A greatsword cast from carefully selected iron ore.

Description

The Iron Blade is a weapon for Cloud Strife in Final Fantasy VII Remake. It provides the Triple Slash ability, which allows Clouds to strike three enemies in quick succession, making it excellent for clearing enemy waves.

The Iron Blade itself provides a higher Magic Attack Magic Attack bonus than its Attack Power Attack Power bonus, though its attack power bonus is still respectable. Many of its unlocked abilities improve Cloud's durability. It has good materia slot growth, reaching six slots before Weapon Level 6, but with only a single linked pair.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

Cloud obtains an iron blade by default in "A Job for the Neighborhood Watch" during Chapter 3, "Home Sweet Slum".

Stats[edit | edit source]

Classification
Type Weapon
Usable by Cloud Strife
Combat stats Base Final
Attack Power Attack Power 23 77
Magic Attack Magic Attack 31 105
Acquisition
Complete chapter 3 quest A Job for the Neighborhood Watch

Materia slots[edit | edit source]

Materia slots
purchased
Minimum
Weapon Level
Slots
0 1 Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
1 4 Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
2 5 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
3 5 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
4 5 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
5 6 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
6 6 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Linked.png

Skills[edit | edit source]

Iron Blade Core - Weapon Level: 1 - Required SP: 4
DEF Up Defense +5 Increases defense attribute.
Max HP Up Max HP +150 Increases maximum HP.
Enhanced Physical Guard Physical Damage Reduction 10% when Guarding Reduces physical damage taken when successfully guarding.
Counter Damage Up Punisher Mode Counter Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt when countering in punisher mode.
Iron Blade Sub-Core I - Weapon Level: 2 - Required SP: 6
ATK Up Attack Power +6 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +6 Increases magic attack power attribute.
Dominant Magic Offense Magic Attack Power +5 with High HP Increases magic attack power when HP is 75% or higher.
Dominant Physical Defense Physical Defense +5 with High HP Increases defense when HP is 75% or higher.
Iron Blade Sub-Core II - Weapon Level: 3 - Required SP: 8
ATK Up Attack Power +8 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +6 Increases magic attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +6 Increases magic attack power attribute.
Max HP Up Max HP +200 Increases maximum HP.
Desperate Limit Breaks Limit Break 5% Boost with Low HP Increases the rate at which the limit gauge fills when HP is 25% or lower.
Desperate Recovery Self-Healing 50% Boost with Low HP Significantly increases the effectiveness of healing spells cast on you when HP is 25% or lower.
Iron Blade Sub-Core III - Weapon Level: 4 - Required SP: 12
ATK Up Attack Power +12 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +8 Increases magic attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +8 Increases magic attack power attribute.
DEF Up Defense +8 Increases defense attribute.
Trade-Off Trade-Off Recover MP when taking significant damage.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Iron Blade Sub-Core IV - Weapon Level: 5 - Required SP: 14
ATK Up Attack Power +14 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +10 Increases magic attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +10 Increases magic attack power attribute.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Iron Blade Sub-Core V - Weapon Level: 6 - Required SP: 16
ATK Up Attack Power +14 Increases attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +10 Increases magic attack power attribute.
MATK Up Magic Attack Power +10 Increases magic attack power attribute.
Elemental Damage Up Elemental Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt by fire, ice, lightning, and wind attacks.
Reprieve Avoid Incapacitation once per battle. Survive an otherwise fatal attack with 1 HP. Can only activate once per battle.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.

Use[edit | edit source]

Artwork.

The Iron Blade focuses on durability and spellcasting. It provides a fairly high magic attack, second only to the Mythril Saber Mythril Saber, while still providing a respectable attack power stat. Most of its unlocks focus on improving Cloud's durability, with one ability boosting healing spells Cloud casts on himself by +50%, one reducing physical damage Cloud takes by 10%, and another improving the strength of Cloud's counters in Punisher Mode by +5%. Its greatest boon to Cloud's durability is Reprieve, which allows him to survive fatal attacks at 1 HP, though this is only obtained at the sixth weapon level. Iron Blade also includes an ability that improves Cloud's limit break damage.

Compared to Cloud's other weapons, the Iron Blade provides fairly high durability, particularly in terms of physical defense. Twin Stinger Twin Stinger has similar materia slot growth as the Iron Blade, but its slots link earlier, and it provides greater MP. Furthermore, the Mythril Saber has a much higher magic attack bonus, and more abilities that improve Cloud's spellcasting.

When using the Iron Blade, Cloud's role focuses more on defense and spellcasting than on dealing physical damage. Cloud should take advantage of the magic attack bonus and his own high Magic Magic attribute, while also guarding often in melee range to take advantage of attacks. For pure spellcasting roles, Iron Blade is outclassed by other weapons, but the Iron Blade does not compromise as heavily.

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