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Roche Battle

This is a guide to beating the Boss Roche in the game Final Fantasy 7 Remake. This article explains Roche's attack patterns, weaknesses, and tips and strategies for defeating him on both Normal and Hard Mode.

Roche Stats and Information

Basic Information

Roche
Roche Enemy Icon
Species Movement Type
Human Grounded Boss

Description

A 3-C SOLDIER operator who loves bikes, speed, and anyone capable of going toe-to-toe with him. He is ostracized by many in the organization, however, due to his antics and general disregard for anyone's safety.

Assess (Tips)

Hitting him with physical strikes and blocking his attacks will eventually make him easier to interrupt.

Roche Stats

Easy Normal Hard
HP 4488 8160 35370
Attack 84 373
Magic Attack 84 373
Defense 47 194
Magic Defense 47 194

Roche Weaknesses & Resistances

Weakness / Status Ailments Fire
Lesser Resistances -
Greater Resistances -
Immunities -
Absorbed Elements -

Stagger Rates

PhysicalIcon.pngMelee
PhysicalIcon.pngRanged
MagicIcon.pngMagic
FireIcon.pngFire
×1 ×1 ×1 ×1
IceIcon.pngIce
LightningIcon.pngLightning
WindIcon.pngWind
-
×1 ×1 ×1 -

Stagger Length

Phase 1 Phase 2
10 seconds 10 seconds

Rewards

Easy/Normal Hard
Gil 255 1913
AP 10 30
Exp 300 4500
Items Dropped Elixir (100%)
Rare Items Dropped -
Steal Elixir (5%)

Learnable Enemy Skills

No Enemy Skills can be learned from Roche.

List of Enemy Skills

How to Pressure Roche

Phase Situation
Phase 1
Phase 2
・Consecutive attacks that knock Roche down will pressure him.

Roche Boss Fight Guide

Roche Abilities and Attack Patterns

Name Element Blockable? Knockdown? Status
physical.pngRelentless Assault
- Yes No -
Attacks 3 times with his sword (unless the target is in the air). Potency increases with each strike.
physical.pngPlunge
Phase 1.jpg
- Yes Yes -
Swings his blade down on Cloud after chasing him.
magical.pngWind Slash
Phase 1.jpg
wind.png No Yes -
Hurls a blade of wind at Cloud. Can sometimes deplete Cloud's ATB.
magical.pngVacuum Wave
Phase 1.jpg
wind.png Yes No -
A long-range attack which slashes with a cutting wave/
magical.pngBlizzard
Phase 1.jpg
ice.png Yes No -
Casts Blizzard.
magical.pngBlizzara
Phase 1.jpg
ice.png Yes No -
Casts Blizarra.
magical.pngThunder
Phase 1.jpg
lightning.png Yes No -
Casts Thunder.
magical.pngThundara
Phase 1.jpg
lightning.png Yes No -
Casts Thundara.
physical.pngMow Down
Phase 2.jpg
- Yes No -
Charges at Cloud with his sword.
physical.pngCombustion Sword
Phase 2.jpg
- Yes Yes -
Jumps in the air and executes a powerful sword attack. Can use up to 3 times in a row.
magical.pngIgnition Flame
Phase 2.jpg
fire.png No No -
Creates a straight beam of fire in front of him with his sword. On Hard mode 3 beams come out.

*Status Effects and Ailments Guide

Best Characters for This Boss

Available Characters

Cloud IconCloud

Only Cloud is available for this battle.

Best Equipment for Characters

Cloud Icon.jpegCloud Role: Attacker & Healer
Weapon: Iron Blade
Armor:Star Bracelet
Accessory: Power Wristguards

Best Materia for Cloud

Weapon (3 Slots)
Armor (2 Slots)
Summon

Since Roche is weak to Fire, cast Fira for extra damage whenever you counter his attacks with Punisher Mode's auto-counter since he will pause for a while before attacking again.

Roche Attack Phases

Phase 1

Objectives
1 Keeps up his assault with continuous attacks and some magic. Taking his attacks or guarding them will wear him out. When Roche runs out of steam he'll be open to attacks for 5 seconds.

Phase 2

Objectives
1 After his health drops to 70%, he will start using Ignition Flame and Combustion Sword. On Hard Mode, Roche will counter with a dash attack if attacked from behind and Combustion Sword if attacked from the side.

Tips & Strategies for Beating Roche

This is the proper Boss battle in a while, though he is kind enough to completely heal you up before the battle starts! Keep in mind that in Hard Mode, Roche won't recover Cloud's HP and MP before the battle as he does in other modes.

Strategy Checklist
(Click to jump)


Weak to Fire

Roche1.jpeg

Roche is weak to Fire Magic, so by equipping Fire Materia to Cloud, you'll be able to put pressure on him repeatedly throughout the fight by casting Fire on him.

How to Get the Fire Materia

Take advantage of Punisher Mode's Counter

Roche2.jpeg

Although not all of his attacks are susceptible to it, many of Roche's attacks can be successfully countered by switching to Punisher Mode and holding R1. When Roche comes in with an attack, Cloud will counterattack and deal significant damage back to him.

After taking some damage, starts to get serious

Roche3.jpeg

After he's taken a few hits, Phase 2 of the battle will begin, during which Roche will start to use his rushing attack which can't be countered with Punisher Mode at certain ranges. He'll become harder to stun with Fire Magic as well, and will dodge often and avoid your attacks.

Attack once or twice, then wait and see

Since Roche won't take as much knockback from your attacks in Phase 2, hitting him with repeated strikes will just set you up to be hit by his next attack. Instead, go for one or two good swings, then watch to see what he does next. If he starts returning with an attack of his own, hold R1 to block and set yourself up to counter his move.

Roche: Hard Mode Guide

Best Characters and Equipment

Cloud Icon.jpegCloud Weapon: Hardedge
Armor: Chain Bangle
Accessory: Champion Belt

You will have to fight multiple battles in a row against multiple enemies to get to Roche, so relying on Physical damage is recommended. This is where the Hardedge comes in handy. With its high Physical damage stat you do not have to worry about using spells.

Its weapon upgrade Bloodsucker is also helpful to make sure you will have enough health when you get into battle against Roche.

Chain Bangle has pretty good physical and magic defense. You will need both against Roche. The extra materia solidfies it as the recommended armor to use!

Champion Belt will further increase Cloud's Physical damage output and give him more health to help survive!

Best Materia to Use

The number of slots in your Weapon may vary depending on your Weapon Level.

Cloud

Weapon (6 Slots)
Armor (4 Slots)
Summon

Fire linked with Elemental is going to be effective against Roche and the human enemies you have to beat to get to him. This will also make sure you will be able to save your MP for healing.

Deadly Dodge is good against the crowd of infantry men you will be facing. It will let you dodge in to get close and do a wide area of attack, hit every enemy near you.

You will need Healing and Chakra to recover your health. Use Chakra as much as you can and only use Healing spells when you need to recover much more.

Hard Mode Basic Strategy

Keep a Balance of Offense and Defense

Roche Vulnerable
Doing enough damage and blocking enough damage will break Roche's defense. You will see a barrier around him shatter and he'll look tired right after. This is the time to go all out on offense. Attacking him while he is in this state will pressure him, making staggering him more easy!

Counter His Physcial Attacks

Counter Roche
You can counter any of his Physical attacks you can block. Even his dash attack is counterable if at the right distance. Use this to your advantage and keep on the offense!

Tips & Strategies

How to Beat Roche on Hard Mode


Cloud Receives a Manuscript

CloudManuscript.png

When defeating Roche on Hard Mode, you'll receive Vol. 6 of Cloud's Manuscript, raising his SP by 10. By beating bosses on Hard Mode, you can collect most of the 14 Manuscripts for each character, so be sure to check out our guide to learn where to find each Manuscript!

Manuscript Guide | Manuscript List and Locations

Don't waste your HP & MP when fighting normal enemies

NoHPMPRecovery.png

On Hard Mode, Roche will not restore Cloud's HP and MP like he does on other difficulty settings, so you won't have a chance to recover from your wounds taken while fighting the earlier enemies. Try to conserve your HP and MP as much as possible while fighting with the others, especially saving MP for using Fire against Roche.

Same basic strategy as Normal Mode

SameasNormal.jpeg

Similar to the Normal Mode strategy, you'll want to focus on using Fire Magic and countering his attacks with Punisher Mode's auto-counter. Roche will deal significantly more damage than in the original fight, so it's a good idea to set up Barrier or even Manawall on Cloud at the start of the fight to help weather Roche's onslaught of Physical and Magic attacks.

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All Major Story Bosses
Chapter 1 Scorpion Sentinel
Chapter 4 Roche
Chapter 5 Crab Warden
Chapter 7 Airbuster
Chapter 8 Reno
Rude
Chapter 9 Hell House
Chapter 10 Abzu
Chapter 11 Ghoul
Eligor
Chapter 13 Failed Experiment
Chapter 14 Abzu (2nd Fight)
Chapter 15 The Valkyrie
Chapter 16 Specimen H0512
Chapter 17 Jenova Dreamweaver
Rufus
The Arsenal
Chapter 18 Motor Ball
Whisper Harbinger
Sephiroth

VR Mission Bosses

All VR Mission Bosses
Chapter 8 Shiva
Chapter 9 Fat Chocobo
Chapter 13 Leviathan
Secret Boss Bahamut
Superboss Pride and Joy Prototype

Story Sub-Bosses

All Story Sub-Bosses
Chapter 2 The Huntsman
Chapter 3 The Hoodlums
Chapter 4 Enigmatic Spectre
Chapter 12 Enigmatic Spectre
Chapter 17 M.O.T.H. Unit
Brain Pod
Swordipede

Monster Variants & Optional Sub-Bosses

All Monster Variants & Optional Sub-Bosses
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Wrath Hound
Chapter 8 Hedgehog Pie King
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Chapter 14 Rust Drake
Tonberry
Trypapolis
Type-0 Behemoth
Chapter 17 Malboro

Comment

2 Anonymous5 months

I like the roche fight, But on HARD difficulty it's a real headache, because the game doesn't allow you to change materia after the sweepers fight and then roche. This isn't a problem on normal mode. But if you equip yourself properly for one fight, (the Sweepers) it's pretty useless for the other.

1 Anonymous5 months

I love how he heals you up first before the battle.

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