Yaschas Massif 1XAF
The area of Yaschas Massif is now much brighter and safer. You can run about and collect any of the Orbs you missed earlier without running into Behemoths. Make your way back to the ruin and you’ll meet up with Yuel again. After a brief chat, head further into the ruins to where you left Hope. He will be waiting for you. Talk to him to find that things had changed.
After you’ve talked to them, you can go back and keep talking to them. Then try move a little and Mog will comment that it’s time to find another key and gate. Turn left (E) and pass by the open barricade that was closed in the main 10AF time line. Follow the catwalk to the top and do a Moogle Hunt at the Quest Marker. You should find an Artefact and a Treasure Orb. Head back into the mountains and you’ll find a Time Gate at the S end of the mountains. It will be marked off on your map with a Quest Marker.
The first tile in the Historia Crux is Serendipity. Visit it and open the lone Treasure Orb to the left of the main gate. You can’t do anything else here at the moment but you will be able to return later so leave for now. Go into the third tile to visit the Coliseum (they spelled it that way, not me). Walk down to the middle and talk with the keeper of this Arena. Noel will talk him into giving you an Artefact. Visit the second tile to visit the Void Beyond. Explore the area but you won’t be able to go far. There will be a few Treasure Orbs scattered around. Once you are done, head back to the rift to leave.
Sunleth Waterscape -300AF-
After Serah has a vision, she’ll run off and you’ll have to follow her. Once you find her, you’ll have to battle His Royal Ripeness. You could have done this part instead of Yaschas Massif first but the monsters are tougher here.
- Ravager, Ravager, Ravager
- Commando, Commando, Commando
- Medic, Medic, Medic
You can walk into this with pretty much any paradigms you’d like as long as you have a good healing paradigm and good offensive paradigms. Snow is actually a commando so you don’t need to keep one on the party to keep the stagger bar up. This battle is rather slow and unremarkable until you get close to the end. When His Royal Ripeness gets to about 25% of his health, he will start causing wounding damage. This will start to stack up fast so you’ll have to hurry up quickly.
Having Antidotes or Medics with Esuna is somewhat important because he will hit you with poison occasionally. Once you’ve killed him, you will flee. After a short catching up session, you’ll decide that you need to figure out how the flan is getting so big.
Talk to Snow to get a map of the area. Start making your way S and W. The creatures in this area are quite tough and you may be able to find some upgrades for your monsters in this area. Head S from here and you’ll come to a dead end with a vine. Use the vine to swing to the next area. You’ll land and not far to the S-SE, you should see Chocolina’s shop.
From Chocolina’s Shop, head SE. The S path will lead to a Treasure Orb but you’ll have to do a Moogle Hunt by the edge first to reveal some Flan blocking your path. Grab the chest and head back up. This time, take the E path. Moogle Hunt again to reveal more Flan. You’ll find another Treasure Orb a little further in. Follow the path as it curves S and then swing on another vine. Take the path E, jumping over branches as you go. When you get to the end of the path, you will have to fight a group of Flan to grab an Artefact. It is definitely best to go with a Rav, Rav, Rav combo on the flan since they are susceptible to magic. Make quick work of them and grab the Artefact. You’ll also get a Treasure Cube before you leave.
Grab the vine and head back to Chocolina’s Shop. Head back past her shop towards the Time Gate NW of her. Just before you get to the Time Gate, you’ll come to a round area with a few different paths leading off. You want to travel SW from here. You’ll come to a “dead end” but then Snow will solve the problem for you.
During your ride, you’ll learn the Moogle Throw. Use it to open the Orbs along the way. (At this point, you can return to Yaschas Massif and collect the Treasure Cube on the statue head). At the end, you’ll have to climb off the beast’s back. You’ll come to another Chocolina Shop and W of there will be a Treasure Orb to throw Mog to. When you do, you’ll be attacked by monsters so back off and run away until they leave you alone or you get Mog back. After they have been dealt with, head to the SE end of this platform and swing on the vine to the next area.
SW of where you land will be another Time Gate and SE will be a path to another area. Make your way SE. At the far end of the branches, you’ll be able to jump down to the lower level. Get down there, Moogle Throw to the S and then head N to confront the Flan. Kill them and take the Artefact here.
After you’ve gotten the second Artefact, you can use the Chocobos to get around. Head back toward the Time Gate you just passed. Open it and jump inside. This gate will lead you to the Coliseum in case you hadn’t visited before. Head down to the middle and talk to the Keeper for an Artefact. On the way out, Moogle Hunt for the Orb to the left of the Time Gate. Head Back to Sunleth Waterscape.
In Sunleth Waterscape, head back to the Time Gate to the far N. Go through this one to reach the Archylte Steppe. When you ride the beast back across the gap, make sure to keep an eye pealed on the right side about half way up and just before the turn for a Wild Artefact. You’ll have to through Mog over to it to get it.