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Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Schemata Level Up Guide

Updated on February 18, 2014
Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Schemata - that looks like an impressive garb to put into a scheme and use in battle.
Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Schemata - that looks like an impressive garb to put into a scheme and use in battle.

In lightning returns final fantasy xiii, Lightning's battle scenarios involve her using various skills or abilities in the fight against the enemies. The abilities are stored in battle strategies or schemata. Lightning can use up to three schemata in battle but she can create more schemata than she can use in battle. This will provide a list of schemata early on in the game and the tougher foes that Lightning will face. By using certain schemata, these tough foes may be easier to defeat. In addition, Lightning must level up her stats and abilities. This will provide a guide on how to level up Lightning.

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Walkthrough Schemata Composition

Each schemata will be composed of the following items -

  • Garb - this is the attire of lightning or the battle armor of lightning in that schemata.
  • Weapon - this will add bonuses to certain stats.
  • Abilities - these are the powers or attacks or defensive moves that Lightning unleashes in battle.
  • Shield - this will add bonuses like HP and resistances to Lightning's stats.
  • Relic - this will add more bonuses.
  • Adornment - this will add more bonuses.

Lightning Returns Red Mage Garb

Lightning can get the red mage garb when she returns to the Ark at 0600. There are items in the perimeter of the ark which can be picked up every time the game progresses.
Lightning can get the red mage garb when she returns to the Ark at 0600. There are items in the perimeter of the ark which can be picked up every time the game progresses.

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Garb - some examples

Each garb comes with certain bonuses to attributes. There may also be some disadvantages.

Shining Star Garb
An example is the shining prince garb. Although the shining prince schemata may not give much bonuses, it does create critical regeneration. The garb also gives thunder level 2 and fire level 2 abilities.

The shining prince garb comes with the Rising Sun Weapon which adds -

  • Strength + 180
  • Magic + 250
  • Stagger power - 25%
  • ATB speed +5%
  • Sweet spot

The shining price garb comes with the Final Border shield which adds -

  • Maximum HP + 800
  • ATB speed + 10
  • Guard defence 30
  • Resist magic damage +20%

Dark Samurai Garb Another example is the Dark Samurai garb. It adds the abilities guard level 2 and attack level 2.

The dark samurai garb contains the Weapons Cloud Veil. Cloud veil adds -

  • Strength + 280
  • Magic + 140
  • ATB Speed +5
  • Strong Finale +15%

The dark samurai garb comes with the Nightwalker Shield. The Nightwalker Shield has -

  • Maximum HP 300
  • ATB speed 10
  • Guard defence 30
  • Resist physical damage +20%

The above two schemata are bonuses which can be downloaded. Lightning will get other and more powerful garbs from the ark as the game progresses.

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Level Up Lightning Stats

Level up lightning means to increase lightning's stats. Lightning's stats include the following -

  • Health Points
  • Strength
  • Magic

These stats can be increased by completing main quests and side quests. For example, if the heroine defeats Zomok, then she will get -

  • Maximum HP + 120
  • Strength + 12
  • Magic + 10

This means that Lightning can keep doing side quests to level up her stats, but she may run out of time to save all the souls of the world and complete all the main quests.

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Level Up Lightning Abilities

  • Lightning can synthesize and later level up her abilities by visiting sorcery shops throughout Nova Chrysalia.

Then, through synthesis, use gil to increase the power of the abilities at the sorcery shop. However, Lightning can only synthesize abilities of the same type and rank. For example, Lightning can synthesize Thunder level 1 and Thunder level 1 to get a more powerful version of Thunder level 1. There are certain monsters that will drop these abilities crystals. Learn which monsters will drop these crystals by defeating them again and again. Then get the same type of ability crystals and synthesize them.

However, if Lightning keeps trying to defeat monsters to get ability crystals of the same type and rank and then tries to synthesize them all, she may run out of time to save the souls again.

Note that there is a limit to how much ability can be strengthened through synthesis, and this is decided by the level of the ability. Once an ability reaches its limit, upward arrows will appear on the right of the ability and it cannot be synthesized anymore.

  • Later, in the game, Lightning will acquire Malistones from the perimeter of the Ark.

With malistones, Lightning can then level up abilities of a certain rank, for example, attack level 1 (that cannot be synthesized anymore; has upward arrows on the right) to attack level 2. So in summary, find ability crystals of the same rank, synthesize them until they cannot be strengthened anymore (upward arrows appear on the right), then find malisones and level them up to level 2 and so on. It's a tedious process, and Lightning has a time limit to level up her abilities and become more powerful before the world ends. Abilities hunting, level up and time management are very important in this game.

One of the early schemata - the savior, in the game. This schemata will run out of usefulness later as more powerful monsters appear. Get more powerful weapons, shields, abilities and other items to improve the schemata.
One of the early schemata - the savior, in the game. This schemata will run out of usefulness later as more powerful monsters appear. Get more powerful weapons, shields, abilities and other items to improve the schemata.

Lightning Returns Fighting Fantasy XIII Level Up Schemata to Defeat Monsters

Compare the early schemata such as the savior with the later schemata. The savior and other early schemata are sufficient to defeat the early bosses.

Later, more powerful schemata are needed to defeat the boss of Chapter 1 Noel Kreiss.

As the story progresses, change schematas (garbs, weapons, shields, relics, adornments and abilties) and get more powerful items to defeat tougher bosses.

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