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Cloud- Meteorain

Cloud using a Limit Break

When an enemy has pushed your anger to the limits, you can unleash unimaginable power.

Limit (リミット, Rimitto?), or Special in the 1996 Aeris Demo release, is a command ability in Final Fantasy VII used to perform Limit Breaks, also known as Limits, Limit Techniques, or Special Abilities in the 1996 demo release.

Limit Breaks are skillsets unique to each party member. They have similarities to the Desperation Attacks introduced in Final Fantasy VI, but the added Limit gauge mechanic allows more player control. Each character has a Limit gauge (a Special gauge in the 1996 Demo release), which fills as the character angers as they are attacked by opponents. When the gauge is filled, it will flash, the pink battle message "LIMIT BREAK" appears, the term preceded by the character's name, and their Attack command is replaced with the "Limit" command, which flashes in iridescent colors. If the gauge is filled after selecting a command, not on the command menu, the time gauge will fill up far quicker than usual. It will fill up at normal speed on future turns if the player does not use a Limit Break. When a player activates a Limit Break, it supersedes turn order even if enemies are about to attack or other characters had already been given commands.

When using a Limit Break, the camera angle focuses in on the character, a flame-colored light emits from the ground while a sound is played before the technique is used.

In the PC version re-release, using the characters' first Limit Breaks, and obtaining their final Limit Breaks, unlocks achievements. In the PlayStation 4 version obtaining the characters' final Limit Breaks earns trophies.


When the gauge is full, you can use a "Limit Technique".

Yuffie receiving her Limit Break command

Party members have four Limit Levels, each containing one or two Limit Breaks. Only one level can be active at a time, and therefore a character has one or two Limit Breaks are available when the gauge is filled. The first Limit Break is available automatically, while the others require the player to use Limit Breaks a certain number of times, or to kill a certain amount of enemies, to be unlocked. The final Limit Break for most characters is taught via a unique item.

There are two methods of using a Limit Break: to fill up the gauge, selecting the "Limit" command; or to have previously used the Limit command, not used another attack since then (including counters), and using the Mime command. Characters can only mime their own Limit Breaks. This can be exploited particularly in the Battle Square where only one player can battle at a time, and after the series of battles ends, the stats are reset to before the series was initiated.

When trying to mime another character's Limit Break, the sound plays and the flame-colored light is emitted, but the command will fail.

Since a Limit Break takes turn priority, one must ensure any other actions the player wants their characters to perform occur before selecting the Limit Break.



The Girl using a Limit Break in the Beginner's Hall.

Don't mess with me. I used to be in SOLDIER. I'll tell you how much I know... an' for free too.

Cloud gives a number of tutorials on Limit Breaks for the benefit of the player. For the short time towards the start of the game, the player can visit the Beginner's Hall before leaving for the train.

The first tutorial is given to the guy outside the cage. Cloud explains the Limit gauge is based on how angry the user is and the basics about Limit levels. He will briefly talk about the system if the player selects the option about the status window, but explains the functions of the Limit window if the player asks about the Limit status in particular.

How to check your status?
This is called a Limit gauge.
It shows your anger level.
When the gauge is full, you can use a "Limit Technique".
I'll tell you about "Limit Techniques" later.
About Limit status?
Here are a few hints on limit techniques. When an enemy has pushed your anger to the limits,
you can unleash unimaginable power.
You know what I mean, right?
The trick is how to use it.
Access the menu and select [Limit].
Now select a member.
Now decide what you limit will be.
Lower limits have less power,
but you can use them more often.
If you set your limit higher,
you can inflict great damage,
but you'll have to wait longer.
After using this technique for awhile,
you'll improve your technique.
Your development will change
depending on how you fight.
I can't tell you how it will change.
That's something you'll have to find out by yourself.
I've heard a rumor about secret items
that inspire ultimate techniques.
I don't know whether those items really exist.
That's it! Try everything out and use what's best for you!

A second tutorial can be given to the men standing on the boxes focusing on the functions of the Limit system in battle when asking about the gauges.

About the gauges
"The [limit gauge] increases every time
you sustain damage.
When it is full,
you can use the [limit technique]."
"This gauge is not cleared after each battle,
but gradually builds over time."
"It takes a while for it to build up,
so you have to think about which
times are the best to use it."
"You probably don't know about it,
but there are conditions of
[status], [fury], and [sadness]."
"When you have [fury],
your limit gauge builds up sooner,
but your attacking accuracy is lower."
"Keep in mind that [sadness] makes
your limit gauge build up slower,
but the damage you receive is also lessened."

Cloud can also give a visual tutorial to the kids standing on the boxes. The boy will attack the girl until a light flashes, she glows white, and inflicts a combo attack and knocks her opponent over.

Limit LevelsEdit


Yuffie's full set of Limit Breaks

Your development will change depending on how you fight. I can't tell you how it will change. That's something you'll have to find out by yourself.

In the menu, each character has four Limit Levels. Each level contains two Limit Breaks apart from Level 4 where there is only one. Vincent has only one for each level, and Cait Sith has only two Limit Breaks in total, one for Level 1 and one for Level 2.

Level 4 Limit Breaks act like summon scenes where the camera changes regardless of config settings, and the player cannot choose the targets for commands by other characters.

To obtain the second Limit Break of a level, the character must have used the level's first Limit Break a specific number of times. To obtain the first Limit of a level, the character must have killed a specific number of enemies. It is possible to obtain the first Limit Break of a Limit Level before having obtained the second Limit Break of the previous Limit Levels by killing the prerequisite number of enemies without using enough Limit Breaks to meet the Limit Break requirement. The character's next Limit Level can still be set, but each character's Level 4 Limit Break can only be taught through an item once all of their other Limit Breaks have been learned. If one is missed, the player must reset their Limit Level and continue in getting the specified amount of uses of the first Limit Break of that level to learn the second one before being able to add the manual.

Vincent has one Limit ability per level, so it is possible to learn all his Limit Breaks without having to use any.

Tifa has access to all her Limit abilities at once since she doesn't have sub-commands beneath her Limit command, but slot reels that decide whether each ability misses, hits, or deals critical damage.

Character Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Cloud 1 Start 120 kills 320 kills Omnislash item
2 8 Limit Breaks 7 Limit Breaks 6 Limit Breaks
Barret 1 Start 80 kills 160 kills Catastrophe item
2 9 Limit Breaks 8 Limit Breaks 6 Limit Breaks
Tifa 1 Start 96 kills 192 kills Final Heaven item
2 9 Limit Breaks 7 Limit Breaks 6 Limit Breaks
Aeris 1 Start 80 kills 160 kills Great Gospel item
2 8 Limit Breaks 6 Limit Breaks 5 Limit Breaks
Red XIII 1 Start 72 kills 144 kills Cosmo Memory item
2 8 Limit Breaks 7 Limit Breaks 6 Limit Breaks
Yuffie 1 Start 64 kills 128 kills All Creation item
2 8 Limit Breaks 7 Limit Breaks 6 Limit Breaks
Cait Sith 1 Start 40 kills
Vincent 1 Start 40 kills 96 kills Chaos item
Cid 1 Start 60 kills 136 kills Highwind item
2 7 Limit Breaks 6 Limit Breaks 5 Limit Breaks

The earliest convenient stage of the game for a player to grind for Limit Breaks is in Midgar's Sector 4 Train Tunnel, where, if the player backtracks far enough, they will get into a series of battles that only stop when the player chooses to, and after healing, or switching Materia with party members who still have MP, can reenter another series of battles. This is the best place for quick kills, and with Level 1 Limit Breaks, the player's gauges should fill quickly.

The Matra Magic Enemy Skill attacks all enemies with typeless magic for 8 MP; players may use this to get quick kills against enemy groups near the Chocobo Farm, in the Mythril Mine, or in the Junon Area. And since the Levrikon enemies' Flaming Peck attack gives the Fury status (unless the character already has the Sadness status), the Limit gauge can be filled faster.

With an average of 4.4 relatively weak enemies per encounter, the large forest in the Nibel Area past Mt. Nibel is is a good place for grinding Limit Breaks. It is the only area featuring an enemy formation containing six enemies (Battery Cap x6) whose four laser attack builds Limits quickly, and contains the enemy Valron, who can be manipulated and whose Gravity-based Dive Kick attack quickly fills a character's Limit gauge.

Once Trine has been acquired, the player can equip Enemy Skills to gain quick kills while keeping MP cost to a minimum. Once the party has acquired the submarine, the Unknowns in the sunken Gelnika can be battled to rapidly fill up Limit gauges.

After obtaining the Tiny Bronco, it is possible to have all nine characters in the party, and players may use the Mideel Area enemy groups and the Fury status, granted by Hypers, to get kills and fill Limit gauges. A sufficiently-leveled Restore Materia containing the Regen, or at high enough levels, the Fury Ring to keep the party in Berserk, can make gaining kills quick and easy.

Aeris has the Limit Break Fury Brand that fills the other two allies' Limit gauges. This is a quicker way to get other characters to use their Limit Breaks to learn new ones, and is a net gain of one Limit Break when her team mates' Limit Levels are set to 2. It is even better if they are set to 3, as her Level 2 gauge fills faster. If Aeris's full Limit gauge is withheld, the player can wait for the other two characters to use their Limit commands before Aeris uses hers so there is no wasted build-up.

The Cover Materia can be used to divert Limit-building damage to one party member. Damage is halved when characters are in the back row; characters can be moved from the front to the back row during combat with the Left button command Change. The Manipulate Materia can be used to apply known and measured amounts of damage to characters from hard-hitting enemies with little risk. This is effective for spells that hit all characters at once. Before Manipulate is obtained, Sleep can be used to give characters time to heal up. Filling Limit meters combines well with stealing.

Half of the characters can get their Limit Breaks before progressing past Forgotten Capital, while the rest find them later. Aeris requires a prerequisite item to get her ability manual item, Mythril, which can be obtained before the other characters receive their manual items. The earliest available manual is Red XIII's Cosmo Memory; Aeris's Great Gospel and Cloud's Omnislash are available at the same time, and next is Yuffie's All Creation. Cid has the latest opportunity to obtain his final Limit Break, as his item is inside the Gelnika, requiring the use of the submarine.

Limit gaugeEdit

Ff7 limit break

Cloud selecting a Limit Break

FFVII Limit Gauge Fury
You've got to hang in there. Your limit gauge is just starting to build.

Four variables affect the increase of the Limit gauge: the attack damage, the character's maximum HP, the character's Limit Level, and whether they are affected by Fury or Sadness.

Taking more damage fills the gauge faster, with higher maximum HP requiring more damage to fill the gauge than lower maximum HP. A manipulated enemy still increases the character's gauge, but characters attacking each other or themselves do not (including from Confuse). Restoring HP does not reduce the gauge.

Each character has four Limit Levels, except Cait Sith who has two. Higher Limit Levels require more damage to fill the gauge. While this difference is small for Cait Sith between levels 1 and 2, it takes over twice as much for Cloud.

The Fury status doubles the rate at which the Limit gauge increases, and the Sadness status halves it. Fury and Sadness negate each other. Players can use the Hyper item, normally intended to cure Sadness, to exploit the Fury status to gain Limit Breaks quicker.

Though it displays no number, the Limit gauge is treated as an integer between 0 (empty) and 255 (full). To calculate the increase from an attack, the system multiplies the damage by 300, divides the result by the character's maximum HP, rounds down to the nearest integer, multiplies the result by 256, then multiplies by 2 if the character is in Fury or 0.5 if the character is in Sadness, and finally divided by a Limit constant that depends on the individual character and which Limit Level he or she using, and rounded down again.


\left\lfloor\left\lfloor {300 \times damage \over max\ HP}\right\rfloor \times {256 \times status\ multiplier \over limit\ constant}\right\rfloor

Each character has an individual limit constant for each of their Limit Levels, shown in the following table:[1]

Character Limit Level
1 2 3 4
Cloud 140 324 435 506
Barret 129 240 374 450
Tifa 120 334 509 566
Aeris 200 284 322 436
Red XIII 195 300 389 486
Yuffie 200 300 400 480
Cait Sith 160 180
Vincent 202 244 319 426
Cid 200 280 380 480

Cait Sith doesn't have any Limit Breaks at Level 3 or Level 4, and therefore they cannot be selected for him. Tifa has the lowest constant on Level 1 at 120, and on Level 4, she has the highest of 566.

One can calculate the proportion of a character's max HP that needs to be lost as follows:

HP\ portion={limit\ constant\over status\ multiplier}\times{17\over5120}.

For example, Tifa's level 1 limit while under no status effect yields


meaning she needs to lose about 39.8 percent of her maximum HP to fill her Limit gauge.

Every character has to lose more than their maximum HP to fill the gauge on their third and fourth Limit Levels, which means the player will have to gain HP between their Limit gauge being reset and refilling it, as the gauge will deplete to zero if the character has the Death status. This also applies for Cloud and Tifa on their second Limit, while Red XIII and Yuffie lie just beneath having to lose 99.6% of their HP. At this level Cait Sith only has to lose 59.8%. If the player has the Fury status, under no Limit Level would they have to lose more than their maximum HP.

Three events deplete the Limit gauge: using a Limit Break, dying, and switching Limit Levels (preventing players from easily building the gauge in a lower level and retaining it for a higher level).

The only time the Limit gauge fills in another way is for the final scripted battle against Sephiroth, where Cloud's Limit gauge starts full with his Limit Level automatically set to Level 4 (Omnislash), regardless of whether he previously learned the Limit or not.



Yuffie after learning All Creation.

I've heard a rumor about secret items that inspire ultimate techniques. I don't know whether those items really exist.

Limit Break manuals are menu items given to characters to learn Limit Breaks. Each character other than Cait Sith has a Limit Break manual, which teaches their Level 4 Limit Break. These items give no indication in-game whom they belong to, nor what their use is for, although the way they are obtained can be a strong indication. If the player attempts to use a wrong manual on a character, they will comment on it not being the right one.

Players can only be taught their Level 4 Limit Break when all their other Limit Breaks have been learned. This means if the second Limit Break of a Limit Level is not learned, the player will have to go back and learn it.

Great Gospel (Aeris)Edit

Great Gospel
This should be okay.

The player can begin the search for Aeris's manual as soon after acquiring the buggy. Driving it into the Costa del Sol buildings allows passage aboard the cargo ship to Junon. In the north of the Junon Area there is a cave past some shallows. A sleeping man in the cave will give the player the Mythril item if the total number of battles the player has fought ends in two matching odd numbers or zeros; e.g. 11, 133, 255, 1077, 699, 200.

After the events in Rocket Town, the Mythril can be taken to the man in the cabin between the Gold Saucer and Gongaga Village. Opening the correct one of two compartments (the smaller one located on the upper floor of the house) nets the Great Gospel item. Until the player receives the Tiny Bronco, the blacksmith's house will be empty, and Cloud is returned to the field screen after entering.

Cosmo Memory (Red XIII)Edit

Cosmo Memory
Right, I've got it!

Red XIII can learn his final Limit the earliest; the Cosmo Memory manual is obtained from defeating the optional boss Lost Number in the Shinra Mansion safe.

Omnislash (Cloud)Edit

OK! Got it!

The Omnislash manual is available at the same time as Aeris's manual. After getting the Tiny Bronco, it can be won at the Battle Square in Gold Saucer. The manual costs 51,200 BP at this point, and 32,000 BP after acquiring the Highwind.

All Creation (Yuffie)Edit

All Creation
Cool! This should do it!

Yuffie's All Creation can be obtained after defeating Godo, the final boss of the optional Pagoda sidequest in Wutai Village.

Catastrophe (Barret)Edit

Heh! No sweat!

The Catastrophe manual can be obtained after the Huge Materia quest in Corel by talking to a woman in the ruined building near the inn in North Corel.

Chaos (Vincent)Edit

I'm becoming less human...

The player must enter the waterfall cave near Nibelheim with Vincent and Cloud in the party and witness the scene, then leave the cave and fight ten random encounters and return to find the Chaos manual. To get to the cave, the player can either use the submarine, or get there faster via either the green, black, or gold Chocobo obtained through breeding.

Final Heaven (Tifa)Edit

Final Heaven
Hmm, so that's it.

Tifa's Final Heaven manual is discovered after Cloud returns to the party after the events at Mideel. The player must enter Tifa's House in Nibelheim with Tifa in the party, and play the piano.

The player must insert the following buttons:

PlayStation X, Square, Triangle, L1+Triangle, L1+Square, X, Square, Triangle, L1+X, Circle, X, Square, X

A letter from Zangan is discovered, containing the Final Heaven manual.

If the player plays the piano on disc 1 they will only get a gil. If they play it with Tifa as the party leader, and if in the Kalm/Nibelheim flashback when Cloud first played the piano the player selected "I remember" and then pressed one of X, Circle, Square, or Triangle, an Elemental Materia is uncovered.

Highwind (Cid)Edit

Hey I like this! Lemme use it!

Cid's Highwind manual is found inside the optional dungeon Gelnika, discoverable with the submarine. The chest containing the manual is on the left of the hall after entering, past the room where the optional bosses Turks:Reno and Turks:Rude are fought.

Limit BreaksEdit

OK! Now your limit gauge is full, go ahead and use it! Fight with your limit technique.
Limit Break Storyboard FFVII Sketches Unused

Unused Limit Break concepts.

Each Limit Break does a different thing. Most inflict damage to one or all enemies based on the same stats as an ordinary attack, albeit multiplied. Others use different variables to calculate the damage, and a number of them also inflict statuses to either enemy or party.

Every character has seven Limit Break commands except Vincent and Cait Sith, and every character has seven Limit Break abilities except Vincent and Cait Sith who have more. Vincent's four Limit Breaks each can use two abilities, giving him eight different abilities. Cait Sith's first Limit Break is one ability, and his second one has eight results. Cait Sith can summon one of sixteen summons, and use one of seven abilities in Toy Box, technically giving him a total of 29 abilities. So while Cait Sith and Vincent both have the fewest Limit commands, they have the most Limit Breaks. Also, since Tifa doesn't select a Limit to use, it could be said that she doesn't have any sub-commands, just the main Limit command.

Young Cloud and Sephiroth do not have Limit Breaks. Through use of the GameShark, Sephiroth's and Young Cloud's Limit Break will display Vincent's and Cait Sith's respectively, however, it is not possible to use them. Every time the player enters a battle with one of these characters in their party, their Limit gauge will be empty.


See the Limit Break sequences here.

Cloud's Limit Breaks are the strongest, but are learned slower, as Cloud typically needs to kill twice as many enemies as his comrades to learn his stronger techniques. His ultimate Limit Break, Omnislash, is among the most powerful moves in the game. Against single enemies, this can be even stronger than Knights of Round as it hits two more times.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Braver Default FFVII Limit Break Cloud Braver
Single physical attack with a downward slash dealing 3 times normal damage.
Cross-slash Use Braver 8 times FFVII Limit Break Cloud Crossslash
Single physical attack with three slices dealing 314 times normal damage and inflicting paralysis.
2 Blade Beam Kill 120 enemies FFVII Limit Break Cloud Bladebeam
Strikes and unleashes a wave of energy at a single enemy dealing 312 times normal damage, and hits other enemies for approximately normal damage with shockwaves. If there is only one target Blade Beam is, surprisingly, considered a magical attack, even if its damage and accuracy are still calculated from physical stats.
Climhazzard Use Blade Beam 7 times FFVII Limit Break Cloud Climhazzard
Strikes enemy, then jumps upwards running the sword along the enemy dealing 438 times normal damage.
3 Meteorain Kill 200 enemies after obtaining Blade Beam FFVII Limit Break Cloud Meteorain
Six meteors fall and hit random targets for 158 times normal damage each.
Finishing Touch Use Meteorain 6 times. FFVII Limit Break Cloud Finishingtouch
Hits all enemies with a tornado causing death, or dealing 318 times normal damage for any enemy immune to death.
4 Omnislash Use the Omnislash manual after obtaining Cloud's other six Limit Break commands. FFVII Limit Break Cloud Omnislash
Hits random enemies 15 times under the effect of automatic critical hits for 34 times normal damage each hit.


See the Limit Break sequences here.

Barret's Limit Breaks mostly consist of physical blows. Mindblow is one of a limited number of attacks available to the player that drains enemy MP. If the player is keen in their leveling, Barret can learn his level 2 technique, Hammer Blow, early, making it useful for dispatching enemies instantly.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Big Shot Default FFVII Limit Break Barret Bigshot
Fires a huge fireball at a single enemy for 314 times normal damage.
Mindblow Use Big Shot 9 times FFVII Limit Break Barret Mindblow
Fires a blue ball of energy at a single enemy, depleting MP from the target. This is a gravity-elemental attack.
2 Grenade Bomb Kill 80 enemies FFVII Limit Break Barret Grenadebomb
Launches a grenade at the enemy, dealing 338 times normal damage if there is only a single target, but can hit multiple targets for less.
Hammer Blow Use Grenade Bomb 8 times. FFVII Limit Break Barrethammer Blow
Runs up and strikes a single enemy, causing death. Does not work on enemies immune to instant death.
3 Satellite Beam Kill 80 enemies after obtaining Grenade Bomb FFVII Limit Break Barret Satellitebeam
Fires a beam weapon from the sky to hit all enemies for an automatic critical hit of 2316 times normal damage.
Use Satellite Beam 6 times FFVII Limit Break Barret Ungermax
Fires 18 shots at random enemies for half damage.
4 Catastrophe Use the Catastrophe manual after obtaining Barret's other six Limit Break commands. FFVII Limit Break Barret Catastrphe
Hits ten times at random enemies for 114 times normal damage.


See the Limit Break sequences here.

Instead of selecting a move from a list, Tifa's Limit Breaks consecutively hit the opponent with each move adding on to the previous. Each deals physical damage to a random opponent.

The Limits are selected through a selection process similar to the Slot skill from Final Fantasy VI. Each time the reel hits "Yeah!" damage is doubled, but each time it hits "Miss", the attack does not connect. Stopping the reel on "Hit" allows the attack to connect, but does not increase its power. Later skills have "Yeah!" harder to hit and surrounded by "Miss".

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Beat Rush Default FFVII Limit Break Tifa Beatrush
Runs up and punches the enemy a few times, dealing 114 times normal damage to a single target.
Somersault Use Beat Rush 9 times. FFVII Limit Break Tifa Somersault
Somersaults in the air while kicking the enemy, dealing 138 times normal damage to a single target.
2 Waterkick Kill 96 enemies FFVII Limit Break Tifa Waterkick
A circling sweep kick accompanied by a blast of water, dealing 112 times normal damage.
Meteodrive Use Waterkick 7 times. FFVII Limit Break Tifa Meteodrive
Picks up the enemy in a vertical suplex position and slams them to the ground, dealing 158 times normal damage.
3 Dolphin Blow Kill 96 enemies after obtaining Waterkick. FFVII Limit Break Tifa Dolphinblow
Uppercut accompanied by water and a dolphin, dealing 134 times normal damage to a single target.
Meteor Strike Use Dolphin Blow 6 times. FFVII Limit Break Tifa Meteorstrike
Picks up the enemy, spins it around, jumps high into the air and flings it downwards, dealing 178 times normal damage to a single target.
4 Final Heaven Use the Final Heaven manual after obtaining Tifa's other six Limit Break commands. FFVII Limit Break Tifa Finalheaven
Creates a giant energy blast with a punch, dealing 258 times normal damage to a single target.


See the Limit Break sequences here.

As a White Mage-like character, most of Aeris's Limit Breaks revolve around healing the party, and a few buff the party up. They also have the theme of drawing power from the earth, as Aeris was originally planned to be a Geomancer. Fury Brand instantly fills the other two party members' Limit Break bars. Aeris's ultimate Limit Break requires a bit of work to find and teach, but fully heals the party and makes them invincible.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Healing Wind Default FFVII Limit Break Aeris Healingwind
Cures entire party for half of maximum HP.
Seal Evil Use Healing Wind 8 times FFVII Limit Break Aeris Sealevil
Casts Paralyze and Silence on all targets if not inmune..
2 Breath of the Earth Kill 80 enemies FFVII Limit Break Aeris Breathoftheearth
Cures 'Sleep', 'Poison', 'Sadness', 'Fury', 'Confusion', 'Silence', 'Slow', 'Stop', 'Frog', 'Small', 'Slow-numb' and 'Petrify'.
Fury Brand Use Breath of the Earth 6 times. FFVII Limit Break Aeris Furybrand
Fills the two ally Limit Break bars to maximum.
3 Planet Protector Kill 80 enemies after obtaining Breath of the Earth FFVII Limit Break Aeris Planetprotector
Gives all party members temporary invincibility.
Pulse of Life Use Planet Protector 5 times. FFVII Limit Break Aeris Pulseoflife
Fully restores HP and MP and cures all negative status effects.
4 Great Gospel Use the Great Gospel manual after obtaining Aeris's other six Limit Break commands. FFVII Limit Break Aeris Greatgospel
Completely restores the HP and MP of the party, and makes the party temporarily invincible to all physical and magical attacks.

Red XIIIEdit

See the Limit Break sequences here.

Red XIII's lower-level Limit Breaks involve augmenting his stats, particularly through the use of Haste, which boosts his speed. His later Limit Breaks hit multiple enemies, and his ultimate Limit Break, Cosmo Memory, hits all enemies for almost eight times damage, allowing it to easily do 9,999 damage at a relatively low level.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Sled Fang Default FFVII Limit Break Red XIII Sledfang
Shoots out and pounces on an enemy, dealing 3 times normal damage.
Lunatic High Use Sled Fang 8 times FFVII Limit Break Red XIII Lunatichigh
Adds Haste status to the party and raises Red XIII's "Defense %" by 50% for every party member still alive.
2 Blood Fang Kill 72 enemies FFVII Limit Break Red XIII Bloodfang
Dashes out at a single enemy dealing 114 times normal damage, and absorbs some HP and MP.
Stardust Ray Use Blood Fang 7 times. FFVII Limit Break Red XIII Stardustray
Stars rain down upon the enemies, hitting ten times randomly for 58 normal damage each time.
3 Howling Moon Kill 72 enemies after obtaining Blood Fang FFVII Limit Break Red XIII Howlingmoon
Howls at the moon, which adds Haste and Berserk to Red XIII, and boosts his attack by 60%. This Modifier cannot exceed 100%.
Earth Rave Use Howling Moon 6 times. FFVII Limit Break Red XIII Earthrave
Attacks random enemies 5 times, doing 178 times normal damage.
4 Cosmo Memory Use the Cosmo Memory manual after obtaining Red XIII's other six Limit Break commands. FFVII Limit Break Red XIII Cosmomemory
Howls to Cosmo Canyon, summoning a massive beam of plasma that hits all enemies for 71316 times normal damage.


See the Limit Break sequences here.

Yuffie's Limit Breaks have fair power, and most of them hit multiple enemies. She learns her Limit Breaks slightly quicker than other party members. Her Clear Tranquil is one of the two healing Limit Breaks not learned by Aeris; the other one is Cait Sith's Moogle Dance. All of Yuffie's Limit Breaks, besides Clear Tranquil, are ordinary Limit attacks.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Greased Lightning Default FFVII Limit Break Yuffie Greasedlightning
Dashes at an enemy and strikes hard with her weapon, inflicting 318 times normal damage.
Clear Tranquil Use Greased Lightning 8 times FFVII Limit Break Yuffie Cleartranquil
All party members have their HP restored by half of their maximum HP.
2 Landscaper Kill 64 enemies FFVII Limit Break Yuffie Landscaper
Damages all enemies with an earthquake, doing 3 times normal damage. Misses flying targets. This is an earth-elemental attack.
Bloodfest Use Landscaper 7 times. FFVII Limit Break Yuffie Bloodfest
Attacks random enemies ten times, doing 58 times normal damage each time.
3 Gauntlet Kill 64 enemies after obtaining Landscaper FFVII Limit Break Yuffie Gauntlet
Launches a large bomb that hits all enemies, inflicting 134 times normal damage. Ignores enemy's defense stats when calculating damage. Always a critical hit.
Doom of the Living Use Gauntlet 6 times. FFVII Limit Break Yuffie Doomoftheliving
Attacks random enemies 15 times, doing 58 times normal damage.
4 All Creation Use the All Creation manual after obtaining Yuffie's other six Limit Break commands. FFVII Limit Break Yuffie Allcreation
Hits all enemies with a powerful beam of energy, doing 8 times normal damage.

Cait SithEdit

See the Limit Break sequences here.

Unlike most characters, Cait Sith only has two Limit Breaks, Dice and Slots. Both are similar to moves used by Setzer Gabbiani in Final Fantasy VI, as Cait Sith is a Gambler-type character. The damage they inflict is random, so Cait Sith's Limit Breaks could be strong or weak depending on the results.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Dice Default Dice ffvii limit break
Throws a number of dice down (every ten levels another die is added to the maximum of 6 dice at Lv 60 and above). The sum of the dice "X" is taken along with the sum of the highest repeat of a number "Y". Damage dealt by Dice = X * Y * 100
2 Slots Kill 40 enemies Slots ffvii limit break
By using a slot machine, the outcome of the reels determines what various effects will occur.
Name Combination Effect Image
Toy Soldier Crown/Crown/Crown Toy soldiers appear and fire at all of Cait's enemies dealing five times normal damage. Toysoldier ffvii limit break
Mog Dance Star/Star/Star A moogle appears and dances restoring all allies' HP and MP. Mogdance ffvii limit break
Lucky Girl Heart/Heart/Heart A cat-girl appears. Makes all characters' attacks automatic critical hits until the battle ends or a character is KO'd (ceases function for that character). Lucky girl ffvii limit break
Transform Moogle/Moogle/Moogle Will fail if Cait Sith is alone in the battle. Cait's allies disappear and his moogle grows larger; his new stats are the summation of all three allies, but still cannot surpass the natural limits (e.g. he cannot surpass 9999 HP or 255 strength.) In this form, he can do anything Cait can do, except using Limit Breaks. When the battle is over, the amount of HP and MP left are split among all three characters (and in the process, anyone who was dead before Transform was used is revived). This means that using this move may drop the party's current HP level if their HP amount is over 3000 points. Transform ffvii limit break
Game Over Face/Face/Face Causes instant death to all enemies. Game Over is not blocked by death immunity and therefore is effective against any enemy. If the battle is an attack from both sides, only one side of the enemy party is hit, and thus not all enemies are killed. Game over ffvii limit break
Death Joker Face/Face/Bar All allies are instantly killed. This cannot be prevented by normal means of death immunity with Safety Bit or Death Force. If the battle is a Side Attack, only one side of the party is hit, and thus the battle will not end in a Game Over. Death joker ffvii limit break
Summon Bar/Bar/Bar A summon is summoned.
Random = Rnd(1..10) + Rnd(1..10) + Rnd(1..10) + Rnd(1..10)

Variable = Random + [Cait Sith's Level / 21]

ID = [Variable / 2] - 3

[1]The ID is then given to the order of the summons. The lower Cait Sith's level, the more likely the player is to use the lower summons and vice-versa. Knights of Round has a very small chance only at higher levels.

The attack name is the Materia name, not the summon's name with exceptions to Gunge Lance and Fat Chocobo.
Three bars ffvii limit break
Toy Box Else A random object of seven is dropped on one enemy. The abilities are not named in-game but are listed in the Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Omega[2]:
Falling Rock (落石, Rakuseki?) Hits a single enemy for 2 times normal damage. Toybox boulder
Icicles (つらら, Tsurara?) Hits a single enemy for 212 times normal damage. Toybox icicles
Weight (分銅, Fundō?) Hits all enemies for 3 times normal damage. Toybox weight
Hammer (ハンマー, Hanmā?) Hits a single enemy for 312 times normal damage. Toybox hammer
Fat Chocobo (デブチョコボ, Debu Chokobo?) Hits a single enemy for 4 times normal damage. Toybox fat chocobo
Hell House (ヘルハウス, Heru Hausu?) Hits a single enemy for 412 times normal damage. Toybox hell house
Meteorites (隕石, Inseki?) Hits a single enemy for 5 times normal damage. Toybox comets


See the Limit Break sequences here.

Vincent has only one Limit Break for each of the four levels, and when he initiates one, he turns into an uncontrollable monster and stays that way until the battle is over, or he falls into Death status, which results in him reverting. When he shifts his form, Vincent's stats increase and his HP refills, but he cannot shift back at will.

While his Limit Breaks can be powerful they are risky, as some of the elemental attacks can heal enemies. During his transformation Vincent is immune to Berserk, Frog and Confusion. Vincent learns his new Limit Breaks the fastest.

In the following table, the first attack listed in the description does damage based on Vincent's physical attack, while the second does damage based on Vincent's magic attack. He will use the physical attack 70% of the time.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Galian Beast Default FFVII-GalianBeast
Vincent transforms into "Galian Beast", a wild purple beast. Defense increases by 20%, and Dexterity by 50%. Sets 130 % Max HP.
Berserk Dance Physical attack for 112 times normal damage to a single target. Berserk dance
Beast Flare Magical attack for 334 times normal fire-elemental damage to all targets. Beast flare
2 Death Gigas Kill 40 enemies FFVII-DeathGigas
Vincent transforms into "Death Gigas", a hulking monster. Defense increases by 50%, MDefense decreases by 70%, and Dexterity decreases by 20%. Sets 200 % Max HP.
Gigadunk Physical attack for 258 times normal damage to a single target. Gigadunk
Live Wire Magical attack for 438 times normal lightning-elemental damage to all enemies. Livewire
3 Hellmasker Kill 56 enemies after obtaining Death Gigas FFVII-HellMasker
Vincent transforms into "Hellmask", a thug with a rotating head wearing a hockey mask who wields a chainsaw. Defense and MDefense increase by 50%.
Splattercombo Physical attack for half damage to five random targets. Splattercombo
Nightmare Inflicts Sleep, Poison, Silence, Confuse, Frog and Mini to a single opponent. Hellmasker nightmare
4 Chaos Use the Chaos manual after obtaining Vincent's other three Limit Break commands. FFVII-Chaos
Vincent transforms into "Chaos", a winged demon. Defense and MDefense increase by 100%.
Chaos Saber Physical attack for 212 times normal damage to all enemies. Chaos Sabre
Satan Slam Has a 28% chance to inflict Instant Death, or if enemies are immune to death, does 558 times normal damage to all enemies. Satan Slam


See the Limit Break sequences here.

Cid's Limit Breaks often hit multiple enemies or hit multiple times, letting him do massive damage. His strongest Limit Break, Highwind, could potentially do 9999 x 18 damage, a feat only Barret's Angermax can match—even Cloud's infamous Omnislash cannot do this much damage. Cid also learns his Limit Breaks fairly quickly. Cid's Limit Breaks use his physical strength to determine their power.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Boost Jump Default FFVII Limit Break Cid Boostjump
Jumps into the air and strikes down with a spear into an enemy, doing 314 times normal damage.
Dynamite Use Boost Jump 7 times. FFVII Limit Break Cid Dynamite
Lights a stick of dynamite with a cigarette, then hurls it at the enemy party, doing 214 times normal damage to all enemies.
2 Hyper Jump Kill 60 enemies FFVII Limit Break Cid Hyperjump
Jumps up and strikes down with a spear, causing an explosion that does 312 times normal damage to all enemies, and has a 20% chance to inflict Instant Death.
Dragon Use Hyper Jump 6 times FFVII Limit Break Cid Dragon
Summons a dragon that attacks an enemy, doing 114 times normal damage and healing Cid's HP and MP by an amount equal to the damage dealt. The amount of HP and MP healed is capped at the enemy's current MP.
3 Dragon Dive Kill 76 enemies after obtaining Hyper Jump FFVII Limit Break Cid Dragondive
Strikes six random enemies with diving attacks, doing 1716 normal damage, and has a 28% chance to inflict Instant Death.
Big Brawl Use Dragon Dive 5 times. FFVII Limit Break Cid Bigbrawl
Slashes eight random enemies, doing 118 normal damage.
4 Highwind Use the Highwind manual after obtaining Cid's other six Limit Break commands. FFVII Limit Break Cid Highwind
Summons the Highwind to drop missiles on eighteen random enemies, doing 1116 times normal damage.

Creation and developmentEdit


Early screenshots of Final Fantasy VII featuring an early organization of the status window

With each Final Fantasy the entire team contributes to the initial planning and the best ideas are picked from among them. During that highly individual period of brainstorming Tetsuya Nomura came up with the idea of adding Limit Breaks to the battle system as an expansion of the Desperation Attacks of Final Fantasy VI. Since it was planned players would be free to build their party via Materia, Limit Breaks were envisioned as a way to bring out the characters' individual personalities and the unique character animations would further emphasize their individuality.[3]

The first screens of the game with the less defined models in 1995 shows the Limit gauge next to the character's name on the left of the HP. Barret also seemed to use Hammer Blow as a normal attack, indicating his gun-arm was initially meant only for Limit Breaks.

It appears the text in the upper portion of the screen next to each party member's avatar would have indicated status changes. The Japanese kanji for eight different statuses appear all the time, with them likely to have been highlighted should the character have a given status.


The Special gauge as seen in the 1996 Demo release.

The release of the Japanese 1996 demo showed the reorganization of the status window to the format used in the game's final version and a working system and animations. In the English version of the 1996 demo release, there were a number of differences that from the final English version concerning Limit Breaks. They were called "Special Abilities," and to the "Special" command, despite being called "Limit Breaks" in the Japanese demo. Cloud has his first two Limit Breaks available, Braver; a strong attack; and Cross Slash; a strong attack which inflicts Paralysis. Barret can use Heavy Shot, a stronger version of his attack, and Aeris has Healing Wind.

While there were no changes for the Japanese version from the Japanese demo to the final release, the 1996 Aeris demo saw a number of changes between itself and the 1997 Tifa demo that would make it closer to how the final version would be, mainly because the game had been released in Japan by that time. The translation had been altered, and the functionality of Braver and Cross-slash has been changed to what is seen in the final game.

The most notable change to the Limit Break system for the final game was the chance to explore the system fully.

Other appearancesEdit

A number of the Limit Breaks have been alluded to into other games in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, and also beyond. This can be largely attributed to the number of times Cloud has appeared outside the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Furthermore, many Limit Breaks which originated from Final Fantasy VII have been alluded to in other games in the series and by Square Enix.

Compilation of Final Fantasy VIIEdit

Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenEdit


Cloud's Blade Beam.

See the Limit Break sequences here.

Many of the characters perform techniques based on their Limit Breaks from Final Fantasy VII. Cloud uses Blade Beam against Loz in the Forgotten Capital and later against Sephiroth, Climhazzard against Bahamut SIN, Braver against both Bahamut SIN and Yazoo and Loz (in a highway tunnel), and Finishing Touch against Kadaj.

In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, Cloud also uses the original Omnislash in the battle with Sephiroth who evades or parries every strike with the exception of the final blow, which is interrupted as he impales Cloud with the Masamune. Cloud uses a stronger variation of Omnislash, known as Omnislash Version 5, to defeat Sephiroth. The attack utilizes the Fusion Swords and involves Cloud separating the sword into its individual components and attacking once with each sword. The attack was called "Omnislash Version 5" as it was the fifth version of the attack designed for the film.

In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, an extended version of this attack used fourteen slashes instead of the six. Due to the reasoning for the "Version 5" of the attack in the original version of the film, this attack is known to fans as "Omnislash Version 6."


Great Gospel.

Barret fires a green energy blast at Bahamut SIN, similar to Big Shot and Mindblow. Tifa uses attacks similar in appearance to Beat Rush, Waterkick, Dolphin Blow (though without the appearance of water and a dolphin), Somersault, and Meteor Strike when fighting Loz in the Sector 5 Church.

Aerith uses Great Gospel from the Lifestream to cure Geostigma victims.

Red XIII surrounds himself in blue energy and knocks down Bahamut SIN. This attack appears to be Sled Fang.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

VIICC Meteor Shots

Zack using the Meteor Shots attack.

The lone player character, Zack, uses a Limit Break system that relies on other characters being rolled on an automated slots system known as Digital Mind Wave. The Crisis Core Complete Guide[4] explains that when a person's spirit energy rises to its ultimate limit, for a short while it aligns with and emits from the person's body.

The guide also mentions Zack being unusual in that he can copy Limit Breaks, such as taking Aerith's Healing Wind from Final Fantasy VII and turning it into his Limit Break, Healing Wave. Three Cloud icons allows Zack to use Meteor Shots, the animation of which resembles Cloud's Meteorain Limit Break.

While Cissnei doesn't appear in Final Fantasy VII, her attack, Lucky Stars, gives the Critical status to Zack, much-like Cait Sith's Lucky Girl gives the status to the party. Lining up three Angeal icons allows Zack to use a technique similar to Tifa's Beat Rush, but potentially greater in power, called "Rush Assault."

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

Vincent's ability to transform into different creatures is further explained. Vincent is seen in both his Galian Beast form and his Chaos form, albeit their designs are altered from their original designs to incorporate Vincent's appearance into his transformations.

Vincent transforms into Galian Beast when the Limit Breaker item is used. Chaos is playable during the final level and allows him to hover briefly, perform a series of attacks, perform a jump equal to a double jump, and wield a more threatening variation of the Death Penalty gun.

The tutorial is framed as a training session during Vincent's days as a Turk, and features a Limit Break which merely boosts Vincent's strength and defense for a period of time. The same effect appears when Vincent uses a Limit Breaker during his first duel against Weiss (when he uses Chaos's power without transforming) and as Chaos himself.

Final Fantasy VII G-BikeEdit

In Final Fantasy VII G-Bike, a game based on the Final Fantasy VII G-Bike minigame, support characters could perform a Unison Limit Break with Cloud. Using a Unison Limit Break with Tifa allowed her to use Final Heaven against an enemy.

Final Fantasy VII RemakeEdit

VII Remake Barett In Battle

Barret using a move resembling Big Shot.

Cloud and Barret use their Limit Breaks, which appear to be Braver and Big Shot, in the first gameplay trailer revealed 5th December 2015.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

Zell- Dolphin Blow

Zell's Dolphin Blow.

Zell Dincht's Duel Limit Break functions like Tifa's Limit Breaks in terms of the combo attacks. Instead of her Slots system, Zell uses a character input system. His basic attack, Punch Rush, is similar to Tifa's basic attack, Beat Rush, the attacks Dolphin Blow and Meteor Strike are given the same name as Tifa's Limit Breaks. His ultimate Limit Break, My Final Heaven, is named the same as Tifa's Final Heaven.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

Climhazzard is a Sword Art available to Steiner and Beatrix, an ability originating from Cloud's Limit Break of the same name. Unlike the original, Climhazzard attacks all enemies for twice normal damage.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

FFXIV Braver

A player using "Braver". Cloud's Buster Sword is featured in the animation.

Cloud's "Braver" and Tifa's "Final Heaven" appear as Limit Breaks for melee damage dealer classes. Aerith's "Healing Wind" and "Breath of the Earth" also appear as healer classes' Limit Breaks.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

The job class Soldier to which Cloud is the only user, can use Limit abilities when equipped with the Materia Blade. While many of the names are the same as in Final Fantasy VII, the attacks' effects differ. Braver, changed to Brave Slash in the Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions release, is a quick strike.

Cross-slash, renamed Cross Slash in the The War of the Lions release, is his second quickest attack where he slices twice in a cross pattern, similar to the original attack, towards the enemy. Blade Beam inflicts damage commensurate with the damage the user has endured, while Climhazzard functions the same but commensurate with the damage the unit being attacked has already endured and with a far higher JP cost, both only sharing their names with the original attacks, not the attack itself. Meteorain summons a single meteor from the sky.

Finish Touch, renamed Finishing Touch for the The War of the Lions release, inflicts Death, Doom, or Petrification, but will not do damage if the enemies are immune. Omnislash is a strong attack, while Cherry Blossom, his ultimate attack, is based on the summon Kujata's Tetra-Disaster, and not one of Cloud's Limit Breaks from Final Fantasy VII.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Dissidia Cloud Cross Slash

Cross Slash in Dissidia Final Fantasy

Cloud's attacks originate from Final Fantasy VII, a vast number being his seven Limit Breaks. Two of his Brave attacks, Climhazzard and Blade Beam, are used but slightly redesigned. Climhazzard strikes the opponent and pulls them up before slamming them down, while the sheer size of some enemies in Final Fantasy VII means slicing up through them would have looked more plausible. Blade Beam works the same, although due to battles being one-on-ones there are no repercussion shockwaves for other enemies.

All three of his HP attacks are Limit Breaks. Cross-Slash will make three strikes with the symbol identical to the one in Final Fantasy VII. However, it will only make as many parts of the symbol as he hits with. Meteorain works slightly differently in that Cloud sends the meteors up in the air before slinging them down, unlike the original attack in Final Fantasy VII which just calls them down. The meteors are smaller, but faster, similar to Zack's Meteor Shots in Crisis Core. Braver stabs them before unleashing the jump-attack also seen in the original attack.

Cloud's two Brave to HP attacks are also Limit Breaks. Finishing Touch has little in common with the original attack. Cloud jumps in the air and spins around the opponent and unleashes multiple attacks before knocking them down. The other attack is Omnislash Version 5, a weaker variation of Omnislash, which is five attacks and a leap for a final strike.

Omnislash serves as Cloud's EX Burst. The player must tap Circle to fill up a gauge (a Limit gauge). If it fills he will unleash fourteen strikes before a stronger fifteenth strike. Failing to fill the gauge will cause Cloud to perform only up to three swings and an upward finishing slash.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Tifa joins Cloud, and in EX Mode spins slot reels the same as in her original Limit Break, then performs up to seven punches followed by Final Heaven. Most of her Bravery is derived from her other Limit Breaks, all of which allows her to perform feints. Beat Rush is her basic attack, combo punching a few times. Waterkick performs some low kicks, and once mastered, allows her to use Somersault as her only Brave to HP attack. Dolphin Blow is an aerial uppercut that launches enemies upward.

Two of her HP attacks are Limit Breaks. Meteodrive is a ground attack that lifts the opponent up with her legs, and then slams them into the ground. Meteor Strike can be charged before she pushes the opponent forward, slams the opponent down sending them up, and then smashes them down.

Although only an assist-only character, Aerith can use Planet Protector and Seal Evil.

In addition, newcomer Laguna has two attacks derived from Barret's limit breaks: Grenade Bomb and Satellite Beam.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015)Edit

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Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

Cait Sith's Toy Soldier, Lucky Girl, Mog Dance (renamed "Moogle Dance") and Game Over appear. They are Slots abilities of the Gambler. Toy Soldier requires three crowns to align and deals physical damage to all enemies. Lucky Girl requires three hearts to align and increases Luck to the party. Moogle Dance requires three stars to align and restores full HP to the party. Game Over kills all enemies while summoning a random summon.

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Characters from Final Fantasy VII use their Limit Breaks when summoned as Legends. In addition, players can obtain certain Limit Breaks to use as abilities.