Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Enemy
グレンデル (Gurenderu)
HP-lrffxiii-icon Strength-lrffxiii-icon MagicStat-lrffxiii-icon
380,000Days 1-6, Normal Mode value. 200 400
KeepThe higher the number, the lower the chance is for the enemy to be interrupted. Launch DisruptionIf the ability used by Lightning has higher Cut than enemy has Keep, this ability can interrupt the enemy.
80*Default/90*Protective Circle Y Y
Extinction Gil EP
- 1,000 5
FireElement-lrffxiii-icon IceElement-lrffxiii-icon LightningElement-lrffxiii-icon
100%*Default/50%*Protective Circle 100%*Default/50%*Protective Circle 100%*Default/50%*Protective Circle
WindElement-lrffxiii-icon PhysicalElement-lrffxiii-icon MagicElement-lrffxiii-icon
150%*Default/100%*Protective Circle 100%*Default/40%*Protective Circle 100%*Default/40%*Protective Circle
Status resistanceThe lower the number, the more suspectible the enemy is to the status.
Debrave-ffxiii-icon Defaith-ffxiii-icon Deprotect-ffxiii-icon Deshell-ffxiii-icon
0*Default/100*Protective Circle 0*Default/100*Protective Circle 0*Default/60*Protective Circle 0*Default/60*Protective Circle
Imperil-ffxiii-icon Slow-ffxiii-icon Poison-ffxiii-icon Curse-ffxiii-icon
0*Default/100*Protective Circle 0*Default/100*Protective Circle 95*Default/100*Protective Circle 0*Default/100*Protective Circle
Daze-ffxiii-icon Dispel-ffxiii-icon Quake-lrffxiii-GuideIcon Magnet-lrffxiii-GuideIcon
0*Default/100*Protective Circle 0*Default/0*Protective Circle 100*Default/100*Protective Circle 0*Default/0*Protective Circle
Habitat Dead Dunes (Temple Ruins, Clavis Chamber, from Day 1 to Day 7)
Type Chaos Beast
Subtype Large-Scale Enemy
Item drops Preta Hood
Crystal Malistone
Soul Smeltwater
Abilities Protective Circle, Claw Swipe, Tail Swipe, Ruin, Ruinga, Fire, Blizzard, Thunder, Aero, Fira, Blizzara, Thundara, Aerora, Element, Elementa, Debrave, Defaith, Deprotect, Deshell, Imperil, Slow, Poison, Curse, Pain, Fog, Disaster, Breath of Rancor, Séance, Shadow Clan, Hellkraft
Notes 1: Unleash physical and magic attacks when enemy is protected by barriers. The effect is greater when the enemy is using Séance.
2: Unleash physical and magic attacks when the enemy's barriers have fallen.

Grendel is a boss that appears in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. It can be fought in the Clavis Chamber of the Temple Ruins, located in the Dead Dunes, at any point between Day 1 and Day 7 only. It is replaced by the Parandus from Day 8 onwards. Defeating it concludes the main quest for the Dead Dunes.


Stagger Conditions
Condition Stagger Point Stagger Decay Max Preservation Preservation Decay
Default 400 20 600 50
Stagger Power: all attacks x1
Condition Duration Added Effect Effect Duration Iterative Resistance
Staggered with Protective Circle on 0s Unprotected and Unshelled Until next Protective Circle 0
Back to default
Staggered 15s Knocked Down 0
No further staggering


Grendel could be a threat for players that cannot perform Perfect Block, especially when it uses Breath of Rancor or Séance which inflict debuffs. Its attack is powerful and can deal 3000+ damage, but some of Grendel's magical attack damage can be depleted by equipping Lightning with Preta Hood as Grendel is more capable with magic attacks. It is weak to Wind-based attacks, so it may be wise to bring Aerora and Galestrike. Grendel uses Protective Circle at the start of fight which buffs it with Protect and Shell.

The real danger comes if Lightning is debuffed (especially with Pain, Fog, Deprotect, and Deshell), where Lightning cannot use any physical or magic attacks. Grendel can inflict high damage (especially when it uses Séance and then Shadow Clan which can kill Lightning in one hit).


Equip Lightning with Preta Hood if she has low HP stat or if the player cannot perform a Perfect Block. It is necessary to bring any Wind-based attacks to stagger Grendel faster and give Lightning a chance to use Heavy Slash or Beat Down (which are the locked abilities on the Shadow Trooper garb) which deal 5000 - 10,000+ damage to Grendel.


Grendel is one of the three antagonists in the epic poem Beowulf. He terrorizes the mead hall, Heorot, until Beowulf comes to slay him. Said to be the decedent of Cain, he is usually depicted as a foul monster or beast.

Unlike the Grendel in Lightning Returns:Final Fantasy XIII, the Grendel in the myth had a face and body of a gorilla.


  • The Grendel and Parandus are based on the model of the Raspatil from Final Fantasy XIII-2, the major differences is that Raspatil has more arms and a flesh tail.

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