FF7 Remake

How to Beat Rust Drake | Boss Fight Guide


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

Rust Drake Stats and Information

Basic Information

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


Spell-weaving airborne lizards found in the Sector 5 slums. Inquisitive by nature, they cannot resist collecting shiny object such as jewelry.

Assess (Tips)

While enveloped in darkness, they absorb all spells. However, inflicting a certain amount of damaging while they cast Gravity will dispel the darkness and make them susceptible to staggering for a short while.

Rust Drake Stats

Easy Normal Hard
HP 9776~14751 17775~26820 35370
Attack 113~167 238
Magic Attack 113~167 238
Defense 1 1
Magic Defense 44~65 86

Rust Drake Weaknesses & Resistances

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

Stagger Rates

×1 ×1 ×1 ×1
×1 ×1 ×1 -

Stagger Length

Stagger Length 10 seconds


Easy/Normal Hard
Gil 616~1260 2624
AP 7 21
Exp 56~114 476
Items Dropped -
Rare Items Dropped -
Steal -

Learnable Enemy Skills

No Enemy Skills can be learned from Rust Drake.

List of Enemy Skills

Rust Drake Boss Fight Guide

Rust Drake Abilities and Attack Patterns

Name Element Blockable? Knockdown? Status
physical.pngWing Cutter
- Yes No -
Charges along the ground towards a target.
- Yes Yes -
Flies into the air and glides into a target.
physical.pngTalon Snatch
- Yes Yes -
Dives at a target and grabs them then hurls them at the ground.
magical.pngFire Breath
fire.png Yes No -
Soars into the sky before charging at the ground breathing fire.
magical.pngBlack Hole
- No No -
Summons an orb of gravity that persists for 45 seconds. The orb sucks in party members and deals damage equal to 10% of their remaining HP if they come into contact with it.
magical.pngDark Ball
- Yes No -
Spits out 3 floating orbs of gravity towards a target.
- No No -
After 10 seconds of casting, summons a large orb of gravity near a target and causes it to explode.

*Status Effects and Ailments Guide

Best Characters for this Boss

Available Characters

Cloud IconCloud Barret IconBarret Tifa IconTifa

A Rust Drake is encountered during the Chocobo Search Odd Job in Chapter 14. In this chapter, Cloud, Barret, and Tifa will be available for battle.

Recommended Characters

The Rust Drake will be in the air for most parts of the battle so make Barret as your main attacker and equip him with Elemental + Ice / Wind materias to increase his damage output.

Rust Drake Attack Phases

Phase Point Summary
1 Rust Drake will fly above your party most of the time while frequently using Gravity and Black Hole. In some cases, it will prepare for a few seconds before breathing fire across the field.

Tips & Strategies for Beating Rust Drake

Strategy Checklist
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Spells are Absorbed By Darkness


The Rust Drake will envelop itself with darkness most of the time. While this is active, avoid using attack spells against it as they will only be absorbed and heal the Rust Drake.

Prepare for an Attack when It Stops Flying

Fire breath.jpg

While flying, there will be a lot of times that it will stop and start preparing for an attack. Get out of its way when the Rust Drake stops flying before it breathes fire across the ground in front of it or launches black orbs.

Keep Your Distance from Black Holes

Black hole.jpg

The Rust Drake will also cast Black Hole very frequently which stays for quite a long time. This can be very annoying since it can mess up with your positioning and deal continuous damage once you are close to it, which may be difficult to notice if you are more focused on dealing damage to the Rust Drake.

Unleash Heavy Attacks Before Gravity


Conserve your ATB bars as much as possible before it starts charging for Gravity. The Rust Drake will be stationary while casting this attack and the only way to interrupt it is by dealing significant damage such as using Maximum Fury and Overcharge. Avoid using attack spells against it while it is casting Gravity since they will only be absorbed by the darkness.

Use Magnified Healing

Magnified regen.jpg

It might be difficult to deal enough damage while it is casting Gravity so be sure to have one of your members equipped with Magnify + Healing materias for fast recovery. You can also cast Regen to keep your party members healed throughout the battle.

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Chapter 7 Airbuster
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 18 Motor Ball
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