As you may or may not know, Final Fantasy IX comes with built-in cheats, or boosters as they're sometimes known, on PlayStation 4. As with the current-gen re-release of Final Fantasy VII, the cheats essentially make the game easier in a variety of different ways. If you're stuck on a particular boss fight or you just want to blitz through the story without having to grind for experience points or abilities, then you may find them useful.
In any case, here's a quick rundown on how to activate the cheats and an overview of what they actually do.
Final Fantasy IX PS4 Pause Screen Cheats
You can find the game's first set of cheats on the pause screen. Simply hit the options button during gameplay and you'll see a list of four cheats down at the bottom right of your screen. Cheats on the pause screen can be toggled on or off at any time by pressing the corresponding buttons, and you can have multiple pause screen cheats activated at once.
The pause screen cheats are as follows:
How to use it: Press L1 while on the pause screen.
What it does: Battle Assistance basically makes combat a breeze. It makes the ATB gauge of each party member fill instantly so that you don't have to wait in between turns, it keeps your health points and magic points filled, and it allows you to enter trance mode at will, powering up your characters significantly.
How to use it: Press L2 while on the pause screen.
What it does: With 9999 enabled, all of your attacks will deal 9999 damage, and all of your healing magic and healing items will restore 9999 health points.
High Speed Mode
How to use it: Press R1 while on the pause screen.
What it does: High Speed Mode does what it says on the tin: it essentially allows you to play the game in fast-forward, speeding up all gameplay dramatically.
How to use it: Press R2 while on the pause screen.
What it does: Activating Safe Travel disables all random battles.
Final Fantasy IX PS4 Config Menu Cheats
You can find the game's second set of cheats within the config menu. Hit triangle to open up the main in-game menu, then scroll down to config and select it. Three cheats can be found at the bottom of the config menu under the 'booster' subheading.
Unlike the pause screen cheats, the config menu cheats cannot be disabled once they've been activated. If you save your game after activation, they will be permanently enabled on that save file. If you're looking to test them out, remember to save your game first!
The config menu cheats are as follows:
How to use it: Select Master Abilities from the config menu.
What it does: Enabling Master Abilities allows your party to instantly learn and master equipment abilities. However, this only applies to equipment that is in your inventory. Picking up equipment while the cheat is enabled allows you to instantly learn that any associated abilities.
Lv/Mag Stone Max
How to use it: Select Lv/Mag stone Max from the config menu.
What it does: This cheat instantly levels up all of your party members to level 99, and sets your magic stone amount to 99.
How to use it: Select Gil Max from the config menu.
What it does: Activating Gil Max instantly grants you the maximum amount of gil.
Do Final Fantasy IX PS4 Cheats Disable Trophies?
Yes and no. Pause screen cheats do not disable Trophies, but config menu cheats do indeed disable Trophies. If you attempt to activate a config menu cheat, the game will warn you that doing so disables Trophies. Be careful!
pause screen cheats are all thats needed
I'm all for accessibility for the means of encouraging more people to play this wonderful game.
The Pause Cheats could be helpful for getting Excalibur 2 and the trophy that comes with it.
I'm just playing it for the first time, so I won't really be using these. I used the speed up during this boring part near the beginning.
Also, the other change to the game came to my rescue - autosave! I had to suddenly shut off my game before I could get to a save point and it remembered where I was! That was lucky because it was before the first save point.
I would definitely use the high speed cheat.
@ztpayne7 boring part? Near the beginning?
Speed Boost Only!!
@kyleforrester87 my thoughts exactly!!
honestly i won't be using them until my 2nd play through & then ONLY to make getting Excalibur 2 easier
@kyleforrester87 i know right, i'm all like "what boring part?"
Double Speed and Safe Travel are nice quality of life additions, I can see Safe Travel being handy for low level challenge runs
@FullbringIchigo @SuperSilverback @kyleforrester87 I'm only referring to the part with Steiner walking around looking for the princess. I wanted to make sure I got everything and it was a lot of walking. I'm sure it's not so bad if you know exactly where to go. I also missed something in vivi's section so I had to walk around for a bit.
@ztpayne7 NEVER CALL FF9 BORING!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol
@kyleforrester87 hahaha maybe not boring. It was just a little slow during the intro at parts but I really like it. I've played nearly all the ff's and the game is probably at 4th for me right now - but I'm only like 2 hours in. I like that it's very different than the others. And zidane kind of gives me a Locke feel from ffvi. So I like that.
Didant need cheats then and I don't need them now thank you very much....it's cheating
Now, all square needs to do is an HD remake. Then my life would be complete.
I wish more developers would do this love it
i'm glad those pause button ones don't disable trophies because i accidentally activated one when i put my controller down after pausing, i would be supper annoyed if they did
So I was trying to get the trophy for beating the behemoth using just a dagger in Treno. I beat him and cut on the 9999 cheat to hit him once, then I cut it off and killed him. It didn't give me the trophy and I don't know why.
I'm not using any, not even to speed up the game. I'm gonna take my time and savour it like a fine gysahl liqueur.
@Frankiesauce were you using Dagger or a dagger?
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