Most Effective Eidolon Tactics
All Eidolon Battles
Okay, for any whom don't know this yet, there is actually a very easy way to figure out what each character's Eidolon is most affected by - remember their three primary roles:
Snow (Shiva) - Sentinel, Commando, Ravager
Lightning (Odin) - Commando, Ravager, Medic
Sazh (Brynhildr) - Synergist, Ravager, Commando
Fang (Bahamut) - Sentinel, Saboteur, Commando
Hope (Alexander) - Synergist, Ravager, Medic
Vanille (Hecatoncheir) - Saboteur, Ravager, Medic
Not all are necessarily in that order, but those are the most affective ways to "hit" the Eidolons. It doesn't actually guarantee an easier fight, but at least you don't have to struggle to find the best ways to beat them.
*Note* Since the chain gauge is key in EVERY Eidolon battle, Ravagers are your main focus and are THE most effective. The other roles really only need be used when prompted.
If you want to stagger your enemy's quickly use this little trick: Always hit them with relentless assault first till you get the stagger meter up to about 30 % after that the chain gauge will fall slower.
Then switch to dualcasting which drives the chain gauge up must faster. When you need to heal use a paradine like War and Peace to keep one member attacking keeping the chain gauge up. Once you have staggered your enemy switch back to relentless assault this drains the HP much quicker than dualcasting.
On stronger enemies it's a good idea to cast libra or use a librascope on them so your AI characters use the most effective attacks. Using this method will take out just about any enemy. The exception is on enemy's that are immune to physical attacks, use the same method to drive up the chain gauge just don't switch back to relentless assault after stagger just keep casting away.
To get the perfect defense for physical damage only 2 people get the ability Hope and Fang
Hope: you need the weapon that gives him no magic at all then fully upgrade the power gloves to the kaiser knuckles
Fang: give her the dragoons lance and the four kaiser knuckles
The perfect magical defense can only be obtained by 2 people Snow and Fang again
Snow: give him the weapon that gives him no strength at all and fully upgrade 4 sorcerers marks to magisteel crests
Fang: give her the shamanic spear and the four magisteel crests
CP Farming guide (Post Game)
Items Needed: Growth Eggs (only recomended)
Locale: Taijins Tower Second and Third Teir (All Teirs must be connected for this to work properly. This can be done at the Apex.)
If you are up to it you should fight the mobs out side that are en-route to the tower. Its a nice bump in CP
Once inside the tower go the the Second Teir. Go the the first opening on your left and clear the mobs in all of the rooms. Once that is done go out the way you came in (pretend you are going to the elevator) but instead of turning to the elevator make a left. There is another opening with a mob of five inside that you should kill. Go up the stairs at which time you will be faced with two choices.
A: Go BACK downstairs to see if the add of five has respawned. If so kill them again for an extra 16000 CP (8000 w/o Growth Egg). Once done go back upstairs and kill the other two sets of adds.
B: Just continue and kill the two sets of adds.
Keep in mind that the mob of five doesnt always respawn and that regardless of what you do you should always kill the two sets of mobs upstairs (that is the third teir and that is why all the teirs need to be attached to each other).
after killing those mobs go back downstairs and clear all of the Second Teir again. Once you are finished take the elevator back down to the Ground Teir and then back up to the Second Teir. Rinse and repeat.
CP gained (with Growth Egg) -> 118800
CP gained (w/o Growth Egg) -> 59400
CP gained (Growth Egg and extra mob) -> 134800
CP gained (w/o Growth Egg or extra mob -> 75400
Obtain BOTH treasure spheres in Eden
For those of you (myself included) whom previously fell for the "fact" that incorrectly states only ONE treasure sphere in the Leviathan Plaza in Eden is obtainable, the truth is...they BOTH are, but only under one condition:
The towering Adamantortoise MUST be defeated for this to work. Simply position Vanille as your party leader and make sure you have her "Death" ability (unless you'd rather fight like no tomorrow with VERY slim chances of winning). Now, enter the battle and summon Hecatoncheir. This will, as stated by many, in fact make it fall to the ground. Once it's down, inflict a few status ailments on it (or at least "Imperil") and then go for it with "Death" until it succumbs. Don't worry about staggering it, because I found out it's NOT necessary to achieve this. If all goes well, the Adamantortoise could very well stumble within the first three attempts (the very first time, I got it in one shot!XD)
Now, after it's defeated, run over onto the glass bottom and you can obtain both treasure spheres, since the Adamantortoise that would have shattered the glass (thus preventing access to the second sphere) is no longer there.
*Note* If you fail to do this and try to obtain the treasure spheres, you will only get one and the other will be removed by said enemy.
When facing "Bart"
When facing "Bart" and he uses his Destero power, all out attack him until he staggers during the "power-up" phase. The Destero power will only hit for half, and not leave your party close the death.
Easy Stagger Fill
To get the enemy's stagger bar up easily, have your battle formations as... commando/ravager/ravager. Summons also set the stagger bar up fast, however when the summon exits the battle the stagger bar resets.
Easy CP and Weapon Grinding
Leviathan Plaza - Eden
Firstly, this is better tried once the final boss has been defeated.
Pick Vanille as your party leader with Fang and Hope at your side. Equip Vanille with Debuff enhancing equipment (Belladonna Wand is a must!) Make sure Vanille has the Death ability unlocked before attempting this.
Select your default Paradigm as Espionage (SAB+SAB+SYN) with Vanille and Fang as Saboteurs and be sure to have a TP of 3 or more.
Now find the Adamantoise walking around (this shouldn't take too long) and commence battle. Immediately initiate Vanille's Eidolon, doing so will knock this mighty creature to its knees. Immediately after the Eidolon is summoned activate Gestalt mode and hit it with Gaian Salvo (Y Button).
Once the cutscene is over, enter in to the abilities menu and continuously cast Death until the creature succumbs.
This may take a few tries but eventually you will be successful and for a few minutes work you will be rewarded with 40,000 CP and if you are lucky a Platinum Ingot worth 150,000 GIL. Now, fight the enemies around this area to build your TP back to 3 and save your game. Quit your game and reload your save file and hey presto - another Adamantoise has appeared for you to slaughter. Repeat this process as much as possible to improve your characters and to really make the most of the CP points offered, equip one character with the "Growth Egg" to receive a whopping 80,000 CP points a kill!
A rare drop for this creature is a Trapezohedron which is a component used to create ultimate weapons for all characters. In the R&D shop these cost a staggering 2,000,000 GIL, and seeing as you need 6 of these for the Treasure Hunter achievement, you may want to pay attention to my next tip!
Once you have obtained a Trapezohedron DO NOT USE IT! - yet. Instead of using this to create an ultimate weapon for your favourite Commando, you will benefit greatly to use this on a weapon for Vanille or Fang. The reason behind this is simple - grind one of their weapons to level 100 (Kain's Lance or Nirvana) and dismantle. I know this sounds crazy but for your 1,500,000 GIL investment into creating this full upgraded weapon, you will be rewarded with 3 Trapezohedrons! with a value of 6,000,000 GIL - more than trebling your original investment.
As an added bonus you will also receive some other components worth 216,000 GIL - NICE!
Large Areas with at least 3 Different battles
This is a self explanatory. All you have to do is kill the first set of enemies and run to the second. After killing the second set obviously kill the third. After that the first should be back on the map.
*Note : The way i learned of this method was with Lightning and Hope just before the battle with Odin.
Cp Farming (Advanced)
Archylte Steppe – Northern Highplain
First of all you need a reasonable amount of strength and magic, then as you are about to leave the Archylte Ateppe you should see two monsters having a little fight approach these two monster and attack you will always get a pre-emptive strike then quickly kill the behemoth king and the the big dog thing if you have reasonable strength this fight should only take 10-15 seconds. Afterwards you will receive 6,600 cp points then run back to the nearby save point (maybe a bit further beyond the save point) then run back and fight again for a quick way to gain cp.
If you own the growth egg obtained after completing mission 55 then you will gain double Cp and receive 13,200 Cp points.
Hope this helps you all struggling for Cp.
forging ultima weapon lightning
when get the Lionheart weapon for Lightning, level it up to maximum. Used 20 fragrant oil for minor xp boost, and 1 Ultimate Reactor (which you can buy for 50000 gil at the R&D shop section later in the game) to instantly level it from 1 to max level. The reactor gives a standard 44000 xp. Next use a Scarletite to transform the Lionheart, into a level 15 Ultima weapon.
Make your character dizzy
Whenever you have control of your character outside of battle, move the analog stick left and right quickly. Do this enough (6 or so times) and your character will come to an abrupt stop and emote -- expressing anger or fatigue.
Strategy: In order to impress Shiva, switch the Paradigm Shift to Sentinel. Have Snow use Steel Guard all the time and wait for the Gestalt Meter to fill up. Don’t worry about your health because Striria (Sister of Nix) will heal you.
Eidolon - ODIN
Strategy: This is one of the hardest fights you will encounter so far as Odin is fast and deadly. Before entering the battle, make sure that you changed your Battle Speed under Settings to Slow. The key to fill up the Gestalt Meter fast is when Odin sees a lot of healing and chaining up your attacks. Start off with Hope casting Protect and Shell then change the Paradigm Shift to Dual Casting allowing both Lightning and Hope cast magics. When you see one of your characters HP is low, switch to Yin & Yang Paradigm to allow Hope heal Lightning while she’s still attacking with a magic.
Strategy: Start off by having the characters switch their Paradigm to Saboteur and Synergiest. Have either of the two cast Vigilance and Haste. If the HP runs low on either of the characters, change the Paradigm to War & Peace to have one of the characters use Cura or Cure. The main key to this battle is to chain up the Chain Gauge. Do it by always focusing on Dual Casting Paradigm to have both characters attack with magic (Ravager).
Strategy: Making a pact with Bahamut is a very challenging one as it attacks rampantly. Focus on the health of your party. I suggest to have someone in your party cast Shell and Protect to lessen the damage that you get from Bahamut. Start off by debuffing Bahamut. Have one of your party be a Sentinel (preferably Fang) and the two becomes a Ravager. Keep on attacking Bahamut until the Gestalt Gault fills up
Strategy: Make sure Hope has a lot of HP by this time as he will be the Party leader. Start off the battle with Alexander by shifting to Delta Attack Paradigm. Have Fang be the Sentinel while Hope and Lightning do the attack. When you see the party’s HP drop significantly, switch to Combat Clinic Paradigm to do the healing. Keep on doing it this until the Gestalt Meter fills up.
Strategy: With only Vanille and Fang fighting this Eidolon Battle, it can be tough. Start off the fight by having Vanille be the Ravanger and Fang be the Sentinel. Keep attacking Hecatoncheir with Vanille’s Magic and watch his Chain Gauge goes up. When the HP runs low, change to a Medic Paradigm and have Vanille heal and switch back to the first strategy. Keep on doing this and the Gestalt Meter will go up
Once Snow is instructed to take Hope's father into the back room, an enemy assault takes place. You are in the circular portion of Hope's house, and there are enemies to your left and right. The safe door containing Hope's father and Snow is in front of you. DO NOT ENTER IT!! Instead, defeat the enemies on your right, then your left, save, upgrade and take care of whatever else is necessary. Once both squads of enemies are dead, head to the right along the longest hallway. Once you reach the end and take the left corner, the original left group of enemies will re-spawn. This is a continuous cycle (I am doing it right now, and have been for an hour). Keep Lightning and Fang as Commandos and Hope as a Ravager. If you get 5 star ratings on the enemy groups, you often receive Incentive Credits (sold for 2,500 gil a piece). This makes for a great way to make fast money, as well as level up character's paradigm roles and weapons/accessories.
Final Fantasy XIII
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