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This is a guide to beating the Boss Wrath Hound in the game Final Fantasy 7 Remake (FF7R). This article explains Wrath Hound's attack patterns, weaknesses, and tips and strategies for defeating them.

Wrath Hound Stats and Information

Basic Information

Wrath Hound
Wrath Hound Enemy Icon
Species Movement Type
Biological Grounded Normal

Description

The result of administering ability-enhancing drugs to guard dogs. As as side effect, these dogs often went into a bloodthirsty frenzy, so most of them were put down...but some survived.

Assess (Tips)

Normally their attacks cannot be interrupted, regardless of what ATB commands are used. Using certain attacks on them, however, sends them into a rampage, also making them susceptible to interruption.

Wrath Hound Stats

Easy Normal Hard
HP 3473~10222 6345~18585 35370
Attack 101~229 508
Magic Attack 33~79 148
Defense 60~141 268
Magic Defense 35~80 148

Wrath Hound Weaknesses & Resistances

Weakness / Status Ailments Ice
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

Stagger Length 10 seconds

Rewards

Easy/Normal Hard
Gil 266~1239 4592
AP 8 24
Exp 20~65 476
Items Dropped -
Rare Items Dropped -
Steal -

Learnable Enemy Skills

No Enemy Skills can be learned from Wrath Hound.

List of Enemy Skills

Wrath Hound Boss Fight Guide

Wrath Hound Abilities and Attack Patterns

Name Element Blockable? Knockdown? Status
physical.pngBite
- Yes No -
Bites a target.
physical.pngSnap Whip
- Yes No -
Swipes at a target with the tentacle on its neck.
physical.pngHeadbutt
- Yes Yes -
Rushes at a target and bashes them with its head.
physical.pngTentacle Whip
- Yes No -
Stabs a target with the tentacle on its neck
physical.pngThroat Clamp
- No No -
Jumps at a target and binds them for 1 to 5 seconds while biting. If its health drops by 10% or it is hit by an ability it will release the target.

*Status Effects and Ailments Guide

Best Characters for This Boss

Available Characters

Cloud IconCloud Tifa IconTifa

The Wrath Hound is first encountered during the On the Prowl Odd Job in Chapter 3 and only Cloud and Tifa will be available to use. In later fights, you'll be able to take it on with other characters as well.

Best Equipment for Characters

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

Best Materia for Cloud

Weapon (3 Slots)
Armor (2 Slots)

It's best to use Cloud for the majority of this fight, as his Punisher Mode's Auto-Counter feature will allow him to handle many of Wrath Hound's moves. Tifa can deal damage quick, but stick to Cloud to hammer away with Punisher Mode and build up Wrath's Hound's Focus Gauge to Stagger it.

Best Materia for Tifa

Weapon (3 Slots)
Armor (2 Slots)

The Wrath Hound moves quickly, so wait for an opportunity where it stays still like when it is pressured or staggered before using Blizzara.

Wrath Hound Attack Phases

Phase 1

Phase Point Summary
1 The Wrath Hound will move quickly around the area while using its attacks.
2 After its health falls below a certain level, it will run away.

Phase 2

Phase Point Summary
1 The Wrath Hound will continue using its previous attack pattern.
2 After a while, it will get enraged and enhance the damage and effectiveness of its attacks

Tips & Strategies for Beating Wrath Hound

Strategy Checklist
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Equip Ice Materia

Blizzard.png

Wrath Hound is weak to Ice Magic, so casting Blizzard on it will temporarily stun it and deal heavy damage.

However, one disadvantage of Ice Magic is that its effects can fail when used on a moving target. Be sure to hit Wrath Hound with Blizzard when he's standing still and just waiting for an ice bath.

Use Punisher Mode's Auto-Counter

PunisherModeCounter.png

From a later battle with a Wrath Hound in Chapter 14. It's still just as tough later on!

Cloud's Punisher Mode has a built-in Counter. When holding R1, he will guard against physical attacks, and release an auto-center to slash back at anything that hits him. On the flipside, he'll surrender the ability to block damage from Magic or energy-based attacks.

Fortunately, Wrath Hound doesn't use any Magic attacks – however, his Throat Clamp attack cannot be countered by Punisher Mode, so be sure to dodge out of the way when this Ability name appears over its head.

Aim to Stagger it

Stagger2.png

Slashing away with Cloud's Punisher Mode and using the Focused Thrust Ability will greatly increase its Focus Gauge. After it's Staggered, you can continue hammering away with Punisher Mode. You can also save up Tifa's ATB Gauges to knock it into the Stagger Zone and hit hard after it's Staggered.

Rescue your Bound Characters

BoundByWrathHound.png

When Wrath Hound uses Throat Clamp, it was leap onto one of your characters and continue attacking them mercilessly, with no method of escape. You'll have to switch characters and let loose on Wrath Hound until it lets your character go. Since you won't be able to do this if one of your characters is already knocked out, be sure to have Phoenix Downs to make sure you can keep both of your party members alive and kicking (In Tifa's case quite literally)!

How to Get Unbound

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1 Anonymous3 months

Dont worry bro. The dog dont bite. The dog:

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