Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Reno and Rude - Hard Mode

By
Ben Chard
&
Nathan Garvin

Boss: Reno and Rude

Enemy Weaknesses Notable Loot
Reno -- Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. VIII
Rude Wind Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. VIII
Cloud .
Weapon: Twin Stinger
Armor: Chain Bangle
Accessory: Champion Belt
Useful Materia: Healing + Magnify, Revive, Poison, Time, Binding, ATB Stagger, HP Up
Tifa .
Weapon: Purple Pain
Armor: Cog Bangle
Accessory: Champion Belt
Useful Materia: Healing + Magnify, Revive, Poison, Time, Binding, ATB Stagger, HP Up
Barret .
Weapon: Light Machine Gun
Armor: Cog Bangle
Accessory: Champion Belt
Useful Materia: Healing + Magnify, Revive, Poison, Time, Binding, ATB Stagger, HP Up

(1 of 2) Hit Reno with Bio at the start of the fight.

Hit Reno with Bio at the start of the fight. (left), Dodge his attacks, and when he leaves himself open, hit him with Tifa’s ki abilities. (right)

We had been dreading this fight in Hard difficulty, but honestly, it’s not that bad… if you prepare. Reno and Rude were bother enough in Normal difficulty, but we’ve got far more materia options at our disposal this time around, and there’s no reason to not make use of these options. First, Bio is as effective as ever, but you’ve also got access to more powerful levels of materia you might not have had before: Binding Materia and Time Materia. The former can be used to inflict “Sleep” and the latter “Stop”. Stop is fairly MP-intensive, but it’ll buy you enough time to unload all your ATB segments on a target, if you’re quick. A Tifa combination of “Starshower”, “Rise and Fall” and “Omnistrike” can deal grievous damage to Reno and Rude, and if you remotely command Cloud to use “Triple Slash” and Barret to use “Maximum Fury”, you could be effectively ending a phase in one flurry of glorious violence. Sleep is cheaper, MP-wise, but the target will wake up if you attack, so it’s best used in phase three to neutralize the tandem attacks of Reno and Rude.

Reno, just like in Normal difficulty, has changed up his tactics after his disastrous scuffle with Cloud in Chapter 8. He’ll now move further after and during attacks, making it much more difficult for Cloud to counterattack. Tifa’s a better choice, as she can easily dodge Reno’s attacks and get in some cheap hits of her own afterwards, building up her ATB. With good timing she can even sneak in a quick “Omnistrike”. Reno’s HP aren’t great, and if you swap characters to build up their ATB you can deal significant damage to Reno in a short amount of time. While Stop will allow you to do this more easily, the spell seems to have diminishing returns, and if you use it now, it may not be effective later on.

(1 of 2) In phase two, Reno will use his “Pyramid” attack to trap a character - destroy the Pyramid to free them.

In phase two, Reno will use his “Pyramid” attack to trap a character - destroy the Pyramid to free them. (left), After Reno takes a knee, shoot down Rude. (right)

Instead, just take advantage of the AI’s focus on the controlled character. Cloud and Barret can be great spoiler characters when given the command to use “Triple Slash” or “Maximum Fury”, which can stun Reno long enough for Tifa to get in an “Omnistrike” or even a “Rise and Fall”/“Omnistrike” combo. Keep up the pressure, whittle down Reno’s HP with the aforementioned attacks (and perhaps “Poison”) and once he’s injured enough he’ll move to phase two - after a relatively uneventful bombing run by Rude - which plays out very similarly save for the addition of his “Pyramid” attack. Reno’s attacks are as follows:

  • Beatdown: Reno will perform an innocuous, un-named swing and if he connects he’ll start his “Beatdown” attack, which is a flurry of low-damage baton strikes.

  • Electroburst: Reno leaps into the air and slams into the ground, unleashing a burst of electricity. An area of effect attack, if you can dodge it, Reno will take a moment to recover.

  • EM Triple Shot: Reno shoots out three balls of energy, dealing minor damage.

  • Flashfoot: A charge attack, Reno is susceptible to attack if he misses.

  • Flashstrike: An indirect, zig-zagging charge attack, Reno often attempts to follow this up with Wild Swings.

  • Pyramid: Phase two only, Reno will launch a Pyramid Mine, trapping a character within. Target the pyramid with high damage attacks like “Maximum Fury” and “Triple Slash”.

  • Wild Swings: Reno will perform an innocuous, un-named uppercut and if it connects he’ll follow his victim into the air and start his “Wild Swings” attack, which is a flurry of low-damage baton strikes. He’ll often use this at the end of “Flashstrike” and if he misses he’ll be vulnerable to attack.

(1 of 3) Hitting one of the Turks with “Sleep” at the start of phase three will make the rest of the fight much easier.

After reducing Reno to under half his HP you’ll have to shoot Rude out of the sky, a trivial task for Barret. Once downed, Rude will join the fight, starting at around half HP. Rude’s attacks are as follows:

  • Haymaker: An unblockable punch attack, deals moderate damage, can be used on the ground and in the air.

  • Seize: Knocks a target prone, dealing little damage, but incapacitating the target for a moment.

  • Shockwave: Punches the ground, shooting a line of energy at the target. Minorly homing, wait until it’s close to dodge.

  • Spinning Axe Kick: Usually used when Reno knocks a character into the sky, this attack is similar to Reno’s “Electroburst” attack in that it’s a diving attack that deals damage in a circular area-of-effect.

  • Triple Shockwave: Similar to “Shockwave”, Rude shoots out three shockwaves that converge on the target. Still fairly easy to dodge, but you’ll take more damage if you fail.

  • Whirlwind: Rude conjures a homing lightning tornado - you can just out-run it.

Hit Rude with Bio, then Sleep as the fight starts and use the time to Rude is sleeping to punish Reno. Rude will stay asleep for a generous length of time, but if you want to ensure a quick victory, consider hitting Reno with “Stop”. Constantly switching characters to shift aggro and shake up the AI works wonders here, and you should once again use Cloud and Barret’s “Triple Slash” and “Maximum Fury” to knock Reno off-balance, setting him up for more powerful attacks from Tifa. If Rude wakes up, put him to sleep again and concentrate your efforts on putting Reno down. Once he does, you can focus on Rude, who is far less dangerous without Reno to combo with. The same tactics that overwhelmed Reno will work on Rude; Barret alternating between Overcharge and “Maximum Fury” is a great way to frustrate the enemy.

For defeating Reno and Rude you’ll obtain the Sharpshooter’s Companion Vol. VIII Manuscript.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    PS4, PS5
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    10 April 2020
  • Last Updated
    11 June 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Ben Chard, Nathan Garvin

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In the sprawling city of Midgar, an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the group, unaware of the epic consequences that await him.The guide for Final Fantasy VII Remake features all there is to see and do including a walkthrough featuring coverage of all Main Scenario Chapters, all Side Quests and mini games along with indepth sections on Materia, Enemy Intel and Battle Intel.

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