Fort Condor's battlefield.

Condor War (named as such in the credits), also known as Simulation Battle (シミュレーションバトル, Shimyurēshon Batoru?)[1], is a basic real-time strategy minigame in Final Fantasy VII that takes place upon the mountain of Fort Condor. The minigame must be played once in a main quest, but the player may play it a finite number of times throughout the game in a sidequest. To begin the sidequest, the player must speak to the old man on the seat in the Village area. The rest of the minigame can be managed by interacting with the lookout in the Watch Room.

The goal is to defend Fort Condor from invading Shinra Electric Power Company troops. New battles become available as the player progresses through the story, and the player needs to backtrack often long distances to be able to partake in the skirmishes that may only be shortly available. The minigame has four main prizes with the rest being consumables.

The minigame was designed by Kazuhiko Yoshioka, programmed by Ryu Moto, with graphics by Hiroyuki Yotsuji.

Battles[edit | edit source]

Battles occur throughout the game. The player can return to Fort Condor after progressing through the story to engage in battles. If the player does not return within a certain window, then the battle will be missed and the player will be informed when they next speak to the lookout.

The player is given the choice to play the battle as a minigame, or allow the Fort to handle it themselves. A missed battle is treated as allowing the Fort to handle it. There are six battles that are missed mandatorily during the storyline.

If the player does the minigame but loses, they will face an encounter against the enemy Commander: CMD.Grand Horn.

Excluding the storyline battle, there are 14 opportunities for skirmishes. Due to six having to be missed mandatorily, the maximum number of battles is 20. Fewer battles may occur due to the nature of when a missed battle is determined.

Five of the six battles that must be missed occur between the temporary point of no return at Icicle Inn and gaining the Highwind, where at least two weeks of in-game time are said to have passed.

Results[edit | edit source]

The game documents the Fort's victories and defeats. The old man will tell how many times the player has been defeated, while the number of victories factors into the Battle Level value. A player's total battles are not counted, and there are battles that can result in neither a victory nor a loss.

If the player succeeds in the minigame they will earn a victory. If they lose the minigame, but win the CMD.Grand Horn encounter, they will neither win nor lose. If the player loses the encounter they will earn a defeat. The Battle Level 1 battle (the very first battle) will still count winning the encounter as a victory.

The player earns a reward for completing the minigame. If the minigame is lost, but the CMD.Grand Horn encounter is won, the party will not get a reward from the lookout, but they may get an item drop.

Asking the Fort to handle a battle themselves will count as a victory, but will not yield any reward. If the player is informed they have missed battles, victories will be received only for the battles the Fort can cover the costs for, and the rest will be marked as defeats. (See the funds section for more details.)

The results of the Huge Materia battle do not follow the above. The old man says there would be repercussions if the player loses too many times, but it just serves as a warning for losing the Huge Materia battle.

Funds[edit | edit source]

The Fort starts with 15000 gil. Making the Fort fight their own battle, or missing a battle, will remove 3000 gil from their funds. If they have 3000 gil, the battle will be a victory, if they have less the battle will be a defeat. When the player plays the minigame, they expend their own money and do not use the Fort's funds.

The starting 15000 gil will cover for five of the six mandatorily missed battles. The final missed battle occurs during the switching of party leaders in Mideel, although ultimately this battle is irrelevant. The player is never specifically told they missed the battle (though it may be gathered from the Fort's funds), and the result of the battle has no bearing on anything as it is the final battle before the storyline battle.

The player can top up the Fort's funds by donating money in predefined quantities. The Fort declines further deposits when they have at least 30000 gil. By increasing the number to just under 30000, the player can donate to a maximum amount of 32767 gil (with gil spent over that being lost).

If the player has given gil to the Fort they will get back the deposited gil before the final battle, the strategist saying: "Let's give them all the gil we have!"

Battle Level[edit | edit source]

The Battle Level value determines the difficulty of the minigame and its CMD.Grand Horn encounter. The player starts on Battle Level 2, and for every three victories the player gains a level to a maximum of six. The very first battle will always be Battle Level 1 (if they make the Fort fight instead, the player will never do this battle), while the storyline battle is the only time Battle Level 7 is used. If the player wins the Battle Level 1 battle, they only have to win two Battle Level 2 battles to get to Battle Level 3.

The Battle Level updates when the player speaks to the lookout, but the game checks for missed battles after the Battle Level updates. This means that even if the wins from missed battles should take the player over to the next Battle Level, if they enter into the minigame they will be playing at the Battle Level before they were calculated. These victories will be calculated when the player next speaks to the lookout, and the player can update the Battle Level before playing the minigame by exiting the dialogue and speaking to the lookout again.

Battle Level is used as a factor in determining rewards. The first four levels are meant to have a unique one-time reward, and every level is meant to have a repeatable reward. Due to the way the rewards are programmed, this is not how rewards are earned in practice, and the player can lock themselves out of rewards altogether. See the Rewards section for an accurate rewards table.

Level Victories Enemies (PS) Enemies (PC) Encounter Unique reward Repeatable reward Notes
1 - 11 11 Level 19 Magic Comb -
2 0 20 25 Varies Peace Ring Ether x3 Introduces Barbarian
3 3 25 30 Varies Megalixir Hi-Potion x5 Adds Fire Catapult unit
4 6 30 35 Varies Superball Turbo Ether x3 Adds Tristoner unit
5 9 35 40 Varies - X-Potion x5
6 12 40 47 Varies - Elixir x3 Can only be played twice.
7 - 45 52 Level 37 - - See Huge Materia battle for rewards

If the player has not tracked their wins, they can gather the battle level from the dialogue of the lookout prior to the minigame:

You have 10 enemies. There appear to be many Beasts, so you may want to deploy more Attackers.

Battle Level 1

The Barbarians are mixed during this attack.
There are more than 20. Set up for a balanced-attack or we'll be in trouble.

Battle Level 2

A strong unit's on their way. Looks like around 30.
They'll probably climb up here using various routes. Better be careful or we'll be in trouble.
And make sure to deploy Fire Catapults.

Battle Level 3

You're probably used to it now, but don't let your guard down.
Deploy Tristoners.

Battle Level 4

Looks like the enemy numbers 40. Don't let your guard down.

Battle Level 5

I think you don't need my advice. The rest is up to you.

Battle Level 6

This is the deciding battle. The enemy numbers more than ever before.
Let's give them all the gil we have.

Battle Level 7

Availability[edit | edit source]

The player may start the sidequest at any point before Cid becomes the party leader, and new battles become available when the game determines the story has been progressed enough, while battles are missed when the game determines the party has progressed too far.

The game keeps note of a plot progression value (PPV). This value grows as the player does story events, and is referenced by scripts to know what part of the game the player is up to. This value is also used by the Fort Condor minigame to note the passing of time. If the PPV has incremented by six since the last battle, a new battle will be available. For every 70 the PPV has incremented by, a battle is missed. The player's first opportunity to start the quest is with a PPV value of 387, while the last is 1110. Therefore, assuming they start at the earliest opportunity, the theoretical minimum number of battles is 11, not including the storyline battle.

The below battle numbers will typically only be true if the player goes to the Fort and completes the battle. For example, if the player does the first battle, skips the two Junon ones, and returns for Battle 4 with the buggy, they will be informed they've missed one battle, and therefore the battle will be their third. The Battle Level and rewards are determined by prior rewards and victories in prior battles. The Battle Level below assumes the player wins every battle (otherwise refer to the Battle Level section), and the rewards below assume the player participates in every battle (otherwise refer to the Rewards section).

The purpose of the PPV value is to note when the battle takes place. If the value has increased more than 70 between battles, the player will be informed that a battle has been missed and the Fort will have attempted the battle themselves. For example, the Battle 19 is 1033 while the final battle is 1110, hence why Battle 20 is missed.

To participate in the Fort Condor battles sometimes requires the player to backtrack long distances.

Battle PPV Battle Level Reward Availability
Battle 1 387 1 Magic Comb Arrive at Fort Condor after the Mythril Mine, before resting in Junon. This battle can still be won even if all of the player's units are destroyed by fighting a CMD.Grand Horn, but it will change some rewards.
Battle 2 394 2 Peace Ring After resting in Junon, but before talking to Priscilla on the Beach to get the whistle in Junon to call Mr. Dolphin. This is potentially dangerous as the player must travel from Junon to Fort Condor with Cloud alone.
Battle 3 400 2 Ether x3 After getting the whistle in Junon, but before Cloud jumps to the top. The player again has to travel from Junon to Fort Condor with Cloud alone.
Battle 4 469 3 Megalixir After getting the buggy, but before ascend the western stairs and talk to Red XIII in Cosmo Canyon.
Battle 5 502 3 Hi-Potion x5 After selecting the party for the Cave of the Gi, but before completing it. The only way to access this battle is to park the buggy a distance away from Cosmo Canyon on the first visit so it does not break down, then walk the rest of the way to Cosmo Canyon to progress the story until the Cave of Gi. If the buggy does break down it will not be possible to cross the river to the north, and the player has no way of getting to Fort Condor before the window for this battle expires.
Battle 6 523 3 Hi-Potion x5 After completing Cave of the Gi, before talking to Shera in Rocket Town.
Battle 7 535 4 Superball After talking to Shera the first time, but before talking to Shera a second time when Rufus arrives in Rocket Town.
Battle 8 566 4 Turbo Ether x3 After getting the Tiny Bronco, before getting the Keystone.
Battle 9 604 4 Turbo Ether x3 After the dating sequence in the Gold Saucer, before place the Keystone in the altar and descend into the Temple of the Ancients.
Battle 10 641 5 X-Potion x5 After finishing the Temple of the Ancients, before awakening the Sleeping Forest with the Lunar Harp.
Battle 11 652 5 X-Potion x5 After awakening the Sleeping Forest with the Lunar Harp, before sleeping in the Forgotten City.
Battle 12 664 5 X-Potion x5 After sleeping in the Forgotten City (still on Part 1), before the events that lead to the fight with Jenova∙LIFE and the end of Part 1.
Battle 13 677 6 Elixir x3 After the fight with Jenova∙LIFE, at the beginning of Part 2, before passing beyond the third atmospheric wall in the Whirlwind Maze.
Battles 14-18 Cannot be fought. Occurs while Cloud is missing while Tifa and Barret are held captive in Junon for seven days.
Battle 19 1033 6 Elixir x3 After obtaining the Highwind, before getting close enough to the dog in Mideel that trigger the events for Cid to be the leader.
Battle 20 Cannot be fought. Takes place during the events in Mideel. The only evidence this battle took place is the reduced funds of the Fort.
Final Battle 1110 7 See: Huge Materia battle A mandatory battle that must be fought to progress the story. This battle can still be won even if all of the player's units are destroyed by fighting a CMD.Grand Horn.

Optimal way to do the encounters for the unique items[edit | edit source]

If the player wishes to have a Vagyrisk Claw instead of three Ethers, they can lose the first minigame but beat the CMD.Grand Horn. The Vagyrisk Claw will be earned as a drop, the Magic Comb will be moved to Battle 2, the Peace Ring will replace the Ethers in Battle 3, and everything else about the game will remain the same.

If the player only desires the unique items and wishes to play the minigame the least possible number of times, the player can return to the Fort for each battle, but have the Fort fight for them when no item of interest is on offer. The player does not need to return for Battle 3 because a missed battle will be registered when going to the Fort for Battle 4 (although they will need to first cancel the dialogue after being told about the missed battle). The player will be done with the optional Fort Condor events before completing Rocket Town after six visits.

To earn all unique items with the minimal number of visits, the player needs to use the progression of the plot to auto-win missed battles (remembering to exit the lookout's dialogue once before playing the minigame), and be present for one battle for each of the first four Battle Levels. In this case, the player must attend and win Battle 1, 2, and 4, and then the Superball will become available in Battle 9 before going to the Temple of the Ancients.

If the player wishes to earn all the unique items in the minimal number of visits, but is in no hurry to do so, they can plan their visits for convenient points in the game:

  • Battle 1 can be played when passing by on their first visit to Junon.
  • Battle 4 can be played after picking up the buggy when the player will likely be seeking the nearby Mythril from the Old Man's House.
  • Battle 9 can be played by taking a short detour when visiting the neighboring island for the Temple of the Ancients. Before playing the minigame the player needs to exit the dialogue after being told about missing battles.
  • If the player never gives the Fort any funds, they will only win three of the next battles. After escaping Junon on the Highwind, the final available battle (Battle 19) will yield the Superball after exiting the lookout's first dialogue.

By this point of the game the Superball is purchasable, so this method only holds value to a certain type of completionist.

Huge Materia battle[edit | edit source]

The Huge Materia battle is the only mandatory play of the Condor War. The minigame is set to the unique Battle Level 7, and the player cannot defer to the Fort to fight the battle for them. The outcome of this minigame has a lasting effect on the story. The player does not receive a reward from the lookout for this battle, and as it is the final battle it has no effect on the Battle Level.

Before the battle, the player gets back all the gil Fort Condor has in its funds.

The player is victorious if they win the minigame. If they lose the minigame they will fight a CMD.Grand Horn, and if that battle is won, they will be seen as victorious. After a victory, a cutscene plays and a Phoenix Materia will be available on the Mountaintop (although it can be avoided if the player wishes to obtain two), and the yellow Huge Materia can be received from the old man. The CMD.Grand Horn (if fought) will always drop an Imperial Guard.

The player is defeated if they lose the battle to the CMD.Grand Horn. Losing to the CMD.Grand Horn will eject the player from the Fort and it will no longer be accessible to them. They will also not earn any of the rewards, although the Phoenix Materia can show up in Bone Village after the Raid on Midgar.

Regardless of the result of this battle, the Condor will have disappeared from the World Map.

It is recommended that the player intentionally lose the minigame and fight the CMD.Grand Horn. The game makes no distinction on the method of victory, the player can save money on buying units, and also obtain the Imperial Guard armor.

Minigame[edit | edit source]

The lookout will allow the player to fight a battle against a wave of attacking forces from Shinra. The player must hire units to fight the invaders. Every unit has HP, which must be depleted to destroy it.

Once every enemy unit has been defeated, the battle is won and a reward is awarded. If the enemy reaches the top the party has to fight a weak enemy called CMD.Grand Horn. If the player loses, there is no Game Over, but no reward is awarded. Even if the player defeats the Grand Horn, they will get a different reward than which they would have won had they beaten the strategy game properly. There are twelve opportunities to play the minigame in all, but only one is mandatory.

The strategy game in action.

The player can command twenty units at a time. To build a unit, the player must pay for them out of their own personal funds. Money donated to Fort Condor cannot be used to purchase units, so if players donate to Fort Condor, they should be sure to keep enough money to buy units during the minigame. Because playing the game costs gil, the player will not be allowed start unless they have at least 4000 gil, only enough to buy 10 of the cheapest units, so it is recommended to have more. When the battle is won, the surviving units will be refunded at 200 gil per unit.

Most units can perform only two actions: Move and Attack. Repairers can target an ally unit with its Repair action, which will heal construct units (those that cannot move) for 10 HP per action but will do nothing to other allies. Construct units have the "Direction" command to adjust their attack area, and the "Remove" command dismantles them to allow new units to replace them. Workers have a "Bomb" action, which places a bomb where they stand to explode when the enemy touches it. Friendly troops are not damaged by the bomb traps. The Worker can only have one bomb placed at a time, although once its bomb is triggered it can place another. Each unit has different multipliers for dealing damage to each type of enemy. All enemy units deal damage equally regardless of their target, except for units marked as weak or strong against one, who will receive 1.5x or half damage respectively.

Three icons display the unit's current action. The boot icon highlights when a unit is moving; this includes when a unit is moving towards an attack/repair target. The sword icon highlights when a unit is moving to attack a target or is engaged in battle. The sword icon highlights for construct units only while they are attacking, but not in between shots. The heart icon highlights when a Repairer is moving to repair or in the process of repairing a unit.

Units are selected by moving the cursor with the D-pad and pressing Circle. The game speed can be adjusted by L1 and R1.

The final enemy unit is the "Commander" whose strength and HP are high, and it takes half damage from all attacks. In some battles there are enemies that spawn after the Commander. The Commander will not advance until all other enemies have been defeated, although it will move to attack nearby enemies. It is slow and can easily be defeated by ranged units.

Enemies appear at the bottom of the map at two separate entrances (one to the left and one to the right). The enemies emerge gradually and if the player defeats all enemies on the field, the remaining enemy troops never arrive and the player wins. The enemy cannot have more than 20 enemies on the field at a time. If the Commander unit appears, the battle is won by defeating the Commander.

Units[edit | edit source]

The Speed stat (not listed in the game) in the below tables is used for both movement and attack speed. Attack speed is not relevant for close-combat enemies, as when two units are engaged the combatants take turns. The value is out of 255.Speed is not the only factor in attack speed as there are also small variations in animation length.

The Size stat is how big a unit's hitbox is.

Ally units[edit | edit source]

The Fire Catapult becomes available from Battle Level 3 onward, while the Tristoner becomes available from Battle Level 4 onward. All other units are available from the beginning.

The final four values in this table is the damage multiplier the unit deals to that enemy. To see which enemies deal more or less damage to ally units, see the enemy units table.

Unit Image HP Attack Range Speed Size Gil BST WYV BBN CMD
Fighter Fighter-ffvii-condor.png 200 30 1 224 22 400 100% 90% 100% 50%
Attacker Attacker-ffvii-condor.png 180 25 1 234 22 420 160% 90% 70% 50%
Defender Defender-ffvii-condor.png 220 35 1 208 26 440 100% 70% 150% 50%
Shooter Shooter-ffvii-condor.png 160 20 1 - 3 212 20 520 50% 150% 80% 30%
Repairer Repairer-ffvii-condor.png 160 10 1 212 22 480 100% 90% 100% 50%
Worker Worker-ffvii-condor.png 160 15 1 230 22 400 100% 90% 100% 50%
Stoner Stoner-ffvii-condor.png 100 20 1 - 4 188 22 480 100% 30% 80% 50%
Tristoner Tristoner-ffvii-condor.png 150 30 1 - 5 178 44 1000 100% 30% 80% 50%
Catapult Catapult-ffvii-condor.png 100 18 1 - 5 200 22 480 100% 80% 80% 50%
Fire Catapult FireCatapult-ffvii-condor.png 120 25 1 - 6 190 22 600 100% 80% 80% 50%
Worker Bomb Mine-ffvii-condor.png N/A 15 1 - 4 173 10 N/A 100% 85% 100% 50%

Enemy units[edit | edit source]

The Barbarian unit will not appear at Battle Level 1. The "150%" and "50%" columns of the table list the ally (player) unit that the enemy unit deals more/less damage to. The enemy units deal 100% damage to all other units. The damage the enemy units receive from different ally units is listed in the ally units table.

Unit Image HP Attack (PS) Attack (PC) Range Speed Size 150% 50%
Beast Beast-ffvii-condor.png 230 25 30 1 199 28 Shooter Attacker
Wyvern Wyvern-ffvii-condor.png 190 20 25 1 229 25 Defender Shooter
Barbarian Barbarian-ffvii-condor.png 180 15 20 1 - 3 207 24 Attacker Defender
Commander Commander-ffvii-condor.png 250 50 60 1 207 26 None None

Dummied units[edit | edit source]

The data has 24 entries for units. With the selectable player and enemy units, only fourteen are used. The rest of the slots are units named Dummy (ダミー, Damī?). Seven of these unused slots are models of a sloped orange rectangles and were likely never going to be filled. Two of the other slots appear to be of a tower and a ground trap, and the final one is for the Worker's bomb.

Stages[edit | edit source]

PS version[edit | edit source]

The Fort Condor Battle Formations are:

Battle Level 1[edit | edit source]
11 Enemies Total
Left Right
Beast 01 Beast 02
Beast 03 Beast 04
Wyvern 01 Wyvern 02
Beast 05 Beast 06
Beast 07 Wyvern 03
N/A Commander 01
Battle Level 2[edit | edit source]
20 Enemies Total
Left Right
Wyvern 01 Beast 01
Barbarian 01 N/A
Wyvern 02 Beast 02
N/A Wyvern 03
Beast 03 Beast 04
Beast 05 Wyvern 04
Barbarian 02 Barbarian 03
Wyvern 05 Barbarian 04
Beast 06 Wyvern 06
Barbarian 05 N/A
N/A Beast 07
Beast 08 N/A
N/A Commander 01
Battle Level 3[edit | edit source]
25 Enemies Total
Left Right
Beast 01 Barbarian 01
N/A Wyvern 01
Barbarian 02 Beast 02
N/A Wyvern 02
Beast 03 Beast 04
N/A Wyvern 03
Barbarian 03 Barbarian 04
N/A Wyvern 04
N/A Wyvern 05
N/A Wyvern 06
N/A Wyvern 07
N/A Wyvern 08
Barbarian 05 Barbarian 06
Beast 05 Beast 06
N/A Beast 07
Barbarian 07 N/A
Wyvern 09 Barbarian 08
N/A Commander 01
Battle Level 4[edit | edit source]
30 Enemies Total
Left Right
Wyvern 01 Wyvern 02
Barbarian 01 Barbarian 02
Beast 01 Beast 02
Wyvern 03 Wyvern 04
Wyvern 05 Wyvern 06
Barbarian 03 Barbarian 04
Barbarian 05 Barbarian 06
Beast 03 Beast 04
Beast 05 Beast 06
Barbarian 07 Beast 07
Wyvern 07 Barbarian 08
Beast 08 Barbarian 09
Wyvern 08 Wyvern 09
Wyvern 10 Wyvern 11
Barbarian 10 N/A
N/A Commander 01
Battle Level 5[edit | edit source]
35 Enemies Total
Left Right
Barbarian 01 Barbarian 02
Barbarian 03 N/A
Barbarian 04 Barbarian 05
Wyvern 01 N/A
Wyvern 02 Wyvern 03
Wyvern 04 N/A
Wyvern 05 Wyvern 06
Wyvern 07 Wyvern 08
N/A Wyvern 09
Wyvern 10 Wyvern 11
N/A Beast 01
Beast 02 N/A
N/A Beast 03
Beast 04 N/A
N/A Beast 05
Beast 06 N/A
N/A Beast 07
Beast 08 N/A
N/A Barbarian 06
N/A Barbarian 07
N/A Barbarian 08
Wyvern 12 N/A
N/A Wyvern 13
Beast 09 Beast 10
Beast 11 Beast 12
Beast 13 N/A
N/A Commander 01
Battle Level 6[edit | edit source]
40 Enemies Total
Left Right
Beast 01 Beast 02
Beast 03 Beast 04
Beast 05 N/A
Barbarian 01 Barbarian 02
Barbarian 03 Barbarian 04
Barbarian 05 N/A
Wyvern 01 Wyvern 02
Wyvern 03 Wyvern 04
Wyvern 05 N/A
Beast 06 N/A
Beast 07 Beast 08
Beast 09 Beast 10
Beast 11 Beast 12
Barbarian 06 N/A
Barbarian 07 Barbarian 08
Barbarian 09 Barbarian 10
Barbarian 11 Barbarian 12
Wyvern 06 N/A
Wyvern 07 Wyvern 08
Wyvern 09 Wyvern 10
Wyvern 11 Wyvern 12
N/A Beast 13
Barbarian 13 Beast 14
N/A Commander 01
Battle Level 7[edit | edit source]
45 Enemies Total
Left Right
N/A Beast 01
Barbarian 01 Beast 02
Barbarian 02 Beast 03
Wyvern 01 Beast 04
Beast 05 Barbarian 03
Barbarian 04 Beast 06
Beast 07 Barbarian 05
Beast 08 N/A
Barbarian 06 N/A
Wyvern 02 N/A
Beast 09 N/A
Barbarian 07 N/A
Wyvern 03 N/A
Beast 10 N/A
Barbarian 08 N/A
N/A Wyvern 04
N/A Beast 11
N/A Barbarian 09
N/A Wyvern 05
N/A Beast 12
N/A Barbarian 10
Barbarian 11 Barbarian 12
Barbarian 13 Barbarian 14
Barbarian 15 Barbarian 16
Beast 13 Beast 14
Beast 15 Beast 16
Beast 17 Beast 18
Wyvern 06 Wyvern 07
Wyvern 08 Wyvern 09
Wyvern 10 N/A
N/A Commander 01

PC version[edit | edit source]

For illustrations of the paths the enemies take, see the Paths section.

Battle Level 1[edit | edit source]
Enemy Path Lower lane Mid lane Upper lane Delay
Beast 01 1 Left Left Left 0
Beast 02 14 Right Right Right 0
Beast 03 4 Left Middle Mid-right 80
Beast 04 13 Right Right Mid-right 80
Wyvern 01 2 Left Left Mid-right 120
Wyvern 02 11 Right Middle Mid-left 120
Beast 05 1 Left Left Left 160
Beast 06 11 Right Middle Mid-left 160
Wyvern 03 14 Right Right Right 200
Beast 07 6 Left Left Mid-left 200
Commander 01 16 Right Middle Mid-left 280
Battle Level 2[edit | edit source]
Enemy Path Lower lane Mid lane Upper lane Delay
Wyvern 01 1 Left Left Left 0
Beast 01 14 Right Right Right 0
Barbarian 01 6 Left Left Mid-left 40
Beast 02 11 Right Middle Mid-left 80
Wyvern 02 4 Left Middle Mid-right 80
Wyvern 03 12 Right Middle Left 120
Beast 03 4 Left Middle Mid-right 160
Beast 04 13 Right Right Mid-right 160
Wyvern 04 11 Right Middle Mid-left 200
Beast 05 6 Left Left Mid-left 200
Barbarian 02 6 Left Left Mid-left 240
Barbarian 03 10 Right Left Left 240
Wyvern 05 9 Left Middle Mid-left 280
Barbarian 04 13 Right Right Mid-right 280
Beast 06 2 Left Left Mid-right 320
Wyvern 06 12 Right Middle Left 320
Barbarian 05 1 Left Left Left 360
Beast 07 11 Right Middle Mid-left 400
Beast 08 3 Left Middle Left 440
Beast 09 1 Left Left Left 440
Beast 10 14 Right Right Right 480
Wyvern 07 2 Left Left Mid-right 480
Wyvern 08 13 Right Right Mid-right 520
Barbarian 06 4 Left Middle Mid-right 560
Commander 01 16 Right Middle Mid-left 600
Battle Level 3[edit | edit source]
Enemy Path Lower lane Mid lane Upper lane Delay
Beast 01 1 Left Left Left 0
Barbarian 01 11 Right Middle Mid-left 0
Wyvern 01 12 Right Middle Left 40
Barbarian 02 2 Left Left Mid-right 80
Beast 02 13 Right Right Mid-right 80
Wyvern 02 14 Right Right Right 120
Beast 03 3 Left Middle Left 160
Beast 04 11 Right Middle Mid-left 160
Wyvern 03 10 Right Left Left 200
Barbarian 03 6 Left Left Mid-left 240
Barbarian 04 12 Right Middle Left 240
Wyvern 04 10 Right Left Left 280
Wyvern 05 11 Right Middle Mid-left 320
Wyvern 06 12 Right Middle Left 360
Wyvern 07 13 Right Right Mid-right 400
Wyvern 08 14 Right Right Right 440
Barbarian 05 1 Left Left Left 520
Barbarian 06 14 Right Right Right 520
Beast 05 6 Left Left Mid-left 560
Beast 06 13 Right Right Mid-right 560
Beast 07 11 Right Middle Mid-left 600
Barbarian 07 9 Left Middle Mid-left 640
Wyvern 09 6 Left Left Mid-left 680
Barbarian 08 11 Right Middle Mid-left 680
Barbarian 09 13 Right Right Mid-right 720
Beast 08 6 Left Left Mid-left 760
Beast 09 13 Right Right Mid-right 760
Commander 01 16 Right Middle Mid-left 800
Wyvern 10 6 Left Left Mid-left 880
Wyvern 11 13 Right Right Mid-right 880
Battle Level 4[edit | edit source]
Enemy Path Lower lane Mid lane Upper lane Delay
Wyvern 01 2 Left Left Mid-right 0
Wyvern 02 12 Right Middle Left 0
Barbarian 01 2 Left Left Mid-right 40
Barbarian 02 12 Right Middle Left 40
Beast 01 2 Left Left Mid-right 80
Beast 02 12 Right Middle Left 80
Wyvern 03 1 Left Left Left 160
Wyvern 04 14 Right Right Right 160
Wyvern 05 1 Left Left Left 200
Wyvern 06 14 Right Right Right 200
Barbarian 03 1 Left Left Left 240
Barbarian 04 14 Right Right Right 240
Barbarian 05 1 Left Left Left 280
Barbarian 06 14 Right Right Right 280
Beast 03 1 Left Left Left 320
Beast 04 14 Right Right Right 320
Beast 05 1 Left Left Left 360
Beast 06 14 Right Right Right 360
Barbarian 07 9 Left Middle Mid-left 440
Beast 07 11 Right Middle Mid-left 440
Wyvern 07 9 Left Middle Mid-left 480
Barbarian 08 11 Right Middle Mid-left 480
Beast 08 9 Left Middle Mid-left 520
Barbarian 09 11 Right Middle Mid-left 520
Wyvern 08 9 Left Middle Mid-left 560
Wyvern 09 11 Right Middle Mid-left 560
Wyvern 10 9 Left Middle Mid-left 600
Wyvern 11 11 Right Middle Mid-left 600
Barbarian 10 1 Left Left Left 680
Barbarian 11 13 Right Right Mid-right 680
Beast 09 9 Left Middle Mid-left 720
Beast 10 14 Right Right Right 720
Wyvern 12 2 Left Left Mid-right 760
Wyvern 13 11 Right Middle Mid-left 760
Commander 01 16 Right Middle Mid-left 800
Battle Level 5[edit | edit source]
Enemy Path Lower lane Mid lane Upper lane Delay
Barbarian 01 6 Left Left Mid-left 0
Barbarian 02 11 Right Middle Mid-left 0
Barbarian 03 2 Left Left Mid-right 40
Barbarian 04 6 Left Left Mid-left 80
Barbarian 05 11 Right Middle Mid-left 80
Wyvern 01 3 Left Middle Left 120
Wyvern 02 6 Left Left Mid-left 160
Wyvern 03 11 Right Middle Mid-left 160
Wyvern 04 2 Left Left Mid-right 200
Wyvern 05 6 Left Left Mid-left 240
Wyvern 06 11 Right Middle Mid-left 240
Wyvern 07 6 Left Left Mid-left 280
Wyvern 08 11 Right Middle Mid-left 280
Wyvern 09 14 Right Right Right 320
Wyvern 10 6 Left Left Mid-left 400
Wyvern 11 11 Right Middle Mid-left 400
Beast 01 13 Right Right Mid-right 440
Beast 02 1 Left Left Left 480
Beast 03 13 Right Right Mid-right 520
Beast 04 2 Left Left Mid-right 560
Beast 05 13 Right Right Mid-right 600
Beast 06 3 Left Middle Left 640
Beast 07 13 Right Right Mid-right 680
Beast 08 4 Left Middle Mid-right 720
Barbarian 06 13 Right Right Mid-right 760
Barbarian 07 13 Right Right Mid-right 800
Barbarian 08 13 Right Right Mid-right 840
Wyvern 12 5 Left Middle Right 880
Wyvern 13 13 Right Right Mid-right 920
Beast 09 3 Left Middle Left 960
Beast 10 11 Right Middle Mid-left 960
Beast 11 1 Left Left Left 1000
Beast 12 10 Right Left Left 1000
Beast 13 3 Left Middle Left 1040
Beast 14 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1040
Beast 15 2 Left Left Mid-right 1080
Beast 16 12 Right Middle Left 1120
Barbarian 09 10 Right Left Left 1200
Barbarian 10 5 Left Middle Right 1200
Commander 01 16 Right Middle Mid-left 1280
Battle Level 6[edit | edit source]
Enemy Path Lower lane Mid lane Upper lane Delay
Beast 01 8 Left Left Right 0
Beast 02 10 Right Left Left 0
Beast 03 5 Left Middle Right 40
Beast 04 12 Right Middle Left 40
Beast 05 3 Left Middle Left 80
Barbarian 01 8 Left Left Right 120
Barbarian 02 10 Right Left Left 120
Barbarian 03 5 Left Middle Right 160
Barbarian 04 12 Right Middle Left 160
Barbarian 05 3 Left Middle Left 200
Wyvern 01 8 Left Left Right 240
Wyvern 02 10 Right Left Left 240
Wyvern 03 5 Left Middle Right 280
Wyvern 04 12 Right Middle Left 280
Wyvern 05 3 Left Middle Left 320
Beast 06 2 Left Left Mid-right 360
Beast 07 9 Left Middle Mid-left 400
Beast 08 14 Right Right Right 400
Beast 09 6 Left Left Mid-left 440
Beast 10 13 Right Right Mid-right 440
Beast 11 1 Left Left Left 480
Beast 12 11 Right Middle Mid-left 480
Barbarian 06 2 Left Left Mid-right 520
Barbarian 07 9 Left Middle Mid-left 560
Barbarian 08 14 Right Right Right 560
Barbarian 09 6 Left Left Mid-left 600
Barbarian 10 13 Right Right Mid-right 600
Barbarian 11 1 Left Left Left 640
Barbarian 12 11 Right Middle Mid-left 640
Wyvern 06 2 Left Left Mid-right 760
Wyvern 07 9 Left Middle Mid-left 800
Wyvern 08 14 Right Right Right 800
Wyvern 09 6 Left Left Mid-left 840
Wyvern 10 13 Right Right Mid-right 840
Wyvern 11 1 Left Left Left 880
Wyvern 12 11 Right Middle Mid-left 880
Beast 13 11 Right Middle Mid-left 960
Beast 14 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1000
Barbarian 13 4 Left Middle Mid-right 1000
Barbarian 14 4 Left Middle Mid-right 1040
Beast 15 1 Left Left Left 1120
Beast 16 1 Left Left Left 1160
Barbarian 15 12 Right Middle Left 1160
Barbarian 16 12 Right Middle Left 1200
Wyvern 13 4 Left Middle Mid-right 1240
Wyvern 14 14 Right Right Right 1280
Commander 01 16 Right Middle Mid-left 1400
Battle Level 7[edit | edit source]
Enemy Path Lower lane Mid lane Upper lane Delay
Beast 01 12 Right Middle Left 0
Beast 02 12 Right Middle Left 40
Barbarian 01 4 Left Middle Mid-right 40
Beast 03 12 Right Middle Left 80
Barbarian 02 4 Left Middle Mid-right 80
Beast 04 12 Right Middle Left 120
Wyvern 01 4 Left Middle Mid-right 120
Beast 05 6 Left Left Mid-left 200
Barbarian 03 14 Right Right Right 200
Barbarian 04 6 Left Left Mid-left 240
Beast 06 14 Right Right Right 240
Beast 07 6 Left Left Mid-left 280
Barbarian 05 14 Right Right Right 280
Beast 08 1 Left Left Left 320
Barbarian 06 2 Left Left Mid-right 360
Wyvern 02 3 Left Middle Left 400
Beast 09 4 Left Middle Mid-right 440
Barbarian 07 5 Left Middle Right 480
Wyvern 03 6 Left Left Mid-left 520
Beast 10 8 Left Left Right 560
Barbarian 08 9 Left Middle Mid-left 600
Wyvern 04 10 Right Left Left 640
Beast 11 11 Right Middle Mid-left 680
Barbarian 09 12 Right Middle Left 720
Wyvern 05 13 Right Right Mid-right 760
Beast 12 14 Right Right Right 800
Barbarian 10 15 Right Righ, Middle, Left Left, Mid-left, Mid-right 840
Barbarian 11 1 Left Left Left 880
Barbarian 12 14 Right Right Right 880
Barbarian 13 6 Left Left Mid-left 920
Barbarian 14 13 Right Right Mid-right 920
Barbarian 15 4 Left Middle Mid-right 960
Barbarian 16 11 Right Middle Mid-left 960
Beast 13 1 Left Left Left 1000
Beast 14 14 Right Right Right 1000
Beast 15 6 Left Left Mid-left 1040
Beast 16 13 Right Right Mid-right 1040
Beast 17 4 Left Middle Mid-right 1080
Beast 18 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1080
Wyvern 06 1 Left Left Left 1120
Wyvern 07 14 Right Right Right 1120
Wyvern 08 6 Left Left Mid-left 1160
Wyvern 09 13 Right Right Mid-right 1160
Wyvern 10 4 Left Middle Mid-right 1200
Wyvern 11 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1200
Commander 01 16 Right Middle Mid-left 1320
Beast 19 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1360
Barbarian 17 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1400
Beast 20 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1520
Barbarian 18 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1560
Wyvern 12 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1680
Wyvern 13 11 Right Middle Mid-left 1720

Paths[edit | edit source]

The top of the battlefield features four lanes, the middle of the battlefield has three lanes, and the enemies emerge from two lanes. Each enemy follows one of sixteen predefined paths to reach the reactor from one of two spawning points. Path 15 is unique in that it travels up a lane, then down an adjacent lane, before going up a third. It does this twice.

Path 7 and Path 16 are for the Commander units, which have their path terminate shortly after spawning in. The Commander will only switch onto a new path when all other enemies have been defeated. In the images below the stop point is indicated by an enlarged circle, and the continued path is included. Path 7 is never used in the game, and the Commander will always appear from the right lane's spawn point.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The player can place one Fighter (or Shooter, since it moves faster) as low as possible, start the fight, and set the speed to its slowest setting. After the battle has started the player can place another Fighter slightly lower than the first, and repeat to place troops lower and lower.

A red line indicates the lowest level the player can place troops. Once this lowest level is reached, the player can buy more units and place them immediately at this level close to the entrances where the enemy forces arrive.

By quickly overwhelming the enemies currently on the battlefield, the battle can be ended before the majority of enemy troops even appear. This strategy can be expensive, however.

Another option is to place a single Attacker (the fastest moving unit) as low as possible, set the speed to slow, then order the Attacker to move to the bottom of the screen. As the Attacker moves downfield, enemies will begin to enter. As soon as the red line reaches the enemy, which has advanced the furthest, the player can hire and place the mercenary unit that counters it directly in front of it.

This can be repeated as enemies appear, using only the units needed to counter exactly what appears on the field, and only if the player doesn't have the same unit nearby. With this strategy the player can defeat the invasion force using no more than 5-6 mercenaries none of whom should die allowing for a refund of 1000-1200 gil of the money spent in addition to the reward for the battle itself. For additional coverage, a Tristoner can be placed near the left-side entrance once the player's troops have advanced positioned so that it targets the entire corridor.

Enemies spawn in sequence on two spawn points. If the spawn point of the next enemy unit is being blocked by another unit, the next enemy will not spawn. The player can prevent new enemies from spawning by moving a unit onto one of the spawn points, and then only need to deal with the enemies that have already spawned.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

The player will be given a reward recovered from the battlefield by the lookout if they succeed in the minigame (but not if they lose, even in Battle Level 1 where the player can still get a victory from defeating the encounter). The reward depends on the Battle Level, and whether the player has already earned the unique item of that Battle Level. No reward is given for the storyline battle.

The four main rewards are Magic Comb (weapon for Red XIII), Peace Ring (accessory that prevents Berserk, Fury, Sadness, and Confuse), Megalixir (full heal item) and Superball (weapon for Yuffie).

Since the Battle Level is determined by victories regardless of the method, the player can increase the Battle Level without obtaining its unique item. The game requires the player to have earned a previous Battle Level's unique item before the items on the next Battle Level become available. Therefore the reward can be calculated like this:

Battle Level - Got Magic Comb Got Peace Ring Got Megalixir Got Superball
1 Magic Comb
2 Peace Ring Ether x3
3 Megalixir Hi-Potion x5
4 Super Ball Turbo Ether x3
5 X-Potion x5
6 Elixir x3

The player can earn victories (and thus increase the Battle Level) by having the Fort fight their own battles with at least 3000 gil in funds, although doing so will not yield any reward. The player can thus win the first two minigames (get Magic Comb, get Peace Ring), spend gil to win the third, then win the fourth minigame and get the Megalixir. Have the Fort fight the next two, and win the seventh's minigame and get the Superball as reward.

It is possible to lock oneself out of rewards. If at least two of the player's first three wins are not via completing the minigame, the player will have moved onto Battle Level 3 without obtaining the Peace Ring and can therefore no longer earn any items from the minigame.

The game tries to avoid these situations by not calculating the Battle Level immediately when returning to the Fort after missing battles, allowing an opportunity to play the minigame at the level they would have been after the last battle they were present in Fort Condor for. This can still cause its own troubles, because if they win this minigame and had missed at least two battles, the player will still end up skipping the next Battle Level. It also means that the player does not benefit from the five mandatory missed battles which have the potential to turn the prize of three Turbo Ethers into three Elixirs. However, the player can still force the Battle Level to recalculate by exiting out of the dialogue and re-speaking to the lookout before playing the minigame.

There are some errors in a few of the dialogue box notifications that notifies the player of the reward they have received. The Hi-Potions are referred to as Potions, the Superball is referred to as a "Super Ball", the Ethers are referred to as "Tinctures", and the X-Potions only appear as a blank dialogue box (because the dialogue box is not big enough to display the message, which is trying to display the Elixir message).

CMD.Grand Horn[edit | edit source]

CMD Grand Horn FF7.png

Failing the minigame by allowing the enemy to reach the fort lets the party face off against CMD.Grand Horn, an easy repeatable boss that provides quick gil. CMD.Grand Horn drops Vagyrisk Claw at level 19 only, which most players can't encounter after leaving Junon.

Defeating the CMD.Grand Horn only counts as a victory for the Battle Levels 1 and 7 battles (the very first and very last), otherwise it counts as neither a victory nor a defeat. Forgoing the victory to fight a CMD.Grand Horn will mean the player will miss out on obtaining the better rewards, such as Elixirs. Facing the CMD.Grand Horn in the very first battle has no major effect on rewards, effectively trading the three Ethers for the Vagyrisk Claw (and its EXP and gil spoils).

Losing the battle counts as a defeat. A defeat serves no function and isn't any different from a non-victory besides being counted by the old man. The Huge Materia battle is an exception where the player will miss out on the three rewards, and access to Fort Condor.

There are three versions of the CMD.Grand Horn that the player can fight, and the one fought is determined by the Battle Level, the number of combatants, the party's average level, and the number of enemy units remaining.

  • If the Battle Level is 1, the Level 19 variant is fought.
  • If the Battle Level is 7, the Level 37 variant is fought.
  • If there are fewer than three active party members, the Level 19 variant is fought.
  • If the active party's average level is less than 19, the Level 19 variant is fought.
  • If the active party's average level is greater than 24, the Level 25 variant is fought.
  • If the active party's average level is from 19 to 24:
    • If the Battle Level is 2, the Level 19 variant is fought.
    • If the Battle Level is 3:
      • If more than 15 enemies have been defeated, the Level 19 variant is fought
      • If fewer than 15 enemies have been defeated, the Level 25 variant is fought
    • If the Battle Level is 4:
      • If more than 20 enemies have been defeated, the Level 19 variant is fought
      • If fewer than 20 enemies have been defeated, the Level 25 variant is fought
    • If the Battle Level is 5 or 6:
      • If more than 25 enemies have been defeated, the Level 19 variant is fought
      • If fewer than 25 enemies have been defeated, the Level 25 variant is fought

In the above, "active party members" refers to those in the player's battle party. The average party level does not include Aeris's level, so a party including Aeris calculates the average of the other two.

If the player attends every battle, regardless of the player's level, the first three CMD.Grand Horn levels will be 19 because the first battle is Battle Level 1, and the following two involve a party of only Cloud.

References[edit | edit source]

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