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I've seen many questions pop up about upgrading your weapons, and accessories. Mainly about how to go about doing if effectively and economically, and some other questions.
To begin upgrading your weapon you must have reached a certain save point in chapter 4, the game then gives you a quick tutorial, but it doesn't explain much.
So, let's start at the basics, to begin upgrading your weapons, get to a save point, and SAVE YOUR GAME BEFOREHAND, then select "Upgrade".
You'll be taken to a menu with Upgrade or Dismantle, let's begin with Upgrade. Click it. You'll now see a list of your weapons, and be able to go down to your accessories, click on weapons, Each and every weapon you own has it's own Level, you will get them at Tier 1, Level 1, there are 3 tiers of weapons per character, the 3rd tier being 8 "Ultimate" weapons all having the same name, but different stats, depending on which base weapon you usd.
You'll be taken to a list of components for your weapons, there are 4 types:
It's fairly obvious which is which, look in the name, if it sounds high-tech and electric, it's probably Electronics, if it sounds like it's from an animal, then it's organic, Transformers (usuaully sound like an ore, or metal) and Premium Items (usually Dolls, Perfume, Gold or Platinum) say it in the item description, so no problem there. Also, each class has it's own symbol next to each item in it's group, except for premium items, they are mixed in with the other groups, here is a list of items which should be sold:
So, how do you go about upgrading weapons and accessories economically?
It's best to do it in bulk. Here's what I mean:
Step 1) Save your game. Seeing as your using this tutorial means you're probably still early in the game and can't just buy the materials, so SAVE YOUR GAME.
Step 2) Go to the upgrade weapon screen, and select your weapon or accessory, then start throwing Organics on it until it pops up X3 multiplier, this gives you a 3 times boost on your next electronic upgrade.
Step 3) Go to the electronics and refer below to see how much EXP you need to get it to the top rank, do not get it to say, Level 17, this means you have to go and use more organics, so just boost it up to STAR straight away.
Step 4) If you don't have enough resources to upgrade to STAR, reload your game and try again later, or, reload your game and buy some electronics from the shops and try to get it to that STAR rank.
Okay, Understood? Probably not... Knowing my luck. Oh, and, It doesn't matter what you use to upgrade, no items give you unique stat boosts to the weapon.
Note: EFS stands for "Exp for Star", this is the EXP required to get from Level 1 to Star.
For the accessories table, if you've got your accessory by making it yourself via a catalyst, to workout the XP for Star, see your accessories EFS, then minus the previous tiers EFS, this gives you a new number, which is your EFS.
Example: Selfmade Diamond Bangle (From Platinum Bangle) would be: 143200 - 75390 = 67,810, this means I will require 67,810xp on my Diamond Bangle for STAR.
The extended accessories link will send you to the raw spreadsheet on Google Docs which I uploaded, it gives you the XP difference between each and every level for each and every accessory, aswell as the max level for each one.
If you go to the shops, you're best choice for multiplier bonus would be Sturdy Bones, Barbed Tails and Vibrant Oozes, electronics however, varies on what tier you're on:
Tier 1) Supercharger - Cheap and Good Exp/Gil ratio, and ideal for Tier 1 upgrades.
Tier 2) Particle Accelerator - A bit lower Exp/Gil ratio than superchargers, but these give more bulk XP, preventing you from having to use multiple visits to the shops to get to STAR on tier 2 weapons
Tier 3) Ultracompact Reactor - Best EXP/Gil ratio, and give a huge blast of XP, a must-use for Tier 3 weapons due to the requirement of 1.5mish XP.
Dismantling can be very worthwhile, and very wasteful, due to the huge amount of variation on dismantling items, I won't put an entire list up as it will simply take too long to make.
To dismantle an object, be sure to save first, incase you regret it, go into "Upgrade" at a savestation and select Dismantle, pick which item you want dismantling and it will change into a number of items.
Here's a list of dismantles that might be worth the time:
Kains Lance (STAR) - 3 Trapezohedron, 36 Moonblossom Seeds
Nirvana (STAR) - 3 Trapezohedron, 36 Moonblossom Seeds
If you're finding it a pain to get Trapezohedron's from Adamantoises or buying them, these 2 weapons dismantle into 3 of them each, with 36 Moonblossom Seeds which you can sell for 216k.
Tetradic Crown (STAR) - Hermes Sandals
Tetradic Tiara (STAR) - Sprint Shoes
The only way to obtain as many Sprint Shoes/Hermes Sandals as you need, you can get Tetradic Crowns and Tiara's from Mission 7, he drops them both. Upgrade them to STAR and you can dismantle for Sandals/Shoes.
Energy Sash (STAR) - Ethersol
You can't buy Ethersols... or can you? By dismantling Energy Sashes you can, it's expensive but, Buy Speedsashes from Moogleworks for 5k each, and upgrade to Energy Sash, then upgrade it to max, dismantling it gives you an Ethersol and Black Mycelium.
Doctor's Code (STAR) - Elixir
There's only 1 elixir to be found in the game, but only 3 Doctor's Codes too, so if you want another 3 elixirs, along with 3 Ethersol, Aegisol and Fortisol, feel free, but be wary that you won't ever see a Doctor's Code again.
Goddess's Favor (STAR) - Ribbon
Ribbons are amazing, and you can obtain infinite of them! Buy an Entite Ring from Sanctum Labs for 120k, upgrade this to Goddess's Favor, fully upgrade that and dismantle: Ribbon!
Yes I completed the circle so will just have to re-spawn the one then! :$
There are now 2 Adamantioise left in the game. 1 at Eden and the other is mission 63 located at Sullyya Springs (sp).
Mission 63 isn't an Adamantoise, it's the weaker Adamanchelid.
You could try and use the Highwind method with Fang, just google "Highwind method Adamantoise" you'll get a bunch of links for strategys, you will probably need a max crystarium party and maxed weapons, aswell as some pretty good accessories to do it however.
Great guide, I've just got my first ever platinum trophy with FFXIII
hey dudes i remember this trophy and thought this really spoilt the whole game ,i mean you spend more time repeatly at the same place, fighting the same creature, over, and over, and over on the hope it may or may not spit out an ingot ,than it took me to do everything else in the game .
i found it repetitively boring and it became a 60hour chore in the end
really if game makers want us to continue games after compleation give us some online.
or atleast somthing more deserving of our time
if they expect us to put the time in so should they
As Kiez said, the trophies can't spoil a game, if you're judging games based on their trophies you need to take a look at your priorities.
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