This is a guide to the basic battle system and a complete overview of techniques usable in battle in Final Fantasy 7 Remake (FF7R). Learn how combat works in the game, and how to use Abilities, Limit Breaks, and more.
For our complete strategy guide on the best combat techniques, check out our guide below!
How to Fight Like a Pro
List of Contents
|Standard Attack & Combo|
|How to Use||
By holding the □ button, your characters will automatically start attacking. By pressing the button repeatedly, you can execute combos which will deal more damage than simply holding down the button.
Each character will act differently based on the weapon they use. For example, Cloud will execute several slashes on holding down the □ button, while Barret will use his machine gun arm to continue firing bullets as long as the button is held.
|How to Stagger||Attack an enemy repeatedly to increase its Focus Gauge until it is maxed out.|
|Effects of Stagger||The enemy will become unable to attack, and each hit will deal increased damage and fill up the user's ATB Gauge faster than normal.|
When you attack an enemy multiple times in a row, the Focus Gauge below the HP bar will begin to fill up. When the Focus Gauge is completely filled, the enemy will be Staggered, granting an essential chance to deal extra damage to powerful foes.
TIP: Staggering enemies also adds to a character's Limit Gauge, so try to time your Stagger to deliver a powerful Limit Break to a Staggered enemy!
When an enemy is hit with repeated attacks, they will sometimes fall into a Pressured state, which indicates that they are more susceptible than usual to being Staggered. When this occurs, pelt the enemy with Magic and Abilities to fill up their Focus Gauge at a faster than usual rate. Don't miss this opportunity to Stagger enemies, as this can make or break a battle!
|How to Use|
Press the ✕ button at any time during battle to open Tactical Mode to slow the action to a crawl. This will allow you to select Magic, Abilities and Items from the menu in the bottom-left without being pressured for time.
There is also a Shortcut feature to use frequently-accessed commands with a single button press, but for dire situations, Tactical Mode is essential for healing your party and choosing your next move.
|Send a Battle Command to another character|
|How to Use||
By pressing L2 or R2 during battle, you can switch to the menu of one of your uncontrolled characters, and issue a command for them to execute. This is a great way to use a secondary character's ATB charges while still controlling your primary attacker. When your primary characters is Bound and unable to move, use Commands to get one of your teammates on the move to free them!
|How to Use||D-Pad (Up/Down)|
In addition to simply issuing commands, you can switch your controlled character to act as them directly. Although it's not usually necessary to switch characters, getting familiar with each characters' battle strategy will help you fight effectively in situations where one character is more suited to a battle than another.
|How to Use|
By holding down the R1 button, you can block incoming damage and reduce its effects. In addition, blocking damage will add to your ATB Gauge, making it worthwhile both offensively and defensively. Blocking is effective for either Physical or Magic damage, though when Cloud's Punisher Mode Ability is active, he loses the ability to block ranged attacks.
When Cloud is in Punisher Mode, he becomes unable to defend against ranged attacks, but when hit with a melee attack, he will respond with a powerful counterattack. Punisher Mode is highly recommended for taking on melee-heavy enemies like Roche, Reno and Rude.
|How to Use|
By pressing the ◯ button, you can roll to evade damage from an enemy and move quickly during battle. That said, evading is not effective for weathering damage, and you will still take damage if you are hit while dodging. You also won't be able to block while dodging, so be sure to read an enemy's movements carefully before choosing a dodge over a block.
|How to Use||Select "Limit" from the Menu|
To the right of each character's HP and ATB Gauges on the bottom-right of the screen, their Limit Gauge can be found. The Limit Gauge will be filled when Staggering enemies and when taking damage. These attacks can do huge damage to enemies, especially when they are Staggered. Check out our full guide for details on how to charge Limit Breaks.
|How to Use||
A character's ATB Gauge fills when they successfully land attacks on enemies or block their attacks. For each charge of the ATB Gauge, a character can use an Ability, a Spell, or an Item. Some Abilities or Spells, like Infinity's End, will require two ATB charges to use, so plan carefully to determine if you want to spend a single ATB charge or wait for the second ATB charge to use both.
Each character can fill up to 2 ATB charges, though using the Refocus Limit Break via the Refocus Materia will allow a character to fill up to 3 ATB charges.
|Weapon Ability (Focused Strike)|
|How to Use||Select Abilities from the ✕ menu with at least one full ATB charge|
When you equip a Weapon to a character, that character will be able to use an Ability associated with that Weapon. For example, equipping the Weapon Twin Stinger to Cloud will allow him to use the Counterstance Ability; however, he'll lose the Ability when it is removed.
In order to learn a Weapon Ability permanently, the character must gain Proficiency in that Ability by using the Ability in battle, and fulfilling certain conditions when using the Ability to receive Proficiency Bonuses. Upon reaching 100% Proficiency, they'll be able to use the Ability even when the Weapon is removed.
|Using a Potion|
|How to Use||
In Battle: Select Items from the ✕ menu with at least one full ATB charge
Outside of Battle: Select Items from the ✕ menu (no ATB needed)
Consumable Items can be used both inside and outside of battle to recover HP and MP, heal negative status effects, inflict damage on enemies, and more.
TIP: You can also hold the L1 button from the Items menu for the Multiuse option, which you can hold down to use the same item multiple times without having to reselect it!
|How to Use||Continue moving until out of the enemy's range|
During the story, you will sometimes encounter enemies which are too difficult to handle. In this situation, it can be best to run away and make sure your party is completely healed and correctly equipped to handle them.
Unlike the original turn-based game, you can now flee by simply running away from the battle area. Keep in mind that this is usually not possible for boss battles, so be sure to always fully heal and equip your party before taking them on.
|How to Use||
＋: Use Shortcut 1
＋: Use Shortcut 2
＋: Use Shortcut 3
＋: Use Shortcut 4
By selecting Battle Settings from the Main Menu, you can register Shortcuts to 4 frequently-used commands, making it easier to access commands that you often use without having to open up Tactical Mode every time. You won't be able to use these commands without a sufficient ATB charge, but having them registered will make it easier to maintain your flow in battle.
In order to allow for fans of both high-tension Action RPGs as well as traditional turn-based RPGs to enjoy the game, Final Fantasy 7 Remake includes a Classic Mode which alludes to a turn-based style of combat. In Classic Mode, characters will attack, block, and evade automatically, with the player focusing mainly on setting commands with the ATB Gauge.
|Playing the Game|
|Camera Controls and Camera Settings|
|Map Navigation Guide|
|How to Change Difficulty|
|What is Classic Mode?|
|Menu & Equipment|
|Weapon Upgrade Guide | How to Learn Weapon Abilities|
|Battle Icons Guide|
|Status Effects and Ailments|
|Combat & Battle System|
|Battle System Guide and How to Fight|
|How to Stagger Enemies to 200% and 300%|
|Understanding the ATB Gauge|
|How to Change Characters|
|How to Get Unbound|
|How to Use Items|
|How to Restore HP and MP|
|How to Run Away|
|How to Summon|
|How to Use Shortcuts|
|Game Mechanics for Advanced Players|
|How Do Critical Hits Work?|
|How Does Stunning Work? | Enemy Interruption|
|How to Recover MP in Hard Mode|
|Can You Break the Damage Cap?|
|FF7R Intergrade Features|
|Photo Mode and How to Use|
|Synergy Guide: How to Synergize Yuffie and Sonon|
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