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Guide to Sprigg's Doppelgang Tech in "Chrono Cross"

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Appearing at first glance to be a somewhat lackluster addition to your Chrono Cross party, Sprigg is no joke. The first character to join Lynx when he takes over the party, Sprigg is more than capable of carrying your team throughout the rest of the game if you use her properly. This is thanks to her Doppelgang Tech, which is probably the most broken ability you can get.

This guide will teach you how to use the Doppelgang ability in Chrono Cross to its full potential. Think Pokemon and you'll be on the right track.

All images copyright SquareEnix.

All images copyright SquareEnix.

Recruiting Sprigg

Before you can use Sprigg, you need to recruit her. This is the easy part of the whole process. Shortly after the events of Fort Dragonia, Serge will be booted out of the commander's chair, and Lynx will become your main character. Once this happens, your entire old party will disappear, leaving Lynx to fend for himself.

When you regain control of Lynx you'll be in a strange, painted world. There's a house nearby, but it's locked. If you follow the paths on your right you'll find a palm frond that you can step onto. This will drop a berry out of the frond, prompting Sprigg to emerge from the locked door (her house) and run over to grab the berry. Rush over to the door and enter before she can shut it again. After a quick conversation, she'll join the party.

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How Doppelgang Works

If you check out Sprigg's Element Grid, you'll probably be horrified to notice that she has almost no slots for Elements. Worse, she can only equip higher-level Elements, preventing you from turning her into any sort of a low-level support character. This is because her built-in Tech, Doppelgang, does almost all of the heavy lifting for Sprigg's character.

If you activate Doppelgang you'll open a list of monster names. Choosing a name will transform Sprigg from her normal form into a replica of the monster you selected. From that point on until the battle ends, you command Sprigg to change back, or she's knocked out, Sprigg will adopt the form, stats, Innate Color, and Element Grid of the monster she's imitating, effectively giving you control over an enemy. This will allow you to use moves normally reserved only for monsters, as well as dish out damage that Sprigg can't even dream of doing in her regular form. Neat!

Sprigg begins with a small list of initial forms that she can assume, though most of them are quite weak (with the exception of the Lagoonate, which is abnormally powerful). You'll want to expand Sprigg's repertoire so she can adopt new, more powerful forms. There are two ways to do this:

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  • Initially Sprigg will only be able to add monster forms to Doppelgang by killing them herself. Whether you use normal attacks or Elements does not matter, so long as Sprigg is the character to deal the killing blow to the target. Sprigg also cannot be transformed when killing a Doppelgang target if you want to add it to the list, so be sure to leave her in her original state during the battle.
  • Later in the game it is possible to find two Forget-Me-Not-Pots. When equipped these accessories will allow the user to add to the Doppelgang list by killing enemies. You can steal one Forget-Me-Not-Pot from Peppor when you encounter him and Solt on the Isle of the Damned. The other is in Chronopolis.

Unlike most Techs, Doppelgang can be used multiple times in a battle. This will allow you to shift Sprigg's form to adapt to changes in circumstance. It's a very powerful move once you get the hang of the various forms, and what each one can do.

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Other Uses For Doppelgang

Besides copying monsters in battle, there are two other uses for Sprigg's Doppelgang pool.

The Grand Slam

When you first reach the S.S. Zelbess in Home World you'll need to gain access to the Grand Slam, a monster fighting tournament. You don't actually need to participate in the Grand Slam to progress the game, but if you do you'll need to choose three monsters to fight against three enemy monsters. The monsters you can choose from are selected from the Doppelgang pool, so every monster you add to your pool will make completing the three rounds of the Grand Slam that much easier. (Especially since you can't re-use monsters you've already selected in the next round.) Completing all three rounds will allow you to recruit Janice, your opponent in the Grand Slam.

BigCatch

If you have Korcha in your party he will use the Doppelgang list in his level seven Tech, BigCatch. Korcha will dip into the Doppelgang list and fish up one of the monsters at random, dropping it on an enemy. How much damage you do depends on the monster Korcha chooses.

List of Doppelgang Monsters

There are 71 monsters that can be mimicked in Chrono Cross. Most of them you can obtain in your initial playthrough, though several can be missed since Sprigg and the Forget-Me-Not-Pots aren't available for the first third of the game. The monsters you can Doppelgang are as follows:

  • Acacia PVT
  • Acacia SGT
  • Aero Guard
  • Airframe
  • Alphabat
  • Beach Bum
  • Beeba
  • Bubba Dingo
  • Bulb
  • Cassowary
  • CatBurglar
  • Combat
  • Combot
  • Crossbones
  • Cuscus
  • Cybot
  • DaffyDwarf
  • DaggyDwarf
  • Dead Beat
  • Dodo
  • Drongo
  • Dwarf
  • Flea
  • Fossicker
  • Gerridae
  • Gizmotoid
  • Gloop
  • Gobledygook
  • Googhoul
  • Gremlin
  • Gurgoyle
  • Gyroblade
  • HotDiggity
  • Komodo Pup
  • Lagoonate
  • Mama Dingo
  • Man-At-Arms
  • Man-of-War
  • Mantarrey
  • Myxomycete
  • Neo-N-Bulb
  • Opah Fish
  • Ozzie
  • Paper Boy
  • Porre PVT
  • Porre SGT
  • Portalgheist
  • Potty
  • Prehysteric
  • PreyMantis
  • Puffy
  • Rockroach
  • SandSquirt
  • Scorpoid
  • Sidesteppa
  • Slash
  • SnibGoblin
  • SnobGoblin
  • Spearfisher
  • Sprigg (reverts Sprigg to her original form)
  • Taurminator
  • TotalChaos
  • Tragdienne
  • Tutanshaman
  • Tzetze Fly
  • Whoot
  • WightKnight
  • WillO'Wisp
  • Wingapede
  • Witchetty
  • Wraith
  • YellowBelly

Every form has its uses, though bolded monster names will give you the best overall results. Make sure to experiment with as many as you can to see which best fit your playstyle.

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