A large broadsword that has inherited the hopes of those who fight.

Description

The Buster Sword is Cloud's default weapon in Final Fantasy VII Remake. It starts with two materia slots, and teaches Cloud the Focused Thrust ability, which deals moderate damage but significantly raises enemies' stagger. As an initial weapon, the Buster Sword has mixed, well-rounded stats that improve Cloud both as a mage and a physical attacker, while also improving his durability.

The buster sword is Cloud's iconic weapon from the original game, and as such is used as something of a default sword model for the game. The kids in the Sector 5 Slums use smaller wooden swords in the shape of the buster sword, and if Cloud is transformed into a toad, he has a miniature buster sword on his back as part of his model, though the miniature is not usable as a weapon.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Classification
Type Weapon
Usable by Cloud Strife
Combat stats Base Final
Attack Power Attack Power 22 91
Magic Attack Magic Attack 22 91
Acquisition
Initial equipment of Cloud Strife

Materia slots[edit | edit source]

Materia slots
purchased
Minimum
Weapon Level
Slots
0 1 Materia Slot Linked.png
1 3 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png
2 4 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
3 5 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Linked.png
4 6 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png
5 6 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
6 6 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Linked.png

Skills[edit | edit source]

Buster Sword Core - Weapon Level: 1 - Required SP: 4
ATK Up Attack Power +5 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +5 Increases magic attack power attribute.
Max HP Up Max HP +100 Increases maximum HP.
Enhanced Punisher Punisher Mode Strong Attack Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt by strong attacks in punisher mode.
Buster Sword Sub-Core I - Weapon Level: 2 - Required SP: 6
ATK Up Attack Power +8 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +8 Increases magic attack power attribute.
DEF Up Defense +5 Increases defense attribute.
MDEF Up Magic Defense +5 Increases magic defense attribute.
Buster Sword Sub-Core II - Weapon Level: 3 - Required SP: 8
ATK Up Attack Power +8 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +8 Increases magic attack power attribute.
Max HP Up Max HP +150 Increases maximum HP.
Max MP Up Max MP +6 Increases maximum MP.
MP Recovery Up MP Regeneration 10% Boost Slightly increases MP regeneration speed during battle.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Buster Sword Sub-Core III - Weapon Level: 4 - Required SP: 12
ATK Up Attack Power +16 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +16 Increases magic attack power attribute.
DEF Up Defense +6 Increases defense attribute.
MDEF Up Magic Defense +6 Increases magic defense attribute.
Max HP Up Max HP +150 Increases maximum HP.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Buster Sword Sub-Core IV - Weapon Level: 5 - Required SP: 14
ATK Up Attack Power +16 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +16 Increases magic attack power attribute.
Max HP Up Max HP +200 Increases maximum HP.
Max MP Up Max MP +10 Increases maximum MP
Enhanced Limit Breaks Limit Break Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt by limit breaks.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Buster Sword Sub-Core V - Weapon Level: 6 - Required SP: 16
ATK Up Attack Power +16 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +16 Increases magic attack power attribute.
Max HP Up Max HP +200 Increases maximum HP.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.

Use[edit | edit source]

The Buster Sword is a balanced, general-purpose weapon for Cloud, with well-rounded stats. Both when obtained and when fully upgraded, it provides an equal boost to Attack Power Attack Power and Magic Attack Magic Attack, which surpass most of his weapons, and moderate stats to improve his durability. Its unlock abilities include a +10% boost to Cloud's MP regeneration, and a +5% boost to his limit break damage.

Though the Buster Sword is a versatile weapon suitable for any situation, it also does not excel in any area. The weapon has slow materia slot growth, being capped at four before reaching Weapon Level 6, meaning it is more limiting initially than the Twin Stinger Twin Stinger or Iron Blade Iron Blade at comparable levels. Though Buster Sword's attack and magic attack bonuses are high, Hardedge Hardedge provides significantly higher attack power, while Mythril Saber Mythril Saber provides significantly higher magic attack. Both Hardedge and Mythril Saber also have weapon ability unlocks that improve Cloud in physical and magical damage roles, respectively. The Buster Sword's weapon upgrade abilities are also unremarkable, making the weapon fairly standard.

Equipping the Buster Sword does not lock Cloud into a role, but it also does not excel in any role either. It can be used by players who wish to take advantage of Cloud's physical damage abilities, while not wishing to make too many compromises. For players that still want Cloud's versatility, but lean towards using his magic spells rather than physical spells, the Twin Stinger is a better option.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Buster Sword's description, "a large broadsword that has inherited the hopes of those who fight", is a reference to its previous wielders, Zack Fair and Angeal Hewley. It also references one of the battle theme "Those Who Fight".

In the game's ending, Zack has the sword when he brings Cloud to Midgar, and how it came to Cloud's possession is not shown.

The Buster Sword appears in the title screen. Title Screen from FFVII Remake 2 Most kids in the "Kids on Patrol" odd job in the Sector 5 Slums also have a wooden replica of the buster sword without the materia slots. Kids on Patrol odd job from FFVII Remake

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word "buster" means a person who breaks up something, e.g. crime busters, or something big or unusual for its kind. It derives from the verb "bust".

A sword is a blade weapon used primarily for cutting or thrusting. The precise definition of the term varies with the historical epoch or the geographical region under consideration. A sword in the most narrow sense consists of a straight blade with two edges and a hilt. However, in nearly every case, the term may also be used to refer to weapons with a single edge (backsword).

The term "buster sword" may also be a corruption of the term "bastard sword", used to describe large two-handed swords in 17th century Europe.

It may also be a reference to the supposed rain-making device "cloudbuster", created by Wilhelm Reich.

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