Template:FFVII Enemies The Guard Scorpion, incorrectly titled Scorpion Guard in the European manual, is the first boss the player encounters in Final Fantasy VII. Cloud and Barret fight it in the Sector 1 Reactor at the Mako Reactor's Core.
A misleading battle message has Cloud tell the player to attack Guard Scorpion while its tail is raised, but doing so will cause it to use always Tail Laser, which deals a large damage to both Cloud and Barret. This is its only strong attack.
Guard Scorpion has two forms. It starts in Form 1 and its second form is when it raises its tail. It will transform to Form 2 after using two damaging attacks, and will revert shortly. Guard Scorpion has a fixed attack pattern: Search Scope, Attack, Search Scope, Attack, Transform to Form 2, Wait, Wait, Transform to Form 1, and it starts from Search Scope again. It always uses Search Scope on the victim of its attacks before attacking, and Search Scope does nothing.
Cloud should cast Bolt while Barret attacks. The player can set Barret in the back row to take less damage, as he has a ranged weapon. Eventually, Guard Scorpion will raise its tail, and counter attack with Tail Laser whenever hit. It is best to do nothing but heal when it raises its tail.
- Guard Scorpion's tail is up while Stage equals 1, and down while Stage equals 0. In addition to a difference in stats and attack pattern, the two stages also have different idle animations and flinch animations.
Guard Scorpion appears in the first trailer of the game, shown at E3 2014. It possibly will be one of the enemies in the game.
- In the 1996 demo version of Final Fantasy VII, Guard Scorpion is replaced by an enlarged Sweeper accompanied by two Grunts.
- The Manasvin Warmech from Final Fantasy XIII looks resemblmes the Guard Scorpion, having a similar tail. Both are the first boss of their respective games.
- In Final Fantasy Type-0, there is a powerful Magitek Armor boss in the fourth chapter that resembles the Guard Scorpion.