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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Enemy
Meonekton
メイオベントス (Meiobentosu)
LRFFXIII Meonekton
Statistics
HP-lrffxiii-icon Strength-lrffxiii-icon MagicStat-lrffxiii-icon
36,000Days 1-6, Normal Mode value. 100 250
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.
40 N N
Extinction Gil EP
65535 840 0.13
Vulnerabilities
FireElement-lrffxiii-icon IceElement-lrffxiii-icon LightningElement-lrffxiii-icon
200% 200% 200%
WindElement-lrffxiii-icon PhysicalElement-lrffxiii-icon MagicElement-lrffxiii-icon
200% 20% 20%
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
10 10 10 10
Imperil-ffxiii-icon Slow-ffxiii-icon Poison-ffxiii-icon Curse-ffxiii-icon
10 10 10 10
Daze-ffxiii-icon Dispel-ffxiii-icon Quake-lrffxiii-GuideIcon Magnet-lrffxiii-GuideIcon
10 10 10 10
Habitat All exterior areas from 04:00 to 06:00
Wildlands (Temple of the Goddess)
Type Chaos Beast
Subtype Mid-Scale Enemy
Item drops Liquid Glass
Ruin
Ruinga
Silver Malistone
Adamant Malistone
Abilities Eerie Soundwave, Force Darts, Ruin
Notes 1: Unleash magic attacks. The effect is greater when the enemy is using Eerie Soundwave.
2: Unleash physical attacks. The effect is greater when the enemy is using Eerie Soundwave.

Meonekton is an enemy in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII that appears most commonly in the Temple of the Goddess, located in the Wildlands, but will appear in all outside locations between the hours of 04:00 and 06:00 while no other enemies spawn.

Battle Edit

Meonekton can be dangerous to new players due to its high physical and magical resistance. A player who doesn't know how to Perfect Guard its Eerie Soundwave can get hit with its debuffing ailments, such as Slow and Imperil. Meonekton does not attack often, but will attack in rapid succession, which can stunlock Lightning if the player isn't guarding. The attack is not powerful, but can become dangerous over time, especially while fighting more than one Meonekton.

The real danger comes if Lightning is debuffed (especially with Imperil), where Meonekton will become aggressive; it will often use high-damage attacks Rush and Force Darts. While Rush is telegraphed, Force Darts comes quickly and will interrupt whatever Lightning is doing. Meonektons can throw Force Darts in rapid succession and at this state, the battle forces the player to be defensive, especially when there are more than one Meonekton. Aside from consuming a recovery item or using Esuna Guard from Miqo'te Dress garb, players can only wait the debuffs out, but once done Meonektons will revert to their default defensive approach.

The 65,535 spawn counter all but ensures Meonektons will continue to spawn throughout the game, but defeating the Last One within the Ultimate Lair will cause Meonektons to become extinct.

Meonektons are a good source of Chaos infusion-boosted gil farming (especially along the Major Routes on Hard). They are also one of the few enemies that drop Adamant Malistones.

Strategy Edit

The best strategy for new players is to avoid Meonektons entirely. After learning Deprotect and Deshell, they become easier. They are weak to every element and susceptible to all status effects. Inflict Deprotect and Deshell, then stagger it as soon as possible to keep it from attempting to use debuffs.

Stagger Edit

Stagger Conditions
Condition Stagger Point Stagger Decay Max Preservation Preservation Decay
Default 300 1 10 1
Stagger Power: all attacks x1; during Eerie Soundwave, all attacks x5
Condition Duration Added Effect Effect Duration Iterative Resistance
Magic Stagger 2s Unprotected 30s 20%/40%
No further staggering
Damage: all attacks x1
Physical Stagger 10s Unshelled 30s 0
No further staggering
Damage: all attacks x1

Etymology Edit

A nekton is a subcategory of ocean-dwelling creatures capable of free movement independent of water currents, as opposed to plankton, which cannot. This includes vertebrates such as fish, molluscs such as squid, and crustaceans such as crabs or lobsters. Like all enemies of the Rift Beast class, the name is derived from a real class of living organism that also form part of an ancient clade of the evolutionary tree, referring to their origins in the Void Beyond.

Meonekton's Japanese name is "Meiobenthos". Meiobenthos, also called meiofauna, are small benthic invertebrates that live in both marine and fresh water environments. The term "meiobenthos" was first coined in 1942 by Mare, but organisms that would fit into the meiofauna category have been studied since the 18th century. A good comprehensive text on meiofauna is Introduction to the study of meiofauna by Higgins and Thiel (1988).

Trivia Edit

  • Meonekton's extinction number 65535 is a frequently occurring number in the field of computing, because it is the highest number that can be represented by an unsigned 16 bit binary number.

Related enemies Edit

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Edit

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