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Chapter 1: The Destruction of Mako Reactor 1 Story Guide & Walkthrough

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This is a guide and walkthrough to Chapter 1: The Destruction of Mako Reactor 1, a story chapter in the game Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Read on to learn locations of items, rewards for completing this chapter, as well as useful tips and strategies for getting through this part of the story.

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List of Main Scenario Objectives


No. Title Description
1 Enter the Reactor Grounds With the gate unlocked, it is time to head for Mako Reactor 1 itself.
2 Infiltrate the Reactor With Cloud's help, the group avoids the security and successfully infiltrates the reactor.
2-1 Follow Barret With Cloud behind them, the members of Avalanche pass through the wire fence and push deeper into the facility.
3 Breach Security With the passcode acquired earlier, the group opens the door and proceeds further into the facility.
4 Reach Mako Storage Fighting through the security net, the group reaches the heart of the facility.
4-1 Follow Jessie The group follows Jessie through the security system. They continue to press on.
5 Set the Charge A Scorpion Sentinel ambushes Cloud and Barret after the bomb is set. The defeated robot short-circuits and starts destroying the reactor.
6 Escape from the Reactor Cloud and Barret make it out of the reactor, but are not yet in the clear.
6-1 Rendezvous with Barret Successfully reunited, Cloud and Barret work together to escape from the reactor facility.
7 Sprint to Safety Avalanche has successfully taken out the mako reactor. Now it is time for phase two of the plan–the getaway.

Chapter 1: The Destruction of Mako Reactor 1 Walkthrough

From the Train to the Mako Reactor


1 After getting off the train and going forward a short distance, you'll engage in battle with two Security Officers.
2 When reaching the turnstile at the station, you'll again encounter two Security Officers.
An ATB tutorial will begin.
3 After going through the turnstile, battle with two more Security Officers.
4 On the floor above, there are two treasure chests.
Obtainable Items: (Potion x2) (Hand Grenade x2)
5 After leaving the room, a tutorial will begin.
6 After continuing forward and initiating a cutscene, approach Barret on your right hand side and the door will open.
7 After continuing ahead, a battle with a Security Officer and a Guard Dog will begin.
8 Get on the elevator and go up by pressing the button on the far side.
9 Continue ahead, and when you approach your teammates, a battle with two Security Officers and a Guard Dog will begin.
10 Go under the wire mesh and battle with two Security Officers.
In the same area, you can find a treasure chest (Potion x2)
11 Hold the △ button to interact with the lever on the far side and open the door.
12 When you reach a wall, turn right to enter the Mako Reactor.

Inside the Mako Reactor


1 After entering the Mako Reactor, at the door right at the entrance, talk to Biggs to unlock the door, at which point you'll start a battle with 4 Security Officers.
2 The next door will open on talking with Jessie.
3 Press the button in the elevator to ride, and after getting off you'll immediately face two Sentry Rays and three Monodrives.
4 When continuing ahead, you'll encounter a laser trap, so watch your timing to avoid it.
5 On continuing ahead, you'll battle a Sweeper.
6 Continue further ahead, and go down the ladder on your left.
※You can go down the ladder quickly with the R1 button.
7 Go straight ahead to the far end and obtain a Phoenix Down from the chest.
8 Take the ladder down and encounter a Sentry Ray and two Monodrives.
9 Continue ahead and go down the ladder.
If you continue without going down the ladder, you'll be forced to fight four Monodrives, and obtain two Potions.
10 On the bottom floor, cross the bridge and go to the end. You'll be given the choice of whether to set the timer to twenty minutes or thirty minutes. Based on what you choose, the rewards for completing this section will differ.
Should You Set 20 Minutes or 30 Minutes for the Bomb Timer?
After continuing ahead, you'll start a battle with the Boss, Scorpion Sentinel.
How to Beat Scorpion Sentinel

Escaping from the Mako Reactor


1 Continue along the road while checking the remaining time shown at the top of the screen.
※Remember to sprint by holding either the R1 or R2 button.
2 After climbing up the ladder, you can turn right to destroy some boxes that have re-spawned.
3 Run back past the ladder you came up towards the staircase, and at the top of the staircase you'll start a battle with two Monodrives.
4 After climbing the ladder and watching a cutscene, move left and save Jessie.
5 Slide down the ladder and continue along the path to find a treasure chest with two Potions just to the right of a ladder going up.
6 Continue up until you reunite with Barret, you'll fight with two Security Officers and a Monodrive.
7 Going further in, you'll battle with a Sweeper.
8 After climbing the stairs, you'll battle with four Monodrives.
9 Continuing further along, you'll engage a Shock Trooper in combat.
Watch out – this is the first standard enemy you'll face who puts up a real fight!
10 Further ahead, you'll battle first with two Shock Troopers and two Sentry Rays, then with one more Shock Trooper.
11 On riding the elevator at the far end, the chapter will end.

Maps and Obtainable Items


List of Maps
Mako Reactor 1 - 1F Mako Reactor 1 - Connecting Passage
Mako Reactor 1 - B1F Mako Reactor 1 - B2F Mako Reactor 1 - B3F Mako Reactor 1 - B4F
Mako Reactor 1 - B5F Mako Reactor 1 - B6F Mako Reactor 1 - B7F Mako Reactor 1 - B8F
Red Dot (Treasure Chest) These items are set. The listed item will always be found here.
Yellow Dot (Shinra Box) These items are random. Items other than those listed may be found here.

Obtainable Items

Before the Mako Reactor
Potion x6 Ether x1 Mako Shard x3
Inside the Mako Reactor
Potion x1 Ether x1 Mako Shard x1
Phoenix Down x1 - -

Tips and Strategies

Open Treasure Chests and Shinra Boxes

You can find items from treasure chests and Shinra Boxes placed around the map. Check our maps above to find the locations of all obtainable items.

Watch out for Guard Dogs

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The Guard Dogs that often accompany Security Officers have high HP and can cause problems, so use focus attacks on them to force them to Stagger so you can finish them off.
Focus Gauge and How to Stagger Enemies

Use Magic on Sweepers

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The Sweeper enemies that appear in the second half are weak to Magic attacks. Stagger them and hit hard with Magic to take them out.

Use Counters against Shock Troopers

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The Shock Troopers who show up during the escape from the Mako Reactor are some of the strongest regular enemies appearing so far. They will often block your attacks, so using counters to turn the situation in your favor is a must.

How to Counter Attacks
1. With Cloud, press △ to switch into Punisher Mode
2. Hold down R1 and wait for the opponent's attack
3. Cloud will Counter automatically when the attack hits

Choose 20 Minutes for the Bomb Timer


As you'll be able to complete the escape within five to ten minutes, there's no huge risk in setting the timer to the slightly lower limit. For completing the escape with the reduced time limit, you'll receive an Ether and two Hi-Potions as a bonus.

Should You Choose 20 Minutes or 30 Minutes for the Bomb Timer?

Boss Strategy Guide

Scorpion Sentinel

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The Boss Scorpion Sentinel is weak to Thunder Magic. As Barret can use Thunder Magic, either change characters and battle as Barret, or use L2 or R2 to give commands to your party members.

In a pinch, Cloud will give hints for how to defeat the Boss, so as long as you follow what he says, this battle should go off without a hitch.
How to Beat Scorpion Sentinel

Story Walkthrough Related Links

Story Walkthrough

Chapter 1 The Destruction of Mako Reactor 1
Chapter 2 Fateful Encounters
Chapter 3 Home Sweet Slum
Chapter 4 Mad Dash
Chapter 5 Dogged Pursuit
Chapter 6 Light the Way
Chapter 7 A Trap is Sprung
Chapter 8 Budding Bodyguard
Chapter 9 The Town That Never Sleeps
Chapter 10 Rough Waters
Chapter 11 Haunted
Chapter 12 Fight for Survival
Chapter 13 A Broken World
Chapter 14 In Search of Hope
Chapter 15 The Day Midgar Stood Still
Chapter 16 The Belly of the Beast
Chapter 17 Deliverance from Chaos
Chapter 18 Destiny's Crossroads
INTERmission Chapters
Chapter 1 Wutai's Finest
Chapter 2 Covert Ops


7 Anonymousabout 4 years

Glad to be wrong on this one.

6 Anonymousabout 4 years

No you’re 100% wrong the game has 18 parts and each part is around 2 -3 hours long. I completed the game in a week.


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