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This is a list of abilities in Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Each party member has a basic Attack command, one Unique Ability tied to Triangle, the ability to guard by holding L1, and a set of abilities usable from the command menu. In addition to these, many passive abilities are provided by equipped weapons and accessories.

Many of the abilities usable from the command menu expend one or more ATB charges. A party member builds up an ATB charge gradually over time, by performing normal attacks, blocking attacks, or through various effects provided by some Complete Materia Complete Materia. To chain abilities together, one must build their ATB quickly in-between expending them. The abilities available from the menu are Abilities, Spells, Item, Summon, and Limit. Of the command menu abilities, only limit breaks cost no ATB charge to use.

The equipped weapon will also provide a wide variety of passive abilities, unlocked by spending Skill Points on the weapon from the Weapon Upgrades screen in the menu.

Basic commands[]

Most basic commands apply only during battle, though the command menu can be used at any time.

Command Button Requirement Description
Commands Menu X All Open the Commands Menu and enter Tactical Mode, slowing down time while one selects picks an ability.
Attack Square All Attack against a target based on the party member controlled and their weapon equipped. The attacks will also build up an ATB gauge.

For Cloud, Tifa, and Barret (when equipped with melee weapons), using the command multiple times will perform a combo of moves specific to that character and their weapon. For Cloud and Tifa, holding the button down will perform a specialized attack; Cloud will swing his sword in a wide arc, while Tifa, will perform an uppercut similar to Whirling Uppercut.

Barret (when equipped with ranged weapons) and Aerith can just hold the button to unleash consecutive attacks.

Strong Attack Square Cloud in Punisher Mode Identical to a normal Attack in function, but more powerful, and faster. Holding the button down will cause Cloud to perform an overhead swing; doing so will briefly put him under Berserk Berserk.
Dodge-roll Circle All Evade in the specified direction to avoid an attack.
Guard R1 All Brace for damage, reducing damage taken by 40%, and making it slightly harder to interrupt.
Shortcut L1 All Open up a list of shortcuts, tied to X, Circle, Square, or Triangle, set by the player in the menu.

Unique Abilities[]

Command Button Requirement Description
Punisher Mode Triangle Cloud in Operator Mode Switches to Punisher Mode. This mode greatly slows Cloud's movement speed, but increases his attack damage, attack speed, and gives him the ability to counterattack melee attacks against him.
Operator Mode Triangle Cloud in Punisher Mode Switches to Operator Mode, Cloud's default mode. This mode is greater for mobility and provides a mix of offense and defense. Cloud will automatically switch to this mode when dodge-rolling.
Charge Triangle Barret Causes Barret to pause and charge his weapon, filling up his Overcharge or Overrun gauge to use again.
Overcharge Triangle Barret with a ranged weapon When the charge is filled, fires several powerful bullets towards a target, filling up Barret's ATB gauge. After use, it must be recharged again.
Overrun Triangle Barret with a melee weapon When the charge is filled, Barret charges forward, pinning enemies down along the way, then jumps up and slams his weapon into the ground, dealing area-of-effect physical damage. Barret cannot be interrupted during this.
Whirling Uppercut Triangle Tifa at default chi Performs a powerful uppercut punch towards an enemy, knocking smaller enemies into the air. Increases stagger bonus damage by 5% for the rest of the stagger duration.
Omnistrike Triangle Tifa with 1 chi level Performs a shoulder barge attack towards an enemy, dealing powerful damage and increasing stagger bonus damage for the rest of the stagger duration. Accessed with 1 chi level, or 1 use of Unbridled Strength.
Rise and Fall Triangle Tifa with 2 chi levels Leaps towards a target and kicks them, then throws punches after, dealing powerful damage and increasing stagger bonus damage for the rest of the stagger duration. Accessed with 2 chi level, or 2 uses of Unbridled Strength.
Tempest Triangle Aerith -
Throw Triangle Yuffie Throws equipped shuriken towards an enemy, causing subsequent normal attacks (altered by Elemental Ninjutsu) to become ranged for a duration.
Retrieve Triangle Yuffie Causes Yuffie to jump towards and grab shuriken from afflicted enemy, dealing damage in the process and returning normal attacks to melee attacks.

Commands Menu[]

Abilities tied to the command menu can either be used from the menu, or tied to a shortcut using R1. The abilities available from the menu are Abilities, Magic, Item, Summon, and Limit.

Outside of battle, only Spells and Items can be used.

Command Requirement Description
Abilities Various This skillset includes party member-specific abilities as well as those provided by Command Materia Command Materia, and cost either 1 or 2 ATB charges. Among party member-specific abilities, each character has one available by default, and others that are learned by equipping weapons. Achieving 100% proficiency with one will unlock it permanently. Yuffie uniquely has a command ability that is gained from a weapon passive, rather than mastered to keep permanently: Mug.
Spells Magic Materia Magic Materia Spells that are provided by any equipped magic materia. Spells all have a varying MP cost. In battle, they cost one ATB charge, but outside of battle, there are no restrictions.
Item All Use any item that is currently usable. During battle, items cost one ATB charge to use, but outside of battle, there are no restrictions.
Summon Summoning Materia Summoning Materia Calls forth a summon from the character's equipped summoning materia. This command is only available in certain fights, and after the party takes significant damage. When the summon is active, this is replaced by "Summon Abilities".
Summon Abilities Active summon Issue summon-specific commands to the active summon. Any party member can issue commands, and issuing one will use up their own ATB charges, either 1 or 2 depending on the ability.
Limit All With the character's limit gauge full, use one of their available limit breaks. Unlike most abilities, this consumes no ATB.

Cloud's weapon abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Power Stagger rate ATB regain Interrupt strength Interrupt defense Weapon
Braver 1 400 2
Pressure: 6
0 50 40 Default
Jump into the air and strike your foe with a powerful attack.
Focused Thrust 1 200 (total) 6 (total)

Pressure: 28 (total)

0 50 40 Buster Sword Buster Sword
Lunge toward an enemy with a piercing strike that hits multiple times. Significantly increases stagger.
Triple Slash 1 600 (total) 3
Pressure: 3
0 50 40 Iron Blade Iron Blade
Slash three enemies in quick succession, dealing more damage with each blow.
Disorder 1 80
180 (total)
1; Pressure: 2
2x1; Pressure: 2x2
50 40 Nail Bat Nail Bat
Deliver a devastating attack and switch modes in one fluid motion.
Top stats refer to use during Operator Mode; bottom refer to use during Punisher Mode.
Infinity's End 2 666
During Stagger: 1110
0 0 50 60 Hardedge Hardedge
Wind up and unleash an overhead strike. Increased damage on stagger. Costs 2 ATB.
Blade Burst 1 378 1 0 50 40 Mythril Saber Mythril Saber
Unleash a wave of non-elemental mako energy at an enemy in front of you with a slash of your sword.
Counterstance 1 520 (total) 5 0 50 60 Twin Stinger Twin Stinger
Brace for attacks and retaliate with a powerful slash.
Stats refer to attacks after a successful guard.
Information from the Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania.

Barret's weapon abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Power Stagger rate ATB regain Interrupt strength Interrupt defense Weapon
Steelskin 1 60 Default
Temporarily reduce damage taken and how easily you are interrupted.

Barret will receive 30% less damage and he won't be phased by "small attacks" (for 90 seconds).

Focused Shot All 160 (1 ATB charge)
420 (2 ATB charges)
680 (3 ATB charges)
6 (pressure varies on ATB charges) 0 50 40 (1 ATB charge)
60 (2 or 3 ATB charges)
Gatling Gun Gatling Gun
Consume all ATB charges to unleash a concentrated burst of energy. Significantly increases stagger.
Lifesaver 1 60 Light Machine Gun Light Machine Gun
Take damage intended for other party members.

Lasts 120 seconds.

Maximum Fury All 338 (total, 1 ATB charge)
780 (total, 2 ATB charges)
1,210 (total, 3 ATB charges)
0 0 50 40 (1 ATB charge)
60 (2 or 3 ATB charges)
Big Bertha Big Bertha
Consume all ATB charges to fire a long stream of bullets at an enemy.
Charging Uppercut 1 250 (total) 2 0 50 40 Steel Pincers Steel Pincers
Rush towards an enemy and launch them into the air with a furious blow. Increases Charge.
Smackdown 1 350 1
Pressure: 2
0 50 40 Wrecking Ball Wrecking Ball
Strike the ground and send nearby enemies flying.
Point Blank All 420 (total, 1 ATB charge)
940 (total, 2 ATB charges)
1515 (total, 3 ATB charges)
1 0 50 40 EKG Cannon EKG Cannon
Consume all ATB charges to deliver a close-range attack and send enemies flying.
Information from the Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania.

Tifa's weapon abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Power Stagger rate ATB regain Interrupt strength Interrupt defense Weapon
Unbridled Strength 1 40 Default
Strengthen basic attacks and unique abilities.
Divekick 1 378 1 0 50 40 Leather Gloves Leather Gloves
Leap into the air and unleash a powerful kick.
Overpower 1 252 (total) 4 (total)
Pressure: 5 (total)
0 50 40 Metal Knuckles Metal Knuckles
Use in conjunction with basic attacks to more effectively pressure enemies.
Focused Strike 1 72 3
Pressure: 18
700 30 60 Sonic Strikers Sonic Strikers
Evade, then unleash a charging attack. Moderately increases stagger.
Starshower 1 580 6
Pressure: 12
0 50 60 Feathered Gloves Feathered Gloves
Unleash a flurry of powerful strikes. Increases strength of next command executed.
Chi Trap 1 300 (total) 10 (total)
Pressure: 20 (total)
0 50 40 Mythril Claws Mythril Claws
Create a ball of energy that does continuous damage.
True Strike 1 333 1 0 50 40 Purple Pain Purple Pain
Deliver a tremendous blow at close range. Increased stagger damage bonus.
Information from the Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania.

Aerith's weapon abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Power Stagger rate ATB regain Interrupt strength Interrupt defense Weapon
Soul Drain 1 140 1
Pressure: 2
0 50 40 Default
Unleash an attack that absorbs MP. Absorbs additional MP from staggered enemies.

Recovers 3% max MP or 15% against a staggered enemy

Arcane Ward 1 40 Guard Stick Guard Stick
Conjure a ward. Attack spells cast within the ward will automatically be cast twice.
Ward lasts 180 seconds
Sorcerous Storm 1 294 1 0 50 40 Silver Staff Silver Staff
Deal magic damage to nearby enemies.
Fleeting Familiar 1 40 Arcane Scepter Arcane Scepter
Summon a fairy that attacks your enemies periodically as wells as after you use abilities and spells.

Familiar lasts 240 seconds

Ray of Judgment 2 640 (total) 10 (total)
Pressure: 20 (total)
0 50 40 Mythril Rod Mythril Rod
Fire an energy burst that hits multiple times. Increased stagger damage bonus. Costs 2 ATB.
Lustrous Shield 1 40 Bladed Staff Bladed Staff
Conjure a magical shield that keeps enemies at bay and stops projectiles.
Shield lasts 120 seconds, up to 3 allowed at once
ATB Ward 2 40 Reinforced Staff Reinforced Staff
Conjure a magical ward. Allies who use ATB within it regain partial ATB from your gauge. Costs 2 ATB.
Ward lasts 240 seconds
Information from the Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania.

Yuffie's weapon abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Weapon
Art of War 1 Default
Buffet an enemy with blows, and all subsequent attacks deal increased damage.
Windstorm 1 Default
Create a gust of wind that damages nearby enemies and launches them toward you.
Fire Ninjutsu 1 20px 4-Point Shuriken
Use and temporarily enhance fire ninjutsu.
Ice Ninjutsu 1 20px 4-Point Shuriken
Use and temporarily enhance ice ninjutsu.
Lightning Ninjutsu 1 20px 4-Point Shuriken
Use and temporarily enhance lightning ninjutsu.
Wind Ninjutsu 1 20px 4-Point Shuriken
Use and temporarily enhance wind ninjutsu.
Brumal Form 1 20px Boomerang
Evade an attack. ATB increases when successful. Can use while airborne.
Banishment 2 20px Steel Reaper
ATB spent on other commands increases damage dealt. Affinity changes with ninjutsu. Works in the air.
Cactuar Caper 1 20px Cacstar
Let the shuriken run around, mowing down all enemies it touches. Can use while airborne.

Sonon's weapon abilities[]

Ability ATB cost Weapon
Twirling Lunge 1 Default
Swirling Storm 1 20px Marshalist's Staff
Strike a foe myriad times, dealing a large amount of damage.
Fighting Spirit 1 20px Indurate Staff
Continue targeting a single enemy to deal increased damage.
Incite 1 20px Djinn Staff
Draw the attention of a weak foe until Yuffie deals it a certain amount of damage.

Guests' abilities[]

As guests are uncontrollable by the player, they use abilities according to their AI.

Red XIII's abilities[]

Ability Description
Stardust Ray Bombards enemies with stars.
Sidewinder Somersaults into the air and strikes enemies.

Enemy abilities[]