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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