Boss: Swordipede

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Swordipede--Telluric Scriptures Vol. XII
Cloud
Weapon:Twin Stinger
Armor:Chain Bangle
Accessory:Circlet
Useful Materia:Lightning + MP Absorption, Healing, Revive, First Strike, Magic Up, Steadfast Block, ATB Stagger, HP Up
Barret
Weapon:Light Machine Gun
Armor:Cog Bangle
Accessory:Champion Belt
Useful Materia:Lightning + Elemental (weapon), Healing, Revive, First Strike, Steadfast Block, ATB Stagger, HP Up

(1 of 2) In the first phase, just shoot Swordipede with Barret.

In the first phase, just shoot Swordipede with Barret. (left), In phase two, use Aerith to blast Swordipede with Thunder/Thundara. (right)

Of all the creatures in Hard difficulty that can generously be called a boss… this is easily the weakest of the bunch. Equip Barret with Lightning + Elemental (weapon) and First Strike Materia just to speed things up, then have him shoot at the Swordipede, using “Maximum Fury” whenever his ATB is full, and “Overcharge” whenever it isn’t. All you have to do is avoid its attacks while whittling down its HP to 60%, which is just as easy as it sounds. Its attacks this phase are as follows:

  • Sawblade: A moderate damage charge attack.

  • Live Wire: Swordipede charges itself with electricity and meanders around at a faster pace than usual. Just keep your distance to avoid damage.

  • Energy Volley: Swordipede flies into the air and bombards the battlefield with balls of energy.

(1 of 2) Follow behind Swordipede to avoid being bombarded by “Energy Volley”.

Follow behind Swordipede to avoid being bombarded by “Energy Volley”. (left), Saw-Toothed Spin will deal massive damage if it hits, and even blocking it is painful. (right)

Tifa
Weapon:Purple Pain
Armor:Cog Bangle
Accessory:Champion Belt
Useful Materia:Lightning + Elemental (weapon), Healing, Revive, First Strike, Steadfast Block, ATB Stagger, HP Up
Aerith
Weapon:Silver Staff
Armor:Chain Bangle
Accessory:Circlet
Useful Materia:Lighnting + MP Absorption, Healing, Revive, First Strike, Steadfast Block, ATB Stagger, Magic Up, HP Up

Once reduced to 60% of its HP it’ll go haywire and end up in the central chamber with Tifa and Aerith. During the transition cutscene you’ll get a chance to enter the menu - just hold down [SQUARE] to confirm and make sure Aerith is equipped with Lightning + MP Absorption and First Strike Materia. When this phase of the fight starts, have Aerith lay down an “Arcane Ward” and set about pelting the Swordipede with Thundara. Swordipede isn’t weak to lightning, but the Thunder family of spells are unerringly accurate, so you don’t have to worry about aiming or being obstructed by the central pillar.

The only new attack Swordipede has here is “Saw-Toothed Spin”, during which it’ll spin around the battlefield several times, dealing massive damage if it lands a hit. It can be blocked, but you’ll still take over 2,000 damage, so dodging is ideal… if you can manage it. On the plus side it’ll become “Pressured” after this attack ends, allowing you to score some easy hits with Tifa. You also need to be wary of its “Energy Volley” attack, which will be much more concentrated on a battlefield this small. Just wait for it to start this attack and follow behind it to avoid damage.

Keep zapping it with Thunder/Thundara until it falls - it can only sustain several such attacks. For defeating this boss you’ll obtain the Telluric Scriptures Vol. XII Manuscript.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    PS4
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    10 April 2020
  • Last Updated
    20 October 2020
    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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