Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Trophies
Clock Stopper
Responded swiftly to the appearance of enemies.

Perform 100 CONSECUTIVE Preemptive Strikes to earn this trophy (refer to Quick Draw for more information on Preemptive Strikes). All 100 must be done in a row; if the timer runs out or an enemy touches you, the counter resets back to 0.

It's possible that this trophy can come naturally, but personally, I had to grind for it; it took a little over an hour. I recommend the west side of Archylte Steppe because enemies there are relatively timid and never rush you, unlike other areas w/ aggressive enemies like Vile Peaks. Another recommended location is Oerba Village AF200.

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User Comments
 Comment #1 by furious_banana
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 03:23:37 PM

Anyone knows if you can reload a save if you fail one and continue progress from saved game?

 Comment #2 by Spyder1569
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 05:11:08 PM

I was wondering the same thing

 Comment #3 by VansGyrl
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 10:47:21 PM

i just got this with this method. if i failed then i reloaded the game. not sure if retry will work or not.

 Comment #4 by furious_banana
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 11:35:14 PM

Well ive been tryin to do this method but i got the 100 preemptive strikes trophy a while ago but not this one... I cant say it works yet :/

 Comment #5 by furious_banana
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 01:23:39 PM

Ok im sorry triple post but i can confirm it works... Just loaded my game and got the trophy a couple fights later... But im pretty sure it unlocked for me after 150 in a row.... That or i really cant count :/

 Comment #6 by RevLarsLionHart
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 07:48:01 PM

i hope the retry works i DO NOT want to reload everytime i fail

 Comment #7 by LividLeon
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 08:55:51 PM

Do boss or fragment fight rest the counter.

 Comment #8 by Damos717
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 @ 09:57:13 PM

According to the strategy guide, you have to have 100 straight pre-emptive strikes in a row. Hope this helps everyone out.

 Comment #9 by DrewHLMW
Friday, February 03, 2012 @ 11:54:26 AM

confirm that saving and reloading works.
I saved after every 5 battles, messed up fight 41 so reloaded it with my previous 40 being carried over into my new 60 :)

 Comment #10 by itzknickknac
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 12:20:49 AM

wow this is good to know. i will do that from now. good thing i've checked up on this while im still in the beginning

 Comment #11 by Badjam12
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 12:10:58 PM

i went oerba 200AF and tried to get this trophy bet so far its no good

 Comment #12 by huntnhounds
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 01:02:18 AM

i didnt get any of these trophies after 100 cause i got these trophies all before i hit 100 lol and if u got a preemptive strike on one u can retry the battle and u can keep repeating it and getting the PS so u dnt have to worry bout running into another creature thatll attack you.

 Comment #13 by Zaft
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 06:57:38 AM

A great place to farm this is The Archlytte Steppe at the Clearwater Marshes during rainy weather. It's the best place to farm Potent Essences/Crystals, so you're able to kill two birds with one stone.

 Comment #14 by Fubzy
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 10:21:05 AM

I Got This Trophy With Ease In Oerba 200AF, As None Of The Enemies Rush Towards You There. A Fair Amount Of Crystarium Points Can Be Earned Too, Which Will Help Towards The 'Supreme Being' Trophy. :)

 Comment #15 by goldsy
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 @ 11:42:17 AM

I did it in the ridge that runs through the center of the Archylte Steppe (N-S) with cloudy weather. Lots of Goblins, Scutaris, and Microchu's which are all easy to get a preemptive strike on. Not a bad spot for Mana Essence farming either. I even ran into 3 metal giantuclars for 4000 CP a pop with the colling in CP skill.

 Comment #16 by samurai90
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 @ 12:22:58 PM

breshia ruins AF100 is also a good place to get this trophy, if you stay in the ruins you'll only encounter those munchkins and tempests, both are not aggressive.
I don't have the trophy yet, but I'm at 62 battles so far and not once did I mess it up.

 Comment #17 by bazcadman
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 10:54:49 AM

Didi this pretty much straight away after getting the Mog Clock. Ran into 1 of those lizard things after u do the very 1st big jump, got the pre-emp then just kept hittin retry until it popped

 Comment #18 by ashley0112358
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 10:42:22 AM

I am curious about field killer, i will try it out and post her if using field killer for 100 kills counts.

 Comment #19 by ashley0112358
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ 03:12:33 AM

In case anyone else wanted to know, field killer "kills" do not count.

I tried using field killer and clock master (high speed) to get it done quicker, but after 150 kills in a row without the mog clock leaving the green section, still no trophy.

Im hoping clock master alone will work, as it will mean battles are actually initiated therefore pre-emptive strikes are counted.

 Comment #20 by kbane13
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 12:21:29 AM

Can someone please confirm something for me on this trophy:
I've been working on this in Oerba 200AF; it's got simple monsters to farm.

However...TWICE the MogClock appears then disappears before I can take any action. First time, I didn't get a even get a chance to see any monsters; the second, I saw, but it deactivated on me. -Both- times were within a second of it activating.

Would this effect my collection of pre-emptives for Clock Stopper?
I'm also doing this, btw, while still first time through the game, without having obtained the items mentioned here (Field Killer and Clock Master).

I've an odd nitch to getting trophies early if I know it's possible, hence why I'm only on 'act' 2 while attempting this...

 Comment #21 by kbane13
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 12:23:40 AM

Btw, if someone can just message a reply about this to me - my PSN is my ID here...

 Comment #22 by neb1
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 05:09:33 PM

Got this one today with Clock Master (faster setting) and encounter master (not needed really).
I didn't escape from monsters, so maybe that kills the count, using retry during each battle helps.

 Comment #23 by spectralheaven
Saturday, February 18, 2012 @ 01:21:34 AM

word of advice - don't use the fast speed settings, it's really easy to mess up things and run into monsters. Consecutive fighting in Clearwater Marshes shouldn't take longer than an hour of playtime, plus you will get tons of Monster Materials

 Comment #24 by mithosdraco
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 01:26:58 AM

"Retry" does work! I tested it out just now in Clearwater Marshes, getting a "Great!" preemtive strike on goblins. As soon as Noel did his blitz starting maneuver, I hit start, selected Retry, and then struck for another "Great!" I repeated this 10 times, then killed the goblins, saved, and repeated the process... saving at each 10 in case I screwed up. It took about 20 minutes--and I suspect it could have gone faster with the faster speed setting (dangerous as it can be) or by hitting start as soon as the battle began instead of those precious seconds of Noel backflipping from the gobs. Anyway! I know for certain that I did not have many successful preemptive strikes from before and I only completed perhaps 10-11 actual battles. So, the "Retry" option works and can save you 40-50 m

 Comment #25 by Marhorn
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 08:30:59 PM

you can make it like @24 said, pick a fight, pause then retry, get a preemptive strike, wait the 'great' message and the fight beguns, then retry again. I did this in the same battle, took me about 20 minutes and the trophy pop up on the retry 101.

 Comment #26 by slaughtertabs
Friday, March 02, 2012 @ 02:08:21 AM

I got this one fairly easily. I did it in the Yaschas Massif 110 AF. It took me a little over an hour, but fairly painless. The only creatures who rush you are the mandrakes. I saved every five battles, and if I messed up, I'd quit before the battle ended and reload. Was a lot less frustrating than just trying to get it on random play.

 Comment #27 by Xebenatros
Monday, March 05, 2012 @ 04:52:19 AM

Worked on this while farming Essence's in Archylte Steppe, any weather is fine, although I did min mostly during the rainy seasons. I had several Fragment skills active to help speed things along, one that makes stronger enemies appear, one for increasing how often enemies spawn and doubling any CP I win. Do this in the water portion of Archylite Steppe, killing and farming enemies for about 40 mins and there's the trophy plus a good amount of essences.

 Comment #28 by angel78556
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 07:48:54 PM

just got it. if it helps, as soon as the battle starts you can hit retry. you dont need noel or serah to hit them or wait for anything in battle.

 Comment #29 by angel78556
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 07:51:26 PM

Also just a quick addition since it freaked me out a bit but the "preempt then retry the battle over and over" method WORKS WITH PATCH 1.04.

 Comment #30 by MajorGreenthumb
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 05:07:19 AM

Did not think the retry trick would work....very good to know! Platinum is almost in reach :)

 Comment #31 by severedspirit
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 02:58:03 PM

Retry trick worked for me, took me just shy of 2 hours

 Comment #32 by Ramout
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 09:51:19 AM

Still works on 1.05 with the "retry" method.

 Comment #33 by Hagun0086
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 12:23:07 PM

Got this done in 45 minutes with High Speed and Retry method in the Clearwater Marshes.

 Comment #34 by Jousting
Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 04:50:30 PM

Confirmed, both the retry and save/reload method work, I've just used a combination of both to get this trophy and with it my 5th Platinum.

 Comment #35 by tagzero
Saturday, May 05, 2012 @ 03:20:53 AM

Brilliant, thanks all for this page. Spent a good hour slowly working my way up in Episode 1 (for some reason), then discovered the Retry method mentioned in this thread and blew threw the rest in no time. Cheers!

PS: Can also confirm Retry method still works with patch 1.05.

 Comment #36 by PratikH
Sunday, May 20, 2012 @ 12:38:55 AM

This works the best the first time you go to Oerba Village. None of the monsters are really hostile, you get good CP, and you also get items to level up your monster companions with.

 Comment #37 by zzamaro
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 03:27:24 AM

I can confirm that if the monster disappear because you get too far from him, the counter won't reset. It happened to me because a blue(?) chocobo appeared too far from me, he disappeared too quick for me to react. Then I did like 20-30 more and got trophy. I did this in the recommended area given by the trophy guide: The west section of alchoyyte steppe(spelling?).

 Comment #38 by Finalfira
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 @ 07:28:35 PM

Stil it's pretty boaring to just kill 100 weak monsters

 Comment #39 by TruEDGE67
Thursday, June 14, 2012 @ 10:03:23 PM

I agree with FinalFira this and the bestairy mission were two of the most boring things i did in ffxii-2.

 Comment #40 by ZER0_infection
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 02:14:36 PM

How i done it was every 5 fights i saved and if the enemy ran into me or the clock ran out i simply quit and loaded the save back up! worked perfectly ! i had a piece of paper to keep track of my fights so all i had to do is count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and save and mark
...... noel serah
commando LV 99 99
ravenger LV 57 99
sentinel LV 99 30
sabotour LV 01 01
synergist LV 40 01
medic LV 01 77

AREA: The Archyite Steppe -Year Unknown-
Time of play 025:04:30

 Comment #41 by Malhas
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 09:57:21 AM

This can actually be very easy if the player uses the high speed and more randm encounters fragment skills. I did this trophy on "a dying world 700AF" and it was quite easy. I saved every 10 fights and loaded when needed. The enemies won't even move (they are just some weak ceith) with the exeption of a rare cactuar that can appear and cause some trouble, but it's easy to load and repeat if it appears.

 Comment #42 by GamingReploid
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 07:36:37 AM

I can confirm that this does NOT need to be done in one sitting. I used the retry trick to get about 43 of them, then saved & quit the game. The next day I did about 45 more and the trophy popped up. (I don't know why it popped @ 88? I guess I had accidentally done 12 in a row before even attempting this?)

 Comment #43 by SparhawkChicago
Monday, January 07, 2013 @ 01:02:17 PM

This took an hour on the western part of Archyite, just did it while farming potents for building a racing chocobo.

 Comment #44 by Pig Jigalo
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 05:38:22 AM

Did it early on the place where you get Snow temporarily....I probably fought like 150+ battles.

 Comment #45 by Vinyokvka54
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 08:10:21 AM

Works with patch 1.06. Funny part is that i recieved clock stopper but i ddnt recieve quick draw.

 Comment #46 by Bliss2You
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 02:03:03 PM

Only trouble I had with this trophy was that I couldn't engage the enemy fast enough to get the PS. Due to having to rotate the camera and your aim has to be kinda precise. So I was always struggling to find my enemy just TO engage.
So I think i chose Oerba beach where Raspatil spawns. (Cant remember the year) The monsters didn't move quick so i had plenty of time to find and engage them. Also they frequently popped in high numbers so i could easily find a target fast. Got the trophy within about 1-2 hours here.

 Comment #47 by TheArdanian
Sunday, November 17, 2013 @ 04:08:34 PM

Another good spot is Augusta Tower 300AF. Much like others it allows farming of potent engines from flanitors and flanborgs. Great mechanical monster farming spot plus big window to get the PS correct. Takes a while so good luck.

 Comment #48 by Kayyay
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 11:45:14 PM

I also did it like #24 said. Using retry does work

 Comment #49 by ghoraaa
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 @ 04:33:52 AM

After more than 100 battles i counted, i just keep playing because i didnt saw any sign of trophy, then i gave up at 5.29 am, checked the trophy list, and it says i got this effin trophy at 5.01 am

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Game Info
Square Enix
Square Enix


US January 31, 2012
Europe February 02, 2012
Japan December 15, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
ESRB: Teen
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