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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 jumps backward to dodge an attack, before 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[]

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.

Mechanics[]

Weapon Ability Sonic Strikers Sonic Strikers
Effects - Tifa performs a backflip to dodge incoming attacks, then lunges forward to strike
- Low physical melee damage
- Greatly increased stagger dealt to pressured enemies
- Regains 700 ATB on hit
- Useable during Whirling Uppercut
- Can be cancelled into easily
Interrupt stats - Interrupts targets with ≤30 interrupt defense
- Interrupted by attacks with ≥60 interrupt strength (during backflip in Intergrade)
- Interrupted by attacks with ≥40 interrupt strength in Intergrade (after backflip)
Compatible Support Materia Support Materia Elemental Materia Elemental Materia
Synergy Materia Synergy Materia
Applicable weapon passive bonuses - Critical Hit Rate Up
- Ability Critical Hit Rate Up
- Backstabber
- Critical Damage Up
- Desperate Striker
Damage formula:

Where Tifa's Attack Power is her Attack Power Attack Power attribute, and Target's Defense is the target's Defense Defense attribute
Power Modifier: .72
Stagger formula:

Where 18 is used rather than 3 while the target is pressured, and Target's Physical Melee Rate Modifier is the respective stagger rate modifier of the target
Stagger Rate: 3
Pressured Rate: 18

Focused Strike is an offensive and defensive ability for Tifa that deals physical melee damage. She quickly will jump backward to evade attacks, then lunge forward to strike the target. Focused Strike deals increased stagger to pressured enemies. It has a power value of 72, a stagger rate of 3 (Pressured: 18), an ATB regain of 700, and an interrupt strength of 30.

In the PlayStation 4 version, Tifa has an interrupt defense of 60 while using Focused Strike, making her very hard to interrupt. In Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, Focused Strike provides 60 interrupt defense during part of the ability, which is reduced to 40 after she has jumped backwards to dodge enemy attacks.

Use[]

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.

Focused Strike causes Tifa to jump backward to dodge an attack, then strike to deal minor physical damage to a target, which can slightly increase stagger. The damage dealt is much lower compared to abilities such as Divekick or Tifa's Unbridled Strength martial techniques, but the ATB-gain and added leap make it an effective way to quickly dodge out of the way of an attack, and to spam against enemies to stagger them. Because the attack starts with a leap away, Focused Strike can be used to avoid damage or interruption, as otherwise part of its animation is wasted. 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 avoid enemies' more powerful attacks while then getting in an attack of her own.

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 attack. This allows her to continuously land Focused Strikes on an enemy until it is staggered, and works effectively with Deadly Dodge Materia Deadly Dodge Materia. By using Focused Strike straight into Deadly Dodge, she can utilize the extra damage and ATB-charge provided by Deadly Dodge attacks, to easily spam Focused Strike while remaining highly mobile. Doing so can quickly stagger an enemy.

Focused Strike can be used directly after Whirling Uppercut, Tifa's default Triangle ability. After using Whirling Uppercut, Tifa will be airborne, and thus have limited options in this state. She can use Focused Strike at any point in the animation to dodge backward, deal light damage and more stagger.

In Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, Synergy Materia Synergy Materia allows non-active characters to cast elemental spells for free when the current leader uses an offensive ability or spell (no ATB or MP consumed). Using Tifa as the party leader, she can use Focused Strike frequently to force the synergist to cast the paired spell, since Focused Strike will restore large amounts of ATB when it hits its target.

Other appearances[]

War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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