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How to Beat Cerulean Drake | Boss Guide

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

Cerulean Drake Stats and Information

Basic Information

Cerulean Drake
Cerulean Drake Enemy Icon
Species Movement Type
Biological Flying Normal


Spell-weaving lizards with wings that are usually found floating about the train graveyard.

Assess (Tips)

Hitting them with wind spells and inflicting a certain amount of damage makes them susceptible to staggering. The icy winds that surround them are harmful, but can be temporarily stilled with spells of an element other than ice.
Enemy skills can be learned from this monster.

Cerulean Drake Stats

Easy Normal Hard
HP 1621~5517 2947~10031 16506
Attack 59~167 283
Magic Attack 84~240 418
Defense 44~117 194
Magic Defense 60~161 268

Cerulean Drake Weaknesses & Resistances

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

Stagger Rates

×0.25 ×0.25 ×1 ×0.25
×0.25 ×0.25 ×2 -

Stagger Length

Stagger Length 10 seconds


Easy/Normal Hard
Gil 76~446 1312
AP 5 15
Exp 73~297 1742
Items Dropped Orb of Gravity (12%)
Rare Items Dropped Phoenix Down (5%)
Steal Ether (5%)

Learnable Enemy Skills

Algid Aura Imbue with a magical aura that deals ice damage on contact.

List of Enemy Skills

Cerulean Drake Boss Fight Guide

Cerulean Drake Abilities and Attack Patterns

Name Element Blockable? Knockdown? Status
physical.pngWing Cutter
- Yes No -
Charges along the ground towards a target.
physical.pngTalon Snatch
- No No -
Dives at a target and grabs them.
physical.pngTalon Dive
- No Yes -
After grabbing a target with Talon Snatch, hurls them at the ground.
ice.png Yes No -
Casts Blizzard on a target.
magical.pngFrigid Breath
ice.png Yes No -
Aims at a target and breathes ice at them.
magical.pngFreezing Dust
ice.png Yes No -
Flies into the sky and releases an explosion of ice.
magical.pngIcy Aura
ice.png No No -
Covers itself in an aura of ice, causing damage to anyone that gets near it.
magical.pngFrozen Barbs
ice.png Yes No -
Locks onto a target and shoots them with ice every 6 seconds.

*Status Effects and Ailments Guide

Best Characters for this Boss

Available Characters

Cloud IconCloud Tifa IconTifa

Cerulean Drakes are first encountered during the Just Flew In from the Graveyard Odd Job in Chapter 3. In this chapter, Cloud and Tifa will be available for battle.

Best Equipment for Characters

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

Best Materia for Cloud

Weapon (3 Slots)
Armor (1 Slot)

Use Fire as Cloud's main damage dealing attack since the Cerulean Drake mostly flies around and might make it difficult to hit with melee attacks.

Best Materia for Tifa

Weapon (3 Slots)
Armor (2 Slots)

Spam Aero to exploit its weakness and easily stagger it.

Cerulean Drake Attack Phases

Phase Point Summary
1 The Cerulean Drake will fly around the area while attacking. It will frequently use Blizzard than its other attacks.

Tips & Strategies for Beating Cerulean Drake

Strategy Checklist

Weak Against Wind


The Cerulean Drake is weak against wind-elemental attacks. If you have already acquired the Wind Materia from Chadley, use its Aero to quickly finish it off.

Stay Away From Icy Aura

Icy Aura.jpg

While its Icy Aura is active, staying too close to it will cause continuous damage, which will make it more difficult to use melee attacks. Use any spell other than Blizzard until the aura wears off.

Watch Out for Frozen Barbs

Frozen Barbs.jpg

The Cerulean Drake will sometimes cast Frozen Barbs to one of your characters. While this is active, the Cerulean Drake will passively and continuously shoot frozen air at the inflicted character.

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Chapter 9 Hell House
Chapter 10 Abzu
Chapter 11 Ghoul
Chapter 13 Failed Experiment
Chapter 14 Abzu (2nd Fight)
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