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Final Fantasy XIII – Cie'th Stone missions guide

Mission 61: I, Juggernaut


Rank: A
Mark: Juggernaut
Cie'th Stone location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors (stone circle)
Mark location: Oerba – Village Proper
Reward: Royal Armlet




No one can stop the Juggernaut – except for your party. And really, he’s not too much different from your last few encounters – he doesn’t even have any backup to throw a wrench into things. Your previous strategies will work fine.


Mission 62: Indomitable Will


Rank: A
Mark: Raktavija
Stone Location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors (stone circle)
Mark Location: Archylte Steppe – Central Expanse
Reward: Genji Glove
 



You’ll need a Chocobo to get up to the high platform where you’ll be fighting. Put your Shrouds on and set your Saboteurs to Slow, because this is going to be one very, very tough fight.

Raktavija is pretty tough by itself, but now you’ve got a pair of them to deal with, and they can put extreme hurt on your party very, very quickly. You’ll want to Slow and otherwise debilitate the pair as much as possible from the get-go in order to make things ever so slightly easier. From there, focus your attacks on them one at a time, working to break their defenses as best you can. Since they can inflict such a heavy amount of damage in such a short amount of time, you’ll want to either have a Medic around constantly or be constantly prepared to shift one (or two) in at a moment’s notice.

This is one that you will likely have to try several times, as even a minor mistake can leave you very dead. This is another prime candidate to save for the postgame runthrough – though it’ll still be a rough battle.


Mission 63: Crushed by Doubt


Rank: A
Mark: Adamantoise
Cie'th Stone location: Sulyya Springs – Subterranean Lake
Mark location: Archylte Steppe – Eastern Tors
Reward: Genji Glove

From the moment you see what your mark is, you should know that this fight is going to be very, very painful.  You’ve no doubt tried to kill Adamantoises in the field by now, only to get crushed like a pancake. Well, you’re still pretty likely to get crushed, unless you act very, very quickly.

Summons are generally only really useful in specific situations, and this is one of them. Bring down your beast from the heavens, swap it into Gestalt mode, and then use its strongest attack to knock Adamantoise to the ground.  Quickly put some buffs and debuffs on your team using Synergists and Saboteurs, but don’t waste too much time with them – just throw Haste and a few attack buffs on – and then go to town. Once you’ve Staggered him, the fight will be much easier. Just pray you can off it before it manages to get up… which is easier said than done. However, another thing to note is that, like Neochu, he’s vulnerable to Vanille’s Death technique. It’s easier to take him out this way once he’s down and had a few debuffs stacked on him, but you’re still going to have to rely heavily on luck this way.


Mission 64: The Doomherald


Rank: A
Mark: Vercigetorix
Cie'th Stone location: Oerba – Rust-eaten Bridge
Mark location: Yaschas Massif – Paddraean Archaeopolis
Reward: Gold Watch

This is it, guys – the last mark of the game. You can either do this the easy way, or the very hard way.

The easy way is to simply poison him and tank, waiting for his HP to dry up. This won’t get you five stars, but it will get you the victory and the Trophies/Achievements. If you’re up for “playing cheap,” then this is the way to go.

If you’re planning to tough it out, well, it’s gonna be a rough ride. With over 15 million HP and resistances to almost everything, you’re going to be spending a lot of time just chipping away, trying to Stagger him when the opportunity arises, Paradigm Shifting into defensive formations whenever necessary to recuperate. He has one particularly vicious attack that can slaughter you outright – if you see it coming, switch everyone into Sentinel mode and you’ll lessen the damage by a great deal. Be constantly aware of your party’s status and be ready to swap Paradigms immediately if things start looking bad. Again, patience and perseverance are a must – but once you beat this challenging foe, it will be one very sweet victory.

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

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133 comments

  • 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAnWkP-r3UY
  • 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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