Understanding the ATB Gauge | FF7 Remake

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This is a page about the ATB gauge from Final Fantasy 7 Remake (FF7 Remake). Read on to find out what it does and how to best utilize it in your battle against Shinra!

The ATB Gauge

Fill the ATB Gauge by Attacking or Guarding

ATB Gauge.png
The ATB Gauge
How to Fill the ATB Gauge
Continuously press square.png to attack

or hold R1.png to guard.

By attacking enemies, guarding against attacks, or simply waiting, the ATB gauge can fill up to a max of 2 bars, allowing execution of Battle Commands.

Battle Comands

When you have at least 1 ATB gauge filled, you will become able to use your characters' unique Abilities, cast Spells, or use Items. Summons are also tied to the ATB gauge and can be invoked if the required materia is also set.


Battle Commands can be set to L1.png + a face button.
For quick access to your various battle commands, shortcuts can be assigned to each face button, activated while holding L1.png.

ATB Gauge Tips

Waiting until you have a full ATB gauge will allow you deal more damage all at once, but against trickier enemies it may be smarter to hold onto one bar for an emergency Cure if necessary. Choose your strategy based on the situation!

Gameplay Manual Links

List of Gameplay Manual Pages
Basic Controls Character Stats
How to Stagger Enemies How to Run Away
Map Navigation Guide Understanding the ATB Gauge
How to Change Characters How to Get Unbound
How to Change Difficulty -

All Manuals for Gameplay


20 Anonymous3 days

Remember that the ATB gauge fills faster while damaging staggered enemies. It will be worthwhile to spend lots of atb to stagger enemies quickly then build it up again while attacking the enemies. Although saving it up to burst them down while they're staggered is also good.

19 Anonymous4 days

The ATB is pretty simple to use. Just git gud guys. GIT GUD.

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