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Side Quests - Dead Dunes

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Walkthrough and Guide by mogg1342
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Side Quests - Dead Dunes

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These are the extra missions you encounter by speaking to the citizens of Nova Chrysallia, and completing them is among the very few ways for players to power up Lightning, as she no longer gains any experience from regular battles. These quests usually require players to complete a segment of the main quest for the particular location, before they become available.

Side Quest 01 - Adonis's Audition
The Gurangatch is resistant to just about everything (except Wind which deals normal damage) up until its shell comes off. Meaning, you'll have to stagger it before you can inflict any significant damage. Equip a garb that grants some magic boost along with access to stronger wind spells. Create a Saboteur schema focusing on debuffing abilities as well. In battle, stick as many debuffs on Gurangatch as you can to speed up the stagger gauge and spam magic until it staggers. Attack or cast wind spells while Deprotect and Deshell are active.Leave enough ATB to defend like always,
Timeline - Starts automatically during Main Quest 4-2.
Rewards - 1500 Gil, Monoculus Mask, HP+100, STR+4, MAG+8

Side Quest 02 - Tool of the Trade
The client Elmer is waiting on the second level of the Ruffian settlement. He wants Lightning to look for anything that's left of the equipment that he tossed in the desert. Head over to Atomos Sands and climb to onto the observation tower to survey the area. Notice that there is a shiny red object on the sands below. Go pick up that Loupe and take it back to Elmer. After this quest completes, you can bring him those Unappraised Items you found in the desert and he'll trade them for useful stuff.
Timeline - After completing Main Quest 4-2.
Rewards - 400 Gil, Retro Scopes, Max HP+50, STR+2, MAG+4.

Side Quest 03 - Old Rivals
Tobais will give you this subquest when you talk to him at the General Store of the Ruffian settlement. Come back and talk to this man again after you've completed Ramon's His Wife's Dream.
Timeline - After completing Main Quest 4-2.
Rewards - 500 Gil, Snakeskin Hat, Max HP+50, STR+4, MAG+2.

Side Quest 04 - His Wife's Dream
You'll find Ramon moping at Temple Ruins North Gate entrance in the Giant's Sandbox. He will right next to the warp device which should be easy to spot. This quest opens up only after you've spoken to his rival Tobais at the settlement. Anyway, you'll find Monica's Arithmometer in the Grave of the Colossi. Use a Pilgrim's Crux to remove the sandstorm blocking access to one of the clearings there, and defeat the Trio of Goblets. Take the item back to Ramon for your reward.
Timeline - After completing Main Quest 4-2.
Rewards - 1300 Gil, Gold Padlock, Max HP+100, STR+6, MAG+2

Side Quest 05 - Last One Standing
Zanford is waiting at the Oasis Lighthouse and requires you defeat all Omega class enemies in the game (31 in all). The Ereshkigal and Afro Cactuar must also be defeated in the special dungeon. It is therefore unlikely (if not impossible) to complete this quest on your first playthrough,
Timeline - After completing Main Quest 4-3.
Rewards - 12000 Gil, Bladed Lance, Hermit's Cap, Max HP+160, STR+18, MAG+16

Side Quest 06 - What Rough Beast Slouches
The client Nolan appears in the upper level of the Scorched Earth area in the Temple Ruins. This quest requires you to defeat the Aeronite, a beast that randomly appears in the form of a black distortion at the Giant's Sandbox from Day 7 onward. Note that this super beast will get bored and fly off after some time, if you fail to stagger it with enough frequency to keep it interested in fighting you.
Timeline - After completing Main Quest 4-3.
Rewards - 8200 Gil, Pro's Beret, Max HP+160, STR+12, MAG+16.

Side Quest 07 - The Life of a Machine
Bhakti is at the Sacred Grove inside the Temple and you must bring him at least 3 units of oil. Bhakti's Oil is found in the Ruffian General Store, the Oasis Lighthouse, next to the Adamatoise skeleton in the Graveyard of the Colossi and in the Atomos Sands Shrine. Give him the items and follow him into a room where Lightning discovers the remains of Bhakti's friends. Check the bones for some freebies then talk to Bhakti again to complete this mission.
Timeline - After completing Main Quest 4-3.
Rewards - Cyber Scanners, Max HP+80, STR+4, MAG+4.

Side Quest 08 - Skeletons in the Closet
The client Jamus is in the Tavern of the Ruffian settlement. His task involves the decimation of the Skeleton population by defeating the Omega Skeleton. You will have to kill about 60 Skeletons for the Omega version to show itself. Or you can do yourself and just face it in the Ultimate Lair.
Timeline - After completing Main Quest 4-3 and obtaining first piece of Saint's Crux.
Rewards - 4500 Gil, Pioneer's Eyepatch, Max HP+140, STR+14, MAG+12
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