FF7 Remake

Intergrade: Hard Mode Guide

This is a complete guide to beating the INTERmission DLC on Hard Mode in the game Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade. Read on for our best Hard Mode Builds, including what Materia are best to use in Hard Mode, what Equipment and Materia are recommended, and how to handle running out of MP.

Hard Mode Guides
FF7 Remake Intergrade MP Recovery

Hard Mode Differences

Hard Mode for INTERmission is essentially the same as Hard Mode from the main game as it is unlocked by clearing the DLC, enemies deal more damage and may have more abilities, and so on:

  • You cannot change the difficulty setting from the System Menu. To change the difficulty, you will need to use Chapter Select and go to the start of a Chapter with a different difficulty setting.
  • In Hard Mode, you can't use items at all. If you open the Commands Menu and hover over "Items", you'll see a notification that items cannot be used.
  • When using a bench at a rest area, your HP will be restored, but not your MP.
  • You'll receive Manuscripts for defeating each Fort Condor player as well as from Bosses and sub-bosses.
  • A Hard Mode exclusive match in the Shinra Combat Simulator is also unlocked, similar to the main game.

Hard Mode Guide (Story Walkthrough)

Strategy Checklist
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Hit the Level Cap

Level 50.jpg

If you enter Hard Mode right after completing a lower difficulty, you will likely struggle if you jump head first into Hard Mode. Return to Chapter 2 where the Shinra Combat Simulator will open up for Yuffie and Sonon to farm Exp and AP so you can level them and your materia up.

Intergrade: How to Level Up Fast and AP Farm

Use Yuffie's Boomerang for MP Skills


One way of combatting the MP restrictions is by Yuffie's Boomerang. There are 3 skills that can assist you in conserving and regenerating MP.

Sub-Core Skill and Effect
Sub-Core I Trade-Off
Recover MP when taking significant damage
Sub-Core I Attack Spells MP Cost Reduction 20%
Sub-Core IV MP Regeneration 50% Boost
Significantly increases MP regeneration speed during battle

As MP Regeneration 50% Boost comes from Sub-Core IV you'll need to collect some Manuscripts by beating Fort Condor players in the Sector 7 Slums to reach Weapon Level 6.

How to Recover MP in Hard Mode

Make Use of Revival Earrings

Revival Earrings.jpg

Another way to conserve MP is by equipping Revival Earrings to Yuffie and Sonon. Rather than using healing magic, letting a character die with these equipped will automatically heal them to 50% HP. They can only be used once before breaking, but they only cost 500 Gil at any shop that sells accessories so you can stock up on these ahead of time.

Intergrade: How to Farm Gil

Match Your Elemental Materia and Ninjutsu with the Foe's Weakness


Use the linked Materia slot on Sonon's Weapon to hold an Elemental Materia together with the Magic Materia matching the Boss's weakness while Yuffie can change the damage type of her Shuriken with her Elemental Ninjutsu abilities. Almost all of the Bosses in the main story will have a weakness, so simply by changing out which Magic Materia you equip or switching Ninjutsu, you can deal extra damage to almost every Boss.

List of All Bosses and their Weaknesses

Make Use of Perfect Guards

Perfect Guard.gif

Instead of forcing your way through with attacks, you'll want to conserve your HP as much as possible on Hard mode. Hold R1 frequently to block your opponents' attacks and wait for the right timing to strike; timing your block at the right time will execute a Perfect Guard that negates all damage. You'll know you've done it right as time will slow for a split second and Immune will pop up in blue text in place of numbers for damage.

Precision Defense Weapon Skills

When pulling off a Perfect Guard you can also activate certain weapon skills that provide Yuffie with various buffs.

Weapon Skill and Effect
4-Point Shuriken.jpg4-Point Shuriken Precision Defense: ATB Boost
Guard against an attack at the right time to fill the ATB gauge.
Boomerang.jpgBoomerang Precision Defense: Barrier
Guard against an attack at the right time to cast Barrier.
Precision Defense: Manaward
Guard against an attack at the right time to cast Manaward.
Steel Reaper.jpgSteel Reaper Precision Defense: Regen
Guard against an attack at the right time to cast Regen.

Keep Distance and Use Incite

With Yuffie's signature ability, she can throw her Shuriken at an enemy and switch to Ninjutsu, ranged attacks that deal magic damage. Doing so will keep you away from enemies and let you target their weaknesses with the various elemental damage you can deal. You can then finish off a combo with Windstorm as it will target whatever you threw the Shuriken at. Pair this with Sonon's Incite ability, which can be learned from the Indurate Staff, so Sonon can distract enemies and allow Yuffie to take less damage and deal more uninterrupted.

Synergize With Sonon

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There are two reasons why you'll want to make use of Synergy. The first is to deal extra damage against enemies with Synergized Art of War and increase stagger with Synergized Windstorm. The second is that depending on your distance from Sonon, turning on Synergy will cause Sonon to teleport him to you, effectively allowing him to dodge away from attacks that could deal heavy damage to him. Mix and match these to keep your boy safe and healthy!

Synergy Guide: How to Synergize Yuffie and Sonon

Use Yuffie's Brumal Form


Some attacks may be more difficult to dodge normally, so try to keep 1 ATB charge on you if possible to use Brumal Form against attacks like the Crimson Mare's Fusillade that can deal 1000-3000 damage depending on if you block or not.

Hard Mode Recommended Materia

Materia Reason
Independent Materias.pngHP Up

・Try and give 2 to each character
・Attach 4 to the Ninja Armlet to level them up
・Try to start leveling them up as early as possible
Magic Materia.pngHealing

・Link to Magnify for best effects
・Still useful without Magnify
Magic MateriaRevival

Only give to Yuffie
・Sonon will revive Yuffie by sacrificing himself if she dies
Command Materia.pngChakra

・A way to heal without using MP
・Heals more based on how much HP you've lost
Command MateriaPrayer

・Heal all party members without using MP
・Requires 2 ATB so it can prevent you from using other attacks
Independent MateriaMP Up

・Gives you a boost to your MP
・Great for Hard Mode where you can't recover MP easily
・Equip 2 to each character if possible
Independent MateriaSteadfast Block

・Fills the ATB Gauge when blocking attacks
・Sonon can also make use of it
Support Materias.pngSynergy

・Equip on Sonon
・Every time Yuffie uses a command Sonon will follow up with the weakest linked magic
・Does not require ATB or MP

Why Play Hard Mode?

Get Manuscripts Exclusive to Hard Mode

Yuffie Sonon Manuscript.jpg

All 14 of Yuffie and Sonon's Manuscripts for additional SP are only available on Hard Mode. These are unlocked through playing Fort Condor or defeating Bosses. You'll want to get all of these to unlock every Weapon Upgrade available to take on the super boss in the Shinra Combat Simulator.

Locations of All Manuscripts

Obtain a Trophy

When you complete both Chapters on Hard Mode, you'll unlock the The Road to Revenge Trophy.

How to Unlock All Trophies

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade Related Links

Intergrade and INTERmission Guide

Intergrade Story Walkthrough

Chapter 1 Chapter 2
Chapter 1 Wutais Finest.jpgChapter 1: Wutai's Finest Chapter 2 Covert Ops.jpgChapter 2: Covert Ops

Intergrade Boss Fights

Chapter 1 Levrikon
Chapter 2 Scarlet & The Crimson Mare
Nero the Sable
Shinra Combat Simulator vs. Shinra's Dark Secrets
vs. Midgarian Monsters
Weiss the Immaculate
Pride and Joy Mk 0.5 (Top Secrets)

Intergrade Side Content

Happy Turtle Flyer Locations.jpgHappy Turtle Flyers Shinra Box Buster Start.jpgShinra Box Buster

Fort Condor Minigame

Fort Condor (1).pngFort Condor Guide Condor Coin Farming
Fort Condor Units
Fort Condor Boards

Intergrade Guides


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