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Main Story Walkthrough: Academia 500 AF
Academia 500 AF, Enemies: Proto Behemoth, Shrodinger, Pantopoda, Managamr, Yeoman
Academia 500 is a series of golden platforms, some of them static and others dynamic. Some of the moving platforms are controlled by terminals that change their direction. In short, it's a confusing mess and it's going to take a bit of meandering to collect every treasure in the area before reaching the goal. Luckily you grabbed the anti-Grav Jump fragment skill from the mystic in Serendipity. You did grab it didn't you? If not, you'll wish you had!
To start, head south and grab the Determination Gate Seal from the treasure cube nearby. After that, head north, then east, and jump on the long platform. Grab the Phoenix Down from the sphere on this platform, and examine the cactuar. Everytime you fall into the abyss, you'll respawn at the last cactuar you checked in with.
From the cactuar, head north and then east. Cross the long platform while continuing to head east and grap the Phoenix Blood from the sphere. With that in hand, return to the last checkpoint by dropping off a ledge.
Go north again, then head west. After the long platform, head north. The next platform ahead of you will change positions. Wait for it to point west, then cross it. From there head north down a flight of stairs and grab the Shaman's Mark from the treasure sphere. Return up the stairs, wait for the path heading east to become available, and you'll be able to access the platform with the goal marker. Before you go there, understand that there is a boss fight against two, large, elemental-giraffes (seriously). Setup your paradigms accordingly:
There's nothing like twins that can't let go. When you kill one of the giraffes, the other will resurrect the fallen one. It doesn't happen right away, but it will continue to happen until both of them are defeated at the same time. The good news is that they only return with as much HP as the remaining giraffe, so you do stand a chance.
Stick both of them with deprotect and deshell. Do the same when they're revived as well. These are the only debuffs you're likely to apply on them.
The only advantage these bosses have is their resurrection abilities, so employ the usual tactics of charging they chain guage with ravagers, followed by pummeling them with commandos once their staggered.
After the battle, you'll receive the Amethyst and Luvulite Fragment, plus 8000 CP. You'll also get the ability to manipulate the various platforms in the area using the cube that appears. There are a bunch of them scattered throughout the map and the cubes they alter aren't always obvious. In other words, to avoid lots of trial and error, follow our notes! FYI, the cactuar on the platform will be activated automatically.
When you regain control of noel, head south into the long platform. Wait for the L shaped platform to rotate so that its pointing south, then cross. Head east from here, activate the cactuar, and continue north. Wait for the L shaped platform to reach the east, and continue as such. Activate the new cactuar, then head north and activate the cube.
Head south, back down the stairs, wait for the L shaped platform to rotate, giving you access to the next platform north, to your right. Head up there and touch the cactuar in the middle of the long platform.
Touch the cube in the middle of this platform to cause the T shaped platform to rotate. Use it to access the platform northwest from your current location. Activate the cube. Return to the T-platform, and take it to the opposite platform in the east from you current location. Run up the stairs. On the next platform, atop the stairs, activate the cactuar and the cube. Wait for the L shaped platform in the north to rotate so yo ucan head east. Run to the end of L-platform, and jump down to open a treasure sphere with the Sisters Gate Seal. Drop off the edge to return to the last cactuar you activated moments ago.
Deactivate the cube, hop on the L-platform and run to the T-Platform west of it. Let it spin 180 degrees and hop to the west, to the platform in the middle of the map. West from there is another T-platform that will rotate and take you take you to an L-platform. When you get there (L platform) head south, and activate the cube and cactuar once you get there. This cube will cause the L shaped platform northwest from her to twist, giving you access to the end of this platforming madness. Double back to the last T-platform, and use it to access the platform north of it. From there, wait for the recently activated L-platform to create a path heading north, and head for the final platform. When you get there, stock up with whatever you may need (Phoenix Downs!) from Chocolina, then continue towards the goal marker to begin the series of boss fights that will mark the end of the main storyline.
Hi... Im stuck at Lvl 15 Augusta Towers AF300. Done everything there, But terminal in middle room says ''Need lvl 13 key, in other time period'' or similar. Also I have no A- Towers AF200, in the Historia Crux. Arrrrgh? Help.Also I cant throw Moogle.Cheers.
regarding the tomato thing, do I have to start over if after getting the black hole gem and the tomato is not mutant?
@shademalkovich There is more than 1 Oerba. there is 200AF, 300AF & 400AF. Not unlocked them all yet but you must be able to reach the water in 300 or 400AF
Also how to you get to the other side? there is usually a Chocobo to help but i can't find one you can ride. where treasures 14,15,16 and 21 are.
you have to use the way stones in the shape of cactaurs.the weather has to be the way it was when you first got there to find the way stone to the other side, n Mog has to find it.
I killed the faeryl in archylte, n I have the black hole gem, but when I went back to sunleth, the frigging tomato was still royal, not mutant! what do i do?
@smurf6 if you have already been to 200AF it will be unlocked in the Historia Crux.. press the start button and click the top one "return to Historia Crux' and look around and you will find it.
Cant get to academia? Beat the giant tomato thingy and have all the fragments. Still it hasn't been unlocked. What do I do?
@LiFERACE Go to The Void Beyond and travel through the space distortion. it's orange i thing on the top of the stairs ti the East.
The weapon Sacred Cross is not "just north of the gate" its miles north of the gate, its at the opposite end of the western section of the map (where as the gate is in the furthest south-westerly position on the map).Make sure you realise this before proceeding. If you assume like i did it will be near the gate its not. youll have to go to the north of the western section first by the 3 toppled pillars marked on the map and then to the very south west to the gate.
You already have Beta and Gamma NOT Alpha and Gamma as stated at the top of the page. So you need alpha, delta and epsilon if you are using this guide ;)
tell me how can you have 4 paradigms for monsters when you only get a paradigm pack of 3? You have Ravager, Commando, Sentinel and Medic roles for the monsters in the table above but this is surely not possible.
@Bulletrush12 Some monsters, much like Noel and Serah, they can have more than one paradigm. Behemoths can be Commandos or Ravagers. Cait Siths can be medics or commandos. Sometimes three. It depends on if they are late bloomers, well grown, or early bloomers.
first id like to say thanks for making this guide its helped me a lot. however im now a bit confused. When I went through the gate after collecting the artefact in waterscape I was given the options:
This guide helped a lot for myself and my husband. We enjoy the FF series, and he had gotten stuck in XIII-2 at Augusta 200AF the first time through, not sure where to go to use the Wild Artifact. ^^ This is a great guide.
This is turning out to be a game of little content, certainly not up to the level of FF#13. I can't recall another FF this shallow. On the positive side - IT'S FINAl FANTASY - STILL THE BEST RPG SERIES EVER.
Thanks Doc Brown...I apologize and to tell you the truth i followed your stradegy with maxing out Noel as a commando and serah as Ravager and been breezing threw the bosess like nothing. Great walkthrough
Interesting opinions Fuego...Anyway, since you asked, you get it from the Mystic in Serendipity. You can acquire it after the conclusion of Episode 5. Our fragment skills page listed under primers has the requirements for each skill.
I should have not been cheap this time around and bought the strategy guide...by the time they finish this walkthrough ill already have beaten Final Fantasy XIII-3, and be playing Final Fantasy XIII Verses
You think you can silence me Gamespot! this walkthrough is amateur at best. IGNs is much better! and no i do not work for IGN....TIME AND SPACE!!!!!
if you have troubles with the clock puzzles check out the on-line solver that I've made for them: http://clockpuzzle.pl/
@mkrool Check back this evening (Pacific time) for the completion of Episode 4. Episode 5 will wrap up tomorrow, with the final Episode going up on Friday.
this guide stops exactly where i have lol would love if u could put guide up bout where to go after u see caius in augusta tower and u need key 50
Hey could you add what you are putting your points into in the crystarium, You stoped letting us know what are you leveling into and what you take when the crystarium levels up for your characters after Oerba. Thanks, Otherwise great job on the guide so far, I hope you finish it soon. :)
damn gamespot you bozos are slow as sh*t..only up to episode 3 part one. Like an idiot i followed your walkthrough not knowing it was complete till i got to the end of yaschas massif. but then i finally came to my senses and went to IGN where they not only had a complete walkthrough, but a complete wiki on everything ffxiii-2. Step your sh*t up gameFLOP
OH GOD, NOT ANOTHER WALKTHROUGH!!! Gamespot diddnt even finish the skyrim walkthough, and all they have to do its stupid stuff like achievements, and the parts that are done, are really awfully written. Its very disappointing.
Table of Contents
- Prologue: Valhalla
- Episode 1: New Bodhum, 003 AF
- Episode 2: Bresha Ruins, 005 AF
- Episode 3: Yaschas Massif, 010 AF
- Episode 3: Oerba, 200 AF
- Episode 3: Yaschas Massif, 01X AF
- Episode 3: Locked Location/The Void Beyond
- Episode 3: Sunleth Waterscape, 300 AF
- Episode 3: Archylte Steppe, Unknown AF
- Episode 4: Academia, 400 AF
- Episode 4: Augusta Tower 200 AF
- Episode 4: Augusta Tower 300 AF
- Episode 4: Augusta Tower 200 AF
- Episode 4: Academia 4XX AF
- Episode 4: Graviton Core Hunt
- Episode 5: The Void Beyond ??? AF
- Episode 5: New Bodhum 00X AF
- Episode 5: A Dying World 700 AF
- New!Episode 5: New Bodhum 700 AF
- New!Episode 6: Academia 500 AF
- New!Episode 6: Final Bosses