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Important Items in this Area Enemy Skills in this Area
Deathblow Materia Frog Song
Titan Materia
White M-Phone

The Ruined Reactor

Make your way through Junon, back across the sea (you don’t have to pay on the return trip) then drive the buggy south across the river to reach the Gold Saucer. Much quicker than the first time, eh? South of the Gold Saucer is another river, which the buggy can conveniently also traverse. Cross the river and immediately turn east to find a house at the end of a peninsula. While it’s not very useful to us right now, here is where you can turn in that Mythril you found for some goodies. Make a mental note of it for now, you’ll be returning here later.

South of the river you’ll find a blasted town in the middle of a jungle, which is our next destination. Head to the town to reach a crude road through the jungle. Continue north to reach a fork, where the party will overhear Reno and Rude indulging in some guy-talk. As they fantasize, Elena will arrive, express her disappointment, then realizes that you guys are enemies.

Boss Battle: Reno and Rude

After Elena tattles on you, Reno, now accompanied by Rude, decides to pay you back for Sector 7. These guys aren’t too tough, their worst attacks are single-target attacks that deal around 150 damage, which is laughable at this point. The one exception that’s actually more dangerous is Reno’s “Turk Light” attack, which will deal a bit over 200 damage. Other than that… Rude can cast “Cure” to heal for a bit, to keep the battle going longer. The only rub in this entire fight is the fact that if you defeat one of the two, the other will leave. Unless you beat both of them at the same time, you’ll only get the XP, AP, Gil and item for one of them. Use some Sense Materia to scout them out, then when they’re both weak, blast them with “Beta”, “Aqualung” or perhaps a Summon Materia.

Reno and Rude await the party outside of Gongaga, with a few new attack (left). Use powerful attacks to defeat them both at the same time to gain XP, AP and Gil from both of them (right).

Reno Stats Rude Stats
HP: 2000 HP: 2000
MP: 80 MP: 135
Weaknesses: N/A Weaknesses: N/A
Resistances: Gravity (negates) Resistances: Gravity (negates)
XP: 660 XP: 720
AP: 60 AP: 70
Steal: N/A Steal: N/A
Drop: Fairy Tale Drop: X-Potion
Gil 1500 Gil: 2000

After the battle, the party will talk about the curious fact that Shinra just happened to be waiting for us. Cloud smells a rat, but there’s nothing you can do about it without evidence. Go up the path to the north-east to reach the reactor, passing through a desolate landscape in between. At the reactor head north to reach the core. What’s the catastrophic fail rate on Shinra’s reactors, do you think? Anyways, Cloud will be interrupted by Scarlet and her escort, Tseng. Scarlet will inspect the reactor for Materia, and, finding it wanting, will leave disappointed. Search where Scarlet was poking about to find a piece of Titan Materia , which is an earth elemental Summon Materia.

Search the ruined reactor after Scarlet leaves to score the Titan Materia (left). Heavy Tanks can be Morphed into Power Sources… once you get stronger and obtain the Morph Materia (right).

Gongaga Village

Return to the path through the jungle and, at the fork, head north-west to reach another screen. When you reach another fork, continue north-west a bit to find a chunk of Deathblow Materia just lying on the ground. Score. Backtrack to the fork and follow the path to the north-east to reach Gongaga village… or what’s left of it, anyways. Head east into the village and Cloud will gawk at the reactor you already visited. Afterwards, have a look around to see five small houses you can explore.

Enter the southern-most house and, if you have Aeris and/or Tifa in your party, you’ll be pestered by the townsfolk in the house, who recognize that glow in your eye and ask about their son, Zack. Aeris and Tifa will walk out of the house, leaving Cloud to ponder what just happened. Leave the house and talk to the two girls, which will get you a bit of approval. If you say “Poor guy” to Aeris (+1 Aeris) while saying “…jealous…envious…” will net you (+2 Aeris). Tifa is less picky about what you say, she’ll get (+1 Tifa) for just talking to her. If you ignore them, on hte other hand, you’ll lose approval (-3 Aeris, -3 Tifa). Interesting chronology, if you think about it… ten years ago, Zack leaves, five years ago, Zack disappears and the Nibelheim Incident occurs, four years ago, the Corel massacre, three years ago, Gongaga’s reactor explodes. Shinra has a horrible track record.

The building just north of Zack’s parent’s house just happens to be an item shop. Listen to the geezer’s story (if a sentence counts as a story) and/or shop, then head to the building to the north-west, which is an accessory shop that also sells Materia, include the new Time Materia and Mystify Materia. It’s expensive, and there’s plenty of good stuff worth buying shortly… but again, having one of each Materia is a smart way to play things safe. Climb a pole to the next level to reach yet another merchant, this one selling weapons. Fortunately nothing he sells should really interest you, and hence put a strain on your wallet.

Item Shop

Item Gil
Potion 50
Hi-Potion 300
Phoenix Down 300
Tent 500
Maiden’s kiss 150
Cornucopia 150
Soft 100
Hyper 100
Tranquilizer 100

Accessory/Materia Shop

Item Gil
Headband 3000
Silver Glasses 3000
Star Pendant 4000
Talisman 4000
White Cape 5000
Fury Ring 5000
Mystify Materia 6000
Time Materia 6000
Heal Materia 1500
Transform Materia 5000

Weapon Shop

Item Gil
Hardedge 1500
Grand Glove 1200
Atomic Scissors 1400
Striking Staff 1300
Diamond Pin 1300
Boomerang 1400
Impaler 500
Shrivel 500
Molotov 400

Only two houses left now, both are north of the last one. In the eastern house you’ll find a chest containing a White M-Phone (less damage than Cait Sith’s default weapon, but it’s a three socket Double AP Growth weapon), while the western building is a small, reasonably priced (80 Gil) inn. Another chest awaits you in here, this one containing an X-Potion . Rest up if you need to, then leave town, heading north-west along the road where you found the Deathblow Materia to return to the world map.

Pick up the Deathblow Materia outside of Gongaga (left) and learn the "Frog Song" Enemy Skill from "Touch Me" enemies (right).


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  • Publisher
    Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    Android, iOS, PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
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  • Guide Release
    1 September 2015
  • Last Updated
    8 March 2021
  • Guide Author
    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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  • Materia and Ability Breakdown
  • Details on every character
  • Full breakdown of every location

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