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The Art of Swordplay manuscript for Cloud's weapon upgrades.

Manuscripts Manuscripts (スキルアップブック, Sukiru Appu Bukku?, lit. Skill Up Book) are items in Final Fantasy VII Remake and "Episode INTERmission" used to provide skill points for purchasing weapon upgrades, as well as second level limit breaks. Manuscripts are gained for completing various objectives, including Corneo Colosseum and Shinra Combat Simulator challenges, and by defeating certain enemies in hard mode.

Manuscripts are necessary to fully level up weapons after a character reaches their maximum level 50. There are 56 manuscripts in total in the base game. During an initial playthrough, only 12 can be obtained, and the remaining 44 require hard mode difficulty. There are 14 per character. The mechanic returns in INTERmission for Yuffie and Sonon.

Manuscripts differ for each character. Cloud's are known as The Art of Swordplay, Barret's are known as Sharpshooter's Companion, Tifa's are the Way of the Fist, and Aerith's are Telluric Scriptures.

Limit breaks being learned from books alludes to the original Final Fantasy VII where each party member's final Limit was learned from a manual, which often required doing a sidequest to find.

Cloud's The Art of Swordplay[]

A primer on proper sword technique. Increases Cloud's skill points.

Description

Any difficulty[]

Edition Chapter Obtained
The Art of Swordplay Vol. I Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Purchase from the Moogle Emporium for 5 moogle medals.
The Art of Swordplay Vol. II Chapter 9: "The Town That Never Sleeps" Complete "Cloud vs. Shinra Thugs" challenge in Corneo Colosseum.
The Art of Swordplay Vol. III Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Complete "Corneo's Secret Stash".

Hard mode only[]

Edition Chapter Obtained
The Art of Swordplay Vol. IV Chapter 2:

"Fateful Encounters"

Defeat The Huntsman.
The Art of Swordplay Vol. V Chapter 3:

"Home Sweet Slum"

Defeat Doomrats during "Rat Problem".
The Art of Swordplay Vol. VI Chapter 4: "Mad Dash" Defeat Roche.
The Art of Swordplay Vol. VII Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Defeat Reno.
The Art of Swordplay Vol. VIII Chapter 9: "The Town That Never Sleeps" Defeat Beck, Burke, and Butch during "The Price of Thievery".
The Art of Swordplay Vol. IX Chapter 9: "The Town That Never Sleeps" Defeat Jury-Rigged Cutter during "Shears' Counterattack".
The Art of Swordplay Vol. X Chapter 9: "The Town That Never Sleeps" Defeat two Bombs during "A Dynamite Body".
The Art of Swordplay Vol. XI Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Defeat the Beastmaster and Hellhound during "Tomboy Bandit".
The Art of Swordplay Vol. XII Chapter 16:

"The Belly of the Beast"

Defeat Specimen H0512.
The Art of Swordplay Vol. XIII Chapter 17: "Deliverance from Chaos" Complete the "Cloud vs. 3-C SOLDIER Candidates" challenge in the Shinra Combat Simulator.
The Art of Swordplay Vol. XIV Chapter 17: "Deliverance from Chaos" Defeat Rufus and Darkstar.

Barret's Sharpshooter's Companion[]

A handbook dedicated to the proper use of firearms. Increases Barret's skill points.

Description

Any difficulty[]

Edition Chapter Obtained
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. I Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Purchase from the Moogle Emporium for 5 moogle medals.
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. II Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Complete "Barret vs. Shinra Thugs" challenge in Corneo Colosseum.
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. III Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Complete "The Power of Music".

Hard mode only[]

Edition Chapter Obtained
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. IV Chapter 1: "The Destruction of Mako Reactor 1" Defeat the Scorpion Sentinel.
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. V Chapter 5:

"Dogged Pursuit"

Defeat the Crab Warden.
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. VI Chapter 7:

"A Trap Is Sprung"

Defeat the Airbuster.
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. VII Chapter 12:

"Fight for Survival"

Defeat Reno and Rude.
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. VIII Chapter 13:

"A Broken World"

Defeat the Failed Experiment.
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. IX Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Defeat the Tonberry during "Malicious Goons".
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. X Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Defeat the Type-0 Behemoth during "Subterranean Menace".
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. XI Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Defeat the Rust Drake during "Chocobo Search".
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. XII Chapter 15: "The Day Midgar Stood Still" Defeat The Valkyrie.
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. XIII Chapter 17:

"Deliverance from Chaos"

Complete the "Barret vs. 3-C SOLDIER Candidates" challenge in the Shinra Combat Simulator.
Sharpshooter's Companion Vol. XIV Chapter 18:

"Destiny's Crossroads"

Defeat the Whisper Harbinger.

Tifa's Way of the Fist[]

A manuscript detailing some of martial arts' best-kept secrets. Increases Tifa's skill points.

Description

Any difficulty[]

Edition Chapter Obtained
Way of the Fist Vol. I Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Purchase from the Moogle Emporium for 5 moogle medals.
Way of the Fist Vol. II Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Complete "Tifa vs. Shinra Thugs" challenge in Corneo Colosseum.
Way of the Fist Vol. III Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Complete "Wavering Heart".

Hard mode only[]

Edition Chapter Obtained
Way of the Fist Vol. IV Chapter 3:

"Home Sweet Slum"

Defeat the Wrath Hound during "On the Prowl".
Way of the Fist Vol. V Chapter 4: "Mad Dash" Defeat the Enigmatic Spectre.
Way of the Fist Vol. VI Chapter 6: "Light the Way" Found in the ventilation fan (where the Chocobo & Moogle can previously be found).
Way of the Fist Vol. VII Chapter 10:

"Rough Waters"

Defeat Abzu.
Way of the Fist Vol. VIII Chapter 11: "Haunted" Defeat Eligor.
Way of the Fist Vol. IX Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Defeat Abzu and the Abzu Shoats.
Way of the Fist Vol. X Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Defeat the Phantoms during "Missing Children".
Way of the Fist Vol. XI Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Defeat the Trypapolises during "Chocobo Search".
Way of the Fist Vol. XII Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Defeat the Sahagin Prince during "Corneo's Secret Stash".
Way of the Fist Vol. XIII Chapter 17:

"Deliverance from Chaos"

Complete the "Tifa vs. 3-C SOLDIER Candidates" challenge in the Shinra Combat Simulator.
Way of the Fist Vol. XIV Chapter 17:

"Deliverance from Chaos"

Defeat the Jenova Dreamweaver.

Aerith's Telluric Scriptures[]

A collection of writings that discuss the mysteries of the planet. Increases Aerith's skill points.

Description

Any difficulty[]

Edition Chapter Obtained
Telluric Scriptures Vol. I Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Purchase from the Moogle Emporium for 5 moogle medals.
Telluric Scriptures Vol. II Chapter 9: "The Town That Never Sleeps" Complete "Aerith vs. Shinra Thugs" challenge in Corneo Colosseum.
Telluric Scriptures Vol. III Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Complete "Secret Medicine".

Hard mode only[]

Edition Chapter Obtained
Telluric Scriptures Vol. IV Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Defeat Rude.
Telluric Scriptures Vol. V Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Defeat the Mark II Monodrive during "Weapons on a Rampage".
Telluric Scriptures Vol. VI Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Defeat Hedgehog Pie King during "Kids on Patrol".
Telluric Scriptures Vol. VII Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Defeat Chromogger during "The Angel of the Slums".
Telluric Scriptures Vol. VIII Chapter 8:

"Budding Bodyguard"

Defeat Venomantises during "Paying Respects".
Telluric Scriptures Vol. IX Chapter 9: "The Town That Never Sleeps" Defeat Hell House.
Telluric Scriptures Vol. X Chapter 11: "Haunted" Defeat the Ghoul.
Telluric Scriptures Vol. XI Chapter 17:

"Deliverance from Chaos"

Complete the "Aerith vs. 3-C SOLDIER Candidates" in the Shinra Combat Simulator.
Telluric Scriptures Vol. XII Chapter 17:

"Deliverance from Chaos"

Defeat the Swordipede.
Telluric Scriptures Vol. XIII Chapter 17:

"Deliverance from Chaos"

Defeat The Arsenal.
Telluric Scriptures Vol. XIV Chapter 18:

"Destiny's Crossroads"

Defeat Sephiroth.

Legacy[]

They can be obtained at any difficulty.

Edition Chapter Obtained
Legacy: Ascension Chapter 9: "The Town That Never Sleeps" Complete "Cloud vs. Wild Animals" challenge in Corneo Colosseum.
An item that teaches Cloud a new limit break.
Legacy: Catastrophe Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Complete "Barret vs. Wild Animals" challenge in Corneo Colosseum.
An item that teaches Barret a new limit break.
Legacy: Dolphin Flurry Chapter 14:

"In Search of Hope"

Complete "Tifa vs. Wild Animals" challenge in Corneo Colosseum.
An item that teaches Tifa a new limit break.
Legacy: Planet's Protection Chapter 9: "The Town That Never Sleeps" Complete "Aerith vs. Wild Animals" challenge in Corneo Colosseum.
An item that teaches Aerith a new limit break.

Behind the scenes[]

Each character's manuscripts have a unique design when viewed in the inventory. The swords crossing on Cloud's resemble somewhat the basic sword SOLDIER members are issued 3-C Soldier Operator from FFVII Remake. Barret's manuscript holds bullets on the cover, while Tifa's has a stylized image that somewhat resembles the shape of a boxing ring. The shapes on the covers of Aerith's manuscripts are her weapons bar the Guard Stick (from top to bottom):

Gallery[]

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