Exorcist trophy in Final Fantasy XIII

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How to unlock the Exorcist trophy

  • AllgorhythmAllgorhythm21,169
    23 Jan 2011 25 Mar 2014 29 Apr 2014
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    In order to get the Exorcist trophy, you must defeat the seven undying marks in missions 7, 12, 27, 30, 34, 51, and 64. The last undying mark, Vercingetorix in mission 64, does not become available until after beating Barthandelus in Oerba. The player can advance immediately to Chapter 12 upon beating beating Barthandelus and the game is structured to greatly discourage a high level confrontation with Vercingetorix until post-game activity. However, this guide demonstrates how the Exorcist trophy can be unlocked by beating Vercingetorix before leaving Chapter 11.

    The first six missions required for the trophy are fairly straightforward. In fact, if any of 7, 12, 27, 30, 34, and/or 51 give you difficulty, it is most likely because you need to level up your characters and equipment to the maximum extent possible considering the limitations of remaining in chapter 11.

    Vercingetorix in mission 64 is one of the two most difficult fights of the game (the other is Long Gui). None of the other bosses compare in difficulty to these two. During post-game play, it is possible to beat and five-star this battle using a defensive strategy where most of the damage is inflicted by poison. However, in chapter 11, the party’s defenses are not strong enough to withstand multiple Wicked Whirl attacks in Vercingetorix’s final and most powerful form even in a Sen, Sen, Sen paradigm.

    A chapter 11 strategy (that will also work well in post-game play) uses Snow as the leader. Snow has about 12K HP after the post-Barthandelus Chrystarium upgrade is maxed out. Lightning, Vanilla, and Hope each have less than 10K. All characters should be maxed both in the Chrystarium itself as well as in points.

    Adamantoises/tortoises can provide platinum and trapezohedrons (to upgrade weapons to tier 3). Adamenchelid's provide gold dust and Scarletites. Once you’ve done enough farming you should be able to end up with three diamond bangles--two from pickups and one from a platinum bangle upgrade (Scarletite). Create the following party:

    Snow Light Van
    Syn Med Syn
    Sab Sab Sab
    Sen Sen Sab
    Sen Rav Rav
    Sen Med Med
    Sen Sen Sen

    Snow: Diamond bangle X 3
    Lt: Nimble Boot, Aur Sash, Sprint Shoes
    Van: Aurora Sash, Nimble Boots, Weirding Glyph
    Weapons: Wild Bear Lv 1 (Defense), Enkindler Lv 2 (Speed), Nirvana (from Marlboro Wand Lv 3 (Debuff)

    You should also have 99 potions and quite a few phoenix downs.

    The battle is in two phases. The first is when Vercingetorix has one or two wings a side. The second is when it has three or four wings a side.

    It makes it a little easier to start with Aegisol and Fortisol. I stopped using them because they're long gone before you enter the second phase. So, using them creates bad habits.

    The first time you encounter Vercingetorix, immediately select item and then librascope to get enemy info. The AI will recognize that Vercingetorix is vulnerable to poison.

    The first phase is all out offense. Start with SabX3 and have Snow cast slow. You can use auto because that's his only effective debuff and the AI will select it automatically.
    Lightning and Vanilla both have aurora slash first strikes and fast ATB charges. As soon as both poison and slow stick switch to Sen Rav Rav. Keeping in synch with the game mechanics for optimal ATB charge, switch back and forth between Sen Rav Rav and Sab Sab Sab.

    The first Impenetrable Aura comes very quickly. Impenetrable Aura is a defensive shell which makes Vercingetorix invulnerable to damage, clears him of status ailments, and zeroes his chain gauge. The good news is that he does not attack while in his aura. Switch to Syn, Med, Syn and force Snow to cast haste on all Snow and Van. Lightning has auto haste so she can wait.

    If everything works perfectly, the first impenetrable aura comes as the mark sprouts its second pair of wings. If the debuffs and attacks are not as optimal, the second round will be very short. The second pair of wings will sprout and the sprouting of the wings creates the impenetrable aura.

    If you have to go more than two rounds with one pair of wings, it's best to restart and hope the game's AI gives you better attacks.

    With two wings, things are more intense. Go down the paradigms in sequence. Make sure all three characters have haste. That's Snows only responsibility in the Syn, Med, Syn paradigm. Vanilla, who can't cast haste provides some very powerful buffs. None of the buffs will last long, though. The goal is to move to Sab Sab Sab just before the mark comes out of his trance and switch immediately to Sen Sen Sab. Once you've got the game mechanics timing down, you can switch as Snow is still casting Slow. If you switch right about the third cast, Snow will cast the remaining two ATB segments as he goes into the paradigm shift. Generally, Slow sticks about 80% of the time or better.

    Unfortunately, even super Vanilla with Nirvana and a weirding glyph can get poison to stick less than 20% of the time. The role of the Sen Sen Sab paradigm is to stick poison. I use three potions while waiting for poison. This allows Lightning to provoke the mark and then elude it. She is very good at this with Nimble boots. As soon as poison sticks switch to Sen Rav Rav. Immediately force Snow to challenge to get the marks attention and cancel out using only one or two ATB segments. Then allow the AI to choose Mediguard.

    The Sen Rav Rav is the key to phase one. The higher the stagger gauge is the more effective poison is. If I adopted a more defensive posture, even when I outlasted the mark, I was not able to five star it. The first time I beat him I used a defensive poison only approach and got a zero star rating. I took it though because it gave me the gold watch as a drop and eliminated the need to use the Librascope. I then took this more aggressive approach with Sen Rav Rav to five star it with the help of the gold watch bonus.

    The good news is the mark is fairly easy to stagger especially if you're fortunate to retain haste on either Vanille or Lightning or preferably both. Even without haste, Lightning's 20% ATB charge and Vanille's 10% faster ATB charge along with a sixth ATB segment drive up the stagger gauge quickly. If you've mastered synching with the game mechanics, you can switch between Sen Rav Rav and Sen Med Med without reducing your ravager attack opportunities.

    In phase I, Lightning and Vanilla should not be KO'd. It's not a big deal--that's what the Phoenix Downs are for. I tried Royal Crowns, General Belts, Witches Bracelets, and Diamond Bangles to make them more robust to no avail. They're just not sturdy enough to start out with. Except for the bangles, the other accessories increase defense or resistance by a percentage. In chapter 11, the base is not high enough for them to do much good. I found that to be the case even with Snow which is why I opted for three diamond bangles for him. With the three diamond bangles, he ended up with 15K points.

    If a party member is KO'd apply a phoenix down immediately and then switch paradigms. The resurrected ally must first recharge the ATB gauge before engaging. If you're off sequence, switch to Sen Sen Sen, apply Phoenix Down, and then switch to your paradigm of choice most likely Sen Med Med.

    If you stagger the mark and you should, the third pair of wings sprouts before long. Again, the sprouting of the wings forces impenetrable aura so there will be at least a brief respite. If the switches between Sen Rav Rav and Sen Med Med have gone smoothly, your HP should be in the green. Again, start with the first paradigm and make sure that haste is on all members. As before, switch to Sab Sab Sab while the mark is still in its trance and execute as he comes out. As before, switch to Sen Sen Sab to inflict poison. Hopefully, you still have haste and Snow will have got slow to stick. Be prepared at any time to switch to Sen Sen Sen if you see Wicked Whirl. Once poison sticks, switch to Sen Med Med.

    Sen Med Med is the key to phase 2. It's important to keep Snow in the green and the other two members out of the red. When you have an opportunity do a quick Sen Rav Rav. The timing is important. A typical ravager raid goes as follows:

    You should have spent more than a cycle in Sen Med Med so the next paradigm shift will start out fully charged. Switch to Sen Rav Rav a slight pause after the mark announces an attack other than Wicked Whirl. Auto protect (AI will choose Mediguard because you should still have the mark's attention) and watch Lightning. As she begins her third attack switch to Sen Sen Sen and immediately start using potions. While you with Snow as the leaders are using potions, the remaining two characters will try to provoke the mark. Lightning will provoke and elude faster and attract the mark's attention before Vanilla. Once you have used three potions, you can switch to Sen Med Med with fully charged ATBs for immediate recuperation.

    Of course, if you ever see Wicked Whirl, you must go to Sen Sen Sen. If you have been successful keeping HPs up, all party member should survive. Use a couple of potions and switch to Sen Med Med with fully recharged ATBs for immediate recuperation.

    If a party member is KO'd during Wicked Whirl while you are in Sen Sen Sen, use a Phoenix Down (or two if both Vanille and Lightning are KO'd). When you switch to the next paradigm, resurrected member ATB gauges will be fully charged.

    It's best to try to survive two rounds with three pairs of wings and make your move on the third round. Stick the mark with slow and poison using the strategy and go to Sen Med Med. Get ready for a ravager strike. The circumstances should be right. All members should have fairly good HPs, you should have been in Sen Med Med over a full cycle, and you should paradigm shift a half pause after a non-Wicked Whirl attack is announced. Auto protect. As Lightning goes into her third attack, switch to Sen Sen Sen. Execute the stopga technique and switch back to Sen Rav Rav. Wait until the attack is fully executed--Lighting and Vanilla are faster than the mark--then switch back to Sen Sen Sen and execute stopga again. Return to Sen Rav Rav and stay there until the mark goes into Impenetrable aura.

    As you might surmise, a lot can go wrong. There is no guarantee of victory in a chapter 11 battle. When it goes right, this is what happens. The first Stopga prevents the mark from executing Wicked Whirl. The second Sen Rav Rav attack would normally result in the sprouting of the fourth pair of wings and the mark going into Impenetrable Aura. However, my conclusion is the mark needs a fully charged ATB bar to do that and you hit the mark with the second stopga and the third Sen Rav Rav attack. That third attack should stagger it and I've staggered it as early as the second attack depending on how successful the debufs have been raising the stagger gauge.

    The goal is to reduce the life gauge of the mark before it sprouts the fourth pair of wings.

    The end game can be played one of two ways--with an Eidolon and without. If the mark has a very short green bar when it comes out of impenetrable aura, stick slow on it with Rav Rav Rav and poison with Sen Sen Rav. Stay on your toes for Wicked Whirl. Once poison sticks, call the Eidolon. Reinforce slow then go to Sen Rav Rav. The mark now spends a lot of time between Auras so once the Eidolon leaves you can hit it with the ravagers then retreat to Sen Sen Sen until the poison kills it.

    If the mark has a longer green bar, it's best not to call the Eidolon but use your 3 remaining stopgas to execute the previous strategy. It's tougher to execute than the Eidolon approach but more effective. The main difficulty is it’s hard to keep the HPs of your party up. As a result, you incur more risk. From Sen Med Med go to Sen Rav Rav. Execute the attack, retreat to Sen Sen Sen and execute stopga. Hit the mark with another Sen Rav Rav retreat to Sen Sen Sen execute stopga. Then hit the mark with a final Sen Rav Rav attack and retreat to Sen Sen Sen use potions like crazy and wait for the mark to die.

    If you execute right and the mark does not start out with Wicked Whirl, you should never see Wicked Whirl with four wings. It is extremely difficult to survive a four wing Wicked Whirl even in Sen Sen Sen with HPs of all members in the green. Snow can survive. Vanilla and Lightning cannot. If you're fast and fortunate, you can revive the fallen members and recuperate.

    More likely, you're behind the power curve. The best approach is to revive one member switch to Sen Med Med, revive the other while the first heals, execute stopga and retreat to Sen Sen Sen to regroup. I have survived using this strategy and won. However, more often than not Vercingetorix gets the upper hand and defeats me. What helps is that this activity generates an extra TP segment so you can execute stopga an extra time. That extra stopga may be enough to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

    This advanced battle at a low level is super intense gaming. Final Fantasy XIII has a spectacular battle system. Unfortunately, the game tries to spoon feed the player and avoids difficult challenges. A chapter 11 mission 64 is white knuckle gaming and showcases the battle system admirably. It is not easy. It took me almost a week playing hours every day on this one battle before I could beat it and another day to five-star it. The mark drops the gold watch that considerably improves your battle score. So, it’s not too difficult to progress from zero to five stars.

    The gold watch extends battle target times by 10%. In this case, 10% is a significant amount because of the long battle time to begin with. It should be enough to result in a five-star victory when equipped. The best slot is to replace Vanille's Weirding Glyph with the Gold watch. For the party to get the gold watch bonus, Vanille must be alive at the end of the battle.

    You do not have to five star this battle to unlock the Exorcist Trophy but you do in order to earn the gold L'Cie Paragon trophy that requires you to five-star all missions including this one. So, you might as well bite the bullet here while your attack sequences and timing are committed to muscle memory.

    This trophy, whether unlocked during chapter 11 or during post-game play is challenging. Congratulations.
    Showing all 8 comments.
    EmpathicMIMICThis just seems horribly disadvantageous - as though you are intentionally making this game a frustrating nightmare.

    Attempting to take down the adamatoise in Chapter 11? Really? How many attempts are worth it? And for what - a less than 5% chance for a drop of a trap? You could spend weeks fighting those things, and even after being successful only have a handful of traps (that you could multiply with the lance trick wink).

    But, in all seriousness, you are taking a standard 90 hour grind and easily multiplying it for what, exactly? So you don't have to do this post-game? This requires doing a huge chunk of the cie'th stone missions (Titan trials anyone?!?!?), and most you will have difficulty getting 3 stars on IF YOU ARE LUCKY - that means you will still have to go back and do all of this during the post game just to get the 5 star all missions trophy - which is going to tack on even more time! facepalm

    I am currently ~80 hours on my playthrough, and I am done 87% of the missions, with every single one 5 starred except 2 (that damn Giant Cactuar angry). If I attempted to do all that during Chapter 11, I may have gone mad with rage...
    Posted by EmpathicMIMIC on 26 Mar 14 at 19:51
    AllgorhythmIt's not an adamantoise but a Long Gui. Long Guis do not appear until you complete all stone circle missions--56 through 62. Mission 62 is not easy--you've got Raktavija x 2. However, I have tactics based on stopga that keeps marks from using Dispelga and makes it relatively painless.

    Adamantoises are easy. A party, say, with Vanille, Sazh, and Fang is good. Vanille takes the Adamantoise down with an Eidolon and debuffs the Adamantoise. When the Eidolon leaves, stagger with RAV RAV RAV (use dupe paradigms) then alternate between SAB, SYN, SAB and SAB, SAB, SAB while Vanille casts death as many times as possible while the AI buffs the party and further debuffs the Adamantoise. Equip the two kinds of catalogs so you increase the chance for platinum and Trapezohedron drops. Then go farm Adamanchelids (susceptible to Daze) to replenish your TP then go take down another Adamantoise.

    The reason you take down the Long Gui is to get the Adamant Will Trophy before the Instrument of Faith trophy. It's not just for bragging rights but to master the mechanics of a very sophisticated battle system.

    I'm not saying this is for everyone. However, if you're still in chapter 11, make a save file and keep it for later. Finish the game and get all the trophies. Later, go back and try your skills at the two most demanding battles of the game--Long Gui (who is immune to Death unlike the Adamantoise) and Vercingetorix.

    BTW, if you look at my Adamant Will guide, it holds the key to defeating the Giant Cactuar. The best way to five-star is to Random Instant Chain it. There are many good RIC setups. The party I have for Long Gui is quite qualified for the job. The other technique you can use is stopga described in the guide above. If you use stopga, it will interrupt the Giant Cactuar killer attack and zero out what serves as its invisible ATB bar. Your ATB bar also will be zeroed but switch paradigms and you'll have a full one.

    FF XIII can be a frustrating game. This part was not frustrating for me because it kept me on the edge of my seat. What was frustrating is that in my haste to get cash, I sold off the Spark Rings and Lightning Charms and ended up being one item short for the Treasure Hunter Trophy. What's worse is that I was playing essentially the same game on the 360 and PS3 at the same time--the JP version on the PS3 and the NA version on the 360. So, I had to play the entire game again on both consoles to get that last remaining trophy and achievement.

    At any rate, you can see by the time stamps on my trophies how long it took me to do the various tasks. Much of the time was farming--something you have to do anyway. The three big projects were beating Long Gui, Vercingetorix, and Titan's Trials. My original goal was to beat Titan's Trials before confronting Barthandelus. I thought once I defeated Barthandelus, I would automatically be advanced to the next chapter. When I found out that I could wait and that the mission 64 stone was available, I decided to stay and try to finish all missions before advancing to chapter 12.

    Like I said earlier, it's not for everyone, but if you like white knuckle play, these battles are intense. In fact, the prevailing opinion, originally, was that Long Gui could not be beaten by a chapter 11 party. However, I'm not the only person who has done it. A number of other people have done it. We all use slightly different techniques but the principles are the same.
    Posted by Allgorhythm on 26 Mar 14 at 21:17
    EmpathicMIMICRandom Instant Chain has a crazy low percent - you are literally playing the lottery with that on the Giant Cactuar!

    And you need to actually beat an Adamatoise to get the trap and upgrade Vanille's wep BEFORE you can use death! AND you need to beat Barthandelus at the end of Chapter 11 before you can even access the death skill!

    And you want people to use catalog's to increase the chances? Really? Isn't the last accessory slot (for 4 max) available only in postgame? So now people need to reduce a combat advantage to defeat an enemy that is a serious pain at such a low level with the outcome being purely about luck (the 1 to 3% chance for death to hit)? Dude, this isn't about skill - this is about masochism and hoping for a lucky break. laugh

    Just as I said before - you are taking a multitude of hours that this game already requires to plat, and increasing it to a crazy amount. You are going to have to backpedal through most of the missions after you get the gold watch just to 5 star everything!

    I am sorry man, but I seriously do not see the point of dedicating 150 hours (or more) just trying to do this stuff before you end Chapter 11, when you can just do it post game and have many, many more options and available strats at hand. I mean, I have other games I like to play, and this method just seems like a massive monopoly on ones time, especially when I can burn through this game without breaking a sweat. roll And for what? Bragging rights? Who cares! Look at how many people on this site have beaten this game alone - its a very niche crowd, and just to say "I beat a Long Giu during Chapter 11" will make a few people go "Whoa", but personally all I can say is "Why put yourself through that kind of aggravation?"
    Posted by EmpathicMIMIC on 27 Mar 14 at 13:47
    EmpathicMIMICNot to mention, after you do all this, and then finish the game, you will need to turn around and then max everyone out! The game only holds 999,999 CP, and doing everything as you suggested will get you there, but in post game EVEN THAT WON'T MAX YOUR CHARACTERS! You will still be grinding the crap out of the last few roles for each character!

    This entire method is like trying ski UP a slope just so you can tell all your skiing buddies that you are too good for the lift! laugh The only problem is, all your skiing buddies are back at the lodge BY THE TIME YOU SUCCEED! laugh
    Posted by EmpathicMIMIC on 27 Mar 14 at 13:51
    AllgorhythmIt sounds like you're asking for a Floraphobe guide so I just posted one. It shows how you can substantially increase the possibility of an RIC. I can use the strategy consistently to defeat it. I don't always five star it. That's where luck comes into play depending on how quickly you're able to stagger it.
    Posted by Allgorhythm on 27 Mar 14 at 15:18
    AllgorhythmObviously, I never finished this game but here's a finished game on the 360 that I played around the same time frame.

    TrueAchievements

    You'll see that, in this game, I waited till post-game to defeat Long Gui but I 5-starred all missions and got both the Exorcist and L'Cie Paragon achievements before the Instrument of Faith Achievement. Once I left Chapter 11, you'll see it only took a couple of days to beat the final boss with a five-star rating.

    I didn't do anything special--after Vercingetorix, the Final Boss doesn't even qualify as a warm-up. It was only after beating him that I maxed out all the characters. The big delay, as I told you before, is that I didn't hang on to the Spark Ring and Lightning Charm so I was an item short getting the Treasure Hunter achievement and had to play the game all over again to get it.

    I agree that if you just want the trophies you want to do everything as efficiently as possible. That's easy to do because the game is designed to steer you along that path. I just wanted to have some fun with the battle system. If you look at the date stamps on my trophies and achievements, it didn't take that long to do. Last Remnant and Lost Odyssey played conventionally take much more time than my unconventional approach to FF XIII.

    Check out the Floraphobe guide I just posted and tell me if it works for you.
    Posted by Allgorhythm on 27 Mar 14 at 15:35
    EmpathicMIMICI already 5 starred the Giant Cactuar mission, so I really was not asking for that...

    And I too completed this on the 360 - the point I was getting at is this "solution" isn't practical - it is an even more arduous grind than the conventional method (as you put it). Most people on this site are looking for method to get it done (which missions are required, general setup and strat, etc). What you have presented is more of a pat on your own ego's back.

    So you can beat all the missions and 5 star them before you complete Chapter 11 - to that all I really have to say is "Wow...that is a colossal waste of time...". Apologies for not being impressed or anything, as obviously it can be done, But any of the "Seriously" achievements in Gears can be done to if you only play a round a day...

    Just sayin...
    Posted by EmpathicMIMIC on 27 Mar 14 at 16:02
    AllgorhythmI understand completely. I tend to be a grinder--others are not. I fully understand both styles of play. I just completed a walkthrough for Two Worlds. You would be proud of me. It takes an open world RPG with expansive territories and numerous side quests and provides a very focused approach to 100% completion.

    When FF XIII came out, many Final Fantasy aficionados were complaining that it was too linear and not challenging. So, some of us went out of our way to make the game more challenging.
    Posted by Allgorhythm on 27 Mar 14 at 17:31
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