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This is a guide to beating the Shinra Combat Simulator challenge Three-Person Team vs. Top Secrets in the game Final Fantasy 7 Remake. This article explains what enemies you will face, recommended equipment and materia, and tips and strategies for defeating them.

Three-Person Team vs. Top Secrets Basic Information

Enemies

Battle Number Enemy
Battle #1 Shiva
Battle #2 Fat Chocobo
Battle #3 Leviathan
Battle #4 Bahamut
Battle #5 Pride and Joy

Rewards

Rewards
Gotterdammerung

Best Characters for This Battle

Available Characters

Cloud IconCloud Barret IconBarret Tifa IconTifa Aerith IconAerith

It's possible to use any set of 3 characters in this battle, but we recommend using Cloud, Tifa and Aerith.

Recommended Characters

Cloud Icon.jpegCloud Role: Attacker & Tank
Weapon: Hardedge
Armor: Force Bracelet
Accessory: Transference Module
Tifa Icon.jpegTifa Role: Pinch Hitter
Weapon: Metal Knuckles
Armor: Force Bracelet
Accessory: Champion Belt
Aerith Icon.jpegAerith Role: Red Mage
Weapon: Mythril Rod
Armor: Chain Bangle
Accessory: Circlet

Use Cloud When Trying to Stagger

Cloud's Focused thrust is effective for staggering the enemy and his Counterstance is good at dealing damage while blocking damage. With his all roundedness you will be using him most of the fight.

Switch to Tifa when Enemy is Staggered

While Tifa has amazing damage potential when the enemy is staggered. She can make the fights much shorter if her abilities are maximized while attacking a staggered enemy.

Aerith as Healer and Offensive Caster

Aerith will be the main healer and should prioritize healing as much as she can. And when healing is not necessary she should be casting spells or using her abilities to help the party.

Best Equipment for This Battle

Equipment

Cloud

Hardedge Base Fully Upgraded
Hardedge Image Attack 57 137
Magic Attack 19 46
User Cloud
Materia Slots
(Fully Upgraded)
○-○○
○-○○-○○-○
Fully Upgraded Bonus Stats
Defense +0 Magic Defense +0
Max HP +0 Max MP +0
Description
A mighty blade able to cleave in one stroke anything foolish enough to stand in the wielder's way.

Tifa

Metal Knuckles Base Fully Upgraded
Metal Knuckles Image Attack 54 164
Magic Attack 12 36
User Tifa
Materia Slots
(Fully Upgraded)
○-○
○-○○-○○-○
Fully Upgraded Bonus Stats
Defense +0 Magic Defense +0
Max HP +0 Max MP +0
Description
Gloves reinforced with metal to pack an extra punch.

Aerith

Mythril Rod Base Fully Upgraded
Mythril Rod Image Attack 24 24
Magic Attack 92 164
User Aerith
Materia Slots
(Fully Upgraded)
○○○
○-○○-○○-○
Fully Upgraded Bonus Stats
Defense +0 Magic Defense +0
Max HP +400 Max MP +13
Description
A rod made of mythril. Said to be a fabled mage's weapon of choice.

Everyone

Materia

Cloud

Weapon (6 Slots)
Armor (4 Slots)
Summon

Tifa

Weapon (6 Slots)
Armor (4 Slots)
Summon

Aerith

Weapon (6 Slots)
Armor (4 Slots)
Summon

Three-Person Team vs. Top Secrets Battle Guide

Battle #1

Shiva
Shiva Battle
HP Weaknesses
47,160 Fire

Elemental + Ice to Negate All Ice Attacks

If you have Elemental Lv.2 linked with Ice in the armor slot, the character equipped will be immune to Ice magic. This will allow them to get up close and personal with Shiva without having to worry about getting hurt.

Fire Magic is Very Effective For Pressuring

Hitting her with Fire magic will put her into the pressured state, making staggering her easy. Watch out for her Frost Familiars, as long as she has one, all elemental magic is blocked. Use Aerith's Arcane Ward to make full use of Fire magic when she does not have her Frost Familiars up!
How to Beat Shiva

Battle #2

Fat Chocobo
Fat Chocobo Battle.png
HP Weaknesses
117,900 None

Go on the Offensive to Pressure

Doing a certain amount of damage will put the Fat Chocobo into the pressured state, making it easier to stagger it. So throw out your damaging moves when you can save some ATB for your stagger increasing moves.

Get Rid of the Summons ASAP

During the fight, the moogles that accompany Fat Chocobo will be summoning monsters. You will want to get rid of them as soon as you can. Triple Slash is very useful to do that while still doing damage to the Fat Chocobo.
How to Beat Fat Chocobo

Battle #3

Leviathan
Leviathan.jpeg
HP/th> Weaknesses
47,160 Thunder

Guard When You See an Ability

Any time Leviathan starts charging an ability it takes a bit of time, so watch out for the names that pop up over its head and get ready to guard. Taking a hit from any of Leviathan's attacks can send you to the danger zone so keep your eyes open!

Bait Briny Bellow with Aerith

Just like in the VR Mission on Normal Mode, Leviathan will target far away characters with Briny Bellow, its beam attack. Take advantage of this by switching to Aerith and standing far away to bait out Briny Bellow, then quickly swap back to Cloud and go to town.

Heal Up or Cast Manaward When It is Casting Tidal Wave

Leviathan still has a devistating attack called Tidal Wave. In Hard Mode this attack will deal even more damage than it did before, so you still want to make sure your whole party survives it. Healing up and making sure everyone has their health as close to max as possible and having Manaward buffs on your party will help greatly. If its stagger meter is close to full, it is better to just go for the stagger and cancel the move.
How to Beat Leviathan

Battle #4

Bahamut
Bahamut.jpeg
HP Weaknesses
66,732 None

Counterstance Counters Almost All of Bahamut's Attacks

Counterstance is a useful ability against Bahamut. With its constant aggression, you will have multiple opportunnities to take advantage and do some damage countering.

Manawall to Help Survive

Megaflare is Bahamut's strongest attack. It is most likely most if not all of your party members will faint. Casting Manawall will make it likely that your party members survive the attack. If you still have trouble you might want to equip your party member/s with Revival Earings or equip weapons with the upgrade Reprieve.

Go All Out on Offensive When Bahamut is Counting Down

Even if your party survives the Megaflare, they will be at low health and still at risk of dying. Instead of trying to endure Megaflare, it is better to try to stagger him before Bahamut casts it. Everytime it starts counting down, use your strongest attacks. After enough damage it will be pressured, letting you fill up the stagger gauge. Hopefuly by the time it is at one you will be able to stagger it.

Focus on Ifrit

When Bahamut summons Ifrit, you will need to divert your attention and take it out ASAP. It is recommended you save your Limit Breaks just for Ifrit to take him out of the fight quickly. Equipping Fire linked with Elemental in your armory will also help greatly.
How to Beat Bahamut

Battle #5

Pride and Joy
Pride and Joy
HP Weaknesses
???? Thunder

Stick Behind It

Most of Pride and Joy's high damage attacks come from its front. Stick behind it and deal damage from there. It has one attack it can do that will do damage around it. It is signalled by it raising its arms so stay back when you see it raise its arms!

Stay Out of the Fire

Pride and Joy will set the battlefield on fire. If your party ends up standing in the fire it will deal massive damage and can easily make them faint after a few seconds. It is recommended to keep distance and use Lightning spells to deal damage from afar.

Revive or Try to Break One of Its Limbs When it Grabs

Pride and Joy will try to grab one of your party members. If successful it can instantly kill them after some time has passed. Prepare to use raise or even better, try to break one of its limbs to make it let go of the character before they faint.
How to Beat Pride and Joy Prototype

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5 GM2 days

Usefull guide,but that bahamut 😶😶 i still cant beat him.i get beaten realy quick in the battle.

4 Gozer6 days

Just beat it tonight and got the last trophy I needed for the full set...phew! I used the general weapon/materia layout but made a couple adjustments based off playing style and a little trial and error... - I switched Ice/Fire between Aerith and Cloud. - No ATB Stagger, parry, or time materia - Revive on Cloud, Healing on Tifa. Don't need both - Max out on HP Plus (and MP for Aerith) as much as possible. Overall this guide helped a lot but each player is different so adjust as you need to.

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      If you complete the game and go to Chapter 17 with Chapter Select, you will be able to find Chadley near the start of the chapter and access all the VR missions with any three characters of your choice. Hope this helps!

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