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Final Fantasy XIII

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Secret Achievement in Final Fantasy XIII

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Posted on 30 April 10 at 20:43, Edited on 08 October 10 at 21:47
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Naturally, the first 5 Cie'th Stone missions are the easiest of all and can be defeated before you finish the main story. I also strongly suggest you do just that if you want to go for an easy 5-star rating on each mission.

Each battle has a target time. Come very close to the target time and you get a 3-star rating. This means you have to win the battle before you even come close to the target time.
However, the target time is determined by your party's strength/magic and general progress. If you finished the main story -- and happily spent your well deserved CP to further upgrade your party's abilities -- the target time for weak enemies is (ridiculously close to) impossible to beat without shrouds or a preemptive strike (which isn't always possible).

I started "Mission 05: Joyless Reunion" when I finished the main story and almost completed my 10th Crystarium Expansion on each party member.
My opponent was an "Edimmu", with a target time of 27 seconds. Obviously I was way stronger than the Edimmu and it only took three gauge loads to kill it (about 21 seconds in total). That, however, also killed the time I was "actually supposed" to finish the battle and received a 3-star / 4-star rating instead.

No matter which formation I used (relentless assault, aggression, etc.) the 5-star rating was just out of reach. I was only able to achieve the 5-star rating with a Decepticol shroud that obviously resulted in an instant stagger and a fast kill. In this case, due to the Edimmu's location, a preemptive strike was not possible without the use of a Decepticol.

The 5-star rating system doesn't take the time your gauge needs to re-fill in account, and this is just a plain waste of shrouds. Especially if you don't have any, and have to purchase them at the Eden Pharmaceuticals for up to 30.000 GIL.

Yes, there is an item called Gold Watch that is obtained by defeating the last Cie'th mission, that gives you more time to earn a five-star battle. It is easier with the Gold Watch, however, it takes way more time to re-do all the Cie'th missions just for 5-stars. It's less time consuming to nail it the first time!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
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