|Final Fantasy IX Enemy|
|ラグタイムマウス (Ragutaimu Mausu)|
The Ragtime Mouse is a creature found in Final Fantasy IX. The party can encounter it multiple times in various forests throughout Gaia. It acts as a quizmaster, asking the party a yes or no question every time it is encountered. It runs away if attacked, and the only way to defeat it is to answer all sixteen questions. The Ragtime Mouse is always encountered with True and False, which appear as a and respectively, on the PlayStation controller. The player attacks one or the other to answer true or false to the Ragtime Mouse's question. If the player attacks all enemies with a group-cast ability then the Ragtime Mouse will act the same as if the player only attacked Ragtime Mouse and run away.
Finding Ragtime MouseEdit
Ragtime Mouse appears randomly in the forests on the world map. The number of times in which it can be encountered is limited per disc, but cumulative:
- Disc 1 = 4 times
- Disc 2 = +6 times
- Disc 3/4 = +6 times
As a result it is possible to meet Ragtime Mouse 16 times on disc 4 if he has not yet been encountered on previous discs.
The chances of Ragtime Mouse reappearing in the same forest is not high. By having an airship or a flying chocobo the player can quickly roam the world map from forest to forest, switching to a new forest after having encountered it. The chances of encountering Ragtime Mouse appear to be higher in forests that the player hasn't visited previously.
Alternatively, there is an exploit that one can take advantage of to find the Ragtime Mouse many times in succession. If the player taps the movement buttons in only small increments while walking on the world map, one is unlikely to get into random encounters. Because the Ragtime Mouse encounters are unrelated to this trick, the player can force Ragtime Mouse encounters by tapping the button repeatedly while walking through forests filtering out regular encounters.
Ragtime's Pop QuizEdit
The following includes the Ragtime Mouse's questions, including the correct answer. The questions will be asked randomly except Question 16, which is always the last.
- The 15th Lindblum War started in 1600. - False
- Chocobo Forest is located between Lindblum and South Gate. - True
- The Theater Ship Prima Vista was built in Artania Shipyards. - False
- "I Want To Be Your Canary" was written by Lord Afon. - False
- Lindblum Castle is larger than Alexandria Castle. - True
- Some Mus are friendly and don't attack. - True
- Fossil Roo is a tunnel that connects Treno and Alexandria. - False
- Theater Ship Prima Vista uses Mist as its source of energy. - True
- Berkmea cable cars have been running for eight years. - True
- Lindblum's air cabs operate around the clock. - True
- Only one desert exists in the entire world. - False
- Conde Petie is a village of Goblins. - False
- Prima Vista means love at first sight. - False
- Treno's cafe, Card Carta, is members only. - True
- Bobo bird is a bird that brings you fortune. - False
After answering the questions above:
- You can defeat Ragtimer. - True
For answering every question correctly, the player can win up to 70,000 gil. If the player answers the last question correctly, the Ragtime Mouse explodes and the party wins a Protect Ring. To get the Protect Ring the player needs to find him one last time and Ragtime Mouse will tell the percentage of correct answers; if the player answered all his questions correctly they will also get gil.
- Card 026
- Location: Wimpy Guy (Shopping Area - Lindblum), Mountain Chocobo (disc 4, Chocobo's Paradise), Ovenmeister (disc 4, Alexandria Main Street, 2nd screen)
The name "Ragtime Mouse" is probably a mistranslation of "Ragtime Mouth" as the transliteration of the English words "mouse" and "mouth" are the same in Japanese.
- The card Ragtime Mouse is holding actually has a message on it, however, this message is present on the face of the card that most players will never see. The text is in Japanese and it reads: "Pop Quiz! FF10's theme is GUTS! True or false?".
- The money and the EXP received from the Ragtime Mouse is a Japanese language pun. Gokurosan is "good job"; the number five in Japanese is Go; the number nine is Ku; the number six is Ro; and three is San. Writing 5963 can thus phonetically be pronounced "good job". The Ragtime Mouse gives 23852 EXP, which divided among four party members is 5963 EXP each. It also gives 59630 Gil.