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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.
Cloud
See also: Limit Break (Ability)

The Limit (リミット, Rimitto?) command (Special command in the 1996 Aeris Demo release) is a means to using Limit Breaks, also known as Limits, Limit Techniques, or Special Abilities in the 1996 Demo release.

Limit Breaks are a set of abilities unique to each character in Final Fantasy VII. They function similarly to the Desperation Attacks of Final Fantasy VI, except there is slightly more player control over the system. Each character has a Limit gauge (a Special gauge in the 1996 Demo release) which fills as the character gets angrier 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 different colors. Also, 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 using a Limit Break, the camera angle focuses in on the character, a flame-colored light emits outwards from the ground beneath them while a sound is played before the technique is used.

In the PC version re-release of Final Fantasy VII using the characters' first Limit Breaks, and obtaining their final Limit Breaks, unlocks achievements.

DevelopmentEdit

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Early screenshots of Final Fantasy VII featuring an early organization of the status window.
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It is unknown how far along in the planning stages the Limit Break system was designed, but it seems to have been an idea even in the earlier development stages. 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 Limit Break as a normal attack, indicating his gun-arm was only initially meant to be used for Limit Breaks.

It appears the text in the upper portion of the screen next to each character's avatar would have indicated character status changes. The Japanese kanji characters for 8 different statuses appear all the time, with them likely to have been highlighted in some way should the character have a given status.

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The Special gauge as seen in the 1996 Demo release.
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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 could be seen from the final English version concerning Limit Breaks. Firstly, they were renamed to "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.

SystemEdit

When the gauge is full, you can use a "Limit Technique".
—Cloud
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Yuffie receiving her Limit Break command.
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The Limit Break system is more in-depth than the Desperation Attacks of Final Fantasy VI. Characters have four Limit Levels, each containing one or two Limit Breaks. Only one level can be set to a player at a time, and therefore only one or two Limit Breaks are available when the gauge is filled, not all previously learned. The first Limit Break of a character 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 through the use of a unique item.

There are two methods of using a Limit Break: The first is to fill up the gauge, selecting the "Limit" command, while the second is 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, not other characters'. This can be exploited particularly in the Battle Square where only one player can battle at a time, and after the series of battles end, the stats are reset to before the series of battles were 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.

TutorialsEdit

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The Girl using a Limit Break in the Beginner's Hall.
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Don't mess with me. I used to be in SOLDIER. I'll tell you how much I know... an' for free too.
—Cloud

In Final Fantasy VII, Cloud gives a number of tutorials about Limit Breaks while in 7th Heaven 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 character is and the basics about Limit levels. Cloud 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 for the benefit of the player to the kids standing on the boxes. The boy will repeatedly attack the girl until a light flashes, she glows white, and inflicts a combo attack and knocks her opponent over.

Limit LevelsEdit

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Yuffie's full set of Limit Breaks.
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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.
—Cloud

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, who has one for each level; and Cait Sith, who 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 after having set the preceding Limit Level. It is possible to obtain the first Limit Break of a Limit Level before having obtained the second Limit Break of the preceding Limit Level. The character's next Limit Level can still be set. However, 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 go back and 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 since the first Limit abilities of a Limit Level are obtained by kills on the preceding Limit Level.

Tifa is the only character who 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 - -
2 - - -
Vincent 1 Start 40 kills 96 kills Chaos item
2 - - -
Cid 1 Start 60 kills 136 kills Highwind item
2 7 Limit Breaks 6 Limit Breaks 5 Limit Breaks

Players who grind at early stages often obtain most of their Limit Breaks on the first disc. 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 characters who still have MP remaining, can re-enter 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 (6x Battery Cap), and contains the enemy Valron, who can be manipulated and whose Gravity-based Dive Kick attack quickly fills a character's Limit gauge.

After obtaining the Tiny Bronco it is possible to have all nine characters in the party, and players may use the Mideel area large groups of enemies and the Fury status, granted by Hypers, to get kills and fill Limit gauges. A sufficiently-levelled 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 which 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 teammates' limit levels are set to 2. It is even better if they are set to 3, as her Level 2 gauge fills quicker than all Level 3 gauges. 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 character. 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 Playstation Dpad 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 all their Limit Breaks on the first disc, while the rest only find them starting from the second. Aeris requires a prerequisite item to get her ability manual item, Mythril, which can be obtained before any 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. The character with the latest opportunity to obtain their final Limit Break is Cid who has his item inside the Gelnika, requiring the use of the submarine.

Limit GaugeEdit

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

Four variables affect the increase of the Limit Gauge: the attack damage, the character's maximum HP, the character's limit level, and whether the character is affected by Fury or Sadness.

In general, 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 limit 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 internally 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. Alternatively:

\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 their own 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 Cait Sith. 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

\textstyle{120\over1}\times{17\over5120}\approx0.398,

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 percent of their HP. At this level Cait Sith only has to lose 59.8 percent. 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.

ManualsEdit

See also: List of Final Fantasy VII Items#Limit Breaks
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Yuffie after learning All Creation.
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I've heard a rumor about secret items that inspire ultimate techniques. I don't know whether those items really exist.
—Cloud

Limit Break manuals are menu items given to characters to learn Limit Breaks. Each character other than Cait Sith has one Limit Break manual which teaches them 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.
—Aeris

The player can begin the search for Aeris's manual as soon as the player acquires 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 then be taken to the man in the cabin between the Gold Saucer and Gongaga Village and opening the correct one of two compartments (the smaller one located on the upper floor of the house) to get the Great Gospel item. Until the player receives the Tiny Bronco, the blacksmith's house will be empty, and Cloud is immediately returned to the field screen after entering.

Cosmo Memory (Red XIII)Edit

Cosmo Memory
Right, I've got it!
—Red XIII

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

Omnislash
OK! Got it!
—Cloud

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

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

Chaos (Vincent)Edit

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I'm becoming less human...
—Vincent
Main article: Lucrecia's Cave#Death Penalty and Chaos

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 through use of either the green, black, or gold chocobo obtained through chocobo breeding.

Catastrophe (Barret)Edit

Catastrophe
Heh! No sweat!
—Barret

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.

Final Heaven (Tifa)Edit

Final Heaven
Hmm, so that's it.
—Tifa

Tifa's Final Heaven manual is discovered only after Cloud returns to the party on disc 2. 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 Playstation-Button-X, Playstation Button S, Playstation-Button-T, Playstation-Button-L1+Playstation-Button-T, Playstation-Button-L1+Playstation Button S, Playstation-Button-X, Playstation Button S, Playstation-Button-T, Playstation-Button-L1+Playstation-Button-X, Playstation-Button-C, Playstation-Button-X, Playstation Button S, Playstation-Button-X
PC [CANCEL], [SWITCH], [MENU], [PAGEUP] and [MENU], [PAGEUP] and [SWITCH], [CANCEL], [SWITCH], [MENU], [PAGEUP] and [CANCEL], [OK], [CANCEL], [SWITCH], [CANCEL]

After doing this, 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-button, Circle-button, Square-button, or Triangle-button, an Elemental Materia is uncovered.

Highwind (Cid)Edit

Highwind
Hey I like this! Lemme use it!
—Cid

Cid's Highwind manual is found inside the optional dungeon Gelnika, only 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 Reno and Rude are fought.

Limit BreaksEdit

OK! Now your limit gauge is full, go ahead and use it! Fight with your limit technique.
—Cloud
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Unused Limit Break concepts.
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Each Limit Break does a different thing. Most of them 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 both 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.

Due to the nature of two of them, he 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 least amount of 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.

CloudEdit

See the Limit Break sequences here.

Of the Final Fantasy VII party members, Cloud's Limit Breaks are the strongest of all. However, they are learned much slower, and Cloud typically needs to kill twice as many enemies as his comrades to learn his stronger techniques. His ultimate Limit Break, Omnislash, can be among the most powerful moves in the game providing that Ultima Weapon is equipped and Cloud has full HP. Against single enemies, this is even stronger than Knights of Round.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Braver Already known. 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 on Level 1 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 on Level 2 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.

BarretEdit

See the Limit Break sequences here.

Barret's Limit Breaks mostly consist of physical blows, and one, the Angermax (called Ungarmax in the PlayStation version), is part of a strategy to defeat Emerald Weapon. It is of particular note that 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 Already known. 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 on Level 1 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 on Level 2. 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.
Angermax
(Ungarmax)
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.

TifaEdit

See the Limit Break sequences here.

Tifa's Limit Breaks are unlike most Final Fantasy VII characters'. Instead of selecting a move from a list, Tifa's Limit Breaks consist of consecutively hitting the opponent with each move adding on to the previous. Each move 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 Already known. 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 on Level 1 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 on Level 2. 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.

AerisEdit

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. Of particular note is Fury Brand, which 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 Already known. 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.
2 Breath of the Earth Kill 80 enemies on Level 1. FFVII Limit Break Aeris Breathoftheearth
Cures all status ailments.
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 on Level 2. 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 increasing 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 Already known. 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 on Level 1. 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 on Level 2. FFVII Limit Break Red XIII Howlingmoon
Howls at the moon, which adds Haste and Berserk to Red XIII, and boosts his attack by 60%.
Earth Rave Use Howling Moon 6 times. FFVII Limit Break Red XIII Earthrave
Attacks 1-2 enemies five times total, each attack dealing about double of his 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.

YuffieEdit

See the Limit Break sequences here.

Yuffie's Limit Breaks have fair power, and most of them hit multiple enemies. She also learns her Limit Breaks slightly quicker than other party members. Of particular note, her Clear Tranquil ability 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 Already known. 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 on Level 1. 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 on Level 2. 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 Slot. 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 on both counts, so Cait Sith's Limit Breaks could be very strong or very weak depending on the results.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Dice Already known. Dice ffvii limit break
Throws a number of dice down (every ten levels another die is added to the maximum of 6 dice at LV60 and above). The sum of the dice "X" is taken along with the sum of the highest repeat of a number "Y". X times Y times 100 equals the damage dealt by Dice.
2 Slots Kill 40 enemies on Level 1. 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 for a while. Lucky girl ffvii limit break
Transform Moogle/Moogle/Moogle 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.
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Toy Box Else A random object is dropped on one enemy which yields one of the following seven:
Boulder Hits a single enemy for 2 times normal damage. Toybox boulder
Icicles Hits a single enemy for 212 times normal damage. Toybox icicles
Weight Hits all enemies for 3 times normal damage. Toybox weight
Hammer Hits a single enemy for 312 times normal damage. Toybox hammer
Fat Chocobo Hits a single enemy for 4 times normal damage. Toybox fat chocobo
Hell House Hits a single enemy for 412 times normal damage. Toybox hell house
Comets Hits a single enemy for 5 times normal damage. Toybox comets

VincentEdit

See the Limit Break sequences here.

Vincent's Limit Breaks are quite different from those of the others. There is only one Limit Break for each of the four levels. 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 transforming back. When he shifts his form, Vincent's stats increase and his HP refills, but he cannot shift back at will.

Thus, while his Limit Breaks can be powerful, they are risky. During his transformation, Vincent is immune to Berserk, Frog and Confusion. Vincent is also notable in that he learns his new Limit Breaks the fastest of all party members, most others of which must kill upwards of 70 enemies to learn their new techniques.

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 Already known. FFVII-GalianBeast
Vincent transforms into "Galian Beast", a wild purple beast. Defense increases by 20%, Dexterity by 50%, and HP by 130%.
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 on Level 1. FFVII-DeathGigas
Vincent transforms into "Death Gigas", a hulking monster. Defense increases by 50%, MDefense decreases by 70%, Dexterity decreases by 20%, and HP increases by 200%.
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 on Level 2. 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 Kills all enemies instantly, or, if enemies are immune to death, does 558 times normal damage to all enemies. Satan Slam

CidEdit

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 Ungarmax can match - even Cloud's infamous Omnislash cannot do this much damage. Cid also learns his Limit Breaks fairly quickly. All of Cid's Limit Breaks use his physical strength to determine their power.

Level Name Obtained / Effect Image
1 Boost Jump Already known. 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 on Level 1. 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 on Level 2. 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.

Other AppearancesEdit

A number of the Limit Breaks have been emulated into other games in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and also beyond into appearances where characters from the universe appear. This can be largely attributed to the number of times Cloud has appeared outside the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.

Compilation of Final Fantasy VIIEdit

Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenEdit

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Cloud's Blade Beam in Advent Children.

In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children many of the characters perform techniques based on their Limit Breaks from the original Final Fantasy VII. Cloud uses some of his Limit Breaks, such as 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, but Sephiroth evades or parries every strike with the exception of the final blow, which is interrupted as he impales Cloud with the Masamune.

A stronger variation of Omnislash, known as Omnislash Version 5, is used to defeat Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The attack utilizes the Fusion Swords. The Limit Break involves Cloud separating his sword into its individual components, and attacking the opponent 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".

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Great Gospel in Advent Children.
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In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Barret fires a green energy blast at Bahamut SIN, similar to Big Shot and Mindblow. Since neither of the attacks are green, but the colors of the attacks, orange and blue, make green, it is believed to be a merge of the attack. Tifa uses attacks similar in appearance to Beat Rush, Somersault, Waterkick, Dolphin Blow (though without the appearance of water and a dolphin), and Meteor Strike when fighting Loz in the Sector 5 Church.

Vincent also transforms into an amorphous, crimson mist. Vincent appears to gain an added resistance to swords and bullets while in this form, and is also seen to levitate. Though there is no indication that this is a Limit Break, the fact it is an inhuman transformation had lead many fans to believe so, until Advent Children: Complete in which Vincent is glimpsed under his swirling cloak, firing at Kadaj, Yazoo and Loz. This could still be a variation of Chaos, much like what Vincent uses in the final battle in Dirge of Cerberus.

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

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

In Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, 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 slightly 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 also playable during the final level of the game. This form allows him to hover briefly, perform a series of attacks, perform a large jump equal to a double jump, and wield a more threatening variation of the Death Penalty gun.

Additionally, 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.

Final Fantasy TacticsEdit

The job class Soldier in Final Fantasy Tactics, to which Cloud is the only user, can use Limit abilities only when equipped with the Materia Blade. While many of the names are the same as in Final Fantasy VII, the attacks' effects differ. Braver, later changed to Brave Slash in the 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 is an attack that 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 only a single meteor from the sky.

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

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

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Cross Slash in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
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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 exactly the same, although due to battles being one-on-ones, there is no repercussion shockwaves for other enemies in the battle.

All three of his HP attacks are Limit Breaks. Cross-Slash will make three strikes with the symbol identical to the one in the original 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. 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 itself isn't omitted from the game, and serves as Cloud's EX Burst. The player must tap Dissidia Circle Button 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

In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Tifa joins Cloud. She spins slot reels the same as in her original Limit Break, then performs up to seven punch attacks followed by Final Heaven. Most of her bravery are 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 Wallace's limit breaks: Grenade Bomb and Satellite Beam.

Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

Numerous Limit Breaks from Final Fantasy VII appear in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade.


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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

Cloud, Tifa, Aerith, and Red XIII make an appearance in Final Fantasy All the Bravest. They use their signature Limit Breaks Meteorain, Beat Rush & Somersault, Healing Wind, and Blood Fang as their primary attack.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Numerous cards featuring the Final Fantasy cast have their Limit commands as Action Abilities.

Cloud's card, depicting his Dissidia artwork, has the Meteorain and Omnislash Action Abilities. Meteorain requires the discard of a Cloud card, two Light CP, and Dulling Cloud, and deals 4000 damage to all the opponent's Forwards. Omnislash has the same activation requirements, but needs a payment of four Light CP instead of two, and allows the player to Break a Forward of their choice. Another of Cloud's cards, featuring his Theatrhythm art, can use Finishing Touch. For the discard of a Cloud card, Dulling Cloud and paying one Light CP, the player chooses a Forward and deals it damage equal to Cloud's power.

One of Barret's cards has the Hammer Blow ability. At a cost of two Earth CP and a discard of another Barret card from the hand, Hammer Blow deals 4000 damage to a Forward of the player's choice, then grants Barret +4000 power for the rest of the turn. Another of Barret's cards can use Catastrophe. Catastrophe costs one Earth CP, the discard of a Barret card, and Dulling Barret, and deals 10,000 damage to a Forward of the player's choice.

Aerith's card depicting her promotional CG art has the Planet Protector ability, requiring the discard of an Aerith card and Dulling Aerith. Planet Protector returns all the player's Forwards to Active status, and until the end of the turn they cannot be targeted by summons or abilities.

One of Tifa's cards has Waterkick. For a discard of a Tifa card and a CP cost of one Fire CP and one Light CP, Waterkick deals 6000 damage to a target Forward.

Red XIII has Cosmos Memory, with a heavy cost of four Fire CP, the discard of another Red XIII card, and Dulling Red XIII. Cosmos Memory deals 6000 damage to all the opponent's Forwards.

Yuffie's promotional CG card has Bloodfest. For the cost of Dulling Yuffie, discarding another Yuffie card and paying one Wind CP, Bloodfest allows the player to target up to three Forwards and deal a total of 6000 damage to them in 1000 damage increments, distributing the damage among the targets however they wish.

Cait Sith's CG card has Slots. For the cost of one Thunder CP, Dulling Cait Sith and discarding another Cait Sith card from the hand. The player removes the top card of their deck from the game, and if it was a Forward, the player can Break a Backup card of 2 cost or less.

Cid's card has the Highwind ability. To use Highwind, the player must pay two Wind CP, discard a second "Cid Highwind" card from the hand, and Dull Cid. Highwind forces the opponent to place two cards from the top of their deck into the Break Zone.

Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit

Ehrgeiz: God Bless the RingEdit

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Vincent using Hellmasker.
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Cloud can use a throw called Omnislash by moving the D-pad in a circle. He uses Meteorain when he uses the special button. A number of sword techniques can be used when wielding his sword, which are Braver, Cross-slash, and three attacks, Clim Hazard, Clim Slash, and Clim Mirage which originate from his Climhazzard Limit Break. Sephiroth also uses Meteorain, but his attack is called Black Materia, as does Zack, his called Meteo Shots.

Tifa can use combo attacks called Dolphin Blow, Dolphin Blow Real, and Water Kick (derived from Waterkick), throws called Meteor Drive (derived from Meteodrive), Beat Rush, Somersault, and Meteor Strike. Pressing special uses Final Heaven, hold special and down for Final Hell, and just holding special uses Hell And Heaven.

Vincent can use combos used Hellmasker, Splattercombo, Chaos Saber, two just frame move, Satan Impact, and Neo Satan Impact, deriving from his Satan Slam impact, and a throw called Giga Dunk, derived from Gigadunk. While his specials don't incorporate his Limit Break attacks, images of his forms can appear when used.

Yuffie has one attack based on her Limit Breaks. Her "The Alive Will Perish" attack derives from the same Japanese as Doom of the Living.

Kingdom HeartsEdit

Cloud can use the three-hit chain Cross-slash, in addition to a version where he teleports behind the opponent before the attack called Chain-slash+. In the original Kingdom Hearts, he also has the Omnislash ability which involves him extending his wing and flying around the arena while slashing the opponent. In Kingdom Hearts II, instead of the Omnislash ability, Cloud uses Omnislash ver5. In this ability Cloud circles the field while slashing the opponent and for the finale, lands on the floor and causes an explosion.

In Kingdom Hearts: Chain Of Memories, using a single Cloud card results in the "Slash" in which Cloud strikes with 2 slashes with a single enemy, using 2 Cloud cards in a "Sleight" results in the "Cross Slash" command in which Cloud strikes a single enemy three times, and using 3 consecutive Cloud cards results in the "Omnislash" command being used which results in Cloud teleporting behind up to 5 different enemies and slashing them, causing significant damage. When fought as a boss in Re:Chain of Memories, one of Cloud's normal attacks is "Climb Hazard", an alternate translation of Climhazzard.

In Kingdom Hearts: Re:coded, Cloud uses the Omnislash attack while battling Sora and Hercules at Olympus Coliseum. Cloud also appears in Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, making his debut as an actual party member. Sometimes in the turn based battles of the Olympus Coliseum, Cloud will randomly use Omnislash, slashing at random enemies several times.

Tifa uses an attack called Final Heaven, which is a combo attack, like her Limit Break is a combo of attacks.

Yuffie can use a number of her Limit Breaks as attacks in Kingdom Hearts II. These are Greased Lightning where she throws her shuriken at the enemy, unlike Final Fantasy VII where she strikes the enemy, Clear Tranquil, where she heals herself, and Doom of the Living where she throws a massive magic shuriken at the enemy, instead of striking the enemy a number of times.

Zack can use attacks similar to Cloud's Limits in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. He has a Braver-like attack called Hero's Entrance where he leaps and stabs his sword into the ground creating a shockwave, a Blade Beam-like attack where he sends a wave of dark energy along the ground, and an attack similar to Meteorain or Meteor Shots where he conjures several meteors to bombard the player. His strongest attack, Hero's Pride, is similar to Omnislash, and is a series of sword attacks with Zack rapidly teleporting around the player, ending with a downward overhead swing. The player characters are able to use Hero's Pride as a Finish Command by using Zack's D-Link.

LegacyEdit

A number of the Limit Breaks have been emulated into other games in the Final Fantasy series as well as other games related to Square Enix. A smaller amount have grown to be traits for similar characters in the Final Fantasy series.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

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Zack using the Meteor Shots attack.
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In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, the lone player character, Zack, uses a Limit Break system that relies on other characters being rolled on an automated slots system. The Crisis Core Complete Guide[2] 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 Limit, 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 is vastly similar to 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 will allow Zack to use a technique similar to Tifa's Beat Rush, but potentially greater in power, called "Rush Assault".

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

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Zell's Dolphin Blow attack.
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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 given the same name as Tifa's, Final Heaven.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

Climhazzard is a Sword Arts ability 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

Final Heaven, Braver and Pulse of Life appear as Limit Breaks.

Ehrgeiz: God Bless the RingEdit

Django, a character who is represented as a member of the same species as Red XIII, makes a number of references in his moveset to Final Fantasy VII. Sled Fang and Blood Fang are combos used by Django. Jo, who fights in a wolf-like style, uses Lunatic High when her special gauge is empty. Zack has the same moveset as Cloud with his moves renamed. Meteorain becomes Meteo Shots, Braver becomes High Braver, and Cross-slash becomes True Crosslash.

Kingdom HeartsEdit

A number of characters from Final Fantasy VII appear in the Kingdom Hearts series as support characters or enemies who do not appear as player characters in Final Fantasy VII and therefore do not have Limit Breaks. However, due to related playable characters in Final Fantasy VII, they are given their Limit Breaks, or variations, as their attacks.

In the original Kingdom Hearts, Sephiroth uses many of abilities named after abilities used by Safer∙Sephiroth, but he also has one ability called Omnislash, named after Cloud's Limit Break, which does a number of ground and aerial attacks before doing a final leaping blow for more damage.

Zack appears in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, controlled by darkness, where he uses multiple attacks similar to a number of Cloud's Limit Breaks. He uses an attack where he leaps and descends to unleash a shockwave, similar to Cloud's Braver, and also has a three-chain attack similar to Cross-slash, and a meteor attack similar to Meteo Shots or Meteorain. His strongest in this form is to charge dark energy into his sword, then use a sequence of dashing slash attacks from all directions that drives the opponent into the air, before Zack uses a final downward slash to knock them down. The attack resembles Cloud's Omnislash.

In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Sora is able to use Meteor Rain as a finish command. This resembles Cloud's Meteorain Limit Break.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Except for Vincent and Cait Sith, all characters have seven Limit Breaks (two per level), hinting an allusion to the number 7.
  • Cloud, Red XIII, Yuffie and Aeris (for obvious reasons) are the only characters that can obtain their respective Limit Break Level 4 in Disc 1.
  • The pilot of the Highwind is attributed a level when spoken to which increases with plot progression. Flying over the North Crater after defeating Diamond Weapon changes the pilot's name to "Learner Pilot (L14 Limit Break!)", with the lettering of "Limit Break" flashing in multiple colors. The pilot then becomes "Full Pilot" after the Raid on Midgar.

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