Final Fantasy XIII Guide

Final Fantasy XIII Walkthrough and Guide

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Final Fantasy XIII Guide

Final Fantasy XIII Guide by Chris Boots-Faubert for


Over the years we have come to expect an ever-increasing level of graphical and technical excellence from Square Enix in its Final Fantasy series.  Each new title is an improvement on the previous, though the sub-series system that is used in the series does tend to confuse players, especially if the FFXI-type game is their favorite - so to be clear, XIII is not part of the sword and sorcery series! 

Having pointed that out, I should also add that there are elements that exist in both worlds - for instance there is a tiny pet Chocobo in XIII and though it is nothing like what the player experiences in XI there is a tacit link nonetheless, and later there are Chocobo that are more familiar.  The money is the same, most of the spells are similar in naming convention and function, and in many respects despite the fact that it is clearly a different universe, knowledge of one of the subs in the series will benefit you here..

FFXIII is the flagship title for the Fabula Nova Crystallis series of Final Fantasy games.  Set in a high-tech world with a mixture of enclave and wilderness, it is a story about resisting the inevitable (and evil) progress that is created by technology - if progress means totalitarian regimes, technocracy, and fascism rolled into a neat package of oppression and death...

The Active Time Battle (ATB) system reappears in this title - though it is somewhat different this time around - allowing the player to stack battle commands and execute them in long chains.  Battle in this world is a divided process, where once engaged, the combatants are removed from the active world and exist in a micro-world of their own for the duration of the fight. 

The role (job) system that is used in the game is pretty straight-forward and is one you will have encountered before in FF games.  There are five classes, and while your character can learn more than one class of skills they can only use the skills associated with the class that they are designated as in play. 

The party system is mostly unchanged as well - in the game a party (called a Paradigm) consists of three characters, each playing their own designated specialty.   Up to six Paradigm sets can be stored in the configuration deck, and the player can call up those different configurations pretty much at will during battle, lending a level of flexibility to the process that will take some getting used to.

There are a lot of similarities between FFX and FFXII but despite those this is really a game unique to itself, so judge it on its own merits rather than comparing it to previous games in the series and you will not go far wrong!

There are some items of note that I cover in the next section to help you quickly get your feet on the ground, but I want to emphasize that the first third of the game is really a very long tutorial mode - you do not even begin developing your characters and their abilities until after that, so if you were expecting to jump wright in to the mechanics of all that, well, no.  Just play the game and enjoy the progression of the story - which is at its richest in the first few chapters - and as always, have fun!


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Added 29th May 2015, ID #562744

Alright then, don't hold back - tell us what you REALLY think! But don't watch the videos for this, they may ruin your bad opinion.

Added 10th Jan 2015, ID #499578

Terrible guide... a story line walk through does not help with battling enemies. 90% of the game is the battle system...any REAL gamer knows this. this is a Wannabe gamer site

Added 3rd Jan 2015, ID #495377

True. One look at it I know this is not really a walkthrough or guide at all.

Added 28th Nov 2015, ID #629168


Added 28th Dec 2014, ID #491566

How in the world do we defeate the yomi?!

Added 19th Dec 2014, ID #487005

how do i use the underdog secret

Added 2nd Sep 2014, ID #443826

in the part where Lightning & Fang actually about to collect the Holy clovis & you have to deveat that boss, Make sure that Lightning has all updates for & stagger it with Aeroga first. then change attacks to Firestorm, etc. you'll need lots of phoenix downs , remedy's & hi potions. need any further help, read the actual walkthrough or watch it on youtube ok thanks.

Added 18th Feb 2014, ID #356530

I once ate my own pubes for fun

Added 3rd Feb 2014, ID #351260

How do i beat dude wit fro thing

Added 22nd Aug 2013, ID #306132

orphan is beaten easy use snow as leader vanel make sure you know curaja and zach curasa and haste

Added 4th Jun 2013, ID #287861

Does anyone know how to beat the missile base mission cause i cant figure out what to do

Added 17th Apr 2013, ID #275015

how do i get through the gate gigas i have been stuck for sometime now? is there a item iwould it be called

Added 18th Jan 2013, ID #243813

i have completed my final fantasy xiii game. it was fantastic.

Added 1st Aug 2012, ID #170915

have made it all the way to orphan, but for some reason, even with my team at full health and protection mode on i always take 7000 damage how do i beat orphan?

Added 29th Jul 2012, ID #169817

i can't find knome village i circle around the place and no village.where is it!?

Added 22nd Jul 2012, ID #167243

How do I get from the capital to cids workshop? It's says to go by chocobo but I can't figure out where to go?

Added 19th Jun 2012, ID #154414

how can i get seven star swrd?

Added 15th Apr 2012, ID #133716

Where is Figaro on overworld? i found the south figaro entrance but can't go in...

Added 15th Apr 2012, ID #133580

i don't know what to do next i went up the mountain and got the aero wind what do i have to do next I'm lost

Added 12th Mar 2012, ID #122391

how do i get out of the mirror level

Added 4th Jan 2012, ID #102680

how do i find the level lust ability

Added 19th Dec 2011, ID #96278

i cant fing the ruins,,please help

Added 17th Dec 2011, ID #95776

How do I get onto the island North-East of the city Troia to defeat the Dark Elf? The airship will not land anywhere on that island and you cannot get to there on foot. You can reach me at

Added 15th Dec 2011, ID #95229

where is the gameshark code

Added 22nd Nov 2011, ID #89394

how do i get my weapons at a higher level than * i'm stuck

Added 10th Sep 2011, ID #73685

I am at level 29 and 30 and there are lots of weapons I can't equip. I wonder what is wrong!

Added 28th Aug 2011, ID #70855

how you get best blade in

Added 22nd Jul 2011, ID #60185

In ffx-2 how do i beat the horse like aeon in djos templf

Added 12th Jul 2011, ID #57107

How do I use the mini magic to get my party of four into the gnome village. Am presently stuck

Added 30th Jun 2011, ID #53578

how can i save my game in ff3 im using ipad

Added 29th Jun 2011, ID #53470

I'm at the cove thingy called Covenant Falls and I can't figure out how to get to thy upper cliff where Belle is standing. Help!!!!!

Added 20th Jun 2011, ID #50677

i dont get it.. how d we get a catnip again?? its so confusing im at the farplane. and i need it badly for the 3 sisters, mindy,cindy and sandy. and ive been struggleing for months im on lvl.37

Added 11th Jun 2011, ID #48503

very good

Added 5th May 2011, ID #41575

how do you get the power of wind
to get dragoon

Added 1st May 2011, ID #40964

how do i aquire amidatelion power?

Added 15th Jan 2011, ID #25464

I have completed Cie'th missions 1-32 and have Chocobos running around all over the place. What do I specifically have to do to ride one of these things?

Added 19th Dec 2010, ID #21512

For Everyone There that has problems getting a Chocobo just go to Grand Pulse where you can see the wildernis and stuff by playing the story you will get there. When you get there you MUST complete missions 1-12 to find the chocobos hideout. Now in order to do our favorite thing and that's riding one of our favorite Flightless Birds ofcourse you must complete 2 more misssions and that's 13

Added 23rd Nov 2010, ID #19029

[spoiler][/spoiler] yknow wen jegran attacks althea can u help wif thentrain fallin[spoiler][/spoiler over]

Added 19th Sep 2010, ID #13036

how i get a danjuro

Added 8th Sep 2010, ID #11895

how do you beat the crawler?

Added 16th Aug 2010, ID #9096

Whats the trick in beating Barthandelus?

Added 1st Aug 2010, ID #6962

I beat the whole game

Added 29th Jul 2010, ID #6575

dose anyone know how to get a chocobo

Added 17th Jul 2010, ID #4804

waittt!!!! i need help to get outta the capital city to cids place. how do i or which shuttle thingy should i take to get to cids place? can u give me all the instructions? thank youuuuu

Added 5th Jul 2010, ID #3139