Time stops while you selecting magic and items. For newcomers, this is probably the best way to experience it, considering the added cheats (most are reversible) allows the player to skip a significant amount of grinding, or should make tougher battles much more tolerable. Also, this is the only way to play Final Fantasy IX officially on a Nintendo platform. Besides =) There are times where, if you chose "Wait" ATB, you would have to choose something to do, but if you were in "Active" ATB, you could wait anyway, and then choose what to do. ATB mode Active. The WAIT ATB mode allows you to stop ATB time by entering a menu. ATB stands for ACTIVE TIME BATTLE. The tale is as old as time: Eight characters from vastly different and intriguing backgrounds band together in a planet-spanning adventure to save the world from a … 6. During a battle animation of one of your character, you can stop everyone's ATB* by simply going into a Magic/Item Menu or by going into Steal/Tool and some others ( SwdTech menu doesn't stop people's ATB). Look up the ATB Wait Trick which should help a ton when fighting Necron. Speedrunning leaderboards, resources, forums, and more! ATB. Loved it. Edit: punctuation There are 2 ATB modes,active and wait.You can select them in config menu. Also FF9 is the culmination of issues with the ATB. What RoboSparkle said is basically it - the ATB-Wait trick is extremely useful in FF7 because queued actions will still go off while ATB is 'paused' by the player holding in a battle submenu, thus allowing you to cancel enemy turns by queueing 2 of your characters attacks and then using the 3rd to pause during the animations. Wait. That's especially because the option to see enemy health and ATB makes planning out moves feel better, since one can't ATB wait trick with the new battle mode from Moguri. Final Fantasy IX is a re-release of one of the greatest RPGs of all time, originally released by SquareSoft on the PlayStation 1 in 2000. This should hopefully be a good starting place for newcomers. I remember going into a battle, waiting for my entire party to have a full ATB, then unleashed a mad combo on the boss. Instant kill and you will then gain 35,280 EXP for the person you wanted to gain levels, since Quina cannot get EXP in Zombie state. This is very useful when checking whether a Tent has succeeded, whether your characters have managed to knock themselves out, or when your next actions are determined by the effects of an enemy's or party member's attack. » Final Fantasy IX ... Then, wait for the Tick Sparrow to swoop down on Zidane, then kill it. 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