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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Prologue: A Different Snow

Claire Farnworth

The introduction to the game is full of tutorials to allow you to get a feel for the game mechanics. You aren’t under a specific timeframe so take your time and practise each move and option. Hopefully you will be up to speed already on the mechanics if you have read the section in our guide but do make sure to complete the in game tutorials as they sometimes give you free starter items.

Move through the hallways until you reach Zaltys . This is the first boss encounter but it is severely weakened from its usual form, as are most of the other enemies you fight in this section. For a swift defeat, focus on hitting Zaltys with elemental spells first, particularly Thunder as it is weakest to it, until it is staggered. During Stagger, unleash physical attacks on its head, interspersed with the odd Thunder spell. You will do maximum damage and the fight should be over swiftly.

Staggering enemies helps you achieve the best scores as the battle is over much quicker.

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Perfect Timing

Proof of successfully guarding against an enemy's attack with perfect timing.

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After defeating Zaltys, you will be returned to the Ark, Lightning’s “base of operations”. Listen to the explanations by Hope and then go to the bookshelf and activate the fight against Zaltys again. Select the “ Escape ” EP ability to be returned to the Ark. Remember you can use EP abilities in and out of battle.

Don’t forget to collect the treasure cubes bearing the Mist Wizard Schemata which will then offer you a tutorial on schemata customisation. Equip the elemental spells and a guard ability to the face buttons and then exit.

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Novice Artist

Proof of customizing the color of one of your garb. Let your true colors shine through.

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Make sure to visit Schemata Customisation often when you acquire new Garb or abilities. You can even change the colour of a garb should you desire!

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Novice Stylist

Proof of customizing your first schema. Continue on this path to find your own style.

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After speaking with Hope again, you can now return to Nova Crysalia and begin Day One.

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The Savior's Descent

Proof of one who has mastered the basics of this world and begun a great journey.

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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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