Final Fantasy XIII: Barthandelus on Palamecia Boss Battle

Published on March 24th, 2010

One of the first really tough boss battles, Barthandelus requires more than just brute strength to overcome. Don’t fret, GamerZines has you covered with the quickest way to overcome the beast that is Barthandelus. It is strongly recommended that you have at least 2 of your main roles maxed out as far as they can. Barthandelus is one tough cookie and if you are not prepared, you’re going to get pummelled. A good team to start using often is Lightning, Hope and Fang. All three offer great attack, defence and healing so are great for big tough battles such as this. Equip Tungsten Bangles to Lightning and a Gold Bangle to Hope, this should give you an advantage during the battle. Now, set up these paradigms;

  • Lightning: Medic / Fang: Commando / Hope: Synergist – (Hero’s Change)
  • Lightning: Commando / Fang: Saboteur / Hope: Synergist – (Bully)
  • Lightning: Ravager / Fang: Commando / Hope: Medic – (Diversity)
  • Lightning: Ravager / Fang: Commando / Hope: Ravager – (Relentless Assault)
  • Lightning: Medic / Fang: Sentinel / Hope: Medic – (Combat Clinic)

Switch to Bully and start debuffing Barthandelus, don’t forget to use Librascope to grab intel on the various parts of the boss. Once you have slow cast on the main body (and a few extras), as well as some buffs for your own party, switch to Diversity and dealing out some damage to the right and left sides of the boss. It won’t take long until both the left and right Pauldrons and Ailettes are taken out. If you are strugglign to take these out then switch to Relentless Assault to build a quick stagger meter on each section. Once both sides have been taken out, switch back to Bully and build up the buffs on your party. You’ll want at least 4 or 5 before switching to Relentless Assault or Diversity again. Build that stagger meter and start pumping out damage. Once you see the notification for Destrudo, switch to Hero’s Change. You’ll see this coming when Barthandelus starts to power up. Use this to heal uo your party and then switch to Combat Clinic for the actual attack. The buffs and Fang’s Sentinel should cushion most of the damage. You can switch to Combat Clinic if you need to heal up afterwards. Switch back to Relentless Assault and continue to hammer away at the boss. Each time you stagger him, he still begin to charge up the Destrudo move. Just keep an eye on your health and use the steps described above. After a certain amount of time Doom might be cast onto your party. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to take him out before succumbing to doom. If all else fails, remember to summon Odin.

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    1. Posted by JB on July 23rd, 2010, 22:47

      It sound good i will try it out when if have the chance…………

    2. Posted by Ben Thomasson on July 24th, 2010, 04:10

      How long is the doom count?

    3. Posted by Miko on July 27th, 2010, 19:16

      I have that all set up already and I have done it as you stated, but he casts doom and i just cant beat him in the 800 seconds I have left at the moment^^’
      time is running out and I dont have much hope…i guess I can only hope that he will cast it later on next time cuz im going to fail this time, this will be the 4th time too :( (

    4. Posted by Gamexp on August 22nd, 2010, 22:05

      where is the picture

    5. Posted by Rachel on August 31st, 2010, 13:30

      This is way too fucking hard, all the other bosses were a piece of piss and they whip this bad boy out. I did – sorta – what you said. But as soon as Destrudo came out I went straight onto Medi mode, I think that was what my problem was, cos he totally Doomed me when I had a quarter of his health off. I Odin’d him and went full out and got quite close but no biscuit. God, Square Enix decided they really want to frustrate their fans don’t they XD

    6. Posted by Simon on September 8th, 2010, 22:58


      I just had him down to 9k HP (out of 450k), then i got Doomed :(
      On my second try

      I probably could got him if i just kept attacking while he was charging his last Destrudo, but i wanted to play safe and went Med’ing :(

    7. Posted by FixXxeR on October 28th, 2010, 05:00

      I’ve already beaten this guy once (after about 9 tries) what u said is more or less what I did and it finally worked. Honestly with this guy luck plays a big part in winning but u have to use this stratedgy to have any luck. I’m watchin my brother play right now and he is determined he is jus gonna pumble the guy and heal as needed. I told him he will never beat him that way but he has his mind made up. Here in an hour or so he will get tired of trying and quit playing lol.

    8. Posted by shaun on October 29th, 2010, 16:44

      if you do enoght damage to him ehile hes charging up destructo he wont use doom but will still use destructo so i hope that helps

    9. Posted by Mirkac on November 16th, 2010, 20:31

      He didn’t cast doom on me, maybe because, when he was charging Destrudo i switched to Rav/Rav/Rav to stagger him and took a chunk of his HP. Of course i needed to heal, so i healed my self first, it took me a few tries but i eventually got the timing right.

    10. Posted by Mark on July 16th, 2011, 16:21

      This really healped since I was stuck fightin him for 3 days and it was really fusterating, but he never casted doom on me. Oh n now im stuck ok raines which sucks

    11. Posted by AlexandraAbarai on July 12th, 2012, 23:21

      this is bullshit I tried it your way but I still can’t beat him. what you said about that doom that you will make it in time to beat him is really a load of crap :@ I can’t stand this, been busy for 2 whole hours and I’m not getting anny closer at all :’(

    12. Posted by AlexandraAbarai on July 13th, 2012, 00:09

      I tried it now woth lightning hope and snow and this time I came really close to victory. Gonna try it again tomorrow :) .

    13. Posted by Grace on September 1st, 2012, 03:44

      Wow, I used Lightning, Hope and Fang and I got him on my very first try. He didn’t cast doom and I just kept spamming him when he tried to use destructo. Using both an Aegisol and Fortisol before the battle cutscene helped since I had a lot of buffs to start out with. I only used Combat Clinic once, opting to focus solely on switching between Relentless Assault and Diversity. I hope this helps.

    14. Posted by Savion, The Gamer :P on December 23rd, 2012, 04:52

      I got REALLY close using Lightning, Hope and Fang. I used Combat Clinic a couple of times, Diversity sometimes, Bully the most. When he use Destrudo, I played it safe and use Protection, THEN Bully so I can hope to stagger him but always failed. This strategy failed me, But sooner later, I listened to the comments and spammed him with Rav/Rav/Rav and eventually got him, Thanks comments! :)

    15. Posted by Zane on January 21st, 2014, 17:19

      I’ve beaten him the same way 3 playthroughs. Without error. Smartbomb, Strategic Warefare, Combat Clinic, Variety, Hero’s charge, and Solidarity. o.O

    16. Posted by EMYY on March 14th, 2014, 03:03

      Heyy guys just completed this boss! OMG so hard I made sure that light fang and hope were completely lvled up as far as they could go had weapons on lvl 6 for all of them Also I noticed that every time the boss used that annoying distrcto move it reset his stagger bar pissed me off so much so way help was thrashing him when he was charging it as it makes it charge longer longer and gave me more time to stagger him once staggered I thrashed him with both light and fang on commando hopefully this helps and you bwat his anything boss good luck

    17. Posted by Jay Giles Louden on April 27th, 2014, 03:52

      Finally beat it after what felt like a 100th time. Make sure Fang is able to cast her debuffs. When he charges up for destruto use diversity to heal yourself if your buffs are already on while still applying damage. If you already have your buffs and youre healed, use relentless assault to apply all damage possible, he should get interrupted (youll hear him grunt and take longer to charge) and he wont do as much damage as he normally would AND he shouldnt cast doom. Also like it says at the top, at least 2 roles maxed out and get the health way up

    18. Posted by Matt (aka eldestt) on August 9th, 2014, 21:01

      YO I beat him on the 4th try, Here is how I did it. 1. I used Lightning, Hope, And Sazh also use Aegisol and Fortisol before this fight to end the left n right sides quickly. 2. Pardaigms used were : Relentless assault, Diversity, Tri-Disaster, Recuperation, All-for-One, and Discretion. these utilize Ravagers, Commandos, Medics, and Synergists (SAZH is important here!) 3. SAVE YOUR ODIN UNTIL YOU ARE WORKING ON CENTRAL HEAD AS ODIN HEALS YOUR WHOLE PARTY AFTER YOU FINISH <- im serious use this wisely. 4. When he begins to charge his Destructo 3 RAVAGERS need to pummel him until he grunts, and then a little more I was able to stagger him on each charging – Also this causes him to fail to cast DOOM* which is KEY 5. Remember how I said to time your odin? Its during the Destruct that is best, as you can avoid alot of wasted time healing, and its best to use while he is STAGGARED. 6. After these steps, its just rinse and repeat, find the timings of your attacks during his charge, MAKE HIM GRUNT DURING CHARGING ALWAYS, and then hit him 1 or 2 more times (this is where SAZHS haste is SO important) and before he casts switch to diversity so Hope can heal, if your damaged already useDiscretion which utilizes 2 Meds while a commando still keeps the stagger bar from dropping all the way. 7. Congrats You Have Won. the frist 3 times I didn't use sazh, I had Fang and the Sabatour doesn't help nearly as much as having 2 Synergists. Hope this helps good luck!!

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