A crudely reinforced baseball bat. Designed to beat the living tar out of anything and everything.

Description

The Nail Bat is a weapon in Final Fantasy VII Remake. Despite its appearance, it functions as a sword for Cloud Strife, and provides the Disorder ability. It is based on his joke weapon from the original Final Fantasy VII.

The Nail Bat appears to offer a low attribute boost, but greatly increases Cloud's critical hit rate, making it a strong physical damage dealer. Using it in Punisher Mode makes Cloud swing it like a baseball bat for his Strong Attack, which is slow to use. It provides no benefit to spellcasting roles, and starts off with no materia slots, limiting its versatility.

Obtained[edit | edit source]

A nail bat is a reward for "Kids on Patrol" in Chapter 8, "Budding Bodyguard". One of the patrolling kids also has a miniature nail bat on his back, whereas the other kids have wooden swords that resemble the buster sword.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Classification
Type Weapon
Usable by Cloud Strife
Combat stats Base Final
Attack Power Attack Power 30 30
Magic Attack Magic Attack 30 30
Acquisition
Help the kids in the Sector 5 slums during Budding Bodyguard

Materia slots[edit | edit source]

Materia slots
purchased
Minimum
Weapon Level
Slots
0 1
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2 3 Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
3 3 Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
4 5 Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
5 5 Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
6 5 Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
7 6 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
8 6 Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Linked.png Materia Slot Single.png Materia Slot Single.png
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Skills[edit | edit source]

Nail Bat Core - Weapon Level: 1 - Required SP: 8
Max HP Up Max HP +200 Increases maximum HP.
Max HP Up Max HP +200 Increases maximum HP.
Luck Up Luck +5 Increases luck attribute.
Critical Hit Rate Up Critical Hit Rate 10% Boost Increases probability of landing a critical hit.
Critical Damage Up Critical Hit Damage 25% Boost Increases damage dealt by critical hits.
Nail Bat Sub-Core I - Weapon Level: 3 - Required SP: 10
Enhanced Attack Attack Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt by basic attacks.
Desperate Striker Critical Hit Rate 50% Boost with Low HP Significantly increases probability of landing a critical hit when HP is 25% or lower.
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.
Nail Bat Sub-Core II - Weapon Level: 4 - Required SP: 12
Max HP Up Max HP +200 Increases maximum HP.
Debuff Resistance Up Debuff Resistance +5 Increases resistance to detrimental status effects.
Desperate Physical Defense Physical Defense +10 with Low HP Increases defense when HP is 25% or lower.
Desperate Magic Defense Magic Defense +10 with Low HP Increases magic defense when HP is 25% or lower.
Enemy Parts Damage Up Crippling Damage 10% Boost Increases damage dealt to discrete enemy parts.
Ability Critical Hit Rate Up Weapon Ability Critical Hit Rate 10% Boost Increases probability of landing a critical hit with an ability.
Nail Bat Sub-Core III - Weapon Level: 5 - Required SP: 14
Max HP Up Max HP +200 Increases maximum HP.
Critical Damage Up Critical Hit Damage 25% Boost Increases damage dealt by critical hits.
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 Striker Critical Hit Rate 50% Boost with Low HP Significantly increases probability of landing a critical hit when HP is 25% or lower.
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.
Nail Bat Sub-Core IV - Weapon Level: 6 - Required SP: 16
Max HP Up Max HP +250 Increases maximum HP.
Enhanced Limit Breaks Limit Break Damage 5% Boost Increases damage dealt by limit breaks.
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.
Needs More Materia New Materia Slot Adds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.

Use[edit | edit source]

Using Nail Bat in Operator Mode.

The Nail Bat initially offers no materia slots, and what appear at first to be low stats, and few of its upgrades improve the attribute boosts. Its Attack Power Attack Power and Magic Attack Magic Attack are low and not upgraded even once, and the only attribute it excels in is Luck Luck. The Nail Bat's true strength comes in the form of greatly improving Cloud's critical hit rate, the bonus damage dealt by critical hits, as well in strong durability stats, including providing Reprieve at Weapon Level 6 to let Cloud survive otherwise fatal attacks at 1 HP. This is further boosted by the weapon's luck attribute boost. The weapon locks Cloud into a physical damage role, and despite seeming weak due to its low attribute boosts, its critical hit rate can make up for it.

Artwork

The weapon plays differently to Cloud's other weapons. When in Punisher Mode, Cloud will swing more concentrated blows which, though much slower, also deal much greater burst damage. This is only useful against enemies that are either knocked back, pressured, or staggered, as they will otherwise be able to quickly dodge. One way to take advantage of this is to use the Disorder ability provided by the weapon to immediately strike an enemy, switching to Punisher Mode in doing so, and then follow up with one of its attacks.

Equipping Nail Bat locks Cloud into a physical damage role, and before being upgraded, it does not give Cloud the opportunity to equip any materia. Significant SP must be spent just to give the Nail Bat basic materia compatibility. Once upgraded, it still does not allow materia to link until Weapon Level 6, and so it is best to use its limited slots for Complete Materia Complete Materia and focus Cloud on a physical damage role. Although the Nail Bat can be very good in its physical damage role, it is also much riskier to use due to the Punisher Mode difference, and is more limiting than Hardedge Hardedge, which provides the highest attack power increase.

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