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Unlock the Helter Skelter Garb in Lightning Returns in this Outerworld Challenge By Ehren Rivers on February 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

The English facebook for Final Fantasy XIII (encompassing the whole trilogy, not just the first game) has shared a special set of contests recently designed to increase visibility and activity for the Outerworld feature in Lightning Returns. You can use it to post screenshots of scenes, battles, battle scores, and even just the environment around you. If you haven’t already, use it to show off your Lightning customizations too!

Anything goes in this first Outerworld Challenge- All they’re looking for is 100,000 posts to be made (total, not per person) via the Outerworld service. This event is open to both consoles and all regions, so no-one gets left out! The challenge started on Saturday, February 15th, and will run a total of two weeks. The prize? The Helter Skelter garb.

HS1This outfit is available in the main game, but it must be bought from a shop for 100,000 gil. What’s more is that this powerful garb is only available for purchase on Hard Mode, meaning it may be quite some time before you get it ordinarily. It has the Attack Lv.4 ability locked onto it, provides a Strength boost of 180 points, and adds 50 to your maximum ATB total (up to 200). The only downside is that you start with half of you ATB gauge at the beginning of the fight, meaning you may want to consider some ATB-speed increasing equipment to go along with it. We have a gallery below of the garb in action thanks to community member Sapientia.

There will be three more Outerworld Challenges yet to come- Each one lasts two weeks, and each one will unlock a garb in the game upon completion. Outerworld Prizes can be claimed by going into the “Rewards Shop” section of the main menu of the game. We’ll update this article as more information becomes available.

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  • FinalFantisiac

    This would be cool to partake in… if my freaking Collector’s Edition would arrive already.

  • Lee Carl Williams

    Hey guys, just thought I’d let you know that the challenge counts on both consoles in all regions!

  • Somber

    Isn’t that garb purchaseable in Hard Mode?

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I feel yea man 🙁 Well 50/50 since i went out and bought a copy anyway…im not waiting the 4 weeks Square Enix NEVER mentioned prior to ordering….

  • Ehren Rivers

    Yep. If you’ll direct your attention to the paragraph directly under the picture that divides the article in half, you’ll find two sentences that say just that.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Are you part of the Outerworld service, or do you have a source for us to cite? Either way, thanks very much for taking the time to comment! 🙂

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Ahh i know i read the notice! Im trying to post like crazy! Even posting the Cactair….dat afro <3 Omfg i love this game! Super sad though….on Day 10 already and theres 3 days until i can fight Bhunivelze…then its….over…..UNTIL NEW GAME+!

    In others news: My Collector's Edition is still on hiatus. If it doesn't come tomorrow, SE will be hearing from me and i will get something from them! You don't say 5-10 days then just switch to 4-6 weeks just cause…..not to me anyway haha….

  • Ehren Rivers

    I know your pain, I was in the same boat. I finally got mine thankfully, and I hope yours arrives too.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Yeah it really sucks…i dont care about it not being here (as i bought another copy, im not waiting pfft, gona see if i can just return my CE disk for refund) its just that SE lied straight to my face….”oh yeah…5-10 business days for shipping! for sure!” Then i find out “oh its 4 weeks..6 maximum….” WWWWHHHHAAAAAT? Sorry i gave you money to get it in 5-10 days…dont lie to me…..

    Still loving this game though haha…but at this point…i just want my artbook……and my pocket watch il never use…..

  • FinalFantisiac

    I’m just playing ANYTHING right now to quell my anticipation (and irritation) until this thing arrives. But of course, I will be ecstatic when it plops itself onto my doorstep or mailbox or however it may come.

    But no lie, it feels like its been 3-ish weeks since the thing was released. Weird.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I feel ya man 🙁 Maybe ours will both arrive on the same day <3 That would be the best! But don't worry, there are many people out there who are experiencing this, i know a few personally who are still waiting for theres. SE needs to get ahold of their shit tbh -_-"

  • Sapientia

    Better start posting like crazy, because this garb is nice as hell. I immediately traded out my Velvet Bouncer (basically my powerhouse garb) for Helter Skelter after using it a few times.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Yeah…tomorrow im going to come home. Sit down on mah bed. Goto the wildlands. And post. A pic. Of every. Single. Dog. And. Cat. There. I’ll have like 200 pics by the end haha
    ..then il goto Yusnaan and just post the lovely scenery 😀 HELTER SKELTER HERE WE COME!

  • Alex Kraus

    Digital River fails hard yet again.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Yeah…im never ordering ANYTHING from Square Enix or anything affiliated with DR ever again. This is so stupid.

  • Sapientia

    I’ve yet to use the Outerworld service much, but I want to find out if you must use the screenshot function to submit posts, or if I can use some other submitting feature and just post screens I already have that I didn’t use the Outerworld function for. ‘Cause I have over 700 screens in my LR folder alone. :/

  • Sothe Zephyr

    99% sure its Outerworld alone 😛 I try to use it during cutscenes and stuff….but its such a break in the scenes…gets to be a nuisance after a while…..

  • Sapientia

    Along with several other garbs available in Hard Mode that are all 100,000 or 200,000 gil, so this is a veeeery nice opportunity to save on gil you might’ve spent just purchasing the outfit from Hard Mode. Plus, it’ll give you an edge if you’re playing on Easy Mode, Normal Mode, NG+ or whatever~

  • Somber

    OK. I just didn’t read the article. Forget my comment if that sounded bad. :B

  • Somber

    Do you have tumblr? If you have, I will follow you. 😀

  • Nice screenshots, Sapientia.

    Somewhat related note… has anyone played around with the “take snapshot” option when submitting a screenshot on the field? You have more options available to you… you can zoom in/out, rotate the camera completely around Lightning, or even remove Lightning from the screenshot entirely, all for the sake of getting the perfect screenshot. There was no tutorial about it, so this was news to me. 😛 This feature would be 10 times more useful during battles, so, I’m confused as to why it’s not available during battles.

  • Sapientia

    I don’t regularly use it, if much at all these days, so…no, not really. xD

  • Sapientia

    Thank ya~

  • FinalFantisiac

    Yeah, this is ridiculous. I HOPE it comes today, but I’m prepared to be disappointed.

  • Lee Carl Williams

    Yeah, I’m part of the Outerworld team for the west. I don’t have a source you can cite, but I can update the SE blog with the info if you’d like?

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Im not prepping myself to see it ANY time before next week or by march break…im just prepping to scream at Square Enix 😛 If it doesn’t come today…….

  • Shami

    There some nasty screen tearing in 18 screen shot
    Although the pics are cool

  • FinalFantisiac

    Too bad I don’t have March Break… Ah well.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Oh no, that’s quite good enough for me. I was just asking in case I’d missed a post somewhere. 🙂 Thanks very much!

  • Screen tearing in the 18th screenshot? Where?

  • Shami

    Look closely at Lightning sword (katana)
    Sorry pic no 16 when Lightning uses Overclock

  • Ah, I see it now. I don’t know if that would truly count as screen tearing since it’s occurring during the visual effects that accompany overclock though.

  • XYFEIR

    Oooh, I like the way the outfit looks. I already had close to 100 posts since I bought the JP ver. And like another 50 for the US version. Taking screenshots is addicting. :p Nice screenshots too. c:

  • Hi… is there an FAQ page that explains how the Outerworld service works?

    For example, if I post a screenshot while in Yusnaan, will my screenshot/message/attached item appear to other players only if they’re in Yusnaan simultaneously?

    When we post a screenshot, then immediately turn off the game/system, will that screenshot be attached to an NPC, or do we have to remain logged in for other people to see our submissions?

  • Shami

    Could be.
    Although i tried the demo version of the game and I never noticed anything wrong with the game when i was using overclock
    Maybe the timing when the pic is taken was “wrong” xD

  • Sapientia

    I didn’t even know the game had slight screen tearing until I began taking screens. xD
    Which is a good thing.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    WELP my CE didn’t come today….after homework….Square Enix will be getting a lovely call <3

  • FinalFantisiac

    Yup, same here.

    :l

    C’mon Square’, YOU GOT ME BY THE BALLS.

  • Jake Desrosier

    hey guys anyone know how to “call in” a post from a friends facebook? i read somewhere that u can do such things in order to share weapons and items, but idk how to do it, help???

  • Lee Carl Williams

    Hey! Right now there’s no FAQ page, but we’ve got a small summary on the Square Enix blog: http://eu.square-enix.com/en/blog/outerworld-challenge-1-lightning-returns-ffxiii

    In answer to your questions… A posted screenshot is uploaded to the Outerworld server and your NPC will remain in the game even if you turn off your console. If you post whilst is Yusnaan, this post has the ability to appear in any city within the game. It’s all random. However, posts are region based, so they’ll appear depending on what language your playing the game in. If you’ve linked the game to Facebook, and are using the Facebook App for Lightning Returns, you can Summon a friend’s post into your game. Here’s a link to the Facebook App: http://sqex.to/Lsn

    And if someone buys your attached item, you won’t receive any additional Gil. Outerworld items cost extra Gil so people don’t trade for infinite amounts of Elixirs, Weapons, Garbs etc…

    I hope this all makes sense! Reply if you need more 🙂

    (Oh, and there’s an update for Challenge #1 coming this Friday)

  • XYFEIR

    Hi, I also have a question if I may.

    If the challenge is completed early, would the rewards for the challenge be released then, or would we still have to wait until after the two weeks when the challenge is completely over?

    Thanks! ^w^

  • FinalFantisiac

    Well, I finally got mine today. Finally.

  • XYFEIR

    According to the official XIII page, we made it! And there’s now a second challenge to get 250,000 posts by March 7th which will unlock the Duelist garb.

  • Woo hoo! High five to everyone! 🙂

  • Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! 🙂

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Lucky…good for you man….im still a waiting…..

  • FinalFantisiac

    In which country do you reside?

  • Lee Carl Williams

    If a challenge is completed early you’ll be rewarded the garb. For example, this week you completed the first challenge very fast, so we arranged for it to be in the game for the weekend!

  • Lee Carl Williams

    You have to sign up to the Facebook App first: http://sqex.to/Lsn
    Then you’ll be able to Summon your friends’ posts from Facebook into your game!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Southern Ontario Canada. On the border LITERALLY right on the border with US haha

  • FinalFantisiac

    No way… me too! I mean, I don’t know what city you’re in but, wow, what a coincidence!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Haha thats awesome! I won’t say what city but around Toronto/Ottowa :3 (Not either of those haha)

  • FinalFantisiac

    Yeah, I’m in the GTA.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Omfg we live so close to each other <3

    BUT IN OTHER NEWS: My CE is finally in! It is a hostage at the post office! Being held for ransom at $22 for addition taxes! BUT ALAS THE POST OFFICE IS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS!

  • FinalFantisiac

    Yeah, they demanded a fat 20 in my case, too.

    But at least you know its there, now!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Haha yeah! Too bad tomorrow will go by super slow…all day il be watching that clock…..

  • FinalFantisiac

    I have reading week this week, so I will indulge. But in your case, don’t fret!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Well i just started the semester so iv nothing to do xD Just school during the day

  • FinalFantisiac

    Well, alright. You enjoy yourself…

    … or else. :O

  • Talbot

    I have yet to find the lrffxii npc to unlock the garb xx, it been almost two weeks now lol. Anybody have any advice on finding the npc?

  • It’s been about five days, but I’m in the same boat. I haven’t come across the NPC that has this garb. It would be nice if the garb automatically appeared in the Outerworld Rewards section instead.

  • Talbot

    Thats what I was thinking. Would be a whole lot easier. Though I did go to the OFS & there are a lot of people who are in the same boat. From what I read, patience is key lol. http://eu.square-enix.com/en/blog/outerworld-challenge-1-results-lightning-returns