The fight with Cid Raines is awesome. Really awesome. It can also be quite a struggle as Cid changes his fighting style throughout the battle. He is pretty relentless with his attacks but luckily GamerZines have a handy guide to take him out swiftly. Click the jump to see the easy way to take him out.
If you have tried to battle him a few times and are really struggling, then this area is great for gathering some worthwhile CP. Ideally, you’ll want to near max what you can in one of your main roles and have some points popped in your lesser roles as well. Keeping your team balanced is very important as you want to be able to switch around.
Set up these paradigms;
- Lightning: Medic / Fang: Saboteur / Hope: Synergist- (Evened Odds)
- Lightning: Commando / Fang: Sentinel / Hope: Ravager – (Delta Attack)
- Lightning: Ravager / Fang: Commando / Hope: Ravager – (Relentless Assault)
- Lightning: Medic / Fang: Sentinel / Hope: Medic – (Combat Clinic)
Start off with Evened Odds and cast Curse and Slow onto Raines, keep casting until Hope has buffed the party up with at least 4 buffs per party member. If you have the debuffs on Raines cast, switch to Delta attack and start dealing damage. He should be in the Offensive Shift right now. Once he switched to Defensive Shift switch to Relentless Attack. You’ll want to build up the chain meter to do more damage for when he switches again. You can also take this time to heal up and buff, so switch between Combat Clinic or Evened Odds depending on what you need.
Raines will go into a Recovery Shift, which removes all negative status effects on himself and heal, once you get his chain gauge to around 60/70% full. Keep up with Relentless Attack for this mode but get ready to switch to Delta Attack when Raines is near finished in stagger mode. He will use two moves, Metamorphose and Seraphic Ray. Both will do some serious damage to your team and, if there is not sentinel active in your team, could result in a game over.
The trick is to do as much damage as possible while he is in stagger and if you are lucky the commando will flip Raines into the air with launch so you can keep doing damage to his without worry of being attacked back.
Once Raines has been staggered, he drops any pre-warning of what shifts he’ll be moving into. So you’ll have to keep an eye on how he changes and fights so you can fit a strategy to each mode like before. He will also become more aggressive with healing and casting negative status effects on your party. It might take a while but playing the defence card is your best bet to victory.
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