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Cloud Strife
Cloud Dissidia Artwork
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Kanaクラウド ストライフ
RōmajiKuraudo Sutoraifu
Japanese NameCloud Strife
Original GameFinal Fantasy VII
Story DifficultyDissidia / Dissidia 012
EX ModeEquipped Ultima Weapon! (Normal)
The power of mako! (Alternate)
EX BurstOmnislash
Japanese Voice ActorTakahiro Sakurai
English Voice ActorSteve Burton
Dissidia Final Fantasy Character
A reserved young man who brandishes a large sword with ease. He leads his other warriors with his rational decision-making befitting a leader, but internally he has difficulty being confident in his actions.
Dissidia 012 Description
An acerbic young swordsman with glowing eyes who wields a blade as large as he is.
—Description

Cloud Strife was one of the warriors fighting for the side of Chaos in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, but in the next cycle he switched sides and fought alongside the Warriors of Cosmos in Dissidia Final Fantasy.

Cloud is a swordsman who deals powerful attacks that send his foes flying. Though in the eyes of his comrades he is considered composed, Cloud often questions the reasons and methods for fighting, as well as the purposes it would serve, and struggles to understand them. During the war he is forced to battle his nemesis, Sephiroth, who manipulates him into fighting at every turn.

Attire and Crystal

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Cloud's costume is almost identical to his original Final Fantasy VII appearance. He wears an indigo outfit, a metal pauldron, a brown belt with the SOLDIER symbol, brown gloves and black boots. The only differences between his original artwork and his Dissidia Final Fantasy appearance are the redesigned SOLDIER logo on his belt, his right glove is fingerless, and his pauldron is dual-layered. His hair is spiky and blond and his eyes glow bright blue, the sign of a Mako-infused SOLDIER.

Cloud's first alternate costume, "Cloudy Wolf", is his outfitCloud AC 2007 Art from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. He wears a sleeveless zipped-down turtleneck sweater with black cloth covering his left arm and leg, and his boots and pauldron are different with the Fenrir emblem on his pauldron. His hair has more spikes, albeit shorter ones, and he wields the main blade of his Fusion Swords, the First Tsurugi. In his EX Mode, Cloud wields the fully assembled Fusion Swords, though for purposes of gameplay he never separates them as he does in the film.

Cloud's second alternate outfit, "Steady Light", is based on Yoshitaka Amano's artwork of himFfvii-cloudaerith. He wears a different shirt and white boots, and a small white pack slung over his back. His belt bears the original SOLDIER symbol, his pauldron, gauntlets and belt have small blue and white details, and his belt has a string of beads. This outfit is Cloud's attire in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy while serving as a Warrior of Chaos.

Cloud's DLC costume, "Kingdom Hearts gear", is based on his outfitKh-cloud in the Kingdom Hearts series, sans Kingdom Hearts II where his attire is based on Vincent Valentine's. Cloud wears a gauntlet with a golden claw, a torn red cape, and dark blue clothing underneath. A demonic black wing emerges from his left shoulder. The Buster Sword is wrapped in bandages. In Japan, the code to unlock this outfit is included with Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix, while in the United States the code was acquired by pre-ordering Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy from GameStop. In Europe it can be purchased via PSN since June 8th, 2011.

Cloud's Crystal resembles a Materia from Final Fantasy VII, and may be an homage to Aerith Gainsborough's White Materia, which emits a green glow when active.

Cloud's manikin version, Imaginary Soldier, is light blue.

Story

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Twelfth cycle

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Cloud protecting Tifa from Sephiroth.

In the twelfth cycle of war, Cloud, along with Tidus and Terra, were aligned with Chaos. Unlike the other Warriors of Chaos Cloud shows concern for the opposing side to the point of warning Lightning not to underestimate his allies as they had been holding back their full power at the time, but does nonetheless fight Lightning and the Warrior of Light alongside Golbez. Golbez suspected the reason Cloud had concern for the opposing side was because someone he knows was aligned with the Warriors of Cosmos. He later has a heart-to-heart talk with Kuja, as both have no real intent to fight due to their memories of life before being summoned by the gods.

At one point, Cloud witnesses a fight between Sephiroth and Tifa. He intervenes to protect Tifa and drives off Sephiroth, beginning their rivalry that would continue in the next cycle of conflict. Cloud doesn't reveal his relation to Tifa who has no memories of him, but does tell her he is a Warrior of Chaos and warns her they will have to fight the next time they meet and he wouldn't go easy on her. Once she leaves to rejoin her group, Cloud thinks to himself he has to end the cycle of battle to save Tifa. Cloud confronts Chaos with intentions to kill the god and end the conflict before Tifa regains her memories of him, possibly losing her will to fight.

After it seems Cloud has won, Chaos mocks him and asks him if that's the extent of his power. Chaos overpowers Cloud, and he begins to fade away into oblivion. As he fades, Cloud pleas to Cosmos to protect Tifa. Cosmos receives Cloud's message and, deeming his feelings sincere, chooses him to become one of her warriors when he is revived in the next cycle of battle, taking Tifa's place after she is eliminated.

Thirteenth cycle

After coming to, Cloud finds himself with Firion, Cecil and Tidus, who view him as a calm and collected figure. Cloud secretly questions his reasons for fighting and admits he feels anxious. Cloud later asks his allies why they fight; Cecil does not know, Tidus fights to settle things with Jecht, while Firion takes time to think his answer over so he can explain it to Cloud properly.

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Cloud faces Sephiroth.

Cloud finds Firion alone and Firion produces a wild rose telling Cloud he dreams of a world where they can bloom freely. Cloud challenges him to a sparring match to see how strong that dream is, and though he prevails, Firion still has the will to fight him further. Cloud worries he may not have a dream at all and confides in Cecil. The group encourages Cloud to go find his own reason for fighting, and he promises to return to tell them when he finds it. Continuing alone, Cloud encounters Sephiroth. When Cloud refuses to fight him, Sephiroth reveals he holds Firion's rose, indicating he has attacked Cloud's comrades, and invites Cloud to pursue him.

Cloud tracks Sephiroth to the Planet's Core where Sephiroth calls him a puppet who has no motivations of his own, which is why he readily accepts the influence of others on his decisions. Though Cloud insists he tracked Sephiroth of his own will, Sephiroth counters that Cloud followed him because he gave him a reason. The two battle and Cloud emerges victorious, reclaiming Firion's rose and revealing his Crystal. Sephiroth warns Cloud the Crystal will lead him to more battles he cannot comprehend, a fate Cloud accepts stoically. Sephiroth declares he will continue to manipulate Cloud, and it was only through his guidance Cloud was able to come as far as he has.

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Cloud explains Firion's dream to Terra.

Terra arrives at the Planet's Core and loses control of her esper powers. Even though she warns him to stay away, Cloud battles her not knowing what else to do. Cloud calms Terra down, and she realizes his intent was to provide her an outlet to vent some of her power, allowing Terra to regain control of herself.

Cloud admits he battled her because he did not want to see her suffer, although he was not expecting Terra's formidable transformed state. Terra thanks Cloud and explains how she and the Onion Knight were separated after being ambushed by Kefka, and Cloud joins her to look for him, realizing he can still help despite his indecisiveness, and thanks her for helping him recognize that.

Cloud reveals his hesitations about fighting, and shows Terra Firion's rose, explaining Firion's dream for a peaceful world. Though neither can figure out their reason for fighting, Terra suggests they share the same dream, along with the wild roses their own preferred flowers representing a bright future. The pair continues to Kefka's Tower and confronts Kefka, who tries to compel Terra to give in to her esper powers and cause senseless destruction, but she refuses. Kefka summons the Cloud of Darkness to attack them, and the Onion Knight reappears. He and Cloud fight the Cloud of Darkness together while Terra has her final showdown with Kefka. After Terra obtains her Crystal, the three rejoin the other warriors.

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Cloud and Tidus protect Firion from The Emperor.

Much to Firion's surprise, Cloud, who arrived after helping Terra, and Tidus, who had just defeated Jecht, join him at the last minute when he is attacked by the Emperor, declaring they all share a dream. The Emperor attempts to attack Firion but Cloud and Tidus deflect his blows, and the Emperor flees and invites Firion to his stronghold for a final battle. Firion decides to face the Emperor alone and Cloud returns the wild rose, expressing his desire to see more of Firion's dream. Afterward, Cloud travels with Tidus and Squall back to the Warrior of Light.

With the Crystals the Warriors of Cosmos return to the Order's Sanctuary to restore the goddess's strength, only to have Chaos incinerate her. With the last of her strength Cosmos prevents the heroes from fading, giving them a final chance to strike back at Chaos and end the war. With Cosmos's strength dwindling, Cloud and the others confront Chaos's minions regarding how and why Cosmos disappeared, and along the way, he faces his nemesis Sephiroth. Though his enemy is strong, Cloud perseveres.

After the battle, Sephiroth asks what drives Cloud to fight, and he answers it is his will. He declares he no longer has ties with Sephiroth, who counters that his shadow will forever be in Cloud's heart, and will always return as long as Cloud exists. Cloud admits he would rather prefer to never see him again, and that he wants to meet someone.

Cloud and the Flowers

Cloud returns to his world with his crystal.

After Chaos has been felled Cloud finds himself on an open field of flowers near Cornelia Castle, the flowers similar to those grown in the Sector 5 Church in Final Fantasy VII. Cloud smiles at Squall as he offers fighting together again, but claims not to be interested and walks off into the flower field, returning home with his Crystal in hand.

Official Quests

In "Tidus' Quest 012: A Dream in Chaos" during the 12th cycle, Tidus speaks to Cloud of his desire to speak to Chaos about his faded memories. Cloud muses that Tidus cannot remember anything except the name "Jecht" and that without memories Tidus is without direction, but the lack of memories has benefits as well.

In "Cloud's Quest 012: You Should Have Disappeared", Sephiroth challenges Cloud to battle, but the two are stopped by Garland who prohibits battle between comrades. Cloud pursues Garland when he leaves and challenges him, but Garland holds back as there is no point to the two of them killing each other. Garland warns Cloud his suspicious actions during the 12th cycle have not gone unnoticed. In "Squall's Quest 012: The Shadow I Know I Saw", Squall battles Cloud, Cloud alluding to he and Squall having met in a previous cycle that Squall cannot remember.

Cloud appears in "Cecil's Quest 013: Even I Don't Remember It", where in the 13th cycle he travels with Terra, Tidus, Cecil and the Onion Knight after the five obtain their Crystals. When Kuja alerts the group Firion is on his way to confront the Emperor, Cloud and Tidus go assist him.

Battle

See also: Cloud Strife/Dissidia/Quotes

Cloud's fighting style is called Buster Basher. He specializes in slow, powerful melee attacks that do heavy damage and knock the opponent across arenas. Many of Cloud's attacks have the Wall Rush ability, letting him slam opponents into floors and walls to deal additional damage. His Limit Breaks from Final Fantasy VII are included as HP attacks, and his two chainable HP attacks do a great deal of additional Bravery damage. However, Cloud is a slow ground mover, his attacks are fairly easy to block or dodge, and he lacks ranged capabilities. His HP attacks require him to charge before attacking, leaving the opponent time to dodge and counterattack. He does, though, have range on his side, so if the player can space well, punish well and use the environment correctly, the opponent can be in trouble quickly.

Boss

In Dissidia Final Fantasy, Cloud is fought in Destiny Odyssey VI, Distant Glory, and Inward Chaos.

In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, he is fought in The Chosen Path chapter of Story Mode.

Attacks

See also: Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy/Gameplay Changes#Cloud

Bravery Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Double Cut Ground 30 (15) 120 Melee Low Chase Physical Initial DFF Double Cut
(Close) Quick slash. Low power, fast execution.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
Climhazzard Ground 30 (15) 120 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Initial DFF Climhazzard
Charge forward to impale the opponent, then slash to knock them into the air before stabbing to slam them down.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↓)
Fire Ground 20 (10) 90 Ranged Low None Magical Initial DFF Cloud Fire
Shoot a fireball that slowly tracks the opponent.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave(Feint)
Sonic Break Ground 30 (15) 180 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Level 3 DFF Sonic Break
Perform a slow, powerful three-hit sword combo.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (↑)
Fira Ground 20 (10) 90 Ranged Low None Magical Level 8 DFF Cloud Fira
(Long) Hurl fireball. Faster than Fire.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave(Feint)
Firaga Ground 30 (15) 120 Ranged Low None Magical Level 23 DFF Cloud Firaga
(Long) Shoot 3 fireballs. Short range, but can restrain opponent with explosions.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave(Feint)
Blade Beam Ground 30 (15) 120 Melee LowStart-up
Ranged LowBeam
Chase Magical Level 30 DFF Blade Beam
(Mid) Launch shock wave. Fast, but has weak homing.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
Slashing Blow Aerial 30 (15) 300 Melee Low None Physical Initial DFF Slashing Blow
Unleash two quick aerial slashes, then slam the opponent to the ground, or knock them into the air.
D012 ComChart - AirBrave Command Branch One-to-Two D012 ComChart - AirBrave—Wall Rush(↓)
D012 ComChart - AnalogUpD012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↑)
Aerial Fang Aerial 30 (15) 140 Melee Low Chase Physical Level 13 DFF Aerial Fang
Dive downward and then slash to send the opponent flying.
D012 ComChart - AirBrave Chase
Rising Fang Aerial 30 (15) 140 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Level 17 DFF Rising Fang
Cloud rises to the air. If the hit connects, circle the opponent, delivering several fast attacks and knock them away.
D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↑)
Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Double Cut
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Chase Physical Initial DFF Double Cut
Two-hit combo. Short-ranged, but quick strike.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
Climhazzard Ground 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Initial DFF Climhazzard
Charge forward to impale the opponent, then slash to knock them into the air before stabbing to slam them down.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↓)
Fire Ground 30 (15) 80 Ranged Low None Magical Level 15 DFF Cloud Fire
Launch a fireball that slowly tracks the opponent.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave (Feint)
Sonic Break Ground 30 (15) 120 Melee Low Wall Rush
Absorb
Physical Level 22 DFF Sonic Break
Perform a slow, powerful three-hit sword combo. The first hit creates a small gust of wind that pulls in the opponent.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
Fira Ground 30 (15) 80 Ranged Low None Magical Level 18 DFF Cloud Fira
Launch a fireball at the opponent. Quicker than Fire.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave(Feint)
Firaga Ground 30 (15) 80 Ranged Mid None Magical Level 31 DFF Cloud Firaga
Launch three fireballs that simultaneously converge on the opponent.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave(Feint)
Blade Beam Ground 30 (15) 100 Melee MidStart-up
Ranged LowBeam
Chase Magical Level 35 DFF Blade Beam
Create a high-speed energy slash.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
Slashing Blow Aerial 30 (15) 220 Melee Low None Physical Initial DFF Slashing Blow
Unleash two quick aerial slashes, then slam the opponent to the ground, or knock them into the air.
D012 ComChart - AirBrave Command Branch One-to-Two D012 ComChart - AirBrave—Wall Rush(↓)
D012 ComChart - AnalogUpD012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↑)
Double Cut
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Chase Physical Level 25 DFF Double Cut
Two-hit combo. Short-ranged, but quick strike.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Chase
Aerial Fang Aerial 30 (15) 140 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Initial DFF Aerial Fang
Dive downward and then slash to send the opponent flying.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (→)
Rising Fang Aerial 30 (15) 140 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Level 4 DFF Rising Fang
Cloud jumps into the air. If hit connects, circle the opponent, delivering several fast attacks and knock them away.
D012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↑)

HP Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Cross-Slash Ground 40 (20) 180 Melee High Wall Rush Physical Initial Dissidia Cloud Cross Slash
(Close) Cross-shaped slashes break through defenses.
D012 ComChart - GroundHP —Wall Rush (→)
Meteorain Ground 40 (20) 300 Ranged High None Magical Level 38 Dissidia Cloud Meteorain
(Mid) Send countless meteors towards opponent.
D012 ComChart - GroundHP
Braver Aerial 40 (20) 180 Melee High Wall Rush Physical Initial Dissidia Cloud Braver
(Mid) Midair charge. Long reach, effective vs. any height.
D012 ComChart - AirHP Command Branch One-to-Two Ground: Wall Rush(→)
Midair: Wall Rush (↓)
Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Cross-Slash Ground 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush Physical Initial Dissidia Cloud Cross Slash
Charge forward and slash the opponent three times, knocking them back on the third hit. Cloud will track the opponent if the first hit misses.
D012 ComChart - GroundHP —Wall Rush (→)
Meteorain
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 130 Ranged High None Magical Level 9 Dissidia Cloud Meteorain
Summon multiple meteors up into the air that rain down on the opponent. The meteors will stun the opponent if they are hit by them while they are being sent into the air. Each meteor tracks the opponent individually.
D012 ComChart - GroundHP
Braver Aerial 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush Physical Initial Dissidia Cloud Braver
Charge forward to stab the opponent, then jump and slam them down.
D012 ComChart - AirHP Command Branch One-to-Two Ground: Wall Rush(→)
Midair: Wall Rush (↓)
Meteorain
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 130 Ranged High None Magical Level 28 Aerialmeteorain
Summon multiple meteors up into the air that rain down on the opponent. The meteors will stun the opponent if they are hit by them while they are being sent into the air. Meteors scatter to hit over a wide area. When near the top of some closed-in arenas, the meteors may spawn in front of Cloud and fire straight forward.
D012 ComChart - GroundHP

Bravery to HP Attacks

Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Finishing Touch Ground 40 (20) 300 N/A Wall Rush Physical Sonic Break Dissidia Cloud FinishingTouch
(Combo) Whirlwind of attacks.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Command Branch One-to-Two D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (↑)
D012 ComChart - GroundHP Wall Rush (→)
Omnislash Version 5 Aerial 40 (20) 300 N/A Wall Rush Physical Slashing Blow Dissidia Cloud Omnislash5
(Combo) Series of speedy slices.
D012 ComChart - AirBrave Command Branch One-to-Three D012 ComChart - AirBrave—Wall Rush(↓)
D012 ComChart - AnalogUpD012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↑)
D012 ComChart - AirHP Wall Rush (↓)
Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Finishing Touch Ground 30 (15) 120 N/A Wall Rush Physical Sonic Break Dissidia Cloud FinishingTouch
Spin around the opponent, delivering multiple slashes while rising into the air, then knock them downward.
D012 ComChart - GroundBrave D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Command Branch One-to-Two D012 ComChart - GroundBrave Wall Rush (↑)
D012 ComChart - GroundHP Wall Rush (→)
Omnislash Version 5 Aerial 30 (15) 120 N/A Wall Rush Physical Slashing Blow Dissidia Cloud Omnislash5
Zigzag the opponent while unleashing five powerful slashes, then jump and slash through them to knock them down and away. If the opponent evades the attack, Cloud will move towards the opponent while zigzagging before diving down.
D012 ComChart - AirBrave Command Branch One-to-Three D012 ComChart - AirBrave—Wall Rush(↓)
D012 ComChart - AnalogUpD012 ComChart - AirBrave Wall Rush (↑)
D012 ComChart - AirHP Wall Rush (↓)

EX Mode

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Cloud's EX Mode is Equipped Ultima Weapon, which transforms the Buster Sword into the Ultima Weapon from Final Fantasy VII. Cloud gains the abilities "Ultima Weapon (ATK)" and "Ultima Weapon (CRUSH)". The first ability boosts Cloud's ATK according to the amount of HP he currently has in relation to his max HP, doubling his ATK at max HP and giving no bonus at 1 HP. The second ability gives all of Cloud's melee attacks Melee High priority, allowing them to crush normal guards and deflect lower-priority attacks. Other attacks with Melee High priority, and some high priority block abilities like Exdeath's Omni Block and Jecht's Jecht Block, will still block Cloud's blows.

Cloud's EX Burst is Omnislash, his strongest Limit Break in Final Fantasy VII. The player must rapidly tap Dissidia Circle Button to fill Cloud's Limit Meter, and successfully filling it causes Cloud to slash his opponent fourteen times then finishes with a powerful over-the-head slash that hits six times before doing HP damage. Failing to fill the meter will have Cloud slash his opponent three times then finish with an upward slash.

In his first alternate outfit, Cloud's EX Mode is The power of mako and he equips the completed Fusion Sword from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, but his EX Burst and his EX Mode bonuses remain the same.

Equipment

Cloud can equip Swords, Greatswords, Shields, Bangles, Hats, Helms, Clothing, and Light Armor.

In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Cloud can also equip Katanas, Spears, Large Shields, and Chestplates.

Exclusive Weapons

Name Level Stats Effects Obtained
Buster Sword 1 ATK +5 None Treasure chest in Destiny Odyssey VII-1
Force Stealer 50 ATK +37 Wall Rush HP Damage +10%. Trade: 16280 gil, Buster Sword, Gigas Bone x3, Gale Shard x2
Butterfly Edge 92 ATK +64 Wall Rush HP Damage +20%. Trade: 30390 gil, Force Stealer, Blood-Darkened Bone x5, Gale Crystal x3
Fenrir 100 ATK +69 Wall Rush HP Damage +30%.
Minor Sneak Attack Effect.
Trade: 32750 gil, Butterfly Edge, True Past x5, Gale Orb x5
Name Level Stats Effects Obtained
Buster Sword 1 ATK +22 DEF -2 None Treasure Chest in Light to All - Chapter 1
Trade: 9300 gil, Longsword, Figaro Gravel x1, Soldier's Desire x5
Force Stealer 30 ATK +42 DEF -2 Wall Rush HP Damage +10% Trade: 61000 gil, Buster Sword, Scarletite x1, Soldier's Desire x5
Butterfly Edge 90 ATK +64 DEF -1 Wall Rush HP Damage +15% Trade: 158,000 gil, Force Stealer, Electrum x1, Soldier's Dream x5
Fenrir 100 ATK +69 DEF -1 Wall Rush HP Damage +20%
Slight Sneak Attack effect
Trade: 182,800 gil, Butterfly Edge, True Past x1, Soldier's Hopes x5

Gallery

Allusions

  • Several references are made to Zack Fair who wielded the Buster Sword before Cloud.
    • Cloud states Firion reminds him of a friend, and when Tidus questions the difficulty in using the Buster Sword due to its size, Cloud replies, "It's not heavy. It's... a memento".
    • Cloud casts his Fire spells, stands, and runs reminiscent to how Zack does in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.
    • Cloud's victory quote, "I won't sleep well tonight", refers to a Crisis Core cutscene, where Zack states his reason for sparing a Wutai soldier.
    • The victory line "I'll live your life for you" refers to Zack's last wish before dying in the presence of a traumatized Cloud.
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Compilation scenes recreated in Dissidia.

  • In the cutscene of Cloud's battle with Sephiroth in Destiny Odyssey VII, several scenes allude to other titles in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.
    • The scene where Cloud crosses the Buster Sword over the Masamune is identical to part of Sephiroth's battle with Cloud in the Nibelheim reactor in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-.
    • After being knocked back, Cloud descends after Sephiroth, who rights himself and knocks Cloud through the air, a reference to Sephiroth's first scene in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
    • When Cloud lands, the camera pans along the Masamune up to Sephiroth's face, similar to the climax of their Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children battle.
    • Finally, as the two face off at the end of the scene, the camera angles and poses are identical to their scripted battle at the end of Final Fantasy VII.
  • Cloud's relationship with Terra in Dissidia hearkens to his relationship with Aerith in Final Fantasy VII. Like Aerith, Terra wears red or pink and is a prodigious magic user who traces her heritage to a legendary race. Cloud telling her that her thanks are not needed as it is enough for him to know that he can help others indicates he is thankful for the chance to help Terra in a way that he was unable to help Aerith.
  • Cloud asking Tidus, Cecil and Firion to think for a reason of their own to fight other than to end the war mirrors the speech he gave his teammates at the end of Disc II of Final Fantasy VII, where he asks everyone to leave and to go and think why they must fight, instead of fighting for the Planet. Should they find their answer, they could come back.
  • Before returning to Gaia, Cloud stands in a field of yellow flowers, similar to the ones located in Aerith's church in Sector 5.
  • Cloud's strongest weapon, Fenrir, is named after his motorcycle and the symbol on his pauldron. His other exclusive weapons, the Force Eater (also known as the Force Stealer) and the Butterfly Edge, are weapons he uses in Final Fantasy VII, and are exclusive to the game itself.
  • Many of Cloud's HP attacks and his EX Burst (Braver, Cross Slash, Blade Beam, Climhazzard, Meteorain, Finishing Touch and Omnislash) are all Limit Breaks he used in Final Fantasy VII, while Omnislash Version 5 is the move he used against Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • Cloud's Aerial Fang could be a reference to the way he sliced Loz's bike in half during the motorcycle battle in the tunnel of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • If the player completes Chapter IV of Shade Impulse with Cloud, they will unlock a set of "Pretty Princess" equipment set for Cloud, Kefka, and female characters. The equipment consists of the Sexy Cologne (weapon), Member's Card (glove), Blonde Wig (helmet), and Silk Dress (armor). This is a reference to Cloud's crossdressing scene in Final Fantasy VII, where he dresses like a girl to save Tifa from Don Corneo. The equipment set is made up of the best items the player can obtain for Cloud to wear during the quest. The combinations that results in equipping all four items, Allure of Honey, is a reference to the Honey Bee Inn.
  • Cloud's museum character file states that his hobbies include motorcycling, chocobo racing, and snowboarding, all of which were minigames in Final Fantasy VII.
  • Cloud's reply to Squall's line in the ending before disappearing is his usual "not interested" line, commonly said during the earlier stages of Final Fantasy VII while he was still in his cold mercenary persona, and also said towards Rufus Shinra in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. During a scene in Destiny Odyssey VII-V, Sephiroth also uses this line. Cloud's intro quote "do I feel sorry for you" is what he said to Rude upon meeting Rufus in Advent Children. A victory quote, "My reality is mine alone", is a quote Cloud said after Sephiroth revealed the true Nibelheim Incident story in Final Fantasy VII.
  • The offer Squall makes to Cloud of fighting again in the future is a possible allusion to the part in Kingdom Hearts II in which they fight back to back against a horde of Heartless.
  • When using an HP attack in his normal outfit, the Buster Sword glows orange, but in his alternate outfit, the Fusion Swords glow blue. This is a reference to Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children where the swords glow blue when Cloud uses his Limit Breaks, but he and other characters glow orange in Final Fantasy VII.
  • While performing his EX Burst, Cloud declares he's "breaking [his] limits", a reference to the term "Limit Break". Tifa shares this convention as well.
  • After the battle with Sephiroth on Shade Impulse, Cloud states "the one I really want to meet is...", referring to the ending of Final Fantasy VII where he says "I think I can meet her... there", presumably referring to Aerith.
  • When Cloud holds the Buster Sword to Sephiroth's neck while protecting Tifa, it mirrors Zack confronting Sephiroth in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, after Sephiroth discovers Jenova during the Nibelheim Incident. Also, when Cloud points the Buster Sword at Sephiroth in Shade Impulse from his waist, it mirrors what he did in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children using the Fusion Sword at Rude.
  • During the FMV scene when Cloud begins to fight Sephiroth in Destiny Odyssey VII, Cloud tells him to, "Go back to sleep!", reminding him of the hibernation Sephiroth was in for five years in Final Fantasy VII.
  • The name for Cloud's first alternate costume, "Cloudy Wolf", refers the wolf that was implied to be a personification of Cloud's immense guilt tailing Cloud in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children until he came to terms with his past.
  • When Cloud saves Tifa, she comments that Cloud was "like a hero, charging in to save the girl," which is what Cloud promised he would do when he left to join SOLDIER in Final Fantasy VII. Ironically enough, as stated in his bio in the Museum, at the end of Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, it is Tifa who sacrifices herself to protect Cloud.
  • In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, one of the chests in Cloud's storyline contains 1997 gil. Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation was released in 1997.
  • At the end of Cloud's Destiny Odyssey in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, the gateway Cloud tracks Sephiroth to is Mount Gulg, an allusion to the North Crater.
  • Cloud's encounter quote against himself in Dissidia Final Fantasy ("If I win, are my sins forgiven?") and against Kain in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy ("Can sins be redeemed?") refer to a question he asks of Vincent Valentine in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, referring to his inability to defend his friends, Aerith and Zack, from death.
  • One of Cloud's victory quotes against a weaker enemy, "Can't smile about this one", is a reference to the song Cloud Smiles, played in the final scene of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children when Cloud is first seen smiling.

Trivia

  • Cloud is the only character with an EX Mode that has a different name for one of his alternate outfits, although it functions identically.
  • In Dissidia Final Fantasy, Cloud's EX Burst, Omnislash, has the highest base power in the game, assuming he has full HP when using it. His EX Burst is the second-highest in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, outranked by Gilgamesh.
  • In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Penelo erroneously states that Cloud can equip heavy armor.
  • In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Cloud finds his crystal first, but in Dissidia Final Fantasy, Cloud finds his after the Onion Knight.

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