Final Fantasy XIII
Postgame Guide (Spoiler-Free)
FINAL VERSION
Copyright (c) Arthellinus (arthellinus[at]yahoo[dot]com) 2010-2013, all rights
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  *** FINAL VERSION *** (10/09/13)
- This is the last time I will update this document. A couple of minor errors 
  have been fixed. More importantly, I hereby make this document in full 
  available to the website Etro's Gate, which seeks to cover all Fabula Nova 
  Crystallis games localized in the United States in meticulous detail. Once 
  again, links to the website (and YouTube channel):

  http://etrosgate.com/
  http://youtube.com/etrosgate

  To anyone who finds this guide useful or enjoys the battle system in FFXIII
  and FFXIII-2, it is well worth your while to check out the site and 
  especially the channel. I have no affiliation with this site, but there 
  is a wealth of content available there that goes far and beyond anything 
  that I have done with either game. Etro's Gate has permission to use and 
  update any and all parts of this guide, as well as the Adamantoise/Shaolong 
  Gui Farming Guide, for its purposes. In time, this document may become 
  deprecated as it is transcribed and further optimized for use on Etro's 
  Gate, and I'm perfectly fine with that. So with that -- until next time, 
  everyone! Thanks again for reading and watching.

  Version 1.50 (04/27/11)
- An update??? I've got more videos for you... a lot more. I made a whole 
  section just for videos.

  Version 1.45 (05/31/10)
- (b) Added Shaolong Gui videos. See end of Section 5b.
- (a) Some spring cleaning is in order. Incorporated my videos into a revamped
  Section 5b, and added a new section (3d).

  Version 1.35 (04/22/10)
- Added some more misc info and started up a section for videos.

  Version 1.25 (04/19/10)
- I finally got myself a PVR, so now I can supplement my writeups with videos
  when I deem it to be appropriate. For now, I'm only going to stick videos
  into relevant sections, but I'll make a separate video section if I compile
  enough of them. The first video is in Section 5b.
- Stats section expanded, character section revamped, and some upgrade tips
  about component usage added. Other minor additions and edits made.

  Version 1.10 (03/23/10)
- Farming tips and some minor edits added. Not much else I really want to
  include at this point. Will expand on stats when I get the chance.

  Version 1.00 (03/21/10)
- All remaining weapons filled in. All remaining errors (hopefully) fixed.
  Str/Mag accessories added. Some miscellaneous groundwork laid, but I have
  achieved my original objective with this document, barring errors.

  Version 0.80 (03/19/10)
- First version out. Missing ultimate and Gilgamesh weapons.



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 Contents
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 1. Introduction ........................................................ [010]
    a. Document overview ................................................ [01a]
    b. Before postgame .................................................. [01b]

 2. Gameplay Tips ....................................................... [020]

 3. Character Analysis .................................................. [030]
    a. Stats ............................................................ [03a]
    b. Role abilities ................................................... [03b]
    c. Party setups ..................................................... [03c]
    d. Leveling secondary roles elary (pre-postgame applicable) ......... [03d]

 4. Upgrading ........................................................... [040]
    a. Basics ........................................................... [04a]
    b. Lightning's weapons .............................................. [04b]
    c. Sazh's weapons ................................................... [04c]
    d. Snow's weapons ................................................... [04d]
    e. Hope's weapons ................................................... [04e]
    f. Vanille's weapons ................................................ [04f]
    g. Fang's weapons ................................................... [04g]
    h. Accessories ...................................................... [04h]
    i. Custom calculations and components ............................... [04i]
    j. Dismantling ...................................................... [04j]

 5. Miscellaneous ....................................................... [050]
    a. Mission completion order (pre-postgame applicable) ............... [05a]
    b. Earning CP and gil ............................................... [05b]
    c. Animation speeds ................................................. [05c]

 6. Video Archive ....................................................... [060]


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 1.  Introduction                                                         [010]
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 1a. Document overview                                                    [01a]


This is a guide primarily focused on (but not limited to) party setup options
and efficiency in upgrading weapons.

I want to make something clear. This "analysis" document is not meant to tell
you how to play the game and covers no specific fights or sequences. My goal
here is to present you with the info you want so you can do things the way you
want in the most efficient manner possible. With a few exceptions, I won't tell
you how to beat a certain boss or mark, which weapons to upgrade, or what party
you should use. I will simply present you with the tools and my personal
thoughts on how they can be used. When I present specific methods, it's because
there isn't as much "lateral diversity" in how to go about doing certain things.
There are efficient ways and inefficient ways. I am here to provide you with
the efficient ways.

Subsequently, you should also know that if you are reading this guide, then you
have likely beaten the game and should definitely understand all the basics
regarding the mechanics. I do have a section with some handy tips, but I am not
here to explain the fundamentals, so please understand that I expect you to
have a decent grip on the game before you progress through this document. To
give you an example, I will not be detailing what each ability does. I will
make important distinctions when I need to, but generally, you should have a
good idea of exactly what abilities do. If you don't, there are very handy
descriptions in the game with which I suggest you become acquainted. Of course,
I will take the time to discuss things that the game never makes explicit.

If you want to experience the real nuts and bolts of the game, I defer you
either to the English strategy guide by Piggyback (which is very good), or to
the even more thorough Game Mechanics Guide by ximaus on GameFAQs, based on the
Japanese Ultimania guide. Both are great resources.

For the sake of brevity, I won't duplicate info that can be taken from either
or both of the two guides mentioned above if it does not factor significantly
into the analysis. At certain points, I will mark the end of a statement with
an asterisk followed by a slash (*/), and when I do that, it means: "See
Piggyback strategy guide or ximaus's Game Mechanics Guide for more
information."

By the way, there are zero spoilers in this guide, so even if you haven't
beaten the game, you can peruse it, but...



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 1b. Before postgame                                                      [01b]


There is really no reason at all to use any sort of guide before beating the
game unless you've really run into a brick wall for some reason. The great
thing about FFXIII is that there are absolutely no missable items if you never
sell any of your accessories. So, to accommodate this caveat, be safe and don't
sell them! Better to keep them around for upgrading later anyway. Otherwise,
the only real missables are bestiary entries, if you care...

Now, is there anything to say about party members and setups? Perhaps, but the
truth of the matter is that it's not advisable to develop your party members'
secondary roles (which you unlock in Chapter 10) during the story. This should
be common sense; relative to your primary roles, the CP costs are astronomical.
Therefore, you are somewhat limited as far as how efficiently you can set up
your party before you beat the game, unless you want to grind for hours upon
hours.

Let's just get this out of the way: Lightning, Hope, and Fang is the most well-
rounded party before postgame. If you want to break it down further, Hope and
Fang are the best duo because they have all six roles between them, making the
last member essentially flavor (remember, we are considering primary roles only)
and completely open to suit whatever playstyle you want. You can't really do
much better than that.

As for upgrading, regardless of the assorted nonsense to follow, don't feel bad
about upgrading. You can't screw anything up. If you feel more comfortable
playing the game however you like and dissecting the mechanics only after you
beat it, that's perfectly fine. The only thing I'd advise you not to do is
haphazardly transform your accessories because the effect of the higher-tier
upgrade is not always simply a better version; sometimes the effect is
completely different. You don't want to waste your catalysts.



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 2.  Gameplay Tips                                                        [020]
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A brief interlude before the core information. I want to highlight some of the
more important nuances to the gameplay system. Some of these you may find to be
obvious; some you may have discovered by accident while playing the game; some
you may not know. I will try to keep this section updated as I learn or
remember more tidbits.


..... Preemptive strikes
Sometimes it may be difficult to get a preemptive strike on a certain enemy
even if it is facing away from you because it turns around very quickly. One
thing you can try is to rush it and then immediately retry. Now note both your
starting position and the position of the enemy after the game reloads. Rush it
again. If you still cannot secure a preemptive strike, retry again, but hold
your analog stick in the direction of the enemy while it's loading so that you
run straight at it right when the game starts up. You should have a good chance
of registering a preemptive strike before the AI is able to react.

..... Eidolon healing
If you summon an Eidolon, all of your party members will be restored to full
health (including KO'd allies) and any status ailments will be removed once the
Eidolon is dismissed. Think of this as an emergency option.

..... Lightning juggling
If all elemental resistances on an enemy are equal, Lightning (the element) is
the best to use in to maintain juggles. Lightning spells fire off almost
immediately, while all other elements, as well as Ruin and Ruinga, have
significant startup time. Also keep this in mind in order to save time (for
battle rating or when up against a Doom counter) or interrupt enemy attacks.

..... Shift recharge, a.k.a. ATB refresh
This is a fairly well-known ATB mechanic that will help you expedite battles
and put you at a distinct advantage if used properly. Every time your ATB fills
up completely to max, you are guaranteed a full ATB instantly upon your next
Paradigm shift. After you shift, you must again allow the ATB to fill up
completely before you can perform this shift recharge again. In other words, if
you shift at most every other turn, you will always get a full ATB when you
shift. The basic sequence to take advantage of this is:
1) After ATB is fully charged, perform actions and shift as final action
completes.
2) Instant full ATB for next turn. Perform actions.
3) Back to Step 1 and repeat.
I want to note a bit of a pet peeve I have here. A lot of people refer to this
tactic as "ATB Cancelling." Please do not use this term. You are not cancelling
anything. And by the way, using Triangle to attack with a partial ATB queue?
That is also NOT cancelling. Hitting O to interrupt your queue to do something
else? THAT is cancelling. Please do not use terminology that is both
descriptively wrong AND fundamentally conflicting with that of other mechanics.
Thanks.

..... Mid-attack shifting
Remember your role bonuses. These come into play heavily once you can start
playing with Paradigms where you can stack the same role bonus three times. If
the enemy is about to use its ultimate attack, you can shift quickly to
something like SEN/SEN/SEN and significantly abate the damage before shifting
back and resuming your routine. This may obviate a turn of healing, freeing you
to continue on the offensive. This works both ways. If you are invoking an
attack with a particularly long animation, you can shift to a Paradigm like
COM/COM/COM before it hits (or ends) and reap the benefits of increased damage.
Try this out with Army of One, Cold Blood, or Death. The Ravager abilities will
still skyrocket the chain gauge while doing appreciable damage. As for Death,
with a high enough Magic stat, a fully buffed Vanille can be doing 999999
damage per hit (the maximum with Genji Glove) against a fully debuffed enemy,
which is pretty ridiculous. You can sync this with shift recharge/ATB refresh
for optimal results (for example, refresh on shifting to SAB, casting Death,
shifting to COM to charge normally while Death hits, refresh again shifting to
SAB, and so on).

..... Positioning
You can't manually control exactly where your characters position themselves on
the battlefield, but there are methods to work your party into general
formations. For example, if you want to keep a melee Sentinel away from your
mages, shift your Sentinel to a Commando Paradigm and let him or her run up to
attack. Now shift back immediately. The Sentinel will generally anchor close to
the enemy and draw fire to him or her and away from your other characters,
standing farther away. Actions that allow a character to retreat are rare and
not all characters have the same capabilities.
1) Lightning has the most options here. Every time she starts a sequence of
Ruin(ga) or elemental spells, she will jump back. Use multiple one-bar attacks
to make her retreat rapidly.
2) Sazh's Ravager -strike abilities also give him good backwards movement, but
that is basically the best he can do.
3) Snow and Fang behave as Lightning does, but their backwards movement is much,
much smaller. It will take a lot more work to get them to back up a significant
distance.
4) Hope and Vanille don't really seem to have any mobility whatsoever, so they
are less flexible in this regard.

..... Axis Blade recharge
Lightning's Axis Blade weapon (and its upgraded versions) has the unique
ability Attack: ATB Charge. Whenever Lightning performs a successful attack,
she recharges her ATB slightly. Despite the tradeoff for low stats, it is one
of her best weapons and arguably the best. The specifics of Attack: ATB Charge
II (for Enkindler and Omega Weapon) are as follows: each successful single
attack recharges 1/5 bar PER ENEMY HIT. Some examples illustrating the
specifics:
- Using an Enkindler, Attack x5 will recharge 1/5 x 5 = 1 bar.
- Using Blitz (2 bars) against a single enemy will recharge ONLY 1/5 bar.
- Using Blitz (2 bars) against 3 enemies will recharge 3/5 bar!
Therefore, where the Axis Blade line really shines is in employing AOE (area of
effect) attacks efficiently. This is before any -siphon passive abilities come
into play as well. Inversely, not using AOE efficiently will limit your
advantage. Keep this in mind.

..... Attack/cast animation speed
Not everyone attacks at the same speed. Fang, for example, has a 3-hit combo as
her finisher at the end of an Attack chain (as a Commando), while Lightning's
is the simple shoot-and-backflip. This means Lightning's ATB starts recharging
earlier. Similarly, Sazh's gunkata-esque moves come out reeeeally slowly in
general (except for Cold Blood). This means he'll suffer from a latent recharge
as well. Note that this disparity is not consistent between melee attacks and
spellcasting. In terms of spells, there are two more or less distinct groups of
casting speeds...

Fast: Snow > Lightning = Fang
Slow: Hope > Sazh > Vanille

Within each category, the differences are small, but between categories, given
that each turn consists of 5 or 6 bars and considering the number of turns a
long battle might last, this adds up, even if you ATB refresh a lot to skip
charges. These numbers are with Haste, by the way; I don't really know if that
matters, but it shouldn't and you should have Haste on in critical fights
regardless. This also does not take into account any recovery time in between
turns. For more details, check out Section 5c.

..... Daze
This isn't a well-known fact, but you take significantly more damage when you
are Dazed (double, in fact). Of course, this applies to enemies as well. Use
this to your advantage!

..... Normal and Rare drops
It is important to note that a single enemy cannot give you both a Normal and a
Rare drop. It's either one or the other. The game checks for the Rare drop
first and the Normal drop rate applies CONDITIONALLY when a Rare drop does NOT
occur. On that note, Collector and Connoisseur Catalogs do stack, but if you
want to maximize your chances of getting NORMAL drops (such as Perfumes or
Platinum Ingots), do not equip the Connoisseur Catalog. Shroud drops are
calculated independently and are not mutually exclusive of Normal or Rare drops.



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 3.  Character Analysis                                                   [030]
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 3a. Stats                                                                [03a]


If we consider the character stat trends around when one typically finishes the
game (with Lv 9 Crystarium mostly filled out), they look something like this:

HP:  Snow > Sazh > Fang > Lightning > Vanille > Hope
Str: Fang > Snow > Lightning > Sazh > Vanille > Hope
Mag: Hope > Vanille > Lightning > Sazh > Fang > Snow

However, as you progress through the postgame, characters shift positions a bit.
The final lines look like this:

HP:  Snow > Sazh > Fang > Vanille > Lightning > Hope
Str: Fang > Lightning > Snow > Vanille > Hope > Sazh
Mag: Hope > Vanille > Lightning > Fang > Snow > Sazh

Or, more specifically, with a completely maxed Crystarium for every character:

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| NAME          |    HP |  STR |  MAG |
|===============|=======|======|======|
| Lightning     | 20000 | 1700 | 1700 |
| Snow          | 30000 | 1500 | 1200 |
| Sazh          | 27000 | 1000 | 1000 |
| Hope          | 18000 | 1100 | 1900 |
| Vanille       | 21050 | 1400 | 1700 |
| Fang          | 24000 | 2005 | 1300 |
+-------------------------------------+


Makes you wonder if Vanille's extra 50 HP and Fang's extra 5 Strength were
miscalculations by the developers, doesn't it? It's just me then? Fine.

In any case, don't be so easily fooled. Stats do not tell the whole story.
Lightning has the highest combined base stats (in terms of Strength and Magic),
but generally, her weapon stats are inferior in Strength to Snow's and inferior
in Magic to Vanile's, so she will tend to be outpaced in those categories
respectively. Sazh's weapons usually have the highest stats regardless, so he
makes up quite a bit of ground with a good weapon. Of course, you'll face some
tough choices in picking weapons for each character, I'm sure.

One of the nice things about FFXIII's mechanics is that the numbers are very
straightforward. At base stats, Snow has 1.5 times the Strength that Sazh has,
so Snow will always do 1.5 times the amount of physical damage that Sazh does,
all other things being equal. There are plenty of other factors, of course,
like passive abilities and status effects, but there is nothing byzantine about
the baseline, unlike what you see with FFXII's mechanics, if you remember those.



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 3b. Role abilities                                                       [03b]


Here is where you should be looking when you start thinking about possible
postgame parties. I will list every single Crystarium ability, arranged by role,
and within each role, parsed into Active and Passive abilities (as indicated by
a separator within each table), as well as who can learn which abilities.

The characters are labeled:
L for Lightning
N for Snow
Z for Sazh
H for Hope
V for Vanille
F for Fang

and "O" indicates that the character can learn a particular ability, while "-"
indicates that the character cannot.



..... Commando

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| COMMANDO ABILITIES  | L | N | Z | H | V | F |
|=====================|===|===|===|===|===|===|
| Attack              | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Blitz               | O | O | O | O | - | O |
| Ruin                | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Ruinga              | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Highwind            | - | - | - | - | - | O |
| Sovereign Fist      | - | O | - | - | - | - |
|---------------------|---|---|---|---|---|---|
| Powerchain          | O | O | O | - | - | O |
| Lifesiphon          | O | O | O | O | - | O |
| Faultsiphon         | O | - | - | O | O | O |
| Launch              | O | O | - | - | - | O |
| Ravage              | O | O | - | O | - | O |
| Smite               | O | O | - | - | - | O |
| Blindside           | O | O | - | - | O | O |
| Scourge             | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Jeopardize          | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Deathblow           | - | O | - | - | O | O |
| Adrenaline          | - | O | O | - | O | O |
+---------------------------------------------+

I'll emphasize that only three characters get the all-important Launch ability.
In serious fights against opponents that can be Launched, you'll obviously want
to use at least one of those three characters. Also, Highwind and Sovereign
Fist function similarly.

Sazh's Blitz is fairly unique. It has a huge horizontal hitbox and against
larger enemies, it can be employed to devastating effect, getting you up to six
hits per use. On the other hand, his regular Attack is really lousy, suffering
from the slowness I described earlier.

ROLE LEVEL BONUS: For Commandos, Role Levels increase the innate damage bonus
as well as the smaller bonus conferred to allies (every role works this way in
terms of Role Levels: a large bonus to the character plus smaller bonuses to
allies, and they are stackable).*/ Everyone gets all 5 Role Levels for every
role, so there's no need to sweat about that.



..... Ravager

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| RAVAGER ABILITIES   | L | N | Z | H | V | F |
|=====================|===|===|===|===|===|===|
| Fire                | O | - | O | O | O | O |
| Fira                | O | - | O | O | O | O |
| Firaga              | - | - | O | O | O | - |
| Blizzard            | O | O | - | O | O | O |
| Blizzara            | O | O | - | O | O | O |
| Blizzaga            | - | O | - | O | O | - |
| Thunder             | O | - | O | O | O | O |
| Thundara            | O | - | O | O | O | O |
| Thundaga            | O | - | O | O | - | - |
| Water               | O | O | - | O | O | O |
| Watera              | O | O | - | O | O | O |
| Waterga             | - | O | - | O | - | O |
| Aero                | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Aerora              | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Aeroga              | - | - | O | O | - | O |
| Flamestrike         | O | - | O | - | - | O |
| Froststrike         | O | O | - | - | - | O |
| Sparkstrike         | O | - | O | - | - | O |
| Aquastrike          | O | O | - | - | - | O |
| Army of One         | O | - | - | - | - | - |
| Cold Blood          | - | - | O | - | - | - |
| Last Resort         | - | - | - | O | - | - |
|---------------------|---|---|---|---|---|---|
| Vigor               | O | O | - | O | - | O |
| Overwhelm           | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Fearsiphon          | O | O | O | O | O | O |
+---------------------------------------------+

You should already know this, but Aerora and Aeroga are stronger and cost more
than their counterparts of other elemental types (Aerora costs 3 bars; Aeroga
costs 5). As for the unique abilities, Army of One and Cold Blood work in
similar ways. Army of One deals 11 hits while Cold Blood deals 17 hits. Last
Resort deals 8 hits, but hits each enemy that is present sequentially before
stacking additional rounds (e.g. if there are two enemies, each one is hit 4
times, but if there are three enemies, two of them get hit 3 times while one of
them gets hit twice).

ROLE LEVEL BONUS: As you might expect, Ravager Role Levels increase chain
bonuses.*/



..... Sentinel

 _____________________________________________
| SENTINEL ABILITIES  | L | N | Z | H | V | F |
|=====================|===|===|===|===|===|===|
| Provoke             | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Elude               | O | - | - | O | - | - |
| Challenge           | - | O | O | - | - | O |
| Vendetta            | - | O | O | O | - | O |
| Entrench            | - | O | - | O | O | O |
| Steelguard          | - | O | O | - | O | O |
| Mediguard           | - | O | - | - | O | O |
|---------------------|---|---|---|---|---|---|
| Evade               | O | O | - | O | - | O |
| Counter             | O | O | - | O | - | O |
| Deathward           | O | O | O | O | - | O |
| Fringeward          | O | O | O | - | - | O |
| Reprieve            | O | O | - | O | O | O |
+---------------------------------------------+

There is really not much to say about Sentinel abilities. They are all
straightforward. One thing to note, however, is Lightning's complete lack of
Guard abilities. You may think that this is a minus, and it certainly is
against magic, but it also makes her the best Sentinel against enemies that use
only physical attacks, especially with Nimbletoe Boots equipped.

ROLE LEVEL BONUS: Sentinel Role Levels decrease total damage dealt.*/



..... Synergist

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| SYNERGIST ABILITIES | L | N | Z | H | V | F |
|=====================|===|===|===|===|===|===|
| Bravery             | O | O | O | O | - | - |
| Bravera             | - | - | - | - | O | O |
| Faith               | O | O | O | O | - | - |
| Faithra             | - | - | - | - | O | O |
| Protect             | O | O | O | O | - | - |
| Protectra           | - | - | - | - | O | O |
| Shell               | O | O | O | O | - | - |
| Shellra             | - | - | - | - | O | O |
| Haste               | O | O | O | O | - | O |
| Vigilance           | O | O | O | - | O | - |
| Veil                | - | - | - | O | O | O |
| Enfire              | O | - | O | O | - | - |
| Enfrost             | O | - | O | O | - | - |
| Enthunder           | O | - | O | O | - | - |
| Enwater             | O | - | O | O | - | - |
| Barfire             | - | - | O | O | O | - |
| Barfrost            | - | - | O | O | O | - |
| Barthunder          | - | - | O | O | O | - |
| Barwater            | - | - | O | O | O | - |
|---------------------|---|---|---|---|---|---|
| Boon                | O | O | O | O | O | O |
+---------------------------------------------+

It is important not to misunderstand different tiers of buffs and debuffs. In
the case of buffs, the -ra abilities (Bravera, Faithra, Protectra, Shellra) are
of greater effect than the basic versions of those abilities, but have a
shorter duration and thus need to be reapplied more frequently.*/

ROLE LEVEL BONUS: Synergist Role Levels increase the durations of buffs
applied.*/



..... Saboteur

 _____________________________________________
| SABOTEUR ABILITIES  | L | N | Z | H | V | F |
|=====================|===|===|===|===|===|===|
| Deprotect           | O | - | O | - | O | O |
| Deprotega           | O | - | - | O | O | - |
| Deshell             | O | - | O | - | O | O |
| Deshellga           | O | - | - | O | O | - |
| Poison              | O | - | O | - | O | - |
| Poisonga            | O | - | - | O | O | - |
| Imperil             | O | - | O | - | O | O |
| Imperilga           | O | - | - | O | O | - |
| Slow                | - | O | O | - | - | O |
| Slowga              | - | O | - | O | - | O |
| Curse               | - | O | O | - | - | O |
| Cursega             | - | O | - | O | - | O |
| Daze                | - | O | O | - | - | O |
| Dazega              | - | O | - | O | - | O |
| Pain                | - | O | O | - | O | O |
| Painga              | - | O | - | O | - | O |
| Fog                 | - | O | O | - | O | O |
| Fogga               | - | O | - | O | - | O |
| Dispel              | - | - | O | O | O | O |
| Death               | - | - | - | - | O | - |
|---------------------|---|---|---|---|---|---|
| Jinx                | O | O | O | O | O | O |
+---------------------------------------------+

The -ga debuffs are AoE versions of the default abilities and do not last
longer or shorter than their single-target counterparts, nor do they impose an
enhanced effect compared to the regular versions of the abilities. This makes
-ga debuffs less necessary (and indeed, less desirable) in fights against
single enemies.

ROLE LEVEL BONUS: Saboteur Role Levels increase the success rates of debuffs.*/



..... Medic

 _____________________________________________
| MEDIC ABILITIES     | L | N | Z | H | V | F |
|=====================|===|===|===|===|===|===|
| Cure                | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Cura                | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Curasa              | - | O | O | O | O | - |
| Curaja              | - | - | - | O | O | - |
| Esuna               | O | O | O | O | O | O |
| Raise               | O | - | - | O | O | O |
+---------------------------------------------+

If an ally who is also a Medic is KO'd and you (as leader) are in relatively
good health, it may be better just to use a Phoenix Down instead of Raise. You
should be able to buy these in bunches by the postgame. The AI will heal
himself/herself almost right away and you'll have a full ATB, free to perform
other actions.

ROLE LEVEL BONUS: Medic Role Levels increase the effectiveness of healing
effects, including items AND a Sentinel's Mediguard.*/ Think about how
effective the Combat Clinic Paradigm really is when you take this into effect.



_______________________________________________________________________________

 3c. Party setups                                                         [03c]


I'm going to break this section down into several different approaches to
building a party. We'll start first by focusing on individual roles and
evaluating each party member in that context. Instead of the "default" order, I
will go in what I deem to be order of importance.


Medics
Considering the note above about being able to use Phoenix Downs as the leader,
using Snow or Sazh as a backup medic in the leader role is entirely feasible,
but there is not much reason to use them as AI medics over any of the other
characters. Generally, you're still going to be much better off with a top-tier
Medic in your party, which means Hope or Vanille, but by postgame, you have a
bit of wiggle room here. This is definitely the one role you don't want to get
too cavalier with, though.

Synergists
Synergists are pretty interesting because, along with Saboteurs, they are
pretty distinctly compartmentalized in terms of party members having access to
particular abilities. It is rather odd that only Vanille and Fang get the -ra
variants of the buffs, despite neither of them having Synergist as a primary
role. Vanille would actually make for a very good Synergist if only she had
Haste, but seeing as how everyone else does, she makes for an excellent choice
as a secondary Synergist. If you want to use a Paradigm with at least two of
these, you'll be able to buff your party very rapidly. In such a case, you'll
do well to choose two Synergists whose abilities complement each other.

Saboteurs
An argument similar to the one I made for Synergists can be made here. In fact,
there are two clear dichotomies in terms of ability assignments. The first is
split between Lightning/Vanille and Snow/Fang in "debuff" versus "debilitate"
abilities. Debuffs refer to simple ailments (Deprotect, Deshell, Poison,
Imperil) while "debilitates" have more varied and interesting effects (Slow,
Curse, Daze, Pain, Fog). Obviously, Vanille and Fang are better because they
have Dispel, while Lightning and Snow don't, but you don't really need two
members casting Dispel. Meanwhile, Sazh and Hope are drawn straight down the
line in terms of single-target versus multi-target spells. They both get Dispel,
so ultimately, either can qualify to take care of all of your Saboteur needs,
based solely on the condition of whether you're taking on one enemy or a large
group. Finally, beyond the obvious use for Death, it also has an astronomical
4.0 innate damage multiplier. Vanille can dish out some incredible damage under
the right circumstances (which I have alluded to elsewhere). By the way, if you
haven't already noticed, I use debuffs as an umbrella term for Saboteur
abilities, but I did want to note the technicality in this blurb.

Commandos
As I mentioned earlier, only Lightning, Snow and Fang can Launch, which means
that typically, one of them should take the lead on offense, but Sazh
definitely has his moments with Blitz. You'll do well to identify these
situations and take full advantage of him in them.

Sentinels
Snow and Fang are far and away the best choices for primary Sentinel duty, just
as Hope and Vanille are the best Medics. What you may not expect is that Sazh
can actually do a decent job as well. He has high HP and the essential
abilities to be a damage sponge (Challenge, Steelguard, and to a lesser extent
Vendetta). Unfortunately, he is the only character without Reprieve, and he
also doesn't get Mediguard, which may drag down party efficiency at times when
you have to shift to heal him, unlike Snow or Fang who can be left alone for a
much longer period of time. The other three characters don't have Challenge,
among many other things... but Lightning can ninja like no other character,
making her the supreme Sentinel against enemies that only use physical attacks.

Ravagers
Of course, Ravagers are vital, but seriously, any character can be a decent
Ravager. Aside from Snow and Sazh being completely inept in Fire/Lightning and
Ice/Water respectively, each character is pretty diverse and can handle a
variety of situations. Add in the fact that you're almost never going to have
just one Ravager and this is really no big deal. The lack of Vigor hurts Sazh
and Vanille, but Sazh is still solid with his unique and Vanille's Magic is so
high anyway that she doesn't really end up falling behind most of the others.


Okay, but what about actual parties?

There are exactly 20 different three-person combinations you can make. For each
party, you have a choice from the three for your leader. If we want to be
technical, that's actually 60 different parties! On the other hand, choice of
party leader is not nearly as important as overall party makeup, but in many
cases it will be critical to the strategy you adopt. You should choose whomever
you feel most comfortable with. Given the speed with which the AI reacts and
the fact that Hope and Vanile are superior Medics, it is more effective
defensively to leave them under AI control.

Instead of going through every single combination like I did in the previous
version of this document, however, I will talk more generally about setups and
how to get the most out of your party. After having actually completed the
postgame, I can discuss more accurately (and at the same time, less
specifically) how to assess character dynamics properly both in the course of
building up  secondary roles and then using them to their fullest potential
once you have maxed them.

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but I want to make a point in doing so. As
you progress through the Crystarium, you will:

1) Get stronger.
2) Open up secondary roles for each character.

If you played through the story without doing any significant powering up, you
may have felt the need to employ a Sentinel frequently. As you progress through
the postgame, you will find that this becomes less and less of a necessity,
with only certain enemies (specifically some A-rank marks) posing enough of a
threat that you need a Sentinel to soak up the hits before you are strong
enough to overpower them. This frees you up to be a lot more flexible with
party member selection and Paradigm decks. Developing secondary roles will also
contribute to this, of course.

This paves the way for the usage of many interesting Paradigms that you rarely
or never got to use before postgame for one reason or another. Some examples:


RAV/SAB/SAB (SABs debuff rapidly and steadies the chain gauge)
SYN/SYN/SYN (everyone fully buffed within 3 or 4 turns)
RAV/RAV/RAV and COM/COM/COM in the same deck with any three characters (only
usable with a party of Lightning/Snow/Sazh before postgame)


Still, make sure not to get too careless and always be attuned to your needs.
You should pay particular attention to your distribution of SYN and SAB
abilities; a combination like Imperil + Enfire will drastically increase your
damage output, but only three characters learn Enfire. And again, I hate to be
the one to tell you that you may be limited in some way, but in tough fights
where healing is absolutely necessary, you can't really avoid using either Hope
or Vanille.

Hopefully, my tables and comments will help you along in determining how to
optimize your favorite party. If you find the battle system to be genuinely fun,
I don't see what the point is in telling you exactly what to do, especially
regarding optional stuff like postgame, where the point is generally to let the
player develop his or her own playstyle.



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 3d. Leveling secondary roles early                                       [03d]


This isn't necessarily postgame material, but I'll put it here anyway.

The trick is to know how much to invest so that you don't waste too much CP you
could have put to better use in maxing your primary roles, but early abilities
you pick up can vastly improve your characters' flexibility. I'll list how much
EARLY leveling you should do in secondary roles (Chapters 10-13). The precise
timing depends on how you like to play and how much CP you have on hand, but
here are some definitive tips as to what you can do to get the most out of your
characters before maxing any primary roles.


Lightning
SEN: Stage 3 gives her Provoke, Evade, and Elude which are flat out all you
need for her as a Sentinel
SAB: Stage 2 gives her Deprotect and Deshell. Imperil requires Stage 4 which
may be too much if you are developing other secondaries, but it's there if you
want it.
SYN: Stage 3 gives her Bravery, Faith, and Enthunder which are plenty helpful
even at Lv 1; Stage 4 gives her Enfire which is something to consider if you
can afford it.
Summary: You can't really go wrong in dabbling in any of her secondaries.

Snow
SAB: Leave this alone. He is most useful here as a Daze spammer and you won't
be able to afford it until postgame.
SYN: Again, not really worth it. Bravery/Faith are more valuable than
Protect/Shell, but he doesn't learn them quickly. Leave this alone.
MED: You don't need anything more than Cure from him. Stage 3 gets you Cura,
which may be a worthwhile investment.
Summary: You can ignore secondaries completely for him, or go as far as you can
for either SAB or MED (to reach Daze or Curasa asap).

Sazh
SEN: Don't bother. He doesn't offer anything Snow and Fang can't, unlike
Lightning.
SAB: Same situation as Lightning here. I highly recommend at least Deprotect
and Deshell. Go up to Imperil if you can afford it, but Sazh more than anyone
needs his stat boosts from primaries, so Stage 2 should be comfortable enough
for most.
MED: Nothing much fruitful here.
Summary: I recommend SAB up to Stage 2 and that's it.

Hope:
COM: He gets Ruin immediately. I'd recommend stopping right there.
SEN: Forget it.
SAB: Don't even think about it.
Summary: Hope is easy. Spend 6000 CP on Ruin, then go back to maxing your
primaries.

Vanille
COM: Needs Stage 2 for Ruin. You can go for it or just focus on primaries.
SEN: Ignore.
SYN: Ignore. Her SYN development is absolutely terrible.
Summary: Stage 2 COM for Ruin at most. You can leave her secondaries alone
completely if you want.

Fang
RAV: Fill out Stage 1 for Fire and Thunder. This opens up Tri-disaster for her
and gives her access to the most useful element and the fastest one.
SYN: Stage 3 gives you Bravera and Faithra which is absolutely huge. You want
to keep going and reach the Lv 2 crystal as soon as you can. Absurdly, she
learns all her abilities (minus Boon) by Lv 2.
MED: Ignore. You'll want all your extra CP for SYN.
Summary: Once you max out Stage 9 primaries, you should essentially sacrifice
the extra HP from Stage 10 primaries to fill out her SYN as soon as you can.
You have the most to gain here. Otherwise, give her the minimal amount of RAV
and there won't be anything she can't handle aside from healing, which she
sucks at anyway.



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 4.  Upgrading                                                            [040]
===============================================================================

 4a. Basics                                                               [04a]


Well, now that our warm-ups are done, let's get to the fun stuff.

I'm not going to bother cluttering up this document with tables detailing stats
and other properties of weapons or accessories. There will undoubtedly be
plenty of those for you to peruse. What I am interested in is helping you
upgrade your equipment with as little hassle as possible. It will still take
time, of course, to obtain enough money and the right components to upgrade
them, but I am removing the need to agonize over how to do it with maximum
efficiency. That is the sole focus of this section. Again, you may have started
to mess with it before the postgame, but now that you're here, I'm sure you'll
want to know how to expedite the process so you don't have to think about it
too much while you're playing the game.

Before we begin, perhaps you'd like to know the mechanics behind the data I
will be presenting to you. Undoubtedly, many of you already have some idea, but
I will boil it down to the simplest terms possible for you to obtain a complete
understanding without having to sift through any detritus of useless info.

Each piece of equipment requires EXP to gain levels. Each piece of equipment
also has a maximum level, denoted by a star in-game (*). For example, Blazefire
Saber has a max level of 26, which means when you upgrade it once more after it
reaches Lv 25, it will be maxed at *.

Most weapons and accessories can be transformed into a higher-tier version.
This process requires special catalyst minerals that can be bought (but are
expensive) or obtained via rare drops. Only maxed weapons can be transformed.
While weapons maintain stat bonus trends and special properties once
transformed, accessories may not necessarily do that. Ones that convey special
passive abilities may grant different ones upon being transformed.

For the most part, I will not be detailing accessories in this guide because
they are, on the whole, very cheap to upgrade via EXP because they max out at
low levels, most commonly 2, 6, and 11. Therefore, there is no urgent need to
go on a minmaxing spree with these; just use your non-essential components
following the principles outlined in the following paragraphs to max these out
quickly. There are a few accessories I will make exceptions for (the
+HP/Str/Mag ones) and I will cover the EXP requirements for those in detail.

Finally, components also contribute to a hidden EXP multiplier inherent in each
item. Each kind of component has a Multiplier Modifier (MM), either positive or
negative, that changes the Multiplier Rating (MR), which operates along a scale
of 0 to possibly 1000. The actual EXP multiplier is based on the value of MR. 
The possible multipliers are x1, x1,25, x1.5, x1.75, x2, and x3. A x3 
multiplier requires an MR of 501+. This is more or less all you need to know.

Well, maybe a little less. One more thing. Your MR changes with each individual
batch of components invested. Therefore, if you are sitting on a x3 and you use
n of a particular synthetic component, your multiplier may drop to x1.75 due to
the reduction in MR. If you then put in another n, those n components will only
benefit from the resultant x1.75 effect. On the other hand, if you dumped in 2n
to start with, all of them will enjoy the x3 multiplier. Keep this in mind.

There are four main categories of components:
+ ORGANIC components are good for jacking up MR, but have poor EXP values.
+ SYNTHETIC components have great EXP values, but sport negative MM values
(decreasing your MR).
+ PREMIUM components are good for nothing except selling to make a nice profit.
Note that some organic components are also better suited for selling rather
than upgrading (notably Seeds, Fruits, Green Needles, and Perfume).
+ CATALYSTS are as I described them above. They can all be purchased from The
Motherlode or R&D Depot.

There is a very simple procedure to upgrading your weapons efficiently because
there is little need to amass a collection of many different types of organic
or synthetic components, which are what you need to do the bulk of your
upgrades. You need only to single out the most cost-efficient and hoard those.

1) 36 Sturdy Bones, Barbed Tails, or Vibrant Oozes from Creature Comforts will
provide any item with an instant x3 multiplier. The fact that this only costs
2880 gil, which is pocket change by postgame, in addition to your carry limit
of 99 per item, means that if you want to minimize time in the shop screen, buy
72 each of Sturdy Bone, Barbed Tail, and Vibrant Ooze per visit. This costs
17280 gil and will generally allow you to max out up to six items at once.
2) Buy one of four synthetic components from either Lenora's Garage or R&D
Depot. These four components have some of the best EXP-to-gil ratio of all the
ones you can purchase, so there is really no reason to use any others. I have
chosen these because they fall into different price tiers. Note the
parentheticals in the following table; I will be referring to these components
by their abbreviations from now on.


 _______________________________________
| NAME                        |    Cost |
|=============================|=========|
| Superconductor (SC)         |     840 |
| Perfect Conductor (PC)      |    1600 |
| Particle Accelerator (PA)   |   10000 |
| Ultracompact Reactor (UR)   |   50000 |
+---------------------------------------+


Now, before we rush off to buy a zillion of these, you should know something
about component EXP values. You may have noticed that one component may grant a
certain amount of EXP to one item and a different amount to another. This is
because that the EXP given varies inversely with the rank of the item you want
to upgrade. Higher-rank items receive less EXP from the same component. This
"decay" factor is not consistent between different components and, in fact, is
not always consistent between different ranks for the same component! Because
of this, no single component has the best EXP-to-gil ratio across all ranks,
except for the Ultracompact Reactor (which is far and away the best in all
cases), but you will not want to use that for low-rank items because that will
tend to be simply overkill. Once you start upgrading higher-tier items, though,
you will generally want to use URs unconditionally. More on this a bit later.

For those who are interested, here is a rundown of component EXP decay...
The base decay for every component is more or less fixed (sometimes there's a
+/-1 discrepancy) under the following conditions:
1) Rank 1 items receive a certain amount of EXP from any component -- call this
   base EXP, or "b."
2) For every +1 to item rank, the amount of EXP received from the same
   component decays by a base value "d," cumulative over multiple ranks. So for
   a Rank 2 item, you'll get b-d; for a Rank 3 item, b-2d; and so on, UNTIL...
3) ...you hit the rank of the component itself. At this point, any subsequent
   decay will be reduced to d/2 per rank increase.


Thankfully, you could have just ignored all that because we only have to worry
about the four components I listed above, so for clarity's sake, I will list
the amount of EXP a particular component is worth with respect to an item of a
particular rank. Remember, these are base values at a x1 multiplier.


..... Component EXP values

 ______________________________________
| RANK |    SC |    PC |    PA |    UR |
|======|=======|=======|=======|=======|
|    1 |   800 |  1288 |  8800 | 60000 |
|    2 |   720 |  1181 |  8000 | 56000 |
|    3 |   640 |  1074 |  7200 | 52000 |
|    4 |   560 |   966 |  6400 | 48000 |
|    5 |   480 |   859 |  5600 | 44000 |
|    6 |   400 |   751 |  4800 | 40000 |
|    7 |   360 |   644 |  4000 | 36000 |
|    8 |   320 |   537 |  3600 | 32000 |
|    9 |   280 |   483 |  3200 | 28000 |
|   10 |   240 |   429 |  2800 | 24000 |
|   11 |   200 |   375 |  2400 | 20000 |
+--------------------------------------+


But for the mathematically obsessed, let's just recap in terms of decay rules:
SC is a Rank 6 component. It has a base EXP of 800 and a base decay of 80. For
items of Rank 7 or higher, its decay decreases to 40. Similarly, PC is a Rank 8
item; PA is a Rank 7 item; and UR is a Rank 11 item (decay is constant
throughout). You can see how the rules apply. Anyway, enough of that.

Do you see now why we don't really need to discuss accessories? So many of them
will never require anything close to the value of a UR or even a PA to max when
you consider a x3 multiplier. This brings me to my next point. Once you max an
item, any extra EXP is essentially wasted. If you transform the item, the
amount of EXP required to max it in the first place DOES carry over and is
scaled accordingly into the new item. This is why when you transform a
Blazefire Saber into a Flamberge, it starts off at Lv 10. However, this
carryover is FIXED at how much EXP was required to max the original item.
Anything beyond that is not counted. Therefore, you can save gil by not buying
more components than you have to, especially in the case of PAs and URs.

The rest is really just number-crunching. How many of a particular component
should you be buying to max an item (from its original, wholly unupgraded state)
after applying a x3 multiplier? How much will these components cost? These are
the numbers you want to know. The suggested number of components will get you
to around max level, at which point I recommend you use cheaper spare
components to "top off" any remaining EXP needed so as not to waste gil. Just
reapply the x3 multiplier and, if you don't have any spare components on hand,
buy an appropriate number of SCs to do this, but only if you are a significant
amount of EXP (a few thousand) away. If not, you don't have to be too nitpicky.
Just throw any synthetics (with x3 effect) in there and you should be in good
shape.

First, a quick rundown of the tables to come. I have organized the weapons into
three-table blocks, where you have a Tier 1 weapon going to a Tier 2 weapon
going to an ultimate weapon. Note that ultimate weapons have different stats
and other properties dependent upon the pre-transformed weapon, so choose your
ultimate weapon carefully. Each ultimate requires a Trapezohedron to catalyze,
and acquiring one is no trivial matter.



Rank
The rank of the item.

Start Lv
The starting level of the item. For higher-tier items, this will always be
higher than 1 because of the carryover EXP from maxing its Tier 1 base, as you
cannot buy them under any circumstances.

Max Lv
The * level of the item. Items must be maxed before they can be transformed.

EXP Increment
The increase in the amount of EXP required to gain a level, per level. For
example, Blazefire Saber requires 300 EXP to get from Lv 1 to Lv 2. Its
increment value is 57. Therefore, it takes 357 more EXP to get from Lv 2 to Lv
3, 414 after that to get from Lv 3 to Lv 4, and so on. Because the EXP required
value listed is the MAXIMUM value, assuming no upgrades from base (or converted
level after transformation), the increment value is helpful if you've already
upgraded an item part of the way and you want to extrapolate the (smaller)
amount of EXP needed to max on your own. For those of you who are
mathematically inclined, you can use this formula to obtain the EXP required to
max from your current item level:

EXP = SUM over k for k=c:n of [EXP(c) + (k-c)*INC] - EXP0, where
EXP = total EXP required
c = current level
n = desired level - 1 (as in the level you want to upgrade to - 1; I use max)
EXP(c) = EXP required for next level, at c
INC = increment
EXP0 = EXP out of EXP(c) at c (amount already put in toward next level)

If you don't want to do a summation, the above formula expands to:
EXP = EXP(c)*(n-c+1) + INC/2*[(c-n)*(c-n-1)] - EXP0

Handy for a spreadsheet if you have to do lots of calculations, but I've done
most of the work for you below (though you can easily check it if you want).


EXP to Max
The amount of EXP required to max the item from Lv 1, or in the case of higher-
tier items, whatever converted level it starts at after being transformed.

Components
The recommended components to buy to bring you to the "EXP to Max" value.
Remember, this is to be applied AFTER you've already incurred a x3 multiplier
on the item. For lower-tier items, this may not get you all the way to max, and
I may undercut it a bit for the sake of saving some money. If it's not maxed
afterwards, just top it off with miscellaneous components. For higher-tier
items, you will generally want to use URs only because even if you waste EXP,
the cumulative cost-effectiveness is just that much better than anything else
you can use, so it's significantly cheaper regardless. If I list more than one
type of component, remember to ramp up the multiplier to x3 before investing
each type. Remember, these are just suggestions. Depending on inventory space,
you may want to look for some other combination of the four recommended
components. I've given you all the tools to figure anything out for yourself if
you want to. Generally, aside from URs, SCs have the best EXP-to-gil ratio by a
slim margin, but the problem with those is that they are low-EXP components,
and you are limited to carrying 99 of them at once. Therefore, to reduce the
hassle of having to visit the shop too many times, I will only suggest large
batches of SCs for higher-tier upgrades when you don't want to spend more on
URs then you have to. The large EXP totals mean that using SCs over PCs or PAs
does save you a more significant amount of money.

Cost
The cost in gil of the recommended components. Cost of the base item and
catalyst are NOT included in this total, only the components.

Catalyst
The catalyst required to transform the item into the next tier. Although I have
listed the catalyst required to transform each item, you may find it more
convenient simply to remember what the catalyst is via association. As you may
or may not have noticed, the catalyst required for any transformation is
precisely that of the same rank as that of the result. To transform into a Rank
2 item, you will always need the Rank 2 catalyst, Millerite; to transform into
a Rank 3, a Rhodochrosite; and so on. Rank 2-8 catalysts are available from The
Motherlode; Rank 9-11 catalysts are available from R&D Depot. So, if you don't
want to have to always check to see what catalyst you need, just memorize the
following table and the rank of the item you want to upgrade and let your brain
perform some associative magic. This applies to ALL items (weapons and
accessories), so you'd do well to take this approach.

 ________________________________
| RANK | CATALYST NAME |    COST |
|======|===============|=========|
|    2 | Millerite     |    3000 |
|    3 | Rhodochrosite |    8000 |
|    4 | Cobaltite     |   17000 |
|    5 | Perovskite    |   30000 |
|    6 | Uraninite     |   45000 |
|    7 | Mnar Stone    |   60000 |
|    8 | Scarletite    |  100000 |
|    9 | Adamantite    |  220000 |
|   10 | Dark Matter   |  840000 |
|   11 | Trapezohedron | 2000000 |
+--------------------------------+



All right, that's it. Have fun. If you want to skip to a specific weapon, just
Ctrl+F for its name.



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 4b. Lightning's weapons                                                  [04b]


 _______________________________
|                               |
| Blazefire Saber               |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            57 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         24600 |               |
| Components    |        SC x13 |               |
| Cost          |         10920 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Flamberge                     |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            10 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        445950 |
                                | Components    |  PA x3, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        180000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Omega Weapon                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            47 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           297 |
| EXP to Max    |       1296897 |
| Components    |        UR x22 |
| Cost          |       1100000 |
+-------------------------------+





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|                               |
| Axis Blade                    |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           225 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         66750 |               |
| Components    |         PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         40000 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Adamantite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Enkindler                     |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             9 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           261 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        280830 |
                                | Components    | SC x34, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        178560 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Omega Weapon                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            39 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           297 |
| EXP to Max    |       1419867 |
| Components    |        UR x24 |
| Cost          |       1200000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Edged Carbine                 |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Razor Carbine                 |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        437550 |
                                | Components    | SC x29, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        174360 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Omega Weapon                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            47 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           297 |
| EXP to Max    |       1296897 |
| Components    |        UR x22 |
| Cost          |       1100000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Lifesaber                     |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           215 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         70850 |               |
| Components    |  SC x2, PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         41680 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Peacemaker                    |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            16 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           240 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        236350 |
                                | Components    | SC x46, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        138640 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Omega Weapon                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            37 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           297 |
| EXP to Max    |       1460247 |
| Components    | SC x34,UR x24 |
| Cost          |       1228560 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Gladius                       |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         54800 |               |
| Components    | SC x10, PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         28400 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Helter-skelter                |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            19 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        332560 |
                                | Components    |         UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        150000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Omega Weapon                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            42 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           297 |
| EXP to Max    |       1380087 |
| Components    |        UR x23 |
| Cost          |       1150000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Organyx                       |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             2 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            42 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         20100 |               |
| Components    |        SC x10 |               |
| Cost          |          8400 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Cobaltite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Apocalypse                    |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             4 |
                                | Start Lv      |            14 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           116 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        233220 |
                                | Components    | SC x53, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         94520 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Omega Weapon                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            33 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           297 |
| EXP to Max    |       1514127 |
| Components    | SC x24,UR x25 |
| Cost          |       1270160 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Hauteclaire                   |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         54800 |               |
| Components    | SC x10, PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         28400 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Durandal                      |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            19 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        332560 |
                                | Components    |         UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        150000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Omega Weapon                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            42 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           297 |
| EXP to Max    |       1380087 |
| Components    |        UR x23 |
| Cost          |       1150000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Lionheart                     |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             6 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           174 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         63060 |               |
| Components    |        PC x28 |               |
| Cost          |         44800 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Ultima Weapon                 |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            15 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        221900 |
                                | Components    | SC x31, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        126040 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Omega Weapon                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            35 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           297 |
| EXP to Max    |       1482487 |
| Components    |        UR x25 |
| Cost          |       1250000 |
+-------------------------------+



_______________________________________________________________________________

 4c. Sazh's weapons                                                       [04c]


 _______________________________
|                               |
| Vega 42s                      |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            57 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         24600 |               |
| Components    |        SC x13 |               |
| Cost          |         10920 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Altairs                       |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            10 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        445950 |
                                | Components    |  PA x3, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        180000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Total Eclipses                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            45 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           363 |
| EXP to Max    |       1551723 |
| Components    |        UR x26 |
| Cost          |       1300000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Spica Defenders               |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           225 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         66750 |               |
| Components    |         PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         40000 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Sirius Sidearms               |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            16 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        218210 |
                                | Components    | SC x27, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        122680 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Total Eclipses                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            34 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           363 |
| EXP to Max    |       1737313 |
| Components    |        UR x29 |
| Cost          |       1450000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Deneb Duellers                |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Canopus AMPs                  |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        437550 |
                                | Components    | SC x29, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        174360 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Total Eclipses                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            45 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           363 |
| EXP to Max    |       1551723 |
| Components    |        UR x26 |
| Cost          |       1300000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Rigels                        |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         54800 |               |
| Components    | SC x10, PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         28400 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Polaris Specials              |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            19 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        332560 |
                                | Components    |         UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        150000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Total Eclipses                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            40 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           363 |
| EXP to Max    |       1634913 |
| Components    | SC x25,UR x27 |
| Cost          |       1371000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Aldebarans                    |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             2 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            42 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         20100 |               |
| Components    |        SC x10 |               |
| Cost          |          8400 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Cobaltite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Sadalmeliks                   |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             4 |
                                | Start Lv      |            14 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           116 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        233220 |
                                | Components    | SC x53, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         94520 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Total Eclipses                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            32 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           363 |
| EXP to Max    |       1768953 |
| Components    | SC x49,UR x29 |
| Cost          |       1491160 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Pleiades Hi-Powers            |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Hyades Magnums                |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        437550 |
                                | Components    | SC x29, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        174360 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Total Eclipses                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            45 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           363 |
| EXP to Max    |       1551723 |
| Components    |        UR x26 |
| Cost          |       1300000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Antares Deluxes               |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         38040 |               |
| Components    |         PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         20000 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Fomalhaut Elites              |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            15 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        153000 |
                                | Components    | SC x28, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         73520 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Total Eclipses                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            27 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           363 |
| EXP to Max    |       1831233 |
| Components    | SC x52,UR x30 |
| Cost          |       1543680 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Procyons                      |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             6 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           174 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         63060 |               |
| Components    |        PC x28 |               |
| Cost          |         44800 |               |
| Catalyst      |   Dark Matter |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Betelgeuse Customs            |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |            10 |
                                | Start Lv      |            15 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           260 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        243740 |
                                | Components    | SC x39, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        182760 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Total Eclipses                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            35 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           363 |
| EXP to Max    |       1715473 |
| Components    |        UR x29 |
| Cost          |       1450000 |
+-------------------------------+



_______________________________________________________________________________

 4d. Snow's weapons                                                       [04d]


 _______________________________
|                               |
| Wild Bear                     |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            57 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         24600 |               |
| Components    |        SC x13 |               |
| Cost          |         10920 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Feral Pride                   |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            10 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        445950 |
                                | Components    |  PA x3, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        180000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Save the Queen                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            48 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           286 |
| EXP to Max    |       1246803 |
| Components    |        UR x21 |
| Cost          |       1050000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Paladin                       |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           225 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         66750 |               |
| Components    |         PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         40000 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Winged Saint                  |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            16 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        218210 |
                                | Components    | SC x27, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        122680 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Save the Queen                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            35 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           286 |
| EXP to Max    |       1432393 |
| Components    |        UR x24 |
| Cost          |       1200000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Rebel Heart                   |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         38040 |               |
| Components    |         PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         20000 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Warrior's Emblem              |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            15 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        153000 |
                                | Components    | SC x28, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         73520 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Save the Queen                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            28 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           286 |
| EXP to Max    |       1526313 |
| Components    | SC x44,UR x25 |
| Cost          |       1286960 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Power Circle                  |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             6 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           174 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         89700 |               |
| Components    |         UR x1 |               |
| Cost          |         50000 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Battle Standard               |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            20 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        476940 |
                                | Components    |         UR x5 |
                                | Cost          |        250000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Save the Queen                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            53 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           286 |
| EXP to Max    |       1150713 |
| Components    | SC x18,UR x19 |
| Cost          |        965120 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Feymark                       |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         38040 |               |
| Components    |         PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         20000 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Soul Blazer                   |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            15 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        153000 |
                                | Components    | SC x28, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         73520 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Save the Queen                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            28 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           286 |
| EXP to Max    |       1526313 |
| Components    | SC x44,UR x25 |
| Cost          |       1286960 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Sacrificial Circle            |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             6 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           174 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         89700 |               |
| Components    |         UR x1 |               |
| Cost          |         50000 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Indomitus                     |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            20 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        476940 |
                                | Components    |         UR x5 |
                                | Cost          |        250000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Save the Queen                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            53 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           286 |
| EXP to Max    |       1150713 |
| Components    | SC x18,UR x19 |
| Cost          |        965120 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Unsetting Sun                 |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Midnight Sun                  |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        437550 |
                                | Components    | SC x29, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        174360 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Save the Queen                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            48 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           286 |
| EXP to Max    |       1246803 |
| Components    |        UR x21 |
| Cost          |       1050000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Umbra                         |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           225 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         66750 |               |
| Components    |         PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         40000 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Adamantite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Solaris                       |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             9 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           261 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        280830 |
                                | Components    | SC x34, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        178560 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Save the Queen                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            40 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           286 |
| EXP to Max    |       1369773 |
| Components    |        UR x23 |
| Cost          |       1150000 |
+-------------------------------+



_______________________________________________________________________________

 4e. Hope's weapons                                                       [04e]


 _______________________________
|                               |
| Airwing                       |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            76 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         22440 |               |
| Components    |  SC x2, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         11680 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Skycutter                     |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            10 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        168600 |
                                | Components    | SC x40, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         83600 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nue                           |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            28 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           242 |
| EXP to Max    |       1364052 |
| Components    |        UR x23 |
| Cost          |       1150000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Hawkeye                       |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Eagletalon                    |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        437550 |
                                | Components    | SC x29, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        174360 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nue                           |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            49 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           242 |
| EXP to Max    |       1084542 |
| Components    | SC x8, UR x18 |
| Cost          |        906720 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Otshirvani                    |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           225 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         66750 |               |
| Components    |         PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         40000 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Urubutsin                     |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            16 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        218210 |
                                | Components    | SC x27, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        122680 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nue                           |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            36 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           242 |
| EXP to Max    |       1270132 |
| Components    | SC x17,UR x21 |
| Cost          |       1064280 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Ninurta                       |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Jatayu                        |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        437550 |
                                | Components    | SC x29, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        174360 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nue                           |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            49 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           242 |
| EXP to Max    |       1084542 |
| Components    | SC x8, UR x18 |
| Cost          |        906720 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Vidofnir                      |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           225 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         66750 |               |
| Components    |         PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         40000 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Hresvelgr                     |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            16 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        218210 |
                                | Components    | SC x27, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        122680 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nue                           |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            36 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           242 |
| EXP to Max    |       1270132 |
| Components    | SC x17,UR x21 |
| Cost          |       1064280 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Simurgh                       |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         38040 |               |
| Components    |         PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         20000 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Tezcatlipoca                  |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            15 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        153000 |
                                | Components    | SC x28, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         73520 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nue                           |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            28 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           242 |
| EXP to Max    |       1364052 |
| Components    |        UR x23 |
| Cost          |       1150000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Malphas                       |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Naberius                      |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        437550 |
                                | Components    | SC x29, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        174360 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nue                           |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            49 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           242 |
| EXP to Max    |       1084542 |
| Components    | SC x8, UR x18 |
| Cost          |        906720 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Alicanto                      |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         54800 |               |
| Components    | SC x10, PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         28400 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Caladrius                     |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            19 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        332560 |
                                | Components    |         UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        150000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nue                           |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            44 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           242 |
| EXP to Max    |       1167732 |
| Components    | SC x46,UR x19 |
| Cost          |        988640 |
+-------------------------------+



_______________________________________________________________________________

 4f. Vanille's weapons                                                    [04f]


 _______________________________
|                               |
| Binding Rod                   |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            57 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         24600 |               |
| Components    |        SC x13 |               |
| Cost          |         10920 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Hunter's Rod                  |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            10 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        445950 |
                                | Components    |  PA x3, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        180000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nirvana                       |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            45 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           308 |
| EXP to Max    |       1393818 |
| Components    | SC x23,UR x23 |
| Cost          |       1169320 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Tigerclaw                     |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             2 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            42 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         20100 |               |
| Components    |        SC x10 |               |
| Cost          |          8400 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Cobaltite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Wyrmfang                      |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             4 |
                                | Start Lv      |            14 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           116 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        233220 |
                                | Components    | SC x53, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         94520 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nirvana                       |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            31 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           308 |
| EXP to Max    |       1611048 |
| Components    |        UR x27 |
| Cost          |       1350000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Healer's Staff                |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           125 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         63750 |               |
| Components    |        SC x45 |               |
| Cost          |         37800 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Adamantite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Physician's Staff             |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             9 |
                                | Start Lv      |            16 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           252 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        217410 |
                                | Components    |         UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        150000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nirvana                       |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            33 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           308 |
| EXP to Max    |       1583208 |
| Components    | SC x39,UR x26 |
| Cost          |       1332760 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Pearlwing Staff               |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Brightwing Staff              |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        437550 |
                                | Components    | SC x29, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        174360 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nirvana                       |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            45 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           308 |
| EXP to Max    |       1393818 |
| Components    | SC x23,UR x23 |
| Cost          |       1169320 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Rod of Thorns                 |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Orochi Rod                    |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            13 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        437550 |
                                | Components    | SC x29, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        174360 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nirvana                       |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            45 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           308 |
| EXP to Max    |       1393818 |
| Components    | SC x23,UR x23 |
| Cost          |       1169320 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Mistilteinn                   |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           225 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         66750 |               |
| Components    |         PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         40000 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Erinye's Cane                 |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            16 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        218210 |
                                | Components    | SC x27, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        122680 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nirvana                       |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            33 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           308 |
| EXP to Max    |       1579408 |
| Components    | SC x32,UR x26 |
| Cost          |       1326880 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Belladonna Wand               |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         38040 |               |
| Components    |         PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         20000 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Malboro Wand                  |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            15 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        153000 |
                                | Components    | SC x28, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         73520 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nirvana                       |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            26 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           308 |
| EXP to Max    |       1673328 |
| Components    |        UR x28 |
| Cost          |       1400000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Heavenly Axis                 |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         54800 |               |
| Components    | SC x10, PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         28400 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Abraxas                       |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            19 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        332560 |
                                | Components    |         UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        150000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Nirvana                       |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            40 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           308 |
| EXP to Max    |       1477008 |
| Components    |        UR x25 |
| Cost          |       1250000 |
+-------------------------------+



_______________________________________________________________________________

 4g. Fang's weapons                                                       [04g]


 _______________________________
|                               |
| Bladed Lance                  |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            57 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         24600 |               |
| Components    |        SC x13 |               |
| Cost          |         10920 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Glaive                        |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            10 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           215 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        445950 |
                                | Components    |  PA x3, UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        180000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Kain's Lance                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            46 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           275 |
| EXP to Max    |       1299075 |
| Components    |        UR x22 |
| Cost          |       1100000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Dragoon Lance                 |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         38040 |               |
| Components    |         PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         20000 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Dragonhorn                    |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            14 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           138 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        152640 |
                                | Components    | SC x27, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         72680 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Kain's Lance                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            25 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           275 |
| EXP to Max    |       1578945 |
| Components    | SC x32,UR x26 |
| Cost          |       1326880 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Partisan                      |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             3 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |            75 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         33000 |               |
| Components    |  SC x6, PA x1 |               |
| Cost          |         15040 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Perovskite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Rhomphaia                     |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             5 |
                                | Start Lv      |            14 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           115 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        274350 |
                                | Components    |  SC x7, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        105880 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Kain's Lance                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            35 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           275 |
| EXP to Max    |       1462275 |
| Components    | SC x37,UR x24 |
| Cost          |       1231080 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Shamanic Spear                |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         38040 |               |
| Components    |         PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         20000 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Heretic's Halberd             |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            15 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        153000 |
                                | Components    | SC x28, UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         73520 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Kain's Lance                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            25 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           275 |
| EXP to Max    |       1578585 |
| Components    | SC x31,UR x26 |
| Cost          |       1326040 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Punisher                      |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           215 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         70850 |               |
| Components    |  SC x2, PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         41680 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Banescissor Spear             |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            17 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        214110 |
                                | Components    | SC x23, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        119320 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Kain's Lance                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            33 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           275 |
| EXP to Max    |       1484665 |
| Components    |        UR x25 |
| Cost          |       1250000 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Pandoran Spear                |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           215 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         70850 |               |
| Components    |  SC x2, PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         41680 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Calamity Spear                |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            16 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           240 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        236350 |
                                | Components    | SC x46, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        138640 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Kain's Lance                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            35 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           275 |
| EXP to Max    |       1462425 |
| Components    | SC x37,UR x24 |
| Cost          |       1231080 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Taming Pole                   |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             4 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            26 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           116 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         54800 |               |
| Components    | SC x10, PA x2 |               |
| Cost          |         28400 |               |
| Catalyst      |     Uraninite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Venus Gospel                  |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             6 |
                                | Start Lv      |            19 |
                                | Max Lv        |            61 |
                                | EXP Increment |           168 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        332560 |
                                | Components    |         UR x3 |
                                | Cost          |        150000 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Kain's Lance                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            40 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           275 |
| EXP to Max    |       1382265 |
| Components    | SC x4, UR x23 |
| Cost          |       1153360 |
+-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Gae Bolg                      |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             5 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           215 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         70850 |               |
| Components    |  SC x2, PA x4 |               |
| Cost          |         41680 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Gungnir                       |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |            17 |
                                | Max Lv        |            41 |
                                | EXP Increment |           232 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        214110 |
                                | Components    | SC x23, UR x2 |
                                | Cost          |        119320 |
                                | Catalyst      | Trapezohedron |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Kain's Lance                  |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            11 |               |
| Start Lv      |            33 |               |
| Max Lv        |           100 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           275 |
| EXP to Max    |       1484665 |
| Components    |        UR x25 |
| Cost          |       1250000 |
+-------------------------------+



_______________________________________________________________________________

 4h. Accessories                                                          [04h]


For now, I will present only the two most expensive accessory upgrades: HP-
boosting accessories and Str/Mag-boosting accessories. I will assume that you
are starting with the highest tier available for purchase in both cases.


 _______________________________
|                               |
| Platinum Bangle               |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             7 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            21 |
| EXP Increment |           301 |
| EXP to Max    |         75390 |
| Components    |         UR x1 |
| Cost          |         50000 |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |
+-------------------------------+
                |
                |
                |
                |                _______________________________
                |               |                               |
                |               | Diamond Bangle                |
                |               |===============================|
                |               | Rank          |             8 |
                |               | Start Lv      |            18 |
                +-------------->| Max Lv        |            26 |
                                | EXP Increment |           384 |
                                | EXP to Max    |         67810 |
                                | Components    |         UR x1 |
                                | Cost          |         50000 |
                                | Catalyst      |    Adamantite |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Adamant Bangle                |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |             9 |               |
| Start Lv      |            23 |               |
| Max Lv        |            36 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |           477 |
| EXP to Max    |        187865 |
| Components    | SC x24, UR x2 |
| Cost          |        120160 |
| Catalyst      |   Dark Matter |
+-------------------------------+
                |
                |
                |
                |                _______________________________
                |               |                               |
                |               | Wurtzite Bangle               |
                |               |===============================|
                |               | Rank          |            10 |
                |               | Start Lv      |            32 |
                +-------------->| Max Lv        |            51 |
                                | EXP Increment |           580 |
                                | EXP to Max    |        459435 |
                                | Components    |         UR x7 |
                                | Cost          |        350000 |
                                +-------------------------------+





 _______________________________
|                               |
| Warrior Wristband             |
| Sorceror's Mark               |
|===============================|
| Rank          |             6 |
| Start Lv      |             1 |
| Max Lv        |            11 |---------------+
| EXP Increment |           636 |               |
| EXP to Max    |         44220 |               |
| Components    |        SC x37 |               |
| Cost          |         31080 |               |
| Catalyst      |    Scarletite |               |
+-------------------------------+               |
                                                |
                                                |
                                                V
                                 _______________________________
                                |                               |
                                | Power Glove                   |
                                | Weirding Glyph                |
                                |===============================|
                                | Rank          |             8 |
                                | Start Lv      |             9 |
                                | Max Lv        |            11 |
                                | EXP Increment |           848 |
                                | EXP to Max    |         14740 |
                                | Components    |        SC x16 |
                                | Cost          |         13440 |
                                | Catalyst      |   Dark Matter |
                                +-------------------------------+
                                                |
                                                |
                                                |
 _______________________________                |
|                               |               |
| Kaiser Knuckles               |               |
| Magistral Crest               |               |
|===============================|               |
| Rank          |            10 |               |
| Start Lv      |             9 |               |
| Max Lv        |            11 |<--------------+
| EXP Increment |          1060 |
| EXP to Max    |         14740 |
| Components    |        SC x21 |
| Cost          |         17640 |
+-------------------------------+



Most accessories in general rarely require lots of EXP. The costs won't be
trivial, but compared to what you need for weapons... I mean, I've done enough
for you already, no?

Besides, you can just use the formula I listed in (4a) to do your own
calculations.

One final thing. It is highly recommended that you do NOT transform any of the
following accessories:
- Gold Watch
- Champion's Badge
- Survivalist Catalog

All of these are extremely rare and useful. If you transform them, you will
eventually end up with a Collector Catalog, which you can just buy from
Moogleworks.



_______________________________________________________________________________


 4i. Custom calculations and components                                   [04i]


If you want to set up your own calculations and figure out how many components
you need, here is a handy tip for any item that is Rank 6 or higher.

1 UR (highest EXP-to-gil ratio) will give exactly 100x the amount of EXP that 1
SC (second highest ratio) does.

For the price of 1 UR, however, you can only buy 59.5 SCs, making URs obviously
superior. On the other hand, you will not always need as much EXP as 1 UR will
give you, so you don't want to waste money, either. The fact does remain that
if the amount of EXP you need exceeds an equivalent of 59 SCs, it will save you
money to simply use 1 UR instead.

An easy way to figure out the cheapest combination of components is to use the
relevant EXP values for URs (which I have provided previously) and calculate
the number of URs you need for any upgrade you'd like to perform.

Suppose you require 3.42 URs for a particular upgrade. This means that you'll
use 3 URs and then have to deal with the extra 0.42 UR's worth of experience.
You will realize that simply using 42 SCs (which gives the equivalent amount of
EXP) is cheaper than using another UR. In other words, if the decimal fraction
is less than 0.59, simply buy that number of SCs to make up the difference.

On the other hand, if you require something like 3.71 URs, it will be cheaper
to use 4 URs and not 3 URs + 71 SCs.

Hope this helps.



_______________________________________________________________________________

 4j. Dismantling                                                          [04j]


Dismantling generally isn't worth it. In most cases, you receive components
that are worth less than your original item. There are some notable exceptions,
however, and I will list them here. Note that you must always MAX out the item
to dismantle before taking it apart for best results, and the ones I'm putting
up are from maxing the original item. Of course, I am not listing all the
components that come out of the dismantled item, only the important ones.


 _______________________________________
| MAXED ITEM        |     DISMANTLES TO |
|===================|===================|
| Doctor's Code     |            Elixir |
| Energy Sash       |          Ethersol |
| Goddess's Favor   |            Ribbon |
| Tetradic Crown    |    Hermes Sandals |
| Tetradic Tiara    |      Sprint Shoes |
| Nirvana*          |  Trapezohedron x3 |
| Kain's Lance**    |  Trapezohedron x3 |
+---------------------------------------+

  *  Must be made from base of Tigerclaw, Healer's Staff, Mistilteinn, or
     Belladonna Wand
  ** Must be made from base of Dragoon Lance, Shamanic Spear, Punisher,
     Pandoran Spear, or Gae Bolg


There are only 3 Doctor's Codes in the entire game. The first you get early on
from a boss. The second can be found in a chest in Chapter 6. The third is the
primary (i.e. first-time only) reward for Mission 41.

Energy Sash can be transformed from a maxed Speed Sash, which can be purchased
for 10000 gil from Moogleworks.

Goddess's Favor can be transformed from a maxed Entite Ring, which can be
purchased for 120000 gil from Sanctum Labs.

Because Tetradic Crowns and Tiaras can be dropped by the mark in Mission 7 (as
in actual drops, not the mission reward), you can acquire multiple Hermes
Sandals and Sprint Shoes this way. Beware: the drop rates are very low (5% and
1% respectively).

Note especially the method to obtain 3 Trapezohedrons. All ultimate weapons
will dismantle into at least one Trapezohedron, but this is the best way to get
multiple copies in return for an initial investment of one. If you're looking
into this method, according to my calculations above (assuming no errors, of
course), the cheapest weapon to upgrade from Tier 1 base is the Punisher
because of the money you'll get back from selling off the other stuff you get
when you dismantle it. Its Tier 2 catalyst is Scarletite, which is really easy
to obtain from Sacrifices.



===============================================================================
 5.  Miscellaneous                                                        [050]
===============================================================================

 5a. Mission completion order                                             [05a]


If you want to know what the "best" order is to do the missions in terms of
difficulty, rewards, and time efficiency (such as unlocking waystones for
teleporting), I will offer you the order provided by the Piggyback guide and
then my personal comments.

Here is the order that the guide suggests. Any asterisked mission number means
that it unlocks a waystone.


01
02
03
04* (Yaschas Massif - Tsubaddran Highlands)
05
06* (Yaschas Massif - Paddraean Archaeopolis)
07
08* (Vallis Media - Base Camp)
09* (Archylte Steppe - Central Expanse)
10
12
13
14
15
11
18* (Mah'habara - Twilit Cavern)
19* (Sulyya Springs - Ceiling of Sky)
20* (Taejin's Tower - The Palisades)
56
57
58
21-26 (story requirement)
28* (Oerba - Village Proper)
16
17* (Archylte Steppe - Northern Highplain)
27
29
30
31* (Archylte Steppe - Haerii Archaepolis)
33
32
34
35-51 (Titan's Trials)
52
53
54
55
59
60
61
62
63
64


Now, here are my comments.

Irrespective of circumstances, if you care about the story, I strongly suggest
you do 01-06 right when you start Chapter 11 because along the way, you will
witness three optional cutscenes in Yaschas Massif, two of which are missable
if you move on with the story. 07 may be rather difficult when you first unlock
it, so you can skip it and come back after you finish the story (you can access
it easily once you complete 06), but you may as well unlock the waystones
offered by 08 and 09. Not completing Mission 07 will lock out some waystones
for the time being, but that's all right.

Complete Missions 20 and 28 as you reach their respective locations during the
story. This unlocks two more waystones. Now, unless you want to hang around
and power up before taking on Mission 07, go ahead and finish the story. I'll
assume you go this route for my edited version.

Once you finish the story, complete 07, then 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, and 19 in
that order. Mission 14 unlocks chocobos. When the waystone for Mission 18 is
unlocked, you will have easy access to the mark for Mission 30. Complete that,
then go ahead and do Mission 31 to unlock the last waystone.

At this point, I highly suggest that you attempt Mission 55 if you have a
decent enough party. The Mission 55 reward is the Growth Egg, which doubles
your CP earned. You want this item as early as possible.

The other A-rank mission I suggest you attempt early is 63 because the reward
is a Genji Glove (one of three you can get). This will become invaluable as
your party gradually grows stronger. To unlock Mission 63, you'll need to step
into the Faultwarrens, which is unlocked by completing Mission 34, which I
suggest you do after unlocking the Haerii waystone. Mission 34 also rewards you
with Hermes Sandals, which you can max and transform into a very useful pair of
Sprint Shoes.

In any case, I will detail how to tackle both 55 and 63 after my edited version
of the list.

Taking into consideration everything I've said above, my suggested order is as
follows (with locations of all the mission stones, not just the ones with
waystones):


01 (Archylte Steppe - Central Expanse)
02 (Archylte Steppe - Central Expanse)
03 (Archylte Steppe - Central Expanse)
04* (Yaschas Massif - Tsubaddran Highlands)
06* (Yaschas Massif - Paddraean Archaeopolis)
05 (Yaschas Massif - The Ascendant Scarp)
08* (Vallis Media - Base Camp)
09* (Archylte Steppe - Central Expanse)
20* (Taejin's Tower - The Palisades)
21-26 (story requirement)
28* (Oerba - Village Proper)
-- complete story --
07 (Yaschas Massif - Paddraean Archaeopolis) <- also unlocks R&D Depot shop
12 (Archylte Steppe - Central Expanse)
13 (Archylte Steppe - Central Expanse)
14 (Archylte Steppe - Western Benchland)
17* (Archylte Steppe - Northern Highplain)
18* (Mah'habara - Twilit Cavern)
19* (Sulyya Springs - Ceiling of Sky)
30 (Archylte Steppe - Haerii Oldroad)
31* (Archylte Steppe - Haerii Archaeopolis)
34 (Archylte Steppe - Way of the Ancients)
55 (Oerba - Deserted Schoolhouse (Roof))
63 (Sulyya Springs - Subterranean Lake)


The order for the rest doesn't really matter much, but the other two Genji
Gloves come from Missions 51 and 62. Mission 15, which you can complete right
after 12, gives you a Survivalist Catalog, which is vital if you want to farm
for shrouds.



-- Mission 55 --

If you have a weak party, this fight will be no joke, but it's worth your
trouble to get the Growth Egg as soon as possible. To even attempt this fight
with low stats, you'll need Vanille to have learned Death and be at least a Lv
4 Medic. I'll talk about two methods: the standard (recommended) method and the 
"expert" method. I put "expert" method in quotes because it doesn't really have 
anything to do with having a deeper understanding of the game mechanics, just 
better execution.


** METHOD 1 ** (standard)
Done probably after you beat the game.

Your other party members will be Fang (Lv 4+ Commando) and Snow (Lv 4+
Sentinel, 9000+ HP). This may be much easier if you do it after you beat the
game, even if your party is weak. I'll explain why in a bit.

Equip Vanille with a Belladonna/Malboro Wand, Blessed Talisman, and Tetradic
Tiara and Sprint Shoes if you have them, +HP accessories if not (you may want
+HP accessories regardless). Equip Snow with a Paladin and as many physical
resistance accessories as you can. Fang should have +Str or +HP accessories.

Assuming a lineup of Vanille (L), Fang, Snow, set these Paradigms:

SAB/SEN/SEN (default)
MED/COM/SEN
MED/SEN/SEN
RAV/COM/SEN

Start the fight with at least 3 TP. Immediately cast Death on the boss as often
as you can. Ignore everything else. You will most likely die within 20 seconds.
What gives?

Well, that's all right. This first phase is based purely on dumb luck. You will
retry the battle again and again until Death hits during the first two turns.

When you finally do get it off, switch to RAV/COM/SEN and go on the offensive.
Again, this may seem counterintuitive at first... After Snow dies, immediately
summon Hecatoncheir. Go into Gestalt mode and keep attacking whichever minion
you were attacking before the summoning with Autogestalt. His finishing move
should kill the target and take out a nice chunk of HP (around half) from all
the others. This is why I suggested that you beat the game first. Hecatoncheir
gets a massive stat boost once you unlock Crystarium Lv 10 and will save you
valuable time in this battle if his stats get that bump.

Another approach with Hecatoncheir is not to Gestalt right away but stick to
healing as Vanille as the Gestalt meter builds and Hecatoncheir attacks. This
may be riskier, as you run the chance of the minions ganging up on Vanille,
but it will reward you with saved time if it works.

Now switch to MED/COM/SEN and keep your party healthy while Fang attacks and
Snow takes the hits. If things look bad, switch to MED/SEN/SEN. It will be
frantic for a while, but it gets exponentially easier as each minion falls.
After anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on your party strength and how well
things go, you will have obtained the Growth Egg.


** METHOD 2 ** ("expert")
Done immediately after you learn Death.

Use Vanille, Hope, and Snow and follow the specifics as detailed in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRi322ypFsQ


--- Mission 63 --

This fight is actually much simpler than the previous one. Again, Vanille will
take the lead with a Belladonna/Malboro Wand and Blessed Talisman. The other
two party members don't matter. Start the battle with 3 TP and summon
Hecatoncheir. The mark will fall over and be helpless for a while. Let
Hecatoncheir do his thing while you spam Death repeatedly until the mark dies.
Debuffing it first increases Death's chances to hit. If you can't pull it off 
before it gets back up, just retry.

Update: Since I've provided you with methods to beat an Adamantoise very early
on, you should not need to cheese him with Death. Use a summon (if you haven't
beaten the game yet) or fight him straight on (if you have).


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 5b. Earning CP and gil                                                   [05b]


Even though I told you earlier how to "dupe" Trapezohedrons by dismantling, it
will still require lots and lots of money to make it work because you'll need
to max a Pandoran Spear for dismantling to begin with. Of course, in all
likelihood, you already know by now that the most lucrative postgame farming
method is to kill Adamantoises over and over and hope for Trapezohedron drops.
In addition, doing so will get you lots of CP and (assuming decent luck) ample
gil. The hotspot for this is going to be Leviathan Plaza outside Edenhall.

This is not nearly as daunting a task as you may think it is while you are
playing through the story. I will tell you how to make the process fairly
painless... unless you want to figure it out for yourself, which I wholly
encourage.

*snip*

In lieu of my terribly long write-ups from my previous version, I will simply
link to the "three-stage" method of Adamantoise farming I've developed via
youtube videos.

The three different methods that I detail occur at various stages of character
development. In a nutshell, my strategies involve amplifying the power of the
leader to maximize that character's flexibility and damage output. I highly
de-emphasize the AI characters, as can be seen in the videos by their
relatively trashy stats and equipment.

I am not a proponent of the Death method (using Vanille, summoning to knock
down the 'toise, debuffing and spamming Death until it hits). It works and is
not wholly inefficient early on, but I do not advocate luck-based strategies.

Anyway, to business. My equipment setups are shown at the end of each video.


Stage 1 (Sazh, summon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57ssbWK3yhY
Requirements: Maxed Hyades Magnums, Sazh Lv 1 SAB (optional and just a small
pinch, as per my previous recommendation -- see Section 3d)
Progression: Can do this starting at the end of Chapter 11.

Stage 2 (Fang, no summon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sciEeeVx-G0
Requirements: 13000 HP, maxed Tier 2 weapons, Fang Lv 1 RAV/Lv 2 SYN,
Vanille Lv 1 COM, Snow Lv 1 SAB/Lv 1 MED
Progression: Postgame, Stage 9 Crystarium maxed for all primary roles.

Stage 3 (Fang, no summon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsVzhw8ybjk
Requirements: 17000 HP, otherwise same as Stage 2
Progression: Same as Stage 2.

Stage 2.5 (Fang, no summon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EGqY6hwS94
Requirements: 15000 HP, otherwise same as Stage 2
Progression: Same as Stage 2.
Note: Until you have a very good feel for the battle, I do not recommend this
method, but it lets you bypass Stage 2 completely and is much faster. The
difference between this and Stage 3 is minimal.

Optimized minimum specs (Fang, no summon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDf1ZpBClgo
This is more to drive through your head that you don't need a summon or Death
to farm reliably.

Stage 4 (Fang, no summon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ooN18YyZ_s
Post-postgame method, when you're just trying to get more money and stuff...


I would like to put the spotlight on Stage 2 for a moment because it is the key
strategy and represents the earliest (or close to the earliest) possible time
that one can start to farm Adamantoises efficiently without any sort of, shall
we say, extraneous assistance. Of course, there are many nuances that may not
be apparent to anyone who is not well-experienced with Adamantoises, and it
took me several tries to get this strategy right. I have to single this one
out just to show how one can make the absolute most of the battle system with
the right ingredients.

I imagine that it's not that hard to understand the particulars behind the
strategy, but I'd like to point out just how many different factors come into
play.

1) Tetradic Tiaras for Vanille and Snow to give them Protect for the first
   stomp. Shield Talismans work too, but two Tiaras are easy to get anyway.
2) I use Thunder because it's the fastest spell, as I've said before.
3) The one round of Ruin on the right leg after downing the left one is to
   reset the target. If you don't do this and go straight to Tri-disaster,
   your allies will target the head instead of the leg.
4) Protectra will wear off after the first stomp after you take down the left
   leg if you don't refresh it (at Lv 2 Synergist). This becomes less of an
   issue as you spend your CP on HP boosts after a few fights.
5) You should, in all likelihood, wait until the 'toise falls down before you
   start buffing. You're going to get hit no matter what, so you might as well
   not risk the interruption and have to use essentially four turns instead of
   three to buff.
6) Time your attacks with Daze. This is absolutely key. You don't want to waste
   a single one if possible.
7) I would advise you to upgrade Fang's weapon to Tier 3 as soon as you can. If
   you don't want to do this to a Glaive or Dragonhorn, that's fine. Just make
   sure you can get her Strength back up to at least 2500 (meaning you don't
   have to max out the ultimate weapon in any case). The key here is the +1
   ATB. This allows you to open the fight with Haste, Bravera, Protectra on
   Fang, which in turn allows you to Highwind a leg IMMEDIATELY after stagger.
   This shaves off another 15-20 seconds off your time.
8) Now refer to the Stage 3 method and observe the natural progression from
   Stage 2 once you have enough HP. The only thing that changes is the speed at
   which you can take down the legs due to not having to reduce damage taken or
   heal as much.


I also want to make it clear that I do not advocate farming before postgame.
The Stage 1 method is only so a way for you to defeat one before beating the
game. Essentially, I don't really advocate using a summon method to farm at
all. If you are patient enough to put it off until you fulfill the Stage 2
requirements, you can go straight to farming without any crutches (Eidolons,
shrouds, luck).

Note that in the beginning, farming Adamantoises will not be a much better
method for making money, and certainly not a more consistent one, than farming
Sacrifices in the final dungeon for Perfumes and Scarletites. As you become
more efficient, though, the math works in favor of sticking to Adamantoises.
Therefore, you can very well just stick to Adamantoises before maxing your
characters because the CP return is so much better. If you need to make money
short-term, though, farming Sacrifices is probably the way to go, primarily
because it will be less psychologically taxing. You can kill anywhere from 100
to 200 Sacrifices per hour depending on your efficiency, and the law of
averages dictates that the drops you will get in that time should be around
what you'd expect. This is far less likely in the case of Adamantoises, given
that the sample size within the same timeframe will be so much smaller. You can
very well go for an hour (or more) without any drops at all, and that would be
no fun.

As far as CP goes, there is little reason to fight for the sole purpose of
gaining CP. In all likelihood, you will max out the entire Crystarium before
you come up with enough money (and catalysts) to make six ultimate weapons and
all of the accessories you don't have yet, assuming you are going for the
Treasure Hunter trophy. This is why I don't think there is much of a point to
grind solely for CP once you are able to take down Adamantoises efficiently.
In addition, the CP you get from doing so is quite comparable to what you
would get using any of the other three methods you've probably heard about
(Ochu, Behemoth King/Megistotherian, Cryohedrons and Puddings in Mah'habara).

A final addendum:
If you want to know what I think is the most efficient way to go for the
Platinum trophy (and in particular, the Treasure Hunter trophy, by far the
most time-consuming task in the game), this is what I suggest. I used a more
inefficient method than this and still wound up getting the Platinum in just
over 80 hours.


1) Followed my suggested mission completion order (up to 63).
2) Completed various other missions until Stage 2 requirements for farming
   Adamantoises are met.
3) Killed Adamantoises to obtain 6 Trapezohedrons.
4) Completed and 5-starred all other missions except for 64. I recommend doing
   Mission 61 last during this step because the mark is in Oerba and so is the
   mission stone for 64 (saving you a few minutes).
5) Fully maxed Crystarium for all characters (killing Adamantoises or Shaolong
   Guis, which were unlocked during previous step).
6) Completed and 5-starred Mission 64 (you don't actually have to wait until
   you're completely maxed to do this, but it'll make the battle go faster).
7) Killed Shaolong Guis to obtain 5 Dark Matters (the bare minimum you'll
   need for Treasure Hunter, 6 if you don't have an Imperial Armlet; never buy
   these, just like with Trapezohedrons).
8) Killed Adamantoises to obtain enough Platinum Ingots to afford upgrading all
   weapons and accessories.


I'm sure it can be done in even less time if you have better luck with
Adamantoises (or reset a lot if you don't get drops).

A bonus for all... Shaolong Gui videos!

Farming (with Tier 2 weapons, to show that that's all you need)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xjMej3ulu8

Speed run (Lightning, 56 seconds)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilcqsvz6lfs



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 5c. Animation speeds                                                     [05c]


The original tests I did were using SAB spells, and these were the results that
I found.

Fast casters
Snow > Lightning = Fang

Slow casters
Hope > Sazh > Vanille

Within each category, the difference is negligible, but between categories, a
cumulative difference over the course of time may be quite significant in
certain situations.

So I thought that was that, I noticed that Hope was significantly faster at
healing than Vanille was. I realized that offensive spells and defensive spells
have different animations and thus have to be considered separately.

I went a little further than that. All in all, there are three categories of
abilities that I timed:

1. Physical skills (Attack, -strike skills)
2. Offensive spells (Ruin, RAV/SAB spells)
3. Defensive spells (SYN, MED)

And so, read on...


... 1) Physical skills

These were a real pain because there are so many variables coming into play. A
quick rundown of how the characters differ:

Melee fighters (Lightning, Snow, Fang) follow a general pattern of a string of
normal attacks, followed by, if he/she is a COM, a finisher. Some notes:
- Lightning has two types of normal attacks, a regular slash and a tornado/
  uppercut-type move.
- Snow, as a COM, does a kick to open a string, which slows his second attack.
- Characters only use normal attacks for RAV -strike skills.

Ranged fighters (Sazh, Hope, Vanille) each have a different pattern:
- Sazh's strings work pretty much like the melee characters, with a finisher as
  a COM and everything. Also, I did a special test for his Blitz.
- Hope has a prolonged first attack, followed by a normal string, with no
  finisher.
- Vanille has a prolonged first attack, followed by what could be called two
  two-hit combos, followed by a finisher.

The times were measured with the following guidelines:
- I do not measure the time it takes for the first attack for melee characters
  because I did not want to have to factor in running up to the enemy.
- For ranged characters, first attack times were measured from the frame at
  which I confirmed selection to the frame at which the enemy is hit.
- Otherwise, normal attacks were measured by the time in between actual hits.
- Recovery times were measured by the time between the last hit and the frame
  right before the ATB begins to recharge.
- All times are listed in seconds and sorted from lowest to highest.


FIRST HITS
Hope: 1.20
Vanille: 1.36
Sazh (Blitz): 1.40 (the first hit timed from confirm selection comes out much
faster)

NORMAL HITS (average)
Snow: 0.70 (averaged in with the delayed second hit; if you don't count that
he's even faster)
Lightning: 0.76
Fang: 0.92
Hope: 1.08
Vanille 2-hit combo: 1.12 per hit, 2.24 total
Sazh (Blitz): 1.14 per bar, 2.28 total
Sazh: 1.16

FINISHERS
Snow: 0.80
Lightning: 1.2
Sazh: 1.72
Vanille: 1.72
Fang: 1.84

RECOVERY
Hope: 0.16 (not a typo -- he has a long recovery animation but the ATB starts
recharging right away, so for all intents and purposes it is 0.16 unless you're
using < 2 bars on your next turn or something)
Fang: 0.64
Lightning: 0.68
Snow: 0.72
Sazh: 1.40
Vanille: 1.48



... 2) Offensive spells

This is basically the same test I did the first time. I checked Ruin x6,
Fire x6, and Deprotect x6 and found no difference between any of the times.
The main difference between spells and physicals is that I use the ATB bar to
time them because it's much more normalized.

Times were measured as follows:
- First cast was the time between confirm selection and the disappearance of
  the first ATB stock, with the next stock lined up precisely at the front of
  the ATB.
- Normal cast was the time between stocks 2-6.
- Recovery is the time between the disappearance of stock 6 and the frame
  before the ATB begins to recharge.
- In contrast to physical skills, I'll list here the time it takes for an
  entire ATB, as well as the time it takes for an entire turn (which is ATB +
  Recovery).

There are no quirks for any of the characters, so it's just a straight
measurement.


FIRST CASTS
Hope: 0.92
Lightning: 1.00
Fang: 1.00
Snow: 1.12
Sazh: 1.48
Vanille: 1.76

NORMAL CASTS (average)
Snow: 0.40
Lightning: 0.48
Fang: 0.48
Vanille: 0.64
Sazh: 0.64
Hope: 0.70

RECOVERY
Snow: 0.72
Sazh: 0.80
Lightning: 0.88
Fang: 0.96
Hope: 1.04
Vanille: 1.04

FULL ATB (FIRST + NORMAL x5)
Snow: 3.12
Lightning: 3.40
Fang: 3.40
Hope: 4.42
Sazh: 4.72
Vanille: 4.96

FULL TURN (FULL ATB + RECOVERY)
Snow: 3.84
Lightning: 4.28
Fang: 4.36
Hope: 5.46
Sazh: 5.52
Vanille: 6.00



... 3) Defensive spells

All conditions here are the same as those for offensive spells. There was no
difference between, Haste x3, Cure x3 and Cura x3, so it's all the same for
SYN and MED skills.


FIRST CASTS
Sazh: 0.80
Hope: 1.16
Vanille: 1.28
Fang: 1.28
Snow: 1.48
Lightning: 1.72

NORMAL CASTS (average)
Snow: 0.43
Lightning: 0.64
Hope: 0.67
Fang: 0.77
Vanille: 0.84
Sazh: 0.86

RECOVERY
Lightning: 0.92
Sazh: 1.04
Vanille: 1.04
Fang: 1.16
Hope: 1.28
Snow: 1.28

FULL ATB (FIRST + NORMAL x5)
Snow: 3.63
Hope: 4.51
Lightning: 4.92
Sazh: 5.10
Fang: 5.13
Vanille: 5.48

FULL TURN (FULL ATB + RECOVERY)
Snow: 4.91
Hope: 5.79
Lightning: 5.84
Sazh: 6.14
Fang: 6.29
Vanille: 6.52


How much does this really matter, you ask? In the grand scheme of things, I
would say not much. You definitely should not be basing your choice of
characters primarily on speed, unless you are looking to push battle times to
the absolute limit. Instead, I argue that there ARE differences and that there
are occasions when a very small increase in speed may drastically alter the
course of a battle. For example, being just one second slower results in the
depletion of the chain gauge. Or being just one second slower prevented you
from staggering an Aquila Velocycle (which takes a long time) charging Plasma
Cannon. Something to think about.

Nevertheless, you should be wary of the AI sometimes. A string of alternating
Fires and Flamestrikes will build more chain per hit than Fire x6 or
Flamestrike x6, but the hits come out much more slowly. This is because the
"first cast" animation occurs for EVERY single cast when you are switching back
and forth. This is a strong argument against relying too heavily on Auto-chain.



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 6. Video Archive                                                         [060]
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Here I'll repost the links to all the videos I provide throughout this guide, 
as well as some other videos that you may find interesting.

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Mission 55 immediately after learning Death:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRi322ypFsQ

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Adamantoise

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57ssbWK3yhY
Note: Don't use Cold Blood, use normal RAV skills. I made the video back in 
the day when everyone thought CB's mechanics made it worth using pre-stagger, 
but now we know better.

Stage 2 method:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sciEeeVx-G0

"minimum fast farming" method:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDf1ZpBClgo
Basically, this is a riskier but faster Stage 2.

Stage 2.5 method:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EGqY6hwS94
This is the fast farming method at higher stats than you have at Stage 2, 
making it pretty safe.

Stage 3 method:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsVzhw8ybjk
Tier 3 weapon for Fang is not necessary.

Stage 4 method:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ooN18YyZ_s
When you can afford to max a weapon or two and just want to farm more money to
do whatever.

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Shaolong Gui

Tier 2 weapon farming method:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xjMej3ulu8

Tier 3 weapon farming method:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilcqsvz6lfs

Tier 3 weapon farming method with Fang:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0DHHfn6wqo
Can be done easily enough with Tier 2 weapons. Simply a matter of preference
in terms of using Lightning vs. Fang.

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Long Gui

Hope as leader, no summon, one fall:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqc1bjzXNeE

Lightning as leader, no summon, one fall:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua_ETTJ8Xao
I also did a commentary of this fight to break it down:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw2WpRKMfhc

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Crystarium Stage 9 missions

I made a bunch of videos showing you how you can take down the hardest missions
at Stage 9 Crystarium (without the massive HP boosts that you get from Stage 
10 by beating the game) without having to do much in the way of spending lots 
of time and money upgrading weapons and accessories. You know that I enjoy 
efficiency, so what is more efficient than not having to worry about farming? 
Most of these fights were done without farming for gil or even CP of any kind; 
the CP I gained from going through the rest of the missions was enough. I 
really enjoyed making these videos because most of the available strategies 
out there show you setups with higher stats and leveled-up equipment yet take 
just as much time or even longer when it comes to getting through the fights.

Mission 59
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlv0gl497c4
Just warming up here; you can use Deceptisols to preempt most Zirnitra fights 
so it's not a big deal.

Mission 51
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2uuYGVvu0c
Not a hard mission, but what is the best method to finish this fight as 
quickly as possible?

Mission 55 (no Death)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfsjE-NfNqs
Ah, now it's getting interesting. Definitely use Death first to get the Growth
Egg, but have you ever wondered what it takes to win this fight straight up? 
This is the lowest-spec setup I know of as of this version.

Mission 54
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxEoiEoYK44
The issue is always how to 5-star this mission. There is an "easy" solution: 
use Random: Instant Chain and pray for it to hit. On the other hand, how about
a genuinely consistent way to pull it off?

Mission 62
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0bYTXbF9rA
I've seen many people claim this to be the hardest mission in the game, so I 
would be remiss not to take on this challenge.

Mission 64
Still working on this one for now.

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Oretoises at Crystarium Stage 9

These are for fun. While it is theoretically possible to use these techniques 
to farm, I don't recommend doing so because a) they are hard strategies that 
aren't guaranteed to succeed because you're threading such a small needle given
the fragility of your characters, b) it's not the most efficient way to go 
about it when all is said and done, and c) in the case of Long Gui, it's really
really boring.

Adamantoise (no summon)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOM7r6b9VYo

Shaolong Gui
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7i0tSmafSM

Long Gui
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40gGBgUAvUM

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Hopefully I didn't make a mistake with any of the links. If I did, I recommend
you go to my YouTube channel and dig around for the right video if you are
interested.


===============================================================================
 Acknowledgments
===============================================================================

pj44055, SlimJimGuyMan, and ssjgokou for pointing out EXP errors.
HolyDeg for the note about Mission 63 unlock conditions.
Destrian for pointing out errors for the final update.

Piggyback for a very nice strategy guide. I used it frequently as a resource
and I recommend it to anyone looking for a guide with very comprehensive raw
data that is much better than most other offerings out there.

Square Enix.

Finally, thank you to anyone who finds this guide or any of the others I do
useful.