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Final Fantasy XIII

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Treasure Hunter in Final Fantasy XIII

Treasure Hunter312 (80)

This is a rare achievementHeld every weapon and accessory.

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Achievement Guide for Treasure Hunter

107,214 (60,769)
Achievement won on 24 Mar 10
TA Score for this game: 2,284
Posted on 20 March 10 at 20:52, Edited on 26 March 10 at 05:06
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There's some confusion about what this achievement requires. To get Treasure Hunter, you have to have held (owned) every weapon and accessory at some point in the game. This includes the unique upgraded versions of every weapon and accessory. You do NOT need to equip them for them to count, just having them in your inventory is fine. Additionally, items and components do NOT, I repeat, do NOT count towards this achievement. You will need a lot of components for upgrading, but they don't count for the achievement. I know that the official guide says otherwise, but it is 100% wrong. I and others have gotten this achievement, and we can all vouch that it's weapons and accessories ONLY.

It was once thought that this achievement was non-missable. Since I orginally wrote this solution, it's come to light that it is possible to miss this achievement, so I advise that you do 2 things, with a back-up plan in case things get ugly:
1) DO NOT SELL ANY WEAPONS OR ACCESSORIES. It is actually possible to screw yourself out of this achievement (or make things much harder on yourself) by selling certain accessories before upgrading/dismantling them. As long as you only sell money-making items such as credit/incentive chips, gold nuggets, platinum ingots, etc., then you will be fine. As a general rule of thumb, if it says "Can be sold for a premium" in the components description, then it's safe to sell.
2) The elemental rings are notorious for screwing people out of this achievement, so you should try to obtain at least one ring in each elemental type during your playthrough. Exploring all of the maps and doing all of the missions will probably get you this anyway, but I'd still recommend making sure that you pick up these items at minimum (some are located in multiple places, I'm just listing at least one place to get them):
-Ember Ring: Treasure Sphere in Chapter 4, Vile Peaks, Devastated Dreams
-Spark Ring: Treasure Sphere in Chapter 4, Vile Peaks, Scavenger's Trail
-Aqua Ring: Treasure Sphere in Chapter 6, The Sunleth Waterscape, Rain-Spotted Vale
-Zephyr Ring: Treasure Sphere in Chapter 11, The Archylyte Steppe, Central Expanse
-Clay Ring: Treasure Sphere in Chapter 11, The Archylyte Steppe, Eastern Tors
-Frost Ring: Complete Mission 11
As long as you make sure to obtain all of these (and don't sell them before upgrading), then you've eliminated the most missable part of the achievement.
3) But what if you've already missed all of these rings, or sold them without upgrading them first? There's one last hope. There are charms for each elemental type that are completely unmissable. They are all located in the Archylyte Steppe in Chapter 11, and, when upgraded to their "star" level, can be subsequently dismantled to yield the basic ring for that elemental type. So a starred Water Charm will dismantle into an Aqua Ring, a Fire Charm into an Ember Ring, and so on. DO NOT use a catalyst on any charm, as they all turn into Twenty-Sided Die, which cannot be dismantled for rings and are obtained easily otherwise. Just upgrade the Charm to it's "star" level, dismantle, and voila, you have that elemental ring. You can then upgrade these rings into whatever tier(s) you missed. This is the last line of defense against missing this achievement. If you sold the rings before upgrading AND you sell these charms, then you're screwed.
[Credit goes to OMETALO and Misha LinGhan for info on dismantling charms]

Most weapons and accessories in this game have tiers, which are upgraded versions of that particular item. To obtain this achievement, you need to obtain every possible tier of every single weapon and accessory. If it upgrades to something with a different name, then that new version is needed towards the achievement. Keep in mind that all ultimate (Tier 3) weapons for a character have the same name, regardless of which weapon you upgraded it from. You only need ONE of these ultimate weapons per character, any beyond that is just a duplicate. For example, if I upgrade a Blazefire Saber into a Flamberge (Tier 2) and then into an Omega Weapon (Tier 3), then I have already obtained the Omega Weapon and can cross that off my list (along with the Blazefire Saber and Flamberge). If I then upgrade an Axis Blade into an Enkindler (Tier 2) and then into an Omega Weapon (Tier 3), only the Enkindler and Axis Blade have been counted towards the achievement, because my second Omega Weapon is a duplicate as far as the achievement is concerned. So max out one weapon to Tier 3 per character and the rest only to Tier 2, as this will save you LOTS of money and catalyst hunting.

To understand the basics of efficient upgrading, these two guides are your friend:
Basskiid's Weapon Guide:
For Those Curious About Upgrading by JoeBreezy:

For an excellent checklist that also tells you what turns into what:
Equipment Upgrade Guide by Drogan13:

EXP values for weapons and accessories to use while upgrading. Will save you a lot of components:

Lastly, if you're having trouble finding some of the catalysts needed for upgrading, look here:

The hardest things to get for this achievement are gil (lots and lots of it) and trapezohedrons, which are required for every ultimate weapon upgrade and cost a whopping 2,000,000 gil each. The best way to go about getting both of these things (and gain good CP in the process for the Master's Seal achievement) involves farming Adamantortoises. For info on that, check out my solution for the Master's Seal achievement here: . Also, be sure to read the bottom of Drogan13's Equipment Upgrade Guide for a great way to turn one trapezohedron into three.

The other rare catalyst you'll need are Dark Matters, which go for 800,000 gil. You can either keep farming Platinum Ingots from Adamantortoises in order to buy them, or you can try to kill Shaolong Guis (5% drop). I personally went the Shaolong Guis route, though I'll warn you that these guys are challenging (as tough or tougher than Long Guis, in my opinion). But, once you get a good strategy down, you'll kill a lot of them in a short time, and they also drop Gold Nuggets, which sell for 60,000 gil, so you can make money in the process. If you want to attempt this, I've written a guide here: (yes, that's me).

Once you've gotten everything (and it takes a long long time), you have to talk to Bhakti in Oerba to get the achievement. This requires having completed Bhakti's sidequest (see Pulsian Pioneer achievement). If you have gotten all weapons and accessories and talk to Bhakti, your achievement will pop. Congrats on getting the most time-consuming achievement in the game!
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