Star Ocean Second Story R Unique Spots Guide

Star Ocean Second Story R Unique Spots Guide

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I loved Star Ocean The Second Story R. You can read me oozing heartfelt words over it in my review. The game kept the classic work untouched while adding some quality-of-life improvements that raised the experience to the next bar.

As a remake, however, people often wonder if there are new gameplay additions to the classic. There are a few, actually. We now have fishing, tough raid monsters, new gameplay mechanics, and the titular Unique Spots.

But, it’s up to the player to skim the world in search of these Unique Spots since there are no markers whatsoever indicating where they lie. So, if you want to avoid this hassle, keep scrolling to check my Star Ocean The Second Story R Unique Spots Guide to know exactly where you can find them.

What are Unique Spots

What Are Unique Spots
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Unique Spots are landscapes, monuments, natural environment, and whatnot scattered worldwide in the game. They add facts to the lore, a bit of experience, and some neat items. A shining golden beam gives away whenever there’s an interactable Unique Spot.

There are 36 Unique Spots in all, distributed between almost every city, dungeon, and both planets’ World Maps. Some are pretty easy to find, while others had me repeatedly circling the world on my Psynard or fast-traveling to all the dungeons.

Moreover, there are some Challenge Missions that reward you according to the number of Unique Spots found, making the whole process even more valuable.

Beginner Challenge Mission:

Find 5 Unique Spots

  • FOL 500
  • SP 5

Expert Challenge Mission:

Find 15 Unique Spots

  • FOL 1000
  • SP 5
  • Formation Manual “Wisdom” – Enables use of the formation “Tri-Shift 1.”
Unique Spots formation rewards
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Legend Challenge Mission:

Find 30 Unique Spots

  • FOL 100000
  • SP 5
  • Variable Volt, Chisato’s Best Weapon

Unique Spot #1 – Rustic Waterwheel

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide rustic waterwheel
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  • Location: Arla Village
  • Directions: This is the first Unique Spot you encounter. It’s hard to miss, but many may ignore it because they don’t know they can interact with the light beam. It is to the west of Arla Village.

Rewards:

  • x2 Resurrection Elixir
  • 50 Experience

Unique Spot #2 – Quietly Gleaming Minerals

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide quietly gleaming minerals
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  • Location: Salva Mines
  • Directions: You can find the minerals between the two first save points in Salva Mines. It’s easier to fast travel to The Depths save point and then walk southwest to find it.

Rewards:

  • 2x Silver
  • 2x Ruby
  • 100 Experience

Unique Spot #3 – Dawn-Lit Cascades

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide dawn lit cascades
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  • Location: Expel World Map – Outside of Kurik
  • Directions: Fast travel to Kurik and go to the World Map. Go south and then west towards the waterfall to find the Unique Spot.

Rewards:

  • Benefaction Card
  • 100 Experience

Unique Spot #4 – A Strange Laboratory

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide A Strange Laboratory
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  • Location: Mountain Palace
  • Directions: Mountain Palace is an optional dungeon only available to those who recruited either Ashton or Opera. If you did, then the fastest way to find this Unique Spot is fast travel to the Depths 2 save point. Go all the way north and keep following the path east until you can’t go anymore. You’ll find the Strange Laboratory spot at the end of it.

Rewards:

  • 3x Hermetic Philosophy
  • 500 Experience
  • 100 Experience

Unique Spot #5 – Portrait of Prince Clauzer

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Portrait of Prince Clauzer
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  • Location: Krosse Castle
  • Directions: From the entrance of Krosse Castle, go forward until you find two sets of stairs. The one on the left is where you find the portrait.

Rewards:

  • Portrait A
  • 100 Experience

Unique Spot #6 – The Monarch’s Roost

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide The Monarch's Roost
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  • Location: Lasgus Mountains
  • Directions: Another optional dungeon part of Ashton’s quest, but you can access it even without the dragon man. The Unique Spot is found at the summit, a few yards away to the east from the second save point.

Rewards:

  • 3x The Bestiary
  • 500 Experience

Unique Spot #7 – Jade Green Columns

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide jade green columns
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  • Location: Krosse Cave
  • Directions: Very hard to miss since it’s related to the main story. When you reach the hidden part of Krosse Cave, this Unique Spot will be between the two most southwestern chests.

Rewards:

  • 3x Green Beryls
  • 500 Experience
  • 100 Experience

Unique Spot #8 – Old Lighthouse

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide old lighthouse
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  • Location: Kurik
  • Directions: First, I gotta say I don’t know if you can investigate this Unique spot after Kurik is destroyed. I believe you can since the Lighthouse still stands. But I advise you to get to it the first time you visit Kurik.
  • From the entrance, look for the steps on the west side of the city. Go up them and interact with the Unique Spot near the old man to find the Old Lighthouse.

Rewards:

  • Lunar Talisman+
  • 500 Experience
  • 100 Experience

Unique Spot #9 – Monument of Truth

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide monument of truth
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  • Location: Marze
  • Directions: The monument is a few steps away from the town’s save point.

Rewards:

  • 3x Witch Powder
  • 500 Experience
  • 100 Experience

Unique Spot #10 – The Emperor of Fish

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide the emperor of fish
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  • Location: Harley
  • Directions: From the save point, go a bit to the east, then a bit to the north, and there it is, the fossil, besides the steps.

Rewards:

  • 5x Fishy Fragrance
  • 500 Experience

Unique Spot #11 – Hilton’s Open-Air Market

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Hilton's Open-Air Market
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  • Location: Hilton
  • Directions: You’ll miss this one only if you’re playing with your eyes closed. It’s right in the middle of the market, a mandatory path.

Rewards:

  • 3x Cinderella Glass
  • 500 Experience

Unique Spot #12 – Statue of the 3 Warriors

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Statue of the 3 Warriors
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  • Location: Lacuer City
  • Directions: It’s precisely straight ahead of you after entering the city.

Rewards:

  • 3x Scroll of Power
  • 500 Experience

Unique Spot #13 – Lacuer Academy

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Lacuer Academy
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  • Location: Linga
  • Directions: From Linga’s entrance, go to the north side of the map. There, you’ll find the massive academy. The Unique Spot is in front of it.

Rewards:

  • 2x Life In Nature
  • 2x Secrets of the Earth
  • 2x Pocket Encyclopedia
  • 2x All About Herbs
  • 500 Experience

Unique Spot #14 – Gift from the Sky

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Gift from the Sky
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  • Location: Expel World Map – Close to Linga
  • Directions: Fast travel to Linga and back to the world map. Following the mini-map, go north until you find a bridge. Cross it and go your merry way up until you find the crater.

Rewards:

  • Meteor Ring
  • 1000 Experience

Unique Spot #15 – A Grand Burial Ground

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide A Grand Burial Ground
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  • Location: Sacred Grounds of Linga
  • Directions: Jump to The Depths save point in the Sacred Grounds of Linga and backtrack until you reach an intersection. Go north and look for the interrogation mark nearby. Jump down the ledges and go slightly west to find the animal fossils.

Rewards:

  • Goddess Statuette
  • 1000 Experience

Unique Spot #16 – The Glint of Hidden Power

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide The Glint of Hidden Power
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  • Location: Hoffman Ruins
  • Directions: Start from the 1F save point fast travel. Go down the elevator to B1 and follow the path until you reach an intersection. Go northeast from there and south in the next room. You’ll find the Unique Spot ahead.

Rewards:

  • Light Cross+
  • 1000 Experience

Unique Spot #17 – The Lacuer Hope

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide The Lacuer Hope
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  • Location: Lacuer Front Line Base
  • Directions: At the Lacuer Front Line Base, enter the Central Building, go to the second floor, and exit via northwest. Cross the base platform and find the gigantic cannon in there.

Rewards:

  • X Clip+
  • 1000 Experience

Unique Spot #18 – The Claw Marks of Calamity

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide The Claw Marks of Calamity
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  • Location: Expel World Map – Ell Continent
  • Directions: This Unique Spot is not relatively close to any fast travel, but you can go to Eluria Settlement. Then, in the World Map, go to the west and slightly south until you find a destroyed city in the middle of the sea. It’s more practical to call a Bunny or go with the Psynard.

Rewards:

  • Moonlight
  • 1000 Experience

Unique Spot #19 – Where Monsters Rule

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Where Monsters Rule
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  • Location: Eluria Tower
  • Directions: After entering Eluria Tower, you will find four chests next to each other and two sets of stairs. Go up the left staircase, and you will cross the Unique Spot.

Rewards:

  • The Scream
  • 1000 Experience

Unique Spot #20 – Sunlight on the Snow

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Sunlight on the Snow
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  • Location: Field of Might
  • Directions: In the Field of Might, whenever you enter a cave, it gets locked from the inside until you kill all the monsters (unless you have already finished the dungeon). From the mountain’s entrance, you should go to the northeast cave. Inside it, proceed to the only possible exit. You will come out in an area with two more caves. Enter the easternmost one. Inside, there are two exits. This time, take the one to the west. You will come out in an area with three entrances and an exclamation point to the north. The Unique Spot is located in the same place as the exclamation point.

Rewards:

  • x5 Hot Syrup
  • 20000 Experience

Unique Spot #21 – Pyramid amidst the Sands

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Pyramid amidst the Sands
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  • Location: Expel World Map – Southwestern Continent
  • Directions: You can only get here after finishing the game once. Then, you need to go to VR Expel. When you get there, your Psynard will be waiting for you on the World Map. Ride it to the southwestern continent, directly west of Arlia. You’ll find the Pyramids there. It’s also the Maze of Tribulations, the hardest dungeon in Star Ocean The Second Story R.

Rewards:

  • 20000 Experience
  • 100 SP
  • 100 BP

Unique Spot #22 – Ruins in the Desert

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Ruins in the Desert
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  • Location: Expel World Map
  • Directions: In the central continent of Expel, there’s a desert on the western side. You can get there in three ways: walking through the Lasgus Mountains, climbing the mountains with the Bunny; flying with the Psynard.
  • After reaching there, you stick to the southern part of the desert until you find the ruins. It can be a bit hard, so use the screenshot as a guide.

Rewards:

  • Twin Splicers+
  • 1000 Experience

Unique Spot #23 – A Coral Paradise

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide A Coral Paradise
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  • Location: Expel World Map
  • Directions: This Unique Spot is directly south of the Krosse Cave, but you can’t get there on foot. You need either the Bunny or the Psynard. From the Krosse Cave, go straight south, and you’ll find the spot on a beach.

Rewards:

  • Accessory Blue Talisman – Def +30%
  • 500 Experience

Unique Spot #24 – Otherworldly Garden

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Otherworldly Garden
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  • Location: Outer Gardens – Via Centropolis
  • Directions: The last one I found and the most hidden one. The first time you arrive in Energy Nede, you land in a beautiful garden, but then you are automatically transported to the Mayor’s Office in Centropolis.
  • You must go to the Mayor’s office again and teleport back to the Garden. There, you’ll find this secluded but gorgeous Unique Spot.

Rewards:

  • Revival Card
  • 1000 Experience

Unique Spot #25 – A Relaxing Aquarium

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide A Relaxing Aquarium
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  • Location: L’Aqua
  • Directions: Another one you can’t really miss. After entering the L’Aqua building, go forward on the only path, and the Unique Spot will be at the center of a room on your way.

Rewards:

  • Aqua Ring+
  • 10000 Experience

Unique Spot #26 – The City of Weaponsmiths

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide The City of Weaponsmiths
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  • Location: Armlock
  • Directions: Gotta love these easy ones. This Unique Spot is right in the middle of Armlock.

Rewards:

  • 2x Meteorite
  • 2x Mithril
  • 10000 Experience

Unique Spot #27 – Nedepedia

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Nedepedia
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  • Location: North City
  • Directions: In the North City, there’s a northwestern door that leads to the library. Inside it, you’ll find the Nedepdia and some exciting lore bits about the antagonists.

Rewards:

  • 3x Operation Manual
  • 3x Engineer’s Handbook
  • 3x The Bestiary
  • 3x Hermetic Philosophy
  • 10000 Experience

Unique Spot #28 – Crimson Prisms

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Crimson Prisms
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  • Location: Cave of Crimson Crystals
  • Directions: From the entrance of the Cave of Crimson Crystals, go east until you find a ledge. Drop down and go straight west to find the crystals.

Rewards:

  • x5 Rainbow Diamond
  • 10000 Experience

Unique Spot #29 – The Big White Neighbor

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide The Big White Neighbor
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  • Location: Princebridge
  • Directions: From Princebridge’s save point, walk ten steps west, and you’ll find the snowman.

Rewards:

  • 3x Resurrection Mist
  • 3x Faerie Mist
  • 20000 Experience

Unique Spot #30 – Space-Time Travel Relics

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Space-Time Travel Relics
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  • Location: Symbological Weapons Lab (missable)
  • Directions: This is the only missable Unique Spot. During the story, you’ll visit the Symbological Weapons Lab in Armlock. Inside it, there’s a narrow path in the north of the map. If you have the Treasure Detector key item, you’ll see a chest at the end of it. The Unique Spot is next to the chest.

Rewards:

  • x5 Re-Creation Gem
  • x5 Factor Energy
  • 10000 Experience

Unique Spot #31 – An Out-of-Place Artifact

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide An Out-of-Place Artifact
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  • Location: Energy Nede World Map – Close to Field of Wisdom
  • Directions: There’s a small island housing the Field of Wisdom, a story-mandatory dungeon. You can only access it by flying the Psynard. The Unique Spot is on the island.

Rewards:

  • 3x Potion of Merlin
  • 3x Holy Mist
  • 10000 Experience

Unique Spot #32 – A Whimsical Fairground

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide  A Whimsical Fairground
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  • Location: Fun City
  • Directions: You can find this one right in the middle of Fun City, in a circular garden.

Rewards:

  • Dream Bracelet+
  • 10000 Experience

Unique Spot #33 – Faded City of the Future

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Faded City of the Future
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  • Location: Centropolis
  • Directions: It’s by the fountain in Centropolis, two steps away from the save point.

Rewards:

  • Amoeba Soup
  • 10000 Experience

Unique Spot #34 – The Energy Field

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide The Energy Field
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  • Location: Energy Nede World Map – Near Centropolis
  • Directions: After leaving Centropolis, go slightly to the south and circle west. The Unique Spot will be a bit further ahead.

Rewards:

  • Mithril Coat+
  • 10000 Experience

Unique Spot #35 – A Serene Garden in the Sky

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide A Serene Garden in the Sky
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  • Location: Energy Nede World Map – Near the Field of Love
  • Directions: You can find this Unique Spot at the tip of the continent to the east, a little below Fun City, and to the southeast of the Field of Love. Use a screenshot if you’re having trouble finding it.

Rewards:

  • Aphrodisiac
  • 20000 Experience

Unique Spot #36 – Islands Shrouded in Ice

Star Ocean Unique Spots guide Islands Shrouded in Ice
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  • Location: Energy Nede World Map – Near Princebridge
  • Directions: This one is found on the same ice continent as Princebridge. Fast travel to the town and exit it. Then, fly to the southern side of the continent until you see some chunks of ice in the water and the Unique Spot nearby.

Rewards:

  • 3x Resurrection Mist
  • 3x Faerie Mist
  • 20000 Experience

Unique Feature to the Remake

And that’s it, folks. The Unique Spots were a great addition to Star Ocean The Second Story R, even though some of them had me spending the night pondering how on earth I would find the ones that were missing if I had no clue where they could be. 

There are many Unique Spots in the game that offer useful items, but I personally found the experience gained to be more rewarding. It was a great motivator for finding them, mainly since the experience gained wasn’t divided among party members like the one earned in battle. I hope you found this guide helpful, and thank you for choosing RPG Informer!

FAQ Section

Question: Should I look for the Unique Spots?

Answer: They do give some interesting tidbits about the game’s lore, a few neat items, great experience, and some Unique Spots are just lying there in front of you, so why not search for them, you know. The rewards from the Challenge Missions are outstanding, mainly if you use Chisato in your party.

Question: Were there Unique Spots in the original Star Ocean The Second Story?

Answer: Nope. This is a new addition to the remake. A simple and elegant one, may I add. 

Question: Is there a trophy for finding Unique Spots?

Answer: Yes, there is. One named Place of Interest, which you’ll probably get in the first hour of gameplay for discovering one Unique Spot.

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