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FAQ's and Strategy Guides
For playing tips, move lists and other information, please read the Final Fantasy VII FAQ from www.GameFAQs.com.
10 Phoenix Downs and a Secret Cave
On the way to Coral, go to the switch that you push to let the others go through. If you explore around that area, you should hear birds chirping. Go up the hill where you hear it (you might have to search to find the right spot) and pick the first choice you are given.

After collecting the 10 Phoenix Downs, go back down to the lower tracks and follow your partners. As they turn to the right, you need to take the left split because buried in the hill under the tracks is a cave with an out-of-work miner. A Power Source, Mind Source, and Tent may be acquired within this hidden area.

Note: Your score will be lowered if you do this. It's not nice to disturb baby birds.

Alternate Save Pictures
The saved-game picture changes depending on what slot your game is saved in. Here's the complete list:
FILE 1  : CLOUD
FILE 2  : BARRET
FILE 3  : AERIS
FILE 4  : CAIR SITH
FILE 5  : RED XIII
FILE 6  : CID
FILE 7  : TIFA
FILE 8  : VINCENT
FILE 9  : YUFFIE
FILE 10 : RUFUS
FILE 11 : TSENG
FILE 12 : PRISICILLA
FILE 13 : RUDE
FILE 14 : DAIN
FILE 15 : SEPHIROTH
Ancient Forest
To get to the Ancient Forest before disc 3, simply ride up the hill with a black, gold or green chocobo.
Beat the Cosmo Canyon Boss
When you get to the Boss inside the caves at Cosmo Canyon to beat him all you do is use a Phoenix Down on him to kill him instantly. Sometimes that misses so you might want to use other healing items like X-Potion, High Potion or Potion.
Beat the Emerald Weapon
If your having difficulty beating Emerald Weapon and you can't get the Knights of the Round consider using this method.First equip three gravity materia, one to each character, second if possible equip a mime materia to each character. Next to one character, equip both the W-Magic materia and quadra magic materia joined to the characters gravity materia. Join an all materia to the other characters materia. Okay. Now when you go into battle all you do is use any level of demi on the Emerald weapon and it automatically does 9999 HP of damage to with every hit but at the end his HP will lower and a couple of hits with a moderately powerful summon spell and he's done for. Voila!
Beat the Ruby Weapon
For this you will need Nights Of The Round with at least 3 levels. Phoenix summon with at least 3 levels. Shield with at least 2 levels. Final Attack with any level. About 3 mastered HP and MP pluses (you might need more). 3 Enemy Skills with White Wind learned (to learn White Wind, go to the grassy area of Junon untill you fight a big green creature with wings. Manipulate it and have it use White Wind on your party).

You also need MP and HP absorb and the MIME command. Make sure you do NOT have the w-item, w-magic, and w-summon materias. Give everyone HP pluses untill it reaches 9,999 HP. Then do the same with the MP pluses until it reaches 999. Equip Cloud with the Ultima Weapon and give him the following materia. Combine the Nights Of The Round with the MP absorb. Give him Phoenix with Final Attack. Give him mime with HP absorb. Make sure that you only eqip these matiera on the Ultima Weapon if their mastered. Give him shield and enemy skill. Give your other party members the other enemy skills. Make sure Cloud has an accesory that will protect him from Frog and Small.

Before you fight Ruby, get into a battle and have Cloud kill your other party members. Now go after Ruby. Start off by using shield on Cloud. Do NOT have Cloud bring the rest back to life. Now have him use Nights Of The Round and just keep miming it 'till your dead. When you come back to life just keep repeating this and Ruby will be dead in no time.

NOTE: No matter what, do not use any limit breaks or regular attacks on Ruby. If Cloud becomes a toad, use white wind to heal him.

Beta Materia
When you first go to the Chocobo ranch you have to catch a chocobo to avoid the Midgarsorm. Well, I figured out a way to get the powerful Beta spell before the second disc. You need the Enemy skill materia, a Fire materia, and any elemental materia equipped on one person. MAKE SURE THE LAST TWO ARE ON YOUR ARMOR!

If you keep this character healed until Midgarsorm casts Beta you SHOULD be able to survive the spell. Then just finish him off. This is tricky to pull off but if done correctly you will be set for a LONG time.

Cait Sidhe's Level 3 Limit Break - Japanese
Cait Sith has a level 3 limit break which will kill all enemies in one hit. This is tested and proven in the Japanese FFVII. To get it, you must use Cait Sith to kill 954 enemies. The Level 3 limit should be highlighted, but there will be no name. For activation, it will take about 36 times your HP damage.

It will look like an error, because it is, but when activated, an error message will appear and the battle will continue as if the enemy was killed in one hit.

Cast Any Spell Three Times
To cast three magic spells in one round, first equip someone with a Magic Materia + "All" Support Materia. You'll also need Barrier Materia with the Reflect spell learned. When you enter battle, cast Reflect on the entire party, (your party). Then cast the magic spell that was connected to the "All" Materia on YOUR party. Even though you casted the spell once, it will be reflected and returned to the enemy hitting for three times! And for the same price of the usual MP's. What's even better is that if you have W-Magic, you can cast that spell twice, or two different spells (both need to be connected to "All" Materia) hitting for six times!!!
Chocobo Tricks
While racing the chocobos, hold L1 + L2 + R1 + R2 to increase your speed. To increase their stamina, hold R1 + R2.

While choosing a chocobo to race, press L1, L2, R1, R2 or any direction to pan, zoom and rotate the chocobo you're viewing.

Curse Ring
While in Mideel (before it has been destroyed), go to the weapons shop and check the door in the back (the one that does not open.) Next, go to the shop on the hill with the man on the balcony. Walk behind him along the part of the balcony on the side of the shop until you here a rattling sound. Check the spot and you will get a key. Use the key on the door, and it will break off. The owner will ask what happened. Tell the truth and he will give you the curse ring. If you lie, he will not give it to you. It raises all of your stats, but puts the character on death sentance, but this can be countered with a Phoenix Down.
Defeating Savior Sephiroth
For this fight you will need: Knights of the Round, Zero Bahumut, and any other summons. Cure 3, Wall, "Mime", DeBarrier, Remedies and at least three Megaexlir's.

Start out by casting Wall on your party, then cast DeBarrier to take away Sephiroth's wall. After this has been done throw everything you've got at him, use Mime to cause major damage. During the fight Sephiroth will levitate higher, signaling he's preparing to cast Super Nova.

If you are above 1500 energy you should be alright, watch out for his Heartless Angel that will not kill you, but bring your health down to 1. Then use Megaexlirs. Keep up the endurance and Sephiroth shouldn't be to hard to beat.

Easy Accessories
Here's a way to get two very helpful accessories.

Ribbon: To get a ribbon you must go into the crater and walk around until You fight a Master Tonberry. Attack him a few times and then morph him. He will turn into a Ribbon.

Tetra-Elemental: There is a small desert island in the south under the Western Continent. Land there with the Highwind or with a gold chocobo. Walk on the sand until you fight a small cactus man. Morph him a eh becomes a Tetra-Elemental. Note: I have had the best luck morphing with Yuffie simply because see deals 9999 HP damage each time. It may be a different case for you but Yuffie is usually the best morpher.

Easy AP
Go to the forest outside of Meedeel. Walk around until you fight Head Hunters or Caterpillers. Equip Cloud with an Apocalipse sword and everyone with a Rune Armlet. If you fight a group of 4 Head Hunters you get 340 AP. Caterpillers and a group of 3 Head Hunters give you 240 AP. Equip as many 'ALL' and 'MAGIC PLUS' materia a possible in the sword and Rune Armlet. When mastered they are worth 1.4 million gil each.
Easy Life
With this code, you can easily restore life while in battle without having to worry about anything happening. Enter a battle, and when your characters' health gets low, cast regenerate on him/her/them. Once the spell has been cast, open the Playstation lid and have someone cast a spell.

FOR THIS TRICK TO WORK THE LID ON THE PLAYSTATION MUST BE OPEN BEFORE YOU CAST THE SECCOND SPELL!

With the lid open, the game won't be able to cast the spell, so the game will stop until you close the Playstation lid. Once the lid is closed, the game will function corectly and you can resume play. The trick to this code is that while the game is looking for the CD, the regenerate spell will still be working, so your life will fill up while nothing else happens! This code works great for some of the ultra tough bosses (Emerald and Diamond Weapon) because nothing else will happen while the lid is up.

Easy Money
If you want virtually unlimited money, here is a wonderful trick. As soon as you have mastered an "All" mateira, remove it and replace it with the new born one and sell the old one. This may seem like kind of a harsh comprimise, but each mastered "All" is 1.4 million gils! and scince they are so easy to master you will keep geting more and will never miss them. Sell one or two and you will never run out of money ever again!
Easy Money, AP and Experience
Go to the desert outside of the golden saucer and walk around for a while. Sooner or later a little cactus man will appear. You can't beat him with magic or weapons, but he can be defeated by summoning Chocobos or Mogs. If you manage to kill him he's worth 10,000 gil!

For better results, head for the Mideel Area (an island in the south) and look for Sea Worms. Each one you defeat is worth 1300 EXP, 200 AP and 5000 gil!

Effortless GP Gain
To do this trick, you need a joystick controller with rapid-fire settings and access to the Gold Saucer.

Go to Wonder Square, and up to the arm-wrestling game. Wrap a rubberband around your joystick so that it's pulled to the upper left diagonal, so that Cloud continuously walks into the arm-wrestling machine but not into the GP-trading girl. Now, turn on the rapid-fire for the 'O' button. Cloud will now repeatedly challenge and beat the wrestling game. Slowly but surely, your GP will increase. It takes a while, so it's probably best to set this up just before you go to bed at night, and leave it on while you sleep. By morning, you should have plenty of GP to buy your Gold Pass and the two secret Materia: XP-Plus and Gil-Plus. Cheater!

Emerald Weapon
Having trouble beating Emerald Weapon? Just equip at least two of your party members with the mime command and have the other member equipped with the Knights of the Round summon as well as the W-Summon materia. Cast Knights of the Round twice and have the other two members of your party mime the attack.

When the rotation comes back around to the person without the mime command, DON'T ATTACK! Wait for one of the members with the mime command to come up again and have them use mime again. You can keep alternating back and forth between the two until Emerald Weapon is dead.

Also be sure to have one of your members equipped with the Final Attack + Revive materia combination. Emerald Weapon has 1,000,000 hit points, I've counted, and when it begins to run low it uses it special attack which takes off 9,999 from your entire party.

Note: if all three of your members have the mime command the fight is much easier.

Fast Materia Level-Ups
This cheat can only be done in the third disc. First, go to the Northern cave and look for mole like creatures with a star above thier heads, also holding a knife and a lantern. Steal an elixir from them and then run away. After that, look for these small creatures in a floating pot. They will say "Gimme' an elixer". Give them one. Then kill it. Each one killed will give you 1,000 AP. You can not kill them unless you give them an elixer.
Gain Limit Breaks Easily
When in normal status use a "Hyper." This will let your limit meter go up faster, so you can use your old techniques more. The reason for this is that one way to get your limit breaks gained is to use your old techniques.

WARNING: When you use the "Hyper," your status changes to "Fury," which will lessen your hit rate.

Another way to gain your limit breaks is to defeat large groups of enemies. Try this: When leaving the Nibel Mountains and heading for Rocket Town, you should see a group of forests when you leave the mountains. Try engaging combat there, because sometimes you fight large groups of enemies there. Such as a group of six "Battery Caps," or sometimes five "Battery Caps" and one "Valron." This might help in getting your limit techniques also.

Huge Materia
To obtain the Huge Materia in Rocket Town, press Circle, Square, X, X as the passcode.

There are four huge Materia that can reproduce other materias if you can pass the requirements.

Blue - You must have Buhamut and Buhamut Neo. Take these to Cosmo Canyon and talk to the Blue Huge Materia and you will recieve Bahamut Eishiki.

Yellow - Have all 13 commond materia at master level and then talk to the yellow huge Materia to recieve the Master Command materia.

Red- Must have all 16 summoning materia at master level then talk to the red huge materia to recieve the Master Summoning materia.

Green - Have all 21 magic materia at master level then talk to the green huge huge materia and you will recieve the Master Magic materia.

Item Duplication
If you have the W-Item Materia, equip it and enter battle. Use the W-Item command and select your first item you want to use with the Circle button. Then choose your second item but do not use it. Select it so that cursors appear on the screen (either on you allies or your enemies) then cancel with the X button. Select again and make the cursor appear then cancel. Repeat the selecting and canceling of the second item over and over. Each time you do this the quantity of the first item will increase by 1.
Kalm Traveller
There is a man in Kalm who will ask you to find three items for him. To find the item he asks for, go to the Cannon town aquarium and walk around in it until you fight a ghost ship. Morph it a few times to get one of the items. Return it to Kalm and you will recieve the Underwater materia. Equip that then go cruise around in your sub until you find the Emerald wepeon. Kill it and return to Kalm for three master magic materias. Then take the air ship over to the Golden saucer desert and fly into the little red man walking in the desert. You will fight Ruby, kill it and return the item to Kalm for a golden chocobo.
Knights of the Round Table
Ride the Golden Chocobo to the North-Eastern part of the map. There you'll find a hidden island with a cave. Enter the cave and talk to the red light to receive the "Nights of the Round Table" spell.
Limit Break Manuals
To learn Level 4 limit breaks you'll need to find the manuals. Here's how to find them.

Cloud: Trade 32,000 battle points at the Golden Saucer.

Tifa: Go to Nibel area (Tifa's house) and play these piano notes: X, Square, Triangle, L1/R1 + Triangle, L1/R1 + Square, X, Square, Triangle, L1/R1 + X, O, X, Square, X. Then press START and search the music sheet to find Tifa's Limit break.

Barret: A lady will give it to you in North Coral.

Aeris: Southeast of Midgar there is a small cave with a man living there. Talk to him when you have battled a certain number of battles that end in the same number, such as 122, 133, 144. He will then give you a Mithril orb. Take the Mithril to the Blacksmith's house on the south peninsula near Cosmo Canyon. He will trade you for the limit break manual for the Mithril, or you can choose to have a gold bracelet.

Red XIII: In the Nibel area there is a mansion and on the second floor of this mansion there is a safe. To crack this code turn right 36, left 10, right 59, and right 97. Then the safe will open to reveal a miniboss.Kill the miniboss and you will recieve Red VIII's Manual.

Vincent: Land near the waterfall and use the green, black, gold chocobo or the submarine to pass the mountain. Then enter the waterfall. (You must have Vincent in your group and must be done first in disc 2) go forward and it will show Vincent's past. Then leave. Return if you are already in disc three and you'll get not only the manual but a weapon of Vincent.

Cid: Cid's manual is in one of the chests in the sunken plane.

Yuffie: Go to Wutai and enter the tower with yuffie and let yuffie beat all the bosses including her father and you'll get a manual and Leviathan materia.

Morph Enemies Easily
For an easy way to morph enemies, have W-Magic Materia, Gravity Materia + "All" Materia, and Morph Materia. Have someone else cast Reflect on the party, then have the person with W-Magic use Demi 3 on your party twice. It will reflect and hit the enemy six times without killing it, but will greatly reduce it's HP's. At this point, you can easily morph it.
Prevent Back Attacks
If your battle starts with a "Back Attack" hold L1 and R1 for a moment then release them. This will turn you around before your opponents get a shot.
Quad Magic Without a Chocobo
Use High Wind to go to Mideel. Go north, and you should find a little cliff (looks more like a staircase). On the edge, get on the higher side of the cliff and press X to go down, also pressing the square button and left. After a few tries, the high wind will stay on the cliff but the character will be on the lower side. Now you can walk to the materia cave on land, without a special chocobo.
Racing Trophy
When racing S-class in the Gold Saucer, You will notice many keen items you can't ever seem to get. Well you can get them all at once! Just win 15-20 races in a row! Ester will say "I've never seen anyone win so much in S-class before!" She will then give you one of each item, including the coveted Cat's Bell! this trick only works once, though.
Re-enter Midgar
It is possible to get back into Midgar after you have left (not including by parachute.) On disc 3, go back to Midgar and talk to the man standing outside the fence. He says he has misplaced his key and that it is probably back at the dig site he just left.

To find the key, go to Bone Village and tell the foreman you want to look for Normal Treasure. Place some of the workers up top in front of the tent and set off the blast. They will point to a spot on the ground, so have them dig there overnight.

In the morning open the treasure chest and you should have the Key to the Sector 5 Slums. Now go back to Midgar and go through the gate. Go back to Wall Market and go to the shop where the item machine was broken before (the one that shot at you), and try to use it now. You will recieve Tifa's ultimate weapon.

Recover Missing Items
Did you miss something important? Fear not. Once you get to disc 3 you can recover anything by excavating for it in the Bone Village.
Recruit Vincent
In the Shinra mansion at Nibbhiem, there is a safe on the top floor. The combination is: Right to 36, Left to 10, Right to 59 then Right to 97. Make sure you don't go to far left or to far right when turning. When it opens kill the monster, then get the stuff in the safe. Descent the spiral staircase and into the coffin room. Vincent is in one of the coffins. Talk to him and leave then come back and talk to him and he will join you.
Recruit Yufie
Near the exploded Mako site there is a small forest. Wonder around in it until you fight a ninja woman. After you defeat her there will be a save point. DO NOT USE THIS or she will run away. Talk to her and tell her you don't want to fight her again. Then tell her your terrified of her. When she asks if you need her help, say "Yes" then tell her that you're leaving and don't ask for her name.

Alternatively, try this. Equip the Enemy Away Materia which can be won in the Gold Saucer Chocobo Racing and a Luck Plus Materia. Go into any forests and wait for a while. Note that the Enemy Away Materia must be at Master Level for a higher percentage of chances to encounter Yuffie.

Red Submarine
The first time you pilot a submarine, lose the battle and you will wind up on the shore neer Cannon town. Head back into Cannon town and ride the elevator back inside the main complex. Make a left turn and go back to the sub docking area where you were before the sub battle. Two gaurds and a dog are blocking the pathway, kill the gaurds and talk to the dog. Follow it and you will find the Red Submarine.
Reset
Hold L1 + L2 + R1 + R2 + Select + Start to reset the game.
Sense Tip
After using the SENSE materia on an opponent, press SELECT after the sensing is done. A little bar will appear above your party's status bars. If you choose to attack that opponent, it will show it's name, and HP remaining. Now you don't have to keep sensing bosses to see how much longer 'till their dead.
Special Battle
To get to the URA battle (special battle) in the Battle Arena, first gain 64000 battle points and buy the W-Summon materia. Next get 32,000 battle points and buy Cloud's level 4 limit, Omnislash. Equip Omnislash and talk to the lady at the counter in the battle arena, and she will ask you if you want to participate in a special battle. Beat all 8 enemies and get the Final attack materia.

Note: You must have your Ultimate Weapon equiped to fight in the special battle.

Time Attack Contest
At the golden saucers wonder square there is a snowboard game. If you get a good rating on the beginner, expert and crazy course the next time you play there you will see a yellow balloon. Grab it and you will enter time attack mode. In this mode there are no balloons or obstacles and you go extremely fast.
Turtle Paridise Flyers
There are several flyers for Turtle Paradise hidden in this game. #1 is in Midgar by Aeris's house, #2 is in the Shinra building, #3 Ghost Square, #4 Cosmo Canyon, #5 Cosmo Canyon Hotel, #6 Yuffie's house. When you have all those fliers go to the southwest corner of Utai. Enter the restaurant and you will receive several orbs and elixirs.
Underwater Plane Crash
If you wander around in the submarine you'll eventually find a downed plane. Ram it with your sub to board it. Inside you'll find powerful Materia, items, weapons, and a lot of Turks and monsters.
Unlimited Sources
To get unlimited Sources (luck source, magic source, etc.) perform the following actions. Get in the submarine and go to the downed plane. Wander around until you get into a battle and use the morph command on the enemies. The best way to do this is attack the enemies until they are almost dead and then use morph. In this area there are six different enemies and each one morphs into one of the six sources.
Virtual Immortality
Connect the Phoenix Summon and Final Attack materia in any linked slot. When your party dies, there Hitpoints will be completely restored. This makes killing Ruby, Emerald, and Sephiroth simple, just make sure you have enough Mindpoints to use the Phoenix Summon.

For more punch, add a Final Attack/Knight oo the Round Table to the same weapon. Then when you die you'll resurrect and hit back HARD.