Forgotten Capital (Disc 1)

As soon as you enter the Forgotten Capital you will reach a fork in the road that splits off in three different directions: one to the left, one to the right and one in the middle. Start off by taking the pathway to the left.

The fork in the road in the Forgotten Capital
Travelling through the Forgotten Capital

Follow the pathway along until you reach the first house on the left side of the screen. You will find a Save Point inside and a treasure chest on the second level that contains a Item IconMagic Source.

The house with the Save Point
The Magic Source on the second floor

Continue travelling to the right of the house until you reach the Forgotten City with the spiral staircase. Travel down the stairs to find a treasure chest that contains an Armor IconAurora Armlet (a very strong piece of Armor which I would recommend equipping on the character who takes the most damage, typically the one holding the Independent Materia Cover Materia).

The treasure chest containing the Aurora Armlet

Go back to the entrance and this time take the pathway leading to the right. Take a right at the first fork in the road and enter the house that looks like a shell on the inside. There is a treasure chest at the top of this house that contains a Item IconGuard Source.

The first house on the right side
The entrance to the house with the Guard Source

Proceed down the pathway until you reach the next fork leading to another house. There is a treasure chest on the bottom floor that contains an Item IconElixir. Climb the ladder to the second floor and you will be given the option to take a break here if you choose for a free HP and MP refill. Get some rest and the continue up to the top of the house to find an Command Materia Enemy Skill Materia hiding behind the top bed.

Sleeping in the house in the Forgotten Capital
The hidden Enemy Skill Materia behind the bed

There is nothing any further down this trail so make your way back to the three-way intersection at the entrance to the Forgotten Capital. Proceed down the middle pathway to the north.

Travelling to the Forgotten City
Travelling to the Forgotten City

Forgotten City

Enter the building behind the lake and grab the Magic Materia Comet Materia at the top of the building. Comet magic is an incredibly powerful magic-based attack that is perfect if you have any characters focused on magic / MP. Make your way down the blue set of stairs in the middle of the house which lead downward (use the screenshot below to help you find them).

The pond in the Forgotten City
Blue Stairs in the Forgotten City House

Another reminder: before you descend all the way down the stairs you should make sure that one of your characters has the Accessory IconWater Ring that you picked up in the Corral Valley equipped in preparation for an upcoming boss battle.

Continue down the glowing staircase towards the castle at the bottom. Use the Save Point at the bottom of the staircase before you proceed as you may wish to come back to this part of the game.

Walking down to the Forgotten City Castle
Save Point in the Forgotten City Castle

Walk towards the steps at the bottom to continue the story.

WARNING: Do not scroll past this point until after the boss battle as spoiler images are included below.


All of Jenova·Life’s attacks are water-based, which means that as long as one of your characters has the Accessory IconWater Ring equipped, they cannot possibly die. From there it is just a regular battle. Jenova·Life will cast Reflect at some point in the fight so be careful about relying on magic-based attacks too much. You can also use your Magic Materia Destruct Materia to remove the Reflect spell by casting DeSpell on her.

Jenova Birth Boss Battle
Jenova using Blue Light

HP: 10,000
Reward: Armor IconWizard Bracelet

There are a number of additional scenes that follow the Jenova fight and they make up the conclusion of the first disc. You will be given the option to save your game before proceeding which is recommended. Click next to proceed to the next section of the strategy guide.

Aeris' Death Scene

Aeris at the alter
Cloud approaching Aeris
Aeris during her death scene

Cloud during Aeris' death scene
Aeris during her death scene
Sephiroth during Aeris' death scene

Cloud during Aeris' death scene
Aeris during her death scene
Sephiroth during Aeris' death scene