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Trophy: Reunited
Complete "Budding Bodyguard". Bronze

Cloud falls from the Sector 5 reactor scaffolding and wakes up on a bed of yellow flowers. There, inside the church, he reunites with Aerith, the flower girl.


Budding Bodyguard is the eighth chapter in Final Fantasy VII Remake. The chapter comprises events when Cloud Strife falls from Mako Reactor 5 to the Sector 5 Slums Church and meets up with Aerith Gainsborough.

Completing the chapter unlocks the bronze trophy Reunited.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Quests[edit | edit source]

Main Scenario[edit | edit source]

A lot of the quests in "Budding Bodyguard" are combat quests involving a party of Cloud Strife and Aerith Gainsborough. In the first quest, "Second Chance Meeting", Cloud fights a solo boss battle against Reno, after which the next few quests are mostly exploration quests up until "Head for the Station", when Aerith joins the party and monsters are battled.

This carries on through to when the party arrive in the Center District of the Sector 5 Slums. Here, monsters are fought in "Danger in the Hideout" and combat quests become available in "Requests for the Mercenary", at the end of which, Cloud and Aerith fight Rude.

Odd Jobs[edit | edit source]

Odd Jobs open up in the Main Scenario quest "Requests for the Mercenary", all completed with a party of Cloud and Aerith. These odd jobs are crucial both for affection mechanics and choosing a dress for Aerith, as the number completed determines both the dress she gets and Cloud's affection score with her.

"The Mysterious Moogle Merchant" is one of two sidequests with no combat involved, and is the easiest to complete by simply talking to Moggie. The remaining quests are combat-oriented: in "Kids on Patrol", Cloud must find several children around the Sector 5 Slums to return them to Leaf House and then fight the hedgehog pie king. This unlocks "A Verified Hero", a non-combat quest revolving around the Whack-a-Box minigame, as well as "The Angel of the Slums", a combat sidequest in which Cloud and Aerith fight the Chromogger.

"Weapons on a Rampage" is a straightforward combat quest in which Cloud and Aerith must defeat the Mark II Monodrives around the backstreets areas. It leads into "Paying Respects", when Cloud and Aerith fight venomantises around the Slums Cemetery.

Discovery[edit | edit source]

The two Discovery sidequests are very different in nature. "The Gate Won't Open" opens up a shortcut through the backstreets areas in the Sector 5 Slums, while "The Language of FLowers" is a short cutscene with Aerith.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

93% of players reported Aerith wearing the best dress, suggesting 93% of players completed all Odd Jobs during "Budding Bodyguard". This is compared to 4% who reported seeing her second dress (suggesting they completed half of the Odd Jobs), and 3% who saw the basic one (suggesting they completed none).[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Square Enix (August 14, 2020). Results of the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Post-Play Survey. Final Fantasy Portal Site. Archived from the original on August 14, 2020.
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