Evade, then unleash a charging attack. Moderately increases stagger.

Description

Focused Strike is an ATB ability for Tifa in Final Fantasy VII Remake, provided by the Sonic Strikers Sonic Strikers. Tifa pounces back to dodge an attack, before then leaping forward and striking an opponent, raising to the air before then dropping back down. Doing so evades an attack, greatly increases an opponent's stagger gauge, and recovers ATB after use, allowing her to use another ability afterward.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

Focused Strike is provided by the Sonic Strikers, found in "Sentenced to Death" during Chapter 7, "A Trap Is Sprung", in a chest in the top-left corner of a room. Focused Strike is permanently learned by using the ability to stagger enemies until the weapon's proficiency bonus is filled.

Use[edit | edit source]

A unique ability attacked to Tifa's Sonic Strikers. Both offensive and defensive, the ability allows Tifa to dodge an enemy attack and then strike. Significantly increases an enemy's stagger gauge, especially when the enemy is knocked off-balance.

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Focused Strike causes Tifa to leap back and dodge an attack, then deals moderate burst physical damage to a target that can increase stagger a mild amount. The damage dealt by Focused Strike is much lower compared to abilities such as Divekick or Tifa's Unbridled Strength martial techniques, but the ATB gain and added leap makes it an effective way to quickly dodge out of the way of an attack, and to spam against enemies to overwhelm them. Because the attack starts with a leap away Focused Strike should be strictly used to avoid damage, as otherwise part of its animation is wasted.

When used on pressured enemies, Focused Strike by itself will increase the pressure gauge significantly. Because a significant portion of Tifa’s ATB bar is refunded after a successful hit, she can repeatedly focus strike an enemy in quick succession, building the pressure gauge until the enemy is overwhelmed with a stagger. Focused Strike followed by a dodge will shorten Tifa’s recovery time from this ability, setting her up for another Focused Strike. This allows her to continuously land Focused Strikes on an enemy until it is staggered. By staggering the enemy, Tifa can segue into using her stagger damage increasing combos, such as her True Strike and Unbridled Strength abilities, followed by a cycle of Whirling Uppercut-Divekick combos until the enemy recovers from the stagger. When used against staggered foes, these combos can rival, if not surpass, the damage output of a Limit Break, making Focused Strike a core component of Tifa's skillset due to its capability of setting up a stagger.

Because of Tifa's high Speed Speed, Focused Strike can be charged up fast, making it viable as a substitute for a dodge roll to quickly avoid more powerful attacks while then getting in an attack of her own. The ability also slightly charges ATB, further allowing it to be reused repeatedly. It can also be used as an effective way to dodge enemy counterattacks.

Focused Strike can be used in a combo with Tifa's other abilities, such as Starshower, to allow her to exit and reenter combat quickly, continuing her combo mostly uninterrupted. This remains the best use for the ability, as it deals minimal damage on its own.

Focused Strike can be paired effectively with Deadly Dodge Materia Deadly Dodge Materia. By using Focused Strike straight into Deadly Dodge rolls and attacks, with the damage and ATB charge improvements provided by Deadly Dodge, Tifa can remain mobile while repeatedly dealing damage. This can overwhelm an enemy, and quickly stagger them.

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