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The Testudo is an enemy in Final Fantasy XIII-2.



It has a lot of HP and has a relatively high Stagger threshold for the area in which it appears. It can Issue Orders to its ally Scutari, allowing them to become more powerful. Should its last Scutari ally be killed, it will use Deployment, summoning another three Scutari, which obtain the Version Upgrade enhancement. It can also use Deployment before the last Scutari is killed, but only one at a time. This can lead to too many enemies on the targeting list to be displayed simultaneously, and since the Testudo remains first on the list, its name can be obscured.


Testudo should be killed first. The player may wish to build the chain gauge with Relentless Assault (COM/RAV/RAV) to increase the damage dealt to the target and ideally staggering it.

Paradigm PackEdit

An Early Peaker, Testudo is a cheap and early opportunity for a monster at maximum level, adequate if not ideal for finishing the main story. Not too near and not too far from having the highest HP of all Synergists, it has, at around 7,000, more than three times as much as the player's likely first Sentinel, Pulse Knight. It is an infusion source of the powerful Bravega and Faithga, not available to Serah and Noel. In fact, the single-target and team versions of Bravery and Faith are the only spells it has without infusion. This degree of focus is rare; Testudo is useful any time there are no elemental weaknesses, making En-spells useless, and it never casts spells that may not be needed, like Veil.

The Mechanical monster materials it requires to level are somewhat rarer than biological, and it begins at Grade 3 materials. An alternative source of Bravega and Faithga is Yakshini, which is biological, starts at Grade 2 materials, and learns those spells at roughly the same level.

Monster statsEdit


Ability Level Type Infuse
Bravery Initial Command Y
Faith Initial Command Y
Augment Maintenance Initial Passive N
Resist Magic: +15% 4 Passive Y
HP: +16% 9 Passive Y
Bravega 14 Command Y
Faithga 18 Command Y
Endless Blessings 20 Command N


In Ancient Roman warfare, the testudo or tortoise formation was a formation used commonly by the Roman Legions during battles, particularly sieges. Testudo is the Latin word for "tortoise."

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