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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII


Claire Farnworth

Welcome to the Lightning Returns Guide. Thank you so much for choosing this guide to be your companion on your journey. Lightning Returns is a deceptively massive and complex game and can be hugely daunting even for experienced players. That being said, it is a delightful game that offers many hours of gameplay and customisation and then excellent replayability. You can expect achieving 100% completion will take you upwards of 60 hours but even then, there are still so many options to explore.

This guide was many weeks in the making but I loved every minute of it. Having been a fan of Final Fantasy for over half my life, I always relish the challenge of a new one and have always explored them to the fullest. Adding Lightning Returns to that list, and having a chance to share that knowledge with you all is a pleasure.

I have tried to be as succinct as possible in the walkthrough while also giving you scope to try to play it your own way. Due to the nature of the game, there is no right or wrong way to play it but I have tried to structure the walkthrough in such a way that is the easiest route through the game. If you fancy a challenge, by all means, tackle each quest in your own order. The guide is simply a reference for when you need more information.

I am hugely grateful to Square Enix that they continue to make games that excel at story, graphics and depth while keeping that Final Fantasy edge. To the skeptical, you may find this game difficult to grasp and understand in the beginning. The best thing you can do is persevere as, after a while, it starts to become hugely rewarding. I hope this guide can help you achieve 100% completion and make your journey with Lightning memorable and relatively stress free.

Thank you for the support and please leave feedback at [email protected], on Facebook or Twitter @GamerGuides.

Claire (Guide Author)

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, XB 360
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    8 April 2014
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Claire Farnworth

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The world has moved on. Time is no more. People do not age but they can still die from accidents or murder. And so, the population has slowly dwindled and there remains only four main areas left in the world. Lightning awakes from her crystal slumber with one task: to save as many souls as she can before the world ends in thirteen days.

Join us as we scour every corner of Nova Chrysalia from the Wildlands to the Dead Dunes and back again.

In the main guide:

  • A complete guide as to the best way to complete each main quest, side quest and in what order.
  • Complete side quest and Canvas of Prayers sections.
  • Full Ultimate Lair walkthrough with optimal strategy for Ereshkigal.
  • Aeronite strategy and video.
  • Trophy and achievement guide.
  • HD videos with commentary.

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