SO Warning: Similar to the final story mission, the Special Orders in this one are forced upon you, meaning you don't have a choice on whether to accept or deny them.
For this mission, you will be solo with Machina, who is in l'Cie Mode. This mode basically ups all of his stats, meaning he will deal more damage with his attacks, as well as take less. He will also have permanent Haste and other handy buffs.
1 - Drake Avenue (1)
|Eliminate all Dominion soldiers||3:00||Aura 0:30||Red Beret|
2 - Drake Avenue (2)
More Legionaries will be here, as well as Agito Cadets. The Cadets will do the same magic as the Legionaries, but they will dodge your attacks more often.
3 - District 2701
|Take down the Golem||3:00||Aura 0:30||Summon: Titan|
4 - District 2695
There will be a few Legionaries here, with two coming from the exit to the next area, as well as two more from where you came. There's also a recovery portal in the area, should you need one.
5 - District 2551
|Defeat Adad||3:00||Protect 0:30||Twin Laevateinns|
6 - District 2689
Another Freak will be here, as well as more Legionaries. Remember that they are fighting each other, even though the latter can't damage the former.
7 - District 2655
|Harvest a Phantoma||1:00||Invisible 0:30||Interceptor|
8 - District 2677
Just a few Dominion Legionaries will be here, as well as a single Agito Cadet. Take them all out and move onwards.
9 - District 2547
The Freaks in this area will continually respawn, so unless you want to farm Phantoma, move onto the next area as soon as possible.
10 - District 2722
Go to the top area of this district and you will see a few Dominion Legionaries waiting for you. Defeat them and continue.
11 - Drake Avenue (3)
There are nothing but Dominion Legionaries here, which will keep spawning, so move onto the next area.
12 - District 2449
|Defeat the Golem without taking more than 2000 damage||5:00||Endure 1:00||Aegis Essentia|
BOSS - Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh returns and it will be a one-on-one fight between him and Machina. Nothing has changed since the last time you fought him, so you should know all of his moves by now. The only problem is that Machina needs to be in close to him to hit with his attacks, and you still need to go after the Breaksights.
There is a trick you can do to avoid making Gilgamesh do the dash attack, which he happens to do if you're not close to him. Stick close to Gilgamesh and he will likely do the combo of horizontal spinning slashes, then an overhead or he will simply do the overhead slash.
After either of these, there will be a Breaksight and if you hit it, immediately stop attacking and wait for him to drop to his knees so you can get continual Breaksights. Cyclone Drive is a great move to use whenever you get the first Breaksight, but make sure you initiate the move as soon as you hit the Breaksight to get the most damage during the continual Breaksights. Defeat Gilgamesh to finish the mission.