Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – What’s Going On With Noel & Caius

By Spencer . September 13, 2013 . 1:25am

lightning_returns_ffxiii_sept_13_groupWhile Lightning is the only playable character in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the entire cast of characters from the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy will return for the finale. Concept art confirms Serah, Mog, Caius Ballad, Yeul, and Noel from Final Fantasy X-2 will be in the game along with all of the playable characters from Final Fantasy XIII.


Noel is… different in Lightning Returns. Instead of his determined self, Noel is sullen and blames himself for the destruction of the world. Hidden away from society he is the "Shadow Hunter" and just as the Oracle Drives predicted Lightning shows up before Noel.


The two characters will fight in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Fueled with anger, Noel uses unpredictable strikes and inflicts status abnormalities.




Lightning will also run into Yeul from Final Fantasy XIII-2 who begs her to save Caius. Caius and Lightning clashed before in Valhalla, but Lightning didn’t fare so well during that fight. Caius he holds the heart of Etro, the goddess of death within him, and released the Chaos energy when Serah and Noel fought him.




Academia (left) has seen better days. This was a thriving town in Final Fantasy XIII-2, but it crumbled to ruins in Lightning Returns. Valhalla (right) can be found in a corner of the Wildlands. Followers of Etro live there. Noel the "Shadow Hunter’s" hideout is below with words written in blood and the Warren, a slum where a cult called the Children of Etro is to the right.




One of Lightning’s quests in Luxerion is to track down a serial killer. She investigates and finds flyers left by the culprit. Her investigation leads her to the Children of Etro… who come in handy and block Noel when he pursues Lightning.




Lightning has to fight Snow, Serah’s husband and ally in Final Fantasy XIII. Snow has a few tricks up his sleeve. While he still uses his fists, his fists are charged with ice and chaos power.



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  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Dat tailcoat…

    • Chiupon



  • Go2hell66

    All Noel needs is some sharingan and he’d be the perfect sasuke clone. looks like he nailed the whole emo thing

    • OathkeeperSoraXIII

      How so? other than the angry attitude he has I can’t see any similarities in looks or personality.

      • Go2hell66

        Both come from a village where everyone died. both use swords. similar clothes(kind of) similar hair and now their both emo…

        • OathkeeperSoraXIII

          I disagree on the hair and clothes, his clothes remind me more of Terra from Birth by Sleep. The circumstances are a bit different. Sasuke’s village was murdered where as Noel’s died out. When you put it your way it’s easy to make the connection but when you look at the situations I just can’t make the connection lol. meh, opinions :P

          If you thought Noel looked similar to Sasuke, I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Noctis ;)

        • Herok♞

          If you are stretching it to make that comparison work and saying that Caius was his older brother then they are still different on so many different levels, also Current Sasuke isn’t very emo for one thing.

        • zaidandzhadow

          the only difference is Noel doesn’t want to be Hokage

  • LustEnvy

    I can get over Noel’s M.C. Hammer pants…ugh.

  • Suriel Cruz

    The concept art is gorgeous… 1st day free poster?!… xD

  • Rogerrmark

    Noel’s situation seems intriguing. Chaos liberation was mostly his and Sera’s fault indeed,even if it was inevitable and they didn’t have too much choice.

    It’s interesting to see a former hero become,somewhat,antagonist like this,taken by ressentiment/despair etc.

    The mix between good and evil on FFXIII games is really nice.

  • Tom

    SPOILER ALERT! Damn, I should have finished FFXIII-2 by now…


      why do you read a article about a game that is a sequel of the previous sequel?

      • Tom

        You must be right. I’m just curious what to expect from LR:FFXIII. But I try to keep the information to the minimum. Same with FFXV, I’d like to know less until the release of the game. Sometimes trailers give away too much or I just start to fabricate my own story from the elements I see in a trailer.


          I know how you feel. lately I stoped looking into new information of games that i want. they release so much information that when i’ll be able to play the game it will be like if i already played 80% of it

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    Wow that picture of Snow down the bottom. Looks like he’s running out of time and turning into a C’ieth O_o
    That cast artwork looks insane too. I love Caius’s pose and Vanille looks hot with her headdress(crown?)

    There was some more details on gameplay and story here:

    there’s spoilers so read at your own risk but it’s definitely hyping me up.
    I’ll be saving Caius’s ass in the hopes that he’ll temporarily be a battle guest with me. This kinda confirms that Caius won’t be the final villain. I think it will be Muin/Mwynn from the mythos

  • KrazyBean


    Didn’t Serah, Caius and Yeul die in XIII-2? According to that concept art, they will be back in this game…WHY?!

    • Quacker

      i was pretty sure caius survived. probably something about souls being taken to the end of time or something

    • Somber

      it will be explained in game :)

    • Virevolte

      Well, anybody can buy a phoenix down these days.

    • zeothedeathgod

      look at vanille and fang in 13-2.

    • Wtv

      Serah and Yeul died for the same reason…so maybe they are alive for the same reason too.

      • zaidandzhadow

        Only Serah is the one who intrigues me how is alive then again we’ll be seeing kid Hope, after XIII-2 Hope was supposed to be on an adult form

    • zaidandzhadow

      You better go and find those 160 crystals

  • Elemiel

    Why does Christmas have a blue streak in one picture?


    SE released a new costume trailer too
    ps: dat sexy ost

  • SeventhEvening

    Wow, this is pretty wild stuff. But it is making me feel that all the stuff Serah did in XIII-2 was rather pointless. Like it is some weak bridge that connects XIII to XIII-3 (even though 2 was more fun)

    • Quacker

      i appreciate the 13-2 ending way more now than i did at the time how many games finish with such a massive loss for the characters involved

      • SeventhEvening

        It really is oppressive and dark all things considered. I wasn’t expecting anything like that, given how hopeful most Final Fantasy games are.

        • Quacker

          Well its still a nice change of pace. no happy ends till lightning returns eh?

          • SeventhEvening

            Definitely. I’ve got no idea what to expect now. XIII-2 made me like XIII better and got me interested in this next one. I’ll definitely pick it up. I’m just hoping the hundreds of costumes they’re showing off are in the game and not DLC -_-

          • Lynx

            I don’t even think LR will have a happy ending.

            All of this is pointing to bittersweet, at the least.

          • zaidandzhadow

            It was said that you must hurry to save most of the ones to be saved and decide who to save and who to damn.

  • KingGunblader

    Noel looks kind of crazy in these screens… I like it!

    This is is also our first visual confirmation of Vanille, Serah, and Caius of all of people. The plot thickens!

  • XiaomuArisu

    Sazh,Snow now Noel….If there was a optimistic FFXIII character,LR:FF will make them emo XD

    • Sardorim

      Hope seems happy enough with Lightning back.>_>

      • XiaomuArisu

        Didnt Hope lost his emotions?

  • Göran Isacson

    Ha ha oh my God if Noel is the one writing things in blood I’m just. Going to laugh until I weep that is SO MELODRAMATIC.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    “Noel the “Shadow Hunter’s” hideout is below with words written in blood and the Warren,”
    It reminds me to Sideshow Bob

    “Buy a pen, Noel.”

  • Wtv

    I still don’t understand Hope.

    I know there is time travel and all, but…why would Lightning bother to get his past self and then go to the future?

  • *XIII-2

    “Concept art confirms Serah, Mog, Caius Ballad, Yeul, and Noel from Final Fantasy X-2 will be in the game”

  • Flamboyant Ass Nigga

    Snow looks like such a badass now

  • eilegz

    nice hopefully they fix the plot holes and care to explain what happened, example why hope its a child again, how could caius and yeul survived they suppose to be death…

    • RoxasTheUnknown1

      Caius’ physical body is dead. He lives on through a body/bodies made from Chaos. Yeul was reborn…….again.

    • zaidandzhadow

      Seeress are bound to be reborn again and again, Caius just get the 160 crystals and watch the ending

  • DyLaN

    Vanille have a pretty nice…… wedding veil thing and outfit.

  • Yan Zhao

    Sounds like the whole world is against Lightning for wahtever reason. This plot just gets weirder and weirder.

  • Bell

    Can’t say I’m surprised about Noel. He’s been strong throughout everything that’s happened to him. He’s kept on moving forward and not looking back, hoping for a better future. I guess Serah’s death and the destruction of the world was his breaking point. Unfortunately, people will fail to recognize the character development and most likely label him as ’emo.’ That word gets thrown around a lot in places it doesn’t belong.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Similarities to FFXIII & Tales of Xillia.
    – Tales of Xillia and Final Fantasy XIII are both the thirteenth installment of their series! (we knew that for a while)
    – In the games there is a character who’s objective is kinda difficult to categorize is called Gaius/Caius. (good/bad/neutral)
    – Both heroes of the thirteenth installment are a bit indecisive about him, but overcome it in the end.
    – They see Gaius/Caius as “someone to look up to”/ “as a friend”
    – Noel and Jude also have (as you can see) the exact same numbers of letters.
    – Both games have a sequel which uses a “time traveling/shifting” theme.
    – Also they are both about a God/Goddess which needs to be protected in a way, and uses a vessel for his/her own accord to fight against “fate”. (Milla Maxwell and Lightning)
    – Both games were kinda rushed, while Xillia had to be the 15th anniversary title, Square Enix didn’t want to delay the release of XIII further.
    – XIII-2 is basically the first Final Fantasy where the player is able to get different costumes and accessories, which is common in all Tales games. But editing them to such a degree was also a new feature in Xillia.
    – They have a different ” enemy surprise attack mechanic” than in the previous games of the series.
    – XIII and Xillia also share a similar leveling system which is similar
    to the sphere grid from X (FF10), but in Xillia it’s without level
    – And the both use a slightly altered battle system, which is much more similar to older games of the series. DR-LMBS sideview in Xillia (instead of the precise SS-LMBS overhead view from Graces) and for XIII a variant version of the ATB system from older FF titles.
    – Both follow-up titles use yet another upgraded version of it.
    – Plus both second games of either Xillia and XIII-2 re-use some of the places and models from the first games (some are slightly altered) as well as the same engine.
    – While Xillia 2 and XIII-2 still feature some of the old cast, they can’t really be considered as the main characters anymore.
    – The sequels also feature some kind of “choice” system.
    – This leads the player to different endings, while there is only one true ending in both games.

  • zaidandzhadow

    Hmmm, why are there two Serahs in the main art it completely intrigues me…

    • Chaos_Knight

      No. The Serah-looking girl is a new character named Lumina.

      • zaidandzhadow

        Ohh, i lived in the shadows till now, thanks, now light can return to my life.

  • Guest

    That poster is missing Vanille. Is she STILL a crystal?

  • Vash bane

    snow.. chaos power? ok someone tell me what happened in 2 that made this happen? I didn’t beat 1 so I didn’t even know snow married serah(or in two iono)

  • Setsu Oh

    IS IT ME OR TEAM NINJA GOT HAIR RENDERING DOWN BETTER THAN (oops caps) THE company that should have it down the best?

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