Tracking down Final Fantasy XV's first Timed Quest

With the arrival of Patch 1.05, Final Fantasy XV introduces “timed quests,” a time-sensitive event where you’ll need to hunt down a monster mark in order to score a big reward. The first of these hunts will be available until March 6th, 2017, so if you want to get in on the prizes, you’ll have a good two weeks to participate.

In the video below, we hunt down the first timed quest: Cactuars and Slactuars. All you need to do is open the camp menu and select “Timed Quests.” This will point you to the general location of the mark, as well as the various bounty rewards. Note that you’ll also be able to redo this quest as many times as you wish within the given time period that the quest is active, but you’ll only get the reward once.

This particular quest is available from Chapter 1 onward, so you’ll be able to take it on no matter where you are in the story’s progression, as long as you have travel access to this specific area of Lucis.

Once you get close to the quest area, you will be notified that the quest is about to begin. Here, you’ll need to slay wave after wave of Cactuars and Slactuars — 100 in total. This can be tricky at any level; if you get swarmed by a bunch of cactuars, a few rounds of 100 Needles could easily send you into Danger status. Luckily, there are a few quick strategies that I felt made the fight a little less painful.

Cactuars and Slactuars are weak against daggers and firearms, and resist fire and holy magic. My main weapon of choice is the Zwill Crossblades, though any dagger not enchanted with fire or holy magic will do. As you might expect, these enemies are prone to zip around you quickly, and picking them off one by one might not be the most ideal. Ice and lightning magic seem to work well here, so have Ignis use his Enhancement skill on Noctis. Just hope you don’t get a fire buff, and “re-roll” if you do. Thunder, Blizzard, and their higher tier counterparts are also worth mixing up in the Elemancy menu. I also had Gladiolus equip Impulse, as it’s a high damage attack that effects enemies over a large area, and Prompto with Gravisphere to attempt to group up some of the fast-moving enemies.

Good accessories to bring along on this fight are ones that will block Poison and Confusion status effects. Ribbons are ideal, but Star Pendants and Rainbow Pendants work just fine.

For those of you already at the level cap, definitely use this fight to stock up on a nice crop of experience points. Of course, you’ll want to bank those at the inn in Altissia — specifically the one that gives you a 3x multiplier to your earned total.

How about you? Be sure to share your strategies in our comments below.


  • 10,000 EXP
  • 333 AP
  • 150,000 gil
  • Oracle Ascension Coin x2

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About the Author

Tony Garsow Tony joined Nova Crystallis in 2015, and has spent more than a decade writing in the Final Fantasy community. He also contributes to the Nova Crystallis Twitch and YouTube channels, where you can watch select gameplay highlights, previews, and streams.