Final Fantasy IX is notorious for having one of the worst official strategy guides made for a video game at the time of its release. The reason why was because Squaresoft decided to host essential tips and secrets that players would want to seek out on its PlayOnline website in an effort to promote that, and forced Brady Games to accommodate for the change in the printed guide by directing readers to the website. Brady Games were against the idea because they knew their consumer base would not like it and understood that buying a strategy guide was worthless when the information they needed was online for free. However, they complied because they did not want to lose the exclusivity rights to making a strategy guide for Final Fantasy X. In the end, Squaresoft abandoned this cross-platform strategy guide format following the negative reception from Final Fantasy IX's guide and stuck with printing physical strategy guides for future games.
Contributed by raidramon0
The updated version of Final Fantasy IX, available on PC, iOS, and Android, included a few additional features:

• High Speed Mode
• Fill HP/MP/Trance
• 9999 Damage Mode
• No Encounters Mode
• Auto-master Abilities
• Auto Lv. 99/Max Magic Stones
• Max Gil
• Cloud storage

In addition to this, character models were updated, and returning to boss fights from the menu was made easier.
Contributed by Psychospacecow
Through Square Enix's PlayOnline service, players were able to play an online variant of Tetra Master, the card game from Final Fantasy IX. It used characters from both Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy X.

The game was unfortunately discontinued on December 31, 2010.
Contributed by Psychospacecow
Inside the weapon shop in Lindblum is a display of large swords. If Zidane inspects the swords, he will comment "I remember a guy with spiky hair who carried something like this." This is a reference to Cloud Strife and his signature Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII.
Contributed by G-Haven
Inside the Evil Forest, one of the Active Time Events that can be viewed is "Orchestra In The Forest", which shows the Tantalus orchestra playing a song to boost morale for the crew. The song that they play is actually Rufus's Welcoming Ceremony from Final Fantasy VII.
Contributed by G-Haven
The character Cinna has a face portrait which goes completely unseen throughout the game. The reason why it goes unseen is because Cinna only ever appears on the player's team for a very brief time, and the player cannot access the submenus to see it like every other playable character.
Contributed by G-Haven
A secret side-quest was discovered 13 years after the game's release. It involves talking to the Nero brothers a multitude of times while following specific boss battles and story triggers within the final dungeon. The only time this quest was ever outlined was in the Ultimania guide for the game, only released in Japan. There was no reference to the side-quest in the notoriously poor western strategy guide or the PlayOnline hint website it frequently directed its readers to.
Contributed by KidDivinegon
The creature, Ragtime Mouse, is holding a card with an unanswered question on it. The card is in Japanese and reads "Pop Quiz! FF10's theme is GUTS! True or false?" This is the only time that a main Final Fantasy game has alluded to a future Final Fantasy game.
Contributed by gamemaster1991
Before you fight the final battle with Spoiler:Necron, he will start monologuing to Zidane about Death and Fear and will say, "Fear leads to anger... Anger leads to hate... Hate leads to suffering...". This is the same quote that Yoda says to Anakin in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Contributed by gamemaster1991
Before the battle at Cleyra, Beatrix is holding her sword in her right hand while it is still rendered in the sheath on her back.
Contributed by Outofmind23
In the very beginning of the game when you are told about your plans to kidnap a member of the royal family, answering the question wrong 60 times will make the game scold the player through the character Ruby.
Contributed by Outofmind23
In the French, Italian and Spanish versions, Quina is refereed as "she". In the German version, Quina is refereed to as "he". In the American version, Quina is refereed to as "s/he", but the pronouns used are masculine. However, most languages use the masculine pronouns if the gender is unknown.
Contributed by Outofmind23
Freya is the only left handed playable character. This can be in allusion to Kain Highwind from Final Fantasy IV, who is also left handed.
Contributed by Outofmind23
Steiner will not do his victory pose during the party's second visit to Alexandria Castle.
Contributed by Outofmind23
The development team changed the ending seven times before they decided on an ending.
Contributed by Outofmind23
A section of the game can be skipped by obtaining a Gold Chocobo right after getting the Blue Narciss but before getting the airship. This let you bypass The Desert Palace and jump to right before Ispen's Castle on disk 3.

The Downsides:
• Dagger is permanently stuck in her "Mute" condition (no Trance, commands fail on a regular basis)
• The player will have to buy a Ribbon at the Treno Auction House in order to have Eiko learn the Madeen summon, as Mount Gulug will be skipped.
• Ozma will have to be beaten to get a second Pumice Piece to have Dagger learn the Ark summon (since the one in Oeilvert is unattainable).
• Items from the Desert Palace cannot be recovered.

The Upsides:
• Completely skip boss battles such as Ark and Valia Pira.
• Saved time for those who have already played the game, or those trying to obtain Excalibur II.
• Automatic access of Hilda Garde III.
• The Gold Chocobo

This is only possible in early Japanese and North American releases as the items required were made impossible to get at that point in the game in later versions.
Contributed by Outofmind23