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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Cloud Combat Guide

Jarrod Garripoli

Combat is a heavy part of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and with a total of seven playable characters, it can be a little daunting to fight, especially with some of the new changes introduced in the game. "Cloud Strife" iconCloud Strife is the main character of the game and probably one of the characters you will control the most. He behaves similarly to the way he did in Remake, but there are some new additions and a few other changes that mix things up in Rebirth.

Cloud Strike in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

Cloud’s Unique Skill - Operator vs Punisher

Cloud has the choice between two stances, Operator Mode and Punisher Mode. He will always start a battle in Operator Mode, with his basic DualSense-ButtonSquare attacks being a bunch of sword melee attacks. Operator is fairly balanced and he can guard both ranged and magic attacks by holding DualSense-R1. One of the hits during the normal combo in Operator can launch smaller enemies into the air, which is extremely helpful. If you hold down DualSense-ButtonSquare, then Cloud will perform a sword slash that can hit multiple enemies. To switch over to Punisher Mode, you simply need to press DualSense-ButtonTriangle during combat.

Punisher Mode is more offense-oriented, with Cloud moving a lot slower. His normal combo is still a series of sword slashes, but there are a few changes to other things, compared to Operator. Instead of a wide sword slash when holding down DualSense-ButtonSquare, Punisher Mode will have Cloud perform a sword stab into the ground. One of the biggest differences, though, is what happens when Cloud blocks an attack. It should be quickly noted that Cloud cannot block ranged/magic attacks in Punisher Mode. However, if he blocks a melee attack in Punisher Mode, he will automatically parry and counter. This parry/counter does deal a good amount of stagger damage to foes.

(1 of 3) Cloud’s normal attack string will launch smaller enemies into the air.

A new thing for Cloud in Rebirth is something he can do after dodging. If you spam the normal attack button after dodging in any manner (DualSense-ButtonCircle), Cloud will fire some beams from his sword. It doesn’t matter if you dodge an enemy attack or just dodge absolutely nothing, he will shoot those beams. This will give him an option for attacking enemies at range, especially those pesky airborne foes. There is no cooldown to this either, as you can continuously dodge and spam it, plus Cloud will be able to perform this even if he’s in the air.

Best Abilities for Cloud

The following list contains all of the known Abilities for Cloud. These are the abilities that you learn via your weapons.

Ability Description
Braver Strike your foe with a mighty swing of your sword. Activate while airborne to increase potency.
Triple Slash Slash up to three enemies in quick succession. Hit multiple foes to increase potency. Can use while airborne.
"Focused Thrust" iconFocused Thrust Lunge toward an enemy with a piercing strike that hits multiple times. Significantly increases stagger.
"Firebolt Blade" iconFirebolt Blade Imbue your sword with fire and lightning while slicing a foe. Can use while airborne.

Of the abilities above, one of the better ones to always have on a shortcut is "Focused Thrust" iconFocused Thrust, as it is extremely helpful in increasing the stagger bar once you’ve put an enemy into the pressured state. Braver is always a nice ability to go to for damage, once the enemy is staggered, as it’s quick and to the point. Triple Slash isn’t bad, either, as the attack can launch Cloud into the air when going after airborne enemies. "Firebolt Blade" iconFirebolt Blade is a new ability for Rebirth and can be used whenever you are facing enemies that are weak to either fire or lightning.

(1 of 2) Braver is a great, quick attack for dealing damage.

Braver is a great, quick attack for dealing damage. (left), Use Focused Thrust on pressured enemies to quickly raise the stagger gauge. (right)

Cloud Strife’s Weapons and What Abilities They Grant

The abilities that Cloud can use are influenced by what weapons he has equipped. The chart below goes over all the weapons Cloud can use, what ability they grant, and where to find them.

Weapon Ability Chapter Location
"Buster Sword" iconBuster Sword "Focused Thrust" iconFocused Thrust Chapter 2 Initial Equip
"Sleek Saber" iconSleek Saber "Firebolt Blade" iconFirebolt Blade Chapter 2 Chest at the Abandoned Dock in the "Grasslands" iconGrasslands.
"Rune Blade" iconRune Blade "Disorder" iconDisorder Chapter 4 Junon, in a chest at rest station after Junon Parade.
"Umbral Blade" iconUmbral Blade "Prime Mode" iconPrime Mode Chapter 8 Corel region, in a chest in the Dustbowl town.
"Crystal Sword" iconCrystal Sword "Infinity’s End" iconInfinity’s End Chapter 9 The Freight Corridor in the Gongaga Reactor.
Igneous Saber Blade Burst Chapter 11 "Mt. Nibel" iconMt. Nibel at Northern Ridge in the Upper Level.
Slipstream Saber Counterstance Chapter 13 In the Corridor of Trepidation.

All Synergy Skills for Cloud

The following table contains all the Synergy Skills for Cloud in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. These are the skills assigned to the DualSense-R1 button, in conjunction with a face button. Remember that Synergy Skills do not use up any ATB.

Skill Character Description
Howling Smash "Red XIII" iconRed XIII Team up with your partner to unleash up to three consecutive ranged magic attacks. Can use while airborne.
Power Cleave Tifa Hold the button to gather strength, then release to unleash a powerful physical attack.
Spell Blade Aerith Hold the button to gather strength, then release to unleash a powerful magic attack.
Bullet Batter Barret Team up with your partner to unleash up to three consecutive ranged physical attacks. Can use while airborne.

All Synergy Abilities for Cloud

You will find a list of all of the Synergy Abilities that involve Cloud in the table below. To use these, you’ll need to use abilities and spells with your ATB charges. Each one will fill up a little pip and you’ll need a certain number per character in order to pull off the Synergy Ability.

Ability Character Description
Partners in Pain Barret Cloud slashes an enemy and Barret fires a follow-up shot. Raises their limit levels.
Relentless Rush Tifa Cloud launches Tifa toward an enemy to attack in tandem. Use on staggered foes to increase potency and extend stagger.
Firework Blade Aerith Cloud uses Aerith’s magic to unleash a ranged attack. Raises their limit levels.
Savage Assault "Red XIII" iconRed XIII Cloud and "Red XIII" iconRed XIII channel their burning anger as they tear into an enemy. Raises their limit levels.
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  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms,
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 February 2024
  • Last Updated
    11 July 2024
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The second in a trio of games, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth continues with the epic retelling of the original Final Fantasy VII story. Follow Cloud Strife and company, as they chase Sephiroth, after the events that unfolded in the city of Midgar. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will contain the same action-based combat system introduced in Remake, with additions to keep it fresh. To help you along the way, this guide plans to contain the following content:

  • Breakdown of gameplay elements and combat mechanics
  • Detailed guides on how to play every playable character
  • Boss strategies for those who might be struggling
  • Walkthroughs for the harder-to-complete Side Quests
  • Locations of any and all Collectibles
  • Extensive list of all Minigames, with thorough guides on all of them
  • Roadmap and guide on how to unlock the coveted Platinum Trophy

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