Laforte Research Center
Start by taking the steps on the right and examining the shiny point on the pipe.
Continue and turn right to find a Cape in the treasure chest, which you should equip now, and then head to the next area and move forward a bit for a scene and your first fight. After the fight, turn around and get the treasure bag.
Continue to the next screen and then head to the opposite side, where an enemy nearby provides another tutorial for combat, and then you can climb the ladder up to the research center.
Head straight ahead and grab the chest with Orange Gel x2 at the end. Both doors on this floor are locked and require a key, so take either steps up to the middle and grab the chest with Apple Gel x3 . Save before continuing up the stairs and then turn left for a Life Bottle before you follow the girl into the room for a scene and a fight.
Boss: Girl in Red
You are not supposed to win this battle, so don’t go all out and waste your healing items. That being said, it is possible by backing away or side-stepping when she uses Flaming Drill and getting behind her for some safe attacks. Take it slow and you will win eventually, but beware that if you do need to heal, Gels will cost you a skit and his healing ability takes time to cast.
Once defeated, either you or the girl, Milla come in and join the party to defeat the bitch.
With the Research Center Key and Milla now available, you can access Skits by hitting Select or checking the Skits menu under Library. At the moment you should have two: Still Shaking and Next Order of Business . Exit the lab for a scene about Lilium Orbs, which is Tales of Xillia’s version of leveling up and is similar to the Sphere Grid in Final Fantasy X, and then watch the skits One and the Same and Proof of Identity .
With everything taken care of, enter the previously locked door nearby and grab the chest of Chamomile from the upstairs area. Descend back to the lowest level and take the northwest exit to a new area and watch the Cold Comfort and Going Deeper skits. Check the outside of the first floor for 400 Gald , make sure to ignore the opposite door on first floor that will advance the story and head upstairs.
There are two chests on the landing that contain an Orange Gel and Apple Gel x2 and the two rooms have a shining point, a battle, and 500 Gald .
If you fought a decent amount of battles you will get the Sparring Time skit, but if not, don’t worry since you can get it later. Head back downstairs and go to the only new door for a long cutscene and the opening credits.