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    Final Fantasy XIII End Game CP Farming Guide
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    V1.1
    
    Written by Tpadz34
    Tpadz34 [at] gmail [dot] com
    Written for use on GameFAQs Website
    
    
    Copyright 2010 Tpadz34
    
    For personal use only.
    
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     Contents
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    [001] Version History
    [002] Introduction
    [003] Overview
    [004] Ochu Pack - Differences with JP version
    
    [005] Grind Locations
    [006] - Ochu Pack
    [007] - Behemoth and Megistotherian
    
    [008] - General Pre-requisites
    [009] - Pre-requisites for Ochu Pack
    [010] - Pre-requisites for Behemoth and Megistotherian in 1-2 Turn
    [011] - Accessory/Weapon Pre-requisites
    
    [012] Ideal Setup/Equipment
    [013] - Ideal Setup - Ochu Pack
    [014] - Ideal Equipment for Ochu Pack
    [015] - Ideal Setup/Equipment - Behemoth and Megistotherian
    
    [016] Battle Strategy - Ochu Pack
    [017] Battle Strategy - Behemoth and Megistotherian
    [018] Battle Method
    [019] Spawn Cycle
    
    [020] Enemy Information
    [021] Frequently Asked Questions (coming soon)
    [022] Credits
    [023] Contact Info
    
    
    
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     [001] Version History
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    V 1.0 - Initial Guide Finished
    V 1.1 - Added alternate grind location
          - Added monster information for Ochu pack.
          - Added monster information for Behemoth/Megi pack.
          - Fixed a few typos and grammatical errors.
          - added upgrade components for accessories
          - adjusted HP requirement for Ochu pack
          - Updated CP/hr to account for walking time
          - Numbered each section
    
    
    
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     [002] Introduction
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    Welcome to my first GameFAQs guide.
    
    This guide was written for the English version of Final Fantasy XIII
    and so there may be differences with names and strategy in the JP 
    version.
    
    If you spot any errors, have any suggestions or any comment in general
    feel free to contact me, my contact information is at the end.
    
    
    
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     [003] Overview
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    This guide is intended for use at end game (after completing the game
    and obtaining all Crystarium Grid levels) to max out all characters
    Crystarium Grids.
    
    There is a choice of two possible grind locations.
    
    The First involves grinding the Ochu pack at Paddra's Pasture in Archylte
    Steppe repeatedly which provides the highest CP per Hour in the game.
    
    This strategy is well known from the JP version of the game, of which
    you may find guides or videos, however for the ENG version some differences
    are present and requires a different approach.
    
    The second grind location is the Behemoth and Megistotherian pack on 
    the Archylte Steppe, and always starts with a pre-emptive strike. If your
    stats (specifically STR) are high enough you can end this fight in 1/2 
    turns.
    
    
    
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     [004] Ochu Pack - Differences with JP version
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    The Major difference between the English version and Japanese version
    of the game is that In the Japanese version you can pre-emptive the Ochu
    pack making it end extremely fast. In the English version this is no longer 
    possible however it is still a very good place to grind CP.
    
    
    
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     [005] Grind Locations
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    You have two choices on where to grind.
    
    
    The First choice is the Ochu Pack, the second choice is the Behemoth and 
    Megistotherian pack.
    
    
    
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    [006] Ochu pack
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    The Ochu pack will award 26,600CP with the Growth Egg in addition to the 
    following Items dropped (use collector catalogues to improve drop rates)
    
    - Sunpetal (sells for 1K)
    - Gloomstalk (sells for 1K)
    
    
    I am not sure if collector catalogue effects stack but with 2 
    equipped you can make around 20-50k per hour from selling sunpetals
    and gloomstalks.
    
    
    Also you will obtain:
    
    - Chocobo Tail Feather 
    - Chocobo Plume 
    
    Both of these items are -Excellent- for gaining EXP bonuses on weapons you 
    only need around 15-20 of each to get 3x EXP bonus.
    
    
    So overall the Ochu pack is a great place to gain good CP per hour whilst 
    also gaining money and exp bonus to upgrade weapons and accessories. This 
    may be more ideal if your primary grids are not maxed, and if you want to 
    work on upgrading weapons and accessories at the same time.
    
    
    
    
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    [007] Behemoth and Megistotherian (Thanks to Enaress)
    =====================================================
    
    
    The Behemoth and Megistotherian will award 13,200CP with the Growth Egg.
    
    This pack is located in The Archylte Steppe - Northern Highplain near the 
    entrance to Mah'habara and you will see the two monsters fighting each other.
    Engaging combat will -always- start the fight with a pre-emptive strike.
    The monsters first turn will be attacking each other as well. In addition
    both monsters start with 50% of their usual HP.
    
    The general idea with this fight is to kill both the behemoth king
    and Megistotherian in the first battle turn. This results in a 6-9 second 
    fight time and 13200 CP (with growth egg). You will need to use your highest 
    STR characters so I recommend using Lightning, Snow and Fang.
    
    Overall this pack is Significantly faster than Ochu, however you will not 
    gain money or items to gain fast EXP bonuses on weapons or accessories. It 
    is a better spot if:
     
    - you want to focus on only on CP and upgrading character grids
    - If your weapons/accessories are well levelled on all characters
    
    
    
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    [008] General Pre-requisites 
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    - Must have completed the game to unlock all Crystarium Grid levels.
    
    
    - I strongly recommend finishing Mission 55 (Stone is located in Oerba on
      the schoolhouse roof, which is the roof with the garden/flowers) to obtain
      the Growth Egg (CP X 2) as this will greatly speed up the process.
    
    
    
    Also 
    
    - Learn about ATB refresh on Paradigm changes. When you change Paradigms
      you and all allies will start the next turn with full ATB gauges.
    
    - After switching to a new paradigm on the second turn and onwards after the
      change you can switch paradigms again to start the next turn with full ATB
      gauges.
    
    - Switching between offensive Paradigms every 2 turns ensures you obtain the
      highest number of attacks as fast as possible.
    
    
    
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     [009] Pre-requisites for Ochu Pack
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    - I recommend all characters having around 8k+ HP, you should have plenty
      of CP after finishing the game so use it on the newly unlocked Crystarium
      level 10 which has a lot of high HP nodes.
    
    - Must have completed mission 14 to unlock Chocobo's to reach Paddra's
      Pasture (This is located near the 7 Cie'th Stones in the Archylte Steppe
      Main field)
    
    - You should upgrade Fang's default weapon to Tier 2 (Glaive) and upgrade
      to as high level as possible.
    
    - The Ochu pack to grind is located very near to where you fight the Mission
      55 monster, opposite to where you fight this battle is a area with a
      chest, when you get near that chest the Ochu appears.
    
    
    
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     [010] Pre-requisites for Behemoth and Megistotherian in 1-2 Turn
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    This fight will -always- be pre-emptive.
    
    
    First Char (Lightning) - STR above 1220
    
    
    Second Char (Snow) - STR above 1220
    
    
    Third char (Fang) - STR above 1900 and equipped with a Morale talisman 
                        (auto-bravery)
    
    
    
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     [011] Accessory/Weapon Pre-requisites
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    =============
    For Ochu pack
    =============
    
    
    Growth Egg - Reward from Mission 55, Stone is located in Oerba
                 on the schoolhouse roof (the roof with the flowers/garden)
    
    Morale Talisman - Upgrade Hero's Amulet
    
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Hero's Amulet - May have collected throughout main story, else buy |
    |                from Magical Moments store for 5k.                 |
    |                                                                   |
    |To upgrade    - 600exp then use Perovskite to upgrade to Morale    |
    |                talisman. (costs 30k from The Motherlode store)    |
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    
    
    Aurora Scarf x2 - Upgrade Whistlewind Scarf x2 [Thanks to xYusuke23x]
     
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Whistlewind scarf - May have collected throughout main story, else |
    |                    buy from Moogleworks store for 1k.             |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |To Upgrade    - 350exp then use Rhodochronsite to upgrade to Aurora| 
    |                Scarf (costs 8k from The Motherlode store)         |
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    
    
    Tetradic Tiara x2 - Upgrade Tetradic crown x2, may also be found 
                        from Chocobo digging, also a reward from certain 
                        missions.
    
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Tetradic Crown - Should have obtained throughout story, cannot be  |
    |                 brought from any store.                           |
    |                                                                   |
    |To upgrade - 1000exp then use Scarletite to upgrade to Tetradic    |
    |             Crown (costs 100k from The Motherlode store)          |
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    
    
    Blessed Talisman - Upgrade Saint's Amulet
    
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Saint's Amulet - May have collected throughout main story, else buy|
    |                from Magical Moments store for 5k.                 |
    |                                                                   |
    |To upgrade    - 600exp then use Perovskite to upgrade to Morale    |
    |                talisman. (costs 30k from The Motherlode store)    |
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    
    
    High STR band - +100 STR (Warrior's Wristband can be brought from
                    B&W Outfitters Store for 10,000)
    
    
    If you have not obtained any Tetradic Crowns to upgrade use accessories 
    with auto-protect/auto-shell.
    
    
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    For Behemoth and Megistotherian in 1-2 Turn
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    Growth Egg - Reward from Mission 55, Stone is located in Oerba
                 on the schoolhouse roof (the roof with the flowers/garden)
    
    
    Morale Talisman - Upgrade Hero's Amulet
    
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Hero's Amulet - May have collected throughout main story, else buy |
    |                from Magical Moments store for 5k.                 |
    |To upgrade    - 600exp then use Perovskite to upgrade to Morale    |
    |                talisman. (costs 30k from The Motherlode store)|
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    
    High STR band - +100 STR (Warrior's Wristband can be brought from
                    B&W Outfitters Store for 10k)
    
    
    
    
    
    
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     [012] Ideal Setup - Ochu Pack
    -------------------------------
    
    
    ======
     Team
    ======
    
    Fang (leader)
    Sahz
    Hope
    
    
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     Paradigms
    ===========
                          
                         ------   ------   ------
                          Fang     Sahz     Hope   
                         ------   ------   ------
    [START] All for one   COM      SYN      SYN
    Relentless Assault    COM      RAV      RAV
    Relentless Assault    COM      RAV      RAV
    (yes that's two Relentless Assault)
    
    
    If characters have less than 15k HP/don't have all ideal Equipment add the
    following paradigms.
    
    
    Hero's Charge         COM      SYN      MED
    Decimation            COM      SYN      RAV
    Diversity             COM      RAV      MED
    
    
    
    The general strategy is that Fang does all the work. With Bravery and
    Enfire she will be hitting massive numbers and kill fast.
    
    
    
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    [013] Ideal Equipment for Ochu Pack
    ===================================
    
    
       ======
        Fang
       ======
    
    
    Weapon 
    ------
    
    Tier 2 Default Weapon (Glaive)
    
    
    Accessories ( for accessory information see Section [011] )
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    
    1. Morale Talisman 
    2. Tetradic Tiara  
    3. +STR Band       
    4. Collector Catalogue (not necessary but will let you make some money)
    
    
    
      ======
       Sahz
      ======
    
    
    Weapon
    ------
    
    Tier 2 Chain Bonus Boost Weapon (Fomalhaut Elites)
    
    
    Accessories ( for accessory information see Section [011] )
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    
    1. Aurora Scarf 
    2. Blessed Talisman  
    3. Tetradic Tiara    
    4. [Anything] -  (e.g. +STR/MAG or another Collector Catalogue)
    
    
    
      ======
       Hope
      ======
    
    
    Weapon
    ------ 
    
    Tier 2 High MAG weapon (Eagletalon)
    
    
    Accessories ( for accessory information see Section [011] )
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    
    1. Aurora Scarf 
    2. Blessed Talisman  
    3. Tetradic Tiara    
    4. Growth Egg        
    
    
    
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    [014] Ideal Setup/Equipment for Behemoth and Megistotherian
    ===========================================================
    
    
    
       ===========
        Lightning
       ===========
    
    
    Weapon 
    ------
    
    Tier 2 High STR Weapon (Upgrade Gladius)
    
    
    Accessories
    -----------
    
    1. +STR Band
    2. +STR Band
    3. +STR Band 
    4. Growth Egg
    
    
    
      ======
       Snow
      ======
    
    
    Weapon
    ------
    
    Tier 2 Improved Guard Weapon (Upgrade Paladin)
    
    
    Accessories
    -----------
    
    1. + HP Band (gives increased damage for +90% HP)
    2. +STR Band
    3. +STR Band
    4. +STR Band
    
    
    
      ======
       Fang
      ======
    
    
    Weapon
    ------ 
    
    Tier 2 Default Weapon (Glaive)
    
    
    Accessories
    -----------
    1. Morale Talisman
    2. +STR Band
    3. +STR Band
    4. +STR Band
    
    
    
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     [015] Battle Strategy - Ochu Pack
    -----------------------------------
    
    
    Your battle strategy will depend on your current HP and equipped Accessories.
    
    The basic strategy is to buff Fang with Haste, Enfire and Bravery in order to
    do the highest possible damage. For this to happen your Synergists will cast
    Haste, Veil, Enfire, Protect, Shell, Bravery, Vigilance, Faith in that order.
    You want to spend as little time buffing as possible hence why we equip
    accessories that auto-provide this buff so that the synergists move straight
    to buffing Enfire, Bravery, Vigilance and Faith.
    
    With Enfire/Bravery Ochu should die in about 6-8 Turns if Fang is attacking
    alone.
    
    You can always try getting lucky using accessories/weapon combo that gives
    [Random: Instant Break] but this strategy is about consistency rather than
    luck.
    
    As mentioned earlier you should switch paradigms during the final attack
    animation(ie when Fang splits her spear) to have a full ATB gauge right after
    the last attack.
    
    
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     [016] Battle Strategy - Behemoth and Megistotherian
    -----------------------------------------------------
    
    
    You will need to start the fight with the Cerberus Paradigm 
    (COM/COM/COM) This is the only paradigm you will need.
    
    Note: Character #2 (character second from left on menu) will assist party 
    leader while character #3 will attack the Megistotherian.
    
    So planning around how the AI reacts, you highest STR character should be 
    Character #3, this character should stack STR bangles and Morale Talisman
    (Auto-Bravery) in accessory slots.
    
    
    
    ---------------------------------
     [017] Battle Method - Ochu Pack
    ---------------------------------
    
    
    Note: the following is a rough idea of how I approach each battle turn by
    turn with haste this will be going really fast so may require practice. You
    may also wish to practice with the timing of ATB switching (when Fang
    performs attack #5).
    
    
    =================================
    With 10k+ HP + Listed Accessories
    =================================
    
    Starting with COM/SYN/SYN
    
    Turn 1: 5x Attack on Ochu
    Turn 2: 5X Attack on Ochu + Switch Paradigm to Relentless Assault
    Turn 3: 5x Attack on Ochu
    Turn 4: 5x Attack on Ochu + Switch Paradigm to Relentless Assault #2
    Turn 5: 5X Attack on Ochu
    Turn 6: 5x Attack on Ochu + Switch Paradigm to Relentless Assault
    
    Turn X: Repeat Turn 3-6 until everything is dead.
    
    If Fang gets launched into the air, just carry on with the method.
    
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Estimated Battle Time ~ 1 Min - 1min 30 Seconds
    Approx CP per hour ~ 900k - 1.2 M (max is 999,999 so use before it caps!)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Final time may depend on how often Fang gets knocked into the air.
    
    (Thanks to Thomiroth for mentioning walking time/battle cinematic time
    for CP/hr calculation)
    
    
    =============================================
    With less than 10k+ HP/ no Listed Accessories
    =============================================
    
    Starting with COM/SYN/SYN
    
    Turn 1-2: Kill a Microchu
    Turn 3-4: Kill another Microchu
    Turn 5-Ochu uses "Screech": 5x attack on Ochu
    
    Now ochu will probably use Screech doing around 3-4k damage and removing some
    buffs.
    
    After Ochu uses Screech.
    
    Turn A: Switch to Hero's Charge, 5X attack on Ochu
    Turn A2: 5X attack on Ochu + switch to Relentless Assault 
    Turn A3: 5X attack on Ochu 
    Turn A4: 5X attack on Ochu + switch to Relentless Assault #2
    Turn A5: 5X attack on Ochu 
    Turn A6: 5X attack on Ochu + switch to Relentless Assault 
    
    Repeat A3-A6 Until the fight is over, You may want to switch to Diversity 
    Paradigm if you are dying.
    
    
    If Fang gets launched into the air, just carry on with the method.
    
    
    --------------------------------------------
    Estimated Battle Time ~ 1Min 40s - 2min 30s
    Approx CP per hour ~ 700k-800k 
    --------------------------------------------
    
    
    Final time may depend on how often Fang gets knocked into the air.
    
    (Thanks to Thomiroth for mentioning walking time/battle cinematic time
    for CP/hr calculation)
    
    
    
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     [018] Battle Method - Behemoth and Megistotherian
    ---------------------------------------------------
    
    
    Starting with COM/COM/COM
    
    Turn 1: 5x Attack on Behemoth
    (2nd character/second from left character on menu screen will assist you)
    (3rd character - Fang will solo Megistotherian)
    
    
    --------------------------------
    Estimated Battle Time ~ 6s - 9s
    Approx CP per hour ~ 2.5m - 2.9m 
    --------------------------------
    
    
    
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     [019] Spawn Cycle
    -------------------
    
    After Killing the Ochu you now want it to respawn. To do this head near the
    nearby chocobo then run back to where you fought Ochu and should have
    respawned.
    
    Note: There is also a cactuar nearby which is a 40s fight for 10k CP(with egg)
    but doesn't auto respawn like the ochu pack.
    
    If you are grinding Behemoth/Megi run to a few steps beyond the save point
    (next to the chocobo) and the pack should have respawned.
    
    
    Happy Grinding!
    
    
    
    -------------------------
     [020] Enemy Information
    -------------------------
    
    
    ==============
     Microchu x 5
    ==============
    
    
    HP: 114750/114750
    
    
    Weak: Fire/Earth
    
    
    Abilities: 
    
    Attack - ~ 500 damage, also causes Delay
    Plead - If successful Ochu will use Pollen on next attack
    
    
    ======
     Ochu
    ======
    
    
    HP: 892500/892500
    
    Weak: Fire/Earth
    Absorb: Water
    
    
    Abilities:
    
    Pollen - Heals all Microchu to full HP and inflicts Poison may also
    dispel Haste/cast slow.
    
    Attack - Roots into ground and strikes a target sending them in the air
    and delaying them for 1-2 seconds. (total delay time around 6-7 seconds)
    
    Screech - Dispels buffs and deals 600-700 x 5 to each character as well
    as delaying them for 2-3 seconds.
     
    Seed Disperse - If three or more Microchu are killed, the Ochu uses this
    ability, which fires seeds into the ground that respawn all Microchu to
    a total of five.
    
    
    ===============
     Behemoth King
    ===============
    
    HP: 243809/487620
    
    Absorbs: Lightning
    Immune: Wind
    
    
    ================
     Megistotherian
    ================
    
    
    HP: 219239/438480
    
    Weak: Fire
    Immune: Ice
    Resistant: Wind
    Halved: magic
    
    
    
    ---------------------------------
    [021] Frequently Asked Questions
    ---------------------------------
    
    (coming soon)
    
    
    
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     [022] Credits
    ---------------
    
    Thanks to
    
    Square-Enix: For making Final Fantasy XIII.
    GameFAQs: For allowing this FAQ on their site.
    
    AramithSRK and SnKouli on YouTube: For providing the Videos for the JP
    version of the grind method.
    
    Enaress - For mentioning the Behemoth and Megistotherian pack.
    
    Thomiroth - For mentioning walking time + battle cinematics in calculating
    CP per hour. 
    
    xYusuke23x - For mentioning that Whistlewind Scarf is better upgraded
                 to Aurora Scarf
    
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    [023] Contact Info
    ------------------
    
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