It won’t take you three days to kill FFXV’s Adamantoise; we do it considerably quicker By Tony Garsow on January 3, 2017 at 11:46 PM

Calm yourself Conan, it won’t take you three actual days to kill the Adamantoise. Heck, it won’t even take three in-game days. With a little prep, it’s easy to whittle down battle time before your pizza delivery driver arrives.

Make no mistake, this Final Fantasy XV boss isn’t exactly a pushover. The Adamantoise has well over five million hit points (that’s a lot), but its attacks are rather predictable and survivable if you’re decently geared. In the video below, I highlight a few tips you can make use of to make the fight remarkably quicker.

My weapon of choice is the Zwill Crossblades — these are considered by most to be the best weapons in the game, as they have a high attack potency (345) and, being daggers, have an incredibly fast damage output. While other weapons may have a higher potency, such as the Dominator greatsword (583), these weapons are much slower and can’t get near as many hits in. You’ll get the Zwill Crossblades by finishing the final chain of the legendary weapon quest “Wondrous Weapons” in Lestallum. Other attack-enhancing accessories are highly recommended.

First, there’s no use fighting on an empty stomach — but any old recipe won’t do. Here we’ll want Ignis to make Golden Tail Soup, which can be made from Kujata Marrow, Platinum Myrltrout Fillet, and Allural Shallots. Also, he’ll automatically get this recipe when his Cooking skill reaches the maximum level of ten. This’ll bestow the Clairvoyant buff, which will count every single hit as a critical hit. That’s double damage for every blow, which does wonders for the fight’s length. The additional HP recovery buff helps too, but we’re here for those delicious crits.

Ignis will be backing you up with the Enhancement skill, where several stacked elemental attack buffs will pile on even more damage. Use this ad nauseum.

As for the actual battle, there’s probably a few ways to approach it. The video above isn’t my best time attempting this, so consider it more of a primer than anything. Some have managed to get it down under ten minutes. You’ll likely want to start on a more stationary target like the legs — where the Adamantoise’s movement is most predictable. The tricky part here isn’t so much a battle with the beast itself, but fighting the camera and the awkward positioning of “points” where Noctis is actually able to land blows. There’s not too much going on here except for renewing your buffs and dealing out fast damage. Using the Armiger and Armiger Chain abilities when available. When you break a certain damage threshold, you’ll be able to go after the Adamantoise’s head.

As pictured above, lock on to the eye and just go… all… out… You’re going to do the most damage to the Adamantoise here. The eye’s a bit of a distance off the ground, so what I would suggest is doing as much of the dagger combo as you can, using the warp button (with the left analog stick held away) to air dash away. Quickly re-target the eye and Warp Stike back into position, which will let you get off another combo. Your quick hits from dagger-type weapons will also build back your MP quite nicely, so you’ll be able to stay airborne for quite some time.

Once you have all that down, it’s just a matter of time. Maybe do that QTE bit for funsies.

If you ever get the chance to summon Titan here, do that too. It’s pretty dang awesome.

Now, once you’ve downed the Adamantoise you’ll nab the Turtle Toppler trophy, but you’re probably wondering what point there is in grinding the hunt. Well, Adamantite has a pretty good chance of dropping, if not 100%. When used with Elemancy, you’ll be able to craft thirteen of each of the most powerful elemental spells: Flare, Freeze, and Electon. What’s even better is that they’ll come with the ability to break the 9999 damage limit. This’ll come in handy quite a bit should you decide to take on the game’s high level Menace Dungeons, particularly the one under Costlemark Keep. Which item use restricted, you’ll want extremely fast floor clears (there are up to 60) without risking damage or death.

You’ll also have a chance at Adamantoise Meat, which seems to be a much rarer find. It’s used in a recipe that bestows an additional 600 strength, 4000 hit points, and 200% HP recovery rate. In France they call it a “Tortue with Cheese.”

Best of luck on the grind. It’s almost like Final Fantasy XIII never left. Here’s to aggressively wasting our time with more Adamantoise farming!

Final Fantasy XV is now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

  • Do people seriously think the Adamantoise is that hard? I beat him in 30 minutes, I think. It definitely didn’t take more than an hour.

  • Victor Maciel

    They really need to improve this battle. Not just the difficulty (wich is way too easy, dind’t use more than 2 Phoenix Down the first time i fought him), but the camera and the battle itself… Its just too messy and boring. It really is just for looks.

    I had more fun clearing Pitioss and fightning Angelus.

  • NoctLightCloud

    Adaman Taimai in FFXIII is hard!

  • Ryuke

    The hardest part of this fight is purely the camera and the target points. A beast this size almost breaks the game, the camera just doesn’t know what to do with itself. There’s no tactics or thought involved, just hit his right paw, go for the eye when he’s staggered, and repeat till dead with the odd dodge of attacks and use of armiger and tech skills.

    It’s a shame, especially as it’s linked to a trophy. You’d think there would be some skill involved, and not just a hit sponge.

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  • Oh my. I remember these days. The horrors.

  • •december

    “Easy”. Improve how so? Maybe you’re just overkilling it because you have a high level?
    Also with the invent of the internet you can look online for best method of killing it easy.
    Imagine everyone playing who’s first FF is XV (not me, btw)

  • •december

    They used to, it was meant to take 3 in-game days.
    What level are you at?

  • Daniel Masterson

    It only took me about one and a half days in game to beat him.

  • Ryuke

    You definitely don’t need the Zwill Crossblades. I used the next daggers down and they worked perfectly fine, so don’t worry about that. Combined with using all those Muscle Stimulants sat in your inventory each time the Adamantoise is staggered and the Golden Tail Soup, he goes down easy. I killed him at level 89 I think.

    Naglfar is tougher than Adamantoise but still a fairly easy kill. Using Ignis for his Sagefire skill, along with Fire magic he went down easy. His attacks are pretty annoying and your 3 bros go down quickly but its not a hard fight. I beat him at level 90.


    In FXIII he is an absolute nightmare


    Is someone of this site on Japan right now?

  • Victor Maciel

    No, maybe it was easy because i played others FF (but is worth mentioning how different the gameplay mechanic in XV is compared to the others). I dind’t look anything online, only what you can drop from him.

    It would just be nice if they improve the battle, it just looks hard because it takes up your time, he is not a hard enemy in my opinion. Adamantoise is slow and you can easily heal the damage he does, not to mention his attacks are very predictable. Now look at Angelus, wich is an good example of a difficult enemy, even in high levels. At least for me.

    But i get your point. Maybe for new players to the series, Adamantoise can cause some trouble.

  • •december

    Thanks for the info I’ll definitely try this!

  • Level 99 because I thought he was the game’s hardest superboss.

  • •december

    I think Naglfar and MA-X Angelus are harder
    but personally haven’t beat any

  • Jesus Christ

    I have beaten this adamantoise under 0 seconds.


    in my dreams.


  • Don’t forget Aramusha and Phalaris.

  • Shinobuden

    I just can’t get used to younger Noctis wearing Kingly Raiments no matter how many times I see it. He’ll always look like a babby who decided to try on an adult’s clothes to me. Seriously, older Noctis DLC when?

    On topic. It took me about two hours real time to beat Adamantoise. While the sheer size of Adamantoise impressed me, the fight itself was very poorly executed. All the fight really does is test your patience with the poor camera work, poor target points, fall damage if you attack its eyes/neck and can’t warp to a warp point in time or time the fall dodge, and Adamantoise’s constant glitchy flopping irritated me to no end. Rather than feeling a sense of accomplishment I only felt relief over the fact it was finally over when the damn thing died.

  • JohnVuojo

    I won’t be needing your tips, since I already spent 2 hours fighting him. Thanks, though.

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  • Vallen

    Conan f’d up! Defamation right there lol

  • •december

    What does it mean by stacked?

  • If Ignis’ enhancements stack, then that would mean that if he enhanced you with ice in one activation of his technique and fire in another, your attacks would be enhanced by ice AND fire. I assumed that every enhancement just cancelled the previous enhancement (in the example I used, I assumed that the ice enhancement would just be REPLACED by the fire enhancement).

    Can anyone verify this, or am I looking too much into the mention of the stacked enhancements that was mentioned in the article?

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