At the beginning of the game, you are asked to choose your birthday after choosing your character name. The default birthday is Trueno 12 (July 25). The game never explains why you are choosing a birthday, but you can receive a birthday present from your battalion each year if you view the secret events.
How to view a birthday event
The birthday party scenes are hidden in the Hugo Report, which can be accessed from the menu when you are viewing the world map. Open the Hugo Report, then select “Events” and scroll until you find a scene titled “Happy Birthday”. Press the “A” button to open the event, then press the “L” button to watch the event.
During the event, Magnus will be given a present. Most of the time, it is an expendable item (most commonly an item that modifies character stats), but every ten years, beginning at age 20, Magnus receives a unique item. The final unique item is given at age 99 (not 100).
Important notes about birthday events
- Magnus begins the game at age 18. You can view every birthday until he is 99 years old.
- You can only view the most recent birthday event. If you miss a birthday, there’s no way to get the item you missed. You do not have to view it on the exact birth date; you only need to view it before that year is over.
- Days pass when you are walking around the world map, during missions, and during Area Investigations. If you enter an Area Investigation on Trueno 12, expect it to be at least Trueno 13 when you end the Area Investigation.
- You can “grind birthday events” by walking back and forth across the world map with no penalty.
List of birthday presents
These unique items can only be obtained from birthday events.
|20||Gallant Doll||A doll weapon that can be equipped by Doll Masters and Enchanters. The stats on this weapon increase with Magnus’s stats. On an average playthrough, this will be the best doll weapon in the game. If you only get one birthday item, get this one!|
|30||Marching Baton||When carried by a unit, that unit can move further before becoming fatigued or camping.|
|40||Censer of Repose||When carried by a unit, that unit will camp for a shorter time before resuming its movement.|
|50||Figurine of Sleipnir||When carried by a unit, that unit will move across the map about twice as fast.|
|60||Manual of Warfare||When carried by a unit, the characters in that unit will receive twice the experience points in battle.|
|70||Mastaba’s Barrier||When carried by a unit, the characters in that unit who die in battle and are not resurrected will not become Zombies at the end of a mission (i.e. the chance of them becoming a Zombie is reduced to 0%). Female characters who die in battle can still become Angel Knights while this item is carried by a living unit member.|
|80||Charge Horn||When carried by a unit, that unit can Retreat or use an Elem Pedra (when available) at the beginning of every battle.|
|90||Diadora’s Song||Full Body Armor equipment with +26 RES STRIKE stat increase (the highest in the game).|
|99||Noish’s Promise||A sword weapon with +15 STR and +11 MEN stat increases.|
Other birthday items
|19||Goblet of Destiny|
|21-29||Goblet of Destiny, Scroll of Discipline, or Urn of Chaos|
|31-39||Crystal of Precision or Stone of Quickness|
|41-49||Bracer of Protection or Mirror of Soul|
|51-59||Crown of Intellect or Sword Emblem|
|61-69||Champion Statuette or Cup of Life|
|71-79||Dowsing Rod, Flag of Unity, or Silver Hourglass|
|81-89||Altar of Resurrection or Revive Stone|
|91-98||Angel Fruit, Heal Leaf, Heal Pack, or Power Fruit|
Time in the game passes according to the 15-month Zeteginian calendar where each month is 25 days long. The instruction manual provides a chart that compares the Zeteginian calendar to the real-world Gregorian calendar, which I have recreated for quick reference.
The calendar has no practical use other than to help when selecting your birthday in-game (the game already shows you the real-world alternative when you select your birthday at the beginning of the game). It may be useful to learn the order of the months if you choose to walk across the world map repeatedly to trigger birthday events.
|Zeteginian Month||Equivalent Real-World Date Range|
|Dues||January 1 – January 24|
|Tierra||January 25 – February 18|
|Agua||February 19 – March 13|
|Sombra||March 14 – April 6|
|Branca||April 7 – May 1|
|Flama||May 2 – May 25|
|Vento||May 26 – June 18|
|Ouro||June 19 – July 13|
|Trueno||July 14 – August 6|
|Trevas||August 7 – August 30|
|Oceano||August 31 – September 24|
|Preta||September 25 – October 18|
|Gemeo||October 19 – November 11|
|Fogo||November 12 – December 6|
|Raio||December 7 – December 31|