Final Fantasy 13-2: How to Defeat the Gigantaur

The Cactuar is the go-to rare enemy in the Final Fantasy series. Dragon Warrior has Slimes, and Final Fantasy has Cactuars. That’s just how the world works. What doesn’t work is when these diabolically difficult Cactuars become huge and block your progress to hidden areas on the Historia Crux. Don’t get pushed around by these prickly problems, learn just how to defeat the three Gigantaurs with our text and video guide below.

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How to Defeat the Gigantaur

  1. To find the Gigantaur, start at the Archylte Steppe. If you want to open the Sealed Gate at Grave Ridge, you’ll need to defeat three Gigantaurs. The gate itself leads to the Vile Peaks (200 AF).
  2. Around the Archylte Steppe, you’ll find Cactuar Statues dotted throughout the landscape. To spawn a Gigantuar, you’ll need to find three special green Cactuar Statues.
  3. One statue can be found in the Stonestump Wastelands, in the center of the map near a grouping of standing cactuses during any weather condition, and available during your earliest visit to the area, though we don’t recommend that you try to fight the Gigantuar yet.
  4. Another statue can be found in sunny weather, in the northeastern corner of Clearwater Marsh, but it can only be found with the Moogle Hunt ability. The last statue is in the center of Clearwater Marsh, near a ridge, and only appears in rainy weather. It too must be found with the Moogle Hunt ability.
  5. Because you already know when and where the Gigantaur will spawn, always go for a preemptive strike to give yourself that extra bonus.
  6. When fighting the Gigantaur, come prepared with a high level Sentinel to absorb damage while the rest of your team dishes out damage. Fire spells are a must, as are Deprotect and Deshell, anything to help your team kick up their damage potential.
  7. Fighting difficult opponents often means you’ll need to wait for your ATB gauge to refill. Unless you shift Paradigms. If you’re not interested in filling your deck of Paradigms with different combinations, simply copy your set of Paradigms and shift between them for an instand ATB gauge refill, without forcing you to change abilities and skills. This is a simple and easy method for increasing your damage output without sacrificing your favorite Paradigm combinations. Once you gain multiple ATB bars, you can instantly recharge your ATB gauge about every other turn.
  8. If you’re using a Sentinel to tank for your party, keep their health high, as Gigantuar uses the 1,000 Needle Technique more and more as the battle continues.
  9. The Gigantaur takes double damage from physical, magical, and fire attacks — avoid ice, lightning, and wind. It’s also very vulnerable to Dispel and Wound. Daze, Slow, and Poison can also be effective.
  10. Defeating Gigantuars rewards your party with a Monster Crystal everytime, as well as three Potent Crystals, 2,000+ gil, and 1,200 CP. You can only fight three Gigantuars total, so don’t go using their Monster Crystals carelessly.


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17 Comments on Final Fantasy 13-2: How to Defeat the Gigantaur


On February 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

The image at the top is misleading and should be removed.

The most important thing to have in a battle with the Gigantuar is 1000+ hp, preferably 2000+. Without this basic requirement, you will be going through those expensive Pheonix Downs like no tomorrow, so make sure you have that before attempting a battle. Second, the basic ravager/commando combo is your friend here. Even though is is essencially impossible to stagger the Gigantaur, since it has a 777% stagger limit, and only 100,000 hp, you can still up the damage multiplier. Try to use a ravager that has Fire learned, as that is it’s weakness. Other than that, there isn’t much you can do. Sentinals are nearly worthless since the main threat is 1000 needles, and sentinals cannot mitigate that attacks damage. If you find your health dropping low frequently, try using the discretion padagrim. With two medics, you will fall prey to pain/fog less, and 1000 needles will be almost powerless to harm you. The only downside is the battle will drag on, leading to a lower battle rating. Good luck, and enjoy the gate to the Vile Peaks (200 AF).


On February 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I found it a bit easier since i came back while training abit because i was stuck right neer the end and I managed to just power thru with med med med and com com com usually didnt even need the med crystaliruim wise for serah i had com 50 rav 77 sen 50 sab 19 syn 30 medic 33and noel com 60 rav 70 sen 34 sab 10 syn 50 med 35


On February 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

Here is how I easily beat Gigantaur.

Firstly, save your paradigm pack to a slot then delete all your paradigms.

1st Slot > Default!

Saboteur (I had Serah at level 1. She has deprotect)
Commando (Noel)
Pulsework Soldier (Obtainable from Bresha Ruins) Is a sentinel.

2nd Slot

Pulsework Soldier

3rd Slot

Pulsework Soldier

>>> Make sure to level up your pulsework soldier with vitality materials (Mine was only level 29). They are dead cheap from chocolina and boosts HP.

As soon as the fight begins, get de-protect on him (It’s really easy) then swap to Ravager/Commando/Sentinel. When your Pulse takes too much damage swap to Medic/Commando/Sentinel. Keep your commando (noel or serah) attacking as with deprotect on him he will do huge chunks of damage. In fact, 3/4 of the battle I had a medic/commando/sentinel. Noel did almost all of it himself. Take a couple of Phoenix Downs as sometimes he casts a spell whereby you cannot do ANYTHING. Make sure to keep your sentinel above 1000hp!

Simple and was beaten with 5 stars even with Noel as the only person attacking throughout most of the battle.


On February 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

can u tell where to other two are do i need to go over the ditch bit


On February 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Lol I had a fully leveled Pulsework Soldier, a fully leveled Commando Noel, and Serah as a sentinal or however it’s spelled wearing the grimoire hat. I used Serah to throw potions, the Pulsework Soldier took the attacks, and Noel attacked. Takes me about 1:30 and I five star every time.


On February 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

the fastest way to kill one is serah or noel as a com then the other as a rav and have a feral behemoth and when i do it i kill it in 29 seconds and the target time is 3:01


On February 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

you also are not given a monster crystal every time i killed it three times only got one so get your facts strait


On February 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

check this out guys if you have noel and serah at a pretty high COM levels and you have a higher level monster COM ( i.e. dragoon,frag leech) you can cerberus that thing to death and fast( Cerberus is COM, COM, COM). As the person said above you should have HP at 2000 or more


On February 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

oh and by the way with the COM, COM, COM I took it down 23 sec


On February 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

has anyone else fought a metal gigantaur yet they appear in the same place as the gigantaurs but they r in a rift when they appear there also sen instead of a syn like the gigantaur


On February 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

You Can fight the Gigantaurs again you just have to close a gate before this one, its a bit of a hassle but it can be done :P
@ youallsuck, i have fought a metal gigantaur, but he.. i think it was paralize’d all of my characters in combat and.. fled the scene :P


On February 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

How do I get to the Clearwater marsh, to fight the other two Gigantaurs?


On February 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

Go down to the bottom of the map and use mog along the ridgeline. You’ll find a yellow cactaur up on the hill that will transport you to the marsh.

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On February 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Hi guys this is my stategy(I beat him my first trip there)
SAB/SYN/SYN(Pulse Workbot I believe)
*After Preemptive Strike*
Start out with SAB/SYN/SYN(note PLAY SERAH she is a better SAB, and Noel is a better SYN) get Poison, and Deprotect on hime, while Noel and the Pulse Workbot buffs everyone. Afterwards switch to MED/MED/COM and just let the Chocobo(Mine was high level) murdur it, while Noel and Serah heal as needed, he’ll inflict a disabling attack, but Remedies fix that easily.



On February 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

I don’t see the big deal…. I crushed it the 2nd time I faught it.. granted I’ve maxed out both noel and sarah’s respected roles.. commando and ravager.. but eh.. at any rate I used noel (commando) sarah (ravager) and flananator for the medic..


On March 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

I just beat gigantuar today 2nd try, Easy and my characters were low level. Only problem was that I got 0 stars cuz it took 60 minutes lol. I just got a pulse knight (sentinel) and maxed him out at lvl 20 since hes an early peeker. Set Serah to medic and Noel to ravager. I played as Serah and let Noel do his thing. I just kept everyone alive, popping the occasional phoenix down when gigantuar decided to be a and speed up his 1000 needles :P .


On February 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

i have notice one thing, in this same region, i have come to encounter once only a Steel Gargantuar he shoed up a the exact center of that trench you can’t pass to get west, unless u have gravity jump or a chocobo. No website has mention of it, but i have been in a fight against it, but i was way too week and died, since then never showed up again