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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Difficulty Settings/Controls

Claire Farnworth

The game has three different settings although two are only available for the first playthrough:

Easy Mode : battles are a lot easier, you will incur no penalty from escaping combat and you will regenerate health automatically between battles. The EP rewards from enemies is much greater and EP abilities themselves cost less to use. However, drops and items received are not as powerful and the best items will not be available.

Normal Mode : battles are challenging yet forgiving, escaping combat results in the time advancing one hour regardless of Chronostasis and you do not recover health between battles. You will receive standard rewards of EP after battle. Good items are available though drop rates are low for very good ones. The ultimate items are not available.

Hard Mode : This mode is only unlocked upon completing the game once. Battles can be tough and you will still incur time penalties for escaping as well as no HP regeneration. You will receive even less EP from battles as you did on Normal but all of the best items and abilities are now available, and drop rates are increased dramatically.


Left Stick/Left Stick - Movement/Movement

Right Stick/Right Stick - Camera/ Camera

D-Pad - Menu Navigation/Change Target

X/A - Interact/Sheath Weapon and Use Ability

Circle/B - Jump/Use Ability

Triangle/Y - Enter Main Menu/Use Ability

Square/X - View Map/Use Ability

R1/RB - Attack or Ready Weapon/Switch Schemata

R2/RT - Dash/View Enemy Info (Libra)

L1/LB - N/A/Switch Schemata

L2/LT - Dash/Overclock

L3/Push in Left Stick - Dash/ N/A

R3/Push in Right Stick - Centre Camera/Change View

Start/Start - Pause/Pause, use Recovery Items or EP (switch from one to the other using R1/L1 or RB/LB

Select/Back - Enable/disable mini map, skip scenes on Pause screen/ From Pause screen return to Title Screen

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, XB 360
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    8 April 2014
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Claire Farnworth

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The world has moved on. Time is no more. People do not age but they can still die from accidents or murder. And so, the population has slowly dwindled and there remains only four main areas left in the world. Lightning awakes from her crystal slumber with one task: to save as many souls as she can before the world ends in thirteen days.

Join us as we scour every corner of Nova Chrysalia from the Wildlands to the Dead Dunes and back again.

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  • Trophy and achievement guide.
  • HD videos with commentary.

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