Final Fantasy XIII – Cie'th Stone missions guide

Mission 11: Pride Before a Fall

Rank: C
Mark: Adroa
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Northern Highplain
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Central Expanse
Reward: Frost Ring (x2)

Hey, remember these fellas? Yeah, not much different for this fight – they’re just more numerous. They’ll be back again soon enough, though, so don’t think you’ve seen the last of them.

Mission 12: Geiseric, the Profane

Rank: C
Mark: Geiseric
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Arid Strath
Mark Location: Archylte Steppe – Western Benchland
Reward: Royal Armlet

You’ll notice that the Cie'th stone for this mission is glowing red and placed next to a similarly red-colored barrier. In order to proceed past it, you’ll first need to take Gieseric down. He’s not a pushover, but he’s also not too difficult to tackle: just remember that your standard Commando skills aren’t going to be very effective - Ruin spell damage is halved and physical strikes do nothing. He’s weak to almost every element you can toss at him, so get your Blasters in there and go for the kill.

Mission 13: Eternity Unpromised

Rank: C
Mark: Goblin Chieftain
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Central Expanse
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Northern Highplain
Reward: Cobaltite

By this point you’ve seen a bunch of Goblins scooting about Pulse, and the Goblin Chieftain is essentially just like them… only about twice the size. He’s also got his minions in tow. The Goblins have some skills that the Munchkins don’t: the power-boosting Goblinhancement buff and the damaging Goblin Punch. A Saboteur might even the odds for a while, but it’s probably more practical to simply aim to kill them as quickly as possible. 

Mission 14: Defender of the Flock

Rank: C
Mark: Sahagin
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Western Benchland
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Font of Namva
Reward: Gysahl Reins

Not a terribly difficult battle, but a pretty significant one. Sahagins come in a group with other water-affiliated foes, and thus are weak to fire and thunder attacks. Set up your defense and offense accordingly and it shouldn’t be too tough to complete.

This is one of the most important missions to take on if you’re aiming to hit all 64 marks. Why? Because victory gives you the ability to ride Chocobos in the field, that’s why! In order to access certain missions, you’ll need the Chocobos’ ability to ascend to high ledges that your party can’t reach. Don’t worry, you won’t need Chocobo assistance all the time -  most of the Chocobo-aided areas also have teleports you can open inside them – but the speed and enemy-dodging skills of these feathered friends make them a huge boon to hunting in general.

Mission 15: Tribal Warfare

Rank: C
Mark: Goblin Chieftain
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Central Expanse
Mark Location: Archylte Steppe – Northern Highplain
Reward: Survivalist's Catalog

Again? Yup, again. And so soon, too! There really isn’t much different this time around, either, except that the cannon-fodder Goblins are more numerous. The key the victory here is simply making sure they don’t gang up and overwhelm you. Call in your medics as need arises.

Mission 16: Surrogate Slayer

Rank: B
Mark: Sahagin
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Font of Namva
Reward: Rhodochrosite

These vicious fish didn’t get the memo that harassing Chocobos is a bad idea, so it’s up to you to beat another round of sense into them. The pack is a bit more numerous this time around, and they can gang up and deplete your health quickly if you aren’t careful. If you keep to the same strategy as before, however, you should again emerge victorious.

Mission 17: A Widow’s Wrath

Rank: B
Mark: Pulsework Champion
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Northern Highplain (Waystone)
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Northern Highplain
Reward: Perfect Conductor (x3)

The Pulsework Champion has some incredibly solid defenses, being immune to almost all magic and resistant to physical attacks. Fortunately, he’s got a low percentage needed to stagger, so that’s what you’ll need to do in order to start landing significant damage. Send your commandos into the fray and keep wailing on him until he cracks. While magic won’t damage him, it will help up its percentage, so it might not hurt to Ravage him as well.

Mission 18: Name: So Close, Yet So Far

Rank: C
Mark: Ambling Bellows
Cie'th Stone location: Mah'habara – Twilit Cavern (Waystone)
Mark location: Mah'habara – Twilit Cavern
 Sorcerer's Mark

It’s a Robot dance-off! Ambling Bellows is still the crazed accordion you knew, loved, and conquered, and the backup crew are the same robot foes you’ve been taking on so far within this particular dungeon. By this point you already have some solid strategies against all of these rebellious robots. Just keep an eye on your HP as you would normally for any fight against a large pack.

Mission 19: Triangle of Tragedy

Rank: C
Mark: Uridimmu
Cie'th Stone location: Sulyya Springs – Ceiling of Sky (Waystone)
Mark location: Sulyya Springs – Subterranean Lake

You’ve fought Uridimmu before, but last time, he had a bunch of lower-level buddies as backup. This time, you’ll be taking on three of these ugly pack leaders at once. Still, these ugly kitties shouldn’t pose too big of a threat to your team. Follow a similar strategy as you did before and you should be able to triumph again without much hassle.

Mission 20: Words Unspoken

Mark: Goblin Chieftain
Rank: C
Cie'th Stone location: Taejin's Tower – The Palisades
Mark location: Taejin's Tower – The Palisades
Reward: Rhodochrosite

Are two heads better than one? Perhaps so, if you’re thinking like the Goblin higher-ups. For this fight, you’ll be taking on both the Munchkin Maestro and the Goblin Chieftain as a pair. And – as usual – they’ve got their posses in tow. By this point, you should have fought these guys enough to know their quirks, so keep your past encounters in mind and show no mercy.

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Missions 1 - 10
Missions 11 - 20 
Missions 21 - 30
Missions 31 - 40
Missions 41 - 50
Missions 51 - 60
Missions 61 - 64 

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  • indiankiller120 - July 24, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    im at orphan on my first playthrough and i cant beat the first form of orphan no matter what i do. he always kills me about in the middle of his life what should i do
  • tigs-mcjagger - December 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

    Just beat him down till he's staggered. Then if you have it SPAM ARMY OF ONE. Heal when need. Rinse and repeat.
  • randmideas - July 19, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    Just so you know, E6 is actually a "B" rating and is not as hard as it is described. I got him first try and was able to get him to stagger.
  • ItsBubmlebee - April 7, 2012 5:32 a.m.

    So I guess I just have to be stronger for number 30? Because my medic puts getting rid of status ailments before health,and when he'staking my ailments away they all swarm me and kill me,I use my Eidolon and the same thing happens again after it's been used and I die I can only get half of his hp down,mind putting a level rating and the most useful paradigms to use on here?
  • rebelmanolo - November 28, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    thanks or your helpfull tips for 41st quest;-) I've maked it in 4 minuts and 9 sec thanks a lot
  • augha - July 16, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    I tried your method in mission 64. I got 5 stars by using poison and full sentinel team defense on him. thanks for the info you have provided all here. Appreciated. Now i finished all my missions. hurray! haha
  • augha - July 13, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    In mission 41, i manage to get a preemptive strike by using deceptisol (Makes the party difficult for passing enemies to detect). XD thanks.
  • LateWinterWolf - March 6, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    Sarukah. You can complete the game and if you want to carry on with the cieth stone missions after you complete the game it just transports u back to the save point before the final boss' lol. Also is it me or do final fantasy final bosses just suck lately. but i cant wait for final fantasy 13: 2 end of this year :) gunna be AWSOME
  • Sarukah - February 1, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    Currently going through the missions in numerical order (on the Titan quests now) and I was wondering if you can go ahead and beat the game to unlock Stage 10 of the Crystarium and *then* go back and finish the rest of the missions? Cause a few of these are just way too impossible to beat even with Stage 9 maxed :<
  • loudnessjp - January 31, 2011 3:38 a.m.

    please don't tell me that "lv1 weapons, no shrouds or accessories" is one of those things some people do to have some challenge with the game, or else I really just said B.S.
  • loudnessjp - January 31, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    @SharinganPerception Look, I'm WAAAAAAAY noob compared to you, so I'm sorry if anything I'm gonna say sound obvious. Mainly about Vercingetorix, I haven't fought it myself, but it sounds like upgrading your weapons will help with the problem "healing faster than taking damage", you could also use the cerberus formation (i'm saying that without knowing his weakness or how the stats look like after stage 10), since the more commandos are in your team the more damage he takes. Your money should be spent in upgrading further your weapons and accessories (or even buying them), i recommend equiping accessories that boost your strength OR magic (choose one because, I think, that the boost provided by just one accessory isn't too much by now). About the weapon, I'd rather use the "default ones", but that's just because the price-strength reason are the best for them, go to final fantasy wikia (or maybe in this site they have it, I don't know actually) and look for a table that contains all the weapons, their cost to upgrade, and their final status, so that you can choose the ones that fit best to you. I apologize again if this is just useless stuff, although, after 20 days, you should have found the answers by now.
  • JabezXIII - January 27, 2011 5:43 a.m.

    Here is one way to beat Mission 7 with ease. Great farming location.
  • Banes - January 24, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    Barthandelus issues... for those having problems on the 2nd time around with this guy, there is an easy way to get around the death timer. as you work his hp down he will cast doom on you and you will have around 1800-1900 seconds to kill him. beat the crap outta him however you want, but once you get down to 39-45 seconds (doesnt matter what your main char is) hold back from doing anything cause you want to get ready with a summons. at 10-15 seconds left on the timer cast it. even if the timer runs out and you die, your summons will rez you or if you dont, it will hault the timer. Only way i was able to beat him but i had him down to less than 10% hp left and with help of summons i dropped him fast. For missions 1-14, you NEED to do ALL 14 to open the chocobo so you can get on top of rocks and to areas not accessable. The yellow circles on the ground are for chocobo jumps.
  • jennypenny - January 17, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    Just thought I'd let you know: for mission 33 A Parent's Pledge, the actual Cie'th Stone location is the Archylte Steppe – Haerii Archaeopolis, just below the area with the Waystone (see image provided, as it is accurate).
  • SharinganPerception - January 10, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    Okay guys i'm gonna need some help here... here's the stats so far... I'm 70 hours deep using Lightning as my main character backed by Hope and Fang. I'm using Lv1 weapons, NO accessories and NO shrouds. I've managed to 5-Star missions #1 to #53 and #56 to #63 leaving only Gigantuar, the 2nd Neochu and the Doom Herald. I've 5-Starred Orphan... I'm taking out Adamantoises in 3:27 to 4:00... I'm taking out Shaolong Gui's in 5:05 to 6:00... Now i can't complain with that... so here's the problems! 1. Gigantuar is sooooo awkward, my best is a weak 3-Star. any paradigm suggestions... ...anybody...??? 2.Vercingetorix is annoying!! I can get him to 9 Mill health then he starts his Tail Spin, then i knock him down to 8 Mill. From there he hits way too hard, and manages to gain health faster than i can take it off, this goes on bouncing up and down between 6 and 9 mill health... then he gets bored with me and casts DOOM! WTF!! My best setup so far is as follows: L H F Smart Bomb Rav/Rav/Sab Thaumatology Rav/Med/Rav Aggression Com/Rav/Com Salvation Med/Med/Med Tortoise Sen/Sen/Sen Rapid Growth Syn/Syn/Syn What am i doing wrong here? any suggestions...? 3. I use pretty much the same setup for Long Gui except: Smart Bomb is replaced with Relentless Assault Rav/Rav/Com Thaumatology is replaced with Smart Bomb Aggression is replaced with Cerberus Com/Com/Com Rapid Growth is replaced with Prudent Planning Syn/Syn/Sen I can only beat Long Gui's using SUPER RARE Elixer's, you have to summon atleast twice to get round his DOOM! and that's done in 23:00 to 25:00... still a 5-Star but i only have 1 elixer... there must be a more efficient way... Any ideas? P.S i've got 10 Mill Gil... So what should i spend it on?
  • defileds - November 3, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    you can upgrade the accessories that say "increases potion potency" and then disassemble them into elixirs. after reading the guide here maybe try getting to chapter 13 then going back to the missions and just cast death on the harder mobs.
  • alan-mednick - January 23, 2012 9:46 p.m.

    Try having a party with the Weapon/Accessory bonus of NO PHYSICAL DAMAGE, even though you may not heal your party, I don't think Gigantaur has any spells and wouldn't be able to hurt you. Not sure though, but that's what I am going to try, because I tried him before even going into Taejin Tower and he seems impossible. I am not sure if 10,000 Needles is a spell or phys. attack
  • indiankiller120 - July 24, 2012 9:29 p.m.

    i cant kill orphans first form on my first playthrough, he always kills me about when i get to half of his life. any suggestions
  • stormymay888 - December 28, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    # 30 if you use your summon (i was using fang) Syphax will appear :)
  • itachithe7th - December 2, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    Thanks to everyone who gave me advice thanks for making this guide why am i saying this? I beat orphan last night i beat Jabberwocky and Bandersnatch all the way through final form orphan with no shrouds i love u guys (no gay) THANS+K YOU!!

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