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|Spent a fortune at shops.||(51)|
This achievement requires 100,000 Gil spent at either any of the numerous Chocolina locations or the Serendipity casino currency exchange. If you don't receive this naturally while finishing the game or going for the "Serendipitous" achievement, simply save the game, sell all your equipment (have the "Haggler" Fragment Skill on at this point if you have it) and then buy a mass of items to unlock it, then reload your save so you haven't lost anything.
|Responded swiftly to the appearance of enemies.||(54)|
This achievement requires 100 consecutive preemptive strikes. You will know you got a preemptive strike right away if "Great!" flashes on the screen when you initiate battle. This will occur if you attack () while the Mog Clock is still in the green, or if it is yellow and you attack the enemy from behind.
|Staggered a significant number of enemies.||(12)|
You will need to stagger 50 enemies for this achievement. To stagger an enemy, simply fill their Stagger Meter by attacking. Magical attacks (Sab/Rav) will fill it faster, while direct attacks (Com) will decrease the rate at which it drains. Each enemy has its own unique percentage you'll need to reach before it gets staggered. You will likely get this in the first or second chapter; you'll stagger thousands of enemies before you're all done.
|Performed a significant number of preemptive strikes.||(4)|
You will need 50 preemptive strikes for this achievement. See "Clock Stopper" for more information on preemptive strikes. Note that using the "Retry" option will remove that battle from your count toward the 50 needed. For some reason it does not interrupt the "Clock Stopper" achievement, but it does interfere with this one.
|Successfully used Feral Link abilities a significant number of times.||(14)|
You will need to use Feral Link 100 times for this achievement. Feral Link is a special monster ability, so you will need to have your third party member set up before you can do this. As you battle, the Feral Link gauge will slowly increase (there are abilities monsters can have that will increase this rate, as well as accessories you can equip), then once it fills you can press to perform the FL. During the QTE, make sure you hit the button(s) in time or it will not count toward this total.
|Fought a significant number of battles without using the "Retry" option.||(18)|
You will need to successfully complete 50 battles without using the "Retry" option - whether you manually choose to do so or die and are forced to. Like staggering enemies, this should happen naturally as you play.
|Performed a multitude of paradigm shifts.||(23)|
This will require a total of 1,000 paradigm shifts. Once you have your paradigms setup in the menu (there will be a tutorial on this if you didn't play the first game), simply press and then select a new paradigm to switch your character's roles. Between dealing damage, raising stagger meters and healing, you'll be doing this quite often but it will likely be on of your last achievements in the game still.
|Defeated an army's worth of enemies.||(15)|
I'm not sure what army they're referring to for this achievement, but it only requires 100 enemies defeated. Likely this will be your first or second achievement of the game.
|Accepted a new fate in a world where everything has changed.||(3)|
Story related and cannot be missed. Unlocked at the beginning of Episode 1. See "Epic Finisher" for more info.
|Left behind a normal life, and began a journey through time.|
Story related and cannot be missed. Unlocked at the beginning of Episode 2. See "Epic Finisher" for more info.
|Visited the place where clues to the future lie waiting to be discovered.|
Story related and cannot be missed. Unlocked at the beginning of Episode 3A. See "Epic Finisher" for more info.
|Visited the place where the saviors of the past dream in crystal.|
Story related and cannot be missed. Unlocked at the beginning of Episode 3B. See "Epic Finisher" for more info.
|Acknowledged the threat facing the world, and decided to fight back.|
Story related and cannot be missed. Unlocked at the beginning of Episode 4. See "Epic Finisher" for more info.
|Prepared to face a test of your determination in the rift where hidden truths slumber.|
Story related and cannot be missed. Unlocked at the beginning of Episode 5. See "Epic Finisher" for more info.
|Turned your back on empty dreams and joined the battle to save mankind.|
Story related and cannot be missed. Unlocked at the beginning of Episode 6. See "Epic Finisher" for more info.
|Obtained five Cinematic Bonus rewards.||(8)|
Cinematic Bonuses are earned by successfully completing the "Quick-Time Events" (QTE) during boss battles, which means never hitting an incorrect button or waiting too long to hit a button. If you make a mistake during a battle, you can pause the game and choose to retry the battle, or you can simply come back later using the Time Reversal feature. If you've done this successfully, you'll see the message "Cinematic Action: Perfect!" on screen and will receive the reward after the battle with "Cinematic Bonus" written next to it.
|Witnessed every possible Paradox Ending.||(29)|
There are nine total endings you need to witness to unlock this achievement. The first in the list can be done as you play through the game for your first time (as well as the third and fourth using Time Reversals, but you may as well come back after you beat the game and you're the strongest). The rest need to be done after beating the game and unlocking the "Paradox Scope" Fragment Skill from the Chocobo Girl in the Serendipity Casino.
#1: Fate and Freedom
#2: The Future is Hope
#3: A Giant Mistake
#4: Mog's Marvelous Flan Plan
#5: Vanille's Truth
#6: Test Subjects
#7: Beneath a Timeless Sky
#8: Heir to Chaos
#9: Secret Ending (Requires 160 Fragments)
|Followed the story to its conclusion.||(32)|
Simply complete the game to earn this achievement. A walkthrough if you get stuck at any point can be found here.
|Went the distance on chocobo-back.||(25)|
This achievement requires 10,000 steps while riding a chocobo. If you have not received this by the end of the game, or just want to grind it out quickly while you're away from the game, use a rubber band to hold the to the side and run in circles for a while. Make sure you won't hit a wall or anything to stop your progress. The achievement will unlock once you dismount.
|Amassed a fortune in casino coins.||(108)|
You will need to have winnings of 10,000 Casino Coins for this achievement to unlock. This requires that you be UP 10k, so even if you've won 10k, but spent 2k doing it, that means you're at 8k worth of winnings. You can win the coins via the races or the slot machines, but I would suggest using the slot machines to do this, since you need to spend some time there to earn the "Lucky Coin" fragment anyway (by earning a total of 7,777 Casino Coins at the slot machines) and the chocobo races can be extremely tedious.
|Completed an entire fragment category.||(5)|
The two easiest categories to complete are collecting the Graviton Cores or the doing all the Quiz related fragments. See "Defragmented" for more information since you'll need to finish every category anyway.
|Completed every fragment category.||(28)|
There are 10 total categories with a total of 160 fragments to collect. Many will come naturally by defeating bosses, resolving temporal rifts, earning the paradox endings and completing side-quests. Some require more lengthy tasks such as 100% map or monster data. A complete guide can be found here.
|Defeated a powerful enemy with graceful poise.||(16)|
This achievement requires a 5-star rating in the battle with Atlas (Weakened Version) in Episode 2, Bresha Ruins AF005. This can be done on Easy difficulty to save a bit of stress. Note that you do not need to get a perfect Cinematic Bonus to unlock the achievement, though you will need it for "Trigger Finger" and "Defragmented."
|Defeated a powerful enemy with valiant skill.||(12)|
This achievement requires a 5-star rating in the battle with Proto fal'Cie Adam in Episode 4, Augusta Tower AF200. This can be done on Easy difficulty to save a bit of stress. This boss actually has three forms, but you can end the battle after the second if you get a Perfect Cinematic Bonus during the QTE (See "Trigger Finger"). You'll need to do this to earn the 5-star rating. Remember to come back and defeat the third form eventually for a requirement of "Defragmented" though!
|Defeated a powerful enemy with perfect execution.||(19)|
This achievement requires a 5-star rating in the battle with Paco Amethyst & Paco Luvulite in Episode 6, Academia AF500. This can be done on Easy difficulty to save a bit of stress. You'll want to whittle both enemies down to low health and kill them fairly close together or they'll revive each other which will prolong the fight and drop your rating.
|Fully developed all abilities.||(21)|
This achievement requires both Noel and Serah to be Level 99 in all six of their roles in the Crystarium. You are awarded CP for a lot more than just battles (completing quests, collecting fragments, unlocking paradox endings, etc), so you actually might earn this on the way to all the other achievements without putting too much effort into it.
|Big Game Hunter||30|
|Defeated every worthy opponent.||(40)|
This achievement requires the defeat of four bosses in the Archylte Steppe area. You'll need to kill them all for their fragments to earn "Defragmented" as well. Once you can ride chocobos in this map (find all five statues on the map below and then speak with the keeper), you'll also be able to battle these opponents. To spawn them, use the weather machine at the hunter camp to create the right weather condition.
|Dealt 99,999 damage with a single attack.||(41)|
If you played the first game you'll be familiar with this method (the Limit Breaker achievement).
|Befriended a most unfriendly monster.||(23)|
This achievement requires you to collect the Monster Crystal of Don Tonberry. He can only be found in Bresha Ruins 100AF, which is unlocked via the blue gate in A Dying World 700AF (requires a Wild Artefact to open). You can increase the chance of running into him with the "Battle Mania" Fragment Skill, which is unlocked by completing the "Academic Rank: Paradox Professor" quest in City of Academia 400AF (100% Map Data). You'll know you've found him if you see a big ball of lightning (see video below).
|Defeated a powerful enemy on equal terms.||(32)|
This requires that you defeat the rare enemy Rasputil on NORMAL DIFFICULTY. This enemy can be found in Oerba Village 400AF. Again, have the "Battle Mania" skill on to encounter him more quickly (see "Beast Tamer"). If you've already done the "Supreme Being" achievement this shouldn't be too difficult of a fight. Make sure you also have some well-developed monsters with you. Note that the boss can Wound you, so bring Blood Potions to recover the lost health.
|Obtained the highest possible result in the battle to determine the fate of the world.||(25)|
This achievement requires a 5-star rating in the final battle of the game. This can be done on Easy difficulty to save a bit of stress.
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