If you've all been missing my previous post with my updates and questions about my first Final Fantasy VII playthrough, I've been running into serious trouble at a huge difficulty spike.
I was somehow able to catch a Chocobo and cross the marsh to Ether Mine. I mean, Mythril Mine. But I can't get back coz when you dismount a Chocobo it runs away, and the Midgar Zolom will keep me from crossing back to Midgar Area.
And Junon Area is full of enemies that can do 100 damage. But at least I could keep buying Potions at Junon and using them to heal.
The forest is full of overpowered enemies too, but the good news is I got Yuffie.
Now, level grinding in this area is difficult because at first there is no inn at Junon. Turns out, there is, but in order to sleep at it you must first defeat the boss there. Which has an attack that I have no idea how to counter, where he traps you in a ball of water that starts to drown you or something. I don't know how to break that. Fortunately he didn't do this to Yuffie, the only character with an attack that could hit him, so I just barely beat him. And he's not even listed as one of the seven "That One Boss". (If I had this much trouble with a boss this early into the game, I REALLY don't have a chance with Sephiroth. I knew I wasn't near good enough for him)
Now, I can rest at the inn and fight enemies to my heart's content, right? Wrong. As soon as you wake up it forces Cloud to separate from his allies, and I can't get them back together. Furthermore, assuming I was going to do the dolphin jump right away, Barret took the PHS because "it'll break if it gets wet" despite it surviving that boss unavoidably splashing Cloud with a tsunami. In other words, there's nothing more I can do now but do this dolphin jump for another really long sequence before it gets back into a regular swing where I can comfortably fight lots of enemies, if ever. A heads up for all that would've been nice!
So... I caught a Chocobo to cross the marsh. I beat countless enemies at Junon Area. I got Yuffie. I beat that boss that I know I'm missing something on, and if I'm not, he's REALLY difficult. But I can't do that dolphin jump. I don't even know what part of the structure I'm supposed to be aiming for. I'm guessing that red horizontal thing, but no matter what I try I can't jump in the right position for Cloud to grab onto it.
How do I do this, and is there anything I'm missing as far as the others goes? Also, is Level 25 a decent point for Cloud, or am I screwed going forward? I saved over my previous save file not knowing Cloud was alone. I do have one save file from before crossing the marsh but I don't want to try to catch a Chocobo again.
And are there any other "points of no return" I should know about that give no notice or indication that Cloud's allies aren't in the party anymore? I REALLY wanted to level up Yuffie some more!