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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Enemy
ライトニング (Raitoningu)
FFXIII-Lightning CG
HP FFXIII-2 Strength Icon FFXIII-2 Magic Icon
Stagger Icon FFXIII Chain Icon FFXIII
300% 80
Keep Launch Libra
CP Gil
1,000 1,500
Fire Icon FFXIII Ice Icon FFXIII Lightning Icon FFXIII
Normal Normal Halved
Wind Icon FFXIII Physical Icon FFXIII Magical Icon FFXIII
Normal Normal Normal
Status resistanceThe lower the number, the more suspectible the enemy is to the status.
Deprotect-ffxiii-icon Deshell-ffxiii-icon Slow-ffxiii-icon Poison-ffxiii-icon Imperil-ffxiii-icon
Immune Immune Immune
Curse-ffxiii-icon Pain-ffxiii-icon Fog-ffxiii-icon Debrave-ffxiii-icon Defaith-ffxiii-icon
Immune Immune
Daze-ffxiii-icon Wound Death-ffxiii-icon Dispel-ffxiii-icon Provoke-ffxiii-icon
Immune ImmuneLoses immunity once Amodar is defeated.
Location Coliseum -??? AF- (Coliseum)
Type Special
Subtype Champion
Recruit Chance 7%
Common Drop Mana Crystal, Vitality Crystal
Rare Drop Lightning Cross
Abilities Army of One, Blitz, Curasa, Enthunder, Faith, Launch, Limit Breach, Ravage, Ruin, Ruinga, Shell, Smite, Thundaga, Thundara, Thunder, Veil, Curaja, Esuna
Notes - Lightning damage is ineffectual.
- Capable of restoring HP.
- Cannot be provoked.
- Delivers devastating physical attacks.
I'll say this right now. There's no way the two of you can beat me.
—Lightning to Serah and Noel before the battle.

Lightning is a downloadable content "monster" from Final Fantasy XIII-2. As the Arbiter of Time reveals, this is only an exact copy of the actual Lightning that lacks a soul.

Battle Edit

The fight begins with Lightning alone. At first she doesn't seem threatening as she only uses basic Commando attacks. However, at about 80% health a brief cutscene introduces Amodar and his gargantuan machine gun.

It is recommended to enter the fight with a high-level party. The fight is still a challenge for a party with maxed-out Crystarium, full-fragment Odin weapons, a generic paradigm deck (no Tortoise required), and fully developed Gold and Silver Chocobos.

Saboteurs can make the fight faster with the use of Deprotect and Deshell, which can stick moderately fast as opposed to Poison and Imperil. Both foes are immune to Dispel (among other things) and sticking Deprotect and Deshell once one of the two is down becomes harder. Casting Imperil on Amodar can help immensely as he becomes weak to Ice, Wind, Lightning and will turn his Fire resistence to normal.

Lightning and Amodar will Paradigm Shift periodically. Both have access to Commando, but while Ravager, Synergist, and Medic are exclusive to Lightning, Sentinel and Saboteur are exclusive to Amodar. Both often pummel the player party with Ruinga and Blitz as their primary forms of damage while together.

Looking at their Role lists, one might think that Lightning should be the primary target as she can heal. If the player struggles dealing enough damage to make her single-cast healing spells worthless, they should take her out first. However, Amodar is among the most bothersome Saboteurs faced in the game throwing grenades that can do damage and inflict multiple debuffs at a time, and can give the party a long list of debuffs in a matter of seconds in this mode.

Fog, Pain, and Slow are the most problematic, though Deshell, Deprotect, and Poison are threatening as well. Ribbons can help immensely in this fight, especially on a healer. Otherwise, the party should alternate between chain building and healing.

Strategy Edit

Recommended paradigms are:

Paradigm Noel Serah Monster
Cerberus COM COM COM
Tri-Disaster RAV RAV RAV
Diversity COM RAV MED
Evened Odds SYN SAB MED
Salvation MED MED MED

The player should start with Evened Odds (SYN/SAB/MED) to cast Vigilance, Protect, Shell and Veil on the whole party (using their -ga variations makes things faster). During this time, it is recommended to inflict Imperil on Amodar. Using Tri-Disaster (RAV/RAV/RAV) the player can pummel away at Lightning using fire, wind and ice-elemental abilities. If player needs to heal, it is recommended to switch to Diversity (COM/RAV/MED), and then return to Tri-Disaster.

Once Lightning is staggered, the party should keep on pummeling at her until she gets at least 500.0% on the stagger gauge, then switch to Cerberus (COM/COM/COM). Launching her during this time proves an immense aid. She probably won't die in one stagger, so player should repeat the process. It is essential to buff the party.

Amodar is a greater problem as he can inflict a lot of serious debuffs. Going into Tri-Disaster and hitting him with wind, ice and lightning attacks is especially effective when he has the Imperil status.

Both opponents can be launched, rendering them harmless while airborne.

When one falls, the other gets stronger. If Amodar is the one left, he will gain Protect, Shell, Regen and Veil. If Lightning is the one left, she will gain Haste, Bravery, Faith and Vigilance. They also gain access to their full ATB abilities. Amodar's Iron Bear Claw will deal massive damage to one party member, while Lightning's Army of One will deal a long string of small physical hits. The latter sends the target flying, leaving them helpless for a few extra seconds. The player will be unable to act during these skills.

The drop rates on their crystals are low, so the player can expect to fight them many times before acquiring either.

Paradigm Pack Edit

The chance of acquiring Lightning's crystal is 7% and can be boosted via high-sync Feral Links, e.g. Red Chocobo's Kweh (up to 400%), Twilight Odin's Zantetsuken (up to 999%) or PuPu's Items Please! (up to 999%). It is only possible to get the crystal if Lightning is defeated after Lieutenant Amodar has been eliminated.

Lightning has a fast attack and spell casting speed, has access to the full range of elemental strikes and Blitzes, and the ability to inherit all Ravager spells. Against out-of-reach opponents, her blade becomes a gun to fire off -strike abilities.

Tameable Monster
Name Lightning Role Ravager
Traits Early Peaker - Zippy - Blinding
Composition Biological Start Grade Monster Grade 5
Max Level 13 HP 4,000 (3,800-4,200)
Strength 550 (544-556) Magic 550 (544-556)
ATB Segments 6 Stages 1
Innate Affinities Halves: Lightning
Feral Link Army of One (Unleash a devastating flurry of blows. Chain bonus effect varies by situation. Input Type: Multiple)
Ability Type Level Infusible
Attack: ATB Charge II Passive Initial N
Fire Command Initial Y
Blizzard Command Initial Y
Thunder Command Initial Y
Aero Command Initial Y
Flamestrike Command Initial N
Froststrike Command Initial N
Sparkstrike Command Initial N
Galestrike Command Initial N
Overwhelm Auto 3 Y
Electric Blitz Command 4 N
Aero Blitz Command 5 N
Ice Blitz Command 6 N
Heat Blitz Command 7 N
Fearsiphon Auto 8 Y
Thundaga Command 10 Y
Siphon Boost Passive 13 Y

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Lightning can cast Curasa and Curaja as a Medic, while the Lightning playable in Final Fantasy XIII could not.
  • At times, Lightning executes Ravage instead of Blitz even when no Ravagers are present.
  • Like her playable counterpart, this Lightning can learn all learnable elemental spells for their respective game as well as improved tiers in Thunder spells.
  • Her maximum level once tamed is 13, which may be an allusion to number 13, a recurring theme in both Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2.
  • When tamed, she says lines from her playable counterpart at certain occasions in battle. For example, when an enemy is staggered and she's active in the Paradigm Pack she may shout "The storm is here!" from when she uses Zantetsuken, and when her HP turns critical she utters "How can it... end like this?!" from being KO'd while the party leader in Final Fantasy XIII.
  • Sometimes, when she's been tamed and is KO'd in battle, one can actually briefly see her falling to her knees like her KO model from the previous game before she is dismissed. This is unusual, since monsters commonly only disappear without animation.

Related enemies Edit