Special troopers that have been enhanced with mako energy. SOLDIERs are divided into three classes, based on their capabilities. The 3rd class is the lowest, but even they are vastly more effective than standard troopers.Enemy details
The third class SOLDIERs are deployed to protect the Shinra Building in Chapter 16, "The Belly of the Beast", and in Chapter 2, "Covert Ops" in "Episode INTERmission". In the base game, they are also fought on the Collapsed Sector 7 Plate on the way there in Chapter 15, "The Day Midgar Stood Still".
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Abilities in italics lack names in-game and, hence, have unofficial names.
- = Physical damage
- = Magic damage
|3-Hit Combo||Melee||Slashes target 3 times with sword.|
|Plunge||Melee||Jumps and plunges with sword slashing downward at target.|
|Blizzard||Ranged||Deals small Ice damage.|
|Blizzara||Ranged||Deals moderate Ice damage.|
|Thunder||Ranged||Deals small Lightning damage.|
|Thundara||Ranged||Deals moderate Lightning damage.|
|Vacuum Wave||Ranged||Envelops self with Wind and slashes sword at target, sometimes twice.|
|Wind Slash||Ranged||Slashes at the air multiple times, hurling long-range slices of Wind.|
|Sleep||-||Has a chance of inflicting Sleep.||-||-|
The 3-C SOLDIER Operator is a powerful and agile melee combatant capable of using magic. Unlike the majority of the Shinra infantry members, he aggressively fights with a sword and employs and various techniques. His most basic move is a three-hit sword combination attack that interrupts opponents. He is capable of dodging incoming physical attacks, negating all damage.
Among his techniques, he can use Plunge, which is similar to Cloud's Braver, as well Wind Slash , where he shoots various sickle-like projectiles from his sword (similar to Roche), and Vacuum Wave , where he cuts through the air with his sword to launch a projectile towards his opponents, capable of knocking them down.
While none of his stats are particularly high when compared to other Shinra enemies, his agility, sturdiness and access to magic, and his use of various types of abilities, make 3-C SOLDIER operator a dangerous opponent who shouldn't be taken lightly, especially when accompanied by other SOLDIERs or Shinra troops.
Blocking his attacks and retaliating during openings is an effective way to deal with him in a defensive manner. Cloud is particularly powerful thanks to his counter-attack while in Punisher Mode. If the 3-C SOLDIER Operator starts casting Sleep, it is recommended to counter-cast with a low-rank offensive spell to quickly interrupt him, such as Fire, which he is weak to. Pairing Fire Materia with Elemental Materia in a weapon is an easy way to deal increased damage to them.
Behind the scenes
The sword they wield is the basic SOLDIER equipment that Zack Fair also wielded in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, and their idle stance, such as on the Enemy Intel, is the same Cloud uses in Operator Mode.
The SOLDIER's model is on display in the Shinra Building museum.
The name refers to the soldiers being Third Class SOLDIERs, i.e. the lowest ranking the elite force's hierarchy. soldier is one who fights as part of an organised, land based, sea based and air based armed force. A soldier can be an enlisted person, a non-commissioned officer, or an officer in the Army.A
The term "operator" is used in the US military for special forces soldiers who are on the ground. It only appears in the English localization; in the Japanese, the enemy is just called "SOLDIER 3rd".