Help, hit a wall in this game. (possiable spoilers)

#1 Edited by Scullinator (550 posts) -

I got almost 30 hours in this game.  I have taken my time fighting every enemy I came across and in some parts going back and fighting them again.  I thought my characters were pretty diesel but now that I just got to Pulse in ch. 11 im getting my ass handed to me.  I will admit that I have not focused much on upgrading the weapons and accessories, but I thought my characters were built up well enough from the grinding I have done.  I understand the battle system ok.  Am I expecting too much.  Should I be avoiding most of these enemies till later in the game now that im in the "open world" part?  
Thanks for the help in advance.  you guys are always so helpful at giantbomb!
#2 Posted by Organicalistic_ (3092 posts) -

spelling error in title (possible)

#3 Posted by ricetopher (1077 posts) -

Upon first arriving in Pulse, most of the wandering enemies will be more powerful than you. The last three stages in the Crystarium will have the most dramatic character leveling, and by the time you max stage 8 you can handle most of the mobs in the Archlyte Steppe

#4 Posted by gla55jAw (2767 posts) -

You should skip fighting in Pulse until post game. It's way too hard, and when you come back most enemies are very easy to kill.

#5 Posted by Scullinator (550 posts) -

is it time i focused on upgrading the weapons?  I read somewhere that it wasnt as important, that if you leveled your characters smartly you would be ok.  the weapon and accessory system is the only thing I dont like about this game.  I like that it lets you use "optimize" to best equip your character but the upgrading ..... I need to read the forum about that and write some stuff down.  too much work.

#6 Posted by ricetopher (1077 posts) -

You can get through the game without touching upgrades. Really the key is to just identify the enemies that are out of your league and stick to ones that you can take down.

#7 Edited by KarlPilkington (2772 posts) -

By the time I got to Chapter 11 I had maxed out alll of my characters weapons, I found it vital in winning as it gives them alot more strength, magic etc. 
I also bought bracelets which gave them +400hp, three for each character. 1200 extra hp for each character will help loads. You can also upgrade them to get over 600hp per bracelet.
#8 Posted by Scullinator (550 posts) -

thanks , that is what I needed to know. 

#9 Posted by ZenaxPure (2584 posts) -
@Scullinator said:
@ricetopher: thanks , that is what I needed to know.  "
Yeah he is correct. Just a random note from my personal experience: the enemies right into Pulse when it opens up I found to be much harder than those on the main path when you go back to story-related stuff. The only exception to this from my experience were these robot dudes that summoned more robot dudes. Those fights were a pain...
#10 Posted by Scullinator (550 posts) -
@Zenaxzd: those robot dudes that summon more robot dudes.  that first fight took me like 10 tries.  Didnt realize that the robot that looked like a gate was the robot summoning other robots.
#11 Posted by xyzygy (10595 posts) -

You will definitely try to want to make more defensive Paradigms when you first get to Pulse. At first the enemies may seem like too much - I reccommend first fighting as many Gorgonopsids as possible. They are probably the weakest out of all the enemies in Pulse... just remember to have a great team with you with a mix of offensive and defensive paradigms. This is where you'll need to think about the battle system more than before. 
For that part of the game I had Lightning, Snow and Hope in my party. I later on switched to Fang Lightning and Hope. My friend got through this part playing with Sazh, Snow and Hope too and he said they were and awesome team.

#12 Posted by ZenaxPure (2584 posts) -
@Scullinator said:
" @Zenaxzd: those robot dudes that summon more robot dudes.  that first fight took me like 10 tries.  Didnt realize that the robot that looked like a gate was the robot summoning other robots. "
Yeah, jesus christ were those fights rough. I didn't find much of the game as "hard" as a lot of people seem too but those guys were easily the hardest mobs I ever fought. They hit so fucking hard and all their attacks were AOE. I couldn't even kill the one that summoned more robots in 1 stagger which was a mess.
#13 Edited by Lawrens (678 posts) -

There are some enemies that you can't beat (like the stupid giant turtle), and there are some that takes effort to kill or with Preemptive Strike (Behemoth king), the enemies on the main story route should all be killable, there are some that takes forever to kill (jaggernaut took me fucking 20minutes and he's just some stupid normal enemy at a corner in a cave), so in general it should be normal if you could take on just any normal enemies, some are just there to challenge you, and some are there to waste your time for no reason, choose wisely.

#14 Posted by Stephen1141 (11 posts) -

best way to level up in ch 11 is to go to Yachhas Massif (sp?) and run the loop with the munchkins in it, they're easy to kill with relentless assault and they give a decent amount of exp for that point in the game

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