Aerith Gainsborough - A girl with the blood of the Ancients running through her veins, who Cloud would never forget.
Although not appearing in the game, Aerith's character profile is listed in the game manual.
The dress once worn by a woman who was one with the planet; even now she lives on in the heart of many.
Lightning can wear Aerith's Final Fantasy VII outfit in-game by equipping the garb called "Midgar's Flower Girl". Lightning wields Aerith's Guard Stick as weapon and wears a flower basket on her wrist as a shield. While in this garb, Lightning mimics Aerith's victory pose and the Final Fantasy VII victory theme plays at the end of battle. The garb could be acquired by purchasing the V-Jump strategy guide for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. In the United States, the code for the costume came with the collector's edition.
Between December 17 and 20, 2013, Midgar's Flower Girl was available as a downloadable content, but has since been removed as it was meant to be a costume available through purchase of additional materials or non-standard editions of the game.
The garb's locked ability is a mastered Mediguard. It gives Maximum ATB: +30 and has Default ATB: 50%.
We've been searching for you, Aerith. Thought you'd kick'd away, eh? Hawking flowers for your mum again today, I see. Such a dear girl, always working so hard for your mum...
An Aerith native to Ivalice makes a cameo appearance, where she is initially referred to as a "Flower Peddler" (or "Aeris" and "Flower Girl" respectively in the PlayStation version). Final Fantasy Tactics assumes that every character has a job, and even some plot characters who never participate in battle have a job assigned to them by the game's engine. Aerith is listed as having the Chemist job, despite not being a playable character. She even wears a similar headdress of the female Chemist.
Aerith and her mother live in Trade City of Sal Ghidos, and owe a 30,000 gil debt with a band of ruffians. The criminals go so far as suggesting Aerith make the money by selling her body—but at this point Cloud Strife intervenes. After the fight, she asks if Cloud wants to buy a flower for 1 gil. When Cloud remains silent Aerith asks if something is wrong and if she reminds him of someone, to which Cloud responds "No... It's nothing" and leaves.
Aerith appears as a bonus character, fighting as an assist-only character and a tutor for those who purchase Dissidia Duodecim Prologus Final Fantasy and transfer the data to the game. She has two alternate outfits, her Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- outfit and an outfit based on concept art by Yoshitaka Amano.
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In the slums of Sector 5 of the sprawling city of Midgar, Aerith makes her living by selling flowers. She is the last of the Cetra, an ancient people able to communicate directly with the Planet, and because of this she is hounded by Shinra. The massive corporation seeks a Promised Land, known only to these Ancients. Upon meeting Cloud, she journeys with him to discover her duty as the last of the Ancients.
Aerith is unlocked by collecting Red Shards. She is a Support and Defense oriented character.
|Libra (Lv1)||20||Level 20|
|Pray (Lv2)||18||Level 40|
|Pray (Lv3)||27||Level 85|
|HP Up (Lv1)||4||Level 5|
|Hastemarch (Lv1)||7||Level 10|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv3)||15||Level 25|
|Paeon (Lv1)||16||Level 30|
|Wind Rhapsody (Lv3)||15||Level 35|
|Earth Blues (Lv3)||15||Level 45|
|Fortune's Refrain (Lv1)||7||Level 50|
|Hastemarch (Lv2)||10||Level 55|
|HP Up (Lv2)||8||Level 60|
|Paeon (Lv2)||25||Level 65|
|Elegy (Lv2)||15||Level 70|
|Hastemarch (Lv3)||15||Level 75|
|HP Up (Lv3)||14||Level 80|
|Elegy (Lv3)||20||Level 90|
|Paeon (Lv3)||35||Level 95|
Aerith returns as an unlockable character, and is now unlocked by collecting Peach Crystal Shards.
She is a Defense oriented character. Aerith gains her signature Limit Break, Great Gospel, which restores 90% HP when a boss appears.
|Cry (Lv1)||4||Level 10|
|Boost (Lv1)||8||Level 15|
|Pray (Lv2)||18||Level 20|
|Cry (Lv2)||14||Level 35|
|Great Gospel||25||Level 40|
|Boost (Lv2)||14||Level 45|
|Libra (Lv1)||20||Level 50|
|Pray (Lv3)||27||Level 80|
|Elegy (Lv1)||10||Level 5|
|Shell (Lv2)||13||Level 25|
|Elegy (Lv2)||15||Level 30|
|Soul Voice||25||Level 55|
|Wind Rhapsody (Lv3)||16||Level 60|
|Forest Nocturne (Lv3)||16||Level 65|
|Earth Blues (Lv3)||16||Level 70|
|Shell (Lv3)||23||Level 85|
|Elegy (Lv3)||30||Level 90|
Aerith is an ally and a summonable Legend. She is depicted in her Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts outfits, a school outfit, an event-related shrine maiden outfit and a swimsuit. Her abilities are Freeze, Comet, Comet 2, Fury Brand, Thundaga, Break and Holy. Her EX abilities are Bolt3, Fury Brand, Fat Chocobo, Holy [DFF], Graviga and Seal Evil.
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This last of the magical Cetra was born in the icy north and raised in the slums.
Aerith can be purchased for $0.99 like all other premium characters. She is unique in a way that she can heal units: Aerith uses Healing Wind to instantly revive a player's character. It does not cause the enemy to attack, so one can quickly bring back every character with her.
Descendant of the ancient Cetra, a race of beings possessing the ability to speak with and nurture the planet, Aerith is a determined optimist who embarks on a journey to discover her own destiny.
Aerith appears as a playable character. She could initially be recruited to the party by exchanging 3,000 Magicite Shards during the event Countdown to Destruction. Alternatively, she could be recruited in the Challenge Events Footsteps of the Cetra, Aspiring Hero, and A Night to Remember.
Aerith is a Flower Girl whose combat role is Healing Magic.
Aerith's stat balance is consistent with that of a White Mage, and one need only to look at her Soul Break abilities as further proof of such. She has a high Mind stat, which aids healing spells considerably and increases the duration of some buff spells. The player should make available as much restorative/support magic as is needed to put these attributes to use.
Her default Soul Break is Seal Evil, which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment has a chance to cast Stop and Silence on all targets. The rod Guard Stick (VII) can grant Aerith access to Healing Wind, which at the expense of one Soul Gauge segment restores some HP to the party. With the Keepsake Ribbon (VII) hat, she gains access to Planet Protector, which for one Soul Gauge segment raises the Attack of all allies. The rod Aurora Rod (VII) grants access to Dragon Force, which for one Soul Gauge segment places all allies in Image status, allowing each party member to completely evade one physical attack.
After Aerith's level cap is increased she automatically gains the Record Materia, Cetra's Prayer, which when equipped allows the user to slightly increase Holy damage. Aerith's Record Materia currently remains unreleased.
She can equip accessories.
Players can transform into Aerith via the Trance system.
Aerith has multiple cards in the Japan-exclusive Final Fantasy trading card game published by Square Enix. One such card, depicting Aerith's promotional CG render, has the Planet Protector ability. Aerith's cards are wind-elemental.
Aerith appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.
Aerith, along with Cloud, appears in the technical demo for PlayStation 3, which recreates the opening sequence of Final Fantasy VII. Her face is never fully shown and when her profile is shown early in the video, her hair blocks the viewer from seeing her clearly. Like in the original opening, Aerith inspects a broken Mako valve on a side street in Sector 8, then stands up and walks into the crowd with the camera panning out to show a view of Midgar.
Aerith appears in the Kingdom Hearts series with Squall Leonhart, now referring to himself as "Leon", Yuffie, and Cid. The four form a resistance group against the Heartless, and in Kingdom Hearts II form the core of the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee dedicated to restoring the ruined world to its former glory as the Radiant Garden. Together with Cloud, the five lived in Hollow Bastion nine years before the start of the game, but were forced to flee to Traverse Town when the Heartless invaded.
Aerith appears to be second-in-command to Leon, and is frequently seen by his side. She knows of Cloud's feud with Sephiroth; telling Sora that Cloud was seeking Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and encouraging Cloud to settle the feud, certain he can find the light to combat the darkness Sephiroth represents. The ending shows Cloud reuniting with Aerith and the rest of the party at the library in Hallow Bastion. In the first Kingdom Hearts, she grants Sora an upgrade to his Cure magic. A special gummi ship blueprint called Aerith can be obtained by defeating 3000 Heartless and talking to Geppetto.
In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Aerith senses something amiss in the reconstruction of Traverse Town Sora visits, and is aware upon meeting him that she should know who he is, something other characters, including Leon and Yuffie, do not realize at first. She later concludes the three of them are recreations based on Sora's memories and do not actually exist, and warns Sora his memories will attempt to deceive him as he continues on.
Aerith returns in Kingdom Hearts II as a member of the Restoration Committee assisting Cid and Leon with city planning. During the great battle in Hollow Bastion, she heals her comrades, alluding to her primary role as a White Mage in Final Fantasy VII. Her design is based on her Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- attire.
Aerith makes an appearance in Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] as one of the obtainable character assist cards.
Aerith appears in the opening walking beside Cloud Strife. She, along with other Squaresoft characters from the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series are playable characters in Itadaki Street Special, a game that resembles monopoly. It has only been released in Japan.
Aerith reappears in this mobile-phone edition of Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable. While initially not part of the player roster, she was later added on July 1, 2010, following the game's release.