This will be spoiler free, I promise.
I reached the first troublesome boss of Final Fantasy XIII last night (21 hours in…not to bad for a FF game) and it gave me FITS. After five attempts, I gave up for the night and picked up the guide to get some tips for today. I did EVERYTHING it suggested three more times this afternoon just to get killed three times right before the damn thing died, due to the bastard inflicting a Doom curse on Lightning.
The guide also suggested maxing out everyone’s crystarium, but I thought that was a little ridiculous. You should NEVER have to max out everyone’s levels for a boss, especially a boss that isn’t a final boss. So no, I didn’t try that, and honestly, I don’t think it would have made a difference. So I went elsewhere for research.
I did pretty much everything the guide said not to do, from switching party members to creating paradigms to unleashing certain attacks at certain times. Guess what? I kicked some serious ass in TEN MINUTES. He didn’t cast Doom on me either, although we were rocking the damage so hard it would not have mattered if he did.
The guide has been doing extremely well up until this point, but damn it’s a shame that it failed me during a boss. Basically, its strategies for this boss were needlessly complicated and well, the suggested party members just weren’t strong enough for this task. This doesn’t give the guide an F by any means, but it has made me quite wary for future bosses, especially the final boss.
Those who own the guide and would like to know which boss I’m talking about, feel free to e-mail me.