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Email crisis core

Email on Zack's phone.

Crisis core junon

Zack receives mail.

Mail is a feature in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. Zack Fair can receive e-mails via the Worldwide Network when the player performs a certain task. When the player receives mail, a letter icon appears in the top right corner of the screen. Mail can be read by going into the menu's Mail section. New mail will initially go directly to the Inbox, but once read, they will go to one of several subfolders. Mail usually does not have an effect on gameplay, though several letters are tied to Missions. The feature is just an extra that gives some background info on the game.

Below is a list of all the Mail in Crisis Core:

SOLDIEREdit

Congrats on your first mail!

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Kunsel here.
Now that you've got your mail account ready,
allow me, your loyal and well-connected pal
to give you lots of insider info. Why? Because
I'm such a nice guy... and I know you and your
one-track mind don't know what I know!

Received: During Mail tutorial before Zack is sent to Wutai.

What I think about Angeal

From: Kunsel

Contents:

It seems every SOLDIER 1st Class has a quirk
or three, but I think Angeal has a lot of
common sense and is a trustworthy fellow.
Let's face it: Genesis never found group
activities appealing, so Angeal is, in fact,
the spiritual leader of SOLDIER.
I've got a lot of respect for him, too.
And I envy you for getting to work with him
so often.

Received: After meeting Tseng.

Mmmmm... Apples

From: Kunsel

Contents:

You got an assignment in Banora, right?
How is the place?
I hear there are a lot of Shinra people there.
Apparently, the village's main source of income is the
production and processing of apples. The rest of their
budget is made up of subsidies from Shinra.
Now, why would Shinra care about such a tiny village?
Could it have something to do with mako? Or...
There's gotta be something fishy going on there.
I'm gonna look into it.

Received: Just before going to Banora.

Angel in White?

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Have you seen a guy wearing a white coat and
glasses, with dark hair and a ponytail?
That's Hojo, head of the Science Department.
He rose to the top when he established the method
of using Jenova cells to create SOLDIER operatives.
It was more than 20 years ago that scientists vying
for the top spot apparently had a mudslinging feud.
Hojo is in the training room now.
I wonder what he could be studying...
Maybe I'll sneak into the training room later.

Received: After returning from Banora.

Went to see LOVELESS

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Genesis, K.I.A?
Yeah, right. Who do they think they're trying to fool?
Just got back from seeing the stage production of
LOVELESS in Midgar. Genesis was a big fan, wasn't he?
I usually don't care for classic drama, but it was pretty
damned good. The guy is the hero in the original, but
the play was more from the viewpoint of the girl who
helps the guy. When I heard that last line:
"Of course... I'll come back to you. Even if you don't
promise to wait. I'll return knowing that you'll be here."
Aw, man, that's when I lost it and just started bawling.

Received: After being promoted to 1st.

Hollander's T-shirt

From: Kunsel

Contents:

It seems Hollander's favorite T-shirt is the one
with a logo of Banora's famous canned apples.
Can a guy love apples that much?
Or do you suppose he has other ties to Banora?
Apparently, with all the confidential information
they handle, guys in the Science Department
aren't allowed to leave the company even if they
screw up or lose out in the rat race, and that puts
them under a lot of stress. Maybe Hollander's
T-shirt helps him relieve some of that, huh?

Received: Upon landing in Sector 5.

Sephiroth's whereabouts

From: Kunsel

Contents:

You were complaining about not being able to get
in touch with Sephiroth, but he's in the data room.
It looks like he's going through all the research papers
on a series of experiments called "Project G," as well
as other experiments conducted around the same time.
But Project G took place over 20 years ago, and
Hollander has taken some of the data with him.
I even hear that the really important data isn't
even here, but hidden away in some other place.
I don't know if anyone is ever going to understand
the full scope of those experiments.

Received: Start of Chapter 6.

From Luxiere

From: Luxiere

Contents:

Hello Zack!
I'm Luxiere, SOLDIER 2nd Class.
We just met on the SOLDIER floor.
I'm the one who told you about Sephiroth.
I just wanted to say that I have a lot of respect for you.
Your strength in spirit comes through in the
way you never seem to lose your smile, and that's
why I want to assist you in any way I can.
Since you're always on the go, I thought you might
like to be filled in on the goings-on in Midgar!

Received: Before meeting Aerith again.

Snowy Village

From: Kunsel

Contents:

So now you're in Modeoheim, eh?
Isn't that near Icicle Inn, the permafrost area?
It must be freezing cold out there!
That area was once a candidate for mako excavation,
when it was abuzz with construction workers and
scientists around the Shinra facility.
But after the plans for a mako reactor were canned,
the village was deserted. That is, until reports of
disturbing activity started popping up recently.
The seclusion and harshness of the environment must
make it a convenient location for anti-Shinra groups.

Received: Upon entering Modeoheim

Simultaneous Attacks

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Zack, where are you?
SOLDIER operatives are being sent out because
we're getting attacked from all over the place.
I'm on a chopper myself, on my way to an assignment.
You were on vacation, weren't you?
Did it get cut short?
These recent attacks may spell real trouble for us.
What's worse, the chain of command is in shambles
since Director Lazard suddenly disappeared.
Nobody seems to know where anyone is!

Received: In Junon, second area

How was your vacation?

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Haven't arrived at my post yet.
Could the director's absence be having this much
of an impact on the operation's lack of finesse?
By the way, how was the beach?
You looked awfully stressed out before you went.
Did the waves and the sun help ya at all?

Received: After the battle with the Tank in Junon

Your words

From: Luxiere

Contents:

SOLDIER members are being deployed in response to
the simultaneous attacks that have been hitting
everywhere.
I'm mailing you from the helicopter that's taking
me to my assignment.
By the way, I just heard about what you told the rookies
on your first mission after you changed your hairdo.
"Embrace your dreams. And, whatever happens,
protect your SOLDIER honor."
...I was so moved when I heard this,
it's been my personal motto ever since.
I'm following you until the end, Zack

Received: After the battle with the Tank in Junon

I see everything

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Hmmm, I wonder where you might be.
Wait, let me guess...
You're hanging out with that Aerith girl again,
aren't you?
I bet you're wondering how I got that information.
See, I know everything about you,
even if you never tell me anything.
In other words, it's no use keeping secrets from me,
because I know how to get information.
So talk to me, Zack. You can tell me anything.
Tell me about all the things that are wearing you down.

Received: Meeting Aerith for the last time.

Falling apart

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Those copies Hollander made that attacked Shinra...
Did you know that Director Lazard financed Hollander
with money he embezzled from the company?
Seems revenge against the company was
the motivation for both of them.
I can understand Hollander wanting revenge, but why would Lazard?
He climbed up the ladder while he was still young. And he was
always a decent guy. What could he have had against the company?
I do remember him writing about "ill blood" in one of his mails.
Speaking of climbing up, the president's son's already made
vice president. You think Lazard was after the VP's chair?

Received: While building the flower wagon.

Change in chain of command

From: Luxiere

Contents:

Zack, where are you?
Have you heard that Director Lazard passed away?
He was such a good man... May he rest in peace.
I wonder what's going to become of
SOLDIER's chain of command?
I'm actually a little worried about the future.
Who do you think I should follow?
I think you, with your sunny disposition, would be the man
to look up to for leadership in these uncertain times.
I'm following you until the end, Zack!

Received: While building the flower wagon.

A message for you

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Working hard at your assignment, I assume.
I guess it was longer than we thought it would be.
I thought I'd look after Aerith while you were gone,
but the Turks were already there guarding her.
I don't know why.
Anyway, she says the tire came off her flower
wagon, and now the thing's useless.
I offered to fix it for her, but she refused.
She's waiting for you to come back and fix it,
so hurry up and get back here already.

Received: After waking up in Nibelheim

Working with Sephiroth

From: Luxiere

Contents:

Hello again, Zack!
I heard you were on an assignment with Sephiroth.
I remember you were trying to get in touch with him,
so I'm guessing you can finally talk to him now!
I also heard Sephiroth hand-picked you for this assignment.
With the main SOLDIER 1sts gone missing, and Sephiroth
not being the type to look after subordinates,
I'm thinking it's you who's gonna lead us.
You're moving up the chain!
And I'm following you until the end, Zack!

Received: After entering the Shinra Mansion

Tell me they're lying

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Got an announcement from General Affairs
that you were killed in action.
But those announcements are never true, are they?
Where are you? What are you doing?
What did you have to do for the company
to reclassify yourself as a dead man?
Let me help you if you're in a jam.
Talk to me, I'll be waiting.

Received: After returning to the Shinra Mansion to rest with Cloud

You can't fool me

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Zack, where could you possibly be?
Let me know if you're reading this.
You've gone missing since your mission with Sephiroth.
Do you have anything to do with Sephiroth being
killed in action?
I heard rumors about something going down in Nibelheim.
Are you there right now?

Received: After returning to the Shinra Mansion to rest with Cloud for a second time

I have a plan

From: Luxiere

Contents:

Zack, how have you been all this time?
I was so worried about you!
Please tell me where you are. I'll come and get you.
In fact, let's put on an act for everyone, okay?
If you let me catch you, it would score me a
promotion for sure. Then with my newfound authority,
I might be able to spare your life. Please, just tell
me where you are!

Received: Just before leaving Nibelheim.

Just as I thought

From: Kunsel

Contents:

I hear two research samples have escaped from Nibelheim.
And might you be one of them, Zack?
If you are, watch your back, because now a whole
battalion of infantrymen has been called in.
They're coming after you in crazy numbers.
Man, what in the hell did you do to deserve this?
I don't care if you've made an enemy out of Shinra.
I'll always be waiting for you to come back.
Just make it back alive, buddy. Promise me.

Received: Just before leaving Gongaga.

A SOLDIER legend, so they say

From: Kunsel

Contents:

Someone apparently took care of this thing that's
been on the back burner forever. All the bigwigs
and everyone in SOLDIER are freaking out that
it's the return of the SOLDIER legend.
The source of the problem was apparently more powerful
than a summon. Its materia reaction was so beyond measure,
the gauge started to smoke. In fact, the materia power
was so intense that other monsters, and even robots,
became overloaded with mako and started going berserk.
Anyway, I was thinking... This SOLDIER legend...
Could everybody be talking about... YOU?

Received: After defeating Minerva

Shinra NewsEdit

Midgar Construction Project

From: Shinra News

Contents:

Midgar is a city floating approximately 50 meters in the air,
linked to the ground by train and highway transit.
We utilize a total of eight mako reactors, sequentially numbered
starting with the #1 northern reactor, to supply electricity to
the city.
Construction continues smoothly; Shinra Company Headquarters
and Sector 4 are the last on the schedule to be completed.
The headquarters interior in Sector 0 is complete and already
in operation. The exterior is slated for completion in two years,
while the surrounding city will be finished in seven years.
Reeve Tuesti, Director of City Planning

Received: During Mail tutorial before Zack is sent to Wutai.

Situation with Wutai

From: Shinra News

Contents:

We have received reports from the Security and
SOLDIER departments on the state of war with Wutai.
We have been in negotiations with Wutai for years in
order to peacefully resolve the long dispute regarding
mako extraction in the region. However, Wutai's steadfast
refusal has resulted in aggravated tensions.
In order to break through this impasse, we have decided
to resume military action. A special attack force of the
smallest size has been mobilized to keep the scale of
operations to a minimum.

Received: Upon entering the Ft. Tamblin courtyard.

Personnel Announcement 0012

From: Shinra News

Contents:

Official Personnel Announcement
Effective today, Rufus Shinra has been appointed to
Vice President and Corporate Officer.
Additionally, Rufus Shinra has departed on a
long-term business trip, the details of which cannot
be disclosed for security reasons.

Received: Upon entering LOVELESS Avenue.

President's Declaration

From: Shinra News

Contents:

We hereby declare the end of the war with Wutai.
Worthy of note is Sephiroth, SOLDIER 1st Class, whose
contributions were instrumental in bringing about a
peaceful resolution with a minimum of casualties.
The end of this war marks the beginning of distribution
and further development of mako throughout all regions.
The Shinra Company is dedicated to these goals and
will continue to achieve them by any means possible.
President Shinra

Received: Start of Chapter 4

Personnel Announcement 0103

From: Shinra News

Contents:

This is an official notification of the change
in status for the following personnel.
Angeal Hewley - SOLDIER 1st Class:
Killed in action
Genesis Rhapsodos - SOLDIER 1st Class:
Killed in action

Received: After being promoted to 1st.

Personnel Announcement 0104

From: Shinra News

Contents:

Official Personnel Announcement
Effective today, Zack Fair has been promoted to
SOLDIER 1st Class.

Received: After leaving the Sector 5 Church.

Analysis of the Midgar Attacks

From: Shinra News

Contents:

The recent attacks came in two stages.
The first stage was the attack on headquarters and
the entire Midgar region. Our forces were dispersed
to respond to these initial attacks.
The second stage consisted of additional attacks on
headquarters as we attempted to recover.
Although the damage dealt was costly, its overall
impact on company operations is minimal.
Heidegger, Director of Security

Received: After speaking to Angeal on the way to Sector 6.

Personnel Announcement 0207

From: Shinra News

Contents:

This is an official notification of the change
in status for the following personnel.
Lazard Deusericus - Director of SOLDIER:
Killed in action
Hollander - Science Department:
Killed in action

Received: After finding the tools for the flower wagon.

Space development report

From: Shinra News

Contents:

Space Development Status Report
Shinra fully plans to establish the rocket engine
as the next step in industrial development.
Manned rocket Shinra #26 is in full production,
with a projected launch within a few years.
The proposed model for Shinra #26 is on display
in the Exhibit Room in the Shinra Building.
Development is proceeding steadily, and our pilot,
Cid Highwind, has begun training.

Received: After entering the Shinra Headquarters in Chapter 8.

Analysis of the simultaneous attacks

From: Shinra News

Contents:

We have determined that the simultaneous attacks on five
locations, including Junon and Costa Del Sol, were the
criminal acts of an anti-Shinra organization.
Their goal was to release a group of their own activists
in Shinra captivity, and display a show of force--
but thanks to the quick response by SOLDIER operatives,
the situation was quickly brought under control,
Even in Junon, the target of the heaviest attacks,
damage was kept to a minimum.

Received: Just before leaving for Nibelheim.

Budget Report

From: Shinra News

Contents:

After exhaustive engineering by the Arms Development Department,
prototypes of the next generation of weapons are feature-complete
and being tested in the slums. Once mass production becomes
feasible, it would enable us to lower human resource costs by
drastically cutting down on the number of personnel. With high
expectations for these new weapons, we announce the following
changes to the budget:
[Security Department]
7 billion gil (Original: 10 billion gil)
[Arms Dev. Department]
11 billion gil (Original: 8 billion gil)

Received: Just before leaving for Nibelheim.

Personnel Announcement 0210

From: Shinra News

Contents:

This is an official notification of the change
in status for the following personnel.
Sephiroth - SOLDIER 1st Class:
Killed in action
Zack Fair - SOLDIER 1st Class:
Killed in action
Two infantrymen were also killed in action.

Received: Upon waking in the Shinra Mansion

LazardEdit

SOLDIER responsibilities

From: Lazard

Contents:

SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work.
As you all well know, a great number of our comrades
have left the company.
There is now some concern within the company whether
this will lead to a decline in SOLDIER's combat abilities.
However, we can also take this pressure as a chance to
prove how indispensable we are to the company by proving
our strength as a small but elite group.
I hope you take advantage of this mission, where we
will be bringing an end to the war with Wutai,
to do your best and prove yourselves.

Received: After Angeal's talk of dumbapples in Wutai.

Our new direction

From: Lazard

Contents:

SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work.
Upon receiving a report on an unspeakably tragic incident,
I find myself thinking about parental bonds.
Just as happiness can be found in non-biological ties,
parent and child can be unhappy even if tied by blood.
The difference is whether or not there are feelings of
respect and appreciation. Without them, "ill blood" is born.
Ill blood is prone to lead to tragedy, and
ill blood sometimes affects our missions.
While SOLDIER must always execute our missions quickly,
we must also focus on risk prevention in the future.

Received: Before entering the warehouse in Banora.

At the end of war

From: Lazard

Contents:

SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work.
The long war has finally come to an end, all thanks to
the heroic efforts by Sephiroth and everyone in SOLDIER.
However, the air around Shinra remains tense.
Threats from powerful armed forces and anti-Shinra
elements are too numerous to list.
We could deem these "distortions" born out of Shinra's
meteoric rise to glory. And we, as members of Shinra,
must always face these distortions with integrity.
I hope you keep this in your hearts as you continue
in your duties.

Received: Start of Chapter 4.

Children in the Slums

From: Lazard

Contents:

SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work.
On the ground, beneath our aerial city of Midgar
and in the shadow of its plates, lie the slums.
They also symbolize one of Shinra's "distortions."
There are reports of children forming gangs in the
harsh environment they call home.
To look away from this will surely cast a
large shadow on Shinra's future growth.
It is my hope that we members of SOLDIER
can rise up to address this "distortion."

Received: After Zack's wallet is stolen.

Shinra's Shadows

From: Lazard

Contents:

SOLDIER members, I thank you for your daily hard work.
Shinra's rapid growth has given birth to
"distortions" in many parts of the world.
They are Shinra's shadows--dark entities that the
president and the vice president must confront.
That, in turn, may define us as victims of
Shinra's shadows.
However, we, as employees of the Shinra Company,
must act with accountability. And I trust that you
will do just that, even without my leadership.
Thank you, and good luck.

Received: After entering Modeoheim.

FriendsEdit

I'll give you a hint

From: Cissnei

Contents:

If you can't get these "fans" of yours
out of your head, I suggest you visit headquarters.
Whoever knows the most about company goings-on
just might know something about a few of them.
Makes sense, doesn't it?

Received: After talking to Cissnei in Junon.

You're not busy, are you?

From: Cissnei

Contents:

I guess SOLDIER is in a state of utter chaos
without Director Lazard.
It's certainly more than the president can handle,
so now he gives us Turks all the work.
Even just the other day, I had to cut my vacation short.
Well, the last one... I guess you know all
along that I was on assignment. I'm sorry.
How are you doing these days? Still smoldering, I bet.
Why don't you try the beach again?
You need to take a break once in a while
if you want to put in quality work.

Received: After meeting Aerith in the Church in Chapter 8.

I wanted to tell you

From: Cloud

Contents:

We've been on a few missions together, and
there's something I've been meaning to tell you.
I was thinking about telling you once we were
in my hometown, but it's a little embarrassing,
so I'm going to write it out and send it to you.
The day you changed your hair, when you wished us rookies
good luck before our sortie—I'll never forget your words.
Remembering what you said that day gives me the courage
to stay strong.
So...thanks, Zack.

Received: After entering the Inn in Nibelheim.

If you'd like...

From: Cloud

Contents:

Hey, do you want to come over to my house?
I want you to try Mom's cooking.
The thing is, I haven't been home yet since
I've been here. I hadn't been able to make up
my mind about it, but I decided that I should
show my face... but going home alone is a bit
uncomfortable, so I was hoping you could join me.

Received: After waking up in the Inn in Nibelheim.

Is he all right?

From: Tifa

Contents:

Is that guy all right? I'm a little worried,
because it looked like he got hurt pretty bad.
I'm glad you were there. Thank you, Zack.
I had heard of SOLDIER and how tough they are.
I hope we can talk a little bit more about SOLDIER
one of these days, because there's something I want
to ask you.

Received: After waking up in the Inn in Nibelheim.

When you come back

From: Cissnei

Contents:

Are you in Nibelheim now?
I've got business in another freezing locale myself.
By the way, I couldn't help but notice that you were
reading LOVELESS while you were in Costa Del Sol.
That was Genesis's favorite work, wasn't it?
So have you finished it yet? I bet you got bored
of it in the middle and just tossed it away.
But there's a stage production of
LOVELESS now playing in Midgar. Let's go see it
when you get back. Who knows? It might just give
you the hint you're looking for.

Received: On the way to the Shinra Mansion in Nibelheim.

I can fight too

From: Tifa

Contents:

Sephiroth—I don't get him at all.
Is everyone in SOLDIER like him? Oh, and
are there any blond guys in SOLDIER? Well,
it's just a dream... Any girl would love to have a
blond SOLDIER guy protect her when she's in a pinch.
Well, it's no good just waiting for my
blond knight in shining armor to show up,
so I've started learning how to fight, myself.
My teacher tells me I've got a knack for it.

Received: On the way to the Shinra Mansion in Nibelheim.

Don't tell anyone

From: Tifa

Contents:

I almost forgot.
Please don't tell anyone in SOLDIER that
I asked about the blond guy. Okay?

Received: On the second floor of the Shinra Mansion.

Where are you?

From: Cloud

Contents:

Zack! Where are you?
Sephiroth set the whole village on fire!!!
Tifa and her dad went chasing after him.
You've got to stop them!

Received: On the Mount Nibel trail after Sephiroth destroys Nibelheim.

The last Wonder

From: Wonder Hunter

Contents:

Hey, big guy. It's been a long time. How are you?
Me and my mom ran away from the village when the fire spread.
But when we came back after a really long time, everything
in the village was back to normal! How could that be after
such a nasty fire? But I didn't know anybody there.
Fake people and fake buildings... It's all Shinra's fault,
isn't it? I hate them! But you were always nice to me,
so I left you a thank-you gift. There's a treasure
hidden somewhere in the village. I hope you find it.
I guess we never got around to finding all seven wonders...
But we can call the village itself the last wonder, can't we?

Received: After completing the Wonders of Nibelheim sidequest.

Shinra TruthsEdit

To begin receiving this mail, the player must talk to the reporter in Sector 8 and let him go in Chapter 6. If they miss him, all these e-mails are missed forever.

The truth about SOLDIER A!

From: Reporter

Contents:

Two SOLDIER operatives reported as K.I.A. were spotted
alive. Both Genesis and Angeal were seen entering the
apple processing factory in Banora. In fact, my source
tells me he saw MORE than one Genesis appearing--one
after another in succession. Hollander of the Science
Department was also present.
One can assume that Genesis and Angeal are involved in
clandestine experiments taking place at the factory.
I have since lost contact with my source, and I
can only pray that he is safe.

Received: After letting the reporter go.

Investigation reveals Shinra's lies!

From: Reporter

Contents:

It seems that SOLDIER Director Lazard, who was recently
reported as killed in action, simply vanished instead.
Sources say Lazard has been embezzling company
money to fund Hollander's attack on Shinra.
It is also believed that Hollander, who was held
captive in Junon, has fled with Lazard's aid.
An investigation has revealed that both men have
held ill feelings toward Shinra. This comes as a
great shock to the parties involved, as members of
SOLDIER have had the utmost confidence in Lazard.

Received: After entering LOVELESS Avenue in Chapter 8.

Hot on the trail of the missing pod!

From: Reporter

Contents:

I had received word of recent activity in Modeoheim.
The area was once a candidate for mako excavation,
but now it's nothing but a deserted village.
This reporter actually found a piece of equipment—
a pod, to be exact—used in the experiments. When
I revisited the facility at a later date for a more
thorough investigation, the equipment was gone.
A full-scale effort to follow the pod's trail revealed
that it made a stop at Nibelheim before it was carried
to another location.

Received: On the way to the Shinra Mansion in Nibelheim after awaking in the Inn.

Links to dead SOLDIER operative!

From: Reporter

Contents:

The recent string of destruction has thus far been
pinned on an anti-Shinra group, but new findings
point to Genesis—the SOLDIER operative who was supposedly
killed in action—as being tied to all of the incidents.
First of all, the targets were not limited to
Shinra facilities. Additionally, all of the targeted
locations have clues indicating that the perpetrator
was searching for something.
Genesis is known to have been a devotee of LOVELESS;
some believe LOVELESS may hold the key to solving the
mysteries behind this violent string of events.

Received: After waking up in the Shinra Mansion.

Flying SOLDIER man: Dead or alive?

From: Reporter

Contents:

Unidentified flying objects are being reported from every
town and borough. Witness accounts point to several common
traits—and lead to the conclusion that it is, in fact, Angeal.
Angeal's death was thought to be certain after Zack had
inherited Angeal's Buster Sword, so what could these
sightings mean?
Have reports of the highly-regarded SOLDIER member's
death been greatly exaggerated—or, perhaps, has
Shinra perfected the technology of bringing back the dead!?
This reporter is committed to bringing you the truth,
no matter how sinister it may be.

Received: While trying to escape Nibelheim.

The village: what they're not telling!

From: Reporter

Contents:

Sephiroth is reported as killed in action,
but there has been no word on how or where he died.
When our investigative team went to "N," the village
rumored to be where Sephiroth died, it was in an
abnormally heightened state of alert.
We were finally able to sneak in, only to be faced with
residents who seemed to know absolutely nothing about the
incident. Their blank expressions did not indicate they
were lying, but the speech and accents indigenous to the
region were oddly missing.
What could these changes to the village signify?

Received: While trying to escape Nibelheim, after resting at the Mansion for a second time.

SOLDIER man too weak to fight dog!?

From: Reporter

Contents:

Angeal sightings continue to pop up, but many
are suspect—such as the most recent one,
which claims he was taken down by a stray dog.
Assuming Shinra does have the technology to raise the
dead, is this technology actually reliable? Or could
illness or injury be responsible for the SOLDIER
hero being subdued by a mangy mutt?
Or could these be nothing but groundless rumors?
This reporter shall stop at nothing to get to the
bottom of this mystery.

Received: After arriving in Gongaga.

KeepersEdit

These E-Mails can only be received if the player joined Angeal Hewley's fanclub, the Keepers of Honor outside the Shinra Headquarters in Chapter 3.

Angeal Fan Club Newsletter 311

From: Keepers of Honor

Contents:

Hello, fan club members!
Let's take another peek into Angeal's "unauthorized" profile!
Favorite hobby: Doting over dogs
The bigger the hassle, the cuter the dog.
Favorite read: "Famous Gardens Monthly"
A magazine on various flora, published by Shinra.
Now, isn't that just like the noble,
nature-loving man we all know and love?
That's all for this update.
We'll let you know when we have more to share with you!

Received: After joining the Keepers of Honor.

Angeal Fan Club Newsletter 312

From: Keepers of Honor

Contents:

Hello, fan club members!
Let's take another peek into Angeal's "unauthorized" profile!
Most valued possession: His camera
A gift from his mother, he uses it to take shots of
the scenery whenever he goes on a mission.
Most valued skill: Cooking with leftovers
Self-catering is essential in frugal living.
Housewives in our readership should take note!
That's all for this update.
We'll let you know when we have more to share with you!

Received: After speaking with the Angeal fan in Sector 8 after returning from Banora.

Angeal Fan Club Newsletter 313

From: Keepers of Honor

Contents:

Today's update features a conversation between Angeal and Genesis.
G: You'd better do something about those plants in your room.
A: Those plants represent nature. Some of us converse with
nature to hone our spirit and honor.
G: And some of us are getting bugs in our rooms because of those
blasted things.
A: Come on. Don't you remember? We used to have bugs in our
rooms all the time when we were kids.
G: That's why I hate them. And the past? It can stay there.
We're in Midgar. We're not supposed to have nature here.
City-born Genesis, and nature-lover Angeal: so completely
different, yet friends all the same.

Received: Start of Chapter 4.

Angeal Fan Club Newsletter 314

From: Keepers of Honor

Contents:

Dear fan club members:
We have some very sad news to share with you today.
We have decided to dissolve "Keepers of Honor" upon
receiving word that Angeal was killed in action.
We sincerely thank you for your membership.
Our last event as a fan club will be a memorial service
near the church, organized by club volunteers.
This will be an opportunity for us to gather one last
time and pray that he rests in peace.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Received: Entering Sector 5.

Sightings

From: Keepers of Honor

Contents:

We continue to receive reports of Angeal sightings.
contained in this update is the most credible
information we can deliver to our former club members.
A large man believed to be Angeal was spotted in the
church near the slums.
Seen alongside him was a woman wearing a white
one-piece dress.
Could it be that our Angeal is seeking sanctuary
with a mysterious girl?
We wish he would show us that he is alive and well.

Received: While escaping from the Shinra Mansion.

Sightings: Continued

From: Keepers of Honor

Contents:

Angeal sightings keep pouring in, but the previously
reported Angeal near the church turned out to be a
large animal with a pattern on its hide that looked
like Angeal. The woman at the church tells us that she is
looking after the creature, which seems to have settled there.
Our latest credible source tells us that Angeal was
attacked by a pack of wild dogs. Perhaps he is very weak,
but not at death's door yet...
Then again, it could be an entirely different person.
Stay tuned for updates!

Received: After arriving in Gongaga.

Genesis GirlsEdit

To get the E-mails from the Study Group, the players must join the fanclub, which can be found behind a dumpster in LOVELESS Ave in Chapter 3. To get the E-mails from the Red Leather, they must join the fanclub, which can be found outside the Shinra Headquarters in Chapter 3.

An invitation to LOVELESS

From: Study Group

Contents:

LOVELESS on stage is as popular as ever.
This year's production retains the love story from
the female point of view, with the focus on
Acts II and III, as usual. This interpretation features
additional scenes of the two friends, making it
closer to the original text.
Acts II and III of LOVELESS have become famous
thanks to the plays, but pundits agree that the
story's true value lies in Act IV.
Could this year's production make up for it?
Join us at the theater as we decide for ourselves.

Received: After joining the Study Group.

Genesis Fan Club Newsletter 666

From: Red Leather

Contents:

This issue is for the newcomers to Red Leather. As a welcome
gift, here is some basic information about Genesis.
Hobby: Reading. He happened upon a copy of LOVELESS
in his parents' study. It has been his favorite work
ever since.
Why he joined SOLDIER: The heroics of Sephiroth, who
is the same age as Genesis, inspired him to work for the
good of the world.
We will update you on any new information as it
becomes available.

Received: After joining the Red Leather.

Genesis Fan Club Newsletter 667

From: Red Leather

Contents:

We have received word that our dear Genesis has
been killed in action.
Though we still find this report hard to believe,
members are planning a get-together for one last
farewell at the foot of the bridge in Sector 8.
During the event, we will be selling apple jewelry,
created as an homage to Genesis.
Please buy the apple-shaped accessory, wear it,
and let us always feel Genesis inside our hearts.

Received: After speaking to the Genesis fan in Sector 8 after returning from Banora.

Genesis Fan Club Newsletter 668

From: Red Leather

Contents:

This is a report on our memorial service.
All of us in attendance read from LOVELESS,
Genesis's favorite work, and prayed for his soul.
On a lighter note, we are happy to report that
the apple jewelry was a smashing success!
We are planning to sell them online to those of
you who could not attend the event. If you would
like one, please reply to this address.
Supplies are limited. Order now!

Received: After reaching the Sector 5 Slums.

Declaration

From: Study Group

Contents:

The reason Genesis adored LOVELESS so much? He
claimed it provided answers to do many of the
mysteries in our world regarding history, science,
art, and astronomy.
But experts agree that the answer to the biggest
mystery was in the final act, which was scattered
and lost—and thus is worthy of further study.
Our dear Genesis also devoted his life to interpreting
the missing final act. As a devoted study group,
let's inherit his life's work in his memory!

Received: After speaking with the Study Group member in Sector 8 after returning from Banora.

Message to Members

From: Study Group

Contents:

We have managed to compile Genesis's theories
on LOVELESS's final act into a single volume.
We are going to publish this book ourselves,
and decided that the book will be the basic
text for our future studies.
Participants in the LOVELESS study group are
required to purchase a copy.

Received: After reaching Sector 5's marketplace with Aerith.

Mystery of the final act

From: Study Group

Contents:

Our self-published book on Genesis's LOVELESS
theories have become a runaway bestseller.
Let's use this momentum to move forward in
our studies of the final act.
The biggest mystery of the final act is
what happens to the world after the "gift
of the goddess" is given.
The key to understanding this is in how we
interpret "the goddess" in this context, but
experts still cannot come to a consensus.

Received: After speaking with the Study Group member in Chapter 6.

Thoughts on "the gift of the goddess"

From: Study Group

Contents:

The "gift of the goddess," the source of life, is said
to bring immortality. The most widely accepted theory
equates the gift of the goddess to the Banora White.
There is, however, another theory which advocates that
it is the planet, not any human, that becomes immortal.
This suggests two other interpretations of the gift.
One is an all-consuming destruction;
the other is an all-healing salvation.
Genesis believed in the latter, predicting some sort
of salvation from the gift of the goddess.

Received: After entering LOVELESS district in Chapter 8.

Breaking news

From: Red Leather

Contents:

Here at Red Leather, we have received
numerous reports of Genesis sightings.
If Genesis does indeed live, despite
being reported as killed in action,
has he perhaps solved the riddle that
surround the "gift of the goddess"?
Genesis can never do wrong, and he
deserves our support!

Received: After Genesis confronts Sephiroth in the Mt. Nibel Mako Reactor.

Our upcoming secret event!

From: Study Group

Contents:

Fellow Genesis fan club members:
Our annual memorial event is coming soon!
Of course, with all the witness accounts that keep
pouring in, it won't be so much a memorial for Genesis
as a gathering to wish his full-fledged return.
As for our always popular goods for sale,
this year we have prepared copies of
LOVELESS bound in custom leather.
We look forward to your attendance, and
don't forget to buy your special LOVELESS!

Received: While escaping from Nibelheim.

Resurrection Fest!

From: Red Leather

Contents:

Fellow Genesis fan club members:
It's time for our annual Genesis Resurrection Fest!
Witness accounts are still coming in, renewing our
hope that his return is near. Let us come together
and strengthen our faith in his resurrection!
As for this year's special goods,
we have prepared faithful replicas
of Genesis's leather coat.
We look forward to seeing you all in
these leather coats at the festival!

Received: After arriving in Gongaga.

Hero NewsEdit

The Silver Elite E-mails can only be received if the player joins the fanclub in the Sector 5 playground in Chapter 6. The Zack Fan Club E-mails can only be received if the player talked to Cissnei in Junon, then talks to the receptionist at the Shinra Headquarters in Chapter 8.

The scent of silver winds

From: Silver Elite

Contents:

Dear members of the Silver Elite:
In this update, we present another piece of Sephiroth
trivia—the secrets to his beautiful long hair.
The hair products he uses are of the highest grade,
made and supplied by the Shinra Company.
He seems to use one whole bottle of both shampoo
and conditioner every time he washes his hair.
They are scented with thirteen kinds of perfumes,
including Rose and Vanilla.
Apparently, the scent in the air after
Sephiroth tosses his hair changes daily!

Received: After joining the Silver Elite.

Now accepting applications

From: Zack Fan Club

Contents:

We have a new fan club for the new 1st Class star on
the block, Zack! Why? Because there wasn't one until now!
Your membership number: 012
Let's start with Zack's official profile:
Birthplace: Gongaga
Family: Mother and father
Hobbies: Traveling, and anything involving physical activity.
Quote: "I want to join SOLDIER and fly all over the world.
I'm gonna make friends everywhere I go.
Then I'm gonna swim to each place where they live!"

Received: After talking the receptionist in Chapter 8.

The memory of silver winds

From: Silver Elite

Contents:

Sephiroth is known to value his private life, but there was
a time when he had two best friends. We'd like to share a
story of this threesome guaranteed to raise a smile.
The SOLDIER trio would use the training room exclusively as
their playground, but in order to retain their 1st Class
dignity, they would sneak in only after the 2nd Class
members had gone home. Then they would proceed to have one
of the three stand with a dumbapple on his head, while the
other two would throw their swords at the apple to pierce it!
Sephiroth always won, his Masamune always striking
every dumbapple dead center.

Received: After speaking with Silver Elite member in Chapter 8.

Insider information

From: Zack Fan Club

Contents:

We received the following information from a
member of our word-of-mouth network:
Zack's favorite swimsuit has embroidered sunflowers.
Isn't that perfect for someone as sunny as Zack?
He was spotted in Costa del Sol on a break. It was then,
on the day of the simultaneous attacks, that he was
seen fighting foes on the beach with a parasol!
Isn't that WILD? With all this vitality, you might expect
Zack to be a flirtatious player when it comes to romance,
but apparently he's actually very sweet and naive.
Thanks to Black Suit for the info!

Received: After Zack awakes in the Nibelheim Inn.

The next three E-mails require the completion of three special actions. Depending upon how many the player does, the E-mail will be different. One of the three letters are sent during the escape from Nibelheim.

The requirements are:

  • Join the Silver Elites.
  • Unite the Study Group and Red Leather.
  • Reunite the mother and child in Sector 8.
All things must pass

From: Zack Fan Club

Contents:

We continued running the fan club after Zack's untimely
death, but we have to disband due to financial reasons.
We would like to share one last quote from a woman
who had a close relationship with Zack:
"My wagon broke, so I'm going to use a basket
to sell the flowers. I hope you can join me
when you're back from your tour."
She must not have heard what happened—making
her comments all the more poignant.
Our thanks go out to all 109,348 members out there.
May Zack always live within our hearts.

Received: If all three requirements are completed.

Sad News

From: Zack Fan Club

Contents:

We continued running the fan club after Zack's untimely
death, but we have to disband due to financial reasons.
We would like to share one last comment from Black Suit,
the secret informant who shared so much with us:
"It was very sudden for us, but I'm sure
Zack now has the wings he always wanted,
flying the great big skies... with that great
big sunflower smile."
Our thanks go out to all 51,836 members out there.
May Zack always live within our hearts.

Received: If only two requirements are completed.

Notice

From: Zack Fan Club

Contents:

We continued running the fan club after Zack's untimely
death, but we have to disband due to financial reasons.
We would like to share one last comment from his
mother back home:
"It's nice to know that my boy is loved by so many
people. Thank you all for your continued support."
She must not have heard what happened—making
her comments all the more poignant.
Our thanks go out to all 1,024 members out there.
May Zack always live within our hearts.

Received: If less than two requirements are completed.

The proclamation of silver winds

From: Silver Elite

Contents:

Today, we have a message from our chairwoman that
we would like to share with our members:
"Sephiroth will never die.
As long as I live, so will he!
At least in our minds—but fret not.
Because I have a plan.
I shall let you know when it comes to fruition.
You can look forward to that day."
- Chairwoman H.
Her style of writing is rather stiff, but her
message is encouraging. See you next time.

Received: While escaping from Nibelheim.

SpamEdit

Treasure Princess

From: Treasure Princess

Contents:

I'm looking for someone who would go on treasure hunts
with me. How would you like to team up?
If you're interested, I want you to prove yourself first.
Somewhere out in the fields, there's supposed to be
a treasure hidden by Shinra's General Affairs Department.
If you manage to find it, I'll let you in.
You can get your hands on some really
rare items by becoming a treasure hunter.
Not a bad deal, is it? No... no, I didn't think so.
Good luck.

Received: After entering the Sector 5 Reactor.

Directive

From: Treasure Princess

Contents:

You passed the test, so you're now my ally,
and as my ally, you'd better start working.
Somewhere in the ravine, there's supposed to be a
treasure hidden by Shinra's Accounting Department.
Go dig that sucker up!
The boss's orders always stand, and I'm the boss,
naturally. You have no right to refuse. Got it?
Good luck.

Received: After completing Mission 8-4-1.

Directive

From: Treasure Princess

Contents:

That chest buried by the Accounting Department had
nothing but a receipt inside! And I blame it on you!
You'd better find a real treasure this time! :(
Somewhere out in the fields, there's supposed to be
a treasure hidden by Shinra's PR Department.
Go find it.
I hear there are lots of nasty monsters in the area,
but I'm sure you'll be all right if you're careful.
Good luck!

Received: After completing Mission 8-4-2.

Special Assignment!

From: Treasure Princess

Contents:

What's with the PR Department's thinking?
Nothing but a public relations magazine inside a chest!?
I want a REAL treasure this time! >:(
Somewhere in the marine caves, there's supposed to
be a treasure hidden by Shinra's HR Department.
Go find it.
You can bet there are lots of nasty monsters in
the area, but I'm positive you're used to that by now.
This one had better be good, or else!

Received: After completing Mission 8-4-3.

Orders!!

From: Treasure Princess

Contents:

There was nothing but a roster inside that HR chest!
Oooh, this is making me so mad! >:(((
If you botch this next one, you're fired, buster!
Somewhere in the coal mines, there's supposed to be
a treasure hidden by Shinra's secretaries.
Find it... but it isn't gonna be easy.
I'd say you better be prepared for the worst.
Then again, you could die before you're prepared.
The coal mines are famous for having really
mean monsters inside.

Received: After completing Mission 8-4-4.

Letter of challenge!!!

From: Treasure Princess

Contents:

Nasty pictures! Ewww!!! Sickos!
Are Shinra employees trained to put
TRASH in their treasure chest!? :P
That's it! Everyone in Shinra's gonna get it someday!
Somewhere in the marine caves, there's supposed to
be a treasure hidden by Shinra's Science Department.
And I'm taking it.
If you don't want me to take it, come and claim it!
Winner takes all! It's go time!!!

Received: After completing Mission 8-4-5.

Just between you and me

From: Anonymous

Contents:

I can't tell you my name, but
I know something of interest to you.
I heard there's a secret item
somewhere in the fields.
If this got into the hands of an anti-Shinra
group, Shinra would be finished.
I suggest you find it before it's too late.

Received: After completing Mission 8-4-6.

Confidential

From: Anonymous

Contents:

I can't tell you my name, but
I know something of interest to you.
I'm not the same person as the sender of the
last anonymous message, so don't be alarmed.
I heard there's a secret item
somewhere in the marine caves.
If an anti-Shinra entity got its hands on it,
it would spell the end for Shinra.
You really should find it before it's too late.

Received: After completing Mission 8-5-1.

For your eyes only

From: Anonymous

Contents:

I can't tell you my name, but
I know something of interest to you.
I'm not the same person as the sender of the
last two anonymous messages, so don't worry.
I heard there's a secret item
somewhere inside some cave.
If an anti-Shinra entity finds this,
then stick a fork in Shinra—it's done!
You really should find it before it's too late.

Received: After completing Mission 8-5-2.

Something you might want to know

From: Anonymous

Contents:

I can't tell you my name, but
I know something of interest to you.
I'm not the one who usually sends you guys
all those anonymous messages, so relax.
I heard there's a secret item
somewhere in the coal mines.
If an anti-Shinra group obtains it,
Shinra will be crushed like an eggshell
beneath a jackboot!
You should look for it before it's too late.

Received: After completing Mission 8-5-3.

A good deal

From: Anonymous

Contents:

I can't tell you my name, but
I know something of interest to you.
This is the first anonymous message I've
ever sent, so don't sweat it.
I heard there's a secret item
somewhere in the plate interior.
If an anti-Shinra entity got it, Shinra
would be dead meat in a pressure cooker!
I suggest you look for it
before it's your head on the plate.

Received: After completing Mission 8-5-4.

Too good to miss

From: Anonymous

Contents:

I can't tell you my name, but
I know something of interest to you.
No, I'm not the same person as the sender of the
last anonymous message, so stop thinking that.
I heard there's a secret item
somewhere inside some cave.
If an anti-Shinra group obtains it,
Shinra will be a thing of the past!
You'd better look for it before you and
your crew are made obsolete.

Received: After completing Mission 8-5-5.

Notice

From: Yuffie

Contents:

I heard there's a fantastic treasure
deep in the caves.
I'm just letting you know that it's MINE!
There's just no way I'm letting you have it!
Absolutely no way! Sorry to spoil your
good mood, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's
gotta do. Haw haw haw!
Love, Yuffie

Received: After completing Mission 8-5-6.

Another Notice

From: Yuffie

Contents:

The last treasure is yours to keep.
It wasn't worth much, anyway.
But the one down in the marine caves
is supposed to be something else,
and it's got my name all over it!
At least you won't be getting it for sure.
I'm just mailing you as a courtesy so you
don't embarrass yourself.
Love, Yuffie

Received: After completing Mission 8-6-1.

This one's for real

From: Yuffie

Contents:

I'm gonna let you keep that last one,
cuz I didn't want it anyway. Yeah, I've
got a closet full of 'em.
But another one down in the coal mines
is gonna be mind-blowing.
I'm not letting you get this one,
pretty boy! Nar har har!
Love, Yuffie

Received: After completing Mission 8-6-2.

I'm all right

From: Yuffie

Contents:

I'm in the wasteland looking for treasure.
Haven't found anything yet, but I know I'm gonna,
cuz I'm not lost or anything.

Received: After completing Mission 8-6-3.

Don't come

From: Yuffie

Contents:

I'm in the slums on a treasure hunt.
Haven't found anything yet, but I know I'm gonna,
cuz it's not like I'm surrounded by monsters or anything.
I swear I'm not, so the treasure's mine.
Um I gotta go now something in the shadows is drooling.

Received: After completing Mission 8-6-4.

[no title]

From: Yuffie

Contents:

IM INSIDE THE PLATE
IM TOTALLY FINE AND STUFF
BTW DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT COMING

Received: After completing Mission 8-6-5.

Shop NewsEdit

The best shop in the world

From: Shop News

Contents:

I thank you for taking on combat missions on
behalf of the City Planning Department.
I hope you accept, as a token of our appreciation, this
flyer for the newly reopened materia shop in Sector 8.
It's a very famous (and convenient) shop that ranks
  1. 1 in the world in materia sales.
It was close for some time during remodeling,
but now it's back in business.
Feel free to use the services this shop has to offer,
and I hope you continue your duties for our company.

Received: After completing Mission 6-2-1.

A shop with a long tradition

From: Shop News

Contents:

I thank you for continuing to take on so many missions
on behalf of the City Planning Department.
I'm sending you a flyer for the materia shop in Sector 5.
As the world's first materia shop, not only does it have
historic value, but they are a membership-based business,
limiting their dealings to customers of their choosing.
With that kind of exclusivity, you can be
sure of the quality of their goods.
Feel free to use the services this shop has to offer,
and I hope you continue your duties for our company.

Received: After completing Mission 6-2-3.

Your favorite accessories

From: Shop News

Contents:

I thank you for having taken on so many missions
on behalf of the City Planning Department.
With the last mission completed, the series of
city development projects is over.
We could not have come this far without you, Zack.
In thanks, I am sending you a flyer for the
accessories shop in Sector 6. They are known to
carry all the accessories anyone would want.
Feel free to use the services this shop has to offer,
and I hope you continue your duties for our company.

Received: After completing Mission 6-2-6.

TutorialsEdit

All of these E-mails are received in the beginning of the game following the meeting with Angeal and Lazard in the Shinra Headquarters SOLDIER Floor. The three about Materia Fusion are only received after Zack is promoted to 1st Class and allowed to use that function.

Controls during battles

Contents:

Use the directional buttons or analog stick to move.
Use the L or R buttons to select commands.
Use X-button to execute the command.
Use Triangle-button to guard, and Square-button to evade.
These actions expend AP, and are unavailable if your AP is zero.
You will automatically target the enemy in direction Zack is facing.
You can flee by running away from the battle area, but you
will be unable to escape some battles.
Parameters 1

Contents:

HP: The game is over when HP reaches zero
and you are incapacitated.
MP: Some commands expend MP, and therefore
will be unavailable if MP is zero.
AP: Some commands expend AP. Some actions,
such as Guard and Evade, also expend AP.
These commands will be unavailable
if AP is zero.
Parameters 2

Contents:

SP (SOLDIER Points)
SOLDIER points are what makes the DMW spin.
When SP reaches zero, the DMW stops spinning,
therefore halting Zack's growth as well.
As you progress through the game, there will be
more uses for SP besides spinning the DMW.
SP can be gained through DMW results and by
defeating monsters.
Status ailments

Contents:

Status changes can occur during battle.
The list below shows the statuses that are detrimental.
Some effects such as Poison, Silence, and Curse will
last even after the battle is over. Be sure to use a
remedy or other methods to cure these status ailments.
Poison: Gradually drains HP at regular intervals
Silence: Prevents use of magic
Curse: Prevents DMW rotation
Stun: Temporarily prevents action
Stop: Temporarily halts the flow of time
Status changes

Contents:

Here are statuses that can give you the edge in battle.
Endure: Prevents falling from damage received
Barrier: Halves damage from physical attacks
MBarrier: Halves damage from attack spells
Regen: Gradually recovers HP
Raise: Recovers from incapacitation, valid even after battle
Critical: All attacks become critical hits
No MP/AP cost: Stops expending MP and AP
Null Physical/Magic: Nulls damage from physical and magic attacks
Invincible: Nulls all damage
DMW 1

Contents:

The DMW reel is located in the upper-left corner of the screen.
Combinations of aligned "7's" during battle will activate
these status effects.
77-: AP and MP cost zero
7-7: Null physical damage
-77: Null magic damage
7--: AP cost zero
-7-: MP cost zero
--7: Endure
"-" can be any number.
DMW 2

Contents:

Other number combinations can align during battle
to activate the following status effects.
777: Invincible
666: All attacks critical
555: Null physical damage
444: AP cost zero during battle
333: Null magic damage
222: MP cost zero during battle
111: Invincible
Limit Breaks

Contents:

When the left and right image reels match on the DMW
during battle, you enter the limit verge screen.
When the center image reel matches the limit verge,
a limit break is activated, enabling Zack to unleash
special skills.
The chances of entering a limit verge increases as the
color of the limit gauge above the reel becomes more red.
Also, the chances of achieving a limit break increase
as images from Zack's heart appear.
More images as collected as the game progresses;
some, such as summons, will be available as items.
Equipment

Contents:

Materia
Materia must be equipped through the menu for use
in battle. If an equipped materia enables a
command, it will appear during battle.
The order of battle commands will be the same
as the order in which they are equipped.
Accessories
Accessories are also equipped through the menu.
Each accessory has its own properties. Equipping
accessories will not affect battle commands.
Materia

Contents:

Each materia has its own level and set of
parameters. Even multiple materia of the
same type possess separate and
distinctive characteristics.
As they level up, some materia can improve
their effects or gain parameters.
Leveling up

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Zack levels up when the limit verge screen reads 777.
If you get two of the same number in the
limit verge screen, any materia equipped in
the equipment slot of that number levels up.
If you get three of the same number, the
materia will increase two levels.
However, nothing will happen if no materia is
equipped in that number's equipment slot.
Shops

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Items, accessories, and materia can be obtained
through battles and from chests, but may also be
purchased through shops.
All shops have an online shopping feature. Select
Shops from the main menu, and choose a shop from
which to purchase goods, no matter where you are.
You will be able to buy from more shops by
obtaining their addresses during the game.
Missions

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What are missions?
Missions provide opportunities for battle outside of the
story's progression. Take advantage of missions if you
feel the need to level up or practice certain skills.
Choosing Missions
Open the main menu from a save point and select Missions.
Additional Missions
The number of missions will increase as certain
conditions are met.
Controls during missions

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Mission Controls
All movement and combat controls are the same.
You will be returned to the save point if you
are incapacitated.
Clearing a Mission
Defeat the boss in order to clear the mission.
After that, you will be returned to the save point.
Aborting a Mission
Abort a mission by moving out of range, or by
selecting to abort the mission through the menu.
Materia fusion

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You can fuse two materia together
to make one new materia.
This is called materia fusion.
The properties of the two materia
used in materia fusion will influence
the newly created materia.
Rules of materia fusion

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The fusion of two materia of the same type
may result in the new materia having
higher parameters and abilities.
Also, the fusion of two different types of materia
may yield another different materia type.
Using higher-level materia in fusion will
increase the chances of creating a more
powerful materia.
What you need for materia fusion

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Materia fusion also requires SP.
The SP needed will depend on the
strength of the resulting materia.
Fusion will not occur if you have insufficient SP.
You may also use items in materia
fusion, but the skills required for
this are not yet at your disposal.

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