Final Fantasy XIII: Upgrading Weapons

Published on March 15th, 2010

The system in is all about trail and error. It takes a while of wasting money and working out what you need to keep and what needs dismissing. Here’s a small guide that will help not only power level your current weapons but also evolve them into shiny new ones. Check out the guide after the jump.

You won’t need to mess about with the weapon upgrade system until much later in the game. Until the Creature Comforts and Lenora’s Garage stores unlock on the save point, you will be pumping all sorts of components into weapons. Components you could be selling for cold, hard cash.

Final Fantasy XIII: Upgrading Weapons

Kain's Lance is one of Fang's best weapons.

Most of the balanced, high-level weapons are picked up from the Gilgamesh, Inc. store much later in the game. So just concentrate on the ones you have for now.

Now follow the steps below;

  1. Vibrant Ooze is great for gaining a x3 multiplier so pick up as many of these as you can from Creature Comforts.
  2. Then head into the Lenora’s Garage and pick up Perfect Conductors.
  3. Head into the upgrade menu and pick the weapon of your choice.
  4. Use Vibrant Ooze x36 on the weapon to gain a x3 multiplier.
  5. Then use Perfect Conductors. Try to put just under 50,000 worth of EXP into the first stage of the weapon.
  6. Keep using smaller increments of the Perfect Conductor until the weapon levels to ★.
  7. At ★ level, you will need a transformation catalyst to evolve the weapon. The Motherload store sells these.

Rinse and repeat. A second level weapon will require an estimated 450,000 EXP and a third level (ultimate level) will require around 1,500,000 EXP.

I’d wait until you have unlocked the R&D Depot store before  ultimate weapons. Once that store unlocks you can purchase Ultracompact Reactors which offer 40,000 EXP each compared to the Perfect Conductor’s 751. Ultracompact Reactors cost a whopping 50,000 each, meaning you won’t be picking these up until the end of the game.

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    1. Posted by Dan on April 20th, 2010, 00:49

      Thanks for the advice!

    2. Posted by Action Ash on April 25th, 2010, 11:26

      Cheers for this, really really helpful. I’ve gone from doing ok to 5 starring everything. Excellent!

    3. Posted by lawrence on May 12th, 2010, 02:21

      Wat are the best weapons to upgrade for each character?
      I am choosing Axis blade, hawkeye and taming pole.

    4. Posted by Roope on May 13th, 2010, 19:06

      Dont use taming pole cause you need more trapezohedrons and its difficult to get from those adamantoises so dont use taming pole. From other weapons you can get 3 trapezohedrons if u upgrade the kains lance into max and then dismantle it.

    5. Posted by Josh on June 3rd, 2010, 10:01

      Hey so i upgraded the Blazefire saber as much as possible for Lightning and I have transformation catalysts but it wont let me use any of them. Does the saber not upgrade anymore?

    6. Posted by Peter on June 4th, 2010, 03:47

      It still upgrades, you just don’t have the right catalyst. You need a trapezohedron, which cost 2 million, or have a 5% drop rate on an Adamantoise with the Collectors Catalogue AND a Conoisseurs Catalogue equipped.

      Very rare. keep trying.

    7. Posted by ZZZ on June 12th, 2010, 07:40

      I still don’t know which weapon should i use for the characters. Can anyone suggest which character should use which weapon?

    8. Posted by Jon on June 12th, 2010, 16:56

      This should help you decide.

    9. Posted by fat cocks on June 16th, 2010, 00:28

      thanks heaps

    10. Posted by J Lamps on June 19th, 2010, 07:35

      hey i am half way through the 3rd disk and have 3 weapons maxed out i.e * and 5 items that will catalyze a transformation but i cant seem to do it, do you have any idea what the problem is??

    11. Posted by Brownie on June 25th, 2010, 08:41

      Hi guys,

      Ive been reading through this wich has been a massive help and Ive been upgrading vanille and lightnings weapons but am now stuck at the trapezohedron catalyst level.

      Ive sold everything thats of no use and after upgrading im left with 200k so cany buy any trapezohedron! Have I missed something earlier or is there an easier way to generate Gill?

    12. Posted by scottsy on June 28th, 2010, 02:45

      I can’rt upgrade weapons at all. I have all this stuff to use but cant do anything with it. is there something you have to unlock before you can upgrade weapons? when i go to a save point all the options are save, shop or cancel. there isn’t an upgrade option

    13. Posted by babygurl20 on July 10th, 2010, 23:22

      hi guys, my fiances been playing final fantasy 13 for quite a few nights now….n well it got me pretty interested to and believe me i am not a gamer unless it comes to left for dead lol, ne way i was just wondering how he would up grade his weapons hes only on disc two and the weapon we really needs help with is the blazefire saber…can ne one help out please :)

      <3 thanx so much<3

    14. Posted by anonomous1 on July 26th, 2010, 01:00

      hey i was onedering im at the third disk just got into it and how do u upgrade weapons period i am curious .

    15. Posted by Dirty on October 16th, 2010, 00:56

      So…..I’ve finished the story all the way through and also finished all but 4 of the Mission Marks. So really I have about 4 marks left and I’m done with the game other than mastering all of the roles. I haven’t upgraded anything or even bought or sold anything at all over about 100 hrs of gameplay. Should I even bother upgrading my weapons? I’m pretty much annihilating the game with paradigms. Just killed off the Gigantaur last night

    16. Posted by Fire on September 22nd, 2012, 23:34

      Honestly, I have no clue how to upgrade anything in this game. I’m on disc 3 and doing all the missions. I have noticed it’s getting a little more difficult to kill things and thought it might be wise to upgrade some weapons. I’m lost. Is there anyone that can help or give me suggestions? What’s listed above is great, but other than that I don’t know where to start. I don’t have a ton of gil eaither.

    17. Posted by troy on March 26th, 2013, 20:24

      there is no perfect conductors in lenoras garage? I only have 9 and need about 18

    18. Posted by Kyro on May 3rd, 2013, 22:03

      i cant beat vannile’s edlilon

    19. Posted by FF13 on September 1st, 2013, 10:54

      I stil dont get it.. i have s few weapons that has a star as level. But where can i go to evolve the weapon.

      If i buy one of the those transformation items i cant seem to find an Menu option to evolve the weapon.

      Or maby i need to buy the right T item. i got the 8k gil one. Is that enough? or do i need to buy the 17k gil one?

    20. Posted by Cloud's_Ultima on February 18th, 2014, 23:04

      To upgrade a weapon to its next tier when it reaches * level, you need catalysts and use one of those items as if you would use another component.

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