Aeris is a playable character in Final Fantasy VII. She serves as the party's White Mage with the best Magic stats in the game, and the ability to heal and support the party with her Limit Breaks. She wields a rod, but her strength lies in her magic use.

Aeris is also a date option for a scene in Gold Saucer, and is considered the default date as she starts with the highest compatibility with Cloud Strife.

Aeris joins the party in the Sector 5 Church after the Sector 5 Reactor. Before the character naming screen, the party member in the game's memory is Aerith. This never ordinarily appears, however if one were to bypass the character naming screen (as is performed in a bypass event glitch) she will appear in the party with this name.

Battle

Victory pose.

Aeris lacks in physical stats, but makes up for it with her high magical stats. When she joins the party she is in the back row by default. She is a good spell caster and her Limit Breaks are supportive rather than damage-dealing. Aeris's victory pose is to brush down her clothes, smooth back her hair, and bow with her hand over her heart.

Stats

Her starting level is decided by the following formula:

[average party level -3]

The playable characters require slightly different amounts of EXP to reach level 99. Aeris requires the most EXP for level 99: 2,484,643.

LV Exp HP MP Strength Dexterity Vitality Magic Spirit Luck +
2 6 185 - 195 25 - 30 10 - 12 5 - 7 11 - 13 13 - 15 14 - 16 14 - 16
3 32 198 - 212 36 - 37 10 - 14 5 - 9 11 - 15 13 - 17 14 - 18 14 - 17
4 92 215 - 229 39 - 44 11 - 16 5 - 10 12 - 17 14 - 19 15 - 20 14 - 18
5 199 232 - 246 50 - 51 12 - 17 6 - 11 13 - 18 15 - 21 16 - 22 14 - 19
6 366 247 - 263 53 - 58 13 - 18 7 - 12 14 - 19 16 - 22 17 - 23 14 - 20
7 607 264 - 280 62 - 65 14 - 19 7 - 13 15 - 20 17 - 24 18 - 24 14 - 20
8 935 279 - 297 67 - 72 15 - 20 8 - 14 16 - 21 18 - 25 19 - 25 14 - 20
9 1363 296 - 314 74 - 79 16 - 21 9 - 15 17 - 22 19 - 26 20 - 26 14 - 20
11 2575 328 - 348 88 - 93 18 - 23 10 - 17 19 - 24 22 - 29 22 - 29 14 - 20
12 3542 382 - 402 94 - 100 19 - 24 11 - 18 19 - 25 24 - 31 23 - 30 14 - 20
13 4550 436 - 456 103 - 109 20 - 25 12 - 19 20 - 26 25 - 32 24 - 31 14 - 21
14 5733 475 - 502 110 - 117 21 - 26 13 - 20 21 - 27 27 - 34 26 - 33 14 - 21
15 7105 511 - 541 119 - 126 22 - 27 14 - 21 22 - 28 29 - 36 27 - 34 14 - 21
16 8680 543 - 577 126 - 134 23 - 28 15 - 22 23 - 29 30 - 37 28 - 35 14 - 21
17 10472 579 - 613 134 - 142 24 - 29 15 - 22 24 - 30 32 - 39 30 - 37 14 - 21
18 12495 611 - 649 142 - 151 25 - 30 16 - 23 25 - 31 33 - 40 31 - 38 14 - 21
19 14763 647 - 685 150 - 159 26 - 31 17 - 24 26 - 32 35 - 42 32 - 39 14 - 21
21 20090 715 - 757 166 - 176 28 - 33 18 - 25 28 - 34 38 - 45 35 - 42 14 - 21
22 23831 812 - 854 176 - 187 29 - 34 19 - 26 29 - 36 40 - 47 36 - 43 14 - 21
23 27315 883 - 932 186 - 198 30 - 35 20 - 27 30 - 37 41 - 48 37 - 44 14 - 21
24 31123 941 - 1003 195 - 208 31 - 36 21 - 28 31 - 38 43 - 50 38 - 45 14 - 21
25 35270 1006 - 1068 205 - 218 32 - 37 22 - 29 32 - 39 45 - 52 40 - 47 15 - 22
26 39770 1064 - 1133 214 - 228 33 - 38 23 - 30 33 - 40 46 - 53 41 - 48 15 - 22
27 44637 1129 - 1198 224 - 238 34 - 39 23 - 30 34 - 41 48 - 55 42 - 49 15 - 22
28 49885 1187 - 1263 233 - 248 35 - 40 24 - 31 35 - 42 49 - 56 44 - 51 15 - 22
29 55529 1252 - 1328 243 - 258 36 - 42 25 - 32 37 - 44 51 - 58 45 - 52 15 - 22
31 68064 1375 - 1458 260 - 277 38 - 44 26 - 33 39 - 46 54 - 61 48 - 55 15 - 22
32 77066 1477 - 1569 272 - 289 39 - 45 27 - 34 40 - 47 55 - 62 50 - 57 16 - 23
33 84643 1570 - 1671 283 - 301 40 - 46 28 - 35 41 - 48 56 - 63 51 - 58 16 - 23
34 92701 1663 - 1764 294 - 313 40 - 47 29 - 36 43 - 50 57 - 64 52 - 59 16 - 23
35 101255 1746 - 1857 306 - 325 41 - 48 29 - 36 44 - 51 59 - 66 54 - 61 16 - 23
36 110320 1839 - 1950 315 - 336 42 - 49 30 - 37 45 - 52 60 - 67 55 - 62 16 - 23
37 119910 1922 - 2043 326 - 347 43 - 50 31 - 38 46 - 53 61 - 68 56 - 63 16 - 23
38 130040 2015 - 2136 337 - 358 44 - 51 31 - 38 47 - 54 62 - 69 58 - 65 17 - 24
39 140725 2098 - 2229 346 - 369 45 - 52 32 - 39 48 - 55 63 - 70 59 - 66 17 - 24
41 163820 2274 - 2415 369 - 392 46 - 53 34 - 41 50 - 57 66 - 73 62 - 69 17 - 24
42 176259 2399 - 2540 381 - 405 47 - 54 35 - 42 51 - 58 68 - 75 63 - 70 17 - 24
43 189312 2512 - 2665 394 - 418 48 - 55 35 - 42 52 - 59 70 - 77 64 - 71 17 - 24
44 202994 2614 - 2778 404 - 430 49 - 56 36 - 43 53 - 60 71 - 78 65 - 72 17 - 24
45 217320 2727 - 2891 417 - 443 50 - 57 37 - 44 54 - 61 72 - 79 67 - 74 17 - 24
46 232305 2829 - 3004 427 - 455 51 - 58 37 - 44 55 - 62 73 - 80 68 - 75 17 - 24
47 247963 2942 - 3129 439 - 467 52 - 59 38 - 45 56 - 63 74 - 81 69 - 76 17 - 24
48 264309 3044 - 3242 452 - 480 52 - 59 39 - 46 57 - 64 75 - 82 70 - 77 17 - 24
49 281358 3157 - 3355 462 - 492 53 - 60 39 - 46 57 - 64 76 - 83 71 - 78 17 - 24
51 317625 3372 - 3581 487 - 517 55 - 62 41 - 48 59 - 66 77 - 84 74 - 81 18 - 25
52 341432 3485 - 3707 497 - 529 55 - 62 41 - 48 60 - 67 78 - 85 76 - 83 18 - 25
53 361712 3598 - 3833 509 - 541 55 - 62 41 - 48 60 - 67 79 - 86 77 - 84 18 - 25
54 382779 3711 - 3959 521 - 553 55 - 62 41 - 48 61 - 68 80 - 87 78 - 85 18 - 25
55 404649 3824 - 4085 531 - 565 56 - 63 42 - 49 61 - 68 81 - 88 79 - 86 18 - 25
56 427336 3937 - 4211 543 - 577 56 - 63 42 - 49 62 - 69 81 - 88 80 - 87 18 - 25
57 450856 4063 - 4337 555 - 589 57 - 64 43 - 50 62 - 69 82 - 89 81 - 88 18 - 25
58 475223 4176 - 4463 565 - 601 57 - 64 43 - 50 63 - 70 82 - 89 82 - 89 18 - 25
59 500453 4302 - 4589 577 - 613 58 - 65 44 - 51 63 - 70 83 - 90 83 - 90 18 - 25
61 553560 4541 - 4841 599 - 637 59 - 66 45 - 52 64 - 71 84 - 91 84 - 91 19 - 26
62 589211 4642 - 4953 608 - 648 60 - 67 45 - 52 65 - 72 85 - 92 85 - 92 19 - 26
63 618425 4754 - 5065 618 - 658 60 - 67 46 - 53 65 - 72 86 - 93 85 - 92 19 - 26
64 648589 4855 - 5177 627 - 669 61 - 68 46 - 53 66 - 73 87 - 94 86 - 93 19 - 26
65 679718 4967 - 5289 637 - 679 61 - 68 46 - 53 66 - 73 87 - 94 86 - 93 19 - 26
66 711828 5068 - 5401 648 - 690 61 - 68 46 - 53 66 - 73 88 - 95 87 - 94 19 - 26
67 744933 5180 - 5513 658 - 700 62 - 69 46 - 53 67 - 74 88 - 95 87 - 94 19 - 26
68 779049 5292 - 5625 667 - 711 62 - 69 46 - 53 67 - 74 89 - 96 88 - 95 19 - 26
69 814191 5393 - 5737 677 - 721 62 - 69 47 - 54 67 - 74 89 - 96 88 - 95 19 - 26
71 887614 5606 - 5961 697 - 742 63 - 70 47 - 54 68 - 75 90 - 97 90 - 97 19 - 26
72 925925 5718 - 6073 708 - 753 63 - 70 47 - 54 68 - 75 91 - 98 90 - 97 20 - 27
73 965323 5819 - 6185 717 - 763 63 - 70 47 - 54 69 - 76 91 - 98 91 - 98 20 - 27
74 1005823 5931 - 6297 726 - 774 64 - 71 47 - 54 69 - 76 92 - 99 91 - 98 20 - 27
75 1047440 6032 - 6409 736 - 784 64 - 71 48 - 55 69 - 76 92 - 99 92 - 99 20 - 27
76 1090190 6144 - 6521 747 - 795 64 - 71 48 - 55 70 - 77 93 - 100 92 - 99 20 - 27
77 1134087 6245 - 6633 757 - 805 65 - 72 48 - 55 70 - 77 93 - 100 93 - 100 20 - 27
78 1179147 6357 - 6745 766 - 816 65 - 72 48 - 55 70 - 77 94 - 100 93 - 100 20 - 27
79 1225385 6458 - 6857 776 - 826 65 - 72 48 - 55 71 - 78 94 - 100 94 - 100 20 - 27
81 1321456 6671 - 7081 796 - 847 66 - 73 48 - 55 71 - 78 95 - 100 95 - 100 20 - 27
82 1407407 6764 - 7183 804 - 855 67 - 74 49 - 56 72 - 79 95 - 100 95 - 100 20 - 27
83 1459854 6857 - 7285 812 - 863 67 - 74 49 - 56 72 - 79 95 - 100 95 - 100 20 - 27
84 1513588 6950 - 7387 820 - 871 68 - 75 49 - 56 72 - 79 96 - 100 95 - 100 20 - 27
85 1568624 7043 - 7489 829 - 880 68 - 75 49 - 56 73 - 80 96 - 100 95 - 100 20 - 27
86 1624979 7136 - 7591 837 - 888 68 - 75 49 - 56 73 - 80 96 - 100 96 - 100 21 - 28
87 1682667 7229 - 7693 845 - 896 68 - 75 49 - 56 73 - 80 97 - 100 96 - 100 21 - 28
88 1741705 7322 - 7786 853 - 904 69 - 76 50 - 57 73 - 80 97 - 100 96 - 100 21 - 28
89 1802108 7415 - 7879 861 - 912 69 - 76 50 - 57 74 - 81 97 - 100 96 - 100 21 - 28
91 1927071 7601 - 8065 878 - 929 69 - 76 50 - 57 74 - 81 98 - 100 97 - 100 21 - 28
92 1991662 7694 - 8158 886 - 937 70 - 77 50 - 57 74 - 81 98 - 100 97 - 100 21 - 28
93 2057681 7787 - 8251 894 - 945 70 - 77 50 - 57 75 - 82 98 - 100 97 - 100 21 - 28
94 2125143 7870 - 8344 902 - 953 70 - 77 51 - 58 75 - 82 99 - 100 97 - 100 21 - 28
95 2194063 7953 - 8437 911 - 962 70 - 77 51 - 58 75 - 82 99 - 100 97 - 100 21 - 28
96 2264458 8046 - 8530 919 - 970 71 - 78 51 - 58 75 - 82 99 - 100 98 - 100 21 - 28
97 2336342 8129 - 8623 927 - 978 71 - 78 51 - 58 76 - 83 100 - 100 98 - 100 21 - 28
98 2409732 8222 - 8716 935 - 986 71 - 78 51 - 58 76 - 83 100 - 100 98 - 100 21 - 28
99 2484643 8305 - 8809 942 - 994 71 - 78 51 - 58 76 - 83 100 - 100 98 - 100 21 - 28

Equipment

Fairy Tale

Aeris joins the party with the Guard Stick and a Bronze Bangle. Guard Stick can be replaced very quickly, and she can obtain the Striking Staff by stealing it from Eligor at the Train Graveyard, making it the most powerful weapon any character can obtain at this point in the game. Aeris wields various rods and staves that often have many Materia slots and boost her Magic stat. Due to this, coupled with her naturally strong Magic stat and magic-based Limits, she is most suitable for wielding Magic and Summon Materia.

One of her weapons, the Fairy Tale, can be acquired in Gongaga and has seven Materia slots, the most of any weapon up to that point and for some time after. Her joke weapon is the Umbrella, won from the Speed Square at Gold Saucer.

As Aeris permanently leaves the party after Temple of the Ancients, her combat abilities are limited in comparison to the other party members who can acquire stronger weapons later.

Aeris is the only character whose ultimate weapon, Princess Guard, has normal Materia growth, and seven Materia slots. The weapon functions like Cloud's Yoshiyuki, increasing in attack power proportional to the numbers of KO'd allies.

When Aeris leaves the party at the end of Temple of the Ancients, the player loses the weapon and armor she was equipped with, but gets back her equipped accessory and Materia. It is possible to open the menu after the Demons Gate battle during the scene Cloud lunges at Aeris at the bottom of the pit, and change her equipment.

Limit Breaks

Aeris's Limit Breaks revolve around healing and buffing the party, most of them restoring HP and curing status ailments. Aeris's ultimate Limit Break is Great Gospel, which fully heals the party and makes them temporarily invincible. Aeris's Limits must be taught to her before reaching the end of the Temple of the Ancients.

Materia

Due to Aeris's naturally high Magic stat, and weapons that have many Materia slots and high boosts to her Magic, equipping her with Magic and Summon Materia is ideal. When she first joins the party, she is best off equipping an offensive Magic Materia in her only slot because her offensive potential is generally low, meaning a Magic Materia is ideal to compensate, and also because her Limits provide her with healing anyway.

As the game progresses, Aeris is still ideal for equipping offensive Magic and Summon Materia, though equipping healing Materia can also be useful on her to heal party members when her Limits are not active. She can take advantage of many Support Materia on linked slots, especially All to allow her magic to target multiple enemies or allies. Because she equips so many Materia, HP Plus is a useful Independent Materia on her unlinked slots. In general, most Command Materia is wasted on her, though the Enemy Skill Materia can be useful to take advantage of her high Magic stat when casting enemy skills.

Quests

Field model.

Aeris joins the party member in "The Woman at the Church". She remains in the party until the end of "Prevent the Fall of the Plate", and then rejoins at the end of "Storming the Shinra Building". In "The Nightmare Beginning Anew", she temporarily leads the party in a battle against Hundred Gunner and Heli Gunner. From this point onwards, Aeris is a permanent member of the party until after the Temple of the Ancients. Aeris is a required member of the party in the Gold Saucer before heading to the Temple of the Ancients, and remains in the party until its completion.

Interactions

Flower girl

Aeris is first encountered as the flower girl during "No. 1 Reactor Bombing", found in Sector 8 after Cloud destroys the No. 1 Reactor. Aeris will sell a flower to Cloud for 1 gil if he answers correctly, by choosing the following inputs:

Dialog Required response
PS PC/PS4
Flower Girl: "What happened?" "Nothing...hey, listen..." "Nothing...hey..."
Cloud: "............" "Don't see many flowers around here"
Flower Girl: "Oh, these? Do you like them? They're only 1 gil." Buy one

If Cloud buys a flower, it can be used to affect date mechanics with Tifa or Barret.

Date mechanics

Aeris on a date with Cloud.

The party member who takes Cloud Strife on a date during the party's second plot-related visit to Gold Saucer is decided by a hidden value in the game determined by the player's dialogue and party member choices. Depending on the player's choices, Cloud may go on a date with Aeris, Tifa, Yuffie, or even Barret.

How each character is chosen is based upon a hidden value in the game's code, which cannot be viewed without hacking. Aeris starts with the highest value, at 50, and is thus considered the default date option.

Unique scenes

Aeris's grammatically incorrect line.

If the party Cloud chooses when exiting Midgar features Barret and Red XIII, Aeris and Tifa will comment on the combination.[1]

If Aeris is in the party in the Mythril Mine scene wit the Turks, Aeris has an additional back and forth with Tseng.

Those not in the party Cloud picks in Costa del Sol will each make a comment and run off. Aeris's response is more substantial, saying she is thinking about going tanning and asking Cloud what he thinks about the tanned look. If Tifa and Aeris are both not in the party then Aeris will agree with Tifa's idea to go swimming, and then comment on Cloud's reaction to this.

When Cloud goes to the beach, Tifa and Aeris will be standing there if they are not in the party (if they are, they will join back up with Cloud). Two guys to the left are looking to pick up girls, and if both are not in the party they will discuss which of the two they want. If one or both is in the party then they will comment about making do with a girl in the active party, and the guy with them not being a problem.

When talking to the parents in Zack's Home in Gongaga, if Aeris is in the party they will ask her if she was the girlfriend their son wrote to them about. She will deny it, leave, and then be found in town for an additional scene.

If Aeris, Cloud, or Tifa are in the party during the Wutai stolen Materia sidequest, Corneo will react to their second meeting, otherwise he will be unsure of his pursuer's identities. When Corneo threatens to drops his captives, if Aeris or Tifa are in the party he will ask them to be handed over.

References

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