Stagger, pressure, synergy and more

Stagger, pressure, synergy and more

A combination of real-time reaction speed and tactical decision making, Final Fantasy VII RebirthThe combat system in the game is fast and strategic. If it’s been a while since you played 2020 Remake of Final Fantasy VIIor if you jump to New birth As your first talk FF7 experience, this guide will help you master the game’s sometimes hectic combat system and its many layers.

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This guide covers combat as it appears in Publicly available demo of Final Fantasy VII New birth It will be updated to reflect any additional information when the full game launches on February 29, 2024.

General flow New birthFighting

Your goal is in New birthThe method of combat is to push your enemy even further into a staggered state, leaving them helpless to counter your attacks while you deal more damage, leading to their defeat. You’re also moving your characters towards better and better attacks.

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You’ll attack freely with the square or triangle, which in turn charges your ATB meter which gives you access to powerful single attacks. Using your ATB meter may fill your Synergy meter depending on the attack, which will give you access to powerful combined attacks between team members. As you take damage and confuse your enemies, you will fill your Limit Break gauge, which allows you to use a more powerful single attack.

New birthCombat in the game is all about building momentum, making your enemies weaker by intimidating them while making your team members stronger with more powerful attacks. It can be a bit confusing and confusing at first, and will require your full attention, but it’s a rewarding system to master.

ATB (Active Time Battle) explained.

Combat takes place in real time Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. You can move freely and attack with the square. The triangle activates a unique ability that varies from character to character. For example, Cloud changes his fighting stance once he hits Triangle. R1 blocks attacks.

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When you attack, you will fill the ATB meter with one charge at a time. You can spend a charge to activate an ATB ability (usually a special attack), cast a spell, or use an item. Some very powerful abilities can use two ATB charges.

Synergy skills and abilities explained

while New birthThe game’s combat is very similar to the 2020 combat system Remake of Final Fantasy VIISynergy skills and abilities are a whole new layer to the flow of battle.

GIF: Square Enix/Claire Jackson/Kotaku

When you have more than one person in your party, you can activate Synergy Skills by holding R1 and pressing the corresponding button. The left menu will display the name of the skill and the characters that use the skill together. Synergy skills do not require an ATB charge to use.

Synergy abilities have their own separate scale that falls under the ATB scale and resembles five bars. As you use certain ATB abilities (you’ll notice that the bottom left corner will display a pair of charges), your synergy meter will fill up. Once two characters have enough of their synergy gauges full and have the corresponding synergy ability, you can activate it in the menu without spending any ATB charges.

A screenshot of combat in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth shows different menu options.

The icon at the bottom left indicates which abilities fill your synergy meter.
Screenshot: Square Enix/Claire Jackson/Kotaku

He explained the pressure and grogginess

Attacking an enemy’s weak points (which you can find using the Evaluate command once you obtain the required materials in the Nibelheim chapter) will put them in a stressed state. This fills their Stagger meter. Once filled, the enemy will be “staggered”, making them unable to attack and experiencing a double effect of additional damage. You’ll also fill your Limit Break gauge by surprising the enemy (and taking damage yourself).

Tip: Read about your combat abilities in the combat settings menu

A screenshot of the main menu in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth shows Cloud's combat moves.

Screenshot: Square Enix/Claire Jackson/Kotaku

In the main menu, go to Party, highlight the character you want to read about and press Triangle. This will give you a complete list of all the abilities, whether they be ATB abilities, spells, or synergy skills, with definitions for each.

Tip: Surround the enemy as soon as the fight starts

althoug Final Fantasy VII Rebirth It places a target reticle on the enemies you’re fighting, locking on is a surefire way to focus the camera on your enemy and will allow you to switch between targets by moving the right analog stick from left to right. But you will not be able to catch the enemy when the fight starts. You will have to do this manually.

Press R3 once the fight starts. You can also hit square when you see the red threat reticle when approaching an enemy to land the first strike on them.

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Tip: Switch characters once you activate the ATB ability

You will get the most out of it FF7RFighting by quickly switching between characters, especially after activating the ATB ability.

While it’s great to watch a character’s animation after executing it, you should really switch to the next character once you deploy the ATB ability. This will allow you to manually control another character to fill their ATB gauge faster.

GIF: Square Enix/Clare Jackson/Kotaku

For example, if you have one ATB charge filled on Cloud and you activate “Braver”, switch to Sephiroth immediately afterwards and start cutting with the square until Sephiroth starts building his gauge. When its gauge is full, select your ATB capacity and switch back to the cloud to start the process over. Cycling in this way is a great way to stay ahead of the enemy while ensuring that you use the strongest attacks possible at a given moment.

If you have two full ATB charges and want to activate two abilities, you can activate the first, switch to another character, and then press L2/R2 to command the character you just switched from to use the other ATB charge.

I also recommend using up and down on the d-pad to switch characters instead of left and right, as it more closely mirrors the vertical character list in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Tip: Evaluate each enemy

Shortly after the Nibleheim scenario, Cloud will have access to the “Evaluation” materials. This allows you to gain a bit of knowledge of the enemy, as well as the information needed to pressure them, the bonuses you can expect to defeat them, as well as their weaknesses, resistances and other basic stats.

The cloud evaluates the enemy through a list that displays various vulnerabilities and other basic information.

Screenshot: Square Enix/Clare Jackson/Kotaku

Each evaluation screen is a small guide to defeating the enemy. Once you have evaluated the enemy, you can re-read this screen at any time by pressing the touchpad.

Tip: Use L1 shortcuts to reduce menu navigation

GIF: Square Enix/Clare Jackson/Kotaku

While diving into the menu (which starts by hitting X) is part of the flow of combat, and often unavoidable in more demanding fights, you can quickly access spells and ATB abilities by holding L1 and pressing one of the face buttons. You can set which shortcuts trigger attacks in the main menu by going to Combat Settings.

Tip: Activate the cloud’s ranged attack by dodging and instant attacking

Have you been shot down by flying enemies? Yes, they are very annoying. It’s a good thing that Cloud has a ranged attack that you may not have known about. Hit Circle and Cloud will dodge, then follow this move with Square immediately after and he will start swinging energy beams from his sword that fly through the air towards any enemy you’re flanked by.

GIF: Square Enix/Clare Jackson/Kotaku

Cloud’s Triple Slash ability will also launch him towards his targeted enemy, which is another great way to close the distance and initiate attacks on distant enemies.


Likes remake Before that, Final Fantasy VII RebirthCombat is fast and tactical. However, these tips should help you sort out the chaos and come out on top while facing off against the Materia Guardian in the mountains of Nibelheim.

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