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Only one way to become a Whack-a-Box master: whack, whack, whack!

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Whack-a-Box is a minigame in Final Fantasy VII Remake that involves playing as Cloud in the kids' hideout in the Sector 5 Slums to accumulate points by destroying boxes.

After defeating the "king toad" during "Budding Bodyguard", talking to Sarah at the playground allows Cloud to partake in Whack-a-Box during the quest "A Verified Hero". The player can return in Chapter 14, "In Search of Hope", to a harder course and new rewards.

In "Episode INTERmission", a new version of this minigame for Yuffie appears as the Shinra Box Buster.

How to play[]

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Whack-a-Box Normal Course from FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE

The objective is to destroy several colored boxes to obtain points. Yellow boxes provide 50 points, blue provide 100, large blue boxes provide 1,000, and red boxes add to the timer. These boxes can be destroyed either with normal attacks, or with Cloud's abilities. It is not possible to lock onto the boxes. The abilities available to Cloud are Braver and the ability provided by his currently equipped weapon.

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Whack-a-Box Hard Course from FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE

The Buster Sword Buster Sword can be an efficient weapon due to its Focused Thrust. An efficient way is to use Focused Thrust often to smash several boxes at once. Equipping Iron Blade Iron Blade lets the player use Triple Slash, two uses of which should destroy the large blue boxes. Equipping Hardedge Hardedge allows the player to use Infinity's End, Cloud's most powerful ability, which should destroy the large blue boxes in one use. Deadly Dodge Materia Deadly Dodge Materia is useful (best maxed out on Lv.2), as dodging in the direction of clusters of small to medium boxes followed by a basic attack will increase both damage and the area of effect, considerably speeding up the process.

Holding Square has Cloud swing the sword to hit multiple targets at once, great for clearing clusters of boxes. The red boxes should be prioritized, especially on the hard course, and though large blue boxes provide a lot of points, they are time consuming to destroy. Large blue boxes should be destroyed with Braver/Triple Slash/Infinity's End, and if two block a path at once, the player should aim to attack the gap in the middle of them to hopefully destroy both at once. If only one large box is destroyed, however, it is better to move forward and destroy piles of smaller boxes, than to be hung up on a single large box. Cloud should remain in Operator Mode except against the large blue boxes, where attacking in Punisher Mode is faster.

Boxes[]

Box Image HP Score Characteristics
Yellow Box Whack-a-Box Yellow Box from Final Fantasy VII Remake model.png 35 50 None
Blue Box Whack-a-Box Blue Box from Final Fantasy VII Remake model.png 105 100 Landing an attack increases ATB gauge by 30
Red Box Whack-a-Box Red Box from Final Fantasy VII Remake model.png 1 0 Breaking inceases time remaining by 10 seconds
Large Blue Box Whack-a-Box Large Blue Box from Final Fantasy VII Remake model.png 1000 1500 Landing an attack increases ATB gauge by 30

Modes[]

Normal Mode[]

Initial time
30 secs
Max score
48850
Normal Mode map

Hard Mode[]

Initial time
1 min 30 secs
Max score
48850
Hard Mode map

Rewards[]

Trophy data
Crate Annihilator
Complete all Normal difficulty Whack-a-Box challenges. Bronze
Whack-a-Box Wunderkind
Complete all Hard difficulty Whack-a-Box challenges. Bronze
Target Score Prize
10000 Elixir
20000 Crescent Moon Charm
30000 Spectral Cogwheel (Normal)
Transference Module (Hard)
Participation Moogle Medal

Scoring a number of points rewards several items. Obtaining all items on Normal difficulty unlocks the bronze trophy Crate Annihilator, and obtaining all on Hard difficulty unlocks the trophy Whack-a-Box Wunderkind.

Musical themes[]

"Whack-a-Box" is a track on the Final Fantasy VII Remake Original Soundtrack.

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