Final Fantasy 13-2: Cinematic Bonuses

Quick time events are all the rage in games looking for a cinematic punch with a touch of interactivity. Even Final Fantasy falls victim to the QTE’s charm, only a perfect execution will also net you special bonus rewards. There are five such QTEs littered throughout Final Fantasy 13-2, and we’re here to help you find them, ace them, and get those bonuses. There’s even an achievement / trophy involved. Keep scrolling to get your grubby hands on the information below.

For more Final Fantasy 13-2 goods, try our text and video walkthrough on for size. If that isn’t enough, we also have a handy cheats page where more extra content is listed for your convenience.

Trophy / Achievement Unlocked

  • Trigger Finger (Silver / 30 points ): Obtained five Cinematic Bonus rewards.

Cinematic Bonuses

  1. Note: To confirm perfect success with a QTE, wait for a message stating that you’re “Perfect” onscreen. You’ll also receive a special item labeled with “Cinematic Bonus” at the end of the battle.
  2. Note: If you fail any part or aren’t entirely perfect, pause the game mid-QTE and Retry the battle. Otherwise, you can return to each area later with Time Reversal and a Reversal Rock.

Paradox Alpha

  • Location: Episode 2 – Bresha Ruins 005 AF
  • Part 1: Leftstick Right
  • Part 2: Leftstick Right, Leftstick Up, X/A

Atlas (Weakened)

  • Location: Episode 2 – Bresha Ruins 005 AF
  • Part 1: Leftstick Right, Circle/B, Leftstick Right, X/A, Leftstick Right, X/A, Lefstick Right, X/A

Royal Ripeness (First Fight)

  • Location: Episode 3 – Sunleth Waterscape 300 AF
  • Part 1: Square/X
  • Part 2: Leftstick Up, Square/X, Sqaure/X (Rapid Presses), Circle/B (Rapid Presses), Leftstick Right.


  • Location: Episode 4 – Academia 400 AF
  • Part 1: Lefstick Up, Leftstick Left + Circle/B, Lefstick Right + Circle/B, Lefstick Right, X/A (Rapid Presses)

Proto Fal’Cie Adam

  • Location: Episode 4 – Augusta Tower 200 AF
  • Part 1: Leftstick Right, Leftstick Up, Leftstick Right + Circle/B, X/A (Rapid Presses) + Leftstick Right, X/A (Rapid Presses)

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4 Comments on Final Fantasy 13-2: Cinematic Bonuses


On February 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Hello, I beated the game and went back to fight Zenobia but i can’t close that gate so i cant re fight the boss. I closed the gate for Sunleth WaterScope (300)and re-do every objective til I’m able to enter Academia(400) again but it still doesn’t let me enter. Do I have to restart the whole game again to fight Zenobia? Please help me out thx !


On March 17, 2012 at 3:45 am

Also stuck on this… any solutions found so far?


On March 24, 2012 at 8:56 am

You need to find the reversal stones from those areas before you can do a time reversal. Just run through the level and pick up any items you missed.


On April 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

@FinalZangetsu You dont have to close the gate at Sunleth. Just get the gate seal in Oerba 400 AF for time reversal to Academia 400af