Paradigm

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Paradigm (or Optima in Japan) is the job role system in Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2. Paradigm Shift will allow the characters to take various roles in battle. Roles include:

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  • Commandos (COM) build chains with enhanced strength.
Commando (FFXIII) or Commando (FFXIII-2)
  • Ravagers (RAV) charge an enemy's Stagger gauge with concentrated attack.
Ravager (FFXIII) or Ravager (FFXIII-2)
  • Medics (MED) heal party members' HP. They do not attack.
Medic (FFXIII) or Medic (FFXIII-2)
  • Sentinels (SEN) are tanks that raises the party's defenses.
Sentinel (FFXIII) or Sentinel (FFXIII-2)
  • Saboteurs (SAB) can cast stat decreasing affects on enemies and debuff them.
Saboteur (FFXIII) or Saboteur (FFXIII-2)
  • Synergists (SYN) can buff up the party with positive status effects.
Synergist (FFXIII) or Synergist (FFXIII-2)

There are paradigm sets based on two- or three-character parties. They can be customized to suit the individual player's strategy. A maximum of six paradigms (called a "deck") can be customized and utilized at any one time. By accessing the main menu, the player can change the paradigm deck by altering the paradigms and roles of the characters. It is also possible to rearrange the order of the paradigms in the deck, and establish which paradigm is default at the beginning of battles.


[edit] Two-Member Paradigms

Name Role 1 Role 2 Description
Double Trouble Commando Commando Each COM will attack a different enemy
Slash & Burn Commando Ravager COM & RAV will combine attacks on a single enemy
Misdirection Commando Sentinel COM attacks an enemy while SEN draws enemy attacks
Divide & Conquer Commando Saboteur COM attacks while SAB weakens enemies
Supersoldier Commando Synergist COM attacks while SYN uses support magic on party
War & Peace Commando Medic COM attacks while MED heals party
Dualcasting Ravager Ravager RAVs use offensive magic on enemies
Arcane Defense Ravager Sentinel RAV attacks while SEN draws enemy attacks
Undermine Ravager Saboteur RAV attacks while SEN weakens enemies
Archmage Ravager Synergist RAV attacks while SYN uses support magic on party
Yin & Yang Ravager Medic RAV attacks while MED heals party
Twin Shields Sentinel Sentinel SENs draw and defend enemy attacks
Stumbling Block Sentinel Saboteur SEN draws & defends against enemy attacks while SAB weakens enemies
Building Block Sentinel Synergist SEN draws & defends against enemy attacks while SYN strengthens party
Lifeguard Sentinel Medic SEN draws & defends against enemy attacks while MED heals party
Havoc Saboteur Sabotuer SABs weaken enemies
Tide Turner Saboteur Synergist SAB weakens enemies while SYN strengthens party
Sap & Salve Saboteur Medic SAB weakens enemies while MED heals party
Rally Synergist Synergist SYNs strengthen party
Symbiosis Synergist Medic SYN strengthens party while MED heals party
Double Dose Medic Medic MEDs both heal party


[edit] Three-Member Paradigms

Name Role 1 Role 2 Role 3 Description
Cerberus Commando Commando Commando Each COM attacks his/her own enemy
Aggression Commando Commando Ravager Each COM attacks his/her own enemy while RAV joins one COM in attacking
Offensive Screen Commando Commando Sentinel Each COM attacks his/her own enemy while SEN draws & defends enemy attacks
Devastation Commando Commando Saboteur Each COM attacks his/her own enemy while SAB weakens enemies
Strike Team Commando Commando Synergist Each COM attacks his/her own enemy while SYN strengthens party
Tireless Charge Commando Commando Medic Each COM attacks his/her own enemy while MED heals party
Relentless Assault Commando Ravager Ravager COM & RAVs all attack one enemy at a time
Delta Attack Commando Ravager Sentinel COM & RAV attack an enemy while SEN draws & defends against enemy attacks
Ruthless Commando Ravager Saboteur COM & RAV attack an enemy while SAB weakens enemies
Decimation Commando Ravager Synergist COM & RAV attack an enemy while SYN strengthens party
Diversity Commando Ravager Medic COM & RAV attack an enemy while MED heals party
Guarded Assault Commando Sentinel Sentinel COM attacks an enemy while SENs draw & defend enemy attacks
Dirty Fighting Commando Sentinel Saboteur SEN draws & defends enemy attacks, SAB weakens enemies, COM attacks weakened enemy
Strategic Warfare Commando Sentinel Synergist COM attacks an enemy, SEN draws & defends enemy attacks, SYN strengthens party
Solidarity Commando Sentinel Medic COM attacks an enemy, SEN draws & defends enemy attacks, MED heals party
Exploitation Commando Saboteur Saboteur COM attacks an enemy while SABs weaken enemies
Bully Commando Saboteur Synergist SAB weakens enemies, COM attacks weakened enemy, SYN strengthens party
Scouting Party Commando Saboteur Medic SAB weakens enemies, COM attacks weakened enemy, MED heals party
All for One Commando Synergist Synergist COM attacks enemies while SYNs strengthen party
Hero's Charge Commando Synergist Medic COM attacks enemies, SYN strengthens party, MED heals party
Discretion Commando Medic Medic COM attacks enemies while MEDs heal party
Tri-disaster Ravager Ravager Ravager RAVs attack a common enemy with offensive magic
Mystic Tower Ravager Ravager Sentinel RAVs attack a common enemy while SEN draws & defends enemy attacks
Smart Bomb Ravager Ravager Saboteur SAB weakens enemies while RAVs attack a common enemy
Malevolence Ravager Ravager Synergist RAVs attack a common enemy while SYN strengthens party
Thaumaturgy Ravager Ravager Medic RAVs attack a common enemy while MED heals party
Patient Probing Ravager Sentinel Sentinel RAV attacks enemies while SENs draw & defend enemy attacks
Matador Ravager Sentinel Saboteur SAB weakens enemies, RAV attacks weakened enemies, SEN draws & defends enemy attacks
Riot Shield Ravager Sentinel Synergist RAV attacks enemies, SEN draws & defends enemy attacks, SYN strengthens party
Entourage Ravager Sentinel Medic RAV attacks enemies, SEN draws & defends enemy attacks, MED heals party
Assassination Ravager Saboteur Saboteur SABs weaken enemies while RAV attacks
Guerilla Ravager Saboteur Synergist SAB weakens enemies, RAV attacks weakened enemies, SYN strengthens party
Variety Ravager Saboteur Medic SAB weakens enemies, RAV attacks weakened enemies, MED heals party
Supernatural Ravager Synergist Synergist RAV attacks enemies while SYNs strengthen party
Coordination Ravager Synergist Medic RAV attacks enemies, SYN strengthens party, MED heals party
Perpetual Magic Ravager Medic Medic RAV attacks enemies while MEDs heal party
Tortoise Sentinel Sentinel Sentinel SENs draw & defend against enemy attacks
Overcaution Sentinel Sentinel Saboteur SENs draw & defend enemy attacks while SAB weakens enemies
Conservation Sentinel Sentinel Synergist SENs draw & defend enemy attacks while SYN strengthens party
Consolidation Sentinel Sentinel Medic SENs draw & defend enemy attacks while MED heals party
Countermeasure Sentinel Saboteur Saboteur SEN draws & defends enemy attacks while SABs weaken enemies
Premeditation Sentinel Saboteur Synergist SEN draws & defends enemy attacks, SAB weakens enemies, SYN strengthens party
Attrition Sentinel Saboteur Medic SEN draws & defends enemy attacks, SAB weakens enemies, MED heals party
Prudent Planning Sentinel Synergist Synergist SEN draws & defends enemy attacks while SYNs strengthen party
Protection Sentinel Synergist Medic SEN draws & defends enemy attacks, SYN strengthens party, MED heals party
Combat Clinic Sentinel Medic Medic SEN draws & defends enemy attacks while MEDs heal party
Infiltration Saboteur Saboteur Saboteur SABs quickly weaken enemies
Espionage Saboteur Saboteur Synergist SABs weaken enemies while SYN strengthens party
Safe Subversion Saboteur Saboteur Medic SABs weaken enemies while MED heals party
Superiority Saboteur Synergist Synergist SAB weakens enemies while SYNs strengthen party
Evened Odds Saboteur Synergist Medic SAB weakens enemies, SYN strengthens party, MED heals party
Perseverance Saboteur Medic Medic SAB weakens enemies while MEDs heal party
Rapid Growth Synergist Synergist Synergist SYNs quickly strengthen party
Convalescence Synergist Synergist Medic SYNs strengthen party while MED heals party
Recuperation Synergist Medic Medic SYN strengthens party while MEDs heal party
Salvation Medic Medic Medic MEDs quickly heal party


[edit] General Strategies

Combining Ravagers will quickly fill an enemy's chain gauge and Stagger them. This is particularly useful on larger foes with high HP. Once a character learns Launch (COM), this becomes an effective strategy to swiftly take down an enemy without taking much damage. Relentless Assault is the best paradigm for this strategy.

For paradigms that have more than one Commando, each COM will attack its own enemy. This can be useful against groups of weaker enemies, but make it difficult to take down strong enemies in groups of two or more.

Having more than one Sentinel in a party is generally ineffective as only one SEN is needed at a time to draw enemy aggression. The only time having more than one SEN could be effective is in cases of dealing with large enemies or bosses. Right before a devastating area attack, a quick switch to a paradigm with more than one SEN can help limit the amount of damage the party takes.

If a party is in need of a quick healing, any paradigm that utilizes two MEDs can recover the party quickly. In a dire emergency, the Combat Clinic paradigm is especially useful – the SEN will draw attacks while the MEDs heal. While Salvation may see little use, three MEDs can quickly restore a weak and status-ailed party.

Setting up a paradigm deck is important. It is advisable to place the preferred healing paradigm in a spot (usually the top or bottom) where it can be easily accessed during battle without having to search for it.

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