Now you have taken out Barthandelus, it is time to tackle Orphan. Split into two-forms and 2 separate battles, Orphan can be quite a tricky boss battle. As usual, Gamerzines has you covered with a complete guide on how to destroy this Fal’Cie once and for all.
As we said before, Orphan is split into two separate battles. One form which is combined with Barthandelus and the other which is pure Orphan. As we told you in our Barthandelus guide, you will need Cherub’s Crowns to effectively take this bad boy out. Make sure to buy 2 of them from the B&W Outfitters prior to entering this battle.
Once the battle begins, hit start and retry. This allows you to switch up any paradigms, equip new gear and organise your party before participating in the next battle.
Your party leader, Lightning, must have 3 Cherub’s Crowns equipped. This boss randomly casts death and it isn’t worth risking the whole battle! After you have done so, set up the following Paradigms;
- Lightning: Commando / Fang: Commando / Hope: Ravager- (Aggression)
- 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: Ravager / Fang: Synergist / Hope: Ravager – (Mystic Tower)
- Lightning: Medic / Fang: Sentinel / Hope: Medic – (Combat Clinic)
Make sure that Protection is your active/starting paradigm. When you see the move Consummate Light or Consummate Darkness, shift to combat clinic as fast as you can. These moves are always followed by Merciless Judgement which will pretty much set all your party to near critical. Make sure you do it quickly as once Merciless Judgement is cast you cannot control or change your paradigms until the attack has finished.
Once you have recovered from Merciless Judgement, switch to Evened Odds and start casting some negative effects onto Orphan. At least 5 should do, make sure it includes Slow. Switch to Relentless Assault and start attacking, only taking breaks to heal or defend from the above move sets.
Once the stagger of Orphan hits 50% then switch to Combat Clinic. Orphan will cast Merciless Judgement before the stagger is over. So don’t think you are safe even during a stagger. This does add a routine to the battle. Debuff, attack, stagger, defend/heal, repeat.
After you have taken a large chunk of Orphan’s health away, it will start to cast Merciless Judgement randomly. Make sure to switch to Combat Clinic as soon as you see the prompt. Just keep debuffing, attacking and staggering. This half of the battle should take around 10 minutes depending on skill and level.
Now are you taking on Orphan’s second form. At the start of the battle, Orphan will cast Doom on your party leader. Your best bet is to press start and retry. Removing the Cherub’s Crowns from Lightning and using a set to increase attack damage. This battle can end pretty quickly if you time it right.
Switch to Relentless Assault and start attacking. You’ll notice that none of your attacks are working but the stagger meter is growing. Orphan is immune to attacks until staggered, so aim to stagger it straight away. Lightning’s Army of One is perfect for building up a stagger if needs be. Keep switching between Relentless Assault and Combat Clinic to heal. Once Orphan is staggered and at 999%, switch to Aggression.
Once the stagger ends, switch to Evened Odds and dispel any positive effects Orphan has cheekily cast upon itself. Then repeat the above. Orphan should fall after 3-4 staggers.
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