This save has got it all. All ultimate weapons, three sets of
master materia, all materia mastered (including Enemy Skills), three
Mystile armors, and three Ribbons. The best part is that Ruby and
Emerald are still alive - what fun would it be if there were no
1,000,000 HP enemies to fight using the best equipment and materia in
the game? ANSWER ME!
Go into the menu, then select 'Config', and set 'Battle Speed' as fast as it will go.
good materia combination is Restore+All. Put these two materia in a
weapon or armor that has linked slots that look like this: O=O
an All materia at level one, the linked materia will affect all targets
once per battle; if the All materia is at level two, it will work twice
per battle. A mastered All materia will work an infinite number of
times per battle.
As soon as you can buy Hypers, try to
keep a lot of them at all times. Use them through Item menu on your
characters. This will make their limit gauges fill up twice as
quickly, but they will miss physical attacks slightly more than usual.
starts the game positioned in the back row. Go into the menu, select
'Order', and move her into the front row. The back row makes a
character deal and receive half physical damage, but you want Aeris to
take more damage, so that you can use her Healing limit break to do
most of your HP recovery in order to save MP for your characters. I
like to give her the Cover materia as soon as I get it, so that she
takes physical damage in place of the enemy's intended target sometimes. All
characters besides Vincent and Cait Sith (see below for explanations
of their limit breaks) can learn two Level 1 limit breaks, two Level 2
limit breaks, two Level 3 limit breaks, and one level 4 limit break.
Cloud's first level 1 LB is Braver. In order for him to learn his
second level 1 LB, Cross Slash, he must use Braver eight times. For
him to learn his first level 2 LB, Blade Beam, he must personally
finish off about 80 enemies. Use Blade Beam eight times to learn his
second level 2 LB, Climhazzard. The same principles apply to learn his
level 3 LBs. To learn a character's level 4 limit break, he/she must
know all lower level LBs, and have a special item to be used on the
character through the menu.
Vincent has only one LB for
each of the four levels. If you execute any of his LBs, you will lose
control of him for the rest of the battle, unless he gets KOd (never
happen!). Once Vincent has transformed, he will choose one of two
attacks to perform each time it's his turn.
Cait Sith has
only two LB - level 1 Dice, and level 2 Slots. I recommend against
using Slots, because if you get two Cait Siths + one BAR, it's game
You can switch materia between characters in the
Materia menu. Select 'Exchange' - you can switch all materia by
selecting two characters' names consecutively, or you can switch weapon
to weapon, and armor to armor.
Sometimes you need to know
the name of one of the enemies you're fighting. Select 'Attack' and
move the cursor to the enemy. Press SELECT, and the name will pop up
on the screen.
the cutscene with Tifa, go to the weapon shop, and head upstairs to
find an 'All' materia, and an ether. Ethers sell for 750 gil.
To the right of her house is the 'Cover' materia. To sneak out of her house, you must WALK next to the banister, or you'll be caught and sent back to your room!
all the way up north to meet a guard, who says Cloud is not allowed
inside. Run back all the way south near the entrance, then all the way
right to a club, where there's a guy outside that you can talk to. Ask
him about Tifa. Head back up north for a CS with Aeris. Go to the
dress shop, the bar, and the dress shop again. Go to the gym, win the
wig, then back to the dress shop. Head up north, and the guard will
let Cloud and Aeris in.
Don't miss the 'Steal' materia on the ground near the boss fight.
Tifa the Steal materia, because she has the highest DEX rating. Steal
Ethers from Deenglows, as this is the best way to make gil at this
point. At the top right of this area, west of where you move the
trains, steal a Striking Staff for Aeris from an enemy called Eligor.
She'll hit as hard as Cloud does with his Buster Sword.
uses a Pyramid spell that disables a character. If he's able to get
all three characters disabled, it's game over. To remove a pyramid, do
a physical attack on the character that's trapped.
After Barret and Tifa meet up with you, run back to the playground to grab the 'Sense' materia.
to the weapon shop, and buy the Batteries for 300 gil from the guy on
the left. Go up north, until you see some people running to the right,
then follow them.
right in, then go to the second floor item shop, and walk over to the
arcade machine. One cylinder motor, nice. Go up the elevator. On
floor 61, talk to someone walking in the lower part of the floor and
answer with '..........' to get keycard 62.
Carbon Bangles from Moth Slashers, and one Hardedge for Cloud from
SOLDIER: 3rd. Move up to floor 68 for a boss fight. Grab the 'Enemy
Make sure you equip your party with materia before this game, because there's a boss fight immediately afterwards.
of Midgar, and southwest of Kalm, find an enemy called Custom Sweeper.
Steal Atomic Scissors for Barret, and make sure you learn the enemy
skill Matra Magic before you attack these guys.
Go into Tifa's house, and up to her room. Go to the piano, and say, 'Yeah, I jammed on it.' The song goes:
X Square Triangle R1 + Triangle R1 + Square X Square Triangle R1 + X Circle X Square X
your ethers at Kalm, buy some weapons, stock up on lots of Tents if you
want to learn new limit breaks soon. Save at least 3000 gil.
area between Kalm and the ranch, you can encounter some squirrels
that will teach you Lvl 4 Suicide. Just make sure none of your
characters have a level that is a multiple of four. Enter the ranch,
and walk up to the chocobo on the left side of the pen. Try to talk to
him, and respond with the exact same word that he used to get the Choco
Mog materia. Buy the Chocobo Lure materia in the barn on the right,
and some Curiel greens. Head outside and run over the chocobo tracks.
Giving a chocobo curiel greens makes him stay for 5 turns. Kill the
enemies that are with the chocobo, but do not attack the chocobo. It
will run away if you hit it. Ride the chocobo across the swamp to the
little patch of grass on the west side, avoiding the Midgar Zolom
serpent. You'll be coming back to learn a great enemy skill (Beta)
from him after you've leveled up enough to have over 1500 HP.
This is a
great spot to learn new limit breaks. Equip a character with the Enemy
Skill materia, and use Matra Magic to get the character as many kills
as possible. Also in this area, on the right, is an enemy called Ark
Dragon, which you can learn the enemy skill Flame Thrower. Climb up
the vines at the bottom of the stairs for the Long Range materia.
Steal a Grand Glove for Tifa from Madouge. I like to stay here until
everyone knows all six of their level 1-3 limit breaks, including
Yuffie. This takes many hours, and it's boring work - but if you do
this, you'll have about 300,000 gil, and Cloud will be at least level
40. The great thing about leveling in this game is that the characters
not in your party will receive half of the amount of experience points
that your in-party characters are getting, including characters you
haven't met yet.
any of the forest areas here to the west of the Mythril Mines, and you
have a chance to fight Yuffie. Beat her, then a CS. Do not go towards
the save point. Walk up to her and answer:
Not interested petrified Wait a second! That's right Let's hurry on
the boss ASAP. You'll know that the spell stuck when the boss starts
glowing green. When you're doing the mini-game in front of Rufus, make
sure you get a score between 60 and 90. This will get you an HP-Plus
Make sure you buy some Softs here, 20 should do it.
Head over to the Wonder Square, then the Battle Square.
Barret with HP Plus, and Restore. He's got a solo boss fight soon. Go
to the very north area, and you will see a guy walking around the
desert. Head through the gap in the fence by this guy, and run
straight right, until you enter a junkyard. Do not exit the junkyard
to the north until you learn the enemy skill Laser from Death Claw. If
you didn't do a lot of leveling in the Mythril Mines, then equip only
the materia I've recommended, as additional materia will lower his HP.
Make sure you've got Barret in Fury status by using a Hyper, cure as
needed, and only attack with a limit break. Dyne likes to take 2 turns
for every one that you get, but he's only got 1200 HP.
the race starts, you will meet a jockey named Joe. After that, be sure
to pick up the Ramuh materia on the ground. When the race starts, you
will see 'Automatic Sequence' on the screen. Hit SELECT, to change
to manual. Hold down R1+R2+Circle; this will speed up while
regenerating stamina. When your stamina gets low, release Circle.
around the desert surrounding the Golden Saucer to fight Harpy, which
will teach you Aqualung. Make sure to keep your HP up during this
fight. Take the buggy to a beach in this area to learn Big Guard from
Beachplug. This casts Barrier, MBarrier, and Haste on your party.
Bring the buggy back to Costa del Sol, and go back to Junon. Use the
Manipulate materia you got from Cait Sith to force Zemzelett to teach
you White Wind. Go back through the Mythril Mines, and learn some
limit breaks. Sometimes I camp here using tents as necessary until
Cloud is level 40. If you have a character that has over 1500 HP, SAVE
YOUR GAME, and equip him/her with the Enemy Skill materia, and exit the
mine by the swamp to fight that serpent in the swamp, Midgar Zolom.
Keep your HP up, and knock his HP down, checking it with Sense. When
he's down real low, he will teach you Beta, but it will hit for about
1200. Make sure you kill him afterwards, because if you run away, you
don't get the enemy skill.
place is south of the Golden Saucer, below the river. You'll meet up
with Reno and Rude, then take the path leading up and to the right.
Grab the Titan materia. Head back, and take the other path to reach
the town, which has some shops. Exit the town and take the left path
to find the Deathblow materia.
You can buy HP Plus materia here for 8000 gil in the shop on the left side of this area.
This is one of those areas that you can only visit once. Head
to the right and enter a cave to break a rock. If it's the correct
one, a door will open. Enter. WALK over the oil slick, and then go
south to exit and find the Added Effect materia. You can learn Death
Sentence from the big cats in here. The very north part of this area
has five holes. Take the second one from the right to get an
X-Potion. Take the second tunnel from the left for a boss fight. If
you want, you can one-shot him with the X-Potion, because he is
undead. When you leave Cosmo Canyon, Red XIII gets the Seraph Comb,
which makes him your best damage dealer for some time to come.
back to Tifa's house, and play the piano exactly as you did during the
flashback at Kalm. Go into the Shinra mansion, to the second floor,
and over to the right. Some very rare enemies called Jersey can teach
you the enemy skill ????. If you spent a LOT of time unlocking limit
breaks in the Mythril Mine, you should be able to get Vincent now. On
the second floor over to the left, there is a safe. You have to enter
the combination 36 10 59 97 very quickly, and without going past any of
the numbers. If you beat the boss, you get an Odin materia, Red XIII's
level 4 limit break Cosmo Memory, and Key to the Basement. The
entrance to the basement is on the second floor to the right. You'll
find Vincent in a coffin, and he will join after you've talked to him
enough, and you try to leave. Go into the library down here to meet up
with Sephiroth. Pick up the Destruct materia.
you get to the area with the numbered chutes, head down #4 to get an
All materia. Save your game down here, and prepare for the fight with
the Materia Keeper. During the fight, try to keep Big Guard going,
while healing yourself. You don't want to kill him until he teaches
you Trine. After you learn that, pound him and pick up the Counter
The materia shop here sells Barrier, which is very useful.
you've spent a lot of time leveling, you can do a string of solo boss
fights with Yuffie, but you have to find her first, and get your stuff
back. Once you enter the town of Wutai, head north until the screen
changes, and you see a huge pagoda way in the back. Enter the house on
the right near the entrance, and find an older man sleeping - talk to
him for a cutscene with Yuffie. Go back to the first area, and enter
the item shop next to the save point, and open up the chest for an MP
absorb materia that you'll have for about half a second. Go into the
house that's right next to the town entrance, and check the folded
screen to find Yuffie again. Go near the pub to find a large pot to
trigger a cutscene. Go back to the northern area with the pagoda, and
ring the bell to the left of the entrance, then enter the new door for
another cutscene - it's time for a boss fight north of the save point
in town. For now, exit out to the world map, get Aeris into your
party, and set her limit break to level 1. Get into a few fights, and
charge everyone's limit breaks fully.
If you're low
level, you want Cloud, Aeris and Barret. If you're higher level, and
Cloud knows Meteorain, it doesn't matter who your other characters are
- they won't have a chance to attack. For a low level party, start out
with Aeris' Seal Evil LB, followed by Barret's Mindblow. Seal Evil
stops the boss from acting, and Mindblow steals 300 MP, which prevents
Rapps from casting his deadly Aero spell, which will hit a single
character for 1500. Use Cloud's limit break, then follow up with
physical attacks from all three - hopefully Rapps is dead before Seal
Evil wears off.
After the fight, you get dumped out to
the world map. Re-enter the town, and head straight north to a small
house with cats in it. Go up the stairs and grab the HP Absorb
materia. Head over to the weapon shop - there are nice weapons for
If Yuffie is level 25 or so, you can do her
solo boss fights now. Head over to that pagoda in the northern area.
Give her all three HP Plus materia, Enemy Skills, Restore, and Bio.
General tactics for the fights include keeping Big Guard up, getting
Poison to 'stick' on the enemy, and using Enemy Skills like Beta,
Aqualung, or Trine. Replenish Yuffie's MP in between fights. Laser is
a good skill to use on the last fight with Yuffie's father, Godo.
Beating Godo gives you All Creation, which is Yuffie's level 4 limit
break, and the Leviathan summon materia.
Exit the town,
and use the Manipulate materia to learn Magic Hammer from the Razor
Weed enemies in the grassy areas, and Death Force from the Adamantaimai
turtles on the beach areas. Death Force grants a character immunity
from Sudden Death spells for the remainder of the battle.
Head over to the Battle Square to trigger an event.
area is located south of the continent that Junon is on, on a
horizontal strip island. When Aeris goes to the pool to talk to the
Ancients, pick up the Morph materia. In the clock room, always move
the clock manually to control what area you go to next. The hallway at
4 has Aeris' best weapon, the Princess Guard. DO NOT MISS the Ribbon
at 5 - it is the best accessory in the game, as it will prevent all
negative status effects from hitting you. Grab the megalixir at 8 if
you feel like it, then go to 6 to proceed with the game. There are two
boss fights in the temple.
Red Dragon isn't too hard, and
he drops a nice armor, the Dragon Armlet. You also get the Bahamut
materia. Equip this on someone immediately, and prepare for the next
Demons Gate is a bit harder, so keep Big Guard up,
and use White Wind to heal up. Summon Bahamut to start off the fight,
use your limit breaks when they come up, and be quick with the Phoenix
Downs. After the win, there will be some cutscenes, then you wake up
Tiny Bronco all the way west through the river that's below the Gold
Saucer desert area. When you reach the western part of this continent,
head all the way north, then east. You will be able to go to a new
area, the northern continent. Enter the Bone Village, get the Lunar
Harp, and proceed to the next area, the Sleeping Forest. In order to
pick up the Kjata summon materia, you'll have to be semi-psychic and
move to where you think it's going to be before it goes there. In the
next screen, pick up the Water Ring from a chest. You'll need this
accessory for a boss fight very soon. Whoever wears the Water Ring
will survive the fight, the other two party members will not. Continue
on, and head out to the world map.
and go right at the intersection. Head to the second house, and take a
nap. When you wake up, go back to the intersection, and go straight
north. Enter the house, and pick up the Comet materia at the top.
Head down the blue stairs, save your game, and MAKE SURE someone has
the Water Ring on. The boss fight will end disc one - use the PS
button to change discs.