This fight is far from fun at LV1. People have trouble with this fight at LV99. You can die in an instant from a mistimed attack or Reflega at LV1. Unfortunately, the only reasonable way to do this is with the Reflega combo. You CAN try to lure him into the combo attack the entire time, but from my experience, he breaks out of it eventually, and you don't want to get caught off guard with that. This took a lot of tries to get down. The light pillars are very annoying. Also note that after half or more of his HP is gone his keyblade spinning attack will do more than two hits, so be prepared to use Trinity Limit. Also be aware at this point that a light pillar will come at you before every move he does now.
Difficulty for normal LV1 win: ********
Difficulty for LV1 no damage: *********
And yes, you DO need Rumbling Rose if you're doing the Reflegas at LV1. You need the 3 finishers to loop him.
Q: How do you stay Level 1?
A: In Critical Mode in KH2FM, you are given an EXP 0 ability at the beginning of the game. Equipping it makes it so you don't gain experience. Drive Forms aren't affected by it, so you can still level those up.
Q: What's Critical Mode (CM)?
A: Critical Mode is the new difficulty mode in KH2FM. It's basically slightly harder than a low level Proud Mode challenge.
Q: Hey how come you have (Insert ability here) at level 1 when you get (insert same ability here) at (insert KH2 required level here).
A: In KH2FM, they switched some abilities around and made some where you don't have to level up to gain them. A perfect example is the Scan ability.
Q: How can you do 2 finishers so early on in the game?
A: Just like with the EXP 0 ability, you're also given a Finishing Plus ability at the start of the game. So you can do 1 normal finisher + a second finisher.
Q: How come I hear English voices if this is KH2FM? I thought it was Japanese!
A: KH2FM has English voices with Japanese text. Simple as that, I don't know why people can't grasp that.
Q: How can I get KH2FM and how would I get it to run on my PS2?
A: If you have the fat PS2, like me, get Swap Magic + a Slide Card. I got the Swap Magic 3.6 + Slide Card deal at thegiantstore.com. I also bought KH2FM at play-asia.com
Q: How come your stats increase if you're level 1?
A: You get bonus level stat ups from beating scripted fights. For example, some give you HP+, MP+, Strength +1, Defense +1, etc. If this didn't happen, then it would be near impossible to do a LV1 playthrough.
Q: Hey is this Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix?
A: You're an idiot, get off the internets.