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Final Fantasy VII Boss
Air Buster
エアバスター (Ea Basutā)?
Air buster
Statistics
Level HP MP
15 1,200 0
Attack Magic Defense
24 12 80
M. Defense Dexterity Evade
320 75 3
EXP AP Gil
180 16 150
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Lightning Water
Halves - Weak -
Earth Wind Gravity Poison Holy
Immune - Immune - -
Location Midgar - Sector 5 Reactor
Steal Nothing
Item Drop Titan Bangle
Morph N/A
Abilities Bodyblow, Big Bomber*, Energy Ball**, Rear Gun
Enemy Skill N/A
Status immunity Death, Sleep, Poison, Sadness, Fury, Confuse, Silence, Frog, Small, Slow Numb, Petrify, Death Sentence, Manipulate, Berserk, Paralyze, Darkness
Manipulate Couldn't manipulate.
Other information

-Abilities whose names are not shown when used are highlighted in italics.
-The party cannot escape.
-Pincer attack against Air Buster.
-Air Buster takes 5 times usual damage from back-attacks.
-*Can only be used in Program 1 Operation.
-**Can only be used in Program 2 Operation.

Meet "Air Buster". Our Weapon development department created him. I'm sure the data he'll extract from your dead bodies will be of great use to us in future experiments.
President Shinra

Air Buster, referred to as Airbuster in the BradyGames guide, is a boss in Final Fantasy VII. Cloud, Barret and Tifa encounter it outside of the Sector 5 Reactor.

BattleEdit

AirBuster-ffvii-field

The battle is a Side Attack with Tifa and Barret on one side, Cloud on the other side, and Air Buster in the middle. Unlike most opponents, attacks to the back of Air Buster will deal five-times normal damage instead of the regular double damage. Air Buster turns to face whoever attacked it last.

Air Buster will only use Big Bomber and counterattacks for the first four turns of the battle, in "Program 1 Operation". After the first turn, it will read "Big Bomber's out of ammo." and then enter "Program 2 Operation" and use the weaker Energy Ball for the rest of the battle.

StrategyEdit

Using Limit Breaks against Air Buster's back results in a quick fight and the combined power of Cloud's and Barret's Limits can take down Air Buster in a single turn. If the party doesn't have Limit Breaks built up, they should use normal attacks against its back and use Bolt.

Air Buster turns to face whoever attacked it last, so Cloud should attack it first, so it turns its back towards Tifa and Barret. Both Tifa and Barret should then attack in succession, as attacks to the back yield more damage. Air Buster will turn its back to Cloud, giving him a free shot for more damage.

AI ScriptEdit

Start of battle

Declare BackToTarget

Declare Ammo = 4

Declare Program = 0

Declare SelectedTarget

Declare TurnBroken = 0

Declare Counter = 0

Declare FacingTarget = 0

Turn

BackToTarget = 0

If (Ammo > 0) Then
If (Program == 0) Then

Display Message "Program 1 Operation"

Program = 1

SelectedTarget = random opponent

If (Self is not facing SelectedTarget) Then
If (TurnBroken == 0) Then

If (Self is facing Cloud) Then: Use Turn to face Barret & Tifa

Else: Use Turn to face Cloud

Else

BackToTarget = 1

If (Self is facing Cloud AND Cloud is defeated OR Self is facing Barret and Tifa AND Barret is defeated AND Tifa is defeated) Then: Ammo = 0

If (BackToTarget == 0) Then

Use Big Bomber on SelectedTarget

Ammo = Ammo - 1

If (Ammo == 0) Then: Display Message "Big Bomber's out of ammo."

Else
If (Program == 1) Then

Display Message "Program 2 Operation"

Program = 2

SelectedTarget = random opponent

If (SelectedTarget == Barret OR SelectedTarget == Tifa) Then

If (Self is facing Cloud) Then: Use Rear Gun on SelectedTarget

Else: Use Energy Ball on SelectedTarget

Else

If (Self is facing Cloud) Then: Use Energy Ball on SelectedTarget

Else: Use Rear Gun on Selected Target

Counter - if attacked
If (Self HP < 1/5 * Self Max HP) Then
If (TurnBroken == 0) Then

Display Message "Turn Function non-operational"

TurnBroken = 1

SelectedTarget = last attacker

If (Self is facing Barret and Tifa AND SelectedTarget == Cloud OR Self is facing Cloud AND (SelectedTarget == Barret OR SelectedTarget == Tifa)) Then: Counter = 1

If (Counter == 1) Then

FacingTarget = 0

Counter = 0

Display Message "Counter Attack"

If (TurnBroken == 0 AND 2/3 Chance) Then
If (Self is facing Cloud) Then

Use Turn to face Barret & Tifa

Use Bodyblow*high hit rate version on SelectedTarget

Else

Use Turn to face Cloud

Use Bodyblow*low hit rate version on SelectedTarget

FacingTarget = 1

If (FacingTarget == 0) Then: Use Rear Gun on SelectedTarget

Counter - if killed

Turn off Death Handling for Self

Use Destroyed

NotesEdit

  • Turn to face Cloud and Turn to face Barret & Tifa are animations. They also serve as a toggle to who the Air Buster faces, which plays an important role in the script. Destroyed is also an animation.
  • Turn off Death Handling means that the usual death animation for bosses no longer happens.

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