Unleash a flurry of powerful strikes. Increases strength of next command executed.
Starshower is an ATB ability for Tifa in Final Fantasy VII Remake, provided by the Feathered Gloves. Tifa strikes a battle pose at an opponent, before leaping into a flurry of attacks, and then performing a combo of strikes that surround the enemy, before landing in front of them. The ability deals tremendous damage on its own, spread over several hits, then increases damage dealt by the next ability used by +70%.
Obtained[edit | edit source]
Starshower is provided by Feathered Gloves, and learned by using Starshower and then immediately following up with one of Tifa's abilities or a magic spell, repeated until the weapon's proficiency bonus reaches 100%.
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
A unique ability attached to Tifa's Feathered Gloves. Incredibly powerful when chained with other abilities. Any offensive ability executed immediately after Starshower will deal a large amount of damage.
Starshower comprises nine different hits, culminating in one final, more powerful hit. The first hits have attack powers of 8, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50, 72, and 85, and the final hit has an attack power of 280. The first three hits have no effect on stagger or pressure, though the last six have a stagger rate of 1, and a pressure increase of 2, each.
Use[edit | edit source]
Starshower is Tifa's most powerful ability, and is core to her moveset. It deals tremendous sustained physical damage to a single target over several blows, and greatly increases the strength of the next command executed. This fits within Tifa's moveset, as she relies on performing her abilities together in combo, by allowing the next ability she uses to hit harder. As it deals physical damage, Starshower relies on Attack Power, but her high Speed allows her to make the most use of it by charging up the following ability quickly. Starshower deals great damage on its own, and a combo is not required, but the combo is the optimal use for it.
A great use for Starshower is with Unbridled Strength, which grants Tifa access to Omnistrike, meaning Tifa can use Starshower on an enemy and immediately follow it up with powerful burst damage from Omnistrike, which itself does not need an ATB charge. Starshower is best with Tifa's abilities and techniques, such as Divekick or True Strike, because it is a melee ability and best followed up by other melee abilities.
Starshower should also be used generally to increase damage dealt by Tifa's attacks. If used before a limit break, this can allow Dolphin Flurry to deal a huge amount of damage. Tifa can also be built for dealing massive magic damage as well by following up Starshower with a spell.
During Starshower's animation, Tifa is also evasive and will be immune to being stopped by enemies. Starshower can therefore be used straight into Focused Strike to allow her to keep up a damage combo mostly uninterrupted.
Starshower greatly complements Tifa's existing moveset, meaning it can be relied upon often in a wide variety of circumstances. Its best uses are setting up another ability in a combo, or in certain cases to avoid some attacks while dealing damage.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Starshower was Tifa's most popular ability among survey respondents at 38%, above Unbridled Strength at 13%, and Dolphin Flurry at 11%. The user comment for a respondent listing Dolphin Flurry as their favorite ability referred to its use when powered up by Starshower.
References[edit | edit source]
- Square Enix (August 14, 2020). Results of the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Post-Play Survey. Final Fantasy Portal Site. Archived from the original on August 14, 2020.