Final Fantasy XIII – Cie'th Stone missions guide

Mission 31: Newfound Purpose

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

Pulsework Champion returns with a gang of floppy Seeker enemies serving as backup. You’ve likely encountered both of these foes before so you should know what to expect from them.  They can put some hurt on you if you don’t pay attention, however, so don’t be afraid to Paradigm Shift if things don’t go as planned.

Mission 32: And Then There Was One

Rank: B
Mark: Amam
Cie'th Stone location: Vallis Media – Earthen Bosom
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Western Benchland
Reward: Glass Buckle

Amam is the evolution of Uridimmu and its ilk. He’s got a higher HP and stagger percentage, but for the most part he’s very similar in looks and attacks to the other feral foes you’ve felled to this point. He has a breath attack that will lower the attack power of your party, so you might consider a Synergist to offset the status drop. Beyond that, hit him with Ice and Earth elemental spells (avoid Wind and Thunder), juggle him when you get a chance, and don’t let his fairly forceful strikes deplete your health too far.

Mission 33: A Parent’s Pledge

Rank: B
Mark: Adamanchelid
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Central Expanse
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors
Reward: White Cape

Adamanchelid isn’t as fierce as its older Adamantoise relatives, but it can still lay down a world of hurt on your party. You’ll definitely want to buff up as much as you can before going in for the kill, so set a Synergist to up your defenses from the start of battle (and Medics to back you up while you do – a Sentinel wouldn’t hurt either) or make use of a Shroud or two. It’s weak to Ice spells and strong against physical strikes, but it’s also vulnerable to a lot of Saboteur-induced inflictions. Once your defenses are fortified and the foe’s are debilitated, start going in for a more focused attack.

Mission 34: Zenobia, the Butcher

Rank: B
Mark: Tonberry
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Way of the Ancients
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Haerii Archaeopolis
Reward: Hermes Sandals

This red Cie’th stone mark is exceptionally tricky. You’re allegedly out to kill a tentacled terror named Zenobia, but someone’s already got the job handled. Unfortunately for you, he’s far worse than Zenobia ever was.

Tonberry is small but very, very vicious. His knife strikes are rather infrequent but do a decent amount of damage, however; the real threat is his Grudge attacks. As the battle wears on, Tonberry’s rage will begin to seethe, and once it reaches a certain point, he’ll release an attack that hits for a few thousand points worth of damage, recovers all of his health, and resets his combo percentage. Worse yet, every time he uses the attack, the power increases dramatically. Even if you survive the first time, you likely won’t last the second or third time.

The key here is simply to stagger Tonberry as fast as possible and get him in a series of juggles that will drain his HP fast and prevent him from using the Grudge skills. Don’t even worry about buffs of healing unless absolutely necessary, simply hit fast and hard until you’ve got him launched high in the sky. If you even let him get off one Grudge/full HP restore, it’s going to be extremely difficult to recover and beat him.

Mission 35: The Road Less Traveled (Titan Quest A-1)

Rank: C
Mark: Gurangatch
Cie'th Stone location: Faultwarrens – Truthseeker's Rise
Mark location: Faultwarrens – Primeval Crossroads
Reward: Witch's Bracelet

Gurangatch is the first of the Titan Quests, a branching series of battles presented by the Titan himself and ending in one of six tough matchups. He’s very much the same foe as back in Taejin's Tower, so keep to the same strategy and you should emerge victorious. Make sure you remember how to beat him, because you’ll be starting off with this fighter each time you go down one of Titan’s questing paths.

Mission 36: Dark Deliverance (Titan Quest B-1)

Rank: C
Mark: Amam
Cie'th Stone location: Faultwarrens – Primeval Crossroads
Mark location: Faultwarrens – A Dance of Shadow
Reward: Uraninite

There’s two Amams this time around. They can still hit pretty hard, so watch your HP – but this still shouldn’t be too much more challenging than your last Amam face-off.

Mission 37: Dying of the Light (Titan Quest B-2)

Rank:  C
Mark: Rafflesia
Cie'th Stone location: Faultwarrens – Primeval Crossroads
Mark location: Faultwarrens – A Dance of Light
Reward: Star Pendant

Rafflesia are very easily ambushed, making for a pretty simple fight if you get the jump on them. They’re weak to Fire and Earth, so use your spells as needed to bury these fiendish flowers.

Mission 38: Moonlit Madness (Titan Quest C-1)

Rank: B
Mark: Verdelet
Cie'th Stone location: Faultwarrens – A Dance of Shadow
Mark location: Faultwarrens – Via Lunae
Reward: Diamond Bangle

Hey, remember the Adroa? The Verdelet are very closely related, but they have an additional trick up their sleeve – they can summon much bigger things to help them fight. There’s usually one Verdelet doing the summoning while the others attack as attack decoys. Verdelets have low HP, so a few strikes from a strong Commando should kill off one of them. The difficulty arises in distinguishing and attacking the summoner in time – even if you hit him hard, he’s not going to stop calling for backup until he’s dead and buried.

If you kill off the summoner before he finishes, you’re almost guaranteed a five star ranking. If you fail and Juggernaut joins the fray, well, just follow the strategies you employed last time you saw him around.

Mission 39: Seeing Stars (Titan Quest C-2)

Rank: C
Mark: Ochu
Cie'th Stone location: Faultwarrens – A Dance of Shadow/A Dance of Light
Mark location: Faultwarrens – Via Stellarum
Reward: Siltstone Ring

Don’t let that “C” rank fool you – Ochu is pretty nasty. She’s got a healthy amount of HP, a high stagger percentage, and is backed up by obnoxious little seedlings than she can heal and regenerate. She’s also got some pretty hard-hitting attacks that can interrupt whatever your party members are doing. Fortunately, the whole family’s weak to Fire spells, so fire attacks will make the whole clan extra toasty. And despite the annoying, constant attacks of her “babies,” you should make Ochu herself your prime target of attack: she’s the one regenerating and boosting the little buggers, after all.

Mission 40: Solar Power (Titan Quest C-3)

Rank: B
Mark: Verdelet
Cie'th Stone location: Faultwarrens – A Dance of Light
Mark location: Faultwarrens – Via Solis
Reward: Zealot's Amulet

Much the same as the previous Verdelet mob, only they’ll be summoning Mushussu this time around. Kill the summoner first thing and the team won’t know what hit ‘em.

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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


  • 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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