How to dodge 200 lightning bolts in Final Fantasy X

By Spencer . April 11, 2008 . 12:39pm

I never powered up the Onion Knight in Final Fantasy X. I tried the Thunder Plains challenge while sitting in the dark. This made the screen flashes easier to see. After starting from square one over a dozen times I gave up. I didn’t even get my tally up to 100.


What I didn’t know was you can control the lightning to a degree by repeatedly walking on a certain spot. You still need fast reflexes and a sense of rhythm to complete the task, but knowing when the lightning bolts come crashing down should make it much easier. Take a look at how this works.




Just repeat the move 200 times without getting hit and the Mars sigil is yours. YouTube user thedamnchicken took this challenge a step further by dodging over 1100 lightning bolts in a row. That is the power of patience at work.




Images courtesy of Square Enix.

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  • Hello Hello

    Over 1,100?! That’s pretty sadistic.

  • When I was in college, someone in my dorm building wired a photo sensor to the X button of a playstation controller and played the game in the dark. As soon as the lightning flashed on the screen it would automatically trigger the X button and Tidus would jump.

  • Shin

    hey I knew that !
    I was just walking in circles in a small area just north of the shop there, and it did the trick ^^

  • Simon

    I remember doing this long ago… it didnt seem that hard at all. dunt even need to turn off lights or anything.. it was just a simple minigame. the only ultimate weapon I didnt get was Kimari’s i forgot why though

  • Ryu Kazama

    I didn’t find it that hard either. But over 1000? Why…that’s not even remotely fun. I got bored after the first dozen or so.

  • Neo Yor

    I remember doing this. I did like 50 and when I missed i gave up xP.

    BTW, looking both videos, the first one get the Mars Sigil, but the second one get a VENUS Sigil, why is that????

  • nika

    @neo: that is weird indeed, you’re supposed to get the venus sigil. I have know Idea why the video says you get the mars sigil…

    I so hate the lightning dodging. eventually I dodged 10 at a time, wrote that down, and dodged 10 of them again. I didn’t count exactly how much I dodged though, I’d get much to nervous if I knew where I was. that seriously made me get hit somewhere in the 190s.

    the only thing I hated more was the butterfly hunting.

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