Meonekton is an enemy in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII that appears most commonly in the Temple of the Goddess, located in the Wildlands, but will appear in all outside locations between the hours of 04:00 and 06:00 while no other enemies spawn. Its monster notes can be bought from Poltae after 6 PM.
The 65,535 spawn counter all but ensures Meonektons will continue to appear throughout the game, but defeating the Last One within the Ultimate Lair will eradicate them. 65,535 is a frequently occurring number in the field of computing, because it is the highest number that can be represented by an unsigned 16 bit binary number.
- During Eerie Soundwave
Meonekton can be dangerous to new players due to its high physical and magical resistance. A player who doesn't know how to Perfect Guard its Eerie Soundwave can get hit with its debuffing ailments, such as Slow and Imperil. Meonekton does not attack often, but will attack in rapid succession, which can stunlock Lightning if the player isn't guarding. The attack is not powerful, but can become dangerous over time, especially while fighting more than one Meonekton.
The real danger comes if Lightning is debuffed (especially with Imperil), where Meonekton will become aggressive; it will use high-damage attacks Rush and Force Darts. While Rush is telegraphed, Force Darts comes quickly and interrupts whatever Lightning was doing. Meonektons can throw Force Darts in rapid succession and at this state, the battle forces the player to be defensive, especially when there are more than one Meonekton. Aside from consuming a recovery item or using Esuna Guard from Miqo'te Dress garb, players can only wait the debuffs out, but once done Meonektons will revert to their default defensive approach.
The best strategy for new players is to avoid Meonektons entirely. After learning Deprotect and Deshell, they become easier. They are weak to every element and susceptible to all status effects. After inflicting Deprotect and Deshell, the player can stagger it to keep it from attempting to use debuffs.
A nekton is a subcategory of ocean-dwelling creatures capable of free movement independent of water currents, as opposed to plankton, which cannot. This includes vertebrates such as fish, molluscs such as squid, and crustaceans such as crabs or lobsters. Like all enemies of the Rift Beast class, the name is derived from a real class of living organism that also form part of an ancient clade of the evolutionary tree, referring to their origins in the Void Beyond.
Meonekton's Japanese name is "Meiobenthos". Meiobenthos, also called meiofauna, are small benthic invertebrates that live in both marine and fresh water environments.