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(Please see the FF7 ReadMe file for additional updated information.)

Getting Started
System Requirements

Final Fantasy VII requires an IBM PC or 100% compatible computer. The minimum CPU speed required is a Pentium 166 MHz without a 3D accelerator or a Pentium 133 MHz with a recommended 3D accelerator. Your computer must have at least 32MB of RAM.

Operating System

You must have Windows 95 installed in your system.


Final Fantasy VII can be installed with a Standard or a Maximum install. The Standard install requires 260MB of free uncompressed hard drive space on your computer. The Maximum install requires 460 MB of free uncompressed hard drive space on your computer. You must also have a Quad-Speed or faster CD-ROM drive to play Final Fantasy VII.


Final Fantasy VII supports Keyboard and/or Joystick controls. Your Joystick must be calibrated and configured through DirectX 5.1 “Game Controller” settings in your Windows control panel.


Final Fantasy VII requires a SVGA DirectX 5.1 compatible video card. DirectX 5.1 is included on your installation CD. You can enhance your gaming experience by utilizing a recommended 3D accelerator.


Final Fantasy VII will work on any DirectX 5.1 compatible sound card. Your card must be configured to playback digital and MIDI audio.

Installation of Final Fantasy VII

Place the CD labeled “Install Disc” into your computer’s CD-ROM drive. If your computer is “Autorun” enabled the setup screen will appear on your screen momentarily. If the setup screen does not appear you must open the “My Computer” icon on your desktop, click on your CD-ROM drive, then Double-click on the “Setup.exe” icon. You will see the Final Fantasy VII setup screen with 5 options to choose from. The 5 options to choose from are:


Click on the INSTALL to begin installation of Final Fantasy VII. The “Welcome” screen will appear, please read through the text and select either “Next” to continue or “Cancel” to exit without installing. After continuing you will see the “Select Components” screen. If you are unsure or do not have DirectX 5.1 and DirectShow on your system, leave those 2 components checked. If your sound card does not play back high quality MIDI instruments you may want to check the Yamaha box. The Yamaha S-YXG70 software MIDI synthesizer will play back the MIDI music in Final Fantasy VII with proper MIDI instruments simulated in software. If your sound card only supports FM synthesis for MIDI playback it is highly recommended that you install and use the Yamaha S-YXG70 driver. After selecting the components select “Next” to continue on to the setup type selection. The “Standard” installation requires 260MB of free uncompressed hard drive space and the “Maximum” installation requires 460 MB of free uncompressed hard drive space. The “Maximum” setting will offer slightly faster loading times during game play. You will then be prompted for a destination location for where you want Final Fantasy VII installed on your hard drive. The default location is “C:\Program Files\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII” if you want to install Final Fantasy VII in a different location click on “Browse” and change the default setting to your desired location. Next you will choose a Program Folder for Final Fantasy VII. You should continue on with the default unless you want to select a different Program Folder. Final Fantasy VII will now be installed onto your computer

Install DirectX 5.1

Final Fantasy VII requires the installation of DirectX 5.1 to your computer system. If your system does not have DirectX 5.1 or if you are using any previous versions of DirectX click on INSTALL DIRECTX 5.1 to install or reinstall DirectX 5.1. Your computer hardware will be analyzed for a few moments then follow the onscreen prompts to finish the installation. See the Readme file if you have any problems with DirectX 5.1.

Install Movie Player

Final Fantasy VII requires the installation of DirectShow (included in DirectMedia) to play the fantastic movie sequences in Final Fantasy VII. Click on INSTALL MOVIE PLAYER and DirectShow will automatically be installed onto your system.

Install Yamaha Software Synthesizer

The Yamaha S-YXG70 software MIDI synthesizer will play back the MIDI music in Final Fantasy VII with proper MIDI instruments simulated in software. If your sound card only supports FM synthesis for MIDI playback it is highly recommended that you install and use the Yamaha S-YXG70 driver. Click on INSTALL YAMAHA SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER to install the S-YXG70 driver, follow the onscreen prompts to continue the installation. At the end of the installation you will have to restart your system for the new Yamaha drive to take effect.


Click on EXIT to quit the Final Fantasy VII setup screen.

Playing Final Fantasy VII
Starting or Continuing Final Fantasy VII

After installation you must insert “DISC 1” in your CD-ROM drive before starting or if you are continuing a previously played game. If you are continuing a game from disc 2 or 3 you will be prompted to insert the correct disc before continuing. To start playing go to the program group containing Final Fantasy VII in the Windows 95 start menu and select “Final Fantasy VII”. The intro screens will begin to play, and then the floating credit screen will appear. Press [OK] to skip to the start screen. At the start screen you will have two options:

1) New Game - Starts a new Final Fantasy VII game. You must have Disc 1 in your CD-ROM before starting a new game. 2) Continue? - This option will let you continue from your previously played game. Press [OK] to enter to the Save File list. Select the correct Save File from 1-10 and press [OK]. Go to the Save Game you want to continue and press [OK] to continue. You will be prompted to insert Disc 1, 2, or 3 if the correct disc is not in the CD-ROM drive.

Final Fantasy VII Configuration

When you first start Final Fantasy VII you will see the “Configuration” screen. This menu screen will detail your current graphic and sound settings. You can change the settings anytime after by selecting it from the Final Fantasy VII program groups in the Windows 95 start menu. Here you will find four tabs to choose from. The four tabs are:

Current Settings

Shows the current settings Final Fantasy VII will run for your game.


You can configure your desired graphic setup here. There is a tab labeled “Display”, click on it to choose either your recommended 3D accelerator or Primary Display Driver. The other tab you may choose is “Renderer”, click on it to choose either Software Renderer or 3D Hardware Acceleration, select the one that complements your “Display” setting. You may also select the Display resolution with 3 options. If you are using the software renderer, select 320X240 (Full Screen), 640x480 (Quarter Screen) or 640x480 (Full Screen). If you are using a recommended 3D accelerator, select one of the two 640X480 settings. The Quarter Screen option will run slightly faster than the Full Screen option but you trade off by having a smaller viewing area. The area on the right shows the Direct3D features that your PC supports. Do not be alarmed if your settings do not support all the 3D features. You can still play Final Fantasy VII fine without some features. See the Readme file for 3D card troubleshooting.


The sound driver setting should be automatically configured to your sound card. Press the test button to hear if your sound card is working properly. If you do not hear anything, change your sound driver to match your sound card. If your sound card supports stereo sound you can reverse the left and right channels by checking the “Reverse Speakers” box.


Your MIDI driver should be automatically configured. If you want to change the driver, select the one the matches your computer’s MIDI setting. Your MIDI data should be automatically set as well. Your MIDI data should match your MIDI driver. General MIDI is for all wavetable synthesis cards or any sound card in general. You should also use General MIDI for the Yamaha S-YXG70 software synthesizer. Soundfont MIDI is for Creative Labs AWE sound cards. Yamaha XG MIDI is for XG MIDI-compatible sound cards (NOT for the Yamaha S-YXG70 software synthesizer).


You can play Final Fantasy VII with the keyboard or a game controller supported by DirectX 5.1. The default keyboard commands all revolve around your Numeric Keypad. The commands are:

NumPad 2-4-6-8 Directional Movement
Field screen 1) Moves the characters in the Field screen or in the world map screen.
2) Selects messages.
3) Selects weapons, protectors, items, etc. in shops.
Menu screen 1) Moves the cursor and selects commands.
Battle screen 1) Moves the cursor and selects commands.
NumPad Enter [OK]
Field screen 1) Talk to other characters.
2) Pick up items or examine treasure chests.
3) When pressed in front of a ladder, allows character to climb up and down.
4) Confirms the selection of weapons, armor, items, etc. to sell or buy in shops.
5) Activates switches on various items (ex. elevators).
Menu screen 1) Confirms the selected command.
Battle screen 1) Confirms the selected command.
NumPad 0 [CANCEL]
Field screen 1) When the character is moving in the field, the character starts running.
2) Cancels the selection of weapons, armor, items etc. to sell or buy at shops.
Menu screen 1) Closes the menu screen.
2) Cancels the selected command.
Battle screen 1) Cancels the selected command.
NumPad + [MENU]
Field screen 1) Displays the Menu screen
Menu screen 1) Removes Materia equipped on a weapon or armor.
Battle screen 1) Defers action (enter command) to other characters.
NumPad . [SWITCH]
Field screen N/A
Menu screen 1) Switches between the Materia menu and the Equip menu.
Battle screen   1) While held down, closes the Command window and displays the Barrier and Magic Barrier (MBarrier) gauges.
NumPad 9 [PAGEUP]
Field screen 1) When the character is moving, this turns the character left. If held down, the character keeps turning to the left.
2) When the character is moving on the World Map, this turns the character left.
3) When the character is stopped in the World Map, you may view the surroundings by turning left.
Menu screen 1) Selects characters in the same order as they are lined up in the party.
2) Moves the scroll bar up when selecting items and magic.
Battle screen 1) Hold down simultaneously with the [PAGEDOWN] button to escape from battles.
Field screen 1) When the character is moving, this turns the character right. If held down, the character keeps turning to the right.
2) When the character is moving in the World Map, this turns the character right.
3) When the character is stopped in the World Map, you may view the surroundings by turning right.
Menu screen 1) Selects characters in the same order as they are lined up in the party.
2) Moves scroll bar down when selecting items and magic.
Battle screen 1) Hold down simultaneously with the [PAGEUP] key to escape from battles.
2) Switches between multiple and single targets.
NumPad 7 [CAMERA]
Field screen 1) Switches views in the World Map.
Menu screen N/A
Battle screen N/A
NumPad 1 [TARGET]
Field screen 1) Changes view of the World Map.
Menu screen N/A
Battle screen 1) Toggles the target cursor on and off.
NumPad 5 [START]
Field screen 1) Switches map displays on the World Map screen.
Menu screen N/A
Battle screen 1) Pauses or resumes battle.
Numpad - [ASSIST]
Field screen 1) Brings up a pointer which shows your position and displays colored [triangle] marks, indicating possible doors and exits in your area. Press the [ASSIST] button again to hide indicators. May no work in all areas.
Menu screen N/A
Battle screen 1) Displays help window.

You can also use the keyboard letters to type in names of characters joining your party. The default settings can only be changed while in the menu screen in the game.

Gamepad/Joystick controls

Final Fantasy VII supports any controller that is supported through DirectX 5.1 game controller’s settings. You must calibrate your controller before you start playing Final Fantasy VII. See the Readme file for game controller troubleshooting.

The Characters

During the game, you will encounter friends and other important characters in the story. However, depending on how you play, you may not be able to befriend some of the characters.
The following are the main characters in the game.

Cloud Strife
Job: Mercenary (ex-member of SOLDIER)
Age: 21
Weapon: Sword
Height: 5’7”
Birthdate: August 19
Birthplace: Nibelheim
Blood Type: AB

The main character in Final Fantasy VII. Originally a member of SOLDIER, he is now a mercenary who will take any job. After being hired by AVALANCHE, he gradually gets caught up in a massive struggle for the life of the planet. His enormous sword can cut almost anything into two.

Aeris Gainsborough
Job: Flower Merchant
Age: 22
Weapon: Rod
Height: 5’3”
Birthdate: February 7
Birthplace: Unknown
Blood Type: O

Young, beautiful, and somewhat mysterious, Aeris met Cloud while selling flowers on the streets of Midgar. She decided to join him soon after. Her unusual abilities allow her to heal the party, but she seems more interested in the deepening love triangle between herself, Cloud and Tifa.

Tifa Lockheart
Job: Bar Hostess, AVALANCE member
Age: 20
Weapon: Glove
Height: 5’4”
Birthdate: May 3
Birthplace: Nibelheim
Blood Type: B

Bright and optimistic, Tifa always cheers up the others when they’re down. But don’t let her looks fool you, she can decimate almost any enemy with her fists. She is one of the main members of AVALANCHE. She and Cloud were childhood friends, and although she has strong feelings for him, she would never admit it.

Barret Wallace
Job: Leader of AVALANCHE
Age: 35
Weapon: Gun-arm
Height: 6’4”
Birthdate: December 15
Birthplace: Corel Village
Blood Type: O

Head of the underground resistance movement, AVALANCHE, Barret is fighting the mega-conglomerate Shinra, Inc. which has monopolized Mako energy by building special reactors to suck it out of the planet. Barret depends on brute strength and his “Gun-arm” to see him through. His wife died in an accident several years ago, and he now lives with his daughter Marlene.

Job: Research Specimen
Age: 48
Weapon: Headdress
Height: 3’9”
Birthdate: Unknown
Birthplace: Cosmo Canyon
Blood Type: Unknown

Just as his name implies, he is an animal with fire-red fur. But under his fierce exterior is an intelligence surpassing that of any human’s. His sharp claws and fangs make him good at close-range fighting, but other than that, not much is known about him. It’s not even certain that “Red XIII” is his real name. A real enigma.

Cid Highwind
Job: Pilot
Age: 32
Weapon: Spear
Height: 5’8”
Birthdate: February 22
Birthplace: Unknown
Blood Type: B

Cid is a tough-talking, warm-hearted old pilot who hasn’t forgotten his dreams. There’s no better pilot by air or sea. He believes that someday he’ll be the first man in space. With his handmade spear and knowledge of machinery, he throws himself into any attack regardless of the danger.

Job: Top ranking SOLDIER officer
Age: Unknown
Weapon: Long Sword
Height: 6’1”
Birthdate: Unknown
Birthplace: Unknown
Blood Type: Unknown

Even amongst the elite troops of SOLDIER, Sephiroth is known to be the best. His past is locked away in a confidential file held by Shinra, Inc. His giant sword, which only he can handle, has extremely destructive power. Said to have disappeared in a battle years ago, his current whereabouts are unknown.

Yuffie Kisaragi
Job: Materia Hunter, Ninja
Age: 16
Weapon: Knife, Boomerang, and origami (for throwing)
Height: 5’2”
Birthdate: November 20
Birthplace: Wutai
Blood Type: A

Although you’d never know it by looking at her, Yuffie comes from a long line of Ninja. She forced herself into the group just to get a ‘certain something’. She’s sneaky, arrogant and “way” selfish. But with her super shuriken and her special skills, there isn’t anyone else you’d rather have on your side in a fight.

Cait Sith
Job: Toysaurus
Age: Unknown
Weapon: Megaphone
Height: 3’2”
Birthdate: Unknown
Birthplace: Unknown
Blood Type: Unknown

Cait Sith rides around on the back of a huge stuffed Mog he magically brought to life. Megaphone in hand, he’s always shouting orders and creating dopey attacks. When his slot machine attack works, the enemy lines look like an overturned toy box. His hobby is fortune telling, but like his personality, it’s pretty unreliable.

Vincent Valentine
Job: Unemployed
Age: 27
Weapon: Gun
Height: 6’
Birthdate: October 13
Birthplace: Unknown
Blood Type: A

A mystical man, stern and upright while at the same time dark and mysterious. His past connection with Shinra, Inc. is what made him join Cloud and the others. He may seem frail at first glance, but hidden inside his body lurks a fearsome power.

Field Controls

In Final Fantasy VII, you can experience a 3D Field, for the first time ever in the Final Fantasy series. Since you can explore this enormous world in all directions, you will feel as if you are actually in the world, moving around. Dynamic scene cuts and variations in camera angels provide a cinematic experience. Once in the Field, you can enter names, talk with various people in the cities, and play Event Games.


As you proceed in the game, you will come across the World Map screen, as shown here. At the bottom right corner of the screen, a reduced World Map is displayed. In this map, a broad yellow light beam indicates the direction your character is facing and the character’s current location. Dots scattered around the map represent towns, and villages. If you press the [START] button while the reduced World Map is displayed, it will switch to the enlarged World Map screen. Press [START] again, and the World Map will disappear from the screen. To display the reduced World Map, press [START] again.


As you encounter each character, you will be able to customize their name using up to nine letters. If the default name is acceptable, press the [START] button to move the cursor to “Select” and push the [OK] button. To change a character’s name, select a letter using the Directional Buttons and enter each letter using the [OK] button or type in the name using the keyboard. After a name is entered, select “Select.” If you want to change back to the default name, select “Default.” Press the [CANCEL] button to backspace and erase letters.


You can occasionally select a response or reaction when you are talking with other characters in the game. Select the response or reaction by using the Up or Down Directional Buttons, then press the [OK] button.


There are various shops, inns, etc. throughout the world, where you can buy things you need for your next adventure and rest. You can sell extra weapons or items at any shop, except for inns. The following are some descriptions of these establishments.


If you rest one night at the most of the inns, the HP and MP of all party members will be completely restored. Also, any abnormal status effect caused during battles will be reversed. The cost depends on the inn.


Weapons and armor are available. Weapons are specific to each character. (For instance, Gun-arms may only be equipped on Barret.) Armor may be equipped on any character.


A number of items with various effects, such as curative and offensive, are available.


Various accessories are available. Once equipped, they will have various special effects.


Materia are magic orbs that have a number of positive effects if equipped in weapons or armor. Purchasing Materia is the same as purchasing other goods in other shops; however, it cannot be purchased in bulk like items or weapons.


Located above the Weapon shop in the Sector 7 Slums near AVALANCHE headquarters. It is not a shop, but if you talk to people at the Hall (and listen to Cloud), you will learn many helpful things about playing the game.


Some of the events that take place during your adventure require different controller functions. For instance, there is an event in which you throw barrels at enemies below you. There are other events where you compete, relying on your amount of stamina. Tips may be hidden in messages and screens, so look for them carefully before starting an event. In some cases you will have to complete an event within a certain time limit. If you have to discontinue an Event Game, you can finish the game after saving, or press the [START] button during an Event Game to pause.


A typical Battle screen looks like this:

1) Messages during battle are displayed here.
2) Graphics of the party members. The mark above a character’s head indicates that you can now control that character.
3) Graphics of the enemy characters.
4) Press the [ASSIST] button to display the help window during battle. Descriptions for the selected commands, monster names, etc. are displayed.
5) The names of the party members, with the Barrier gauge and the MBarrier gauge are displayed. If the gauge is hidden behind the Command window, you can bring it to the front by pressing the [SWITCH] button. At the beginning of the battle, the Barrier and MBarrier gauges are empty, but if you equip a Materia called "Barrier", a magic that reduces the damage sustained by half can be cast. You can fill up the upper Barrier gauge and the lower MBarrier gauge by casting the Magic Spell only once, and the defensive effect will last until the gauges reach zero. "Barrier" works as a defense against the enemy's physical attacks, while "MBarrier" works as a defense against magic attacks. The “MBarrier” is recommended when you fight boss-level enemies.
6) Commands that can be used during the battle. Depending on which Materia is equipped, different commands can be used.
7) The status window shows the current status of the party members. Reading from the left side of the window, you will see: current HP, maximum HP, remaining MP, the Limit gauge and the Time gauge.

During battle, numbers will appear above your characters and enemies. White numbers indicate damage, while green numbers indicate recovered HP or MP.

Under each character’s HP and MP, there are gauges by which you can immediately find the balance of HP and MP. The gauges will change from their standard full color to red as they become depleted.


In addition to the normal battle formations, enemies may also appear in the following arrangements. Both your characters and enemies can receive twice as much damage if attacked from behind.

Pre-emptive Attack

Allows you to enter commands prior to the enemy's attack. This formation is favorable to your characters.

Back Attack

An attack from behind – your front defense and your rear defense will be reversed. Furthermore, you will always be pre-empted. A real disadvantage for your characters.

Side Attack

Enemies appear between your characters, allowing you to attack them from both sides. Though you cannot change formations of your characters by using the “Change” command, this formation is advantageous to your characters.

Attack from Both Sides

Your characters are caught in the enemies’ Side Attack. The enemies will always preempt you, and you won’t be able to escape. You won’t be able to attack all enemies with one magic spell, nor can you change formations using the “Change” command. In this formation, your characters are at a great disadvantage.


For battles in Final Fantasy VII, the ATB (Active Time Battle) system is introduced. Whether ally or enemy, the character whose Time gauge fills up first is given priority for entering commands. Choose commands in order to best attack or to defend yourself from the enemy.


The following commands, displayed in the command window, change as you proceed through the game, depending on the characters in your party.


You attack with equipped weapons. You can also fight your allies by selecting them as attack targets. The same applies to the “Magic” command.


The Limit gauge starts filling up with each enemy attack. When the gauge is full, it blinks, indicating Limit Break status. At this point, the “Fight” command changes to the “Limit” command. By selecting the Limit command, the character will be able to perform his or her unique attack called a Limit Break. If the battle ends without using the Limit Break, you can carry it over to the next battle. In this case, the Fight command will remain as the Limit command. The more damage you sustain from the enemy, the faster the Limit gauge fills up.


When you equip magic Materia on weapons or armor, the "Magic" command becomes available and is displayed in the window. Select the magic you want, and select who you wan to cast it on. For instance, if it is attack magic, select the enemy to attack, and if it is curative magic, select one of your allies. The amount of MP consumed is the same whether it is magic that uses the Materia effect of “All” on multiple enemies or a single enemy. (Magic effective on all enemies is indicated by a red arrow next to the name of the Spell.) If magic cannot be cast due to reasons such as insufficient MP, the name of the magic will be displayed in gray.


Items that affect attacks and recovery can be used in battles. Select an item and decide who will use it or against whom it will be used. If it is an attack item, select the enemy. If it is a recovery item, select one of your allies.


This command will appear if you press the left Directional Button at the left edge of the battle command window. With this command, you can change the position of your characters from the front line to the rear. Characters at the rear will incur less damage from the enemy, but their damage to the enemy when attacking will be less. Placed at the front, the effect will be reversed. The changed status will not be carried over to the next battle


This command will appear if you press the right Directional Button at the right edge of the battle command window. If you use this command, damage incurred will be reduced by half until the Time gauge fills up.


If you hold down the [PAGEUP] and [PAGEDOWN] buttons simultaneously, you may be able to escape from battle. Depending on your enemy and battle formations, it is not always possible to escape.


As you proceed, you will obtain many Materia. Among them are Materia that will add commands that you can use during battle. For example, there is the “Summon” command, the “Sense” command, and the “Enemy Skill” command. Only characters equipped with the appropriate Materia can use these commands.


Battles end when you have destroyed all your enemies or when all enemies or your characters have escaped. If you win the battle, Gil, items, experience points (EXP), or ability points (AP) which affect Materia growth will be awarded. Their values will vary depending on the type and number of enemies destroyed.


If all your party members are critically injured or are turned to stone, the game is over. When the game ends, press [OK], and you will return to the opening credit screen. Press [OK] again and you will go to the “NEW GAME/CONTINUE?” screen. If you have saved data before, you can choose the appropriate file to reload and continue the game. However, the data reverts to what it was before the Game Over screen appears (including Gil, EXP, and items obtained.)


If a character is attacked, his/her status may fall into "abnormal" status, such as listed below. In many cases, abnormal status can be cured during battles using Materia like "Heal" or items like "Hyper". Also, abnormal status will normally disappear after a battle ends. However, "HP Critical ", "Death", "Fury", or "Sadness" can only be cured using appropriate magic or items. Any abnormal status can be cured if the character rests at an inn. In addition to the following, there are other status conditions that can occur during battles.

Status Condition Cure
Sleep You cannot enter commands until the character wakes up. Magic “Esuna”, or enemy or ally’s attack on the affected character
Poison HP decreases every turn. Item "Antidote" or Magic "Esuna"
Fury Doubles the damage incurred and causes the Limit gauge to fill faster. Hit rate against enemies is decreased. Item "Tranquilizer"
Sadness Decreases the damage incurred and causes the Limit gauge fill up slower. Item "Hyper"
Petrify The character is turned into stone, and commands cannot be entered. If all characters in your party are turned to stone, the party is destroyed. Item "Soft" or Magic "Esuna"
Confuse The character becomes confused and attacks allies as well as enemies. Magic "Esuna", or enemy or ally’s attack on the affected character
Silence The character becomes unable to cast magic. Item "Echo Screen" or Magic "Esuna"
Paralyzed The character becomes paralyzed and commands cannot be entered. Magic "Esuna"
Darkness Character’s vision is obscured, hit rate against enemies is decreased. Item "Eye Drop" or Magic "Esuna"
Frog Character turns into a frog and the ability to attack and defend is decreased. Magic other than "Transform" cannot be cast. Item "Maiden’s Kiss", Magic "Transform"
Small The character’s size is reduced and the ability to attack and defend is decreased. Item "Cornucopia", Magic "Frog"
Critical HP levels are dangerously low. Item "Potion" types, Magic "Cure" types
Death HP drops to zero and the character is unable to do anything. If all characters fall into this status, the party is destroyed. Item "Phoenix Down", Magic "Life" types, Summon “Phoenix
Slow Numb The character’s body gradually turns to stone, after each turn. Item "Soft" or Magic "Esuna"
Death Sentence A countdown begins, and at zero the character becomes disabled. You must end the battle before count reaches zero
Berserk Commands cannot be entered and the character keeps continuously attacking the enemy. Magic "Esuna"

Menu screens can be displayed by pushing the [MENU] button in the Field screen; they contain the following information.

1) Current status of each party member. Reading from the left: the character's image (face), name, level, current HP/maximum HP, and current MP/maximum MP are displayed. The two gauges to the right indicate what is required to reach the next level or to perform a Limit Break attack.

2) Commands available to you. However, some of the them, such as "PHS" or "Save", can only be used at certain locations. Also, "PHS" and "Materia" commands can be used only after you obtain items "PHS" and "Materia"

3) Total gameplay time and the total sum of Gil the party has.

4) The location of the party.


Ten commands are available on the Menu screen; each explained below. To select commands, use the Up and Down Directional buttons, and confirm by pressing the [OK] button.


This command enables you to use items mainly for recovery and cure, such as "Potion" or "Phoenix Down". If you select this command, the screen shown on the right will appear. If you want to use commands other than "Use", press the [CANCEL] button, and select the appropriate command.


Choose this command to use items you possess. After selecting the item, select the character on whom the item will be used. Any items that cannot be used will be displayed in gray. Press the [PAGEUP] or [PAGEDOWN] button to scroll up and down the list of items.


Choose this command to arrange items. Items can be arranged according to the following criteria:

In the order you prefer.
Items that can be used in the field are listed here.
Items that can be used during battle will be listed here.
Items that can be thrown in battle will be listed here.
Arrange by item types, such as weapons, armor, etc.
In alphabetical order.
Arrange by the number of items in the player’s possession, greatest first.
Arrange by the number of items in the player’s possession, fewest first.
Key Items

Displays important items you currently possess, which will affect your progress in the game.


While you are in the Menu screen, you can cast magic for recovery, cure, and check magic like "Summon" or “Enemy Skill”. When this command is selected, the screen shown on the right will appear. If you press the [PAGEUP] or [PAGEDOWN] button before you select one of the three commands listed below, other party members can be selected without going back to the menu screen. This applies to other commands, including "Materia", "Equip", "Status", and "Limit".


Choose this command to use Magic. After selecting the magic, decide upon whom the magic will be cast. Magic Spells available to you are displayed in white while those that cannot be used are displayed in gray. In order to cast each magic, Materia must be equipped on the character’s weapons or armor. Press the [PAGEUP] or [PAGEDOWN] button to scroll up and down the list.


Displays the available Summon magic (summon monsters) and their effects. In order to cast the Summon Magic, Summon Materia must be attached to the character’s weapons or armor.

Enemy Skill

Displays the current enemy’s attacks and their effects. In order to learn the enemy’s attacks, a Materia called "Enemy Skill" must be attached to the character’s weapons or armor.

Extra Abilities

If special abilities have been gained by equipping Materia such as “All”, its effects are displayed.


If Materia orbs are inserted into slots in weapons or armor, various abilities become available. Select this command in order to equip Materia or to see its abilities. To equip the Materia, move the finger cursor to the slot in the weapon or armor, and press the [OK] button. Materia not equipped by other characters are available, so choose the one you want to use and press [OK] button. To remove Materia, select the slot where it is equipped, and press the [MENU] button.

1) The number of slots available in the weapons and armor currently equipped on the characters are displayed here.

2) The Ability of the Materia equipped in the slot is shown.

3) Information on the equipped Materia , including the name of the Materia, the level, the AP (Ability Point), the required AP to reach the next level, future abilities, and the effects of the Materia.

Ability List

Abilities given to the character by equipping the Materia are displayed. Available Abilities are shown in white. Abilities shown in gray are not yet available.

Equip Effects

By equipping certain Materia, a character’s Strength, Magic, MAX HP (maximum HP), or MAX MP (maximum MP), may change. If any of these values increase, the increased value will be shown in yellow. If they decrease, the decreased value will be displayed in red.

AP (Ability Point)

The APs (Ability Points) gained up to now for that Materia. APs are gained if you win battles. Materia that is not equipped on weapons or armor (that is, if you just possess it), will not obtain APs. If the AP exceeds the value of "to the next level" shown on the right, the Materia level goes up, and the number of available abilities increases and the effects will be stronger. Most Materia can go up to level 5.

4) Move the finger cursor to "Check" and press the [OK] button. Commands and Magic available to the character during the battle due to the equipped Materia will be listed.

By using "Arrange", un-equipped Materia can be arranged, or all equipped Materia can be removed at once. Also, any excess Materia can be disposed of. Use “Exchange” to switch Materia between all party members, whether they are present or not.

5) Move the finger cursor to the slot for Materia and push the [OK] button. Materia in your possession (not equipped) and their effects when equipped are displayed.


Various types of Materia appear in the game. Materia can be divided into five groups based on their Abilities.

Independent Materia

Purple Materia. This enhances the characters' Status, such as maximum HP and strength.

Support Materia

Blue Materia. This Materia shows full effect when used in conjunction with other Materia, such as "All" or "Elemental". Make sure you insert this Materia in linked slots (either slot is OK) when equipping this Materia in a weapon or armor. Insert Command Materia or Magic Materia in the other slot. The effects of these Materia will be enhanced with Support Materia.

Command Materia

Yellow Materia. This will increase the number of commands that can be used during battle, such as "Steal" and "Throw".

Magic Materia

Green Materia. This will enable you to use Attack Magic and Curative Magic.

Summon Materia

Red Materia. This will enable you to cast Summon Magic during battle, in order to call a Summon Monster.


This command equips characters with weapons, armor, and accessories. Even if weapons or armor have been acquired, they will not become effective unless equipped.


Once a character has equipped weapons, their Attack Power and Attack % Status will change. (To view the Status, choose the weapon currently equipped and press the [OK] button.) If you have other weapons available to equip, they will be displayed in the lower right box. Select the weapon to equip, and press the [OK] button. The Status change is shown in two columns in the lower box. The left value indicates the Status of the equipped weapon, while the right indicates the Status of the one you want to equip. Yellow numbers mean that the Status will increase, and red numbers mean that they will decrease. To remove the equipped weapon, select that weapon and press the [OK] button.


When a character is equipped with armor, the Defense, Magic Defense, and their percentages will change. Armor equips in the same fashion as weapons.

Materia slots

The number of Materia slots in corresponding weapons or armor is indicated here. The linked slots are for using Support Materia and other types of Materia in conjunction to increase the power of Abilities.

Materia Growth

The growth speed of Materia is indicated. The speed varies depending on the weapons and armor. "Normal" does not change the speed, but "Double" doubles the APs obtained. On some weapons and armor, Materia does not grow at all.


Various effects can be gained by wearing accessories. Some accessories change the character's Status. Accessories equip in the same fashion as weapons and armor.


The current Status of the character is displayed. Press the [OK] button to display current properties.

1) The current condition of each party member is displayed. Reading from the left are: the character's image (face), name, level, current HP/maximum HP, current MP/maximum MP, and total EXP. Also, there are gauges that indicate required EXP to reach the next level and required Limits to perform Limit Break attacks.

2) Each party member's current Status values are shown here. Reading from the top are: Strength, Dexterity, Vitality, Magic, Spirit, Luck, Attack, Attack %, Defense, Defense %, Magic Attack, Magic Defense, and Magic Defense %.

3) A window listing battle commands available to the character is displayed.

4) Weapons equipped on the character, number of Materia slots, types (colors) of Materia equipped, and accessories equipped on the character are displayed.


By equipping certain weapons, armor, or accessories, each character can gain special Elemental Abilities useful for both offense and defense. When the character obtains these Elements, the name of each Element is shown in white. The nine Elements are Fire, Ice, Lightning, Earth, Poison, Gravity, Water, Wind, and Holy.


When you attack enemies who have certain Elements as their weak points, you can give them twice as much damage. On the other hand, if the enemy is resistant to those Elements, you can give them only half as much damage, or in the worst case, the damage may become void or absorbed.

Attack Effects of Each Element
Fire Effects of fire. Effective against beasts and ice enemies.
Ice Effects of ice. Effective against enemies weak against cold, or fire enemies.
Lightning Effects of lightning. Effective against mechanical enemies.
Earth Attacks utilizing the power of the earth. Not effective against flying enemies.
Poison Poisons opponents. Not effective against poisonous enemies.
Gravity Attacks utilizing power of gravity.
Water Calls on the power of water. Effective against fire enemies.
Wind Calls on the power of wind. Effective against flying enemies.
Holy Calls on the power of the planet. Effective against the creatures of darkness.
Half reduction

When attacked by enemies with certain Elements, the damage incurred will be reduced to one half.


When attacked by enemies with certain Elements, no damage will be incurred.


When attacked by enemies with certain Elements, the damage will be absorbed and added as your own characters’ HP.


Certain weapons and armor provide enemies with abnormal status, or protect you from those abnormal status. If any of the weapons or armor currently equipped has such effects, the name of the abnormal status will be displayed in white.


When attacking the enemy, in addition to inflicting the usual damage, you can also inflict an abnormal status effect (for example, Poison, Sleep).


When the enemy tries to cause abnormal status to the character, the attack by the abnormal status effect can be avoided (for example, Poison, Sleep).


This command is used to change the characters’ positions or to move them to the front or the rear of the ranks. Select the character, and choose the location to move the character (or choose the character to switch places with). To change the character from the front line to the rear, move the finger cursor to the character and double-click the [OK] button.


By moving your character to the front, Attack Power will increase, and Defense will decrease. Attack Power and Defense against Magic doesn’t change.


By moving your character to the rear, Defense will increase, and Attack Power will decrease. Attack Power and Defense against Magic doesn’t change.


By using this command, you can perform Limit Break attacks when your character reaches Limit Breaks during battles. You can also find out the effects of the attacks. Limit gauges are displayed at the upper right corner, which shows the progress towards the next Limit Break.

Initially, you can only use Level 1 attacks, but as you go through a number of battles, the characters will learn higher level attacks. To select an attack to perform, move the finger cursor to "Set" and press the [OK] button. Then select the "Break Level" shown in white at the bottom of the screen. You will be asked whether you want to change the Break Level. If you want to change it, choose "Yes", and the limit gauge will return to zero; if not, choose "No."

To find the effects of the Limit Break attacks, move the finger cursor to "Check" in the screen, and press the [OK] button. Select the level of the attack you want to check, then select the attack’s name.

When Your Status is ‘Fury’ or ‘Sadness’

If your status becomes ‘Fury’, the Limit gauge fills up faster and is shown in red. If your status becomes ‘Sadness’, the limit gauge fills up slower and is shown in blue. Abnormal conditions such as Fury or Sadness can be cured with the appropriate items or magic.


By using this command, you can change the game system according to your preference. Use the Directional Buttons to select various options, then press the [OK] button to confirm.

Window Color

Mixing the three colors, RED, GREEN, and BLUE can change the colors of the window background. Press the [OK] button in order to move the finger cursor to the right window. Use Directional Buttons to select the corner of the box you wish to change, then press the [OK] button. Change colors using the Right and Left Directional Buttons, and press the [CANCEL] button. When you have finished changing colors of all four corners, press the [CANCEL] button again.


You can adjust the sound and music volume by pressing [OK] and then the Right and Left Directional Buttons at either the music or sound volume bar. When you have finished adjusting the volumes, press the [CANCEL] button.


The controller settings can be changed to Normal or Customize. To choose Customize, press the [OK] button to display the window, then press the [START] button. The finger cursor will appear to the left of the buttons in the box. There will be a keyboard column and a controller column, choose the column that matches your control scheme. Select the button command you want to change by using the Up and Down Directional Buttons. Press [OK] to change the button, then press the keyboard key or controller button you want assigned to that function. Note: If you are using a control pad or joystick, it must be calibrated and configured through DirectX 5.1 game controllers settings. You may not have all the button commands available if you do not have enough buttons on your controller. When you finish customizing your button settings, press the [CANCEL] to exit.


Even after you close the window, the last position of the finger cursor can be stored.


You can set the time flow during battles to one of the following three options:

Active For skilled players. Time passes even while you are selecting commands such as Magic and Items.
Recommended For moderately skilled players. Time stops while the screen effects are displayed when using Magic and Items.
Wait For beginners. Time stops while you are selecting commands such as Magic and Items.
Battle Speed

Speed of time flow during battles can be changed.

Battle Message

Message speed during battles can be changed.

Field Message

Message speed in the Field screen can be changed.

Camera Angle

Screen angles during battles can be changed.

Auto: The camera angle (view) changes constantly, making the battle exciting and realistic.
style="border:1px solid black"Fixed: style="border:1px solid black"The camera angle is fixed to a specific angle when you encounter enemies. The battle continues at this fixed angle.
Magic Order

When selecting Magic to cast during battles, you can choose between six types (No. 1 through No. 6) of sequences for listing Magic in the window.

9. PHS

Once you have more than three members in your party, two members besides Cloud must be chosen. To do this, an Item called "PHS" is required (except for certain Events). This Item will become available to you during the game. However, members can be switched only in the World Map screen and at Save points. Switch party members as follows:

Select the character you want to remove from your party. Move the finger cursor to the character, and press the [OK] button. (If you press the [OK] button again, details on that character will be displayed. However, information on Cloud will not be available.)

Move the finger cursor to the other characters. Select the character you want to add to the party, and press the [OK] button. (If you move the finger cursor to a character and press the [OK] button twice, details on that character will be displayed.)

10. SAVE

Execute this command at a Save point to save your game contents up to that point to your computer’s hard drive. In the World Map screen, regardless of your location, you can save the game by pressing the [MENU] button and opening the Menu screen.

In order to save the game in the Field screen, move the character to a Save point. A window explaining ways of saving will appear. Close the window by pressing the [CANCEL] button, and open the Menu screen by pressing the [MENU] button. Select the "Save" command by using the Directional buttons and press the [OK] button. Select from Save File 1-10. Use the Up and Down Directional buttons to select the file in which you want to store the saved data and press the [OK] button. Though only three files appear on the screen, other Save Games will appear if you press the Up and Down Directional buttons. Up to 15 Save Games can be stored in each Save File for a total of 150 individual save games.

You can easily e-mail your Save Files to friends by attaching the save file(s) to an e-mail. The Save Files are all located in a separate directory on your hard drive where you installed Final Fantasy VII. For example, if you installed Final Fantasy VII to the “C:\Program Files\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII” directory, your Save Files will be located in the “C:\Program Files\Square Soft, Inc.\Final Fantasy VII\Save” directory. The Save Files are named “SAVE00.FF7” to “SAVE09.FF7,” which correspond to Save Files 1-10. So, if you want to send your Save File 1 to someone, simply attach “SAVE00.FF7” to your e-mail and send it!

11. QUIT

Select and press [OK] at this option if you want to quit playing Final Fantasy VII. You can also quit during the game by pressing CTRL+Q in the Field Map, World Map or Battle system. You will be prompted with a “Yes or No” option. Choose “Yes” to quit or “No” to play on.


As you proceed in the adventure, you will be able to travel in a variety of vehicles. By using these vehicles, places not accessible by foot can be reached. Many different vehicles and machines will become available during the game. Instructions on using each vehicle will appear as you use it for the first time.


If you have a Materia called "Chocobo Lure", you can catch a Chocobo in certain areas in the World Map screen by walking on the Chocobo’s tracks. Chocobos can move around areas you cannot reach by foot, such as rivers, seas, and mountains (different Chocobos have different abilities).

You can get off a Chocobo by pressing the [CANCEL] button, once you do the Chocobo will run away. You cannot ride the same Chocobo more than once. In order to ride another Chocobo, you must catch one again. Riding a Chocobo is the same as walking except for the use of the [CANCEL] button.


Hironobu Sakaguchi


Yoshinori Kitase

Music Composer

Nobuo Uematsu

Main Programmer

Ken Narita

Character Design & Battle Visual Director

Tetsuya Nomura

Art Director

Yusuke Naora

Image Illustrator

Yoshitaka Amano

CG Supervisor

Kazuyuki Hashimoto

Movie Director

Motonori Sakakibara

Character Modeling Director

Tomohiro Kayano

Battle Effect Director

Hirokatsu Sasaki

Special Magic Effect Director

Shintaro Takai

Battle Stage Director

Akira Fujii

Outside Contractor Coordinator

Hiroyoshi Hamada

Graphic Outside Contractor Art Director

Hitoshi Sasaki

Animation Director

Hidetoshi Omori

Battle Plan Director

Yasushi Matsumura

Map Plan Director

Hidetoshi Kezuka

Map Plan Co-Directors

Takeshi Endo
Motoharu Tanaka
Masato Yagi

Main Character Modeler

Hiroshi Arai

Battle Programmer

Hiroshi Harata

Character Programmer

Hiroshi Kawai

CD & Movie Programmer

Shun Moriya

Sound Programmer

Minoru Akao

Sound Engineer

Eiji Nakamura

MA & Recording Engineer

Kenji Nagashima

Story by

Kazushige Nojima
Yoshinori Kitase

Based on the story by

Hironobu Sakaguchi
Tetsuya Nomura

Executive Producers

Tetsuo Mizuno
Tomoyuki Takechi

Senior Vice President

Yoshi-Hiro Maruyama

Executive Producers

Masahiro Nakajima
Randall Fujimoto

Vice President, Marketing

Jun Iwasaki

Senior Software Engineers

Anthony Ignacio
Son Ton

Software Engineers

“William” Feng Chen
Scott Coventon
Jay Fong
Kazumasa Fuseya
Akintunde Omitowoju
Rajiv Patel
Yoshinori “Goro” Uenishi

Graphic Artist

Jason Greenberg

Production Manager

Yumi Yoshida

Associate Producer

Akihito Kozu


Michael Baskett

Technical Translation

Aiko Ito
David Jones


Kenji Mimura
Kyoko Yamashita
Lisa Ahern

Business Development

Elaine DiIorio

Network Administration

Sami Zuhuruddin

Customer Service

Rick Thompson
Fernando Bustamante

Quality Assurance Manager

Jonathan Williams

Lead QA Analysts

Richard Amtower IV
Clayton S. Chan
Tymothi V. Loving

Quality Assurance

Sean Camanyag
Sissie Chang
Mike Givens
Stephen A. Holder
Andy Hsu
Terry Y. Jung
Kirk Lambert
Vangthonhoua Moua
Stanford Ng
Robert Smith
Takahiro So
Jamie Wiggs


Frank Hom

Director of Development

James Poole

Quality Assurance Manager

Mike McHale

Lead QA Analysts

Corey Fong

Quality Assurance

Clayton Palma
Eric Adams
Jeremy Hunter
John Arvay
Matt Miller
Mike Gilmartin
Mike Schmitt
Rudy Ellis
Timothy Moore
Tom Marx

VP of Marketing

Paul Baldwin

Product Manager

Gary Keith

Creative Services Director

Sutton Trout

Public Relations

Gary Keith
Tricia Gray

Production Manager

Jo Kathryn Reavis

Manual Design

Moore & Price
Frank Hom

Special Thanks

Charles Cornwall
Dave Cox
Keith Boesky
Mike McGarvey
Phil Campbell


John Ng

Director of Development

Steve Hickman

Localization Manager

Flavia Timiani

Marketing Managers

Cindy Church - England
Sebastien Salinie - France
Christian Zoch - Germany
Mercedes Rey – Spain

French Text Localization

Corinne Racineux
Celine Bellini

German Text Localization

Tetsuhiko Hara
Elke Kleinofen

Spanish Text Localization

David Carillo

Public Relations

Steve Starvis - England
Sascha Green-Kaiser - Germany
Priscille Demoly - France


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Jeff E. England
Joseph Alemanni
Pål-Kristian Engstad
Michael Kelleghen


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Naoyuki Makinose
Toshiaki Kaburagi
Tad Aoyama
Yasunori Ogawa


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