Lightning Returns Guide: Time Management

Struggling to manage you're in-game time? Take a look at these tips.

In Lightning Returns, time is everything. In this guide I'll give tips on how to use your time wisely. This is just a basic guide and may not be useful to all.

Stay Active:

When time is of the essence, it's recommended that you stay active. That means if there isn't anything else to do at the moment in an area, go to another area. It's really hard to get anything done if you're just sitting there.

Don't Die:

Avoid those big fights if you're not ready for them.

Dying in this game has unusual penalties. Selecting Game Over technically, by returning to the title menu will take you back to the last saved point. However, you can select escape, and spend 1 in-game hour to prevent having to redo things. This option is risky, so only take it if you have time to spare. Otherwise, to save time just don't die.

Be Productive:

If you have side-quests that are going to eat up your time, skip them. You can always complete them on New Game+, or come back to them at a later time. Try to stick to the easy side quests (1 star) at the start.

Stay On Task:

If you're on a task, just get it done. Don't worry about exploring too much. Once you get a feel for the world flow, you can spare time to explore. You won't be able to get that feel until you've been a few places, so at the start just stay on task.

This wraps up my guide for time management. Check out my Lightning Returns directory for more guides.

Published Feb. 13th 2014
  • Nola213
    I've already beaten the first chapter, and I must say this countdown clock is VERY intimidating. I like to explore, I like to take in all the scenery. I really hope this game opens up and I can bank some extra days, Currently sitting at 5 days left for my last 2 days in game (I guess I'm safe, but I'm still saving ALOT) I have like a dozen different saves just in case. I really hope I can just slow down and enjoy the game instead of feeling like I'm being rushed through it.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    the thing is, you're supposed to prioritize which things you want to get done on which playthrough. The new game+ mode makes that easier as all items will transfer to the new game and you can clear faster spending less timemeandering through the game.
  • Cortalia
    I like the idea of the death penalty... losing time to restart the fight.

    It may not seem like much, but it would add up, and It seems alot more fair than just retry retry retry until you get it right.

    Remember back in the day... if you died... you restarted not from some auto save point but from the last time you actually saved the game.Rewarding those who paid attention and saved often.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    Oh I've already abandoned a few saves due to this penalty. lol It definitely adds some challenge back to the game.
  • Cortalia
    I might wind up ditching my whole game and restarting ..... lets just say I maybe shouldn't have started in the wildlands >.> the main source of chaos there... has unrelenting attacks im just not ready for yet being on day 3. lols.
  • GabrielKross
    Featured Columnist
    You can jump to other areas. however, the recommended path will start you in Luxerion.
  • Kazzy03
    I am struggling with the time management though I do like the challenge it presents. I have already abandoned a save but feel that I may abandon my current one as well as I made a very grave error that cost me dearly. Thankfully I was only a couple hours into the game when this happened. Keeping multiple save files after you complete important tasks is something I may have to try.

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