Shrouds (シュラウド, Shuraudo?), known as Reserve Smokes in Japan, are special class of consumable items in Final Fantasy XIII that bestow temporary benefits on the party if they enter a battle while under its effect. Shrouds are used by pressing L1/LB on the field and are unavailable during battle. The effects stack, so multiple shrouds can be used at once. The shroud effects last for 30 seconds and the shroud icon will begin to blink three seconds before the effects expire.
Most shrouds are found from treasure chests or obtained from enemies, but at the last chapter a new shop in the Retail Network, Eden Pharmaceuticals, opens up, which sells all shrouds except the Ethersol. It is also possible to obtain shrouds by dismantling pieces of equipment at the upgrade screen. One way to farm Ethersol, which is not available in the shop, is to purchase a Speed Sash from Moogleworks for 10,000 gil and upgrade it to star level, upgrade it with a Mnar Stone, upgrade it to star level again, and dismantle for an Ethersol and some change. Another trick involves the use of Deceptisol and the game's Retry option; if a player uses a shroud, enters a battle while under its effect, and cancels out of the battle with the Retry option, the player gets the shroud back as if they had never used one. The trick with Deceptisol is to use one to sneak past a group of enemies. Whenever a player is in an enemy's combat zone the screen will flash red. Once the player has passed the enemies' combat zone, they can quickly turn around and engage the enemy, then use the Retry option to cancel the battle. The player gets their Deceptisol back, but respawn on the other side of the enemy, thus they managed to sneak past the enemies without having to actually expend the Deceptisol.
|Fortisol||Casts Bravery, Faith, and Haste at the start of battle.||12,000|
|Aegisol||Casts Protect, Shell, Veil, and Vigilance at start of battle.||12,000|
|Deceptisol||Makes the party difficult for passing enemies to detect allowing the player to avoid enemy encounters or to trigger preemptive battles.||30,000|
|Ethersol||Restores the party's TP.||Cannot buy|
|Rank||Shroud Drop Rate|
The probability of dropping a shroud will increase if the player equips the Survivalist Catalog. Player can easily accumulate shrouds in the beginning of the game in Pulse Vestige; later accumulating is more difficult. The drop rates are universal for the area apart from Pulse Vestige, that has a few enemies with higher than 12% chance of dropping shrouds.
- Pulse Vestige—12%
- Lake Bresha—8%
- Vile Peaks—6% (first area with Aegisol)
- Gapra Whitewood—1%
- Sunleth Waterscape—3%
- Fifth Ark—1%
- Gran Pulse 0.3%
- Orphan's Cradle—0.13%.
- Deceptisol is mentioned in the Brain Blast quiz in Final Fantasy XIII-2, where it is revealed that in the in-universe film 'MI: Sahagin,' the hero uses a Deceptisol to get past the security system without alerting his enemies.