Traveling to Kalm

World Map

You have escaped from Midgar and found yourself on the World Map of Final Fantasy VII. At this point in the game there is nothing that can be done on the World Map aside from heading directly to the town of Kalm. That being said, you may encounter an enemy called a Sweeper Custom (shown in the screenshot below). Sweeper Customs can use a move called Mantra Magic on your party which is a move that can be learned using the Command Materia Enemy Skill Materia. Mantra is actually a fairly powerful move at this point in the game and you can use it to clear groups of enemies with lower HP.

In addition to that, you can also steal an Gun Arm IconAtomic Scissors from them, which is a weapon for Barret. That being said, because it is a melee based weapon rather than a long-range it has questionable benefits for Barret.

Midgar from the World Map
Battle against a Sweeper Custom

Kalm is just on the outskirts of Midgar. You will be able to see it if you rotate your camera enough (using the R1 Button, R2 Button, L1 Button, L2 Button) buttons. Use the map below as well as the mini-map on your screen to help you find the way. Press the ‘Select’ button to bring up the map. Travel to Kalm once you are ready to proceed.

The team in the outskirts of the slums just outside Midgar
Midgar form the world map

The Town of Kalm

The story and conversations will continue as soon as you step forward after you enter the town. Before you enter the Inn to meet up with the rest of your team there are three shops that you should check out in the northwest section of town. This includes the Item Store and the combination Materia/Weapon store. You can purchase Magic Materia Earth Materia and Magic Materia Heal Materia in the Materia store but both are lackluster purchases that are a waste of gil. There are a ton of new weapons available in the store including:

- Sword IconMythril Saber
- Gun Arm IconCannon Ball
- Glove IconMythril Claw
- Staff IconFull Metal Staff

As well as Armor IconMythril Armlets but you likely already have armor that is stronger than these. There are a few scattered items throughout town which you should pickup as well. Enter the first house on the left shown in the screenshot below. There is an Item IconEther in the door underneath the staircase.

First house in Kalm
Ether under the staircase

Side Quest: Gold Saucer Date

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

When Barret leaves, and tells you to get a move on:

“Wait a sec"
- No change
“Beautiful, just beautiful!"
(+3 Barret)
“Is that all?"
(-1 Barret)
(+1 Barret)

Talking to a woman in Kalm, who says Mako energy is convenient:

“Yeah, maybe"
(-2 Barret) if Barret is in party
(-1 Aeris) if Aeris is in party
(-1 Tifa) if Tifa is in party
(+1 Yuffie) if Yuffie is in party

“You’re full of it"
(+2 Barret) if Barret is in party
(+1 Aeris) if Aeris is in party
(+1 Tifa) if Tifa is in party
(-1 Yuffie) if Yuffie is in party

Talking to a girl upstairs, who thinks the old life is better:

“Yeah, maybe"
(+2 Barret) if Barret is in party
(+1 Aeris) if Aeris is in party
(+1 Tifa) if Tifa is in party
(-1 Yuffie) if Yuffie is in party

“No way"
(-2 Barret) if Barret is in party
(-1 Aeris) if Aeris is in party
(-1 Tifa) if Tifa is in party
(+1 Yuffie) if Yuffie is in party

Enter the next house over (the middle house shown in the screenshot below). The cabinet next to the two beds on the second floor of the house contains another Item IconEther.

House in the middle of Kalm
Ether in the cupboard

Enter the third house furthest on the right. The closet next to the little girl has a Item IconGuard Source inside of it. There is also a spiral staircase at the back of this house. The staircase leads to a room that contains a treasure chest with a Gun IconPeacemaker inside. The Peacemaker is a long range weapon for a character that you do not have in your party yet named Vincent.

Midgar from the World Map
Battle against a Sweeper Custom

The entrance to the last house is located on the east side of town. Go inside and check the door underneath the staircase to find another Item IconEther. At this point you will not be running out of MP any time soon. Enter the Inn once you are done to continue the story - the door to the Inn is back near the entrance to Kalm.

During the flashback scenes you will be thrown into a battle against a Dragon with Sephiroth. You cannot die or lose this battle so don’t worry about the actions you have Cloud perform.

Cloud and Sephiroth on the way to Nibelheim
Cloud and Sephiroth battling a Dragon

Once Cloud, Sephiroth and the other Shinra Soldiers arrive in Nibelheim you can wander over to Tifa’s house and to Cloud’s house. You can choose to play the piano in Tifa’s house - make sure that you choose to “jam on it” as this is required to obtain an Support Materia Elemental Materia later on in the game. There is also a flashback scene once you enter Cloud’s house involving his mother. Follow Sephiroth into the Nibelheim Inn once you are done. You can find him on the second floor. Talk to him twice to continue the story and choose to “get some sleep”.

The flashback scene in Nibelheim
Cloud and Sephiroth in the second floor of the Nibelheim Inn

The story resumes in the morning with Tifa acting as the guide for the Shinra Soldiers. It is time to begin the ascent up to the reactor in Mount Nibel. Thankfully the game takes care of most of the walking for you but you will be trekking through this area again in no time. Follow the trail along once you are given control of Cloud and the rest of the party. The rest of the flashback involves talking to Sephiroth and completing actions as the game suggests (turning off valves, looking into the pod, etc.)

Mako Reactor at the top of Mount Nibel
Sephiroth in the Mount Nibel Reactor

You will regain control of Cloud once it is time to explore the Shinra Mansion. Climb the stairs to the second floor and take the pathway leading to the right. There is a bookcase that will disappear as you approach it in this room (shown in the screenshot below).

Cloud at the entrance to the Shinra Mansion
The secret bookcase in the Shinra Mansion

Go through the pathway and down the spiral walkway. Follow the pathway along and you will find Sephiroth in a room near the end of the pathway reading about Professor Gast, Jenova and his past. If you approach Sephiroth after the short cutscene he will tell you to just let him be alone. As soon as you leave the room the cutscenes will continue. Go back down into the basement after Cloud wakes up.

The stairwell in the Shinra Mansion
Sephiroth in the library in the basement of the Shinra Mansion

Follow Sephiroth back up towards Nibelheim - the entire town is now ablaze. Try to run into the house on the right after you speak with Zangan to continue the story.

The fire in Nibelheim

The story then continues in the interior of the Nibel Reactor. Follow the pathway along until you find Tifa and then follow her into the chamber in the back. Proceed up into the antechamber for another cool cutscene.

Sephiroth meeting his mother, Jenova

After the cutscenes the game will return to the team on the second floor of the Kalm Inn. Cloud will be provided with a PHS which will allow you to change your party members any time you are on the world map or at a Save Point. Go back up to the second floor after you receive the PHS and look in the cabinet. You will receive a message saying “Can’t reach it…” when you attempt to open it, but try a total of five times and Cloud will kick the cabinet to knock the item down, netting you one free Item IconMegalixir.

Megalixir in the Kalm Inn

The team doesn’t really specify which direction they are now headed but the only place you can really travel to is the Chocobo Farm.