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Old Mar 20 2010, 12:30 PM   #1
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Okay, so I'm at the start of chapter 12. Since then I've been upgrading my weapons, pouring various items into them. Around the end of chapter 11 I ended up with two ultracompact reactors, one of which I wasted and couldn't be bothered going back an hour in-game with the last save.

This prompted me to read up on how the upgrade system works, and at this point I realise I've probably been really wasteful with upgrading. First off I'm actually still on all the starter weapons, all maxed out with a star (though I realise you can take them further with catalysts as of now). I had a look at weapon upgrade grids and realised I could have upgraded much better weapons.

So my first question is - will it make a huge difference if I just continue with the starter weapons and max them out to ultimate ones once I get the right catalyst thingies, or, once I've let the resources pile up, get rid of them and switch to some better weapons - like Gladius, Sacrificial Circle, Malphas, Pearlwing Staff, Taming Poll and Paper Tiger - and upgrade those to ultimate weapons?

I'm thinking I could have made the game a lot easier for myself, alleviating the need for my huge grind at chapter 11 on Gran Pulse which maxed out the three main roles on all my characters to stage 8 and has made most battles easy for once (leaving more time for me to ACTUALLY ENJOY EXPLORING ).

Also, at this point in the game I have 713,191 gil. I haven't really bought much throughout the game. I'm hoping I'll be able to put part of this cash down on some decent upgrades once I get the R&D shop.

Will the last boss and enemies in the last part of the game be possible if I just have my characters well-leveled, or will I need good weapons?

And finally, taking into account my current situation - maxed out starter weapons - does that sound about right for chapter 12? Or am I bit behind or gone down the wrong route entirely?

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Old Mar 20 2010, 12:35 PM   #2
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I'm in the same boat as you, I really don't think I've been doing a good job upgrading weapons. I have no clue if the starter weapons are better to keep upgrading or I should use a newer weapon.
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Old Mar 20 2010, 12:36 PM   #3

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Last boss is pretty easy to be honest. A lot of people finish if first time without doing any upgrades at all.
Answers to common FFXIII questions:

- Yes you can return to Gran Pulse
- Chocobos become available after mission 14
- Best way to upgrade weapons (early) is using 36 Sturdy Bones then Superconductors
- Good early gil: sell Incentive Chips that drop from PSICOM mobs
- Good CP in Chp 11: Behemoth vs Wolf in the North West corner of the map by the save point
- Exceptional theorycrafting mechanic thread: http://uk.faqs.ign.com/articles/108/1085648p1.html
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