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Dolphin Flurry is Tifa Lockhart's level 2 limit break in Final Fantasy VII Remake. It is a physical attack that hits an enemy for significant damage over several attacks, and significantly increases an enemy's stagger gauge. As a limit break, it requires no ATB to use.
Dolphin Flurry comprises a combo of several attacks. Tifa opens by slamming on the ground and kicking overhead. She continues by leaping to the air and spinning, creating a wave in the air while dealing several hits of damage. She concludes with an uppercut punch from which a dolphin appears, dealing tremendous damage.
Dolphin Flurry is obtained from the Legacy: Dolphin Flurry manuscript. This is earned at the Corneo Colosseum by completing the challenge "Tifa vs. Wild Animals" available during chapter 14, "In Search of Hope".
Dolphin Flurry comprises 14 hits, each with different effects. The first three hits have an attack power of 120, 100, and 750. This is followed by nine hits with attack powers of 40 each, and a hit with an attack power of 130. The final fourteenth hit has an attack power of 1,500, and an immense stagger rate increase of 50.
The different hits also have various effects. The first three hits, and the final hit, cause launch. The fourth to twelfth hit each have a knockdown effect.
Dolphin Flurry deals immense damage to a single target spread over several hits, and also damages nearby enemies. It has a fairly long animation time, providing time during which Tifa is effectively immune to being interrupted and will dodge most damage. Because Dolphin Flurry requires no ATB to use, there is no penalty to using it, except for when an enemy is under Shield or heavily resists physical damage. It also should not be used on enemies about to leap out of danger. Because it deals physical damage, its damage is based on Tifa's Attack Power.
Dolphin Flurry can be used to greatly increase an enemy's stagger gauge. Though it can alternatively be used during an enemy's stagger when they will take bonus damage, this may be an inefficient use of Tifa whose best role during stagger is to increase bonus stagger damage with her Unbridled Strength techniques, allowing her and other characters to deal heavy damage to an enemy and optimize time they are spent staggered. Dolphin Flurry has a long animation time, and stagger does not last long enough for Tifa to effectively use the time to both increase stagger damage and deal damage of her own. Casting Stop can allow Tifa to do both, as her Rise and Fall and True Strike can increase stagger bonus damage to over 200% and give her time to use Dolphin Flurry if she has the luxury to.
Tifa benefits greatly from equipping the Transference Module accessories, which increases the limit gauge when Tifa consumes ATB charges. Tifa's high Speed and her playstyle based around using abilities in quick succession in a combo means she consumes ATB charges rapidly, and thus builds her limit gauge to use Dolphin Flurry more quickly. Tifa is also one of the better beneficiaries of Gotterdammerung, allowing her to use Dolphin Flurry more often. Though she can use Dolphin Flurry at the start of battle with Gotterdammerung, this is better saved for Refocus.
Compared to Tifa's level 1 limit break, Somersault, Dolphin Flurry deals considerably more damage, and has the bonus of increasing an enemy's stagger gauge. The main drawbacks are its long animation time, and that the limit gauge takes longer to fill. This can also be detrimental to Refocus Materia if she uses it, as it will also mean Refocus takes longer to use. Overall, the trade is normally worthwhile, as Dolphin Flurry plays well into Tifa's playstyle, though she should equip an accessory to increase the limit gauge as she does so.
Behind the scenes
Dolphin Flurry was Tifa's third-most popular ability among survey respondents at 11%, below Starshower at 38% and Unbridled Strength at 13%. The user comment for a respondent listing Dolphin Flurry as their favorite ability referred to its satisfactory use when powered up with Starshower.
- Square Enix (2020, August 14). "Results of the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Post-Play Survey". From Final Fantasy Portal Site. Archived from the original on August 14, 2020.