP game of your choice 3000 Points


Yesterday's Answers

#83:
a) Gabo (65 Points)
There might have been a little bit of ambiguity here, since there have been a couple of Gabos and a couple of Crays out there. However, the question did read "most certainly," and no matter which Gabo you chose, you won't find one that possesses any catlike features. The Cray from Breath of Fire IV, on the other hand, was definitely catty. Thus, most certainly, a) is the right answer here.

#84:
a) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (85 Points)
Well of course... don't you ever think to read the actual column? These five simply make up my list of current "most wanted" games.


Today's Questions
Today's Consolation Points: 15


#85:
How DOES that story end, anyway?
(75 Experience)

a) While playing online about four years ago, a nice-guy Cleric named Tom stopped to help me out randomly. The rest is history.
b) I got so incredibly sick of playing Blitzball that I started avoiding him. Eventually, our friendship trailed off, and now, I haven't talked to the guy in four years.
c) After months of dedicated playing, the game just ceased to function. It was incredibly sad.
d) When the big day came, and I went out to try and snag my very own Mew, I got into a minor fender-bender on the way, completely ruining my chance.
e) Despite the long day, I accidentally got on the wrong bus and wound up on the other side of Los Angeles.


#86:
Xenosaga's Ziggy has a true moniker that contains a numerical value. Which of the following numbers is divisible by that value?
(80 Points minus 20 Points (petulant yowl) = 60 points)

a) The number of Lufia games that have been published.
b) The PP cost of PSI Healing Omega in Earthbound.
c) The number of contestants that began playing Sock 2 from the very start.
d) The amount of HP that Kain starts Final Fantasy IV with.
e) The total amount of Experience required to reach Level 6 in the original Dragon Warrior.



Submission Form


Honesty is important! Don't spoil the game. Keep in mind that masqueraders will be obvious, since two submissions under the same name will cause me to fire an e-mail to the true competitor based on my records, where I can verify their actions. Anybody caught cheating in this manner will be immediately removed from the competition!

Please fill out your nickname and your actions for the day! Place your answer choices in the respective boxes (don't worry about being precise with wording or anything), and write your action in the action box. You can equip or unequip stuff once per day without taking your action up, too. Examples of actions could be "I want to attack Li'l Ant!" or "I want to buy two Eye Dropses!" or "I want to buy a Wood Sword and Smelling Salts, and I want to equip the Wood Sword!"

Nickname:
Today's Guess(es) for the first question:
Today's Guess(es) for the second question:
Actions for today:



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Contestants
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1 Aurelius
Wht Lv 9
Points 1538
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2 Slashlen
Fgt Lv 15
Points 1273
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3 Knighttrain
Blk Lv 9
Points 1241
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4 LufiaLvr
Wht Lv 6
Points 1236
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5 Arpijy
Fgt Lv 8
Points 1230
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6 Mike
Fgt Lv 6
Points 1200
Frozen

7 Shinuzzo
Def Lv 7
Points 1168
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8 Brian J. Blottie
Fgt Lv 10
Points 1060
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9 MrMSty
Blk Lv 11
Points 1048
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10 ERROR
Blk Lv 13
Points 908
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11 Goddess Atma
Fgt Lv 14
Points 904
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12 Ice^Tiger
Blk Lv 6
Points 872
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13 FoxKelfonne
Blk Lv 10
Points 830
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14 JuMeSyn
Wht Lv 8
Points 808
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15 DMJ
Fgt Lv 8
Points 795
Poison

16 Joshua
Wht Lv 10
Points 790
Normal

17 Arros Raikou
Fgt Lv 7
Points 781
Normal

18 Kharamain
Blk Lv 11
Points 773
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19 Sandy
Blk Lv 11
Points 703
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20 Ken
Blk Lv 9
Points 665
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21 Lost Boricua
Blk Lv 11
Points 655
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22 Purelunatic
Fgt Lv 6
Points 631
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23 BigWook
Wht Lv 11
Points 628
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24 Witecat
Def Lv 6
Points 620
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25 Heltje
Fgt Lv 4
Points 618
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26 Seiryu
Def Lv 6
Points 616
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27 Cacticus
Wht Lv 8
Points 605
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28 Leviathan
Fgt Lv 9
Points 601
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29 Jeremy V.
Def Lv 7
Points 589
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30 Straadin
Def Lv 9
Points 585
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31 Jess
Wht Lv 8
Points 559
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32 Carabbit
Wht Lv 7
Points 547
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33 Koala Bob
Blk Lv 7
Points 545
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34 Gaijin
Blk Lv 8
Points 537
Normal

35 The Dark Chevalier
Blk Lv 6
Points 533
Normal

36 Thinkfreemind
Fgt Lv 6
Points 531
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37 Timbit
Fgt Lv 8
Points 523
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38 Alael
Fgt Lv 9
Points 513
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39 Leaper
Blk Lv 11
Points 503
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40 Maggie
Blk Lv 7
Points 496
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41 Macstorm
Def Lv 5
Points 465
Normal

42 Bainick
Def Lv 6
Points 434
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43 Weretiger Rei
Wht Lv 6
Points 426
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44 Draconn
Fgt Lv 9
Points 425
Normal

45 Kolphyre
Fgt Lv 11
Points 422
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46 Boojum
Blk Lv 10
Points 402
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47 Vyselocke
Def Lv 11
Points 402
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48 Fang
Def Lv 9
Points 388
Normal

49 CW
Fgt Lv 10
Points 373
Normal

50 Raaj
Blk Lv 12
Points 359
Normal

51 FirstAid
Wht Lv 9
Points 355
Normal

52 Belthasar2
Fgt Lv 7
Points 317
Normal

53 Genjuu
Blk Lv 9
Points 312
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54 Jeffrey
Def Lv 4
Points 310
Normal

55 Ourobolus
Blk Lv 9
Points 306
Normal

56 Cloud_2049
Wht Lv 3
Points 299
Normal

57 Xlash
Fgt Lv 11
Points 271
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58 Shadow Chancellor
Wht Lv 7
Points 259
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59 BLG
Blk Lv 9
Points 258
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60 Strawberry Eggs
Blk Lv 7
Points 247
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61 Adam
Fgt Lv 8
Points 227
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62 Sundoulos
Fgt Lv 8
Points 225
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63 Waterfiend33
Fgt Lv 8
Points 221
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64 Tasukete
Blk Lv 9
Points 205
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65 UFJ
Wht Lv 10
Points 198
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66 Prism
Wht Lv 7
Points 193
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67 Bucket
Def Lv 3
Points 170
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68 ~Sean~~
Fgt Lv 7
Points 150
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69 Flamethrower
Blk Lv 7
Points 139
Normal

70 SuperKyle
Fgt Lv 10
Points 123
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71 Nightwolf
Blk Lv 11
Points 118
Normal

72 IceNine
Blk Lv 5
Points 115
Normal

73 Killa B
Fgt Lv 1
Points 85
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74 Dracus
Fgt Lv 3
Points 80
Normal

75 Tyraraven
Fgt Lv 4
Points 75
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76 Frammy
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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77 Alexander MD
Fgt Lv 8
Points 49
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78 Alukien
Fgt Lv 1
Points 40
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79 Ziphakiel Valkrist
Def Lv 1
Points 40
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80 ProtoMan
xxx Lv 1
Points 0
K.O.

81 Jwcooley
Fgt Lv 1
Points 0
K.O.

82 Otaku Nick
Blk Lv 1
Points 0
K.O.

83 Patternscribe
Fgt Lv 1
Points 0
K.O.

84 Smiley Elf
Fgt Lv 1
Points 0
K.O.

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