Final Fantasy XIII Trophy Guide
Written by EgHeadFool aka Hapkido
eghead (at) gmail (dot) com

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Table of Contents
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Version History
Introduction and Some Notes About This Guide
On Chocobo Riding
On Repairing Bhakti
Useful Shops
Trophy Glitch Warning
XMB Themes
Trophy List and Details
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact
Acknowledgments
Legal

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Version History
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1.0 - Initial guide complete
1.1 - Proofreading and some extra details added
1.2 - Added some info and a frequently asked question about the trophy glitch
1.3 - Minor corrections
1.4 - Added a section about shops and some Q&A
2.0 - Updated for English version, corrections made, touched up, new Q&A
2.1 - Naming fix and updated grinding tips (can no longer pre-empt Ochu)

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Introduction and Some Notes About This Guide
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Hi everybody. This is a guide I put together from my personal experience with
the Japanese version of the game. Since the English version's release I have
updated the guide to reflect naming changes and the like. If I have any mistakes
feel free to let me know.

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On Chocobo Riding
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To complete some of the trophy requirements, the player must have the ability to
ride Chocobos. This ability is gained by completing Cie'th Stone mission 14.
All Cie'th Stone missions are found in Gran Pulse and can be revisited.
This in turn requires the completion of missions 1-13. Mission 12 removes the
barrier to an area where Chocobos are found, and mission 14 will not become
available until you visit this area and view the cutscene there.

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On Repairing Bhakti
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A couple of trophies require the completion of an optional event at Oerba
Village, which is visited toward the end of chapter 11. If you explore the upper
level of the house on the far end of the first area, you will find a little
robot known to Vanille as Bhakti. However, it is not functioning correctly, and
Sazh states that with just a few modifications it can be repaired in no time.
The game then informs you that there are 5 parts required, and they are
scattered about the village. The game marks them with a red circle and most are
in plain sight. One is in the first house you can go into (on the second floor),
another couple are out in the open, and one is by the train tracks at the very
end of the village. The final, unmarked part is obtained by defeating a
Vampire who is patrolling a corner next to a large tree. Once you have all
five parts, return to Bhakti and he will be repaired. You can then talk to him.
Note that you can't find the parts before triggering the event inside the house.
This is a highly recommended sub-event regardless of trophies due to the useful
tips Bhakti provides, and the fact that after repair he gives you several items
based on how many steps you've taken on Gran Pulse. If you walk 10,000 and get
the Pulsian Pioneer trophy, he gives you 3 Platinum Ingots! That's 450k gil
right there.

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Useful Shops
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In general, accessories and upgrade materials are found in various shops, but
there are a few worth special mention. First of all, two of the most useful
shops open up through missions. They are the R&D Depot and Gilgamesh Inc,
which unlock by completing missions 7 and 46, respectively. Gilgamesh sells
weapons including some rare (and expensive) ones, which I had to visit to
complete my collection and I'm sure most others will too. The R&D shop sells
some of the best materials for upgrading weapons and accessories. It also sells
Adamantite, which is not obtainable anywhere else. The specific items to make
use of are the Particle Accelerator and the Ultracompact Reactor, depending on
how much experience you want. Other shops open up by playing through the main
story. You won't have them all until the end of chapter 12. For more details
about how to upgrade effectively, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.


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Trophy Glitch Warning
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At least in the Japanese version as of the time I write this, there exists a
glitch whereupon trophies are not awarded despite completing the requirements.
I am going to assume this was fixed by the time it was released in English.
It seems to be linked with the installation of the custom themes that are
awarded for select trophies. In particular, it is believed to occur if you
install a theme through the "Special" menu ("Extras" in English) at the title
screen of the game, and then continue playing without restarting the game. Be
wary of this! If you fall victim to the glitch, the only solution is to load
up a previous save and try over again until you receive the missing trophy.
So save often!

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XMB Themes
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Seven themes can be unlocked by acquiring certain trophies. I have indicated
in the list which they are, but I will list them here for convenience, in
the format of "theme: trophy required." They can be set through the "Special"
menu ("Extras" in English) at the title screen of the game.

Vanille: Instrument of Faith (Silver)
Hope: Instrument of Change (Gold)
Snow: L'Cie Paragon (Gold)
Fang: Treasure Hunter (Gold)
Sazh: Loremaster (Gold)
Lightning: Superstar (Gold)
Serah: Ultimate Hero (Platinum)


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Trophy List and Details
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Bronze Trophies
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Name: Instrument of Fate

Description: Took the first steps toward challenging an unjust fate.

Details: Obtained automatically after defeating the first boss in chapter 1.


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Name: Instrument of Dissent

Description: Survived the Purge to confront a greater peril.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 2.


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Name: Instrument of Tragedy

Description: Strode into danger's den and paid the consequences.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 3.


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Name: Instrument of Flight

Description: Slipped through the net and lived to fight another day.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 4.


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Name: Instrument of Vengeance

Description: Resolved to be more than a victim of circumstance.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 5.


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Name: Instrument of Survival

Description: Evaded pursuers, though memories of the past still give chase.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 6.


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Name: Instrument of Rebellion

Description: Made plans to infiltrate enemy-occupied territory.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 7.

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Name: Instrument of Shame

Description: Carried the burden of guilt to the end of the line.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 8.


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Name: Instrument of Wrath

Description: Took the fight to the enemy's door.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 9.


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Name: Instrument of Truth

Description: Recognized the true threat to the world's future.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 10.


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Name: Instrument of Hope

Description: Traveled to the world below, seeking a way to alter fate.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 11.


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Name: Pulsian Pioneer

Description: Took over 10,000 steps on the lowerworld surface.

Details: Your character has to physically walk 10,000 paces on Gran Pulse for
this trophy. Once completed, talk to Bhakti to obtain the trophy. I had already
fulfilled the requirements by the time I got to Oerba Village and
repaired Bhakti in the first place, but if you have not yet done so,
you can come back and talk to him later to get the trophy.

Special: Bhakti will give you 3 Platinum Ingots when you obtain this trophy.
He will also give you 5 Perfumes and various other items for reaching other
milestones in steps taken.


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Name: Gysahl Wreath

Description: Discovered buried treasure with a little help from a Chocobo.

Details: For this trophy you must dig up a Ribbon while riding a Chocobo.
At random the Chocobo will get an exclamation mark above its head while riding
it, indicating that it senses buried treasure. As you get closer to the
treasure, the mark will bob up and down faster, until finally it lets you dig.
Normally, the prize you dig up is completely random, but you always get a
Ribbon after digging exactly 20 times. Chocobos can only dig in dirt patches,
so that limits your searching significantly.


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Name: Kelger's Cup

Description: Completed all low-level Cie'th Stone missions.

Details: Complete all missions of rank D. That corresponds to missions 1-5.


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Name: Xezat's Chalice

Description: Completed all mid-level Cie'th Stone missions.

Details: Complete all missions of rank C. That corresponds to missions 6-15,
18-22, 28, 35-37, 39, 56 and 57.


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Name: Commando's Seal

Description: Mastered the Commando role.

Details: Max out one character's Crystarium for the Commando role
(Attacker in Japanese). This means bringing the role to level 5 and
purchasing all abilities. It does not appear necessary to fill every single
node as long as the role is at 5 and the abilities are all bought. Note that
level 10 of the Crystarium does not unlock until you finish the game.

 
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Name: Ravager's Seal

Description: Mastered the Ravager role.

Details: Max out one character's Crystarium for the Ravager role
(Blaster in Japanese). This means bringing the role to level 5 and
purchasing all abilities. It does not appear necessary to fill every single
node as long as the role is at 5 and the abilities are all bought. Note that
level 10 of the Crystarium does not unlock until you finish the game.


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Name: Sentinel's Seal

Description: Mastered the Sentinel role.

Details: Max out one character's Crystarium for the Sentinel role
(Defender in Japanese). This means bringing the role to level 5 and
purchasing all abilities. It does not appear necessary to fill every single
node as long as the role is at 5 and the abilities are all bought. Note that
level 10 of the Crystarium does not unlock until you finish the game.


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Name: Saboteur's Seal

Description: Mastered the Saboteur role.

Details: Max out one character's Crystarium for the Saboteur role
(Jammer in Japanese). This means bringing the role to level 5 and
purchasing all abilities. It does not appear necessary to fill every single
node as long as the role is at 5 and the abilities are all bought. Note that
level 10 of the Crystarium does not unlock until you finish the game.


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Name: Synergist's Seal

Description: Mastered the Synergist role.

Details: Max out one character's Crystarium for the Synergist role
(Enhancer in Japanese). This means bringing the role to level 5 and
purchasing all abilities. It does not appear necessary to fill every single
node as long as the role is at 5 and the abilities are all bought. Note that
level 10 of the Crystarium does not unlock until you finish the game.


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Name: Medic's Seal

Description: Mastered the Medic role.

Details: Max out one character's Crystarium for the Medic role
(Healer in Japanese). This means bringing the role to level 5 and
purchasing all abilities. It does not appear necessary to fill every single
node as long as the role is at 5 and the abilities are all bought. Note that
level 10 of the Crystarium does not unlock until you finish the game.


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Silver Trophies
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Name: Instrument of Faith

Description: Defied destiny's charge and embarked on a different path.

Details: Obtained automatically upon commencement of chapter 12.

Special: Unlocks Vanille's XMB theme.


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Name: Exorcist

Description: Triumphed over undying lowerland souls in seven fierce battles.

Details: Complete missions 7, 12, 27, 30, 34, 51, and 64. These are the seven
missions that pit you against "death generals." Mission 64 can be quite tough,
but the key is to always cast Bio (Poison) on him and take advantage of his
regenerative periods to heal and enhance yourself. Make sure to block his
big attack with 3 Sentinels/Defenders or you're toast.


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Name: Floraphobe

Description: Toppled a green terror and cut an oversized succulent down to size.

Details: Complete mission 54 against the Gigantuar. Before this mission
becomes available you have to watch a cutscene involving a Cactuar. You
can reach the area that activates this by jumping up onto the plateau from
the semi-circular area full of giant turtle varieties. Or, you can
leap there by Chocobo from an adjacent cliff. It's on the far north of the
plains. This mission is rated B but it's one of the harder ones. My suggestion
is to equip items like Speed Sash and Energy Sash to gain the Lucky Breaker
ability (Instant Chain in English), and then retry until you get an
early stagger/break and take him down fast.


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Name: Natural Selector

Description: Passed Titan's trials.

Details: The Titan's trials are missions 35-51. Completing mission 34 grants
access to the area where the trials take place, and completing mission 30
grants access to the area containing mission 34. Chocobo required. The Titan's
trials consist of a series of paths containing missions. Once you take every
possible path and complete 35-50, mission 51 becomes available on every path,
at the point where you go to the final mission on the path. For example, if you
choose a path that goes 35->36->38->41->45, then mission 51 will appear after
completing mission 41 but before selecting mission 45. Mission 51 can be
overcome by tossing physical defense items on Snow and using him as a permanent
Sentinel/Defender, while using the two others to cast Deprotect and buff
themselves. Then you simply chip away at him slowly while Snow tanks for you.


++++++++

Name: Dorgann's Trophy

Description: Completed all high-level Cie'th Stone missions.

Details: Complete all missions of rank B. That corresponds to missions 16, 17,
23-27, 29-34, 38, 40, 42, 43, 47, 50, 54 and 58.


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Name: Galuf's Grail

Description: Completed all Cie'th Stone missions.

Details: Pretty self explanatory. Complete all 64 missions with any rank.


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Name: Limit Breaker

Description: Dealt 100,000+ damage with a single attack.

Details: This literally means a single hit. Not a single chain, a single combo,
or a single multi-hit move. The easiest way to do this is to find an enemy with
a high break percentage, break them, summon Bahamut with Fang, and then
immediately go into Gestalt/Driving mode and use Mega Flare. Deprotecting the
enemy first is a plus. Unless you equip a Genji Glove, characters are
normally limited to 99,999 damage, but summons are not. If you've got high
stats you might even get this trophy by accident using a summon (I did). With
Genji Glove and a high level Crystarium you might also have luck using
Highwind with Fang. It can easily do 999,999 damage with a fully upgraded
Kain's Lance and accessories increasing physical attack.


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Name: Adamant Will

Description: Felled a heavyweight of the lowerworld wilds.

Details: Defeat a Long Gui. Upon clearing missions 56-62, all of the
Adamantoises on the plains except one will turn into Long Guis. They look
similar, except they are blue and much tougher. To take this behemoth down,
make sure you have high stats and pretty much all your roles maxed. Have a
Paradigm/Optima with three Sentinels/Defenders handy for whenever he casts
Ultima, Quake, or most any attack for that matter. Take out his legs (they are
susceptible to Poison) and once he falls down, debuff him like crazy with things
like Deprotect, Weak (Imperil), etc. Slow is also a bonus even before you take
out his legs. Use Power Smoke and Barrier Smoke (Fortisol and Aegisol) to make
things easier, or use enhancing spells to power up (especially Haste and
Bravery). Most likely you will need to knock him down at least two times even
with powerful weapons, and recast buffs and debuffs. If you need him to fall
down just one more time, you can use your summon which instantly makes him fall.
It's also a good way to heal your party if you're about to lose.


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Name: Master's Seal

Description: Fully developed all characters.

Details: Learn all abilities for all 6 roles for all 6 characters, and level
each role to 5. Yeah, that's a lot of CP. Grinding is not recommended before
finishing the game. Growth Egg (obtained from mission 55) will double your
earned CP when equipped, so make good use of it. Mission 55 can be cheaply
beaten early on by using Death with Vanille until he dies in one hit. If you die
before that, retry. Chocobo required. Mission 55 can be found at Oerba Village.
Note that level 10 of the Crystarium does not unlock until you finish the game
so it is not possible to obtain the trophy before doing so anyway.


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Gold Trophies
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Name: Instrument of Change

Description: Witnessed the dawn of a new crystal legend.

Details: Obtained automatically upon completion of the game. Make sure you
watch the credits all the way through and save the game afterwards!

Special: Unlocks Hope's XMB theme.


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Name: L'Cie Paragon

Description: Earned a 5-star ranking for all Cie'th Stone missions.

Details: All 64 missions must be completed with the highest ranking of 5 stars.
Missions can be retried as many times as you wish. Generally I recommend being
close to maxed out in the Crystarium and having good weapons and accessories.
Many of the battles get a lot simpler this way. In rare cases, stronger
equipment may hurt your chances, since the required time for 5 stars decreases
as your characters gain attack and magic. In particular, mission 64 is much
easier with weak weapons by letting poison do most of the work on him. The same
might go for easy missions for which you are incredibly overleveled. Mission 35
is hard to 5-star with high stats without using a Sneak Smoke (Deceptisol).

Special: Unlocks Snow's XMB theme.

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Name: Treasure Hunter

Description: Held every weapon and accessory.

Details: This one is the most time consuming. You only need to have owned every
weapon and accessory at SOME point in time. You by no means need to hold all of
them simultaneously. Also, all tier-3 weapons for each character have the same
name, and thus only one of each is required for the trophy. Note that no item
is only available at a certain point in time. It is not possible to miss
an item in a certain area and thus lose it forever. It is, however, possible to
obtain an item and sell it without upgrading it, and not be able to recover it.
In such an instance you would never be able to obtain the upgrade. This goes
specifically for the elemental rings (Frost Ring, Ember Ring, etc). You have one
chance to obtain them again by deconstructing the elemental absorption charms,
(all of which are found as treasures on Gran Pulse, so you can't miss them),
but if you sell those too you're fresh out of luck. My advice is to never sell
any accessory (unless you have repeats). To actually receive this trophy you
have to talk to Bhakti, so don't have a heart attack if you don't get it as
soon as your inventory is complete.

Special: Unlocks Fang's XMB theme.


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Name: Loremaster

Description: Discerned the full attributes of 100 enemies.

Details: You basically need to use Libra on 100 separate enemies and
completely fill out their information. Using Libra does not guarantee that the
enemy's attributes will be fully discerned. Sometimes it still doesn't reveal
things like item drops. Fighting an enemy more than once helps fill in extra
information in such cases, as well as using Libra multiple times. Fortunately
there are well over 100 enemy types in the game. If you use Libra as often as
possible, you will probably have no trouble with this trophy. Note that it is
technically possible to obtain the trophy without using Libra at all, but it
is much harder, and Libra should be used on all enemies either way.

Special: Unlocks Sazh's XMB theme.


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Name: Superstar

Description: Earned a 5-star ranking in the battle to determine the world's fate

Details: Earn a 5-star ranking on the final form of the final boss. This is
Orphan's form where he is invincible when not in stagger/break state. The
rankings of the previous two battles are inconsequential. If you're having
trouble with this, come back later after filling out level 10 of the
Crystarium and obtaining stronger items. He'll go down in a breeze. You can do
the final battle as many times as you want even after beating the game, so don't
worry about that.

Special: Unlocks Lightning's XMB theme.


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Platinum Trophy
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Name: Ultimate Hero

Description: Acquired all trophies.

Details: Self-explanatory. If you're curious about how long it takes, I got my
platinum trophy in 96:40. I by no means rushed through the game so it is
very possible to do it in even less time.

Special: Unlocks Serah's XMB theme.



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Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Can I keep playing after I beat the game?

A: Yes, the game lets you save after beating it, after which you can return to
Gran Pulse for missions or fight the final boss again.

Q: Are there any missable trophies?

A: It is possible (though difficult) to lock yourself out of the Treasure Hunter
trophy. See the details for that trophy and the below question. Don't worry
about missions - they are all replayable. The Taejin Tower missions that were
part of the story become available again after you beat the game.

Q: I'm looking for <item name> in the shops, but I can't find it anywhere!
What's going on?

A: First, make sure you're not looking for an item that's an upgraded version
of something else (though in a few cases upgraded items can be bought). Second,
make sure you have all the shops. Most unlock through the main story, but
missions 7 and 46 unlock shops as well. For information about that, see the
Useful Shops section at the beginning of this guide. Finally, if you're trying
to puchase elemental rings or absorption charms, those are not found in shops.
I hope you didn't sell off all of them, because you can lock yourself out of
the Treasure Hunter trophy that way. See the info for that particular trophy
for more information.

Q: Do you have any recommendations for how to go about upgrading
everything?

A: Generally the most effective way is to increase the multiplier on an item to
3x and then slap some Particle Accelerators or Ultracompact Reactors on
it for massive experience. This is especially useful on weapons since they
require tons of experience to max out. Since both of the above items decrease
the multiplier, the most efficient way is to use many at once instead of one
by one, otherwise you'll have to use items to pump up the multiplier again each
time. However, this also requires that you know how much experience each item
takes to max out, or at least what level it maxes out at. For this reason I
highly recommend looking up a chart of the experience breakdowns of various
items. If you have the Japanese version and understand the language, the wiki
in my Acknowledgments section contains this information. Otherwise I'm sure
other guides will list much of this information. Naturally for accessories that
max out at level 2 you won't want to waste lots of money on expensive materials
that are meant for serious leveling. 

Also note that the amount of experience you get from the materials can vary
depending on the specific item you are trying to upgrade. As for increasing the
multiplier, the easiest way to reach 3x is by buying 36 of one of the following:
Sturdy Bone, Barbed Tail, Vibrant Ooze. They are all found at the Creature
Comforts shop, and 36 of them will run you 2,880 gil.

Q: I completed the requirements for a trophy but the game won't give it to me!
What's going on!? Help!

A: First make sure you did in fact satisfy the conditions and that it's not just
a matter of quitting out of a menu before the game acknolwedges it. Next make
sure it's not a trophy that requires you to talk to Bhakti to receive. If none
of these things apply, you're unfortunately a victim of the trophy glitch.
See the Trophy Glitch Warning section at the start of the guide.

Q: It takes so much CP to max out my roles! Do you have any suggestions for
speeding up the process?

A: First of all, I don't recommend grinding AT ALL before completing the game.
It's mostly a waste of time. That being said, the first thing you should do is
go get the Growth Egg which doubles your CP gained if equipped. It is obtained
by beating mission 55. Mission 55 can be cheaply beaten early on by using Death
with Vanille until he dies in one hit. If you die before that, retry. Chocobo
required. To survive the first attack, start the battle with a Barrier Smoke
(Aegisol). Mission 55 can be found at Oerba Village. Note that the mission will
not be available if you have not viewed the cutscene involving the Ochu. Ochu is
found in an area only accesible by Chocobo. You have to jump way up onto a ledge
in the plains. It also leads to many missions including the Titan's trials. And
(not by coincidence), it is the location of the mission 55 target.

Once you have Growth Egg, there are different ways you can try to level up. One
of the more popular methods was unfortunately taken out of the English version,
which was to fight Ochus. Sadly, it is now impossible to pre-empt them.
Personally the best method I've found came from some advice I came across on
the forums, which involves fighting Rust Puddings and Cryohedrons in the
Mah'habara Mines. If you're weak this is a fast way to make between seven and
eleven thousand CP per battle lasting 5-15 seconds. The ideal spot is at a place
where you descend a small staircase and find three Cryohedrons at the bottom. A
bit further down the path there are three Rust Puddings and one Cryohedron. They
are only a few seconds walking distance apart and yet respawn every time you go
back and forth. At an average of 10 seconds per battle and 10 seconds traveling,
that's about 17 thousand CP every 30 seconds, or about 2.5 million CP per hour.
Finally, if you've already leveled up considerably, you might want to try the
Adamantoises. They require you to already be quite strong, but they will yield
80,000 CP each using the Growth Egg, plus they drop precious Platinum Ingots
and Trapezohedrons.

Q: I need tons and tons of money to upgrade all of my weapons and accessories!
How should I go about farming gil?

A: Personally, I fought Adamantoises over and over. You need to be strong to
kill them efficiently, although using a summon helps, but then requires you to
gain back the TP after every battle. I used the 450k gil from Bhakti to upgrade
Fang's weapon and some physical attack items to help me fight them better. There
are videos on Youtube on how to take one down. You basically want to get Fang's
attack high enough so that you can break/stagger each leg quickly and then down
it in one blow with Highwind. Once it falls, debuff it with Weak (Imperil),
Deprotect and Defaith before switching to Ravagers/Blasters. Keep pounding him
in this formation until the gauge reaches 900% or more, then lay on the damage
with Commandos/Attackers. You should have enough time to finish him with another
Highwind before he gets back up. Unless you're really strong you will want to
have Bravery and Haste on your characters too, so either start with a Power
Smoke (Fortisol) or start with Synergists/Enhancers.

Alternately, many people find it simpler and maybe even more efficient to fight
the Sacrifices right before the final boss. They drop Perfume which sells for a
decent price, plus they drop an expensive catalyst ingredient occasionally too.

But above all, equip Collector Catalog and Connoisseur Catalog (Good Choice and
Best Choice in Japanese). Collector Catalog will increase your item drop rate,
while Connoisseur Catalog will increase your rare item drop rate. Both are
extremely useful and will make a huge difference, especially since the
Adamantoises don't drop very often. If you don't have those items yet, you can
get Collector Catalog from mission 8 or from the shop. Connoisseur Catalog is
obtained by upgrading Collector Catalog.

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Contact
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Feel free to email me with questions, comments, or suggestions. Credit will be
given to anyone whose contributions I include. My email address is listed at the
very top of the guide. I welcome all input! :)

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Acknowledgments
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-Bloodvayne for pointing out Bhakti's more complicated reward system

-Ace|Of|Blitz for providing me with some of the English names

-All those Japanese gamers who collaborated on some fantastic wikis for this
game. If you can understand Japanese, I suggest you check out this site:
http://ff13.in/

Know something I don't? Your name could be here!

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