Final Fantasy XVI Trophy Guide & Roadmap
Welcome to the newest installment of another Final Fantasy title! I've played them all (well, not the ones outside of Japan like Before Crisis), and I managed to prepare a guide that will tell you that you don't need to worry about missables and that the platinum trophy takes time, but it's not so bad.
Step 1 - Play the game on any difficulty while doing all quests and hunts
Nothing is missable. You can save almost anytime. Mostly you progress the main story and unlock side content in the process. Hunts are also unlocked in the same way, and they are also part of some sidequests. Every sidequest and main story quest comes with a marker. It's really hard to miss anything or to get stuck by doing the quests, but to find all Hunts you will have to read the hunting board to pinpoint their location.
DO NOT SELL CRAFTING MATERIALS - you could miss out on crafting Gotterdammerung if you sell the materials. It makes no sense to sell crafting materials as you don't need the money in this game (almost). Just preserve all materials and sell only the ones that are for selling (it says so in their description).
There are a lot of battle trophies - you don't have to worry about them, but usually it's 2 per eikon (defeat enemies with certain eikon skill or execute some moveset unique to that eikon), some tied to basic combo moves, and 1 for your pet companion.
There is 1 boss trophy - defeat any boss without taking any damage. After certain early story game events you will unlock "Arete Stone" in The Hideaway (your camp throughout the whole game). By inspecting the stone you can replay any boss battle or any story dungeon. This is where you can practice, or simply repeat anything you whish for to get the items again, or to collect what you've maybe missed.
Before you enter the final story crystal you can finish everything except maxing out your eikon abilities, and the trophy for completing the game on "Final Fantasy" difficulty that gets unlocked after beating the game. When you beat the game you can save just before the final events, which means you cannot miss out on anything.
Anything to monitor during your playthrough? Not really, but buy "The Wages of Warcraft" accessory from Charon's Shop in The Hideaway for 15,000 Gil and have it equiped all the time (when it gets available). It will give you 20% more ability points, so it can shorted your time for maxing all possible skills on Clive.
I suggest you leave some S rank Hunts for when you're stronger (I was level 48 before the final events) - also, for Chronolith challenges it's good that you're stronger as the enemies are capped at level 38 in these. They are tricky, but if you equip Ring of Timely Strikes you can just mash on the attack button and get it over with pretty fast.
I don't have much more to tell you, all details are below, enjoy and happy playthrough!
Combat accessories that makes the game easy
For anyone that has issues with parry system, by doing combos - if you find the game too difficult you can always lower the main difficulty or use rings that will help you in the combat. When you start the game you will get "Ring of Timely Assistance" (it does your pet actions automatically - not really needed if you ask me), "Ring of Timely Healing (auto-potions when you're low on HP - also not needed if you ask me), "Ring of Timely Focus" (if slows down the time when an enemy is attacking you with avoidable attack - solid one, but it gets void if you combine with "Ring of Timely Evasion", "Ring of Timely Evasion" (it automatically evades all avoidable attacks from enemies. Not all, but avoidable ones - good ring), and "Ring of Timely Strikes" (which does all combos for you by simply pressing 1 button - the best ring for some challenges, but if you want to experience the game like it was intended, do not use it).
Combat Rings DOES NOT void any trophies, but for some challenges they cannot be equiped (like replaying boss fights). With Ring of Timely Evasion the Final Fantasy difficulty is maybe 3/10 on the difficulty radar.
Point of no return
Technically, there is only 1. It's when you change from your twenties to your thirties - the game will warn you about it. It's after "The Dame" story quest, there will be an objective at the church east of Moore. When you try to enter the next story dungeon, you will get the message. Basically you can only miss sidequests if you don't finish them, but they block nothing later on, and the rest of your crew just move to a new hideaway. If you want to finish all quests, make sure you do them before moving on.
Step 2 - Make a save after completing the game and beat it on "Final Fantasy" difficulty
When you complete the game you can save the clear save game data. Upon loading that save, you start in your camp before entering the last crystal dungeon. You can mop up everything here (buy everything you need from shops, like ability increase accessory for NG+ etc.), save, and start the NG+ from the main menu. Check below topic for Final Fantasy difficulty run, and all info what is transfered is there inside (weapons, equipment, lore, items etc.).
It's recommended to equip The Wages of Warcraft (regular game Charon's shop) and The Wages of Warcraft II (NG+ Charon's Shop) to get more ability points as you will be short on the points after 2 playthroughs.
Final Step - Mop up anything you maybe miss at this point (after clearing the NG+)
If you miss anything, do it now. I doubt you will miss anything, maybe some abilities if you avoided combat so you miss some points.
The easy and fast way to farm ability points in NG+ is in Waloed, teleport to Ravenwit Walls obelisk and directly on the eastern edge of the map from the obelisk arte some Hyenas (5 of them). They give 1120AP with The Wages of Warcraft II accessory, which will shorten up your time tremendesly. Fast travel back to obelisk and they will respawn.
List of topics and YouTube Playlist
Final Fantasy XVI - Chronolith Challenges
Final Fantasy XVI - Combat Trophies
Final Fantasy XVI - Curiosities
Final Fantasy XVI - Final Fantasy difficulty guide
Final Fantasy XVI - Hunt Requests
Final Fantasy XVI - Missives
Final Fantasy XVI - Orchestrion Rolls
Final Fantasy XVI - Sidequests
Final Fantasy XVI - The Patron's Whisper
Collect all other trophies to unlock this one.
When battling with weaker enemies, after inflicing a combo you will often put them on the ground. Approach them and press square or circle to execute a finisher move, that is a punish move. Do this 10 times. It should come naturally.
You don't have to worry about missing out on boss fights and this trophy - after the Midnight Raven boss in The Greatwood (where you go with Cid), you will gain access to replaying some stages through the pillar in The Hideaway (through the Arete Stone - Arcade challenges). These stages are predefeined when it comes to level and equipment, but accessories can be set up and customized to your liking. You cannot use Rings that helps in combat, but raising your attack or simply boosting in what you excel the most is possible.
The Midnight Raven is the first boss fight where this trophy can be unlocked - and if you ask me, it's the best fight to unlock it. The problem with playing the Arcade Mode or Stage Replay is that you cannot save before the boss fight. That means if you fail, you need to replay the whole stage. My advice is to do this trophy during the story, just save your game before the Midnight Raven boss in The Greatwood (before him there are some wolfs and Dragon Aevis mini-boss fight, after which you squize through the hole and then it's the boss fight).
Semi-primed means that you pressed L3 + R3 to enter the limit break state. You must unlock it first by progressing the story enough. When you do, you can start killing enemies while in this state. Easy one.
When you deplete an enemy's yellow bar (below the red HP bar), they enter the staggered state. During these couple of seconds the enemy is down and you can deal masive damage that will multiply the damage rate based on the combo you inflict. It should be easy to deal 50,000 when you get a bit further in the game.
Make sure to equip some fast special eikon moves, and keep the strongest ones for the end, when the combo multiplier is the highest. I did almost 60k damage on few occassions by using Ifrit, Ramuh and Titan.
You start with the Shift special ability at the start of the game. When you start playing as older Clive, simply use circle to teleport to any enemy and continue with sword combo (square) or magic combo (triangle). Do this 15 times of each combination. Easy.
Heatwave is one of the special attacks with Ifrit. Learn it, equip it, and you will need to use it agains some magic type enemy. Well, againts magic attack. When some enemy shots magic at you, before it hits, execute Heatwave to trigger at it for magic counter (Heatwave counter combo). Do this twice in one battle and the trophy is yours.
Deadly Embrace is the special circle button move with Garuda. When you get her powers simly jump, press circle to pull an enemy (only for enemies without the stagger bar), and defeat the enemy while in the air. Pretty easy one. Just deplete the HP of an enemy, jump and do the moveset to easily finish 5 enemies while in the air.
Gouge, Wicked Wheel, and Rook's Gambit are all Garuda's special moves. As you can equip only 2, you can equip the 3rd one on any other eikon by maxing it out. Maxing out a move means you can equip it with either of eikons. I maxed Rook's Gambit and equipped it with Ifrit, while I had Gouge and Wicked Wheel on Garuda.
With that in mind, enter a fight, preferably with some stronger enemy with stagger (ogres are great for this). Jump, execute Gouge, Rook's Gambit and Wicked Wheel while in the air. All 3 must hit the enemy for the trophy to unlock. You can do this with regular enemies, but they tend to fly away when you hit them, so it's better with stronger and larger enemies.
As soon as you get your third power (Ramuh's lightning stance from Cid), using circle button you can use Blind Justice move. It will aim up to 6 stacks of lighting balls and the balls will stick to enemies. If you attack the enemy when balls are stuck on them, it will discharge it. Do this for 50 lightining balls to unlock the trophy.
Learn Lightning Rod with Ramuh (when you get his powers), set it up, and use it in a battle where there are multiple enemies. Circle around the thunder crystal so that the enemies strike the crystal. That needs to happen 3 times to unlock the trophy. Easy one.
When you unlock Titan skills (after defeating Kupka), you can block enemy attack with circle button at the exact moment when an attack is about to hit you. Do this 10 times to unlock the trophy.
When you unlock Titan skills (after defeating Kupka), you can block enemy attack with circle button at the exact moment when an attack is about to hit you. Do this and as soon as the animation slows down just keep on pressing square for Titanic Counter. Make sure you land 3 hits. Do this again in the same fight to unlock the trophy (it's the best to do this against some larger enemy with more HP).
First, you need to get Bahamut's power during the story. When you do, equip it, enter a battle, press the circle button which is his special move, and the charging will begin. By parrying you can speed up the Megaflare bar, up to level 4, which will be enough. When it's filled, press circle again to execute the move. The best is to have couple of enemies on the screen - I did this against hunts that have multiple enemies in it. It should be really easy to land 100 hits, just run while Megaflare is active until it lands 100 hits.
First, you need to get Bahamut's power during the story. When you do, equip it, enter a battle, press the circle button which is his special move, and you have to parry using R1 3 times while charging Megaflare. It's really easy, just tilt R1 to the side when an attack is about to hit you - 3 times and the trophy unlocks.
Permafrost can be executed with Shiva eikon. First, you need to have Shiva, then you need to equip it so you can use her in battle. By pressing circle, her special move, you strife in desired direction, similar like dodge. When an enemy is about to hit you, press circle to execute perfect dodge called Cold Snap, which will inflict Permafrost on close enemies. You need to do this on 10 enemies, it stacks across multiple battles.
Permafrost can be executed with Shiva eikon. First, you need to have Shiva, then you need to equip it so you can use her in battle. By pressing circle, her special move, you strife in desired direction, similar like dodge. When an enemy is about to hit you, press circle to execute perfect dodge called Cold Snap, which will inflict Permafrost on close enemies. While enemies are in that state, you need some AOE move which will finish them off.
I suggest that you use Diamond Dust, it also inclicts Permafrost (I had it on level 2), and soon after I did Ifrit's special strongest AOE move to finish them off while they were in Permafrost state. It will take some time, but it's easy.
First, you need Odin eikon from the story progress. After you him, equip it, and when you press circle (his special) you will use his sword in the fight. During this, when you attack, the Zantetsuken bar will fill slowly. It also fills by using his special skills. When it fills up to level 2 or higher, hold circle when his sword is active, and release to land Zantetsuken move. Let it hit the enemy. Repeat 5 times.
First, you need Odin eikon from the story progress. After you him, equip it, and when you press circle (his special) you will use his sword in the fight. When you do, you need to attack an enemy when that enemy is about to hit to perform the steel counter move. Initiate a fight againts some enemy with the stagger bar, and simply execute 3 steel counters in the same fight.
Under the Abilities, you need to max out one of the 7 outer circles. I did this for Ifrit as I was using that eikon's powers the most. This will be unlocked when you start working on the other abilities trophy - the one where you need to max out all of your abilities.
Under the Abilities, you need to max out all 7 outer circles, and the inner circle abilities. For this, you need Ability points - they are gained by completing the main story, sidequests, defeating enemies, completing hunts etc. For sure you will not unlock this on your first run, but you should be relatively close after you finish the game of the "Final Fantasy" difficulty that is needed for one of the trophies.
To shorten up the time needed to max out everything, you can buy "The Wages of Warcraft" accessory from Charon's Shop in The Hideaway for 15,000 Gil and have it equiped all the time. It raises the gained ability points 20%. There is also a "On Fortune and the Heavens" accessory for 5,500 Gil that raise the EXP by 15% if you need it.
On FF difficulty you can buy 2 The Wages of Warcraft accessories and reinforce them into the upgraded version so your ability points get up for additional 40%. Teleport to Ravenwit Walls and make your way southeast from Kritten Hollow on the map. Your aim are Hyiena enemies - kill them fast with special skills. You will get 1120 ability points, which makes your grinding fast. Teleport to Ravenwit Walls again to reset the enemies are repeat until you max out everything.
For this trophy you need to complete 4 quests:
- The Root of the Problem (Consumable items potency increase)
- Please Sir, Can I Have Some Morbol (Consumable items potency increase)
- Weird Science (Consumable inventory capacity increase)
- Even Weirder Science (Consumable inventory capacity increase)
This will max out your consumable items potency and slots, thus unlockin the trophy.
- The Root of the Problem
- Please Sir, Can I Have Some Morbol
- Weird Science
- Even Weirder Science
The 6 signboards are curiosities rewards for completing a series of quests related to different regions like Rosaria, Sanbreque etc. These usually includes more important characters that were part of the main story, which later got their own questlines.
You need to complete the next quest to get the needed signboards:
- Hanged Man Signboard (Complete "For Great Justice II" quest)
- Martha's Rest Signboard (Complete "Rekindling the Flame II" quest)
- Veil Signboard (Complete "Under New Management II" quest)
- Briar's Kiss Signboard (Complete "Lines in the Sand II" quest)
- Crimson Caravans Signboard (Complete "Trading Places" quest)
- Clayhearth Signboard (Complete "Duty Undying II" quest)
Notorios Marks are Hunt requests. They get unlocked during the story when 5 years have passed and you get into Hideaway for the second time, this time on the water (your new/old base). Defeat 10 hunt monsters for this trophy. The next topic will give you a complety overview and all locations of all hunt requests:
Clear the whole Hunt Board that gets unlocked during story events after returning to The Hideaway in certain point of the game. More details and the complete guide can be found under the next link:
Chronolith stones (Chronoliths) are the same type of stones you have in your hideout where you can replay stages and boss challenges. You can find them in the Rosaria, Sanbreque and other kingdoms, but at first they will be inactive. As soon as you destroy Mothercrystal (when you defeat and gain Bahamuth's powers), they will become active.
You need to complete all 7 to get one of the curiosities needed for one of the trophies. For detailed guide you can check under the next topic:
Curiosities are special key items that will serve as a showcase in your camp's quarters (after the events when 5 years passes, and you get inside the new Hideway base) If you enter your room you can inspect the wall and check all curiousities you've collected so far. More details and the full list of all curiosities can be found under the next topic:
Pretty simple one - you unlock crafting early in the game. Simply craft 5 weapons or accessories, or upgrade them 5 times to unlock this trophy. You get resources by repeating the dungeons (or simply by colleting items in dungeons), or by doing the sidequests
To get the recipe for crafting Gotterdammerung weapon you must finish all 4 parts of the Blacksmith's Blues questline.
To craft it, you will need:
- Ragnarok (reward for completing Blacksmith's Blues IV quest)
- Orichalcum x3 (Defeat the next hunts: Svarog, Atlas, Gorgimera, Behemoth King - they all give 1. Completing "Under New Management II" quest gives 1)
- Darksteel x2 (Defeat Thanatos and Prince of Death hunts for these 2 pieces)
- Primitive Battlehorn x1 (Defeat Gobermouch hunt for this 1 piece)
Go to Blackthorne in your hideaway and craft the strongers sword in the game - Gotterdammerung.
Read 10 Missives from the Reading Table inside The Hideaway. More details and a complete list of the letters and how to unlock then can be found under the next topic:
Harpocrates is part of your hideaway and you can talk to him to check any info about the world, characters, enemies etc. He serves as an in-game encyclopedia for everything you encounter and find. When you progress and return to him, he gains EXP based on the new info you've collected. Reaching level 5 will happen naturally when you complete the story, all hunts, and sidequests - you will probably reach the max level 8 when you're done with the game.
Simply talk to him every now and then so he can gain levels and reach level 5.
Claim all rewards from The Patron's Whisper shop/exchange in The Hideway. More details and the complete guide can be found under the next link:
Easy one. Torgal is your pet friend and you will get him early in the game after the first settlement. You will enter the first dungeon afterwards, the forrest, and Torgal will join. Simply get close to him and hold X to pet him. Do this 5 times.
Tackle an enemy to the ground (try with weaker enemies), and then switch to Torgal commands (left on D-pad). Command with the up D-pad "Sic" command to execute a precision Sic with Torgal. Do this 5 times.
Ambrosia is your chocobo, and it gets unlocked by completing the quest called "The White-Winged Wonder". Check out the details under the next topic:
Some areas will get unlocked only after completing certain sidequests:
- Dravozd (Dhalmekia) (Finish Blacksmith's Blues III quest)
- Man's Hill area (Rosaria) (Finish Priceless quest)
- Mikkelburg area (Waloed) (Finish Duty Undying II quest)
- Mist island area (Rosaria) (Finish More than Words quest)
- Kretov (Dhalmekia) (Finish Duty Undying quest)
Some areas will get unlocked as you progress through the hunts, and some gets unlocked as you progress the story.
The rest can be inspected from the map - wherever you see that the map is not revealed, travel there and reveal it.
Tub & Crown is the pub inside the main deck inside your hideaway. It's next to Charon and her shop. Simply speak with one of the persons there, and you can order drink for yourself or for everyone. Drinks for everyone costs 10,000 Gil, so I suggest you make a save and order drinks for everyone 4 times. When the trophy unlocks, you can load your game to save 40,000 Gil.
Final Fantasy difficulty gets unlocked when you complete the game, and you can trasfer all your items, weapons, accessories, skills, level, music rolls, and lore. New crafting materials and equipment is also unlocked in the new game plus (you will get a recipe for Ultima Weapon, but you can't craft it at the start) - this means that the drops for enemies change, and rewards for completing quest change, they now give better crafting materials.
You need to complete the whole game again, and the next topic will help you with some tips and tricks:
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