Final Fantasy XIII-2 Paradox Endings Quick Guide
- January 31st, 2012
- By MogKnight
For those seeking for something extra for their Final Fantasy XIII-2 investment and want to see some interesting “What-If” situations, finding out these Paradox Endings can be as interesting as hunting down each ending in Chrono Trigger. While not canon to the actual ending, each of these Paradox Endings are required to obtain the perfect game and getting that fancy Platinum Trophy or full Gamerscore.
While I won’t spoil the endings themselves, I will be mentioning some plot specific details that will spoil some parts of the main story. That said, Paradox Endings are meant to be done after completing the game when you are properly prepared to kick some ass and most aren’t accessible unless you have the Paradox Scope that is given to you at the end of the main story.
These endings are of no particular order and can all be done after completing the game.
1. The first possible ending to get without beating the game and going out of your way to level up to the extremes can be found in New Bodhum AF00X. Pretty much, you’ll encounter a character who will ask you a Yes/No question. Picking Yes will give you this Paradox Ending. If you end up missing this chance and answered No, you can always reverse time on Academia AF4XX and repeat the events leading up to that. Don’t worry, you won’t have to collect all those cores again.
2. The next bit requires you to be fairly far in character stat development to be able to handle Atlas at his best. In Bresha Ruins 005 AF, you might recall fighting Atlas but only after you used the console to weaken him. Sure, that’s nice and all but if you prove that you’re a real hardcore battler and engage him before weakening him, you’ll get a Paradox Ending here. You will need to reverse time to repeat this (or any story related part) again if you didn’t kill Atlas in this way the first time… and I personally don’t blame you.
3. The same thing goes for that huge Flan in Sunleth Waterscape in 300 AF. Just simply engage him again after fighting him the first time when you meet Snow.
The following Paradox Endings will require Paradox Scope, a Fragment Skill given at the end of the main story. Remember to get this skill at Serendipity and activate this skill in the menu or none of these events will occur.
4. Head to Academia 4XX AF and be sure you reverse time (everything from here on out will require it as well). Go all the way to the point where you hand Alyssa the cores and when she hands you a fragment in the cutscene shortly after you submit the last core to her, a Live Trigger will activate asking if you want to take the fragment or not. Say no and you’ll get this Paradox Ending.
5. Go to Academia 4XX AF again, take the fragment and continue on until you fight Caius with just Serah and your monster. With Paradox Scope activated, you will fight a stronger version of Caius. Beat him and you’ll unlock New Bodhum XXX AF. Step in and enjoy yet another Paradox Ending.
6. And yes, there’s another in Academia 4XX AF. This time continue forward until you reach A Dying World 700 AF and go to the point where Noel fights Caius in a one vs. one match. Paradox Scope will activate and you’ll fight a stronger version of Caius. This time you’ll unlock A Dying World XXX AF. From there, you’ll get another Paradox Ending.
7. Head to Augusta Tower AF200 and climb that tower all over again. Fight the boss, win, get Augusta Tower XXX AF and there you go.
8. Last but not least: Head to Oerba AF200, fight Caius, win, unlock XXX AF version. Hey, at least you know how to do these by heart now, right?
After all of that the “Anomalous” Trophy/Achievement is yours and puts you several steps closer to completing all achievements.
… But wait a second, you can’t access all of these time reversing dealies yet. Well, you need to unlock them by playing more of the game. That little guide will come later.