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How to Beat Rude | Boss Fight Guide (Normal & Hard Mode)

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Rude Battle

This is a guide to beating the Boss Rude in the game Final Fantasy 7 Remake (FF7R). This article explains Rude's attack patterns, weaknesses, and tips and strategies for defeating him on both Normal and Hard Mode.

Rude Stats and Information

Basic Information

Rude Enemy Icon
Species Movement Type
Human Grounded Boss


An operative with the Turks unit of Shinra's General Affairs Division. As he possesses incredible strenght and a well-toned physique, he prefers using his fists over weapons.

Assess (Tips)

Wind attacks rapidly fills his stagger gauge.

Rude Stats

Easy Normal Hard
HP 7092 12894 33012
Attack 124 328
Magic Attack 124 328
Defense 103 268
Magic Defense 103 268

Rude Weaknesses & Resistances

Weakness / Status Ailments Wind
Lesser Resistances Fire
Greater Resistances Proportional Damage
Immunities Silence, Stop, Berserk
Absorbed Elements -

Stagger Rates

×1 ×1 ×1 ×1
×1 ×1 ×1.25 -

Stagger Length

Stagger Length 7 seconds


Easy/Normal Hard
Gil 1200 4500
AP 10 30
Exp 480 3600
Items Dropped Mega-Potion (100%)
Rare Items Dropped -
Steal Mega-Potion (10%)

Learnable Enemy Skills

No Enemy Skills can be learned from Rude.

List of Enemy Skills

Rude Boss Fight Guide

Rude Abilities and Attack Patterns

Name Element Blockable? Knockdown? Status
physical.pngQuick Jabs
- Yes No -
Strikes 6 times with his fists.
physical.pngLeg Flurry
- Yes No -
Hits his target with 3 different kicks.
- Yes Yes -
Kicks his target into the air and slams them into the ground.
physical.pngSeize (Cloud)
- No Yes -
Grabs Cloud and swings him in a circle before throwing him.
physical.pngSeize (Aerith)
- No Yes -
Grabs Aerith and karate chops her kneck, knocking her out.
physical.pngRunning Tackle
- No No -
Rushes at a target and suplexes them.
- Yes Yes -
Comes at a target with a powerful punch.
magical.pngSpinning Axe Kick
- Yes Yes -
Jumps into the air and kicks into the ground, producing a shockwave.
magical.pngLeg Sweep
- Yes No -
Does a sweeping kick, knocking his target off their feet.
magical.pngSleeping Powder
- No No
sleep.png (15 sec)
Throws sleeping powder at his target, putting them to sleep.
Phase 2.jpg
- Yes No -
Hits the ground sending a shockwave at his target.
magical.pngSpirit Geyser
Phase 2.jpg
- Yes Yes -
Hits the ground with both fists, causing up to 4 explosions to occur around him.

*Status Effects and Ailments Guide

Best Characters for This Boss

Available Characters

Cloud IconCloud Aerith IconAerith

Rude is first encountered in Chapter 8. During this chapter, Cloud and Aerith are available.

Best Equipment for Characters

Cloud Icon.jpegCloud Role: Attacker
Weapon: Buster Sword
Armor: Caliginous Bracelet
Accessory: Power Wristguards
Aerith Icon.jpegAerith Role: Mage
Weapon: Silver Staff
Armor: Studded Bracer
Accessory: Bulletproof Vest

Best Materia for Cloud

Weapon (3 Slots)
Armor (3 Slots)

You have to alternately use Cloud and Aerith in this battle. Control Cloud and have him deal significant damage to Rude while Aerith passively attacks him and accumulate ATB charges. If Cloud gets bound, switch to Aerith to quickly deal damage with basic attacks and Aero (or higher). Do the other way around when Aerith gets bound.

Best Materia for Aerith

Weapon (3 Slots)
Armor (2 Slots)

Aerith has the most damaging equipment in this battle so keep her safe and healed throughout the battle. Having Cloud cast Regen on her is also a good idea if you already have access to it. It is recommended to try to always have 2 ATB charges ready for Pray but if you do not need healing yet, use a bar for casting Aero (or higher).

Tips & Strategies for Beating Rude

Strategy Checklist
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Dodge rather than Guard

Dodge instead of Guarding
Even if you Guard against Rude's attacks you take quite a big amount of damage.

If you only Guard, you'll quickly run out of HP, so we recommend trying to dodge them instead.

Rude is easy to Stagger

Easy to Stagger
Rude is tough and won't take much damage from your attacks, but his Focused Gauge fills very easily, so aim for his Weakness with Aero or use Cloud's Focused Thrust to quickly Stagger him.

You can get the Wind materia by completing Battle Intel Report 02, so make sure to get it before you fight Rude.

Uses Seize to chuck Cloud at Aerith

Rude using Seize
Asides from Sweet Dreams, Aerith will get hit when Cloud comes flying at her after Rude uses Seize on him. If you were controlling Cloud when it happens, change to Aerith when Rude swings Cloud around to easily avoid the attack.

Uses powerful ranged attacks at 50% HP

Rude preparing Shockwave
When you've gotten Rude down to 50% health, he will start using Shockwave and Spirit Geyser, two powerful long-ranged attacks. Keep on your toes and aim for a hit-and-run strategy, as both attacks can deal around 500 damage.

Rude: Hard Mode Guide

Best Characters and Equipment

Cloud Icon.jpegCloud Weapon: Buster Sword
Armor: Force Bracelet
Accessory: Champion Belt or Headband
Aerith Icon.jpegAerith Weapon: Mythril Rod
Armor: Chain Bangle
Accessory: Circlet or Headband

Best Materia to Use

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


Weapon (6 Slots)
Armor (4 Slots)


Weapon (6 Slots)
Armor (4 Slots)
How to Beat Rude on Hard Mode

Attack primarily with Wind Magic


When you attack Rude with Wind Magic, it knocks him down and significantly fills his Focus Gauage. If you switch between Cloud and Aerith effectively while filling their ATB Gauges, you'll be able to consistently hit him with Wind Magic throughout the battle.

When Rude falls below 50% HP, he'll start getting serious, and Wind Magic will stop knocking him down each time. You'll have to hit him with Wind Magic while he is performing an attack or to cast it twice in a row to knock him down successfuly.

An easy way of doing this is having Steadfast Block equipped and tank hits to increase ATB then let your other character cast Wind magic as Rude is attacking your controlled character. Switch characters then rinse and repeat!

How to Get the Wind Materia

Cast Resist or Equip Headband

Whenever Rude hits his Sweet Dreams, he will immediately attack. This will not be enough time to cast Esuna. With Headband equipped or First Strike and Cleansing Lv.3 you will be able to cast Resist on your controlled character right away, making this attack useless against you!

Headband Effect and Stats

Switch Party Members When Low

Rude Hard Mode Low Health
Rude will be focusing on attacking whoever you are controlling at the moment. Use this to your advantage to switch characters and tank hits while your low health character heals!

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Chapter 8 Reno
Chapter 9 Hell House
Chapter 10 Abzu
Chapter 11 Ghoul
Chapter 13 Failed Experiment
Chapter 14 Abzu (2nd Fight)
Chapter 15 The Valkyrie
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Chapter 17 Jenova Dreamweaver
The Arsenal
Chapter 18 Motor Ball
Whisper Harbinger

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Chapter 9 Fat Chocobo
Chapter 13 Leviathan
Secret Boss Bahamut
Superboss Pride and Joy Prototype

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Chapter 3 The Hoodlums
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Chapter 12 Enigmatic Spectre
Chapter 17 M.O.T.H. Unit
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2 Anonymousalmost 4 years

What a load of bs, Rude will totally attack Aerith.

1 Anonymousabout 4 years

He's really rude.


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