11I: Titan's Trial - Final Fantasy XIII
Stone Mission 35
The Titan's Trial is a series of back-to-back Stone Missions that all take place inside the Faultwarrens - access to which you just unlocked by completing Mission 34 which caused the barrier to drop past the Cie'th Stone.
This is going to be a long series of challenges and fights - and we will follow the same structure as we have been using above - with the mission details being listed on a mission-by-mission basis in the Appendix. So, to complete these missions, go get a soda, or maybe some tea, and get comfortable, and we will get these all done in one go, shall we?
To start this jump up to the canyon where the last stone was and follow it past the now dropped barrier - keep going until you zone into the new area of the Faultwarrens. Ahead is a save point - use that - and then follow the path to trigger a CS in which you encounter a talking construct that does not think much of you.
Once the being (the Titan) stops talking you get the mini-tutorial for the Titan's Trials. The instructions are simple - you will fight a series of battles for each section and your opponents are a lot tougher than those you have been facing in the past. Succeed and you are offered more opponents until you finish that section of the challenges. To return to the start simply touch a golden Cie'th Stone. You have all that down, right?
Now that you have read the tut and finished the CS you are back in the Warren, and here you will find the next Cie'th Stone - so if you are ready, touch that puppy and let us get the show on the road!
Actually, before you do that, have you upgraded all of your kit? If you have not - and if you have some CP to spend, it would be an idea to get yourself capped and your kit upgraded prior to starting this set of trials - the more advantage you can give yourself the better!
Stone Mission 35: The Road Less Traveled
Backtrack to the main path and keep going along what was the left branch, and you will find the Cie'th stone for the next mission.
Stone Mission 36: Dark Deliverance
Now here is the thing - these missions are a branching path - so having completed 36 our next options are 38 and 39 since we chose 36 and not 37... We could simply continue on and not follow them in numerical order - which is one choice - or we can re-fight 35 to gain access to 37. What I am going to do is slightly a different approach - I will do these missions in logical rather than in numerical order. Once I complete one path, I will return to the start and complete the other, thus filling them in while still making logical progress.
You do not have to follow this approach if you do not want to - the reason I am doing it that way is because I need to get them all documented. You can jump to the mission you choose and progress that way, or you can follow the path the way I am doing it. Considering that we need to complete all of them anyway, you may want to do it the way I am even though it will mean a lot of extra fighting.
Stone Mission 38: Moonlit Madness
Head along the path and take the second left, for Mission 41.
Stone Mission 41: Galan Grudge
Just past the battle spot is the next stone so go ahead and trigger it!
Stone Mission 45: Emergent Evolution
The fight wraps up, you get a nit of a flash from the big guy, and then you are teleported out. You then recieve notice that a new trial now awaits you - and you are shown the list of the trials that indicate which you have already completed. In this case that should be A1, B1, C1, D1, and E1!
Now we continue our quest to catch 'em all - err, woops, wrong game - I mean we now want ti complete the other missions in the chart, so head to the stone to repeat Mission 35, finish off the mob and get rewarded with some Bomb Shells, and then use the nearby stone to trigger Mission 37.
Stone Mission 37: Dying of the Light
Head to the left branch and flag the next mission now.
Stone Mission 39: Seeing Stars
The next stone is directly ahead of us - so go ahead and flag that now!
Stone Mission 42: Antihero
Turn around and backtrack, taking the right hand path at the branch and head to the end where the next stone is located - and flag it.
Stone Mission 46: On Silent Wings
The last mission in this string is Stone Mission 47: Unfocused Rage - but you are not going to be able to do this one until after we finish the story mode and unlock the 10th level of the Crystarium I am afraid to say. You can try if you like, but I promise you it will be mostly frustration and death, and no victory. There are a few of these we are going to have to come back to after completing the story mode - so for now we concentrate on doing the ones that we can do.
You may be wondering why we do not just go and complete the story mode and then come back to do them all in one go - the answer is simple enough - we can do most of these missions now, and by doing that we remove the need to grind levels once we complete the story mode in order to do the final missions in the strings right away.
Now do Mission 35 and Mission 37 again, and then select Mission 40 so we can start the bottom strings of the set!
Stone Mission 40: Solar Power
Continue along the path, take the left-side branch and flag the next mission there.
Stone Mission 43: The Hero Never Dies
Turn around and backtrack to the first alcove to trigger the next mission.
Stone mission 48: The Abyss Stares Back
After that quick fight you should be raring to go! Head over to the stone, repeat missions 35, 37, 40 and 43, then tag the next mission:
Stone Mission 49: Tyrannicide
Right, now that you have completed another of the strings, re-do missions 35, 37, 40, and then select the next mission!
Stone Mission 44: The Old Ones Go To Rust
Head down the left branch to flag the next mission.
Stone Mission 50: Road to Perdition
This completes the Titan's Challenge Missions (for now). You still need to complete the last of the strings (Mission 47) and then the final mission for this set, Mission 51, but we cannot do those until we complete the story mode, unlock the 10th Level of the Crystarium, and return. So for now we should return to the Steppe and continue the rest of the Stone Missions there!