Temporarily reduce damage taken and how easily you are interrupted.Description
Steelskin is Barret's default ability in Final Fantasy VII Remake. It provides Barret with an unique buff that reduces both physical and magical damage taken, as well making him less susceptible to being interrupted while attacking.
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
Steelskin reduces all damage Barret takes by 30% and greatly increases interrupt defense. Once used it does not have a unique buff icon, instead, Barret sparkles with yellow shine to signal that Steelskin is active.
Use[edit | edit source]
Steelskin is one of Barret's abilities that, alongside Lifesaver, serves him in the role as a "tank" type of character, allowing him to protect the party. Steelskin's buff is unique in that it cannot be dispelled by enemies, and it stacks with other buffs, such as Barrier and Manaward. This turns Barret into a very resilient character capable of taking a lot of punishment.
Steelskin can be used in conjunction with Lifesaver or Provoke Materia to draw fire away from the rest of the party, and then resist the damage he takes. Steelskin will not reduce damage projected onto Barret by Lifesaver, but will mitigate the damage he receives himself. Other buffs and Complete Materia can further improve Barret's tanking ability, allowing him to sustain a lot of damage.