Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Hardedge

By
Ben Chard
&
Nathan Garvin
Name Acquired ATK MATK DEF MDEF Weapon Ability
Hardedge Chapter 9 - Wall Market Weapon Store 57 19 0 0 Infinity’s End

Upgrade

Hardedge Core (8 SP) Description
Attack Power +4 --
Attack Power +4 --
Magic Attack +4 --
Buff Duration 10% Boost Extends the duration of beneficial status effects.
Hardedge Sub-Core I (10 SP) Description
Attack Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt by basic attacks
Aerial Attack Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt by aerial attacks
Punisher Mode Strong Attack Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt by strong attacks in punisher mode.
Crippling Damage 10% Boost Increases damage dealt to discrete enemy parts.
Hardedge Sub-Core II (12 SP) Description
Attack Power +8 --
Attack Power +8 --
Attack Power +8 --
Magic Attack Power +5 --
Stagger Siphon Recover HP when dealing damage with unique abilities to a staggered enemy.
Hardedge Sub-Core III (12 SP) Description
Attack Power +8 --
Attack Power +8 --
Attack Power +8 --
Magic Attack Power +8 --
Limit Break Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt by limit breaks.
Bloodsucker Recover HP when enemies are defeated in battle.
New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Hardedge Sub-Core IV (16 SP) Description
Attack Power +12 --
Attack Power +12 --
Magic Attack Power +10 --
Weapon Ability Critical Hit Rate 10% Boost Increases probability of landing a critical hit with an ability.
New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.

Infinity’s End

This is one of Cloud’s hardest hitting abilities, especially when used against Staggered enemies. It does come at a cost however, the wind-up animation on it is rather slow and you’ll need two ATB Charges to make use of it so you’ll almost certainly want to slot ATB Stagger to make the most of it. What’s more, some enemies’ Stagger gauge will decrease too quickly for you to get this off in time.

Evaluation

The Hardedge is an Attack Power monster and is by far Cloud’s strongest weapon in the game. It has some useful Magic Attack Power upgrades on it too but if you’re using this weapon, it’s for it’s Physical Attacks. Both Bloodsucker and the Attack Damage Boost skills are useful in most situations however it does lack the useful Reprieve ability that is so useful on Hard Mode so you may need to go into the tougher battles with Revival Earrings equipped to offset that loss. All in all, if you want a weapon that focuses on pure strength, the Hardedge is your weapon.

When spending SP on the Hardedge, always focus on any Attack Power upgrades followed by Aerial Attack and regular Attack Damage boosts. After this, grab any Materia slots you find however you can ignore Magic Attack for the most part, if it’s magic you’re after, you’re using the wrong weapon.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    PS4, PS5
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    10 April 2020
  • Last Updated
    14 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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