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Military canines trained by troopers from Shinra's Public Security Division. They are extremely obedient once trained, and can sniff out intruders and launch ferocious attacks when ordered.

Enemy details

The Guard Dog is an enemy in Final Fantasy VII Remake. They are beasts employed by Shinra Public Security Division, often accompanied by Security Officers.

Guard Dog (Vanguard) is also a grounded unit in the Fort Condor minigame in Episode INTERmission that only attacks the opponent's headquarters.



Abilities in italics lack names in-game and, hence, have unofficial names.

Physical damage = Physical damage
Magic damage = Magic damage
Ability Range Description Block KB(Knockback)
Physical damage Lunging Bite Melee Lunges to bite target. Y N
Physical damage Throat Clamp Melee Binds the player character for 4 seconds. Releases the target if its health drops by 3%, or it is hit by an ability. N N
Physical damage Whirlwhip Melee Swipes with its tentacle. Y N


The Guard Dog is an agile beast that can tackle its opponents, as well as perform a three-hit physical attack, with the first attack stronger than the succeeding ones. It can lunge at the player, who may be caught off guard if the enemy is out of camera shot. The Guard Dog can perform a powerful spinning whip attack with its head tentacle called Physical damage Whirlwhip, which can knock opponents away. Lastly, it can attack with Physical damage Throat Clamp, where it lunges at its opponent, knocking them down and locking with their jaws, binding the target on the ground and preventing them from moving.

Special interactions are programmed between the dogs, their handlers, and the party. The human handlers will express dismay if their dog is taken down before they are, with Cloud having lines to respond that they're next.

Hard Mode[]

On the hard difficulty, the Guard Dog is overall more aggressive and is harder to flinch.


Much like the vast majority of biological-type enemies, the Guard Dog is weak against Ice Ice. Since they don't boast high stats, they are relatively easy to dispatch, but can be dangerous in large numbers.

As the Guard Dog's actions are easily interrupted, it is recommended to immediately attack them. Blocking is recommended against its consecutive attacks. Cloud can also retaliate by using his counter-attack while in Punisher Mode.

Should one of the party members get bind by Throat Clamp, it is recommended to either mash buttons to escape faster, or to switch characters and attack the Dog Hound with powerful attacks. Throat Clamp cannot be countered by Punisher Mode.


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