Midgar
Sector 1, Sector 8 and the Sector 7 Slums

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Midgar opening video
Aeris in the opening video

Platform

The game begins with a train pulling into the train station. Walk towards down the train platform at the far end of the screen. Press the ‘Cancel’ button to run which is the X button button unless you customize the controller which I would highly recommend. Unlike later games on the Playstation, Playstation 2 and Playstation 3, Final Fantasy VII was setup with a backwards controller configuration.

The Train Station
Barret talking to Cloud at the Train Station

Examine the body of the knocked out red guard to receive two free Item IconPotions. You will be thrust into battle against two guards as you work your way across the train platform. They are fairly easy to take care of but you will have to be fast. Final Fantasy VII uses a live rather than turn-based combat system. One attack with your sword will take care of them.

Pick up the Potion from the Guard
Cloud battling two Soldiers

Sector 1 Train Station

Enter the next screen and speak to the AVALANCHE team members near the closed doorway. You will be provided with an opportunity to choose a name for the main protagonist of the game. It is recommended that you not change his name from Cloud as he will be referred to as Cloud throughout this strategy guide. This goes for all of the other main characters as well.

Sector 1 Train Station with Team AVALANCHE
Cloud naming screen

Sector 1

Continue along the pathway and through the doorway. As you move through Sector 1 you will be thrown into random battles against soldiers and guards. Keep an eye on your HP and use a Item IconPotion if Cloud gets too low.

Cloud looking at the No. 1 Reactor
The naming screen for Barret

No. 1 Reactor

Take a right at the T intersection. Speak to Barret at the top of the stairs for a quick conversation regarding the reactor. He will join your party and you can now fight with him in regular battles. You should immediately take this opportunity to move Barret to the back row as he fights using a long range weapon. He will take less damage while he is in the back row and his attack strength will not be impacted. Check out the Tips and Tricks section for more information about the front and back row mechanics.

The T intersection in the No. 1 Reactor
Meeting up with Barret

To move Barret to the back row just select “Order” in the main menu, select Barret and then put him in the same place. His profile picture will move to the right of Cloud’s profile picture as shown in the screenshot below.

Barret in the back row
Barret and Cloud in a battle

Talk to Biggs (the character near the locked door) to open the door. Talk to Jesse in the second room to decipher the code on the second door and move in. Move down into the south-east section of the next room to find a chest that contains a Item IconPhoenix Down. Speak to Jesse near the elevator and jump in.

Jessie opening the door
Phoenix Down chest in the No. 1 Reactor

Barret will give Cloud another speech about reactors and what they are doing to the planet. Follow Jesse out the door of the elevator. Follow her down the stairway and through the door at the bottom. Walk up towards the gap in the floor and Cloud will automatically jump over it. Jesse will give you some information on how to use the ladder.

Cloud and Jessie in the elevator
Cloud jumping to meet Jessie

Grab the Item IconPotion lying on the ground in front of Jesse (the flashing blue vile). Continue down the pathway and take the ladder down to the pipe below. Follow the pipe around the pathway to the left and take the next ladder down to the scaffolding below. Save your game at the Save Point before you continue as you have a boss battle coming up. Continue down the pathway leading to the bottom-right.

The potion in front of Jessie
Save your game at the Save Point

There is a small blue orb blocking the pathway - pick it up to receive a Magic Materia Restore Materia. You cannot use or equip the Restore Materia until later on in the game after you receive instructions. Make sure that Cloud and Barret are at full HP before you continue.

Walk towards the pipe and Barret will begin speaking again. Cloud and Barret will set the bomb and then be ambushed by the Guard Scorpion.

Restore Materia
Barret and Cloud planting the bomb

Boss Battle: Guard Scorpion

Cloud’s Magic MateriaLightning Materia (Bolt magic spell) works very well on the Guard Scorpion. Other than that just there isn’t much strategy to this fight - just keep the attacks coming. The Guard Scorpion will counter every attack you throw at it when its tail is raised - just use Item IconPotions on Cloud or Barret if their HP gets too low. Either that or just wait it out and it won’t attack you at all until it puts its tail back down. Do not forget to equip the Assault Gun that the Guard Scorpion after the battle concludes!

HP: 800
Reward: Item Icon Assault Gun

Guard Scorpion
Guard Scorpion with tail raised

A timer will start up as soon as you defeat the Guard Scorpion - time for you to make a hasty exit. Pausing the game does not stop the timer, nor will entering the save menu, so you are going to have to be quick.

Jessie with her leg stuck
Exiting the No. 1 Reactor

When you run past Jessie make sure that you help her free her leg! If you forget to help her you will have to come back and find her before you can leave the reactor area. Once freed, she will come upwards and open the locked doors for you on the top floor. Talk to Jesse at the first door (orange hair) and then talk to Biggs at the second door. Sector 1 will then explode as team AVALANCHE makes their exit.

The No. 1 Reactor exploding
The No. 1 Reactor exploding

Sector 8

Follow Barret up the stairs. Cloud will run into Aeris for the first time here in Sector 8. Aeris will ask “What happened?” and Cloud will be presented with two options for responding:

- You’d better get out of here
- Nothing…hey, listen…

The answer that you choose will have an impact on a scene later on in the game but can be considered a waste of time to worry about during any general play through of the game. I recommend that if this is your first play through that you just ignore the Gold Saucer Side Quest bubbles listed later on in this guide similar to the one below. If you would like more information on the Gold Saucer Date Side Quest just click on the link in the inormation window below.

Sector 8
Meeting Aeris in the Sector 8 Slums

Side Quest: Gold Saucer Date

This information is for the Gold Saucer date side quest. Check out the Date Mechanics section for more information.

Any decisions you make while talking to Aeris this first encounter do not change each character’s affection rating.

There is a Item IconPotion on the left side of the next screen (shown in the screenshot below). Continue southward into the next area where Cloud will be ambushed by more Soldiers. You will be given the option of fighting the soldiers or running away. Don’t waste your time fighting and select the option “Later”. Cloud will jump onto the train below as it passes.

Potion in Sector 8
Choosing to fight the soldiers

Follow Barret, Jessie and Biggs to the front of the train when they leave the car that Cloud lands in. Speak to Jesse to have a look at the Midgar Railway System Map. Walk towards Barret after Jesse gives you the overview of the railway system and the city of Midgar.

Cloud jumping down onto the train
The Railway Map of Midgar

Side Quest: Gold Saucer Date

- Talk to Jessie twice on the train home from the first mission:

“Thanks anyway"
“Looking forward to it"
- No change
(-3 Tifa)

Sector 7 Station

Go and talk to Barret and the team when he calls everyone over at the station. Follow the team to the left after he orders the team to move out.

The Train
The Sector 7 Train Station

Sector 7 Slums

You can have a look at the pillar in the next screen if you talk to the man to the north near the Save Point. Follow Barret and then talk to him to get into the building that he chases everybody out of.

The man on the way to Sector 7
The pillar holding up the sector

7th Heaven

This establishment is Tifa’s 7th Heaven, a bar in the Sector 7 Slums and the primary hideout of Team AVALANCHE. You will get the opportunity to name Tifa and I would encourage you not to rename her. Try to leave the bar and Barret will bust into the room to continue the story along. You can talk to Tifa behind the bar for some more conversation. Follow the team down the pinball machine trap door and go over to talk to Barret to continue the story.

Tifa’s 7th Heaven
First meeting with Tifa

Side Quest: Gold Saucer Date

- When you enter Seventh Heaven, and you have a flower:

“Give it to Tifa"
“Give it to Marlene"
(+5 Tifa)
(+5 Barret)

- If you talk to Tifa while she’s behind the bar:

“I don’t feel like it"
“Give me something hard"
- No change
(+5 Tifa)

- When Tifa accuses you of leaving your childhood friend:

“How can you say that!”
“...Sorry"
(+5 Tifa)
- No change

- When Tifa asks how you slept:

“Barret’s snoring kept me up...”
“Next to you, who wouldn’t?” “Barret’s snoring kept me up...”
“Next to you, who wouldn’t?”
(+5 Barret)
(+5 Tifa)

- Giving Barret a Materia tutorial has no effect.



Tifa’s naming screen
Speaking with Tifa at the bar

Take the pinball machine elevator back up to the top floor and walk towards the exit. Tifa will come upstairs to talk with Cloud and to try and convince him to join Team AVALANCHE. Barret will give Cloud his payment of 1,500 gil and then offer to join Team AVALANCHE on the next mission.

The Pinball machine elevator
Waking up the next morning

Ride the elevator up to the main floor the next morning. Speak to Tifa first and then speak to Barret to learn about the next mission - the Sector 5 reactor. Barret will ask Cloud for an explanation of how Materia works. If this is your first play through of the game I would recommend watching the tutorial. Aside from that, you can check out the Tips and Tricks section for some advanced tactics.

Cloud, Barret and Tifa in the menu screen

Sector 7 Slums

Make your way down to the bottom of the screen. There is an item shop on the left where you can buy Item IconPotions, Item IconPhoenix Downs, Item IconAntidotes and some basic Materia. The doorway on the right leads to the Sector 7 Weapon Shop. Go up to the second floor and enter through the doorway. Speaking to the different people in this room will provide you with some basic explanations of some of the game mechanics such as Save Points, treasure chests, Limit Breaks and more. There is an Support Materia All Materia in front of the man at the bottom of the screen. A treasure chest will fall that contains a free Item IconEther.

All Materia in the weapon shop
Save Point

I recommend that you attach your Support Materia All Materia to the Magic Materia Restore Materia so that you can instantly heal all three of your party members. Both Cloud and Barret have a weapon equipped with a paired Materia Slot that allows you to attach a support Materia (the blue ones). Check out the Tips and Tricks section for more information about Materia pairing.

Speak to the Weapon Shop owner before you leave and stock up on some items. The Armor IconIron Bangle that he sells will increase the defense stat of each of your characters while adding an additional Materia Slot. Buy three of them before you leave. You may also wish to purchase a Magic Materia Fire Materia before you leave. Cloud came equipped with a Magic Materia Lightning Materia and an Magic Materia Ice Materia however some of the monsters and bosses that you will be fighting throughout the game will have weaknesses to Fire based magic attacks.

Buying Iron Bangles at the Sector 7 Weapon Shop
Buying Fire Materia at the Sector 7 Item Shop

Train

Walk back to the Sector 7 Station and follow Team Avalanche onto the train to continue the story. Walk over and talk to Tifa when she asks you to look at the Railway Map Monitor. The alarm will sound and Cloud will have to run towards the front of each of the train cars before the timer runs out.

Sector 7 Train Station
Timer in the train car

There is a man in the first car that you can speak to who will give you a Item IconPhoenix Down. In the second train car there is a man who will ask you a question. Selecting “Yeah…” will get you a free Item IconHi-Potion. The third car has a man who will steal your gil as you run past him (you will hear a ‘ding’ noise as he passes you). Just run back and talk to him and select “That’s right.” to get your gil back. Speak to Tifa to jump off of the train with the rest of the team.

Side Quest: Gold Saucer Date

This information is for the Gold Saucer date side quest (click here for more information).

- Getting to the last car of the train without getting caught by the Security Lockdown: (+5 Tifa, +5 Barret)


Winding Tunnels

Head away from the screen down the tunnel. The pathway in the next screen will be blocked by light beams. Use the hatch to the left of the beams of light and choose the option to “Go down”. Grab the Item IconEther (the green flask) along the pathway and climb down the ladder at the end.

Winding Tunnels
Light Beams in the Winding Tunnels

Lower Sector 4 Plate

Climb down both ladders into the large open area. Climb the ladder just to the left of the one you climbed down (shown in the screenshot below). Follow the duct along until you reach the room where Jessie is standing. There is a Item IconPotion to the left of the duct near where Jessie is standing (again, shown in the screenshot below).

Ladder in Sector 4
Hidden Potion in the Sector 4 area

Take the ladder on the left side of the screen though don’t worry if you end up taking another pathway. They all end up in the same area. Pick up the Item IconTent lying on the ground and then save your game at the Save Point.

Picking up the Tent
Climbing the ladder in Sector 4

No. 5 Reactor

Use the pipe to the right of the doorway to slide down to the lower level. This reactor has the same layout as the last reactor (the No. 1 Reactor). Follow the pathway down the ladders and across the pipes and save your game at the Save Point.

The pipe in the No. 5 Reactor
Save Point in the No. 5 Reactor

Walk towards the No. 5 Reactor and have Cloud place the bomb. Go back the way you came but take the stairway up to the top level rather than the pipe that you previously slid down. Ride the elevator back to the upper level.

Planting the bomb
Climbing out of Reactor No. 5

Open the chest to receive an Item IconEther. Enter the room to the north and Tifa and Barret will both step over to the machine in the center of the room. Cloud, Tifa and Barret all have to push the button at the exact same time. It may take a couple of tries for you to get it right but you have an unlimited number of tries. Save your game at the Save Point as there is an upcoming boss battle. Go down the steps and follow the pathway north until a cutscene triggers.

Treasure Chest containing an Ether
Ambush in the No. 5 Reactor

Boss Battle: Air Buster

This battle is relatively easy as your team will be attacking Air Buster from both sides. Attacking Air Buster from behind increases the amount of damage done by the attack. The only downside to this is that having an Support Materia All Materia paired with a Magic Materia Restore Materia will no longer be able to heal all of your party members at once.

Use your Bolt magic spell from your Magic Materia Lightning Materia as Air Buster is also weak to lightning-based attacks.

HP: 1,200
Reward: Armor IconTitan Bangle

Boss battle against the Air Buster
Boss battle against the Air Buster

Air Buster will explode once it is defeated leaving a massive hole in the platform which Cloud will fall into. Cloud will fall into the lower levels of the Sector 5 Slums.

Side Quest: Gold Saucer Date

This information is for the Gold Saucer date side quest (click here for more information).

“(Be strong)"
“(I don’t know if I can hold on)"
(+2 Barret)
(-3 Barret, +1 Tifa)


Cloud falling from the platform
Tifa looking on as Cloud struggles to hold on