Phantasy Star Zero: Cake Shop FAQ
The following guide was written by Niered. It was adapted from this forum thread.
So, I've noticed that questions about the Cake Shop on Phantasy Star Zero keep popping up, and on top of that theres alot of misinformation that gets spread around about the darn thing. So I figured that I would try to help out by creating a FAQ thread about the Cake Shop. Here goes!
What is the Cake Shop?
Much like the arena's or even the rare enemy spawns, the Cake Shop is a rare instance in PSZ that only pops up in certain areas. Unlike the rare enemy spawns or Arena though it happens much more infrequently, however as will be revealed later in this FAQ, its also much more useful.
Where can I find the Cake Shop?
The Cake Shop can ONLY be found in the Ozette Wetlands or the Gurhacia Valley's. Ive heard some people say it can be found in Rioh Snowfield but this is untrue. The rare block instance for Rioh is the less spectacular Usanny Nest.
Also, you can only find the Cake Shop in a dead end. In other words, you must explore every path of the map in order to find it. Do not worry about missing it! It is in its own separate room, and is not a teleporter area like the arena.
At this time it is only known that you can find the Cake Shop in Single Player. You can find it in Field Runs or in Quests, so whichever suits you is fine. If someone can validate whether or not you can find the cake shop online, please do! This is one of the biggest remaining mysteries surrounding the Bakery.
Why should I want to find it?
Well, the main reason is because you want a "Compress PA" unit, which is easily one of the best units in the game. The Compress PA unit reduces the charge time for all Photon Arts by 33%, effectively cutting the charge duration by 1/3. I assume you can see why that would be incredibly useful.
In order to get the Compress PA unit you must first find the Bakery and then talk to the sister in the back. She will ask you to find her youngest sister, which will unlock the quest from the Guild Counter in town.
WARNING! YOU CAN ONLY PLAY THE QUEST ONCE PER CAKE SHOP DISCOVERY!
In order to play the quest again you must find the Bakery again! But the first time you find it you should play it on HARD! If you play it on hard, and you have beaten all other quests on HARD, you will unlock the "World Protector" Title. This is the title that will get you the "Compress PA" unit.
In addition, you will be rewarded the Chef Apron, although its not nearly as nice as the Compress PA unit obviously.
YES! Buy the spears that are at the Cake Shop! Just like the pizza place, these weapons are only attainable there, meaning if you want to add them to your weapons dictionary you must buy them at these places!
Also, keep in mind that the Compress PA unit is NOT, I REPEAT NOT the reward for the quest itself! The compress PA unit is the reward for the title that you get from beating all 15 quests on HARD difficulty. The quest reward is the Chef's Apron.
Lastly, you can only ever get the Compress PA unit ONCE. Thats not once per quest, or even once per character, thats once EVER. This is because the unit is a TITLE reward, and titles are shared between characters. So you probably dont want to go do something stupid like selling it or discarding it.
Summary: What's the bare minimum I need to know about this?
- Search every path in Ozette and Gurhacia! The Cake Shop ONLY appears in dead ends!
- Talk to the sister in the back of the Bakery!
- Do the quest on HARD difficulty!
- The Compress PA unit is not the reward for the quest, it is the reward for the title of beating every quest on hard difficulty!
- You can only play the Bakery quest once per finding of the Cake Shop. Make it count!
- It doesnt matter what difficulty you FOUND the cake shop, you can choose to play the quest on any difficulty, so run gurhacia or ozette on normal if you want it fast!