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FAQ/Walkthrough by ZeoKnight

Version: 1.1 | Updated: 09/01/17

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Chapter 1
  3. Chapter 2 - Embrace Your Dreams
    1. Fort Tamblin - Corridor
  4. Chapter 3 - Betrayal?
    1. Banora
  5. Chapter 4 - Monster
    1. Mako Reactor #5
  6. Chapter 5 - An Angel's Dream
    1. Sector 0 - Highway
  7. Chapter 6 - Where Are You?
    1. Modeo Ravine
  8. Chapter 7 - Protect Your Honor
  9. Chapter 8 - The End of Genesis?
  10. Chapter 9 - Departure
  11. Chapter 10 - See You Soon
    1. Gongaga
  12. Chapter 11 - Heroes
    1. Optional Path
    2. Final Battle
  13. Mission 1 - Shinra Electric Power Company
    1. Mission 1-1-x
    2. Mission 1-2-x
    3. Mission 1-3-x
    4. Mission 1-4-x
    5. Mission 1-5-x
  14. Mission 2 - Monster Research Project
    1. Mission 2-1-x
    2. Mission 2-2-x
    3. Mission 2-3-x
    4. Mission 2-4-x
    5. Mission 2-5-x
  15. Mission 3 - Genesis's Forces
    1. Mission 3-1-x
    2. Mission 3-2-x
    3. Mission 3-3-x
    4. Mission 3-4-x
    5. Mission 3-5-x
  16. Mission 4 - To End the War with Wutai
    1. Mission 4-1-x
    2. Mission 4-2-x
    3. Mission 4-3-x
    4. Mission 4-4-x
    5. Mission 4-5-x
  17. Mission 5 - Hojo's Laboratory
    1. Mission 5-1-x
    2. Mission 5-2-x
    3. Mission 5-3-x
    4. Mission 5-4-x
  18. Mission 6 - Seeking Precious Items
    1. Mission 6-1-x
    2. Mission 6-2-x
    3. Mission 6-3-x
    4. Mission 6-4-x
    5. Mission 6-5-x
    6. Mission 6-6-x
  19. Mission 7 - Seeking Priceless Items
    1. Mission 7-1-x
    2. Mission 7-2-x
    3. Mission 7-3-x
    4. Mission 7-4-x
    5. Mission 7-5-x
    6. Mission 7-6-x
  20. Mission 8 - Zack, the Materia Hunter
    1. Mission 8-1-x
    2. Mission 8-2-x
    3. Mission 8-3-x
    4. Mission 8-4-x
    5. Mission 8-5-x
    6. Mission 8-6-x
  21. Mission 9 - Great Cavern of Wonders
    1. Mission 9-1-x
    2. Mission 9-2-x
    3. Mission 9-3-x
    4. Mission 9-4-x
    5. Mission 9-5-x
    6. Mission 9-6-x
  22. Mission 10 - Mysteries of the World
    1. Mission 10-1-x
    2. Mission 10-2-x
    3. Mission 10-3-x
    4. Mission 10-4-x
  23. Obtainable Items
  24. Obtainable Accessories
  25. Obtainable Materia
    1. Obtainable Materia by Materia Fusion
  26. Closing

Preface

My sole purpose in writing this guide is only for my personal achievement. This game is 9 years old at the time of writing, and it doesn't have any news to be re-released for newer console. Previously I had played this game with no level up challenge and finished it in around 50 hours. Now I restart the game and write a general walkthrough about it.

What You Should Know Before

  • When starting a new game, you can choose between Normal Mode or Hard Mode. Hard Mode is intended to be played in New Game+, but it's available if you want a real challenge from start. I should emphasize that this game's Hard Mode is quite challenging for first-time players. Your opponents have much better stats (double or even triple their stats in Normal Mode), and their HP can be multiplied by five times or more. If you want to clear the game without having real trouble, just select Normal Mode. There isn't any special reward for clearing the game in Hard Mode. It's only for your personal bragging.
  • As additional note, I write this guide based on Hard Mode, but I still leave some notes for Normal Mode players. For most of the missions you may lower the requirements (equipped materia and accessories), as the opponents are obviously easier than Hard Mode.
  • Actually there are many tips you should need to know, but I leave them in each section when I learned it for the first time. They are better written in this way rather than having a dedicated section to put them together.

Controls

ButtonCombat ControlMenu Control
Analog or D-padMove characterNavigate through menu
LScroll to the next commandScroll to the next page when viewing items / materia / accessories
RScroll to the previous commandScroll to the previous page when viewing items / materia / accessories
XPerform commandConfirm
CircleCancelCancel
TriangleHold this button to BlockOpen Menu, show special menu (status or abilities)
SquareDodgeView map and zoom in / out, unequip items / materia / accessories
Select-Delete save file (only when touching save point)
StartPause / unpause the gamePause / unpause the game

Most action-RPG games have lock-on controls. In this game, lock-on will be done automatically by facing the opponent. If you only fight a single opponent, your don't have to worry about it. However, if you fight multiple targets, you have to manually face or approach the target until lock-on appears on that target.