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As a bonus content feature exclusive to the North American, European, and Australian localized releases of Dissidia Final Fantasy, the Arcade Mode is a gameplay mode that converts the game into a typical free-flowing action-based arcade-style fighting game. Designed for "pick-up-and-play" game players who prefer to get into the action immediately, this new gameplay mode removes all RPG gameplay elements and aspects, and all of the characters' abilities are stripped down to the basics to evenly balance the playing field; characters cannot level up in this gameplay mode, and customization is limited only to switching between normal and alternate costumes (if alternate costumes are available). All 20 main characters in the game, including the villains, are playable at start in Arcade Mode, although the two extra secret characters, Shantotto and Gabranth, must still be unlocked before they can be used in Arcade Mode.

The Arcade Mode consists of three sub-modes: Normal, Hard, and Time Attack. Beating any version of the Arcade Mode will reward the player with PP and special items that can be used at the shops in other gameplay modes; since characters cannot level up, the player cannot earn and AP, EXP, or Gil, although any accomplishments achieved in battle are still recorded and archived. Only the Normal Mode is available from the beginning; Hard Mode and Time Attack Mode must be unlocked in the PP Catalog; Hard Mode is available for purchase at start, but the Time Attack Mode can only be unlocked after clearing Shade Impulse Chapter 4.

  • Normal Mode utilizes Level 10 characters, and puts the player up against a sequence of battles against five randomly-selected CPU-controlled opponents (three heroes and two villains). Once completed, it rewards the player with 300 PP and a Chocobo Cologne
  • Hard Mode utilizes level 50 characters, and puts the player up against a sequence of eight randomly-selected CPU-controlled opponents (alternating between heroes and villains, starting with a hero). Once completed, it rewards the player with 400 PP as well as a Wind Stone, Water Stone, and Lifestone.
  • Time Attack Mode utilizes level 100 characters, and puts the player up against a sequence of ten pre-set CPU-controlled opponents and adds a time trial clock. An example of this is the sequence order of Sephiroth, Exdeath, Cloud, Tidus, Terra, Jecht, Ultimecia, Cloud of Darkness, Zidane, and finally Chaos, although this can vary to include other characters. The player is offered a choice on which set of opponents to play against; the sets to choose from are presented randomly. Each opponent (except Chaos) has a specific setup, which affects the way the opponents act in battle, granting them special abilities that allow for unique battle situations (such as Brave-breaking the player at any time during the battle), and every character has a predetermined summonstone, although the player's character can only use his or her summonstone three times throughout the course of the gameplay.
    • 500 PP is rewarded regardless of how fast the player finishes, but the item rewards for this mode vary depending on how long the player takes to complete the mode. The best reward comes from completing this mode in under fifteen minutes, awarding the player with ten Wind Stones, Water Stones, Lifestones, and Megalixirs each. The next best reward is awarded for a total playtime between 15 and 20 minutes, giving five Chocobo Colognes, Elixirs, Hi-Elixirs, and Megalixirs each. If the player takes over twenty minutes, they will only be rewarded with ten Transmogridust.

Note that there is no penalty for losing a battle in either Normal Mode or Hard Mode, but losing a battle in Time Attack Mode will force the player to continue at the time that they lost if they choose to retry, which can downgrade the item rewards received at the end of the gameplay course. Nonetheless, in all cases, players can retry as often as they like should they lose a battle.


This article uses material from the "Arcade Mode" article on the Final Fantasy wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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