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A permanently missable item is an item that can be obtained at one point of the game, but can disappear permanently if not acquired soon enough.
The ice summon Shiva must be fought and defeated to become usable before the mid-game plot twist, or she becomes unavailable. She is located in the water tower in the back of Walse Castle
The items obtained as part of Cloud's crossdressing sidequest will be missed if the player does not obtain them during the quest. As there are different versions of each piece of apparel, and the player can only get one item, all items can never be retrieved in a single playthrough. The Silk Dress, Blonde Wig, Sexy Cologne, and Diamond Tiara is the best combination and therefore seen as the required combination for a perfect game. The optional Lingerie and Bikini Brief items obtained from the Honey Bee Inn can also be missed if the player didn't acquire any of them.
Some items can only be obtained from one enemy in the game, and once that enemy becomes unavailable to fight, the items can never be retrieved. The Ghost Hand is obtained only from the Ghosts in Train Graveyard. Another such known item is the Vagyrisk Claw, which can only be stolen from the Bagrisk. However, due to the way the game's steal mechanism works, it will eventually become impossible to steal the Vagyrisk Claw if the player advances too far in character levels.
Some armor can only be obtained one way, and if missed, can never be obtained after; the Aegis Armlet can only be obtained from the Midgar underground in disc 2; the Iron Bangle can only be bought in Sector 7; the Shinra Alpha and Shinra Beta can only be stolen from certain Shinra troops that are not recurring random encounters; the Warrior Bangle can only be stolen from Eagle Gun, and the Ziedrich can only be stolen from Turks:Rude.
Some weapons can also be missed. The Enhance Sword can only be found in Gaea's Cliff; the Yoshiyuki can only be obtained before the rocket takes off in Rocket Town; the Pile Banger, the HP Shout, Master Fist, Grow Lance and Behemoth Horn can only be found in Shinra Headquarters in disc 2; the Max Ray and Missing Score can only be found in Midgar in disc 2 (Missing Score only when Barret is in the party); the Umbrella can only be obtained from the rollercoaster game in Gold Saucer in disc 1; the Princess Guard can only be found in the Temple of the Ancients; the Rising Sun can only be stolen from the Diamond Weapon; the Battle Trumpet and Scimitar can only be found in the Junon submarine docks; the Starlight M-Phone can only be found in Midgar Underground, and the Javelin can only be found in Gaea's Cliff.
The Huge Materia can be missed if the player fails the quests on which to retrieve them. If the player loses the Fort Condor quest for Huge Materia by losing the boss fight, they lose both the Huge Materia and the Phoenix Materia, although Phoenix can be dug up from Bone Village if missed, so it is not permanently missable. If the player fails to catch up with the train in Mt. Corel they lose the Huge Materia, and if they fail to destroy the red submarine during the submarine minigame, this Huge Materia is lost as well. Lastly, if the player fails to solve the password in the Shinra No. 26 rocket, they cannot retrieve the Huge Materia. Even if the Huge Materia were lost, Bahamut ZERO can still be obtained by digging at Bone Village.
Only two Pet Name Tags are available in the game, from D-District Prison and from a person in Timber (only if the player encourages the man outside Timber Maniacs building). If these two chances are missed, Pet Name Tag cannot be obtained.
The Battle Meter that keeps track of the number of battles the player has fought is missed if the player does not talk to Cid right after graduating into a SeeD. The Character Report, which keeps track of characters' individual battle statistics, is missed if the player does not have Battle Meter first, and if they miss it in D-District Prison. Lastly, the GF Report is missed if the player missed out on the Battle Meter, and fails to obtain it from CC Joker in Balamb Garden training center before disc 3 end.
The Occult Fan volumes III and IV never appear in shops even late in game, so if the player misses the chances of getting them, they will be missed forever.
If the player has the Chocobo World minigame, no items are technically missable, as any items can be obtained from the Chocobo World, even items that are normally one-time-only items, like the Magic Lamp. Some items are also Chocobo World exclusive, namely the Chocobo Tag, Friendship, Ribbon and Moogle Amulet.
Hippaul can be raced in Alexandria at the beginning of disc 3 for a rather short time only; after the player agrees to see Ruby's play the chance to play the racing minigame ends, meaning the player misses out on the Athlete Queen Key Item.
The Namingway card can be missed. One is in Kuja's room in the Desert Palace (near the teleporter, only after Eiko has been kidnapped). The other is in Treno, during the card tournament. When the player is in control of Vivi, they are given the option of "going home", or staying in Treno. Choosing the latter will give Zidane a different opponent in the card tournament's second round, who holds the Namingway card.
Leaving Treno during the card tournament and traveling to Dali is the only time the player can get the Mayor's Key, the Burman Coffee and the Mini-Brahne items. Completing the Morrid's Coffee sidequest lets the player get the mini Prima Vista in the Tantalus hideout in Lindblum, which can likewise be missed if the player fails to get all the different coffee beans.
Excalibur II, Steiner's ultimate weapon, can only be obtained if the player reaches an area in Memoria in under 12 hours playtime. This item is usually always missed, unless the player specifically attempts a speed playthrough of the game. However, since the PAL version runs slightly slower than the NTSC version, it is generally considered impossible to get. It is also considered impossible in the PSN version as the player cannot skip cutscenes by opening the disk tray. The player has more than one opportunity if they let the game clock overflow. However this requires over two years of game time.
Some items may look missable but are not. If the player finds cards from the world map treasure chests with Choco while their card quota is full, the cards are discarded. However, these cards can still be obtained from Fat Chocobo in Chocobo's Paradise at the end of the quest.
If the player carries out the Gold Chocobo Bug they miss out on the items in the locations they didn't get to visit.
The only permanently missable items in Final Fantasy X are a few pieces of equipment with abilities that cannot be found on (or customized to) equipment of that type:
- Magic Counter armor for Tidus: Rin appears on his hovercraft during the player's first visit to the Calm Lands. He sells a special Buckler for Tidus that has Magic Counter - an ability that is otherwise exclusive to weapons. Rin will leave the area after the party moves on, making the Buckler unobtainable after that.
- No Encounters weapon: Geosgaeno has a 50% chance to drop a weapon with the No Encounters ability, which is otherwise exclusive to armor.
- Weapon with +10% Critical Bonus (PAL and International version only): In addition to Break Damage Limit, weapons dropped by Penance have a bonus chance to critically hit. This ability cannot be found on or customized to any equipment. As with Geosgaeno, Penance is a one-time-only boss who has a 50% chance to drop the weapon.
The Zodiac Spear can be missed if the player opens any of the four forbidden treasure chests, or opens the chest that holds the Zodiac Spear while equipped with the Diamond Armlet. However, a Zodiac Spear can be obtained in the Henne Mines secret area, but the chances of finding it are incredibly slim (0.01%).
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Spark Rings can be found in Chapters 3 and 4, but can be missed due to the storyline advancing once the player defeats Odin, as trying to backtrack initiates the end of Chapter 4.
The upgraded versions of many accessories are permanently missable if the player sells the base versions. For example, there are a limited number of Clay Rings in the game; if the player sells them all, the Siltstone Ring and Gaian Ring can never be obtained.
There is a bug concerning the Live Trigger events in the Archylte Steppe in the Year Unknown. If the player doesn't select the comedic responses for both Live Trigger scenes in their first playthrough, the Dragonhide Backpack adornment cannot be obtained, even if the player repeats the events at the Archylte Steppe through Gate Seal mechanism.
Although there were emails to Square Enix regarding it, the bug was not fixed.