Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII achievements

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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Expert Craftsman in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Expert Craftsman34 (15)

Proof of upgrading accessories 30 times.

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Achievement won on 01 Mar 14
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Posted on 28 February 14 at 03:31
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I TAKE NO CREDIT FOR THIS SOLUTION. It was kindly written up by TheLastGunslinger on Original post in this thread:

I salute him for his thorough guide and wanted to share it with everyone. Thanks, Gunslinger!


I just did this last night and was able to complete it in about 3 hours (will probably be faster for you).

The accessories you must have after your first playthrough are:

Fighter's Emblem - Luxerion North Station Plaza; Treasure Sphere (TS) on top of the scaffolding next to station entrance

Twist Headband - Luxerion "The Avenue"; TS on the scaffolding to the left as you head toward the South Station

Magician’s Token - Luxerion “Gallery Steps”; TS on a small platform seen as you go up the steps towards South Station

Stormbane Choker - Luxerion “Sinner’s Corner” (The Graveyard); TS, take the entrance near North Station and follow the path through the graveyard

Zirconia Brooch - Luxerion “Sinner’s Corner” (The Graveyard); just up the path towards South Station from the Stormbane Choker

Promised Necklace - Yusnaan, “Harker’s Row”; go right from the monorail station towards the area of the city with 6 restaurants, TS to the right of the stairs you go down

Locket Pendant - Yusnaan, “Banquet of the Lord”; go up the first flight of stairs leading to the restaurant (to the left coming from the monorail), jump over the small wall onto the platform below and then over to the awnings in front of you. There’s a TS that requires 6 EP to unlock.

Wolf’s Embrace - Yusnaan, “Aromatic Market”; from the TS containing the Locket Pendant go left and follow the path towards the Industrial Area. Before the stairs leading down to the entrance to the Industrial Area (the same stairs where the Soul Seed merchant is located) there are boxes to the left. Jump up on them and follow the wall until you reach the TS on the ledge

Fencer’s Earrings - Yusnaan, “Industrial Area” (gain access via the Sneaking-In Special Ticket required for Main Mission 2); climb the large tower at the center of the area. Once at the top look down and to your left. Jump the the platform below and collect the TS.

Soldier’s Tie - Yusnaan, “Supply Line”; just after entering the area (pass through “Industrial Area” and “Cargo Station”) there will be some boxes you can climb on that give you access to an elevated platform. The TS is on this platform.

Sight’s Circlet - Yusnaan, “Warehouse District”; from the starting point (where you fall down after fighting the Cyclops boss) stay to the right and enter the 1st warehouse. Climb the crates and obtain the TS on the platform above.

Demon’s Earrings - Yusnaan, “Auger’s Quarter”; after entering the Auger’s Quarter take an immediate right and go up the stairs. Towards the back left is a break in the buildings behind the platform. Jump over the railing and down between the buildings. The TS is hidden there.

Imp's Crest - Wildlands, "Canopus Farms"; TS in the forest surrounding the farms, on the northern side

Angel’s Headband - Dead Dunes, “Oasis Lighthouse”; TS next to the lighthouse

Silver Barrette - Dead Dunes, “Oasis Lighthouse”; TS right by the Angel’s Headband

Because you can upgrade each accessory twice you do not actually need to collect 30 for the achievement. Just make sure you have these 15 during your first playthrough as they’re the quickest to acquire in New Game+ and then again in NG++.

After starting your second playthrough complete the opening sequence (investigating the murder in Luxerion) while grabbing Fighter’s Emblem. After telling the inquisitor that the Children of Etro are responsible for the murders sleep at the inn in North Station Plaza until 00:00. Next follow the Children of Etro to the Graveyard. Once this sequence is complete the gates to the Avenue open and you can go collect Twist Headband and Magician’s Token.

Use the remaining time until 6AM to travel to the Wildlands. Grab Imp's Crest from Canopus Farms and then head to the Dead Dunes. You will need a Pilgrim's Crux to dispel the sandstorm near the lighthouse. I found the easiest one to get is on the beach along the Eastern portion of Giant’s Sandbox. Take a right from the monorail station, hop down to the beach and follow it north until you reach the Crux. Once you have the Crux head west and then north through the Dry Floodlands to the Oasis Lighthouse. Use the Crux to clear the sandstorm and grab the TS containing Angel’s Headband and Silver Barrette.

If you still have time (and EP) travel to Yusnaan and grab Promised Necklace, Locket Pendant, and Wolf’s Embrace. Once 6AM rolls around you’ll be sent back to the Ark and you can quickly skip the cutscenes. The only thing you must do before you can leave is talk to Hope about Main Quests and Side Quests. The game will alert you when you’ve unlocked the warp device.

Warp down to Luxerion North Station and sleep at the inn until 00:00. Go to the graveyard entrance and enter whatever code you want into the phonebooth. The game will give you the option to “Force your way through” and you should take it. After a quick cutscene and easy fight against a Dreadnaught you can access Sinner’s Corner and grab Stormbane Choker and Zirconia Brooch. Continue along until you reach the Children of Etro, skip the cutscenes and get back into the city. Sleep at an inn until 6AM and then at the start of the next day start in Yusnaan.

Go to the Auger’s Quarter entrance (grabbing Promised Necklace, Locket Pendant, and Wolf’s Embrace if you haven’t already) and follow along with Main Mission 2. Once you’ve learned about the Sneaking-In Special buy the ticket from the Tour Guide (the one-man band near by playing classic Final Fantasy battle music in a terrible new way) and then head to the Industrial Area entrance. Talk to the ticket-taker and opt to wait until 6PM. Continue following along with Main Mission 2 grabbing Fencer’s Earrings, Soldier's Tie, and Sight’s Circlet.

Once you've grabbed the ID from the Warehouse District head to the Auger’s Quarter and finish up by getting Demon’s Earrings. You now have all 15 accessories upgraded. Sleep at an Inn until 6AM and then use the crystal in the ark to restart the game from the beginning. Run through these steps again and you’ll have all 30 upgrades and your achievement.
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