Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Walkthrough

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Tanbam’s Taboo Walkthrough

Focused on an event that takes place in Yusnaan’s Slaughterhouse, Tanbam’s Taboo is a Lightning Returns: FFXIII side-quest similar to Born From Chaos.

Unlike Born From Chaos which can be played in Luxerion; Tanbam’s Taboo is available in the second city, named Yusnaan.

The side-quest also has several requirements. It can be played after A Solitary Patron main quest, and after 7 PM when the arena known as The Slaughterhouse opens its gates.

For this specific quest, Lightning has to defeat a machinery named Desmond, and the following strategy guide reveals the tactics you should use so you can beat it and claim all rewards associated to this quest.

Quest Details

Description: “In the Champion’s Quarter, in front of the battle arena, Lightning encounters a man gripped by remorse. Tanbam is his name, and he broke an alchemic taboo to create an ensorcelled machine. Powered by Chaos itself, the machine has already slain many brave fighters. The only person who can stop it now is the Slaughterhouse’s knight of light – but even for her, it is a tall order. Can Lightning defeat the dread machine Desmond?”

Location: Yusnaan

Difficulty: 3/3

Requirements: Start at 7 PM, after Main Quest 2-3: A Solitary Patron.

Complete the quest before 3 AM

Failable: No

Rewards: 4200 Gil, Maximum HP + 140, Strength + 12, Magic + 8, Nickel Gear Adornment

Quest Walkthrough

From the beginning you should know that Desmond is a robot similar to Desdemona, meaning that its vulnerabilities are the same; however, what makes Desmond more powerful than the common Desdemona, are its immunities.

First, you have to find Tanbam to activate the quest, but be advised that once you agree to fight Desmond, you will be sent to the arena; therefore, make all necessary preparations and restock on potions. When you feel ready to fight Desmond, open you map and go to the Slaughterhouse, which is the westernmost sub-area in Yusnaan.

Near the large cage in front of the arena, you will find a hooded NPC, wearing a brown robe. His name is Tanbam and you must kill Desmond for him. After the cutscene triggered when you accept the quest, the battle begins, and you have to focus on staggering Desmond as soon as possible.

The robot is immune to all status changes, so there is no need to waste precious ATB on casting Deshell, or Deprotect on it. Instead, cast Fira, Fire, Flame or any other fire-based attack you have.

The lightning-based attacks, such as Thundara, Sparkstrike and Thunder, are also useful in this fight, helping you to stagger Desmond.

Guarding is also essential, because Desmond’s Rush and Assault are powerful attacks. Once you perform a perfect guard, follow it with a physical or lightning-based attack. After you stagger Desmond, activate Overclock and finish the robot.

Talk to Tanbam again to complete the quest and receive your rewards.

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Walkthrough
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