Final Fantasy XIII – Cie'th Stone missions guide

Mission 51: Attacus, the Soulless (Final Titan Mission)

Rank: A
Mark: Attacus
Cie'th Stone location: Faultwarrens – Sylphid Path/Gaian Path/Salamandrine Path/Nereid Path
Mark location: Faultwarrens – Titan's Throne
Reward: Genji Glove

Once you've conquered all of Titan's other challenges, you'll get to fight Attacus, one of the toughest foes in all of Final Fantasy XIII. He's got a whole bunch of HP, does very damaging attacks, is nearly impossible to Stagger (his percentile is 999.99%), and can cast Doom on your party leader when he gets down to 25% HP.
In other words, this is going to be a long and difficult fight you may have to retry several times.

Generally, Sentinels are among the least useful paradigms, but for this fight you should strongly consider bringing one in to help take the edge off of Attacus's most damaging strikes. Buffing/Debuffing via Synergists and Saboteurs is also a step you should take once the fight starts.  For the most part, however, you'll just need to hold your ground and slowly chip away at his HP total. Ravagers will generally be more effective here than Commandos, so swap them in once you feel you've evened the odds enough. It's a long, tough fight, but with some patience and perseverance, you should be able to triumph in the end.

Mission 52: Head in the Clouds

Rank: A
Mark: Zirnitra
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Western Benchland
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors
Reward: Gale Ring

Zirnitra is mostly the same foe you fought before during the Titan missions, and he isn't any easier this time around. Keep to a similar strategy and you should eventually come out on top.

Mission 53: Freedom from Fear

Rank: A
Mark: Zirnitra
Cie'th Stone location: Mah'habara – An Asylum from Light
Mark location: Yaschas Massif – The Pass of Paddra
Reward: Blaze Ring

Guess who? There's a few small enemies accompanying him this time around, but for the most part, it's the name Zirnitra you've come to hate fighting.

Mission 54: The Bigger They Are...

Rank: A
Mark: Gigantuar
Stone Location: Archylte Steppe – Northern Highplain
Mark Location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors
Reward: Cactuar Doll

In order to even activate the stone with this mission, you'll need to find and defeat on of the small cactuar enemies wandering around the main expanse of the Archelyte Steppe. They're not terribly difficult, though they are incredibly amusing to watch.

Once that's done, you'll open up the stone that gives the Gigantuar quest. As ridiculous as this guy looks, he is not a pushover in the slightest. At every turn, he can hit a party member for approximately 10,000 HP worth of damage –which is probably enough to one-shot you if you're on your first playthrough.

To put it succinctly: You'll probably want to strongly consider saving this quest for your second playthrough.

It is possible – though extremely difficult – to beat Gigantuar without the boosts given by a second runthrough, however, you'll need: A) characters who already have very high attack power and B) an equipment arrangement to get a "Lucky Break" bonus. And then you'll just have to cross your fingers really, really hard that you can get Lucky Break to activate before Gigantuar does serious damage.

Mission 55: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Rank: A
Mark: Neochu
Cie'th Stone location: Oerba – Deserted Schoolhouse
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Aggra's Pasture
Reward: Growth Egg

She's back and she's bitchier than ever! And this time, she's got a whole horde of those annoying Picochus to help her out. Thankfully, Neochu is still vulnerable to the Death-spam technique of the previous encounter, which can make for a fairly simple (albeit tedious) fight. Otherwise, use some Shroud buffs beforehand and, once you're in the fray, Quake and earth-elemental spells are recommended for the best damage potential. Keep a Medic on hand at all times.  If you're not going to try and off her the cheap way, then this is another one worth considering saving for the second playthrough of the game.

Mission 56: Name: A Toothy Grin

Rank: C
Mark: Ugallu
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors (stone circle)
Mark location: Yaschas Massif – The Ascendant Scarp
Reward: Rhodochrosite

A nice break from the difficult battles you've been fighting as of late, Ugallu is basically the biggest of the "big cat" marks. If you're taking the missions on in order and not skipping around any, this is a very easy fight even with the Munchkin backup he employs. Otherwise, keep to the use of Ice and Wind spells to do the most damage in the shortest amount of time.

Mission 57: Name: What's Yours is Brine

Rank: C
Mark: Sahagin
Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors (stone circle)
Mark location: Vallis Media – Atzilut's Tears
Reward: Uraninite

More of these guys? Yeah, they aren't much of a threat by this point, no matter how big their numbers are. Kill 'em fast and enjoy your filet o' fish.

Mission 58: The Culler of Many

Rank: A
Mark: Humbaba
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors (stone circle)
Mark location: Mah'habara – The Earthworks
Reward: Speed Sash

At the risk of repeating ourselves yet again, Humbaba isn't much different here than he was from the Titan mission – he's just got a fairly easy-to-kill Robot buddy as backup this time around. Follow a similar strategy as before and it won't be too much of a hassle.

Mission 59: Two-Faced Fiend

Rank: A
Mark: Zirnitra
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors (stone circle)
Mark location: Sulyya Springs – Subterranean Lake
Reward: Energy Sash

We'll make this short: Zinitra again, more backup again. Still pretty difficult, be careful, et cetera.

Mission 60: Degela Vu

Rank: A
Mark: Gelatitan
Stone Location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors
Mark Location: Taejin's Tower – The Cloven Spire
Reward: Mnar Stone

Remember Gelatitan? It's multiplied. You'll be taking on three of these overgrown puddles of mud for this particular hunt, which makes things considerably more challenging, as they can gang up and do a lot of damage. Keep a medic on hand to heal and work to Stagger them one at a time using your strongest spellcasters and Thunder-elemental attacks.

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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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