Lightning Returns Walkthrough

13 February 2014
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Lightning Returns Walkthrough

Our 100% complete Lightning Returns walkthrough will guide you through the beginning to ending moments of gameplay with strategy tips for this Action-RPG Final Fantasy XIII series game on the PS3 & Xbox 360.

The story of Lightning, the protagonist of the Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy, will finally reach its conclusion. Take a look back on the stories of Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 that shaped Lightning into the heroine she is today, as she and a band of unlikely heroes came together to defy their destiny and save the world.

Let’s start the Lightning Returns walkthrough with a story recap introduction video!

Please note that viewers must be at least ages 13-16 to watch, in America & Europe respectively, so no harm comes to those with innocent eyes. This game includes Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence.

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Index of Lightning Returns Guides:

Lightning Returns Walkthrough

The world of Gran Pulse is sinking into the sea and what remains is now called Nova Chrysalia. With only 13 days remaining until the end of the world, Chaos reigns in a world that never ages. New life cannot be born. People need salvation. As Lightning, it is your mission to save as many souls as possible so that they may be brought to the new world. Along the journey, you will encounter familiar faces and engage new foes in all new lands. You must ultimately choose which souls to save and which to abandon and fully understand Lightning’s true destiny. It all ends here.

Take control of Lightning in an expansive and eve moving world as she fights to save a world doomed by complete devastation. Fight in exhilarating battles with a more direct battle system and explore the world that Lightning inhabits. With increased freedom and character customization, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gives the player unique opportunities as you use your time wisely as the final days of a doomed land close in.

How will you spend your finals days?

Key Game Features:

  • Lightning under your control: Lightning will be the playable character – with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customise Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons, that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.
  • Action-oriented combat: A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any Final Fantasy game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.
  • A constantly moving, beautiful world: Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.
  • Use your time well: A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?
  • A connected experience: Stay connected to Final Fantasy and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What was the making of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII like?

Answer: Watch this special half an hour extended version of the behind-the-scenes “Inside The Square” series, which goes into the heart of the legendary development team at Square Enix Japan.

Question: What’s going on with Lightning?

Answer: Several hundred years have passed since Lightning fell into a deep slumber. The world, diseased by Chaos, is on the brink of destruction. The people, hopeless and full of despair, stand by hopelessly and watch the horror unfold in front of their eyes. As the end draws near, she awakens. She is Lightning, humanity’s last hope. — Only 13 days remain until the end of the world. As the chosen one, Lightning battles her way through the final 13 days in an attempt to save humanity and accomplish her ultimate goal.


Welcome to the Lightning Returns walkthrough! Remedy will be your voice-over commentator showing you around the game’s areas.

This is an in-depth strategy guide for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. The following video walkthroughs will contain all side missions, equipment, garbs, treasure spheres, and everything in between!

Let’s get started with the game’s Prologue, which is all Tutorials showing you how to play. It’s about Lightning chasing Snow in the Patron’s Palace, Lightning meeting Hope in The Ark, and explaining Lightning’s role as Savior.

Day 1

Lightning only has 13 days to save the world. Here’s Day 1!

Check the timeline below to find out where the Main Quests and Side Quests start. Let’s begin by visiting Luxerion, the divine city of light.

Timeline in minutes for the Main & Side Quests done on Day 1:

• 1:35 Main Quest: Luxerion 1-1
5:10 Wither Faith
6:51 Fighter’s Emblem (Treasure Sphere)
7:48 Where are you, Holmes?
14:42 Runic Ring (Treasure Sphere)
17:57 Sparkstrike Lv. 2 (Treasure Sphere)
15:15 Quill Pen (Quest Item)
21:40 Canvas of Prayers Introduction

• 26:21 Main Quest: Luxerion 1-2
30:35 The Things She’s Lost (Side Quest)
31:35 Green Carbuncle Doll
34:43 Thundara Lv. 2 (Treasure Sphere)
46:53 Violet Amulet (Treasure Sphere)
47:41 Stuck in a Gem (Side Quest)
51:34 Guard Glove (Treasure Sphere)
53:53 Guard Lv. 2 (Treasure Sphere)
56:03 Soul Seeds (Side Quest)
58:58 Magician’s Token (Treasure Sphere)
59:23 Twist Headband (Treasure Sphere)

• 1:04:55 Main Quest: The Dead Dunes

Day 2

Here’s Day 2!

Day 2 is filled with so many adventures in the Wildlands. You’ve got to rescue and heal the Angel of Valhalla. Lightning comes across an old friend too, MOG! Also pick up a few very important garbs. Electronica Garb and Ignite Garb. Ignite is a HUGE help in The Wildlands. Completing as much as possible by no later than midnight. Lightning heads to Luxerion for the conclusion of the main quest. Facing the Shadow Hunter, Noel.

Check the timeline below to find out where the Main Quests and Side Quests start.

Timeline in minutes for the Main & Side Quests done on Day 2:

4:43 Schemata setup

• 9:57 Luxerion
10:38 IMPORTANT PURCHASE – Nocturne Garb

• 14:41 The Wildlands
18:34 Canvas of Prayers
22:12 Canopus Farms
22:29 IMPORTANT PURCHASE – Ignite Garb and Electronica Garb
25:21 Dr Gysahl
29:34 Treasure Sphere – Imp’s Crest
35:50 Chocobo Eater – Boss Fight
49:42 Fuzzy Sheep Milk – Chocobo Feed
50:15 Chocobull – Chocobo Feed
50:51 Gysahl Greens – Chocobo Feed
57:03 The Right Stuff – Side Quest + Mystical Meal – Chocobo Feed
1:02:53 A Father’s Request – Side Quest
1:05:05 IMPORTANT: Schemata change
1:11:09 A Father’s Request – Side Quest
1:14:26 Chocobo Cheer
1:18:16 Item Drop – Slug Sweet
1:21:05 Yeul’s Flower
1:30:00 A Father’s Request – Side Quest *Update
1:32:32 Chocobull – Chocobo Feed
1:44:08 Fuzzy Sheep Side Quest + Fuzzy Sheep Milk – Chocobo Feed
1:51:15 Yeul’s Flower
1:53:07 Treasure Sphere – Beloved’s Gift
1:54:00 Treasure Sphere – Fira Lv. 2
1:54:30 Treasure Sphere – Key to the Green Gate
1:55:04 Treasure Sphere – Flamebane Choker

Day 3

Day 3 is here!

Timeline in minutes for the Main & Side Quests done on Day 3:

2:52 Schemata Setup

The Wildlands
3:59 Canvas of Prayers
5:24 Brella – Mother and Daughter – Side Quest
8:22 Round’Em Up – Side Quest
14:20 Treasure Sphere – Witch’s Rosary (2 EP)
15:12 Canopus Farms – Collect Gyshal Greens and plant vegetable seeds
17:52 A Taste of the Past – Side Quest
21:57 Treasure Sphere – Firewrym Bracelet
24:31 Reaver – Shard Blade
27:37 Treasure Sphere – Soul of Thamasa
35:07 Old man in the Field – Side Quest
35:36 Dog, Doctor and Assistant – Side Quest
39:45 Treasure Sphere – Blizzara Lv.2
40:13 Treasure Sphere – Old Fashioned Photoframe
40:53 Omega Point – Side Quest
44:09 Data Collection – Omega Point – Side Quest
44:50 Data Collection – Omega Point – Side Quest
45:19 Data Collection – Omega Point – Side Quest
46:45 Treasure Sphere – Broken Gyroscope
47:10 Data Collection – Omega Point – Side Quest

Chapter 5-1: Father and Son
47:50 Sazh

Chapter 5-2: Follow the Chocobo cChick
48:48 Chocobo Chick
52:01 Omega Point – Side Quest Complete

Chapter 5-3: Wishes on a Canvas
56:58 Chocobolina
1:02:07 Canopus Farms – Collect Gyshal Greens and plant vegetable seeds

Chapter 5-4: What Soul Seed Traders Want
1:05:18 Soul Seed Trader
1:07:28 Round’Em Up – Side QuestComplete
1:13:48 the secret lives of Sheep – Side Quest
1:33:42 Matchmaker – Side Quest
1:37:11 Tilda – Matchmaker – Side Quest
1:40:34 Mother and Daughter – Side Quest Complete
1:47:55 match maker – Side Quest Complete
2:05:07 Mercy of a Goddess side quest
2:06:25 Cardesia – Mercy of a Goddess – Side Quest
2:09:18 Mercy of a Goddess complete
2:24:12 Dog, Doctor and Assistant – Side Quest Complete
2:26:48 Canvas of Prayers

2:28:45 Treasured Ball – Side Quest
2:30:47 The Angel’s Tears – Side Quest
2:33:12 To Save the Sinless – Side Quest
2:39:16 The Girl who cried Wolf – Side Quest
2:40:18 Second Phone Booth – The Girl who cried Wolf – Side Quest
2:41:53 Dying Wish – Side Quest
2:43:16 Thunderclap Cap – Dying Wish – Side Quest
2:44:15 Third Phone Booth – The Girl who cried Wolf – Side Quest
2:46:59 Canvas of Prayers
2:51:19 Louise – The Girl who cried Wolf – Side Quest
2:55:33 Get the Girl – Side Quest
2:59:07 A Rose by any other Name – Side Quest
3:02:02 Rubrio – Stuck in a Gem – Side Quest
3:04:10 Ronan’s Body – Stuck in a Gem – Side Quest

Day 4

After a long night, the 4-hour-long Day 4 has arrived!

Timeline in minutes for the Main & Side Quests done on Day 4:

3:09 Schemata setup

Chapter 2-1: The Geat Break In
9:05 Canvas of Prayers
09:59 Get the Girl – Side Quest *Update
12:17 Treasure Sphere – Locket Pendant (6 EP)
12:44 Treasure Sphere – Blitz Lv. 2
13:07 Treasure Sphere – Promised Necklace
13:52 Outfitters – Velvet Bouncer Garb
14:38 Chocobo Girls Code
14:54 Treasure Sphere – Wolf’s Emblem
15:27 Treasure Sphere – Flanitor Notes
16:57 Treasure Sphere – Patron’s Personal Guard Notes
18:08 Treasure Sphere – Mage’s Gloves
18:32 Chocobo Girl’s Phone No.
19:27 Treasure Sphere – Thorn of Aggression
21:09 Tour Guide
24:43 Stolen Things – Side Quest
25:23 Free Will – Side Quest
28:14 A Testing Proposition – Side Quest
31:49 Treasure Sphere – Dispel Lv. 2
32:48 Family Food – Side Quest
35:32 Family Food – Side Quest – Gordon Gourmet
37:30 Family Food – Side Quest – Restaurant
38:32 Family Food – Side Quest – Restaurant
39:10 Family Food – Side Quest – Restaurant
39:39 Family Food – Side Quest – Restaurant
40:09 Family Food – Side Quest – Restaurant
40:38 Family Food – Side Quest – Restaurant
44:32 Family Food – Side Quest – Civet Musk
54:35 Stolen Things – Side Quest – Gregory
57:08 Play it for Me – Side Quest
59:04 Play it for Me – Side Quest – Nostalgic Score: Refrain
59:49 Stolen Things – Side Quest – Pickett
1:01:52 Songless Diva – Side Quest
1:05:50 Play it for Me – Side Quest – Nostalgic Score: Chorus
1:07:18 Play it for Me – Side Quest – Nostalgic Score: Coda
1:08:10 Stolen Things – Side Quest
1:10:25 Songless Diva – Side Quest – Music Satchel
1:12:07 Play it for Me – Side Quest
1:14:39 Songless Diva – Side Quest
1:19:06 ITEM DROP – Beat Down Ability – Desdemona
1:23:04 Treasure Sphere – Giant’s Vambrace
1:43:23 Treasure Sphere – Fencer’s Earrings (4 EP)
1:45:17 Bronze Pocket Watch
1:50:08 Treasure Sphere – Soldier’s Tie
1:51:00 Schemata Prep
1:53:25 Cyclops Boss Fight
1:57:14 Treasure Sphere – Sight’s Circlet
2:00:51 Quest Item – Desert Flame
2:01:13 Treasure Sphere – Oath of the Merchants Guild
2:02:21 Treasure Sphere – Lapis Lazuli

Chapter 2-2: The Legend of the Savior
2:07:21 Treasure Sphere – Thorn of Will
2:07:50 Treasure Sphere – Corundum Pin
2:10:39 Treasure Sphere – Demon’s Earrings
2:13:24 Chocobo Girl – Fireworks
2:14:42 Cactuar Plaza – Fireworks
2:16:30 Central Ave – Fireworks in a Bottle – Side Quest
2:17:51 Chocobo Girl – Fireworks
2:18:26 Bacchus’s Brew – Fireworks in a Bottle – Side Quest
2:22:15 Yusnaan Station – Fireworks
2:23:13 Chocobo Girl – Fireworks
2:23:47 Fireworks for a Steal – Side Quest
2:28:24 Coliseum Square – Fireworks
2:29:37 Chocobo Girl – Miqo’te Dress Garb
2:43:59 The Fighting Actress – Side Quest

Chapter 5-6
2:31:28 Fragment of Courage

Chapter 2-3: A Solitary Patron
3:07:47 Treasure Sphere – Thorn of Courage
3:10:07 Gold Dust
3:16:54 Treasure Sphere – Flamestrike Lv. 2
3:19:00 Treasure Sphere – Heavy Guard Lv. 2
3:21:12 Treasure Sphere – Frostbane Choker
3:24:25 Treasure Sphere – Prophecy of Aspiration
3:30:49 Schemata Prep
3:35:46 Snow Villiers – Boss Fight
3:46:39 Ghostly Hood
3:49:07 Statue Fragment
3:49:22 Statue Fragment
3:49:52 Statue Fragment
3:50:07 Statue Fragment
3:50:28 Statue Fragment
3:54:18 Jade Hair Comb

Lightning Returns Walkthrough continues on Page 2 with Day 5.


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