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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 3-C SOLDIER Operator is an enemy in Final Fantasy VII Remake and "Episode INTERmission". They are members of Shinra Electric Power Company's elite fighting force known as SOLDIER.

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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Cloud: I couldn't finish 'em. Looks like this's gonna get complicated.
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Ability Range Description Block KB(Knockback)
Physical damage 3-Hit Combo Melee Slashes target 3 times with sword. Y N
Physical damage Plunge Melee Jumps and plunges with sword slashing downward at target. Y
Silence Magic damage Blizzard Ranged Deals small Ice Ice damage. N
Silence Magic damage Blizzara Ranged Deals moderate Ice Ice damage. N
Silence Magic damage Thunder Ranged Deals small Lightning Lightning damage. N
Silence Magic damage Thundara Ranged Deals moderate Lightning Lightning damage. N
Magic damage Vacuum Wave Ranged Envelops self with Wind Wind and slashes sword at target, sometimes twice. Y
Magic damage Wind Slash Ranged Slashes at the air multiple times, hurling long-range slices of Wind Wind. Y
Sleep - Has a chance of inflicting Sleep 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.

Vacuum Wave.

Among his techniques, he can use Physical damage Plunge, which is similar to Cloud's Braver, as well Magic damage Wind Slash Wind, where he shoots various sickle-like projectiles from his sword (similar to Roche), and Magic damage Vacuum Wave Wind, where he cuts through the air with his sword to launch a projectile towards his opponents, capable of knocking them down.

As for magic, the 3-C SOLDIER can use Silence Magic damage Thundara Lightning, Silence Magic damage Blizzara Ice and Silence Magic damage Sleep Sleep. He also uses Thunder and Blizzard, although their names do not appear above his head when he is casting.

Much like the vast majority of human-type enemies, the 3-C SOLDIER Operator is weak against Fire Fire.

Hard mode[]

On the hard difficulty the 3-C SOLDIER Operator will use his abilities more often, and be overall more aggressive, as well harder to interrupt and stagger.


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 Fire, which he is weak to. Pairing Fire Materia Fire Materia with Elemental Materia Elemental Materia in a weapon is an easy way to deal increased damage to them.

Episode INTERmission[]

Yuffie can use Fire Ninjutsu to hit the 3-C SOLDIER operators' weakness. She can synergize with Sonon, using Ninja Cannonball to fill his ATB, and then performing a Synergized Art of War.

Other appearances[]

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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. A 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.

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".

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