I was doing the Mark Mission 12.... and then I thought the stone next to the monster was the 13th Mission.... then I took it and ran to the mark.... When I notice that just when I was going to face the Mark.... it was mission 52. xDD
Do you think Light/Sazh/Fang is a team that could work?
Yes, that team has everything you need. Sazh is a great buffer and Fang actually has a lot of handy debuffs. She's also a sentinel. Any battle you fear of losing you might want to turn to sentinel cause she takes up most of the damage then. Unless you're fighting with some "attack everybody with one attack" dude.
The only thing that doesn't truly work is Medic, because Lightning is an average medic. Harder battles won't be won that way unless you opened up every role.
My own part always consist of Lightning/Sazh/Vanille
And yeah, I know upgrading the weapons was a little ahead for where I am in the game but I felt like trying it out after reading a couple of guides. I'm debating on leveling up Hope and Fang's weapons or saving up for a catalyst for Lightning now. XD I'll upgrade as I progress and save a little time for when I'm grinding later, I suppose.
I'll be honest about Barthandalus. After hearing horror stories, I kept switching Hope back to Synergist to make sure I was buff'd and then back to Medic to make sure I had full HP the whole time. I was just worried he would take us out in one giant swoop or something and we were only in the red once. :/ So yeah, I can see what you mean about retrying it with a different save file. Honestly though, I didn't realize it was a full 12 minutes. I figured I'd get 3 stars at least. XD
I've been twitchy about upgrading ever since I started getting weapons with different abilities. "Maybe I should've upgraded that one" is a thought that often runs through my mind. gonk
I didn't hear the horror stories until after I beat him the first time and was on my quest for 5 stars, and I'd initially taken him down in 9 minutes with my weapons at level 6. It took beating him in 7 minutes with the weapons at level 7 to get 5 stars. I went in with Lightning, Sazh, and Vanille and used a Librascope at the start of the battle. I started with the Bully paradigm and switched between Ruthless, Decimation, Relentless Assault, and Diversity as needed throughout the fight. I also pulled out Odin while he was staggered, which left him staggered again by the time Odin left. mrgreen