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Zoe, the Slaughterhouse owner

The Slaughterhouse is a battle arena in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII located in Yusnaan, where Lightning can combat opponents to win items. Unlike with the Coliseum in Final Fantasy XIII-2, there are no downloadable battles in the Slaughterhouse.

Contests of skill are held from 19:00–03:00 each night. Entering a Slaughterhouse tournament will consume ten minutes of time. Winning earns a reward. If the player cannot win, they must use Escape to flee. When losing a battle one will not only lose the ten minutes, but the time penalty for fleeing via Escape is also applied. Slaughterhouse matches do not yield battle spoils. Winning ten battles earns the achievement/trophy Queen of the Arena.


The following Slaughterhouse schedule will be available before completing Main Quest 2-3: A Solitary Patron:

Available Opponent Difficulty Reward
19:00–21:00 Gurangatch ★★★ Holy Water x1
21:00–23:00 Reaver ★★★ Haste Potion x1
23:00–01:00 Gremlin x5 Bronzed Medal x1
01:00–03:00 Skata'ne ★★ Silvered Medal x1

The following Slaughterhouse Battle Schedule will be available during Main Quest 2-2: The Legend of the Savior (after speaking to Director Sarzhak):

Available Opponent Difficulty Reward
19:00–21:00 Reaver ★★★ Fireworks x4
21:00–23:00 Gurangatch ★★★ Fireworks x4
23:00–01:00 Niblet x5 Fireworks x2
01:00–03:00 Anubys ★★ Fireworks x3

The following Slaughterhouse Battle Schedules will be available after completing Main Quest 2-3: A Solitary Patron:

Available Opponent Difficulty Reward
19:00–21:00 Gurangatch ★★★ Holy Water x1
21:00–23:00 Zaltys ★★★ Refresher x1
23:00–01:00 Skata'ne ★★ Silvered Medal x1
01:00–03:00 Personal Guard ★★ Fireworks x1
Available Opponent Difficulty Reward
19:00–21:00 Reaver ★★★ Haste Potion x1
21:00–23:00 Cyclops ★★★ Warrior's Potion x1
23:00–01:00 Anubys ★★ Silvered Medal x1
01:00–03:00 Fanatic ★★ Fireworks x1


A Testing Proposition[]

Quest Begins
In the Champion's Quarter, next to the battle arena, Lightning meets a potion-peddling alchemist called Velno who makes an interesting proposition. Velno has made a fortifying tincture by mixing two deadly poisons, and she wants Lightning to test it out. It sounds dangerous, but the potion might prove useful in battle. Hint: You must free up a slot for the potion in your recovery items inventory.
Entry 1
Lightning receives a flask of the prototype potion that Velno has dubbed "Nektar." Apparently, Lightning is supposed to drink it as soon as she is hit with a status ailment. Once Lightning has tried the potion, she is to report back to Velno in the Champion's Quarter and let her know how it worked.
Entry 2
Velno's potion did not seem to do a thing. When Velno hears this, she presents Lightning with another concoction that she dubs "Nectar Mk II." This potion is an antidote, and should be used when Lightning is suffering from the effects of Poison. Once she has tried it, Lightning is to report back to Velno in the Champion's Quarter.
Entry 3
Velno's new potion actually worked. Delighted with her success, the alchemist mixes a stronger potion for Lightning to try. Dubbed "Mirakle Nektar," it is supposed to heal the soul itself. Lightning should drink it when she is afflicted with three or more status effects, then report back to Velno to let the alchemist know how it worked.
Entry 4
No more potion testing—Velno has a very different job for Lightning. Velno thinks that Lightning will make the perfect spokesperson for her new product, the Nektar of the Gods. Lightning is to fight in the Slaughterhouse, drink the potion in front of the crowd, then report back to Velno, who will wait in her usual spot in the Champion's Quarter.
Quest Complete
A potion that makes you strong—and beautiful! Velno's shop is overrun with customers eager to snap up the latest potion innovation. The shop is raking in the gil, but for Velno, it is only a means to an end. Now she can stop worrying about money and return to her true passion: research into the nature of the physical and spiritual worlds.
Difficulty: ★★★
Requirements: None
Rewards: 3500 gil, Scholar's Mortarboard, Nektar of the Gods Ω, Max HP +120, Strength +8, Magic +12
Subsequent Rewards: 5300 gil, Max HP +60, Strength +4, Magic +10

During the last stage of this quest, Velno asks Lightning to use her Nektar of the Gods potion during a Slaughterhouse match, to promote her potion shop, Velno's Alchemic Products.

The Fighting Actress[]

Quest Begins
In The Champion's Quarter stands the Slaughterhouse battle arena. Zoe, the owner, has given Lightning the go-ahead to fight in tonight's special match. The grand prize will be a gown that Zoe herself once wore on stage. But it isn't enough for Lightning to just win the battles – she has to do it with style and grace. In other words she must put on a show.
Quest Complete
Lightning puts on a show worthy of her new fighting name--the knight of light--and receives the gown as her prize. At the same time, Zoe reveals that she, too, once trod the boards and starred as the savior. Even in a fictional show, the savior has the power to bring hope to the people. Now Lightning must change into her new costume and hurry to the Augur's Quarter where Sarzhak awaits her return.
Difficulty:: ★★
Requirements: Available between 7 PM and 3 AM, during main quest 2-2 The Legend of the Savior.
Rewards: 1500 gil, Max HP +80, Strength +6, Magic +6, Crown of Splendor, Midnight Mauve
Subsequent Rewards: 2300 gil, Max HP +40, Strength +5, Magic +5

After delivering the Fireworks to the Pyrotechnician Boss in the Augur's Quarter, Lightning speaks with the Director who asks her to get a garb for the night's play from the Slaughterhouse. Lightning must speak with Slaughterhouse Zoe, in the West area of Yusnaan, to sign up for the special matches. Winning all three matches completes the quest. After winning the matches, Lightning obtains the Midnight Mauve garb she can wear to play her part in The Song of the Savior.

Opponent Difficulty Reward
Gremlin x5 Bronzed Medal x1
Anubys ★★ Silvered Medal x1
Zaltys ★★★ Crystal Medal x1

Tanbam's Taboo[]

Quest Begins
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?
Quest Complete
The machine that Lightning defeated was actually a living automaton, inhabited by the soul of Tanbam's brother. He had made victims of countless fighters--but then he himself was a victim of Tanbam's grim experiment. The code of alchemic ethics strictly forbids the manipulation of people's souls. Lightning tells Tanbam that he has no choice but to bear the guilt of his crime. Paradoxically, this knowledge saves Tanbam's soul.
Difficulty: ★★★
Requirements: Available after completing main quest 2-3 Solitary Patron, between 7 PM and 3 AM
First Time Rewards: 4200 gil, Nickel Gear, Max HP +140, Strength +12, Magic +8
Subsequent Rewards: 6300 gil, Max HP +80, Strength +10, Magic +4

Tanbam, near the fenced area outside the Slaughterhouse, asks Lightning to vanquish an automaton he's built. Accepting the battle challenge, Lightning receives Desmond Notes. Desmond is invulnerable to status ailments, but should not prove to difficult to defeat. Winning the battle completes the quest.

Opponent Difficulty Reward
Desmond ★★★ Crystal Medal x1

Battle's Bounty[]

Entry 1
It appears that one of the soul fragments is in Yusnaan's battle arena, the Slaughterhouse. Rumors are flying that a "special match" is being held with a most unusual prize being offered to the winner. Could that prize be the soul fragment? There's only one way to find out...
Entry 2
Lightning emerges victorious in the battle arena special match and claims the Fragment of Courage as her prize. One question lingers, though. How did Zoe of the Slaughterhouse get the fragment in the first place? Could she have looted it from the body of a losing contestant?

As part of the Wildlands main quest, 5-1 Father and Son, Lightning must take part in a special battle against a Zaltys in the Slaughterhouse. Winning the match yields the Fragment of Courage.

Opponent Difficulty Reward
Zaltys ★★★ Fragment of Courage x1


Velno's Alchemic Products[]

Item Price Availability
Potion 360 gil Day 1 - Day 5
Hi-Potion 480 gil From Day 6
X-Potion 640 gil From Day 11
Remedy 580 gil Default
Mega Remedy 980 gil From Day 6
Phoenix Down 1280 gil Default
Faith Potion 640 gil Default
Vigilance Potion 480 gil Default
Nektar of the Gods Ω 1280 gil Complete the "A Testing Proposition" side quest.

Tavern Owner[]

Food Type Price
Warrior's Bourbon Restores some HP. 170 gil
Groggy Spirit Restores a great deal of HP. 300 gil
Berserker Brew Fully restores HP. 450 gil


  • Dispel Lv. 2 (Northwest area near tavern, hidden behind a palm tree)

Musical themes[]

"The Coliseum ~Fearsome Warriors~" plays at the Slaughterhouse.

"Worlds Collide" plays in the battle against Zaltys Brimstone.

When Lightning wins a battle the cheering crowd chants the traditional "Victory Fanfare".

Behind the scenes[]

Poster at Slaughterhouse reception.

The Slaughterhouse reception has a poster that depicts a Warrior of Light facing off against a behemoth. The Warrior of Light resembles the warrior as drawn by Yoshitaka Amano for the original Final Fantasy. There is also a piece of artwork that depicts the Warrior of Light fighting a winged behemoth Amano Behemoth vs. Light Warrior.

Slaughterhouse opponents have slightly different names than their traditional counterparts (likely to indicate that defeating enemies in the Slaughterhouse is not connected with the Last One gameplay mechanics):

Anubys = "Anubys of the Abyss"
Cyclops = "Cyclops the Rage"
Fanatic = "Infernal Fanatic" (listed as "Martyr" on the Battle Schedule)
Gremlin = "Ghost Gremlin"
Gurangatch = "Iron Wall Gurangatch"
Niblet = "Niblet the Nibbler"
Personal Guard = "Evil Guardsman" (initially listed as "Royal Brigade" on the Battle Schedule)
Reaver = "Reaver Rampager"
Skata'ne = "Skata'ne the Frenzied"
Zaltys = "Zaltys Brimstone"