Avoid back attack
When surprised with a back attack, try running away
to automatically turn around (hold [L1] + [R1]). This
allows your party to take less damage, however the enemy will
get the first strike.
Faster time bar
When you get into any battle, rapidly press [Circle].
However, if this slows the time bar down, rapidly press [Triangle].
If [Triangle] slows you down when it was speeding up, then
rapidly press [Circle] again. Keep switching if you have
When you are fighting one of the more difficult battles and run
low health or need to attack quicker, open the PlayStation's lid
and let the game idle for awhile. While it is searching for the
game disc, your time gauge will still be recharging.
Huge Materia from Cid's Rocket
The code to get the Huge Materia from Cid's rocket
is [Circle], [Square] [X], [X]. Note: If you
do not get the code, restart and retry from a saved game.
Maneuvering the Highwind
The Highwind can be turned sideways or flown backwards
without turning around. Hold [Square] and press the D-Pad
in the desired direction while flying.
Instead of pressing [Square] + D-Pad to fly the Highwind,
press [Circle] to go forward. Press [R1] or [L1]
to turn sharper.
To fly crooked, hold [R1] + [Left] or [L1] + [Right]
while moving at full speed forward.
Sharp turns in vehicles
Hold [L1] or [R1] and [Left] or [Right]
to turn sharply while in vehicles.
Easy Key to Sector 5
Instead of going through all of the digging to find
the "Key to Sector 5" on the top level of the Bone Village,
go to the village in Disc 3. There should be an X on the ground
in front of the ladder to the second level. Talk to the man and
dig for normal treasure in the exact center of the X three times.
The first time you should get Cid's mop, the second time you should
get W-Summon, and the third time you should get the Key to Sector
Presidential send-off tricks
After doing the Presidential Send-Off event and receiving
your prize from Hedigger, press [Square], [Circle],
[X], or [Triangle] to make Cloud do things such as place
his hands on his hips, shrug, and scratch his back with the gun.
View Cloud's Omnislash from behind
When you get Omnislash, use it. Immediately after you
select your enemies, open the lid on the PlayStation. The game
will go through all of the camera movements of the Omnislash,
but Cloud will not use the technique. When the camera stops the
second time, close the lid. About 15 seconds after you close the
door, Cloud will use Omnislash. Note: Sometimes the camera will
go in front. Make sure you have either Cloud or Red XIII in the
middle or you may not see Cloud.
Bahamnant ZERO Summon Materia details
Walk around after boarding the Shinra No. 26 spaceship
on disc two. Your party will be able to go down to the space pod
or up the ladder to the right to the huge materia. Go to the huge
materia and use the talk button at the tall glass to speak with
Cid. He will explain the controls in this part of the game. Talk
again at the case and enter the password [Circle], [Square],
[X], [X] to collect the Key Item "Huge Materia".
After travelling to Cosmo Canyon later in the game, talk to Bugenhagen.
He will take your party up to his observatory. Approach to the
Blue huge materia and get closer. Your party will receive the
Bahamnant ZERO summon materia.
Sense without wasting a turn
Press [Select] to display a window above the time
bars, then sense the enemy. From this point on whenever you attack
that enemy while selecting, look in that window to see its current
HP and name. Note: This only works during the current battle.
Easy AP, Gil, and experience
Note: A controller with a turbo feature is required
for this trick. Go to Cactuar Island (an island in the far north
east) and morph three Cactuars into Tetra Elementals. Go to the
area around Mideel and "park" your Gold Chocobo or the
Highwind on the small sliver of grass below the drop after you
pass Mideel going west (not near the forest, but on the area below
that.) Walk towards the long beach area far away from your transportation--
if you accidentally get off track, you could get on your airship
or Chocobo and drift off. Equip a Mastered Enemy Lure and weapons
that can receive the most AP (not your ultimate weapons). The
Scimitar, Apocalypse, Platinum Fist, etc. should be your priorities.
Equip the Materia you want to get a lot of AP on the weapons.
These may include Knights Of The Round, Double Cut, and Bahamut
Zero. Cloud, Cid, and Tifa work the best if they are at high levels
because they all get triple AP with certain weapons. Equip Cloud
with the Apocalypse, Mystile, and Tetra elemental; Cid (if used)
with the Scimitar, anything else, and Tetra elemental; Tifa (if
used) with Platinum Fist, anything else, and Tetra elemental.
Set turbo on [Circle] and keep it held (a rubber band is
suggested). Additionally, hold [Down] (also with a rubber
band) If correctly, you will be going left and right continuously
and encountering an enemy called the Sandworm. The maximum damage
it can do is 50 to 70 because you absorb the Sandstorm and Earthquake
attacks (due to the Tetra elementals). Each defeated Sandworm
results in 1300 EXP, 200 AP, and 5000 Gil. With luck, all materia
will be mastered and you will have millions of Gil after a few
Play Cosmo Canyon song
You can play the Cosmo Canyon song on your own by going
to Tifa's house in Nibelheim. Then, press [Square], [Square],
[Square], [X], [Square], [Circle], [Circle],
[R1] + [X], [Circle], [R1] + [Square],
[R1] + [Square], [R1] + [Square], [R1]
+ [X], [Circle], [R1] + [X], [R1] + [Square],
[R1] + [X], [Circle], [R1] + [X], [R1]
+ [Square], [Circle], [Square], [X], [Circle],
[Square], [X], [Square]. Note: This serves no purpose
in the game.
Play Highwinds song
Play the following notes on the piano at Tifa's house
in Nibelheim: [X], "Square ", [Triangle], [R1]
+ [Triangle], [R1] + [Square], [X], "Square
", [Triangle], [R1] + [X], [Circle], [X],
[Square], [X], [Square], [Triangle], [R1]
+ [Triangle], [R1] + [Circle], [X], [Square],
[Triangle], [R1] + [X], [Circle], [X],
Play Her Ghost In The Fog song
Going to Tifa's house in Nibelheim and play the following
for Her Ghost In The Fog (by Cradle Of Filth): [R1] + [Square]x7,
[R1] + [Triangle]x7, [R1] + [X], [Circle],
[R1] + [Square]x7, [R1] + [Triangle]x7,
[R1] + [X], [R1] + [Circle].
Extra experience (Japanese version)
When in the Gold Saucer prison, enter the well just
outside of the town. Walk around until encountering a monster
named "Test 0" which resembles a dog. You can poison
or attack it. Instead of fighting back, it will whimper and ask
that it not be hurt.
Glitch: Gold Saucer FMV
When flying to Gold Saucer for the first time, the
propellers are facing the front, in the direction that it moves.
In the FMV sequence, they are on the back, propelling it.
Glitch: Gold Saucer Battle Square entrance
When you go to the Gold Saucer, go to the Battle Square.
Choose to enter the Battle Square with Cloud. Make sure you have
a different weapon, such as the Ultima weapon, equipped and enter.
When you see Cloud running in, he has his original Buster Sword
equipped. However, when you start battling, you see him with the
sword you equipped before entering.
Glitch: Unfinished cave
There is a hidden cave on the pathway to the Ancient
Capital. This cave can be found right after the two screens of
the Sleeping Forest. Move to the right of the screen where the
log bridge is located. You will notice a vine hanging from a cliff.
A large opening, which is most likely a cave, can be seen hidden
within the shadows of the cliff . There is a small detour that
leads to the vine, but you cannot climb it. It has been theorized
that this "cave" is a glitch and was probably the remnant
of a side-quest in the game that was taken out.
Glitch: Dead end
When on Disc 1 at the part were you must go to the
Sleeping Forest in Bone Village, go to Yuffie's home town instead.
You will not be able to do anything and have to start again.
Glitch: Missing part of the world
During Disc 3, while riding a Chocobo or flying the
Highwind on the world map, a part of the world will be cut off.
You must go to another location immediately. If you remain at
the cut off place too long, the screen will freeze and turn black
with a small, gray box and a flashing question mark inside. If
you wait, the game may recover, but it sometimes does not. Note:
The cut off part of the world map will be black.
Glitch Changing sword name
When you are at the Gold Saucer the second time after
Wutai, make sure you have the "Yoshiyuki" weapon for
Cloud. Go to the Battle Arena and choose Cloud to enter. When
he is running to the center of the arena, he will have a "Buster
Sword" instead of the "Yoshiyuki". However, in
the battle he has the "Yoshiyuki".
Glitch: Golden Saucer Battle Square
Note: This trick is done with Cloud. Equip any weapon
that he can use except his initial weapon, the Buster Sword (for
example, Ragnarok). When you register for the Battle Square, choose
Cloud to enter. When he runs in the battle room, he will have
his Buster Sword. However, when you go into battle you will have
the other sword that was equipped.
Glitch: Aeris' Limit Break
When you get the Highwind, you can get Mythril from
the sleeping man. You can give the Mythril to the weapon seller
and he will let you open one of his boxes (the one at the end
of the upstairs hallway or the on in the corner). If you choose
the small one, you will get Aeris' Great Gospel Limit Break. However,
if you have the Highwind, then Aeris is no longer with you.
Glitch: Aeris' ribbon
In the FMV sequence where Aeris has her final scene,
her hair ribbon and the White Materia will come off her. After
the FMV sequence, Cloud runs up and catches her. She will have
the ribbon in her hair.
Glitch: Barret's Atomic Scissors
When you equip Barret with the atomic scissors. It
comes up on his left arm but he has his right arm shot off.
Glitch: Cloud walking on house
Go on the hill between Icicle and the Great Glacier
and walk to town. Cloud will walk on top of one of the house graphics
if you walk into it.
Glitch: Disappearing Barret and Tifa
When you are at the Shinra building, you must climb
up a large number stairs on the side of the building to reach
the 59th floor. When you are on the fifth or sixth flight of stairs,
you will see Barret's and Tifa's speech bubbles with comments
to each other as they (supposedly) run up the stairs wheezing
and puffing. You will see Cloud at the beginning of the flight
of stairs, but Barret and Tifa are not running up them. However,
unlike the other flights of stairs, they are already at the top
Glitch: Frozen game
When you are dressed as a woman in the sector Don Corneo
lives in, go in front of the Honey Bee. When all the men move
towards you, the fat man in the red vest will be the last one
to block you off from the Honey Bee. Before he blocks you off,
quickly close all dialogue boxes and run around him. A box that
says "Hey, Cloud" will appear and the game will freeze.
Play the game on a PlayStation 2. Select the "Config"
option at the menu. Then go to "Customize" at "Controller"
screen. Press [R3] or [L3] and the screen will glitch.
When you try to exit, the game will freeze.
Glitch: Walk through people
In Mideel, you can walk through most of the people
in the town including Tifa and the nurse in the clinic. This also
works in several other towns.
Glitch: Submarine through Emerald Weapon
Take the sub to the bottom of the ocean. You now have
to make Emerald Weapon fly over you, which is not easy. One trick
is to wait in the bottom of the crater in the middle of the ocean.
When Emerald Weapon swims over, quickly press [X] to go back
to the surface. You will run into Emerald Weapon. The battle music
will start and you will encounter a black screen then mysteriously
be on the surface.
Glitch: Characters move after being hit
Go to a place where you can fight a Crown Lance (Flying
Jellyfish). Wait until it does the attack Deadly Needles. Run
away when a character becomes petrified. When you run, the petrified
character will turn around and be in a running position but not
Glitch: Gargoyles in North Crater
Use an attack on the gargoyles in the North Crater
and make sure it hits both of them at the same time. Use Flash
immediately after the attack. They will turn green as usual and
the death sound will play, but they are still alive.
Glitch: Go to next screen without leaving
Use the finger in certain towns and dungeons. You can
move Cloud around the red arrow that points out the exit without
leaving the screen. When that happens, you can walk behind the
arrow and go to the next screen. This happens quite often in some
areas of the Great Glacier and Junon, or where there are wide
spaces that lead to other screens.
Glitch: Quadra magic without any Chocobo
Take the Highwind to the Materia cave containing Quadra
magic and you will soon notice their is some land behind the cave.
It helps to change the camera angle to the bird's eye view. Try
to land on that little space. This rarely works, but when it does
your Highwind will be on the land, and you will be directly in
front of the cave. This seems to work better if you also have
a Chocobo on the Highwind.
Glitch: Phantom Chocobo
Get a Chocobo in a stable, talk to Billy, and choose
"Riding". Once you are outside, get off your Chocobo
and go back inside. Talk to Billy again, and choose "Feeding",
or anything else that lets you see your Chocobos. Go to the space
where that Chocobo you rode was located, to find a phantom looking
Glitch: Stuck in jail
Get to the point at Shinra where you are jailed. When
you fight your way back to your partner and you are supposed to
get the keycard from the assistant, do not do so. Instead, go
back to your cell. When you get back up and everyone is dead,
you cannot get the keycard from him. You will have to start the
Glitch: Softer music
Mate two Chocobos at the Chocobo Ranch and after they
have a baby Chocobo, after you have named the Chocobo and it shows
Cloud back inside the barn, the music is a lot lower then when
you first walked into the barn.
Glitch: Looping magic
In a battle, cast "Reflect" on the opponent
and then do same thing on yourself. Then, cast Fire, Ice, Lightning
or anything else on your opponent or yourself. The chosen materia
will "loop" between you and the enemy forever. You will
have to restart or turn off the PlayStation to escape.
Glitch: Double kill
Have Aeris and Tifa in your party. Use Seal Evil with
Aeris then finish the paralyzed monster with Tifa's normal attack.
It will die two times.
This can occur while fighting the Ultima weapon the final time
above Cosmo Canyon. Its final attack is Shadow Flare, and he will
use it on the character that kills him. First, choose who is going
to deliver the final blow to the Ultima Weapon. Cast Reflect on
that character. When he dies, he will cast Shadow Flare, and it
will reflect off your character and hit him. He will die, then
die again. This technique also works good if you are collecting
Enemy Skills. Just put Reflect and the Enemy Skill Materia on
the character who will deliver the final blow. You will get Shadow
Flare, and it will not be harmful to that character.
Glitch: Fighting Sephiroth
When fighting the very last form of Sephiroth, normally
your limit will fill and you can use Omnislash. However, if you
press [Triangle] to skip your turn as in a normal battle,
you will see the same thing happen to Sephiroth as if you had
When fighting Sephiroth for the very last time, instead of attacking,
choose "Defend". If you have a mastered Counter Attack
Materia equipped, Cloud will attack Sephiroth. Regardless of how
many HPs the attack gives, the same thing will happen to Sephiroth
as if you used Omnislash.
During the materia blend for the master command, the
game displays "Sence" instead of "Sense".
After buying Chocobo stables at the Chocobo ranch, capture a Chocobo.
Then go to the Chocobo rancher's son and buy some Curiel greens.
Talk to the Chocobo's ranchers son again and select "Feed
Chocobos". The game will display "Kurie" greens
instead of "Curiel
greens. The same applies to Krakka/Karaka greens, Pahsana/Pasana
greens, Mimett/Memit greens, and Gysahl/Gizzard greens.
Go to the Chocobo Sage's house, just north of Bone Village, and
buy the two nuts that he is selling -- the Porov nut and the Pram
nut. Go to the Chocobo rancher's son at the Chocobo Ranch. Ask
him if you can buy something, and buy the Luchile nut and the
Pepio nut. Now ask the Rancher's son if you can mate two Chocobos.
Do not worry -- you will not have to mate the two. When he asks
you what kind of nut you want to give them, instead of showing
"Porov nut", "Porofu will be displayed. It is also
different with the Pram/Param nut, Luchile/Ruchin nut, and Pepio/Pipio
When you have to run on the Cannon as Tifa in the Junon Execution
part in the first areas of Disc 2, press [Triangle]. In the
part of the menu screen where it displays your location, it will
read "Canon" instead of "Cannon".
When you get the "Luck Plus" Materia in the Temple of
the ancients, the message that appears reads, "Recieved 'Lucky
Plus'" instead of "Received 'Luck Plus.'"
When in the fighting arena at the Gold Saucer, you will get the
choice to continue or stay after defeating an opponent. The actual
text reads "Off Course" instead of "Of Course".
When you get to Sector 5 for the first time, go to the pipe with
blue inside. Aeris will say saying ''This guy are sick'' instead
of ''This guy is sick''.
Get Tifa's final limit break and try to give it to her when she
is on limit level 2 or 3. She will say "I've got the wrong
person" instead of "You've got the wrong person."
When Cloud asks why Vincent wants to join you in the Shinra Mansion
Basement, he will say "Being a former Turks" instead
of "Being a former Turk".
Go to Wutai as soon as possible in the game. And at some point
Reno or Rude will say: "You are a Turks" instead of
"You are a Turk" to Elena.
Before you fight Reno for the first time he will say "No
one get in the way of Reno and the Turks" instead of "gets".
When you get the Highwind and talk to Cait Sith he says "I
will give you information Shinra" instead of "I will
give you information about Shinra".
After Meteor has been summoned, go to Cosmo Canyon and to the
weapons department in the big mountain-like location. The lady
at the counter says "Uh, I mean, it's weird. if there weren't
people like you, I'll be out of business. Heh, heh, heh...sweat...!".
She says "I'll" instead of "I'd" and "I"
in the word "if" will not be capitalized.
When Bizzaro Sepiroth uses Bizzaro Energy the game states that
he is using :Bizzaro Enegy".
When the Command Counter Materia is paired with another Materia
(such as Morph), the box at the top of the screen will say "cought
by surprise" instead of "caught by surprise" when
you enter a battle.
When you are in the second to last battle fighting Bizzarro Sephiroth,
he will heal himself by saying "Bizzarro Enegy" instead
of "Bizzarro Energy."
After you win a battle at the Battle Arena in the Gold Saucer,
"Off course!" will appear instead of "Of course!".
During the beginning of the game, Barret will say:
"If you push the directional button while pushing the [CANCEL]
button to run." In that statement, the words "If"
and "you" were not needed.