How to Farm Cait in Octopath Traveler 2

Mugging a cat for a pile of leaves

If you have played Octopath Traveler 1, you know of the magic of Cait. These bipedal felines are skittish and rare but offer one clear benefit: massive exp drops. Farming them is one of the best ways to level up your party. So, here is how to farm Cait in Octopath Traveler 2.

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How to Farm Cait in Octopath Traveler 2

Cait are incredibly rare monsters that appear randomly across the map. I have had the most encounters with them in Western Crackridge Wilds, just outside of Crackridge. It is possible that it is all luck, but it is a great place to farm either way.

Before you take on a Cait, it is important to know that they have high evasion, high speed, low health, and will Flee. Occasionally, a Cait will stay for one full round but will absolutely Flee on its second move.

As mentioned, Cait are extremely rare encounters. However, you can increase your chance of finding them with the Hunter Skill More Rare Monsters. If possible, also crab the Cait Powder, an accessory that will increase Cait Encounters. This accessory can be obtained from a chest in Toto’haha (knock out the woman who loves cats who’s blocking the entrance of her house) or as a Sidestory side quest reward from My Beloved Catherine

Either way, once you begin to farm it is a good idea to also equip the Exp Augmentor, an accessory you can find in an ocean chest after getting the Grand Terry and the Thief skill Life in the Shadows. This skill will boost your EXP and JP when you farm at night by 50%~. The Scholar skill, Extra Experience will stack with this, adding an additional 10% of EXP no matter the time of day.

Grow on Trees is an optional Merchant skill you can also equip if you are farming for leaves. Although you will likely have plenty by the time you are done Cait hunting.

Once you find a Cait, the hardest part is hitting them. Their low health just means we have to hit them once. Here are the best strategies to land that killing blow.

All Cait Weaknesses in Octopath Traveler 2

Cait has 2 Shields you will need to break, and all of its weaknesses are weapon based. They are:

  • Sword
  • Dagger
  • Axe
  • Staff

If you intend to use a weapon, use special abilities that attack multiple times. Cait’s high evasion means there is a very good chance your attacks will not hit. To get around this, use magic attacks. Unfortunately, many magic dealers tend to be a bit slow. But your physical attackers can use Soulstones to obliterate the cat before it can scurry away.

Soulstones are the most consistent way to defeat Caits before they escape, but you will need to be able to attack first. If you are intentionally farming Cait, the Hunter skills Heighten Senses and the Thief Skill Fleetfoot are both fantastic, as the will increase the speed or the likelihood of one unit attack first.

Related: All Octopath Traveler II Trophies and Achievements Listed

Once you manage to defeat a Cait, you can expect the following rewards:

  • 10,000 Leaves
  • 2,000 Exp (augmented by Life in the Shadows, probably closer to 1,000 without)
  • 600 JP (augmented by Life in the Shadows)

There are also Chubby Cait, which are even rarer than normal Cait. Stumbling upon one of these is a blessing and you should handle them in the same way you do a normal Cait: with Soulstone spam. Upon defeating a Chubby Cait you should expect the following rewards:

  • 50,000 Leaves
  • 2,000 EXP
  • 1,000 JP

And, yes, you can capture Cait with Ochette! If Ochette lands the killing blow, there’s a 25% she will capture it.

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