Whenever I shift paradigms in Final Fantasy XIII, sometimes I get the animation for each individual character switching paradigms, and sometimes I get the animation for all three switching at the same time which is tremendously faster.

I think I get the individual animations while I'm currently attacking an enemy, but I'm not sure if that is the reason.

How do I consistently get the animation where everyone switches paradigms at the same time?


The first time you shift in a battle, you get the full animation where each character changes one at a time. All future shifts in that fight are the abbreviated version.

I believe there are a handful of times where you can skip the full-length animation on the first transition, such as during certain jump attacks, but then you might get the full animation on the next transition instead.

  • Hm, I will test this out when I get home from work. – bmarkham Apr 26 '16 at 5:10
  • I say this because I swear I've had the individual transitions after the first transition – bmarkham Apr 26 '16 at 6:18
  • The first half of my answer I'm more sure about because I used to intentionally shift early so I could quickly shift at key moments on more difficult fights. Are you on PC or console? – Troyen Apr 26 '16 at 7:00
  • I am on Xbox 360 – bmarkham Apr 26 '16 at 7:08
  • Wow you're right. The first one does the individual animations and anything after that was the faster one – bmarkham Apr 27 '16 at 0:39

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