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Final Fantasy XIII Guide and Walkthrough

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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Oct 13th 2016 Guest
IDK if anyone has mentioned this but in Chap 9. Where you mention grinding using the deckbots and dragoons then saving. If you continue till after the CS the mob outside and the troops respawn. I manage to get 749 & 512. With out all the saving and reloading. Just thought I would share that with you.
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May 29th 2015 Guest
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Jan 10th 2015 CMBF
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.
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Jan 3rd 2015 Guest
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
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Nov 28th 2015 Guest
True. One look at it I know this is not really a walkthrough or guide at all.
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Dec 28th 2014 Guest
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Dec 19th 2014 Guest
How in the world do we defeate the yomi?!
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Sep 2nd 2014 patrickwolkijr12345
how do i use the underdog secret
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Feb 18th 2014 KnightIndustries3000
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.
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Feb 2nd 2014 Guest
I once ate my own pubes for fun
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Aug 22nd 2013 Guest
How do i beat dude wit fro thing
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Jun 4th 2013 Guest
orphan is beaten easy use snow as leader vanel make sure you know curaja and zach curasa and haste
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Apr 17th 2013 Guest
Does anyone know how to beat the missile base mission cause i cant figure out what to do
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Jan 18th 2013 Guest
how do i get through the gate gigas i have been stuck for sometime now? is there a item iwould it be called
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Aug 1st 2012 Guest
i have completed my final fantasy xiii game. it was fantastic.
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Jul 29th 2012 Guest
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?
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