Dava and book three have been defeated. At the end of the battle only Nick, Deanna, and Slade were still alive, but it was enough.
I decided not to change my party so I went in with Nick, Deanna, Slade, Sig, Wendy, Yeesha, Apis, Eric, Shriek, Stock, Ruce, and Shade. I bought each of them a Medical Herb so they could use it after the first Dava Beam and then entered battle. I sent Nick, Apis, Yeesha, Shade, Sig, and Shriek left while Deanna, Slade, Wendy, Eric, Ruce, and Stock went right. Every time a Wonder Mush appeared I converged on it and destroyed it, I made sure to only send people in to attack if I knew I could kill it before it had a turn. Not one member was ever in range when a Wonder Mush had a turn.
Dava used the Dava Beam two or three more times at the beginning of the fight, but once I had the Shining Force completely split into two groups she never used it again. After destroying all of the Wonder Mushes I started preparing my two groups to ambush Kisaragi and Chu Rao right when they arrived. Shriek and Deanna moved towards Dava to get the henchmen to appear and Shriek almost lost his life to Dava Breath. Why does every boss have the same deadly breath?
Nick's group killed Kisaragi quickly. She did get a double attack on Nick that almost killed him, but thanks to a level four Bolt from Yeesha Kisaragi was not able to kill anybody. Chu Rao did manage to take Wendy out thanks to his breath of flame and getting turns fairly quickly, but he went down right after taking Wendy out.
I decided to start prepping for Dava since Bulldor was so far down the map and that may have been a mistake. His first attack on Shade almost killed him and then he finished him off on his next turn. After that I surrounded him and killed him while still being out of Dava's range.
I focused on the Wonder Mush first and destroyed it quickly. I thought it would probably be a respawning enemy, but another one never showed up. I sent people at Dava one or two at a time. Only one non-flying character can get next to her at a time. I had Apis and Yeesha attack first. Yeesha's Bolt level four did only 11 points of damage. Dava attacked them with Dava Breath, but they survived the first attack. At that point I sent Shriek in to attack and actually had three characters attacking for a very short time. Dava took Yeesha and Apis with a Dava Breath and Shriek with a melee attack. Next up were Eric and Stock. Like before they hurt her before succumbing to Dava Breath. Next was Ruce and then Sig. After killing each of these she cast Dava Aura, but it only healed her 20 points. I then sent in Deanna to attack. He got her down to nine hit points and then I sent in Nick to hit her with a level four Bolt. This time it was a critical hit and did 57 damage!
Dava had a ton of hit points! I think it is over 300, but it could just be over 200. Suffice it to say it takes a long while to kill her. I believe the black bar is the 300 range, the blue bar is the 200 range, the green bar is the 100 range, and the yellow bar is below 100. After defeating her the battlefield changes back to the room from the previous battle. So Dava did not teleport everybody, she just made an illusory map. Dava is getting bullied by Eric, Jaha, and Luke with Nick, Mayfair, and Gyan looking on. They are trying to get Dava to tell them where Anri is. Dava then says she has had enough and asks Gyan for help. Mayfair is about ready to skin Gyan when Queen Anri shows up hale and hearty.
Anri then explains that Dava was testing Nick before he could be crowned. Dava says that Nick is as strong, if not stronger, as his father. Gyan says that all kings of Cypress have underwent the same test on Crowning Day. Mayfair then chases Gyan off screen and and then it cuts to a few days later to Nick's real Crowning Day. Everybody is in attendance just like at the beginning of book three. This time Mayfair crowns Nick and he joins his comrades and they start to party. It then cuts to the girl you see at the beginning of the game in the menu who gives the happily ever after part of the story and then the credits start.
The credits are the Shining Force CD credits, so this would technically be the end of the game. All those people who have played this game without the RAM cart have never actually been able to finish this game. The top part is the credits and the bottom part is a humorous scene involving all the members of the Shining Force doing various things. Everybody except Lowe that is. He was not at the crowning either. It is like the programmers completely forgot he existed.
Now on to book four!