Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Walkthrough
Written by Adam Fuller (Tricked Out Horo)
E-mail me at thegenjifactor (at) hotmail (dot) com for questions, comments,
and corrections. I will try my best to reply to each e-mail.
"Boy oh boy... the price of freedom is steep." - Zack Fair
Table o' Contents
#1. About the guide [ABT]
#2. Controls [CTL]
#3. Tips [TIP]
#4. Walkthrough [WLK]
A. Chapter 1 [C01]
B. Chapter 2 [C02]
C. Chapter 3 [C03]
D. Chapter 4 [C04]
E. Chapter 5 [C05]
F. Chapter 6 [C06]
G. Chapter 7 [C07]
#1. About the guide [ABT]
This guide was written for the NTSC version of the game. I will cover the
entire plot, but rarely will I put sidequests aside from a few missions to
improve your accessory slots, and I will rarely include treasure chest
locations since they are fairly obvious. Feel free to do other things I don't
cover, they will not change the outcome of the game.
#2 Controls [CTL]
D-Pad = Move Around
Analog Stick = Move Around
X = Confirm
Square = Dodge/Map
O = Cancel
Triangle = Guard
R = Scroll right/down/camera
L = Scroll left/up/camera
Start = Pause
L+R+Start = Soft Reset
#3 Tips [TIP]
- Don't have materia equipped you don't plan on using much! If you need them
for a boss later in the dungeon, equip the materia then, don't waste a
- You can avoid random battles by running along the walls
- Don't hesitate to level up when you are having trouble. There may be no
visible exp bar, but there definitely is one. Do a few missions or run in and
out of a room fighting enemies and try again after Zack is a bit stronger.
- Although Zack is seen using 3 battle-mode weapons throughout the game, there
is no stat differences. It is solely an appearance change.
#4 Walkthrough [WLK]
This walkthrough is based on the Normal difficulty setting.
A. Chapter 1 [C01]
After the amazing intro scene (don't you just love Zack? <3) you will find
yourself fighting some soldiers. These guys should not be a problem at all.
Take this opportunity to get used to the combat system. If you've ever played
Kingdom Hearts it should feel pretty similar. After the fight, there's another
scene and you'll find yourself fighting...
Behemoth HP: 7870~
Don't let the somewhat high HP scare you. This guy is just a big old goon. Hit
this guy (and every other enemy in the game) in the back to score a critical
hit. Just take this as another chance to get used to the combat system before
the real battles start up. If you get hurt a lot, don't be afraid to use a
Say hello to Sephi-- wait. That isn't Sephiroth! Congratulations on beating
the first chapter of Crisis Core. "What!? Over already!?" you say? Don't
worry. The other chapters are nowhere near as short as this one. Take this as
just a simple training mission.
B. Chapter 2 [C02]
There'll be some scenes where you meet some of the main characters of the
game. Kunsel will teach you how to check your mail. I suggest reading the
Tutorial mails. Next he will instruct you about missions. I personally will
not tell you when to do these or to to unlock these. The only ones I will
mention will be in Chapter 5 when you can earn yourself 2 more accessory
slots. You will have to do mission 1-1-1 now, in which you fight 8 soldiers,
just like the ones from the first chapter. Hear that victory music? Do you? DO
YOU? After the scene, check locker #6 near Kunsel to get a Bronze Bangle.
Check it 20 times for a Cursed Ring, which increases your stats but makes it
so you can't level up. I suggest against equipping it. Either do some more
missions or head back into the briefing room and speak to Angeal. Choose the
first option and it's off to Wutai!
After a quick scene in Wutai, you'll be battling some Wutai troops. These guys
aren't hard at all. Rough them up a bit, watch another scene, and proceed down
the path. You'll see another scene along the way. Save at the save point if
you wish and contine to the next area.
Another scene will play. When you regain control you'll be fighting multiple
soldiers. Do as Angeal says and indulge yourself. ;) Kill the ones on the wall
with magic, and the ones on the ground in whatever way you please. Another
scene, and then you'll be thrown into a small fight. Watch another scene. Once
you're in control of Zack again you will notice stars at the top of the
screen. Each star represents an enemy unit, and you get a nice prize depending
on what you kill. I highly reccomend killing them all, as you will get the
Fire Armlet which will help greatly in an upcoming boss in this chapter.
Let's begin hunting for those baddies, shall we? You should have 1 already
filled in from the initial fight when you entered. Proceed onward and you'll
engage in a fight. You should now have 2 stars. Go through the little doorway
ahead and you'll, fight, and have 3 stars. Turn the corner and get your 4th
star. You'll see a very short scene. Continue on. Soldiers will come out of
the revolving door behind you. 5 stars. Examine the door to fight another
group and get 6 stars. Proceed on into a hallway with 2 chests. The one
further away ahas nothing in it, and you will engage in a fight, earning your
7th star. Proveed, fight, 8th star.
Go through the door and fight another group of enemies, getting 9 stars.
Examine the tower in this room and you will have 10 stars. Backtrack to the
start of the area and look for another tower like this. Examine it and fight
the soldiers for 11 stars. Go back to the tower at which you got your 10th
star, and look to the west of the room. There is a chest which starts a fight
when you approach it, earning you your 12th star. Right next to that chest is
a revolving door. Examine it to fight some more goons and get your 13th star.
Proceed past the tower now and you will see a scene. Choose to find another
path and go back the way you came. Go into the room before the tower room and
approach the revolving door. After the scene, enjoy your free, 14th star.
Almost there! Check the wall that Zack came through in the scene to get
another fight and your 15th star. Proceed to the door on your map and fight
the final group of enemies and get your 16th star. FINALLY! Go through the
door, into the next area.
Go through either the left or right path and come out into the courtyard. Save
your game. Approach the stairs to see a scene where Zack meets a familiar face
from Final Fantasy VII, Yuffie! She's almost as strong as Zack, wouldn't you
say? Look at that mean uppercut. This girls got game. Anyways, after the
scene, proceed through the door to fight...
Vajradhara Wu HP:2900
Vajradhara Tai HP:2900
Woo, you're fighting some elephant...samurai... guys. You're going to want to
focus on one and only one right away at the start, it doesn't matter which.
These guys have a vicious attack, Twin Tomahawk, that only works when they are
both alive, so get to work making it so they can't use it. They have a pretty
good physical defense so you can either go for criticals or you can spam
magic. Try to keep your HP above the 1/3 point and you shouldn't have much
trouble, or any at all once one of them dies.
You'll see some scenes (Stay away from Zack you stupid elephant samurai
asshole!), and hopefully, if you got all 16 stars, recieve your Fire Armlet
from Lazard. You'll be put into a fight with some Genesis clones. They aren't
too strong. Take them out and you'll see another scene. Save your game, equip
the Fire Armlet, proceed, choose the first option and get ready to fight the
Ifrit HP: 6720
This guy may be a firey fright, but he's also a poopy pushover, assuming you
have the Fire Armlet equipped. Just cast Blizzard magic on him and he will go
down in no time. Watch out for Hellfire, his limit, which is shown in a
beautiful FMV scene. Keep your health above 350-ish and you should be fine.
Say hello to Sephiroth, for real this time, and with his appearance, the
C. Chapter 3 [C03]
During a scene you will meet Tseng of the Turks, and he will be added to the
DMW. A lot of missions have just been unlocked so go ahead and look them over.
When you are done with missions, check locker #6 for a Lightning materia. This
will help you a lot against robotic enemies in particular. Exit the briefing
room and go out onto the SOLDIER floor. After the scene, you will be in Sector
Go back the way Zack entered in the scene, which is West on the map incase you
forgot. Go up either of the stairs and to one of the two elevators in the
back. Take the elevator up to the SOLDIER floor. The briefing room is to the
west of you when you get off the elevator. Go in and speak to Tseng to begin
Welcome to Banora Village! This place should look familiar to you from
Angeal's story from Chapter 2. A scene will play and you'll be thrown into a
fight with two G Assassins. No sweat, take them out. After the scene, proceed
through the tunnels of trees to a save point. Save your game, and run up to
the big robot infront of the house ahead for a scene and to start up a fight
Guard Spider HP:7225
This guy shouldn't be a problem if you remembered to grab the Thunder materia
from locker 6 back in the briefing room. Either blast him with it or run
around his back and lay into him with criticals. He can inflict Stop status on
you, so watch out for that.
When he's done for, go through the east exit that Tseng is chilling by. After
the scene, proceed down towards the village by heading south. After the scene,
be sure to check the 3 lifestreams, which can be found next to the northern
house, next to the well on the eastern part of town, and next to the southern
house. Enter the southern house for a scene (Aww, Zack the puppy. What a cute
name). Exit the house for another scene and a fight against 3 of those G
Assassin fellas. After the scene, save your game if you like, and proceed up
the northeast path.
You'll see some boxes at a branching path with a lifestream near them. Examine
it. Proceed up the path between the boxes, to the east. Examine the 5th and
final lifestream next to the rock, and continue up the east path towards
Tseng. Speak with him to start a scene.
After the scene, you'll be in the factory, engaged in a fight with 3 G
Assassins. Don't these guys ever quit!? After the scene, go down the stairs to
reach the ground floor of the factory. You'll find yourself fighting 7 G
Assassins and a Heli Gunner, who will go down easily to thunder. A short scene
with follow. Go into the room you saw Tseng enter in the scene, and proceed
into the next room to start yet another scene. Save your game and go up the
stairs to find yourself fighting...
...just kidding. Some scenes will play. Afterwards, head to the big doors for
a scene and you will find yourself outside. Head backtowards Banora village.
Near the area with the boxes, you will see a scene and be put into a minigame
where you cut through missiles. Cut them with the X button when you hear a
noise and the missile turns red. The last missile is in a different angle, so
be prepared for that. Each missile cut earns you 100 gil (600 for the last
one) and some time added (60 seconds if you cut all 10) to run around touching
those lifestreams from earlier for some neat prizes. You'll recieve a Soma,
Ether, X-Potion, Elixer, and Phoenix Down if you touch all of them. Remember,
there is one on the cliff, one by the boxes, and 1 next to the southern house,
1 next to the northern house, and 1 next to the well. When you get to Angeal's
house, or when time runs up, you'll recieve your items. Save your game, and
enter Angeal's house, for a scene (Keep your dirty feet away from Zack,
Genesis!). After a scene, you'll find yourself staring down...
Bahamut HP: 8740
Okay. This guy is the first boss of the game that may require a little
strategy. His Mega Flare attack will take away a little over half of your HP.
Cast Barrier if you have it, which will halve the physical damage you recieve.
He flies around a bit, so, if you see him fly up, try to stay moving, or
rolling, as you'll take damage if he lands on you. When he flies away from the
area you are standing on, you have to use either fire or blizzard magic. I
suggest blizzard. When he's on the actual battlefield, run up behind him and
slice his ass up. He shouldn't be too hard.
After the fight, a beautiful FMV will play, and that's all for Chapter 3!
D. Chapter 4 [C04]
The chapter begins with a scene. Afterwards, head over to the briefing room.
If you forgot where it is, it's the southwestern door. Check locker 6 for a
star pendant. Now head to the elevator right next to the briefing room. Kunsel
will exit the elevator and a scene will play. Go up to the elevator and choose
to go to the SOLDIER Director's Office. A scene will play. Woo, SOLDIER 1st
Zack will get a costume change now, which doesn't increase Zack's stats, but
you can now equip six materia. Woohoo! You will be taught about Materia
Fusion. You can now also convert materia into SP. When you're done playing
with Materia Fusion, approach the door to head out onto the SOLDIER Floor, and
choose the 2nd option. Go back to the elevator now, and head up to the SOLDIER
Director's office yet again.
A scene will play. Approach the elevator to the west, and head to the
entrance. It will stop on Floor 49. If you wish, you can get off and fight
some weak robots to get an Ether. You can also go to the training room and
rescue some people for 5000 gil. Otherwise, choose the first option. On the
entrance floor, you will find yourself fighting some Genesis guys and more
robots. Use lightning on the robots to take them out quicker if you wish.
After the fight some scenes will play and you will be outside. Say hello to
the Turks. Cissnei will be added to the DMW. Proceed straight ahead, to the
In the next area, continue straight north again for a scene. You'll find
yourself fighting a G Eraser. He may have 8400 HP, but he's very easy. Just
run up behind him and pound the hell out of his back. He has trouble getting
away from you. He does have an attack, Scorcher, which brings up a scene and
is unblockable. After the fight, a scene will play, where Cissnei gives you a
shop address, and then you'll be in Mako Reactor 5. Excellent, uh, probably!
Save your game. Proceed forward and you'll fight a A-Sahagin. He's easy, but
watch out for his Jump attack. Roll out of the way when he uses it. This is a
standard enemy for this area. Afterwards, a few scenes will play, one of them
being a very long and very awesome FMV sequence. Enjoy. Go down the ladder
near the save point. then do a short u-turn and take the next ladder. Run
ahead, take turn the valve, and then head back to the save point. From here,
go forward to Sephiroth, and go all the way around to the right. You will be
across from the save point now. Head down the ladder and proceed forward to
Sephiroth. Speak to him to start a scene.
Save your game. Now check around the room for 3 files. They are on a green
control panel, a bed, and a yellow light. A scene will start after the control
panel and bed ones. Afterwards, speak with Sephiroth for a scene. Now you will
have to chase Hollander around. It's pretty simple to follow him, as it shows
you where he goes, so I won't guide you through here. You'll also fight some
weak Genesis copies and such. At the end of the chase, Save your game and
proceed onward to fight...
Pile Machine HP: 10230
Cutter Machine HP: 9800
Shot Machine HP: 8760
Pile is blue, Cutter is yellow, Shot is green. I suggest going for the Shot
machine first since he shoots missiles that will make Zack sit still like a
dingus if he gets hit by them. The Cutter can inflict poison and stun, and the
shot can inflict silence, so watch out for that. If you can line 2 or all of
these guys up next to eachother, blast them with thunder to easily win this
A scene will play as Chapter 4 comes to a close.
E. Chapter 5 [C05]
Chapter 5 kicks off with a scene where Zack meets Aerith, who you should
recognize from FFVII. Aerith will be added to the DMW. This is the point where
the missions I recommended you look out earlier are added. Please consider
doing missions 7-2-1 through 7-2-5, to earn the item fusion tome, keychain
and backpack items, which allow you to fuse an item with materia and the last
2 add an extra accessory slot. The later missions in this set are probably too
hard for you right now, but try to atleast complete 7-2-2 for the keychain.
When you are done looking around and doing missions, speak with Aerith, who is
crouched over her flowers, and choose the first option. A scene will follow,
and you'll be outside when you regain control. Just follow Aerith for now,
even though she is slow as heck. She will stop eventually. Run ahead of her
and you will see a scene and be fighting two hedgehog pies, who shouldn't pose
that big of a threat. Another scene, and then enter the next area.
After the short scene, approach the big doors to the south. After the scene,
proceed through the doors. You'll see a scene, and now it's time to catch that
little punk who stole your wallet! Try to exit to the south for a scene. Now,
speak to the materia shop owner, item shop owner, accessory shop owner, girl
in the corner, boy in the corner, and then speak with Aerith and run around
the market once. Select the second option. Head through the north door.
A scene will occur in the next area. Proceed to the east exit and you will be
fighting 3 Land Worms. More scenes follow. Head over to the accessory shop.
You'll see a scene in which Aerith gets her pink bow. Choose the first option.
More scenes follow. Take the south exit from the park, and then head over to
the southern door and enter the market once more.
In the market, head towards the southern exit. Choose the first option in the
scene. The boy from earlier will give you the Steal materia. You'll be on a
highway after the scene. Save your game (ABOUT DAMN TIME!) and proceed onward
for a scene and a fight against your favorite Genesis clones and some robots.
You'll then be fighting a G Warrior, who looks like a god damn idiot, and who
should be a piece of cake for you to get rid of. More scenes will play and you
will be at the Shinra building.
Save your game. Take the west path into the next area. Go to the west side of
the room and take the elevator. Speak to Hojo for a scene. Press the switch in
the middle of the room for a scene and take the elevator down for another
scene. Equip your steal materia. Go around the hall and steal the jailcell
keys from the monsters, and kill them, then go into the jail cells to the
north and steal 2 more keys and kill 2 more monsters. Now raid the jail cells
quickly for a lot of items. Head back through the western path and up the
elevator and save your game. Speak to Hojo for a scene and a fight with...
Bahamut Fury HP: 18000
Treat this guy as Bahamut's bigger, stronger, meaner, uglier, pissed-offer
brother. His Exa Flare limit break brings up a FMV and damages HP, MP, and AP.
You'll definitely want to heal up if you get hit with that. Go on the
offensive with either blizzard magic or quick stabs. Watch out for Cluster
Sphere, as well. This could easily take 1-3 to half of your health if you
aren't paying attention.
After Bahamut Fury falls, watch the scenes and Chapter 5 comes to a close at
F. Chapter 6 [C06]
Watch the chapter intro scene. Head over to the briefing room and check Locker
#6 for a Fira materia. Head over to the training room to the north if you want
to do a Squatting minigame. I thought it was pretty fun, although easy. You
can get 4 items for beating the 4 people which can be used to make Aeris a
better wagon later for some funny scenes. Take the north elevator to the
entrance. Exit to the south.
At the Sector 8 Fountain, proceed up the stairs to the east and take the exit
to the Sector 1 Platform. Head straight on, taking the north exit. A short
scene will play when you enter. You'll be in the market. Take the north exit,
and then head to the west exit. A scene will play when you go through. After
the scene, you'll be in the mountains.
Well that's a fine how-do-you-do! More scenes will play. Save your game and
start following the linear path up the mountains. The map doesn't work here so
I can't give you absolute direction, but you should be fine. Once you enter
the next area a scene will play. Say hello to Cloud Strife, the hero of Final
Fantasy VII. Doesn't Tseng sound a little cranky when he says "Good! Carry on
then?" Cloud will be added to the DMW.
Continue heading up the mountain. It's still a very linear path. Enter the
next area, Modeo Ravine - North. Some scenes will play. Now, follow the U
shaped path to the front of the base. Save your game. Approach the entrance to
the base and choose the first option. This is a dumb minigame, in which you
sneak around and either grab chests or head for the exit. The chests contain
Power Attack, Stop, Death, Sprint Shoes, and Pearl Necklace. The exit is in
the back, to the right. If you get caught to the point where there are no
chests left, the gaurds leave. Head for the exit, into the next area.
Once inside, take the right path down the two sets of stairs. Save your game.
Enter the elevator next to the save point. Some kickass scenes will play. When
they are over, you will be fighting the man himself...
Genesis HP: 14800
Black Flurry is what you want to watch out for here. It inflicts curse on you
so try to have either Curse-nullifying accessories equipped or remedies. He
can cast osmose, which siphons MP from you, regen, which regenerates his
health...and he has two spells, Defense and Magic Defense, which nullify
physical and magical attacks. So, if he uses defense, bombard him with magic,
and if he uses magic defense, slice the hell out of him. He can also inflict
poison. His attacks aren't very strong at all. It's all the side effects he
puts on you and himself that can make this fight hell. Stay on your toes and
get rid of any status effects he puts on you, and you should prevail.
Genesis will be added to the DMW after the battle. Scenes will follow. You
will now be outside. Head straight ahead through the hole in the wall, into
Modeheim. Save your game, because this party has just begun. Head to the
southern part of the area, and enter the bathhouse.
You can examine the phone in here against the western wall for a laugh or two.
When you're done, head up to the northeastern part of the building. Examine
the weird blueish green valve in the pile of rubble to get the Boiler
Handle.Now head south into the next area.
After a scene, you will be fighting the Angeal Griffon. He's pretty fast, and
can inflict stun and silence, but shouldn't pose much of a threat. Blast him
with one of your higher level magics to take him down easily. A short scene
will conclude the fight. Head up the scenes to the west for a scene. Head
through the door next to Tseng into the next area.
Head down the stairs, and then head to the north part of the room and up those
stairs. Insert the valve in the machine up at the top of the stairs. Now, head
back down and to the west side of the room. Grab the Lightning Armlet from the
hole in the wall. Equip this and head back up to where you put the valve and
into the next area. Save your game here, and head north up the path and then
east through the hole. Continue east into the next area. Follow the linear
path into the big open area for some neat scenes. Now, it's time to duke it
Angeal Penance HP: 27800
This guy is pretty tough normally. However, since you have the Lightning
Armlet equipped, so you'll be fine. Run up behind him and pound the crap out
of his back. He has an attack that strikes you back there, but it is easy to
dodge. He can cast Barrier and Magic Barrier on himself, but that shouldn't
cause any problems.
Some emotional scenes follow the battle with Angeal, concluding Chapter
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