Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 walkthrough (Xbox 360, PS3)

From Luxerion to The Dead Dunes, we've got a complete walkthrough for Lighting Returns, the concluding entry in Final Fantasy 13's story.

Lightning Returns, the third and final game in the Final Fantasy 13 storyline, is finally out. Brought back to life in order to usher the souls of the living from a soon-to-be-doomed world into the next, Lightning also has no small number of loose ends to tie up in this winding tale. Fortunately, we've created a walkthrough that will take you right through this concluding game's storyline.

That tale's comprised of a lengthy main campaign that takes in a handful of different core locations, each one of which has been stuffed with plenty of side quests to keep you busy. To make things a bit more manageable, we've broken everything down into individual articles that you should find pretty easy to digest as you make your way through the game.

Lightning Returns - Luxerion quest, Lumina fight, hidden code, Noel Fight
Lightning's story starts off in the city of Luxerion, where a mysterious gang of hooded ne'er-do-wells are roaming the streets and scaring off the punters in the shopping district. Unravelling this mystery begins with a stealth section of questionable quality, and concludes with the game's first boss fight. The opening part of our walkthrough leads you through the safety of the shadows, before ensuring you actually make it alive into the second chapter.

Lightning Returns - Luxerion side quests, Zomok fight, clock locations
We can get you through the opening chapter of Lightning Returns pretty quickly, but before you move on it's worth levelling up a little by playing through a few of the side quests sprinkled throughout Luxerion. As well as growing in strength, you'll also gain a few essential items of gear that will definitely help you out in your adventures.

Lightning Returns - Luxerion Canvas of Prayers, monster locations
As well as the side quests you'll stumble across in your adventures, you'll also gain access to a questing system known as the Canvas of Prayers shortly after arriving in Luxerion. We've got a guide to completing all of the combat-centric quests you can pick up in the city.

Lightning Returns - Yusnaan quest, Cyclops fight, ID location, Snow fight
You'll notice the combat gets a lot more interesting in the second of Lightning Returns' four chapters, set this time in the city of pleasure, Yusnaan. Make sure you keep a few thousand Gil on you as you work through this section, as you'll need them to make progress through the main quest here. You'll want to be on top of the combat system too, so you're ready for a showdown with the elusive Snow.

Lightning Returns - Yusnaan side quests, restaurant locations, Desmond fight
Yusnaan has a few fun diversions of its own, so we've got a breakdown of all the side quests you can pick up while you're rattling through the main storyline. There are a few tasks in this chapter of the game that can only be completed at a certain point in the main quest too, so those looking to complete every last adventure should take a close look at this part of our walkthrough.

Lightning Returns - Yusnaan Canvas of Prayers, quest items, enemy locations
You can complete a fair number of Yusnaan's Canvas of Prayers quests while running around the region completing the more traditional questing content. We've got a complete guide to all of these side-activities, including the rewards you can get for working your way through them. They're listed alphabetically too, so you can quickly reference one you're stuck on without spoiling too much for yourself.


Updates for our walkthrough will be added frequently - watch this space!

Lightning Returns - Wildlands quest, chocobos, Reaver fight, Caius fight, Cactair fight
Ready for the second half of Lightning Returns? If you've finished up all of the main and side quests available in Luxerion and Yusnaan, we've got a guide for getting you through the main quest in the Wildlands. Expect some tough fights built around some interesting combat mechanics in this third chapter of the game (oh, and chocobos!)

Lightning Returns - Wildlands side quests, Temple of the Goddess, sheep quests, chocobos
The Wildlands section of the game has many more side activities than you'll have enjoyed in Luxerion and Yusnaan, so don't be in too much of a hurry to make your way through the region. If you've been burning through potions at a fair old clip, one of these quests will even permanently increase the number of Recover Items you can carry. Make sure you pick up all the best rewards the chapter has to offer before heading on to the game's conclusion.

Lightning Returns - Wildlands Canvas of Prayers, quest item locations, Mystical Meal
If you like killing stuff, you're in for a bit of a treat with the Canvas of Prayers content tucked away in the Wildlands. Many of the quests task you with nothing more complicated than killing huge swathes of treacherous beasts in exchange for their shiny quest items - and we've got the lowdown on where you can find each and every monster.

Lightning Returns - Dead Dunes quest, Grendel fight, Crux pieces, Temple Ruins
The fourth main quest in Lightning Returns - set in the Dead Dunes region - is a relatively short affair, but it's rounded off with a pretty intense fight against the Grendel. Our walkthrough for the region will get you fighting fit and ready for the game's Final Day in equally short order.

Lightning Returns - Dead Dunes side quests, killing Aeronite, Bhakti's Oils
It won't take you too long to finish up the handful of side quests sprinkled throughout the Dead Dunes, but there's certainly a meaty fight or two to get stuck into. Take a good look through our guide before hunting down the Aeronite, as you need a very specific strategy for defeating this tough creature.

Lightning Returns - Dead Dunes Canvas of Prayers, Earth Eater fight, Pilgrim's Crux locations
Before moving onto the concluding part of Lightning's story, it's worth finishing up all of the Canvas of Prayers quests available in the Dead Dunes region. Not only are there some fun cosmetic rewards to unlock here, you'll also get a handful of useful combat boosts to help you defeat the two intimidating bosses found in the game's Final Day.


As well as a complete walkthrough for the game, we'll be bringing you individual boss fight guides, quest item locations and much more.

Lightning Returns - Final Day, Bhunivelze guide, Chimera strategy, four trials
In the game's Final Day, Lightning has to see off two pretty intimidating enemies. The first of these, Chimera, shouldn't be too much trouble if you keep your wits about you, but you'll find our tips for the four phases of the Bhunivelze battle worth reading before you begin it.

Lightning Returns - Global Canvas of Prayers, key locations, quest item locations
Tying up some loose ends before hitting the final boss fights in Lightning Returns? Here's a quick guide to completing all of the global Canvas of Prayers quests that open up as you work your way through the game.

Lightning Returns - Luxerion boss fights, Noel fight, Zaltys fight, Zomok fight
If you're looking for help with a specific boss in Lightning Returns, and don't want to spoil the meat of the story for yourself, take a look through our guide to all three of the most significant fights in the city of Luxerion.

Lightning Returns - Yusnaan boss fights, Cyclops fight, Desmond fight, Snow fight
There are three tougher-than-usual enemies to face off against in the second part of Lighting Returns. From the club-wielding Cyclops to Snow himself, we've got a quick guide to all of the tactics you need for each fight.

Lightning Returns - Caius Ballad guide, Cactair guide, Chocobo Eater guide, Reaver guide
There are four fights that are likely to cause you a particular problem in the Wildlands region of Lightning Returns. Whether the Chocobo Eater's eating you for breakfast, or you just can't bust you way through the Caius Ballad fight, we've got some essential tips to get you through the worst of it.

Lightning Returns - Luxerion item locations, quest items, monster drops
Many of the side quests and Canvas of Prayers content in Lightning Returns send you running around the world, seeking out all manner of bits and bobs that drop from the corpses of creatures. If you need a nudge in the right direction, but don't want to spoil these adventures too much for yourself, we've got a guide to tracking down every quest item you'll need in Luxerion.

Lightning Returns - Yusnaan quest items, monster locations, quest drops
Just as we've done for Luxerion, we've also put together a guide for hunting down all of the quest items you need for completing the content in Yusnaan. If you're looking for a nudge in the right direction - rather than a spoilerific point-to-point walkthrough - take a look at our guide to finding all the quest items that drop in the region.

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