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A battle in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has a real-time battle system with strategic elements. The player controls one party member in a party of up to three frontline whom they can switch between. Party members use normal attacks to build up their ATB (Active Time Battle) gauges, which can be consumed to use items, abilities, and spells gained from by weapons and materia fitted on weapons and armor. Party members also have a limit gauge to unleash limit break abilities, and can summon monsters in some battles.

A key mechanic introduced in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is synergy. Synergy skills are simple team-up attacks that do not cost ATB charges, and can include basic attacks, defensive moves, counterattacks, or maneuverability. Consuming multiple ATB charges on different party members allows them to perform synergy abilities together, which are powerful attacks that also grant temporary bonuses to both users. These can both alter the flow of battle, and determine which party members should be paired together in a lineup.

Party members are customized by selecting their weapon, armor, accessory, and materia. The equipment can drastically change the playstyle and role of each party member, based on the attributes and materia slots of the weapon equipped.

The battle system in Rebirth is an evolution on the battle system in Final Fantasy VII Remake. Aside from the introduction of synergy abilities, the battle system also expands aerial combat for some party members, and reassigns some abilities in their moveset.

The battle system remains largely the same across each difficulty mode, though it changes in Classic Mode where any actions in-between using command menu abilities are automated, though the player can still take over and control them if they wish. On Hard Mode, the player cannot use items and enemies may have new movesets.



As with Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has a real-time combat system fused with an ATB gauge. Players control one of up to three party members, although new to Rebirth is a backline of party members who are in the background of a battle but cannot be controlled or participate outside of synergy abilities if the frontliners are defeated. The currently controlled party member can use normal attacks and unique abilities to build ATB gauges, as well as guard to reduce damage, or dodge to try to avoid damage. Guarding at a precise moment before a blockable attack will cause no damage to be taken, known as a perfect guard.

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Tactical Mode.

Players can enter Tactical Mode by opening the commands menu, where time is slowed and ATB can be consumed to use abilities. Commands include Abilities (a list of character abilities and any gained from Command Materia Command Materia), Magic (a list of spells from equipped Magic Materia Magic Materia), Item, Summon (ability to summon the equipped Summoning Materia Summoning Materia), Limit (ability to use a limit break if available), and Synergy Ability. Aside from Limit and Synergy Ability, each of these cost ATB. Abilities can also be assigned to shortcuts. Consuming ATB will add bars to a party member's synergy, and when enough bars are filled on two party members, they can consume them for a synergy ability.

While one party member is controlled by the player, the others will be controlled by AI. Players are encouraged to switch between party members frequently. This allows players to consume ATB to use more synergy abilities, and is the most efficient way to build ATB gauges faster and use abilities. Computer-controlled party members will play defensively, but can still be issued commands. Certain materia can also dictate how party members act when not controlled.

When a party member reaches 0 HP, they are incapacitated until revived with either a spell or an item. If the incapacitated character is the player character, another party member becomes the controlled party member. When all party members are incapacitated, it is Game Over, and the player has the option to return to a previous save file or to repeat the battle. Party members are revived on minimal health if the player wins the current battle with them KO'd.


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Aerith with full ATB gauge, able to consume them to cast Blizzaga.

Each party member starts with two ATB gauges, which can be filled and expended to use an ability, a spell, an item, or summon/command a monster. The United Refocus synergy ability will split the gauge in three, meaning ATB charges can fill much quicker. The player can also get this effect from the Corsair's Compass accessory.

Abilities typically cost one ATB charge, though some cost two or can consume all charges. Much of the skill behind mastering the combat system involves learning how to build up ATB as quickly as possible with uninterrupted ability uses.

An ATB charge is expended when an ability is selected. If a party member is interrupted while in the middle of charging an ability, such as the animation taken to cast a spell, they lose their ATB charge even if they do not perform the ability. This makes it crucial to perform the ability when not in a position to be interrupted.

The Haste Haste buff boosts the rate the ATB gauge fills (both passive gain and gain from attacking/blocking/etc), while Slow Slow lowers it, and Stop Stop halts it entirely.

Many materia can be used to increase the rate that the ATB gauge fills. Steadfast Block Materia Steadfast Block Materia increases the wearer's ATB-gain when taking defensive measures, First Strike Materia First Strike Materia allows one to begin the battle with ATB filled somewhat, Skill Master Materia Skill Master Materia allows one to fill ATB by cycling skills often, and ATB Stagger Materia ATB Stagger Materia increases the rate that attacks build ATB against staggered enemies. Both Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Icon/data/FFVIIR/Materia2' not found. and the ATB Ward abilities also grant ways for one character boost the ATB of allies. Lastly, the ATB Boost Materia ATB Boost Materia instantly doubles the current ATB charge (e.g. used from half bar to gain a full bar, or used at full bar to get two bars) on a cooldown. Of accessories, Whistlewind Scarf allows the wearer to start a battle with ATB already filled, and also stacks with First Strike; the same effect is also available as an equipable weapon passive for certain characters.


Same as in Remake, enemies have stagger gauges that, when filled, render the enemy temporarily incapacitated and vulnerable to damage.


Each party member and enemy has a variety of attributes (stats) that affect their performance in combat. These stats are improved by leveling up and boosted by equipment and some abilities. All units have an HP, determining how much damage they can take before being incapacitated, and an MP, determining how many spells they can cast.

The Attack Power Attack Power determines the amount of physical damage dealt by attacks and abilities. This attribute is determined by the core Strength Strength attribute, as well as the equipped weapon. The Magic Attack Magic Attack attribute works similarly, determining the amount of magic damage dealt by a user. This is derived from the weapon and the Magic Magic attribute.

Much like the damaging attributes, defensive attributes work similarly, determining how much a character resists damage. Defense Defense determines the amount of resistance to physical damage, and is derived from the equipped armor and the Vitality Vitality attribute. Likewise, Magic Defense Magic Defense determines resistance to magic damage, and is derived from the equipped armor and the Spirit Spirit attribute.

The Luck Luck attribute determines a characters' chance of dealing a critical hit (both physical attacks and magic spells can critical), or successfully stealing from enemies. The Speed Speed determines how fast a characters' ATB gauge charges.

Damage types[]

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has five damage types, which can be individually resisted and combined with elements.

  • Physical damage Physical, associated with normal melee and ranged attacks.
  • Magic damage Magic, associated with spells, Aerith, Yuffie, Cait Sith's and Cloud's magic variants of their normal attack, and certain abilities.
  • Physical and magical damage Physical / Magical, associated with attacks that have both a physical and magical component.
  • Proportional damage Proportional, associated with attacks that deal a certain percentage of damage.
  • Fixed damage Fixed, associated with abilities and effects that deal a certain fixed number of damage points.


There are four elements in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, each with an associated Magic Materia Magic Materia. Enemies can either be weak, resistant, or immune to an element, though different enemy types are generally weak to a particular element.

The elements are as follows:

The Elemental Materia Elemental Materia can also provide both durability against elemental attacks, or add elemental damage to normal attacks. Several weapon passives can increase the added damage dealt.


Status effects come in the form of beneficial and detrimental effects. A beneficial effect can be canceled out by its opposing detrimental effect, and vice versa.

Status effects are as follows:

  • Bravery Bravery, increasing attack damage. Opposed to Debrave.
  • Faith Faith, increasing magic damage. Opposed to Defaith.
  • Protect Protect, increasing defense.
  • Shell Shell, increasing magic defense.
  • Barrier Barrier, halving physical damage taken.
  • Manaward Manaward, halving magic damage taken.
  • Shield Shield, nullifies physical damage taken.
  • Reflect Reflect, causing spells to bounce off a target onto another.
  • Haste Haste, increasing the rate the ATB gauge fills. Opposed to Slow and Stop.
  • Resist Resist, granting immunity to debuffs.
  • Regen Regen, providing HP regeneration over time. Opposed to Poison.
  • Auto-Life Auto-Life, automatically reviving after KO.
  • Poison Poison, providing HP damage over time. Opposed to Regen.
  • Silence Silence, preventing spells from being cast. Spells subject to this effect are marked with a Vulnerable to Silence Vulnerable to Silence icon.
  • Sleep Sleep, preventing a unit from acting.
  • Slow Slow, reducing the rate the ATB gauge fills. Opposed to Haste.
  • Stop Stop, freezing a target in place. Opposed to Haste.
  • Toad Toad, dramatically weakening a unit's damage and limiting their abilities.
  • Debrave Debrave, reducing physical damage. Opposed to Bravery.
  • Defaith Defaith, reducing magic damage. Opposed to Faith.
  • Berserk Berserk, increasing the physical damage they take, but also increasing physical damage they deal.
  • Fury Fury, increasing the physical damage they take, but also increasing the rate the limit gauge builds. Opposed to Sedate.
  • Sedate Sedate, reducing physical damage taken, but reducing the rate the limit gauge fills. Opposed to Fury.

Enemies may have resistances or immunities to several debuffs, though in cases where bosses are not immune to a debuff, exploiting this vulnerability can be critical to winning the battle. All mechanical enemies are immune to poison and sleep. Resistance to debuffs among party members can be provided through accessories, through the Warding Materia Warding Materia, as well as weapon passives.

Battle rewards[]

After defeating an enemy in battle, rewards are earned by the party. These include EXP, gil, any item drops, weapon proficiency, and AP. EXP is used for increasing the characters' level, and is shared across all party members, while AP is used for leveling up materia and is shared among the currently equipped materia of all characters in that battle. Weapon proficiency is used to permanently learn the weapon's ability.

For item drops, enemies have a chance for a normal item drop or a rare item drop. The rare item is more valuable, but has a lower drop rate, while the normal item has a chance to drop when an enemy is killed. Drop rates differ between enemies and between the items they hold. In addition to item drops when defeating an enemy, some items can be stolen using the Steal during battle, and the success rate depends on the Luck Luck of the character using the ability as well as the steal rate of the item. Enemies can also be morphed.

Party members[]

There are seven party members in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth:

  • Cloud Strife, a melee attacker who wields broadswords in battle. His moveset includes a mix of dealing raw damage and countering opponents, especially with his unique ability to switch to Punisher Mode. Introduced in Rebirth is his ability to perform perform ranged magic attacks by attacking after dodging, and abilities that are capable against aerial enemies.
  • Barret Wallace, a ranged attacker who wields gun-arms in battle. Barret has the highest durability of the party, and his support abilities make him a great defensive option who can draw fire from enemies to protect the party, particularly using Lifesaver. Barret no longer has the ability to equip melee weapons, but has an otherwise expanded moveset with new abilities.
  • Tifa Lockhart, a melee brawler who fights with her fists and knuckles equipped. Her strengths are her single target damage that is the highest physical damage of any party member, her very high mobility, and her ability to build up an enemy's stagger gauge quickly and to increase stagger bonus damage. Her unique ability is Unbridled Strength. New to Rebirth are aerial versions of her abilities and attacks, making her more potent against aerial enemies.
  • Aerith Gainsborough, a ranged spellcaster who uses staves to fire homing magic projectiles from a distance. She has supportive limit breaks unlike other party members, and her Soul Drain ability and potent magic attributes make her the strongest spellcaster in the party. Her new unique ability in Rebirth is Ward Shift, allowing her to teleport to one of the wards she has placed in battle, and her normal attacks are capable of inflicting Tempest and Fleeting Familiar from Remake.
  • Red XIII, a melee attacker who uses collars to enhance his attack. Red XIII has very high durability and his moveset is based around counterattacking, making him both an attacking threat and a defensive support for the party. His unique ability is Vengeance Mode, which he can activate after filling his gauge by guarding against attacks, and which increases his damage and allows him to use Siphon Fang to heal himself while dealing damage.
  • Yuffie Kisaragi, a ranged ninja who wields a shuriken, and is able to change the elemental affinity of her attack on a whim. Yuffie can throw her weapon to stick to an enemy to deal passive damage while she acts elsewhere. When her shuriken is attached to an enemy, Yuffie uses magical ninjutsu as her normal attack. Yuffie's balanced attributes and ability to deal ranged and melee damage make her a strong all-around damage dealer depending on situations, while her very high maneuverability allows her to get around the battlefield with ease.
  • Cait Sith, a unique party member with megaphones as his weapon and the ability to summon a moogle in battle with Let's Ride!. Cait Sith without his moogle has strong offensive attributes and can deal ranged and melee damage but is very vulnerable, while riding his moogle gives him access to many more abilities ranging from supportive to offensive abilities. Cait Sith relies on his moogle to draw damage away from himself, but is otherwise versatile and can be useful in different scenarios.

Five begin at the start of the game, while new party members are unlocked as the story goes on. Each is the main player-controlled character during a few quests. Cloud is the most frequently controlled, used by the player throughout most of the story.


Party members have access to a variety of abilities from the "Abilities" menu. Each party member has a default ability available from the start, and additional abilities are provided by the weapon they equip. Once an ability is used in a certain way (depending on the weapon), and proficiency with it reaches 100%, the party member permanently learns the ability. Abilities range from a variety of combat techniques to supportive abilities, and are core to how each party member plays.

Another set of unique party member abilities are limit breaks. Once a party member's limit gauge is filled, the "Limit" command is added to their list of commands. Limit breaks do not use any ATB and render the user invincible during animation, making them free to use. Party members have up to three limit levels based on how many limit breaks they have unlocked. Each begins at level 1, but can reach higher limit levels using synergy abilities or with accessories.

Other abilities are learned from folios for party members, and are unlocked as SP is gained. These are also mostly unique abilities, but tend to be stronger than those from weapons.

Outside of party member unique abilities, many abilities can also be provided by Command Materia Command Materia.


Party members equip three pieces of equipment: a weapon, a piece of armor, and an accessory. Equipment pieces are found throughout the story by completing quests, or purchased from shops.

The weapon is the most important piece of equipment. Weapons vary in terms of materia slots, their attributes, and some passive abilities available to them. Gaining SP (skill points) from leveling up and from acquiring manuscripts will upgrade the weapons over time, giving them more ability and materia slots and improving their attributes.

Armor and accessories have different roles. Armor boost the defense or magic defense attributes, as well as providing materia slots. Accessories provide unique effects. These may be simple attribute bonuses, but can also come in the form of immunities to debuffs, automatically granting some statuses, as well as providing enhancements to spellcasting or attacks. Some accessories can be used as replacements for different materia.


The materia system is used to customize and tailor a party member's moveset, and thus their playstyle. The improvements they provide include granting them abilities and enhancing their attributes. Materia are equipped on materia slots provided either by their weapon or armor. Weapon slots expand as the weapons are advanced by upgrading them, though armor slots do not expand.

Materia are earned throughout the story by completing different quests and minigames, by gathering World Intel and purchasing them from Chadley, found in the environment, and purchasing some from shops.

There are five types of materia:

  • Magic Materia Magic Materia, used to grant magic spells, which require ATB and MP to be cast. These include curative spells such as Cure Cure, offensive spells, such as Fire Fire, and spells applying status effects, such as Haste Haste.
  • Command Materia Command Materia, used to grant abilities that require ATB. These are typically supportive abilities, such as Pray or Steal.
  • Support Materia Support Materia, paired with other materia in a linked slot to enhance the materia or take advantage of the materia's properties.
  • Complete Materia Complete Materia, granting passive effects to the wielder, such as improving their attributes, or improving a basic ability.
  • Summoning Materia Summoning Materia, granting the ability to summon a monster in certain battles. These are special materia that have a dedicated slot in the character's weapon, and only one can be equipped at said character at any given time.


A battle begins when a group of enemies found on the field first engage the party. When approaching the enemies, an indicator will appear on screen, allowing the player to engage them for bonus ATB in a first strike; the player can avoid the battle by avoiding the enemy, but if the enemy approaches them, the battle will begin regardless. When battle begins, the current party leader takes over, battle commands are available, and battle takes place until the party runs out of range of the enemies or all enemies are defeated.

Affinity to elements comes in the form of either a weakness, a lesser resistance (where they take less damage from an element), a greater resistance (where they take very little damage), an immunity (where they take no damage), or an absorption (where they are healed by an attack of that element). Similarly, enemies can be immune to some status effects entirely (such as all mechanical enemies being immune to poison and sleep), but if not immune are vulnerable to being crippled by them. Players can use this to their advantage.

Enemies that have been fought are listed in the Enemy Intel. Assess Materia Assess Materia reveals permanent information on them, including their weaknesses and how best to pressure them.