Lightning's Shadow

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Lightning's Shadow is a Ranked "battle tower" event, offered as part of the Final Fantasy XIII Collaboration Event. It features solo battles against Lightning's Shadow.

Event Details[edit | edit source]

Event type: progressive Tower Battle

How to Participate[edit | edit source]

  • Select "Lightning's Shadow" from the world map
  • This event is only accessible after a player clears the Runic Temple in Chapter 1

Story[edit | edit source]

Wol is wandering along one of the tracks in the Hanging Edge when Lightning approaches... as a foe! She spouts some typical lines, but has none of the focus that Wol has come to expect -- it's a shadow. It's unclear what's going on, but answers will only be found on the other end of battle.

First appearance[edit | edit source]

She's waiting for you. Hone your paradigms and face the toughest of foes!
Warriors of Light, to arms! The Ranked Battle is on!
~ In-game description
  • September 23, 2017 – October 1, 2017

The first appearance made use of the paradigm play system from Lightning Resurrection, Part 1 and Part 2, and assumed players had completed the full progression of advancement in the Crystarium I and II. The lower levels could be defeated without paradigms, but higher levels practically required their use.

Second appearance[edit | edit source]

She is waiting... And the more of her you defeat, the stronger she gets!
Are you warrior enough to break the Lightning?
~ In-game description
  • April 23, 2018 – May 1, 2018

The second appearance did away with paradigms, leaving a fairly standard Ranked Battle Tower, with the exception of Lightning's own use of them. Difficulty was dropped for the more powerful enemies... but not by much, since expert players were expected to have greatly built up their Card Sets by this point.

Event Map[edit | edit source]

Lightning's Shadow map.jpeg
The brightest lights cast the darkest shadows.
She's waiting for you, a smile on her lips. Unleash the power of the paradigms and face Lightning's Shadow!
~ World Map description

The ladder is composed of 13 steps up, with each step progressively harder than the last. The player cannot return to these areas once they are completed. Each level features some FFXIII enemies, with later Sites adding a heavy-hitting Sicarius to the mix. Boss Light.png Lightning's Shadow is the last foe for every area.

Starting at the 5th Site, Lightning begins using paradigms, with a small difference: instead of Sentinel, she has a Medic paradigm. Starting at the 9th Site, Lightning also gets Starting Boons and Clutch Boons.

After completing the ladder, the player enters the "Phantasmic Coil" areas. This is a set of 4 areas that repeat in an infinite loop, also with an increasing difficulty with each area finished. A Prize is handed out for each loop of 4 completed.

There are 18 total areas and 14 treasure chests. Since the last treasure chest (in the Phantasmic Coil) automatically regenerates, the last chest can technically never be completed.

Areas[edit | edit source]

Area Stamina Battles Other Enemies Treasure
The Battle Begins - - (no fight) (starting point)
1st Site 5 2 PSICOM Soldiers Icon Elixir.png Elixir x3
2nd Site 5 2 PSICOM Soldiers, Pantherons Icon Phoenix Down.png Phoenix Down x3
3rd Site 6 2 Pantherons Icon Crystal.png Crystal x3
4th Site 6 2 PSICOM Soldier, Pantherons Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x1
Icon Ether.png Ether x3
5th Site 7 3 PSICOM Soldiers, Pantheron, Ghast
Manasvin Warmech
Seed fire.png Fire x88,888
Seed water.png Wind x88,888
6th Site 7 3 Ghasts
Odin
Icon Gigantuar Bulb.png Gigantuar Bulb★3 x1
7th Site 8 3 PSICOM Soldiers, Pantherons, Ghasts
Hecatoncheir
Seed wind.png Wind x88,888
Seed earth.png Earth x88,888
8th Site 8 3 Microchus, PSICOM Soldiers, Pantherons
Bahamut
Icon Mog Amulet.png Mog Amulet★4 x1
9th Site 8 3 PSICOM Soldiers, Radiant Bomb, Gloom Bomb
Manasvin Warmech
Seed light.png Light x88,888
Seed dark.png Dark x88,888
10th Site 9 3 Pantherons, Grudge Assassin, Grudge Wizard
Odin
Icon Silver Opener.png Silver Opener x3
11th Site 9 3 Pantherons, PSICOM Soldiers, Demon Wall
Hecatoncheir
Icon Extranger.png Extranger★4 x1
12th Site 9 3 Pantherons, PSICOM Soldier, Ghast, Storm Dragon
Bahamut
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x20
13th Site 9 4 Pantherons, PSICOM Soldiers, Shadow Blanks
Manasvin Warmech
Bahamut, Hecatoncheir, Odin
Icon Summon Ticket.png Summon Ticket x1
Icon Magicite.png Magicite x500
Phantasmic Coil 1 9 3 Dullahan
Manasvin Warmech
-
Phantasmic Coil 2 9 3 Kraken
Odin
-
Phantasmic Coil 3 9 3 Storm Dragon
Hecatoncheir
-
Phantasmic Coil 4 9 3 Marilith
Bahamut
Icon Ability Ticket.png Ability Ticket x5

Ranking Rewards[edit | edit source]

Final Ranking Rewards (Sep 2017) Rewards (Apr 2018)
1 – 500
501 – 1000
1001 – 3000
3001 – 10,000
10,001 – 50,000
50,001+
Participation bonus

Fiends[edit | edit source]

Boss
Sub-boss
Standard (FFXIII)
Standard (Mobius)

Reference[edit | edit source]