Final Fantasy XIII-2 Enemy
テストゥド (Tesutudo)
FFXIII-2 Testudo
HP FFXIII-2 Strength Icon FFXIII-2 Magic Icon
32,800 211 148
Stagger Icon FFXIII Chain Icon FFXIII
250% 70
Keep Launch Libra
25 Weakness 20
CP Gil
96 254
Fire Icon FFXIII Ice Icon FFXIII Lightning Icon FFXIII
Halved Halved -
Wind Icon FFXIII Physical Icon FFXIII Magical Icon FFXIII
Resistant - -
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
30% 30% 30% 30% 30%
Curse-ffxiii-icon Pain-ffxiii-icon Fog-ffxiii-icon Debrave-ffxiii-icon Defaith-ffxiii-icon
30% 30% 30% 30% 30%
Daze-ffxiii-icon Wound Death-ffxiii-icon Dispel-ffxiii-icon Provoke-ffxiii-icon
30% - 30% - 30%
Location The Archylte Steppe -Year Unknown- (Stonestump Wastelands (Cloudy), Grave Ridge (Cloudy))
Type Ancient Automata
Subtype Combat Engineer
Recruit Chance 10%
Common Drop Mana Chip (25%)
Rare Drop Thrust Bearing (5%)
Abilities Issue Orders, Deployment
Notes - Unremarkable.

The Testudo is an enemy in Final Fantasy XIII-2.


It has a lot of HP and has a relatively high stagger threshold for the area in which it appears. It can Issue Orders to its ally Scutari, allowing them to become more powerful. Should its last Scutari ally be killed, it will use Deployment, summoning another three Scutari, which obtain the Version Upgrade enhancement. It can also use Deployment before the last Scutari is killed, but only one at a time. This can lead to too many enemies on the targeting list to be displayed simultaneously, and since the Testudo remains first on the list, its name can be obscured.


Testudo should be killed first. The player may wish to build the chain gauge with Relentless Assault (COM/RAV/RAV) to increase the damage dealt to the target and ideally staggering it.

Paradigm PackEdit

An Early Peaker, Testudo is a cheap and early opportunity for a monster at maximum level, adequate if not ideal for finishing the main story. Not too near and not too far from having the highest HP of all Synergists, it has, at around 7,000, more than three times as much as the player's likely first Sentinel, Pulse Knight. It is an infusion source of the powerful Bravega and Faithga, not available to Serah and Noel. In fact, the single-target and team versions of Bravery and Faith are the only spells it has without infusion. This degree of focus is rare; Testudo is useful any time there are no elemental weaknesses, making En-spells useless, and it never casts spells that may not be needed, like Veil.

The Mechanical monster materials it requires to level are somewhat rarer than biological, and it begins at Grade 3 materials. An alternative source of Bravega and Faithga is Yakshini, which is biological, starts at Grade 2 materials, and learns those spells at roughly the same level.

Tameable Monster
Name Testudo Role Synergist
Traits Early Peaker - Balanced - Old Model
Composition Mechanical Start Grade Monster Grade 3
Max Level 20 HP 2,499
Strength 191 Magic 22
ATB Segments 3 Stages 1
Innate Affinities Immune: Poison, Resist: Wind, Halves: Fire/Ice
Feral Link Explosive Trigger (Inflict magic damage on target and nearby foes. Input Type: Button tap)
Ability Type Level Infusible
Bravery Command Initial Y
Faith Command Initial Y
Augment Maintenance Passive Initial N
Resist Magic: +15% Passive 4 Y
HP +16% Passive 9 Y
Bravega Command 14 Y
Faithga Command 18 Y
Endless Blessings Command 20 N


In Ancient Roman warfare, the testudo or tortoise formation was a formation used commonly by the Roman Legions during battles, particularly sieges. Testudo is the Latin word for "tortoise."

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