The Old Man at the End of Time expresses his condolences at the loss of Crono
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The Time Egg, The End of Time

- Once you have the Wings of Time and can depart 12,000 BC, head to the End of Time and speak to the Old Man. After an interesting conversation he’ll give you a Time Egg, which, if you so choose, you can use to bring back Crono. First, though, you have some ground work to complete.

- Jump to 2300 AD and visit the Keeper Dome, where you first snagged the Epoch. The Nu inside will tell you to fetch a clone of Crono. The only person who can help you with this is Norstein Bekkler, the magician in charge of one of the tents at the Millenial Fair.

Magician and showman Norstein Beckler offers up a Crono clone as a prize in 1000 AD

- Head to the Fair. You’ll find Bekkler in the large tent on the right side of the Fair. He’ll agree to give you a clone of Crono - though at a price. Give him 40 Silver Points (the best way to earn them is to beat up Gato) and he’ll challenge you to his matching game. You need to copy the moves of the Crono clone by following the command prompts as quickly and as accurately as you can. The more times you can copy the clone, the cheaper Bekkler’s end price. Do well enough and it’s free. The clone can cost tens of thousands of gil if you do a poor job, so consider saving and try it again if you fail.

- Go to Crono’s House and collect the clone. Yeesh, sad scene.

- Return to 2300 AD and speak to the Nu again. It will send three Poyozo Dolls up, out, and onto nearby Death Peak. You can now climb it.

The party attempts to climb past the terrible winds of Death Peak in 2300, seeking the summit

Death Peak

- The first section of the Peak is a northbound passage constantly assaulted by wind. Talk to the Poyozo Doll partway up the climb and it will turn into a tree. Stand behind it while the wind is blowing, then rush ahead while the wind is still. Use this technique to reach the next screen up.

- The wind dies down ahead. Take a left and you’ll run into three Blood Yolks. These irritating creeps will steal your HP. Kill them quickly with all-hitting attacks. Further left past them is a chest containing a Magic Ring.

- Climb the cliff. To the northeast you’ll find two more Blood Yolks and a transition to another screen. Immediately beyond are three Blood Yolks and a Macabre.

- Follow the cliff edge northward until you find a cave. There are two Macabres outside. Kill them off, then, if you think you need a save, head southeast onto the large, flat area. There’s a save point down here. Use it before entering the cave the Macabre were guarding. Make sure you bring party members who are good at hitting single targets, because, surprise!

The party takes on a Lavos Spawn, one of Lavos' children that roam Death Peak in 2300 AD

Lavos Spawn

Lavos is a bit much, but one of these you can handle. Lavos Spawn consist of the head and the shell, and if you hit the shell it will immediately counter with a painful, all-hitting needle attack that can devastate your party. Concentrate powerful Dual Techs entirely on its tiny head and it will use less powerful attacks that are fairly easy to manage. Pummel it with your Techs and it will die after three or four attacks. Not too bad if you act quickly.

- After defeating the Lavos Spawn, look in the chest to the right to find a Gigaton Arm. Then head north. Outside and to the east you’ll face three Macabres. Sweep back south and into the caves again.

- Three Blood Yolks wait inside. Check the chest near them for a Brave Sword, then slip outside. You’ll appear on the cliffs. Look to your left upon emerging to find a small sparkle; touch it to open a cave down on ground level. Return to the open area, save if you wish, check the right side of the open area for a chest containing a Barrier Ring, and go north through the new cave.

- A Blood Yolk will drop down inside near a chest that contains a Hadean Sickle. North of here and outside you’ll find a second Lavos Spawn; you can handle it in the same fashion as the first.

The team reaches the summit of Death Peak in 2300 AD... and prepares to bring Crono back into the fold

- West of here is a narrow path that you need to cross. Navigate it quickly but carefully to reach the other side, minding the slow slide that will plummet you down to a previous area. On the far side you’ll find a southbound slide covered in Blood Yokes; kill or avoid them as you see fit. Check the chest on the other side of the stream of Yokes for a Yaksha Blade.

- The path ahead leads to a third Lavos Spawn. Wipe the thing out (last one!) and you’ll notice that its shell remains behind. Push the shell up and to the right to create a ladder to an upper pathway. Look on your right for a chest containing a Memory Cap, then head north.

- A cut scene follows on the next, final screen of Death Peak. (You get a bit extra if you bring Marle, Lucca, and / or Magus along for the ride.) Once it’s done… Crono!