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Golden Nester

Defeated Kenny Crow.

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If you were properly geared out for the Ardyn vs Ravus achievement, you'll likely be properly geared out for this achievement as well. I feel that this one is still slightly harder than the Ardyn and Ravus fight. It's less chaotic because you're only fighting one NPC as opposed to two. This solution is mainly meant as a guide on several things to keep in mind when fighting him; you'll still need some skill to kill him. Obviously with more people, it'll be easier so if you're trying to beat him solo, it'll be a real challenge.

First off, I honestly don't think your gear makes that much of a difference. It seems like his coding and his moves is literally meant to one-shot you. I had 2,000 strength and 7,878 HP and I still got one-shotted by most of his moves. All you need is the Rampage sigil (you should be doing at least 5,000+ damage each time you activate this with cn_LT + cn_B), patience and consistency.

*Having 100% bullet resistance negates all his machine gun damage so if you have this, and you see him pull out his machine gun, go to town on him.

Several things to keep in mind before I discuss his moves.

-Always stay a medium distance from him. Most of his attacks hit centered on him to either close or medium range. Only his rocket launcher and giant sword instakill hit long range but both are easily dodgeable.

-Never use a warp point to regain health and mana. It's pointless. You should be regenerating mana fast enough anyways because the important thing is to keep an eye out for where he is at all times.

-After performing a move, Kenny is vulnerable for about 5 seconds. This is Kenny's window of vulnerability.

-Stay at his side or back. Never in the front. Most of his moves are frontal attacks and PBAOE (point blank area of effect).

-If playing with other people, consider having 1 person at long range on standby doing revive duty if people go down. Never group up on him unless he's recovering from an attack and you guys are on him going to pound town. After that, split up and wait for his next window of vulnerability.

-Never warp strike to him. He WILL grab you and beat you to 1% of your life. With that said, since warp striking is out of the question, what you will do a lot of instead is rolling by pressing X. This will let you dodge his attacks and close the distance. It's imperative that you roll out of the danger rather than jumping away. Rolling IIRC does have some i-frames albeit minor ones but still very important.

-The pillar in the middle is a great place to take cover from his projectiles and many of his other moves except for his giant sword instakill which I'll get to soon. I mainly used this pillar to recover from the Danger state.

-All Creation (LB + RB): the move that you can perform if your circular bar is full at the bottom does absolutely NOTHING to Kenny. Don't bother performing this.

**EDIT: Allgorhythm states "What you said about the All-Creation ability is spot on. Kenny is immune to it in the same way that Zu and Omega are immune to it. Nevertheless, you are invulnerable while using it. So, you might want to use it defensively rather than offensively. For example, if you have a charged gauge and Kenny back flips away from you, rather than roll dodge you can unleash All Creation and continue the attack against Kenny.

All Creation will protect you from all attacks including the giant sword. If one has become proficient in the use of All Creation in Ardyn/Ravus and Level 99 Bahamut, it can be very useful. On the other hand, if you haven't used it much and are uncertain of the timing, its better to rely exclusively on Roll/Dodge that can phase through any of Kenny's attacks."**

This is a great tip if you don't feel confident in dodging some of his attacks especially his giant sword beam. Use at your own discretion.

Kenny Crow's Moves and Your Actions:

He starts off at the top of the pillar: Do not warp strike to him

PBAOE Circular Slash: if you're medium distance, you'll be fine
*I believe he also has 1 or 2 more sword attacks but if you know/can dodge this one, you can dodge the other ones as well since they more or less are the same.

Sword in hand (1): Shoots lasers out of his eyes at his feet in an arc - attack him from behind
Sword in hand (2): Shoots lasers further out from his eyes in an arc - attack him from behind

Machine Gun: If you have 100% bullet resistance, go to town on him. If you don't, dodge-roll to the pillar for cover. (I honestly have no idea how much damage this does. If you have 100% resistance, it just says invulnerable for you.)

Rocket Launcher: randomly shoots 1-5 rockets straight ahead of him - dodge to the side and close the distance to attack his back. If you have 100% resistance, this does nothing to you as well.

Molotov Bottle Explosion: it appears he holds his stomach and throws a bottle to the ground when this happens - this was pretty rare for me. He didn't do this very often for me. Again, medium distance will keep you safe. You should only close the distance once you spot a window of vulnerability.

Blue Wing/Aura Phase: (this phase can repeat itself multiple times if the fight takes too long, he went into this phase 3 times when I fought him)
*He can heal himself in this phase (up to 20% is what I've seen) - best thing you can do is not to let the blue aura intimidate you. He's more or less the same in the first phase. Keep your cool and keep watching out for the windows of vulnerabilities.

PBAOE Circular Slash: still has this, same stuff. Medium distance.
PBAOE Sword Slam: he jumps in the air and slams his sword into the ground - medium distance.

Giant Blue Laser Beam: like the red lasers from phase 1 except with an important difference. Wait for him to shoot this laser then attack him from behind. Reason being is because the moment the laser shoots, the backblast reaches the hitboxes behind Kenny hitting you if you're behind him so just wait till he shoots it then attack him.

Machine Gun: no change, same as before - attack or hide if resistance is not 100%

Rocket Launcher: no change, same as before - strafe to his back and attack or face tank it if you have 100% resistance.

Giant Beam Sword: he holds his sword up in the air and a blue beam of light will charge it and he will slam it down on you (this move homes/tracks in on you), easily his most devastating move but pretty easy to dodge if you time it right- stand close to him, and the moment he swings it down, dodge-roll to his right or left and attack him during his recovery (window of vulnerability).

TLDR version: stay at medium distance until an attack animation is done, have patience, attack only during windows of vulnerability, never warp strike, never use warp points to recover health/mana, use pillar in the middle for cover, and abuse dodge-rolling to close distance or run away.



Hope this helps everyone with this. If there are any questions or comments that I can do to improve the solution, let me know. Thanks.
AllgorhythmThumbs up. Great guide. Do you have to beat him solo for the achievement? I've beaten him three times but no achievement. https://xboxdvr.com/gamer/allgorhythm/screenshot/11819304
Posted by Allgorhythm on 25 Mar 19 at 16:44
AllgorhythmI just played a fourth time in a party. WhiterValkyrie got the achievement, but I didn't. So, I'm trying a hard reset and then will do it solo
Posted by Allgorhythm on 25 Mar 19 at 17:36
SyncTheTempest@Allgorhythm I beat him solo as well and it unlocked for me right away. I would agree with the hard reset as well. Other than Xbox Live having a hiccup, I'm not sure why it's not unlocking for you. Although on a similar note, the new update for Minecraft with the single achievement, that didn't unlock for me until 36 hours later so if it still hasn't unlocked for you, it may just be delayed. Have you tried checking your profile to soft reset your Achievements page? As in opening My Profile > Achievements > Clicking the game to display all the achievements?

And I should be thanking you! Most of my successes in this game derived from your information and guides 😁 so thank you!
Posted by SyncTheTempest on 25 Mar 19 at 20:40
AllgorhythmThanks for the comment. I did play it solo after the hard reset and the achievement unlocked immediately. I'm sure solo or co-op had nothing to do with it. It was just the relatively minor glitch. I should have done it sooner. I'd experienced the same issue with Nier: Automata and the hard reset resolved the issue each time.
Posted by Allgorhythm on 26 Mar 19 at 00:41
AllgorhythmWhat you said about the All-Creation ability is spot on. Kenny is immune to it in the same way that Zu and Omega are immune to it. Nevertheless, you are invulnerable while using it. So, you might want to use it defensively rather than offensively. For example, if you have a charged gauge and Kenny back flips away from you, rather than roll dodge you can unleash All Creation and continue the attack against Kenny.

All Creation will protect you from all attacks including the giant sword. If one has become proficient in the use of All Creation in Ardyn/Ravus and Level 99 Bahamut, it can be very useful. On the other hand, if you haven't used it much and are uncertain of the timing, its better to rely exclusively on Roll/Dodge that can phase through any of Kenny's attacks.
Posted by Allgorhythm on 26 Mar 19 at 00:57
SyncTheTempestThanks Allgorhythm! I added your comment to the solution.
Posted by SyncTheTempest on 26 Mar 19 at 01:10
AkirakornPssht. This acheivement is easy!

If you happen to join someone with 2500 Atk 2500 Def and 100% resistance to everything (with the Rampage sigil no less)

My useless @55 with 1600/1200/50% bullet resist could only do 800 dmg per hit... so pro-tip: if you can't fight... call shotgun Team Healer!

Good luck to everyone and thanks to Guilty115 and Allgorhythm for all the help with FFXV Comrades!
Posted by Akirakorn on 26 Mar 19 at 02:33
AllgorhythmIf you have to choose between strength & vitality, go with strength. Vitality is of marginal utility. Kenny can kill a 3000 vitality Glaive almost as easily as he can a 300 vitality Glaive. The only viable defense is evasion. The good news is that Kenny telegraphs clearly and a roll/dodge allows you to avoid every attack.

To that end, the only resistance that helps, as the guide states, is shot. Instead of investing around 15K experience points in penta-res, I would recommend just focusing on shot resistance. I crafted a quick Scharnhorst (final form of the Battle Mace bought in Meldacio). I put on 11 sturdy plates for 100% shot resistance (with the 30% Cid boost. Apart from that and satisfying the 30 vitality & 30 spirit build requirements, I made it into a max strength weapon. Its 30 bonus MP came in very handy.
Posted by Allgorhythm on 26 Mar 19 at 04:07
SyncTheTempestAllgorhythm aka "The gift that keeps on giving." lol
Posted by SyncTheTempest on 26 Mar 19 at 04:14
GdinutGreat Solution, i did it with a group, took us several tries as Kenny would get some cheap shots on us. I would add somewhere on the solution that having a Double Penetrator X weapon makes a Huge difference to the damage output on Kenny. the ones with those weapons were hitting for 5-8K while the rest were hitting for around 1K
Posted by Gdinut on 26 Mar 19 at 16:04
AllgorhythmI made the point earlier that Kenny can kill a 3000 vitality Glaive almost as easily as he can a 300 vitality Glaive. The following video shows a level 12 character with 264 vitality that defeats Kenny solo taking no damage in the process. The Glaive, though, has 4875 strength or 5133 attack along with 100% shot resistance. The Tall sigil's aura further multiplies damage inflicted keeping it at or close to the 9999 HP camp. To make it easy, Kenny pulls out his machine gun twice near the end. It, of course, is completely ineffective against the 100% shot resistance. As Gdinut emphasizes, a double Penetrator X Dragon Whisker reduces Kenny's defenses to 0. The high strength inflicts substantial damage that is magnified by Aura. The AI Sadda also plays a part by keeping the Glaive buffed up before Kenny one-shots him. The main takeaway from the video is to show Kenny's attacks described in this excellent guide and how they can be avoided: https://youtu.be/D3wphzc76u0
Posted by Allgorhythm on 26 Mar 19 at 23:37
LordRex172Just like Allgorhythm mine glitched and I had to do a hard reset by powering off and unplugging the console for a minute or two.

Two things I wanted to add. Never initiate a chain warp, I was fighting him earlier with someone and we accidentally started one and he instantly killed us. The other is don't fight him with the Kenny AI companion. It can get really confusing as to which one is which.
Posted by LordRex172 on 27 Mar 19 at 03:18
xxDAMRONxxHey y’all. Added a little to this solution by providing my build and a Video guide of the Kenny fight. Build hits him easily for 9999. Great guide guilty! Just adding to his guide for players maybe starting or needing more build info and fight mechanics via video!
Posted by xxDAMRONxx on 28 Mar 19 at 01:57
Senseless OgreCan someone help me out with this achievement? I can't find anyone online and would like to get a party of 4 to take this guy on.
Posted by Senseless Ogre on 29 Mar 19 at 17:42
AllgorhythmI'm away from home. I should be back Sunday. I expect to be on about 2:00 PM GMT (9:00 AM US Central Time). I would be happy to assist.
Posted by Allgorhythm on 29 Mar 19 at 17:46
Senseless OgreAwesome thanks, I'll be on around then.
Posted by Senseless Ogre on 29 Mar 19 at 19:06
AllgorhythmGreat. Also, there are a number of us on the official FF XV Discord servers. One of the channels is dedicated to XBox One matchmaking. I always post there when I go on and there are a number of other people who make themselves available for team play. If you, or anyone else is interested, this is the invite link:

https://discord.gg/FFXV
Posted by Allgorhythm on 29 Mar 19 at 19:48
Shred Asics 13I have a poor mans "Adryn & Ravus" build. Not the greatest, but I can beat them, albeit - slowly. I almost got this with one random 99. Anyways, I feel like in a group of four this should be no issue. Please add me and I'd be happy to get this done!
Posted by Shred Asics 13 on 02 Apr 19 at 13:20
AllgorhythmI thought ai might add an additional attack because it's an important one. If you loiter in Kenny's field of vision within a distance of about half the arena's radius, Kenny can warp strike you. This warp strike can be instantly fatal. Continual roll/dodges will keep you safe. I like to maneuver around Kenny to his rear taking a circular path rather than head directly behind him in a straight line.

Point warps are often effective. However, I share the guide's recommendation not to use them. The animation associated with point warps creates a fraction of a second's disorientation. I feel one has greater tactical awareness by not warping and relying on roll/dodges and on-foot movement.
Posted by Allgorhythm on 20 Apr 19 at 01:35
XboxoholicGreat guide. Slow and steady does this one. It seems daunting at first but you quickly get used to his attacks and windows of vulnerability. Best done with two or three people, though you can definitely solo him with some practise.
Posted by Xboxoholic on 23 Apr 19 at 15:39
AllgorhythmThere are both pros and cons to other people. On the one hand, properly synchronized attacks will defeat Kenny more quickly. On the other hand, Kenny is small and it's harder to see his 'tells' if he is surrounded by attackers.

I have put some of my thoughts in this thread: Weapon Crafting for Kenny Crow
Posted by Allgorhythm on 23 Apr 19 at 17:32
InquisitorZacIf anyone wants to tag them this, lemme know! Only have 1x X Pen, but I do more than the NPCs 😉
Posted by InquisitorZac on 03 Sep 19 at 18:51