In less than 24 hours, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade arrives. We know a lot of you can’t wait for the big day. Not only will you get to relive the wonder of Final Fantasy VII Remake as an enhanced adventure on PlayStation 5, you’ll be able to play as Yuffie Kisaragi for the first time in FF7R Episode Intermission.
You can choose to start with the original tale of Cloud and company or jump directly into the brand-new adventure with Yuffie. It’s entirely up to you. If you are planning to dive straight into FF7R Episode Intermission, we’ve put together seven (or should that be VII) tips and tricks to help you prep your strategy while you wait!
1. Use Yuffie’s Shuriken to collect items
Yuffie’s throwing arm is a force to be reckoned with. She can fling her oversized shuriken long range – not just in battle, but in town too.
Look around as often as you can to spot boxes that might contain items; you never know what might be hiding in plain sight.
2. Equip the right materia for success
Yuffie has her own Elemental Ninjutsu, giving her the ability to change her attack’s affinity to fire, ice, lightning, or wind. This means she doesn’t need to rely on elemental materia like Cloud and his friends.
Instead, focus on equipping her with stat-boosting materia and ability materia that expands her options in combat. We’re partial to Steal ourselves.
3. Know when to synergize
Pressing L2 will engage Synergy between Yuffie and Sonon. This allows them to team up for special attacks and more easily stagger enemies. Plus, it looks awesome.
If that sounds too good to be true… well, you’re right. Using Synergy will slow your ATB gauge regeneration to a crawl. So, be sure to maximize your time in and out of Synergy.
4. Let Sonon take the hits
Yuffie’s ninjutsu is incredibly strong, but she’s not invincible. A tough enemy or group of enemies can easily overwhelm her if she’s not careful.
It’s a good thing then that she’s not alone. Sonon trained under Yuffie’s father in Wutai, and not only is he a skilled warrior, he’s pretty buff, too. So, use him to take the brunt of the enemies’ ire wherever you can.
We recommend equipping Sonon with Provoke materia, which lets him draw an enemy’s attention, and gives Yuffie a bit of breathing room. You can also command him to use his Incite ability in battle, which lets him grab an enemy’s attention for three attacks.
Stay on your toes though – it’s not so effective when used on powerful enemies.
5. Fort Condor strategy tips
In Fort Condor, ranged units get a bonus against defense units, defense units get a bonus against vanguard (attack) units, and vanguard units get a bonus against ranged units. Pay attention to what your opponent’s units are weak to and build your strategy from there.
Also, the board you pick determines the number of ATB charges and materia available to you, so choose one that plays to your own strengths.
6. Complete Happy Turtle quests for neat stuff
Aside from the main story, there are side quests to complete that will give you neat stuff!
For example, if you’re really into the Fort Condor minigame, doing the Happy Turtle series of quests will get you some really great Fort Condor boards and units (for a price, of course.)
7. Battle against familiar faces in Fort Condor
Fort Condor is back as a tactical board game and its quest line brings some neat surprises!
As you defeat the rank 1 players, you’ll be able to unlock rank 2 players, and so on. On your journey to defeat the grandmaster, you’ll be able to play Fort Condor against familiar faces, like your girl Jessie!
So, battle everyone you can!
Thanks for reading. I hope these tips prove helpful when you jump back into Midgar on June 10.
FF7R Episode Intermission is included with new copies of Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade on PS5.
For users who download the free Final Fantasy VII Remake PlayStation 5 enhancement update, the new episode featuring Yuffie, titled FF7R Episode Intermission, will be available as a separate purchase at PlayStation Store for $19.99 USD starting June 10, 2021.
*If you already own Final Fantasy VII Remake for the PS4 (physical or digital version) and own a PS5, you can download the Final Fantasy VII Remake free PS5 enhancement update. Please note the PS4 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake available to PlayStation Plus members is not eligible for the PS5 digital version upgrade. This update does not include the new episode featuring Yuffie. The new episode featuring Yuffie can be purchased separately. An internet connection is required to obtain the free PS5 enhancement update. However, if you have purchased Final Fantasy VII Remake (physical edition) for PS4 and own the PS5 digital edition (the model without a disc drive), then you are not eligible to download the upgrade.