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I just got to Pulse, only to find myself very much outclassed by all the enemies around. This excellent question has assuaged most of my fears of having missed something important.

I accepted the first Cie'th Stone mission, thinking that that was the only thing for me to do. I've made it to the cave, and gotten to the first save point. But before the save point, there was an alternate route that led to a boss called Juggernaut.

Unlike the rest of the enemies in the cave, I had absolutely no hope of defeating it. It has over a million HP and I can hardly get an attack in without being annihilated.

Am I expected to be able to beat this thing at this point in my playthrough? I'm trying not to look at walkthroughs, but I peeked at one and it did not even mention the difficulty of this battle at this point in the game. Is this an optional megaboss? I'm not sure whether I can take these missions again after I clear them once; can I come back for it and the Treasure Sphere later?

Or was there something for me to do by following the arrow before I accepted that mission? Should I go back and try to forfeit the mission for now?

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That baby is the goal of much later Cie'th Stone don't worry. And believe me - with time you'll smash it like a cockroach. :) –  Shadow Wizard Jan 18 '12 at 8:03
    
@Shadow Wizard: I'm pretty sure you just answered his question, so you might want to put that there comment into a nice lil ANSWER box and get urself some rep. Just saying. ^_^ –  Ender Jan 18 '12 at 8:43
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@Ender thanks for the vote of confidence but the main question is "Is Cie'th Stone Mission 1 the first thing you're supposed to do on Gran Pulse" and this I don't know. –  Shadow Wizard Jan 18 '12 at 8:45
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@ShadowWizard: O yes, I see what your saying. He got sidetracked in his own question and I followed right along. Dee Dee DURRR. lol –  Ender Jan 18 '12 at 8:49
    
Yeah, the Juggernaut thing is related — it made me think that this was perhaps not the first thing I was supposed to do — but I guess I did have too many subquestions. –  75th Trombone Jan 18 '12 at 18:45
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Gran Pulse is littered with enemies of all strengths. Some are so powerful their just walking about will destroy you. For the most part, powerful enemies are reasonably easy to avoid. Such enemies won't be defeatable until you are well into the post-game.

As for the Cie'th stones, you don't have to do them all (only certain ones are required to advance the plot). I would recommend doing 1-14 or so to get some important unlocks (Chocobos!), and following the Cie'th stones will generally lead you down the story.

You can quit a mission without penalty and come back to any area in Gran Pulse to get the treasure again, especially in the post-game. Though on Cocoon there are many areas you can't visit again after leaving, so you want to be more thorough there during the "tutorial".

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I'm taking "following the Cie'th stones will generally lead you down the story" as confirmation that Mission 1 is, in fact, the first intended task on Pulse. Yes? –  75th Trombone Jan 18 '12 at 18:48
    
I don't recall exactly, but doing it won't lead you astray. –  CyberSkull Jan 19 '12 at 0:31
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For posterity: I realized all too late that the yellow arrow/marker on your radar/map does not point to the target of the current mission; rather, it points to the next story event on the road to the end of the game. I ended up going straight through the story without finishing any of the optional missions along the way. So: When you get to Gran Pulse and accept a mission, you're looking for the "TARGET" sprite above the enemy, NOT the map marker. –  75th Trombone Dec 28 '12 at 3:20
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