Note: Geez, I went a bit overboard with text there...To ease the pain for those of you who find the larger amounts of reading less than enjoyable, I bolded the actual questions (although I encourage a complete reading in order to elicit the reader's full understanding). Also, I should add that there are some very slight gameplay spoilers, for those of you who have somehow managed to wander to this thread despite not having played the game yet. This only includes the use of a few simple nouns, however (names, items, locations, and the like).
Hey, everyone. It's been a long time since I've played this game. I observed several threads regarding max stats, but I never quite saw a direct answer (so I created a new topic to avoid thread necrophilia). Anyway, I understand that at the beginning of the first Kingdom Hearts game, if you choose the staff, you get two more MP, resulting in a maximum of ten bars at max level. With the aid of Ultima Weapon and some good accessories, one could theoretically have a grand total of 18 MP. Can anyone confirm this? I don't see why this wouldn't be possible, but I understand some games have stat caps, and I don't want to choose the staff only to find that there's a cap at 16 or anything (thus resulting in both a waste of magic and the opportunity for two extra item slots lost). Secondly, to those who have chosen the staff, is it worth choosing, or rather, is the magic difference noticeable? I've heard rumors that the extra MP results in quite the destructive Graviga, but no one has elaborated further.
Finally, for the "miscellaneous stuff" (I apologize for the large mass of text; I'll try to wrap this up):
About a year ago, someone had a question regarding the clock tower in Neverland, but the answer wasn't quite clear. Can you get the hourly items at the clock tower both before and after the optional fight with the Phantom, or is it one or the other? I desire the answer for a rather rediculous reason. Years ago, I could swear I got a few items (marked by a white sparkle on the corresponding time on the face of Big Ben) before fighting the Phantom, and after beating him, the sparkles were gone! However, it appeared as though I could keep getting items...It may be a false memory, but I suppose the question is this: Is it possible to get the items twice? I'm attempting to fill the clock's face with sparkles, both to indicate that I have all the items and to satisfy an obsessive compulsive need, one could say. Some thorough insight would be most appreciated!