Sneak Attack is a Support Materia in Final Fantasy VII. It can be linked with a variety of Materia, including all Magic and Summon Materia, as well as many Command Materia. When linked, it provides a chance to perform a command from the linked Materia as soon as the battle begins. The likelihood of this increases based on the level of the Sneak Attack Materia, up to 80% chance.
Sneak Attack can be paired with all Magic and Summon Materia, as well as Steal, Sense, Throw, Morph, Deathblow, Manipulate, Mime and Master Command. If paired with Master Magic, Master Summon, or Master Command, a random ability contained in the Materia is chosen. If paired with Command Materia, the ability highlighted in the menu is used for the attack. If paired with a Magic Materia, the highest spell the Materia has learned will be used.
The PlayStation version's battle message has a spelling error, which was later fixed for the PC release.
To obtain additional Sneak Attack Materia, one must master the Materia. This requires 150,000 AP, and the best way to do this is to equip weapons and armor with Double or Triple AP.
|1||0||20% chance for equipped character to use linked Materia when battle begins.|
|2||20000||35% chance for equipped character to use linked Materia when battle begins.|
|3||60000||50% chance for equipped character to use linked Materia when battle begins.|
|4||100000||60% chance for equipped character to use linked Materia when battle begins.|
|5||150000||80% chance for equipped character to use linked Materia when battle begins.|
Sneak Attack provides a chance to perform a command from the linked Materia as soon as the battle starts. This will either be the highest-level Magic spell when paired with Magic Materia, the highlighted ability on a Command Materia, or a random ability from Master Command, Master Magic, or Master Summon. Sneak Attack picks a random target based on the ability's default target (allies or enemies). If the player equips multiple Sneak Attack Materia combinations, only one of them activates, rather than all of them like with Counter, Counter Attack, or Magic Counter. The one the player equipped first takes precedence; the Materia's physical location on the weapon/armor doesn't matter.
Sneak Attack has a variety of uses. When paired with offensive attacks, it can be used to end fights quickly, or cripple bosses when the battle starts. When used with Hades, for instance, it can be devastating to bosses by applying many negative status effects. With Odin, it grants a chance to kill all or most enemies as soon as the battle starts. This can be especially useful when capturing the "Wonderful Chocobo" for breeding, as it tends to run away on its first move. Sneak Attack can also be used with simple Materia, such as Steal, if the player is simply hunting for an item to steal.